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New Zealand

NZ Briefs for 20th March 2019

Trans-Tasman options for Go Racing duo

Volpe Veloce to bounce back at Tauranga

Matamata trainer Graham Richardson, who trains in partnership with Gavin Parker, is confident his Group One winning mare Volpe Veloce can bounce back to form in the Gr.2 Windsor Park Stud Japan NZ International Trophy (1600m) at Tauranga on Saturday.

South Australian option for Oaks runner-up

Waverley trainer Bill Thurlow was pleased with the runner-up performance of lightly-raced three-year-old Beyond The Fort in last Saturday’s Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m).

Change of plans for Consensus

There has been a change of plans for Group One winner Consensus.

NZ Briefs for 19th March 2019

Black-type mission for Vinnie’s Volley ;Tulloch for Invador;

Sydney plans delayed for Rondinella

Exciting four-year-old Rondinella will not head to Sydney to take her place in the Gr.1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) on Saturday, but a trip across the Tasman still remains on the cards for the Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained runner.

Breeders come together for Group One day

The Gr.1 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) Day at Te Aroha on April 6 represents the perfect opportunity for members of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and their friends and budding breeders to get together.

Rain no barrier to Danzdanzdance

Multiple Group One winning New Zealand mare Danzdanzdance has arrived in Sydney for a tilt at Saturday’s Gr.1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) .

NZ Briefs for 18th March 2019

Oaks trip reliant on forecast; Australia on radar for Misstumut;Full Of Beauty makes it five

Furore extends NZ’s record in HK Derby

The Frankie Lor-trained Furore continued New Zealand’s stellar record in the HK$18million Hong Kong Derby (2000m) when he took out the Classic race at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Andrew back doing what she loves

You might think that leading into last Saturday’s race meeting at Trentham, apprentice jockey Holly Andrew would be feeling more than just a twinge of anxiety about competing at the venue where she experienced a critical incident just one year ago.

Bolt From The Blue streaks home at Tauranga

Speed machine Bolt From The Blue was back to his front-running best when he showed his three-year-old rivals a clean pair of heels at Tauranga on Saturday.

Equinox back to his best at Trentham

Reminiscent of his impressive debut, two-year-old colt Equinox once again showed his liking for the Trentham track with a hard-fought victory at the venue on Saturday.

Ladies combine for Oaks success

Girl power was to the fore at Trentham on Saturday as trainer Lisa Latta and jockey Lisa Allpress fittingly joined forces as $21 outsider Sentimental Miss landed the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai NZ Oaks (2400m) at Trentham.

Miss consistent adds further black-type

Speedy mare Volks Lightning was rewarded for consistency and good attendance when she landed the Listed gavelhouse.com Lightning Handicap (1200m) at Trentham on Saturday.

Concert Hall builds to crescendo

The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained Concert Hall produced an impressive last-to-first performance to land the Gr.3 Wentwood Grange Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday, setting her up for a tilt at even better things.

Sampson strikes in St Leger

Venerable stayer Sampson took advantage of the new conditions of the Listed Yealands Family Wines NZ St Leger at Trentham on Saturday to run out an emphatic eight-length winner.

Concert Hall on song

The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained Concert Hall is thriving this preparation and punters have again warmed to the four-year-old mare, installing her the $2.30 favourite for the Gr.3 Wentwood Grange Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.

Cowboy arrives in Victoria

Progressive four-year-old Rhinestone Cowboy will continue his career in Victoria under the care of emerging trainer Joe Waldron.

Shooting for the stars in Melbourne

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh may not be competing for the A$5million on offer in the inaugural All Star Mile (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday, but he is hoping stable runner Starrybeel can win a sizeable cheque for his connections on the undercard.

NZ Briefs for 14th March 2019

Sydney options for Rondinella; Group Three target for Ardrossan; Jim Cassidy considers return to the saddle

Classic test for Baker-Forsman fillies

How his trio of talented fillies handle the step up to 2400m on a rain-affected Trentham track is Cambridge trainer Andrew Forsman's only concern heading into Saturday's Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m).

