VIDEO: 2018 NZB Preview ››
18 Jan 2018Caroline Searcy talks to Brent Taylor on some of the highlight lots heading to Karaka
Hayes confirms Spieth acquisition ››
16 Jan 2018The Lindsay Park team have picked up another Group One performing galloper in the off-season, with multiple Group One runner-up Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) departing the Warwick Farm stable of Bryce Heys. Responding to speculation the Thorn
Travancore Out To Defy Barrier Gods Again ››
16 Jan 2018The barrier gods are yet to shine on Travancore (Savabeel x Stella Livia) this campaign but trainer Bryce Heys is adamant the best is still to come from the lightly raced four-year-old. That’s because only three of his 13 starts have been a
Akoya confirms Trentham affinity with gritty victory ››
14 Jan 2018Speedy mare Akoya (Bullbars x Penny Bright) confirmed her liking for the roomy Trentham track when she made it two wins from as many starts at the venue on Saturday. Prepared by Stephen Marsh at Cambridge, the four-year-old Bullbars mare, who was bo
Ignore Anevay’s latest performance ››
10 Jan 2018Anevay’s (Ocean Park x Miss Danewood) last-start failure in the Gr.2 Royal Stakes (2000m) can be forgotten. The Trelawney Stud graduate earned a crack at the feature after an impressive maiden mile win and trainer Glenn Old had been expecti
VIDEO- NZB catch up with Brent and War Affair  ››
08 Jan 2018NZB's Morgan Carter - Licensed Auctioneer caught up with Trelawney Stud's Brent Taylor and their Champion Karaka graduate War Affair, who is back for a 6 month spell at Trelawney Stud where he was born. The son of O'Reilly was a $70,000 purchase fr
La Volt a Caufield chance ››
06 Jan 2018The Flemington training partnership of Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra will have a strong hand a the Caulfield meeting on Sunday, including Trelawney Stud's 2015 Inglis Easter graduate La Volt (Charge Forward x La Ferrand). La Volt has barrier one a
Richie does his family proud ››
06 Jan 2018Richie McHorse’s (Redoute's Choice x Boundless) return to winning form has done his younger half-brother a favour. The son of Redoute’s Choice bounced back to his best at Ruakaka on Saturday to triumph in the Whangaripo Valley Free Range
Addison out to back up Caulfield success ››
04 Jan 2018Lightly raced Addison (Jimmy Choux x Ruqqaya) is slowly building her racing career. Now a four-year-old, Addison has had four starts, registering three wins, and is already with her third trainer. She started out with Darren Weir, but after runnin
New Year's win for Travancore  ››
02 Jan 2018Trelawney recorded its first winner of 2018 when the Bryce Heys-trained Travancore (Savabeel x Stella Livia) was successful at Randwick on New Year’s Day. The four-year-old gelding gained his third career win in the ATC Handicap (1400m) whe
Akoya on target for Taupo ››
29 Dec 2017Stephen Marsh has a formidable team racing at Taupo on Saturday, including impressive last-start Hastings winner Akoya (Bullbars x Penny Bright), who tackles the Book Direct At Beechtree Motel Sprint (1200m).   "Akoya was good at Hastings,"
Autumn plan for Ellerslie winner ››
29 Dec 2017Shaune Ritchie is looking longer-term with Sultan Of Swing (Bachelor Duke x Queen Cha Cha) rather than the more immediate future. “A nice mile race with a light weight in the autumn might be his go, he wouldn’t want too many on the hard
Price looks for Guineas Grunt ››
26 Dec 2017Mick Price has penciled in next autumn’s Australian Guineas after the emergence of O’Reilly colt Grunt (x Ruqqaya) as a serious three-year-old prospect. Price sent Grunt to Morphettville in Adelaide on Boxing Day for an effortless win as
Top Trelawney result at Caulfield  ››
26 Dec 2017Trelawney Stud scored a top result at Caulfield on Boxing Day when their NZB graduate Addison (Jimmy Choux x Ruqqaya) nudged out Winkelmann (Rip Van Winkle x Crepe de Chine) in the Dennis Hanrahan Handicap (1600m). The Lindsay Park-trained Addiso
Savabeel’s son puts rivals to sword ››
23 Dec 2017A youngster bought with a staying career in mind is in contention for a massive juvenile pay day. Sword Of Osman (Savabeel x Bunyah) distanced his rivals on debut in Saturday’s NZ Bakels 2Y0 Premier (1100m) at Awapuni to put himself right in t
Royal Stakes next target for Anevay ››
22 Dec 2017Local trainer Glenn Old drew first blood at Matamata’s twilight meeting on Wednesday when his runner Anevay (Ocean Park x Miss Danewood) scored her maiden victory in the Matamata Veterinary Services (1600m).   Ridden by Alysha Collet
Sandrine on target for Eight Carat ››
22 Dec 2017Unbeaten three-year-old Sandrine (Savabeel x Klarissa) is to be tested against the country’s best fillies.   Her first test will come in the Gr.2 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day before a potential tilt at
Smart mare set for Sydney ››
22 Dec 2017The connections of the Group-winning mare Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) have Australian aspirations for the five-year-old. The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained daughter of High Chaparral is currently enjoying a six week break and
Trelawney graduate hoping for fabulous return at Happy Valley ››
20 Dec 2017Fabulous One  (Elusive City x Beautiful Unicorn) has made his name as a trailblazing galloper, notching five wins two seasons ago, all from the front. After rising to a peak rating of 108 and competing at the Dubai Carnival last term, Chris S
Aquis Farm tees up stallion career for Spieth ››
18 Dec 2017The Aquis Farm stallion roster in Australia is set to grow, as the increasingly important operation has bought high-class sprinter Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia). A five-year-old trained by Bryce Heys, Spieth looked a horse on the way to star
Winning ways at Werribee ››
12 Dec 2017A 1400m race at Werribee on Sunday proved to be a Trelawney dominated contest with graduates from the farm making up the quinella. In just his second start 2016 NZB Premier graduate Grunt (O’Reilly x Ruqqaya) has marked himself as one to wa
Sandrine off to flying start ››
06 Dec 2017Highly-regarded filly Sandrine (Savabeel x Klarissa) made the perfect start to her career at Pukekohe on Wednesday. The three-year-old, who was born and raised at Trelawney, had two trials to prepare her for a winning debut under jockey Leith Inne
Irish National Stud Scholarship winner announced ››
29 Nov 2017An expansion in the age band of students eligible for the Irish National Stud study programme has given Danielle Southey a second chance at an opportunity of a lifetime. Last year she applied for the Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship to t
Classic run from Miss Dubois ››
26 Nov 2017Matt Dunn produced Trelawney Stud graduate Miss Dubois (High Chaparral x My Funny Face) to win the Country Classic at Ballarat on Saturday. The Murwillumbah trainer is the most successful in the two-year history of the Highway races for country-t
War Affair returns  ››
21 Nov 20172014 Singapore Horse of the Year War Affair (O’Reilly x Kristique) has returned to Trelawney for some rest and recuperation and has quickly settled back into the kiwi lifestyle.  Keeping him company is Solzhenitsyn (St Petersberg x Tr
Kaiser Franz starts new prep at Doomben ››
10 Nov 2017Top stayer Kaiser Franz (Savabeel x Call Me Lily), who resumes racing on Saturday, is typical of horses who are disadvantaged by the closure of Eagle Farm racetrack. Kaiser Franz, who was sold for $65,000 from Trelawney's 2012 NZB Premier draft, ha
Barlow's mare shines bright ››
02 Nov 2017Last Saturday afternoon just kept getting better for Mount Maunganui based breeder Jim Barlow. Barlow under the banner of Fusion Bloodstock – co owned by Tony Joyce - and Barlow’s cousin Max Brown of Brown Bloodstock, are the breeders
First time’s a charm for Ocean Park ››
02 Nov 2017It could be a continual run of firsts for Ocean’s Fourteen (Ocean Park x Ruud Van Slaats) on Saturday when he lines up in the Gr.1 VRC Derby (2500m). The Aaron Purcell-trained runner was his sire Ocean Park’s first born foal and he could
Blinkers on Spieth in Manikato ››
26 Oct 2017Trelawney Stud's New Zealand Bloodstock graduate Spieth (NZ) (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) will wear blinkers in the Friday’s Gr.1 Manikato Stakes (1200m). Trainer Bryce Heys believes the tight-turning track will suit the five-year-old stallion
Rawiller to ride Spieth in Manikato ››
16 Oct 2017Hong Kong-based Australian jockey Nash Rawiller has been booked to ride talented sprinter Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) in the Gr.1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on 27 October. The Bryce Heys-trained five-year-old entire, who was ru
Francaletta boosts value with stakes success ››
14 Oct 2017Quality mare Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) has added black type performance to her impressive pedigree with a priceless victory at Hawera. The half-sister by High Chaparral to the European stakes winner Asset soared to another level on Sa
Savaheat strong in stakes win ››
14 Oct 2017Savaheat (Savabeel x Heat Storm) looks to be a promising staying prospect after breaking his maiden at Morphettville on Saturday. The three-year-old colt was having his fifth start for Darren Weir and the addition of blinkers did the trick as the Tr
Francaletta chasing rich spoils ››
12 Oct 2017Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) is ready for redemption.   That's the view of Cambridge trainer Andrew Forsman as he puts the finishing polish on the five-year-old Trelawney Stud graduate ahead of Saturday's Gr.3 Rich Hill Stud Tar
War Affair returning to Trelawney ››
11 Oct 2017Trainer Bruce Marsh had an interesting piece of trivia to share after he decided which place in New Zealand his champion galloper War Affair  (O'Reilly x Kristique) would be staying at for a six-month spell. The O’Reilly seven-year-old
Top trainers’ big chance in Red Badge  ››
06 Oct 2017Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) will represent the Baker/Forsman stable in the Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings on Saturday. Francaletta slips in on the 53kg minimum, has drawn ideally at barrier two and is unbeaten in t
AUDIO- Bryce Heys on Spieth ››
05 Oct 2017Bryce Heys talks to Michael Felgate on RSN Racing Pulse about Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) who will line up as favourite in Saturday's Gr.2 Gilgai Stakes at Flemington  Click here to listen ..
War Affair returning to NZ ››
04 Oct 2017Former Singapore Horse of the Year (2014) War Affair (O’Reilly x Kristique) will be returning to New Zealand for a six-month spell while his connections ponder his future.   Whether the $3 million earner can soar back to such heights,
Spieth on track for Gilgai ››
02 Oct 2017There's a definite danger a few horses will fly under the radar going into Saturday's Turnbull Stakes meeting at Flemington given the presence of Winx, but that doesn't bother trainer Bryce Heys one bit with his stable star Spieth (Thorn Park x St
Scholarships on offer to industry youth ››
26 Sep 2017The New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association are calling for entries for the Irish National Stud Scholarship offered by the Sunline Education Trust.   The award offers the successful applicant a full scholarship to attend the Iri
Talented 5yo shooting for stakes win ››
14 Sep 2017Emerging star Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) will tackle the Gr.3 Boehringer Ingelheim Metric Mile at Awapuni on Saturday.  The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained five-year-old mare will start favourite shooting for her sixth wi
Group Three test next for Francaletta ››
12 Sep 2017Progressive mare Francaletta  (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) will take her chance in black type company at Awapuni next Saturday. Trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have identified the Gr.3 Boehringer Ingelheim Metric Mile at Awapuni as a
Old champ on the Warpath ahead of Jumbo Jet ››
06 Sep 2017Old stalwart War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) topped off his condition ahead of the Jumbo Jet Trophy with a rousing barrier trial on Tuesday morning.   Dropped off at the rear of the seven-horse field, the O’Reilly seven-year-old ambled
Spieth Gilgai-bound ››
05 Sep 2017Trainer Bryce Heys is sticking to his original plan with Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia), and giving the star sprinter five weeks into the Gr.2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Turnbull Stakes Day. Spieth sat last in a four-horse Gr.3 Conco
Smart mare on black type mission ››
02 Sep 2017The race is on in earnest for Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) to achieve higher honours with the broodmare paddock beckoning the talented mare. “She’s meant to be served by Savabeel, but we’ll see what happens,” said
Trainer pondering unbeaten 3YO’s next move ››
02 Sep 2017Tony Pike won’t be rushed into any decision on the immediate future of the well-related Bostonian (Jimmy Choux x Keepa Cheval). The Cambridge trainer was pleasantly surprised by the three-year-old’s hard-fought victory, which kept his un
Trainer in Astroturf's camp ››
31 Aug 2017Michael Daly is bullish about the chances of Astroturf  (Encosta de Lago x Astrodame) at Ashburton on Friday. The Timaru trainer also has Mystic Power in the Talleys Handicap, but given reasonable luck in the running he fancies the chances of t
Unbeaten 3yo kicks off Guineas campaign  ››
31 Aug 2017The Trelawney stud born and raised Bostonian (Jimmy Choux x Keepa Cheval) is one of two big chances for Cambridge conditioner Tony Pike in the Listed El Roca - Sir Colin Meads Trophy (1200m) at Hastings on Saturday.   The unbeaten 3yo will b
Concorde An Everest Audition For Spieth ››
30 Aug 2017It’s no secret that Bryce Heys would love to be a part of The Everest with classy sprinter Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) and he's well aware that his return at Randwick on Saturday is something of an audition. Heys is doing his best not t
Dulverton chasing black type in Heatherlie ››
30 Aug 2017The Robert Smerdon-trained Dulverton (Commands x Rathlin Island) will chase some valuable black type in her final race start in the Listed Heatherlie Handicap. Connections are having a throw at the stumps in Saturday's 1700m handicap at Caulfield
VIDEO- Racing Amendment Bill, first reading ››
16 Aug 2017WATCH: Mitchell Clayton during the first reading of the Racing Amendment Bill in parliament on Tuesday August the 15th.   ..
Spieth sparkles in trial win ››
14 Aug 2017The Bryce Heys-trained Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) looks on track to clinch a well-deserved Group One springtime victory after turning in a sharp barrier trial win at Warwick Farm on Monday. The five-year-old entire who was purchased for $
Riccarton on filly’s radar ››
10 Aug 2017Highly-regarded filly Campari (O'Reilly x Lillet) has the Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas on her three-year-old radar. The daughter of O’Reilly, who was purchased by Go Racing for $100,000 from Trelawney Stud's 2016 NZB draft, wo
Spieth To Trial Ahead Of Concorde ››
10 Aug 2017Group One-placed sprinter Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) is expected to barrier trial at Warwick Farm on Monday ahead of his first up run in the Gr.3  Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on 2 September. The Bryce Heys-trained entire, who
2016/17 racing season wrap up ››
02 Aug 2017At the close of the 2016/17 racing season Trelawney Stud’s motto “great starts make for great finishes” rings true with horses born, raised and sold by the farm representing the brand with wins on the domestic and international s
Francaletta on Foxbridge fringes ››
02 Aug 2017The connections of Trelawney Stud graduate Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) face an anxious wait to see if the talented mare gets a crack at an early season feature. “We’ll be chasing black type with her and we’d like to
War Affair in sparkling form at trials ››
02 Aug 2017Trainer Bruce Marsh could not have been happier with War Affair’s (O'Reilly x Kristique) barrier trial five days ahead of his next major assignment, the S$300,000 Gr.2 Chairman’s Trophy (1800m) on Sunday.   The former Singapore Hor
Two Flemington options for Dulverton ››
01 Aug 2017After ending the 2016/17 season with a flurry of city winners, trainer Robert Smerdon will be relying on in-form Dulverton (Commands x Rathlin Island) to start the new campaign on a positive note at Flemington. Smerdon has Dulverton nominated for
Cameron Ring - Final Blog from Ireland ››
31 Jul 2017People said it would be the best 6 months of my life, they weren't wrong. What an experience my time has been on the Irish National Stud Breeding Course. The people I have met, horses and places I have visited will be cherished for a long time to co
Sultan in the swing of Australian racing ››
26 Jul 2017Sultan Of Swing continues to prove his adaptability since making a smooth transition from New Zealand for ex-pat trainer Craig Ritchie. This has been far from a standard preparation for the four-year-old gelding, who started his campaign at Ellers
Kiwi student’s hard work rewarded ››
14 Jul 2017New Zealander Cameron Ring has excelled at the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeders’ Course. As a recipient of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship sponsored by the Taylor
Spieth To Prove Everest Credentials ››
14 Jul 2017 Trelawney Stud graduate Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) has been back in his familiar Warwick Farm surrounds for seven weeks now but Bryce Heys doesn’t want to put “the cart before the horse” when it comes to thinking abo
Confidence in late bloomer ››
05 Jul 2017Perseverance with the well-related Nordic Hero (Fastnet Rock x Sayyida) is being rewarded after the half-brother to the Gr.1 Cox Plate winner Ocean Park showed no early signs of living up to his pedigree. “He didn’t do much at all at the
Sultan of Swing tested in Kensei Handicap ››
14 Jun 2017Sultan Of Swing (Bachelor Duke x Queen Cha Cha) has settled into his new home in Sydney after an unsuccessful Queensland winter carnival. Shaune Ritchie was optimistic when he brought the four-year-old over to Doomben last month, but a struggling
Flemington straight specialist wins again ››
10 Jun 2017The Trelawney Stud born and raised Lake Como (Pins x Pedante) has continued her affinity for straight-track racing producing a strong on-pace win at Flemington. Having her first start since finishing last in the Gr.1 Sangster Stakes at Morphettvil
Danzie one to watch  ››
06 Jun 2017The most expensive runner in Australia on Monday made a winning debut at Goulburn. A $775,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Boomer Bloodstock from the Trelawney Stud draft, three year-old gelding Danzie (Fastnet Rock x Zarzuela) has needed time
Famous Seamus retired ››
06 Jun 2017Noel and Emma Mayfield-Smith have announced that our 2010 NZB graduate Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) has been retired.  A great advertisement for Trelawney, Famous Seamus was a 12-time winner earning over A$1million in stakes. Ei
Back to basics for Famous Seamus ››
01 Jun 2017Famous Seamus' (Elusive City x Clinique) recent form doesn't really inspire but sometimes a small change in an older horse's training regime can yield big results. The veteran of 58 starts is fast approaching his ninth birthday but h
Marsh hoping for more heroics from Warhorse in QEII Cup ››
31 May 2017Trainer Bruce Marsh was showing his usual guarded optimism ahead of War Affair's shot at glory in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (1800m) this Sunday. The 2014 Singapore Horse of the Year will be racing second-up after his sensational dead-heat with
Kaiser Franz gives Heathcote last laugh ››
27 May 2017Robert Heathcote had the last laugh after Kaiser Franz (Savabeel x Call Me Lily) scored an upset win in the Group Three Premier's Cup at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Kaiser Franz, purchased by Paul Willetts from Trelawney Stud's 2012 NZB
Consistent Victory Boys wins at Happy Valley ››
18 May 2017Trainer David Hall praised the consistency of hardy galloper Victory Boys (Mastercraftsman x La Bella Dama) after the Trelawney Stud graduate won at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (17 May). Victory Boys stayed on strongly to take the Class
War Affair returns a winner ››
15 May 2017With its bumper field of 15 runners, Sunday’s Saas Fee Stakes was billed as a nice prelude to the Singapore Guineas, but what a thriller it turned out to be with champion Trelawney Stud graduate War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) shari
Sultan swinging for Aussie win ››
11 May 2017Shaune Ritchie will chase stakes success in Brisbane on Saturday with Sultan Of Swing (Bachelor Duke x Queen Cha Cha) contesting the Listed Singapore Turf Club Members' Handicap (1400m) at Doomben with Kerrin McEvoy booked to ride.   "I
Famous Seamus to go the extra mile ››
10 May 2017Group One regular Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) has certainly gone the distance in a career spanning 57 starts and now, in the twilight of his racing life, he is being challenged to go the extra mile. For only the second time in a c
Five value broodmares on offer at Karaka ››
08 May 2017Trelawney Stud will offer five broodmares at the 2017 NZB National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale on Tuesday. The first to go under the hammer is multiple winning mare lot 327, Vitesse Rose (Flying Spur x Rogan's Gem). She
Marsh draws more info from second War trial ››
05 May 2017Trainer Bruce Marsh had a change of heart about not giving War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) another barrier trial one week before his much-anticipated comeback in the Group 3 Saas Fee Stakes (1400m) on May 14.   The 2014 Singapore Horse
Australia a happy hunting ground for Trelawney ››
29 Apr 2017It has been a week of Australian winners for Trelawney with four runners saluting across the ditch. Lake Como (Pins x Pedante) kicked the winning roll off with a victory at Flemington on ANZAC Day.  Trained by Pat Hyland, the Trelawney born a
Famous Seamus 'over the odds' ››
28 Apr 2017Trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith believes that Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique), who is rated a $51 chance with Crownbet for tomorrow’s Gr.3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m), has a far better chance than the betting suggests. The eight-year-ol
Olympic game for a better run second-up ››
28 Apr 2017On face value, Olympic Anthem’s (NZ) (StarCraft x Fire Song) ninth place first-up from a six-month break may have fallen short of a few expectations, but English trainer James Peters was not at all unpleased with the run.   To the s
War Affair to return in Saas Fee Stakes ››
28 Apr 2017A comeback race has been set down for champion galloper War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) – the SING-Gr.3 Saas Fee Stakes (1400m) on May 14.   It has been six months since the 2014 Singapore Horse of the Year last raced when a galla
Cummings puts Group One plan into motion with Savvan ››
26 Apr 2017James Cummings has Group One ambitions for three-year-old filly Savvan (Savabeel x Ruud Van Slaats) after she beat the older horses at Canterbury on Wednesday in the Ranvet Benchmark 67 Handicap (1550m). The $350,000 graduate of Trelawne
Lake Como notches another at Flemington ››
25 Apr 2017The Trelawney born and raised Lake Como (Pins x Pedante) relished a return to Flemington, where she had won her two previous starts on the track, winning the last on the card on the ANZAC day meeting. The  Pat Hyland-trained daughter off Pins
Cameron Ring Blog - Irish National Stud, March 2017 ››
21 Apr 2017Another busy month rolls on by with plenty going on both in and out of the stud. Spring is here well and truly, only requiring one jacket now to venture outdoors. All the stock on the property are enjoying the lush growth of grass this quality land c
War Affair on comeback trail but no hint yet on return date ››
21 Apr 2017Comeback kid War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) has been a frequent sight on the training tracks of late, but trainer Bruce Marsh did not seem to be in a hurry to set a first-up date for the champion.   If he had found one, he was being co
Easter wrap up ››
07 Apr 2017The four yearlings that travelled to Sydney for the final Inglis Easter Yearling sale to be held at Newmarket were well received, each one selling through the ring and have been well placed in top stables. Two Tailstocks went under the hammer o
Winkelmann going places ››
07 Apr 2017Trelawney Stud has enjoyed the careers of many top liners that it has bred, raced, or sold at auction, and the Danny O'Brien-trained Winkelmann (Rip Van Winkle x Crepe de Chine) may be the latest to join that list. Al
Harlow Gold to have new rider for Oaks ››
03 Apr 2017Harlow Gold (Tavistock x Belongs in Lights) will have a jockey other than Regan Bayliss for the first time when she bids to go one better in the ATC Australian Oaks than the Victorian equivalent. Bayliss has ridden Harlow Gold in her 10 s
Sultan Of Swing ready for Easter Stakes challenge ››
03 Apr 2017Progressive Cambridge galloper Sultan Of Swing (Bachelor Duke x Queen Cha Cha) showed he was ready to tackle his biggest challenge to date when he continued on his winning way at Ellerslie on Saturday. The Bachelor Duke gelding , who was born
Spieth looking to break Group One hoodoo ››
31 Mar 2017Trelawney Stud graduate Speith (NZ) (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) will be out to shake off his Group One jinx when lining up in Saturday’s Gr.1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. The Bryce Heys-trained sprinter has had three starts at Group On
Quality over quantity for Easter ››
28 Mar 2017As the final major yearling sale of the year approaches, Trelawney Stud’s Inglis Easter yearlings have relocated to Sydney awaiting their date in the auction ring. With a focus on quality over quantity, the must see line up of four yearlings
Spieth to skip William Reid ››
22 Mar 2017Bryce Heys will resist the temptation of running Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) in Friday night's William Reid Stakes, with the young Sydney trainer preferring to wait for another target. Spieth remained in Melbourne following his effort in
Amazing Astrid strikes again ››
20 Mar 2017photo: Trish Dunell Trelawney Stud graduate Astrid (Pins x Astralita) made it two wins from her last three starts in the $25,000 Power Farming Rating 85 1400 metres on Saturday at Te Rapa. Purchased by David Ellis for $80,000 at the 201
Lake Como swamps rivals at HQ ››
18 Mar 2017Pat Hyland had a feeling Lake Como (Pins x Pedante) would prove tough to beat at Flemington on Saturday. It wasn’t a gut feeling that trainers sometimes get, rather it was the memory of a few mornings ago when the 75-year-old Hall Of Famer
Heys happy with Spieth ahead of Newmarket ››
08 Mar 2017Trainer Bryce Heys won't be offering up any excuses should Newmarket Handicap favourite Spieth be beaten at Flemington. While the weather in Sydney hasn't hindered Spieth's preparation towards Saturday's Group One race, Heys admits it hasn't been
Spieth draws inside for Gr.1 Newmarket ››
08 Mar 2017Bryce Heys' immediate reaction to Spieth (NZ) (Thorn Park) drawing barrier one in Saturday's Newmarket Handicap wasn't positive, but Heys is far from kicking stones, as barrier draws are something he can't control and he has Australia's leading Group
Fabulous One drops out of Super Saturday ››
06 Mar 2017Fabulous One’s (Elusive City x Beautiful Unicorn) international campaign appears to be over after he weakened into 10th in the Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint. The Trelawney Stud graduate, who failed to handle the left-handed bends when ninth behind
Silver lining in sales purchase ››
06 Mar 2017A chance purchase by Brent Taylor at the 2017 NZB Select Sale has resulted in an unexpected upside. Trelawney Stud consigned the Husson x Leveller colt as agent and Taylor purchased the yearling for $10,000 with a view to trade the good walking s
Spieth takes on difficult challenge ››
06 Mar 2017Favourite Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) will run in Saturday’s Newmarket Handicap, but trainer Bryce Heys says “there are lots of hoops to jump through’’ for the horse to end his run of big-race bad luck. Heys had consid
Trelawney take out Ambassador's Cup ››
06 Mar 2017Trelawney Stud's inaugural entry into the International Ambassador's Cup was a resounding success with the team taking out the three-day Polo tournament held in Clevedon last week. The victorious team consisted of Douglas Duncan (ca
Weir unveils his Adelaide Art exhibit ››
06 Mar 2017It took about five minutes on Saturday for champion trainer Darren Weir to throw down the gauntlet to any potential Adelaide Cup rivals. First, Weir’s promising stayer Cadillac Mountain staked his Cup claims when he was lipped out by the Tony
Fabulous One drops out of Super Saturday ››
05 Mar 2017Fabulous One’s (Elusive City x Beautiful Unicorn) international campaign appears to be over after he weakened into 10th in the Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint. The Trelawney Stud graduate, who failed to handle the left-handed bends when ninth behind
Werther books Dubai trip with Gold Cup win ››
27 Feb 2017Trelawney Stud's lot 48 in the upcoming Inglis Easter Sale received a Group One boost when Hong Kong’s reigning Horse of the Year Werther maintained his perfect record over the Sha Tin 2000m with a gutsy win in the Citi Hong Kong Gold C
Homebred mare puts in Smashing performance at Matamata ››
25 Feb 2017The Trelawney Stud bred and raced mare Smashing (Pins x Ruud Van Slaats, by Van Nistlerooy) was a dominant winner in the $40,000 Westbury Waikato Handicap over 1200 metres at Matamata on Saturday. Winning for the sixth time, Smas
AUDIO- Bryce Heys on Spieth ››
22 Feb 2017Bryce Heys discusses Spieth, his run in the Lightning and plans for the future ..
Moore fancies Werther’s chances ››
22 Feb 2017John Moore is growing in confidence with Werther (Tavistock x Bagalollies) ahead of Sunday’s Gr.1 Hong Kong Gold Cup. “I was very pleased with his last run, it was what I expected given the stop-start prep he’s had,”
Win for Winkelmann ››
21 Feb 2017Danny O’Brien’s affinity with New Zealand-bred stock was on display at Seymour in Australia today when  the Trelawney owned Winkelmann (Rip Van Winkle x Crepe de Chine) scored a facile maiden victory over a mile. This was&n
VIDEO- Spieth to strike in Lightning ››
17 Feb 2017Interview with Tammy from Ellerslie Lodge who has travelled to Melbourne with G1 Lightning Stakes contender Spieth-   ..
Bryce Heys- The man and his horse ››
16 Feb 2017Bryce Heys wishes he could go back and turn off the tears. Standing in the Flemington mounting yard, minutes after Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) had been beaten a nose in the Darley Classic, everyone saw his release of emotion. I
Serious winning chance ››
16 Feb 2017Talented four-year-old mare Serious Satire  (More Than Ready x Zarzuela) looks a winning chance for trainer Stephen Marsh at Ellerslie on Saturday. The Cambridge conditioner believes give in the ground will be a positive for the mare as sh
Fabulous One presses on to Dubai’s Super Saturday ››
15 Feb 2017Despite Fabulous One (Elusive City x Beautiful Unicorn) disappointing in his Dubai debut last Saturday night, Chis So is continuing on to Super Saturday (March 4) with the Trelawney Stud graduate. So has confirmed that Fabulous One will swit
Spieth right to launch Lightning raid ››
15 Feb 2017Over the years, the Lightning Stakes has been a stallion making race with the honour roll boasting horses the calibre of General Nediym, Testa Rossa, Choisir, Fastnet Rock and Nicconi. Saturday's Group One 1000m-sprint will be no different with five
Perseverance pays off for talented mare ››
12 Feb 2017Supporters of the well favoured Romantic Maid were breathing a sigh of relief as the promising mare finally secured a deserved victory when taking out The Edge 97.8FM sponsored rating 85 mile at Te Rapa on Saturday. The Roger James trained four-ye
2017 NZB Select Sale Results ››
03 Feb 2017The NZB Yearling Sales have come to an end for another year, with Trelawney’s Select results reflective of the sale as a whole. A drop in investment by domestic buyers due to the flat New Zealand racing industry effected the success of the
2017 NZB Premier Sale- Day Two ››
31 Jan 2017Trelawney presented 13 yearlings for auction on the second day of the NZB Premier session and had a successful day selling with ten signed for by the end of the day. The first to go under the hammer was the High Chaparral x Lady of The House filly
2017 NZB Premier Sale- Day One ››
30 Jan 2017Trelawney Stud had a successful first day of the 2017 NZB Premier Yearling Sale selling seven out of eight horses, and all to successful racing operations where they will be given every opportunity. David Ellis of Te Akau Racing purchased three o
Karaka Vendor Profile- ANZ Bloodstock News ››
24 Jan 2017How does your draft compare to previous years? Drafts from year to year have some subtle differences, I think this year we have some outstanding colts in the Premier session, but in general the quality of type and pedigree remain constant with
Astrid stars at Te Rapa ››
23 Jan 2017Presented in first-class condition by trainers Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards, Astrid (Pins x Astralita) again displayed her love for racing with a smart victory in the New World Te Rapa Rating 75 1400 metres on Sunday at Te Rapa. Follow
Countdown to auction day begins ››
23 Jan 2017Trelawney Stud’s 2017 NZB draft have begun to arrive on the Karaka complex and are settling into their new surroundings with parades to begin on Wednesday morning.  The 21 Premier yearlings and 13 Select have been well received durin
Spieth pleases in Warwick Farm trial ››
23 Jan 2017The last time punters saw Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) he was a certainty beaten down the straight at Flemington in the Gr.1 Darley Classic with trainer Bryce Heys already plotting his revenge. Spieth, a lightly raced graduate of Trelawney
Timely update for NZB offering ››
21 Jan 2017Savaria's (Savabeel x Amathea) win in today's Gr.3 Wallaceville Estate Wellington Cup has given further black type credit to Trelawney Stud's lot 523 in the upcoming NZB Select Yearling Sale. The half-brother to Savaria is from the secon
Sunrise Ruby seeks Karaka Million start ››
20 Jan 2017Trainer Stephen McKee will be hoping two-year-old filly Sunrise Ruby (Jimmy Choux x A Touch of Ruby) can win at Tauranga on Friday to guarantee a start in the Karaka Million (RL, 1200m) at Ellerslie on 29 January. McKee, who won the Kar
Valley stepping stone for Corstens stayer ››
20 Jan 2017Trelawney Stud graduate Crediton (Tavistock x She's Country) might not have the runs on the board yet, but co-trainer Troy Corstens believes in a year's time that might be a different story. Four-year-old Crediton is by Tavistock - sire of Der
VIDEO: 2017 NZB Yearling sale preview ››
20 Jan 2017Brent Taylor talks to Caroline Searcy about Trelawney Stud's 2017 NZB draft
Dubai still on the cards for Fabulous One ››
19 Jan 2017Dubai was on everyone’s lips in the lead-up to the Class 1 Penfold Park Handicap (1200m, dirt) at Sha Tin tonight, Wednesday, 18 January, with Fabulous One (Elusive City x Beautiful Unicorn) (pictured with white cap and red stars) t
Fabulous One looking to book Dubai campaign  ››
17 Jan 2017Hong Kong is not a jurisdiction renowned for its dirt horses, but its representatives have performed well in dirt races in Dubai in recent years.  Trelawney Stud graduate Fabulous One (Elusive City x Beautiful Unicorn) will be ou
Akoya too quick at Trentham ››
16 Jan 2017Cambridge filly Akoya (Bullbars x Penny Bright) reminded punters just what a blistering turn of foot she has when she ran her rivals ragged to score comprehensively at Trentham on Saturday. The 1000 metre contest down the Trentham dogleg look
Spieth Tees Off At TJ Smith Stakes ››
10 Jan 2017Trelawney Stud graduate Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) was the name on the lips of many punters at the back end of the spring carnival and he’s set to make his mark over the autumn, with the A$2.5m TJ Smith Stakes firmly in his si
Trentham one-two for Trelawney ››
07 Jan 2017Awapuni trainer Jeff Lynds is prepared to raise the bar to a lofty level for his sparingly-raced sprinter Thien Ly (Stravinsky x Highflying). He produced the six-year-old for a first-up victory at Trentham on Saturday and he’s got his finger
Antonio Lombardo retired ››
04 Jan 2017High profile sprinter Antonio Lombardo (Pins x Petit Verdot) has been retired. Antonio Lombardo retires sound after 64 starts spread across seven seasons. Time was called on the little brown after he had finished fourth of four in the open sprint at
Smart 3YO heads to Hong Kong ››
04 Jan 2017Promising three-year-old No Fuss Gus (Savabeel x Pin Oak) has been sold to overseas interests. The stakes placed gelding won’t run again in New Zealand after a deal was recently brokered by central districts agent Phill Cataldo on beha
Gervais stands up at Flemington ››
02 Jan 2017Gervais (Rip Van Winkle x My Funny Face) earned the biggest pay day of his career when he stormed away with victory on his Flemington debut on Sunday. Ridden perfectly by jet-setting hoop Damian Lance, Gervais settled behind the leader before
Victorious Vinevale adds to record ››
18 Dec 2016Trelawney Stud mare Vinevale (4 m Flying Spur – Eden Valley, by Zabeel) enhanced her solid record with a stylish win in the $22,500 Metro Direct Rating 75 1500 metres on 17 December at Te Rapa. The good-sized mare has now won three times f
Yearling prep in full swing ››
08 Dec 2016The last few weeks have seen Trelawney's 2017 NZB Yearling draft gain great exposure with several tour groups of trainers, owners, agents and media personnel visiting the farm. A highlight was the Sydney based Bryce Heys viewing Lot 431 the S
Feature races in smart 3YO’s sights  ››
05 Dec 2016Two Group One assignments are on next year’s programme for No Fuss Gus (Savabeel x Pin Oak). The promising three-year-old has impressed in a brief career and his last-start run for third in the Gr.3 Wellington Stakes at Otaki provided anoth
What a difference a week makes fo Sultan of Swing ››
04 Dec 2016Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie was a nervous man as the field for Saturday’s PDL Iconic sponsored 1400 metre event entered the starting gates at Ellerslie. Ritchie admitted he had thought long and hard before deciding to start his enigmat
Famous Seamus in festive mood ››
29 Nov 2016It's been almost four years and 40 starts since Group One-winning sprinter Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) stepped out over 1500 metres but his trainer believes now is the time to try again. The eight-year-old runs in Saturday's Gr.3
2017 Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship winner announced ››
28 Nov 2016The NZTBA Sunline Scholarship recipients have been announced for 2017 with the Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship to the Irish National Stud to Cameron Ring. Cameron Ring leaves to begin his course at the Irish National Stud in the last wee
Cassidy to continue run with Heathcote ››
18 Nov 2016Comeback jockey Larry Cassidy is set to continue his run of success with leading trainer Rob Heathcote on Trelawney Stud's 2012 NZB graduate Kaiser Franz (Savabeel x Call Me Lily) at Eagle Farm. Cassidy, a multiple premiership winnin
War Affair out of Gold Cup ››
11 Nov 2016Champion galloper War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) is the latest big gun to drop out of the S$1.35 million SING-Gr.1 Dester Singapore Gold Cup (2200m) on November 20.   Trainer Bruce Marsh said it was a wind problem that occurred after h
No secret Marsh looking to Ellerslie  ››
09 Nov 2016Stephen Marsh has his eye on a lucrative Christmas prize with his progressive mare Scarlet’s Secret (Savabeel x Scarlet Vanhara). The Cambridge trainer produced the four-year-old to double her winning tally when she accounted for her Rating
Famous Seamus set to star at Sandown again ››
07 Nov 2016The more things change, the more they stay the same is an adage that rings true for veteran sprinter Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique). Hot on the heels of his win in the Listed Ladies Day Cup at Hawkesbury, the eight-year-old will go to Mel
Oh so close at Flemington ››
07 Nov 2016It was a case of oh so close on Saturday at Flemington with Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) and Mabeel (Savabeel x Ma) running second in their high-class contests. Ex-pat kiwi trainer Bryce Heys came agonisingly close to his first Group O
Famous Seamus returns to winner's circle ››
03 Nov 2016Famous Seamus' (Elusive City x Famous Seamus) legs might be getting older, but he proved they can still carry him to victory as he won the Listed Ladies' Day Cup at Hawkesbury. Thursday was just the second time the Noel Mayfield-Smith-trained
Gentleman Seamus finds big drop in class ››
02 Nov 2016It has been a while between drinks for Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique), the all-round gentleman of Noel Mayfield-Smith's yard. But according to his trainer, the veteran Group One winner is showing the condition to get back to the winner's
Spieth ready for long-range Darley plan ››
02 Nov 2016Trainer Bryce Heys has had his eye on the Darley Classic since before Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) had his first race start. Spieth, who Heys purchased from Trelawney Stud's 2014 NZB Yearling draft for $200,000, lines up in Saturday's Gr
Exciting mare keeps unbeaten record ››
01 Nov 2016Rising star Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) was untroubled at Ellerslie on Tuesday to maintain her perfect form line. The unbeaten High Chaparral mare gave rider Danielle Johnson an easy time of it by making the running in the Auckla
Antonio Lombardo to relish Tauranga dropback ››
27 Oct 2016Multiple Group One performer Antonio Lombardo (Pins x Petit Verdot) will cap his leadup for the Gr.2 Stella Artois Tauranga Stakes (1600m) at Tauranga on November 12 when he contests Saturday's Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom Handicap (1300m) at
Passing of I'm In Heaven ››
21 Oct 2016Trelawney lost an old friend this week with grand mare I’m In Heaven (Volksraad) passing away. Owned by Judi Wanless, I’m In Heaven was a six-time winner in Australia and went on to be a fabulous broodmare producing six winners f
Gallops a breeze for Ready to Run prospects ››
20 Oct 2016Trelawney’s nine two-year-olds have breezed up ahead of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale in November. The quickest of the bunch was the Stratum x Lagonissi gelding (pictured at Waipa) who recorded a time of 11.30sec. 
Spieth gets lightning win for Brent and Cherry Taylor ››
18 Oct 2016Trelawney Stud proprietors Brent and Cherry Taylor were lucky enough to be in Sydney to witness their latest stakes winning graduate Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) win the Listed City Tattersall's Lighting Stakes. "It was very exciting, we wer
One ride and it's Olympic gold for Rodd ››
16 Oct 2016Olympic Anthem (StarCraft x Fire Song) and jockey Michael Rodd again proved they form a lethal combination with yet another win on Friday night.   The Australian rider has partnered the Trelawney Stud graduate at six of his previous 14 st
Spieth overcomes slow start in Lightning ››
16 Oct 2016Trainer Bryce Heys has refused to be drawn on Spieth's (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) next assignment, preferring to let him get over his first stakes win at Randwick. The lightly raced four-year-old missed the start of the Listed Tattersalls Li
2yos on song ahead of breeze ups ››
13 Oct 2016Trelawney’s nine entrants in the upcoming NZB Ready to Run sale are nearing the end of their preparation leading into the breeze ups to be held next week. The two-year-olds are currently in the care of Clayton Chipperfield completing their
Spieth could tee off in Listed Lightning ››
10 Oct 2016With six horses in work, Bryce Heys wants to make sure exciting sprinter Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) and his little brother Travancore (Savabeel) have every possible chance to win at their first outings in Listed company. The
War trial not necessary - straight to front line ››
07 Oct 2016Sunday’s leading Panasonic Kranji Mile contender War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) was a late scratching at the barrier trials on Tuesday, but trainer Bruce Marsh reassured there was nothing amiss with the champion galloper.   The K
King's Man on the board ››
03 Oct 2016The lightly raced King’s Man (Iffraaj x Ruqqaya) broke through for his maiden win on Saturday night at Sha Tin when heading off a 14-strong field over 1400m. The four-year-old was bred by Trelawney Stud and is the first foal for Ruqqaya (Va
Francaletta maintains unbeaten record with classy display ››
02 Oct 2016On a day where punters took a bath supporting a host of well favoured candidates it was unbeaten mare Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) who restored their faith when she dominated her opposition to score handsomely in the Stella Artois sp
Seamus hoping to be famous again ››
29 Sep 2016Famous Seamus (NZ) (Elusive City x Clinique) will contest Saturday’s Gr.2 Premiere Stakes, a race he won in 2014. A Group One BTC Cup winner, Famous Seamus has struggled to find form since winning the Gr.3 Kevin Hefferman Stakes in 2015,
Savvan super at Kembla ››
27 Sep 20162015 NZB Premier graduate Savvan (Savabeel x Ruud Van Slaats) broke her maiden status at Kembla Grange on Tuesday when winning over 1600m. It was just the fourth start for the James Cummings-trained 3yo filly who ran second on debut at Warwick Fa
Battle is on as Kranji Mile-bound War Affair wins ››
26 Sep 2016After a seemingly never-ending spree of health setbacks and stop-and-starts around his racing comeback, champion galloper War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) finally bounced back to the big time with a stellar winning performance in the $125,000 K
Beasley says War Affair is primed for battle ››
24 Sep 2016Jockey Danny Beasley is not too worried about the big call he made on War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) after his comeback run from a long break two weeks ago, confident the champion galloper can back his judgement with an improved run second-up
Dicaprio doesn't drive Laxon round the bend anymore ››
24 Sep 2016A much better-behaved DiCaprio (Pins x Clermont Princess) came with a searching run to land his maiden success at his fourth Singapore outing on Friday night.   The son of Pins, who was sold from Trelawney's 2015 NZB Select draft, ce
Return Hastings trip on the cards ››
22 Sep 2016Unbeaten mare Francaletta is likely to be back in action on the third day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival. The daughter of High Chaparral who was sold from Trelawney's 2014 Easter draft followed up her Matamata debut win with success in a
Smart mare maintains owner’s hot streak ››
