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Kainui Belle Too Quick In Eulogy

Monday, December 15, 2003

Kainui Belle (Kashani x Lady Ukiah) trained by Vanessa and Wayne Hillis, cleared away in the straight and held off fast finishing Classic Clare (Gold Brose x Funny Features) and Wharite Princess (His Royal Highness x Regal Visit) to claim the Gr.3 win.

Her win in the Eulogy also gave Kainui Belle 6 points in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series which places her on 13 points to close on the lead held by Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady) who has 24 points in the Series.

Mid Point Of Filly Of The Year An Opportunity To Close On Taatletail

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

The Series is currently headed by special filly Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady) who is absent from Saturday's field, leaving an opportunity for other smart fillies to obtain some valuable points and close on her lead.

The closest challenger to Taatletail, who has 24 points in the Series, is the Vanessa and Wayne Hillis trained filly Kainui Belle (Kashani x Lady Ukiah) who is currently second on the Filly of the Year points table with 7 points. Kainui Belle ran a close second to Taatletail in the Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas at Christchurch last month.

Successor Scores $50,000 Mercedes Super Bonus

Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Successor (Bahhare x Betty Doolin) crossed the line 4 lengths ahead of Mucho (Danske x Heaps) and Sir Slick (Volksraad x Miss Opera) to take the win and the $50,000 Mercedes Super Bonus prize for his owner/trainer John Sargent, who trains the horse at his Matamata stable with the help of Karl Allpress.

Bred by Mr Chansig Kim of Palmerston North, Successor was purchased by John Sargent at the 2003 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Colts Sale for $21,000 from the draft of Rich Hill Stud.

Bumper Week For Nzb & Mercedes Super Bonus Series

Tuesday, December 2, 2003

With two $50,000 bonus races and the New Zealand Bloodstock sponsored Avondale Gold Cup this week, it looks to be a bumper week for NZB and its Karaka Sales graduates.

It's the colts & geldings turn for a crack at the big money with the $50,000 Colts & Geldings Jackpot Bonus on Cup Day at Avondale on Wednesday.

Russian Pearls Bayer Classic

Friday, November 28, 2003

The race had been promoted as a two-horse war for the title of top three year old between the previously unbeaten Grp. 1 filly Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady) and Grp. 1 2000 Guineas winner King's Chapel (King of King's x Lower Chapel).

After the running of the race the fight for top three year old has been blown wide open with the Bruce & Stephen Marsh trained Russian Pearl downing the favourites in the last stride.

Fillies Super Bonus Jackpots To $50,000

Monday, November 24, 2003

With 2YO Karaka sales graduates Summer Nymph (Danske x Nymphaea) and Kapsdan (Kapstaad x Danaselvam) securing a close second and third to the Graeme Rogerson & Steven Autridge trained Florilegium (Cape Cross x Gardenia), the $25,000 bonus went unclaimed. Although the Chris & Dick Bothwell trained filly, Summer Nymph put in a strong performance in this her second start, Saturday was not to be her day for a bonus collect.

Eligible bonus contenders will now be able to line up for a $50,000 jackpot bonus as Saturday's $25,000 bonus rolls over to the second Fillies Bonus Race on 6 December. Wellington will play host to this jackpot race making it a big week for Mercedes Super Bonuses with the $50,000 Colts & Geldings Jackpot Bonus being run at Avondale on 3 December.

Ready To Run Sale Bounces Back In Style

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

New Zealand Bloodstock's General Manager of Bloodstock & Marketing, Julia Naismith, summed the day up by commenting:
�We were reasonably confident going into the sale but I'd have to say that the turn out of buyers and strength of the sale well exceeded our hopes. Demand for quality horses just keeps growing. Being the only major breeze up sale in the southern hemisphere also worked in our favour this year. As well as our traditional markets of Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia this sale has really established a firm foothold with Australian buyers now and they were out in force today. Overall we were delighted with the attendance and results achieved and it gives us a positive boost as we head towards our National Yearling Sales in January.�

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Saturday Update � Ready To Run Sale

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Thanks to a combination of factors, including the ever increasing quality of horse being offered and the subsequent stream of successful graduates coming out of the sale, the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale has firmly secured its position as the premier sale of 2YO's in Australasia.

Some of the many impressive young horses to have emerged from this sale in recent times include:

Saturday Update – Ready To Run Sale

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Thanks to a combination of factors, including the ever increasing quality of horse being offered and the subsequent stream of successful graduates coming out of the sale, the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale has firmly secured its position as the premier sale of 2YO's in Australasia.

