Joshua Smith

Surprise Baby

Rich Hill graduates chasing feature prizes

A trio of New Zealand’s Rich Hill Stud graduates will be vying for top honours in Group 1 features in Australia this coming week. Riodini...
Princess Rihanna

Princess Rihanna ready for Pukekohe sprint

Matamata training partners Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott will have just the two runners at Pukekohe on Saturday, headed by resuming speedster Princess Rihanna. The...
London Banker

London Banker primed for Feilding Gold Cup

Progressive Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained stayer London Banker is primed for the Listed Ricoh Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) at Awapuni on Saturday. The patiently-handled...
Sampson

Evergreen Sampson continues to please

Sampson may be 11-years-old but trainer Howie Mathews said he doesn’t know it. The son of Dubai Destination recorded his 12th career victory in the...
Oceanex

Oceanex in doubt for Cup

Oceanex was the first horse to book her ticket to the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) after winning the ballot-exempt Listed The Andrew Ramsden (2800m)...
Zoltan

Zoltan bounces back

Only a matter of days ago, trainer Kenny Rae had resigned himself to missing the Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas...
Cambridge's new Polytrack

Cambridge Polytrack open for business

Horses stepped out onto New Zealand’s first synthetic surface last week with construction of the Polytrack completed at the Cambridge Jockey Club. Construction began in...
Albarado

Dual-pronged Derby assault for Busuttin-Young

Trent Busuttin trained Sangster to win the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) in 2011 and he thinks it’s about time he gets his hands back...
Turn Me Loose

First trial winner for Turn Me Loose

Windsor Park Stud stallion Turn Me Loose recorded his first trial victory as a sire when his two-year-old colt out of Group 3 performer Angel...
Let’s Karaka Deel

Bennett hoping for a Karaka day at Flemington

While Flying Start Syndications Director Cameron Bennett is disappointed he won’t be able to be on course to watch Let’s Karaka Deel in the Group...
Samantha Spratt

Spratt itching for raceday return following injury break

Getting Sam Spratt to sit still for more than a few minutes is a tough task at the best of times but the bubbly 35-year-old...
Imelda Mary

Jumps fraternity joins forces for Australian campaigns

Through friendships forged in the tight-knit jumping community, a number of Kiwi horses have crossed the Tasman this year and joined the Mornington stable of...
Dolcetto

Big impost for Dolcetto

The pride of Levin, Dolcetto, is facing an uphill task when he lines-up in the Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors Thompson Handicap (1600m) at Trentham...
Five Princes

Flying Five Princes builds towards New Zealand Cup

Saturday’s Listed Christchurch Casino Spring Classic (2000m) at Riccarton will be the first black-type test for a horse in the form of his life. Five...
Tokorangi

Tokorangi primed for Soliloquy

Three-year-old filly Tokorangi will sport different colours when she steps out in the Group 3 Waikato Stud Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Te Rapa on Saturday...
Coventina Bay

Group 2 target for Coventina Bay

Coventina Bay’s picket fence form line may have been disrupted with a first-up fourth-placing at Te Rapa earlier this month, but trainer Robbie Patterson believes...
Babylon Berlin

Fillies out to seal 1000 Guineas claims

The strength of Ben Foote’s hand in next month’s Group 1 Barneswood Farm 48th New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton will become clearer after...
Wise Men Say

Wise Men Say retired

The curtain has come down on the racing career of top jumper Wise Men Say. It was fitting that his last run was in the...
Kelly Renee

Autridge eyes Cup week gold

Stephen Autridge reckons his team is on track to make owner Kevin Hickman’s New Zealand Cup week a memorable one. Autridge, along with his training...
Kolding

McDonald amped for Cox Plate ride

Expat New Zealand jockey James McDonald may have failed to regain his ride aboard star Kiwi mare Verry Elleegant for the Group 1 Melbourne Cup...
Bourbonaire

Guineas hopes on trial for Marsh

Dual-Island trainer Stephen Marsh is looking forward to Saturday where he will be lining-up progressive gallopers at both the Te Rapa and Riccarton meetings. In...
Probabeel

Plum draw for Probabeel

What a difference a year makes. This time last year Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards was devastated after drawing the outside barrier with Te Akau...
Helsinki

Helsinki to bypass Te Rapa features

The Peter and Dawn Williams-trained Helsinki is on a less conventional path to the Group 1 Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton...
Neill Ridley

Quiet achiever Ridley farewelled

For the second time within a month family and many friends will be gathering in Christchurch to celebrate the life and achievements of successful trainer...
Tinker Mcphee

Guineas favourite to join Waller

Just days after winning his first Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) with a mare who came to Australia after starting her career in New Zealand,...