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Redwood 1Redwood Mare Shines at Warwick Farm

High Shine (previously known as Shine in NZ) made a great fist of her first start on Australian soil during the week when she proved a cut above her rivals over 1300m at Warwick Farm for ex-pat Kiwis John Sargent and James McDonald.

Chinchilla RosePierro Filly Looking for the Perfect Rendition

The Peter and Dawn Williams trained filly Rendition will be looking to break through for her first win when she contests the Listed Buffalo & Co Champagne Stakes for two-year-olds over 1600m at Ellerslie tomorrow. 

Night's Watch Caulfield BNight’s Watch Heads to Easter Cup

Class act Night’s Watch has been given a few weeks to get over his disappointing run in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes and will head to Caulfield on Saturday to contest the A$160,000 Group 3 Easter Cup.

Grinzinger StarGrinzinger Star Looking for Back to Back Wins

The Reliable Man three-year-old Grinzinger Star will be looking to make it back to back victories at Caulfield when he contests the A$75,000 Bill Collins Handicap over 2000m on Saturday. 

Trusty Lad EFTrusty Lad Sets Out on Derby Path

Talented three-year-old Trusty Lad (Reliable Man-Miss Juventus) resumes at Eagle Farm tomorrow in what his connections will be hoping to be his first step towards a Queensland Derby in June.

Passing shotPassing Shot Looking to Make it Win No. 12 for Go Racing

Swiss Ace gelding Passing Shot will look to take his win tally to twelve in tomorrow’s Listed NZB Finance Sprint at Hawkes Bay.

Platinum InvadorPlatinum Invador Looking to find NZ Derby Form

The Lisa Latta trained Platinum Invador will be hoping he can find the form which saw him run a huge race when flashing home for third to Crown Prosecutor and In A Twinkling in the Vodafone NZ Derby last month when he steps out in Saturday’s A$2,000,000 Harrold’s ATC Derby at Randwick.

Reliable Man 5Reliable Man Filly Steps Up in Adrian Knox 

The Chris Waller trained Romani Girl steps to a middle distance for the first time on Saturday as she heads to the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes at Randwick on ATC Derby Day.

Ho Ho Khan 2Vincent Ho Reunited With Ho Ho Khan 

Hong Kong jockey Vincent Ho will be reunited with the David Hall-trained Ho Ho Khan (formerly Mulanchi (NZ) in Sunday’s HK$2,625,000 Harlech Handicap over 2000m at Sha Tin.

Swiss Ace ParadeSwiss Ace Pair in the Mix on Home Track

Counties on Sunday will see the talented Swiss Ace pair of Von Trapp (ex Musically) and Silent Truth (ex Camouflaged) step out in the Racingthoughts Dot Blog 1200. Both horses are trained at Pukekohe by Richard Collett (Von Trapp) and Nigel Tiley (Silent Truth) and have shown well above average ability in their limited starts to date.

Platinum RapperRapper Looking to the Beat of Black Type

The Lisa Latta trained Platinum Rapper (Makfi-Wednesday Rocks) will be looking to score her first black type win when she steps out in the NZB Airfreight Stakes at Riccarton on Saturday.

ComebackComeback Has all the Answers

Makfi gelding is in a purple patch of form this season winning his last two appearances at the races and will be shooting for his third successive win when he heads to Awapuni on Friday for the $30,000 Palmfield Motors 1400.

PostponedHonesty Looking to Score Back to Back Wins

Postponed mare Honesty will be looking to make it back to back wins when she contests the $25,000 Te Aroha Veterinary Services 1400 on Breeder’s Stakes Day at Te Aroha tomorrow. Trained by Team Rogerson, the mare has been very consistent this season, winning impressively on Vodafone NZ Derby Day after good form around the likes of Rondinella, Savette and Monaco with the 4YO mare looking well in the race with just 55.5kg after Ryan Elliot’s claim.

Bella MenteA Fruitful Running of the Sires Produce

While we may not have made headline news in the time-honored Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes at the weekend there were three fillies in the race with connections to the farm that all put in a highly commendable effort to finish in the top five placings.

Aalaalune DTwo-Year-Olds Take Centre Stage

New Zealand will see the running of the last “major” race for the two-year-olds on Saturday when the time-honoured $225,000 Group 1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes is run at Awapuni.

