Stunning Te Akau Winning Sextet

Date: 14 Nov 2020

Stunning Te Akau Winning Sextet

We are beyond proud of Te Akau New Zealand trainer Jamie Richards and our team for producing a day of magic on Saturday - winning five races on New Zealand Cup Day at Riccarton - including the feature, the Group 1 NZ 1000 Guineas - Te Akau's fifth win in this prestigious event - as well as the Listed Welcome Stakes, our seventh win of that juvenile highlight.

The Group 1 NZ 1000 Guineas became Jamie's 11th Group victory of the year - with four of those wins at the elite Group 1 level. It was also Jamie's 50th win of the season!

The winner Kahma Lass is a daughter of Darci Brahma who was purchased by David Ellis from the Karaka Yearling Sale. She is raced in Brendan and Jo Lindsay of Cambridge Stud's colours - made famous by their trans-Tasman Group 1 winner Probabeel, also purchased by David and trained by Jamie.

We were also very proud to see stablemate Cornflower Blue, already a stakes' winner this preparation, fight on determinedly for third. She is a talented Savabeel filly we train for Mark Chittick's Waikato Stud and she has an exciting future ahead of her.

The day started off with another of Te Akau's Darci Brahma's saluting the judge - Remington (Matthew Cameron) staved off the challenge of stablemate Equinox to record a Te Akau quinella in the $40,000 Avon City Ford Premier 1400m - his fourth career win. Both horses were purchased by David from Karaka.

The very next race was claimed by Summer Monsoon (Danielle Johnson), claiming his fifth career win in the $40,000 Wuhan Jockey Club Trophy Premier 1200m. The son of Stratum was purchased by David from the Sydney Easter Sale.

Then it was the turn of classy two year old colt Avonallo, who races in the colours of Yourdeel for Chris Rutten and Little Avondale Trust - he was very impressive in the hands of our stable rider Opie Bosson in the $50,000 Frantic Bloodstock Welcome Stakes over 1000m - putting him on a clear path to the Karaka 2YO Million.

Two races later it was the turn of our fillies to shine in the $300,000 Group 1 Barneswood farm 1000 Guineas with Kahma Lass and Opie Bosson yet again flying home to win from a wide gate.

To cap off the southern spoils, Markus Aurelius (Opie Bosson) and Aotea Lad delivered the quinella in the last on the Riccarton programme on Cup Day - the $40,000 Speights Premier 1600m. Again both geldings were selected and bought by David.

The cream was added to a scintillating Saturday with Festivity fighting with huge courage to fly the tangerine flag at Tauranga in the $27,500 Devan Plastics Handicap over 1200m. A classy daughter of I Am Invincible purchased by David from Karaka for a fillies' breeding syndicate, it was her fourth win in five starts, with her only defeat (and a narrow one at that) coming last start when she was an unlucky runner-up.

Jamie has now recorded 52 wins for the season in New Zealand - putting him 29 wins ahead of the next stable on the Trainers' Premiership, We are hugely proud of our Matamata, Christchurch, Sydney and Te Akau Stud teams!

We are thrilled for our owners involved in
this sparkling sextet of tangerine triumphs!


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