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Lowe Schollum & Jones Spring Raceday 16 September 2015
18 Sep 2015
Member's Day at Team Wealleans Matamata Cup Raceday 10 October 2015 ››
18 Sep 2015Special Member's Day in the Ascot Bar
Lowe Schollum & Jones Spring Raceday 16 September 2015
10 Sep 2015
Awards 2014 / 2015 Season
01 Sep 2015

Congratulations to our award winners for the 2014 / 20156 Season

 R.C. Blake Champion 2-Year-Old:   Secret Spirit

J.C. Tucker Champion 3-Year-Old:   Gaultier

W.L. Tisch Champion Jumps Jockey:  Daniel Miller

Lindsay Family, Champion Apprentice Jockey (Steve Lindsay):  Brendan Hutton

T.W. Brown Champion Jumper:  Brave Bucaneer

D.W. Moss Champion Stayer:  Perfect Start

J.B. Christophers Track Rider/Stablehand:  Richie Fallon

B.R. Tims Champion Jockey:  Craig Grylls

D.J. O’Sullivan Champion Trainer:  Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott

J.W. McAnnalley Champion Sprinter/Miler:  Puccini

D.G.M Benjamin Champion Breeder:  Garry Chittick / Waikato Stud

C.C.E. Thompson Champion Owner:  Paul & Shirlie Ryan

Matamata Racing Club Special Acknowledgement Award:  Bob Autridge

Matamata Horse of the Year:  Puccini

Winner of Race 8 on Wednesday 1 April: Richardson Racing Stables Raceday
10 Apr 2015

Winner of Race 8 at the Richardson Racing Stables Raceday in the Richardson Racing We Are What Racing Is About 1600 on Wednesday 1 April at Matamata Racing Club:


Horse:             Morena

Owner/s:         Easdon Lodge Zanetta Syndicate (Mgr: Leigh Noble)

Trainer:           Lance Noble, Matamata

Jockey:           Alysha Collett (a)

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Winner of Race 7 on Wednesday 1 April: Richardson Racing Stables Raceday
10 Apr 2015

Winner of Race 7 at the Richardson Racing Stables Raceday in the Richardsonracing.co.nz 1400 on Wednesday 1 April at Matamata Racing Club:


Horse:             Makarska

Owner/s:         Sir Peter Vela

Trainer:           Ken & Bev Kelso, Matamata

Jockey:           Michael Coleman

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Winner of Race 6 on Wednesday 1 April: Richardson Racing Stables Raceday
10 Apr 2015

Winner of Race 6 at the Richardson Racing Stables Raceday in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race 1400 on Wednesday 1 April at Matamata Racing Club:


Horse:             Light Up A Screen

Owner/s:         NZ Thoroughbred Holdings Limited

Trainer:           Jim Collett, Matamata

Jockey:           Samantha Collett

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Winner of Race 5 on Wednesday 1 April: Richardson Racing Stables Raceday
10 Apr 2015

Winner of Race 5 at the Richardson Racing Stables Raceday in the Richardson Racing Thanks Their Owners on Wednesday 1 April at Matamata Racing Club:


Horse:             Sniper

Owner/s:         G R Howes, Mrs C R & M Lupton & T C Reid

Trainer:           Lance O' Sullivan & Andrew Scott, Matamata

Jockey:           Craig Grylls

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Winner of Race 4 on Wednesday 1 April: Richardson Racing Stables Raceday
10 Apr 2015

Winner of Race 4 at the Richardson Racing Stables Raceday in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race 1200 on Wednesday 1 April at Matamata Racing Club:


Horse:             Astrid

Owner/s:         Te Akau Astrid Syndicate (Mgr: D C Ellis)

Trainer:           Jason Bridgman, Matamata

Jockey:           Matthew Cameron

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Winner of Race 3 on Wednesday 1 April: Richardson Racing Stables Raceday
10 Apr 2015

Winner of Race 3 at the Richardson Racing Stables Raceday in the Peter Tappin Memorial 1100 on Wednesday 1 April at Matamata Racing Club:


Horse:             Scrutinize

Owner/s:         Te Akau Scrutinize Syndicate (Mgr: D C Ellis)

