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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PARKES BYPASSING RICCARTON

Johnathan Parkes, 5 wins clear on the Jockeys’ Premiership,  won’t be riding at Riccarton on Cup Day. “His rides were too light. so he’ll be going to Tauranga and ride for Fraser Auret instead,” said Parkes’ agent Bev

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MAGIC MAKES CUP CHOICE

Taranaki trainer Bryce Revell has got his man – Chris Johnson will ride his  stayer Duellicious in Saturday’s NZ Cup. Johnson, back from Melbourne and two unsuccessful  rides on Savvy Coup, starts  a week’s suspension  after Saturday

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LOCAL OPENS WINNING ACCOUNT AT TE RAPA

A gear adjustment and a positive ride from jockey Lynsey Satherley paved the way for the locally trained Maybeashowoff to open his winning account with a victory at Te Rapa on Saturday. The Showcasing two-year-old looked a natural improver following a tid

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DEE AND GEE SCORES BIG UPSET

Outsider Dee And Gee, pictured, stunned the Riccarton crowd on Saturday as she registered her biggest career victory when winning the Listed Redwood Metropolitan Trophy (2500m). The five-year-old Darci Brahma mare defied her rivals all the way down the lo

NZB SALE HAS GREAT RECORD WITH FILLIES

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready To Run Sale Of Two-Year-Olds at Karaka on November 21 and 22 provides the perfect opportunity to invest in the next generation of fillies. It’s not only the New Zealand colts and geldings taking top honours in Austra

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RICCARTON STIPES ROUND-UP

#Guineas:  Opie Bosson was quizzed about the performance of Sword of Osman. He said the gelding was   unable to quicken in the conditions. #Amanda Morgan was suspended for careless riding. #Irish Call bled in race one and won’t race again for th

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MORE GUINEAS RICHES FOR BAKER

Experienced Cambridge trainer Murray Baker won his first 2000 Guineas in five years at Riccarton today. Madison County’s dominant win gave rider Matthew Cameron renewed confidence in his judgment after he took the wrong option in two previous editio

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MORE BLACK TYPE FOR INDECISION

A bold front-running performance saw the Tony Pike-trained Indecision add further valuable black-type to her career record when she scored in the Listed Legacy Lodge Sprint (1200m) at Te Rapa. Narrowly beaten at her last start in the Gr.3 Sweynesse Stakes

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RONDINELLA BACK IN FINE STYLE

Smart Cambridge mare Rondinella returned to the racing scene with a vengeance with a last-gasp win at Te Rapa today. “The 1400m was short of her best but great to see her back in winning style,” said co-trainer Robert Wellwood. “She hit

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SATHERLEY IN FINE FORM AT TE RAPA

Cambridge jockey Lynsey Satherley was in dominant form with three winners at today’s Te Rapa meeting. Satherley, pictured, was successful aboard Maybeashowoff, Sahar and Polzeath at the Waikato Racing Club’s meeting. The mother of two is noted

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SKARLOEY DIGS CROMARTY OUT OF SLUMP

Colin Cromarty didn’t need a second invitation when good mate Alex Kelly asked him to train Skarloey, an emphatic winner on debut at Otaki Thursday. Nine years ago   the horse’s mother Cachette won with Cromarty at the helm. It was the Wanga

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MACNAB RECOVERS FROM CRASH SCARE

Wanganui apprentice Sarah Macnab has fully recovered from the serious head knock she suffered in a fall in September but she has no plans  to make a hasty return to raceday. After several days in hospital Macnab was transferred to the ABI Rehabilitation

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RITCHIE SEEKS ELUSIVE GUINEAS GLORY

The Frank Ritchie-trained Dawn Patrol  is a notable shortener on fixed odds for Saturday’s 2000 Guineas. He has come in from 7s to 6s. Madison County has eased to $2.90 while there is good money for The Chosen One and Sword of Osman.  King Louis h

