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Wednesday, March 31 2021
Synchronize lands Pearl Series Maiden

Talented juvenile Synchronize (NZ) (Savabeel) made an impressive debut at Matamata on Wednesday, winning the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Maiden 2YO (1050m), landing a Pearl Series bonus in the process.

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Wednesday, March 31 2021
Vance hoping for another Royal Performance

Trainers Bob and Jenny Vance are hoping their stable star Royal Performer (Medicean) can cap his season off in style when he contests the Gr.2 City Of Palmerston North Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) on Saturday.

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Wednesday, March 31 2021
Jockeys get behind Horse Ambulance fundraiser

A series of racing celebrity lunches and dinners will be auctioned this week via gavelhouse.com, in an initiative driven by the New Zealand Jockeys’ Association, with all funds raised by the auctions to go to the New Zealand Horse Ambulance Trust.

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Tuesday, March 30 2021
Tyler looking forward to home cup

The annual Riverton Cup meeting is one local horseman Kelvin Tyler looks forward to every year, but he said it is not without its pressure.

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Tuesday, March 30 2021
Weather to dictate state for Sword

Plans for Group One winning juvenile Sword Of State (Snitzel) will be determined by the volume of rain in the coming days, with the Jamie Richards-trained colt a warm favourite for Saturday’s Gr.1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).

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Monday, March 29 2021
Zed Em gunning for fourth Von Doussa

Kiwi jumper Zed Em (NZ) (Zed) will be out to land a fourth successive Ecycle Solutions Von Doussa Steeplechase (3250m) at Oakbank on Wednesday.

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Monday, March 29 2021
Southern raider hits Manawatu Classic

Riccarton trainer Andrew Carston is hopeful his improving three-year-old Milford Sound (NZ) (Ocean Park) will be up to the task of taking on the North Island classic generation in the Gr.3 Higgins Concrete Manawatu Classic (2000m) at Awapuni this weekend.

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Monday, March 29 2021
Middle distance test for Callsign Mav

Group One winner Callsign Mav (NZ) (Atlante) will be in action at Awapuni on Saturday, where he will be tried beyond a mile for the first time in his career in the Gr.2 City Of Palmerston North Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m).

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Sunday, March 28 2021
Melody Belle excels in Tauranga workout

Champion racemare Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) stepped out for an exhibition gallop between races at Tauranga on Saturday as she continues her preparation for her upcoming assignments in Australia.

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Sunday, March 28 2021
Pitman team hitting its straps ahead of lucrative Easter period

The local stable of Michael and Matthew Pitman flexed its muscles at Riccarton on Saturday, winning the first four events on the nine-race card, providing proof they will be a force to be reckoned with as Easter racing looms.

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Sunday, March 28 2021
Impressive Tauranga winner ready for a break

Promising mare Les Crayeres (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice) will head to the spelling paddock off the back of a stylish performance over 1400m at Tauranga on Saturday.

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Saturday, March 27 2021
Stakes win for Reliable Man filly

Annavisto (NZ) (Reliable Man) has secured some important black-type for her connections with an all-the-way victory in the Listed Bendigo Guineas (1600m) on Saturday.

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Saturday, March 27 2021
Western Empire on track for WA Derby

The Grant and Alana Williams-trained three-year-old Western Empire (NZ) (Iffraaj) proved a class above his rivals as expected in the Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m) at Ascot on Saturday, comfortably holding Outback Jack who headed home the remainder of the small six-horse field.

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Saturday, March 27 2021
Belle Fascino headlines Riccarton double for Marsh

Cambridge conditioner Stephen Marsh enjoyed a successful day at Riccarton on Saturday when honest mare Belle Fascino provided him with the second leg of a race to race double in the feature event on the card, the Gr.3 Valachi Downs South Island Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m).

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Saturday, March 27 2021
Innes produces front-running gem to lift Japan trophy

Leading northern rider Leith Innes produced a front-running masterclass at Tauranga on Saturday as he guided gritty galloper Packing Rockstar (Fastnet Rock) to his first stakes victory in the Gr.2 Ultimate Mazda Japan Trophy (1600m).

