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New Zealand racing calendar confirmed

More than 1,000 race meetings at 51 venues throughout New Zealand were confirmed today by the Dates Committee of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) for the forthcoming racing year. The racing calendar, which covers the period from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021, follows consultation with the three racing codes, clubs and other[...]
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Benner happy with promising duo

Johno Benner has a bit of time for promising galloper Happy Star and the Otaki horseman, who trains in partnership with Hollie Wynyard, is excited to kick-off his preparation at Awapuni on Saturday. The four-year-old son of Fabulous will contest the Norwood 1400 and takes two solid trial wins into his weekend assignment. “He has[...]
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Vale Mark Buckley

Mark Buckley was simply part of the Whanganui racecourse. The man who was known as Buckles died this week, ending an association with the Whanganui track that lasted for more than 40 years. Buckles, who began his career in racing as an amateur rider, was a full-time member of the track staff at Whanganui for[...]
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Wiles puts his faith in Warrior

Dean Wiles is making every post a winner from his new Cambridge base. The former Pukekohe trainer bought a property close to the Cambridge training track in January and has developed the bare land with paddocks and a new barn, and he’s seeing immediate results. “The horses have hit the ground running since I’ve been[...]
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Oaks performer heads across the Tasman

Southland trainer Kelvin Tyler may have lost one of his star three-year-olds to Australia, but he is excited about the prospects of another. Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) placegetter Feel The Rush has joined Ciaron Maher and David Eustace’s Sydney barn, however, Tyler’s brother Allan and sister-law Marie have retained a half share in[...]
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Steeplechase features beckon Woodsman

Woodsman recorded his second win across the Tasman on Saturday when comfortably winning his 3480m hurdle at Casterton by seven lengths and he is now being earmarked for a future steeplechase career. The eight-year-old gelding has been in the care of Warrnambool trainer Patrick Ryan Jr since March and part-owner and former trainer Tony Gillies[...]
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