Te Akau Monday Update

Date: 2 Mar 2020

Te Akau Monday Update

David writes:

What a remarkable start to the year it's been for Te Akau Racing.

We are only eight weeks into the year, and we have been proud to win the following:

R. Listed Karaka Million 3YO Classic - Ellerslie - Probabeel

R. Listed Karaka 2YO Million - Ellerslie - Cool Aza Beel

Group 1 Berkett Telegraph Hcp - Wellington - Avantage

Group 1 BCD Waikato Sprint - Hamilton - Te Akau Shark

Group 1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic - Otaki - Avantage (stable quinella)

Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes - Sydney - Te Akau Shark

Group 1 Surround Stakes - Sydney - Probabeel

Group 2 Rich Hill Mile - Ellerslie - Prise de Fer

Group 3 Taranaki Cup - New Plymouth - Prise de Fer

Group 3 Waikato Stud Slipper - Matamata - Need I Say More (stable quinella)

Listed Mufhasa Stakes - Ellerslie - Star of Bombay

Yes, that is correct - 11 black type wins including five Group 1 wins.
No wonder the team is so happy.

To win the Listed Mufhasa Stakes at Ellerslie on Saturday with Star of Bombay was such a huge thrill - so you can imagine how over the moon (and back we were) when firstly Probabeel (our Karaka 2YO and 3YO Million double winner) followed by Te Akau Shark BOTH won Group 1 races in Sydney - the Surround Stakes and the Chipping Norton.

Both of our horses were ridden by Opie Bosson - genius rides on both after they settled back in the field - I don't think I have ever experienced racing joy quite like this.

To see our New Zealand trainer Jamie Richards and our team achieve at this elite level in Australia and create history - we are told no New Zealand trainer has ever won back to back, consecutive Group 1 races in Sydney. WOW I am beyond proud of everyone.

I would like to thank all our incredible owners for making these results possible, and to all our team members at Te Akau Stud and Te Akau Racing. You guys are the best - well done and thank you.

Chris Roots, the Australian journalist wrote a very interesting piece in The Age a few days ago ...

"New Zealand trainer Jamie Richards is racing towards 200 wins in his first two seasons in charge of Te Akau stables, but where he excels is group 1 racing.

"It helps to have the power of New Zealand's biggest racing brand behind him and the likes of Melody Belle, Te Akau Shark and Probabeel in the stable, but they don't give away Group 1s.

"Richards has 14 group 1s in his own right (now 16) to go with the 13  he won when in partnership with Stephen Autridge for a couple of seasons before taking the reins of the huge Te Akau operation.

"It's a strike-rate that exceeds the best in Australia. The 30-year-old wins a group 1 for every 13 winners he trains, well in front of Chris Waller, who strikes at one for every 26 winners, while Godolphin's James Cummings, a fellow 30-something, is one in 38 wins."

“We try to place our horses at that level at the right time, and we don't come over here without a superior horse,” Richards said.

“There is a lot of pride in the brand and the colours. David Ellis has a great record with Te Akau over more than 30 years, and we try to do it justice.”

New Zealand Trainers' Premiership as at 2.3.20

  Wins2nds3rdsStakesStartsG & LSR
1Jamie Richards885655$3,367,258442145.02
2Stephen Marsh704563$1,589,97653867.69
3Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman474357$1,454,70039478.38
4Tony Pike342524$1,682,05219675.76
5Michael & Matthew Pitman323139$750,33329319.16
6Kevin Myers322936$554,58128809
7Kelvin Tyler & Aimee Tyler322325$571,82920926.53
8John & Karen Parsons313019$826,90724767.97
9Team Rogerson253043$707,123414216.56
10Andrew Carston242421$456,20722039.17
11Roger James & Robert Wellwood231916$861,56513545.87
12Allan Sharrock221614$413,22011315.14
13Shaun & Emma Clotworthy221118$341,91815807.18
14Lisa Latta212637$739,870322315.33
15Shaune Ritchie211920$745,12512636

I have to say, New Zealand Derby Day at Ellerslie was a huge success. Well done to Paul Wilcox and his team, they really do it well at Ellerslie.

Derby Day with our Listed win and then the two Group 1 victories in Sydney capped off a wonderful three days - on Thursday our second youngest, and Karyn's eldest, daughter Lydia married Jamie Roseby at Kauri Bay Boomrock. It was such a happy occasion spent with family and friends. Very special indeed. They are currently on a New Zealand mini-moon they call it, around the Nelson area.

This morning I went around the farm and viewed all the yearlings while they were being fed breakfast. I know I have said this before, but gee we have such a beautiful line up of yearlings this year.

We still have shares available in several top yearlings, including the following:

LOT 449 Savabeel/Baby Shacks filly

I just love this filly - she is pure class! She has a great pedigree and is the type of Savabeel I look for. I thought this filly could be in the Karaka Million this time next year. That's right, she is all class. She was led through the ring by Waikato Stud's Charlotte Chittick, her first ever yearling to take into the arena. At 18, Charlotte is a fine horsewoman and it was a really touching occasion - better still, Charlotte has dsecided to have a share in the filly too along with Karyn, my wife!

You can see the video of this filly we are calling "Cheeks" (Charlotte's nickname) below walking up - she really does look like the next Probabeel to my eye.

Click here for "Cheeks" video: https://teakauracing.com/product/karaka-2020-lot-449-savabeel-aus-baby-shacks-brown-filly/

Then we have this colt, LOT 12, our Iffraaj/Kate Cross colt - in my opinion he could well be a Derby colt. He is an impressive looking colt that I thought was fantastic buying at $200,000 for a hal;f brother to the multiple Group winner Consensus who recently sold on Gavelhouse for over $600,000.

Click here for his video: https://teakauracing.com/product/karaka-2020-lot-12-iffraaj-gb-kate-cross-chestnut-colt/

This colt is a bit of a character - he has a great personality, is strong, good looking and extremely athletic. He is also a dead-ringer for Gingernuts!

There are only a couple of shares left in both of these classy yearlings, so if you want to be part of our team, get in touch sooner rather than later, as these shares won't be available for much longer.  

Speaking of Gingernuts - how proud could we be, and very emotional to see Jerry lead out the 2020 Group 1 NZ Derby field again in a cameo appearance. He loved being back at the scene of two of his finest performances - and we were proud to have him there. Thank you to the Auckland Racing Club for his special saddlecloth and for making him so welcome! Thank you too to Kate and Chelsea for looking after him on the day!

Today I have had lots of first-time visitors to the farm, and boy, it is very dry - we badly need the rain.

However, we are very lucky at Te Akau Stud, as I have
mentioned before about our fantastic water system that we have installed. Our
five deep-water bores are all working beautifully, and the horses and stock are
still thriving.

This week, we are sending two units of cattle to Greenlea,
which is 80 steers, as well as 210 lambs to Wilson Hellaby. These will be our last loads until June, which is when we
will be ready to sell some more stock.

Last week we started breaking in the first team of the Gold Coast yearlings. This is always an exciting time for us, as this is the beginning of their career as a racehorse. Their early education starts right here at Te Akau Stud before they make their way over to the stable, and this week we will also be starting on the Karaka yearlings.

Have a great week everyone, and I hope to see you at
Ellerslie on Saturday for Auckland Cup Week. 


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