Thoroughbred racing in New Zealand

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The racing of Thoroughbred horses (or gallopers, as they are also known) is a popular gaming and spectator sport and industry in New Zealand.

History[edit]

Thoroughbred horse racing commenced soon after European settlement. The first totalisator machine in the world was installed at Ellerslie Racecourse in 1913, see Sir George Julius).

Thoroughbred racing with the associated aspects such as horse breeding, training and care, race betting, race-day management and entertainment has gradually developed into an industry worth billions of dollars. The governing body is the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Incorporated.

Race clubs and courses of New Zealand[edit]

Thoroughbred racing is held throughout New Zealand, including courses in some of the smaller centres.

Club
Course, Town/city/province
Track Direction Straight Notes
Ashburton RC Ashburton, New Zealand 1876m left-handed 382m
Auckland RC Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland 1876m right-handed 382m
Avondale JC Avondale Racecourse, Auckland 1800m right-handed 450m
Banks Peninsula RC Motukarara, Canterbury 1800m left-handed 400m
Beaumont RC Wingatui, Dunedin (since 1987) 2000m left-handed 350m Part of Gallop South
Cambridge RC Te Rapa, Hamilton 1800m left-handed 420m NZ's first synthetic track in 2020
Canterbury JC Riccarton Park, Christchurch 2400m left-handed 400m includes a synthetic track [1]
Central Otago RC Omakau 1600m left-handed 300m Part of Gallop South. Formerly the Vincent Jockey Club
Counties RC Pukekohe Park, Franklin 1900m right-handed 520m
Dargaville RC Awakino Point 1600m left-handed 350m Was 1 meeting per year, in November. Last held in 2016.
Egmont RC Hawera 1822m left-handed 350m
Feilding JC Awapuni, Palmerston North 1700m left-handed 350m Part of RACE
Foxton RC Previously raced at Foxton, Horowhenua 1811m left-handed 349m Trials only. No Raceday meetings being held
Gore RC Gore, Southland 1600m left-handed 350m Part of Gallop South
Greymouth JC Omoto, West Coast, South Island 1200m left-handed 250m
Hawkes Bay Racing Inc Hastings 1700m left-handed 375m
Kumara RC Kumara, West Coast 1500m left-handed 300m 1 meeting per year, in January
Kurow JC Kurow, North Otago 1600m left-handed 350m 1 meeting per year, late December
Levin RC Ōtaki, Horowhenua 1800m left-handed 400m
Manawatu RC Awapuni, Palmerston North 1700m left-handed 350m Part of RACE[2] Synthetic track planned
Marlborough RC Waterlea, Blenheim 1700m left-handed 300m
Marton JC Awapuni, Palmerston North 1700m left-handed 350m Part of RACE
Masterton RC Tauherenikau Racecourse, near Featherston, Wairarapa 1810m left-handed 315m 1 meeting per year, in March
Matamata RC Matamata 1628m left-handed 400m
Oamaru JC Oamaru, North Otago 1800m left-handed 350m
Otago RC Wingatui & Cromwell 2000m & 1600m left-handed both 350m both
Otaki-Maori RC Ōtaki, Horowhenua 1800m left handed 400m the sole surviving Maori club in New Zealand
Pakuranga Hunt Ellerslie Racecourse 1876m right-handed 382m the feature event is the Pakuranga Hunt Steeplechase in August
Poverty Bay Turf Club Ashwood Park, Gisborne 1800m left-handed 400m
Rangitikei RC Awapuni, Palmerston North 1700m left-handed 350m Part of RACE
Reefton JC Reefton 1140m left handed 230m the smallest galloping track in New Zealand. 1 meeting in January
Riverton RC Riverton, near Invercargill 1650m left-handed 400m Part of Gallop South
Racing Rotorua Arawa Park, Rotorua 1600m left-handed 300m
Rotorua & Bay of Plenty Hunt Arawa Park, Rotorua 1600m left-handed 300m 1 meeting per year, held in September
South Canterbury RC Phar Lap raceway, Timaru 1800m left-handed 400m
South Waikato RC Matamata 1628m left-handed 400m 1 meeting per year, held in March
Southland RC Ascot Park, Invercargill 1800m left-handed 215m The southern-most course in New Zealand
Stratford RC Te Kapua, Stratford 1600m left-handed 400m 1 meeting per year, held in late December. No meeting from the 2019/20 season on.[3]
Tapanui RC Wingatui, Dunedin 2000m left-handed 350m 1 meeting per year, held in December. Part of Gallop South
Taranaki Racing Inc New Plymouth 1600m left-handed 375m
Taumarunui Arawa Park, Rotorua 1600m left-handed 300m 1 meeting per year, held in July
Racing Taupo Centennial Park, Taupō 1600m left-handed 320m Part of TRAC[4]
Racing Tauranga Tauranga 1800m right-handed 350m Part of TRAC
Racing Te Aroha Te Aroha 1900m right-handed 500m Part of TRAC
Thames JC Te Aroha 1900m right handed 500m 1 meeting per year, early January. Part of TRAC
Waikato RC Te Rapa, Hamilton 1800m left-handed 420m
Waikouaiti RC Waikouaiti, 30 km north of Dunedin 1550m left-handed 350m 1 meeting per year, held on New Year's Day
Waimate RC From 2020 at Phar Lap, Timaru. Historically at Waimate 1800m / (1550m) Left-handed 400m/(250m) 1 meeting per year. Last meeting at Waimate course 9/6/2019
Waipa RC Te Awamutu 1650m Right-handed 300m
Waipukurau JC Waipukurau, Central Hawkes Bay 1800m left-handed 450m 2 meetings per year, held in December and March
Wairarapa RC Tauherenikau Racecourse, near Featherston, Wairarapa 1810m left-handed 315m
Wairio JC Ascot Park, Invercargill 1800m left-handed 215m 1 meeting in May
Wairoa RC Te Kupenga 1660m left-handed 245m 2 meetings in February
Wanganui JC Wanganui 1650m left-handed 325m sand based track
Waverley RC Waverley 1800m left-handed 375m
Wellington Racing Club Trentham Racecourse, Upper Hutt 2000m left-handed 450m Part of RACE
Westland RC Hokitika 1290m right-handed 340m 1 meeting per year, only right handed track in the South Island
Whakatane RC Te Teko, Whakatane 1800m right-handed 420m 2 meetings per year
Whangarei RC Ruakaka, 30 km south of Whangarei 1800m right-handed 400m
Winton JC Winton and Ascot Park 1786m Left-handed 270m Part of Gallop South
Woodville-Pahiatua RC Woodville 1800m left-handed 375m
Wyndham RC Gore, Southland 1600m left-handed 350m 1 meeting per year, held in March

Major Thoroughbred horse races in New Zealand[edit]

