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New Zealand

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 24th November 2017

Savvy Dreams shaping up well; Ferrando due change of luck; Boosted by trials outcome; Fix keenly sought in Ireland; NZB Yearling Sale catalogue online; Du Plessis an All Star

New addition to Livamol Classic-winning stable

Hastings trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen will unleash another string to their bow at Awapuni on Saturday.

Simogramor to keep winning roll going

If promising filly Simogramor follows the family pattern she will win the Wentwood Grange Juvenile (1000m) at Te Rapa on Sunday.

Two black-type hopes for Kelso stable

Matamata trainers Bev and Ken Kelso are going into Saturday’s Counties meeting hopeful rather than confident with their two black-type contenders.

Aiden Rodley looks at the big kiwi races on Saturday

Pukekohe hosts group racing this weekend with good fields.

NZ Briefs for 23rd November 2017

Change of luck for Mark; Change of Royal headgear; Differing paths for stablemates;

Positive action continues on day two at Karaka

Fresh off the record setting pace recorded on day one of the annual NZB Ready To Run sale, the action continued to come thick and fast on day two at Karaka.

Tauranga couple set for thrill ride

Tauranga couple Lou and Val Te Keeti sat down recently to discuss where life was taking them.

Autumn Wild ready for much-anticipated debut

There's no pressure on high-priced and beautifully-bred Snitzel filly Autumn Wild when she makes her debut in Saturday's Listed Ashford Lodge Stakes (1100m) at Pukekohe, says Matamata trainer Lance O'Sullivan.

Another Pinot toast for team

The Te Akau Racing Stables team will on Saturday take another step toward assembling its squad for the Karaka Million (1200m).

Payback for Myers

Taupiri owner-trainer John Morell is finally off the blocks again with his talented filly Florence Jean and fulfilling a promise to jockey Rosie Myers.

Ellis all but fills shopping list at Karaka

TeAkau principal David Ellis had his eye in at Karaka on Wednesday.

Hinchinbrook colt sought by Hong Kong buyers

David Lui and Karl Chan of new Hong Kong-based racing consortium Sweetbriar Equine created the biggest splash on day one of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run sale when they went to $460,000 for Lot 106, a good-looking son of Hinchinbrook from the Regal Farm draft.

Patience pays dividends for vendors

Patience has paid off for vendors Nick Fairweather and Nicole Brown after they sold their Tavistock colt (lot 92)for $260,000 to Julian Blaxland of Blue Sky Bloodstockat Wednesday’s session of the Ready to Run Sale.

Family making black type impact

Angel In Bluejeansis boosting her value at home while another member of the family is doing her favours overseas.

Mare to decide her own future

Under-rated galloper Somethingvain will dictate her own summer programme.

Trainers ponder Group One options with smart fillies

The Lustre and The Sparkle have proven themselves competitive against the best fillies in the country and their connections are now weighing up northern targets for the pair.

Hong Kong influence strong at Karaka

The influence of the strong Hong Kong buying bench was immediately evident during the early stages of the annual New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run sale at Karaka.

Positive vibes carried into auction ring at Karaka

There was plenty of pre-sale “buzz” around this year’s edition of the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run sale of two-year-olds that kicked off at Karaka today and it didn’t take long for the action to explode in the auction ring.

NZ Briefs for 21st November 2017

Million race on Hasahalo’s radar; RTR Sale commences tomorrow; Pentire 2YOs sure to attract added interest; Promising 3YO gelded;

Brave performance from honest Amarula

Amarula turned in another gallant performance in the Gr.2 Tauranga Stakes (1600m), despite being inconvenienced by foot issues.

Son Of Maher’s win highlights grand Cup week

Riccarton trainers Michael and Matthew Pitman have Group One targets on Son Of Maher’s summer programme.

NZ Briefs for 20th November 2017

Well-related colt keeps stable trot going; Winning weekend for brothers; Stunning win at Sha Tin; Cup honours for Balham; Lightning strikes twice

Trainer to take Te Awamutu opportunity

Peter McKay isn’t taking a chance with Orange Shore and she will run at Te Awamutu on Tuesday, even though the distance isn’t ideal.

Brave Group One performer ready to go again

Life is good for the capable Cambridge galloper Prince Of Passion, but it hasn’t always been so.

