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O’Sullivan and Scott pair on target for Queensland carnival

Stablemates Dragon Leap and Spring Heat furthered their preparations for a tilt at the Brisbane Winter Carnival with a day out at Te Rapa on Saturday where they completed an exhibition gallop between races.

Richards shakes off frustrating day at Royal Randwick

Trainer Jamie Richards was taking a philosophical approach to his day at Royal Randwick on Saturday after watching three of his stable stars perform with credit but fail to put a win on the board.

Bishara proud of champion mare despite Randwick defeat

Nick Bishara is a sucker for punishment.

Kiwi Driver Fund seeks new partners

A charitable trust that provides essential support for rising New Zealand race drivers is seeking wider support from the motorsport and business communities in order to expand its work.

Promising mare takes first black type trophy

Matamata visitor Roch ‘N’ Horse put a disappointing last start performance behind her when she produced a powerful closing burst to take out the Listed Power Turf Sprint (1200m) at Hastings.

Emotional win for Big Mike in Hawke’s Bay Cup

There was definitely a catch in the voice of co-trainer Shaun Phelan as he described just what the victory of stable favourite Big Mike means to his family after he led all-the-way to win the Listed Power Farming Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings.

Avantage makes it nine Group One wins with Te Rapa triumph

Despite being delayed a week, the Gr.1 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) lived up to its billing as one of the races of the season, as plucky mare Avantage made it Group One win number nine with a thrilling victory.

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott finishes in second place

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (20, Wanaka) has finished in second place at the Natural Selection Tour finals, held in the Tordrillo Mountains in Alaska.

Johnson delighted with Group One pick-up ride - NZ Racing Desk

A lot can change in a week and the misfortune of the races being abandoned mid program at Te Aroha has resulted in leading jockey Danielle Johnson picking up the plumb ride on Avantage in Saturday’s rescheduled Gr.1 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa.

Baker looking to further enhance impressive Sydney Cup record - NZ Racing Desk

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman are down to just one runner in the Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m), with five-year-old entire The Chosen One to represent the stable following the withdrawal of stablemate Quick Thinker with a minor setback.