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Garry Chittick bred Madison County takes second Group One

Tough-as-teak three-year-old Madison County became a dual Group One winner when he overcame some home-straight difficulties to take out the Gr.1 Fusion Electrical Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham. The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Pins gelding had been unsighted on a race-track since his barn-storming finish to claim the Gr.1 New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton back in November. Carrying the familiar colours of owner, the China Horse Club, Madison County was sent out...

January 14, 2019

Probabeel wins Pearl Bonus and races to Karaka Million Favoritism

The intrigue around the upcoming Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) took another twist at Ellerslie on Sunday where exciting filly Probabeel laid claim to the favourite’s tag for the rich two-year-old dash on January 26. The Brendan and Jo Lindsay-owned Savabeel youngster launched a devastating late sprint to take out the NZB Insurance Pearl Series sponsored 1200m contest, in the process downing stablemate Yourdeel, also a Karaka Million candidate. Trained by Jamie Richards from his Matamata base, Pro...

January 14, 2019

Vale John Costello

A true gentleman of the turf, is how New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame’s chairman Chris Luoni described eminent racing journalist John Costello who passed away this week. That is a sentiment shared by probably everyone who crossed the path of John Bernard Costello, who for the past 60 years has written about his passion the thoroughbred, and with such tremendous passion. Perhaps never more so than the last column he penned for The Informant the week he died, signing off with his career highlight...

December 22, 2018

Auckland Branch NZTBA Maija Vance Fundraiser

Earlier in the week injured jockey Maija Vance and her faithful dog Toro visited Haunui Farm, where the Auckland branch of the NZTBA presented her with a cheque for just over $7800. It was wonderful to see a determined Maija who suffered a broken back in a fall at Rotorua in September managing on a walker not in a wheel chair when she arrived at for her presentation. She has had two rods and a number of plates inserted in her back to support the five vertebrae she damaged in her spine and preven...

December 17, 2018

Yearling Parades Auckland and Waikato

Stuart Hale's annual Auckland/Waikato Yearling Inspection Tour will take place from Sunday 6th January to Friday 11th January. The tour enables prospective purchasers to inspect yearlings catalogued for the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales Series, which commences on Sunday 27th January. All are welcome for this free tour, with a bus departing from the Cambridge BP (98 Victoria Street, Cambridge) on a daily basis. To confirm your attendance and for further enquiries contact Stuart H...

December 17, 2018

Beauty Generation - the best miler in the world

Beauty Generation is being hailed as the best miler in the world, following his outstanding victory in the Gr.1 HKJC Longines Hong Kong Mile recently. In Twittersphere he is being touted as the best miler to come out of New Zealand since the mighty Sunline! The six-year-old Road To Rock (AUS) gelding has now won 13 races, eight of which have been over 1600 metres, three of which have been at group one level, and two at group two. He has also won twice over 1400 metres at group three level. He wa...

December 11, 2018

The Oaks great family produces another talented filly

The recent winner of the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial 3YO, Espresso Martini (High Chaparral[IRE]- Keepa Cruisin) is the latest smart filly to emerge from The Oaks Stud. By the Champion sire High Chaparral(IRE) she is out of the group one winning mare Keepa Cruisin, a half-sister to the Champion mare Seachange. According to Rick Williams she was an athletic sharp filly at the sales, typical of the fillies in that family that have been a great advertisement for Dick Karreman and The Oaks Stud. ...

December 5, 2018

The Eulogy legacy continues in Buzzwinkle

It seems that without exception nearly every season a stakes winner pops up who descends from the mighty mare Eulogy (GB). This season another stakes winner, has come to light and that is the Gr.3 New Zealand Cup winner Bizzwinkle (Rip Van Winkle[IRE]-Bizz). And for good measure the family associated with breeding Bizzwinkle have a history in the industry about as long as Eulogy’s. Eulogy (GB) (Cicero[GB] – Kelibia[GB]) was imported to New Zealand by George Currie in 1915 as a consort for hi...

