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2020 January
  • 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.
  • Wed, Jan 01, 2020
    The fairy-tale comeback of Cambridge galloper Julius was completed at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day when the gentle giant took out the Gr.1 Sistema Railway (1200m).
  • Wed, Jan 01, 2020
    Two Illicit’s perceived lack of commercial appeal put a stop to her being offered through the sales ring as a yearling, but her victory in the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on Wednesday has certainly changed that fate for her future progeny.
  • Wed, Jan 01, 2020
    Visiting rider Mick Dee wasn’t going to let fellow ex-pat kiwi James McDonald take all the glory at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day when he struck gold on race favourite Prise De Fer in the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile (1600m).
  • Wed, Jan 01, 2020
    The outstanding ability and magical touch of champion rider James McDonald was to the fore once again during the Ellerslie Christmas Carnival as he guided home topweight Paisley Park to take out the twenty-first running of the Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship Final (2400m).
  • Wed, Jan 01, 2020
    Talented three-year-old Dragon Leap stamped his Derby credentials with his winning effort in the Gr.2 Jamieson Park Auckland Guineas (1600m) at Ellerslie on Wednesday.
2019 December
  • Tue, Dec 31, 2019
    Cambridge trainer Frank Ritchie will be looking for more success at Ellerslie’s Christmas-New Year Carnival on Wednesday after Fiscal Fantasy’s Group One runner-up performance in the Zabeel Classic (2000m) on Boxing Day.
  • Tue, Dec 31, 2019
    Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards has experienced a whirlwind 2019 led by the efforts of Melody Belle and Te Akau Shark, and he ended the year on a high note at Taupo on Monday, bagging a quartet of wins.
  • Mon, Dec 30, 2019
    Unbeaten two-year-olds Preakness and Trident will try to continue a golden week for trainer Andrew Campbell when they line up in the Gr.2 Barneswood Farm Eclipse Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.
  • Mon, Dec 30, 2019
    Bulls trainer Bryce Newman wanted a tough run for his stayer Gorbachev ahead of next month’s Gr.3 NZ Campus Of Innovation & Sport Wellington Cup (3200m) .
  • Mon, Dec 30, 2019
    Fresh from a treble on Boxing Day, champion Sydney-based jockey James McDonald is eager to return to Ellerslie on New Year’s Day with further black type success in his sights.
  • Mon, Dec 30, 2019
    An eye-catching performance for third on the first day of the two-day New Plymouth carnival on Friday paved the way for Waipukurau galloper Pep Torque to bounce back to winning form when taking out the Kamada Park City Of New Plymouth Cup (1800m) on Sunday.
  • Mon, Dec 30, 2019
    Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley heads into Ellerslie’s New Year’s Day race meeting with a trio of runners that he believes are all capable of success in their chosen events.
  • Mon, Dec 30, 2019
    On the face of it drawing barrier fourteen in a premier Group One sprint race would tend to put a dent in the confidence of most trainers regarding their chances to nail the thick end of the prize.
  • Sun, Dec 29, 2019
    There were emotional scenes in the Timaru birdcage following the running of the Listed Craigmore Sustainable Holdings Ltd Timaru Cup (1600m) on Saturday as the connections of Who Dares Wins waited for their pride and joy to return to the winner’s enclosure.
  • Fri, Dec 27, 2019
    An impressive front-running performance to win on debut by the well-related Massiff Princess at New Plymouth on Friday brought up a significant milestone for trainer Fraser Auret and jockey Johnathan Parkes.
  • Thu, Dec 26, 2019
    The tag of New Zealand’s best maiden was emphatically stripped from the shoulders of exciting three-year-old Jennifer Eccles when she stormed past her female age group rivals to take out the Gr.2 SKYCITY Eight Carat Classic (1600m) in the hands of visiting rider James McDonald.
  • Tue, Dec 24, 2019
    Smart sprinting mare Only In Jakarta will step out for the first time for new trainer Tony Pike when she contests the Headquarters Viaduct/The Lonely Hearts Club 1200 at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.
  • Tue, Dec 24, 2019
    Ken and Bev Kelso are happy with Princess Kereru, their Matamata stable’s sole Group One candidate at the Ellerslie Christmas-New Year Carnival after a leg injury ruled out the stable star Supera.
  • Tue, Dec 24, 2019
    It is all hands on deck in the Rogerson household again this Christmas as the in-form stable prepares for the Boxing Day races at Ellerslie where they will saddle eight runners, including Gr.1 Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m) favourite Beauden.
  • Tue, Dec 24, 2019
    Consistent Hawkes’ Bay galloper Satu Lagi will head south to Awapuni on Boxing Day to line-up in the Manawatu Standard Summer Cup (1550m).
