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Saturday, April 30 2022
Big Mike begins last hurrah

Evergreen galloper Big Mike (NZ) (Don Eduardo) will commence what will likely be his last preparation when he lines-up in the Floyd & Toy Real Estate Property Brokers Open 2060.

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Saturday, April 30 2022
Pertab scores first training win

Training racehorses was never in the plan for Paul Pertab but on Friday he recorded his first win courtesy of Exzello (NZ) (Shamexpress) in the Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup 14th May (1400m) at Arawa Park.

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Saturday, April 30 2022
Bonny Lass delivers in style at Te Rapa

Matamata filly Bonny Lass (NZ) (Super Easy) showed just how tough she is when she overcame a wide trip in transit to deliver a comprehensive victory in the Gr.3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa.

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Saturday, April 30 2022
Talented filly ready for stakes company

Trainer Stephen Autridge believes the trip away to Wanganui on Saturday which resulted in a comfortable victory for his talented filly Aris Aris (NZ) (Contributer) has her primed for a possible stakes target at her next start.

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Saturday, April 30 2022
Two Illicit signs off in style at Te Rapa

If Saturday’s Gr.2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa is to be the last race for class mare Two Illicit (NZ) (Jimmy Choux) then she has signed off a stellar career in the best possible fashion with a dominant victory.

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Friday, April 29 2022
Dennis moving in new direction

Southland trainer Robert Dennis is in the process of winding down his stable, but he won’t be completely lost to the industry and is hoping to land a few more winning blows on both sides of the Tasman.

 

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Friday, April 29 2022
Big Walker contingent for Cambridge Breeders'

With two Group One wins in the four weeks since he has returned to the New Zealand trainers’ ranks, Mark Walker has well and truly announced his arrival and he’s set to further make his presence felt with five runners in Saturday’s Gr.3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa.

 

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Friday, April 29 2022
Waikato clubs move to secure their future

The Cambridge Jockey Club, Waikato Racing Club, and Waipa Racing Club have signalled a new era for racing in the Waikato region with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the establishment of a single racing club for the Waikato region.

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Friday, April 29 2022
Florencenightngale scores on debut

Three-year-old filly Florencenightngale (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) made the perfect start to her career when winning on debut at Rotorua on Friday.

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Thursday, April 28 2022
Sutherland scores first win

It was an exciting day for Lily Sutherland at Hawera on Wednesday when she recorded her first riding win.

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Thursday, April 28 2022
Charms Star set to shine in Travis

Charms Star (NZ) (Per Incanto) has quickly returned to winning form to lay a disappointing spring to rest and she will front up at Te Rapa on Saturday in first class order.

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Thursday, April 28 2022
Handicapping changes announced

The New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Handicapping Review Committee has made a number of recommendations following their recent meeting.

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Wednesday, April 27 2022
Queensland campaign for Babylon Berlin

Class sprinter Babylon Berlin (All Too Hard) is joining Tony Pike’s team for the next couple of months in order to take on some of Australia’s best sprinters in Queensland.

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Wednesday, April 27 2022
Bonny filly ready for Breeders' Stakes

Valuable filly Bonny Lass (NZ) (Super Easy) is in prime order for Saturday’s Gr.3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa where she will bid to add to her burgeoning record.

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Wednesday, April 27 2022
Moseley closing in on another milestone

Hard off one of the best days of his career at Riccarton on Saturday, you’d forgive Canterbury jockey Terry Moseley for lacking motivation heading to Timaru for an industry Thursday meeting.

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Wednesday, April 27 2022
Swansongs for Sharrock pair

Closely-related mares Sinarahma (NZ) (Darci Brahma) and Our Hail Mary (NZ) (Ocean Park) may be signing off on their racing careers this weekend.

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Tuesday, April 26 2022
Te Rapa swansong for Two Illicit

Top quality performer Two Illicit (NZ) (Jimmy Choux) will be chasing the perfect end to a stellar racing career when she steps out in Saturday’s Gr.2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa.

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Tuesday, April 26 2022
Rionach too strong on debut at Avondale

Debutant two-year-old filly Rionach (NZ) (Darci Brahma) showed she had inherited the family ability when she produced a powerful home straight surge to claim victory at Avondale on Monday.

