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Anton Koolman left a proud legacy

Three decades have passed since Anton Koolman resided in New Zealand, however, the highly respected horseman’s death at age 82 in Sydney last weekend still resonated with many on the other side of the Tasman. From lowly beginnings and in partnership with Marg, his wife of 50 years, Koolman forged a place in the racing industry, initially as a trainer and studmaster, and then as a bloodstock agent trading throughout Australasia and establishing a strong Hong Kong clientele. Koolman’s Estonia...

June 30, 2022

Breeders set to celebrate National Awards

After a two year COVID enforced hiatus, the New Zealand National Breeding Awards are back on the calendar. Sponsored by AGrowQuip John Deere, the dinner and awards will held on Saturday 30th July and will be the first ‘live’ event combining the celebration of the New Zealand Breeding Awards as well as the breeders of Group One winners during the racing season. “It is really exciting to be able to actually get together to have the awards,” Waikato Branch President Dave Duley said. “It i...

June 30, 2022

Sclater makes most of chance to represent NZTBA in UK

By Dennis Ryan, RaceformRepresenting the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association in the United Kingdom earlier this month had many dimensions for the organisation’s CEO Justine Sclater. Pivotal to Sclater’s two-week sojourn was the International Thoroughbred Breeders’ Federation (ITBF) conference, staged over four days in Newmarket and attended by representatives from 23 of the 25 member states. Between times she was treated to raceday attendances at Epsom for the English Derby an...

June 29, 2022

Government firmly behind racing, says new Minister

The Labour Government’s support of the racing industry was firmly signalled after its landslide election victory in 2020 and its commitment is ongoing, new Minister for Racing Kieran McAnulty has emphasised. McAnulty achieved a personal goal when he recently took over the role and dismissed any concern that racing had a lesser seat at the table after succeeding Deputy Prime Minster Grant Robertson. “I think the signal from the Government was pretty clear after the last election when it kept ...

June 28, 2022

Savabeel filly impresses at first start for Golan

Three-year-old filly Tilianam (NZ) (Savabeel x Spending) provided an instant return on her recent purchase price when she made a winning debut from her new quarters in Queensland on Saturday. The Waikato Stud-bred and sold daughter of Savabeel was making her first appearance from Tony Gollan’s yard and proved too slick for her age group rivals over 1200m at Eagle Farm. Tilianam had won twice, including success in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1000m) at her second start, when prepared by G...

June 27, 2022

Inundation oozes class at Caulfield

Kiwi acquisition Inundation (Headwater x Flippity Lass) has made the step to city company in stunning fashion with an impressive win at Caulfield to remain unbeaten this campaign.  The Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr-trained galloper headed to Saturday’s Lamaro’s Hotel Handicap (1000m) off the back of victories at Mornington and on the Pakenham Synthetic.  Inundation had scored by 3-½ lengths and 3-¼ lengths respectively on the country circ...

June 27, 2022

Baggy Green top scorer at Valachi Downs broodmare dispersal

The Valachi Downs unreserved broodmare and stallion shares dispersal sale concluded on Gavelhouse Plus on Friday night and as expected blue-hen mare Baggy Green proved the highlight lot, selling for $1.75 million to Yulong’s Written Tycoon Syndicate. Grossing over $6.6 million, the 57-lot online sale is the highest grossing broodmare sale in New Zealand history, with a strong international buying bench keen to gain access to well-credentialed stock amassed by Kevin and Joanna Hickman, who have...

June 25, 2022

Texas Tea impresses at Flemington

Talented former New Zealand three-year-old Texas Tea hinted at a bright future across the Tasman with a commanding victory in Saturday’s A$130,000 Sir Henry Bolte Handicap (2000m) at Flemington.Making his first start since a midfield finish in last month’s Gr.1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville, the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained gelding enjoyed a comfortable midfield run under expat New Zealand jockey Michael Dee.Texas Tea cruised into a gap two off the rail at the top...

June 20, 2022

Victoria Derby plan for upset Flemington winner

Long-priced winners are rare for the Danny O'Brien stable but, even so, Grinzinger Bishop's (Almanzor x Tavy) knockout win at $71 at Flemington on Saturday did not come as a shock for connections.O'Brien, who also won the opening Flemington event with stayer Saracen Knight on Saturday, explained after Grinzinger Bishop's boilover win that the two-year-old son of Almanzor had trialled well before a moderate debut where he struggled on a very wet surface at Geelong."He went to Geelong with some ex...