17 Sep 2016Unbeaten mare Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) has continued the golden run on both sides of the Tasman being enjoyed by her Wellington-based owner Lib Petagna. The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-prepared mare was a runaway debut win
Indecision on the hunt for stakes win ››
16 Sep 2016Per Incanto filly Indecision (x Yeah Nah) will step up to stakes level on Saturday when lining up in the Gr.3 Hawke's Bay Breeders' Gold Trail Stakes. After winning on debut in June at Avondale the 3yo filly failed to fire in her last start at Rua
Marsh pleased with War Affair's first-up run ››
14 Sep 2016War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) did not score first-up from a long break on Friday, but while fans were a little down there was to be no fairytale comeback, trainer Bruce Marsh was far from disappointed.   After taking over the 2014 Singapor
Suavito retired to stud ››
13 Sep 2016Two-time Group One winner Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha has been retired following her uncharacteristic performance in this month's Group Two Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes. Trainer Nigel Blackiston has released the following statement:
Mare franks high opinion ››
09 Sep 2016Promising High Chaparral mare Francaletta (x Snow Peak) made no mistake as she produced an impressive performance to score by three and a half lengths on debut at Matamata on Wednesday. The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained filly was se
Spal-War rumble less loud, but still well worth the wait ››
07 Sep 2016Just over a year ago, the stage was set for what was billed as the match-race of the century, but who would have thought then it would take another one long year for it to finally materialise.   War Affair (pictured above), the then reigning 2
Suavito racing career in limbo ››
05 Sep 2016There is a chance Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) has run her last race with connections to discuss the dual Group 1 winner's future in coming days. The daughter of Thorn Park disappointed trainer Nigel Blackiston when she finished 10th, beat
Smerdon to chase black type with Dulverton ››
03 Sep 2016The task that now confronts Robert Smerdon is to find a black-type race for Dulverton (Commands x Rathlin Island) after her return to winning form at Moonee Valley. Dulverton landed her second metropolitan success in the William Hill Handicap on S
Hawtin hoping to give stallion a flying start ››
02 Sep 2016Brendon Hawtin is bullish about his prospects of providing the former New Zealand Horse of the Year Ocean Park (Thorn Park x Sayyida) with the perfect opening to his stallion career. He will present the first race day representative of
Take two with the Blinkers for Suavito ››
01 Sep 2016Flemington trainer Nigel Blackiston has made a cautious gear change to Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) ahead of Saturday’s Gr.2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Mooney Valley.   “We are going to apply the blinkers,”
No Jumbo Jet for War Affair ››
31 Aug 2016Impatient fans of War Affair will have to cool their heels a little longer after his name was out of the list of entries for this Sunday’s Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m).   The $200,000 Group 3 race was pencilled in as a possible comeback race
Travancore to the fore at Newcastle  ››
28 Aug 2016Trainer Bryce Heys has unveiled an exciting Caulfield Guineas prospect in Trelawney graduate Travancore (Savabeel x Stella Livia) who won impressively at Newcastle on Saturday. Having just his second start, Travancore jumped and settled at the re
Marsh not rushing to comitt War Affair ››
24 Aug 2016Trainer Bruce Marsh is taking no chances with War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique)even after a barrier trial he described as “perfect” on Tuesday morning.   The 2014 Singapore Horse of the Year and multiple-Group winner stepped out fo
Famous Seamus ready for another spring ››
20 Aug 2016Veteran Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) will be out to upstage his younger rivals with his trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith keen to get his campaign started on an improving track. Now an eight-year-old, Famous Seamus has had mixed fortunes
2015/16 season another success ››
19 Aug 2016The early months of the 2015/2016 racing season saw some seasoned campaigners collect further black type honours, with the second half unveiling some exciting debutants who stamped their mark as ones to watch in the future. Domestically Trelawne
Suavito pleases in PB Lawrence run ››
16 Aug 2016With first-up form at Caufield over 1400m and in Group 1 races, there was always a little pressure on Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) to perform in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes. Trainer Nigel Blackiston was pleased with Suavito&rsqu
Suavito ready for Lawrence Stakes ››
10 Aug 2016Since Suavito’s (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) return to Nigel Blackiston's Flemington stable in mid May, Blackiston and connections remained open to running her first-up in either the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes this Satu
Heys looks for Spieth to strike Lightning ››
02 Aug 2016Talented sprinter Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) will be aimed at the City Tattersalls Club Lightning at Randwick. Spieth returned to trainer Bryce Heys' Warwick Farm stables on Monday as a four-year-old with four wins from seven sta
No spring rush for smart 3YO ››
27 Jul 2016The connections of the talented Cambridge filly Serious Satire aren’t in a hurry to get her back into action. She returned home from Australia in the autumn for a spell following a below par performance at Rosehill. “She’s sti
Blackiston backs Suavito over 2000m ››
19 Jul 2016Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) is on a pathway towards running over her favourite track/trip - the 1400m at Caulfield - but trainer Nigel Blackiston believes she can still show her worth over longer. The Thorn Park mare is an ever-consistent p
Oliver reunites with Suavito in jump-out ››
16 Jul 2016Damien Oliver has reunited with dual Group One winner Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) in a jump-out at Flemington and will have first call on the ride when the mare resumes next month. Oliver has won five races on Suavito including the 2015 G
Master of milestones ››
10 Jul 2016Jockey Brad Rawiller booted home Master Of Arts (Mastercraftsman x Petit Verdot) to give trainer Darren Weir a century of Melbourne wins for the season in Saturday’s Banjo Paterson Series Final (2600m) at Flemington. Master Of Arts
Mighty Warrior to contest Derby ››
08 Jul 2016Trelawney Stud's 2013 NZB graduate Might Warrior (Savabeel x Pin Oak) will contest Sunday's SING Gr.1 Singapore Derby. The James Peters trained Mighty Warrior is regarded as having the ability to stay all day. He has a short burst and needs to hav
Spieth to be kept for Spring ››
01 Jul 2016Sydney trainer Bryce Heys has decided to give exciting sprinter Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) an early winter break rather than tackle the Listed A.R Creswick Final (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday week. Heys was in Melbourne on Thursday
Syrahbeel comes up trumps at Geelong ››
30 Jun 20162014 NZB Premier graduate Syrahbeel (Savabeel x Syrah) continued her love affair with midweek racing at Geelong with another win on Wednesday. The $150,000 purchase who is trained by Danny O'Brien has had three runs on the track since May for tw
Dulverton relishes soft track at Sandown ››
29 Jun 2016Dulverton's (Commands x Rathlin Island) Queensland Oaks mission didn't pan out how trainer Robert Smerdon hoped but the filly has returned to Melbourne with a stylish win at Sandown. Freshened since finishing 26 lengths from the winner when 13th i
LISTEN: Heys on Spieth's Flemington win ››
27 Jun 2016Up and coming trainer Bryce Heys discusses Spieth's (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) Flemington win down the straight on Saturday. Plenty of improvement to come and win was on raw ability. Click here to listen..
Master of Arts brings up Trelawney double ››
26 Jun 2016The Darren Weir trained Master of Arts (Mastercraftsman x Petit Verdot) gave Trelawney stud a Flemington double when winning over 2520m. The 4yo gelding jumped well from the inside draw and settled midfield.  At the 650 jockey Michael Dee m
Spieth impresses in Flemington debut win ››
26 Jun 2016Promising colt Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) has passed his first test down the Flemington straight, but trainer Bryce Heys and jockey Craig Williams are confident there is improvement to come. Sydney-based Heys was keen to try Spieth do
Suavito building up for new season return ››
26 Jun 2016Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) already has the C F Orr Stakes and Futurity Stakes on her resume and will be given the chance to add another of Caulfield's weight-for-age sprints early in the new season. The rising six-year-old is back in wor
LISTEN: Heys on Spieth ahead of Flemington ››
24 Jun 2016Bryce Heys, expatriate kiwi trainer who will saddle Spieth Thorn Park x Stella Livia) on Saturday at Flemington Click here to listen to the interview ..
Weir turns to jumps for Masterstroke ››
24 Jun 2016Australia's leading trainer Darren Weir is confident the old trick of some jumps schooling will get Master Of Arts (Mastercraftsman x Petit Verdot) back on the winners' list at Flemington on Saturday. The Warrnambool Cup winner was beaten last
Champion galloper back on the Warpath ››
22 Jun 2016Champion galloper War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) has taken another small step closer to his racing comeback after he was recently seen working on the main training tracks at Kranji.   Already beset by injuries that curtailed his 2015 Singap
Spieth bound for Flemington ››
21 Jun 2016Bryce Heys is keen to unleash Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) down the straight at Flemington on Saturday and the young Sydney trainer has booked Craig Williams for the ride. Spieth has created a strong impression recording back-to-back wins
Heys hitting the mark with rising sprinter ››
10 Jun 2016 Doing very little with Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia) in the first two seasons of his racing career could be the making of Bryce Heys as a racehorse trainer. This reads like an oxymoron but it makes sense when applied to how Heys
Well-related filly too good ››
08 Jun 2016Indecision (Per Incanto x Yeah Nah) showed she had inherited a good measure of the family ability with a smart first-up victory at Avondale on Wednesday. The Tony Pike-trained half-sister by Per Incanto to the triple Group One winner Viadana jumpe
James romanticises over idea of second Oaks win ››
03 Jun 2016Cambridge trainer Roger James has no idea how Romantic Maid might handle a wet track for Saturday's Gr.1 Queensland Oaks but can list few other negatives for the progressive High Chaparral filly.   Romantic Maid arrived in Brisbane earlier
Passing of two grand mares ››
27 May 2016Sadly two highly valued members of the Trelawney broodmare band were laid to rest on Friday.  At 25 years old Carmel Valley could be considered a matriarch of the Trelawney broodmare band having been purchased at a young age by Brent when
Imported mares pay dividends ››
25 May 2016Imported mare Enide (GB) (Shamardal) had a further pedigree update over the weekend with Saent (IRE) (Strategic Prince) winning the Gr.2 Italian Derby. Enide was purchased by Trelawney with the help of bloodstock agent Paul Moroney.  Since ar
Sensational Spieth wins again ››
22 May 2016Young trainer Bryce Heys stamped himself as one to watch, as did his three-year-old colt Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia), which made a mess of rivals in Saturday's Merman and Sydeston Benchmark 78 Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill. Spieth was sent out
3YO filly on Serious Aust assignment ››
19 May 2016Having a horse with Australian spring potential might just be the best way for a New Zealand trainer to cope with a long and unforgiving winter. At least that's what Stephen Marsh is counting on as he prepares to run Serious Satire (More Than Rea
Geelong double for Trelawney graduates ››
18 May 2016A Tuesday meeting at Geelong proved a happy hunting ground for Victorian trainer Danny O'Brien with Trelawney graduates.  2014 NZB purchase Gervais (Rip Van Winkle x My Funny Face) (pictured) showed a turn around in form when winning ov
Heys weighs up Syd, Bris races for Spieth ››
18 May 2016A Sydney benchmark race is firming as the most likely of three options trainer Bryce Heys has in mind for promising three-year-old Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia). An untapped sprinter, Spieth is nominated for three races on Saturday, includin
Romantic Maid stakes Oaks claim ››
18 May 2016Cambridge filly Romantic Maid was successful at Ipswich on Wednesday confirming her path to the Gr.1 Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm on June 4. Roger James was delighted to see his High Chaparral filly deliver in a three-year-old event over 2000
Procurement retired ››
16 May 2016Multiple winner and stakes performer Procurement (O'Reilly x Procure) has run her last race. Bred and raced by Trelawney and Whakanui Studs, the O’Reilly mare was trained by Stephen Marsh to win four races and she was placed in the Gr.3 Cuddle
Roger James aiming at Qld Classic ››
16 May 2016Queensland Oaks hopeful Romantic Maid is in danger of missing a start in a Group Three race in Brisbane and could instead run in a midweek benchmark race at Randwick. New Zealand trainer Roger James has accepted with the filly on Wednesday as insura
Olympic Anthem scores in a thriller ››
15 May 2016A cliffhanger of a finish saw Olympic Anthem (StarCraft x Fire Song) get the verdict in a five-way go to the line on Friday night.   The Starcraft five-year-old has now strung two wins together, a rarity for the China Horse Club-owned che
2016 Weanling and Broodmare Sale  ››
13 May 2016The 2016 NZB Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale has been hailed a resounding success with records smashed in each session. All bar one of the Trelawney draft were sold, with the top price being $23,000 for Prosperity (Iffraaj), a half-s
Classic targets still on James' radar ››
13 May 2016Roger James isn't done with his hunt for Classic success for the season.   The Cambridge trainer has The Hassler and Romantic Maid in contention for Brisbane next month, last-start Gr.2 Championship Stakes winner The Hassler is on track for th
Famous Seamus to put his name in lights ››
28 Apr 2016A change in his travel routine is expected to help spark Group One winner Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) back to top form during his fourth Brisbane campaign. Famous Seamus returns to the scene of his biggest win when he contests the Gro
Richie McHorse clears maiden in style ››
23 Apr 2016Dual World Cup-winning All Blacks captain Richie McCaw's talented namesake Richie McHorse (Redoute's Choice x Boundless) got the day’s Ellerslie action underway with a smart win in the Stella Artois 1600. A fast-finishing third on debut over 1
Manco Easter Stakes for Mabeel ››
21 Apr 2016Mabeel (Savabeel x Ma), who is a leading prospect after his impressive last start win in the Listed Fairdale – Goodwood Studs Flying Handicap (1400m) at Awapuni early this month, will line up in Saturday's Gr.1 Manco Easter Stakes at Ellerslie.
Queensland trip on the line for Romantic Maid ››
21 Apr 2016Romantic Maid  (High Chaparral x Returntosender) will attempt to turn the tables on stablemate The Hassler and defeat some promising young stayers in the Gr.2 Championship Stakes at Ellerslie on Saturday to seal her place on a flight to Queensla
Terrifique at Te Aroha ››
21 Apr 2016Terrifique (Teofilo x Bright Beauty) lined up at Te Aroha midweek in just his second career start and came away with a win despite doing everything wrong in the running. The 3yo gelding was foaled, reared and educated at Trelawney for Joan Egan.&n
Viva Vinevale ››
21 Apr 2016  Impressive on debut in December, Vinevale (Flying Spur x Eden Valley) again proved herself fresh up with a big win in the Te Aroha Liquor Centre Rating 65 over 1200m. Off 74 days, and an ideal preparatory trial over 1000 metres at Avondale
Famous Seamus wins trial ››
19 Apr 2016Stable star Famous Seamus has shown trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith he is ready for his upcoming Brisbane campaign with a barrier trial win at Hawkesbury. Famous Seamus is at his best on firm surfaces. He pleased his trainer with his 1000m-trial
Suavito in frame for Champions Mile start ››
07 Apr 2016Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) will chase her third career Group One win in the Queen of the Turf Stakes at Randwick ahead of a possible overseas campaign. The Nigel Blackiston-trained mare is one of 14 horses invited to run in th
Hastings next for Procurement ››
06 Apr 2016Procurement (O'Reilly x Procure) will trek south later this month in the hunt for the first black type victory of her career. “She’ll head to Hawke’s Bay on the 16th for the Listed open sprint,” trainer Stephen Marsh
Suavito progresses well towards G1 Queen of the Turf ››
04 Apr 2016Nigel Blackiston gives an update on Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) as she heads towards the G1 Queen of the Turf stakes.  Listen here: ..
Golden moments all round as Olympic Anthem scores ››
02 Apr 2016Olympic Anthem’s (StarCraft x Fire Song) sensational win on Friday achieved three firsts of sorts with the most significant being James Peters’ first win as a trainer in his own right, and the other two, close placegetters in a photo
Procurement toughs it out to win at Ellerslie ››
02 Apr 2016The Trelawney bred and owned Procurement (O'Reilly x Procure) dug deep to win at Ellerslie over 1200m on Saturday. This was the fourth win for the five-year-old mare who is trained by Stephen Marsh.  Procurement jumped well before s
Randwick rain a nuisance for Famous Seamus ››
31 Mar 2016Give Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) an inside barrier and a firm racing surface and his bona fides as a Group One sprinter are rarely in doubt. In the $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, Famous Seamus has one but not
Easter yearlings arrive safe and well ››
30 Mar 2016Trelawney's five yearlings entered in the Inglis Easter Yearling sale have arrived on the complex.  They have travelled well, settled in and are available for inspection from Wednesday morning in Stable 1. Trelawney has been selecting a small
Serious Satire back on track ››
29 Mar 2016Group Three-winning filly Serious Satire (More Than Ready x Zarzuela) had a hit-out at the Matamata trials last week as she builds toward a return to the racetrack.  “She’s big in condition,” trainer Stephen Marsh said. &
Weather to decide filly’s weekend destination ››
29 Mar 2016Track conditions will determine where the unbeaten filly Romantic Maid (High Chaparral x Returntosender) steps out this weekend. Cambridge trainer Roger James is keeping his options open with the exciting three-year-old daughter of High Chaparr
Well-bred filly heading for the top  ››
14 Mar 2016Romantic Maid (High Chaparralx Returntosender) has quickly turned her racing fortunes around, so much so that trainer Roger James believes she is capable of making her mark at Group One level in Australia during her first preparation. “I
Sad passing of Real Success ››
11 Mar 2016Trelawney are sad to announce the passing of Real Success (Success Express).  At 26 years of age Real Success had been retired from breeding and was living out her final years in the all-important roll as a nanny.  In 2014 she proved to be
Overseas trip beckons for Suavito ››
09 Mar 2016Dual Group 1-winner Suavito is set to take her talents overseas with connections targeting races in Hong Kong and Royal Ascot. Nigel Blackiston’s mare will compete in Saturday’s Australian Cup at Flemington before heading to the Group 1
WATCH- Stephen Marsh on Procurement  ››
09 Mar 2016Trainer Stephen Marsh discusses his Gr.2 Westbury Classic contender Procurement: Click here to view..
Suavito ready for 2000m in Australian Cup ››
07 Mar 2016Nigel Blackiston is confident the rise to 2000 metres will be perfect for Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) when the mare chases another Group One victory in the Australian Cup. A first-up winner of the C F Orr Stakes over 1400m, Suavito was kept
Famous Seamus back in Liverpool City Cup ››
27 Feb 2016The positives outweigh the negatives by two to one for Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) going into the Liverpool City Cup, a race not originally on his program. Trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith planned to start the Group One winner in the Canter
Overseas targets beckon for Suavito ››
25 Feb 2016An international campaign could be on the agenda for Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha)after she runs in the Australian Cup. Trainer Nigel Blackiston confirmed he had fielded queries from Hong Kong and Royal Ascot representatives about taking th
Romantic Maid stars at Avondale ››
25 Feb 2016Roger James unveiled an exciting new talent at Avondale this afternoon when Romantic Maid(High Chaparral x Returntosender)  burst away from her rivals to win the NZ All Golds Cosmopolitan Club 1400 by three and a quarter lengths. Ridden by
Suavito draws favourably in G1 Futurity ››
24 Feb 2016A quality field of 11 runners is set to tackle the weight-for-age Futurity Stakes at Caulfield. Impressive first-up CF Orr Stakes winner Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) will defend her 2015 Futurity title on Saturday and has drawn ideall
Australian Cup firming for Suavito ››
23 Feb 2016Trainer Nigel Blackiston has his sights firmly set on next month’s $1.5 million Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington for his star mare Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha). The daughter of Thorn Park resumed from a lengthy layoff to beat
Tivaci claims CS Hayes Stakes  ››
23 Feb 2016The fortunes of two sought-after stallion prospects have swung on the result of a protest hearing at Flemington. The Darren Weir-trained Palentino was first past the post in the Group Three CS Hayes Stakes ahead of the Mike Moroney-trained Tivaci
Weatherly to skip Blue Diamond ››
23 Feb 2016Scone horseman Paul Messara and connections have opted to not pay the hefty 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes late entry fee to get last weekend’s Talindert Stakes winner Weatherly into the Group 1 field this weekend. Beneteau colt Weatherl
Suavito well after C.F. Orr win ››
16 Feb 2016NIgel Blackiston reports that Suavito has pulled up well following her Gr.1 victory in the C.F. ORR Stakes and is on target to defend her Futurity Stakes title. View video here..
Suavito Orr-some in star-studded field ››
14 Feb 2016Trelawney born and raised Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) has returned from injury to upstage a star-studded field in the CF Orr Stakes, providing jockey Luke Currie with his first Group One win in more than a decade. The Nigel Blackisto
Seton Otway inducted into NZ Racing Hall of Fame ››
13 Feb 2016Seton Otway was honoured for his contribution to the breeding industry and inducted into the NZ Racing Hall of Fame at the 2016 edition of the awards. As the founder of Trelawney Stud, home to the champion sire Foxbridge, who won 11 consecuti
Time off a blessing for Suavito ››
11 Feb 2016Missing the spring carnival was never the plan for Suavito (NZ) (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) but the layoff could prove a blessing in disguise for the classy mare.
WATCH: Peter McKay - Antonio Lombardo ››
11 Feb 2016Trainer Peter McKay chats with Aidan Rodley about his Gr.1 NRM Sprint contender Antonio Lombardo.
2016 Karaka summary ››
08 Feb 2016The 2016 NZB Karaka sales have come to a close with a successful result for Trelawney Stud across both the Premier and Select sessions.
Star Choice puts up stellar show on debut ››
06 Feb 2016The Raffles Racing Stable seems to be enjoying a new lease of life after another debutant of theirs scored on debut on Friday.  
War Affair to be backed off for two months ››
03 Feb 2016 Champion galloper War Affair’s (O'Reilly x Kristique) 2016 stop-and-start campaign has been put on hold again following some concerns over his fitness.
NZB Select Session summary ››
30 Jan 2016The 2016 NZB sales have come to a close with the Select session finishing the auction on a successful note for Trelawney. Six of the seven yearlings were purchased in the ring, with the Savabeel x Starring colt (pictured) topping the dra
She smashes them- again! ››
30 Jan 2016Given an armchair ride in front by Cameron Lammas, Smashing (4 m Pins – Ruud Van Slaats) had too many wheels in the $25,000 New World Wellington City Rating 85 1200 metres on Saturday January 30 at Trentham. Back in class after a solid effort
Karaka day two summary ››
27 Jan 2016With the Premier session of the NZ Bloodstock sales at a close Trelawney have successfully sold the majority of their yearlings and retained a top 10 spot in the leading vendor by aggregate rankings. The second day of the Premier session was a bus
Karaka Day One summary ››
25 Jan 2016As the curtain comes down on the first day of the Premier session at Karaka Trelawney Stud are pleased to see that their yearlings are meeting the market. "We have had a strong sale with the four nice colts we presented" said Brent Taylor.
War Affair crowned Champion 4yo and Champion Miler ››
22 Jan 2016Trelawney Stud's 2012 NZB Premier graduate War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) was crowned Champion 4yo and Champion Miler at Thursday night's 2015 Singapore Racing awards. The previous Singapore Horse of the Year War showed he was still a majo
2016 Karaka update- January 20 ››
20 Jan 2016The Premier yearlings have arrived at Karaka and are settled in well to their new environment.  They had a busy few weeks leading into their departure with parades, getting their shoes on, Trish Dunell taking photos, and having the last minute t
Blackiston buoyed by Suavito hit-out ››
15 Jan 2016Classy mare Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) took another step towards her return from injury with a jumpout at Flemington on Friday. The Group 1-winning daughter of Thorn Park hasn’t raced since she finished unplaced in the Doncaster Mile
Nick Fairweather and Chad Ormsby get down to Karaka Million business with Fortaleza  ››
15 Jan 2016Ballymore Stables racing manager Nick Fairweather and co-trainer Chad Ormsby are stars with their business community.  They are absolute favourites of two Matamata businesswomen and their stocks will rise further if Fortaleza (Darci Brahma x Bu
Quinella for Trelawney graduates ››
09 Jan 2016The Pukekohe Veterinary Centre 1400m at Ellerslie proved to be a happy hunting ground for Trelawney Stud graduates with Saavoya (Savabeel x Royal Prize) and Endorsement (Nadeem x Mistrale) providing the farm with a quinella.  The Murray Bake
War trials under new alliance ››
06 Jan 2016Last year’s Singapore Horse of the Year War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) stepped out for his first 2016 barrier trial on Tuesday complete with a new-look team.   Still carrying a bit of condition, the champion galloper enjoyed an easy s
Antonio Lombardo decisive at Tauranga ››
02 Jan 2016Proven sprinter Antonio Lombardo (Pins x Petit Verdot) showed just how good he can be when he streeted his rivals to win the New World Summer Cup (1400m) at Tauranga. Relishing the heavy underfoot conditions the now seven-year-old gelding settl
Duchess Kate upstages older rivals ››
28 Dec 2015Duchess Kate looks a three-year-olds to follow with confidence after a sterling effort at Ellerslie on Monday. She successfully took on the older horses to win The New Zealand Herald 1400 and will continue her progress in up
Astrid Awesome ››
27 Dec 2015Astrid (Pins x Astralita) staved off an inquiry for victory on Boxing Day in The Speight’s Ale House Rating 75 1400 metres at Awapuni. After crossing the line virtually in unison with stable-mate Opulent, Astrid survived a protest fr
2016 Karaka update- December 23 ››
23 Dec 2015Tuesday was busy with parades.  The morning session saw the full draft viewed by Trent Busuttin, Natalie Young, Stephen Marsh, Albert Bosma of Go Racing, bloodstock agent Barry Lee, and Bruce Wallace’s stable represented Allan Peard.&nbs
Vitesse impressive at Te Rapa  ››
20 Dec 2015Progressive three-year-old filly Vitesse (Makfi x Keepa Cheval) will tackle the big guns at Ellerslie at her next start after she broke through for her maiden victory at Te Rapa on the weekend.  This will provide the opportunity for an important
2016 Karaka update- December 18 ››
18 Dec 2015We have had several parades this week, with the yearlings getting into the routine of presenting themselves for inspection.  We have had Champion Thoroughbreds visit, who currently have Slumberland (Rip Van Winkle x Ruud Van Slaats), a half to L
Classified wins first battle for Marsh-Warplan team ››
14 Dec 2015Race-favourite Classified (Savabeel x Fire Song) gave the new Bruce Marsh-Warplan Racing Stable their first fillip with an all-the-way victory in the $65,000 Initiation race over 1600m on Sunday.   The local outfit moved five horses from
Trainer Chris So has Hong Kong Sprint ambition for rising Fabulous One ››
14 Dec 2015The international day undercard has long been a pointer to future success and Chris So Wai-yin certainly hopes the trend can continue with Fabulous One (Elusive City x Beautiful Unicorn) after the exciting sprinter continued his rapid ascension throu
2016 Karaka update- December 11 ››
11 Dec 2015It has been a relatively quiet week for the yearlings.  We paraded for Kieran Moore on Tuesday, though the elements were not in our favour and the wind made it a bit of an unpleasant experience for all concerned.  We have had time to fit
Cummings import produces ultimate shock ››
10 Dec 2015The Anthony Cummings-trained Ultimate Shock (Falkirk x Star) emerged from equine obscurity to win first-up at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. The five-year-old gelding was having only his second start in a race when lining up in the TAB Rewards Handica
Fortaleza back in work ››
10 Dec 2015 The Mike Moroney-trained Fortaleza (Darci Brahma x Bunyah) remains on target for next month’s Karaka Million after overcoming a setback that caused her to miss an intended start last month.   The 2yo filly, sold from Trelawney's
Blackiston: Suavito is one of my toughest ››
07 Dec 2015Trainer Nigel Blackiston said Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) has every chance of hitting the same heights she reached in the spring of 2014 and autumn this year, when she returns from injury in the New Year. Blackiston's star mare is
Torba delivers in style at Trentham  ››
06 Dec 20152013 sales graduate Torba (Elusive City x Tinkerbabu) proved her young trackwork rider’s judgement was spot on when she delivered her third win in just four starts with a comprehensive victory at Trentham on Saturday. The four-year-old Elusive
2016 Karaka update- December 3 ››
03 Dec 2015We kicked off the week with another parade, this time for an Australian based group organised by Grant Morgan of Ontrack Thoroughbreds.  The weather held off for a late afternoon parade followed by drinks and nibbles overlooking a paddock of m
Vinevale debuts in style ››
02 Dec 2015Vinevale (3 f Flying Spur – Eden Valley, by Zabeel) could not have been more impressive on debut when winning the Racecourse Parade Maiden 3YO 1200 metres on Dec. 2 at Avondale. The writing was on the wall for the Trelawney Stud filly, traine
Fabulous One makes it three in a row ››
30 Nov 2015Promising four-year-old Fabulous One (Elusive City Beautiful Unicorn) led all the way at Sha Tin on Sunday for another win by a big space, this time with Zac Purton riding, as his trainer  Chris So Wai-yin racks up an easy treble Boom
Scarlet's Secret contributes to stable quinella ››
26 Nov 2015Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh left Te Aroha racecourse today confident he has a further couple of strong prospects for the major three-year-old features. Already this season Marsh has unleashed the top fillies Serious Satire (More Than Ready x Zar
Smashing delivers fresh up ››
26 Nov 2015Smashing (Pins x Ruud Van Slaats) scored an impressive fresh up victory in the Ben Collins Electrical Rating 75 1000 metres at Te Aroha on Wednesday. Cameron Lammas caught a beautiful start on the four-year-old mare across the shorter trip to deliv
2016 Karaka update- November 24 ››
24 Nov 2015  The week has kicked off at full pace with Anthony Mithen’s tour group coming through on Monday, and the NZTM hosted Australian trainer’s tour on Tuesday.  This is a great opportunity to showcase the farm to visitors and get
Cal Isuzu next for Procurement ››
24 Nov 2015Talented mare Procurement will chase a breakthrough black type victory at Te Rapa at her next appearance. Placed in three of her last five starts, she had no luck when fifth in the Gr.2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Avondale at h
2016 Karaka update- November 17 ››
17 Nov 2015The Karaka yearlings have now officially started their prep and are settling into the life of a sales horse.  For the next ten weeks we will be giving a weekly update on their progress to give an insight into how we go about producing the next
2016 NZTBA Scholarship winners announced ››
16 Nov 2015The 2016 NZTBA Scholarship winners have been announced with Hannah Mee being awarded the Irish National Stud Scholarship sponsored by the Keith and Faith Taylor Charitable Trust. According to a previous recipient Shannon Taylor, who is now on the
Famous Seamus earns a spell ››
16 Nov 2015Hawkesbury trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith has chosen to give his stable stalwart Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) a short break after considering a trip to either Perth or New Zealand. Mayfield-Smith had options to consider after Fam
Famous Seamus wins Kevin Heffernan Stakes ››
15 Nov 2015Group One winner Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) has won for the first time in more than a year, adding another weight-for-age victory to his resume in the Kevin Heffernan Stakes. The Noel Mayfield-Smith trained seven-year-old has had
Count down on to Ready to Run Sale ››
12 Nov 2015The finishing touches are being put on Trelawney's five colts ahead of the NZB Ready to Run sale at Karaka starting on November 18. The colts are to be sold as part of George and Maryanne Simon's Mana Park draft.  The farm has had plenty
Blackiston eyeing autumn with Suavito ››
11 Nov 2015After a frustrating Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Nigel Blackiston is already looking towards the autumn with stable star Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha). Blackiston said Suavito’s injury was in no way career-threatening and the fi
Famous Seamus headlines Kevin Heffernan Stakes field ››
11 Nov 2015The 2015 Kevin Heffernan Stakes field has been released and Group 1 winner Famous Seamus (Elusive Quality x Clinique) will have the opportunity to return to winning form in the $150,000 event. Famous Seamus started his 2015 Spring Racing C
Maiden of the week ››
30 Oct 2015Gervais (Rip Van Winkle x My Funny Face) was today's ANZ Bloodstock News' the maiden of the week. The 3yo gelding was sold to Blue Sky Bloodstock for $80,000 from Trelawney's 2014 NZB Premier draft.  Trained by Danny O'Brien, Gervai
Derby campaign possible for Sultan Of Swing following debut win ››
28 Oct 2015Donna Logan knows a New Zealand Derby prospect when she sees one, and she says the Ellerslie classic is a possible target for Sultan Of Swing (Bachelor Duke x Queen Cha Cha) after an impressive debut win at Ellerslie today. Along with her late
Breeze Ups complete ››
21 Oct 2015Trelawney's six NZB Ready to Run colts breezed up on the second day of action at Te Rapa.  All performed at well and times are as follows: Lot 10 Savabeel x Pin Oak- 11.26 Lot 45 O'Reilly x Savabeel Star- 11.34 Lot 124 Jimmy Choux x With Ice-
2yo colts are ready to run ››
07 Oct 2015With the NZB Ready to Run breeze ups less than two weeks away, Clayton Chipperfield has stepped up the regime for Trelawney’s six 2yo colts in his care.  The breeze ups take place at Te Rapa on the 19th and 20th of October where each horse
Filly a serious Guineas prospect ››
04 Oct 2015Stephen Marsh can’t wait to get his outstanding filly Serious Satire (More Than Ready x Zarzuela) to Christchurch where he believes the combination of a mile and a roomy track will make her an even more potent force. The Cambridge trainer
Noel Mayfield-Smith discusses Famous Seamus on Racing Ahead ››
02 Oct 2015Noel Mayfield-Smith talks with Shane Anderson about Famous Seamus; how he has pulled up following the Theo Marks Stakes, and where to from here. ..
War Affair doubtful for Kranji Mile ››
22 Sep 2015Champion galloper War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) may have run out of time in his race to reach full fitness for the Group 1 Panasonic Kranji Mile (1600m) on October 4.   Unsighted since his narrow second to Quechua in the Group 1 Emirates S
Olympic Anthem hard to beat when right on song ››
19 Sep 2015Trainer Michael Freedman’s talented but unpredictable Olympic Anthem (StarCraft x Fire Song)finished the best to claim the $100,000 Kranji Stakes B race over 1000m on Polytrack on Friday night.   Freedman actually had the better-fancied
Sad passing of Luna Tudor ››
18 Sep 2015Trelawney Stud is sad to announce the passing of Luna Tudor (Military Plume x Moon Storm) due to post foaling complications.   The grand mare has been a well-loved member of the Trelawney family and leaves behind not only a great race record, b
Heys reveals exciting prospect in Spieth ››
17 Sep 2015Ex-pat Kiwi Bryce Heys looks to have an exciting prospect on his hands in three year-old colt Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia). Heys purchased Spieth from Trelawney Stud's 2014 NZB Premier draft, going to $200,000 to secure him.  Spiet
Antonio Lombardo on target to defend Hastings crown ››
13 Sep 2015Veteran sprinter Antonio Lombardo showed he is on target to defend his Gr. 3 Linwood Park Stud Spring Sprint title at Hastings in October with a resounding victory at Ruakaka on the weekend. The now seven-year-old galloper has been set for the featu
Mendip impresses in New Plymouth for Qatar Bloodstock ››
12 Sep 2015Mendip (Makfi x Primera Dama) carried the claret and gold colours of Qatar Bloodstock to victory in a dominant two and three-quarter length win in New Plymouth on Friday.  Sold from Trelawney Stud's 2014 NZB Karaka draft, the three
Trainer looking beyond Saturday with Famous Seamus ››
11 Sep 2015Hawkesbury trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith says timing and programming were contributing factors in deciding to resume Group I winning sprinter Famous Seamus over 1300 metres at Rosehill this Saturday. In an accomplished 39-start career, Famous Seamus
Waiting game for Tan before declaring War ››
10 Sep 2015Now that Spalato is not leaving the country, the next burning question is: “Will the match-race of the year against War Affair take place in the Kranji Mile after all?”  War Affair’s trainer Alwin Tan prefers to wait before gi
Shock withdrawal of War Affair ››
03 Sep 2015In news that will disappoint numerous racing fans, local and overseas, the much-anticipated two-horse race between War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) and Spalato will unfortunately not take place this Sunday.   On Thursday morning, Wa
Famous Seamus ready for Tramway ››
02 Sep 2015Trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith has had to rethink the spring program of Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) who starts first-up over 1400 metres in the Tramway. Jockey Glyn Schofield's enthusiasm about Famous Seamus after a gallop at Hawkesbury has
Fireworks expected from stellar Match-Race of the year ››
02 Sep 2015The mouth-watering clash long billed as the most electrifying two-horse-race in a long time has been getting the Kranji racing community all abuzz for weeks as War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) and Spalato go head-to-head in the $200,000 Group 3
Serious Satire an exciting prospect ››
31 Aug 2015Serious Satire (More Than Ready x Zarzuela) has her Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh guessing as to what heights she might scale in the future. “I don’t know how good she is, she’s certainly very progressive and she will get be
War Affair in mint condition at trials ››
21 Aug 2015Trainer Alwin Tan was glad he was around at one of two barrier trials set down for his champion War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) ahead of his much-awaited showdown with Spalato in the Group 3 Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m) on September 6.   Th
Massa Lu impresses in trial ››
19 Aug 2015Taupo Race Club hosted an exciting series of trials prior to today's meeting, including a heat that was won by Trelawney's 2014 NZB graduate Massa Lu (Makfi x Altesino). To view the trial click here Baker Racing's Andrew Forsman was interviewe
Bold Zamour upset in Grand National Hurdle ››
17 Aug 2015 A PERFECT combination of faith, skill and patience paid off in spades for trainer John O’Connor on Saturday when Bold Zamour (Zabeel x Love Mary) claimed an upset win in the $50,000 Grand National Hurdle at Morphettville.  The 
Smart ride sees Alasamo outstay rivals ››
03 Aug 2015 A clever ride from leading apprentice jockey Shafiq Rizuan saw Alasamo (NZ) (Alamosa x Mumbai) take home the $60,000 Open Benchmark 67 race over 2200m at Kranji on Sunday.  The winning move came when Shafiq wisely dropped anchor behind noted
McKays have strong hand for Ruakaka features ››
25 Jul 2015Matamata trainers Peter and Jacob McKay are poised to play leading roles at Saturday's Ruakaka meeting. The father and son trainers have key entries in both open handicaps - including Trelawney graduate Antonio Lombardo (Pins x Petit Verdot). Anton
Whitby targets Ryder in numbers ››
23 Jul 2015Charismatic Sydney owner Max Whitby might not get the three runners in Saturday's Listed Ryder Stakes at Otaki that he'd hoped for, but that doesn't mean he's any less optimistic that he can win.  The long time Trelawney client and friend is cur
Need for speed ››
15 Jul 2015This year the Catwalk Trust held their 10th annual fundraising bash with the glamour event revolving around the theme of "need for speed". Brent Taylor offered an exciting prize at the auction, the chance to drive with him in one of his famed rall
Suavito to skip the Spring ››
15 Jul 2015This year’s Futurity Stakes winner Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha), trained by Flemington conditioner Nigel Blackiston, was found to be suffering from bone chips in a knee which has forced her out of contention for 2015 Cox Plate. "Disapp
Ma Raison faces stakes test at Flemington ››
10 Jul 2015A filly trainer Nigel Blackiston believes has a bright future will get her first taste of stakes racing in the Taj Rossi Series Final at Flemington on Saturday. Ma Raison (Makfi x Rationalize) made an encouraging debut at Flemington two weeks
Wide gate seen as War Affair's only speed bump  ››
10 Jul 2015English writer Sydney Smith once said that obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals. Wednesday morning’s Emirates Singapore Derby Post Position Draw saw likely odds-on favourite War Affair draw barri
Wide draw no big deal ››
09 Jul 20152014 Singapore Horse of the Year War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) heads in to Sunday's Group 1 Emirates Singapore Derby with the first two legs of the four-year-old challenge already in the bag.  A horror barrier draw looked to throw a spanner
Dylan Treweek - Graduation 2015 ››
06 Jul 2015Over the past month things have really wound down at the stud. The mares are now all pregnant and living out in the paddocks with their young ones, grazing and enjoying the sun. The stallions have slowed down almost to a stop with only 1 or 2 covers
Great starts continue to make for great finishes ››
05 Jul 2015The term ‘raised and grazed’ is a popular catchcry allowing farms to lay claim to winners that have been produced but not necessarily sold under the stud banner.  Recent winners in Australia demonstrate the benefit and successful equ
Reith delivers on Hard to Hold ››
05 Jul 2015A perfectly-judged front-running ride by jockey Christian Reith provided the Bjorn Baker-trained Hard To Hold (Elusive City x Vanny Fair) with victory in the Ruben Guthrie in Cinemas July 16 Handicap (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday. Reith got t
Exciting opportunity available  ››
24 Jun 2015In conjunction with Easdon Lodge we are offering the 2013 Pins x Genuine Offer filly for sale.  We are looking for 4-6 likeminded individuals to purchase and race this strong, well balanced filly, aiming to target the NZ Oaks and other subse
Suavito gearing up for Group One races ››
22 Jun 2015Nigel Blackiston will have Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) primed for a first-up Group One win in the early spring, aiming for a repeat of his autumn training coup with the classy mare. Suavito began the autumn with victory in the Futuri
War Affair stamps his class in Patron's Bowl ››
22 Jun 2015Classy galloper War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) is one race away from the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge Triple Crown after he easily scooped up the second Leg, the $500,000 Group 1 Patron’s Bowl (1600m) on Sunday.   The perfect cl
Olympic Anthem sees his colours raised  ››
21 Jun 2015Olympic Anthem (StarCraft x Fire Song) lived up to his billing as the race favourite when he took out the $80,000 Class 3 race over 1100m in style on Friday. The Starcraft four-year-old went one better from his last start, where after catching
Laissez-faire approach with War Affair  ››
17 Jun 2015All eyes will be on War Affair this Sunday in the $500,000 Group 1 Patron’s Bowl race (1600m) as the current Singapore Horse-of-the-Year looks to add the 2nd Leg of the Singapore 4-Year-Old Challenge to his ever growing trophy cabinet. Ever si
Warhorse to stand at stud ››
17 Jun 2015NZ Champion 2YO of 2011-12 Warhorse (General Nediym x Rathlin Island) has been purchased at a recent online auction and is set to stand at Bombora Downs in Victoria.  Sold from Trelawney's 2010 NZB Premier draft, Warhorse went on to be Gener
Ritchie eyes lucrative summer with Twilight Offer  ››
07 Jun 2015Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie will send impressive Te Rapa winner Twilight Offer to the spelling paddock with the knowledge he has a quality staying prospect on his hands for the summer. The three-year-old daughter of Darci Brahma left a big impr
Embattled but War and class still prevail in Stewards' Cup ››
01 Jun 2015The unthinkable was, for a few shaky seconds, not a remote possibility anymore when red-hot favourite War Affair (NZ) (O'Reilly) came off a torrid run four wide and could not quite clear out as he normally does in the home straight, but cream ro
One-act affair on the cards ››
