Te Akau: Te Akau Thursday Update
28 Mar 2013
The end of the working week for some with Easter close by – not for everyone at Te Akau though.
It has been another great week at Te Akau Stud. What with a Group win in Singapore, all our yearlings sold, lots of new owners and the farm is greening up quickly. It has been just a beautiful spell of weather and marvellous for breaking the horses in and doing maintenance on the farm but not so good for growing grass. Nevertheless we still have plenty of grass at Te Akau and the farm is in great shape.
I have been really enjoying watching the five day cricket test at Eden Park and I just felt so sorry for the New Zealand cricket team. They did everything but win the match, which would have given them a win over the Brits in the series.
The man of the match in my eye had to be Peter Fulton who showed real discipline to score a century in each innings which has not been done for quite some time. Peter Fulton’s grandfather, John Fulton went to school with my Dad. They were great friends and played in the Christ’s College 1st XV together. John Fulton was President of the Canterbury Jockey Club and served on the New Zealand Racing Conference Executive for some time. He was a great racing man and his son Gordon is also on the Canterbury Jockey Club committee and is responsible for the Rangiora track where we train our horses in the South Island. So commiserations to our cricket team, but nevertheless they put up a huge performance and should be very proud of their effort.
As one of our owners so cleverly said – it has been the week for BOTH the Fulton’s (Flying Fulton winning the Group 3 in Singapore and Peter Fulton).
We have some nice chances at Awapuni on Saturday. Taupo is on the agenda this weekend but I will drive down to Awapuni for the races where our youngest daughter Julia Rose is meeting me. Karyn will be busy with The First Call programme and then head back to Taupo. I would like to wish everybody a happy and safe Easter and best of luck if you have horses racing.