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Tuesday, May 31 2022
Patience the key to Pinarello

Queensland Derby hero Pinarello (NZ) (Tavistock) will fly back to New Zealand on Friday for a well-deserved break, with trainers Roger James and Robert Wellwood keen to play the waiting game with the talented young stayer.

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Tuesday, May 31 2022
Forsman setting a merry pace

Andrew Forsman has made a strong start to his solo training career with a brace of stakes wins already on the board within a month.

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Monday, May 30 2022
Trip south on the cards for Times Ticking

A trip to Riccarton to tackle the Gr.3 Winter Cup (1600m) in August is just one of the options that trainer Alby MacGregor is contemplating for his pride and joy Times Ticking (NZ) (Tavistock).

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Monday, May 30 2022
Mission accomplished for Durham Lad

Trainer Matthew Eales was celebrating a job well done after his progressive winter sprinter Durham Lad (NZ) (Falkirk) claimed the Rich Hill Stud Autumn Championship Sprint Final (1200m) at Trentham on Saturday.

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Monday, May 30 2022
Rockspell ready for next step after Pukekohe performance

An eye-catching late run that carried improving four-year-old Rockspell (NZ) (Per Incanto) to victory at Pukekohe on Saturday was just the performance that co-trainer Lance O’Sullivan was looking for as he eyes a step up in grade for his charge.

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Monday, May 30 2022
Innes at peace with retirement decision

A relaxing lunch with Kiwi trainers Tony Pike and Lance Noble was just the ticket for jockey Leith Innes on Sunday after a hectic 24 hours prior.

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Monday, May 30 2022
Wynne makes instant training impact

A quiet season by Samantha Wynne’s standards turned into an unforgettable one recently when the Riccarton-based jockey starred in a dual role at Wingatui.

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Monday, May 30 2022
Chase back in business at favourite track

Consistent performer Chase (NZ) (Zed) bounced back to winning form at his favourite track when he dominated his rating 74 rivals over 1600m at Trentham.

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Friday, May 27 2022
Fannin seeking first training win

Top jumps jockey Shaun Fannin has been enjoying another aspect of racing lately – training.

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Friday, May 27 2022
Leedox proves too strong in Pukekohe feature

Promising juvenile Leedox (NZ) (Time Test) produced a determined effort to register his first raceday success when he took out the feature event at Pukekohe on Saturday, the Listed Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Futurity Stakes (1400m).

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Thursday, May 26 2022
Carston holds strong hand at Wingatui

Trainer Andrew Carston is hoping to get a gauge on Group Two performer Milford Sound (NZ) (Ocean Park) when he lines-up in the Otago Daily Times (2200m) at Wingatui on Friday.

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Thursday, May 26 2022
Bambry stars finally underway

Trainer Chrissy Bambry isn’t expecting any early fireworks from her Group One performers Spring Tide (NZ) (Darci Brahma) and Deerfield (NZ) (Falkirk) when they belatedly open their campaigns at Trentham on Saturday.

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Wednesday, May 25 2022
Australian campaign for Farrenc

Improving Matamata filly Farrenc (NZ) (Dalghar) will try her luck across the Tasman from the Lindsay Park stable for a short campaign.

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Tuesday, May 24 2022
Petite mare Rose Crescent tall on performance

Rose Crescent (So You Think) isn’t letting her lack of stature get in the way of fashioning a tidy racing record for trainers Ken and Bev Kelso.

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Tuesday, May 24 2022
Pearl Series early bird entries set to close

Those wanting to make the most of the early bird entry fee for the 2022 NZB Insurance Pearl Series will need to get their nominations of 2020 born fillies in by next Tuesday.

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Monday, May 23 2022
Richardson pleased to see old mate back in town

Trainer Graham Richardson is looking forward to catching up with one of his old mates on Monday.Trainer Graham Richardson is looking forward to catching up with one of his old mates on Monday.

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Monday, May 23 2022
Sophmaze ready for stakes challenge after Trentham victory

Promising two-year-old Sophmaze (NZ) (Derryn) could tackle the Listed John Turkington Forestry Ltd Castletown Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui next month after registering an impressive maiden victory at Trentham on Saturday.

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Monday, May 23 2022
Maiden success for Thurlow runner after mid-race drama

Bill Thurlow wasn’t sure what to expect from maiden galloper Arbre Rouge (NZ) (Redwood) when she made her raceday debut at Hawera on Sunday, but he certainly got more than he bargained for courtesy of an exceptional ride from apprentice Lily Sutherland.

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Monday, May 23 2022
Racing royalty combines for memorable success

Members from two of Australasia’s most famous racing families with winning ties to the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) joined forces for a memorable victory at Hawera.

