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  1. Pretty To Sea beats Avantage to win the Listed Hallmark Stud Sprint (1200m) at Ellerslie. Photo credit: Trish Dunell In what has proved to be a tumultuous and tragic week for Cambridge Stud owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay, the victory of two-year-old filly Taroni and then underrated mare Pretty To Sea in the Listed Hallmark Stud Handicap […]View the full article
  2. James McDonald guides True Enough to victory in the Gr.1 Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie. Photo credit: Trish Dunell What a difference a year makes. Expat New Zealand jockey James McDonald rode True Enough to victory in the Thames Cup (1600m) in January and nearly a year later he reunited with the six-year-old gelding to […]View the full article
  3. Visiting Cambridge mare Concert Hall was back to her brilliant best when she demolished her opposition in Saturday’s Gr.3 Aberdeen On Broadway Manawatu Cup (2300m). The Joan Egan-bred and owned five-year-old had been slowly building to her peak form in recent starts which included an eye-catching run for fourth in the Gr.3 Counties Cup (2100m) […]View the full article
  4. Just 12 years after riding his first winner, James McDonald is about to become the youngest person to be inducted to the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame. When his induction takes place at the Hall of Fame gala dinner in Hamilton on May 3, the Sydney-based champion will join 16 other jockeys to have […]View the full article
  5. Pinmedown winning the Gr.2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day last year. Photo: Trish Dunell Fresh from winning with all of his three runners at Flemington on Saturday, Mike Moroney has shifted his focus to New Zealand. The trans-Tasman trainer flew over from Melbourne on Sunday, with Christmas and Ellerslie’s Boxing Day races on […]View the full article
  6. Stakes winner Rock On Wood. Photo: Peter Rubery (Race Images Palmerston North) In-form Waikato jockey Ryan Elliot hopes to be celebrating his first taste of black-type success for the season when he has Christmas with his family in Levin. The highly talented 20-year-old wound up last season with a personal best tally of 60 wins, including six […]View the full article
  7. Leading New Zealand stallion Tavistock died at the weekend Cambridge Stud has announced. The 14-year-old son of Montjeu suffered a life threatening injury in a freak paddock accident eight weeks ago. “Although he made significant progress from the initial injury, he sustained secondary complications following further surgery last week and was put down on vets […]View the full article
  8. Rory Hutchings reunites with his old boss Graeme Rogerson at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. Hutchings, now living in Australia, will ride Contessa Vanesa in the Zabeel Classic. The 23-year-old, who last rode on raceday on January 12, has battled with his weight in recent years after winning the Sydney apprentice jockeys’ premiership in 2016. He […]View the full article
  9. Promising three-year-old Not Usual Litening opens his winning account at Te Rapa. Photo credit: Trish Dunell A comfortable maiden victory by Not Usual Litening at Te Rapa on Saturday has co-trainer Murray Baker looking at stepping his charge up to a greater challenge in the coming weeks. Baker, who prepares the Pins three-year-old at Cambridge […]View the full article
  10. Mick Dee will ride Mike Moroney’s star colt Harlech in the Listed Shaw’s Wires Ropes Uncle Remus Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. Melbourne-based Dee rode Sheezallmine to victory in the Stewards at Riccarton last month. Dee will ride Pinmedown in the Zabeel Classic on Wednesday as well as Harlech. Moroney is looking forward […]View the full article
  11. Matamata trainer Danica Guy knows that promising four-year-old Germanicus has the ability of a Group horse. But she is also wary that the four-year-old gelding has a few wayward tendencies. The emerging miler will contest the Lodge Residential (1600m) at Te Rapa on Saturday, the scene of his last-start victory over the same distance, having […]View the full article
  12. Awapuni trainer Gary Vile will be vying to win his fifth Gr.3 Aberdeen on Broadway Manawatu Cup (2300m) at his home track on Saturday. The Palmerston North horseman has previously won the race with All Square (2005), Ransomed (2012), Jacksstar (2016), and Rock On (2018). Jacksstar will represent the stable once again in the race […]View the full article
