ROGER JAMES RACING NEWS

ROGER JAMES RACING NEWS

Experienced Thoroughbred Trainer Roger James has an enviable record when it comes to success on the race track. Roger has trained over 1000 winners in New Zealand. Added to this, he can boast saddling over 45 winners in Australia, and an impressive 28 Group One successes Australasia wide.  

  • Rondinella finishes third in $1.5 million Group 1 Tancred Stakes
    Luck has deserted Rondinella in recent starts, but the daughter of Ocean Park has nevertheless responded in magnificent style.
    Posted: Saturday 30 March 2019
  • Sydney plans delayed for Rondinella
    Exciting four-year-old Rondinella will not head to Sydney to take her place in the Gr.1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) on Saturday, but a trip across the Tasman still remains on the cards for the Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained runner.
    Posted: Wednesday 20 March 2019
  • Concert Hall raises the bar
    Concert Hall was set a challenge at Trentham today and the Savabeel mare rose to the occasion in terrific fashion.
    Posted: Saturday 16 March 2019
  • Concert Hall on song
    The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained Concert Hall is thriving this preparation and punters have again warmed to the four-year-old mare, installing her the $2.30 favourite for the Gr.3 Wentwood Grange Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.
    Posted: Friday 15 March 2019
  • Cambridge Stud couple continue winning run
    Cambridge Stud owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay continued their wonderful winning streak of late when talented galloper Hanger resumed off a long spell with an eye-catching performance at Awapuni..
    Posted: Thursday 14 February 2019
  • Cambridge trainers Roger James and Robert Wellwood paid $400,000 to secure Lot 121, a Waikato Stud filly by Savabeel out of Kashmir. The O’Reilly mare is a half-sister to Group One performers Sharvasti and Shastri, along with Group Three winner Bhandara..
    Posted: Monday 28 January 2019
  • High-class galloper Killarney made a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure when he claimed the open sprint at Awapuni on Saturday..
    Posted: Saturday 5 January 2019
  • After eye-catching runs over shorter distances in recent weeks, the connections of Elate and Musical Blues are looking forward to seeing them step up to 2000 metres in the Gr. 2 Valachi Downs Royal Stakes at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day..
    Posted: Saturday 29 December 2018
  • Uncle Remus Stakes winner Hypnos is likely to step up to the Group One stage in his next appearance..
    Posted: Friday 28 December 2018
  • Race-fitness proved a key role in the final outcome of the first black-type feature at Ellerslie yesterday when promising three-year-old Hypnos downed race-favourite Dawn Patrol in the Listed Shaw’s Wire Ropes Uncle Remus Stakes (1400m)..
    Posted: Wednesday 26 December 2018
  • Young trainer Robert Wellwood, who joined Roger James in partnership at the start of the season, scored his first training victory at Taupo last week and he hopes his first black-type win is not too far away either..
    Posted: Monday 27 August 2018
  • Robert Wellwood entered into a training partnership with Roger James at the start of the season and he did not have to wait long to secure his maiden victory as a trainer..
    Posted: Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • Cambridge trainer Roger James has high hopes for the new season. He is looking forward to the 2018-19 term in partnership with his current racing manager Robert Wellwood and said they have a number of outstanding young prospects...
    Posted: Monday 9 July 2018
  • Posted: Friday 6 July 2018
  • Roger James is on the trail of further Group success in Adelaide..
    Posted: Wednesday 2 May 2018
  • Progressive staying mare Fawn will make her next appearance at Te Rapa on Saturday..
    Posted: Tuesday 1 May 2018
  • Progressive staying mare Fawn will make her next appearance at Te Rapa on Saturday..
    Posted: Tuesday 1 May 2018
  • A trip across the Tasman for the talented three-year-old Sherrif remains in the balance..
    Posted: Friday 27 April 2018
  • Trainer Roger James believes his promising three-year-old Hanger is finally starting to understand what the racing game is all about after he made it back-to-back victories when he took out the Fasttrack Insurance 1400 at Pukekohe..
    Posted: Sunday 22 April 2018
  • Australia beckons the emerging three-year-old staying star Sherrif..
    Posted: Monday 9 April 2018
  • Australia beckons the emerging three-year-old staying star Sherrif..
    Posted: Monday 9 April 2018
  • Talented filly Rondinella is facing a lengthy break from racing..
