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Race Meeting Information 2016/17 Season

The seasons schedule for meetings to be held at Te Rapa Racecourse has been confirmed.  Meeting dates can be found at Race Meetings or for the full calendar please refer to nzracing.co.nz

29 APR

Cambridge Jockey Club Meeting

Waikato RC @ Te Rapa

06 MAY

Punters Challenge

Waikato RC @ Te Rapa

See the full list of Race Meetings.


Latest News

Andrew Forsman, Stephen Marsh and Shaune Ritchie talk about their stable chances at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Wide Awake survived a stewards protest when taking out the $10,000 Print House Maiden over 1600metres at Te Rapa yesterday.

Sent out a hot favourite ($2.10) began well from barrier six in a 16 to settle sixth one off the rail. Approaching the home straight Bosson went forward in the centre of the track. Soon after straightening up, the pair headed towards the fence but never looked hampering any challengers chances and went onto score comfortably by one and half lengths with Bosson time to pose for the winning photograph. Sensibility (J.Waddell) was second with a nose back to Keep Up (S.Collett) in third.

Stewards looked at the concluding stages after the runner up connections' protested, before declaring Wide Awake the winner.

Bosson was suspended for five days, from Sunday up to and including March 17, after being found guilty of careless riding. 

Wide Awake shifted inwards passing the 300 metres when not sufficiently clear and caused interference to three runners, including the second-placed Sensibility.

Wide Awake winning time was1:37.2 (final 600m in 36.1) on a Good3 track.

"He's still very green but Opie really likes him. He thinks he's one of those horses that next time in, he could be going around in Open races. He's shown ability the whole way through," co-trainer Stephen Autridge said.

Wide Awake first win at his fifth start, includes two placings has earned $8,700 for the Te Akau Wide Awake Syndicate (Mgr: D C Ellis).

Te Akau principal David Ellis purchased Wide Awake for $150,000 at the 2015 Karaka Premier Sale, from Monovale Farm's draft.

"He's a top-class colt from a family we really like and have already had success with," said Ellis, at the time of purchase.

The dam Kay's Awake was regarded as one of the very best race mares over the past decade. From 37 starts, she recorded six wins and 13 placings, among them second to Seachange twice in the Group One NRM Sprint and Telegraph and finishing third to Darci Brahma in the same equivalent races the year earlier in 2007.


A recent stable change for Costa Bravo was the winning formula when the four-year-old broke maiden ranks to win the $10,000 J Swap Contractors Maiden over 1400metres at Te Rapa yesterday.

The Ian Farrelly-owned gelding had previously been trained at Byerley Park by James Bridge, joined the highly regarded Cambridge horseman Mark Brooks at the beginning of the year.

A recent 800 metre easy trial win a fortnight ago didn't go unnoticed with punters, sending out the son of Encosta de Lago the $3.90 favourite.

Jumping smartly from barrier 12 with Opie Bosson aboard, the pair worked across from his draw to settle fifth with 800 metres to run. Entering the straight, Bosson pulled his mount to the middle of the track and responded under a hard ride grabbed leader Midsummer Magic (S.Spratt) short of the post to win by head. Rough Conduct (S.Collett) finished strongly in third, a neck back in third.

Costa Bravo's winning time was 1:2403 (last 600m in 35.73) on a Good3 track.

Brooks mentioned there is improvement in Costa Bravo.

"He's a bit fat and looking for more ground, but Opie (Bosson) got the job done. I think the further he goes, the better he will be," Brooks said.

Brooks has trained more than 60 winners in New Zealand winning nearly $900,000 in stakes,announced this week he plans to relocate to Ballarat towards the end of the season

James Bridge purchased Costa Bravo for $100,000 at the 2014 NZB Ready To Run Sale from Anzac Lodge draft.


Consistent mare Floating Heart emerged as an impressive winner in the $10,000 Greene Brothers 1400 (Rating 65) 1400metres at Te Rapa yesterday.

Floating Heart had finished second in her last two recent starts but went one better yesterday with a fine performance beating Moncrecour (V.Colgan) by head. Elletra (C.Grylls) put in a good effort to finish third, three-quarters of a length back.

Floating Heart's winning time was 1:23.61 (last 600m in 34.66) on Good3 track.

"Danielle rode her superbly. She made sure she didn't get too far out of it, popped her in the race just behind the speed where we wanted to be. We've dropped her back from 1600m, from the mile she wasn't quite finding the mile as well as we have liked.  Im not saying she's not a miler, but 1400m was ideal today, and she rode her beautifully," co-trainer Chris Gibbs said.

"She's a slow maturing filly, and Sir Peter Vela has been extra patience with her, which has been wonderful so she was a work in progress. That's the big thing with patience, she come to it. She's a nice filly, but mentally immature but she's getting there now," Gibbs added.

Floating Heart is bred and raced by Sir Peter Vela, recorded her second win and along with three placings. She has yet to finish further back than fifth from seven starts and has earned over $15,000 in prizemoney.

Floating Heart is the first foal to race out of the Red Ransom mare Amaryllis (NZ), who carried the Pencarrow blue and white hoops to eight wins including the Gr. 3 Darley Plate.

Amaryllis is out of Lafleur (NZ) (Zabeel) who won the Group 2 Royal Stakes and Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic in an exceptional three-year-old season.


Trainer Trevor Cruz and jockey Mark Du Plessis had good reason to be all smiles after the combined to take the $10,000 Lodge Real Estate (Maiden) 1200metres with Elusive Meteor yesterday.

The pair were successful at Avondale last week with the promising Elusive Empire, and the combination have a great strike rate this season with four wins and three placings from nine starters.

Elusive Meteor settled midfield until the field of 11 swung for home, Du Plessis angled his mount four off the rail to challenge favourite Andado (D.Johnson) at the 200m mark and scored easily by two lengthsto Andado in second, with a head back to One Prize One Goal (R.Elliott) in third place.

"She's done nothing wrong in her first two starts, but today with a wider draw helped her get some cover and getting the last lunge. I think she's looking for little bit further now, maybe 1200m strength-wise, then 1200m up-to 1400m later," rider Mark Du Plessis said.

Du Plessis reiterated his gratitude towards owner Angel Cruz for her support.

Elusive Meteor winning time was 1:11.00 (last 600 in 35.21) on a Good3 track.

"I'd been happy with her work leading into the race. She's been a tad green, added blinkers today and it's done the trick. She's got a lot of natural gate speed, so the draw wasn't too much of a concern, Mark (Du Plessis) could have pushed forward but we actually wanted to track something today," trainer Trevor Cruz said.

"We'll work her through the grades now," Cruz said.

Elusive Meteor has now had three starts for one win and a second and earned $9,000 in prizemoney for her owner Angel Cruz.

Angel Cruz purchased the Australian-bred daughter of Northern Meteor-Golden Pedigree for $360,000 at the 2015 Karaka Premier Sale from Lyndhurst Farm's draft.


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