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Thursday, December 31 2020
Allpress honoured for services to racing

Racing has been a great joy of star jockey Lisa Allpress’ life, so recognition in the New Year’s honour’s list, she says, is especially humbling.

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Thursday, December 31 2020
Richards hoping to start the year with a bang

Trainer Jamie Richards finished 2020 with a bang, posting an historic six wins at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, and winning his last start of the year courtesy of Zouluminous (Zoustar) at Taupo on Wednesday.

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Thursday, December 31 2020
Bary bringing in the new year at home

Hastings trainer John Bary will begin the new year at his home track on Friday where he will line-up eight runners.

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Thursday, December 31 2020
New ownership concept quickly into stride

When progressive mare Baby Face (NZ) (Savabeel) lined up at Te Rapa earlier this month you could have been forgiven for thinking half the grandstand was there to cheer her on.

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Thursday, December 31 2020
Pike unleashes emerging stars at Ellerslie

There’s an irony in the expectation of performance from Tony Pike’s pair of Gr.2 Barneswood Farm Eclipse Stakes (1200m) runners Khufu (American Pharoah) and Stormy (NZ) (Telperion) that’s not lost on the Cambridge trainer.

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Thursday, December 31 2020
Carston celebrating Christmas success

Riccarton trainer Andrew Carston had a feeling his team was in for a successful festive season and he has not been disappointed, with the stable recording four wins and five placings over the last fortnight.

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Wednesday, December 30 2020
Stakes target for Beauden

Owner Joan Egan is having a week to remember.

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Wednesday, December 30 2020
Pitmans quinella Kurow Cup

Trainers Michael and Matthew Pitman walked away happy men from Kurow on Wednesday after securing the quinella in the Kurow Cup (1400m) courtesy of Carson River (NZ) (Swiss Ace) and Enzo’s Lad (Testa Rossa).

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Wednesday, December 30 2020
Fleetwood Maca out for crowning glory

Fleetwood Maca (NZ) (Rock ‘n’ Pop) will be vying for her coronation at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day when she contests the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Royal Stakes (2000m).

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Wednesday, December 30 2020
Tylers hold strong hand at home meeting

Riverton trainers Kelvin and Aimee Tyler hold a strong hand heading into their home meeting on New Year’s Day, highlighted by a three-pronged attack in the Carriers Arms Hotel Summer Cup (2147m).

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Tuesday, December 29 2020
Pre-race scare not enough to stop promising maiden

Promising three-year-old galloper Bentayga (NZ) (Zacinto) shook off the effects of a pre-race scare to register his first victory at New Plymouth on Sunday.

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Tuesday, December 29 2020
Group One test for Levante

Talented mare Levante (NZ) (Proisir) will get her first chance to prove herself at elite-level at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day when she contests the Gr.1 Sistema Railway (1200m).

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Tuesday, December 29 2020
Enzo's Lad primed for Kurow Cup

There may be a major weight disparity between Enzo’s Lad (Testa Rossa) and his rivals in the PGG Wrightson Kurow Cup (1400m) on Wednesday, but it’s the track conditions that are the biggest concern for trainers Michael and Matthew Pitman.

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Tuesday, December 29 2020
Group targets for Super Hoof

Promising stayer Super Hoof (NZ) (Cape Blanco) will have a final hit-out at Taupo on Wednesday before being set for his first tilt at black-type next month.

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Monday, December 28 2020
Derby contenders unleashed at Rotorua

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman stable added another likely candidate to their Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) assault in March, when Frontman (NZ) (Makfi) made a winning debut at Rotorua on Monday.

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Monday, December 28 2020
No time for Mai Tais as Karaka looms

COVID-19 hit plenty of racing plans when it closed the industry down in March, not least that of promising mare Mai Tai (NZ) (Atlante).

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Monday, December 28 2020
Veteran takes Timaru Cup

Topweight Gallant Boy (NZ) (Gallant Guru) continued his purple patch of form with a gritty effort to take out the Listed Craigmore Sustainable Holdings Ltd Timaru Cup (1600m) on Monday.

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Sunday, December 27 2020
Leading riders to the fore on Boxing Day

A quick glance at the results from day one of the Ellerslie Christmas carnival reveals the remarkable fact that if your surname wasn’t Richards, Bosson or Johnson you struggled to make much of an impact on one of the biggest days on the New Zealand racing calendar.

