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2019 July
  • Fri, Jul 19, 2019
    Cambridge trainer Mark Forbes is looking forward to taking a small team down to New Plymouth Raceway on Saturday where he believes the heavy track conditions will suit his runners.
  • Fri, Jul 19, 2019
    Riccarton trainer Michael Pitman will have a six-strong team contest Sunday’s Oamaru race meeting and is expecting track conditions to soften from the Good3 rating on Friday with some rain forecast.
  • Thu, Jul 18, 2019
    New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock will have a strong hand at his local meeting on Saturday, led by a trio of fillies in the Seaton Park 3YO (1400m).
  • Thu, Jul 18, 2019
    The Matamata training partnership of Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard secured an early double with a pair of debutants at Hastings on Saturday.
  • Mon, Jul 15, 2019
    Offshore interest in promising galloper Mac Attacka was piqued yet again on Saturday after the impressive three-year-old produced a powerful closing burst to take out the last race on the card at Ruakaka.
  • Mon, Jul 15, 2019
    Reigning New Zealand Horse of the Year, Melody Belle, resumed at the Te Rapa trials on Monday with a close-up third over 900m behind stablemate Ritzy Sparkle for trainer Jamie Richards.
  • Sat, Jul 13, 2019
    Local two-year-old Annie’s Song indicated she could be a filly with a big future after she made a winning debut over 1000m at Ruakaka on Saturday.
  • Fri, Jul 12, 2019
    A policy of sourcing thoroughbred talent from this side of the Tasman has produced rich rewards this season for Australian owner John Fiteni.
  • Thu, Jul 11, 2019
    New Zealand Bloodstock are set to add another service to their burgeoning bloodstock business with the construction of a hotel, The DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka, on their Karaka property.
  • Thu, Jul 11, 2019
    Wise Men Say won last year’s Grant Plumbing Wellington Steeplechase (5500m) at Trentham and he will return to the Wellington track on Saturday in a bid to defend his title.
  • Wed, Jul 10, 2019
    Tony Pike is pleased with progressive galloper Sacred Day heading into Thursday’s $165,000 Grafton Cup but he has a fair handle on his main opposition.
  • Tue, Jul 09, 2019
    Byerley Park trainers Peter and Dawn Williams had a memorable season with several quality fillies and they are hoping they can continue that form into the new season.
  • Mon, Jul 08, 2019
    Red-hot jockey Zac Purton had to settle for second in Sunday afternoon’s feature at Sha Tin as Classic Unicorn, a son of Little Avondale stallion Per Incanto, made it two from two in the Class 3 Members Cup Handicap (1000m).
  • Sun, Jul 07, 2019
    A decision to place greater emphasis on the training side of the business appears to be paying dividends for former top jumps rider Clayton Chipperfield who produced a winning double on Saturday.
  • Sun, Jul 07, 2019
    Former top hurdler Just Got Home made a welcome and well received return to the winner’s circle at Te Aroha on Sunday when he prevailed in a thrilling finish to the Frank & Annie Matijasevich Memorial Open Steeplechase (3500m).
  • Sat, Jul 06, 2019
    With a strong performance at Awapuni on Saturday, emerging wet-track performer Herengawe produced a bold audition for next month’s Gr.3 Winning Edge Presentations 122nd Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton.
  • Sat, Jul 06, 2019
    Te Rapa specialist Sultan Of Swing struck again at the Hamilton track on Saturday, providing a poignant result in the U S Navy Flag Foxbridge Plate 17 Aug (1600m).
  • Fri, Jul 05, 2019
    A tilt at next month's Hospitality New Zealand Canterbury Grand National Hurdles (4200m) at Riccarton is beckoning El Corby if he can regain is best form at Te Aroha on Sunday.
  • Thu, Jul 04, 2019
    Te Awamutu horseman Stephen Ralph has experienced one of his biggest seasons-to-date and he can now call himself a Group One-winning trainer after the deeds of Santa Monica in the Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.
