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.



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

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

Course, Town/city/province
Ashburton RC Ashburton, New Zealand 1876mleft-handed382m
Auckland RC Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland1876mright-handed382m
Avondale JC Avondale, Auckland 1800mright-handed450m
Banks Peninsula RCMotukarara, Canterbury1800mleft-handed400m
Beaumont RC Wingatui, Dunedin (since 1987)2000mleft-handed350mPart of Gallop South
Cambridge RC Te Rapa, Hamilton1800mleft-handed420mNZ's first synthetic track in 2020
Canterbury JC Riccarton Park, Christchurch2400mleft-handed400mincludes a synthetic track [1]
Central Otago RCOmakau1600mleft-handed300mPart of Gallop South. Formerly the Vincent Jockey Club
Counties RCPukekohe Park, Franklin1900mright-handed520m
Dargaville RCAwakino Point1600mleft-handed350mWas 1 meeting per year, in November. Last held in 2016.
Egmont RC Hawera 1822mleft-handed350m
Feilding JC Awapuni, Palmerston North 1700mleft-handed350mPart of RACE
Foxton RCPreviously raced at Foxton, Horowhenua1811mleft-handed349mTrials only. No Raceday meetings being held
Gore RCGore, Southland1600mleft-handed350mPart of Gallop South
Greymouth JCOmoto, West Coast, South Island1200mleft-handed250m
Hawkes Bay Racing IncHastings1700mleft-handed375m
Kumara RC Kumara, West Coast1500mleft-handed300m1 meeting per year, in January
Kurow JC Kurow, North Otago1600mleft-handed350m1 meeting per year, late December
Levin RC Otaki, Horowhenua 1800mleft-handed400m
Manawatu RC Awapuni, Palmerston North 1700mleft-handed350mPart of RACE [2] Synthetic track planned
Marlborough RCWaterlea, Blenheim1700mleft-handed300m
Marton JC Awapuni, Palmerston North 1700mleft-handed350mPart of RACE
Masterton RC Tauherenikau Racecourse, near Featherston, Wairarapa1810mleft-handed315m1 meeting per year, in March
Matamata RC Matamata 1628mleft-handed400m
Oamaru JC Oamaru, North Otago1800mleft-handed350m
Otago RC Wingatui & Cromwell2000m & 1600mleft-handed both350m both
Otaki-Maori RC Otaki, Horowhenua 1800mleft handed400mthe sole surviving Maori club in New Zealand
Pakuranga Hunt Ellerslie Racecourse 1876mright-handed382mthe feature event is the Pakuranga Hunt Steeplechase in August
Poverty Bay Turf ClubAshwood Park, Gisborne1800mleft-handed400m
Rangitikei RC Awapuni, Palmerston North 1700mleft-handed350mPart of RACE
Reefton JC Reefton 1140mleft handed230mthe smallest galloping track in New Zealand. 1 meeting in January
Riverton RCRiverton, near Invercargill 1650mleft-handed400mPart of Gallop South
Racing RotoruaArawa Park, Rotorua 1600mleft-handed300m
Rotorua & Bay of Plenty HuntArawa Park, Rotorua 1600mleft-handed300m1 meeting per year, held in September
South Canterbury RCPhar Lap raceway, Timaru 1800mleft-handed400m
South Waikato RC Matamata 1628mleft-handed400m1 meeting per year, held in March
Southland RCAscot Park, Invercargill1800mleft-handed215mThe southern-most course in New Zealand
Stratford RCTe Kapua, Stratford1600mleft-handed400m1 meeting per year, held in late December. No meeting from the 2019/20 season on. [3]
Tapanui RC Wingatui, Dunedin 2000mleft-handed350m1 meeting per year, held in December. Part of Gallop South
Taranaki Racing Inc New Plymouth 1600mleft-handed375m
TaumarunuiArawa Park, Rotorua 1600mleft-handed300m1 meeting per year, held in July
Racing TaupoCentennial Park, Taupo 1600mleft-handed320mPart of TRAC [4]
Racing Tauranga Tauranga 1800mright-handed350mPart of TRAC
Racing Te Aroha Te Aroha 1900mright-handed500mPart of TRAC
Thames JC Te Aroha 1900mright handed500m1 meeting per year, early January. Part of TRAC
Waikato RC Te Rapa, Hamilton1800mleft-handed420m
Waikouaiti RC Waikouaiti, 30 km north of Dunedin 1550mleft-handed350m1 meeting per year, held on New Year's Day
Waimate RCFrom 2020 at Phar Lap, Timaru. Historically at Waimate 1800m / (1550m)Left-handed400m/(250m)1 meeting per year. Last meeting at Waimate course 9/6/2019
Waipa RC Te Awamutu 1650mRight-handed300m
Waipukurau JC Waipukurau, Central Hawkes Bay1800mleft-handed450m2 meetings per year, held in December and March
Wairarapa RC Tauherenikau Racecourse, near Featherston, Wairarapa1810mleft-handed315m
Wairio JCAscot Park, Invercargill 1800mleft-handed215m1 meeting in May
Wairoa RCTe Kupenga1660mleft-handed245m2 meetings in February
Wanganui JC Wanganui 1650mleft-handed325msand based track
Waverley RC Waverley 1800mleft-handed375m
Wellington Racing Club Trentham Racecourse, Upper Hutt2000mleft-handed450mPart of RACE
Westland RC Hokitika 1290mright-handed340m1 meeting per year, only right handed track in the South Island
Whakatane RCTe Teko, Whakatane 1800mright-handed420m2 meetings per year
Whangarei RCRuakaka, 30 km south of Whangarei 1800mright-handed400m
Winton JCWinton and Ascot Park1786mLeft-handed270mPart of Gallop South
Woodville-Pahiatua RCWoodville1800mleft-handed375m
Wyndham RCGore, Southland1600mleft-handed350m1 meeting per year, held in March

