8-11-2021 – Thatsallshewrote was impressive when running second at the Matamata trials last Thursday. On the back of that she may look at going straight to the races. Savvy Star recorded the second fastest last 600m (34.17) when running fourth at Te Rapa on Saturday, a solid run and he will contest the 2yo features coming up. Sassy Merlot will look to go back to back with wins this Saturday at Tauranga.
24-10-2021 – Sassy Merlot looked smart when winning the Colchester Engineering 1200m at Matamata. Ashvin Goindasamy had her sitting on the leaders shoulder and pounced late to win in style.
7-10-2021 – Outstanding debut run from Sassy Merlot yesterday at Taupo. The Burgundy filly looked smart when finishing second in the Generation Homes 1100m.
29-9-2021 – Tokorangi has her first start in Australia this weekend in the Group 2 Furphy Rose of Kingston Stakes over 1410m. Daniel Moor will ride, with rain predicted this week playing into her hands Tokorangi should be flying at them late down the lengthy Flemington straight.
On Sunday we have Run For Cover lining up at Te Aroha in the Brendon & Lynn Bradley Bayleys Commercial 1400. Erin Leighton will get the 3 kilo claim and he jumps from barrier 3.
23-9-2021 – Savvy Star will start at Matamata on Saturday in the Transport Mechanical Waharoa Ltd 1000. Courtney Barnes will ride and the Tivaci gelding has drawn barrier 6.
21-9-2021 – The Harbour syndicate gelding (Tivaci x Save the Stars) has been named and will race as Savvy Star. He is due to start his campaign at Matamata on the 25th of September.
8-9-2021 – Tokorangi will have a jump out at Flemington this coming Friday. The Redwood Mare has come on in leaps and bounds recently in preparation for a Spring campaign.
17-8-2021 – Tivaci x Save the Stars gelding won his trial in style at Te Rapa yesterday. Looking like a seasoned pro the young 2yo sat on the heels of the leaders and peeled out to run on and win the trial in the second fastest time of the day. Sassy Merlot looked strong in her trial and was caught 3 wide for most of the trip, having to come the widest for a run, she is likely to start at the races next start.
11-8-2021 – The Savvy Racing team of horses are well into their preparation and Run For Cover kicks of his new campaign this Saturday at Te Rapa in a R65 1200. Sassy Merlot and the Tivaci x Save the Stars gelding head to the Te Rapa trials on the 17th. Tokorangi is back at Ballymore in Flemington and will have a jump out at the beginning of September. The Wrote x Lilyput filly has been named and will race as Thatsallshewrote, the filly will be trialing in September.
20-7-2021 – The Swamp Fox syndicate filly (Burgundy x Saveadance) has been named and will race as Sassy Merlot.
12-7-2021 – Run For Cover produced a solid trial last week at Taupo over 1050m with Lisa Allpress on board, the short distance was not to his liking however he finished solidly for a 4th just in behind the pace. He has a change of attitude since his break and we will simply wait for an improvement in tracks before he heads to the races.
17-5-2021 – Tokorangi is having a spell in Melbourne and will be set for a return to racing at the Spring Melbourne Cup carnival.
Our recently syndicated 2yo Burgundy x Saveadance filly trialed nicely at Avondale last week, running a close second and was never pushed at any stage by Sam Collett. She will take a short break and then prepare for her first race day start.
10-5-2021 – Great result for the Blues syndicate owners of Pinmedown last Friday night in the Inglis Broodmare sale in Sydney. Tension was mounting as she was about to enter the sales ring, mainly due to the unknown price she may be offered.
A pleasing result for the owners as she sold for $630,000 au.
3-5-2021 – An injury suffered on the walking machine at Morphettville race track on Friday afternoon unfortunately resulted in Tokorangi having to be scratched from the Australasian Oaks.
Her injury will be assessed once she gets back to Flemington and a decision made on whether she proceeds with this campaign or is spelled.
29-4-2021 – Tokorangi heads to the Morphettville race course in Adelaide this weekend from her base in Flemington and will take on the Aussies in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks over 2000m.
She has settled into Melbourne well and has thrived in her work. Top jockey Mark Zahra has the ride on Saturday and he will be looking to be handy in the running from barrier 2.
Very best of luck to all the owners.
16-4-2021 – Tokorangi and Pinmedown have both arrived safely in Australia. Pinmedown is in Sydney and being based at Newgate Farms as she prepares for the Inglis Chairman’s Broodmare sale at Warwick Farm on the 7th of May. Tokorangi will be based in Melbourne at Ballymore Stables as she prepares for a start in the Group 1 Australasian Schweppes Oaks over 2000m at Morphettville in Adelaide on the 1st of May.
19-3-2021 – Pinmedown has been retired from racing, The Pins mare has struggled to find the same form that produced wins in the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic and the Group 3 Sunline Vase. She will travel to Sydney and be prepared by Newgate Farms for the Inglis Chairmans Broodmare sale in May.
1-3-2021 – Tokorangi will take her place in the 2021 Vodafone NZ Derby. At this stage due to Covid restriction the meeting is being planned for Sunday the 7th of March.