June 20, 2022

ITBF Conference a Success

The International Thoroughbred Breeders’ Federation (ITBF) concluded its highly successful 4-day conference with its biennial General Meeting, yesterday (June 9th) in Newmarket. The conference was attended by 23 of its 25 member countries, from 6 continents. Over 40 delegates having already gathered at Epsom, ahead of the Newmarket programme, to attend the ITBF Derby Experience, generously provided by the Jockey Club. The programme included visits to all the leading Newmarket stallion studs, a...

June 20, 2022

Valachi Downs Unreserved Broodmare & Stallion Share Dispersal Live

The 59 Lot broodmare and stallion share offering as part of the dissolution of Matamata Stud Valachi Downs is now live on Gavelhouse Plus. Bidding is open and will run through until 7pm (NZT) on Friday 24 June. Just some of the quality Lots featured include: Baggy Green (Galileo) – herself a winner over a mile in Australia, Baggy Green is a half to Group One mares Funstar and Youngstar. In foal to Ocean Park, she is carrying a full to four-time Group One winner Tofane who fetched A$3.1 milli...

June 17, 2022

Karaka Sale Ring Alight at National Weanling Sale

A vibrant atmosphere coupled with dynamic bidding saw a successful day of trade at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2022 National Weanling Sale.  105 quality weanlings sold for an aggregate of $3,486,000. The average climbed to $33,200, while the median settled at $16,000 and the clearance rate closed at 88%. Visiting from across the Tasman, NZB’s Director of Business Development Mike Kneebone was pleased with the buoyant market and major increase in all key sale indicators. “One of the ...

June 17, 2022

Riding for a good cause

Long-time NZTBA member Dennis Ryan, who is also one of New Zealand's most valued racing journalists, is a proud Dad. Reason being, his daughter Siobhan is making final preparations for her challenge of a lifetime, riding in what is recognised as the world’s longest and toughest horse-race, the Mongol Derby.   Next month Siobhan, who mixes her day-job as a Government investment analyst with a showjumping team, will represent New Zealand in the grueling equine marathon across 1,000km of the...

June 16, 2022

Time Test colt sells for £900,000

Trainer Michael O’Callaghan pulled off a remarkable pinhooking feat when he sold Time Test juvenile Crypto Force at Goffs London Sale this week for £900,000. The Curragh horseman had purchased Crypto Force for 160,000gns at the Guineas Breeze-Up Sale and trained him to win a maiden first time out before putting him through the sale ring once more. Crypto Force was knocked down to bloodstock agent Hamish Macauley on behalf of Amo Racing’s Kia Joorabchian, and the colt will remain in O’Call...

June 14, 2022

Second stakes success for Charmmebaby

Something about the Queensland sun brings the very best out of talented New Zealand-bred mare Charmmebaby, who picked up the second stakes win of her career in Saturday’s Listed Radiotab The Wayne Wilson (1600m) at Eagle Farm.Charmmebaby moved north to the Sunshine State last December to join trainer Lawrie Mayfield-Smith, and she quickly stepped up to stakes level with a win in the Listed Brisbane Handicap (1640m) and a second in the Listed Bernborough Plate (1600m). Her winter carnival campa...

June 13, 2022

Lowry excited about prospects for Waihaha Falls

A top performance to kick off his winter campaign with a win at Randwick over 1200m on Saturday has Hastings trainer Guy Lowry excited about the future prospects of progressive galloper Waihaha Falls.Lowry co-bred and owns the four-year-old son of Sacred Falls with good friend Mark Chittick and his father Garry and sent the gelding over to Sydney trainer John O’Shea after he had impressively won a 1000m trial at Foxton back in October 2020.A slow maturing type, Waihaha Falls has now had just t...

June 13, 2022

Unwanted filly delivers for reluctant breeder

Renowned Australian Veterinarian Dr Chris Lawler admits to initially being reluctant to venture into the breeding game though after breeding Group One winning filly Gypsy Goddess (Tarzino - Invisible Coin [AUS]) he is enjoying the ride. Since her debut in October, Gypsy Goddess has been beautifully managed by David Vandyke to race nine times for six wins and three placings.  She was unbeaten in her first five starts in Queensland, which included a win in the Gr.3 BRC Grand Prix Stakes. A t...

