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Clara Jane primed for cup bid at Matamata

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Cambridge mare Clara Jane gets a black-type opportunity against a tough lineup at Matamata.

Queen's Rose out to emulate her mum

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Sentiment will be rewarded if Queen's Rose can conquer her rivals in tomorrow's fillies' and mares' race at Hawera.

Prize Lad shows inherited family ability at Taupo

Prize Lady

Prize Lad has inherited some of his dam's ability and his Taupo win suggests a bright future.

Lucrative return for patient owners

Danica Guy

Tomorrowland overcame the odds to win at Hastings on Saturday while "in-the-know" punters lapped up the TAB odds.

Hannah Mary starts her spring campaign with a win

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Mare Hannah Mary surprises and pleases owner and trainer Paul Mirabelli with a win at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Moochi Me looks a star in the making

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Moochi Me sizzled around Ellerslie on Saturday to trounce her opposition in the Mortgage & Insurance People 1400.

Tricky track at Ellerslie could test the best

Mark Sweeney

Track conditions at Ellerslie tomorrow will play a big part in the outcome of the Bonecrusher Stakes.

Avisto has the numbers on her side

Avisto

Avisto carries the hopes of a large syndicate in the Soliloquy Stakes for three-year-old fillies at Ellerslie.

Bounding looks better than a beaten favourite

Bounding

The hotshots were getting rolled at Matamata yesterday but Bounding indicated she would be hard to beat.

Laing plots another path with Veyron

Veyron

Trainer Linda Laing will wait another six weeks before producing her stable star, Veyron, on raceday.

Silent Achiever on track for Turnbull

Roger James

Although he didn't land any major prizes there was plenty for trainer trainer Roger James to be happy about.

Forbes looks like he's backed a winner

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Investment in New Zealand racing is bringing early rewards for Inner Mongolia's Rider Horse Group.

Jockey Vinnie Colgan keen to return home

Vinnie Colgan

The lure of home may have leading rider, Vinnie Colgan, back riding fulltime in New Zealand by Christmas.

Vespa revved up for return to racing

Vespa

The return of several of last season's leading juveniles highlights tomorrow's racing at Ruakaka.

Kelso mares in good shape for Makfi Stakes

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Matamata trainers Ken and Bev Kelso have a two pronged attack on the first Gr I of the season.

Big guns enjoy good run-out in Taupo

Pure Champion

The two open trials at Taupo yesterday threw up some intriguing possibilities for spring and summer racing.

Dream result at Te Rapa on Saturday

Mark Chittick

Saturday's feature race at Te Rapa had a dream result reports Tim Ryan.

Good return to form for Tiger Moss

Tiger Moss

Tiger Moss bounced back to form at Pukekohe on Saturday to the delight of connections.

Waikato jockeys turn calendar girls

	 Aimee Taylor

Waikato girls help calendar capture colour, glamour and athleticism of New Zealand's female jockeys.

Trainer Murray Baker reaches notable milestone

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It has been a good week for the powerful Baker-Forsman Cambridge stable lining up three runners for three wins

Nectacolecta takes win for first-timers

Graham Richardson

Two-year-old Nectacolecta collected a win for her large group of mainly first-time owners yesterday.

Bigger things in store for jumper I'm Isaac

Matamata trainer Karen Fursdon

Matamata jumper I'm Isaac is looking for a two from two steeplechase record when he tackles the Trentham country.

Reporter finds trotting sandy work

Morrinsville Trotting Track

OPINION: Rachel Thomas has a go in the passenger seat at Morrinsville Trotting Track and gets sand in her face in the process.

You can bet on Lisa's farewell being a party

Lisa Chittick

Lisa Chittick loved only one thing more than dressing up and going to the races - the party afterwards.

Racing industry mourns the loss of Lisa Chittick

Lisa Chittick

The thoroughbred industry and wider Waikato community is mourning the loss of Lisa Chittick.

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.
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