  • Tue, Dec 24, 2019
    Pass marks for stablemates Enzo’s Lad and Sensei at Wingatui on Thursday could be the start of a series of major attacks by Riccarton trainers Michael and Matthew Pitman, including possibly achieving a five-year goal.
  • Mon, Dec 23, 2019
    Robert Wellwood recorded his first black-type win as a trainer at Ellerslie on Boxing Day last year and he is hoping it will be a fruitful day once again at the Auckland track on Thursday.
  • Sun, Dec 22, 2019
    A winning double aboard Opalescence and Sinarahma at Awapuni on Saturday has the effervescent Sam Collett nicely situated near the top of the National Jockeys’ premiership .
  • Sun, Dec 22, 2019
    Visiting Cambridge mare Concert Hall was back to her brilliant best when she demolished her opposition in Saturday’s Gr.3 Aberdeen On Broadway Manawatu Cup (2300m).
  • Sun, Dec 22, 2019
    Exciting prospect Mascarpone sent a clear message to his age group rivals that he will be a force to be reckoned with in any of the upcoming three-year-old features after he stormed to victory over 1400m at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Sun, Dec 22, 2019
    Underrated southern mare Kiwi Ida scored her biggest career victory when she upset the favourites in Saturday’s Gr.2 Kamada Park Manawatu Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni.
  • Fri, Dec 20, 2019
    Andrew Carston recorded the 100th training win of his career on Thursday as part of a treble at Ashburton.
  • Thu, Dec 19, 2019
    Hastings trainer John Bary would have preferred another week of conditioning under Callsign Mav's belt heading into Saturday's Rich Hill Stud Premier 3YO (1400m) at Awapuni but expects his charge to be competitive nonetheless.
  • Thu, Dec 19, 2019
    Cambridge Stud have secured a majority share in unbeaten two-year-old colt Not An Option, a son of proven Australian sire Not A Single Doubt.
  • Thu, Dec 19, 2019
    Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is happy with comeback galloper Chocante but has no expectation of a winning return in the Gr.2 Kamada Park Manawatu Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Wed, Dec 18, 2019
    He may have just won his first stakes race, but in the eyes of those close to him, Justamaiz has been a champ since the day he was born.
  • Wed, Dec 18, 2019
    Ashburton galloper Diorissimo proved that she can handle the staying test of two miles in the Gr.3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) last month and trainers Sarah and Matthew Smith are eyeing further Cups assignments with the mare.
  • Wed, Dec 18, 2019
    Group One winning miler Shadows Cast may be kept to sprint distances in the coming months, starting with the Gr.2 Kamada Park Manawatu Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Tue, Dec 17, 2019
    Te Awamutu trainer Keith Hawtin is delighted with the progress of talented three-year-old Double Impact.
  • Tue, Dec 17, 2019
    Cambridge trainer Frank Ritchie is looking to plunder the rich spoils on offer at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day with a pair of stable runners.
  • Mon, Dec 16, 2019
    Jason Waddell is in top form with three stakes winners in eight days, but the Cambridge jockey came so close to ending his riding career earlier this season.
  • Mon, Dec 16, 2019
    Cambridge trainer Tony Pike believes rules around late scratchings need to be reviewed after he was fined $350 for late-scratching Intrigue at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Mon, Dec 16, 2019
    Quality three-year-old Probabeel returned to the fold at the Te Aroha trials on Monday and looks set for another lucrative campaign after comfortably accounting for her rivals in a 1000m heat.
  • Sun, Dec 15, 2019
    Courageous Cambridge mare Pop Star Princess put all her fighting qualities on display at Te Rapa on Saturday when she downed a talented line-up of rating 82 gallopers over 1200m.
  • Sun, Dec 15, 2019
    Giant galloper Julius gave his rivals weight and a beating when he ground out a gutsy victory at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Sun, Dec 15, 2019
    Matamata visitor Lilikoi showed she was on track for further age-group riches this summer with a comprehensive victory in Saturday’s Gr.3 Lawnmaster Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni.
  • Sun, Dec 15, 2019
    Local galloper Justamaiz left no excuses for his rivals as he led all the way to capture the day’s feature staying contest at Te Rapa, the Gr.3 SKY CITY Hamilton Waikato Cup (2400m).
  • Sun, Dec 15, 2019
    Te Rapa winner American Princess is likely to be put aside for a short break as her trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman look ahead to some of the late summer two-year-old features with the impressive debutant.
  • Sun, Dec 15, 2019
    Promising three-year-old Scorpz overcame a wide run in transit to nab his second stakes victory in succession when he outstayed his age-group rivals in Sunday’s Listed Hynds 3YO Salver (2100m) at Ellerslie.
