Te Akau Te Teko Trials' Report

Date: 19 Aug 2020

Te Akau Te Teko Trials' Report














Te Akau trialled horses at Te Teko on Tuesday 18 August -





Weather: fine, track: Slow7, rail: out 6 metres 900 - 400m, remainder true










Heat 1 Open 825 metres (3 ¾ lengths, long neck 48.3)





Pokuru's Gift (5 g Rock ‘n' Pop - Pokuru Boxer) - Diego Montes de Oca; began well to situate second and the big horse kept rolling solidly to hold his position. 





Bred and owned by Ian Farrelly, from the second crop of stallion Rock ‘N' Pop (Fastnet Rock), purchased by David Ellis to win the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) for the Te Akau Rock ‘N' Pop Syndicate. A dual winner, Pokuru's Gift is the second foal from a Stravinsky (Nureyev) mare, while his grand-dam, Pokuru Star (O'Reilly), has left three individual winners of six races. 





High Achiever (4 g Pins - Thee Achiever) - Joe Kamaruddin; got back on the inner, seven lengths 600m, and worked home strongly to photo-finish for third.





He confirmed his ability with a debut win over 1200 metres in January at Te Aroha. Owned by the Te Akau High Achievers Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), purchased by David Ellis for $100,000 at the 2018 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the Milan Park draft. From a great South Island family of the Dennis brothers (Tony, Joe, Martin and Ray Dennis), including 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) winner The Jewel (O'Reilly), his dam won three times to 2100m. 

























Age of Fire (6 g Fastnet Rock - Dragon's Tail) - Opie Bosson; got back to last, eight lengths 600m, he got into his work boldly over the final 200m. 





A Group 1 winner (Levin Classic, 1600m) purchased by David Ellis at the Sydney Easter Yearling Sales, from Erinvale Thoroughbreds, now owned by Cambridge Stud and Te Akau 2016 Sydney Breeding Syndicate (No. 2), he has returned from racing in Australia. 





Reiko (4 m Reliable Man - Lady Eiko) - Craig Grylls; got back in the rear group, eight lengths 600m, and suited to better ground she found the line okay. 





Owned and bred by Joan Egan, from the family of impressive winner November Rain (Stravinsky), her dam, Lady Eiko (Stravinsky), won two races to 1600 metres. She was given time following a very good debut win over 1200 metres in November at Avondale, and since finished third on the same course. 





Awareness (4 m Redoute's Choice - Aware) - Chelsea Burdan; positioned third until straightening but she was unable to quicken in the slow going.





Given time since winning on debut in December, she was purchased by David Ellis for $300,000 at the 2018 Sydney Easter Yearling Sale, from the draft of Newhaven Park Stud, owned by the Te Akau Very Aware Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM) and Luke Kemeys (Boys Get Paid). 






























Heat 2 Open 1025 metres (head, ½ a length 1:02.1)





Top Brass (5 g Epaulette - Highlight) - Chelsea Burdan; sprang out to lead and kept up a bold gallop to win.





The winner of two from three, owned by Terry Archer, Mike Beazley, Howard Perry, Stu Graham, Murray Darroch, Marcelle Douglas, Stuart Gladding, and A Dime-A-Dozen Syndicate, Top Brass is by the multiple Group 1 winning sprinter Epaulette (Commands), standing at Darley in Australia. He is the first foal out of a High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) mare that won five races from 1400m - 1900m, from a good producing dam-line that includes talented third dam Superjet (Jetball). 





Equinox (4 g Exceed and Excel - Our Ella Belle) - Opie Bosson; travelled well fifth outer, he finished strongly for a close third. 





Twice a winner at two and second to Catalyst (Darci Brahma) in the El Roca - Sir Colin Meads Trophy (Listed, 1200m), he has won three from 10 for the Te Akau 2018 Colt Breeding Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM). 






























Heat 3 Open 1025 metres (¾ length, head 1:01.5)





Phantom Witness (4 g Star Witness - Fandom) - Opie Bosson; began well from the outside gate to position fourth and continued doing his work nicely for second. 





The winner of two from three, he was purchased by David Ellis for $60,000 at the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale, from the draft of Lyndhurst Farm, owned by the Te Akau Phantom Witness Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM). He breezed-up in the top 10% times, naturally athletic, and trialled very well before racing. 

























