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Wednesday, August 31 2022
First season sires to the fore at Ruakaka

A couple of first season sires made an immediate impact with their progeny at the Ruakaka trials on Tuesday.

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Wednesday, August 31 2022
First-starter no pushover in Guineas

Cambridge three-year-old Mr Mojo Risin’ (NZ) (Deep Field) has performed well enough at home and in recent trial outings to warrant a first-up crack at black-type company on Saturday, according to trainer Andrew Forsman.

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Tuesday, August 30 2022
Entriviere to be offered on Gavelhouse Plus

Group One winner Entriviere (NZ) (Tavistock) will be offered on plusgavelhouse.com later this week following her retirement from racing.

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Tuesday, August 30 2022
Hastings focus for well-performed stablemates

Defibrillate (NZ) (Shocking) and Tiptronic (NZ) (O’Reilly) are progressing well toward Group One spring targets for trainers Graham Richardson and Rogan Norvall, who are also blessed with depth in the younger ranks of their Matamata stable.

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Tuesday, August 30 2022
Cup Week path commences for Robinson runners

A rematch between stablemates Live Drama (NZ) (Ghibellines) and Khimar War (NZ) (Sweet Orange) may be put on ice for the time being.

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Monday, August 29 2022
The Cossack brave in defeat

For a moment, trainer Paul Nelson thought he had won the A$350,000 Grand National Steeplechase (4500m) at Ballarat on Sunday.

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Monday, August 29 2022
Hannan had the Good Oil at Te Rapa

Kelsey Hannan is quickly stamping herself as one of the apprentice jockeys to follow in the north.

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Monday, August 29 2022
NZTR launch The Grand Tour

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) is excited to announce the launch of ‘The Grand Tour Racing Festival’ – a fresh, exhilarating celebration and unification of New Zealand’s 20 premier racing events across Hawke’s Bay, Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, and Waikato. 

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Monday, August 29 2022
Minimum stakes boost for Auckland racing

Auckland Thoroughbred Racing has confirmed that a $20,000 stake minimum will apply across all its race meetings in the 2022/23 season as part of its annual stakes announcement.

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Monday, August 29 2022
Catalyst Melbourne bound

The connections of Catalyst are tired of playing the waiting game and have made the decision to head to Melbourne with the Group One winner.

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Sunday, August 28 2022
Imperatriz dominant in Te Rapa feature

Any doubts about the ability of quality mare Imperatriz (I Am Invincible) to handle a testing surface at Te Rapa on Saturday were well and truly dispelled in the space of 100m as she streaked clear to win the Gr.2 Waikato Stud Foxbridge Plate (1200m).

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Sunday, August 28 2022
White Noise commences spring campaign in style

Promising staying prospect White Noise (NZ) (El Roca) made the best possible start to his four-year-old spring campaign when he won first up over 1400m at Te Rapa.

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Sunday, August 28 2022
Balmerino target for Bellatrix Black

Group Three winner Bellatrix Black (NZ) (Redwood) is set to follow in the footsteps of her former stablemate Cheval Prometteur this spring.

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Sunday, August 28 2022
Tarzino unlikely for Sharrock trio

Despite solid performances in the Gr.2 Waikato Stud Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa on Saturday, trainer Allan Sharrock’s trio of Butler (NZ) (Showcasing), Darci La Bella (NZ) (Darci Brahma) and Tavi Mac (NZ) (Tavistock) are unlikely to head to Hastings next month.

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Saturday, August 27 2022
Shez Shamus brings joy for large group with Te Rapa victory

Bargain purchase Shez Shamus (NZ) (Shamus Award) had the grandstand rocking as her large group of owners cheered her to a hard-fought victory over 1200m in the first race at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Friday, August 26 2022
Hawera meeting postponed

Following a track inspection on Thursday by the Racing Integrity Board and club officials, the decision has been made to postpone Egmont Racing Club’s meeting at Hawera from Friday to Sunday.

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Friday, August 26 2022
Australia beckons runaway debut winner

Miss Take’s time in New Zealand is limited following the sale of a majority share in the exciting filly on the eve of her effortless debut victory at Riccarton.

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Friday, August 26 2022
Nelson can't fault National hope The Cossack

Star New Zealand jumper The Cossack has made all the right moves ahead of his return to the big fences in the Grand National Steeplechase (4500m) at Ballarat.

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Friday, August 26 2022
Raceday resumption delayed for Catalyst

Punters will have to wait at least a couple more weeks before they see Group One winner Catalyst resume his racing career.

