Joshua Smith

Drops of Jupiter

Drops Of Jupiter shoots for the stars at Ruakaka

There will be an air of excitement at Ruakaka on Saturday when Drops of Jupiter makes his debut in the Racing Sunday August 11 (1600m)....
Shamal

How tough is Shamal?

Only Ken Duncan really knows just how tough Shamal is. And that’s not just the courage the Zabeel eight-year-old gelding showed during his recovery from...
Sacred Elixir

Sacred Elixir back in New Zealand

Group 1 winner Sacred Elixir returned to New Zealand from his former Hong Kong base on Wednesday morning and a scan has revealed positive signs...
Mathew Gillies

Gillies on a winning roll

Cambridge jumps jockey Mathew Gillies has been enjoying a great run of form in recent weeks. On Sunday the 33-year-old notched his first winner as...
Robert Hannam on Hinerangi

Hannam hails standout season

Central Districts jockey Robert Hannam hasn’t let a delay to his New Zealand racing season hinder him from setting a record tally of stakes wins...
Sleeping Beauty

Broodmare’s unretirement works wonders for Pencarrow

Pencarrow Stud’s decision to bring a broodmare out of retirement has been spectacularly rewarded by the dual black-type winner Sleeping Beauty. The Rip Van Winkle...
Wyndspelle

Spring targets beckon Wyndspelle

Otaki trainers Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard are hoping to ditch the bridesmaids tag with their consistent galloper Wyndspelle next season. The five-year-old entire recorded...
Te Akau Shark

Te Akau Shark set to target Sydney Group 1

The Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) has been a long held ambition for connections of dual Group winner Te Akau Shark, but the Jamie Richards-trained...
Battle Time

Emotions high with Battle Time’s winning return

You can’t blame Cambridge dairy farmer Allan Hayward for his heartfelt emotion when discussing his aptly named warhorse Battle Time’s return to top form. Hayward...
Aalaalune

Classic season spoils beckon Aalaalune

Group 1 performed juvenile Aalaalune has given Matamata trainer Jacob McKay plenty of excitement this season and he believes she can go on to better...
Henry Tudor

Te Aroha double for Logan

Te Aroha racecourse has become a happy stomping ground for trainer Samantha Logan. The Cambridge horsewoman picked up her second career double at the Waikato...
Pippi Rea

Pippi Rea’s feat brings back memories

Balcairn trainers John and Karen Parsons stretched their memories back 30 years when Pippi Rea extended his winning streak to five at Riccarton on Saturday....
English Rose

English Rose scores at Otaki

Te Akau apprentice Chelsea Burdan continued her good strike rate with stable runners when riding English Rose to victory in the Sunrans Spa Rating (2100m)...
Lil Miss Swiss

Cup hopes high for Tyler pair

Kelvin Tyler is hoping to spoil the favourites’ party in Saturday’s Greenwood Amberley Cup (1600m), suggesting his pair The Bumper and Lil Miss Swiss are...
Bobby Dee

Plan B for Bobby Dee

Connections of talented three-year-old stayer Bobby Dee are looking to Randwick on Saturday as plan B after the gelding was stranded on the ballot for...
Taiki Yanagida

Yanagida to make raceday return

Promising Waikato apprentice Taiki Yanagida will return to raceday riding at Counties on Thursday after being on the sidelines for a couple of months after...
Rosewood

Tauranga Classic on the cards for Rosewood

Wet track specialist Rosewood added a tenth victory to her record at Awapuni on Saturday and if conditions suit she will back up in this...
Who Can Tell

Famous Browne colours again to fore

Watching the familiar colours being carried to victory by Who Can Tell at Awapuni last Saturday was a reminder of the once powerhouse of jumps...
Crown Prosecutor

Marsh using Ruakaka as winter base

Crown Prosecutor will spearhead a squad being sent north by Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh to be temporarily based at Ruakaka. “I’ll be sending horses up...
Rosewood

Rosewood thriving in wet conditions

Wet track specialist Rosewood will get her favoured heavy 11 surface on Saturday when she lines-up in the Redstag Open Handicap (1500m) at Awapuni, and...
Sampson

Sampson thriving ahead of Ipswich Cup

Howie Mathews has Sampson in first-class order for Saturday’s Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) but the Otaki trainer has his eye on an even bigger prize...
Krishna Mudhoo

Mudhoo brings up century

Canterbury jockey Krishna Mudhoo kicked off his senior riding career in style at Waimate on Sunday, securing his 100th win when riding home Red Rose...
Hypnos

Trans-Tasman targets for James-Wellwood team

Kingsclere Stables will traverse the Tasman on Saturday as Hypnos continues his campaign in Melbourne, while Killarney, Hanger and newcomer Even Chance compete at Ruakaka....
Aaron Kuru Des De Jeu

Twelve months on and Kuru still can’t believe it

Saturday’s Awapuni racemeeting marks 12 months since jumps jockey Aaron Kuru and steeplechaser Des De Jeu became the talk of the racing world and the...
Seventh Up

Ruakaka first up for Seventh Up

Group 2 winner Seventh Up will make his raceday return on Saturday when he contests the Trigg Construction (1200m) at Ruakaka. The Shelley Hale-trained eight-year-old...