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Khufu ready to reign at Ellerslie

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike will introduce punters to a colt at Ellerslie on Saturday that could one day become their darling. Pike will produce American Pharoah colt Khufu on debut in the Eagle Charters 1100, hoping the youngster can showcase the ability that has his trainer so excited about him. Pike bought the Nearco Stud-bred[...]
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Tavi Mac continues to impress

He may be small, but he is mighty. That’s trainer Allan Sharrock’s summation of consistent galloper Tavi Mac after his Listed Courtesy Ford Levin Stakes (1200m) victory at Otaki on Thursday. The diminutive gelding only had five rivals in the race as a result of the heavy track conditions, but that didn’t concern Sharrock. “He[...]
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Samina Bibi ideal Oaks type

Cambridge trainers Shaune Ritchie and Colm Murray have a staying filly of the future on their hands with Samina Bibi, a daughter of in-vogue stallion Reliable Man, an impressive debut winner at Te Rapa. Ridden by apprentice Wiremu Pinn, Samina Bibi sat three-deep throughout but bounded away from her rivals in the BCD Group 3YO[...]
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Toughness the key to talented filly

Tough is a word that comes up several times in conversation with Otaki trainer Johno Benner when talking about his talented filly Key. The Exceed And Excel three-year-old, a A$550,000 yearling purchase for owner Gary Harding last year, steps up to stakes company for the first time in Thursday’s Group 3 Lucia Valentina Wellington Stakes[...]
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First stakes tilt for Basarwa

Promising three-year-old Basarwa will have to overcome his outside barrier in the Group 3 Lucia Valentina Wellington Stakes (1600m) at Otaki on Thursday to keep his undefeated record intact. The son of Atlante won comfortably by 1-1/4 lengths on debut at Hastings earlier this month and trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen believe he is[...]
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