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Monday, May 23 2022
Wordsworth returns to form at Te Rapa

Wordsworth (NZ) (Makfi) was back in form at Te Rapa on Saturday, picking up the seventh win of his career when victorious in the Jones Trucking 2100.

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Monday, May 23 2022
Coventina Bay thriving ahead of Cup

The abandonment and subsequent transfer of the Gr.1 Doomben Cup (2000m) to Eagle Farm this Saturday could be a blessing in disguise for Coventina Bay (NZ) (Shamexpress).

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Saturday, May 21 2022
Star hurdler on top in Trentham feature

Quality hurdler Aigne gave his rivals weight and a beating as he proved too tough in the closing stages of the Manawatu ITM Awapuni Hurdles (2900m) at Trentham.

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Saturday, May 21 2022
Lowry looking to the future with impressive Te Rapa winner

Progressive three-year-old Wewillrock will head to the spelling paddock after a clear-cut victory at Te Rapa on Saturday which has trainer Guy Lowry keen to see just how far he can go in his next campaign.

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Saturday, May 21 2022
Verry Flash upsets in Rangitikei Gold Cup

A powerful late surge that carried him to victory in the Listed James Bull Holdings Rangitikei Gold Cup (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday may have put a hold on an immediate jumping career for handy winter galloper Verry Flash.

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Friday, May 20 2022
Forsman makes changes, but track major worry

Andrew Forsman has delved into his box of tricks in an attempt to conjure up a form reversal from The Chosen One at Doomben on Saturday.

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Friday, May 20 2022
Barbara's legacy lives on through Polly Grey

In the event that gift horse Polly Grey can upset the Zaaki applecart in Saturday’s Gr.1 Doomben Cup (2000m), there will be an outpouring of emotion from her New Zealand connections.

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Friday, May 20 2022
Magic Wonder makes jumping return

Top-class jumper Magic Wonder will contest her first steeplechase since her victory in the Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m) two years ago when she lines-up in the Manawatu ITM Manawatu Steeplechase (4000m) at Trentham on Saturday.

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Friday, May 20 2022
Sword Of State retired

Last season’s New Zealand Champion Two-Year-Old Sword of State has been retired from racing. 

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Thursday, May 19 2022
Racing stalwart Bernard Kelly passes away

The racing industry has lost one of its most respected and valued contributors with the death of Bernard Kelly, OBE, at age 90.

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Thursday, May 19 2022
Promising fillies looking for repeat result

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is hoping Laneway Flirting (NZ) (El Roca) and Windspeed (NZ) (Tavistock) can replicate their last start result when they line-up in the Champion Freight 3YO (1100m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Wednesday, May 18 2022
English Gambler jumping into winter

To say that English Gambler (Casino Prince) has been a challenge for Cambridge trainer Lauren Brennan – and his riders – would be a massive understatement.

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Wednesday, May 18 2022
Fursdon holding Virtuoso Lad to high standards again

Karen Fursdon is excited about phase two of a three-step plan for Virtuoso Lad (Exceed and Excel) on Thursday when he lines-up in the Steriline Racing 1200 on the Riccarton polytrack.

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Wednesday, May 18 2022
Multiple Group winner retired

Group One performer and Group Two winner Beauden (NZ) (Bullbars) has been retired from racing. 

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Wednesday, May 18 2022
Laxon memorial on Thursday

Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame trainer Laurie Laxon on Thursday. 

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Wednesday, May 18 2022
Cunneen hoping for case of second time lucky

Riccarton trainer Meg Cunneen will make her second venture to the North Island this week with high hopes of turning her fortunes around. 

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Tuesday, May 17 2022
Cup doubt for Asterix

The chances of seeing Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) winner Asterix (NZ) (Tavistock) on the track this spring are slim according to co-trainer Lance O’Sullivan.

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Tuesday, May 17 2022
Secret Amour stays local

Five-year-old mare Secret Amour (NZ) (Niagara) will not join Robbie Patterson’s touring party in Queensland despite turning in a slashing performance to finish third to Francesca (NZ) (Iffraaj) in last Saturday’s Gr.3 Rydges Rotorua Stakes (1400m) at Arawa Park.

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Monday, May 16 2022
Cameron provides class reminder with stakes double at Rotorua

Talented jockey Matt Cameron is looking forward to a week-long Fiji freshen up after providing the racing community with a reminder of his riding prowess at Rotorua on Saturday where he took out both feature races with copybook performances.

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Monday, May 16 2022
Casino Princess confirms potential with stunning Matamata victory

Lightly raced three-year-old filly Casino Princess (NZ) (Casino Prince) lived up to her trainer’s high expectations when she came with an undeniable late burst to win over 1400m at Matamata on Friday.

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Monday, May 16 2022
Seajetz an impressive winner for Richards at Hawera

Promising stayer Seajetz (NZ) (Iffraaj) provided Paul Richards with his first winner back training when he took out the opening event at Hawera on Saturday.