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Sunday, December 27 2020
Wellwood still coming to terms with first Group One

While his training partner is an old hand when it comes to producing winners at the elite level, Robert Wellwood was an uncapped novice until just after 5pm at Ellerslie on Saturday.

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Saturday, December 26 2020
Promising mares feature prominently at Ellerslie

Progressive mare Vamos Bebe took the step up to stakes company with relative ease when she strode clear in the final stages of Saturday’s Listed Hallmark Stud Sprint (1200m) at Ellerslie for a comprehensive victory.

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Saturday, December 26 2020
Northern raider dominates in Hazlett Stakes

Matamata mare Sheezallmine gave her southern rivals a galloping lesson when she strode away in the home straight to take out the Listed Alleviate Administration Hazlett Stakes (1200m) at Wingatui.

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Saturday, December 26 2020
Amarelinha the latest bright young talent in tangerine

Champion trainer Jamie Richards and the Te Akau team have sent out an abundance of talent this season, and a remarkable performance in Saturday’s Gr.2 Jamieson Park Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie may have moved Amarelinha towards the top of the list.

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Saturday, December 26 2020
Concert Hall gets maiden Group One success

Versatile mare Concert Hall bagged the Group One victory she richly deserved when she stormed home out wide to snatch victory in the Gr.1 Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie.

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Saturday, December 26 2020
Exciting colt on proven Levin Classic path

The all-conquering Te Akau team is sticking to a proven Group One formula with rising star three-year-old Brando.

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Friday, December 25 2020
In-form galloper set to strike at Ellerslie

Pukekohe trainer Richard Collett had initially planned to head straight to the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile (1600m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day with talented gelding Super Strike, but he has elected to head to the Auckland track a little sooner with his charge.

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Friday, December 25 2020
Oaks candidates on show at Wingatui

Trainer Robert Dennis is hoping to get the green light for his future plans around promising three-year-old fillies The Gift and Ocean Point when the pair step out at Wingatui on Boxing Day.

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Friday, December 25 2020
Concert Hall primed for Zabeel Classic

Cambridge trainer Robert Wellwood is hoping his best Christmas present can be unwrapped at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

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Friday, December 25 2020
Rain a hinderance for Bergerson

Awapuni trainer Roydon Bergerson was looking forward to lining up Beefeater in the Manawatu Standard Sumer Cup (1550m) at his home meeting on Boxing Day, but he is now looking at other options following inclement weather in Palmerston North.

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Thursday, December 24 2020
Group One test for Tiptronic

Group One winner Tiptronic (NZ) (O’Reilly) will be out to try and add another elite level victory to his record when he contests the Gr.1 Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

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Thursday, December 24 2020
Swansong for Supera

Ken Kelso may be ruing missed opportunities with Supera (NZ) (Savabeel) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but he is hoping the Group One performer can end her racing career with a bang at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

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Thursday, December 24 2020
Sensei bows out

Group One performing sprinter Sensei (Dream Ahead) has been retired from racing and will now look towards a career at stud.

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Thursday, December 24 2020
Williams takes three-pronged attack into Eight Carat Classic

Trainers Peter and Dawn Williams will unleash a three-pronged attack on Saturday’s Gr.2 Jamieson Park Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie.

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Thursday, December 24 2020
Cooksley shoots for another Zabeel Classic triumph

Grant Cooksley has already twice helped Auckland trainer Bruce Wallace to win the race that has now become the Gr.1 Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie.

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Wednesday, December 23 2020
Miller makes southern raid

While many northern trainers will have their attention focussed on Ellerslie on Boxing Day, Daniel Miller’s sights will be centred further south.

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Wednesday, December 23 2020
In A Twinkling out for Group One glory

Last start Gr.3 Counties Cup (2100m) winner In A Twinkling (Fastnet Rock) will be vying for Group One glory at Ellerslie on Boxing Day when he lines-up in the Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m).

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Wednesday, December 23 2020
Elliot's Christmas gift to be unveiled on Boxing Day

While most people are busy gorging themselves on festive fodder, Christmas can be a challenging time for jockeys, particularly those that count every gram.

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Wednesday, December 23 2020
Multiple career options working well for Bradley

For 18 months veteran jockey Darryl Bradley was stuck on 99 career black type victories, wondering if the century would ever come up.

