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New Zealand

NZ Briefs for18th June 2018

Pitman sprinters return to training;Haussmann joins Waller barn;Gibbs yard unearths NZ Cup horse; Second Singapore winner for Logan

Bradley to join Gibbs in training partnership

Ruakaka trainer Chris Gibbs will have a new training partner come the new racing season when he is joined by Logan Racing Stables’ long-time office manager Michelle Bradley.

Humble Kuru heads hunting after extraordinary victory

Former New Zealand softball representative turned champion jumps jockey Aaron Kuru has made headlines around the world after his awe-inspiring winning ride aboard maiden steeplechaser Des De Jeu at Awapuni on Saturday.

Doomben targets for Pike duo

In what has been a frustrating month for injured trainer Tony Pike, he may finally be able to head to Queensland to watch a couple of his in-form stable runners compete at Doomben this weekend.

Kiwi jockey amped for Royal Ascot

Star Kiwi jockey James McDonald has a gilt-edged chance to secure his first Royal Ascot win this week.

Cambridge visitor nabs gutsy win at Awapuni

Cambridge raider Sellwood showed he could be in for a profitable winter when he out-toughed his rating 75 rivals over 1200m at Awapuni on Saturday.

Greencast headlines home track bonanza for Gibbs

Local trainer Chris Gibbs enjoyed a red-letter day on his home patch at Ruakaka on the weekend, producing five winners on the 10-race card.

Big Mike back to his best on better ground

Exciting staying prospect Big Mike confirmed his liking for better going when he bounced back to winning form over 2100m at Ruakaka on Saturday.

Game Percy lives up to his name at Awapuni

Game by name and game by nature was the story around the LJ Hooker Manawatu Steeplechase (4200m) that was taken out by the Kevin Myers trained Game Percy.

Hiflyer all class in fresh-up victory

Class galloper Hiflyer lived up to the pre-race hype when he lumped 61.5kgs to victory at Ruakaka in the day’s open sprint, the Clansman Hotel Bream Bay Bowl (1200m).

Iffitel two from two at hurdles caper

After creating a huge impression with her debut hurdle win at Te Rapa earlier in the month, Matamata mare Iffitel made it two wins from two starts over the jumps when she took out the Manawatu ITM Awapuni Hurdle (2900m).

Unbelievable effort nails opening event at Awapuni

If you didn’t see it, you wouldn’t believe it.

Jon Wick all action at Ruakaka

Leading apprentice Sam Weatherley made the best possible start to his last day of riding in New Zealand for the time being when he guided Jon Wick to an all-the-way win over 1200m in the opening event at Ruakaka.

NZ Briefs for 15th June 2018

Savvy Coup back in work; Werther Japan bound; Weatherleyaiming for extended stay in Australia; Mofara clears maidens

Spanish Whisper on the move to Australia

A conversation at the recent broodmare sale on the Gold Coast has resulted in Australian Bloodstock agent Mark Pilkington acquiring a controlling interest in Group One placed two-year-old Kiwi filly Spanish Whisperfor client, Seymour Bloodstock.

Ralph pair poised for Awapuni success

Stephen Ralph doesn't want to appear greedy.

Plain-sailing so far for hurdler

Winter plans for Kipkeino have gone smoothly and the well-performed jumper will strip at his best for this Saturday’s test.

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.

Pitmans enjoying break-through season

There will be no premiership honours for the Pitman stable this season but Matthew Pitman can rightfully refer to the stable's achievements this term as a break-through.

Gelagotis confident with stable favourite

Moe trainer Peter Gelagotis was disappointed with missing out on a start in the Gr.1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) with Moss ‘n’ Dale, but is looking forward to starting him in the ListedCity of Ipswich Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich on Saturday.

Ruakaka tune-up for Australia-bound Hiflyer

Te Aroha trainer Peter Lock is looking forward to the return of stable star Hiflyer when he tackles Saturday’s Clansman Motel Bream Bay Bowl (1200m) at Ruakaka.

