New Zealand horse racing news

Jamie Richards

Century awaits leading trainer as stars return

Premiership-leading trainer Jamie Richards is looking forward to notching the ton when racing recommences in July, after an enforced break at the end of March...
Riodini

Realistic Tiley reshaping business

Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley is pleased to be back at work, but the COVID-19 lockdown period gave him a chance to ponder what his business...
Wyndspelle

Waddell up for Aussie challenge

One of New Zealand’s top big-race jockeys is heading across the Tasman. Cambridge jockey Jason Waddell said he is at a stage in his career...
Dean McKenzie

Cutbacks across all areas at TAB

The Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) confirmed on Tuesday changes it was taking in response to the impact of COVID-19, including a reduction of 230...
Beauden

Elliot set to surpass season’s best

Waikato jockey Ryan Elliot was a little disappointed about the season being curtailed as a result of COVID-19, but he is looking forward to getting...
Gobstopper

Australian Hurdle triumph for Gobstopper

Gobstopper has given his Kiwi owners plenty of excitement over the COVID-19 enforced lockdown period, and he continued that on Sunday when taking out the...
Not An Option

Queensland feature next for Not An Option

After watching runners struggle through the testing track conditions in the first race at Randwick on Saturday Kiwi trainer Tony Pike was relieved the decision...
Biscara

Collett welcomes winning Randwick double

Ex-pat Kiwi jockey Jason Collett broke a frustrating run of outs when he kicked home a winning double at Randwick on Saturday. Collett scored on...
mare

Imported mare confirmed positive for Theileria equi

Further testing of a breeding mare previously imported from the United Kingdom to New Zealand has confirmed the horse is carrying the exotic organism Theileria...
Kevin Gray

Gray hoping for brighter times ahead

Octogenarian trainer Kevin Gray hasn’t particularly enjoyed the last couple of months. The Palmerston North horseman’s age group have had the most stringent measures imposed...
Tommy Gold

Tommy gets the gold

Sacred Falls colt Tommy Gold secured his first victory when taking out his 1100m maiden on the Kensington track at Randwick on Wednesday. Owned by...
Kozzi Asano

Asano on the hunt

Leading apprentice jockey Kozzi Asano has experienced a break-out season and he can’t wait for it to resume in July. The Canterbury hoop is just...
Not An Option

Queensland an option for Kiwi galloper

A Group 1 assignment in Queensland is in the offing for talented two-year-old Not An Option if he performs well at Randwick on Saturday. Owned...
Lisa Allpress

Champion rider keen to get back racing

Leading jockey Lisa Allpress was a step closer to doing what she loves best when riding at the Levin jump-outs on Wednesday. The three-time premiership...
DHL

Equine exports suspended due to suspected piroplasmosis positive

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has informed all equine exporters that exports to, or via, Australia are suspended with immediate effect. MPI...
Stuart Hale

Positive outlook for trade

Despite the uncertain economic climate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand bloodstock agent Stuart Hale is remaining optimistic about the future. While...
Germanicus

Big season looming for Germanicus

Matamata trainer Danica Guy’s immediate focus is on educating some of the younger members of her team, but it will soon turn to spring racing...
Unlaced

Youthful Hawke’s Bay team prepare for spring

Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen are looking to the youth in their stable ahead of spring racing. The Hastings trainers have recently lost promising three-year-old...
Roger That

Roger back on the job

Tauranga horseman Antony Fuller has Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) winner Roger That back ticking over but he isn’t getting ahead of himself as he...
Tofane

Moroney looking to summit Everest

Last start Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) heroine Tofane has made a real impression on trans-Tasman trainer, Michael Moroney, who is eyeing a possible...
Jock and Des Harris

Farewell to a great racing contributor

New Zealand racing lost the patriarch of a racing dynasty with the death last Saturday of Jock (John William) Harris. His family has been flooded...
Opie Bosson

NZ lifestyle too alluring for Bosson

There’s nothing like the green pastures of home and leading New Zealand jockey Opie Bosson can attest to that. The ace hoop is back on...
Jennifer Eccles

Jennifer to spearhead Ritchie’s team for Melbourne

Group 1-winning filly Jennifer Eccles has returned to the Cambridge stable of Shaune Ritchie and will be a prepared for a campaign in Melbourne in...
Opie Bosson

Bosson to stay with Te Akau Racing

Te Akau Racing have confirmed that leading jockey Opie Bosson will remain as their number one retained rider for the upcoming 2020/21 racing season. Te...
Rondinella

Rondinella transferred to leading Sydney trainer

Uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic has forced a change in plan for high class racemare Rondinella who will commence her next campaign from the...