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Top trainers bring up century at Pukekohe Park

The country’s leading trainers notched their 100th winner of the season at Pukekohe Park on Wednesday afternoon. Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman hit the century mark when they produced Chec...

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Abel back in action at Pukekohe Park

Talented apprentice Tegan Abel has a good opportunity to bounce straight back into winning form when she resumes raceday riding for a new boss at Pukekohe tomorrow. Abel (21), who had a s...

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Flame to keep partners running hot

Further success beckons a long and successful international partnership at Pukekohe Park on Wednesday with the promising Manhattan Flame. The three-year-old is prepared at Cambridge by Sh...

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Tiley eyeing Australian spring campaign

Pukekohe Park trainer Nigel Tiley is currently testing the waters in Victoria with promising stayer Megablast ahead of a potential Australian spring campaign for the grey gelding. The Shinko ...

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Plane makes unexpected landing at Pukekohe Park

  A small plane may take off from Pukekohe Park on Monday after it was forced to make an emergency landing on Sunday evening. Emergency services were called to Puk...

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Book closed for Haunui's Iffraaj

Iffraaj has had a standout season as a sire, which has seen breeders flock to him in droves. As a result, the Haunui Farm stallion’s book is now closed heading into the 2017 breeding season. ...

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Tiley on Melbourne scouting mission

Events over the next 10 days will determine whether Nigel Tiley will be back in Melbourne in the spring. The Pukekohe Park trainer is currently putting the finishing touches on Megablast...

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Stunning finish fools many including Pukekohe Park trainer

A stunning final charge carried promising winter galloper Nina Arora to a narrow victory in the last race at Ellerslie on Saturday in a finish that even had her trainer fooled. ...

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Irish Mist bounces back at Ellerslie

A six-week break has done the world of good for progressive three-year-old Irish Mist who returned to the top rung of the podium with a victory at Ellerslie on Saturday. Pukekohe Park tr...

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Lad keeps trainer on his toes

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Danza Lad continues to be a stern test of Rudy Liefting’s training skills. While the eight-year-old has won 10 races on the flat and two over hurdles, ...

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Driving ambition on fast track for SsangYong's Alex Whitley

Making it big in the male-dominated sport of motor racing is Franklin’s Alexandra Whitley. The 22-year-old is one of the country’s most successful drivers and wants to be the fi...

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Another Derby Contender for Haunui's Iffraaj sees his book full for 2017

The Iffraaj (GB) (Zafonic) train kept rolling in Australia this weekend with three-year-old Order Again (NZ) (Iffraaj) putting in a dogged performance to take out the Group Three BRC Grand Prix...

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McGregor Grant likely after Just Got Home impresses at Ellerslie school

Leading hurdler Just Got Home is likely to be thrown in at the deep end for his steeplechasing debut in next Monday’s $50,000 White Cliffs Timber McGregor Grant Steeplechase at Ellerslie. The...

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Melbourne-bound stayer blasts Ellerslie rivals

Genuine galloper Megablast covered his upcoming travel expenses when he banked a tidy cheque for an emphatic victory at Ellerslie. The son of Shinko King was untested to claim the thick e...

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Mare sparkles in stakes company

Untamed Diamond has further enhanced her value with her most recent Australian performance. The four-year-old has been a flagship performer from Pukekohe Park trainer Richard Collett’s...

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Megablast set for Melbourne trial

Talented Pukekohe Park stayer Megablast will be sent on a scouting trip to Australia next month with a view to a return trip across the Tasman later this year. "We’re going to take him...

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Third G1 Winner For Haunui Stallion Iffraaj

2017 is proving the year of Iffraaj (GB) (Zafonic) with the Haunui Farm stallion siring his third Group One winner for the year with the Godolphin-owned Ribchester (Ire) (Iffraaj) addi...

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Veteran motorsport racer Michael Draper has last run

It was the familiar rush from behind the wheel that got an 80-year-old man with Alzheimer's back on the race track. It's been more than 40...

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Talseet wins the Duke of York for Showcasing

Four-year-old entire Tasleet (GB) (Showcasing) went one better than his sire in the Group Two Duke of York Stakes (6f) overnight, completing an interrupted come-back to the winners c...

