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New Zealand

Carston attacking on two fronts

Andrew Carston has set stable runners significant home and away targets this weekend.

Harris setting himself lofty goals

Impending fatherhood has motivated Troy Harris to make another fist of his riding career.

Juicy rewards await Pacorus

Rotorua Cup winner Pacorus is set to make his presence felt in Saturday's Orora Kiwi Packaging Kiwifuit Cup at Tauranga, according to Cambridge trainer Chris Wood.

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.

Racing manners key for Veuve Clicquot

Racing manners will be the key for Veuve Clicquot when she lines up in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series at Otaki on Friday.

Ioane earns surprise All Blacks wing berth

Rieko Ioane's speed, footwork, creativity and cool temperament have seen the All Blacks winger get the nod for Saturday's first British and Irish Lions Test.

Kuah Forever bullish as his Lion Heart returns

Forever Young, the surprise packet that was thrusted into the spotlight in the Singapore Guineas, is back for more as he returns from a short break this Sunday.

Stayer showcasing tyro trainer’s skills

Shantav is proving to be a good advertisement for the conditioning skills of Barbara Verlinden.

Win a tonic for Isdale

Clinton Isdale scored his first training win at Ruakaka with Almarie on Saturday, but his introduction to training and the racing industry has been far from smooth sailing.

Apprentice to enjoy winter spell in Queensland

Rebecca Goldsbury is broadening her racing horizons in Australia.

Lions great graces Cambridge trackwork

Tall tales and colourful banter is the norm at racecourse gaps around the country, but Cambridge trainers might have reason to take that to a new level after a trackwork visit from Scottish rugby great Gavin Hastings on Tuesday.

Flame to keep partners running hot

Further success beckons a long and successful international partnership at Pukekohe Park on Wednesday with the promising Manhattan Flame.

NZ Briefs for 20th June 2017

Cup hopes for Nashville; Taranaki target for Artaxerxes; Winning debutante to Australia; Draw the key for Bonny O’Reilly; Apprentice back in action

Trainer looking forward to the spring

Talented youngsters Hasahalo and Star Treasure are putting a spring in the step of their trainer Stephen McKee.

NZ Briefs for 19th June 2017

Smart 4YO presses Cup claims; Alibi’s winning roll continues; Meech claims record; O’Sullivan hot at Sha Tin; Innes suspended;

Bull team thriving in Queensland

Hunterville horseman Harry Bull isn’t planning on coming home any time soon.

Noble shines on the Coast

Lance Noble is hoping his breakthrough Australian success with Save The Date will earn the filly a black type start.

Bright future tipped for 3YO

Viktor Vegas’ connections have confidence in the well-bred three-year-old’s ability to make his mark in the higher grades.

NZ Briefs for 18th June 2017

National Jockey’s Premierhip leader Chris Johnson extended his margin on the chasing pack when he scored on Combat Warrior in the opening race at Te Awamutu on Sunday.

All smiles as Malacanto makes up for last start disappointment

An unlucky run for third at her last start hinted that Malacanto was ready to head back to the winner’s enclosure at short notice and that proved the case when she prevailed in a driving finish to the Red Stag Timber Handicap at Trentham on the weekend.

Blathwayt heads to spelling paddock with winning feeling

Hardy campaigner Blathwayt is heading to the spelling paddock on top of the world after scoring a comprehensive victory at Trentham on the weekend.

Logan proved correct as Command Royale shines

Ruakaka trainer Donna Logan’s judgment proved spot on when she labelled progressive intermediate galloper Command Royale as one of the best chances on the card at her local meeting on Saturday.

Spider in his element on home track

Track specialist Spider reaffirmed his love for his home surroundings when he dealt out a beating to his rating 85 rivals at Ruakaka on Saturday.

Jumper repays loyal connections

Patience and perseverance gained their reward when The Oysterman upstaged his better-performed rivals at Trentham.

