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  1. Dual Group One winner Verry Elleegant is one of four Chris Waller-trained gallopers nominated for Saturday’s Gr.1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick, joining stablemates Unforgotten, Youngstar and Kings Will Dream. Originally trained in New Zealand, Verry Elleegant looks poised to make a big impression this spring, with the daughter of Zed continuing to please her […]View the full article
  2. Cambridge jockey Jason Waddell has been forced to delay his return to raceday riding. Waddell underwent surgery on his right leg on May 27 and had planned to resume at the start of this season, but a setback has left him unsure of the exact date of his return. “The operation went well and I […]View the full article
  3. Ex-pat Kiwi Justine Hales is celebrating a massive achievement after completing the world’s longest horse race, the Mongol Derby, a race held for charity. Hales, who currently manages the Cavallino Estate pre-training operation for leading Australian trainer Ciaron Maher, tackled the 1000km event that recreates the horse messenger system developed by Genghis Khan in 1224 […]View the full article
  4. Fireworks were expected at Te Rapa on Saturday as several of last season’s equine stars kicked off their new spring campaigns in the Gr.2 US Navy Flag Foxbridge Plate (1200m) and it was recent Gr.1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) placegetter Endless Drama who delivered with a stunning victory. The Tony Pike-trained eight-year-old had been given a […]View the full article
  5. Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh stepped out three of his stable stars at the Avondale trials on Tuesday and he is excited for the spring ahead with the trio. Marsh was particularly pleased with the way Group One performer Vernanme trialled on Tuesday, winning his 1000m heat in impressive style when finding clear room late. “He […]View the full article
  6. Melody Belle will attempt to defend her title in the Gr.2 U S Navy Flag Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa on Saturday. The six-time Group One winner provided Jamie Richards with his first stakes win as sole Te Akau trainer in the race last season after an inch-perfect ride by Shafiq Rusof. Richards also […]View the full article
  7. Proven international jockey Grant Cooksley tasted success of a different kind at Ruakaka on Sunday when saddling up his first two winners as a trainer. Cooksley gained his trainers’ license in late March to go into partnership with Bruce Wallace and he produced Splendido and Havana Heat to win, while Badea (his other runner at […]View the full article
  8. Mark Oulaghan is set to start the star of his stable, Shadows Cast, fresh-up in the first leg of the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown later this month. Shadows Cast, winner of the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham last January, has been freshened since his last start on his home track on Anzac Day and […]View the full article
  9. Hawke’s Bay Racing is excited to announce that two legends of New Zealand broadcasting will attend Tarzino Trophy TAB Daffodil Raceday on Saturday August 31 at Hastings. SKY Sport commentators Grant Nisbett and Ian Smith have taken time away from Mitre 10 Cup duties to step in as guest presenters for TAB Trackside. This year’s […]View the full article
  10. Cambridge Stud will host the first of three public stallion parades this Sunday at 2pm. The Cambridge farm will parade resident stallions Tavistock, Almanzor, Burgundy and Embellish. Subsequent parades will take place on the 18th and 25th of August at 2pm and 2:30pm respectively. All welcome.View the full article
  11. The world has a new richest race, with the announcement of the creation of the US$20 million Saudi Cup (1800m), to be run at King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh on February 29. The race will be run on dirt and have a maximum field of 14 starters. The race will be free to enter and […]View the full article
  12. When expat Kiwi trainer Stephen Gray was told he had saddled his 700th winner at Kranji with five-year-old gelding Larry on Sunday, his face lit up with surprise and delight first, but a more solemn sense of self-reflection and nostalgia soon took over. The boy from Waverley has come a long way since he landed […]View the full article
  13. After a wet and windy start to the day the sun appeared on cue to give shareholders and local breeders an excellent first look at Rich Hill’s latest stallion recruit the dual Australian Group One winner Ace High (High Chaparral). Among those in attendance were Ace High’s former trainer David Payne and owner John Cordina […]View the full article
  14. Group One-winning owner Scott Richardson passed away on Monday after a lengthy battle with illness. A former stock broker, Richardson was a director of the Auckland Racing Club for 11 years until 2002. A passionate racing man, he then turned his attention to his 100-acre property in Matamata which he called Flemington Farm, with well-regarded […]View the full article
  15. Catching up with old acquaintances on a Queensland holiday last month has led to Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Tony Allan deciding to continue his riding career in the Sunshine state of Australia. Allan, who won the 1988 Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Empire Rose, has accepted an offer to be stable rider for former prominent New […]View the full article