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2020 April
  • Thu, Apr 02, 2020
    Newcastle trainer Kris Lees was pleased to get a win on the board with Lib Petagna’s handy staying filly Elisa Carolina but is taking little credit for her victory at Wyong last week.
  • Thu, Apr 02, 2020
    Karis scores kiwi-bred double; Righteous reward; Oaks winner bound for spelling paddock; Australasian Oaks earmarked for Fascino; Open Minded continues perfect run
2020 March
  • Sun, Mar 29, 2020
    In the normal scheme of things, Saturday’s gritty performance for second in the Gr.1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill would have been class filly Probabeel’s last of her current Australian campaign.
  • Sat, Mar 28, 2020
    Hall of Fame trainer Murray Baker loves preparing staying three-year-olds and the veteran horseman sent out his fifth winner of the Gr.2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) when Quick Thinker proved too strong for his rivals at Rosehill on Saturday.
  • Sat, Mar 28, 2020
    Matamata trainer Tony Gillies banked some travel money when progressive jumper Woodsman ran out a ready winner of Friday’s Ocean Road Realty BM120 Hurdle (3230m) at Warrnambool.
  • Fri, Mar 27, 2020
    Ardmore Lodge trainer Nick Bishara is thankful to own a share in top mare Verry Elleegant and readily admits the New Zealand-bred daughter of Zed has extended the life of his business on more than one occasion.
  • Fri, Mar 27, 2020
    In a week in which he has had to retire Group One performer Luvaluva, trainer John Sargent will look to another stakes-performed mare from his stable to make her mark at Rosehill.
  • Thu, Mar 26, 2020
    New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing chief executive Bernard Saundry has cautioned all participants in racing to adhere to stringent government protocols in response to the spread of Covid-19 for both the good of the industry and the health and well-being of the nation.
  • Thu, Mar 26, 2020
    Te Akau Racing, one of New Zealand’s largest racing operations, has elected to turnout nearly its entire racing team as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Sun, Mar 22, 2020
    Circumstances can change in the blink of an eye in the racing game and never was that more evident than in Sydney on Saturday for siblings John, Mark and Rachael Carter.
  • Sun, Mar 22, 2020
    Underrated mare Out Of The Park upset the applecart when she produced a dogged late run to take out Saturday’s Gr.3 Valachi Downs South Island Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) in a blanket finish at Riccarton.
  • Sun, Mar 22, 2020
    Ex-pat New Zealand trainer Paul O’Sullivan said there is no place he feels safer than Hong Kong right now and he has been impressed with the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s handling of Covid-19 protocols.
  • Sun, Mar 22, 2020
    Promising stayer London Banker took every centimetre of the 2100m distance of Saturday’s J Swap Contractors Bay Of Plenty Cup to get his nose in front as he prevailed in a thrilling finish to the middle-distance contest.
  • Sun, Mar 22, 2020
    Consistent galloper Neeson got his autumn campaign in the South Island off to the perfect start when he stormed home to claim the Seaton Family Memorial Hororata Gold Cup (1800m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
  • Sun, Mar 22, 2020
    Despite a mixed bag of results for his two runners in Sydney on Saturday, Cambridge trainer Tony Pike was pleased with how the day unfolded and the prospects that lie ahead for the pair.
  • Sun, Mar 22, 2020
    Injury plagued galloper Scott Base gave a glimpse of his undoubted talent when he dominated proceedings over the closing stages of Saturday’s Gr.2 Ultimate Mazda Japan Trophy (1600m) at Tauranga.
  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020
    London Banker will be out to continue his winning streak at Tauranga on Saturday when he lines-up in the J Swap Contractors Bay Of Plenty Cup (2100m).
  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020
    There remain a few unknown variables to overcome, but the green light has been given by syndicate manager Adrian Clark to press on to the Gr.1 Australian Oaks (2400m) with exciting filly Jennifer Eccles.
  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020
    New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, along with the other two codes of harness and greyhound racing, has taken steps to ensure racing will continue during the COVID-19 pandemic in conjunction with the TAB.
  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020
    Tributes are flowing for Cambridge trainer Glynn Brick, who was killed in a car accident on Maungatautari Road on Sunday.
  • Thu, Mar 19, 2020
    Andrew Carston has his two mares in peak condition for what he has revealed is their target race - Saturday's Gr.3 Valachi Downs South Island Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton.
  • Wed, Mar 18, 2020
    Group One winning miler The Mitigator will be back in action at Tauranga this weekend where he contests the Gr.2 Ultimate Mazda Japan Trophy (1600m) in what will likely be his final run for the season
  • Tue, Mar 17, 2020
    The racing career of Group One winner Glory Days has come to an end.
  • Tue, Mar 17, 2020
    Group One performed mare Supera may be joined in next month’s Gr.1 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha
  • Tue, Mar 17, 2020
    A new online thoroughbred auction record was set on Monday night when the China Horse Club secured New Zealand Group One winning mare Hasahalo for $670,000 on gavelhouse.com.
  • Tue, Mar 17, 2020
    The racing industry is taking steps to reduce the potential for the spread of the COVID-19 virus among participants and public by closing its meetings to all but essential personnel.
  • Mon, Mar 16, 2020
    Manawatu trainer Chrissy Bambry has a small but select team and maintained the stable’s rich vein of form when sending out talented three-year-old Lord Bouzeron to win the Murray Contractors (2200m) at Woodville on Sunday.