27 May 2015Trainer Alwin Tan is avoiding complacency even if star galloper War Affair seems to have frightened off his rivals for the upcoming $300,000 Group 2 Stewards’ Cup (1400m) on Sunday.   Launching his Triple Crown bid to the Singapore Four
Massa Lu saved for another day ››
22 May 2015Promising 2yo Massa Lu (Makfi x Altesino) has been scratched from Saturday's Great Northern Stakes as the track is a heavy 10 with further rain forecasted.  The 2014 NZB Premier graduate will now head to next week's Listed Castletown St
Tough task for Sancerre in Brisbane return ››
22 May 2015Dual Queensland winner Sancerre makes her return to Brisbane in Saturday's Gr.3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m), but Cambridge trainer Tony Pike has no false illusions about the task confronting her. Sancerre won at the Sunshine Coast and Ipswich last
NZB combined sale results ››
14 May 2015At the conclusion of the NZB Weanling, Broodmare, and Mixed Bloodstock Sale Trelawney has come out with some impressive statistics.  The Mastercraftsman x Suavito filly sold for $160,000 on Day One retained her crown of top priced lot in the com
Mastercraftsman filly tops day one ››
11 May 2015A daughter of Mastercraftsman played a starring role on the opening of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale. The youngster was consigned by Trelawney Stud and was knocked down to bloodstock agent Br
Big plans for Massa Lu ››
09 May 2015Australia is on the radar for Massa Lu (Makfi x Altesino), but whether it’s this season or next remains to be seen.  The two year old colt was sold to Bruce Perry from Trelawney's 2014 NZB Premier draft for $80,000. He opened his winning
2015 NZB Weanling Sale ››
07 May 2015This year Trelawney will be offering five weanlings for sale that offer valuable opportunities to the discerning purchaser.  The young stock hold potential as not only racing and breeding prospects, but also represent good options to pinhook for
Master Of Arts earns trip to Qld Derby ››
03 May 2015Trainer Darren Weir has added to his Group One arsenal heading to Brisbane following the win of Master Of Arts at Caulfield. Weir has nominated Trust In A Gust, Lucky Hussler, Unfurl, Keep The Klass, Rather Heroic and Master Of Arts (Mastercraftsm
Sancerre back to winning form ››
03 May 2015Talented four-year-old mare Sancerre (NZ) (O’Reilly) bounced back to winning form when she produced a dominant front running performance to down a handy rating 85 line-up in the Brighthill Farm 1200 at Te Rapa on Saturday. The Tony Pike traine
War Affair roars to life late in Lion City Cup  ››
27 Apr 2015Kranji race-goers were treated to a superb day of racing on Sunday where the major highlight was an adrenaline-pumping treat in the $500,000 Sgp Group 1 Lion City Cup (1200m) when Singapore Horse of the Year War Affair (NZ) (O'Reilly) came at the ele
War Affair returns in Lion City Cup ››
22 Apr 2015The long-awaited return of 2014 Singapore Horse of the Year War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) has finally arrived and it could not have been in a more mouth-watering clash than Sunday’s $500,000 Group 1 Lion City Cup (1200m), the final leg of t
Change of stable for Tougher Than Ever ››
20 Apr 2015Group One winner Tougher Than Ever (General Nediym x Rathlin Island) has had a change of stable ahead of a Queensland campaign.  The 2011 NZB Premier Sale graduate has joined the stable of Tasmanian trainer Scott Brunton. Tougher Than Ever is
Dylan Treweek's Irish adventures ››
15 Apr 2015Dylan Treweek was this year's recipient of the Trelawney sponsored Irish National Stud scholarship.  Below is the first of his blogs on his time spent overseas. The Beginning: The Irish National Stud Scholarship  My journey began saying
Suavito to spell ahead of possible Cox Plate start ››
15 Apr 2015Nigel Blackiston's top line mare Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) will definitely will not be racing until next spring.   Suavito scored at Group 1 level during the autumn carnival when she won the Futurity Stakes at Caulfield. She was
Wet track a concern for Famous Seamus ››
15 Apr 2015 Noel Mayfield-Smith is in the enviable position of having runners in the final two Group One races of the Sydney autumn carnival but the trainer admits track conditions will play against one of them. Proven performer Famous Seamus runs in Saturday
Easter sale round up ››
09 Apr 2015The recent Sydney Easter Sale provided much excitement with a strong and solid market for the popular lots.  Trelawney sold eight of the nine yearlings that made the trip, combining for an average of $280,625.  This was just short of the sa
War imminent ››
08 Apr 2015War Affair swept the competition aside in a show of raw power on Tuesday morning at the barrier trials, crossing the winning post a good 2 ½ lengths in front of the chasing pack. Coming out of the gates, the O'Reilly four-year-old
Smashing making good early impression ››
04 Apr 2015Smashing (Pins x Ruud Van Slaats) may not yet have enjoyed the racing success of her mother, but she is nevertheless fashioning a tidy record of her own. The Pins filly won for the third time from nine appearances for trainer Jason Bridgman when she
Weekend racing preview ››
04 Apr 2015Trelawney have another exciting weekend of racing ahead, with the added bonus of Monday fields due to the Easter Break. Te Aroha has four to mark on your card.  Race 2 is the Trelawney owned Smashing (Pins x Ruud Van Slaats) who is looking to i
Doncaster next assignment for Suavito ››
31 Mar 2015Flemington trainer Nigel Blackiston remained slightly anxious until he saw Suavito’s name in the final field for Saturday’s Group I Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick. Blackiston based Suavito’s entire campaign on getting the mare
Suavito gamble pays off ››
31 Mar 2015Nigel Blackiston expresses relief after punt on securing Suavito a start in the Doncaster Mile pays dividends. Click here to view video..
The Four Geldings stride to success ››
31 Mar 2015  To our supporters of whom there are so many: On behalf of The Four Geldings we would like to extend our many thanks for both your financial and moral support in making us the highest fundraising team in the Oxfam Challenge !!! Around $
Trelawney draft Sydney bound ››
31 Mar 2015This week nine yearlings will depart Trelawney bound for the upcoming Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.  It is an exciting draft providing the opportunity to buy yearlings by proven stallions out of strong female families.  The quality stock on
Marwood maintains perfect record ››
30 Mar 2015Classy sprinter Marwood (O'Reilly x Pernod) maintained his perfect first-up record when sweeping home from last to win Sunday’s Idetect Security Showcase Handicap (1100m) at Warrnambool. 2012 Easter graduate Marwood had won at the commencement
Suavito a step closer to Doncaster start ››
30 Mar 2015Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) appears set to gain a start in Saturday’s $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick after trainer Joe Pride confirmed Laser Hawk was out of the race. The in-form mare had already been borderli
2015 Doncaster Mile run likely for Suavito ››
25 Mar 2015A chat to Sydney racing officials convinced trainer Nigel Blackiston to bypass Friday night’s Group II Sunline Stakes (1600m) with the classy mare Suavito. Blackiston’s autumn aim was to get Suavito into the Doncaster Mile field but not
Procurement earns a shot at Te Aroha ››
25 Mar 2015Procurement’s last-start second at Wellington has given her connections the confidence to press on to a higher level with the mare. The Cambridge four-year-old was narrowly beaten by The Diamond One in the Gr.3 Cuddle Stakes and she will make
Debut win for Master of Arts ››
24 Mar 2015Broodmare Petit Verdot added another winner to her page when 3yo Master of Arts (Mastercraftsman) won on debut in Australia.  The grey gelding was purchased for $110,000 at the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale from Trelawney's draft and is raced
Well judged ride secures victory for McKay family ››
22 Mar 2015A heady ride to secure victory on grand campaigner Antonio Lombardo (Pins x Petit Verdot) at Tauranga on Saturday may have earned apprentice Shaun McKay a crack in stakes company on the venerable galloper. McKay showed plenty of initiative to s
The Four Geldings training update ››
20 Mar 2015With a week to go before their 100km trek, The Four Geldings are right on target with their training regime.  This week the guys completed a 23km walk over Mt Maungatautiri, some of it in the dark to simulate conditions during the actual event.&
Blackiston discusses star mare Suavito ››
17 Mar 2015Trainer Nigel Blackiston talks about his star mare Suavito and her Blamey Stakes win.
Suavito on a roll ››
15 Mar 2015Trelawney bred and raised Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) has continued on her winning way in the Group Two Blamey Stakes.  This followed on from her fresh up win in the Group One Futurity Stakes a fortnight ago. Suavito was a little slo
War Affair on target  ››
13 Mar 2015Singapore Horse of the Year War Affair (O’Reilly x Kristique) was back in action yesterday when winning his trial with ease.  Though he was not fully extended, it was obvious his trademark acceleration was there and he looks to be well on
Weekend racing preview ››
13 Mar 2015Trelawney is heading into another big weekend of racing with several lining up in stakes races.  Trelawney is currently standing on 32 Group 1 wins since the Taylor family took over in the 1990’s, and Trelawney bred or sold horses having w
NZ Oaks to decide Filly of the Year ››
12 Mar 2015Saturday’s Group 1 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks will decide who is crowned the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year.  Trelawney graduate Saavoya (Savabeel) currently leads the series on 23 points.  Just half a point behind is Platin
Feature race previews ››
11 Mar 2015Saturday's racing holds some exciting prospects for Trelawney graduates.  View the videos below to see how their connections see their chances. Cambridge trainer Murray Baker discusses his two Gr.1 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks runners Saavoya a
Saavoya looking to reclaim top spot ››
03 Mar 2015Saavoya (Savabeel x Royal Prize) will be looking for maximum points on Wednesday in the Group 3 $70,000 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie.  She is currently runner-up in the NZB Filly of the Year Series after being bumped down
Support The Four Geldings in their 100km walk ››
02 Mar 2015 Horse racing, car racing, and now walking 100kms for charity. While relaxing one evening surfing the net for his next project Brent came across the Oxfam Challenge. This is a 100km walk that begins up in the bush above Kawakawa Bay, and ends at the
Procurement secures just reward at Ellerslie ››
01 Mar 2015Trainer Stephen March was a happy man after the running of the last race at Ellerslie on Saturday as his plucky galloper Procurement secured a hard fought victory. Unlucky on several occasions at her most recent starts this time all factors were in
Suavito gets her Group 1 ››
01 Mar 2015It was a tough ask to run in a Group 1 fresh up but Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) rose to the challenge.  The Nigel Blackiston trained mare beat her male rivals in the $400,000 Futurity Stakes with a strong finish to win by a widening one
Horses to watch ››
26 Feb 2015There were several horses of note to step out at the trials at Matamata on Tuesday.  Leading the charge was Smashing (Pins x Ruud Van Slaats) who won her trial ahead of her start in Saturday's G3 Mr Tiz Trophy.  Trainer Jason Bridgman was p
Karaka summary ››
02 Feb 2015At the conclusion of 2015's Karaka sale we take a look at our results and where this year's crop will be heading.
Saturn Rock scores Stakes win ››
02 Feb 2015It has been a long time coming for Saturn Rock (Fastnet Rock x Satin Robes), but the five year-old mare got her first win in nearly two years when taking out the Listed Evergreen Turf Nudgee Quality at Doomben.  Saturn Rock began her career
Auction ring standout sells well for Trelawney Stud ››
26 Jan 2015Quality racemare Ruud Van Slaats delivered plenty of thrills for her connections during a sparkling career on the race track and she continues to make headlines through her deeds in the matron’s paddock. The multiple stakes winner was represen
War Affair Singapore Horse of the Year ››
21 Jan 2015War Affair sweeps four Awards, including Singapore Horse of the Year 21 Jan 2015 | Singapore Turf Club  Classy galloper War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) may have lost one battle when his Singapore Gold Cup defeat cost him his hist
High hopes for Karaka buy ››
19 Jan 2015Sydney syndicator Jason Abrahams is hoping for a champion result from a Karaka graduate ahead of next week’s National Yearling Sales series at Karaka.
Road to Karaka 2015 ››
19 Jan 2015The 2015 Karaka yearlings have reached the peak of their prep and head up to the sales complex ready to go under the hammer.
Slumberland impresses at jumpouts ››
16 Jan 20152yo Slumberland (Rip Van Winkle x Ruud Van Slaats)was a standout for Danny O'Brien at this morning's jumpouts at Werribee.
Saavoya doubles up at Ellerslie ››
01 Jan 2015Talented filly Saavoya (NZ) (Savabeel) added her name to a list of outstanding performers when she made it a Group Two double at Ellerslie with victory in the New Zealand Bloodstock Royal Stakes. Successful over 1600 metres on Boxing Day in the Eigh
Fillies look to go the distance on New Year's Day ››
31 Dec 2014Saavoya is currently in second place on the NZB Filly of the Year leaderboard and is looking to add to her tally on New Year's Day.
Saavoya puts herself in line for feature Ellerslie double ››
26 Dec 2014The red hot run of the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman training partnership continued at Ellerslie as under-rated filly Saavoya (NZ) (Savabeel) displayed plenty of tenacity to take out the Gr. 2 Eight Carat Classic in fine style and set herself up fo
Stephen Marsh on Procurement's chances ››
11 Dec 2014Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh discusses the chances of the Trelawney Stud bred and raced mare Procurement ahead of Saturday's Listed Shaw's Wire Ropes Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa.
Bluebloods: Karaka 2015 Yearling Sale preview ››
10 Dec 2014Each year Bluebloods magazine put out a preview leading into the yearling sales.  Follow the link below to view the online edition, our story is page 58. ..
Eyes on Empoli in Hong Kong Vase ››
09 Dec 2014Trelawney will have a close eye on Empoli (Halling) when he contests the Longines Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin on Sunday 14 December.  The German-trained 4yo is a half to Enide (Shamardal) who was added to the broodmare band in 2013 after being pur
O'Marilyn possible starter in Euolgy Stakes ››
26 Nov 2014Trelawney will be following the progress of top filly O'Marilyn (O'Reilly) over the coming months as they prepare her half-brother for the NZB Premier Yearling sale in January.  O'Marilyn was the beaten favourite at Riccarton in the G1 NZB 1000
Gold Cup a bridge too far for War Affair ››
21 Nov 2014Trainer Alwin Tan’s fears were not unfounded in the end. The Singapore Gold Cup proved to be a bridge too far for War Affair and his bold historic bid.   An impressive winner of the first two Legs of the Singapore Triple Crown
NZB Ready to Run Results ››
20 Nov 2014The 2014 NZB Ready to Run sale concluded on Thursday afternoon with the statistics up across the board.  Trelawney had seven entered under the Mana Park draft and finished up with a 100% sale record.  The average of the seven sold was $72,5
Three battles to win before War is won ››
14 Nov 2014 War Affair may be the best horse trainer Alwin Tan has ever trained in his short five-year career, but the Singaporean does not think the O'Reilly four-year-old is home and hosed
2014 NZB Ready to Run Sale entries ››
13 Nov 2014We have eight horses heading to the NZB Ready to Run Sale under the Mana Park banner. View their info here.
Thorn Park's Suavito in a Thriller ››
09 Nov 2014Breaking through for her first stakes win in the Group III Eliza Park International Stakes at her most recent start, the Nigel Blackiston-trained Suavito made it two in a row in a thrilling Group II Momentum Energy Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Sat
Noel Mayfield-Smith discusses Famous Seamus' Darley Classic chances ››
08 Nov 2014 Shane Anderson spoke with trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith, who prepares 'Famous Seamus' for the Darley Classic, in what looks to be a hotly contested field.
Molloy calls shotgun on Guineas ››
07 Nov 2014Byerley Park trainer Leo Molloy is taking aim at a Classic double at Riccarton. Molloy will produce Group One performer Riding Shotgun (NZ) (Iffraaj) in Saturday's Gr.1 Sothys 42nd New Zealand 2000 Guineas before he tackles the Gr.1 New Zealand Bloo
Trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith has Famous Seamus ready to atone in Darley Classsic at Flemington ››
07 Nov 2014Stuck in the middle of the Manikato Stakes drama, Noel Mayfield-Smith was happy to avoid the latest theatrics circling the sequel to one of the most talked-about races of the spring. Mayfield-Smith's Famous Seamus was arguably the worst of a host of
NZTBA announce the Sunline Scholarship winners ››
06 Nov 2014A couple of mates from Cambridge are the lucky recipients of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Sunline scholarships this year. Benji King has been awarded the Sunline Education Trust International Management Scholarship, and D
Half-brother to Suavito at NZB Ready to Run Sale ››
29 Oct 2014A deserved first stakes victory by Suavito (NZ) (Thorn Park) in the Group 3 A$150,000 Eliza Park International Stakes (1600m) on Saturday has boosted the profile of her half-brother at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale next m
Another winning weekend for Trelawney  ››
27 Oct 2014Trelawney graduates once again proved they are among the best when the farm was represented in Stakes races in New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore this weekend. Popular sprinter Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) got the ball roll
War Affair awesome in Raffles Cup ››
27 Oct 2014War Affair again showed his class when winning the G1 Raffles Cup in dominant fashion.
2014 Raffles Cup- A one sided affair? ››
26 Oct 2014Star four-year-old War Affair appears poised to stamp himself as Singapore’s leading galloper, when set to contest this evening’s Group 1 Raffles Cup.
Famous Seamus third in Manikato ››
26 Oct 2014Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) ran a huge race in Friday night's G1 Manikato.  Famous Seamus came from the rear of the field to fight it out in a tight finish that saw eight horses stretched across the track gunning for the line. 
Riding Shotgun has Guineas in his sights ››
26 Oct 20142013 NZB Select Sale graduate Riding Shotgun is on target for the G1 NZ 2000 Guineas with a commanding performance in the Listed Ray Coupland Stakes.
Suavito breaks through ››
26 Oct 2014After four minor placings at stakes level, the Nigel Blackiston-trained Suavito finally broke through with a dominant display in Saturday’s Group III Eliza Park International Stakes (1600m). Ridden by Damien Oliver, Suavito swooped down the o
Famous Seamus chasing more G1 glory ››
23 Oct 2014NOEL Mayfield-Smith, trainer of Famous Seamus, was brutally frank when asked to nominate the sprinter he fears most in the Group 1 $1 million Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night. “It is a super race and I really couldn&
Redoute's Choice x Boundless colt available for private sale ››
21 Oct 2014The Redoute's Choice x Boundless colt is currently available for private sale.  By a Champion sire from a G1 winner he would be an asset to any stable.  He is broken in and BOBS eligible.  This colt is a nice type who stands well over
Smashing success for well-bred filly ››
18 Oct 2014Smashing (NZ) (Pins) has plenty to live up to on pedigree and she took a record-breaking step toward fulfilling her potential at Rotorua. The well-related daughter of Pins set a new mark on Saturday for the 1200 metre course at Arawa Park when she c
Suavito leaves her problems behind ››
14 Oct 2014 Trainer Nigel Blackiston is confident Suavito (NZ) (Thorn Park) will be on her best barrier behaviour at Caulfield on Wednesday wearing her usual winkers instead of blinkers. Suavito failed to come out of the gates at the start of the Blazer S
Waipa trials action ››
14 Oct 2014Waipa Racing Club held trials this morning with two Trelawney runners winning their heats.  Sombreuil (Flying Spur x Te Akau Rose) had her fourth trial start and showed she is on the right track by winning the 850m heat.  This was the f
An affair to remember ››
06 Oct 2014When jockey Danny Beasley arrived in Singapore in 2007, never did the affable Australian imagine that he would spend the next seven years of his life on these shores. He will however, look back fondly on that decision, particularly after he capped a
Trelawney graduates score on the International stage ››
06 Oct 2014Trelawney scored a brace of Group winners on the International stage this weekend.  The three graduates all came out on top in their respective races. "It was a fabulous result with three Group winners in one weekend," Brent Taylor said. "
Super Saturday for Trelawney graduates ››
05 Oct 2014Saturday added not one, but two Group wins to Trelawney's tally when Famous Seamus (NZ) (Elusive City x Clinique) and Antonio Lombardo (NZ) (Pins x Petit Verdot) were victorious in their respective races.  Both were born and raise
Brave Antonio saves the day ››
04 Oct 2014Peter and Jacob McKay’s stable experienced contrasting fortunes at Hastings after star performer Puccini’s (NZ) (Encosta de Lago) poor showing was followed by a courageous winning effort from Antonio Lombardo (NZ) (Pins).
Famous Seamus edges rivals in G2 Premier Stakes ››
04 Oct 2014Famous Seamus has overcome a wide run to take out the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Redoute's Choice colt bound for Sydney ››
03 Oct 2014Trelawney has one entry for the Inglis Ready to Race Sale; the Redoute's Choice colt out of Boundless. He is to travel on Tuesday and will go through the ring under the Lyndhurst Farm banner.
G1 pedigree update for Enide ››
30 Sep 2014Enide (Shamardal x Estefania), a 2013 addition to the Trelawney broodmare band, received an important pedigree update when her half-brother Empoli (Halling) won the G1 in Germany yesterday.  Enide was purchased from the Arqana Breeding Stock
Top mares through the ring ››
29 Sep 2014Yesterday's Patinack dispersal sale on the Gold Coast featured two Trelawney Black Type graduates.  In 2007 Allez Wonder joined the Bart Cummings stable when he paid $600,000 for her as a yearling at the NZB Premier Sale.  It was a worthwhi
Competition winner ››
25 Sep 2014Thanks to everyone who submitted entries for out competition to name the Flying Spur x Te Akau Rose filly.  We have chosen 'Sombreuil' as our first pick.  Sombreuil was suggested by Belinda Holmes and is a beautiful rose, also Mlle de Sombr
Take a trip to Trelawney, the birthplace of seven Melbourne Cup winners ››
22 Sep 2014Australia's Channel 7 showed a story highlighting Trelawney's part in the history of the Melbourne CUp
War Affair issued call to arms  ››
19 Sep 2014A new chapter is set to be written in the annals of War Affair’s (NZ) (O’Reilly) career as Singapore’s reigning three-year-old champion returns to action in Sunday’s Sgp.3 Committee Prize (1600m). It marks the first appe
Competition: Rosie needs a name ››
10 Sep 2014Our Flying Spur x Te Akau Rose filly needs a name and we want your help!
Redoute's Choice x Boundless Breeze up video ››
09 Sep 2014This year we have one 2yo heading to Sydney for the Inglis Ready to Race Sale.  He is lot #14, the Redoute's Choice x Boundless colt who will be sold under the Lyndhurst Farm banner.  He completed his breeze up in 11.69sec, the video can be
Suavito powers home late to win first-up ››
02 Sep 2014Damien Oliver was adamant Suavito (NZ) (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) would have been a tragedy beaten had she not burst through to win the Catanach's Jewellers Plate at Caulfield on Saturday. Locked away on the rails behind the leader, the well-sup
Antonio too slick as resuming stars step out in Ruakaka rain ››
31 Aug 2014 Grand sprinter Antonio Lombardo (NZ) (Pins) yesterday led home a small but select field of Australasian interest at Ruakaka. The six-year-old was too good in the Carter Bloodstock Open 1200 for the Melbourne-bound Albany Reunion. A four-tim
Another strong trial for War Affair ››
29 Aug 2014War Affair (O'Reilly x Kristique) was impressive in his second trial following his G1 win in May.  Danny Beasley stayed in Singapore to ride the 4yo gelding saying "We wanted to give him a real workout, no point just going around, as he will b
Spirit of Heaven makes it three in a row ››
18 Aug 2014Well-related Spirit Of Heaven (NZ) (Savabeel) is starting to deliver on her early promise, adding another dimension to her racing repertoire in a convincing win at Caulfield. The four-year-old, a three-quarter sister to Group One winner and Caulfiel
War Affair Trials ››
15 Aug 2014 Singapore Guineas (SGP Gr 1, 1600m) winner War Affair (O’Reilly) finished third in a barrier trial at Kranji yesterday, his first public appearance since his G1 win in May, as trainer Alwin Tan targets a return to action next month.
Famous Seamus is NSWROA Provincial Champion ››
08 Aug 2014Famous Seamus (NZ) (Elusive City x Clinique) was rewarded for his excellent 2013/14 season when recognised as the Provincial Champion at last night's NSWROA awards.  The pinnacle of his season was winning the G1 BTC Cup, following several placin
Zaballet trial at Te Teko ››
07 Aug 20143yo Zaballet (Zabeel x Tutuland) is a member of the Trelawney Racehorse team and in work with Graeme Richardson.  She trialled at Te Teko this week gaining a pleasing report:     "Despite being only 4th of four this was an excell
Superstar foal to kick off the season ››
06 Aug 2014Dad was a superstar and mum was no slug either. Here is the first foal for the season, a bay colt by Ocean Park out of G2 winner Ruud Van Slaats. Ocean Park is a Trelawney graduate, sold from our 2010 Karaka draft.  He went on to win five Group&
La Venta kicks of the 2014/15 racing season with a win ››
03 Aug 2014La Venta (Elusive City x Disco Girl) became Trelawney's first winner of the 2014/15 racing season when victorious at Rosehill on Saturday.  It was the fourth win for the 5yo mare who was a $150,000 purchase from the 2011Karaka Premier draft.
Playing a part in Cup history ››
01 Aug 2014Australia's Channel 7 are putting together a story about the history of the Melbourne Cup. Where else to visit but Trelawney, the home of seven Cup winners?
2015 Golden Slipper Nominations ››
09 Jul 2014The Golden Slipper is the world's richest 2yo race.  There are 1856 rising 2yo's nominated for the 2015 edition to be run in Sydney on April 4.  Of these 11 are Trelawney sales graduates.  The Commands x Rathlin Island filly has the po
La Venta wins at Geelong ››
27 Jun 2014La Venta (Elusive City x Disco Girl) resumed from a  brief spell this week over 1200m at Geelong.  The 4yo mare proved to benefit from the freshen up when winning by 1.3 lengths for the Peter Moody stable.   Bred by T
Singapore G1 for Trish Dunell ››
27 Jun 2014   Leading photographer Trish Dunell took time out from behind the lens to enjoy Group One success in Singapore with her homebred Spalato (Elusive City). Dunell was at Kranji o
Seamus could be famous again ››
05 Jun 2014Noel Mayfield-Smith is quietly confident his forgotten horse can play a major role in Saturday’s Stradbroke Handicap. Just two runs back Famous Seamus  (NZ) (Elusive City x Clinique) caused a major boilover in winning the Group 1 BTC Cu
Noel Mayfield-Smith discusses Famous Seamus' Stradbroke chances ››
04 Jun 2014Noel Mayfield-Smith appears positive about the chances of Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) in Saturday's G1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm.  Famous Seamus has come through his Doomben 10000 run better than expected with Mayfield-S
Pike launches Queensland Oaks attack ››
30 May 2014While most Kiwi trainers have put their star gallopers on ice for the season, Cambridge trainer Tony Pike might just be starting to warm up.
Behind the scenes with Noel Mayfield-Smith ››
23 May 2014THE sun is only just coming up, there is a crispness in the air and the still early-morning quiet is punctuated by the cacophony of thundering hoofs and heaving lungs. Trackwork might seem like organised chaos to the casual observer but this is a
Sancerre on track for QLD Oaks ››
22 May 2014Trelawney bred and owned Sancerre (O'Reilly x Vouvray) is on track to gain a spot in the Queensland Oaks on May 31.  She is currently 21st on the order of entry, and with a few not expected to start she should sneak in after an impressive win at
Solzhenitsyn to Retire at Trelawney ››
21 May 2014Dr Seuss recommends you “don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”, a notion the owners of Solzhenitsyn are embracing.  “Big Solzy”, as dubbed by trainer Rob Heathcote, has officially retired fol
Great weekend for Trelawney with winners all round ››
20 May 2014By Michelle Saba, NZTBA It was a great weekend for the team at Trelawney Stud with winners all round. “We had the two group winners on Saturday at Doomben - Famous Seamus (Elusive City[USA]- Clinique) our 31st G1 winner, and Pretty Pins(P
3yo Triple Crown an Easy Affair ››
19 May 2014War Affair made it a clean sweep in the Singapore 3YO Triple Crown Challenge when winning the Gr.1 Singapore Guineas on Friday night.  He appreciated the hot speed set by Lively Dragon, coming from mid-field to score by a facile four lengths,
War Affair Dominant in Singapore Guineas ››
17 May 2014War Affair (NZ) and Danny Beasley gave a supreme display of power galloping to win the S$500,000, SGroup 1 Singapore Guineas (1600m) at Kranji on Friday night showing the three-year-old O’Reilly gelding’s potential to step out on the world stage next
War Affair Takes Homes 3YO Classic ››
23 Apr 2014Rarely has trainer Alwin Tan been this emotional after a race but the Singaporean trainer had just witnessed a scintillating performance from War Affair (O’Reilly) that left him almost in tears, writes Jonathan Wong. The New Zealand-bred gallo
War Affair Lands First Leg of Singapore 3YO Challenge ››
31 Mar 2014Last year’s juvenile champion War Affair (O’Reilly) has taken the first step towards graduating as Singapore’s best three-year-old after he recorded an imposing win in the S$250,000 Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint (SGP Gr3, 1200m) o
Trelawney Sydney Draft 2014 ››
26 Mar 2014Trelawney will again offer a select draft of yearlings at Inglis’ Easter Sale in Sydney early April.  International focus will be intense with the inaugural running of the Championship series of races at Randwick, preceded by the Golden Sl
Karaka 2014 Sales ››
17 Jan 2014Another cracking draft of yearlings are getting their finishing touches at Trelawney Stud for the NZB/S Karaka Premiere sale starting on the 27th of January. With their coats shined to perfection, manes and tails coiffured like a Paris model and han
Black-Type the next goal for exciting filly ››
16 Dec 2013Exciting three-year-old Procurement (NZ) (O’Reilly) will be given the opportunity to extend her unbeaten record with a run against the gun three-year-old fillies at her next assignment as trainer Stephen Marsh contemplates a start in the Gr. 2
Famous Seamus Goes Back-to-Back ››
22 Oct 2013The consistent Kiwi-bred sprinter Famous Seamus (NZ) (Elusive City) won back-to-back Listed A$100,000 City Tattersalls Club Lightning Handicap (1100m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Solzhenitsyn goes back-to-back in Toorak Handicap ››
14 Oct 2013IT was a triumph for Queensland when the Robert Heathcote-trained Solzhenitysn made it back-to-back Toorak Handicaps with a dominant on-speed victory. Solzhenitysn was given a superb ride by Nash Rawiller, who positioned him fifth in a race which w
War Affair Made It A Three-Act Affair ››
14 Oct 2013Classy three-year-old War Affair (O’Reilly) made it a perfect three-act affair of the new More Magic 3YO Championship series when he again showcased the wide array of his exciting qualities to land the Magic Millions 2013 More Magic 3YO Champio
Sayyida foaled in Australia ››
25 Sep 2013Broodmare of the Year 2012/13 Sayyida foaled a Fastnet Rock colt at Coolmore Stud in Australia on Tuesday morning. The half brother to Champion NZ Horse of the Year and Cox Plate hero Ocean Park is bred on the same cross as excitement machine
25 Sep 2013Smart three-year-old War Affair (NZ) (O’Reilly) is two-thirds of the way to a perfect clean sweep in the inaugural More Magic 3YO Championship series after he crushed his peers in another dominant victory in the second Leg, the $100,000 Newgate
Marwood Guineas Bound ››
09 Sep 2013Another impressive win in a restricted race at Bendigo yesterday has earned the Mike Moroneytrained Marwood (O’Reilly) the chance to step up to participating in spring carnival racing. The Moroney-trained three-year-old will be tested in the Ca
Spring Babies at Trelawney ››
03 Sep 2013After a particularly mild winter the spring babies are coming early at Trelawney into the best green grass the Waikato can provide. For the 3rd year in a row Ruud Van Slaats kicked off the foaling in late July, not wanting to be beaten on the track t
Trelawney Graduate Dominates Again ››
02 Sep 2013While a great amount of hard work had gone into War Affair (NZ) (O’Reilly) to bring him back to race-fitness, trainer Mark Walker actually put the resounding success of the former champion juvenile in Sunday’s inaugural $100,000 Premier R
Ocean Park back to take some Aussie Silverware ››
30 Aug 2013Just like the spring of 2012, the Ocean Park team are back in Melbourne hunting for some Aussie scalps to add to their already impressive haul. Rather than Moonee Valley, Ocean Park is in contention for Victorian Horse of the Year in a swanky do
One to Watch – Seymour ››
20 Aug 2013There are many paths to the spring classics for a three year-old and this talented gelding by champion New Zealand sire O'Reilly chose a low key option at Seymour on a Sunday to kick start his career, but we're expecting to see a lot more from him.
Trelawney Crowned NZ Breeders Of The Year ››
20 Aug 2013The 2013 edition of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Awards proved a wonderful gold medal occasion for Trelawney Stud and proprietors Brent and Cherry Taylor. Their spoils for the evening came in the shape of being the breeders of Horse of the Ye
Bring on Horse of the Year ››
29 Jul 2013Trelawney Stud-bred Cox Plate winner Ocean Park justified his favouritism when declared Waikato Horse of the Year at the Cathay Pacific Waikato Thoroughbred Breeders annual dinner. Last spring Ocean Park (Thorn Park-Sayyida) won the Group 1 Makfi Ch
Ocean Park Horse of the Year Awards ››
29 Jul 2013Waikato stallion Ocean Park will need to vanquish the challenges of Shez Sinsational, Veyron and Nashville to win the middle distance galloper of the year before he can be eligible to win the horse of the year title. The Cox Plate winner looks the
Top priced filly paying her way ››
01 Jul 2013When the Trelawney Stud–bred Lady Sayyida won at Te Teko on June 26 it was a sweet moment for Cambridge trainer Roger James. The three-year-old Iffraaj half-sister to five-time Group 1 winner Ocean Park was having just her second start, but qu
“One door closes and another opens” ››
13 Jun 2013With her older Group One winning ¾ sister Lights Of Heaven (Zabeel) retiring this week after a great career, two year old filly Spirit Of Heaven (Savabeel) made a timely and impressive debut win at Sandown-Hillside yesterday. Trained by Peter
Quintessential wins epic Eagle Farm Cup ››
04 Jun 2013Ridden by Damian Browne, Quintessential ($5.50) fought off a determined challenge from Manighar ($3.20) to win by a short head with Voila Ici ($14) three-quarters-of-a-length away third. But Manighar's jockey Brad Rawiller protested against Quinte
Bush Walk for CatWalk ››
23 May 2013What a fabulous experience, it was like an adventure you dream about as a young boy. Trekking through the wild jungle with your trusty local guide and companion, climbing high mountains, forging through raging rivers, all the time dodging head hunter
20 May 2013Hot favourite War Affair (NZ) (O’Reilly) stamped himself as the best two-year-old in Singapore when he defeated a capacity field for a commanding win in the Group Two S$325,000 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe on Friday night, taking home around S$170
22 Apr 2013He races like a crab but the fighting qualities of Famous Seamus (NZ) (Elusive City) might see him on the path to a Stradbroke Handicap start. Despite proving a handful for jockey Glen Colless, Famous Seamus, favourite at $4, won the 1200 metre Lis
08 Apr 2013Lights Of Heaven (NZ) (Zabeel) has given trainer Peter Moody a welcome change of luck in Sydney with victory in the Group Three Neville Sellwood Stakes, first race on yesterday’s Golden Slipper programme. The mare was the well supported $2.90
Fulton Still Flying in Singapore ››
27 Mar 2013Singapore’s 2012 Champion Polytrack Horse Flying Fulton (Flying Spur x Fulton) continued his love affair with the polytrack surface when taking his sixth stakes victory in last night’s S$150,000 Sgp-3 Marsiling Classic Stakes (1800m) at K
Easter...not just for Bunnies ››
26 Mar 2013In keeping with the Easter theme our small but elite draft for the Inglis’ Easter sale is due to hop over the Tasman this weekend in preparation for Australasia's showcase sale starting March 9-11th at Randwick, Sydney.  Having
Hennessy happy in Dubai countdown ››
26 Mar 2013Ocean Park continues to thrive in the countdown to his Dubai World Cup night assignment, with the only concern in trainer Gary Hennessy’s eyes some bodyweight loss sustained in his flight from Sydney to Dubai. “He’s a little bit li
Next stop Dubai ››
20 Mar 2013Ocean Park embarked on his International campaign on Sunday with a roundabout trip that took him to Sydney via Christchurch then finally on to Dubai. Gary Hennessy reports that he has arrived in great shape after his long flight and seems to have thr
Next stop Dubai for Ocean Park ››
12 Mar 2013A quest for global racing domination gained serious momentum at Ellerslie for Ocean Park (NZ) (Thorn Park) when he found winning form at the perfect time with a performance of pace and power in the Group One Lindauer New Zealand Stakes. He signed of
The debrief on Karaka 2013 ››
07 Feb 2013Like all yearlings sales there are plenty of tales to tell ranging for disappointments to wild expectation having been realised, Karaka 2013 was no different. Overall Trelawney's consignment was well received and generally sold to expectations, the m
Irishman excited about Ocean Park ride ››
05 Feb 2013Champion Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh is excited about teaming up with star Matamata galloper Ocean Park in Dubai on March 30. Speaking to an Australian radio station yesterday, Murtagh said he had discussed Ocean Park's upcoming northern hemisphere
Bright Future for Za Moulin Rouge ››
04 Feb 2013 The well-bred two-year-old filly Za Moulin Rouge made a cracking start to her career yesterday with a smart debut win in the A$80,000 Listed Queen Adelaide Stakes (1050m) in South Australia. Trained by Mark Kavanagh, Za Moulin Rouge (Street Cry x
Moody secures Ocean Park's half-brother ››
04 Feb 2013Cox Plate winner Ocean Park's yearling half-brother has a long way to go to match the feats of his illustrious older sibling but Trelawney Stud boss Brent Taylor reckons he's made the right start. "He's five times more expensive to start with," Tay
Ladies and Gentleman...start your engines !! ››
16 Jan 2013Well not quite ... but you know what I mean. The prep is almost finished, the on farm parades are complete with almost 150 eager buyers, agents, trainers and their owners coming to Trelawney to inspect our draft for Karaka 2013. The x-rays completed,
A Cracker Line Up for Karaka ››
12 Dec 2012Curious critters yearling sale catalogues. The outside cover provides a date and venue; the inside pages a meticulous listing of vendors and pedigrees.  But for the vendors and stud staff there is also a jumble of high expectation, nostalgia an
Champion's dam nearly didn't make it to stud ››
07 Nov 2012Many people shared in the credit for last weekend's splendid day at Moonee Valley, and in the performance which stamped Ocean Park as the weight-for-age king of 2012. Trainer Gary Hennessy .... that goes without saying.
Cox Plate Triumph ››
29 Oct 2012The Cox Plate is a race designed for champions and 2012 winner Ocean Park provided a new definition of the word champion.
29 Oct 2012Tough, talented New Zealand racehorse Ocean Park (NZ) (Thorn Park) and quiet Kiwi trainer Gary Hennessy have combined with “an uneducated boofhead” with a rare set of riding skills to win Saturday’s Cox Plate at Moonee Valley ...
29 Oct 2012With four Group One wins in a row Ocean Park (NZ) (Thorn Park) has gone from being described as one of the most progressive horses in Australasia, to the stratosphere of one of the best horses in thoroughbred racing - period!
NZ Sprinters don’t break Australian track records – or do they ! ››
23 Oct 2012Famous Seamus (NZ) (Elusive City), the horse Noel Mayfield-Smith believes can take him back to the Group One winners’ list, delivered on the initial part of the bargain at Randwick on Saturday ...
Ocean Park the one for Cox Plate: Boss ››
17 Oct 2012Glen Boss says he will be riding the right horse in the Cox Plate after New Zealander Ocean Park completed a hat-trick of Group One wins in the Caulfield Stakes.
Solzhenitsyn wins Toorak Handicap  ››
17 Oct 2012A late change of plans and a horse who "can do almost anything" have given Queensland trainer Robert Heathcote his greatest day at the races and upset one of the stars of the Australian turf.
Didn't breed him or even been to Trelawney...Why ? ››
07 Oct 2012Didn't breed him, didn't buy him, he's never even been to why bother. Solzhenitsyn is raced by Trelawney Stud director Cherry Taylor and a great group of friends who include long time clients and friends of Trelawney ...
Zoria far too good at Bendigo ››
25 Sep 2012Well-bred three-year-old Zoria has continued her development during her three-year-old season with a strong victory in the Big Aussie BBQ Raceday Maiden (1300m) at Bendigo.
Underwood to Ocean Park ››
24 Sep 2012It’s often said it takes one to know one. That’s why we at Trelawney are so comfortable about Glen Boss rating Ocean Park a superstar after the four-year-old’s complete drubbing of the opposition in last week’s Group 1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfiel
Spring Racing ....Exciting weekend ahead for Trelawney graduates ››
07 Sep 2012With the Spring racing starting with a huge bang for Trelawney Graduates last weekend with Ocean Park taking out the first Group One race for the season and cementing his position as a horse to follow in Melbourne this Spring. Following in his footst
Spring Babies for 2012 ››
06 Sep 2012Spring started early at Trelawney Stud with the arrival the first Rip Van Winkle colt in the Southern Hemisphere from Ruud Van Slaats and has been the first of many to arrive throughout the season. Following are our arrivals of interest so far.
Ocean Park confirms Cox Plate mission with Group 1 win ››
05 Sep 2012Traditionally the first buds of spring at Trelawney Stud are a sign of approaching bursting blooms in Australia.
Deja Vue ..... Almost ››
12 Jun 2012Hats off to John Sargent and Peter Moody for flying the Trelawney flag high during the Queensland winter carnival.
Quintessential Oaks Triumph ››
07 Jun 2012A big season only got better for Trelawney Stud when Quintessential won the Queensland Oaks and Lights of Heaven the Eagle Farm Cup, written into local racing folklore as the O’Shea Stakes.
Easter Sale ››
04 May 2012Trelawney Stud’s long-standing reputation for attracting higher echelon buyers at yearling sales was further embellished at the latest edition of the famed Inglis Easter auction in Sydney.
"Warhorse refused to be rolled" ››
12 Mar 2012Trelawney Stud’s legendary imprint on New Zealand racing, and further afield, is once again in clear evidence. On the final day of Ellerslie’s Auckland Cup carnival, it yet again put its name alongside a Group 1 race
Bolted In ››
17 Feb 2012Trelawney-bred Bolton’s dramatic return to the Melbourne racing scene via Darwin has developed into one of the feel-good stories of the new year.
Karaka Sales Wrap Up ››
17 Feb 2012Once again Trelawney Stud figured on the leaderboard at the 86th New Zealand National Yearling Sales. Proprietor Brent Taylor reports considering the current international financial situation, and its impact on Australian buyers who were less active
The Essential Winner ››
17 Feb 2012Good things have also been happening for Trelawney on the New Zealand racing scene. Quintessential (Fast ‘N’ Famous-Florette), who threw out a serious pointer to her New Zealand Oaks prospects when winning the Desert Gold Stakes
23 Jan 2012After Boxing Day racing at Ellerslie we were talking up Ocean Park’s Telecom New Zealand Derby prospects after his desperately unlucky second in the $100,000 Great Northern Guineas (1600m).
History Repeats ››
05 Jan 2012The merry time Trelawney Stud enjoyed at Christmas has been followed by an explosive start to the new year which highlighted the special winning vendor/buyer relationship Trelawney shares with David Ellis’s international Te Akau racing operation.
Pretty To Watch ››
29 Dec 2011Trelawney Stud has taken on a classical glow after Christmas racing on both sides of the Tasman.
Sayyida's potential at last realized ››
01 Dec 2011Eleven-year-old broodmare Sayyida could be on the brink of providing widening smiles on the faces of Trelawney Stud proprietors Brent Cherry Taylor. Back in 2003 the couple believed Sayyida was going to be a star and hopes were held she would flag t
READY TO RUN.....we sure are !! ››
09 Nov 2011Four colts, three by popular emerging sire Darci Brahma and another by the proven Elusive City, plus a filly by the champion Zabeel, give Trelawney Stud a dominant place in New Zealand Bloodstock’s ready-to-run sale at Karaka on November 15 and 16.
Sadist gives them a whipping ››
07 Nov 2011Can-do-no-wrong apprentice Jason Collett was at it again at Te Rapa last Saturday with yet another treble. As a bountiful last six months in New Zealand and Sydney continues, Jason brought his special brand of Joy to Trelawney at Te Rapa when he gui
African Pulse - Wow ››
02 Nov 2011The Melbourne Cup day magic which for so long has ridden side-saddle with Trelawney Stud was there again this year for client and friend Joan Egan when horses bred by her won at Flemington and Ellerslie. African Pulse (Johannesburg-Bunya IRE, by Dis
You’re not hearing this first from us
25 Oct 2011High profile Matamata trainer Peter McKay told the world on Trackside immediately after the running of the James and Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes at Te Rapa.

