Patience paying off
24 June 2105

Patience is paying off for the connections of four year-old entire Lord Leofric (War Pass x Lady Isabella). I went to $20,000 for the horse as a weanling on behalf of staff at Newgate Farm, who resold for $70,000 at Magic Millions. Following today's win at Canterbury, Lord Leofric has a record of three wins and a third from just five starts. Its dam is a half-sister to the stakes-winner Booroonga.

Another promising Mossman for Buffering team
17 June 2015

Privlaka (Mossman x Endearment) won a 2yo race at Doomben today for members of the syndicate that race Buffering. Injured on debut in January, the horse was gelded and appeared to race much more kindly this time round. A $130,000 Inglis Easter sale purchase, Privlaka is a half-brother to smart Melbourne metropolitan winner Face Forward, which I bought for First Light Racing. Endearment has a weanling filly by High Chaparral (IRE) and is due to foal this spring to Mossman.

First New Zealand winner for Tickets
28 April 2015
Weanling pinhook

Mr Conductor’s win at Awapuni on Monday represents the first New Zealand winner for Widden Stud sire, Tickets ($6,600 service fee). I bought the colt out of the Inglis Weanling Sale for $10,000. It was then re-offered at Karaka and went for $50,000. Another pinhook to do well over the long weekend was Japhils (pictured above), winner of the listed race at Morphettville. The filly cost $50,000 at Magic Millions and sold for $105,000 at Inglis Premier. 

Group 1 Courtney strikes again!
12 April 2015
Magnus colt

Stand up and take a bow Mr Courtney Howells of Ainsley Downs fame. You’ve prepared the winner of not only the New Zealand Derby but now the AJC Derby too! Together we acquired Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor x Centafit) for $9,000 from the Melbourne Weanling Sale with a view to selling him at Karaka, given the winning success of the closely related Young Centaur (Wellington Cup). I actually inspected the half brother by Magnus (pictured above) in Tasmania just a few weeks ago. If you’re tempted, check out the Magic Millions Weanling Sale on the Gold Coast next month. He’s for sale!

Northern contingent arrive safely
10 April 2015

The two colts I bought at Deauville have settled in well at the farm in Matamata. I blogged about them both last December but just to recap…. one is a Whipper colt out of Souriante (€18,000), a daughter of the Cheshire Oaks winner, Sail from the family of Groom Dancer. The other is by LeHavre out of Capitelli (€28,000), which makes it closely related to the Group 1 winners Ali Royal and Taipan. Neither colt will be broken in until the spring. Interestingly, Chris Waller recently bought two Le Havres as tried racehorses for over $1,000,000 each. Of the four weanlings that I bought the year before, two are spelling and two more, colts by King's Best and Stormy River, are about to re-enter the training stables. 

First stakes winner for Nicconi
21 March 2015

Chill Party (Nicconi x Dressed To Impress) showed his electrifying turn of foot to win the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley last night. I went to $30,000 for the 3yo colt at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale in 2012, and the horse has now won four of 11 starts. The first stakes winner for Nicconi, Chill Party is now being aimed at the South Australian Derby. 

Schmekel turns into a Clever Beaver
19 March 2015
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You have to love the word play in racing sometimes. Schmekel, the gelding by Shaft that we sold in December 2013, now races as Cleaver Beaver in Hong Kong. And the 4yo is doing not too bad, having won three races and HK$$2,390,300 in stakes so far (that’s about NZ$350,000). Here he is winning last night.

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Past winners

$300,000 in stakes
NZ$30,000 yearling
Amelia's Dream
Group 2 winner
AU$250,000 yearling
Aspen Lass
Listed winner
NZ$25,000 R2R
4 x Group 1 placings
AU$20,000 yearling
Bidii Babe
Listed winner
AU$150,000 yearling
Black Minx
Dual Listed winner
AU$260,000 yearling
7 x Group 1 winner
AU$22,000 yearling
Group 3 winner
AU$10,000 yearling

Chill Party
Group 2 winner
AU$30,000 weanling

Choice Bro
Group 1 winner
AU$40,000 yearling

Classic Marco
Group 1 winner
AU$8,000 yearling
$790,000 in stakes
AU$105,000 yearling
Group 2 winner
NZ$64,000 yearling

Hidden Kisses
$548,000 in stakes
AU$25,000 yearling

Group 3 winner
AU$26,000 yearling

Imposing Lass
Group 3 winner
NZ$120,000 yearling

Kaapstad Way
6 x Group 1 placings
NZ$50,000 yearling
Kaiser Franz
Group 3 winner
NZ$65,000 yearling
Kirra Sand
Group 3 winner
NZ$18,000 weanling
Group 3 winner
AU$8,000 yearling
Group 2 winner
NZ$1,750 yearling
Mongolian Khan
3 x Group 1 winner
AU$9,000 weanling
Listed winner
AU$12,000 weanling
Group 3 winner
AU$47,500 weanling
Our Lucas
5 x Listed winner
NZ$20,000 yearling
Pacific Dancer
Dual Group 3 winner
NZ$19,000 weanling
Dual Group 1 placed
NZ$10,000 yearling

Group 1 winner

Sir Andrew
Group 2 winner
NZ$56,000 weanling
Dual Group 1 winner
NZ$10,000 weanling
Sound the Alarm
Group 1 winner
AU$3,750 weanling
Group 3 winner
AU$12,000 weanling

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