Top Hallmark Family To Fore
Korako made the perfect start to his racing career
in Singapore last night when he won on debut at Kranji.
One of four winning rides for Joao
Moreira, the Laurie
Laxon-trained gelding rallied strongly to score over 1200 metres.
son of Any
was originally purchased for $38,000 by Cambridge
Stud’s 2011 Select
was subsequently bought by Laxon
for $110,000 on the recommendation of bloodstock
Cataldo spotted him in New Zealand and
suggested he might be a good horse for up here,” Laxon said.
“I’ve had a lot of success with Phil over the years and hopefully this horse will be
another one that will keep going forward.
“He’s a big strong horse that will continue to improve as it
was only his first race start, although the time was a bit
“I think what happened was when he got to the front he thought
his work was done and he switched off, but he got there in the end
and that’s all that matters.”
Korako is out of the Lord
Ballina mare Breaker
Dawn who is from a hugely successful Hallmark family.
It includes the Group I winners Katie
Lee, Banchee and Gee
Huge Day for Hallmark
Coup Ay Tee Rounds Off Super
The Listed success of the ever-reliable
Coup Ay Tee at Rosehill delivered a
Saturday triple treat for Hallmark
His victory was the icing on the cake after the earlier
wins of farm graduates Flower Bomb
at Ruakaka and Day
Procedure at Moonee Valley.
Coup Ay Tee’s Winter
Challenge triumph was the eighth of his career that also
features 10 placings from 27 appearances.
The six-year-old is a son of Danske
and Flying Coup, a Tuscany
Flyer mare owned by Hallmark
with Suncroft Bloodstock.
Flying Coup was
the Listed winner of the Canterbury
Belle Stakes and is from a well-performed North
American black-type family.
Trained by Chris Waller,
Coup Ay Tee is her
first live foal and her second is the Terri Rae-trained
debut winner Coup Flyer.
Coup Ay Tee was ridden by New
Zealand apprentice Jason Collett,
who pushed through a needle eye gap in the straight to win.
"Full credit to Jason, I'll have to have a look at the replay
but there's no room for error when you go for a gap like
"I guess you take your life into your own hands and throw out
the life insurance."
Strike For Stud
Stud celebrated a trans-Tasman double this
afternoon after Day Prodecure
furthered his smart record with victory at Moonee Valley.
The farm-born and raised Flower
Bomb had struck earlier in the day at Ruakaka to
set the ball rolling before the Caulfield-based sprinter followed
Trained by long-time Hallmark
friend and supporter Robert Smerdon,
Day Procedure now has four wins and five placings
from his 14 outings.
A AUD$35,000 Magic
Millions purchase by the stud, Day
Procedure subsequently realised $170,000 out
of their 2011 Select Sale draft at Karaka.
he is a half-brother to Gr 3 Cameron Handicap
and Gr 1 Myer Classic runner-up Absolutelyfabulous.
Their dam is the Rory’s
Jester mare Joker’s
Girl who won the Maribyrnong Trial, Debutate
Stakes and Cinderella Stakes at Listed
Bomb Blooms At Ruakaka
mare Flower Bomb looks
set to make her mark in top company after another impressive
victory at Ruakaka this afternoon.
downed a competitive field of Rating 85 sprinters with a
commanding performance to post the fourth win of her six start
Bomb won her first two starts and was then put
aside to develop after she had run off when beaten at Thames.
four-year-old successfully resumed at Ellerslie in
June and her only other defeat came at Te Rapa where
her rider lost the irons.
and raised at Hallmark Stud,
the daughter of One Cool Cat
was bred by her owner and loyal farm client Roy
is the first foal of the unraced Viscount
mare Snazzy Lass, who
boasts an internationally-successful pedigree.
its ranks are the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner
and successful sire Rainbow Quest
and the English Derby winner Commander
is also the family of the Gp I-producing Sadler’s
Wells stallion Scenic.
Ahead At Eagle Farm
Streets took an early path to the winners’
stall yesterday when he broke his maiden on his home track.
at Eagle Farm by Liam
Birchley, the three-year-old was making just
his fifth raceday appearance.
son of Elusive City’s
success was richly deserved as he had placed in all his
graduate, These Streets
is a son of the unraced I Conquer mare Conquering
is a direct descendant of the Australian Group One performer
Send Out and Titan
Smile, a Group placegetter in Singapore.
Hallmark Stud is Proud to
Singapore Horse Of The Year
Multiple Group One Winner
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star and multiple Group One winner Super Easy will begin the
second phase of his career at Hallmark Stud.
The Te Kauwhata farm has moved quickly to secure the
services of the high-class New Zealand-bred stallion
following his recent retirement.
“We’re extremely excited to have snared him in the face
of hot competition and great to have the first son of Darci
Brahma to go to stud,” studmaster Mark Baker said.
“He’s a top-class sire who is doing a great job. He’s
also the leading sire in Singapore and has a very good
reputation in Hong Kong.
“Super Easy will be syndicated. Already we’ve had a huge
response. We have got some very prominent New Zealand
breeders already on board.”
Super Easy recorded his third Group One victory last month
in the Patron’s Bowl at Kranji, but injury subsequently
forced his retirement at the height of his powers.
He began his juvenile career in New Zealand with a track
record-breaking win over 1000 metres on debut at Trentham
where he beat subsequent Group One winner and NZ Filly of
the Year Planet Rock in 56.20. He was then runner-up in the
Gr.3 Eclipse Stakes and fourth in the Listed Karaka Million.
Super Easy lived up to his name during his three-year-old
season in Singapore with 11 straight victories, including
six at stakes level. He claimed the Singapore Triple Crown,
which culminated in his win in the Gr.1 Singapore Guineas.
“His Guineas win emphasised just what a tough and genuine
racehorse he was,” Baker said. “He was down on the fence
and three back. To bullock his way out and win was massive.
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“It’s easy to understand why he was a cult figure there.
We remember him as a yearling at Karaka. He was an
outstanding individual who we tracked ever since.”
Easy subsequently added the Gr.1 Lion City Cup to his record
and was placed in the Gr.1 International Kris Flyer Sprint
and the Gr.2 Stewards’ Cup before his farewell victory in
the Patron’s Bowl.
He retired as the winner of 15 of his 23 starts from
1000-1600 metres and was the champion three-year-old and
Horse of the Year in 2012. His earnings topped NZ$2.3
“He was a hugely talented and unique racehorse,” trainer
Michael Freedman said. “He is a stunningly beautiful horse
with great strength and balance. Everything he did was with
complete ease. Much of this can be attributed to his
“He had the unique ability to run amazing sectionals and
his turn of foot was something we don’t see often. He
retires as a track record breaking two-year-old, an
undefeated champion three-year-old and a multiple Group One
“You add this to his pedigree, speed, turn of foot and
physique and he has every chance of making a top sire. I
can’t wait to be at the sales and see his progeny –
I’ll certainly be there with bells on.”
By Danehill’s Group One producing son Darci Brahma, Super
Easy is out of the Gold Brose mare Parfore, who also the dam
of top Australian sprinter Tiger Tees and the stakes winner
“Ironically, we tried to buy Gold Brose a few years ago so
this all makes a perfect fit at Hallmark,” Baker said.
It is also the family of champion New Zealand juvenile Il
Quello Veloce and current sprinting star Mosse and one that
has come to the attention of global breeding giant Coolmore
Stud. They recently purchased Super Easy’s half-sister
Frustrating, a daughter of Stravinsky, for A$450,000.
Super Easy will stand at Hallmark Stud in 2013 for NZ$7500 +
Courage Back In Style
returned to top form in Hong Kong this week with a
comfortable victory at Happy Valley.
The O’Reilly gelding has now
won two races in a light career for trainer Tony Millard.
was bought out of Hallmark Stud’s
Select Sale draft to Karaka for $145,000
He is out of Storm
Jewel and is the third of the well-related mare’s
foals to win.
By Haayil, she is a half-sister
to the dual Gr 1 Kelt
Capital Stakes and Captain
Cook Stakes winner Cinder
Mustard On Fire
took full advantage of a change of fortune at Pukekohe
yesterday to open his winning account.
The three-year-old had little luck in his two previous
starts and overcame testing conditions for a dominant maiden
Trained on the track by Richard Collett, Hot
Mustard all but fell on debut before being put
He was a first-up fifth at Ruakaka when
resuming after racing three and four wide without cover before
striking at Pukekohe.
A son of Lucky Unicorn,
he was purchased by Collett for $40,000
out of Hallmark Stud’s 2011 Select
Hot Mustard is
out of the Scenic mare Fashion
Society, a daughter of Australian
stakes winner and Group performer Society
Secret Adds To Black Type Record
Gray only had to think back to Testa
Secret’s raceday debut for confidence in the Hallmark
Stud graduate’s black type prospects at Awapuni
Palmerston North trainer wasn’t concerned about the testing
track conditions for the Listed Manawatu
ITM Anzac 1600 and his consistent four-year-old
duly mastered the heavy going for a deserved success.
won here on a track just like this at her very first start so I
wasn’t worried,” Gray
Secret then earned top honours in the Listed
Castletown Stakes and
while that was her last victory, she has subsequently performed
with distinction in quality races.
Testa Rossa chestnut
was placed last season in the:
Gr.2 Cambridge Stud Eight
Carat Classic, the
Gr.3 Ezibuy Eulogy Stakes and
Gr.3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’
Gold Trail Stakes, as well as the
by All Blacks Conrad
Smith and Jason Eaton,
Testa Secret had also
finished runner-up in her two most recent outings and Gray
said she had improved with each run this preparation.
come up well and she’s a good mare and this is going to help her
along as a future broodmare.”
Secret, who failed to meet her $70,000
reserve at Karaka in
2010, is out of the winning Silver
Deputy mare Acacian
boasts an international pedigree with the family responsible for Group
winners in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Chile
Pit Gets Her Reward.
Pit posted an overdue and richly-deserved success
when she triumphed in the closing event on the Hawke’s Bay
Part-owned by Hallmark
Stud, the four-year-old had placed in her last
seven starts including a third in the Douro
Cup at Trentham.
She had also shown her quality
last season when she ran Rock ‘N’
Pop close when runner-up in the Listed Karaka
Trained by Graham
Richardson, Mosh Pit’s
previous win was on top of the ground and she overcame trying
conditions at Hastings for her second victory.
A daughter of Scaredee
Cat and a $15,000 Karaka
yearling, she is out of the Danasinga
mare Ten Guitars.
She is a half-sister to the
multiple Australian Gp II winner Century
Kid and the family of South African Gp II
winner Dahlia’s Legacy.
Vantage Set For Higher Honours
Mark down Rock Vantage as
a three-year-old to follow as his career continues to gain
The son of Rock Of Gibraltar
has made an encouraging start for trainer Danny O’Brien with
two wins from four appearances.
Off the back of a first-up sixth this year, the gelding
was successful over 1400 metres at yesterday’s Seymour meeting.
O’Brien went to $95,000 to
secure Rock Vantage from
Hallmark Stud’s Premier Sale
consignment to Karaka
Raced by Raffles Farm,
he is out of the Woodman mare
Suitely who is also the
dam of Group performer Merensky
Their dam is also half-sister to the Gr 2 Alister
Clark Stakes winner Flak
Gains Deserved Victory
has made an encouraging start to his career with
his first victory at Geelong yesterday coming off
the back of strong early efforts.
three-year-old was in the money at his opening three appearances
before breaking his maiden over 1900 metres.
appreciated the step up in trip to win convincingly for trainer Robert
Hickmott and high-profile Melbourne owner Lloyd
graduate of Hallmark Stud,
Wimba is out of the
former smart racemare The Big Chill.
daughter of O’Reilly was
the black type winner of the Listed Red
Roses Stakes and finished runner-up in the Gr
2 Yallambee Classic.
has also been a good producer and Wimba
maintained her 100 per cent record as a broodmare with all four of
her foals to race having won.
Men Stands Tall Again In Hong Kong
continued his impressive progression in Hong Kong
last night with success in class four company at Sha Tin.
Hallmark Stud graduate
continued his winning ways over 1600 metres for
trainer John Size and
jockey Douglas Whyte.
out a warm favourite, he gave supporters no cause for concern with
a dominant display.
three-year-old has now won at his last two appearances after
placing at his initial two starts.
son of Encosta de Lago,
he was purchased by Aquanita Racing
for $300,000 from Hallmark’s
2011 Premier Sale draft.
one trial outing at Cranbourne he joined Size’s
highly successful Hong Kong
Men is out of the Ocean
Pearl, a daughter of champion sire Galileo,
from a potent European Gr I family.
26th February 2013
3yr Old Stars At Sha Tin
luck took a turn for the better last night at Sha Tin
where he opened his winning account for trainer John
The son of Encosta de Lago
stepped up to 1600 metres and had no trouble putting away his
rivals in Douglas Whyte’s hands.
Little Men had
been desperately unclucky when third at his previous start after
he drew wide and was blocked for a run in the straight.
Also placed on debut, the three-year-old was initially
bought by Aquanita Racing
from Hallmark’ Stud’s 2011 Premier
Sale draft for $300,000.
He trialled once at Cranbourne before he was
transferred to Size’s
successful Hong Kong operation.
The gelding is out of the English-bred Galileo
mare Ocean Pearl from a
well-performed European Group family.
It includes the Irish Oaks winner Moonstone,
the champion Irish 3YO stayer Honolulu
and the French Gr 1 winner Cerulean
Hot Streak Continues
patch of form continued in Kranji last night with
another impressive winning display.
The son of O’Reilly completed
a hat-trick to continue his rapid run through the grades.
Trained by Laurie Laxon, the gelding raced
away in the hands of Jaoa Moreira to score by a
widening three lengths.
purchased by the expatriate Kiwi horseman from Hallmark
Stud’s 2010 Premier Sale line-up.
A $125,000 buy, he is out of dual Gr 1
NZ 1000 Guineas and Levin
Classic winner Final
Destination’s half-sister La
The Bahhare mare is a direct female descendant of the Gr 2 Edward
Manifold and Gr 2 Veuve
Cliquot Stakes winner Society
Judgement On The Mark
jockey Noel Harris’
confidence in Breaking Dawn’s
prospects at Te Rapa this afternoon weren’t
combined to account for the Rating 65 metric
milers off the back of an eye-catching fourth at Tauranga.
track didn’t suit him there and he was the only one that ran
home that day,” Harris said.
told John (Mason) that he’s got plenty of
graduate of Hallmark Stud, Breaking
Dawn has now won twice from eight appearances with
a further three placings.
$4000 weanling purchase in 2010, he is
out of the unraced Spectatorial
mare My Life.
is a half-sister to the Gr 2 winner My
Quota and the family of stakes winner and Group
performer Mr Bond.
Rocket Takes Off At Hastings
good track and a drop back to 1200 metres paved the way for Little
Rocket’s New Year’s Day success.
Gold Mine filly showed
a sharp turn of foot at Hastings to post a clear-cut
by long time, loyal clients of the farm, Coralie and Duane
Eagle, and trained by Ralph Manning, Little
Rocket raced handily and dashed clear to win going
Hallmark Stud graduate is the first foal of the Spectatorial
mare Blue Skies,
who was herself a dual sprint winner.
second dam Blue Reality
was also a multiple winner and a stakes performer.
is also the family of Australian black type winner Brihuego
(Cameron Handicap) and Chief
Wild Eagle (Dayana Stakes).
Colt Stakes Karaka Million Claim
Ranger sits top of the Karaka
Million qualifying list after a hollow victory in
today’s Gr 3 Eclipse
unbeaten youngster was a commanding winner at Ellerslie
to maintain his perfect form line.
debut winner on the track last month, he headed straight to the
front and won untested.
my first black type success and it’s lovely to do it for my new
owner,” Matamata trainer Danica
always been a very smart horse and he was very, very impressive.
We’ll look after him now and come back for the Million.”
colt was bought out of Hallmark
Stud’s Premier Sale draft earlier this year for $75,000
(Refer 22nd December details).
is raced by prominent Singapore-based liver transplant surgeon Dr
Tan Kai Chah, who has thoroughbred interests spread
through Australasia, Asia and Europe.
Ranger has now won NZ$49,550 in his
He is the
first stakes winner out of the unraced mare
Big Step (Honour And
Glory) who is a half sister to the dual Listed
winner Actress (Snippets)
and High Heels
(Canny Lad), herself the dam of the six-time
Gr 1 winning
Champion Desert War
(Desert King) and Gr 1 winner
Laser Hawk (Artie
Xmas Presents For Hallmark
Stud enjoyed an early dose of Christmas cheer this
week with winners both sides of the Tasman.
Karaka Million hope Gobi
Ranger was impressive on debut at Ellerslie
and Day Procedure scored
at Moonee Valley.
Sold by Hallmark for $75,000,
Gobi Ranger, is from
the family of Gai Waterhouse's multiple Group
One winner Desert War.
The youngster won both his trials leading up to Ellerslie
where he claimed the Countdown to
Karaka Million with ease.
"He's an absolutely natural two-year-old and is always on the
right leg and well-balanced," trainer Danica
"He's very reasonable - and some Tale
Of The Cats aren't - and does everything
Gobi Ranger by Tale
Of The Cat
out of Big Step(AUS) is
raced by prominent Singapore-based liver transplant
surgeon Dr Tan Kai Chah.
He has thoroughbred interests spread through Australasia,
Asia and Europe and is a regular yearling
buyer in Japan.
Meanwhile, Day Procedure
won for the third time from only five starts when successful at
the Valley for Robert
A $170,000 Select Sale
purchase in 2011 for Aquanita
Racing, he is by Snippetson
out of Joker's Girl.
The winning Rory's Jester
mare is also the dam of the Gr 3 Cameron
Handicap winner Absolutelyfabulous.
Vantage One To Follow
confirmed the good impression he had made on debut with success at
yesterday’s Geelong meeting.
Third at Kilmore earlier this month at the first time of
asking, he showed pleasing improvement to open his account.
The Hallmark Stud
graduate was a comfortable winner over 1300 metres
for trainer Danny O’Brien.
The Flemington trainer purchased the gelding
out of the Te Kauwhata farm’s Premier
Sale draft last year for $95,000.
Raced by Raffles Farm, the son of Rock
of Gibraltar is a half-brother to the Group
performer Merensky Reef.
They are out of the Woodman mare Suitely
who is a half-sister to the Gr 2 Alister
Clark Stakes winner Flak
Court Tops In Australia
John Sargent landed his first Sydney
city winner at the weekend and he enjoyed further success
yesterday with a Hallmark Stud
The trans-Tasman trainer saddled Shanghai
Court for a deserved maiden success at the Cessnock
A four-year-old by Shinko King,
he had weighed in three times from his five New Zealand starts
before joining Sargent’s Sydney
Two placings at Wyong and a Newcastle fifth preceded his
breakthrough three and a-half length victory yesterday in Blake
was purchased by Sargent for $56,000
out of Hallmark’s Festival Sale consignement
to Karaka in 2010.
He is out of the Strategic mare Verganti and a
half-brother to multiple winner and stakes performer Viva
It is the family of Grp I winners Buzz
Lightyear (NZ 2000 Guineas, Levin Classic)
and Miss Raggedy Anne (Railway
Ready To Run Sale Pair Prove Popular
made their presence felt at yesterday’s New
Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale at Karaka
despite limited representation.
They presented only two lots but ended with an average of $68,000
and a top price of $120,000.
That was paid by Singapore trainer Michael
Freedman and Cambridge agent Michael
Wallace for their Trotamondo
Out of a half-sister by Marscay
to stakes winner Ascot
Isle, the colt’s third dam is the champion Group
One winner La Mer.
Earlier in the session the stud’s Sir
Percy colt went to New Plymouth-based horseman John
Corcoran for $16,000.
The two-year-old is the first foal of the multiple winner and Group
II performer Dutyful.
Cashes In With Single Currency
Winning the Listed
Timpson Family Trust Sprint
at Te Rapa
Wood gained a decent slice of compensation for a missed
trip to Riccarton with Single
Currency at Te Rapa this afternoon.
Cambridge trainer was foiled in his attempt to win last year’s Gr.3
Coupland’s Bakeries Mile
with the gelding who finished a respectable fifth on an unsuitable
wet track after rain on the day washed away his chance.
Currency subsequently went for a spell resulting in Wood
losing a race with time to have the six-year-old seasoned enough
for another crack at the race.
after a solid first-up fifth behind the exciting Nashville at
Wanganui last month, Single Currency
was sharp enough to down a competitive line-up in the Listed
Timpson Family Trust Sprint
at Te Rapa.
raced one off the fence behind the leading pack and finished
strongly in the straight under rider Danielle
Currency was selected and bought privately by
Hallmark Stud as a weanling and was re-purchased by Wood out of
Hallmark’s 2008 Festival Sale
line-up for $28,000.
Bachelor Duke, he is
out of the Pompeii Court
mare Pennies In Heaven who was a three-time winner.
is from the family of champion stallion O’Reilly
and the Gr 1 Golden
Slipper Stakes winner Courtza.
Professional In Winning Form
Prebble warmed up for his Melbourne Cup
engagement with success on a Hallmark
Stud graduate at Sha Tin last night.
top Australian jockey successfully guided Ultimate
Winners to victory in the class three sprint.
son of Encosta de Lago,
the five-year-old has now has three wins and three placings from
his 10 starts.
was originally bought by Anthony
Cummings from Hallmark’s
2009 Premier Sale team for $135,000 before
joining Michael Chang’s
Winners is out of Lake
Alexandrina who is a half-sister to the Golden
Slipper winner and successful sire Marauding.
is the Bluebird mare’s
sixth foal to race and has continued her perfect stud record with
Shows His Staying Quality
stayer Vatuvei won’t
make this year’s Melbourne Cup field and Peter
Moody’s stable rider Luke Nolen
sees that as a positive.
his strong victory in today’s Gr 2 Moonee
Valley Cup, the Hallmark
Stud graduate will have to wait another year for Flemington.
may well be a blessing,” Nolen said. “It would
be great to see another season under his belt before he takes on
“He switched off good behind a good solid tempo and he was very
convincing on the line.
“He is a stayer of nice quality and I think in 12 months’ time
he will be even better.”
appreciated a good pace in today’s event and strode to victory
for his third career victory.
just had to wait,” Nolen said. “He was always
going to show a turn of foot because he was so relaxed in the run.
“It was a good staying effort and he’s well trained.”
son of Reset, Vatuvei
was bought out of Hallmark’s
2010 Premier Sale draft for $150,000
is a half-brother to the Gr 1 Australian
Oaks winner Rena’s
Lady and the Gr 3 Adrian
Knox Stakes winner Raise.
Callanish, Stud's Spring Star
The rise and rise of unbeaten four-year-old Callanish
has been one of the feature Victorian stories of the spring.
His perfect eight start record has also been of great
pride and satisfaction for his co-breeders Hallmark
Rock, the Mick
went to another level with his most recent Listed Seymour
He led for most of the 1600
metre trip and then showed his fighting qualities under regular
rider Dale Smith to win by half a length.
“That last 100 there
was a point when I thought he was vulnerable of getting beat but
he gritted his teeth and hit the line beautifully, his guts and
determination got him across the post today,’’ Smith
"Full credit to the
horse and Mick and a big thanks to all the owners and the people
behind the scenes.
“It makes the job a
lot easier when we have got them, that's for sure. It's well
documented that the horse has been a little bit awkward in the
“It just goes to show that a little
person such as myself can get the chocolates and get the job
done,” said Smith, who has ridden Callanish at every start.
Part-owner Rob Harding
said the 2013 Doncaster in Sydney was
a race being talked about for the gelding.
Callanish was bought for $320,000
by Price out of Curraghmore’s
2010 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale draft.
He is out of the Dance
Floor mare Dancing
Doll who has a Darci
Brahma colt at foot at Hallmark and has been served by Rip
Sydney trainer Tim
Martin is guiding the career of her two-year-old daughter
Doll has also produced the Gr 3
Cup winner and Gr 1 Canterbury
Guineas placegetter Hoffmeister.
Family To Fore At Ruakaka
One of the New Zealand Stud Book’s
most potent families made its presence felt at today’s Whangarei
The latest member to add to an already
impressive record is the Hallmark Stud
graduate Rayners Lane.
The three-year-old son of Gold Mine
had been a trial winner and his performance came as no surprise to
“He’s still a bit wayward, but he was too
good,” said trainer Stephen McKee, who prepares
the gelding for the Archer family.
“He’s been very good at the trials and
he’s still learning. He should go right on with the job.”
was an $80,000 purchase out of Hallmark’s
2011 Select Sale draft at Karaka.
He was bred by the stud with Trevor
Hurley, of Kaponga, and is a brother to the Gr 3
Steward’s Stakes winner
Their dam Miss
Katella is a half-sister to the Gr 1 Telegraph
Handicap and Gr 1 BTC
Cup winner Gee I Jane
and to Miss Jessie Jay.
Jessie Jay, winner of the Gr 3 Fayette
Park Stakes winner and NZ
Broodmare Of The Year found fame as a broodmare
with her outstanding home-breds Gp I winners Katie
Lee and Banchee.
Year Old Maintains Winning Habit
A rejuvenated Fortune Bravo
continued on his winning way last night when successful again in Hong
The Gold Mine five-year-old has been in
outstanding form for trainer Ricky Yui since
returning from a break.
was a first-up second before he broke his maiden and struck again
at Happy Valley last night.
The Hallmark Stud graduate
had no trouble justifying his strong support with a comfortable
win over 1650 metres.
He was bought out of the farm’s Select
Sale draft at Karaka in 2009 for $35,000
by trainer Stephen Autridge.
was a trial winner at Te Awamutu last year before his sale to Hong
He is out of the Tights
mare Zipperup, who is a half-sister to the Gr
1 Ellerslie Sires’ Produce
Stakes winner Lord Ted.
Favours Bravo In Hong Kong
Gold Mine four-year-old
Fortune Bravo has
broken through for his first victory in Hong Kong.
He had placed eight times previously before opening his
account at Happy Valley this week.
Runner-up when resuming earlier this month, Fortune
Bravo was a clear-cut winner over 1650 metres.
A $35,000 yearling buy from Hallmark’s
2009 Karaka draft, he is out of the unraced mare Zipperup.
A daughter of Tights,
she is also the dam of the Listed QTC
Easter Cup winner Champion
The family also features the Gr 1 Manawatu
Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Lord
Current performance has been added by the Listed
Wairarapa Breeders’ Stakes
Secret She's After GpI Honours
roads will be lead to Christchurch this season for the quality
Hallmark Stud graduate Testa
Kevin Gray said the focus of her preparation would
be the Riccarton fillies’ feature.
looks really well and she’s got plenty of talent and the Guineas
at Riccarton will be her main aim,” he said.
