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Guineas goal for Mackenzie Lad

Mackenzie Lad is primed to showcase his Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) credentials when he tackles Saturday’s Group 3 War Decree Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton. That’s the opinion of Riccarton trainer Matthew Pitman, who trains the Vespa three-year-old in partnership with his father Michael. The Pitmans produced Marine to[...]
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Eva Chiara on Matamata mission

Trainer Stephen Marsh holds a decent hand in the Group 3 Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Matamata on Saturday with debut winner Eva Chiara () and Dubai Diva (), who has been luckless in recent outings, to represent his in-form stable. The former was impressive at the first time of asking last month while her barnmate[...]
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Classic ambitions for Tutukaka

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike believes quality three-year-old Tutukaka can bounce back to form in Wednesday’s Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) as the Tavistock gelding presses on towards the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) on Saturday week. Pike has relied on the eyes and ears of Mornington horseman Tony Noonan as he prepares the half-brother to star[...]
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Foote’s Tauranga quartet rates highly

Cambridge trainer Ben Foote will be represented by four runners at Tauranga on Wednesday and can’t single one above any other, considering them all serious winning prospects. Rekindled Express will debut in the Cheers Tavern Bayfair Maiden (1200m) and Kid Roc will resume in the Bayleys Tauranga Commercial Maiden (1200m) with both drawing attention to[...]
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Bosson nearing raceday return

Star jockey Opie Bosson is inching his way closer to a return to raceday riding. Bosson has effectively spent two months on the side-lines after his home south of Pukekawa was deemed as being in the Auckland region for COVID-19 lockdown purposes. The 41-year-old gained an exemption to relocate to Te Akau Stud in west[...]
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Savy Yong Blonk too crisp in Livamol

A picture-perfect ride by Danielle Johnson ensured quality staying mare Savy Yong Blonk was given every opportunity to succeed at Hastings on Saturday and she duly delivered with an outstanding victory in the Group 1 Livamol Classic (2040m). The Jamie Richards-trained six-year-old was touted as one of the major prospects in an even field, starting[...]
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