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New Zealand

Impressive sale result for Windsor Park shuttle stallion

Windsor Park shuttle stallion, Charm Spirit, has enjoyed success on the second day of the Arqana Yearling Sale at Deauville with a colt by the three-time European Group One winner selling for 500,000 euros.

Phelan roll continues with Kipkeino

The red-hot run of northern jumps jockey Shaun Phelan continued when he guided accomplished hurdler Kipkeino to a comfortable victory at Wanganui.

Breslin set for Hastings with King Cougar

A date with a special conditions race on the first day of the Hastings spring carnival is on the dance card for impressive Tauherenikau winner King Cougar.

Richardson has Tarzino Trophy favourite right where he wants her

Matamata trainer Graham Richardson was feeling good about his decision to bypass a start at Te Rapa on the weekend with Gr. 1 Tarzino Trophy favourite Volpe Veloce as he watched a host of the mare’s potential rivals slog it out in the tough, rain-soaked conditions present on the day.

Highlad back in fine style at Te Rapa

Enigmatic performer Highlad kicked off his four-year-old campaign in emphatic fashion on the weekend when he dished out a beating to his rating 75 rivals at Te Rapa.

Money’s on mare for Tarzino test

Hamish McQuade has unwavering belief in Underthemoonlight’s ability to foot it at the elite level and he’s opened his wallet to back his judgement.

Northern hoop sold on Dolcetto

Sam Collett won’t be letting win machine Dolcetto out of her sights after continuing her outstanding association with the rising star at Tauherenikau.

Guineas hope doesn’t disappoint

Hot three-year-old prospect Felton Road has opened his classic season in perfect style with trainer Tony Pike now plotting a path for the colt toward a Group One feature.

Trainer thrilled with mare’s effort

Fraser Auret was happy in defeat at Tauherenikau where his Group One winner Aide Memoire gave a strong account of herself after a lengthy break.

Astor stakes her claim for higher honours

Improving three-year Astor has laid down a marker to her fellow fillies heading to Hastings.

Proven partnership in contention again

A proven Group-winning partnership might be celebrating further success on Saturday albeit at the other end of the scale.

Campbell confirms northern move

Group One-winning horseman Andrew Campbell is relocating to Waikato.

Felton Road first to fire of Pike’s Guineas team

Tony Pike is likely to unleash just one three-year-old in Saturday's Doug Hawkings 50th Birthday 1100 at Te Rapa, but revealed he has four youngsters on the Hawke's Bay Guineas trail.

NZ Briefs for 18th August 2017

Millar’s mare a potential Cup hope; Trainer hopeful rather than confident; Debut winner ready to fire again; Epsom target for Kiwi-bred

Top colt to continue career overseas

Group One-winning colt Hall Of Fame has been purchased for a seven figure sum by offshore interests.

NZ Briefs for 17th August 2017

Group One candidate looking good; Trainer waiting for a break in weather; Rain may give Mime an edge; Vale Bill Freeman;

Gold Trail beckons smart filly

Another bold showing at Taupo will confirm Astor’s first crack at black type.

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.

South African jockey chasing dream start

A former champion South African apprentice is hoping to make an early impact in New Zealand.

Promising signs for Redwood

Patience is paying dividends for supporters of the Westbury Stud-stallion Redwood, with the Group One-winning son of High Chaparral starting to hit his straps as a sire.

Weather forces a change of plan

Forces beyond the control of Tim and Margaret Carter have forced a rethink of Battle Time’s early season programme.

NZ Briefs for 16th August 2017

Track in capable mare’s favour; Filly’s luck turns around at Ruakaka; King back to steeplechasing; Bright future tipped for Rocstock; Northern stallion parade

Initiative hopes to attract youth

In a bid to attract young New Zealanders into a career in racing, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has launched a pilot programme called ‘Ride to Time’ to teach pony club riders how to judge the pace of their horse.

Taupo trials draw top performers

A pair of Group One winners from Stephen Marsh’s stable will be keeping the best of company when they enjoy a hit-out at Taupo on Friday.

NZ Briefs for15th August 2017

Ugo Foscolo impresses at trials again; Lowry to enjoy stint with Weir; Ground foiled Kaharau

Dashing filly to gallop at Ruakaka

Prom Queen’s upcoming Group One campaign will gather momentum on her home track on Wednesday.

Group One hopes rest on light build-up

Lisa Latta believes she can get a maximum result from Five To Midnight on a minimum of racing.

Talented galloper reacting well to change

Life in the central districts is agreeing with Group One performer El Pescado.

Cowan adjusting to life in the fast lane

Central districts apprentice Kate Cowan is still coming to terms with her rapid rise to prominence.

NZ Briefs for 14th August 2017

Undefeated 3YO in line for overseas trip; Iffraaj colt remains unbeaten; Winning Warrior Wanganui bound; Night’s Watch successful in Australian debut

Stewards rule NZ silks off colour

A puzzling decision that forced expatriate Kiwi jockey Michael Walker to dress down for the occasion at Flemington on Saturday didn’t take the gloss off a New Zealand victory.

