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2020 November
  • Wed, Nov 25, 2020
    Venerable galloper Deerfield is in search of a first stakes victory when he contests Thursday’s Listed Courtesy Ford Levin Stakes (1200m) on what promises to be a rain-affected Otaki track.
  • Wed, Nov 25, 2020
    She may have lived on the Central Coast of New South Wales for 40 years but Margaret Reid, the part-owner and breeder of the Listed Ballarat Cup (2000m) winner Irish Flame, is still very much a Taranaki girl.
  • Wed, Nov 25, 2020
    Cambridge trainers Shaune Ritchie and Colm Murray have a staying filly of the future on their hands with Samina Bibi, a daughter of in-vogue stallion Reliable Man, an impressive debut winner at Te Rapa.
  • Wed, Nov 25, 2020
    Tough is a word that comes up several times in conversation with Otaki trainer Johno Benner when talking about his talented filly Key.
  • Tue, Nov 24, 2020
    Promising three-year-old Basarwa will have to overcome his outside barrier in the Gr.3 Lucia Valentina Wellington Stakes (1600m) at Otaki on Thursday to keep his undefeated record intact.
  • Tue, Nov 24, 2020
    The Cambridge Jockey Club’s new synthetic track has received a tick of approval from leading jockey Samantha Collett after its first set of trials on Tuesday.
  • Mon, Nov 23, 2020
    Sam Collett has designs of a great summer aboard the exciting mare Levante after her stunning return to racing in the Listed Counties Bowl (1100m) at Pukekohe on Saturday.
  • Mon, Nov 23, 2020
    Te Awamutu trainer Debbie Sweeney will take a team of five to Te Rapa’s Wednesday meeting, including three last start runner-up performers.
  • Mon, Nov 23, 2020
    Western Australian jockey William Pike was delighted to be rewarded with a Group One on his return to his home state when Inspirational Girl ran out a ready winner of the Railway Stakes (1600m) on Saturday.
  • Mon, Nov 23, 2020
    Trentham Group Ones for Rock On Wood; Abu Dhabi out for elusive maiden victory; Captain Cook assignment for Kingsclere duo
  • Mon, Nov 23, 2020
    Five-year-old mare Inspirational Girl produced a devastating turn of foot under popular jockey William Pike to race away with the Gr.1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot in Perth on Saturday.
  • Sun, Nov 22, 2020
    Former Kiwi galloper Irish Flame overcame a torrid run and a frantic finish to score a narrow victory in Saturday's Listed A$500,000 Ballarat Cup (2000m) under jockey Michael Walker.
  • Sat, Nov 21, 2020
    Trainer Glen Harvey capped a week he will never forget when two-year-old filly Brix upset predictions by taking out the Listed Fasttrack Insurance 2YO Stakes (1100m) at Pukekohe on Saturday.
  • Sat, Nov 21, 2020
    Enigmatic stayer In A Twinkling was on his best behaviour as he secured his second Gr.3 Franklin Auctions Counties Cup (2100m) with a gritty effort on Saturday.
  • Sat, Nov 21, 2020
    Exciting four-year-old Levante made a stunning return to the racetrack as she produced her trademark whirlwind finish to take out the Listed Haunui Farm Counites Bowl (1100m) at Pukekohe.
  • Sat, Nov 21, 2020
    Talented mare Media Sensation backed up an eye-catching performance at the Ellerslie trials earlier this month with a comprehensive front-running effort to take out the feature event for the fillies and mares at Pukekohe on Saturday, the Gr.2 Dunstan Feeds Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1400m).
  • Fri, Nov 20, 2020
    Cambridge trainer Alex Oliveira is expecting more of the same from Only In Jakarta when she contests the Listed Haunui Farm Counties Bowl (1100m) at Pukekohe on Saturday.
  • Fri, Nov 20, 2020
    Cambridge trainer Glen Harvey will be looking to cap what has been a memorable week in style when he lines-up Miss Ipenema and Brix in the Listed Fasttrack Insurance 2YO Stakes (1100m) at Pukekohe on Saturday.
  • Fri, Nov 20, 2020
    A stakes winner at her only start to date, Hawke’s Bay filly Shezzacatch is set to command plenty of attention in the opening race at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Thu, Nov 19, 2020
    New Plymouth trainer Robbie Patterson is hoping third time’s a charm for Regal Ruby when she contests the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1400m) at his home track on Friday.
  • Wed, Nov 18, 2020
    Brendan and Jo Lindsay’s black and gold checked silks have been prominent on Karaka Million night in the last couple of years through the deeds of Probabeel, and the Cambridge Stud principals are hoping they have another filly that can pick up her mantle.