Major Thoroughbred horse races in New Zealand

Tarzino Trophy 1 Weight for Age $300,000 (2022) [5] August/SeptemberHastings1400m
Arrowfield Stud Plate (Windsor Park Plate)1 Weight for Age $300,000 (2022) [6] SeptemberHastings1600m
Livamol Classic 1 Weight for Age $330,000 (2022) [7] OctoberHastings2040m
Hawke's Bay Guineas 23YO SW$140,000 (2022) [8] OctoberHastings1400m
New Zealand 2000 Guineas 13YO SW$550,000 (2022) [9] November Riccarton Racecourse 1600m
New Zealand 1000 Guineas 13YO Fillies SW$400,000 (2022) [10] November Riccarton Racecourse 1600m
New Zealand Cup 3Open 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 1Open 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 3SWP$100,000 (2023) [16] January Trentham Racecourse 2100m
Karaka Million 2YO R2YO (Restricted)$1,000,000 (2023) [17] January Ellerslie Racecourse 1200m
Karaka Million 3YO Classic R3YO (Restricted)$1,000,000 (2023) [18] January Ellerslie Racecourse 1600m
Desert Gold Stakes 33YO Fillies SW$80,000 (2022) [19] January Trentham Racecourse 1600m
Thorndon Mile 1Open SWP$220,000 (2022) [20] January Trentham Racecourse 1600m
Wellington Cup 3Open HCP$300,000 (2022) [21] January Trentham Racecourse 3200m
Avondale Cup 2Open$120,000 (2022) [22] February Ellerslie Racecourse 2400m
BCD Group Sprint 1 Weight for Age $220,000 (2022) [23] FebruaryTe Rapa1400m
Herbie Dyke Stakes 1 Weight for Age $400,000 (2022) [24] FebruaryTe Rapa2000m
Otaki-Maori Weight for Age 1 Weight for Age $220,000 (2022) [25] FebruaryOtaki1600m
New Zealand Derby 13YO SW$1,000,000 (2022) [26] March
(2006 onwards)
Ellerslie Racecourse 2400m
Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes 1 Weight for Age $240,000 (2022) [27] March Ellerslie Racecourse 2000m
Ellerslie Sires Produce Stakes/Sistema Stakes 12YO SW$240,000 (2022) [28] March Ellerslie Racecourse 1400m
Auckland Cup 2Open SWP$500,000 (2022) [29] March Ellerslie Racecourse 3200m
New Zealand Oaks 13YO Fillies SW$400,000 (2021)March Trentham Racecourse 2400m
New Zealand St. Leger LOpen SWP (prev 3yo & 3-4yo)$60,000 (2022)March Trentham Racecourse 2600m
Levin Classic 13YO SW$260,000 (2022)March
(2022 Onwards)
Trentham Racecourse 1600m
Awapuni Gold Cup 2Open$100,000 (2021)March/AprilAwapuni2000m
Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes 12YO SW$245,000 (2022)March/AprilAwapuni1400m
Championship Stakes 23YO$100,000 (2021)March/April Ellerslie Racecourse 2100m
Easter Handicap 33YO+ Open HCP$100,000 (2021)March/April Ellerslie Racecourse 1600m
New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes 13YO+ Fillies & Mares$220,000 (2022)AprilTe Aroha / Te Rapa1600m
Auckland Futurity Stakes (Great Northern Foal Stakes)L2YO$70,000 (2022) [30] May Ellerslie Racecourse
Great Northern Hurdles PJumping Hurdles$150,000 (2022) [31] September Ellerslie Racecourse 4190m
Great Northern Steeplechase PJumping Steeplechase$150,000 (2022) [32] September Ellerslie Racecourse 6400m
Grand National Hurdles PJumping Hurdles$100,000 (2022) [33] August Riccarton Racecourse 4200m
Grand National Steeplechase PJumping Steeplechase$100,000 (2022) [34] 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