June 9, 2022

Brisbane swansong for The Chosen One before stud duties

The Chosen One will have his final race in the A$1.2 million Gr.2 The Q22 (2200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday, before retiring to stand at Highview Stud in New Zealand. The six-year-old will retire as a Group One winner over a mile, multiple stakes winner on both sides of the Tasman and dual New Zealand Stayer of the Year with over $2.7 million in stakes earnings. However, trainer Andrew Forsman thinks he’s a good chance of adding one last feature win to his already impressive resume, following...

June 7, 2022

Stakes winner for Ribchester

Ribchester’s three-year-old daughter, Snooze n You Lose made all to land the Listed Queen of Scots Stakes (1400m) at Musselburgh on Sunday. The filly, having her second start of the season for trainer Karl Burke, soon led from the barriers under jockey Sam James, she was briefly challenged a furlong out but went clear to win by two lengths for owner Melba Bryce. Snooze n You Lose, bred by Bryce’s Laundry Cottage Stud Farm, is a half-sister to Listed winner Zaman. They are out of the Stakes-p...

June 6, 2022

Sophmaze all class in Castletown Stakes

Talented juvenile filly Sophmaze (Derryn x Miss Isle) showed a touch of class when she out-finished her rivals with a determined late run to take out the Listed John Turkington Forestry Ltd Castletown Stakes (1200m) at Waverley.The Allan Sharrock-trained filly had broken her maiden status after two minor placings when successful at Trentham last month with Sharrock declaring then she was just the type of filly who would be suited to a race like the Castletown Stakes.That statement proved prophet...

June 6, 2022

Amusez Moi entertains with feature race victory

Talented winter galloper Amusez Moi (Dalghar x Next) capped off some fine recent form with victory in the Listed AGC Training Stakes (1650m) at Waverley. The five-year-old son of Dalghar was having just his fifth run for trainers Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard after returning from a two-year stint in Australia where he won three of his 11 starts after doing his early racing from the Nigel Tiley stable at Pukekohe. After winning first up over 1400m at Otaki in March, Amusez Moi had been placed i...

June 6, 2022

Gypsy Goddess all class in Oaks triumph

New Zealand-bred filly Gypsy Goddess (Tarzino x Invisible Coin) left her rivals with few excuses after landing the Gr.1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) for trainer David Vandyke and jockey William Pike at Eagle Farm on Saturday.The daughter of Tarzino went back from the horror outside draw of 18, and while the rangy filly relaxed well throughout, she was forced to cover plenty of ground rounding the home turn and presented widest in the home straight.It mattered little as the $4.40 favourite landed the ...

June 6, 2022

Vale Nadeem

Little Avondale Stud’s Group One-winning sire Nadeem has passed away. Bred by John Foote, Nadeem was bought for A$700,000 as a yearling in Australia by Angus Gold for Sheik Hamdan and Shadwell. Trained by David Hayes, the colt was a brilliant winner of the 2006 Gr.1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on his way to being crowned Champion two-year-old colt of his year.  “It is with a heavy heart that Little Avondale(LA) announce the passing of Nadeem,” Little Avondale Stud said in a statement...

June 2, 2022

Petagnas to put new stamp on Valachi Downs

Pristine thoroughbred nursery Valachi Downs, in Matamata, has been sold to Lib and Katrina Petagna’s breeding business Elsdon Park. Kevin and Joanna Hickman quietly built the stud that now operates on more than 600 acres and covers all aspects of breeding and racing, including significant expansions in 2018 with the standing of stallions in a new purposely built station and the acquisition of a private training facility adjacent to the nearby Matamata racecourse. The transaction, which involve...

May 30, 2022

Sword Of State’s service fee released

Sword Of State will add further Group 1 quality to the Cambridge Stud roster in 2022 at an introductory fee of $15,000 + GST. The son of Snitzel triumphed in the G1 Sistema Stakes and the G3 Matamata Slipper to earn Champion New Zealand Two-Year-Old honours and trained on to add the G3 Almanzor Trophy and G3 King’s Plate against the older horses as a three-year-old to his impressive resume. Sword Of State was trained by Te Akau’s Jamie Richards before his departure to Hong Kong and finished ...

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