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Saturday, July 31 2021
Jumping career on hold for Taumarunui Gold Cup winner

Enigmatic galloper Suliman may have put a proposed jumping career on hold for the time being as he produced a superior staying effort in testing conditions to take out the Taumarunui RSA Gold Cup (2200m) at Rotorua on Saturday.

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Saturday, July 31 2021
Ima Roca Bee takes Ryder Stakes

Talented filly Ima Roca Bee produced an undeniable finish in testing conditions to take out the final stakes race of the 2020/21 racing season, the Listed Courtesy Ford Ryder (1200m) at Otaki.

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Saturday, July 31 2021
Waller breaks another training record

Consistent mare So Wicked (NZ) (Street Cry) has brought up a significant milestone for trainer Chris Waller.

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Saturday, July 31 2021
Tavi Mac kicks off new campaign with Otaki victory

Trainer Allan Sharrock rounded off arguably his best season with a winning double at Otaki, where the successful return of popular equine personality Tavi Mac was one of the highlights of the day.

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Friday, July 30 2021
Pearl Series entries set to close

Breeders have until Saturday to nominate their yearling filly for the lucrative Pearl Series.

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Friday, July 30 2021
Ryder Stakes test for promising filly

There is still one stakes race up for grabs this season and Karyn McQuade is hoping to get her hands on it.

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Thursday, July 29 2021
Welfare initiatives gain support

As flagged at the NZTR Annual General Meeting last November, a 1 percent deduction will be applied to stakes to fund Thoroughbred welfare initiatives from 30 August 2021.

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Thursday, July 29 2021
Three-year-old shows plenty of spirit at Awapuni

Talented three-year-old Invisible Spirit (NZ) (Charm Spirit) recorded his third career victory when digging deep late to land the Courtesy Ford 3YO (1400m) at Awapuni on Thursday for trainers Johno Benner & Hollie Wynyard.

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Thursday, July 29 2021
Elliott living his racing dream

El Nymph (NZ) (El Roca) is living proof of the old adage never look a gift horse in the mouth.

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Thursday, July 29 2021
Schofer looking to finish season with a bang

It’s been a gruelling few months for Hazel Schofer, but all her hard work and determination has paid off after securing the New Zealand Apprentice Jockey Premiership in the final weeks of the season.

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Thursday, July 29 2021
Innes keen on what the new season holds

Leith Innes may be a senior statesman of the northern jockeys’ room, but he hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for what lies ahead on the feature race scene in the new season.

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Wednesday, July 28 2021
Ryder on Sharrock's radar

It’s already been one of Allan Sharrock’s most memorable seasons but the New Plymouth trainer is keen to add the icing on the cake at Otaki on Saturday.

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Wednesday, July 28 2021
Go You Good Thing looks to double-up

Go You Good Thing (NZ) (Ghibellines) gave Daniel Cherry his first win as a trainer and the Matamata horseman is hoping the gelding can double his tally this weekend.

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Wednesday, July 28 2021
Cambridge double for Phelans

Craig and Shaun Phelan went home from Cambridge Jockey Club’s Wednesday meeting happy men after recording a double on the synthetic track, which was officially opened by former Racing Minister Winston Peters earlier in the day.

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Wednesday, July 28 2021
Tsunami Sam heading for Australia

Promising juvenile Tsunami Sam (NZ) (Shamexpress) will continue his racing career in Australia after being sold to clients of Lindsay Park this week.

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Tuesday, July 27 2021
Opunake Cup test for Tavis Court

Although New Plymouth Raceway is on Tavis Court’s backdoor-step, the seasoned Hawera galloper will have his first start at the Taranaki track this weekend.

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Tuesday, July 27 2021
Grand opening for Cambridge track

Cambridge Jockey Club’s synthetic track may have already had five race meetings, but their Wednesday meeting will mark the official opening of the polytrack.

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Tuesday, July 27 2021
Bambry filly primed for Ryder tilt

Smart juvenile Bellacontte (NZ) (Burgundy) is on track for Saturday’s Listed Courtesy Ford Ryder Stakes (1200m) at Otaki after warming up with a comfortable maiden victory at Hawke’s Bay last week.

Posted by: AT 12:35 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, July 26 2021
Beauden gearing up for Melbourne Campaign

Class Waikato galloper Beauden (NZ) (Bullbars) is being set some lofty Melbourne targets this spring.

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Monday, July 26 2021
Lock flying high with return of stable star

Most people need an incentive to get out of bed on a cold winter’s morning, and for Te Aroha trainer Peter Lock it has been the return of his star galloper Hiflyer (NZ) (Tavistock).