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Tuesday, December 22 2020
Positive steps for Auckland merger

The proposed merger between the Auckland and Counties Racing Clubs has taken another positive step this month with the signing of a memorandum of understanding.

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Tuesday, December 22 2020
Million outlook bright for unraced colt

Punters who have taken the $6.50 about unraced juvenile Khufu (American Pharoah) in next month’s $1m Doubletree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) can breathe a little easier after the son of American Pharoah looked all class when winning an 800m trial at Cambridge on Tuesday.

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Tuesday, December 22 2020
Three's a charm for Mahoney

Jenna Mahoney is hoping three will be her lucky number on Saturday.

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Tuesday, December 22 2020
Byerley Park a godsend for Mansour

Coming to grips with life away from the saddle has been tough for former jockey Donavan Mansour, and a new role managing Byerley Park for prominent owner Daniel Nakhle has been a godsend for the well-liked horseman.

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Monday, December 21 2020
Te Akau Shark retired

One of New Zealand’s most exciting weight-for-age gallopers, dual Group One winner Te Akau Shark (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle), has been retired.

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Monday, December 21 2020
Mascarpone to bypass Railway

Talented Team Rogerson-trained sprinter Mascarpone (NZ) (Shooting To Win) is set to miss the Gr.1 Sistema Railway (1200m) on New Year’s Day.

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Monday, December 21 2020
Royal Performer all business come raceday

If you watched Royal Performer (Medicean) in track gallops you would think he’d have been better named Pauper or Court Jester.

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Sunday, December 20 2020
Cameron calls time out on riding career

Senior jockey Matthew Cameron has called time on his riding career after completing his last raceday at Awapuni on Saturday.

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Sunday, December 20 2020
Ellis reflects on momentous year for Te Akau Racing

Busy putting in the hard yards conducting his pre-Christmas inspections for the annual NZB National Yearling Sale at Karaka next month, Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis CNZM took time out to reflect on the stables’ achievements in 2020.

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Sunday, December 20 2020
Te Rapa double brings Christmas cheer to Browne stable

Trainer Emma-Lee Browne was still sporting a smile a mile wide on Sunday morning following the winning double that she and husband David picked up at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Sunday, December 20 2020
Relief for Latta with Lincoln Falls

The sight of promising galloper Lincoln Falls (Dundeel) storming past his rivals to win at Awapuni on Saturday provided trainer Lisa Latta with a special moment after she has endured plenty in her battle to get him back to the racetrack.

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Saturday, December 19 2020
Thrilling finish to Manawatu Cup

Hastings visitor Hunta Pence (NZ) (No Excuse Needed) overcame his apparent dislike of the Awapuni track to register his biggest career victory when he took out the Gr.3 Bramco Granite and Marble Manawatu Cup (2300m) in a desperate finish on Saturday.

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Saturday, December 19 2020
Frodo too fast in Group Two feature

Pocket rocket Tavi Mac (NZ) (Tavistock), who affectionately carries the moniker Frodo due to his diminutive stature and ungainly build, captured the biggest victory of his burgeoning career when he dashed away from his rivals in Saturday’s Gr.2 Kevin Pratt Memorial Manawatu Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni.

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Saturday, December 19 2020
Familiar look to impressive Te Rapa maiden winner

Promising three-year-old Mongolian Wings (NZ) (Mongolian Khan) showed he could be on a similar path to his illustrious sire when he produced an eye-catching display to shed his maiden status at Te Rapa.

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Saturday, December 19 2020
Magic moment for magic man

Veteran jockey Chris Johnson established a new national record for race victories on Saturday at Awapuni when Sassenach (NZ) (Per Incanto) provided him with win 2452 in New Zealand.

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Friday, December 18 2020
Four for Collett at Otaki

Samantha Collett enjoyed a day out at Otaki, riding four winners on the card.

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Friday, December 18 2020
Wononeohwon relishes true test

Tavistock four-year-old Wononeohwon looks to have a bright future, making it back-to-back wins when coming from a near impossible position to land the Devan Plastics (1400m) at Otaki on Friday under a cool Lisa Allpress ride.

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Friday, December 18 2020
Catwalk Girl ready to strut at Te Rapa

Four-year-old mare Catwalk Girl is cherry ripe ahead of the Foster Construction Mile (1600m) at Te Rapa on Saturday according to trainer Pam Gerard, who prepares the progressive galloper in partnership with Michael Moroney.