  • Mon, Mar 16, 2020
    Riverton trainers Kelvin and Aimee Tyler are now eyeing some potential Australian targets with two of their runners after their solid performances at Trentham on Saturday.
  • Mon, Mar 16, 2020
    New Zealand-trained gallopers are already enjoying lucrative autumn campaigns in Sydney and Melbourne but the next wave of raiders to Australia face some unique challenges as the impact of Covid-19 takes hold.
  • Sun, Mar 15, 2020
    A barnstorming finish that carried her into the runner-up position in Saturday’s Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) could see promising filly Vancooga set for an Australian raid in the near future.
  • Sun, Mar 15, 2020
    Despite being prohibited from attending Caulfield on Saturday, members of the large ownership group behind star New Zealand mare Melody Belle still had the time of their lives on All Star Mile Day.
  • Sun, Mar 15, 2020
    Rugged stayer Sergeant Blast gave a polished front-running display when he led all the way to take out the first black type feature on Saturday, the Listed Lincoln Farms New Zealand St Leger (2600m) at Trentham.
  • Sun, Mar 15, 2020
    Underrated galloper Tinkalicious gave her rivals no room for excuses when she put her first black type success on the board when producing a gritty effort to take out the Gr.3 Wentwood Grange Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham.
  • Sun, Mar 15, 2020
    New Plymouth trainer Janelle Millar celebrated the biggest win of her 15-year training career when Tinkalicious scored an upset victory in Saturday’s Gr.3 Wentwood Grange Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham.
  • Sun, Mar 15, 2020
    Trentham specialist Enzo’s Lad produced another courageous performance at his favourite track as he delivered a nail-biting victory in the Listed Te Akau Racing Lightning Handicap (1200m) on Saturday.
  • Fri, Mar 13, 2020
    Unbeaten three-year-old filly Levante will tackle Group company for the first time on Saturday when she contests the Gr.2 carfinance.co.nz Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham.
  • Fri, Mar 13, 2020
    Exciting Taranaki mare Sinarahma will be looking to add a Group victory to her resume when she contests the Gr.3 Wentwood Grange Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.
  • Fri, Mar 13, 2020
    As only one of two women to have trained the winner in the 99-year history of the Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m), New Zealander Moira Murdoch holds a special place in the folklore of one of the world’s greatest races.
  • Thu, Mar 12, 2020
    Cambridge trainer Tony Pike knows his Group One winning filly Loire has got her work cut out to turn the tables on quality rival Jennifer Eccles when the pair clash again in the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m).
  • Thu, Mar 12, 2020
    Valachi Downs trainer Stephen Autridge will be vying for his first Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) when he lines-up three fillies in the race at Trentham on Saturday.
  • Wed, Mar 11, 2020
    Group Three winning mare Etah James will join the stable of Ciaron Maher and David Eustace after a brave performance when fourth in last Saturday’s Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m) behind Roger That.
  • Tue, Mar 10, 2020
    It may be a few days since Roger That won the Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m), but trainer Antony Fuller still can’t wipe the smile off his face.
  • Tue, Mar 10, 2020
    Jamie Richards was persuaded to take some very rare time out to celebrate his Ellerslie Group One double last Saturday night, but it wasn’t long until his constant lengthy routine kicked in the following day.
  • Tue, Mar 10, 2020
    Jockey Opie Bosson has given All-Star Mile (1600m) contender Melody Belle the tick of approval following her gallop at Caulfield over 1200m on Tuesday morning.
  • Mon, Mar 09, 2020
    Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is pleased with the manner in which talented three-year-old Scorpz has bounced back from his Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) exertions, with the son of Charm Spirit set to embark on a Sydney campaign.
  • Mon, Mar 09, 2020
    It says much for the impact that champion galloper Bonecrusher had on his trainer Frank Ritchie and strapper (and Ritchie’s son) Shaune that the mere mention of his name still sends a collective shiver down their spines.
  • Mon, Mar 09, 2020
    Hall of Fame trainer Colin Jillings has many achievements to look back on, however, it is his victory in the 1993 Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m) with The Phantom Chance that stands out above the rest.
  • Sun, Mar 08, 2020
    In what is becoming a familiar sight this season it was the tangerine and blue colours of Te Akau Racing at the head of affairs once again as the Matamata operation made it consecutive Group One victories at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Sun, Mar 08, 2020
    Star jockey Opie Bosson has had a week to remember, riding another two Group One winners at Ellerslie on Saturday to go with his brace in Sydney seven days earlier.
  • Sun, Mar 08, 2020
    Kiwis have a great connection with the Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m), but none moreso than four-time winning jockey Brent Thomson, and the legendary hoop will be on hand next week when the famous piece of silverware tours New Zealand.
  • Sun, Mar 08, 2020
    Outstanding juvenile Cool Aza Beel kept the Group One winning roll of Te Akau Racing going as he dominated his rivals when taking out the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie.
  • Sun, Mar 08, 2020
    A dominant performance over 1600m at Trentham on Saturday has co-trainer Roger James considering upping the ante for talented performer Sherrif.
  • Sun, Mar 08, 2020
    Cambridge trainer Tony Pike cut a satisfied figure on Sunday morning as he reflected on pulling off a successful raid on a Group One feature at Royal Randwick a day earlier with class sprinter The Bostonian.