Trainer:           Jason Bridgman, Matamata

Jockey:           Matthew Cameron

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Winner of Race 2 on Wednesday 1 April: Richardson Racing Stables Raceday
10 Apr 2015

Winner of Race 2 at the Richardson Racing Stables Raceday in the Race With Us richardsonracing.co.nz on Wednesday 1 April at Matamata Racing Club:


Horse:             Snow Secret

Owner/s:         A P Ritchie, P Alexandre, R Simes, G Sharp & Mrs T L Chapman

Trainer:           Shaune Ritchie

Jockey:           Danielle Johnson

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Winner of Race 1 on Wednesday 1 April: Richardson Racing Stables Raceday
10 Apr 2015

Winner of Race 1 at the Richardson Racing Stables Raceday in the Richardson Racing Stables Raceday 1600 on Wednesday 1 April at Matamata Racing Club:


Horse:             Mikimoto

Owner/s:         The Calendar Trust

Trainer:           Steve Autridge, Matamata

Jockey:           Michael Coleman

Thank you to all that attended, supported and sponsored here at Matamata Racing Club. 

Also thank you to Kenton Wright of Race Images PN Limited for the above image.

Matamata Racing Club Racing Ahead as an Industry Leader: NZTR TRM, April 2015
09 Apr 2015

Please take a moment and read this article currently as the Club Profile in the latest New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing's TRM.  This is a really interesting read.

 

Matamata Racing Club Racing Ahead TRM April 2015.pdf 

Win A Share In Me!!
31 Mar 2015

Richardson Racing Stables is giving you the chance to WIN a 1% share in this lovely Any Suggestion x Ace Of Hearts yearling colt for 2 years!


Tomorrow (Wednesday 1 April), simply write your name and phone number on the back of your losing tote ticket/s and pop it in the boxes placed at each TAB Outlet on-course before Race 6 and be in to win!

* Winner to be drawn on Raceday tomorrow after Race 6 and will be notified by phone.

* Prize is a 1% share in the horse pictured above for 2 years and includes all training and expenses for the first 2 years

* Full terms and conditions are available at richardsonracing.co.nz

Matamata's Racebook for Wednesday!
30 Mar 2015

We are ready to race here at Matamata Racing Club this Wednesday for our Richardson Racing Stables Raceday.

To get in early and pick the 8 winners here is our racebook: Racebook for Matamata 01.04.15.pdf

First race is at 1.28 pm

Latest Information: Monday Morning
Weather: Overcast
Track: Dead 5 
Rail: True | 14mm rail yesterday
Weather & Track updated as at 8.57am Monday 30 March

See you here for a break to your working week!

O'Sullivan the toast of three countries after big win in Japan, Monday 30 March: Dennis Ryan, The Informant
30 Mar 2015
Aerovelocity (centre, Zac Purton) downs Hakusan Moon and Mikki Isle in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen. Aerovelocity (centre, Zac Purton) downs Hakusan Moon and Mikki Isle in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen.

Paul O’Sullivan is the toast of three racing jurisdictions after he produced Aerovelocity for a stunning victory in the Gr. 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Japan’s Chukyo racecourse.

The Sha Tin-based expat is being lauded by Hong Kong racing authorities for crediting his adopted country with its first victory in the $2.5 million sprint; Japan racing has praised his unique double after adding yesterday’s international race to the Japan Cup win by Horlicks in 1989, while he has brought further accolades to the New Zealand breeding industry by completing a second Global Sprint Challenge victory with the son of Pins.

O’Sullivan, who has trained for more than a decade in Hong Kong after winning 11 New Zealand premierships, achieved a career highlight with Aerovelocity’s win in the Hong Kong International Sprint in December. After considering his options, which included the Dubai World Cup meeting, he settled on the Takamatsunomiya Kinen as his preferred target.

With the skill and efficiency that has made his family’s name famous throughout the racing world, he overcame the challenges to become the first foreign trainer to win the early season feature.

“It’s a great result, especially to do it with a New Zealand-bred,” O’Sullivan told www.theinformant last night as he, jockey Zac Purton, owner Daniel Yeung and a group of 30 supporters made their way by bus back to nearby Nagoya city.

