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Nathan Trumper April Blog

Another busy month has gone by with plenty of stud work and assignments being completed. Spring has well and truly turned up now, the weather is starting to get warmer and the days are gettingRead more

Emotional Win For Big Mike in Hawke’s Bay Cup

There was definitely a catch in the voice of co-trainer Shaun Phelan as he described just what the victory of stable favourite Big Mike means to his family after he led all-the-way to win the ListedRead more

Promising Mare Takes First Black Type Trophy

Matamata visitor Roch ‘N’ Horse put a disappointing last start performance behind her when she produced a powerful closing burst to take out the Listed Power Turf Sprint (1200m) at Hastings. It Read more

Avantage makes it nine Group One wins with Te Rapa triumph

Despite being delayed a week, the Gr.1 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) lived up to its billing as one of the races of the season, as plucky mare Avantage (FastnetRead more

Montre Moi sibling tops South Island Sale

New Zealand Bloodstock’s annual South Island Sale, its second in an online format, concluded on on Wednesday. Astute kiwi judges were in the thick of the bidding action, withRead more


Media Release 14 April 2021 DEAN MCKENZIE MOVES TO FULL TIME MANAGEMENT ROLE The TAB New Zealand (TAB NZ) Board have appointed Dean McKenzie as Chief Transition Officer, a full time managementRead more

New Chair of Interim TAB NZ Board Appointed

Hon Grant Robertson Minister for Racing 14 April 2021 New chair of interim TAB NZ Board appointed Racing Minister Grant Robertson has announced he is appointing Elizabeth Dawson (Liz) as theRead more

Sunbride to Join Iconic Broodmares in Hall of Fame

A third member of New Zealand thoroughbred breeding’s elite broodmare ranks will be honoured when Sunbride joins iconic producers Eulogy and Eight Carat in the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame. TheRead more

Explosive family gives Muollo Group One win

The success of New Zealand-bred horses in the prestigious Group One Australian Derby (2400m) continues with Explosive Jack (Jakkalberry[IRE]-Extra Explosive) being the most recent winner. In a trueRead more

Eva Heron Wins Proisir Nomination

The weather may have prevented the actual running of the Gr.1 Fibre Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Te Aroha last Saturday, but it certainly didn’t stop the 200 or so NZTBARead more

Cooney’s Unfinished Business Starts with South Island Sale Draft

Thoroughbred breeders often make the annual pilgrimage to the yearling sales at Karaka hoping for the result to be life changing. For Willow Glen Stud’s Barbara Cooney, Karaka 2021 was exactlyRead more

Western Empire Reigns Supreme In WATC Derby

Top three-year-old stayer Western Empire (NZ) (Iffraaj) was sent out a strong $1.30 favourite for Saturday’s Gr.2 WATC Derby (2400m) and duly obliged despite covering plenty of ground in the run. Read more


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