Back to Blog

St John Training Courses – Licensed Thoroughbred Industry Participants

NZTR has scheduled a series of St John First Aid workshops for licensed industry participants to whom it might be relevant. Each workshop will be limited to a maximum of 20 attendees. The workshops will take place as follows: Riccarton Park Racecourse: Monday 1 May 11.00am – 3.30pm Awapuni Racecourse: Friday 5 May 11.00am – 3.30pm Matamata Racecourse: Monday 8 May 11.00am – 3.30pm Pukekohe Park Racecourse: Monday 15 May 11.00am – 3.30pm The intention of the workshops is...

March 29, 2017

Big Day Out for All NZTBA Members

Members of the NZTBA have the opportunity to win a nomination to the super stallion Pins at the upcoming Gr.1 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders's Stakes at Te Aroha on April 8. Thanks to the generosity of Waikato Stud, the Waikato Branch of the NZTBA have been donated a service nomination for the 2017 to the versatile son of Snippets to offer as prize on race day. "Anyone who is a financial member of the Association from any branch is eligible to enter in the draw on the day, and have...

March 29, 2017

Dunlop all smiles with unexpected result

Janine Dunlop was celebrating after the Gr.1 Vinery Stud Stakes, despite the Group One feature not delivering the result the Phoenix Park principal had been expecting. "One of my clients, Terry Archer, had La Bella Diosa in so I was principally watching her," she said. The New Zealand-trained filly floundered in the Rosehill mud on Saturday and it was instead left to two graduates of Phoenix Park's 2015 NZB Premier Yearling Sale draft to fight out the finish. In a race marred by interferenc...

March 29, 2017

All Blacks legend joins racing syndicate

Her ownership ranks might include All Blacks legend Stephen Donald, but the naming of social racing's latest filly will not be left to Beaver. Stephen Donald, best known by his nickname Beaver, has joined the ownership of a two-year-old Darci Brahma filly out of Evana, raced on a shared lease between her breeder The Oaks Stud and the Social Racing No 3 Syndicate. The filly will be trained at Cambridge by Brendon Hawtin. "I'm very excited about it and I can't wait for it all to happen. It's s...

March 28, 2017

National sponsorship for Jockey’s Association announced

The New Zealand Jockey's Association has secured a significant five-year national sponsorship deal. Dave Taylor, President of the New Zealand Jockey's Association, announced that they have entered into a new and exciting partnership with Dubai based, Al Basti Equiworld to sponsor all New Zealand Jockeys. The sponsorship supports all licensed jockeys and apprentices providing them with race day breeches and provides significant financial support to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing General...

March 22, 2017

South Island Sale Offers Sensational Value For Money

New Zealand Bloodstock's South Island Sale, which will be held in Christchurch on April 21, is developing a reputation for offering incredible value for money, with a number of high-quality racetrack performers bought for relatively low prices. Few horses fit that description better than one of this season's star New Zealand sprinters, Signify (NZ) (Perfectly Ready), who has earned more than 60 times his purchase price for Alex and Tracey Cowan. Purchased for $5,500 at the 2013 Sale, Signify h...

March 21, 2017

It's rocking on for Wellfield Lodge

As sponsors of the New Zealand Oaks, the team at Wellfield Lodge in the Manawatu always look forward to that event at Trentham. This year it proved to be a very special race meeting and eventful weekend when Rock On(Road To Rock[AUS]-St Jessie), bred by the stud's proprietors and in their colours, won the Listed St Leger Stakes. "Actually it was a great day for us," said Bill Gleeson a Director of the farm and co-breeder of Rock On. "Bronsteel by Handsome Ransom (AUS) won the first race...

March 21, 2017

Sir Patrick reacts to Zabeel’s record

Sir Patrick Hogan has expressed his elation in seeing champion sire Zabeel claim a New Zealand record for his own this week. The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Lizzie L'Amour was successful in Thursday's Gr.1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie to become Zabeel's 46th individual Group One winner. That elevated Zabeel to one ahead of his own champion sire Sir Tristram, who also stood at Cambridge Stud and with whom he had been tied on 45 Group One winners since Provocative's Gr.1...

