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U.S. Navy Flag to Valachi Downs

Matamata Stud Farm Valachi Downs will welcome three-time Group 1-winning sprinter U.S. Navy Flag to their stallion roster for the forthcoming breeding season. “There has never been a sprinter of this elite-level stand at stud in New Zealand, let alone with the incredible pedigree U.S. Navy Flag possesses,” Valachi Downs General Manager Jonathan Scully said.[...]
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Greene Flaunting a fourth stakes winner

Promising juvenile filly Flaunting became Hamilton trainer David Greene’s fourth stakes winner when she took out the Listed Castletown Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui on Saturday. The daughter of Showcasing has amassed a strong record in her short career, which includes two wins and a placing from just four starts, with her only unplaced result coming[...]
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Familiar figures combine to win McGregor Grant Steeplechase

The familiar combination of trainer Raymond Connors and jockey Isaac Lupton combined once again to take out a feature jumping event at Ellerslie when Max stormed to victory in the McGregor Grant Steeplechase (4150m). The Connors-Lupton partnership has proved nigh on unbeatable at Ellerslie over the years, combining to secure three Great Northern Steeplechases (6400m)[...]
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Tommyra takes out KS Browne Hurdle

The Toby Autridge-trained Tommyra produced an impeccable display of hurdling to take out the first of the day’s prestige jumping features at Ellerslie, the KS Browne Hurdle (3350m). The Raise The Flag seven-year-old had looked the big improver for Monday’s contest after his gritty run for third in the Waikato Hurdles (3200m) last month. Regular[...]
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First winner on the board for Sacred Falls

Exciting prospect Shoshone delivered the first win for her sire, the Waikato Stud-based Sacred Falls, in fine fashion when she led all the way over 1200m at Ellerslie on Monday. The Ken and Bev Kelso-trained two-year-old had been earmarked as one to watch after several impressive trial efforts including a runner-up finish to subsequent Listed[...]
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Annie Okay upsets at Ellerslie

Useful three-year-old Annie Okay returned to her best form when she downed her age-group rivals over 1400m at Ellerslie on Saturday. The Shaun and Emma Clotworthy-trained Battle Paint filly had disappointed somewhat since running third behind Media Sensation in the Group 3 Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at just her second start. Two unplaced runs to kick[...]
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Flaunting takes out Castletown Stakes

Te Rapa visitor Flaunting coped best with the testing Heavy11 track conditions prevalent at Wanganui on Saturday as she slogged through the mud to take out the Listed John Turkington Forestry Ltd. Castletown Stakes (1200m). The Showcasing filly had not been seen since finishing near last in the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) at Ellerslie in[...]
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Calmer Cinzento ready for Castletown

A noticeable change in attitude is giving Hastings trainer John Bary optimism for a bold showing from Dalghar filly Cinzento in Saturday’s Listed John Turkington Forestry Castletown Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui. Bary describes Cinzento’s demeanour as far more mellow as she prepares for the first two- year-old stakes race of winter. “She’s a grey and[...]
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