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Tuesday, April 26 2022
Enraptured pleases in Te Rapa hit-out

Promising juvenile filly Enraptured (NZ) (Preferment) looks to be on track for her first tilt at stakes level next week after pleasing co-trainer Shaune Ritchie with her track gallop at Te Rapa on Tuesday.

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Monday, April 25 2022
Carolina Reaper takes out Easter Handicap

A barnstorming late run carried progressive mare Carolina Reaper (NZ) (Vespa) to her biggest career victory when she took out the Gr.3 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m) at Pukekohe on Saturday.

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Monday, April 25 2022
Challenging week ends in Cup triumph for Prise De Fer

Quality performer Prise De Fer (NZ) (Savabeel) put a week of uncertainty behind him in style at Riccarton on Saturday, taking his career earnings past $500,000 with a record-breaking victory in the Gr.3 Coca-Cola Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m).

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Monday, April 25 2022
Rising Storm provides tonic for Bishara

Despite feeling completely drained of energy after his day at the races at Pukekohe on Saturday, Nick Bishara had a broad smile on his face as he reclined on his couch at home that evening.

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Monday, April 25 2022
Impressive Pukekohe winner in line for Queensland campaign

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is looking forward to a Queensland winter campaign with smart three-year-old El Vencedor (NZ) after the son of Rich Hill Stud stallion Shocking made it back-to-back victories with a win over 1400m at Pukekohe on Saturday.

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Monday, April 25 2022
Defiant victory confirms stakes target for promising juvenile

Promising juvenile Defiant (NZ) (Tavistock) overcame several unsettling incidents prior to the start of the NZB Insurance Pearl Series (1100m) race at Riccarton on Saturday to register an impressive victory that has her ready to tackle stakes company at her next assignment.

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Monday, April 25 2022
Sergio takes out Anzac Mile at Awapuni

A brave front-running performance by underrated galloper Sergio (NZ) (Swiss Ace) was rewarded with a first victory at stakes level when he took out the Listed Manawatu ITM Anzac Mile (1550m) at Awapuni on Sunday.

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Monday, April 25 2022
Benner excited by spring prospects for Titled

While he failed to win a race in his three-year-old campaign, trainer Johno Benner is excited about the future prospects for promising stayer Titled (Exceed And Excel).

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Monday, April 25 2022
Logan enjoying first kiwi holiday in three years

Singapore-based ex-pat Kiwi trainer Donna Logan is revelling being back in New Zealand for the first time in over three years.

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Saturday, April 23 2022
Sharp performance snares stakes victory for smart juvenile

Two-year-old galloper Sharp ‘N’ Smart (NZ) (Redwood) put his best foot forward at Pukekohe when he dashed home late in the piece to capture the Listed Staphanos By Deep Impact Champagne Stakes (1600m).

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Saturday, April 23 2022
Pinarello dominant in Championship Stakes

Promising three-year-old stayer Pinarello (NZ) (Tavistock) shook off the disappointment of being late scratched at the barrier earlier this month with a stunning win in the Gr.2 Trelawney Stud Championship Stakes (2100m) at Pukekohe on Saturday.

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Saturday, April 23 2022
Burgie crashes Reputabelle's party in Warstep Stakes

Reputabelle’s (NZ) (Pins) bid for a rare clean sweep of the South Island’s autumn three-year-old filly features was impressively thwarted by up-and-comer Burgie (NZ) (Ghibellines) in Saturday’s Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton.

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Friday, April 22 2022
Preview of Riccarton Polytrack

With the first race meeting on the Riccarton Park Racecourse Polytrack to be held on Thursday May 5, the Canterbury Jockey Club has arranged an open day to have an up-close look at the new racing, trialling, and training surface.

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Friday, April 22 2022
In-form 5YO ready for Anzac Mile challenge

Amusez Moi made an immediate impact from his new quarters and will bid to remain unbeaten for Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard when he fronts up for the sternest test of his career at Awapuni on Sunday.

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Friday, April 22 2022
Star Pitman filly set to enhance her reputation

Reputabelle is in prime order for her bid to become just the third filly to sweep the autumn legs of the South Island filly of the year series.

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Friday, April 22 2022
Demonetization primed for Easter defence

The Nigel Tiley-trained Demonetization will be out to defend his title in Saturday’s Gr.3 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m) and the seven-year-old gelding enters the race off a similar campaign to last year. 