  • Sun, Dec 15, 2019
    After narrowly avoiding disaster as he left the starting gates, promising galloper Beauden showed just what a talent he could become over a staying journey when he demolished his rivals in Saturday’s open 2000m event at Awapuni.
  • Sun, Dec 15, 2019
    Underrated mare The Real Beel made a winning return from a disappointing Australian spring campaign when she stormed home to take out the Gr.2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa.
  • Fri, Dec 13, 2019
    Comeback sprinter Julius will take the next step towards an elite level target when he contests the Gr.3 J Swap Contractors Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Fri, Dec 13, 2019
    Stakes performer Jip Jip Rock added a second career win to her tally at Ellerslie on Thursday when victorious in the Barfoot and Thompson Twilight Cup (1500m).
  • Thu, Dec 12, 2019
    Veteran jockey Darryl Bradley is looking forward to a gilt-edged opportunity to achieve two career goals at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Thu, Dec 12, 2019
    Trainer Nigel Tiley couldn’t be happier with talented three-year-old Riodini after his win in the Gr.3 Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie last weekend.
  • Thu, Dec 12, 2019
    Exciting three-year-old Scorpz will be tested over 2000m for the first time at Ellerslie on Sunday in preparation for the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) in February.
  • Wed, Dec 11, 2019
    South Auckland trainer Nigel Tiley will take a team of three to Ellerslie’s twilight meeting on Thursday to race in front of an anticipated bumper crowd at the Auckland track.
  • Wed, Dec 11, 2019
    Trainer Lance Noble is enjoying an exciting season with a number of three-year-old fillies this term and he will attempt to add black-type to one of their pages at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Tue, Dec 10, 2019
    Promising juvenile La Romanee has been ruled out of a tilt at the rich Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) at Ellerslie on January 25.
  • Tue, Dec 10, 2019
    Matamata owners Mark and Cath Lupton are hoping their dream run will continue in Saturday’s Gr.2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa.
  • Tue, Dec 10, 2019
    Consensus smashes Australasian online auction record; Telegraph possible for Emily Margaret;Te Akau looking to extend Karaka Million run
  • Tue, Dec 10, 2019
    Foxton trainers David and Emma Haworth are tipping a bright future for Very Appealing after her victory in the Wrightson/Leopard Hotel Xmas Cup (2200m) at Waipukurau on Sunday.
  • Mon, Dec 09, 2019
    As she waited to board a plane home from Wellington airport on Sunday afternoon, well-known bloodstock agent and racing identity Jen Campin was trying to work out just how she was going to answer the hundreds of congratulatory messages she had received after her favourite ‘cruisy dude’, Wyndspelle, finally broke his Group One maiden status.
  • Mon, Dec 09, 2019
    Victories by promising four-year-olds Prise De Fer and Savy Yong Blonk at Ellerslie on Saturday capped a strong week for Matamata trainer Jamie Richards and the Te Akau Racing team.
  • Mon, Dec 09, 2019
    The prospect of riding smart Cambridge three-year-old Kali at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day has lured Melbourne-based jockey Mick Dee back to New Zealand.
  • Mon, Dec 09, 2019
    Co-trainer Graeme Rogerson admits he still hasn’t worked out whether enigmatic three-year-old Mascarpone has a sprinting or staying future ahead of him, but what he does know is that he has an exciting prospect on his hands whichever way the cards fall.
  • Mon, Dec 09, 2019
    New Zealand Bloodstock Sales graduate Beat The Clock recorded his third win at elite level when taking out the Gr.1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.
  • Mon, Dec 09, 2019
    Te Akau Singapore trainer Mark Walker claimed his third title as Champion Singapore Trainer following the completion of the racing season at Kranji racecourse on Sunday.
  • Sun, Dec 08, 2019
    Cambridge visitor Not An Option showed he will be a force to be reckoned with in the juvenile features this season when he produced a powerful finishing burst to take out the Gr.2 Platinum Homes Taranaki Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1100m) at Trentham.
  • Sun, Dec 08, 2019
    Race favourite Riodini provided another example of his burgeoning talent when he comfortably accounted for his three-year-old rivals in the Gr.3 Mitchell Family Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie.
  • Sun, Dec 08, 2019
    A perennial bridesmaid at the highest level, consistent galloper Wyndspelle finally cracked a maiden Group One triumph when he took out the Gr.1 Rydges Wellington Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) in fine style at Trentham.
  • Fri, Dec 06, 2019
    There's no denying Cambridge trainer Tony Pike's strong personal attachment to a two-year-old he believes is his best chance of winning a Karaka Million yet.
