Author: Andrew Birch

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All roads lead to Group One prize

Carl Henderson has a Group One plan locked in for his stable star Jodelin Gal and a trip to the Central Districts earlier this month successfully ticked off a step along the way. The Te Awamutu-based trainer trekked south to Hawke’s Bay with the talented Swiss Ace five-year-old and the scouting mission had a perfect[...]
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Forsman holding winter ace

Andrew Forsman is holding a wet track trump card in Turn The Ace and will continue to play a few more hands through the winter with the three-year-old. The Cambridge trainer produced the son of Turn Me Loose for a runaway last-start victory in age group company at Avondale and will tackle a similar event[...]
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Demonetization primed for Easter defence

The Nigel Tiley-trained Demonetization will be out to defend his title in Saturday’s Group 3 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m) and the seven-year-old gelding enters the race off a similar campaign to last year. With Ellerslie out of action for at least the next 18 months, the time-honoured mile has been relocated to Demonetization’s home track[...]
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Sword Of State to Queensland

Quality three-year-old colt Sword Of State pleased connections when winning an 1100m trial at Matamata on Wednesday and will now take his place amongst Te Akau Racing’s travelling contingent to Queensland. The Mark Walker-trained son of Snitzel is a Group One winner at two and has also won at Group Three level on three occasions.[...]
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Hasabro primed for Riccarton feature

New Zealand trainer Andrew Carston has long circled Saturday’s Group 3 Coca Cola Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m) as the grand final for quality galloper Hasabro. The consistent six-year-old son of Savabeel has become accustomed to lumping hefty weights in handicaps but will relish getting back to weight-for-age conditions. Sporting the colours of Albert Bosma’s Go[...]
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Special Cup winner for Bambry

A special pre-race plan helped Sergio become Kamada Bloodstock’s 100th race winner when he led all the way in Sunday’s Woodville-Pahiatua Cup (1600m). New Zealand trainer Chrissy Bambry had been worried about the Swiss Ace gelding hanging to his right, especially when going around the final turn. But she managed to figure out a way[...]
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Randwick pipe-opener for Mali Ston

New Zealand-trained Mali Ston will make his Australian debut on Saturday, with the son of El Roca to step out in the Silverdale Farm Handicap (1400m) at Randwick. The four-year-old gelding is one of the more progressive milers in New Zealand, putting together a winning streak of four that culminated in the Group 2 Rich[...]
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