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PINULTIMATE A PEARLER, SAYS TE AKAU

Te Akau has stakes hopes for Pinultimate, who pocketed the Pearls series race at  Otaki Thursday. “I’m pleased for the horse, the owners, and the team at the main stable. She’s not the easiest of fillies and I’m sure with a bit of a freshen-u

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A PROPER LADY CLEARS MAIDEN TANKS

A Proper Lady (I Am Invincible) broke her maiden when successful in the City 1200 at Avondale yesterday. The Brendan and Jo Lindsay-owned filly was having her third start off the back of a runner-up finish at Tauranga last month. “She’s just taken a l

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DAWN PATROL GIVES RITCHIE BIG HOPE

Veteran trainer Frank Ritchie is looking to land his first Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) with lightly-raced gelding Dawn Patrol, who tackles the Al Basti Equiworld sponsored feature at Riccarton on Saturday. The 74-year-old trainer believes Dawn P

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MAIDEN WINS WON’T BE THEIR LAST

Some exciting young talent was unearthed at Otaki today. Sentimental Miss and Atlanta Peach looked a pair  with bright futures. His apprentice days behind him, Tim Johnson (pictured) rode like an old pro to get Sentimental Miss home with a whirlwind fini

BAD DRAW FOR TIGER TARA

Tiger Tara’s incredible run to the New Zealand Trotting Cup hit some serious turbulence yesterday that has seen the Aussie star almost double in price for next week’s great race. Tiger Tara has already placed in two New Zealand Cups and an amazing ser

PENTATHLON CUP CASUALTY

Pentathon, second in last year’s NZ Cup, is out of this year’s race. He has a fractured split bone. “We will be put him in a paddock for a while and see what happens’,’ said co-owner Linda Wheeler, wife of  trainer John Whee

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APPRENTICE STARS AT WINGATUI

Local apprentice rider Corey Campbell was the star of the show at Wingatui on Tuesday where he bagged four winners and a pair of minor placings from his nine rides on the day. Based out of the Brian and Shane Anderton stable, Campbell made good use of his

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BIG WET CLOSES IN ON FLEMINGTON

Flash flooding warnings have been  issued  for Melbourne, but Flemington track manager Liam O’Keeffe says Melbourne Cup day will probably start on a track rated soft at worst. The weather bureau has warned Melburnians that up to 30mm of rain could fal

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MAJOR TOM SHORTENS FOR NZ CUP

Major Tom’s $12 price for the New Zealand Cup is under siege after his fabulous win in the Banks Peninsula Cup today. Within an hour of his impressive win, it had been cut already from $12 to $10. Carrying a whopping 62.5kg, he edged roughie Taxihom

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OCEAN EMPEROR RETURNS TO TOP FORM

The price was staggering, so was the run. Ocean Emperor returned to his top form when winning the open sprint at Awapuni today. How he paid $10 is anyone’s guess. Rosie Myers, who  landed a winning treble, produced an inch-perfect ride, darting the

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SLEEPING BEAUTY WIDE AWAKE

Talented mare Sleeping Beauty, pictured, proved too slick for her rivals when she led all the way to take out the day’s open sprint contest over 1300m at Tauranga. The lightly raced six-year-old was registering her eighth victory from just 17 career sta

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TAURANGA SELECTIONS

Tauranga selections (by Phillip Quay) Cavallo Veloce, Superstatic, Simply Sacred. Our Craftsman, Marija, Yamuna. Raspberry Secret, El Coolio, Matuzalem Uabasso, Charli Rose, Prodigal Son. Meteoric Lass, Le Castile, Aileen Grace. Embellish, Sleeping Beauty

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MELBOURNE CUP PICTURE UNCLEAR

The Melbourne Cup picture just got a lot murkier with Racing Victoria vets to re-examine four hopefuls on Saturday morning before they are permitted to accept for Tuesday’s big race. The four horses under the RV microscope are Prize Money (Saeed bin Sur

