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Trelawney Stud wins the 2013 New Zealand Breeder of the Year title

Ocean Park (above)  pictured winning the Gr 1 Lindauer New Zealand Stakes.  His dam Sayyida won the coveted 2013 New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Award.
Ocean Park (above) pictured winning the Gr 1 Lindauer New Zealand Stakes. His dam Sayyida won the coveted 2013 New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Award.

The euphoria of winning the Breeder of the Year title is slowing waning and its business as usual at Trelawney Stud according to Brent Taylor.

"We are back to the mundane things like foaling, organizing mares and getting our yearlings sorted. We are back down to earth now.

"It was very gratifying winning the Breeder of the Year title. We have seen some wonderful people get the award in the past and always strived to be there ourselves. It took a little while for our plans to come to fruition, and it's a wonderful achievement for the farm, our family and the staff," he said.

Trelawney Stud is one of the oldest commercial thoroughbred nurseries in the world, and has been in business now for over 80 years. It was founded by Seton Otway and under his guidance produced seven Melbourne Cup winners and the mighty Tulloch.

Twenty years ago it was purchased by the Taylor Family and in that time the farm has produced a further 20 individual group one winners, including the reigning Horse of the Year Ocean Park (Thorn Park- Sayyida).

"Ocean Park really capped it off for us. We were so fortunate to breed a horse of his calibre. It's always pretty gratifying to breed a nice horse, but last season he looked to be very much the dominant horse of the spring.

"The Cox Plate is a race we have always wanted to be part of, and to see how dominant he was in that race was something special. Hopefully his dominance will go on and be a big part of Trelawney going forward as well, as we have a presence in his shareholding at stud and will be heavily supporting him. We are looking forward to breeding some nice horses by him."

Ocean Park will commence stud duties this season at Waikato Stud. The son of Thorn Park (AUS) was sold by Trelawney for $150,000 at the 2010 National Yearling Sales, and was purchased by Matamata trainer Gary Hennessy, who raced him with Andrew Wong and Stephen Yan.

From 15 starts he won eight races including five group one victories. Last spring he swept all before him winning the Makfi Stakes, the Underwood and Caulfield Stakes at Caulfield and the W.S Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. In the autumn he returned to the track to take out the New Zealand Stakes at Ellerslie, before heading to the Northern Hemisphere where he tragically injured a tendon in the Dubai Duty Free.

Trelawney has not stood a stallion now for five or six years, with Elusive City(USA) being the last horse they stood in conjunction with Haunui Farm.

"We stopped standing stallions and decided to concentrate on developing our broodmare band. We retain a number of quality race fillies and we invest in a number of well-bred race fillies as well. Sayyida (Zabeel-Eastern Princess) is a case in point. She was a well-bred filly that we purchased from Cambridge Stud. She won two races before she broke down in the Avondale Guineas and as well as Ocean Park, has produced two other winners."

On the subject of Sayyida, she is in foal to Fastnet Rock (AUS) and will foal down in Australia. A decision will be made as to which stallion she visits depending on whether she has a filly or a colt. Her Pins colt sold at the National Yearling Sale last February for $775,000 and was purchased by Peter Moody.

Other stakes winners produced by Trelawney Stud in the season under review included Quintessential (Fast'N'Famous[AUS]-Florette), the winner of the group two Eagle Farm Cup and the group three Chairman's Handicap, War Affair (O'Reilly – Kritaque) the winner of the group two Singapore Aushorse Golden Horse, and Famous Seamus (Elusive City (USA)-Clinique) who won the listed Lightning Stakes, Prime Minister's Cup and Hinzler Handicap.


- Michelle Saba