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Gutsy win by Sherrif

Group Three winner Sherrif was a dominant $1.40 favourite heading into the Dargaville Racing Club’s Northland Cup (2100m) at Ruakaka on Friday, but had to dig deep for the win. The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained gelding was pushed every step of the way down the Ruakaka straight by runner-up El Ferando to win by a head. “He only just got there, but it’s good to see him relax nicely,” Wellwood said. “He’s still finding his way, he’s a lightly raced horse, but it’s very goo...

November 16, 2018

D-day for war horse

Who Shot Thebarman could be running his final race in the Gr.2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown on Saturday. The New Zealand-bred and owned 10-year-old finished near the rear of the field in the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) in his last start and trainer Chris Waller said the Group One winner will need to perform on Saturday to continue his career on the track. “He has come through his run in the Melbourne Cup without any issues and he has spent a few days at the beach and seems to be nice and ...

November 16, 2018

WATCH: Kiwibred 2018 Episode 1

Emily Bosson and the Kiwi Bred team pay a visit to Valachi Downs to see the developments at the Kevin and Jo Hickman-owned property as they venture into stallions for the first time. Also features Andrew Stewart from arion pedigrees touching on the stallions retiring to stud in NZ this season, as well as a visit to Windsor Park Stud to learn about the indications of when a mare is ready to foal....

November 16, 2018

Former paddock mates to battle at Riccarton

Leading Gr.1 Gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) contenders Xpression and Melt once shared a paddock at Haunui Farm, but there will be no love lost between the star three-year-old fillies when they contest the Riccarton feature on Saturday. They currently head the market for the 1000 Guineas with TAB bookmakers, with Xpression sitting as a warm $2.30 favourite and Melt earmarked as the next best chance at $3. While Haunui Farm principal Mark Chitty will be barracking for both fillies...

November 16, 2018

Emperor vying to go back-to-back

Dual Group Two winner Ocean Emperor is vying to make it back-to-back wins in the Gr.2 Gartshore Tauranga Stakes (1600m) on Saturday. The Gary Hennessy-trained entire is back in winning form after victory over 1400m at Awapuni last-start and his connections are quietly confident heading into Saturday after that performance. “It was an excellent win (at Awapuni),” Hennessy said. “He showed an explosive turn of foot and was carrying topweight against some good horses. “We’ve just had him ...

November 16, 2018

Big Cup day for Carston

Local trainer Andrew Carston will have a strong presence at the New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton on Saturday where he will line-up 12 runners, including Miss Federer and Sanctify in the Listed Barneswood Farm Welcome Stakes (1000m). Miss Federer heads into the race as a $2.50 favourite with TAB bookmakers after her last-start winning performance on her home track, while Sanctify is less favoured, opening at $23. Miss Federer ran third on debut at Riccarton over 800m before going on to break ...

November 16, 2018

Teetan expecting a Stunning performance from Ready To Run graduate

Mr Stunning has only just joined the yard of Frankie Lor but Karis Teetan feels the most highly-rated member of the stable can hit the high notes in Sunday’s Gr.2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Sprint (1200m). Teetan partnered Mr Stunning to the first two wins of his career with former trainer John Size in February 2016 and then looked on admiringly as he became front and centre of a peerless speed pack that also featured Group One winners Ivictory and D B Pin and rampant improvers such a...

November 16, 2018

Beauty Generation cruises towards Jockey Club Mile test

Beauty Generation swaggered at the walk, sprang to a lope, and cruised at the gallop on Thursday morning at Sha Tin, three days out from the Gr.2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile (1600m). Zac Purton, in the plate for the gelding’s two prior starts this term - impressive wins, both - took the reins through the 6.45am solo spin around the turf track. Sparks didn’t fly but they didn’t need to: Beauty Generation’s motion was fluent, his primed frame a picture of contained power as he...

