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Brisk business for top New Zealand mares

Group One mares Orinda, Rising Romance and Savaria have all changed hands. The former, the dam of the ATC Derby winner Jon Snow, has been purchased by Peter Yip, of the Hong Kong Breeders' Club, who also has strong New Zealand ties. "I bought Orinda on behalf of Peter, my business partner in the farm here," Highview Stud's Brent Gillovic said. "He's had a share in Snitzel right from the outset so we had to get a mare that justified going to him. "We had a great yearling sales series at K...

June 28, 2017

Zabeel’s son to take up residence at Brighthill

A champion son of the legendary Zabeel has been secured for stud duty by Brighthill Farm. The four-time Group One winner Preferment will be a top-notch addition to Nick and Anne-Marie King's Waikato operation. "We'd been on the look-out for a stallion since Azamour died, but we were determined to sit it out if necessary to find the right one," Nick King said. "Preferment fits all our criteria – he was a spectacular racehorse and it's highly likely that he's the last Derby-winning son of ...

June 27, 2017

Sunline International Scholarship winner Lance Forbes - Blog from Ireland

After a fantastic time in Newmarket it was time to start my next leg of the Sunline International Scholarship at the home of champions, better known as Coolmore Stud. My time in Ireland started off by getting pulled aside by the Immigration officer at the airport, at this time I was starting to get a little worried but once he found out that I was going to work at Coolmore he just wanted to know if I was going to be working with the great Galileo and if I had any tips for the weekend! The pass...

June 26, 2017

New NZRB Appointment - Bill Birnie

The Minister for Racing, Hon David Bennett, has today announced the appointment of a new Independent Member to the Board of the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB), Bill Birnie. Minister Bennett's media release is included below. Bill joins the Board effective from today for a three year term. Bill has extensive board and senior executive experience, having been a member and trustee of a number of boards and charitable trusts, as well as working as both an investment banker and solicitor of the Hi...

June 23, 2017

Lions great graces Cambridge trackwork

Tall tales and colourful banter is the norm at racecourse gaps around the country, but Cambridge trainers might have reason to take that to a new level after a trackwork visit from Scottish rugby great Gavin Hastings on Tuesday. Hastings, who captained the British and Irish Lions on their 1993 tour of New Zealand and played 61 tests for Scotland, was in the Waikato for the Lions game against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Tuesday night and took the opportunity to attend trackwork. Among the trai...

June 20, 2017

Book closed for 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. His case has been helped by impressive Group One victories by Gingernuts in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby and Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas and Jon Snow in the Gr.1 Australian Derby. Additionally, his northern hemisphere-bred son Ribchester won the Gr.1 Lockinge Stakes last month, while the stallion is also represen...

June 15, 2017

Princely foundation stallion at Grassyards

Prince of Brooklyn's arrival this week at Grassyards Farm near Dunedin will mark Mosgiel couple Jason Coutts and Charlotte Young's first foray into the stallion business. Coutts negotiated the purchase of the son of Magnus with the help of New Zealand Bloodstock and Gavelhouse. "I'm thrilled to get the opportunity to stand such an outstanding type, with both sprinting and staying blood in his pedigree," Coutts said He is out of the Zabeel mare Tristabeel, whose seven foals all have been win...

June 14, 2017

2017 New Zealand Stallion Register now available

Long winter evenings are the perfect time to start thinking about where to send your broodmares this season, and the newly released NZTBA Stallion Register is just the tool to guide you with that selection. The 44 th volume of the Register of Thoroughbred Stallions of New Zealand is in the letter boxes of all financial members of the NZTBA right now. The 152 page soft bound book features the tabulated pedigrees of 79 stallions standing at stud in New Zealand along with their race and stud re...

