Racing

Puccini fills Alamosa void for McKay

Peter McKay never thought he'd get another horse as good as Alamosa.

Puccini proves he can go the distance

OPINION: Wow. Just wow.

Puccini the one to beat after Derby draw


Matamata colt Puccini has held his place at the top of the TAB's TV3 New Zealand Derby market after yesterday drawing barrier three.

Elite winner back in the hands of Burne

Survived has had a surprise switch of stables, writes Tim Ryan.

Hobbled hoop hoping for a magical Derby

Premiership-leading jockey Matthew Cameron will today have a dress rehearsal for tomorrow's $750,000 TV3 New Zealand Derby - riding a mechanical horse.

Round of golf almost cost rider a shot at Romance

Michael Coleman has revealed how he nearly cost himself the ride on leading New Zealand Derby contender Rising Romance. Racing editor Aidan Rodley reports.

Princess Kyoto provides McGiven with first stakes win

Jan McGiven never had any great ambitions to train.

Hogan happy to share

Ian Hogan can't believe his luck.

Royale victory a sweet success for Spratt

Jockey Sam Spratt and 90-year-old owner Arthur Avis stole the show on Matamata Breeders’ Stakes day. Aidan Rodley reports.

Cameron still on track despite injury

Top jockey Matthew Cameron was hurt at yesterday’s Matamata trials but he’s adamant he’ll ride in Saturday’s New Zealand Derby, writes Aidan Rodley.

Four fillies fly flag for Matamata

Four Matamata fillies will mount an offensive against six visiting fillies in Saturday's Gr II $100,000 J Swap Matamata Breeders' Stakes (1200m).

Achiever on target for Sydney’s autumn riches

A multi-million Sydney campaign awaits star Cambridge stayer Silent Achiever.

Puccini puts rivals to the sword in dominant Guineas victory

Matamata colt Puccini showed he was on song for next month’s Gr I New Zealand Derby with his third Guineas win at Ellerslie on Saturday, writes Aidan Rodley.

McAnulty squares the ledger

Outspoken racing personality Rob McAnulty yesterday settled his debt stemming from personal attacks on two high-profile racing administrators but don't expect him to be gagged any time soon.

Steel Rose to blossom at Matamata

Samantha Collett is hoping Steel Rose can again bloom on Matamata Breeders’ Stakes day, writes Aidan Rodley.

Ritchie rapt with preparation of powerful pair

Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie will chase the Avondale Cup and Guineas double at Ellerslie tomorrow. Racing editor Aidan Rodley reports.

Nine new inductees for Racing Hall Of Fame

The aches and pains of old age weren't going to stop Syd Brown making the trip back home from Sydney for the New Zealand Racing Hall Of Fame gala dinner at SkyCity in Hamilton last night.

Hera soon to find new home in Australia

Talented Cambridge filly Hera will do her future racing in Australia, writes Aidan Rodley.

Noble rapt with Viadana’s victory

A rapturous reception awaited Viadana as the Matamata mare and jockey Craig Grylls returned to scale after winning Saturday's Gr I $200,000 NRM Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa.

Hera gives James reason to rethink

A bouncy Hera yesterday gave Cambridge trainer Roger James reason to reconsider plans to sent her straight to the paddock.

Costume splendid in Herbie Dyke win

Costume was a perfect fit at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Vespa sparks birdcage celebrations

It was a public display of affection in the extreme.

Chambord favoured for Waikato Guineas

It's time for Chambord to stamp himself as a genuine New Zealand Derby contender, says Matamata trainer Jason Bridgman.

Bridgman looks to Aspen for Derby after Chambord failure

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While the momentum of one his New Zealand Derby candidates was stopped in its tracks at Te Rapa on Saturday, the progress of another key contender continues to please Matamata trainer Jason Bridgman.

Cruz continues family tradition of success

Trevor Cruz showed his training prowess at Te Rapa on Saturday, writes Aidan Rodley.