November 16, 2018

NZ Racing and Breeding News – 16 November 2018

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November 16, 2018

Medals chases a fitness boost at Sandown

For most horses the Sandown Cup distance will test the limit of their stamina reserves. In Gold Medals' case, the 3200m will be a mere stepping towards a more exhaustive assignment that looms next month. Gold Medals won Australia's longest race, the Grand Annual Steeplechase (5500m) at Warrnambool in May and is being prepared for the Flat's equivalent. Trainer Symon Wilde has pinpointed the Sandown Cup as an ideal lead-in to the 4600m Jericho Cup at Warrnambool. The Jericho Cup is restricted to ...

November 15, 2018

Wyndspelle Captain Cook bound

Group One performer Wyndspelle picked up his first win in nearly two years when victorious in the Humphries Construction 1550 at Awapuni on Thursday. The Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard-trained runner settled midfield under in-form hoop Jason Waddell who improved the Iffraaj entire into clear running down the straight to win by half a length over Beefeater. Benner was full of praise for Waddell, who was also aboard Wyndspelle in his last win, the Gr.2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) in February last yea...

November 15, 2018

Begg backs likely Libretto in Classic

It may be an afterthought but Grahame Begg believes Our Libretto is primed to perform in Saturday's Gr.2 Quayside Zipping Classic (2400m).Our Libretto suffered her first Australian defeat when seventh as a $9.50 chance in last Saturday's Gr.2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.Begg attributed the slow tempo as the cause of her Matriarch defeat, the first 1400m covered in a sluggish 1:30.04 before the field dashed home in 33.77 seconds over the final 600m."The way the Matriarch was run didn't...

November 15, 2018

Collett avoids further surgery

Pukekohe jockey Alysha Collett won't need further surgery to help mend her fractured heel. Collett was relieved to learn she would avoid extra surgery, which could have meant inserting screws into her heel, after visiting a specialist on Wednesday. "I got the best news possible. No surgery will be needed. I've just got another three to four weeks without any weight on it and we'll go from there. There's no setback, which is amazing," she said. Collett broke her back and fractured her heel in a h...

November 15, 2018

Dragon hopes Gentlemen Agreement can settle issue on debut

When Little Avondale Stud’s Sam Williams showed a breeze-up by another son of Per Incanto to trainer Leticia Dragon, the deal was sealed right away. The brown gelding reminded Dragon a lot of another Per Incanto she looked after all too briefly – Per Incharge, a promising three-year-old who won two races for Dragon, and even represented her in the Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint (1200m), beaten by Be Bee by only four lengths. Unfortunately, Per Incharge died of bowel complications shortly af...

November 15, 2018

High Spirits scratched from Cup

John Bary will refocus on next year's Gr.3 NZ Campus For Innovation & Sport Wellington Cup (3200m) at Trentham after having to scratch emerging stayer High Spirits from Saturday's Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton. The Hawke's Bay trainer was philosophical about the injury-enforced withdrawal but obviously disappointed the mare was missing a race she was in peak form for. "She was flying. She did three rounds yesterday and wouldn't have blown a candle out but followin...

November 15, 2018

Pole position for Lowry and Cullen Guineas pair

Hawke’s Bay training duo Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen have come up trumps in the barrier draw for the Gr.1 Gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton Park on Saturday. Their stakes placed filly Mohaka has drawn barrier one and dual stakes winner and race-favourite Xpression will jump from barrier two. “We will try to ride Mohaka quite positively and hopefully Xpression can get a cosy run in behind them somewhere, barrier two is better than an outside draw and it’s a big t...

November 15, 2018

Melt ready to fly in Guineas

Nigel Tiley has star filly Melt in perfect order for Saturday's Gr.1 Gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton. Now he just needs nature to play its part. The Pukekohe trainer made his way down to Christchurch to be on hand for Melt when she arrived down by plane on Wednesday. Trouble is, the flight didn't arrive. And again, the plane didn't depart Auckland on Thursday leaving Melt in a precarious position of needing the flight to depart on Friday morning or else missing her t...