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Friday, December 18 2020
Gallant Boy on song for Tapanui Cup

He may be in the eighth season of his remarkable career, but veteran gelding Gallant Boy (NZ) (Gallant Guru) is showing no sign of slowing down.

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Friday, December 18 2020
Elephant favoured in first

Punters are hoping to get off to a strong start at Te Rapa on Saturday, with unbeaten four-year-old Elephant all the rage in the first event on the card, the Lodge Property Management 1400.

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Thursday, December 17 2020
Tavi Mac primed for Awapuni challenge

Hot trainer Allan Sharrock is hoping Tavi Mac (NZ) (Tavistock) can exploit any weakness in the armour of Group One-winning rival Callsign Mav (NZ) (Atlante) in Saturday’s Gr.2 Kevin Pratt Memorial Manawatu Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni.

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Thursday, December 17 2020
Vale Terrill Charles

Mid-Canterbury trainer Terrill Charles has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.

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Thursday, December 17 2020
Multiple Million candidates for Harvey

Emerging Cambridge trainer Glen Harvey can rest easy in the knowledge he has a pair of juveniles already high up the order of entry for the $1m Doubletree by Hilton Karaka Million 2yo (1200m) at Ellerslie on January 23, and he could look to add more runners in the coming weeks.

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Thursday, December 17 2020
Another strong Te Rapa book for Bosson

A week on from a dominant performance at Te Rapa last Saturday, star jockey Opie Bosson returns to the same venue this weekend with another formidable book of rides.

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Wednesday, December 16 2020
Hard tracks the key for returning Invador

Leading owner Neville McAlister is hoping a return to the dry tracks of home will let punters see Platinum Invador (NZ) (Redwood) back to his best in New Zealand this summer.

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Wednesday, December 16 2020
Proud-as-punch Parsons would love to provide record-breaker

There aren’t many prouder of Chris Johnson then North Canterbury trainers John and Karen Parsons.

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Wednesday, December 16 2020
More in store for Lelawala

Promising three-year-old filly Lelawala (NZ) (Niagara) scored in good style at Pukekohe on Wednesday, dashing away in the concluding stages under apprentice Darren Dannis to take out the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1200m) at just her second start.

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Wednesday, December 16 2020
Callsign Mav returns at Awapuni

Hawke’s Bay trainer John Bary believes Saturday’s Gr.2 Kevin Pratt Memorial Manawatu Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni is the ideal race for resuming Group One winner Callsign Mav (NZ) (Atlante).

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Tuesday, December 15 2020
IFHA release horse welfare standards

Following the lead of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR), the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) has this week released its horse welfare standards.

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Tuesday, December 15 2020
Caulfield start for Impecunious

Leviathan owner Ozzie Kheir is looking forward to watching Kiwi recruit Impecunious (NZ) (Sacred Falls) step out in Melbourne this week.

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Tuesday, December 15 2020
Eight Carat for Anna

Smart three-year-old filly Sweet Anna (NZ) (Tavistock) is nearing a raceday return after trialing well at Te Aroha on Monday.

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Tuesday, December 15 2020
Tiley taking aim at summer features with Play That Song

Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley has summer features in mind for talented filly Play That Song (NZ) (Showcasing).

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Tuesday, December 15 2020
Foote's summer team nearing return

Cambridge trainer Ben Foote is looking forward to the raceday return of Group One winner Travelling Light (NZ) (El Roca), her Group winning half-sister Vitesse Bo (NZ) (Proisir) and speedy three-year-old Babylon Berlin (All Too Hard) as his summer team kicks into gear.

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Tuesday, December 15 2020
Ocean Billy puts Pomare's retirement on hold

A career highlight at Te Rapa on Saturday might have put a further delay on retirement plans for owner-breeder-trainer Bill Pomare.

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Monday, December 14 2020
The Irishman pleases at Te Aroha

Impressive debut winner The Irishman (NZ) (Tavistock) had a quiet trial at Te Aroha on Monday in readiness for a raceday return over the Ellerslie Christmas Carnival.

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Monday, December 14 2020
Schofer riding crest of a wave

Nothing is stopping Taranaki apprentice Hazel Schofer in 2020, not even an increase in her riding weight.

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Monday, December 14 2020
Te Akau in no rush for Australian Stable

An Australian stable still remains on the radar for New Zealand juggernaut Te Akau Racing, but it is in no rush to set up roots just yet.