Cowan hoping Lightning strikes twice

Alex “Snookie” Cowan is claiming home track advantage for Saturday's Listed Gavelhouse.com Lightning Handicap (1200m) at Trentham.

NZ Briefs for 13th March 2019

Sweeney bags first win; Eminent in terrific form ahead of Ranvet;

Dress rehearsal for Coolmore two-year-old

Talented juvenile Folk Dress showed her potential at Matamata on Wednesday when taking out the Matley Financial Services 1200.

Stakes leap for exciting three-year-old

Emerging three-year-old Vigor Winner will be out to maintain his picket fence formline as he steps up to stakes company for the first time in his brief career when he contests Saturday’s Gr.2 Norwood Family Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham.

Black-type mission for Sasso Corbaro

Former Australian galloper Sasso Corbaro will get the chance to add some valuable black-type to her page when she competes in the Listed Gavelhouse.com Lightning Handicap (1200m) at Trentham on Saturday.

Sargent’s house of Group One hopes

John Sargent is on target to send one Group One prospect across the Tasman from Australia, while he has received a filly from New Zealand for a possible Sydney Group One mission.

NZ Briefs for 12th March 2019

Danzdanzdancing her way to Sydney; Richards pleased with Oaks pair

More goals for Collett

Sam Collett is still on cloud nine after her first Group One victory on Saturday, when victorious aboard Glory Days in the Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m).

NZ Briefs for 11th March 2019

Grunt on song for All Star Mile; Triple crown in the crosshairs for Melody Belle;

Sydney rider sought for Glory Days

Bill Thurlow is sticking to his policy when it comes to booking a rider for Glory Days in the Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick next month.

Heart fibrillation adds uncertainty ahead of Oaks

Promising three-year-old filly Elate suffered a heart fibrillation in the Sunline Vase last start, causing concern for her connections leading into Saturday’s Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks at Trentham.

Kiwis celebrate Group success at Flemington

Former New Zealand-trained filly Spanish Whisper made a stunning return to the winner’s circle on Saturday when she overcame a wide run to take out the Gr.2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.

Sandrine proves too tough in Ellerslie slog

A mud-spattered Cameron Lammas completed an early raceday double in the worst of the conditions at Ellerslie on Saturday when he guided promising mare Sandrine home in the second race of the day.

Dawn Patrol ready to resume

Progressive three-year-old Dawn Patrol showed he is ready to return to the racetrack after producing a stylish display over 1000m at the Rotorua trials last Tuesday.

Waiting game for Sword In Stone

Trainer Lauren Brennan is playing the waiting game with promising three-year-old Sword In Stone as she contemplates where to next with the Gr.2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) placegetter.

Day of Glory for Thurlow at Ellerslie

The residents of small rural township Waverley look set to rock and roll for the next few days as resident trainer Bill Thurlow and his gallant mare Glory Days did them proud when bolting home in the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Bosson equals O’Sullivan with Ellerslie feature victory

Rider Opie Bosson made it Group One-win number sixty-two when he guided hot favourite Yourdeel to victory in the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Melody Belle adds further glory to stunning season

Outstanding race-mare Melody Belle capped a wonderful season when she beat a quality field in Saturday’s Gr.1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie.

NZ Briefs for 08th March 2019

Solid showing expected from Shillelagh; Big future tipped for The Green Dragon

On The Rocks primed to go back-to-back

On The Rocks brought up some big milestones for trainers Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard.

Start the key for Noble pair

Karaka trainer Lance Noble will take two strong Group One chances to Ellerslie on Saturday and he is hoping they can improve off their last-start runs at Matamata last month.

Stern test for in-form mare

The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained Rondinella is taking a solid formline into Saturday’s Gr.1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie, but her connections believe she will have her work cut out for her in the star-studded field.

Bosson closing in on jockey great’s tally

Opie Bosson is just one win shy of joining Hall of Fame jockey Lance O'Sullivan on 62 career Group One wins and he has a gilt-edged chance of levelling up to his former great rival at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Charles Road chasing higher honours

Charles Road will earn another knighthood if he can run up to expectations in Saturday's Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) at Ellerslie.

