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Monday, October 31 2022
Anderton set for busy Cup Day

Tuesday promises to be a big day for veteran Mosgiel horseman Brian Anderton.

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Monday, October 31 2022
Elliot picks up top Group One ride

Ryan Elliot’s prospects of a Classic double at Riccarton have been boosted with confirmation he will partner Prowess in this Saturday’s Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m).

Posted by: AT 02:27 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, October 31 2022
Dream Derby result for Cambridge Stud

Those associated with Cambridge Stud were in full voice during the closing stages of the Gr.1 VRC Derby (2500m) on Saturday as Manzoice became his sire Almanzor’s first Group One winner.

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Saturday, October 29 2022
Providenceprovides on target for Riccarton feature

A trip to Riccarton to contest the Gr.3 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) on the middle day of Christchurch Cup & Show Week on November 9 is the next target for the Tony Pike-trained Providenceprovides (Real Impact) after she delivered a hard-fought victory in the Courtesy Ford Red Craze Bowl (1400m) at Awapuni.

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Saturday, October 29 2022
Veteran galloper does all the talking at Awapuni

Hardy nine-year-old Pep Torque (NZ) (Nadeem) finally got the big win he deserved after producing a gritty performance that saw him dominate the finish to the Listed Mode Technology Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) at Awapuni.

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Saturday, October 29 2022
Sassy Merlot dominant in campaign opener

Progressive mare Sassy Merlot (NZ) (Burgundy) made a winning start to her four-year-old season as she dominated proceedings from in front over 1200m on her home track at Matamata.

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Friday, October 28 2022
Marchand primed to bounce back

Four-year-old gelding Marchand has a good opportunity at Matamata on Saturday to return to the form that earned him stakes honours last season.

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Thursday, October 27 2022
Long path to races for La Verite

If everything had gone to plan, La Verite (Delago Deluxe) would be an unraced broodmare in China by now.

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Thursday, October 27 2022
Timing right for Latta's lucky charm

Well-performed mare Charms Star (NZ) (Per Incanto) is ready to shine again in her quest to add to her black-type resume for trainer Lisa Latta.

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Wednesday, October 26 2022
Early end to trials

Tuesday’s trial meeting at Avondale was called off after just one heat with underfoot conditions deemed unsuitable to continue.

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Wednesday, October 26 2022
Long path to races for La Verite

If everything had gone to plan, La Verite (Delago Deluxe) would be an unraced broodmare in China by now.

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Tuesday, October 25 2022
Forsman making every post a winner

Beneath his normally calm demeanour, Andrew Forsman admits there were quite a few nerves as he set out to launch his solo training career in May this year.

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Tuesday, October 25 2022
Debutante justifies rating with hollow win

Impendabelle (Impending) delivered exactly what was expected of her at Trentham where the highly regarded filly was untested to open her career in perfect style.

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Tuesday, October 25 2022
Feilding Gold Cup jockey for Cheaperthandivorce

Roger James would love to start Cheaperthandivorce (NZ) (Savabeel) in Saturday’s Listed Mode Technology Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) at Awapuni, however, he has one major hurdle to overcome before being sure his mare makes the trip from Cambridge.

Posted by: AT 01:25 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, October 24 2022
Champion South African hoop makes instant impact

Warren Kennedy is quickly learning what’s required to be a successful jockey in New Zealand.

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Monday, October 24 2022
Doozy of a ride from Kozzi in Thompson

The Lisa Latta-trained He’s A Doozy (NZ) (Zacinto) ran out an impressive winner of the Gr.3 Gee Hickton Funeral Directors Thompson Handicap (1600m) at Trentham on Sunday under a peach of a ride from Kozzi Asano.

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Monday, October 24 2022
La Crique on a special mission for Alexanders

A promise made to their late son combined with determination for their stable star to prove herself against Australia’s best is ample incentive for Kiwi couple Katrina and Simon Alexander ahead of La Crique’s big mission on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup carnival.

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Monday, October 24 2022
Weather watch for Tyler team

Trainer Kelvin Tyler is keeping a close eye on the weather in the deep south as he and daughter Aimee get ready for a big day of racing at Gore on Wednesday

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Saturday, October 22 2022
Legarto stunning in Soliloquy

Unbeaten three-year-old filly Legarto made it a one act affair at Te Rapa on Saturday when she cruised home in the Gr.3 Super Seth Soliloquy Stakes (1400m).

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Saturday, October 22 2022
Celebrations aplenty as Wild Night salutes at Te Rapa

Promising three-year-old Wild Night struck gold at Te Rapa on Saturday with a powerful finishing burst that carried him to an impressive victory in the feature event on the day, the Gr.2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m).