  • Wed, Jul 03, 2019
    Talented four-year-old Comeback remains on track for a trio of black-type assignments this winter.
  • Tue, Jul 02, 2019
    The Danny Shum-trained Green Energy, a New Zealand-bred son of Rip Van Winkle, returned from an eight-month injury absence to win Monday’s public holiday feature at Sha Tin, the Class 2 Hong Kong Reunification Cup Handicap (1200m).
  • Tue, Jul 02, 2019
    Despite fighting the after-effects of a 30-hour travel schedule during his return to New Zealand from the United Kingdom, leading South Island trainer Michael Pitman is still buzzing about his experiences over the past two months.
  • Tue, Jul 02, 2019
    With stakes wins on both sides of the Tasman, imported European mare Igraine has earned herself a special place in Brent and Cherry Taylor’s broodmare band and hearts.
  • Mon, Jul 01, 2019
    A copybook effort aboard local runner Poker Face paved the way for talented rider Alysha Collett to make her long-awaited reappearance in the winner’s enclosure following an injury-enforced break from the jockey ranks.
  • Mon, Jul 01, 2019
    With just one win required to match his best tally for a season and just five wins behind National Jockey’s Premiership leader Lisa Allpress, you could be forgiven for thinking Johnathan Parkes was plotting a huge month in July.
2019 June
  • Sun, Jun 30, 2019
    A patient ride from Aaron Kuru paved the way for local runner No Change to take out the feature hurdle race at Hastings on Saturday, the Te Whangai Romneys Hawke’s Bay Hurdle (3100m).
  • Sun, Jun 30, 2019
    A thrilling front-running exhibition has seen local galloper Perry Mason cap a brilliant day for local trainers Paul Nelson and Corrina McDougal when taking out the AHD Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase (4800m) at Hastings on Saturday.
  • Sun, Jun 30, 2019
    Local trainers Kenny Rae and his daughter Krystal Williams-Tuhoro made the best possible start to their day when they produced a winning double to open proceedings at Ruakaka on Saturday.
  • Fri, Jun 28, 2019
    Trackside presenter and jockey agent Darryl Anderson will head to Hong Kong in the new season where he will take up the role as Senior Racing Advisor with The Racing Club, a subsidiary of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
  • Fri, Jun 28, 2019
    Shelley Hale is hoping her trip north to Ruakaka on Saturday is less eventful than a fortnight ago.
  • Thu, Jun 27, 2019
    Group One winner Sacred Elixir returned to New Zealand from his former Hong Kong base on Wednesday morning and a scan has revealed positive signs that the injured son of Pour Moi will make a raceday return in his homeland.
  • Wed, Jun 26, 2019
    Cambridge jumps jockey Mathew Gillies has been enjoying a great run of form in recent weeks.
  • Wed, Jun 26, 2019
    Central Districts jockey Robert Hannam hasn’t let a delay to his New Zealand racing season hinder him from setting a record tally of stakes wins this term.
  • Tue, Jun 25, 2019
    The Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m) has been a long held ambition for connections of dual Group winner Te Akau Shark, but the Jamie Richards-trained runner is being set for another Group One target before he heads to Melbourne.
  • Mon, Jun 24, 2019
    Rangiora trainer Nick Wigley was holding his breath just moments before the start of Saturday’s two-year-old contest at Riccarton as smart filly Intimidate put on a petulant display behind the starting gates.
  • Mon, Jun 24, 2019
    New Zealand has been well-represented in the four-carriage Royal Procession on the final day of Royal Ascot with Rosehill-based trainer Chris Waller enjoying a memorable 24 hours.
  • Mon, Jun 24, 2019
    New Zealand has been well-represented in the four-carriage Royal Procession on the final day of Royal Ascot with Rosehill-based trainer Chris Waller enjoying a memorable 24 hours.