Hayes keen to open family account in NZ

David Hayes will follow in his late father’s footsteps when he chases a feature two-year-old victory on New Zealand soil.

Patient approach with stable star

Peter Lock is playing the waiting game with his quality miler Hiflyer.

Riccarton specialist at it again on the weekend.

Awapuni mare Heni’s love affair with the Riccarton track continued Saturday when she brought up her 6th win at the venue and second in the week.

Mahalo ready to tackle black type assignment

Progressive mare Mahalo provided co-trainer Graham Richardson with all the right answers to the test he set her on the weekend when she scored in emphatic style at Tauranga.

Derby path for Demonetization

Nigel Tiley believes his unbeaten colt Demonetization is classic material.

Age no barrier for evergreen Natuzzi

Evergreen sprinter Natuzzi showed he is far from a spent force at the top level when he produced another class performance at Tauranga on the weekend.

Trainer rewarded with Group success

Gary Hennessy’s patience with the well-related Ocean Emperor gained a Group Two reward on Saturday.

Royal day at Riccarton

Jockey Sam Spratt and trainer Andrew Campbell enjoyed the sweetest of times at Riccarton when they combined with Gobstopper to complete a memorable Saturday.

Stud celebrating another super Saturday

The sound of champagne corks popping at Waikato Stud aren’t uncommon and the breeding powerhouse had further cause for lively celebrations on Saturday.

Filly bounces back in Group Onestyle

Hasahalo displayed a faultless sense of timing when she bounced back to winning form at Riccarton.

Classy colt has Bosson bubbling

Precocious youngster Al Hasa earned lavish praise from Opie Bosson following a spectacular display at Riccarton.

Future Cup prospect impresses

A plan is already in place for Dee And Gee to be back at Riccarton in 12 months’ time for an extreme distance test.

Shadows Cast brings happy days

It was happy days for trainer Mark Oulaghan and owner Ron Cunningham on Wednesday after their charge Shadows Cast won the Gr.2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton.

NZ Briefs for 17th November 2017

Pace key to Kiwi stayer’s chances; Distance query on Guineas contender; Stakes race next on programme; Colt in Karaka Million mix

Travel-wise youngster chasing southern reward

A long range black type mission will have a happy ending if Patsys Lass can make an impact in her second appearance at Riccarton.

Wheeler chases third New Zealand Cup win

John Wheeler reckons he already has a photo of Pentathlon winning the New Zealand Cup on his wall at home.

Black type prospect on deserved break

Sleeping Beauty has taken her unbeaten record for the season to the spelling paddock.

Preview - NZ 1000 Guineas

Preview of the New Zealand 1000 Guineas from Riccarton where Prom Queen is the early favourite.

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.

Smart trial from star filly

Group One winner Melody Belle took a step toward her race day return with a trial victory at Avondale on Thursday.

NZ Briefs for 16th November 2017

Trainer bullish about stayer’s prospects; Bayliss making presence felt; Filly bidding to continue stable’s form; Fanatic ready for two-mile challenge; Winning trial from Cup hope

Queen ready for the prom

Had Saturday's Gr.1 gavehouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) preceded the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas rather than following it seven days later, Riccarton racegoers might have had two chances to enjoy glamour filly Prom Queen.

Zabeel Classic goal for Ronchi

An in-form Ronchi will be stretched out in trip to chase a Group One prize this campaign.

Further success on the cards

Creative Genius bounced back to his best last time out and trainer Steven Cole fancies the four-year-old’s chances of further success at Ruakaka on Friday.

Reid takes dig at Peru's World Cup record

All Whites captain Winston Reid has kicked off some last-minute mind games with Peru ahead of their 2018 World Cup playoff second leg.

Fun at the Riccarton fair for Carnival team

Lightly-tried speedster Carnival has earned herself a role on centre stage.

Breslin delivers on his promise

Mike Breslin’s long-term plan for Heni has been executed to perfection by his Riccarton specialist.

Mare ready to rise to the occasion

It’s the right time of the year for the stakes performer Rising Shot to shine.

Passage to Hong Kong confirmed

Group One winner Summer Passage won’t be returning to New Zealand, but he will be staying in the family.

Victory spoils shared in Group feature

Shadows Cast and Son Of Maher shared in a racing rarity at Riccarton on Wednesday.

Racing Review - NZ 2000 Guineas

Review of the New Zealand 2000 Guineas won by Embellish for Te Akau Racing.

