Waller-trained Nobu to Step Out at Ellerslie15 Feb 2019
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.
Hall to Line Up Westbury Pair on Big Day at Sha Tin15 Feb 2019
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 Resumes at Caulfield9 Feb 2019
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.
Moeraki Making Long Awaited Debut9 Feb 2019
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.
Sword in Stone Looking for Derby Ticket9 Feb 2019
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 Provides El Roca with First Winner5 Feb 2019
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 Benefit5 Feb 2019
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.
Richardson Purchases Top Westbury Lot5 Feb 2019
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.
Lord Arthur On Derby Path18 Jan 2019
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.
Trio of Reliable Man Fillies to Tackle Desert Gold18 Jan 2019
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.
Redwood Three-Year-Old Out to Make it Three in a Row18 Jan 2019
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 Wins Uncle Remus Stakes30 Dec 2018
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.
Night’s Watch Resumes Training21 Dec 2018
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 Days After Five in a Row21 Dec 2018
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 Draws Favourably in Uncle Remus Stakes21 Dec 2018
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 Storms Home to win Cal Isuzu Stakes19 Dec 2018
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.
Sentimental Miss Looking For Lucky Break in Eulogy14 Dec 2018
Reliable Man filly Sentimental Miss will be hoping for a tad more luck than that which she received in the Lucia Valentina Wellington Stakes Gr.3 at her most recent start two weeks ago where she flashed home late finishing an unlucky third to the colts Crown Prosecutor and Swords Drawn after being held up for a run until past the 200m mark.
Honesty the Best Policy at Te Rapa14 Dec 2018
The Team Rogerson trained Honesty looks well overdue for a win after some excellent efforts of late without much luck when she contests the $30,000 Team Wealleans Premier over 1400m at Te Rapa on Saturday.
Mister President makes Debut14 Dec 2018
The aptly named Mr President (Sepoy-Mrs Kennedy) will make his raceday debut on Saturday when he steps out in the two-year-old event at Te Rapa for prominent owners Archer Equine Investments Ltd, racing in the blue and white colours made famous by the great Mufhasa.
Red Cloud Favoured in Chalmers Handicap7 Dec 2018
The Fraser Auret trained Red Cloud is strongly favoured to take his record to three wins from his past five starts when he steps out in a field of six in tomorrow’s $30,000 Fasttrack Insurance Chalmers Handicap at Trentham over 2500m.
Hypnos Tackles First Black Type7 Dec 2018
Roger James and Robert Wellwood will test their promising three-year-old Hypnos (Reliable Man) in black type company for the first time on Saturday when he ventures to Ellerslie for the $70,000 Group 3 Bonecrusher Stakes over 1400m.
Comeback in Fine Form7 Dec 2018
Team Rogerson will line up the talented four-year-old Comeback (Makfi) in tomorrow’s $30,000 JR Webb & Son Handicap over 1200m with the steadier of 60.5kg and a strong form race.
Trusty Lad Steps to Middle Distance7 Dec 2018
Promising Reliable Man gelding Trusty Lad steps to a middle distance for the first time in his career at Doomben tomorrow when he contests the $85,000 Makers Mark Eagle Way Stayers Series Heat over 2000m.
Redwood Gelding wins Inaugural Jericho Cup3 Dec 2018
Redwood gelding High Mode pulled off a perfectly timed plan by the Anthony Freedman stable when he cleared out for an easy victory in the A$300,000 Jericho Cup over 4600m at Warrnambool.
Belle du Nord Resumes in Listed Levin Stakes30 Nov 2018
Group 1 performer Belle du Nord steps out for the first time this season in the Listed Levin Stakes at Otaki this afternoon after wet tracks have delayed her reappearance. Trained by David and Emmalee Browne the Reliable Man mare has had two trials to ready her for today’s outing, winning both impressively, and while the 1200m of today’s race could be well short of her best a good speed will see her finishing off strongly.
Romancer Heads Up Wodonga Gold Cup Field30 Nov 2018
Redwood gelding Romancer heads up the field for today’s A$100,000 McCrae Motors Wodonga Gold Cup over 1590m and will look to continue the excellent run that trainer Darren Weir and stable jockey John Allen have had in recent weeks. The Weir/Allen combination have been on fire during the spring carnival with wins ranging from Country Cups to a VRC Derby and the juggernaut looks set to continue in the weeks ahead as the summer unfolds.
Ugly Warrior to Continue on Winning Way30 Nov 2018
Swiss Ace gelding Ugly Warrior will look to continue on his winning way when he contests the HK$1,950,000 Nathan Handicap for the Class 2 performers. Ugly Warrior has made a huge impression in Hong Kong winning five of his six career starts and accumulating stakes of HK$4,746,300 to date.
Gold Medals Favourite for Inaugural Jericho Cup30 Nov 2018
The Gerry Harvey bred Gold Medals will step out as favourite for the inaugural running of the A$300,000 Jericho Cup over 4600m at Warrnambool on Sunday. The concept for the Jericho Cup is designed to be a re-enactment of a race that took place 100 years ago in the Palestine desert during the closing stages of World War 1. The race contested by soldiers and mounts from the Australian Light Horse brigade was staged as a distraction ahead of a major offensive against Turkish forces. Sunday’s re-enactment will be contested by a field of 12 and true to the Anzac spirit, all horses must have been bred in either Australia and New Zealand.
