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First winner for Vespa

Wellfield Lodge stallion Vespa picked up his first win as a sire when Piaggio took out the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1000m) at Tauherenikau on Thursday. It was a special day for trainers Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard who trained Vespa to seven victories, which included Group One glory in the Diamond Stakes (1200m). Benner was delighted to record Vespa’s first win as a sire and said he was struck by the similarities between the pair when he inspected him at Karaka earlier this year an...

October 10, 2019

Dunc’s mistake a Group Three winner

Recent Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) winner True Enough (Nom du Jeu – Valada’s Dream) is what you would call a fortunate mistake. Co-owner and breeder Mick Preston had Valda’s Dream (Sakura Seeking – Kerry’s Dream) booked to visit Fairdale Stud’s Full Fledged in 2012, but an oversight saw her covered by Nom du Jeu instead who she had missed to previously. “She was supposed to go to Fully Fledged but Duncan Fell made a blue and put her to Nom du Jeu,” Preston said. “To be...

October 9, 2019

Massive offer rejected for star 3YO

Dick Karreman has certainly confirmed his desire to enjoy racing top-class horses as he chases further Group One success. The highly successful Queensland businessman and owner of The Oaks Stud has officially turned down a $2.5 million offer for the exciting three-year-old gelding Catalyst, who is hot favourite to win next month’s Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton after annihilating his opposition in Saturday’s Gr.2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400...

October 7, 2019

Spare a thought for Thomo

In the aftermath of lightly-tried stayer Surprise Baby’s victory in the Gr.3 Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday, a ballot-free exemption race for the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), it was hard not to spare a thought for Rich Hill Stud principal John Thompson. The popular stud master stands Surprise Baby’s sire Shocking at the Walton-based stud and bred the Paul Preusker-trained galloper from Kaapstad mare, Bula Baby. Had the cards Thompson was dealt with Surprise Baby fallen diffe...

October 6, 2019

Kolding heads NZ-bred Trifecta in G1 Epsom

On a red letter day for trainer Chris Waller, Kolding (NZ) (Ocean Park) has delivered on the big stage in the Epsom Handicap, narrowly beating New Zealand cult horse Te Akau Shark (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle).In the process, he gave his Waikato Stud sire, Ocean Park, a richly deserved first Group One.Waller-trained horses won all four Group One races in Australia on Saturday with Kolding’s win over the famous Randwick mile of special significance for trainer and jockey Glen Boss.Kolding and Te Akau S...

October 6, 2019

Melody Belle makes history in Livamol

Megastar Melody Belle earned two slices of New Zealand racing history on Saturday with another commanding performance in the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings. She became the first horse to complete Hawke’s Bay’s weight-for-age Triple Crown during the Bostock New Zealand Spring Carnival – the Tarzino Trophy (1400m), Windsor Park Plate (1600m) and Livamol Classic. Eight horses had previously won two of the three. It was also the ninth Group One win of Melody Belle’s glittering care...

October 5, 2019

Kiwi breeder to the fore in Hong Kong

Greg Tomlinson's Nearco Stud bred the winners of both feature races at Sha Tin on Tuesday night.Beauty Generation made a winning return taking out the Gr.3 Celebration Cup Handicap (1400m). The brilliant bay brushed off the burden of 60kg, as well as large weight concessions to all his rivals, and surged to victory in a track record 1m 20.05s. “He’s just an amazing horse. To do what he does defies logic to a certain degree,” jockey Zac Purton said. “He’s one out of the box, he’s gon...

October 2, 2019

BLOG POST: Sam Bergerson

Sunline Trust International Management Scholarship recipient Sam Bergerson gives us an update on his travels. It has been a busy last couple of months to end the scholarship. Yearling preparation at WinStar has been full noise leading in to the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. A new straight-shot pool has just been finished for the yearlings so we have been very busy breaking that in with the majority of the horses swimming. I’ve also spent a few mornings over at the Training and Rest & Reha...