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Monday, May 16 2022
Top ten for Te Akau Racing

Te Akau Racing trainers Mark Walker and Donna Logan enjoyed a remarkable 24-hour stretch over the weekend that produced a combined ten winners for their Matamata and Singapore-based operations.

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Monday, May 16 2022
Dunstan to support Injured Jockeys' Fund

There will be a few people barracking for horses carrying the Dunstan Horsefeeds silks at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Monday, May 16 2022
Sharrock stayers have bright future

New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock was delighted to see his Group Three winning mares Sinarahma and Our Hail Mary bow out from racing on a winning note following their respective assignments at Rotorua and Hawera.

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Saturday, May 14 2022
Milestone for McNab at Rotorua

National jockeys’ premiership leader Michael McNab brought up a significant career milestone at Rotorua on Saturday when he brought up his 100th win for the season aboard the Mark Walker-trained Synchronize.

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Saturday, May 14 2022
Francesca provides Forsman with first solo stakes victory

Lightly raced four-year-old Francesca provided trainer Andrew Forsman with a day he will long remember when she took out the Gr.3 Rydges Rotorua Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.

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Saturday, May 14 2022
Sinarahma all class in Rotorua Cup sign-off

Race favourite Sinarahma signed off her racetrack career with a dominant victory in the Gr.3 Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup (2200m) on Saturday.

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Friday, May 13 2022
Stevens realises life-long dream

When Belardo three-year-old Senor Uno scored a comfortable victory when breaking maiden ranks over a mile at Matamata on Friday, it marked the first training success for affable horseman Mason Stevens.

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Friday, May 13 2022
Trans-Tasman weekend for Tylers

Aimee Tyler has been enjoying her time holding the fort at home while her father and training partner Kelvin Tyler has been campaigning a team in Queensland.

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Thursday, May 12 2022
Trainer happy with stakes-bound mare

Carl Henderson believes he has found an ideal race at Arawa Park on Saturday for his talented mare Jodelin Gal (NZ) (Swiss Ace) to resume her five-year-old season, which will be all about adding to her future value.

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Thursday, May 12 2022
Wheeler plotting another Australian jumps raid

John Wheeler has enjoyed phenomenal success in Australia’s prestige jumping events and the New Plymouth trainer is keen on another winter trip across the Tasman.

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Thursday, May 12 2022
Pike's Queensland Raid begins in earnest at Eagle Farm

Tony Pike will have an imposing line-up at Eagle Farm this weekend with several of his Kiwi raiders stepping out for the first time in the Sunshine State. 

Posted by: AT 12:19 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, May 11 2022
Secret Amour on trial for Queensland trip

Secret Amour (NZ) (Niagara) will be on trial for a Brisbane winter campaign when she contests the Gr.3 Rydges Rotorua Stakes (1400m) at Arawa Park on Saturday.

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Tuesday, May 10 2022
Family members set to do Sharrock proud

Well-performed relatives Sinarahma (NZ) (Darci Brahma) and Our Hail Mary (NZ) (Ocean Park) have been fine servants of Allan Sharrock’s operation and will chase further staying honours at both North Island venues on Saturday.

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Tuesday, May 10 2022
Group One aspirations with Sharp 'N' Smart

Trainers Graeme and Debbie Rogerson are itching to get over to Queensland with smart juvenile Sharp ‘N’ Smart (NZ) (Redwood).

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Monday, May 09 2022
Robinson provides quinella in Riccarton feature

Local trainer Lance Robinson admitted he wasn’t quite sure where to look halfway down the straight in Saturday’s Listed Daphne Bannan Memorial Great Easter Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton.

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Monday, May 09 2022
Walker upbeat despite frustrating day at the Gold Coast

Mark Walker was still feeling upbeat on Sunday morning despite having to settle for the runner-up cheque with both of his runners at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

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Monday, May 09 2022
Marsh doubles up at Te Rapa

A winning double plus four minor placings left Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh well pleased with his day’s work at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Monday, May 09 2022
Chowdhoory records first stakes win

Apprentice jockey Kavish Chowdhoory is still on a high after recording his first stakes win aboard Live Drama (NZ) (Ghibellines) in the Listed Daphne Bannan Memorial Great Easter Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton on Saturday.

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Monday, May 09 2022
Plainer sailing for stakes contender

Promising mare No Time To Jazz (NZ) (Swiss Ace) will front up on Saturday for the second black type challenge of her brief career and will be much better prepared this time around.

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Sunday, May 08 2022
Tevere back to her best at favourite venue

The love affair that quality mare Tevere (NZ) (Contributer) has for Te Rapa continued on the weekend when she recorded win number four from just six starts at the venue.

