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Winners Flow for Smiling Joe

The confidence that comes from riding winners was never more evident than at Te Rapa on Saturday when New Zealand apprentice jockey Joe Kamaruddin notched his 29th success for the season aboard Palm Springs in the opening event on the card. The Malaysian-born (Kelantan) jockey has proved a revelation in recent weeks, booting home a[...]
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Group One winner retired

Group One winner Julius has been retired. It’s not the first time the Swiss Ace nine-year-old has entered the retirement paddock, having been forced away from the track following his third-placing in the 2018 Group 3 Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) after scans revealed he had a hole in his near fore tendon. At that point in[...]
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Julius builds towards another campaign

Cambridge trainer John Bell is delighted with the condition of his stable star Julius, who again has summer sprint features firmly in his sights. The lightly raced eight-year-old has won nine of his 17 starts, placing in another six and never finishing further back than fourth. Last summer marked a triumphant comeback from injury and[...]
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Comeback complete for Cambridge champ

The fairy-tale comeback of Cambridge galloper Julius was completed at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day when the gentle giant took out the Group 1 Sistema Railway (1200m). Retired from the racetrack just on twelve months ago due to a serious tendon injury, the lightly-raced eight-year-old spent time roaming the expanses of a west coast sheep[...]
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Julius set for Counties comeback

Talented sprinter Julius has been given the green light to return to racing in Saturday’s Listed Haunui Farm Counties Bowl (1100m) at Pukekohe. The son of Swiss Ace has never finished further back than third in his 13-start career, winning seven races including last year’s Group 3 Concorde Handicap (1200m) and Group 3 Darley Plate[...]
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Helena Baby takes Opunake Cup

Progressive galloper Helena Baby took the next step in his burgeoning career in stunning fashion when he simply decimated his rivals in Saturday’s Listed Powerworx Opunake Cup (1400m) at New Plymouth. Most pundits were expecting the four-year-old Guillotine gelding to prove competitive in his first crack in open company but none could have predicted the[...]
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