Early-morning starts paid off for Ashburton trainers Matthew and Sarah Smith, who trained their first winner at Wingatui yesterday.
While the favourites were the big winners in yesterday’s Harness Jewels barrier draws, Otago-trained runners were not all so fortunate.
Apprentice rider Corey Campbell rode his first winner at Wingatui on a big day out for White Robe Lodge yesterday.
Some would call it mission impossible, others would give him a fighting chance.
Special Duke’s galloping career will come full circle at Wingatui today.
Last Friday night’s Sires Stakes Final at Addington has been a point of discussion, writes Jonny Turner.
A shortage of trackwork riders affecting New Zealand thoroughbred stables is having a mixed effect on Otago trainers.
Tapanui breeders John and Judy Stiven can bag a full set of Harness Jewels trophies if Arden's Choice can win the 4yr-old mares' final next week.
The New Zealand thoroughbred racing industry is facing an employment crisis, a leading administrator says.
For some owners, the Harness Jewels are a chance for a quick return on their equine investments, but that is not the case for Dunedin's Tom Richardson.
White Robe Lodge got a taste of just about everything over the weekend.
''We are off to the Jewels!''
It is a good thing impressive Oamaru winner Make It Rain is racing in 2017 rather than 1977.
The potent trainer-jockey combination of Kevin Myers and Shaun Fannin scored feature steeplechase wins at each end of the country over the weekend.
Oamaru reinsman Brad Williamson scored the richest win of his driving career by steering Majestic Man to a tough victory in last night's 2yr-old Sires Stakes trotting final at Addington.
The running of both the Great Western Hurdles and Steeplechase tomorrow will cap a weekend that should satisfy the appetite of the keenest jumps racing enthusiasts.
Locals are likely to feel more comfortable about one of the Southland and Canterbury trainers making a winning raid to Oamaru tomorrow than they are about the rest.
If the shuffling of jockeys continues for in-form galloper Black Estate, his saddle may need to be fitted with a turnstile.
Dexter Dunn is ready to declare war on the All Stars stable in the richest two races at Addington tonight but only one of them is by choice.
This week the New Zealand Racing Board announced punters will soon be spoilt for choice, but the result could be a case of racing paying the price, writes Jonny Turner.