Sunline ScholarshipScholarshipBreeders' BulletinCheveley Park StudRich HillCoolmoreIrish National StudBreeders BulletinBruce SladeTaylor MadeBruce's BlogBulletinCambridge StudMatt's BlogMatthew ScownBrighthill FarmMatt ScownThe Oaks StudWaikato StudBevan SmithDavid Morris BlogHaunui FarmJamie RichardsRobert DennisTrelawney StudWentwood GrangeBelardoBevan's BlogHolly RossHolly's BlogIffraajJamie's BlogKiwi BredLance Forbes BlogRobert's BlogBenji KingBenji's BlogCameron Ring BlogDanielle Southey BlogHannah MeeMapperley StudNZB Pearl SeriesPer IncantoSavabeelWellfield LodgeDylan TreweekDylan's BlogHannah's BlogHighden ParkKoldingLittle Avondale StudOcean ParkRaise The FlagRITASam BergersonSatono AladdinTavistockVespaWhite Robe LodgeAide MemoireCameron RingDarci BrahmaDavid ArcherEminentInglewood StudMelody BelleNewmarketNovara ParkPearl SeriesRichard WrightShamexpressShockingShowcasingSir Patrick HoganSweynesseWestbury StudWindsor Park StudAce HighAlamosaAtlanteAuckland Breeder AwardsBeauty GenerationBLOODSTOCK TAXATIONCatalystCEO BlogChief Executive's BlogCoolmore IrelandDalgharDennis BrothersFrankelGerry HarveyGingernutsHall of FameHealthy RiversIgraineJomara BloodstockJon SnowKaraka MillionLance ForbesLisa LattaLloyd MonehanMare ReturnsMark ChittyMembershipMilan ParkNearco StudNick KingOcean EmperorPattern CommitteePinsPolly GreyPrefermentRangitikei Gold CupReliable ManRoad to RockRoaring LionRyan StaceySacred FallsStallion parade 2019StaphanosTarzinoTe AkauTivaciVadamosVanbrughWaikato Stallion WeekendWarren PeggWinston PetersYearn2015/16 Handicaps2017 Waikato Stallion ParadeAblazeACC ForumACC LEVIESAdvantageAerovelocityAl Basti EquiworldAlan GrovesAlan WindleAllan SharrockAllureAlphastarAndrew SeabrookAndrew StewartAnne-Marie KingArthur AvisAternatinAuckland Stallion ParadeAuckland Stallion Parade 2017AzamourBansha House StablesBarbara PerryBelle familyBernard SaundryBeyond the BarriersBohemian BluesBonnevalBonniegirlBostonianBoticaBradbury ParkBRANCH CAPITATIONBreeder Of The Year 2016Breeder ProfileBreeders Bulletin Winter 2016Breeders' Bulletin Summer 2016/17Brent and Cherry TaylorBrian CollinsBroodmare Of The Year 2016Bruce HarveyBruce PerryBryerley ParkBuckinghamBurgundyCallsign MavCancer SocietyCareers DayCarol MarshallCathay PacificCelia CrawshawCharm SpiritCharmontCherry TaylorCheveley ParkChiantiChocanteChris GraceChris LuoniChristopher GraceClearview ParkClyde BuckinghamColdplayCoolmore AmericaCouleeCountofmontecristoCylinder BeachDan MyersDavid EllisDavid GreeneDavid MillerDavid WalshDawn PatrolDe GruchyDeloitte ReportDezDijon BleuDivine ProphetDolcettoDormello StudDr Frances PeatDunstan Feeds Stayers ChampionshipDunstan Feeds Under The RadarEducationElusive BoxersEmbellishEmblemEnglandEpisode OneEquibreed Seminar 28th AugustEquifibreEquine Property OwnersEtah JamesEvent StarsExplosive BreedingFabulousFalkirkFanaticFasig-TiptonFastrack Breeder ProfileFasttrackFasttrack Breeders ProfileFerlaxFirst Season Sire ReviewFive to MidnightFlemmington FarmFlying MontyFlyingflynnFoalsFormidableFoster FoalFrank ConwayFree Handicaps 2016-17Full of BeautyG1 DinnerGalloping GerteGary WallaceGavelhouseGermanicusGift Of PowerGilltown StudGina