Categories Archives: Thoroughbred

Driven Fawcett focused on success

If you spend ten minutes talking with Matamata-based apprentice jockey Jasmine Fawcett you will soon learn that her success is no fluke.   The 25-year-old takes a positive psychological approach to her profession and draws heavily on several mentors.


Ellerslie track given green light

Following a successful test on its course proper on Monday, the Auckland Racing Club have confirmed racing will resume at Ellerslie Racecourse on Saturday Ocotber 27. Ellerslie has not hosted any race meetings since Auckland Cup Week in March, to allow fo

Melody Belle Not Chasing Triple Crown

By Phillip Quay Despite her emphatic win in the $200,000 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings today star racemare Melody Belle won’t attempt to complete the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown. Melody Belle followed up on her impressive Gr. 1 Tarzino T


Amarula Returns To Scene Of Biggest Victory

Hardy sprinter Amarula, pictured, returned to the scene of his biggest victory when he took out the open sprint at Hastings on Saturday. The Peter McKay trained six-year-old caused a major upset as a three-year-old when successful in the 2015 edition of t


Avantage Returns In Great Style

By Phillip Quay Last season’s champion two-year-old Avantage, pictured, returned to the racetrack in brilliant style when she scored a hard-fought win in the Gr. 3 Hawke’s Bay Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings today. In a close tussle over

Avantage To Return At Hastings

Last season’s Champion Two-Year-Old Avantage, pictured,  is likely to return to racing on Saturday week when she tackles the Gr.3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings. “She galloped between races at Hastings the other day a

Marsh Has Reasons To Celebrate

Cambridge-trainer Stephen Marsh had cause for celebration after having a treble of wins, including the feature race at Wanganui on Saturday. Following his unbeaten trial form, Sai Fah started the day off in hard fought fashion to take out the Wanganui Ste

Chocolate Fish Tastes Northern Success

Chocolate Fish (above) proved his credentials as an out and out stayer when he out-toughed his rivals in Sunday’s $125,000 Irvines Great Northern Steeplechase (6300m) at Te Aroha. Traditionally run over the famed Ellerslie hill this year’s edition of

Nelson asking plenty of Perry   

Leading jumps trainer Paul Nelson will have strong chances in each of the two feature jumps races at Te Aroha on Sunday, but he still holds some reservations ahead of the event. Nine-year-old Zed gelding Perry Mason has been in fine form for Nelson over W

Right place at the right time for Somervell

Sometimes in life things simply fall into place and that’s the case with trainer Lee Somervell’s decision to move to Hastings. Somervell has enjoyed great success training from the late Ada Parnwell’s Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge over the past 12 ye


By CHRIS MCQUAID, JUMPS HISTORIAN It’s only a few days now until what are traditionally the highlights of the jumping season, the Great Northern Hurdles and Steeplechase.  To be run for the first time away from Ellerslie, both races are packed full of

Melody Belle Too Tough In Tarzino

The grit and determination of high-class galloper Melody Belle (pictured below) was plain for all to see at Hastings today as she triumphed in the season’s opening Group One feature, the Tarzino Trophy (1400m). Beautifully handled by Malaysian-born ride


Veteran Cambridge trainer Lee Somervell is hitting the road for a fresh challenge at Hastings. He says “a change of circumstances” at Cambridge Lodge has convinced him to make the move. He did  not  elaborate. He will take his entire team to

Gingernuts Retired With Cult Following

Three-time Group One winner and equine cult-hero Gingernuts has been officially retired.  The chestnut son of Iffraaj captured the imagination of the racing public, thanks to his catchy name, his enthusiastic ownership group and his heroics on the track.


Melody Belle wins Foxbridge Plate

A nail-biting finish to the Gr.2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (1200m) saw former top juvenile Melody Belle provide her trainer Jamie Richards with the perfect birthday present at Te Rapa. Race favourite Julius and Melody Belle set down to a pitched battl