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2020 September
  • Fri, Sep 25, 2020
    After 18 months on the sidelines, 2018 Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m) winner Ladies First will make her raceday return at her home track on Saturday.
  • Fri, Sep 25, 2020
    Consistent sprinter Magnum will kick-off what will likely be his last preparation at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Thu, Sep 24, 2020
    Hall of Fame trainer Murray Baker has won the Gr.1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield four times already so he well knows the formidable task he has set for The Chosen One on Saturday.
  • Thu, Sep 24, 2020
    Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard unleashed a smart filly at Woodville on Thursday when first-starter Bonham cruised to victory in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1100m).
  • Thu, Sep 24, 2020
    After a series of second placings over the last week, Matamata trainer Cody Cole is hoping to go one better on Saturday.
  • Thu, Sep 24, 2020
    The road towards The Jericho Cup (4800m) at Warrnambool on November 29 will begin at New Plymouth on Saturday for the victor of the qualifying race of the same name.
  • Wed, Sep 23, 2020
    Spring prospects for a group of promising Dean Wiles-trained youngsters will become clearer with racing at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Tue, Sep 22, 2020
    The Chrissy Bambry-trained Deerfield will be back at Hastings on the third day of the spring carnival after a brave performance when fifth in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) on Saturday.
  • Tue, Sep 22, 2020
    The classic seasons for a couple of Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr’s runners will start to ramp up this week.
  • Tue, Sep 22, 2020
    Oceanex is continuing to please trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr ahead of the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) in November.
  • Mon, Sep 21, 2020
    It was another proud day for Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis CNZM as the multi-faceted operation recorded seven wins in the space of seven hours, in three different countries on Saturday.
  • Mon, Sep 21, 2020
    The Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings in a fortnight is shaping as another standout contest based on the comments from connections of the horses who finished in behind Saturday’s upset winner of the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m), Callsign Mav.
  • Mon, Sep 21, 2020
    Catalyst’s spring campaign is over, but trainer Clayton Chipperfield admits he breathed a sigh of relief when hearing the result of Monday morning’s Sydney veterinary inspection on his stable star.
  • Mon, Sep 21, 2020
    Top jockey Vinnie Colgan is feeling frustrated counting down the weeks until his return to raceday competition, but that’s a far cry from his outlook on his riding future earlier this year.
  • Mon, Sep 21, 2020
    Callsign Mav’s victory in Saturday’s Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) was one of the biggest Group One upsets in the history of the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival, but Emily Holmes was less surprised than most.
  • Mon, Sep 21, 2020
    Trainer Stephen Ralph knows it is a big step up from an open handicap win at Ruakaka to the Gr.1 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s day but he is confident he has the horse that can take that leap in versatile customer New York Jazz.
  • Sat, Sep 19, 2020
    Hastings filly Shezzacatch was thrown in at the deep end for her debut in Saturday’s Listed El Roca-Sir Colin Meads Trophy (1200m), and she spectacularly rose to the occasion.
  • Sat, Sep 19, 2020
    Hastings trainer John Bary has saddled plenty of big-race winners on home soil, but none with the shock factor of Callsign Mav’s $82 boilover in Saturday’s Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m).
  • Sat, Sep 19, 2020
    Promising galloper Miss Aotearoa provided rider Craig Grylls and owner/breeder Tony Rider with a black type double at Hastings when she out-finished her age-group rivals in the Gr.3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail Stakes (1200m).
  • Sat, Sep 19, 2020
    Cambridge visitor The Midnight Shift upset the applecart when he strode clear to take out the Te Whangai Romneys Hawke’s Bay Hurdle (3100m) at Hastings on Saturday.
  • Fri, Sep 18, 2020
    Age Of Chivalry finished runner-up in the Gr.1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) last season and trainers Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra are hoping he can go one better in this year’s edition.
  • Fri, Sep 18, 2020
    Alchemia could provide Katrina and Simon Alexander with a memorable milestone at Hastings on Saturday if she lives up to the promise she has shown her Matamata trainers.
  • Fri, Sep 18, 2020
    Fashionable maiden win by Savabeel filly; New hoop for Jennifer Eccles; Ready to Run Sale trainers series schedule announced
  • Fri, Sep 18, 2020
    Trainer Tony Pike has a host of runners at Hawke’s Bay on Saturday including exciting one-win three-year-old The Irishman, who steps straight into stakes company after continuing to please on the training track.
  • Fri, Sep 18, 2020
    With runners in two stakes races, the opening day of the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival at Hastings looms as a landmark moment in the short history of syndicator Savvy Racing.
  • Thu, Sep 17, 2020
    Claire Anderton will try to continue her strong start to the new season when she heads to Ashburton on Friday with a potential contender for the Gr.1 Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).
  • Wed, Sep 16, 2020
    Inferno smouldering ahead of Guineas; Hayes camp pleased with Beauty Generation ahead of return; National Breeding Awards cancelled
  • Wed, Sep 16, 2020
    Group One performer Melt will kick-off her spring campaign in the Harcourts Tai Tokerau Trophy (1200m) at Ruakaka on Saturday.
  • Wed, Sep 16, 2020
    Matamata trainer Peter McKay recites the old adage that it's tough at the top as he prepares Group One winner The Mitigator for Saturday's Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings.
  • Tue, Sep 15, 2020
    The huge impression created by young unbeaten Sydney galloper Mo’unga with his Rosehill stakes win last Saturday highlighted a significant week for champion New Zealand sire Savabeel, one which also uncovered another two of his possible three-year-old stars.
  • Tue, Sep 15, 2020
    It might have been nearly dusk, but after Travimyfriend won the Listed The Sofitel (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday, Silver (John) Goodin was down to Pineau’s paddock with an extra scoop of feed and a carrot.