  • Sun, Mar 08, 2020
    Rider Sam Collett is fast becoming the darling of the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) after making it back-to-back wins in the premier two-mile feature when guiding outsider Roger That to a boilover victory on Saturday.
  • Sun, Mar 08, 2020
    Trainer Lauren Brennan went outside her comfort zone on Saturday but reaped the rewards of the bold decision when Packing Rockstar gave a polished display to score impressively over 1400m at Ellerslie.
  • Fri, Mar 06, 2020
    Ultra-consistent Cambridge galloper True Enough returns to the scene and conditions of his first Group One win when he contests Saturday's Gr.1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie.
  • Fri, Mar 06, 2020
    Former champion jockey Lance O’Sullivan will never forget his first ride in the Gr.1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) and neither will racing fans throughout New Zealand and Australia.
  • Thu, Mar 05, 2020
    Group Three winner Sherrif will be looking to add another victory to his tally at Trentham on Saturday when he contests the Anuka Smoker Handicap (1600m).
  • Thu, Mar 05, 2020
    Multiple Group One-winning sprinter The Bostonian is set to return to action at Randwick on Saturday, kicking off a Sydney autumn carnival campaign for Cambridge trainer Tony Pike.
  • Wed, Mar 04, 2020
    Catalyst has been ruled out of the A$5 million All-Star Mile (1600m) with bruised fetlocks.
  • Wed, Mar 04, 2020
    Graham Richardson experienced one of his biggest moments in racing when Tiptronic won the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa last month and the Matamata trainer is hoping for a repeat performance at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Tue, Mar 03, 2020
    Lisa Allpress is no stranger to international success, but she took things up a notch in Saudi Arabia last week when becoming the first female jockey to win a race in the Arab nation.
  • Mon, Mar 02, 2020
    Talented juvenile filly Play That Song will be looking for redemption when she tackles the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Sun, Mar 01, 2020
    Trainer Clayton Chipperfield is firm in his belief that star three-year-old Catalyst can bounce back to his best in the A$5 million All-Star Mile (1600m) in a fortnight despite suffering a heavy defeat in the Gr.1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington.
  • Sun, Mar 01, 2020
    After a weekend that featured successive Group One victories in Sydney along with a stakes win on the biggest day of racing at Ellerslie, you would think the natural reaction for any trainer would be to take a breather and celebrate those achievements.
  • Sun, Mar 01, 2020
    Classy three-year-old Miss Federer left no excuses for her age-group rivals when she led all the way to take out the Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes (1400m) at Wingatui on Saturday.
  • Sun, Mar 01, 2020
    Te Akau Racing’s stellar season rolled on with another new stakes winner in Saturday’s Listed Mufhasa FastTrack Stakes (1300m) at Ellerslie, which David Ellis hailed as a training masterstroke by Jamie Richards.
  • Sun, Mar 01, 2020
    Despite being upstaged by a superb staying performance by Sherwood Forest in Saturday’s Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m), the connections of beaten favourites Two Illicit and Dragon Leap were proud of their performances.
  • Sun, Mar 01, 2020
    Cambridge gelding Sherwood Forest tore up the script of a two-horse race and powered to an upset victory in Saturday’s Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie.
  • Sun, Mar 01, 2020
    Lightly raced mare Spring Heat finally delivered on her undoubted promise when she produced a barnstorming finish to capture the Gr.3 Haunui Farm King’s Plate (1200m) at Ellerslie.
  • Sun, Mar 01, 2020
    Michael Walker made a successful return to race riding in New Zealand when he guided Communique to victory in the Gr.3 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie.
2020 February
  • Fri, Feb 28, 2020
    Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is upbeat about his chances of causing another upset in the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Fri, Feb 28, 2020
    Group One winner Patrick Erin has returned to the Wingatui stable of Brian and Shane Anderton, and he will resume his New Zealand career in Saturday’s Dunedin Casino Open (1200m) on his home track.
  • Thu, Feb 27, 2020
    In celebration of the 100th running of the Gr.1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) on October 24, the Ladbrokes Cox Plate trophy will take on a tour of New Zealand on March 7 – 14.
  • Thu, Feb 27, 2020
    Five-time New Zealand Derby winning-trainer Roger James is refusing to buy into talk that Saturday's Classic at Ellerslie is down to a two-horse race between his star filly Two Illicit and boom gelding Dragon Leap.
  • Thu, Feb 27, 2020
    Quality filly Jennifer Eccles once again showed her customary turn of foot to prove too good for her rivals in the Gr.2 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m) and book her passage to the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 14.
  • Thu, Feb 27, 2020
    While Libby and Sam Bleakley of Highden Park haven’t set out to replicate Victoria’s famous Living Legends farm, the high-profile horses retiring to their Manawatu property shows they are well on their way.
  • Thu, Feb 27, 2020
    Seven months on from an accident that could have claimed his life, prominent owner and sponsor Kevin Pratt is back doing what he loves – winning races.
  • Thu, Feb 27, 2020
    Patience is a virtue and Cambridge trainer Trevor Da Cruz has shown plenty of it over the last few years with promising galloper Superiority.
