Author: Andrew Birch

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Melody Belle makes history in Livamol

Megastar Melody Belle earned two slices of New Zealand racing history on Saturday with another commanding performance in the Group 1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings. She became the first horse to complete Hawke’s Bay’s weight-for-age Triple Crown during the Bostock New Zealand Spring Carnival – the Tarzino Trophy (1400m), Windsor Park Plate (1600m) and[...]
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Scintillating Guineas win for Catalyst

Catalyst continued his dominance of spring three-year-old racing with another breathtaking performance in Saturday’s Group 2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m). A spectacular winner of the Listed El Roca-Sir Colin Meads Trophy (1200m) and Group 3 Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) in his previous two starts, the super-talented son of Darci Brahma headed to Hastings[...]
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Bosson back on Belle

Fortuna Syndications Director, John Galvin, has confirmed Opie Bosson will ride Melody Belle in the second leg of the Hawke’s Bay Racing Triple Crown, the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m), taking over from Michael McNab who has ridden the mare in her past two outings, including last Saturday’s comprehensive victory in the Group 1[...]
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Group 1 goals for Quick Thinker

Prominent syndication company OTI Racing is enjoying a good run of form with horses from New Zealand and they are hoping to see a positive start to an Australian campaign from the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Quick Thinker when he steps out in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) on what looms as[...]
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Herengawe on Cups path

With a strong performance at Awapuni on Saturday, emerging wet-track performer Herengawe produced a bold audition for next month’s Group 3 Winning Edge Presentations 122nd Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton. A last-start Rating 72 winner, Herengawe was thrown in at the deep end on Saturday and tackled open class for the first time in the[...]
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Sultan delivers special win

Te Rapa specialist Sultan Of Swing struck again at the Hamilton track on Saturday, providing a poignant result in the U S Navy Flag Foxbridge Plate 17 Aug (1600m). Winning jockey Taiki Yanagida wore a black armband over the blue, black and green colours of owner-breeder Dominic Li, whose long-time New Zealand racing manager and[...]
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Shamal on track for Waikato Steeplechase

Last year’s Grand National Steeplechase (5500m) winner, Shamal, looks like he is right on track to add another coveted jumping prize to his locker after he took out the Ken & Roger Browne Memorial Steeplechase (3900m) at Te Rapa on Saturday. The Te Rapa event is the traditional lead-up to the Signature Homes Waikato Steeplechase[...]
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