  • Fri, Dec 06, 2019
    Ellerslie Racecourse will play home to the third annual Barfoot & Thompson Jockeys’ World Cup (JWC), with the competition taking place at their December 12 meeting.
  • Fri, Dec 06, 2019
    New Zealand’s two highest-rated horses, 10-time Group One winner Melody Belle and Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m) placegetter Te Akau Shark, have joined fellow Kiwi, Catalyst, in the nominations list for the second edition of The A$5 million All-Star Mile (1600m).
  • Fri, Dec 06, 2019
    The recently established association between Valachi Downs and newly retained rider Craig Grylls got off to a winning start at New Plymouth on Thursday, courtesy of Zareeba in the Epsom & Ascot With George & Wheels Maiden (2000m).
  • Fri, Dec 06, 2019
    New Plymouth trainer Robbie Patterson has experienced one of his best weeks in racing, recording a treble at his home track on Thursday after picking up a double at Otaki last Friday.
  • Fri, Dec 06, 2019
    Jo Surgeonor has leapt at an opportunity to snare her first Group win with Showoroses at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Fri, Dec 06, 2019
    Trainer Nigel Tiley is bullish about the chances of unbeaten three-year-old Riodini in Saturday’s Gr.3 Mitchell Family Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie despite admitting the talented gelding had done a little too well after his last start Tauranga victory.
  • Wed, Dec 04, 2019
    The revelation that is Canterbury apprentice Kozzi Asano continued his winning roll at Riverton on Wednesday, riding five winners on the eight-race card.
  • Wed, Dec 04, 2019
    High-class mare Supera is likely to start a short-priced favourite to win her maiden Group One when she contests the Rydges Wellington Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.
  • Tue, Dec 03, 2019
    A Group One victory is top of mind for trainers Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard with talented three-year-old Harlech.
  • Tue, Dec 03, 2019
    Sunday’s A$300,000 Jericho Cup (4600m) delivered a dream result for White Robe Lodge, but the iconic farm’s proprietor Brian Anderton was left lamenting the one that got away.
  • Mon, Dec 02, 2019
    Enigmatic former North Island galloper Camino Rocoso put his best foot forward on Sunday when he gave a dashing display of front-running to take out the feature event at Cromwell, the No Limits Interiors Cromwell Cup (2030m).
  • Mon, Dec 02, 2019
    A somewhat controversial decision in the inquiry room at Ellerslie on Saturday has paved the way for the Jamie Richards-trained Bordeaux le Rouge to secure a potential start in the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) next month.
  • Mon, Dec 02, 2019
    Former Wingatui-trained galloper Ablaze (Raise The Flag) has headed home a New Zealand-bred trifecta in the longest flat race in Australasia, the unique A$300,000 Jericho Cup (4600m) at Warrnambool on Sunday.
  • Mon, Dec 02, 2019
    Stephen Marsh’s racing team has been in fine form of late, recording seven wins in the last week to catapult the Cambridge horseman to the top of the New Zealand Trainers’ Premiership.
  • Mon, Dec 02, 2019
    Nominations for the second edition of the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m) opened on Monday morning, heralding the official countdown to the world’s richest mile race at Caulfield on Saturday, 14 March 2020.
  • Mon, Dec 02, 2019
    A longshot winner at the popular Cromwell meeting on Sunday has Riccarton trainers Michael and Matthew Pitman ready to climb further up the New Zealand Trainers’ Premiership ladder despite the sale of two of their most promising three-year-olds, Savvy Lad and Chuck A Luck.
  • Sun, Dec 01, 2019
    Last season’s Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) winner Sentimental Miss returned to her best with a quality staying performance to take out the Listed Steelform Roofing Group Wanganui Cup (2040m).
  • Sun, Dec 01, 2019
    Promising three-year-old Two Illicit continued the winning roll of Trelawney Stud couple, Brent and Cherry Taylor when she produced a professional display to take out the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial 3YO (1500m) at Ellerslie.
  • Sun, Dec 01, 2019
    A bold front-running performance paved the way for tough as teak gelding The Mitigator to capture his first black type victory when he took out the Gr.3 Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie.
2019 November
  • Fri, Nov 29, 2019
    Promising filly Amal Rose has secured a tilt at stakes level after easily accounting for her opposition in the Jeremy Pryor Sotheby’s 1400 at Tauranga on Thursday.
  • Fri, Nov 29, 2019
    Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh had a memorable day at Otaki on Friday, winning a stakes double and unearthing another Derby prospect.
  • Fri, Nov 29, 2019
    Southern amber nectar will be flowing after the Speights 1220 at Cromwell on Sunday, and Wingatui trainer Claire Anderton is hoping the connections of The Precious One will be the ones doing the toasting.
