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Te Akau Racing ready for new season challenge

The powerful Te Akau racing team is gearing up for the challenges of the 2018-19 racing season, a season that will see young tyro Jamie Richards take over as head trainer at the Matamata based operation. Te Akau boss David Ellis took time-out to answer questions put to him about what he expects from the stable over the next twelve months: Q1.         It’s obviously a time of change for Te Akau with Jamie Richards stepping up to the head trainer role – ...

July 16, 2018

Parkes happy with Hiflyer

Johnathan Parkes was more than happy with Hiflyer’s effort in his Australian debut.The Wanganui-based jockey finished fourth aboard the Peter Lock-trained son of Tavistock in Saturday’s Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.“I thought it was a god run under the weight (59.5kg), he’s not an overly big horse and there’s a bit of improvement in him,” Parkes said. “He was doing his best work late.” Hiflyer was bustled to settle in behind the pace before sticking on bravely in...

July 16, 2018

Auction for charity

Boys Get Paid, a racing Facebook group with 9800 members, is auctioning the saddlecloth carried by Who Shot Thebarman when he won the Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick.The saddlecloth will be auctioned by gavelhouse.com, closing on July 23, with proceeds to be donated equally between Riding for the Disabled and Men’s Health Trust.  “We wanted to do something for charity this year if we could, and one of the boys in Australia bought the saddlecloth and wants to auction it off,” ...

July 16, 2018

Kiwi-bred showing plenty of grunt

Lofty spring targets await Grunt, a New Zealand-bred son of O’Reilly. Trainer Mick Price produced the colt to win four of his five three-year-old starts, including the Gr.1 Australian Guineas (1600m). “Grunt was a lightish Kiwi sort of autumn three-year-old,” Price said. “He had a lovely break after the Australian Guineas and he's a magnificent four-year-old now. “He'll be in those weight-for-age 1400m races. He'll kick off in one of those and then have a weight-for-age programme into...

July 16, 2018

Sacred Rebel scores

Former Cambridge galloper Sacred Rebel has made an immediate impact from the Gold Coast arm of Chris Waller’s operation. The winner of two races for Tony Pike, the three-year-old won over 1400m at Caloundra on Saturday in his first start from his new quarters. Kiwi jockey Michael McNab, who is riding for Waller in Queensland, was unable to be part of the success when he couldn’t make the 54kg and Skye Bogenhuber picked up the mount. “It was just a thrill to have my first ride for Chris, le...

July 16, 2018

Well-performed stayers on way back

A pair of stakes winners are making good progress toward their returns to action for Gary Vile. Jacksstar and Rock On earned black type staying victories for the Awapuni trainer before being side-lined by tendon injuries. “Jacksstar started work a week ago and he’s doing very well,” Vile said. The rising seven-year-old has won six of his 31 starts, including the Gr.3 Manawatu Cup (2300m) and finished runner-up in both the Gr.3 Wellington Cup (3200m) and the Listed Marton Cup (2200m). Jacks...

July 16, 2018

Patience key to talented son of Galileo

Well-performed overseas performer Giovanni Canaletto won’t be a player at the Hawke’s Bay carnival. The six-year-old will instead be given more time by trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott with their focus now on a summer programme for the chestnut. “He’s been in and done a bit of work and we’ve tipped him out again on the hills,” Scott said. “We wanted to get him familiar with the stable and he was very well-behaved the whole time. “We’re in no rush and we’ll give hi...

July 16, 2018

Training top priority for Tayla

Tayla Wenn is preparing for the transition from jockey to trainer. The 23-year-old’s riding career will take a back seat when she takes over the Byerley Park stables of Scott Lucock and Sally Gillespie, who are moving to senior positions with the Te Akau operation from August 1. Wenn is currently apprenticed to the duo, but she is unlikely to continue race day riding. “I’m going to get a permit to train and my apprenticeship runs out on July 20,” Wenn said. “I tried to get an extension...

July 16, 2018

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July 16, 2018

Price thrilled with Grunt's development

The physical progression Group One-winning colt Grunt has made since the autumn has trainer Mick Price optimistic about the rising four-year-old's spring prospects.Price has trained four Group One winners this season including Grunt in the Australian Guineas at Flemington in March.He prepared Mighty Boss to win the Caulfield Guineas last spring while fillies Hiyaam (Vinery Stud Stakes) and Seabrook (Champagne Stakes) won during the autumn in Sydney.All four will be aimed towards spring features,...

July 15, 2018

Red Sierra set for Riccarton assignment

A gritty win at Trentham on Saturday has confirmed a start in the Gr.3 eStar Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton for promising mare Red Sierra.The Redwood four-year-old is riding the crest of a form wave at present having won three of her last four starts. Saturday’s effort in the testing Heavy11 track conditions that prevailed was as impressive as any of her recent runs as she cruised to the line with her ears pricked after appearing to struggle to gather momentum at the top of the Trentham ...

July 15, 2018

Aim Smart back to his best at Ruakaka

Classy customer Aim Smart made the best possible start from his new base at Lauren Brennan’s Cambridge operation when he gave his rating 75 rivals a beating after leading most of the way over 1400m at Ruakaka. Owned and raced by global powerhouse, The China Horse Club, the Smart Missile gelding had commenced his career from the stable of Tony Pike where he won first up as a two-year-old. An injury suffered in Listed company at his second start saw him put aside for six months before openi...

July 15, 2018

Dez adds to Winter Cup conversation

Waipukurau galloper Dez added his name to the conversation around next month’s Gr.3 eStar Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton when he took out the Hanley Formula Whyte Handicap (1600m) at Trentham on the weekend.Currently languishing in 28th position on the order of entry for the Group Three feature, the win in open handicap company should move the Simon Wilson trained galloper into contention for a confirmed place in the race’s final line-up.Punters had been expecting an improved performance fr...

