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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. After failing to cope with the hot and humid conditions in Singapore, multiple Group One winner Volkstok’n’barrell is now in Melbourne with trainer Danny O’Brien. Winner of the 2015 Rosehill Guineas as a three-year-old as well as three Group One races in New Zealand as an older horse, Volkstok’n’barrell was the flag-bearer for trainer Donna […]View the full article
  14. Central Districts raider Dez took out Saturday’s Gr.3 Winning Edge Presentations 122nd Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton courtesy of a peach of a ride from master jockey Chris Johnson. The lightly raced eight-year old, who was having just his seventeenth career start, lifted in the final 100m under the urgings of Johnson to nail fellow […]View the full article
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