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  1. It took nearly all day to reveal the sale topping yearling for day two of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale but when it was unveiled the wait was well worth it. Lot 454, the Savabeel colt form Fastnet Rock mare Bayrock had been confidently predicted to attract plenty of attention from the assembled buying […]View the full article
  2. There was an air of expectation in the sale auditorium at Karaka on Monday prior to lot 449 entering the sale ring. Charlotte Chittick, daughter of Waikato Stud principal Mark Chittick, was preparing to lead her very first yearling through the ring, marking a historical moment in the farm’s history. Chittick admitted to being nervous […]View the full article
  3. The generosity of a number of thoroughbred industry kingpins has led to more than $300,000 being raised for the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust at Karaka on Monday. The journey began a few years ago with Valachi Downs principals Kevin and Jo Hickman purchasing a Brazen Beau service, which was donated by Darley, at […]View the full article
  4. A strong resemblance to Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) winner Jameka led to the first $500,000 sale at Karaka on Sunday. Leading Australian trainer Ciaron Maher was taken back by the similarities between lot 28, the Showcasing colt out of Don Eduardo mare Khales, and his former star galloper. He was adamant he would secure the […]View the full article
  5. Expat New Zealand trainer John Sargent is hoping to strike while the iron is hot with New Zealand-bred mare Luvaluva. The daughter of Mastercraftsman has recorded two stakes victories in her last two starts after a 20-month hiatus from the winner’s circle. Luvaluva broke her winning drought in style in the Gr.3 Summer Cup (2000m) […]View the full article
  6. Its Destinys Child levels up to Molto Veloce (inner) to take out the Gr.3 Preferment@Brighthill Farm Concorde Handicap (1200m). Photo credit: Trish Dunell Underrated sprinter Its Destinys Child bounced back from an unplaced run in Group One company at her last start to take out the Gr.3 Preferment@Brighthill Farm Concorde Handicap (1200m) at Ellerslie. The Bob and Jenny Vance-trained six-year-old had […]View the full article
  7. Outstanding southern mare Kiwi Ida showed northern racegoers a glimpse of her undoubted class when she dashed home to take out the Gr.2 Westbury Classic (1400m) in her first look at the Ellerslie track. Prepared at Balcairn in the South Island by John and Karen Parsons, the Squamosa five-year-old had upset the applecart prior to […]View the full article
  8. Jockey Opie Bosson has a strong record in the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m). Photo: Peter Rubery (Race Images Palmerston North) Opie Bosson doesn’t mind getting called greedy. Especially when it comes for his desire for further Karaka Million success. The champion jockey will team up with Cool Aza Beel in Saturday’s Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) and […]View the full article
  9. Lot 189 – The American Pharoah colt out of Posavina. Photo: Trish Dunell Situated in the lush countryside of the Waikato region, Pencarrow Stud was established by international businessman Sir Peter Vela. Developed in tandem with his late brother Philip, the pair created a legacy for their families and the New Zealand thoroughbred industry through years […]View the full article
  10. Unbeaten filly Play That Song. Photo: Trish Dunell Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley believes undefeated filly Play That Song is hitting all the right notes heading into Saturday’s $1 million Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) at Ellerslie. The daughter of Showcasing, whom Tiley owns with wife Lee, her sister Mandy and close friends Richard Cole and Alex Opie, […]View the full article
  11. Waikato Stud principal Mark Chittick. Photo: Trish Dunell This year’s New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale will be the final bow for one Waikato Stud stallion and a debut for another, but Savabeel remains an all-conquering constant. Savabeel has won the Grosvenor Award (champion New Zealand sire) for five consecutive seasons, as well as the Dewar […]View the full article
  12. Jockey Shaun McKay celebrates his first Group One win with his parents Kim and Peter Photo credit: Race Images – Peter Rubery The Gr.1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham has always been one of the McKay family’s favourite races, but on Saturday it became much more special. The Mitigator delivered a third victory in the […]View the full article
  13. Trainer Jamie-Lee Lupton with her pride and joy, Soleseifei Photo credit: Race Images – Peter Rubery Underrated stayer Soleseifei completed a fairytale result for the Lupton family when she carried the colours worn by the legendary Kiwi to victory in the Gr.3 NZ Campus Of Innovation & Sport Wellington Cup (3200m) at Trentham, thirty-seven years after […]View the full article
  14. Opie Bosson brings Avantage back to the Trentham birdcage after their gritty victory Photo credit: Race Images – Peter Rubery Feisty mare Avantage showed all her fighting qualities when she overcame a wide barrier and a plucky southern rival to take out the Gr.1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham. Prepared by Jamie Richards […]View the full article
  15. Dee And Gee winning the Gr.3 New Zealand Cup (3200m). Photo: Race Images South There’s nothing like recalling Dee And Gee’s Gr.3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) heroics to lighten the mood for Mid Canterbury trainers Peter Corbett and Terrill Charles. The couple will produce Darci Brahma six-year-old Dee And Gee in Saturday’s Gr.3 NZ Campus Of […]View the full article