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Endless Drama takes Foxbridge Plate

Fireworks were expected at Te Rapa on Saturday as several of last season’s equine stars kicked off their new spring campaigns in the Group 2 US Navy Flag Foxbridge Plate (1200m) and it was recent Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) placegetter Endless Drama who delivered with a stunning victory. The Tony Pike-trained eight-year-old had been[...]
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Charles sets off on road to the Cup

Lance O’Sullivan, who trains in partnership with Andrew Scott, has little expectation of his talented stayer Charles Road as he lights a fuse on another Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) campaign in Sydney on Saturday. The Matamata trainer is delighted with Charles Road’s progress ahead of the Spring Preview Handicap (1400m) at Randwick’s Kensington track[...]
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Big spring tipped for Vernanme

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh stepped out three of his stable stars at the Avondale trials on Tuesday and he is excited for the spring ahead with the trio. Marsh was particularly pleased with the way Group 1 performer Vernanme trialled on Tuesday, winning his 1000m heat in impressive style when finding clear room late. “He[...]
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Aalaalune joins Team Rogerson

Group 1-placed filly Aalaalune has been transferred from Matamata trainer Jacob McKay to Team Rogerson along with two-win ownership-mate Mr Universe, with both sporting the colours of $10 million lotto powerball winner Lou Te Keeti and his wife Val. A narrow second in the Group 1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) behind Yourdeel at two, Aalaalune also[...]
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Double for Cooksley as trainer

Proven international jockey Grant Cooksley tasted success of a different kind at Ruakaka on Sunday when saddling up his first two winners as a trainer. Cooksley gained his trainers’ license in late March to go into partnership with Bruce Wallace and he produced Splendido and Havana Heat to win, while Badea (his other runner at[...]
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