LAMMAS SIDELINED BY SORE RIBS

Cameron Lammas will rest sore ribs instead of riding at Tauranga Saturday. Lammas was pinned in the gates at the Te Aroha trials Thursday.’ Apart from aching ribs he fortunately didn’t suffer any major injury. He wants to ensure he’s ful

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GOBSTOPPER DROPS OUT OF CUP CONTENTION

Gobstopper won’t be defending his New Zealand Cup crown tomorrow fortnight. He is well out of form and a shocker in the Te Awamutu Cup Wednesday convinced trainer Andrew Campbell to pull  the pin. “He’s just not going well enough,”

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PLENTY OF WEIGHT FOR MAJOR TOM

New Zealand Cup (3200m) aspirant Major Tom will have one more run in the C S Stevens Memorial Banks Peninsula Cup (2200m) at Motukarara on Sunday before he contests the two-mile Riccarton feature later this month. The Ken Rae and Krystal Williams-Tuhoro-t

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CONSENSUS BACK TO RACES

Group One winning mare Consensus will have the first run of her seven-year-old season in the Chesters Plumbing & Bathroom (1300m) at Tauranga on Saturday. The Stephen McKee-trained mare last raced in May when she ended a three start Australian campai

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Apprentice knocked out

Ralph Manning apprentice Ashvin Goindasamy, 20, was knocked out in a fall from a maiden at Te Awamutu, Wednesday. His mount in the seventh, Castlereigh, blundered and clipped heels, unseating Goindasamy. He now faces a lengthy break from action, the stand

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RUSOF DECIDES TO HEAD HOME

Te Akau jockey Shafiq Rusof is heading home Thursday to Malaysia to catch up with family. Rusof, pictured, will miss Awapuni Saturday and the Feilding Cup ride on Nymph Monte, on whom he won last start. He hopes to be back Thursday week. He has had 22 win

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MELHAM TO RIDE BARMAN

Victorian jockey Ben Melham will be aboard popular stayer Who Shot Thebarman when the 10-year-old runs in his fourth Melbourne Cup next Tuesday. Melham replaces Tye Angland, who’s committed to Ace High. NZ-owned Who Shot Thebarman bounced back to form l

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PROMISING SPRINTER JULIUS RETIRED

  Ace sprinter Julius has been retired.   A scan has revealed the Swiss Ace gelding has a hole in his near fore tendon, leaving Cambridge trainer John Bell no choice but to call time on the seven-year-old’s career.   “He’s

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TE AKAU LEAVES SWING NOTE IN CUP

Te Akau has made a couple of big decisions on its team for the Cup Week. It has withdrawn the talented but inconsistent Wide Awake from the Cup, Swing Note from the Coupland’s Mile and Our Flying Ace from the 2000 Guineas. Swing Note will be focused

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RED LETTER DAY FOR CAMBRIDGE STUD

Cambridge Stud’s Brendan and Jo Lindsay enjoyed a red-letter day with three individual winners at Ellerslie and a Gr.3 victory for a member of their broodmare band at Trentham on Saturday. The day began with two-year-old homebred Bavella (Snitzel) frank

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MEDIA SENSATION ON 1000 GUINEAS PATH

Media Sensation (I Am Invincible) stepped up to stakes level for the first time in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Partners Life Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie, and scored a stylish win to put herself on track for a Group 1 target. The race was the fe

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EXUBERANT WINS ON DEBUT

Stephen Marsh trained first starter Exuberant made a winning debut with a gritty victory in the Listed Hanley Formula Wellesley Stakes (1000m). Sporting the familiar colours of syndication specialist, Go Racing, the Savabeel colt was a $160,000 purchase b