  • Wed, Nov 18, 2020
    Sam Williams isn’t the first to sell a broodmare only to have her progeny come out and perform with distinction a short time later, but he isn’t losing sleep over it, in fact he couldn’t be happier with the result.
  • Tue, Nov 17, 2020
    South Auckland trainers Peter and Dawn Williams are looking forward to heading to Pukekohe on Saturday where Media Sensation will make her raceday resumption in the Gr.2 Dunstan Feeds Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1400m).
  • Tue, Nov 17, 2020
    Brian and Shane Anderton will take eight horses south to Ascot Park on Wednesday and they believe they can go home with a few cheques.
  • Tue, Nov 17, 2020
    Cambridge trainer Robert Wellwood is one of the bright young stars of the New Zealand training ranks and the hands-on horseman has already proved adept at a number of roles in the thoroughbred industry.
  • Mon, Nov 16, 2020
    Group One performer Supera will resume what will be her last preparation when she tackles the Gr.2 Dunstan Feeds Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Pukekohe on Saturday.
  • Mon, Nov 16, 2020
    With no overseas buyers being present at Karaka for this year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale, vendors have been forced to be a bit more creative with their marketing, and leading vendor Riversley Park has been no exception.
  • Mon, Nov 16, 2020
    Success in the Gr.3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) with Dragon Storm couldn’t have come at a better time for Ruakaka trainer Chris Gibbs.
  • Sun, Nov 15, 2020
    In a battle that most pundits expected, speedy two-year-old Avonallo turned the tables on rival Follow Your Dreams to take out Saturday’s Listed Frantic Bloodstock Welcome Stakes (1000m) at Riccarton.
  • Sun, Nov 15, 2020
    The potent combination of trainer Jamie Richards and rider Opie Bosson were back doing what they do best on Saturday — winning Group One races — as they combined to guide Kahma Lass to victory in the Gr.1 Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.
  • Sun, Nov 15, 2020
    Ruakaka raider Dragon Storm produced the performance of his life when he took out the Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton in a thrilling finish to the time-honoured event.
  • Sun, Nov 15, 2020
    Apprentice jockey Faye Lazet was delighted to boot home her first winner at Awapuni on Friday when linking with the Lisa Latta-trained Akela Belle, and there is more in store for the dedicated 22-year-old.
  • Sun, Nov 15, 2020
    With their usual impeccable timing, the Te Akau Racing team roared into life on the last day of New Zealand Cup Week, winning five races including two of the feature events at Riccarton.
  • Sun, Nov 15, 2020
    Popular racing journalist Wally O’Hearn has died, aged, 61, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
  • Fri, Nov 13, 2020
    In-form mare Desert Mirage could be in for an exciting few months if she performs up to expectations in the Steelform Roofing Group Waverley Cup 2200 on Sunday.
  • Fri, Nov 13, 2020
    Promising juvenile Wakiri was backed into $1.10 favouritism for the McIntosh Cranes/Team DH. Inter Building LTD 2YO (1000m) at Awapuni on Friday and won accordingly.
  • Fri, Nov 13, 2020
    Success for Matchmaker in Saturday's Gr.1 Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton would complete a remarkable double for North Canterbury trainer Nick Wigley.
  • Thu, Nov 12, 2020
    Talented filly Tokorangi headed to Christchurch on Thursday morning ahead of a tilt at the Gr.1 Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on Saturday for trainers Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard.
  • Thu, Nov 12, 2020
    Million aim for Guineas winner; Cup Day Sold Out; Autumn targets for My Gold Bracelet; Sky Darci stamps Classic Mile credentials
  • Thu, Nov 12, 2020
    Improving staying mare Robusto will be the sole runner for the in-form Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman team at Riccarton this weekend, when she contests the Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m).
  • Wed, Nov 11, 2020
    The win of Aegon, a son of the late Sacred Falls, in last Saturday’s Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) provided cause for triumphant reflection from powerhouse breeders Waikato Stud.
  • Wed, Nov 11, 2020
    Comeback trainer Katrina Alexander is hoping to cap a fairytale return to racing when saddling Tinker Mcphee, the $3.10 favourite, in Saturday’s Gr.1 Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.
  • Wed, Nov 11, 2020
    Emotions were running high after venerable galloper Prince Oz landed a knock-out blow in the Gr.3 Lindauer Stewards Stakes Handicap (1200m) at Riccarton on Wednesday.
  • Tue, Nov 10, 2020
    Star Kiwi mare Melody Belle will return home after a hit-and-run raid to Melbourne for the Gr.1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) in which she finished third behind Arcadia Queen at Flemington last Saturday.
  • Tue, Nov 10, 2020
    In-form mare Communique looks one of the better chances in Wednesday’s Gr.2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton, although the daughter of Redwood has had an unorthodox preparation for the $230,000 feature.