  • Mon, Jun 24, 2019
    Leading rider Zac Purton enjoyed a rocket run on young sprinting sensation Voyage Warrior in the Class 3 Ma On Shan Handicap (1000m) at Sha Tin in Hong Kong on Sunday to take home a treble.
  • Sun, Jun 23, 2019
    Under-rated mare Lil Miss Swiss produced a devastating late burst to snatch victory in Saturday’s feature flat race at Riccarton, the Greenwood Amberley Cup (1600m).
  • Fri, Jun 21, 2019
    In a coup for the King family’s Brighthill Farm, Group One performed son of Frankel, Eminent, will retire to their Tauwhare property for the forthcoming breeding season, where he will stand for a fee of $8,000+GST.
  • Fri, Jun 21, 2019
    The Tony and Lyn Prendergast-trained Who Dares Wins will be in search of his fourth successive victory on Saturday when he contests the Greenwood Amberley Cup (1600m) at Riccarton, for which he has been installed a $3.80 fixed odds favourite by TAB bookmakers.
  • Wed, Jun 19, 2019
    High Chaparral’s dual Group One winning son, Ace High, has been retired to Rich Hill Stud, near Matamata, where he will stand for a fee of $10,000+GST for the forthcoming breeding season.
  • Wed, Jun 19, 2019
    Promising Waikato apprentice Taiki Yanagida will return to raceday riding at Counties on Thursday after being on the sidelines for a couple of months after a trackwork incident.
  • Tue, Jun 18, 2019
    Wet track specialist Rosewood added a tenth victory to her record at Awapuni on Saturday and if conditions suit she will back up in this weekend’s Listed The Ultimate Ford and Mazda Tauranga Classic (1400m).
  • Mon, Jun 17, 2019
    Watching the familiar colours being carried to victory by Who Can Tell at Awapuni last Saturday was a reminder of the once powerhouse of jumps racing in New Zealand.
  • Mon, Jun 17, 2019
    Talented jumps jockey Mathew Gillies was able to put his self-described Awapuni hoodoo to rest on Saturday when he rode home a winning double at his former home track.
  • Mon, Jun 17, 2019
    Crown Prosecutor will spearhead a squad being sent north by Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh to be temporarily based at Ruakaka.
  • Sun, Jun 16, 2019
    Trainer Chris Wood is hopeful he may have unearthed a leading prospect for the deep winter tracks over the next few months after Mr Incredibull broke his maiden status at Te Awamutu on Sunday.
  • Sun, Jun 16, 2019
    Evergreen stayer Sampson confirmed his place in the Gr.3 Tattersall’s Cup (3000m) at Eagle Farm this coming weekend with a fighting run for second in the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) on Saturday.
  • Sat, Jun 15, 2019
    Central Districts raider Lucyinrio produced a gritty effort at Ruakaka on Saturday to take out the main race of the day, the Trigg Construction sponsored open 1200m.
  • Wed, Jun 12, 2019
    Matamata trainer Lance O’Sullivan has a small winter team in work but is hoping classy mare Sleeping Beauty can add to her black-type portfolio over the coming months, with the potential to target a Group One early in the new season.
  • Tue, Jun 11, 2019
    As the current thoroughbred racing season draws to a close, a question posed by many industry pundits just over 12 months ago has been answered in emphatic fashion.
  • Tue, Jun 11, 2019
    The new training partnership of Paul Nelson and Corrina McDougal secured their first win at Trentham on Saturday when No Tip was victorious in the Gazley Mercedes Benz Hurdle (2500m).
  • Sun, Jun 09, 2019
    Talented jumper Bad Boy Brown booked a place in next month’s Wellington Hurdle (3400m) at Trentham when he outstayed his open-class rivals in Saturday’s feature hurdle contest at the venue.
  • Sun, Jun 09, 2019
    Ocean Park gelding Kolding has emerged as the latest New Zealand-bred star for Queensland owner Neville Morgan, extending his winning sequence to four with a brilliant win in Saturday’s Gr.2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Eagle Farm.