14-2-2021 – Tokorangi won the Group 2 Legacy Lodge Waikato Guineas in style yesterday at Te Rapa. Andrew Calder settled the filly midfield and one of the fence. When Calder asked for more at the top of the straight the Redwood filly burst to the lead and went on to win comfortably.
Wasp will head to Te Aroha this Wednesday and start in the r65 1600m.
11-2-2021 – Tokorangi heads to Te Rapa this Saturday and will line up in the Group 2 Legacy Lodge Waikato Guineas. Andrew Calder will ride.
26-1-2021 – Wasp won the J Swap Contractors 1600m in impressive style at Matamata yesterday.
Superbly ridden by Eilish McCall the Ocean Park mare was quickly on the pace and was simply to good for her rivals clearing away by 3 lengths at the top of the straight and going on to win in style.
Huge CONGRATULATIONS to all the owners.
18-1-2021 – Tokorangi showed she is on target for a start in the NZ Oaks with a solid 4th placing in the Group 1 Devan Plastics Levin Classic at Trentham last Saturday. A slow run race did not help, however she did show her usual fast sectionals to finish off strongly.
Wasp is likely to start at Te Rapa on the 20th and a decision will be made on the day due to a wide barrier draw.
13-1-2021 – Tokorangi heads to Trentham on Saturday and will contest the Group 1 Devan Plastics Levin Classic over 1600m. She has thrived since her last start and you can expect a huge run from the Redwood Filly.
Savvy Racings latest syndicate opportunities both trialed at Matamata yesterday and looked strong in their runs. The Burgundy Filly was severely checked but finish powerfully for a third placing in what was the third fastest run heat. The Wrote filly also found slowing horses up the main straight and jockey Eilish McCall had to stop riding twice, however she finished strongly in what was the second fastest heat of the day.
29-12-2020 – Tokorangi was extremely unlucky in the Uncle Remus Stakes and flew home late for a 5th placing. Her sectional times were the fastest of the day. Next race will either be the Levin Classic or Karaka Millions. Wasp had her supporters on the edge of their seats with a gutsy second placing at Rotorua.
Van Diamond retired from racing recently and is enjoying life back at Savvy Racing.
23-12-2020 – The Green Dragon starts at Matamata today and will race over the extra distance of 2000m. Tokorangi starts at Ellerslie on Boxing Day in the Listed Uncle Remus Stakes over 1400m. Wasp and Run For Cover head to Rotorua on the 28th and will both race over 1560m.
7-12-2020 – Wasp heads to Tauranga this Friday and will race over 1400m and on Saturday Pinmedown tackles the Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes at Te Rapa where she finished third last year.
28-11-2020 – While recent results have not gone our way Savvy Racing is extremely proud to have had 3 runners in Group races over the last 13 days. For a small team of 6 syndicated horses, to have had 3 of those 6 running in Group races is a proud acheivement for Savvy Racing and all those involved from the Trainers, stable staff and the owners.
The Green Dragon heads to Rotorua on Wednesday the 2nd of December.
16-11-2020 – Tokorangi finished strongly for a 5th placing in the 1000 Guineas, a wide draw always had her on the back foot. But the run certainly has some merit heading into the Summer of racing at Ellerslie. Van Diamond will be retired following his latest run at Riccarton and will chill out eating carrots and getting cuddles at home. Pinmedown heads to Counties this week to contest the Group 3 Counties Cup.
2-11-2020 – Pinmedown finished 6th in the Karaka Classic at Pukekohe on Saturday, but the run was better than it looked. Held up by slowing horses and then blocked when heading for a gap the run was a perfect lead up to the Counties Cup. The Green Dragon looked likely late and finished strongly for a 4th placing.
25-10-2020 – Tokorangi remained on target for a start in the 1000 Guineas with a fast finishing 3rd placing in the Group 3 Waikato Stud Soliloquy Stakes at Te Rapa yesterday. Shuffled back at the 700m, jockey Michael McNab found space at the top of the straight and the Redwood filly flew home recording the fastest sectionals of the race.
Pinmedown and The Green Dragon head to Counties next Saturday where Pinmedown will contest the Haunui Farms Classic.
22-10-2020 – Run For Cover returned to his trial form yesterday at Matamata to win the Revital Group 1400. Superbly ridden by Matt Cameron the Burgundy colt sat on the shoulder of the hot favourite and pounced at the top of the straight. Tokorangi starts in the Group 3 Waikato Stud Soliloquy Stakes at Te Rapa this Saturday, Michael McNab will ride.
18-10-2020 – Tokorangi will prepare this week for a start in the Group 3 Waikato Stud Soliliquy Stakes at Te Rapa. Pinmedown’s next start will be in the Haunui Farms Classic at Pukekohe.
Starts this week for The Green Dragon and Run for Cover at Matamata.
5-10-2020 – Savvy Racing colours contested a Group 1 race for the first time last Saturday when Pinmedown ran in the Windsor Park Plate. A slow beginning from barrier 8 and then a hot pace set by the leaders resulted in Pinmedown struggling to keep contact with the field, she did finish of strongly and will be better for the run.
