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.

Purchases fight out finish of Waikato Guineas
31 January 2015
Mongolian Khan

Top result for clients in the Group 2 feature at Te Rapa today, with Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor x Centafit) and Prima (Sir Percy x Azabella) fighting out the finish. Mongolian Khan was a $9,000 Melbourne Weanling Sale purchase that Courtney Howells of Ainsley Downs Stud later sold for $140,000 at Karaka. While Prima cost just $12,000 and is now Group-placed at start number three.

Not a single doubt about these ones
28 December 2014
Diamond Master

Good results for pinhooks that each sold for $130,000 as yearlings. Promising filly Every Faith (Not A Single Doubt x Zephyria) ($28,000) beat a field of milers at Moonee Valley, before Diamond Master (above) (Not A Single Doubt x Sandy Desert) ($51,000) took out the Class 4 1000m at Sha Tin. As a side note, Line Seeker (O’Reilly x Hooked Ona Feeling), a horse I bought privately, won the HK$2 million Griffin Trophy. All in all a good weekend!

Bonjour from Deauville
9 December 2014

It’s cold as ice here in France but at least I’m not missing out on much of the Auckland ‘summer’ by the sounds of things. I have bought two weanlings. One is Pontmain (above) (€28,000), a colt by the latest siring sensation over this way, Le Havre, from a Cape Cross mare that is closely related to Group 1 winners Taipan and Ali Royal. The other colt is by Whipper out of Souriante (€18,000). Whipper has a handful of runners in Australia, among them Wazn and Beyond Thankful. By the way, those weanlings I bought this time last year are all doing well in pre-training - I’ll have an update on them soon.

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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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