Contribution and Honours
Key horses associated with
Lisa Allpress Jockey4 NZ jockey Premierships (2012, 2016, 2019 and 2020), 1672 NZ winning rides (as at July 2021) [35] Blood Brotha, Dark Destroyer, Jimmy Mac, Lunna Rossa, Ocean Park, Sentimental Miss, We Can Say It Now
Murray Baker 1946Trainer 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 1980JockeyWinner of 78 group 1 races (10 in Australia) Avantage, Gingernuts, Melody Belle, Mongolian Khan, Grand Archway, Probabeel, Quick Thinker, Te Akau Shark
Bill Broughton [36] 1913-1990Jockey New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, [37] New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame, 11 times New Zealand Champion jockey, 1446 winners in New Zealand plus 11 in AustraliaSombrero, Soneri
Jim Cassidy 1963JockeyWinner 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) Costello1937 - 2019Journalist and Author [38] 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 [39]
Sue Day (Walsh)Jockey / trainer First Kiwi woman to win in a totaliser race in New Zealand when winning on Jaws at TimaruAs a trainer: Chatham (NZ), Exquisite Jewel
Midge Didham 1945Jockey and trainerWinning rider in 1970 Melbourne Cup and 1980 & 1981 Caulfield Cups Baghdad Note, Ming Dynasty, Silver Bounty
Shane Dye 1966Jockey4 consecutive Golden Slippers, Australian Racing Hall of Fame, New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Octagonal, Tawriffic
Hector Gray 1885-1957Jockey and Trainer7 NZ jockey premierships
Bill Hazlett 1905-1978Owner and breederFirst 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 [40] 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 [41] Sir Tristram, Zabeel
Joanne Hale (Giles) 1950Jockey First Kiwi woman to ride in a totaliser race in New Zealand on 15 July 1978 at Waimate
Roger James Horse trainerWinner of many Group ones in New Zealand and Australia, including New Zealand Derby five times Silent Achiever, Tidal Light, Zonda
Colin Jillings 1931 - 2022Trainer New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Stipulate, McGinty, Uncle Remus, The Phantom Chance
Chris Johnson JockeyHolds the record for NZ winning rides, previously held by David WalshCanterbury Belle, Loader, Savvy Coup, Sea Swift, Tartan Tights, Tycoon Lil
Linda Jones [42] 1952JockeyTrail blazing woman jockey. New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Holy Toledo, Lavaro
Sheila Laxon TrainerFirst female trainer to win the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup double Empire Rose, Ethereal
Maree Lyndon [43] JockeyFirst 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), [44] 544 winners (428 in New Zealand)Argonaut Style, Miss Stanima, Sirtain
Trevor McKee and Stephen McKeeTrainersNew 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 [45] 1963Jockey New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit Horlicks, Popsy, Waverley Star
Paul O'Sullivan 1959Trainer Horlicks, Popsy, Surfers Paradise
Seton Otway 1894-1989Founder 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 SimonRace callerLong-time North Island race caller and TAB Trackside television presenter
Robert James (Bob) Skelton 1934-2016Jockey New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame, [41] New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, Member of the Order of the British Empire Great Sensation, Van der Hum
William David (Bill) Skelton 1931-2016Jockey New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame, [41] New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, Member of the Order of the British Empire
Brent Thomson 1958Jockey Australian Racing Hall of Fame, New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Dandy Andy, Dulcify, Family of Man, Lord Reims, Strawberry Road
Michael Walker 1984Jockey Darci Brahma, Tagaloa, Tit for Taat
Chris Waller 1973Trainer Australian Racing Hall of Fame, New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Winx
David Walsh 1959 [46] JockeyPreviously held the record for most NZ wins (2451). [47] Over 2500 wins worldwide, including the Telegraph Handicap (3x), W. S. Cox Plate, Brisbane Cup and Adelaide Cup. [47] 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

According to the jockeys with over 2000 New Zealand wins are:

As at October 2022:

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 won 39 group 1 wins 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

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. [48] Another female jockey riding then was Cherie Saxon (Hastings). [49]

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. [50]

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. [51]

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. [59] 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. [60]

Prominent New Zealand horses

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. [61] During the 2008-09 racing season 19 New Zealand-bred Thoroughbreds won 22 Group One races around the world. [62]

