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Triple Tarzino threat for Team Rogerson

Team Rogerson look to have a strong hand in next week’s Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings with a potential trio of runners in the first Group One race of the season. This past weekend’s Gr.2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) placegetter Comeback is assured of a start in the race, while trainers Graeme, Debbie and Bailey Rogerson will wait until Monday before deciding whether Aalaalune and More Wonder will contest the first leg of the Hawke’s Bay triple crown. “Comeback will definitely go to the T...

August 22, 2019

Rondinella set for Melbourne campaign

Group One performer Rondinella pleased her connections with her 1100m trial at Taupo on Wednesday ahead of her trip across the Tasman  in the coming weeks. She settled towards the tail of the field before being improved three-wide by jockey Vinnie Colgan and was strong to the line finishing third behind Aretha and Amarula. “We were very pleased with the hit-out, she certainly needed it,” said Robert Wellwood, who trains in partnership with Roger James. “She had a nice, natural blow....

August 21, 2019

Lincoln Falls to Hastings

Talented four-year-old Lincoln Falls has pleased trainer Lisa Latta as he readies for a new campaign. The son of Dundeel was strong through the line at the end of a 1000m trial at Foxton on Tuesday, finishing fourth behind Not Santa after coming from the tail of the field. A winner of two of his eight starts, Lincoln Falls finished fifth in the Gr.1 Levin Classic (1600m), and the gelding will resume at Hastings on Saturday week in a rating 72 over 1300m....

August 21, 2019

Vespa produces two trial winners

Wellfield Stud stallion Vespa’s first crop of juveniles are starting to hit the track and are showing promising signs, with two trials winners on Tuesday. A Stephen Autridge-trained filly, out of two win mare Langara, won her 650m heat at Te Rapa by half a length, while the Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard-trained Piaggio looked impressive when taking out his 600m heat at Foxton by five lengths. “He’s a neat tidy horse with a fair bit of ability,” Benner said. “He looks like his sire an...

August 21, 2019

Baker-Forsman arsenal building ahead of Australian raid

Cambridge trainer Murray Baker knows what it takes to plunder marquee races in Australia and the astute horseman, who trains in partnership with Andrew Forsman, is once again honing-in on lucrative spring targets across the Tasman. A select team of horses will target features in Sydney and Melbourne as Baker looks to add to his Australian Group One haul, which stands at an impressive 21, with Baker rating his squad on par with previous years. “I think they’re on target. Naturally, when they...

August 21, 2019

One Moor jockey for the Count

It is not unusual to see around half-a-dozen jockeys teaming up with a horse in the course of its racing career, but for Countofmontecristo, the record reads 11 in 22 starts thus far - and as many as nine different riders at his last 14 outings. The fact that Countofmontecristo has not greeted the judge for close to two years could be a strong hint why so many jockeys got to warm the saddle for only a fleeting time. The last of Michael Clements-trained and Joe Singh-owned galloper’s seven wins...

August 21, 2019

Promising dawn to new season for Ritchie

Promising galloper Dawn Patrol made a pleasing start to the new season for trainer Frank Ritchie, deadheating his 880m trial with Magnum at Te Rapa on Tuesday. “I was happy with that,” Ritchie said. “He is a bit burly and the track was hard work, he had a real blow afterwards too. I am pleased with him, he will improve a lot obviously.” Dawn Patrol won two of his six starts last season and placed in three stakes races, including a runner-up performance in the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guinea...

August 21, 2019

Duncan chasing immediate success in Australia

Hunterville trainer Ken Duncan has stepped into new territory with his fine steeplechaser Shamal set to race at Ballarat on Sunday. Duncan will start the nine-year-old Zabeel gelding in the Grand National Steeplechase (4500m) with regular rider Buddy Lammas in the saddle. “It’s the first time I’ve had one over here in Australia so it is all part of a learning curve,” Duncan said. “I’ve always wanted to bring one over, but never had one good enough. I mightn’t have another this good...

August 20, 2019

Tofane out to boost rating at Sandown

Trainer Mike Moroney has stakes race plans in the spring for Group-placed Tofane but first the lightly raced mare needs to boost her rating. Moroney hopes Tofane can start the process at Sandown on Wednesday when the four-year-old daughter of Ocean Park resumes in the MRC Membership Renewal Handicap (1000m). Tofane, who has a handicap rating of 73, has won one of her four races and will be having her first start since finishing second in the Gr.2 Euclase Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds in Ade...

August 20, 2019

Elleegant set to resume in Winx Stakes

Dual Group One winner Verry Elleegant is one of four Chris Waller-trained gallopers nominated for Saturday’s Gr.1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick, joining stablemates Unforgotten, Youngstar and Kings Will Dream. Originally trained in New Zealand, Verry Elleegant looks poised to make a big impression this spring, with the daughter of Zed continuing to please her conditioner. “Verry Elleegant galloped well this morning and James McDonald was on board and gave me the thumbs up post-work,” Wa...

August 20, 2019

Humidor pleases with trial victory

Humidor is set to kick-off his spring campaign in the Gr.1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield next Saturday and his connections are pleased with the gelding heading into the race after his 990m trial win at Cranbourne on Monday. “It was nice, the track was pretty rain-affected,” said Ciaron Maher, who trains in partnership with David Eustace. “He has made nice progression from his first jump out and first trial. His coat has come out. “I put him in the visors (for ...

August 20, 2019

Waddell return delayed

Cambridge jockey Jason Waddell has been forced to delay his return to raceday riding. Waddell underwent surgery on his right leg on May 27 and had planned to resume at the start of this season, but a setback has left him unsure of the exact date of his return. “The operation went well and I rode at the trials (Te Rapa on July 29), but I got a small infection in the leg,” he said. “I got a bit over-eager and probably tried to come back a touch too soon. “I won’t take a ride until I’...