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Circus comes to Pukekohe Park

Weber Bros, 18th May - 4th June

Weber Bros is back in New Zealand after completing their world tour of South Africa, Europe, Asia & Australia. Compiling some of the most extraordinary internation...

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Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win -THE COLLETT FAMILY

When you see the horse float of Richard Collett’s, you get an insight to his personality. There are his distinctive green and yellow racing colours, based on the local Pukekohe Rugby ...

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Collett makes it five on southern stayer

Visiting northern rider Alysha Collett added to an already profitable day when she guided talented stayer Bloodstream to an emphatic victory in the Redwood Great Autumn Handicap at Riccarton on Sa...

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Black type performer shows versatility

A stakes performed runner on the flat had his connections jumping for joy at Te Rapa. Lightly-tried hurdler Danza Lad won his event over fences on Saturday with the success in the Porritt San...

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Pukekohe Park Wedding Expo a hit!

The Pukekohe Park Wedding Expo was a hit for Franklin brides and grooms to be over the weekend. On Sunday 30 April, the Wedding Expo held at Pukekohe Park saw people lining up waiting f...

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Change of routine works the oracle for Selfie

A shake up to his normal routine appears to have lit a fire under former top juvenile Selfie who registered his second win in succession with a top performance at Te Rapa on Saturday. ...

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Cole Armstrong Crowned 2016-17 D1NZ Champion

It was the perfect end to the 2016–’17 Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship for Cole Armstrong, taking both the round victory and title win in e...

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Somethingvain upsets at Ellerslie

Under-rated Pukekohe Park mare Somethingvain signed off her latest campaign with a gritty victory at Ellerslie on the weekend. The lightly raced five-year-old entered Saturday’s rating ...

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Prize money injection for New Zealand Thoroughbred racing

NZRB announces $24 million boost to stake money

The New Zealand Racing Board’s latest funding announcement is a no strings attached boost to stake money. An additional $24 million will be provided to the three codes – t...

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Crucial car-swap set to shake up D1NZ season finale this weekend at Pukekohe Park

This weekend’s Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship season finale has thrown up one final twist, as Pro series contender Tom Marshall has confirmed that he will be switching cars f...

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Black type beckons in-form mare

Untamed Diamond’s latest success has confirmed her first tilt at first black type in Australia. "There’s a 1300 metre race at Hawkesbury for her in a fortnight’s time,” said Puk...

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Price drops feature in changes to SsangYong lineup

SsangYong's New Zealand distributor has taken the knife to the brand, paring back its model selection to better suit what customers want. At the same time Great Lake Motor Distri...

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Champion 2YO to stand at Haunui Farm

Haunui Farm will welcome Champion European 2YO, Belardo (Ire) (Lope De Vega) to their stallion roster in 2017. A multiple Group One winner, Belardo’s juvenile season culminated in an e...

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Marsh unleashes smart juvenile at Pukekohe Park

The Cambridge stable of trainer Stephen Marsh looks to have unearthed another exciting prospect in the form of two-year-old Ardrossan who made a winning debut at Pukekohe Park. The styli...

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Stable blessed with Iffraaj youngsters

Moira Murdoch and her daughter Kieran are counting themselves fortunate to have a couple of promising youngsters by the red hot stallion Iffraaj in their team. Iffindoubt is a son of the...

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Champions crowned at thrilling SpeedWorks Events Pukekohe Park Final

The final outing for the 2016–’17 Speed Works Events Motorsport Championship saw a plethora of series decide their title winners across numerous classes. All but two of se...

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Trans-Tasman G1 double for Haunui graduates

If you’ve been in the thoroughbred industry long enough you’ll experience your fair share of ups and downs. That’s why the weekend’s results were so special for Mark Chitty and the team...

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Chitty keen on a winning weekend

Haunui's Iffraaj taking on Australia this weekend

With the first leg of Sydney’s major racing carnival, The Championships, set to kick off this weekend, the eyes of the New Zealand breeding community will be glued to the performance of the ...

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Title fest at Pukekohe this weekend

A host of racing titles are set to ...