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Thursday, April 21 2022
Ambitious development promises to safeguard future of racing at Trentham

A proposed development of the Trentham racecourse that promises to revitalise the venue and futureproof racing at the track has been described as “a development of a kind that the city has never seen before”.

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Thursday, April 21 2022
Trainers looking to 3YO to bounce back to best

Saint Bathans (Maurice) will attempt to bounce back to winning ways at Pukekohe on Saturday following an indifferent display at his most recent appearance.

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Wednesday, April 20 2022
Colt out to further Derby claims

Hoard The Bourbon (NZ) (Iffraaj) will have a chance to collect further travelling expenses for a planned trip to Brisbane when his staying qualities are put to the test for the first time on Saturday.

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Wednesday, April 20 2022
Seajetz marks first runner back for Richards

Paul Richards is ensuring the family name won’t be absent from the New Zealand training ranks now his premiership-winning son Jamie is moving to Hong Kong.

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Wednesday, April 20 2022
Hasabro primed for Riccarton feature

Riccarton trainer Andrew Carston has long circled Saturday’s Gr.3 Coca Cola Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m) as the grand final for quality galloper Hasabro (NZ) (Savabeel). 

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Tuesday, April 19 2022
Harris caps superb day with Riverton Cup victory

Game mare Wannabe ‘N’ Paris (NZ) (Reliable Man) capped a wonderful day at Riverton on Monday for trainer Paul Harris....

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Tuesday, April 19 2022
Coventina Bay on target for Queensland campaign

Trainer Robbie Patterson is thrilled with how his star mare Coventina Bay (NZ) (Shamexpress) has come through her effort to finish runner-up behind Imperatriz in Saturday’s Gr.1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) and is itching to get her on a plane to Queensland.

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Tuesday, April 19 2022
Special Cup winner for Bambry

A special pre-race plan helped Sergio (NZ) (Swiss Ace) become Kamada Bloodstock’s 100th race winner when he led all the way in Sunday’s Woodville-Pahiatua Cup (1600m).

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Tuesday, April 19 2022
Meritable books Queensland passage

Quality three-year-old Meritable (Snitzel) pleased connections when winning a 1200m trial at Taupo on Tuesday.

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Monday, April 18 2022
Bosson has sights set on next Group One milestone

Champion jockey Opie Bosson completed a full house of Group One wins in New Zealand when Imperatriz (I Am Invincilbe) cruised to victory in the Gr.1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Monday, April 18 2022
Bonny Lass back on track for Te Rapa assignment

Progressive three-year-old filly Bonny Lass (NZ) (Super Easy) is back on track for a tilt at the Gr.3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa on April 30, galloping between races at the Hamilton venue on Saturday after recovering from the effects of a stone bruise.

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Sunday, April 17 2022
Baker winding down but still adding to his winner's ledger

While there may be only a couple of weeks left before Murray Baker hands over the stable reins to training partner Andrew Forsman, the pair are still churning out a regular stream of winners as evidenced on Saturday.

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Sunday, April 17 2022
Pike ready to confirm his Queensland winter carnival team

A resolute run for second at Te Rapa on Saturday could see promising two-year Rudyard (NZ) (Charm Spirit) added to the team that Cambridge trainer Tony Pike will take to Brisbane next month for an assault on the Queensland Winter Carnival.

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Sunday, April 17 2022
Taplins looking for final hurrah before Queensland move

Isla Bank trainers Ian and Kerry Taplin are looking to make the most of an interrupted weekend of racing on their nearby home patch at Riverton on Monday before heading for a ten-day break in Queensland to secure a new base for their future training aspirations.

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Saturday, April 16 2022
Johny Johny too slick in Hastings sprint

Speedy Cambridge sprinter Johny Johny ran his rivals off their feet to take out the Listed Power Turf Sprint (1200m) at Hastings on Saturday.

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Saturday, April 16 2022
Star filly too good for older rivals in Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes

Outstanding three-year-old filly Imperatriz blew her older rivals off the track at Te Rapa on Saturday when she bolted clear to win the Gr.1 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m).

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Saturday, April 16 2022
Swords Drawn takes out Hawke's Bay Cup

A decision to bypass a start in an open 2100m event at Te Rapa on Saturday with enigmatic stayer Swords Drawn paid a handsome dividend when the six-year-old stormed home from near last to capture the Listed Power Farming Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings.