Romancer Scores Donald Cup Win for Weir19 Nov 2018
The Darren Weir trained Romancer broke through for his first victory on Australian soil on Sunday when scored a convincing win over Fastnet Latino in the A$70,000 Donald Cup over 1600m and made it win number five from just 20 starts.
Miss Federer Makes it Number Ten for Swiss Ace19 Nov 2018
The smart two-year-old Miss Federer provided her sire Swiss Ace with his tenth individual stakes winner in Saturday’s Listed Welcome Stakes at Riccarton and continued the great run of form by the Swiss Ace progeny of late.
Reliable Man’s Leading Girl for Champion Fillies Stakes16 Nov 2018
The Bob Peters owned Leading Girl steps to 1600m for the first time in her career this Saturday at Ascot when she takes on a strong form race in the Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes.
Miss Federer Looking to Ace Rivals in Welcome Stakes16 Nov 2018
The fantastic run of form of the Swiss Ace progeny looks set to continue tomorrow as the Andrew Carston trained Miss Federer tackles her first black type assignment in the Listed Barneswood Farm Welcome Stakes on the final day of the New Zealand Cup Carnival at Riccarton.
Tamarack In Fine Form16 Nov 2018
Redwood gelding Tamarack heads back to Rosehill Gardens on Saturday for the A$120,000 Summer Handicap over 2400m and looks certain to start a warm favourite in the small field for Warwick Farm trainer Joe Pride and the Proven Thoroughbreds group of owners.
More Wonder Stepping up to Group 1 Challenge9 Nov 2018
The Westbury bred three-year-old More Wonder takes a big step when he lines up in Saturday’s NZ 2000 Guineas Gr.1 at Riccarton but taking a line through the Mossman colts form, it isn’t hard to make a case for the Team Rogerson trained gelding.
Sully Due for Winning Turn9 Nov 2018
Derby placegetter of last year, Sully (Reliable Man), hasn’t been far away in his last two starts and the Busuttin/Young trained 4YO should be at peak fitness when he lines up in the A$300,000 Group 2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington tomorrow.
Little Giant Steps into Class 1 in Hong Kong9 Nov 2018
The highly talented Little Giant will make his first appearance in Class 1 in Hong Kong on Saturday when he contests the HK$2,625,000 The Panasonic Cup over 1400m. Trained by David Hall, Little Giant boasts a near perfect career record having won 5 of his 6 starts, and the manner in which he returned to the track in the Beijing Handicap on 1 October suggested he is in for a big season, treating his rivals with absolute contempt when winning by 1.5 lengths with his ears pricked in a very sharp 1:08.81 for the 1200m.
Livin’ On a Prayer and Passing Shot Strong Chances in Pegasus Stakes9 Nov 2018
Northern gallopers Livin’ On a Prayer (Redwood) and Passing Shot (Swiss Ace) will be strong chances in the Listed Pegasus Stakes over 1000m at Riccarton on Saturday.
Grinzinger Star the Reliable Man for VRC Derby2 Nov 2018
Three-year-old colt Grinzinger Star has been building nicely to tomorrow’s feature at Flemington, the AAMI VRC Derby, and his third placing in last week’s Geelong Classic LR suggests Danny O’Brien has the Reliable Man peaking for the 2500m feature.
Enjoy Your Retirement “Sir” Julius2 Nov 2018
What a terrific feeling it must be to go to the races and know you have a talented horse, who with luck in the running is going to return you a dividend. This past week has seen the retirement of the Swiss Ace sprinter Julius who has done just that throughout his career, proving to be an excellent advertisement for his sire, and a fantastic performer for trainer John Bell and his owners M Balzer MNZM, Miss Summer Bell, G H Davey, W G Harris, R E Hawkins, H R Jones, S P Read, M I Robins & P Smith-Schmidt.
Tamarack Looking for Back-to-Back Wins2 Nov 2018
The Joe Pride trained Tamarack will head to Rosehill on Saturday looking to make it back to back victories when he contests the A$120,000 Turner Freeman Handicap over 2400m.
Ready to Run Graduate D’aguilar to Remain Unbeaten at the Valley2 Nov 2018
A graduate from last year’s Westbury Stud draft at the New Zealand Ready to Run Sale is strongly tipped to keep his unbeaten record intact when he steps out in the Essemdon Mitsubishi Handicap at Moonee Valley tonight.
First Rock Heads to Wellesley Stakes26 Oct 2018
El Roca filly First Rock will travel to Wellington this weekend for the Listed Wellesley Stakes as she attempts to become the first winner (and first stakes winner) for her sire in the time-honoured juvenile event at Trentham.
Swiss Aces Looking Forward to a Return to Ellerslie26 Oct 2018
With the long-awaited return of racing at Ellerslie tomorrow, it is exciting to see Swiss Ace with some talented horses entered at headquarters.
Night’s Watch Tackles Caulfield Cup19 Oct 2018
At the beginning of the spring Darren Weir hatched a plan to get Night’s Watch into the A$5,000,000 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup and tomorrow will see Weir’s aim realised as the son of Redwood takes his place in the feature staying race.