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DARK PRINCESS PREVAILS IN TRENTHAM FEATURE

Progressive mare Dark Princess continued her rise up the ranks with her first victory at stakes level when successful in Saturday’s Gr.3 Gee & Hickton Thompson Handicap (1600m) at Trentham. The Cape Blanco five-year-old caught the eye with a barnsto

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TWO THOUSAND GUINEAS LOOMS FOR THE CHOSEN ONE

Unbeaten Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained The Chosen One burst into calculations for next month’s Gr. 1 Equiworld Two Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton after an emphatic win in the Zacinto Stakes on the same course today. The Chosen One m

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TWO HARNESS RACING DRIVERS TO RETURN

Two harness racing drivers charged after a police investigation into race fixing can return to competitive racing. The pair had been excluded from driving in totalisator races by the Racing Integrity Unit pending the hearing of criminal charges against th

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THE CHOSEN ONE IN ZACINTO STAKES

The ageing Dennis brothers only have a few in work these days. But who needs to train them when you part-own one as exciting as  The Chosen One, who races in the Zacinto Stakes at Riccarton today. It will be the last step on the way to the 2000 Guineas f

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MCCALL GETTING CLOSE UP AND PERSONAL

English-born jockey Eilish McCall will keep her date with group winner Close Up at Ellerslie Saturday. Claimer McCall, 25, was to ride him a month or so back to  take some weight off his ageing back but the horse suffered a stone bruise and was scratched

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DAWN PATROL GUINEAS-BOUND

Unbeaten three-year-old gelding Dawn Patrol will now head to Riccarton next month to contest the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) after pleasing trainer Frank Ritchie in his 1200m trial at Te Aroha on Thursday. “We’ve had

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OTAKI UNDER MICROSCOPE AGAIN

A trials meeting will be held at Otaki next Tuesday to again the test the surface of the upgraded track. Last Sunday’s meet was abandoned after race three when a horse slipped. It was the first meeting in almost 8 months at Otaki. Jockeys gave it th

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FEELAR’S PRICE FALLS

Feelar’s NZ Cup odds were trimmed to $6 after another round of withdrawals Wednesday. Stephen Marsh-trained Feelar will have first run since  early October at Ellerslie Saturday. John Wheeler’s Pentathlon’s Cup quote is down to $10 from

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KIWI EVENTERS CHASING GLORY IN FRANCE

Kiwi eventers Jesse Campbell (pictured), Tim Price, Andy Daines and Caroline Powell are chasing CCI4* glory this week at the Les 4 Etoiles de Pau in France. Jesse will ride Cleveland, Andy is aboard Spring Panorama, Caroline is on Spice Sensation and Tim

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SATHERLEY EYES UP WELLESLEY STAKES

Lynsey Satherley would rather be a  stay at home mum. But riding  horses is a living she can’t do without. Travelling   long distances to race meetings is not her thing but on Saturday she will leave her Cambridge home to fly to Wellington to ri

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YOUNG GUN FIRING WITH WINNERS

Cody Cole’s rise in the training ranks could include a Group One contender next month. After being a successful weight-lifter whose highlight was representing New Zealand at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland, Cole (28) has followed in the race hor

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STIPES BID TO SOLVE OTAKI MYSTERY

Stipe Neil Goodwin will tomorrow attempt to unravel the reason why a horse  slipped, ending race meeting early on Sunday. It was the Otaki-Maori Racing Club’s first meeting for several months, during which repairs were made to improve the track sur

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PRINCE OZ ON TRACK FOR STEWARDS

When Wanganui owner-trainer Raymond Connors sent Prince Oz to the South to further his career little he think the horse would be a Gr 3 Stewards Stakes contender less than 12 months later. On Saturday Prince Oz won his fourth race on end, all from the Ric

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RACE ADDED TO TRENTHAM PROGRAMME

Following the Otaki RC abandonment, an extra race has been added to the Wellington RC meeting at Trentham on Saturday 27 October.  The additional race will be a Rating 72 1400m race worth $30,000. NZTR and the Club may look to divide a race at Trentham i

