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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.

Late Tauranga entry does Rangipo a major favour

Tony Pike might owe a rival trainer a round or two if Rangipo lands the feature event at Tauranga on Saturday.

NZ Briefs for 23rd March 2017

Sofia Rosa back home; Long spell for gun filly; Trainers hoping for Derby reversal;Black type focus with mare; First strike for jockey;Rising Red out of Tulloch;Flamingo an impressive debutante

Pacorus out to enhance chances of Sydney Cup start

A Sydney Cup berth is starting to look a longshot for Cambridge stayer Pacorus but his odds of making the trans-Tasman trip could shorten with an emphatic win in Saturday's Drymix Cement Bay of Plenty Cup (2100m) at Tauranga.

Promising colt responding to patient approach

Ohceedee is showing the benefits of a patient approach and his connections are hoping their waiting tactics will be rewarded at Avondale on Friday.

Smart filly on easy list after Oaks placing

A decision has yet to be made as to whether Savvy Dreams will race again this season.

NZ Briefs for 22nd March 2017

Gallop to decide Derby fate; Drop back in trip for Antonio; Kiwi stayer for Sydney; Adventador a happy horse

Time forces hand with quality mare

Let Me Roar will have to overcome a minor set-back in her lead-up preparation if she is to successfully defend her unbeaten record this weekend.

Kiwi filly set to bounce back in Vinery

La Bella Diosa will be out to resurrect her Sydney campaign on Saturday.

Cambridge three-year-old Jon Snow will make his Australian debut in Saturday’s Gr.2 Tulloch Stakes, a Rosehill feature that co-trainer Murray Baker ha

Cambridge three-year-old Jon Snow will make his Australian debut in Saturday’s Gr.2 Tulloch Stakes, a Rosehill feature that co-trainer Murray Baker has fond memories of.

Tempting prize for Kiwi stayers

Connections of New Zealand-bred horses deep on stamina will have a lucrative Australian target to aim at next year.

NZ Briefs for 21st March 2017

Gold Cup beckons smart stayer; Kiwi’s win changes plans; McDonald lodges further appeal; No weather worries for Tavago camp

Filly poised to follow family lead

A case of like mother, like daughter may play out in the coming weeks with Aloisia in contention for a Group One start.

Blinkers to make a difference

Roger James is banking on a gear addition to give Monrecour an edge when she attempts to add another winning strike to her record at Wednesday’s Counties meeting.

Kiwi fillies looking good for Sydney

Bonneval and Devise are likely to continue their rivalry on Australian soil.

Overseas prizes among options for Start Wondering

Hong Kong is among the options the connections of the multiple Group One winner Start Wondering are mulling over.

Awapuni galloper casts a winning shadow at Trentham

A rails hugging ride from Masa Tanaka paved the way for a popular victory at Trentham on Saturday when the Awapuni trained Shadows Cast prevailed over 1400 metres in the second race on the day.

Evergreen sprinter back to winning form at favourite track

Classy sprinter Irish Moon bounced back to the winner’s enclosure for the first time in a year when he led all the way to score in Saturday’s Allied Security 1200 at Te Rapa.

Lock has big plans for exciting galloper

Trainer Peter Lock believes his exciting galloper Hiflyer is still six months from his best despite his charge producing another stunning winning performance on the weekend.

Top-class trio bags another Group One

Trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and jockey Matthew Cameron are a Group One trio not to be trifled with.

Sydney beckons Guineas winner

The Trentham heroics of Saracino have almost certainly booked the gallant colt another trip to Australia.

Rock On does trainer proud

The smile was back on Gary Vile’s face at Trentham where his emerging staying star Rock On was successful in the Listed New Zealand St Leger.

In-form mare adds to family roll of honour

Miss Wilson has the hardest of acts to follow, but the well-related mare is making good strides with the first black type victory of her career now on her record.

