Te Akau Tuesday Update

Date: 7 Jun 2022

Te Akau Tuesday Update

 

David writes:

 

Finally we have had a fortnight of warm rain and the grass at Te Akau Stud has taken off and is growing great guns!

As we have never missed applying fertiliser in 43 years, once the rain arrives the grass really takes off.  It's certainly been a very challenging summer/autumn season, however I am pleased to report that we now have plenty of grass and lots of happy sheep and cattle.

As I have said previously, then horses have actually thrived during the dry weather and I don't think I have ever seen horses return back to the stable in better condition.

The best news that we have, is that we have now sold every share in every yearling from the Karaka, Magic Millions, Sydney Easter and SI sales.  It certainly is a great feeling to have so many happy owners - thank you to our exisiting loyal owners and welcome to a large number of brand new owners who have joined the tangerine team this year too. The 'class of 2022' yearlings is certainly one of our best ever.

Our attention now turns Karaka next week with the weanling sale.  As our owners know, every year we also offer a small number of selected home-bred weanlings - to date we are delighted with the success stories of the likes of Belle En Rouge (Group 1 NZ Oaks' winner and Joint NZB Filly of the Year this year),  Maven Belle (Group 1 winner and performer) and stakes' performer (beaten a nose) Burgundy Rose who has won seven of her 26 starts, and collected a stake for her owners on 14 other occasions.

All of these were offered exclusively to our owners as weanlings - this year we will have three fillies available - an Eminent filly, a Darci Brahma filly and an Embellish filly.

Karyn and I were very sad to learn that the highly respected Toby Autridge had passed away over the weekend following a stroke.  Toby was a great human being and an excellent rider, with over 800 winners to his credit in four or five countries.

Toby rode Te Akau Lad when he won the last ever jumping race in Sydney at Rosehill in November 1989.  I remember him fighting hard for a narrow win carrying 65.5kgs.  Te Akau Lad won 10 races, six on the flat and four jumps' races - his wins coming with Toby (5), Jim Collett, Brett McDonald, Reese Jones, Peter Johnson and Kim Treweek. Toby also won races on the flat for us when his weight allowed.

 

 

To Toby's wife Debbie and his two children, father Bob, and brother Steve and his wife Lynley, and all the Autridge family - everyone at Te Akau sends their love and is thinking of you at this truly sad time.

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