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Lindsays buy into Melbourne Cup hopeful

Auckland Cup-placed Blue Breeze will race in the Cambridge Stud colours this spring as the stayer attempts to qualify for this year’s $A8 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington. Brendan and Jo Lindsay have bought a 10 percent share in the five-year-old Bullbars gelding ahead of an ambitious Melbourne Cup bid. Breeder Tony[...]
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Stakes targets in-mind for Mighty Connor

While on face value three-year-old gelding Mighty Connor didn’t have an overly successful three-year-old campaign, trainer Jacob McKay believes the son of Sebring can breakthrough at stakes level in the coming season. McKay purchased Mighty Connor out of Little Avondale Stud’s 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale draft for $40,000 and he has taken[...]
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Jackson’s wish cements comeback

Katrina Alexander has been given the greatest incentive ever to return to the racehorse training ranks. Alexander, whose highlight among 113 wins as a trainer came with the 2003 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) victory of Honor Babe, has reapplied for her trainer’s licence to prepare a team from Hinuera Lodge in Matamata in partnership[...]
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Take two for Hale duo

Shelley Hale is hoping her trip north to Ruakaka on Saturday is less eventful than a fortnight ago. The Cambridge trainer was on her way to the Northland track with stable runners Seventh Up and Go Nicholas, however, a blown tyre on the Auckland Harbour Bridge put paid to those plans. “I just had a[...]
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Local trainers hold strong hand at Hastings

The Te Whangai Romneys Hawke’s Bay Hurdle (3100m) at Hastings on Saturday has attracted a strong line-up and local training partners Paul Nelson and Corrina McDougal are hoping they can breakthrough with two previous placegetters. Shinko King gelding No Change finished runner-up in last year’s edition of the race, while stablemate Ooee recorded the same[...]
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How tough is Shamal?

Only Ken Duncan really knows just how tough Shamal is. And that’s not just the courage the Zabeel eight-year-old gelding showed during his recovery from a tendon injury that threatened his career as a four-year-old. Or the tenacity he displayed in grinding out a win over subsequent Manawatu Steeplechase (4200m) winner Gagarin when he claimed[...]
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Gillies on a winning roll

Cambridge jumps jockey Mathew Gillies has been enjoying a great run of form in recent weeks. On Sunday the 33-year-old notched his first winner as both trainer and jockey when Borninasandpit, who he trains in partnership with Graham Thomas, was successful at Te Aroha. “It was my first ride on a horse I train too[...]
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Hannam hails standout season

Central Districts jockey Robert Hannam hasn’t let a delay to his New Zealand racing season hinder him from setting a record tally of stakes wins this term. The likeable hoop spent the early part of this season in India, where he was finishing off a four-month contract, which was halted in 2017 after he sustained[...]
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Spring targets beckon Wyndspelle

Otaki trainers Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard are hoping to ditch the bridesmaids tag with their consistent galloper Wyndspelle next season. The five-year-old entire recorded two runner-up performances at Group 1 level this season and a further placing in the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) in September, and they believe he can breakthrough at[...]
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