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Dell and Morley to combine in Auckland Cup

Jockey Christopher Dell has been confirmed as the rider of Gr.2 Avondale Cup (2400m) runner-up Blue Breeze when he contests the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) on March 9. The Allan Morley-trained five-year-old was sent out a $57-chance but was beaten just a half-head by high-class staying mare Glory Days last Saturday.  “He had a stout finish on Saturday and stepping up to the 3200m, he will just keep going and going and going,” Dell said.  “He does appreciate a lit...

February 18, 2019

Wondering retired

Triple Group One winning sprinter Start Wondering has been retired after suffering a minor tendon strain.  Prepared in Wanganui by Evan and JJ Rayner, the eight-year-old won 11 of 29 starts, including back to back editions of the Gr.1 Waikato Sprint (1400m) and the 2017 Gr.1 Railway (1200m). Initially prepared by Paul Belsham, Start Wondering enjoyed a stint across the Tasman with Chris Waller, where he won three races in Sydney before joining the Rayners after a bleed.  Under the Rayn...

February 18, 2019

Audio: Dylan Turner

Jockey Dylan Turner discusses his bumper day at Ascot Park on Saturday with a winning treble including the two feature events...

February 18, 2019

Audio: Sam Collett

Jockey Samantha Collett discusses her win aboard Glory Days in the Gr.2 Avondale Cup (2400m)...

February 18, 2019

Audio: Larry Cassidy

Jockey Larry Cassidy will return to New Zealand to ride at Endless Drama in the Gr.1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic (1600m)...

February 18, 2019

Sixth Group One for star Kiwi in Hong Kong

New Zealand-bred gelding Beauty Generation flattened all-comers again at Sha on Sunday as Hong Kong’s champion bagged a sixth career Group One success in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m). “It’s just a repeat of what he’s been doing all season,” trainer John Moore said.  Hong Kong’s equal highest-rated (127) horse of all-time had just taken his season’s tally to an impeccable six from six. “Everyone’s had a go at beating him,” Moore said. “The little b...

February 18, 2019

More black-type assaults by Marsh

Stephen Marsh is preparing to stage a two-pronged attack on Saturday’s Gr.2 J. Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (1200m), while breathing a sigh of relief over his Derby prospect Vernanme. The Cambridge trainer is aiming Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) placegetter Appellant and the promising Glinda Goodwitch at the Matamata feature, while stablemate Scotch will be nominated for the other juvenile feature, the Gr.3 Waikato Stud Slipper (1200m). Pleased to have runners in both two-year-old...

February 18, 2019

Miss Federer ruled out of Breeders’

Andrew Carston’s prospects of winning the Gr.2 J. Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) were dashed late last week. The Riccarton trainer had set Miss Federer for the Matamata feature after her courageous last-start win in the Gr.3 Woburn Farm 2YO Classic (1200m) at New Plymouth, but instead of competing on Saturday the Swiss Ace filly will instead be recovering from an operation.  Miss Federer had been stabled at Stephen McKee’s Ardmore property since her Taranaki win an...

February 18, 2019

Beauty Generation steams to victory in G1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup

Reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year, Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road To Rock) gave his rivals another galloping lesson at Sha Tin on Sunday when he strolled away in the home straight to capture his sixth Group One title in the Gr.1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m). It was the New Zealand-bred geldings eighth win in successionand 16th of his 29-start career to date. Sent straight to the front by rider Zac Purton, Beauty Generation kept up a strong clip throughout the 1400m journey, a ...

February 18, 2019

NZ Racing and Breeding News – 18 February 2019

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February 18, 2019

Blue-blood filly provides young apprentice with first winner

Apprentice rider Shiarna Johnson was the quintessential picture of calm as she scored the first winner of her fledgling career when guiding home royally-bred filly Simogramor at Gisborne. Having just her second raceday ride, Johnson was entrusted with the mount on the $2.30 favourite after guiding the daughter of multiple Group One winner Katie Lee to a brace of trial wins recently. Prepared at Tuhikaramea by Team Rogerson, Simogramor had been placed on debut as a juvenile behind the talented Es...

February 17, 2019

She’s A Thief steals opening event at Ellerslie

Former top juvenile She’s A Thief made a welcome return to winning form when she took out the opening event at Ellerslie on the weekend. Successful in her first two starts as a juvenile, the Showcasing filly went on to finish fourth in the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) before rounding out her two-year-old campaign with a runner-up finish in the Gr.2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (1200m). She’s A Thief resumed after a long break with an inauspicious performance at Ellerslie on Boxing Day before hi...

February 17, 2019

Winning treble caps successful day for Cambridge trainer

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike left Ellerslie racecourse on Saturday evening flush with the success of producing a winning treble on the day along with the anticipation of potentially snagging an even bigger prize in two weeks’ time. Rejuvenated galloper Ever Loyal kick-started the winning roll for Pike with an effortless victory in an open 1200m contest before talented three-year-old Surely Sacred cemented his favouritism for the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) on March 2 with a comprehe...

February 17, 2019

Verry Elleegant pleases in return

Former New Zealand-trained filly Verry Elleegant resumed with an eye catching second behind Amphitrite in the Gr.3 the Tab Vanity (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday for new trainer Chris Waller and impressed rider James McDonald. “Gee she’s very strong, if she did everything right with her manners, she could be a serious horse,” McDonald said. The daughter of Zed won two of her three New Zealand starts for trainer Nick Bishara and went on to win the Gr.3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m) and was pl...