October 2, 2019

Sweynesse youngsters impress at Avondale trials

It might be early days, but juveniles by dual Group Three winning stallion Sweynesse have made a positive impression. The Group One-placed son of Lohnro was represented by two impressive trials winners at Avondale on Tuesday, while his only race-day performer to date, Swey My Way, ran an encouraging fourth in a strong two-year-old event at Pukekohe won by Not An Option. Te Awamutu trainer Clint Isdale produced a filly out of Darci Brahma mare Jungle Pago to win by five lengths over 600m. “I...

October 2, 2019

VIDEO: Bred To Win at Haunui Farm

Caroline Searcy's Bred to Win brings you the son of Lope De Vega, Belardo and his first foals at New Zealand's Haunui Farm. Plus sire of sires and broodmare sire of champions, Iffraaj....

September 30, 2019

AUDIO: Arion Pedigree's Andrew Stewart

Arion Pedigree's Andrew Stewart joined Mark Claydon on Radio Trackside to discuss Haunui Farm's shuttle stallion Belardo and champion broodmares Parfore and Eight Carat. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN...

September 25, 2019

Strong support for Time Test shows in debut crop pedigrees

Time Test, who shuttles to Little Avondale Stud, came out of last weekend’s Group One action in Europe with his profile considerably enhanced. By happy coincidence, the first northern hemisphere crop of foals by the son of Dubawi contains half-brothers to Logician, who announced himself a potential superstar with a decisive victory in the St Leger, and Irish Oaks heroine Star Catcher, who notched an all-the-way success in the Prix Vermeille. The colts out of Scuffle, a Listed-placed daugh...

September 24, 2019

Vernanme takes Pukekohe feature

Vernanme scored his first stakes victory on Sunday when successful in the Listed Haunui Farm Karaka Classic (1600m) at Pukekohe. Punters were keen on the winning chances of four-year-old O’Reilly entire Vernanme in the main event of the day after he produced an eye-catching run for second behind Mac Attacka at Ruakaka late last month. Group One placed behind Madison County in the Levin Classic (1600m) during his three-year-old campaign, Vernanme has furnished into an imposing specimen over h...

September 23, 2019

Ocean Park on song for Waikato Stud

Resident Waikato Stud stallion Ocean Park was to the forefront of the trans-Tasman racing action on Saturday where he was represented by four individual winners on the day, including a Group Three success at Royal Randwick. The Chris Waller-trained Kolding booked himself a start in the Gr.1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) in a fortnight when he displayed all the toughness of his five-time Group One winning sire after fighting back to win the Gr.3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) after being headed by eventu...

September 23, 2019

Satono Aladdin Foals impress Breeders

The quality and athleticism of Deep Impact stallion Satono Aladdin’s first Japanese foals created a big impression in July at the prestigious Japan Racing Horse Association’s 2019 Select Sale, his foals averaging a massive NZ$613,000. With his first New Zealand progeny now arriving, they look set to make a similar impression with Australasian breeders. “We have managed to get photos of his first five New Zealand born foals and they’re exhibiting the same quality, balance and athleticism ...

September 17, 2019

Auckland awards recognise breeders

The reigning Champion Horse of the Year Melody Belle and her breeder Marie Leicester received more accolades over the weekend, at the Auckland Branch of the NZTBA Annual Awards. At a lunch at New Zealand Bloodstock's complex in Karaka, following a successful stallion parade at Westbury Stud and Haunui Farm, the breeders of 18 individual group winners were presented with their trophies and honoured for their achievements. Among those 18 were five group one winners, Bostonian (Jimmy Choux-Keepa C...

September 16, 2019

Scholarship winners announced

Three young women working in the thoroughbred industry are heading overseas early next year to enhance their careers thanks scholarships promoted by the NZTBA.. The Sunline International Management Scholarship has been awarded to Kyla Robb, and due to the high calibre of applicants and the generosity of the Keith and Faith Taylor Family, both Hannah Airey and Laura Macnab will study at the Irish National Stud. According to previous International Management Scholarship winner and now NZTBA Counci...