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Saturday, March 27 2021
Derby winner makes the most of Tauranga outing

Exciting three-year-old Rocket Spade provided his connections with the perfect dress rehearsal for his Gr.1 Australian Derby (2400m) challenge next month when he gave his age-group rivals a start and a beating over 1600m at Tauranga on Saturday.

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Friday, March 26 2021
Pitman Magic on show at Riccarton

Trainers Michael & Matthew Pitman are pleased with the condition of stakes winning mare All About Magic (NZ) (Showcasing) as she looks to land the spoils for the home team in the Gr.3 Valachi Downs South Island Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton on Saturday.

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Friday, March 26 2021
Pike juvenile all class at New Plymouth

The Tony Pike-trained Rangi Toa was an impressive debut winner of the Kasa Bloodstock 2YO (1100m) at New Plymouth on Friday, and has the makings of a horse with plenty of ability.

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Friday, March 26 2021
Calder in search of more Tauranga success

South Auckland jockey Andrew Calder landed a winning double at Tauranga last Saturday and will be hoping for more of the same when he returns to the Bay of Plenty course tomorrow.

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Friday, March 26 2021
Colourful Pomare riding crest of a wave

Trainer Bill Pomare won’t be the least bit surprised if his stable star Ocean Billy does the almost unthinkable and wins tomorrow’s Gr.2 Ultimate Mazda Japan Trophy (1600m).

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Thursday, March 25 2021
Fletcher to be inducted into Hall Of Fame

One of the true gentlemen of the thoroughbred world is to be honoured with induction to the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame.

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Thursday, March 25 2021
Pearl Series early bird entries nearing close

The early bird entries for the NZB Insurance Pearl Series are set to close on March 31.

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Wednesday, March 24 2021
Pukekohe Treble for Tiley

Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley enjoyed a day out on his home track, saddling three winners on Wednesday headed by impressive juvenile Quicken Away (Vancouver), who defeated a strong field over 1200m to book his place in next month’s Gr.1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).

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Wednesday, March 24 2021
Home targets for Sword Of State

Te Akau principal David Ellis and trainer Jamie Richards have elected to remain in New Zealand with Group One-winning juvenile Sword Of State (Snitzel).

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Wednesday, March 24 2021
Baker-Forsman unleash promising 3YO stayers

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman landed an early double at Pukekohe on Wednesday, with promising three-year-olds Daqiansweet Junior (NZ) (Sweet Orange) and Granados (NZ) (Mongolian Khan) both scoring over 2100m and shaping as stayers of the future.

Posted by: AT 10:52 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, March 24 2021
Belle Fascino in the spotlight as part of Marsh's big Saturday

Leading trainer Stephen Marsh is getting the best of both worlds with talented mare Belle Fascino (NZ) (Per Incanto).

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Wednesday, March 24 2021
Tauranga test for Tina Again

Clinton Isdale has put plenty of work into improving Tina Again’s (NZ) (El Roca) barrier manners, and the Te Awamutu trainer is starting to reap the rewards for his efforts.

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Wednesday, March 24 2021
Sydney rain Beaudz Well for Wheeler stayer

Hall of Fame trainer John Wheeler will be back in Australia in a serious way this autumn, targeting the Sydney autumn carnival as well as making his regular raid on the Oakbank jumping carnival in South Australia.

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Tuesday, March 23 2021
Nickalls weighing up options with Group One performer

Trainer Stephen Nickalls is still coming down off the high of Llanacord’s (NZ) (Contributer) effort to run third in Saturday’s Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m).

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Tuesday, March 23 2021
Change of tack for Tiley

Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley will downsize his team at the end of May to concentrate on training just those horses he has an ownership interest in.

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Tuesday, March 23 2021
Group One options for Travelling Light

Group One winner Travelling Light (NZ) (El Roca) will be on trial for an Australian assignment at Tauranga this weekend.

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Tuesday, March 23 2021
Surgery for promising filly

Group Two-winning filly Needle And Thread (Makfi) will undergo minor surgery later this week to remove a bone chip.

