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Memsie Stakes favoured for Aegon

Connections of high-class New Zealand four-year-old Aegon are favouring a start in the AUD$1 million Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday week as the kick-off point for the athletic gelding’s spring campaign. The son of Sacred Falls has won five of his seven career starts including the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m),[...]
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Bifrost wins Australian debut

An Australian campaign is already paying dividends for New Zealand trainers David and Emma-Lee Browne. Elephant made an immediate impact winning at Caulfield on Saturday, three days after arriving in Victoria, while stablemate Rhinoceros finished a credible fourth at Cranbourne the following day. On Tuesday Bifrost did his bit to boost the stable’s earnings, winning[...]
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Hastings first-up for On The Bubbles

Connections of many of the country’s early three-year-olds will be breathing a sigh of relief when they hear Group One winner On The Bubbles won’t be contesting the first three-year-old stakes race of the season. Trainer Jamie Richards is taking a cautious approach with the son of Brazen Beau after he had an elevated temperature[...]
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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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