Secret had been among the nominations for the Gr
1 Makfi Challenge,
but the weather has put paid to that.
said the heavy tracks had held up her preparation and so withdrew
her from the event.
a chance she still might go to Hawke’s Bay, but for the Rating
85 over 1200 metres if the track is alright.”
Secret became the first New Zealand
black type winner for Testa Rossa
when she claimed the Listed Castletown
she hasn’t since added to her winning record, her form against
the best last season remained outstanding.
was second to Planet Rock
in the Gp2 Eight Carat
Classic and to Zurella in the Gr
3 Eulogy Stakes.
Secret beat all but Anabandana beat
her in the Gp3 Gold
Trail Stakes and was also second behind
Dowager Queen in the Listed Wanganui
Strikes Again In Hong Kong
continued his impressive Hong Kong
form at Happy Valley last night.
He was successful over 1200 metres to take his record to
two wins and four placings from nine appearances.
ridden by Australian jockey Zac Purton, who has been
aboard in all but two of his starts.
The first foal of the winning General
Nediym mare Marsanne,
he was offered by Hallmark Stud
made $17,000 to the bid of Graeme Sanders
during the 2009 Festival Sale.
His dam is a half-sister to the well-performed Royal
Queen and the family of the Gr 1 Ellerslie
Sires’ Produce Stakes winer Kapiston.
Procedure Too Sharp Again
Pinhooking success Day
Procedure produced further evidence of his ability
with his latest success in Melbourne.
The well-named youngster led all of the way at Flemington
recently to post his second win from just three starts.
A son of Snippetson and
Joker’s Girl, he was
purchased by Hallmark Stud
at the 2010 Magic Millions Sale
The youngster was then sold through the farm’s Select
Sale draft at Karaka
the following year for $NZ170,000.
Day Procedure was
purchased by Aquanita Racing
and is prepared by their long-serving trainer Robert
The gelding is a half-brother to the Gr 3 Cameron
Handicap and Gr 1 Myer
Classic runner-up Absolutelyfabulous.
It is also the family of Griffon,
the recent winner of the Listed Lightning
Handicap at Eagle Farm.
Bags Another Victory
Numero de Lago’s
fine run of form this preparation cotninued on his home track
yesterday with a decisive victory.
Trained at Timaru by Michael Daly, the five-year-old
cruised home by a wide margin over 2100 metres for rider Lisa
A son of Encosta de Lago,
the gelding has put together a win and four placings from his last
Numero de Lago was
also a Group 2 placegetter as a juvenile when
previously trained out of Te Akau Stables.
Sold by Hallmark Stud
for $300,000 to David
Ellis at Karaka in 2008, his dam is the winning Mr
Prospector mare Statistic.
She is also a sister to the French Gr 1 winner and
successful sire Jade Robbery from the family of the
legendary Sadler’s Wells.
Features On Sha Tin Supercard
made its presence felt on a feature night in Hong Kong
when graduate Notus
posted an upset victory.
The son of Howbaddouwantit
rewarded followers when he won the class four sprint at odds of 33-1.
Trained by Almond Lee and ridden by Keith
has now won two of his last four starts on the Sha Tin
The gelding is out of the Desert
Sun mare Blessed Sun,
who won five races including the Listed South
Island Breeders’ Stakes.
The second dam Slewzanner,
by Gleam Machine, also earned black-type in the Gr
3 Lowland Stakes.
Celebrates St Leger Succes
A horse sourced from Hallmark
Stud as a 60th birthday present qualified for the Melbourne
Cup and gave the Gangi family its first city winner in the VRC
St Leger Stakes at Flemington. Daniel Gangi and his father Neil
waited 18 years to savour their greatest moment on the
track when Vatuvei, trained by Peter
Moody, powered home to land the Listed 2800-metre feature.
originally bought for $150,000 from Hallmark’s
2010 Premier Sale
line-up at Karaka by Moody
and subsequently syndicated. A half-brother to the Gr 1
and the Gr 3 Adrian
they are out of the Rivotous mare Boisterous
who won nine races, including the Listed Silk
Gangi was overcome with emotion as he recalled how he bought, as a birthday
present for his father, one of 10 shares in the son of
"This is a dream come true," he said. "Me and Dad
have had 20 horses over 18 years and never had a city winner so
we're pretty excited."
who also won the 2004 St
was elated for Vatuvei's
connections, particularly the Gangis who had tried
for so long to have a good race winner.
"He got to the front a bit too soon but it was a good staying
effort and he certainly loved the soft ground," said
who described Vatuvei
as a work in progress.
"We have been patient and let him come along at his own speed
and it's nice to see it come to fruition today."
is now qualified for the Caulfield
and the next two Melbourne
isn't making any bold plans just yet. He said Vatuvei
most likely to be spelled but he was keeping the Queensland
in June open as an option should he recover well enough from
"More than likely that is the end of his preparation
now," he said. "He's still got a bit of furnishing out
to do and I think he will continue to improve, but to what level I
For Karaka-Bound Colt
drew further attention to his Karaka-bound
half-brother with another bold winning performance in Victoria
graduate’s victory at Werribee was his second from
just five starts for trainer Michael Moroney.
three-year-old son of Oratorio,
he had broken his maiden at Kilmore at his previous appearance.
will offer a weanling half-brother by Alamosa
at the upcoming NZ Bloodstock Sale
on May 7-9 at Karaka.
was bought out of the farm’s Premier
Sale draft of 2010 by the trainer’s brother Paul
He is out of the Australian-bred Unbridled’s
Song mare Superb Melody,
who won three races.
She is a half-sister to the Gr 2
Western Australian Oaks
winner Reflected Image
and stakes-winning sprinter Facile
Win For Blueblood
member of Racing Royalty struck the first winning blow of his
career at Geelong yesterday.
opened his account over 1900 metres for trainer Colin
Little and jockey Steven
is from the legendary Eight Carat
family and was a $130,000 purchase.
bought him out of Hallmark Stud’s
Select Sale consignment at Karaka in
was making his sixth raceday appearance and had
weighed in three times previously.
appreciated the extra ground yesterday – no surprise...as he is
out of the Zabeel mare Zalinka.
is a blood-sister to the Gr 2 Royal
Stakes winner Lafleur,
dam of the Gr 3 Darley
Plate winner Amaryllis.
Performance At Sandown
maintained his excellent winning strike rate yesterday when he
gave a timely reminder of his ample ability.
The four-year-old son of Pins
claimed his fourth career victory from eight starts when dominant
over 1600 metres.
Trained by Michael Moroney at Flemington,
he may now be in line for a trip to the Queensland
winter carnival, given his versatility.
Last season he beat subsequent Gr 3 Grand
Prix Stakes winner Turnitup
over 2000 metres on a rain-affected going at Flemington.
Noble Park was
a $70,000 buy for Paul Moroney from Hallmark
Stud’s Select Sale draft to Karaka in 2009.
He is out of the Danehill mare
Sheza Gem, who is also
the dam of the Australian winner Heza
Coasts Home At Kilmore
was on the board early in his career in Melbourne
yesterday when he cruised to his maiden success.
followed up a sound fifth at Bendigo at his previous appearance
with a hollow win over 1400 metres at Kilmore.
son of Oratorio is
trained by Michael Moroney and was purchased by his
brother Paul at Karaka in 2010 for $180,000.
was offered by Hallmark Stud,
who have retained an ownership interest in the three-year-old.
is out of the winning Unbridled’s
Song mare Superb Melody
from a prominent Australian family.
its members are the Gr 2 Western
Australian Oaks winner Reflected
Image and the prolific stakes-winning sprinter Facile
SprinterCrunches Rivals Again
Crunch Time continued his outstanding run of form
this preparation with another dynamic performance at Moonee
Valley last night.
Doug Harrison-trained four-year-old coasted home
over 1200 metres in the hands of leading Melbourne jockey Michael
Crunch Time has now posted four wins and a
runner-up finish from five appearances since returning from break.
son of Fusaichi Pegasus,
he was purchased out of Hallmark
Stud’s 2009 Premier Sale consignment for $100,000.
dam Gypsy Princess is a half-sister by Sadler’s
Wells to the Gr 1 Ascot
Fillies Mile winner Sunspangled.
are out of the former champion German filly
Filia Ardross and a pedigree that suggests It’s
Crunch Time may well star over more ground.
Prepared To Be Patient With Two Year Old
trainer Paul Shailer is almost certain to resist the
temptation of a Gr 1 Manawatu
Sires’ Produce Stakes start with Breaking
doesn’t believe the youngster is short on talent though, rather
the timing of the Awapuni feature would count against the
not taking him down there because he’s not good enough, it’s
just that he’s not there yet mentally and I don’t want to put
too much pressure on him,” he said.
by Hallmark Stud for $4000
through their National Weanling Sale
draft, Breaking Dawn
opened his winning account in style at Woodville
son of Gold Mine
made all the running for jockey Lisa Allpress and
they went to the post unchallenged to score by a length and
found the front easily enough and Lisa was to give him a couple of
quiet sectionals,” Shailer said. “He won with
his ears pricked and he’s going to improve a lot more with
Dawn is out of the unraced Spectatorial
mare My Life, who is a
half-sister to the Gr 2 winner My
Quota and the family of another stakes winner in Mr
Year Old Spinning His Way To The Top
Cambridge trainer Roger James is
can comfortably progress through to the top grade.
three-year-old has won two of his three starts and was again
impressive at Ellerslie on Saturday.
under top jockey James McDonald, was the dominant
victor of a special conditions event.
popped him out three wide at the half mile and he looked under
pressure,” James said.
did let down nicely and all credit to the horse as he’s still
learning and putting a good record together.”
Spinning World, James
bought the gelding out of Hallmark
Stud’s 2009 Select Sale line-up for $130,000.
is out of the winning Marauding mare Park
City who is a half-sister to the Gr 2
Sunline Stakes winner Spurn.
dam is the multiple Gr 3 winner Espiare
who was also a two-time placegetter at the top
Opens Account in Hong Kong
was on the board in Hong Kong this week when he was
successful at Happy Valley.
son of Falkirk was
making his fifth appearance and had placed in two of his previous
by K Lui and ridden by Zac Purton, the gelding was too slick for
his rivals over 1200 metres.
was originally purchased by Sanders Racing out of Hallmark’s
2009 Festival Sale team for $17,000.
is from the family of current multiple sprint winner Royal
Queen and past Gr 1 Auckland
Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Kapiston.
Winners Maintains Hot Pace
continued the excellent start he has made to his Hong Kong
career with another victory at Sha Tin last night.
The four-year-old son of Encosta
de Lago now has two wins and two placings from his
four career appearances.
was a $135,000 putchase out of Hallmark
Stud’s Premier Sale draft to Karaka
He is out of the Bluebird mare Lake
Alexandrina who is a half-sister to the Gr 1
Golden Slipper winner
and successful sire Marauding.
Another sibling is the dual Australian Stakes winner Springsteen
who is also now at stud.
has been a good producer and all seven of her foals to race have
Strike For Stud
Stud celebrated a trans-Tasman double yesterday
with graduates successful at Ellerslie and in Victoria.
the home front, the three-year-old Spinmyworld
looked a three-year-old to follow after his maiden victory.
at his Paeroa debut, he came with a sustained finish to open his
account over 1200 metres.
trainer Roger James
said the gelding was now ready to step up over more ground.
needs at least a mile and I think he can win a decent race.”
bought the son of Spinning World
out of Hallmark’s 209 Select Sale draft
at Karaka for $130,000.
half-brother to three Australian winners, he is a grandson of the
former top filly and multiple Gr 3 winner Espiare.
at Mornington, the Doug Harrison-trained It’s Crunch
Time continued his march through the grades.
has fashioned an impressive record of three wins and two placings
from his six appearances.
Fusaichi Pegasus’ latest
success in the hands of Michael Rodd was a clear-cut one over 1200
$100,000 yearling from Hallmark’s
2009 Premier line-up, he is out of a Sadler’s
hails from a strong European family that features Gr 1
Ascot Fillies’ Mile winner Sunspangled.
Hallmark Family Stars Again
filly from a family that has served Hallmark
Stud so well for so long provided the Te
Kauwhata farm with their Premier
Sale highlight at Karaka.
half-sister by Pentire
to Gr 3 Stewards’ Stakes
winner San Bernardino
realised $360,000 to the bid of bloodstock agent Guy
are out of Miss Katella
who is a half-sister to dual Gr 1 winner Gee
I Jane and Miss Jessie
Jay, dam of the crack duo of Katie
Lee and Banchee.
mare’s done a grand job, but a month out from the sale I
wouldn’t have predicted that price,” Mark Baker said.
was a filly who just jumped out of the ground and really furnished
at the right time.”
was also the sire of Hallmark’s
second-top lot with a colt out of Danex
going to Victoria for $210,000.
by Cameron Cooke Bloodstock, he is a half-brother to
the Gr 1 VRC Derby placegetter Digital
Kong interests went to $200,000 for the
sibling to Gee I Jane
and Miss Jessie Jay by High
Stud secured the Fastnet
Rock filly out of a Sadler’s Wells
mare for $150,000 while a Commands
colt went to Singapore for the same price.
we were very happy albeit with the $12 million less spent by
Australians which made the market a little bit sticky,” Baker
that’s the market we sell in and the Select was
K2 consignment was also topped by Pentire
with a daughter making $170,000 to the bid of
Cambridge-based agent John White.
is out of an unraced Redoute’s
Choice mare from the family of Group winners
Dopff, Valpolicella, Rizon, Currigee
and Ready To Lift.
Barnes went to $95,000 to secure a Thorn
Park colt while Paul Beamish signed
for a son of Alamosa out
of a winning Tale Of The Cat mare for $90,000.
Crunch Time Strikes Again
Crunch Time maintained his perfect record this
preparation when he triumphed at the Ballarat
meeting for Cranbourne trainer Doug Harrison.
aside after two runs last year, he returned on a winning note at Moonee
Valley last month and was again dominant yesterday.
was originally bought out of Hallmark
Stud's 2009 Premier Sale
line-up for $100,000 by the Hong
Kong Jockey Club.
son of Fusaichi Pegasus,
It's Crunch Time is
from the Sadler's Wells mare Gypsy
has a perfect record at stud with all three of her foals to race
having won and includes the stakes performer Danehill
is a strong international family with the grand-dam Filia Ardross,
the champion German filly of her year.
Crunch Time completed a good day for Hallmark
whose graduate Maravi followed up his
Kumara win with further success at Hokitika.
Miner Digs deep For Victory
highly-regarded son of Hallmark Stud
stallion Gold Mine
further emphasised his talent at Ellerslie today.
Miner overcame a wide barrier draw and seasoned
opposition to trounce his Rating 75 rivals.
gelding has now won twice from four starts, he was runner-up in
the other two, for trainer Richard Collett.
Pukekohe horseman rates the four-year-old a potential topliner and
has him nominated for the Gr 1 Telegraph Handicap.
of Ruakiwi Diamond, he
claims the the Listed Avondale Stakes winner
and Group performer Ruakiwi
as his third dam.
The Miner's connections
include, among others, NZ Racing Board chairman Michael
Stiassny and member Liz Dawson, John
Hooper and prominent owners Alastair Sutherland
and Peter Walker.
Stud's run of festive period success continued at Ellerslie
on Boxing Day when Mosh
Pit posted a stylish maiden victory at Ellerslie.
by the farm, and long-time client Ray Fleetwood, and the
Stewart family, the daughter of Scaredee
Cat stormed home from the tail of the field to
claim the $15,000 maiden.
Pit is out of the unraced Danasinga
mare Ten Guitars who is
a half-sister to the Gr 2 TJ Smith Stakes, QTC
Cup and Premiere Stakes
winner Century Kid (Centaine).
is also the family of Gr 3 Tressady Stakes winner Breezy
(Pins) and Neo Star
(Centaine) who was a Gr 3 winner in South
Africa and also placed at Gr 1 level.
Pit's victory followed Hallmark
graduate Winning Glory's success
at Canterbury last Friday.
$100,000 yearling at Karaka in 2009, the son of One Cool Cat has
now won five times from David Payne's Randwick yard.
is a half-brother to dual stakes winner Alpine
Delight from the famous Heights
family of the Melbourne Cup winner Viewed.
Parade For The 2012 Sale Yearlings
Today saw the farm hosting 35 Australian trainers,
agents and owners as part of the New Zealand Thoroughbred
Marketing organised annual tour of farms in the Auckland and
We paraded a selection of a dozen yearlings bound for the NZ
Bloodstock Yearling Sales Series for January at Karaka.
Above, the Pins - Miss Jessie Jay Chestnut full sister to
Katie Lee, Lot 328, NZB Premier Catalogue
it is still very early in their preparation the yearlings all
paraded very well and no doubt gave many good judges present, a
chance to evaluate what's in store when they return in January.
very focussed gathering of astute horsemen on the New
Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing Tour
The tour is a marvellous initiative by New Zealand
which all participants who venture across the Tasman,
thoroughly enjoy and one which, year after year proves
invaluable come sale time!!
Ellerslie Day For Hallmark Graduates
added another significant string to her bow at Ellerslie
today when she maintained her impressive strike rate. The daughter
of Hallmark Stud's Gold
Mine stepped up for the first time to 1400
metres and ran the trip out strongly to score a soft victory at
the expense of a competitive line-up.
four-year-old is trained at Cambridge by Shaune
Ritchie who may now test the mare over a touch
further. "She'll get in at a nice spot in the weights over
the miles and she loves Ellerslie," he said. Goldminer
has posted two of her four wins at the premier track and has
a further three placings from 13 appearances..
was capably handled today by Jason Jago who sat her in behind the
pace near the rail. He was off the fence before the turn and they
lengthened stride quickly to take control and coasted home to win
by a decent margin.
"It's great for Jason, he rides a lot of work for me and he
rode her beautifully," Ritchie
at Hallmark for
her breeder-owner Bob McHardie, Goldminer
is an outstanding type out of a half-sister to Gr 2 Japan-New
Zealand International Trophy
winner Reiver. The
Gr 3 winners Il
Comandante (Dunedin Gold Cup) and Seapost
(Tranquil Star Stakes) also feature in her pedigree
Dashes To Ellerslie Reward
mare Sophia showed she
was more than capable of making up for lost time with a stylish
victory at Ellerslie today.
Hallmark Stud graduate
capped a successful return from serious injury to beat the lower
bowed a tendon as a three-year-old and she's got a lot of
ability," trainer and part-owner Scott Lucock said.
Spectatorial mare, who
won her maiden in 2009, had finished a sound fifth when resuming
at Dargaville prior to Ellerslie.
hadn't had a run for two years and she was very slow away,"
put the barrier blanket on today and she had been working well
enough to win so we were pretty confident."
by Hallmark, Sophia
is from the family of the multiple Gr 1 winners
and top sires Lonhro
A Step Closer To Karaka Million
opened her winning account at Otaki yesterday but connections of
the promising filly had to endure a sequel off the track before
victory was confirmed.
chestnut daughter of General Nediym showed improvement on her
debut run for fifth, with a determined finish to take major
subsequent protest from the runner-up delayed confirmation of her
first success until stewards allowed the result to stand.
is trained at Matamata by John Sargent who said the filly would
now be aimed toward the Karaka Million
was bought out of Hallmark Stud's
draft Karaka earlier
this year for $70,000.
by former All Black Mark
Carter and his family, she is out of the winning Zabeel
dam is a grand-daughter of the former crack European sprinter Habibti
and this is also the family of the great Octagonal.
Plays A Winning Hand
Stud played a significant role in providing
Catherine Cleghorn with a memorable moment in her racing career.
Te Kauwhata farm co-bred Spectacular
who yesterday gave the young Waiuku trainer her first success at
really exciting and she's a nice horse who had a leg issue early
on so I got her out to the beach," Cleghorn said.
sand and surf routine has worked wonders and Spectacular
successfully returned from a year-long break.
has now won twice from seven starts and added a further two
placings to emphasise her ability.
is out of the former top racemare Danjiki
who has produced four winners.
won 10 races including the Gr 2 NZ
Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes and the Gr 3
Waikato Stud Stakes.
Amy In Hot Form
Amy furthered her career record at Ellerslie
today when she downed a competitive field of open class
just her second run after a break, she finished strongly to down
Balerune and the Hallmark Stud
graduate Single Currency.
latter got to the front half-way down the straight and fought on
strongly and should be close to winning form when he strikes
Amy, a daughter of resident stallion Le
Bec Fin, has now won eight races and with a
further 15 placings has banked $118,107.
by Paul Jenkins, she
was campaigned at the Queensland winter carnival and weighed in at
five or her six starts.
has been genuine throughout and her trainer is confident the
six-year-old can add black-type to her record.
Yet To Come From 3Yr Old
top jockey Jim Collett
is convinced his promising sprinter Golden
Globe has the ability to go all the way.
has prepared the son of Hallmark Stud stallion
to win three of his four starts so far.
a pretty exciting horse and he's still learning the game,"
strong with a big heart and as a four-year-old he can
make into a top-class sprinter."
Globe posted the latest of his victories over 1200
metres at Rotorua today.
topweight of 58kg, he jumped away well and sat outside the leader
to the turn.
daughter Sam took
him wide into the straight and he quickly took control....!!
got two or three lengths in front and then waited a bit for the
other horse," she said.
out of the winning Maroof mare Marita
who is a half-sister to the stakes performer Brendel.
Their grand-dam Ebony Belle
was a top juvenile and headed the New Zealand 2YO Free
Handicap of her year.
Pedigree To Fore Again
of the most prolific families in the New Zealand Stud Book
added another winning notch to its belt at Pukekohe this
son of Hallmark Stud's
beautifully-related stallion Le
Bec Fin was responsible for adding to a proud
record with his second career victory.
lightly-tried The Flying Affair landed
his second race from just six appearances when he put paid to his
Rating 70 sprint rivals.
promising four-year-old is out of the Deputy Governor mare The
Secret Affair who boasts an impressive pedigree page.
is a descendant of the Dennis brothers' famous family that
features Gr 1 winners The
Jewel, The Phantom Chance, The Phantom, Irish Chance
and The Twinkle.
Back and Melbourne Bound
of Hallmark Stud's star
graduates made a triumphant return to racing at Taupo this
successfully kicked off her Spring campaign over 1400 metres and
an overseas trip now beckons.
John Sargent has his
sights set on the Gr 1 Myer
Classic at Flemington with the Oratorio
see how she comes through this and we'll go for the hit and
run," the Matamata horseman said.
was opposed by only three rivals and won with plenty in hand after
a tardy start.
was slow and I don't know why and James (McDonald) kept her up to
her work - she can be quite lazy," Sargent said.
was in front early in the run home and cruised home by a
was very worked up which isn't like her, but she was very
fresh," McDonald said.
come up a lot better this preparation."
Banchee after her Victory in the Gp 1
has won six of her 16 starts with the Gr 1 Diamond
Stakes her career highlight.
daughter of Champion broodmare Miss
Jessie Jay, she was purchased out of Hallmark's
2009 Premier Sale draft for $375,000.
Banchee was initially
raced by Sam Kelt before she was bought by Peter
and Philip Vela in mid-2010 for an undisclosed
Performance From Blueblood
four-year-old with a Gr 1 pedigree closed out
today's Te Rapa programme with a slashing victory to continue his
impressive form line.
Stud graduate Knight's
Command downed a competitive field of Rating 80
gallopers for the third victory of his five-start career.
by Stephen McKee at
Ardmore, the entire had also been successful at his previous
outing when defeating subsequent two-time winner Royal Queen.
Command added to his growing reputation today when
he proved too good for the highly-regarded Zabisco over 1400
by Jomara Bloodstock, he
is a son of champion stallion Pins
and the Waikato International
The Danehill mare has a
perfect record at stud with her only previous foals to race, the
brothers Zabene and Zed, both winners.
Knight's Command was
purchased out of Hallmark's 2009
Premier Sale draft at Karaka by Dominic
Li's IDL Racing for $250,000.
Completes Winning Double
completed a lucrative day at New Plymouth for Hallmark
Stud's stallions when she maintained her winning
Refer 4th September last..!!
the earlier success of Gold
Mine's son Golden
Globe, the Le
Bec Fin mare followed suit against her Rating
promising grey had cleared maiden ranks at her previous start and
comfortably handled a rise in class.
sat outside the leader for rider Darryl Bradley and proved
superior in the run home to win by a length and three-quarters.
four-year-old was purchased out of Hallmark's
2008 draft at the National
Weanling Sale for $5500 by Wanganui buyer Ian
She is a daughter of the former smart racemare La
Sileen who won six races, including the Gr 2
Waikato Gold Cup.
By Le Belvedere, La Sileen
hails from the family of the dual Gr 3 winner and Gr 1
placegetter Jondolar (Tatt's
Cup, Diner's Club Cup).
Maude is prepared
at Wanganui by Paul Belsham and she has now progressed to two wins
and a placing from her six appearances.
Honours To Golden Globe
both the betting market and the finish of the three-year-old
sprint at New Plymouth today.
son of Hallmark Stud
Mine was the stand-out form runner and
delivered in fine style.
was forced to sit three wide on the speed before coasting clear in
the straight to score by two and three-quarter lengths.
was his second victory from three starts and in between times was
a creditable third on a premier day.
finished third at Hastings last month behind the highly-regarded
pair of Ginner Hart and Micken.
$14,000 Karaka yearling, the gelding is trained by
former top jockey Jim Collett
and was ridden by his daughter Sam.
out of the winning Maroof mare Marita
who is a half-sister to the stakes performer Brendel.
Their grand-dam Ebony Belle
was a star juvenile and headed the New
Zealand 2YO Free Handicap of her year.
The Gr 2 NZ Breeders' Stakes
winner also left produced six winners including the Listed
Wellesley Stakes winner Schmooze.
victory At Pukekohe
can sprint and stay, he can perform on wet and dry tracks and he's
rarely far away from the action.
aptly-named Noble Warrior
again proved his versatility when successful at Pukekohe today.
son of Le
Bec Fin returned from a five month break to
triumph over the Rating 90 sprinters.
Warrior, who has also won beyond 2100 metres, has
now posted four career successes.
genuine nature is further emphasised with a further 22 top-five
finishes in 31 appearances.
by Grant and Tana Shaw, he is out of the multiple winning Justice
Prevails mare Our Kuini Rose.
Type Mare Back To Best
Bec Fin's stakes-performed daughter Elle
Tresor bounced back to her best form with a
fighting performance at Taupo today.
four-year-old looked under pressure before the turn but she
rallied bravely to knock off a competitive field of sprinters.
had to do a bit of work and I told Matthew (Cameron) to go forward
on her at all costs," co-trainer Brendon Hawtin said.
was worried when she looked like the first one beaten but she came
back and that's more like her two-year-old form."
