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New Zealand

NZ Briefs for 24th April 2018

Group winner turned out; Monarch ready for Warrnambool; Brown rolling the dice; Dream start down to Kiwi-bred

Ormsby hoping for St Leger scratching

Former successful jockey Chad Ormsby could line up his first Australian stakes contender at Flemington on Wednesday, but he won’t be training the horse afterwards.

Local hope making solid progress

Ringo's connections were satisfied with his first-up run and further improvement is expected from the stakes winner and Group One performer.

Spells likely for Gibbs pair

Chris Gibbs was pleased with the results from his two representatives at Pukekohe and is already looking ahead to feature assignments next season.

Mother of two enjoying comeback

Kayla Veenendaal is happy with her life, bringing up her two daughters on the farm in Wanganui with her partner, but trainer Kevin Myers knows she has more to offer on the racing front.

Apprentices toast of stable

While North Canterbury trainers John and Karen Parsons had a frustrating day at Riccarton last Saturday, a couple of their apprentices achieved milestones.

NZ Briefs for 23rd April 2018

Group One winner progressing well; Waikato Stud secures top mare; Browne pleased with Oaks lead-up

Brief jumps return for top jockey

Chris Johnson is planning to make a brief comeback over fences in a bid to improve his prospects of winning another New Zealand Jockeys’ Premiership.

Boss back to winning form at Trentham

Promising three-year-old Boss shrugged off a mediocre performance at Awapuni at his last start to register his second career victory when he took out the opening race over 1400m at Trentham on Sunday.

Khimar War puts first win on the board for Sweet Orange

Speedy two-year-old Khimar War credited former Highview Stud stallion, Sweet Orange with his first New Zealand winner when he dominated his rivals over 1000 metres at Riccarton.

Kitaya looks set for profitable winter after upset victory

Ghostly grey gelding Kitaya relished the testing underfoot conditions as he sprang a minor upset in the feature sprint at Pukekohe on the weekend.

Class gets Hanger home

Trainer Roger James believes his promising three-year-old Hanger is finally starting to understand what the racing game is all about after he made it back-to-back victories when he took out the Fasttrack Insurance 1400 at Pukekohe.

Blue Breeze steps up at Pukekohe

Promising stayer Blue Breeze gave his higher rated rivals a start and a comprehensive beating when he took out the opening event at Pukekohe on Saturday.

Allpress pleasantly surprised by result

Lisa Allpress was both surprised and full of praise for Saint Emilion after the Cambridge warhorse fought back to score in a thrilling finish to the Gr.3 Coca-Cola Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m) at Riccarton on Saturday.

Nerve-wracking road to victory

If ever a trainer needed a drink it was Sally McKay after her courageous filly Courte Zarindi upstaged a northern invasion in the Listed $50,000 NZ Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton.

Tiley steals the show in Pukekohe feature

Local trainer Nigel Tiley achieved a perfect result on his home patch when he provided the quinella in the day’s feature event, the Gr.2 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m).

All the way for Azaboy in Championship Stakes

A bold front-running ride by Jockey’s Premiership leader Samantha Collett landed local runner Azaboy a handsome winner of the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Championship Stakes (2200m) at Pukekohe.

Baker Forsman quinella in Champagne Stakes

The powerful Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman training partnership struck gold in the first stakes race on the card at Pukekohe on Saturday when Rubira and Ole Ole fought out the finish of the Listed Diamond Lodge Champagne Stakes (1600m).

Lino ready for another Warriors call-up

Halfback Mason Lino, having twice helped to steer the Warriors to victory in Shaun Johnson's absence, says he will be ready if needed against Melbourne.

Boss set to avenge last-start loss

Otaki trainer Johno Benner is happy to put Boss' last-start failure behind him as he prepares for Sunday's Lincoln Farms Salute To The Stars (1400m) at Trentham.

Pakistan Star gets a pass mark to secure APQEII Cup berth

Pakistan Star is on track for the G1 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin in nine days’ time after this morning (Friday, 20 April) completing a barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards

D Day for Caricature

The pressure again goes on three-year-old filly Caricature this weekend.

Step towards Group Ones for Kiwis

A couple of Cambridge gallopers preparing for Group One goals will hold most New Zealand interest in Australia on Saturday.