Trelawney Stud-bred Antonio Lombardo is probably better than former multiple Gr1 winning stable star Alamosa.

McKay was encouraged to make this vote of confidence after Antonio Lombardo’s clear-cut win over last season’s champion two-year-old Anabandana .

As accolades go, they could hardly get any better for Trelawney Stud’s latest rising star.

Alamosa won 10 of his 26 starts and was placed seven times for combined New Zealand and Australian stakes in excess of a million dollars. He was New Zealand’s champion three-year-old and at four won Australia’s coveted Gr1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).

Antonio Lombardo (Pins-Petit Verdot, by Carnegie) has now raced 12 times for six wins, four placings and $415, 315. He went into the Sarten Memorial as the decisive last-start winner of the Hawke’s Bay Guineas and fronting up to his third clash with Anabandana. At their previous clashes Anabandana had downed him by a mere nose in the Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes.

McKay is emphatic the colt has improved since his two-year-old days, but is bypassing the New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas in favour of the closer to home Gr1 $250,000 Levin Classic on November 25.

At this stage plans don’t go beyond the Levin Classic but a joust with the older horses in the Telegraph Handicap is a race which could well come on the radar.

Two Trelawney sales graduates being pointed toward the Karaka Million, moved into the spotlight at Ellerslie when Silk Pins and Warhorse provided the quinella in the two-year-old event last Saturday.

Silk Pins (Pins-Silk Ending, by End Sweep), was offered at Karaka on behalf of breeder David Paykel with a reserve of $60,000 and it would seem the Whitby Bloodstock Trust have secured a bargain after the filly flagged her win with two successful trials.

Warhorse (General Nediym-Rathlin Island, by Giant’s Causeway), was offered at Karaka on behalf of Trelawney Stud’s veterinarian Jonathan Hope and was acquired by Te Akau Racing for $100,000.

Both youngsters have strong black type families backing their futures. Trelawney has a good record in the Karaka Million, with Wahid and La Italia being winners, while Antonio Lombado was second in the 2011 running.
RTR Breeze Up Draft
20 Oct 2011Trelawney Stud’s coveted reputation for marketing winners at major thoroughbred sales is poised to make another positive step at the New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready-To-Run sale at Karaka on November 15 and 16. It will offer five highly credentialed two-year-olds under the banner of Maryanne Simon’s Mana Park, all of whom are back at Trelawney and available for inspection following the official breeze-ups at Te Rapa. The scene-setter for the draft will be Lot 30, a bay filly by Zabeel from Altesino, by More Than Ready, who is Trelawney’s sole first day offering. The property of the Inglewood Partnership, she belongs to one of the most successful families in the Australian Studbook and is one of only three progeny of Zabeel in the sale. She is the first foal of a six-time winner who also placed second in the Gr 3 Rotorua Cup. Close up in her pedigree are the likes of champion Australasian three-year-old of his year Zedative (14 wins and $1.2 million), South African champion multiple Gr1 winner Greys Inn, the Group performers Square Deal, Alannon, Zedegal and million dollar earning speedster Military Rose. Besides her racing potential she has a built in residual value as a future broodmare. Her breeze-up time was 11.26 sec. The depth of quality continues on day two when the Trelawney offerings in the Mana Park draft are Lots 200, 205,277 and 344. Lot 200 is an October 25 colt by young sire of the moment Darci Brahma from the imported Soviet Star mare Love Mary (GB), who belongs to a family with an impressive list of European and American winners. His dam is a placed half-sister to the high class international performer Crowded House and black type performers On Reflection, Riotous Applause and Forest Crown. Third dam Chapel of Dreams was a seven-time winner who earned US$643,912. His breeze-up time was 10.87sec. Lot 205, a colt by Elusive City from Luna Tudor, by Military Plume, has had a recent significant focus thrust on him by Pretty Pins, his three-year-old half-sister by Pins, who has won two of her three starts in Queensland for Patinack Farm and is being hailed as a long-range prospect for the Queensland Oaks. Perhaps of even greater importance to prospective buyers is the fact that his dam numbered the Perth Cup among her 10 wins and has already produced the Toorak Handicap winner Allez Wonder. His breeze-up time was 10.87sec. Lot 277, a colt by Darci Brahma from Real Success, by Success Express, will go into the ring with the backing he’s a half-brother to the Queensland Oaks winner Vouvray. A filly of great class, Vouvray also shone against the older horses at Gr1 level, finishing second in the STC Ranvet Stakes and third in the STC BMW Stakes and the VRC L.K.S.Mackinnon Stakes. Real Success herself was no slouch, winning six races and consistently performed well in Group company. His breeze up time was 10.93sec. Lot 344, is the third of the Darci Brahma’s, being from the Noble Bijou mare Thelma’s Decision who is already the dam of five winners, including the big Hong Kong earner Taiji Spirit (by Soviet Star) who put together seven wins. His Breeze-up time 10.90sec. Earlier ready-to-run graduates marketed by Mana Park on behalf of Trelawney Stud have included juvenile stakes winner and recent Singapore Gr 2 winner Flying Fulton and black type performer Anabaa’s Legacy.
Rippa fillies make for a Pretty Spring
18 Oct 2011Two three-year-old daughters of Pins, Zippa The Rippa and Pretty Pins, kept a strong spring focus on Trelawney with significant October 15 wins at Morphetville and Eagle Farm.

Zippa The Rippa, a daughter of the eight-time winner and multiple Group performer Pernod, by Centaine, made it her second city win from three starts when scoring decisively at Morphetville for the syndication group, the BC3 Racing Club.

The style of her win has clinched a start in the Listed Gucci Stakes at Flemington on Oaks Day.

BC3 races 21 horses throughout Australia and in Singapore. Club membership, which includes an ownership share in the horses, costs $A7, 547 and there are no additional payments for three years.

The Melbourne –based operation, headed up by former high profile jockey Simon Marshall and Mark Gold, paid $250,000 for Zippa The Rippa, when offered by Trelawney at the 2010 premier session of the National Yearling Sales at Karaka.

A colt by O’Reilly from Pernod will be offered in Sydney at Easter. Like Zippa The Rippa, he is a half-brother to the Gr 3 Darley Plate winner Martini Red. A family of immense strength including former champion three-year-old filly Eastern Joy and Russian Pearl, almost $2.5 million in stakes.

Jockey Jim Byrne and the Gold Coast wing of the Patinack Farm operation were talking winter racing and the Queensland Oaks after Pretty Pins’ drubbing of the opposition over 1400m at Eagle Farm.

From Luna Tudor (Military Plume-Moon Storm, by Jungle Boy) Pretty Pins was acquired from Trelawney Stud on the same day as Zippa The Rippa went through the ring and cost $280,000 .

That there is confidence she will get the Oaks distance (2400m) is hardly surprising. Among her dam’s 10 wins was the Perth Cup (3200m). However, two wins from three starts, and the fact she is a half-sister to the Toorak Handicap winner Allez Wonder, suggests she is potentially much better than a plugger.

Following her latest win Byrne, a long-time star jockey in Queensland, described her as a filly with a big ticker and certain to improve with maturity.

Next month Trelawney has a half-brother to Pretty Pins by Elusive City in the ready-to-run sale at Karaka, while they will offer a full brother at the 2012 National Yearling Sales.
Lights of Heaven sparkles for Judi
12 Oct 2011Seven Melbourne Cup winners is testimony to Trelawney’s influence on Australian spring racing and the influence continues.

The latest headline grabber is Lights of Heaven, who clinched the New Zealand Bloodstock sponsored four-race spring weight-for-age championship series with her third placing in the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes.

The Zabeel- I’m In Heaven mare went into the final leg of the series with eight points after finishing second to Whobegotyou in the first leg, the Gr 2 P.B.Lawrence Stakes, and the six she added with her third placing behind Descarado and Avienus clinched victory.

With the spoils went a $25,000 emerald and diamond clasp pearl necklace.

Lights of Heaven was born, raised and prepared for racing at Trelawney on behalf of her breeder and long time client and friend, Judi Wanless. With the mare’s trainer being Peter Moody, she has the unbeaten champion Black Caviar as a stablemate.

Trelawney’s draft for the premier session of the 2012 National Yearling Sales at Karaka includes a three-quarter sister in blood to Lights of Heaven, the result of a mating between I’m In Heaven and Zabeel’s high profile son Savabeel.

The four races comprising the New Zealand Bloodstock series were staged at Caulfield by the Melbourne Racing Club, had a collective value of $A1.15 million, were spaced between from August 13 to October 8 and were over distances ranging from 1400m to 2000m.
Another Mob hit to Antonio Lombardo
04 Oct 2011There may be a dark side to Antonio Lombardo’s name, but only dazzling brightness regarding his future. The manner in which the Trelawney Stud product won the DHL Global Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) could only be described as scintillating and clearly points to him as one of the season’s most exciting three-year-old prospects. By Pins from Petit Verdot (Carnegie-Rationaine, by Centaine), Antonio Lombardo claims both the equine pedigree and name to back his financial future. His dam is a sister to the VRC Derby winner Amalfi and his namesake a trusted advisor to America’s infamous Mafia crime boss Al Capone. The defacto relationship Antonio Lombardo’s trainer Peter McKay has with Mafia legends is bringing in some handsome payoffs. The Antonio Lombardo ledger is now standing at $370,000 as a result of five wins from 11 starts, with career highlights before the Hawke’s Bay Guineas being victory in the Gr1 Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie and a nod-of-the-head defeat at the hands of champion filly Anabandana in the Gr1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes. From the same family as Antonino Lombardo, McKay’s Karaka Million winner Vincent Magano has won $778,000 and Joey Massino $290,000, a continuation of the crime family theme. Crime boss Vincent Mangano was born in Sicily 1888 and died in New York in 1951. He headed up the Mangano crime family from 1931 to 1951 and went by the nickname of The Executioner. Joey Massino was known as Big Joey or The Ear. He was boss of the Bonanno crime family and worked closely with Murder Incorporated. Born in 1943, his CV read out in court when sentenced to life imprisonment in 2004 (still serving) included seven murders, arson , extortion, loan-sharking, illegal gambling, conspiracy and money laundering. As rival trainers are finding out you don’t mess with Peter McKay’s mob on the racetrack. Trelawney’s hopes in the New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Spring Classic rested with the John Sargent-trained Red Ruler (Viking Ruler-Ransom Bay (USA), by Red Ransom) who dead-heated with Hold It Harvey for second behind Cox Plate favourite Jimmy Choux. The enterprise of Chad Ormsby in thrusting Red Ruler clear at the top of straight at a time when Jimmy Choux was still looking for clear air deserves top marks for enterprise. On another day it could well have been the winning of the race. Bred by John Cornish and Trelawney Stud, Red Ruler was Lot 2 at the 2006 premier sale at Karaka and fetched $60,000. His earnings are just short of $1.6 million.
Flying Fulton
20 Sep 2011First-year trainer Mark Walker notched his first Group success in Singapore when handy miler Flying Fulton (Flying Spur)landed the Committee’s Prize (Sing Gr 3, 1600m) at Kranji on Sunday, write Craig Brennan and Michael Lee.

Sent out as the $15 favourite in the 13-horse field, the Flying Spur five-year-old came off a handy spot for jockey Vlad Duric to first outgun race-leader and second-elect Arowana Dot Com (Hussonet) at the 200m before working home nicely to score by one length from a gallant Best Knight (King’s Best)with Singapore Derby (Sing Gr 1, 2000m) winner Clint (Casual Lies) turning in the eye-catcher of the race to pip Arowana Dot Com for third by a nose.

The winning time was 1:36.60 for the 1600m on the Short Course.

Walker, a five-time champion trainer in New Zealand and who held a mortgage on the feature races there, such as the Kelt Capital Stakes (Gr 1, 2040m) (three wins), was thrilled he had been able to savour his first feature success at his new backyard.

“It sure is a big thrill to win my first Group race in Singapore,”said the Kiwi conditioner. “Winning big races back home seems to happen all the time (he won 20 at Group 1 level), but it’s a bit of a struggle when you are in a new country. “It’s only our first season here and if you think about it, we’ve been punching well above our weight in the big races here.

“This horse (Flying Fulton) is very interesting because (Te Akau principal) David (Ellis) bought him at a Ready-To-Run in Karaka and paid a bit of money (NZ$210,000) for him. “He won a Listed race as a colt but after that his form dropped. It was a hard decision to geld him, but it turned out to be the best decision. David always buys beautiful athletes and this bloke is certainly one. He has come through as an older horse and I think he will improve further.”