Tresor was a debut winner as a juvenile and was
then runner-up in the Listed Wellesley
Stakes at Trentham.
also finished fourth in the Gr 2 Matamata
Breeders' Stakes behind the Hallmark
Stud graduate Banchee.
of the Strike Diamonds mare Spot Of Luck, Elle
Tresor is now the winner of three races.
Makes Her Mark
mare Maude showed her
appreciation of the step to a metric mile at Wanganui today with a
grey daughter of Le
Bec Fin made all the running and dashed clear
in the straight won win by two lengths.
was bought out of Hallmark Stud's 2008
draft at the National Weanling Sale for $5500
by Ian Hadfield, of Wanganui.
is a daughter of the former talented racemare La
Sileen who six races, including the Gr 2 Waikato
Le Belvedere, she hails from the family of the dual Gr
3 winner and Gr 1
(Tatt's Cup, Diner's Club Cup).
by Paul Belsham, Maude
was making just her fifth raceday appearance today and first at
Gets The Dough
bright future has been tipped for Newyork
Bakerboy who delivered at the first time of asking
at today's Ruakaka meeting.
Australian-bred colt, who had been a trial winner back in
March, impressed with a tidy display to triumph on debut.
a really nice horse and I think he's got a bit of class,"
Matamata trainer Peter McKay said.
didn't have a trial this time in so he was a bit vulnerable and
he's going to improve a lot with the run."
son of the Gr 1 Breeders'
Cup Mile winner Artie
Bakerboy was a $130,000
buy from Hallmark Stud's 2010
the family of the multiple Gr 1
winner Taj Rossi, he
was ridden today by Sam Spratt.
kicked well on the corner and when the other horse came alongside
he still had a fair bit in reserve," she said.
Bakerboy is likely to return to Ruakaka for his
next start in the Listed
Northland Breeders' Stakes.
Loom AsTop Spring Prospects
Park recently got his Caulfield
Cup campaign away to a highly satisfactory start at
Flemington and his
half-brother also now looks set for a profitable spring.
colt Heza Playboy
returned from a six-month break at yesterday's Kembla
Grange meeting and took up where he left off in the
three-year-old was put aside after winning at Warwick
Farm at his third start in March and triumphantly
came back from a spell over 1000 metres at the weekend.
Playboy is trained by Bede
Murray who purchased him during last year's Select
Sale at Karaka for $170,000.
Noble Park and Heza
Playboy were sold under the Hallmark
Stud banner and are out of the Danehill
mare Sheza Gem.
is from the family of the outstanding Sydney mare Tuesday
Joy, the multiple Gr 1
winner of the Chipping Norton,
Ranvet and BMW
Stakes and the Coolmore
Noble Park, a $70,000
buy for Paul Moroney in
2009, produced a bold first-up showing for third in his
re-appearance form a three-month break.
have always had a pretty high opinion of him," trainer
Michael Moroney said.
"He did it pretty much on raw ability last time in and this
is a starting point for him.
"Certainly (the Caulfield Cup) would be in our thoughts and
we will see how far we can get towards it."
He said the Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on September 17
would be his medium-term goal as it was a qualifying race for the
"Winning that might be the only way for him to make the Cup
field," Moroney said.
Noble Park has won
three of his five starts and was put aside after winning over 2000
metres at Flemington in
second placegetter Turnitup
subsequently won the Gr 3
Grand Prix Stakes at
the Brisbane winter carnival.
Gordon Just Too Good
Bec Fin debutant Just
Gordon got a new training partnership away to a
flying start at Te Awamutu this afternoon.
four-year-old presented Richard Otto and Mark Brooks with their
first winner with a bold front-running performance.
a very good start for us and we can't be happier and hope it's a
sign of things to come," Brooks said.
Gordon, who had placed at the trials, jumped
smartly to dictate terms and rallied strongly to prevail by a long
is the first foal to race from the winning Alleged Dash mare Dee's
Bec Fin has now produced 22 winners, including Gr
2 Wellington Guineas
winner Skirmish, from
Hallmark Mare Retired
Hallmark Stud graduate Katie
Lee has been retired but stud plans for the
millionaire mare have yet to be confirmed.
decision to bring down the curtain on her racing career was made
after a below-par performance in the Foxbridge Plate.
Sir Patrick Hogan said it was clear the dual Gr
1 winner no longer retained her zest for
purchased the daughter of Pins
and the Broodmare of the Year,
Miss Jessie Jay out of Hallmark's
2008 Premier Sale line-up at Karaka for $340,000.
by the stud with Trevor Hurley, of Kaponga (Taranaki), she will
now either visit champion stallion Zabeel
or be mated in Australia.
by Graeme and Debbie Rogerson, Katie
Lee enjoyed a successful juvenile season with two
wins, including the Gr 3
before she made turf history at three.
claimed both the New Zealand 1000
and 2000 Guineas as
well as the Eight Carat
and Sir Tristram Classics
at Gr 2 level and the Listed
Lee was the NZ Filly of
the Year and was the top-rated filly and
second-highest three-year-old on the Free
a four-year-old she won the Gr 3
Traderack Stakes in
what was to be her last career success.
Lee retires to the stud with the record of
eight wins and eight placings from 23 appearances and
stake-earnings of $1,100,675.
Takes Command At Te Rapa
regally-bred Knight's Command
has been patiently handled and the waiting tactics brought a
winning result for his connections at Te Rapa today.
at Ardmore by Stephen McKee, the four-year-old was making
just his fourth appearance when successful over 1400 metres.
by Jomara Bloodstock,
the Hallmark Stud
graduate had won on debut at Ellerslie last December and looks set
to make his mark in good company.
the champion stallion Pins, Knight's
Command is out of the Waikato
International Stakes winner
The Danehill mare has a
perfect record at stud with her only previous foals to race, the
brothers Zabene and Zed, both winners.
Knight's Command was
purchased out of Hallmark's 2009
Premier Sale draft at Karaka by Dominic
Li's IDL Racing for $250,000.
Globe Takes Centre Stage
three-year-old son of Gold
Mine created a strong impression at Taupo today
when he posted a runaway debut victory.
Globe jumped smartly from a wide gate to take
up a handy sit before striding to the front 200 metres from
quickly put the issue beyond doubt and coasted away to score
by three and a-half lengths.
$14,000 yearling buy at Karaka, the well-related gelding was
wayward when younger but full of talent.
been a very tough horse and he's got a future," said trainer
and former top jockey Jim Collett.
Globe is out of the winning Maroof mare Marita
who is a half-sister to the stakes performer Brendel.
grand-dam Ebony Belle
was a star juvenile and headed the New
Zealand 2YO Free Handicap of her year.
Enjoys Good Sale
a day of difficult trading, Hallmark
Stud provided two of the leading four lots at
New Zealand Bloodstock's Winter Sale at Karaka today.
top lot was the Stravinsky mare Diamond
Babe who is the dam of the Gr 2 Phar
Lap Stakes winner Blackie.
foal to Red Giant, she was purchased by Sir Patrick Hogan's
Cambridge Stud for $82,500.
also sold the unraced four-year-old Classy
Bawn to Matamata's Millfield Stud for $22,000.
daughter of Pins is out of the Sadler's Wells mare Silver And
is a sister to the dam of the multiple European Gr 1
winners Peeping Fawn
Silver And Roses is also a half-sister to the 2007 US
Broodmare of the Year, Better
Than Honour who was purchased for a world
record $US14 million in 2008.
It is also the family of the Gr 1 Belmont Stakes
To Riches and Jazil.
On Way Back To Best
Lee's connections are confident she can regain her
best form this spring with an early Gr
1 assignment is on her programme.
Hallmark Stud graduate
has returned from a spell in grand order and will be ready to
resume next month.
really happy with her and I think she's back to what she was as a
three-year-old," co-trainer Debbie Rogerson said.
will sound as an ominous warning to allcomers after Katie
Lee's achievements during an historic classic
daughter of Pins
completed the New Zealand 1000-2000
Guineas double to earn the champion 3YO title.
Lee was the Gr 3
winner of the Kelt Memorial
earlier this season before her form tailed off on rain-affected
tracks and she was turned out.
be trialling at Te Teko next week and then have a run at Te
in the Foxbridge Plate
before she meets Scarlett Lady at
” Rogerson said.
pair will clash in the Gr 1
Makfi Challenge on the
opening day of the Triple Crown meeting at Hastings on August 27.
Plans for Katie
Lee, the winner of eight races and more than $1
million, beyond that have yet to be confirmed.
“She’s nominated for the
Triple Crown here but she might go to
– it depends on the track conditions and the weather,”
Lot Under Hallmark Banner
Stud will be offering one of the prized lots at the
upcoming New Zealand Bloodstock
sale at Karaka.
farm will present the well-credentialled mare Diamond
Babe at the winter auction on August 5.
daughter of Stravinsky, Lot 19, is the dam of only one named foal
- the Black Minnaloushe three-year-old Blackie.
by Michael Kent at Cranbourne, the progressive gelding has
won four of his six starts.
spelled after his Gr 2
victory in the Phar Lap Stakes
has been back in training for a few weeks now and has come back
from a spell in great shape, he has really strengthened up,"
are looking at starting his campaign in late August or early
September, we haven't decided on a race just yet but there are
some attractive options for him."
dam Diamond Babe has
been served by the Giant's Causeway stallion Red Giant.
will also be offering the well-bred Classy
60, at the Karaka sale.
unraced three-year-old by Pins
boasts an international pedigree with her dam the Sadler's Wells
is a sister to the dam of the multiple European Gr 1 winners Peeping
Fawn and TheWayYouAre.
And Roses is also a half-sister to the 2007
US Broodmare of the Year Better
Than Honour who was purchased for a world
record $US14 million in 2008.
Than Honour is the dam of champion
three-year-old filly Rags
To Riches as well as Jazil, both consecutive
winners of the Gr 1 Belmont
Flies To Ruakaka Victory
lightly-tried daughter of Le
Bec Fin showed an impressive turn of foot when
she coasted home to open her winning account at Ruakaka.
three-year-old El Menear had
placed in two of her previous six appearances and made no mistake
the benefit of a first-up effort for fifth at Te Rapa, she
exploded clear in the straight to win by two and
three-quarter lengths under rider Michael Coleman.
Menear is trained on the track by Derek Allen with
co-breeder and former Gr 1 jockey Rodney Heaslip
sharing in the ownership.
filly is out of The Jogger mare Oh So Easy who hails from a
productive American black-type family.
3yr Old Hits The Mark Again!
Connoisseur's sparkling pedigree was again
to the fore when the lightly-raced three-year-old made his
presence felt at Ipswich.
son of Hallmark Stud's
Bec Fin is now unbeaten in two runs this
preparation after his latest stroll to victory.
Connoisseur came back from a brief let-up to
win convincingly earlier this month and handled a quick back-up
with ease last Friday.
gelding has now won two of his four starts for Gold Coast trainer
Alan Bailey and primed to make his mark in better company.
Connoisseur was purchased for $11,000 out of Hallmark's
2009 Festival Sale team at Karaka.
is from the the Markella mare Danjiki whose 10 race
victories featured the Gr 2 NZ Breeders' Stakes and
the Gr 3 Waikato Stud Stakes.
She is also the dam of the multiple winners Tap
To It and Glorious
Rhythm and is a half-sister to Silver
Samurai who won the Gr 3 Thompson Handicap.
The prestige name in the family is the Australian Horse of the
Year and multiple Gr 1 Strawberry
The Cox Plate and AJC Derby winner was
an international trailblazer who
also won at the highest level in Europe and North
Wanganui sprinter Sherborne
pushed his career earnings beyond the $70,000 mark today when he
made a long southern trip worthwhile.
five-year-old struck another winning blow when he accounted for
his Rating 80 rivals at the Ashburton meeting.
has now won six races, on both firm and heavy tracks, up to
1400 metres and has also posted a further 15 placings.
the first crop of Hallmark Stud
has proved a smart piece of business for his trainer Stephen
paid just $1750 for the gelding, who is out of the Spectacular
Love mare Our Thumbs Up, at Karaka in 2007.
pedigree carries an international flavour with his
third dam the American Gr 1 Keeneland
Spinster Stakes winner Safe.
Connoisseur Does It In Style
well-related Le Connoisseur
looks a horse to follow after he posted a stylish win in
Brisbane yesterday to kick-start his career.
on the Gold Coast by Alan Bailey, the three-year-old returned from
a break to blitz his rivals over 1200 metres at Ipswich.
Connoissseur was making his third appearance after
a debut sixth and was then given a break after a promising fourth
on his home track.
$11,000 buy out of Hallmark Stud's 2009 Festival Sale consignment
to Karaka, he is by the farm's regally-bred resident stallion
Connoisseur's dam is the Markella mare Danjiki
who won 10 races including the Gr 2 NZ
Breeders' Stakes and the Gr
3 Waikato Stud Stakes.
is also the mother of the multiple winners Tap
To It and Glorious
Rhythm and is a half-sister to the Gr
3 Thompson Handicap winner Silver Samurai.
is the family of the former Australian
Horse of the Year and international top-flight
winner Strawberry Road.
Cox Plate and AJC
Derby winner was an outstanding galloper who also
conquered Europe with victory in the Grand
Prix de Saint-Cloud
Bling's Golden Day
Pender is confident the best is yet to be seen of a three-year-old
son of Gold
Mine who broke his maiden at Te Teko today.
Tauranga trainer was delighted with So
Bling's successful middle distance debut in trying
always rated him and 1400 metres has been too short for him and
then 1600 metres," Pender said.
to the 2100 today and he saw it out really well and he's still got
a lot of developing to do yet."
Bling had weighed in five times from his previous
nine starts and the step up to more ground today saw him crown his
gelding, who was withdrawn from Hallmark
Stud's 2009 Karaka line-up, is out of the unraced
Prince Of Praise, she
is a half-sister to the Gr 3
winners McLaskry (Winter
Cup, Wanganui Stakes) and Firbolg
(Lion Brown Plate).
feature name in this pedigree is the dual Gr
1 winner Arbre Chene
(Air NZ Stakes, Railway Handicap).
Cool Rosehill Winner
Glory furthered an already impressive career record
with another dominant victory at Rosehill today.
son of One Cool Cat has put together four wins and three placings
from his 10 starts for trainer David Payne.
Glory stalked the pace to the turn and then showed
a fine turn of foot to sprint clear in the straight.
a big-striding horse and he's got to get out and roll along -
Nathan (Berry) rode him perfectly," Payne said.
Glory was purchased out of Hallmark
Stud's Premier Sale line-up at Karaka in 2009.
is a half-brother to three winners including the dual Listed
Invercargill Gold Cup winner Alpine
Their dam Alpine Beauty
is a sister to the dam of Bart Cummings' 2008
Melbourne Cup hero
3Year Old Adds To Record
three-year-old Scent Of Osmanthus
has stepped up to the mark again in Hong Kong with another victory
at Sha Tin.
son of Stravinsky had won over 1400 metres on the course at his
previous start and staged a repeat performance last night.
Of Osmanthus was purchased by the Hong
Kong Jockey Club from Hallmark
Stud's 2009 Premier Sale
line-up at Karaka for $85,000.
is out of Bayswater who is a
half-sister to the Gr 2
Sir Tristram Classic
winner Centrofold and the Gr 3
HK Classic Trial winner
Dance Floor mare is also a sibling to the dam of the multiple
winner and stakes-performer Cassini.
Filly Strikes At Trentham
international pedigree was to the fore at Trentham where the Hallmark
Stud graduate Golden
Miss successfully returned from a spell.
three-year-old was making her first appearance for five months and
had no trouble opening her winning account on Saturday over 1200
Miss is by the stud's resident stallion Gold
Mine out of Super Wench, who is a winning
daughter of respected broodmare sire Last Tycoon.
is most notably the family of the four-time Gr 1 winner
and 2003 Eclipse Horse of the Year Mineshaft.
now stands at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky where he is enjoying a
successful stallion career and has been a Gr 1 producer.
top-flight winners in the pedigree include Prospectors Delite,
Tomsue's Delite and Runup The Colours.
at Awapuni by Mark Oulaghan, Golden
Miss showed encouraging form during her first
was turned out after three consecutive placings on good tracks and
is now another good example of adaptable nature of Gold
Miss struck heavy going for the first time at
Trentham and won with authority under top jockey Hayden Tinsley.
Star Lives Up To His Name
versatility of Gold
Mine's stock was emphasised at Matamata when
his son Boy Star won
the second race of his brief career.
three-year-old had broken his maiden at Rotorua on a good surface
last November and struck the complete opposite yesterday.
Star coped admirably with a deep and testing track
to account for his older Rating 70 opposition.
was a good effort as it was his first run for five months,"
Matamata trainer Graham Richardson said.
opinion was confirmed by jockey Craig Grylls who was
impressed by the gelding's performance.
was quite keen first-up and pulled hard but he really fought
on," he said.
winner of two of his eight starts, Boy Star is raced by his
breeders L K and Mrs P M and Miss S P Townsend.
is out of The Commander
mare West Life who was
a multiple winner from the family of Group winners Out In Front,
Escalation and Paddy O'Riley.
Stud's Gold Mine is
a winning son of the international breed-shaper Mr
Prospector out of a mare by the legendary Storm
Ability No Secret
Testa Secret has gone
for a deserved winter break with her unbeaten record
intact following her holiday weekend black-type success.
Australian-bred filly was a debut winner at Awapuni in April and
then gave a classy display to claim Monday's Listed
daughter of Testa Rossa was bred by Peter Zander and came to New
Zealand as a weanling to be offered by Hallmark
Stud at Karaka in 2010.
was a big, raw-boned filly as a yearling," Mark Baker said.
"She had a massive girth and great length of rein.
didn't get the money we wanted at the sale so Peter retained her
to race and if she doesn't do another thing he's got himself a
races Testa Secret out
of Kevin Gray's stable with a syndicate that leases their
interest and includes All Blacks
Conrad Smith and Jason Eaton.
a very good filly," Gray said. "She'll go out for a
brief spell and come back for the spring time."
half-sister to three winners, Testa
Secret is out of the Silver Deputy mare Acacian
Secret who won twice in the United States.
Time For Teen
son of Hallmark Stud
resident stallion Gold
Mine provided a Wanganui teenager with a
special racing moment at Hawera yesterday.
sprinter Sherborne posted
his fifth career victory and the first for his apprentice
rider Mereana Hudson.
four-kilo claimer is indentured to the gelding's trainer Stephen
Crutchley and was having her 15th raceday ride.
is from the first crop of the Mr Prospector stallion Gold
Mine who is out
of the stakes-winning Storm Cat
mare Ocean Cat.
best performer to date has been the Gr
3 Stewards Stakes winner San
Bernardino, who has also won three Listed
Family Strikes In Sydney
family of the outstanding stayer Viewed
was to the fore in Sydney yesterday when Winning
Glory posted another victory.
three-year-old recorded his third victory and has only failed to
bank a cheque once from eight appearances.
Glory provided trainer David
Payne with the middle leg of a winning treble when
he was successful over 1400 metres at Randwick.
One Cool Cat, the
gelding was bought out of Hallmark
Stud's Premier Sale draft at Karaka for $100,000 in
is a half-brother to three winners including the dual Listed
Invercargill Gold Cup winner Alpine Delight.
dam Alpine Beauty is a
sister to the dam of Bart Cummings' 2008 Melbourne Cup hero
Kong Victory For Hallmark Graduate
three-year-old Scent Of Osmanthus was
on the board in Hong Kong last night when he struck for the first
time at Sha Tin.
Hallmark Stud graduate
was a dominant winner over 1400 metres at just his sixth
appearance after placing at his lead-up outing.
was purchased out of Hallmark's Premier
Sale consignment for $85,000 by the Hong
Kong Jockey Club in 2009.
Of Osmanthus is the third winner for the
well-related Dance Floor mare Bayswater.
is a half-sister to the Gr 2
Sir Tristram Classic winner Centrofold and the Gr
3 Hong Kong Classic Trial winner Smart Kid.
Of Osmanthus was ridden last night by former
champion apprentice Victor Cheng for trainer Me YS Tsui.
I Goal For Hot Three Year Old
prospect Noble Park put
his name firmly in the frame for a trip to the Brisbane
winter carnival with a dominant victory at Flemington at the
Melbourne's premier racing stage, the Hallmark
Stud graduate gave a stellar staying performance to
down a hot field of three-year-olds.
son of Pins has only
been beaten once from four starts and is now likely to take his
chance in the Gr 1 Queensland
Noble Park has
fashioned an excellent record already, trainer Michael
Moroney said he was far from the finished article.
has got the frame there but probably hasn't quite got the flesh
there yet," he told the Melbourne Herald Sun.
know he's not going to be easy to do for the spring as he doesn't
spell that well so we might better off charging on (to the Queensland
have to consider everything and I will talk to the owners, but we
need to make a quick decision as I think a plane leaves on
Park was settled in midfield by Lisa Cropp who
allowed him to stride forward near the turn.
challenged soon after straightening and maintained a powerful
finishing run to score by a head.
still pretty new about the whole thing but he's looks very
was a bit of an ask today and with the wide draw he got caught
wide and had to soldier on with 58 kilograms on his back."
Park gave jockey Lisa Cropp a difficult ride for
the first half of the race when he was reefing without cover but
her confidence grew as the race went on.
gave me a neat ride from the 700 when he dropped the bit and
started to get his breathing," Cropp said."I thought
from there he would win."
Park was purchased by the trainer's brother Paul
Moroney out of Hallmark's
2009 Select Sale draft to Karaka for $70,000.
is a son of the well-related Danehill mare Sheza
Gem who is from the family of the outstanding
Sydney mare Tuesday Joy.
Gr 1 titles with
victories in the Chipping Norton, Ranvet and BMW Stakes
and in the Coolmore Classic..
Joy is also a half-sister to the Australian Oaks and Stocks Stakes
winner Sunday Joy.
Noble Park is a
half-brother to Heza Playboy
who has been a two-year-old winner in Sydney this season.
Trained by Bede Murray, the
Pentire juvenile was sold by Hallmark
for $170,000 at Karaka last year.
Mine's Daughter Strikes
mare Stellas Gold added
another string to her bow when she overcame trying conditions at
Ellerslie on Easter Monday.
has now won twice from just nine starts with her maiden victory at
her home Ruakaka track posted on much better footing.
daughter of Hallmark Stud's Gold
Mine, Stellas Gold
is trained by her owner Brent Wells who also bred the versatile
is out the unraced Victory Dance mare Kindling who hails from the family
of former top-class stayer Sapio
(Gr 1 Doomben Cup, NZ Cup-twice).
Gold was ridden yesterday by the promising
apprentice Alysha Collett
who picked an inside path home to a one and three-quarter
thought I'd cut the corner and she really picked the bit up and
pricked her ears with 100 metres to go," she said.
Success For Stud Graduate
O'Reilly stamped himself today as one of the most
improved stayers in Melbourne when he easily bridged the gap to
stakes company at Caulfield.
five-year-old has been patiently-handled by trainer Robert
Smerdon and his waiting tactics are now being
O'Reilly had landed the rich Albury
Cup last month and today franked that form with victory in
the Gr 3 Easter
son of O'Reilly has now
won four of his 19 career starts and has comfortably taken his
stake earnings beyond the $A270,000 mark.
Hallmark Stud graduate
is out of American-bred Assert mare Star
Of Amarissa who has also left Te
(Listed Warstep Stakes).
The winning mare is further a half-sister to the Danehill
stallion Danasuria (Listed
Gibson Carmichael Stakes).
Paddy O'Reilly's victory
completed a satisfying day for the stud whose resident sire Le
Bec Fin was represented by a winner at Tauranga.
His genuine daughter Nicole Amy was
untested to win the open sprint in her second appearance this
preparation for Matamata trainer Paul Jenkins.
The versatile five-year-old has fashioned the impressive record of
seven wins and 14 placings from her 26 appearances
In The Money
is a prized asset in any thoroughbred and the Awapuni mare Jacaila
scores top points in that department.
genuine nature of the Hallmark Stud
graduate was again to the fore on her home track this
courage under fire was evident when she fought off allcomers in
the straight to beat a competitive Rating 70 line-up.
by part-owner Lisa Latta, the six-year-old has now won two of her
30 raceday appearances.
a further 17 placings have helped to boost her stake earnings to
an impressive $37,037.
has also been patiently handled due to past tendon issues and is
most effective on rain-affected going.
is out of the Crested Wave mare Lady Starlet from the family of
international Gr 1 winners Kitwood and Miss Oceana.
Success In Singapore
Youth's luck finally took a turn for the
better in Singapore last night and the five-year-old
took full advantage with a dominant victory.
son of Bertolini triumphed by one and three-quarter
lengths over 1200 metres at Kranji to record the fourth
win of his career.
Youth had weighed in at his two previous
appearances after being forced to cover extra ground each time.
gelding was initially purchased at Karaka in 2007 by Victorian
agent Robert Roulston for $30,000 from Hallmark
Stud's 2007 Select Sale.
is out of the Ebony Grosve mare Ebony Pearl who is a half-sister
to the Gr 1
Ellerslie Sires' Produce Stakes winner Kaaptan.
is another winner of the Auckland feature in the family which
further includes the NZ Derby
winner So Casual.
Plans For Talented Three Year Old
three-year-old Noble Park
has emerged as a Gr 1
prospect after landing the second victory of his three-start
career at Sandown yesterday.
Michael Moroney is looking ahead to the Brisbane winter carnival
with the promising Hallmark Stud
always a had a good opinion of this horse and we think he has a
very bright future," his racing manager Anthony Feroce.
looking at taking him to Queensland for the Derby (June
11) if he comes through this run okay."
son of Pins,
Noble Park won his Sale
debut in February and then came from well back in the field to
finish fifth at Sandown last month.
Craig Williams adopted front-running tactics yesterday and the
gelding went to the line strongly for a dominant win over 1600
Park was bought out of Hallmark's
Select Sale draft at Karaka in 2009 for $70,000 by
the trainer's brother Paul.
is out of the well-related Danehill mare Sheza
Gem who is from the family of the outstanding
Sydney mare Tuesday Joy.
won four times at Gr 1
level in the Chipping Norton, Ranvet and BMW Stakes and
in the Coolmore Classic..
Joy is also a half-sister to the Australian Oaks
and Stocks Stakes winner Sunday Joy.
Sheza Gem is also the
dam of the Pentire two-year-old Heza
Playboy who recently won in Sydney.
Trained by Bede Murray, he was sold by Hallmark
for $170,000 at Karaka last year.
Playboy Turns Heads
out of Sheza Gem by
Danehill, opened his account in fine style in Sydney yesterday when he beat
his two-year-old rivals at Warwick Farm.
colt is a half brother to Noble Park
who won for Mike Moroney on
the 25th February last, see below!
was making his third appearance for trainer Bede
Murray when he scored over 1000 metres in the hands
of apprentice Josh Adams.
