Te Akau Midweek Update

Date: 3 Feb 2021

Te Akau Midweek Update


David writes:


How lucky am I to be doing for a living,  what my absolute passion is?

This morning I went right around the farm, looking at all our horses - to see the 45 yearlings that we have purchased from the sales over the last month all thriving and looking in such great condition is one of the biggest thrills that you can get.

Shares are selling at record speed, but we still have some very nice yearlings that have shares available. If you are interested in being involved in this very exciting industry, please get in touch soon!

Always remember - every year our last horses to sell have put together a wonderful record of success - Avantage, Sword of Osman, Cool Aza Beel for example - all Group 1 winners and shares in them were amongst the last to sell in their year!






This has to be one of my favourite times of the year. It is not just having new yearlings on the farm that is exciting, but it is also seeing the sheer enthusiasm and anticipation of our current and new owners and the "babies" they are getting involved in!  People are just so excited at being part of the Te Akau family - the support and interest is very humbling.

There is no doubt that this has a lot to do with the races that our stable is currently winning.  To be in the position that we are in, only six months into the season, is just incredible. We have now won 104 races in New Zealand, including 22 Group and Listed races in New Zealand, and two Group races in Australia. These results are truly rewarding for our team who have put in all the hard work.

With all these beautiful hot days, the farm is really drying out now and the quality of grass isn't as good as it was a month ago but the stock are all in great condition.

We sent another 200 wether lambs to the works yesterday. They weighed 16.5kgs which I am very happy with. The steers that we sent away this week are weighing out at 320kgs and while they aren't worth as much money as they were a month ago, the price of store cattle has been very cheap so the margins have been very satisfactory.

At Te Akau Stud we have been breaking in the yearlings that we have bred. We currently have three Almanzor yearlings under saddle and I must say, they have excellent attitudes and have really impressed me how they have progressed so far. I can't wait to see them in the stables.

I am at the Te Rapa races today and and have been delighted to see Jamie and the team win two more races - the first with Markus Aurelius who I bought from the South Island Sale for $13,000 - he has now won four of his nine starts and over $50,000 in prizemoney.  Maasir also was quite impressive winning half way through today's programme - he is a son of Proisir that we would like to get to the Group 1 NZ Derby - nice back to back wins now for the horse I purchased out of the Ready to Run Sale for $72,500.




Sign up to our newsletter