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Collett has two leading prospects in Guineas

Richard Collett has two chances to ace Saturday's Gr.2 Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham. The Pukekohe Park trainer will produce Top Prospect and Swissta in the three-year-old sprint, ...

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Pukekohe Park to hold first-ever Wedding Expo

High Tea available on the day

Pukekohe Park will soon open their doors to future wife and husband-to-be’s. The first ever Wedding Expo at the unique Pukekohe Park location will be held on Sunday 30th April 2017. An oppo...

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Country Music Festival Stampedes into Pukekohe Park

Country music superstar and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery electrified the crowd at the first ever Stampede Music Festival at Pukekohe Park on Saturday 4th March. ...

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Pukekohe Park's Nick Farrier tastes first victory

Pukekohe Park driver Nick Farrier has sealed fifth place overall in Class 2 of the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship at Hampton Downs this weekend. A win in the second race of the round g...

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Over 120mLs of rain at Pukekohe Park last night

Open Test Day cancelled due to wild weather

Wild weather has caused havoc in the Auckland region, including Pukekohe Park which received a whopping 120mLs of rain last night [Tuesday]. The quantity of rain has caused floodi...

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NZ Derby winner for Haunui's Iffraaj

Haunui Farm’s Iffraaj (GB) (Zafonic) underpinned his Group One credentials and versatility as a stallion through the dominant performance of Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj) in taking out the Vodafon...

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Three Derby contenders for Haunui stallion Iffraaj

Haunui Farm stallion Iffraaj (GB) (Zafonic) looks to have a strong hand in the upcoming Group One Vodafone New Zealand Derby with three contenders set to take their place in the field for the mi...

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Rumble in the Park

Successful event at Pukekohe Park over the weekend

Thousands of car enthusiasts rolled into Pukekohe Park on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February for the inaugural Rumble in the Park. The grassroots motorsport event ...

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NZ's biggest country music festival set to rock Pukekohe

Sat 4th March at Pukekohe Park

New Zealand's biggest country music festival, headlined by two major international acts, is fast approaching, and it's happening in Pukekohe...

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Tiley stars heading for Ellerslie

Pukekohe Park trainer Nigel Tiley has set three of his stable stars for Ellerslie over the coming weeks, headed by the up-and-coming middle distance specialist Megablast. ...

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Late dash gets Odisha home at Te Rapa

A stunning finish from near last by Pukekohe Park-trained promising mare Odisha saw her claim victory in emphatic fashion at Te Rapa on Saturday. The Nigel Tiley trained four-year-old had prod...

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Four graduates from Haunui Farm in Karaka Million

The field for the Karaka Million is out and of the 14 runners, four will carry the hopes of the team at Haunui Farm who are looking for success for the fourth year in a row. "The Karaka Million has...

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Sir Linwood faces good field

Racing today at Pukekohe Park

Sir Linwood is showing encouraging signs of an early return on his investment. The 2-year-old, who was a $220,000 NZB Ready to Run Sale purchase at Karaka, will make his debut in the Haunui F...

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Franklin motorsport fans, get ready to rumble

Rumble in the Park, 11-12 Feb

A new event is coming to Pukekohe that is set to impress motorsport fans from across the district.  Rumble in the Park, held at Pukekohe Park on February 11-12, will see Meremere Dragway...

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Death of Haunui Farm stallion a loss for breeding industry

The local thoroughbred breeding industry suffered a major loss this weekend when the Haunui Farm based Gr. 1 Australian Guineas winner Ferlax was euthanized after sustaining a paddock injury on Thur...

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Farrier making good fist of debut season

Pukekohe Park's Nick Farrier with his Mount Shop Ford Falcon

Three rounds into his first full season of the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship, Pukekohe Park driver Nick Farrier is pleased with his progress so far, having already notched up a handful...

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Quality mare for Counties

Group 1 winner lines up at Pukekohe

Consensus will warm up for another Group One challenge with an outing at Pukekohe Park on Saturday week [28th Jan]. The Postponed mare opened her account at the hig...

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Haunui Farm graduates dominate Karaka Million order of entry

Karaka 2017 sale begins 30th January

With three weeks until Karaka 2017 gets underway, the focus moves from Summer racing and has started to build towards one of the highlights of the New Zealand racing calendar,...

