Sunline ScholarshipBreeders' BulletinScholarshipCheveley Park StudCoolmoreIrish National StudTaylor MadeBreeders BulletinBruce SladeBruce's BlogBulletinMatt's BlogMatthew ScownMatt ScownDavid Morris BlogJamie RichardsRobert DennisBevan SmithBevan's BlogBrighthill FarmHolly RossHolly's BlogJamie's BlogLance Forbes BlogRobert's BlogTrelawney StudBenji KingBenji's BlogCameron Ring BlogDanielle Southey BlogHannah MeeNZB Pearl SeriesRich HillDylan TreweekDylan's BlogHannah's BlogHaunui FarmIffraajSavabeelWentwood GrangeAide MemoireBelardoCameron RingInglewood StudNewmarketPer IncantoRaise The FlagRichard WrightShamexpressShowcasingSir Patrick HoganThe Oaks StudWellfield LodgeWhite Robe LodgeAuckland Breeder AwardsBLOODSTOCK TAXATIONCambridge StudCEO BlogChief Executive's BlogCoolmore IrelandDalgharDavid ArcherEminentFrankelGerry HarveyGingernutsHall of FameHighden ParkJon SnowKaraka MillionKoldingLance ForbesLisa LattaLittle Avondale StudMapperley StudMark ChittyMelody BelleMembershipNick KingOcean EmperorPattern CommitteePinsRangitikei Gold CupRyan StaceyTe AkauVanbrughWaikato Stallion WeekendWaikato StudWindsor Park StudWinston Peters2015/16 Handicaps2017 Waikato Stallion ParadeACC ForumACC LEVIESAce HighAdvantageAerovelocityAl Basti EquiworldAlamosaAlan GrovesAlan WindleAllan SharrockAllureAlphastarAndrew SeabrookAnne-Marie KingArthur AvisAternatinAuckland Stallion ParadeAuckland Stallion Parade 2017Bansha House StablesBeauty GenerationBelle familyBernard SaundryBeyond the BarriersBonnevalBonniegirlBostonianBoticaBradbury ParkBRANCH CAPITATIONBreeder Of The Year 2016Breeders Bulletin Winter 2016Breeders' Bulletin Summer 2016/17Brent and Cherry TaylorBrian CollinsBroodmare Of The Year 2016Bruce HarveyBryerley ParkBuckinghamCancer SocietyCareers DayCarol MarshallCathay PacificCelia CrawshawCharmontCherry TaylorCheveley ParkChiantiChocanteChris GraceChris LuoniChristopher GraceClearview ParkColdplayCoolmore AmericaCouleeCylinder BeachDan MyersDavid EllisDavid MillerDavid WalshDe GruchyDeloitte ReportDennis BrothersDijon BleuDolcettoDormello StudDr Frances PeatEducationElusive BoxersEmblemEnglandEpisode OneEquibreed Seminar 28th AugustEquifibreEquine Property OwnersEtah JamesExplosive BreedingFabulousFalkirkFanaticFasig-TiptonFastrack Breeder ProfileFasttrackFasttrack Breeders ProfileFerlaxFive to MidnightFlemmington FarmFlying MontyFlyingflynnFoalsFormidableFoster FoalFrank ConwayFree Handicaps 2016-17Galloping GerteGary WallaceGavelhouseGift Of PowerGilltown StudGoffsGordon CunninghamGore GuineasGraham de GruchyGrangewilliam StudGreg TomlinsonGus WigleyGuy LowryGypsy FairHappy StarHard MerchandizeHe's Our RokkiiHEALTH & SAFETY ACTHealthy RiversHeniHigh ChaparralHiyaamHoney RiderHoward Be Thy