Trackwork – 17th March

The Mitigator underlined his fitness for Saturday’s Japan Trophy when he galloped impressively at Matamata on Tuesday morning. On the No. 1 sand The Mitigator (P McKay) set off several lengths behind Watch This Space (Danis) and Bad ‘n’ Bouj (S McKay) and was timed...

Trackwork 10th March

A trio of Stephen Autridge-trained New Zealand Oaks candidates looked the part when they got through their main gallops at Matamata on Tuesday morning, where most work took place 20 metres out on the dead course proper. Sunline Vase winner Communique had raceday rider...

25th February

Dragon Leap left no doubts he will be at concert pitch for the Vodafone New Zealand Derby when he worked superbly at Matamata this morning. Galloping solo on the course proper, where the going was dead 20 metres out, Dragon Leap (Yanagida) strode into his work from...

18th February

A large number of feature race candidates for Saturday’s local meeting as well as Otaki made for a busy training session at Matamata on Tuesday. Karaka Million winner Cool Aza Beel (McNab) and recent debut winner Need I Say More (Bosson) were paired over 1000m on the...

11th February

Dragon Leap confirmed that his New Zealand Derby campaign is back on track when he galloped stylishly at Matamata on Tuesday. Working on the plough, Dragon Leap (Yanagida) was paired with Shezathinka (T Harris) over ground, with the last 1200m in 1:19.3, 1000m in...

4th February

Heavy fog put a dampener on proceedings at Matamata as a number of leading candidates for feature events at Te Rapa on Saturday were put through their paces. Amongst the handful of gallops that were able to be partially timed, Waikato Guineas entry Dragon Leap...