    Posted: Friday 6 April 2018
  • Capable three-year-old Hanger will make his next appearance at Te Aroha later this month..
    Posted: Thursday 5 April 2018
  • Rising star Sherrif put up a compelling argument for a trip to Australia with an emphatic performance at Awapuni today.
    Posted: Saturday 31 March 2018
  • Savabeel filly Concert Hall carried her winning trial form over to race day when she made the perfect start to her career at Matamata.
    Posted: Thursday 15 March 2018
  • Roger James had a black-type plan in place for Sherrif before he made his first appearance at Pukekohe Park this afternoon..
    Posted: Wednesday 28 February 2018
  • Highly-regarded filly Rondinella is the latest defection from next month’s Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m)..
    Posted: Wednesday 21 February 2018
  • The connections of Von Tunzelman will let the dust settle on their Trentham celebrations today before confirming the handsome grey’s immediate future..
    Posted: Saturday 13 January 2018
  • Confidence is high ahead of Zabeel gelding Von Tunzelman’s return to middle-distance racing in Saturday’s Gr.3 Mills Reef Trentham Stakes (2100m)..
    Posted: Thursday 11 January 2018
  • Impressive last-start Tauranga winner Rondinella will step up to stakes company for the first time in Saturday week’s Gr.3 Metroclad-Terracade Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham..
    Posted: Thursday 11 January 2018
  • Impressive last-start Tauranga winner Rondinella will step up to stakes company for the first time in Saturday week’s Gr.3 Metroclad-Terracade Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham..
    Posted: Thursday 11 January 2018
  • An effusive Roger James believes the sky’s the limit for Rondinella..
    Posted: Tuesday 2 January 2018
  • Patience has been the key with the three winners Cambridge trainer Roger James has unleashed in the last few days..
    Posted: Friday 15 December 2017
  • A convincing win in the $35,000 Seafood Bazaar 1600 at Te Rapa this afternoon has booked Von Tunzelman a ticket to Australia’s most famous raceday..
    Posted: Monday 23 October 2017
  • A convincing win in the $35,000 Seafood Bazaar 1600 at Te Rapa this afternoon has booked Von Tunzelman a ticket to Australia’s most famous raceday..
    Posted: Monday 23 October 2017
  • An Australian campaign beckons Von Tunzelman if he shapes up well at Te Rapa on Friday..
    Posted: Thursday 5 October 2017
  • Roger James is looking at Australian options for his stakes-winning stayer Von Tunzelman..
    Posted: Wednesday 23 August 2017
  • Roger James didn’t hesitate to split the credit for Hoof Hustler’s breakthrough maiden win in the Ssangyong 2100 at Pukekohe today..
    Posted: Wednesday 21 June 2017
  • Roger James picked up a couple of bonus wins over the weekend with the promise of more to come..
    Posted: Tuesday 20 June 2017
  • Roger James picked up a couple of bonus wins over the weekend with the promise of more to come..
    Posted: Tuesday 20 June 2017
  • Cambridge trainer Roger James had plenty to smile about after almost making a clean sweep of the finish of the NRM 1600 at Pukekohe yesterday..
    Posted: Thursday 25 May 2017
  • Roger James is confident that Killarney can make his mark in top company over the next couple of seasons..
    Posted: Saturday 29 April 2017
  • The faith of Cambridge trainer Roger James in Terrifique was rewarded at Ellerslie last Saturday..
    Posted: Monday 3 April 2017
  • Zabeel’s son Von Tunzelman may make one more appearance before his season is done..
    Posted: Tuesday 21 March 2017
  • Roger James is banking on a gear addition to give Monrecour an edge when she attempts to add another winning strike to her record at Wednesday’s Counties meeting..
    Posted: Tuesday 21 March 2017
  • Progressive four-year-old Von Tunzelman will be taking a step into the unknown at Ellerslie on Thursday..
    Posted: Wednesday 15 March 2017
  • The in-form Von Tunzelman is likely to be a starter in the Gr.1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes next weekend..
    Posted: Friday 3 March 2017
  • Patience is beginning to be rewarded for the connections of rising star Von Tunzelman, who scored his first stakes win in this afternoon’s Listed Marks Ewen & Associates Kaimai Stakes at Matamata..
    Posted: Saturday 25 February 2017
  • Supporters of the well favoured Romantic Maid were breathing a sigh of relief as the promising mare finally secured a deserved victory when taking out The Edge 97.8FM sponsored rating 85 mile at Te Rapa on Saturday..