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Monday, March 22 2021
Cheaperthandivorce to take a break

The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained Cheaperthandivorce (NZ) (Savabeel) will head to the spelling paddock and won’t be seen again this season despite finding the line well for fourth in the Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) last Saturday.

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Monday, March 22 2021
Queensland Oaks possible for Charms Star

A Queensland campaign could be on the cards for Charms Star (NZ) (Per Incanto) after her runner-up effort in the Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on Saturday.

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Monday, March 22 2021
Rocket Spade to step out on home soil

New Zealand Derby (2400m) winner Rocket Spade (Fastnet Rock) is likely to be seen in action at Tauranga this weekend, where the Group One winner will step out over a mile for trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott.

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Monday, March 22 2021
Highden Park hail Hong Kong Derby success

Highden Park principals Libby and Sam Bleakley were still left pinching themselves on Monday morning as they were coming to grips with yet another farm graduate winning the Hong Kong Derby (2000m).

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Sunday, March 21 2021
Stakes assignment on the horizon for No Filter

A decisive victory at Tauranga could have promising three-year-old No Filter (NZ) (Toronado) on a path towards a start in the Gr.3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa in May.

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Sunday, March 21 2021
Sydney Carnival delays a positive for Te Akau raiders

It’s a case of business as usual for Te Akau Racing trainer Jamie Richards despite the postponement of the Golden Slipper racemeeting at Rosehill due to heavy rain on Saturday, and over the days preceding.

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Sunday, March 21 2021
Jessiegee due elusive stakes success

Trainer Mike Breslin believes honest mare Jessiegee (NZ) (Alamosa) is more than deserving of a slice of big race luck after the plucky seven-year-old went within a neck of causing an upset in Saturday’s Gr.3 Wentwood Grange Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham.

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Saturday, March 20 2021
Need I Say More secures sixth stakes success in Guineas

No three-year-old in New Zealand this season has enjoyed as much black-type success as the prolific winner Need I Say More (No Nay Never), who added Saturday’s Gr.2 Fusion Electrical Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham to his near-faultless formline.

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Saturday, March 20 2021
Stable pet makes amends in Lightning

Less than an hour after lamenting bad luck in one Trentham feature on Saturday afternoon, Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard struck gold in the next one with stable favourite Grand Mayson (NZ) (Power).

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Saturday, March 20 2021
Amarelinha brilliant in New Zealand Oaks victory

Talented three-year-old Amarelinha (NZ) (Savabeel) gave her rivals a galloping lesson as she claimed a brilliant victory in the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham.

Posted by: AT 11:16 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, March 20 2021
Coventina Bay takes Cuddle Stakes victory after tough battle

Progressive galloper Coventina Bay (NZ) (Shamexpress) delighted her army of fans when taking out the Gr.3 Wentwood Grange Cuddle Stakes (1600m) on Saturday, but it was a close-run thing in the Trentham feature for the fillies and mares.

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Saturday, March 20 2021
Waisake collects another Trentham feature

Class prevailed at Trentham on Saturday when last-start Gr.3 Wellington Cup (3200m) winner Waisake (NZ) (Zed) collected another feature race at the venue with a gritty victory in the Listed Fasttrack Insurance 5K New Zealand St. Leger (2600m).

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Friday, March 19 2021
Calder has solid Tauranga book

Jockey Andrew Calder is confident punters can get off to a good start at Tauranga on Saturday where he partners $2.10 favourite No Filter in the opening event for his father-in-law Richard Collett.

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Friday, March 19 2021
Zee Falls on trial for Australian campaign

Stakes-winning filly Zee Falls could be in line for a trip to Sydney if she performs well in the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on Saturday.

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Friday, March 19 2021
Pike's Puysegur purring ahead of Lightning

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike is gearing up for a busy weekend of racing, where he will saddle runners at Trentham and Tauranga on Saturday, and as many as five starters at Te Aroha on Sunday.

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Thursday, March 18 2021
Benner out for more Guineas glory

Otaki conditioner Johnno Benner has a strong record in the Gr.2 Fusion Electrical Wellington Guineas (1400m), which he is hoping to extend at Trentham on Saturday.