  • Tue, Nov 10, 2020
    Six-year-old mare Kiwi Ida will start favourite in Wednesday’s Gr.3 Valachi Downs Canterbury Breeders' Stakes (1400m) on the back of an eye-catching performance when second to Wekaforce in the Listed Pegasus Stakes (1000m) last Saturday.
  • Mon, Nov 09, 2020
    Cambridge trainer John Bell is grateful to have his two runners compete early on the card at Te Aroha on Tuesday.
  • Sun, Nov 08, 2020
    In what was a carbon copy of the finish to the Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) back in September, unbeaten three-year-old Aegon defeated Bourbonaire in a thrilling finish to the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.
  • Sun, Nov 08, 2020
    A perfect barrier draw and valuable raceday experience paved the way for gritty two-year-old Miss Ipenema to register her maiden victory at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Sun, Nov 08, 2020
    Local trainer Terri Rae stamped her mark on the first day of New Zealand Cup week at Riccarton on the weekend with four winners from just seven starters.
  • Sun, Nov 08, 2020
    Four-year-old gelding Sansom has fashioned a good winning record for trainer Phillip Stokes and it continued at Flemington on Saturday when leading throughout to score in the Gr.3 Network 10 Chatham Stakes (1400m).
  • Sun, Nov 08, 2020
    With local stables dominating the first day of the annual New Zealand Cup Carnival at Riccarton on Saturday it was no surprise to see the Michael and Matthew Pitman team in the thick of the action.
  • Sun, Nov 08, 2020
    In-form stayer Robusto underlined her chances for next week’s Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) when she proved too good for her rivals in the Listed Nautical Boat Insurance Metropolitan Trophy (2500m), the traditional lead-up event to the two-mile carnival feature.
  • Fri, Nov 06, 2020
    Hastings trainer John Bary is looking forward to getting back trackside at Hastings on Sunday after an eight month absence.
  • Fri, Nov 06, 2020
    Group ownership will be to the fore at Riccarton on Saturday, when siblings Wekaforce and Morweka take aim at the Listed Brokerweb Risk Services Pegasus Stakes (1000m) at Riccarton.
  • Fri, Nov 06, 2020
    Group One performer Spring Heat will step out for the first time since winning the Gr.3 Haunui Farm King’s Plate (1200m) in February when she lines-up in the Listed Legacy Lodge Sprint (1200m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Thu, Nov 05, 2020
    Former Kiwi Mongolian Marshal took out Wednesday’s Kyneton Cup (2000m), with a hard-fought victory over Bartholomeu Dias and connections now have eyes for an even more lucrative country cup.
  • Thu, Nov 05, 2020
    Wanganui trainer Raymond Connors has fond memories of the New Zealand Cup carnival at Riccarton and he is hoping that can continue this weekend.
  • Thu, Nov 05, 2020
    Mornington trainer Brett Scott was delighted to pick up a winner at Flemington on Oaks Day with handy middle distance galloper Irish Flame in the Twitter Trophy (1800m).
  • Thu, Nov 05, 2020
    Riccarton trainers Michael and Matthew Pitman have a dual-pronged attack on Saturday’s Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m), and the hopes of the South Island rest on their shoulders as they take on nine competitors from the North.
  • Thu, Nov 05, 2020
    Four-year-old mare Tralee Rose made it back-to-back wins for trainer Symon Wilde when successful at Flemington in the TCL TV Stakes (1700m) in the opening event on Oaks Day.
  • Wed, Nov 04, 2020
    Leith Innes can see plenty of similarities between Saturday's Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld 2000 Guineas (1600m) contender Aegon and the colt's sire Sacred Falls.
  • Wed, Nov 04, 2020
    The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained One More Time couldn’t have been more impressive on debut when scoring by six lengths in a 1200m maiden at Avondale on Wednesday.
  • Wed, Nov 04, 2020
    While much of the Dennis family focus was on homebred The Chosen One running a game fourth in the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), trainer Robert Dennis quietly went about his vocation, racking up a treble at Wingatui on Tuesday.
  • Tue, Nov 03, 2020
    Cambridge trainers Emma-Lee and David Browne have a nice stayer on their hands, with Gone West calling on his stamina reserves under a well-timed Opie Bosson ride when winning the Blue Bubble Taxis 2100 at Ellerslie on Tuesday.
  • Tue, Nov 03, 2020
    The colours of the late Dato Tan Chin Nam were fittingly to the fore on Melbourne Cup Day when Purple Sector took out the Listed Furphy Plate (1800m).
  • Tue, Nov 03, 2020
    Former New Zealand-trained galloper Sin To Win was back in the winner’s circle for the first time in 900 days, when successful in The Macca’s Run (2800m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.