    Posted: Sunday 12 February 2017
  • Killarney returned to the form that had his trainer, Roger James label him 'the real deal' with a devastating finish to take out the last on the card, the $22,500 Happy 50th Weddding Anniversary Frank & Colleen Ritchie from Shaune, Ali, Craig, Kate (Rating 75) over 1200 metres on Saturday..
    Posted: Sunday 5 February 2017
  • Smart mare Romantic Maid just needs a change in her racing fortunes to further her record..
    Posted: Tuesday 24 January 2017
  • Roger James is favouring Ellerslie as the venue for the next appearance of his smart debut winner Monrecour..
    Posted: Tuesday 24 January 2017
  • Roger James was cursing his luck after the first race at Tauranga today, but all smiles after his luck changed with a most impressive win by Von Tunzelman in the fifth event..
    Posted: Friday 20 January 2017
  • Monrecour began her career in perfect style at Tauranga on Monday for trainer Roger James..
    Posted: Monday 2 January 2017
  • Von Tunzelman displayed why trainer Roger James has a high opinion of the gelding, with a brave performance taking out the $7,000 Monovale Sand (Rating 65) over 1600 metres on Sunday..
    Posted: Tuesday 29 November 2016
  • Killarney once again showed why trainer Roger James rates him so highly when he passed his first Ellerslie test last Saturday..
    Posted: Monday 28 November 2016
  • Killarney showed at Te Rapa today why his trainer, Roger James, has made no secret of the high regard in which he is held..
    Posted: Wednesday 14 September 2016
  • Punters would be well-advised to be taking notes on Roger James’ runners at Te Rapa on Wednesday..
    Posted: Tuesday 13 September 2016
  • High-profile New Zealand breeder-owner Kevin Hickman has welcomed valuable additions to his bloodstock portfolio on both sides of the world..
    Posted: Thursday 11 August 2016
  • With the new racing season set to commence champion trainer Roger James is happy to exercise patience with some proven performers in his team, favouring long-term goals in Australia over earlier local spring spoils..
    Posted: Thursday 28 July 2016
  • Cambridge trainer Roger James produced an eye-catching maiden winner at Hawke’s Bay on Thursday when Misty Music overcame a chequered passage to land the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour in HB 23 July 1650.
    Posted: Wednesday 27 July 2016
  • Cambridge trainer Roger James has no idea how Romantic Maid might handle a wet track for Saturday's Gr.1 Queensland Oaks but can list few other negatives for the progressive High Chaparral filly..
    Posted: Thursday 2 June 2016
  • Group Two Championship Stakes winner The Hassler has been sold and will do
    his future racing in Hong Kong..
    Posted: Thursday 2 June 2016
  • Roger James was delighted to see his High Chaparral filly Romantic Maid deliver in a three-year-old
    event over 2000 metres at Randwick today.
    Posted: Wednesday 18 May 2016
  • Roger James is covering two bases in an attempt to qualify Romantic Maid for the Gr.1 Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm on June 4..
    Posted: Monday 16 May 2016
  • Roger James isn't done with his hunt for Classic success for the season..
    Posted: Saturday 14 May 2016
  • A disastrous trip to Ellerslie has resulted in Roger James sending Romantic Maid to Australia earlier than anticipated..
    Posted: Thursday 5 May 2016
  • It was no surprise that Roger James had to watch a replay of the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Championship Stakes at Ellerslie on Saturday to appreciate the winning performance of The Hassler..
    Posted: Saturday 23 April 2016
  • A Roger James-trained runner was confidently predicted to take out the main race at Pukekohe today and the Cambridge conditioner duly obliged, but it wasn’t with the punters' elect..
    Posted: Sunday 10 April 2016
  • Track conditions will determine where the unbeaten filly Romantic Maid steps out this weekend..
    Posted: Tuesday 29 March 2016
  • Romantic Maid has quickly turned her racing fortunes around, so much so that trainer Roger James believes she is capable of making her mark at Group One level in Australia during her first preparation..
    Posted: Monday 14 March 2016
  • New Zealand Derby contender The Hassler is peaking at the right time..
    Posted: Tuesday 1 March 2016
  • Former New Zealander Judi Wanless may have had her next star performer uncovered at Avondale yesterday..
