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Race Meeting Information 2017/18 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

05 AUG

WRC Raceday 

Waikato RC @ Te Rapa

19 AUG

Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate Raceday

Waikato RC @ Te Rapa

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Premiership winning trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman were also the leading trainers here at Te Rapa with 17 winners for the 2016-17 season.

The Cambridge duo highlights were the Foxbridge Plate (G2) with Saracino, Waikato Cup (G2) with Lizzie L'Amour, Coldplay winning the Cal Isuzu (G2) and Bonneval taking the Sir Tristram Classic (G2).

In the jockey's ladder, Danielle Johnson and Matthew Cameron shared the podium with 12 winners each. Cameron had a slow start to the season with only two winners until the end of January, but finished strongly, riding two winners on five occasions in the last 8 meetings he rode. Special mention to Leith Innes who was in the spotlight at the end of November meeting, riding a remarkable five winners of the 8 race-card.

Shaun McKay was the leading apprentice rider with seven winners, followed by Sam Weatherley on five.

Results of the 159 races conducted by Waikato Racing Club for 2016-17 season:

Jockeys

Trainers

Name

Winners

Name

Winners

D.Johnson

12

Baker/Forsman

17

M.Cameron

12

Autridge/Richards

11

M.Du Plessis

11

Marsh

10

C.Grylls

10

G & D Rogerson

8

M.Coleman

9

S.Ritchie

6

L.Innes

8

Wood

5

O.Bosson

8

James

5

S.Spratt

7

Logan/Gibbs

4

S.McKay

7

O'Sullivan/Scott

4

C.Lammas

6

Greene

4

V.Colgan

5

McKay

3

M.Hills

5

Pike

3

J.Parkes

5

S.Wenn

3

M.McNab

5

F.Ritchie

3

S.Weatherley

5

Tiley

3

S.Collett

4

Guy

3

R.Elliot

4

Forbes

3

K.McCulloch

3

Kelso

3

T.Thornton

3

Sommervell

2

J.Nason

3

Sanders

2

V.Gatu

2

Richardson

2

B.Hutton

2

A.Campbell

2

E.Farr

2

Falconer

2

A.Collett

2

Brookes

2

J.Waddell

2

Rayner

2

S.Fannin

2

Cruz

2

A.Jones

1

Brennan

2

L.Satherley

1

Hughes

2

M.Tanaka

1

Ralph

2

T.Johnson

1

Myers

2

L.Allpress

1

Howath

2

R.Hutchings

1

Darvill

1

D.Danis

1

C.Cameron

1

S.Phelan

1

McKeagg

1

S.Higgins

1

Bolton

1

R.Cole

1

Bridge

1

W.Gordon

1

Manssen

1

C.Johnson

1

Kenny

1

T.Harris

1

Lock

1

J.Riddell

1

Coxon

1

H.Marzuki

1

Lowry/Cullen

1

159

Zimmerman

1

Williams

1

Collis

1

Nicholson

1

T.Wenn

2

Hudsson

1

Old

1

Moroney

1

McNab

1

Lynds

1

G.Sharrock

1

A.Sharrock

1

R.Collett

1

Hillis

1

Leifting

1

Wheeler

1

McKee

1

M.Wallace

1

S.Logan

1

Mahoney

1

Tait

1

Pender

1

Mitchell

1

J.Collett

1

159


We look back at the highlights of the 2016-17 season for the Waikato Racing Club.

Foxbridge Plate (G2) - August 13th

Three year old Saracino ran his rivals off their feet in a dominant display of front running in the Group Two weight-for-age feature. The colt showed what confidence leading trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman had in the maidener, who was having only his fourth race-day start. With Lisa Allpress aboard the pair led through-out to score by over two lengths. He then went onto win the Group Two Danehill Stakes down the Flemington straight at his next start.

