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Chase Me's Singapore Derby gives breeders a timely boost

A shared breeding philosophy developed under the tutelage of Clive Harper in Levin some twenty years ago is responsible for the mating of Chase Me (Storm Creek [USA]-Cartier Gold), the winner of the Singapore Derby.

The impressive eight length winner was bred by NZTBA member Noeline Redfern of Masterton, and Peter Jenkins, now based at Arrowfield Stud's office in Sydney.

For both it is the first stakes winner they have bred, although Peter has been involved in planning the matings of a number of stakes performers, and both are equally thrilled with their success.

"It was a great thrill, we were ecstatic watching it on television. It was a terrific win - he just annihilated them," enthused a very delighted Redfern, "it's by far my biggest success as a breeder."

Jenkins on the other hand, a noted pedigree analyst and adviser, has only bred 18 foals himself, nine of whom have raced for six winners.

Redfern, who inherited her passion for horses from her father Ben Archer, himself a notable owner and breeder in the Central Districts in the 50's, 60's and 70's, has pottered around with a few mares for years including some descendants of her father's Railway winning mare Lucrative (Beaulivre-Winlu). His best performer was Home on the Range (Llanstephan-Exemplary), an open handicapper who won 16 races.

The pair met at the regular Levin breeding seminars held on Sunday afternoons by Harper in the early nineties, and soon after Peter Jenkins acquired the Niniski(USA) mare Nile Lark (GB) for Redfern to breed from.

A winner over two and a half miles in Great Britain, Nile Lark was well related with a nice pedigree on paper, and she went on to leave four winners including Kalamari (by Sandtrap[USA]) who is now among Redfern's mares. Both Harper and Jenkins encouraged Redfern to mate the mare to Gold Brose (AUS) and she produced a nice filly Cartier Gold who unfortunately didn't make it on the racetrack. However, Redfern who according to her husband Ron has too many horses and is too soft to part with any of them, decided to send her to stud.

Her first mating was to Storm Creek who was based at Stoneybridge in Karaka where Peter Jenkins was working, and according to him he was a cracking colt. Her next foal was a Hawkeye filly that is still on Redfern's property in Masterton.

"As a weanling the first foal was such a cracker that I suggested to Noeline that we send the mare back there on my nomination to Storm Creek. The second colt wasn't as smart as the first and despite being a $45,000 yearling he didn't come up either so we decided to put this colt through the weanling sale.

"Brett McDonald bought him for $4,000 which was disappointing but I was quite pleased that he had gone to Brett as I knew he would get every opportunity to become a racehorse. He won a trial at Whangarei and Brett then sold him."

"The way he won the Singapore Derby, he could acquit himself just as well in Hong Kong or Dubai now if he gets invited to either of those two places to race."

Chase Me has now won six races and run eight places from 23 starts for the Super Trio Stable, and is trained by Desmond Koh.

According to Jenkins, the mating primarily traces back to full sisters How (USA) and Cherokee Rose(USA), both being Princequillo (USA), daughters of The Squaw (FR). How is the grandam of Tom Rolfe (Ribot – Pocahontas) the sire of the dam of Niniski, Nile Lark's sire, and Cherokee Rose is the grandam of Ack Ack, the sire of Bock Ack the grandam of Storm Creek.

As well, there are two strains of Somethingroyal (USA) through Secretariat the dam sire of Terlingua – Storm Cat's dam, and back through Sir Gaylord who appears through Habitat in Huntingdale the sire of Gold Brose.

Cartier Gold has had one foal since she left Chase Me, a colt by Cecconi (AUS) and he is on the Redfern property. Redfern is planning on mating the mare again this year, and admits that she will be discussing her plans with Jenkins.

"I believe that what is on the pedigree page is just as important as conformation. Dad was a great believer in conformation whereas I am more a pedigree person. I have been approached by a number of studs already this week about where I am going to send her, but I will be applying Clive Harper's theories to the mating and then discussing it with Peter to get his opinion.

"Breeding a winner like Chase Me certainly makes it all worthwhile and gives us all a boost to keep going," she concluded.

- Michelle Saba


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