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SWORD OF OSMAN CLINCHES RICCATON TRIP

By Phillip Quay Te Akau three-year-old Sword Of Osman clinched a trip to Riccarton for the Gr. 1 Dubai 46th Two Thousand Guineas on November 10 with his narrow win in the Gr. 2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial at Te Rapa today. “He will have to go

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WORRYING SIGNS FOR NEWSPAPERS

By Phillip Quay The decision by the Sunday Star-Times newspaper to change to a “compact” format for yesterday’s issue is another sign that the demise of newspapers is near. There was no racing coverage in yesterday’s Sunday Star-Ti

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RAISING MONEY FOR MAIJA VANCE

By Grace Willougby Maija (right)  and I have been friends for about 10-11 years now. We rode together in New Zealand and then I moved to Australia and not long after she came too. She’s one of my oldest and best friends. The reason I decided to start

GUINEAS FAVOURITE ALL CLASS AT ASHBURTON

North Island raider Xpression underlined why she is the favourite to take out next month’s Gr.1 Gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) when she handed out a beating to her age group rivals at Ashburton on Saturday. The stylish Showcasing filly

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MORE ROTORUA RICHES FOR PESO

A  year ago Peso, pictured, won a $23,000 R65 race at Rotorua. Twelve months later he returned to Arawa Park today to win  the $50,000 Jakkalberry Classic. That’s what you call progress. From the one gate, Rosie Myers gave Peso a calm ride, made h

MEDIA SENSATION ON TRACK FOR RICCARTON

Dawn and Peter Williams-trained Media Sensation cemented her claims for a trip south next month with an impressive win the opening event at today’s Rotorua meeting. The I Am Invincible filly three-year-old filly produced an undeniable finish to beat

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Otaki ready for return to action

Hollie Wynyard says the Otaki track should be in  perfect nick for  the first meet there for several months Sunday. The training partner of Johno Benner said they galloped a couple of their team this week and left impressed. “It’s rated a de

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DA CRUZ PAIR READY FOR SWEYNESSE

Cambridge trainer Martin Da Cruz is taking a cautious approach with his talented sprinters Packing Eagle and Elusive Treasure going into Saturday’s Gr.3 Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) at Rotorua. Da Cruz is happy with his duo but wasn’t exuding conf

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FINAL HIT-OUT FOR XPRESSION AHEAD OF GUINEAS

Group Two-winning filly Xpression will have one final hit-out at Ashburton on Saturday before she contests her main target of the spring, next month’s Gr.1 Gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m). The Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen-trained three-yea

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PLANS STILL UNDECIDED FOR DAWN PATROL

Unbeaten three-year-old Dawn Patrol, pictured, pleased trainer Frank Ritchie with his last-start victory over 1400m at Matamata on Saturday but his path towards the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) is currently undecided. The Dawn

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Revell with a cause

Bryce Revell gets serious about a  shot at the NZ Cup with Duellicious at  Woodville tomorrow. It will be his first   Cup runner. As usual the Riccarton examination of a horse’s stamina has drawn a patchwork quilt bunch  of lower graded gallope

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GIAMMETTI WILL TAKE TIME

She may be royally bred but don’t expect too much from Giammetti at Te Aroha, says co-trainer Julia Ritchie. The mare out of Telegraph winner Guiseppina starts her racing life in the 6th. Her trials showings have been anything but stunning and will

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IGRAINE SET FOR BLACK TYPE TEST

  European import Igraine has hardly put a foot wrong since joining Robert Priscott’s Te Awamutu barn earlier this year and she is set to tackle stakes company for the first time in the Listed Jakkalberry Classic (1950m) at Rotorua on Saturday. &nb

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Yogi not out of NZ Cup picture

There’s still a slim chance of Darren Weir  being represented in next month’s NZ Cup. Yogi and Orminto are nominated but Orminto won’t make the trip. The German bred isn’t good enough, said a stable rep. Yogi has to win the Geelon

