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Verry Elleegant continues to fly the flag for sire

Verry Elleegant has been the flagbearer for her sire Zed in recent times and she further enhanced his profile on Saturday when winning the Gr.1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill. A son of legenday sire Zabeel, Zed has sired two individual Group One winners, with 2013 Gr.1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) winner Survived and now the triple Group One winning mare. Verry Elleegant had been in good form heading into Saturday, finishing fourth in the Gr.2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) before runner-up perfor...

March 30, 2020

Elleegant victory in unusual circumstances for Goodwin

Thoroughbred breeder Don Goodwin admits he is doing it tough at the moment but not in a way that most would think. Goodwin and his wife Christina are currently in lockdown along with the rest of the country, which means that they can’t travel to support their pride and joy Verry Elleegant when she competes. The Goodwins were on hand to witness the first two runs of this campaign for the Zed mare they bred and still own a share in, which yielded a fourth in the Gr.2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) and th...

March 29, 2020

Pearl Series Early Bird Entry Extended until 31 May 2020

In light of these unprecedented times the NZTBA has made the decision to extend the early bird registration for the NZB Insurance Pearl Series until May 31. “People have more important things to worry about at the moment, than registering their fillies for the Pearl Series,” stated NZTBA CEO Justine Sclater, “so we have decided not to close early bird registrations on March 31 as usual. “This will enable the yearlings catalogued at the now cancelled South Island Sale, and National Bloods...

March 27, 2020

Coping with Covid-19: Haunui Farm’s take on an unprecedented situation

The thoroughbred industry has been deemed an essential service due to horse welfare and is able to operate under restrictions during Covid-19 response Alert Level 4. There is no map for navigating the uncharted waters of dealing with the impact of Covid-19 with industry participants using government guidelines and common sense to ensure staff and horse welfare is maintained. Karaka-based Haunui Farm have been proactive in developing and implementing a response plan to ensure staff are safe and h...

March 26, 2020

Downey appointed Valachi Downs General Manager

Valachi Downs principals Kevin and Joanna Hickman have announced the appointment of Gareth Downey to the role of General Manager. Gareth joined the stud in mid-2018 as their breeding consultant, principally a role focussed on the management of the stud’s standing stallions, US Navy Flag, Zacinto and Savile Row, as well as pedigree analysis and matings advice for the stud’s broodmare band and clients. “We have been impressed with Gareth’s in-depth knowledge of our business and the natural...

March 26, 2020

Not Business as Usual

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing chief executive Bernard Saundry has cautioned all participants in racing to adhere to stringent government protocols in response to the spread of Covid-19 for both the good of the industry and the health and well-being of the nation. “For just the second time in history New Zealand is in a State of Emergency,” Saundry said. “This should be a clear indication that the government’s messages regarding the four-week lockdown need to be taken seriously. This is...

March 26, 2020

Karaka May Sale Cancelled

New Zealand Bloodstock has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Karaka May Sale. Given the Government’s announcement on Monday that the country is to go into lock-down due to the COVID-19 virus, New Zealand Bloodstock has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Karaka May Sale, due to be held on Friday 15 May. After consulting with a number of vendors and buyers, the overwhelming feedback from them was to cancel the sale and investigate alternative options. “Even though the ...

March 26, 2020

March 25- Urgent Covid-19 update

Read the mailchimp sent out by the NZTBA on March 25 2020 regarding operating in Covid-19 response alert level 4.CLICK HERE TO READ...

March 26, 2020

Sydney off the agenda for Trelawney

Sydney was set to be a major focus point in the coming months for Trelawney Stud’s Brent and Cherry Taylor, however, their attention has swiftly changed with measures implemented as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Cambridge couple had yearlings set to fly over to go through the sales ring in Sydney, while exciting filly Two Illicit was earmarked for Group One assignments during Sydney’s autumn carnival. While disappointed Two Illicit will no longer get her chance to be tested in Sydne...

March 25, 2020

NZ trainers can continue to operate

New Zealand trainers can continue to work their horses while racing is shut down under government guidelines. From midnight Wednesday, New Zealand will move to COVID-19 alert level 4 with only essential services permitted to operate. NZ Thoroughbred Racing has issued a statement outlining conditions. "Our advice from the Ministry for Primary Industries confirms that training centres, training stables, agistment properties and stud farms where horses are in containment are considered essential se...

March 25, 2020

Exercise imperative to welfare claims Pike

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike is adamant that training tracks need to remain open throughout the Covid-19 alert level 4 lockdown on animal welfare grounds. The respected horseman, who is also the President of the New Zealand Trainers’ Association, usually has around 80 horses in work and is keen to see tracks remain open to keep horses ticking over, albeit on a reduced scale. “I have been working really closely with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and also have a couple of vets on board as we...

March 24, 2020

Perfectly Ready succumbs to colic

Brighthill Farm have announced the loss of consistent stallion Perfectly Ready. The rising 18-year-old son of More Than Ready returned to the farm from the vet clinic this morning where he was euthanized after a short battle with inoperable colic. “Perfectly Ready was a wonderful stallion for us here at Brighthill Farm,” general manager Nick King said. “He was not only a Group One winner himself but left Group One winner Signify and as a broodmare sire has left Group One winner Aloisia....

March 24, 2020

BLOG: News from the Irish National Stud

Hannah Airey and Laura McNab are currently in Ireland at the Irish National Stud on the Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship. They fill us in on how the Irish National Stud is dealing with the Covid-19 situation and how management have taken practical measures to ensure the farm can operate in a safe way while still providing a top level of care to horses on site.LAURAHere at the stud, all tourism has stopped completely. We have no members of the public entering the premises which makes the...

