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Ohio Showgirl an early star for Pitmans’ new Pearl fillies

Michael and Matthew Pitman are expecting another bold performance at Riccarton on Saturday from Ohio Showgirl, whose debut victory on October 5 delivered early success for a new wave of PearlRead more

Polly Grey - the gift that keeps giving

Connotations around the expression ‘gift horse’ are many, but for Matamata thoroughbred enthusiast Kylie Fawcett it has a special and defined meaning. Fawcett is enjoying a highlight of herRead more

Valachi doffs cap to Baggy Green

Broodmare prospects by champion stallion Galileo (Ire) are prized commodities and a private purchase by Valachi Downs a few years ago has proved to be a blue chip investment for Kevin Hickman’sRead more

First winner for Vespa

Wellfield Lodge stallion Vespa picked up his first win as a sire when Piaggio took out the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1000m) at Tauherenikau on Thursday. It was a special day for trainersRead more

Dunc’s mistake a Group Three winner

Recent Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) winner True Enough (Nom du Jeu – Valada’s Dream) is what you would call a fortunate mistake. Co-owner and breeder Mick Preston had Valda’s DreamRead more

Massive offer rejected for star 3YO

Dick Karreman has certainly confirmed his desire to enjoy racing top-class horses as he chases further Group One success. The highly successful Queensland businessman and owner of The Oaks Stud hasRead more

Spare a thought for Thomo

In the aftermath of lightly-tried stayer Surprise Baby’s victory in the Gr.3 Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday, a ballot-free exemption race for the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), it wasRead more

Kolding heads NZ-bred Trifecta in G1 Epsom

On a red letter day for trainer Chris Waller, Kolding (NZ) (Ocean Park) has delivered on the big stage in the Epsom Handicap, narrowly beating New Zealand cult horse Te Akau Shark (NZ) (Rip VanRead more

Melody Belle makes history in Livamol

Megastar Melody Belle earned two slices of New Zealand racing history on Saturday with another commanding performance in the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings. She became the first horse toRead more

Kiwi breeder to the fore in Hong Kong

Greg Tomlinson's Nearco Stud bred the winners of both feature races at Sha Tin on Tuesday night. Beauty Generation made a winning return taking out the Gr.3 Celebration Cup Handicap (1400m). TheRead more

BLOG POST: Sam Bergerson

Sunline Trust International Management Scholarship recipient Sam Bergerson gives us an update on his travels. It has been a busy last couple of months to end the scholarship. Yearling preparation atRead more

Sweynesse youngsters impress at Avondale trials

It might be early days, but juveniles by dual Group Three winning stallion Sweynesse have made a positive impression. The Group One-placed son of Lohnro was represented by two impressive trialsRead more

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