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Hypnos 1Hypnos Wins Uncle Remus Stakes

Reliable Man gelding Hypnos recorded an emphatic victory over the warm favourite Dawn Patrol in the inaugural running of the Listed Uncle Remus Stakes at Ellerslie on Boxing Day and confirmed a start in the Group 1 Levin Classic as his next assignment.

Reliable Man x Glory Run v2Night’s Watch Resumes Training

Darren Weir’s highly talented stayer Night’s Watch (Redwood) has resumed training after a well-earned spell following the spring carnival with his eyes on a late summer and autumn campaign for the five-year-old.

Glory DaysGlory Days After Five in a Row

Red Giant mare Glory Days will be looking for her fifth win in succession when she tackles the Group 3 Manawtu Cup at Awapuni on Saturday.

Hypnos 1Hypnos Draws Favourably in Uncle Remus Stakes

The inaugural running of the Uncle Remus Stakes see promising 3YO Hypnos (Reliable Man) take on the much talked about Dawn Patrol (and others) on Wednesday as they prepare for feature racing in January. 

Belle du Nord Te RapaBelle du Nord Storms Home to win Cal Isuzu Stakes

Cambridge trainers Emma-Lee & David Browne were rewarded for their patience on Saturday when Reliable Man four-year-old Belle du Nord scored a well-deserved black type victory when running home strongly from well back in the field to post a well overdue win in the Group 2 $100,000 Cal Isuzu Stakes.

Reliable Man 7Sentimental Miss Looking For Lucky Break in Eulogy

Reliable Man filly Sentimental Miss will be hoping for a tad more luck than that which she received in the Lucia Valentina Wellington Stakes Gr.3 at her most recent start two weeks ago where she flashed home late finishing an unlucky third to the colts Crown Prosecutor and Swords Drawn after being held up for a run until past the 200m mark.

PostponedHonesty the Best Policy at Te Rapa

The Team Rogerson trained Honesty looks well overdue for a win after some excellent efforts of late without much luck when she contests the $30,000 Team Wealleans Premier over 1400m at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Mister PresidentMister President makes Debut

The aptly named Mr President (Sepoy-Mrs Kennedy) will make his raceday debut on Saturday when he steps out in the two-year-old event at Te Rapa for prominent owners Archer Equine Investments Ltd, racing in the blue and white colours made famous by the great Mufhasa.

PostponedRed Cloud Favoured in Chalmers Handicap

The Fraser Auret trained Red Cloud is strongly favoured to take his record to three wins from his past five starts when he steps out in a field of six in tomorrow’s $30,000 Fasttrack Insurance Chalmers Handicap at Trentham over 2500m.

HypnosHypnos Tackles First Black Type

Roger James and Robert Wellwood will test their promising three-year-old Hypnos (Reliable Man) in black type company for the first time on Saturday when he ventures to Ellerslie for the $70,000 Group 3 Bonecrusher Stakes over 1400m.

Makfi PrancingComeback in Fine Form

Team Rogerson will line up the talented four-year-old Comeback (Makfi) in tomorrow’s $30,000 JR Webb & Son Handicap over 1200m with the steadier of 60.5kg and a strong form race. 

Trusty Lad 2Trusty Lad Steps to Middle Distance

Promising Reliable Man gelding Trusty Lad steps to a middle distance for the first time in his career at Doomben tomorrow when he contests the $85,000 Makers Mark Eagle Way Stayers Series Heat over 2000m.

High ModeRedwood Gelding wins Inaugural Jericho Cup

Redwood gelding High Mode pulled off a perfectly timed plan by the Anthony Freedman stable when he cleared out for an easy victory in the A$300,000 Jericho Cup over 4600m at Warrnambool. 

Belle du NordBelle du Nord Resumes in Listed Levin Stakes

Group 1 performer Belle du Nord steps out for the first time this season in the Listed Levin Stakes at Otaki this afternoon after wet tracks have delayed her reappearance. Trained by David and Emmalee Browne the Reliable Man mare has had two trials to ready her for today’s outing, winning both impressively, and while the 1200m of today’s race could be well short of her best a good speed will see her finishing off strongly.