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Saturday, April 16 2022
Riverton meeting abandoned

Saturday’s meeting at Riverton was abandoned after just two races due to high winds.

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Friday, April 15 2022
Campbell hoping to set Cup record straight

Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell has unfinished business with Saturday’s Listed Power Farming Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) on his home track.

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Friday, April 15 2022
Randwick pipe-opener for Mali Ston

Matamata-trained Mali Ston will make his Australian debut on Saturday, with the son of El Roca to step out in the Silverdale Farm Handicap (1400m) at Randwick.

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Thursday, April 14 2022
Change of plans for Zola Express

Trainer Janelle Millar was aiming Zola Express (NZ) (Shamexpress) towards the Gr.2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa later this month, however, a lack of entrants for the Gr.1 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) on Saturday convinced her to change tack.

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Thursday, April 14 2022
Stewart McGrail remembered for his wide contribution to racing

The combination of a warm personality and a wide reach across thoroughbred racing made Stewart McGrail one of the best-known and well-liked members of the lower North Island racing fraternity.

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Thursday, April 14 2022
Barnmates in right form for black-type targets

A pair of talented stablemates are rated genuine prospects to add to their stakes records when they tackle feature events on their home turf on Saturday.

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Thursday, April 14 2022
Hokkaido impressive on debut

The aptly named Hokkaido credited Satono Aladdin with his second Southern Hemisphere winner from limited representatives when he made an impressive debut at Otaki on Thursday.

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Wednesday, April 13 2022
Pike amassing Queensland raiding party

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike is gearing up for another Queensland Carnival raid this winter, which will include a few runners from outside stables.

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Wednesday, April 13 2022
Dragon Queen after Group One crown

Talented Matamata mare Dragon Queen (NZ) (Sweynesse) will be given her chance against the best in the country in Saturday’s Gr.1 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa.

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Wednesday, April 13 2022
Pearl Series revamped

There have been exciting changes made to the NZB Insurance Pearl Series for the 2022/23 season.

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Wednesday, April 13 2022
New syndicator all about fun

The strong win by Hoard the Bourbon (NZ) (Iffraaj) last week and the possibility of a Queensland campaign isn’t the only good news part-owner Jen Campin has had lately.

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Wednesday, April 13 2022
Levante out of Breeders' Stakes

A minor leg issue has forced Levante (NZ) (Proisir) out of Saturday’s Gr.1 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa.

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Wednesday, April 13 2022
Invercargill mare chasing sweep of Southland Cups

Asathought (So You Think) will crown herself as Queen of Southland’s stayers with success in Saturday’s Listed Carriers Arms Hotel Riverton Cup (2147m).

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Wednesday, April 13 2022
Top mare's trainer oozing with confidence

Robbie Patterson has sounded an ominous warning to rival connections ahead of Saturday’s Gr.1 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m).

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Wednesday, April 13 2022
Australian spring campaign calling Wolverine

Roydon Bergerson has resisted the urge to head to Australia this autumn with exciting juvenile Wolverine (NZ) (Tivaci).

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Wednesday, April 13 2022
Rescheduled date for Laurie Laxon memorial

A rescheduled date for family and friends to gather and celebrate the life of New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame trainer Laurie Laxon has been set for next month.

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Tuesday, April 12 2022
Te Akau eyeing Queensland riches

High-quality galloper Entriviere (NZ) (Tavistock) and up and coming middle distance performer Soprano Supreme (NZ) (Contributer) have been locked in by Te Akau for the Queensland winter carnival.

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Tuesday, April 12 2022
Familia retired

Group Two performer Familia (NZ) (Makfi) has been retired.

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Tuesday, April 12 2022
Maximising return from assets vital to healthy racing future

Further rationalisation to maximise the full potential of remaining assets is paramount to the future success of the New Zealand racing industry.

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Monday, April 11 2022
Race return imminent for Letzbeglam

Group Two winner Letzbeglam (Snitzel) will likely make her raceday return later this month following an 18-month hiatus.

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Sunday, April 10 2022
Levante on target for Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes

A slashing run for second in an open trial has class mare Levante (NZ) (Proisir) primed and ready for the Gr.1 Fibre Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa next weekend.

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Sunday, April 10 2022
Dark Destroyer ready to kick off Queensland campaign

Exciting three-year-old Dark Destroyer (NZ) (Proisir) is ready to make his raceday return in the Listed Daybreak Lover (1400m) at Eagle Farm this coming weekend.

