Andrew Birch

Blaze Seven

Bolton’s Blaze Seven bound for Sydney

New Plymouth trainer Warren Bolton has never had a large team in work, but the astute horseman generally has some promising gallopers within his select...
Gus Wigley

South Island Sale underway online

New Zealand thoroughbred auctions have moved into uncharted territory this week with the launch of New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale on Gavelhouse Plus. The...
Shaun Clotworthy

Clotworthys prepare to resume bumper season

After the coronavirus pandemic brought their career-best season to a sudden halt, Shaun and Emma Clotworthy are hoping to pick up where they left off....
The Chosen One

Proposed Caulfield re-structure could affect Kiwi spring hopes

A major overhaul of Melbourne’s spring racing carnival could be on the agenda this year, with the Melbourne Racing Club exploring the option of moving...
Graeme Rogerson

Rogerson counts down to racing’s return

Hall of Fame trainer Graeme Rogerson is throwing all of his support behind New Zealand racing’s return from its coronavirus-enforced hiatus. Training in partnership with...
Equine flights

NZB Airfreight on track to resume flights

Following the temporary suspension of equine exports last week due to a positive case of equine piroplasmosis, NZB Airfreight is confident that travel will resume...
Eddie Carson

Passing of a Trentham stalwart

Trentham has lost one of its final training stalwarts with the death on Tuesday morning of Edward (Eddie) Carson. After suffering from ill-health in recent...
Catalyst

Classic races to remain at Riccarton

The Board of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) have announced that the 1000 and 2000 Guineas would remain at Riccarton for the 2020-21 racing season....
Mark du Plessis

Du Plessis eyes Group 1 prize

Fresh from recording his first Group 2 victory since relocating to Queensland, jockey Mark du Plessis is now turning his attention to the Group 1...
Jamie Richards

Century awaits leading trainer as stars return

Premiership-leading trainer Jamie Richards is looking forward to notching the ton when racing recommences in July, after an enforced break at the end of March...
Verry Elleegant

Bishara Verry grateful for top mare

Ardmore Lodge trainer Nick Bishara is thankful to own a share in top mare Verry Elleegant and readily admits the New Zealand-bred daughter of Zed...
Cambridge

All quiet on the training front

New Zealand’s largest training centre the Cambridge Jockey Club is closed. With up to 1000 thoroughbreds trained on the premises at peak times, it is...
Perfectly Ready

Perfectly Ready succumbs to colic

Brighthill Farm have announced the loss of consistent stallion Perfectly Ready. The rising 18-year-old son of More Than Ready returned to the farm from the...
The Mitigator

The Mitigator to sign off at Tauranga

Group 1 winning miler The Mitigator will be back in action at Tauranga this weekend where he contests the Group 2 Ultimate Mazda Japan Trophy...
Enzo’s Lad

Inter-island assignments for Team Pitman

Michael and Matthew Pitman are set for a busy Saturday, with 11 runners at their local Riccarton meeting while Enzo’s Lad tackles a star-studded field...
Kiwi Ida

Parsons shoot for Group 1 double at Te Rapa

Dreams are free! That’s Karen Parson’s response to any suggestion she could land a Group 1 double with Kiwi Ida and Camino Rocoso at Te...
Sinarahma

Well-bred Sinarahma lands Wairarapa Breeders’

Five-year-old mare Sinarahma landed some valuable black-type when taking out the Listed Property Brokers Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Tauherenikau on Thursday. The Allan...
The Bostonian

Class gallopers to the fore at Tauranga trials

Group 1 winners Bostonian and Melody Belle showed they are on track for their upcoming Australian campaigns with forward showings in a special 1050m trial...
Dragon Leap

Dragon ready to fire for Guineas

Winning Saturday’s Group 2 Legacy Lodge Waikato Guineas isn’t a critical element of Dragon Leap’s campaign, according to Matamata trainer Lance O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan, who trains...
Wyndspelle

Otaki likely for Wyndspelle

Consistent Group 1 galloper Wyndspelle is likely to be aimed towards an elite level target on his home track after another strong performance when narrowly...
Madam Hass

Big Karaka Million night for Taranaki owners

An approach made to former successful trainer Don Sellwood several years ago has led to a Taranaki couple, Rodger and Christine Hassall, having a strong...
Jennifer Eccles

Ritchie close but no cigar

Shaune Ritchie came close to a big double at Trentham on Saturday, but left the meeting knowing his smart filly Jennifer Eccles is still on...
Kozzi Asano

In Kozzi we trust

The revelation that is Canterbury apprentice Kozzi Asano continued his winning roll at Riverton on Wednesday, riding five winners on the eight-race card. The Japanese...
Ohio Showgirl

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...
Bavella

Bavella ready to fire in Soliloquy

Trainer Lance Noble is confident classy filly Bavella will give Saturday’s Group 3 Barneswood Farm Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) a decent shake, as she looks to...