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Sunday, July 25 2021
Tappy's One continues winning streak with Oamaru Cup victory

Underrated winter galloper Tappy’s One (NZ) (Proisir) cemented his claim to being the most improved horse in commission in the South Island at present with a gritty win in Sunday’s Crombie & Price Ltd Oamaru Cup (1600m).

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Sunday, July 25 2021
Quirky customer starting to hit his straps for Bidlake

Trainer Aaron Bidlake is quick to point out he didn’t take much of a shine to gritty four-year-old Rocktilyoudrop (NZ) (Rock ’N’ Pop) when he first showed up at his Opaki stable.

Posted by: AT 12:18 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, July 25 2021
Johnson hits season goal with Te Rapa double

Danielle Johnson is only just starting to allow herself the luxury of enjoying the feeling of satisfaction that comes with taking out her first national jockeys’ premiership.

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Saturday, July 24 2021
Special result for Sharrock in Opunake Cup

Local trainer Allan Sharrock gained a special result on his home track on Saturday to round out a record-breaking season for his New Plymouth-based stable.

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Saturday, July 24 2021
Apprentice comes up aces at Te Rapa

Rookie apprentice Ace Lawson-Carroll completed his first winning ride in fine style when he guided handy winter sprinter Crystallize (NZ) (Iffraaj) to a comfortable victory at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Saturday, July 24 2021
Royally bred filly makes belated debut a winning one

Debutante It Might Be You (NZ) (Savabeel) looked to have a bright future ahead of her as she easily won a maiden 1200m event at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Friday, July 23 2021
Sierra Sue storms to Mildura Cup

A six-day back-up and a 13-hour return road trip paid dividends for trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young when they won the Mildura Cup with Sierra Sue on Friday.

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Friday, July 23 2021
Lucrative bonus on offer for Oamaru Cup-Winter Cup double

The Oamaru Jockey Club is delighted to announce that it will pay a $36,000 bonus to the connections of any horse who can win this year’s Crombie and Price Ltd Oamaru Cup and the Winning Edge Presentations 124th Winter Cup.

Posted by: AT 12:49 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, July 23 2021
Bonus draws Quiz Kid south

A lucrative bonus has enticed the connections of Quiz Kid (NZ) (Iffraaj) to send the in-form galloper down south early ahead of the Gr.3 Winning Edge Presentations 124th Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton in a fortnight.

Posted by: AT 12:48 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, July 23 2021
First Horse of the Year finalists announced

The stellar racing season experienced by the Te Akau Racing team is reflected in the first group of finalists for the New Zealand Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Awards.

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Friday, July 23 2021
Youngster digging for Te Rapa treasure

Matamata trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott are in no hurry with promising Trust In A Gust two-year-old Treasure State but that’s not to say the youngster won’t be making haste at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Thursday, July 22 2021
Wellington Hurdle victory for The Cossack

The transfer of the Hydra-cell Pumps Wellington Hurdle (3100m) and Grant Plumbing Wellington Steeplechase (5500m) to Hastings on Thursday has worked in the favour of local trainers Paul Nelson and Corrina McDougal.

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Thursday, July 22 2021
Sharrock appointed NZTR COO

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) has announced the appointment of Bruce Sharrock to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

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Thursday, July 22 2021
Nicholas scores Avondale treble

Apprentice jockey Elen Nicholas experienced her best day in the saddle at Avondale on Wednesday, riding home a treble of winners.

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Thursday, July 22 2021
Pop Star Princess aiming to bow out a winner

Cambridge trainer Fred Cornege is refusing to get involved in the sentiment surrounding stable star Pop Star Princess’ likely final start for the stable in Saturday’s Listed Powerworx Opunake Cup (1400m) at New Plymouth.

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Wednesday, July 21 2021
Half Of Nothing secures bonus at Avondale

Trainer Wayne Hillis has been chasing the Pearl Series Bonus with his filly Half Of Nothing for the last three months, and they finally captured their prize at Avondale on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, July 21 2021
Plenty of spring options for Tofane

Triple Group One winner Tofane has plenty of options open to her this spring.

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Wednesday, July 21 2021
Trans-Tasman plans for Catalyst

Tony Pike is looking forward to spring racing with his new acquisition Catalyst.

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Tuesday, July 20 2021
Spring in steps of star gallopers

Group One targets await stablemates Probabeel and Sword Of State in Australia later this year and they took their first serious steps this afternoon toward spring goals with trial outings on the all-weather track at Cambridge.