Playboy had finished an encouraging fifth on debut
in February and was unplaced after a chequered run at his only
was purchased for $170,000 out of Hallmark
Stud's 2010 Select Sale
line-up at Karaka and is
out of the Danehill
mare Sheza Gem.
hails from the Gr 1 family of Tuesday
Joy (Chipping Norton, Ranvet, BMW Stakes, Coolmore
Classic) and Sunday Joy
Playboy is raced by a syndicate that includes Sir
Patrick Hogan, Alistair Sutherland, Tony Timpson, Peter Walker and
Claims Rich Cup
O'Reilly handled a steep rise in class with ease
when he downed a hot field of stayers to win yesterday's
$A170,000 Albury Cup.
Hallmark Stud graduate
had only two previous wins to his credit but was Gr 3 placed in
the Norman Robinson Stakes
two seasons ago.
O'Reilly, the Robert Smerdon-trained five-year-old also
continued the outstanding run of form for jockey Glen Boss.
O'Reilly was given a cosy run near the pace and,
after taking control on straightening, held a strong gallop to win
by half a length.
O'Reilly, he is out of American-bred Assert mare Star Of
Amarissa who has also left Te Akau Sun
(Listed Warstep Stakes).
winning mare is further a half-sister to the Danehill
(Listed Gibson Carmichael Stakes).
Gallant Slams Rivals Again
Gallant enhanced his growing reputation in
Singapore last night when he coasted home over 1000 metres to
complete a hat-trick of wins.
three-year-old is prepared by former champion New Zealand
trainer Mark Walker for
the Champagne No 2 Stable.
the Cox Plate winner Savabeel,
Big Gallant was runner-up at his December debut and hasn't been
was bought by Te Akau Stables principal David Ellis out of Hallmark
Stud's 2009 Select Sale draft for $42,000.
Gallant is out of the winning Danehill mare Laa
Tansaa whose only other foal to race is the
multiple winner and stakes performer Thunderstrike.
hail from the family of the champion Irish stayer Vintage Crop
who created history in 1993 when he became the first European
to lift the Melbourne Cup.
Display On Debut
Park made a dream start to his racing career in Melbourne today
when he made a successful debut at Sale.
three-year-old son of Pins lined up for the first time over 1200
metres and won with authority.
Flemington by Michael Moroney, Noble
Park is out of the well-related Danehill mare
of a Marscay mare, she was a winner and is from the family of
the outstanding Sydney mare Tuesday Joy.
won four times at Gr 1 level in the Chipping Norton, Ranvet
and BMW Stakes and in the Coolmore
Joy is also a half-sister to the Australian Oaks and Stocks Stakes
winner Sunday Joy.
Park was purchased by the trainer's brother Paul
from Hallmark Stud's 2009 Select
Sale draft for $70,000.
Trot Continues In Melbourne
staying prospect Danahere
is in a rich vein of form and she added another notch to her belt
in Melbourne yesterday.
Hallmark Stud graduate
was successful over 2100 metres for rider Ben Melham at the
was the four-year-old's second consecutive victory having produced
a commanding performance to score at Seymour earlier this month.
has now put together three wins and four minor placings from her
11 starts for trainer Danny O'Brien.
purchased the grey daughter of Dehere from Hallmark's
2008 Premier Sale draft at Karaka for $160,000.
is out of the Danasinga mare Danex whose sole career victory
didn't reflect her true ability.
measure of her class was evidenced by her placings in the Gr
1 New Zealand Oaks
and the Gr 2 Sir
Tristram Fillies' Classic.
hails from the family of Gr 1
winner Calm Harbour (Thorndon Mile,
Captain Cook Stakes) and Gr
3 winner Sand Sweeper (Canterbury
Gold Cup, Easter Cup).
Does It Again
continued her good progress through the Melbourne staying ranks
yesterday with a dominant victory at Seymour.
grey four-year-old furthered her career record to two wins and
four placings from 10 starts with her latest 2000 metre success.
daughter of Dehere, Danahere is the first foal of the
Group-performed Danasinga mare Danex.
is also the family of the Gr 1
Thorndon Mile and Captain
Cook Stakes winner Calm Harbour.
is trained by Danny O'Brien, who bought her out of Hallmark
Stud's Premier Sale draft in 2008 for
On Filly's Programme
trainer Francis Finnegan is already looking ahead to Gr 1
targets next season for his promising filly Smoke
juvenile broke through for her first victory at New Plymouth today after
three previous placings.
keep her on top of the ground and with time to fully mature she'll
be a nice three-year-old," Finnegan said.
races like the Levin Classic and the New
Zealand 1000 Guineas for her."
by Matthew Cameron, she was too good in the straight today after
sitting outside the leader to the turn.
'N' Mirrors was sold by Hallmark
Stud at last year's Select Sale at
Karaka for $21,000.
first winner for the Redoute's Choice stallion Fast
'N' Famous, the filly is likely to have one more
start this campaign.
won't do too much more and might have a look at the Matamata
Breeders' Stakes - we'll see how she does first," Finnegan
'N' Mirrors is out of the Dance Floor mare
Bayswater who is a half-sister to Group winners Centrofold and
dam is the Gr 1 Western Australian Oaks
and dual Listed winner True Devotion.
Results At Karaka
indicators suggested a strong result for Hallmark
Stud at Karaka and results subsequently
exceeded all expectations.
Te Kauwhata farm enjoyed an outstanding Premier
Sale and ended the two days as the second
leading vendor on average.
sold eight lots for $2,060,000
at an average of $257,500 with
a top price of $625,000.
feedback from the parades we held was very good and from the
Australian trainers who came over in November," Mark
was a great sale for us and we knew we had a top draft but having
said that you never know.
have to keep a lid on it and it goes to show if you've got the
right types with the pedigrees you can get the chocolates."
sale topper was the half-sister to Miss
Jessie Jay, dam of Katie
Lee and Banchee
and dual Gr 1
winner Gee I Jane by Darci
Brahma who went to Sydney agent Rick Connolly
represented the stud's prolific family of NZ, 1000
and 2000 Guineas winner Katie
Lee and her half-sister and Gp1 Diamond
Stakes winner Banchee.
family stood up and the filly did on type and while we're Darci's
biggest fans he is unproven," Baker said.
or four people went to war on her and we benefitted from
Australian agent John Chalmers had earlier gone to $500,000
for the son of Zabeel and a half-sister to dual Gr
1 winner Final Destination.
was a lovely type and a big, strong colt and the High
Chaparral was the other big ticket horse,"
latter is a half-brother to dual Gr 3
winner O'Ceirins Angel
and went to Bart Cummings for $300,000.
half-brother to Gr 3 winner Absolutelyfabulous by
Snippetson was Hallmark's
star of the Select Sale.
of a winning Rory's Jester mare, he was knocked down to Aquanita
Racing for $170,000.
bought him at the Gold Coast and he
sold really well," Baker said.
Auckland-based owner David Archer
later outlaid $80,000 for the colt by resident sire Gold
youngster is a brother to the Gr 3 Stewards' Stakes
winner San Bernardino
from the Katie Lee/Banchee
is a lovely horse - a big, strong and correct colt," Baker
was also strong for Hallmark
during the Festival Sale with a top price of $52,000
for a son of Don Eduardo.
the family of the multiple Gr 1 Australian winner
Fair Sir, the colt was purchased by the O'Sullivan family's
were delighted with the results throughout and they really were
huge results for us," Baker said.
Filly On Derby Trail
fondness for Ellerslie has her heading for a showdown with
top colt Jimmy Choux in the $2.2 million New Zealand
Peter and Philip Vela made the second withdrawal
payment this week to target the Gr
1 prize with their Hallmark
has posted consecutive wins in the Karaka and Cambridge Stud
3YO events at Ellerslie where she won last season's Gr
1 Diamond Stakes.
further juvenile appearances at the Auckland track have resulted
in a victory and placings in the Karaka
Million and Gr 2 Eclipse Stakes.
daughter of Oratorio
and Miss Jessie Jay has
won five of her 13 career starts and banked nearly $420,000.
John Sargent plans to use Saturday week's Gr
2 Avondale Guineas as Banchee's NZ Derby dress
Opens Options For Goldminer
trainer Shaune Ritchie may be forced to change his opinion of Goldminer
after her latest victory at Te Rapa.
progressive daughter of Hallmark Stud's Gold
Mine had been considered an out and out
speedster until Saturday.
produced a determined bid in the straight to record her third
victory from just eight appearances.
always thought she was only a 1200 metre filly, but on that run
she may well get 1400," Ritchie said.
settled back in the field and rider James McDonald was forced to
draw the stick nearly 800 metres from home.
reared up in the gates and she's got a bit of a mind of her own
and lost concentration mid-stages," Ritchie said.
hit the line really hard and it was a very good ride by
at Hallmark for her
breeder-owner Bob McHardie, she is an outstanding type out of a
half-sister to Gr 2
had to work hard in a few of her races and she keeps finding
and is a real trier," Ritchie said.
Simply Brilliant Again!!
country's top rider James McDonald sounded an ominous warning to Banchee's
rivals after they combined for an impressive victory at
Hallmark Stud graduate
produced a high-class performance to land the NZ Bloodstock
Insurance Karaka 3YO Mile.
is a very good filly and she's just getting better and better all
the time - she's got a fantastic turn of foot," he said.
settled well back in the field but when McDonald angled her wide
into the straight she showed outstanding acceleration to win with
got to the front a bit too soon but she was just way too
good," McDonald said.
season's Gr 1 Diamond
Stakes winner, the daughter of Oratorio has
now recorded five career successes and earned nearly $320,000.
was initially purchased by Sam Kelt from Hallmark's 2009 Premier
Sale draft for $375,000.
was purchased last July by NZ Bloodstock principals Peter and
Philip Vela for an undisclosed figure and remained with Matamata
trainer John Sargent.
a big thrill for me and the biggest winner I've ridden for Peter
and Philip," McDonald said.
for Karaka Bound Filly
and Two Year Old Champion filly,
Banchee by Oratorio
(IRE), made a timely return to winning form at
Ellerslie on Saturday with victory in the three-year-old Metric
was her first success since she claimed last season's Gr
1 Diamond Stakes
and provided a further boost for her Karaka-bound relation.
co-breeders Hallmark Stud
will offer a filly from her illustrious family during the upcoming
Sale on the 31st January -
1st February this year.
438 is a daughter of five-time Gr 1 winner Darci
Brahma and the Bletchencore mare Miss
has been an outstanding producer and is the dam of dual Gr
1 winner Gee I Jane and
Miss Jessie Jay the
mother of Banchee and
NZ Three Year Old, Filly of the Year,
pedigree further features the Gr 3 Stewards'
Handicap winner San
Bernardino, a full brother at Lot
1045 in the NZ Bloodstock
Select Session, 2nd February - 4th February 2011, sons of
Hallmark resident Gold
was bred by Hallmark
and long-time friend Trevor Hurley,
of Kaponga (Taranaki) and sold for $375,000 at Karaka in 2009.
Impresses On Debut
by Jomara Bloodstock, the Hallmark
Stud graduate Knight's Command launched his racing career in the
best possible manner at Ellerslie today with a commanding debut
three-year-old braved trying underfoot conditions to win with
authority over 1200 metres with a performance to match
Gr 1 pedigree.
the Australian Guineas winner Pins, Knight's Command is out of the
Waikato International Stakes winner
Danehill mare now has a perfect record at stud with her only
previous foals to race, the brothers Zabene and Zed, both winners.
Command was purchased out of Hallmark's 2009 Premier Sale draft at
Karaka by IDL Racing for $250,000.
at Ardmore by Stephen McKee, he was partnered today by Leith Innes
who had ridden the colt to a lead-up trial success earlier this
Mare Cashes In
mare Jacaila rewarded the patience of her connections when she
posted an overdue first victory on her home track at the weekend.
and sold by Hallmark Stud,
she was making her 25th appearance and had previously weighed in
no fewer than 19 times.
did make the wait worthwhile as Saturday's special conditions
event carried a $20,000 purse to take her earnings beyond
and part-owner Lisa Latta said the six-year-old has suffered from
tendon problems in the past and preferred give in the ground.
back in the field before angling wide on the turn and she powered
home to win a widening three lengths.
was always travelling well and she gave plenty in the
straight," rider Darryl Bradley said.
is out of the Crested Wave mare Lady Starlet from the family of
international Gr 1
winners Kitwood and Miss Oceana.
Cashes In Again
Currency confirmed his status as a rising star of
New Zealand racing with another authoritative victory at Te Rapa
talented four-year-old was on the pace all the way and maintained
a strong gallop to the post to account for his Rating 90 rivals.
Currency has now won six of his 10 starts for
trainer Chris Wood and three of his last four appearances.
can be counted unlucky not to have also won at his previous
appearance at Riccarton during the cup carnival.
son of Bachelor Duke finished second, behind subsequent winner All
In Tempo, after losing a plate during the running.
Currency was a $29,000 purchase by Wood out of Hallmark
Stud's Festival Sale draft to Karaka in 2008.
is out of the winning Pompeii Court mare Pennies In
Heaven, who is from the Group One family of leading sire O'Reilly
(Telegraph Handicap, Levin Classic).
Victory At Ellerslie
Stud stallion Gold Mine
was represented by another Ellerslie winner at the weekend when The
Miner posted an emotion-charged victory.
had pledged any stake-money won to the Pike
River Mining Trust and the three-year-old duly
banked $5900 to the most worthiest of causes.
a very satisfying result and the other week Goldminer
won here and now this one relates to it all so well,"
trainer Richard Collett said.
horses were reared at Hallmark
had been impressive on the course last month and The
Miner was every bit as dominant.
got a little bit of fire about him and has got immense
ability," Collett said. "He got left in front a long way
out so he's done a big job."
Miner had just been beaten at his previous
debut run and on Saturday was forced to cover ground early under
the trainer's son Jason.
had to work hard to cross them and got caught wide so I had to
press on," he said.
Miner took control 800 metres from home and,
after easing clear on the turn, held on bravely in the straight to
score by three-quarters of a length.
of Ruakiwi Diamond, the
gelding claims the Stakes winner and Group performer Ruakiwi
Lass as his third dam.
Miner's connections include, amongst
others, NZ Racing Board chairman Michael Stiassny and member Liz
Dawson, John Hooper and prominent owners Alastair Sutherland and
Graduate "Winning Glory" A Rising Star
Glory completed a satisfying weekend for Hallmark
Stud when the talented three-year-old was successful at Rosehill.
in Sydney by David Payne, he thumped his age group rivals
over 1500 metres in the hands of Glyn Schofield.
son of One Cool Cat has now won two of his four
starts and has yet to finish out of the money.
out of Hallmark's Premier Sale draft at Karaka in 2009 for
$100,000, Winning Glory
is out of the Khozaam mare Alpine Beauty.
is a half-brother to the dual Listed Invercargill Gold Cup winner
Glory hails from the family of Melbourne Cup winner
Viewed and the Gr. 1 winners in Noble Heights, Royal Heights and
Bec Fin's Daughter Impresses
Amy's luck took a deserved turn for the better at
Pukekohe Park today when the genuine five-year-old added to her record.
daughter of Hallmark Stud's Le
Bec Fin was slow
away two starts back when third at Ellerslie behind subsequent Gr 3
Amy was again tardy at the jump on the
Pukekohe track next time out before finishing strongly for sixth
to the talented Fears Nothing.
a tough mare and both her last two starts she's drawn wide and
been parked three wide against good horses," trainer Paul
James McDonald was once again forced to cover extra ground on Nicole
Amy today before landing outside the leader 800
metres from home.
weren't going to let me in, but I slid forward when the pace
slackened," he said.
Amy took control 150 metres from the post and
stayed on strongly to down the highly-regarded stablemates
Allegrio and Shantaine.
just jogged up to them and she really tries hard every time,"
is reflected in her record of six wins and 13 placings from her 24
Goldminer Too Good
furthered her record on the Premier stage at Ellerslie on Saturday
with a comprehensive defeat of a competitive field of fillies and
always nice to win one here and for her owner who has been a good
and loyal client," trainer Shaune Ritchie said.
Hallmark Stud's Mr
Prospector horse Gold
is raced by her breeder Bob McHardie and has now won two of her
Reared at Hallmark Stud
from birth she is a lovely physical specimen!
a real 1200 metre filly and it's not easy to find races for her -
I hate running three-year-old fillies against the older horses but
I might have to now," Ritchie said.
sat off a fast pace before apprentice rider Zawari Razali angled
wide into the straight.
ranged up to the leaders 200 metres from home and fought on
strongly to take the decision by a long head.
is out of the winning Zieten mare Santastic,
who is a half-sister to Gr 2 Japan-New
Zealand International Trophy winner Reiver.
Celebrates With Ritchies
Stud completed a grand day for the Ritchie family
when farm graduate Celtic Fantasy
was successful at Tauranga.
is trained by Craig whose father Frank had minutes earlier won the
Gr 2 New Zealand Cup with Showcause.
horses are by Giant's Causeway and Celtic
Fantasy also promises to make his mark in top
four-year-old had finished runner-up, behind fellow Hallmark
product Single Currency,
when resuming at his previous appearance.
Fantasy went one better in impressive fashion at
Tauranga to down the Rating 80 metric milers.
winner of three of his seven starts and Gr 2 placed last season in
the Waikato Guineas, he
is out of the Penitre Celebre mare Snowdonia.
Celtic Fantasy out
of Hallmark's 2008 Select Sale draft
Graduate Completes Stud Double
Spirit spearheaded an international double for Hallmark
Stud on Sunday night when the millionaire performer
was successful in Hong Kong.
son of Chianti followed the winning lead in Singapore of fellow
farm graduate Daring Youth
who won in Class five company at Kranji.
four-year-old trained by John Size, Tuscan
Spirit defeated a competitive open line-up at Happy
Valley to take his career earnings to $1,026,924.
Gr 1 placegetter in the
Hong Kong Classic Mile, he
was a $40,000 purchase out of Hallmark's
2007 Festival Sale draft.
Youth was bought by Robert Roulston from the farm's
Select consignment the same year for $30.000.
is out of the Ebony Grosve mare Ebony Pearl, who is a half-sister
to Gr 1 Diamond Stakes
is also the family of Gr 1 New Zealand Derby winner
So Casual while Daring Youth's
brother topped last year's RTR Sale at $400,000.
Currency Strike Again
race honours look well within the range of the progressive Hallmark
Stud graduate Single
Currency in the wake of his latest success.
four-year-old recorded the fifth victory of his eight-start career
when he put paid to his Rating 90 rivals with ease at Awapuni
Currency bounded straight to the front and, after
easing clear on the turn, coasted home by two and a-quarter
Bachelor Duke, he was purchased by Cambridge trainer Chris Wood
for $29,000 from Hallmark's 2008 Festival Sale draft at Karaka.
is out of the winning Pompeii Court mare Pennies
In Heaven, who is from the Group One family of
leading sire O'Reilly (Telegraph Handicap, Levin Classic).
Hallmark's resident sire Le
Bec Fin was represented by another promising
type at Matamata last Friday.
three-year-old daughter Sercial overcame a tough run to post her
maiden success at just her fourth appearance.
and raced by Peter and Philip Vela,
she is out of the Anabaa mare Solaia who is a half-sister to Al
Mansour (George Ryder Stakes, Queensland Classic, QTC Sires'
Duo Dominate at Te Aroha
Stud graduates Single Currency and Celtic Fantasy combined to
credit the farm with an outstanding result at Te Aroha today.
provided the quinella against a competitive line-up of Rating 80 performers
to further enhance their reputations.
Currency has now won four of his seven starts and Cambridge
trainer Chris Wood is confident there are plenty more to come.
rate this horse very highly - he's pretty promising and I think
he'll get 2000 metres," he said.
Bachelor Duke, he was bought by Wood for $29,000 from
Hallmark's 2008 Festival Sale draft at Karaka.
He is out of the multiple winner Pennies From Heaven, a Pompeii
Court mare from the family of dual Gr 1 winner and champion sire
Single Currency headed straight to the front today and maintained
a strong gallop to the post under rider Mark Hills.
"I talked to Mark before the race and the plan was to go to
the front - I was thrilled with the effort," Wood said.
Celtic Fantasy's performance in his return to racing after an
eight-month break was also impressive.
The lightly-tried son of Giant's Causeway won twice last
preparation and placed in the Gr 2 Waikato Guineas at
just his third start.
Trainer Shaune Ritchie purchased him out of Hallmark's 2008
Select Sale draft for $40,000.
Fantasy is out of the imported Peintre Celebre mare Snowdonia
from the family of dual European Gr 1 winner and sire Croco Rouge.
Welcomed At Hallmark
colt with regal bloodlines has been foaled at
Hallmark Stud with the arrival this week of a High
Chaparral youngster out of Miss
is the latest in the celebrated family's line and was described by
studmaster Mark Baker as a stunner.
is a half-brother to the dual Gr 1 winner Gee
I Jane (Telegraph Handicap, BTC Cup) and to the Gr
3 winner Miss Jessie Jay
(Taranaki Breeders' Stakes).
latter was recently crowned the New
Zealand Broodmare of the Year at the Mercedes
a clean sweep for Hallmark and co-breeder Trevor Hurley, of
Taranaki, Miss Jessie Jay's
top-class daughters claimed both their respective
Lee rewrote turf history by completing the NZ
2000-1000 Guineas double while Banchee
landed the Ellerslie Sires' Produce Stakes.
Jessie Jay has this season delivered a full-sister to
the Melbourne-bound Katie Lee and
will again be served by Pins
Darci Brahma filly out
of Miss Distinction
will be among Hallmark's choice lots at next year's NZ Bloodstock
National Yearling Sale at Karaka.
The Warrior's Game
staying future has been predicted for the Le
Bec Fin four-year-old Noble Warrior who returned to
winning form at Matamata at the weekend.
a class horse in the making this fellow," said Waiuku trainer
Grant Shaw, who prepares the gelding with wife Tana.
Noble Warrior was sharp
enough to down his Rating 70 opposition over a metric mile on
Saturday, connections believe he will improve over more ground.
James McDonald backed that belief when he said the horse relaxed
well and kicked strongly to the line.
struggled a bit round the corner but was good when he balanced up
and fought on well," he said.
Warrior was making his second appearance for the
season having finished fourth over 1200 metres when resuming at
Pukekohe last month.
is out of the Justice Prevails mare Our Kuini Rose who won four
times from the Shaw's stable.
Stunner From Crack Mare
mare Katie Lee is
Melbourne-bound after booking her ticket with a superlative
performance at Hastings on Saturday.
Stud's outstanding Gr 1
graduate turned in an electrifying display to account for the
open class sprinters in the Traderacks
was fantastic and she's still a run short," Tuhikaramea
co-trainer Debbie Rogerson said.
want to peak her on October 23 for a fillies' and mares' race and
then the Gr 1 Myer on
Lee had finished third at Ruakaka when resuming
last month and showed at Hastings her appreciation of a drier
daughter of Pins and Hallmark's Broodmare
of the Year, Miss Jessie Jay was given plenty of
time to settle into stride by James McDonald.
told me to be really patient on her and I probably got back a bit
further than I thought but didn't panic," he said.
Lee was second last early and was still well off
the pace 250 metres out after being crowded for room early in the
was finally able to angle her into the clear and the grey
flew home to score by a neck.
pretty incredible - a very good horse - and she was just too good
for them," he said.
Lee will take the imposing record of eight wins and
eight placings from her 18 starts for stake earnings of
Moments For Hallmark
Stud enjoyed an outstanding evening at the Mercedes
Thoroughbred Awards and celebrations continued the
following morning for the Te Kauwhata farm.
resident breeding gem Miss
Jessie Jay was, on Friday night, named the
Broodmare of the Year
and her top-class daughters claimed their respective age-group
was the Champion
Three-Year-Old while her half-sister Banchee
exquisite timing, Miss Jessie Jay
then delivered a full-sister to Katie Lee
with the arrival on Saturday morning of a much-awaited Pins youngster.
a lovely, strong filly and the mare will be going back to Pins - it's a
cross that has obviously worked," studmaster Mark Baker said.
Jessie Jay has come through it all as good as gold, which
is great as she's had a bit of bad luck.
was her last foal after she slipped one and then had a
dead foal last year."
in the glory with Hallmark Stud
was co-breeder and long-time Taranaki friend Trevor Hurley, of
Jessie Jay won nine races from Kevin Gray's stable,
including the Gr 3 Evergreen Stakes
and the Listed Levin
and Warstep Stakes.
has been an outstanding success at stud with Katie
Lee, a daughter of Pins, last season completing the NZ
2000-1000 Guineas double.
crack grey also won the Eight Carat
and Sir Tristram Fillies' Classics
at Gr 2 level and the Listed Sarten
was secured by Sir Patrick Hogan in 2008 for $340,000 at Karaka when
presented during the Premier Sale by Hallmark.
plans for Katie Lee are to
make her seasonal debut at Ruakaka on September 11 before heading for
Gr 1 riches at the Melbourne spring carnival.
younger half-sister Banchee,
won three of her six juvenile starts, including the Gr 1
Auckland Diamond Stakes and the Gr 2 Matamata
was originally purchased out of Hallmark's 2009 Premier Sale draft to
Karaka by Hastings owner Sam Kelt for $375,000.
raced in his colours last season but is now in the ownership of Peter
and Philip Vela who bought the filly for an undisclosed figure.
has remained with Matamata trainer John Sargent who has set the Gr
3 Gold Trail Stakes at
Hastings on September 18 as her first-up target.
Tresor On Stakes Trail
options await Le Bec
Fin's talented daughter Elle
Tresor following her impressive seasonal debut at
her first appearance for five months, she proved far too slick for her
fellow three-year-olds over 1100m on Saturday.
spelled very well and we'll now head to either Wanganui or Hawke's
Bay," Te Awamutu co-trainer Brendon Hawtin said.
two black-type events on the radar are the Listed
Wanganui Fillies' Stakes and the Gr
3 Gold Trail Stakes.
roads this preparation will lead to Christchurch for the Gr
1 New Zealand One Thousand Guineas.
the main goal and I think the mile will be her best trip so there's a
lot to look forward to," Hawtin said.
Tresor disputed the pace to the turn on Saturday and held a
strong gallop in the straight to win by three-quarters of a length.
was a really good effort and she fought like a good horse," Hawtin
rider Mark Du Plessis also had words of encouragement after the filly
had overcome the heavy footing to score.
was a good win and she didn't really cop the track and was doing her
best work at the finish," he said.
Tresor won one of her six starts last season, finished
runner-up in the Listed Wellesley Stakes
and also ran fourth in the Gr 3 Matamata
by her Te Kuiti breeder Peter Guise, she is out of the Strike Diamonds
mare Spot Of Luck.
