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Magical opening to Riccarton meeting

A typically patient ride from the evergreen Chris Johnson paved the way for local runner Yannick to take out the opening event at Riccarton on Saturday as racing returned to the South Island for the first time since the easing of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. Johnson showed all his trademark coolness in a driving finish as[...]
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Racing Code Funding Confirmed for 2020-21

The Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) today advised New Zealand racing codes of forecasted funding in 2020/21 of $139.6m which is the same level as was budgeted for the 2019/2020 season before the impacts of COVID-19. This is despite fewer thoroughbred and harness races planned for the upcoming season. RITA Executive Chair Dean McKenzie said[...]
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Beckett team set to fly at Riccarton

The Ross Beckett-trained Blair Flight will meet a Heavy track for the first time when he lines-up at Riccarton on Saturday, but that hasn’t deterred TAB bookmakers. The Petone pundits have installed the five-year-old gelding as a $5 favourite in the Janet Francis Handicap (1400m) ahead of Apellido and Newmarket at $5.50. The son of[...]
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Racing Industry Bill passes third reading

New Zealand Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the Racing Industry Bill passing its third reading, creating the legislative framework for revitalising the racing industry while limiting the need for future government intervention. “For too long our domestic racing industry has been left to fade into obscurity at the expense of jobs and the passionate[...]
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Hooter to kick off at Wanganui

It hasn’t been the smoothest road to racing for Redwood four-year-old Hooter, but Foxton trainer Matt Dixon believes his charge possesses the ability to make it all worthwhile. Dixon described Hooter, who makes his debut at Wanganui on Thursday, as quirky and revealed he had overcome a suspensory injury to get to the races. Hooter[...]
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No Limits for classy colt

New Zealand Bloodstock sales topping colt No Limits continued his strong trials record at Te Rapa on Tuesday when taking out his 900m heat. The son of Savabeel has now posted two trial wins and a placing from just the three attempts and could have a lucrative spring preparation ahead of him. Trainer Jamie Richards[...]
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Talented jumper to resume at Wanganui

Tallyho Twinkletoe summitted the peak of Australasian jumps racing last year when taking out the Grand National Hurdle (4200m) and Steeplechase (4500m) double. The New Zealand jumper became the first horse to win the races in the same year since Mosstrooper in 1930 and his connections are keen for the nine-year-old to defend his crown.[...]
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