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Annavisto set to don Tatt’s Tiara

Co-trainer Mick Price has always felt Annavisto (NZ) (Reliable Man) had a good race in her and has set the mare to win a Group One in Brisbane first-up.The Gr.1 Tatt’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday is the assignment Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr have been eyeing off since Annavisto ran second to Nimalee (So You Think) on a heavy track at Randwick back in April.Price said the 1400m was the ideal journey for Annavisto who performs well fresh and will have the services of jock...

June 24, 2022

Po’s path not all smooth sailing

Named after a New Zealand love song, Po Kare Kare (NZ) (Savabeel) makes a highly-anticipated progression to Saturday grade at Randwick.It was love at first sight when Bryce Heys spotted her in Curraghmore’s draft at the New Zealand Bloodstock yearling sale, but the honeymoon period didn’t last long.Heys had ventured to the 2020 Karaka Sale to buy another horse and it was here that the daughter of Savabeel caught his eye.The trainer became intent on not leaving the sale without her ...

June 24, 2022

Bright future tipped for Po Kare Kare

A bright future is being tipped for promising filly Po Kare Kare after her two-length win at Gosford last Thursday. It was the second victory from four starts for the daughter of Savabeel, who has placed in her other two outings. Trainer Bryce Heys was pleased with the win, but he is trying to keep his feet on the ground with his filly. “We are happy to have her. She has always shown quite a bit of ability but had all sorts of issues from a behavioural standpoint for the first 12 or 14 months,...

June 13, 2022

Unwanted filly delivers for reluctant breeder

Renowned Australian Veterinarian Dr Chris Lawler admits to initially being reluctant to venture into the breeding game though after breeding Group One-winning filly Gypsy Goddess, he is enjoying the ride. Since her debut last October, Gypsy Goddess has been beautifully managed by David Vandyke to race nine times for six wins and three placings.  She was unbeaten in her first five starts in Queensland, which included a win in the Gr.3 BRC Grand Prix Stakes (2100...

June 10, 2022

Gypsy Goddess all class in Oaks triumph

New Zealand-bred filly Gypsy Goddess left her rivals with few excuses after landing the Gr.1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) for trainer David Vandyke and jockey William Pike at Eagle Farm on Saturday. The daughter of Tarzino went back from the horror outside draw of 18, and while the rangy filly relaxed well throughout, she was forced to cover plenty of ground rounding the home turn and presented widest in the home straight. It mattered little as the $4.40 favourite landed the Classic with a length to...

June 4, 2022

Gypsy Goddess requires Wizard magic

Gypsy Goddess has continued her bad run of luck with barriers after drawing the outside gate in the 18-horse field for Saturday’s Gr.1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Eagle Farm. It is nothing new for the daughter of Tarzino who has had to overcome wide draws in her previous outings this preparation when placing in the Gr.1 Vinery Stakes (1850m), Gr.1 Australian Oaks (2400m), and Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m). “It is a terrible barrier,” trainer David Vandyke said. “I am glad that we ha...

June 1, 2022

Cunningham gets Flying Start with Godolphin

Godolphin has selected a dozen up-and-comers from around the world for the 2022-2024 edition of its Flying Start programme, including Liam Cunningham. He will be joined by 11 others from around the world including fellow kiwi Annabel Adams. Beginning in August at Kildangan Stud in County Kildare, Ireland, the two-year programme gives trainees the opportunity to learn and experience management operations and leadership in the global thoroughbred industry with phases in Ireland, the UK, the USA, A...

May 27, 2022

Tofane sells for A$3.1 million

Curraghmore principal Gordon Cunningham was on hand on the Gold Coast on Wednesday to watch Tofane, a product of his Waikato farm, sell for A$3.1 million to the bid of Yulong Investments. Cunningham bred the daughter of Ocean Park who went on to win eight of her 30 starts, four at Group One level, and more than A$3.6 million in prizemoney. “It has been a great thrill to see her on the sale grounds,” Cunningham said. “She was beautifully presented and looked her magnificent s...

May 24, 2022

Tevere in top form at Te Rapa

Track specialist Tevere converted with a genuine effort in the Waikato Draught Open (1200m) on Saturday at Te Rapa. Impressive winning her Maiden over in May last year, Tevere extended her course record to four from six, with a second to boot, and five out of 10 in total. Continuing his great affinity and aboard for each win at Te Rapa, jockey Michael McNab tracked in fifth before challenging to level with smart galloper Mega Bourbon and drawing to a winning advantage inside the final furlong. B...

