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200 Wins For Courtney Barnes

Getting to 200 career victories wasn’t a big thing for New Zealand jockey Courtney Barnes at the beginning of the season, but it’s definitely been on her mind in the past few weeks. The 27-year-old brought up her 199th victory aboard Red Rufus at Riccarton on June 25, but went winless at Rotorua, Cambridge, Riccarton,[...]
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Leith Innes enjoying retirement

While winter is usually a quieter time for Leith Innes, the former New Zealand hoop said he is enjoying it a lot more in retirement this year. Innes bowed out of riding in May after winning the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) aboard Pinarello in the colours of Cambridge Stud’s Brendan and Jo Lindsay, for[...]
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Caloundra Cup tilt for Swords Drawn

Swords Drawn will likely have his last start for New Zealand trainers Shaune Ritchie and Colm Murray when he lines-up in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) on Saturday. The Listed Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) winner hasn’t fired in his two starts across the Tasman – finishing sixth in the Gold Coast Cup (2400m) and 12th[...]
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Keith Hawtin announces his retirement

Two-time New Zealand premiership-winning trainer Keith Hawtin bowed out a winner at Cambridge on Wednesday. Hawtin produced Heart Of Gold to win the Waipa Earthworks 1550 under jockey Lynsey Satherley then confirmed the Pam Brindley-bred and raced gelding would be his final starter. “That was my last runner. He’s the only one I’ve got still[...]
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Annie to take centre stage tomorrow

New Zealand horseman Les Collins has ridden work for many leading trainers over a number of years, and generally knows when he’s on a good one. So he’s hoping his judgment proves right about his three-year-old filly Annie, who contests a 1300m maiden on the Cambridge synthetic track on Wednesday. “There was nothing not to[...]
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Clash of the titans at Hastings

This weekend is brewing to be an exciting one for New Zealand jumps fans, with top-class hurdlers The Cossack and Dr Hank going head-to-head in the Te Whangai Romney’s Hawke’s Bay Hurdle (3100m) at Hastings on Saturday. Leading jumps jockey Shaun Phelan regularly partners both horses, but has opted for The Cossack on Saturday, citing[...]
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Targhee scores at Pukekohe

Four-year-old mare Targhee broke maiden ranks second-up off a lengthy spell, when successful in the Dunstan Feeds 1200 at Pukekohe on Wednesday for trainers Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard. Admirably performed in good two-year-old fields, Targhee was off the racing scene for more than 12 months following her three-year-old campaign, but indicated readiness when wearing[...]
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Mare cherry ripe for Tauranga

Don’t be surprised if Cherry Lane shows sharp improvement when she contests the feature at Tauranga on Saturday. The Redwood mare had her first race in six months in an open 1200m handicap at Te Rapa last weekend, looming up on the turn before running out of condition in the straight to finish seventh while[...]
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Wessex doubles up at Pukekohe

Promising New Zealand juvenile filly Wessex scored her second career win when taking out the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1200m) at Pukekohe Park on Wednesday. The daughter of Turn Me Loose won on debut last September before two unplaced stakes runs and trainer Andrew Forsman was pleased to see her back in the winner’s[...]
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Surcharge adds interest to Oamaru card

Rivals of impressive Timaru debut winner Surcharge thinking he might be vulnerable stepping up in grade at Oamaru on Thursday might be advised to reconsider their optimism. That’s the inference from New Zealand trainer Terri Rae, who reported that the Proisir three-year-old had only improved since his remarkable one-length maiden win earlier this month. That[...]
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