Joshua Smith

New Year brings a new start for McCulloch

Jockey Kelly McCulloch is looking forward to taking on a new challenge in the new year. The Group 2-winning jockey took a step back from...

Danzdanzdance on song for Trentham

Ruakaka trainers Chris Gibbs and Michelle Bradley are delighted with their talented four-year-old mare Danzdanzdance who will line up in Saturday’s Group 1 Rydges Wellington...

Kaharau thriving down south

Seven-year-old stayer Kaharau bounced back to winning form on Sunday for Ruakaka trainers Ken Rae and Krystal Williams-Tuhoro, winning the No Limits Interiors Open Handicap...

Two-pronged Eight Carat attack likely

Owners Sarah Green and Ger Beemsterboer could have two runners in the Group 2 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on December 26....

Timely boost for Nason

A phone call from Cambridge trainer Shane Crawford last week led to a major turnaround in fortune for jockey Jordan Nason. He registered his first...

Last drinks called for Thebarman

Ten-year-old warhorse Who Shot Thebarman has been officially retired. The son of Yamanin Vital experienced a stellar career on the track, recording two Group One...

Cowboy earns well deserved break

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have a smart galloper on their hands in the form of lightly-tried four-year-old Rhinestone Cowboy. The Teofilo gelding...

Eye-catching winner Karaka Million bound

Quality two-year-old Whiskey Neat identified himself as a major contender for the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) in January after his impressive ten-length victory on debut...

Crown Prosecutor in fitting win

A well-judged front-running ride from Jason Waddell aided Crown Prosecutor to claim his maiden win in the Group 3 Lucia Valentina Wellington Stakes (1600m) at...

Mare shows plenty of power to win Levin Stakes

Talented sprinter Gift of Power took her stakes-winning tally to three at Otaki on Friday when she won the Listed Fasttrack Insurance Levin Stakes (1200m)...

Parker tips hat to training partner

Gavin Parker is keeping shop while his training partner Graham Richardson is away in Hong Kong and would love to ring up a stakes win...

Retirement for Hale’s star

The racing days are over for Close Up, the horse who motivated Shelley Hale back into training after a serious illness. Close Up was scheduled...

Thurlows enjoying Glory Days

Waverley farmer and part-time horse trainer Bill Thurlow thinks Glory Days might be the best horse he’s trained. The six-year-old Red Giant mare earned favouritism...

Annie Okay shoots for stakes success

Shaun Clotworthy was quick to recognise Annie Okay’s potential – now he’s hoping she’s swift enough to claim a stakes win at Ellerslie on Saturday....

Kay launches Trentham assault

Levin trainer Sylvia Kay will launch an assault on Trentham’s feature races in the coming months and will use Otaki on Friday as a stepping...

Pike holds strong hand in Otaki features

Tony Pike has a strong team entered for Friday’s Otaki meeting, with two prospective runners also acceptors at Saturday’s Ellerslie meeting and the Cambridge trainer...

Wednesday NZ news briefs – Group 1-winning jockey heading back to NZ

Senior riding ranks in the north will be bolstered with the impending return of Group 1-winning jockey Michael McNab next month. McNab, who guided Melody...

Group 1 gallopers make winning trials returns

HAWKE’S Bay spring carnival star Melody Belle enjoyed a winning outing at the trials on her home track at Matamata on Tuesday and looks set...

Another diamond for investors

The China Horse Club’s impact on the New Zealand scene is set to be felt even stronger in top company after another exciting three-year-old emerged...

Budding stars emerging for Marsh

Starrybeel and King’s Cross emerged on Saturday as exciting replacements to help fill the void in Stephen Marsh’s stable with the loss of his top-rated...

Demonetization to be gelded

One of last season’s leading three-year-old’s, Demonetization, will undergo a gelding operation later this week after disappointing his connections with his runner-up performance behind Gundown...

Promising pair provide early Te Rapa action

The early action at Sunday’s Te Rapa race-meeting served up a pair of three-year-olds that could well command closer attention over the coming months. Debutant...

Rain to awaken Sleeping Beauty

Matamata trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott will thrust in-form mare Sleeping Beauty into the deep end at Pukekohe on Saturday when she contests the...

Logan keen to build on winning momentum

Trainer Donna Logan boarded her plane to Singapore on Friday morning with a spring in her step after a successful hit and run mission to...

Bergerson runner set to eat them up at Awapunui

Local trainer Roydon Bergerson is quietly confident with six-year-old gelding Beefeater heading into the John Turkington Forestry Limited/Wai Pine Ltd Bulls Country Cup (1500m) at...