“Everything had gone to plans with the trip up here, but I was a bit worried when it started raining. The track was nothing like he had raced on before but he’s tough as teak.

“He was in trouble at the top of the straight but he pulled himself out of a hole and just wouldn’t be beaten. They should have changed his name back to Naisoso Warrior for the trip up here. That’s what he is, a real warrior.”

The six-year-old Windsor Park Stud-bred gelding began his career under that name when he scored an impressive debut win at Awapuni as an autumn three-year-old. He had been selected by O’Sullivan and his brother Lance from the Karaka Premier catalogue in 2010 at $120,000.

“At the time we thought we might have paid overs for him, but he was a magnificent individual that I was determined to get my hands on,” O’Sullivan recalled.

“When he arrived up here he took a bit of time to hit form but he’s just kept raising the bar. Even when he was coming through the grades he was only ever winning by a head or a neck, but he’s that sort of horse, he just finds as much as he has to.”

In his usual style Aerovelocity made a good start from his inside draw and raced on the speed, but with the rails section of the track badly chopped up, other runners began to improve around him nearing the home turn.

“Zac said he was gone on the turn, he was going nowhere,” said O’Sullivan. “Then he got him out wider to the top of the rise where the track was firmer and he picked himself up.

“Every stride got better and he wore them down. It was a great result.”

At the line Aerovelocity had half a length over Hakusan Moon, who just held second from the local favourite Mikki Isle. Despite the damp conditions, the time for the 1200 metres was still a remarkable 1:08.5.

“At the press conference afterwards I felt pretty proud as the only Kiwi there to hear them say that DJ and I are the only father and son trainers to win Group One races in Japan,” O’Sullivan added. “That was special.”

O’Sullivan will wait for the dust to settle before confirming his next move. “There’s a $1million bonus for the Global Sprint Challenge winner, so we would probably like to get him to Singapore for the KrisFlyer Sprint.

“That’s in early May and by the time he’s done his quarantine back in Hong Kong he’ll need every day of what’s left to get there.

“As it stands he’s already done a huge job. With this win on top of the Hong Kong Sprint I imagine he’s the world’s highest rated sprinter and there’s any number of options for him coming up.

“Right now we’ll just enjoy this one.”  

Acceptances for Matamata, Wednesday 1 April, Richardson Racing Stables Raceday
28 Mar 2015

Acceptances closed this morning at 10 am, with 103 horses accepting for our Richardson Racing Stables Raceday next Wednesday 1 April.

Here are the Acceptances for your perusal: Matamata RC 01-04-2015 Acceptances.pdf

Make sure you take the afternoon off work and spend the day here at Matamata Racing Club.   Richardson Racing Stables have an exciting promotion on-course so be here to win!!

Public areas open are the Curragh and Epsom Lounges.  Scrumptious Two Tones Cafe will be serving delicious delights as usual in the Curragh Lounge.

First race is at 1.28 pm.

Today's Update:

Weather: Fine
Track: Dead 4 
Rail: True | 6mm Irrigation Yesterday
Weather & Track updated as at 8.03am Saturday 28 March

Good Nominations for Wednesday 1 April, Richardson Racing Stables Raceday
27 Mar 2015

Nominations for our Richardson Racing Stables Raceday next Wednesday 1 April closed today at Noon, receiving a total of 113 horses for 8 races.

Nominations are here: Matamata Nominations for 01.04.15.pdf

Nominations for Wednesday 1 April: Close Today at Noon
27 Mar 2015

Nominations for our Richardson Racing Stables Raceday close today at Noon.

Details for this racemeeting are:

Weather: Overcast
Track: Good 3 | 1mm rain overnight, 3mm rain last 7 days.
Rail: True
Weather & Track updated as at 7.24am Friday 27 March

Racing Today at Matamata for South Waikato Racing Club's Annual Racemeeting
11 Mar 2015

It's going to be a beautiful day for the South Waikato Racing Club's Annual Racemeeting, being held here at Matamata Racing Club today.

Weather: Fine
Track: Good 3
Rail: Out 3m 
Weather & Track updated as at 6.46am Wednesday 11 March

First Race at 1.28 pm

 

Photo Courtesy of Michelle Hayes, Marks Ewen & Associates

See you here today!

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