Te Akau Friday Update

Date: 3 Jan 2020

Te Akau Friday Update

David writes:

What an exciting conclusion we had to 2019 and it's been an amazing start to 2020!

To have 10 winners in 48 hours is just remarkable.

New Zealand Trainers' Premiership

  Wins2nds3rdsStakesStartsG & LSR
1Jamie Richards633843$1,395,57331965.06
2Stephen Marsh532942$1,138,39140467.62
3Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman372742$1,021,45028557.7
4Kelvin Tyler & Aimee Tyler271616$417,99915405.7
5Michael & Matthew Pitman232125$494,68520919.09
6Tony Pike221515$807,38713256
7Lisa Latta202029$640,505247312.35
8Team Rogerson192533$519,208311116.37
9Kevin Myers182129$397,981213011.83
10Andrew Carston181510$322,97014828.22

I thought that one of the highlights would have to be the win of Prise De Fer in the Group 1 Rich Hill Mile. Ridden by former Te Akau apprentice Mick Dee from a wide draw, this son of Savabeel was three wide most of the journey and showed extraordinary heart to win.

I purchased this horse, bred by Raffles Farm, from the draft of Trelawney Stud for $100,000 - great buying for a Savabeel.

It's incredible the success that Jamie and the team have had training the progeny of Savabeel - 15 of Jamie's 61 black type wins as a trainer have come from the stock of Savabeel.

Even though he is only 30 years of age, Jamie has now had 424 wins in New Zealand alone - he has won stakes' races in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane too - for over $14 million in stakes' in New Zealand for an impressive strike rate of 5.5.

Today the winning continued with an impressive debut win by High Achiever who was beautifully ridden by Michael McNab.

I certainly never get tired of winning races with horses I have bought. It really gives me such a thrill for their owners and our team who prepare them. Like Prise De Fer, I paid $100,000 for High Achiever, a beautifully bred Pins' colt from the Karaka Sale. There is plenty more in store for this horse.

I have had a busy day on the farm today as we have quite a few of the team off on holiday with their families this week. So I spent the day planning for the upcoming week as on Monday, Karyn and I are going to the Magic Millions' Gold Coast Sale. I have a short list and I am also very keen to see the first Xtravagant's hit the selling arena.

One of my greatest memories of "Blake" as we called Xtravagant (after the late Sir Peter Blake) was his 8.5 length victory in the Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas in 2015.

After Xtravagant was retired from racing, he was sold to Newhaven Park which is a magnificent property four hours south of Sydney. This historic stud farm is owned and operated by the Kelly family - Richard and John Kelly are very astute and successful breeders.

I travelled to Newhaven last June to inspect Xtravagant and saw all his yearlings when they were weanlings. I was very, very impressed with the progeny of Xtravagant, and had also sent four mares over to him too, so I am very happy with that decision.

Then it is back to New Zealand next weekend to finish my yearling inspections for Karaka which I am really looking forward to.

One of my favourite race days of the year in New Zealand is Karaka Million night. This year we have three potential runners in the Karaka 2YO Million as well as the favourite Probabeel for the Karaka 3YO Million. Having won the last three consecutive Karaka 2YO Million's, we know how tough it is to win this race, and we can only but dream that lightning could strike for a fourth time.

You can be assured that we will be trying to buy our next Melody Belle, Avantage and Probabeel at the sales during that following week.

Do keep an eye out on the website for the horses that we buy this coming week at the Gold Coast.

Good luck to our owners at Awapuni tomorrow - our stable rider Opie Bosson is going down to ride our two horses entered - Probabeel and Weaponry.



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