Welcome result for Kaharau’s owners

The connections of Kaharau received a degree of compensation on Saturday after missing out on a far bigger cheque earlier this year.

Smart 3YO could be on the move

Progressive three-year-old Toorak Tower could be on the move to Australia and on Saturday he banked expenses for a possible relocation across the Tasman.

Trainer harbouring Group One hopes

Fully Funded will go for his winter break off the back of his Ruakaka success with loftier targets awaiting the sprinter in the new season.

Fannin marvels at trainer’s skill

Shaun Fannin has formed a potent partnership with Kevin Myers in recent seasons and they collected another prestige title at Trentham with the outstanding jumper Sea Kin

Victory over Samoa just the start: Barrett

Star first five-eighth Beauden Barrett says the 78-0 win over Samoa is just a start and the All Blacks have to improve against the British and Irish Lions.

NZ Briefs for 16th June 2017

Hermanito continues partners winning roll; Tiger on the prowl; Powerful mare strikes at Wanganui; Alibi camp confident ahead of Patron’s Bowl; Final campaign for smart mare

Walker makes the pace in Singapore premiership

A barrage of 10 wins in the space of seven days has seen Kiwi trainer Mark Walker establish a 13-win lead in the Singapore trainers' premiership leading into this weekend's racing.

Noble happy to roll the dice with filly

Lance Noble is taking an Australian gamble with the lightly-tried Save The Date.

European watch on Te Awamutu hope

Ben Ropiha will be keeping an eye on events at Te Awamutu on Sunday from afar.

McKay changing with the times

For several years, campaigning horses through the winter was a foreign concept for Matamata trainer Peter McKay.

Leading ‘chaser looking good

Grand National Steeplechase champion Upper Cut is making encouraging progress in his early build-up toward the defence of his Riccarton title.

Tiley on Melbourne scouting mission

Events over the next 10 days will determine whether Nigel Tiley will be back in Melbourne in the spring.

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 14th June 2017

Bosson’s season at an end; Melbourne stayer’s spring focus; Carnival targets for stakes winner; Collett impressed by filly; Angelology earns a break

Incident-prone mare in line for welcome reward

The well-named Mountain Mischief has had to overcome a series of nasty set-backs to resume her racing career and the four-year-old now looks in line for a deserved success on her home track.

Trainer keen to chase Cup start

Gerald Innes is making plans for a return trip to Christchurch for his in-form mare Strolling Vagabond.

NZ Briefs for 13th June 2017

Group winner set for hurdle debut; Online bloodstock sales soar; Walker on a roll in Singapore; Stallions on show in Register;

Melbourne in the mix for Group winner

Graham Richardson and Gavin Parker are going to be spoiled for choice in the new season with their multiple stakes winner Volpe Veloce.

Options a plenty for Belle du Nord

Standout two-year-old Belle du Nord has recently returned to Emma-Lee and David Browne’s Cambridge stable after a two-month spell.

Options a plenty for Belle du Nord

Standout two-year-old Belle du Nord has recently returned to Emma-Lee and David Browne’s Matamata stable after a two-month spell.

Riddells to relocate to Cambridge

An association that began back at Woodville in the early nineties will be renewed next month when Awapuni-based trainer Trina Riddell, and her jockey husband Jonathan, head north to relocate to Cambridge.

NZ Briefs for 13h June 2017

Quality mare ready for stable return; Tauranga beckons in-form mare; Light weight rider gets job done; Hawke’s Bay next on programme

Makfi beckons first-up specialist

Quality mare Let Her Rip is likely to find herself keeping the best of company later in the year.

Group One goal for talented mare

Allan Sharrock sees a Group One future for his progressive mare Ladies First.

Gifted Wanganui sprinter retired

Time has been called on the career of the Group One performer Ginner Hart.

Wood runner rocks them at Te Rapa

Trainer Chris Wood was in good spirits as he navigated his way around his local golf course on Sunday after adding to a recent run of good results with progressive galloper Roc de Bank a day earlier.