Avadane (4 m Savabeel - J'Adane) - Troy Harris; travelled keenly in the trail, she quickened through strongly near the rail for a close third.  





A newcomer to the stables, bred and owned by Brendan Lindsay MNZM and Jo Lindsay, by five-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), from triple Group 1 placed J'Adane (Danehill), she has won three from 11 and finished fourth in the Futurity Stakes (Gr. 2, 1400m). 










Heat 4 3YO 1025 metres (½ length, head 1:02.6)





Yourpoint (3 g Bull Point - Dollhouse) - Danielle Johnson; travelled comfortably in the trail, clear 200m and lengthened stylishly to win. 





In training for Chris Rutten, John Norwood, and Rod Preston, he towelled his rivals on debut last December at Matamata. By a son of Champion sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill), his dam, Dollhouse, by Snitzel (Redoute's Choice), won three races to 1200 metres in Australia, from the family of NZ Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 1, 1600m) winner Rockabubble (Bubble Gum Fellow). Rutten also raced Te Akau-trained Champion Two-Year-Old Yourdeel (Dundeel), the winner of both juvenile Group Ones: Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) and Sires' Produce Stakes (Gr. 1, 1400m).





Need I Say More (3 g No Nay Never - Bo Bardi) - Opie Bosson; travelled amongst runners in fifth and he held his spot in the straight. 





An impressive winner of his first two starts, including the Waikato Stud Slipper (Gr. 3, 1200m), after winning his only trial, owned by the Te Akau Never Say Die Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis), he was purchased by David Ellis for $130,000, from the draft of Kilgravin Lodge, at the 2019 Karaka Book 1 Sale. By a sire making waves in Europe, No Nay Never is by Scat Daddy who sired 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify. Dam, Bo Bardi, is by Champion Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill).

























Bordeaux Le Rouge (3 g Burgundy - De La Vere) - Troy Harris; steadied to last off a wide gate, five lengths 600m, working home wider out without being pressed. 





Bordeaux Le Rouge had a very good two-year-old season, culminating a second, first, and fourth, respectively, with fourth to stable-mate Cool Aza Beel (Savabeel) in the $1m Karaka Million 2YO (Restricted Listed, 1200m). Owned by the Te Akau Fine Red Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), he was exceptional buying when purchased by David Ellis for $20,000 at the NZB 2019 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the Phoenix Park draft. From a well performed family, he is a half-brother to Royal Stakes (Gr. 2, 2000m) runner-up Adis (Mastercraftsman).






























Heat 5 Open 1200 metres (long neck, short neck 1:15.1)





Mazzuro (6 g Rip Van Winkle - Mini Pearl) - Opie Bosson; found a nice spot fifth off the outside gate and a staying type he rolled home okay. 





In training for Bill & Sandra Duell, he won twice to 2200 metres when campaigned as a three-year-old in Melbourne. Following a quiet four-year-old season, he took charge to win over 2100 metres earlier this season at Te Rapa, and shapes as a handy prospect in the staying ranks.










Heat 7 2YO 625 metres (head, 1 ½ lengths 36.8)





On The Bubbles (2 c Brazen Beau - More Bubbles) - Troy Harris; travelled handy but wide off the outside gate and kept finding the line strongly for second. 





Purchased by David Ellis in January at the 2020 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Leanach Lodge, owned by Te Akau Splash Of Dom Racing Partnership (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM). By Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible), the Leading Second Season Sire of stakes winners (2020/21) in Australia, his world renowned dam sire, More Than Ready, has sired 3,292 winners including 232 stakes winners and 45 Group 1. Grand-dam sire, Commands (Danehill), is the sire of Horse of the Year Melody Belle.

























2 f I Am Invincible - Refreshing - Opie Bosson; was a touch awkward behind runners but still a good effort for fourth in her first trial. 





In training for Brent & Cherry Taylor (Trelawney Stud), by brilliant sprinter and the second leading sire last season in Australia, I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit), she is out of a mare by Golden Slipper (Gr. 1, 1200m) winner Stratum (Redoute's Choice). 