ShickGoffsGordon CunninghamGore GuineasGraham de GruchyGrangewilliam StudGreg TomlinsonGus WigleyGuy LowryGypsy FairHappy StarHard MerchandizeHe's Our RokkiiHEALTH & SAFETY ACTHeniHigh ChaparralHighviewHiyaamHoney RiderHoward Be Thy NameHumidorI Am A StarIain RentonImposing LassImposinglyInfantryInside AgentIrelandIts Time For MagicJakkalberryJanine DunlopJeanette BroomeJericho CupJezabeelJimmy ChouxJoan EganJohn BergerJohn FokerdJohn Messara Report Release Date 30 August 2018John ThompsonJohn WoodJustamaizKawiKay HoodKeanoKeenelandKeith and Faith Taylor Equine ScholarshipKevin HickmanKick BackKoru ThoroughbredsKylin 500 ClubLa DiosaLa RomaneeLasarlaLegless VeuveLet Her RipLib PetagnaLibby BleakleyLifesaverLightning StakesLincoln BlueLincoln FarmsLloch-Haven ThoroughbredsLondon ExpressLong Acres StudLorna MooreLuigi MuolloMakfiMakfi StakesMangaroa Flo JoMarch 2016Marie LeicesterMark LuptonMark TreweekMcQuadeMeeska MooskaMembersMiami boundMichael MoranMichael O'KeefeMichael SheridanMichelle SabaMick PrestonMiss Three StarsMiss VistaMiss WilsonMonovaleMontoyas SecretMonty RobertsNahkleNew Zealand BloodstockNew zealand racing hall of fameNight's WatchNot An OptionNurse KitchenNZ Bred G1 WinnersNZ First season sires 2018NZ Racing StructureNZB InsuranceNZB South Island SaleNZB Yearling SalesNZERFNZRBNZTBA Breeders Bulletin Autumn 2018NZTBA OfficeNZTBA RestructureNZTBA Te Aroha Breeders DayNZTBA Waikato BranchNZTROF March 2017OctapussyOctasongOn The RocksOne One TwoOur AbbadeanOWNERS FEDERATIONPaul GollanPear Tree FarmPencarrowPencarrow StudPentirePerfect FitPeter and Heather CrofskeyPeter NewsomPeter WalkerPhilamorPhilip SmythPhill CataldoPiaggioPlatinum InvadorPlusvitalPour MoiPRIMARY ITOPrince Of BrooklynPrincess JenniProisirProisir FoalsProm QueenPucciniPurple SectorRace Fields LegislationRacing MinisterRacing Reform BillRageeseRaise You TenRavelston StudRaven DarkholmeRedwoodRemindRichard CollettRide To TimeRiva CapriRobin ArcherRobt DaweRock 'n' PopRock OnRodger VarianRodmor Trust Lecture SeriesRomancerSacred DaySacred ElixirSaracinoSaratogaSavigneScorpzScott BaseSeabrookSeagramSean HawkinsSeason 5SeawayShadwellShane KennedyShannon TaylorShoshoneSleeping BeautySophie's ChoiceSouth Island Foster FoalSpanish WhisperSpecial MemoriesSpiethSpyglass Hill SyndicateStallion Parades 2016Stallion Register 2018Start WonderingSteel StilettosStephen AutridgeStranglesSummer PassageSunlineSunset PassSuper EasySuper SethSurprise BabySusan ArcherSweet LeaderSweet TreatTaranaki Breeders' StakesTattersallsTattyboglerTe ArohaTe Aroha Breeders DayThe Bold OneThe BostonianThe Chosen OneThe InformantThe KingThe Sunlight TrustTime TestTivaci ShuttleTomsTony PikeTrain The Trainer WorkshipTravelling LightTrevor LukeTrue EnoughTurn Me LooseTutta La ClasseUnderthemoonlightUnusual SuspectUpper CutUS Navy FlagValachi DownsVerdiVern TrilloVernanmeVicki PikeVolatile MixWaikato BranchWaikato Regional Council ReportWait A SecWar DecreeWarwick JeffriesWayne PikeWeanling WalkWelfareWell DoneWertherWhite Robe Lodge HandicapWho Shot ThebarmanWilliam FellWillie and Karen CalderWinstarWinxWroteWTBAXpressionXpressmymindXtravagantYearling SalesYogiZabeelZacintoZennistaZigwig
TAGS