Success For 'Dream' Mare
racemare Nicole Amy made the
step up to a metric mile with ease at Te Rapa on Saturday to further her
daughter of Le Bec
Fin was given a patient ride by Opie Bosson and put
away her Rating 90 rivals with ease.
had settled well back in the field before the champion jockey brought
the mare with a well-timed run in the straight.
Amy has now won five times from 18 starts and a further
11 placings emphasises her genuine nature.
is trained at Matamata by Paul Jenkins who is confident she is up to
winning a good stakes race.
said Nicole Amy was a
good-natured type and a dream mare to have in the stable.
Currency Back In Style
down Single Currency as a horse to follow in the spring after his
outstanding return to racing at Ruakaka today.
four-year-old was out of his class in Rating 80 company but was still
far too good in his first outing for 10 months.
had a few issues, nothing major, and he's a very, very good horse,"
Cambridge trainer Chris Wood said.
bought Single Currency out of
Hallmark Stud's 2008 Festival Sale draft
at Karaka for $29,000.
son of Bachelor Duke won his first two starts and was turned out after
an unplaced run in the Listed Sarten Memorial.
didn't finish all that far behind Katie Lee and was caught three wide
the trip and only knocked up the last bit," Wood said.
Currency had placed in two trials before returning to competition at
were both on heavy tracks and I'd like to think he'll be in some of the
better races in the spring," Wood said.
not sure where he'll go next - we'll just have to look around somewhere
for a good track."
Currency settled in fourth spot today and drew out stylishly in the
straight to win by two lengths.
travelled sweetly all the way and showed a good turn of foot,"
rider Mark Hills said.
The gelding is out of the multiple winner Pennies In Heaven, a Pompeii
Court mare from the family of dual Gr 1 winner and champion sire
2010 - 2011 Season
Honours For Hallmark
Waikato Group One Awards evening
in Hamilton proved a memorable occasion for Hallmark
Stud on two fronts.
star Katie Lee and farm co-principal
Denny Baker were both honoured during the night.
by the stud with Trevor Hurley, Katie
Lee was named the Waikato
Horse of the Year.
enjoyed a sensational three-year-old season with dual Gr
1 wins when completing the 1000-2000
daughter of Pins and Miss
Jessie Jay also claimed the Eight Carat and Sir Tristram
Classics at Gr 2 level and Listed
Lee was the top-rated filly and second-highest
three-year-old on the Free Handicap
night to savour for Hallmark
was completed with Denny Baker named the Waikato
Personality of the Year.
KatieLee multiple Group 1 winner, 1000
Guineas - 2000 Guineas double.
Waikato Horse Of The Year
Waikato Branch of NZTBA
Banchee Group 1 winner of the Diamond Stakes, Ellerslie
Winning Roll Continues
Bay owner Margaret Harkema has struck gold for the second time within
seven days with a Hallmark
was successful last week with Tom Sawyer (Le
Bec Fin) at Foxton and again yesterday at Wanganui
won with Speck.
is a grey son of former resident sire Spectatorial out of the unraced
Sun And Shine mare Ruakiwi Sunshine.
$5500 weanling purchase, Speck is a half-brother to the well-performed I'm
is trained at Hastings by Sue Thompson-Brown and was making just his
third raceday appearance at Wanganui.
was a stakes-placegetter in New Zealand before her sale to America where
she won a Listed race and was Gr 2 placed.
Strikes It Rich At Ruakaka
filly Goldminer will be chasing an early black-type credit
next season after opening her account at Ruakaka at the weekend.
posted an impressive front-running performance on Saturday and will now
be given a break by Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie.
have three weeks off and then we'll look at running fresh-up in the Gold
Trail Stakes at Hastings," he said.
a sprinting filly with a ton of speed and she's got good fighting
qualities as well."
is a daughter of Hallmark Stud's Mr Prospector stallion Gold
is no stranger to juvenile success.
flagship performer to date has been San
Bernardino, who won the Listed
$55,000 Ford Welcome Stakes (1000m) and
the Listed $55,000
Fairview Ford Stakes at two and was Gr 1
placed in the Sires Produce Stakes.
At 3 he won the Gp III Stewards
Handicap (1200m) in 1 min.7.67 secs!!
by her owner Bob McHardie, Goldminer was a trial winner before she
finished runner-up on debut in May.
had all three of her races at Ruakaka because of the better track
there," Ritchie said.
was a good first-up second and then drew the outside and was caught wide
all the way.
always showed a lot and for a sprinting filly she's pretty tough."
was taken straight to the front on Saturday by Michael Coleman and
kicked strongly in the run home.
was very impressed with her and said she's a beautiful mover,"
is out of the winning Zieten mare Santastic, who is a half-sister to Gr
2 winner Reiver.
Adventure For Tom Sawyer
Todd's patience with Tom Sawyer was rewarded at Foxton yesterday when
the lightly-tried galloper quit maiden ranks.
just his second start, the rising five-year-old was far too good for his
opposition over 1600 metres.
Sawyer had finished fourth at his debut earlier this month for his
Hastings trainer who said the gelding had been slow to mature.
and sold by Hallmark Stud, the son of Le
Bec Fin is out of the Crested Wave mare Lady Starlet
and a half-brother to multiple winner The Merc.
Sawyer was a $7500 National Weanling Sale purchase for owner Margaret
Harkema at Karaka in 2007.
is from the international Gr 1 family of Kitwood (Longchamp Prix Jean
Prat) and Miss Oceana (Acorn Stakes, Frizette Stakes, Gazelle Handicap
Makes Mark In Singapore
continued his progress in Singapore last night when he downed his class
five rivals over 1800 metres on Kranji's Polytrack.
son of Spectatorial was a deserved winner after placing in three of his
previous four appearances.
was purchased out of Hallmark Stud's 2007 Select Sale draft by champion
trainer Laurie Laxon for $40,000.
by Coralie Eagle and the estate of Trevor Eagle, he is out of the
stakes-performed Blue Razor mare Blue Reality.
is a brother to multiple winner Blue Skies and a half-brother to four
hail from the family of Australian stakes winners Brihuego and Chief
Joy For Kim
Awamutu trainer Kim Maxwell posted an emotional victory on her home
track today with a promising daughter of Le
Joy is named after Maxwell's late husband and is the only horse she has
absolutely delighted and all my husband's family are here," she
needs the better track and I scratched her at Tauranga because it was
by Lynsey Satherley, Barry's Joy came with big strides in the straight
to win going away by a length.
got off the fence at the right time and tracked into it and she did it
all under her own steam," she said.
of the winning Zamazaan mare Phoszam, Barry's Joy has now won twice from
just seven appearances.
is from the family of the Gr 2 Te Aroha Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes
and Gr 3 Hawke's Bay Cup winner Olene.
Spectacular lived up to her name at
yesterday when she provided her co-trainer Belinda Verner with a
memorable moment in her racing career.
She prepares the filly with her
father Kerry and victory in the maiden three-year-old sprint
represented her first taste of ownership success.
“She’s a family horse and it’s
a really big buzz for me,” Verner said. “Mum and Dad are away in
for two months so it’s something nice to come home to as well.”
Co-bred by Hallmark Stud,
Spectacular had been a trial winner before she finished midfield on
debut at Te Awamutu last month.
A piece of advice from rider
Trudy Thornton proved instrumental in her much-improved display
“She was a little bit
disappointing but Trudy said she needed blinkers on and that has proved
spot on,” Verner said.
“She’ll just go through the
grades now – she’s not very big but has ability.”
By Spectatorial, Spectacular is out
of the former top racemare Danjiki who won 10 races in the 1990s
including the Gr 2 Wyborn Stakes at Te Aroha and the Gr 3 Waikato Stud
Stakes as a two-year-old.
The daughter of Markella was also
runner-up in the Gr 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm.
Spectacular settled midfield
yesterday and responded strongly to
’s urging to win going away.
“She actually won with a lot in
reserve in the end and is quite blasé in her attitude which is a good
In Hong Kong
Stud struck a winning blow in Hong Kong last night
when farm graduate Speedy Tycoon
downed his class five rivals at Sha Tin with ease.
four-year-old son of Brahms, he was initially purchased by Sydney
trainer Chris Waller at Karaka in 2007 for $40,000.
Tycoon was then re-offered at the Ready To Run Sale and was bought by
Michael Chang Racing Stables.
is out of the winning American-bred Danzatore mare Diamond Danz, who is
a half-sister to Gr 1 performer Trail City.
Tycoon's pedigree also has a South American flavour with
his third dam the former champion Venezuelan filly Gelinotte.
Gold Hits Jackpot!
Gold Mine filly Stellas
Gold has wasted no time in opening her winning account with a
popular home-track success at Ruakaka.
three-year-old is prepared on the course by Brent Wells, who also
bred and races the daughter of Hallmark Stud's Mr Prospector
Gold had strongly hinted at a quick return with a bold fourth on debut
at Pukekoke Park where she had little luck in the running.
is out of the unraced Victory Dance mare Kindling who is a half-sister
to the Egmont Cup winner Aide De Camp.
feature name in the pedigree is the Gr 1 Doomben Cup and two-time
Gr 2 New Zealand Cup winner Sapio.
Gold Mine's leading
representatives has been the Gr 3 Stewards' Stakes winner and Gr 1
placegetter San Bernardino.
Sparkle lived up to his name at Trentham on Saturday with a
dashing performance to win at the first time of asking.
The Cambridge three-year-old came
south with a glowing reputation and had no trouble turning potential
Prepared by Shaune Ritchie, the son
of O'Reilly provided leading jockey Hayden Tinsley with an armchair ride
to cruise home by four lengths.
Silver Sparkle was sold by
Hallmark Stud for $250,000 during the 2008 Select Sale session at Karaka
in 2008 to John White Bloodstock.
He is out of the Gold Brose mare
Golden Sparkle who is a sister to the dam of Gr 1 Manawatu Sires'
Produce Stakes winner Il Quello Veloce and to the mother of Saturday's
Eagle Farm winner Our Lukas.
Target For Genuine Mare
trainer Paul Jenkins is confident Nicole Amy is a black-type prospect
and he may use a quick back-up to achieve that goal.
pretty sharp and as genuine as they come and I think she's up to a
decent stakes race," he said.
daughter of Hallmark Stud's Le Bec Fin coasted home at Pukekohe
today by a wide margin in Rating 80 company.
Amy is also an acceptor for the fillies' and mares 1400 metre event at
Ellerslie on Saturday.
not had much more than a track gallop and if she eats up okay and is
well she might run at the weekend," Jenkins said.
like to get her into a black type race with no weight on her back -
she'd be competitive."
feature Jenkins has in mind for Nicole Amy is the Listed $100,000
Opunake Cup at New Plymouth on July 24.
actually been her goal for a month or two," he said.
Amy posted her fourth career victory today and has only failed to
weigh in twice from 15 appearances.
both of those occasions she had interrupted runs and was hitting the
hasn't been the luckiest horse around and is an awful lot better than
her last two or three runs might have suggested," Jenkins said.
just a little sweetheart to have around the stable and you'd hardly know
she was there - she's very good-natured."
Shows Serious Talent
four-year-old Sneaky looks set to make his way through the grades in the
coming months after an effortless win on his home track today.
at Riccarton by Les and Richard Didham, he careered away with the lower
grade sprint in his first appearance for eight months.
gelding now has two wins and a placing from five career starts and
his success continued the good times for his Hallmark Stud-based sire Le
who was bred by the Baker family, is out of the Desert Sun mare
Champagne Bubble and is a half-brother to the multiple winner Miss Moet.
1 winner Field Dancer (Easter Handicap, NZ Stakes) and Just A Dancer
(Sydney Cup, Brisbane Cup) are the feature names in the pedigree.
stock of Le Bec Fin
have continued their excellent strike rate with Odyssey
the latest to take a winning trick.
four-year-old son of the Hallmark Stud resident comprehensively beat a
competitive field of Rating 70 sprinters at Paeroa on Friday.
by Richard Collett, he took control on the turn and coasted home to
score by a length and a-half.
has now won two of his 11 starts and looks set to continue his
march through the grades.
Bec Fin was also in the thick of the action at Te
Rapa at the weekend with two more promising types in the money.
Warrior was a winner at Pukekohe earlier this month and gave
another fine account of himself on Saturday.
a work in progress, the three-year-old finished third in a talented
line-up over 1600 metres.
Warrior has plenty of upside about him and appeals as a fine
prospect for trainers Grant and Tania Shaw.
Bec Fin's daughter Nicole
Amy has also been the model racehorse with her admirable mix
of ability and honesty.
has put together the impressive record of three wins and nine placings
from her 14 career appearances.
Paul Jenkins-prepared mare was a fighting third in the closing Rating 80
sprint at Te Rapa.
Joy for Le Bec Fin
fresh Barry's Joy returned to racing in excellent fashion yesterday
to strike the first winning blow of her limited career.
four-year-old had showed potential in her initial four-start campaign
last year and delivered in fine style at Pukekohe.
by Kim Maxwell, Barry's Joy also kept Hallmark Stud's superbly-bred
resident Le Bec
Fin's winning tally ticking over.
son Noble Warrior was an ultra-impressive winner at the last Pukekohe
meeting while Nicole Amy looks a prime winning chance at Tauranga
has put together the excellent record of three wins and eight placings
from 13 starts and was desperately unlucky last time out.
Amy finished sixth in a competitive Rating 90 line-up at Te Rapa
after she lost her winning chance when blocked for room 100 metres
off the post.
Beauty For Hallmark
Stud invested for the future during this week's Karaka
sale with the purchase of the regally-bred mare Halloween.
was secured for $80,000 during the Jamison Bloodstock dispersal in the
National Broodmare Sale.
by Sakhee's Secret, Halloween combines
the very best Australian bloodlines being a daughter of Encosta
De Lago and a Danehill
is out of the dual stakes winner and Gr 1 performed La Lagune from the
family of Gr 1 Emirates Stakes winner Titanic Jack.
notable broodmare acquisition was the End Sweep mare Sweeping
Success for $10,000.
by Hawkeye, she is from the great Gr 1 winning family of Redoute's
Choice, Platinum Scissors, Manhattan Rain and He's No Pie Eater.
the weanling division, an Iffraaj colt was sold by Hallmark for $50,000
to Mulcaster Bloodstock, of Cambridge.
is out of a Centaine mare who hails from the Gr 1 family of Black Mamba
(John Mabee Handicap), Roman Emperor (AJC Derby) and Tully Thunder
Filly Changes Hands
2YO filly in ownership change
now part of the Pencarrow racing/breeding empire –
exclusive report from Adrian Clark of NZTM
The season’s outstanding two-year-old filly Banchee
has been sold by Sam Kelt to Peter and Philip Vela of
The winner of both the Ford Diamond Stakes-Gr.1 and
Matamata Breeders’ Stakes-Gr.2 this season, Banchee will
be wearing the Vela brothers’ famous blue and white
colours when next seen on the racetrack.
Sam Kelt made this significant announcement exclusively to
New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing this morning.
“Peter Vela told me that if I ever wanted to sell the
filly, could I give him the opportunity to buy her,”
said Sam Kelt.
“We’ve had a fantastic time racing the filly and John
Sargent has done a superb job,” added Kelt.
“She couldn’t be going to a better home,” Kelt
By Oratorio from Miss Jessie Jay, Banchee is not only a
Group One winner in her own right, but a half-sister to
Katie Lee, Sir Patrick Hogan’s Pins filly who created
history when winning the NZ 2000/NZ 1000 Guineas double at
Riccarton Park this season.
“She’s a filly I’ve liked ever since I saw her as a
yearling when sold by Hallmark Stud through our Karaka
Premier Sale,” Peter Vela told NZTM today.
“It’s now a fantastically-commercial family, so
she’s going to make a wonderful addition to our
broodmare band at Pencarrow Stud at the end of her racing
Banchee changes hands with a record of 6 starts for 3 wins
and her placings include a second in the ARC Eclipse
Stakes-Gr.3 and a third – when coming from last – in
the $1m Karaka Million-RL.
Banchee - the Group One-winning half-sister to
Katie Lee has been sold to Peter & Philip Vela
Hallmark Stud graduate Banchee
has changed hands with the sale of this season's crack juvenile
filly to Peter and Philip Vela's Pencarrow Stud.
Reportedly for NZ$1.5 Million dollars!
Gr 1 Ford Diamond Stakes
winner was previously raced by Sam Kelt, who bought her out of the
farm's 2009 Premier Sale draft for $375,000 at Karaka.
Vela told me that if I ever wanted to sell the filly could I give
him the opportunity to buy her," Kelt said.
had a fantastic time racing the filly and John Sargent has done a
superb job - she couldn't be going to a better home."
Banchee was bred by Hallmark
with long-time friend Trevor Hurley, of Kaponga (Taranaki).
x Mahrah by Vaguely Noble
Sire of Banchee
partnership have enjoyed an outstanding season as they also bred
and sold Banchee's
history-making half-sister Katie Lee.
top-class daughter of Pins
and Miss Jessie Jay
rewrote the record book when completing this term's NZ
2000-1000 Guineas double at Riccarton.
six juvenile starts were rewarded with her Gr 1 success as well as
the Gr 2 Matamata Breeders' Stakes and a debut victory at
was also runner-up in the Gr 3 Eclipse
Stakes and a desperately unlucky third in the Listed
Success For Le Bec Fin
Bec Fin's son Noble Warrior gain a deserved victory
at Pukekohe Park yesterday with his winning effort capping off a run of
three-year-old's previous efforts, a number of them without luck after
tardy beginnings, had been notable for his late finishing runs.
by Grant and Tana Shaw, Noble Warrior is out of the four-time winning
Justice Prevails mare Our Kuini Rose.
dominant metric mile success yesterday was a timely one for
Hallmark Stud who will offer the only weanling by Le
Bec Fin in the upcoming Karaka sale.
filly - Lot 97 - is out of a half-sister by Pompeii Court to the Listed
Australian winner Emperor Bonaparte.
feature name in the youngster's pedigree is the great Bonecrusher,
a nine-time Gr 1 winner and Australian Horse of the Year.
will further offer colts by Gold
Mine, Handsome Ransom, Captain Rio, Ifraaj, One Cool
Cat and Diamond Express at the May 3-5 auction.
daughters of Lucky Owners, Any Suggestion and Oratorio will also be
Bec Fin Youngster A Cracker
Mark down Le
Bec Fin's impressive son Shotoutofagun
as a youngster to follow with confidence after he fired his first
winning shot on his home track at Awapuni.
He was a strong second on debut and
went one better yesterday with a performance that strongly suggested he
won't be out of place in better company.
is a half-brother to multiple winner Ain't That A Shame and Lycaa, who
has won twice in Singapore.
They are out of the winning Tights
mare Spandex who is from the family of Gr 2 Waikato Gold Cup heroine
Australian stakes winners Zephyr Art
and Western Zip also feature, as does the Group-performed filly
Shotoutofagun's sire Le
Bec Fin boasts the impressive strike rate of 14
winners from 30 runners since his retirement to Hallmark
They include the Gr
2 Wellington Guineas winner Skirmish
and the stakes-performed two-year-olds Elle
Tresor and Posh Bec.
By Tale Of The Cat, Le
Bec Fin hails from one of New Zealand's most prolific
black-type families being a half-brother to the champion mare Ethereal.
Breeds More Success
Hallmark Stud family that has
dominated age group racing in New Zealand this season further made its
mark in Australia at the weekend.
promising Chateau D'Yquem won her
second race from just four starts when she was successful over 1400
metres at Caulfield.
is a half-sister to seven winners, including crack sprinter Gee
I Jane (Gr 1 Telegraph
Handicap, BTC Cup) and Miss
Jessie Jay (Gr 3 Evergreen Stakes).
latter is the dam of NZ Filly of the Year Katie
Lee (Gr 1 NZ 1000-2000
Guineas) and the top-rated juvenile Banshee
(Gr 1 Ford Diamond Stakes).
owner Sam Kelt has decided
against a crack at the Golden Slipper and she will now head to Awapuni
for another Gr 1 title in the
Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes.
D'Yquem is out of the winning Bletchencore
mare Miss Distinction, who
has also left the fine broodmare Miss
in turn is the dam of San Bernardino
(Gr 3 Stewards' Handicap) and
dual Australian winner Sienna Sunrise.
D'Yquem, a 3/4 blood sister to Katie
Lee was bought out of Hallmark's 2008 Premier Sale draft
at Karaka by Victorian bloodstock agent Robert
Roulston for $420,000.
has retained an ownership interest in the three-year-old with Steve
Jones, S. Bennett, T C Eddy and Queensland Stud Farm, Glenlogan Park.
Start In The Mix
trainer John Sargent is
sitting pretty with a range of rich options open to his Gr
1 "Auckland Diamond Stakes" winning filly Banchee.
high-class Hallmark Stud
graduate was successfully ridden out of her comfort zone to snare
Ellerslie's juvenile prize.
Leith Innes rode to instructions to make use of the inside gate and Banchee
came off a handy sit to prove dominant.
is now awaiting a decision from owners Sam
and Birdie Kelt about a crack at the Gr
1 $A3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes.
come through the race really well and it's up to Sam if he wants to pay
the money," he said.
she'll go for the Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes at Awapuni - she's
jumping out of her skin."
late entry fee for the Slipper would set the Kelts back $A150,000 and is
payable by March 29.
Gr I $A300,000 AJC Sires' Produce Stakes at
Randwick on April 10 or the Gr I $A300,000
Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick are other possibilities
still in the mix.
has no doubt that Banchee
would be an ideal Slipper filly with her proven ability to sit back and
produce a punishing finish.
also believes she has the ideal temperament to cope with the trip -
"she's the perfect two-year-old. She's so laid back and all
she does is sleep and eat.”
Danehill's triple Gr 1 winning son Oratorio, Banchee
was bred by Hallmark with long-time friend Trevor Hurley of Kaponga
$375,000 yearling, she has now further shortened the odds on their star
matron Miss Jessie Jay taking
the NZ Broodmare of the Year
Banchee's half-sister Katie
Lee landed the Gr 1 Guineas
double earlier in the season, her credentials are second to none for the
Banchee as a Foal
Banchee after winning the
"Auckland Ford Diamond Stakes" Gp I
1 Celebrations Continue
filly Banchee staked her claim for top juvenile honours with a
resounding Gr 1 victory in Saturday's
"Ford Diamond Stakes" at Ellerslie.
daughter of Oratorio (IRE) also continued the outstanding success this
season of Hallmark Stud graduates in the elite age-group events.
a younger half-sister to dual Gr 1 Guineas winner
Katie Lee who has
already been crowned the NZ 3YO Filly of the
will now be given the opportunity to match her sibling's double strike
at the top level at her final appearance for the season.
see the best of her over a mile and she'll have one more run in the
Sires' Produce at Awapuni," Matamata trainer John Sargent said.
prepares Banchee for high-profile Hawke's Bay owner Sam Kelt who bought
her for $375,000 from Hallmark's Premier Sale draft at Karaka last year.
of the farm's broodmare gem Miss Jessie Jay,
Banchee drew the inside
gate and rider Leith Innes dropped her in behind the pace.
wasn't her style to be handy and she likes to settle back but I told
Leith to be positive and use the draw," Sargent said.
was the winning of the race and it was a great effort."
dashed to the lead 200 metres from home and held a strong gallop to the
post to down the colts Cellarmaster and Jimmy Choux.
has now won three of her five starts in a brief career that has been
plagued, up until now, by bad barrier draws.
jumped from the outside gate when third in the Karaka Million and again
overcame a shocking alley to win the Gr 2 Matamata Breeders'
Banchee after her
"Auckland Diamond Stakes" Gr1 Victory
Event A Classic
to the connections of Rio Fortune who was a stylish winner of the Listed
$45,000 Hallmark Stud Mr Tiz Trophy at Ellerslie on Saturday.
Stud was proud to sponsor the inaugural running of the event that
attracted a hot line-up of three-year-old talent.
by the Fortuna Syndicate and prepared by champion trainer Mark Walker,
Rio Fortune was well-ridden by Vinnie
manager John Galvin said he had instructed
Vinnie to ride the chestnut
positively from a handy gate.
did that to perfection by settling behind the speed and drove through in
the straight to account for Fledgling and Italian Princess.
Fortune is now a dual black-type winner having landed last season's
Listed Castletown Stakes at Foxton.
Falls on Cracking Season
filly Katie Lee has been sent for a well-earned spell with the Gr 1 Cox
Plate at Moonee Valley a likely spring target.
has carried all before her during a season that saw her create history
at Riccarton with her Gr 1 NZ 2000-1000 Guineas double.
Lee also won the Eight Carat and
Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic at
level as well as the Sarten Memorial.
genuine nature was further rewarded with Gr 2 placings in the Royal
Stakes and at Gr 3 level in the Desert Gold, Gold Trail and Lowland
Lee's outstanding season elevated her to millionaire status and saw her
crowned the NZ Filly of the Year.
Hallmark Stud graduate will also be a well-credentialled candidate for
overall Horse of the Year honours.
Lee's campaign ended on Saturday at Ellerslie where she returned
her only unplaced effort in the Gr 1 New Zealand Derby.
never handled the ground from the first stride," co-trainer Graeme
racing and you cop the good with the bad - she's had a great time and
will go to the paddock now."
and owner Sir Patrick Hogan will decide future targets in due course but
the Cox Plate is sure to loom large in their thoughts.
With Further Honours
Stud have had the honour of producing this season's top three-year-old
filly and are right in line to do likewise in the juvenile division.
Gr 1 winner Katie Lee has conquered all in her age group and now Banchee
promises to emulate her older half-sister.
daughter of Oratorio(IRE) and broodmare gem
Miss Jessie Jay was outstanding
in victory in Saturday's Gr 2 Matamata Breeders' Stakes.
again overcame the outside barrier and a wide passage with an undeniable
finish in the hands of Leith Innes.
a lovely filly and could be the best two-year-old I've trained,"
trainer John Sargent said.
praise indeed from the Matamata conditioner who previously produced the
ill-fated Naturo to win his home feature.
also trained Il Quello Veloce to finish runner-up in the event before
landing the Gr 1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes.
will also target that race as well as the Gr 1 Ford Diamond Stakes at
just so relaxed and does everything right and it was a great ride by
Leith as well," Sargent said.
was posted three wide in the early stages before Innes was able to slot
her in one off the fence.
credit to the filly and she dug deep when I asked her for an effort -
she's very good," he said.
has now won two of her four starts and was placed in the other two,
including luckless third in the Karaka Million.
was purchased by Sargent, through Bruce Perry Bloodstock, on behalf of
Sam Kelt's Stampede Ltd, for $375,000 from Hallmark's Premier Sale
draft at Karaka last year.