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Saturday, October 22 2022
No Dramas for Latta filly in War Decree Stakes

Talented filly Diss Is Dramatic displayed all her fighting qualities when she refused to yield to her mainly male rivals in Saturday’s Gr.3 War Decree Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton.

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Friday, October 21 2022
Go Racing three-year-olds on the rise

Go Racing have strength in their three-year-old ranks as evidenced by a wining double at Tauranga on Wednesday.

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Friday, October 21 2022
Patterson aiming high with Trentham hopes

Robbie Patterson will have a strong hand to play at Trentham on Sunday with major plans tentatively in place for two of his five representatives.

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Friday, October 21 2022
Undefeated fillies head intriguing Soliloquy

It is moving day at Te Rapa on Saturday as some of New Zealand’s best fillies take the next step towards Classic ambitions when they contest a strong edition of the Gr.3 Super Seth Soliloquy Stakes (1400m).

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Friday, October 21 2022
Te Rapa hit-out for Levante

Racing fans at Te Rapa on Saturday will have the added bonus of seeing classy mare Levante have a hit-out between races as she builds towards a trip to Melbourne.

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Thursday, October 20 2022
Forsman adds to Melbourne arsenal

Last start Group One winner Mustang Valley is set to fly to Melbourne next week as she adds further arsenal to the Australian raiding party of the in-form Andrew Forman stable.

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Thursday, October 20 2022
Mare looking to fill her Jericho Quota on Sunday

In-form mare Quota will be on trial for a trip across the Tasman when she heads to Trentham on Sunday to contest the Graham’s Painters 2200.

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Thursday, October 20 2022
Marsh trio face significant Soliloquy challenge

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh said he couldn’t be any happier with his trio going into Saturday’s Gr.3 Super Seth Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Te Rapa but knows they have a colossal job ahead of them to knock off the race’s leading lights.

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Wednesday, October 19 2022
Better weather a relief for Ritchie

Shaune Ritchie is glad at what looks like a long-overdue break in the weather as he puts two of his three-year-olds on trial for Riccarton next month.

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Wednesday, October 19 2022
New Zealand Cup credentials on the line for Heidi Hi at Wingatui

Southland mare Heidi Hi (NZ) (Roc De Cambes) will continue her build-up to a possible start in next month’s Gr.3 Martin Collins New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton when she tackles the Grand Casino (2200m) at Wingatui on Thursday.

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Wednesday, October 19 2022
Skew Wiff breaks maiden ranks at Tauranga

Skew Wiff rewarded her backers at Tauranga on Wednesday when comfortably taking out the Ultimate Mazda Maiden 3YO (1200m) by 2-1/2 lengths.

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Wednesday, October 19 2022
Hakim Kamaruddin to boost New Zealand riding ranks

Singapore Champion Jockey Hakim Kamaruddin is set to bolster the riding ranks in New Zealand.

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Tuesday, October 18 2022
Guineas aim for Pennyweka

A trip south to Riccarton next month to contest the Gr.1 Barneswood Farm 1000 Guineas (1600m) has been locked in for Pennyweka after her win in the Mardigras Events 3YO Premier (1300m) at Hastings on Saturday.

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Tuesday, October 18 2022
Riccarton feature confirmed for Sacred Satono

Connections of Sacred Satono (NZ) (Satono Aladdin) have waived an Australian campaign for the in-form three-year-old in favour of chasing a domestic Group One prize.

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Monday, October 17 2022
Roger That lands Staphanos Classic

Veteran stayer Roger That (NZ) (Shinko King) took out the Listed Staphanos Classic (1950m) at Rotorua on Sunday under a perfect ride by Lynsey Satherley.

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Monday, October 17 2022
Kabugee makes winning return

Impressive two-year-old winner Kabugee (Satono Aladdin) made a winning return at three when successful in the Arawa Park Hotel 3YO 1215m at Rotorua on Sunday for trainer Mark Walker.

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Monday, October 17 2022
Cream rises to the top at Windsor Park

Celebrating a stallion’s first elite-level victory is an important milestone for any stud farm, but it is made even better when they race the Group One victor themselves.

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Monday, October 17 2022
Bosson to cop suspension on chin

Champion jockey Opie Bosson has no plans to appeal the lengthy suspension he incurred on the closing day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

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Monday, October 17 2022
Specialty upsets in Ashburton feature

Trainers Bruce Tapper and Varma Ramhit set the cat among the pigeons at Ashburton on Saturday when they produced lightly raced three-year-old Specialty to win the Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Stakes (1400m).