  • Wed, Feb 26, 2020
    The Craig and Shaun Phelan-trained Big Mike relished his time on the East Coast last week
  • Wed, Feb 26, 2020
    The impressive Dragon Leap gives New Zealand Racing Hall of Famer Lance O’Sullivan a great opportunity to add another notable achievement to his CV at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Wed, Feb 26, 2020
    Triple Group One winner Gingernuts will once again return to the scene of his Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) triumph when he leads out the field for the Vodafone-sponsored blue riband event at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Tue, Feb 25, 2020
    Cambridge trainer Tony Pike will unleash a pair of classic contenders this week with Group One-wining filly Loire set to contest the Gr.2 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hawke’s Bay on Wednesday, while stablemate Sherwood Forest will represent the team in the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Tue, Feb 25, 2020
    The Challenge No.10 Syndicate members know they will eventually have to part with their exciting filly Jennifer Eccles, but are set to enjoy more highlights before her farewell.
  • Tue, Feb 25, 2020
    The tangerine and blue army of Te Akau Racing will launch their Sydney assault on Saturday when Te Akau Shark and Probabeel line-up in their respective Group One assignments at Randwick.
  • Mon, Feb 24, 2020
    Matamata trainer Ken Kelso got the answers he was looking for when unbeaten filly Levante and high-class mare Supera won their respective races on their home turf on Saturday.
  • Mon, Feb 24, 2020
    Popular Matamata jockey Michael Coleman hopes the feature race double he achieved on his home track on Saturday provides the catalyst to lift the number of raceday engagements he has been receiving of late.
  • Mon, Feb 24, 2020
    Ciaron Maher has won more than 900 races including Group Ones in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, but next month will bring something new for the leading Australian trainer.
  • Mon, Feb 24, 2020
    Vernazza’s victory in the Gr.2 J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) was a special moment in the career of trainer Lance Noble.
  • Sun, Feb 23, 2020
    Fresh from taking out a Group Two feature barely thirty minutes earlier local rider Michael Coleman was back in the winner’s enclosure one race later when he guided Joe’s Legacy to a comprehensive victory in the Listed Matamata Veterinary Services Kaimai Stakes (2000m).
  • Sun, Feb 23, 2020
    Race favourite Vernazza overcame a wide run and a dogged local challenge to take out the feature event at Matamata on Saturday, the Gr.2 J Swap Contractors Ltd Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (1200m).
  • Sun, Feb 23, 2020
    Matamata trainer Jamie Richards and the Te Akau Racing team dominated proceedings in the feature event at Otaki on Saturday where they produced a one-two finish with Avantage and Prise De Fer in the Gr.1 Haunui Farm WFA Group One Classic (1600m).
  • Sun, Feb 23, 2020
    Promising galloper Need I Say More showed he will be a force to be reckoned with in the autumn juvenile classics when he dashed away with the Gr.3 Waikato Stud Slipper (1200m) at Matamata.
  • Fri, Feb 21, 2020
    There will be few jockeys who have crossed the Tasman more times than Opie Bosson, and the top New Zealand hoop is set to add to his frequent flyer points in the coming months.
  • Fri, Feb 21, 2020
    Beautiful weather, great hospitality, and being able to go fishing in-between race meetings, it’s no wonder Shaun Phelan loves East Coast racing.
  • Thu, Feb 20, 2020
    Having stakes contenders on both sides of the Tasman is becoming a common occurrence for Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards.
  • Wed, Feb 19, 2020
    Peter McKay will be keeping close tabs on the weather forecast ahead of the Gr.1 Haunui Farm WFA Group One Classic (1600m) at Otaki on Saturday.
  • Wed, Feb 19, 2020
    Group One-winning filly Miami Bound will begin her autumn campaign at Caulfield on Saturday when she lines-up in the Gr.2 Autumn Classic (1800m).
  • Wed, Feb 19, 2020
    High-class mare Yearn will contest Saturday’s Lisa Chittick Plate (1400m) at Matamata and trainer Karen Fursdon is confident of another bold performance.
  • Tue, Feb 18, 2020
    There would be few horses in the country more consistent than Rock On Wood and trainer Leanne Elliot is hoping the reliable gelding can turn that form into Group One glory next month.
  • Tue, Feb 18, 2020
    Promising miler Germanicus will be tested at elite-level for the first time on Saturday when he lines-up in the Gr.1 Haunui Farm WFA Group One Classic (1600m) at Otaki.
  • Tue, Feb 18, 2020
    There will be a touch of New Zealand flavour in Saudi Arabia ahead of next month’s US$20 million Saudi Cup, the world’s newly established richest horse race.
  • Mon, Feb 17, 2020
    Vinnie Colgan is happy not to have to make the call between the rides on Two Illicit and Dragon Leap going into the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on Saturday week.
  • Mon, Feb 17, 2020
    High-class three-year-old Probabeel has settled into life in Sydney well and was put through her paces when finishing fifth in a 1000m trial at Randwick on Monday morning on a track rated a Soft6.
  • Mon, Feb 17, 2020
    Beauty Generation returned to his winning ways at Sha Tin on Sunday with a tough victory in the Gr.1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m).
  • Sun, Feb 16, 2020
    While rugged Queenslander Alligator Blood may have taken out the first skirmish with classy New Zealand contender Catalyst, Kiwi trainer Clayton Chipperfield is confident his star can still win the war when the pair clash again in the Gr.1 Australian Guineas (1600m) in a fortnight.