Heat 8 2YO 625 metres (2 ½ lengths, 2 ¼ lengths 37.5)





Illicit Miss (2 f Hinchinbrook - Unlawful) - Danielle Johnson; began well from barrier one to situate handily on the inner and she kept up a strong gallop for second. 





Purchased by David Ellis for $95,000 in January at the 2020 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Landsdowne Park, owned by Te Akau Illicit Miss Racing Partnership (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM). From the last yearling crop of ill-fated stallion Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock), a half-brother to four-time Champion Sire Snitzel, she is out of a mare by Golden Slipper (Gr. 1, 1200m) winner and Champion Sire Sebring (More Than Ready), who was a huge loss to the Australian breeding industry following his sudden death at 13. 






























Heat 9 Maiden 3YO 825 metres (neck, ¾ length 49.0)





Devoted (3 g Contributer - Mapmaker) - Diego Montes de Oca; began well before steadying to fourth and held together finishing amongst runners in midfield. 





Purchased by David Ellis for $55,000 at the 2019 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Mapperley Stud, and owned by the Te Akau Cartography Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM). From the first crop of Champion Australian Middle Distance Horse of the Year Contributer (High Chaparral), a dual Group 1 winner of the Chipping Norton (Gr. 1, 1600m) and Ranvet Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m). His dam, Mapmaker (Volksraad), won twice and placed in the Trentham Stakes (Gr. 3, 2100m).






























Heat 10 Maiden 3YO 825 metres (1 ¾ lengths, neck 49.4)





Kahma Lass (3 f Darci Brahma - Distinctive Lass) - Opie Bosson; raced between runners in a compact field and stretched out nicely for third once clear at the 300m. 





Owned by Brendan Lindsay MNZM & Jo Lindsay at Cambridge Stud, she was purchased by David Ellis for $290,000 at the Karaka 2019 Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Curraghmore Stud. From the same draft in 2015, Ellis also bought her brother, Distinctive Darci. Himself a smart four-length trial winner on debut at Te Aroha, he transferred to Mark Walker in Singapore, winning nine races, including a Group 2 and over NZ$1 million in prize money. His half-brother Kuro (Denman) has won five stakes races in a total of eight wins, and Southern Lad (Ocean Park) has won four in Australia. 










Heat 11 Maiden 3YO 825 metres (head, 2 lengths 50.4)





Maasir (3 g Proisir - Maakel) - Troy Harris; was behind runners in midfield and remained held together in finishing fifth. 





By emerging young sire Proisir (Choisir), from a mare by International stallion Swain (Nashwan) that has left three winners of five races including Kidwelly (Dylan Thomas) who finished second in the Royal Stakes (Gr. 2, 2000m) and fourth in the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (Gr. 2, 2000m). He was purchased by David Ellis for $72,500 at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale, from the draft of Leanach Lodge.






























Heat 12 Maiden 3YO 825 metres (½ length, head 49.5)





Moir Appiel (3 g Pour Moi - Appiel) - Troy Harris; settled beyond midfield and worked home okay while unable to make up much ground over a sprint trip. 





In training for owners/breeders Clyde & Pat Buckingham (Emblem Ltd), he is by English Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) winner Pour Moi (Montjeu), from Appiel (Singspiel), a mare that impressed winning with give in the ground. 






Heat 14 Maiden 3YO 825 metres (length, 1 ½ lengths 49.8)





3 f Darci Brahma - Quintette - Diego Montes de Oca; began well from the outside gate, steadied for cover, five lengths 600m, and given a quiet trial in the straight. 





Bred and owned by Karyn Fenton-Ellis (MNZM), Greg Tomlinson, David and Matt Peacocke, and Oliver Saxton. As a three-year-old, grand-dam Everswindell (Align) finished second in the 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) and third in both the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (Gr. 2, 2000m) and Lowland Stakes (Gr. 3, 2100m), before placing in the Wellington Cup (Gr. 1, 3200m) and winning the New Zealand Cup (Gr. 2, 3200m). Everswindell is the dam of Te Akau trained stakes placed filly Quintette (Alamosa).






























