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Group One assignments in store for Germanicus

Danica Guy couldn’t be happier with her talented galloper Germanicus as the five-year-old begins a Group One programme of assignments this season at Hastings on Saturday.

McNab finds winning groove at Ellerslie

A lengthy spell away from the racetrack to revitalise both his mind and body appears to have worked for talented jockey Michael McNab as he picked up his first victory on Saturday since making his return to raceday riding this month.

Collett bullish with weekend prospects

Pukekohe trainer Richard Collett will saddle two solid chances at Ellerslie on Saturday, with My Callisto to contest the Dunstan Feeds 2100, while four-year-old mare Sweet Clementine will tackle a strong field in the JRA Trophy (1400m).

Broodmare paddock beckons Aretha

Group Two winning mare Aretha has been retired after trailing the field home in the Gr.2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) last Saturday, with a stallion yet to be selected for the daughter of Charm Spirit.

Lease filly shines in Wanganui Guineas

A lease arrangement brokered by Novara Park principal Luigi Muollo has allowed Sweynesse’s former trackwork rider to share in his black-type success at stud.

Hong Kong proving lucrative for Cameron

Hong Kong racing is the lifeblood for many New Zealand trainers, and Cambridge horsewoman Catherine Cameron is no exception.

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First stakes success for Belardo as Isabella Giles dominates at Goodwood; Princess Kereru ready for Foxbridge Plate

Pike and Ormsby combination back in winning groove

Trainer Tony Pike was delighted to pick up a victory with his only runner at Tauranga on Saturday but it was made even more special by the winning rider he had aboard.

Jakkal ready to pounce at Tauranga

Promising three-year-old Sheza Jakkal will contest Saturday’s Dobson's Refrigeration And Electrical 3yo (1300m) at Tauranga and trainer Gavin Opie senses a gilt-edged opportunity.

Roger That to commence domestic campaign

When nominations close on Thursday for the A$7.75 million Gr.1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m), Tauranga stayer Roger That will be a notable absentee due to the logistical travel headache and uncertainty created by the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria.

Grand National triumph fitting tribute to best friend

Bay Of Plenty owner John Heale couldn’t have wished for a better tribute to one of his best friends when Bee Tee Junior won the Grand National Steeplechase (4500m) at Ballarat on Sunday.

Pike pleased with The Bostonian’s campaign opener

Trainer Tony Pike believes his star sprinter The Bostonian has plenty to offer during his Sydney spring campaign following a satisfactory first-up performance in Saturday’s Gr.1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.

Major Taupo focus for Baker and Forsman

Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman will roll out some of their highly regarded unraced three-year-olds as well as a few proven stars at Taupo on Wednesday, while they wait to finalise plans for an Australian-bound contingent.