Race
Group
Type
Stake
Month
Location
Distance
Tarzino Trophy 1 Weight for Age $300,000 (2022) [5] August/September Hastings 1400m
Arrowfield Stud Plate (Windsor Park Plate) 1 Weight for Age $300,000 (2022) [6] September Hastings 1600m
Livamol Classic 1 Weight for Age $330,000 (2022) [7] October Hastings 2040m
Hawke's Bay Guineas 2 3YO SW $140,000 (2022) [8] October Hastings 1400m
New Zealand 2000 Guineas 1 3YO SW $550,000 (2022) [9] November Riccarton Racecourse 1600m
New Zealand 1000 Guineas 1 3YO Fillies SW $400,000 (2022) [10] November Riccarton Racecourse 1600m
New Zealand Cup 3 Open HCP $300,000 (2022) [11] November Riccarton Racecourse 3200m
Captain Cook Stakes 1 Weight for Age $300,000 (2022) [12] December
(2009 onwards)
Trentham Racecourse 1600m
Zabeel Classic 1 Weight for Age $320,000 (2022) [13] December Ellerslie Racecourse 2000m
Railway Stakes 1 Open SWP $300,000 (2023) [14] January Ellerslie Racecourse 1200m
Telegraph Handicap 1 Weight for Age $350,000 (2023) [15] January Trentham Racecourse 1200m
Trentham Stakes 3 SWP $100,000 (2023) [16] January Trentham Racecourse 2100m
Karaka Million 2YO R 2YO (Restricted) $1,000,000 (2023) [17] January Ellerslie Racecourse 1200m
Karaka Million 3YO Classic R 3YO (Restricted) $1,000,000 (2023) [18] January Ellerslie Racecourse 1600m
Desert Gold Stakes 3 3YO Fillies SW $80,000 (2022) [19] January Trentham Racecourse 1600m
Thorndon Mile 1 Open SWP $220,000 (2022) [20] January Trentham Racecourse 1600m
Wellington Cup 3 Open HCP $300,000 (2022) [21] January Trentham Racecourse 3200m
Avondale Cup 2 Open $120,000 (2022) [22] February Ellerslie Racecourse 2400m
BCD Group Sprint 1 Weight for Age $220,000 (2022) [23] February Te Rapa 1400m
Herbie Dyke Stakes 1 Weight for Age $400,000 (2022) [24] February Te Rapa 2000m
Otaki-Maori Weight for Age 1 Weight for Age $300,000 (2023) [25] February Ōtaki 1600m
New Zealand Derby 1 3YO SW $1,000,000 (2023) [26] March
(2006 onwards)
Ellerslie Racecourse 2400m
Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes 1 Weight for Age $320,000 (2023) [27] March Ellerslie Racecourse 2000m
Ellerslie Sires Produce Stakes/Sistema Stakes 1 2YO SW $320,000 (2023) [28] March Ellerslie Racecourse 1400m
Auckland Cup 2 Open SWP $500,000 (2023) [29] March Ellerslie Racecourse 3200m
New Zealand Oaks 1 3YO Fillies SW $450,000 (2023) [30] March Trentham Racecourse 2400m
New Zealand St. Leger L Open SWP (prev 3yo & 3-4yo) $80,000 (2023) [31] March Trentham Racecourse 2600m
Levin Classic 1 3YO SW $350,000 (2023) [32] March
(2022 Onwards)
Trentham Racecourse 1600m
Awapuni Gold Cup 2 Open $110,000 (2022) [33] March/April Awapuni 2000m
Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes 1 2YO SW $245,000 (2022) [34] March/April Awapuni 1400m
Championship Stakes 2 3YO $120,000 (2022) [35] March/April Ellerslie Racecourse 2100m
Easter Handicap 3 3YO+ Open HCP $120,000 (2022) [36] March/April Ellerslie Racecourse 1600m
New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes 1 3YO+ Fillies & Mares $220,000 (2022) [37] April Te Aroha / Te Rapa 1600m
Auckland Futurity Stakes (Great Northern Foal Stakes) L 2YO $70,000 (2022) [38] May Ellerslie Racecourse 1400m
Great Northern Hurdles P Jumping Hurdles $150,000 (2022) [39] September Te Rapa, formerly Ellerslie Racecourse 4190m
Great Northern Steeplechase P Jumping Steeplechase $150,000 (2022) [40] September Te Rapa, formerly Ellerslie Racecourse 6400m
Grand National Hurdles P Jumping Hurdles $100,000 (2022) [28] August Riccarton Racecourse 4200m
Grand National Steeplechase P Jumping Steeplechase $100,000 (2022) [41] August Riccarton Racecourse 5600m
DB Draught Classic Weight for Age $950,000 (1989) & $970,000 (1990) Only raced twice (March 1989 and 1990) Ellerslie Racecourse 2100m

Prominent people[edit]

Name
Born
Occupation
Contribution and Honours
Key horses associated with
Lisa Allpress Jockey 4 NZ jockey Premierships (2012, 2016, 2019 and 2020), 1672 NZ winning rides (as at July 2021)[42] Blood Brotha, Dark Destroyer, Jimmy Mac, Lunna Rossa, Ocean Park, Sentimental Miss, We Can Say It Now
Murray Baker 1946 Trainer New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame, 5 Australian Derby wins Dundeel, Jon Snow, Mongolian Khan, Nom du Jeu, Quick Thinker, Vin De Dance
Opie Bosson 1980 Jockey Winner of 78 group 1 races (10 in Australia) Avantage, Gingernuts, Melody Belle, Mongolian Khan, Grand Archway, Probabeel, Quick Thinker, Te Akau Shark
Bill Broughton[43] 1913-1990 Jockey New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame,[44] New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame, 11 times New Zealand Champion jockey, 1446 winners in New Zealand plus 11 in Australia Sombrero, Soneri
Jim Cassidy 1963 Jockey Winner of 104 Group One races, Australian Racing Hall of Fame, New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Kiwi, Might and Power, Rough Habit
John Bernard (Cos) Costello 1937 - 2019 Journalist and Author[45] Six decades in racing journalism, editor of the New Zealand Racing Annual and Blood Horse magazine and numerous racing books including Tapestry of Turf. Inducted into the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame[46]
Sue Day (Walsh) Jockey / trainer First Kiwi woman to win in a totaliser race in New Zealand when winning on Jaws at Timaru As a trainer: Chatham (NZ), Exquisite Jewel
Midge Didham 1945 Jockey and trainer Winning rider in 1970 Melbourne Cup and 1980 & 1981 Caulfield Cups Baghdad Note, Ming Dynasty, Silver Bounty
Shane Dye 1966 Jockey 4 consecutive Golden Slippers, Australian Racing Hall of Fame, New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Octagonal, Tawriffic
Hector Gray 1885-1957 Jockey and Trainer 7 NZ jockey premierships
Bill Hazlett 1905-1978 Owner and breeder First New Zealander to win more than 1,000 races as an owner. New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Eiffel Tower
Sir Patrick Hogan KNZM CBE[47] 1939 Cambridge Stud master, breeder, owner Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Australian Racing Hall of Fame, New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame[48] Sir Tristram, Zabeel
Joanne Hale (Giles) 1950 Jockey First Kiwi woman to ride in a totaliser race in New Zealand on 15 July 1978 at Waimate
Roger James Horse trainer Winner of many Group ones in New Zealand and Australia, including New Zealand Derby five times Silent Achiever, Tidal Light, Zonda
Colin Jillings 1931 - 2022 Trainer New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Stipulate, McGinty, Uncle Remus, The Phantom Chance
Chris Johnson Jockey Holds the record for NZ winning rides, previously held by David Walsh Canterbury Belle, Loader, Savvy Coup, Sea Swift, Tartan Tights, Tycoon Lil
Linda Jones[49] 1952 Jockey Trail blazing woman jockey. New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Holy Toledo, Lavaro
Sheila Laxon Trainer First female trainer to win the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup double Empire Rose, Ethereal
Maree Lyndon[50] Jockey First female winner of a Group One (the 1982 New Zealand Cup), 1990 Auckland Cup, first female to win a 3200m Cup in Australia (the 1987 Adelaide Cup, Lord Reims) and ride in the Melbourne Cup (1987),[51] 544 winners (428 in New Zealand) Argonaut Style, Miss Stanima, Sirtain
Trevor McKee and Stephen McKee Trainers New Zealand Order of Merit. 42 Group 1 wins, including Sunline’s Cox Plate double and Hong Kong Sprint Sunline, Mufhasa, Solveig, Interval, Royal Tiara, Moonshine, Captivate, Boundless, Keepa Cruisin, Flying Luskin, Culminate, O’Marylin, Passing Shot, Pay My Bail
Lance O'Sullivan[52] 1963 Jockey New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit Horlicks, Popsy, Waverley Star
Paul O'Sullivan 1959 Trainer Horlicks, Popsy, Surfers Paradise
Seton Otway 1894-1989 Founder of Trelawney Stud New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Foxbridge, Alcimedes
Jamie Richards Trainer Avantage, Gingernuts, Melody Belle, Probabeel, Te Akau Shark, Xtravagant
Graeme Rogerson Trainer New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Efficient, Katie Lee, Savabeel
George Simon Race caller Long-time North Island race caller and TAB Trackside television presenter
Robert James (Bob) Skelton 1934-2016 Jockey New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame,[48] New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, Member of the Order of the British Empire Great Sensation, Van der Hum
William David (Bill) Skelton 1931-2016 Jockey New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame,[48] New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, Member of the Order of the British Empire
Brent Thomson 1958 Jockey Australian Racing Hall of Fame, New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Dandy Andy, Dulcify, Family of Man, Lord Reims, Strawberry Road
Michael Walker 1984 Jockey Darci Brahma, Tagaloa, Tit for Taat
Chris Waller 1973 Trainer Australian Racing Hall of Fame, New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Winx
David Walsh 1959[53] Jockey Previously held the record for most NZ wins (2451).[54] Over 2500 wins worldwide, including the Telegraph Handicap (3x), W. S. Cox Plate, Brisbane Cup and Adelaide Cup.[54] Married Sue Day, the first New Zealand woman to win a race against male jockeys. Tanalyse, Courier Bay, Solvit

For further prominent people in New Zealand thoroughbred racing, see the list of honorees of the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame.

