Massive news out of Australia yesterday afternoon.
Master trainer Barry Purdon should provide a logical quinella in race 5 at Alexandra Park tonight.
Who could have guessed the 2011 Christchurch earthquake would be the catalyst for Justine McMeeking and Kurt McNamara becoming winning owners with Itz Risky Business at Forbury Park last night?Not the pair themselves, for starters.
The draws are not ideal, but the horseflesh might be good enough to overcome those difficult marbles for Westwood Beach trainer Graeme Anderson at Forbury Park tonight.
This Saturday's Queensland Oaks will decide the short-term future for Nek Time who made history for her trainers on Saturday night.
A glimpse around the Forbury Park sprint series final field just before the start last night gave trainer Kirk Larsen confidence with Risk Factor.
The loss of the Central Otago Racing Club meeting in late February is a loss not only for the club, but for the local farming community.
The national harness trainers' premiership battle is not quite over - but much will depend on the performance of Robert Dunn's team at Forbury Park tonight.
Never mind the national jockeys' premiership.
Some harness fans will recall the 1200m harness races held at Alexandra Park six or seven years ago.
A former Grand National Hurdles winner is back over the smaller fences at Wingatui today as he chases future glory at the Grand National carnival in August.
Both large and small racing clubs in Otago are the casualties in next year's racing calendar as the national equine racing bodies deal with declining horse numbers.
The richly bred One Over Da Moon will be serving two roles next season.
The Dunedin contingent of the South team looked pretty comfortable yesterday with the inaugural national league trophy at Dunedin International Airport yesterday.
Finally the battlers down South are getting recognised.
The Southern Steel's stunning season shows no sign of abating, judging by its comfortable 65-56 win over the Melbourne Vixens in Invercargill on Saturday.
The south is rapidly shaping up as the powerhouse of New Zealand netball, judging by South's win in the national league final in Auckland last night.
The mutual respect between fans of the All Blacks and the Welsh is not just skin deep.
A glance at the forecast and the track rating this morning should give punters a guide for the Kelvin Tyler-trained runners in the $30,000 Amberley Cup at Riccarton later today.
Phil Williamson would love to see Brads Kenny back at Forbury Park in the next fortnight or so.