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Big weekend for Roustoby twins

An impressive debut jumps win for Woodsman at Te Rapa on Saturday marked the first leg of a special double for rider Michael Roustoby and his twin brother, Adam. A winner of eight races on the flat, Woodsman lived up to the expectations of his connections when giving a dominant display for Michael Roustoby to[...]
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Newcomer stepping out as star returns

It might be a quieter time on the racing front for Roger James and Robert Wellwood, but there’s plenty of interest for their Cambridge stable this week. The training partners have welcomed top mare Rondinella back into the stable, while their attention will focus on runners at Hastings on Wednesday with a few more destined[...]
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Nz Betting Levy To Be Repealed

New Zealand’s racing minister Winston Peters has announced a repeal of the betting levy paid by the racing industry to the Crown. Peters says that payment of the levy to the Crown will be phased out over a three-year period, with freed-up funds to be redirected to the racing and sports sectors. The betting levy[...]
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Betting Levy to be repealed

Racing Minister Winston Peters has announced a repeal of the betting levy (racing totalisator duty) currently paid by the racing industry to the Crown. Peters made the pre-Budget announcement when opening the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka May Sale in Auckland on Friday. Peters announced that payment of the levy to the Crown will be phased[...]
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Sheezallmine ready for Australian debut

Young Matamata trainer Daniel Miller is sticking to the Kiwis when he starts his smart filly Sheezallmine against some promising Australian sprinters for the first time at Doomben on Saturday. Miller, a former jumps jockey, will line Sheezallmine up in the JRA 3YO Plate (1200m) with the former New Zealand jockey Jason Collett booked to[...]
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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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