Walker’s appetite for feature wins may now be whetted as the next big race on the mile is only two weeks away – the Panasonic Kranji Mile (Sing Gr 1, 1600m) on 2 October. “I think he is more of a 1600m-1800m horse. The Kranji Mile and the Raffles Cup (1800m) will be right up his alley,” he said. “But I’m not sure about the 2200m of the Gold Cup. It all depends what weight he gets in.” Flying Fulton, who was a veteran of 14 Kranji starts for four wins before his landmark win, was surprisingly ridden for the firsttime by Duric, who does team up with Walker a fair bit.

“Vlad rides a lot of trackwork for me and as he wasn’t committed to any horse, I gave him the ride,” said Walker. “We’ve clicked well together since I started training in Singapore. He’s riding in great form as you can see, and he rode him very well today.” Duric will undoubtedly keep fond memories of the Committee’s Prize day as he not only took the honours with a four-timer and the win in the Group 3 race, but he also achieved a career milestone by riding his 200th Singapore winner with The Comedian (Encosta de Lago) three races earlier. “He deserved this win as he had been around the mark in some of the feature races as a four-year-old,” said Duric. “He’s going to be better for the run and I’m happy to be riding him. He puts himself in a nice spot during his races and he finishes his races off strongly.”

The ride aboard Flying Fulton came about when Moreira committed himself to the ride aboard Waikato a couple of weeks ago in a 1400m race that was eventually scrapped. Walker asked Duric to ride the gelding in a trial and test him as a possible Triple Crown Series ride which, besides the Kranji Mile on 2 October, the Raffles Cup on 23 October, culminates with the $1.35 million Longines Singapore Gold Cup (Sing Gr 1) over 2200m on 13 November. “I jumped on him in the trial and I liked what I felt,” said Duric.

“He was well weighted under the conditions of today’s race and with improvement he’s going to be competitive in the weight-forage races (Kranji Mile and Raffles Cup) and we know he can run a trip. “What I wanted today was to be positive from the draw, to ride him well and get a result. “The race panned out the way I thought it would. That doesn’t happen often and it worked to my advantage today. “Mark has been a great supporter of mine since he first arrived here. I ride quite a few for him in the morning and he’s got a good team working for him. It’s good to be able to repay him with a good winner.”

Flying Fulton (5 g Flying Spur – Fulton, by Zabeel) has now registered five wins from 15 starts and has brought his stakes earnings past the $430,000 for the Te Akau Racing Stable.
Antonio Lombardo "kills them" at Ruakaka
14 Sep 2011An evergreen family of the New Zealand Studbook, and one doing stellar service for Trelawney, captured the headlines again last week with Antonio Lombardo’s resounding win at Ruakaka.

After covering himself with glory as a two-year-old, Antonio Lombardo launched his three-year-old campaign with an electrifying five and a half length win in the $45,000 Listed Westbury Stud Challenge Stakes (1200m).

The win has pushed him right into the forefront of discussions surrounding the $85,000 Group 2 New Zealand Bloodstock Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings on October 1. However, trainer Peter McKay has already declared his intention to bypass the Group1 Two Thousand Guineas in favour of the Levin Classic which follows on November 25.

Factors McKay has taken into consideration include less stressful travel by avoiding a Cook Strait crossing and the smaller stakes margin this year between the two races. The Two Thousand Guineas has dropped from $1 million to $400,000, while the Levin Classic, which also has Group 1 status, has been upped to $250,000.

The race that last season stamped Antonio Lombardo as a young galloper of exceptional potential was the Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes in which he went under by a mere nose to the season’s champion two-year-old Anabandana. Before that he had won the Group 3 Waikato Stud 2YO Classic and the Listed Wellesley Stakes as well as finishing second in the Karaka Million.

So far his 10 starts have produced four wins and $315,000, already a highly profitable return on the $120,000 he cost as a yearling.

By Pins, Antonio Lombardo is from Petit Verdot (Carnegie-Rationaine, by Centaine), which makes his dam a sister to the VRC Derby winner Amalfi.

The family is peppered with high achievers like Rationaine’s own dam Rationale, a multiple Group performer, and others such as Wise Lass, Wise Son, Egoli Lass, Steely Dan, Gold Onyx and Prince Standaan who have made their mark in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Rationable (Housebuster-Rationale) produced Joey Massino ( O’Reilly) and Vincent Mangano ( No Excuse Needed) to provide the training career of Peter McKay with a massive and thoroughly deserved boost. She has also produced the multiple Australian Group performer Vigor.

Trelawney accessed the family when Brent Taylor secured the moderately performed Rationaine from former Sydney trainer John Morish through Bruce Perry and was quickly rewarded when she produced the classic winning Amalfi.

Trelawney will be offering colts at the 2012 yearling sales series by O’Reilly from Rationaine and by Encosta de Lago from Rationalize by O’Reilly. Petit Verdot will be represented by an O’Reilly filly at Karaka, while she has a colt by Mastercraftsman at foot and has already been served again by Pins.
Trelawney Golden Girl
01 Sep 2011Trelawney Golden Girl Roll, a four-year-old son of headline-grabbing stallion Savabeel, brought more glory to one of the golden girls of Trelawney’s broodmare band when exiting maiden ranks in South Australia on the final day of August racing. In winning over 1600m at Balaklava, Roll provided his dam Carmel Valley (Last Tycoon-Diamond Stone, by Baguette), with her 11th individual winner from 11 starters. Though only a two-time winner herself, Carmel Valley comes from Australian family which has provided a big list of significant winners on both sides of the Tasman and a raft of durable and successful broodmares. Hill of Grace (by Zabeel) got Carmel Valley’s own breeding career off to a sizzling start when she was rated second on the New Zealand Three-Year-Old Free Handicap of the 1999-2000 and joint third top filly of the Australasian three-year-old classifications. Her five career wins included the STC Gr.1 Ansett Australia Stakes and the Gr.2 Moonee Valley Oaks. Notable Gr1 placings included seconds in the New Zealand Derby, New Zealand Oaks, VRC Mackinnon Stakes and the STC Ranvet Stakes. Further placings against top Australasian company took her earnings well beyond $1.5 million mark. Outstanding among Carmel Valley’s subsequent progeny has been five-time winner Renewable (Zabeel), the most important of which was the Gr.2 Autumn Classic at Caulfield. Trelawney has sold nine of Carmel Valley’s foals for an aggregate of just under $2 million and has retained two fillies to carry the bloodline on. Graeme Rogerson paid $160,000 for Roll on behalf of Melbourne’s famous Williams family which spends millions in search of Melbourne Cup winners. Roll’s clear-cut win over 1600m at Balaklava was a good indicator he’ll manage longer distances and it could be a starting point to his own trek to the first Tuesday in November, perhaps not this year, but next. Carmel Valley’s last foal is an unraced three-year-old gelding in Perth named Attention Todetail. Bought by Fred White at Karaka and will be in the care of master W.A. trainer Trevor Andrew . . . . . you would think he would be odds on to be a winner.
Hard-fought second for Antonio Lombardo in Gr.1
02 Apr 2011In a field that had been labelled a one horse race Antonio Lombardo (NZ) (Pins) has put in a gallant effort to come second in the $200,000 Gr.1 The Oaks Stud Stallions Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes at Awapuni this afternoon.

The colt clearly won the start then proceeded to lead the field for the entire 1400m until, in what was a desperately close finish, he was inched out by a nose by the champion filly Anabandana (AUS) (Anabaa).

Opie Bossom, jockey of the winning filly, who recently rode Antonio Lombardo for his win in the Gr.3 Waikato Stud 2YO Classic said of today’s run “he just kept fighting back. It’s hard to get past him when he’s right.”

Trainer, Peter McKay graciously conceded the race to the super-filly but was adamant that other runners would figure and praised Antonio Lombardo’s efforts this season, “He’s a good horse, he’s done as well as he could all season and kept stepping up to what we asked of him. He’ll go out now and come back as a better three year old”. In his debut season Antonio Lombardo has had nine starts for three wins and three seconds including in the Karaka Million and accumulated over a quarter of a million dollars in earnings.

McKay purchased Antonio Lombardo for $120,000 from Trelawney Stud’s 2010 premier yearling draft. He is out of Trelawney mare, Petit Verdot (NZ) (Carnegie), a full sister to VRC Derby-winner Amalfi and a daughter of Rationaine (NZ) (Centaine). This pedigree page features the likes of Rationale (NZ) (Sound Reason), Wise Lass (NZ) (Straight Strike), Egoli Lass (NZ) (Kaapstad), Vigor (NZ) (O’Reilly) and the 2008 and 2010 Karaka Million winners, Vincent Mangano (NZ) (No Excuse Needed) and Joey Massino (NZ) (O’Reilly).

Trelawney Stud is offering a half-brother to Antonio Lombardo at the Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney next week. Lot 402; a colt by O’Reilly.
Queensland based Kiwi peaks with Group One victory
28 Mar 2011For many years Australia has been home to New Zealand-born Judi Wanless, but her unbeaten filly Lights Of Heaven (NZ) (Zabeel) has lately provided ample reminder of her homeland. On Saturday at Adelaide’s Morphetville racecourse, Lights Of Heaven (NZ) took her unbeaten sequence to four in the best possible manner with victory in the Gr. 1 Schweppes Australasian Oaks (2000m). The Peter Moody-trained filly has had a meteoric rise, graduating from a Cranbourne maiden in late January to midweek Sandown company, then to the Gr. 2 Moonee Valley Classic and ultimately Saturday’s fillies’ classic. “It’s my proudest achievement as a breeder,” Judi Wanless said from the Brisbane office at her family’s recycling business Wanless Enviro Services. “My husband Ron and I did win the VRC Derby with Amalfi, but we didn’t breed him. To own and breed a Group One winner is something else.” Amalfi (NZ) (Carnegie), the winner of the Flemington Classic, will always hold a special place in the affections of the Queensland couple. It’s through that horse that they developed a lasting relationship with the Taylor family at Cambridge’s Trelawney Stud, where Amalfi was bred, as well as confirming their belief in former Queenslander Peter Moody. “Amalfi was Peter’s first Group One winner when he set up in Melbourne and it’s been wonderful watching his career develop,” says Mrs Wanless. “He’s a top trainer of top horses.”

A round trip from Brisbane to Adelaide on Saturday did nothing to lessen the enjoyment of Lights Of Heaven’s big win. “Our grand-daughter Brooke came with us, so that added to the fun seeing her at 18 starting to share our involvement in racing.” Lights Of Heaven (NZ), the 41st individual Group One winner by her great sire Zabeel, is the third foal of the Volksraad mare I’m In heaven (NZ), the winner of six in Brisbane and Melbourne and a sister to the Gr. 3 Highview Stakes winner Eloa (NZ) (Volksraad). This is also the family of top class galloper Alamosa (NZ) (O’Reilly). I’m In Heaven is one of several Wanless-owned mares that reside at Trelawney Stud. Other breeding successes have been the black-type winners Gondorff (NZ) (Montjeu) and Celeris (NZ) (Fusaichi Pegasus). “Our relationship started with Amalfi and it’s gone on to be very rewarding,” said Judy Wanless. “It’s become a friendship and it’s been a wonderful journey having our mares at Trelawney and getting such valuable advice from Brent (Taylor).” Plans for Lights Of Heaven (NZ) are undecidedfor the short term, with a possibility she may travel to Sydney for the AJC Oaks, but her owner will leave it to the horse herself and Peter Moody to decide that. “She’ll tell us what she’s up to but Peter’s been very patient and that will continue. Given what she’s done so far I’d like to think she might be some chance for a race like the Caulfield Cup, but that’s still only a dream at this stage.”
Hat trick for Lights Of Heaven
07 Mar 2011Zabeel filly Lights Of Heaven is now three for three in her debut season after taking out the Gr.2 Sportingbet Fillies Classic (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday evening. The win follows an impressive seven length maiden victory at Cranbourne in January and has trainer, Peter Moody excited for next season.

Moody told Racenet “We’ll have the maturity of a four-year-old Zabeel mare that is going to be relatively untapped come the spring”. For now however Moody plans to give the three-year-old a gentle autumn to give her time to mature.

Lights of Heaven (NZ) out of the six-time winning Volksraad mare I’m In Heaven, who is a sister to the Gr.3 winner Eloa (NZ). This if the family of Alamosa, the four time Group One winning sire now standing at Wellfield Lodge.

For long-time Trelawney client Judi Wanless, the filly’s breeder and owner, this win is latest in what has been a great season. She also bred Gondorff (Montjeu) who won the Listed Kalgoorlie Boulder Cup, Celeris (Fusaichi Pegasus) winner of the Listed Levin Stakes, Princess Annaliese (Van Nistelrooy) winner of the Listed Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes along with breeding and racing Gr.2 winner Returntosender (Elusive City). “Judi has four mares with us at Trelawney and she has bred five group and stakes winners out of those mares in the last 18 months; a fantastic achievement for any breeder” says Brent Taylor, Managing Director at Trelawney.
Group win for Antonio Lombardo
21 Feb 2011Outstanding 2YO Antonio Lombardo (NZ) (Pins) one-upped his last-start performance to score an impressive win in the $70,000 Gr.3 Waikato Stud 2YO classic (1200m) at Pukekura Raceway on Saturday. The colt held off Australian- trained Chateauneuf Dupape (NZ) (Darci Brahma) to win his first Group race.

The Group win is a welcome reward after coming second by a nose to Fort Lincoln (Charge Forward) in the Karaka Million in January. The colt has now won 3 of his 7 starts including the Listed Life Members’ Wellesley Stakes and has amassed over a quarter of a million dollars in earnings in his debut season. This weekend’s race also scored his connections a $30,000 bonus through the TBS Scheme.

Antonio Lombardo is a graduate of Trelawney Stud’s 2010 premier yearling draft where he was purchased by Matamata trainer, Peter McKay for $120,000. He is out of Trelawney mare, Petit Verdot (NZ) (Carnegie), a full sister to VRC Derby-winner Amalfi and a daughter of Rationaine (NZ) (Centaine). This pedigree page features the likes of Rationale (NZ) (Sound Reason), Wise Lass (NZ) (Straight Strike), Egoli Lass (NZ) (Kaapstad), Vigor (NZ) (O’Reilly) and the 2008 and 2010 Karaka Million winners, Vincent Mangano (NZ) (No Excuse Needed) and Joey Massino (NZ) (O’Reilly), both of whom were also trained by McKay.

McKay plans to line the colt up for the $200,000 Group One Diamond Stakes (1200m) during Auckland Cup Week.

Trelawney Stud will offer a half-brother to Antonio Lombardo at the 2011 Australian Easter Yearling Sale in April; Lot 402, a colt by O’Reilly.
Red Ruler gets his Group One
14 Feb 2011Red RulerUp until Saturday the coveted Group 1 victory had eluded top stayer Red Ruler, but all that finally changed with an outstanding performance in the $200,000 Group 1 Darci Brahma International Stakes (2000m).

Trained by John Sargent, Red Ruler (Viking Ruler x Ransom Bay) was made to fight in the straight after travelling in the box seat in transit. Showing plenty of courage in the final 300 metres, the son of Viking Ruler was not to be outdone, staving off the dual Group 1 winner Booming (Don Eduardo) and the late finishing Passchendaele (Montjeu) to win by three-quarters-of-a-length.

A true campaigner, Red Ruler has lined up in no fewer than 22 Group 1 races, competing all over New Zealand and Australia in races including the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, New Zealand and AJC Derbies, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Kelt Capital Stakes, Mackinnon Stakes and many more.

His feature wins before Saturday's race included three victories at Group 2 level, including the City of Auckland Cup and the Wellington Cup, and trainer John Sargent was thrilled to see him notch up his first Group 1 win.

"He's a top horse, he has raced in so many top class contests and has run second in Group 1 races including the Kelt Capital Stakes and the AJC Derby.

"He put in a big performance on Saturday and ran a very strong race and he has never looked better.

"He has pulled through the race in great order so we will be looking to the New Zealand Stakes or the Auckland Cup for his next assignment. We will be taking it one step at a time but it would be great to see him over in Hong Kong and Singapore running in the invitational races in April as well."

Red Ruler was bred by John Cornish & Trelawney Stud and was bought by his trainer John Sargent from Trelawney Stud at the 2006 Karaka Premier Sale for $60,000. The six-year-old is owned by local and international owners in Ron Arculli, Andrew Meehan & Guy Sargent and has raced on 43 occasions for nine wins and nine placings for over $1.5 million in stakes.

Red Ruler is the eighth individual Group 1 winner for New Zealand Bloodstock this season and he holds a nomination for the Group 1 Auckland Cup on 9 March where he is currently rated a $12 chance with the TAB.
Miss Confidential in contention for the Karaka 3YO Mile
18 Jan 2011Antonio LombardoSaturday’s Hollymount Bloodstock Class 2 Handicap (1200m) at Kembla Grange saw Miss Confidential win her third race from four starts for trainer Mark Wallace. The filly by Stratum is registered for the Karaka 3YO Mile and the weekend’s win should ensure her a strong position in the order of entry for the $200,000 race at Ellerslie on January 30th.

Miss confidential was bred by Trelawney Stud from resident mare Exquisitely (Snippets) and was sold through the 2009 Select yearling draft to Blue Sky Thoroughbreds for $100,000.

Also carrying the Trelawney Brand at Ellerslie will be Antonio Lombardo in the hotly contested Karaka Million. The 2YO colt by Pins has had a successful season so far with two wins including in the Listed Wellesley Stakes and close up performances in the Listed Murdoch Newall Stakes and Group 3 Eclipse Stakes. His earnings of close to $38,000 have put him at the lead of the order of entry for New Zealand’s richest juvenile race.

Antonio Lombardo is a graduate of Trelawney Stud’s 2010 premier yearling draft where he was purchased by Matamata trainer, Peter McKay for $120,000. He is out of Trelawney mare, Petit Verdot (NZ) (Carnegie), a full sister to VRC Derby-winner Amalfi and a daughter of Rationaine (NZ) (Centaine). This pedigree page features the likes of Rationale (NZ) (Sound Reason), Wise Lass (NZ) (Straight Strike), Egoli Lass (NZ) (Kaapstad), Vigor (NZ) (O’Reilly) and the 2008 and 2010 Karaka Million winners, Vincent Mangano (NZ) (No Excuse Needed) and Joey Massino (NZ) (O’Reilly), both of whom were also trained by McKay.

Trelawney will also be well represented this weekend at Trentham with two graduates in the running for the Group 1 $1,000,000 Telegraph Handicap; last start Group 1 place-getter, Tip The Wink (Stravinsky) and this season stakes winner Celeris (Fusaichi Pegasus). Also racing on Saturday will be Trelawney owned gelding Sadist who will contest the Group 3 $70,000 Wellington Stakes.
A great start to the New Year
05 Jan 2011AhdashimTrelawney Stud graduates have seen a fantastic start to 2011 with horses carrying the Trelawney brand putting in some superb performances over the New Year holiday.

Across the Tasman a graduate of the 2007 Trelawney Premier sales draft, Ahdashim, won the $200,000 Group 3 Standish Handicap at Flemington on New Year’s Day. The five-year old by Elusive City (USA) out of Clinique (Dance Floor) was purchased by Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan for $150,000.

Ryan said Ahdashim would possibly return to Melbourne for the Newmarket Handicap. "He may be a lightweight chance in the Newmarket," Ryan said. "The horse has been going terrific; he deserves to win a good race. He's been placed behind some good horses and if you take the wet track runs out of his form, he's a very honest, consistent horse."

So Pristine (AUS) a five year old mare by Zabeel, produced a big finish to win the $75,000 Dunstan Feeds Championship Final at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day. Bred and raced by long-time Trelawney clients David and Angela Paykel, So Pristine is out of Pristine Kristine (USA) (Spinning World), a Singapore stakes producing mare. A half-brother by Librettist will be offered at the Karaka Select Yearling Sale this year.

Red Ruler by Viking Ruler (AUS) out of Ransom Bay (AUS) (Red Ransom) has picked up two more Group placings. The experienced galloper came second in the $200,000 Group 1 Zabeel Classic on Boxing Day followed by a third in the $100,000 Group 2 Waiwera Water City of Auckland Cup on January 1st. The six-year-old gelding is trained by John Sargent who purchased him from the 2006 Trelawney Stud premier yearling draft at Karaka. Sargent paid a bargain $60,000 for the horse that has gone on to win eight races and over $1.4 million in stakes. Red Ruler is nominated for both the Wellington and Auckland Cups.

Adding more black type to her name was Stravinsky mare, Tip the Wink, when she ran third in the $200,000 Group 1 Blandford Lodge Railway Stakes at Ellerslie on the 1st. She was bred by Jonathan Hope out of a Kaapstad mare, Kape Dancer, and sold through the 2006 Trelawney Stud Premier yearling draft to her now trainer, Mike Breslin for $77,500. The six-year-old won two listed races last season and came third in the Group 3 Lindauer Stewards Stakes in November. Tip the Wink is nominated for the Group 1 Telegraph at Trentham later this month.

Showing promise for the new year was San Leonardo, a three-year-old gelding by Falkirk when he won the Gateway Glass and Glazing Thames 1000m on January 3rd. Bred in partnership with Whakanui Stud out of Centaine mare, Procure, the chestnut was purchased by Bruce Perry Bloodstock Ltd. From the 2009 Trelawney Premier Yearling draft for $160,000.
Yearling Photos
05 Jan 2011Photographs of the 2011 Karaka Yearling Draft are now available on the sales page and also on the New Zealand Bloodstock website To view please click here .
More black type wins for Trelawney graduates
14 Dec 2010As the racing calendar winds towards the exciting holiday racing period Trelawney Stud is celebrating another stakes winning graduate for the season.

Saturday saw a much improved performance from November Rain (NZ) (Stravinsky) secure her a win in the Group Two $85,000 Waikato Racing Club Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m). Trained by Richard Collet and ridden by Jason Collet, the four year old mare out of Lady Teruko (USA) (Kris S), flew home from the back of the field to win by three quarters of a length.

So far in her career November Rain has shown a lot of promise including scoring runner up in both the Group One Land Pride Easter Handicap (1600m) and the Group One Wellfield New Zealand Oaks (2400m) and has netted her owners over $210,000 in earnings; she is nominated for the Wellington and Auckland Cups this season.

November Rain was bred by long time Trelawney client, Joan Egan and bought by Collett Racing Stables from the 2008 Trelawney draft at the Karaka Premier Yearling Sale for $170,000.

Another Trelawney born mare, Celeris (NZ) (Fusaichi Pegasus) has earned herself some black type after winning the Listed, $45,000, Chainey’s Panasonic Levin Stakes (1200m) on November the 26th.

The five year old is out of Trelawney Stud resident mare Cuphill (AUS) (Danehill) and bred by another long-time client of Trelawney, Judi Wanless. She was purchased by Daniel Nakhle for $60,000 from the 2007 Karaka Premier Yearling Sale. Celeris is currently nominated for the Group One Telegraph Handicap and the Group One Blandford Lodge Railway Stakes.

Wanless also bred Gondorff (NZ) (Montjeu), the winner of the Listed, $110,000, Kalgoorlie Boulder Cup, which he won on September 12th. He was bought by Mr D O’Brien (Victoria) for $200,000 at the 2005 Premier Yearling Sale from the Trelawney Draft. He has since collected earnings of A$443,295.

Also with a stakes win to his name this season is the colt, Antonio Lombardo (NZ) (Pins). The two year old won the Listed, $45,000, Life Members Wellesley Stakes (1000m) at Trentham on the 23rd of October. The following month a fifth in the Listed Murdoch Newall Stakes brought his earnings for the season to just over $34,000 meaning he is currently in the lead for the Order of Entry for the 2011Karaka Million.

He is out of Trelawney mare, Petit Verdot (NZ) (Carnegie), a full sister to VRC Derby-winner Amalfi (NZ) (Carnegie) and a daughter of Rationaine (NZ) (Centaine). This pedigree page features the likes of Rationale (NZ) (Sound Reason), Wise Lass (NZ) (Straight Strike), Egoli Lass (NZ) (Kaapstad), Vigor (NZ) (O’Reilly) and the 2008 and 2010 Karaka Million winners, Vincent Mangano (NZ) (No Excuse Needed) and Joey Massino (NZ) (O’Reilly), both of whom were also trained by Matamata trainer, Peter McKay, who purchased Antonio Lombardo from Trelawney Stud’s 2010 premier yearling draft for $120,000.
2011 Karaka Yearling Draft
03 Dec 2010Trelawney Stud is represented by 40 well-related yearlings at the New Zealand Bloodstock 2011 Yearling Sale Series at Karaka at the end of January. New Zealand’s longest running commercial thoroughbred stud has a strong tradition of producing stakes winners including seven past winners of the Melbourne Cup. Under the current ownership, the Taylor Family, the farm has been the home of at least one Group winner every season including Boundless (New Zealand Oaks – Gr.1), Allez Wonder (Toorak Handicap – Gr.1), Wahid (Mercedes Derby – Gr.1) and Vouvray (Queensland Oaks – Gr.1).

The 2011 Trelawney draft offers yearlings out of five Group One winning or producing mares with a further 15 yearlings out of Group or Stakes winners or producers. To view the sales drafts and pedigrees for each yearling click here.

Click here to read an interactive online version of the 2011 Karaka preview. This is the definitive guide to the New Zealand Yearling Sales Series January 31st to February 7th 2011.

For more information or to make an appointment to view the draft at the farm please contact Brent Taylor on 021 949 644 or
2010 Foal Crop
12 Nov 2010Group 1 MacKinnon Stakes winner, La Bella Dama (NZ) (Desert Sun), dam of 2010 Group 2 St George Stakes winner La Rocket (AUS) (Rock of Gibraltar) produced a bay filly by O’Reilly (NZ) (Last Tycoon) on the 7th of November. Her 2005 daughter, Tinkerbabu (AUS) (Giant’s Causeway) had a bay colt by Alamosa (NZ) (O’Reilly) on the 1st of October.

Petit Verdot (NZ) (Carnegie), a full sister to VRC Derby-winner Amalfi, produced her fourth foal in early September, a filly by O’Reilly. A daughter of Rationaine (NZ) (Centaine), this pedigree page features the likes of Rationale (NZ) (Sound Reason), Wise Lass (NZ) (Straight Strike), Egoli Lass (NZ) (Kaapstad) and the more recent performers Vigor (NZ) (O’Reilly), Vincent Mangano (NZ) (No Excuse Needed) and Joey Massino (NZ) (O’Reilly). Her 2008 colt, Antonio Lombardo (NZ) (Pins) won the Life Members Wellesley Stakes in October and is currently leading the order of entry for the Karaka Million 2011. Rationaine had a bay colt, also by O’Reilly on the 8th of September.

Group 2 winner Astralita (AUS) (Kenny’s Best Pal) who has already produced a stakes winner in Astronomia (NZ) (King’s Best) foaled a bay filly by Alamosa on the 3rd of September.

The next day stakes winner Hasta La Ciao Ciao (NZ) (Unbridled’s Song), had her second foal, a bay filly by Pentire (GB) (Be My Guest).

Alisara (IRE) (Zafonic), a half-sister to 2009 dual Group 1 winner Alandi (IRE) (Galileo) and stakes winner Aliyfa (IRE) (Spinning World), produced her fifth foal in late September, a colt by O’Reilly.

Stakes winner Vanny Fair (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) had a bay filly by Elusive City (USA) (Elusive Quality) on the 19th of September. Her dam, French Flute (AUS) (Jugah), is due to foal later this month; she was served by Fast ‘n’ Famous (AUS) (Redoute’s Choice).

The 2007 winner of the Group 2 Bombay Sapphire Stakes, Fire Song (NZ) (Senor Pete), had a chestnut colt by Starcraft (NZ) (Soviet Star) on the 23rd of September.

The most recent foal to be born is by Iffraaj (GB) (Zafonic) from Clavarias (USA) (Candy Stripes), a half-sister to Taking Risks (USA) (Two Punch) who won 12 races including 5 group and listed races.
Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs - Breeze Up results
22 Oct 2010Trelawney Stud is offering seven colts in the New Zealand Bloodstock 2010 Ready to Run Sale of two-year-olds on the account of Mana Park. The colts are being prepared by Darryn Weatherly and had their first opportunity to perform at the Breeze Ups at Te Rapa Racecourse on Tuesday.

Heat 191 comprised a bay colt by Zabeel from the stakes producing Danehill mare, Pedante, and a brown colt by Reset from Mardi Gras, a stakes placed winner of eight city races. Their times were 10.78 seconds and 10.81 seconds respectively. Darryn commented that both horses had responded well to the pressure and hit the line full of running.

The fastest Breeze Up time of the seven horses was provided by Lot 58, a bay colt by California Dane from Snipped in the Bud who stopped the clock in a smart 10.60 seconds.

Lot 181 saw two sons of Fast ‘n’ famous go head to head. Lot 181 from Group Two winner Astralita had a time of 11.12 seconds while Lot 318, from High Tudor, a half sister to Trelawney Group One winner, Allez Wonder, was right behind him with 11.13 seconds. Darryn said “they are both very nice types with good attitudes”.

A son of Pins, Lot 317 is out of Group Two winning mare Highflying. This chestnut colt completed the 200 metres in 11.03 seconds. Partnering him in heat 199 was a colt by Strada from Andneedles with a time of 11.06 seconds. Darryn reported “both horses have nice strides and have improved a lot from day one. We’re very happy with their times as they still had more to give”.

Darryn says of the Trelawney graduates “we were very impressed with all of these horses’ attitudes, condition and how far they have come”.

The 2010 Ready to Run Sale of two-year-olds will be held on the 16th and 17th of November at Karaka. For further information contact Brent Taylor on 021 949 644 or for inspections contact Maryanne Simon at Mana Park on 021 184 8530.
Trelawney salutes Melbourne Cup history
11 Oct 2010Melbourne Cup trophies on display at Trelawney StudMelbourne Cup fans from the New Zealand racing community descended on Trelawney Stud on Sunday to celebrate the stud’s remarkable Melbourne Cup history and for the unveiling of a sculpture as tribute to that success.

The stud has produced seven Melbourne Cup champions so far, with the winners Hiraji in 1947, Foxzami in 1949, Macdougal (1959), Hi-Jinx (1960), Polo Prince (1964), Galilee (1966) and Silver Knight (1971).

The event was also to commemorate the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup with a conjugation of delegates attending from the Victoria Racing Club as part of the Cambridge leg of the 2010 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour. This year’s coveted trophy along with five of the trophies from past New Zealand bred Melbourne Cup winners were a feature of the afternoon.

Representing the VRC, 2010 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour Manager, Joe McGrath said: “We are thrilled to share the 150th Melbourne Cup celebrations with the world famous Cambridge. This milestone year offers the VRC an opportunity to pay tribute to the heroes, stories and destinations that have shaped the history of our nation’s great race and Cambridge is certainly a vital link producing a great number of Melbourne Cup winners”.

Escorting the trophy as Tour Ambassadors were champion jockey, Mr John Letts who rode Piping Lane to Melbourne Cup victory in 1972 and Beldale Ball in 1980, and Sheila Laxon, the first female trainer to win a Melbourne Cup with Ethereal in 2001 who provided guests with an exclusive insight into their personal memories and experiences.

Racing Minister, John Carter joined the stud’s owners, Brent and Cherry Taylor in unveiling a sculpture by Australian artist Jane Dawson, while Special guests throughout the afternoon’s events included Cambridge Studs, Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan; local Minister of Parliament, Louise Upston; Waipa Mayor, Alan Livingston and former Racing Minister Winston Peters; VRC guests included Chief Executive, Dale Monteith; Deputy Chief Executive Sue Lloyd-Williams; and Marketing Manager, Joe McGrath.

Others with connections to Melbourne Cup winners present were Victoria and Petrea Vela (Ethereal, 2001), Tim and Karen Bodle (Empire Rose, 1988), Alicia Moroney (Brew, 2000), Andrew Fyfe (Van Der Hum, 1976), John and Wendy Norwood (Silver Knight, 1971), Warwick and Heather Spring (Rising Fast, 1954), Trevor Knowles (Hi Jinx, 1960), Ron Taylor (Polo Prince, 1964) and a Mike and Vicky Sanders who represented the Barry Family of Hastings who hold the 1916 trophy won by Sasanof; a fascinating piece of Melbourne Cup memorabilia.

Of the farm’s intrinsic relationship with the Melbourne Cup, Brent Taylor said: “Whilst the history of the farm is remarkable I am sure that history is on-going and we continue an outstanding annual flow of Group winners, one of which will one day be the 8th Trelawney graduate to win the Melbourne Cup. We the Taylor family, are proud to be the custodians of Trelawney’s iconic heritage and are dedicated to its continuance”.

Trelawney Stud has produced a publication documenting the history of the farm and its Melbourne Cup winning horses. To obtain a free copy please email or call +64 7 827 8581.
Black type racing underway for Trelawney graduates
17 Sep 2010This Saturday will see three Trelawney Stud graduates contest group and listed races in Australia.

Red Ruler (NZ) (Viking Ruler) will start in the Gr. 1 Rokk Ebony Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield. The six-year-old gelding is trained by John Sargent who purchased him from the 2006 Trelawney Stud premier yearling draft at Karaka. Sargent paid a bargain $60,000 for the horse that has gone on to win seven races and over $1.28 million in stakes. Red Ruler is nominated for the 2010 Emirates Melbourne Cup and if successful will be the eighth winner of the race to carry the Trelawney brand.

Also at Caulfield, La Rocket (NZ) (Rock of Gibraltar) will line up for the Gr. 1 Patinack Farm Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m). Trainer, Dale Sutton, will be looking to emulate the form of the gelding’s last group start when La Rocket won the Gr. 2 St. George Stakes in February. La Rocket is out of Trelawney Stud resident mare, La Bella Dama (NZ) (Desert Sun) who won seven group and listed races in her career. La Rocket is a graduate of the Trelawney Stud 2005 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling draft where Sutton purchased the colt for A$300,000. La Bella Dama will be represented in the 2011 Karaka Premier Sale by a filly by Iffraaj.

The consistent Trelawney graduate, Gondorff (NZ) ( Montjeu) is aiming to make history repeat after being successful in the Listed Goldfields Expo-Boulder Cup (1760m) last weekend. He came second in the same race last year then went on to win the Listed XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) the following week. Gondorff is set to defend his win in Cup tomorrow and if successful will be the first horse to win the race two years in a row.
Trelawney Stud sponsors Leading Apprentice Award
17 Sep 2010The resident racing champions of Cambridge were recognised on Monday night with the Cambridge Jockey Club and Waikato District Apprentice School’s annual awards evening held at the Cambridge Raceway to honour the 2009-10 season’s top achievers.

Exceptional apprentice jockey, James McDonald, was the star of the evening and barely left the stage taking home four awards including the esteemed Bill Simon Trophy for Best All-round Apprentice, Cambridge Jockey Club Leading Apprentice Award, Waikato District Apprentice School 2010 Leading Apprentice Award and the Outstanding Ride by an Apprentice Jockey Award for his winning ride on Trelawney Stud mare, Boundless in the 2009 Nicholas Feuillatte Stakes. The Leading Apprentice Award was sponsored by Trelawney Stud and Cherry Taylor presented James with a saddle and jacket.
Trelawney colt leads the chase for Karaka Million
15 Sep 2010A convincing three length win in the 100% Barrells 2YO (880m) at Ruakaka on Saturday has propelled Antonio Lombardo to the head of the order of entry for the 2011 Karaka Million; New Zealand’s richest two-year-old race.

The colt by Pins is a graduate of Trelawney Stud’s 2010 premier yearling draft where he was purchased by Matamata trainer, Peter McKay for $120,000. McKay has retained Antonio Lombardo to race himself and is off to a strong start with the colt also being placed second in the Danfive at Grangewilliam 800m at Wanganui the previous week.

