Author: Andrew Birch

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Wanzare finds a match with Kiwi fillies

Stakes success at Riccarton on Saturday would continue a run of success that Indian-born Sydneysider Manoj Wanzare can scarcely believe he’s been part of. Wanzare, 44, will look to continue his winning streak as a part-owner of talented Makfi filly Matchmaker, who contests the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton. Wanzare,[...]
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Wekaforce begins Telegraph campaign

Talented Riccarton sprinter Wekaforce will begin a campaign towards the Group 1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham in January when she steps out at Riccarton on Saturday. The Terri Rae-trained Showcasing five-year-old mare resumes in the Rangiora New World Open Handicap (1200m), her first start since a close second to two-time Telegraph[...]
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Johnson to ride Avantage in Tarzino

Opie Bosson’s loss is Danielle Johnson’s gain. With Bosson unable to make the 56.5kg weight to ride the Jamie Richards-trained Avantage in Saturday’s Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings, Johnson will be the beneficiary. Johnson partnered the mare into an impressive first-up win in the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) earlier this month and[...]
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Jakkal ready to pounce at Tauranga

Promising three-year-old Sheza Jakkal will contest Saturday’s Dobson’s Refrigeration And Electrical 3yo (1300m) at Tauranga and trainer Gavin Opie senses a gilt-edged opportunity. The Te Aroha horseman is expecting the daughter of Jakkalberry to relish the rise in distance, having closed well for second over 1100m behind Only Words at Taupo last week and with[...]
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Class prevails at Rotorua

Multiple trials winner Babylon Berlin made a winning debut at Rotorua on Wednesday in the MacMillan Accountants 3yo (1100m). Sent out the $1.30 favourite, Babylon Berlin bounced straight to the lead under jockey Sam Collett and never looked in danger, going on to defeat a small pool of rivals, with Chopper Reed just over four[...]
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Dragon ready to leap the Tasman

Talented four-year-old Dragon Leap will travel to Sydney on Monday as he looks to target spring riches. The Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott-trained galloper won twice at Group 2 level as a three-year-old and finished fourth in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m). The lightly-tried gelding is expected to be best suited to a[...]
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Bittersweet weekend for Newman

The joy of achieving a winning double at Matamata on Saturday was tempered slightly for apprentice Tegan Newman when she copped a week’s suspension for a whip infraction at the Te Aroha meeting on Sunday. Newman had been cock-a-hoop after piloting the Daniel Miller-trained React and the Stephen Ralph-trained New York Jazz to victory at[...]
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