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

Notable victories or achievements
Advance VanguardLaurelJoe Prosser1900 Easter Handicap, 1901 All Aged Stakes
Apollo Eleven CyrusLady RizzoK. (Slim) Foster1973 Tancred Stakes (now the BMW), Auckland Cup, AJC Plate now the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (ATC). 1973 & 1975 Chipping Norton Stakes
Avantage Fastnet Rock Asavant (by 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)R (Bob) Heasley, then Terry Millard1970: Melbourne Cup, 1973: P.J. O'Shea Stakes & Sandown Cup.
Balmerino Trictrac (France)Dulcie (by Duccio)Brian Smith, Cambridge & John Dunlop1975 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 (by Avocat General)Tim Douglas1974 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 Snr1939 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-AsaImitationFrank Ritchie1985 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. Hickenbotham1889 & 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 CurraghPatrick M Bussuttin1989 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 ApremontNautilus1890, 1891 & 1892 Wellington Cup, 1892 Easter Handicap
Dalray Balloch (GB)Broiveine (NZ)Clarrie McCarthy1951: 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 EchezeauxMark Walker2005: 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 Davis1915: 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 Forsman2012: 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 FleurLaurie Laxon1987 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 FairAmarooArchie McGregor1961 Avondale Cup, 1962 CB Fisher Plate, Caulfield Cup & Melbourne Cup
Foxzami NizamiHoneywoodDan Lewis1949 STC Cup & Melbourne Cup
Furys Order Indian Order (GB)Our Fury (NZ)Wally McEwan1973: New Zealand Derby, New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 1974 New Zealand Cup, 1975 W. S. Cox Plate
Gloaming The Welkin (GB)Light (GB)Dick Mason1918: 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 Brown1960: Invercargill Gold Cup, Canterbury Gold Cup, 1961, 1962 & 1963 Wellington Cup, 1960 & 1962 Trentham Stakes
Grey Way Grey William (GB)Waybrook (NZ) (by King's Command)E P Corboy, Washdyke1974 Chirnside Stakes, 1976 Awapuni Gold Cup, 1977 Easter Handicap, 2010 inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Gurner's Lane Sir Tristram TaionaGeoff Murphy1982: Newcastle Gold Cup, VRC St Leger, Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup
Horlicks Three Legs (GB)Malt (NZ)Dave and Paul O'Sullivan1989 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 Priscott1969 & 1970 Auckland Cup, 1970 Wellington Cup,
Isle Of Man HabitationFull O'TricksDavina Waddell1981 New Zealand Derby, 1982 Rosehill Guineas
Jezabeel Zabeel PassefleurBrian Jenkins1998: Auckland Cup, Melbourne Cup
Jimmy Choux Thorn ParkCierzoJohn Bary2010 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 Rogerson2009 Eclipse Stakes, New Zealand 2000 Guineas & New Zealand 1000 Guineas
Kindergarten Kincardine (GB)ValadoreE. N. Fitzgerald1941 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, Waverley1983 Wellington Cup, Melbourne Cup
La Mer Copenhagen IILa Balsa (by Worden II)Malcolm K Smith, New Plymouth1976 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)MedleyFred D Jones1926,1927 & 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 JugGodavari (Ire)Pease (NZ)P Jones, Riccarton1979 Canterbury Gold Cup, New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 1980 Wellington Stakes. Won 12 of 15 New Zealand starts.
Mainbrace Admiral's Luck (GB)ManerooJack McDonald1950 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, Takanini1981/82 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 CommandsMeleka Belle (by 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 RoseBill Borrie2003 Mudgway Stakes, 2004 Nestle Peters Classic (later known as Myer Classic & Empire Rose Stakes), 2005 Stoneybridge Stakes.
Moifaa NatatorDenbighW Hickey1904 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 Forsman2015: Waikato Guineas, Avondale Guineas, New Zealand Derby, Australian Derby & Caulfield Cup
Mr Tiz Bletchingly Yir TizDave & Paul O'Sullivan1989 & 1990 Telegraph Handicap, 1989, 1990 & 1991 Railway Stakes, 1991: Waikato Sprint & The Galaxy, 2014 inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Mufhasa [63] Pentire (GB)Shiela Cheval (NZ), by Mi PreferidoStephen McKee2008 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)MarsaJim McAulay1928: 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 ParkSayyidaGary Hennessy2012: 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, Matamata1996 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 [64]
Our Maizcay (Ire)Maizcay (Aus)Maire ViitaGrant L Searle, Levin1994: Wellesley Stakes, 1995: Eclipse Stakes, NZ Magic Millions Classic, Wakefield Stakes, Caulfield Guineas
Phar Lap [65] Night Raid (GB)Entreaty (NZ)Harry Telford1929: 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 Wheeler1988 Otaki-Maori Weight for Age, Feehan Stakes, W. S. Cox Plate. 1989: Otaki-Maori Weight for Age, Queen Elizabeth Stakes (ATC) & Tancred Stakes
Prince MajesticNoble Bijou (USA)Princess Mellay (NZ)Ray Verner, Takanini1980 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 RoadMark Walker2007: New Zealand Oaks, Desert Gold Stakes, Lowland Stakes, 2007 & 2008 Kelt Capital Stakes (Spring Classic), 2008 Stoneybridge Stakes
Redcraze Red Mars (GB)MyarionSyd 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, Waiuku1981: Avondale Championship Stakes, Avondale Guineas, New Zealand Derby, Canterbury Guineas
Rising Fast AlonzoFasterIvan Tucker, Fred Hoysted1954: 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 CharmLaurie 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 ConsulAgricolaJinksEric Ropiha, Woodville1965: 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 Wheeler1990 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 CrossJust CruisingGraeme Sanders2005: New Zealand 1000 Guineas, 2006 & 2007: Mudgway Stakes, Stoneybridge Stakes, 2007 Mannerism Stakes, Telegraph Handicap & Waikato Sprint
Seagram BalakLlanah David Barons 1991 Grand National, Aintree Racecourse, England
Show Gate Gate Keeper (GB)MinglowGordon 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 AlcimedesCuban Fox (by Foxbridge)Eric Temperton1971: New Zealand St. Leger & Melbourne Cup
Sir Slick Volksraad Miss OperaGraham Nicholson2007: 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)SoliloquyC G Curnow & Trevor McKee, then Stephen & Trevor McKee, Takanini1983/84 Royal Stakes, New Zealand Oaks, 1986: Avondale Cup
SolvitMorcon (GB)Yallah Sun (AUS)Mrs M J Murdoch1991: 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)SonglineTrevor and Stephen McKee1999 & 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 WaveLady AythorpeDave & Paul OSullivan1990 New Zealand 2000 Guineas & New Zealand Derby, 1991 Air New Zealand Stakes, Rosehill Guineas, W. S. Cox Plate
Tawrrific TawfiqJoyartyLee Freedman1988 South Australian St Leger, 1989: AJC St Leger, Melbourne Cup
The Filbert Souvran (GB)FauxzannD N Couchman, Hawera1986: 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 JamesAvondale Guineas, Waikato Guineas, 1986 New Zealand Derby, 1987 Canterbury Guineas, Air New Zealand Stakes
Tulloch KhorassanFlorida 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 Yuill1997: New Zealand 1000 Guineas, 1998 Royal Stakes, Sir Tristram Fillies Classic, New Zealand Oaks, Canterbury Guineas, Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes,
Uncle Remus Bandmaster IITusitala (by Talismano) Colin Jillings, Takanini1977 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 Robinson1976 Herbert Power Handicap & Melbourne Cup, 1982 Waikato Hurdle & Hawkes Bay Hurdle, 1983 Rangitikei Steeple, 1984 Egmont Steeple.
Veandercross Crossways (GB)LavenderChris Turner1991: 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 RegalBismark II (GB)Kind RegardsJim 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'barrellTavistock (NZ)Volkster (NZ)1) Donna Logan (NZ), 2) Chris Gibbs (NZ), 3) Danny O'Brien2015: Great Northern Guineas, Karaka 3YO Mile, Rosehill Guineas, 2016: Haunui Farm Classic, New Zealand Stakes, 2017: Herbie Dyke Stakes,
Waverley Star / Our Waverley StarStar WaySuper ShowDave & Paul O'Sullivan1986 Zabeel Classic, 2nd to Bonecrusher in W. S. Cox Plate, 1987: Chipping Norton Stakes
Xcellent Pentire ExceloMichael Moroney2004 New Zealand Derby, 2005: Mudgway Stakes, New Zealand Stakes, Kelt Capital Stakes, 3rd in Melbourne Cup, 2008: Trentham Stakes
Zabeel Sir Tristram Lady GiselleColin Hayes, then David Hayes1989 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 WindRoger James1997 New Zealand Derby, 2000 Kings Plate, 2001 Zabeel Classic