The final field for the Karaka Million, to be run on January 30th at Ellerslie, is determined according to prize money won; Antonio Lombardo currently sits on $8,975, $6,775 ahead of his closest rival in the table, French Connection.

Antonio Lombardo is out of Trelawney mare, Petit Verdot (NZ) (Carnegie), a full sister to VRC Derby-winner Amalfi and a daughter of Rationaine (NZ) (Centaine). This pedigree page features the likes of Rationale (NZ) (Sound Reason), Wise Lass (NZ) (Straight Strike), Egoli Lass (NZ) (Kaapstad), Vigor (NZ) (O’Reilly) and the 2008 and 2010 Karaka Million winners, Vincent Mangano (NZ) (No Excuse Needed) and Joey Massino (NZ) (O’Reilly), both of whom were also trained by McKay.

Petit Verdot has a 2009 colt by O’Reilly who will be offered by Trelawney Stud at the 2011 Australian Easter Yearling Sale and has just last week foaled a filly, also by O’Reilly.
Gondorff (NZ) on Target for Dual Kalgoorlie Cups
13 Sep 2010Gondorff (NZ) (Montjeu) is on track to become the first horse to win dual Listed XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup’s (2300m) after an impressive win in the Listed Goldfields Expo-Boulder Cup (1760m) yesterday.

The $2.50 favorite flashed home to win by two and a half lengths, in the hands of jockey Troy Turner.

The seven-year-old son of former Windsor Park Stud shuttle sire Montjeu, ran second in the same race last year and went on to win the Listed XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) the following week.

Gondorff (NZ) was bred by Mrs J M Wanless and is out of My Funny Face (Marscay). He was bought by Mr D O’Brien (Victoria) for $200,000 at the New Zealand Bloodstock 2005 Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Trelawney stud. He has since amassed earnings of A$425,400.

Trained by Western Australian Harness Racing driver Mark Reed, he is the winner of seven races, including the Gr.3 WATC Queen’s Cup (2400m).

The Listed XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) will be run on Saturday September 18.
Red Ruler wins Champion Stayer
04 Sep 2010Red Ruler was awarded Champion Stayer at New Zealand’s annual Mercedes Thoroughbred Racing Awards for the 2009-10 season, held at the Ellerslie Event Centre on Friday night.

Red Ruler captured 36 of a total 40 votes to beat Harris Tweed for the title.

A graduate of the 2006 Trelawney yearling draft, the son of Viking Ruler was purchased by John Sargent and has gone on to win seven races and over $1.28 million in earnings. His wins for the season in contention included the Group 2 Wellington Cup, Group 3 Trentham Stakes and the Group 2 City of Auckland Cup.

Red Ruler is now in Australia preparing to contest the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. The 6 year old gelding was unfortunately scratched at the gates last week at Caulfield so will have his first run of the campaign this afternoon at Flemington in the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes over 1600m.
Trelawney graduates finalists for Horse of the Year
09 Aug 2010BoundlessNew Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has announced the finalists for the 2009-10 Mercedes Thoroughbred Racing Awards including three graduates of Trelawney Stud.

Nominated for Champion Three Year Old is Zarzuela. The 2006 daughter of Zabeel (NZ) (Sir Tristram) was born at Trelawney Stud and bred by David and Angela Paykel out of his Group One-winning mare, Star Satire (NZ) (Volksraad).

Zarzuela’s successes of the most recent season include multiple Group-wins comprising the Championship Stakes, New Zealand Great Northern Guineas and the Waikato Guineas. She also ran third in the Group One New Zealand Oaks, going down to Keep the Peace and fellow Trelawney graduate, November Rain, in a photo finish. The filly will start the new season out of Peter Moody’s Stable at Caulfield and with a bit of luck add some Australian conquests to her form.

The next finalist, Red Ruler, graduated from the 2006 Trelawney yearling draft and is nominated for Champion Stayer. Bred by the Stud in partnership with John Cornish the colt by Viking Ruler (AUS) (Danehill) was sold to John Sargent for what was considered a bargain at $60,000. He has since gone on to win seven races and over $1.28 million in earnings.

2009-10 Group-achievements for Red Ruler include winning the Wellington Cup, Trentham Stakes and the City of Auckland Cup. The gelding also fought on to run second in the Group One Zabeel Classic in December. Red Ruler, who holds a nomination for this season’s 150th running of the Melbourne Cup, is heading across to Australia for the Spring Carnival and if successful, will be the eighth winner of the Cup to have been bred at Trelawney Stud.

Also nominated for Champion Stayer is Trelawney Stud mare, Boundless. Not only was this mare bred and sold by Trelawney, she is by Van Nistlerooy (USA) (Storm Cat) who stood at the stud; Boundless was his first Southern Hemisphere Group One winner. Moreover, co-breeder, Cherry Taylor, retained shares in the mare to race which proved extremely worthwhile as now the Group-one winner has returned to Trelawney for the 2010-11 breeding season.

Nevertheless, prior to retiring, Boundless had a successful 2009-10 racing season taking out the Hawkes Bay Gold Cup, Counties Cup and the Nicolas Feuillatte Stakes bringing her career total to nine wins and four placings including runner up in the Group-one AJC Oaks.

Managing Director, Brent Taylor, commended the finalists, “although it is fantastic to have performers in our main market, Australia, it is also very pleasing that our New Zealand form is holding up with the accomplishments of horses like Boundless and Red Ruler both domestically and across the Tasman. We hold high hopes that Zarzuela will also have a successful season in Australia. It is great to have three representatives performing for the brand and we would like to wish the connections the best of luck for the night; all three finalists deserve their nominations and are strong contenders to take home the award.”

As finalists in their particular horses-in-training categories all three horses will be in contention for the Mercedes Horse of the Year. The awards are to be held at Ellerslie Racecourse on the evening of Friday, 3 September 2010.
Trelawney's Inglis Easter Yearling Draft Possibly the Best Yet
23 Mar 2010A top-class selection of the best bloodlines Australasia has to offer are featured among Trelawney Stud's classic draft to the upcoming Sydney Easter Yearling Sale.

The Cambridge nursery's Brand of Success will be carried by six outstanding youngsters with the looks to match their pedigrees at the Inglis auction at Newmarket from April 6-8.

Champion sires Zabeel, Redoute's Choice and Encosta de Lago are represented along with heir apparent Fastnet Rock and the prolific Flying Spur. "As individuals they speak for themselves - great types from superb families - and make up as good a draft, if not better, than we've ever taken to Sydney," said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud.

Photographs of the Inglis draft can be viewed on the stud’s website at in the ‘Sales’ section.

The first of Trelawney's star-studded line-up to grace the sale ring will be Lot 27, a son of the mighty Zabeel. The colt is a classic example of his sire with the scope and length to develop into another of his spring three-year-old stars. He also has winning European Gr 1 form in his blood with his dam a half-sister by Soviet Star to Dubai World Cup contender Crowded House (Gr 1 Racing Post Trophy). The international flavour to the family is further strengthened by the presence of Gr 1 Hollywood Oaks winner Ticker Tape and successful Gr 1 producing stallion Postponed.

Lot 69 is by Australia's two-time champion sire Encosta de Lago out of the stakes-winning Zabeel mare National Treasure, a half-sister to the Gr 2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes winner Ferragamo. The colt is a shining example of the Zabeel-Encosta de Lago mix with the size, strength and presence to make waves in the ring.

The continued success of Fastnet Rock at the top level recently - Wanted (Newmarket Handicap) and Rock Classic (Australian Guineas) - will draw further attention to Lot 122. The daughter of the red-hot son of Danehill is a half-sister to the Gr 1 Victoria Derby winner and sire Amalfi. To match her rich pedigree, the filly combines size and strength with great muscle and balance.

Her dam is the Centaine mare Rationaine whose multiple winning daughter Rationalize is represented next-up by a cracking Flying Spur colt. His presence and athleticism is indicative of a 'running family' that claims Vigor (Gr 2 Makybe Diva Stakes), Joey Massino (Gr 2 Avondale Guineas), Wise Son (Gr 2 Greyville Gold Cup) and Listed winners Vincent Mangano, Wise Lass and Egoli Lass among its celebrated ranks.

Stallion sensation Redoute's Choice has claimed champion Australian sire honours on three occasions and his son, Lot 159, is a stunner. Out of the Strategic mare She Will Be Loved, the colt is a strong, mature individual with an early-performing look about him. His dam was top class and made $A2.2 million while carrying this colt. It is also the family of Gr 1 Hong Kong Sprint winner All Thrills Too and Gr 2 Royal Stakes winner and leading Gr 1 New Zealand Oaks contender Adaline.

Trelawney's Sydney consignment is completed on day two of the auction by a filly with outstanding classic credentials. She is by Encosta de Lago out of Trelawney's Queensland Oaks winner Vouvray, a daughter of Zabeel and the Gr 2 Dulcie Stakes winner Real Success. The filly is a cracking individual who puts a tick in every box as far as type and pedigree is concerned.

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Trelawney Horses to the Fore
24 Feb 2010Trelawney Stud enjoyed an outstanding weekend on both sides of the Tasman with the promise of further Gr 1 glory to come in the autumn.

The Cambridge farm's 'Brand Of Success' was carried to victory on the home and away fronts with crack filly Zarzuela leading the charge.

She strengthened her New Zealand Derby claims while Ellerslie was also the scene of Boundless' stunning return to racing.

In Australia, La Rocket emerged as a genuine Australian Cup contender and Bolton stamped himself as a three-year-old to follow.

The best is yet to come from crack filly Zarzuela who continued her march toward upcoming feature race targets with victory in the Championship Stakes.

She again proved superior to her male challengers in the Gr 2 feature to confirm her favouritism for next month's Blue Riband Classic.

"There's further improvement to come from her out of Saturday and she'll be right on her game come Derby Day," Matamata trainer Mark Walker said.

Bred and raced by David Paykel, the daughter of Zabeel and Gr 1 Otaki-Maori WFA winner Star Satire was foaled and raised at Trelawney Stud.

Zarzuela has won four of her eight starts with victories in the Gr 2 Great Northern and Gr 3 Waikato Guineas preceding Saturday's Ellerslie triumph.

"She's come through the race very well and I'd love to get her to Sydney to show the Australians how good she is - I think she's a very, very good filly," Walker said.

The off-shore target he has in mind is the Gr 1 $A350,000 AJC Oaks at Royal Randwick on April 17.

"There's a month between the Derby and the Oaks and she showed when she won the Waikato Guineas she can perform off a decent break," Walker said.

Zarzuela also revealed another side to her game at Ellerslie by racing closer to the pace after coming from the tail-end to post previous successes.

"She raced handier than normal, but having said that barrier draws had dictated her getting back in her races," Walker said.

"She's progressed very well and all we want now is a good track for the Derby and she'll be right at her best."

Top-quality mare Boundless successfully returned from a 10-week break on Saturday to account for the open handicappers over 1600 metres.

Bred by Brent and Cherry Taylor, who has retained a racing share in the daughter of Van Nistelrooy, she will also be in action on Derby Day.

Boundless will run in the Nathan's Memorial on March 6 as a lead-in to the Gr 1 New Zealand Stakes a week later.

Meanwhile, Trelawney graduate La Rocket downed a host of Australian Cup contenders in the Gr 2 St George Stakes to press his claims for higher autumn honours.

The previous winner of five races, including the Listed Seymour Spring Classic, La Rocket was a $A300,000 yearling at the Sydney Easter Sale.

He was bred by major Trelawney client Deborah Ho and sold through the Cambridge farm's 2006 William Inglis draft.

La Rocket is out of the former top-quality Desert Sun mare La Bella Dama who was a seven-time winner for Ho.

Her career highlight was victory in the 2001 Gr 1 Mackinnon Stakes and she also won at Gr 2 level in the Eight Carat Classic and Royal Stakes and the Gr 3 Tesio Stakes and Waikato Guineas.

The regally-bred Bolton added performance to his illustrious pedigree after striking his first winning blow in Melbourne.

He finished second at his sprint debut earlier this month and appreciated the step up to a metric mile at Bendigo yesterday to coast home with authority.

Bolton was bought out of Trelawney's 2008 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale draft for $A425,000 by high-profile owner Lloyd Williams.

By Zabeel out of the Gr 2 Dulcie Stakes winner Real Success, he is a brother to the former crack galloper Vouvray.

She carried the Trelawney colours to victory in the Gr 1 Queensland Oaks and elite placings in the Ranvet, BMW, Mackinnon and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Caulfield Cup.

Vouvray's first foal is the Flying Spur colt Right Vintage, who made $A260,000 at Sydney last year and is a recent trial winner for Victorian trainer Rodney Douglas.

Trelawney's seven-strong draft to the upcoming Easter Sale will feature his outstanding half-sister by Encosta De Lago.

Another Outstanding Yearling Draft for 2010
19 Jan 2010One of New Zealand’s leading vendors at yearling sales for the past decade, Trelawney Stud will present a draft of high quality yearlings at Karaka 2010 – a draft that will be among the most well inspected on the sale ground.

“Since taking over Trelawney in the early nineties we have set out to improve the quality of our broodmare band and in turn, the quality of our yearling draft each year,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “We’re firm believers in providing our young horses with the best possible care and attention in their early development and there’s no doubt that the most important time in a thoroughbred’s life is the first 18 months and the yearling preparation is a major part of that development,” said Brent.

Among the leading vendors at Karaka over the last decade, Trelawney Stud will offer a total of 42 yearlings at the sale, 23 in the Premier Sale and 19 in the Select. “We have achieved some solid results in the sale ring but most importantly, the results have come on the racetrack,” says Brent. “We have produced Group One winners each season for the past ten years – Wahid, Taatletail, Mr Celebrity, Vouvray, Boundless, Black Mamba, Red Ruler, Amalfi, Allez Wonder, The Duke, The Mighty Lions, Carnegie Express, Hill Of Grace – so if history repeats, there is at least one Group One winner among our 2010 draft,” he said.

2009/2010 has seen yet another Group One winner added to the Trelawney tally with the success of Allez Wonder (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice) in the Group One Toorak Handicap (1600m) whilst Red Ruler (NZ) (Viking Ruler) notched up a further Group One placing in the Zabeel Classic (2000m) before taking out the Group Two City of Auckland Cup (2400m). Other stakes performers bred, reared or sold by Trelawney Stud so far this season include Boundless (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy), winner of the Group Two Counties Cup (2100m) and the Group Three Nicolas Feullatte Stakes (2000m), Black Mamba (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe) who added a Group Two and two further listed wins to her tally of 15 stakes performances in the USA, Group Three winner in Australia Gondorf (NZ) (Montjeu), Listed winner Scarlet Vanhara (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) and stakes performers Ruud Van Slaats (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) and Ahdashim (NZ) (Elusive City). Another to add to that impressive list is the pre-post favourite for the $2.2 million dollar New Zealand Derby and last start winner of the Group Two Great Northern Guineas (2100m) in Zarzuela (NZ) (Zabeel) who also carries the brand of success.

The bar is lifted each year at the yearling sales and Trelawney and their clients relish the challenge by offering a complete line up of yearlings where there is a horse to suit all tastes. “This year a third of our Premier draft are first foals from Group, Stakes or high class race mares,” says Brent. “That is a reflection of the investment we have made in the pursuit of producing racehorses of the highest calibre that will be at home in the best stables of Australasia,” he said.

Trelawney will offer yearlings out of no less than six Group One winners or producing mares with a further 14 yearlings out of Group or Stakes performer or producers. To balance that, the Trelawney draft offers buyers the opportunity to purchase yearlings by some of the best, proven sires available in Australia and New Zealand – a truly impressive line up. Trelawney Stud’s 2010 yearling draft can be viewed on line by visiting the sales section of the Trelawney website – For more information in regard to the yearlings or to book an on farm parade prior to the yearling sales, please feel free to contact Brent Taylor – 021 949 644.

Trelawney Stud Foaling News
20 Oct 2009Stakes winner National Treasure (NZ) (Zabeel), a close relation to Group performer Ahdashim (NZ) (Elusive City) and whose first foal, a colt by Redoute’s Choice (Aus) (Danehill) fetched of A$1.5 million in the yearling sale ring, produced a bay filly by Exceed And Excel (Aus) (Danehill) on the 14th of October.

Group Two-winner Luna Tudor (Aus) (Military Plume), dam of 2009 Group One Toorak Handicap-winner Allez Wonder (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice) produced a bay colt by Elusive City (USA) (Elusive Quality) on the 8th of October.

Candy (NZ) (Grosvenor), a stakes winning sister to Group One-winner Captain Moonlight (NZ), produced a chestnut colt by General Nediym (Aus) (Nediym) on the 29th of September.

The 23rd of September saw the arrival of a bay filly by Bernadini (USA) (A P Indy) out of the stakes winning speedster Dominatrix (Aus) (Marauding). A mare with a pedigree page littered with black type, this filly already has some strong residual value before stepping foot on a racetrack.

Three days earlier the imported mare Knockncrea (GB) (Green Desert) produced her second foal, a bay filly by Champion sire O’Reilly (NZ) (Last Tycoon). This pedigree received a significant boost earlier this year with the mare’s half brother Flying Cloud (Ire) (Storming Home) the winner of the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at the Royal Ascot meeting in June.

Multiple Group-winner Real Success (Aus) (Success Express) produced a bay colt by Darci Brahma (NZ) (Danehill) on the 18th of September. This colt is a half brother to Group One Queensland Oaks-winner Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel).

The 16th of September saw the arrival of the third foal for Group Two-winner Mistrale (NZ) (Volksraad), a bay colt by Bernadini. Purchased by Trelawney Stud upon retirement from racing, Mistrale’s pedigree features the likes of Champion two-year-old Kindacross (NZ) (Cape Cross), three-time Group One-winner Sky Chase (NZ) (Star Way) and the great racemare and producer, Kind Regards (NZ) (Le Filou).

Magic Millions-winner Vedodara (NZ) (Kreisler) is already the dam of three Group winners including Group One-winner Sharvasti (NZ) (Montjeu) and Group Three-winners Bhandara (NZ) (Zabeel) and Shastri (NZ) (Stravinsky). Vedodara produced a bay filly on the 15th of September by O’Reilly.

Carmel Valley (NZ) (Last Tycoon) has been an outstanding producer for Trelawney Stud having left three stakes performers to date including Group One-winner Hill Of Grace (NZ) (Zabeel). Eden Valley (NZ) (Zabeel), a full sister to Hill Of Grace produced her first foal this spring, a filly by Flying Spur (Aus) (Danehill).

Alisara (Ire) (Zafonic) is one of a number of young, well pedigreed mares that Trelawney have added to their broodmare band over the last few years. A half sister to 2009 dual Classic-winner Alandi (Ire) (Galileo), she is also a half sister to 2009 stakeswinner Aliyfa (Ire) (Spinning World). She produced her fourth foal in early September, a colt by Keeper (Aus) (Danehill).

Petit Verdot (NZ) (Carnegie), a full sister to VRC Derby-winner Amalfi, produced her third foal in the early spring, a colt by O’Reilly. A daughter of Rationaine (NZ) (Centaine), this pedigree page features the likes of Rationale (NZ) (Sound Reason), Wise Lass (NZ) (Straight Strike), Egoli Lass (NZ) (Kaapstad) and the more recent performers Vigor (NZ) (O’Reilly), Vincent Mangano (NZ) (No Excuse Needed) and Joey Massino (NZ) (O’Reilly).

Multiple Group-winner Sustaad (NZ) (Kaapstad) produced a Savabeel (NZ) (Zabeel) colt on the fifth of September whilst another multiple stakeswinner in Party Queen (NZ) (Gold Brose) foaled a chestnut colt by Captain Rio (GB) (Pivotal).

One of the first foals of the 2009 season was the second live foal of five-time Sydney winner Rationalize (NZ) (Marju), a brown filly by Rock Of Gibraltar (Ire) (Danehill). The filly already has a nice amount of residual value as another member of the Rationaine family.
Trelawney Stud Hoping for Repeat of Historic Gr.1 Double
12 Oct 2009The Taylor family of Trelawney Stud will be hoping history can repeat itself this weekend.

Acting as New Zealand’s oldest commercially operated Stud farm, Trelawney Stud has produced no less than 7 Melbourne Cup winners since its inception in 1930, but it will be its record in the Caulfield Cup that will be brought into the spotlight this Saturday.

First successful with the mighty Tommy Smith galloper Tulloch (NZ) in 1957, Trelawney Stud added a second successful graduate in the rich 2400m handicap feature with Bart Cummings’ subsequent Melbourne Cup hero Galilee (NZ) in 1966.

Previously successful in the Toorak of that year, Galilee serves as an important catalyst for Trelawney Stud’s latest Gr.1 graduate, Allez Wonder (Redoute’s Choice).

Sharing the same trainer as her Toorak/Caulfield Cup forebear, Allez Wonder shot into reckoning for the Gr.1 double with a bold inside run win in last Saturday’s Gr.1 David Jones Toorak Hcp (1600m) at Caulfield.

Beyond innate ability, three important variables will recommend Allez Wonder to the task of stepping up to 2400m in the Caulfield Cup.

Firstly her trainer Bart Cummings is a master and already has Toorak Hcp/Caulfield Cup double on the board with Galilee (1966) and Leilani (1974).

Secondly, the Redoute’s Choice mare’s race record suggests a Gr.1 competitiveness at the trip.

Successful on three occasions from 1600m-2040m for owners Suez Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd Syndicate, Dato Tan Chin Nam and Dr M Alexeef, Allez Wonder is Gr.1 performed at 2500m, with the notable achievement coming when third to Samantha Miss in the 2008 VRC Oaks.

The third ingredient to suggest a staying aptitude will be her breeding and rearing.

Bred by Brent and Cherry Taylor and reared at Trelawney Stud, Allez Wonder combines the bloodlines of the outstanding Gr.1 sire Redoute’s Choice with the Group winning staying mare Luna Tudor (Military Plume)

Triumphant from 1250m-3200m, Luna Tudor achieved Gr.2 acclaim on the racetrack with a tough win in the WATC Perth Cup (3200m)

Since retiring to Trelawney Stud, Luna Tudor has produced four to race for the two winners: Allez Wonder and Perfect Match (Faltaat).

Clearly committed to the family, Cummings has purchased three of the mare’s offspring at Karaka.

“He actually purchased a High Yield yearling by the mare at Karaka for $180,000 in 2005, but unfortunately she developed a throat infection soon after, so the sale didn’t proceed,” said Trelawney Stud’s Managing Director, Brent Taylor.

“Obviously, he must have liked her though because he came back and purchased Allez Wonder at Karaka for $600,000 and he has since bought her Fastnet Rock half-sister. “Interestingly enough, he has also since bought for his broodmare band the older High Yield sibling that he attempted to buy in 2005”.

“Allez Wonder was a beautiful yearling. It was great to see a filly of her type not only vindicated in the sale ring but with subsequent Gr.1 WFA success in the spring also”

Luna Tudor will offer a Pins filly at Karaka in 2010 and has an Elusive City colt at foal at foot.
Excellent Result at Royal Ascot
19 Jun 2009Racing at Royal Ascot currently holds the focus of the racing world and the third day of action provided a great result for New Zealand’s Trelawney Stud.

Having developed a philosophy of investing in broodmares with international pedigrees, the result of the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes (2400m) overnight has provided a solid boost to one of the pedigrees in the Trelawney broodmare band.

Flying Cloud (Ire) (Storming Home) ran out an impressive four-length winner of the Ribblesdale notching up the first win of the Royal Ascot carnival for the powerful Godolphin stable. Unbeaten in three starts, she is now likely to head to the Group One Irish Oaks over the same distance. The link to Trelawney comes through her half sister Knocknacrea (GB) (Green Desert) who was purchased from England with the assistance of bloodstock agents Kieran Moore and Bruce Perry. Out of stakes winner Criquette (GB) (Shirley Heights), Knocknacrea is a half sister to two stakes winners in Flying Cloud and full brother Captain Webb (GB) as well as the stakes performers Candice (Ire) (Caerleon) and Open Offer (GB) (Cadeaux Genereux). She has a Savabeel (NZ) (Zabeel) yearling filly on the ground, is currently in foal to O’Reilly (NZ) (Last Tycoon) and will visit Elusive City (USA) (Elusive Quality) this spring.
Black Mamba Storms Home for G2 Placing
21 Apr 2009Trelawney Stud graduate Black Mamba (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe x Sneetch, by Grosvenor) lined up for the first time in 2009 this past weekend and started her campaign in fine form going down by just a nose margin in the Grade Two Santa Barbara Handicap (2000m) at Santa Anita on Saturday.

It took the judges five minutes to separate the first two horses past the post after Black Mamba (NZ) bombed the pacemaking Magical Fantasy late, storming down the outside of the track from back in the field. It was the first race in four months for the Grade One winning mare.

Black Mamba (NZ) scored her first win on American soil in the Grade One John C Mabee Handicap (1800m) at Del Mar in August, the victory coming after her Grade Two Beverly Hills Handicap win at Hollywood Park and seven stakes placings prior to that.

Bred by Hawke's Bay businessman Sam Kelt and Sue Foote of Keltern Stud, Black Mamba (NZ) was sold as a yearling by Trelawney Stud at the Karaka Premier Sale for NZ$120,000.

In total, Black Mamba has had 23 starts including four wins, six seconds (five of these at Grade Two level) and, three thirds (one of these Grade One and the other Listed). She has over US$680,000 in stakes earnings to date.

Easter Another Successful Sale for Trelawney
13 Apr 2009The 2009 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale took place in Sydney last week. Taking seven yearlings across the Tasman, Trelawney Stud ended the sale with a 100% clearance rate with the half sister to VRC Derby-winner Amalfi (NZ) (Carnegie) grabbing the honours as Trelawney’s top lot of the sale. A filly by Encosta De Lago (Aus) (Fairy King), she was purchased by Amalfi’s trainer Peter Moody. “She was a lovely filly and was very popular with buyers,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “It’s great to see she will be going to the Moody stable given that Peter had such great success with Amalfi,” he said.

Trelawney’s second top lot was the Flying Spur (Aus) (Danehill) half brother to Queensland Oaks-winner Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel) who was signed for by Grant Pitchard-Gordon under his Badger’s Bloodstock banner.

“Undoubtedly it was a more difficult market than we are used to at Easter and it took a little while for the sale to get into full swing as buyers and vendors were both trying to get a handle on the market,” said Brent. “I think the team at Inglis did an outstanding job, as usual. We had seven nice yearlings to offer and they will all get every opportunity to add to their pedigrees and of course, our record of success from graduates of this sale,” he said.

Trelawney Stud would like to thank all those buyers who inspected our yearlings at the 2009 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and, all those who placed bids on any of the Trelawney yearlings. “Obviously we would like to thank the successful purchaser’s but the underbidders are very important as well,” said Brent. “Now we look forward to following the racing career’s of these yearlings and celebrating their success,” he said.
Trelawney Hold Strong Hand at Easter
02 Apr 2009The Sydney Easter Yearling Sale offers the cream of Australasia’s yearling crop and in recent times, New Zealand’s Trelawney Stud has made a practice of selling a select draft of yearlings at the sale achieving outstanding results both in the sale ring and, more importantly on the racetrack where it counts with Group One Spring Champion Stakes -winner Sousa (NZ) (Galileo) the most recent example.

2009 will see Trelawney offer seven yearlings at the sale beginning on Sunday 5th of April with colts and fillies representing some of Trelawney Stud’s most successful families of recent times.

The first opportunity to purchase a Trelawney yearling will come just over two hours into the sale when Lot 79, a colt by Champion sire Zabeel (NZ) (Sir Tristram) out of Love Mary (GB) (Soviet Star). From a family that features last season’s Group One Racing Post-winner and top weighted two-year-old Crowded House (GB) (Rainbow Quest), this colt’s pedigree page also features one of the most successful thoroughbred stallions of all time, Storm Cat (USA) (Storm Bird).

Another of three Zabeel’s that Trelawney will offer at the Easter Sale is Lot 107, a filly out of Miss Danewood (Aus) (Danehill). Miss Danewood is a daughter of multiple Group One-winner Foxwood (NZ) (Centaine) and a three-quarter sister to Group Three-winner and Group One-performer Rockwood (Aus) (Rock Of Gibraltar) and recent Group Three placegetter Quartz Reef (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice).

The third yearling to be offered by Trelawney on day one of the sale is also by Zabeel. Lot 147, he is a colt out of Pedante (Aus) (Danehill). This colt is a half brother to stakes winner Taameer (NZ) (General Nediym) and stakes performer Xaardante (Aus) (Xaar).

“We have always been solid supporters of Zabeel and have been lucky enough to have bred some very good racehorses by him,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “The Zabeel/Danehill cross has been very successful with the likes of Vengeance Of Rain one example of this cross,” he said. “These three yearlings are as good a types by Zabeel that we have offered through the sale ring and I’m sure they will be well inspected in the week leading into the sales,” he said.

Day two will see Lot 182, a half sister to Group One VRC Derby-winner Amalfi (NZ) (Carnegie) enter the sale ring. By Champion Sire Encosta de Lago (Aus) (Fairy King), this filly is out of Rationaine (NZ) (Centaine) and from a family littered with black type, has some outstanding residual value. “She has been a quality type from day one and is an attractive Encosta filly,” said Brent. “She’s by a Champion sire and is a close relation to a Group One-winner which are two very big factors for buyers when they’re looking for potential off the racetrack,” he said. “Her half sister, Miss Ab Fab, has already left a stakes performer with her first foal so that’s another factor in her favour,” says Brent.

Lot 255 is a Danehill Dancer (Aus) (Danehill) filly. She is the first foal out of stakes performer Starrystarrynight (Ire), a daughter of Champion sire Sadler’s Wells (USA) (Northern Dancer). “On paper, this is a very, very good mating and the Danehill Dancer/Sadler’s Wells cross has already produced three Group winners in the Northern Hemisphere and it has also been successful for other sons of Danehill,” said Brent.

Rounding out Trelawney’s offerings on day two of the sale is Lot 311, the first foal of Group One Queensland Oaks-winner Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel). By Flying Spur (Aus) (Danehill), this colt is typical of his sire with size, scope and strength. “We bred and raced Vouvray and it’s exciting to be offering her first foal through the sales ring,” said Brent. “He is an absolute standout in every aspect,” he said.

Lot 396 will be Trelawney’s last yearling sold of 2009. A full sister to Group Two-winner and New Zealand Bloodstock Classique-winner Italia (NZ) (Stravinsky), she will undoubtedly attract her share of attention. “Stravinsky filly’s have always sold well and this filly is a lovely, athletic type and I’m sure she will be well inspected,” said Brent.

Trelawney Stud’s yearlings will be available for inspection from Tuesday 31st March. For more information, please visit or contact Brent Taylor – M +64 21 949 644 E

Trelawney Graduate on Target for Oaks
24 Mar 2009Trelawney Stud graduate Allez Wonder (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice) broke her maiden status this past weekend when taking out the Listed Keith F Nolan Classic (1600m) at Kembla Grange on Sunday. In doing so, the filly notched up her first black type success and also set a track record.

Settling toward the rear of the field, Allez Wonder had all in front of her heading into the straight but powered home under the urgings of jockey Peter Robl reeling in her rivals to win by quarter of a length.

Trained by the legendary Bart Cummings after he purchased the filly from Trelawney’s 2007 Karaka Premier Draft for $600,000, Allez Wonder was third in the Group One VRC Oaks in the Spring and now after three starts this preparation, looks on target for a tilt at the AJC’s version on the 18th of April. In between times, she is likely to head toward the Group One Storm Queen Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on Golden Slipper Day.

“She was always a lovely filly and developed into a nice, athletic, staying-type of yearling,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “Bart must have had an inkling of her potential as he also purchased the half-sister by Fastnet Rock the following year,” he said.

“You always hope to see horses you have bred, reared and sold line up in Group One events,” said Brent, “that’s why we’re in this business,” he said. “Last year we bred and sold the runners up in both the AJC Oaks and AJC Derby so hopefully this year we can go one better,” said Brent. “With Samantha Miss out of action it leaves the staying filly’s ranks wide open and Allez Wonder has already proven she can get the distance,” he said.

Bred by Trelawney Stud, Allez Wonder is out of the Group Two Perth Cup-winner Luna Tudor (Aus) (Military Plume) and is a half sister to Hong Kong-winner Perfect Match (NZ) (Faltaat). Luna Tudor has a weanling filly by Pins (Aus) (Snippets) on the ground and is due to foal to Elusive City (USA) (Elusive Quality) in 2009.
More Success for Princess Annaliese
10 Feb 2009A patient ride by Darryl Bradley earned the Lisa Latta-trained Princess Annaliese (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy – My Funny Face) more valuable black type when she took out the $55,000 Listed First Sovereign Trust Breeders Stakes (1600m) for Fillies and Mares at Tauherenikau on Waitangi Day.

Eased to the rear from a wide draw, the task of Princess Annaliese was greatly assisted when Tosto (NZ) (O’Reilly) in the hands of her trainer Graeme Swann made a mad rush from last at the 1000 metres to arrest the lead off noted front runner Elcee’s Gold (Electronic Zone). Not usually one to forgo the lead, the rider of Elcee’s Gold, Robert Hannam, had little choice as Swann swished by.

In the meantime, Bradley remained calm, coming from ten lengths back at the 600 metres, before sighting clear air 150 metres out to claim Crossword (NZ) (Cape Cross) on the line with a powerful late run.

Third in the Group Three Lowlands Stakes (2100m) before finishing a creditable fourth to fellow Trelawney-bred filly Boundless (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) in the New Zealand Oaks last season, Princess Annaliese was a $55,000 purchase from Trelawney Stud’s 2006 Select Draft. A consistent performer, Friday’s win was the third in a twenty start career which also includes six minor placings and pushed Princess Annaliese’s raceday earnings above the $120,000 mark.

Trelawney Graduate Nabs G3 in Malaysia
22 Dec 2008Trelawney Stud graduate Zankel (NZ) (Carnegie) added to his black-type resume on Saturday, careering home for a win in the Malaysian Group Three Anniversary Cup (1700m) at Penang.

The result (which is internationally rated as a Listed success) is the third stakes win for the seven-year-old, with wins coming earlier in his career in the Listed SAJC Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) and the Listed MRC Vain Stakes (1200m) when trained by Brian Mayfield-Smith in Australia.

Bred by Laurie McCool of Palmerston North, Zankel was purchased by Darley Australia for $200,000 from Trelawney’s 2003 Premier Yearling Draft.

Zankel's now deceased dam, Happiness, was the dam of four winners from six runners. The winner of the 1996 Group One Thordon Mile (1600m) at Trentham, Happiness saluted the judge on ten occasions.
Successful Weekend on the Track for Trelawney Racing Team
16 Dec 2008 Trelawney Stud enjoyed a very successful weekend on the racetrack with two home-breds coming up trumps in black type events on Saturday and Sunday.

Wearing the Trelawney colours, four-year-old mare Ruud Van Slaats (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) showed all the tenacity in the world to fight back after being headed in the straight to nab the Group Two Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) ahead of Striker (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) and Group One-winner Imananabaa (Aus) (Anabaa).

“It was a huge result,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “This mare has already won the Group Two Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes and to win this race is further icing on the cake,” he said. “It was also a great result in the fact that we stood Van Nistelrooy at Trelawney and he quinella’d the race,” said Brent.

On Sunday it was the turn of multiple Group winner Martini Red (NZ) (Red Ransom) to carry the Trelawney brand to victory taking out the ARC Mad Butcher Handicap at Ellerslie on Mad Butcher Family Fun Day. Racing in the colours of Faith Taylor (Brent’s Mum), the four-year-old mare proved too strong for her rivals over the 1200m journey.

“We race both of these horses with syndicates and get a lot of enjoyment out of it,” said Brent. “It is great to share the thrill of winning with other people,” he said.

