Imperium - Loving Life After Racing

Date: 21 Apr 2021


Te Akau Racing is totally committed to the health and well-being of our racehorses - on and off the track - from the time they come into our care - to ensuring they have a safe and loving retirement when their racing days conclude. Enjoy our latest news on Imperium!

Ethereal (Rhythm) endeared herself to race fans when winning the 2001 Melbourne Cup (Gr. 1, 3200m).

Out of Romanee Conti (Sir Tristram), bred and owned by Sir Peter & Philip Vela and trained by Sheila Laxon, Ethereal became a household name after winning ‘The Cup'. She scored additional Group One victories in the Queensland Oaks (Gr. 1, 2400m), Caulfield Cup (Gr. 1, 2400m), and BMW (Gr. 1, 2400m), and her eight wins from twenty-one starts amassed earnings of over $6 million.



Furthermore, Romanee Conti won the Hong Kong International Cup (HK1, 1800m) in 1993, one of five stakes victories.

Imperium (Encosta de Lago) caught the eye of Te Akau principal David Ellis at the 2013 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, a colt in the Pencarrow Stud draft, and bought him as part of the Te Akau 2013 Breeding Syndicate.

At the time of purchase, Ellis said: “He is from the greatest staying mare I've seen, looked an absolute standout from the day he was born, a magnificent individual, and the type of colt that could develop into a very good staying horse.”

The winner of four, Imperium stakes placed three times, including the New Zealand Cup (3200m), before retiring as a six-year-old in 2018.



Jennie and Peter Georgetti were part of the syndicate and by way of connection Imperium has been re-homed in his retirement with Teegan Greenwood, at Pakiri, on the coast between Wellsford and Warkworth.

“We've got a nice beach (Pakiri Beach) out here, close to Leigh and Matakana,” she said. “I'm at home on the farm with two young children and in terms of riding him he's doing a little bit of everything at the moment, when I've got the time.

“We've got plenty of grass up here and we've been lucky with the rain and the warm weather.

“He had time off while I had a baby, who's now one, and I'm getting back into riding him again. He's got his little quirks, but he's generally nice and quiet and he loves the kids.





“When we go out, he gets quite excited in the warm-up and a bit dramatic. But, in the ring he's on the job. He's very good. He's not small. He's a big, impressive horse and makes heads turn when he's putting on a show.

“I'm mainly a show-jumper and show-hunter with the horses, and Perry (Imperium) has already been show-jumping - low level stuff. When the kids are a bit older, hopefully he'll be eventing because he's very bold. He's got a good jump on him.

“Yesterday (17 April), I took him to a hunter trial and the only thing he wouldn't jump was a tape. Otherwise, he jumped everything else: brushes, wires, and everything on the hill. He loved it and Jennie (Georgetti) came and watched him.



“I lived on their property with Jennie and Peter and helped them with their horses. I follow bits and pieces in racing and mainly when Jennie tells me to keep an eye on a nice horse. I followed Imperium when he was racing and she always said to me that he is a nice horse if he ever comes available in retirement. I was really excited when I got the call.”







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