Joshua Smith

Two Illicit

Two Illicit makes pleasing return

Roger James couldn’t have been happier with the return to racing of high-quality mare Two Illicit at Te Rapa last Saturday. The issue now is...
Big Mike

Schofer riding the crest of a wave

Hazel Schofer is riding the crest of a wave at the moment and she is hoping that will continue. The Taranaki apprentice jockey scored her...
Ritani

Ritani scores brave win

Trainers Kerry and Ian Taplin had their hearts in their mouths when their mare Ritani looked like she would be headed in the Ascot Sports...
Babylon Berlin

Babylon Berlin searching for stakes victory

Consistent filly Babylon Berlin will be looking for her first stakes victory at Te Rapa on Saturday-week when she contests the Group 3 Cambridge Breeders’...
Avantage

Johnson delighted with Group One pick-up ride

A lot can change in a week and the misfortune of the races being abandoned mid program at Te Aroha has resulted in leading jockey...
The Chosen One

Baker looking to further enhance impressive Sydney Cup record

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman are down to just one runner in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m), with five-year-old entire The Chosen...
That’s Incranibull

Davies holds strong hand in Poverty Bay Cup

New Plymouth trainer Emma Davies holds a strong hand in the Vintech Pacific Poverty Bay Cup (2500m) at Hastings on Saturday. The Taranaki horsewoman will...
Ritani

Stakes targets await Ritani

Seven-win mare Ritani is on trial for stakes targets when she lines up in the Ascot Sports Bar Handicap (1600m) at Ascot Park on Sunday....
Coventina Bay

Venue change ideal for Coventina Bay

The abandonment of Te Aroha’s Group One meeting last Saturday could be a blessing in disguise for Coventina Bay. The Taranaki mare was set to...
Explosive Jack

Explosive family gives Muollo another Group One win

The success of New Zealand-bred horses in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) continued last Saturday with Explosive Jack taking out the Sydney Classic. The...
Daytona Red

Bishara staying home to watch Verry Elleegant

Nicholas Bishara would love nothing more than to be trackside at Randwick to watch his star mare Verry Elleegant contest Saturday’s $A4 million Group 1...
Jonathan Riddell

Riddell excited to ride in Group One for great mate

Jonathan Riddell would love nothing more than to ride a Group One winner for his great mate Ben Foote. He will get his chance in...
Verry Elleegant

McDonald ready for round two

Leading Sydney jockey James McDonald can’t wait to hop back aboard Verry Elleegant and act out their revenge against Addeybb in the Group 1 Queen...
Shaun Phelan

Phelan taking a step back from riding

Heading across the Tasman to join his good mate Aaron Kuru to ride in Australia is very tempting for jumps jockey Shaun Phelan, but he...
Made By Khan

Bright staying future for Mongolian Khan 3YO

One of the highlights of the Mornington program on Tuesday was the dominant victory of lightly-tried New Zealand bred three-year-old Made By Khan. The Matt...
Probabeel

Richards excited to dust off passport

Leading New Zealand trainer Jamie Richards has experienced plenty of success in Australia over the last 12 months, he just hasn’t been able to be...
Sherwood Forest

Pike’s Australian hopefuls on show at Hastings

Tony Pike is hoping several of his team can book themselves a trip to Australia when they head to Hastings on Saturday. The Cambridge trainer...
Laurant

Gibbs holds strong hand at home meeting

Ruakaka trainer Chris Gibbs turned his hand to being an arborist at his local track on Tuesday in order to ensure Ruakaka’s Wednesday meeting went...
Rocket Spade

Wexford duo return home

Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) winner Rocket Spade and Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) runner-up Sir Charles Road will return home following their exertions...
Bavella

Hit and run Sydney raid for Bavella

The Cambridge Stud colours of Brendan and Jo Lindsay will be in full force on Saturday in Sydney through top-class mare Probabeel in the Group...
Llanacord

SA test for exciting filly

Exciting filly Llanacord is giving trainer and part-owner Stephen Nickalls the ride of his life and he is hoping that will continue in Australia in...
Savy Yong Blonk

Vintage Manawatu performance from Savy Yong Blonk

Five-year-old mare Savy Yong Blonk proved a class above her rivals in the Group 3 Japac Homes Manawatu Breeders’ Stakes (2000m) at Awapuni on Friday,...
Red ‘N’ Surf

Wilson loving the racing game

Well-known equestrian Vicki Wilson has reached the highs of the showjumping world and now she is trying her hand with racing. The decorated rider is...
Milford

Multi-venue focus for Marsh on Saturday

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh has black-type runners at three venues on Saturday, headed by Milford in the A$2 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at...
Avantage

Richards savouring record-breaking season

Reflecting on what has already become one of the most dominant seasons from a New Zealand stable, champion trainer Jamie Richards said Te Akau Racing...