HASTINGS TRACKWORK

(By John Jenkins) Estefania, who could start at either Otaki or Rotorua next week, worked well on her own in a quiet session at the Hastings track this morning. Fast work was confined to the plough which provided firm footing. A penetrometer reading was t

COMIGNAGHI BRINGS UP CENTURY

Apprentice jockey Tina Comignaghi picked up a double at Phar Lap Raceway on Sunday, securing her 100th career riding win. The South Island hoop recorded her 99th win aboard Miss Ricky Bobby in Race 3, the More FM Sprint (1200m). Five races later the 29-ye

JJ’S WEEKEND TOP SIX

  John Jenkins labels his six Best Bets for the weekend’s race meetings.  RUAKAKA, SATURDAY, 13/7/19  Race 2, 1.02pm  3 Massachusetts A promising three-year-old filly by Ferlax who deserves to break through for a maiden win after four 2nds from

TRENTHAM SELECTIONS

(By John Jenkins) Race 1 1 Zedace 2 Zedman 6 Kangaroo 3 Mr Enthusiastic Race 2 1 Summer Warrior 3 Zartan 11 No Need 7 Alfie Dee Race 3 3 Gallante 1 Laekeeper 5 El Corby 7 No Tip Race 4 3 Tabard 8 Paddy Bourke 5 Hartley 7 Miss Lizzie Race 5 2 Chocolate [&h

RUAKAKA SELECTIONS

(By John Jenkins) Race 1 3 Diva Express 1 Maybeashowoff 4 Tumbleweed 5 O’Jessica Race 2 3 Massachusetts 4 Kayture 6 Lily D’Or 1 Mannering Race 3 3 Star Treasure 2 Fire Jet 7 Von Trapp 4 Time To Fly Race 4 3 Magic Of The Sun 2 Go Nicholas 6 Amazing Az

JUST GOT HOME BACK IN WINNING FORM

Former top hurdler Just Got Home made a welcome and well received return to the winner’s circle at Te Aroha today when he prevailed in a thrilling finish to the Frank & Annie Matijasevich Memorial Open Steeplechase (3500m). The rising twelve-year-ol

FOXBRIDGE PLATE RETURN FOR RALPH PAIR

Te Awamutu trainer Stephen Ralph’s stakes-winning pair Santa Monica and Speedy Meady will kick off their campaigns in the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa next month. Santa Monica won the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m), while Speedy Meady dead

IGRAINE TO HAVE ONE FINAL RACE

New Zealand owned and trained mare Igraine will have the final start of her career in the Listed Grafton Cup (2400m) on July 11 before being sent to be covered by Coolmore stallion Fastnet Rock. The Galileo mare, trained by Robert Priscott, capped a good

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PARKES ON VERGE OF PERSONAL MILESTONE

Jockey Johnathan Parkes is just one winner away from equalling his career-best total for a season of 118 winners and is five behind premiership leader Lisa Allpress but the Central Districts jockey is not focusing on milestones or titles. “I’m really

HASTINGS JUMPOUTS

(By John Jenkins) Impressive wins by Mohaka and Callsign Mav were among the highlights at today’s Hastings jumpouts. There were seven heats held up against the inside rail on the course proper, where the footing was slow. Mohaka took out the second of t

RUAKAKA DOUBLE FOR LOCAL TRAINERS

Kenny Rae and his daughter Krystal Williams-Tuhoro enjoyed a red-letter day when sending out a double at Ruakaka yesterday. The first leg of the double came when Zelenski won the Racing 13 July Whangarei Cup 2YO Handicap (1000m), and then Viola Vega follo

TOMMYRA ON TRIAL FOR GRAND NATIONAL

(By Glenn Watson) Toby Autridge has ridden in a National but has never trained a contender. But that could change if Tommyra plays a blinder in the Te Whangai Romney Hawke’s Bay Hurdle this Saturday. Tommyra convinced Autridge he was worth the trip to

STEPHEN KARNICNIK INJURED IN CAR CRASH

Jumps jockey Stephan Karnicnik is currently in Waikato Hospital following a two-vehicle collision on Stanley Rd immediately outside the Te Aroha racecourse yesterday. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident which saw Stephan Karnicnik and

