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Connors launches West Coast raid

Wanganui trainer Raymond Connors has Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) aspirations with promising stayer Hurry Cane, and he will kick-off his campaign towards the two-mile feature at Kumara on Saturday. It’s a fair hike to the West Coast track from his dairy farm in the lower North Island, but Connors is looking forward to the[...]
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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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Wise Men Say retired

The curtain has come down on the racing career of top jumper Wise Men Say. It was fitting that his last run was in the Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m), a race he has won on two previous occasions, however trainer Raymond Connors was hoping for a better outcome. The 11-year-old gelding misjudged a fence and[...]
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Awapuni tests for Connors team

Wanganui conditioner Raymond Connors will take a five-strong team to Awapuni on Thursday and the future paths for a number of his runners will be dictated by their performance at the Palmerston North track. Talented jumper Max will contest the LJ Hooker Hurdle (2750m) in preparation for a likely tilt at the Civil & Landfill[...]
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Wise Men Say set to defend crown

Wise Men Say won last year’s Grant Plumbing Wellington Steeplechase (5500m) at Trentham and he will return to the Wellington track on Saturday in a bid to defend his title. The nine-year-old gelding has only had three starts since and his trainer Raymond Connors is hoping he can recapture some of his old form on[...]
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Familiar figures combine to win McGregor Grant Steeplechase

The familiar combination of trainer Raymond Connors and jockey Isaac Lupton combined once again to take out a feature jumping event at Ellerslie when Max stormed to victory in the McGregor Grant Steeplechase (4150m). The Connors-Lupton partnership has proved nigh on unbeatable at Ellerslie over the years, combining to secure three Great Northern Steeplechases (6400m)[...]
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