  • Thu, Nov 28, 2019
    Lance O'Sullivan has gone close to winning the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) in his time training, five-times producing three-year-olds to finish in the top five.
  • Thu, Nov 28, 2019
    Waikato stayer Aigne will undertake the ultimate test of endurance at Warrnambool on Sunday when he contests the A$300,000 The Jericho Cup (4600m), a race solely for New Zealand and Australian-bred thoroughbreds.
  • Wed, Nov 27, 2019
    Cambridge trainer Tony Pike has a few races in consideration for smart two-year-old Not An Option.
  • Tue, Nov 26, 2019
    The Lauren Brennan-trained Magnum booked his ticket for the Gr.2 Kamada Park Manawatu Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni next month with his victory at Pukekohe on Saturday.
  • Tue, Nov 26, 2019
    There are plenty of options available to Shaune Ritchie with in-form galloper Swords Drawn, but the Cambridge trainer is leaning towards a tilt at the Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship (2400m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.
  • Mon, Nov 25, 2019
    Trainer Jamie Richards is in two minds about what to do with impressive maiden winner Star Of Bombay who opened her winning account with a dominant victory over 1200m at Te Rapa on Sunday.
  • Mon, Nov 25, 2019
    Tony Pike is stepping into unfamiliar territory with Endless Drama this weekend, but a thumbs up from former successful jockey Mark Hills has the Cambridge trainer confident he has made the right move.
  • Mon, Nov 25, 2019
    Toby Edmonds has confirmed multiple stakes winner Winter Bride for New Zealand’s major sprints and his Gold Coast stable could also have contenders in both Karaka Million events.
  • Mon, Nov 25, 2019
    The after effect of some vigorous celebrations the night before had Matamata resident Mark Lupton feeling a little weary on Sunday morning but still in a state of elation after Yearn
  • Mon, Nov 25, 2019
    Exciting Central Districts galloper Rock On Wood was back to doing what he does best at Awapuni on Saturday where he accounted for his open handicap rivals in the day’s feature event, the John Turkington Forresty/Wai Pine Bulls Country Cup (1400m).
  • Sun, Nov 24, 2019
    Underrated mare Its Destinys Child upset the apple-cart to provide rider Sam Spratt with a winning black-type double at Pukekohe on Saturday when taking out the Listed Haunui Farm Counties Bowl (1100m).
  • Sun, Nov 24, 2019
    Ultra-consistent galloper Yearn finally put it all together in stakes company to record a deserved success at Group level when she took out the Gr.2 Dunstan Feeds Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Pukekohe on Saturday.
  • Fri, Nov 22, 2019
    Fresh from a two-day visit to Karaka for the Ready To Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds, Palmerston North trainer Lisa Latta will look to a graduate of last year's sale to anchor a big team at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Thu, Nov 21, 2019
    Talented South Auckland gallopers Marzemino and Media Sensation are set for a collision course after Saturday’s meeting at Pukekohe.
  • Wed, Nov 20, 2019
    Talented sprinter Julius has been given the green light to return to racing in Saturday’s Listed Haunui Farm Counties Bowl (1100m) at Pukekohe.
  • Wed, Nov 20, 2019
    Rock On Wood will be looking to continue his picket fence form line at Awapuni on Saturday where he will kick-off his season in the John Turkington Forrestry Ltd/Wai Pine Bulls Cup (1400m).
  • Tue, Nov 19, 2019
    Roger James and Robert Wellwood are looking to add to their fine recent strike rate this weekend, with horses to be engaged over three meetings, including a couple of stakes candidates at Pukekohe on Saturday.
  • Mon, Nov 18, 2019
    The decision to withdraw a nomination for their royally bred Redoute’s Choice filly from the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale paid off in spades for Cambridge couple Brent and Cherry Taylor on Saturday when she took out the Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.
  • Mon, Nov 18, 2019
    Central Districts jockey Leah Hemi experienced her biggest day in racing at Riccarton on Saturday, but admits the milestone is only just starting to sink in.
  • Mon, Nov 18, 2019
    Young trainer Daniel Miller will have plenty on his mind as he climbs into the driver’s seat of his horse truck on Monday morning to start the long trip back to Matamata from his temporary Riccarton base.
  • Mon, Nov 18, 2019
    Promising three-year-old Riodini maintained his unbeaten record with another impressive victory at Tauranga on the weekend, with trainer Nigel Tiley set to test him in Group company at the upcoming Ellerslie Christmas Carnival.
  • Sun, Nov 17, 2019
    Despite displaying some wayward tendencies over the closing stages Cambridge filly Loire stamped her class in emphatic style as she took out the Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) on Saturday.
