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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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Classic season spoils beckon Aalaalune

Group 1 performed juvenile Aalaalune has given Matamata trainer Jacob McKay plenty of excitement this season and he believes she can go on to better things in her Classic year. The two-year-old daughter of Reliable Man contested six races this season, all at stakes- level, placing in three of them, including a short-margin runner-up performance[...]
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Te Aroha double for Logan

Te Aroha racecourse has become a happy stomping ground for trainer Samantha Logan. The Cambridge horsewoman picked up her second career double at the Waikato track on Sunday with Zamora and Henry Tudor in the two steeplechase events. “I have only had one other double and that was at Te Aroha as well, so it’s[...]
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Kiwis part of Royal Procession at Royal Ascot

New Zealand has been well-represented in the four-carriage Royal Procession on the final day of Royal Ascot with Rosehill-based trainer Chris Waller enjoying a memorable 24 hours. On Saturday, the former Foxton horseman landed the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm with Invincibella to provide him with a record-breaking 18th Group 1 win[...]
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Intimidate overcomes anxious moments

Rangiora trainer Nick Wigley was holding his breath just moments before the start of Saturday’s two-year-old contest at Riccarton as smart filly Intimidate put on a petulant display behind the starting gates. The Charm Spirit filly held up the start of the 1000m event before finally entering her stall under the urgings of the Riccarton[...]
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Sleeping Beauty takes out Tauranga Classic

Class performer Sleeping Beauty underlined her credentials on the deep winter tracks when she out- toughed her female rivals to take out the Listed Ultimate Ford and Mazda Tauranga Classic (1400m) under weight-for-age conditions at Tauranga on Saturday. The six-year-old Rip Van Winkle mare has fashioned an impeccable record on wet tracks having now won[...]
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Lil Miss Swiss claims Amberley Cup

Under-rated mare Lil Miss Swiss produced a devastating late burst to snatch victory in Saturday’s feature flat race at Riccarton, the Greenwood Amberley Cup (1600m). Dropped out to a clear last in a strung-out field by apprentice rider Tanya Jonker, the Rip Van Winkle five-year-old looked a forlorn hope when still spotting the leaders a[...]
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English Rose scores at Otaki

Te Akau apprentice Chelsea Burdan continued her good strike rate with stable runners when riding English Rose to victory in the Sunrans Spa Rating (2100m) at Otaki on Friday. Burdan commenced her career with a win aboard Lady Zeraph in September at Waipukurau, and her victory aboard English Rose was her sixth for Te Akau[...]
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NZ Racing Reform Bill Passes Third Reading

New Zealand’s Racing Reform Bill has passed its third and final reading in parliament. The Bill, which comes into force on July 1, is the next step towards reinvigorating the NZ racing industry and reconstitutes the New Zealand Racing Board as the Racing Industry Transition Agency. “The revitalisation of this industry is underway,” Racing Minister[...]
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Cup hopes high for Tyler pair

Kelvin Tyler is hoping to spoil the favourites’ party in Saturday’s Greenwood Amberley Cup (1600m), suggesting his pair The Bumper and Lil Miss Swiss are in prime order to cause an upset in the Riccarton feature. Tyler, who trains at Riverton with his daughter Aimee, has already won the Amberley Cup twice, with Timy Tyler[...]
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