  • Mon, Nov 02, 2020
    AFL Great-turned trainer Denis Pagan provided one of the feel-good stories of 2020 when preparing Johnny Get Angry to win the Gr.1 Victoria Derby (2500m) on Saturday, but he was quick to deflect much of the credit to good friend and fellow Flemington trainer Troy Corstens.
  • Mon, Nov 02, 2020
    Melbourne Cup coverage on TVNZ 1; Robertson new Racing Minister; Another Stakes win for Belardo filly Lullaby Moon
  • Mon, Nov 02, 2020
    Group Three winner Sherrif will be tested at weight-for-age for the first time at Ellerslie on Tuesday when he contests the Gr.3 Jarden Stakes (2000m).
  • Sun, Nov 01, 2020
    One of the forgotten runners in Tuesday’s Gr.1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) has had his chances of springing an upset greatly enhanced after drawing barrier five for the famous Flemington two-miler.
  • Sun, Nov 01, 2020
    Promising galloper Just Fabulous indicated she was in for a good campaign with a gritty fresh up victory in the Courtesy Ford Red Craze Bowl (1300m) at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Sun, Nov 01, 2020
    Five-year-old mare Inspirational Girl came with a well-timed ride under jockey Chris Parnham to win the Gr.3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) at Ascot in Perth on Saturday.
  • Sun, Nov 01, 2020
    As Verry Elleegant prepares to fly the New Zealand flag in Tuesday’s Gr.1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m), the star mare’s Kiwi co-owners are on the ride of their lives.
2020 October
  • Sat, Oct 31, 2020
    New Zealand-owned three-year-old Crosshaven called on all his fortitude to outgun stablemate Aysar in the Gr.3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m), the opening event of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington.
  • Sat, Oct 31, 2020
    Some surprise tactics from rider Darryl Bradley paved the way for promising mare Mohaka to claim her biggest career victory when she led throughout to win the Listed Ricoh Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Sat, Oct 31, 2020
    In an amazing result, former AFL coach Denis Pagan has won the Gr.1 Victoria Derby (2500m) with New Zealand-bred Johnny Get Angry (NZ) (Tavistock) just four months after saddling up his first runner as a trainer.
  • Sat, Oct 31, 2020
    Promising galloper Siracusa brought up a hattrick of wins in the best possible style when she stormed home out wide to take out the Listed Haunui Farm Karaka Classic (1600m) at Pukekohe.
  • Sat, Oct 31, 2020
    Promising galloper Siracusa brought up a hattrick of wins in the best possible style when she stormed home out wide to take out the Listed Haunui Farm Karaka Classic (1600m) at Pukekohe.
  • Sat, Oct 31, 2020
    Westbury Stud-based sire Telperion made the best start possible to his stallion career when his first runner to the track was successful at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Fri, Oct 30, 2020
    Oceanex given all clear; Waller hoping to bag home track spoils; Carston pays tribute to Ridley; Johnson to miss 2000 Guineas
  • Fri, Oct 30, 2020
    Former Kiwi Riodini will enter Saturday’s A$7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) in good form for what has been the target race all preparation.
  • Fri, Oct 30, 2020
    New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock will take a quartet of runners to Awapuni on Saturday, headed by London Express and Sinarahma in the Courtesy Ford Red Craze Bowl (1300m).
  • Fri, Oct 30, 2020
    South Auckland trainer Nigel Tiley has no reason to feel that TAB oddsetters have got their market wrong for Saturday's Listed Haunui Farm Karaka Classic (1600m) at Pukekohe.
  • Thu, Oct 29, 2020
    Progressive Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained stayer London Banker is primed for the Listed Ricoh Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) at Awapuni on Saturday.
  • Thu, Oct 29, 2020
    Oceanex was the first horse to book her ticket to the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) after winning the ballot-exempt Listed The Andrew Ramsden (2800m) at Flemington in May, but the Kiwi-bred mare is now in doubt of taking her place in the great race.
  • Thu, Oct 29, 2020
    Matamata training partners Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott will have just the two runners at Pukekohe on Saturday, headed by resuming speedster Princess Rihanna.
  • Wed, Oct 28, 2020
    Horses stepped out onto New Zealand’s first synthetic surface last week with construction of the Polytrack completed at the Cambridge Jockey Club.
  • Wed, Oct 28, 2020
    Group One target for Brando; Cup contender in action; Ranting ready for Coolmore ; Platinum Invador vying for Cup berth
  • Wed, Oct 28, 2020
    Only a matter of days ago, trainer Kenny Rae had resigned himself to missing the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) with Zoltan at Riccarton on Saturday week.