  13. Hastings trainer John Bary would have preferred another week of conditioning under Callsign Mav’s belt heading into Saturday’s Rich Hill Stud Premier 3YO (1400m) at Awapuni but expects his charge to be competitive nonetheless. The Atlante gelding has already shown his class with two wins in his five starts, including a second placing to gun […]View the full article
  14. Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is happy with comeback galloper Chocante but has no expectation of a winning return in the Gr.2 Kamada Park Manawatu Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni on Saturday. The Group One performer strained a tendon in the Listed Tails Stakes (1600m) at Doomben in April last year and was given a long […]View the full article
  15. In-form Waikato jockey Ryan Elliot hopes to be celebrating his first taste of black-type success for the season when he has Christmas with his family in Levin. The highly talented 20-year-old wound up last season with a personal best tally of 60 wins, including six black-type wins, and, though he has made a flying start […]View the full article
  16. Cambridge trainer Frank Ritchie is looking to plunder the rich spoils on offer at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day with a pair of stable runners. Impressive last start winner Kya Khoob Lagti Ho will contest the Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship (2400m), while Dawn Patrol will be vying for Group One glory in the Sistema Railway […]View the full article
  17. Cambridge trainer Tony Pike believes rules around late scratchings need to be reviewed after he was fined $350 for late-scratching Intrigue at Te Rapa on Saturday. Pike made the call to scratch the Group Two performer from her 1600m contest due to firm track conditions and expected rain not eventuating. “The track was a Good […]View the full article
  18. After narrowly avoiding disaster as he left the starting gates, promising galloper Beauden showed just what a talent he could become over a staying journey when he demolished his rivals in Saturday’s open 2000m event at Awapuni. The Team Rogerson-trained five-year-old stumbled badly as the field emerged from the barrier with rider Ryan Elliot somehow […]View the full article
  19. Te Rapa winner American Princess is likely to be put aside for a short break as her trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman look ahead to some of the late summer two-year-old features with the impressive debutant. An eye-catching win at the Cambridge trials last moth saw punters install the Jimmy Choux filly as a […]View the full article
  20. Justamaiz and a jubilant Sam Spratt return to the Te Rapa birdcage Photo credit: Trish Dunell Local galloper Justamaiz left no excuses for his rivals as he led all the way to capture the day’s feature staying contest at Te Rapa, the Gr.3 SKY CITY Hamilton Waikato Cup (2400m). The free-going Guillotine five-year-old was rated perfectly […]View the full article
  21. A switch in plans has led Group One performer Aalaalune to target Saturday’s Gr.3 Lawnmaster Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni to open up options at Ellerslie’s Christmas carnival. Trainers Graeme, Debbie and Bailey Rogerson changed tack from their original plan to start Aalaalune in Sunday’s Listed Hynds 3YO Salver (2100m) at Ellerslie after discussions with […]View the full article
  22. Masetto stretches out in fine style as he delivers a victory at Tauranga Photo: Race Images (Kenton Wright) David and Elizabeth Olsen want to keep the Waikato Cup in the family. The Hauraki owners won the 2009 Waikato Cup with Passchendaele and this weekend will get a chance to celebrate the 10th anniversary by winning the […]View the full article
  23. Etah James winning the Listed Pakenham Cup (2500m). Photo: Quentin Lang Matamata owners Mark and Cath Lupton are hoping their dream run will continue in Saturday’s Gr.2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa. The Luptons’ quality mare Yearn will chase back-to-back stakes wins in the fillies and mares’ feature, having claimed a career-best victory in […]View the full article
  24. Jockey Mick Dee will return to New Zealand to ride at Ellerslie’s Boxing Day and New Year’s Day meetings. Photo: Darryl Sherer The prospect of riding smart Cambridge three-year-old Kali at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day has lured Melbourne-based jockey Mick Dee back to New Zealand. The former successful New Zealand apprentice landed a treble on […]View the full article
  25. Wyndspelle and Jason Waddell have the situation under control as they head to the Trentham winning post in the Gr.1 Rydges Wellington Captain Cook Stakes (1600m). Photo credit:Race Images – Peter Rubery A perennial bridesmaid at the highest level, consistent galloper Wyndspelle finally cracked a maiden Group One triumph when he took out the Gr.1 Rydges […]View the full article