NZ Briefs for 14th November 2017

Derby goal for Te Aroha winner; Saturday contest favoured; Jockey making his mark; No need for change; Filly bounces back to open account

Group One mare in mint condition

La Diosa is in prime order as she bids to add another Riccarton feature to her record.

First Riccarton win beckons

Nigel Auret’s hopes of breaking his Riccarton duck rest with La Fille En Jeu.

Young sprinterready to go again

Don Carlo hasn’t missed a beat since his bold showing on Saturday.

Hong Kong snaps up hot prospect

Smart three-year-old As You Will is to continue his fledgling career overseas.

Savabeel soaring to new heights

New Zealand’s champion sire Savabeel has continued to scale new heights as a sire in recent weeks, with his progeny extending his number of individual Group One winners to fourteen.

Gingernuts’ temperament to serve him well

David Ellis believes Gingernuts’ nature will stand the four-year-old in good stead during his recovery from serious injury.

NZ Briefs for 13th November 2017

Australia beckons star 3YO; Hoping for best again from Animator; Jockey impressed by debutant; Kiwi-bred collects another feature; Walker out on his own

Lessons learned have Waldron off to flying start

Joe Waldron gained his thoroughbred grounding from the very best in the business and he’s now putting that experience to his own benefit.

Variety spicing up Group winner’s life

Trevor and Martin Cruz are keeping Packing Eagle’s training regime as varied as possible in their quest for a Group One double with the accomplished sprinter.

3YOs to serve Hawtin well

Cambridge trainer Brendon Hawtin doesn’t expect his promising three-year-old prospects AlignsWith Me and So Much Mour to have too much trouble progressing through the grades.

Oaks path likely for impressive Riccarton winner

Impressive three-year-old filly Savvy Coup could be on the path towards a start in the Gr. 1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand Oaks (2400m) following her decisive maiden victory at Riccarton on Saturday.

Starvoia back bigger and better

Co-trainer Karen Parsons was giving little away prior to the start of Saturday’s Rating 75 1100m contest at Riccarton as she discussed the prospects for the return of injury plagued mare Starvoia.

Next 48 hours crucial for Gingernuts

A CT scan on Monday morning will determine the immediate future for popular kiwi galloper Gingernuts who suffered a serious injury during his preliminary for the Gr. 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday.

More to come for McKee pair

A delayed trip from their Ardmore base in Auckland was not enough to faze the Stephen McKee trained runners Neeson and Shadows who both notched impressive victories at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Mare finally gets a slice of luck

Local mare Aspen Lass belatedly turned her racing fortunes around on her home turf on Saturday with a commanding performance earning her a first stakes success.

Pitmans plunder Pegasus, sights set on Stewards

Michael and Matthew Pitman have a black type sprinting double on their home track in their sights.

Onward and upward for talented mare

Untamed Diamond gained an invaluable black type victory at Te Rapa and connections will now raise their sights with the mare.

Colt embellishes record with Group One triumph

Hopes of a lucrative life after racing for Embellish were significantly boosted at Riccarton where he added a further top-flight victory to his family’s roll of honour.

Owners dining out on 2YO’s success

Some might say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but in the case of the unbeaten two-year-old Espumoso it rings true.

Wasting prompts top jockey’s decision to retire

Retirement is sitting comfortably with the former heavyweight jockey Hayden Tinsley.

NZ Briefs for 10th November 2017

Kiwi jockey riding high; Time bringing out best in strapping 5YO; Game 3YO standing tall; Questions go unanswered in Oaks

Highly-regarded 3YO making right moves

A filly tipped for a bright future at an early age is showing positive signs of fulfilling her potential.

Sprinter could star over summer

There's plenty of water to still go under the bridge but Cambridge trainer Tony Pike is optimistic Group One ace Sacred Star could have his first run in 18 months in the Gr.1 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year's Day.

Team Pitman in outstanding form

Michael and Matthew Pitman’s stable is running hot ahead of the opening day of the New Zealand Cup carnival.

Taumalolo show dominates NZ-Tonga clash

The defection of Jason Taumalolo from New Zealand to Tonga has made Saturday's Rugby League World Cup clash between the sides a potential classic.

Blair stands by Taumalolo criticism

Kiwis captain Adam Blair has maintained that defector Jason Taumalolo betrayed the jersey by switching to Tonga for the Rugby League World Cup.