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Monday, December 14 2020
Solid hit-out for Railway favourite

Exciting mare Levante (NZ) (Proisir) was in action at the Te Aroha trials on Monday, winning her 1000m heat by a head from another talented four-year-old in Entriviere (NZ) (Tavistock).

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Sunday, December 13 2020
Features focus for Te Akau team

Matamata trainer Jamie Richards was delighted to secure a winning treble at Te Rapa on Saturday but was also left rueing the fact the day could have been even better with a little more luck.

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Sunday, December 13 2020
McKee team firing up for Christmas racing

A win by hardy campaigner Breezon (NZ) (O’Reilly) at Te Rapa on Saturday signalled that trainer Stephen McKee is gearing up for another profitable summer racing campaign from his Ardmore base.

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Sunday, December 13 2020
Stakes success still sinking in for young apprentice

Twenty-four hours on from the biggest win in his fledgling career, apprentice jockey Callum Jones is still having trouble coming to terms with his achievement.

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Saturday, December 12 2020
Daring ride pays off in Waikato Cup

Apprentice Callum Jones made the most of a late call up when he guided outsider Ocean Billy to victory in Saturday’s Gr.3 SKYCITY Hamilton Waikato Cup (2400m) at Te Rapa.

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Saturday, December 12 2020
Coventina Bay gets first stakes success at Te Rapa

Promising mare Coventina Bay (NZ) (Shamexpress) added valuable black type to her burgeoning race record when she prevailed in a desperate finish to the Gr.3 J Swap Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa.

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Saturday, December 12 2020
Johnson just one win away from record

Veteran rider Chris Johnson is just one win away from setting a new record for most wins by a jockey in New Zealand after securing success aboard the Ellis Winsloe-trained Points Score at Ascot Park on Saturday.

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Saturday, December 12 2020
Staying future for Eulogy winner

Lightly raced Cambridge visitor Whimsical showed she will be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming age-group staying features when she produced a gritty performance to take out the Gr.3 Lawnmaster Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at just her third start.

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Saturday, December 12 2020
Showoroses upsets in Te Rapa feature

Underrated mare Showoroses made full use of an electric beginning from a wide barrier to lead her rivals a merry dance as she took out the feature race at Te Rapa on Saturday, the Gr.2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m).

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Friday, December 11 2020
Sharrock pleased with Sinarahma

Trainer Allan Sharrock has his team flying at present and the New Plymouth horseman will be well represented at Awapuni on Saturday, in addition to sending quality mare Sinarahma north for the Gr.2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa.

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Friday, December 11 2020
Awapuni duo further advocates for Newman's training talent

Manawatu horseman Bryce Newman is looking to take his racehorse training operation to new heights.

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Friday, December 11 2020
Kennedy lends helping hand in mate's record bid

Wingatui trainer Terry Kennedy hopes one of his runners at Ascot Park on Saturday will provide a record-breaking moment for long-time friend Chris Johnson.

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Thursday, December 10 2020
Te Rapa to kick off Brennan's big black-type summer

Group Three features at Te Rapa on Saturday could be the starting point of a special summer for Lauren Brennan.

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Thursday, December 10 2020
Mascarpone hoping to get the cream

Team Rogerson will have a solid team of runners at Te Rapa on Saturday including smart four-year-old Mascarpone (NZ) (Shooting To Win) in the Gr.3 J Swap Sprint (1400m).

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Thursday, December 10 2020
Super double for Collett

Trainer Richard Collett sent out a pair of winners at Ellerslie’s twilight meeting on Thursday with Super Pursuit (NZ) (Proisir) successful in the Stella Artois 1500 Championship Qualifier 1300m, while Super Strike (NZ) (Super Easy) justified a short quote to win the First Global Logistics – Asendia 1400m.

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Thursday, December 10 2020
Supera surging towards finishing line

Ken and Bev Kelso would love nothing more than for classy mare Supera (NZ) (Savabeel) to sign off her career with a win.

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Thursday, December 10 2020
Pep Torque hits top gear

Kirsty Lawrence’s $2,600 gavelhouse.com buy Pep Torque (NZ) (Nadeem) took his earnings to just shy of $120,000 with a determined victory over the Hawke’s Bay mile yesterday.