21st birthday present delivers golden result in Grafton Cup

Sacred Day winning the Listed Grafton Cup (2350m). - Photo: Darren Winningham (Horse Racing Only)
Sacred Day winning the Listed Grafton Cup (2350m).

Photo: Darren Winningham (Horse Racing Only)

A bargain broodmare and a birthday present from Nick and Anne-Marie King to one of their sons produced an outstanding result for Brighthill Farm in Thursday’s Listed Grafton Cup (2350m).

The race was won by Kiwi stayer Sacred Day, who seized on an inside run at the top of the straight and outfought Sopressa and Vaucluse Bay in a tight three-way battle to the finish. The other New Zealand runner, multiple stakes-winning mare Igraine, was just behind them in fourth.

Sacred Day is trained in Cambridge by Tony Pike for owners Raffles Racing, who bought the son of Azamour from Brighthill’s draft at the 2016 Select Yearling Sale at Karaka for $90,000.

Nick and Anne-Marie King paid just $5,000 at the 2012 Sydney Easter Broodmare Sale to buy Sacred Day’s dam Top Of The Day, an unraced O’Reilly mare. Then it was over to son Benji.

“It’s a really cool story and we’re well chuffed,” Nick King said. “The dam was a lovely O’Reilly mare who we bought just out of training in Sydney. We really liked her as a type and didn’t have to pay very much for her.

“Sacred Day was actually bred by our son Benji, and he was the first foal he’s bred entirely on his own. We gave him a nomination to our shuttle stallion Azamour as a 21st birthday present, he chose the mating and bred the foal. He then did all the preparation and put him through the ring at Karaka, selling him for $90,000.

“It’s great for Tony Pike as well, who has always told us how highly he’s rated this horse. He’s been very patient with him and got the reward yesterday.”

But the result brought mixed feelings. Top Of The Day died at the age of just eight, having produced only three foals. The other two were both by Dalghar – Lady Dalghar, who won two races, and another filly who fetched $90,000 as a yearling at Karaka last year.

It was also a reminder of what might have been with Azamour, who sadly died in Ireland after only one season shuttling to Brighthill in 2013. His single southern hemisphere crop now features 26 winners from 38 runners, headed by Gr.1 Caulfield Thousand Guineas (1600m) heroine Aloisia and Gr.2 Championship Stakes (2000m) winner Azaboy.

“It’s a bit of a double-edged sword, not having the mare any more and with the sad loss of Azamour as well,” King admitted.

“His only southern hemisphere crop has been phenomenal. It’s a real shame that his time with us was cut short, but it’s also vindication for us. We were so sure that we’d selected the right sort of stallion for this part of the world, and that’s proven to be the case.”

But there is a bright side at Brighthill, with Sir Peter Vela’s high-class performer (He’s) Eminent joining the roster this season alongside the proven performers Perfectly Ready and Dalghar and the stellar stayer Preferment, whose oldest progeny will be yearlings next season.

“Both Preferment and Eminent are giving us a lot to be excited about,” King said. “Preferment might also prove to be in that Azamour mould, he’s a lovely type of a horse and showed so much ability on the track. We’re very excited about his progeny and think he’s going to be a great chance at stud.

“Eminent’s a very recent development, and it was very exciting to be asked to stand him at stud for Sir Peter Vela and the team.

“It’s great that these sorts of connections are putting their faith in us. Sir Peter Vela is obviously a huge name in New Zealand breeding circles, while on the other hand a lot of Preferment’s owners weren’t necessarily breeding people but just loved the horse so much and were keen to stay involved with him in partnership with us.

“There’s a lot to look forward to, and we think we’ve got some great firepower to work with along the road ahead.” – NZ Racing Desk

Sacred Day as a yearling at Karaka with breeder Benji King. - Trish Dunell
Sacred Day as a yearling at Karaka with breeder Benji King.

Trish Dunell



 

This product has been added to your cart

CHECKOUT