James and Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (G2) - October 24th

The talented Ugu Foscolo was brave taking out the Group Two for three-year-olds. The Stephen Marsh trained youngster won his first three races but was disappointing in the Hawkes Bay Guineas to Mongolian Falcon, but got the better of the same horse in the re-match by a short neck.  Ugo Foscolo went onto win the 44th running of the Group One New Zealand 2000 Guineas at Riccarton at his next start before his sale to Australia.

Waikato Cup (G3) - December 10th

Lightly raced mare Lizzie L'Amour gave a glimpse of her future potential, was too good in the Skycity sponsored 2400-metre Cup.  The beautifully bred daughter of Zabeel stepped up to open class company for the first time in only her eighth start with a solid performance, with a three-quarter of a length victory. She went onto win the Group One New Zealand Stakes three starts later in her final race of the season.

Cal Isuzu (G2) - December 10th

Coldplay made it a stakes double for trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman on Waikato Cup day. The daughter of Savabeel extended her winning streak to three, beating a competitive field of fillies and mares, getting up late to nab local David Greene-trained runners Rising shot and Stolen Dance. The four-year-old mare took her record to five wins from 12 starts, in her final race for the season.

Waikato Guineas (G2) - February 4th

Wyndspelle was finally rewarded with a big-one after consistently running placings in stakes races in his age-group. Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs-trained colt was treated to a skilful ride by Jason Waddell and appreciated the step up in distance to out-finish Shocking Luck by half a length.

Herbie Dyke Stakes (G1) - February 11th

Top class galloper Volkstok'n'barrell recorded his fourth career Group One win, with a narrow but gutsy victory in the Group One weight-for-age 2000 metre feature. With Vinnie Colgan aboard, the pair posted their third victory together at the highest level, holding on to beat three-year-old Saville Row by a long head in a close finish.

NRM Sprint (G1) - February 11th

Star sprinter Start Wondering stamped himself as the leading sprinter after securing his second Group One for the season, defeating the country's best sprinters in the NRM Sprint. The brave performance was a popular triumph for Central Districts trainers Evan and JJ Rayner.

Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Stakes (G2) - February 11th

Bonneval may have burst un-beaten filly Volpe Veloce bubble, but it was the start of a scintillating run by the Baker and Forsman trained daughter of Makfi. Bonneval went onto win three more stakes races, including the NZ and Australian Oaks both at Group One level as well as winning the NZB Filly of the Year.

Waikato Steeplechase - May 20th

The Big Opal jumped his way to a spectacular victory in the 4000 metre contest. Joking looked like making a race of it but unfortunately fell at the last, giving The Big Opal an easy victory for top jumps rider Shaun Fannin and supreme jumps trainer Kevin Myers.

Waikato Hurdles - May 20th

Thenamesbond dug deep over the final stages to outstay his rivals win the prestigious Waikato Hurdles for former Te Rapa trainer Stephen Ralph. Leading from the start, the gelding looked beaten after jumping the last but rallied late under 21-year-old English rider Will Gordon to win by half a length.


One of this season's leading juveniles was among the first to try Te Rapa's new trial track at the jump-outs on Monday.

The son of Pins won his first two starts, finished fourth in the Karaka Million but hasn't raced since being hampered in the Group One Sistema Stakes in March.

Felton Road was among four runners from the Pike stable to kick-start the jump-outs, rated as a Dead4 track. The rising three-year-old dead-heated with Morweka, followed by Blue Lagoon and the un-raced Barbara's Choice.

Veteran galloper Casino, having his first public appearance for over a year, won the second heat. The eight-year-old beat three un-raced gallopers, all trained by Mark Forbes.

The third heat had four runners from the strong Marsh stable, was taken out by the promising Keeper-Heartache colt, bred by Bradbury Park.

Ben Foot trained two runners finished 1-2, a Highly Recommended youngster just beat an Excelebration, followed by two from the Chris McNab stable.

"We've had very positive feedback from senior riders Vinnie Colgan and Troy Harris. The track was a Dead4 which is brilliant considering the amount of rain the area as had," said CEO Ken Rutherford.


Trainer Chris Wood continued his rich vein of form this season when his promising galloper Wooden Edge made away with the $22,500 Foxbridge Plate Day 19th August (Rating 75) over 1600 on Saturday.