Light For Filly's Derby Bid
Lee will be put to the ultimate three-year-old test at Ellerslie next
month with her participation in the Gr 1 $2.2 million Telecom Derby now
Sir Patrick Hogan has given his NZ Filly of the Year the Blue
Riband go-ahead after discussion with trainers Graeme and Debbie
Derby decision had been delayed until connections were satisfied the
Hallmark Stud graduate had come through her brave win in the
Gr 2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic in top order.
millionaire grey daughter of Pins and Miss Jessie Jay will be ridden at
Ellerslie by regular partner Opie Bosson.
her to dual Gr 1 Guineas glory at Riccarton last year but missed her
last-start success due to suspension with Mark du Plessis the fortunate
confirmed Derby presence will now set up a mouth-watering clash with
fellow filly Zarzuela and the leading males Corporal Jones and Monaco
Lee was bred by Hallmark in partnership with Trevor Hurley, of
Kaponga (Taranaki), and was purchased from the Te Kauwhata
farm's Premier Sale draft by Sir Patrick for $340,000.
Hits Winning Note Again
five-year-old Harrison continued his cracking run of form this season
with another winning run in Singapore yesterday.
was successful over 1400 metres at Kranji to credit him with two wins
and six placings from his last eight appearances.
of the Blue Razor mare Blue Reality, Harrison is a brother to multiple
winner Blue Skies and half-brother to four other winners.
is also the family of Australian stakes winner Brihuego and Chief Wild
was bred by Coralie Eagle and the Estate of Trevor Eagle and sold by
Hallmark Stud to champion Singapore trainer Laurie Laxon at Karaka in
2007 for $40,000.
Confirmed Champion Filly
Lee has proved herself the top filly in the country and
she may now get the chance to earn overall three-year-old honours at her
champion Hallmark Stud graduate is on track for another showdown
with her male counterparts in the Gr 1 NZ
Derby on March 6.
A start has yet to be confirmed but co-trainer Graeme Rogerson is
adamant that the Ellerslie feature is well within her range.
a great filly and she's still got few funny traits but she's a
winner," he said. "It's up to Sir Patrick but I think the
Derby is her race."
grey's dominant victory in Saturday's Gr 2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic
gave her an unassailable lead in the NZ Bloodstock Filly of the Year
Lee had to step up and prove she was the best filly in
the country and she's done that," owner Sir Patrick Hogan said.
of the Year" title in the bag, the odds have
shortened on Katie Lee having
a crack at next month's Derby.
has already had the males' measure in the NZ 2000 Guineas in the
spring before completing an historic double in the NZ 1000 Guineas.
by Sir Patrick from Hallmark at Karaka for $340,000, Katie
Lee has banked more than $1 million with seven wins
and seven placings from 15 starts.
for the first time at Te Rapa by Mark du Plessis, she hunted the leading
pack one off the rail before making her move into the straight.
Lee powered to the front 200 metres from home and dashed
clear to hold all challenges at bay in the run to the post.
probably went a bit too soon, not knowing her, but she was travelling that
good I decided to get moving to get around one horse coming back in my
face," du Plessis said.
is a very, very good filly, very classy. The other horse (November Rain)
had her chance to pick me up and she just kept sticking her head
Enjoys A Karaka Cracker
only regret Hallmark Stud had during the NZ Bloodstock National Yearling
Sales series was that they didn't have more stock to offer. The huge
demand for their draft allowed them such a luxurious thought at the
conclusion of an outstanding auction for the Te Kauwhata farm.
had a fantastic sale right across the board and we didn't want it
to end - we just wish we'd had 20 more horses to sell," Mark Baker
said. "We had a wonderful time at all three sales and for a
good, correct colt with a bit of scope there was such a strong demand
from the buying bench."
Premier Sale consignment was topped by an Encosta De Lago colt out of a
daughter of Gr 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes winner Love Lock who made
$300,000. He was bought by major New Zealand buyer David Ellis.
Farm's Nathan Tinkler parted with $220,000 for a son of Commands from
the family of Golden Slipper winner and successful sire Catbird while an
Oratorio colt from the winning Unbridled's Song mare Superb Melody took
Paul Moroney's eye and he signed for him at $180,000.
half-brother to Gr 1 Australasian Oaks winner Rena's Lady by Zabeel's
unbeaten son Reset was knocked down for $150,000 to top Melbourne conditioner
Peter Moody and champion Singapore trainer Laurie Laxon snapped up the
first of Hallmark's offerings to grace the ring. He went to $125,000 to
secure a son of O'Reilly out of La Scala, a half-sister to dual Gr 1
winner Final Destination (NZ 1000 Guineas, Levin Classic).
another six-figure colt for the farm was the half-brother by Nadeem to
stakes performer Seattle Lass. Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie liked
what he saw and backed his judgement with a closing bid of $100,000.
"It was a great start for us and all the Premier lots sold right on
our pre-sale budget," Baker said.
expectations were met on the opening two days, Hallmark's Select Sale
hopes were well and truly exceeded. "All ours sold well over budget
- the bench was so strong and demand for a decent colt was
unbelievable," Baker said.
ended the three-day sale as the leading vendor by average at
$110,667 after nine lots sold for $996,000 with their prized offering a
son of Pentire and the winning Danehill mare Sheza Gem who realised
$170,000 to the bid of Sydney trainer Bede Murray. "He was without
a doubt our top colt and a really nice type," Baker said.
money continued to flow with the O'Reilly grand-son of two-time Gr 1
winner Cinder Bella (Kelt Capital, Captain Cook Stakes) making $145,000
to the bid of NZ Bloodstock and backed up with three $130,000 colts.
First out was a son of Spinning World from the winning
Marauding mare Park City bought by Matamata trainer Roger James and
followed by an Artie Schiller colt knocked down to prominent Auckland
owner Alistair Sutherland and then Victorian trainer Colin Little
secured the Stratum colt hailing from the legendary Eight Carat
Hallmark stallion Gold Mine was also in on the act when his
beautifully-related son - a brother to Gr 3 Stewards' Stakes winner San
Bernardino - from Miss Katella made $110,000. Bought by Keith Hawtin, he
is from the stud's hugely-successful family featuring Gr 1 winners Katie
Lee (NZ 1000-2000 Guineas) and Gee I Jane (BTC Cup, Telegraph Handicap).
were most pleasantly surprised with all our Select horses - it was a
powerful sale and it flowed on through to the Festival," Baker
said. Matamata horseman John Sargent made Hallmark's Shinko King
colt, who boasted an international pedigree that also featured Gr 1 NZ
2000 Guineas and Levin Classic winner Buzz Lightyear, their
session-topper at $56,000.
trainer Graeme Rogerson also chased a son of Shinko King and won the
race for the colt from the family of Gr 2 Dulcie Stakes winner
Christiania Belle for $40,000. Waikato Bloodstock secured a son of Gold
Mine out of a half-sister to Australian Gr 3 performer Emperor Bonaparte
son of Hidden Dragon with Gr 1 SA Derby and 2000 Guineas winner Potomac
on his pedigree page realised $30,000 while a grand-son of Gr 2 NZ
Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes winner Danjiki by resident sire Le
Bec Fin left the ring with a $20,000 sale tag.
Debut In Macau
Speed Train has made the best possible start to his racing career in
Majaysia with an impressive first-up victory. The Hallmark Stud graduate
three-year-old son of resident sire Gold Mine was successful on debut
over 1200 metres at Penang.
Train was purchased by Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie for $35,000 from
the farm's 2008 Festival Sale draft at Karaka and was subsequently
bought by Malaysian interests for $185,000 at the following year's Ready
To Run Sale.
is out of the Haayil mare Shaayil from the family of Listed Counties
Bowl winner and Gr 1 Waikato Sprint runner-up Bareall and the Dunedin
Guineas winner Catastrophe. A half-brother by Ustinov to Speed Train was
also sold by the stud at Karaka last year.
Hopes For Brave Filly
trainer Graeme Rogerson is keen to chase another Gr 1 victory at the
expense of the colts and geldings with star filly Katie Lee.
she'll go to Auckland for the Derby - I think she'll stay,"
Rogerson, who prepares the Hallmark Stud graduate with wife Debbie,
Lee downed her male counterparts in the NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton in
November before landing the fillies' equivalent a week later.
form since has been excellent with runner-up finishes in both the
Gr 3 Eulogy and Gr 2 Royal Stakes.
between times the daughter of Pins claimed the Gr 2 Eight Carat Classic
and on Saturday was a brave third in the Gr 3 Desert Gold Stakes.
Lee jumped well on Saturday but got shuffled back soon after and had
only two runners behind her 600 metres from home.
was hooked into the clear on straightening by rider Opie Bosson and
finished well for her placing.
a great filly and she's done a great job and hasn't had the best of luck
a few times," Rogerson said.
Lee is out of the Spectacularphantom mare Miss Jessie Jay and Hallmark
will offer a close relation at Karaka this week.
547 in the Select Sale is by resident sire Gold Mine
out of Miss Jessie Jay's half-sister Miss Katella.
youngster is a brother to Gr 3 Stewards' Stakes and three-time Listed
winner San Bernardino.
member of the family was also narrowly denied victory at
Trentham in a photo finish.
Krisdel, a Spectatorial half-sister to dual Gr 1 winner Gee I Jane and
Miss Jessie Jay, was just nosed out of her third career success.
Group Does Hallmark Proud
Stud was right in the thick of the Group racing action on both sides of
the Tasman on Saturday.
the home front, Awesome Planet and Katie Lee were prominent at Trentham
while Encosta Belief gained black-type in Australia.
was honour in defeat for Gr 3 Doomben Roses and dual Listed winner
Awesome Planet with a bold showing for second in the Gr 2 Wellington
Giant's Causeway mare was purchased by Graeme Rogerson's Dormello Stud
for $155,000 from Hallmark's 2007 draft to Karaka.
Planet's outstanding stablemate Katie Lee had earlier finished a
courageous third in the Gr 3 Desert Gold Stakes.
Melbourne, Encosta Belief was narrowly denied a hat-trick of wins when
he finished runner-up in the C S Hayes Stakes at Flemington.
by Hallmark during the 2008 Premier Sale, the son of Encosta De
Lago went to the bid of Peter Moody for $150,000.
Rathsallagh On Cups' Trail
Stud graduate Rathsallagh will head to Tasmania in red-hot form in
search of further black-type honours..
She confirmed a crack at a Gr 3 double in the Hobart and
Launceston Cups after blitzing her rivals at Sandown yesterday.
five-year-old remained unbeaten for the year when she coasted home
by nearly three lengths over 2400 metres.
Rathsallagh, who had also triumphed on the track last time out
over 2100m, is a daughter of O'Reilly.
was born and bred at Hallmark by Barbara Saunders of Victoria
is out of the Assert mare Star Of Amarissa who was a dual winner in
Her grand-dam Amaranda was a Gr 2 winner and Gr 1 placed in
England while Danasuria and Hairy have been Australian stakes winner from
Of Amarissa has left eight winners including Te Akau Sin (Listed Warstep
Stakes) and Rathsallagh's Gr 3 performed brother Paddy O'Reilly.
first earned black-type when placed in the Gr 2 Wellington Guineas
and Listed Bonecrusher Stakes at three before continuing her career in
was also runner-up in the Gr 1 Queensland Oaks and her recent form
has coincided with a return to middle distance racing.
Karaka Trophy Trial
Nolen has sounded an ominous warning to Encosta Belief's rivals in the
Karaka Million 3YO Trophy at Ellerslie on January 31.
top Melbourne jockey has ridden the New Zealand-bound Hallmark Stud
graduate to his last two victories.
"He's got good tactical speed from the gates and relaxes and
he'll be in that race up to his ears," Nolen said.
comments came in the wake of Encosta Belief's comprehensive age-group
win at Flemington on Saturday.
had the son of Encosta De Lago travelling easily in the second spot to
the turn before taking control.
Belief held a strong gallop down the long straight to coast home by a
really focussed and got a lovely sprint - I had it under control a long
way out," Nolen said.
is trained by Peter Moody who went to $150,000 to buy him out of
Hallmark's 2008 Premier Sale draft.
Belief is from the Danehill mare Plaisir D'Amour, a
sister to dual Gr 1 winner and leading sire Danehill Dancer.
American sire Mr Greeley and the Gr 1 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense
also feature in the pedigree.
Stud are proud to present another top-quality draft to the 2010
National Yearling Sales at Karaka next month.
of our consignment can now be viewed on-line at the New
Zealand Bloodstock website.
our Premier, Select and Festival Sale drafts at www.nzb.co.nz
Success For Crack Hallmark Breed
Blue-blooded filly Chateau D'Yquem
hit the board at Sandown yesterday to continue the outstanding success
of her Hallmark Stud family.
The Pins filly is a half-sister to
seven winners including Gee I Jane (Gr 1 Telegraph Handicap, BTC
Cup) and Miss Jessie Jay (Gr 3 Evergreen Stakes).
The latter is the dam of Katie Lee
(Gr 1 NZ 1000-2000 Guineas), Eclair Fantastic (five wins) and the
promising Group-placed juvenile Banshee.
Chateau D'Yquem is out of the
winning Bletchencore mare Miss Distinction, who has also left the fine
broodmare Miss Katella.
She in turn is the dam of San
Bernardino (Gr 3 Stewards' Handicap) and recent dual Australian winner
Chateau D'Yquem was bought out of
Hallmark's 2008 Premier Sale draft at Karaka by Robert Roulston
Bloodstock, Australia for $420,000.
She improved quickly on her debut
seventh at Geelong on Boxing Day to win decisively over 1400 metres
Hallmark will present a brother to
San Bernardino, by resident sire Gold Mine, during the Select Sale at
Karaka next month.
Sunrise A Star In The Making!
three-year-old Sienna Sunrise
looks poised to add further black-type honours to an outstanding Hallmark
filly took her record to two wins and a placing from three starts when
successful in fine style at Moonee Valley last night.
Sunrise is trained by Robert Smerdon and had followed up
a debut third with her maiden success at Geelong.
Bertolini out of Miss
Katella, she was a $60,000 purchase by Barbara Saunders
of Victoria Australia. Ric Wylie bidding on behalf of Barbara, from Hallmark's
2008 Select Sale consignment.
Sunrise is a half-sister to Gr 3 Stewards' Handicap
winner San Bernardino, whose
brother will be offered by the farm at Karaka next month.
Gr 1 winners Katie Lee (NZ 1000, 2000 Guineas) and Gee I Jane
(Telegraph Handicap, BTC Cup) are other stand-out family performers.
Back In Winners' Circle
return to a middle distance trip has brought the best out of the Robert
Smerdon-trained O'Reilly mare Rathsallagh.
five-year-old posted an overdue victory midweek when successful over
2100 metres at the Sandown meeting.
and bred at Hallmark Stud, Rathsallagh was having just her third run
over ground since her successful three-year-old season.
was a black-type performer in New Zealand with placings in the Gr 2
Wellington Guineas and the Listed Bonecrusher Stakes.
then went to Australia where she has won twice and finished runner-up in
the Gr 1 Queensland Oaks.
Sandown success gave Hallmark a winning double after Karaka Million 3YO
Trophy hope Encosta Belief landed the opening event.
Trip A Step Closer!
impressive win at Sandown yesterday almost certainly booked Encosta
Belief a trip home for a crack at the Karaka Million 3YO Trophy at
Peter Moody-trained gelding was unextended to score by a length to
strenghten his claims for the $200,00 feature on January 31.
inaugural metric mile is open to graduates of the 2008 sale at Karaka
where Encosta Belief was offered by Hallmark Stud.
racing manager Jeff O'Connor said Encosta Belief could have one more outing
he needs another run the option is there to run at Flemington on the
16th or Moonee Valley on the 22nd and still get him to New Zealand at
the end of the month.".
secured the half-brother to five winners, including the Group-performed
Olnistto, by Encosta De Lago for $150,000.
is out of the winning Danehill mare Plaisir D'Amour, a sister to dual Gr
1 winner and leading sire Danehill Dancer.
is also the family of champion American sire Mr Greeley and the Gr 1
Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense.
Belief has won twice from nine starts and run four seconds, including
one at Kilmore last year behind subsequent Gr 1 winner Denman.
Filly A Rising Star!
Star looked a filly with a definite black-type future following another
dazzling performance at Doomben yesterday.
daughter of Johar settled well back in the field and was still among the
tailenders when the field turned for home.
Hallmark Star showed an outstanding turn of foot to scorch down the
outside of the track and win with ease.
Rob Heathcote-trained three-year-old is now unbeaten in three outings
bought out of Hallmark Stud's 2007 National Weanling Sale draft by Alwyn
'Ace' Shaw of Aceland Stud, Tasmania for $26,000.
Star is out of the Jetball mare Street Star, a juvenile winner in
Australia and Gr 3 placed in the Sweet Embrace Stakes.
Street Star is also half-sister to Gr 2 Travis and Matamata Breeders'
Stakes winner Conquistar and has now left four winners, including the
stakes-performed Audacious Amber.
Family Fires Another Winning Shot!
Lee's older sibling Eclair Fantastic
by Spectatorial x Miss Jessie Jay by Spectacularphantom, farewelled
Australian racing on a winning note and he's quickly announced his
arrival in Macau.
four-year-old was a first-up third there before setting a class
record when flying to victory on Boxing Day.
Fantastic won his first three starts in South Australia for leading
trainer Phillip Stokes to earn a trip to last year's Melbourne
finished a game sixth behind subsequent Gr 2 winner Drumbeats in the
Listed Hilton Stakes at Flemington before a spell.
Fantastic returned in April for his final Australian start, which he
comfortably won, and was then transferred to Macau.
and sold by Hallmark Stud and Trevor Hurley, of Kaponga, he is by former
resident sire Spectatorial and was a $120,000 yearling at Karaka in
Boxing Day Punch!
Katie Lee bounced back from a
narrow last-start defeat to extend her lead yesterday in the NZ
Bloodstock Filly of the Year series.
top-class daughter of Pins returned
to her winning ways at Ellerslie on Boxing Day with victory in the Gr 2
Eight Carat Classic.
She has now accumulated 24.5 points in the series to hold a
commanding 17.5 margin over her closest rival for the crown.
Lee made history when she claimed the Gr 1 Guineas double
at Riccarton in November and returned to action at Awapuni earlier this
She finished a close runner-up there and co-trainer Debbie
Rogerson said she had been a victim of circumstances in the Gr 3 Eulogy
was a wet track and he (rider Opie Bosson) went too soon, but we took it
on the chin."
made no mistake at Ellerslie yesterday for Katie
Lee to record the sixth victory of her outstanding
the best filly I've ever had anything to with - she's a real trier who
loves racing and knows where the post is," Rogerson said.
Lee is likely to make her next appearance in the Gr 2 Royal
Stakes on New Year's Day.
will continue her build-up toward the Gr 1 NZ Oaks in March and Rogerson
is confident she will cope with the 2400 metre trip at Trentham.
can't see any reason why not against her own age group. She's the best
filly around," she said.
by Hallmark Stud in partnership with Trevor Hurley, of Kaponga (Taranaki), Katie
Lee was purchased from the Te Kauwhata farm's Premier
Sale draft by Sir Patrick Hogan for $340,000.
Lee reaches for the line to hold out Adaline, with Blonde
Bombshell third. Kenton Wright www.raceimages.co.nz
Strike For Colt's Family!
brother to Gr 3 winner San Bernardino
bound for Karaka in February received significant pedigree updates
on Boxing Day.
Hallmark Stud colt's half-sister Sienna
Sunrise by Bertolini x
Miss Katella by The Commander, won
at Geelong while Katie Lee earned further family kudos at
Sunrise was bought out of the stud's 2007 Select Sale
draft at Karaka by Matamata agent Ric Wylie for $60,000.
is trained by Robert Smerdon and was placed on debut at Bendigo before
opening her account over 1300 metres yesterday.
daughter of Bertolini is out of Miss
Katella, who is a half-sister to the dam of dual Gr 1
heroine and Gr 2 Eight Carat Classic winner Katie
Katella's first visit to resident Hallmark stallion Gold
Mine produced San
Gr 3 Stewards' Handicap winner has also been a three-time winner at
Listed level in the Welcome and Fairview Ford Stakes and the Lion red
is also the family of dual Gr 1 winning sprinter Gee I Jane (Telegraph
Handicap, BTC Cup).
Graduate Strikes Again!
Star maintained her unbeaten record for the season when she was a
decisive winner on her home track yesterday.
Trained at Eagle Farm by Robert Heathcote, the Johar filly was
untroubled to score by two lengths over 1500 metres.
three-year-old was bought out of Hallmark Stud's 2007 draft to the
National Weanling Sale by Aceland Stud for $26,000.
She won her seasonal debut over 1400 metres earlier this month
and now has two wins from her five career appearances.
Star is out of the Group-performed Jetball mare Street Star, a
half-sister to dual Gr 2 winner Conquistar.
Sings On Family Roll Of Honour
by Oratorio x Miss Jessie Jay by Spectacularphantom, showed she had
inherited her share of the family ability when the half-sister to
crack filly Katie Lee made a
dynamic winning debut at Ellerslie on Sunday last.
Oratorio youngster had
to overcome an early check before accelerating in the straight in the
style of another future black-type winner for Hallmark Stud.
made $375,000 from the Te Kauwhata farm's Premier Sale draft at Karaka
earlier this year to the bid of Masterton-based agent Bruce Perry.
John Sargent-trained filly is raced by the Stampede syndicate,
which includes high-profile Hawke's Bay breeder and owner Sam Kelt who
selected her days before she went to the ring!
was ridden on Sunday by Vinny Colgan, who had also guided her to
victory in her one trial appearance at Cambridge.
super sibling Katie Lee lost
no caste in defeat at the weekend when she finished a brave second in
the Gr 3 Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni.
Jockey Opie Bosson conceded after the race that he may have gone
a touch early, but she was not helped by the rain-affected track.
Lee's effort took on further merit as she was galloped on during the
race and suffered cuts, fortunately minor, to her back legs.
will make her next appearance in the Gr 2 Eight Carat Classic on Boxing
Day before returning to Ellerslie on New Year's day for the Gr 2 Royal
Shines For Hallmark
appropriately-named Hallmark Star shone brightly for the Te Kauwhata
farm yesterday when she opened her winning account in Queensland.
by premiership winning trainer Robert Heathcote, she was successful at
her three-year-old debut over 1400 metres at Eagle Farm.
lightly-raced Hallmark graduate was a $26,000 weanling purchase for
Aceland Stud at Karaka in 2007.
is by Johar out of the Jetball mare Street Star, a juvenile winner in
Australia and Gr 3 placed in the Sweet Embrace Stakes.
Star is also half-sister to Gr 2 Travis and Matamata Breeders' Stakes
winner Conquistar and has now left four winners, including the
stakes-performed Audacious Amber.
Opens Account In Melbourne
filly Danahere struck her first winning blow for leading Melbourne
trainer Danny O'Brien when she was successful at yesterday's Kyneton
future looks bright for the Dehere three-year-old after breaking through
over 1850 metres at only her third raceday appearance.
showed her appreciation of the extra ground after finishing an
eye-catching fifth at her previous run over a shorter trip.
a $160,000 purchase by O'Brien out of Hallmark Stud's Premier Sale draft
to Karaka last year.
out of the winning Danasinga mare Danex, who was Gr 3 placed in the Sir
Tristram Classic and ran fourth in the Gr 1 New Zealand Oaks.
is also the family of the top-class Calm Harbour whose 16 victories
included the Thorndon Mile and Captain Cook Stakes at Gr 1 level.
Currency Worth Waiting For...
trainer Chris Wood's talented three-year-old Single Currency is on the
easy list and won't be seen out again until next year.
Hallmark Stud graduate emerged as a serious talent in the spring with
two runaway wins from three appearances.
out in the paddock for three or four weeks - he got a bad boil on his
wither," Wood said.
unfortunately held us up, but he's worth waiting for and he's a pretty
problem surfaced after Single Currency had suffered his first defeat in
the Listed Sarten Memorial at Te Rapa.
didn't finish far off them and that's pretty good form," Wood said.
Currency was forced to race three wide without cover and was less than
four and a-half lengths from the winner.
was fellow Hallmark graduate Katie Lee, who went on to an historic Gr 1
Guineas double at Riccarton.
Currency had been untested to win his previous two starts at Taupo and
Bachelor Duke, he was purchased by Wood for $29,000 from Hallmark's
Festival Sale draft at Karaka last year.
is out of the multiple winner Pennies From Heaven, a Pompeii Court mare
from the family of dual Gr 1 winner and champion sire O'Reilly.
Shows Family Ability
filly Banchee by Oratorio impressed in her first public outing this week when she
won at the Cambridge trials.
at Matamata by John Sargent, she showed good pace to land her heat over
by Hallmark Stud with Trevor Hurley, Banchee made $375,000 from the
farm's Premier Sale draft at Karaka earlier this year.
Oratorio, she is a half-sister to fellow graduate and dual Gr 1 heroine
Gr 3 winning dam Miss Jessie Jay has also left the multiple Australian
winner Eclair Fantastic.
untried youngster to keep a watch on is the Le Bec Fin-Journal Entry
gelding with Robert Patterson at New Plymouth.
three-year-old has trialled twice for a debut second and most
recently a runaway win at Waverley.
Dream No Fantasy
three-year-old Celtic Fantasy, by Giant's
Causeway x Snowdonia by Peintre Celebre took another
winning step toward a Gr 1 target
when he again beat the older horses at Tauranga.
trainer Craig Ritchie has held the Hallmark
Stud graduate in high regard for some time and has New
Zealand Derby ambitions for him.
was a big, strong horse when we bought him and I knew early on he had
plenty of ability," he said.
paid $40,000 for Celtic Fantasy
during the Select Sale at Karaka last year.
is by Giant's Causeway, who won five consecutive Gr 1 races in 2000 to earn
rave reviews for both his class and bravery.
freegoing Celtic Fantasy is undefeated in both his starts over 1600
metres and each time has also showed commendable fighting qualities.
is out of the imported Peintre Celebre mare Snowdonia from the family of
dual European Gr 1 winner and sire Croco Rouge.
said he would now be looking to take on the better three-year-olds with
Celtic Fantasy as he worked toward a Derby start.
Girl Races To Historic Double
Stud's star graduate Katie
Lee once again overcame a torrid run to make New Zealand
racing history at Riccarton on Saturday.
Te Kauwhata farm-bred and sold filly wrote a fresh chapter in the record
books with another dazzling Gr 1
Lee became the first horse to complete the New Zealand
2000-1000 Guineas double and she did it in stunning style.
knocked from pillar to post before downing the males on the opening day
of the Christchurch carnival and was again in deep trouble in the
credit to her - she's a champion filly with the heart the size of a
lion," winning rider Opie Bosson said.
the top she had her head up in the air all the way, it was that rough
and she still picked herself up."
Lee bullocked her way into the clear in the straight and,
in a repeat of the previous week, charged to victory.
hasn't sunk in yet - it's a huge thrill and a massive result for
us," Mark Baker said.