NameHumidorI Am A StarIain RentonIgraineImposing LassImposinglyInfantryInside AgentIrelandIts Time For MagicJakkalberryJanine DunlopJeanette BroomeJezabeelJimmy ChouxJoan EganJohn BergerJohn FokerdJohn Messara Report Release Date 30 August 2018John ThompsonJohn WoodJomara BloodstockKawiKay HoodKeanoKeenelandKeith and Faith Taylor Equine ScholarshipKick BackKiwi BredKoru ThoroughbredsKylin 500 ClubLa DiosaLasarlaLegless VeuveLet Her RipLibby BleakleyLifesaverLightning StakesLincoln BlueLincoln FarmsLloch-Haven ThoroughbredsLloyd MonehanLondon ExpressLong Acres StudLorna MooreLuigi MuolloMakfiMakfi StakesMangaroa Flo JoMarch 2016Mare ReturnsMarie LeicesterMark LuptonMark TreweekMcQuadeMeeska MooskaMembersMichael MoranMichael O'KeefeMichael SheridanMichelle SabaMilan ParkMiss Three StarsMiss VistaMiss WilsonMontoyas SecretMonty RobertsNahkleNearco StudNew Zealand BloodstockNew zealand racing hall of fameNight's WatchNovara ParkNurse KitchenNZ Bred G1 WinnersNZ First season sires 2018NZ Racing StructureNZB InsuranceNZB South Island SaleNZERFNZRBNZTBA Breeders Bulletin Autumn 2018NZTBA OfficeNZTBA RestructureNZTBA Te Aroha Breeders DayNZTBA Waikato BranchNZTROF March 2017Ocean ParkOctapussyOctasongOn The RocksOne One TwoOur AbbadeanOWNERS FEDERATIONPaul GollanPear Tree FarmPencarrow StudPentirePerfect FitPeter NewsomPeter WalkerPhilamorPhill CataldoPlusvitalPour MoiPrefermentPRIMARY ITOPrince Of BrooklynPrincess JenniProisirProisir FoalsProm QueenPucciniPurple SectorRace Fields LegislationRacing MinisterRacing Reform BillRageeseRaise You TenRavelston StudRaven DarkholmeRedwoodReliable ManRemindRichard CollettRide To TimeRoad to RockRoaring LionRobin ArcherRobt DaweRock OnRodger VarianRodmor Trust Lecture SeriesRomancerSacred ElixirSacred FallsSam BergersonSaracinoSaratogaSatono AladdinSavigneScott BaseSeabrookSeagramSean HawkinsSeason 5ShadwellShane KennedyShannon TaylorShockingShoshoneSleeping BeautySophie's ChoiceSouth Island Foster FoalSpanish WhisperSpecial MemoriesSpiethSpyglass Hill SyndicateStallion Parades 2016Stallion Register 2018Start WonderingStephen AutridgeSummer PassageSunlineSunset PassSuper EasySusan ArcherSweet LeaderSweynesseTarzinoTattersallsTattyboglerTavistockTe ArohaTe Aroha Breeders DayThe Bold OneThe BostonianThe InformantThe KingThe Sunlight TrustTivaciTivaci ShuttleTony PikeTrain The Trainer WorkshipTurn Me LooseUnderthemoonlightUnusual SuspectUpper CutUS Navy FlagVadamosVerdiVespaVicki PikeVolatile MixWaikato Regional Council ReportWait A SecWar DecreeWarwick JeffriesWayne PikeWeanling WalkWell DoneWertherWestbury StudWhite Robe Lodge HandicapWho Shot ThebarmanWilliam FellWillie and Karen CalderWinstarWinxWTBAXpressionXpressmymindXtravagantYearnYogiZabeelZacintoZennistaZigwig