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Thursday, March 18 2021
Irish Girl resumes at Tauranga

Group Three performer Irish Girl (NZ) (El Roca) will be looking to extend her impressive run of form at Tauranga on Saturday when she contests the Mills Reef Winery 1200.

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Thursday, March 18 2021
Bosson eyes fifth win in NZ Oaks with Amarelinha

Opie Bosson will chase a fifth win in Saturday’s Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m), a race he has only ridden in sporadically in recent years.

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Wednesday, March 17 2021
Needle And Thread hoping Oaks rivals get the stitch

Stephen Autridge and Kris Shailer head into Saturday’s Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) confident in the staying ability of their Group Two-winning filly Needle And Thread (Makfi).

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Wednesday, March 17 2021
Search broadened for nominations for TAB Board

Racing Minister Grant Robertson is expanding the search for nominations for the TAB NZ Board.

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Wednesday, March 17 2021
Sharrock quartet primed for Trentham

Trainer Allan Sharrock will have his fingers-crossed on Saturday when Sinarahma (NZ) (Darci Brahma) makes her return to Trentham.

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Wednesday, March 17 2021
Live Drama out to continue picket fence form line

Live Drama (NZ) (Ghibellines) will be out to extend her picket fence form line when she contests the Listed Hardy Trade Supply Company Lightning Handicap (1200m) at Trentham on Saturday.

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Wednesday, March 17 2021
McCullum to headline SEN launch in NZ

Sports Entertainment Network (SEN) is set to expand into New Zealand announcing plans to acquire 29 TAB NZ AM/FM radio licences and signing former New Zealand Test captain Brendon McCullum as headline talent.

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Wednesday, March 17 2021
Ashburton whisper is for Rae pair

Terri Rae will put two newcomers to her stable on trial for Group race spoils at Ashburton on Thursday.

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Tuesday, March 16 2021
Trial winner to make debut

The Lance Noble-trained La Capita (Capitalist) will make her raceday debut at Matamata on Wednesday in the Tokoroa Club (INC) 1200 for two-year-olds.

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Tuesday, March 16 2021
Avantage aiming for ninth Group One

While an Australian campaign is enticing for the connections of Avantage (Fastnet Rock), Te Akau principal David Ellis and trainer Jamie Richards have elected to keep the multiple Group One winner in New Zealand for now.

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Tuesday, March 16 2021
Big decision ahead for Collett

New Plymouth trainer Robbie Patterson hopes Coventina Bay (NZ) (Shamexpress) will make Sam Collett think twice about riding boom mare Levante in Group One company next month.

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Tuesday, March 16 2021
Trentham return for Enzo's Lad

Enzo’s Lad (Testa Rossa) will return to Trentham on Saturday in a bid to retain his crown in the Listed Hardy Trade Supply Company Lightning Handicap (1200m).

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Monday, March 15 2021
New Zealand Oaks likely for Tokorangi

The Ballymore Stables of Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard are likely to be represented by two runners in Saturday’s Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m), headed by Group Two-winning filly Tokorangi (NZ) (Redwood) and her Group Three-placed stablemate Dragon Queen.

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Monday, March 15 2021
Sires' Produce for Sword of State

Leading two-year-old Sword Of State (Snitzel) will not run in Saturday’s Gr.1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill, but could still play a role in the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

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Monday, March 15 2021
Staying test for Melody Belle

Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands), New Zealand’s darling of the turf, will continue her farewell tour in Sydney later this month.

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Sunday, March 14 2021
Travel restrictions to decide next target for Levante

The connections of exciting galloper Levante (NZ) (Proisir) will be looking for an indication on any changes to the current trans-Tasman travel restrictions before making a decision on her next raceday assignment.

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Sunday, March 14 2021
O'Sullivan-Scott trio Sydney bound

Matamata trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott look likely to produce a triple threat at the Sydney autumn carnival after another stellar day for their Wexford Stables at Ellerslie on Saturday.

