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Shamal ready for National challenge

With names like Jumbo, Riccarton’s steeplechase fences are renowned for their size but Hunterville trainer Ken Duncan said the biggest obstacle facing Shamal in Saturday’s Racecourse Hotel Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) doesn’t need to be jumped. Duncan is referring to last Saturday’s 16-length Koral Steeplechase (4250m) winner Tallyho Twinkletoe, the Kevin Myers-trained 11-year-old unbeaten in[...]
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National contenders impress at Riccarton

Emerging hurdling talent Chief Sequoyah did everything trainer John Wheeler was looking for ahead of Wednesday’s Hospitality New Zealand Canterbury Grand National Hurdles (4200m) when he took out Saturday’s Avon City Ford Sydenham Hurdles (3100m) at Riccarton in fine fashion. The seven-year-old son of Redwood has taken to the jumping game like a duck to[...]
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Back-to-back premierships for Fannin

Shaun Fannin reckons there’s no buzz for a rider that’s quite like winning a major steeplechase. The New Zealand jockey did plenty of winning in the past 12 months, with his 16 victories securing his second consecutive jumps jockeys premiership. A second premiership seemed like a longshot when he fell from Laekeeper in the Hawke’s[...]
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Bishara banking more bucks

New Zealand trainer Nick Bishara knows what it is like to loosen the reins on a stable talent to enable them to reach their full potential. The Auckland horseman initially prepared star mare Verry Elleegant to win two of her three starts in New Zealand before her partial sale and relocation to Australia. A part-owner[...]
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Northern spoils beckon Connors pair

New Zealand trainer Raymond Connors is looking forward to heading north to Hamilton next week with a couple of contenders for the Signature Homes Waikato Steeplechase (3900m). His charge will be led by Mesmerize, who opened his account this year with a gutsy win over the Kevin Myers-trained Zentangle in the Ken Duncan Racing Steeplechase[...]
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