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Tuesday, July 20 2021
Surprise hometown advantage for Nelson jumpers

The prospect of better ground in their own neighbourhood has seen leading jumps trainers Paul Nelson and Corrina McDougal direct three of their charges toward the rescheduled Wellington prestige jumps races on Thursday.

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Tuesday, July 20 2021
Patience paying dividends for Mirabelli

Patience is paying off for Cambridge trainer Paul Mirabelli with his much-improved gelding Charred, and it may lead to a tilt at the Gr.3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) in November.

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Monday, July 19 2021
Laurie Laxon to be remembered with memorial service

A memorial service for Hall of Fame trainer Laurie Laxon, who passed away late last week at his Whitianga home, will be held at a yet to be scheduled date.

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Monday, July 19 2021
Tommyra returns to happy hunting ground

Talented jumper Tommyra (NZ) (Raise The Flag) will get the opportunity to try and secure his second feature jumps scalp at Hastings on Thursday when he tackles the Hydra-Cell Wellington Hurdle (3100m).

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Monday, July 19 2021
Asano continues to chase Schofer for premiership

Catching National Apprentice Jockey Premiership leader Hazel Schofer may be a bridge too far for Kozzi Asano, but he is going to give it a good crack over the next two weeks.

Posted by: AT 01:37 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, July 18 2021
Leading South Island trainer title up for grabs at Oamaru

Riverton trainer Kelvin Tyler has a team of up to ten runners primed for the last South Island race meeting of the current season next weekend, as he and daughter Aimee try to capture the title of leading South Island-based trainer in 2020/21.

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Sunday, July 18 2021
Tiley thriving on extended Queensland break

Trainer Nigel Tiley was looking forward to a leisurely Sunday morning bike ride in Queensland, away from the chilly New Zealand weather, after celebrating a special win at Ruakaka on Saturday.

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Saturday, July 17 2021
Bradley back in winning mode on home patch

There were smiles all around after the running of race one at Ruakaka on Saturday with local resident Michelle Bradley making a welcome winning return to the training ranks through the deeds of four-year-old mare, Regal Duchess.

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Saturday, July 17 2021
Barbara provides winter bonus for former trainer

Proven wet track performer Barbara (NZ) (He’s Remarkable) provided a welcome mid-winter highlight for her owner and former trainer Nigel Tiley when she strode clear in the concluding stages to capture the feature event at Ruakaka on Saturday, the ITM/GIB Whangarei Gold Cup (2100m).

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Saturday, July 17 2021
Local trifecta in Ruakaka juvenile contest

Ken Rae and his daughter Krystal Williams-Tuhoro provided the first three runners home in Saturday’s two-year-old feature at Ruakaka.

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Saturday, July 17 2021
Bad weather forces Trentham abandonment

Gale forces winds and torrential rain forced the abandonment of Saturday’s racemeeting at Trentham.

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Friday, July 16 2021
Sanctify brings up milestone win

Sanctify’s (NZ) (Reliable Man) win at Timaru on Friday was an important one for her connections.

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Friday, July 16 2021
Moroney brothers make long-awaited return home

A year and more since COVID-19 changed the world that we knew, over the past week Mike and Paul Moroney have finally made it back to New Zealand to catch up on family, friends and business.

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Friday, July 16 2021
Bergerson appointed assistant trainer at Te Akau

Former Sunline Trust Scholarship recipient Sam Begerson has been appointed assistant trainer to Jamie Richards at Te Akau Racing.

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Friday, July 16 2021
First TAB New Zealand Board appointments announced

Racing Minister Grant Robertson has announced the first members of the TAB NZ Board.

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Friday, July 16 2021
Back home, Collett turns focus to riding domestic winners

Samantha Collett is back with her feet on New Zealand soil, keen to further the experiences she has had riding abroad.

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Friday, July 16 2021
Hall of Fame trainer Laurie Laxon passes away

Hall of Fame trainer Laurie Laxon, whose list of achievements included a Melbourne Cup victory and multiple Singapore training premierships, has passed away.

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Thursday, July 15 2021
Gibbs in search of more home track success

Ruakaka trainer Chris Gibbs could have as many as seven runners at his home track meeting on Saturday, with a decision as to whether handy two-year-old Burgundy Dancer (NZ) (Burgundy) will contest the Whangarei ITM (1200m) to be left to the day.