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BULL STABLEMATES UNLIKELY FOR CUP

Adrian Bull has pulled the pin on his two-pronged attack on the New Zealand Cup at Riccarton next month Galway Lil and Tipping Pin, both well beaten in racing at Hawera last Saturday , will bypass the 3200m test. Darren Weir-trained Yogi also looks anothe

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RIDING TAILORMADE FOR APPRENTICE

Ashvin Goindasamy has swapped tailor-made miniature jockey’s colours for the real item and he’s now living a childhood dream. The Cambridge apprentice celebrated his best day in the saddle when from four rides at Matamata on Saturday he kicked home tw

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EVAN RAYNER BACK IN THE FOLD

Veteran Wanganui trainer Evan Rayner, pictured, wasn’t going to renew  his trainer’s licence this season. But there he was at the track today, doing what he’s done for decades, applying the spit and polish to his team. Meanwhile, traini

OPTIONS ABOUND FOR CUP WINNER

By Glenn Watson Grant Nicholson has a few options but no obvious target for today’s Egmont Cup winner, Nymph Monte, pictured, in the coming weeks. “There’s the Feilding Cup …. we’ll see.” Using her impressive turn of fo

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DAWN PATROL REMAINS UNBEATEN

By Phillip Quay Cambridge-trained 3yo Dawn Patrol, pictured, maintained his unbeaten record in fine style in the Fairview Motors 3yo at Matamata today. Ridden by comeback jockey Opie Bosson, Dawn Patrol outfinished his rivals in the 1400m event. “It

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HAWERA SELECTIONS

By Phillip Quay Selections for today’s Hawera meeting: (1) Kirkland, Lovetokeephim, Ave Maria (2) Quaff, Surrey, Herengawe. (3) Glory Days, Manhattan Street, Tinkalicious. (4) Beauden, King’s Cross, Miss Lizzie. (5) Cyclops, Wafer, Hundyamonth

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MATAMATA SELECTIONS

Phillip Quay’s selections for today’s Matamata Racing Club meeting: (1) Vername, Grand Eagle, Harbourside. (2) Charli Rose, Adis Sounds Work, Adis. (3) Sistabeel, La Mia Stella, Paint The Town (4) Dawn Patrol, Notabadidea, Elate. (5) Ulumpjump

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JULIUS ON TRACK FOR ROTORUA

Talented sprinter Julius prepared for a return to racing in the Gr.3 Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) at Rotorua on Saturday week with an exhibition gallop at Taupo on Wednesday under regular rider Jason Waddell. “He feels good,” Waddell said. “He is a bit

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DANIELLE JOHNSON’S Blog #2

Well, we’ve come to the end of another Hawkes Bay Carnival and boy, wasn’t it a doozy! The whole carnival is a credit to Andrew (Butch) Castles. I had the utmost privilege to continue my partnership with Te Akau’s Avantage. What an incredible little

OUR FLYING ACE CONTINUES RICHARDS RUN

Jamie Richards has enjoyed a strong start to his solo training career and the head trainer for the powerful Te Akau Racing operation saddled a further two winners and three placegetters at Riccarton on Tuesday. Richards, who until this season trained in p

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PITMAN ON THE MEND

  Early indications are positive for Riccarton trainer Michael Pitman, who underwent surgery for bowel cancer on Monday.   The 63-year-old, who trains in partnership with his son Matthew, prepared Savvy Coup to win last Saturday’s Gr.1 Livamol

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Debut Win For Puysegur

Matamata-trained filly Puysegur living up to his family reputation when she scored nicely on debut at Riccarton today. Ridden by Jason Laking (pictured) and trained by Jamie Richards, Puysegur started from barrier five in the $22,500 2YO 800 metres event.

