Te Akau Te Aroha Trials' Report

Date: 1 Oct 2020

Te Akau Te Aroha Trials' Report

Te Akau trialled horses at Te Aroha on 29 September 2020 -

Weather: showery, track: Heavy10, rail: out 10 metres.

Heat 4 Open 1000 metres (1 ½ lengths, neck 1:02.4)

Golden Age (5 g
Savabeel - La Belle Epoque) - Joe Kamaruddin; was given an easy trip behind
midfield, seven lengths 600m, and he closed very well without urging for

He delivered fresh-up last spring after being unlucky not to win during in his first campaign, with two seconds, a third, and two fourths, from six starts. He was purchased by David Ellis for $350,000 at the New Zealand Bloodstock 2017 Ready to Run Sale, from the draft of Lyndhurst Farm, for owners in the Te Akau Golden Age Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM).

Heat 5 Open 800 metres (¾ lengths, ¾ lengths 49.3)

Burgundy Rose (4 m Burgundy - Paraiba) - Joe Kamaruddin; went
forward to lead clearly on the bridle and she kept up a strong gallop to win.

Bred by Te Akau principal David Ellis and owned by the Te Akau Roses Are Red Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), she annihilated her rivals winning a Maiden in October at Taupo, and extended her record to two wins and three seconds from five starts with a polished display winning the 2YO & 3YO 1200 metres on Boxing Day at Wingatui.


Mongolianconqueror (6 g Ocean Park - Queen Rania) - Diego Montes de Oca; tailed the five runners before running home strongly for second.

Purchased for $130,000 by David Ellis, from the draft of Kiltannon Stables, at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sales, Mongolianconqueror is owned by the Te Akau Conqueror Syndicate. Although not a prolific winner, as yet, he has $255,577 in prize money. He followed two wins with a second in the Waikato Guineas (Gr. 2, 2000m) and a nose away from providing Ocean Park (Thorn Park) with his first Group 1 winner in the 2018 New Zealand Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m). Although winless last season, he is a horse with good staying prospects.


Willpower (5 g Power - The Lady) - Chelsea Burdan; positioned handily and he remained held in a quiet but solid trial performance.

Purchased by David Ellis from the
draft of Cambridge Stud, at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling
Sale, a consistent performer, he recorded his second win fresh-up in December
at Taupo, and a lovely type of horse to prove competitive up in grade.

Heat 6 Open 800 metres (1 ¼ lengths, ¾ lengths 49.3)

Enrichment (4 g Rock ‘n' Pop - Enhance) - Chelsea Burdan; was
content to travel three wide on the pace and kept up a solid gallop without
urging for third.

Bred and owned by Karyn
Fenton-Ellis (MNZM) and daughters Julia-Rose Hayes and Lydia Roseby, he is the
first foal from their talented filly Enhance (Saperavi), who stylishly won her
first two starts. He provided a tremendous thrill when winning over 1200 metres
in December at Pukekohe, and should be in for a solid campaign.   

Weaponry (5 g Declaration of War - Cat Shmea) - Joe Kamaruddin; was a touch awkward to begin, trailed handily on the inner, and he remained held in a good gallop for fourth.

From the draft of Curraghmore Stud, purchased by David Ellis for $140,000 at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, and owned by the Te Akau Weaponry Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), he won the Southland Guineas (Listed, 1600m) and went on with his trademark toughness to win five of his 11 starts.


Heat 11 Maiden 3YO 800 metres (6 ¼ lengths, 2 ½ lengths 50.4)

Badgeringdawitness (3 g Reliable Man - Ebony and Ivory) - Joe
Kamaruddin; began well from barrier one to co-lead on the inner and he kept up
a solid gallop for second.

Having his first trial for
owner/breeders Rod Duke and Gerard Peterson (Gee Gee Equine), his dam, Ebony
and Ivory (Zabeel), impressed winning over a mile and now left four individual
winners of 10 races, including Blackmagicwoman and Uber Cougar, both by
Melbourne Cup winner Shocking (Street Cry).

Heat 12 Maiden 3YO 800 metres (2 ¾ lengths, 1 ¾ lengths)

Tauparae (3 f Savabeel - Matakana) - Opie Bosson; tracked in fourth
and held her spot on footing that she never appeared comfortable in.

Having her first trial for owner/breeders Christopher Grace QSM & Susanna Grace, by six-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), she is the first foal from a race winning Mastercraftsman mare, in turn out of impressive five-time winner Titanium (Kingdom Bay), a family that has produced some really good racehorses.


Heat 13 Maiden 3YO 800 metres (4 ½ lengths, 2 lengths 50.0)

Waipapa (3 f Savabeel - Hinemoa) - Troy Harris; began well to
travel outside the leader and although not overly comfortable in the going she
kept going for second.