March 17, 2017

Australian Cup victory a sweet result for Carter family

The achievement of a well executed plan is certainly cause to celebrate so there was little wonder that Aucklander John Carter was feeling a little worse for wear less than 24 hours after enjoying his first Group One win on Australian soil. Carter, who along with brother Mark and sister Rachael comprise the Jomara Bloodstock team, was on hand at Flemington on Saturday to cheer home Humidor, the horse they bred and still share in the ownership of, as he stormed to victory in the Gr. 1 Australia...

March 13, 2017

Cameron Ring- February Blog - Breeding Commences at the Irish National Stud

The season has well and truly kicked into gear. Foals are dropping faster than Winx round Royal Randwick and the lads in the stallion barn are well into their work. Interestingly enough there isn't really a start date to the breeding season over here unlike our 1st of September kick off. They use 14th of February as a guideline to ensure there won't be foals being born before their birthday (January 1st) to avoid foals that are technically classed as yearlings. Below is a picture of the first fo...

March 13, 2017

Waikato Stud moves for Group One contender

Matamata powerhouse Waikato Stud have delved back into the stallion market with their latest purchase having the potential for a bumper early return. Farm principal Mark Chittick has secured a major interest in the Michael Moroney-trained Tivaci, who on Saturday will chase his first Group One victory in the $A1.25 million Newmarket Handicap at Flemington. The four-year-old is the dual Group Three winner of the C.S. Hayes Stakes and the Sunshine Coast Guineas and he was also Group One-placed...

March 8, 2017

NZTROF March 2017 Edition

...

March 8, 2017

Taranaki breeders do it again!

In 2014 Taranaki businessman Chris Thompson, decided to invest in a couple of broodmares to boost his thoroughbred interests. He had already been involved with thoroughbreds for about 30 years, breeding and racing a few and on selling them out of Alan Sharrock's stable in New Plymouth, trading under the banner of Kaipikari Thoroughbreds from his 11 acre Urenui property. But with the desire to breed a few more, he purchased four broodmares and as it has turned out two of those mares have sons...

March 1, 2017

Werther seals Dubai trip

A group of New Zealanders have an important focus on the Dubai World Cup meeting next month after Werther recaptured his best form at Sha Tin on Sunday night. Werther, Hong Kong's reigning Horse Of The Year, remains unbeaten over the Sha Tin 2000 metres after giving John Moore his fifth win in the Gr.1 Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup on Sunday and now the son of Tavistock will head to Dubai for the US$6 million Dubai Turf (1800m) on March 25. Andrew Campbell, who originally trained Werther at Opaki ...

February 27, 2017

Excellent results for Goodwood Stud's William Fell

With graduates like Gingernuts (Iffraaj[GB]-Double Elle) a hot prospect in the Vodafone New Zealand Derby, and Nicoletta (Savabeel[AUS]-Celtic Crown[USA]) second favourite in the Wellfield New Zealand Oaks, the team at Goodwood Stud are looking forward to the month of March. Gingernuts bounced into Derby contention after a smart win in the Group Two Avondale Guineas, scoring by an impressive one and a quarter lengths after missing the start in the 2100 metre event. Whereas Nicoletta set a dete...

February 23, 2017

NZTR Chief Executive Stepping Down

Greg Purcell, Chief Executive for the past six years of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, has given notice to the NZTR Board of his intention to step down by the end of the current racing season. Having commenced his role at the helm of the thoroughbred code's management team in early 2011, Purcell believes the time is now right for the transition to a new Chief Executive. "Greg has worked with total dedication over the last six years and deserves acknowledgement forthe significant improvements ...

February 17, 2017

Oaks favourite carrying historic colours

There is more than a hint of history around the colours carried to Group Two success in the Sir Tristram Classic by Bonneval. The blue and green combo topped with a red cap has been associated with part-owner John Rattray's family for over 100 years. "They were the colours of the Irish Fusiliers, which was my grandfather's regiment and he registered them in 1915. We lost them for a period when my father let them lapse and someone else picked them up, then we got them back," Rattray said. Duri...