Morphettville memories rekindled

Cambridge trainer Roger James will take a walk down memory lane if his highly promising three-year-old Sherrif can live up to expectations in the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Championship Stakes (2100m) at Pukekohe on Saturday.

NZ Briefs for 20th April 2018

Blinkers to boost chances of trip; Veteran retired; Queensland in mix for Love Affair;

Aidan Rodley previews a strong weekend in New Zealand

There is feature racing in Pukekohe and Riccarton on Saturday with plenty of horses to follow.

Manning’s winter team preparing to take over

It’s the changing of the guard at Ralph Manning’s Cambridge stable with his winter team gathering momentum, but he still has a few shots to fire with his out-going squad.

Easter hopes rest solely with Seventh Up

Cambridge trainer Shelley Hale hasn’t put all her eggs in one Easter basket.

From Championships to NZ features

Leading trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have switched their attention from the riches of Sydney racing to chasing five New Zealand features this weekend.

Team Rogerson pair poised to pop the bubbles

More Wonder will chase stakes success at Pukekohe on Saturday despite the persistence of Hong Kong interest in the Mossman colt.

Jockeys’ best for the weekend

A selection of New Zealand’s leading jockeys offer their best rides for the weekend and, where applicable, last week’s result.

NZ Briefs for 19th April 2018

Demonetization progressing well; Chipper over Obessive’s future; Rogerson fillies staying home; Rich Hill announce fees; Westbury announce fees; South Island Sale on Friday

NZ Briefs for 18th April 2018

Mercy chases stakes win in south; Breeders Stakes bid for Knight; 2YO Stakes target again for Marsh; Showcasing no longer shuttling;

Tallyho - Fannin is on way back

Shaun Fannin is hoping one of his favourites can help him get back into the winner’s circle at Woodville on Thursday.

Stern test for Megablast

A new-look Megablast will face a stern fresh-up test in the Gr.2 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m) at Pukekohe on Saturday.

Calder boosts jockey ranks

Talented jockey Andrew Calder has returned to New Zealand and will be out to make an immediate impression at Pukekohe on Saturday.

Hennessy’s racing travels to continue

Gary Hennessy is preparing for another international tour of duty.

Stayer all the better for Sydney experience

Charles Road will return home this evening after going a long way toward realising his staying potential in Australia.

Kiwi breeders celebrate unforgettable Oaks

Unforgotten’s victory in the Gr.1 Australian Oaks (2400m) provided a pair of New Zealand racing identities with a result to savour.

NZ Briefs for 17th April 2018

Going no concern with 2YO; Options for Group winner; Chasing more Awapuni gold;

NZ Briefs for 16th April 2018

Trainer gains upper hand; Unbeaten Mihaul in fine spirits; Oaks goal for Savacool;

Talented mare on black type path

Wet track specialist Art Deco is limbering up for her favourite time of the year.

Trainer optimistic about 3YO’s future

Brendon Hawtin is looking on the bright side with Simply Optimistic.

Trainers jumping for joy across Tasman

Cambridge trainers David and Emma-Lee Browne are on track for an Australian double.

Who Shot Thebarman: a celebration of courage

Less than 24 hours after watching his pride and joy, Who Shot Thebarman, seal his first Sydney victory in thrilling fashion in the Sydney Cup part-owner Dan O’Leary admits he is still walking on air.

Capucine prevails in desperate finish at Te Rapa

The powerful Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman partnership continued their inexorable march to a fourth National Trainer’s premiership title when they landed a winning double on the weekend.

Londaro back to winning form on home patch

A bold ride from leading rider Samantha Collett paved the way for promising galloper Londaro to bounce back to winning form at Hastings on Saturday.

Smart two-year-old to be set for early Guineas features

Exciting two-year-old Madison County has been ear-marked as a potential Guineas candidate next season after clinching his first raceday success at Hastings on the weekend.

Group One winner back in business

A return to Te Rapa has worked wonders for last season’s Group One winner Ugo Foscolo.

Trainer sees top future for Fawn

Roger James is bullish about the future staying prospects of the lightly-tried Fawn.

Stakes trial produces thrilling finish

The Gr.3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) promises to be a hot three-year-old feature judging by Saturday’s dress rehearsal.

