Joshua Smith

Glory Days

Glory Days to kick-off Melbourne Cup campaign

Most trainers dream of having a runner in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) and that dream could become a reality for Waverley trainer Bill...
Comeback

Fitness the key to Foxbridge upset for Rogerson pair

Debbie Rogerson is trusting race fitness to give Malambo and Comeback their edge as they prepare to face the stars of Saturday’s Group 2 US...
(Sir) Charles Road

Charles sets off on road to the Cup

Lance O’Sullivan, who trains in partnership with Andrew Scott, has little expectation of his talented stayer Charles Road as he lights a fuse on another...
Acting

More Australian success for Waikato Stud

An impressive winning double in Australia this week bodes well for a big spring carnival for the white, blue and green racing colours of Waikato...
Vernanme

Big spring tipped for Vernanme

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh stepped out three of his stable stars at the Avondale trials on Tuesday and he is excited for the spring ahead...
Melody Belle

Te Akau duo to go head-to-head at Te Rapa

Melody Belle will attempt to defend her title in the Group 2 U S Navy Flag Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa on Saturday. The...
Deerfield

Bambry squad set to fire at Otaki

Foxton trainer Chrissy Bambry will be loading up the float bound for Otaki this weekend. Bambry, who has held her trainers’ license since late last...
Aalaalune

Aalaalune joins Team Rogerson

Group 1-placed filly Aalaalune has been transferred from Matamata trainer Jacob McKay to Team Rogerson along with two-win ownership-mate Mr Universe, with both sporting the...
Endless Drama

Track quandary for Endless Drama

The track conditions at Te Rapa on Saturday are the only concern Cambridge trainer Tony Pike holds for Endless Drama heading into his first assignment...
Helena Baby

Helena Baby seeks stable revenge in Foxbridge

Progressive galloper Helena Baby faces his toughest assignment to date when he tackles a star-studded field in the Group 2 U S Navy Flag Foxbridge...
Danzdanzdance

Danzdanzdance ready for spring assault

Dual Group 1 winner Danzdanzdance had her first hit-out of the season at the Avondale trials on Tuesday ahead of what could be a lucrative...
Splendido

Double for Cooksley as trainer

Proven international jockey Grant Cooksley tasted success of a different kind at Ruakaka on Sunday when saddling up his first two winners as a trainer....
Shadows Cast

Tarzino Trophy fresh-up for Shadows Cast

Mark Oulaghan is set to start the star of his stable, Shadows Cast, fresh-up in the first leg of the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown later...
Rock On Wood

Another Riccarton milestone being considered

Levin trainer Leanne Elliot could get an opportunity to add another Riccarton highlight to her list of achievements. Elliot has put the Group 2 Coupland’s...
Roaring Lion

Roaring Lion on the mend

Four-time Group 1 winner and shuttle stallion, Roaring Lion, returned to Cambridge Stud on Thursday following two colic surgeries in the last ten days. The...
She’s A Smash Hit

Ruakaka sojourn Ritchie’s recipe for success

Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie is taking advantage of the training conditions on offer in the winterless north and hopes to capitalise when he lines up...
Simon Wilson with Dez

Dez set to defend title in Winter Classic

Waipukurau farmer Simon Wilson started the racing season off in perfect style at Riccarton last Saturday, recording his first stakes victory as a trainer when...
Aalaalune

Aalaalune resumes at Ruakaka

Group 1 performer Aalaalune will kick-off her three-year-old season in the Tee Café @ Ruakaka Races (1000m) on Sunday and her path this season hinges...
Gagarin

Gillies aims to bounce back in National

Mathew Gillies has gained a doctor’s clearance to ride Gagarin in Saturday’s Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge 145th Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) at Riccarton. The...
Admiral

Strong Pukekohe book for battered-and-bruised Thornton

Trudy Thornton will cut an imposing figure to her rival jockeys as she walks out to ride at Pukekohe on Saturday. Thornton stood herself down...
Alfie Dee

Grand ride secures National honours

It has been a meteoric rise in jumps racing for Alfie Dee. The Ken Duncan-trained gelding won his maiden hurdle just weeks ago and at...
Kurt

Guineas contenders head Autridge’s spring hopes

Exciting performances at the Te Teko trials on Tuesday have put Matamata trainer Stephen Autridge back on the road towards the 2000 and 1000 Guineas...
Dez

Show-jumping prize paves way to Winter Cup breeding success

Saturday’s Group 3 Winter Cup (1600m) added some black-type lustre to a brief foray into thoroughbred breeding for Carole and Doug Isaacson. The time-honoured Riccarton...
Daytona Red

Summer return likely for Daytona Red

Daytona Red looked a promising proposition heading into last season, however, a tendon injury cut short those plans. The Shaune Ritchie-trained six-year-old won the Listed...
Cool Aza Beel

Te Akau juveniles to the fore at Te Teko

Te Teko has come to be a great starting point for many of Te Akau’s top two-year-olds and trainer Jamie Richards is hoping this year...