Notable sires

Key Progeny
Darci Brahma 2002 Danehill Grand Echezeaux Danzig Zabeel Catalyst, Gust Of Wind, Julinsky Prince, Nashville,
Foxbridge 1930FoxlawBridgemount 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 [66] 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 [67] 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 AssemblyDanzig (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 ToyamaLe Haar Tulyar Beau Zam, Gelsomino, Good Lord, Lord Reims

Recent winners of major NZ Cups

The following are the recent winners of major cups.

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
2022AljayUareastarLincoln KingZola ExpressViktor VegasAromaticSaguntoHinepara
2021MondoraniOcean BillyWaisakeBeaudenCheaperthan divorceJustamaizMarroniRobusto
2020Dragon StormRoger ThatSoleseifeinot heldOcean BillyIn A TwinklingHunta PencePolzeath
2019Dee And GeeGlory DaysGorbachevJacksstarJustamaizIn A TwinklingConcert HallGlory Days
2018BizzwinkleLadies FirstMagic ChaiOur AbbadeanMongolian MarshIgraineRock OnZacada
2017GobstopperChenilleSavariaSampsonFive to MidnightMaygroveClarifyEl Soldado
2016Pump Up The VolumeEl SoldadoMister ImpatienceMaygroveLizzie LamourChocanteJacksstarSacred Master
2015Jimmy MacRock DivaMaygroveIamwishwaraVavasourVavasourWeregoingtogetchaFarm Boy
2014Mungo JerryWho Shot ThebarmanGraphicSorianaSurpassNoble WarriorPerfect StartWho Shot Thebarman
2013Spring CheerSangsterBlood BrothaBetter Than EverMore Than SacredAnnie Higgins Military Move Sangster
2012Blood BrothaShez SinsationalSix O'Clock NewsRiomoralAnnie HigginsJeu De CartesRansomedSingle Minded
2011Blood BrothaTitchSpiroHold It HarveyDawn GhostPostmans DaughterCassiniShowcause
2010ShowcauseZaviteRed Ruler Sir Slick Bruce AlmightyTinseltownTullaroan[not raced]
2009My ScotsgreySpin AroundMegapinsMacO'ReillyPasschendaleBoundlessHigh OctaneGinga Dude
2008Hoorang Prize Lady Young Centaur Sir Slick LovetristaGalleons ReachJonbalenaTinseltown
2007Everswindell Prize Lady Willy Smith Sir Slick Mirkola LassSpin AroundNanjaraSpin Around
2006PentathlonPentaneEnvoyTuskerBak Da ChiefChettakChettakSharvasti
2005TreblaBazelleZabeatDistinctly SecretKerry O'ReillyKerry O'ReillyAll SquareCreil
2004WaltermittyUpsetthymCluden CreekIrish Rover / Distinctly SecretSinging Star St Reims TantalicThe Mighty Lion
2003TorlesseBodieOarsmenMazeEl Duce Leica Guv & Penny GemRising HeightsRegal Krona
2002MikeMaguireCycladesCent HomeEl DuceDeecee BelleSmall Town BoyRegal Krona
2001Soldier BlueOur UnicornSmiling LikeCronusOkiwi BayKaapeonBeaujolaisGreene Street
2000Smiling LikeAble MasterSecond ComingCruzeiroBluebird The WordKing KeitelReign SupremeShes a Meanie
1999Wake ForestIrish ChanceMiss BaileyEmeraldRijekaThe Mighty FinnTokyo BeauTrounced
1998Sapio Jezabeel *AerosmithMagnet BayDannevegasGlendaraEmeraldYes Indeed
1997Laud PeregrineYobroEdIntervalLa SileenSomojoPaddy O’RileySilky Oak

