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  1. Leading rider Jason Waddell had two reasons to celebrate a successful return to racing at Te Rapa on Saturday. The Cambridge horseman picked up a victory with his only mount on the day when he took out race six aboard the Stephen Marsh-trained Osaka while earlier in the day he experienced the winning sensation from […]View the full article
  2. Foxton trainer Chrissy Bambry continued her red-hot run of form since racing recommenced following the COVID-19 hiatus, as she registered a winning treble at Awapuni on Saturday. Bambry had struck a winning double last week when racing returned at Wanganui with Speed Call and Spring Tide scoring for her emerging team and she went one […]View the full article
  3. Matamata horseman Cody Cole already has a win on the board since the resumption of racing and he is hoping to strike again while the iron is hot. The 30-year-old will have a trio of runners on the 12-race card at Te Rapa on Saturday, including a couple of strong chances. Five-year-old mare Vainglory won […]View the full article
  4. Te Rapa’s sole resident trainer David Greene is looking forward to racing returning to his home track on Saturday. While the Hamilton venue has hosted a couple of recent trials, it has been nearly five months since a race meeting has taken place at the track. Greene will be represented by just the one runner […]View the full article
  5. Palmerston North trainer Roydon Bergerson is looking forward to racing returning to Awapuni Racecourse on Saturday after a near four month hiatus as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. The Awapuni conditioner was represented by two runners at the Central Districts’ first meeting back at Wanganui last week, but he said a home track return is […]View the full article
  6. It’s been more than nine months since Isaac Lupton last rode at a race meeting and he is looking forward to breaking that dry spell at Wanganui on Thursday. The jumps jockey has been kept busy on his South Taranaki dairy farm but he said it will be great to get back out on the […]View the full article
  7. It hasn’t been the smoothest road to racing for Redwood four-year-old Hooter, but Foxton trainer Matt Dixon believes his charge possesses the ability to make it all worthwhile. Dixon described Hooter, who makes his debut at Wanganui on Thursday, as quirky and revealed he had overcome a suspensory injury to get to the races. Hooter […]View the full article
  8. South Auckland trainer Rudy Liefting added another string to his bow when Fast Mover recorded his maiden victory over 1100m at Pukekohe Park on Saturday. The four-year-old gelding is a homebred product of Liefting’s Kakapo Lodge, being by his homebred stallion Move Faster. Liefting has tried his hand at most occupations in the racing industry […]View the full article
  9. The beaming smile on the face of Cambridge apprentice Ashvin Goindasamy said it all as he made his way back to the Pukekohe birdcage after taking out the opening event on Saturday aboard outsider Keep It Real. The Mauritius-born rider had been struggling to keep his excitement in check as he counted down the days […]View the full article
  10. The combination of Spicer Thoroughbreds and trainer Lindsey Smith have enjoyed good success in recent weeks with horses emanating from New Zealand. That trend continued on Sunday when progressive galloper Mystery Shot kept his record unblemished for Smith, with an impressive victory at Ballarat over 1200m. The Inglewood Stud bred gelding trialled in New Zealand […]View the full article
  11. Racing identity George Simon admits it is a very long time since he has felt as excited about calling at a midweek trial day as he did on the morning of the 33-heat meeting at Te Rapa last Tuesday. It was the first time since the Covid-19 enforced lockdown of New Zealand that Simon had […]View the full article
  12. Kevin Hughes was excited to have Group Two-winning mare Emily Margaret back at the trials on Thursday. The daughter of Pins finished near the tail of the field in her 1000m heat at Rangiora after being caught on the rail, but Hughes, who trains in partnership with his wife Pam, was pleased with her run. […]View the full article
  13. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Sky Horse will be looking to bag her first stakes victory when she contests the Gr.2 The Roses (1800m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday. The lightly raced daughter of Tavistock has won two of her five career starts and finished fourth last start in the Gr.3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m). […]View the full article
  14. Byerley Park trainers Peter and Dawn Williams are looking forward to a productive spring with a promising group of young horses. The husband and wife training partnership will be unlikely to be represented by runners when racing commences later this month but are encouraged by the young stock coming through the stable at present. “The […]View the full article
  15. Ricky May has heard the three words he wanted to from his specialist – “everything is perfect”. And with that the seven-time New Zealand Cup winner Ricky May has been cleared for a return to the track this Friday. “He said there wasn’t one blemish there at all.” May was fitted with a defibrillator following […]View the full article
  16. While many jockeys will be looking to get back raceday riding later this month, southern hoop Jacob Lowry has set his sights towards the new season for his return. The 22-year-old rider has struggled with his weight this season and he said his hiatus away from racing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t […]View the full article
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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