Tune in to our weekly podcast with Emily Bosson as she gets the inside word on all things breeding and racing.
Dee Breaks Australasian Race Record
It was a surreal moment for jockey Michael Dee after learning he entered the record books being the longest-priced Group 1 winner in Australasian racing when he took out the Group 1 Australian Guineas aboard Luna Fox at Flemington. Emily checked in with the expat kiwi after his thrilling achievement to discuss where his career as a jockey began and future riding ambitions.
Shocking Stayer Delivers for Richardson
Kiwi-bred galloper Defibrillate continues to stamp his authority on Australian soil after providing an electric win in the Listed Mornington Cup Prelude on Saturday for his former trainer Graham Richardson, so Emily managed to steal a moment from Graham to learn more about his connection with the six-year-old as he prepares for a start in the Group 1 Australian Cup.
A Royal Performance Realises Career Breakthrough for Vance
Ardmore based trainer Bob Vance had a taste of Group 1 success from the other side of the fence after Royal Performer spoiled the show for race favourites upstaging his rivals in the Group 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday. Bob joins the show to reminisce the milestone win, how he envisioned his career after finishing in the saddle while taking his profession right back to its humble beginnings.
The Belle Legacy Continues
Anticipation grows for veteran breeder Marie Leicester as dual Horse of the Year Melody Belle makes tracks in search of a record breaking 14th Group 1 victory when she contests the Group 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday, one clear of champion racemare Sunline. Marie explains the background story of the glamour gallopers mating which stems from the successful Belle family bloodline and her instinctive approach to breeding.
ITBA Recognises Cunningham from Afar
Curraghmore’s Gordon Cunningham was recently named by the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association as the recipient of the Wild Geese trophy, an award that acknowledges Irish men and women who have represented their country abroad with excellence. Emily took the opportunity to find out more about Gordon’s Irish roots and how his early involvement turned into a lifelong love affair for the thoroughbred.
Levante Rises to the Challenge
Connections of emerging mare Levante were left on the edge of their seats when her talents were put to the fore as she stormed home from last taking out the Group 2 Westbury Classic on Karaka Million night. Emily managed to steal a moment with Ancroft Stud’s Philip Brown part owner of the four-year-old to reminisce another exciting win and lightly touches on his philosophy to breeding.
Otaki Pair Relishing in Group Success
Dynamic couple Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard experienced the taste of Group 1 victory after talented filly Bonham overulled her rivals in the Group 1 Levin Classic at Trentham on Saturday. Hollie joins the show to discuss the day-to-day running of the Otaki stable and how she applies a unique training technique in preparation for the racetrack.
From Racing to Rodeo
Steeplechasing and bull riding is not your typical sporting combination but for jockey Chad Ormsby they’re both sports that require skill and a good dose of courage. Emily phoned in after the Matamata horseman succumbed to a broken leg in a recent bull riding accident to learn more about his attraction to rodeo, life behind the scenes and goals set for the future.
Goss Shows no Sign of Slowing Down
A quiet retirement is not an option for Tauranga based trainer Cliff Goss who is receiving plenty of thrills on the track with talented Swiss Ace gelding Gold Watch who looks to have a bright future in store. Emily caught up with Cliff this week to discuss his unique approach to training, future goals and some noteworthy advice for young people steering towards a career in racing.
Surgenor Shining in Group Success
Ardmore trainer Joanne Surgenor is reeling in that winning feeling after underrated mare Showoroses dented the reputations of her rivals to take out the Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday. Joanne joined the show to reflect on the electric win and we get to learn more about her extensive background within racing.
Columbus County set to Impress
‘King of the Valley’ Caspar Fownes training efforts will be focused on this weekend’s Hong Kong International Races where the son of Redwood, Columbus County is set to contest in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase. Caspar shares his thoughts on the gelding who looks to demonstrate a promising run and could soon add to the champion trainers race winning record.