Leading jockeys[edit]

According to www.racebase.co.nz the jockeys with over 2000 New Zealand wins are:

As at 1 September 2023:

  • the next highest New Zealand winners are Opie Bosson (1967), Lisa Allpress (1863) and Darryl Bradley (1832).
  • the top female jockeys are Lisa Allpress (1817) and Trudy Thornton (1174), both are still riding.

In April 2014 David Walsh broke Lance O'Sullivan's record for the most New Zealand wins. On 19 December 2020, Chris Johnson took the record for New Zealand winners from Walsh when he rode Sassenach to win at Awapuni. To this date Chris has won 21 group 1 races.

In July 2020 senior jockey Michael Coleman retired after suffering injuries. He had ridden 2131 New Zealand winners, including 39 at Group 1, in his career.

On 17 February 2021 Danielle Johnson rode her 1000th winner, when she brought home Feelin’ Fancy in race 1 at Te Aroha. Her father, Peter Johnson, rode 1370 winners in his career.

Women jockeys[edit]

Linda Jones was the first to apply for an apprentice's licence and be turned down. She had ridden in a number of lady riders events over many years in New Zealand and overseas such as in Brazil, which highlighted that New Zealand and Australia were outliers in not allowing women to compete with male jockeys in professional races.

The first win by a woman in New Zealand was visiting Canadian jockey Joan Phipps, at Te Awamutu in November 1977.

In 1977 the New Zealand Racing Conference accepted female jockeys and they became eligible to ride on 15 July 1978 with the first Kiwi woman to ride in a totaliser race in New Zealand being Joanne Hale (Giles) on that day at Waimate. Sue Day (Christchurch), Joanne Lamond (Oamaru) and Vivienne Kaye (Awapuni) rode in later races on that day.

Sue Day became the first New Zealand female jockey winner in a totalisator race against males on 22 July 1978 when she won with the Ned Thistoll-trained Jaws in the Waybrook Handicap at Timaru.[55] Another female jockey riding then was Cherie Saxon (Hastings).[56]

Linda Jones' first win was on Big Bickies at Te Rapa and soon after Royal Petite was the first Open Handicap winner for a female jockey. Subsequent highlight wins for Linda were Lovaro in the Queen Elizabeth Handicap and Holy Toledo in the Wellington Derby on 22 January 1979 (possibly the first female jockey world-wide to win a Derby). Linda Jones was also the first female jockey to win a professional race against males at a registered meeting in Australia, winning aboard Pay The Purple in the Labour Day Cup at Doomben, Brisbane on May 7, 1979.[57]

Maree Lyndon was the first female jockey to win a Group I race in New Zealand when winning the 1982 New Zealand Cup on Sirtain.[58]

Although there was resistance from some industry participants, female jockeys have competed with great skill and success.

Female riders have subsequently gone on to win the New Zealand premiership:

Other female riders of note include:

In late February 2020 Lisa Allpress was the first female to win a thoroughbred race in Saudi Arabia on the horse Matmon at King Abdullah Aziz racetrack in Riyadh.[66] She was competing in the inaugural International Jockeys Challenge in which she competed with 14 other jockeys including 7 women. She won the very first race in the challenge. The challenge was won by American Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, Swiss-born Germany based Sibylle Vogt was second while Lisa was third equal with French jockey Mickaelle Michel.[67]

Prominent New Zealand horses[edit]

The following contains details of some of the top New Zealand horses. As well as those winning major races within New Zealand, locally owned and/or trained horses frequently go to Australia for racing campaigns or permanently due to the higher stake money in that country.

Between 1882 and 2019 New Zealand-bred horses won Australia's Melbourne Cup 43 times.[68] During the 2008-09 racing season 19 New Zealand-bred Thoroughbreds won 22 Group One races around the world.[69]

Horses may also go to Asia (mainly Hong Kong or Singapore) or on occasions to Europe or the United States.

