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History Beaudz Well for exciting juvenile

Taranaki trainer John Wheeler believes he has another exciting juvenile by Grangewilliam Stud stallion Zed on his hands, with the athletic prowess to mirror his star-studded ownership, which includes All Black first five-eighth Beauden Barrett. He trained Irish Flame to win the Group 3 2YO Classic (1200m) at New Plymouth two years ago and he[...]
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The Babe inducted into Hall of Fame

Legendary expat-Kiwi jockey Brent Thomson, affectionately known as The Babe, has been inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. Already a Hall of Famer in his homeland of New Zealand, Thomson began his riding career in Wanganui in 1973 as a 15-year-old. The son of trainer Kevin Thomson, he was a natural in the[...]
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Pike team on fire in Queensland

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike experienced Group 1 success with The Bostonian in the Doomben 10,000 (1200m) on Saturday and less than 24 hours later stablemate Simply Sacred continued Pike’s winning ways when taking out her 1685m Ipswich assignment by three lengths. Pike was pleased with the three-year-old filly’s performance, but believes they are racing against[...]
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Australian campaign planned for Jackfrost

Plans are underway to have Jackfrost, last year’s top hurdler, in Melbourne for a possible tilt at a couple of the feature steeplechases. Jackfrost ended last season with a hat-trick of wins and notably completed the Grand National Hurdles (4200m) – Great Northern Hurdles (4200m) double. He won the Riccarton feature effortlessly by eight and[...]
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Bishara continues Verry good year

Ardmore trainer Nick Bishara’s year just keeps on getting better after promising stayer Verry Flash returned to winning form with a victory at Rotorua on the weekend. Four-year-old Zed gelding Verry Flash started the golden run for Bishara and his co-owner and breeder Don Goodwin, when he broke his maiden status at Avondale just over[...]
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Zacada back to best in Rotorua Cup

Rugged stayer Zacada turned some below par form around when he out-toughed his rivals carrying 60kgs to take out the Group 3 Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup (2200m). Having his first run since returning from a disappointing Sydney campaign that saw him finish well back in each of his three starts, the 2018 Group 1 Sydney[...]
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Talented Tony Pike pair head overseas

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike has had to farewell two talented gallopers in the last week. Exciting two-year-old Subpoena has crossed the Tasman after a sale was finalised following her impressive debut victory at Te Rapa last month. “Subpoena has been sold to clients of Chris Waller’s,” Pike said. “She headed to Sydney on Monday. “She[...]
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Pike aiming for more Queensland glory

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike has taken a seven-strong team to Queensland to tackle the rich spoils on offer in the sunshine state over the coming months. He will kick off the Queensland campaign for two of those runners this weekend when Terra Sancta and The Bostonian contest feature races at Doomben on Saturday. Both four-year-olds[...]
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