Hypnos Awakens for Group One Raid
A dream could soon become reality for Ron Dixon owner of three-time stakes winner Hypnos as he steps up to contest the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham on Saturday. Emily learns more about the five-year-old and a common theme amongst Dixon’s growing list of winners as he sets out to capture this weekend’s feature.
Bob Peters Reflects a Lifetimes Work
Not many would doubt the influential role Bob Peters has played in racing having developed rigorous pedigree lines through careful mating’s and his overall success is an indication of hard work and dedication for the profession.
Emily Bosson was accompanied by the prominent owner-breeder Bob Peters in light of the standout performance displayed by Inspirational Girl in the Group 1 Railway Stakes. Peters touches on past and present breeding accomplishments, how he developed a love affair for the thoroughbred and a race he looks to conquer next.
Keegan Unearths another Gem
Time and patience has paid off for Stratford based trainer Trudy Keegan after rising star galloper Aimee’s Jewel recorded a stunning victory in the Group 3 Valachi Down’s Canterbury Breeders’ Stakes at Riccarton last week. Emily caught up with Trudy to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at her 80-acre training facility and what’s on the horizon for the Group winning horsewoman.
Innes in Winning Form
Top hoop Leith Innes is on the show this week to discuss his nail biting win in the Group 1 2000 Guineas aboard rising star galloper Aegon that saw him emulate the victory of his late sire Sacred Falls, we learn a little more about Leith’s career as a jockey and the running of a small business off the track.
The Emma-Lee Browne Team is out in Force
Cambridge trainers David and Emma-Lee Browne have plenty to look forward too after progressive stayer Gone West displayed a picture perfect performance at Ellerslie on Tuesday. In light of Emma-Lee’s latest success we learn more about what it takes to raise a family while training a team of horses that may end up ticking off a few goals from her bucket list.
A Dream Come True for Moroney
As the fiercely contested race draws near expat Kiwi Mike Moroney joins the show to reminisce his historic Melbourne Cup victory two decades ago with the regally bred gelding Brew. Mike explains an interesting tale behind the win and now has his sights set on his next big goal.
Successful Female Trainer Debbie Sweeney Does It All
Racing thoroughbreds was inevitable for Te Awamutu based trainer Debbie Sweeney having learnt most of her craft from father and former co-trainer Graeme Sanders before going solo, Debbie offers some insight into the recent Breeze Up preparations and how she successfully runs a training establishment while balancing work and family life.
Ready to Run Sale Preview
New Zealand Bloodstock Sales Manager Danny Rolston joins the show to analyse an exciting catalogue of two-year-olds who will go under the hammer at the upcoming Ready to Run Sales in November, Danny talks a little bit more about his varied role and how the effects of Covid-19 forced innovative thinking to enhance buyer experience.
Zame Partnership Reaps Rewards
Zame Partnership co-founder, Bart Zame, is becoming familiar with the winning feeling after rising star galloper Aegon stormed home to seize the Group 2 Hawkes Bay Guineas, Emily caught up with Bart to find out what sparked an immediate interest in racing and how the partnership came about as they look to pull off another big win.
Collett Reaches Major Milestone
Kiwi jockey Samantha Collett continued to showcase her riding talents after claiming her 800th winner aboard Supreme Heights at New Plymouth on Saturday, Emily checks in with Sam to learn more about her time in the sport, family ties and noteworthy advice when pursuing a career in racing.
Bary Celebrates Tarzino Victory
A shock win has left emotions running high for the connections of Tarzino Trophy winner Callsign Mav after dominating his rivals in the first Group 1 of the season, Emily caught up with trainer and co-owner John Bary who reflects on the outsiders upsetting victory and an early involvement that has led to recent success.
Hawkins in the Hotseat
On the show this week is international racing expert Andrew Hawkins who gives a brief analysis of potential Melbourne Cup contenders and how Australia's most famous race is taking shape due a widespread pandemic, Hawkins touches on his diverse roles within the industry and some simple advise for people looking to pursue a career in racing.
