Te Akau: Stunning & Rare Opportunity

Date: 31 Jan 2013

Te Akau: Stunning & Rare Opportunity

Te Akau's 2013 Breeding Syndicate is a rare and brilliant opportunity.
David writes:

This year at the Karaka Premier Sale I bought what Mark, Jason and I consider to be four of the very best five colts in that sale.

These colts are all part of one syndicate - there are currently a few shares remaining in this syndicate which is overflowing with pedigree and type - magnificent yearlings all four:

The horses are:


LOT 132

“This colt is from the greatest staying mare I've seen,” said David Ellis.
Ethereal (Rhthym), from Romanee Conti (Sir Tristram), won stakes of over $6 million and included four Group One wins: Queensland Oaks (Gr. 1, 2400m), Caulfield Cup (Gr. 1, 2400m), Melbourne Cup (Gr. 1, 3200m), and BMW (Gr. 1, 2400m).

“He has been an absolute standout from the day he was born and the best foal at foot I have ever seen,” said Ellis. “He is a beautiful, strong colt that I think will race in the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) at Riccarton, and then on to the Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) at Ellerslie. He's the type of colt that I've bought to emulate his dam and he will train on to be Caulfield Cup (Gr. 1, 2400m) horse. He is a magnificent individual and it is a pleasure to have secured him to train.”



“He is a really athletic colt by the all-conquering sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill),” said Mark Walker. “He has plenty of quality about him, being out of a French mare by Sadler's Wells (Northern Dancer) and he definitely looks like a Sires' Produce (Gr. 1, 1400m) type of colt that will train on to become a 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) colt” - a race won four times in the past eight years by Te Akau horses.

He is a half-brother to exciting galloper It's Crunch Time (Fusaichi Pegasus). The winner of six from fourteen starts in Australia, he won a stakes race in November and resumed with a fourth in a listed race over 1400 metres on Saturday at Caulfield.



“He's a top-class looking colt,” said Mark Walker. “Again we have bought a colt by this champion sire, Fastnet Rock (Danehill), out of a mare that is doing an outstanding job at stud. He looks like a real 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) type of horse and we've bought him to win that sort of race.”

He is a half-brother to Liberator (Encosta de Lago). The Champion Stayer in Hong Kong 2011-12, Liberator, in May last year, beat Hong Kong Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon (Pins) in the Champion & Chater's Cup (Gr. 1, 2000m).
Curraghmore Stud boss, Gordon Cunningham, said of the colt: “This colt has a lot of similarities to his brother, Liberator, who is a champion in Hong Kong, and we also offered Liberator as a yearling and I think that this colt has a little bit more strength than Liberator had at the same stage. So, I have big hopes for this colt.”



“I thought, on pedigree, he is the best horse in the sale,” said David Ellis. “We have had a lot of luck with this family. Darci Brahma (Danehill) won five Group Ones in nine stakes wins, Burgundy (Redoute's Choice) has already won four stakes races, we won the Welcome Stakes (Listed, 1000m) with Bespoke (Pins), and Uberalles (Giant's Causeway) we trained to run third in the NZ Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) and we have had terrific success with everything we have trained from the family.”

“This syndicate has been put together to buy colts,” said Ellis. “We have Rock ‘n' Pop (Fastnet Rock) going to Waikato Stud, Darci Brahma (Danehill), both Cambridge Stud, and Windsor Park, wanting Burgundy (Redoute's Choice). We want to buy colts, at this sale, to stand at stud in the future. We have people that want to invest and they realise that the only time that New Zealand people can afford to buy these sorts of horses is here at the yearling sales, because if they win Group One races afterwards they become 30, 40, 50 million dollar horses.”

“The High Chaparral colt So You Think was sold at this sale for $100,000 and I think he was sold on in the vicinity of 50 million plus. That [$620,000] is the sort of money where you have to buy, but you can easily get it back. Look at a stallion like Fastnet Rock who has earned over $40 million this season alone.”

“We [Te Akau] are strongly of the belief that for our industry to have any future at all, we need to have more stallions that are owned in New Zealand and that the profits from the breeding season go back to New Zealand, and is available for reinvestment to improve the genetics of our families.”

“This colt looks like a very fast type of High Chaparral and I'd like to think he could run in a race like the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m), a race we've won four times in the last ten years. That is the type of horse I think he is - a fast type of 2000-metre horse. His family will also be further enriched when his dam heads to Europe to be served by Frankel to southern hemisphere time.”

intense workout plan

A 10% share in this syndicate would cost $177,500 and a 5% share would be $88,750.
Ring me today (021 925 151) to discuss being involved in colts that I think can race on the international stage - this is an investment and also a lot of fun!


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