  • Tue, Sep 15, 2020
    Six-year-old mare Kiwi Ida is in fine fettle heading into Saturday’s Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) with the John and Karen Parsons-trained mare staying in the Waikato after her fresh-up sixth placing in the Gr.2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m).
  • Tue, Sep 15, 2020
    New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock had a golden run in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) a few years ago, winning three on-end, and he is hoping he can add a fourth to his mantlepiece after Saturday.
  • Mon, Sep 14, 2020
    If the Bledisloe Cup goes ahead on October 17, it will be the first time New Zealand will have hosted an All Blacks Test and an election on the same day.
  • Mon, Sep 14, 2020
    Danica Guy couldn’t be happier with her talented galloper Germanicus as the five-year-old begins a Group One programme of assignments this season at Hastings on Saturday.
  • Mon, Sep 14, 2020
    A lengthy spell away from the racetrack to revitalise both his mind and body appears to have worked for talented jockey Michael McNab as he picked up his first victory on Saturday since making his return to raceday riding this month.
  • Mon, Sep 14, 2020
    Trainer Tony Pike breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday morning as he watched Gr.1 New Zealand Derby winner Sherwood Forest moving freely after pulling up lame in his campaign opener at Ellerslie the previous day.
  • Sat, Sep 12, 2020
    Matamata mare Shoshone demonstrated her affinity for the Ellerslie turf when she headed home a quality field over 1200m at the venue on Saturday.
  • Sat, Sep 12, 2020
    There was a familiar look to the results after racing was concluded at Riccarton on Saturday with the local training duo of Matthew and Michael Pitman racking up another winning double on the day.
  • Sat, Sep 12, 2020
    The cream rose to the top late in the day at Ellerslie when four-year-old mare Two Illicit issued a powerful statement to her spring rivals with a commanding fresh-up victory over 1400m on Saturday.
  • Fri, Sep 11, 2020
    Pukekohe trainer Richard Collett will saddle two solid chances at Ellerslie on Saturday, with My Callisto to contest the Dunstan Feeds 2100, while four-year-old mare Sweet Clementine will tackle a strong field in the JRA Trophy (1400m).
  • Fri, Sep 11, 2020
    It’s been a frustrating last few months for top jumps jockey Shaun Phelan, but the end to his injury enforced layoff is near.
  • Fri, Sep 11, 2020
    Triple Group One winning sprinter The Bostonian will miss the remainder of the spring after suffering a fetlock injury in a gallop on Thursday.
  • Thu, Sep 10, 2020
    Fiscal Fantasy has become one of trainer Frank Ritchie’s stable favourites and he admits it will be a sad day when she leaves his Cambridge barn for the last time.
  • Thu, Sep 10, 2020
    Christchurch apprentice Rohan Mudhoo is riding the crest of a wave, having impressed the country's leading trainer Jamie Richards enough to secure key rides for Te Akau Racing at Riccarton on Saturday.
  • Thu, Sep 10, 2020
    New NZB Ready to Run Sale Trainer Series; Flemington challenge for Toffee Tongue; Asano looking forward to more time on Beach; Cadenabbia breaks through in Sydney
  • Thu, Sep 10, 2020
    Multiple Group Two winner Scott Base has been retired after finishing 12th in last Saturday’s Gr.2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m), with connections electing to call time on the career of the highly talented, but injury-plagued six-year-old.
  • Wed, Sep 09, 2020
    The Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) dream is still alive for Group One-winning stayer Glory Days and her connections.
  • Wed, Sep 09, 2020
    A trip to Taupo to bring on the fitness of talented mares Two Illicit and Concert Hall has received a hearty tick of approval from Cambridge trainers Roger James and Robert Wellwood.
  • Wed, Sep 09, 2020
    Haunui Farm shuttle stallion Belardo made a splash in the northern hemisphere this year with his first crop and now his southern progeny are turning heads.
  • Tue, Sep 08, 2020
    Group Two winning mare Aretha has been retired after trailing the field home in the Gr.2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) last Saturday, with a stallion yet to be selected for the daughter of Charm Spirit.
  • Tue, Sep 08, 2020
    The weights for the A$5.15 million Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and A$8 million Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) have been released by Racing Victoria, with the Kiwi contingent featuring prominently.
  • Tue, Sep 08, 2020
    Lance O’Sullivan, who trains in partnership with Andrew Scott, was pleased with the fresh-up run of quality four-year-old Dragon Leap, who finished 8th in the Gr.2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.
  • Tue, Sep 08, 2020
    Promising filly La Vernazza will head to the spelling paddock after pulling up injured last week.
  • Tue, Sep 08, 2020
    Almost two years after suffering serious head injuries in a race fall, apprentice jockey Sarah Macnab has made a fine start to the 2020-21 season.
  • Tue, Sep 08, 2020
    Trans-Tasman trainer Michael Moroney will head to the races for the first time in five months on Saturday when he goes to Flemington to watch Tofane compete in the Gr.2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m).
  • Mon, Sep 07, 2020
    Craig Grylls began the spring in the best possible fashion at Te Rapa on Saturday, riding a winning treble, including his first stakes victory for the season, to take him to the top of the New Zealand Jockeys’ Premiership.
  • Mon, Sep 07, 2020
    A lease arrangement brokered by Novara Park principal Luigi Muollo has allowed Sweynesse’s former trackwork rider to share in his black-type success at stud.
  • Mon, Sep 07, 2020
    Group One performed mare retired; Derby target for Young Werther; Atishu aiming for 1000 Guineas; Patience paying off with Tanaawol; Simply Optimistic back in the winner's circle
  • Sat, Sep 05, 2020
    The distinctive black and gold chequered colours of Cambridge couple Brendan and Jo Lindsay were to the fore at Te Rapa on Saturday when their quality mare Bavella showed she could be in for a bumper season with a comfortable first-up victory.