  • Sun, Nov 17, 2019
    Progressive mare Supera overcame a wide run in transit throughout to dominate her rivals in the closing stages of the Gr.2 Gartshore Tauranga Stakes (1600m) on Saturday.
  • Sat, Nov 16, 2019
    Cambridge trainer Daniel Miller was quick to add a second stakes level victory to the black type account he opened on Wednesday when La Romanee overcame a tardy start to strike gold in the Listed Barneswood Farm Welcome Stakes (1000m) at Riccarton.
  • Fri, Nov 15, 2019
    South Auckland trainer Lance Noble will line-up two fillies in the Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
  • Thu, Nov 14, 2019
    Last-start winner Autumn Assault will step-up in grade at Kranji on Sunday to Class 3 company chasing another victory over 1100m.
  • Wed, Nov 13, 2019
    Last year’s Karaka Million 3YO (1600m) winner Scott Base will make his raceday return in the Waka Property, Building and Maintenance Handicap (1200m) at Awapuni on Thursday.
  • Wed, Nov 13, 2019
    The combination of trainers Michael and Matthew Pitman and owner Jim Bruford has again come to the fore during New Zealand Cup week in Christchurch.
  • Wed, Nov 13, 2019
    Ticket To Ride has booked her fare to the broodmare paddock after taking out the Gr.3 Valachi Downs Canterbury Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton on Wednesday.
  • Wed, Nov 13, 2019
    The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained True Enough was backed into $4 favoritism by punters in the Gr.2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton on Wednesday and he duly delivered, courtesy of a gun ride by leading hoop Matthew Cameron.
  • Tue, Nov 12, 2019
    New Plymouth trainer Janelle Millar has crossed the Cook Strait for the first time in a bid to snare some stakes spoils on the second day of the New Zealand Cup Carnival at Riccarton on Wednesday.
  • Tue, Nov 12, 2019
    Multiple New Zealand Group One winner Madison County will continue his career in North America with trainer Chad Brown as he plays a trail-blazing role for his owners.
  • Mon, Nov 11, 2019
    Talented three-year-old galloper Catalyst is set to remain in the care of Te Awamutu trainer Clayton Chipperfield after his victory in the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
  • Mon, Nov 11, 2019
    Promising two-year-old De La Terre will look to improve on the family record in the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) after she looked to have cemented her place in the million dollar feature with a comfortable victory over 1000m at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Mon, Nov 11, 2019
    Melbourne-based jockey Michael Dee is happy to be able to help out a long-time friend when he makes a fleeting trip back to New Zealand for Wednesday’s Riccarton meeting.
  • Mon, Nov 11, 2019
    Trainer Jamie Richards headed home from Melbourne on Sunday morning with his focus on a massive summer of racing in his home patch but also with one eye firmly to the future which is Australia in the autumn for his stable big guns.
  • Mon, Nov 11, 2019
    Emotions will run high for the Pitman family if Sensei can complete a notable sprint double at Riccarton on Wednesday, but the likelihood of such a feat hinges on improved weather in Christchurch.
  • Sat, Nov 09, 2019
    It's not the Melbourne Cup but David Archer is hoping Saturday's Gr.3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington might be just as lucrative.
  • Sat, Nov 09, 2019
    Touted as a near racecourse certainty, excitement machine Catalyst lived up to all the pre-race hype when he scorched to a stunning victory in the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) on Saturday.
  • Sat, Nov 09, 2019
    Central Districts stayer Duplicity showed he is ready to go one better in next Saturday’s Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) when he ground out a tough victory in the traditional lead-up event, the Listed Redwood Metropolitan Trophy Handicap (2500m).
  • Sat, Nov 09, 2019
    Last season’s Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) winner, Media Sensation made a successful start to her four-year-old campaign when she eased clear of race favourite Ferrando to take out the Listed Legacy Lodge Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa.
  • Sat, Nov 09, 2019
    Enigmatic sprinter Sensei was on his best behaviour as he dashed away from his rivals to win the Listed Yesberg Insurance Services Pegasus Stakes (1000m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
  • Thu, Nov 07, 2019
    Duplicity has made his way south in preparation for his major target of the spring, the Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton on Saturday week, but he will have one final run before the big race.
  • Thu, Nov 07, 2019
    Group One performer Rondinella will attempt to record her first stakes victory at Flemington on Saturday when she contests the Gr.2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m).
  • Wed, Nov 06, 2019
    Star three-year-old Catalyst has arrived in Christchurch and is expected to make a one-act affair of Saturday’s Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.
  • Wed, Nov 06, 2019
    Jamie Richards has been on the ride of his life in Australia this spring and the young Matamata trainer is hoping New Zealand’s darling of the turf, Melody Belle, can cap it off in style at Flemington on Saturday.
