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Racing Minister miffed by reaction to budget tax relief

Racing Minister Winston Peters voiced his displeasure – albeit with a little mirth – at the vitriol displayed by the political minority in both the racing industry and general media after the tax relief for racing was announced in last week’s budget. “The racing industry has to show a bit of patience,” Peters said in a call from Tokyo Airport to The Informant last Sunday. “They waited nine years and got nothing from the National Party and I’m trying to put together some changes and...

May 25, 2018

Group Two winner War Decree retires to Inglewood

In a major boost for New Zealand breeding, Inglewood Stud, in partnership with Kevin Hickman’s Valachi Downs, has secured exciting young entire War Decree for stud duties in 2018.“We’ve been open to the idea of standing a new stallion at Inglewood for the past four seasons,” Inglewood’s Gus Wigley said. “But we just haven’t found the right horse for us. “We’ve been chasing this guy for nearly 12 months, he’s the horse we wanted and we’re just thrilled to bits to have h...

May 24, 2018

Zacinto moves north

Exciting young sire Zacinto will now be on the doorstep of Waikato breeders with Kevin and Jo Hickman’s Valachi Downs set to stand the son of Dansili in the 2018 season.A resident of Inglewood Stud, just north of Christchurch, since his retirement to stud in 2012, Zacinto has quickly risen through the stallion ranks to be hot property in the New Zealand breeding industry.A booming run of form over the past couple of months, including juvenile stakes winners at Flemington and Riccarton, has fur...

May 24, 2018

NZTBA Winter Seminar

Optimising reproduction and growth under New Zealand conditions. The NZTBA is hosting a seminar in conjunction with Massey University next Tuesday 29th May at the Prince Albert Tavern, Victoria Street Cambridge from 6pm. The following speakers will present information - Javier Roca  - Post-Doctoral fellow (Animal Science) New Zealand is a long skinny country with significant variation in climate and pasture growth between the regions.  Using the national Thoroughbred breeding records, ...

May 23, 2018

Michael Walker combined with fellow ex-pat Kiwi Chris Waller to guide Comin' Through to victory in the Group One Doomben Cup for owner Go Bloodstock Australia.

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May 21, 2018

Savabeel’s son writes new story at Norwegian Park

A Group One-performed son of champion stallion Savabeel will take Norwegian Park to a new level when he begins his stud career there later this year. Peter and Sue Westend have developed their operation into a large-scale agistment operation, accommodating around 200 mares on their two Cambridge properties and one in nearby Ohaupo.  The couple are vastly experienced with Peter as a former manager of Chequers Farm and Sue as an employee at several thoroughbred establishments, including a len...

May 17, 2018

Charm Spirit off the mark

Windsor Park Stud shuttle stallion Charm Spirit sired his first Northern Hemisphere winner overnight.The Mark Johnston-trained Diviner was making her second appearance when she distanced her rivals at Wolverhampton, England, over 1000m.Charm Spirit won six of his nine starts, including the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1600m), the Gr.1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1600m) and the Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat (1600m) before his retirement.The son of Invincible Spirit has been well-received in New Zealand...

May 15, 2018

Sunline Scholarship recipient David Morris latest blog from Goffs to Coolmore

I started my time with Tony Williams and GOFFS UK in Hawick, Scotland where there main office is located. I was very fortunate to be hosted by Tony and spent the first couple of days in the office working alongside a few different members of staff. I spent time with Mark Palmer in the accounts area which he would argue the most important area of the company and I soon realised he wasn’t too far wrong.  I also spent time with Charlie King in Bloodstock and Michael Orton in Marketing. Micha...

May 13, 2018

Student Danielle Southey's April update from the Irish National Stud

I have been rostered into the stallion yard and which has been a totally a different experience for me. The opportunity to work with the stallions and learn the routine of the covering shed has been both an enjoyable and invaluable experience.  We have 8 stallions standing at the stud and when I was looking office I noticed some plaques which had some familiar names but one in particular was Elusive City. I knew I had seen this horses name previously in New Zealand somewhere, so with a litt...