Lee going to the line for her victory in the 2000 Guineas.
champion daughter of Pins and Miss Jessie
Jay was bred by the stud with Trevor Hurley, of
was purchased out of Hallmark's Premier Sale consignment last year for
$340,000 by Sir Patrick Hogan.
Her dam Miss
Jessie Jay, who is back in foal to Pins,
was a Gr 3 winner by Spectacularphantom
out of the Bletchencore mare Miss
had Katie Lee's great
grand-dam Estella Dawn, here for
years", Baker said.
Estella Dawn was by
Hasty Cloud, she
a full sister to Rising Damp.
think a lot of the credit in the pedigree goes to Bletchencore
- he was such a strong, fast horse and left some really nice
NZ Filly of the Year title was now Katie
Lee's main objective and thought would also be given to a
crack at the Gr 1 NZ Derby.
wish is that she does not leave New Zealand this racing season," Sir
when she is a four-year-old she might have a crack at Australia, but I
would not be tempted to go to the AJC Oaks or Queensland Oaks."
by Graeme and Debbie Rogerson, Katie Lee
has now won five of her 10 starts and more than $890,000.
Success For Hallmark Stud
Crack filly Katie Lee
brought further Gr 1 glory to Hallmark
Stud when she brushed aside her male challengers to win
the $1 million New Zealand
2000 Guineas at Riccarton.
The outstanding daughter of Pins
and Miss Jessie Jay overcame
a rough run to show her quality and post a scintillating victory.
"You won't see any better than that,"
co-trainer Graeme Rogerson, who prepares the grey with his wife Debbie
"She got flattened and flattened again and
couldn't win at the furlong - she's had a lot of things go wrong, but
she's real class."
Rogerson said he would monitor the filly during the
week before deciding if she would back up in next Saturday's New
Zealand 1000 Guineas.
Bred by Hallmark
in partnership with Trevor Hurley, of Kaponga, Taranaki, Katie
Lee was purchased from the Te Kauwhata farm's Premier
Sale draft by Sir Patrick Hogan for $340,000.
"It was a big call to go to the 2000
Guineas," Sir Patrick said. "To be honest I said all along if
Opie chose another horse she just wasn't running.
"I was not going to be putting another jockey on,
not because I didn't think they were not good enough, but I really
wanted the 1000 Guineas.
"I was worried I had stuffed it up here if she
did not go any good, so it was a big gamble."
Bosson rode Katie Lee
to her lead-up victory in the Listed Sarten
Memorial and knocked back several other rides to stick
with her at Riccarton.
With four wins and four placings from her nine career
starts she has now banked $714,300.
is out of the Gr 3 winning mare Miss Jessie
Jay and she is safely in foal again again to Pins. Her
Oratorio filly made $375,000 at Karaka earlier this year. Hallmark
have enjoyed outstanding success with the family and in February will
offer a full-brother to Gr 3 winner San
The son of resident stallion Gold
Mine is out of Miss Jessie Jay's half-sister Miss
Katella, who is in foal to Pentire.
They are both out of Miss
Distinction, who has recently been served by High
Chaparral and has a Darci Brahma filly at foot.
is the dam of six winners, including the dual Gr 1 heroine
Gee I Jane.
Stakes Strike For Le Bec Fin
Talented filly Elle Tresor
drew further attention to Le
Bec Fin's excellent strike rate when she
finished runner-up in the Listed
Wellesley Stakes at Trentham.
The daughter of Hallmark Stud's regally-bred Tale Of The Cat stallion is
his third black-type performer from only 25 runners - an impressive 12
per cent ratio.
Skirmish (Gr 2 Wellington
Guineas) and Posh Bec
(runner-up Listed Soliloquy Stakes)
have also furthered contributed to Le
Bec Fin's better than 50 per cent winners to runners
At just $2500 + GST, the half-brother to champion mare
Ethereal offers outstanding value and Elle
Tresor is yet another cracking example.
"She's a very good filly and we've always had a
high opinion of her," Te Awamutu co-trainer Brendon Hawtin said.
"She's an absolute gem and, while we knew she would run early, we
think she'll be even better as a three-year-old.
"She was a little bit tough - but all the best fillies have that
streak - and once the penny dropped she's been a dream."
was a trial winner on her home track in August before she coasted home
in her Whangarei debut last month.
She then trekked south to Trentham where she beat all but the
highly-regarded Big River in the Wellesley.
"She did handle the heavy ground at Trentham, but she'll be twice
the filly on top of the ground," Hawtin said.
"She's won at the top of the North Island and performed at the
bottom of the North Island and taken it all in her stride."
is currently enjoying a short break and will make her next appearance in
the Listed Murdoch Newell Stakes at Pukekohe on November 21.
"We'll put her aside then and come back for the
Matamata Breeders' Stakes and her main aim will be the Manawatu Sires'
Produce Stakes," Hawtin said.
is raced by her Te Kuiti breeder Paul Guise and is out of the Strike
Diamonds mare Spot Of Luck who visits Le
Bec Fin again this season.
Graduates Going For Riccarton Gold.
Team Rogerson will head to next
month's New Zealand Cup carnival with Group goals in mind for their
latest last-start Labour Day winners Katie
Lee and Awesome Planet.
The pair booked their berths South when they credited Hallmark Stud with
a notable double at Te Rapa!
Pins filly Katie Lee added to
her black-type credits when she powered home to land the Listed
James and Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes to
go with her Gp III Eclipse
Stakes success of last season. She was bred and sold by Hallmark Stud
and Trevor Hurley of Kaponga, for $340,000 to Sir Patrick and Justine
Lady Hogan during last years Premier Sale at Karaka.
A decision has yet to be made whether Katie
Lee targets the Gp I
$1Million NZ 2000 Guineas or is reserved for the Gp
I NZ 1000 Guineas. She is out of Gp
III Fayette Park Stakes winner Miss
Jessie Jay, a Spectacularphantom
1/2 sister to dual Gp I Telegraph
Hcp and the BTC Cup winner Gee I Jane!
Katie Lee is also closely
related to Gold
Mine four-year-old and fellow farm graduate and
stablemate San Bernardino,
recent first-up winner of the Listed
Lion Red Plate at Te Rapa. He
will be in action at Christchurch as well to defend his Gp
III Stewards' Stakes title on the middle day of the
meeting. He is unbeaten on the track wih a juvenile success in the Listed
Welcome Stakes to his credit.
Quality mare Awesome Planet
was an impressive winner of the open metric mile at Te Rapa and is now
set for the Gp II Coupland's
Bakeries Mile at Riccarton.
She was a $155,000 Premier Sale purchase from Hallmark's 2007 draft and
enjoyed an outstanding three-year-old season with victory in the Gp
II Doomben Roses off the back of the
Listed wins at home
in the Manawatu Breeder's and Soliloquy Stakes and a Gp
I placing in the NZ 1000 Guineas.
By Giant's Causeway, Awesome Planet
is a daughter of the winning Irish-bred Fasliyev mare Dance On The Moon.
whose dam is a 1/2 sister to Gp I
Epsom derby winner Dr Devious and successful New Zealand sire Shinko
Derby Hope Debuts In Style!
Craig Ritchie's faith in Hallmark
Stud graduate Celtic Fantasy by
Giant's Causeway x Snodonia by Peintre Celebre, was vindicated with an impressive debut win
and the Pukekohe trainer now has classic aspirations for the
three-year-old. "It's not easy to win
first-up at Ellerslie, but I knew the horse was good enough and I'd like
to think he's a Derby horse," he said.
"He's a dead-set stayer and he'll run at Tauranga next and then
we'll look to take on the better three-year-olds. "After that I'll
map out a programme toward the Derby."
Ritchie purchased the son of
Giant's Causeway out of Hallmark's Select Sale draft to Karaka last year
He is out of the imported Peintre Celebre mare Snowdonia from the family
of dual European Gr 1 winner
and sire Croco Rouge.
"He was a big, strong horse
when we bought him and I knew early on he had plenty of ability,"
"He's a very professional type and Shane Udy broke him in and
he's a kind horse and always been pretty straight forward to
A trial winner before he raced,
Celtic Fantasy's private reputation went public at Ellerslie last
weekend when he overcame a wide barrier to win at the first time of
"He was pretty forward and when
Matt (Cameron) gave him a slap he kept finding and it was a very good
effort," Ritchie said.
San Bernardino Straight Back Into
Bernardino x Gold
Mine defied an eleven month absence from the track to
return for immediate black-type reward at Rotorua on Saturday.
Unseen since his win in the Gp III Stewards
Stakes, 1200 metres last November, San
Bernardino demonstrated he had lost for none during this
time, racing home for an all the way win in the Listed Lion
Red Plate, 1200m.
Trained by Graeme and Debbie Rogerson, the four year old son of Gold
Mine has now recorded four wins and five placings from
twelve starts for owners T.Clarke, B.Hickey, B.K.Parker, G.A.Rogerson
MNZM, and K.Summers, with the cummulative effect of this being
$202,875.00 in Earnings.
Bred by Trevor Hurley of Kaponga, San Bernardino was initially purchased
by Rogerson for $28,000.00 at the 2007 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling
Sale from Hallmark Stud where he was born and raised!
Precocious from the get-go, San Bernardino
added the Listed CJC Welcome Stakes
1000m and the Listed Waikato Fairview
1100m to his resume at two and has added Stakes success each season
thereafter with the aforementioned Gp III and Listed win.
His dam Miss Katella by The
Commander has this month been to Pentire, has a full brother to San
Bernardino at foot and ourselves and Trevor Hurley have
another strapping full brother to present at the upcoming select Session
at Karaka 2010
Bec Fin Scores Again Overnight!
Le Bec Fin chalked up yet another winner overnight!
This time in Singapore in the shape of Gutsy
Knight by Le Bec Fin x
Sylph by Nassipour. He is in fact a full brother to the Stephen McKee
trained 3 year old gelding Thinkin' Happy
who won first up at Te Aroha last month.
provided Le Bec Fin with
his sixth individual winner since the commencement of the 2009/2010
racing season to go alongside Posh Bec's Listed
placing last Saturday in the Soliloquy.
Le Bec Fin's book
this season is deservedly filling steadily. On total merit he looks set
to serve his biggest book yet!
Another Blacktype Performer For Le
Fin's three Year old filly Posh
Bec by Le
Bec Fin x Silver Cent by Centaine, provided him with
his second black type performer today, just getting headed in the last
stride, when contesting the Listed Soliloquy Stakes at Ellerslie.
In running second in this hotly contested black type event, Posh
Bec is more evidence that
Le Bec Fin can sire a runner of the highest quality
backing up Skirmish's Gp II
Wellington Guineas win last season.
Posh Bec, who won on debut as
a two year old earlier this year, looks sure to give her breeder/owner
and good farm client, Sandy Moore, many more thrills on the back of
todays pedigree enhancing stakes placing.
Le Bec Fin Two Year Old Bolts Home
Fin's marvellous start to the 2009 - 2010 season
continued on it's merry way today at Ruakaka when the two year old Elle
Tresor by Le Bec Fin x
Spot Of Luck by Strike Diamonds trounced her eight rivals by over two
and a half lengths in the 88o metres event.
The field included three other impressive trial winners like herself. We made reference to
Elle Tresor on our news page on the 25th August last. See
Tresor is trained by the Hawtin team at Te Awamutu and
raced by her breeder Te Kuiti farmer Paul Guise.
We are now only six weeks into the 2009 - 2010 season and yesterday's
win provided Le Bec Fin with
his fifth individual winner since the 1st August.
In the process Le Bec Fin is
proving many things!!
That he is great value at only $2,500.00
His versatility siring Colts AND Fillies.
Siring Two year olds
Ideal breed to race horses with a view to
And to top it off he can sire a Group
winner! That being last season's Gp II Wellington Guineas winner Skirmish!
Good Day For Hallmark Graduates
Congratulations to Chris Wood for his
runaway first up win, with the Bachelor Duke x Pennies In Heaven gelding
Single Currency, today
Chris Wood bought him from us out of the 2008 Festival Sale for
$29,000.00. He has a bright future after leading from a widish alley and
then accelerating again to win by three and a half lengths. Single Currency
was bought by us as a foal out of the paddock.
Another of the farm's pinhooks from the Karaka 2007 Premier Sale, Hussons
Fortune, by Hussonet x O'Fortuna
also won impressively today at Sandown, in Melbourne, for the David
Hayes stable. He is fashioning a very good form record and we should see
him out again over the Spring Carnival. Hussons Fortune
was $220,000.000 purchase by Mark Pilkington
Te Horo Nugget Wins After
Four year old gelding Te
Horo Nugget by Gold Mine
Te Horo Girl by Jet Ball, won well at Wanganui in the TCL Communications
Maiden 1600 metres adding another winner to our resident sire Gold Mine.
Bred and raced by Marie and
Timothy Faith, loyal clients of Hallmark Stud had great pleasure in
their big bay gelding winning well in the hands of Hayden Tinsley. Te
Horo Nugget is trained by Kevin
Gray at Palmerston North.
We wish them well
for future racing, well done team.
Sneaky Adds to Le Bec Fin's record
Four year old gelding Sneaky by Le
Bec Fin ex Champagne Bubble by
Desert Sun, overcame his outside barrier draw to win untouched today, at
Riccarton, in a 1200 metre maiden at only his third start!
has been held in high regard for
some time by trainers Les and Richard Didham. Having been handled
patiently the rewards should come on a continuous basis. Well done
to both owners and trainers.
Sneaky was bred by
us at Hallmark Stud and was sold by the farm privately.
Another Le Bec Fin Steps Up!
Three year old gelding Thinkin'
Happy by Le
Bec Fin ex Sylph by Nassipour,
was most impressive on debut today at Paeroa.
The Stephen McKee trained son of Le Bec
Fin came from an awkwardly wide barrier and sat three and
four wide without cover throughout the race but still drew out to win
easily over the final stages.
Happy was bred by us, Hallmark
Stud, from the Nassipour mare Sylph and was sold by the farm as a
weanling for what now looks a real bargain price of $6,000.00,
especially given that there looks to be plenty more in store for Thinkin'
Happy and his owners!
Le Bec Fin Two Year Old
Quickest of Day
At the Waipa trials today an un-named Le
Bec Fin 2 yr old filly put her hand up as one to
watch in the future!
The daughter of Le
Bec Fin and Spot of Love, by Strike Diamonds, ran the
fastest time of the three 650-metre 2yr old heats winning by a length
with four lengths back to the others.
She was bred by Paul Guise of Te Kuiti and is trained by the father and
son team Keith and Brendon Hawtin in Te Awamutu.
Tale Of the Cat gets Multiple Gp1
Performer on Turf in USA
Of The Cat, the sire of resident
gets Multiple Group I Turf winner in America!
his fourth consecutive Group I victory August 8th at Arlington Park, as
he rolled to a 1 1/4-length win
in the Arlington
I on Turf) under Ramon Dominguez.
4-year-old son of Tale
of the Cat,
Gio Ponti qualified himself as the top turf horse in the country with
his convincing win over a tough field, one that put him over the
$2-million mark in career earnings. It was the ninth win in 14
lifetime starts for the bay colt and his seventh Group stakes
performance. He also earned an automatic berth to the Nov 7th
Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita and the
Japan Cup (Jpn-I).
Clement, one of the nation’s best turf trainers for years, collected
his first Arlington Million win.
were very patient with (Gio Ponti) when he was a 3-year-old and he
keeps maturing and is a better 4-year-old,” said Clement. "There
are many good races around and he could go in any one of them. Let’s
just enjoy today.”
Skirmish Scores Again!
Bec Fin's Group II winning daughter Skirmish
out of Jollify by Kingdom Bay, was back to her best today at
The 4yr old grey mare looked beaten half way down the straight, but the
2008 Wellington Guineas winner fought back with vigour to take out the
1800 metre event by 3/4 length.
Skirmish has been patiently
handled and placed by her owner, breeder, trainer Adrian Bull. All
else being equal, she will go on to more Black Type this season!
Another Winner For Le Bec Fin
Three year old gelding Odyssey
by Le Bec Fin out of
Inaninstant, provided our resident son of Tale
Of The Cat with yet another winner in an 1100 metre
maiden today at Paeroa. He was beautifully ridden by Jason Collett, the
son of Odyssey's trainers Richard and Judy Collett. The gelding by Le Bec
Fin looks destined for more wins in the not too distant future.
Le Bec Fin is on a roll at the
moment having sired four individual winners in the last month; proving
he is the ideal 'breed to race' stallion who offers the best value
available at $2500.00 having already left a Gp II winner in his first
Le Bec Fin filly Wins First Up!
by Le Bec Fin
out of Silver Cent by Centaine, made an impressive winning debut today,
ridden by Samantha Spratt, in the Juvenile event over 1200 metres at
Her first up victory was on the back of a strong trials win. She may now
press on to Listed company in
the Northland Breeders Stakes, or the Ryder Stakes at Levin on the 25th
July, or be given a let up before the Spring.
She was bred and is raced by Sandy Moore, an Auckland Racing Club
committee man and a client of the farm.
Posh Bec provided Sandy with
his first win and hopefully there is more in store for Sandy and the
Richard Yuill trained Le
Bec Fin filly.
Le Bec Fin
our resident sire has been on a roll in the last few weeks, with
the 3 year olds Seedorf and Nicole
Amy both winning impressively in the last month.
Black Type Quinella In Listed
The Listed Manawatu Breeder's Stakes (2000m) run at Awapuni today was
taken out by the evergreen 3 year old filly Awesome
Planet who was far too strong in the finish, even for the
fast finishing Dutyful who
filled second placing.
Both these two females were raised and/or sold by the farm for the
Awesome Planet was purchased
at the 2007 Premier Sale for $155,000 by Graeme Rogerson.
Dutyful went through our 2005 Festival draft, knocked
down to New Zealand Bloodstock's Mike Kneebone for $20,000 on behalf of
her United Kingdom based owners Richard and Sara Ward.
The ulta consistent Awesome Planet
has achieved black type five times this season, including a Gp1 placing
in the 1000 Guineas in November last and a victory in the Listed
Soliloquy Stakes at Ellerslie back in September!
Awesome Planet winning the
Listed Manawatu Breeders Stakes 2000 metres today
Gold Mine Roll's On
In the last fortnight our resident
sire Gold Mine
has sired another 3 winners, in the form of Anticipating
(ex Graphite by Bigstone) at Trentham on the 19th January 2009, Sherborne
(ex Our Thumbs Up by Spectacular Love) at New Plymouth on 30th
January 2009 and yesterday at Gore, Goldminers
Daughter (ex Rapaki Dash by Haayil) raced away in fine style to
win at her 3rd start backing up some recent good form.
Tale Of The Cat Colt Tops
The stunning Bay Colt by Tale Of The
Cat ex Eyes Light Up prepared by the farm, today topped the Select
Session of the Karaka 2009 Sales Series at $205,000.00.
Owned by Whangarei couple Neville and Rosemary Child, who bred the good
looker, the colt was purchased by leading Perth trainer Lindsey Smith.
The colt capped off what was an
excellent Select Session for all of us involved on the farm.
We finished second on average
($73,722) pipped by less than $6,000.
Given the sale average was
$37,000 and with a dip in the market, we are delighted with our results.
2009 Select Sale-topper
Tale of the Cat ex Eyes Light Up,
by Redoute's Choice
2009 Off To A Perfect
Start At Ellerslie
2009 got off on the right foot for the
farm yesterday at Ellerslie when the time honoured Group
III Eclipse Stakes (1200m) was taken out in very
impressive fashion by 'Katie Lee'.
The precocious Pins - Miss Jessie Jay filly was bred by us in
partnership with Trevor Hurley and was sold through our Premier draft at
Karaka 2008 for $340,000 to the bid of Sir Patrick Hogan.
Katie Lee elevated some very consistent
form after a win and two stakes placings at her last three starts, and
will now press on to the 'Karaka Million' on the 25th January, where she
should prove competitive, especially after recording a three length
winning margin in the time of 1min 9.83 for the 1200m yesterday, only
2/10 of a second behind the Railway Hcp Group
I winner's time.
We will offer a 1/2 sister to Katie Lee this month at Karaka by first
season sire, "Oratorio",
the three times Group I
winning Coolmore resident.
She is a great type and her sirecam footage should be on our website by
the 12th January.
Katie Lee at three weeks old.
Katie Lee running away with the Group
III Eclipse Stakes yesterday.
Diamond Express Prevails in
Group One - "Jacowils"
To cap off a great
day, long time friends and farrier Marshall Stead, and his wife
Kristine, the trainer, pulled off the countries feature Sprint, the Group
I Railway Hcp at bolter's
odds of $105.00 with Jacowils
!! A family affair as the name Jacowils
is the names of Marshall and Kristine's boys Jacob and Wilson rolled
Strong rumour has it that Marshall snared half the trifecta, which paid
...but the question remains on everyone's lips: "Will he
shout?" as more than one industry participant replied "he
wouldn't shout if a shark bit him"!
Huge congratulations to Kristine on a monumental training effort!
It's just a shame she can't get a decent farrier!
Jacowils was bred by Marshall and Kristine and is by our Hallmark Stud
evergreen sire Diamond
Express, out of their grand old, one-eyed matriarch
'Patch My Eye'.....which reminds us, we are fairly sure Marshall still
owes us a couple of new sets of shoes and an ale or two for the
contingency deal if the resulting progeny won a Group
Diamond Express' dam Tudor Light, and grand-dam
Elabama won the Railway Hcp, so it's befitting that he has achieved this
milestone as a sire, especially so with limited books.
will be standing in the South Island for the the next three seasons at
least, on the property of Graeme Lamb at Rangiora.
Gold Mine Gelding Sells in
Top Ten on First Day of Ready to Run Sale
Our resident sire Gold Mine
proves he is up there in the top ranks holding his own as a top
sire on the first day of the Ready To Run sales with Lot 212, a
gelding out of Shaayil (ex Haayil) selling for $185,000.00.
Congratulations to Shaun Ritchie on this result.
was born and raised on the farm for good farm client Georgie
Snelling. He was unwanted at the National weanling sale
and was taken through to the Festival sale and sold for
$35,000.00 to Shaun Ritchie. Shaun and his team did a
great job in getting the gelding running along. His breeze
up was 10.74 and he also won a trial by 5 lengths at Cambridge.
We wish the
new purchaser well.
The Gold Mine - Shaayil two
year old gelding as a foal in 2006
San Bernardino Home In The
Group III Stewards
One of last season's leading
two year olds 'San Bernardino' by
Gold Mine ex
Miss Katella, by 'The
back to his brilliant best today when taking on the open class
sprinters in the time honoured Group III Stewards Hcp. 1200 metres,
In the process he began the first three year old to win the race
in 22 years and ran a blistering 1.07.67!!
Bernardino' was quickly into stride, leading
easily, settled beautifully and then exploded away to win by a
length leaving some very handy old, street wise sprinters,
unable to peg him back!
Bred by Trevor Hurley from Kaponga, raised and sold by us at
Karaka Select Session 2007 for $28,000.00 to G.A.Rogerson he has
been a great flag bearer for our young resident stallion Gold
Mine who has had two other placegetteres this
week in Te Horo Nugget at
Riccarton and Sherborne.
San Bernardino's dam Miss Katella
has a stunning full brother to
Bernardino' at foot and is back in foal to Gold
winning the Group III Stewards Hcp
in the sharp time of 1.07.67
Sale Graduate Into the
Cup via SAAB Win
sold by us through our Premier draft at the 2006 Karaka Sales
for $105,000.00 to the bid of the legendary Bart Cummings,
ground out a very tough finish to win the Group
III SAAB Quality Handicap at Australia's greatest day
of racing, today, on "Derby Day" at Flemington.
In the process he gained automatic entry off the Melbourne Cup
ballot and is a live chance in Tuesdays world famous race.
Allotted only a featherweight 50kgs he will be piloted by VRC
Derby winning hoop Claire Lindop.
Moatize has always shown
huge potential, which includes black type placings at
Group I level last season and continues the great
Spring form on the track!
Moatize as a yearling at
Karaka pictured with Charlotte Hook
Moatize in winning action
Le Bec Fin Gets Another
On The Board
Right on the back of Le
Bec Fin siring his first Group winner from
his first crop when Skirmish
scored in the GpII Wellington Guineas last Saturday, first
starter 'Cizen Fighter' (by
Le Bec Fin x Hoiya by Haayil) won handsomely in Penang, Malaysia
on Sunday last.
Sold by us at the Festival Sale in 2007 on behalf of longtime
clients Christine and John Mason, this three year-old son of Le
Bec Fin provided him with his third individual
winner of the season.
The statistics now read very impressively for this up and coming
young sire, who has now had four winners and two placegetters
from only eight starters, with many more to come, with several
showing up at the trials in recent weeks.
Le Bec Fin gets first
Group winner - 'Skirmish'
of Thoroughbred News NZ
upsets in Wellington Guineas
As the rain came down on an already heavy track at
Trentham on Saturday, a burden of the widest draw
suddenly became an advantage.
Skirmish (3 Gr. F. Le Bec Fin – Jollify by Kingdom
Bay) came from the outside alley in a field of
fourteen to win the $100,000 Group II New Zealand
Bloodstock Wellington Guineas (1500m).
Skirmish swept into contention wide out in the home
straight, as those inside her began to weaken in more
testing footing, and jockey Robert Hannam drove her to
the line for a narrow victory.
Bred by J Bull and trained by Adrian Bull for her
owners H L Bull & J P McLean, the half-sister to
handy performers Kaimanawa (Stark South) and The Twist
(Danske), Skirmish recorded a notable last start
Maiden victory after finishing fourth to
impressive Wanganui Fillies Stakes winner Keeper
Special (Keeper) at her previous start, and added
plenty to her value by winning a black-type race at
her fourth race-day appearance.
Skirmish is from the first crop of foals by Le Bec Fin
(Tale Of The Cat – Romanee Conti).
His dam, Romanee Conti, won the Hong Kong Cup,
and Le Bec Fin stands at Hallmark Stud in New Zealand
for a service fee of only $2,500.
Three From Three
For Eclair Fantastic
Eclair Fantastic made it three wins from as many starts today at
Caulfield, on Guineas Day when he took out the Harrod's Fashion
Plate 1200 metres most impressively, after blundering the start.
Bred and raised by us and Trevor Hurley, the big grey, now three,
was sold by us as a yearling for $120,000 dollars through our
Premier draft to
Leo Molloy, who then turned him over at the Ready To Run sale
here in New Zealand for $310,000, earning an excellent
The son of Spectatorial and
Miss Jessie Jay was originally
purchased by Peter Moody but is now trained by Phillip Stokes in
Eclair Fantastic may step out next in the Gp I Coolmore
(ex Ascot Vale) up the straight at Flemington on Derby Day.
