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  1. Rangiora trainer Paul Harris spent a sleepless night on Friday as he counted down the hours to the commencement of racing on Saturday. Harris took six runners to the Riccarton meeting including a two-year-old filly he believes could be the best horse he has ever trained. A bundle of nerves before the start of the […]View the full article
  2. One of the most formidable partnerships in Australasian jumps racing continued their undefeated record at Wanganui on Friday when winning the Brian FM Open Hurdle (2400m). Top New Zealand jumps jockey Aaron Kuru and Tallyho Twinkletoe were reunited for the first time since their historic Grand National Hurdle (4200m) and Steeplechase (4500m) double last year […]View the full article
  3. Weight, it’s the bane of many jockeys’ existence, and late last year it became a bit too much for talented apprentice Hazel Schofer. The New Plymouth rider had been battling weight issues for some time and elected to take a break from racing. “My weight just got a bit out of control,” she said. Originally […]View the full article
  4. Keep Aimee’s Jewel in your black book. That’s the thought of trainer Trudy Keegan after the filly’s dominant debut victory over 1200m at Awapuni on Saturday. The daughter of Proisir missed the jump by a couple of lengths before she quickly regathered the pack under the urgings of jockey Lisa Allpress. She picked her way […]View the full article
  5. It was a true family affair for local trainer John Morell at Te Rapa on Saturday. Morell acquired his love of racing from his uncle, Jim Mead, and he was pleased to mark the anniversary of his passing with a win courtesy of Steven James in the Super Seth @ Waikato Stud (1400m). Morell’s family […]View the full article
  6. Leading rider Jason Waddell had two reasons to celebrate a successful return to racing at Te Rapa on Saturday. The Cambridge horseman picked up a victory with his only mount on the day when he took out race six aboard the Stephen Marsh-trained Osaka while earlier in the day he experienced the winning sensation from […]View the full article
  7. Foxton trainer Chrissy Bambry continued her red-hot run of form since racing recommenced following the COVID-19 hiatus, as she registered a winning treble at Awapuni on Saturday. Bambry had struck a winning double last week when racing returned at Wanganui with Speed Call and Spring Tide scoring for her emerging team and she went one […]View the full article
  8. Matamata horseman Cody Cole already has a win on the board since the resumption of racing and he is hoping to strike again while the iron is hot. The 30-year-old will have a trio of runners on the 12-race card at Te Rapa on Saturday, including a couple of strong chances. Five-year-old mare Vainglory won […]View the full article
  9. Te Rapa’s sole resident trainer David Greene is looking forward to racing returning to his home track on Saturday. While the Hamilton venue has hosted a couple of recent trials, it has been nearly five months since a race meeting has taken place at the track. Greene will be represented by just the one runner […]View the full article
  10. Palmerston North trainer Roydon Bergerson is looking forward to racing returning to Awapuni Racecourse on Saturday after a near four month hiatus as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. The Awapuni conditioner was represented by two runners at the Central Districts’ first meeting back at Wanganui last week, but he said a home track return is […]View the full article
  11. It’s been more than nine months since Isaac Lupton last rode at a race meeting and he is looking forward to breaking that dry spell at Wanganui on Thursday. The jumps jockey has been kept busy on his South Taranaki dairy farm but he said it will be great to get back out on the […]View the full article
  12. It hasn’t been the smoothest road to racing for Redwood four-year-old Hooter, but Foxton trainer Matt Dixon believes his charge possesses the ability to make it all worthwhile. Dixon described Hooter, who makes his debut at Wanganui on Thursday, as quirky and revealed he had overcome a suspensory injury to get to the races. Hooter […]View the full article
  13. South Auckland trainer Rudy Liefting added another string to his bow when Fast Mover recorded his maiden victory over 1100m at Pukekohe Park on Saturday. The four-year-old gelding is a homebred product of Liefting’s Kakapo Lodge, being by his homebred stallion Move Faster. Liefting has tried his hand at most occupations in the racing industry […]View the full article
  14. The beaming smile on the face of Cambridge apprentice Ashvin Goindasamy said it all as he made his way back to the Pukekohe birdcage after taking out the opening event on Saturday aboard outsider Keep It Real. The Mauritius-born rider had been struggling to keep his excitement in check as he counted down the days […]View the full article
  15. The combination of Spicer Thoroughbreds and trainer Lindsey Smith have enjoyed good success in recent weeks with horses emanating from New Zealand. That trend continued on Sunday when progressive galloper Mystery Shot kept his record unblemished for Smith, with an impressive victory at Ballarat over 1200m. The Inglewood Stud bred gelding trialled in New Zealand […]View the full article