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Autridge and Valachi Quinella in Sunline Vase

Sunday, March 1, 2020

It came in the second-last leg and too late to have a major New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series impact, but trainer Stephen Autridge and Valachi Downs owner Kevin Hickman celebrated a remarkable result in Saturday’s $70,000 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie.

Communique (NZ) (Redwood) and Karalino (NZ) (Zacinto) fought out the finish, with Communique prevailing by a long neck. Hickman bred and owns both fillies, who are both trained by Autridge.

Newcomers Out to Make NZB Filly of the Year Impact

Friday, February 28, 2020

Table-topper Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) is now beyond their reach, but a number of up-and-comers will attempt to make some late impact in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series when they run in Saturday’s ninth leg – the $70,000 Group Three McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie.

Bergamot (NZ) (Sweet Orange) is the only runner in the field who already features on the Filly of the Year table, collecting 4 points with a second placing in the Group Two Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.

NZB Southern Filly Series Resumes at Wingatui

Friday, February 28, 2020

The New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series resumes in the $50,000 Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes (1400m) at Wingatui on Saturday, and three exciting races between now and the end of April will determine the South Island’s filly supremacy for 2019-20.

The first leg of the Series was the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton on September 21, which was won by one of last season’s leading juvenile fillies in Miss Federer (NZ) (Swiss Ace).

Jennifer Eccles (NZ) Stars Again in Lowland Stakes

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The 2019-20 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series is beginning to follow an increasingly familiar script, with outstanding filly Jennifer Eccles (Rip Van Winkle) romping to another dominant victory in Wednesday’s $100,000 Group Two Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings.

The Lowland Stakes was the Shaune Ritchie-trained runner’s third win in the 10-leg Series, and all three of those wins have come in the last five legs, since Boxing Day.

Karaka Graduate Dominates Launceston Cup

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Expat New Zealand stayer Home By Midnight (NZ) (Domesday) took his career earnings to the brink of $900,000 with a dominant performance in Wednesday’s A$250,000 Group Three Launceston Cup (2400m) in Tasmania.

Formerly known as Five To Midnight, the gelding began his career in the Awapuni stable of Lisa Latta, who bought him for $165,000 at the 2014 Select Sale.

All Eyes on Oaks Contenders in Filly of the Year Series

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

In some years, the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series has already crowned a winner by this stage of the season. In an enthralling 2019-20 Series, that is definitely not the case.

There are now only three legs remaining, with two of them coming in quick succession this week – the $100,000 Group 2 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on Wednesday, and the $70,000 Group 3 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.

NZB Graduates Secure Weekend Victories

Monday, February 24, 2020

Karaka graduate Avantage (Fastnet Rock) extended her excellence to a new distance on Saturday, collecting the third Group One trophy of her career in the $200,000 Haunui Farm WFA Classic (1600m) at Otaki.

Eighth Group One for Beauty Generation (NZ)

Monday, February 17, 2020

Two-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) returned to his all-conquering best with a brilliant victory in Sunday’s HK$10 million Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) at Sha Tin.

The winner of this race in 2018 and 2019, the superstar $60,000 Select Sale purchase and his regular rider Zac Purton enjoyed a handy run in fourth before angling out to make their run in the straight.

Dubai beckons Countofmontecristo (NZ) after Chairman�s Trophy win

Monday, February 17, 2020

$57,500 Ready to Run Sale graduate Countofmontecristo (NZ) (Echoes of Heaven) could be Dubai-bound after recording the ninth win of his high-quality career with a brilliant performance in Saturday’s S$400,000 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) at Kranji.

Ridden by Louis-Philippe Beuzelin for trainer Michael Clements, the quality galloper deviated from his usual tactics of racing on or near the speed, and he instead unleashed a powerful finish from well back in the field to score an emphatic one-length victory.

Dubai beckons Countofmontecristo (NZ) after Chairman’s Trophy win

Monday, February 17, 2020

$57,500 Ready to Run Sale graduate Countofmontecristo (NZ) (Echoes of Heaven) could be Dubai-bound after recording the ninth win of his high-quality career with a brilliant performance in Saturday’s S$400,000 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) at Kranji.

Ridden by Louis-Philippe Beuzelin for trainer Michael Clements, the quality galloper deviated from his usual tactics of racing on or near the speed, and he instead unleashed a powerful finish from well back in the field to score an emphatic one-length victory.

Lightning Jack (NZ) in Stellar Summer Form

Monday, February 17, 2020

Bought for only $8000 at the 2018 Karaka May Sale, Lightning Jack (NZ) (Per Incanto) continued an outstanding summer with victory in Saturday’s $70,000 Listed ILT Ascot Park Hotel Southland Guineas (1600m) at Ascot Park.

After placing in two of his first five career starts, the Kelvin and Aimee Tyler-trained gelding began his breakthrough summer with a maiden win at Riverton in early December.

Final Results for Karaka 2020

Thursday, February 13, 2020

After an action-packed week of selling, final results have been accumulated from the 94th National Yearling Sale Series at the iconic Karaka Sales Complex.

Karaka 2020 kicked off at Ellerslie with two million dollar races, in what is the culmination of breeding and raising a foal, the hard work it takes to get the horse ready for the sale ring and the training it takes to have a runner on the richest night of racing in New Zealand. In what was a historic night, Te Akau Racing saddled the winners of each feature and it was the fourth consecutive year the stable had won the two-year-old race.

Tiptronic (NZ) Derails Triple Crown Bid

Monday, February 10, 2020

It is often said that racing is a game of inches, and on Saturday at Te Rapa, it was one of those minuscule margins that ended the NZB Insurance Weight-for-Age Triple Crown hopes of True Enough (NZ) (Nom du Jeu).

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained gelding had won the Group One Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, and Saturday’s $400,000 Group One Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) was his second step along the road to a possible $100,000 NZB Insurance Triple Crown Bonus.

Two out of Three for Team Te Akau

Monday, February 10, 2020

The tangerine and blue colours of Te Akau Racing have been carried to brilliant victories in two of the three legs of the inaugural NZB Insurance Sprint Triple Crown Series.

The John Bell-trained Julius (NZ) (Swiss Ace) kicked off the Series with an excellent victory in the Group One Sistema Railway (1200m) on New Year’s Day, but his hopes of the $100,000 NZB Insurance Triple Crown Bonus were ended by Team Te Akau.

Jennifer Eccles (NZ) All Class in Classic

Monday, February 10, 2020

The deadlock has been broken and Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) stands alone at the top of the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series leader board.

Heading into Saturday’s seventh leg of the Series, the $100,000 Group Two David & Karyn Ellis Fillies’ Classic at Te Rapa (2000m), arch-rivals Jennifer Eccles and Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice) were equal leaders with 16.5 points apiece. They had clashed four times this season, with small margins separating them on every occasion.