  • Sat, Sep 05, 2020
    Stratford trainer Gavin Sharrock is hopeful of a good return from his Group One performed four-year-old Vancooga, when the daughter of Proisir resumes in the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Sat, Sep 05, 2020
    Sweynesse filly Only Words has provided her Te Awamutu trainer Clint Isdale with the biggest victory of his fledgling training career after taking out the Listed HS Dyke Wanganui Guineas (1200m) on Saturday.
  • Sat, Sep 05, 2020
    Quality galloper Avantage showed she is the horse to beat in the upcoming Hawke’s Bay triple crown when she produced a strong fresh-up effort to take out the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Foxbridge Pate (1200m) at Te Rapa.
  • Fri, Sep 04, 2020
    Blinkers to help Richards duo on raceday; Horse of the Year Awards go virtual; Time Test fully booked; Hello Youmzain in search of third Group One; Additional race in Filly of the Year series;
  • Fri, Sep 04, 2020
    The pride of the south, Group One winner Patrick Erin, will begin his spring campaign at Wingatui on Sunday where he will tackle the Vault 21 (1400m).
  • Fri, Sep 04, 2020
    Apprentice jockey Hazel Schofer has had a dream start to the season and currently sits atop the New Zealand Jockeys’ Premiership with nine wins.
  • Thu, Sep 03, 2020
    Promising three-year-old Taroni will begin her path towards the Gr.1 Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) when she lines-up at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Thu, Sep 03, 2020
    Te Akau Racing's annual southern spring sojourn begins in earnest at Timaru on Friday with trainer Jamie Richards unleashing five of his 12-strong first wave of travellers.
  • Thu, Sep 03, 2020
    The New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (NZTBA) has announced that Waikato Stud is the winner of the Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan New Zealand Breeder of the Year Award.
  • Wed, Sep 02, 2020
    Former jockey Amber Sims kicked off her training career in the best possible fashion at Avondale on Wednesday, winning the Avondale Sunday Markets (1600m) with Coruba Jak.
  • Wed, Sep 02, 2020
    Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have been given a free rein to develop promising three-year-olds Unition and Suffused as they see fit.
2020 August
  • Mon, Aug 31, 2020
    Former New Zealand jockey and trainer Ray Cleaver has died in Victoria just a few days after saddling up a runner at Mornington last Thursday.
  • Mon, Aug 31, 2020
    A never-say-die attitude from both horse and rider saw lightly raced stayer Junior pick up the biggest win of his career to date when he took out the Opal Kiwi Packaging Kiwifruit Cup (2100m) in the hands of Chelsea Burdan at Tauranga.
  • Mon, Aug 31, 2020
    Semi-retired horseman Mark Lupton is encouraged by reports on his top-class staying mare Etah James, as the eight-year-old daughter of Raise The Flag gets ready for a spring campaign.
  • Mon, Aug 31, 2020
    First stakes success for Belardo as Isabella Giles dominates at Goodwood; Princess Kereru ready for Foxbridge Plate
  • Mon, Aug 31, 2020
    It may have taken plenty of effort and sacrifice, but Cambridge trainer Tony Pike finally has his temporary Sydney satellite barn in operation.
  • Sun, Aug 30, 2020
    Former champion South African apprentice Kersley Ramsamy put his first win on the board in New Zealand when he guided promising three-year-old Sheza Jakkal to victory at Tauranga on Saturday.
  • Sun, Aug 30, 2020
    Visiting northern trainer Ken Rae kicked off his day at Riccarton in the best possible style when promising galloper Eva James cruised to a comfortable victory.
  • Fri, Aug 28, 2020
    Promising three-year-old Sheza Jakkal will contest Saturday’s Dobson's Refrigeration And Electrical 3yo (1300m) at Tauranga and trainer Gavin Opie senses a gilt-edged opportunity.
  • Fri, Aug 28, 2020
    Group One performer Kiwi Ida is set to fly the South Island flag in the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa on September 5.
  • Thu, Aug 27, 2020
    Adelaide trainer Michael Hickmott picked up a winning double on his home turf at Murray Bridge on Wednesday to continue his red-hot run of form in recent months.
  • Thu, Aug 27, 2020
    Classic aims for Annavisto; Interest grows in Caulfield and Melbourne Cups; Brighthill Farm stallion parade; Cambridge stallions on show
  • Wed, Aug 26, 2020
    The joy of achieving a winning double at Matamata on Saturday was tempered slightly for apprentice Tegan Newman when she copped a week’s suspension for a whip infraction at the Te Aroha meeting on Sunday.
  • Wed, Aug 26, 2020
    Class prevails at Rotorua; Derby hope to kick off three-year-old campaign; Time Test yearlings on show; Racing NSW opens border to some Vic horses
  • Wed, Aug 26, 2020
    When nominations close on Thursday for the A$7.75 million Gr.1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m), Tauranga stayer Roger That will be a notable absentee due to the logistical travel headache and uncertainty created by the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria.
  • Tue, Aug 25, 2020
    Te Awamutu trainer Clint Isdale has stakes goals in mind for smart three-year-old Only Words, an impressive winner at Taupo last week.
  • Tue, Aug 25, 2020
    Long-time owner-breeders Frank and Faye Drummond gave a couple of Irish horsemen their first wins in their new roles when celebrating a double last weekend.
  • Mon, Aug 24, 2020
    Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman are bucking the trend and sending Australian-bound gallopers The Chosen One and Quick Thinker directly to Melbourne next week.
  • Sun, Aug 23, 2020
    The Chris Waller-trained Mo'unga turned heads with a stunning performance at Newcastle on Saturday which has resulted in the son of Savabeel being installed an early $8.50 favourite for the Gr.1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on October 10.