November 15, 2018

Shark savages Coupland’s rivals

Te Akau Shark maintained his status as New Zealand’s most exciting galloper, producing a stunning finishing burst to land the Gr.2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton on Wednesday. Settled back in the field by jockey Opie Bosson, Te Akau Shark was produced centre-track in the home straight to win eased-down by six lengths from Boots 'N' All and Kolonel Kev. “He’s awesome,” winning trainer Jamie Richards said. “I don’t like to talk too much before the race but his work at...

November 14, 2018

Riccarton winner on the market

More Wonder started as a dominant $1.60 favourite for the NZB Ready to Run Sale Premier (1400m) at Riccarton on Wednesday and won accordingly. The Team Rogerson-trained runner was backing up from Saturday’s luckless fifth-placing in the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld 2000 Guineas (1600m) on the same track. The Mossman gelding jumped away well to sit in the trail before distancing his rivals in the home straight to win by three lengths. The three-year-old has impressed his connections and his co-train...

November 14, 2018

Magnificent seven for Prince Oz

Seven-year-old gelding Prince Oz has been a revelation since joining the stable of Riccarton trainer Neill Ridley. The talented sprinter won his seventh race in succession for Ridley when proving too strong for his rivals in the Gr.3 Lindauer Stewards’ Stakes Handicap (1200m) at Riccarton. The son of O’Reilly had only the one win to his name before transferring to Ridley’s care from his part-owner and breeder Raymond Connors and has since gone unbeaten, with all seven victories from his n...

November 14, 2018

Kiwi Ida takes out Breeders’ Stakes

The John And Karen Parsons-owned and trained galloper Kiwi Ida added a second stakes win to her tally when she took out the Gr.3 Valachi Downs Canterbury Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton on Wednesday. The four-year-old mare, who was purchased by her trainers as a weanling for $4,000, settled towards the rear of the field for jockey Michael Coleman and sat three-wide with cover for the majority of the race before she was set alight at the turn to win by two lengths. Coleman, who took the r...

November 14, 2018

Savvy Coup to join Waller stable

Dual Group One winner Savvy Coup will remain in Australia after failing to fire in a two-start campaign in Melbourne and will join the Sydney stable of Chris Waller. Prepared by Michael and Matthew Pitman to win last season’s Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) and the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) in October, Savvy Coup was well-held in both the Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m) and Gr.2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m). The daughter of Savabeel has gone for a freshen-up and will be aimed at targets in the autumn. ...

November 14, 2018

Weight only concern for Ferrando

Team Rogerson will saddle three runners at Riccarton on Wednesday, including Group One-placed sprinter Ferrando and a pair of talented three-year-olds.  Ferrando will carry top-weight in the Gr.3 Lindauer Stewards’ Stakes Handicap (1200m) and co-trainer Graeme Rogerson is pleased to see the Riccarton track firming under sunny skies.  “He is a dry track horse,” Rogerson said. “The harder the track, the better it suits him.” Ferrando resumed from a break with a strong win at Ot...

November 13, 2018

Williams brings up 1000 wins

Byerley Park trainer Dawn Williams reached a mammoth milestone at Te Aroha on Tuesday when she picked up her 1000th win as a trainer courtesy of Jip Jip Rock in the Waikato & BOP Harness 12th January 2019 (1400m). It was the third win of the day for Williams, who trains in partnership with husband Peter who has already achieved the milestone. It was the 1076th win for Peter who began training in his own right before joining forces with Dawn. “It’s been a journey and a long journey,” Dawn W...

November 13, 2018

Dee And Gee set to surprise again

Five-year-old mare Dee And Gee surprised both her trainers and punters alike when scoring a three-length victory in last Saturday’s Listed Metropolitan Trophy Handicap (2500m) at Riccarton.  The $51 chance never looked like being caught and no doubt punters will be keeping her safe when she backs-up in Saturday’s Gr.3 Christchurch Casino 155th New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton.   Prepared at Timaru by Terrill Charles and her partner Peter Corbett, heavy rain the day before ...

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