  • Sun, Jun 09, 2019
    Cambridge-based trainer Brendon Hawtin achieved one of his career goals when lightly raced four-year-old Simply Optimistic scored a decisive victory over 1200m at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
  • Sun, Jun 09, 2019
    A brilliantly fine day and a huge on-course crowd combined to provide the appropriate farewell to thoroughbred racing at Waimate on Sunday where the Waimate Racing Club ran their last meeting at their home venue.
  • Sat, Jun 08, 2019
    Consistent middle-distance performer Dr Watson sprang a major surprise when he upset the open-class sprinters over 1200m on a testing Heavy11 surface at Trentham on Saturday.
  • Fri, Jun 07, 2019
    Promising apprentice jockey Hazel Schofer had a day to remember at New Plymouth on Thursday, riding home three winners on her home track.
  • Thu, Jun 06, 2019
    Expat New Zealand trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young will be hoping third time’s a charm for their talented three-year-old Savvy Oak when he lines up in the Gr.1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
  • Wed, Jun 05, 2019
    New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock currently sits on 30 wins for the season and he is on a mission to equal his previous best tally of 40 wins set in the 2001/02 season.
  • Tue, Jun 04, 2019
    Promising juvenile filly Flaunting became Hamilton trainer David Greene’s fourth stakes winner when she took out the Listed Castletown Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui on Saturday.
  • Sun, Jun 02, 2019
    Hastings-based galloper Hunta Pence signed off his latest campaign on a winning note when he slogged through the Wanganui mud to capture the Steelform Roofing Group Foxton Cup (2040m) at Wanganui on Saturday.
  • Sun, Jun 02, 2019
    It was business as usual for perennial champion trainer Aidan O'Brien as Anthony Van Dyck gave him a record-equalling seventh victory in the Gr.1 Investec Derby (2400m) at Epsom on Saturday.
2019 May
  • Wed, May 29, 2019
    Young Wanganui amateur rider Luke Myers will be out to keep up his winning streak when he heads to Ellerslie on Monday.
  • Tue, May 28, 2019
    The world’s most famous classic will carry some Kiwi interest this year, with a half-brother to a former champion New Zealand sprinter among the leading contenders.
  • Mon, May 27, 2019
    Clearview Park Stud in Timaru have announced they have secured Group One winner Jon Snow ahead of the forthcoming breeding season where he will stand for a fee of $6,000+GST.
  • Mon, May 27, 2019
    It has been quite a frustrating season for Levin trainer Sylvia Kay, having recorded a number of placings and only one win.
  • Sun, May 26, 2019
    On a day where there were several eye-catching performances, it was the victory in the last race on the card at Ellerslie by the lightly-tried Verbalizer that captured most of the attention.
  • Sat, May 25, 2019
    The winning roll for impressive four-year-old Comeback continued at Trentham on Saturday when he made it five wins in a row with a gritty performance to take out the Roaring Lion North Island Challenge Stakes (1400m).
  • Sat, May 25, 2019
    Underrated galloper Deerfield provided Chrissy Bambry with the biggest victory of her fledgling training career with a slick all-the-way victory in the Hanley Formula Autumn Sprint Championship Final (1200m) at Trentham.
  • Sat, May 25, 2019
    The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman stable were expected to play a prominent role in Saturday’s Listed Piazza D’Oro Auckland Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie, with five runners down to contest the two-year-old feature.
  • Thu, May 23, 2019
    Long Jack could enhance his stocks as a Gr.1 Victoria Derby (2500m) contender with another bold performance in Saturday's Listed Piazza D'Oro Auckland Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie.
  • Thu, May 23, 2019
    Balcairn trainers John and Karen Parsons are taking a team of ten horses to Friday’s Wingatui meeting, headed by Shezatoucha and Kiwi Ida, who will step out in open handicaps over staying and sprint distances respectively.