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Sunday, May 08 2022
EXCITING NOMINATIONS FOR ITM/GIB WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Whangarei Racing Club is thrilled with over 520 nominations for the five $60,000 finals that constitute ITM/GIB Northern Region Winter Championships on Saturday July 16.

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Saturday, May 07 2022
No drama for Latta filly in Riccarton feature

Awapuni visitor Diss Is Dramatic (NZ) (Dissident) showed all her fighting qualities when she downed a handy line-up of two-year-olds in Saturday’s Listed Berkley Stud Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton.

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Saturday, May 07 2022
Lord Cosmos takes home Te Rapa feature

Promising two-year-old Lord Cosmos (Pierro) went one better than last week when he produced a powerful home straight surge to capture the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre 2YO Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa.

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Friday, May 06 2022
Talented Tevere back on favourite footing

Te Rapa has proved to be the happiest of hunting grounds for Tevere (NZ) (Contributer) and a return to the Waikato course on Saturday may again bring out the best in the gifted mare.

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Friday, May 06 2022
Barrier setback for Latta's Champagne pair

Lisa Latta once operated a Riccarton stable but that hasn’t stopped the Palmerston North trainer from getting visitor’s draws with her promising two-year-olds Diss Is Dramatic (NZ) (Dissident) and Cheveux (NZ) (Belardo).

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Friday, May 06 2022
Maiden puts on a show in polytrack debut

Canterbury horsewoman Centaine Spittles can now add training the first winner on Riccarton’s polytrack to her CV.

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Friday, May 06 2022
Germanicus set to bounce back at Te Rapa

Multiple stakes winner Germanicus is in the right condition to turn his fortunes around with a return to top form at Te Rapa on Saturday in what may be his final appearance of the season.

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Friday, May 06 2022
Weight a query for Carpo Del Empero

Fresh off celebrating the success of their former stable runner Heberite’s success in the Grand Annual Steeplechase (5500m) on Thursday, Wingatui trainers Brian and Shane Anderton have turned their attention to Riccarton’s Saturday meeting.

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Friday, May 06 2022
Gosford test for Gospodin

Jim Pender is on a fact-finding mission as he prepares to saddle his first Australian runner in more than a decade.

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Friday, May 06 2022
Business as usual for Forsman

Andrew Forsman will be represented by his first runners in his own right on Saturday following a long and successful training partnership with Murray Baker.

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Wednesday, May 04 2022
Robinson duo target Riccarton feature

Weather may determine which of Lance Robinson’s two leading sprinters have the best chance of taking Saturday’s Listed Daphne Bannon Memorial Great Easter Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton.

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Wednesday, May 04 2022
Furlong excited for historic polytrack meeting

Christchurch trainer Anna Furlong is a strong advocate of the Riccarton all-weather track and she’d love nothing more than to snare a winner on opening day on Thursday.

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Wednesday, May 04 2022
First wins for Ruakaka pair

Wednesday’s Ruakaka meeting will live long in the memory of local trainer Darren Smith and jockey Kelsey Hannan, with the pair picking up their respective first wins courtesy of Tazimoto (NZ) (Tarzino) in the Lion Red Punters Challenge (1200m).

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Tuesday, May 03 2022
Muniandy scores first training win

Shankar Muniandy couldn’t have asked for his training career to get off to a better start.

 

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Tuesday, May 03 2022
Stablemates signing off in juvenile feature

A pair of highly regarded fillies from Stephen Marsh’s stable will go head-to-head at Te Rapa on Saturday when they chase black type honours to end their juvenile preparations.

 

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Monday, May 02 2022
Big Mike gearing up for Cup tilt

Evergreen galloper Big Mike (NZ) (Don Eduardo) could be gearing up for another Cup tilt after his victory in the Floyd & Toy Real Estate Property Brokers Open 2060 at Wanganui on Saturday.

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Monday, May 02 2022
Track conditions halt Steeplechase races

The steeplechase(s) scheduled for the Waikato meeting this Saturday, May 7, will not take place due to the extreme firmness of the steeplechase course.

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Sunday, May 01 2022
Dark Destroyer the bright spot in week of drama for O'Sullivan

A gallant run for second in Saturday’s Gr.2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) by Dark Destroyer (NZ) (Proisir) brought some welcome relief for co-trainer Lance O’Sullivan.

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Sunday, May 01 2022
Winning double for Newman at Wanganui

Trainer Bryce Newman enjoyed a stellar day out at Wanganui on Saturday where he bagged a winning double that included a quinella with two of the promising three-year-olds he currently has in his Bulls stable.

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Sunday, May 01 2022
Forsman ready for solo challenge as training legend steps down

Trainer Andrew Forsman woke up on Sunday morning with the realisation that whatever happens in his Cambridge stable from now on, the buck stops with him.

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