  • Sun, Feb 16, 2020
    A comprehensive victory against the older horses at Ellerslie on Saturday is likely to result in three-year-old Vladivostok taking his place in the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) in a fortnight.
  • Sun, Feb 16, 2020
    Anyone who thought that Dragon Leap might be below his best at Ellerslie on Saturday had those doubts well and truly extinguished when the exciting staying talent bolted away with the Gr.2 Jamieson Park Avondale Guineas (2100m).
  • Sun, Feb 16, 2020
    Promising three-year-old Lightning Jack made it back-to-back victories at stakes level when he produced a gritty effort to take out the Listed ILT Ascot Park Hotel Southland Guineas (1600m) at Invercargill.
  • Sun, Feb 16, 2020
    Lightweight runner Polzeath upset the applecart at Ellerslie on Saturday when he took out the Gr.2 Joe McDonald Avondale Cup (2400m).
  • Sun, Feb 16, 2020
    In-form jockey Jason Waddell has been confirmed as the rider for Dragon Leap in the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on February 29.
  • Fri, Feb 14, 2020
    Talented five-year-old Mongolian Marshal has joined the stable of Morphettville trainer Stuart Gower and will continue his career in Adelaide.
  • Fri, Feb 14, 2020
    Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh has expanded his operation this season by establishing a permanent South Island base, and the move has already paid dividends.
  • Fri, Feb 14, 2020
    East Coast racing’s biggest fan is once again showing his support for the annual meetings at Wairoa and Gisborne.
  • Thu, Feb 13, 2020
    Rick Williams is predicting a career-best performance from star New Zealand three-year-old Catalyst in Saturday's Gr.3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.
  • Thu, Feb 13, 2020
    Father and daughter training duo, Kelvin and Aimee Tyler, are experiencing a standout season and they hope that will continue at Ascot Park on Saturday.
  • Wed, Feb 12, 2020
    Exciting three-year-old filly Two Illicit will contest the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie later this month after pulling up well from her victory in the Gr.2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Wed, Feb 12, 2020
    A view to enhancing Super Seth’s stud value has meant a slight change in plans for the son Dundeel.
  • Wed, Feb 12, 2020
    Things may not have gone Concert Hall’s way in the Gr.3 City Of Auckland Cup (2400m) at Ellerslie last start, but her connections are hopeful she can bring home another cup from the Auckland track on Saturday.
  • Tue, Feb 11, 2020
    Smart three-year-old Dragon Leap will contest Saturday’s Gr.2 Jamieson Park Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie after overcoming a minor hiccup which prevented him from running in last weekend’s Gr.2 Waikato Guineas (2000m).
  • Tue, Feb 11, 2020
    South Auckland trainer Lance Noble has been spoilt with a quality crop of three-year-old fillies this season and he was delighted to see one of them extend their winning record at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Tue, Feb 11, 2020
    Hopes of a return to racing for former Hong Kong Horse of the Year, Werther, have been dashed, with trainer Andrew Campbell opting to retire the eight-year-old gelding.
  • Tue, Feb 11, 2020
    The big wet in Sydney is certainly not dampening the spirits of the Kiwi connections of Group One mare Verry Elleegant, who will resume in Saturday’s Gr.2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.
  • Mon, Feb 10, 2020
    The Kiwi assault on next month’s A$5million All-Star Mile (1600m) has begun, with contenders Catalyst and Melody Belle arriving in Melbourne on Sunday.
  • Sun, Feb 09, 2020
    When the winningest jockey in New Zealand Derby history says he believes he can add another victory in Ellerslie’s blue riband three-year-old classic then it pays to take note.
  • Sat, Feb 08, 2020
    A picture-perfect ride from Jason Waddell allowed class act Jennifer Eccles to show her undoubted quality as she dashed away from her age-group rivals to take out the Gr.2 David & Karyn Ellis Fillies Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa.
  • Sat, Feb 08, 2020
    Excitement machine Te Akau Shark sent out an ominous warning to his Australian rivals as he finally got a deserved Group One prize when taking out the BCD Group Sprint (1400m) with a scintillating performance.
  • Sat, Feb 08, 2020
    A nail-biting finish to the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa was settled in favour of last year’s runner-up Tiptronic when he stuck his nose in front at just the right time to down a gallant True Enough in the day’s middle-distance weight-for-age feature.
  • Fri, Feb 07, 2020
    Michael and Matthew Pitman are set for a busy Saturday, with 11 runners at their local Riccarton meeting while Enzo’s Lad tackles a star-studded field in the Gr.1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa.
  • Fri, Feb 07, 2020
    Lightly-tried European import Te Akau Caliburn returned to the winners circle at his second-up run this campagin with a dead-heat for first in the Aranui Harvesters 1550m at Awapuni on Friday, with the fast finishing Lady Rudolph joining the Camelot entire on the line.
  • Thu, Feb 06, 2020
    Group One winners Bostonian and Melody Belle showed they are on track for their upcoming Australian campaigns with forward showings in a special 1050m trial at Tauranga on Thursday.
  • Thu, Feb 06, 2020
    Winning Saturday's Gr.2 Legacy Lodge Waikato Guineas isn't a critical element of Dragon Leap's campaign, according to Matamata trainer Lance O'Sullivan.