November 28, 2018

Bavella provides big thrill for the Lindsay's

It was a big weekend for Cambridge Stud proprietors Jo and Brendan Lindsay MNZM, as they watched their smart two-year-old filly Bavella (Snitzel[AUS]-Zonza), score valuable black type. At her second appearance on a racetrack the attractive bay filly trounced her rivals in the Listed Splice Construction 2YO Stakes at Pukekohe Park. She sat three wide from the jump in the 1100 metre event, and cruised to the lead in the straight running away to win by nearly fourth lengths. Proving her easy victor...

November 26, 2018

Sunline Trust Scholarship 2019 awarded to Sam Bergerson

The NZTBA is pleased to announce that the Sunline Trust International Management Scholarship for 2019 has been awarded to Sam Bergerson. Bergerson, from Palmerston North will spend approximately six months overseas, learning the ropes at Taylor Made in Kentucky, Coolmore Stud in Ireland, and Shadwell Stud in England, before returning to New Zealand to work in the industry. He was awarded the scholarship ahead of a list of very capable applicants, according to NZTBA Business and Operations Develo...

November 20, 2018

Per Incanto on fire

“Boom boom. Two stakes winners in 10 minutes, for Per Incanto.” That was the tweet from Sam Williams @Little Avondale that popped up last Saturday. Casaquinman (Per Incanto[USA] –Puan Silk) (took out the Listed Pegasus Stakes at Riccarton and shortly thereafter Indecision (Per Incanto[USA]-Yeah Nah) the Listed Legacy Lodge Stakes at Te Rapa. Now that may not be very significant if you are a Darley or a Coolmore Stud, but for a stud on the outskirts of Masterton with only three stallions ...

November 14, 2018

New rules on GST

In a recent judgment made in the High Court of NZ, it has been determined that clubs are entitled to claim the GST input tax deductions for all stakes payments paid to GST registered trainers and riders for races conducted by that club.  Previously the Inland Revenue had only allowed these GST input tax deductions to be claimed if the owner of the stakes was GST registered.  The decision has confirmed that trainers and riders provide services to clubs on race days in consideration...

November 12, 2018

New horse ambulance ready for Riccarton

The New Zealand Horse Ambulance Trust has announced that the first horse ambulance will be completed and ready to commence operations during the New Zealand Cup and Show Week at Riccarton, starting with Saturday’s Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas meeting. The New Zealand Horse Ambulance Trust was formed in collaboration between New Zealand Equine Veterinary Association, the Racing Integrity Unit, NZ Thoroughbred Racing, and Harness Racing New Zealand and will have five ambulances in...

November 7, 2018

Blue hen broodmare Bohemian Blues continues to deliver

A recent mid-week meeting at Counties produced two smart three-year-old maiden winners, Musical Blues and Vernanme. They look certain to go on to bigger and better things, much to the delight of their breeders Auckland NZTBA branch members Vern and Margaret Trillo, who were on course to celebrate both victories. Making his third race day appearance Vernanme (O’Reilly- Bohemian Blues) improved on his last start third to easily win over 1600 going to the line an impressive one and three-quarter ...

October 31, 2018

Vance keen to be home for Christmas

Maija Vance hopes to be leaving the Otara Spinal Unit before Christmas. The Cambridge jockey has been there since late September after spending 10 days in Middlemore Hospital, where she was treated for the extensive injuries she suffered after her mount Zedsational crashed at the second-last fence at Rotorua on September 16. Two of her vertebrae in her spine were fractured with another three out of line and she underwent a four-hour operation to have rods and a metal plate inserted. She also su...

October 29, 2018

Eight Carat legacy continues

Around April this year Don Goodwin, a retired businessman with a passion for horses, decided he and his wife Christine would go on another Melbourne Cup tour this year. They have been before with popular broadcaster Des Coppins and enjoyed the tour and opted to go on his tour again this year. As a throwaway line he said to Nick Bishara who he had a couple of horses in work with, that he had better get his act together and get one ready for Melbourne this November as he was going to be there. ...