A Bright Future Beckons for Shailer
A relationship spanning 20 years and a new alliance has seen Kris Shailer relish in recent success after scoring double at Te Rapa on Saturday alongside prominent trainer Stephen Autridge as co-trainers, Shailer reflects on his diverse career within the industry and looks forward to what they can achieve on the track.
New Season Faces it’s Biggest Challenge
While the current global situation daunts the minds of many it’s only fitting to reflect on the positives and look forward to the activity of the new season.
Emily caught up with Westbury’s General Manager Russell Warwick for a post-season recap, coping with running a successful operation through a global pandemic and how taking a proactive approach now will shape the future of racing.
Clark in Fine Tune after Oaks Win
Bloodstock consultant Adrian Clark adds to his excellent track record after rising star galloper Jennifer Eccles displayed a picture perfect performance in the Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks at Trentham. Touching on his successful syndicating business Clark shares the moment he purchased the Rip Van Winkle filly and how her Oaks victory could upset contenders offshore.
End of an Era, but Marcus Corban Looks to New Horizons
Marcus Corban has called it a day at Cambridge Stud, resigning from his role as General Manager Corban takes a moment to reminisce on his 40-year tenure at one of New Zealand’s leading thoroughbred nurseries, reflecting on significant horses he became acquainted with and explains how his profession has evolved as he now looks towards his future.
Allpress Breaks New Ground on International Stage
Kiwi jockey Lisa Allpress is well acquainted to the winners circle but took it a step further after becoming the first female jockey to win in Saudi Arabia, a momentus achievement inlight of International Women's Day this Sunday. Lisa lightly touches on equality in racing, the local response she received after her history making victory and what's next on the bucket list.
Ellis Commemorates a Lifetime of Success
Rightly recognised for his continuous contribution to New Zealand’s racing and bloodstock industry, Te Akau principle David Ellis has been enjoying remarkable success over the past few decades as a result of hard work, determination and passion for the thoroughbred.
We get to know more about David and how his achievements trace back to his introduction to racing, how he expertly judges bloodstock physicality to compliment his Te Akau brand and a take home message for anyone looking to progress in the world of racing.
Williams Looks to Pull Off Derby Ambitions
Expat kiwi and Sydney based bloodstock agent Andrew Williams is hopeful he has another Group 1 horse in his sights as exciting three year-old Dragon Leap sets out to contend in the Vodafone New Zealand Derby, we learn more about his association with the Pierro gelding and how is journey in the industry lead to the launch of his own bloodstock agency.
Strong Partnerships Offer Big Rewards
Matriarch Bloodstock partner Peter Newsom is joined by Emily this week after achieving top lot at Karaka 2020 under the Westbury banner, Peter discusses where his affection for racing began along with an in-depth view of how the successful Matriarch partnership developed and evolved from just a small group of founding mares.
Inside Chat with Australian Entrepreneur Gerry Harvey
Westbury Stud’s principal and leading Australian entrepreneur Gerry Harvey is affiliated with various business ventures across the world but it is his passion for thoroughbreds which sees him as one of the largest breeders and owners of racehorses throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Emily Bosson took the opportunity to steal a few minutes of Mr Harvey’s time while on his annual trip to the Karaka yearling sales which makes for some very interesting listening as they touch on just a few of his investments, how is love of thoroughbreds came about and a few words of wisdom from the highly successful businessman.
Leonard Shapes the Future of Racing
Assuring a strong future for racing with a unique and modern outlook is what Vicky Leonard hopes to achieve after launching Kick Collective a marketing agency primarily focused on thoroughbred businesses, Vicky talks about her early involvement in racing and where the idea for her emerging brand transpired.
Another Sale Down Now on to the Next
The highly successful 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale saw popular bloodstock auctioneer Steve Davis dropping the hammer to the highest bidder, Steve joins the show to recap highlights from the sale and we get to know more about the life of an accomplished auctioneer.