June 12, 2017

New Zealand Equine Research Foundation (NZERF) - Online survey

The NZERF is asking for your valuable input as a New Zealand thoroughbred breeder to assist them by completing a brief online survey (link below). The aims of the NZERF are to support and promote the study of the welfare, breeding, feeding, management, health and performance of horses of all types by funding research projects and people, and making the results of such study available to all involved in the equine industry in NZ. The NZERF also works in collaboration with the New Zealand Eq...

June 9, 2017

Waikato Breeders Winter Seminar 29th June 2017 - Cambridge

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June 9, 2017

Hard Merchandize scores another impressive 2YO win

Hunterville breeder Chris Grace QSM is no stranger to breeding stakes winners, he started that trend in the 80's with his first brood mare Clearness. However the latest winner to join his honour roll, Hard Merchandize (Burgundy- Pride and Passion[AUS]) is from an Australian bred mare, not from the family that has served him well with nine generations of winners. When he won the listed Castletown Stakes, Hard Merchandize became the first stakes winner for his sire Burgundy, a son of Redoute's...

June 7, 2017

Cameron Ring - April 2017 blog from the Irish National Stud

Plenty more happening in the month of April. It's scary to think it's already been 4 months into the course. Before we know it we'll be graduating and on our way to all achieve greatness across the globe. We've been chipping away into the thick end of the breeding season, although it's like 2 seasons merged into one, with the National Hunt mares cycling later on in the year and going through their transitional phase in March/April. Lectures have been running to schedule with many more guest lect...

June 2, 2017

Belle ringing again for breeder

Melody Belle is ensuring history is repeating itself with a series of outstanding performances this season in a 'second coming' to add to the family roll of honour. The Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained filly has already claimed top domestic honours with her Karaka Million and Gr.1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes victories and the Gr.2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm. Purchased for $57,500 by Te Akau principal David Ellis out of Haunui Farm's 2016 Premier Sale draft to Karak...

June 2, 2017

Laxon to return to New Zealand to train

Training great Laurie Laxon is heading home to continue his career. The New Zealand Racing Hall of Famer has dominated Singapore racing for the past 17 years, winning nine premierships and more than 1250 races at Kranji Racecourse, but has decided it's time to pull up stumps on the island nation. He will return to his Maungatautari farm in Waikato, where Stephen Ramsay and Julia Ritchie are currently training, and prepare a team of 30 to 40 horses solely for Sir Peter Vela. It will be the r...

May 31, 2017

NZTBA Councillor Vicki Pascoe breeds Group Two Stewards Cup winner in Singapore

Gutsy entire Alibi (Darci Brahma - Bound To Impress), toughed out a good win in the Singapore Group Two Stewards Cup recently, the first leg of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge, Singapore's equivalent of the Triple Crown. Bred by NZTBA Councillor Vicki Pascoe, he was recording his eighth win when he took out the Stewards Cup over 1400 metres. He jumped well settled in the trail, and went to the lead with 300 to run, and doggedly fought off the challenge of four well fancied four-year-olds...

May 30, 2017

Highview signs Group One winner to roster

Brent Gillovic's persistence has been rewarded with a deal to bring a unique son of High Chaparral to stand at Highview Stud in 2017. He has long been an admirer of the Gr.1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Wrote and he recently completed a deal to stand him alongside current resident Bullbars. "He's the only Group One-winning two-year-old son of High Chaparral in the world," Gillovic said. "I was first alerted to the horse by an American agent and when I went to the US Masters Golf at...

May 29, 2017

Celebrations for Tattybogler

Impressive maiden winner Tattybogler was named after a bottle of wine according to her part-owner trainer Kylie Fawcett. At the presentation of the NZB Pearl Bonus that the Moshe(AUS) filly won at Counties recently, Fawcett recalled seeing the name on a bottle of Central Otago Pinot Noir and thinking it would be a good name for a horse. "It's a Scottish word for a scarecrow," she explained, "and trust me this filly can be a really scary crow at times, she can't be trusted, so I thought it s...

