Te Akau Monday Update

Date: 10 Feb 2020

Te Akau Monday Update

David writes:

What a great day racing we had on Saturday at Te Rapa -
there were some really good horses running on a beautiful track.

The jockeys told me it was one of the best summer tracks they had ridden on for a long time.

I would imagine most horses that came through the racing on Saturday will be able to run again in two weeks' time, which must be the goal for all track managers across New Zealand. Well done Bart Cowan and your team.

I thought Te Akau Shark looked amazing in the parade ring and even though he hasn't raced for over three months, I wasn't surprised to see him race like he did. Although, I didn't think that he was a $1.40 shot!

What he did in the last 150m was certainly the effort of a very good horse. It really was exciting and after the race, our stable jockey Opie Bosson said it gave him goosebumps when the Shark accelerated that quickly. Bring on Australia and let's hope he has more luck than what we did in the Spring.

Even though Avantage only ran fourth, I believe she ran a really good race. There is plenty more in store for her. She will go to Otaki in two weeks for the Group 1 WFA Mile, a race that Melody Belle won last year.

On Sunday morning at 2.30am, our Assistant Foreman Nicole Shailer was at the stable to load Melody Belle onto the float bound for Auckland Airport and I am thrilled to say, she our Belle travelled over to Australia beautifully.

Thank you Nicole, you really are top class at everything you do. Paul Richards, who is in Melbourne with "Valerie" as we know Melody Belle, has reported that she has settled in Melbourne very well. 

Can you believe that one of our owners, Ruth Redwood, actually has a share in both Te Akau Shark and Avantage? It was great to see her there with Mike, cheering on both her horses.

It was also good having my friends (who have invested in Te Akau Shark) come over from Australia - gee these are really fun guys who like to celebrate a great win. I was so thrilled for them, but a little disappointed that I couldn't have a drink to join in the celebrations with them. As you all know, I don't drink until all the yearlings are sold and on a day like Saturday it is not an easy thing to do, I tell you!

I know I have said this before, but it is quite unbelievable how quickly these yearlings are selling. There are still a few shares left in several top yearlings though!

I have had four different groups come out to the farm on
Sunday, and all couldn't believe the high standard of quality yearlings that we
have purchased - just absolutely stunning and plenty of athletic types.

If you want to be a part of the fun, don't hold back in
contacting me NOW on 021 925 151 - you will be made to feel very welcome.

Gosh the farm is very dry - we are very lucky that we still have plenty of grass and that the stock are in fantastic condition. We also have a terrific water system in place. We are probably in a better situation than a lot of other areas.

Today we had a unit of steers leave for the works, as well
as 350 lambs and another unit of steers leaving on Wednesday. It is great that
we can reduce our stock numbers at present. The price for beef came back
another 15 cents a kilo but it is still ahead of where it was this time last

Today we have some really good horses that have been spelling here at the Stud go back into training including No Limits, the sale topping Savabeel colt from last year at Karaka - we rate him very highly.

Festivity, who needs very little introduction, is also heading back into the stable. She is a filly by I Am Invincible and has had two starts for two wins.

Another filly that I am really excited about is Exaltation - a filly by Not A Single Doubt who is a half-sister to Melody Belle. She has had one start for a very impressive win and has been working like a filly who is going places in a hurry.

I would like to thank all our owners who have invested with us from the sales this year - we really appreciate it. The best way we can thank you is on
the racetrack and Jamie Richards is having a great season.

NZ Trainer's Premiership as at 10.2.20

  Wins2nds3rdsStakesStartsG & LSR
1Jamie Richards825148$3,056,098404114.93
2Stephen Marsh684058$1,430,25149267.24
3Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman423952$1,321,45035778.5
4Tony Pike312120$995,77217365.58
5Kelvin Tyler & Aimee Tyler302022$508,34918916.3
6Kevin Myers282834$517,75626509.46
7Michael & Matthew Pitman282636$684,80826719.54
8John & Karen Parsons272218$736,39220667.63
9Andrew Carston222218$407,14720129.14
10Allan Sharrock221513$410,22010714.86
11Lisa Latta212436$702,620307314.62
12Shaun & Emma Clotworthy211116$317,37814907.1
13Team Rogerson202837$649,098357217.85
14Roger James & Robert Wellwood201715$600,43012046
15Shaune Ritchie191720$637,05011726.16

Already this season, Te Akau Racing has three $1 million races (two in New Zealand and one in Australia), six Group 1's and just on $5 million in stake money - and that is just from our New Zealand base. In Singapore, Mark Walker continues lead the Premiership as well, following on from his Champion Trainer title in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Finally, I would like to congratulate our stable jockey Opie Bosson on riding his 70th Group 1 winner with Te Akau Shark on Saturday, and to Jamie Richards, for his 26th Group 1 win, likewise with Te Akau Shark on Saturday.

Now that is an incredible achievement! 


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