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Successive Success for Zed Em

Zed Em was being toasted on both sides of the Tasman when he was hailed as the King of Oakbank at the popular South Australian meeting on Saturday. Three of Zed Em’s five Wairarapa owners had a raceday experience they will never forget when being on course to watch the horse they refer to as Bobby extend his unbeaten Oakbank record to five with the completion of the Von Doussa (3250m) – Great Eastern Steeplechase (4950m) double for the second year in succession. Last year Zed Em became the f...

April 24, 2019

NZTBA Breeders Bulletin Autumn 2019

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April 18, 2019

The Laffey's and Who Dares Wins

There was plenty of excitement in the Laffey household in Masterton last weekend when Who Dares Wins (Iffraaj[GB]- Wee Tipple) won the Gr.3 Coca Cola Canterbury Gold Cup. “Very exciting man alive it was a great thrill, all my children were here watching it and the place just went off. You would think it was the Melbourne Cup,” recalled a still very excited Rosie Laffey, who bred Who Dares Wins with her mother Margaret Wallace. “We are very excited to get that group win, it was amazing ther...

April 16, 2019

Dunstan Feeds - Under the Radar Q & A with Keeper of the NZ Stud Book Julie Walker

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April 15, 2019

Ready Teddy award honours Olympic champion

It has been more than 20 years since Ready Teddy and Blyth Tait set the benchmark of what can be achieved with an off the track thoroughbred. Tait and the chestnut son of Brilliant Invader were at the top of their game in the 1990s winning Olympic Gold at Atlanta in 1996, and after success at the 1998 World Equestrian Games Ready Teddy became the first horse in the world to win eventing gold at both pinnacle events. This year the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association will honour ‘Te...

April 12, 2019

Fabulous Day at Te Aroha enjoyed by NZTBA Members

The Waikato Branch of the NZTBA hosted a marquee at Te Aroha to witness the running of the Gr.1 Fibre Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes. Around 120 members from throughout the country enjoyed the trackside location, the camaraderie and witnessed some fabulous racing including the all the way win by the Savabeel (AUS) mare Nicoletta in the group one event. Waikato Branch President Keith Lunn was very pleased with the turn out and how the day played out.  “I thought it was a g...

April 11, 2019

Vale Trevor McKee

The racing industry lost one of its most respected and admired characters with the passing of Trevor John McKee ONZM last week. Born in 1937 Trevor entered the industry as an apprentice jockey, and progressed to be a champion trainer, becoming a successful, owner, breeder and businessman along the way. He started his training career in Pukekohe after a compulsory stint in the army at the end of his jockey apprenticeship in the 1950’s. During his service he worked as a cook, and working with f...

April 11, 2019

Sam Bergerson's Sunline Scholarship experience continues

The second half of my Shadwell journey began with a two week stint at SnarehillFarm - the rehabilitation yard for all the Sheikh’s horses in work. There were two yards comprising a total of 40 boxes which were all pretty much in use whilst I was there. As all the horses were nursing some sort of issue you can imagine the attention to detail and quality of care for these horses had to be nothing short of the best. No expense was spared for the well-being and care of these horses. The facilities...

April 11, 2019

Ryan Stacey's Irish National Stud journey continue's

As the 1st of March rolled around, we were greeted with a descent dumping of snow overnight. Causing to bring the inner child out of everyone, with snowballs flying everywhere across the yards and hostel. Weather wise it’s slowly getting warmer, though I still find myself needing a few layers on most days. This month’s rotation with work around the farm yards have kept me busy which included Minoru (Mares in foal down) Blandford (Mares and Foals) both with Leona who loves to keep you on your...

April 11, 2019

Vicki Pascoe Service

Vicki Pascoe’s significant contribution to racing was celebrated on Breeders’ Stakes day at Te Aroha. Pascoe is the latest recipient of a New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) Service Award. The awards were introduced by NZTR this season, with the aim of acknowledging people who have   made valuable contributions to thoroughbred racing, usually but not necessarily in voluntary roles, and often with limited formal recognition. Pascoe has had a lifelong interest in horses and the th...

April 11, 2019

Paradox and planning come together in a Verry Elleegant result

Our Fasttrack Breeder Profile focus's on octogenarian Don GoodwinIn thoroughbred racing and breeding it’s never hard to find examples of the paradox that makes both pursuits so intriguing and unpredictable. The latest telling example came in the Gr. 1 Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill last week when NZ-bred Verry Elleegant led home Frankly Awesome, a filly conceived in the United Kingdom and born in Australia. The origins of both are not the only stark contrast; the other is that Verry Elleegant ...

April 11, 2019

Matamata celebrates Brutal Group One

The Matamata thoroughbred community celebrated another Group One victory on Saturday when Brutal took out the Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick. The three-year-old colt was bred by Auckland-based Anne Storey and her mother Ruth Kerr-Taylor and was born and raised at Mapperley Stud near Matamata, who sold him through their 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale draft to Hawkes Racing for $220,000. The Matamata connection runs further, with Brutal being by Waikato Stud’s deceased cha...

April 10, 2019

Goodwood's second G1 success

Goodwood Stud principal William Fell received a late wedding present on Saturday when Nicoletta won the Gr.1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha. The 2017 New Zealand Breeder of the Year recently married central districts jockey Rosie Myers and he was delighted to notch another Group One as a breeder. “It was outstanding, she certainly deserved it I thought,” Fell said. She’s a pretty tough mare. “Last year she ran a pretty good race, where she ran third. It w...

April 9, 2019

Stallion covering statistics released

Waikato Stud’s resident sire Savabeel headed the list for number of mares covered during the 2018 breeding season. The four-time champion New Zealand sire covered 182 mares which was up on last year’s tally of 167. Coming in second on the list was Champion European three-year-old Almanzor, who was standing his first season in New Zealand at Cambridge Stud, covering 139 mares off the back of his $30,000 service fee. A full list of registered stallions and the number of mares covered can be vi...