Both Ruud Van Slaats and Martini Red have Group One targets on their agenda’s but exactly which Group One races will be contended over the summer racing carnivals is yet to be decided.
Trelawney Out to Rule in Another Cup
17 Oct 2008On Caulfield Cup day four years ago, New Zealanders Brent and Cherry Taylor hoped they would be standing in front of the winner's stall as the runners came back to scale.

It was not to be and they watched Elvstroem return to the plaudits of the crowd a few metres away as their Queensland Oaks-winning mare Vouvray finished an unlucky fourth.

Tomorrow, the Taylors will be at Caulfield hopeful that one of the two horses bred by their Trelawney Stud can take out the group 1 handicap. Trelawney was set up by famed New Zealand breeder Seton Otway in 1930 and seven Melbourne Cup winners emerged from its paddocks, as well as 1957 Caulfield Cup winner Tulloch, during Otway's ownership.

The Taylor family took over Trelawney in 1994 and have continued the tradition of excellence, breeding the likes of Amalfi, Perlin and Carnegie Express. Tomorrow, it is the turn of Boundless and Red Ruler to fly the flag.

Boundless has already tasted group 1 success, winning the NZ Oaks this year, while Red Ruler, a group 2 winner, was runner-up in the AJC Australian Derby and last start was second to Princess Coup in the Kelt Capital Stakes.

Both horses were sold at the NZ Premier sale but there is an additional attachment to Boundless, as Cherry Taylor is also a part-owner. Trevor McKee bought the Van Nistelrooy filly for $80,000 but unbeknown to her husband, Cherry bought back into her. "I was in a selling mode at the time, but Cherry had always like her so approached Trevor and he was happy to take her into partnership. It has been great for her," Brent Taylor said.

Before Boundless, her dam Nothing Less, by Star Way, had produced five winners, including three stakes-placegetters, but none had been able to win a stakes-race. But Taylor said that one of them, Our Dance, was first over the line in a listed two-year-old race and died soon afterwards after a tetanus infection. "Our Dance and Boundless were similar types and they have turned out to be the best," he said.

Van Nistelrooy, a $US6.4 million yearling who shuttled to Trelawney for four seasons, was a smart two-year-old winning to group 2 level and was second in the National Stakes at the Curragh behind Refuse To Bend.

Nothing Less was unraced but the staying ability that Boundless exhibits was also possessed by her granddam Limitess, a Sir Tristram mare who won a Brisbane Cup.

Red Ruler is from the first crop of Viking Ruler, a horse destined to be a stallion from the day he was born. By Danehill from AJC Sires' Produce Stakes winner Tristalove, Viking Ruler is a member of the famous Eight Carat. Despite an injury-shorted racing career, Viking Ruler won the group 1 Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick before being retired to Cambridge Stud.

Red Ruler's dam, Ransom Bay, a daughter of Red Ransom, won two minor races in America and is a half sister to a minor listed winner but Red Ruler looks to be a cut above his close relations.

Desptite producing two top-class horses from one crop, unfortunately for the Taylor's there are no relations to send to the yearling sales in years to come.

Two years ago Brent and Cherry bought out the rest of the Taylor family's equity in Trelawney and in the process sold off some of the mares with the dams of Boundless and Red Ruler among them. Nothing Less went for $35,0000 and Ransom Bay for $20,000.

"We were going into debt and I decided to cut the number of mares from around 60 to 45 that we thought would be better chances," Brent Taylor said. He said he realised there would be a big chance a good horse or two would emerge from the progeny of those mares but it was a business decision that had to be taken. "The mares we sold had been well bred and the progeny well reared and gone into good stables so it is no surprise that there have been some good winners," he said.

Nothing Less is now at stud in Victoria but despite the performances by Boundless, her yearling this year by promising sire Elusive City was passed in for just $7000 at the Inglis Autumn sale. Rasom Bay headed further afield and is now at stud in South Korea.

Taylor had been pleased with the look of Red Ruler and sent Ransom Bay back to Viking Ruler before she was sold. She produced a filly who would no doubt be among the most valuable horses in South Korea if her brother was to be first across the line in the Caulfield Cup.

Another Caulfield Cup winner would sit nicely among the Trelawney alumini but if it doesn't happen this year, there are others in the pipeline. The stud is not standing stallions this season but has an outstanding band of mares that includes Vouvray, Pernod, Carmel Valley (the dam of Hill Of Grace) and Maybe Yes (the dam of The Mighty Lions).

Trelawney Graduates on Target for Spring
06 Oct 2008Trelawney Stud graduates enjoyed another successful weekend on the tracks of Australia and New Zealand with Group One Spring Champion Stakes-winner Sousa (Aus) (Galileo) leading the way.

Already the winner of the Group Three Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle in mid-September, Sousa was just too good for his opposition at Randwick on Saturday turning the event into a true staying test and coming out a six length victor. With such a dominant display, the three-year-old has undoubtedly placed a trip to Melbourne to contest the Group One VRC Derby (2500m) firmly on his agenda.

Bred by Lars Pearson, Sousa was purchased as a weanling by Mark and Shelley Treweek and was sold through the draft of Trelawney Stud at the 2007 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale where he fetched A$420,000 to the bid of Woodlands Stud. Now racing in the colours of Sheikh Mohammed, Sousa gave the head of the global Darley operation, his first Group One winner in Australia.

“He certainly looks to be a great staying type and congratulations to Mark and Shelley for selecting him as a weanling,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “He was a lovely yearling and was certainly popular at the sale and it is great to see any graduate go on to achieve success at the highest level,” he said.

In New Zealand, Trelawney graduates were also to the fore in the $2 million Kelt Capital Stakes at Hawke’s Bay with New Zealand Oaks-winner Boundless (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) and AJC Derby runner-up Red Ruler (NZ) (Viking Ruler) taking their places in the 16 horse field.

After a head-scratching run in the Stoneybridge Stakes (1600m) two weeks ago, Red Ruler bounced back in style to finish runner-up to stellar race mare Princess Coup (Aus) (Encosta De Lago) in Saturday’s Group One event over 2040m whilst Boundless finished an eye catching fourth indicating that both horses are primed for what could be some greater Spring spoils ahead.

“It was great to see Red Ruler put in a performance like he did,” said Brent. “Princess Coup is undoubtedly one of the best mare’s in Australasia at the moment,” he said. “Boundless put in a great effort and the 2040m was always going to be a little short for her but to run the way she did is very pleasing,” he said.

Both Red Ruler and Boundless hold nominations for the Caulfield Cup and based on Saturday’s performances, it would appear likely that both will make the trip across the Tasman to contest the Group One event on the 18th of October.

“Both horses proved they were up with the best in Australia last season and it would be great to see two Trelawney graduates lining up in one of the big three races of the Melbourne Spring,” said Brent. “It also looks like Sousa will have a hand to play at some stage as well so to have three horses competing in those big races is something we and the staff at the farm can be very proud of,” he said.
Battle Of The Broodmares
22 Sep 2008Attractive types have always had a certain advantage.

It’s a bias all too evident in the thoroughbred industry and as the case would be, at Trelawney Stud.

Pernod (NZ) (Centaine),pictured left, in her own right, is a fitting heroine. She was a tough Gr.1 winner of the 2002 MRC Invitation Stakes (1400m) in Australia and is a proven black-type producer thanks to the dual Group winning efforts of daughter Martini Red (Red Ransom).

Importantly, Pernod is also a key ingredient in the stud’s successful Josette Nicol distaff line-a noted female line that has not failed to produce a stakes winner in its four generations of existence for the stud.

Pernod is attractive enough in the flesh for sure, but ask Trelawney Stud’s Brent Taylor as to the distinguishing characteristics of her progeny and the answer is refreshingly honest...

“Ugly...plenty of length, but ugly,” said Taylor.

“They might look beautiful when they cross the line, but they’re not always born that way”

There is no doubt that Pernod is at the top of the pecking order in Trelawney’s 50 strong broodmare band, but probe a little further and you will detect that the apple in Taylor’s eye lies elsewhere.

Carmel Valley (Last Tycoon) to be exact.

Occupying the best paddock and ‘family favourite’ status, Carmel Valley is your ideal type of broodmare: nice temperament; plenty of length; nice bone; good shoulder; with an attractive head.

It would be wrong to suggest at this point, that the perceived preference is limited to her correct make up or to that of her more attractive offspring. The two-time winner has earned the respect of Taylor and of many an expert judge for that matter, the hard way - the Gr.1 way.

Her progeny, headed by the Gr.1 STC Ansett Australia Stakes (2000m) heroine Hill of Grace (NZ) (Zabeel) is systematically sought after by the who’s who of Australasian thoroughbred buyers. Successful purchases here include: Bart Cummings, Lloyd Williams, Graeme Rogerson, the Inghams and Angus Gold.

Beyond obvious commerciality, the picture as to Taylor’s fondness for the mare is made all the more clear when learning of the important milestone she rewarded him with.

In his early days in the role, Carmel Valley was one of two Last Tycoon broodmares specifically sought after and purchased by the studmaster, and in turn provided him with his first Gr.1 winner as a breeder.

Remarkably, the second of the two Last Tycoon mares purchased on this occasion also yielded Gr.1 success, this time thanks to Maybe Yes’ daughter The Mighty Lions (Grosvenor) in the 2004 Gr.1 Avondale Gold Cup.

Although by different sires (Zabeel and Grosvenor), the Gr.1 wins by Hill of Grace and The Mighty Lions provide sweet vindication for Taylor’s purposeful mating process, as each confirms an earlier belief that Last Tycoon mares cross well with stallions carrying the Sir Ivor line.

It’s a conviction borne out by fact.

Sir Ivor sires x Last Tycoon mares = 73.2 per cent winners-to-runners = Five stakes winners.

So the question is begged, who did ‘Pernod and Carmel Valley visit last season?’

Pernod, who has previously visited Red Ransom and Zabeel (twice), is due to foal to the Snippets sire Pins (AUS).

“On type for Pernod, we wanted a strong, shorter coupled sire,” said Taylor.

“Pins is a very good type in this regard and was also a good choice for the mare in that he has real commercial appeal. Not only does his progeny sell well though, they race well,” said Taylor.

It’s a mating that again bears out well statistically...

Pins x Centaine mares = 71.8 winners to runners = 5 Stakes winners

Alternatively, Carmel Valley revisited an old boyfriend in 2007 and will do the same again this season.

Since producing Hill of Grace in 1996, Carmel Valley has visited Kaapstad, Carnegie, Zabeel and has in more recent times visited Elusive City for the now three-year old Aqaleem and at last attempt, produced a colt by Savabeel in 2007.

This season she will foal down to New Zealand’s supersire Zabeel.

It’s a no brainer. Hill of Grace (NZ) was by the sire, and so too was her second best performer Renewable - a Zabeel son who claimed the Gr.2 MRC Autumn Classic for Graeme Rogerson.

Like the 39 time Gr.1 producing sire himself, the statistics for the cross astound.

Zabeel x Last Tycoon mares = 85.7 winners to runners = 2 stakes winners Nb) only 14 runners total.

Now 18 years of age, Taylor’s wish to Carmel Valley is as simple as it is understandable.

“Make it a filly”

Black Mamba Gets Grade One
04 Aug 2008After seven consecutive placings in stakes races, Trelawney graduate Black Mamba (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe) has made it two-in-a-row overnight with victory in the Grade One John C. Mabee Handicap (1800m) on the Del Mar turf.

“We’ve had Group One winners in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong but this is our first in the USA and is quite an achievement,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “It is a great result for the mare’s breeder Sam Kelt,” he said. “Black Mamba had been so close to stakes success seven times and finally broke through in June and has backed that up with a win at the highest level,” said Brent. “Maybe she just needed to know what it felt like to cross the line first and I hope for her connections, that she can continue the success,” he said.

In her previous start at the end of June, Black Mamba broke through for her first stakes win in the Group Two Hollywood Beverly Hills Handicap (2000m) and with her Grade One victory, has taken her earnings to over US$500,000 and her race record in the USA to ten starts for three wins and seven placings.

Black Mamba was a graduate of Trelawney’s 2005 Premier Yearling Draft and was purchased by Murray Baker for $120,000 before being sold to the USA.
Black Mamba Gets Grade One
04 Aug 2008After seven consecutive placings in stakes races, Trelawney graduate Black Mamba (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe) has made it two-in-a-row overnight with victory in the Grade One John C. Mabee Handicap (1800m) on the Del Mar turf.

“We’ve had Group One winners in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong but this is our first in the USA and is quite an achievement,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “It is a great result for the mare’s breeder Sam Kelt,” he said. “Black Mamba had been so close to stakes success seven times and finally broke through in June and has backed that up with a win at the highest level,” said Brent. “Maybe she just needed to know what it felt like to cross the line first and I hope for her connections, that she can continue the success,” he said.

In her previous start at the end of June, Black Mamba broke through for her first stakes win in the Group Two Hollywood Beverly Hills Handicap (2000m) and with her Grade One victory, has taken her earnings to over US$500,000 and her race record in the USA to ten starts for three wins and seven placings.

Black Mamba was a graduate of Trelawney’s 2005 Premier Yearling Draft and was purchased by Murray Baker for $120,000 before being sold to the USA.
Trelawney Graduates at Head of Free Handicaps
04 Aug 2008The release of the Free Handicaps for the 2007/2008 season capped off another successful year for Trelawney Stud with three-year-old filly Boundless (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) the highest rated filly of her year with a rating of 58 whilst Martini Red (Aus) (Red Ransom) was second highest filly in the 1200 – 1600m category with a rating of 56.5. Another Trelawney graduate in the form of Red Ruler (NZ) (Viking Ruler) was rated fourth equal of the colts and geldings in the staying category with a rating of 57.5.

“It’s very rewarding to have the top staying filly and one of the leading sprinting fillies in the country and Red Ruler is right up there as well,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “Our aim is to breed and raise horses that can compete at the highest level and these results show we’re doing just that,” he said.

Boundless - Top Three-Year-Old Filly

The results of the Free Handicap have capped off another successful season for Trelawney graduates beginning with two-year-old filly Hips Don’t Lie (NZ) (Stravinsky) in Australia.

Hips Don’t Lie notched up the first of two Listed victories when taking out the VRC Herald Sun Sprint (1000m). She them came back in the Autumn to win the VRC Talindert Stakes (1100m) before heading to Sydney where she finished second in the Group Two STC Silver Slipper (1100m) and won the Group Two Reisling Stakes (1200m).

Martini Red showed her class as a two-year-old last season taking out the Listed Castletown Stakes (1200m) and Listed Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) and followed that up as a three-year-old with victories in the WFA Group Three Darley Plate (1200m) during Auckland Cup Week and the Group Three Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m).

Boundless showed she could be among the countries top three-year-old fillies early in the season when finishing third in the Listed Soliloquy Stakes (1400m). A strong showing in the Group Two Eight Carat Classic (1600m) on Boxing Day after a tough run showed she had staying talent and this was proved when she went on to claim the Group One New Zealand Oaks (2400m) in March and subsequently crossed the Tasman and almost took out the Group One AJC Oaks (2400m) beaten just a neck.

Red Ruler became one of the favoured Group One Mercedes Derby (2400m) contenders when he ran out an impressive winner of the Group Two ARC Championship Stakes (2100m). Weather didn’t play its part on Mercedes Derby Day however Red Ruler franked the high opinion held of him by connections when overcoming wet conditions at Royal Randwick in Sydney to finish second in the Group One AJC Derby (2400m).

Trelawney Stud also experienced success in the Northern Hemipshere this season with the efforts of five-year-old mare Black Mamba (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe) who after placing in stakes races on seven consecutive occasions, broke through for her first stakes victory in the Grade Two Hollywood Beverly Hills Handicap (2000m) at the end of June. Astronomia (NZ) (King’s Best) also carried the Trelawney brand to victory in the USA when winning the Listed Belmont Valor Lady Stakes (1200m).

“It has certainly been a great season for us with another Group One winner added to the tally,” said Brent. “We’re involved in the ownership of Boundless and also Martini Red so that is an extra thrill as well,” he said. “We’re already looking forward to the new season and hopefully we can achieve similar success in 2008/2009.”
Black Mamba Breaks Through
17 Jul 2008Trelawney Stud graduate Black Mamba (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe) finally broke her streak of unlucky placings last month when she proved victorious in the Group Two Beverly Hills Hollywood Handicap (2000m).

In her seven previous starts, the five-year-old mare had finished second five times and third twice and with the exception of one race, her placings all came at Grade One or Two level.

“She has been knocking on the door for a while now and it was just a matter of time before she finally broke through,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “It’s great to see the Trelawney brand being carried to victory in the United States,” he said. “We have a proud history of producing high class racehorses that can mix it with the best anywhere in the world and Black Mamba is another graduate to carry this on,” said Brent.

The win was Black Mamba’s third from 19 starts with her stakes increasing to over US$340,000. Bred by Sam Kelt’s Keltern Stud, Black Mamba is out of the Group-winner and Group One-performer Sneetch (NZ) (Grosvenor) and was a graduate of Trelawney’s 2005 Premier Yearling Draft. She was purchased for $120,000 by Murray Baker before being sold to the USA where she is now raced by Double Down Stables.
Boundless goes close in AJC Oaks
01 May 2008New Zealand Oaks-winner Boundless (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) came oh so close to claiming the ultimate double when going down by just a half neck in the Group One AJC Oaks (2400m) yesterday.

Ridden by Damien Oliver, the three-year-old filly drew a wide barrier and did a lot of work early in the running to get across and sit outside the leader. Taken to the lead early in the run home by Oliver, she was always going to be vulnerable to “swoopers” and this proved the case with Heavenly Glow (Aus) (Spinning World) finishing strongly.

Boundless’ win in the New Zealand Oaks was a display of pure toughness and staying power and her effort in the AJC equivalent was nothing less with trainer Stephen McKee stating had it not been for the awkward draw, the result may have been different.

Boundless was bred by Brent and Cherry Taylor of Trelawney Stud and sold through Trelawney’s 2006 Premier Draft to the bid of Trevor McKee for $80,000 and Cherry remains a part owner of the filly. “We weren’t there to see her win the New Zealand Oaks so we made sure we were there on Wednesday,” said Brent. “It was a fantastic effort and there’s no doubting she is a very good filly – it was a super effort to run second,” he said.

Boundless’ dam Nothing Less (NZ) (Star Way) has now left a Group One-winner and three stakes performers and was sold by Trelawney Stud at the 2006 NZB National Broodmare Sale. “It’s certainly a great result for people who purchased the mare and we certainly wish them every success,” said Brent. “Actually, we’ve made a bit of a habit of selling mares that have then gone on to leave Group horses after we’ve sold them,” he said. “Over the last three years we’ve sold the dam of Wahid, Boundless and Red Ruler and we also offered Sarajay as well,” he said. “So, any breeder looking for a mare that is going to leave a Group winner, should definitely come and see us at the Broodmare sale in a week or so!” laughs Brent.
Easter Another Sales Success for Trelawney
28 Apr 2008The Inglis Easter Yearling Sale once again set new records with a sale gross of over A$143 million and an unprecedented average of A$376,342. As in previous years, Trelawney Stud took a select group of yearlings across the Tasman to offer at Australia’s premier sale and results didn’t disappoint.

With three fillies and a colt by Zabeel (NZ) (Sir Tristram) along with two smart colts, one by Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) (Mr Prospector) and the other by Stravinsky (USA) (Nureyev), the Trelawney draft as always proved popular, the six yearlings grossing just over A$2.1 million.

LEFT: Lot 243 b f Zabeel - Miss Danewood

The top price of the draft was achieved by the Zabeel filly out of Miss Danewood (Aus) (Danehill). A strong, well-made filly, she fetched A$600,000 in the ring to the bid of BBA Ireland’s Adrian Nicol.

The full brother to Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel) will join the Lloyd Williams team, purchased by Nick Williams for A$425,000. The filly out of Grenache (NZ) (Carnegie) who sold early on day two, was purchased by international bloodstock agent Grant Pritchard-Gordon under his Badger’s Bloodstock banner for $350,000 whilst the filly out of Love Mary (GB) (Soviet Star) was knocked down to the bid of West Australian bloodstock agent John Chalmers for $200,000.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club signed for the Fusaichi Pegasus colt out of Kristique (USA) (Kris S), paying A$200,000 whilst the final lot offered by Trelawney, the Stravinsky colt out of Silk Ending (USA) (End Sweep) was sold to the bid of Katsumi Yoshida for A$300,000.

“We had another very successful sale,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “It’s important to take the right horses across there and we have achieved some fantastic results over the years,” he said. “It is a great sale to sell at, the atmosphere is fantastic and we got the results we were after,” said Brent. “You can’t ask for much more,” he said.
Trelawney Graduates on a Roll
28 Apr 2008Smart three-year-old filly Martini Red (Aus) (Red Ransom) added to her already impressive stakes record on Saturday when proving too strong for her three-year-old counterparts in the Group Three Windsor Park Stud Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa.

Doing a lot of work early in the race to overcome a wide barrier, Martini Red was pushed forward early by jockey James McDonald to sit just outside the leader Bow Lane (NZ) (Russian Hero) but she still had plenty in the tank when it counted and was too strong for race leader Bow Lane who had kicked two lengths clear on the turn.

LEFT: Brent & Cherry Taylor with daughter Ella, & Martini Red

A dual Listed winner at two, Martini Red claimed her first Group Victory in the Group Three Darley Plate (1200m) against the older horses at the beginning of March. A daughter of Group One-winner Pernod (NZ) (Centaine), Martini Red was raised at Trelawney and she has well and truly cemented a place in the Trelawney Stud broodmare band upon her retirement from racing.

“She is certainly a valuable filly,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud “but we are hoping to get a lot more enjoyment out of racing her before she is retired to the broodmare paddock,” he said. “It is also great to race the filly with some of the people who were also involved in Pernod and of course my Mum has a share along with trainer Ross Elliot,” said Brent. “We get a lot of enjoyment of racing horses with people and to get results like this is just the icing on the cake,” he said.

Martini Red started what was almost a fairy tale weekend for Trelawney Stud with another graduate lining up in Australia’s blue riband event, the AJC Derby. Red Ruler (NZ) (Viking Ruler) was bred by Trelawney Stud in partnership with John Cornish of Torryburn Stud in Australia and was sold by Trelawney at Karaka 2006 for $60,000 to the bid of John Sargent. An impressive winner of the Group Two Championship Stakes (2100m) prior to the Mercedes Derby, a wet track prevailed at Ellerslie on Derby Day which didn’t play into Red Ruler’s hands however at Randwick on Saturday, the three-year-old almost got the ultimate result in the AJC Derby before being run down close to home by another New Zealand bred and trained runner, Nom Du Jeu (NZ) (Montjeu).

“It was a huge effort and for a while there it looked as though he had it in the bag,” said Brent. “I guess the only consolation is that he was beaten by another New Zealand bred and trained horse!”

Red Ruler looks set to back-up this coming Saturday in the Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) taking on the likes of Tuesday Joy (Aus) (Carnegie), Desert War (Aus) (Desert King) and Casino Prince (Aus) (Flying Spur) and Derby-winner Nom Du Jeu at Weight For Age.

Further success for Trelawney came through the deeds of Taameer (NZ) (General Nediym) in South Australia, the two-year-old filly taking out the Listed Walter Brown Stakes (1250m). Bred by client Robert Anderson, Taameer was born and raised at Trelawney and was sold through Trelawney’s Karaka 2007 Premier Draft where she was purchased by Angus Gold for $100,000 on behalf of Shadwell Australia. Trained by David Hayes, Taameer has made a solid start to her race career with three wins and a second to her credit already.

Trelawney Stud has enjoyed a great start to 2008 with four individual Group winners and a Listed winner so far this season, these being Martini Red, Red Ruler, Taameer, Hips Don’t Lie (NZ) (Stravinsky) who won the Group Two Reisling Stakes (1200m) and, Boundless (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy), the winner of the Group One New Zealand Oaks. Boundless could continue the success of Trelawney Stud graduated on Wednesday when she lines up in the Group One AJC Oaks whilst Miss Fantabulous (Aus) (Encosta de Lago) will carry the Trelawney colours in the Group Two Sapphire Stakes (1200m) on the same day.

“This is what racing and breeding is all about – having horses you’ve either bred and sold or, race yourselves, competing at the highest level,” says Brent. “We definitely enjoy every moment and wish those involved with any horse with a Trelawney connection, every success,” he said.
07 Apr 2008
Hips Don’t Lie on Path to Golden Slipper
07 Apr 2008Saturday proved a successful day for Trelawney graduate Hips Don’t Lie (NZ) (Stravinsky) with a hard fought victory in the Group Two Reisling Stakes (1200m) signalling she will be one of the fillies to beat in the world’s richest two-year-old race, the Golden Slipper (1200m) in just under two weeks time.

Trained by David Hayes and ridden to perfection by stable jockey Craig Williams, Hips Don’t Lie took advantage of drawing barrier four and settled nicely on the rails just in behind the leaders for Williams. When asked to sprint in the run home, the filly knuckled down and kept fighting on the inside to win by a head over race leader Anatomica (Aus) (Choisir) with a further half head back to third placed Love and Kisses (Aus) (Encosta de Lago). “She did everything right and was very, very game,” said trainer David Hayes after the race. “She deserves her spot in the Golden Slipper,” he said.

After an impressive win on debut back in October, Hips Don’t Lie backed that up with a win in the Listed VRC Herald Sun Sprint (1000m) and came back after a short spell to take out the Listed VRC Talindert Stakes (1100m) first up in February. A tilt at the Group One Blue Diamond (1200m) resulted in an unlucky sixth whilst at her last start on the 23rd of March, she finished second in the Group Two Silver Slipper Stakes (1200m).

Sold by Trelawney Stud at Karaka 2007, Hips Don’t Lie was purchased by bloodstock agent James Bester for $200,000. “She was a nice filly from day one,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “She has turned into a classy filly on the track and has raced at blacktype level in all but her first start,” he said. “It’s certainly exciting to have a leading Golden Slipper contender, especially given that New Zealand bred runners are few and far between in the race,” said Brent. “We will definitely be there to cheer her on!”

Saturday’s win has seen Hips Don’t Lie shorten to $13 on fixed odds for the Golden Slipper ahead of Blue Diamond-winner and stablemate Reean (Aus) (Hussonet). The race favourite is All American (Aus) (Red Ransom) at $7 and also a member of the David Hayes stable.
27 Mar 2008
Oaks a Great Result for Trelawney
25 Mar 2008The result of the Group One New Zealand Oaks (2400m) provided Brent and Cherry Taylor of Trelawney Stud with a winning trifecta. Not only did they breed and sell the winner Boundless (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy), they stood her sire, Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat).

“It is certainly a great thrill to see a filly by Van Nistelrooy that we bred, win a Group One race,” said Brent Taylor. “To have stood the stallion at stud and to have bred and sold his first Group One winner is a fantastic result,” he said. “Cherry still has a share in the filly,” he said. “I didn’t even see the finish of the race because she was right in front of the tele cheering,” says Brent.

Bred by the Taylor’s (although Cherry will claim the credit for that decision), Boundless is out of Nothing Less (NZ) (Star Way) and is a half sister to the stakes performers Our Dance (NZ) (Dance Floor) and Purrfection (NZ) (Tale Of The Cat). She was sold by Trelawney at Karaka 2006 and was purchased for $80,000 by Trevor McKee. In fact, she was one of two Van Nistelrooy fillies purchased by Trevor that year.

Boundless raced only once as a two-year-old, starting in late July before embarking on her three-year-old season. A win at her fourth start was followed by a strong finishing third to Lovetrista (Aus) (Rock Of Gibraltar) and Keepa Cruisin (NZ) (Keeper) in the Listed Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie, a race that obviously proved a strong form guide with Lovetrista going on to win the Listed James and Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) and Keepa Cruisin the Group One Levin Classic (1600m).

“She’s a very tough filly,” said Stephen McKee of Boundless, “and, she has a good sprint,” he said. “I thought she was an each way chance in the race and as it turned out, it was an out and out staying test and she toughed it out to the finish,” he said.

Boundless is now Australia-bound with a tilt at the Group One AJC Oaks (2400m) on the 30th of April on the agenda with the Group One Arrowfield Stakes (2000m) on the 19th a possible lead-up race.

Van Nistelrooy was retired to Trelawney Stud in 2003 and served four seasons in the Southern Hemisphere. Boundless is his first Group One winner from his first Southern Hemisphere crop which also includes leading Singapore Three-Year-Old Onceuponatime (NZ), stakes winner Vandalo (NZ) along with stakes performers Vanny Fair (NZ), Pit Lane (NZ) and Princess Annaliese (NZ) who ran a very close fourth in the New Zealand Oaks.

“Van Nistelrooy has been enjoying his fair share of success on the track this season and it is nice to see him get his first Group One winner,” said Brent. “The talking is done on the race track and we couldn’t be happier with the results he’s achieved so far,” he said.

Van Nistelrooy has had 53 starters from 86 foals in his first Southern Hemisphere crop. He has produced 36 individual winners, three stakes winners and two stakes performers to date. “We tried very hard to get him back to New Zealand this year but the figures just didn’t stack up but we look forward to seeing more of his progeny do well in the future and wish all those breeders and owners with Van Nistelrooy’s, the best of luck,” said Brent.
Martini Red Bags Darley Plate
03 Mar 2008Trelawney-bred filly Martini Red (Aus) (Red Ransom) proved too good for her rivals in Saturday’s Group Three Darley Plate (1200m). Ridden a treat by jockey Mark Du Plessis, the three-year-old filly settled just in behind the speed after jumping quickly from barrier one.

The pace was set by Clifton Prince (NZ) (Volksraad) and turning for home, he skipped two lengths clear of the chasers. Martini Red was shifted off the rails to make her run and hit the lead at the 150m mark going on to win by a one-and-a-half length margin.

“She did everything right, settled how I wanted her to and Mark Du Plessis rode her to my exact instructions,” said trainer Ross Elliott after the race. “This filly is pretty special to me and I’m wrapt she won today,” he said.

Martini Red is raced on lease to a partnership which includes her trainer, Ross Elliott, Brent and Cherry Taylor and Faith Taylor of Trelawney Stud and Australians Warren Huntly and Chris Coghlan. Racing in the colours of Faith Taylor, Martini Red represents the fourth generation of this family to be raced by the Taylor family. Before her came her dam Pernod (NZ) (Centaine), her grand-dam Martine Michelle (NZ) (Grosvenor) and great grand-dam Josette Nicole (NZ) (Three Legs).

“There is no doubt we have had a lot of success and enjoyment from this family,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “My mother and father raced Josette Nicole who was a Group Two winner, Martine Michelle was a stakes performer and produced three stakes winners including Pernod who won a Group One and now we have this filly,” he said.

“Martini Red hasn’t been the easiest filly to place in her races as we have tried to keep her to sprint distances,” said Brent. “She raced quite late into her two-year-old season as well so she didn’t come back into racing until late November which meant she missed a number of those shorter three-year-old races,” he said. “The Darley Plate was a race we identified early on and it has been our main target as we always thought the distance and weight for age conditions would suit her,” said Brent. “It’s great when a plan works!” he said.

“We’ll see how she comes through the race and work out where to from here but with a Group Three weight for age race in the bag, we might look to have a crack over a little more ground as Ross is adamant she has the temperament to settle wherever we want her in a race and will see more ground if asked,” said Brent.

Martini Red’s next mission will possibly be the Group Three Windsor Park Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa on the 26th of April.
Van Nistelrooy Not Returning in 2008
25 Feb 2008It is with regret that Trelawney Stud announces that Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) will not be returning to New Zealand for the 2008 season.

“We have been working very hard to secure the services of Van Nistelrooy once again for the New Zealand industry,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “We have always had first option to bring the horse back to New Zealand after resting him from shuttle duties in 2007 however, the terms of the new lease agreement outlined to us, has meant that economics have come into play,” he said. “To bring Van Nistelrooy to New Zealand, we would have to stand him at a fee that we believe the market would not be able to tolerate and it is with this in mind that we have had to forgo the opportunity to stand him,” said Brent.

“It is obviously very disappointing for Trelawney and our partners in Van Nistelrooy however, as we have been fielding a large number of enquiries about the stallion, we felt we needed to make this announcement as soon as possible,” said Brent.

Van Nistelrooy retired to stud in 2003 and stood his first season at Trelawney Stud on behalf of a partnership including Chequers Stud, Curraghmore Stud, Fairdale Stud, Haunui Farm, Pencarrow Stud and of course Trelawney. Covering 116 mares in his first season, Van Nistelrooy sired 84 live foals. To date, he has had 51 starters for 31 individual winners, including Champion Juvenile of Singapore Onceuponatime, dual stakes performer in Australia Pit Lane, and the stakes performers Boundless, Vandalo and Vanny Fair. “There is no doubting that Van Nistelrooy has had a very successful season on the track in both hemispheres and his results in the Sale ring at Ready-to-Run and at the recent yearling sales, are testament to the results his progeny have been achieving on the track,” said Brent. “We would like to thank all those breeders who supported Van Nistelrooy in his four seasons at stud at Trelawney and would also like to wish those with his progeny, the very best of luck in the future,” he said.
Another Derby Contender for Trelawney
18 Feb 2008Trelawney Stud looks set to be represented by yet another leading Mercedes Derby contender when the 2008 rendition comes about in just under two weeks time.

Red Ruler (NZ) (Viking Ruler) was bred in partnership by Trelawney Stud and Australian client John Cornish and was born and raised at the historic Cambridge farm. The fourth foal out of the imported mare Ransom Bay (USA) (Red Ransom), he staked his claim for the blue riband event with an emphatic three and a quarter length victory in Saturday’s Group Two Championship Stakes (2100m) at the home of the Mercedes Derby, Ellerslie.

Ridden by Vinny Colgan, who is no stranger to holding the Mercedes Derby trophy aloft having already won it on four occasions, Red Ruler is trained by John Sargent in Matamata and was purchased by John from Trelawney’s 2006 Premier Yearling draft. Entering the ring as Lot two of the sale, the colt was knocked down for $60,000 and is now owned by long time Trelawney associates Guy Sargent and Andrew Meeham along with Ron Arculie.

Red Ruler has faced the starter on only five occasions breaking maiden status in his first start over 1200m and should have a picket fence formline if not for showing his greenness in his second start which produced a third. Since then, he has saluted the judge on three consecutive occasions, including Saturday’s victory in a race won by the last two Derby winners which bodes well for the 1st of March.

If Red Ruler were to be successful on Derby Day, he would be the second Mercedes Derby-winner to hail from Trelawney Stud since the farm was taken over in the early nineties by the Taylor family, the first being 2006 winner Wahid (NZ) (Almutawakel) who went on to be named joint Champion Three-year-Old of his year.

“The ultimate goal when breeding a horse is to produce a Group One winner,” says Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “We have managed to produce at least one from Trelawney each season since taking over the farm and we’re very proud of that,” he said. “It’s certainly very exciting to have another leading Derby prospect in the form of Red Ruler and we will be shouting with the best of them come Derby Day,” said Brent.
Another Strong Sale for Trelawney
08 Feb 2008Karaka 2008 has come to an end and once again, Trelawney Stud yearlings were well sought after by buyers from around the globe.

A total of 35 yearlings were offered by Trelawney Stud in the Premier and Select Sessions of Karaka 2008. In Premier, the Trelawney draft averaged $192,500 achieving a top price of $700,000 paid by Adrian Nicol on behalf of BBA Ireland for the Fastnet Rock (Aus) (Danehill) filly out of Galapagos Girl (Aus) (Dehere). “It was certainly a great result for Trelawney and our clients and very pleasing to sell one of the top fillies of the sale,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “We try to lift the bar each and every year with the quality of our yearling draft both on paper and presentation,” he said.

In the Select Sale, Trelawney sold 13 yearlings at an average price of just over $83,000 with two colts eclipsing the $200,000 mark and an Elusive City (USA) (Elusive Quality) filly selling for $130,000. “To sell three six figure yearlings in this session was fantastic,” said Brent. “Particularly pleasing was the French Flute filly by Elusive City – it’s great that he was able to sell six figure yearlings in both sessions once again,” he said.