Puccini leads all the way for Guineas triumph

Puccini has become a leading contender for next month’s $750,000 NZ Derby after winning Saturday’s Waikato Guineas, writes Aidan Rodley.

Colgan returns to NZ for shot at Te Rapa glory

Vinnie Colgan is back in town for International day at Te Rapa on Saturday, writes Aidan Rodley.

Sweeney, Postmans Daughter to deliver

Mark Sweeney has done his form and he believes he can be an asset to Postmans Daughter in Saturday's Gr I $200,000 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa.

Equine herpes outbreak in Waikato

Veterinarians have moved to assure Waikato horse owners that an outbreak of equine herpes has minimal potential to spread.

Historian, Fleur de Lune set to give Cameron a day to remember

Matt Cameron is out to make personal history at Te Rapa tomorrow.

Boom filly Bounding ready to fire in NRM Sprint at Te Rapa

Matamata trainers Ken and Bev Kelso are keen to extend their “lucky period” at Te Rapa tomorrow, writes racing editor Aidan Rodley.

O'Donnell claims Dylan Thomas colt for Hong Kong

A buyer with "champagne taste and a beer budget" waited till close to the end of the first day of the select sale at Karaka yesterday to make his first strike.

Heys ready to take it to the big boys

A kid from Huntly with no inclination towards horses or racing is about to take the Sydney turf by storm.

Big names come out for Karaka sales

Cricket stars Brendon McCullum and Kyle Mills were keen observers for the opening session of the Karaka yearling sales yesterday.

Ellis spends $6.42m to dominate Karaka buying bench

A wag yesterday suggested that New Zealand Bloodstock ought to insure David Ellis, such was his impact on the Karaka premier yearling sales.

Rogersons rapt with their son of guns

Rogersons

Graeme and Debbie Rogerson stuck to what they knew at Karaka today.

Te Akau's Ellis spends big at Karaka

David Ellis dominated the Karaka sales ring yesterday.

Cambridge ends day one on top

Cambridge Stud turned for home in front at Karaka yesterday.

Emotional day as Chitticks come out on top

Tough times don't last - tough people do.

Bridgman laments loss of potential star O’Darci

Matamata trainer Jason Bridgman had no doubt that unbeaten Darci Brahma gelding  O'Darci was headed to Gr I level.

New sponsor for Sprint

Next month's Waikato Sprint will be called the NRM Sprint after the Waikato Racing Club signed the animal feeds company as a new sponsor for its banner weight-for-age sprint.

Morans eyeing off millions, one way or another

Cambridge’s Mike and Helen Moran will chase racetrack and sale-ring glory in Auckland this weekend. Racing editor Aidan Rodley reports.

Cambridge Stud targets set on regaining leading vendor title

For 31 years, Sir Patrick Hogan had held Cambridge Stud's yearling sales rivals at bay with a wooden chair and a stockwhip.

Raiders ride with dreams of Million

Several top Australian-based jockeys will converge on Ellerslie on Sunday, writes Aidan Rodley.

Tempelten, Statham on track for more success

A Thames double has promoted the chance of a feature Trentham double for two South Auckland gallopers, writes Aidan Rodley.

Waikato claims special conditions maiden double

Waikato gallopers claimed the special conditions maiden double at Ellerslie.

Mosquito's thrilling victory a dream come true for Scott

Steve Scott lived a dream at Ellerslie yesterday.

Pike and Donoghue never far from Group glory at Ellerslie

It wasn't the red-letter day it could have been but Cambridge trainers Tony Pike and Mark Donoghue still enjoyed a memorable day at Ellerslie yesterday.

Du Plessis makes amends with top Railway ride

Redemption was sweet for Mark Du Plessis as he guided Waikato filly Bounding to Gr I Railway Stakes success at Ellerslie yesterday. Racing editor Aidan Rodley reports.

Harding gets new year off to Thrilling start

Railway Stakes thrills were not enough for Tirau's Gary Harding on Wednesday.
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