Andrew Birch

Kukeracha

Derby dreams fulfilled for popular vet

It was a case of pure elation for Dr Chris Phillips at Eagle Farm on Saturday as the respected equine veterinarian watched on as three-year-old...
Osaka

Marsh formulates Australian raids

Exciting three-year-old filly Atishu has gone to the paddock, with Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh happy to play the long-game rather than pushing on to a...
Llanacord

Proud Nickalls homeward bound

Rangiotu trainer Stephen Nickalls was looking forward to being reunited with his family on Monday, as he returns to New Zealand following several weeks in...
Yuto Kumagai

Quick learner makes perfect start

Apprentice jockey Yuto Kumagai has come a remarkably long way in a short time. Three years after arriving in New Zealand from Japan with little...
Rangi Toa

Pike juvenile all class at New Plymouth

The Tony Pike-trained Rangi Toa was an impressive debut winner of the Kasa Bloodstock 2YO (1100m) at New Plymouth on Friday, and has the makings...
All About Magic

Pitman Magic on show at Riccarton

Trainers Michael & Matthew Pitman are pleased with the condition of stakes winning mare All About Magic as she looks to land the spoils for...
Andrew Calder

Calder in search of more Tauranga success

South Auckland jockey Andrew Calder landed a winning double at Tauranga last Saturday and will be hoping for more of the same when he returns...
Bill Pomare

Colourful Pomare riding crest of a wave

Trainer Bill Pomare won’t be the least bit surprised if his stable star Ocean Billy does the almost unthinkable and wins tomorrow’s Group 2 Ultimate...
Second Slip

Second Slip the latest Kiwi-sourced success for Russo

Hours of analysis of New Zealand race replays have reaped rewards for Bluegrass Bloodstock director Leonard Russo, with Second Slip the latest addition to a...
Gallant Boy

Gallant Boy on song for Tapanui Cup

He may be in the eighth season of his remarkable career, but veteran gelding Gallant Boy is showing no sign of slowing down. Following a...
Catwalk Girl

Catwalk Girl ready to strut at Te Rapa

Four-year-old mare Catwalk Girl is cherry ripe ahead of the Foster Construction Mile (1600m) at Te Rapa on Saturday according to trainer Pam Gerard, who...
Brix

Multiple Million candidates for Harvey

Emerging Cambridge trainer Glen Harvey can rest easy in the knowledge he has a pair of juveniles already high up the order of entry for...
Tavi Mac

Tavi Mac primed for Awapuni challenge

Hot trainer Allan Sharrock is hoping Tavi Mac can exploit any weakness in the armour of Group 1 – winning rival Callsign Mav in Saturday’s...
Terrill Charles

Vale Terrill Charles

Mid-Canterbury trainer Terrill Charles has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Charles was diagnosed five years ago with an aggressive form of brain...
Impecunious

Impecunious among four Kiwi bred winners at Caulfield

Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young unveiled New Zealand recruit Impecunious on Wednesday and the highly-touted three-year-old didn’t disappoint when winning the Neds Same Race Multi...
Opie Bosson

Another strong Te Rapa book for Bosson

A week on from a dominant performance at Te Rapa last Saturday, star jockey Opie Bosson returns to the same venue this weekend with another...
Callsign Mav

Callsign Mav returns at Awapuni

Hawke’s Bay trainer John Bary believes Saturday’s Group 2 Kevin Pratt Memorial Manawatu Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni is the ideal race for resuming Group...
Platinum Invador

Hard tracks the key for returning Invador

Leading owner Neville McAlister is hoping a return to the dry tracks of home will let punters see Platinum Invador back to his best in...
Chris Johnson

Proud-as-punch Parsons would love to provide record-breaker

There aren’t many prouder of Chris Johnson then North Canterbury trainers John and Karen Parsons. As Johnson guided the Ellis Winsloe-trained Point Score to success...
Travelling Light

Foote’s summer team nearing return

Cambridge trainer Ben Foote is looking forward to the raceday return of Group 1 winner Travelling Light, her Group winning half-sister Vitesse Bo and speedy...
Bill Pomare

Ocean Billy puts Pomare’s retirement on hold

A career highlight at Te Rapa on Saturday might have put a further delay on retirement plans for owner-breeder-trainer Bill Pomare. After more than three...
Levante

Solid hit-out for Railway favourite

Exciting mare Levante was in action at the Te Aroha trials on Monday, winning her 1000m heat by a head from another talented four-year-old in...
The Irishman

The Irishman pleases at Te Aroha

Impressive debut winner The Irishman had a quiet trial at Te Aroha on Monday in readiness for a raceday return over the Ellerslie Christmas Carnival....
Our Hail Mary

Hazel Schofer riding crest of a wave

Nothing is stopping Taranaki apprentice Hazel Schofer in 2020, not even an increase in her riding weight. Schofer, 21, rode three winners – Butler, Beefeater,...
Love For All

Awapuni duo further advocates for Newman’s training talent

Manawatu horseman Bryce Newman is looking to take his racehorse training operation to new heights. The accomplished equestrian has held a trainers’ license since 1999...