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Sunday, March 14 2021
Pomare thinking ahead with Ocean Billy

While he is still coming to terms with winning the first Group One of his training career, Rotorua’s Bill Pomare knows he could have some big decisions to make with his stable star Ocean Billy (NZ) (Ocean Park).

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Saturday, March 13 2021
Melody Belle sets Group One record at Ellerslie

Champion mare Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) created a piece of New Zealand racing history at Ellerslie on Saturday when she strode to victory in the Gr.1 Bonecrusher NZ Stakes (2000m), her fourteenth win at the elite level, to surpass the mighty Sunline (NZ) (Desert Sun) for the most Group One wins in the modern era for a New Zealand-trained galloper.

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Saturday, March 13 2021
Bosson puts rivals to the sword in Sistema Stakes

Quality two-year-old Sword Of State (Snitzel) and rider Opie Bosson made it a one-horse affair at Ellerslie on Saturday when they blitzed their rivals in the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m).

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Saturday, March 13 2021
Battling Billy causes minor upset in Auckland Cup

Rotorua galloper Ocean Billy (NZ) (Ocean Park) gave trainer Bill Pomare his biggest thrill on a racecourse when he proved too tough in the concluding stages when taking out Saturday’s Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) at Ellerslie.

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Friday, March 12 2021
Full crowds for Auckland Cup Day

Following the Government’s announcement that Auckland will join the remainder of the country in COVID-19 alert level 1 from midday today, crowds will be welcomed on-course to Ellerslie’s Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day on Saturday.

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Friday, March 12 2021
Late Sistema bid for Fonsalette

Group One plans weren’t originally on the cards for Fonsalette (NZ) (Belardo) this weekend, but that all changed earlier this week when the nominations came out for the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m).

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Friday, March 12 2021
Harris excited about Group One duo

Despite being booked for only two rides, Saturday’s Auckland Cup meeting at Ellerslie has the potential to be a special day in the saddle for Troy Harris.

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Thursday, March 11 2021
Fuller looking for Cup history to repeat

Veteran stayer Roger That (NZ) (Shinko King) is shaping as the forgotten horse in Saturday’s Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m).

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Thursday, March 11 2021
Injury halts Auckland Cup plans

Wanganui trainer Raymond Connors put a circle around the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) several months ago for promising stayer Hurry Cane (NZ) (Nom Du Jeu), but injury has put a halt to those plans.

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Thursday, March 11 2021
Sound result for promising three-year-old

Milford Sound (NZ) (Ocean Park) broke maiden ranks on Thursday with a stylish win in the Piccadilly Books Stocktake Sale On Until 15 March Maiden (1600m) at Riccarton.

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Thursday, March 11 2021
Richards favours Belle in glamour clash

Bookmakers may be favouring defending champ Avantage (Fastnet Rock) in Saturday’s Gr.1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie but her trainer Jamie Richards is backing Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) as the pick of his pair.

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Thursday, March 11 2021
Mind over matter for Bergerson pair

Roydon Bergerson has been trying to get over a few mental hurdles with a couple of his runners and he is hoping that effort will bear fruit at Trentham this weekend.

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Wednesday, March 10 2021
Scott making good progress

Mornington trainer Brett Scott is conscious and talking as he recovers from being kicked in the head by a horse last Wednesday.

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Wednesday, March 10 2021
Arjaybee impressive on debut

The Chris Bothwell-trained Arjaybee (NZ) (Highly Recommended) made a winning debut at Otaki on Thursday, coming from last under apprentice Taiki Yanagida to blouse her rivals late in the Aquashield Roofing 3YO Maiden (1200m).

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Wednesday, March 10 2021
Benner-Wynyard pair on track for Guineas

Otaki trainers Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard enjoyed a good day on their home track on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, March 10 2021
Group One opportunity knocks for Bonny Lass

Matamata trainer Graham Richardson wasn’t planning to run Bonny Lass (NZ) (Super Easy) in the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) until he saw the nominations – or rather, the lack of them.

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Wednesday, March 10 2021
Milford Sound set to cruise to maiden win

Andrew Carston is hoping suggestions that he might have one of the best-credentialled maiden gallopers in the South Island are short-lived.

