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Te Akau Monday Update

27 May 2013

We certainly know winter is on its way with heavy track starting to become the norm – a Heavy10 at Ellerslie on Saturday and Heavy11 at Trentham for their meetings.  It’s a tough time of the year when winter sets in – for our staff and our horses, early cold mornings which is why we keep all our equine friends well rugged and warmly stabled.

It was a great thrill to see Bazinga win for us in Singapore on Friday night.  Being a public holiday, the races were earlier on Friday evening so we were able to watch them all (rather than check out the results of the later races first thing on Saturday morning)!  Bazinga was given to us and has now won six races in Singapore for almost $300,000 in stakes, he formerly raced under the name of Macau here in New Zealand.  Our Singapore stable is closing in on the $2 million in stakes’ earnings after only five months – so it’s been a vintage season thus far for sure.

The weekend was one of good fun and sadness for us.  The fun part was welcoming Pam Gerard (our Assistant Trainer), her partner Tom Hazlett (who is also a very important member of our Matamata stable team) and their delightful children Archie and Meg to stay at Te Akau Stud on Saturday night.  Pam and Tom are wonderful horse people, skilled and knowledgable – terrific assets to our team.  It was great to be able to show them around the farm again, and reacquaint them with both our spelling racehorses horses and our young horses.  Meg and Archie both ride and Meg has already applied for a job here in about 15 years!

On Sunday we said goodbye to Pam and Tom at about 10.30am and made our way to Auckland.  My mother is in a critical condition at Caughey Preston Home and Karyn and I wanted to spend the day with this very special and wonderful woman as time with her is now very limited.  Joanie is much loved by her family, and the time shared yesterday with her was just so sad but so incredibly special.  Whilst she cannot speak or move, we know that she knew that we were all with her and are certain she could hear all of the love that was being expressed and that she is surrounded by 24 hours a day.

Today everything at full steam ahead at the farm – we have had some horses return home to spell today and sent a number back to the stable – and gee they looked in magnificent order.  Horses such as our race-winning Zabeel gelding Alert and trial winning Thorn Park filly Flirty Gertie are sure to have a wonderful Spring and season ahead of them.

It is not long now until I meet up with Mark Walker on the Gold Coast as the sales are close by.  Jason will be joining us for part of the time as well – it is a great opportunity for us not only to select and buy some promising yearlings but also to strategise and plan for the coming season.  The Gold Coast sale has been a successful hunting ground for us with me having purchased the likes of Group 1 horses Princess Coup, Tell A Tale and Integrate. if you would like to be involved with a yearling from this sale, then please keep an eye on our “Yearlings & Shares” page – or email Karyn – karyn@teakaustud.co.nz – keep in mind that these shares are always snapped up and often sold in hours!  We’d love to have you involved.

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