May 25, 2017

Let Her Rip wins at Rotorua for Australian breeders Sue and Alan Olive

West Australian breeders Sue and Alan Olive have reason to believe in "Murphy's Law" after Let Her Rip(Rip Van Winkle[IRE]- Keeper Special) won the Group Three ISCL Rotorua Stakes recently. "Isn't it always the way," said Sue Olive, "as soon as you sell a mare, she will leave a stakes winner! "We sold Keeper Special earlier this year, and now I'm kicking myself about it, but that's the name of the breeding game isn't it, and good luck to her new owner." Sue and Alan Olive own Gold Front Th...

May 25, 2017

Group One winner Fanatic to join Melbourne stable

New Zealand Oaks winner Fanatic will target the Melbourne spring carnival for new trainer David Hayes, Taranaki breeder-owner Sean Kiernan has revealed. Kiernan said the Shocking four-year-old mare, who has won three of her 21 starts for Te Awamutu trainers Graeme Sanders and Debbie Sweeney, would fly to Melbourne next week and join the stable of Hayes and training partners Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes. "I spoke to Graeme about it and he agreed it was better to kick off her campaign over there ...

May 23, 2017

Group One winner Vanbrugh retires

The Chris Waller-trained Vanbrugh has been retired from racing after being scratched from his raceday finale in Saturday's Group One Doomben Cup due to the prevailing heavy track conditions. The Group One-winning son of Encosta De Lago, who has a strong preference for good ground, is scheduled to arrive at Windsor Park Stud later this week. "We're excited to have Vanbrugh joining our team of stallions", commented stud owner Rodney Schick. "He won on debut at two and trained on to win the Grou...

May 23, 2017

David Walsh to join NZTR Staff

Former champion jockey David Walsh is to take up a full time role with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing. Walsh, who has ridden more winners in New Zealand than any other jockey, will next month begin working as the NZTR training and welfare officer for the South Island. Walsh will be based in Christchurch and will also have responsibility for health and safety and licensing. Part of his role will be to mentor and support apprentice jockeys and the promotion of careers in thoroughbred racing....

May 19, 2017

Puccini boosts Mapperley roster

Former champion New Zealand three-year-old Puccini brings another healthy dose of Group One quality to the Mapperley Stud stallion roster. The New Zealand Derby winner will stand his first season in 2017 at Simms Davison's Matamata nursery, already home to the top-flight performers Complacent, Contributer and He's Remarkable. Puccini was the star performer in New Zealand in his classic season when, under the guidance of Peter and Jacob McKay, he triumphed in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby off th...

May 19, 2017

Winx’s New Zealand story

Aussies have been laying claim to Kiwi greats since day dot, if you need proof then just ask them who invented the pavlova? In the racing world the battle still rages over Phar Lap. What better time then, as the latest superstar of the Australian turf, Winx, is inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, have a little dig about the part New Zealand played in her creation. And we aren't talking about the indisputable Kiwi origins of her trainer Chris Waller, no this is purely a breeding...

May 18, 2017

Lance Forbes 2nd Blog – Scotland and Back!

Welcome to my second blog from the 2017 Sunline Trust International Scholarship. Its fair to say in the last month I have been all over the UK, from Scotland to Liverpool, from Doncaster to Ascot you name it, I have been there or driven past it! It all started with getting picked up on a Friday by Tony Williams also better known as "Tubba" who is the Managing Director at Goffs UK. Tubba was nice enough to let me shadow with him for a couple weeks and also let me work for Goffs UK for the Aintre...

May 17, 2017

A Volatile Mix has Linda and Graham Huddy smiling

When you find a breeding cross that works then, traditional belief dictates it should be replicated - however you can. Queenslander Linda Huddy, who bred and, along with her husband Graham, races Saturday's New Zealand-bred Group One South Australian Derby winner Volatile Mix, is a strong advocate. The mating which resulted in Volatile Mix was born out of the magic which occurred when Linda paid $15,000 for a High Chaparral yearling out of a Pentire mare at the 2008 Magic Million sales. Five ...

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