  • Sun, Aug 23, 2020
    The newly minted training partnership of Shaune Ritchie and Colm Murray put their first winner on the board at Matamata on Saturday when Claiborne strode clear in the final stages of a 1600m contest to score a convincing victory.
  • Sun, Aug 23, 2020
    Trainer Tony Pike believes his star sprinter The Bostonian has plenty to offer during his Sydney spring campaign following a satisfactory first-up performance in Saturday’s Gr.1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.
  • Sun, Aug 23, 2020
    Promising four-year-old Timberlake showed he had taken plenty out of his first-up run at Te Aroha recently when he raced away with a 1400m maiden contest at Matamata on Saturday.
  • Fri, Aug 21, 2020
    Waikato Stud’s star resident Savabeel has cracked another significant milestone in his remarkable career with daughter Savacool providing the multiple champion sire’s 100th individual stakes winner.
  • Fri, Aug 21, 2020
    New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock heads to Matamata on Saturday with three strong chances as he looks to maintain his successful start to the new season.
  • Fri, Aug 21, 2020
    The Gr.1 Winx Stakes (1400m) understandably means a lot to leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller and he is hoping one of his four runners will be able to secure top honours at Randwick on Saturday.
  • Thu, Aug 20, 2020
    Wanganui trainer Raymond Connors has taken out two of the last three editions of the Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m) with quality jumper Wise Men Say, and the marathon feature is once again his main target this year.
  • Thu, Aug 20, 2020
    New Zealand Thoroughbred Horse Of The Year Awards Finalists; River Radiance ready to step up; Icebath for Glen Boss
  • Thu, Aug 20, 2020
    New Zealand Bloodstock have announced the development of a new, robust online bidding platform specifically developed for the future of their thoroughbred and standardbred auction sales.
  • Thu, Aug 20, 2020
    Talented six-year-old Sherrif heads off on a journey on Saturday that could yet see him tackle the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings on October 17.
  • Thu, Aug 20, 2020
    The gavelhouse.com Waikato Branch New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association stallion parade planned for this weekend (August 22/23) has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Wed, Aug 19, 2020
    Cambridge trainer Glen Harvey sent out his first raceday winner on Wednesday when Bounty proved too strong in the Te Akau 2019/2020 No 1 Stable 1100m maiden.
  • Wed, Aug 19, 2020
    Injured Waikato jockey Ryan Elliot is determined to be leaner and keener to make the most of his future on the flat as the new season unfolds.
  • Tue, Aug 18, 2020
    Group One-winning mare Glory Days returned from retirement at the Foxton trials on Tuesday where she finished fourth in her 1000m heat.
  • Mon, Aug 17, 2020
    Talented mare All Saints’ Eve recorded a hard-fought victory at Randwick over 1400m on Saturday, the third career win for the daughter of Sacred Falls from seven starts to date.
  • Mon, Aug 17, 2020
    The Ebbett VW National Breeding Awards have been postponed due to COVID-19 alert level restrictions, with a new date to be confirmed when possible.
  • Mon, Aug 17, 2020
    The New Zealand racing industry awoke on Monday morning to the news of the death overnight of popular Canterbury trainer Tony Prendergast, aged 84.
  • Mon, Aug 17, 2020
    Madam Sequoia had more than just her own future resting on her bid to clear maiden ranks at Riccarton on Saturday.
  • Sun, Aug 16, 2020
    One of the elder statesman of the South Island jockey ranks was to the fore at Riccarton as he collected a winning treble and went within a whisker of tearing off the major prize on the day.
  • Sun, Aug 16, 2020
    A three-year absence from the winners’ enclosure was ended in spectacular style on Saturday when ex-Kiwi galloper Saracino led all the way to take out the Listed Heineken-Belmont Newmarket (1200m) at Belmont.
  • Sat, Aug 15, 2020
    Quality short course galloper He Kin Fly reminded racing enthusiasts there is still plenty of life left in his eight-year-old legs when he boomed home to claim his tenth career victory when taking out the main sprint feature at Riccarton on Saturday.
  • Sat, Aug 15, 2020
    Ruakaka trainer Kenny Rae enjoyed a red-letter day at Riccarton on Saturday as two of his three-horse team that he had brought south from his far north base took out feature events.
  • Sat, Aug 15, 2020
    Former North Island galloper Dr Velocious may have earned himself a tilt at the Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) after providing Singapore-born apprentice Yong Chew with his first victory at Riccarton on Saturday.
  • Fri, Aug 14, 2020
    Happy Star will be vying to keep his undefeated record intact this preparation when he contests the Gr.3 Winning Edge Presentations Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton Park on Saturday.
  • Fri, Aug 14, 2020
    Two of New Zealand’s leading thoroughbred nurseries will be keeping close tabs on Randwick on Saturday where trainer John O’Shea will kick-off the spring preparations of their talented mares.
  • Fri, Aug 14, 2020
    The Gr.3 Winning Edge Presentations Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton Park on Saturday was Central Districts raider Floral Art’s main target this preparation, however, missing out on a start could work in her favour according to trainer Peter Didham.
  • Fri, Aug 14, 2020
    The Canterbury Jockey Club together with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has made the decision to plan for Saturday’s race meeting to be run under the Emergency Regulations applicable to a Level 2 Alert.
  • Thu, Aug 13, 2020
    Kingsclere Stables’ Two Illicit and Sherrif trialled over 1100m at Taupo on Wednesday and co-trainer Robert Wellwood was happy enough with what he saw.
  • Thu, Aug 13, 2020
    Taranaki owner-trainer Marilyn Paewai would love nothing more than to see her star winter performer Rosewood claim a deserved stakes win at Riccarton this weekend.
  • Thu, Aug 13, 2020
    Woodcote Lass was part of Stephen Autridge's team of horses based in Christchurch last spring and a bold performance at Waverley on Friday would assure her of a place in the travelling squad this year too.
