Racing News

Family affair as Pier claims Group 1 glory

Emotional scenes played out around the Riccarton birdcage yesterday afternoon following a desperate finish to the New Zealand 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) that saw Matamata visitor Pier (Proisir) justify his favourite’s tag by the barest of margins The gelding went into the race off the back of a stylish victory in the Hawke’s Bay... Read More

Kiwi pair have the big guns in their sights in red-hot Champions Sprint

Levante and Roch ’N’ Horse set to lay down a serious challenge to Nature Strip and Giga Kick The world’s top-rated sprinter and the fellow Australian speedster who dethroned him in The Everest (1200m) will face off again today in a rematch that has the VRC’s promoters salivating. But a pair of quiet-achieving New Zealanders... Read More

Extreme staying performance from Cummings’ star filly

Second Group 1 for daughter of Extreme Choice after Berry guides her to Oaks victory Never one to duck a challenge, trainer Anthony Cummings’ belief in the ability of brilliant filly She’s Extreme (Extreme Choice) to extend her talent to a staying distance was proven correct yesterday, after the three-year-old’s class shone through in the... Read More

Sangster has air of confidence with Oaks filly Queen Air

Toronado’s maiden daughter chasing breakthrough Group 1 for Swettenham and trainer Smith Breeder and co-owner Adam Sangster had more than an inkling that his VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) bound filly Queen Air (Toronado) might have been above average – and that the three-year-old’s bargain basement dam might also be a bit special. Firstly, the... Read More

Maher and Eustace in maiden Melbourne Cup success with Gold Trip

Australian Bloodstock claims second victory in Australia’s national race with European import The ability of Australian Bloodstock’s Jamie Lovett and Luke Murrell to source quality international horses suitable for Down Under once again came to the fore yesterday when Gold Trip (Outstrip) delivered the Newcastle syndicators their second Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m). Eight years... Read More

European agents paying close attention to 2022 Melbourne Cup

McKeever, Brummitt hoping to have role in winning Australia’s biggest race It’s not just the European horses who are dominating arguably Australia’s greatest race, the Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m), so too are the northern hemisphere agents sourcing the horses for the race that stops the nation. Johnny McKeever, a regular Down Under on the... Read More