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Reunited with Gobstopper

Johnathan Parkes (pictured) will have his second ride on NZ Cup winner Gobstopper in Saturday’s Egmont Cup. Parkes’ only other ride was in July 2017 when they finished sixth. Trainer Andrew Campbell said Parkes would not be aboard when Gobstop

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GUINEAS BUILD-UP CONTINUES FOR AVANTAGE

Last season’s champion two-year-old Avantage is likely to step out over 1400m at Matamata on Saturday as she continues her build-up towards the Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton in November. The daughter of Fastnet Rock r

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Equidays Gets Underway This Week

Australian entertainers The Crackup Sisters will be coming to New Zealand for the first time to host one of the well-known Equidays Nightshows, the Equitainment Extravaganza, at both Mystery Creek and Christchurch. Equidays features a line-up of education

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MCKAY HARBOURS CLASSIC AMBITIONS FOR LANGKAWI

Royally bred three-year-old Langkawi took the first step on a path towards some of the feature age group events later in the summer when he landed his first victory at Hastings on the weekend. The Helmet gelding is out of handy broodmare Shortblackmini, w

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Tierney Back In Winners’ Circle

By Phillip Quay Matamata trainer Stephanie Tierney, pictured below, was back in the winners’ circle in the second of only two races run at today’s Waipa Racing Club meeting at Te Awamutu. Tierney tasted success with the ultra-consistent, Gobon

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Ladies Reign Supreme At Addington

The ladies reigned supreme at Addington on Friday night, the fairer sex winning both feature races on the card. Dream About Me scored her second consecutive group race victory in a nail-biting finish to the Gr.2 $50,000 Canterbury Classic. An hour earlier

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TE AKAU SHARK DOMINATES HASTINGS SPRINT

Hastings racegoers got to witness something special on Saturday when exciting four-year-old Te Akau Shark scorched to victory in the Gr.3 Red Badge Sprint (1400m) at Hastings. Touted as a star of the future following an impressive first-up win on the firs

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MADISON COUNTY TOO GOOD IN GUINEAS

The well-known colours of the powerful China Horse Club were to the fore at Hastings on Saturday when Madison County produced a devastating sprint to capture the Gr.2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m). The stylish Pins gelding made it two wins fr

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EMILY MARGARET OUT TO MAINTAIN WINNING FORM

Riccarton-trained three-year-old Emily Margaret will take another step towards the Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) when she tackles the Inglewood Stud Guineas Trial (1400m) on her home track on Saturday. Prepared by Kevin and Pam Hugh

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MARSH LOOKING FOR IMPROVEMENT

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh will be hoping that Ugo Foscolo can recapture his black-type form in the Gr.3 Red Badge Sprint (1400m) at Hastings on Saturday. The Group One-winning son of Zacinto ran third fresh-up over 1200m at Ruakaka last month before

BENNER HOT ON SCOTT BASE

Johno Benner has no doubt he is taking a horse to the races capable of winning Saturday’s Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings. Benner and his partner Holly Wynyard will saddle Scott Base and Wyndspelle for the weight-for-age feature, confident the

HEALTHIER, SLIMMER BOSSON BOUNCES BACK

Everything’s apples with Opie Bosson ahead of his comeback to race-riding at Hastings on Saturday. The champion hoop had just finished his daily workout and was munching on an apple when New Zealand Racing Desk caught up with him on Thursday. ItR

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TILEY LOOKING FORWARD TO GUINEAS CHALLENGE

Trainer Nigel Tiley is pleased with high class three-year-old Melt and is looking forward to the challenge in Saturday’s Gr.2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m), which has attracted a strong field of 16 runners. Group One-placed at two, Melt has

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TWO-YEAR-OLD IMPRESSES AT RUAKAKA

Two-year-old Showcasing filly Last Sight made the perfect start to her racing career with a debut win in the Burgundy @ Cambridge Stud 2YO (900m) at Ruakaka on Wednesday. The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained juvenile finished runner-up in her 630m