VALANTE’S GAME WIN IN KIWIFRUIT CUP

A gutsy front-running effort saw Valante defy his rivals to run him down in the Kiwifruit Cup (2100m) at Tauranga on Saturday. The Graeme Lord-trained seven-year-old was niggled at in front throughout the 2100 metre journey but refused to lie down as he f

ENGLISH ROSE BLOOMS AT OTAKI

English Rose, who is a sister to Group 1 winner Sofia Rosa, landed her second career victory yesterday when taking out the Sunrans Spa Handicap (2100m) at Otaki in the hands of apprentice jockey Chelsea Burdan. The filly beat The Great Guru by three-quart

ANN BROWNE RETIRES FROM TRAINING

(By Glenn Watson) Ann Browne, who with her late husband Ken built a powerful jumping empire, has sent her last few horses to other stables to be trained, bringing down the curtain on what has been a glittering career. Raisafuasho has gone to Team Rogerson

LLOYD CHASING A FINAL GROUP 1 WIN

Jockey Jeff Lloyd will be out to secure one more Group 1 win before his retirement on July 31 when he teams up with impressive last start winner Multaja in tomorrow $A500,000 Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm in Brisbane. A champion in his native South A

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REMEDIAL WORK ON TE AWAMUTU TRACK

Following the abandonment of Sunday’s meeting at Te Awamutu NZTR advises that the Waipa RC will bring forward planned remedial work on the track. NZTR held extensive discussions with the club officials and the RIU, while an inspection of the track was d

WAIMATE’S FINAL RACE DAY

The Waimate Racing Club said farewell to its idyllic racecourse yesterday, with the committee celebrating the occasion rather than feeling bitter about the decision to not be granted a race date next season for its once-a-year meeting. “While we are

FLOWER USED CODED MESSAGES IN COCAINE CASE

High profile Australian racehorse owner Damion Flower used coded messages to let a baggage handler know where to find bags of cocaine coming into Sydney Airport, a court has been told. But prosecutors have no proof the man best-known for his stake in Aust

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HEMI HAS FRACTURED LEG

Central Districts jockey Leah Hemi will sit out a decent chunk of the winter after she broke her leg at Hastings yesterday. Returning to scale after the seventh race, Hemi’s mount Eisenhower shied and dislodged her. “It was really innocuous. H

SPRATT PUT OUT FOR SEVEN DAYS

Jockey Samantha Spratt was suspended for seven national riding days after admitting a charge of careless riding aboard second placed Yatima in the Kerr & Ladbrook Caterers 1600 at last Saturday’s Waikato meeting at Te Rapa. Spratt directed her mount

HARRIS AND ELLIOT SUSPENDED

Jockeys Troy Harris and Ryan Elliot were both suspended following separate charges of careless riding in the Dunstan Feeds 2100 at last Saturday’s Waikato meeting at Te Rapa. Harris admitted a charge of careless riding in that he permitted his mount, Gi

OTAKI TREBLE FOR MOKI

Apprentice jockey Zinjete Moki had one of her most memorable days at Otaki on Thursday, riding a treble and recording her 50th career win in the process. Moki’s first victory of the day came aboard the Robbie Patterson-trained Dezella in the Gardner Hom

BAKER/FORSMAN POISED TO BRING UP A TON

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman stable will be hoping to reach the magical 100 wins in a season this weekend and, with five runners at New Plymouth and 10 at Rotorua, the prospects of reaching three figures again look bright. The partnership presently

HASTINGS STEEPLECHASE ABANDONED

After an inspection of the steeplechase course at Hastings involving the Hawke’s Bay Racing CEO, Hawke’s Bay Racing Track Manager and local jumping trainer Paul Nelson, the Open Entry Steeplechase 4000m programmed for Hastings on Wednesday, May 22, h

PARKES BAGS FIVE AT OTAKI

Central Districts jockey Jonathan Parkes continued his great run of form by winning five of the eight races at yesterday’s Otaki meeting. Parkes, 30, started his winning run in the opening race, riding hot favourite Te Akau Dragon to an easy 2-1/2 lengt