Heat 15 Maiden 3YO 825 metres (head, 3 lengths 49.8)





Cornflower Blue (3 f Savabeel - Tiffany Yellow) - Opie Bosson; sprang out to lead, held together on pace, drawing clear stylishly with a rival to finish on terms.





Never off the bridle finishing second at the trials in December at Matamata, before a very good debut second on the same course in February to stable-mate and subsequent Waikato Stud Slipper (Gr. 2, 1200m) Need I Say More (No Nay Never). She has since won both her trials. Owned and bred by Waikato Stud, by their six-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), from the family of talented Group 3 winning sprinter Mosse (O'Reilly). The first Savabeel from the mare, her second foal (colt) sold for $280,000 at Karaka. 










Heat 16 Maiden 4YO & Up 825 metres (2 ½ lengths, 2 ¼ lengths 50.9)





4 m Tavistock - Marcey's Belt - Danielle Johnson; was held together in front and let down nicely in the straight to win well. 





From the family of triple Group 1 winner of the Cox Plate, Orr Stakes, and Yalumba Stakes, Maldivian (Zabeel), she was bred by Kevin & Kathleen Gray, Copper Belt Lodge. 





Radegast (4 g Savabeel - Marveen) - Joe Kamaruddin; began well from barrier one to travel handily and maintained a strong gallop while held together in finishing second. 





Owned by Te Akau Radegast Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), he was purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis for $175,000 at the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale, from the draft of Kilgravin Lodge. 

























When In Paris (4 m Pierro - Bulle De Champagne) - Troy Harris; travelled up third and sustained a solid gallop to hold his position. 





Owned by the Te Akau Champagne Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), she was purchased by David Ellis for $160,000 at the 2018 Sydney Easter Yearling Sale. Pierro only ever ran in stakes races, winning 11 of his 14 starts. The unbeaten Triple Crown winner as a two-year-old amassed $4.5 million and already had yearling progeny reach $1.5m in the sales ring.










Heat 17 Maiden 4YO & Up 825 metres (2 ¾ lengths, long head 50.5)





Confectionery (4 m Per Incanto - Not A Jaffa) - Danielle Johnson; held together on the inner, she remained held while sustaining a strong gallop for second. 





Owned by Te Akau Jaffalicious Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), purchased as yearling by David Ellis for $290,000 at the 2018 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Little Avondale Stud,  her dam, Not A Jaffa (Iffraaj), is a half-sister to Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther (Tavistock), both being out of Bagalollies (Zabeel), the dam of four individual winners (25 wins) including eight Group victories.

























Secret Amour (4 m Niagara - My Secret) - Troy Harris; settled off the pace, she came through in centre track on straightening and worked home solidly for third. 





Owned by Scott Goodwin, by successful sire Niagara (Encosta De Lago), she is the first foal from a Sakhee's Secret mare that won two (1400m) of her five starts, in turn from capable mare Keepolaria (Keeper) who won twice to 2000 metres. 





Laurentium (4 g Sacred Falls - Alberton Princess) - Diego Montes de Oca; began well to race handily on the inner and not far away at the line. 





Owned by Linda Buttle, he is a half-brother to gifted three-year-old Brutal (O'Reilly), winner of three from three in Melbourne, before claiming the Doncaster Handicap (Gr. 1, 1600m) at Royal Randwick, and now retired to stud. 






























Heat 25 Maiden 4YO & Up 1025 metres (head, head 1:04.9)





Fourviere (4 m Super Easy - Canwekeepa) - Opie Bosson; missed the start a touch, back inner and remained off the leading division. 





From a good family, out of an unraced Keeper (Danehill) mare, she is by tremendous horse Super Easy (Darci Brahma), winner of 15 races and Horse of the Year in Singapore, leaving over 100 winners including six stakes winners. 






























Heat 26 Maiden 4YO & Up 1025 metres (neck, 2 ¼ lengths 1:03.1)





Shezawinkle (4 m Rip Van Winkle - Sheza Gem) - Chelsea Burdan; was back and wide off the outside gate, presented to the outside on straightening and produced a big finish for second.





Bred in partnership by Oliver Saxton (Waihi Livestock) and owned with David and Matt Peacocke (Weston Lea Bloodstock), her dam, Sheza Gem (Danehill) has left four individual winners of 10 races. 


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