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.
Select Sale Market Strong - Showing Good Growth In Average, Aggregate & Clearance
Thursday, January 29, 2004
The results from Day 1 & 2 of the Select Session of the National Yearling Sales showed very positive increases in sale average, median and clearance rates compared with the combined results of the Select Colts and Select Fillies Sessions last year.
The average at the end of day 2 had reached a very pleasing $31,330 – a 12% increase on last year's end of sale average of $27,952. Most impressive was the clearance rate of 77%, an 8% increase from 69% in 2003. The median also rose to $26,000 – a 15% increase from the end of the 2003 Select Sessions.
2004 Premier Sale Concludes In Great Style
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
The Premier Session of the National Yearling Sales ended in spectacular style today with one of the last yearlings of the sale, Lot 509 the Danehill x Grand Echezeaux colt stealing the show. This exceptional colt was purchased by David Ellis of Te Akau Racing, New Zealand, from the draft of Pencarrow Stud for $1,100,000, eclipsing the $1,000,000 price tag achieved on Day 1 for Lot 159, the colt also by Danehill from Push A Venture.
The eventual top lot of the 2004 Premier Sale, Lot 509 possesses the pedigree and the looks of an exciting future stallion prospect, being a son of the mighty Danehill and the first foal of Grand Echezeaux (by Zabeel) who was herself an outstanding racemare, featuring the Group 1 SAJC Australasian Oaks among her 4 wins. She is a half sister to great mare Romanee Conti, winner of the coveted Hong Kong International Cup and more recently in the headlines as the dam of New Zealand and Australian Champion Stayer, Ethereal, who captured the rare Group 1 Melbourne Cup & Caulfield Cup double, as well as winning the Group 1 Queensland Oaks and Group 1 STC BMW Stakes. Under bidder on the top colt was Adrian Nicoll of BBA Ireland, who secured the $1million colt by Danehill x Push A Venture at the opening session.
Day 2 Of Premier Sale Sees Prices Continue To Rise In Strong Market
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Today it was the antipodean buyers who made their presence most felt. Rob McAnulty secured the top lot of the day, Lot 393 Quest For Fame x Chimeara (by Danehill) colt for $750,000 from the draft of Pencarrow Stud. The next two top lots, Lot 304 Zabeel x Waihora's Lass filly for $600,000 and Lot 389 Danehill x Champagne colt for $575,000 are both heading to Australia with DGR Thoroughbred Services and Gai Waterhouse respectively.
Graeme Rogerson is currently the leading buyer with a total of 24 purchases for $2,750,000. Also featuring among the leading buyers so far are Kieran Moore Bloodstock from Australia with 8 lots for $1,335,000 and from New Zealand, David Ellis who has secured 24 lots for $1,320,000, and Paul Moroney Bloodstock with 12 lots purchased for $1,290,000.
Fabulous Start To Karaka 2004
Monday, January 26, 2004
The highlight of the opening day was Lot 159 reaching the magical million dollar mark. The $1,000,000 purchase for the magnificent colt by Danehill x Push A Venture (by Shirley Heights) was made by Adrian Nicoll of the British Bloodstock Agency - Ireland for the three quarter brother to mighty racehorse Rock Of Gibraltar. The colt was sold through the draft of Gordon & Robyn Cunningham's Curraghmore Stud.
At the end of the day the average price had climbed by 13% from last year's Premier Sale average of $95,291 to reach a very pleasing high of $108,049.
Competition Hot As Wharite Princess Takes Home Gr.1 Nz Oaks
Monday, January 19, 2004
On a firm track at the Wellington Racing Club at Trentham, Wharite Princess (His Royal Highness x Regal Visit) passed the post one length clear of Filante Etoile (Soviet Star x Georgiana) with Midnight Kiss (Groom Dancer x Midnight Assembly) a further � length away in third.
Trained by Lisa Latta, Wharite Princess is now third on the points table for the prestigious title of New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year with 13.5 points. Leading the points table with 25 points is Kainui Belle (Kashani x Lady Ukiah) who also ran on Saturday, but failed to see the distance out coming home midfield.
Festival Sale Graduate Scoops Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks
Monday, January 19, 2004
Trained by Lisa Latta of Awapuni, Wharite Princess took the win by one length over Filante Etoile (Soviet Star x Georgiana) with Midnight Kiss (Groom Dancer x Midnight Assembly) a further � length away in third.
Wharite Princess was purchased by her trainer Lisa Latta at New Zealand Bloodstock's Festival Yearling Sale for $20,000 from the draft of her breeder Greg Lambert of Lambourn Stud. Her win on Saturday has placed her third on the points table for the prestigious title of New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year.
