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Thursday, September 30 2021
Cole hoping winning run continues

Matamata horseman Cody Cole secured a winning double at Rotorua on Wednesday and he is hoping his stable continues that run of form into the weekend.

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Thursday, September 30 2021
Callsign Mav in peak order for New Zealand swansong

Hastings trainer John Bary is confident Callsign Mav (NZ) (Atlante) can make his final race on New Zealand soil a winning one in Saturday’s Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings.

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Thursday, September 30 2021
Perfect conditions at Hawke's Bay

Track conditions are expected to be ideal at Hastings on Saturday, where the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) is the highlight of the second day of the Hawke’s Bay carnival.

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Thursday, September 30 2021
Khufu continues on Guineas campaign

Last start winner Khufu (American Pharoah) will continue his progression towards the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai 49th New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) when he contests Saturday’s Gr.2 Dundeel at Arrowfield Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings.

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Thursday, September 30 2021
Meritable steps up to stakes company

Matthew Cameron is hoping to continue his successful association with Meritable (Snitzel) on Saturday when he partners the three-year-old colt in the Gr.2 Dundeel at Arrowfield Stud Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m).

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Thursday, September 30 2021
Bright future tipped for Rue Cler

Three-year-old filly Rue Cler (NZ) (Proisir) broke through for her maiden win at the second time of asking when victorious in the Boys Get Paid/Chris Hayes Livestock (1400m) at Waverley on Thursday.

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Wednesday, September 29 2021
Russian Fable to conclude racing chapter for Hughes

Popular Riccarton trainers Kevin and Pam Hughes will bow out of racing with Russian Fable (NZ) (Zacinto) their sole representative on their home track on their final day on Saturday.

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Wednesday, September 29 2021
First mile test for Spring Tide

Foxton trainer Chrissy Bambry isn’t too worried about the prospect of an improved track for Spring Tide (NZ) (Darci Brahma) for the second leg of the Hastings weight-for-age triple crown.

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Wednesday, September 29 2021
The Cossack out to defend northern crown

Hawke’s Bay jumper The Cossack (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) will be out to defend his title in the Paul Bibby Memorial Great Northern Hurdle (4200m) on Sunday, but it won’t be at the same venue.

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Tuesday, September 28 2021
Ocean Billy set to cross the Tasman

Rotorua trainer Bill Pomare has waited his entire life to have a horse good enough to compete in a Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), and now that he has, COVID-19 has denied him the chance to be there in person.

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Monday, September 27 2021
Villaden strong winner on debut

Tavistock three-year-old Villaden (NZ) made an impressive start to his career over 1400m at Benalla on Sunday afternoon.

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Monday, September 27 2021
Samarkand showcases staying talent

Murray Baker knows he’s got a good three-year-old staying prospect in Samarkand (NZ) (Mongolian Khan), an outstanding winner at Tauranga on Sunday.

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Monday, September 27 2021
NZ Racing and Breeding News - 27 September 2021
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Sunday, September 26 2021
Bari impresses with fresh-up victory

Progressive galloper Bari (NZ) (Proisir) opened his spring campaign in similar style to how he finished off his three-year-old season when he trounced a handy field of rating 74 rivals over 1200m at Matamata.

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Sunday, September 26 2021
Wallace pinching himself after Group One double

Spraying weeds and doing some maintenance work around his Wairarapa property on Sunday afternoon was a far cry from the excitement that businessman and thoroughbred owner and breeder David Wallace had experienced over the previous 48 hours.

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Sunday, September 26 2021
Richards pleased with the performance of Australian team

A quiet weekend on the domestic front for trainer Jamie Richards provided him with the opportunity to focus on the Australian-based members of his Matamata operation, who performed with credit despite not managing to bring up a victory in either Melbourne or Sydney.

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Sunday, September 26 2021
NZ Racing and Breeding News - 26 September 2021
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Sunday, September 26 2021
Empress El leads the way for Greene's three-year-old contenders

The David Greene-trained debutant Empress El (NZ) (El Roca) made the best possible start to her racing career when she downed a handy field of maiden gallopers over 1200m at Tauranga on Sunday.