October 25, 2018

Our Spring Bulletin is now available to read here


October 24, 2018

David Morris final blog from Taylor Made Kentucky

After an amazing 9 months on the Sunline Scholarship, it’s time to head home. Looking back on my time I can’t believe how quickly it has gone but I’m also looking forward to implementing the lessons I’ve learnt back home. The whole trip has been an absolute blast and the final 6 weeks has not been any different. The weeks leading up to the Keeneland September sale were extremely busy with parades most days. It was clear to me that the management that goes behind the massive amount of hor...

October 18, 2018

Ryan Stacey is awarded Irish National Stud Scholarship

The NZTBA is pleased to announce that Ryan Stacey has been awarded the Keith and Faith Taylor Family scholarship to study at the Irish National Stud in 2019. Stacey will leave New Zealand in January to undertake the world renowned Thoroughbred Breeding Course at the famous nursery. “We had a number of very strong applicants this year, the calibre of the applicants was excellent and anyone of them could have represented us in Ireland,” said Justine Sclater NZTBA Business Development and ...

October 18, 2018

Moss'n'Dale delights Larsen with Craven Plate Win

In the shadow of The Everest at Randwick last week was a group three race worth around A$500,000 the weight-for-age Craven Plate over 2000 metres. It was a supporting race on the day, but on any other race day could well have been the feature event. It attracted a field of 14 runners, four of whom were Group One winners with another five placed at Group One level, every horse in the race had black type form including the winner Moss’N’Dale (Castledale[IRE]-Hot’N’Moss). A six-year-old ge...

October 18, 2018

Bonneval secured by Waikato Stud

Waikato Stud has won the race to purchase the two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year and multiple Group One winner Bonneval. The Matamata nursery acted quickly when her retirement was announced last week and dug deep to secure the daughter of Makfi. “She is on her way to Yarraman Park to be covered by I Am Invincible,” stud principal Mark Chittick said. “She’s a beautifully-bred mare and while one mare won’t turn it around, it is a bit of a reversal of our top mares going overseas. “...

October 8, 2018

The thoroughbred industry lost a Group One performer this week with the passing of Steve Brem

Brem at the young age of 69, died in Sydney after tenaciously battling cancer for a number of years. Throughout that time he never wavered from his love of the thoroughbred industry, and we were still blessed with his acerbic wit, incredible pedigree knowledge, excellent copy, and his eye for a good yearling. Personally I have known Brem since the mid 1970’s when as a rookie working on the INL Print stable of publications the Friday Flash, Racing Calendar and Turf Digest, I would often phone t...

October 1, 2018

Special win for Patrick Erin taking the G1 Metropolitan at Randwick

Outstanding Kiwi galloper Patrick Erin sat atop the Sydney staying ranks on Saturday afternoon after he produced a devastating sprint to capture the Gr.1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick. It was the type of performance that his former mentor, legendary trainer Brian Anderton, knew he was capable of from the day he galloped him for the first time at his Wingatui base. Bred and raised at Anderton’s White Robe Lodge, the seven-year-old son of resident stallion Gallant Guru caught Andert...

September 30, 2018

Windsor Park bred Debt Collector shines in Singapore

Following a five month spell in Australia, former Singapore Horse of the Year, Debt Collector (Thorn Park[AUS]-Prompt Payment[IRE]) returned to Singapore to take care of unfinished business. And he did just that when he recently took out the Listed Raffles Cup over 1600 metres, at his second start back in the country. This year the race was moved to September and shortened in distance by 200 metres, and is the first leg of the Singapore Triple Crown, whereas it was previously the second leg. The...

September 28, 2018

Puccini's eye catching first foals

The first foals by Puccini have arrived this spring and the early signs are promising for the son of Encosta De Lago with his foals showing real quality, great size and a good amount of bone. “Puccini has eye-catching looks, great size and regal blood running through his veins, there is no surprise that he is leaving these high-quality foals in his first crop” Mapperley's studmaster Simms Davison. A 3-time Guineas winner and dominant Derby Champion, Puccini was crowned Champion 3y...

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