Racing

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.

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.

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

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

AIDAN RODLEY - Waikato

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.
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