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Sydney stakes test for Our Big Mike

Our Big Mike had a successful summer campaign in Australia late last year and his connections are hoping to replicate those results in the coming month. The Craig and Shaun Phelan-trained gelding placed in two runs in Melbourne before winning the Listed Pakenham Cup (2500m) in December and he could add another stakes win to[...]
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Ridley duo set for season finale

Trainer Neill Ridley has a strong hand in the Gavelhouse.com (1200m) at his home track of Riccarton on Friday. Ridley prepares the two top-weights of the open handicap field, He Kin Fly (60kg) and Prince Oz (58kg). “Both Prince Oz and He Kin Fly have been going pretty well, but this will be their last[...]
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Youngest Myers on a winning roll

Young Wanganui amateur rider Luke Myers will be out to keep up his winning streak when he heads to Ellerslie on Monday. The 15-year-old has won both races in this year’s Flair Amateur Riders’ Championship and his father, Kevin, is in the process of finalising which of his stable runners he will ride in the[...]
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The Bostonian aiming at slice of history

Kiwi sprinter The Bostonian made it back-to-back Group 1 wins in clinical fashion when winning Saturday’s Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm and has duly been installed the $5 favourite for the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) as he looks to create history. No horse has ever won the Doomben 10,000-Kingsford Smith Cup[...]
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Kay quinellas Trentham Gold Cup

It has been quite a frustrating season for Levin trainer Sylvia Kay, having recorded a number of placings and only one win, but that all changed on Saturday when she prepared the quinella in the Trentham Gold Cup (2100m) with Sylvester and Dr Watson. “It is quite a surprise when you can get a quinella,”[...]
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Delayed Australian stint for Hypnos

Smart Cambridge three-year-old Hypnos is set to embark on a delayed Australian campaign, but with a change of direction. The Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) runner-up is booked to leave New Zealand on Wednesday bound for Melbourne to make his Australian debut in a three-year-old handicap over 1400m at Caulfield next Saturday. The original plan[...]
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Verbalizer fulfilling potential

On a day where there were several eye-catching performances, it was the victory in the last race on the card at Ellerslie by the lightly-tried Verbalizer that captured most of the attention. Having just his second run in a new campaign, the Tobique five-year-old stormed home from near last in the hands of Troy Harris[...]
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Spring assignments on cards for Inscription

Progressive mare Inscription will head to the spelling paddock next week after completing an impressive treble of wins for Cambridge trainer Ross McCarroll. The five-year-old Cape Blanco mare showed her customary dogged finishing burst to land the opening event over 1600m at Ellerslie on Saturday, although punters who backed her into favourite at $2.20 did[...]
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Deerfield too slick from in front at Trentham

Underrated galloper Deerfield provided Chrissy Bambry with the biggest victory of her fledgling training career with a slick all-the-way victory in the Hanley Formula Autumn Sprint Championship Final (1200m) at Trentham. Bambry, who only commenced training in her own right this season after spending time in partnership with her father Tony, took over the preparation[...]
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