September 16, 2019

Saturday double caps off stunning week for Shocking

Rich Hill Stud principal John Thompson was a happy man as he reflected on a wonderful week for his resident stallion Shocking while sipping on his Sunday morning coffee. A brace of Australian victories on Saturday capped off a seven-day stretch that saw the dual Group One winning son of Street Cry produce eight individual winners throughout Australia, New Zealand and Macau. Amongst those successes was impressive Rosehill winner Shock Alert for former kiwi trainer Bjorn Baker while promising thre...

September 15, 2019

VIDEO: Cambridge Stud on Bred To Win

Watch Bred To Win's Caroline Searcy and Cambridge Stud CEO Henry Plumptre discuss Savabeel's only Gr.1 winning son at stud- Embellish, along with resident sires Tavistock and Burgundy, and the New Zealand Thoroughbred industry in general....

September 15, 2019

TRAC- Stallion Service Placement Scheme

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September 12, 2019

Stakes winner Cooga Doon a first for his breeders

Rahotu couple Philly and Paddy Mullin consider themselves new to the breeding game, and are absolutely delighted to have bred their first stakes winner Cooga Doon (Makfi[GB]-Monachee). The three-year-old son of Makfi was an impressive winner in the recent Listed HS Dyke Wanganui Guineas over 1350metres, beating his nearest rival Sai Fah(Rios-Rongonui) by nine lengths with a further four lengths back to Blue Rata Eligius (Rios – Blue Rata), at only his second start. “He’s a beauty isn’t h...

September 11, 2019

STAR MARE MELODY BELLE DOMINATES HORSE OF THE YEAR VOTING.

Glamour galloper Melody Belle has added the New Zealand Horse of the Year title to her growing list of achievements. The Matamata mare was an almost unanimous choice for Horse of the Year, which was announced at the New Zealand Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Awards, in Auckland on Sunday night. Of the 61 votes cast for Horse of the Year, Melody Belle received 59, with one apiece for stablemate Te Akau Shark and Bostonian, who was a dual Group I winner in Australia. Melody Belle was also named Ch...

September 9, 2019

Stakes success for ill-fated Atlante

The victory of promising three-year-old filly Riva Capri in Saturday’s Listed The O’Learys Fillies Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui conjured up mixed emotions for well known bloodstock agent Bruce Perry. Perry, who selects and manages the thoroughbred interests of Wellington-based owner/breeder Lib Petagna, was thrilled to see the Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen-trained filly carry Petagna’s colours to victory as the first stakes winner for the ill-fated Mapperley Stud stallion Atlante. The win also ...

September 9, 2019

NZTBA Breeder and Broodmare of the Year Winners Announced

The deeds of the Champion Hong Kong galloper Beauty Generation (Road To Rock[AUS]-Stylish Bel[AUS]) have been significant in the decision of this year’s Breeder of the Year Nearco Stud and Eight Carat Broodmare of the Year Stylish Bel (Bel Esprit[AUS]-Stylish Victory), at the Horse of the Year awards evening hosted by NZTR. Nearco Stud is the name given to South Island entrepreneur Greg Tomlinson’s thoroughbred business, and he was on hand at the gala event to accept the trophy for Breeder o...

September 9, 2019

Gifted horsewoman gives thousands of thoroughbreds a life after racing

Gina Schick has developed a busy lifestyle and business retraining racehorses for a new life off the track. The dedicated horsewoman has hundreds of thoroughbreds coming through her gates at Event Stars in the Waikato each year, preparing and placing them into new homes around the country. Years ago, during a dinner in Hong Kong, one of the world’s leading jockeys said to me matter-of-factly, “many people think racehorses are like casino chips.”It was an appalling statement loaded with har...

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