  • Wed, May 22, 2019
    Cambridge Stud principals Brendan and Jo Lindsay have had a fantastic run with the progeny of their foundation mare J’Adane .
  • Mon, May 20, 2019
    An impressive debut jumps win for Woodsman at Te Rapa on Saturday marked the first leg of a special double for rider Michael Roustoby and his twin brother, Adam.
  • Mon, May 20, 2019
    It might be a quieter time on the racing front for Roger James and Robert Wellwood, but there’s plenty of interest for their Cambridge stable this week.
  • Sat, May 18, 2019
    One of last season’s most promising jumpers returned to the hurdling game with a vengeance at Te Rapa on Saturday with a stunning performance to take out the Fairview Motors Waikato Hurdles (3200m).
  • Sat, May 18, 2019
    Topweight and race favourite Shamal added a second prestige steeplechase victory to his career record when he prevailed in a nail-biting finish to the Signature Homes Waikato Steeplechase (3900m) at Te Rapa.
  • Fri, May 17, 2019
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has announced a repeal of the betting levy (racing totalisator duty) currently paid by the racing industry to the Crown.
  • Fri, May 17, 2019
    Kevin and Julie Taylor of Koru Thoroughbreds sent two mares to Aquis Farm stallion Divine Prophet two years ago, and the results of those matings returned a healthy profit for them at Karaka on Friday.
  • Fri, May 17, 2019
    Te Akau principal David Ellis was once again prominent at Karaka, going to $80,000 to secure Lot 77, a son of first-season sire Vadamos, at New Zealand Bloodstock’s May Sale on Friday.
  • Fri, May 17, 2019
    Cambridge bloodstock agent Bevan Smith made a pleasing start to his solo bloodstock career at New Zealand Bloodstock’s May Sale at Karaka on Friday, taking home lot 83, the Tivaci filly out of Group Three performer Sitting on a Hill for $95,000.
  • Sun, May 12, 2019
    Ardmore trainer Nick Bishara’s year just keeps on getting better after promising stayer Verry Flash returned to winning form with a victory at Rotorua on the weekend.
  • Sun, May 12, 2019
    Trainer Tony Pike had a feeling his class sprinter, The Bostonian, was in the sort of form to run the race of his life in Saturday’s Gr.1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m).
  • Fri, May 10, 2019
    Cambridge trainer Tony Pike has taken a seven-strong team to Queensland to tackle the rich spoils on offer in the sunshine state over the coming months.
  • Thu, May 09, 2019
    Andrew Forsman doesn't have the same cricketing claim to fame as his training partner Murray Baker but he revealed he did rack up a couple of centuries as a schoolboy batsman at Te Awamutu College.
  • Tue, May 07, 2019
    Multiple Group One-winning mare Melody Belle is back in work in preparation for a busy spring campaign.
  • Tue, May 07, 2019
    Progressive Kiwi stayer Felaar is likely to back-up at Caulfield this week after a nightmare first taste of Australian racing .
  • Sun, May 05, 2019
    Lightly raced three-year-old Ignored produced one of the day’s highlights when she overcame a tardy start to win against the older horses at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Sat, May 04, 2019
    Visiting northern rider Lisa Allpress showed her undoubted class in the saddle when she guided race favourite All About Magic to a comprehensive victory in the Listed Berkley Stud Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton.
  • Sat, May 04, 2019
    Consistent filly Rainbow Dash added further valuable black-type to her outstanding two-year-old campaign with a gritty victory in the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre 2YO Stakes (1100m) at Te Rapa.
  • Fri, May 03, 2019
    Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley has experienced plenty of success in Queensland over the last few years and he is returning to the Sunshine State in a bid to collect some more winter spoils.
  • Fri, May 03, 2019
    Disturbance will step up to a distance past 1200m for just the second time this season when he tackles Saturday's Listed Daphne Bannon Memorial Great Easter Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton.