Cup treble beckons All In Vogue

Kevin Gray is mindful of making the most of autumn opportunities for All In Vogue as the Pins mare shoots for her third Cup win this season at Hastings on Saturday.

Brisbane likely for Prom Queen

The Brisbane winter carnival is on the cards for talented three-year-old filly Prom Queen, but she will need to perform well in her next two New Zealand starts to book her ticket.

McCarroll opts for Te Rapa with mare

The Ross McCarroll-trained Chicane has been dual nominated for both Te Rapa and Hastings meetings on Saturday, but her trainer has opted to run his mare at the former venue in the Punters’ Challenge 5th May 1400m.

NZ Briefs for 13th April 2018

Calligraphy looking closer to home; Government calls on Messara’s expertise; Cup goal for Kaharau;Frustrating run at an end

NZ Briefs for 12th April 2018

Tactical advice from a master; Gallante in holding pattern; Quirky character a strong chance; Thurlow looking to double up

Jockeys’ best for the weekend

A selection of New Zealand’s leading jockeys offer their best rides for the weekend and, where applicable, last week’s result.

Trial winner ready for Rotorua

Well-bred youngster Lite My Cigar is in good order for his return to racing at Rotorua on Friday.

NZ Briefs for 11th April 2018

Rock On Wood earns time off; Lucrative bonuses on line in Cup; Debutant completes Niagara double;

Stable overdue a change of fortune

Luck has more often than not gone against Trudy Keegan this season.

Fillies chasing tickets to Queensland

Stablemates Mark Two and Pierrocity are a run away from booking trips to Brisbane.

Nymph Monte ready to add to Hastings record

The stage looks set this weekend for the capable stayer Nymph Monte to return to his best form.

NZ Briefs for 10th April 2018

Travis Stakes next stop; No risk approach with mare; Further stakes for Showcasing ; Another Oaks in Sargent’s sights

Easter goal for smart 4YO

Progressive mare Sacred Rhythm is on target for a Group Two feature.

Second best a result to celebrate

Spoiling Winx’s party at Randwick on Saturday is the last thing on Stephen McKee’s mind.

Cambridge filly joins Oaks party

She’s A Treasure will add further quality to the New Zealand assault on this weekend’s A$1 million Gr.1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick.

Adkins to guide Kiwi Cup hopes fortunes

Andrew Adkins has been confirmed as the rider for Sir Charles Road in Saturday’s A$2 million Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick.

NZ Briefs for 09th April 2018

Dee to partner in-form Cup contender; Pukekohe next for black type winner; Easter target for Group winner; Kiwi sale graduate impresses Moreira

Riccarton to decide stakes performer’s path

Caricature will use a southern age group event as a possible springboard to Adelaide.

Derby plans for talented 3YO

Australia beckons the emerging three-year-old staying star Sherrif.

Mare comes through Group One victory in top order

Miss Wilson significantly boosted her value at Te Aroha and she isn’t finished yet.

Local filly opens the day with a win at Pukekohe

Local filly Kailani Sunset sprang a minor upset when she led all the way to take out the Haunui Farm 2YO (800m), the opening event at Pukekohe on Sunday.

Highlad takes out Te Aroha Cup

Enigmatic stayer Highlad returned to winning form on Saturday with a heart-stopping victory in the J. Swap Te Aroha Cup (2200m).

Rae happy to be proven wrong with Respin

Local trainer Terri Rae was quietly cursing her bad luck at Riccarton on Saturday afternoon when she received a pleasant surprise.

Upperhand in line for trip to Queensland

Talented three-year-old Upperhand moved a step closer to an Australian venture when he resumed in fine style at Riccarton.

Miss Wilson’s connections back on centre stage

John Bary was back in the Group One groove at Te Aroha on Saturday.

Sultan in top form for Group test

Sultan Of Swing will head to his target race for the season in prime condition.

Mare’s successful southern campaign may not be over yet

La Fille En Jeu has bagged a southern stakes double and consideration will be given to giving the Wanganui mare an opportunity to complete a hat-trick.

Le Castile rewarding trainer’s faith

In-form filly Le Castile is delivering exactly what trainer Mark Blackie has been expecting.

