27th August

Melody Belle and Avantage looked sharp for their weekend engagements when they galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning. Working right-handed 15 metres on the heavy course proper, Melody Belle and Avantage were ridden by their respective raceday jockeys Michael...

Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour

VRC MEDIA RELEASE The People’s Cup races towards New Zealand Matamata, Wellington and Otago will all join racing history when they play host to the $200,000, 18-carat gold Lexus Melbourne Cup this week as part of the 17th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. The coveted...

Mike’s incredible Melbourne Cup dream

Everyone in racing is inclined to dream at times about what they would like to achieve, but nothing compares with the Melbourne Cup dream experienced more than 20 years ago by transtasman trainer Mike Moroney. The incredible story leading up to Mike’s Melbourne Cup...

20th August

Uncle Ern and King Khalid flagged their prospects for Hastings next week with a smart gallop at Matamata this morning. On the sand Uncle Ern (C Grylls) and King Khalid (S McKay) cut out 1000m in 1:02.5 and finished off with an impressive final 600m in 35.4. The Jacob...

August 13th

Stablemates Melody Belle and Te Akau Shark did all that was expected of them in the heavy conditions at Matamata this morning as they prepared for Saturday’s US Navy Flag Foxbridge Plate. Course proper gallops took place right-handed 20 metres, where raceday jockey...