  • Tue, Oct 27, 2020
    While Flying Start Syndications Director Cameron Bennett is disappointed he won’t be able to be on course to watch Let’s Karaka Deel in the Gr.1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday, he is over the moon to have a strong contender in the race.
  • Tue, Oct 27, 2020
    Windsor Park Stud stallion Turn Me Loose recorded his first trial victory as a sire when his two-year-old colt out of Group Three performer Angel del Dinero won his 800m heat at Taupo on Tuesday.
  • Tue, Oct 27, 2020
    Young Werther draws well in Derby; Wet conditions to suit Brandenburg; Kiwi-bred mare ready for Golden opportunity; Price ready for a big week at Flemington
  • Tue, Oct 27, 2020
    Getting Sam Spratt to sit still for more than a few minutes is a tough task at the best of times but the bubbly 35-year-old is having to take a few deep breaths and slow herself down thanks to a broken collarbone that she suffered at the Avondale trials two weeks ago.
  • Mon, Oct 26, 2020
    Less than nine weeks after undergoing major surgery, leading jockey Lisa Allpress was back in business at Trentham on Sunday riding winners.
  • Mon, Oct 26, 2020
    It may have taken nearly all of the Trentham straight to get her head in front but class performer Concert Hall delivered when it counted as she took out the Gr.3 Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors Thompson Handicap (1600m) on Sunday.
  • Mon, Oct 26, 2020
    On a day where the contenders for the upcoming age-group classics at Riccarton were on display around the country, South Island galloper Miss Tycoon Rose threw her hat in the ring with an impressive maiden victory.
  • Mon, Oct 26, 2020
    Quality mare Probabeel will be coming home to New Zealand to take a well-earned break in some lush New Zealand pasture after a gritty effort in Saturday’s Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m).
  • Sat, Oct 24, 2020
    A love affair with the Te Rapa track continued on Saturday when course specialist De La Terre took out the Gr.3 Waikato Stud Soliloquy Stakes (1400m).
  • Sat, Oct 24, 2020
    Miami Bound gave her connections the thrill of a lifetime when winning the Gr.1 VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington last year, but the New Zealand-bred mare now has the opportunity to usurp that moment at the Melbourne track on Tuesday-week.
  • Sat, Oct 24, 2020
    The Te Akau Racing team made the best possible start to their day when the Jamie Richards-trained Palamos justified some inspired support to take out the opening event at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Sat, Oct 24, 2020
    The Te Akau Racing team made the best possible start to their day when the Jamie Richards-trained Palamos justified some inspired support to take out the opening event at Te Rapa on Saturday.
  • Sat, Oct 24, 2020
    Cambridge visitor Vitesse Bo caused a minor upset when she defeated some well credentialled age-group classic contenders when taking out Saturday’s Gr.3 War Decree Stakes (1600) at Riccarton.
  • Sat, Oct 24, 2020
    Versatile galloper William Wallace showed there was still plenty of fight left in his eight-year-old legs when he outlasted his younger rivals to take out the Listed Christchurch Casino Spring Classic (2000m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
  • Fri, Oct 23, 2020
    The pride of Levin, Dolcetto, is facing an uphill task when he lines-up in the Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors Thompson Handicap (1600m) at Trentham on Sunday.
  • Fri, Oct 23, 2020
    Group Two assignments for Kiwi pair; Myers communicating with family; Probabeel to complete McEvoy's grand slam set;
  • Thu, Oct 22, 2020
    The strength of Ben Foote's hand in next month's Gr.1 Barneswood Farm 48th New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton will become clearer after racing this weekend.
  • Thu, Oct 22, 2020
    Coventina Bay’s picket fence form line may have been disrupted with a first-up fourth-placing at Te Rapa earlier this month, but trainer Robbie Patterson believes she can return to her winning ways at the Hamilton track this weekend.
  • Thu, Oct 22, 2020
    Polly Grey on Gold hunt; Heavenly Dancer looking to maintain winning run; Hong Kong heroes become Welfare Ambassadors; NZCIS Wellington Cup Country Cup Bonus
  • Thu, Oct 22, 2020
    Three-year-old filly Tokorangi will sport different colours when she steps out in the Gr.3 Waikato Stud Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Te Rapa on Saturday for trainers Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard.
  • Wed, Oct 21, 2020
    Stephen Autridge reckons his team is on track to make owner Kevin Hickman's New Zealand Cup week a memorable one.
  • Wed, Oct 21, 2020
    Dual-Island trainer Stephen Marsh is looking forward to Saturday where he will be lining-up progressive gallopers at both the Te Rapa and Riccarton meetings.
