Te Akau Tuesday Update

Date: 10 Aug 2021

Te Akau Tuesday Update


David writes:


The new season is underway in New Zealand (began 1 August), and over half way through in Singapore (ends December) and we had a fantastic weekend of racing with wins in both Singapore and New Zealand.

Mark Walker is now only four wins from the top of the Singapore Trainers' Premiership, currently sitting in second place with 43 wins.  Mark had two very impressive wins with Sacred Croix and Qaidoom on Sunday evening, while in New Zealand, we had a really good steeplechase win at Riccarton on Saturday. Gee, there is nothing more exciting than seeing a good jumper! Bak Da Master, ridden by Michael Roustoby, was just so impressive! It is also interesting to note that Bak Da Master was closely related to Te Akau Shark.



Tomorrow, Bak Da Master and Richard of Yorke are both racing at Riccarton, and trainer, Jamie Richards, has flown down to oversee today's preparations before they race tomorrow. Both horses are being looked after by Craig Thornton, who in my opinion is the greatest hurdle jockey that New Zealand has produced. Bak Da Master and Richard of Yorke are both in very good hands.

After tomorrow our attention turns to the flat horses, with several of our team heading over to Australia. Paul Richards will be leaving for Sydney with Entriviere and Sword of State while Ashley Handley will be travelling to Melbourne with Probabeel and Kahma Lass.

In a few weeks' time, we will also be sending our team of horses to Riccarton to prepare for the Spring Carnival.  Same Bergerson, our Assistant Trainer, will be looking after the south-bound team. How exciting is that - as Cup Week kicks off on 6 November.

The start of the new season also means that our broodmares will begin foaling. Next week, Miss Scandinavia, a filly I purchased in Sydney, will be our first mare who is due to foal down for the season. She is a maiden mare and in-foal to Savabeel. We are so excited to see this new arrival!

I had a bit of bad news yesterday, as I went back to the surgeon for a follow up appointment and I was told that unfortunately I am going to be in plaster for next couple of months. This isn't the news that I wanted to hear. However, I have been extremely well looked after by Nurse Karyn Fenton-Ellis and our PA Emma Hyde-Richards.

Have a great week everyone and good luck to our owners who have runners at Riccarton tomorrow.




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