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Saturday, September 25 2021
Colorado Star on target for Riccarton feature

Lightly raced six-year-old Colorado Star (NZ) (Alamosa) got his spring campaign off to the best possible start when he produced a powerful home straight burst to down his open class rivals over 1200m at Awapuni on Saturday.

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Saturday, September 25 2021
Wessex too strong on debut at Matamata

Trainer Andrew Forsman put aside the disappointment of having to scratch pre-post favourite Francesca (NZ) (Iffraaj) from the feature race at Awapuni on Saturday when he and training partner Murray Baker produced talented two-year-old filly Wessex (NZ) (Turn Me Loose) to win on debut at Matamata.

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Saturday, September 25 2021
House Of Cartier claims feature on home track

Underrated local mare House Of Cartier (Alamosa) made her return to racing in emphatic fashion on Saturday when she stormed home from near last on the home bend to take out the Gr.3 Boehringer Ingelheim Metric Mile (1600m) at Awapuni.

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Friday, September 24 2021
TAB New Zealand Performance Update - August 2021

TAB New Zealand (TAB NZ) provides the first monthly trading update for the 2021/2022 financial year, with the results and highlights for August 2021. 

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Friday, September 24 2021
Conditions no concern for Sweeney's Matamata pair

Over 60mm of rain since Wednesday may have washed away the hopes of many runners entered for Saturday’s Matamata meeting, but Debbie Sweeney is unfazed.

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Friday, September 24 2021
Awapuni return for Quiz Kid

Quiz Kid (NZ) (Iffraaj) will be looking to continue his great association with Awapuni on Saturday when he lines-up in the Gr.3 Boehringer Ingelheim Metric Mile (1600m).

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Friday, September 24 2021
Auckland Cup downgraded to Group Two

The Pattern Review for races run in the 2020-21 season has been completed, with the New Zealand Pattern Committee downgrading three races.

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Friday, September 24 2021
Pike quartet on song for Matamata

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike will venture to Matamata on Saturday with an in-form quartet of runners.

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Thursday, September 23 2021
Belardo Boy breaks maiden ranks

Belardo Boy (NZ) (Belardo) broke through for his maiden win at Wanganui on Thursday when fresh-up in the Take It Easy Tours 1200.

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Thursday, September 23 2021
Valachi fillies on trial for 1000 Guineas

A pair of Stephen Autridge and Kris Shailer-trained three-year-old fillies will this weekend aim to enhance their chances of making the trip south for November’s Gr.1 Barneswood Farm 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.

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Thursday, September 23 2021
Baker pleased with Underwood hope

Quality stayer The Chosen One (NZ) (Savabeel) takes the next step in his build-up towards the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, when he tackles the Gr.1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Sandown on Saturday.

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Thursday, September 23 2021
Sea Shepherd thriving ahead of Gore test

Sea Shepherd (NZ) (Zacinto) might have drawn comparisons with legendary motorcyclist Burt Munro from his training gallops leading into his debut win but Invercargill trainer Sabin Kirkland has upped the ante further leading into his second start at Gore on Friday.

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Wednesday, September 22 2021
Fannin looking forward to local meeting

Shaun Fannin is currently caught in a tussle with northern hoop Shaun Phelan for the lead in the jumps jockey premiership and he is hoping to gain an advantage at Wanganui on Thursday.

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Wednesday, September 22 2021
Cambridge win generations in the making

Apprentice jockey Crystal Lindsay’s win aboard Tightlign (NZ) (Align) in the Mongolian Khan 1300 at Cambridge on Wednesday made a dream come true for two generations.

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Wednesday, September 22 2021
Taplins begin northern raid

Isla Bank trainers Ian and Kerry Taplin will begin their northern assault at Awapuni on Saturday when they contest the Gr.3 Boehringer Ingelheim Metric Mile (1600m) with in-form gallopers Ritani (NZ) (Makfi) and Tappy’s One (NZ) (Proisir).

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Wednesday, September 22 2021
Cup trial victory a tonic for Parsons

John and Karen Parsons got a much-needed tonic after a tough week when El Gladiador (NZ) (Ghibellines) won the Martin Collins New Zealand Cup Trial (1800m) at Riccarton on Saturday.

