Sacred Falls/Vickezzchardonnay 16M

Racing Record

Starts: 27 (12 G&L)
Wins: 6 (3 G&L)
Stakes Money: $341,350

Group and Listed Achievements

1st - $120,000 GROUP 2 Travis Stakes WFA F&M 2000m
1st - $130,000 GROUP 3 Pukekohe Traders' Counties' Cup Open Hcp 2100m
1st - $85,000 GROUP 3 Martin Collins NZ Manawatu Breeders' Stakes WFA F&M 2000m
2nd - $100,000 GROUP 3 Wentwood Grange Cuddle Stakes F&M SW+P 1600m
2nd - $85,000 GROUP 3 Boehringer Ingelheim Metric Mile 1550m
2nd - $65,000 LISTED Staphanos Classic Open Hcp 1950m
2nd - $65,000 LISTED James Bull Holdings Rangitikei Gold Cup Open Hcp 1600m
3rd - $120,000 GROUP 3 SkyCity Hamilton Waikato Cup Open Hcp 2400m


A striking grey, Aromatic is a Sacred Falls' mare who has simply got better with age - like a fine wine!

The year 2022 will be remembered as the year that she started to come of age.  She tackled her first black type assignment in May 2022, the team always confident she had the ability to perform and succeed at stakes' level.

Her first attempt saw her run second in the $60,000 Listed James Bull Holdings Rangitikei Gold Cup Open Hcp 1600m.  Staged at Trentham, she kicked clear and only caught on the line in the hands of Te Akau apprentice Joe Kamaruddin.  One of her many runner up placings in her career!

Aromatic continued with her 'bridesmaid syndrome' when she then finished runner up in the $85,000 Group 3 Boehringer Ingelheim Metric Mile Open hip 1550m at Awapuni on 24 September 2022.  Ridden by Lisa Allpress she never laid down, and fought hard behind future Group 1 winner Mustang Valley.

Continuing the theme, fast forward to 16 October 2022 at Rotorua and the $65,000 Listed Staphanos Classic Open Hcp 1950m.  In the hands of Craig Grylls she got tightened for room and held up at a vital stage around the 600m point and was, in the words of the stewards, 'unlucky' - and yes, finished second again!

Later that month a very wide draw put paid to her chances in the $65,000 Listed Feilding Gold Cup Opie Hcp 2100m when sixth but her luck was about to change and dramatically!

Aromatic's 'day in the sun' came amidst rain and a Heavy10 track on 19 November as she threw everything she had at the winning post and claimed a narrow victory over stablemate Self Obsession in the $130,000 Group 3 Pukekohe Traders' Counties' Cup Open Hcp 2100m.  It was a stirring performance by rider Craig Grylls and the mare herself to ward off her stablemate, who was last season's joint NZB Filly of the Year.

Her next bold showing came in December 2022 when she finished a brave third in the $120,000 Group 3 Waikato Cup over 2400m, again with Grylls aboard.

Showing that this was her best season of her career to date, Aromatic stepped out in March 2023 at the Oak's meeting at Trentham when she was just nutted on the line in the $100,000 Group 3 Wentwood Grange Cuddle Stakes 1600m for fillies and mare with Opie Bosson in the saddle.  Beaten by the barest of margins, she showed her courage having been forced to race three wide without cover throughout.

Move forward to 8 April 2023 in the $300,m000 Group 1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Pukekohe Park and nothing went her way after being awkwardly away. She was held up on the inner for the final 300m and did well to finish sixth.

It was obvious she had taken no harm from that run and had plenty more to give - so six days later she was off to Awapuni for the $85,000 Group 3 Manawatu Breeders Stakes WFA F&M 2000m - with Opie Bosson once again in the saddle - victory was to be hers, she was not to be denied, winning by almost two lengths.

In her final start for the season, Aromatic was sent out favourite for the $120,000 Group 2 Travis Stakes WFA F&M 2000m. With stable rider Opie Bosson again in the saddle, she didn't 't let her vast army of supporters down, cruising home by a comfortable two lengths.

Purchased by David Ellis CNZM from the Karaka Book 1 Sale for $160,000, Aromatic is raced by the Te Akau Sacred Wine Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM). She has raced 27 times, recording six wins and 11 second placings, with five other placings to her credit.  To date her stakes' earnings stand at $341,350.


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