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Derby in sight after Stardome’s win

Promising New Zealand-bred three-year-old Stardome resumed with a win in the Nationwide Super Class 2 Handicap (1600m) at Newcastle on Thursday. It was the Chris Waller-trained son of Savabeel’s second career win, at his first start back since being gelded. “He looked really good in his first preparation and we did initially have Australian Derby (Gr.1, 2400m) hopes for him, but he started to get colty and switched off a bit, so the decision was made to geld him,” said Go Racing’s Albert...

April 19, 2019

Howie and Sampson enjoying Mornington sabbatical

Venerable Kiwi stayer Sampson has arrived in Victoria and is settling into life on the Mornington Peninsula with trainer Howie Mathews refusing to commit to any plans until the gelding tells him he is the best version of himself. A notoriously poor traveller, it is the first time the now nine-year-old has made the journey across the Tasman and he has been accompanied by his veteran trainer as the pair enjoy a bit of R&R and a change of scenery. “Being retired now and with only Sampson in wor...

April 19, 2019

Glinda Goodwitch to dazzle Champagne rivals

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is looking forward to his progressive filly Glinda Goodwitch stepping up to 1600m when she tackles Saturday’s Listed Buffalo & Co Champagne Stakes at Ellerslie. The talented two-year-old closed well for sixth in the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), recording the slickest last 600m of the race and has duly been installed the $2.60 favourite for Saturday’s contest. “Her last start was phenomenal,” Marsh said. “From a wide draw she got back ...

April 19, 2019

NZ Racing and Breeding News – 19 April 2019

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April 19, 2019

Melbourne goals for Avantage

Three-year-old filly Avantage is being sent for a spell following two good performances in Sydney and will likely be sent back across the Tasman in spring.   The Jamie Richards-trained filly won the Gr.3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill in her first run back from a break and stuck on well for third in the Gr.2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) last weekend at Randwick. “We gave serious consideration to backing her up in Sydney on Saturday,” Richards said. “We also thought ab...

April 18, 2019

Smith eying Brisbane Cup with Order Again

New Zealand-bred galloper Order Again will aim to add another stakes victory to his tally when he contests the Listed Tails Stakes (1615m) at Doomben on Saturday. The five-year-old gelding is coming off an impressive win over 1500m at Eagle Farm and has been marked as an early $3.60 favourite for the race by TAB bookmakers. Trainer Brian Smith plans to use Saturday’s contest as a stepping stone to the Gr.2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) for Order Again, with the A$300,000 contest set to be run at the sa...

April 18, 2019

Tiley saddles two in defence of Easter crown

Nigel Tiley has no expectation that he can repeat his Gr.2 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m) win of last year, despite having twice the hand in Saturday's Ellerslie feature. Tiley won the race from his home base of Pukekohe last year with Megablast, taking advantage of heavy10 conditions during a period when the Ellerslie track was undergoing renovation work. Talented All Too Hard four-year-old Demonetization joins Megablast in Saturday's contest, set to be run on a dead4 surface at worst with no ra...

April 18, 2019

Southern triple crown tilt for Orepuki Lad

The Graham and Michael Eade-trained Orepuki Lad has taken out two southern cups this season and the Riverton galloper is being set to add another to the mantle when he contests his home cup on Saturday. The son of Raise The Flag has won four of his 14 starts, including the Listed Dunedin Gold Cup (2400m) and Invercargill Gold Cup (2600m) and Graham Eade said it would be a great thrill to take out the Listed Carriers Arms Hotel Riverton Cup (2147m) this weekend. “It would be great to win our ho...

April 18, 2019

Folk Dress wins again

Talented two-year-old filly Folk Dress made it back-to-back wins on her home track when successful in the Matamata Glass & Joinery (1000m) on Wednesday. Ridden by Craig Grylls, Folk Dress sat just forward of mid-field and rounded her rivals up comfortably.  Trainer Jamie Richards said Folk Dress and stablemate Louis Luck, who closed well for fifth, would head towards the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre 2YO Stakes (1100m) at Te Rapa on May 4.  “Good draws win races and Craig g...

April 17, 2019

Stakes-producing Vendors at South Island Sale

In less than two weeks, 61 southern bred yearlings will make their sale ring appearance at New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale – many presented by the same vendors of stakes-winning graduates of the Sale. Often seen leading the vendors by aggregate table, perennial consignor White Robe Lodge will present the largest draft at the Sale with 12 lots catalogued. Not only have they succeeded in the sale ring, but they have also produced stakes winners Civil Disobedience (NZ) (Raise the Fla...

April 17, 2019

Regally bred filly gifted to CatWalk Trust

In an act of generosity, Valachi Downs principals Kevin and Jo Hickman have gifted a regally bred filly to the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust, founded by Little Avondale Stud’s Catriona Williams. The weanling filly is by Darley stallion Brazen Beau, who will stand at a fee of A$49,500 this coming season. She is out of Stepanova, a Danehill Dancer mare whose dam, Dance On By, is a full-sister to six-time Group One winner and champion sire High Chaparral. “It’s a beautiful, strong...