First Class Form From $500,000 Mercedes 2yo Classique
Thursday, January 15, 2004
The 2003 race has proven a great form lead with a significant number of last years runners going on to win and place in feature Group races later in their two-year-old year as well as their three-year-old careers to date.
King's Chapel (King of King's x Lower Chapel) the winner of last years race went on to win the Gr. 1 Two Thousand Guineas at Riccarton Park, Christchurch. King's Chapel also won the Listed Ray Coupland Stakes and Listed Canterbury Stakes and placed third in the Gr. 1 Bayer Classic.
Fantastic Fillies Field For Oaks
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Heading the field is Kainui Belle (Kashani x Lady Ukiah) who currently leads the Filly of the Year points table with 25 points, one point ahead of Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady) who will not compete in Saturdays race.
Trained by Vanessa and Wayne Hillis, Kainui Belle was second at her last start in the Gr.2 New Zealand Bloodstock Royal Stakes (2000m), behind the Paul O'Sullivan trained Buckle My Shoe (Rory's Jester x Rose of Marizza) who will also run on Saturday and is currently third on the Filly of the Year points table with 8 points.
$10,000 Bonus This Saturday
Thursday, January 8, 2004
Race One on the card is the New Zealand Bloodstock Mercedes Bonus 2YO 1200m. The field has only one runner Hotspurs (Volksraad x Spurs) eligible for the bonus.
This race, despite the small field should be an interesting and even contest with every runner having their first race day start.
Kainui Belle Takes Lead In Filly Series
Monday, January 5, 2004
Buckle My Shoe (Rory's Jester x Rose of Marizza) won the race by � length and earned 8 points, her first points in the Filly of the Year Series, for her win. Smart filly Kainui Belle (Kashani x Lady Ukiah) raced home to take second position by a short head and with the 4 points from her placing she now has 25 points in the Series one point ahead of former Series leader Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady) who did not run in Friday's race. Eftee One (Volksraad x Bashful Lady) finished in third position and now has 6 points in the Series.
With only 3 races left in the 2003-04 Filly of the Year Series, competition is heating up and the race for the title is still open. Kainui Belle and Taatletail have made strong headway in the race for points with 25 and 24 points respectively and will be tough to remove from the top of the table although it is possible with plenty of points up for grabs in the final 3 races.
Derby Day Racing Report
Monday, December 29, 2003
Classy three-year-old filly Kainui Belle proved too good when taking out the Group 2 Eight Carat Stakes 1600m at Ellerslie on Derby Day.
The win by the Wayne and Vanessa Hillis trained runner took her New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year points to 21, just three behind series leader Taatletail.
Boxing Day'S Big $150k Mercedes Fillies Prelude
Monday, December 22, 2003
The race is open to graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock's 2003 National Yearling Sales which enrolled in the Mercedes Super Bonus Series and has a attracted a field of 9 fillies.
The Mark Walker camp has cornered the market with three chances of success on Friday - Kapsdan (Kaapstad x Danaselvam) who will be looking for her fourth win and second bonus of the season, Queenza (King of Kings x Crownette) who won a Listed event at her last start at Te Rapa earlier this month, and Flying Florence (Centaine x Falcons Fire), who won impressively on debut before a surprising unplaced effort last start behind Prickle.
Exciting Line Up For Eight Carat Classic
Monday, December 22, 2003
The current leader in the 2003-04 Filly of the Year Series is the Graeme Rogerson and Stephen Autridge trained Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady) with 24 points. On Friday Taatletail will face her closest rival for the title, Eulogy Stakes winner Kainui Belle (Kashani x Lady Ukiah) who has 13 points. Kainui Belle, trained by Wayne and Vanessa Hillis, will be looking to turn the tables on Taatletail after finishing a close second to the Faltaat filly in the Gr.1 New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas last month.
Another smart filly, the Mike Moroney and Andrew Scott trained Sarah Vee (End Sweep x Captivating) who is currently third on the Filly of the Year points table with 4 points, will also compete in the Eight Carat on Friday. Sarah Vee finished second at her last start and was highly impressive when winning the Listed Soliloquy Stakes at Auckland in October.
First Of The $150,000 Mercedes Super Bonus 2yo Preludes This Saturday
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
The race is open to graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock's National Yearling Sales which are enrolled in the Mercedes Super Bonus Series and has attracted a quality field of 11 colts and geldings.
All eyes will be on two young geldings in particular - the first is the John Sargent and Karl Allpress trained Successor (Bahhare x Betty Doolin) who won at his last start taking home the $50,000 Mercedes Jackpot bonus at Avondale earlier this month. The second is the Peter McKay trained Clifton Prince (Volksraad x Trickery) who has also dipped into the bonus pool with a $10,000 bonus win in Wellington on 25 October. This classy contender currently has three wins from three starts under his belt.