Filly flies for freshman sire

Reliable Man was a multiple Group One winner during his illustrious racing career and he could be in line for early top-flight stallion honours following a stylish victory from a first crop daughter at Trentham.

Sir Patrick reacts to Zabeel’s record

Sir Patrick Hogan has expressed his elation in seeing champion sire Zabeel claim a New Zealand record for his own this week.

Norvall triumphs over adversity

Rogan Norvall’s tenacity was rewarded on Friday when he celebrated a well-deserved return to the winner’s stall.

Meech lays genuine claim to mantle of top female rider

Michelle Payne was thrust into the spotlight care of her 2015 Melbourne Cup victory aboard outsider Prince Of Penzance.

No excuses for Black Caps loss: Williamson

Captain Kane Williamson says the Black Caps have paid the price for failing to keep South Africa under pressure in the second Test.

Waikato Stud focus turns to Trentham

Garry Chittick is hoping New Zealand Oaks day at Trentham can provide further cause for celebration for the family this weekend.

Draw decides Te Rapa start for Forbes’ sprinter

Cambridge trainer Mark Forbes will be staying closer to home this weekend.

Big Sponsorship Deal For NZ Jockeys

The New Zealand Jockey’s Association has secured a significant five-year national sponsorship deal.

Trainer makes the most of his second Cup chance

Second chances don’t come along very often and Tony Pike turned his into a Group One victory with Chenille at Ellerslie on Thursday.

Lizzie upsets them in the Bonecrusher Stakes

Promising mare Lizzie L’Amour upset the applecart when she out-stayed her rivals to snare the Gr. 1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes at Ellerslie.

Another Group title for gallant grey

Thee Auld Floozie’s outstanding five-year-old season got even better at Ellerslie on Thursday with further feature race success.

Life’s a beach for Ritchie’s Oaks hope

Ahead of one of the most important weeks of the year, Shaune Ritchie is heading to the beach.

Collett has two leading prospects in Guineas

Richard Collett has two chances to ace Saturday's Gr.2 Grant Plumbing Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham.

Ride of a lifetime continues for Team Gingernuts

Another chapter will be added to a remarkable story when 2017 New Zealand Derby winner Gingernuts tackles the Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas in Sydney this weekend.

Oaks Wil Decide NZ Flily Of The Year

The 2016-17 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series is going right down to the wire in Saturday’s final leg, the $300,000 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks at Trentham.

NZ Briefs for 15th March 2017

Joyfilly confirms Group One start;Injury blow for El Soldado ; Riddell back on Kawi

Ritchie well represented at Trentham

Trainer Shaune Ritchie has a strong-hand at Trentham on Saturday headed by Gr.1 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks contender Devise and his support-card runners also look to have strong winning prospects.

Sprint targets in place for talented Don Carlo

Stakes goals for next season have already been identified for the exciting Don Carlo.

Awapuni trainer chasing major staying prizes

Central districts horseman Gary Vile has genuine prospects of a black type double at opposite ends of the island in the coming days.

Group One test for promising Von Tunzelman

Progressive four-year-old Von Tunzelman will be taking a step into the unknown at Ellerslie on Thursday.

Wood hoping for more joy with filly at Matamata

Smart juvenile Joyfilly will warm up for a Group One challenge with an appearance at Matamata on Wednesday.

NZ Briefs for 14th March 2017

Sydney beckons Guineas contender; Moseley to guide Oaks hope; Tauranga to decide stayer’s programme;

Frost’s stable in record form

Rachael Frost has completely turned her training fortunes around.

Sydney first choice for Sofia Rosa

Quality mare Sofia Rosa will only run at Ellerslie on Thursday by default.

Sharrock riled by decision on Waddell

Allan Sharrock wasn’t holding back in the wake of the decision to rule Jason Waddell out of Thursday’s meeting at Ellerslie.

Guineas test for gifted filly

Mystery Show will hit the road later this week in her quest for a maiden black type victory.

