New Zealand horse racing news

El Nymph

Elliott living his racing dream

El Nymph is living proof of the old adage never look a gift horse in the mouth. The only problem is that Matamata trainer Nigel...
Hazel Schofer

Schofer looking to finish season with a bang

It’s been a gruelling few months for Hazel Schofer, but all her hard work and determination has paid off after securing the New Zealand Apprentice...
Leith Innes

Innes keen on what the new season holds

Leith Innes may be a senior statesman of the northern jockeys’ room, but he hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for what lies ahead on the feature...
Hit The Road Jack

Cambridge double for Phelans

Craig and Shaun Phelan went home from Cambridge Jockey Club’s Wednesday meeting happy men after recording a double on the synthetic track, which was officially...
Yeaboi

Ryder on Sharrock’s radar

It’s already been one of Allan Sharrock’s most memorable seasons but the New Plymouth trainer is keen to add the icing on the cake at...
Go You Good Thing

Go You Good Thing looks to double-up

Go You Good Thing gave Daniel Cherry his first win as a trainer and the Matamata horseman is hoping the gelding can double his tally...
Bellacontte

Bambry filly primed for Ryder tilt

Smart juvenile Bellacontte is on track for Saturday’s Listed Courtesy Ford Ryder Stakes (1200m) at Otaki after warming up with a comfortable maiden victory at...
Beauden

Beauden gearing up for Melbourne Campaign

Class Waikato galloper Beauden is being set some lofty Melbourne targets this spring. The multiple stakes winner appeared in public for the first time this...
Hiflyer

Lock flying high with return of stable star

Most people need an incentive to get out of bed on a cold winter’s morning, and for Te Aroha trainer Peter Lock it has been...
Tappy’s One

Tappy’s One continues winning streak with Oamaru Cup victory

Underrated winter galloper Tappy’s One cemented his claim to being the most improved horse in commission in the South Island at present with a gritty...
Danielle Johnson

Johnson hits season goal with Te Rapa double

Danielle Johnson is only just starting to allow herself the luxury of enjoying the feeling of satisfaction that comes with taking out her first national...
Rocktilyoudrop

Quirky customer starting to hit his straps for Bidlake

Trainer Aaron Bidlake is quick to point out he didn’t take much of a shine to gritty four-year-old Rocktilyoudrop when he first showed up at...
Justaskme

Special result for Sharrock in Opunake Cup

Local trainer Allan Sharrock gained a special result on his home track on Saturday to round out a record-breaking season for his New Plymouth-based stable....
It Might Be You

Royally bred filly makes belated debut a winning one

Debutante It Might Be You looked to have a bright future ahead of her as she easily won a maiden 1200m event at Te Rapa...
Ace-Lawson Carroll

Apprentice comes up aces at Te Rapa

Rookie apprentice Ace Lawson-Carroll completed his first winning ride in fine style when he guided handy winter sprinter Crystallize to a comfortable victory at Te...
Quiz Kid

Bonus draws Quiz Kid south

A lucrative bonus has enticed the connections of Quiz Kid to send the in-form galloper down south early ahead of the Group 3 Winning Edge...
Treasure State

Youngster digging for Te Rapa treasure

Matamata trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott are in no hurry with promising Trust In A Gust two-year-old Treasure State but that’s not to say...
Pop Star Princess

Pop Star Princess aiming to bow out a winner

Cambridge trainer Fred Cornege is refusing to get involved in the sentiment surrounding stable star Pop Star Princess’ likely final start for the stable in...
The Cossack

Wellington Hurdle victory for The Cossack

The transfer of the Hydra-cell Pumps Wellington Hurdle (3100m) and Grant Plumbing Wellington Steeplechase (5500m) to Hastings on Thursday has worked in the favour of...
Elen Nicholas

Nicholas scores Avondale treble

Apprentice jockey Elen Nicholas experienced her best day in the saddle at Avondale on Wednesday, riding home a treble of winners. The Welsh national had...
Half Of Nothing

Half Of Nothing secures bonus at Avondale

Trainer Wayne Hillis has been chasing the Pearl Series Bonus with his filly Half Of Nothing for the last three months, and they finally captured...
Tavis Court

Opunake Cup test for Tavis Court

Although New Plymouth Raceway is on Tavis Court’s backdoor-step, the seasoned Hawera galloper will have his first start at the Taranaki track this weekend. The...
Catalyst

Trans-Tasman plans for Catalyst

Tony Pike is looking forward to spring racing with his new acquisition Catalyst. The rising five-year-old son of Darci Brahma won six of his 10...
Sword Of State

Spring in steps of star gallopers

Group One targets await stablemates Probabeel and Sword Of State in Australia later this year and they took their first serious steps this afternoon toward...
Charred

Patience paying dividends for Mirabelli

Patience is paying off for Cambridge trainer Paul Mirabelli with his much-improved gelding Charred, and it may lead to a tilt at the Group 3...