Recent winners of major NZ sprint races

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.

Railway Stakes (Ellerslie) 1200m
Telegraph Handicap (Trentham) 1200m
Waikato Sprint (Te Rapa) 1400m
Stewards Stakes Handicap (Riccarton) 1200m
Otaki-Maori Weight for Age (Otaki) 1400m / 1600m
Foxbridge Plate (Te Rapa) 1400m
2021 Avantage Avantage Avantage Summer Monsoon Avantage Mascarpone
2020Julius Avantage Te Akau SharkPrince Oz Avantage Avantage
2019Santa MonicaEnzo's Lad Melody Belle Sheezallmine Melody Belle Endless Drama
2018Volpe VeloceEnzo's LadStart WonderingPrince OzDevise Melody Belle
2017Start WonderingSignifyStart WonderingCarnival Kawi Under the Moonlight
2016Ryan MarkAdventadorXtravagantReilly LincolnVolkstok 'n' barrelSaracino
2015In StyleSacred StarSacred StarEl ChicoIamishwaraAddictive Habit
2014BoundingIrish FlingViadanaSoubrettesNashvilleI Do
2013Fleur de LuneFinal TouchFinal TouchDurham TownNashvillePostman's Daughter
2012Atomic ForceGuiseppinaVeyronKing MontroseVeyronFleur de Lune
2011Miss Raggedy Ann Mufhasa Mufhasa El ChicoKeep The PeaceFritzy Boy
2010A Gold TrailVonusti Tavistock Coup Align Mufhasa Bulginbaah
2009Jacowils Mufhasa Mufhasa Coup AlignCulminataBulginbaah
2008Imananabaa Seachange Seachange San BernadinoAlamosaJacowils
2007Donna Rosta Darci Brahma Darci Brahma Coup Bloomsbury Sir Slick Baltaine
2006BaldessariniGee I JaneKristovClifton Prince Darci Brahma not raced
2005RecurringKeeninskySedecremClifton PrinceZvedaIrish Rover
2004VinakaKing's ChapelSedecremOpikiKing's ChapelEl Duce
2003Egyptian Raine Tit for Taat Tit for Taat FingalbuntCriticKing Keitel
2002Sound the AlarmVinaka Sunline Ima RoyalNo Mean CityO'Malleys Boy
2001FritzStar of Gold Sunline Life Of RileyStar SatireThe Message
2000CannseaFritzTall PoppyToothSurfaceThe Message
1999BawalakasanaBawalakasanaSurfaceJoe HeroHeroWhat Can I Say
1998Coogee WalkVegasRebelMorgan BayCentre CrestOur Orb
1997Kailey O'Reilly AvedonHighanaboveIt's My SinAdonia

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

The following are the recent winners of other notable races.

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
2022He's A DoozyPrise De FerDefibrillateThe Chosen OneCoventina BayCoventina BayCarolina Reaper
2021Markus AureliusTwo IllicitTiptronic Melody Belle Royal Performer Melody Belle Demonetization
2020HypnosRock On WoodConcert HallThe MitigatorTiptronic Avantage (no race due to COVID-19)
2019True EnoughWyndspelleTrue EnoughShadows CastOn The Rocks Melody Belle Endless Drama
2018Te Akau SharkDanzdanzdanceDanzdanzdanceStolen DanceLizzie L'AmourSaint EmilionMegablast
2017Shadows Cast / Son Of MaherKawiAuthentic PaddyThee Auld FloozieVolkstok'n'barrellLizzie L'AmourSeventh Up
2016Battle TimeAide MemoireConsensusKawiValley GirlVolkstok'n'barrellSound proposition
2015Addictive HabitJulinsky PrinceKawi Puccini SorianoSakhee's SoldierPondarosa Miss
2014Addictive HabitShukaSorianoA Touch Of RubyCostume Silent Achiever Albany Reunion
2013ScapoloShukaHistorianHistorianSangster Ocean Park Viadana
2012NashvilleFinal TouchVeyronSay No MoreShez SinsationalScarlett LadyVeyron
2011Platinum Prince Mufhasa Shez SinsationalBoomingRed RulerThe Party StandVeyron
2010Altered ImageWe Can Say It NowBoomingWall StreetVeloce Bella Vosne Romanee Time Keeper