Rock on Wood 2019Star Act on his Way to Bigger and Better Things

Talented four-year-old Rock on Wood (Redwood) will be one to follow out of Saturday’s racing as he steps out for the second time this campaign in the Ricoh Premier for the Rating 82 horses after a super impressive victory at his return a month ago at Hawkes Bay.

Night's Watch Caulfield BNight’s Watch to Group 1 Ranvet Stakes

Redwood gelding Night’s Watch heads to Sydney this weekend for the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill and the rain which has been present in Sydney should not cause any concern for the talented five-year-old with his record boasting 2 wins and 2 placings from 6 starts on a slow track, and 1 win from 1 start on heavy track – the track is currently rated a heavy 8.

Bella MenteEl Roca Fillies Heading to Group 1

The El Roca fillies Bella Mente and First Rock are likely to clash as they represent their sire in next week’s Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes Gr.1 at Awapuni.

Night's Watch Caulfield BNight’s Watch to Group 1 Ranvet Stakes

Redwood gelding Night’s Watch heads to Sydney this weekend for the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill and the rain which has been present in Sydney should not cause any concern for the talented five-year-old with his record boasting 2 wins and 2 placings from 6 starts on a slow track, and 1 win from 1 start on heavy track – the track is currently rated a heavy 8.

Sentimental MissNZ Oaks a Sentimental Result for Reliable Man

The win of Go Racing’s Sentimental Miss in Saturday’s Al Basti Equiworld NZ Oaks provided sire Reliable Man with a well overdue success at the top level when she outstayed her rivals in determined fashion and posted a 1.3 length win over Beyond the Fort (Niagara) and Star Karen (Camelot).

ComebackComeback Completes Memorable Week for his Dam

Makfi gelding Comeback made it a memorable week for his dam Intelligentsia (Danzero) when he scored his second win in eight days taking out $30,000 Thee Auld Floozie Premier over 1400m at Trentham on Saturday for owner/breeder Gerry Harvey, trainers Team Rogerson, and young stable apprentice Shiarna Johnson.

Ho Ho Khan 2McDonald to Ride Ho Ho Khan in Hong Kong Derby

Leading jockey James McDonald will head to Hong Kong on Sunday to take the mount on the David Hall-trained Ho Ho Khan (Makfi) in the HK$14,000,000 BMW Hong Kong Derby.

SchistSchist Form Strong Lead-In to NZ Oaks

Reliable Man filly Schist has the perfect form guide to the NZ Oaks after running a good second at Otaki to Vodafone NZ Derby placegetter Platinum Invador in her first attempt at a middle distance three weeks ago, and one would suggest that with natural improvement that it could be a sense of perfect timing for the Allan Sharrock trained filly.

Bella Mente MMEl Roca Two-Year-Olds Shaping Up Well

Fastnet Rock’s son El Roca is making a great start to his stud career with his first two-year-olds appearing on the racetracks and showing excellent form.

SchistSchist Form Strong Lead-In to NZ Oaks

Reliable Man filly Schist has the perfect form guide to the NZ Oaks after running a good second at Otaki to Vodafone NZ Derby placegetter Platinum Invador in her first attempt at a middle distance three weeks ago, and one would suggest that with natural improvement that it could be a sense of perfect timing for the Allan Sharrock trained filly.

Night's Watch Caulfield ANight’s Watch Takes on Star-studded Field in Australian Cup

Redwood’s talented son Night’s Watch will take on a quality field when he lines up in Saturday’s A$1.5 million TAB Australian Cup over 2000m at Flemington, a race which sees two Melbourne Cup victors entered, alongside the winners of the VRC Derby, LKS Mackinnon Stakes, Moonee Valley Gold Cup, Australian Cup, Peter Young Stakes, Sandown Classic, Ebor Handicap, Sandown Cup, and Empire Rose Stakes.

Kementari BSmall But Elite Field for Randwick Sprint

The $500,000 Group 1 Canterbury League Club Stakes has attracted a small but select field at Randwick on Saturday with the elite entires Kementari, Pierata, and Trapeze Artist taking on Group 1 sprinting star Shoals and up and coming three-year-old Brutal.