  • Fri, May 03, 2019
    Roz Southey couldn’t resist a tongue-in-cheek comment when describing the thrill of Zed Em’s amazing win under 70kgs when leading home a New Zealand-bred trifecta in the Grand Annual Steeplechase (5500m) at Warrnambool on Thursday.
  • Thu, May 02, 2019
    Auckland trainer Stephen McKee has given rise to Consensus' chances in Saturday's Gr.2 A D Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast, describing her condition as much superior to how she fronted for last year's race.
  • Thu, May 02, 2019
    Cambridge trainer Tony Pike is keen to run stakes performers Intrigue and Indecision at the Gold Coast on Saturday, but there is little room for error in terms of the travel arrangements.
  • Wed, May 01, 2019
    Trainer Jenna Mahoney has been successfully juggling sporthorses and racehorses for more than a decade but she admits the racing side of her business, Cypress Point Stables, is taking priority now.
  • Wed, May 01, 2019
    After nearly a year off the racing scene Rock On Wood is shaping into a very progressive racehorse.
2019 April
  • Tue, Apr 30, 2019
    Leading South Island trainer Matthew Pitman, who trains in partnership with his father Michael, will line-up six runners in the two stakes races at Riccarton on Saturday and he believes the stable has a solid chance of taking out the two features.
  • Tue, Apr 30, 2019
    Trainer John Sargent will have representatives in three states this weekend, headed by New Zealand import House Of Cartier, a recent addition to the stable that will contest the Gr.1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on Saturday.
  • Mon, Apr 29, 2019
    Morrinsville owner Russell Mead has a big decision to make following the upset deadheat victory of his under-rated three-year-old Speedy Meady at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Sun, Apr 28, 2019
    A successful procedure conducted on Friday to remove the metal rods and screws inserted to stabilise her lumbar region following a horror fall in Singapore last October.
  • Sun, Apr 28, 2019
    In a thrilling finish to the Gr.3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) the judge couldn’t separate the pair of Vigor Winner and Speedy Meady who shared victory in the feature Te Rapa contest.
  • Sun, Apr 28, 2019
    Gritty two-year-old Bronte Beach is likely to head up a three-pronged attack on the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre 2YO Stakes (1100m) for trainer Stephen Marsh at Te Rapa next weekend after her impressive victory at Hastings on Saturday.
  • Sun, Apr 28, 2019
    Cambridge trainer Tony Pike left Te Rapa racecourse on Saturday evening with a satisfied grin on his face despite winning just the one race on the day.
  • Sun, Apr 28, 2019
    Trainer Tony Pike unleashed another eye-catching youngster from his Cambridge-based team when two-year-old filly Subpoena delivered a winning performance on debut at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Wed, Apr 24, 2019
    The Richard Collett-trained Mercy Hill is a good chance of making it three successive victories when she contests the Rating 82 Bruce Amies Pharmacy Governor General's Cup (1600m) at Avondale on Thursday.
  • Mon, Apr 22, 2019
    A comfortable victory at the Waverley trials earlier this month has confirmed a start in Saturday’s Gr.3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) for promising three-year-old Lincoln Falls.
  • Mon, Apr 22, 2019
    Frank Ritchie will make a call on Tuesday as to whether his boutique stable’s leading light will contest the feature races at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Sun, Apr 21, 2019
    It’s not often you find the owner of a Group Three winner at Royal Randwick happily ensconced on his tractor cutting grass less than twenty-four hours after such a notable victory.
  • Sat, Apr 20, 2019
    The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman training partnership set a new record for the most victories at stakes level in a New Zealand season when Quick Thinker took out the Listed Buffalo & Co Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Sat, Apr 20, 2019
    Locally trained mare Lil Miss Swiss caused a major boil-over when she nabbed hot favourite Orepuki Lad in the shadows of the winning post to capture the Listed Carriers Arms Hotel Riverton Cup (2147m) on Saturday.