Blueblood tipped to make her presence felt

One of the more valuable fillies in the country can add race performance to her rich pedigree this season, according to her trainers.

Melbourne back-up for Tarzino hopeful

Let Her Rip’s connections have a back-up plan should their first-up specialist not make the field for the season’s opening Group One contest.

Ngatira Gold off the canvas for knockout victory

A stirring contest in the open steeplechase at Te Aroha was finally settled in favour of the Samantha Logan trained Ngatira Gold when the promising chaser held out a desperate bid by Thenamesbond in the closing stages of Sunday’s event.

Kingsguard upsets at Rosehill

Former kiwi galloper Kingsguard upset the applecart when he scored over 1400 metres at Rosehill on Saturday.

Catarina thrives in testing conditions

Testing conditions that saw lengthy margins between beaten runners throughout the day played nicely into the hands of Matamata mare Catarina as she proved too tough for her rivals over 2100 metres at Pukekohe on Saturday.

Cole targets second Group One upset

A stress-free outing at Friday’s Avondale trials has Byerley Park trainer Ohceedee convinced his stakes placed juvenile Ohceedee is ready for an ambitious three-year-old campaign that has a Group One goal as the main target.

Mighty Me on the money at Pukekohe

Local galloper Mighty Me capped a run of tidy performances of late when he defeated a handy field of rating 75 rivals over 1200 metres at Pukekohe on the weekend.

The Gordonian wins as top mare bows out

The Gordonian upset his rivals in the feature flat race at Riccarton, which also brought down the curtain on the career of one of the south’s best mares of recent years.

Oulaghan counts them out in National again

Mark Oulaghan completed six of the best when he produced a valiant Upper Cut to successfully defend his Grand National Steeplechase title.

Veteran zeroing in on seven figure mark

Nashville’s Riccarton double during Grand National carnival week has taken the durable galloper ever closer to a memorable milestone in his career.

Frontrunner pulls rank at Pukekohe

Admiral had to cover more ground at Pukekohe on Saturday than originally intended to bounce back to winning form.

Nimble Jack a top future prospect

Fast forward 12 months and the perfectly-named Jackfrost might well be giving the top jumpers in the land a cold.

Breeders’ Stakes for smart 3YO

An early three-year-old plan is in place for the talented Not Usual Trip to bag his first black type victory.

Quiz master aiming high

Jacob Lowry has set himself some big targets after coming off his most successful season to date.

NZ Briefs for 11th August 2017

Top filly aimed at Railway; Houlahan on Kiwi’s radar; Nichols spoiled for choice ;

Hillis confident with mare

Matamata conditioner Wayne Hillis will line up Liquid Inspiration in the Wharfe Bros 1200 at Pukekohe on Saturday and believes she can continue her rich vein of form.

Two race quandary with Nashville

Hunterville trainers Adrian and Harry Bull are in a quandary as to which race their Gr.3 Winter Cup winner Nashville should line-up in at Riccarton on Saturday.

NZ Briefs for 10th August 2017

Riccarton on filly’s radar; Kiwi bluebood scores at Geelong; Dubai Cup trip on offer

Further Christchurch sporting success for All Black

Not too many owners can boast that they have two Grand National Hurdle winners in the paddock.

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.

Oulaghan chases another National win

Mark Oulaghan is taking a neutral approach in assessing whether he has the firepower to win Saturday's Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) at Riccarton for a sixth time.

Cups not Cox for classy Cambridge quartet

The presence of Australia’s champion mare makes Moonee Valley a highly unlikely spring destination for a quartet of Group One performers from Cambridge.

Grand day for loyal jockey

Hamish McNeill’s loyalty was repaid at Riccarton on Wednesday when he celebrated the biggest victory of his career aboard Ready Eddie in the Grand National Hurdles.

NZ Briefs for 09th August 2017

Hasahalo on golden trail; Woodville abandoned; Smart hurdle stars in steeplechase trial; Cool hurdle debut from Jackfrost

Ratings expert favours mare

Leading form analyst Daniel O’Sullivan from The Rating Bureau in Australia rates Bonneval as the best of New Zealand’s classic winners in the 2016-17 season and expects a bold showing from her in Melbourne during the spring.

Hastings candidate making good progress

Nymph Monte made his mark at stakes level last season and the six-year-old will be on the trail of higher honours this preparation.

NZ Briefs for 08th August 2017

No rush with Group hope; Folk Tales’ success no surprise; Lowry hot on Ablaze; 3YO contest upgraded

No place like home for smart Kiwi sprinter

A New Zealand-bred who was formerly among Singapore’s top three-year-olds is on his way home in a bid to resurrect his career.

Otaki pencilled in for Group One candidate

Maybe Miami is likely to hit the road earlier than originally planned in his bid for Group One honours.

Cameron confident with Gonzo

Waiuku trainer Sean Cameron couldn’t be happier with Go Go Gonzo ahead of the Hospitality New Zealand Canterbury 128th Grand National Hurdles over 4200m at Riccarton on Wednesday.