  • Wed, Oct 21, 2020
    Expat New Zealand jockey James McDonald may have failed to regain his ride aboard star Kiwi mare Verry Elleegant for the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) but he is looking forward to riding her compatriot in another Group One feature this weekend.
  • Tue, Oct 20, 2020
    The Peter and Dawn Williams-trained Helsinki is on a less conventional path to the Gr.1 Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton Park next month.
  • Tue, Oct 20, 2020
    For the second time within a month family and many friends will be gathering in Christchurch to celebrate the life and achievements of successful trainer and former top jumps jockey Neill Ridley.
  • Mon, Oct 19, 2020
    Just days after winning his first Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) with a mare who came to Australia after starting her career in New Zealand, Chris Waller has been confirmed as the soon-to-be trainer of another classy Kiwi female.
  • Mon, Oct 19, 2020
    A gallant run for third in Saturday’s Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) has connections of the New Zealand-bred and trained The Chosen One excited about his prospects for the big event at Flemington next month, the Gr.1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m).
  • Mon, Oct 19, 2020
    Progressive galloper Paisley Park bounced back to winning form when he out-finished his rivals over 1600m at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Mon, Oct 19, 2020
    Six-time Group One-winning mare Verry Elleegant has been penalised 0.5kg for her win in the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup on Saturday, taking her weight in the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) to 55.5kg.
  • Mon, Oct 19, 2020
    Richard Collett has a big rap on four-year-olds Super Strike and Super Pursuit and he believes they have a bright future after recording a winning double for the Pukekohe trainer at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Mon, Oct 19, 2020
    Progressive galloper Swords Drawn threw his hat into the ring for some of the upcoming summer staying features when he stormed home from near last to score impressively over 1600m to close out this year’s Hawke’s Bay Spring carnival
  • Mon, Oct 19, 2020
    The performance of dainty New Zealand-bred mare Verry Elleegant fending off Epsom Derby-winning blueblood Anthony Van Dyck in Saturday’s Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) is a triumph for all who dare to dream in the sport of thoroughbred racing and breeding.
  • Sat, Oct 17, 2020
    Cambridge visitor Hypnos gained his second victory at stakes level the hard way when he held out the late charge of race favourite Rock On Wood to win the Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings.
  • Sat, Oct 17, 2020
    Superstar racemare Melody Belle celebrated being named New Zealand Horse of the Year last Sunday evening when she stormed home to take out her twelfth individual Group One title at Hastings on Saturday.
  • Fri, Oct 16, 2020
    Shaun Phelan may have missed the majority of the jumps season through injury, but he is delighted he has managed to return to raceday riding in time for the end of season features.
  • Fri, Oct 16, 2020
    Nine-year-old entire Endless Drama showed he is not ready for retirement just yet with a 20-length demolition of his rivals in an Avondale open catchweight 1000m trial on Thursday.
  • Fri, Oct 16, 2020
    Supera out of Livamol; Spratt sidelined; Weight the only concern for Kiwi mare; Weight relief for Sheezallmine; NZB Ready To Run breeze-ups online
  • Fri, Oct 16, 2020
    New Zealand’s only television show dedicated to news and reviews of the thoroughbred industry returns on Monday.
  • Thu, Oct 15, 2020
    The last of the Ebbett VW New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association National Breeding Awards have been announced.
  • Thu, Oct 15, 2020
    No jockey will go into Saturday's Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings with more confidence than Melody Belle's rider Troy Harris.
  • Thu, Oct 15, 2020
    Matamata trainer Stephanie Tierney produced one for the black book at Tauranga on Wednesday when first-starter Mistress Minx showed a dazzling turn of foot to come from last when breaking maiden ranks over 1200m.
  • Thu, Oct 15, 2020
    Go Racing double up at Tauranga; A stable shift for promising jumper; Rain hits Hastings; Tough win for Ted; Setback for 1000 Guineas favourite 
  • Wed, Oct 14, 2020
    The Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m) is the pinnacle for many jumping enthusiasts, and Wanganui trainer Jo Rathbone is no different.
  • Wed, Oct 14, 2020
    Two Illicit will be near her potent best when she races at her pet distance in Saturday's Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings, says co-trainer Robert Wellwood.
  • Wed, Oct 14, 2020
    Kiwi jockey Michael Walker made the most of his limited opportunities last Saturday as he notched the 25th Group One win of his career with a textbook ride on Odeum to win the Gr.1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.
  • Tue, Oct 13, 2020
    Star mare Melody Belle, who was named New Zealand Horse of the Year for the second year in succession on Sunday night, will be out to land her 12th Group One victory when she contests the Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings on Saturday.
  • Tue, Oct 13, 2020
    Expat New Zealand jockey Jason Collett will be looking to figuratively follow in the footsteps of his compatriot Sir Edmund Hillary and summit Everest this weekend.
