Tananaki Double - Trobriand Terrific on Debut

Date: 29 Oct 2022

Tananaki Double - Trobriand Terrific on Debut


On debut, Trobriand (2 c Kermadec - Arboreal, by Lonhro) led from start to finish in the $14,000 Comcat 2YO 1200 metres on 28 October at New Plymouth.


Ridden by Lisa Allpress, Trobriand sprang out before dictating terms in front, quickened appreciably inside the 600m and, after cornering nicely, he had matters under control to score comfortably by two and a half lengths.

In a small field, Te Akau seized the quinella with another debutante when She Turns Heads (Headwater) finished second for jockey Joe Kamaruddin.

Having previously finished third and fourth, respectively, in two trials, Trobriand made a smooth transition to race day and displayed promising attributes in the process, while Allpress nabbed another two-year-old victory for the stable after winning the first juvenile race this season aboard stable-mate Rubicon Crossing (Rubick) at Wanganui.

On Good4 footing, Trobriand ran 1200 metres in 1:12.0, last 600m in 34, and paid $2.60 to win on the TAB tote.

“It was a good effort and he showed be very professional,” said trainer Mark Walker. “He's a nice horse with a great brain on him and that should hold him in good stead for the future.”

Owned by Te Akau Island Paradise Racing Partnership (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), Trobriand was purchased as a yearling by David Ellis CNZM for $260,000 in January at the Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Windsor Park Stud.

With a good quality pedigree, his sire Kermadec (Teofilo) included Group One mile victories in the Doncaster Handicap and George Main Stakes, while dam sire Lonhro (Octagonal) - the black flash -was Champion Three-Year-Old, Champion Miler, Horse of the Year, and simply an outstanding Australian racehorse that won 11 Group Ones.

Te Akau has plenty of experience with the extended family, through high quality race mare and fourth dam Arletty (Centaine) leaving Axiom (Zabeel) the dam of Xtravagant (Pentire).

Trained by Te Akau to a sensational 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) victory, and including the NRM Sprint (Gr. 1, 1400m), Xtravagant is now a leading young sire in Australia.

“He was a first foal with a great pedigree and given a great education by Mark (Walker) he's actually come to hand a bit sooner than expected,” Ellis said.

“He's looked the sort that could be an autumn two-year-old and keep developing at three, but he's obviously got natural ability and that stood by to win on debut.

“It's a really good family, going back to Arletty (Centaine) who won group races in New Zealand and Australia for Alan Galbraith QC.

“He's another nice horse that we've bought from Rodney Schick at Windsor Park. They're terrific breeders: last Saturday Wild Night (Vanbrugh) won the Sarten Memorial (Gr. 2, 1400m) and earlier in the year Dynastic (Almanzor) won the Karaka Million (Restricted Listed, 1200m) for us. They were both out their drafts and performed at a high level for our owners.

“The horses at Taranaki today are being looked after by our racing manager Reece Trumper, who is doing an outstanding job and he's going to go all the way in the racing industry.

“Both horses went super races and that's our 49thwin this season, which is pretty good considering we're still in October.”

Trobriand was strapped by Olivia Hill.


Photo credit - www.raceimages.co.nz


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