Avondale Guineas

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Lightning strikes in Avondale Guineas

Classy three-year-old Desert Lightning thrust himself to the forefront of discussions surrounding the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) when he narrowly defeated Waitak to claim victory in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Pukekohe. The Peter and Dawn Williams-trained runner has been highly competitive throughout his Classic season with a half head runner-up[...]
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Derby hope confirmed Pukekohe runner

Group One performer Desert Lightning is unlikely to get his preferred footing at Pukekohe in Saturday's Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2000m), but will start regardless with his future grand final in mind. The talented three-year-old's preparation revolves around the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Te Rapa on March 4 and this weekend's assignment[...]
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Thornton on a Derby mission

After experiencing the highest of highs and deepest of lows at Ellerslie over the years, on Saturday Trudy Thornton will be on a mission to claim one of racing's biggest prizes at the country's premier track. The 58-year-old, who began her career as an amateur jumps jockey in 1982, is set to ride Arjay's Flight[...]
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Leading chance for Derby King

Vinnie Colgan will be taking an easier day of riding than normal at Ellerslie this Saturday to ensure he's at his best for the Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) on Saturday. Colgan is the most successful rider in New Zealand Derby history, having won the race six times, and he has a fantastic[...]
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Different path for Field Of Gold

New Zealand trainer Tony Pike has changed tack with Group Two winner Field Of Gold following his fifth place finish in Saturday's Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) won by impressive filly La Crique. The son of Starspangledbanner was beaten less than six lengths after setting the tempo for much of the contest, but a regression[...]
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Field Of Gold shines in Waikato Guineas

Strapping chestnut Field Of Gold is aiming to emulate his older half-brother Sherwood Forest by winning the Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) next month. The Tony Pike-trained three-year-old enhanced his credentials with an all-the-way win in the Group 2 Legacy Lodge Waikato Guineas (2000m) at Te Rapa on Wednesday under a brilliantly judged[...]
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