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Sunday, April 10 2022
First win for apprentice Jim Chung

First year apprentice Jim Chung won’t forget Saturday’s racemeeting at Rotorua in a hurry as he opened his winning account as a jockey aboard the Tim and Margaret Carter-trained Show Courage (NZ) (Showcasing) in the last race on the card.

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Sunday, April 10 2022
On The Rocks back to winning form

Former Group One winner On the Rocks (NZ) (Alamosa) returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in over two years when he took out an open 1400m contest at Rotorua on Saturday.

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Saturday, April 09 2022
Game Irish Girl lands another Riccarton feature

Feisty five-year-old Irish Girl showed all her fighting qualities as she bravely held out the challenges of Beneficial and Seriously to win the Listed Avon City Ford Easter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton.

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Saturday, April 09 2022
Reputabelle continues on winning way

It may not have been the five-length romp of her last start success but leading South Island three-year-old filly Reputabelle was even more impressive as she took out the Listed NZB Insurance Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton on Saturday.

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Friday, April 08 2022
Soprano Supreme on possible black type mission

A comfortable victory at Rotorua on Saturday could pave the way for the lightly raced four-year-old mare Soprano Supreme to tackle stakes company at her next start.

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Friday, April 08 2022
Grand Annual hero Gold Medals retired

Grand Annual Steeplechase hero Gold Medals has run his last race, with trainer Symon Wilde confirming the gelding’s retirement from racing on Friday.

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Friday, April 08 2022
Candle lights up at Awapuni

A stakes target is now in the offing for promising filly Candle after her impressive win in the Rich Hill Stud Autumn Sprint Series Qualifier (1100m) at Awapuni on Friday.

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Friday, April 08 2022
Charms Star lands important Group victory

Trainer Lisa Latta was confident of a good showing from Group One performer Charms Star in Friday’s Gr.3 JAPAC Homes Manawatu Breeders’ Stakes (2000m) at Awapuni and under a positive Wiremu Pinn ride the four-year-old mare narrowly saluted from the fast-finishing favourite Sinarahma, with Samiam Seussie back in third. 

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Friday, April 08 2022
Group One performer heads Latta's Awapuni arsenal

Local trainer Lisa Latta will have a strong team lining up at Awapuni on Friday, including Group One performer Charms Star (NZ) (Per Incanto), who is back in the stable after a stint with Chris Waller across the Tasman. 

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Friday, April 08 2022
Hoard The Bourbon on Queensland Derby path

Trainer Stephen Marsh was delighted with the performance of promising three-year-old Hoard The Bourbon, who took out The Oaks Stud 3YO 1600 at Awapuni on Friday.

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Friday, April 08 2022
Didham looking to Mazzini to continue stable roll

Peter Didham’s stable was in imperious form at Wanganui on Thursday and he is bullish about adding black type to his haul at Riccarton this weekend when progressive filly Mazzini opens a two-race southern campaign.

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Wednesday, April 06 2022
Freedmans secure promising Kiwi filly

Promising filly Victoria Roc (NZ) (Turn Me Loose) is set to continue her racing career in Australia.

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Wednesday, April 06 2022
Manning fillies tackle Riccarton feature

Cambridge trainer Ralph Manning is hoping one of his favourite tracks can again prove a happy hunting ground for Saturday’s Listed NZB Insurance Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton.

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Tuesday, April 05 2022
Hasabro's future prospects up in the air

The immediate future for Hasabro has been locked in, but the longer-term options for the genuine son of Savabeel is cause for consideration for connections.

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Tuesday, April 05 2022
Beach working wonders for Murdoch duo

Astute trainer Moira Murdoch heads to Rotorua this weekend with two horses raced by prominent owners that she’s been able to turn around through her successful beach training operation near Auckland.

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Tuesday, April 05 2022
Amalfi Prince to chase bigger targets

Smart three-year-old Amalfi Prince (Sebring) will continue on a black-type path after his upset win in Saturday’s Gr.3 Manawatu Classic (2000m) at Awapuni.

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Tuesday, April 05 2022
Midnight Mass heads to spelling paddock

Racegoers won’t see any more of the promising Pukekohe three-year-old Midnight Mass (NZ) (Proisir) this season despite a nice victory for the firm track specialist at Avondale last Saturday.