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Tuesday, March 09 2021
Underdog tag no concern for Cole

Fresh from giving one Ellerslie Group One race a big shake, Steven Cole is hoping to do so again next weekend.

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Tuesday, March 09 2021
New home away from home for Marlborough Cup

The Kam Transport Marlborough Cup (2000m) will have a new home away from home this year when its 100th running is held at Riccarton on Thursday.

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Tuesday, March 09 2021
Multiple stakes winning maiden mare unreserved on Gavelhouse Plus now

The unreserved auction of recently retired, multiple stakes winner Miss Federer (NZ) (Swiss Ace) has launched on Gavelhouse Plus today and will run through until 7pm (NZ) on Monday 15 March.

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Tuesday, March 09 2021
Kiwis looking to claim Phar Lap

Kiwi import Impecunious (NZ) (Sacred Falls) is set to take her place in Saturday’s Gr.2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) for trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young at Rosehill on Saturday.

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Tuesday, March 09 2021
Sydney assignment for Entriviere

Quality four-year-old mare Entriviere (NZ) (Tavistock) will be given her chance to shine across the Tasman after a dominant victory in Sunday’s Gr.3 King’s Plate (1200m) at Ellerslie.

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Tuesday, March 09 2021
Vance hoping for another royal performance

Bob Vance is hoping Royal Performer (Medicean) can secure another elite-level victory when he contests the Gr.1 Bonecrusher NZ Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.

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Monday, March 08 2021
Sydney beckons New Zealand Derby winner

Twenty-four hours on from winning the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) with Rocket Spade (Fastnet Rock) on Sunday, trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott were basking in the glory of a job well done.

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Monday, March 08 2021
Options open for Tokorangi

Trainers Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard have plenty of options to mull over with Group Two-winning filly Tokorangi (NZ) after the daughter of Redwood finished seventh in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) on Sunday.

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Monday, March 08 2021
Entriviere demolition a consolation for Gray

Kevin Gray didn’t train the winner of the Gr.3 King’s Plate (1200m) at Ellerslie on Sunday, but he still took some comfort from the result, having bred race victor Entriviere (NZ) (Tavistock).

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Sunday, March 07 2021
Rocket Spade wins thrilling New Zealand Derby

In a desperate three-way finish to the blue riband Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m), it was race favourite Rocket Spade (Fastnet Rock) who came out on top at the conclusion of a thrilling contest.

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Sunday, March 07 2021
Te Akau Racing enjoy black type bonanza at Ellerslie

Punters who thought the result of the Gr.3 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) was a foregone conclusion when installing glamour filly Amarelinha (NZ) (Savabeel) a red-hot $1.30 favourite for the race were left hanging on the result of the photo-finish to a thrilling contest in the fillies feature.

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Sunday, March 07 2021
Rain no barrier for exciting Entriviere

A heavy downpour during the running of Sunday’s Gr.3 Haunui Farm King’s Plate (1200m) proved no hindrance to exciting mare Entriviere (NZ) (Tavistock) as she produced a flashing burst of speed to capture her second successive Group Three victory.

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Sunday, March 07 2021
Hard work rewarded with Contributer's big week

Within the space of just four days, a huge black-type double for three-year-old progeny of Contributer (High Chaparral) has rewarded years of hard work for Simms Davison and the Mapperley Stud team.

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Saturday, March 06 2021
The Gift proves too tough in Wingatui feature

Talented three-year-old The Gift proved too tough for her age group rivals at Wingatui on Saturday as she collected her first black-type success in the Listed NZB Insurance Stakes (1400m).

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Saturday, March 06 2021
Nervous wait ends in triumph for Nakhle

Prominent breeder and racehorse owner Daniel Nakhle was a bundle of nerves as he waited for Saturday’s two-year-old race at Wingatui to get underway.

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Saturday, March 06 2021
Parkes and Richards continue winning association with promising two-year-old

Leading Central Districts rider Johnathan Parkes continued his winning roll aboard Jamie Richards-trained two-year-olds when he guided well related Savabeel youngster I Wish I Win to a comfortable victory in the opening race at Awapuni.

