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Special result for Sharrock in Opunake Cup

Local trainer Allan Sharrock gained a special result on his home track on Saturday to round out a record-breaking season for his New Plymouth-based stable. Sharrock prepared the quinella in the Listed Powerworx Opunake Cup (1400m) when rider Sam Weatherley guided race favourite Justaskme to victory over gallant mare London Express in an exciting finish[...]
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Apprentice comes up aces at Te Rapa

Rookie apprentice Ace Lawson-Carroll completed his first winning ride in fine style when he guided handy winter sprinter Crystallize to a comfortable victory at Te Rapa on Saturday. The 16-year-old, who weighs just 48kgs, made full use of his 4kg apprentice claim aboard the Danny Walker-trained runner as he set up a steady pace out[...]
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Bonus draws Quiz Kid south

A lucrative bonus has enticed the connections of Quiz Kid to send the in-form galloper down south early ahead of the Group 3 Winning Edge Presentations 124th Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton in a fortnight. The Cambridge gelding has made the long trek down to Oamaru to contest the Crombie And Price LTD Oamaru Cup[...]
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Wellington Hurdle victory for The Cossack

The transfer of the Hydra-cell Pumps Wellington Hurdle (3100m) and Grant Plumbing Wellington Steeplechase (5500m) to Hastings on Thursday has worked in the favour of local trainers Paul Nelson and Corrina McDougal. With the abandonment of Trentham’s meeting last Saturday, the two prestige jumps races were transferred to Hastings, resulting in Nelson and McDougal entering[...]
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Nicholas scores Avondale treble

Apprentice jockey Elen Nicholas experienced her best day in the saddle at Avondale on Wednesday, riding home a treble of winners. The Welsh national had yet to record a double, let alone a treble, prior to Wednesday, and was duly animated with her results. “I was in a bit of shock,” Nicholas said. “It was[...]
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Opunake Cup test for Tavis Court

Although New Plymouth Raceway is on Tavis Court’s backdoor-step, the seasoned Hawera galloper will have his first start at the Taranaki track this weekend. The five-year-old gelding will line-up in the Listed Powerworx Opunake Cup (1400m) on Saturday and trainer Anna Clement is hoping he performs well on what was rated a Heavy11 surface on[...]
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Trans-Tasman plans for Catalyst

Tony Pike is looking forward to spring racing with his new acquisition Catalyst. The rising five-year-old son of Darci Brahma won six of his 10 races for former trainer Clayton Chipperfield, five of which were at stakes level, including the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m). He hasn’t raced since pulling up lame in[...]
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Spring in steps of star gallopers

Group One targets await stablemates Probabeel and Sword Of State in Australia later this year and they took their first serious steps this afternoon toward spring goals with trial outings on the all-weather track at Cambridge. Trainer Jamie Richards was well-represented during the day with crack mare Avantage also in action and she will be[...]
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Surprise hometown advantage for Nelson jumpers

The prospect of better ground in their own neighbourhood has seen leading jumps trainers Paul Nelson and Corrina McDougal direct three of their charges toward the rescheduled Wellington prestige jumps races on Thursday. With bad weather causing the abandonment of Trentham’s major winter raceday last Saturday, the Hydra-Cell Pumps Wellington Hurdle (3100m) and the Grant[...]
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