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PROMISING 3YO TO DEBUT

Byerley Park trainers Peter and Dawn Williams will take three horses north to Ruakaka on Wednesday in the hope of recording their maiden victories.   Promising three-year-old debutant Jip Jip Rock has pleased her trainers with her three trials to dat

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RAIN TO BOOST CONFIDENCE IN GIBBS CAMP

Chris Gibbs is keeping an eye on the Hawke’s Bay weather reports leading up to his stable’s two-pronged attack on the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) on Saturday. Gibbs and his Ruakaka training partner, Michelle Bradley, have Danzdanzdance and Hello It

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FIRST VICTORY A FAMILY AFFAIR FOR FRYE

  Riverton trainer Ashley Frye secured her first training win at Gore on Friday when Boyslightup was victorious in the Gore Town and Country Restaurant (1200m).   The win was made even more special for Frye because her fiancé, apprentice jockey

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LADIES FIRST DOUBTFUL FOR LIVAMOL

Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) hopeful Ladies First’s trip to contest the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings next week is doubtful.   Last season’s Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m) winner finished unplaced in her two starts at Hastings this month and

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BREAK FOR HIFLYER

  Group One performer Hiflyer will go for a spell following his sixth placing in last Saturday’s Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m).   Trainer Peter Lock confirmed the son of Tavistock would enjoy a decent break before being set for summer target

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WHEELER’S GREY NOT GREY ENOUGH

Vencedora has been eliminated from Saturday’s greys only race at New Plymouth after failing to meet the conditions of the race. In other words this grey, trained by John Wheeler, is not grey enough. The NZTR says: “After consulting the guideli

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Third time’s a charm for grey

  Matamata trainer Glenn Old will have solid chances at two separate venues on Saturday, but he will head to New Plymouth to watch Our King Sway in the battle of the Greys.   The Shinko King eight-year-old will line-up in the Powerworx Greys (14

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Driven Fawcett focused on success

If you spend ten minutes talking with Matamata-based apprentice jockey Jasmine Fawcett you will soon learn that her success is no fluke.   The 25-year-old takes a positive psychological approach to her profession and draws heavily on several mentors.

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VOLPE VELOCE TRIALS WELL

TRIALS TUNE-UP FOR VOLPE VELOCE Group One winning mare Volpe Veloce stepped out at the Te Teko trials on Tuesday and was an impressive winner over 1010m. The Graham Richardson and Gavin Parker-trained mare is not far away from resuming and has benefited f

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Ellerslie track given green light

Following a successful test on its course proper on Monday, the Auckland Racing Club have confirmed racing will resume at Ellerslie Racecourse on Saturday Ocotber 27. Ellerslie has not hosted any race meetings since Auckland Cup Week in March, to allow fo

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

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Melody Belle Not Chasing Triple Crown

By Phillip Quay Despite her emphatic win in the $200,000 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings today star racemare Melody Belle won’t attempt to complete the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown. Melody Belle followed up on her impressive Gr. 1 Tarzino T

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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

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Melt Claims Gr. 3 Win At Ruakaka

By Candice Gollan Pukekohe-trained Melt, pictured, once again put her talent and professionalism on display when she was victorious in the Group Three Cambridge Stud Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Ruakaka on Saturday. The Nigel Tiley-trained daug

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

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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

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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.

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MOSELEY A WIZARD ON OZ

At 51, Terry Moseley won’t get many more chances to win a Stewards. He’s run second in the race twice and today seeks a breakthrough win on a transformed Prince Oz. Moseley has been atop in five of Prince Oz’s seven wins, five of which h

COUPLAND’S FINISH A WIN, WIN

Who can forget last year’s dramatic finish to the Coupland’s Mile? In the public stand, Michael Pitman was thinking he had won with Son of Maher. .A few metres  away in front of the members stand, Mark Oulaghan was sure he was second with Sha