NZ Briefs for 06th March 2019

Group Three test for Luvaluva;Eminent touches down in Australia

Ardrossan out of Sydney Group One

Group One performer Ardrossan has been withdrawn from the Gr.1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on Saturday after recording an elevated temperature upon arrival in Sydney earlier this week.

Thurlow aiming for Auckland Cup glory

Waverley trainer Bill Thurlow has experienced a stellar season with his talented galloper Glory Days and he is hoping she can continue her good run of form in the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Madison County on target for Guineas

The seven figure sale for star three-year-old Madison County may have fallen through, but the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained galloper will now get the opportunity to add an Australian Group One to his tally on Saturday.

NZ Briefs for 05th March 2019

Gundown armed for Auckland Cup tilt;Sydney trip on the cards for Ballymore pair;Avondale Cancelled

Hutchings returns

Talented rider Rory Hutchings has returned to New Zealand after being based in Sydney for the past four years

Sydney invasion imminent for Latta runner

The Lisa Latta-trained Platinum Invador ran on well to finish third in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on Saturday and his connections have now shifted their focus towards Australia with their gelding.

Melody Belle aiming to cap off stellar season in style

Multiple Group One-winning mare Melody Belle will take her place in the Gr.1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on Saturday after pleasing her connections in trackwork at Matamata on Tuesday.

NZ Briefs for 04th March 2019

Sydney next target for Zacada; Group One target for Supera;

One-horse trainer gets Cup opportunity

Allan Morley has a bit of inside knowledge on what it takes to win a Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m) as he prepares for his first tilt at the Ellerslie feature on Saturday.

Lindsay youngsters on trial for Sydney features

Events from this week will have a huge bearing on the strength of Brendan and Jo Lindsay’s assault on the major juvenile races at the Sydney Autumn carnival.

Gundown presents Auckland Cup credentials with Ellerslie victory

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained Gundown emerged as a genuine lightweight prospect for next Saturday’s Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) after winning handsomely at Ellerslie on the weekend

Danzdanzdance ready for Sydney assignment

A sparkling exhibition gallop by Danzdanzdance at Ellerslie on Saturday has confirmed trainer Chris Gibbs’ thoughts that he has his stable star right where he wants her as she prepares to tackle the cream of Australian racing later this month.

Queensland Winter Carnival the beneficiary from Derby wash-up

The Queensland Winter Carnival and specifically the Gr.1 Queensland Derby (2400m) look set to profit in the aftermath of Saturday’s Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m).

Marsh runner upsets in New Zealand Derby

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh picked up his maiden Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) title at Ellerslie on Saturday but not with the horse that many felt would provide that honour.

Princess Kereru gets her Ellerslie reward

Matamata raider Princess Kereru gained a well-deserved reward when she snatched victory in a thrilling finish to the Gr.3 Waikato Stud Plate (1200m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Emily Margaret dominates Wingatui rivals

A trip north to contest the Gr.2 Norwood Family Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham beckons for multiple stakes-winning filly Emily Margaret after a dominant on-speed victory at Wingatui on Saturday in the Listed NZB Insurance Stakes (1400m).

Qiji takes the express way home

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Qiji Express took the shortest way home when successful in the Listed Mufhasa Fasttrack Stakes (1300m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Pinmedown enhances Oaks bid with Ellerslie victory

A rails-hugging ride by Jake Bayliss paved the way for classy filly Pinmedown to add a second black-type victory at Ellerslie to her record when she scored in the Gr.3 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m).

NZ Briefs for 1st March 2019

Vernanme primed for Derby; Verry Ellegant scratched from Guineas

Price heading into Saturday with plenty of Grunt

Dual Group One winner Grunt will tackle the Gr.3 The TAB Shaftsbury Avenue Handicap (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday in the lead-up to the inaugural A$5 million All Star Mile (1600m) in a fortnight’s time.

Derby day launching pad to international targets for Rogerson pair

As always, Hamilton trainer Graeme Rogerson isn't shying away from a challenge.

Waller pleased with Sydney Cup-bound Patrick Erin

Sydney trainer Chris Waller is expecting a solid showing from his New Zealand-bred stayer Patrick Erin in the Gr.1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday where he faces champion stablemate Winx.