May 13, 2018

Enrolments sought for breeding course

The annual equine breeding winter block course will take place later this month and prospective participants are being urged to enroll in the course. Enrolments are being called for the annual equine breeding winter block course, which will take place over three days between May 29 and May 31. The course, which is restricted to 20 students, will cover a wide range of topics including anatomy and conformation, nutrition, foaling, weaning and reproduction. The course cost is $250 including accommo...

May 10, 2018

Sir Patrick active at Karaka

The top lot in the broodmare section at New Zealand Bloodstock’s May Sale was knocked down to one of the most familiar faces at the Karaka sales complex, Sir Patrick Hogan. The famed thoroughbred breeder swapped his usual role of vendor to that of purchaser when he went to $150,000 to buy lot 468, Passion Cut, a Pins mare in-foal to Cambridge Stud stallion Tavistock. Consigned by the farm he sold to Brendan and Jo Lindsay last month, Sir Patrick was delighted with his first purchase since sell...

May 8, 2018

Debut purchase by former Black Cap

Former top class cricketer Adam Parore has dipped his toes into the thoroughbred industry with his first purchase at New Zealand Bloodstock’s May Sale on Tuesday afternoon. The former Black Cap wicket keeper went to $36,000 to secure lot 381, All By Myself, a Zabeel mare who is in-foal to Waikato Stud’s freshman sire Tivaci. Parore became interested in thoroughbreds through his partner Danielle Francis, whose family have been involved in breeding both standardbreds and thoroughbreds. “My p...

May 8, 2018

Wentwood Grange's Our Abbadean adds another black type success

Every breeder knows the disappointment of passing a filly in at the sale, so it’s very satisfying when three years later that filly becomes a dual group two winner. This is what happened to the  Cambridge based Hawkins Family of Wentwood Grange, with their bonny mare Our Abbadean (Looking At Lucky[USA]- Highland Lights[AUS]). At the 2014 National Yearling Sales, she failed to reach her $75,000 reserve, the decision was made to race her, and she was placed in the Te Akau Stable of Stephen ...

May 4, 2018

European champion for Cambridge Stud

The changing of the guard at Cambridge Stud has been ushered in with the addition of an international Group One star to the 2018 stallion roster. The iconic nursery has purchased the Southern Hemisphere breeding rights to the champion European performer Almanzor. The triple Group One winner will be syndicated to stand in New Zealand, his arrival coming at a pivotal time for the farm as it moves into its next phase with the recent sale of the property to Brendan and Jo Lindsay.  “Our purch...

May 3, 2018

Fastnet Rock’s Group Two-winning son to Willow Glen

Willow Glen’s successful association with the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry has gone to another level with the Waimate stud to stand Mongolian Falcon. Mike and Barbara Cooney’s South Island operation will launch the stallion career of the well-performed son of Fastnet Rock, whose promising career was pre-maturely ended by injury. Rider Horse Industry principal Lang Lin, affectionately known as Mr Wolf because of his love of his pet wolves, has been a regular visitor to Willow Glen. “...

May 1, 2018

Savile Row tailor made for Valachi

The first New Zealand-based son of Makfi will go to stud this year with Savile Row to stand at Valachi Downs, the Matamata breeding operation of the stallion’s owner Kevin Hickman. The four-year-old was trained at Ballymore Stables by Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard and won three races over 1200m, including the Listed Hallmark Stud Handicap (1200m). Savile Row was also a three-time Group One runner-up in the Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m), the New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) and the Levin Classic ...

April 30, 2018

Breeding industry mourns the loss of Pins

Waikato Stud’s champion resident stallion Pins passed away on Sunday due to complications from colic. A Gr.1 Australian Guineas (2000m) winner for trainer Clarry Connors, he retired to the Matamata farm in 2000 and enjoyed an outstanding career. “I was on course the day he won and knew then that he would be a great horse to be a part of and he has been such a great stallion for us for the past 18 years,” stud principal Mark Chittick said. “He has been a massive part of the growth we have...