May 7, 2022

Germanicus set to bounce back at Te Rapa

Multiple stakes winner Germanicus is in the right condition to turn his fortunes around with a return to top form at Te Rapa on Saturday in what may be his final appearance of the season. The six-year-old, who was born and raised at Curraghmore for breeder-owners the St Germaine Syndicate, will be aided in his quest to add the Wig (Noel) Wilson Memorial Mile (1600m) to his record with the booking of apprentice Masa Hashizume reducing the gelding’s impost to a more manageable 59kg. Germanicus h...

May 6, 2022

Talented Tevere back on favourite footing

Te Rapa has proved to be the happiest of hunting grounds for Tevere and a return to the Waikato course on Saturday may again bring out the best in the gifted mare. The Contributer four-year-old has made five appearances on the course for three wins and a runner-up finish and will bid to add to her record in the Waikato Draught Handicap (1200m). Tevere will be coming off an unplaced performance in the Listed Flying Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni, but co-trainer Pam Gerard has ruled a line through that...

May 6, 2022

Curraghmore top Online Yearling Sale

Curraghmore sold the top lot at the 2022 New Zealand Bloodstock National Online Yearling Sale hosted on Gavelhouse Plus.A colt by popular young sire Turn Me Loose purchased for $34,000 by NZB Agent Alex Teng on behalf of an internationally-based client. Breeder Gordon Cunningham was delighted by the sale of his colt in the online format. “He was a good colt and was bought very well. Timing can be everything and with his sire (Turn Me Loose) going so well at the moment, the price he made really...

April 21, 2022

Weekend Runners - Easter Weekend 15.04.2022

Good luck to connections of all Cm graduates racing over the Easter weekend including the following:AUSTRALIA FRIDAYCanberra RC- Race 8 Andy Stanham-Worksforyou H., A$22000 1400m Rover (AUS) 2015 (G. by Fastnet Rock-Gypsy Princess) (trainer: Joseph Ible) AUSTRALIA SATURDAYRandwick- Race 8 All Aged S. Gr.1, A$605000 1400m Tofane (NZ) 2015 (F. by Ocean Park-Baggy Green) (trainer: M D Moroney)Caulfield- Race 8 Victoria H. Gr.3, A$200750 1400m Kahma Lass (NZ) 2017 (F. by Darci Brahma-...

April 14, 2022

Swansong for Tofane

Tofane will be vying to finish her racing career on a high on Saturday when she lines-up in the Gr.1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. The daughter of Ocean Park won the race two years ago in the hands of Kiwi jockey Opie Bosson, her first at elite level. She was set to be offered in a broodmare sale last year, however, trainer Michael Moroney convinced her owners to have one final throw at the stumps at the Queensland Winter Carnival. His belief in the mare paid off, with Tofane going on to ...

April 14, 2022

Gypsy Goddess to lap up Oaks distance

Trainer David Vandyke can’t wait to see Gypsy Goddess over more ground at Randwick on Saturday. The daughter of Tarzino was impressive when running home for third in the Gr.1 Vinery Stakes (1850m) at Newcastle last start, with the race reducing from its original 2000m distance after being transferred from Rosehill. She clocked the fasted closing 200m of the race and Vandyke believes she will appreciate the step-up to 2400m in the Gr.1 Australian Oaks this weekend. “That is how we have traine...

April 7, 2022

Moroney mare shows Verve in Chairman’s victory

The Michael Moroney-trained mare Nerve Not Verve scored her biggest success to date when landing the Gr.2 Chairman’s Quality (2600m) on Day One of The Championships at Royal Randwick. Ridden by Regan Bayliss, the six-year-old daughter of Shocking sat handy to a sedate tempo set by Knights Order and shortly after straightening the pair cleared out from their rivals with Nerve Not Verve going to the post a short neck in front. Luncies was a further 3¼ lengths away in third. A winner at Moonee ...

