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Weaponry aimed at Wellington Guineas

Last-start Listed Southland Guineas (1600m) winner Weaponry is being set to add another Guineas scalp to his record. The Jamie Richards-trained runner, who was purchased out of Curraghmore's 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock draft, will head for a light freshen-up before lining up in the Gr.2 Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham next month. “He might have a little freshen-up now and if we are pleased with him he could well be aimed at the Wellington Guineas on the way back to Te Akau,” he said. ...

February 19, 2019

Weekend wrap-up 18.02.19

Curraghmore graduates produced some strong performances over the weekend, indicating there should be bigger things in store for those horses continuing on to bigger targets over the coming months. Weaponry’s win in the Listed Southland Guineas (1600m) was a credit to Te Akau Racing’s Jamie Richards having sent the three-year-old gelding south following wins in his first two career starts. The $140,000 New Zealand Bloodstock graduate looks to be a progressive horse learning his craft and the ...

February 18, 2019

Weaponry scores in Southland Guineas

Curraghmore graduate Weaponry (Declaration of War) made up for some bad luck at his last start when he stormed to victory in Saturday’s Listed ILT Ascot Park Hotel Southland Guineas (1600m) at Invercargill. The Jamie Richards-trained gelding, who was purchased by David Ellis for $140,000 out of Curraghmore's 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock draft, had looked unlucky not to finish closer than fourth in the Listed Dunedin Guineas (1500m) when failing to find racing room at a vital stage that day. Thi...

February 16, 2019

Stable to learn more about Age Of Chivalry

After successive midweek Sandown victories, the time has come for Age Of Chivalry (He's Remarkable) to be tested against some of Victoria's best three-year-olds. Simon Zahra, who trains in partnership with his cousin Mathew Ellerton, said Saturday's Gr.3 C S Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington was the opportunity to find out where of Age Of Chivalry sits. His opposition includes Victoria Derby winner Extra Brut, Sandown Guineas winner Ringerdingding and Carbine Club Stakes winner Rainier. While S...

February 15, 2019

Weekend Runners- 16.02.19

AUSTRALIA SATURDAY Randwick- Race 6 Apollo S. Gr.2, A$243500 1400m Unforgotten (AUS) 2014 (F. by Fastnet Rock-Memories of You) (trainer: C J Waller)                     Race 9 Chinese Festival of Racing H., A$125000 1600m Almost Court (NZ) 2012 (G. by Alamosa-Cinder Bella) (trainer: B Joseph & P & M Jones) Flemington- Race 7 CS Hayes S. Gr.3, A$161500 1400m Age of Chivalry (NZ) 2015 (G. by He's Remarka...

February 15, 2019

Unforgotten ready to resume in the Apollo

Expat New Zealand trainer Chris Waller will have six runners in the Gr.2 The Star Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday, including glamour mare Winx and Group One winners Patrick Erin and Unforgotten.While Winx is expected to continue her winning ways on Saturday, Waller said the race is also a good stepping stone for his other runners including Curraghmore's New Zealand Bloodstock graduate Unforgotten. “She has come back very well and should be in for a good autumn and in normal year...

February 14, 2019

Curraghmore connection to Blue Diamond hopeful

Loving Gaby's impressive debut win in the Gr.3 Chairman's Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on the weekend has set her up for a tilt at the Gr.1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 23. The win has brought back memories for Curraghmore's Gordon Cunningham who sold the dam of Loving Gaby, Maastricht, as a yearling. "It was interesting listening to Ciaron Maher the other day describing Loving Gaby as a big raw filly with a huge stride because he could have been describing her mother Maastricht," Cunn...

February 5, 2019

Mighty Boss finishes fifth in trial

Mighty Boss’ (Not A Single Doubt) regular pilot Michael Walker believes the Group One winner can put a disappointing year behind him and return to the kind of form that saw him land the Gr.1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in 2017. The Mick Price-trained entire has not made the frame in eight subsequent starts, but Walker is confident he saw enough in Mighty Boss’ eighth place finish in a Geelong trial (1000m) yesterday to suggest he is well within himself.  "I have never seen him look b...