April 17, 2019

Plenty of Intrigue around Pike’s Ellerslie hand

Trainer Tony Pike has all bases covered with his quintet of runners set to tackle Saturday’s bumper meeting at Ellerslie. The Cambridge horseman will be represented by hardy veterans Endless Drama and Rangipo in the Gr.2 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m), while earlier on the program the stocks of his up-and-comers are set to rise. Among those progressive youngsters is the lightly-raced filly Intrigue, who tackles stakes company for the first time in the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Championship Stakes (210...

April 17, 2019

Reform pledged for Racing Industry

Racing Minister Winston Peters says the Government will introduce two new pieces of legislation this year to revitalise the domestic racing industry. Cabinet this week considered its response to the ‘Messara Review of the Racing Industry’ as well as advice from the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on Racing. “The New Zealand racing industry is in a state of serious decline,” Peters said. “The Coalition Government supports the overall intent of the Messara Report and is committed to...

April 17, 2019

Stakes winner for Charm Spirit

Windsor Park Stud shuttle stallion Charm Spirit was provided with his third stakes winner when Qatar Racing’s three-year-old colt Kick On lead throughout to land the Listed Feilden Stakes (1800m) at Newmarket.  A course maiden winner over a mile at two, the John Gosden-trained colt built on his sixth-place finish in the Gr.1 Vertem Futurity Trophy (1600m) at Doncaster in October to hold off a sustained surge from Walkinthesand by a neck, with that pair pulling four and a half lengths clea...

April 17, 2019

Highly Recommended Relocating to Berkley Stud

The young Fastnet Rock stallion, Highly Recommended, has been relocated to the South Island nursery, Berkley Stud, for the 2019 stud season. Following discussions between Berkley and Cambridge Stud CEO, Henry Plumptre, it was felt that the stallion would get a better opportunity in the region where most of his success has occurred. Highly Recommended was a very successful second season sire in 2017/2018, with the stakes horses Sumstreetsumwhere, Waldorf, Joyfilly, Beneficial, Pipiana and Ki...

April 16, 2019

Audio: Vegas Showgirl

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April 16, 2019

Haunui maintain status quo

Haunui Farm has announced Iffraaj and Belardo will be returning to New Zealand for the 2019 breeding season. Iffraaj is the sire of 68 stakes winners worldwide and is the sire of nine individual Group One winners, including four-time Group One winner Ribchester and three-time Group One winners Turn Me Loose and Gingernuts. He will stand at an unchanged fee of $25,000 + GST and will serve a limited book of mares. Meanwhile, exciting young sire Belardo, whose first foals have created quite the imp...

April 16, 2019

Substantial offer for Melody Belle rejected

Champion New Zealand mare Melody Belle has been the subject of a significant overseas offer to purchase her as a broodmare, but connections of the six-time Group One winner have rejected the offer. “The offer amount was NZ$3.25 million,” Fortuna Syndications Director John Galvin said. However, after consultation between Galvin and syndicate members, the offer was declined. “Clearly this was a very significant offer for our wonderful race mare, presented by a genuine and well regarded Aus...

April 16, 2019

Strong incentives for Karaka graduates in China

Two additional races have been added to the racing calendar at Yulong Jockey Club exclusively for New Zealand Bloodstock graduates, highlighting the growing relationship between China and New Zealand. New Zealand Bloodstock graduates will this year race for total stakes of 1.1 million yuan (NZ$242,000) and Bloodstock advisor Alex Teng, who has played a key role in developing the burgeoning thoroughbred relationship between the two countries, is pleased with the addition of the two races. “The ...

April 16, 2019

Teddy still the gold standard

It has been more than 20 years since Ready Teddy and Blyth Tait set the benchmark of what can be achieved with an off the track thoroughbred. Tait and the chestnut son of Brilliant Invader were at the top of their game in the 1990s winning Olympic Gold at Atlanta in 1996, and after success at the 1998 World Equestrian Games Ready Teddy became the first horse in the world to win eventing gold at both pinnacle events. This year the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association will honour ‘T...

April 16, 2019

Stablemates on target to swap places

The Chosen One will end his Australian campaign on Saturday, while stablemate Bobby Dee will be endeavouring to secure a trip across the Tasman when he competes at Ellerslie the same day. Both three-year-olds from Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman’s stable competed in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie last month with Bobby Dee doing the better of the pair when sixth, three and a quarter lengths from the upset winner Crown Prosecutor, while The Chosen One was a further two and a hal...

April 16, 2019

Cox Plate potential for Rondinella

Cambridge trainers Roger James and Robert Wellwood were ecstatic with Rondinella’s Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) fourth-placing at Randwick on Saturday and they are now eyeing spring spoils with their mare, with a potential Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m) tilt on the cards. “I was proud of her (in the Sydney Cup),” James said. “At the beginning of the preparation she was a one-win horse. “In her last three runs she has run third behind Melody Belle and Danzdanzdance on a bog at Auckland at Group One...

April 16, 2019

Audio: Chris Waller

Chris Waller reflects on an amazing day at Randwick on Saturday with Radio Trackside’s Des Coppins....

April 15, 2019

Audio: Daniel Miller

Trainer Daniel Miller discusses the win of Sheezallmine at Te Rapa on Sunday....

April 15, 2019

Audio: David Greene

Te Rapa trainer David Greene discusses his double at his home track on Sunday....

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