Castles takes on New Career Challenge
Newly appointed as Waikato Racing Club’s chief executive Andrew “Butch” Castles joins the show to discuss the new challenge presented to him as well as learning more about his extensive background in the racing industry.
Travelling Light shines on Boxing Day
Talented juvenile Travelling Light proved too classy for her rivals after taking out the Uncle Remus Stakes on Boxing Day, we get to know a bit more about the filly as told by trainer Ben Foote who also discusses where his ambitions are directed towards next.
Julius Overrules with Feature Comeback
Inspiring galloper Julius marked a successful return to the racing scene with an impressive Group 3 victory after recently recovering from a tendon injury which saw him officially retire 12 months ago, trainer John Bell talks about the hard work that went into the geldings’ recovery to resume his racing career.
Slade in for the Long Game
New Zealand bred Bruce Slade focuses on a new venture in his career with the launch of Kestrel Thoroughbreds. After amassing a range of experiences in the breeding and racing world Slade discusses how his new bloodstock consultancy business came about, along with an important message for anyone starting out in the industry.
Kiwi Stayers Seize Jericho Cup
Last weekend’s ANZAC-themed feature saw White Robe Lodge score a quinella with sons of resident sire Raise the Flag, Stud Manager Wayne Stewart outlines the strong family bloodlines and close relations between the successful stayers.
Gibbins Salutes Century Old Race
The second running and reimagining of the Jericho Cup held in Warrnambool will commemorate Australasia's servicemen and their mounts during WWI this weekend, racing enthusiast and founder Bill Gibbins summarises the deeper significance behind the staying feature.
Miller Family Delivers Double
Emerging young trainer Daniel Miller made no hesitation to score dual victories in stakes level company during the New Zealand Cup Carnival in Riccarton for parents John and Maree Miller, who joins the show to reflect on a big week of racing and the lead up following the family’s recent success.
Bounding to an Oaks Win
Jonathan Rosham co-owner of Miami Bound is on the line this week after the filly's Oaks winning pedigree was showcased with a solid victory in the Group 1 Kennedy Oaks, Jonathan recaps his early involvement with the three-year-old and where she is likey to be seen next.
Belle Bloodline to the Fore
Eight decades of dedication the Belle family tradition continues after Melody Belle delivered a dominant victory in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes for breeder Marie Leicester who talks us through the generations that have come through the wonderfully successful Belle bloodline.
The OTI Brand
OTI Racing and Bloodstock principal Terry Henderson is in the hot seat this week as we look at the good run of form OTI Racing is having and we learn more about the well-established brand which stems from Henderson’s long term involvement and his passion for breeding and racing.
A Champion Remembered
This weekend sees the running of the highly anticipated Cox Plate which naturally attracts a field of international contenders with one New Zealand galloper forever admired for his Cox Plate performance, Bonecrusher reminisced by his trainer Frank Ritchie reflects on his iconic win and career as one of racings greatest racehorses.
The Post Winx Phase Carnival
Melbourne is a hive of activity at this time of year and Racing.com’s Jayne Ivil joins the show to give us some insight on the Spring Carnival that is the post Winx phase as well as her career as a leading broadcaster and what her job entails at Australia’s premier thoroughbred racing media organisation.
Small Price a Big Chance
The Melbourne Cup dream is fast becoming reality for the connections of New Zeaand stayer Surprise Baby who is guaranteed to run in the much sought-after Group 1 race. Rich Hill Stud’s Managing Director John Thompson recaps the geldings’ $5,500 Gavelhouse sale who now sets out to dent the reputations of his Melbourne Cup rivals.
Kiwi Couple in Winning Form
Kiwi expat duo Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young continue to showcase their training talents after claiming two stakes wins last weekend at Caulfield and Moonee Valley, and on this week’s podcast Young recaps their successful performances and talks about life training abroad as they set their sights on the next big target.
NZTBA Scholarship Winners Announced
The next generation of industry leaders have been recognised after the recipients for the NZTBA Scholarships were announced last week. Emily caught up with Trustee of the Sunline Education Trust Shannon Taylor along with this year’s winners Laura McNab, Hannah Airey and Kyla Robb who will be further enhancing their careers in the thoroughbred industry while studying abroad.