  • Wed, Aug 12, 2020
    Shaune Ritchie has resisted the temptation to campaign last season’s Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) winner Jennifer Eccles in Sydney, despite receiving a travel exemption to do so.
  • Wed, Aug 12, 2020
    Following a meeting between NZTR, stewards and club representatives it has been decided that Wednesday’s meeting at Taupo and Friday’s at Waverley will be closed-door events.
  • Wed, Aug 12, 2020
    Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards had a strong contingent at the Taupo trials on Wednesday and he came away pleased with how his team performed.
  • Tue, Aug 11, 2020
    The construction of the Cambridge Jockey Club’s synthetic track is back on target.
  • Tue, Aug 11, 2020
    There was an echoed sigh of relief in Waikato today with a handful of trainers receiving travel exemptions for their staff to fly to Australia.
  • Tue, Aug 11, 2020
    Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman will roll out some of their highly regarded unraced three-year-olds as well as a few proven stars at Taupo on Wednesday, while they wait to finalise plans for an Australian-bound contingent.
  • Tue, Aug 11, 2020
    NZB Ready to Run Sale breeze up dates confirmed; New sponsor for National Breeding Awards; First foal for Eminent
  • Tue, Aug 11, 2020
    Brent Cooper’s Social Racing syndicates will be represented by a trio of runners at Taupo on Wednesday, including a debutant for punting group Boys Get Paid.
  • Mon, Aug 10, 2020
    Wanganui trainer Jo Rathbone has been riding the crest of a wave with quality jumper Tallyho Twinkletoe and she may have unearthed another top prospect in his half-brother, Captaintwinkletoes.
  • Mon, Aug 10, 2020
    Cups bid for Kiwi mare; Tofane pleases in first hit-out; Group One placing for Hello Youmzain; NZTR regional roadshows
  • Mon, Aug 10, 2020
    South Auckland horseman Nicholas Bishara is tickled pink with the way his boutique stable has started the new season.
  • Sun, Aug 09, 2020
    The two open class trials to be held before the Taupo racemeeting on Wednesday will see a host of New Zealand’s top galloping talent step out for their first serious hit out, including a high-class trio from the Roger James and Robert Wellwood stable.
  • Sun, Aug 09, 2020
    Ex-pat Kiwi breeder, owner and racing enthusiast Tommy Heptinstall is reaping the rewards of his decision to move a number of his current racing team across the Tasman with two winners in the space of four days getting the venture underway on a high note.
  • Sat, Aug 08, 2020
    Trainer Allan Sharrock and his apprentice Hazel Schofer claimed all the plaudits at Hawera on Saturday with the pair dominating proceedings on the day.
  • Sat, Aug 08, 2020
    In a thrilling finish to the day’s second feature jumping event, Waverley visitor It’s A Wonder fought back in the final few strides to down South Island raider Delacroix in the Signature Homes Waikato Steeplechase (3900m).
  • Sat, Aug 08, 2020
    A plan set by trainer Toby Autridge back in November came to fruition at Te Rapa when Tommyra bolted home in the Fairview Motors Waikato Hurdle (3200m).
  • Fri, Aug 07, 2020
    Shaun Phelan won’t enjoy watching his fellow jumps jockeys compete in two of the country’s feature jumps races at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Fri, Aug 07, 2020
    Next Monday will mark the farewell to one of the unsung promoters of the New Zealand racing and breeding industry with the funeral of Ronald Walter Ladd, QSM.
  • Fri, Aug 07, 2020
    Evergreen galloper Sampson will kick-off his 11-year-old season at Hawera on Saturday and trainer Howie Mathews said his pride and joy is training like a horse half his age.
  • Thu, Aug 06, 2020
    Matamata trainer Jamie Richards is comfortable with star mare Melody Belle carrying the favourite tag into Saturday's Gr.2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill.
  • Thu, Aug 06, 2020
    Harvey Wilson was unable to switch to hands-free mode but was still able to give a good push to his Te Rapa chances from the driver's seat on It's A Wonder on Thursday morning.
  • Tue, Aug 04, 2020
    It may have only been a maiden race at Te Aroha on Sunday, but Justastate earned her photo spot amongst Rogan Norvall’s gallery of the memorable feature winners he rode during his career in the saddle.
  • Tue, Aug 04, 2020
    South Auckland trainer Nicholas Bishara had every confidence that his former stable star Verry Elleegant would get better with time and he believes her five-year-old season will be her best yet.
  • Sun, Aug 02, 2020
    Ex-pat Kiwi trainer Bjorn Baker enjoyed a breakout season at the metropolitan level in Sydney over the past twelve months and continued that momentum on Saturday with a winning double at Randwick.
  • Sun, Aug 02, 2020
    Trainer David Greene received a pleasant surprise at Te Aroha on Sunday when debutant Judy’s Song raced away in the closing stages of a maiden 1200m contest to score an unexpected victory.
  • Sun, Aug 02, 2020
    Kim Coxon couldn’t have scripted a better end to her current time as a licensed trainer when Tammie Wynette provided her with the perfect farewell at Matamata on Saturday.
  • Sun, Aug 02, 2020
    Progressive galloper Tigre Royale continued on his winning way when he dominated his rivals over 2400m at Sandown on Sunday.
2020 July
  • Fri, Jul 31, 2020
    Te Awamutu horseman Clayton Chipperfield is pleased with the progress of his stable star Catalyst as he builds towards a spring campaign in Sydney.
  • Thu, Jul 30, 2020
    Melbourne campaign for Santa Catarina; Mohaather makes amends in Sussex Stakes; New editor at the helm of RaceForm
  • Thu, Jul 30, 2020
    Group One performers Supera and Princess Kereru will take centre stage early as racing returns to Matamata for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown on Saturday.