  • Tue, Oct 13, 2020
    Group One winner Tiptronic bypassed the first two legs of the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival and trainers Graham Richardson and Rogan Norvall are hoping a less travelled path will benefit him at Hastings on Saturday.
  • Mon, Oct 12, 2020
    The rekindled career of star stayer Glory Days will be put to the test in the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings on Saturday.
  • Mon, Oct 12, 2020
    Top jumps jockey Aaron Kuru will be back in the saddle this weekend when he joins forces with the Paul Nelson and Corrina McDougal-trained The Cossack in Saturday’s Great Northern Hurdle (4190m).
  • Mon, Oct 12, 2020
    Hastings galloper Callsign Mav came of age at his home track over the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival and has now been sent for a quick freshen-up ahead of summer targets.
  • Mon, Oct 12, 2020
    There was a tangerine glow to the 2020 New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Awards, with the tangerine colours of Te Akau Racing the dominant element at the virtual event on Sunday night.
  • Mon, Oct 12, 2020
    Otaki trainer Howie Mathews and his wife, Lorraine, have never been more proud of their evergreen galloper Sampson than at Hawera last Saturday as he clawed his way to victory.
  • Sun, Oct 11, 2020
    Lightly raced three-year-old Tinker Mcphee dented a number of reputations at Matamata on Saturday when she sprinted clear of her rivals in the closing stages of her maiden 1200m contest to register a four-length victory.
  • Sun, Oct 11, 2020
    Matamata mare Supreme Heights added a second stakes victory to her burgeoning record when she took out Saturday’s Gr.3 Wyndspelle Grangewilliam Stud Taranaki Breeders Stakes (1400m) at Hawera.
  • Sun, Oct 11, 2020
    Well-travelled three-year-old Not An Option reminded punters of his galloping ability when he defeated a small but classy field of rivals over 1400m at Matamata on Saturday.
  • Sun, Oct 11, 2020
    Trainer Lance O’Sullivan was beaming after former top juvenile Summer Passage made a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure at Matamata on Saturday, when striding clear in a rating 74 1200m contest.
  • Sun, Oct 11, 2020
    Popular equine star Tavi Mac provided his many followers with another thrilling performance when he dashed away with the feature race at Matamata on Saturday, the Listed Team Wealleans Matamata Cup (1400m).
  • Fri, Oct 09, 2020
    Leading European sprinter Hello Youmzain has been retired and will begin his stallion career in France at Haras d’Etreham before shuttling to Cambridge Stud in New Zealand next year.
  • Thu, Oct 08, 2020
    A bold debut from promising Proisir filly Avaquinella at Timaru would please Riccarton trainer Lance Robinson but only an emphatic win would see her press on towards a Classic target.
  • Thu, Oct 08, 2020
    Matamata trainer Karen Fursdon is hoping her stable star Yearn will cop a bit more luck in this year’s running of the Gr.3 Wyndspelle Grangewilliam Stud Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Hawera on Saturday.
  • Wed, Oct 07, 2020
    Group One performer Dawn Patrol will be out to add a second stakes victory to his record at Matamata on Saturday when he contests the Listed Team Wealleans Matamata Cup, a race which will be run over 1400m this year, having previously been contested at 1600m.
  • Tue, Oct 06, 2020
    Big-race jockey Leith Innes believes Two Illicit could be the horse to help him complete the Hawke’s Bay Group One Triple Crown.
  • Tue, Oct 06, 2020
    It was a momentous occasion for the Wigley family of Inglewood Stud when Matchmaker won the Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
  • Tue, Oct 06, 2020
    Expat New Zealand trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young came close to winning the Gr.1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) with Sangster and they are hoping to rectify that loss nearly a decade later.
  • Mon, Oct 05, 2020
    The final field for the last Group One event of the Hastings spring carnival, the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) is likely to have a markedly different look to it than the one that lined up in Saturday’s Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m).
  • Mon, Oct 05, 2020
    A gallant effort for third by Kiwi-bred galloper Riodini in Saturday’s Gr.1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) gave co-owner and breeder Alan Galbraith a massive thrill.
  • Mon, Oct 05, 2020
    The colours of Kevin and Joanne Hickman’s Valachi Downs were to the fore at the Riccarton meeting on Saturday, headed by smart mare Communique who won the Waimakariri Businesses North Canterbury Cup (1800m).
  • Mon, Oct 05, 2020
    Cox Plate for Probabeel; Short break for Jennifer Eccles; Zahra bullish on Verry Elleegant’s Caulfield Cup prospects
  • Mon, Oct 05, 2020
    Chad Ormsby knows he was unlucky not to return from Hastings with a Guineas win on the board as a trainer, but he was thrilled to see Moana live up to his expectations.
