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Te Akau strengthen Karaka Million line-up

Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards unleashed another live Karaka Million prospect at Te Rapa on Saturday, when debutante Yourdeel cruised clear to win the Wentwood Grange Premier 2YO (1200m). Te Akau runners dominated the 2017 edition of the Ellerslie $1 million two-year-old dash with the Matamata operation providing the quinella with Avantage and Al Hasa from their five-pronged attack. This season has seen the stable produce likely contenders in Aotea Lad, Probabeel, Challa and Puysegur with Yourd...

December 16, 2018

Wellington Cup the aim for impressive Awapuni winner

Awapuni trainer Ashley Meadows is looking at the big picture with exciting stayer Duplicity which will mean skipping a home track feature this coming weekend. The Duporth six-year-old had ensured he would start as one of the main fancies in the Gr.3 Hotel Coachman Manawatu Cup (2200m) on December 22 with a strong victory in the Rich Hill Stud Manawatu Cup Prelude (2000m) on Saturday. Handled superbly by apprentice Danielle Hirini, Duplicity weaved a passage one off the fence in the home straight...

December 16, 2018

NZ Racing and Breeding News – 16 December 2018

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December 16, 2018

More in store for promising filly

When trainer Murray Baker tells you he has a filly with a touch of class about her, it pays to take notice. Baker holds that opinion of the royally-bred Savabeel three-year-old Queen Of Diamonds who gave a glimpse of that potential when she crushed her rivals in the Gr.3 Lawnmaster Eulogy Stakes (1550m) at Awapuni. Sent out favourite in the eight-horse field after a dominant performance to break her maiden status at Te Rapa last month, Queen Of Diamonds never looked in danger of defeat thanks to...

December 15, 2018

Sultan Of Swing has all the right moves at Te Rapa

Hardy galloper Sultan Of Swing capped a somewhat bizarre day at Te Rapa when he took out the Gr.3 J Swap Contractors Sprint (1400m) after a substantial delay in proceedings. The meeting had looked in jeopardy of being called off after racing was put on hold for an hour following a cloud-burst that saw torrential rain soak the Te Rapa track shortly after the running of the Gr.3 SkyCity Hamilton Waikato Cup. It continued the frustrations being experienced by the large on-course crowd with the Te R...

December 15, 2018

Mongolian Marshal extracts revenge in Waikato Cup

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained Mongolian Marshal exacted a measure of revenge when he turned the tables on his last-start conqueror in Saturday’s Gr.3 SkyCity Hamilton Waikato Cup (2400m). The promising High Chaparral four-year-old had been defeated by race-rival Igraine when the pair clashed for the first time in last month’s Gr.3 Counties Cup (2100m). This time it was Mongolian Marshal who gained the upper-hand as he produced a powerful burst in the home straight to out-finish...

December 15, 2018

Belle Du Nord upsets at Te Rapa

Belle Du Nord upset the applecart when she produced a storming finish to snatch victory in the Gr.2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa on Saturday. Settled in the rear by rider Vinnie Colgan, Belle Du Nord swooped down the outskirts of the track to out-finish race favourite Lizzie L’Amour, with Supera fighting on well for third. Group One placed in the Levin Classic (1600m) last season, the Reliable Man mare delivered on the promise she had shown during a somewhat frustrating three-year-old c...

December 15, 2018

First winner for Ghibellines

First season sire Ghibellines is on the board with his first winner coming at Wingatui on Friday.The John and Karen Parsons-trained El Gladiador showed good speed to sit off the leader over the 820 metres and fought bravely to hold off some strong late finishers.The gelding is the fourth runner for his sire who retired to the South Island's White Robe Lodge after a career in Australia which saw his best result a win the Gr.2 Todman Stakes as a two year-old.Racing in the Godolphin colours, he als...

December 15, 2018

this week’s edition of Kiwi Bred

This week on Kiwi Bred we checked in with the Chitticks at Waikato Stud and tracked the story of Scott Base, plus the Windsor Park Stud foals experienced their first day of training with the Foal NZ Ltd ladies. ...

December 14, 2018

Return imminent for Monarch Chimes

Quality jumper Monarch Chimes will return to the Cambridge stable of his trainers David and Emma-Lee Browne after spelling since his unplaced run in the Gr.3 New Zealand Cup (3200m). The grey gelding put in a solid showing at the Warrnambool carnival earlier this year and he is earmarked to make a return for the jumping features next year. The seven-year-old son of Shinko King placed in the Brierly Steeplachase (3450m), before finishing fourth in the Grand National Steeplechase (4500m). “He i...

December 14, 2018

2019 AUCKLAND/WAIKATO YEARLING INSPECTION TOUR

Stuart Hale's annual Auckland/Waikato Yearling Inspection Tour will take place from Sunday 6th January to Friday 11th January. The tour enables prospective purchasers to inspect yearlings catalogued for the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales Series, which commences on Sunday 27th January. All are welcome for this free tour, with a bus departing from the Cambridge BP (98 Victoria Street, Cambridge) on a daily basis. To confirm your attendance and for further enquiries contact Stuart ...

December 14, 2018

Patience paying dividends for Sacred Day

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike believes an extended break has been the key to the development of Azamour four-year-old Sacred Day, who ran out an impressive winner of the Rating 65 Cardinal Logistics (1600m) at Ellerslie on Thursday night. Ridden by apprentice Wiremu Pinn, Sacred Day came from last to storm past his rivals, despite some interference on the home-turn. “We’ve always had a massive opinion of the horse,” Pike said. “He was on a very short run-up trying to get to the New Zeala...

