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  1. Trainer Pam Gerard was delighted with the return of Tokarangi and Pinmedown at Hawke’s Bay on Saturday. Three-year-old filly Tokorangi was one of the runs of the day when finishing fourth in the Gr.3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m), while Pinmedown was beaten only four lengths in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) when tenth and will […]View the full article
  2. Alchemia could provide Katrina and Simon Alexander with a memorable milestone at Hastings on Saturday if she lives up to the promise she has shown her Matamata trainers. The daughter of Per Incanto is a one-race maiden set to take on the colts and geldings in the Listed El Roca – Sir Colin Meads Trophy […]View the full article
  3. Matamata trainer Peter McKay recites the old adage that it’s tough at the top as he prepares Group One winner The Mitigator for Saturday’s Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings. But he’s well aware that his Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) winner is himself a tough customer well capable of making his presence felt in the […]View the full article
  4. The huge impression created by young unbeaten Sydney galloper Mo’unga with his Rosehill stakes win last Saturday highlighted a significant week for champion New Zealand sire Savabeel, one which also uncovered another two of his possible three-year-old stars. While Group Two winner The Chosen One (a five-year-old son of Savabeel) boosted hopes of a start […]View the full article
  5. Group One winner Tiptronic (NZ) (O’Reilly) was one of the eye-catching runs at Ellerslie on Saturday, with the O’Reilly seven-year-old lumping 60kgs into a close-up fourth in the Auckland Co-Op Taxis 1600 won by Codecracker (NZ) (Nadeem) and looks set to make an impact deeper into the campaign. The Graham Richardson and Rogan Norvall-trained galloper was second-up […]View the full article
  6. Trainer Tony Pike breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday morning as he watched Gr.1 New Zealand Derby winner Sherwood Forest moving freely after pulling up lame in his campaign opener at Ellerslie the previous day. The Fastnet Rock four-year-old failed to beat a runner home in the JRA Trophy (1400m) and finished nearly ten […]View the full article
  7. There was a familiar look to the results after racing was concluded at Riccarton on Saturday with the local training duo of Matthew and Michael Pitman racking up another winning double on the day. The Pitman-trained Carson River made it back-to-back wins when he stormed home to take out the rating 91 1400m on the […]View the full article
  8. Meleka Belle has been named the 2020 Arion Pedigrees Eight Carat Broodmare of the Year. The award criteria states that the winner shall be the mare whose New Zealand-bred and/or New Zealand conceived progeny, anywhere in the world, in the season under review, most clearly reflect true breeding merit in quality of racing performance. Meleka […]View the full article
  9. New Zealand-bred three-year-old Oceanography has booked his ticket for the Victoria Derby Trial (1800m) at Flemington in a fortnight after breaking maiden ranks at Sandown on Wednesday. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained colt jumped away well from barrier five and was pushed forward by jockey John Allen to sit outside early leader Politicalinfluence. The […]View the full article
  10. Lance O’Sullivan, who trains in partnership with Andrew Scott, was pleased with the fresh-up run of quality four-year-old Dragon Leap (Pierro), who finished 8th in the Gr.2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday. The son of Pierro was only two lengths from the winner Dreamforce and will derive plenty of benefit from the hit-out. “I was very […]View the full article
  11. Craig Grylls began the spring in the best possible fashion at Te Rapa on Saturday, riding a winning treble, including his first stakes victory for the season, to take him to the top of the New Zealand Jockeys’ Premiership. “It was a great day. It’s always good to get a few on the board and […]View the full article
  12. Trainer Alan Sharrock had a smile on his face a mile wide despite being beaten in Saturday’s feature event at Te Rapa, the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Foxbridge Plate (1200m). Sharrock had just seen his underrated galloper Tavi Mac push quality mare Avantage all the way down the Te Rapa straight before going under by just […]View the full article
  13. Sweynesse filly Only Words has provided her Te Awamutu trainer Clint Isdale with the biggest victory of his fledgling training career after taking out the Listed HS Dyke Wanganui Guineas (1200m) on Saturday. Isdale has long had a good opinion of the Sweynesse filly, who raced in strong company as a two-year-old and kicked off […]View the full article
  14. Te Akau Racing’s annual southern spring sojourn begins in earnest at Timaru on Friday with trainer Jamie Richards unleashing five of his 12-strong first wave of travellers. Richards will produce Lethal, Bordeaux Le Rouge, Remington, Phantom Witness and Khafeef at Phar Lap Raceway as he seeks to build fitness for his team heading towards the […]View the full article
  15. Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have been given a free rein to develop promising three-year-olds Unition and Suffused as they see fit. That was the word from Forsman as he assessed the pair ahead of Saturday’s Gr.3 WRC Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa. Both Fastnet Rock colt Unition and Choisir colt […]View the full article