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New Zealand

Lowry Cullen quinella in Wairoa Cup

The only thing certain at the finish of Sunday’s Affco NZ Ltd Wairoa Cup (2100m) was that trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen had provided the quinella.

Honneur Noir dominates from in front at Matamata

A front-running masterclass from jockey Sam Spratt paved he way for Te Aroha mare Honneur Noir to dominate her rating 75 rivals over 1400m at Matamata on Saturday.

Contessa Vanessa bounces back to winning form at Matamata

The outstanding season of three-year-old filly Contessa Vanessa continued at Matamata on Saturday when she scored a decisive victory over 1400m.

Dama Zorro all power at Hastings

Promising three-year-old filly Dama Zorro gave a further glimpse of her undoubted potential when she raced home to score a decisive win over 1200m at Hastings on Saturday.

Jakkalberry dies at New Zealand stud

Classy stayer Jakkalberry has died at New Zealand's Novara Park Stud in New Zealand after suffering an intestinal infection.

Excalibur on target for Auckland Cup

Progressive stayer Excalibur confirmed he is on target to tackle the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) in a fortnightwith a dashing victory at Hastings.

Opie’s pick puts them to the sword

Opie Bosson’s judgment was again emphasised at Matamata where Sword Of Osman distanced his rivals.

Smart mare back in fine style

Cote D’Or opened her Group One campaign in perfect fashion on Saturday.

Byerley Park duo undecided on filly’s immediate future

Peter and Dawn Williams will please rival trainers if they play the waiting game with Spanish Whisper.

Devise gains deserved Group One victory

Good things come to those who wait as the connections of Devise found at Hastings on Saturday.

Stayer chasing another Cup for the family

Show the World has earned another chance to emulate his dam Bazelle, whose two Group One wins featured a 2005 victory in the Auckland Cup (3200m).

Injury puts Bonneval’s future in doubt

The racing career of New Zealand’s top mare Bonneval is in limbo.

Apprentice reunites with former master

South Island apprentice Tanya Jonker will renew her association with Howie Mathews’ Otaki stable on Saturday.

Group One winner El Soldado retired

Gr.1 Auckland Cup winner El Soldado has been retired, denying him a chance to win the 3200m feature as an 11-year-old.

NZ Briefs for 23rd February 2018

Cup hope in top order; Weir confirms Derby start ; Trainer hoping Shillelagh bounces back;

Stud suffers major loss

Novara Park has suffered a cruel blow with the passing of foundation stallion Jakkalberry.

Te Akau shooting for successive Breeders’ Stakes

Te Akau Racing trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards believe they have valid claims to win their second successive Gr.2 J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders' Stakes (1200m) on their home track on Saturday.

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 22nd February 2018

Randwick Guineas start on the line for Age Of Fire; Rangipo looks well placed ;Bright future tipped for 3YO;

Brisbane beckons Awapuni stablemates

Beefeater and Lubaya have been short listed for the Queensland winter carnival.

Group One performer sold

Group One performer Endean Rose has been sold and won't contest Saturday's Listed Marks Ewen& Associates Kaimai Stakes (2000m) at Matamata.

Jockey indebted to fellow rider for Group One chance

Samantha Wynne will have a fellow jockey to thank if she strikes the jackpot at Hastings on Saturday.

NZ Briefs for 21st February 2018

Rondinella ruled out of Oaks; Bowman on Melody Belle;Lengthy break for Spring Heat

Derby day prospects for Collett

Pukekohe conditioner Richard Collett will lineup two promising three-year-olds on Derby day at Ellerslie next month.

Embellish to strip in top order for Guineas

A bolder showing is expected from the leading New Zealand three-year-old Embellish in the Gr.1 Australian Guineas (1600m).

Rethink puts NZ Group Ones on Bonneval’s programme

A change of plans will see New Zealand’s top mare Bonneval make two domestic appearances before her Sydney autumn campaign.

Proven combination back in business

A widely-travelled combination will be reunited at Wairoa with the champion southern jockey Chris Johnson to partner Locally Sauced.

NZ Briefs for 20th February 2018

Brisbane high on priority list; High Spirits earns a break; Northern targets in place; Brisbane likely for Untamed Diamond;Kiwi-bred on target for Dubai

Break for Flying Feet

There is a tinge of disappointment in Joseph Waldron’s Te Awamutu stable after his Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m)hope Flying Feet has been forced to withdraw from the Ellerslie feature.

Lowland next for Oaks fancy

Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) favourite Treasure will return to the central districts for her final run ahead of next month’s Trentham feature.

Well-performed mare ready to resume

Multiple stakes winner Miss Wilson will be back in action on her home course next month.

Filly chasing Oaks berth

Promising filly Excelsior Island has two chances to earn her place in next month’s Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m).