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Wednesday, September 22 2021
Vadamos filly strong on debut

Three-year-old filly Magic Show (NZ) (Vadamos) justified favouritism when winning over 970m in maiden company at Cambridge on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, September 22 2021
Guineas aspirations for The Perfect Pink

The Jamie Richards-trained The Perfect Pink (NZ) (Savabeel) picked up her maiden victory at just the third time of asking when winning the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1300m) at Cambridge on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, September 22 2021
Great Northern transferred to Te Aroha

The jumps racing fraternity has been denied the chance of farewelling the Ellerslie Hill for a final time with next week’s Great Northern meeting transferred to Te Aroha.

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Wednesday, September 22 2021
Riodini on track for Epsom

Talented five-year-old Riodini (NZ) (Proisir) is on target for the A$1.5 million Gr.1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) on Saturday week.

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Tuesday, September 21 2021
Placement crucial for winning machine Gospodin

Jim Pender isn’t in any hurry to take on the topliners yet with Gospodin (NZ) (Proisir) despite a picket fence formline now stretching to five starts.

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Monday, September 20 2021
Lucrative targets beckon I'm Thunderstruck

Lucrative spring targets now beckon exciting Kiwi-bred I’m Thunderstruck (NZ) (Shocking) after his placing in the Gr.1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

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Monday, September 20 2021
Nicholas suffers broken leg and arm in Te Aroha fall

In-form apprentice Elen Nicholas is facing an extended period on the sidelines after breaking her leg and arm in a nasty fall at Te Aroha on Sunday.

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Monday, September 20 2021
Macnab savours special day in the saddle

Almost exactly three years on from a fall that could have ended her career, jockey Sarah Macnab made an unforgettable start to the 2021 Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival at Hastings on Saturday.

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Monday, September 20 2021
NZ Racing and Breeding News - 20 September 2021
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Monday, September 20 2021
Top Kiwi jockey Brisbane bound

Top New Zealand jockey Samantha Collett liked her riding stint in Queensland over winter so much she has decided to make a permanent move to the Sunshine State.

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Sunday, September 19 2021
Eion sends warning to Great Northern rivals

Lightly raced jumper Eion (NZ) (Man Of Power) provided an ominous warning to his potential ARC Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m) rivals when he took out an action packed CLC Pakuranga Hunt Cup (4200m) at Te Aroha on Sunday.

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Sunday, September 19 2021
Riddell makes it lucky number 13 in Group One feature

Thirteen may be an unlucky number for some, but for jockey Jonathan Riddell it marks another milestone in an amazing career in the saddle that began back in the 1995/96 season when he took his first steps as a fledgling jumps jockey.

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Sunday, September 19 2021
Sakura Blossom sets tongues wagging with sensational Hastings victory

While Callsign Mav (NZ) (Atlante) was the star of the elite horses at Hastings with his Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) victory, it was a stunning performance on the undercard that was the talk of the racing world.

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Sunday, September 19 2021
NZ Racing and Breeding News - 19 September 2021
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Saturday, September 18 2021
Callsign Mav defends Group One title

Gritty local galloper Callsign Mav had to call on all his undoubted talent as he took out his second Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) in succession, in a desperate finish to the feature event at Hastings on Saturday.

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Saturday, September 18 2021
Wakari upsets favourites at Hastings

Awapuni galloper Wakari upset all predictions when he held out hot favourite I Wish I Win to take out the Listed El Roca-Sir Colin Meads Trophy (1200m) at Hastings.

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Saturday, September 18 2021
Art De Triomphe caps magical hour for Go Racing syndicates

Albert Bosma’s Go Racing syndicates enjoyed one of their finest hours on Saturday when they celebrated three separate victories including two at stakes level in the space of sixty minutes.

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Saturday, September 18 2021
Rails run aids Bellacontte to land Gold Trail

Rider Sarah Macnab produced a gem of a ride as she guided under-rated filly Bellacontte to a thrilling victory in the Gr.3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings.

