New Zealand horse racing news

El Gladiador

Cup trial victory a tonic for Parsons

John and Karen Parsons got a much-needed tonic after a tough week when El Gladiador won the Martin Collins New Zealand Cup Trial (1800m) at...
Gospodin

Placement crucial for winning machine Gospodin

Jim Pender isn’t in any hurry to take on the topliners yet with Gospodin despite a picket fence formline now stretching to five starts. A...
Samantha Collett

Top Kiwi jockey Brisbane bound

Top New Zealand jockey Samantha Collett liked her riding stint in Queensland over winter so much she has decided to make a permanent move to...
Sierra Sue

Karaka punt pays off for Lock

Watching a horse he sold go on to win a Group One in Melbourne on Saturday brought mixed emotions for Te Aroha trainer Peter Lock....
Sarah Macnab

Macnab savours special day in the saddle

Almost exactly three years on from a fall that could have ended her career, jockey Sarah Macnab made an unforgettable start to the 2021 Hawke’s...
Eion

Eion sends warning to Great Northern rivals

Lightly raced jumper Eion provided an ominous warning to his potential ARC Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m) rivals when he took out an action packed CLC...
Sakura Blossom

Sakura Blossom sets tongues wagging with sensational Hastings victory

While Callsign Mav was the star of the elite horses at Hastings with his Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) victory, it was a stunning performance...
Jonathan Riddell

Riddell makes it lucky number 13 in Group One feature

Thirteen may be an unlucky number for some, but for jockey Jonathan Riddell it marks another milestone in an amazing career in the saddle that...
Art De Triomphe

Art De Triomphe caps magical hour for Go Racing syndicates

Albert Bosma’s Go Racing syndicates enjoyed one of their finest hours on Saturday when they celebrated three separate victories including two at stakes level in...
Bellacontte

Rails run aids Bellacontte to land Gold Trail

Rider Sarah Macnab produced a gem of a ride as she guided under-rated filly Bellacontte to a thrilling victory in the Group 3 Hawke’s Bay...
Callsign Mav

Callsign Mav defends Group One title

Gritty local galloper Callsign Mav had to call on all his undoubted talent as he took out his second Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) in...
Wakari

Wakari upsets favourites at Hastings

Awapuni galloper Wakari upset all predictions when he held out hot favourite I Wish I Win to take out the Listed El Roca-Sir Colin Meads...
Avantage

Star mare Avantage retired

Nine-time Group One winner Avantage has been retired from racing after suffering a tendon injury. The Jamie Richards-trained six-year-old was favourite for Saturday’s Group 1...
Nick Bishara

Champion mare helps alleviate Bishara’s lockdown blues

Auckland’s extended lockdown is wearing thin with trainer Nick Bishara but the anticipation of another big weekend of racing is giving him some respite. Bishara...
Frontman

Frontman a leading light at Hawke’s Bay

A week ago, the chances of talented four-year-old Frontman contesting the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings looked slim, but a host of contributing...
Probabeel

Girls flying flag for Richards across the Tasman

Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards is looking forward to watching a trio of his star mares step-out across the Tasman on Saturday as he looks...
Alchemia

Alexanders with two strong prospects on special Hastings raceday

The opening day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival has special meaning for Matamata couple Simon and Katrina Alexander, and even more so for the...
Art De Triomphe

Williams set for dual role at Riccarton

Leading South Island jockey Kylie Williams will don two hats at Riccarton on Saturday. While set to ride a quality book at the Christchurch meeting,...
Avantage

Rain the only drawback for heavily armed Richards

This weekend will prove to be one of trainer Jamie Richards’ busiest to date, with 34 horses accepted at Taupo on Friday, Riccarton and Hastings...
Llanacord

Hastings return for Llanacord

Llanacord will return to the venue of her biggest moment in racing when she lines-up in the Brew’s & Que’s Tickets On Sale Now (1400m)...
Beauden

Domestic targets for Rogerson stars

The chances of high-class galloper Mascarpone venturing across the Tasman this spring are looking highly unlikely, however, Group One performed stablemate Beauden remains an outside...
Spring Tide

Spring Tide coming into Hastings

Spring Tide’s quick rise through the ranks in winter has persuaded Foxton trainer Chrissy Bambry to take an unscheduled crack at Group One company this...
Fonsalette

Marsh holds strong Classic arsenal

Stephen Marsh has no shortage of promising three-year-olds in his Cambridge barn, but he’s not deploying too many of them in early spring black type...
Lance Noble

Funny Girl on a trail for gold

Funny Girl broke through for her maiden victory first-up on the Cambridge synthetic earlier this month and trainer Lance Noble believes that will give her...
Dragon Leap

Punters take leap of faith

Comeback galloper Dragon Leap returns to the races for only the second time since February 2020 when he contests Saturday’s Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m)...