NZ Briefs for 19th February 2018

Back to trials for Magic Chai; Break for Ardrossan; Sights set on St Leger again; Death of Thewayyouare

Derby king lands Scott Base ride

The most successful jockey in recent Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) history has been presented with a gilt-edged opportunity of adding another classic to his record.

Top mare bound for Brisbane

Volpe Veloce will chase top Australian honours at the Queensland winter carnival.

Suitable flights will confirm Ellerslie classic tilt

The Australian-trained Civil Disobedience will chase Ellerslie classic honours if suitable travel arrangements can be confirmed.

Gear change works the oracle for Lady Guinness

A change in gear has worked in favour of speedy mare Lady Guinness who took out the Jon Snow Poverty Bay Cup (1600m) at Gisborne on Sunday.

Richards happy with team’s Australian efforts

Co-trainer Jamie Richards headed home from Sydney on Sunday morning pleased with the efforts of stable runners Melody Belle and Embellish despite them both finishing unplaced in their initial Australian assignments.

Track conditions made to measure for Southern Princess

One man who was happy to see the wet underfoot conditions that prevailed at Ellerslie on Saturday was Te Aroha trainer Peter Lock.

Derby favourites happy after Ellerslie dress rehearsal

Most of the leading candidates for next month’s Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) came away from their final dress rehearsal at Ellerslie on Saturday confident of their chances for the blue riband event.

Coulee on track to defend Riccarton title

Consistent performer Coulee showed she was on track to defend her Gr. 3 Valachi Downs South Island Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) title at Riccarton next month with a comprehensive win at Invercargill on Saturday.

Colt returns strong Derby trial

On The Rocks is back in Group One contention after downing his fellow classic hopefuls at Ellerslie.

All’s well that ends well for Rae followers

Kenny Rae’s punting mates may have felt short-changed after Kaharau won at Ellerslie, but they were all smiles after stablemate Major Tom followed suit in the closing event on Saturday.

Ritchie successfully executes another southern mission

Shaune Ritchie rolled back the years on Saturday when Global Thinking won the Listed ILT Ascot Park Hotel Southland Guineas (1600m).

Saintly return from classy grey

Model racehorse Saint Emilion will add further quality to his stable’s assault on an upcoming Group One feature.

Filly chasing early stakes reward for trainer

Smart filly Astor will bid to give her tyro trainer Cody Cole the first black type training success of his career at her next appearance.

Trentham travel pass up for grabs

Promising filly Anythingcouldhappn can take a step closer to a North Island trip when she runs at Ascot Park on Saturday.

Oaks next stop for Mark Two

Promising staying filly Mark Two won’t race again before her autumn Group One target.

NZ Briefs for 16th February 2018

Better ground draws Iago to Gisborne; Oaks challenge down to two; Outside Guineas draw a worry;Stakes test beckons Astor;Kiwi-breds serving trainers well;Kiwi-bred Group winner back in action;

Sharrock’s Group One focus switches

Kawi's season might be over, but New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock has a Group One firmly in his sights with another emerging star of his stable.

Aidan Rodley looks at the weekend of New Zealand runners

With top chances on both sides of the Tasman, Aidan Rodley thinks the kiwis can pick up money in Australia.

NZ Briefs for 15th February 2018

Injury side-lines Dijon Bleu for season; Group One meeting to Hawke’s Bay; Derby bases covered

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.

Busuttin mounts Persian raid on New Zealand

Trent Busuttin believes that in Persian Empire, he has a better Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby(2400m) contender than last year's runner-up Rising Red.

Guineas placegetter Kirkland worth waiting for

Time is expected to bring out the best in the lightly-tried stakes performer Kirkland.

Embellish boasts ideal Guineas profile

Experience is telling Te Akau that Embellish has the right Gr.1 Australian Guineas (1600m) profile.

NZ Briefs for 14th February 2018

Ever Loyal’s future undecided; Good surface overdue; Australian debut for Aide Memoire; Colt to show more grunt over ground;

Lightning target for southern speedster

Smart sprinting mare Carnival is on a return path to Wellington.

Derby-bound stablemates hard to split

Mission Hill has had the better of his barn-mate Vin De Dance in two previous meetings, but the stable isn’t reading too much into that just yet.

Cambridge Stud buys into another top colt

Group One winner Age Of Fire will take his place on the Cambridge Stud stallion roster at the conclusion of his racing career.

Gisborne looking best option for 3YO

Tony Pike is reverting to Plan B to give Sacred Day a chance to keep his Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) hopes alive.

Baker takes charge of smart 4YO

Talented mare I Am Poppy is continuing her career in Sydney.

Spirited run to boost Cup prospects

A strong showing on Saturday can earn the emerging mare High Spirits a shot at a Group One feature.

