Te Akau Tuesday Update

Date: 10 May 2022

Te Akau Tuesday Update


David writes:


The Te Akau farmer has a massive smile on his face with 22 mls of rain to wash in the lime and super phosphate we have applied. We have about 100 acres sown with fresh grass seed so this rain is a huge help to us.

Yesterday morning before the rain came, we were the driest I have ever seen the farm in May and we have been forced to sell some stock.  Last week we sold 255 tail-end weather lambs that killed out at 20.3kgs.  These lambs were processed by Wilson Hellaby, a company I have been dealing with for over 40 years.

I have bought and sold all my sheep and cattle with Alan Bradford since 1979 and this week we are selling 200 tail-end ewe lambs simply because we haven't got the grass to finish them.  We have also decided to kill two units of ox this week and two more next week. A unit is 40 steers.  This is a month earlier than normal but again we just don't have the grass required to keep them on.

We sell all our cattle to Greenlea whose CEO is Tony Egan and he runs an outstanding business - so far this season we have killed 1700 steers.

Hasn't our trainer Mark Walker made an unbelievable start to his resuming New Zealand training career? On Saturday Mark presented two runners at Te Rapa and two at the Gold Coast meeting in Australia. The result was another Listed win at Te Rapa with Lord Cosmos, and our three other runners all being runners up - Sword of State in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (beaten in a head bob), Soprano Supreme in the Gold Coast Cup and Supreme Khan at Te Rapa.



Then on Sunday it was great to see our Te Akau Singapore stable trainer Donna Logan record another winning double for the second week in a row.  Both weekend winners are raced by Fortuna so well done to them on a great season!

It was also good to see the all-weather track at Riccarton being officially opened in Christchurch.   This will make such a significant difference to South Island racing especially during the winter.  It was also great to see Rt Hon Winston Peters on course for the official proceedings, everyone knows what Winston did to support this industry. The third all-weather track will be opening at Awapuni in about ten weeks.



This Friday we have a really big team racing 'at home' at Matamata which will be our stable's last big day for this season.  We do race through until the season ends on 31 July but Te Akau traditionally doesn't have a large racing team through the winter when the tracks are badly weather-affected.

Our yearlings are sailing through their early education, with many having completed their first phase. It's so exciting to get the feedback on those in the stable from our track work riders.

One of the most frequent questions I get asked after the sales is 'how are you getting on selling the shares in all those yearlings?'

The bottom line is we have purchased 55 young horses in the last six months and we have some shares only now available in eight.  And those eight all have wonderful credentials, as I have often said, 'last is certainly not least' when you look at horses like dual Group 1 winner this season Imperatriz whose final shares took a while to sell last year - nine-time Group 1 winner Avantage was also the last to sell in her year.



This is an incredible result and one we are all very proud of - but no matter how brilliant our team is in educating and preparing these young horses, we could not achieve this, or the results we do, without the best owners in the business.  Thank you so much to our long-standing, loyal owners, and we are thrilled to also welcome many new owners to the tangerine team.

So nit's still not too late to have an involvement in a really lovely yearling - just check out our 'Yearlings & Shares' page on our website or email Karyn - karyn@teakauracing,com for some recommendations to fit your preferences.  Please feel free to also call me on 021 925151 - you will be made to feel very welcome.

Good luck to all our owners with runners this week!





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