Romancer 4Romancer Heads Up Wodonga Gold Cup Field

Redwood gelding Romancer heads up the field for today’s A$100,000 McCrae Motors Wodonga Gold Cup over 1590m and will look to continue the excellent run that trainer Darren Weir and stable jockey John Allen have had in recent weeks. The Weir/Allen combination have been on fire during the spring carnival with wins ranging from Country Cups to a VRC Derby and the juggernaut looks set to continue in the weeks ahead as the summer unfolds.

Ugly Warrior VHUgly Warrior to Continue on Winning Way

Swiss Ace gelding Ugly Warrior will look to continue on his winning way when he contests the HK$1,950,000 Nathan Handicap for the Class 2 performers. Ugly Warrior has made a huge impression in Hong Kong winning five of his six career starts and accumulating stakes of HK$4,746,300 to date.

Gold Medals AGold Medals Favourite for Inaugural Jericho Cup

The Gerry Harvey bred Gold Medals will step out as favourite for the inaugural running of the A$300,000 Jericho Cup over 4600m at Warrnambool on Sunday. The concept for the Jericho Cup is designed to be a re-enactment of a race that took place 100 years ago in the Palestine desert during the closing stages of World War 1. The race contested by soldiers and mounts from the Australian Light Horse brigade was staged as a distraction ahead of a major offensive against Turkish forces. Sunday’s re-enactment will be contested by a field of 12 and true to the Anzac spirit, all horses must have been bred in either Australia and New Zealand.

Romancer 4Romancer Scores Donald Cup Win for Weir

The Darren Weir trained Romancer broke through for his first victory on Australian soil on Sunday when scored a convincing win over Fastnet Latino in the A$70,000 Donald Cup over 1600m and made it win number five from just 20 starts.

Miss FedererMiss Federer Makes it Number Ten for Swiss Ace

The smart two-year-old Miss Federer provided her sire Swiss Ace with his tenth individual stakes winner in Saturday’s Listed Welcome Stakes at Riccarton and continued the great run of form by the Swiss Ace progeny of late.

Reliable Man 11Reliable Man’s Leading Girl for Champion Fillies Stakes

The Bob Peters owned Leading Girl steps to 1600m for the first time in her career this Saturday at Ascot when she takes on a strong form race in the Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes.

Swiss Ace-1Miss Federer Looking to Ace Rivals in Welcome Stakes

The fantastic run of form of the Swiss Ace progeny looks set to continue tomorrow as the Andrew Carston trained Miss Federer tackles her first black type assignment in the Listed Barneswood Farm Welcome Stakes on the final day of the New Zealand Cup Carnival at Riccarton.

Tamarack ATamarack In Fine Form

Redwood gelding Tamarack heads back to Rosehill Gardens on Saturday for the A$120,000 Summer Handicap over 2400m and looks certain to start a warm favourite in the small field for Warwick Farm trainer Joe Pride and the Proven Thoroughbreds group of owners.

More WonderMore Wonder Stepping up to Group 1 Challenge

The Westbury bred three-year-old More Wonder takes a big step when he lines up in Saturday’s NZ 2000 Guineas Gr.1 at Riccarton but taking a line through the Mossman colts form, it isn’t hard to make a case for the Team Rogerson trained gelding.

SullySully Due for Winning Turn

Derby placegetter of last year, Sully (Reliable Man), hasn’t been far away in his last two starts and the Busuttin/Young trained 4YO should be at peak fitness when he lines up in the A$300,000 Group 2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington tomorrow.

Little Giant DJHLittle Giant Steps into Class 1 in Hong Kong

The highly talented Little Giant will make his first appearance in Class 1 in Hong Kong on Saturday when he contests the HK$2,625,000 The Panasonic Cup over 1400m. Trained by David Hall, Little Giant boasts a near perfect career record having won 5 of his 6 starts, and the manner in which he returned to the track in the Beijing Handicap on 1 October suggested he is in for a big season, treating his rivals with absolute contempt when winning by 1.5 lengths with his ears pricked in a very sharp 1:08.81 for the 1200m.

Livin' On a PrayerLivin’ On a Prayer and Passing Shot Strong Chances in Pegasus Stakes

Northern gallopers Livin’ On a Prayer (Redwood) and Passing Shot (Swiss Ace) will be strong chances in the Listed Pegasus Stakes over 1000m at Riccarton on Saturday.

