New Zealand horse racing news

Group 1 target for Kelso-trained Supera

Talented four-year-old Supera landed her first stakes success last weekend when winning the Group 3 Tui- Backing A Winner Since 1889 Anniversary Handicap (1600m) and...

New Zealand debut for Irish comeback jockey

It may only be a maiden race at a minor midweek meeting, but it’s a big deal for Paul Gallagher making his comeback to race-riding...

Brennan’s black type firepower

Cambridge trainer Lauren Brennan is in the enviable position of having three-quarters of her racing team on target for upcoming Group races. Brennan has 19...

James & Wellwood filly Hasstobegood to make it to Karaka Million

The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained Hasstobegood will have to live up to her name in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1200m) at Ellerslie...

Prosecutor ready for Group 1 Crown

Last-start Group Three winner Crown Prosecutor will head into Saturday’s Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) in a fresh state, but his trainer Stephen Marsh believes...

Stayer a live chance in Trentham Stakes

Chance To Dance’s Group 1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) campaign steps up a gear at Trentham on Saturday. The Teofilo nine-year-old tackles the...

Hypnos developing into a Group 1 contender

Talented three-year-old Hypnos is being set for his first tilt at elite level when he lines-up in the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham...

Karaka Million dress rehearsal for Te Akau runners

Te Akau Racing’s hand in this year’s $1 million Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) will become clearer this weekend. Matamata trainer Jamie Richards is assured of...

Kay hoping for a change in luck

Levin trainer Sylvia Kay is hoping for a turnaround in luck for Dolcetto and Sylvester when they tackle feature races at Trentham on Saturday. Group...

Lightweight chance hoping to repeat

The Daniel Champion and Kezia Murphy-trained He’s Gold added a ninth win to his tally with victory in the Kurow Cup (1400m) last month and...

Two-pronged Classic attack for Baker-Forsman

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman hold a strong hand heading into the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday, but are...

Auckland Cup possible for Etah James

A session with an equine chiropractor this week could be a step closer to realising an Auckland Cup dream with Australian Group Three winner Etah...

Xpression out, Wait A Sec in

Smart Hastings filly Xpression will be missing from Saturday’s Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham, but trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen have their...

Concorde next for talented entire

The Stephen Marsh-trained Ardrossan extended his unbeaten streak in New Zealand to three after taking out the Pak N Save Thames Sprint (1200m) at Te...

Rae backing the West Coast

Trainer Kenny Rae is a long-time supporter of the West Coast racing circuit and he believes that John Messara’s recommendation of racecourse consolidation in the...

Balham thriving ahead of Marton Cup

A replica Manawatu Cup run could see Balham successful in Saturday’s Listed Gallagher Marton Cup (2200m) at Awapuni. Foxton trainer Emma Haworth reckons that’s well...

J-Mac returns to Kiwi roots

Leading Sydney jockey James McDonald made a fleeting visit back to his homeland on Thursday to ride at Te Aroha, a track that holds some...

Meadows in search of first stakes victory

Awapuni trainer Ashley Meadows is pleased with his stable star Duplicity ahead of the Listed Gallagher Marton Cup (2200m) on his home track on Saturday...

Peaceful ready to throw a cat among the pigeons

Peaceful might be vulnerable on fitness ahead of her return to New Zealand racing on Saturday but her class could see her competitive. That’s the...

Ralph humbled by Railway Stakes support

Te Awamutu trainer Stephen Ralph experienced the biggest day in his racing career on New Year’s Day after winning the Group 1 Sistema Railway (1200m)...

Outsider Santa Monica takes out Railway

Outsider Santa Monica belied her $77 winning-odds to take out the Group 1 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day. In a gutsy...

Barrier only concern with Melody Belle

Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards believes he has Melody Belle on song for the Group 1 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on Tuesday, but is...

Cup-winning colours of Jezabeel back in action

Memories of Jezabeel’s Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) triumph will be rekindled when her colours are in action at Ellerslie on Tuesday, exactly 21 years...

Mongolian Marshal at stamina cross roads

Mongolian Marshal’s performance in the Group 3 Pencarrow Stud City Of Auckland Cup (2400m) on Tuesday will determine how far his stamina will be tested...

Unwanted yearling records second stakes victory

Boots ‘N’ All capped off a memorable year for trainer Lance Robinson when winning the Listed Timaru Cup (1600m) at Phar Lap Raceway on Friday....