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Waitak a class above at Te Rapa

Waitak, one of last season's well performed three-year-olds made a powerful statement at Te Rapa on Saturday when he opened his summer campaign with a comfortable victory. After finishing third in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) as a two-year-old, Waitak went on to win the Listed Trevor & Corallie Eagle Memorial 3YO[...]
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Laking to realise Derby dream

Jason Laking, a jockey from Canterbury, has always wanted to compete in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400 metres), and on Saturday at Te Rapa, he will finally have the chance to do so. On Saturday, Laking was scheduled to ride at Wingatui, but after Craig Zackey, the rider who was scheduled to go there, returned to his native South Africa, Wexford Stables urged Laking to head north and ride Waitak. “This will be my first ride in the Derby. It has been a lifetime thing that I have always wanted to do and I am grateful just to be there,” Laking said. “I was meant to be riding at Dunedin and then I got the chance to have a ride (in the Derby).[...]
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Dragon Leap back in New Zealand

Trainers Lance O'Sullivan and Andrew Scott have elected to give quality galloper Dragon Leap a brief let-up after he returned home from his two-race Australian campaign. The Group Two winner ran fourth in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) before posting the same result in the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m) a month later, but[...]
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Rionach too strong on debut at Avondale

New Zealand debutant two-year-old filly Rionach showed she had inherited the family ability when she produced a powerful home straight surge to claim victory at Avondale on Monday. The Darci Brahma juvenile is the granddaughter of well-performed racemare Irish Colleen who has also left the multiple winners Killarney, Neeson and Australian Group Three winner Crosshaven[...]
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