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Waisake collects another Trentham feature

Class prevailed at Trentham on Saturday when last-start Group 3 Wellington Cup (3200m) winner Waisake collected another feature race at the venue with a gritty victory in the Listed Fasttrack Insurance 5K New Zealand St. Leger (2600m). Unsighted since taking out the Cup in late January with a booming late run, the Allan Sharrock-trained six-year-old[...]
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Gibbs praying for a storm

Ruakaka trainer Chris Gibbs is welcoming the wet weather forecast ahead of the Group 3 NZ Campus Of Innovation & Sport Wellington Cup (3200m) at Trentham on Saturday. Gibbs will line-up Dragon Storm in the two-mile feature and said the son of Shocking will appreciate any give in the ground. The six-year-old gelding was met[...]
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Emotional win for Corbett

It’s been a tough month for trainer Peter Corbett, but some light was put back into his life on Saturday when his pride and joy Dee And Gee recaptured form when storming home late to win the Waikouaiti Cup (2200m) at Wingatui. The former Group 3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) winner had been out of[...]
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Synthetic track to be built at Riccarton

Preparations for construction of New Zealand’s second synthetic track will begin at Riccarton Park Racecourse on November 30. The Board of the Canterbury Jockey Club (CJC), the Trustees of the Christchurch Racecourse and New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) announced today that work on the track would commence following the New Zealand Cup Meeting. In May[...]
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Connors hoping for more Cup glory

Wanganui trainer Raymond Connors has fond memories of the New Zealand Cup carnival at Riccarton and he is hoping that can continue this weekend. Connors won two consecutive Group 3 New Zealand Cups (3200m) with Blood Brotha last decade and he is targeting the two-mile feature once again with in-form gelding Hurry Cane. The eight-year-old[...]
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Zoltan bounces back

Only a matter of days ago, trainer Kenny Rae had resigned himself to missing the Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) with Zoltan at Riccarton on Saturday week. On Thursday at Ashburton, Rae will saddle the talented three-year-old in the Thank You Barneswood Farm 1200, the Iffraaj gelding on trial[...]
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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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