Cooldini back in form
1 March 2014

Cooldini (Bernadini x Eliza Dane) won a listed 2600m at Flemington today, taking stakes winnings over the $300,000 mark. Not bad for a $40,000 yearling. The gelding looked very promising as a 3yo last winter, winning three in a row over middle distances, and now comes into calculations for the Adelaide Cup.

Winners in Oz this week
14 February 2014
Royal Occassion

Two young horses I pinhooked for clients won in Oz last week. The first was Injunction (Thorn Park x Interdict), a three-year old colt trained by John Sadler that was bought for $26,000 as a weanling and on-sold for $60,000 as a yearling. Four days later, another three-year old, by the name of Royal Occassion (Lonhro x Shand) (pictured above) - bought for $70,000 as a weanling and on-sold for $125,000 as a yearling - won its first start for Gerald Ryan. Good luck to the connections.

Japhils nominated for Blue Diamond
31 January 2014

The Darren Weir-trained Japhils (Choisir x Polish Precedent) has been nominated for the Blue Diamond Stakes after winning first up at Mooney Valley. I bought the filly for $50,000 as a weanling. It was then put back through the ring at the Melbourne Yearling Sale where it sold for $105,000.

Salute to Jude set for $1 million race
21 December 2013
Salute to Jude

Salute to Jude (Stratum x Sienna’s Fury) should now go on to the $1 million Magic Millions Guineas after winning at Flemington. In beating the older horses, the Robert Smerdon-trained gelding took its record to two wins, two placings and $90,000 in prizemoney from six starts. I went to $125,000 for the horse at Magic Millions two years ago, on behalf of the same conections that raced Zoustar. 

Two in a week for Shaft
21 December 2013

Massale (Shaft x Rosegreen) won the 2yo race at Manawatu today. Trained by Mike Moroney, the chestnut gelding was another cheap buy at the Sydney Weanling Sale (AU$12,000) and was later re-sold at Karaka for $57,000. I’m liking the Shaft progeny a lot at the moment. It’s a shame the Darley stallion hasn’t been more popular with buyers. 

Schmekel wins at first start
15 December 2013
Schmekel p9184s

Schmekel (Shaft x Play Loud) did the black-with-white-polka-dots proud today as a promoted winner at Ellerslie. Badly inconvenienced in the straight, the three-year old gelding looked like a nice, strong type at the Sydney Weanling Sale, so I was more than happy to grab him for AU$13,000. Trainer and part-owner Richard Otto feels Schmekel will race up to group company. Personally I believe he will make a very nice miler. We plan to give him a few more runs over summer before going out for a spell.

Bonjour from Deauville
12 December 2013

It’s been hard going from a Kiwi summer to the northern hemisphere weanling sales but everything’s panned out well. My first stop was the Tattersalls sale at Newmarket, where weanlings sold for up to 450,000 guineas. Not having quite that amount of money to spend, I picked up colts by Sahkee (14,000 guineas), King’s Best (10,000 guineas) and Zoffany (18,000 guineas). Then it was on to Deauville to pick out another colt, this time by Stormy River for €11,000. This is the first stage of a five-year plan to hopefully win some big staying races in Australia (one that doesn’t require big money to buy proven racehorses). The next comes in February, when the weanlings arrive here in NZ.

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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 1 winner
AU$10,000 weanling
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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