Ourforeignminister game winner Te Awamutu Cup
6 July 2012

Wet track specialist Ourforeignminister (Dubai Destination x Secret Revenue) was a game all the way winner of the Te Awamutu Cup on Saturday. The 5yo Australian-bred gelding has now won seven of 26 starts in the care of Richard Otto. I liked this horse so much I bought him twice – once as a weanling for $47,500 then as a yearling for $100,000! His biggest win has been the Merial Metric Mile – surprisingly – on a dead 4 at Awapuni. 

Keep an eye on Gok when he resumes in the spring
27 June 2012

It may have only been a maiden win at Te Teko but Gok (Shinko King x Pink Melody) showed he has all the makings of a very promising galloper. Ridden by James McDonald, Gok missed the start but steadily made ground through the field to win by two lengths. I bought this 3yo for $21,000 as a weanling. He will now be turned out for the rest of the winter. 

Another listed win for son of With Love
23 June 2012
Hoss Amor

Hoss Amor won his third listed race for John O’Shea and connections at Eagle Farm on Saturday. The General Nediym 2yo is out of With Love, a mare I bought as a breeding proposition for $77,500 in 2008. With Love’s first three foals have sold for well over $250,000. She has since left an outstanding Wanted colt that will go through the ring early next year. 

Parfore among elite of Kiwi broodmares
18 May 2012
With Love

One of my broodmare purchases doing well right now is Parfore, the dam of Super Easy (Darci Brahma). Fourth in Fort Lincoln’s 2011 Karaka Million, Super Easy is now an unbeaten Group One winner in Singapore. I bought Parfore for just $30,000 in 2004. Currently in foal to Zabeel, she has produced three group or listed winners including Our Lucas and Tiger Tees. 

Tatts Mile then Melbourne for Solzhenitsyn
8 June 2012

Solzhenitsyn outfinished fellow ex-Kiwi Firebolt to win the Listed Strawberry Road Handicap (1600m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Robert was quoted in the papers as saying, "He looked really strong on the line though and I am wrapped that the horse keeps taking progressive forward steps as we raise the bar for him. Who knows how much improvement is in him after he has a good spell?” 

St Andrews scores at second start
4 June 2012

St Andrews (Sandtrap x Nun's Chorus), a horse I bought for $7,000 as a weanling, proved himself above average when he posted win number one at just his second career start. It was a tough performance as the gelding was attacked in front, bumped on the turm then headed in the straight. There were five lengths back to the third placed horse. I race this three-year old with friends Kylie Fawcett and Richard Otto.

The ups and downs of racing
26 May 2012

Excellantes’ all-the-way win in the Listed Chief De Beers Handicap (1110m), forty minutes after Buffering went down by a short neck in the Doomben 10,000, served as yet another reminder of the ups and downs in racing. Robert is quite bullish about this horse’s future and will probably start him next at Eagle Farm in the Lightning Stakes.

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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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