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Thursday, July 15 2021
Trentham test for Dolcetto

It may have been nearly a year since Dolcetto’s (NZ) (Per Incanto) last victory, but trainer Sylvia Kay is hopeful he can make a return to the winner’s stall at Trentham on Saturday.

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Thursday, July 15 2021
Jackfrost set for jumping return

Talented hurdler Jackfrost (NZ) (Gallant Guru) will make his long awaited return to the jumping scene when he runs in the Harold Pateman Hurdles (3000m) at Phar Lap Raceway on Friday.

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Thursday, July 15 2021
NZB Insurance carrot for Cambridge winners

New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance has thrust their support behind the new Cambridge Synthetic track, with a $10,000 bonus up for grabs at the next meeting on July 28 for several runners set to contest the three-year-old set weights and penalties race over 1550m.

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Thursday, July 15 2021
Queen Constantine impressive at Wanganui

Queen Constantine (Holy Roman Emperor) recorded her first New Zealand victory at Wanganui on Thursday when taking out the Rosser Underwriting & Fasttrack Insurance 2060m.

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Thursday, July 15 2021
Schofer brings up century at Wanganui

Leading apprentice jockey Hazel Schofer reached one of her major goals of the season at Wanganui on Thursday, bringing up 100 wins.

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Wednesday, July 14 2021
Flying Sardine retired

Sixteen-win mare Flying Sardine (NZ) (Flying Spur) has been retired.

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Wednesday, July 14 2021
Browne's big five head to Ruakaka

David and Emma-Lee Browne’s travelling zoo is heading north for the weekend.

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Wednesday, July 14 2021
Nickalls chipper ahead of Wellington Steeplechase

Rangiotu trainer Stephen Nickalls is looking forward to Trentham on Saturday where he will have a two-pronged attack in the Grant Plumbing Wellington Steeplechase (5500m).

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Wednesday, July 14 2021
NZB graduate named HK Horse of the Year

New Zealand Bloodstock graduate Golden Sixty (Medgalia d’Oro) has been crowned Hong Kong Horse of the Year for the 2020/21 season.

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Tuesday, July 13 2021
Henderson juvenile Hong Kong bound

Stakes-winning two-year-old Atullibigeal (Street Boss) has been sold and will continue his career in Hong Kong.

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Tuesday, July 13 2021
Patterson returning from Queensland expedition

Taranaki horseman Robbie Patterson was pleased with the run of stable star Coventina Bay (NZ) (Shamexpress) in Sunday’s Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) at the Sunshine Coast, despite the five-year-old mare not getting the rub of the green.

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Tuesday, July 13 2021
Masetto primed for Whangarei Gold Cup

Masetto (NZ) (Cape Blanco) will be vying for back-to-back cup victories when he heads north to Ruakaka on Saturday.

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Tuesday, July 13 2021
Trentham test for Richard Of Yorke

Richard Of Yorke (Oasis Dream) secured his maiden hurdle victory at Te Aroha last month and now a feature target awaits the promising jumper at Trentham on Saturday.

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Tuesday, July 13 2021
Cetus on a roll for Allan

Late-blooming Cetus (NZ) (Nom Du Jeu) is giving former top jockey Tony Allan plenty to cheer about in his fledgling career as a trainer.

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Monday, July 12 2021
Il Affare joins leading Sydney barn

Peter and Dawn Williams have lost one of their best three-year-old fillies to an Australian stable, but they’ve still got some other good fillies to keep them going in the new season.

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Monday, July 12 2021
Chipperfield turns back clock at Te Aroha

It’s been a little while between drinks, but Clayton Chipperfield was back in the winner’s stall as a rider at Te Aroha on Sunday aboard Locally Sauced (NZ) (Iffraaj) in the Yelavich Transport LTD 2200.

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Monday, July 12 2021
Spratt keeps winning run going with Te Rapa victory

The ever-popular northern jockey Sam Spratt kept her recent run of good form going when she produced a heady ride to score aboard the Tony Devcich-trained Pow Wow (NZ) (Power) in the last race on the card at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Sunday, July 11 2021
Thornton regains the winning feeling at Te Aroha

Former top jumps jockey Craig Thornton turned back the years as he produced an impeccably judged ride aboard hardy jumper Lacustre (NZ) (Postponed) to take out the feature race at Te Aroha on Sunday, the Frank & Annie Matijasevich Memorial Steeplechase (3500m).

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Sunday, July 11 2021
Last race winner makes travel worthwhile

Trainer Steven Cole was having some fairly dark thoughts as he prepared his stable runners Chillax and Inca Warrior for the last race at Awapuni on Saturday.