NZ Briefs for 15th February 2018

Ellerslie test for progressive stayer; Group One beckons southerner; Stakes goal for youngster; Tauranga tune-up for quality mare;

Rider Horse holds strong hand in Derby

The Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Group has a special affinity with the Gr.1 New Zealand Derbyand this year they hold a strong hand leading into the prestigious 2400m contest.

Time for star’s brother to shine

Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards are hoping history can repeat in Saturday’s Gr.2 Avondale Guineas (2100m).

NZ Briefs for 12th February 2018

Matamata return for Ugo Foscolo; Oaks hope overcomes heavy track; Tavistock 4YO in hot form

Weight worries send Boxachocolates to Melbourne

The connections of Boxachocolates have sent the lightly-tried stayer to Australia for a sweeter future.

Sensible plan for talented mare

Plans are in place for the talented mare Sensible Princess to add to her family’s roll of honour.

Brookbars justifies trainer’s faith at Te Rapa

Tauranga trainer Brian McKeagg got just what he was aiming for when handy staying prospect Brookbars stormed home from a seemingly hopeless position to score a convincing victory in the last race at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Poignant victory for Vance family at Te Rapa

Progressive galloper Howbowdat got his timing just right when he stormed home out wide to score over 1400m at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Don Carlo makes bold statement at Riccarton

Lightly raced South Island speedster Don Carlo made an emphatic statement when he downed the open class sprinters at Riccarton on the weekend.

Pinup Coup on target for New Zealand Oaks

Lightly raced three-year-old filly Pinup Coup showed she was well on track for a tilt at the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) next month when she returned to winning form at Riccarton on Saturday.

Sprinter’s star qualities shine through

A wet Te Rapa had the connections of Start Wondering in a sombre pre-race mood, but New Zealand’s reigning champion sprinter didn’t let the rain dampen his parade.

Hall of Famer bags another Group One

It’s been a memorable 24 hours in the decorated racing career of Cambridge horseman Murray Baker.

Active filly closer to crown

Busy is best for New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year front-runner Dijon Bleu.

Cup prospect loves to have his own way in front

Shaun and Emma Clotworthy are confident that Diesel’s free-running style can be put to good use over more ground.

Dijon Bleu could cement series title

A win by Dijon Bleu in Saturday’s Gr.2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa will go a long way to fulfilling Lisa Latta’s wish.

Contrasting feelings in Riccarton prospects

Former jockeys turned trainers Lance Robinson and Alex “Snooky” Cowan are going into Saturday’s Riccarton meeting with contrasting confidence in their prospects in the main events.

Pike on weather watch for Te Rapa

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike has been keeping a weather watch on Hamilton as his top sprinter Sacred Star prepares for another tilt at Te Rapa’s major sprint.

Query over replacement pacemaker

The loss of Authentic Paddy from Saturday’s Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa has put a spanner in the works for Hastings trainers Grant Cullen and Guy Lowry.

NZ Briefs for 09th February 2018

Mam’selle earns Breeders’ Stakes start; Derby tilt on the line; Setback for first Dundeel winner;

Cruz hopes Eagle can soar to Dubai

Martin Cruz is hoping Packing Eagle can prove his worth to be on the international stage in Dubai next month when he competes at Group One level at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Kawi at peak for Group One Sprint

Allan Sharrock believes seven-time Group One winner Kawi is in the best form of his career leading into Saturday's Gr.1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa.

Lizzie L’Amour main Group One threat

Shaune Ritchie has been keeping a friendly watch on an enemy camp in the build-up to Saturday’s Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa.

Baker hoping for memorable weekend

Murray Baker could cap off a memorable weekend with Group success at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Industry mourns passing of Arthur Avis

The racing industry has lost one of its gems with the passing of well-respected owner Arthur Avis.

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.

Authentic Paddy out of Te Rapa Group One

A bruised heel will prevent Authentic Paddy from chasing a second Group One win at Te Rapa on Saturday.

NZ Briefs for 08th February 2018

Jasd sold to Hong Kong; Queensland likely for Jon Snow;Easter Handicap main target; Matamata mission for Five To Midnight

Marsh pair to showcase Oaks potential

The strength of trainer Stephen Marsh's hand in the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m)will become clearer after his promising fillies Insight and Mark Two step out in Saturday's Gr.2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa.

Cunning Fox has Gulliver despairing

Stratford trainer Steve Gulliver admits he doesn’t know what result to expect from his talented galloper Shadow Fox in the Carters AshhurstPohangina Cup at Awapuni on Friday.

Fell proud of New Zealand Racing Hall Of Fame

Success in a lifetime is built around achievements and for Gerald Fell one of his proudest accomplishments will be on show again on Friday evening in Hamilton.

Strong Derby presence for Ruakaka trainers

Chris Gibbs and Donna Logan promise to have a strong hand in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) despite losing a genuine contender.