NZ Briefs for13th June 2018

Hastings carnival goals for Magnum; Black type hopes for Yearn; Awapuni to suit chaser better; Endowment Singapore bound;Conghua Training Centre goes live

Black type prospect trials well

A New Zealand-bred and owned mare with a tidy Australian record will be on a stakes mission in the spring for champion horsemen Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

Patience close to earning major reward

Group One-winning trainer John Kiernan has never lost faith in his lightly-raced galloper Vatican News.

Kiwi Tiara contender in fine fettle

Confidence in Miss Wilson’s Australian Group One prospects have been boosted.

NZ Briefs for12th June 2018

3YO impresses in trial win; TeTeko abandoned; Wait A Sec doing well; Capable duo back in work; Weatherley on the move

NZ Briefs for12th June 2018

3YO impresses in trial win; TeTeko abandoned; Wait A Sec doing well; Capable duo back in work; Weatherley on the move

Super Easy win for Eddie

Super Easy gelding Easy Eddie highlighted his readiness for loftier targets on Monday when he won the Invictus Sprint (1100m) by nearly four lengths at Randwick’s Kensington track.

Group winner’s return imminent

Talented two-year-old Bit Lippy will be back in Wayne Hillis’ stable next week to begin preparations for his classic season.

Xpression on a golden local trail

Precocious youngster Xpression has overcome an illness that halted her bid to add further black type to her record.

Daring Flemington victory for Choysa

Stakes races are calling for Zabeel gelding Choysa after his daring last-start win at Flemington.

NZ Briefs for 11th June 2018

Winter Cup aim for She's Poppy; Keen interest in Tavistock 2YO; Kiwi-bred still undefeated; Pikachu surpasses HK$9million; Another Group One for Mastercraftsman; Jumper bounces back

Trisha Lea set for profitable campaign

Proven mudlark Trisha Lea is set to go deep into the winter.

Wyndspelle Exciting Recruit for Wynyard Stable

Group One performer Wyndspelle will do his future racing out of Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard’s stable.

Three for injured Pike at Sunshine Coast

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike enjoyed a red-letter day at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday with a winning treble that included victory in the feature race, the Listed Daybreak Lover (1200m), with The Bostonian.

Richardson delighted for owners of promising stayer

The only disappointing aspect of promising stayer Suliman’s win at Te Rapa on Saturday for co-trainer Graham Richardson was that he couldn’t be on-course to share in the victory celebrations with the horse’s large group of owners.

Underthemoonlight to take well-worn path to Group One target

An aborted attempt at a Brisbane Group One feature will play in the favour of local race fans when classy mare Underthemoonlight heads to Tauranga in a fortnight to defend her Listed Woburn Farm Classic (1400m) crown.

Zanyetta a highlight on another successful day for Baker Forsman camp

A well-deserved victory for progressive mare Zanyetta was one of the highlights for co-trainer Andrew Forsman on the weekend as he and senior partner Murray Baker added a further four victories to their already record-breaking season.

Tutta La Classe on target for Ryder Stakes bid

Promising filly Tutta La Classe opened her winning account with a comprehensive victory at Trentham on the weekend which now has her in line for a shot at the Listed Courtesy Ford Ryder Stakes (1200m) in late July.

Baker praises mare’s former trainer

Murray Baker deflected much of the credit for New York Minute’s outstanding performance in her first appearance from her new quarters.

Studd takes his chance for leading trainer

Charlie Studd made the most of his opportunity at Trentham for one of the country’s top jumping stables.

Hot-pot romps to victory at Trentham

Tutta La Classe deserved to go out a short-priced favourite at Trentham on Saturday and she had no trouble repaying the market’s faith in her.

Trainers rate Peaceful’s 3YO prospects

Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman won’t be in any hurry to press the promising Peaceful into action in her classic season.

Hurdler gives weight and a beating to rivals

The Shackler coped admirably at Trentham with both weight of expectation and the top of handicap.

Wood pair tackle open feature

Cambridge trainer Chris Wood concedes he has set a tough assignment for Pacorus and Roc De Bank in Saturday's open sprint at Te Rapa, but said both are ready to put their best foot forward.

NZ Briefs for 08th June 2018

2YO ready to attack at Te Rapa; Rain may force Kiwi mare out; Riccarton on the radar; Bright future tipped for Jamie; Deep ground Zartan’s preference; Hong Kong-based stars on the move

Pike adds to Queensland arsenal

Tony Pike has runners at two Queensland meetings this weekend and has further added to his carnival firepower.