 

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Friday, September 17 2021
Star mare Avantage retired

Nine-time Group One winner Avantage (Fastnet Rock) has been retired from racing after suffering a tendon injury.

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Friday, September 17 2021
Frontman a leading light at Hawke's Bay

A week ago, the chances of talented four-year-old Frontman (NZ) (Makfi) contesting the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings looked slim, but a host of contributing factors have resulted in a change of heart.

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Friday, September 17 2021
Champion mare helps alleviate Bishara's lockdown blues

Auckland’s extended lockdown is wearing thin with trainer Nick Bishara but the anticipation of another big weekend of racing is giving him some respite.

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Friday, September 17 2021
Maasir makes winning return

Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards had strong representation in the Pitch Sports Bar & Lucky Lizard (1300m) at Taupo on Friday, winning with Maasir (NZ) (Proisir), with Aromatic (NZ) (Sacred Falls) securing a stable quinella.

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Friday, September 17 2021
Rua Rocks breaks maidens at Taupo

Promising four-year-old Rua Rocks (NZ) (El Roca) broke maiden company at Taupo on Friday when taking out the Mitre 10 Mega Taupo (1800m).

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Friday, September 17 2021
El Vencedor continues family legacy

Three-year-old gelding El Vencedor (NZ) (Shocking) is looking to continue his family’s legacy after comfortably securing his maiden win in the DPA Chartered Accountants (1200m) at Taupo on Friday.

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Thursday, September 16 2021
Alexanders with two strong prospects on special Hastings raceday

The opening day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival has special meaning for Matamata couple Simon and Katrina Alexander, and even more so for the 2021 renewal.

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Wednesday, September 15 2021
Williams set for dual role at Riccarton

Leading South Island jockey Kylie Williams will don two hats at Riccarton on Saturday.

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Wednesday, September 15 2021
Hastings return for Llanacord

Llanacord (NZ) (Contributer) will return to the venue of her biggest moment in racing when she lines-up in the Brew’s & Que’s Tickets On Sale Now (1400m) at Hastings on Saturday.

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Wednesday, September 15 2021
Rain the only drawback for heavily armed Richards

This weekend will prove to be one of trainer Jamie Richards’ busiest to date, with 34 horses accepted at Taupo on Friday, Riccarton and Hastings on Saturday, and Te Aroha on Sunday, plus a trio of stars — Probabeel (NZ) (Savabeel), Kahma Lass (NZ) (Darci Brahma) and Amarelinha (NZ) (Savabeel) — in Australia.

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Tuesday, September 14 2021
Domestic targets for Rogerson stars

The chances of high-class galloper Mascarpone (NZ) (Shooting To Win) venturing across the Tasman this spring are looking highly unlikely, however, Group One performed stablemate Beauden (NZ) (Bullbars) remains an outside hope of making it to Melbourne, where he holds a nomination for the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) with an allotted weight of 53.5kg.

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Tuesday, September 14 2021
Spring Tide coming into Hastings

Spring Tide’s (NZ) (Darci Brahma) quick rise through the ranks in winter has persuaded Foxton trainer Chrissy Bambry to take an unscheduled crack at Group One company this weekend.

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Tuesday, September 14 2021
Marsh holds strong Classic arsenal

Stephen Marsh has no shortage of promising three-year-olds in his Cambridge barn, but he’s not deploying too many of them in early spring black type races.

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Monday, September 13 2021
Funny Girl on a trail for gold

Funny Girl broke through for her maiden victory first-up on the Cambridge synthetic earlier this month and trainer Lance Noble believes that will give her an edge on her rivals heading into the Gr.3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings on Saturday.

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Monday, September 13 2021
Cambridge trainer looking to get his Foote in the till at Hastings

Cambridge trainer Ben Foote is looking forward to heading to Hastings this weekend where he is hoping Sakura Blossom (Vancouver) can extend her faultless form line in the Remember “Jooky” 1200.

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Monday, September 13 2021
NZ Racing and Breeding News - 13 September 2021
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Monday, September 13 2021
Kiwi crowned Victorian Horse of the Year

New Zealand-bred mare Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed) has been crowned Victorian Racehorse of the Year after her exploits in the Australian state last season.