  • Wed, Jul 29, 2020
    Foxton trainer Chrissy Bambry is making a habit of training multiple winners in a day and that trend continued at Hastings on Wednesday where she sent out a winning double.
  • Wed, Jul 29, 2020
    Trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have their fingers crossed they can attain a travel exemption for a couple of staff members ahead of spring racing.
  • Wed, Jul 29, 2020
    Matamata apprentice jockey Darren Danis will make a return to raceday riding at his home track on Saturday.
  • Wed, Jul 29, 2020
    Rising eight-year-old Sultan Of Swing showed he still has the zest for racing when winning a 900m trial at Te Rapa on Tuesday and the Shaune Ritchie-trained gelding is on target for an early season feature.
  • Tue, Jul 28, 2020
    After more than 27 years off the racing scene, Diana Kennedy has bounced back with an impressive winning streak over the last three weekends, but she never imagined she would be doing it from Cambridge.
  • Mon, Jul 27, 2020
    Leith Innes was glad to get the winning feeling back at Avondale on Saturday, but New Zealand isn’t where he was supposed to be during winter.
  • Mon, Jul 27, 2020
    Kozzi Asano may not have been a household name in racing circles at the beginning of the season, but the talented apprentice jockey made sure he was by the end.
  • Sun, Jul 26, 2020
    A relationship forged over many years in the racing game together bore further fruit on Saturday when the Stephen Marsh-trained Letz’av Bubbles broke her maiden status at just her third raceday start.
  • Sun, Jul 26, 2020
    Versatile galloper Major Tom cemented his bid for the Gr.3 Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton next month when he charged home out wide to score handsomely over 1400m at Avondale on Saturday.
  • Thu, Jul 23, 2020
    An association that was struck nearly 40 years ago between trans-Tasman trainers was once again to the fore on Wednesday.
  • Thu, Jul 23, 2020
    Last opportunity to secure Pearl Series bonuses; Avondale win for Make Time; Counties meeting transferred to Avondale
  • Thu, Jul 23, 2020
    Cranbourne trainer Francis Finnegan is confident Kiwi import Lord Bouzeron can again foot it with some of the better late-season three-year-olds when he returns to Caulfield on Saturday.
  • Wed, Jul 22, 2020
    Time called for Justa Charlie; Mystery Shot out to continue winning roll; Gelagotis looks towards the spring with gelding; Progressive Travest chasing Rosehill win
  • Wed, Jul 22, 2020
    Trainer Stephen Autridge saddled two runners at Avondale on Wednesday, with Savabeel three-year-old Prosperous making a good impression when winning by five lengths on debut, while well-bred colt Kurt was narrowly beaten into second.
  • Wed, Jul 22, 2020
    Shane Crawford has spent a large portion of his working life overseas in various racing jurisdictions, but the Cambridge trainer is pleased to be based in his homeland with the COVID-19 pandemic currently wreaking havoc around the world.
  • Tue, Jul 21, 2020
    Michael Coleman has officially made the call to retire from race riding following the serious injuries he suffered at the Rotorua trials on June 30.
  • Tue, Jul 21, 2020
    South Auckland trainers Peter and Dawn Williams will take just one runner to Avondale on Wednesday, but they believe that is enough to pick up a cheque.
  • Tue, Jul 21, 2020
    Talented New Zealand jumper Tallyho Twinkletoe will be be vying for back-to-back wins in the Grand National Hurdle (4200m) next month, but trainer Rachael Cunningham is hoping to spoil his party with compatriot Bee Tee Junior.
  • Tue, Jul 21, 2020
    Talented galloper Ali Baba is a more motivated horse this preparation and turned in an impressive performance to win the Fiber Fresh Stables BBQ Hurdle (2800m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Mon, Jul 20, 2020
    Former Argentinian apprentice Diego Montes de Oca has had to cope with some major life changes since coming to New Zealand, but it proved all worthwhile when winning on Lalone at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Mon, Jul 20, 2020
    The NZ suffix dominated proceedings at Pakenham on Sunday, with all six jumping races taken out by Kiwi horses.
  • Mon, Jul 20, 2020
    Leaving a couple of their star gallopers over in New South Wales to spell after their autumn campaigns is proving to be a masterstroke by Te Akau principal David Ellis.
  • Sun, Jul 19, 2020
    Riccarton trainer Terri Rae made her way to Timaru on Sunday with high hopes of a good showing from her eight-strong team but even she was blown away by the day’s final winning tally.
  • Sun, Jul 19, 2020
    Consistent mare Call Me Evie rewarded some inspired late support from punters when she overcame a wide run in transit to take out a rating 65 1100m contest at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Sun, Jul 19, 2020
    The John and Karen Parsons-trained Delacroix made the long trip north from Balcairns a profitable one when he proved too strong for his rivals over the concluding stages of the Ken and Roger Browne Memorial Steeplechase (3900m) at Te Rapa.
  • Sun, Jul 19, 2020
    Well-travelled galloper My Gift bounced back to winning form on his favourite track when he dominated his rivals over the closing stages of Saturday’s feature race at Awapuni, the John Turkington Forestry Ltd Rangitikei Gold Cup (2100m).
  • Sat, Jul 18, 2020
    Arguably Australasia’s best jumper Tallyho Twinkletoe will begin his Australian campaign to defend his Grand National Hurdle (4200m) and Steeplechase (4500m) titles at Pakenham on Sunday.
  • Sat, Jul 18, 2020
    Kiwi sourced horses feature in Hong Kong awards;No Singapore return for Collett; Shalwa looking to bow out in style
  • Sat, Jul 18, 2020
    Trainer Graeme Rogerson is confident smart two-year-old De La Terre can notch the third win of her juvenile year when she tackles the Dylan Johnson Bloodstock 2YO (1100m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Sat, Jul 18, 2020
    The John Turkington Forestry LTD Rangitikei Gold Cup (2100m) may not have its Listed status this year, but that doesn’t concern Foxton trainer Chrissy Bambry who will line-up race favourite Speed Call.
