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Roopesh Jaun brings up first winner

Roopesh Jaun didn't let the inclement weather at Wingatui on Sunday curtail his enthusiasm, with the expat Mauritius jockey notching his first riding win aboard Atomic. Jaun was having just his fourth raceday ride and the 21-year-old apprentice showed wisdom beyond his years with his daring race tactics in the Heavy 10 conditions. “After watching[...]
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Carston sets sights on Wingatui

Riccarton trainer Andrew Carston will look to extend his lead in the South Island Trainer's Premiership when he heads to Wingatui on Sunday. Carston currently leads Michael and Matthew Pitman by three wins. with the end of the 2022-2023 season nearing. Carston will take a trio of runners south to the Wingatui course, tipping Lipa[...]
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Mitchell savours first win

Rookie trainer Nayton Mitchell is still riding the highs of a dream start to his training career. West Melton-based Mitchell, 22, produced Authority to win at his first start from his new quarters at Wingatui last Friday, the Sweynesse five-year-old securing his maiden win at his 13th start but providing his trainer with a landmark[...]
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Blackadder’s patience paying off

Ears Back, who will attempt to continue her winning streak in Wingatui where a huge payday awaits the rising southern star, has found success through a patient approach. The four-year-old daughter of Jakkalberry is unbeaten in her last three appearances and again promises to be hard to roll in Saturday's $100,000 Southern Mile Final (1600m). John Blackadder, a trainer from Rangiora, shares ownership of both Ears Back and the in-form Eptimum, who will compete in the Positive Signs + Print Handicap (1200 metres). Jasmine Fawcett, who has paired each horse to three victories in the races leading up to their Wingatui appearances, will be riding them. “Ears Back has been terrific and she couldn't have done much more and I couldn't be happier with her,” Blackadder said. “She took a long[...]
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Express Coup leads stakes charge

Express Coup has been given the nod as Michael and Matthew Pitman's best hope of success in Saturday's age group feature at Wingatui. The daughter of Shamexpress will run as the top seed for the father and son combination in the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Stakes (1400m), in which stablemates Third Decree, Abit Sassy[...]
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