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Surprise Derby package in fine form

A horse bought for a crack at the country’s biggest pot of juvenile gold is now making smooth progress toward the richest three-year-old prize. High early hopes went unfulfilled w...

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Tiley likely to take a blinkered approach

A gear addition may provide the edge that Oscar Eight needs to sign off his New Zealand career in style. The lightly-tried youngster will make his final appearance for Nigel Tiley i...

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Collett’s 3YO’s in dynamic form

Richard Collett doesn’t lack for three-year-old talent in his Pukekohe Park stable. Top Prospect, who is currently side-lined by a hamstring issue, is unbeat...

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Merry Christmas!

Have a safe and happy holiday from Pukekohe Park

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Bright staying future tipped for filly

Pukekohe Park's Richard Collett has no doubt that his progressive three-year-old Florence Hill will be at her best over a classic trip. "She’s a 2400 metre filly and sh...

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Supercars top 10 photos of 2016

After travelling to all fifteen Virgin Australia Supercars Championship events, plus the non-championship Australian Grand Prix, official Supercars photographer Mark Horsburgh whittles d...

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Pukekohe's Alysha Collett has saddle, will travel!

Alysha Collett’s motto is pretty simple these days - "have saddle, will travel.” It stood her in good stead when answering a distress call from Awapuni trainer Gary Vile that saw her rack up bac...

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Pukekohe Park-trained Brighton scores at Ellerslie

He may be a small package but he sure packs a punch. Brighton, the little guy with the big attitude, showed he has a heart to match his spirit when he out-toughed class mare Capella...

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December Update

Check out the latest newsletter online now

Click here to view, read and download Pukekohe Park's latest newsletter, available online now. ...

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Collett has a top Derby prospect

The appropriately-named Top Prospect lived up to his trainer’s expectations when he opened his black type account at Ellerslie. The progressive three-year-old completed a hat-tric...

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Weather doesn’t stop punters as the SsangYong Counties Cup Day returned home

The SsangYong Counties Cup Day returned to Pukekohe Park on Saturday in damp but smart fashion. Several punters braved the weather and made the most of the competitive r...

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Fashion takes to the stage

Results of the 2016 Lone Star Pukekohe FiF

Left: Swimwear designer Carena West, Lone Star NZ Operations Manager Wendy Zitzenbacher, Supreme Winner Stacey Hanley and Nickson from the Mai FM morning crew. ...

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Chocante takes out the 2016 SsangYong Counties Cup

The connections of the rising staying star Chocante might have an impressive haul of silverware come the end of the four-year-old’s current campaign. The Shocking gelding successf...

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Whitley's SsangYong Bowling Strike

SsangYong Ute driver Alexandra Whitley reviews her racing in the SsangYong Actyon Racing Series at Pukekohe over the V8 Supercars weekend.  Round one of the SsangYong Actyon Racing Serie...

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Tickets selling fast for next weekends Counties Cup

*Oaks Lounge now SOLD OUT

The Counties Cup returns to it's home soil next weekend for the first time since the track upgrade in 2014. It has proven to be popular with several getting in early to secure th...

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Early trip south may pay off for Pukekohe Park trainer

Frustration may lead to a Group One celebration for Nigel Tiley on Saturday. The Pukekohe trainer was forced to head south ahead of time with his gavelhouse.com NZ 1000 Guineas hope Midnight G...

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SVG secures Jason Richards Trophy at Pukekohe Park

An emotional Shane van Gisbergen became the first New Zealander to win the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy on Sunday and all but secured a maiden Supercars title at the ITM Auckland Super...

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Greg Murphy confident Van Gisbergen will win V8 Supercars title

ITM Auckland SuperSprint this weekend

New Zealand's most successful Supercars driver, Greg Murphy believes Shane van Gisbergen will hold on and become the first Kiwi to claim the title for the first time in 25 years. ...

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Beautiful Day at Haunui Farm

Clear skies and beautiful horse flesh made an appearance at Haunui Farm on Sunday for the Members Day. Top thoroughbred stallions Iffraaj, Showcasing and Ferlax were parad...