  • Sat, Jul 18, 2020
    New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) have announced that stakes levels for the 2020/21 racing season will return to those in the 2019/20 season pre-COVID-19.
  • Wed, Jul 15, 2020
    Timaru trainers Mel and Warwick Coles are taking two horses down to Ascot Park’s Friday meeting and they are hoping they can come home with a quinella.
  • Wed, Jul 15, 2020
    Breeder-owner Allan Hayward reckons he had a justifiable reason for missing Battle Time's first-up run in June, he was getting married.
  • Tue, Jul 14, 2020
    Recognised industry participant Dylan Johnson is establishing his own bloodstock consultancy, Dylan Johnson Bloodstock, in a move which will see him retained as the sales agent for Westbury Stud.
  • Tue, Jul 14, 2020
    Kiwi-bred scores in Macau; Rock ‘N’ Pop enjoying new surroundings; Tavirun primed ahead of Saturday
  • Tue, Jul 14, 2020
    Cambridge trainer Tony Pike had a number of talented gallopers in action at the Ellerslie trials on Tuesday, including comeback galloper Sacred Elixir.
  • Mon, Jul 13, 2020
    Riccarton trainer Andrew Carston has had a good run with former North Island horses and that continued on his home track on Saturday when Hunua Hank took out his 1600m contest.
  • Mon, Jul 13, 2020
    3YO target for Lord Bouzeron; Aiming for the Sky; Pelvic injury still to be diagnosed for Knight Mariner
  • Mon, Jul 13, 2020
    Ruakaka trainer Kenny Rae was pleased to be back in the winner’s circle at Ellersliie on Saturday where he sent out a double.
  • Sun, Jul 12, 2020
    Promising young rider Callum Jones is making every post a winner in the early stages of his career, adding a winning treble to his record after bagging a double on his home track last month.
  • Sun, Jul 12, 2020
    Rangiora trainer Paul Harris spent a sleepless night on Friday as he counted down the hours to the commencement of racing on Saturday.
  • Sun, Jul 12, 2020
    Rugged stayer Redcayenne sprang an upset at Ellerslie on Saturday when he scored first up over 1400m for new trainer Alan Morley.
  • Sun, Jul 12, 2020
    Talented three-year-old Shoshone was back to her best as she registered a comprehensive performance to win fresh-up over 1200m at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Sun, Jul 12, 2020
    An impressive victory over 900m at the Ellerslie trials last month indicated Sweet Molly Malone was a strong winning chance at the venue on Saturday and so it proved as she dashed away in the home straight to register a comfortable two and a quarter length victory in a maiden 1200m contest.
  • Fri, Jul 10, 2020
    Trainer Paul Preusker has taken a patient approach with Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) contender Surprise Baby this year.
  • Fri, Jul 10, 2020
    One of the most formidable partnerships in Australasian jumps racing continued their undefeated record at Wanganui on Friday when winning the Brian FM Open Hurdle (2400m).
  • Fri, Jul 10, 2020
    Group Three performer Jakkalbomb will be able to answer the question of whether she can handle a heavy track when she contests the Barfoot & Thompson Body Corporate 1200 at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Thu, Jul 09, 2020
    Waipukurau trainer Simon Wilson has welcomed the announcement that the Gr.3 Winter Cup (1600m) will take place next month.
  • Thu, Jul 09, 2020
    Stephen Marsh has his bases covered this weekend as the only trainer in the country to have runners at all three galloping meetings.
  • Thu, Jul 09, 2020
    Gore trainer Ellis Winsloe thought he would have a couple of nice chances in the Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) this year, however, its absence as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced him to change tack.
  • Wed, Jul 08, 2020
    Countofmontecristo begins Kranji Mile campaign; Victorian horses barred from racing in NSW; Raceform returns in new season
  • Wed, Jul 08, 2020
    Wanganui jockey Johnathan Parkes will begin the quest for the final 100 winners he needs to join the New Zealand 1000-win jockey club when he rides at his home track on Friday.
  • Wed, Jul 08, 2020
    Multiple Group One winner The Bostonian is set to cross the Tasman once again this spring to try and add to his elite-level tally.
  • Tue, Jul 07, 2020
    The Kiwi connections of smart mare Polly Grey were delighted to see the daughter of Azamour show a glimpse of her ability when finishing second in the Listed Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday behind impressive winner Sircconi.
  • Tue, Jul 07, 2020
    Weight, it’s the bane of many jockeys’ existence, and late last year it became a bit too much for talented apprentice Hazel Schofer.
  • Mon, Jul 06, 2020
    It was a true family affair for local trainer John Morell at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Mon, Jul 06, 2020
    Former New Zealand-trained gallopers made an impact at Warrnambool on Sunday, headed by Gobstopper, who landed the feature race, the Kevin Lafferty Hurdle (3200m) with a hard-fought win over fellow Kiwi Woodsman.
  • Mon, Jul 06, 2020
    Dee to have surgery on broken collarbone; Grylls hoping for further opportunity; Winter Cup reinstated
  • Sun, Jul 05, 2020
    Foxton trainer Chrissy Bambry continued her red-hot run of form since racing recommenced following the COVID-19 hiatus, as she registered a winning treble at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Sun, Jul 05, 2020
    Leading rider Jason Waddell had two reasons to celebrate a successful return to racing at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Sun, Jul 05, 2020
    Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards brought up his first century of training wins in New Zealand in his own right after Bak Da Master scored in the first race at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Sun, Jul 05, 2020
    Team Rogerson started a big day at Te Rapa on Saturday in fine style with a victory by promising two-year-old filly De La Terre.