Trainer puts mare’s return to form down to timing

Lisa Latta wasn’t surprised by a career-best performance from longshot China Star on her home track on Friday.

NZ Briefs for 06th April 2018

Easter Handicap next for in-form mare; Long break for smart 3YO; Dee chasing another Sydney feature; Stellar season for Savabeel;

Oaks start on the line

A decision on a belated Group One appearance by Treasure will be made after she runs in Saturday’s Gr.3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.

Southern star ready to put the boot in

A galloper that took 10 starts to clear maiden grade will shoot for his fourth straight win in Saturday's Listed Christchurch Casino Easter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton.

Aiden Rodley looks at the New Zealand scene

With the kiwis having a big say at Randwick and a G1 locally, Aiden Rodley looks at the New Zealand form.

Chiefs look to extend Super Rugby run

The Chiefs will look for a fifth Super Rugby win in a row - and try to extend a lengthy streak against the Blues - when they host their neighbours in Hamilton.

Jockeys’ best for the weekend

A selection of New Zealand’s leading jockeys offer their best rides for the weekend and, where applicable, last week’s result.

NZ Briefs for 05th April 2018

Te Aroha next for Hanger;Trainers top 2YO run continues;No set plan yet to Rising Shot; May catalogue online

Bary hoping to prosper from last year’s miss

Lessons learned from last year's tilt at the Gr.1 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) could be the catalyst for Miss Wilson landing a valuable elite-level win at Te Aroha on Saturday.

Course and distance points to another bold showing

Smart mare Donizetti has a gilt-edged opportunity to add black type to her record on her favourite track on Friday.

Positive signs for Brisbane-bound Chocante

A glowing report from a Group One-winning jockey has boosted trainer Stephen Marsh’s confidence ahead of another Australian campaign for Chocante.

Track key to progressive 4YO

Any improvement in the conditions at New Plymouth will boost the chances of consecutive wins for Virtuoso Lad.

Two in-form Derby chances for major NZ player

The focus of an international thoroughbred operation with a major New Zealand presence will centre on Sydney this weekend.

NZ Briefs for 04th April 2018

Dama Zorro one for the future; Oaks hope safely in Sydney; Moore eyeing Horse of the Year title;

Stakes test for undefeated filly

Aptly-named filly The Precious One will head to Riccarton on Saturday for her first opportunity to add black type to her perfect record.

Vinery result a golden outcome

Hiyaam’s impact at the highest level has delivered a massive windfall to a pair of New Zealand breeders.

NZ Briefs for 03rd April 2018

Smart juvenile’s season over; Listed goal for precocious filly; Johnson to ride Kiwi Oaks hope; Time called on well-performed Kiwi-bred;

Trainer bullish about Khorabella’s prospects

Andrew Carston isn’t short of runners at the Phar Lap Raceway on Wednesday and he has tipped Khorabella as one to follow.

Hardy stayer appreciates break and rain

Fresh legs were the key to The Gordonian producing a career-best last-start performance.

Colt sends admirers winning message

More Wonder has been courting offshore attention and his popularity will have been further boosted by his performance at Rotorua.

NZ Briefs for 2nd April 2018

Hale’s Easter stocks boosted;Mare delivers overdue win; Iffraaj strikes again; Rogers re-joins Waikato Stud team

Unbeaten 3YO’s future unclear

Stephen Marsh has tipped a bright future for Not Usual Talent, although he is unsure if it will be from his Cambridge stable.

Double for Anderton team at Riverton

The powerful Brian and Shane Anderton operation made their presence felt at Riverton on Saturday when they produced Fascinate and Raise You Ten for a winning double.

Nirvana In Fire ready for Rotorua resumption

Promising two-year-old Nirvana in Fire resumes from a short summer break when he takes on a small but select line-up in the juvenile event over 1215m at Rotorua on Monday.

Sacred Rhythm back to winning ways at Awapuni

Lightly raced staying prospect Sacred Rhythm put a disappointing last start performance well behind her when she produced a gritty victory to open the day at Awapuni on Saturday.

Ozil upsets at Awapuni

Local three-year-old Ozil sprang a major upset when he downed hot favourite Gift Of Power in a driving finish to The Oaks Stud/Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy (1200m) at Awapuni on Saturday.