Fantastic Line-Up For $100,000 New Zealand Bloodstock 3yo Classique
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
The 15 starters boast a wealth of form between them, with a strong line-up from across the country. The South Island is represented by the very consistent performer, Coup Timaru (Volksraad x Mandate), and Bruce & Stephen Marsh are flying the flag for the Central Districts with Mighty Towreign (Towkay x Raining) � a gelding with every chance to add to Towkay's current list of successful performers.
Windsor Park Stud's sires are well represented with Eftee One (Volksraad x Bashful Lady), the Mike Moroney and Andrew Scott trained Pride of the Class (Volksraad x Grosvenor's Pride) and the Danske filly Danette (Danske x Amynette) all looking to give a good account of themselves.
Big Weekend Of Exciting Nzb Sponsored 3yo Racing
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Saturday features the running of the $100,000 New Zealand Bloodstock 3YO Classique, which is a 1600m contest for fillies and colts/geldings which are enrolled in the company's Mercedes Super Bonus Series. While the race is open only to Series-eligible horses, it is still expected to attract a high class field of many of the best 3YOs in the country.
On Sunday the attention turns to the south as Otago Racing Club hosts its Autumn Meeting at Wingatui. The main race on the card is the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Stakes, for 3YO fillies over 1400m. As well as the prestige of black type, this race is also the second leg of the series for the much sought after New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year title. The first leg of the Series was taken out by talented filly Classic Clare (by Gold Brose)in the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes at Riccarton Park, Christchurch back in September.
Exciting Contest For $120,000 Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock Breeders Stakes This Saturday
Thursday, March 11, 2004
Classy last start Listed winner Rodrigo Rose, (Rodrigo de Triano x Rosebrook) trained by Graham Richardson & Mark Donohue at Matamata makes up one part of the Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan owned duo. The other Hogan owned mare, Diamond Like (Danehill x Tristalove) will back up from her last start win at Auckland in testing conditions last Saturday. The Paul O'Sullivan trained mare who has drawn favourably in barrier one, will be having only her second start over the 1600m distance.
Gr. 1 WRC Captain Cook Stakes winner Penny Gem (Pentire x Gemscay) trained at Matamata by the Michael Moroney & Andrew Scott combination has been running very useful races this season. She finished second in the both the Gr. 1 ARC Zabeel Classic and Gr. 1 Waikato RC International Stakes over New Year.
Starcraft Wins Gr. 1 Chipping Norton Stakes
Monday, March 8, 2004
In the 1600m-feature event, Starcraft upstaged his older rivals to claim his first Gr. 1 victory. The win gave his Gold Coast based trainer Garry Newham and owner Paul Makin their first taste of success at Gr. 1 level. Starcraft has now won five races from only ten race day starts.
Starcraft won impressively from fellow three-year-old Ambulance (Grand Lodge x Emergency) with a further neck to Gentle Genius (Danehill x Darazina) in third position. Glen Boss rode Starcraft to victory.
Flying Firebird Smashes Race Record
Wednesday, March 3, 2004
Flying Firebird, who won on Friday in a time of 58.08, is already a stakes winner having taken out the Listed Adams Platform Stakes, on Oaks Day at Flemington. Flying Firebird's has fashioned a record that includes two wins and two placing's for $87,300 prize-money from just five starts.
The exciting filly will have her next start in the Gr. 3 Sayers Black Opal Stakes at Canberra in just under two weeks time. Sydney jockey Jim Cassidy has been engaged for the ride.
New Zealand Bloodstock Filly Of The Year - Series Wrap
Wednesday, March 3, 2004
The result of the prestigious New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series had already been determined before Saturday's final fillies series event, with the now deceased Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady) having an earned herself an unassailable lead.
In the first race of the series, the Gr. 3 Highview Stakes in early September, Taatletail made her mark on the Filly of the Year Series. Taatletail gave her owners Peter Glover, Paola Meo, Stephen Just, Brian Foster, Dean McLuckie and Graeme Rogerson the hat trick of wins they had been hoping for, keeping her unbeaten record intact when winning the 1200m event.
Boulevardofdreams Wins Gr. 2 Championship Stakes
Monday, March 1, 2004
Boulevardofdreams relished the testing soft track conditions winning by three lengths over Partee (Sandtrap x Te Akau Jo) with a further 1-1/2 lengths to Haylee Baylee (Oregon x Mac's Gold) who finished in third position.
All three fillies were earning their first points in the Filly of the Year Series.
Final Race Of Fillies Series Set To Sizzle
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
The winner of the highly prestigious Series has already been determined with the impressive performances of the Graeme Rogerson & Stephen Autridge trained filly Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady) now sadly deceased, who with 35 points has an unassailable lead.