  • Wed, Nov 06, 2019
    Regally bred gelding Shenanigans has a long way to go to reach the heights of several of his siblings, but he made a promising start to his racing career at Avondale on Tuesday, winning the Westbrook Wines 1400.
  • Mon, Nov 04, 2019
    Trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman will remove the blinkers from their Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) hope The Chosen One as they look to provide the four-year-old Savabeel entire with his best possible chance to win Australasia’s great race.
  • Mon, Nov 04, 2019
    The Shelley Hale-trained Go Nicholas will be vying to record his third win on-end at Ellerslie on Tuesday when he contests the Halo Consulting 1600.
  • Mon, Nov 04, 2019
    Jamie Richards wasn’t the only New Zealand trainer who had a smile on his face after Melody Belle’s dominant win in the Gr.1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.
  • Mon, Nov 04, 2019
    An exhibition gallop between races at Motukarara on Sunday has kept smart Cambridge filly Kali on track for her Group One mission at Riccarton on Saturday week.
  • Mon, Nov 04, 2019
    Amidst the excitement, glamour and high-class action at Flemington on Saturday it was the small South Island settlement of Mosgiel that played a major role in the outcome of two of the feature events.
  • Mon, Nov 04, 2019
    The Dennis brothers are a long way from their Woodlands homes in Southland, but they were never going to miss the thrill of being on track for their own runner in Australia’s most famous race.
  • Mon, Nov 04, 2019
    Riccarton trainer Andrew Carston is taking just the one horse south to Wingatui’s Tuesday meeting, but he is confident of a bold showing from Ticket To Ride in the Harcourts Dunedin Open 1400m.
  • Mon, Nov 04, 2019
    A partnership that began with the establishment of Wentwood Grange Stud back at the beginning of the century can lay claim to a unique breeding connection on the weekend after Kolding took out the inaugural running of the A$7.5m Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday
  • Sun, Nov 03, 2019
    Classy mare Marzemino survived a late scare in Saturday’s Roger Gill Agriculture (1200m) at Pukekohe to make a winning start to what could be a career-defining campaign.
  • Sun, Nov 03, 2019
    Attempting to repeat a spring double from two years ago, top-class galloper Shadows Cast ticked the first box with a supreme weight-carrying performance in Saturday’s Courtesy Ford Redcraze Bowl (1400m) at Awapuni.
  • Sun, Nov 03, 2019
    Foxton trainers David and Emma Haworth came within a nose of a quinella in Saturday’s Listed Ricoh Feilding Gold Cup (2200m) at Awapuni, headed by a breakthrough performance by Toms.
  • Fri, Nov 01, 2019
    Already a Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) winning owner, Fergus Doyle has put his ultimate racing dream in the hands of New Zealand trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.
  • Fri, Nov 01, 2019
    Injured jockey Donavan Mansour is in good spirits after a successful operation on his broken pelvis at Waikato Hospital on Thursday.
  • Fri, Nov 01, 2019
    Group Two performer Yearn will kick-off her six-year-old season in the Roger Gill Agriculture 1200 at Pukekohe on Saturday, beginning her mission to try and add an all-important stakes victory to her resume.
2019 October
  • Thu, Oct 31, 2019
    Jockey Donavan Mansour will undergo surgery today after suffering a broken pelvis in an incident around near the starting barriers at Te Aroha on Wednesday.
  • Thu, Oct 31, 2019
    A sparkling trackwork gallop at Flemington on Tuesday has given Matamata trainer Jamie Richards all the assurance he wanted from stable star Melody Belle as she heads in to Saturday's Gr.1 $A1 million Empire Rose Stakes (1600m).
  • Wed, Oct 30, 2019
    Jockey Donavan Mansour was airlifted to hospital on Wednesday, following an incident in the starting gates in race two at Te Aroha.
  • Wed, Oct 30, 2019
    Group Three winner Concert Hall is set to back-up at Ellerslie next Tuesday after running home well for fifth over 1600m at Te Rapa on Labour Day.
  • Tue, Oct 29, 2019
    Matamata trainer Glenn Old has welcomed home Gr.3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) winner Bizzwinkle from his two start Australian campaign, but not in the manner he had hoped.
  • Mon, Oct 28, 2019
    Underrated galloper Tiptronic put a smile back on trainer Graham Richardson’s face with an overdue victory at Ellerslie on Saturday after the popular Matamata horseman had lost an earlier victory in the enquiry room.
  • Mon, Oct 28, 2019
    Not that he needed convincing but trainer Jamie Richards left Moonee Valley on Saturday evening with confirmation that he has a galloper capable of matching it with the best Australasia has to offer.