Two Black Type winners in two countries on the same day for Kaiaua couple

Imagine having two black type winners in two different countries in one day, it maybe the norm for the Maktoums, and Magniers of this world, but for a farming couple from Kaiaua with a small hobby team it's certainly not the norm.

'Comme Tu Veux'

Picture by Trish Dunell

Elizabeth and David Olsen experienced the excitement of achieving this recently when their filly Comme Tu Veux (Howbadouwantit-Justa Babe) won the listed Ray Coupland Stakes for three-year-old fillies in the South Island, and their veteran galloper Mandela(Ebony Grosve- Wairongai Belle) won the listed Darley Seymour Cup in Victoria a couple of hours later.

Elizabeth was in Australia cheering home a horse that is very special to her, while David was in Ashburton ensuring that Comme Tu Veux was awarded the race in the inquiry room after being interfered with twice in the last 150 metres by Corsage.

In 2002 when Elizabeth told David she was heading to yearling sales and might buy a horse, he quipped that she could but he wouldn't be paying for it! She didn't break the budget when she bought Mandela for $1750, but only after she had been advised by auctioneer Steve Davis that she was bidding against herself!

Mandela is now a millionaire stake earner with nine wins to his credit including six stakes races the Group Two Avondale Guineas, and the Geelong and Werribee Cups amongst them. He has had a chequered career with injury and illness often preventing him showing his true potential.

"He's a wonderful racehorse we have had a lot of enjoyment out of him, but he does seem to get into trouble. He injured his leg when he ran third in the Auckland Cup in March and for weeks after and throughout winter Vanessa Randall who does all our horse work here on the farm, hosed his injured fetlock. When he returned to work he spent a couple of months with Moira Murdoch at Kariotahi beach before heading back to Richard Yuill at Pukekohe.

"We are very fortunate to have someone with the qualifications and experience of Vanessa handling our horses for us. We have about 20 acres that we set aside and developed into the 'horse property' and that is her domain. All the mares, foals, racehorses and stock of varying ages are resident there," stressed David.

The Olsen's farm at Kaiaua which is about an hour south east of Auckland is predominantly a fat cattle unit with an increasing amount of forestation. David learnt to ride when he first went shepherding as a youngster and has been a keen horseman ever since.

"I had to groom my horse and the boss's horse each morning before we started work, we used the horses for all the stock work on the station in those days. When I started farming here I still used a hack before I switched to a farm bike, but I still kept a hack or two just to ride.

The Olsen's ventured into the horse business about 10 years ago purchasing a string of well bred fillies with a view to racing them and then breeding from them. These fillies were placed in the care of Colin Jillings and Richard Yuill and all carried the name "Babe". These days the horses all have French names.

They included the Champion Two-Year-Old of 2000-01, Flying Babe (Flying Spur- Cast Your Fate) and the Group Three CJC Gold Cup winner Classic Babe (Classic Fame-Ala Nami) and later another Flying Spur filly Justa Babe (Gift of Wings) who was injured after running a number of places in maiden ranks.

To date the breeding exploits have not really been as successful as the early racing deeds of these mares with Comme Tu Veux being the first stakes winner they have produced and they actually had to buy her back.

"We sold Justa Babe to Windsor Park Stud for the price of a service fee to Volksraad, and as I really liked Howbadouwantit we decided to buy back the filly at the yearling sales. Unfortunately for us, by the time the sales came around Here De Angels had cropped up in Melbourne as a granddaughter of Gift Of Wings and we ended up having to pay $80,000 for her. Needless to say the $50,000 TBS Bonus we won with the Ray Coupland Stakes has helped the pain of that.

Prior to her success in the South Island Comme Tu Vuex loosely translated as 'anyway you like it', had won two races as a two-year-old and was third behind Lamington Vegas in the listed Ryder Stakes. She will probably stay in the South Island and contest the New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas.

"Flying Babe has not had a lot of success, her first foal by Strategic was injured then she went to Montjeu twice. I copped a bit of flack for sending a speed mare to a staying horse, but both have been winners," he added.

Azincourt has won three races two over 2100 metres, and Dunkerque now a four-year-old is a winner over 1400 metres. Her next foal is La Chatte Vite by One Cool Cat, and she is currently in the paddock having a spell. All are raced by Elizabeth and David.

When selecting a stallion David looks for horses with plenty of length as well as proven pedigree and performance, he then seeks the advice of his good friend Joan Egan, who was the breeder of Flying Babe.

"After One Cool Cat she went to Pins, and left a filly that was born in Queensland, after we sent both Flying Babe and Classic Babe to Show A Heart. Unfortunately they got held up there with EI, and it really did turn into a bit of an expensive disaster, although the yearling filly by Show A Heart out of Flying Babe is a stunner, and she is due to foal to Falvelon.

"Classic Babe was in foal to O'Reilly and that foal needed an operation, and when she needed another one, we ditched her. She subsequently sold for $80,000 odd. Classic Babe had a Show A Heart colt, and she came home empty. This year she has been to Shinko King.

"Classic Babe's early foals by Black Minnaloushe and Pins have done nothing, but her third foal by Montjeu, Passchendaele is doing well for us and won earlier this month. She has had six starts for John Sargent and won three. We have been patient with her and its starting to pay off.

With the Olsen racing team showing form right now, and Mandela campaigning in Australia for the next few weeks, there may be more memorable days with two stakes winners in two countries to come.

- Michelle Saba


This product has been added to your cart