Sunline ScholarshipScholarshipNew Zealand BloodstockBreeders' BulletinCambridge StudBelardoCovid-19Haunui FarmRich HillWaikato StudIrish National StudCheveley Park StudGavelhouse PlusPearl SeriesBreeders BulletinBrighthill FarmCoolmoreBruce SladeLittle Avondale StudRITATaylor MadeBruce's BlogBulletinMatt's BlogMatthew ScownTrelawney StudWeanling SaleWindsor Park StudAlmanzorIffraajJamie RichardsMapperley StudMatt ScownNational Breeding AwardsNovara ParkOcean ParkRobert DennisThe Oaks StudBevan SmithDavid Morris BlogFirst Crop Sire FocusHighden ParkNZTRSavabeelTavistockWentwood GrangeWestbury Stud2020 New SiresBevan's BlogEminentHolly RossHolly's BlogJamie's BlogKiwi BredLance Forbes BlogMelody BelleNZB Pearl SeriesPer IncantoRaise The FlagRobert's BlogValachi DownsWellfield LodgeWhite Robe LodgeBenji KingBenji's BlogCameron Ring BlogDanielle Southey BlogGavelhouseHannah AireyHannah MeeKeith and Faith Taylor Equine ScholarshipNZB South Island SaleSatono AladdinSouth Island SaleSweynesseTime TestWelfareCharm SpiritCurraghmoreDylan TreweekDylan's BlogEmbellishGrangewilliam StudHannah's BlogHello YoumzainInglewood StudKoldingLaura McNabMarie LeicesterNathan TrumperReliable ManSam BergersonVadamosVespaWyndspelleAce HighAide MemoireBagalolliesBeyond the BarriersCameron RingChris LuoniContributerCoronavirusDalgharDarci BrahmaDavid ArcherEtah JamesGordon CunninghamHall of FameJon SnowLance ForbesMilan ParkNewmarketNZ Racing Hall of FameNZB InsuranceOcean EmperorPolly GreyPrefermentRichard WrightRoad to RockSacred FallsShamexpressShockingShowcasingSir Patrick HoganStaphanosSuper SethTurn Me LooseWaikato Stallion WeekendWeigh InWroteYearling SalesAlamosaAtlanteAuckland Breeder AwardsAvantageBeauty GenerationBLOODSTOCK TAXATIONBradbury ParkBreeding AwardsCatalystCEO BlogChief Executive's BlogCoolmore IrelandDean McKenzieDennis BrothersExplosive BreedingFalkirkFasttrack Breeders ProfileFoster FoalFrankelGerry HarveyGingernutsHealthy RiversHighviewIgraineJakkalberryJennifer EcclesJoan EganJohnny Get AngryJomara BloodstockKaraka 2021Karaka MillionLion's RoarLisa LattaLloyd MonehanMare ReturnsMark ChittyMark LuptonMembershipNearco StudNick KingNZTBA Waikato BranchOcean BillyOceanexOff The Track ThoroughbredsPattern CommitteePear Tree FarmPinsRacing Industry BillRangitikei Gold CupReady To Run SaleRibchesterRoaring LionRock 'n' PopRyan StaceyShannon TaylorSneaking To WinStallion paradeStallion parade 2019Surprise BabyTarzinoTe AkauTe Aroha Breeders DayTen SovereignsThe Chosen OneTheileria equiTivaciToffee TongueTony PikeTony RiderUnusual SuspectVanbrughVerry ElleegantWar DecreeWarren PeggWillie and Karen CalderWinston PetersYearnZed2015/16 Handicaps2017 Waikato Stallion Parade2020 Service fees2021 NZB Weanling Sale30 Day Foal NotificationAblazeACC ForumACC LEVIESAdvantageAegonAerovelocityAl