New Zealand horse racing news

Magic Wonder

Spectacular scenes during famous Ellerslie steeplechase

There were thrills a plenty during the running of Saturday’s ARC Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m) at Ellerslie but after the dust settled it was Wanganui...
Bonham

Exciting filly remains unbeaten with Hastings victory

Promising three-year-old Bonham made it two wins from her first two starts when she dominated her female rivals over 1300m at Hastings. The Johno Benner...
Shaun Phelan

Better late than never

Shaun Phelan may have missed the majority of the jumps season through injury, but he is delighted he has managed to return to raceday riding...
Endless Drama

Endless Drama showing zest for racing

Nine-year-old entire Endless Drama showed he is not ready for retirement just yet with a 20-length demolition of his rivals in an Avondale open catchweight...
Key

Fillies hold the key for Otaki trainers

Otaki trainers Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard have plenty to look forward to this season with a trio of promising three-year-old fillies. Hold the Press...
The Chosen One

Inside draw a boost for The Chosen One

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained The Chosen One has snuck into the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) for the second year in a row....
Mistress Minx

Mistress Minx one to watch

Matamata trainer Stephanie Tierney produced one for the black book at Tauranga on Wednesday when first-starter Mistress Minx showed a dazzling turn of foot to...
Troy Harris

Harris bullish with Melody Belle

No jockey will go into Saturday’s Group 1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings with more confidence than Melody Belle’s rider Troy Harris. The 32-year-old Matamata...
Enzo’s Lad

Busy time for Pitman

It’s been a whirlwind week for Matthew Pitman. The Riccarton trainer welcomed his second child on Tuesday and he has also been in the process...
Two Illicit

Two Illicit near peak for Classic

Two Illicit will be near her potent best when she races at her pet distance in Saturday’s Group 1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings, says...
Michael Walker

Walker turns to Willoughby in Cups

Kiwi jockey Michael Walker made the most of his limited opportunities last Saturday as he notched the 25th Group 1 win of his career with...
Magic Wonder

Northern spoils beckon Rathbone

The Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m) is the pinnacle for many jumping enthusiasts, and Wanganui trainer Jo Rathbone is no different. The race holds a special...
Melody Belle

Belle a late entry for Livamol Classic

Star mare Melody Belle, who was named New Zealand Horse of the Year for the second year in succession on Sunday night, will be out...
Tiptronic

Livamol test for Tiptronic

Group One winner Tiptronic bypassed the first two legs of the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival and trainers Graham Richardson and Rogan Norvall are hoping a...
Aaron Kuru

Kuru to link with The Cossack

Top jumps jockey Aaron Kuru will be back in the saddle this weekend when he joins forces with the Paul Nelson and Corrina McDougal-trained The...
Callsign Mav

Manawatu Challenge for Callsign Mav

Hastings galloper Callsign Mav came of age at his home track over the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival and has now been sent for a quick...
Sampson

Old-timer Sampson has still got it

Otaki trainer Howie Mathews and his wife, Lorraine, have never been more proud of their evergreen galloper Sampson than at Hawera last Saturday as he...
Glory Days

Glory Days on track for Livamol

The rekindled career of star stayer Glory Days will be put to the test in the Group 1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings on Saturday....
Mehrtens

Mehrtens delivers special win

Mehrtens added a bright spot to a tough week with an impressive victory at Hawera on Saturday. Ridden by Mereana Hudson, the six-year-old son of...
Tinker Mcphee

Exciting times ahead for impressive Matamata winner

Lightly raced three-year-old Tinker Mcphee dented a number of reputations at Matamata on Saturday when she sprinted clear of her rivals in the closing stages...
Summer Passage

O’Sullivan gains satisfaction from sprint victory

Trainer Lance O’Sullivan was beaming after former top juvenile Summer Passage made a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure at Matamata on Saturday, when striding...
Supreme Heights

Matamata mare reigns supreme at Hawera

Matamata mare Supreme Heights added a second stakes victory to her burgeoning record when she took out Saturday’s Group 3 Wyndspelle Grangewilliam Stud Taranaki Breeders...
Tavi Mac

Tavi Mac takes Matamata Cup

Popular equine star Tavi Mac provided his many followers with another thrilling performance when he dashed away with the feature race at Matamata on Saturday,...
Not An Option

Not An Option on top at Matamata

Well-travelled three-year-old Not An Option reminded punters of his galloping ability when he defeated a small but classy field of rivals over 1400m at Matamata...
Opie Bosson

Bosson excited by Matamata prospects

Champion jockey Opie Bosson is confident his season can kick into gear when he takes seven rides at Matamata on Saturday. The star hoop has...