February 17, 2017

Start Wondering hits Group One glory again

This season's sprinting star Start Wondering (Eighth Wonder- Roseanbar) once again proved his class when he recently won the Waikato Racing Club's Group One NRM Sprint. The six-year-old gelding has clocked up three wins including the Group One Sistema Railway and the Listed Legacy Lodge Sprint. He was also beaten a nose in the Group One Telegraph Handicap at Trentham in late January, making him a strong contender for sprinter of the year. Start Wondering is raced by Steve Gudsell, a member ...

February 17, 2017

Vadamos Fee Announced

Former star French galloper Vadamos (Monsun-Celebre Vadala, by Peintre Celebre) will begin stud duties at Rich Hill Stud in the 2017 Southern Hemisphere breeding season at the introductory fee of $15,000 + GST. Farm principal John Thompson said he had received outstanding feedback from visitors to the recent NZ Bloodstock National Yearling Sales at Karaka on his international Group One winner. "The word we were getting from the Australians is that they think he is exactly the type of horse who...

February 16, 2017

Minimum thoroughbred racing stakes to increase to $10,000 - NZTR Press Release 16/2/17

...

February 16, 2017

Irish National Stud Scholarship Winner Cameron Ring arrives in Ireland

Fáilte go hÉireann! Arriving in Dublin, Ireland on Sunday, 22 January after a gruelling 25 hour haul was an experience in itself. Luckily Emirates put on a show with all the latest movies and a very tactical buy purchasing 'The Pumper', Jim Cassidy's biography that kept me entertained for the duration. A familiar face, Patrick Diamond (nominations and bloodstock management for the Irish National Stud (INS)) collected my tired self at 11am and we wasted no time catching up after a painful tw...

February 14, 2017

Victoria beckons leading CD trainer

Allan Sharrock's patience has run dry and so has that of his owners. The New Plymouth horseman is currently in Australia and he intends to move his training operation to Victoria when he can acquire suitable stables. "It's pretty dismal what's happening in New Zealand so I'm looking at an exit plan," Sharrock said. "I've got no option now and I have to move if I want to continue. I've been one of the lucky ones and I've got 30 horses in work for some great owners, but they've had enough a...

February 13, 2017

A Timely Reminder Regarding The Control Of Equine Contagious Diseases (including Strangles and Equine Herpes Virus)

With yearling sales, summer racing and the New Zealand Horse of the Year looming the New Zealand Equine Health Association (NZEHA Inc) encourages each of its member bodies to adopt codes as a way to handle equine disease outbreaks. Because management of diseases already in New Zealand is deemed to be an industry responsibility the only means of implementing controls on equine disease outbreaks is for Equine industry member organisations to endorse and enforce codes for the control of equine co...

February 10, 2017

Brian and Lorraine Anderton's Super Saturday

In 1950 Brian Anderton ONZM rode his first winner, the horse was White Robe, six years later he named his stud farm and training establishment White Robe Lodge after the same mare. In the early seventies he sponsored a race at Wingatui the home of the Otago Racing Club and named it the White Robe Lodge Stakes and every year since then he has sponsored that race, making him the longest sponsor of anytime of a race in New Zealand. This year the 2017 Group Three White Robe Lodge Handicap will g...

February 8, 2017

Melody Belle continues the legacy of the "Belle" family

In winning the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million race, Melody Belle (Commands[AUS]-Meleka Belle) became the latest Stakes winner from the prolific Stakes winning "Belle" family nurtured by the Sarten family since 1939. Marie Leicester nee Sarten, is the registered breeder of Melody Belle and she is proudly carrying on the legacy of this amazing family from her late parents James and Annie Sarten. Leicester bred and raced the dam, Meleka Belle (by Iffraaj[GB]), and Melody Belle is he...

February 7, 2017 Posts 1-25 of 1193 | Page next