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Thursday, December 10 2020
New show highlights the people behind the racing industry

The New Zealand thoroughbred racing industry has more than 34,000 participants, employs over 9,500 people and contributes around $1.1 billion dollars to the New Zealand economy annually.

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Wednesday, December 09 2020
Dark Alley has bright future

Local trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen produced a smart 1200m maiden winner in Dark Alley (NZ) (Per Incanto) at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, December 09 2020
Bell hoping history repeats for Julius

High-class nine-year-old Julius (NZ) (Swiss Ace) will present in excellent order in Saturday’s Gr.3 J Swap Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa where he will shoulder 60.5kgs.

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Wednesday, December 09 2020
Ellerslie twilights proving popular as ever

On-course patrons can expect the vibes to be good at Ellerslie’s twilight meeting on Thursday as Aucklanders enjoy some pre-Christmas cheer across an abbreviated six-race card.

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Wednesday, December 09 2020
Key ride has Allpress excited for Eulogy

In-form hoop Lisa Allpress has a good handle on the leading contenders in the Gr.3 Lawnmaster Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni on Saturday, where she will ride last-start Gr.3 Wellington Stakes (1600m) runner-up Key (Exceed and Excel).

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Wednesday, December 09 2020
Hometown trainer seeks second Waikato Cup

Cambridge and Matamata may be the epicentre of thoroughbred training in Waikato, but David Greene hasn’t regretted his decision to base himself at Te Rapa for a minute.

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Tuesday, December 08 2020
Generation looking for third Hong Kong Mile

The old firm of Zac Purton and New Zealand bred galloper Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road To Rock) will join forces once again in Sunday’s Gr.1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m).

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Tuesday, December 08 2020
Dragon Leap back at Wexford

High-class galloper Dragon Leap (Pierro) has returned to Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott’s Matamata stable as he builds towards an autumn campaign.

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Tuesday, December 08 2020
Pinn appreciative of racing reprieve

A dose of the real world and some time to clear his mind has proved the catalyst for talented apprentice jockey Wiremu Pinn to make his way back to racing, and the 22-year-old is keen to grasp the opportunity with both hands.

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Tuesday, December 08 2020
Stars return for Baker and Forsman

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have welcomed back high-class trio The Chosen One (NZ) (Savabeel), Aegon (NZ) (Sacred Falls) and Quick Thinker (So You Think) after their respective breaks following spring campaigns.

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Monday, December 07 2020
Stakes assignment for impressive Ellerslie winner

Promising filly Amarelinha (NZ) (Savabeel) made amends for a narrow defeat on debut with an impressive victory over 1300m at Ellerslie on Saturday.

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Monday, December 07 2020
Thorndon for Rock On Wood

Trainer Leanne Elliot is pleased with the way Gr.1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) winner Rock On Wood has come through his exertions on Saturday but isn’t rushing to make immediate plans for his next start.

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Monday, December 07 2020
Take Two for Prise De Fer

Te Akau Racing’s Prise De Fer (NZ) (Savabeel) may have missed last weekend’s Gr.1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) but the five-year-old gelding will soon have the opportunity to make up for lost time.

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Sunday, December 06 2020
Vale Michael Daly

Popular South Canterbury horseman Michael Daly passed away on Friday afternoon just minutes before quality sprinter Don Carlo (NZ) (Per Incanto) tried to provide his former mentor with a final win at Riccarton.

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Sunday, December 06 2020
Higher honours await Justaskme

A brief break awaits impressive Trentham winner Justaskme (NZ) (No Excuse Needed) as trainer Allan Sharrock plans bigger and better things for his latest stable star.

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Sunday, December 06 2020
Endless Drama retired

Well-travelled sprinter/miler Endless Drama (Lope De Vega) has been retired after failing to find his best form in his latest campaign.

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Sunday, December 06 2020
Asano quickly off the mark in northern stint

Leading South Island apprentice Kozzi Asano wasted no time in registering his first win for Matamata trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott when he guided Spring Heat (More Than Ready) to an impressive victory at Ellerslie on Saturday.

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Saturday, December 05 2020
Family affair as Rock On Wood claims Group One

Quality galloper Rock On Wood (NZ) (Redwood) shed the tag of a Group One winner in waiting in emphatic fashion when he dashed home to take out the Gr.1 Rydges Wellington Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham.

