Te Akau's Incredible Year in Review - September 2019

Date: 22 Apr 2020

Te Akau's Incredible Year in Review - September 2019

It's been an amazing season for Te Akau in New Zealand - with Jamie Richards and the team leading the way - in coming weeks, join us on our reflection of every remarkable month ....


7 September - At Wanganui, on his way to registering the fourth consecutive Karaka Million 2YO (Restricted Listed, 1200m) for Te Akau, and then the Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m), Cool Aza Beel (2 c Savabeel - Cool ‘N' Sassy, by Testa Rossa) won the first two-year-old race of the season.

Purchased by David Ellis for $150,000 at the 2019 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Fairdale Stud, and owned by the Te Akau Sassy Beel Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), he was quickly into stride for rider Troy Harris, travelled comfortably on terms with the leader before taking over at the 300m and appeared to have more up his sleeve when holding a challenger at bay in the Wanganui Thoroughbred Breeders' 2YO 800 metres.

7 September - On the same day at Riccarton, Quattro Katie (4 m Zoustar - Kakakakatie, by Zedative), ridden by Jason Laking, showed no shortage of grit and determination when resuming with a win in the Speight's Rating 65 1000 metres.

Third as a three-year-old in the Canterbury Belle Stakes (Listed, 1200m), and a filly that continued to strengthen, she was purchased as a yearling by David Ellis for $150,000, from the draft of Baramul Stud, at the 2017 Gold Coast Sale, and owned by Debra & Don Fox, Barbara Heeney, Sandy Moore, Henry Norcross, Nathan Pene, Jo-Ann & Wayne Phillips, and Colin Robertson.

18 September - Highly rated (74) stakes placed Maiden Shezathinka (4 m So You Think - Headsup, by Thorn Park), ridden by Opie Bosson, broke through in the Maiden 1600 metres at Matamata.

Having recorded three seconds and
thirds, Shezathinka gained her status due largely to a terrific performance for
second in the Lowland Stakes (Gr. 2, 2100m) in February at Hastings, and
victory was richly deserved.

Owned by the Te Akau Think Fast Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), David Ellis purchased Shezathinka for $175,000 at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale, from the draft of Kilgravin Lodge.

18 September - Two races later at Matamata, Shebringsmerubies (4 m Sebring - Run Away Ruby, by Ferocity) gave owners in the Te Akau Girls Having Fun Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM) good reason to celebrate after winning the Maiden 1400 metres.

Having finished strongly for
second when resuming on the course in August over 1200 metres, Shebringsmerubies
benefitted by both a step up in distance and a deft ride by Opie Bosson.

Offered by Vinery Stud,
Shebringsmerubies was purchased by David Ellis for $57,500 at the 2017 Gold
Coast National Yearling Sale.

“She was very unlucky not to win during her first campaign, finishing second three times in six starts, and it's a great result for the all the girls in the syndicate,” Ellis said. “She was a beautiful grey filly, correct, with a great walk, strength, and plenty of presence about her and certainly took our eye during sales inspections.”

20 September - Much like Shezathinka (above), white filly Luminous (3 f Reliable Man - Keenly, by Keeninsky) was also a highly rated (75) Maiden after finishing third in the Royal Stakes (Gr. 2, 2000m) before winning the Maiden 1800 metres at Taupo - on a day that trainer Jamie Richards produced four winners.

Ridden by Opie Bosson, Luminous
took a position off the pace in ninth, stood the leader six lengths at the
600m, but made a quick move on straightening to lead at the 200m and proved too

Purchased by David Ellis for $180,000 at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale, from the draft of Diamond Lodge, owned by the Te Akau Flawless Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), Luminous is from the talented race mare Keenly (Keeninsky), winner of three races up to 2200 metres.

20 September - In training for owner and breeder Sir Peter Vela, Lilikoi (3 f Charm Spirit - Barbadine, by Giant's Causeway) delivered on her promise with a smart fresh-up win in the Celebrating Melody Belle Maiden 1200 metres.

Fittingly, Lilikoi was guided to victory by Michael
McNab, who had won the first Group One of the season aboard Melody Belle
(Commands) in the Tarzino Trophy (1400m) in August at Hastings.

“Lilikoi has shown a lot of ability and always looked a stakes' quality filly,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis. “She's got plenty of improvement in her and it's always a great thrill to win a race in the blue and whites for Sir Peter Vela, who is a big supporter of Te Akau Racing.”

20 September - McNab was again to the fore in the next race when Rhapsody in Blue (3 f Medaglia d'Oro - Kablues, by Danske) followed good form with victory at her third start in the Jump Jockey's Send It Maiden 3YO 1300 metres.

Te Akau principal David Ellis purchased Rhapsody in Blue as a yearling at the 2018 Karaka Book 1 Sale, paying $95,000 from the draft of Valachi Downs, and she is owned by Fortuna Syndications (Mgr: John Galvin).

20 September - Rounding off the four wins at Taupo, debutante Top Brass (4 g Epaulette - Highlight, by High Chaparral), ridden by Opie Bosson, produced a strong performance in the Maiden 1100 metres, beating stable-mate Burgundy Rose (Burgundy).

Owned by Terry Archer, Mike
Beazley, Howard Perry, Stu Graham, Murray Darroch, Marcelle Douglas, Stuart
Gladding & A-Dime-A-Dozen Syndicate, Top Brass is by a multiple
Group One winning sprinter Epaulette (Commands).

“It was a good effort by Top Brass and great to get the quinella with a Burgundy filly that Karyn (Fenton-Ellis MNZM) syndicated,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis. “It was great to see the Te Akau jockeys, Opie (Bosson) and Michael (McNab), win four races between them and also for Jamie (Richards) to have now trained 12 winners this season and lead the premiership at an early stage.”

21 September - Following a red-letter day at Taupo, trainer Jamie Richards began where he left off when Golden Age (4 g Savabeel - La Belle Epoque, by Montjeu) bolted home in the Group One Raceday Party Maiden 1600 metres at Riccarton.

Given a beautiful trip three back
on the inner by Michael McNab, Golden Age was doing handstands before taking
control at the 200 metres and he raced away to win easing down by three

Owned by the Te Akau Golden Age Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), he was purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale.

21 September - Having defended her Tarzino Trophy (Gr. 1, 1400m) title on the first day of the Bostock New Zealand Spring Carnival at Hastings, Melody Belle (5 m Commands - Meleka Belle, by Iffraaj) showed that she was turning into something else with victory in the Windsor Park Plate (Gr. 1, 1600m).

Given a gorgeous trip by Opie
Bosson, who remained unbeaten in six rides on the mare, Melody Belle loomed
round the home bend and her customary powerful burst was too much for the
opposition, winning by two and three-quarter lengths in a slick 1:34.1 for the
1600 metres on Good3 footing.

David Ellis purchased the reigning Horse of the Year as a yearling for $57,500 at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale, from the draft of Haunui Farm, on the account of breeder Marie Leicester, for owners in the Fortuna Melody Belle Syndicate (Mgr: John Galvin). She took her record to 13 wins from 23 starts and $1.86 million in prize money - currently 15 from 30 and $3.5 million.


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