  • Mon, Oct 05, 2020
    Wagga trainer Tim Donnelly cleaned up at his local meeting on Saturday, claiming three of the six winners on the card, including the heavily backed Mongolian Brave, which was supported from $5 into $1.90 favourite on debut.
  • Sun, Oct 04, 2020
    Star Kiwi mare Probabeel (NZ) (Savabee) capped another stellar day for outstanding young trainer Jamie Richards when winning the Gr.1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) under a positive Kerrin McEvoy ride.
  • Sat, Oct 03, 2020
    The judge has his work cut out at Hastings on Saturday as he perused the photo finish to one of the day’s feature events, the Gr.2 Dundeel at Arrowfield Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m).
  • Sat, Oct 03, 2020
    Local filly Matchmaker gave her rivals a start and a beating when she took out Saturday’s Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton.
  • Sat, Oct 03, 2020
    Ruakaka trainer Kenny Rae is no stranger to spring success at Riccarton with early season two-year-olds and he was at it again on Saturday when Follow Your Dreams proved too speedy for his rivals over 800m.
  • Fri, Oct 02, 2020
    Wise Men Say loves the Ellerslie Hill and trainer and part-owner Raymond Connors is hoping the seasoned jumper will once again thrive on the Auckland track on Sunday.
  • Fri, Oct 02, 2020
    Punters betting into early markets for the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai 48th New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) should tread warily with impressive Te Rapa winner Mega Bourbon.
  • Thu, Oct 01, 2020
    Stakes success at Riccarton on Saturday would continue a run of success that Indian-born Sydneysider Manoj Wanzare can scarcely believe he's been part of.
  • Thu, Oct 01, 2020
    Talented Riccarton sprinter Wekaforce will begin a campaign towards the Gr.1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham in January when she steps out at Riccarton on Saturday.
2020 September
  • Wed, Sep 30, 2020
    Hawke’s Bay trainer John Bary is hoping to upset the applecart once again on Saturday when Callsign Mav contests the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) on his home track at Hastings.
  • Wed, Sep 30, 2020
    Super Pursuit impresses at Tauranga; Surprise Baby ready for Flemington fight; Impressive Sky Field aims to keep on rising
  • Wed, Sep 30, 2020
    Expat Kiwi trainer John Sargent is tickled pink with Group One performer Brandenburg’s draw in the Gr.1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.
  • Tue, Sep 29, 2020
    Champion trainer Jamie Richards is hoping for another fruitful day on both sides of the Tasman on Saturday despite the stars not aligning for star mare Probabeel in the Gr.1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).
  • Tue, Sep 29, 2020
    Last Saturday’s stakes win at New Plymouth was a fitting outcome from a mare who held the shining light at the end of New Zealand’s COVID-19 racing lockdown tunnel for Matamata trainer Mark Brosnan.
  • Mon, Sep 28, 2020
    Cambridge conditioner Roger James got what he was looking for at Ellerslie on Saturday when progressive stayers Concert Hall and London Banker performed with distinction in their first-up assignments.
  • Mon, Sep 28, 2020
    Jockey Shaun McKay will undergo further tests at Waikato Hospital to determine whether he needs a plate inserted in his shoulder to assist the healing process for the collarbone he broke in a nasty fall at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Mon, Sep 28, 2020
    Peter and Dawn Williams are looking to their promising filly Helsinki to spearhead their hopes of a trip to their old stomping ground for the New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton in November.
  • Sun, Sep 27, 2020
    Underrated galloper Supreme Heights produced a gritty performance to lead all the way when taking out Saturday’s Gr.3 NZB Ready To Run Sale Trainers Series (1400m) at New Plymouth.
  • Sun, Sep 27, 2020
    Race favourite Quattro Quinta backed up an impressive trial performance ten days ago when he proved too quick for his rivals over 880m in the first two-year-old event of the season at Ellerslie on Saturday.
  • Sun, Sep 27, 2020
    Unfancied Awapuni galloper Master Fin caused a massive boilover in one of the special features at New Plymouth on Saturday when he outstayed his rivals to take out the NZB Airfreight Road To The Jericho (3210m).
  • 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.


2020 November
  • Tue, Nov 03, 2020
    New Zealand-trained stayer The Chosen One finished a gallant fourth in Tuesday’s Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) won by the Joseph O’Brien-trained Twilight Payment.
  • Mon, Nov 02, 2020
    For the past 12 months Horsham trainer Paul Preusker has meticulously focused on one race for his star stayer Surprise Baby and the fruits of that planning will be revealed on Tuesday when the lightly tried Kiwi-bred contests the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) for the second time.