New Zealand horse racing news

Mana Nui

Stakes test first-up for Mana Nui

Matamata trainer Chad Orsmby is looking forward to lining up debutant Mana Nui in the Group 3 Waikato Stud Slipper (1200m) at his home track...
Beldarra

Noble in search of more success at old stomping ground

Trainer Lance Noble is shooting for back-to-back winners of the Group 2 J Swap Contractors Ltd Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) when he saddles Hinchinbrook filly...
Western Springs

Wellwood has good opinion of Western Springs

Robert Wellwood reckons he might have a star autumn two-year-old on his hands. But the Cambridge trainer won’t mind if talented Lonhro colt Western Springs...
Germanicus

Germanicus wins star-studded trial

Group Three winner Germanicus showed he is in excellent order ahead of a return to racing, winning a 1000m trial at Pukekohe on Thursday that...
Captain Tom

Captain Tom provides Collett with milestone

Pukekohe trainer Richard Collett marked a century of wins on his home track when promising three-year-old Captain Tom saluted in the Mount Shop 1200 maiden...
Callsign Mav

Callsign Mav ready to rumble at Otaki

It’s one all between Callsign Mav and Avantage this season, and the Group 1 El Cheapo Cars Weight-For-Age Classic (1600m) at Otaki on Saturday is...
Exuberant

Southern stable a successful venture for Marsh

Before Stephen Marsh’s focus turns to the feature races at Matamata on Saturday, the Cambridge trainer will have his attention on Friday’s Riccarton meeting where...
Force Of Will

Wexford eyeing Sydney with Force Of Will

A Sydney autumn raid could still be on the cards for exciting three-year-old filly Force Of Will. The daughter of Power was scratched from the...
Amarelinha

Oaks path for Amarelinha

Rising star Amarelinha will not be a late entrant for the Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m). Te Akau principal David Ellis has confirmed...
Llanacord

Llanacord seeking ultimate Oaks tribute

Stephen Nickalls hopes to get exciting three-year-old filly Llanacord to the Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) next month as a...
Julius

Group One winner retired

Group One winner Julius has been retired. It’s not the first time the Swiss Ace nine-year-old has entered the retirement paddock, having been forced away...
Bonny Lass

Richardson chasing hometown feature with Bonny Lass

Matamata trainers Graham Richardson and Rogan Norvall head to their local meeting on Saturday with talented yet unassuming filly Bonny Lass in the Group 2...
Chokito

Surprise package for novice breeder

When Tracey Schroeder bought herself an ‘old plodder’ to ride and potter around with, she got a lot more than she bargained for. She bought...
Sinarahma

Auckland Cup likely for Sinarahma

Allan Sharrock will be hoping it’s a case of like mother, like daughter, if Sinarahma lines-up in the Group 1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup...
Rocket Spade

Hermitage gunning for Derby redemption with Rocket Spade

For the second year running, Hermitage Thoroughbreds has a three-year-old with a huge chance to win the Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m). Rocket...
Sound

Sound reinforces Auckland Cup credentials

The Ballymore stables of Mike Moroney and Pam Gerard have plenty to look forward to over the Auckland Cup Carnival, following the performances of proven...
Dark Alley

Dark Alley bounces back at Hastings

Promising four-year-old Dark Alley looked a galloper capable of going through the grades over the next few months when he scored an impressive victory on...
Justacanta

Justacanta gets deserved Ellerslie success

Consistent sprinter Justacanta got his just rewards for some outstanding efforts of late when he closed out a stylish victory in open company over 1200m...
Robusto

Robusto storms to victory in Avondale Cup

Rugged stayer Robusto upset the applecart when she produced a well-timed finish to deny Aussie raider Sound a victory in Saturday’s Group 2 Wallen Concreting...
Rocket Spade

Rocket Spade cements Derby claims with Avondale Guineas victory

Well fancied Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) candidate Rocket Spade threw down the gauntlet to his three-year-old rivals when he produced a strong...
Chokito

Chokito takes out Southland Guineas

A brave front-running effort paid dividends for Timaru visitor Chokito as she captured her first stakes victory in the Listed ILT Ascot Park Hotel Southland...
Platinum Invador

Platinum Invador ticks plenty of boxes

Central Districts stayer Platinum Invador has a number of factors in his favour when he contests the Group 2 Wallen Concreting Avondale Cup (2400m) at...
Aquaoir

Stakes targets beckon regally-bred filly

Regally-bred filly Aquaoir will head to Ellerslie on Saturday in preparation for a tilt at the Group 3 Sunline Vase (2100m) next month. The Cody...
Subpoenaed

Group Two first-up for Subpoenaed

Former Kiwi galloper Subpoenaed will line-up in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on Saturday ahead of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic...
Il Affare

Il Affare to continue on Derby path

Il Affare’s iron constitution will serve her well as she continues her Classic preparation at Ellerslie this weekend. That’s the word from the Dundeel filly’s...