Basti EquiworldAlan GrovesAlan WindleAllan SharrockAllureAlphastarAmazing StarAndrew SeabrookAndrew StewartAnne-Marie KingAnother DollarArrivederciArthur AvisAternatinAuckland Stallion ParadeAuckland Stallion Parade 2017Auret FamilyAvonalloAzamourBaggy GreenBansha House StablesBarbara PerryBattle of the BreedsBelle familyBernard SaundryBessBig MikeBlandford LodgeBohemian BluesBonnevalBonniegirlBonny LassBostonianBoticaBRANCH CAPITATIONBred To WinBreeder of The YearBreeder Of The Year 2016Breeder ProfileBreeders Bulletin Winter 2016Breeders' Bulletin Summer 2016/17Breeders' StakesBrent and Cherry TaylorBrian CollinsBright AbyssBroodmare Of The Year 2016Broodmare of the year 2020Bruce HarveyBruce PerryBryerley ParkBuckinghamBurgundyCallsign MavCancer SocietyCareers DayCarol MarshallCathay PacificCatWalkCelia CrawshawCharles RobertsCharmontCherry TaylorCheveley ParkChiantiChocanteChris GraceChristopher GraceClearview ParkClyde BuckinghamColdplayComplacentCoolmore AmericaCouleeCount ZeroCountofmontecristoCovCoventinaCrosshavenCylinder BeachDan MyersDaniel NakhleDanny RolstonDavid EllisDavid GreeneDavid MillerDavid MorrisDavid WalshDawn PatrolDe GruchyDeloitte ReportDerrynDezDijon BleuDivine ProphetDolcettoDon GoodwinDormello StudDr Frances PeatDunstan FeedsDunstan Feeds Stayers ChampionshipDunstan Feeds Under The RadarDunstan Horse FeedsDylan JohnsonEducationElusive BoxersEmblemEmma EvansEnglandEnvironmentEpisode OneEquibreed Seminar 28th AugustEquifibreEquine Property OwnersEvent StarsExplosive JackExportsFabulousFanaticFarriersFasig-TiptonFastrack Breeder ProfileFasttrackFerlaxFerrandoFiona BassettFirst Season Sire ReviewFive to MidnightFlemmington FarmFlying MontyFlyingflynnFoal NZFoalsFormidableFoxbridgeFrank ConwayFree Handicaps 2016-17Full of BeautyG1 DinnerGalloping GerteGary WallaceGermanicusGift Of PowerGilltown StudGina ShickGoffsGore GuineasGraham BaxGraham de GruchyGreg TomlinsonGus WigleyGuy LowryGypsy FairHamdan Al MaktoumHappy StarHard MerchandizeHe's Our RokkiiHe's RemarkableHEALTH & SAFETY ACTHeniHigh ChaparralHighview StudHiyaamHoney RiderHorse ambulanceHoward Be Thy NameHumidorI Am A StarIain RentonImmigrationImperatrizImposing LassImposinglyInfantryInside AgentIrelandIts Time For MagicJanine DunlopJeanette BroomeJen CampinJericho CupJezabeelJimmy ChouxJohn BergerJohn FokerdJohn Messara Report Release Date 30 August 2018John ThompsonJohn WoodJulian CorbanJust Got HomeJustamaizKawiKay HoodKaye SandersKeanoKeenelandKevin GrayKevin HickmanKevin PrattKhalesKick BackKinaneKoru ThoroughbredsKyla RobbKyla Robb BlogKylie FawcettKylin 500 ClubLa DiosaLa RomaneeLasarlaLegless VeuveLet Her RipLetham StudLib PetagnaLibby BleakleyLifesaverLightning StakesLincoln BlueLincoln FarmsLiz AllenLloch-Haven ThoroughbredsLondon ExpressLong Acres StudLorna