Bruce Marsh Calls it a Day
Legendary horseman Bruce Marsh takes a final curtain call after announcing his retirement from a successful training career spanning over three decades seeing out the final leg of his career in Singapore on a 14-year long stint. Emily caught up with the former Melbourne Cup winning jockey turned trainer for a full recap on his experiences and highlights on a remarkable career in racing.
Racing Mourns Russell Cameron
Tributes continue to flow as racing grieves the loss of Group 1 winning trainer Russell Cameron who sadly passed away early last week. Cameron was a well-respected figure in the racing community whose legacy is remembered through known racing entities Steven Arnold, Murray Baker and Russell Warwick who join Emily to extend their sincere condolences and reflect on the gifted horseman’s lifetime of success.
Classy Catalyst the One to Watch
Clayton Chipperfield continues to progress in his training career after three year old rising star Catalyst dominated his rivals in spectacular fashion to take out the El Roca – Sir Colin Meads Trophy at the Tarzino Trophy Daffodil Raceday last week. Emily managed to catch up with the Te Awamutu based trainer to relive the impressive win and reflects back on his initiation to Thoroughbred Racing.
Broadcasting Takeover at Tarzino Trophy Daffodil Raceday
Ian Smith will be taking time away from calling cricket and rugby in a commentary takeover for the Tarzino Trophy TAB Daffodil Raceday!
Emily caught up with the broadcasting legend as he swaps pitch for turf at the special charity event in Hawkes Bay on Saturday. Ian reflects on his memorable career in sports and his ongoing involvement and passion for Thoroughbred Racing. Ian will be broadcasting next to long-time colleague Grant Nisbett calling the El Roca - Sir Colin Meads Trophy in Race 5, a race on the cards that shouldn’t be missed.
Kiwi Conquers Worlds Longest Race
Emily joins expat kiwi Justine Hales who took up a unique racing challenge and celebrates finishing an astonishing third place in the world’s longest and toughest race for charity, the 1000km Mongol Derby.
Hales, who recently managed the pre-training operation for leading Australian trainers, Ciaron Maher & David Eustace reflects on the physically demanding race across Mongolia and sets her sights on the next stage in her training career.
NZ will always be home for Donna Logan but the future looks bright in Singapore
This week Emily checks in with the successful kiwi expat Donna Logan whose transfer to Singapore was a challenge she was ready for and having been there 18 months now she has a couple goals on her bucket list including to become the first female trainer to have a female jockey win a race for her.
Introducing a new industry initiative, the Gamechanger Programme, General Manager Russell Warwick and Stud Managers Callum Jones and Annet Becker discuss the concept, the ideas behind it and announce the first successful applicant.
New Kids on the Block
An intriguing line-up of first season sires will step up to the mark for the 2019-20 season, Andrew Stewart from Arion Pedigrees preview the newest additions to the Stallion ranks.
Connors Chases Fortune
It was business as usual for Wanganui based trainer Raymond Connors as he comes off the back of Max's storming victory in the McGregor Grant Steeplechase at Ellerslie earlier this week. Emily gets to know more about life on the farm and Raymond's key to proven success.
Perseverance is Key
Emily caught up with Australian based trainer Bjorn Baker in light of his victory at Eagle Farm with Queensland Derby contender Fun Fact and the recent retirement of Group 1 winner Music Magnate.
She also touches on a few other subjects including hitting Bjorn with the number one question of addressing the critical state of New Zealand racing.
Australian Hall of Fame Embraces Thomson
Recently placed amongst the greats in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame legendary jockey and expat kiwi Brent "The Babe" Thomson relives an astonishing career in the saddle, destined for success his story is well worth the listen.
Archer Aims to Raise the Stakes
Prominent racing figure David Archer catches up with Emily this week on the back of Bostonian’s upsetting win in the Doomben 10,000 David recollects his involvement in racing as he sets his focus on giving back to the racing industry with his Fast Track Insurance initiative.