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Sunday, July 11 2021
Bosson raring to go in new season

Champion New Zealand rider Opie Bosson is champing at the bit to get back in the saddle as he prepares himself for the new racing season that starts on August 1.

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Saturday, July 10 2021
Sharrock has a stakes mission in mind for impressive two-year-old winner

Unbeaten two-year-old filly Catsacharmer (NZ) (Charm Spirit) booked herself a place in the Listed Courtesy Ford Ryder Stakes (1200m) at Otaki in three weeks after she lifted herself off the canvas to claim victory at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Saturday, July 10 2021
Aero De Paris provides welcome holiday boost for Scott

A stirring victory by handy winter sprinter Aero De Paris (NZ) (Tavistock) at Te Rapa on Saturday provided some additional holiday cheer for co-trainer Andrew Scott.

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Saturday, July 10 2021
Tavis Court all class at Awapuni

Consistent performer Tavis Court (NZ) (Tavistock) added to an impressive career record when he bolted away with an open 1400m contest at Awapuni on Saturday.

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Friday, July 09 2021
Falconer hoping to upset the apple cart

Cambridge trainer Margaret Falconer is hoping to upset the apple cart when she lines-up Wordsworth (NZ) (Makfi) in the SVS Starting Gates Mile (1600m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Friday, July 09 2021
Invisible Spirit to further enhance Otaki trainers' impressive season

Three-year-old Invisible Spirit looks well placed heading into Saturday’s J&J Walter Ltd 3YO (1550m) at Awapuni on Saturday, with trainers Johno Benner & Hollie Wynyard confident the gelding has taken good improvement from his fresh-up performance at the Palmerston North track last month. 

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Friday, July 09 2021
Parkes excited for raceday return

Star Central Districts jockey Johnathan Parkes is happy to be back.

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Friday, July 09 2021
Banker presents itself early at Te Rapa

Plenty of punters will be looking to race one at Te Rapa on Saturday for their banker of the day.

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Thursday, July 08 2021
Awapuni targets for Winter Cup hopefuls

The paths of Mark Oulaghan’s two Gr.3 Winning Edge Presentations 124th Winter Cup (1600m) hopefuls will become a lot clearer after racing at Awapuni on Saturday.

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Thursday, July 08 2021
Watershed moment for Auckland Racing

Members of the Auckland Racing Club (ARC) overwhelmingly threw their support behind a merger with the Counties Racing Club at a Special General Meeting at Ellerslie on Thursday night.

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Thursday, July 08 2021
Ashburton double for Carston

Andrew Carston now sits on 30 wins for the season after recording a winning double at Ashburton on Thursday.

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Thursday, July 08 2021
Bell in search of further Te Rapa success

Cambridge trainer John Bell will have a strong hand when he ventures to Te Rapa on Saturday, including a pair of last start winners on the Hamilton track that are looking to replicate that feat. 

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Wednesday, July 07 2021
Auckland super club one step closer

The merger between the Auckland and Counties Racing Clubs is now just one step away.

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Wednesday, July 07 2021
Winter Cup puzzle for Midnight Runner

Midnight Runner (NZ) (Jimmy Choux) is on trial for next month’s Gr.3 Winning Edge Presentations Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton but ironically a win at Ashburton on Thursday could rule him out of contention.

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Wednesday, July 07 2021
Angelina Lauro victory further solidifies relationship

Three-year-old filly Angelina Lauro (Reset) was a strong winner of the Piako Tractors 3YO (1400m) at Rotorua for Te Awamutu trainer Clint Isdale on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, July 07 2021
Carsons scores first training win

South Auckland horseman Brad Carsons was delighted to secure his first training win at Arawa Park on Wednesday, courtesy of Cannsea Clearly (NZ) (Ferlax) in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1400m).

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Tuesday, July 06 2021
Tavi Mac makes pleasing return

Tavi Mac (NZ) (Tavistock), the surprise package of this season, made a pleasing start to his preparation at Foxton on Tuesday when comfortably winning his 1000m trial.

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Tuesday, July 06 2021
Swift recovery expected for O'Malley

Whanganui jockey Sarah Macnab knows just how lucky her partner Sam O’Malley is after a horrendous fall at Hastings on Saturday.

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Tuesday, July 06 2021
Sanson enjoying venture north

Apprentice jockey Maria Sanson has made the move north from Awapuni where she has signed on to complete her apprenticeship under Matamata trainer Danica Guy.

