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Elephant’s fan club growing

Quirkily named racehorse Elephant (Shocking [AUS]-Ticklish) is developing a bit of a cult following. It could be down to being named after a pachyderm or his ability on the racetrack with his record of six wins from seven starts, but whatever it is his breeder and part-owner Andrew Fowler is extremely proud of him. “It’s just the craziest thing, I can’t believe it,” he said. “Everyone seems to love him and be following him. “He’s becoming a bit of a cult figure I have had people co...

September 29, 2021

Climate Change - Adapt or Die

Read the latest installment in Sally Linton's series about how horses owners can manage climate change effects on their property....

September 24, 2021

Banquo a valuable addition to Waikato Stud stallion roster

Champions of the colonial bred, Waikato Stud have added another beautifully bred Southern Hemisphere stallion Banquo (AUS) (Written Tycoon[AUS]-Noondie[AUS]) to their ranks. By Written Tycoon, out of the winning Flying Spur (AUS) mare Noondie, Banquo was the winner of two races and had five placings from 16 starts. From the stable of Danny O’Brien, he started twice as a two-year-old, and at three ran second first-up in a maiden race at Sale. He followed that placing up with his maiden win and ...

September 24, 2021

Online world record set as Avantage commands $4.1 million

Nine-time Group One winner Avantage has fetched a whopping $4.1 million when sold to Tom Magnier of global breeding giant Coolmore via New Zealand Bloodstock’s online platform Gavelhouse Plus. The stunning figure establishes a new world record for any horse sold online, a growing trend in the bloodstock industry. The daughter of Fastnet Rock is the third highest-priced mare ever sold via auction in the Southern Hemisphere behind Milanova, who fetched A$5 million in 2008, and the A$4.2 million...

September 23, 2021

Mav magic claiming second Group One

The first Group One race of the season has been run and won with Callsign Mav (Atlante x Raadisi) once again taking out the Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings on Saturday. For breeders Windsor Park Stud it’s a welcome feeling of groundhog day with the five-year-old son of Atlante recording his sixth win. “We are pretty chuffed really,” said Windsor Park Stud stud master Rodney Schick. “To do that again this year was great, it was a gutsy run to get out there and win like that.” Callsig...

September 21, 2021

Avantage to sell through Gavelhouse Plus

Nine-time Group One winner Avantage, whose racing career was brought to a sudden halt on Friday after suffering a tendon injury, will be sold through New Zealand Bloodstock’s Gavelhouse Plus in an online auction that starts on Sunday 19 September and finishes at 7pm New Zealand time on Wednesday 22 September. Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis confirmed that the NZ$210,000 NZB Karaka Yearling Sale graduate, who won 16 of her 28 starts and $2.16 million in prizemoney, would be traded through the on...

September 20, 2021

Art De Triomphe caps magical hour for Go Racing syndicates

Albert Bosma’s Go Racing syndicates enjoyed one of their finest hours on Saturday when they celebrated three separate victories including two at stakes level in the space of sixty minutes. Talented galloper Hasabro kicked off proceedings at Riccarton when he produced a fresh-up victory over 1200m for the Go Racing Hasabro syndicate, before exciting four-year-old Atishu made it two wins from three starts out of the Chris Waller stable in Sydney for members of the Go Racing Ring A Ring syndicate...

September 20, 2021

Wakari upsets favourites at Hastings

Awapuni galloper Wakari upset all predictions when he held out hot favourite I Wish I Win to take out the Listed El Roca-Sir Colin Meads Trophy (1200m) at Hastings. Punters had disregarded the chances of the three-year-old son of Vespa after he could only manage second in rating 65 company first-up at Hawera when expected to win comfortably. Trainer Royden Bergerson didn’t buy into that sentiment and was expecting a forward showing from his charge with the benefit of that race under his belt. ...