January 30, 2019

Local upsets in Timaru Stakes

Local galloper He Kin Fly (Darci Brahma) upset the applecart when he stormed to a comprehensive victory in the Listed Speight’s Timaru Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton. The win emphasised the up and down nature of thoroughbred racing as the Darci Brahma gelding had failed to take any part in the race at his last start after knuckling badly out of the barrier and dislodging rider Terry Moseley. Moseley stuck with the ship and produced a gem on the Neill Ridley-trained six-year-old to land the winner...

January 27, 2019

Long Leaf scores in Karaka Million

The victory of Curraghmore's New Zealand Bloodstock graduate Long Leaf (Fastnet Rock) in the Listed Karaka 3YO Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Saturday capped off a brilliant night for the horse’s shareholder and New Zealand Bloodstock owner Sir Peter Vela who used the occasion to savour the success of the sales company’s twilight race meeting. The talented yet enigmatic Long Leaf, who was twice a Listed winner as a juvenile, also provided a winning homecoming for expatriate New Zealand...

January 27, 2019

Manolo Blahniq has improved again: Noonan

Trainer Tony Noonan is confident sprinter-miler Manolo Blahniq will only improve after scoring his first Australian stakes victory earlier this month. Noonan is hoping the recent Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) winner gets enough votes to earn a spot in the A$5 million All-Star Mile (1600m) at Flemington in March, but before that is another Listed race assignment in Saturday's John Dillon Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. Manolo Blahniq won a Group Three race in New Zealand at his second caree...

January 25, 2019

Weekend Runners- 25.01.19

SINGAPORE FRIDAY Race 2 Kranji S., S$38000 1400m Cloudburst (NZ) 2014 (G. by Pour Moi-November Rain) (trainer: M WALKER) AUSTRALIA SATURDAY Randwick R8 Theraces H., A$125000 1400m Only Tiger (NZ) 2013 (G. by Rip Van Winkle-Sitting on a Hill) (trainer: J G Sargent)                   Race 9 Rise Up at the Championship H., A$125000 1600m Rodrico (AUS) 2012 (G. by High Chaparral-Truly a Beauty) (trainer: Bjorn Baker...

January 25, 2019

Long Leaf set for million dollar challenge

Lindsay Park Racing have their sights set on the Million dollar prize at Ellerslie on Saturday when they contest the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) with dual stakes winner Long Leaf. The three-year-old colt, who was purchased out of Curraghmore’s 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale draft for $750,000, was favoured in Melbourne over the spring and David Hayes, who trains in partnership with son Ben and Tom Dabernig, said Saturday’s contest has been in the pipeline for some t...

January 23, 2019

Weekend Runners- 19.01.19

Good luck to the connections of CM grads running this weekend including:AUSTRALIA SATURDAYFlemington-  Race 9 Victorian Owner Gold Card H., A$125000 1200m Ruettiger (NZ) 2011 (G. by Duporth-Be Inspired) (trainer: C Maher & D Eustace) New Zealand Saturday Trentham- Race 5 Thorndon Mile Gr.1, NZ$2000001600m Belle du Nord (NZ) 2014 (F. by Reliable Man-Bankside Belle) (trainer: E & D Browne)Gore RC- Race 7 Gore Guineas L, NZ$50000 1335m Weaponry (NZ) 2015 (G. by Declaration of War-Cat Shme...

January 18, 2019

Manolo Blahniq scores in Chester Manifold

Trainer Tony Noonan is hoping the first Australian stakes win for Manolo Blahniq in the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) at Flemington can go some way to garnering the gelding some votes for the rich All-Star Mile at the same track. Five-year-old Manolo Blahniq was a Group Three winner at his second start in New Zealand as a two-year-old and he added his first Australian stakes win in Saturday's 1400m race at his 24th career start. Noonan plans to chase more stakes wins with Manolo Blahniq...

January 12, 2019

Manolo's All-Star mission

Manolo Blahniq will have the chance to advertise his All Star Mile (1600m) credentials in Saturday's Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.The Tony Noonona trained son of Jimmy Choux was a fast-finishing second to Native Soldier in the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield at his last start and Noonan is hoping the gelding can put his head in front and attract the attention of voters for the lucrative A$5 million contest. “On paper it looks a good race for him,’’...

January 12, 2019

Long Leaf on target for Karaka Million

Long Leaf will head to New Zealand's richest race day to run in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic at Ellerslie later this month. The meeting for graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock's Karaka yearling sale features theKaraka Million for two-year-olds and the 3YO Classic which will be run for $1million for the second time. In his lead-up to his New Zealand assignment, Long Leaf finished second in a 1400m-race at Flemington on January 1 when he was chased down by Social Spin. "The race is on the 26th (...