JOHNSON KEEN TO MAKE A RETURN

A holiday in Rarotonga has Awapuni jockey Tim Johnson keen to resume his riding career.  Johnson ended his apprenticeship last October and continued to kick home winners with his total standing at 74, of which 12 have come this season. But he hasn’t ri

ALLAN WAITING ON SPECIALIST REPORT

Injured jockey Tony Allan will have a better idea of a possible return to race riding after a specialist appointment on April 15.  Allan suffered a broken arm in a fall at New Plymouth on December 6 and since undergoing surgery he has been making steady

PARKES BAGS FOUR AT WAIPUKURAU

(By John Jenkins) Jockey Jonathan Parkes was the toast of the crowd at Thursday’s Waipukurau meeting, kicking home half the winners on the eight race card. Parkes started the ball rolling when getting Road To Reign home first in the opening event and th

BALFOUR CHARGED OVER RACEDAY TREATMENT

Racing Victoria stewards have charged trainer Clive Balfour with alleged raceday treatment of a runner at Moe in November last year. Stewards charged Balfour with breaching the raceday treatment rule when he allegedly administered or caused to be administ

MADISON COUNTY LATE SCRATCHED AT ROSEHILL

New Zealand-trained  three-year-old Madison County was a late scratching from today’s Group 1 $A600,000 Rosehill Guineas in Sydney after being injured whilst being floated from his Warwick Farm base to the Rosehill racecourse. The horse’s co-trainer

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PINCHED SHOWS TOUCH OF CLASS

Mark down Pinched as a filly who should go right through the grades in time. The Pins three-year-old scored an impressive 2-1/2 length debut win over 1300m at Hastings at the end of last month and followed that up with another dominant 1-3/4 length victor

TIME WILL HELP AZAMOUR SAYS TRAINER

New Plymouth owner-trainer Warren Bolton predicted a big future for Jazamour after the mare resumed from a lengthy spell with a decisive win in a 1600m maiden race at New Plymouth today. Bolton, who has never raced a big team but has always had a good hor

BEEFEATER READY TO GO AT AWAPUNI

Local trainer Roydon Bergerson is quietly confident with six-year-old gelding Beefeater heading into the John Turkington Forestry Limited/Wai Pine Ltd Bulls Country Cup (1500m) at Awapuni on Saturday. The Group Three winner has been in top form of late, p

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OZ-SOME WIN IN STEWARDS

Oz-some win in Stewards ” I don’t know what I’ve done but it suited.” Canterbury trainer Neil Ridley was talking after winning the Stewards. with the remarkable Prince Oz. It was the horse’s sixth win for Ridley, who received

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SAVVY COUP JOINS WALLER

Savvy Coup is the latest star New Zealand galloper to join Chris Waller’s stable. Co-trainer Matt Pitman confirmed the decision today. “Chris Waller is a friend of our’s  and it made sense to send the horse to him for the racing. There

THE WORLD AWAITS SPEEDING SPUR

First Addington, then Aussie. Next? The World. That’s the tentative six-month plan for champion trotter Speeding Spur after a courageous win the New Zealand Trotting Free For All on Tuesday. Managing owner Andrew Grierson, the head of Woodlands Stud, ma

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RASMUSSEN ADDS ANOTHER JEWEL TO CROWN

Champion reinswoman Natalie Rasmussen has added another jewel to her crown with a first driving win in New Zealand Cup behind Thefixer. Under Rasmussen’s urgings, Thefixer determinedly wore down the tenacious Australian runner-up Tiger Tara in the last

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DEE AND GEE READY TO SURPRISE AGAIN

Five-year-old mare Dee And Gee surprised both her trainers and punters alike when scoring a three-length victory in last Saturday’s Listed Metropolitan Trophy Handicap (2500m) at Riccarton. The $51 chance never looked like being caught and no doubt punt

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WILLIAMS BRINGS UP 1000 WINS

Byerley Park trainer Dawn Williams reached a mammoth milestone at Te Aroha on Tuesday when she picked up her 1000th win as a trainer courtesy of Jip Jip Rock in the Waikato & BOP Harness 12th January 2019 (1400m). It was the third win of the day for W

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