    Posted: Thursday 25 February 2016
  • Roger James will know within the next few days whether or not he is still in with a live chance of staging a two-pronged attack on the Gr. 1 Wellfield NZ Oaks at Trentham next month..
    Posted: Thursday 25 February 2016
  • Aidan Rodley chats to Roger James about Cool Tart who's heading to Te Rapa
    Posted: Tuesday 9 February 2016
  • Cambridge trainer Roger James took three of his NZ Oaks hopefuls to Te Teko yesterday and watched one of those fillies put her hand up for the Trentham classic..
    Posted: Tuesday 2 February 2016
  • Cambridge trainer Roger James was giving the international buyers a run for their money at Karaka..
    Posted: Tuesday 26 January 2016
  • Fastnet Rock youngster Sure Enough was among the winners at Rotorua on Friday for Cambridge trainer Roger James..
    Posted: Friday 8 January 2016
  • Stablemates Cool Tart and Downton Abbey are both expected to be suited by the step up to 2000 metres in Friday’s Gr.2 Mongolian Khan Royal Stakes.
    Posted: Wednesday 30 December 2015
  • Roger James’ frustrations continue with his Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile contender Tavy, who will start from the outside gate at Ellerslie on Friday..
    Posted: Tuesday 29 December 2015
  • Mark down Zaviera as an exciting staying prospect for Cambridge trainer Roger James and Karaka owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay..
    Posted: Monday 14 December 2015
  • The Roger James trained Jessabeel made a real impression winning first up over 1400m at Matamata today..
    Posted: Saturday 12 December 2015
  • Cool Tart will become a valuable broodmare prospect if she can win the Gr. 3 Lawnmaster Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni tomorrow..
    Posted: Friday 11 December 2015
  • Waikato Cup Day could see Roger James maintain his seasonal strike rate in black-type races..
    Posted: Friday 11 December 2015
  • Everyone loves winning races, but Cambridge trainer Roger James got an extra special thrill from Volts win at Ellerslie last Saturday..
    Posted: Monday 30 November 2015
  • Tavy was a class above her Rating 85 rivals at Avondale today, coming from the back and blowing them away by four lengths in the HR Fisken & Sons 1400..
    Posted: Saturday 21 November 2015
  • Roger James is going for quality over quantity this weekend..
    Posted: Thursday 8 October 2015
  • The new season starts for Roger James this weekend..
    Posted: Thursday 17 September 2015
  • The wild weather of the last few days means supporters of Roger James' Cambridge stable need to take a leaf out of the trainer's book and employ patience..
    Posted: Tuesday 1 September 2015
  • James Pleased With mares
    An exhibition gallop between races at Matamata yesterday has Cambridge mares The Tidy Express and Tavy on target for important spring and summer engagements..
    Posted: Thursday 27 August 2015
  • Multiple Group One winner Silent Achiever has left for Europe where she will be courted by the stars of the international stallion world..
    Posted: Thursday 25 June 2015
  • Sam Spratt will continue her unbeaten association with Shees Flawless in Queensland on Monday..
    Posted: Friday 5 June 2015
  • Star Cambridge mare Silent Achiever has joined the list of this season's high-profile retirees..
    Posted: Sunday 10 May 2015
  • Roger James’ confidence in Silent Achiever has been boosted this week as he prepares the top mare for what could be her farewell performance on Saturday..
    Posted: Wednesday 6 May 2015
  • Concerns for Silent Achiever's well-being have abated but Cambridge trainer Roger James has yet to finalise racing plans for the multiple Group One-winning mare..
    Posted: Monday 27 April 2015
  • Deceptive filly Shees Flawless gave Sam Spratt a high speed thrill at Te Rapa that turned back the clock to the jockey’s glory days as the regular partner of a dual New Zealand Horse of the Year..
    Posted: Saturday 25 April 2015
  • Cambridge trainer Roger James has reservations ahead of star mare Silent Achiever's first run in Queensland this weekend, but he still expects her to fight out the finish..
    Posted: Thursday 23 April 2015
  • Silent Achiever passed her trackwork test last Saturday morning and is in Brisbane being prepared for the Group II A$358,000 AD Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast this weekend..
    Posted: Monday 20 April 2015
  • A satisfactory work-out from Silent Achiever tomorrow morning will see her depart for a possible final campaign in Australia..
    Posted: Thursday 16 April 2015

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