Grinzinger StarGrinzinger Star the Reliable Man for VRC Derby

Three-year-old colt Grinzinger Star has been building nicely to tomorrow’s feature at Flemington, the AAMI VRC Derby, and his third placing in last week’s Geelong Classic LR suggests Danny O’Brien has the Reliable Man peaking for the 2500m feature.

Julius DarleyEnjoy Your Retirement “Sir” Julius

What a terrific feeling it must be to go to the races and know you have a talented horse, who with luck in the running is going to return you a dividend. This past week has seen the retirement of the Swiss Ace sprinter Julius who has done just that throughout his career, proving to be an excellent advertisement for his sire, and a fantastic performer for trainer John Bell and his owners M Balzer MNZM, Miss Summer Bell, G H Davey, W G Harris, R E Hawkins, H R Jones, S P Read, M I Robins & P Smith-Schmidt.

Tamarack ATamarack Looking for Back-to-Back Wins

The Joe Pride trained Tamarack will head to Rosehill on Saturday looking to make it back to back victories when he contests the A$120,000 Turner Freeman Handicap over 2400m.

augilarReady to Run Graduate D’aguilar to Remain Unbeaten at the Valley

A graduate from last year’s Westbury Stud draft at the New Zealand Ready to Run Sale is strongly tipped to keep his unbeaten record intact when he steps out in the Essemdon Mitsubishi Handicap at Moonee Valley tonight.

First RockFirst Rock Heads to Wellesley Stakes

El Roca filly First Rock will travel to Wellington this weekend for the Listed Wellesley Stakes as she attempts to become the first winner (and first stakes winner) for her sire in the time-honoured juvenile event at Trentham.

Swiss AceSwiss Aces Looking Forward to a Return to Ellerslie

With the long-awaited return of racing at Ellerslie tomorrow, it is exciting to see Swiss Ace with some talented horses entered at headquarters.

Night's Watch_Foundation Cup_HR copyNight’s Watch Tackles Caulfield Cup

At the beginning of the spring Darren Weir hatched a plan to get Night’s Watch into the A$5,000,000 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup and tomorrow will see Weir’s aim realised as the son of Redwood takes his place in the feature staying race. 

Night's Watch CaulfieldBig Weekend Ahead for Redwood at Caulfield

Redwood has a big weekend ahead of him with runners in the Ladbrokes (Caulfield Stakes) Gr.1 and the Herbert Power Stakes Gr.2 as both Night’s Watch and Rising Red look to cement their position in next week’s A$5,000,000 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup.

Livin' On a PrayerLivin’ On a Prayer Heads Redwood Trio in Taranaki Stakes

The talented Livin’ On a Prayer heads up a trio of Redwood mares who will tackle the Group 3 Taranaki Stakes at Hawera tomorrow. The three mares will all be looking to capture their first black type wins and each has more than a runner’s chance judging by their recent form. The race has rightfully attracted a strong line-up of fillies and mares for the 1400m event with Rosewood and Red Sierra joining Livin’ On a Prayer as quality mares set to battle against the likes of Nicoletta, Darscape Princess, Art Deco, Ruby Armani, Slimline, Yearn, Rayas, and Excelleration.

SulimanSuliman Out to Make it Four in a Row

The Graham Richardson/Gavin Parker trained Suliman will be looking to make it four wins in a row when he tackles the Colchester Engineering Ltd handicap over 2000m on his home track at Matamata on Saturday.

Peaceful Te RapaPeaceful Looking for (Good) Luck

The Murray Baker/Andrew Forsman trained Peaceful (Savabeel) will be looking for a bit of good luck when she steps out in the A$500,000 One Thousand Guineas Gr.1 at Caulfield on Saturday. Peaceful has had plenty of luck since heading to Melbourne off the back of a stakes victory at Wanganui, but most of it has been bad luck, having been cast in her box and scratched from the Thousand Guineas Prelude Gr.3 on race morning two weeks ago, before stepping out in the Listed Antler Luggage Stakes at Flemington last Saturday only to find herself locked away behind the leaders without any sort of run, going to the line with her head on her chest, having no more than a training gallop as she got to the line just 1.65 lengths behind the winner Wild Planet.