Lord ArthurLord Arthur Sure to Enjoy Middle Distance

The regally bred Lord Arthur (Camelot-Imposingly) will be an interesting runner when he steps out in the Barfoot & Thompson 2100m at Ellerslie tomorrow. Having his first start past 1600m, the half-brother to champion racemare Bonneval, Lord Arthur restored the confidence of his trainers Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman at Te Aroha recently when more than a tad unlucky and just going down after putting in what can only be described as an indifferent run prior to that at Hawkes Bay.

Platinum InvadorPlatinum Invador Live Derby Chance

If there was some doubt a week ago whether he would make the field for the $1,000,000 Vodafone NZ Derby, Awapuni visitor Platinum Invador is now on the third line of betting at $7.50 with the NZ TAB and the stars are aligning after winning at Otaki last Saturday and then being a last minute inclusion in the top 18 for the Derby, while top South Island jockey Chris Johnson retains the mount after being in the saddle at his recent outings.

Reliable Man 2018bReliable Man 3YO Nobu Set for Derby Assault

The Chris Waller trained Nobu has had a trouble free preparation heading into tomorrow’s $1,000,000 Vodafone NZ Derby and the 3YO son of Reliable Man looks sure to enjoy the 2400m of the Derby journey.

Postponed 1Honesty by Name, Honesty by Nature

Postponed mare Honesty looks to be a strong chance in tomorrows $50,000 Barfoot & Thompson 1400 at Ellerslie after an excellent effort when a fast-finishing fourth at her last start over 1200m at Ellerslie two weeks ago. Honesty had to go back from a wide barrier, settling last in the run and giving the leaders a big start turning in, before unleashing a storming run to grab fourth, running her final 600m in 33.89.

El Roca-7 copyDouble Stakes for El Roca 

Tomorrow is set to be an exciting day for the El Roca fan base with two very strong chances to sire his first stakes winner (or two with a bit of luck) at Matamata Racing Club. Having their first black-type assignments is the Shaune Ritchie trained Bella Mente who is entered in the Group 2 Matamata Breeders Stakes and in the Group 3 Waikato Stud Slipper is Danica Guy’s Moeraki.

Nights WatchNight’s Watch A Chance at Caulfield

The very good son of Redwood continues his campaign towards the $1.5 million Australian Cup with Night’s Watch entered to start in today’s Group 2 Carlton Draught Peter Young Stakes at Caulfield.

Reliable Man 2018bWaller-trained Nobu to Step Out at Ellerslie

The Chris Waller trained three-year-old Nobu (Reliable Man) steps out for the first time in New Zealand when he heads to Ellerslie tomorrow. The gelding is entered for two races on the Ellerslie card but is first on the ballot for the $100,000 Group 2 Schweppes Avondale Guineas over 2100m, but is also entered for the Rating 65 race over the same journey should he fail to make the field.

Little Giant DJHHall to Line Up Westbury Pair on Big Day at Sha Tin

Australian ex-pat David Hall will line up horses in each of the big races at Sha Tin on Sunday and both originated from Westbury Stud.

Swiss Ace gelding Little Giant will take on the goliath of Hong Kong racing at the moment when he meets the high class Beauty Generation in the HK$10,000,000 The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup over 1400m. Little Giant’s last two runs have been in “Town Hall” company against the best sprinters in Hong Kong, running fourth in the International Sprint and fifth in The Centenary Sprint Cup. Little Giant was seen in the uncustomary role of pacemaker at his most recent start and fought well for a close fifth.

Night's Watch DLaneNight’s Watch Resumes at Caulfield

Talented gelding Night’s Watch (Redwood) resumes in today's A$160,000 Group 3 JC Hodges TS Carlyon Cup over 1600m at Caulfield as heads towards his main target of the $1,500,000 Australian Cup on 9 March. Recently transferred to the stable of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace after being embroiled in the Darren Weir saga, Night’s Watch went close to winning over 1400m when in a fresh state at Flemington in the spring, and the 1600m of today’s race should hold no fears for the talented middle distance horse.

MoerakiMoeraki Making Long Awaited Debut

El Roca two-year-old Moeraki will make his eagerly anticipated debut when he steps out at Te Rapa today in the opening race. Trained at Matamata by Danica Guy, Moeraki has had three trials – winning his last two impressively – and was scheduled to make his debut last weekend before he drew the outside barrier.