New home for black type performer

Southern stakes winner Showemup has joined the premiership-winning stable of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

NZ Briefs for 07th February 2018

Group One next for crack filly; Manawatu feature 2YO’s top goal;Stakes winner on easy list;Black type win top priority

Shooting for the top with capable mare

The lure of reward at racing’s highest level will see late nomination Promise To Reign tackle Saturday’s Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m).

Te Rapa success trims classic price

Mission Hill has tightened in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) market after his bold showing at Te Rapa.

Stablemates’ classic odds trimmed

Mission Hill and Mongolianconqueror have tightened in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) market after bold showings at Te Rapa.

Richardson’s Xbox presses Derby claims

Graeme Richardson went to Te Rapa looking for an answer from Xbox and the talented three-year-old gave him an emphatic reply.

Well-bred mare triumphs in Auret shut-out

The well-related Darscape Princess went to another level at Tauherenikau where she led home an Auret family quinella in the feature event.

NZ Briefs for 06th February 2017

Bowman won’t miss Winx ride; Ladies First now Auckland Cup favourite;Further success for enduring partnership; Mare makes it back to back Cups; Oaks hope opens account

Derby favourite ruled out through injury

Injury has ruled Demonetization out of the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) with the leading colt unlikely to run again this season.

Brisbane on the radar of staying 3YO

Speechmaker isn’t in contention for a domestic classic, but he could be in line for a crack at an overseas one.

NZ Briefs for 05th February 2018

Sydney-bound mare trials in good style; Magnum shows his quality; Ellerslie experience for Derby prospect;Gingernuts nearing homecoming

Mare ready for another black type opportunity

Slimline is expected to be in the thick of the action at Tauherenikau on Tuesday.

Australian targets for gifted stablemates

TeAkau are mounting feature race assaults in two Australian states on Saturday week.

Baker bags Book 3 sale-topper

Hallmark Stud boss Mark Baker continued a great sale for the progeny of Haunui Farm stallion Showcasing when he set the day’s benchmark figure during the final session of the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale at Karaka.

Yearn ready for Te Rapa return

Progressive mare Yearn is in fine fettle as she waits to make her return to the track at Te Rapa on Tuesday.

Karaka Final Day Briefs

Iffraaj connection key for Fraser-Campin; Pitman continues family connection

Sergeant blasts back to winning form

A short break over the busy Christmas racing period has worked the oracle for handy sprinter-miler Sergeant Blast.

Canterbury raider snatches Dunedin Gold Cup

Visiting Canterbury galloper Pendleton came of age at Wingatui on Saturday when she downed her mainly older rivals with a dominant performance to take out the Listed Fire & Mechanical Contracting Dunedin Gold Cup (2400m).

Excelleration bags another stakes victory on southern tour

A clean sweep of southern black type three-year-old features remains alive for the connections of Excelleration.

Bit Lippy makes bold statement

Talented youngster Bit Lippy deservedly broke through for the first victory of his fledgling career at New Plymouth with a no nonsense performance.

Trainer says Oaks hope a gem of a filly

Tony Pike can’t hide his regard for his Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) candidate Treasure.

Beefeater comes to the party

Christopher Grace’s celebrations on Saturday were topped off in style at New Plymouth.

Perfect White Robe result for locals

Shane Anderton couldn’t have been prouder of the stable veteran Tommy Tucker on his home turf on Saturday.

Sydney options possible for Sacred Day

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike took six runners south to Hastings on Thursday and was rewarded when taking out half of the eight race card.

Distance test for genuine Travimyfriend

Stakes performer Travimyfriend will be heading into unfamiliar territory when he runs at New Plymouth on Saturday.

Apprentice gets his chance in Cup

A lack of senior jockeys at Wingatui on Saturday has given apprentice Amless Bohorun an unexpected black type opportunity.

NZ Briefs for 02nd February 2018

Paddy ready to rumble; Kawi set for Te Rapa feature; Short-priced favourite salutes;Potential Derby tilt for The Mayor

Stud duties beckon for retired Savile Row

Valachi Downs stud manager Jonathan Scully took a phone call that no thoroughbred owner wants to receive this morning.

Change in conditions could suit Tommy Tucker

A switch to weight-for-age conditions could see Wingatui galloper Tommy Tucker finally snare success in the Gr.3 White Robe Lodge Weight For Age (1600m) on Saturday.

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.

Bold showing to confirm Derby plans

A Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) start is on the line for Flying Feet at Matamata on Friday.

2YO impresses with debut effort

Gallagher delivered a pleasant first-up surprise at Pukekohefor part-owner and trainer Jacob McKay.

NZ Briefs for 1st February 2018

Baker on target at Karaka;Moroney among early action; Stakes start in balance; Mare earns a break;Euphoria ready for action;