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Friday, April 30 2021
Beer to unveil latest Kiwi import

Group Three winning three-year-old Opalescence (NZ) (Showcasing) will have her first start for new trainer Mitchell Beer on Saturday when she contests a 1300m BenchMark 78 at Sandown.

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Friday, April 30 2021
Johnson hoping to toast Travis success

Danielle Johnson set a single season stakes record for a New Zealand jockey last weekend and is looking to add to it on Saturday with some solid chances at Te Rapa.

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Friday, April 30 2021
First stakes test for No Filter

Exciting three-year-old No Filter (NZ) (Toronado) will have his first crack at stakes level when he contests the Gr.3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Friday, April 30 2021
2021/2022 racing calendar released

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) has released its racing dates for the 2021-22 season.

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Thursday, April 29 2021
Robinson looking to continue strong season

Lance Robinson may have a young team, but he has experienced one of his best seasons to date.

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Thursday, April 29 2021
Turn The Ace a sentimental favourite for Baker

Murray Baker won’t be coerced into tipping one of his three two-year-olds over the others in Saturday’s Maara Grange 1200 at Te Rapa but he has undoubted sentiment around the debut of Turn The Ace (NZ) (Turn Me Loose).

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Wednesday, April 28 2021
Rogerson scores Rotorua double

It was a memorable day for Bailey Rogerson at Arawa Park on Wednesday, with the Hamilton horsewoman not only riding her first winner as an apprentice but also recording a winning double at the Rotorua meeting.

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Wednesday, April 28 2021
Group tests for Ramsay-Ritchie duo

Trainers Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie will head to Te Rapa on Saturday with a couple of Group contenders.

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Wednesday, April 28 2021
Queensland options not to be sneezed at

Trainer Stephen Marsh will give good consideration to options in Queensland with exciting three-year-old filly Atishu (NZ) (Savabeel).

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Wednesday, April 28 2021
Rotorua target for Supreme Heights

Multiple Group Three winner Supreme Heights (NZ) (Jimmy Choux) was back in action at the Taupo trials on Tuesday, running out a comfortable winner of her 1225m heat.

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Wednesday, April 28 2021
Local trainers eye Hastings spoils

Hastings trainers Sue Thompson and Mick Brown are looking forward to their local meeting on Saturday where they will line-up three runners.

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Tuesday, April 27 2021
Travis mission for Travelling Light

It’s taken patience and hard work, but Ben Foote believes he’s got Travelling Light (NZ) (El Roca) back to her best.

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Tuesday, April 27 2021
Australian campaign in the offing for exciting three-year-old

A trip across the Tasman is in the offing for talented filly Miss Tycoon Rose (Written Tycoon) if she performs well in the Gr.3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Monday, April 26 2021
Critical date fast approaching for Racing Club merger

Full details on the proposed merger between the Auckland Racing Club (ARC) and the Counties Racing Club (CRC) will be the topic on the table at a meeting for members of the two clubs, scheduled for May 10.

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Monday, April 26 2021
Verstappen motors to victory on debut

Royally bred juvenile Verstappen (NZ) (Savabeel) made the perfect start to her racing career when she came from well back to win on debut over 1200m at Avondale on Monday.

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Sunday, April 25 2021
Mai Tai gets deserved black type victory

Progressive mare Mai Tai (NZ) (Atlante) added another feather to her cap when she picked up her first victory at stakes level with a win in the Listed Manawatu ITM Anzac Mile (1600m) at Awapuni on Sunday.

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Sunday, April 25 2021
Manrico adds another victory at favourite venue

Underrated galloper Manrico (NZ) (Shocking) extended his love affair with the Ellerslie racecourse when he posted his third win in his last four starts at the venue on Saturday.

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Sunday, April 25 2021
Stakes winner no shock for Clotworthy

Shaun Clotworthy may have got the last laugh over wife and training partner Emma when strapping three-year-old Hezashocka (NZ) (Shocking) upset the applecart at Ellerslie on Saturday with his win in the Gr.2 Trelawney Stud Championship Stakes (2100m).

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Saturday, April 24 2021
Tiley takes stakes double at Ellerslie

Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley enjoyed a red-letter day at Ellerslie on Saturday, taking out two of the three feature races on offer with two-year-old Lady Maroal winning the Listed Staphanos by Deep Impact Champagne Stakes (1600m) before stable star Demonetization powered home to take out the Gr.2 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m).

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Saturday, April 24 2021
Beauden at his best in Riccarton victory

North Island raiders Beauden and Hypnos fought out a thrilling finish to the feature event at Riccarton on Saturday, the Gr.3 Coca Cola Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m).

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Saturday, April 24 2021
Hezashocka stars for Haub

Legendary former Ellerslie commentator Keith Haub savoured one of the highlights of his long career in racing when Hezashocka scored a stunning upset in Saturday’s Gr.2 Trelawney Stud Championship Stakes (2100m) at Ellerslie.

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Saturday, April 24 2021
First Southern Hemisphere winner for Vadamos

Promising two-year-old filly Art De Triomphe registered the first southern hemisphere winner for Rich Hill Stud stallion Vadamos when she prevailed in a three-way battle in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series-sponsored 1000m contest at Riccarton on Saturday.

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Saturday, April 24 2021
Atishu dominates rivals in Warstep Stakes

Quality three-year-old Atishu produced another last-to-first performance to emphatically take out her fourth win in a row as she claimed victory in the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton on Saturday.

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Friday, April 23 2021
Positive start for Cotehele

The John O’Shea-trained Cotehele made a positive start to his career when winning on debut at Newcastle on Thursday.

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Friday, April 23 2021
Flemington test for Favreau

The John Sargent-trained Favreau will head to Flemington on Sunday to take his place in the Listed St Leger (2800m).

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Friday, April 23 2021
Richards out to continue dream season

Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards will be looking to extend what can only be described as a dream season when he lines-up a couple of stakes favourites this weekend.

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Friday, April 23 2021
Asano in the fast lane with Atishu

Kozzi Asano needs just one word to sum up Atishu (NZ) (Savabeel), his mount in Saturday’s Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton.

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Thursday, April 22 2021
Queensland campaign in the offing for exciting three-year-olds

Andrew Forsman has only just returned to New Zealand after overseeing the final preparations of his team competing in The Championships in Sydney, but he is hoping it won’t be too long until he is back across the Tasman.

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Thursday, April 22 2021
Elliot prepared for another Beauden blitz

The ease of Beauden’s last-start win in the Gr.2 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) even surprised his biggest fan, jockey Ryan Elliot.

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Thursday, April 22 2021
Henderson hoping to pop some bubbles at Ellerslie

Carl Henderson is full of excitement heading into the Listed Staphanos By Deep Impact Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.

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Thursday, April 22 2021
Per Incanto service headlines Hall of Fame auction items

The value of a highlight auction item at the upcoming New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame induction evening has increased after a timely win at Hastings last weekend.

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Wednesday, April 21 2021
Gino Severini hunting for late Easter treat

Gino Severini (Fastnet Rock) will be looking to end his season on a high when he lines-up in the Gr.2 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.

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Wednesday, April 21 2021
Tauranga double for Mirabelli

Cambridge horseman Paul Mirabelli celebrated a winning double a Tauranga on Wednesday, the first in his training career.

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Wednesday, April 21 2021
Bosson to reunite with Melody Belle

Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) will end her racing career with a familiar face on her back.

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Wednesday, April 21 2021
Bosson to reunite with Melody Belle

Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) will end her racing career with a familiar face on her back.

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Wednesday, April 21 2021
Bosson to reunite with Melody Belle

Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) will end her racing career with a familiar face on her back.

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Wednesday, April 21 2021
Bosson to reunite with Melody Belle

Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) will end her racing career with a familiar face on her back.

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Wednesday, April 21 2021
Bosson to reunite with Melody Belle

Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) will end her racing career with a familiar face on her back.

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Tuesday, April 20 2021
Spring targets beckon Levante

If Levante (NZ) (Proisir) is going to become a Group One winner, she’s going to have to wait until she’s a five-year-old.

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Monday, April 19 2021
Two Illicit makes pleasing return

Roger James couldn’t have been happier with the return to racing of high-quality mare Two Illicit (NZ) (Jimmy Choux) at Te Rapa last Saturday.

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Monday, April 19 2021
Schofer riding the crest of a wave

Hazel Schofer is riding the crest of a wave at the moment and she is hoping that will continue.

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Monday, April 19 2021
Ritani scores brave win

Trainers Kerry and Ian Taplin had their hearts in their mouths when their mare Ritani (NZ) (Makfi) looked like she would be headed in the Ascot Sports Bar Handicap (1600m) at Ascot Park on Sunday, but they needn’t have worried.

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Monday, April 19 2021
Babylon Berlin searching for stakes victory

Consistent filly Babylon Berlin (All Too Hard) will be looking for her first stakes victory at Te Rapa on Saturday-week when she contests the Gr.3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m).

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Sunday, April 18 2021
Bishara proud of champion mare despite Randwick defeat

The affable Aucklander spent part of his Sunday morning watching video replays of the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) from Randwick on Saturday where champion mare Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed) had to settle for a hard fought second behind European raider Addeyyb (Pivotal).

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Sunday, April 18 2021
O'Sullivan and Scott pair on target for Queensland carnival

Stablemates Dragon Leap (Pierro) and Spring Heat (More Than Ready) furthered their preparations for a tilt at the Brisbane Winter Carnival with a day out at Te Rapa on Saturday where they completed an exhibition gallop between races.

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Sunday, April 18 2021
Richards shakes off frustrating day at Royal Randwick

Trainer Jamie Richards was taking a philosophical approach to his day at Royal Randwick on Saturday after watching three of his stable stars perform with credit but fail to put a win on the board.

 

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Saturday, April 17 2021
Promising mare takes first black type trophy

Matamata visitor Roch ‘N’ Horse (NZ) (Per Incanto) put a disappointing last start performance behind her when she produced a powerful closing burst to take out the Listed Power Turf Sprint (1200m) at Hastings.

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Saturday, April 17 2021
Emotional win for Big Mike in Hawke's Bay Cup

There was definitely a catch in the voice of co-trainer Shaun Phelan as he described just what the victory of stable favourite Big Mike (NZ) (Don Eduardo) means to his family after he led all-the-way to win the Listed Power Farming Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings.

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Saturday, April 17 2021
Avantage makes it nine Group One wins with Te Rapa triumph

Despite being delayed a week, the Gr.1 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) lived up to its billing as one of the races of the season, as plucky mare Avantage (Fastnet Rock) made it Group One win number nine with a thrilling victory.

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Friday, April 16 2021
Johnson delighted with Group One pick-up ride

A lot can change in a week and the misfortune of the races being abandoned mid program at Te Aroha has resulted in leading jockey Danielle Johnson picking up the plumb ride on Avantage (Fastnet Rock) in Saturday’s rescheduled Gr.1 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa.

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Friday, April 16 2021
Davies holds strong hand in Poverty Bay Cup

New Plymouth trainer Emma Davies holds a strong hand in the Vintech Pacific Poverty Bay Cup (2500m) at Hastings on Saturday.

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Friday, April 16 2021
Stakes targets await Ritani

Seven-win mare Ritani (NZ) (Makfi) is on trial for stakes targets when she lines up in the Ascot Sports Bar Handicap (1600m) at Ascot Park on Sunday.

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Thursday, April 15 2021
Bishara staying home to watch Verry Elleegant

Nicholas Bishara would love nothing more than to be trackside at Randwick to watch his star mare Verry Elleegant contest Saturday’s $A4 million Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

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Thursday, April 15 2021
Bonham to Australia

Group One winning filly Bonham has run her final race for her current connections, with prominent owner Gary Harding confirming the daughter of Per Incanto will be sold as a racing and breeding prospect at the Gold Coast Sale next month.

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Thursday, April 15 2021
Venue change ideal for Coventina Bay

The abandonment of Te Aroha’s Group One meeting last Saturday could be a blessing in disguise for Coventina Bay.

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Wednesday, April 14 2021
New chair of interim TAB NZ Board appointed

Racing Minister Grant Robertson has announced he is appointing Elizabeth Dawson as the Chair of the interim TAB NZ Board. 

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Wednesday, April 14 2021
Riddell excited to ride in Group One for great mate

Jonathan Riddell would love nothing more than to ride a Group One winner for his great mate Ben Foote.

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Wednesday, April 14 2021
Phelan taking a step back from riding

Heading across the Tasman to join his good mate Aaron Kuru to ride in Australia is very tempting for jumps jockey Shaun Phelan, but he has elected to stay in Cambridge and focus on building his training business.

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Tuesday, April 13 2021
Pike's Australian hopefuls on show at Hastings

Tony Pike is hoping several of his team can book themselves a trip to Australia when they head to Hastings on Saturday.

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Tuesday, April 13 2021
Gibbs holds strong hand at home meeting

Ruakaka trainer Chris Gibbs turned his hand to being an arborist at his local track on Tuesday in order to ensure Ruakaka’s Wednesday meeting went ahead.

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Monday, April 12 2021
Wexford duo return

Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) winner Rocket Spade (Fastnet Rock) and Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m) runner-up Sir Charles Road (Myboycharlie) will return home following their exertions in Sydney last Saturday.

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Monday, April 12 2021
Hit and run Sydney raid for Bavella

The Cambridge Stud colours of Brendan and Jo Lindsay will be in full force on Saturday in Sydney through top-class mare Probabeel (NZ) (Savabeel) in the Gr.1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m), while ownership-mate Bavella (Snitzel) will also be making a hit-and-run raid across the Tasman with the 98-rater set to contest the Gr.2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m).

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Sunday, April 11 2021
Promising filly opens her account at Pukekohe

Lightly raced three-year-old Francesca (NZ) (Iffraaj) overcame a buffeting in the home straight at Pukekohe on Sunday to register her first career victory.

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Sunday, April 11 2021
Beauden set for Riccarton feature

Last start Gr.2 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) winner Beauden (NZ) (Bullbars) is set to clock up further frequent flyer miles when he treks to Riccarton in a fortnight.

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Sunday, April 11 2021
Siracusa gets a second chance at Group One glory

A bizarre incident that looked likely to cost progressive mare Siracusa (NZ) (Sebring) a shot at a Group One title on Saturday may have a happy ending for the Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie-trained galloper.

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Saturday, April 10 2021
Te Aroha abandoned after race three

The Te Aroha racemeeting on Saturday was abandoned when track conditions were deemed dangerous after the first horse past the post in race three slipped and feel shortly after crossing the finish line.

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Saturday, April 10 2021
Whale Song comes of age with Easter Cup victory

Promising galloper Whale Song got the big win he had hinted was coming when he dashed home along the inner to take out the Listed Christchurch Casino Easter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton on Saturday.

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Saturday, April 10 2021
Possible Brisbane campaign for Atishu

Progressive three-year-old Atishu has left trainer Stephen Marsh in a bit of a quandary after she demolished her rivals to take out the Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton.

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Friday, April 09 2021
Vintage Manawatu performance from Savy Yong Blonk

Five-year-old mare Savy Yong Blonk (NZ) proved a class above her rivals in the Gr.3 Japac Homes Manawatu Breeders’ Stakes (2000m) at Awapuni on Friday, with the daughter of Savabeel running out an easy three-length victor over Yatima (NZ) (Savabeel) and Platinum Rapper (NZ) (Makfi).