Horse
Sire
Dam
Dam Sire
Trainer(s)
Notable victories or achievements
Advance Vanguard Laurel Young Gownsman Joe Prosser 1900 Easter Handicap, 1901 All Aged Stakes
Apollo Eleven Cyrus Lady Rizzo Treasure Hunt K. (Slim) Foster 1973 Tancred Stakes (now the BMW), Auckland Cup, AJC Plate now the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (ATC). 1973 & 1975 Chipping Norton Stakes
Avantage Fastnet Rock Asavant Zabeel Jamie Richards 2018 Karaka Million & Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes, 2019: Birthday Card Stakes (G3 Rosehill), 2020: Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes, 2020 & 2021: Telegraph Handicap & Haunui Farm Classic, 2021: Railway Stakes & Waikato Sprint.
Baghdad Note Kurdistan (GB) Fairnote (NZ) Fairs Fair (GB) R (Bob) Heasley, then Terry Millard 1970: Melbourne Cup, 1973: P.J. O'Shea Stakes & Sandown Cup.
Balmerino Trictrac (France) Dulcie Duccio Brian Smith, Cambridge & John Dunlop 1975 New Zealand Derby, 1976 Brisbane Cup, Rawson Stakes, P.J. O'Shea Stakes (Eagle Farm), 2nd in Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, 2008 inducted to New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Battle Heights Battle Wagon (GB) Wuthering Heights Avocat General Tim Douglas 1974 Wellington Cup, Sydney Cup, AJC Plate now the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (ATC), W. S. Cox Plate, 1976 Craven Plate, The Metropolitan (ATC)
Beau Vite Beau Pere (GB) Dominant (NZ) T.R. George, F McGrath Snr 1939 Canterbury Stakes, 1940: The Metropolitan (ATC), Hill Stakes, Great Northern Derby, Auckland Cup, Awapuni Gold Cup. 1940 & 1941: Colin Stephen Quality Handicap, W. S. Cox Plate, Craven Plate, LKS Mackinnon Stakes, 1941: Rawson Stakes, AJC Plate, Chelmsford Stakes
Bonecrusher Pag-Asa Imitation Frank Ritchie 1985 New Zealand Derby, 1986 Australian Derby, Tancred Stakes, Caulfield Stakes, W. S. Cox Plate, Underwood Stakes, 1987 Australian Cup, 2010 inducted into the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Carbine Musket (horse)(GB) Mersey (GB) Walter S. Hickenbotham 1889 & 1890 Sydney Cup & All Aged Stakes, 1890 Melbourne Cup, Melbourne Stakes, Craven Plate, AJC Spring Stakes, 1889, 1890 & 1891 AJC Plate (now the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (ATC)), 2006 inducted to New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Castletown One Pound Sterling (GB) Mona Curragh Patrick M Bussuttin 1989 New Zealand Derby, 1991 Kelt Capital Stakes, 1992 Auckland Cup & Caulfield Stakes, 1991, 1992 & 1994 Wellington Cup, 2014 inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Cuddle Psychology (GB) Caress (NZ) 1935 New Zealand Cup, 1935 & 1936 Auckland Cup, 1936 All Aged Stakes, St George Stakes & Doncaster Handicap, 2014 inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Cynisca Apremont Nautilus 1890, 1891 & 1892 Wellington Cup, 1892 Easter Handicap
Dalray Balloch (GB) Broiveine (NZ) Clarrie McCarthy 1951: New Zealand Derby, 1952: Great Northern Derby, Trentham Stakes, Colin Stephen Quality Handicap, The Metropolitan (ATC), LKS Mackinnon Stakes, Melbourne Cup
Darci Brahma Danehill Grand Echezeaux Mark Walker 2005: New Zealand 2000 Guineas, Otaki-Maori Weight for Age, The T J Smith, 2007: Waikato Sprint, Telegraph Handicap
Daryl's Joy Stunning (GB) Rutha (NZ) Syd Brown (NZ), later Charlie Whittingham (USA) 1969 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes, Cox Plate, Victoria Derby, Moonee Valley Stakes, 1970: Del Mar Handicap, 1971: Arcadia Handicap & San Luis Obispo Handicap
Desert Gold All Black (GB) Aurarius (Aust) Fred Davis 1915: New Zealand 1000 Guineas, Manawatu Sires Produce & New Zealand Derby, 1916: New Zealand Oaks, Great Northern Derby, 1916,1917 & 1918: Awapuni Gold Cup, 1918: St George Stakes & All Aged Stakes, 2008 inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Dundeel/It's A Dundeel High Chaparral Stareel Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 2012: Gloaming Stakes, Spring Champion Stakes, 2013 Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas, Australian Derby, Underwood Stakes. 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (ATC)
Empire Rose Sir Tristram (Ire) Summer Fleur Laurie Laxon 1987 New Zealand Cup, 1988 LKS Mackinnon Stakes & Melbourne Cup, 1989 Trentham Stakes
Ethereal Rhythm (USA) Romanee Conti Sheila Laxon 2001 Queensland Oaks, Caulfield Cup & Melbourne Cup, 2002 The BMW, 2016 inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Even Stevens Fairs Fair Amaroo Archie McGregor 1961 Avondale Cup, 1962 CB Fisher Plate, Caulfield Cup & Melbourne Cup
Foxzami Nizami Honeywood Dan Lewis 1949 STC Cup & Melbourne Cup
Furys Order Indian Order (GB) Our Fury (NZ) Wally McEwan 1973: New Zealand Derby, New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 1974 New Zealand Cup, 1975 W. S. Cox Plate
Gloaming The Welkin (GB) Light (GB) Dick Mason 1918: Chelmsford Stakes, AJC Derby, New Zealand Derby, Wanganui Guineas, 1919: Great Northern Derby, Wellington Stakes, 1919/1922/1924 Craven Plate. 1922: Hill Stakes. 1924: Melbourne Stakes, AJC Spring Stakes), 1922/1924/1925 North Island Challenge Stakes. From 67 starts won 57 and 2nd 9 times, fell once. 2004: Inducted into Australian Racing Hall of Fame, 2006: Inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Great Sensation Cassock (GB) Speedy (NZ) Mick Brown 1960: Invercargill Gold Cup, Canterbury Gold Cup, 1961, 1962 & 1963 Wellington Cup, 1960 & 1962 Trentham Stakes
Grey Way Grey William (GB) Waybrook (NZ) King's Command E P Corboy, Washdyke 1974 Chirnside Stakes, 1976 Awapuni Gold Cup, 1977 Easter Handicap, 2010 inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Gurner's Lane Sir Tristram Taiona Geoff Murphy 1982: Newcastle Gold Cup, VRC St Leger, Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup
Horlicks Three Legs (GB) Malt (NZ) Dave and Paul O'Sullivan 1989 LKS Mackinnon Stakes, Japan Cup. 1988 & 1990 ARC Television New Zealand Stakes, 1989 & 1990 DB Draught Classic, 2010 inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame. Dam of Brew
Il Tempo Time and Again (Ire) Timing (NZ) Bruce Priscott 1969 & 1970 Auckland Cup, 1970 Wellington Cup,
Isle Of Man Habitation Full O'Tricks Davina Waddell 1981 New Zealand Derby, 1982 Rosehill Guineas
Jezabeel Zabeel Passefleur Brian Jenkins 1998: Auckland Cup, Melbourne Cup
Jimmy Choux Thorn Park Cierzo John Bary 2010 Hawke's Bay Guineas & New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 2011 New Zealand Derby, Rosehill Guineas, Windsor Park Plate, Spring Classic
Katie Lee Pins (Aus) Miss Jessie Jay (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 2009 Eclipse Stakes, New Zealand 2000 Guineas & New Zealand 1000 Guineas
Kindergarten Kincardine (GB) Valadore E. N. Fitzgerald 1941 Great Northern Derby, Awapuni Gold Cup, Wellington Cup, 1941 & 1942 Easter Handicap, 1942 Auckland Cup, 2006 inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Kiwi Blarney Kiss (USA) Malrayvis (NZ) Snow Lupton, Waverley 1983 Wellington Cup, Melbourne Cup
La Mer Copenhagen II La Balsa Worden II Malcolm K Smith, New Plymouth 1976 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes, 1977: Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes, New Zealand Oaks & Trentham Stakes, 1978: New Zealand International Stakes, Awapuni Gold Cup & Desert Gold Stakes 1978 & 1979: Ormond Memorial Stakes (now Spring Classic), 1979: Air New Zealand Stakes
Limerick Limond (GB) Medley Fred D Jones 1926,1927 & 1928 Chelmsford Stakes, 1927: AJC Plate, Craven Plate, 1927 & 1928: Rawson Stakes, AJC Spring Stakes, Hill Stakes, 1928: All Aged Stakes, Chipping Norton Stakes, AJC Kings Cup
Little Brown Jug Godavari (Ire) Pease (NZ) P Jones, Riccarton 1979 Canterbury Gold Cup, New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 1980 Wellington Stakes. Won 12 of 15 New Zealand starts.
Mainbrace Admiral's Luck (GB) Maneroo Jack McDonald 1950 Great Northern Guineas, 1951: Great Northern Derby, New Zealand St. Leger, Awapuni Gold Cup, North Island Challenge Stakes, 2008 inducted to New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
McGinty One Pound Sterling (GB) Ernader (NZ) Colin Jillings, Takanini 1981/82 Great Northern Foal Stakes, 1982 Todman Slipper Trial, 1983 George Adams Stakes, Air New Zealand Stakes, Caulfield Stakes, 1984 Rawson Stakes, Air New Zealand Stakes
Melody Belle Commands Meleka Belle Iffraaj Jamie Richards 2017: Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes. 2018/19: Windsor Park Plate, Tarzino Trophy. 2019: Haunui Farm Classic, Waikato Sprint, Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes, Livamol Spring Classic, Empire Rose Stakes.
Miss Potential Dolphin Street Richfield Rose Bill Borrie 2003 Mudgway Stakes, 2004 Nestle Peters Classic (later known as Myer Classic & Empire Rose Stakes), 2005 Stoneybridge Stakes.
Moifaa Natator Denbigh W Hickey 1904 Grand National, Aintree Racecourse, England. 2014: inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Mongolian Khan Holy Roman Emperor (Ire) Centafit (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 2015: Waikato Guineas, Avondale Guineas, New Zealand Derby, Australian Derby & Caulfield Cup
Mr Tiz Bletchingly Yir Tiz Dave & Paul O'Sullivan 1989 & 1990 Telegraph Handicap, 1989, 1990 & 1991 Railway Stakes, 1991: Waikato Sprint & The Galaxy, 2014 inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Mufhasa[70] Pentire (GB) Shiela Cheval (NZ) Mi Preferido Stephen McKee 2008 GR Kelt Memorial, Coupland's Bakeries Mile, 2009 Telegraph Handicap, Waikato Sprint, 2010 Otaki-Maori Weight for Age, 2011 Telegraph Handicap, Waikato Sprint, Makfi Challenge Stakes, Toorak Handicap, Captain Cook Stakes, 2012 Futurity (Caulfield), Windsor Park Plate, Manawatu Challenge Stakes