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Monday, October 17 2022
Times Ticking claims incident packed Hastings sprint

A sustained closing burst carried veteran galloper Times Ticking to a fresh-up victory in an incident packed finish to the Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings.

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Monday, October 17 2022
Mustang Valley caps huge day for Forsman

Trainer Andrew Forsman capped a successful day on both sides of the Tasman when progressive mare Mustang Valley bolted away with the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings.

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Monday, October 17 2022
Richardson guided by past Railway experience

Graham Richardson will follow a proven formula with his leading sprinter Bonny Lass (NZ) (Super Easy) through to her grand final at Te Rapa on New Year’s Day.

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Friday, October 14 2022
Forsman chasing more Trans-Tasman glory

Trainer Andrew Forsman has leading chances at stakes level on both sides of the Tasman on Saturday.

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Thursday, October 13 2022
One Kiss looking to stamp her mark at Ashburton

Last start stakes winner One Kiss (NZ) (Tivaci) will be looking to stamp her mark ahead of next month’s Gr.1 Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) when she lines-up at Ashburton on Saturday.

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Wednesday, October 12 2022
Victory to keep tough nut in Guineas mix

The lightly raced Duncan Creek (NZ) (Super Easy) has an opportunity to make up for lost time on his home track at Hastings on Saturday and also keep a Group One dream alive.

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Wednesday, October 12 2022
Vername after Group One scalp

Stephen Marsh is excited to head south to Hastings on Saturday with a three-pronged attack in the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m).

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Wednesday, October 12 2022
Filly Perfectly Suited for Ashburton feature

Shane Kennedy and Anna Furlong are hoping to give owner Kevin Hickman a big thrill at Ashburton on Saturday.

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Tuesday, October 11 2022
Levante on target for Flemington return

Ken Kelso saw exactly what he wanted from his Group One winner Levante (NZ) (Proisir) in her 850m trial at Te Awamutu on Tuesday.

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Tuesday, October 11 2022
Times less than smooth for MacGregor charge

Things haven’t gone perfectly for popular Wairarapa trainer Alby MacGregor this year with Times Ticking (NZ) (Tavistock), but he’s hopeful of a strong performance at Hastings on Saturday.

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Tuesday, October 11 2022
South African Jockeys to boost New Zealand riding ranks

In response to the shortage of senior jockeys in New Zealand, Byerley Park founder and Director Daniel Nakhle has engaged the services and expertise of current South African Champion Jockey Warren Kennedy and former South African Champion Apprentice Craig Zackey.

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Monday, October 10 2022
La Crique tastes sweet Group One success

It may have taken an extra seven days to come to fruition but Matamata mare La Crique (NZ) (Vadamos) got a deserved success at the highest level when she took out the Gr.1 Arrowfield Stud Plate (1600m) at Matamata on Saturday.

Posted by: AT 12:21 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, October 10 2022
Pier dominant in Hawke's Bay Guineas

Local runner Pier (NZ) (Proisir) dominated his three-year-old rivals in the closing stages of the AHD Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m), dashing away to win the Group Two feature in fine style.

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Monday, October 10 2022
Darci La Bella adds stakes victory to burgeoning record

Progressive mare Darci La Bella (NZ) (Darci Brahma) added a valuable black-type victory to an already outstanding race record when she strode clear to win the Gr.3 Grangewilliam Stud Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Hawera.

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Monday, October 10 2022
Paisley Park takes out Matamata Cup

Local runner Paisley Park (NZ) (Azamour) showed he had taken plenty of improvement from his first-up performance at Te Rapa last month when he came with a withering late burst to score in the Listed Team Wealleans Matamata Cup (1600m).

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Monday, October 10 2022
Forsman stable in intimidating form

Andrew Forsman could take on the name of one of his horses going by the way his team are performing at present.

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Monday, October 10 2022
Rollercoaster day for Te Akau Racing

Saturday was a day of undoubted highlights for Matamata trainer Mark Walker, with a winning treble that encompassed a trifecta and a first-four, but one that saw him licking a few wounds as well.

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Monday, October 10 2022
Circumstances force unconventional approach

Co-trainer Graham Richardson’s hand has been forced with Defibrillate, who will resume his New Zealand career without a preparatory outing ahead of Saturday’s Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings.

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Monday, October 10 2022
Vadamos shines with first Group One

Rich Hill Stud principal John Thompson has a spring in his step after two members of his exciting stallion roster posted Group victories at Matamata on Saturday.

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Friday, October 07 2022
Distance the only query with Darci La Bella

Eight-win mare Darci La Bella will be out to claim some valuable black-type on Saturday when she heads to Hawera to contest the Gr.3 Grangewilliam Stud Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m).

