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Marsh out to plunder Hastings gold

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is heading to Hastings on Wednesday to try and record more Group honours with Zee Falls, but he could be back in Hawke’s Bay in just a matter of days in search of bigger spoils. Hastings has been included in New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and Auckland Racing Club’s contingency plan for[...]
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Derby Day call to be made Friday

Racing Administrators remain hopeful that Ellerslie will be the venue for this year’s Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m), but a call as to whether the bumper race meeting can proceed at Auckland’s premier course on Sunday will be made as late as Friday afternoon. What at this stage looks to be a minor[...]
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Late Derby contender to be On Display

The Danny Walker-trained On Display is likely to be a late nomination for Sunday’s Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) after his final serious hit-out on Tuesday morning. Based in South Auckland, Walker said his training operation hasn’t been affected too much by entering Alert Level 3 COVID-19 restrictions, but racing this weekend, in[...]
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Stakes test first-up for Mana Nui

Matamata trainer Chad Orsmby is looking forward to lining up debutant Mana Nui in the Group 3 Waikato Stud Slipper (1200m) at his home track on Saturday. Orsmby admits the two-year-old colt faces a stiff task against his more practiced opponents, which includes the likes of undefeated Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) winner On The Bubbles[...]
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Germanicus wins star-studded trial

Group Three winner Germanicus showed he is in excellent order ahead of a return to racing, winning a 1000m trial at Pukekohe on Thursday that was restricted to stakes performers. The Danica Guy-trained five-year-old narrowly edged out the Lance Noble-trained Bavella, with the Jamie Richards pair of Prise De Fer and Entriviere running home nicely[...]
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Oaks path for Amarelinha

Rising star Amarelinha will not be a late entrant for the Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m). Te Akau principal David Ellis has confirmed the three-year-old filly will be aimed at the Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 20, with the Group 3 McKee Family Sunline[...]
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Group One winner retired

Group One winner Julius has been retired. It’s not the first time the Swiss Ace nine-year-old has entered the retirement paddock, having been forced away from the track following his third-placing in the 2018 Group 3 Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) after scans revealed he had a hole in his near fore tendon. At that point in[...]
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