McKenzie keen to pinch Winter Cup with Our Bandit

A plan that began to take shape months ago took a further step to fruition on the weekend when Our Bandit gave his rivals weight and a beating at Trentham.

Mastercard credits Zimmerman with first win from new Byerley base.

A comprehensive performance at Te Rapa on Saturday saw promising maiden Mastercard put the first tick in the win column for trainer Karen Zimmerman and her new Byerley Park stable.

Wait A Sec makes up for Whanganui Cup disappointment.

The disappointment of missing a start in last weekend’s Whanganui Cup was eased for the connections of Hawkes Bay galloper Wait A Sec when he bolted home at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Attack comes next for Lions: Gatland

Finishing chances has moved up the priority list for the British and Irish Lions after their grinding defeat of the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Filly has rivals chasing a shadow

Hot prospect Blue Shadow closed out her three-year-old campaign in style with a runaway success at Te Rapa.

Debut winner Getty presses stakes claim

Andrew Campbell has good reason to consider doubling his hand in the closing black type two-year-old event of the season.

Smart youngster makes perfect start

Tony Pike’s Te Rapa plan for Sacred Rebel was perfectly executed when the highly-regarded youngster closed strongly for a debut victory.

Waverley hurdler’s connections jumping for joy

Justa Charlie pressed his claims for upcoming prestige jumping events when he maintained his unbeaten record at Trentham.

Jumping mates working together again

A long and successful association will continue at Trentham on Saturday when the top jumper Amanood Lad makes his first appearance from Paul Nelson’s stable.

Galaxy Miss set for Tauranga Classic

A change of plans for the multiple winner Galaxy Miss will see the mare target the Listed Seeka Limited Tauranga Classic later this month.

NZ Briefs for 9th June 2017

Sharrock eyeing further Makfi honours; Australia beckons Snapshot; 3YO set for Ruakaka; McCulloch chasing family double;

Longchamp on track for Group One assignment

Defending his Listed Opunake Cup title and another tilt at the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy are high on the priority list for talented Wairarapa sprinter Longchamp, trainer Andrew Campbell has revealed.

Patience key to Avondale hope

Lord Snow has been a work in progress and he’s now ready to get back into action after a lengthy break.

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 08th June 2017

Te Akau pair heading home; Rebel has a winning cause; Set-back for top jumping prospect

Stable hoping for a change of luck in Brisbane

Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs’ Queensland plans haven’t gone according to script, but they remain in the hunt for a Group One prize.

Te Akau team in peak order for marquee day

Jamie Richards is satisfied with what the Te Akau team has achieved through the Brisbane carnival but says the success of the campaign will be measured by the results at Doomben on Saturday.

Coles unlikely to play in Lions series

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has named crocked hooker Dane Coles in his 33-man Test squad but says he's unlikely to play the British and Irish Lions.

Potential swansong for Katie McKeen

Keeninsky seven-year-old mare Katie McKeen could be lining up for her last race at her home track at New Plymouth on Thursday.

NZ Briefs for 07th June 2017

Gingernuts’ Ellerslie efforts rewarded; HK beckons Sacred Elixir; Coast trial for Derby fancy; Ferguson parts ways with Godolphin; Group One winner retired

Injury puts smart 4YO’s career on hold

Talented four-year-old Thunder Down Under is on the easy list.

Time out serves smart 3YO well

The workload of the well-performed colt Savile Row has gone up a notch.

Pin pulled on filly’s Brisbane campaign

Time has been called on the Queensland campaign of the Group One performer Bella Gioia.

Queensland beckons black type performer

An outing on her home track on Wednesday will keep Dontpokethetiger up to the mark ahead of the Riccarton filly’s two start campaign in Queensland.

NZ Briefs for 06th June 2017

Eclipse in the mix for Eminent; Hurdler bounces through Ellerslie; Fine family weekend

Mr Luigi forward to resume

Lightly-tried winter galloper Mr Luigi is closing in on a return to racing.