MooreLuigi MuolloMadame De SoirMajor TomMakfiMakfi StakesMangaroa Flo JoMansfield FarmMarch 2016Mark CorcoranMark TreweekMaster PaintonMay SaleMcQuadeMeeska MooskaMegan LieftingMeleka BelleMembersMiami boundMichael MoranMichael O'KeefeMichael SheridanMichelle SabaMick PrestonMiss Three StarsMiss VistaMiss WilsonMongolian khanMonovaleMonovale FarmMontoyas SecretMonty RobertsMPINahkleNeedle and ThreadNew zealand racing hall of fameNigel AuretNight's WatchNitrogenNot An OptionNurse KitchenNZ Bred G1 WinnersNZ Breeder of the YearNZ First season sires 2018NZ HOTYNZ Racing AwardsNZ Racing StructureNZB AirfreightNZB Yearling SalesNZERFNZRBNZTBA Breeders Bulletin Autumn 2018NZTBA OfficeNZTBA RestructureNZTBA Te Aroha Breeders DayNZTROF March 2017OctapussyOctasongOn The RocksOne One TwoOnly WordsOur AbbadeanOWNERS FEDERATIONPaisley ParkPark Hill StablesPaul GollanPaul MoroneyPaul YesbergPencarrowPencarrow StudPentirePerfect FitPerfectly ReadyPeter and Heather CrofskeyPeter and Sue WestendPeter NewsomPeter SmithPeter WalkerPhilamorPhilip SmythPhill CataldoPiaggioPins 'N' NeedlesPlatinum InvadorPlusvitalPour MoiPRIMARY ITOPrince Of BrooklynPrincess JenniProisirProisir FoalsProm QueenPucciniPure ChampionPurple SectorQuiz NightRace Fields LegislationRaceFormRacing hall of fameRacing MinisterRacing Reform BillRageeseRaise You TenRavelston StudRaven DarkholmeRed GiantRedwoodRemindRichard CollettRick WilliamsRide To TimeRip Van WinkleRiva CapriRoad ShowsRobin ArcherRobt DaweRock OnRodger VarianRodmor Trust Lecture SeriesRomancerRon LaddRose of TraleeSacred DaySacred ElixirSandy MooreSaracinoSaratogaSavigneSavile RowSavy yong blonkScorpzScott BaseSeabrookSeagramSean HawkinsSeason 5SeawayShadwellShane KennedyShoshoneShout the BarShoworosesSir James FletcherSleeping BeautySophie's ChoiceSouth Island Foster FoalSpanish WhisperSpecial MemoriesSpiethSpyglass Hill SyndicateStakesStallion Parades 2016Stallion Register 2018Start WonderingSteel StilettosStephen AutridgeStranglesSue and Peter WestendSummer PassageSunlineSunset PassSuper EasySupergiantSupreme HeightsSusan ArcherSusan WalkerSweet LeaderSweet TreatTaranaki Breeders' StakesTattersallsTattyboglerTe ArohaTelperionThe Bold OneThe BostonianThe InformantThe KingThe Sunlight TrustTivaci ShuttleTofaneTom LaneTomsTrain The Trainer WorkshipTravelling LightTravimyfriendTrevor LukeTrue EnoughTurrettTutta La ClasseUnderthemoonlightUpper CutUS Navy FlagVamos BebeVerdiVern TrilloVernanmeVicki PikeVisasVolatile MixWaikato BranchWaikato Regional Council ReportWait A SecWally O'HearnWarwick JeffriesWayne DarlingWayne PikeWeanling educationWeanling WalkWell DoneWellington BranchWertherWhat's The StoryWhite Robe Lodge HandicapWho Shot ThebarmanWilliam FellWinstarWinxWTBAXpressionXpressmymindXtravagantYogiZabeelZacintoZebrowskiZennistaZigwig
TAGS