Nightmarch Night Raid (GB) Marsa Jim McAulay 1928: New Zealand Derby, New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 1929: Epsom Handicap, W. S. Cox Plate, Melbourne Cup, 1930: New Zealand Cup, Rawson Stakes, 1930 & 1932 AJC Autumn Stakes, 1931 & 1932 Awapuni Gold Cup, 1932 AJC Cumberland Stakes
Ocean Park Thorn Park Sayyida Gary Hennessy 2012: Wellington Guineas, Challenge Stakes, Underwood Stakes, Caulfield Stakes, W. S. Cox Plate, 2013 New Zealand Stakes
O'Reilly Last Tycoon (Ire) Courtza (NZ) David J & Paul O'Sullivan, Matamata 1996 Levin Classic, 1997 Telegraph Handicap. 1996/97 Horse of the year. Retired to stud after injury in Newmarket Handicap, 6th start. Champion sire. Inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame[71]
Our Maizcay (Ire) Maizcay (Aus) Maire Viita Grant L Searle, Levin 1994: Wellesley Stakes, 1995: Eclipse Stakes, NZ Magic Millions Classic, Wakefield Stakes, Caulfield Guineas
Phar Lap[72] Night Raid (GB) Entreaty (NZ) Harry Telford 1929: Rosehill Guineas, AJC Derby, Victoria Derby, 1930: VRC St Leger, Chipping Norton Stakes, AJC Plate now the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (ATC), Chelmsford Stakes, Melbourne Cup, CB Fisher Plate, 1931: St George Stakes, Futurity Stakes, Underwood Stakes, Memsie Stakes, 1929, 1930 & 1931: Craven Plate, 1930 & 1931 AJC Springs Stakes, W. S. Cox Plate, Melbourne Stakes, 1932: Agua Caliente Handicap (Tijuana, Mexico), 2001: Inaugural induction to Australian Racing Hall of Fame, 2006: Inducted in New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Poetic Prince Yeats (USA) Finisterre (Aus) John Wheeler 1988 Otaki-Maori Weight for Age, Feehan Stakes, W. S. Cox Plate. 1989: Otaki-Maori Weight for Age, Queen Elizabeth Stakes (ATC) & Tancred Stakes
Prince Majestic Noble Bijou (USA) Princess Mellay (NZ) Ray Verner, Takanini 1980 Wanganui Guineas, AJC Spring Champion Stakes, 1981: Taranaki Stakes, WRC Harcourt Stakes 1982: Tancred Stakes, Queen Elizabeth Stakes (ATC), 1983 O'Shea Stakes (Eagle Farm),
Princess Coup Encosta De Lago Stoneyfell Road Mark Walker 2007: New Zealand Oaks, Desert Gold Stakes, Lowland Stakes, 2007 & 2008 Kelt Capital Stakes (Spring Classic), 2008 Stoneybridge Stakes
Redcraze Red Mars (GB) Myarion Syd Brown, T.J. Smith 1955: Awapuni Gold Cup, Turnbull Stakes, 1956: Brisbane Cup, Metropolitan Handicap, Caulfield Stakes, Colin Stephen Quality Handicap, Caulfield Cup, 1956 & 1957 P.J. O'Shea Stakes & Hill Stakes, 1957 Rawson Stakes, W. S. Cox Plate, VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes, AJC Autumn Stakes, 2012 inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Ring the Bell Rangong (GB) Witchcraft (NZ) Neville Atkins, Waiuku 1981: Avondale Championship Stakes, Avondale Guineas, New Zealand Derby, Canterbury Guineas
Rising Fast Alonzo Faster Ivan Tucker, Fred Hoysted 1954: Caulfield Stakes, W. S. Cox Plate, Melbourne Cup, Turnbull Stakes, John F. Feehan Stakes, 1954 & 1955 Caulfield Cup, C.B.Fisher Plate, VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes, LKS Mackinnon Stakes, 1955: Herbert Power Stakes, 1956: Blamey Stakes, C F Orr Stakes, Memsie Stakes, 2002: Inducted into Australian Racing Hall of Fame, 2008: inducted to the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Riverina Charm Sir Tristram (Ire) Country Charm Laurie Laxon (NZ), then Brian Mayfield-Smith (Sydney) 1987-88 Rosehill Guineas, 1988: VRC Edward Manifold Stakes, 1000 Guineas (Caulfield), 1989: STC Canterbury Guineas, 1990: Air New Zealand Stakes. Dam of Sarwatch and Paolino
Roman Consul Agricola Jinks Eric Ropiha, Woodville 1965: New Zealand Derby, 1967, 1968 & 1969: Chelmsford Stakes, 1968: Colin Stephen Quality Handicap, 1969: LKS Mackinnon Stakes, 1969 & 1970: O'Shea Stakes (Eagle Farm)
Rough Habit Roughcast (USA) Certain Habit (NZ) John Wheeler 1990 Queensland Derby, 1991 Mudgway Stakes, 1991 & 1992 Stradbroke Handicap, 1992 Captain Cook Stakes, AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes, 1991, 1992 & 1993 Doomben Cup, 1992 & 1993 All Aged Stakes, 1995: O'Shea Stakes (Eagle Farm) 2012 inducted into the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Sacred Falls O'Reilly Iguazu's Girl Chris Waller 2012: Hawke's Bay Guineas, New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 2013 & 2014 Doncaster Handicap, 2014 George Main Stakes
Seachange Cape Cross Just Cruising Graeme Sanders 2005: New Zealand 1000 Guineas, 2006 & 2007: Mudgway Stakes, Stoneybridge Stakes, 2007 Mannerism Stakes, Telegraph Handicap & Waikato Sprint
Seagram Balak Llanah David Barons 1991 Grand National, Aintree Racecourse, England
Show Gate Gate Keeper (GB) Minglow Gordon Thomson (Mosgiel) 1973 & 1974: Churchill Stakes, 1973, 1974 & 1976: Stewards Handicap, 1974: Telegraph Handicap, Awapuni Gold Cup, 1974 & 1976: Canterbury Gold Cup, 1976: Dunedin Gold Cup, Trentham Stakes, 2012: inducted into the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Silver Knight Alcimedes Cuban Fox Foxbridge Eric Temperton 1971: New Zealand St. Leger & Melbourne Cup
Sir Slick Volksraad Miss Opera Graham Nicholson 2007: Zabeel Classic & Whakanui New Zealand International Stakes, Otaki-Maori Weight for Age, 2008: New Zealand Stakes, 2007 & 2009 Thorndon Mile, 2007, 2008 & 2010 Awapuni Gold Cup, 2009 3rd Doomben Cup
Solveig Imposing (Aust) Soliloquy C G Curnow & Trevor McKee, then Stephen & Trevor McKee, Takanini 1983/84 Royal Stakes, New Zealand Oaks, 1986: Avondale Cup
Solvit Morcon (GB) Yallah Sun (AUS) Mrs M J Murdoch 1991: Wellington Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes, Waikato Guineas. 1992: Waterford Crystal Mile in Moonee Valley. 1993: New Zealand Stakes, Manawatu Challenge Stakes. 1994: Action TV Sales Stakes, Kelt Capital Stakes, W. S. Cox Plate. 1995: Japan Racing Association Trophy, Challenge Stakes.
Sunline Desert Sun (GB) Songline Trevor and Stephen McKee 1999 & 2000 W. S. Cox Plate, 1999 & 2002: Doncaster Handicap, 2000 Manikato Stakes & Hong Kong Mile, 2000 & 2002: All Aged Stakes & Coolmore Classic, 2001 & 2002 Waikato Sprint, 2006 inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Surfers Paradise Crested Wave Lady Aythorpe Dave & Paul OSullivan 1990 New Zealand 2000 Guineas & New Zealand Derby, 1991 Air New Zealand Stakes, Rosehill Guineas, W. S. Cox Plate
Tawrrific Tawfiq Joyarty Lee Freedman 1988 South Australian St Leger, 1989: AJC St Leger, Melbourne Cup
The Filbert Souvran (GB) Fauxzann D N Couchman, Hawera 1986: Waikato Gold Cup, 3rd to Bonecusher & Waverley Star in the W. S. Cox Plate, 1987: Japan New Zealand International. 3rd in Japan Cup
The Phantom Chance Noble Bijou (USA) The Fantasy (NZ) Colin Jillings 1992 Avondale Guineas, New Zealand Derby, 1993: Cambridge Stud New Zealand International Stakes, W. S. Cox Plate, Turnbull Stakes 1996: O'Shea Stakes (Eagle Farm)
The Phantom Noble Bijou (USA) The Fantasy (NZ) Murray Baker 1990: Underwood Stakes, 1993: LKS Mackinnon Stakes, 1994 Cambridge Stud New Zealand International Stakes
Tidal Light Diagrammatic (USA) Azores (AUS) Jim Gibbs and R A James Avondale Guineas, Waikato Guineas, 1986 New Zealand Derby, 1987 Canterbury Guineas, Air New Zealand Stakes
Tulloch Khorassan Florida Tommy J. Smith 1957: VRC Derby, AJC Derby, Queensland Derby, Rosehill Guineas, Warwick Stakes, Caulfield Stakes, Caulfield Cup, 1958: All Aged Stakes, Rawson Stakes, VRC St Leger, AJC St leger, 1958 & 1960: Chipping Norton Stakes, 1960: W. S. Cox Plate, LKS Mackinnon Stakes, Chelmsford Stakes, Craven Plate, 1961: Brisbane Cup, 1958, 1960 & 1961: Queen Elizabeth Stakes (ATC), 1960 & 1961: P.J. O'Shea Stakes, 2008: Inducted to the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Tycoon Lil Last Tycoon (Ire) Imposing Bloom II (NZ) Colin Jillings & Richard Yuill 1997: New Zealand 1000 Guineas, 1998 Royal Stakes, Sir Tristram Fillies Classic, New Zealand Oaks, Canterbury Guineas, Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes,
Uncle Remus Bandmaster II Tusitala Talismano Colin Jillings, Takanini 1977 Wellington Guineas, New Zealand 2000 Guineas, Canterbury Gold Cup, Avondale Guineas, New Zealand Derby. 1978 Wellington Stakes, Wellington Derby,
Van der Hum Hermes (GB) Tip O'Dawn (NZ) Leo H Robinson 1976 Herbert Power Handicap & Melbourne Cup, 1982 Waikato Hurdle & Hawkes Bay Hurdle, 1983 Rangitikei Steeple, 1984 Egmont Steeple.
Veandercross Crossways (GB) Lavender Chris Turner 1991: Levin Classic, New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 1992: Canterbury Guineas, LKS Mackinnon Stakes, 1993 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Ranvet Stakes, Australian Cup, 2018 inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Vice Regal Bismark II (GB) Kind Regards Jim W Campin (Cambridge) 1976: Ellerslie Sires Produce Stakes, Great Northern Guineas, Wellington Guineas, New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 1977: South Australian St Leger, Liston Stakes (Victoria), Feehan Stakes,
Volkstok'n'barrell Tavistock (NZ) Volkster (NZ) 1) Donna Logan (NZ), 2) Chris Gibbs (NZ), 3) Danny O'Brien 2015: Great Northern Guineas, Karaka 3YO Mile, Rosehill Guineas, 2016: Haunui Farm Classic, New Zealand Stakes, 2017: Herbie Dyke Stakes,
Waverley Star / Our Waverley Star Star Way Super Show Dave & Paul O'Sullivan 1986 Zabeel Classic, 2nd to Bonecrusher in W. S. Cox Plate, 1987: Chipping Norton Stakes
Xcellent Pentire Excelo Michael Moroney 2004 New Zealand Derby, 2005: Mudgway Stakes, New Zealand Stakes, Kelt Capital Stakes, 3rd in Melbourne Cup, 2008: Trentham Stakes
Zabeel Sir Tristram Lady Giselle Colin Hayes, then David Hayes 1989 Moonee Valley Stakes, 1990 Australian Guineas, Craiglee Stakes, Champion/Leading Sire in New Zealand (1998-2001) and 1997/98 & 1998/99 Leading sire in Australia. 2014 inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame. Successful sire.
Zonda Zabeel Gone With The Wind Roger James 1997 New Zealand Derby, 2000 Kings Plate, 2001 Zabeel Classic