The Cambridge handler with less than a dozen horses in his stable, chalked up his 18th winner for the season from only 101 starters, with an outstanding 5.61 strike rate. Wooden Edge's victory brought up Wood's fifth winner at Te Rapa this season.

The unfashionable-bred Wooden Edge settled at the rear of the field was trapped wide for most of the race. Singapore rider Hairi Marzuki, followed High Class (A.Collett) into the home bend then peeled off to challenge his rival at the 200m mark to stride clear to win by just under two lengths to High Class. Waipipi Lad (S.Weatherley) was half a length back in third.

The win was Marzuki's sixth winner in his first season riding in this country from only 65 mounts. With recent winners from Baker/Forsman stable and his boss Stephen Marsh, shows his talent hasn't gone un-noticed during the winter.

Wooden Edge's winning time was 1:40.92 on a Slow9 track.

"It was a nice ride by Hairi (Marzuki). We got back a little further than we wanted, but there was plenty of pace and they came back to him. He was the only one travelling like a winner half mile from home. He had to do a little bit of work but once in the clear, came home nicely. It was a strong win," trainer Chris Wood said.

"I don't think he is an out in out mudder, but he does appreciate some cut of the track."

"He's putting together a good record. He's doing a good job," Wood said.

Wooden Edge has now won six from 12 starts and earned over $78,000 in prize money for his owners G Edge, Betalert Ltd, S Durrant, D Sexton, I Green, K Gregory, P Wicks, D Proverbs, M Hayes, D McHugh, P O'Sullivan, R Clark & R Woods.

Although Wood's stable star Pacorus wasn't able to win earlier in the day, the Tavistock gelding finding the mile too short, he looks a huge chance in the Taumarunui Cup at Rotorua in a fortnight.

"He'll go to the Taumarunui Cup and then the paddock for three or four weeks," Wood said.

"I might nominate him for the last day (Group One Livamol Classic) at Hawke's Bay, with the main aim the New Zealand Cup."


Trueman made it a memorable day for the Tims family, taking out the $20,000 Crossroads Waikato No.1/TAB (Rating 65) over 1400 at Te Rapa.

The four-year-old gelding was originally trained by his owner, Jack Tims but was transferred to Ken and Bev Kelso after a bout of ill health.

Jack's brother Gary, co-owned Alvins Dream, which won on debut earlier on the day.

Visiting central districts rider Johnathan Parkes made the most of an unexpected opportunity replacing Cameron Lammas, who himself was unable to take the ride through illness on the lightly raced four-year-old.

Parkes settled the son of Keeper handy to the pace on the outer and although he looked headed halfway down the straight, Parkes lifted the gelding over the final stages to record a head victory over Sea Home (V.Colgan) with a nose to Quantum (J.Riddell) running another placing in third.

Trueman's winning time was 1:28.00 on a Slow9 track.

"It was a good tough effort by the horse. Halfway down the straight I thought he was just battling but he fought back really well, under a strong ride by Johnathan," co-trainer Ken Kelso said.

"I'm just so pleased for Jack Tims. His health wasn't the best. He asked us to take him and it was sad to take him as Jack loves the horse. It's great that he delivered today," Kelso said.

"He's a nice progressive horse who I hope to take through the grades," he said.

"He's bred to get 2500 metres and I think he can cope with the better tracks, so he's an exciting prospect."

Trueman is out of the Nashwan mare Play Me. Play Me won one race in England and after finishing fourth in a Group Two over 2400 metres, Lady Tavistock sent the mare to New Zealand, where she had one run for a second, before joining her broodmare line at Bloomsbury Stud.

Henrietta Duchess of Bedford owns an un-raced half brother to Trueman, by Tavistock named Playwrite.

Jack Tims purchased Trueman at the 2014 Karaka Select Sale for $27,500 from Brighthill Farm's draft.

Trueman has won two and a second from six starts and has won $18,875 in prizemoney.


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