Recent winners of major NZ 3-year-old races

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

Hawke's Bay Guineas (Hastings) 1400m
Auckland / Great Northern Guineas 2100m / 1600m [68]
Waikato Guineas (Te Rapa) 2000m
Avondale Guineas 1600m / 2100m [68]
Wellington Guineas (Trentham) 1500m / 1400m
New Zealand Derby (Ellerslie) 2400m
New Zealand 1000 Guineas (Riccarton) 3YO fillies 1600m
New Zealand 2000 Guineas (Riccarton) 1600m
Levin Classic (Otaki / Trentham) 1600m
New Zealand Oaks (Trentham) 3YO fillies 2400m
Desert Gold Stakes (Trentham) 3YO fillies 1600m
2022PierDark DestroyerField of GoldLa CriqueShamus Asterix LegartoPierImperatrizBelle En RougeLa Crique
2021Mana Nui Rocket Spade Tokorangi Rocket Spade Need I Say More Rocket Spade The Perfect PinkNoverreBonhamAmarelinhaForce Of Will
2020AegonDragon LeapTwo IllicitDragon LeapGold Bracelet [70] Sherwood Forest Kahma LassAegonTravelling LightJennifer EcclesShowbeel
2019CatalystSurely SacredSponge BobSurely SacredEmily Margaret Crown Prosecutor LoireCatalystMadison CountySentimental MissSecret Allure
2018Madison CountyDemonet izationXboxOn The RocksScott Base Vin De Dance Media SensationMadison CountyAge Of FireSavvy CoupDijon Bleu
2017Hard MerchandizeSwisstaWyndspelle Gingernuts Saracino Gingernuts HasahaloEmbellishHall Of Fame Bonneval Nicoletta
2016Mongolian Falcon Rangipo Rangipo Rangipo The Justice League Rangipo La DiosoUgo FoscoloDukedomFanaticDuchess Kate
2015AmarulaVolkstock n barrel Mongolian Khan Mongolian Khan Vespa Mongolian Khan RisqueXtravagantGaultierSavariaPlatinum Witness
2014 Turn Me Loose not raced Puccini Puccini not raced Puccini Platinum Witness Turn Me Loose ReciteMiss MossmanMoozoon
2013Sir Andrew Puccini CastizebergValbuenaSacred Park Habibi Costa VivaAtlanten/aMore Than SacredHigh Fashion
2012 Sacred Falls Habibi Silent Achiever Silent Achiever Neo Silent Achiever Rollout The Carpet Sacred Falls Southern LordArtisticQuintessential
2011Antonio LombardoKnight's Tour Jimmy Choux IcepinPresident Lincoln Jimmy Choux Planet RockRock "n" PopDistillMidnight OilDating
2010 Jimmy Choux Jimmy Choux Zarzuelanot racedBarside Military Move King's Rose Jimmy Choux We Can Say It NowKeep The PeaceKeep The Peace
2009KeyoraZarzuelaEasy RyderJoey MassinoKeyora Coniston Bluebird Katie Lee Katie Lee Eileen DubhJungle RocketGlamorous Girl
2008Tell A TaleLe Baron Nom Du Jeu Tell A TaleSkirmish C'est La Guerre DaffodilTell A TaleAltered ImageBoundlessKeepa Cruisin
2007AlamosaPrince KaapstadUpside Of AngerAlamosaRios Redoute's Dancer InsouciantThe PookaKeepa Cruisin Princess Coup Princess Coup
2006Jokers WildSantagostino Wahid Veloce BellaJokers Wild Wahid DorabellaMagic CapePorotene GemLegsOut Of Align
2005 Darci Brahma Sculptornot racedPulcinella Darci Brahma not raced Seachange Darci Brahma Wahid Justa TadSenorita Dane
2004ShastriMagnetismSistaMandelaAmbitious Owner Xcellent Justa TadClean SweepAmbitious OwnerWharite PrincessPride Of The Class
2003StardaneBridie BellePhilamorPhilamorKainui Belle Cut the Cake TaatletailKing's ChapelRussian PearlBramble RossLonestar Lady
2002BunkerSparkling StarSuper Kid St Reims Jack The Stripper St Reims The JewelHustlerBunkerVapour Trailnot raced
2001Vinaka Leica Guv Athens Leica Guv I Rock My World Leica Guv Final DestinationMaster BeltFinal DestinationTapildoBlackfock College
2000SingalongMillenniumLa Bella DamaDanamiteSpring Rain Hail Elevenses Tit For Taat Tit for Taat She's CountrySingalong
1999Buzz LightyearAd AltaThe FatzAd AltaMarrok Hades Ad AltaBuzz LightyearBuzz LightyearSavannah SuccessThee Old Dragon
1998 So Casual DanskeFigureheadJust Call Me SirEl Duce So Casual Pace InvaderDanskeTobrukTycoon LilPace Invader
1997Quality KingdomCrimson Zonda Old Tawny Zonda Tycoon LilFoxwoodLove De TorSawatdeeAlavana
1996BatavianRodney Red Great Command BubbleBatavian Great Command EmeraldHero O'Reilly AlacrityTartan Belle

Recent winners of the New Zealand Triple Crown races

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:

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.

