Rare winner in Perth
23 May 2016

Next Generation (Magnus x Mokobaesi Miss) took out the 2yo race at Belmont on Saturday, giving me a rare win in WA. I paid $14,500 for the colt at the Melbourne Great Southern Weanling Sale and then on-sold him at the Perth Yearling Sale for $37,500. Being by Magnus one would think he will improve as time goes by.

Saturday winners the name of the game
23 April 2016

As a thoroughbred consultant it’s important to keep the Saturday winners ticking over, because that’s where the money is for clients. So today was a pretty good result with Kaiser Franz (Savabeel x Call Me Lily), the full brother to Soriano, winning the first at Sunshine Coast; Hopfgarten (Mossman x Black Tourmaline) taking out the Listed Ascot Handicap to go over $500,000 in stakes money; and Imposing Lass (Makfi x Imposingly) continuing on her winning way down in Sydney. Bjorn Baker will now take the filly to Brisbane for the Queensland Oaks. 

Patient approach starting to pay dividends
7 April 2016

Three-year old Imposing Lass (Makfi-Imposingly) won its second race from just the three starts at Warwick Farm yesterday. Trained by Bjorn Baker, the mare cost $120,000 at Karaka Premier and only went to Australia last spring. The lovely, big striding filly (shown here as a yearling) might now target the Brisbane winter carnival. 

Derby victory 20 years in the making
6 March 2016
Rangipo a5211s

If anyone deserves success in racing it’s John and Margaret Thompson, who have put an incredible amount of time and money into the game. So it was a real thrill to see Rangipo win the 2016 NZ Derby yesterday. I’ve known John and Margaret for over 20 years – they actually acquired Strangeways, the grandam of Rangipo, from my longtime friend, Mrs Valerie Langsford. John sent the mare to Zabeel and she produced Holloway (the dam of Rangipo) a talented mare that had a hind tendon severed in a race at Flemington. Luckily we managed to save her and packed her off to Three Bridges Farm for rehab. Given her injury we didn’t want to travel, and Three Bridges take such good care of their horses that we decided to send her to Stryker, buoyed by the fact there had been a number of good horses bred on the Fastnet Rock x Zabeel cross already. A lovely type from day one, Rangipo was gelded as a weanling then sent to New Zealand as a rising two-year old. And the rest as they say is history. Since then the mare has produced a High Chapparal filly and a Pierro colt. Well done John and Margaret – enjoy the moment!

We have a new derby favourite
21 February 2016

And it’s John’s horse, Rangipo (Stryker x Holloway), which won the Avondale Guineas yesterday. Recent winners of the Group II race include the likes of Silent Achiever and Mongolian Khan, so it’s a pretty good form guide leading in to the derby in two weeks’ time. Trainer Tony Pike told journalists, "He’s an amazing horse as he’s been in work a long time and he just keeps turning up.” There’s always that question mark about the 2400m when you have a 3yo, especially one by a sprinting sire, but Rangipo does have that Zabeel factor on the dam side and he does everything right. He is the second stakes-winner for Stryker, who has eight entries in the upcoming Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. Here’s a photo of Rangipo’s 2yo half-sister who has just gone into work at Ciaron Maher’s stable.

Happy new year to the Thompsons!
1 January 2016
Rangipo a 9252s

Major NZ clients John and Margaret Thompson had a great start to the new year when Rangipo (Stryker x Holloway) took out the Group 2 Great Northern Guineas at Ellerslie. Home-bred by Three Bridges Farm, Rangipo is the first foal of Holloway, a talented Zabeel mare who succumbed to injury in a race at Flemington. John and Margaret purchased the granddam from Auckland breeders Ron and Valerie Langsford, and raced Penitentiary from the family.

Good weekend for broodmare buys
30 November 2015
Alamer a 7544s

A good weekend for recently purchased broodmares with Rampage (All American x Sleight of Hand) winning a very competitive 2yo race at Moonee Valley, New Predator (New Approach x Head Over Heels) running a close second in the group two mile at Turffontein, and Alamer (Alamosa x Clerio) (photo) taking out the listed 3yo race at Ellerslie. They cost $30,000, $52,500 and $35,000 respectively.

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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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