New Zealand Bloodstock Weekend Roundup

4 April 2005

Three new fillies gained points in the New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series leader board after the running of the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton Park on Saturday.

Go Faster (Magic of Sydney x Selene Star) won the race by a margin of 1 � lengths. Second placing went to New Zealand Bloodstock 2002 Premier Session graduate, Royal Miss (Volksraad x Bashful Lady) and Little Tee (Volksraad x Miss Tee) ran third.

Senorita Dane (Senor Pete x Snadame) who led the series going in to the race was unable to add points to her total, finishing five lengths behind the winner in ninth.

The current points for the series are:



Go Faster


Senorita Dane




Royal Miss




Little Tee


The next race in the series is the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Airfreight Stakes at Wingatui this Saturday.

Later in the day at Canterbury Jockey Club's meeting, the $30,000 Enterprise Homes Great Easter Stakes (1400m), saw New Zealand Bloodstock sale graduates, Sand Sweeper (Sandtrap x Calm As) and Nat Nat (Faltaat x Cuddly) first and second respectively. Sand Sweeper was sold at the 2001 National Weanling and Broodmare Sale for $12,000 to Citrus Bloodstock of Christchurch while Nat Nat was sold to Mr Peter Williams, of Christchurch, for $20,000 at the 2001 Ready to Run Sale.

New Zealand Bloodstock sale graduates also shone through at the Premier race meeting of the day in New Plymouth. The Ford 2YO Classic (1200m) saw a trifecta of New Zealand Bloodstock sale graduates. Kindacross (Cape Cross x Kindness) won the race convincingly, relegating Wahid (Almutawakel x Rory's Helen) to second and Realign (Align x Snow Reason) to third.

Kindacross was offered for sale at the Premier Session of the 2004 Yearling Sale by Cambridge Stud and was sold to Mr David Ellis of Te Akau Racing Stables for $62,500. Also sold at the Premier session, by Highview Stud, was third place getter, Realign. Prominent buyer in Paul Moroney purchased the colt for $55,000. Second place getter, Wahid was sold from the Select Session draft of Trelawney Stud to trainer Alan Sharrock for $50,000.

The Group 3, 5th Anniversary Hooker Pacific Taranaki Cup (2000m) was won by 2001 Ready to Run Sale Graduate, Our Fuji (Fuji Kiseki x Feisty Kate). Offered for sale by Sally's Stables, he was knocked down to New Zealand Bloodstock as agent for $38,000. Second place getter in this race was Mistrale (Volksraad x Sugarbird), a 2002 Premier Yearling from Grand Vue Lodge who sold for $21,000.

Meanwhile in Hong Kong New Zealand-bred horses had a superb day. The meeting got of to a perfect start when the first race, The Wistaria Plate (1000m) resulted in a New Zealand trifecta.

Ocean Tranquil (Align x Crystal Jet), Lucky Stravinsky (Stravinsky x Sneetch) and Toffee (Danasinga x Silver's Sister) finished in the money. Both Lucky Stravinsky and Toffee were sold at the 2004 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales. Lucky Stravinsky was offered by Trelawney Stud and New Zealand Bloodstock purchased as agent for $300,000. Toffee was sold by Wentwood Grange and was purchased by Michael Stedman Bloodstock for $85,000.

In the fourth on the card, the Osmanthus Handicap (1650m), New Zealander's Silverbird (Pompeii Court x A Little Sneek) and Dragon Stride (Grosvenor x Ocean Pearl) produced the quinella. Dragon Stride was sold at the 2001 Ready To Run Sale by Sally's Sales. Karapiro Bloodstock purchased for $37,500.

This was followed by another New Zealand trifecta in the Peony Handicap (1800m). Double Pleasure (Volksraad x Secrets 'n' Lies) won the event by 1 � lengths to New Zealand Bloodstock graduate Tattletale (Tale Of The Cat x Icy Calm) and Vital Patrol (Faltaat x Cover Girl) finished third. Tattletale was sold at the 2002 Premier Yearling Sale by Delahunty Farm. The colt was purchased by New Zealand Bloodstock as agent for $150,000.

The best result for the day was Russian Pearl's (Soviet Star x Velinda) win in the HSBC Premier Cup. Russian Pearl ran second in the Hong Kong Derby to Vengeance Of Rain (Zabeel x Danelagh) but was to strong for the field he faced at the weekend. The horse was sold at the 2002 Premier Sale for $37,500 by Java Lodge. Prominent bloodstock agent Stuart Hale was the purchaser.