"Te Akau Lockdown Love"

Date: 25 Apr 2020

Welcome to Day 22 of our feature - as our world around us changes indelibly, we want to bring some smiles and sunshine every day - yes a small distraction but it does everyone good to be able to smile when times are tough.

Doris Day was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff - not perhaps an ideal future Hollywood star's name, she called herself Doris Day.

In "Tea for Two" her fellow actor Bill De Wolfe told her she looked more of a "Clara Bixby" than a "Doris Day" and her closest friends called her that until the day she died.

You may be wondering where this story is leading ... meet Te Akau's own "Clara" - our stunning Showcasing filly out of Que Sera purchased by David from the Karaka Sale.

"Clara" is a terrifically strong yet gentle young filly, but she certainly knows who she is and has presence and poise about her. She certainly has the charm and beauty of Doris Day.

Muscular and beautifully conformed, you could mistake her for a horse already set to race, even though that time will be a few months away yet.

She's currently being educated at Te Akau Stud and is flying through everything asked of her - smart, professional and very intelligent - the world is at her feet.

Perhaps as she settles in for the night, she sings herself a song ...

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be?
Will I be pretty (she is already)?
Will I be rich? (she will if she wins the Karaka Million)

Here's what she said to me ....

Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours to see
Que sera sera, what will be will be!

Watch this space, the future looks bright for her.

Our 1 f Showcasing - Que Sera was purchased by David Ellis in January at the 2020 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Curraghmore Stud.

She is a quality filly from an impressive winning mare over 1400 metres, by one of the best sires of two-year-olds in New Zealand. Showcasing (Oasis Dream) was leading Two-Year-Old Sire in 2014, set a record for individual two-year-old winners last season, and leads the way again this year (wins).

The sire of Showcasing, Oasis Dream (Green Desert), was a terrific sprinter in Europe, winning the stallion making July Cup (Gr. 1, 1200m) at Newmarket.

The filly is from the final crop of Showcasing, in New Zealand. A formidable force in both hemispheres, such is the increased demand for his progeny that he ceased shuttling and stands only at Whitsbury Manor Stud, U.K. 




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