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Friday, April 09 2021
Vendors positive in South Island Sale countdown

New Zealand Bloodstock’s decision to stage this year’s South Island Sale on Gavelhouse Plus has been met with a diverse range of entries from throughout the country, and vendors in both islands of New Zealand are upbeat in the countdown to this month’s online sale of more than 60 yearlings.

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Friday, April 09 2021
Wilson loving the racing game

Well-known equestrian Vicki Wilson has reached the highs of the showjumping world and now she is trying her hand with racing.

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Friday, April 09 2021
NZTR's Single National System Update #1

Currently external participants use NZTR’s Racing Management System, which is made up of Members & Trainers online service centre portals. These are accessed through NZTR’s website LOVERACING.NZ. Notably, Trainers & Breeders utilise these online service centres to manage their activity within our industry (nominations, withdrawals, gear requests, naming a horse, stable returns etc). Internally, NZTR use the Racing Management System for all areas of our business, including our finance system.

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Friday, April 09 2021
Multi-venue focus for Marsh on Saturday

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh has black-type runners at three venues on Saturday, headed by Milford (NZ) (Savabeel) in the A$2 million Gr.1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick.

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Thursday, April 08 2021
Richards savouring record-breaking season

Reflecting on what has already become one of the most dominant seasons from a New Zealand stable, champion trainer Jamie Richards said Te Akau Racing has simply hit on a winning formula.

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Thursday, April 08 2021
Burgeoning rivalry set to continue at Riccarton

The Gift (NZ) (Power) will renew her burgeoning rivalry with Showemhowitsdone (NZ) (Showcasing) at Riccarton on Saturday in the Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes (1600m).

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Thursday, April 08 2021
International achiever Starcraft set to join Hall of Fame

All members of the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame have gained induction through their own set of unique qualities, but if there’s one amongst the equine members that stands apart it is Starcraft.

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Wednesday, April 07 2021
Collett elects for Levante in Group One

It was an agonising decision for jockey Samantha Collett in selecting her mount for the Gr.1 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha on Saturday, and she is hoping she has chosen wisely.

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Wednesday, April 07 2021
Ashburton double for Carston

Riccarton trainer Andrew Carston went home from Ashburton on Wednesday a happy man after picking up a winning double.

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Tuesday, April 06 2021
Easter maiden victories for sisters

A pair of sisters recorded their respective maiden wins on Easter Monday, but at opposite ends of the country.

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Tuesday, April 06 2021
Top mares retired, stud beckons

Group Two winning Savabeel mare Yearn (NZ) has been retired and is likely to be sold as a broodmare prospect in the coming months.

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Tuesday, April 06 2021
Potential wet conditions a concern for exciting mare

What initially proved to be a massive headache for Robbie Patterson has proven to be one of the highlights of his training career.

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Monday, April 05 2021
Miss Tycoon Rose back with a vengeance at Riverton

Classy filly Miss Tycoon Rose (Written Tycoon) looked close to a good thing when resuming after a long break at Riverton on Monday and that was how it played out despite a mid-race scare.

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Monday, April 05 2021
Rabada hits rivals for six at Tauranga

A chance conversation one evening with good mate and former New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum saw trainer Graeme Richardson put his money where his mouth was, taking a share in a Per Incanto colt bred by McCullum, that he liked the look of.

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Monday, April 05 2021
Quality over quantity for ace rider Parkes

Another cool, calm and collected effort aboard star juvenile On The Bubbles (Brazen Beau) at Awapuni on Saturday saw jockey Johnathan Parkes register his second Group One victory for the season, as the pair combined to take out the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).

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Sunday, April 04 2021
Richards finishes strongly after slow start

Despite an eventful start to his day where his first runner at Awapuni was late scratched following an incident at the barrier, trainer Jamie Richards more than made up for that upset as he produced his fifth Group One quinella of the season.

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Sunday, April 04 2021
Pike keen on stakes assignment for Sacred Option

Promising filly Sacred Option (NZ) (Sacred Falls) may have booked a place in the Gr.3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa next month after she produced a whirlwind finish to claim her second career victory at Awapuni on Saturday.