Redwood 16Sword in Stone Looking for Derby Ticket

Promising three-year-old Sword in Stone (Redwood) will be looking for a ticket to the $1,000,000 Vodafone NZ Derby at Te Rapa when he tackles the Warren Storm Lifebrokers Waikato Guineas Gr.2 over 2000m. 

Bella Mente MMBella Mente Provides El Roca with First Winner

The Shaune Ritchie trained two-year-old Bella Mente provided her sire El Roca with his first winner when she won the Paper Plus Matamata Juvenile over 1200m at Matamata on Sunday. Out of the Stravinsky mare Joiya, Bella Mente is a half-sister to the Group 1 placed Bella Gioia and the stakes winner Niki Piki Milo – while recent stakes winners Contessa Vanessa and Astor are both out of the immediate family.

Swiss Ace ParadeSwiss Ace Benefit

The past weekend proved to be a Swiss Ace benefit with five individual winners across the two days including the Group 3 Woburn Classic at New Plymouth for the two-year-olds with Miss Federer. 

Graham RichardsonRichardson Purchases Top Westbury Lot

The Karaka Sales have ended for another year and the top priced Lot from the farm was the Exosphere filly from Twenty Angels, who was sold for $350,000 to the bid of Matamata trainer Graham Richardson. An attractive type by first season sire Exosphere, the filly came from the famous “Belle family” and is out of a half-sister to the top sprinter Perfectly Ready.

CamelotLord Arthur On Derby Path

The impeccably bred Lord Arthur could well embark on a Derby path if he can win the $40,000 Gazely Mercedes Benz Premier at Trentham tomorrow. By Camelot from Broodmare of the Year Imposingly, Lord Arthur is a half-brother to Horse of the Year Bonneval, and Group winners Imposing Lass, Lady Cumquat and Full of Spirit and is raced by his breeders Peter Newsom, Mac Whitehouse, and Tony Wales after the horse was passed in for $110,000 as a yearling.

SchistTrio of Reliable Man Fillies to Tackle Desert Gold

Reliable Man will have three fillies to represent him in the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes at Wellington on Saturday with Sentimental Miss, Schist, and Sure Bet down to contest the time honoured event.

Livin' On a PrayerRedwood Three-Year-Old Out to Make it Three in a Row

The Lisa Latta trained Platinum Invader (Redwood) will look to take his form line to three in a row when he contests the $40,000 Lincoln Farms Premier over 2200m. The black three-year-old is part-owned by the race sponsor Lincoln Farms in conjunction with Neville McAlister and was a $25,000 by his trainer at Karaka and the style of his most recent victories suggest he could easily be a Vodafone NZ Derby prospect while a win against the older horses tomorrow would be a meritorious effort.

Hypnos 1Hypnos Wins Uncle Remus Stakes

Reliable Man gelding Hypnos recorded an emphatic victory over the warm favourite Dawn Patrol in the inaugural running of the Listed Uncle Remus Stakes at Ellerslie on Boxing Day and confirmed a start in the Group 1 Levin Classic as his next assignment.

Reliable Man x Glory Run v2Night’s Watch Resumes Training

Darren Weir’s highly talented stayer Night’s Watch (Redwood) has resumed training after a well-earned spell following the spring carnival with his eyes on a late summer and autumn campaign for the five-year-old.

Glory DaysGlory Days After Five in a Row

Red Giant mare Glory Days will be looking for her fifth win in succession when she tackles the Group 3 Manawtu Cup at Awapuni on Saturday.

Hypnos 1Hypnos Draws Favourably in Uncle Remus Stakes

The inaugural running of the Uncle Remus Stakes see promising 3YO Hypnos (Reliable Man) take on the much talked about Dawn Patrol (and others) on Wednesday as they prepare for feature racing in January. 

Belle du Nord Te RapaBelle du Nord Storms Home to win Cal Isuzu Stakes

Cambridge trainers Emma-Lee & David Browne were rewarded for their patience on Saturday when Reliable Man four-year-old Belle du Nord scored a well-deserved black type victory when running home strongly from well back in the field to post a well overdue win in the Group 2 $100,000 Cal Isuzu Stakes.

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