  • Thu, Feb 06, 2020
    Five-year-old mare Sinarahma landed some valuable black-type when taking out the Listed Property Brokers Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (1600m) at Tauherenikau on Thursday.
  • Wed, Feb 05, 2020
    Group One winning miler Wyndspelle has been retired after suffering an injury while preparing for a tilt at the Gr.1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic (1600m) later this month.
  • Wed, Feb 05, 2020
    Group One-winning stayer Glory Days will make her raceday return at Awapuni on Friday and trainer Bill Thurlow is hoping it is the start of a path towards the Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m).
  • Tue, Feb 04, 2020
    Not many trainers can say half of their racing team are Derby contenders, but that’s the case for Andrew Campbell.
  • Tue, Feb 04, 2020
    Regally-bred mare The Precious One already has a stakes scalp to her name, but her connections are on the hunt for an elusive Group victory before they retire her to the broodmare paddock.
  • Tue, Feb 04, 2020
    New South Wales-based jockey Koby Jennings is aiming to maintain his perfect strike-rate on the John Sargent-trained Luvaluva in the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Mon, Feb 03, 2020
    Handy staying mare Etah James has returned to New Zealand and will be set for a tilt at the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) at Ellerslie on March 7.
  • Mon, Feb 03, 2020
    Opie Bosson holds the key to feature success at Te Rapa on Saturday for leading Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.
  • Sun, Feb 02, 2020
    Under the watchful eye of a trainer dubbed the ‘Derby King’, up-and-comer Reggiewood has emerged as an exciting contender for the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on February 29.
  • Sun, Feb 02, 2020
    The winning roll of Te Akau Racing continued unabated on their home track at Matamata on Sunday when exciting prospect Phantom Witness provided an early highlight for the day.
  • Sat, Feb 01, 2020
    A powerful finishing burst carried lightly raced filly Bonita Aurelia to her first career victory when she downed the favourites in Saturday’s Gr.3 Woburn Farm 2YO Classic (1200m) at New Plymouth.
  • Sat, Feb 01, 2020
    The judge at New Plymouth had his work cut out on Saturday when less than half a length separated six of the fillies engaged in the Listed Fasttrack Insurance Oaks Prelude (1800m) at the finish line.
  • Sat, Feb 01, 2020
    For the second time in four years, John and Karen Parsons have turned a Gore failure into an upset triumph in the Listed Mediaworks Dunedin Guineas (1500m).
  • Sat, Feb 01, 2020
    Exciting up-and-comer Prise De Fer extended his winning sequence to five with another supreme performance in Saturday’s Gr.3 Powerworx Taranaki Cup (1800m) at New Plymouth.
  • Sat, Feb 01, 2020
    The combination of John & Karen Parsons and rider Tina Comignaghi completed a clean sweep of the stakes races at Wingatui on Saturday when they scored in the day’s feature event, the time-honoured Gr.3 White Robe Lodge Weight For Age (1600m).
2020 January
  • Fri, Jan 31, 2020
    The Michael Moroney-trained Sound is on track to head across the Tasman to target the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) at Ellerslie on March 7.
  • Thu, Jan 30, 2020
    Ngaire Fraser reckons she'll never lose her association with grand galloper Westminster, even as she prepares to saddle a two-year-old in a stakes race some 30 years later.
  • Thu, Jan 30, 2020
    Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh still has five fillies in contention for March's Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham and will have a better line on two of them after racing at New Plymouth on Saturday.
  • Wed, Jan 29, 2020
    Exciting juvenile Play That Song gave trainer Nigel Tiley the clear message that she is ready to tackle her next assignment when he went to see her in her paddock on Monday morning.
  • Wed, Jan 29, 2020
    Platinum Invador will take a step closer to his Gr.1 Barfoot and Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) aspirations when he lines-up in the Gr.3 Powerworx Taranaki Cup (1800m) at New Plymouth on Saturday.
  • Tue, Jan 28, 2020
    Consistent three-year-old Harlech has been sent for a small break after his fourth-placing in the Karaka Million 3YO (1600m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Tue, Jan 28, 2020
    A new addition to the Matamata Breeders Stakes meeting will be the next step on a path to a further Group One assignment for consistent Matamata mare Yearn.
  • Mon, Jan 27, 2020
    Trainer Clayton Chipperfield had plenty of thoughts running through his mind shortly after the start of Saturday’s Gr.3 Henley Park Mr Tiz Trophy (1200m) although not many of them are printable.
  • Mon, Jan 27, 2020
    Volpe Veloce gave trainer Graham Richardson one of his biggest moments in racing when she won the Gr.1 Railway (1200m) two years ago and he is hoping to finish her career on a similar high.
  • Mon, Jan 27, 2020
    A gritty victory over the older horses at Te Aroha last Friday in his first attempt beyond 1600m has Cambridge trainer Tony Pike convinced Sherwood Forest is right on track for his tilt at the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie next month.
  • Mon, Jan 27, 2020
    Less than 24 hours after producing the headline acts on Karaka Million night at Ellerslie, the Te Akau Racing team were back in the thick of the action at the annual National Yearling Sales on Sunday.
  • Sat, Jan 25, 2020
    On a dream night for the Te Akau operation, star filly Probabeel has entered Karaka Million folklore with an exceptional victory in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m).
