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Hastings targets for Jennifer Eccles

Shaune Ritchie has resisted the temptation to campaign last season’s Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) winner Jennifer Eccles in Sydney, despite receiving a travel exemption to do so. Ritchie, who trains in partnership with Colm Murray at Cambridge, has elected to target Group One assignments at the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival instead. “We have[...]
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Oaks winner pleases in Ruakaka

Shaune Ritchie was beaming after Jennifer Eccles’ 1050m trial at Ruakaka on Tuesday. He was delighted to see last season’s Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) winner relax in her heat and run on well to finish fourth against a quality line-up. “We are delighted with her,” said Ritchie, who trains in partnership with Colm[...]
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Sultan still has his swing

Rising eight-year-old Sultan Of Swing showed he still has the zest for racing when winning a 900m trial at Te Rapa on Tuesday and the Shaune Ritchie-trained gelding is on target for an early season feature. A Group 1 placegetter and winner of 10 races, Sultan Of Swing will be aimed at the Group 2[...]
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National tilt for Bee Tee Junior

Talented New Zealand jumper Tallyho Twinkletoe will be be vying for back-to-back wins in the Grand National Hurdle (4200m) next month, but trainer Rachael Cunningham is hoping to spoil his party with compatriot Bee Tee Junior. The former Kiwi galloper was narrowly beaten into second by Tallyho Twinkletoe in Sunday’s Brendan Drechsler Hurdle (3500m), which[...]
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First runners back for Ritchie stable

Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie is back in the game this weekend. Having watched from the sidelines for the first month as racing resumed after the enforced COVID-19 pandemic break, Ritchie will produce his first runners since March at Te Rapa on Saturday. Noted stayers The Good Fight and Excalibur will tackle the Pathways – The[...]
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Former Kiwis make mark at the ‘Bool

Former New Zealand-trained gallopers made an impact at Warrnambool on Sunday, headed by Gobstopper, who landed the feature race, the Kevin Lafferty Hurdle (3200m) with a hard-fought win over fellow Kiwi Woodsman. A brother to Group 1 winners Werther and Toffee Tongue, and Group 1 placed Milseain, Gobstopper has relished the switch to hurdling after[...]
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Australian targets beckon Jennifer Eccles

An Australian spring campaign is beckoning Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) winner Jennifer Eccles. The classy filly conquered all before her in her three-year-old term, recording four victories and four placings from just nine starts, including wins in the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m), Group 2 Fillies Classic (2000m), Group 2 Lowland Stakes[...]
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