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New Zealand

Grylls back in winning groove at Te Rapa

Senior rider Craig Grylls wasted no time in returning to the winner’s circle in New Zealand when he guided promising three-year-old Ocean Go to victory at Te Rapa on Sunday.

McKay eyes late bid for Ellerslie feature with Cavallo Veloce

A comprehensive victory at Trentham on Saturday could see Matamata three-year-old Cavallo Veloce force his way into the field for the rich Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie.

Air Max upsets in Gore Guineas

Riccarton visitor Air Max upset some well-fancied rivals when he flashed home late to capture the Listed Liquorland Gore Guineas (1335m) on Saturday.

Lightweight successful in desperate finish to Wellington Cup

It was a day for close finishes in the feature events at Trentham, so it was no surprise that the result of the day’s iconic two-mile feature would go right down to the wire.

Secret Allure scores in Desert Gold Stakes

The Lisa Latta-trained Secret Allure secured her biggest career success when she stormed to victory in Saturday’s Gr.3 Williment Travel Group Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham.

Enzo’s Lad goes back-to-back Trentham sprint feature

A desperate finish to the feature sprint at Trentham was decided by the photo-finish camera as South Island sprinter Enzo’s Lad pipped Ferrando by the barest of margins to take out his second Gr.1 JR&N Berkett Telegraph (1200m)

No shadow of a doubt with Thorndon result

Underrated galloper Shadows Cast gave his rivals weight and a beating when he took out the prestigious Gr.1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.

Parsons stable divided on top Guineas seed

Balcairn trainers John and Karen Parsons have a three-pronged attack in Saturday’s Listed Liquorland Gore Guineas (1335m), but key members of the stable cannot agree as to which of the trio is their leading hope.

NZ Briefs for 18th January 2019

Long road for Vile duo;Tappy’s One secures Karaka Million spot;Rondinella too good at Tauranga;80th stakes win for Pins;Moore camp happy with Beauty Generation’s final Stewards’ Cup gallop

Bergerson runner Just Fabulous ahead of Trentham

Awapuni trainer Roydon Bergerson his hoping three-year-old filly Just Fabulous can continue her impressive run of form at Trentham on Saturday when she competes in the Gr.3 Williment Travel Group Desert Gold Stakes (1600m).

NZ Briefs for 17th January 2018

Shark nearing return; 'Switched on' Lady Cuvee makes her mark; NZ-bred hits milestone; Oceanex to relish distance rise

Advice could reap Wellington Cup success

Success in Saturday's Gr.3 NZ Campus of Innovation & Sport Wellington Cup (3200m) at Trentham would be the ultimate payoff for a bit of friendly advice between friends several years ago.

Waddell relishing chance to ride Melody Belle

Confidence levels set at extreme, ace jockey Jason Waddell got just the boost he was looking for when the field was released for Saturday's Gr.1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham.

NZ Briefs for 16th January 2019

Heavy favourite clears maidens; Wild set to fire in Autumn

Grylls set to fire in his homeland

The New Zealand jockey ranks will be bolstered significantly by the return of Craig Grylls from Singapore.

Rogerson hoping for more fortune with More Wonder

Trainer Graeme Rogerson is hoping for better luck at Trentham on Saturday with tough three-year-old More Wonder set to take his place in the Gr.1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile (1600m).

NZ Briefs for 15th January 2019

Cup challenge for Consenus; Shillelagh nominated for All Star Mile;

Karaka Million jockeys confirmed for Te Akau

Trainer Jamie Richards will be represented by five runners in Saturday week’s Karaka Million 2YO (1200m), with the man at the helm of the Te Akau Racing operation looking to notch the stable’s third Karaka Million winner in as many years.

Group One homecoming for True Excelsior

Connections of New Zealand-bred stakes performer True Excelsior are hoping a return to her homeland will result in the addition of a valuable Group One victory to her record.

Group One target for Supera

Talented four-year-old Supera landed her first stakes success last weekend when winning the Gr.3 Tui- Backing A Winner Since 1889 Anniversary Handicap (1600m) and the well-related mare will now be set for bigger targets.