  • Sat, Jan 25, 2020
    Outstanding southern mare Kiwi Ida showed northern racegoers a glimpse of her undoubted class when she dashed home to take out the Gr.2 Westbury Classic (1400m) in her first look at the Ellerslie track.
  • Sat, Jan 25, 2020
    Lightweight runner Windsor made it three wins from three starts in his latest campaign when he led all the way to take out the Listed Speights Timaru Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton.
  • Thu, Jan 23, 2020
    Matamata trainers Ken and Bev Kelso will look to raise the bar for exciting filly Levante after taking her to Te Aroha for Friday’s ParkMate.co.nz 1400.
  • Wed, Jan 22, 2020
    Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley believes undefeated filly Play That Song is hitting all the right notes heading into Saturday’s $1 million Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) at Ellerslie.
  • Wed, Jan 22, 2020
    Talented three-year-old Harlech will likely have his last start in New Zealand this season when he lines-up in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Tue, Jan 21, 2020
    Victorian trainer David Hayes will be in New Zealand later this week as he puts the finishing touches on three-year-old colt Conqueror ahead of Saturday’s $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m).
  • Tue, Jan 21, 2020
    Former top jockey Grant Cooksley is hoping to help maintain the recent strike rate of his apprentice, Masa Hashizume, at Avondale on Wednesday and also kick a $500,000 yearling purchase off on a winning note.
  • Mon, Jan 20, 2020
    An approach made to former successful trainer Don Sellwood several years ago has led to a Taranaki couple, Rodger and Christine Hassall, having a strong involvement in Karaka Million night at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Mon, Jan 20, 2020
    Consistent Group One galloper Wyndspelle is likely to be aimed towards an elite level target on his home track after another strong performance when narrowly beaten into second in Saturday’s Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) behind all-the-way winner The Mitigator.
  • Sun, Jan 19, 2020
    National Jockey’s Premiership leader Kozzi Asano continued a white-hot run of form when he guided Lightning Jack to an upset victory in Saturday’s Listed Liquorland Gore Guineas (1335m).
  • Sun, Jan 19, 2020
    A copybook ride by Opie Bosson paved the way for promising filly Showbeel to add a valuable black type success to her career record when she took out the first feature race at Trentham on Saturday, the Gr.3 New Zealand Bloodstock Desert Gold Stakes (1600m).
  • Sun, Jan 19, 2020
    Trainer Michael Pitman was bursting with pride after his class sprinter Enzo’s Lad went within a short neck of tearing off his third consecutive victory in the time-honoured Gr.1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham on Saturday.
  • Sun, Jan 19, 2020
    Underrated stayer Soleseifei completed a fairytale result for the Lupton family when she carried the colours worn by the legendary Kiwi to victory in the Gr.3 NZ Campus Of Innovation & Sport New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Trentham.
  • Sun, Jan 19, 2020
    The Gr.1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham has always been one of the McKay family’s favourite races, but on Saturday it became much more special.
  • Sun, Jan 19, 2020
    Feisty mare Avantage showed all her fighting qualities when she overcame a wide barrier and a plucky southern rival to take out the Gr.1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham.
  • Fri, Jan 17, 2020
    Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman will be looking to plunder some Wellington spoils on Saturday where they will contest three feature races at Trentham.
  • Fri, Jan 17, 2020
    Te Akau Racing’s quest to win the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) for the fourth year in succession was bolstered considerably when Cool Aza Beel ensured his place in the field with a dominant victory at Tauranga on Friday.
  • Fri, Jan 17, 2020
    Loire primed for Trentham resumption;Thorndon Mile assignment for Rock On Wood; Jennings Confirmed for Luvaluva
  • Thu, Jan 16, 2020
    Yet another wide draw for Avantage for Saturday's Gr.1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham hasn't received the warmest reception from Matamata trainer Jamie Richards but as ever he's taking positives from his misfortune.
  • Thu, Jan 16, 2020
    There's nothing like recalling Dee And Gee's Gr.3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) heroics to lighten the mood for Mid Canterbury trainers Peter Corbett and Terrill Charles.
  • Wed, Jan 15, 2020
    Bargain filly Jennifer Eccles will be out to maintain her lead in the lucrative New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series when she contests Saturday’s Gr.3 New Zealand Bloodstock Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham.
  • Wed, Jan 15, 2020
    Promising three-year-old galloper Reggiewood put himself into Classic calculations after his win in the MacMillan Accountants 1950 at Rotorua on Wednesday.
  • Wed, Jan 15, 2020
    Jason Waddell is confident his red-hot run of form can continue at Trentham on Saturday, particularly when he climbs aboard his two favourites, Julius and Wyndspelle, in the Group One features on the card.
  • Tue, Jan 14, 2020
    Exciting kiwi gallopers Te Akau Shark and Catalyst had their first hit-out of the year at the Matamata trials on Tuesday and they pleased their connections with their efforts in their 1000m heat.
  • Tue, Jan 14, 2020
    Libby and Sam Bleakley’s Highden Park has built up an impressive roll of honour in a relatively short space of time, and they are hoping to add to it with their draft of yearlings at Karaka 2020.
  • Mon, Jan 13, 2020
    Cambridge horseman Ben Foote savoured a special day on Saturday with his star filly Travelling Light helping him get the Group One monkey off his back when successful in the Levin Classic (1600m).