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Sunday, April 04 2021
Henderson has high hopes for Atullibigeal

Although he playfully describes the talented two-year-old with the hard to pronounce name as “a bit of a clown”, trainer Carl Henderson knows he has some serious horsepower on his hands with impressive Ellerslie winner, Atullibigeal (Street Boss).

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Saturday, April 03 2021
Local runner takes out Riverton Cup

Trainers Kelvin and Aimee Tyler enjoyed a red-letter day on their home track at Riverton on Saturday, winning three races including the day’s feature, the Listed Carriers Arms Hotel Riverton Cup (2147m), with Our Boy Ritchie (NZ) (He’s Remarkable).

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Saturday, April 03 2021
Course specialist shines in Awapuni Gold Cup

Awapuni has been the happiest of hunting grounds for Beauden (NZ) (Bullbars), who returned to his favourite track on Saturday for a career-best victory in the Gr.2 City of Palmerston North Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m).

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Saturday, April 03 2021
Group One glory for On the Bubbles

Jamie Richards and Te Akau Racing’s total dominance of New Zealand two-year-old racing rolled on with a richly deserved Group One triumph for On the Bubbles (Brazen Beau) in Saturday’s Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).

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Saturday, April 03 2021
Shadows Cast back to his best with feature victory

Venerable eight-year-old Shadows Cast (NZ) (Per Incanto) turned back the clock as he gave his rivals weight and a beating when taking out the Listed Bramco Granite & Marble Flying Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni.

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Saturday, April 03 2021
Late burst carries Joy Alone to Classic victory

A thrilling four-way finish to Saturday’s Gr.3 Higgins Concrete Manawatu Classic (2000m) at Awapuni was settled in favour of Cambridge filly Joy Alone (NZ) (Roc de Cambes), courtesy of a powerful staying performance.

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Friday, April 02 2021
Catalyst progressing well for spring campaign

Star galloper Catalyst may not have a trainer, but he is in great order as his team looks ahead to spring racing.

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Friday, April 02 2021
Sword Of State to spell

Group One winning two-year-old Sword Of State (Snitzel) will bypass a trip to Sydney and instead will be sent to the spelling paddock.

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Friday, April 02 2021
Rain no barrier for Tiley trio in Group One feature

Trainer Nigel Tiley will take a three-pronged attack into Saturday’s Gr.1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni and believes the rain the region has received this week will play in their favour.

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Friday, April 02 2021
Babylon Berlin ready for stern test at Ellerslie

Speedy three-year-old Babylon Berlin will line up at Ellerslie for the biggest test of her career when she tackles the older horses over 1200m on Saturday.

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Thursday, April 01 2021
NZTR releases industry reshaping actions

NZTR has released a significant document today which will shape the future of the thoroughbred industry in New Zealand.

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Thursday, April 01 2021
Sword Of State misses trial

Group One winning juvenile Sword Of State (Snitzel) was one of a number of horses affected by the abandonment of the Taupo trials on Thursday after six heats due to the slippery nature of the track.

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Thursday, April 01 2021
Champion stayer Let's Elope for Hall of Fame induction

Let’s Elope (NZ) (Nassipour), one of the great racemares in Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) history, has earned induction to the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame.

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Thursday, April 01 2021
Bonny Lass primed for Group One

Graham Richardson is an excited man ahead of the Gr.1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni on Saturday.

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Thursday, April 01 2021
Eades hoping to go one better in Riverton Cup

Two years on from an agonising nose defeat in the Listed Carriers Arms Hotel Riverton Cup (2147m), the father-son training partnership of Graham and Michael Eade are back to try to go one better in their home-track feature on Saturday.

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Thursday, April 01 2021
Mahoney delighted with former HK duo

Two former Hong Kong gallopers poised to race at Ellerslie on Saturday have strengthened South Auckland trainer Jenna Mahoney’s 2021 stakes race potential.

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