The Waikato Racing Club is the host club conducting 16 licences of the 19 race days held annually at Te Rapa Racecourse, Hamilton. The racetrack has been upgraded in recent times and provides an excellent surface all year round. More recently the club has undertaken work on a training and trials track which is expected to be in operation in early 2016. With a healthy membership and support from long term sponsors the Club continues to grow and develop, if you are interested in becoming a Member or Sponsor of the club please find further information below or contact us today!
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Lanciato was an impressive winner of the $20,000 Clubhouse Café and Sportsbar Cambridge (1600m) for three-year-olds at Te Rapa on Saturday.
The Per Incanto gelding was having only his second start for his new trainer Stephen Marsh after his former trainer Lance Noble recently took up a position as private trainer for Brendan and Jo Lindsay.
Draw barrier 9, rider Leith Innes dropped to the rear, and with 600 metres to run Lanciato was last. Innes soon set him alight around the field and the pair soon hit the front with 200 metres to run to score by a length and three-quarters. Our Abbadean finished second ahead of leader Evoke.
Owned by Bruce Perry's Homebush Partnership, Lanciato has now had seven starts for two wins, two placings and earned more than $22,000 in stakes.
"He was very impressive today. He loved the firm track out there," rider Leith Innes said
New Zealand Derby placegetter Raghu, finished fifth, over five lengths from the winner. Settling behind the leaders, the hot favourite looked under pressure on the turn and battled on.
Consistent mare Rasa Lila was a brilliant winner in Group 2 $100,000 Travis Stakes (2000m) for fillies and mares at Te Rapa on Saturday.
Bred and raced by Sir Peter Vela, the Darci Brahma mare has raced in eight consecutive Group races, including a win in the Group 3 Cuddle Stakes (1600m) last month. She was an unlucky runner in the Group 1 races the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes and last Saturday's Easter Stakes in-between Saturday's victory.
The five-year-old drew barrier two, and rider Leith Innes gave her a perfect trip and she was too good scoring by three lengths to last year's winner Abidewithme, who had her chance to go back-to-back with a nose to longshot Gesemi in third. Winning time was 2:01.35.
"She had the draw last week it could have changed the result. Everything went her way today though, she deserved that," said winning rider Leith innes.
It was the seventh win of Rasa Lila's career and her most significant victory to date. She is now headed to the spelling paddock then will be aimed at the two big races on the second and third days at Hawke's Bay.
"How long she races on after that will depend on whether Sir Peter decides to send her to the stallion in the spring," Sir Peter Vela's racing manager Garry Cossey said.
For her trainers Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie, it was their second Travis Stakes after their victory with Dolmabache in 2012.
Xtravagant produced a quality performance taking out the Group 3 $70,000 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders' Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.
Rider Matt Cameron opted to settle the Pentire colt handy and the hot favourite relaxed beautifully and took command at the top of the straight and raced away to win by nearly three lengths to First Serve with a neck back to Volks Lightning. The 1200m was recorded 1:08.6, just outside the track record here at Te Rapa held by Shifnal Chief, who clocked 1:08.5 back in 1973.
Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis paid $375,000 at the 2014 New Zealand Bloodstock's Premier Yearling Sale. Xtravagant is a full-brother to the Group 1 performer and young sire He's Remarkable.
He has now won six of his 10 starts, including the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas and NRM Sprint, and earned just under half a million.The 1200 metres was covered in a slick 1:08.6 (almost a track record: 1:08.5), last 600m in 34.3
"We all know how good he is. He's the best we've got at the moment. Today they took us on in front. We had a feeling they were going to do that, so we thought today was going to be the day to change plans and see how he went sitting in behind the leaders. It worked out great, so now we know he can do it. That should really help him when we take him up to a mile and further again in future. Those sorts of distances shouldn't be a problem now," co-trainer Stephen Autridge said after the win.
Xtravagant has now five races this season, with wins in two Group 1's and now a Group three. The Group wins have come at distances of 1200m, 1400m and 1600m.
The classy three-year-old was on trial for another crack for an Australian campaign after he was a beaten favourite in the Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington in March. A trip to Brisbane for the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap is now on the cards, but a Melbourne trip in spring is also an option.
"We'll have a meeting with David Ellis in the coming week and make up our minds on that. Whether he goes to Brisbane or we look at something in Melbourne, we'll wait and see," Autridge said.
South Island visitor First Serve ran a brilliant race to finish within three lengths of the winner in only her third start. The Swiss Ace filly cost Michael Pitman just $6,000. She has now had for two wins on her home track and now second in a Group 3.
Cambridge Jockey Club's meeting at Te Rapa on Saturday feature the Group 2 $100,000 Travis Stakes (2000m) and the Group 3 $70,000 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders' Stakes (1200m).
One of two meetings Cambridge JC have on the calendar, the eight race program has provided fantastic fields throughout the day.
The highlight will be the return of glamour colt, Xtravagant returning to the scene when he demolished a top class field in the Group 1 Waikato Sprint.
A winner on debut as a juvenile, Xtravagant burst onto the scene with impressive wins in the Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas, then here at Te Rapa beating the older sprinters in the Group 1 Waikato Sprint. The striking colt faces a quality field in the Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders' Stakes on Saturday. He'll be facing three runners Barnaby, Let Me Roar, First Serve - unbeaten in their two starts to date as well as six last start winners in Battle Time, De Niro, Koenigsegg One, Untamed Diamond, Cinematic and Hollywood Lass.
Trained by Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, Xtravagant has set the benchmark for the three-year-old crop in this country to a mile but failed last start in the Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington, and was subsequently spelled. However a decision was made to bring the colt back into work with a view to a possible campaign in Brisbane, with the Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap potential targets.
He faces a quality field including Battle Time, runner up - albeit 8 lengths - behind Xtravagantin the NZ 2000 Guineas. The Tim and Margaret Carter youngster will have a change with Sam Spratt replacing Vinnie Colgan. Spratt rode the Battle Paint colt when the pair finished second in the Group 1 Diamond Stakes as a juvenile. Battle Time shed his unfair tag as the best maiden galloper in New Zealand with a comprehensive win at Tauranga.
Another Tauranga winner on the day was the Jacob McKay trained Barnaby. The young Matamata trainer is aiming to train his first stakes winner in his own after tasting success with Puccini when in partnership with his father Peter.
Colgan has decided to ride Koenigsegg One from the Tony Pike stable who is on trial for a Brisbane campaign like Xtravagant.
The Waikato Racing Club will on Friday open its course to steeplechasers.
Te Rapa's infield lane will re-open after the development of the inside trial track now completed, the five-jump lane will be in full use in time for the opening day of the jumps season on May 7.
Yesterday, representatives of jumps jockeys and trainers inspected the steeplechase course here at Te Rapa and approved the Waikato Racing Club's offer for schooling on Friday.
Horses with at least one half of their steeplechasing ticket can be entered with the NZTR Bureau by 12 noon on Thursday for the schooling session scheduled for 10.30am the following day.
Waikato Racing club's feature steeplechase, the Warren Storm Lifebrokers Waikato Steeplechase is on May 21.