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Sunday, September 12 2021
Immediate path for The Cossack unclear

A nail-biting win in Saturday’s NZB Airfreight Road To Jericho (3210m) at New Plymouth has thrown up an interesting dilemma for the connections of champion hurdler The Cossack (NZ) (Mastercraftsman).

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Sunday, September 12 2021
Doubt cast on Aegon's spring campaign

The immediate prospects for high-class New Zealand galloper Aegon (NZ) (Sacred Falls) will be decided over the next ten days after the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained four-year-old suffered a bleeding incident in Saturday’s Gr.1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

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Saturday, September 11 2021
Pike pleased with Te Rapa team

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike left the Te Rapa racecourse on Saturday evening a happy man after his team of four runners produced two wins, a second and a third placing on the day.

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Saturday, September 11 2021
Frontman provides Baker with perfect anniversary gift

Trainer Murray Baker got to celebrate a special personal milestone with a victory at Te Rapa on Saturday when lightly raced four-year-old Frontman made a winning start to an ambitious spring campaign.

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Friday, September 10 2021
Staying test for Penelope Cruise

Penelope Cruise will run 1000m further than she has before when she contests the NZB Airfreight Road To Jericho (3210m) at New Plymouth on Saturday, but trainer Allan Sharrock believes she is up to the task.

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Friday, September 10 2021
Grass making name with staying mare

Kylie Grass is relishing the opportunity to train consistent staying mare Barbara and is making every post a winner.

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Thursday, September 09 2021
Innes anxious for return to racing

Auckland’s extended lockdown has proved especially frustrating for leading jockey Leith Innes, who can look but can’t touch with nearly everything he wants to participate in.

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Thursday, September 09 2021
Spring heating up for Icebath

New Zealand-bred mare Icebath (NZ) (Sacred Falls) will be out to add to her burgeoning resume when she contests the Gr.2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Kembla Grange on Saturday.

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Thursday, September 09 2021
Staying targets ideal to Vaughan's way of thinking

Lisa Vaughan will launch Asathought (So You Think) on a path aimed at emulating her big sister when she tackles the feature race at Wingatui on Friday.

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Wednesday, September 08 2021
Signs positive for Mav

The John Bary-trained Callsign Mav (NZ) (Atlante) tuned up for his fresh-up tilt at the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) with a dominant trials victory at Taupo on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, September 08 2021
Tarzino 3YO makes perfect start

Promising three-year-old Te Toki (NZ) (Tarzino) made an emphatic start to his career when successful at Taupo on Wednesday in the Ribchester @ Haunui Farm 1300m.

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Tuesday, September 07 2021
Hastings targets beckon Harlech

A return to Group One company is imminent for Harlech (NZ) (Darci Brahma) after his pleasing return to New Zealand racing at Te Rapa last Saturday.

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Monday, September 06 2021
Tarzino in the frame for Cups contender

Melbourne Cup contender Ocean Billy’s (NZ) (Ocean Park) storming effort at Te Rapa has convinced trainer Bill Pomare to take on the weight-for-age gallopers again in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings on September 18.

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Monday, September 06 2021
Bright future tipped for English Gambler

English Gambler (Casino Prince) may have been as green as the grass he was running on in the early stages of the Te Aroha Jockey Club Hurdle (3100m) on Sunday, but he showed he has spades of potential in the manner he won his debut jumping assignment.

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Monday, September 06 2021
Soft win for Miss Tycoon Rose

Group One performer Miss Tycoon Rose (Written Tycoon) looks in for a strong spring campaign judging by her return to racing at Ashburton on Monday.

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Monday, September 06 2021
Carston eyeing 1000 Guineas with promising filly

Vadamos filly Art De Triomphe (NZ) made a pleasing start to her spring preparation when winning the Mount Somers Honey (1200m) at Ashburton on Monday.

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Sunday, September 05 2021
Ormsby produces classic contender at Te Rapa

Matamata horseman Chad Ormsby looks to have a Classics contender on his hands after promising three-year-old colt Mana Nui (NZ) (No Nay Never) opened his winning account with a comprehensive victory at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Sunday, September 05 2021
Savabeel filly all business at Wanganui

If co-trainer Stephen Autridge could use just one word to sum up his two-year-old filly Cincoro (NZ) (Savabeel) then that word would be professional.