Tarzino / Mudgway / Challenge Stakes 1400m
Arrowfield Stud / Windsor Park / Stoney Bridge / Horlicks Plate 1600m
Livamol Spring Classic / Kelt Capital Stakes 2040m
2022Dark DestroyerLa CriqueMustang Valley
2021Callsign MavCallsign MavSavy Yong BlonkCallsign Mav did not contest the 2021 Spring Classic
2020Callsign 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 CoupMelody Belle did not contest the 2018 Spring Classic
2017Close Up Gingernuts Wait a Sec
2016KawiKawiWillie CazalsKawi did not contest the 2016 Spring Classic
2015KawiJulinsky PrinceAddictive Habit
2014I doPure ChampionCostume
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
2010Keep the PeaceWall StreetWall StreetWall Street was 2nd to Keep the Peace in the Mudgway by 0.1 lengths
2009 Tavistock Daffodil Vosne Romanee
2008Fritzy 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 LegsSeachange 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 BalmuseStarcraft was placed 2nd to Balmuse by 2.3 lengths
2003 Miss Potential Irish RoverDistinctly SecretDue to bad weather the Mudgway was raced at Wanganui and the Windsor Park at Otaki
2002 Sunline Hello DollyPrized Gem
2001FritzHello DollyCinder Bella
2000Cent HomeThe MessageThe MessageThe Message was 10th in the Mudgway Stakes

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

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). [71]

There was considerable media commentary regards the proposed closure of racetracks in smaller centres. [72] During October 2018 feedback on the Messara Review was sought. In November 2018 a summary report of the submissions was compiled. [73]

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. [74]

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. [76]

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. [77]

On 20 June 2019 the Racing Reform Bill passed its third reading and final reading in Parliament. [78]

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. [79] 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. [80]

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">New Zealand Cup</span> Horse race

The New Zealand Cup is a thoroughbred horse race run at the Riccarton Park Racecourse in Christchurch.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Auckland Cup</span> Horse race

The Auckland Cup is an annual race held by the Auckland Racing Club (ARC). It is an Open Handicap for thoroughbred racehorses competed on the flat turf over 3200 metres at Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland, New Zealand.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">New Zealand Derby</span> Horse race

The New Zealand Derby is a set-weights Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds, run over a distance of 2,400 metres at Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland, New Zealand. It is held on the first Saturday in March, as the opening day of Auckland Cup Week. The purse of the race in 2020 was $1 million.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wellington Cup</span> New Zealand thoroughbred horse race

The Wellington Cup is a Group 3 Thoroughbred horse race in New Zealand held annually in late January at Trentham Racecourse in Trentham by the Wellington Racing Club.

Great Northern Foal Stakes is a horse race in New Zealand. It is a listed 2 year-old race over 1400m run at Ellerslie Racecourse.

The 2000 Guineas is a Group One set-weight Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old horses run over a distance of 1600 metres at Riccarton Park in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Group One Levin Classic - formerly the Bayer Classic - is one of the premier races for three-year-old thoroughbreds in New Zealand.

The Waikato Sprint currently run as the BCD Group Sprint is a Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race run at Te Rapa Racecourse in Hamilton in early February.

The Karaka Million refers to two major New Zealand horse races for young horses - the original Karaka Million for two-year-old (2YO) horses and the Karaka Million 3YO Classic that started in 2018. Held at Ellerslie Racecourse, they are New Zealand's richest races, with a stake of NZ$1,000,000 each. The races are restricted to horses sold through the New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales held at Karaka. The two $1,000,000 races are held on the eve of the National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka.

The Telegraph Handicap is a Group One New Zealand horse race contested by the Wellington Racing Club at Trentham Racecourse in Upper Hutt, during the Wellington Cup carnival in January.

The Trentham Stakes is a Group 3 weight-for-age race held for thoroughbred racehorses at Trentham Racecourse near Wellington, New Zealand conducted by the Wellington Racing Club.

The Zabeel Classic is a Group One Thoroughbred horse race run at weight-for-age over a distance of 2000 metres at Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland, New Zealand. It is held on Boxing Day, a raceday steeped in tradition that frequently attracts in excess of 20,000 Aucklanders to the famous course.

The Railway Stakes is a Group One New Zealand horse race. Held at Ellerslie on New Year's Day, it is held over 1200 metres, and is one of New Zealand's feature sprint races.

The Captain Cook Stakes is a Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race run at weight-for-age over a distance of 1,600 metres at Trentham Racecourse in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Thorndon Mile is a Group One (G1) Thoroughbred horse race contested at Trentham Racecourse by the Wellington Racing Club.

The Otaki-Maori Weight For Age Stakes is a group 1 flat horse race held at Otaki racecourse in New Zealand, racing under the name El Cheapo Cars WFA Classic.

Owen Patrick Bosson, known by his short name Opie Bosson, is a jockey in Thoroughbred racing in New Zealand.

The Filbert was a New Zealand bred race-horse that was a top performer in New Zealand and internationally at Group 1 level.


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