BonnevalBonneval Retired

Outstanding racemare Bonneval (Makfi-Imposingly) has been retired and will be heading to stud this season. Owners Alastair Lawrence, John Rattray, and Terry Jarvis are likely to sell Bonneval in the coming weeks as they are not breeders and it will come as no surprise to know that there is plenty of interest from breeding farms across Australasia, as not only is Bonneval a dual Horse of the Year and multiple Group 1 winner, but she boasts a very commercial pedigree being a half or full sister to three Group winners in Imposing Lass, Full of Spirit, and Lady Cumquat; while her dam Imposingly has won a New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Title and is a three-quarter sister to Derby winner St Reims and the quality racemare Champagne.

Peaceful WangaPeaceful Looking to Atone for Setback

Stakes winning filly Peaceful (Savabeel-Paloma) will look to make up for lost time when she steps out in the Listed Antler Luggage Stakes over 1400m at Flemington on Saturday. 

Hypnos 1Reliable Man Three-Year-Olds Looking the Goods

We have seen a number of young horses by exciting young sire Reliable Man step out in recent weeks which all augurs well for the stallion’s profile in the months ahead. Among those to impress in recent weeks have been Hypnos, Leading Girl, Amano, and Aalaalune while Sully, Trusty Lad, and War Hero have all returned in good shape.

PeacefulPeaceful to Make Australian Debut

Quality three-year-old and dual stakes winner Peaceful will make her Australian debut on Sunday when she steps out in the Schweppes Thousand Guineas Prelude over 1400m at Caulfield. The Savabeel filly meets a Group 1 quality field for her first assignment with El Dorado Dreaming, Thrillster, Smart Melody, Qafila, Satin Slipper, Spanish Whisper, Eawase, and company all down to contest the A$200,000 Group 2 for the three-year-old fillies.

Livin On A PrayerRedwood Mare Primed to go One Better

Redwood mare Livin’ On a Prayer ran very well in a fresh state at Hawkes Bay four weeks ago when she finished a bold second to the promising Te Akau Shark, and the talented mare looks well placed to go one better in tomorrow’s West Book Wines Waimauku Handicap over 1200m at Avondale.

Night's WatchCareer Best Performance by Night’s Watch

Redwood gelding Night’s Watch put up a career best performance to land the A$150,000 Group 3 Bendigo Bank Foundation Cup at Caulfield on Saturday and in the process earned a “free pass” to the A$5,000,000 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup should his owners and Darren Weir decide to push on.

Night's Watch Caulfield BNight’s Watch Chasing Caulfield Cup Start

Ballarat trainer Darren Weir will be a little clearer on what direction he takes with the talented Redwood gelding Night’s Watch after Saturday’s Foundation Cup Gr.3. Should Night’s Watch be able to win at Caulfield on Saturday he will earn a free pass to the A$5,000,000 Caulfield Cup with the winner of the Naturalism being exempt from ballot should Weir choose to head that way with the horse.

Tamarack ATamarack Well Placed in Sydney

Redwood gelding Tamarack looks perfectly placed to be a serious contender in the last race at Rosehill on Saturday when he contests the A$120,000 Fugen Handicap over 2000m. Tamarack will be having his fourth start back in this campaign and has been “knocking on the door” at his last couple of runs for Joe Pride and comes into Saturday’s race with just 53kg and top hoop Brenton Avdulla climbs aboard.

First RockFirst Rock to Go One Better

Impressive two-year-old First Rock will look to go one better on Sunday at Counties when she contests the Colliers International 2YO over 800m. The El Roca filly made her debut at Wanganui three weeks ago and after having no luck in the run, she still looked the winner with 100m to run until the more experienced Sai Fah kicked back to win by a length.

Redwood 2018 3The Heiress In Purple Patch of Form

The Kevin Hickman bred and owned The Heiress capped off a purple patch of form in the $25,000 Nufarm/FPA NZ Handicap at Awapuni on Saturday as she careered away for win number three from her past four starts and stamped herself as a very progressive horse indeed.

Swiss Ace ParadeSmart Melody Carries on Unbeaten Record in Cap d’Antibes Stakes

The Gooree Stud owned Smart Melody looked to be one out of the bag as she sprinted away from her rivals at Flemington in the Listed Cap d’Antibes Stakes on Saturday. The Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock) filly was recording her fourth career victory from just four starts and looks to be an emerging star for Newcastle trainer Kris Lees.

