New Zealand horse racing news

Verry Elleegant caps top weekend for Bishara

Ardmore trainer Nick Bishara completed a weekend to remember when Verry Elleegant broke her maiden status in emphatic fashion at Ruakaka. The three-year-old Zed filly...
Finbarr

Robinson chases consolation win with Finbarr at Riccarton

Gay Robinson will seek a deserved consolation prize when she produces Finbarr in Saturday’s Millennium Hotels & Resorts Premier Open 1400 at Riccarton. The Invercargill...
Verry Flash

Bishara hoping to extend Flash run

Nick Bishara had his highs and lows with the racemare Opulence, but now he is forever grateful to the daughter of Danroad. The Ardmore Lodge...
Melody Belle

Taupo gallop furthers Foxbridge preparation

Jamie Richards used a trip to Taupo for a hit-out on Wednesday morning to put top mare Melody Belle on target for her Group Two...
Nymph Monte

Quiet approach with Nymph Monte

Opaki trainer Grant Nicholson plans to take a quiet approach to this season’s campaign with his talented galloper Nymph Monte. Unlike the last couple of...
Jackstar

Gary Vile hoping for smooth return from injury for Jacksstar

Gary Vile is taking it a day at a time with Jacksstar, but he’s hoping to get the top stayer back to raceday action. Jacksstar,...
Tanaka

Tanaka enjoying good start in Seoul

Masa Tanaka is fulfilling a dream on his return to race riding in Korea. The Japanese jockey left New Zealand early last month after securing...
Magnum

Lauren Brennan is on weather watch with Magnum

Cambridge trainer Lauren Brennan is keeping close tabs on the Waikato weather forecast as she prepares former Singapore galloper Magnum for a return to racing....
Tarzino trophy

Hale doubles up her Te Rapa interest

Shelley Hale is giving Grant Cooksley the opportunity to get a line on both her stable stars at Te Rapa on Saturday. We look at...
Thornton

Notable Milestone for Thornton

Trudy Thornton ended her most successful season of race riding doing what she does best – winning. The highly talented and hard-working Cambridge horsewoman had...
Dolcetto

Dolcetto turns focus to big group one campaign

An outing at Awapuni on Saturday will serve as a means to an end for quality galloper Dolcetto. Part-owner and trainer Sylvia Kay has acknowledged...
Monarch Chimes

NZ jumper wins on the flat in Australia

Quality New Zealand jumper Monarch Chimes showed his versatility at Sandown on Wednesday when winning on the flat in the Mypunter.com Handicap (2400m). The David...

Top mare Bonneval enjoys a day out

New Zealand‘s highest-profile galloper enjoyed a trip to Taupo this morning to further her preparation for a return to the Melbourne spring carnival. The Murray...
Salamanca

Stable stalwart delivers fulfilling result

Awapuni trainer Mike Breslin gained a healthy dose of satisfaction from Salamanca’s latest effort. He produced the seven-year-old to cap off successive placings with an...

Better things to come from Sandown winner

Plunge winner Our Libretto is headed for bigger and better things after storming home to break her maiden status at Sandown.
Ladies First

Melbourne Cup plan mapped out for Ladies First

A Melbourne Cup (3200m) programme for Ladies First has been announced by trainer Allan Sharrock. Five lead-up races are planned to have the Gr.1 Auckland...

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...

Breeder’s bonus for Group 1 Tarzino Trophy

The breeder of the winner of this year’s Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) will receive a bonus. A free service to Tarzino, valued at $15,000...

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...