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Thursday, August 25 2022
Timberlake on song for Awapuni

Timberlake (NZ) (Redwood) will be looking to get his preparation back on track at Awapuni on Saturday after injury put a halt to his tilt at the Gr.3 Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton earlier this month.

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Thursday, August 25 2022
Thoroughbred enthusiasts welcome Elite book

Thoroughbred racing enthusiasts will welcome the launch of Elite – A Contemporary History of Group One Racing in New Zealand.

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Wednesday, August 24 2022
Clark may have another quality filly on his hands

Adrian Clark may have another quality filly on his hands in the form of Wrote three-year-old Best Seller (NZ).

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Wednesday, August 24 2022
Six-timer for Walker

Matamata trainer Mark Walker unleashed some of the stable’s talent at Taupo on Wednesday when sending out six winners on the nine-race card.

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Wednesday, August 24 2022
TAB NZ to remove all deductions this spring

TAB NZ have announced they are removing all deductions on fixed odds final field win and place bets right through to the end of New Zealand Cup Week in November.

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Tuesday, August 23 2022
Another Foxbridge title in Sharrock's sights

Allan Sharrock has a strong hand to play in Saturday’s Gr.2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) in a bid to trump his rivals for a second time in the Te Rapa feature.

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Tuesday, August 23 2022
Holly Andrew swapping rifles for reins

The Central Districts jockey ranks will get a much-needed boost in the coming months with the return of Holly Andrew.

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Tuesday, August 23 2022
Retired Go Racing horses in healing role

There are many post racing careers suited to thoroughbreds – breeding, hacking, dressage, eventing, show jumping and polo to name a few, but three former Go Racing horses are doing something a little different at Annarehab in Miranda. 

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Tuesday, August 23 2022
Didham ready to rock in solo career

Polytrack specialist First Rock (NZ) (El Roca) will give Riccarton trainer Richard Didham a gilt-edged opportunity to rack up his first solo training win on their home track on Thursday.

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Monday, August 22 2022
Zelenski finds winning groove

The Ken Rae and Krystal Williams-Tuhoro stable enjoyed another successful day out on their home patch at Ruakaka when they picked up a winning double including the Noel Reed Memorial (1400m) with Zelenski.

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Monday, August 22 2022
Billy's back and Tarzino bound

Last year’s Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m) winner Ocean Billy (NZ) (Ocean Park) is somewhat of a surprise nomination for the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hawke’s Bay on September 10.

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Monday, August 22 2022
Cameron Lammas set to rejoin jockey ranks

After nearly two years on the sideline, Cameron Lammas is ready to resume his jockey career.

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Monday, August 22 2022
Racing farewells one of its greatest supporters

Denny Moroney was well known as the father of prominent identities Michael and Paul Moroney, however, his reach went far beyond his immediate family to encompass countless members of the racing community.

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Monday, August 22 2022
Memsie option for Dragon Leap

There is a strong chance the Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott-trained Dragon Leap will be seen in action at Caulfield rather than Te Rapa this weekend, with the highly-talented six-year-old amongst the 20-strong nominations for the Gr.1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.

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Monday, August 22 2022
Northern move paying off for Barnes

An admirable mix of talent and hard graft were rewarded when Courtney Barnes successfully combined with leading filly Lickety Split at Ruakaka on Saturday.

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Monday, August 22 2022
Melody Belle has first foal

Champion New Zealand mare Melody Belle has given birth to her first foal, a filly by Written Tycoon, on Saturday night.

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Saturday, August 20 2022
Lickety Split starts spring campaign in style

Last season’s Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) winner Lickety Split showed she will be a force to be reckoned with in the three-year-old feature events over the next few months with a determined effort to win the Gr.3 Cambridge Stud Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Ruakaka.

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Saturday, August 20 2022
Phelan opens solo training account with wily stayer

The Shaun Phelan-trained Hit The Road Jack showed his staying prowess when landing a captivating edition of the Hirepool Ruakaka Cup (2200m) on Saturday, providing his conditioner with his first solo training success.

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Friday, August 19 2022
New Plymouth meeting abandoned

Following an inspection of the New Plymouth track on Friday morning by race club officials, the decision was made to abandon the meeting set to take place at the course on Saturday, August 20.

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Friday, August 19 2022
Synthetic track up and running in CD

Synthetic track action in the Central Districts has shifted up a gear with the first trial meeting successfully held at Awapuni.

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Friday, August 19 2022
Pike hoping winning run continues at Ruakaka

River Run was July’s winter-track bully but Cambridge trainer Tony Pike won’t be surprised if he can extend his winning streak into August at Ruakaka on Saturday.

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Friday, August 19 2022
Kajino proving to be a bargain buy for Kennedy

A tip off from leading jumps jockey Shaun Phelan has proven to be a lucrative buy for Cambridge trainer Diana Kennedy.

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Friday, August 19 2022
Phelan hoping for first solo training success

Shaun Phelan will chase his first winner as a solo trainer at Ruakaka on Saturday when Hit The Road Jack attempts to turn the tables on a familiar rival.

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Friday, August 19 2022
First winner for What's The Story

Novara Park stallion What’s The Story recorded his first victory as a sire when Big Story won his Australian debut over 1400m on the Ballarat synthetic on Friday.

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Thursday, August 18 2022
Grace a secret no longer

Grace’s Secret (NZ) (Vadamos) will be a bit of an unknown to Australian punters, but trainer Chris Waller is hoping that will change at Randwick on Saturday.

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Thursday, August 18 2022
Tyler hoping his sprinter can regain his crown at Oamaru

An enforced change of training regime may spark veteran sprinter King Cougar (NZ) (Alamosa) at Oamaru on Friday.

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Wednesday, August 17 2022
Cork primed for New Plymouth

Promising Matamata mare Cork (NZ) (Complacent) may be aimed at some ambitious spring targets if she can run well in Saturday’s ITM Interprovincial Championship (1600m) at New Plymouth.

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Wednesday, August 17 2022
Henderson's mare chasing Tarzino start

Carl Henderson is viewing a trip to New Plymouth on Saturday with stakes performer Jodelin Gal (NZ) (Swiss Ace) as a means to a Group One end.

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Tuesday, August 16 2022
Northland Breeders first-up for Lickety Split

Group One winner Lickety Split (NZ) (Turn Me Loose) will begin what her connections hope to be a lucrative spring preparation when she heads to Ruakaka on Saturday.

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Tuesday, August 16 2022
Coulbeck calls time on training career

Neil Coulbeck isn’t planning to be idle now that he’s decided to stop training thoroughbreds.

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Monday, August 15 2022
Sutherland scores first double

Apprentice jockey Lily Sutherland and Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers are starting to build a formidable partnership.

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Monday, August 15 2022
Te Akau maintains strong pace in Singapore

A changing of the guard in Singapore for Te Akau has proved to be a seamless transition with the trainers’ premiership again having a familiar look about it.

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Sunday, August 14 2022
Myers' golden Riccarton run continues

Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers continued to make the Riccarton Grand National Carnival his own as he produced a winning treble on the final day of the three-day meeting.

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Sunday, August 14 2022
Ridgeview Chief back to his best at Tauranga

Promising winter galloper Ridgeview Chief (NZ) (Niagara) shrugged off a disappointing last start performance at Ruakaka to reward his supporters with a five and a half-length victory at Tauranga on Saturday.

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Sunday, August 14 2022
Group One targets for Helena Baby

Evergreen galloper Helena Baby (NZ) (Guillotine) made it a one-act affair when winning the open handicap at Tauranga on Saturday, with the John Bell-trained eight-year-old leading his rivals a merry dance in the iLine Waikato 1600.

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Sunday, August 14 2022
O'Malley set for riding return

After a longer than expected break following a race fall, jockey Sarah O’Malley (nee Macnab) made a low-key return to raceday riding at Woodville on Friday.

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Sunday, August 14 2022
Jumps double for Leeks

Sunday’s Coleraine meeting opened with married couple John and Andrea Leek training the first two winners, signifying their imminent return to challenging for Victoria’s premier jumps events.

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Sunday, August 14 2022
Walk in the Park for West Coast

Classy jumper West Coast (NZ) (Mettre En Jeu) looked like he was out for a Sunday stroll in the park as he ambled his way to victory in Saturday’s Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge 147th Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) at Riccarton.

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Saturday, August 13 2022
NZTBA Group One Awards

The New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association will hold a function next Friday to celebrate the breeders of Group One winners during the 2020-21 season.

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Friday, August 12 2022
Taiki Yanagida Memorial on Monday

A public memorial service will take place for jockey Taiki Yanagida at Matamata racecourse on Monday at 1pm in the Epsom Lounge.

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Friday, August 12 2022
Hong Kong contact a winning source for Marsh

An association with Hong Kong bloodstock agent Paul Chow continues to reap rewards for Stephen Marsh’s stable.

