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  1. Things may not have gone Concert Hall’s way in the Gr.3 City Of Auckland Cup (2400m) at Ellerslie last start, but her connections are hopeful she can bring home another cup from the Auckland track on Saturday. The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained five-year-old will contest the Gr.2 Joe McDonald Avondale Cup (2400m) and her […]View the full article
  2. South Auckland trainer Lance Noble has been spoilt with a quality crop of three-year-old fillies this season and he was delighted to see one of them extend their winning record at Te Rapa on Saturday. Meghan secured her second consecutive win on the weekend in the SVS Veterinary Supplies 2100, which has set her on […]View the full article
  3. Leading central districts jockey Lisa Allpress ventured south on Saturday and rode a Riccarton double for local trainer Terri Rae. Allpress guided Wekaforce to a runaway victory in the NZB South Island Sale 17 April Open Handicap (1000m), then won the Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge Rating 65 (1600m) on the smart Capodanno. Allpress and […]View the full article
  4. Winning Saturday’s Gr.2 Legacy Lodge Waikato Guineas isn’t a critical element of Dragon Leap’s campaign, according to Matamata trainer Lance O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan, who trains the rising star Pierro three-year-old in partnership with Andrew Scott, has made it clear that this month’s Gr.1 $1 million Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie is the first of […]View the full article
  5. It’s hard to believe that outstanding galloper Te Akau Shark does not have a Group One win to his name, but the striking chestnut with a cult-following is strongly favoured to put that misnomer to bed on Saturday at Te Rapa. The Jamie Richards-trained gelding is set to commence a new campaign in the Gr.1 […]View the full article
  6. Group One-winning miler Wyndspelle has been retired after suffering an injury while preparing for a tilt at the Gr.1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic (1600m) later this month. Prepared at Otaki by Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard through the latter half of his career, Wyndspelle was a model of consistency, netting connections close to $700,000 in […]View the full article
  7. Not many trainers can say half of their racing team are Derby contenders, but that’s the case for Andrew Campbell. The Cambridge conditioner still has five three-year-olds nominated for the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) with four being realistic chances of making the field. Campbell, who privately trains for a group of owners including […]View the full article
  8. The combination of John & Karen Parsons and rider Tina Comignaghi completed a clean sweep of the stakes races at Wingatui on Saturday when they scored in the day’s feature event, the time-honoured Gr.3 White Robe Lodge Weight For Age (1600m). Riding former North Island galloper Killarney, Comignaghi repeated the front-running tactics that saw her […]View the full article
  9. Yearlings by four-time Group One winner Preferment were offered at Karaka for the first time this week and it was apt that three were purchased by Guy Mulcaster. The prominent bloodstock agent bought the Brighthill Farm stallion as a yearling at Karaka in 2013 for $190,000 and he went back to the same well to […]View the full article
  10. Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh still has five fillies in contention for March’s Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham and will have a better line on two of them after racing at New Plymouth on Saturday. Marsh will produce Elisa Carolina and Heart Of The Ocean in the Listed Fasttrack Insurance Oaks […]View the full article
  11. Ngaire Fraser reckons she’ll never lose her association with grand galloper Westminster, even as she prepares to saddle a two-year-old in a stakes race some 30 years later. The Cambridge trainer will produce Il Cavallo filly Alice Tinker in Saturday’s Gr.3 Woburn Farm Classic (1200m) at New Plymouth, the $11,000 Book 3 Karaka purchase winning […]View the full article
  12. Platinum Invador will take a step closer to his Gr.1 Barfoot and Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) aspirations when he lines-up in the Gr.3 Powerworx Taranaki Cup (1800m) at New Plymouth on Saturday. The Central Districts stayer put in an eye-catching run to win the Gr.3 City of Auckland Cup (2400m) by 2-3/4 lengths at Ellerslie […]View the full article
  13. Per Incanto’s strong record in Hong Kong didn’t go unnoticed by Hong Kong interests on the first day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 2 sale at Karaka on Wednesday. The Little Avondale Stud sire has accrued an impressive strike-rate of 72 percent winners-to-runners in the Asian racing jurisdiction and that success led to plenty of […]View the full article
  14. Matamata nursery Waikato Stud continued their dominance of recent years at the National Yearling Sale at Karaka, taking out the leading vendor title for the seventh consecutive year. Powered by the progeny of champion sire Savabeel along with the excitement of debuting youngsters by first season sire Tivaci, the raw numbers make solid reading. The […]View the full article
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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