NZ Briefs for 14th January 2018

Stratocaster on Concorde path; Osman puts them to the Sword;

New Zealand debut for Irish comeback jockey

It may only be a maiden race at a minor midweek meeting, but it’s a big deal for Paul Gallagher making his comeback to race-riding at Rotorua on Wednesday.

Brennan’s black type firepower

Cambridge trainer Lauren Brennan is in the enviable position of having three-quarters of her racing team on target for upcoming Group races.

Protest decides three-year-old feature at Ellerslie

Less than a neck separated the first four runners’ home in an exciting finish to the three-year-old feature at Ellerslie on Sunday, however the final result was ultimately decided in the Inquiry room.

Exciting talent notches first stakes victory at Trentham

Promising mare Supera added some significant value to any potential broodmare career she may have, when she captured her first black-type success in Saturday’s Gr.3 Tui-Backing A Winner Since 1889 Anniversary Handicap (1600m) at Trentham.

Madison County too tough in Levin Classic.

Tough-as-teak three-year-old Madison County became a dual Group One winner when he overcame some home-straight difficulties to take out the Gr.1 Fusion Electrical Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham.

Quality mare back to her best at Trentham

Elite-level performer Consensus reminded racegoers about her genuine class when she dominated her rivals in the Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Trentham Stakes (2100m) on Saturday.

NZ Briefs for 11th January 2018

Blinkers on, game on for Giovanni Canaletto

Hasstobegood to make it to Karaka Million

The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained Hasstobegood will have to live up to her name in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1200m) at Ellerslie on Sunday in order to make the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) field on the same track later this month.

Prosecutor ready for Group One Crown

Last-start Group Three winner Crown Prosecutor will head into Saturday’s Gr.1 Levin Classic (1600m) in a fresh state, but his trainer Stephen Marsh believes his colt is primed for the Trentham mile.

Stayer a live chance in Trentham Stakes

Chance To Dance's Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) campaign steps up a gear at Trentham on Saturday.

NZ Briefs for 10th January 2019

Waddell picks up ride on Melody Belle; He’s Gold collects gold in Reefton;

Karaka Million dress rehearsal for Te Akau runners

Te Akau Racing's hand in this year's $1 million Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) will become clearer this weekend.

Hypnos developing into a Group One contender

Talented three-year-old Hypnos is being set for his first tilt at elite level when he lines-up in the Gr.1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.

NZ Briefs for 09th January 2019

Wexford have faith in 3YO; Outsider gets up at Matamata; Beauty Generation enters new territory for Purton

Kay hoping for a change in luck

Levin trainer Sylvia Kay is hoping for a turnaround in luck for Dolcetto and Sylvester when they tackle feature races at Trentham on Saturday.

Two-pronged Classic attack for Baker-Forsman

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman hold a strong hand heading into the Gr.1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.

NZ Briefs for 08th January 2019

Hiflyer pleases in final hit-out;Charles back on the Road

Lightweight chance hoping to repeat

The Daniel Champion and Kezia Murphy-trained He’s Gold added a ninth win to his tally with victory in the Kurow Cup (1400m) last month and his connections are hoping for a repeat performance in the Reefton Crane & Construction Reefton Cup (1400m) on Wednesday.

NZ Briefs for 07th January 2019

Stakes goal for Maison Roxanne; Travelling mate delivers; Late Christmas present for Auret;Crampton passes away

Auckland Cup possible for Etah James

A session with an equine chiropractor this week could be a step closer to realising an Auckland Cup dream with Australian Group Three winner Etah James.

Xpression out, Wait A Sec in

Smart Hastings filly Xpression will be missing from Saturday’s Gr.1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham, but trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen have their Group One winner Wait A Sec on the verge of a return to racing.

Cambridge Stud couple continue winning run

Cambridge Stud owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay continued their wonderful winning streak of late when talented galloper Hanger resumed off a long spell with an eye-catching performance at Awapuni.