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Friday, August 12 2022
Father and son team up for new season

Peter and Shaun McKay have combined their Group One-winning talents in a new training partnership and have targeted the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival to saddle their first runners.

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Friday, August 12 2022
Foote hoping to hit homerun with The Bambino

A jumping future is beckoning The Bambino but trainer and part-owner Ben Foote is hoping to score a win on the flat with the gelding before then.

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Thursday, August 11 2022
Shoshone out to turn form around at Tauranga

Wet track specialist Shoshone (NZ) (Sacred Falls) will attempt to get her winter campaign back on track at Tauranga on Saturday following a below-par performance at her most recent appearance.

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Thursday, August 11 2022
West Coast primed for Riccarton country

Athleticism may be West Coast’s (NZ) (Mettre En Jeu) edge heading into Saturday’s Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) at Riccarton, according to his Awapuni trainer Mark Oulaghan.

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Thursday, August 11 2022
Caulfield Cup dream with Mr Brightside

Trainers Ben and JD Hayes are dreaming of a tilt at the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) with Group One winner Mr Brightside (NZ) (Bullbars).

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Wednesday, August 10 2022
Myers set to dominate Grand National Hurdle

Turakina trainer Kevin Myers has received only positive news from Christchurch as he pushes for a fifth win in Wednesday’s Hospitality NZ Canterbury Grand National Hurdle (4200m) at Riccarton.

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Wednesday, August 10 2022
Impressive La Crique on track for Tarzino

The Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings next month is the likely starting point for Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) runner-up La Crique’s (NZ) (Vadamos) spring preparation after she pleased with her 950m trial win at Cambridge on Tuesday.

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Wednesday, August 10 2022
Taiki Yanagida succumbs to injuries

The racing industry is in mourning following the death of popular jockey Taiki Yanagida, who passed away in Waikato Hospital on Tuesday evening surrounded by friends and family.

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Wednesday, August 10 2022
Yanagida lived a life with no regrets

Life as a jockey may not have been the career choice Kayano Yanagida saw for her son Taiki, but she has taken comfort from the fact the 28-year-old never doubted his path.

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Wednesday, August 10 2022
Happy days for Myers after Grand National win

Happy Star cemented Kevin Myers at the top of the Grand National Hurdles (4200m) ladder when winning the Wanganui trainer’s fifth title in the race at Riccarton on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, August 09 2022
Texas set to reward trainer at stakes level

Texas (NZ) (Rubick) didn’t disgrace himself in strong company as a two-year-old and will be given early black-type opportunities this season to fully realise his stakes potential.

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Tuesday, August 09 2022
Nelson perplexed by Grand National run

Sunday’s Grand National Hurdle (4200m) at Sandown was billed as a match race between topweights Saunter Boy (Myboycharlie) and Kiwi raider The Cossack (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), but the race proved to be anything but.

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Tuesday, August 09 2022
Brosnan scores double at Ruakaka

After a long time between victories, four in quick succession have helped improve things for Matamata trainer Mark Brosnan, but the horse he’s most excited about is still a maiden.

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Monday, August 08 2022
Dragon Leap pleases in Ruakaka return

Quality galloper Dragon Leap (Pierro) showed he was right on track for his upcoming spring stakes assignments with a slashing run for second at Ruakaka on Saturday.

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Monday, August 08 2022
Home track treble for Ruakaka locals

Local trainer Ken Rae and his daughter Krystal Williams-Tuhoro enjoyed another outstanding day on their local Ruakaka track on Saturday where they bagged a winning treble.

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Monday, August 08 2022
Impressive Hawera maiden winner no accident

Promising three-year-old Accidental Tourist (NZ) (Telperion) may have set himself up for a shot at the Listed Wanganui Guineas (1340m) next month after he broke his maiden status in fine fashion at Hawera on Sunday.

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Monday, August 08 2022
Texas set to reward trainer at stakes level

Texas (NZ) (Rubick) didn’t disgrace himself in strong company as a two-year-old and will be given early black-type opportunities this season to fully realise his stakes potential.

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Sunday, August 07 2022
Imperatriz fires in Ruakaka feature

The cream rose to the top in the feature event at Ruakaka on Saturday where the Mark Walker-trained Imperatriz justified good support to take out the Alibaba’s Flying Carpets Kerikeri Cup (1100m).

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Sunday, August 07 2022
Lord Darci breaks Canterbury hoodoo in Winter Cup

A rails-hugging ride by Terry Moseley paved the way for local runner Lord Darci to break a 22-year hoodoo for local Canterbury stables when he took out the Gr.3 Winning Edge Presentations 125th Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton on Saturday.

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Saturday, August 06 2022
West Coast takes first day jumping honours at Riccarton

Promising steeplechaser West Coast looks to have attained the favourite’s tag for next Saturday’s Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge 147th Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) with a dashing display to take out the traditional lead-up event at Riccarton on Saturday.

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Friday, August 05 2022
Southern raid for Oulaghan trio

The cancellation of meetings in the Central Districts of late has hampered the preparations of Mark Oulaghan’s jumpers, but he is still hopeful of bold showings from his trio of southern raiders this weekend.

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Friday, August 05 2022
Chevron tipped to cope with unexpected assignment

The in-form Chevron is expected to give another bold home track showing on Saturday, despite an unplanned drop back in distance.

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Friday, August 05 2022
Draw trainer's main concern with debut runner

Brontes Gold will be given his opportunity to carry his encouraging trial form over to race day when he makes his debut at Ruakaka on Saturday.

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Friday, August 05 2022
Lowry and Cullen partnership comes to an end

Trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen have decided to go their separate ways after a successful 13-year partnership that yielded 235 wins, including three Group One victories.

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Thursday, August 04 2022
Myers gelding could Kick On to Caulfield Cup

Success in Saturday’s Gr.3 Winning Edge Presentations 125th Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton could set the ball rolling for a start in the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) for the Kevin Myers-trained Kick On (NZ) (Per Incanto).

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Thursday, August 04 2022
Tarzino target for Catalyst

Group One winner Catalyst made a pleasing start to his spring campaign with a solid hit-out in his 900m trial at Te Rapa on Thursday, finishing fifth while powering through the line under a hold.

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Thursday, August 04 2022
Ralph pair please ahead of Foxbridge

Te Awamutu trainer Stephen Ralph was pleased with the trials of Speedy Meady and One More Time at Te Rapa on Thursday ahead of the Gr.2 Waikato Stud Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at the Hamilton track later this month.

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Thursday, August 04 2022
Yanagida in critical condition following Cambridge fall

Jockey Taiki Yanagida is in intensive care being treated for serious head and spinal injuries following a fall during a race at Cambridge on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, August 03 2022
Australian focus for Nelson this weekend

Champion jumps trainer Paul Nelson will be in Australia rather than Christchurch this weekend as he watches his star hurdler The Cossack (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) take on Australia’s best.

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Wednesday, August 03 2022
Time called on stakes winner Francesca

The curtain has come down on the racing career of the gifted Iffraaj mare Francesca (NZ).

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Wednesday, August 03 2022
Walker hoping the cards fall his way this weekend

Don Walker is looking forward to sending The High Priestess (NZ) (Reliable Man) back to the races at Ruakaka this weekend after an injury scare earlier this year.

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Wednesday, August 03 2022
Weatherley continues family dynasty

Briar Weatherley entered a training partnership with her father Darryn on Monday and just two days later she celebrated her first win.

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Wednesday, August 03 2022
Beck looking on the bright side

Southland trainer Leda Beck has opted to look on the bright side when it comes to Firoden’s (NZ) (Denman) wide barrier draw for Saturday’s Gr.3 Winning Edge Presentations 125th Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton.

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Tuesday, August 02 2022
Walker not looking too far ahead with quality trio

Mark Walker has tentatively planned two steps ahead with his trio of Group One winners Entriviere (NZ) (Tavistock), Imperatriz (I Am Invincible) and On The Bubbles (Brazen Beau).

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Tuesday, August 02 2022
Kiwi horse the talk of the town

A Kiwi horse with humble breeding is starting to make waves in Australia.

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Monday, August 01 2022
Waikato Stud named Breeder of the Year while Savabeel dominates yet again

Outstanding stallion Savabeel’s dominance has translated into yet another clean sweep of stallion titles for the 2021/22 season, headlined by an eighth consecutive Grosvenor Award as Champion New Zealand Sire.

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Monday, August 01 2022
Goodwin in the spotlight as Verry Elleegant honoured at Breeders' Awards

It’s fair to say Auckland-based breeder Don Goodwin has loved every minute of breeding and owning a champion racehorse.

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Monday, August 01 2022
Bittersweet start to season for Weatherley

It’s been a bittersweet start to the season for Darryn Weatherley – while he is excited to welcome his daughter Briar into a training partnership, he will be without the services of his star galloper Mali Ston (NZ) (El Roca).

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