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  1. Retired Te Akau racehorse Chambord has continued showing his finesse off the track in both the show-jumping arena and hunting field. Runner-up to Atlante in the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) and a multiple Group placed and stakes winner, who overcame a series of injuries throughout his career, Chambord is one of 15 horses […]View the full article
  2. Milan Park principal Tony Rider has had a busy time of late. Rider and his team at Pak ‘N’ Save Clarence St, Hamilton, have been run off their feet supplying customers over the COVID-19 lockdown period. “It’s been full on, but it’s been good,” he said. “There have been some challenges that we have never […]View the full article
  3. The successful completion of a set of jumpouts at Hastings last Friday has local trainer John Bary fizzing as he awaits a return to racing next month. Bary lined up a number of his potential winter team on the day and was delighted with their performances which including an impressive winning gallop over 780m by […]View the full article
  4. Hall of Fame trainer Graeme Rogerson is throwing all of his support behind New Zealand racing’s return from its coronavirus-enforced hiatus. Training in partnership with his wife Debbie and granddaughter Bailey, Rogerson plans to have more than two dozen runners at the first northern race meeting, which is currently scheduled for Te Rapa on July […]View the full article
  5. One of New Zealand’s top big-race jockeys is heading across the Tasman. Cambridge jockey Jason Waddell said he is at a stage in his career where he would like to test his talents in Australia. “I wanted to be a part of the ship that resurrected New Zealand racing, I really did, but sometimes you […]View the full article
  6. Fresh from recording his first Group Two victory since relocating to Queensland, jockey Mark du Plessis is now turning his attention to the Gr.1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m). A popular member of New Zealand’s riding ranks for two decades, du Plessis has been based in Brisbane since the 2018 winter carnival. At Eagle Farm last Saturday, […]View the full article
  7. Andrew Campbell admired Gobstopper’s professionalism in winning the the Australian Hurdle (3900m) at Sandown Sunday. “I thought he was really professional this time, he didn’t over-race he got a nice trail and was ridden amazingly,” part-owner and former trainer Campbell said. “He has got some good form around him at the moment.” Gobstopper has won […]View the full article
  8. Waikato jockey Ryan Elliot was a little disappointed about the season being curtailed as a result of COVID-19, but he is looking forward to getting back raceday riding in just over a month. The 21-year-old was kept busy at trainer Graeme Rogerson’s private training property in Hamilton over the lockdown period, but he said he […]View the full article
  9. After watching runners struggle through the testing track conditions in the first race at Randwick on Saturday Kiwi trainer Tony Pike was relieved the decision had been made to scratch the promising two-year-old Not An Option. Temporarily in the care of Rosehill trainers Richard and Michael Freedman due to Covid-9,which keeps Pike in New Zealand, […]View the full article
  10. With an eye to the future, Mapperley Stud has elected to reduce their service fees across the board in order to assist breeders ahead of the upcoming breeding season. “We feel reducing our service fees in this climate is the right thing to do,” Mapperley Stud principal Simms Davison said. “We firmly believe it is […]View the full article
  11. Despite the uncertain economic climate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand bloodstock agent Stuart Hale is remaining optimistic about the future. While many in the racing industry couldn’t do much more than go for a walk and watch television during lockdown, Hale was kept busy and even traded a couple of horses […]View the full article
  12. There’s nothing like the green pastures of home and leading New Zealand jockey Opie Bosson can attest to that. The ace hoop is back on his Pukekawa farm after a successful autumn campaign in Sydney and he said he is enjoying being back out in the fresh air and open spaces after living in an […]View the full article
  13. Trainer Jamie Richards is enjoying being back in a familiar routine as the Te Akau Racing operation gears up for a return to the racetrack in the coming months. Richards, who sits atop the national trainers’ premiership with an unassailable twenty-seven win lead over his nearest rival, has plenty on his plate as he readies […]View the full article
  14. Former New Zealand-trained galloper Mongolian Marshal will contest Saturday’s Gr.3 R A Lee Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville for Adelaide trainer Stuart Gower. Previously prepared by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, the son of High Chaparral won the Gr.3 Waikato Cup (2400m) in 2018 and was also placed in last year’s Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) […]View the full article
  15. Waikato’s famed Browne’s Hill is back in action after a month-long hiatus. The husband and wife training duo of Emma-Lee and David Browne had the opportunity to continue ticking their team over on their private training establishment on the property during COVID-19 Alert Level 4, however, they elected to turn out their entire team in […]View the full article
  16. Cambridge trainer Tony Pike believes the $72.5 million dollar COVID-19 emergency support package for the racing industry announced by Minister for Racing Winston Peters on Tuesday has breathed life back into the $1.6 billion industry which has been halted by coronavirus. The support package consists of $50 million relief grant for the Racing Industry Transition […]View the full article
  17. The announcement of funding for two all-weather tracks in New Zealand has been welcomed by the racing industry. Minster for Racing, Winston Peters, announced on Tuesday that the Government has approved $20 million from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to construct two new synthetic race tracks – at Riccarton Park in Christchurch, and Awapuni in […]View the full article
  18. Former Kiwi trainer Brendon Hawtin is looking forward to taking the next step in his training career after making a successful move to Australia just on eight months ago. Hawtin took up the position of assistant trainer to expat New Zealanders Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young at Cranbourne in September last year and has thrived […]View the full article
  19. In a year where the resilience of breeders is likely to be tested in New Zealand, Westbury Stud have taken a positive approach to the troubled times when announcing their roster and fee structure for the upcoming season. “It is imperative for breeders to mate their mares this year, as the long term future of […]View the full article
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    [RC News]RACING’S RETURN

    STAKES $15,000, PAYMENT STRETCHING BACK TO 14TH All races at 13 meetings during July will carry stakemoney of $15,000, the NZTR announced today. In addition, the following initiatives will also be introduced with the focus on reducing costs and spreading returns for owners: To ensure a wider distribution of stakes to more owners, payments will […]View the full article
  21. It has been somewhat of a ghost town at the Cambridge Jockey Club, New Zealand’s largest thoroughbred training centre, over the last month. It has sat mostly empty during the Covid-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown, but with the country set to enter Level 3 at 11:59 pm on Monday, restrictions on training are set to […]View the full article
  22. The Matamata stable of Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott is preparing to welcome 25 to 30 horses back into the stable over the coming week, with boom three-year-old Dragon Leap not far away from a return to training. If there is a silver-lining to the lockdown period, O’Sullivan believes the additional time to mature for […]View the full article
  23. Jockey Tommy Berry is hoping he has done enough to square the ledger with the Hawkes family after lifting family horse Amangiri to victory in the Gr.3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1500m). The mare is raced by Jenny and Clare Hawkes, the wives of father and son co-trainers John and Michael, and Berry said he owed […]View the full article
  24. Cambridge trainer Ben Foote is finding a silver lining to New Zealand’s strict lockdown measures under COVID-19 Alert level 4. With the nation poised to ease restrictions next week, which will likely enable a return to full-training, Foote has said there have been some benefits from the down time. Among those benefits is the additional […]View the full article
  25. Triple Group One winner Humidor will headline a trio of Group One winners trainer Lindsey Smith intends racing in Perth this winter after revising plans to campaign in Queensland. The COVID-19 outbreak has significantly reduced Queensland’s winter carnival and with a doubt remaining on any interstate participation, Smith said Western Australia’s winter weight-for-age trio of […]View the full article