Some of the many impressive young horses to have emerged from this sale in recent times include:

Unbeaten Taatletail Gets The Group One

Monday, November 10, 2003

Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady) ridden by New Zealand's leading jockey Michael Walker, was forced to lead the field after jumping brilliantly and with no other horse keen to take up the running. Taatletail led comfortably until being taken on and briefly being headed by Kainui Belle (Kashani x Lady Ukiah) until she fought back bravely to win the event.

Kainui Belle the only filly to challenge Taatletail finished second less than a length away from the classy winner scoring seven points in the Series. South Island filly and last start Rangiora winner Unearthed (Felix the Cat x Minsky) caused a minor upset to run home into third in the Group One event earning herself 3.5 points for her efforts.

Zirna Wins Singapore Gold Cup (Gr. 1)

Monday, November 10, 2003

New Zealand bred mare Zirna won the S$1.5 million Singapore Gold Cup on Sunday at Kranji taking her Group One tally to three. Zirna's win by one and three quarter lengths over the 2200m journey follows earlier victories in Singapore, including the Group One Raffles International Cup and the Singapore Derby Trial.

Zirna won the Group One New Zealand Bloodstock Breeder's Stakes at Te Aroha earlier this year, before travelling to Singapore to continue her racing.

New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas Preview

Wednesday, November 5, 2003

As well as carrying enormous prestige in it's own right, Saturday's Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas also forms the 4th leg of the hotly contested New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series. With a capacity field assembled, this Group 1 Classic, conducted by the Canterbury Jockey Club at Riccarton Park, Christchurch, has proved that black type and prize money will attract horses from both ends of the country, making this a most interesting event.

Touted as a top chace for Saturday's feature is New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series leader and dual Group 3 winner Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady) who is already a hot favourite, with the TAB quoting her at $2.25 in futures markets. Kainui Belle (Kashani x Lady Ukiah) continued her good form winning the Gr. 2 Wellington Guineas at her last start. Another last start winner is Sarah Vee (End Sweep x Captivating) who won the Listed ARC Soliloquy Stakes in fine fashion by two lengths. Rapid Kay (Towkay x Racing Waters) and Catscan (Tale of the Cat x Translucent) make up two of the three in form Mark Walker trained runners and are hard to fault after beating the colt's and gelding's last time out when they provided the quinella in the Listed Canterbury Stakes at Rangiora.

Vee For Victory In Soliloquy

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Sarah Vee (End Sweep x Captivating) took charge early in the straight and crossed the line with 2 lengths to spare ahead of second placed Bridie Belle (Al Akbar x Golinda) with Her Hidden Talent (Groom Dancer x Royal Recluse) a further � length back in third.

Trained by Mike Moroney and Andrew Scott, Sarah Vee now has 4 points in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series which puts her in second place on the points table behind Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady), who has 12 points.

Capacity Field For Soliloquy As Fillies Chase Series Points

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

The Series is currently headed by the exciting Graeme Rogerson and Stephen Autridge trained Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady) who is heading straight for the New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas, not lining up on Saturday, making the Soliloquy a great opportunity for other fillies to gain some valuable points in the Series.

Top chances on Saturday include Gr.2 Lindauer Guineas winner Bridie Belle (Al Akbar x Golinda) recent trial winner and stakes winner Kalamata (Desert Prince x Kirtlington), last start winners Miss Tea Rose (Gold Brose x Miss Tree), Ocean Melodie (Unbridled's Song x French Tide), The Bell Ringer (Masterclass x Buzz My Bell), Flying Feathers (Tuscany Flyer x Queen Chick), Anne Carina (Danske Lidahya) and consistent performers Society Cat (Felix the Cat x Liberty Dancer) and Hot Elle (Al Akbar x Hot Classic).

Zirna Flies The Flag For Nz Winning The Raffles Cup In Singapore

Monday, October 20, 2003

Trained by Malcolm Thwaites and ridden by Mark Du Plessis, Zirna was too strong for the other 8 runners in the field crossing the line ahead of John Meagher trained Lord of the Pines and Charles Read trained Lead to Victory.

Bred by Jim Campin of Chequers Stud in Cambridge, Zirna was sold at New Zealand Bloodstock's 2000 Premier Yearling Sale for $40,000 to trainer Stephen Autridge and is now owned by Auckland's Westbury Stud.