News & Events

Lisa Chittick to be remembered with new Matamata race

Leading thoroughbred nursery Waikato Stud has strengthened its relationship with the Matamata Racing Club in the creation of a fillies and mares’ race with special meaning. Appropriately, the race is named in honour of the late Lisa Chittick and will be contested at...

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...

Derby mount impresses Boss in early morning hitout

It was only three-quarter-pace work but it was still enough to tell the bloke on top, Australian jockey Glen Boss, that he’ll be more than a runner’s chance when he takes In A Twinkling to the start for Saturday’s Vodafone New Zealand Derby. The stars in the sky were...

NOBLE PAIR SET FOR MATAMATA FEATURES

Bavella will be out to preserve her unbeaten record in the Matamata breeders' Stakes The leading lights of Lance Noble’s Lindsay Racing team are set to step out in feature events at Matamata on Saturday week. Snitzel filly Bavella, a brilliant stakes winner on debut...

Messara Report

Widespread track closures, an overhaul of the NZ Racing Board, outsourcing of the TAB’s commercial activities and a goal to double stakes headlined sweeping changes to the New Zealand racing industry when the Messara Report was unveiled in Hamilton tonight. Messara...

Awards Night

Avantage claims Matamata Horse of the Year award Avantage, the standout New Zealand two-year-old of last season, has claimed the Matamata Horse of the Year award for 2017-18. At the Matamata Racing Club’s annual Awards and Appreciation function, the Stephen...

Industry loses prolific Pentire

New Zealand has lost one of its most successful and undoubtedly versatile stallions with the death yesterday of Rich Hill Stud’s Pentire. The English-bred son of Be My Guest and the Mill Reef mare Gull Nook was the Walton farm’s foundation sire and subsequently made...

Gingernuts safely through surgery – prognosis encouraging

Stricken galloper Gingernuts has made it through the most crucial stage of his recovery from Saturday’s sudden injury and has been given a 50/50 chance of racing again. That encouraging prognosis followed surgery today at the University of Melbourne Werribee...