Taumalolo calm ahead of NZ battle: coach

Tonga coach Kristian Woolf says star Kiwi defector Jason Taumalolo has taken this week in his stride, as he prepares to play the country of his birth.

2017 Omf Stakes

Race review of the 2017 Omf Stakes won by Chance To Dance at Ellerslie.

Beale to miss start of Warriors NRL season

Gerard Beale will miss up to eight weeks' worth of NRL next year after the Warriors recruit broke his leg on Kiwis duty in late October.

Mannering hopes exiled duo return for NZ

Kiwis veteran Simon Mannering says he'd like to see banished duo Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor return to the fold after the Rugby League World Cup.

NZ Briefs for 9th November 2017

First strike for Shin; Well-related youngster scores; Odeon on Group One back-up

New owner for classic contender

Leading Group One prospect Ever Loyal has changed hands ahead of Saturday’s classic at Riccarton.

Filly impresses at trials

Well-bred youngster Autumn Wild further emphasized she has inherited her share of the family ability with a dashing trial win at Cambridge on Wednesday.

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.

Railway beckons well-performed sprinter

Quality sprinter Fully Funded is in good heart to kick off a Group One campaign.

Spoilt for choice in 2000 Guineas

With three in-form runners in Saturday’s Group One feature at Riccarton, Jamie Richards is finding it mission impossible to tip the stable’s leading prospect.

No-rush beachlife agreeing with top sprinter

They say life is better at the beach.That adage might well fit perfectly with rejuvenated sprinter Bullrush.

Ritchie confident Bee Tee Junior ready for Riccarton assault

Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie is confident he has progressive stayer Bee Tee Junior on target for his assault on a Christchurch Cup Week double.

Kiwis seek composure vs Tonga's Taumalolo

Simon Mannering has cautioned his Kiwis side against expending emotional energy on defector Jason Taumalolo ahead of Saturday's World Cup clash with Tonga.

Former Te Akau apprentice on Gingernuts

The powerful Te Akau operation have turned to one of their own to guide the fortunes of Gingernuts, who has drawn gate 12 in a 15-horse field in Saturday’s Gr.1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

Racing harnesses teenager’s talent

Precocious riding talent Corey Campbell initially had his heart set on the sulky rather than the saddle.

NZ Briefs for 08th November 2017

Top sprinter to Otaki; Emotional win for Waddell; No holding Odeon back; Trip sees Humidor out

In-form mare to take her chance at Otaki

Bring To The Block is in good touch and while she may not be at her ideal trip at Otaki on Thursday, it’s an opportunity too good to pass up.

Mystery mishap sets filly back

Gifted three-year-old Astor is on the mend after suffering a puzzling injury on her home track at her most recent appearance.

Blinkered approach turns 8YO around

Chance To Dance bounced back from a baffling last-start defeat to show his true form under top rider Opie Bosson at Ellerslie.

NZ Briefs for 20th September 2017

Cup day double; Te Rapa return for promising 4YO; Wide run no problem; Promising mare gets her reward; Bold showing for tyro trainer; Topweight too good at Ellerslie

Rocanto’s rousing return fuels Group One hopes

Stephen Marsh believes Rocanto can be a serious Group One player this preparation.

Smart galloper progressing well

Talented four-year-old Sweet Leader is closing in on a return to racing.

Top targets for Group One performer

Accomplished stayer Chocante will be given opportunities to star at weight-for-age during a two-start summer campaign.

Question mark on weight not stamina

Darren Weir is more worried about Humidor’s weight than he is about the New Zealand-bred mastering the extreme distance of Tuesday’s Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington.

Paddy an authentic Group performer

Awapuni galloper Authentic Paddy has successfully reinvented himself in recent seasons.

NZ Briefs for 06th November 2017

Ellerslie experience for future Cup contender; Kiwi jockey out to defy odds again; Raghu makes presence felt; Trainer changes tack;

Scott Base ready for Riccarton grand final

A sparkling run for second in his final dress rehearsal has promising three-year-old Scott Base primed and ready for a big effort in the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on Saturday.

Family on verge of double delight

A wish granted at the weekend could be the forerunner to wilder celebrations for the Carter family.

Little hoping for big Cup day performance

Kiwi connections are serving Kylie Little well as she bids to upstage some of Australia’s most powerful stables at Flemington on Tuesday with Lucyinrio.