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Tuesday, April 05 2022
Wynne excited for return to saddle

Canterbury jockey Samantha Wynne can’t wait to make her return to riding at Ashburton on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, April 05 2022
Bax joins forces again with Waller

Kylie Bax is going down a familiar path with her latest Group One performer Aspen Colorado (NZ) (Proisir) with the lightly raced filly joining Chris Waller’s Sydney stable.

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Monday, April 04 2022
Champagne clash with Fireburn beckons for Wolverine

Gifted filly Wolverine (NZ) (Tivaci) is in the mix to cross the Tasman in a bid to gate crash Fireburn’s (Rebel Dane) party in the final leg of Sydney’s two-year-old Triple Crown series.

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Sunday, April 03 2022
Stakes target in the offing for Tavattack

A stakes target is in the offing for Tavattack (NZ) (Tavistock) after he made it back-to-back wins in the Resonant Premier (1600m) at Awapuni on Saturday.

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Sunday, April 03 2022
Zola Express provides Millar with biggest win

Trainer Janelle Millar was trying hard to keep her emotions in check as she waited for her gallant mare Zola Express (NZ) (Shamexpress) to return to the Awapuni birdcage after providing the New Plymouth mentor with her biggest career victory in the Gr.2 City Of Palmerston North Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m).

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Sunday, April 03 2022
Maven Belle in dramatic Group One triumph

Drama surrounded the finish to Saturday’s Group One feature at Awapuni when the final result was settled by the judicial committee after a protest was lodged by the connections of runner-up Wolverine (NZ) (Tivaci) against first-past-the-post Maven Belle (NZ) (Burgundy).

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Sunday, April 03 2022
Weatherley achieves personal goal at Awapuni

Sam Weatherley went into the 2021/22 racing season with two major goals. One was to ride the winner of a $1 million race in New Zealand and the other was to add a second Group One victory to his career record.

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Sunday, April 03 2022
Mr Maestro a highlight in mixed day for Baker-Forsman

As he made his way home from Palmerston North on Sunday morning, trainer Murray Baker was reflecting on some mixed results for his Cambridge stable the previous day.

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Sunday, April 03 2022
Dunlop looking on the Brightside ahead of Day 2 at The Championships

Phoenix Park principal Janine Dunlop is hoping the second day of The Championships at Royal Randwick this weekend can provide even greater celebrations than those she had after day one on Saturday.

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Saturday, April 02 2022
Germanicus upsets in Flying Stakes

Enigmatic galloper Germanicus (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) was back to his best when he produced an irresistible finish to take out the Listed Bramco Granite & Marble Flying Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni.

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Friday, April 01 2022
Walker back in town with stakes success

Mark Walker kicked off his return to the New Zealand training ranks in the best possible way when Amalfi Prince (Sebring) upset the applecart when he took out the Gr.3 Higgins Concrete Manawatu Classic (2000m) at Awapuni at outside odds.

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Friday, April 01 2022
Pike quintet head to Avondale

It will be a rare occurrence for Tony Pike on Saturday when he heads to Avondale to line-up five runners.

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Friday, April 01 2022
Walker looking for fairy tale start

It is a case of back to the future as Mark Walker assumes control of Te Akau Racing’s Matamata stable with the ushering in of April and the champion horseman will have a strong hand to play at Saturday’s Group One meeting at Awapuni.

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Friday, April 01 2022
2023 Karaka Million date announced

With Ellerslie out of commission for next year’s Karaka Million meeting, New Zealand Bloodstock has announced the rich twilight fixture will be held at Pukekohe on January 21.

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Friday, April 01 2022
Sharrock takes up NZTR CEO role

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing’s new chief executive, Bruce Sharrock, officially takes up his role on Monday, 4 April.

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Friday, April 01 2022
Proposed Residential Development For The Hill, Ellerslie

Auckland Thoroughbred Racing (ATR), formerly Auckland Racing Club, has selected Fletcher Living to develop a 6.2ha parcel of land at Ellerslie Racecourse known as The Hill, for residential housing. 

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Friday, April 01 2022
Epic journey to reunite Southland stablehand with Ukrainian wife

Southland trainer Robert Dennis will this weekend host a celebration to mark the happy ending of a turbulent journey to reunite his Ukrainian stablehand Alex with his wife Olena.

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