  • Sun, Jan 12, 2020
    As he puts the finishing touches on star juvenile Not An Option’s bid for the $1m Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) at Ellerslie later this month
  • Sun, Jan 12, 2020
    Upstanding juvenile filly Vernazza showed she had taken plenty of benefit from her debut run for third at Matamata last month when she fought doggedly to claim the winning prize in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1200m) at Ellerslie on Sunday.
  • Sat, Jan 11, 2020
    On a day where she tasted Group One success with Gaultier in the Levin Classic (1600m) in 2017, Matamata trainer Danica Guy was at it again when she produced Germanicus to take out Gr.3 Bluestar Anniversary Handicap (1600m).
  • Sat, Jan 11, 2020
    Free-going southern galloper Camino Rocoso led his rivals a merry chase when he dominated proceedings from the front to take out the first of the Trentham features on Saturday, the Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Trentham Stakes (2100m).
  • Sat, Jan 11, 2020
    Nuggety northern two-year-old Opalescence gave punters another display of her never-say-die attitude when she fought back strongly to down her age-group rivals over 1200m at Trentham on Saturday.
  • Fri, Jan 10, 2020
    Cambridge trainer Andrew Campbell will line-up three Karaka Million aspirants at Ellerslie on Sunday ahead of their rich targets at the Auckland track on January 25.
  • Fri, Jan 10, 2020
    A surprising sporting bond forged in the Maldives will get another outing in Melbourne this month when Serena Williams and Dustin Martin renew their friendship.
  • Fri, Jan 10, 2020
    Riodini may have been beaten for the first time in his career in the Gr.2 Auckland Guineas (1600m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s day, but he lost no admiration from trainer Nigel Tiley.
  • Thu, Jan 09, 2020
    Guillada will be looking to secure her first stakes victory at Trentham on Saturday when she contests the Gr.3 Bluestar Anniversary Handicap (1600m).
  • Thu, Jan 09, 2020
    Graeme Rogerson is excited to find out whether raw ability can snare Group One honours for exciting three-year-old Mascarpone in Saturday's Woodridge Homes Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham.
  • Wed, Jan 08, 2020
    Matamata trainer Pam Gerard had been hoping for a turn of luck with barrier draws ahead of Trentham’s feature meeting on Saturday, and her prayers were answered.
  • Tue, Jan 07, 2020
    Promising galloper Germanicus will have his first tilt at stakes level on Saturday when he contests the Gr.3 Tui – Backing A Winner Since 1889 Anniversary (1600m) at Trentham.
  • Tue, Jan 07, 2020
    Riccarton trainer Andrew Carston is looking forward to tackling the Wild Buck NZ Ale/Ikamatua Hotel Reefton Cup (1400m) on Wednesday with Group Three winner Ticket To Ride.
  • Tue, Jan 07, 2020
    Top three-year-old Catalyst will make his first public appearance since Group One success at Riccarton when he competes at the Matamata trials next week.
  • Tue, Jan 07, 2020
    Stablemates The Chosen One, Long Jack and Quick Thinker are back in work after Australian spring campaigns with the latter pair walking a fine line to get to Ellerslie late next month for another Group One target.
  • Mon, Jan 06, 2020
    Three days on from He’s A Gold Digger’s success at Tauherenikau in a maiden 1000m event owner, trainer and jockey Malcolm Hill is still trying to get his head around the achievement.
  • Mon, Jan 06, 2020
    Trainer Jamie Richards was happy to put a tick in the mission accomplished column of star three-year-old Probabeel’s campaign plan after she accounted for her age group rivals with deceptive ease at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Mon, Jan 06, 2020
    Talented stayer Justamaiz will now head straight to the Gr.3 NZ Campus of Innovation & Sport Wellington Cup (3200m) for his next start after he was denied a run in the Gr.3 City Of Auckland Cup (2400m) through a bizarre chain of events.
  • Sun, Jan 05, 2020
    Tuhikaramea visitor Beauden made light work of his 59kg topweight as he took out the Listed Japac Homes FastTrack $5k Marton Cup (2200m) on his favourite Awapuni track.
  • Sun, Jan 05, 2020
    Superstar three-year-old Probabeel proved a class above her age-group rivals when she made a winning start to her summer campaign over 1400m at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Sun, Jan 05, 2020
    New Plymouth galloper Malo Bik took full advantage of the featherweight of 50kgs on his back when he stepped up to open handicap company with an impressive victory over 1400m at Awapuni.
  • Fri, Jan 03, 2020
    Group One performer Beauden will return to his favourite track in search of his first black-type win in Saturday’s Listed Japac Homes FastTrack $5k Marton Cup (2200m) at Awapuni.
  • Fri, Jan 03, 2020
    The Tony Pike-trained Not Ideal indicated he has a promising future ahead of him after he maintained his winning ways at Tauranga.
  • Fri, Jan 03, 2020
    Classy customer On the Rocks is on the road to defending his Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) title after a comprehensive fresh-up performance in the New World Summer Cup (1400m) at Tauranga.
  • Fri, Jan 03, 2020
    Progressive mare Pinched made a winning return to the track on Friday but not before causing her trainer Ross McCarroll plenty of concern down the long Te Aroha straight.


2020 January
  • Thu, Jan 16, 2020
    John Millman is set to enter the Australian Open as the form male player among local hopes after another win to start 2020.