Notable sires[edit]

Horse
Born
Sire
Dam
Grandsire
Damsire
Key Progeny
Notes
Darci Brahma 2002 Danehill Grand Echezeaux Danzig Zabeel Catalyst, Gust Of Wind, Julinsky Prince, Nashville,
Foxbridge 1930 Foxlaw Bridgemount Son-in-Law (GB) Bridge Of Earn (GB) Damsire of: Hi Jinx, Hiraji, Macdougal, Silver Knight The Foxbridge Plate is raced at Te Rapa over 1200m
O’Reilly 1993-2014[73] Last Tycoon (Ire) Courtza (NZ) Try My Best (USA) Pompeii Court (USA) Alamosa, Final Destination, Sacred Falls, Shamrocker, Silent Achiever, The Jewel
Pakistan II 1958 - 1972[74] Palestine Tambara Fair Trial Nasrullah
Savabeel 2001 Zabeel Savannah Success Sir Tristram Success Express Kawi, Probabeel, Sangster, Scarlett Lady, Shillelagh
Sir Tristram (Ire) 1971-1997 Sir Ivor (USA) Isolt Sir Gaylord Round Table, USA Brew, Empire Rose, Grosvenor, Gurner's Lane, Marauding, Tristarc, Zabeel Did not race in NZ. 1982/83, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1986/87, 1988/89 & 1989/90 Leading sire in Australia, 2008: inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Volksraad 1998-2011 Green Desert (USA) Celtic Assembly Danzig (USA) Secretariat Sir Slick, Military Move, Torlesse
Zabeel 1986-2015 Sir Tristram Lady Giselle Sir Ivor Nureyev Efficient, Jezabeel, Lonhro, Might and Power, Octagonal, Savabeel, Vengeance of Rain, Zonda 1998-99 & 1997-98 Leading sire in Australia. The Zabeel Classic is raced at Ellerslie
Zamazaan 1965-1990 Exbury Toyama Le Haar Tulyar Beau Zam, Gelsomino, Good Lord, Lord Reims

Recent winners of major NZ Cups[edit]

The following are the recent winners of major cups.

Year
New Zealand Cup (Riccarton) 3200m
Auckland Cup (Ellerslie) 3200m
Wellington Cup (Trentham) 3200/2400m
Awapuni Gold Cup (Awapuni) 2000m
Waikato Gold Cup (Te Rapa) 2400m
Counties Cup (Pukekohe) 2100m
Manawatu Cup (Awapuni) 2300m
Avondale Cup (Avondale) 2400 /2200 /2000m
2023 (November) Platinum Invador Leaderboard Brando (December) (November) (December) Aquacade
2022 Aljay Uareastar Lincoln King Zola Express Viktor Vegas Aromatic Sagunto Hinepara
2021 Mondorani Ocean Billy Waisake Beauden Cheaperthan divorce Justamaiz Marroni Robusto
2020 Dragon Storm Roger That Soleseifei not held Ocean Billy In A Twinkling Hunta Pence Polzeath
2019 Dee And Gee Glory Days Gorbachev Jacksstar Justamaiz In A Twinkling Concert Hall Glory Days
2018 Bizzwinkle Ladies First Magic Chai Our Abbadean Mongolian Marsh Igraine Rock On Zacada
2017 Gobstopper Chenille Savaria Sampson Five to Midnight Maygrove Clarify El Soldado
2016 Pump Up The Volume El Soldado Mister Impatience Maygrove Lizzie Lamour Chocante Jacksstar Sacred Master
2015 Jimmy Mac Rock Diva Maygrove Iamwishwara Vavasour Vavasour Weregoingtogetcha Farm Boy
2014 Mungo Jerry Who Shot Thebarman Graphic Soriana Surpass Noble Warrior Perfect Start Who Shot Thebarman
2013 Spring Cheer Sangster Blood Brotha Better Than Ever More Than Sacred Annie Higgins Military Move Sangster
2012 Blood Brotha Shez Sinsational Six O'Clock News Riomoral Annie Higgins Jeu De Cartes Ransomed Single Minded
2011 Blood Brotha Titch Spiro Hold It Harvey Dawn Ghost Postmans Daughter Cassini Showcause
2010 Showcause Zavite Red Ruler Sir Slick Bruce Almighty Tinseltown Tullaroan [not raced]
2009 My Scotsgrey Spin Around Megapins MacO'Reilly Passchendale Boundless High Octane Ginga Dude
2008 Hoorang Prize Lady Young Centaur Sir Slick Lovetrista Galleons Reach Jonbalena Tinseltown
2007 Everswindell Prize Lady Willy Smith Sir Slick Mirkola Lass Spin Around Nanjara Spin Around
2006 Pentathlon Pentane Envoy Tusker Bak Da Chief Chettak Chettak Sharvasti
2005 Trebla Bazelle Zabeat Distinctly Secret Kerry O'Reilly Kerry O'Reilly All Square Creil
2004 Waltermitty Upsetthym Cluden Creek Irish Rover / Distinctly Secret Singing Star St Reims Tantalic The Mighty Lion
2003 Torlesse Bodie Oarsmen Maze El Duce Leica Guv & Penny Gem Rising Heights Regal Krona
2002 Mike Maguire Cyclades Cent Home El Duce Deecee Belle Small Town Boy Regal Krona
2001 Soldier Blue Our Unicorn Smiling Like Cronus Okiwi Bay Kaapeon Beaujolais Greene Street
2000 Smiling Like Able Master Second Coming Cruzeiro Bluebird The Word King Keitel Reign Supreme Shes a Meanie
1999 Wake Forest Irish Chance Miss Bailey Emerald Rijeka The Mighty Finn Tokyo Beau Trounced
1998 Sapio Jezabeel * Aerosmith Magnet Bay Dannevegas Glendara Emerald Yes Indeed
1997 Laud Peregrine Yobro Ed Interval La Sileen Somojo Paddy O’Riley Silky Oak

Recent winners of major NZ sprint races[edit]

The following table contains the recent winners of major races for sprinters (generally distances of 1500m or less).