Having her first trial for
Christopher Grace QSM & Susanna Grace and Mike Hurley, by six-time Champion
Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), she is from dual stakes winning Elusive City mare
Hinemoa and a half-sister to three-time winner Hinerangi (Fastnet Rock). Grand
dam Titania (Grosvenor) has left seven winners of 23 races, including Titanium

Heat 17 Maiden 4YO & Up 800 metres (½ a length, long head 50.2)

Laureate (4 g Snitzel - Floria) - Joe Kamaruddin; positioned behind
the leaders and held together on heavier footing than he prepares was able to
round off comfortably.

He was unlucky not to win during
his last campaign. By Snitzel (Redoute's
Choice), one of three in the
trilogy of breed shaping champion stallions in Australia, including Danehill
(Danzig) and Redoute's Choice (Danehill), he is
the first foal from impressive winning Savabeel (Zabeel) mare Floria, winner of
the Brisbane Cup (Gr. 2, 2400m), Summoned Stakes (Gr. 3, 1600m), and Cuddle
Stakes (Gr. 3, 1600m).

Heat 18 Maiden 4YO & Up 800 metres (4 lengths, 2 ¼ lengths 49.3)

Lightning Field (4 g Deep Field - Claudine) - Chelsea Burdan;
travelled on pace but wide in search of better footing and he kept up a good
gallop for second without being asked to extend.

Fourth at his only start, his sire, Deep Field, is by ill-fated emerging stallion Northern Meteor (Encosta De Lago) who proved a huge loss to the Australian stallion ranks. Lightning Field is line-bred to some terrific sires: Sir Tristram, Mr. Prospector, and Northern Dancer.


Heat 19 Maiden 4YO & Up 800 metres (6 ¼ lengths, 4 ½ lengths 49.2)

Amalfitana (4 m Ocean Park - Bucklebury) - Opie Bosson; travelled
outside a leader that raced greenly and although not able to quicken in the
going she finished comfortably in second.

In training for Brendan Lindsay
MNZM and Jo Lindsay, she is from a More Than Ready mare, half-sister to Von
Tunzelman (Zabeel), Prince Jabeel (Savabeel), and Sherrif (High Chaparral), and
in turn from quality mare J'Adane (Danehill), who finished second in the Kelt
Capital Stakes (Gr. 1, 2040m) and third in the Mudgway Stakes (Gr. 1, 1400m),
after multiple stakes placed runs in Australia.

Heat 22 Maiden 3YO 1000 metres (head, short neck 1:02.0)

Brando (3 c Savabeel - Saoirse) - Opie Bosson; was handy on the
inner, worked off to level on straightening and he remained held together in
winning a close finish.

By six-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), a Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m) winning three-year-old, who became an Australasian sire sensation and closing in on $100 million progeny earnings with 35 Group 1 winners and 181 stakes winners. Like reigning Horse of the Year Melody Belle, winner of 10 Group Ones, he is the first foal from a young Iffraaj mare, in turn out of a mare by Champion Sire O'Reilly. Purchased by David Ellis at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run, owned by the Te Akau R2R Colt Breeding Syndicate, he was bred at Fairdale Stud, from whom Ellis purchased $1m Karaka Million 2YO (Restricted Listed, 1200m) and Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) winner Cool Aza  Beel (Savabeel).


Heat 23 Maiden 3YO 1000 metres (½ a length, 4 lengths 1:04.4)

Wishing Well (3 f Charm Spirit - Starwish) - Troy Harris; began
well before steadying to camp behind runners in fourth and although not
comfortable in the going over the concluding stages she still finished off okay
for third.

Bred and owned by James Chapman
at Jamieson Park, sponsor of the Auckland Guineas (Gr. 2, 1600m), she was a
trial winner in March at Matamata. She is from the second crop of triple Group
1 winner Charm Spirit (Invincible Spirit), from a Redoute's Choice mare that
has left five winners of 15 races.

Heat 24 Maiden 4YO & Up 1000 metres (2 ¼ lengths, 1 length 1:02.9)

4 m Rip Van Winkle - Frivolous - Troy Harris; travelled handily on
the inner from barrier one and held her spot without being pressured on testing

She is in training for Windsor
Park Stud. Rip Van Winkle (Galileo) is the sire of dual Group 1 winning
stable-mate Te Akau Shark. Frivolous (Black Minnaloushe) made a winning debut
and possessed a turn-of-foot on good ground. Her grand-dam is the talented and
beautifully bred race-mare Greta Hall (Kaapstad - Lovenvain). 

Heat 25 Maiden 4YO & Up 1000 metres (2 lengths, head 1:03.0)

Baby Shark (4 g Rip Van Winkle - Bak Da Chief) - Opie Bosson; was
held together back on the inner and galloped well under his own steam for

Purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $110,000 at the 2018 Karaka Book 1 Sale from the draft of Leanach Lodge, he also purchased his brother, Te Akau Shark, winner of seven from 14, including in February the BCD Group Sprint (Gr. 1, 1400m) and Chipping Norton Stakes (Gr. 1, 1600m) at Royal Randwick, and third in the Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m), with $1.5m in prize money.


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