February 17, 2019

Olympic legend training Eminent

Sir Mark Todd, New Zealand’s greatest Olympic eventer, has taken on a new challenge and is training regally-bred racehorse Eminent and plans to run the five-year-old son of Frankel at Group One level in Sydney in autumn. Eminent, a Group Two winner for UK trainer Martyn Meade, is owned by New Zealand Bloodstock principal Sir Peter Vela, who has owned a number of event horses with Todd. “Sir Peter and [bloodstock agent] Hubie de Burgh bought Martyn Meade out of the horse with the idea of se...

February 17, 2019

NZ Racing and Breeding News – 17 February 2019

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February 17, 2019

Cassidy, Cahill one-two an omen for NZ bid

Brisbane jockeys Larry Cassidy and Michael Cahill hope their quinella at Doomben is an omen for when they clash again next week in a New Zealand Group One. Cassidy made the most of an inside barrier to guide Raiden (Foxwedge) to a neck win to Cahill's mount Intrinsic (So You Think) in the Tropical Fresh Plate (1110m). Cassidy will link with Sydney trainer Chris Waller to ride Endless Drama (Lope de Vega) while Cahill will venture across the Tasman to ride Bostonian (NZ) (Jimmy Choux) in the Gr.1...

February 16, 2019

Glory for Thurlow in Avondale Cup

Waverley visitor Glory Days made her first visit to Ellerslie a memorable one when she fought tooth and nail to win the Gr.2 Coca-Cola Avondale Cup (2400m) at Ellerslie. The Red Giant mare proved a revelation during the spring/early summer where she won four races on end, culminating with the Listed Wanganui Cup (2040m). Put aside for a short break after finishing unplaced in the Gr.3 Manawatu Cup (2200m), Glory Days resumed with a fast-finishing effort for second in the Listed Wairarapa Thoroug...

February 16, 2019

Matamata visitor scores in Southland Guineas

Matamata raider Weaponry made up for some bad luck at his last start when he stormed to victory in Saturday’s Listed ILT Ascot Park Hotel Southland Guineas (1600m) at Invercargill. The Jamie Richards-trained visitor had looked unlucky not to finish closer than fourth in the Listed Dunedin Guineas (1500m) when failing to find racing room at a vital stage that day. This time rider Dylan Turner took luck out of the equation when he bounced the Declaration Of War gelding out nicely from an outside...

February 16, 2019

Surely Sacred stamps Derby credentials with Guineas victory

Lightly raced three-year-old Surely Sacred showed he will be awfully hard to beat in the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) in a fortnight when he scored handsomely in the Gr.2 Schweppes Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie. Spruiked as a Derby prospect after winning the Gr.2 Auckland Guineas (1600m) on New Year’s Day, when having just his third career start, the Rock ‘n’ Pop gelding followed that up with a tidy effort for fifth in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) late last mon...

February 16, 2019

Doomben win for Follow Suit

Dour stayer Follow Suit maintained his unbeaten record at 2200m and gave jockey Jeff Lloyd his 50th metropolitan winner for the season with a strong win at Doomben.Follow Suit made it four wins from four starts at 2200m when he held out stablemate Vaucluse Bay (Al Maher) to win the Tropical Fresh Handicap (2200m).The race was another quinella for premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller who has dominated Queensland staying races since setting up a Gold Coast stable 18 months ago.Waller's Queensland m...

February 16, 2019

Destroyer Eclipse descends for upset win

Punters were treated to a $209 shock when Destroyer Eclipse (NZ) (Alamosa) popped out of the woodwork to land the S$70,000 Kranji Stakes C Division 2 race over 1400m in Singapore on Friday night. But English trainer James Peters was his usual composed self at the winner’s circle, saying that the win was “no fluke” in his books. He said the Alamosa four-year-old’s last few unplaced runs had not left him indifferent, but more significantly, he had devised a clever little change in battle p...

February 16, 2019

Two in a row for Wonderful Paint

If there was a ‘Ride of the Night’ award to be handed out in Singapore on Friday night, not many would have begrudged Noh Senari the nod for his incredibly cool ride on Wonderful Paint (NZ) (Darci Brahma). The Darci Brahma grey is a noted backmarker, that’s a given. He had won all his three races in that fashion thus far, and with Noh in the plate at all of them. For that reason, the bang-in-form jockey could perhaps be forgiven for his cockiness when they dawdled out to last on settling i...

February 16, 2019

Guineas target for Arturo

Trainer Roydon Bergerson couldn’t hide his enthusiasm following the debut victory of three-year-old gelding Arturo at Wanganui on Friday.  The son of Per Incanto sat outside of race leader Divine Wine for much of the 1200m contest before extending for a soft victory in the hands of Johnathan Parkes. “There is a lot of improvement in him,” Bergerson said.  “He was probably ready to go to the trials and not the races, but it was a small field so we threw him in. He will just impr...

February 15, 2019

Elleegant to resume for third trainer

Former New Zealand-trained filly Verry Elleegant will resume on Saturday in the Gr.3 The TAB Vanity (1400m) for new trainer Chris Waller.  The winner of two of her three New Zealand starts for trainer Nick Bishara, Verry Elleegant went on to win the Gr.3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m) and was placed in the Gr.2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) for recently disqualified trainer Darren Weir.  “She has settled in well since joining the stable, she did have a solid gallop on Monday morning and wo...

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