Quizmaster kicks off a top day for Lammas

Promising three-year-old Quizmaster provided jockey Cameron Lammas with the first leg of a winning treble when he scored in the opening event at Ruakaka on Saturday.

Quality stayer retired

New Zealand racing has lost another quality performer from its staying ranks with the retirement of the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Maygrove following an unplaced run in Saturday’s Listed Gallagher Marton Cup (2200m).

Veteran takes out Marton Cup

Evergreen galloper Sampson proved that age is just a number when he gave his younger rivals a solid beating in Saturday’s Listed Gallagher Marton Cup (2200m).

Killarney back to winning form in Awapuni sprint

High-class galloper Killarney made a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure when he claimed the open sprint at Awapuni on Saturday.

Miss Labasa remains unbeaten after Awapuni effort

Promising three-year-old Miss Labasa retained her unbeaten record with another impressive performance at Awapuni on Saturday.

NZ Briefs for 04th January 2019

Prom Queen’s return imminent

Rae backing the West Coast

Trainer Kenny Rae is a long-time supporter of the West Coast racing circuit and he believes that John Messara’s recommendation of racecourse consolidation in the area is misguided.

Concorde next for talented entire

The Stephen Marsh-trained Ardrossan extended his unbeaten streak in New Zealand to three after taking out the Pak N Save Thames Sprint (1200m) at Te Aroha on Thursday.

Balham thriving ahead of Marton Cup

A replica Manawatu Cup run could see Balham successful in Saturday's Listed Gallagher Marton Cup (2200m) at Awapuni.

Leading jockey returns to grass roots

Leading Sydney jockey James McDonald made a fleeting visit back to his homeland on Thursday to ride at Te Aroha, a track that holds some great memories for the expat Kiwi.

NZ Briefs for 03rd January 2018

Rider change for Melody Belle;Front-running ride pays off for Yonker

Meadows in search of first stakes victory

Awapuni trainer Ashley Meadows is pleased with his stable star Duplicity ahead of the Listed Gallagher Marton Cup (2200m) on his home track on Saturday and he is hoping the gelding can record his first stakes victory as a trainer.

Peaceful ready to throw cat among pigeons

Peaceful might be vulnerable on fitness ahead of her return to New Zealand racing on Saturday but her class could see her competitive.

NZ Briefs for 02nd January 2019

Concorde tilt likely for Princess Kereru; La Castile dominates Summer Cup

Cups potential for Starrybeel

Savabeel gelding Starrybeel picked up the biggest win of his career at Ellerslie on Tuesday when taking out the Dunstan Feed Stayers Championship Final (2200m).

Ralph humbled by support

Te Awamutu trainer Stephen Ralph experienced the biggest day in his racing career on New Year’s Day after winning the Gr.1 Sistema Railway (1200m) with Santa Monica.

Outsider takes out Railway

Outsider Santa Monica belied her $77 winning-odds to take out the Gr.1 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.

Prince Jabeel upsets in City of Auckland Cup

Apprentice Ryan Elliot celebrated his recent red-hot run of form when he guided outsider Prince Jabeel to an upset victory in the Gr.3 Pencarrow Stud City of Auckland Cup (2400m) at Ellerslie.

Bayliss’ hard work not wasted

Going without over the festive season has paid off for jockey Jake Bayliss after he took out the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile (1600m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day aboard the Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard-trained On The Rocks.

Imelda Mary triumphs in Royal Stakes

Matamata filly Imelda Mary caused a minor upset when she dashed away from her age-group rivals to take out the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on Tuesday.

Pike unveils NZ Derby contender

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike may have unveiled a major player in New Zealand’s three-year-old ranks after Surely Scared showed a devastating turn of foot to take out the Gr.2 Jamieson Park Auckland Guineas (1600m) at Ellerslie on Tuesday.

Likely Karaka Million favourite salutes at Ellerslie

Exciting two-year-old Whiskey Neat cemented his claim for the favourite’s tag for the rich Listed Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) later this month when he led all the way to take out the Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Eclipse Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie.