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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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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 (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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