NZ Briefs for 13th March 2017

Cups on Sampson’s radar; McDonald appeal; Walker at the double; Home feature next for mare

Ritchie eyeing Queensland options

Plans are already in place to give the well-performed filly Bella Gioia an opportunity to further her record offshore.

Cruel injury blow for top 3YO

Injury has counted the leading filly Eleonora out of a return trip to Australia.

Tavago back in business

He’s back. That is the word from Cranbourne trainer Trent Busuttin who, with Natalie Young, trains Saturday’s Gr.3 Sky High Stakes winner Tavago.

Australian Cup victory a sweet result for Carter family

The achievement of a well executed plan is certainly cause to celebrate so there was little wonder that Aucklander John Carter was feeling a little worse for wear less than 24 hours after enjoying his first Group One win on Australian soil.

Plenty to smile about for Cowan

Apprentice Kate Cowan wore a smile that lit up the gloom at Hawera on Saturday when she landed her first career winner aboard the Aidan Schumacher trained Kolee.

Plenty ahead for maiden winner

Co-trainer Graeme Rogerson believes a recent trip away for racing on the east coast circuit around Gisborne and Wairoa has been the making of Saturday’s impressive Hawera maiden winner Make Me Achiever.

Oaks dream becomes a reality

Dreamcrafter has come a long way in a short time with her first preparation to be capped by an appearance at the highest level.

NZ to change bowling mix for Wellington

Tim Southee will probably return to the New Zealand playing XI for the second Test against South Africa on Wellington's pace-friendly pitch.

Mare takes unorthodox route in her stride

All In Vogue’s unusual approach to a stakes target brought an added bonus at Hawera for the well-related mare.

Regal run continues for Rayners

Evan and J.J Rayner have enjoyed an outstanding season with Start Wondering and in his temporary absence a younger member of the team has put her hand up.

Pike gets a second chance at Cup glory

Divine intervention has kept Cambridge trainer Tony Pike’s Gr.1 Auckland Cup dream alive.

Ellerslie winner attracts offshore interest

The eye-catching run of Peaky Blinders to win a Rating 65 Benchmark 1400m event at Ellerslie on New Zealand Derby day ignited interest across the Tasman and the four-year-old is likely to do his future racing in Melbourne.

Ellerslie taking glass half full approach

The Auckland Racing Club is focussing on the silver lining from the dark clouds that have forced the postponement of their glamour meeting on Saturday.

NZ Briefs for 10th March 2017

Operation for Aim Smart; Rain no worry for Aquamosa; Zigwig presses Oaks claims; Major change mooted for Cup;

Sharrock happy with Hawera contenders

Allan Sharrock’s main focus on Saturday will understandably be on Kawi at Ellerslie, but he will also have much more than a passing interest in events closer to home.

End of an era with time called on veteran galloper

An extraordinary chapter in South Island racing has closed with the retirement of El Chico.

Purton bolsters O’Sullivan-Scott arsenal

The Group One hopes of Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott on Saturday have been boosted by the availability of an internationally successful jockey.

Green light for Gingernuts’ Sydney mission

Gingernuts will be given the opportunity to double his classic tally with Australian plans now locked in.

Chiefs beat Canes in wet Super Rugby clash

The Chiefs have eased to a 26-18 Super Rugby win over defending champions the Hurricanes in a rain-soaked Super Rugby match in Hamilton.

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 09th March 2017

Sharrock banking on class factor; Riddell booked for Oaks hope; Elixir to bypass Guineas; Smart son of Tavistock back in work; Bowman key to success

Marsh bullish about Ellerslie prospects

This week’s inclement weather hasn’t dampened Stephen Marsh’s confidence ahead of Saturday’s feature races at Ellerslie.

Allpress hoping Wheeler pair fly at Ellerslie

John Wheeler won't be at Ellerslie when his talented pair of Pentathlon and Irish Flame shoot for a Group One double on Saturday - but he has a fair excuse.