January 6, 2019

Monday Wrap-Up 31.12.18

The year finished on a winning note for Curraghmore after adding a new winner to the tally during the festive racing period. Trial winner You’re Welcome (Camelot) saluted on debut in the K R Bell Electrical Maiden (1200m) on December 29 at Matamata. After working forward to settle outside the leader, You’re Welcome gained an advantage inside the 200m when asked to extend and had his rivals covered to win. “He had to work early, but he came back to me beautifully and didn’t over race,” ...

December 31, 2018

Boxing Day Runners 26.12.18

Good luck to connections of CM graduates running on Boxing Day:Caulfield- Race 7 Christmas S. L, A$120500 1200m Manolo Blahniq (NZ) 2013 (G. by Jimmy Choux-Floramour) (trainer: A W Noonan) Ellerslie- Race 4 Uncle Remus S. L, NZ$60000 1400m In a Twinkling (AUS) 2015 (G. by Fastnet Rock-Moment in Time) (trainer: J W Richards)                 Race 6 Eight Carat Classic Gr.2, NZ$100000 1600m Rip Em Up (NZ) 2015 (F. by Rip Van...

December 24, 2018

Weaponry Goes Back to Back

Curraghmore graduate Weaponry (Declaration of War) remained unbeaten when taking out the Seasons Greetings Rating 65 (1400m) at Ruakaka on Tuesday. A debut winner on at Rotorua in November, Weaponry showed to have derived enormous benefit in the manner of his victory up in grade. Partnered again by Opie Bosson Weaponry was given time to find his feet from barrier one, settling fifth on a genuine tempo. Looking to ease away from the rail at the 600m, when standing the leader seven lengths, he tra...

December 19, 2018

Belle Du Nord upsets at Te Rapa

Belle Du Nord (Reliable Man) upset the applecart when she produced a storming finish to snatch victory in the Gr.2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa on Saturday. Settled in the rear by rider Vinnie Colgan, Belle Du Nord swooped down the outskirts of the track to out-finish race favourite Lizzie L’Amour. Group One placed in the Levin Classic (1600m) last season, the Reliable Man mare delivered on the promise she had shown during a somewhat frustrating three-year-old campaign to capture her se...

December 15, 2018

Weekend Wrap Up- 10.12.18

A weekend of positive race results have updated Curraghmore's winner’s tally and provided some nice pedigree updates for the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock draft. Theanswermyfriend impressed when successful fresh-up in the Sportsbet Racing Form Handicap (1200m) at Pakenham on Saturday. The Darren Weir-trained son of High Chaparral recorded his eighth career win and impressed jockey John Allen with kick and ability to hold off the opposition in the closing stages. “I was a little bit worried, I ...

December 10, 2018

Pacific Coast secures third win

Te Akau Racing took just the one horse north for the Counties meeting on Wednesday and that was enough for them to secure victory at the South Auckland track. Pacific Coast made it three wins from just eight starts when he got the bob on the line in the closely contested Ssangyong 1200. The four-year-old gelding jumped away well from barrier four before jockey Opie Bosson settled him midfield before pulling him wide at the turn to run down Air Centre to win by a nose. “There was a bit of speed...

December 6, 2018

Weekend Wrap up- 19.11.18

The weekend produced several smart performances from Curraghmore graduates that added to the winner's tally for the season.Don't Plead Guilty (Encosta de Lago) notched up his sixth career win when successful at Cranbourne on Saturday over 1600m. The eight-year-old gelding was purchased out of Curraghmore's 2012 New Zealand Bloodstock yearling draft and he is proving to be a versatile, sound horse that continues to perform.It was terrific to see another honest run from Long Leaf (Fastnet Roc...

November 19, 2018

Long Leaf set to tackle Sandown Guineas

Lindsay Park Racing will line up Long Leaf (Fastnet Rock) in the final feature three-year-old race of the spring carnival at Sandown on Saturday. Long Leaf will back up in the Gr.2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) after taking on the sprinting three-year-olds in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) finishing sixth. Co-trainer Tom Dabernig is not sure how Long Leaf will handle the rise to a mile having disappointed the stable at that distance in the Gr.1 Champagne Stakes at Randwick as an autumn two-year-old....

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