Te Akau Monday Update

Date: 17 Feb 2020

Te Akau Monday Update

David writes:

What a great start to the year Te Akau has had in both New Zealand and Singapore.

Already for 2020, we have had 23 winners in New Zealand and 15 in Singapore, which means we are leading the Trainers' Premierships in both countries.

The 23 winners in New Zealand include some very special black type victories - the Group 2 Rich Hill Mile with Prise de Fer who at his next start also won the Group 3 Taranaki Cup; the Karaka 2YO Million race with Cool Aza Beel (our 4th consecutive win in this event); the Karaka 3YO Million with Probabeel (last year's 2YO Million winner); the Group 1 Telegraph Hcp with Avantage, and the bGroup 1 Waikato Sprint with Te Akau Shark.

This coming weekend, we have runners at Matamata in the Group 3 Waikato Stud Slipper, the Group 1 WFA Mile at Otaki and of course Melody Belle steps out in Melbourne. How exciting is that!?

I got a big thrill for the owners of Enduring Love winning yesterday too. She has been a bit stiff to not have won a race before now. She was Jamie's 83rd win for the season, which is a remarkable effort from him and all the team.

This week we are selling shares in a filly by I am Invincible (out of Berimbau) Lot 129 from the Gold Coast Magic Million Sale.

Did you know I Am Invincible is the Leading Sire of the Southern Hemisphere?

He has produced gun Group 1 fillies such as Viddora, I Am A Star, Invincibella, Loving Gaby, Libertini and Group 1 NZ 1000 Guineas' winner Media Sensation.

This is a stunning filly with an outstanding pedigree that I bought to try and win the Magic Million A$2 Million 2YO race this coming January. She is a very precocious filly that I could see going back as a 3YO to race again, and again for $2 million. 

Although she may be one of the final yearlings to sell, don't let that put you off, as the last few to sell have an unbelievable strike rate.

Just ask the owners of Cool Aza Beel and Avantage or Sword of Osman - these are a just a few of the several last to sell horses who have gone on to achieve great accomplishments in their racing careers.

We have a very busy week coming up. Our daughter, Lydia and her fiancé Jamie, arrived on Saturday from London, as they are getting married on Thursday week. Lydia's wedding marks the last of our daughters to be married, and Karyn and I just couldn't be happier for her and Jamie.

Jamie's parents arrive from the UK today, their first visit to New Zealand, and will come straight to the farm. It will be an arrival tinged with great sadness as Jamie's paternal granddad passed away on Saturday. We are certainly thinking of them at this very happy, but sad time too.

Have a great week everyone.   


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