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Wexford duo return home

Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) winner Rocket Spade and Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) runner-up Sir Charles Road will return home following their exertions in Sydney last Saturday. The Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott-trained pair didn’t trouble the placegetters in their respective Sydney targets, with Rocket Spade finishing eighth in the Group 1 Australian[...]
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Multi-venue focus for Marsh on Saturday

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh has black-type runners at three venues on Saturday, headed by Milford in the A$2 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick. The Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) runner-up finished a well-held eighth in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) when making his Australian debut a fortnight ago, racing ungenerously[...]
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O’Sullivan-Scott trio Sydney bound

Matamata trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott look likely to produce a triple threat at the Sydney autumn carnival after another stellar day for their Wexford Stables at Ellerslie on Saturday. Fresh off the back of quality three-year-old Rocket Spade providing the partnership with a gritty victory in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m),[...]
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Options open for Tokorangi

Trainers Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard have plenty of options to mull over with Group Two-winning filly Tokorangi after the daughter of Redwood finished seventh in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) on Sunday. The filly was forced down onto the rail and didn’t get the rub of the green in the Derby on[...]
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Derby remains in Auckland

The Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) meeting will take place at Ellerslie on Sunday after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden announced Auckland would drop to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 at 6am on Sunday. “We realise that this has been a very testing time for our trainers, jockeys and owners leading into one[...]
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Nothing “Soft” about Aegon

Australian punters pouring over the New Zealand form of Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) favourite Aegon could easily be led down the garden path believing the talented three-year-old is a rain-affected galloper as he prepares to face a Good 4 Randwick surface. While, for all intents and purposes, the two neighbouring countries share similar rules[...]
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Triple threat for Bradbury in Derby

Bradbury Park principals Casey and Michelle Dando are fizzing ahead of the Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on Sunday. The Matamata Farm is set to have three graduates contest the $1 million classic, including Tokorangi, Il Affare, and Grip. The farm has its biggest connection with Tokorangi, with the Group 2[...]
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Aegon thriving ahead of Guineas

Cambridge trainer Andrew Forsman will have a rare afternoon off on Saturday, but his eyes will be firmly fixed on high-class three-year-old Aegon, who will start a warm favourite in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in Sydney. Forsman, who trains in partnership with Murray Baker, part-owns the undefeated son of Sacred Falls and, courtesy[...]
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Montre Moi ready to capitalise in Derby

Otaki trainer Johno Benner believes it’s far from a vintage running of this year’s Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m), but he’s hardly complaining. Benner and his partner Hollie Wynyard will produce two-win Showcasing gelding Montre Moi in Sunday’s Classic, which will either be run at Ellerslie if the Government drops Auckland from its[...]
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