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Friday, October 07 2022
Phillips hunting third Winton Cup

Winton trainer John Phillips would love nothing more than to win his third Winton Cup on Sunday.

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Friday, October 07 2022
Te Akau sets commentator daunting task

Despite early scratchings, commentator George Simon’s skills behind the microphone will be put to an unprecedented test in the opening event at Matamata on Saturday.

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Friday, October 07 2022
Guineas ball in Battle Sound's court

The door remains slightly ajar for the promising Battle Sound to take on the best of his age group at Riccarton next month.

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Friday, October 07 2022
Grylls wings it ahead of big Matamata raceday

Jockeys call on a variety of pursuits to chill out ahead of a big raceday – anything from golf to surfing, fishing or relaxing at home.

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Thursday, October 06 2022
Busy time for Bosson on Group One day at Matamata

Opie Bosson will turn the clock back on Saturday with a dozen mounts at Matamata, including three in black type events and an unexpected opportunity to add to his Group One tally.

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Thursday, October 06 2022
Bary philosophical about venue change

No trainer was more affected by the abandonment of racing at Hastings last Saturday and the subsequent transfer of the meeting’s two feature races to Matamata this weekend than John Bary, but he is taking the decision in his stride.

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Wednesday, October 05 2022
Laking on another northern mission for Te Akau

The last time Jason Laking answered a North Island call-up from Te Akau he repaid the powerful racing operation’s faith by claiming a Group One victory.

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Wednesday, October 05 2022
Mitchell making the most of riding opportunities

A life with horses is the only thing Tayla Mitchell has wanted and she is now living that dream with her chosen vocation as a jockey.

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Wednesday, October 05 2022
Patterson about to deploy secret weapon

New Plymouth trainer Robbie Patterson is adamant the best of Secret Amour (NZ) (Niagara) is still to come.

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Tuesday, October 04 2022
All roads lead back to Livamol for Demonetization

Multiple black-type winner Demonetization (All Too Hard) will be a notable absentee from Saturday’s relocated Gr.1 Arrowfield Stud Plate (1600m) at Matamata.

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Tuesday, October 04 2022
Pier improved for Hawke's Bay Guineas

Matamata gelding Pier (NZ) (Proisir) should be ready for an improved effort on Saturday as he gets ready to challenge leading three-year-old Dynastic (NZ) (Almanzor) for a second time.

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Monday, October 03 2022
Dragon Leap back in NZ

Trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott have elected to give quality galloper Dragon Leap a brief let-up after he returned home from his two-race Australian campaign.

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Monday, October 03 2022
Wellington Cup target for Coruba Jak

Pukekohe horsewoman Amber Sims has no shortage of titles in the racing industry: trainer, track rider, industry education co-ordinator being among them.

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Monday, October 03 2022
Forsman raiders favoured for Classics

Andrew Forsman has made a whirlwind start to his solo training career, highlighted by a red-letter day at Flemington on Saturday where he saddled She’s Licketysplit to win the Gr.2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) and Mr Maestro to win the Listed Super Impose Stakes (1800m).

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Sunday, October 02 2022
Mr Maestro completes big Flemington double for Forsman

A powerful Gr.1 Victoria Derby (2500m) audition by Mr Maestro capped a special day at the office at Flemington on Saturday for Andrew Forsman.

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Sunday, October 02 2022
Flemington Group Two triumph for She's Licketysplit

New Zealand filly She’s Licketysplit showed she will be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming Gr.1 Schweppes One Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 12 with a strong performance to take out Saturday’s Gr.2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

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Sunday, October 02 2022
Majority agreement with rescheduling of feature Hawke's Bay races

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing’s endeavours to make the best of a difficult situation in the wake of Saturday’s Hastings abandonment have met with the approval of the majority but not all stakeholders.

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Saturday, October 01 2022
Blue Solitaire on 1000 Guineas path

Promising filly Blue Solitaire showed she could be a strong local contender for the Gr.1 Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton next month with a stylish maiden victory at the venue on Saturday.

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Saturday, October 01 2022
Hawke's Bay Meeting Abandoned

Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay racemeeting that featured both the Gr.1 Arrowfield Stud Plate (1600m) and Gr.2 AHD Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) was abandoned after torrential rain overnight saw the Hastings track under water and unable to provide a satisfactory racing surface.

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Saturday, October 01 2022
Cognito on target for Group One assignment

Matamata visitor Cognito put his cards on the table for a Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) bid next month with an impressive victory in the Inglewood Stud Guineas Trial (1400m) on Saturday.

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