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.