September 20, 2021

Callsign Mav defends Group One title

Gritty local galloper Callsign Mav had to call on all his undoubted talent as he took out his second Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) in succession, in a desperate finish to the feature event at Hastings on Saturday. The John Bary-trained son of Atlante had upset in the race in 2020 at odds of more than $80, but with the scratching of the pre-post favourite in Avantage on Friday, this time the punters were happy to install the strapping five-year-old as the top fancy at $3.30. Rider Jonathan Riddell ...

September 20, 2021

Rails run aids Bellacontte to land Gold Trail

Rider Sarah Macnab produced a gem of a ride as she guided under-rated filly Bellacontte to a thrilling victory in the Gr.3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings. The Chrissy Bambry-trained daughter of Burgundy went into the Group Three feature off the back of a gritty win in the Listed The O’Learys Fillies Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui at the start of the month and paid a generous $21.70 for the win, despite being a last-start stakes winner. Macnab had pierced through an...

September 20, 2021

Atishu books Epsom berth

Former New Zealander Atishu will attempt to follow the path blazed by Probabeel last year and claim the Bill Ritchie-Epsom Handicap double after taking out the first leg at Randwick. Now prepared by Chris Waller, the Go Racing-owned Atishu ($3.50 fav) showed fierce determination to wear down leader Prime Star (fifth) then get the better of Looks Like Elvis as the pair drew clear to fight the race out. She scored by a half-neck over Looks Like Elvis ($31) with the winner's stablemate Aramayo ($1...

September 20, 2021

Sierra Sue wins Sir Rupert Clarke

New Zealand bred mare Sierra Sue recorded a gritty Group One win when prevailing in the Gr.1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday in the hands of Daniel Moor. Sierra Sue, who carries the colours of Ozzie Kheir and is raced by a host of prominent owners, narrowly prevailed from Dice Roll with the heavily-backed $4.20 favourite I'm Thunderstruck a half-length away third. Prepared by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, the Darci Brahma five-year-old has been in impeccable form th...

September 20, 2021

Nine of the best for Verry Elleegant

Death, taxes and Verry Elleegant. They’re the three things you can rely on in life and the New Zealand bred mare once again did her legion of supporters proud as she dug deep and overcame a sub-optimal run to get the better of game front-runner Riodini to land the Gr.1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday. It was the ninth Group One win of Verry Elleegant’s career as she surpassed A$9 million in earnings. Sent out a $1.75 favourite, Verry Elleegant was slow into stride from b...

September 20, 2021

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September 17, 2021

NZTR Launches Acknowledged Retrainers network

As part of the ongoing increase in activity around Thoroughbred welfare initiatives, NZTR is pleased to announce the launch of the initial network of NZTR Acknowledged Retrainers. “Thoroughbred welfare is at the heart of what we do, and NZTR has been progressively rolling out initiatives to fulfil the industry’s collective obligation for the guardianship of our horses,” NZTR GM Welfare & Sustainability Martin Burns said. “The commencement of the NZTR Acknowledged Retrainers network is th...

September 17, 2021

Entriviere rewards breeder with Group Two win

Breeding a stakes winner is nothing new to octogenarian Kevin Gray, but he does admit to being particularly thrilled and proud of the ATC Gr.2 Sheraco Stakes winner Entriviere (Tavistock- Marcey’s Belt). In his long and colourful working life, which started at 16 when his only form of transport was a pushbike without a mudguard, Gray has been a drover, freezing worker, shepherd and stock agent.As a youngster he rode in shows, went hunting and rode as an amateur but the call to the racing indus...

September 16, 2021

Doing things “right” when you get a Herpes virus outbreak is still stressful but it works.

What is “right”?  The New Zealand equine industry has adopted a Code for the control of Equine Contagious Diseases. https://www.nzeha.org.nz/disease.  In essence it is isolate, separate, communicate, disinfect, investigate and test for freedom. Last month New Zealand had its second reported emergence of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy.  The property concerned followed the Code to the letter and have just updated the NZEHA that they have received negative 28 day PCR results o...

