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.
Racing followers wanting to track some of the form out of yesterday's Wingatui jumpouts will need to be patient.
Canterbury harness racing trainer Cran Dalgety has been fined $32,000 after four of his race winners returned elevated readings for cobalt.
Stopwatches and calculators were out at yesterday's Oamaru harness trials.
New Zealand bettors who want to have a flutter at the TAB are about to be spoilt for choice.
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has found its next chief executive.
Proven winter galloper Miss Three Stars showed how potent she can be on rain-affected tracks with a runaway win in yesterday's Wairio Cup at Ascot Park.
Emerging Kiwi 3yr-old Shocking Luck put his Queensland Derby rivals on notice with an emphatic victory in the group 3 Rough Habit Plate at Doomben on Saturday.
Emerging Southern trotter Dark Horse fired a warning shot for her Harness Jewels rivals with a dominant win at Winton on Saturday.