Run For Cover contested the Group 2 Hawkes Bay Guineas at the same meeting, not the result we had hoped for but a return to his trial form shortly will see him winning.
21-9-2020 – Van Diamond came close to that elusive win last Friday with a gutsy second placing at Ashburton. Tokorangi stormed home late for a fourth in the Gold Trail Stakes and Pinmedown showed she is on target for the Livamol with a slashing finish to be just 4 lengths of the winner in the Tarzino at Hastings last Saturday.
9-9-2020 – The Green Dragon returned to racing today at Matamata and was unlucky in the running. Severely checked, no running room and nearly slipping at the 350m mark the Rothesay Gelding finished strongly for a second placing.
6-9-2020 – Pinmedown and Tokorangi both trialed this week at Te Teko in preparation for their Spring campaigns. Both horses looked solid and ready to go racing.
Van Diamond finished a solid 5th at Timaru having to work hard early from a wide barrier draw, he will prepare for an 1800m race at Riccarton.
19-8-2020 – Highlanders syndicate Colt (Burgundy x Fashion Forward) won impressively yesterday at the Te Teko trials. Lammas had him on the pace early and he showed his class in the last 100m.
16-8-2020 – Van Diamond controlled the running over 1800m at Riccarton yesterday. Having jumped superbly at the start jockey Chris Johnson set the pace of the race and was only run down late for a third placing.
20-7-2020 – Van Diamond finished a credible 3rd at Timaru last Sunday. His next start will be at Ashburton on the 1st of August.
17-7-2020 – Van Diamond backs up from a solid 5th placing at Riccarton last Saturday and will start over 1600m at Timaru on Sunday the 19th of July. Chris Johnson again takes the ride and will jump from barrier 1.
10-7-2020 – Van Diamond starts at Riccarton on the 11th of July over 1400m. The Rip Van Winkle gelding is in top condition and Chris Johnson takes the ride. He has drawn barrier 12 so “Magic” Johnson will need to be at his best from the wide gate.
9-7-2020 – Wasp trialed at Te Aroha today and finished strongly over 800m for a fourth placing. Cameron Lammas found himself in the inside running down the main straight which on the day proved to be the worst of the conditions. Her trial was the fastest maiden 800m, so a bright start to her latest campaign.
30-5-2020 – As they say “there is light at the end of the tunnel”.
Racing is set to return, with a possible start date of the 20th of June.
Savvy Racing horses are all back into work and Van Diamond is likely to kick off the campaign at Riccarton, early July. Wasp and The Green Dragon will hit the tracks late July with Pinmedown being set to contest the Hastings carnival in Oct/Nov. Tokorangi is also being set for the 1000 Guineas at Riccarton in November. We also expect to see the exciting Burgundy Colt trial again and start racing in November.
So excited, not long to go………………….
9-4-2020 – Savvy Racing syndicated horses are all currently on lock down and rumour has it they are all busting to get back into work.
It is likely a new race calendar will be published around the 16th of April by NZTR with the target of commencing racing on the 1st of July.
17-3-2020 – Pinmedown prepared for a start in the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Te Aroha on the 4th of April with a solid finishing second at the Matamata trials today over 1200m.
Cameron Lammas positioned her behind the pace and when the gaps opened in the straight she cruised into contention under a strong hold.
New Savvy Racing recruit Burgundy x Fashion Forward Colt (see photo) also trialed in the 2yo catchweight 800m and impressed in a tight 3 way finish to also finish second. He will learn heaps from the day out and will appreciate a little more distance in his next trial.
9-2-2020 – Van Diamond heads to the South Island this week and will commence training with the in form John and Karen Parsons at Balcairn. The Parsons have been in red hot form lately, the change of scenery and with plenty of beach work the Rip Van Winkle gelding should hopefully see a change in form.
3-2-2020 – The Good 3 track at Matamata yesterday was not to The Green Dragons liking and he never fired in the maiden 1400m. We are sure with some rain around we will see this Rothesay gelding true potential.
22-1-2020 – Pinmedown returns to Ellerslie on Saturday for the Collinsonforex Karaka Cup over 2200m. Matt Cameron will ride for the first time and on the back of a fast finishing run in the City of Auckland Cup the Pins mare should be right in contention. It is only a small field and tactics will play a major part in the outcome of the race.
18-1-2020 – 2yo Tokorangi has unfortunately been withdrawn from the 2yo Karaka Million race. The Redwood filly did pull up a little sore after her scorching 6.5 length win. While there are no major issues it is felt she would be better to have a break and return in the spring for what is likely to be a very exciting 3yo season.
7-1-2020 – 2yo Tokorangi completely blitzed the field at Matamata today and won the KB Bloodstock 1100m by a widening 6.5 length. She currently sits 12th on the order of entry for the Karaka 2yo Million dollar race. Some nervous owners will be looking at results over the next 8 days to see if the Redwood filly makes the race.