Rosewood 2Redwood Mares Chase Black Type

The Redwood mares Rosewood and Red Sierra will be chasing black type when they contest the $80,000 Boehringer Ingelheim at Awapuni tomorrow. Both mares have been in a purple patch of form in recent months and a win in tomorrow’s feature would be a just reward for consistency during their current preparation.

ReevederciReevederci Makes Seasonal Debut

The Reliable Man gelding Reevederci will make his seasonal debut in the $50,000 Listed Cambridge Stud Northland Breeder’s Stakes on Saturday and encounters a strong field for his first run back as a three-year-old with Group 1 winner Sword of Osman heading the field and promising geldings Jon Wick and Madison County also down to contest the black type feature.

Miss DustyMiss Dusty Resumes in Singapore

Quality mare Miss Dusty resumes in the S$45,000 Class 4 over 1100m at Kranji tonight after showing an abundance of ability for Cliff Brown during her last preparation where she recorded a win and two seconds from her three career starts and arguably should be unbeaten but for a touch of bad luck in her defeats.

Suliman1Suliman Continues on Winning Way

Graham Richardson and Gavin Parker look to be in for a good season with their promising stayer Suliman (Redwood-Red Mariete) who made it three wins in succession when resuming at Te Aroha on Sunday.

First RockEl Roca Off and Away

While it is early days the early signs could not be more positive surrounding the progeny of El Roca, and it was great to see his first runner – the aptly named First Rock – step out over 800m at Wanganui on Saturday and run so well.

Peaceful WangaPeaceful to Embark on Australian Venture

Savabeel filly Peaceful resumed as a three-year-old at Wanganui on Saturday and could not have been more impressive as she downed a talented field of fillies in the Listed O’Leary Fillies Stakes and may well head to Australia on Spring campaign.

Bonneval UnderwoodDato Tan Chin Nam Stakes Holds Plenty of Interest

Saturday’s feature race in Melbourne, the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes, holds plenty of interest for the farm with two-time Horse of the Year Bonneval (Makfi-Imposingly), and inform runner Night’s Watch, among the top three elects in the early markets.

Romancer 3Romancer Makes Australian Debut

Former New Zealand stakes winner Romancer will make his Australian debut tomorrow when he steps out in the A$45,000 Hyland Racecolours Handicap over 1200m at Morphettville.

Peaceful Te RapaPeaceful Returns

Talented Savabeel filly Peaceful returns to the track this weekend in the Listed O’Leary Fillies Stakes at Wanganui when she meets a talented field of three-year-old fillies over 1200m.

El RocaFirst Rock in More Ways Than One

Exciting young sire El Roca is scheduled to have his first runner at Wanganui with the aptly named First Rock accepted for the Wanganui Steelformers Juvenile Plate over 800m. 

untitled-67 copyHarvey's Westbury Stud a Massive NZ Player

Courtesy of TDN's Paul Vettise

High-profile Australian breeder and businessman Gerry Harvey has been a major supporter of the New Zealand racing and breeding industry in recent years, building his broodmare team to nearly 300. Included in the band, are a number of imports to his Westbury Stud base at Karaka.

Close UpTarzino Trophy Day Arrives

Saturday signals the first day of spring and the first Group 1 of the new racing season with the running of the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy at Hawkes Bay. The field for the Tarzino sees a number of New Zealand’s best weight-for-age back at the track, and the presence of Group 1 winners Authentic Paddy, Close Up, Jon Snow, Melody Belle, Savvy Coup and Start Wondering is sure to make for an enthralling contest.

Nights WatchNight’s Watch Strongly Fancied at Caulfied

The Darren Weir trained Night’s Watch (Redwood) steps out for the second time in his current campaign when he contests the A$120,000 Jockey Celebration Day Handicap over 1400m against a strong line-up of spring contenders. Night’s Watch put up an eyecatching performance when resuming three weeks ago at Flemington, storming home to beat all but stablemate Theanswermyfriend who went on to frank the form with another strong win at Moonee Valley last week. Not only was Night’s Watch narrowly beaten at Flemington, but the time he ran for his final 1200m was quicker than that the Group 3 sprinters ran down the straight on the same day.

Reliable Man 10Czechoslovakia Makes Australian Debut

Reliable Man gelding Czechoslovakia makes his Australian debut tomorrow when he heads to Morphettville for Trent Busutiin and Natalie Young to contest the Quayclean Handicap over 1400m.

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