Te Akau Sunday Update

Date: 1 May 2022

Te Akau Sunday Update


David writes:


What an incredible start our trainer Mark Walker has had since he returned to New Zealand to lead our Matamata stable.

I read his statistics on Saturday morning in ANZ Bloodstock News. It stated that Mark had had 55 runners for 12 wins, 14 second and 7 third placings.  That means that our horses are paying a dividend 60% of the time they race.

That's a winning strike rate of 4.58 - then include a Group 1 double with Imperatriz and Maven Belle, as well as a couple of Group 3 titles - just incredible results for our owners.

TRC Global Owner Ratings were released again on 24 April and we were absolutely delighted to see Te Akau Syndicates feature so prominently - currently ranked as No.10 globally.  It's a complex equation used to calculate these standings based on Group race performances but when you have a look at the chart below, the statistics tell the story of Te Akau syndicates' success.  We are the only New Zealanders to feature in the top 100 and we could not be more proud for our owners.


Rank Last week Name Modal Countr Runners Runs SR Rating G1 Wins G2 Wins G3 Wins


  • The TRC Global Rankings are a measure of a level of achievement over a rolling three-year period.  They are based not on prize money the individuals' representatives have won but on the quality of the performances those runners have put up in Group and Graded races. There are about 1,450 qualifying races around the world every year.

While we didn't increase our season tally of 129 New Zealand wins at Te Rapa on Saturday, most of our horses performed really well, including Wairau Cove who went a belter to finish runner up in the Group 3 Cambridge Breeders' Stakes.

It was great to see our Te Akau Singapore trainer Donna Logan record a winning double at Kranji on Saturday evening - Donna is having a frustrating run of second (20) and third placings (26) but it shows you how well the horses are racing.

Well done to both our trainers!

It was also interesting to read over the weekend that only five stables in Melbourne and four in Sydney have won more prize money for their owners than Te Akau - none in Queensland, South Australia or Perth have earned more than we have.

The breaking in of our sales' yearlings has been going superbly, gosh they are a wonderful group of young horses, just brimming with promise.  The first team has gone in to the stable and is handling the new experience very well.  We will have a simply amazing group of horses to train for the new season.



We are still selling shares every day and we now have limited shares available in our striking yearlings.

Don't forget Imperatriz and Avantage were the last to sell in their years - so don't ever think that the shares that remain are not top class!  It's definitely not too late to be involved - just call me on 021 925 151 or email Karyn - [email protected] - it's easy and affordable to be involved.

IT'S MOTHERS' DAY ON SUNDAY - no better way to wow your mother by giving her a share in a horse - it really is the gift that keeps on giving and a special present that she can share with her family, as you follow her horse together.  We have lovely gift cards available so email us and we can weave the magic for you.  Forget overpriced roses - they don't last long!



We will be looking forward to Mothers' Day next weekend as our daughter Lydia and her husband Jamie welcomed Harrison Jack Roseby almost a fortnight ago.  It will be Lydia's first Mothers' Day so it will be very special.

Tomorrow we start shearing the ewes at Te Akau Stud - we have a six-stand woolshed so it will only take two to three days.

I am hard to please at present: I want fine weather for our tracks, fine weather for racing, fine weather for shearing but the Waikato is desperate for rain and I mean DESPERATE!

We still have six loads of prime steers to sell before the winter.  Australian farmers are getting about $11 per kg for the same cattle we are getting just over $6 for now - how does that work?  Tomorrow we have 250 lambs going to Wilson Hellaby.  They are as good a line of lambs as I have seen for a while.

Have a great week ahead and please do a rain dance for the Waikato!



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