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Sunday, September 05 2021
Black type goals for Francesca

Lightly raced four-year-old Francesca (NZ) (Iffraaj) made a winning start to her spring campaign at Te Rapa on Saturday, as she sets out on a preparation aimed at securing some valuable black-type for a future breeding career.

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Saturday, September 04 2021
Richards provides quinella in Breeders' Stakes

It was back to business as usual for Jamie Richards and Te Akau Racing at Te Rapa on Saturday when they secured the quinella in the first feature race on the card, the Gr.3 Cambridge Stud Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m), with exciting three-year-olds Imperatriz (I Am Invincible) and I Wish I Win (NZ) (Savabeel).

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Saturday, September 04 2021
Mascarpone gets the cream in Foxbridge Plate

Punters who thought Saturday’s Gr.2 Valachi Downs Foxbridge Plate (1200m) was a two-horse race between last year’s winner and heavily backed favourite Avantage (Fastnet Rock) and Taranaki visitor Tavi Mac (NZ) (Tavistock) were given a lesson in the vagaries of racing as the Team Rogerson-trained Mascarpone (NZ) (Shooting To Win) upset the applecart in the Te Rapa feature.

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Saturday, September 04 2021
Bellacontte proves too strong in Wanganui feature

Foxton filly Bellacontte (NZ) (Burgundy) picked up a deserved success at stakes level when she produced an irresistible late run to take out the Listed O’Learys Fillies Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui on Saturday.

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Saturday, September 04 2021
Soldier Boy marches to Guineas success

Underrated three-year-old Soldier Boy (NZ) (Proisir) caused a minor upset when he took out the Listed HS Dyke Wanganui Guineas (1340m).

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Friday, September 03 2021
Esta La Roca on song for McEwen Stakes

New Zealand-bred mare Esta La Roca (NZ) (El Roca) is in a purple patch of form and trainer Lloyd Kennewell is hoping that will continue on Saturday when she contests the Gr.2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

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Friday, September 03 2021
Lock excited to relaunch stable star's career

After more than 29 months on the sidelines, Te Aroha trainer Peter Lock’s long wait is finally over and Group One performer Hiflyer (NZ) (Tavistock) is back.

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Friday, September 03 2021
Australian campaign for Justacanta

Group Three performer Justacanta (NZ) (Per Incanto) has joined Patrick Payne’s Plumpton barn ahead of a Melbourne spring preparation.

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Thursday, September 02 2021
Benner-Wynyard weekend debutants attract interest

Otaki trainers Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard are preparing to launch a new wave of gallopers, with two Gary Harding-owned debutants the source of plenty of anticipation this weekend.

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Thursday, September 02 2021
Campbell exits training on a high

Andrew Campbell couldn’t have scripted a better ending to his 25-year training career.

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Thursday, September 02 2021
Good fortune shines on Sharrock for Te Rapa feature

There’s nothing like a “Taradise special” to revitalise the spirit of New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock as he sets his sights on a couple of early spring features.

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Wednesday, September 01 2021
Cole hoping Magneto has X factor

Steven Cole is looking forward to watching Magneto (NZ) (Showcasing) contest the Gr.3 Cambridge Stud Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa on Saturday, he will just be doing so from the comfort of his couch.

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Wednesday, September 01 2021
Bishara toasting Bold Bourbon's success

Nicholas Bishara is brimming with enthusiasm after Bold Bourbon’s (NZ) (The Bold One) debut win at Matamata on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, September 01 2021
Unusual Countess to push sire in the limelight

Marton trainer Fraser Auret is pleased with the condition of promising filly Unusual Countess (NZ) (Unusual Suspect) as she heads into Saturday’s Listed The O’Learys Fillies Stakes 3YO (1200m) at Wanganui.

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Wednesday, September 01 2021
Van Lierde secures first training win

There weren’t too many people happier about entering COVID-19 Alert Level 3 on Wednesday than Maxim Van Lierde.

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