St Leger hope on a winning roll

Napoleon is in career-best form as he continues to win his way toward his first black type challenge.

Waikato Stud moves for Group One contender

Matamata powerhouse Waikato Stud have delved back into the stallion market with their latest purchase having the potential for a bumper early return.

NZ Briefs for 08th March 2017

Tauranga next for Rangipo;CD trip for last-start winner; Encouraging signs from colt; Dead ground at Ellerslie; Abscess ends Auckland Cup hopes

Trainer playing another strong hand at Ashburton

Boots ‘N’ All and Volcano look well-placed to provide Lance Robinson with another near perfect result, this time at Ashburton on Thursday.

Distance expert in fine fettle for Cup tilt

Marathon man Mister Impatience is in prime order to turn his stable’s Group One fortunes around at the Ellerslie carnival.

NZ Briefs for 07th of May 2017

Odds shortening on Sydney trip;Transfer on the cards; Rising Red chasing more Derby spoils;Coolmore for Kiwi filly; Drop back in trip for enigmatic 4YO

Easter mile target for Natuzzi

Top-line sprinter Natuzzi will step up in distance at his next appearance in the Gr.2 Manco Easter Stakes.

Best yet to come from exciting stayer

Five To Midnight has a chance to become a Group One winner ahead of time at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Derby focus turns to Sydney

Cambridge three-year-old Sacred Elixir remains in contention for a return to Australia and a third Derby start.

Weir turns attention to Ellerslie

Champion Victorian trainer Darren Weir will break new ground this weekend.

Stable not short of candidates for Australia

A strong staying performance at Ellerslie from Comin’through has pressed his claims for a trip to Brisbane later this year.

Trainer has stakes hopes despite set-back

As one Group door closes, another is open for David Greene’s Waikato stable.

NZ Briefs for 06th March 2017

Australian options for Derby winner; Break for talented Makfi colt; Tan tops in Trophy again; Time out for Guineas winner; Decision imminent on smart 3YO

In-form mare set for Cuddle test

The well-related Miss Wilson will be presented with an opportunity next time out to boost her future value.

The youngest breeder of a Derby winner in the world?

The cast of plenty enjoying the thrills of owning a Derby winner at Ellerslie yesterday were in clear view, caps proclaiming their association with the victor Gingernuts.

Injury claims racing career of Turn Me Loose

Quality galloper Turn Me Loose has been retired after suffering an injury during an unplaced performance in the Gr. 1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield last month.

Familiar look to Dunedin feature

The domination of the South Island summer three-year-old features by the John & Karen Parsons trained pair of Residential and Starvoia continued at Wingatui on Saturday when the duo combined to quinella the Listed NZB Insurance Stakes (1400m).

Bosson sets tone from race one

Punters who invested heavily on the mounts of jockey Opie Bosson at Ellerslie on Saturday were well rewarded with the man from Matamata claiming four wins on the day including the major prize, the Gr. 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby on Gingernuts.

Course specialist scoops another Ellerslie prize

Ellerslie specialist Go Nicholas added to his already impressive record at the venue when he strolled clear to capture his fourth career victory on Saturday in the Colgate Optic White 1400.

Gingernuts provides Te Akau Racing with first Derby

A classic line from commentator George Simon encapsulated the finish to the $1m Gr. 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie as he exclaimed “Gingernuts dunks them in the Derby”.

Winning run continues for Bosson and Te Akau Racing

The red-hot Te Akau Racing team added another major trophy to their already bulging summer cabinet when progressive sprinter Splurge scored a telling victory in the Gr. 3 Darley Plate (1200m) at Ellerslie.

Ferrando to target Australian riches

Talented three-year-old sprinter Ferrando looks to have booked a trip to Sydney care of an all the way win in the Gr.3 Mongolian Khan Trophy (1200m) at Ellerslie.

