Joshua Smith

The Chosen One

Forde, shearing and cheering his way to the Caulfield Cup

Darin Forde will swap his shearing piece for a suit on Saturday as he gets set to experience one of his biggest days in racing....
Princess Kereru

Railway hopeful set to resume at Rotorua

Ken Kelso isn’t enamored with the prospect of running Princess Kereru on a heavy track at Rotorua on Saturday but he’s even less hung up...
Polly Grey

Polly Grey – the gift that keeps giving

Connotations around the expression ‘gift horse’ are many, but for Matamata thoroughbred enthusiast Kylie Fawcett it has a special and defined meaning. Fawcett is enjoying...
Danzdanzdance

Danzdanzdance ready to hot-step it in Sydney

Danzdanzdance will don new gear and step through a new routine in Sydney on Saturday. The dual Group 1 winner will race for the first...
Sir Charles Road

St Leger to dictate Sir Charles Road’s spring

Saturday’s A$500,000 St Leger Stakes (2600m) at Randwick could have a major bearing on the 2019 spring campaign for well-performed New Zealand stayer Sir Charles...
Chiaretta

Chiaretta breaks maidens at Te Rapa

Well-related filly Chiaretta showed she has inherited her share of the family ability when coming from well off the pace to break maiden ranks when...
Nature Strip

Rugby, Racing and Trophies

As All Blacks coach Steve Hansen currently plots a path that could see his beloved national team secure the Rugby World Cup’s William Webb Ellis...
Dawn Patrol

Feature targets for Ritchie pair

Cambridge trainer Frank Ritchie is heading into the last day of the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival in high spirits. The Waikato horseman will take two...
He Kin Fly

Cup week spoils lure Ridley pair

Christchurch trainer Neill Ridley will get a tangible assessment of his chances for two of New Zealand Cup week’s major prizes when he produces He...
Riva Capri

Hastings trainers seek Guineas redemption

Guy Lowry has a plan to make amends for a Group 1 that got away. Lowry and training partner Grant Cullen produced Xpression as favourite...
Miami Bound

Flemington focus for Miami Bound

Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien is planning on keeping smart Reliable Man filly Miami Bound to her home track for the balance of the spring. A...
Melody Belle

Super Saturday looming for Te Akau

Saturday could become a landmark day in Te Akau’s near 40 year history. The New Zealand racing operation, headed by David Ellis, has three Group...
Catalyst

Catalyst all the rage in Hawke’s Bay Guineas

Exciting three-year-old Catalyst will take a growing reputation into the Group 2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) and Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld New...
Sweynesse

Sweynesse youngsters impress at Avondale trials

It might be early days, but juveniles by dual Group 3 winning stallion Sweynesse have made a positive impression. The Group 1 placed son of...
Pythagoras

Rising star steeplechaser lands season-ending feature

Sunday’s National Jumps Day at Te Aroha brought the curtain down on the 2019 New Zealand jumping season, but it also provided an exciting glimpse...
Ken Rae

Three Queens debut for Ruakaka trainers

Ruakaka trainers Ken Rae and Krystal Williams-Tuhoro will have a strong representation in the Tee Café Functions At Ruakaka Racecourse (900m) at their home track...
Peloton

Welcome change of luck deserving for Campbell

Andrew Campbell is hoping Peloton’s win at Te Rapa last week is the start of a well-overdue change of luck for his Cambridge stable. Campbell...
Acting

Busuttin and Young enjoy big weekend

It has been a huge weekend for former Kiwi trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young as they target some of the major spoils on the...
Cooga Doon

Exciting three-year-old Hong Kong bound

Exciting three-year-old Cooga Doon will continue his racing career in Asia after his seven-figure sale to Hong Kong interests on Thursday. The undefeated son of...
Bobby Dazzler

Beer secures a Bobby Dazzler

Albury trainer Mitch Beer has purchased last season’s Listed Wanganui Guineas (1340m) winner Bobby Dazzler from the stable of Stephen Marsh and is looking forward...
Trisha Lea

Trisha Lea thriving over hurdles

Te Aroha has become a happy stomping ground for talented jumper Trisha Lea and she will be out to keep her unbeaten hurdles record on...
Hurry Cane

Hurry Cane gunning for Jericho golden ticket

Trainer Raymond Connors knows how to prepare extreme distance stayers and jumpers, with Wise Men Say recently providing him with his sixth victory in the...
Platinum Dubai

Platinum Dubai wins eventful 2YO race

The Lisa Latta-trained filly Platinum Dubai showed professionalism to take out the Otaki Mail (800m) for two-year-olds on Thursday, leading throughout to land the prize...
Super Hoof

New Zealand Cup contender for Old

Matamata trainer Glenn Old believes he has a Group 3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) prospect on his hands in lightly-tried five-year-old Super Hoof....
Von Tunzelman

Battle of the greys first-up for Von Tunzelman

Dual stakes winner Von Tunzelman will step out for the first time for South Auckland trainers Moira and Kieran Murdoch when he contests the Harold...