Author: Andrew Birch

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Proud Nickalls homeward bound

Rangiotu trainer Stephen Nickalls was looking forward to being reunited with his family on Monday, as he returns to New Zealand following several weeks in Adelaide. The popular Central Districts horseman thoroughly enjoyed his time in the City of Churches, where his three-year-old filly Llanacord turned in a pair of game performances and landed some[...]
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Pitman Magic on show at Riccarton

Trainers Michael & Matthew Pitman are pleased with the condition of stakes winning mare All About Magic as she looks to land the spoils for the home team in the Group 3 Valachi Downs South Island Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton on Saturday. While conceding rival Belle Fascino will be hard to topple, Michael[...]
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Colourful Pomare riding crest of a wave

Trainer Bill Pomare won’t be the least bit surprised if his stable star Ocean Billy does the almost unthinkable and wins tomorrow’s Group 2 Ultimate Mazda Japan Trophy (1600m). The last start Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) winner lines up as topweight in the Tauranga feature with conventional wisdom having the free-running stayer only just[...]
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Catwalk Girl ready to strut at Te Rapa

Four-year-old mare Catwalk Girl is cherry ripe ahead of the Foster Construction Mile (1600m) at Te Rapa on Saturday according to trainer Pam Gerard, who prepares the progressive galloper in partnership with Michael Moroney. An impressive last-start winner at Te Rapa, TAB bookmakers have installed Catwalk Girl a favourite as she looks to handle the[...]
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Tavi Mac primed for Awapuni challenge

Hot trainer Allan Sharrock is hoping Tavi Mac can exploit any weakness in the armour of Group 1 – winning rival Callsign Mav in Saturday’s Group 2 Kevin Pratt Memorial Manawatu Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni. The pair dominate the TAB’s market for the weight-for-age feature with Tavistock five-year-old Tavi Mac a favourite ahead of[...]
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Vale Terrill Charles

Mid-Canterbury trainer Terrill Charles has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Charles was diagnosed five years ago with an aggressive form of brain cancer and given just four and a half months to live. Charles stubbornly refused to let cancer rule her life and together with partner Peter Corbett, who has overcome health[...]
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Callsign Mav returns at Awapuni

Hawke’s Bay trainer John Bary believes Saturday’s Group 2 Kevin Pratt Memorial Manawatu Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni is the ideal race for resuming Group 1 winner Callsign Mav. The four-year-old son of Atlante stunned punters when winning the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) in spring at odds of and backed that performance up with[...]
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