December 14, 2018

Elliot bags Ellerslie treble

One of the budding stars of the New Zealand riding ranks took the honours at Ellerslie’s Barfoot & Thompson Jockeys’ World Cup on Thursday night in front of a bumper twilight crowd at Auckland’s premier course.  Nineteen-year-old apprentice Ryan Elliot rode a treble of winners from just five rides, upstaging some of the international stars which included Sydney hoop Tommy Berry and South Australian champion rider Jamie Kah.  Elliot struck early, partnering Chief Sequoyah to victo...

December 14, 2018

Baker marshals Cup troops

Leading trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman will tackle Saturday's Gr.3 SkyCity Hamilton Waikato Cup (2400m) at Te Rapa with an experienced cups campaigner and an emerging youngster. A decision to bypass the Cup with Saint Emilion in favour of the Gr.1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day has left Baker and Forsman with Maygrove and Mongolian Marshal in the reckoning for the Te Rapa feature. Mongolian Marshal finished second to Igraine in the Gr.3 Counties Cup (2100m) last star...

December 14, 2018

NZ Racing and Breeding News – 14 December 2018

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December 14, 2018

Racing Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee established

Racing Minister Winston Peters has announced a five-member Ministerial Advisory Committee to inform the next steps on the Messara Review of the New Zealand Racing Industry. “This government is committed to reforming the racing industry. The Ministerial Advisory Group will develop a plan to operationalise the Messara Report to deliver better governance and economic outcomes,” Peters said. “The five people appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Committee bring their personal expertise and ab...

December 13, 2018

Stratocaster unfazed by Melbourne trip

Showy grey Stratocaster will head into the Gr.3 J Swap Contractors Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa on Saturday as one of the favoured runners after his last start winning effort at Ellerslie earlier this month. The David and Emma-Lee Browne-trained gelding made a winning return to his homeland after a disappointing unplaced run in Melbourne last month. “The race wasn’t really run to suit him in Australia, it was one of those races that just didn’t go to plan,” Emma-Lee Browne said. “He trave...

December 13, 2018

Staying trio head to Salver

Murray Baker will look to advance his Derby chances at Ellerslie on Sunday. Baker and training partner Andrew Forsman will produce Cutadeel, Thomas Aquinas and Bobby Dee in the Listed Barfoot & Thompson 3YO Salver (2100m) as a stepping stone towards the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at the same track on March 2. "They are all nice staying prospects. Cutadeel won well at Te Rapa last time as the only three-year-old in the field so he did well to beat the older horses," Baker said. "Tho...

December 13, 2018

Oaks potential for Pins filly

The Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard-trained Pinmedown broke through for her maiden victory in the Robyn Mactaggart Cup (1400m) at Hastings on Wednesday. Jockey Cameron Lammas settled the three-year-old filly off the pace after jumping from the outside barrier of the seven horse field. The daughter of Pins ran on well late in the piece to rundown her opposition and win by half-a-length over Monkey Shoulder. “She’s still got to learn a bit more to stay, because she was a bit keen early, but I...

December 13, 2018

Vic prize money increases set for new year

Connections of horses racing in Victoria will be the beneficiaries of an additional A$40 million in prize money due to be rolled out in the new year. The extra money follows a commitment from the recently returned Victorian Labor government to support the racing industry to the tune of A$33 million. Racing Victoria has committed to boosting the package beyond A$40 million over the next two years. Prize money increases will be across the board, ranging from standard country TAB meetings receiving...

December 13, 2018

Baker stable shoots for replica trifecta

Hall of Fame trainer Murray Baker produced a memorable trifecta in last year's Gr.2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa and while he's not confident he can repeat the feat, at least with three runners in the fillies and mares feature, he's giving himself a chance. Lizzie L'Amour anchored the trifecta in last year's race, defeating stablemates Love Affair and Stolen Dance, who went on to win the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham before she was retired to stud. Lizzie L'Amour and Love Affair ...

December 13, 2018

Numoor impresses in Sandown maiden victory

Time and maturity have allowed the New Zealand-bred Numoor to return to racing with an impressive first-up victory at Sandown. The Lindsay Park-trained filly strolled home a impressive winner in Wednesday's Ladbrokes Multiverse Plate (1300m) at her second career start. On debut at Geelong in July when third, Numoor was all at sea, but without winkers and with extra trialling and education under the belt the three-year-old was a different horse. Ridden by Jordan Childs, Numoor was sent off the $2...

December 13, 2018

A tale of two fillies for Latta in Eulogy

Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta has two fillies that she rates highly entered in Saturday’s Gr.3 Lawnmaster Eulogy Stakes (1550m) on her home track.  Secret Allure already has a black-type win on her race record having won the Listed Champagne Stakes (1200m) last season, while her stakes-placed stablemate Sentimental Miss continues to improve. “They’re two completely different fillies but I think they will both be very competitive,” Latta said, adding that she expects both fillies to go ...

December 12, 2018

Mile test for The Precious One

Wingatui trainer Claire Anderton will be hoping to answer a few questions with her regally-bred mare The Precious One at Ascot Park on Saturday. The Darci Brahma four-year-old, who is out of dual Group One winner The Jewel, will line-up in the Tim Yeo Contracting Handicap (1600m) and her connections want to see if she can handle the step-up to a mile. The Precious One’s only unplaced run in her seven career starts came at that distance, but Anderton believes her boisterous mare cost herself th...

December 12, 2018

Aloisia to resume in Villiers Stakes

Connections of New Zealand-bred galloper Aloisia are hoping she can turn around her form when she resumes in the Gr.2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday. The Group One winner disappointed in her spring campaign, finishing unplaced in three of her four starts, while placing in the Gr.2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m). Trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace have been pleased with the Azamour mare since she returned from a light freshen-up and believe that if she shows on raceday what they ha...

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