April 30, 2018

Prudent broodmare investment for breeder

It takes a special two-year-old to win a group one race, especially one over 1600 metres, and Seabrook(Hinchinbrook[AUS]-Midnight Revels), the recent winner of the Gr.1 Moet and Chandon Champagne Stakes, appears to be just that. Starting with a 1000 metre Listed race at Moonee Valley last October, this filly has only ever raced in black type company. She resumed racing in February, when she was promoted to third in the Gr.2 Blue Diamond Prelude after being knocked sideways in the straight. A mon...

April 27, 2018

International Group One performer to stand at Little Avondale

The Southern Hemisphere breeding rights to the European Group Two winner and Group One-placed Time Test have been secured by Little Avondale Stud.The well-credentialed son of Dubawi will shuttle to the Wairarapa farm in 2018 and will stand at $10,000 + GST.“We are extremely proud and excited to be standing Time Test here at Little Avondale,” principal Sam Williams said.“It has been over four decades since we stood the English-bred Oncidium, who won the Gr.1 Coronation Cup and went on to be...

April 25, 2018

South Island Sale Topper

A yearling colt by Little Avondale Stud stallion Per Incanto has topped the New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Sale, knocked down to Garry Carvell’s Hiwi Bloodstock for $100,000. Presented by the Dennis family’s Ravelston Stud, the colt is out of the four-time winning O’Reilly mare The Dewdrop, a three-quarter sister to New Zealand’s Champion Three-Year-Old in 2002-03, The Jewel. “I sorted him out on pedigree to have a look at,” Carvell said. “It is a cross that works well, by Per...

April 23, 2018

Waikato NZTBA members breed their first stakes winner - One One Two

Waikato NZTBA branch members Lloyd and Heather Monehan are celebrating the success of breeding their first stakes winner, thanks to the deeds of Won Won Too (Tavistock-Celtic Dream). The three-year-old gelding was an impressive winner of the Listed Ladbrokes Galilee Series Final at Caulfield recently, and became the 16th individual stakes winner for his sire Cambridge Stud based Tavistock. “We are very proud of him and what he has done for us,” said a delighted Monehan, “we raced his mothe...

April 19, 2018

Oaks victory a boost for NZTBA members' broodmare Special Memories

Kiwi breeders celebrate unforgettable Oaks Unforgotten’s victory in the Gr.1 Australian Oaks (2400m) provided a pair of New Zealand racing identities with a result to savour. Carol Marshall and Nessie Paykel raced her sister Special Memories and they are now breeding from the daughter of Fastnet Rock and the Galileo mare Memories Of You. Special Memories was purchased for them by Te Akau principal David Ellis from the draft of Curraghmore for $400,000 at Karaka in 2014. “Nessie and I were ov...

April 17, 2018

Te Aroha - special day for NZTBA members and Hawkes Bay Breeders' Richard and Liz Wood

The Group One Fibre Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Te Aroha, is the only group one race restricted to fillies and mares on our racing calendar, and every year attracts a strong field of the best sprinter/ miler female racehorses around. This year was no exception with no less than 10 of the field of 12 being stakes performers, and they were the first 10 home in the race. The winner was Miss Wilson a five-year-old mare by Stratum(AUS) from Cierzo, raced by her breeders Liz and ...

April 17, 2018

The Courageous Who Shot Thebarman

Less than 24 hours after watching his pride and joy, (bred by South Island's Brian and Lorraine Anderton of White Robe Lodge) Who Shot Thebarman) seal his first Sydney victory in thrilling fashion in the Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m), part-owner Dan O’Leary admits he is still walking on air. O’Leary described the scenes in the aftermath of the win as quite surreal as he fielded the congratulations of hundreds of well-wishers in the Royal Randwick mounting yard. “He’s a pretty special horse and...

April 16, 2018

Further stakes for Showcasing

Haunui Farm shuttle stallion Showcasing has a leading contender for an international classic.His son Dice Roll has won the Gr.3 Prix Djebel (1400m) at Deauville, a key lead-up event to the Gr.1 French 2000 Guineas (1600m).It was Showcasing’s 25th stakes winner with Xpression, successful in this season’s Gr.2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1200m) at Trentham among his leading New Zealand representatives. She is part-owned by co-breeders Haunui Farm....

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