Johnson brushes off Kiwis points record

Shaun Johnson says he's hardly spared a thought for his New Zealand points record and is gunning for team triumphs at the Rugby League World Cup.

Barman out of Cup

Kiwi bred Melbourne Cup contender Who Shot Thebarman has been ruled out of his fourth attempt at the great race due to an elevated temperature.

Richardson makes right call with Tiptronic

Matamata trainer Graham Richardson spent most of Saturday agonising over whether to let his promising galloper Tiptronic take his place in the last race of the day at Tauranga.

Double for Hennessy and Hills at Awapuni

The Gary Hennessy and Mark Hills combination made their mark at Awapuni on Saturday when the trainer and jockey combination tore off a winning double.

Blinkers for Chance To Dance at Ellerslie

Te Akau Racing are hoping the application of blinkers for the first time will work the oracle with former European stayer Chance To Dance who takes his place in the Gr. 3 OMF Stakes at Ellerslie on Tuesday.

Melbourne success a pinnacle achievement for local breeder

Despite enjoying some truly remarkable achievements over many years, local thoroughbred identity Christopher Grace has no hesitation in labelling the results from Flemington on Saturday as the pinnacle of his racing and breeding career to date.

Wild swing in trainers’ fortunes

Congratulations quickly turned to commiserations on Saturday for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

Top trainers zeroing in on Group Two prize

The powerful training partnership of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have significantly strengthened their hand for an upcoming Group Two feature.

Victory books berth to Christchurch

Shadows Cast will head to Riccarton at the top of his game following a dominant performance to beat the open class sprinters on his home track on Saturday.

Star galloper’s daughter does her proud

Memories of the former champion stayer Ethereal were rekindled at Awapuni by her dashing daughter Seraphim.

Petite 3YO delivers warm homecoming

Shaune Ritchie’s end of holiday blues were quickly overcome at Tauranga where his diminutive filly Global Thinking stood tall on Saturday at the expense of her fellow three-year-olds.

Group One hopes dashed

Smart filly Belle du Nord is out of spring Group One contention.

NZ Briefs for 03rd November 2017

Overseas trip for top apprentice; Stablemates on trial for Cup; Sargent eyeing fillies’ double again;

Apprentice gets nod for Tauranga

Danica Guy is putting her faith in apprentice Jasmine Fawcett on Saturday.

Blinkered approach with Kiwi Coolmore hope

Lance O’Sullivan concedes Summer Passage needs to lift at Flemington to give Saturday’s A$1 million Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) field a fright and he’s banking on a gear addition for that extra edge.

Matamata stables importing Australian riding talent

Victorian jockey Jake Bayliss is coming to New Zealand to fill a unique role.

Kiwis expect Scots to 'come out fighting'

The Kiwis are gearing up to take on Scotland in their Rugby League World Cup pool match in Christchurch on Saturday.

Snow Secret ready to fire in Feilding Gold Cup

A relaxed and refreshed Shaune Ritchie is hoping to pay for a quickfire family vacation with a victory in Saturday’s Listed Ricoh Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) with progressive staying mare Snow Secret.

NZ Briefs for 2nd November 2017

Career drawing to a close; Patient approach with quality mare; Illness lays Kiwi-bred low

Guineas problem solved for jockey

A tricky Group One decision has been taken out of Jason Waddell’s hands.

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.

Black type beckons smart mare

Stakes targets await the highly-regarded mare Whispering, who will resume at her local meeting on Friday.

NZ Briefs for 1st November 2017

Time called on Blizzard’s career; Blinkers for Kiwi colt; Victory duly delivered; Filly’s followers finally rewarded; Hapeta funeral details;

All Roads lead to Melbourne

Te Kauwhata trainer Tony Cole lined up Argonaut Style in the 1987 Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) and three decades later he will have another horse compete in the famous Flemington Carnival, but this time as an owner on Derby day.

Price happy to chase local spoils

Price happy to chase local spoils

Cranbourne couple eyeing another Derby

Although the luck of the draw may not have played entirely in his favour, ex-pat Kiwi trainer Trent Busuttin is confident that he and partner Natalie Young have the firepower to add another Derby trophy to their cabinet.

Trainer eyeing major 3YO prizes

Stephen Marsh will have representatives in both Group One events at Riccarton later this month.