  • Mon, Oct 28, 2019
    Matamata galloper Harlech added his name to the list of northern raiders bound for Riccarton next month when he dominated his three-year-old rivals in the Gr.2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) at Te Rapa.
  • Mon, Oct 28, 2019
    Outsider Hay Tiger sprang a minor upset at Te Rapa on Monday when he prevailed in a blanket finish to the BCD Group-sponsored open handicap (1600m).
  • Mon, Oct 28, 2019
    Cambridge trainer Shaun Ritchie is hoping that Monday’s Gr.2 James and Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) at Te Rapa will provide him with confirmation of a stable double act in a Group One classic in Christchurch next month.
  • Mon, Oct 28, 2019
    Cambridge Stud stallion Tavistock has sustained an injury in his paddock which will impact his ability to cover over the coming weeks.
  • Sun, Oct 27, 2019
    Tenacious six-year-old Mauna Kea scored the biggest win of his career to date when his never-say-die attitude paved the way for a gritty victory in Saturday’s Gr.3 Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors Thompson Handicap (1600m) at Trentham.
  • Sun, Oct 27, 2019
    Exaltation, a three-year-old half-sister to star mare Melody Belle, turned in an impressive debut victory when winning the Helston & Associates Maiden (1200) at Riccarton on Saturday for trainer Jamie Richards.
  • Sun, Oct 27, 2019
    Pukekohe visitor Play That Song backed up an impressive debut win at Ruakaka earlier in the month with another dominant performance to take out the Listed Hanley Formula Wellesley Stakes (1000m) at Trentham on Saturday.
  • Sun, Oct 27, 2019
    Cambridge galloper Sherwood Forest showed he will be a force to be reckoned with at Group One level next month when he stormed home to take out the Gr.3 War Decree Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
  • Sun, Oct 27, 2019
    Unbeaten filly Travelling Light snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in Saturday’s Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie, earning clear favouritism for next month’s Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.
  • Fri, Oct 25, 2019
    Secret Allure will attempt to add a fifth stakes victory to her tally when she lines up in the Gr.3 Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors Thompson Handicap (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.
  • Wed, Oct 23, 2019
    Trainer Lance Noble is confident classy filly Bavella will give Saturday’s Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) a decent shake, as she looks to book her passage to the Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on November 16.
  • Wed, Oct 23, 2019
    Matamata trainer Kylie Fawcett is pleased with last start Listed Matamata Cup (1600m) winner Polly Grey and believes the five-year-old can take the next step up in Saturday’s Gr.3 Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors Thompson Handicap (1600m) at Trentham.
  • Tue, Oct 22, 2019
    Ross McCarroll may have retired his two most proven gallopers, but he showed at Rotorua last Saturday he has another round of ammunition to ensure he maintains a good strike-rate.
  • Tue, Oct 22, 2019
    Awapuni trainer Mark Oulaghan will once again return to New Zealand Cup week at Riccarton next month with Group One winner Shadows Cast.
  • Tue, Oct 22, 2019
    New Zealand raider Te Akau Shark and Sydney three-year-old Castelvecchio have been included in the 14-horse field for the A$5 million Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m).
  • Mon, Oct 21, 2019
    The pressure goes on Long Jack at Geelong on Wednesday to keep alive the Gr.1 Victoria Derby (2500m) prospects for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.
  • Mon, Oct 21, 2019
    Cambridge trainer Tony Pike has confirmed high-class three-year-old filly Kali will head straight to the Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton next month after her impressive winning performance at Ashburton on Saturday.
  • Mon, Oct 21, 2019
    Unheralded apprentice Joshua Kam was straight back to his normal Sunday morning routine less than 24 hours after achieving his biggest racetrack triumph when guiding outsider Sweet Treat to victory in the Listed Staphanos Classic (1950m) at Rotorua.
  • Sun, Oct 20, 2019
    Cambridge raider Kali overcame a wide run in transit to out-gun her three-year-old rivals as she scored a gritty victory in Saturday’s Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Stakes (1400m) at Ashburton.
  • Sun, Oct 20, 2019
    Enigmatic four-year-old Dawn Patrol made a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure when he took out the Gr.3 Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) at Rotorua with a powerful finishing burst.
  • Sun, Oct 20, 2019
    Hot favourite Equinox dominated his age-group rivals despite testing track conditions in the Lowe Schollum Jones 3YO (1215m) at Rotorua on Saturday.
  • Sun, Oct 20, 2019
    In just his first full season of riding and with just one winner under his belt, 28-year-old apprentice Joshua Kam secured the biggest moment in his fledgling career when he guided $43 outsider Sweet Treat to victory in Saturday’s Listed Staphanos Classic (1950m) at Rotorua.


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.