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Major studs share breeding awards

Volksraad, champion New Zealand sire, 2004-05

Volksraad, champion New Zealand sire, 2004-05
The "Big Three" Waikato studs dominated the four breeding industry honours presented at the Mercedes Thoroughbred Racing Awards in Christchurch last Friday evening.

Garry Chittick and Waikato Stud won the Mercedes Breeder and Broodmare titles [see accompanying story], Windsor Park Stud accepted the Grosvenor Stallion Award for Volksraad and Cambridge Stud collected Zabeel's ninth Dewar Stallion Trophy.

Volksraad (Green Desert-Celtic Assembly by Secretariat) won his fourth consecutive New Zealand general stallion premiership with his best-ever domestic figures: 144 starters, 71 winners (7 SW), 109 wins (9 stakes wins) and prizemoney of $1,490,267.

Zabeel (Sir Tristram-Lady Giselle by Nureyev) had an extraordinary season, finishing second on the prizemoney premierships in New Zealand ($1,256,642), Australia ($A10,309,100) and Hong Kong ($HK5,927,463). In all, he was represented by 24 winners of 34 Group & Listed Stakes races in those three countries.

- Susan Archer


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