July 15, 2018

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July 15, 2018

Bowman shows his class

Champion jockey Hugh Bowman showed why he was the best in the business when he got Jolly Honour home in a masterful display to take out the Theraces Handicap (1800m) at Rosehill on Saturday Rival jockey Adam Hyeronimus, who rode Boomtown Rat, summed it up best walking back to the jockey's room.  “It was ridiculous how slow they went. The only one to show some guts was Bowman and hewon the race,” he said. The first 600m was run in a leisurely 39.81s wit...

July 14, 2018

Von Trapp hits right note at Ruakaka

Precocious juvenile Von Trapp didn’t disappoint Andrew Calder in his first serious test. The Richard Collett-trained youngster had been unbeaten in three trial appearances and he continued his winning ways on debut in Saturday’s Almanzor At Cambridge Stud (1000m) at Ruakaka. “I’ve been waiting for him,” successful rider and Collett’s son-in-law Andrew Calder said. “He’s a really promising horse.” Von Trapp showed early pace to cross the field and lead and when asked for an effo...

July 14, 2018

In-form stayers to clash in Cup

El Luchador and Major Tom were open handicap winners at opposite ends of the North Island on Saturday, but they are destined to meet in the middle next time out. They have both being set for the Taumarunui Cup (2200m) at Rotorua on July 28 by their respective connections. El Luchador has been a revelation this campaign with a victory in the Kiwifruit Cup (2100m) preceding his success in testing ground at Trentham in the Blue Star Parliamentary (2200m). “That will stave off a hurdle start for a...

July 14, 2018

Team Connors eyeing Grand National

Raymond Connors is likely to forego the defence of a prestige event title with Wise Men Say in favour of chasing a southern feature. The Wanganui trainer, who races the top jumper with his father Marc, produced the Yamanin Vital gelding to win last year’s Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m) but the Racecourse Hotel & Motel Lodge Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) is this winter’s preferred option. “I’m pretty keen to go down there,” Connors said. “I’ll see how he is in the next we...

July 14, 2018

Brutal races to impressive win on debut

Two-year-old colt Brutal has started his race career in impressive fashion with a dominant all-the-way win in a late-season race at Caulfield.The Hawkes Racing-trained colt stepped out in Saturday's Ladbrokes.com.au Handicap (1200m) for two-year-olds and was able to dominate the race from the front under jockey Dwayne Dunn.Brutal ($5) railed and kicked strongly off the home bend then continued to extend in the straight to win by five lengths over fellow debutant Ronan's Rock, with $2.8...

July 14, 2018

Steeplechasing plans may be put on hold

Zedeedudadeeko’s return to form at Trentham may force part-owner and trainer Jamie Phillips to change tack. The nine-year-old bounced back to his best on Saturday with an upset victory in the Anuka Smoker Wellington Hurdle (3400m). “I was thinking it was time to say that’s enough and he can go steeplechasing, but I have to think about that again now,” Phillips said. The son of Zed was posting his first win since he claimed top honours in last year’s Great Northern Hurdles (4190m). This...

July 14, 2018

NZ Bred named Hong Kong Horse of the Year

Beauty Generation (claimed the Hong Kong Horse of the Year award on Friday night. A three-time Group One victor this term, Hong Kong’s standout five-year-old was also named Champion Miler. John Moore’s stable star had an outstanding sophomore Hong Kong campaign with five wins from eight starts. The gelding, raced by Patrick Kwok Ho Chuen, improved further this term after placing in two of the three four-year-old Classic Series races last season. Victorious on his seasonal reappearance in t...

July 14, 2018

Exciting 24 hours for Novara Park

Ill-fated Novara Park stallion Jakklaberry was represented by a strong winner at Geelong on Friday when the Matt Cumani-trained Gelignite Jack saluted at his second race day start.  The two-year-old colt showed good improvement from his fourth placing on debut to score over 1300m and looks like he will be suited over further ground like his breeding would suggest. Ridden by Dean Holland, Gelignite Jack trailed the leaders throughout and was solid to the line. “Dean did an excellent job...

July 14, 2018

Vinevale gets new partners off to a flyer

The in-form Vinevale ensured New Zealand’s newest training partnership got away to a dream start when she struck again on her home track. The mare is prepared at Ruakaka by Chris Gibbs and Michelle Bradley and as their first representative she did them proud with a dominant performance to win the ITM + GIB Open 1400m. “That was a lovely win and since she’s come up here she has just improved,” Bradley said. “A change of environment has obviously helped her, she’s a lovely mare.” Vin...

July 14, 2018

Beauty Generation named Horse of the Year at Hong Kong’s Champion Awards

Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road To Rock) claimed the Hong Kong Horse of the Year award at a sparkling ceremony held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel tonight, Friday, 13 July. A three-time Group One victor this term, Hong Kong’s standout five-year-old was also named Champion Miler. John Moore’s stable star had an outstanding sophomore Hong Kong campaign with five wins from eight starts. The gelding, raced by Patrick Kwok Ho Chuen, improved further this term after placing in two of the three Four-Year-O...

July 14, 2018

Breeder’s Bonus for Group 1 Tarzino Trophy

The breeder of the winner of this year’s Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) will receive a bonus. A free service to Tarzino, valued at $15,000 + GST, will be on offer courtesy of race sponsors The Tarzino Syndicate. “Hawke’s Bay Racing are delighted with the announcement of a breeder’s bonus being attached to the Tarzino Trophy this year, and we are extremely appreciative of the generous support we receive from The Tarzino Syndicate and Westbury Stud on the day,” Hawke’s Bay Racing chief ex...

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