Miss Jessie Jay is in foal to Darci Brahma and has a stunning
yearling filly by Oratorio (IRE) to go to the NZ Bloodstock's
Premier Sale at Karaka in January
Eclair Fantastic as a foal at
foot. Ten days old
Eclair Fantastic winning at
Eclair Fantastic going to the line!
What A Week For Le
Le Bec Fin's three
year old filly "Skirmish"
featured at Woodville on Thursday 2nd October
winning brilliantly at her third raceday start backing up recent
top form which included a very close fourth in the Listed
three year old fillies race at Wanganui last month. She also
provided Le bec Fin
with his second individual winner in the last fortnight, this
being his first crop.
Yesterday Le Bec Fin's
Champion evergreen Globe trotting sire Tale
Of the Cat sired
two individual Stakes Winners on both sides of the Tasman!
The first was "Tell A
Tale" at Hastings taking out the Gp
III Hawkes Bay Guineasfor the three year olds and within
an hour another son of
Tale Of The Cat
ran away with the Listed Breeders Plate for two
year olds at Randwick in Sydney.
And just to cap the day off the Gp II Rose Of Kingston
Stakes was won by Bellini
Rose, she, like Le
Bec Fin, both share the same great-granddam &
granddam, in that
marvellous matriarch "Richebourg"!!!
providing Le Bec Fin's
pedigree with yet another Black Type
Graduate...'Awesome Planet' Rockets Home
Three year old filly,
"Awesome Planet" recorded her first
today winning the Listed Soliloquy Stakes (1400 metres) and
doing so notched up valuable points in the NZ Bloodstock Filly Of The
Ridden by Opie Bosson, for the Graeme Rogerson, Scott Lucock,
Roydon Bergerson Training Partnership, "Awesome
Planet" proved too
strong over the Ellerslie track, drawing away in the closing
stages to win by two and a quarter lengths. Running a time a
tad quicker than the feature race of the day.
She was purchased by Dormello Stud from our Premier Draft at the
2007 Karaka Yearling sales for $155,000.00 which now looks smart
buying given her Black type win to go alongside her already huge
Le Bec Fin's First
New Zealand Winner
On the back of Le
Bec Fin siring his first winner in South East
Asia last month, Le Bec Fin
was provided with his first winner in New Zealand today in the
form of the Stephen Marsh trained "Super
Cruise" at New Plymouth.
Le Bec Fin's stock
are really starting to step up as three year olds, franking all
the opinion that they need some time to realise the ability they
fought back tenaciously in the straight after being headed, to
win by a neck, and score a much deserved win after some recent
is only Le Bec Fin's
second runner in New Zealand, the other being 'Skirmish'
who ran second at her first start and was only a nose
from black type when finishing fourth in her second race-day
appearance in the Listed 3 year old fillies race
at Wanganui two weeks ago.
Three To The Races, All In
The First Three!
Fin's first crop, now three year olds, continue to show
plenty of ability as the new season gets under way.
In the last three weeks he has been represented by his first winner in
Korea, out of the Biscayo mare White Mischief.
Yesterdays placegetter at Hawera 'Super Cruise' trained by Stephen
And 'Skirmish', who after just being beaten first start ten days ago,
flew home in the Listed 3yr old fillies race at Wanganui on Saturday
to only miss 'Black Type' by a short head!
A lot of good judges have said about their Le
Bec Fin's, they "just need some time!", as do
the progeny of those 'reasonable' sires, Zabeel, Pins, O'Reilly and
30th August 2008
Hallmark Stud Sales Graduate
Fantastic' the three year old
son of Spectatorial and Miss Jessie Jay, won at Cheltenham on his
Debuting from the stable of P. Stokes, he sat behind the leaders,
then took over after straightening to execute a facile victory.
We sold him at the 2007 Premier Sale to Leo Molloy for $120,000. From
there he went to be prepared by Lyndhurst Farm for Leo and then sold at the
Ready To Run sale that same year. Purchased for $320,000 by Peter
Moody for Thomas Li of Macau, who races him.
Top-quality Sprinter Secured for Stud
Gr 1 performed sprinter Any Suggestion has been
purchased for stud duty by a syndicate of leading New Zealand farms,
including Hallmark Stud.
The dashing short-course performer will stand his first season this
year at Rich Hill Stud at Walton, on the outskirts of Matamata.
“He is a big, strong, fast horse standing at
16.2hh who ran some incredible sectionals in his races,” Rich Hill
studmaster John Thompson said.
“He won a 1020 metre race at Doomben in a time
of 57.83 with the last 600 in 32.26 – as the commentator said on the
day… ‘they don’t run much faster than that.”
Cambridge Stud, Windsor Park Stud, Hallmark Stud,
Chandon Stud, Soliloquy Lodge and Monovale Farm are also involved in
Any Suggestion’s ownership.
Queenslander Ross Cutts, who raced the stallion,
has retained a small interest.
Any Suggestion was the Australian stakes winner of
nine races up to 1200 metres and performed in the best of company.
“His best performance was undoubtedly a close
second to Miss Andretti in last year’s Gr 1 Australian Stakes over
1200 metres at Moonee Valley, Thompson said.
“In a very strong field, he defeated Gr 1
winners Virage De Fortune, Gee I Jane, Rewaaya, Red Dazzler and Lad Of
The grey was successful as a two and
three-year-old and came back from injury at four to post his
career-best effort when runner-up to Miss Andretti at Gr 1 level.
Any Suggestion is the fastest son of the dashing
but ill-fated Danehill horse Lion Hunter.
He won three of his eight starts, and was
runner-up in both the Gr 1 Galaxy Handicap and the Gr 3 Rupert Steele
Stakes, before his retirement to stud.
From humble beginnings in Queensland, Lion Hunter
developed into one of Danehill’s successful sire sons before his
untimely death in 2004.
His leading representatives include the
outstanding Gold Edition (Gr 1 Ascot Vale, Manikato Stakes) and Lovely
Jubbly (Gr 1 QTC Sires’ Produce, TJ Smith Classic).
Any Suggestion is out of the Regal Advice mare
Advisable, herself the winner of six races up to 1400 metres.
She is a sister to Miss Sandman, the dam of one of
Australia’s leading young sires in Show A Heart.
Last Sunday the17th August Any Suggestion was paraded at Rich
Hill Stud to over 100 people including a number of prominent and
succesful breeders. He will stand at $6500 + GST.
List of Black Type
|The farm has added to the good
results it has enjoyed at the Queensland winter carnival when 'Rags
To Riches' won the Listed
Centenary Classic Mile at Eagle farm yesterday.
It was the second successive victory for 'Rags
To Riches, who previously
took out the Listed Phil Sullivan Hcp.
Rags To Riches winning the
Gp1 Easter Hcp
The farm has also picked
up two valuable Gp1
placings via Moatize
finished third in the Gp1 Queensland
Derby and the previous weekend Rathsallagh
beat all but Riva San in the Queensland
To Riches', who won the Gp1
Easter Hcp when trained at
Cambridge by Ralph Manning, is owned by Hallmark Stud owners
Denny and Mark Baker and International owner Eamon Cleary.
By Entrepeneur, 'Rags
To Riches' has now won
three races from Liam Birchley's stable.
To Riches' was taken to the
front by Glen Colless and stuck on strongly to beat Mr Slick and
has yet to win a race but is Australia's best performed maiden
with previous Gp3 placings in the Frank Packer and Rough Habit
By Danehill Dancer from the Zabeel mare Shezabeel, Moatize
was sold from Hallmark's 2006 Premier draft at Karaka to trainer
Bart Cummings for $105,000.
by O'Reilly, from the American-bred mare Star Of Amarissa, also
recorded two Stakes placings behind Alamosa and Rios before
going to Australia. She was born and reared here on the farm,
like her full-brother, 2yr old Paddy O'Reilly. He is one to
watch next season after showing a heap of potential for trainer
Russell Cameron. He franked this with an excellent first start
third at Moonee Valley last month.
It has been an outstanding season for graduates of Hallmark
Apart from the Group1
performers at the Queensland Carival mentioned above, top 2yr
kicked off the 2007/2008 season with two Stakes wins before
Christmas then followed that up with three Listed or Group
placings including a third in the Gp1
Manawatu Sires Produce.
sold by us at the 2005 Festival Session for $20,000 was narrowly
beaten by brilliant mare Katy Keen in the Gp2
Travis Stakes at Te Rapa.
pinhooked by the Farm, then sold to Dean Hawthorne at the 2005
Select Session for $85,000, brilliantly won the Gp1
Macau Derby in April to cap off what has been a great season for
Stud Sale Graduate wins Macau Derby
Farson, by Postponed ex Lady
Gesine lived up to early expectations when he capped his win in
the Gp3 Macau Derby Trial with an impressive victory in
yesterday's Gp1 $M2.6Million Macau Derby (1800m) for
owner Vincent Li!
Farson was bred by Mike Tololi's Karaka Group Ltd, and bought
privately by us out of the paddock as a foal.
He was later sold through theKararka Select Sale for $85,000.00
to Dean Hawthorne on behalf of Melbourne trainer Mick Price.
Price had asked Dean Hawthorne to "pick out a Derby horse
When raced in Australia as 'Deferment', the brown gelding won on
debut in Victoria and a few starts later he ran fifth in the Gp2
Alister Clark Stales at Moonee Valley.
Farson now a four-year-old, now trained in Macau by Peter
Leyshan, had earned his Derby tilt through a sound win over 1500
metres in the key lead-up event, the Gp3 Macau Derby Trial a
Yesterday he was given the perfect trip in the trail by
Brazilian jockey Fausto Durso before bursting to the lead at the
150 metre mark and scoring a comfortable win.
Another 2 year old Winner
from 2007 Hallmark
Stud Yearling Draft
Tuscan Spirit (Chianti - Fortelo)
took out the 2yr old event today at Tauranga, gamely holding out
the favourite 'He's Licarocket'.
He had won a barrier trial at Counties by eight lengths earlier
this month leading up to this win!
The Cameron-McRae trained gelding was bought by us as a weanling
for $6,500.00 and re-sold at the 2007 Festival Session for
$40,000.00. Purchased by Russell and Gareth for Bill Stretton,
who looks as though he may have a lot more fun in store with him
Tuscan Spirit was the third 2
year old winner this season to come out of our 2007 Yearling
Draft, which includes dual Stakes winner 'San
Bernadino' by Gold Mine
More Success for Hallmark
Stud Sale Graduates
Farson (NZ) (Postponed
x Lady Gisene by Grosvenor)
Pinhooked privately as a weanling and subsequently sold by us at
the 2005 Select Yearling Sale to Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock for
Trial Win for Farson (NZ) Bodes Well for "Kiwi-peat"
in Gr.1 Feature
Gr.3 win of New Zealand-bred galloper in Sunday’s M$650,000 Macau Derby Trial (1500m) seemingly bodes well for
success in the Gr.1 equivalent on April 26.
group one feature for four-year-olds was taken out in stylish
fashion by the My Halo gelding Ka Lam Fortune (NZ) last
and Farson (NZ) looks to replicate the deed in four
the leader throughout, Farson (NZ) Farson (NZ) (Postponed
x Lady Gisene by Grosvenor) srevealed a fighting
the home straight to take out the highlight of
Sunday’s Macau race card by a head from fellow kiwi bred Best
Jade Horse (NZ)
(Ebony Grosve x Down and Up by Tights).
winner of three races from 12 starts, Farson (NZ)
commenced his racing career in Australia where he recorded his
before weighing-in in the Gr.2 Alister Clark Stakes
(1600m) at Moonee Valley.
(NZ) stems from a strong New Zealand family of Group one,
two and three winners, with outstanding performers counted
in Gallic (NZ) (Zabeel) Solveig (NZ) (Imposing), Greig
(NZ) (Grosvenor) and Mr Ubiquitous (NZ) (Tale of the
Another Winner For Gold
up his second individual winner from his first crop of 2
The win was provided by the Stephen Crutchley trained 'Sherborne'
(ex Our Thumbs Up) when he fought back bravely when
challenged, after leading from barrier rise, to win the Juvenile
event in impressive fashion at New Plymouth.
The win came at only his third start, after his last start 2nd
placing on the 8th March at Waverley.
The good-looking son of Mr Prospector, Gold
Mine, has now
had two winners from only four starters and may now have two
represenatatives in the Gp.1 Sires Produce Stakes at
Awapuni on Saturday week. The other being his Dual-Listed winner
Hallmark Stud's Good Day for
Two of our
sale graduates won impressively today at Matamata!
ran away by 4-1/2 lengths to win the 2 year-old event. She looks
destined for much bigger things.
She is by Giant's Causeway out of Dance On The Moon and was
purchased by Graham Rogerson, who trains her with Gary Newham,
for $155,000.00 out of our 2007 Premier draft.
In the last race of the day, 3 year old 'Shevchenko'
( by promising
stallion, Van Nistelrooy, out of Majestic Walk) made it two wins for
He is now trained by John Sargent, but was purchased from our
2006 Select Draft by his original trainer, 'Olympic Comeback
King' Mark Todd for $45,000.00
8th March 2008
Another Gold Mine Shows Up
The two year old 'Sherborne'
( by Gold
Mine ex Our Thumbs Up)
continues to demonstrate the ability being shown by Gold
first crop when he finished second at Waverley today, at only
his second start. The Stephen Crutchley, impressive trial
winning colt, looks very promising and should pick up a race
before the season's end, providing Gold
with another winner!
Karaka Yearling Sales Hallmark team 2008
Christina Ginten, Mark Baker,
Charlotte Hook, Denny Baker, Lara O'Brien, Aimee Swain, Alan Roberts
and Stephen McLean.
We wish the buyers of our yearlings, the best of
luck with their purchases.
To see our Sales Results please click
1st February 2008
Lot 1113 delivers for
1113, the bay colt by Don Eduardo ex Zipperup provided a nice little
windfall for the farm and its co-owners Hallmark evergreen staff
members, when bought by Bjorn Baker of Cambridge (son of leading
trainer Murray Baker) at the Select session for $67,500.
|Pictured from left to right.
Happy vendors Lara O'Brien, Denny Baker, Charlotte Hook, Mark
Baker and Alan Roberts and of course, the colt Lot
We wish Bjorn the very best of luck with
his new purchase.
15th January 2008
Another trial winner for
10th January 2008
Resident leading 1st season sire Gold Mine
recorded another ultra impressive trial winner
today at the Foxton trials.
2 year old gelding 'Sherborne', Gold Mine
ex Our Thumbs Up, went the quickest time of the
day over 800 metres and won by 3 lengths in the process.
is not only the current leading 1st
season sire but also leading sire of 2 year olds in New
Zealand, thanks to the efforts of 'San
Bernadino' who is on target for the
Karaka Millions at Ellerslie on the 27th January.
Hallmark Stud born and raised 4 year old mare Dutyful
(Deputy Govenor ex Diana Ferrari) continued on her winning way
through the grades today at Tauranga. She was extremely
impressive winning her 2nd race in the last fortnight over a mile by 3
1/4 lengths, ridden by Lisa Cropp, hard held. She certainly looks destined for
Her next assignment is the Douro Cup at Trentham
later this month.
She is raced by English based couple Richard and
Sara Ward, trained by Tim Ryan and was bred by farm client Peter
Zander. She was sold through our Festival draft at the '2005'
yearling sale for $20,000.
15th December 2007
San Bernardino Bags Another Stakes Race
If you want to hear glowing praise about a
young racehorse just ask Lisa Cropp what she thinks of the
smart two-year-old San
Bernardino, a leading candidate for the
Karaka Million at Ellerslie on January 27. Cropp has
Bernardino's regular rider and she
completed a stakes-winning double on the son of our resident
Cropp was full of praise for San
Bernardino after he won the Listed
Ford Welcome Stakes at Riccarton and was even more impressed
"He just does whatever you want and he
just keeps getting better," said Cropp.
"He's an awesome horse to ride".
"I love riding him and I can't wait to get to the Karaka
"What he did today he's going to be
really hard to beat in it"
"I don't want to be on anything else"
Cropp was impressed by the way San
Bernadino came back to her when it was obvious he
wasn't going to get to the lead in the early stages without a
fight. "I booted him out and when I took hold to sit
behind the leaders he just dropped the bit and relaxed,"
said Cropp. "That's what good horses can do."
Vincent Mangano eyeballed the leader Sanjura
to the home turn with San Bernardino tracking the pair, then in the home
straight soon after Vincent Mangano took over San
"He went passed the leaders so
easily," said Cropp. "He's going to be even
better when he gets over more ground."
San Bernardino scored by a length and
three-quarters from Lady Alberton with Explosive Dancer next
ahead of Vincent Mangano, who wound up two and a quarter lengths
from the winner.
Trainer Garry Newham can't wait to see San
Bernardino step up to 1400 metres and even further as
"He's going to make a lovely three-year-old," said
Newham, who trains San Bernardino in partnership with Graeme Rogerson.
"The trip down to Riccarton knocked him a bit, but he
picked up well after a couple of quiet weeks and he's bounced
As said in the earlier news item when he won
the "Welcome Stakes". San
Bernardino was bred by good client and friend Trevor
Hurley of Taranaki. He was born and
bred here on the farm and was sold out of our Select Sale Draft
this year for $28,000.
Trevor Clarke leading San Bernardino (Lisa Cropp) back to scale
at Te Rapa today. Photo: NZ Racing News.
24th November 2007
Major Pedigree update for our 2008 Premier Sale Entrant
Saturday night’s racing at Turffontein in
South Africa saw a wonderful update for one of our 2008 Premier
entrants, with 'Strategic News' winning the
Steinhoff International Summer Cup (Gr 1) over 2000m.
(by Strategic) is a half brother to our Charge
Forward colt that Mark & Denny purchased at
the Australian Inglis Select Weanling & Broodmare sale in
April this year for $70,000. He is in our Premier draft
for the 82nd National Yearling Sales Series 2008 at
Karaka this coming January/February.
The lightly raced ‘Strategic
News’ has now won four times and placed five times
from just 12 starts for earnings over R1.15 million.
They are out of the lightly
raced Grand Lodge mare Sensuous, herself a half
sister to Sydney Group winners De France and Whistler.
Charge Forward (pictured right) is the sire of our Premier Lot
colt, half brother to 'Strategic News' who is out
of Sensuous (by Grand Lodge)
We look forward to seeing
you all there.
Arrowfield stallion Charge
Gr.1 Winning, first crop sire
21st November 2007
Our 2007 Yearling Draft - A Source of PROFIT
Once again pinhookers found good value in our
yearling draft from January this year.
Several buyers realising handsome margins of
profit at this weeks Ready to Run sale.
The best of them was Leo Molloy's Spectatorial
ex Miss Jessie Jay colt
(pictured right as a foal), that he purchased from us at this
years Premier Sale for $120,000. Consigned this week for
Leo by Lyndhurst Farm, he was knocked down for a massive
$310,000 to Melbourne trainer Peter Moody.
Others include the Istidaad
colt that made
$100,000, bought by Brent Hrstich for $5,250 and Doug
Cave spent $15,000 for the
Floss colt that sold for $60,000. Both of these
colts were selected out of our Festival draft.
Well done guys, see you again in January
GOLD MINE ...out in front.
Our resident stallion
Gold Mine shot
to the top of the first season sires list today when his only
runner to date "San
Bernadino", blew his opposition away in the
time honoured Listed, 'Ford' Welcome Stakes over 1000 meters by 3
lengths at Riccarton.
He has always been held in high regard by the
Rogerson/Newham stable and this was reinforced by San
Bernadino's rider Lisa Cropp yesterday after
the race saying "he was most impressive, has an amazing
attitude and wait till he's a three year old, he looks like one
Bernadino was born and raised on the farm and was
bred by good client and friend, Kaponga dairy farmer, Trevor
en route to victory in Saturday's Listed $55,000 Ford
Welcome Stakes (1000m).
Images, South Island
Bernadino is out of Miss
Katella (by The Commander)
and is a half sister to Gee I Jane.
She is back in foal to Gold Mine,
and has a Bertolini filly to sell at the 2008 Select session at
Karaka. The same sale at which her older half-brother San
Bernadino, was sold.
Bernadino was purchased out of our
draft in January 2007 for what now seems a bargin price of
$28,000. There is more in store for this
strapping son of Gold Mine.
He is now being set for the inaugural "Karaka Million"
to be run at Ellerslie on the 27th January 2008.
- Gold Mine on his way!!
Rathsallagh home for a short break
"The best maiden in New
Zealand" 3 year old filly Rathsallagh
returned here to the farm today where
she was born and raised. She is here for a short break
before being set for a possible crack at the 2008 New Zealand
Oaks at Trentham.
(by O'Reilly out of Star of
Amarrisa) has produced two very bold black type
performances in the last month, beaten only a neck by Rios
in the listed Bonecrusher Stakes at Ellerslie. Then only
going down half a length finishing 3rd to the boys Rios
and Alamosa in the Group Two Wellington Guineas, before a
game 5th behind Insouciant in the Group One 1000 Guineas
raced by her breeders and loyal farm clients, Barbara and Barry
Saunders from Victoria.
She is pictured here chilling
out on sunshine and grass with her paddock mate, her own mother,
Star of Amarrisa.
Son's of Mr Prospector Just Keep On Keeping On!!
What a weekend it was for sons
of Mr Prospector in
Prospector the sire of course, of our resident stallion
In the USA, evergreen stallion Smart
Strike pulled off the near
impossible, by siring 3 individual Gp1
winners in the one day. Curlin
winning the Group One Jockey Club
Gold Cup, English
Channel the Group One Joe
Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, and Fabulous
in the Gp1
South of the equator the first
Australasian crop of Hussonet
continue to kick on at 3 with his siring two very genuine
Classic/Guineas type colts one on each side of the Tasman. Rios
looks the real deal by taking out the Listed Bonecrusher Stakes
at Ellerslie on Saturday and at Sandown on Sunday Weekend
Hustler demolished a quality
field of 3 year olds and in the process earned himself
Caulifield Guineas favouritism.
Great Start For Gold Mine
On Saturday last, the first
two year old race of the season, over 800 metres at Wanganui,
saw our resident stallion Gold Mine
represented by his first runner in "San
After drawing the widest alley, 8 out of a field of 8, he sat
three wide throughout the race and finished a very brave second
only beaten a length by race favourite Silk Spur. He looks a
colt of real promise, and as co-trainer, Garry Newham said:
"is crying out for at least 1200metres" The stable has
always held him in high regard. He had been placed in both of
his trials leading up to Saturday's race.
"San Bernadino" is
out of the half sister to Gee I
Jane in Miss
Bernadino" was bred by
friend and farm client, Trevor Hurley. A magnificent individual,
he was bought at this year's Select Session at Karaka by
Rogerson Bloodstock for $28,000 through our draft.
21st August 2007
Gold Mine On His Way!
Progress for the Hallmark Stud connection.
Recent Trials at Taupo
on 21st August, exposed the very good run of the colt by Gold
Mine out of Miss
Katella, the 1/2 sister to Gee
I Jane and Miss
And the Stravinsky colt out of Ethereal,
the 1/2 sister to Le Bec Fin.
The enclosed is a
display of the trial run in Heat 1,over 750 metres, in
46.88seconds, compared with the Ethereal colt winning in heat 2
in the time of 47.95secs.
750 metres was run by the two
year olds of the day. The Gold
Mine colt, after running about
off the turn, was beaten a head in the fastest time for the
2YO Catchweight 750mTime: 0.46.88Margins: HEAD, 2 LEN
(2c More Than Ready (USA) - Render)
Tony Pike & Mark
(2c Gold Mine (USA) - Miss Katella)
Graeme Rogerson &
Garry Newham, Tuhikaramea
(2c Thorn Park (AUS) - Our Sportsgirl)
Mark Walker, Matamata
(2f Show A Heart (AUS) - Sibilant (AUS))
Graeme Rogerson &
Garry Newham, Tuhikaramea
(AUS) (2g Tabkir (USA) - Siska (USA))
Andrew Campbell, Opaki
(AUS) (2c Show A Heart (AUS) - Naturaline
Kenny Rae, Ruakaka
2YO Catchweight 750mTime: 0.47.95Margins:
4 LEN, 7 LEN
Stravinsky (USA) - Ethereal)
Mark Walker, Matamata
(2f Captain Rio (GB) - Hellriegel (AUS))
Vanessa & Wayne
(2f Galileo (IRE) - Interdame)
Graeme Rogerson &
Garry Newham, Tuhikaramea
(2c Daggers Drawn (USA) - Noelle
Kenny Rae, Ruakaka
Jahan (2c Viking Ruler (AUS) - Lady
Graeme Rogerson &
Garry Newham, Tuhikaramea
Danelove - Staran)
Ted Laxon, Hastings
Tale Of The Cat Keeps The Flag Flying
State Juvenile Double for Tale of the Cat
Tale of the Cat (USA), sire of our up and coming
resident sire Le Bec Fin,
posted his eighth and ninth
individual Australian two year-old winners this season
with a two state metropolitan double in Sydney and
Melbourne courtesy of Cat Flap and Hawas.
A striking liver chestnut with four white feet, the
Graeme Rogerson trained Cat Flap put her best foot
forward at Canterbury to beat the colts and geldings and
claim her first win in the restricted event for
juveniles over 1100 metres.
Le Bec Fin by Tale Of The Cat
stands at $2,500.00 plus GST
Ridden by apprentice jockey Peter Wells, Cat Flap
took a sit off the pace and accelerated in good style to
win by a length at her third race start.
“She led at her last two runs and raced a bit too
keenly, but she settled well today and really
appreciated that, so was able to find the line well,”
Trainer Graeme Rogerson was also full of praise for Cat
Flap and indicated she would now spell and return a
better filly in her next preparation.
Bred and offered for sale by Stratheden Stud, Cat Flap
is by Tale of the Cat (USA) from the Danewin mare
Wadderwin and fetched $135,000 when secured by Graeme
Rogerson at the 2006 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
She is the first foal of Wadderwin, a daughter of
stakes-placed Marscay mare Nawadder who is in turn out
of the former slick juvenile Purpose, a Group Three
winner of eight races, five of them at two.
The Lee Freedman trained filly Hawas opened her account
with an easy victory in the open juvenile fillies event
over 1200 metres at Seymour, strolling clear to win by
nearly two lengths.
A homebred for Gooree Stud, from the Flying Spur mare
Tempting Beauty, Hawas has shown steady improvement at each
run this time in and was overdue for a win.
Interestingly, both Hawas and Cat Flap are bred on the
same cross, being from mares by sons of Danehill (USA).
Coolmore based Tale of the Cat (USA) (pictured
right) has now had 9 Australian juvenile winners
including Group Three winner Bantry Bay from his first
Australian conceived foal crop, plus New Zealand based
stakes-winner El Cuento.
He returns to Coolmore Australia this spring at a fee of
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