Six Win Saturday - No.1 Irish Red

Date: 23 Oct 2021

Six Win Saturday - No.1 Irish Red


It was an incredible day for the Te Akau team on Saturday with six winners across the North and South Islands, two at Group 3 level!

All kudos to trainer Jamie Richards and also Assistant Trainer Sam Bergerson who with Lydia Truesdale and the Riccarton based team are doing a phenomenal job - enjoy the story on the first of our six wins, with five to follow ...


Bet to microscopic odds ($1.10), Irish Red (3 f Burgundy - Niamh Elizabeth, by Per Incanto) had no trouble taking out the first race on Saturday at Riccarton.

Eye-catching when placed in both two-year-old starts, Irish Red finished third on the course in Canterbury Belle Stakes (Listed, 1200m) on 18 September and was notable when third again in Maiden 1400 metres on 2 October. No further back than third in five starts and extremely deserving of victory.

Although there was some trepidation after being caught wide in early stages of the Pryde's Easifeed $15,000 Maiden 1400 metres, Irish Red was soon travelling comfortably outside the leader and extended clear under rider Kozzi Asano to score easily by three lengths.

On Dead4 footing, she ran 1400 metres in 1:24.2.

“Kozzi (Asano) did well to control the race from outside the leader and she found a really good kick to win encouragingly,” said trainer Jamie Richards.

“She's always shown plenty of ability, is stakes' placed, and we will more than likely give her a chance in the 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) in three weeks time (13 Nov.).”

Bred by Glenn & Cathie Holmes and David Ellis CNZM and raced together with Paul Martin, Irish Red is the first foal from winning Per Incanto (Street Cry) mare Niamh Elizabeth, a half-sister to stakes' winner Thrive (Colombia) - both trained by Te Akau.

“With the breeder and good friend Ken Browne, I raced Thrive, a Group Three winning half-sister to the mother of Irish Red, and I bought Niamh Elizabeth as a yearling at Karaka,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM. “We trained her at the stables and she was a winner for Paul (Martin), who now shares in this filly.

“We bred her at the farm with Glenn and Cathie (Holmes), who along with Paul are very loyal owners, and it's a great result from a filly that's already stakes' placed and looks to have plenty of upside. And, it's a family that keeps improving as they mature.

“I thought she won very well. She was beautifully ridden and Sam Bergerson and Lydia Truesdale are doing an outstanding job for us at Riccarton. Jamie (Richards) went down last week to inspect our southern horses and was thrilled with their condition, and they're racing well.”



Ellis also recalled sire Burgundy (Redoute's Choice) winning the Canterbury Stakes (Listed, 1600m) at the corresponding meeting in 2011.

“Burgundy is still the fastest horse that Te Akau has ever trained and he's leaving a lot of winners at the moment,” he said. “He's a three-quarter brother to Darci Brahma (Danehill) and it's always a thrill for Karyn (Fenton-Ellis) and me when we breed a horse by him that goes to the races and does well.”

Grand-dam Trove (Paris Opera) was bred by Tom and Jane Lowry, from their Okawa Stud family, before being purchased by Ken Browne. Third dam Fun (Three Legs - Enjoy, by Aythorpe) produced In Joyment (St Hilarion), who included six wins over staying distances and amassed stakes of $579,974.

A winner at her second start in New Zealand, In Joyment transferred to Gai Waterhouse, Sydney, where in 1998 she won the Metropolitan Handicap (Gr. 1, 2500m).

Irish Red was strapped by Lydia Truesdale.


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