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    Lightweight Gorbachev wins in desperate finish to Wellington Cup

    Lightweight Gorbachev wins in desperate finish to Wellington Cup


    It was a day for close finishes in the feature events at Trentham, so it was no surprise that the result of the day's iconic two-mile feature would go right down to the...

    It was a day for close finishes in the feature events at Trentham, so it was no surprise that the result of the day's iconic two-mile feature would go right down to the wire.
    Summer races kick off at Richmond Showgrounds

    Summer races kick off at Richmond Showgrounds


    Horses have taken to the track on the first day of the Interislander Summer Festival at the Richmond...

    Horses have taken to the track on the first day of the Interislander Summer Festival at the Richmond Showgrounds. 
    Sydney drug baron Victor Spink dies of suspected overdose

    Sydney drug baron Victor Spink dies of suspected overdose


    Victor Thomas Spink, a drug importer who was a major figure in the Jockey Tapes scandal in Australia that saw Kiwi rider Jim Cassidy hit with a long disqualification, has died in Sydney. He was...

    Victor Thomas Spink, a drug importer who was a major figure in the Jockey Tapes scandal in Australia that saw Kiwi rider Jim Cassidy hit with a long disqualification, has died in Sydney. He was 76.
    Timaru harness club races on at Phar Lap

    Timaru harness club races on at Phar Lap


    The Timaru Harness Racing Club is adamant it will continue racing at the Phar Lap Raceway even if thoroughbred gallops disappear from the track in the 2022-23 season, its president Elizabeth Shand...

    The Timaru Harness Racing Club is adamant it will continue racing at the Phar Lap Raceway even if thoroughbred gallops disappear from the track in the 2022-23 season, its president Elizabeth Shand says.
    South Canterbury racing stalwart objects to North Island influence

    South Canterbury racing stalwart objects to North Island influence


    A former South Canterbury racing official has laid the blame for the potential closure of Timaru's Phar Lap Raceway at the feet of North Island decision...

    A former South Canterbury racing official has laid the blame for the potential closure of Timaru's Phar Lap Raceway at the feet of North Island decision makers.
    Lammas family an integral component of Central Districts race meetings

    Lammas family an integral component of Central Districts race meetings


    OPINION: Raceday punters should know there's more to being a clerk of the course than wearing a red coat and riding a fetching grey...

    OPINION: Raceday punters should know there's more to being a clerk of the course than wearing a red coat and riding a fetching grey horse.
    Outsider Santa Monica railroads the Group One Railway sprint

    Outsider Santa Monica railroads the Group One Railway sprint


    Outsider Santa Monica belied her $77 winning-odds to take out the Group 1 Sistema Railway 1200m at Ellerslie on New Year's...

    Outsider Santa Monica belied her $77 winning-odds to take out the Group 1 Sistema Railway 1200m at Ellerslie on New Year's Day.
    Imelda Mary causes the upset as she triumphs in Royal Stakes

    Imelda Mary causes the upset as she triumphs in Royal Stakes


    Matamata filly Imelda Mary caused a minor upset when she dashed away from her age-group rivals to take out the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on...

    Matamata filly Imelda Mary caused a minor upset when she dashed away from her age-group rivals to take out the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on Tuesday.
    A bittersweet day for what could be the last race day for Stratford

    A bittersweet day for what could be the last race day for Stratford


    Hundreds turned out on Saturday with gazebos, deck chairs, and a chilly bin full of cold beverages to enjoy what might be Stratford's last race...

    Hundreds turned out on Saturday with gazebos, deck chairs, and a chilly bin full of cold beverages to enjoy what might be Stratford's last race day. 
    Phar Lap Raceway is self sustainable, treasurer says

    Phar Lap Raceway is self sustainable, treasurer says


    The Phar Lap Raceway, which was recommended for closure in the controversial Messara Report to the Government in July, can sustain itself financially, its club treasurer...

    The Phar Lap Raceway, which was recommended for closure in the controversial Messara Report to the Government in July, can sustain itself financially, its club treasurer says. 
    MP Chris Bishop to introduce bill for BYO alcohol at the races

    MP Chris Bishop to introduce bill for BYO alcohol at the races


    For many communities the days of bringing your own beer or wine to race meetings are already over, but proposed new legislation could see them return and keep police out of meddling in future...

    For many communities the days of bringing your own beer or wine to race meetings are already over, but proposed new legislation could see them return and keep police out of meddling in future events. 
    Phar Lap is not the only champion of Seadown

    Phar Lap is not the only champion of Seadown


    Great Australasian race horse Phar Lap is synonymous with his place of his birth –...

    Great Australasian race horse Phar Lap is synonymous with his place of his birth – Seadown.
    Boxing Day races at Awapuni draw decent crowd, despite 35 late scratchings

    Boxing Day races at Awapuni draw decent crowd, despite 35 late scratchings


    Despite 90 millimetres of rain throughout the week and 35 late scratchings, plenty of punters flooded the gates at Awapuni for the Boxing Day...

    Despite 90 millimetres of rain throughout the week and 35 late scratchings, plenty of punters flooded the gates at Awapuni for the Boxing Day races. 
    Lack of punters, red tape may strangle 152-year Pirongia Boxing Day races tradition

    Lack of punters, red tape may strangle 152-year Pirongia Boxing Day races tradition


    There are bellows of delight and howls - some possibly faked - of anguish as the horses hoof it past the little grandstand at the Pirongia Racecourse, their human drivers in...

    There are bellows of delight and howls - some possibly faked - of anguish as the horses hoof it past the little grandstand at the Pirongia Racecourse, their human drivers in tow.