Andrew Birch

Mana Nui

Mana Nui heads busy schedule for Ormsby

Preparing a select draft of Ready to Run two-year-olds while also managing the spring preparation of an exciting three-year-old talent, Matamata horseman Chad Ormsby has...
Times Ticking

Sense of timing about partnership’s prospects

A lengthy friendship that morphed into a successful racing association will be chasing further Group honours on Sunday when the genuine Times Ticking steps out...
Gold Watch

Gold Watch set for Te Rapa return

Even though a spring setback has unfortunately ruled him out of next month’s Group 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton, owner-trainer Cliff Goss still...
C'est Une Star

C’est Une Star showcases Bradley talent

The Michelle Bradley-trained C’est Une Star produced an eye-catching last-to-first victory at Tauranga on Wednesday over 1600m in the manner of a mare that has...
Mackenzie Lad

Guineas goal for Mackenzie Lad

Mackenzie Lad is primed to showcase his Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) credentials when he tackles Saturday’s Group 3...
Mo’unga

Young Kiwi front and centre of Cox Plate preparations

A decade and a half after Todd Pollard entered the racing industry as an enthusiastic schoolboy, he now finds himself front and centre of one...
Eva Chiara

Eva Chiara on Matamata mission

Trainer Stephen Marsh holds a decent hand in the Group 3 Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Matamata on Saturday with debut winner Eva Chiara () and...
Tralee Rose

Cup start guaranteed following Geelong victory

Tralee Rose has guaranteed her place in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) after a game victory in Wednesday’s Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m). The...
Tutukaka

Tutukaka triumphant in Geelong Classic

The Tony Pike-trained Tutukaka confirmed his staying prowess when powering home to land the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) on Wednesday under a patient Damian Lane...
Elephant

Stablemates go head-to-head in Crystal Mile

Trainer David Browne’s big game expedition to Victoria with the talented duo of Elephant and Rhinoceros will take on a new look at the weekend....
Probabeel

Probabeel peaking ahead of Cox Plate

At 31, trainer Jamie Richards makes most people seem like under-achievers. The Matamata horseman has 47 Group One wins to his name and will send...
Irish Excuse

Decision time pending for Irish Excuse connections

Gore trainer Ellis Winsloe says Irish Excuse is at the crossroads of his career, with his performance in the Ray Kean Life Membership 1200 at...
Tutukaka

Classic ambitions for Tutukaka

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike believes quality three-year-old Tutukaka can bounce back to form in Wednesday’s Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) as the Tavistock gelding presses on...
Defibrillate

Richardson hoping to realise lifelong dream

Graham Richardson has four runners entered for Matamata on Saturday, but he’s keeping just as close an eye on an Australian race three days beforehand....
Telling Tales

Foote’s Tauranga quartet rates highly

Cambridge trainer Ben Foote will be represented by four runners at Tauranga on Wednesday and can’t single one above any other, considering them all serious...
Polytrack surface at Riccarton

Synthetic trials at Riccarton get thumbs up

The first set of trials was conducted on the newly installed synthetic track at Riccarton on Tuesday, with the new surface receiving the full support...
Dragon Leap

O’Sullivan-Scott poised for Spring success

Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott are continuing to be patient with their high-class galloper Dragon Leap as he attempts to come back from an injury-plagued...
Dee And Gee

Corbett rekindles training passion

It’s taken more than six months, but Timaru horseman Peter Corbett has moved on from personal tragedy and got his training mojo back. Corbett wasn’t...
Aegon

Memsie favoured for Aegon

Connections of high-class four-year-old Aegon are favouring a start in the AUD$1 million Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday week as the kick-off point...
Bifrost

Bifrost wins Australian debut

An Australian campaign is already paying dividends for Cambridge trainers David and Emma-Lee Browne. Elephant made an immediate impact winning at Caulfield on Saturday, three...
On The Bubbles

Hastings first-up for On The Bubbles

Connections of many of the country’s early three-year-olds will be breathing a sigh of relief when they hear Group One winner On The Bubbles won’t...
Bridget Grylls

Bridget Grylls back in New Zealand

Jockey Bridget Grylls has returned from a foray to Victoria and is sure to be a welcome addition to the New Zealand riding ranks. The...
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...