Double strike for wise jumping men

One of New Zealand jumping’s most successful combinations were in their element at Ellerslie on Monday.

Racing stalwart honoured

Allan Fenwick’s services to the New Zealand thoroughbred code has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

Juvenile winner in Ryder mix

Showtenaire might be in line for a crack at the final black type two-year-old event of the season.

NZ Briefs for 05th June 2017

Serious Satire to stud; Kiwi 3YO impresses; Jumps career on temporary hold

Hurdler presses Great Northern claims

Raisafuasho looks set for an excellent winter after posting an emotional victory for owner-trainer Ann Browne at Ellerslie.

NZ Briefs for 04th June 2017

Pour Moi colt stuns in English Classic

Emotional victory for Lord Ernesto at Whanganui

Injury plagued galloper Lord Ernesto had his trainer Sandie Cookson on the verge of tears after he completed an all-the-way victory at Whanganui on Saturday

Logan hoping to strike gold at Ellerslie

Trainer Samantha Logan is prepared to forgive the last start performance of stable star Ngatira Gold as she sets her sights on a victory in the KS Browne Hurdle at Ellerslie tomorrow.

Stunning finish fools many including trainer

A stunning final charge carried promising winter galloper Nina Arora to a narrow victory in the last race at Ellerslie on Saturday in a finish that even had her trainer fooled.

Irish Mist bounces back at Ellerslie

A six-week break has done the world of good for progressive three-year-old Irish Mist who returned to the top rung of the podium with a victory at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Myers runner no home track duffer

Duffers Creek has been to a host of venues for his collection of 11 victories, but he stayed closest to home on Saturday to post the most important one of his career.

Sharrock’s plans executed to perfection

New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock can be proud of his achievements with Ladies First this preparation.

Smart youngster courts overseas interest

Hard Merchandize has enjoyed a productive first season with performances that have come under scrutiny from overseas.

Trainers eyeing Group One goals

Tim and Margaret Carter’s longer-term focus for their versatile four-year-old Battle Time already centres on the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

Filly ends frustrating time for connections

An unfancied debutante boosted stable spirits when she made the perfect start to her career at Wanganui.

Smart 3YO heading offshore

Talented colt Prince Hareem has been purchased by overseas interests.

Williams pair ready to fire and shine

For the second week in a row, Peter and Dawn Williams will mount an offensive against in-form sprinter Close Up on two fronts.

Belle ringing again for breeder

Melody Belle is ensuring history is repeating itself with a series of outstanding performances this season in a ‘second coming’ to add to the family roll of honour.

NZ Briefs for 02nd June 2017

Stablemates back to Ellerslie; Singapore licence for Grylls; Another setback for Hasselhoof; Top filly sails through Group Two win; Crawford breaks new ground; Results continue to flow for Tavistock

Logan-Gibbs runners pull-up well

The Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs team have pulled up well in Brisbane after running in testing conditions at Eagle Farm.

Filly chasing black type finale

Allure is likely to make her final two-year-old appearance of the season at Wanganui before she is put aside ahead of a spring return to the River City.

Stayer in the groove for Wanganui Cup

The prospect of a sticky track holds more concerns for Cambridge trainer Andrew Forsman than Maygrove's 60kg equal topweight when assessing the Group Two winner's chances in Saturday's Listed Wanganui Cup.

NZ Briefs for 1st June 2017

Asian adventure beckons; Group One performer retired; Cup start favoured for mare; Take two for Rageese;

Tactics the key for Slimline

A change in race tactics has worked wonders for the Gary Vile-trained mare Slimline as she heads into Saturday’s Listed Ag Challenge Stakes at Wanganui.

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.

Wynne closing in on season’s aim

Samantha Wynne has a number of chances at Phar Lap Raceway on Friday to move closer to bettering her best ever tally of winners in a season.