April 2, 2022

Germanicus upsets in Flying Stakes

Enigmatic galloper Germanicus was back to his best when he produced an irresistible finish to take out the Listed Bramco Granite & Marble Flying Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni. The Danica Guy-trained son of Rip Van Winkle, who finished sixth in the Gr.1 El Cheapo Cars WFA Classic (1600m) at Otaki at his last start back in February, appreciated the strong pace throughout the race and loomed into contention for rider Taiki Yanagida rounding the home turn. A wall of horses stretched across the track at ...

April 2, 2022

Gelding option proves winning move

Flemington trainer Michael Moroney enjoyed further success with a Kiwi sprinter when four-year-old Not An Option took out Saturday’s Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) at Mornington. The stable, which recently sent out New Zealand arrival Roch ‘N’ Horse to win the Gr.1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m), received Not An Option as a tried horse from the Tony Pike stable. After a disappointing effort when ninth in his only start for Moroney last spring, the son of Not A Single Doubt returned to winning ...

March 27, 2022

Gypsy looking to camp out in Sydney

Classy filly Gypsy Goddess faces her biggest test to date when she contests Saturday’s Gr.1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill, where the track is currently rated a Heavy 8. Trainer David Vandyke is confident the daughter of Tarzino will run well but has cautioned that the Gr.1 Australian Oaks (2400m) on April 9 at Randwick has long been the principal target for the staying filly. William Pike will ride the unbeaten Gypsy Goddess, who extended her record to five wins when resuming from a ...

March 22, 2022

Group Three breakthrough for No Compromise

Five-year-old gelding No Compromise ran out a game winner of the Gr.3 Queen’s Cup (2400m) at Rosehill on Saturday as the former Kiwi gears up for a tilt at the Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m). The son of Pins, who began his career with Waverley trainer Bill Thurlow before transferring to Chris Waller, was ridden a lot handier to the speed than usual by jockey Jay Ford and kicked gamely to defeat stablemates Surefire and Chalk Stream by half a length. It was a black-type breakthrough for the impeccabl...

March 19, 2022

Gypsy Goddess Sydney bound

Gypsy Goddess has taken another leap towards the Gr.1 Australian Oaks with a dominant return to racing at Eagle Farm on Saturday to remain unbeaten. On a dour day, the David Vandyke-filly was the star attraction, returning for the first time with more questions than answers over 1600m in the 3YO Handicap. Marked as a Group 1 Australian Oaks prospect by the astute trainer, Vandyke will now travel with his unbeaten filly to Sydney for the Gr.1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) in a fortnight’s time bef...

March 13, 2022

Ruthless Dame on Group One path

Ruthless Dame has maintained an unbeaten record with a strong win in the Gr.3 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Flemington. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained daughter of Tavistock was successful over 1300m at Sandown last month which helped her at the end of the 1200m in Group Three company on Saturday. Under the guidance of Jamie Kah, Ruthless Dame dug deep to score by a neck from Nangui with Mumbai Jewel a short-neck away third. Eustace said the Gr.2 VRC Sires' Produce ...

March 12, 2022

Ellis buys ‘filly of the decade’

Te Akau principal David Ellis has bought plenty of quality fillies at Karaka over the years, so it was a bold statement when he labelled lot 410, the Fastnet Rock full-sister to Group One winner Unforgotten, as the best filly he has seen at New Zealand Bloodstock’s sales venue in a decade. “I have been coming and buying yearlings here since 1988 and definitely in the last five to 10 years I haven’t seen a filly of more quality or athleticism, and we were determined to buy her at any cost,...

March 8, 2022

Curraghmore make strong start at Karaka

Australian interest in the quality New Zealand horseflesh on offer during the New Zealand National Yearling Sale was high early on the first day of selling with many familiar names featuring on the results page. Agents representing trainers such as Chris Waller, Danny O’Brien, Henry Dwyer and John O’Shea were all part of the early buying action, however, it was Tony Fung who headed the pack under his TFI banner as his on-site representative Kacy Fogden went to $425,000 to secure Lot 18, a Lo...

March 7, 2022

Melbourne Cup aspirations for Derby hero

Trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott are eyeing a tilt at the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) in spring with Asterix after his victory in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on Saturday. The son of Tavistock took out the $1 million feature after a light preparation and his conditioners have elected to send him to the spelling paddock to give him time to mature ahead of spring. “Andrew and I sat down with one of the part-owners, Sam Kelt, this morning and Sam’s dream has always...

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