Eleonora all class in Sunline Vase

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman training juggernaut landed the first “black type” feature on the Ellerslie programme today when rugged filly Eleonora emphasised her quality with a fighting performance to take out the McKee Family sponsored Gr. 3 Sunline Vase (2100m).

Tavidream all style at Ellerslie

Promising three-year-old Tavidream may have secured an overseas assignment with a stylish victory at Ellerslie.

NZ Briefs for 03rd March 2017

Purton may ride Summer Passage; On target for Bonecrusher Stakes; Next stop Wellington Guineas

Parsons pair after another quinella

Trainers John and Karen Parsons both have contrasting feelings going into the Listed NZB Insurance Stakes at Wingatui on Saturday.

Von Tunzelman now on Bonecrusher trail

The in-form Von Tunzelman is likely to be a starter in the Gr.1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes next weekend.

Double Derby interest for Busuttin and Young

On Saturday former Cambridge trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young will be chasing one Derby and preparing for another across the Tasman.

Tavistock’s Group One-winning son to Westbury

The New Zealand-bred Tarzino will be the first and one of the very best sons of the Group One producer Tavistock to retire to stud when he returns to his homeland to begin the second phase of his career.

Bonneval produces perfect Oaks trial

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Bonnevalis the horse to beat heading towards the Gr.1 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks (2400m)at Trentham on March 18.

Oaks prospects step out in Vase

Peter and Dawn Williams will get a line on their Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks prospects when they saddle talented fillies Veearma and Madam Woo in Saturday's Gr.3 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie

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.

Savile Row tailor-made to break Ballymore drought

Mike Moroney has served his dues this season, with five Group One placings. Now he wants a Group One win.

NZ Briefs for 02nd March 2017

New training partner for Richardson; Bosson to miss Auckland Cup day; Babe for Wellington Guineas;

No Melbourne Cup, but Derby will be fine

Tauranga owner Scott Richardson has dreams of winning a Melbourne Cup, but will very happily settle for a New Zealand Derby.

Full flight gets Colgan Derby mount

It may sound strange, but Vinnie Colgan can thank a fully booked Singapore-bound flight for his opportunity to extend his wonderful New Zealand Derby record on Saturday.

Heavens Keep on trial for feature

Lucy Tanner hopes to make up for a missed opportunity at Trentham earlier this year with her six-year-old Heavens Keep on her home track next month.

Ritchie can’t avoid rivals’ top fillies

Shaune Ritchie thought he would be sidestepping the full force of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman’s squad of three-year-old fillies at Hastings on Thursday, but not quite.

Vile forced to change Derby rider

Lisa Allpress has picked up the ride on Leading Role in the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby after a late change of plans by Chris Johnson.

Derby and Auckland Cup blows for stable

Ruakaka trainers Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs have been dealt a double blow within 24 hours going into the Auckland Cup carnival.

NZ Briefs for 1st March 2017

Sweepstake recovering; Brooks to Ballarat; Jump-outs serve purpose; Vase win to keep dream alive;

Derby favourites please in Ellerslie lead-up

Savile Row and Sacred Elixir, the two favourites for Saturday’s Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby, were given pass marks after gallops on the course proper at Ellerslie on Tuesday morning.

Malibu Miss out to earn stakes start

Taranaki visitor Malibu Miss will be on trial for a stakes mission when she chases an overdue win at Te Rapa on Wednesday.

Top Aussie hoop booked for La Bella Diosa

Hugh Bowman has been confirmed as the rider for top Kiwi filly La BellaDiosa in her next Sydney assignment.

NZ Briefs for 28th February 2017

St Jean to Auckland Cup; Bright staying future for Sin To Win; Astara to Sydney;

Stakes goals set for talented 4YO

In-form mare Let Her Rip has black type targets ahead of her.

Filly Series Reaches Crucial Stage

The first three fillies home in both the sixth and seventh legs of New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series will clash in Thursday’s eighth leg, the Group 3 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes at Hastings.