  • Sun, Jul 05, 2020
    Apprentice jockey Maria Sanson kicked off her career in fine style at Awapuni on Saturday when she picked up her first career victory on her raceday debut.
  • Sun, Jul 05, 2020
    Visiting Taranaki trainer Allan Sharrock struck gold with his first runner following the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown when Tellyawhat notched an impressive victory at Te Rapa.
  • Sun, Jul 05, 2020
    Trainer Gary Vile was to the fore on his home turf at Awapuni on Saturday, picking up a pair of wins from the team of six runners he had entered for the meeting.
  • Fri, Jul 03, 2020
    Johno Benner has a bit of time for promising galloper Happy Star and the Otaki horseman, who trains in partnership with Hollie Wynyard, is excited to kick-off his preparation at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Fri, Jul 03, 2020
    More than 1,000 race meetings at 51 venues throughout New Zealand were confirmed today by the Dates Committee of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) for the forthcoming racing year.
  • Fri, Jul 03, 2020
    Retirement deferred for Group One winner; Public granted restricted access to Hong Kong racing; Live racing comes to loveracing.nz; NZTBA to host Educational afternoons
  • Thu, Jul 02, 2020
    Matamata horseman Cody Cole already has a win on the board since the resumption of racing and he is hoping to strike again while the iron is hot.
  • Thu, Jul 02, 2020
    New Zealand-bred galloper Columbus County struck a blow for Zac Purton and this year’s BMW Hong Kong Derby crop with a victory full of promise in the Class 2 Hong Kong Reunification Cup Handicap (1800m) at Sha Tin on Wednesday.
  • Thu, Jul 02, 2020
    The training partnership of Keith and Gavin Opie will officially come to an end at the end of the month with Gavin taking over the reins come the new season.
  • Thu, Jul 02, 2020
    Well-bred filly Le Gai Soleil made it three wins in succession when scoring a comfortably victory on the Kensington track at Randwick on Wednesday over 1550m under leading jockey James McDonald.
  • Thu, Jul 02, 2020
    Mark Buckley was simply part of the Whanganui racecourse.
  • Wed, Jul 01, 2020
    Neil O’Dowd has had a tough time of it of late and a win by Aigne in the Bonny Glen Landfill – Midwest Disposals 1550 at Awapuni on Saturday would be a tonic for the Waikato horseman.
2020 June
  • Tue, Jun 30, 2020
    Palmerston North trainer Roydon Bergerson is looking forward to racing returning to Awapuni Racecourse on Saturday after a near four month hiatus as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Tue, Jun 30, 2020
    Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie is likely to have runners before the end of the season but his stable has yet to be represented at any of the four northern trials meetings since the COVID-19 hiatus.
  • Mon, Jun 29, 2020
    Southland trainer Kelvin Tyler may have lost one of his star three-year-olds to Australia, but he is excited about the prospects of another.
  • Mon, Jun 29, 2020
    Woodsman recorded his second win across the Tasman on Saturday when comfortably winning his 3480m hurdle at Casterton by seven lengths and he is now being earmarked for a future steeplechase career.
  • Sun, Jun 28, 2020
    A tumultuous week that saw jockey James McDonald cop a three-week suspension from stewards for his losing ride on Threeood at Randwick on June 20 finished with a happy ending as the champion hoop broke the century of city wins for the season with a treble at Rosehill on Saturday.
  • Sun, Jun 28, 2020
    Apprentice jockey Rohan Mudhoo proved to be the star of the show at Riccarton on Saturday when he produced a winning treble of rides on the first day of racing in the South Island following the easing of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
  • Sat, Jun 27, 2020
    The leading South Island training combination of Michael and Matthew Pitman made the best possible start to their day on Saturday when they produced a race-to-race double early on the card on their home turf at Riccarton.
  • Sat, Jun 27, 2020
    A typically patient ride from the evergreen Chris Johnson paved the way for local runner Yannick to take out the opening event at Riccarton on Saturday as racing returned to the South Island for the first time since the easing of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
  • Sat, Jun 27, 2020
    Rising ten-year-old Irish Excuse peeled back the years as he gave his rivals weight and a beating to land his 16th career victory when taking out a rating 93 1200m contest at Riccarton
  • Fri, Jun 26, 2020
    The Ross Beckett-trained Blair Flight will meet a Heavy track for the first time when lines-up at Riccarton on Saturday, but that hasn’t deterred TAB bookmakers.
  • Fri, Jun 26, 2020
    Three-time Group One winner Humidor has been put on notice by trainer Lindsey Smith heading into Saturday’s Gr.3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) at Belmont.
  • Fri, Jun 26, 2020
    Globe-trotting jockey Alan Munro partnered two-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding Mighty New to an impressive Class 4 victory in a 1200m race at Seoul last weekend, which may pave the way for further Kiwi exports to South Korea.
  • Fri, Jun 26, 2020
    Riccarton trainers Michael and Matthew Pitman have a host of horses ready to race and the stable will be well represented when racing returns in the South Island on Saturday on their hometrack.
  • Fri, Jun 26, 2020
    The Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) today advised New Zealand racing codes of forecasted funding in 2020/21 of $139.6m which is the same level as was budgeted for the 2019/2020 season before the impacts of COVID-19.
  • Fri, Jun 26, 2020
    Central Districts trainer Chrissy Bambry wasted no time putting wins on the board at the first Lower North Island thoroughbred meeting following a COVID-19 enforced hiatus.
  • Thu, Jun 25, 2020
    New Zealand-bred gelding Alfa Oro will attempt to keep his picket fence form line intact at Caulfield on Saturday when he contests the Neds Handicap (1100m).
  • Thu, Jun 25, 2020
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the Racing Industry Bill passing its third reading, creating the legislative framework for revitalising the racing industry while limiting the need for future government intervention.


2020 August