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Calling all fashionistas for the Lone Star Pukekohe Fashion in the Field

As Counties Cup returns to its home track of Pukekohe Park this November, Franklin fashionistas w...

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SsangYong Counties Cup next for Megablast

Progressive stayer Megablast didn’t let his army of supporters down when he dealt to his rating 85 rivals over 2400 metres at Trentham on Saturday. The stylish grey five-year-old was ...

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Tiley team out in force this weekend

Nigel Tiley has mixed confidence levels about his inter-Island challenge this weekend. The Pukekohe Park trainer will produce Showcasing colt Revered on debut in the Listed Wellesl...

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Circuit Breaker breaking out on Pukekohe Park

Auckland's newest cycling club here at Pukekohe Park

Cycling in around Pukekohe is growing. In fact, cycling is New Zealand’s fastest growing sport and recreational activity for adults 25+ and is the third most popular activity after walki...

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Irish Mist off the mark at Rotorua

Pukekohe Park-trained gelding scores first win

Pukekohe Park galloper Irish Mist made the step up from promising maiden to race winner with aplomb at Rotorua on Saturday as he accounted for a small but talented field in the day’s opening eve...

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Main Grandstand Undergoes Refurbishment

This week has seen the beginning of a partial refurbishment and refresh on Level 1 in the Main Grandstand. From our biggest function room, the Oaks Lounge right through to the administrat...

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Feeding Broodmares for Optimal Foal Health

NRM Breed To Succeed

Providing your broodmare with correct nutrition during pregnancy and lactation is important to the development and health of the foal.  Broodmare Nutrition during Late Pre...

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ITM Auckland SuperSprint

The Ultimate Trans-Tasman Rivalry at Pukekohe Park

The ultimate trans-Tasman rivalry returns to Pukekohe Park with the Supercars ITM Auckland SuperSprint, 4 – 6 November 2016. Watch as New Zealand and Australia go head-to-head, with the Kiwis...

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SsangYong’s Alexandra Whitley a budding motorsport star

SsangYong’s Alexandra Whitley has been noted as well on her way to making a mark in the motor racing industry. Whitley ...

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Kids Duathlon Obstacle Course at Pukekohe Park attracts record crowd

On Tuesday 20th September, cars lined the paddocks and children were seen with their running shoes and bikes ready to race at Pukekohe Park. BSG Events held their third Kids Duathlon Obs...

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NZ Spinal Trust Charitable Race Day

Over $12,000 raised for NZST

On Sunday 18th September at the Club's feature meeting, over $12,000 of funds were raised for the New Zealand Spinal Trust. The day which featured the Listed Haunui Farm Karaka Classic, won b...

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ADMIRAL sails home in the Listed Haunui Farm Karaka Classic

$50,000 Feature Winner

Former Pukekohe trained galloper Admiral made a triumphant return to his former home patch when he streeted his rivals in Sunday’s Listed Haunui Farm Karaka Classic (1600m). ...

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Haunui Farm Karaka Classic the beginning of new partnership

This Sunday 18th September at Pukekohe Park will see the running of the $50,000 Listed Haunui Farm Karaka Classic. The Open Mile race is the beginning of a partnership between Pukekohe...

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Pukekohe Park becomes home to SsangYong and LDV

12 Sept 2016

Pukekohe Park has announced a new major partner in conjunction with the return of the renowned Counties Cup Day to its home track. Great Lake Motor Distributors (GLMD) the importer and dis...

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Pukekohe Park To Host Obstacle Duathlon For Kids 06/09/2016

With less than three weeks to go, the entries are rolling in for the Pukekohe Park Kids Obstacle Duathlon.  Following on from the success of the last two years, it looks to be se...

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Community Focus For Pukekohe Park 01/09/2016

Exciting changes lay ahead

Community engagement is set to be a key facet of Pukekohe Park's future development.  Lance Bickford has taken on the newly created role of Pukekohe Park chief ...

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Pukekohe Park's Key Partners 1 August

Lone Star Pukekohe come onboard

We are very excited to announce Lone Star Pukekohe as our first marketing and promotions partner for the 2016-17 season. Owner/operators Jason & Alofa are horse racing enthusiasts ...

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