April 2, 2019

Algie family's pride and joy rewards

Just over two years ago, Jacksstar (Zed – Star Guest by Pentire) suffered a tendon injury when finishing third in the 2017 Auckland Cup, for most five-year-old geldings that would have been the end of their career, but not for “Jack” the recent winner of the Gr.2 City of Palmerston North Awapuni Gold Cup. At the time he was injured he was already the winner of five races including the Gr.3 Manawatu Cup and the Listed St Leger, so there was a little bit of money in the kitty and his owners ...

April 2, 2019

Mark Corcoran and Zed an unforgettable weekend

Grangewilliam Stud principal Mark Corcoran experienced one of his biggest moments in racing on the weekend when Verry Elleegant secured Group One glory in the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill. Corcoran stands her sire Zed at his Waitotara property, near Wanganui, New Zealand, and he said the win was made even sweeter given Verry Elleegant’s close association with the farm. “It doesn’t get any better than a Group One,” Corcoran said. “This win was pretty special for the farm becau...

April 1, 2019

Lou and Val's breeding venture

A life-changing moment in 2017 has enabled Lou Te Keeti and his wife Val to pursue their shared love of thoroughbreds to the maximum and Group 1 success at Awapuni will realise a dream. The Tauranga couple have always had a small scale interest in racing, but two and a-half years ago a NZ$10.3 million lottery strike allowed them to significantly expand their operation and on Saturday another jackpot beckons. They race the talented filly Aalaalune (NZ) (Reliable Man {GB}), narrowly beaten in the ...

April 1, 2019

NZTBA member Joan Egan enjoying success

A year after celebrating her first Group One success as a thoroughbred breeder, Joan Egan is having a ball with her small but select racing string. When Beauden won Sunday’s Woodville Cup, the Team Rogerson-trained gelding took his owner-breeders’ tally for the season to nine wins. A day earlier Concert Hall had completed a hat-trick by winning the Gr. 3 Cuddle Stakes at Trentham, going one better than Sandrine’s Ellerslie double in late February-early March. Egan’s Group One winner was ...

March 25, 2019

Sam Bergerson's first blog from Shadwell Stud

After a whirlwind Karaka yearling sales and a few emotional goodbyes, I was on my way. First stop Shadwell Stud, Norfolk, UK. As this is the first time a scholarship recipient has attended Shadwell Stud, I thought some background would be helpful: Shadwell’s global breeding and racing enterprises involve both Thoroughbred and Arabian horses, bred and brought to race in the renowned blue and white racing silks of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It encompasses Shadwell Estate C...

March 22, 2019

Equine breeding trainees of the year awards

Trainees who completed their National Certificate in Equine qualifications in 2018 were considered for the Level 3 and Level 4 Trainee of the Year awards. As well as being presented with trophies, NZTBA generously donated gift packs which contained a number of books including copies of Give a Man A Horse, signed by Sir Patrick Hogan and a year's membership to the NZTBA The winners were Jim Carroll (Windsor Park Stud) who was presented with his award by Rick Williams (General Manager of The Oaks ...

March 21, 2019

Celebrations New Zealand wide thanks to Gr.1 glory

There were celebrations throughout New Zealand when Sentimental Miss (Reliable Man[GB]-Nostalgic[AUS]) won the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand Oaks at Trentham last weekend. Celebrating on course at Trentham were her owners Go Racing Yesteryear Syndicate along with her breeders The Oaks Stud, while in Auckland the team at Westbury Stud were celebrating as she had provided her sire Reliable Man(GB) with his first well deserved group one winner. And in the South Island Jonny Orr was celebratin...

March 20, 2019

NZTBA Members will come together for Group One Day

The Gr.1 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) Day at Te Aroha on April 6 represents the perfect opportunity for members of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and their friends and budding breeders to get together. “The Breeders’ Stakes has a great history being the only Group One race restricted to fillies and mares,” Association President John Thompson said. “It always attracts a very good field and has been won by some great mares that have had grea...

March 20, 2019

Furore extends NZ's record in the Hong Kong Derby

The Frankie Lor-trained Furore continued New Zealand’s stellar record in the HK$18million Hong Kong Derby (2000m) when he took out the Classic race at Sha Tin on Sunday. Bred in New Zealand by Jonathan Munz under his GSA Bloodstock banner, Furore was born and raised at Haunui Farm and stud principal Mark Chitty said it was a great result for the farm and New Zealand. “It was a good result for the farm, but a great result for the industry in New Zealand, extending our record in the race (winn...

March 18, 2019

Rich Hill bred takes Gr.2 Adelaide Cup

Monday’s Gr.2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) winner Surprise Baby has provided a stunning return on investment for connections of the Kiwi stayer, who purchased the son of Shocking for just $5,500 from online auction gavelhouse.com as an unraced three-year-old. The Paul Preusker-trained four-year-old has proved a revelation, winning four of his six starts and becomes the seventh stakes winner for Rich Hill Stud stallion Shocking, who also sired last year’s Adelaide Cup winner Fanatic, the Group One wi...

March 12, 2019

Breeders' Stakes victory a lifetime high for McCarthy

Years of involvement in racing and breeding balanced by significant input to industry administration were rewarded when the Greg McCarthy-owned and bred filly Aretha won last Saturday’s $100,000 J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes. McCarthy approached the Group Two race with an open mind, well aware of the strength of the opposition for New Zealand’s most prestigious race for two-year-old fillies but also daring to hope Aretha was up to the occasion. “You can never be too confi...

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