September 13, 2021

Entriviere returns in devastating fashion

Entriviere has staked her claim for selection in the A$2 million The Invitation (1400m) with a strong return in the Gr.2 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Kembla Grange on Saturday. It was a belated spring kick-off for the Jamie Richards-trained mare, who was scratched from the Gr.3 Toy Show Quality (1100m) last month due to a foot abscess. Entriviere ($2.60 fav) showed no signs of that issue on Saturday, unleashing down the outside to defeat Fituese ($6.50) by 1-1/4 lengths with Marboosha ($10) anothe...

September 13, 2021

Eventful week for Ben Kwok

Singapore-based industry enthusiast Ben Kwok has had a very eventful week. He was over the moon about his filly Bellacontte (Burgundy -Devon Doll) winning the Listed O’Leary Fillies Stakes on Saturday, about an hour after Pure Imagination (Darci Brahma – Granadilla) who he has a share in won on debut at Te Rapa. He was also delighted that another filly he has a share in, Flotus (Starspangledbanner[AUS]-Floriade[IRE]), won the Listed Ripon Champion 2YO Trophy in England. But the thing that mo...

September 8, 2021

Zouzarella Excels Again At The Valley

Jockey Brett Prebble will go anywhere to ride Zouzarella (Zoustar) after the three-year-old filly registered her second win at The Valley in Saturday’s Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m). The Anthony and Sam Freedman[1]trained Zouzarella, who sports the black and gold checks of Brendan and Jo Lindsay, was forced to cover ground but it mattered little as she rounded up the field early in the straight to run out a convincing winner. A $13 chance in betting, Zouzarella raced to a two-length wi...

September 6, 2021

Richards provides quinella in Breeders’ Stakes

It was back to business as usual for Jamie Richards and Te Akau Racing at Te Rapa on Saturday when they secured the quinella in the first feature race on the card, the Gr.3 Cambridge Stud Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m), with exciting three-year-olds Imperatriz and I Wish I Win. Both runners were having the first start in spring campaigns that have lofty goals attached to them, with unbeaten filly Imperatriz making it three wins in a row as she ground down her stablemate in the final 100m t...

September 6, 2021

Karaka Graduate Proves Too Hot For Rivals At The Valley

Trainer Cliff Brown describes himself as the world’s biggest pessimist, but he is hoping for a successful spring with former Singapore star The Inferno (Holy Roman Emperor). Brown says The Inferno is potentially the best horse he has trained and believes the sprinter could be a contender in Australia’s richest race, The Everest (1200m) at Randwick in October. The Inferno took out the Gr.2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at The Valley on Saturday at his second start in Australia to provide Brown with ...

September 6, 2021

Bellacontte proves too strong in Wanganui feature

Foxton filly Bellacontte picked up a deserved success at stakes level when she produced an irresistible late run to take out the Listed O’Learys Fillies Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui on Saturday. The Chrissy Bambry-trained three-year-old daughter of Burgundy had been a model of consistency in four starts as a two-year-old, picking up a win and finishing her season with a strong showing for fourth in the Listed Castletown Stakes (1200m) at Otaki. Settled in midfield by rider Sarah McNab, Bellacont...

September 6, 2021

Soldier Boy marches to Guineas success

Underrated three-year-old Soldier Boy caused a minor upset when he took out the Listed HS Dyke Wanganui Guineas (1340m). The Gavin Sharrock-trained son of Proisir was having his fifth start and first since catching the eye when running home late in the piece in the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni back in April. Handled patiently by rider Kate Hercock, Soldier Boy jumped nicely from barrier eight before being restrained to sit in behind a steady speed set up by Cambridge ...

September 6, 2021

Black type goals for Francesca

Lightly raced four-year-old Francesca made a winning start to her spring campaign at Te Rapa on Saturday, as she sets out on a preparation aimed at securing some valuable black-type for a future breeding career. The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained daughter of Iffraaj never looked in any danger of defeat as she sat outside pacemaker Shezathinka before asserting her superiority in the home straight to win by a neat length in the rating 74 1400m contest. Bred and raced by Greg McCarthy, wh...

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