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Trelawney Stud celebrates Derby winner

The Trelawney Stud roll of honour is one of the most illustrious in Australasia, featuring champion sires Foxbridge and Alcimedes, seven Melbourne Cup winners, and two Australian Racing Hall of Famers, Tulloch and Galilee.

In the more recent ownership of the Taylor family, since 1992, the Stud has continued that tradition of success, and added ten Group One winners to the list. On Saturday Trelawney claimed its second Derby victory of the 21st century when the formidably athletic Wahid (Almutawakel-Rory's Helen by Rory's Jester) led all the way in the $600,000 ARC New Zealand Derby 2400m G1. Trelawney also bred the 2001 Victoria Derby G1 winner Amalfi.

Studmaster Brent Taylor was doing some racing of the rally car kind on Saturday (fulfilling a commitment to the Possum Bourne Memorial race near Pukekohe) but admits that Wahid produced the better result!

Trelawney purchased Wahid's dam Rory's Helen as a rising 13-year-old, with four barren seasons behind her, for $26,000 at the 2000 New Zealand Broodmare Sale. Brent says, "She's not a mare I'd normally have bought because of her age and breeding record, but it's a family I've always wanted to get into, so I purchased her with the intention of breeding a filly from her.

"She then left us four colts in a row, including an exceptional type in Wahid. I then didn't see her as a commercial breeding proposition and gave her to Brent Gillovic at Highview Stud who has bred a Riviera colt from her – and good luck to him and his family.

Brent remembers the yearling Wahid as "a lovely colt, of medium size, with length and strength, a good walker and popular." He was sold at the 2004 New Zealand Select Sale for $50,000, about $20,000 above that year's average. The purchaser was trainer Alan Sharrock acting for the Stanley brothers of Taranaki, Ron and Noel, whose success has increased dramatically since they gave up breeding horses and concentrated on buying yearlings. Their other purchases have included champion two-year-old Grout and New Zealand Derby placegetter Woburn.

Says Brent Taylor, "When you trade horses and operate commercially as we do, the best result is that people you sell to end up with success. It's much better than selling expensive failures! Wahid has fulfilled a dream for Allan and the Stanleys, and they have since returned to buy again from us."

The weekend produced another good result for Trelawney Stud, this time from South Africa where three-year-old Wise Son (Montjeu-Wise Lass by Straight Strike) ran third in the R1 million SA Classic 1800m G1. Wise Son was bred by Phillip Newman and sold from Trelawney's 2004 yearling draft.

Wahid is one of two stakeswinners from the single New Zealand crop of his sire Dubai World Cup G1 winner Almutawakel – the other is Chettak who benefited from Wahid's relegation in the WRC Wellington S. G3, but ran second-last in the Derby. The Mr Prospector sire-line he represents also produced the placegetters Roman Chariot (by Mr Prospector's son Faltaat) and Charliehorse (by Mr Prospector's grandson Bahhare).

Rory's Helen is a winning grand-daughter of the classy two-year-old Helen of Troy by Sovereign Edition from Hellespont II, who was imported from England in 1966 by Sir Woolf Fisher. This is the family descended from Paraffin, also ancestress of Kentucky Derby winners Swale and Genuine Risk, and English Derby winners Shirley Heights and High Chapparal.

Helen of Troy's Group Two-winning daughter Calera left the Group One winners Imposera (Caulfield Cup, Australasian Oaks) and Imprimatur (AJC Spring Champion Stakes), SW Calaboose, Group-placed Andromache, SP Tequillo and SP Al Barg.

Eight years before she foaled Wahid, Rory's Helen left a filly by Westminster, later named All The Chat, who won twice at two, including the STC Sweet Embrace S. G3. She was later sold to Shadai Farm, Japan.

- Susan Archer


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