August 20, 2019

Group One assignment for Vigor Winner

Vigor Winner may not have got the results his connections were looking for in Australia last season, but the trip across the Tasman has been the making of the now four-year-old according to trainer Lauren Brennan. He won three of his four starts in New Zealand, including dead-heating the Gr.3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m), before finishing unplaced in his two Australian starts. “He has improved from the trip away,” Brennan said. “Both jockeys said give him six months and he will be ...

August 20, 2019

Weekend double for Wallace

Opaki trainer Jim Wallace had a perfect weekend, recording two wins from just two starts. Five-year-old mare Showmeware kicked off proceedings by taking out the Aquashield Roofing (1200m) at Otaki on Saturday before Tipperary Mary won the Sportz Bar 2060 at Wanganui on Sunday. Wallace was pleased with Showmeware’s victory, her second from five career starts, and he said she benefits from rain-affected tracks.  “The filly at Otaki (Showmeware), she got conditions to suit her at Otaki,”...

August 19, 2019

Livamol Classic on the cards for Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea is being set on a path towards the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings in October after picking up his seventh career win in the Vets On Riverbank at Otaki on Saturday. It would be his second tilt at elite level, after finishing unplaced in the Gr.1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) last year. The six-year-old son of Per Incanto has just had the one run further than a mile, finishing third in a 2060m race last year, and his trainer Paul Moseley thinks that’s his ideal distance. “The...

August 19, 2019

Hales completes world’s longest horse race

Ex-pat Kiwi Justine Hales is celebrating a massive achievement after completing the world’s longest horse race, the Mongol Derby, a race held for charity. Hales, who currently manages the Cavallino Estate pre-training operation for leading Australian trainer Ciaron Maher, tackled the 1000km event that recreates the horse messenger system developed by Genghis Khan in 1224 for the first time and finished a meritorious equal third behind 70-year-old Wyoming native, Robert Long. The exact course f...

August 19, 2019

New focus at The Oaks Stud

There has been a change of direction by The Oaks Stud owner Dick Karreman with some of the younger horses and the likelihood of some further major decisions to be made in a year or so. Since purchasing The Oaks Stud in 2002, the successful Queenslander has watched a steady stream of winners emerge from the Cambridge property, either bred and raced or sold by the stud, or progeny of one of its resident stallions. He has enjoyed many highlights with home-bred fillies, headed by the seven-time Grou...

August 19, 2019

Nizar rises to the occasion on Lincoln Moonlight

Mohammad Nizar was pleasantly surprised when he found out he had a first ride for trainer Shane Baertschiger this Sunday, Lincoln Moonlight. The local apprentice jockey was even more pleased when that unexpected booking turned into his second win for the year. Trainer Saimee Jumaat’s protégé only made his riding debut in July last year, acquitting himself well with two winners – Silent Arrow and Just Landed, both for his master – from limited opportunities. This year, support h...

August 19, 2019

Baertschiger pulls off Incredible feat in Committee's Prize

Nineteen years after former Kranji trainer Don Baertschiger landed the inaugural Committee’s Prize with Con Air, it was his son Shane who added his name to the roll of honour with lightweight chance I’m Incredible on Sunday.  Baertschiger was then assistant-trainer to his father when the brilliant Con Air produced his trademark turn of foot for stable jockey Eddie Wilkinson to become the first winner of the S$175,000 race over the mile. Much water has flown under the bridge since, ...

August 19, 2019

NZ Racing and Breeding News – 19 August 2019

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August 19, 2019

Big guns on show at Taupo trials

The Roger James and Robert Wellwood stable will step out stable stars Rondinella and Concert Hall at the Taupo trials on Wednesday with James keen to get a line on their fitness levels as they get set to commence their spring campaigns. The Taupo club will run two open 1100m trials prior to their racemeeting on the day with James keen to take advantage of the predicted improved track conditions at the venue for the pair. Rondinella is set to line-up in the first of the trials off the back of an ...

August 18, 2019

Australian Group One target for Sentimental Miss

Last season’s Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) winner Sentimental Miss passed the first test of an abbreviated spring campaign when she flashed home to finish close-up behind the placegetters in Saturday’s Gr.2 US Navy Flag Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa. The Go Racing Yesteryear Syndicate-owned four-year-old showed she was well on target for a potential Australian Group One assignment after enjoying a decent winter break following her Oaks triumph back in March. Racing Manager Matt Allnutt...

August 18, 2019

Te Akau pair please Richards

Creditable performances from his star performers Te Akau Shark and Melody Belle in the Gr.2 US Navy Flag Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa on Saturday has left trainer Jamie Richards satisfied with the start to a big spring campaign for both horses. Te Akau Shark stormed home from near last on the turn to run impressive winner Endless Drama to less than a length at the line while Melody Belle battled gamely into fourth after peaking on her challenge in the last 150m. Richards, who celebrated hi...

August 18, 2019

NZ Racing and Breeding News – 18 August 2019

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August 18, 2019

Age of Chivalry salutes at Caulfield

Age of Chivalry scored his first win of the season when proving too strong for his rivals in the Blue Star Print Handicap (1400m). The four-year-old son of He’s Remarkable dictated the pace up front under a controlled ride from Damian Lane before accelerating away to win by 1.3L from fellow New Zealand-bred Rox The Castle. “We were a bit worried before the race, he was a bit fresh around the back when we were saddling him,” co-trainer Mathew Ellerton said. “He had his raceday head on aro...

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