Paul Vettise

Steeplechasing plans may be put on hold

Zedeedudadeeko’s return to form at Trentham may force part-owner and trainer Jamie Phillips to change tack. The nine-year-old bounced back to his best on Saturday...

Vinevale gets new partners off to a flyer

The in-form Vinevale ensured New Zealand’s newest training partnership got away to a dream start when she struck again on her home track. The mare...

Kiwi jockey enjoys Cup success

Mark Du Plessis has made a significant breakthrough on his current Australian riding stint. The New Zealand jockey celebrated his first black type winner there...

Winter Cup could beckon Haworth pair

Next month’s Group 3 Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton is already the target for one member of David and Emma Haworth’s team, but it could...

Rutten Singapore bound to support Kingsman

Te Horo-based horseman Chris Rutten will pay his first visit to Singapore this weekend where Kingsman, a horse he bought and part-owns, will tackle Sunday’s...

Trainer has high hopes for Gallagher

Gallagher will open a new campaign at Ruakaka on Saturday with the hope of a return to black type competition in the new season. The...

Progressive jumper proving a point

Point Proven is living up to his name and carrying on a proud family tradition that covers more than four decades. The versatile Keeper seven-year-old...

Nelson walks knife-edge as he attempts Wellington double-double

Paul Nelson is backing himself to have got The Shackler’s Wellington Hurdle (3400m) preparation pin-point perfect as he bids for a feature jumps “double-double” on...

Time favours Next Up

Next Up continued his family’s winning ways when victorious in the Waterview 1360m at Avondale on Wednesday. The Shinko King gelding closed late to win...

Megablast gunning for winning swansong with Tiley

Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley is confident consistent stayer Megablast can exit his stable on a high- note. The six-year-old will tackle Saturday’s Group 3 The...

Mare ready to make step up

Sleeping Beauty is in the right form to rise to the challenge of stakes racing. The Rip Van Winkle five-year-old struck the sixth winning blow...

Wayward stayer on right track

Major Tom has been a tough nut to crack and perseverance is now paying off. The Red Giant four-year-old proved a handful in his younger...

King’s Rose colt tops Japanese Sale

A Deep Impact colt out of the 2011 champion New Zealand three-year-old filly King’s Rose topped the yearling session of the JRHA Select Sale in...

Cup target set for promising Felaar

All roads will lead to Riccarton next season for the promising staying prospect Felaar. The lightly-tried son of Ekraar is back in work at Stephen...

Apprentice triumphing over adversity

Courage and determination are two qualities that apprentice jockey Holly Andrew has in spades. The 27-year-old’s steely resolve has stood her in good stead as...

Mixed fortunes for Connors

It’s been a good news, bad news period for Wanganui trainer Raymond Connors. His well-performed jumper Wise Men Say and talented flat galloper She’s Poppy...

Stallion returns to Highview

Sweet Orange has returned to New Zealand to resume his stallion career at Highview. The Group 1-performed son of War Front stood three seasons at...

Forsman flags false Ambition after win

Trainer voices false ambition with winner Andrew Forsman was in a jocular mood following Ambitious Winner’s hollow victory at Te Rapa on Saturday. “I understand...

Bonneval thriving ahead of proposed Australian trip

Outstanding mare Bonneval is making good progress during the early stages of a new preparation that is hoped to see her cross the Tasman again....

Phelan targeting National festival

Cambridge trainer Craig Phelan has his sights set on next month’s Grand National carnival. Worthiswaitngold has been nominated for the Group 3 Winter Cup (1600m)...

Thursday NZ news briefs – Jumping career planned for flat winner

An emphatic flat victory at Wanganui won’t change plans for the five-year-old Donardo. The Don Eduardo gelding was a runaway winner of Thursday’s Palamountains Nutrition...

Team Hiflyer sticking with Parkes

Loyalty runs deep with Peter Lock and the owners of the Australian-bound Hiflyer. The Te Aroha trainer confirmed the Wanganui-based jockey Johnathan Parkes will continue...

Smart 3YO in line for Australian venture

Multiple stakes winner On The Rocks may be given the opportunity to add Australian black type to his record. “We’ll see how he comes up...

Home track hit-out for star performer

Champion sprinter Start Wondering will make an appearance on his home track on Thursday. “He’ll be having a gallop between races at Wanganui and, all...

Super Saturday for Shinko King

The progeny of deceased stallion Shinko King had a standout day on Saturday, with Megablast taking out the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m), while Monarch Chimes...