NZ Briefs for 07th August 2017

Trainer gets best out of Westbury graduate; Romancer begins spring preparation; Danis surgery successful; Course winner for Ruakaka return

Group One opportunity for Harris

Troy Harris has yet to ride Sofia Rosa on race day, but he has been hands on with the Group One winner for some time.

Top mare a perfect fit for Munz

A change in the ownership of Perfect Fit hasn’t altered plans for the Group One winner.

Trainers happy with quiet approach for talented hurdler

Monarch Chimes’ trainers aren’t concerned about their rising jumping star going a month between runs in his build-up to the Great Northern Hurdles.

Big Dreamer cool, calm and collected at Te Rapa

Cambridge trainer Paul Mirabelli believes he may have found the key to handy performer Big Dreamer after the stakes placed mare delivered a fresh-up victory on the weekend.

Bee Tee Junior rewards stable confidence at Te Rapa

Progressive stayer Bee Tee Junior delivered on his trainer’s pre-race confidence when he strode to an impressive victory over 2100 metres at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Pitman produces local victory with Queen Serene

On a day dominated by northern raiders Kevin Myers and Adrian and Harry Bull it was Riccarton stalwarts Michael and Matthew Pitman who scored a victory for the home team when they produced underrated mare Queen Serene to upset over 1200 metres on the weekend.

Tough decision pays off for Winsloe

A superbly judged front-running ride from last season’s premiership winner Chris Johnson paved the way for consistent galloper Irish Excuse to take his career earnings over the $150,000 mark with a victory in the open sprint at Riccarton on Saturday.

Cup dream comes true for apprentice

Kate Cowan repaid the faith placed in her by Adrian and Harry Bull when she guided Nashville to another feature race victory at Riccarton.

Group One hope impresses on return

Volpe Veloce will head to Hastings in fine fettle in her quest for a full house of stakes victories.

Koral hero ready for higher honours

The Big Opal has unfinished business at Riccarton and the Kevin Myers-trained jumper is in exactly the right order to seal the deal in seven days’ time.

Smart 3YO overcomes late race scare

Warm favourite Humble Pie’s inexperience was well and truly overshadowed at Riccarton by his natural talent.

Up and comer to chase National honours

Go Go Gonzo will cap his quick rise through the jumping ranks with a crack at one of the country’s most sought after prizes on Wednesday.

Stayer’s run of form tipped to continue

Shaune Ritchie expects more of the same from Bee Tee Junior at Te Rapa.

NZ Briefs for 04th August 2017

Trainers taking patient approach; Blizzard impresses at trials; Jump-outs for Forbes pair;

Kipkeino taking another Northern step

Talented jumper Kipkeino will further his preparation toward his grand final with a run on the flat on Saturday.

Alvins Dream looking to repeat

Mark Forbes has two runners at Te Rapa on Saturday and both will need a bit of luck to go their way, according to the Cambridge trainer.

NZ Briefs for 03rd August 2017

Bosson close to return; Golden target for smart filly; Black type goals finally beckon; New home for Wyndspelle

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.

Cup hope thriving ahead of long-term goal

Doiknowyou was set for Riccarton some months ago and the sprightly eight-year-old’s build-up has subsequently gone without a hitch.

Close call for Cooksley at Te Rapa

Grant Cooksley has a simple response when queried on his decision to ride Close Up ahead of Ronchi in Saturday's Distinction Hamilton Hotel 1200 at Te Rapa.

Fannin wants crown back

Shaun Fannin is aiming to regain his place at the head of New Zealand's jumping riders’ ranks, beginning with a weekend of feature wins to kick-start his season.

Volkstok’n’barrell to shoulder Group One responsibility

The early season Group One challenge of Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs has been dealt a blow.

Re-think may have reward

A second thought might be rewarded with a major prize at Hawera on Thursday for Chris and Dick Bothwell.

NZ Briefs for 02nd August 2017

Smart 4YO to resume at Flemington; Quiet start for Gingernuts; CD breeding tour; Mofara a smart colt in the making; Racing welcomes new legislation; Saracino close to return

Tyler thrilled with stable star’s condition

Kelvin Tyler is looking forward to the Group One challenges that lie in wait for Hayley Maree this season.

Trainers eyeing WFA prizes

Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs are planning to have all the early weight-for-age bases covered.

Leading trainers spreading forces far and wide

The country’s premier stable won’t be short of firepower in Melbourne in the spring and they will also be well-represented at the first Group One domestic carnival.

Historic Premiership WIn For Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson has marked the 21st anniversary of his first jockeys’ premiership by winning a second premiership.

NZ Briefs for 1st August 2017

Perfect return from top mare; Summer Passage pleases at trials; Clean bill of health for Rangipo; Francaletta on Foxbridge fringes; Breeding award finalists announced

Staying mare in good form for local test

Brian McKeagg enjoys a good strike rate on his home track and further success could be in store for his stable on Wednesday.

News all good for Valachi chief

Kevin Hickman’s breeding operation has welcomed another highly valuable addition while his prospects for the new racing season also look particularly bright.