March 23, 2020

New Zealand Racing open for business

Racing is undeniably a small cog in this global crisis but to all its fans and those, the world over, who rely on it for their livelihoods, it is a vital one. The NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Association will be regularly reviewing the information provided and will endeavour to update you frequently. We are currently looking at the business support package, along with other information and the implications Covid-19 could have on our livelihoods . Please see the Government Coronavirus informatio...

March 20, 2020

Date Change for 2020 South Island Sale

Due to today’s announcement made by the Government regarding further restrictions with large public gatherings, New Zealand Bloodstock has made the decision to postpone the 2020 South Island Sale that was due to be held on 17 April. After consultation with various New Zealand and Australian stakeholders, the Sale will be moved to Friday 7 August 2020. The Sale will effectively become an unbroken two-year-old Sale, the same format that was previously held up until 2013. The public gathering a...

March 19, 2020

Early bird entries set to close

The early bird entries for the NZB Insurance Pearl Series will close on March 31. The bonus scheme is for southern hemisphere bred fillies and mares and offers bonuses of almost $2.6 million and prizemoney of nearly $2.8 million over 200 races around New Zealand across three seasons of racing. Bonuses are awarded to the winning owners, trainers and breeders. Early bird entries are $920 while those nominated after March 31 will cost $1,380. Fillies purchased out of the New Zealand Bloodstock Sou...

March 18, 2020

NZB monitoring COVID-19 situation ahead of sales

A decision on whether New Zealand Bloodstock’s upcoming sales at Karaka and Christchurch will take place will be decided on April 1, the company said in a statement. “This is the date that the government will announce if the recently imposed travel restrictions will remain in force,” the statement read. “We will also need to be mindful of the travel restrictions announced by the Australian government.  “Given public gatherings must number no more than 500 people, this is also an i...

March 17, 2020

Racing Industry initiates COVID-19 measures

The racing industry is taking steps to reduce the potential for the spread of the COVID-19 virus among participants and public by closing its meetings to all but essential personnel. Race meetings will be conducted as “closed door” events commencing on Wednesday, March 18. The only people permitted to attend meetings will be those jockeys competing at the meeting, trainers with runners engaged at the meeting, stable staff of those trainers as advised to the club, and essential race day perso...

March 17, 2020

Scholarship Blog Post- Hannah Airey March 2020

Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship Recipient Hannah Airey gives us an update on her time at the Irish National Stud. Eight weeks in and things are chipping away nicely on the Irish National Stud apart from someone’s lasting decision to not wash their hands in China. Luckily nothing on the stud has come to a grinding halt, and work continues as usual, with some precautions in place. Mind you, the closing of the local watering hole hit us all where it hurt. Picking up from where I left o...

March 17, 2020

Broodmare buys a success

The next time Sue Westend asks her husband for some money to buy a mare the reply from Peter should be “How much do you want?” The couple own and manage the Cambridge-based Norwegian Park and Sue has proven she can spot a good mare and a good buy. In 2016 Sue purchased Platinum Elle (Elanidim [USA]-Lady Tee), the dam of the Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) and New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year winner Jennifer Eccles (by Rip Van Winkle [IRE]). A year later she purchased Eleesha (AUS) (E...

March 17, 2020

BLOG POST: Kyla Robb

Sunline Trust International Management Scholarship recipient Kyla Robb updates us on her travels: Hello from England! The plane trip over here is a bit of a mission but I was lucky enough to get a whole row to myself and sleep for the first plane ride! Leaving a particularly hot dry summer to come to an English winter wasn’t something I was looking forward to but it has been relatively mild (or so they say). To be fair (yes I’ve adopted this constantly used phrase) the first few days here we...

March 14, 2020

LA service fees on hold

Little Avondale Stud will hold the services fees of its three stallions for the next breeding season. Per Incanto will stand at NZ$17,500 + GST, Time Test will remain at NZ$10,000 + GST and Nadeem at NZ$5000 + GST. “Per Incanto has produced 22 stakes winners in the last 19 months highlighted by Thorndon Mile (Gr.1, 1600m) winner Shadow’s Cast and the Railway Stakes (Gr.1, 1200m) winner Santa Monica,” Little Avondale’s Sam Williams said. “We received really positive feedback on the firs...

March 11, 2020

Hard-working Richards reaping rewards

Jamie Richards was persuaded to take some very rare time out to celebrate his Ellerslie Group One double last Saturday night, but it wasn’t long until his constant lengthy routine kicked in the following day. After Cool Aza Beel won the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) and Avantage took the Gr.1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m), as well as two other stable winners on Saturday, Richards joined his Te Akau Racing Stables boss David Ellis and wife Karyn, along with owners and friends, to celebra...

March 10, 2020

Staying family to the fore in Auckland Cup

One of New Zealand’s richest horse races, the $500,000 Gr.1 Barfoot and Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m), was won by a horse that cost its owners $4,000. Roger That, a seven-year-old gelding by Shinko King (IRE) out of the Yamanin Vital mare Heather Lyn, took out the event for a small group of owners who describe themselves as battlers. He is trained on a farm outside Tauranga by Antony Fuller, a 59-year-old who gave up shearing to train racehorses and now has around 12 in work.  His big ran...

March 10, 2020

NZB’s 2020 South Island Sale Catalogue Now Online

New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series is heading South, showcasing 76 lots of the best Southern-bred product available, with the catalogue online now and arriving in letterboxes from mid-March.  Held at Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch, the one-day session features a selection of yearlings offered on Friday 17 April from the later selling time of 12pm.  All yearlings purchased at this year’s South Island Sale are eligible to be...

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