Treaty of Paris Dominant

Date: 29 Jun 2023

Treaty of Paris Dominant

Drawing a margin, Treaty of Paris (3 g Tavistock - Echezeaux, by Encosta de Lago) won the $15,000 Magnum Industries Maiden 2000 metres on 28 June at Cambridge.


Ridden by Warren Kennedy, who was aboard for his last start course/distance second, Treaty of Paris was handily placed before putting the pedal down to lead nearing the 800m and proceeded to annihilate his opponents by 7.5 lengths.

It was also a good effort by stable-mate Rare Company (Savabeel) to dead-heat for second.

“It was a very nice win today and I think having been schooling and having had a hurdle trial has really got his mind on the job,” said trainer Mark Walker, after securing his 193rd New Zealand win this season, including 34 stakes' wins and over $8 million in prize money in New Zealand alone.

“He looks the type to continue improving as he matures and gets stronger, and it won't be his last win over ground.”

It was a richly deserved success for owners in the Te Akau 2021 Stallion Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), after Treaty of Paris had been narrowly beaten previously and finished fourth or better in five of 11 starts. 

He ran 2000 metres in 2:01.7 on the poly-track and paid $5.90 & $1.60 on the NZ TAB tote.

Treaty of Paris was purchased as a yearling by David Ellis CNZM at the 2021 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Pencarrow Stud. 

Te Akau has had plenty of experience with the family, as not only did they train his dam Echezeaux, a stakes' placed winner of four races from 1600m - 2100m, but Ellis also bought, and Te Akau trained, both five-time Group One winning Champion Sire Darci Brahma (Danehill), and five-time stakes' winning stallion Burgundy (Redoute's Choice).

Regarded as a Blue Hen mare, the highest accolade afforded to broodmares, grand-dam Grand Echezeaux is the dam of stallions Darci Brahma (Danehill), Saperavi (Stravinsky), and Burgundy (Redoute's Choice), from a line that produced Caulfield and Melbourne Cup winner Ethereal (Rhythm) to win $6 million in stakes and the pride and joy of owner and breeder Sir Peter Vela and his late brother Philip.

At the time of purchase, Ellis said: “We trained the mare (Echezeaux) for Sir Peter (Vela) and she was above average and good enough to gain black type in the Marton Cup.

“They're not making any more of these Tavistock's, a sire influence that will be sorely missed, and we know how talented the family is.”

The manner and margin of victory was hard to ignore, and points towards a future that could see him advance to Cups' racing. 

Treaty of Paris was strapped by budding Te Akau apprentice Cooper Stumbles.


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