Getting to Know the 'Other' McDonald
Newly appointed as Racing & Bloodstock Manager for Gerry Harvey it's a new chapter for Luke McDonald as he swaps his Stallions Nominations role at Darley for some hands-on racing action so Emily got him on the line this week to find out a bit more about the young Kiwi making it abroad.
Damian Browne Retires from the Saddle
Expat kiwi jockey Damian Browne announced his retirement earlier this week after a medical set back put his career in doubt. Browne reflects on the highlights of his triumphant career and what the next chapter has in store.
High Praises for Litt
Kiwi expat Richard Litt saddled up his first Group 1 winner when the talented juvenile Castelvecchio was victorious in the Champagne Stakes at Randwick and this week Emily gets to know a bit more about the aspiring young trainer.
Forsman an Encouraging Example
An inspiring story from Andrew Forsman, celebrating a milestone of 100 stakes wins Forsman reminisces on the days before he went into training partnership with Murray Baker, he is an encouraging example of what any young person in this industry can achieve.
An Elleegant Tale
Nick Bishara, former trainer and part-owner of Verry Elleegant, shares his early involvement with the classy filly off the back of her fiery victory in the Gr.1 Vinery Stud Stakes with the three-year-old now heading into the ATC Oaks.
Gone but Never Forgotten
After the passing of the great sire Redoute's Choice this week we reflect back on his star-studded racing career with the now retired jockey Jimmy Cassidy who partnered with the renowned son of Danehill on many occassions.
Cassidy also makes a very big statement about who the next Redoute's Choice will be, and whispers about the possibility of returning to the saddle.
Celebrating an Oaks Victory
This week we catch up with Albert Bosma from Go Racing as he shares his exciting experience winning the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks with Reliable Man filly Sentimental Miss.
It's All About the Fillies This Week
Andrew Stewart from Arion Pedigrees talks us through his analysis of a talented field of fillies ahead of the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks at Trentham this weekend.
An Interesting Overview from Woodside Park
General Manager at Australia's Woodside Park James Price talks about recent NZ Derby winner Crown Prosecutor having consigned him as a yearling as well as the Stud, their stallions and an overview of the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Fortuna in the Hotseat
John Galvin gives us an insight into his syndicating business Fortuna Racing and his talented mare Melody Belle ahead of the Group 1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes on Auckland Cup Day.
Where are the jockeys?
A question that needs to addressed...where is the next generation of jockeys going to come from!?
NZTR's Martin Burns talks about NZ's jockey shortage and what initiatives are being put in place to remedy this issue.
The Love of a Thoroughbred
Successful NZ breeder Lorna Moore talks about her love of thoroughbreds including the retirement of her high class mare Lizzie L'Amour and her achievements as an owner and breeder.
Thoroughbred Industry Careers
A critical issue throughout the industry is staffing so this week Emily catches up with Lindy Maurice from Thoroughbred Industry Careers to find out what they are doing across the Tasman to boost and sustain careers in our industry.
It's Magic Millions' Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Emily catches up with Aquis's Jo McKinnon for some sales chat after a strong opening to the 2019 Yearling Sales.
The rise of Hypnos
A promising son of Reliable Man, co-trainer Roger James gives us his thoughts on Hypnos after his victory in the inaugural Uncle Remus Stakes which saw his next move stepping up to contest the Group 1 Levin Classic which takes place today at Trentham.
Santa Monica Winner of the G1 Railway Stakes
Emily Bosson catches up with the winning connections of Santa Monica, the winner of the 2019 Group 1 Railway Stakes, Stuart Hope who bred and owns the mare with his wife Cherie.
With the inaugural running of the Uncle Remus Stakes on Boxing Day
Emily reflects on what a great horse he was
It was a Phelan family affair when Our Big Mike won the Pakenham Cup
Listen to Shaun tell us why Big Mike has always been a family favourite.