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Tuesday, July 06 2021
Jason Belltree Hong Kong bound

Group Two performed three-year-old Jason Belltree (NZ) (Ferlax) is set to continue his racing in Asia after recently being sold to Hong Kong interests.

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Monday, July 05 2021
Stakes increase across the board for New Zealand Racing

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) has announced there will be a 20 percent boost to stakes between August 28, 2021, and April 2, 2022.

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Monday, July 05 2021
Acutus scores northern victory

Acutus (Sepoy) is loving the warmer climes of Ruakaka over winter.

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Monday, July 05 2021
Promising stayer Makzabeel a potential Cups horse

Progressive four-year-old Makzabeel (NZ) (Makfi) is putting together a nice record and was a dominant winner of the Northbeam Timber Beams and Posts Rating 74 (2100m) at Ruakaka on Saturday, making it back-to-back victories at the northern venue.

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Monday, July 05 2021
Queensland campaign extended for Coventina Bay

Coventina Bay (NZ) (Shamexpress) was meant to be enjoying a well-deserved spell in the Queensland sun at the moment, however, the weather in the Sunshine State had other plans over the weekend.

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Monday, July 05 2021
Young jumps rider making immediate impression

A year ago, New Zealand punters had only just been introduced to Dean Parker, but in a little more than 12 months, the 18-year-old Northlander has burst into the New Zealand riding ranks, to the point where he’s now second on the jumps jockey premiership.

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Sunday, July 04 2021
Lockdown purchase comes up trumps at Ruakaka

An afternoon watching Australian racing during the first COVID-19 lockdown last year paid a winning dividend for trainer Stephen McKee when three-year-old filly Joey’s Gift (Pluck) won impressively over 1200m at Ruakaka on Saturday.

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Sunday, July 04 2021
Kaharau provides special moment for Rae

The emotion in Ken Rae’s voice says it all when discussing the stylish jumping win at Hastings on Saturday by durable galloper Kaharau (Ad Valorem).

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Sunday, July 04 2021
Innes prepared to play patient game with impressive Hastings winner

Opaki trainer Gerald Innes picked up a welcome winning double at Hastings and has high hopes he can keep that success going through the deeds of promising four-year-old Cross Roads (NZ) (Sweet Orange).

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Saturday, July 03 2021
Tommyra back to his best in Hawke's Bay Hurdle

The Toby Autridge-trained Tommyra returned to his best form over fences when he sprang a minor upset in taking out the Te Whangai Romneys Hawke’s Bay Hurdle (3100m) at Hastings.

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Saturday, July 03 2021
Tsunami Sam provides Burton with successful homecoming

Trainer Anthony Burton made a successful return to the Ruakaka racing ranks when he produced exciting two-year-old colt Tsunami Sam to win on debut at his local meeting on Saturday.

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Saturday, July 03 2021
All About You impressive on debut

A sparkling win at the Te Rapa trials back in late May indicated that promising three-year-old All About You would be hard to beat when he made his raceday debut and that proved correct as he bolted away with the first race on the card at Ruakaka on Saturday.

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Friday, July 02 2021
Granddaughter's advice pays off at Wingatui

Timaru trainer Leonard Stewart took a bit of convincing by his granddaughter, Lacy Stewart, to take Miss Harley Quinn (NZ) (Natural Destiny) south to Wingatui on Friday, but her insistence paid off.

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Friday, July 02 2021
Innes heads north to ride quality book

Leith Innes is looking forward to heading north to Ruakaka on Saturday where he will have a handful of quality rides, including a couple of debutants.

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Thursday, July 01 2021
Moseley targets Ruakaka win for old school mate

Terry Moseley isn’t looking forward to the travel he’s facing in the coming days but he says it will all be worth it if he can guide Gigolo George (NZ) (Swiss Ace) to success for an old friend at Ruakaka on Saturday.

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Thursday, July 01 2021
Fannin motivated to snare Hastings jumps features

An elusive win in either Hastings jumping feature on Saturday would give leading jumps jockey Shaun Fannin a great deal of satisfaction and finally provide something for his family to cheer about.

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Thursday, July 01 2021
Miller looking confidently to the future

Matamata horseman Daniel Miller has taken little time to establish his place in the country’s training ranks and now he’s looking forward to the next stage of his burgeoning career.

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Thursday, July 01 2021
Well respected stipendiary steward bows out

Alan Coles has rarely been far from a horse, either in work time or leisure time.

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Thursday, July 01 2021
More surgery for Walker

Expat New Zealand jockey Michael Walker is set to undergo more surgery following a fall at Pakenham in May.

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