The winners of the Tarzino Trophy over 1400m are shown in the table for New Zealand's Hastings Triple Crown.

Year
Railway Stakes (Ellerslie) 1200m[75]
Telegraph Handicap (Trentham) 1200m[76]
Waikato Sprint
(Te Rapa) 1400m[77]
Stewards Stakes Handicap (Riccarton) 1200m[78]
Otaki-Maori Weight for Age (Otaki) 1400m / 1600m[79]
Foxbridge Plate
(Te Rapa) 1400m[80]
2023 Imperatriz Levante Imperatriz Maria Farina Levante Dragon Leap
2022 Entriviere Levante Levante Buoyant Marscarpone Imperatriz
2021 Avantage Avantage Avantage Summer Monsoon Avantage Mascarpone
2020 Julius Avantage Te Akau Shark Prince Oz Avantage Avantage
2019 Santa Monica Enzo's Lad Melody Belle Sheezallmine Melody Belle Endless Drama
2018 Volpe Veloce Enzo's Lad Start Wondering Prince Oz Devise Melody Belle
2017 Start Wondering Signify Start Wondering Carnival Kawi Under the Moonlight
2016 Ryan Mark Adventador Xtravagant Reilly Lincoln Volkstok 'n' barrel Saracino
2015 In Style Sacred Star Sacred Star El Chico Iamishwara Addictive Habit
2014 Bounding Irish Fling Viadana Soubrettes Nashville I Do
2013 Fleur de Lune Final Touch Final Touch Durham Town Nashville Postman's Daughter
2012 Atomic Force Guiseppina Veyron King Montrose Veyron Fleur de Lune
2011 Miss Raggedy Ann Mufhasa Mufhasa El Chico Keep The Peace Fritzy Boy
2010 A Gold Trail Vonusti Tavistock Coup Align Mufhasa Bulginbaah
2009 Jacowils Mufhasa Mufhasa Coup Align Culminata Bulginbaah
2008 Imananabaa Seachange Seachange San Bernadino Alamosa Jacowils
2007 Donna Rosta Darci Brahma Darci Brahma Coup Bloomsbury Sir Slick Baltaine
2006 Baldessarini Gee I Jane Kristov Clifton Prince Darci Brahma not raced
2005 Recurring Keeninsky Sedecrem Clifton Prince Zveda Irish Rover
2004 Vinaka King's Chapel Sedecrem Opiki King's Chapel El Duce
2003 Egyptian Raine Tit for Taat Tit for Taat Fingalbunt Critic King Keitel
2002 Sound the Alarm Vinaka Sunline Ima Royal No Mean City O'Malleys Boy
2001 Fritz Star of Gold Sunline Life Of Riley Star Satire The Message
2000 Cannsea Fritz Tall Poppy Tooth Surface The Message
1999 Bawalakasana Bawalakasana Surface Joe Hero Hero What Can I Say
1998 Coogee Walk Vegas Rebel Morgan Bay Centre Crest Our Orb
1997 Kailey O'Reilly Avedon Highanabove It's My Sin Adonia

Enzo's Lad which won the Telegraph Handicap in 2018 and 2019 was 2nd in 2020. El Chico was aged 11 when winning its second Stewards Stakes in 2011, a race record.

Recent winners of other notable Weight for Age or open races[edit]

The following are the recent winners of other notable races.

Year
Couplands Mile (Riccarton) 1600m
Captain Cook Stakes (Trentham) 1600m
Zabeel Classic (Ellerslie) 2000m
Thorndon Mile (Trentham) 1600m
New Zealand International Stakes (Te Rapa) 2000m
Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (Ellerslie) 2000m
Easter Handicap (Ellerslie) 1600m
2023 (November) (December) (December) He's A Doozy Sharp 'N' Smart Prowess White Noise
2022 He's A Doozy Prise De Fer Defibrillate The Chosen One Coventina Bay Coventina Bay Carolina Reaper
2021 Markus Aurelius Two Illicit Tiptronic Melody Belle Royal Performer Melody Belle Demonetization
2020 Hypnos Rock On Wood Concert Hall The Mitigator Tiptronic Avantage (no race due to COVID-19)
2019 True Enough Wyndspelle True Enough Shadows Cast On The Rocks Melody Belle Endless Drama
2018 Te Akau Shark Danzdanzdance Danzdanzdance Stolen Dance Lizzie L'Amour Saint Emilion Megablast
2017 Shadows Cast / Son Of Maher Kawi Authentic Paddy Thee Auld Floozie Volkstok'n'barrell Lizzie L'Amour Seventh Up
2016 Battle Time Aide Memoire Consensus Kawi Valley Girl Volkstok'n'barrell Sound proposition
2015 Addictive Habit Julinsky Prince Kawi Puccini Soriano Sakhee's Soldier Pondarosa Miss
2014 Addictive Habit Shuka Soriano A Touch Of Ruby Costume Silent Achiever Albany Reunion
2013 Scapolo Shuka Historian Historian Sangster Ocean Park Viadana
2012 Nashville Final Touch Veyron Say No More Shez Sinsational Scarlett Lady Veyron
2011 Platinum Prince Mufhasa Shez Sinsational Booming Red Ruler The Party Stand Veyron
2010 Altered Image We Can Say It Now Booming Wall Street Veloce Bella Vosne Romanee Time Keeper

Recent winners of major NZ 3-year-old races[edit]

The following are the recent winners of major races for 3-year-old horses.