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Friday, March 05 2021
Triple threat for Bradbury in Derby

Bradbury Park principals Casey and Michelle Dando are fizzing ahead of the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on Sunday.

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Friday, March 05 2021
Relieved Williams hopes for local Derby win

Byerley Park trainer Peter Williams was a relieved man when the news came through that Ellerslie would play host to the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) meeting on Sunday.

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Friday, March 05 2021
Derby remains in Auckland

The Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) meeting will take place at Ellerslie on Sunday after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden announced Auckland would drop to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 at 6am on Sunday.

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Friday, March 05 2021
Nothing

Australian punters pouring over the New Zealand form of Gr.1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) favourite Aegon could easily be led down the garden path believing the talented three-year-old is a rain-affected galloper as he prepares to face a Good 4 Randwick surface.

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Thursday, March 04 2021
Track invader sentenced

A track invader who jumped three fences and stood in the middle of the Trentham course while the field went around him fronted court on Thursday.

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Thursday, March 04 2021
Larpower making winning a habit

Canterbury trainer Ross Beckett is in no hurry for his talented filly Larpower (NZ) (Power) to break a winning habit.

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Thursday, March 04 2021
Group One trial for Drum Major

Promising two-year-old Drum Major (NZ) (Epaulette) will be on trial for a tilt at Group One glory when he lines-up in the HR Jones & Co Ltd 2YO (1200m) at Awapuni on Saturday.

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Wednesday, March 03 2021
Llanacord wins nail-biting Lowland

The Stephen Nickalls-trained Llanacord (NZ) (Contributer) landed the Gr.2 Little Avondale Stud Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on Wednesday to provide the Rangiotu trainer, who part-owns the three-year-old filly, with his biggest moment in racing.

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Wednesday, March 03 2021
On Display ruled out of Derby

The Danny Walker-trained On Display (NZ) (Showcasing) did not accept for Sunday’s Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) on Wednesday after a foot issue was discovered on Tuesday night. 

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Wednesday, March 03 2021
Montre Moi ready to capitalise in Derby

Otaki trainer Johno Benner believes it’s far from a vintage running of this year’s Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m), but he’s hardly complaining.

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Wednesday, March 03 2021
Richards holds strong hand on Derby Day

The New Zealand Derby meeting could be held at either Hastings or Ellerslie on Sunday, but Jamie Richards is hoping for the latter.

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Tuesday, March 02 2021
Fleetwood Maca on song ahead of Lowland

Punters should disregard Fleetwood Maca’s (NZ) (Rock ‘n’ Pop) last two runs when assessing her chances in the Gr.2 Little Avondale Stud Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on Wednesday according to co-trainer Pam Gerard.

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Tuesday, March 02 2021
Marsh out to plunder Hastings gold

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is heading to Hastings on Wednesday to try and record more Group honours with Zee Falls (NZ) (Sacred Falls), but he could be back in Hawke’s Bay in just a matter of days in search of bigger spoils.

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Tuesday, March 02 2021
Levante slick from gates

High-class mare Levante (NZ) (Proisir) ran out a ready winner of her 1230m heat at the Rotorua trials on Tuesday and most importantly jumped away cleanly from the starting gates and will be seen back at the races on Saturday week.

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Tuesday, March 02 2021
Quality duo sold to Hong Kong

Talented three-year-olds Unition (Fastnet Rock) and Suffused (Choisir) have been sold and will do their future racing in Hong Kong.

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Monday, March 01 2021
Derby Day call to be made Friday

Racing Administrators remain hopeful that Ellerslie will be the venue for this year’s Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m), but a call as to whether the bumper race meeting can proceed at Auckland’s premier course on Sunday will be made as late as Friday afternoon.

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Monday, March 01 2021
In-form Grylls making every post a winner

There aren’t many better ways for a jockey to celebrate buying a new home than riding a treble the next day.

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Monday, March 01 2021
Late Derby contender to be On Display

The Danny Walker-trained On Display (NZ) (Showcasing) is likely to be a late nomination for Sunday’s Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) after his final serious hit-out on Tuesday morning.

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