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Saturday, December 05 2020
Favourite delivers in Trentham two-year-old feature

Flashy chestnut colt Stormy (NZ) (Telperion) repaid the faith of punters who installed him as a $1.50 favourite as he powered to victory in the Gr.2 Pete’s Joinery, Precise Design & Build Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1100m) at Trentham.

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Saturday, December 05 2020
Spirited performance in Trentham opener

Promising galloper Invisible Spirit (NZ) (Charm Spirit) made a winning return to the track when he led throughout to capture the first event at Trentham on Saturday.

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Saturday, December 05 2020
Opalescence upsets in Ellerslie feature

Underrated filly Opalescence dented several reputations when she swept to victory in Saturday’s Gr.3 Mitchell Family Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie.

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Friday, December 04 2020
Innes pleased to climb aboard Belltree

Jockey Leith Innes has a quality book of rides at Ellerslie on Saturday, including promising three-year-old Jason Belltree (NZ) (Ferlax) in the day’s feature, the Gr.3 Mitchell Family Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m).

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Friday, December 04 2020
Former Hong Kong stars begin new career

Trentham racecourse will host the first appearance of NZ Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) welfare ambassadors Werther (NZ) (Tavistock) and Ping Hai Star (NZ) (Nom Du Jeu) on Saturday.

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Friday, December 04 2020
Marine to Hong Kong

The Michael and Matthew Pitman-trained Marine (NZ) (Ocean Park) has been sold to clients of Hong Kong trainer Caspar Fownes and will do his future racing in the Asian racing jurisdiction.

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Friday, December 04 2020
Bonecrusher test for Explosively

With an overseas sale off the agenda for now, Te Awamutu trainer Stephen Ralph is free to dream big with highly talented three-year-old Explosively (NZ) (Sweynesse) – starting with a first black-type test in Saturday’s Gr.3 Mitchell Family Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie.

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Friday, December 04 2020
Times Ticking for Group One

Opaki trainer Alby MacGregor has always been proud of his Scottish heritage, so much so that his horses sport the family tartan on raceday.

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Thursday, December 03 2020
Enzo on path to another Telegraph

Riccarton trainers Michael and Matthew Pitman will have numbers in their favour as per usual at their home track meeting on Friday.

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Thursday, December 03 2020
Ellerslie rivals to make way for Moana

Chad Ormsby has no doubt that promising filly Moana (NZ) (Ocean Park) has returned from a spring spell a far superior version of her previous self.

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Thursday, December 03 2020
Tricky track conditions at Trentham

With Group One racing on Saturday, Trentham track manager Mark Biddle is praying for the rain to stay away.

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Thursday, December 03 2020
Pike braving the Trentham Storm

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike will head south to Trentham on Saturday to a wet welcome, with rain forest for the weekend’s premier meeting.

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Wednesday, December 02 2020
Blueblood filly wins on debut at Rotorua

Well-related three-year-old Cheaperthandivorce (NZ) (Savabeel) made the perfect start to her racing career on Wednesday winning the TW Moore 1400 at Rotorua for Roger James and Robert Wellwood.

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Wednesday, December 02 2020
James in good spirits ahead of Captain Cook Stakes

Happy versus Grumpy.

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Wednesday, December 02 2020
Sharrock with further ammunition to fire

New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock has his team firing on all cylinders, as evidenced by his current fifth standing on the trainers’ premiership in addition to an impressive strike-rate of 4.42, with 19 wins on the board from 84 starters this season.

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Tuesday, December 01 2020
TAB NZ and Tabcorp extend vision and wagering agreement

Extended broadcasting and wagering rights for Australian and New Zealand racing have been confirmed under agreements reached between TAB NZ and Tabcorp.

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Tuesday, December 01 2020
Applications open for Godolphin Flying Start

Applications have now opened for the two-year Godolphin Flying Start programme.

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Tuesday, December 01 2020
Duo excited by well-related youngsters

COVID-19 prevented Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie getting a trip to Royal Ascot this year, but they are happily settling for trips to the winner’s circle in New Zealand.

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Tuesday, December 01 2020
Asano to head north

The South Island’s leading jockey, Kozzi Asano, will leave the mainland next week for a couple of months in a bid to further his riding career.

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Tuesday, December 01 2020
Keegan on the ride of her life

Trudy Keegan is still on cloud nine after taking out the Gr.3 Valachi Downs Canterbury Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton with Aimee’s Jewel (NZ) (Proisir) last month.

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