Trainer concerned with hurdler’s handicap position

Paul Nelson can’t fault The Shackler ahead of Trentham, but he is concerned with the jumper’s weight.

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 07th June 2018

National goal for Amanood Lad; Tavistock colt tops Gold Coast Sale; Hurdle assignment for Max; Pownce a bright prospect; Collett past the post; Kiwi-bred stayer withdrawn

Light winter planned for talented Dolcetto

Group winner Dolcetto will be sparingly raced over the winter to ready him for further stakes challenges later in the year.

Caution a wise play, says Connors

It won't be a lack of stamina or conditioning that will have Wise Men Say beaten in Saturday's Irvines McGregor Grant Steeplechase, according to owner-trainer Raymond Connors.

Plain sailing for stakes contender

Two false starts haven’t interfered with Sol Invictus’ lead-up to his black type debut at Te Rapa.

Pub buy chasing sentimental victory

A horse bought over a drink will be the toast of Wellington if he can open his jumping account in Saturday’s K. S. Browne Hurdle (3200m).

NZ Briefs for 06th June 2018

Demonetization returns; 3YO in fine fettle; Japan in mix for Kiwi star; Cup hope thriving

Cup bid on Daytona Red’s radar

A trip to Riccarton is the long-term plan for the progressive stayer Daytona Red.

Filly ready to rock and roll

Keltic Rockstar is in the right order to improve on her encouraging debut performance when she fronts up at New Plymouth.

Avondale treble sets up winter assault

Nigel Tiley isn’t lacking firepower for the winter, as evidenced by a standout day at Avondale where he trained the last three winners on the eight race card.

NZ Briefs for 05th June 2018

Smart 3YO earns a spell; No Derby for Another Dollar; Important booking for Du Plessis; Distance query with Kiwi-bred

WFA targets for Group winner

Ocean Emperor’s New Zealand future is likely to focus on weight-for-age racing.

Season’s finale for black type performer

Pick Me Up In Rio will close out an encouraging first campaign at Riccarton on Wednesday.

Speedy Derryn ideal fit for Grangewilliam

A sprinting specialist who met and matched the best Australian short course performers is bound for New Zealand.

NZ Brief for 04th June 2018

Walls’ services honoured; Iffitel worth the wait;NZ breeders welcome Derby result

2YO allays concerns with dashing debut

The connections of Reevederci pulled the right rein when they let the youngster take his chance at Avondale.

Trainers eyeing Riccarton carnival

David and Emma Haworth are keen to head south later in the winter with Red Sierra.

Overdue victory for local galloper

A decisive front-running effort saw Wanganui local Perfect Harmonee score an overdue victory on his home patch on Saturday.

Visibility issues curtail racing at Te Rapa

Concerns for the safety of riders has led to the abandonment of racing at Te Rapa today.

Tomelilla rises to the challenge at Wanganui

Time has been the making of the valuable mare Tomelilla, who showed her fighting qualities at Wanganui to add to her black type record.

Group Three target for tough southerner

Shakti turned in a dour performance to win at Wingatui, but trainer Jo-Ann Gordon has her eye on a shorter stakes prize for the eight-year-old.

Sea King deserves another chance - Fannin

Top jumper Sea King can be forgiven his last-start performance, according to rider Shaun Fannin.

Victorian prizemoney boost a positive for NZ

Victorian horse racing’s Big Three - the Gr.1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m), the Gr.1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) and the Gr.1 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) – will all carry record prize money this spring after hefty increases were announced by Racing Victoria on Friday.

NZ Briefs for 1st June 2018

Karisto thriving in Queensland; Weight Rae’s only worry;Apprentice makes mark during northern stay; Family success for Latta;New season’s calendar released;

McNab accepts invitation to ride for Chris Waller

Group One-winning Waikato jockey Michael McNab is taking advantage of a golden opportunity.

No secret that rain is the key

Southern sprinter Secret Power is taking full advantage of his favourite underfoot conditions.

Southern venture another test of Admiral’s stamina

Admiral will be at the top of his game when he attempts to prove himself over a middle distance at Wanganui on Saturday.