  • The Auckland Guineas was reduced from 2100 metres to 1600 metres in 2010. The race was not run in 2014 as the race moved from Boxing Day to New Year's Day.[81]
  • The Avondale Guineas was not run in 2010 due to the race being moved from Avondale where it was run in December over 1600 metres to Ellerslie where it is run in February over 2100 metres.
  • The Wellington Guineas was moved from an October meeting in 2013 to a March meeting in 2015 and from 1500m to 1400m.[82]
Year
Hawke's Bay Guineas (Hastings) 1400m[83]
Auckland / Great Northern Guineas 2100m / 1600m[81]
Waikato Guineas (Te Rapa) 2000m
Avondale Guineas 1600m / 2100m[81]
Wellington Guineas (Trentham) 1500m / 1400m
New Zealand Derby (Ellerslie) 2400m
New Zealand 1000 Guineas (Riccarton) 3YO fillies 1600m[84]
New Zealand 2000 Guineas (Riccarton) 1600m[85]
Levin Classic (Otaki / Trentham) 1600m
New Zealand Oaks (Trentham) 3YO fillies 2400m[86]
Desert Gold Stakes (Trentham) 3YO fillies 1600m[87]
2023 Lantern Way Prowess Loosespender Desert Lightning Cognito Sharp 'N' Smart Molly Bloom Crocetti Romancing The Moon Pennyweka Mazzolino
2022 Pier Dark Destroyer Field of Gold La Crique Shamus Asterix Legarto Pier Imperatriz Belle En Rouge La Crique
2021 Mana Nui Rocket Spade Tokorangi Rocket Spade Need I Say More Rocket Spade The Perfect Pink Noverre Bonham Amarelinha Force Of Will
2020 Aegon Dragon Leap Two Illicit Dragon Leap Gold Bracelet[88] Sherwood Forest Kahma Lass Aegon Travelling Light Jennifer Eccles Showbeel
2019 Catalyst Surely Sacred Sponge Bob Surely Sacred Emily Margaret Crown Prosecutor Loire Catalyst Madison County Sentimental Miss Secret Allure
2018 Madison County Demonet ization Xbox On The Rocks Scott Base Vin De Dance Media Sensation Madison County Age Of Fire Savvy Coup Dijon Bleu
2017 Hard Merchandize Swissta Wyndspelle Gingernuts Saracino Gingernuts Hasahalo Embellish Hall Of Fame Bonneval Nicoletta
2016 Mongolian Falcon Rangipo Rangipo Rangipo The Justice League Rangipo La Dioso Ugo Foscolo Dukedom Fanatic Duchess Kate
2015 Amarula Volkstock n barrel Mongolian Khan Mongolian Khan Vespa Mongolian Khan Risque Xtravagant Gaultier Savaria Platinum Witness
2014 Turn Me Loose not raced Puccini Puccini not raced Puccini Platinum Witness Turn Me Loose Recite Miss Mossman Moozoon
2013 Sir Andrew Puccini Castizeberg Valbuena Sacred Park Habibi Costa Viva Atlante n/a More Than Sacred High Fashion
2012 Sacred Falls Habibi Silent Achiever Silent Achiever Neo Silent Achiever Rollout The Carpet Sacred Falls Southern Lord Artistic Quintessential
2011 Antonio Lombardo Knight's Tour Jimmy Choux Icepin President Lincoln Jimmy Choux Planet Rock Rock "n" Pop Distill Midnight Oil Dating
2010 Jimmy Choux Jimmy Choux Zarzuela not raced Barside Military Move King's Rose Jimmy Choux We Can Say It Now Keep The Peace Keep The Peace
2009 Keyora Zarzuela Easy Ryder Joey Massino Keyora Coniston Bluebird Katie Lee Katie Lee Eileen Dubh Jungle Rocket Glamorous Girl
2008 Tell A Tale Le Baron Nom Du Jeu Tell A Tale Skirmish C'est La Guerre Daffodil Tell A Tale Altered Image Boundless Keepa Cruisin
2007 Alamosa Prince Kaapstad Upside Of Anger Alamosa Rios Redoute's Dancer Insouciant The Pooka Keepa Cruisin Princess Coup Princess Coup
2006 Jokers Wild Santagostino Wahid Veloce Bella Jokers Wild Wahid Dorabella Magic Cape Porotene Gem Legs Out Of Align
2005 Darci Brahma Sculptor not raced Pulcinella Darci Brahma not raced Seachange Darci Brahma Wahid Justa Tad Senorita Dane
2004 Shastri Magnetism Sista Mandela Ambitious Owner Xcellent Justa Tad Clean Sweep Ambitious Owner Wharite Princess Pride Of The Class
2003 Stardane Bridie Belle Philamor Philamor Kainui Belle Cut the Cake Taatletail King's Chapel Russian Pearl Bramble Ross Lonestar Lady
2002 Bunker Sparkling Star Super Kid St Reims Jack The Stripper St Reims The Jewel Hustler Bunker Vapour Trail not raced
2001 Vinaka Leica Guv Athens Leica Guv I Rock My World Leica Guv Final Destination Master Belt Final Destination Tapildo Blackfock College
2000 Singalong Millennium La Bella Dama Danamite Spring Rain Hail Elevenses Tit For Taat Tit for Taat She's Country Singalong
1999 Buzz Lightyear Ad Alta The Fatz Ad Alta Marrok Hades Ad Alta Buzz Lightyear Buzz Lightyear Savannah Success Thee Old Dragon
1998 So Casual Danske Figurehead Just Call Me Sir El Duce So Casual Pace Invader Danske Tobruk Tycoon Lil Pace Invader
1997 Quality Kingdom Crimson Zonda Old Tawny Zonda Tycoon Lil Foxwood Love De Tor Sawatdee Alavana
1996 Batavian Rodney Red Great Command Bubble Batavian Great Command Emerald Hero O'Reilly Alacrity Tartan Belle

Recent winners of the New Zealand Triple Crown races[edit]

The New Zealand Triple Crown, also called the Hawke's Bay Triple Crown or Hastings Triple Crown as all three races are run there, consists of:

  • The 1400m Challenge Stakes, which was previously known as the Makfi Challenge Stakes or Mudgway Stakes and is currently called the Tarzino Trophy,
  • The 1600m Horlicks Plate, which was previously known as the Stony Bridge Stakes and is currently called the Windsor Park Plate, and
  • The 2040m Livamol Spring Classic, which was previously known as the Kelt Capital Stakes.

Many of New Zealand's best Thoroughbred horses have raced in the various Triple Crown events. A number of horses managed to win two of the three races and some were beaten into second in the third leg. Seachange won two of the three legs of the Triple Crown in both 2006 and 2007. On 5 October 2019 Melody Belle was the first horse to win all three of the Hastings Triple Crown races.

Year
Tarzino / Mudgway / Challenge Stakes 1400m
Arrowfield Stud / Windsor Park / Stoney Bridge / Horlicks Plate 1600m
Livamol Spring Classic / Kelt Capital Stakes 2040m
Notes
2023 Skew Wiff Mustang Valley Ladies Man
2022 Dark Destroyer La Crique Mustang Valley
2021 Callsign Mav Callsign Mav Savy Yong Blonk Callsign Mav did not contest the 2021 Spring Classic
2020 Callsign Mav Melody Belle Melody Belle
2019 Melody Belle Melody Belle Melody Belle Melody Belle is the first horse to win the Triple Crown
2018 Melody Belle Melody Belle Savvy Coup Melody Belle did not contest the 2018 Spring Classic
2017 Close Up Gingernuts Wait a Sec
2016 Kawi Kawi Willie Cazals Kawi did not contest the 2016 Spring Classic
2015 Kawi Julinsky Prince Addictive Habit
2014 I do Pure Champion Costume
2013 Survived Xanadu Ransomed
2012 Ocean Park Mufhasa Shez Sinsational
2011 Mufhasa Jimmy Choux Jimmy Choux Jimmy Choux was 2nd to Mufhasa by 1.8 lengths in the Makfi Challenge Stakes
2010 Keep the Peace Wall Street Wall Street Wall Street was 2nd to Keep the Peace in the Mudgway by 0.1 lengths
2009 Tavistock Daffodil Vosne Romanee
2008 Fritzy Boy Princess Coup Princess Coup Princess Coup was 9th, by 5.1 lengths to Fritzy Boy
2007 Seachange Seachange Princess Coup Seachange was 4th by 0.3 lengths to Princess Coup
2006 Seachange Seachange Legs Seachange was 3rd by 0.9 lengths to Legs
2005 Xcellent Miss Potential Xcellent Xcellent did not contest the 2005 Stony Bridge Stakes
2004 Starcraft Starcraft Balmuse Starcraft was placed 2nd to Balmuse by 2.3 lengths
2003 Miss Potential Irish Rover Distinctly Secret Due to bad weather the Mudgway was raced at Wanganui and the Windsor Park at Ōtaki
2002 Sunline Hello Dolly Prized Gem
2001 Fritz Hello Dolly Cinder Bella
2000 Cent Home The Message The Message The Message was 10th in the Mudgway Stakes

The Messara Report and the New Zealand Government's racing industry reforms[edit]

In April 2018 the New Zealand Government Minister for Racing, Rt Hon Winston Peters appointed an Australian, John Messara, to review the New Zealand racing industry's governance structures, and provide recommendations on future directions for the industry.

On 30 August 2018, the Minister released the report ("the Messara Report).[89]

There was considerable media commentary regards the proposed closure of racetracks in smaller centres.[90] During October 2018 feedback on the Messara Review was sought. In November 2018 a summary report of the submissions was compiled.[91]

On 13 December 2018 the Minister for Racing announced a five-member Ministerial Advisory Committee to inform next steps on the Messara Review. Mr Peters appointed Dean McKenzie as chair, supported by Committee members Bill Birnie, Liz Dawson, Kristy McDonald and Sir Peter Vela.[92]

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing's (NZTR) Venue Plan was released in January 2019. The Report recommended:

Feedback on the document was sought, with nine regional meetings held and 75 written submissions received. NZTR chief executive Bernard Saundry said the NZTR board considered the feedback and decided the Wairoa, Blenheim and Reefton tracks would receive a reprieve, for the 2019–20 season at least.[94]

On 17 April 2019, the Minister for Racing announced that the New Zealand Government's Cabinet had agreed to the overall intent of the Messara Report and plans to implement reforms through two Bills to amend the Racing Act 2003. The first Bill, planned to be enacted by 1 July 2019, was to begin the process of structural reform and provide financial relief to the industry.[95]

On 20 June 2019 the Racing Reform Bill passed its third reading and final reading in Parliament.[96]

On 5 December 2019 the Minister for Racing introduced the Racing Industry Bill as the Government's final legislative response to the recommendations of the Messara Report.[97] It was reported in the media that the Bill extinguished the freehold property rights of local racing club owners who would be forced to sell their courses, money from any sales would not be used in that community but instead transferred to develop clubs in bigger centres elsewhere.[98]

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