King Cougar Reigns Supreme

Promising galloper King Cougar delivered an emphatic statement to those who questioned his credentials on firmer ground when he stormed to victory on his home turf on Saturday. The Awapuni local has fashioned a more than useful record to date on mainly we

Plenty Of Activities At Crusoe’s Retreat

When you’re done relaxing at the recently revitalised Crusoe’s Retreat in Fiji, there are no shortage of ways to stay active and entertained, with a bounty of activities and amenities on offer. Water lovers will have endless opportunities to experienc


Matamata win justifies big offers

Ardmore Lodge trainer Nick Bishara has fielded some big offers for talented Zed filly Verry Ellegant and they were justified on Wednesday with an easy win in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1400m) at Matamata. Bishara was receiving offers as late as


Gingernuts Retired With Cult Following

Three-time Group One winner and equine cult-hero Gingernuts has been officially retired.  The chestnut son of Iffraaj captured the imagination of the racing public, thanks to his catchy name, his enthusiastic ownership group and his heroics on the track.


MacNab Remains In Hospital

Kevin Myers apprentice Sarah MacNab remains in hospital 10 days after crashing heavily in a race at Woodville. Partner Shaun Fannin said she remained under observation for the effects of head trauma. “She just needs to rest,” said Fannin. MacN

Amarula Returns To Scene Of Biggest Victory

Hardy sprinter Amarula, pictured, returned to the scene of his biggest victory when he took out the open sprint at Hastings on Saturday. The Peter McKay trained six-year-old caused a major upset as a three-year-old when successful in the 2015 edition of t

Avantage Returns In Great Style

By Phillip Quay Last season’s champion two-year-old Avantage, pictured, returned to the racetrack in brilliant style when she scored a hard-fought win in the Gr. 3 Hawke’s Bay Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings today. In a close tussle over

Taree to signal Mitchell’s move south

Cambridge horsewoman Tarissa Mitchell will launch another chapter in her life at Riccarton on Saturday with a horse who seriously injured her 11 months ago. Mitchell, a promising trainer and former jockey, made the permanent move from Cambridge to Riccart

Sir Charles Road On Trial For Caulfield Cup

Matamata-trained stayer Sir Charles Road will step out at Caulfield on Saturday in the Gr.3 East Malvern Bendigo Bank MRC Foundation Cup (2000m), a race where the winner gains ballot exempt status for next month’s Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m). Prepare

Hennessy Still Fuming Over Tarzino Disaster

Cox Plate-winning trainer Gary  Hennessy is still getting over the Tarzino Trophy disaster which has all but wrecked his Melbourne Cup plans for Ocean Emperor, pictured. Hennessy slammed jockey Shaun McKay for changing race tactics and has sacked him for


STATUS UPGRADED Three three-year-old races have been upgraded by the New Zealand Pattern Committee. The Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings has been upgraded from Group III to Group II and the Partners Life Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Eller


Tony Pike had three starters in all of August. Over the next three days, he will have 20. The Cambridge trainer has quickly ramped up his spring team and at Taupo, Hastings, Riccarton and Pukekohe, he will present four runners in three stakes races and un

Cafe Culture…comeback at 9

Margaret Larsen rather not say how much it has cost getting one-time Auckland Cup hopeful Cafe Culture back to the races. But you can bet it’s a lot. He hasn’t raced since since March 2016 when he tore the tendons in both forelegs. It looked c


WEIR RUNNER IN WINDSOR PLATE Saturday’s Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings has received an injection of international flavour with the late entry of the Darren Weir-trained stakes winner Raw Impulse. The Makfi entire has been battling with firm

Morell Delighted With Florence Jean

Te Rapa trainer John Morell was pleased with Florence Jean’s trial win on his home track on Tuesday and is aiming at starting the four-year-old in a week’s time. “I’m delighted with the way she looks at the moment,” Morell said. “She is finall


Smart Kiwi filly Verry Elleegant has been sold to Australia. Noted for her brilliant acceleration, she will leave for her new home tomorrow. Trainer Nicholas Bishara said it was sad to see her go but the money was too good to turn down. Bishara shared own