Valuable points are still up for grabs in Saturday's Gr. 2 event and heading the field are several smart fillies that have already acquired points in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series, they are: the Paul O'Sullivan trained Buckle My Shoe (Rory's Jester x Rose of Marizza) with 7 points, the Graeme Sanders & Debbie Sweeney trained Anne Carina (Danske x Amynette) with 4 points and Madame Shinko (Shinko King x Madame Mac) 2 points.
Fillies Bonus Jackpots To $50,000 For Anzac Day Race
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
The third $25,000 fillies jackpot remained intact last Saturday following the win by bonus-ineligible filly Velasco in the hotly contested Gr. 2 Robin, Duke of Bedford Matamata Breeders Stakes.
Mercedes Super Bonus Series participants will now be looking forward to the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock 2YO Fillies Stakes (1200m) at Avondale on the 25th April. Not only will the race carry valuable black type but a rich $50,000 bonus as Saturday's $25,000 bonus rolls over to the fourth and final Fillies Jackpot Bonus Race of the season.
Taatletail Takes Unbeatable Lead In Filly Of The Year Series
Monday, February 9, 2004
Racing on a firm track at Te Rapa, Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady) proved too tough, passing the post with a long neck back to second place getter Anne Carina (Danske x Lidahya) and with a further 1 � � lengths to fast finisher Madame Shinko (Shinko King x Madame Mac)
All three fillies are expected to be on hand at Ellerslie Racecourse to contest the final race in the New Zealand Bloodstock 2003 � 2004 Filly of the Year Series, the $100,000 Championship Stakes at Ellerslie on 28 February 2004.
Class Field For Fillies Classic
Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Out to regain the lead in the prestigious series is the Graeme Rogerson and Stephen Autridge trained filly, Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady) who is currently second on the Filly of the Year points table one point shy of the lead with 24 points behind Kainui Belle (Kashani x Lady Ukiah) who has 25 points.
Since her win in the Gr.1 New Zealand One Thousand Guineas, Taatletail has placed second in the Bayer Classic and was unplaced on Boxing Day in the Eight Carat Classic. The Gr.2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies Classic is her opportunity to recapture the lead in the Series as Kainui Belle is not competing in Saturday's race.
Fesitval Sale Provides Fantastic Finale To Karaka 2004
Monday, February 2, 2004
The Festival Session of the Sales Series has ended with an impressive 83% clearance rate, up 16% from 67% last year and one of the highest selling rates ever achieved at the final yearling National Sales session. The Festival sale average is also a fantastic result, having increased by 32% from $7,954 last year to $10,484.
The Festival Sale aggregate has almost doubled, growing by 90% from $1,622,700 to $3,082,150.
Festival Sale Day 1 Sees Strongest Market For Some Time
Sunday, February 1, 2004
The first day of the Festival Session of the National Yearling Sales 2004 has shown extremely pleasing results, with the Sale average, median and clearance rate all showing significant improvement on last year's results.
The Sale average has risen an impressive 27% from $7,954 last year, to $10,154. The median has also risen by the same margin, from $5,000 to $7,000. Most significant however is the outstanding clearance rate of 85% - up 18% from 67% last year.
Great Results For Combined Sex Select Sale - Huge Rise In Clearance Rate, Median, Average, Aggregate
Friday, January 30, 2004
The most pleasing and important aspects of the Select Sale are the 10% increase in clearance rate from 69% to 79.5%; the 15% increase in median from $22,500 to $26,000; and the sale aggregate which has increased by almost 10% from $11,460,500 to $12,587,500 despite there being 87 fewer horses catalogued this year.
The average price grew by a very healthy 8.5%, from a combined average last year of $27,952 to $30,331 across the 2 and a half days of selling. Particularly pleasing is the fact that both the colts and fillies averages have improved from where they were at last years single sex sales. For the fillies the increase is from $25,617 to $27,386 (6.9%) and for the colts from $29,357 to $32,142 (9.5%).
Who Will Be Nz'S Richest 2yo?
Friday, January 30, 2004
Early favourites for the event include the unbeaten in 4 starts, Listed winner Clifton Prince (Volksraad x Trickery). Clifton Prince, trained by Peter McKay was not so lucky drawing barrier 10 of 13, but was an impressive winner last start when taking out the $150,000 Mercedes Super Bonus Prelude (1100m).
Another last start impressive winner lining up this Saturday is Clean Sweep (End Sweep x Eidercrown) winner of the $150,000 Mercedes Super Bonus Fillies' Prelude at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. Clean Sweep is the winner of two races from just three starts and is trained at Matamata by the Michael Moroney & Andrew Scott combination.