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A passionate journalist and photographer, there isn't much Kirsty doesn't about horses - a registered public trainer, she also prepares horses 'pre-racing' and for equestrian pursuits.

12th Aug: The Saturday Race Day Wrap
Published: 12 Aug 2017 - - Author: Kirsty Lawrence

Feature race today was the Grand National Steeplechase day at RICCARTON and what a training feat it was by Mark Oulaghan to go back-to-back with Upper Cut. Shaun Phelan was over the moon.


The win aboard Upper Cut was a great tonic for Shaun Phelan who battled injuries and setbacks last season - but as they say - nothing beats winning. Congratulations to all the connections and Shaun Phelan - kept the faith.

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Last week's Winter Cup winner showed its class and won again today. Well done Kate Cowan - you make a great team. And Kate was to ride two other winners on the day ... what a week she has had.

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"Boom, Boom" was the catch line for TV character Basil Brush and the horse of the same name rocked the tote today - Paying $68.80 with Reese Jones aboard. Hope you got some.

The eight year old gelding by Lucky Unicorn clears maidens at start 21.


There will be a little bit of emotion from Sam Wynne when she dismounts Miss Three Stars for the last time today after the Winter Classic. There was no fairytale win to retire on, but what a horse she has been for her connections.

The 8 year old mare by Perfectly Ready has retired with 11 wins to her credit - and just over $300,000 in stake money.

Remarkably Sam Wynne was aboard on 10 of those wins, "she was super tough, a really special horse to me" explained Sam.

The winner of the 2016 Winter Cup, Miss Three Stars was a cup specialist, collecting the Amberley, Oamaru and 2 Riverton Cups in her career.

Photo - Miss Three stars (Race Images)

TE AROHA - Jumps meeting SUNDAY

Tomorrow the jumpers are out in force at TE AROHA, as they prepare for the Great Northen races - those jockeys must be clocking up the air miles!

There are 7 races and the first goes off at 12.35pm - a heavy 10 greets them on an overcast day.

Our team bring you selections for meetings in New Zealand and Australi - at only from $7 a day, it has to be the best value service around. Check it out on this link

Yesterday's FREE selection came up with a $13.10 'Longer Odds' winner and the $92 quinella! Hope you got some.

For our FREE preview of our selection service today we take you to Race 5, the open steeplechase. An open race with many chances. Good luck.

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