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Mile switch for talented Communique

In-form mare Communique looks one of the better chances in Wednesday’s Group 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton, although the daughter of Redwood has had an unorthodox preparation for the $230,000 feature. Prepared by Stephen Autridge and Kris Shailer, Communique was initially on a path towards the Group 3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup[...]
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Autridge eyes Cup week gold

Stephen Autridge reckons his team is on track to make owner Kevin Hickman’s New Zealand Cup week a memorable one. Autridge, along with his training partner Kris Shailer, is private trainer for Valachi Downs principal Hickman, the Christchurch businessman whose aim is always to optimise his success over the biggest week of racing in his[...]
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New Zealand Cup target for Communique

The colours of Kevin and Joanne Hickman’s Valachi Downs were to the fore at the Riccarton meeting on Saturday, headed by smart mare Communique who won the Waimakariri Businesses North Canterbury Cup (1800m). The mare will be aimed at staying features over the coming months, including the Group 3 Christchurch Casino 157th New Zealand Cup[...]
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Grylls taking flight

Craig Grylls began the spring in the best possible fashion at Te Rapa on Saturday, riding a winning treble, including his first stakes victory for the season, to take him to the top of the New Zealand Jockeys’ Premiership. “It was a great day. It’s always good to get a few on the board and[...]
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Prosperous start to racing career

Trainer Stephen Autridge saddled two runners at Avondale on Wednesday, with Savabeel three-year-old Prosperous making a good impression when winning by five lengths on debut, while well-bred colt Kurt was narrowly beaten into second. The Kevin Hickman-owned duo both pleased Autridge, with Prosperous one of the few runners to make up significant ground on the[...]
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Exciting season ahead for Autridge

Valachi Downs’ trainer Stephen Autridge welcomed back 30 horses to his Matamata barn last week and he is excited about the future with his young team. Autridge has posted 15 wins this term and was looking to adding to that tally, however, the Covid-19 restrictions put a stop a halt to those ambitions. “I was[...]
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Three-pronged Oaks tilt for Autridge

Valachi Downs trainer Stephen Autridge will be vying for his first Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) when he lines-up three fillies in the race at Trentham on Saturday. Autridge will saddle Communique and Karalino in Kevin and Jo Hickman’s gold colours, while he will also contest the race with Nothing[...]
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Communique Shines As Masar Flops

Communique has powered to victory in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes, at Newmarket with last year’s Derby winner Masar finishing last of the six runners. The Mark Johnston-trained Communique won his fourth race at Headquarters under Sylvestre de Sousa. James Doyle struggled to find any cover for Masar, with Charlie Appleby’s charge having just his[...]
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