It could be the Main Stage for Auckland breeder Tim Harrison

Main Stage - Listed UCI Stakes Flemington 7/10/17 - Pic. Bruno Cannatelli

Main Stage - Listed UCI Stakes Flemington 7/10/17 - Pic. Bruno Cannatelli

Auckland based breeder Tim Harrison has made an art form out of buying non-performing older mares only to have them go on and produce Stakes winners.

Harrison’s most recent acquisition was Kiri at this year’s NZB National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock sale for $22,500, and she is now the dam of the VRC Derby favourite and recent Listed UCI Stakes winner Main Stage.

“I always buy at that sale.  I do a little bit of home work. With this mare I thought if I got her at the right price I would buy her,” Harrison said.

“I make up my mind to spend somewhere between $15 and $30,000.  At that stage Main Stage was placed at Warrnambool, and I figured that a Reliable Man(GB) that was placed at two  must have some ability.”

Following a three month break after that placing in Warrnambool, Main Stage resumed in August at a maiden in Cranbourne where he finished a game second after racing ungenerously throughout. He won his next start a 1600 metre maiden at Kilmore by more than a length in early September.

At his next start he went toe to toe over 1800 metres with another VRC Derby hopeful Tavistock Abbey and went down by the barest of margins, well clear of the rest of the field, before an impressive last to first performance in the UCI Stakes again over that same distance at Flemington.

He is the third foal of the Prized(USA) mare Kiri, a winner of eight races including the Cornwall Handicap and Kiwifruit Cup when they were both contested at Listed level. She has also left two winners; Kiriana Belle and Augustace by Swiss Ace(AUS).

“Every year I go to the sales I go through the pedigrees and select an older Stakes winning mare. I see what is running for her. I look for opportunities, and tend to buy mares for not much more than the service fee of the foal they are carrying”.

“No one wants old mares, they believe there is no risk in a young mare, but buyers still expect there to be yearlings at the sales and to race,” he explained.

“So usually you are not competing with anyone when you are buying older mares. Most of the time they are mares that the studs are quitting that are in that 12-14 age bracket and by that stage they should have a few foals coming through.”

This was the case with Kiri, and she was offered on behalf of Greg Perry’s Greenwich Stud Pty Limited by Kilmore Farm in Matamata. According to Michelle Norman who owns Kilmore Farm with her veterinarian husband Dave Keenan, Perry has a lot of mares and he felt that at 14 she was unproven and should be sold.

He did keep the then yearling filly and the weanling colt also by Reliable Man and the filly is in the Kilmore Farm draft for the 2017 Ready To Run sale next month.

“She’s an athletic physical type of filly,” said Norman who also prepared and sold Main Stage to her current trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.

“Reliable Man has certainly improved the physicality of her foals. Greg keeps a number of mares in New Zealand, and sends other mares over to be mated from time to time. He is appreciative and highly respects the New Zealand bred product and the way horses are raised here.”

Perry is also a shareholder in Vinery Stud in New South Wales and is probably best known as the breeder of the champion Australian race horse Atlantic Jewel and her Stakes winning half-sister Commanding Jewel.

Getting back to Harrison and his recipe for success, he believes that generally you will find that a Stakes winning mare will leave a Stakes winner or a good horse, but it won’t necessarily be the first foal. Often it’s the third or fourth foal that makes the mare.

“Kiri had two foals to race who were both winners, and had a two-year-old, a yearling and a weanling by Reliable Man coming through. There were no opportunities below that as there is nothing happening with the grandam anymore.

“In this case Kiri had a late service as well and that deters people. I will decide when I see the foal what I will do with her this season. I have a share in Reliable Man so I can go there. I will wait and see if Main Stage wins the Derby or not.

“When you buy a mare like this you have the foal she is carrying and at least three others going for you that you have invested in.”

Using this method Harrison has purchased around 20 mares and more than a dozen of them have produced a Stakes winner either after he has purchased them or he has bred a Stakes winner himself from them. They include, Souba who produced Tessuti, Ogle left Eagle Eye, Endearment produced Lonestar Lady, Regal Halo (CAN) is the dam of Zilzie, Dash produced Foromor, Tricateer left Maharajah, Rosewood is the dam Rodrigo Rose, Call Minder produced Juice, and more recently Clerio left Alamer.

They were all well performed race horses or Stakes winners and just about every one of those mares was over 12 years old.

“There is a lot of misinformation in the game surrounding older mares. To me it’s about probability and pedigree, it’s a little formula that has kept me in the game, though it hasn’t made me a fortune,” he mused.

It hasn’t all been good news for Harrison, he had the misfortune to lose a 12-day-old full sister to the Group One placed Stakes winner Cylinder Beach(Showcasing[GB]-Queen’s Colours[GB]) in the same week Main Stage won his first black type race. – Michelle Saba



 

This product has been added to your cart

CHECKOUT