Karaka 2008 broke all records with a total sale gross of over $111,000,000. “While EI had some impact on the sale with Karaka being the first major yearling sale of 2008, I must say what a fantastic job New Zealand Bloodstock did in promoting the sale and getting the buyers to New Zealand,” says Brent. “The success of this sale bodes well for the New Zealand industry, he said. “New Zealand bred horses achieved some great results over the Melbourne Spring Carnival picking up a majority of the major races which was a much needed boost to New Zealand’s profile in Australia,” said Brent. “The New Zealand racing industry has also taken some significant steps forward in recent years with greater returns to owners and that is starting to filter through to the yearling sale ring,” says Brent.

Trelawney Stud wish to thank all buyers who were successful in purchasing a Trelawney yearling at Karaka 2008 but would also like to thank all those who inspected yearlings prior to, and during the sale as well as those buyers who were unsuccessful in securing a Trelawney yearling. “While we owe a lot to those who purchase our yearlings, we also are indebted to all those buyers who bid on our yearlings as without them, we wouldn’t be able to achieve the desired results,” said Brent. “We have a proud history of producing sound, strong racehorses that can compete at the highest level on any racetrack in the world and I wish everyone the best of luck with the yearlings purchased from our draft this year,” he said.

A number of yearlings are still available for Private Purchase from Trelawney Stud. Please visit the PRIVATE PURCHASE section of our website for more details. A full list of sales results can also be obtained by visiting our SALES section.
Van Nistelrooy’s In Demand at RTR
23 Nov 2007The progeny of Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) were in high demand over the last two days at Karaka with the young stallion averaging a touch under $100,000 for his five lots sold through the ring placing him fifth on the leading sires table at the sale.

Leading the way was Lot 401, a chestnut gelding bred by Trelawney Stud and long-time client Joan Egan. A half brother to the stakes winner Astronomia (Aus) (King’s Best), he was sold through the draft of Mana Park and was purchased by Hong Kong bloodstock agent Willie Leung under his Magus Equine banner. “I think he is a very lovely horse and I’m very pleased to have bought him,” said Willie after signing for the gelding. “He will stay in New Zealand for a while before we take him to Hong Kong,” he said.

Real Special (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy), recent winner in Hong Kong

Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud was particularly pleased with the result. “Van Nistelrooy just had a winner in Hong Kong this past weekend – Real Special - a colt we sold to Ginger Tankard as a yearling,” he said. “They have obviously taken note and Willie was prepared to step up and buy this horse,” said Brent. “It is also great to see Willie buy another horses carrying the Trelawney brand as he purchased a Fusaichi Pegasus colt out of our Easter Yearling Draft in April,” he said.

Another son of Van Nistelrooy to make over the $100,000 mark was Lot 106, a chestnut gelding out of Filiouchka (NZ) (Soviet Star). Sold by Haunui Farm, he was purchased by New Zealand Bloodstock as agent for Singapore clients and they will no doubt be hoping he can follow in the footsteps of Onceuponatime (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) who was crowned Champion Juvenile of Singapore last season.

Weatherly Bloodstock sold the highest priced Van Nistelrooy filly at the sale with Lot 78, a filly out of Deune (Aus) (Green Line Express) fetching $75,000.

“The winners just keep coming for Van Nistelrooy,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “The last three weeks has seen his number of individual winners from his first crop more than double and I think they are just starting to hit their straps down here,” he said. “Hopefully the next few months will see a few more stakes performers come his way which would be a fantastic result for all of those people with Van Nistelrooy yearlings and foals,” said Brent.

Trelawney Offer Van Nistelrooy Colt at RTR
12 Nov 2007Trelawney Stud will offer just the one two-year-old at the upcoming New Zealand Ready-to-Run Sale next week, a gelding by exciting young sire, Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat). Lot 401, he will be sold through Maryann Simons’ Mana Park consignment.

LEFT: LOt 401 ch c Van Nistelrooy - Astralita

A half brother to the stakes winner Astronomia (Aus) (King’s Best), who has notched up a stakes win in the USA and stakes placings in Australia to date, the colt stopped the clock in his 200m breeze-up in 10.68 seconds. There should be plenty of interest in the colt from all segments of the buying bench considering the success his sire has achieved in the last three months.

With his oldest crop just three-year-olds, Van Nistelrooy has enjoyed a great run of success in the last two weeks, with eight individual winners added to his Southern Hemisphere tally which already includes the Champion Juvenile of Singapore, Onceuponatime (NZ), stakes winner in Australia Vandalo (NZ), and the stakes performers Vanny Fair (NZ) and Boundless (NZ). From his first Southern Hemisphere crop, Van Nistelrooy has left fifteen individual winners and already has three wins on the board from his second crop, now two-year-olds.

In the Northern Hemisphere, Van Nistelrooy has had 55 runners and 23 individual winners including the Grade One-winner Set Play (USA) to his credit along with Group Two-winner Strike The Deal and Group Three-winners Raymi Coya (USA) and Elusive Lady (USA). He has sired a total of five stakes winners from his first Northern Hemisphere crop, currently two-year-olds.

“This colt is very typical of the types that Van Nistelrooy leaves,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “He is big, strong and naturally athletic with a fantastic temperament,” he said. “He has furnished into a lovely colt and I’m sure that he will take the eye of a number of buyers at the sale in just over a week’s time” said Brent.

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Stakes Winner Number 7 for Van Nistelrooy
30 Oct 2007Racing at Ellerslie on Saturday produced a stellar result for Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) with his progeny taking out the first two events on the card.

The first race of the day saw three-year-old filly Boundless (NZ), who was stakes placed behind Lovetrista (Aus) (Rock Of Gibraltar) in her last start, run out an impressive winner over 1200m under a hands and heels ride by the in-form Danielle Johnson. Bred by Trelawney Stud, Boundless was purchased by Trevor McKee from Trelawney’s 2006 Premier draft for $80,000 and is trained by his son Stephen.

Less than forty minutes later it was the two-year-olds to the fore and this time Pretty Audrey (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) was to the fore for the Richard Collett and Shane Hapeta Stable. Bred by Carol Marshall and Angela Paykel, Pretty Audrey was sold through the draft of Lyndhurst Farm for $90,000 to the bid of Stuart Hale at the 2007 NZB Premier Sale and looks to have a bright future ahead of her.

In the Northern Hemisphere, Van Nistelrooy notched up his second Graded Stakes winner in the USA through the deeds of another two-year-old filly, Elusive Lady (USA). The winner of two from three starts, Elusive Lady romped away with the Grade Three Tempted Stakes (1600m) at Aqueduct winning by four and a quarter lengths.

Van Nistelrooy has now sired seven stakes winners world-wide with a further four stakes performers. His stakes winners in the Northern Hemisphere include Grade One-winner Set Play (Can), Group Two Winner Strike The Deal (USA) and Group Three winner Raymi Coya (USA), whilst in the Southern Hemisphere Van Nistelrooy has produced Group Three winner Onceuponatime in Singapore and the Listed winner in Australia, Vandalo (NZ).
Miss’ Win Fantabulous for Broodmare Career
26 Oct 2007The Trelawney stud broodmare band received another boost this past weekend with the win of Miss Fantabulous (Aus) (Encosta De Lago) in the Group Two MRC Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

A stakes winner and performer prior to Saturday’s race, the Group Two victory will undoubtedly enhance her value as a broodmare and ensure her a select spot in Trelawney’s elite broodmare band. “We purchased Miss Fantabulous privately and sourced her through Mark Pilkington,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “She had a pedigree that we liked and we thought that she definitely had the potential to add to her stakes tally,” he said. “To win a Group race in the Melbourne Spring is a fantastic result, some might say fantabulous!” says Brent.

A daughter of outstanding stallion Encosta De Lago (Aus) (Fairy King), Miss Fantabulous is a daughter of Miss Chanel (Aus) (Splendent) with her pedigree page featuring the likes of dual Group One-winner Super Elegant (Aus) (Mister C).

Miss Fantabulous has emulated the success of another Trelawney-owned mare, Pernod (NZ) (Centaine) who won the Tristarc Stakes en route to the Group Two VRC Hardy Classic (1600m). Trained by David Hayes, Miss Fantabulous will head toward the Group One Myer Classic (1600m) on Derby Day at Flemington in just over seven days time. “She came through the Tristarc very well,” reported Mark Pilkington. “We’re very pleased with how she is going and with a bit of luck, she will be right in the finish in the Myer,” he said.

As a four-year-old, Miss Fantabulous still has another season ahead of her on the racetrack before being retired to the Trelawney broodmare band. “All things going well, she will race in the Autumn and then as long as she is fine and comes up well again next season, we would be more than likely to race her on for a little longer,” says Brent.
First Australian Stakes Winner for Van Nistelrooy
23 Oct 2007The results keep rolling in for the progeny of Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) with this weekend providing the young sire with his first stakes winner in Australia.

Three-year-old colt Vandalo (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) claimed the Listed Winning Edge Presentation Stakes (1400m) during an action packed programme of racing at Caulfield on the Melbourne Racing Club’s biggest day of racing, Caulfield Cup Day.

Saturday was the Vandalo’s sixth start and after a solid fifth in the Listed Concept Sports Stakes (1400m) behind Dandy Dollar (Aus) (Dash For Cash) and Husson Lightning (Aus) (Hussonet) and Pit Lane (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy), the win was just reward.

Bred by Jim Campin of Chequers Stud, one of the partners in the group responsible for bringing Van Nistelrooy to New Zealand, and sold for $110,000 at the 2006 NZB Ready-to-Run Sale, Vandalo is out of the great producer Riverly Lass (NZ) (Gleam Machine) making him a half brother to Singapore Horse of the Year Zirna (NZ) (Deputy Governor), stakes winner Amazing Me (NZ) (Deputy Governor) and the stakes performers State Command (NZ) (Deputy Governor) and Ruby Turner (NZ) (Deputy Governor).

Van Nistelrooy’s tally of Southern Hemisphere winners has risen to thirteen winners from 34 starters so far and includes the Champion Juvenile of Singapore in Onceuponatime (NZ), the stakes performers Pit Lane (NZ), Boundless (NZ) and Vanny Fair and now of course, Vandalo. In the Northern Hemisphere, his progeny have made a strong start to the two-year-old season with results in the USA seeing Van Nistelrooy making a bid for Freshman Sire honours whilst in Europe, he has a Group Two-winner and Group One performer in the form of Strike The Deal and a Group Three winner in Raymi Coya (Can).

“It is definitely nice to get a stakes winner on the board in Australia,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “With more and more of his progeny stepping out all the time, we can look forward to more results like this,” says Brent.
Four Stakes Performers in 7 Days!
08 Oct 2007Another week and another influx of winners for Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat). The young stallion has been consistently producing winners in both hemispheres since the beginning of the new season and in the middle of September, sired seven winners in fourteen days from his first southern hemisphere crop. With a Grade One winner in the USA, Group Two winner in England and Group Three winner in Singapore already to his credit, Van Nistelrooy has made a solid start to his stallion career and the last seven days have seen a further three stakes performers added to his growing list.

LEFT: Onceuponatime (outside)

Boundless (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) became her sire’s second stakes performer in New Zealand on the 29th of September, running on late for third in the Listed Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) behind the smart fillies Lovetrista (NZ) (Rock Of Gibraltar) and Keepa Cruisin (NZ) (Keeper). Whilst the result was another feather in the cap of Van Nistelrooy who stood at Trelawney Stud in his four seasons in New Zealand, the result was even sweeter with Trelawney Stud’s Brent and Cherry Taylor the breeders of the filly whilst Cherry still owns a share in her.

Another stand out performer of Van Nistelrooy’s first Southern Hemisphere crop has been the Peter Moody-trained Pit Lane (NZ). The winner of three in-a-row as a two-year-old, the chestnut colt finished second in his first start this preparation and lined up at Flemington on Saturday in the Listed VRC Concept Sports Stakes (1400m). Settling in mid-field, Pit Lane was momentarily boxed-in in the run home but once in the clear, finished the race out strongly to claim third and become the first stakes performer for his sire in Australia. “I was very pleased with his run on Saturday and he’ll go forward to the Caulfield Guineas with the blinkers back on,” says Peter Moody.

In the Northern Hemisphere, Group Two-winner Strike The Deal (USA) (Van Nistelrooy) franked his form by finishing second in the Group One Middlepark Stakes (1200m) at Newmarket on Friday whilst two-year-old filly Raymi Coya (CAN) (Van Nistelrooy) added to her stakes placing in the Listed Dick Poole Fillies Stakes (1200m) with victory in the Group Three Oh So Sharp Stakes (1400m) at Newmarket the following day to become Van Nistelrooy’s fourth stakes winner from his first Northern Hemisphere crop.

Last season’s Champion Juvenile of Singapore Onceuponatime (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) became his sire’s first stakes winner in the Southern Hemisphere toward the end of last season when he took out the SIN-G3 Magic Millions Juvenile Championship (1200m). Friday saw him make a winning return to the track at Kranji after a short spell. Racing over 1200m against the older horses, Onceuponatime impressed his trainer David Hill enough for him to state after the race, “before tonight I thought he was a fair horse, now I think he’s a very, very good horse.” Onceuponatime has faced the starter on five occasions with three wins and two thirds to his credit.

“Each week Van Nistelrooy is producing more winners and it was certainly pleasing to see Pit Lane run so well on Saturday,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “People are really starting to take note of Van Nistelrooy’s results and we have been fielding a number of enquiries for his progeny,” he said. “I know I’ve said it before but there are still so many of his progeny we haven’t even seen yet so there could be some exciting times ahead,” says Brent.

Winners Keep Rolling in for Van Nistelrooy
22 Sep 2007The last two weeks have been nothing but prolific for the progeny of Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) in both hemispheres.

Hot off the back of siring his first Grade One winner in the USA at the beginning of September, the young son of Storm Cat (USA) (Storm Bird) has sired seven winners in the last fourteen days from his first Southern Hemisphere Crop.

The run started in Japan through the deeds of Cosmo Kilauea (NZ) who notched his third win in a row – his first at three after first beating the older horses twice as a two-year-old. Vandaloo (NZ) was next to add his name to the list winning over 1200m at Kilmore. A few days later, Shevchenko (NZ) put in an impressive effort at Taupo to win over 1200m on debut and back in Australia, Facundo (NZ) won the following day at the Gold Coast over the same distance.

Racing at Paeroa this past Wednesday provided an uncanny double for Van Nistelrooy with jockey Mark Du Plessis picking up the rides unexpectedly on two Van Nistelrooy fillies at the meeting. An excellent ride on Vannista Belle (NZ) resulted in a three-quarter-length victory in race two, an effort that saw her sit outside the leader over the 1670m trip and fight on well for what was in the end a comfortable victory. In the last of the day, Du Plessis was on board the Stephen McKee-trained filly Boundless (NZ) with the pair romping away to a three length margin at the post.

“The winners have been ticking over nicely,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud, “and it’s nice to see some more of his Southern Hemisphere crop stepping out and doing the job,” he said. “Arguably Van Nistelrooy’s results in the Northern Hemisphere are nothing short of fantastic with a Grade One winner in the USA and a Group Two winner in England along with multiple stakes performers,” said Brent, “and we’ll look forward to seeing more of his Southern Hemisphere crop in Australia and New Zealand over the next few months,” he said. “Hopefully he can get some more black type on the board down here which would be great for those breeders with yearlings by him and, mares due to foal to him this season,” says Brent.

From his first Southern Hemisphere crop, now three-year-olds, Van Nistelrooy has produced nine individual winners including the Champion Juvenile of Singapore in Onceuponatime, along with nine place getters and the stakes placed filly Vanny Fair (NZ). This weekend, Pit Lane (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) returns to the track for the Peter Moody stable. The winner of three of his five starts, he has impressed Moody with the way he has stepped up through the grades and all going well he will he will take his place in some of the nice races throughout the Melbourne Spring Carnival.
A Nice Win for Miss Fantabulous
05 Sep 2007While Miss Finland (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice) was possibly the star attraction at Caulfield on Saturday for many, it was her stablemate Miss Fantabulous (Aus) (Encosta De Lago) that held the interest of the Trelawney team this weekend.

Raced in partnership by Trelawney Stud and Bruce Honeybone, the four-year-old mare was lining up in her second start this preparation in the Redoute’s Choice Plate (1100m). Jumping from barrier 16 and with leading jockey Craig Williams aboard, the powerful mare settled toward the rear of the field over the 1100m and coming into the turn, was pulled out wide to make her run finishing a length clear of Maslins Beach (Aus) (Flying Spur) and Amarazetti (Aus) (Commands) at the line.

Miss Fantabulous Victorious at Caulfield

“It was certainly good to see some high class racing on Saturday particularly with the events of the last two weeks in Australia,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “It was also nice to see our colours crossing the line in front,” he added. “It’s a thrill to win any race and when you’re lining up in Melbourne in the Spring, you know you have to be at the top of your game to win,” said Brent. “It was also a nice result for our partner in the mare, Bruce Honeybone, as we’ve had a bit of bad luck already this season,” he said.

Bruce Honeybone is no stranger to the thoroughbred industry having bred and raced horses for a number of years. In fact, he’s already tasted Group One glory through the deeds of Rockabubble (Aus) (Bubble Gum Fellow), who in 2005 won the Group One New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m). “We’ve been trying to get into the higher end of breeding and racing thoroughbreds,” said Bruce. “We race a number of horses and have some broodmares as well, some of which are in Australia at the moment,” he said. “So, it was certainly great to see Miss Fantabulous win like that on Saturday,” he said.

Already a stakes winner, as a member of the all conquering David Hayes stable, there is no doubt Miss Fantabulous will be stepping out a few more times throughout the Melbourne Spring Carnival. “I’m not too sure what she will be heading toward next,” said Brent, “but she won against Group and Listed company on Saturday so hopefully all going well she will be headed toward some of the nicer races in the weeks ahead,” he said.
Grade One Winner for Van Nistelrooy
05 Sep 2007Exciting filly Set Play (USA) (Van Nistelrooy) added to the stakes tally of her exciting young sire Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) when taking out the Grade One Del Mar Debutante Stakes (1400m) in California this past weekend.

Trained by Peter Miller, she was a US$105,000 purchase from the Ocala Breeders March 2YO Sale and has quickly established a consistent record on track with two wins and two placings from four starts, including a third at listed level and a last start second in the Group Two Del Mar Sorrento Stakes (1300m).

Now the fourth stakes winner for her sire, the third from his Northern Hemisphere crop, she joins the stakeswinner Maileys Cat (USA) and stakes performer Sammy Van Ammy (USA) as her sire’s leading performers in the USA to date, elevating him to second on the Freshman Sire’s table.

In Europe, Van Nistelrooy has also been represented by Group Two-winner Strike The Deal (USA), who earlier in the season claimed the Group Two Richmond Stakes (1200m) and ran third in the Group Two Prix Robert Papin (1100m) in France.

In the Southern Hemisphere, Van Nistelrooy has produced the Champion two-year-old of Singapore, Onceuponatime (NZ) who took out the SIN-G3 Magic Millions Juvenile Championship (1200m) and the stakes placed filly Vanny Fair (NZ).

“The results speak for themselves really,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “It is fantastic to get a Grade One winner from his first crop in the USA and to also have a Group Two winner in England at this stage of the Northern Hemisphere racing season is a great effort,” he said. “He has also had a stakes winner and stakes performer from his first Southern Hemisphere crop so you really can’t ask for much more,” says Brent.

Van Nistelrooy retired to Trelawney Stud in 2003, shuttling for four seasons from Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in the USA and it was decided earlier this year that he should take a break from shuttle duties. “After shuttling four consecutive seasons, we thought it was a good time to take a step back and let his progeny get out onto the racetracks,” said Brent. “It’s safe to say that we are still to see a large number of the Van Nistelrooy’s hit the tracks in New Zealand and Australia and the feedback from trainers continues to reiterate the positives that his progeny have shown in stables over the last season,” he said. “We are more than happy with the results so far and obviously look forward to the racing season ahead,” said Brent.
Van Nistelrooy Makes Impact with First Crop
06 Aug 2007The 2006/2007 racing season saw the first crop of Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) hit the racetracks and upon season’s end, his two-year-olds performing well on Southern Hemisphere soil and they have already made their presence felt only partway through the Northern Hemisphere season.

Arguably the best result to date for Van Nistelrooy was the win of Strike The Deal (USA) (Van Nistelrooy) in the Group Two Richmond Stakes (1200m) at Goodwood on Friday. Unlucky when third in his last start in the Group Two Prix Robert Papin (1100m), Strike The Deal has won two of four starts and may head toward the Group One Prix Morny in a fortnight’s time.

Van Nistelrooy got his first points on the board through the deeds of Vanny Fair (NZ) who broke her maiden tag in her first start in January. Trained by Ross Elliott, toward the end of the season she became her sire’s first stakes performer when finishing second to stablemate and fellow Trelawney graduate Martini Red (Aus) (Red Ransom). “She showed me a lot right from the start,” said Ross Elliott. “I couldn’t have asked much more of her this season and she’s having a well earned rest at the moment,” he said. “We’ll look at either a Guineas preparation for her or, maybe give her a bit more time in the paddock and look at the nice filly’s races around December and the early New Year,” he said.

Australia has seen the Peter Moody-trained Pit Lane (NZ) notch up three wins in-a-row with Moody now aiming to have him firing toward the end of the Melbourne Spring. “I’ve just bought him back into work and will look to have him going forward to races like the Carbine Club Stakes and Sandown Guineas,” said Peter. “He did a lot more than we expected him to last time in so he should hopefully move on from there,” he said.

In Singapore, Van Nistelrooy was represented by the smart colt Onceuponatime (NZ). Bred and sold by one of Trelawney Stud’s partners in Van Nistelrooy, Haunui Farm, the colt won his second start by ten-and-a-half lengths and proved this effort was not a one-off when winning the Group Three Magic Millions Juvenile Championship (1200m) at season’s end, beating the race favourite on the way in Singapore’s major two-year-old event of the season. Trained by David Hill who purchased the colt at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready-to-Run Sale, claims are his three-year-old season will be even better still. “Whatever he is now, he is going to be twice as good in a year’s time and a year again after that,” said David Hill after the race on the 27th of July. “He is going to develop into a very nice horse,” he said.

Victory has also come in Japan for progeny of Van Nistelrooy when last weekend, two-year-old Cosmo Kilauea (NZ) broke his maiden status against the older horses. This colt would have to be awarded the “Tough Guy of the Year Award” with his efforts at two. In his first raceday start, he was lined up against three-year-olds over 1800m in March and at two week intervals was lined up again over 1800m and 2000m respectively Lining up consistently since his first raceday appearance, a drop back in distance has proven a success with two seconds in his two starts previous.

From 24 runners from his first Southern Hemisphere crop, Van Nistelrooy has posted four individual winners, a Singapore Group-winner and, a stakes performer. He has also had six individual placegetters.

The Northern Hemisphere has seen 23 runners with eight winners so far, among them Group winner and placegetter Strike The Deal in Europe whilst in the USA he has produced the stakes winning filly Mailey’s Cat (USA) and stakes placed colt Set Play (USA). “When you look at the overall statistics, you couldn’t really ask for much more,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “Van Nistelrooy has had a stakes winner and stakes performer from his first Southern Hemisphere crop and a stakeswinner and two stakes performers from his first Northern Hemisphere crop so far,” he said. “We can only look forward to seeing more of his progeny this season and with the opportunity that he has been given at stud, particularly in New Zealand, I’m sure there will be many more successes to come,” he said.

With many of his first southern hemisphere crop still to hit the track, the new season offers many more opportunities for success. “With only 24 starters from his first southern hemisphere crop so far, there are still plenty that we haven’t seen yet,” said Brent. “We’ve kept in contact with trainers who have progeny of Van Nistelrooy in their stables and the underlying factor coming through is the great temperaments that they have,” he said. “There has been plenty of education and preparation going on behind the scenes and I’m sure we will see some top class performers emerging this season, said Brent.
First Group Winner for Van Nistelrooy
30 Jul 2007Onceuponatime (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) made quite an impression in Singapore two starts back breaking his maiden with a ten-and-a-half length win over 1200m. On Friday, the big, strong, chestnut colt proved that he could also foot it with the best of his age group, and beat them, in the Group Three Magic Millions Juvenile Championship (1200m), the only major event for two-year-olds on the Singapore racing calendar.

The win gave young sire Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) his first points on the board in the Southern Hemisphere when it comes to Group racing. It was a first for British trainer David Hill too – his first Group winner in Singapore after a very successful career training in Hong Kong. Ecstatic with the result, Hill commented, “whatever he is now, he will be twice as good in a year’s time and a year again after that. He is going to develop into a very nice horse.”

Jumping from a wide barrier, the speed was on early with jockey Ronnie Stewart deciding to settle on the rails in mid-field after some buffeting early on. Turning for home, Onceuponatime was in a perfect position to pounce and with a clear run, the colt knuckled down to the task of reeling in race favourite Handsom Jazz (Aus) (Show A Heart). “He was pretty green in the run,” said Stewart. “It was a great win in the end, he tried very hard and is a horse that will go far,” he said.

Bred by Haunui Farm and Jim & Leslie Ottway, Onceuponatime caused his fair share of problems as a yearling missing both the New Zealand Premier Sale and Sydney Easter Sale due to injury niggles. Eventually sold through the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready-to-Run Sale in November, the colt was purchased by David Hill for $60,000.

“It was great to hear the result on Saturday morning and it’s nice to get a Group winning two-year-old from Van Nistelrooy’s first crop,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “There is no doubting that Singapore racing is very competitive, especially in these types of races and when you watch the video, it was a fairly impressive effort from the horse,” said Brent.

In total, Van Nistelrooy has had eleven winners in the Southern and Northern Hemisphere combined. In the North, he’s had the stakes winning filly Mailey’s Cat (USA) and the stakes placed Set Play (USA) whilst in the Southern Hemisphere he’s had Onceuponatime, Vanny Fair and Pit Lane – the winner of three-in-a-row in Australia. “From his first Southern Hemisphere crop, Van Nistelrooy has produced a Group Winner and a stakes placed filly so you can’t ask for much more than that,” says Brent. “We can only hope for more results like this in the new season,” he said.

Group Two Placing for Strike The Deal
23 Jul 2007Strike The Deal (USA) (Van Nistelrooy) added to his sire’s Northern Hemisphere tally running third in the Group Two Prix Robert Papin (1100m) in France this past weekend.

The winner of his first start at Lingfield in the middle of June, Strike The Deal lined up seven days later in the Group Two Norfolk Stakes (5f) at the Royal Ascot Meeting toward the end of June running fifth and now from his third start, has a Group Two placing in France under his belt.

Purchased by Anthony Stroud for 140,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Breeze Up Sale, the colt is trained in Newmarket by Jeremy Noseda and was piloted on Saturday by Christophe Soumillon.

Two weeks ago Van Nistelrooy scored his first stakes performer in New Zealand through the deeds of Vanny Fair (NZ) and he also has the smart galloper in Austraila Pit Lane (NZ) who has notched up three wins on end.

“This result is another step in the right direction after already having a stakes winner and stakes placegetter in America,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “They’ve got off the mark very quickly in the Northern Hemisphere in good company and more and more are starting to step out in New Zealand and Australia,” he said.

Trelawney Graduates Quinella Northland Breeders' Stakes
16 Jul 2007The Listed Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) proved a happy hunting ground for Trelawney Stud graduates with fillies carrying the famous brand finishing first and second in the day’s feature event.

The home-bred filly Martini Red (Aus) (Red Ransom) maintained her unbeaten record notching up her third victory in as many starts. Bred by Trelawney Stud, she represents the fourth generation of her family to be raced by the Taylor family. Before her came her dam Pernod (NZ) (Centaine), her grand-dam Martine Michelle (NZ) (Grosvenor) and great grand-dam Josette Nicole (NZ) (Three Legs).

“There is no doubt we have had a lot of success and enjoyment from this family,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “My mother and father raced Josette Nicole who was a Group Two winner, Martine Michelle was a stakes performer and produced three stakes winners including Pernod who won a Group One and now we have this filly,” he said.

Martini Red is raced on lease to a partnership which includes her trainer Ross Elliott, Brent’s mother Faith Taylor and, two Australian-based clients in Warren Huckley and Chris Coghlan who were also involved in the syndicate that raced Pernod.

Standing on the steps beside the main stand at Ruakaka, Warren Huckley, who’d made the trip from Melbourne to see the filly race, was taking some pretty deep breaths before the gates opened. “Being involved with Pernod was just an amazing thrill but to see her first foal come out and do what this filly has already done is just unbelievable,” said Warren. “Two stakes races from three starts is just a remarkable result,” he said.

Trainer Ross Elliott has always had a high opinion of Martini Red but he was feeling the pressure a little on Saturday. “This filly is something special,” he said. “She can just do things that other horses can’t and when you know a horse is that good, the pressure comes on a bit,” he said. “At her last start I didn’t even watch the race, I was behind the stand!” said Ross. It was no different on Saturday. While confident Martini Red was spot on for the race, Ross wasn’t so sure about the track conditions. “She doesn’t really like bad ground so I can’t wait to get her on a good track,” he said.

Martini Red’s victory wasn’t the only cause for celebration with stablemate and fellow Trelawney graduate Vanny Fair (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) bursting out of the pack to finish on strongly for second.

Van Nistelrooy’s first winner in the Southern Hemisphere, Vanny Fair is also her sire’s first stakes performer down here franking some solid lead-up form. “I knew she would handle the track and I thought she’d go well,” said Ross. “I’m pretty relieved actually and just pleased that they both went so well,” he said. “Now it’s just a matter of getting them home safely and they’ll both go out for a bit of a break,” he said.

Bred by Trelawney client Louie Chuidian who is based in the Philippines, Vanny Fair was purchased for $35,000 by Australian Jim Simpson from the Trelawney draft at the 2006 Karaka Premier Sale. She won her first race in early January and her last three starts have produced three seconds.

As for the next generation, Pernod has a Zabeel weanling colt on the ground and is due to foal to Zabeel again this season while French Flute, the dam of Vanny Fair has a weanling filly by Elusive City (USA) (Elusive Quality) and is due to foal to Van Nistelrooy.
Vanny Fair Ends Season with Stakes Placing
16 Jul 2007Vanny Fair (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) was her sire’s first ever winner when she won on debut in early January 2007 and she finished the season with another first for her sire – his first stakes performer in the southern hemisphere.

Beaten by stablemate and fellow Trelawney graduate Martini Red (Aus) (Red Ransom), Vanny Fair emerged from the pack in the run home, only her and third place getter Align To Infinity (NZ) (Align) the only ones making in-roads into the three-length lead Martini Red put on them turning for home.

“I knew she would go well today,” said trainer Ross Elliott. “She just keeps doing everything right and goes out for a well deserved break now,” he said.

Bred by Louie Chuidian, Vanny Fair was purchased from Trelawney’s 2006 Premier draft for $35,000 by Australian Jim Simpson. With a win and three seconds from six starts, she has fashioned a consistent race record and trainer Ross Elliott expects more from her in her three-year-old season. “I’ve always liked her,” says Ross. “She just does everything right and everything that you ask of her,” he said. “She’s ready for a spell and we’ll just see how she comes up in the spring,” he said.

Van Nistelrooy already has a stakes winner in the USA in the form of Mailey’s Cat (USA) and in Australia has the smart galloper in Pit Lane (NZ) who has won three in a row, all by margins.

“It’s very satisfying to see Van Nistelrooy get a stakes performer from his first crop and its very fitting that it should be his first ever winner,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “Over the last six to eight weeks, he’s been getting winners everywhere and we’re confident this will continue into the new season,” said Brent.

Van Nistelrooy is taking a break from shuttling in 2007 after retiring to stud in 2002.
Three-in-row for Pit Lane
09 Jul 2007The Peter Moody-trained Pit Lane (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) continued on his winning way this past Saturday with an easy victory over 1400m at Sandown.

Lining up for the first time on a Saturday, the two-year-old colt made light work of his top weight of 58kg skipping past race leader Kinugawa (Aus) (Street Cry) at the 200m to go clear by 1 ¾ lengths under jockey Luke Nolen.

Bred by Judi Wanless, Pit Lane was born and raised at Trelawney Stud before heading across the Tasman to embark on a racing career. “He just keeps getting better and better,” said Peter Moody. “We’ll have to start seriously thinking about where we’re going with him,” he said.

Van Nistelrooy has notched up eight winners in recent weeks, four in the USA, two in England, one in Australia and one in Singapore. This weekend, Vanny Fair (NZ), his first ever winner, will line up in the Listed Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Ruakaka where she’ll come up against another Trelawney graduate in the form of Martini Red (NZ) (Red Ransom).
Trelawney Broodmare Draft Online
29 Jun 2007Trelawney's 2007 NZB National Broodmare Sale draft is now online complete with pedigree's and photographs.

To view our draft, please visit the "SALES" section of the website.

For more information in regard to the Trelawney draft, please feel free to contact Kevin Walls - 021 349 644 - or Shannon Taylor - 0212 855 513.
Winners Flowing for Van Nistelrooy
27 Jun 2007Van Nistelrooy (USA) has been notching up winners all over the world in June, successfully landing six winners in the space of nine days.

In the USA smart filly Mailey's Cat (USA), was the first to get the ball rolling losing her maiden tag in the Listed TTA Sales Futurity over 1000m at Lone Star Park in Texas on June 9.

Just one day later, Van Nistelrooy was to the fore in Singapore when the promising galloper Onceuponatime (NZ) destroyed his opposition over 1200m by 10.5 lengths at Kranji.

Two additional winners were added to the list in America courtesy of debut wins by Set Play (USA), who scored over 1100m at Hollywood Park in California, and Starry Pursuit (USA), who scored over 900m at Arlington Park in Chicago.

On to England and two more Van Nistelrooy's added to thier sire's tally with victories at Lingfield by Strike The Deal (USA) and Raymi Coya (Can) at Lingfield over 1200m and 1000m respectively.

Back in the Southern Hemisphere there was further success last Friday when the Peter Moody-trained runner Pit Lane (NZ) registered his second Australian win, successfully scoring over 1400m at Bendigo.

And, to top things off nicely, another trails winner was added to Van Nistelrooy's tally in New Zealand with a win by the gelding out of Singing Angel (USA) (Rahy) over 900m at Te Aroha last week.

"It will be fantastic if he can continue to produce winners at this rate," said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. "More and more of his progeny are in line to be stepping out in New Zealand and Australia over the coming months and we're looking forward to seeing more pleasing results," he said.
Van Nistelrooy Scores Two at Lingfield
19 Jun 2007The flat season is now in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere and the new season two-year-olds are beginning to make their appearances on the tracks.

Young stallion Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat), who did his racing from the stable of Aiden O’Brien, was represented by two winners in England last week, both of them on debut.

The first came about on the 14th of June when the chestnut colt Strike The Deal (USA) stepped out for trainer Jeremy Noseda. A 140,000 guineas purchase from the spring breeze-up sale, Strike The Deal was quick out of the gates and settled at the head of the field. Pushed all the way by the runner-up Flying Indian (GB) (Hawk Wing), Strike The Deal pulled away in the final furlong to win by two lengths.

The filly Raymi Coya (Can) (Van Nistelrooy) made it a double for her sire at Lingfield when winning on the second day of the carnival over the shorter distance of 5f (1000m). Also purchased from the spring breeze-up sale, she showed her inexperience by missing the start and racing rather greenly throughout however, in the final stages of the race, the filly finished strongly to win comfortably by a length over the race favourite Sophie’s Girl (GB) (Bahamian Bounty).

A little closer to home, Cosmo Kilauea (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) ran a close second in Japan on Saturday over 1200m. A son of multiple Group One-winner Fayreform (NZ) (Tights), he was up against the three-year-olds in a class three event. Cosmo Kilauea was sold from the Premier Draft of Haunui Farm at Karaka 2006 where he was purchased by Hajime Kaneko for $110,000.

In New Zealand, Van Nistelrooy’s first trials winner Bella Renza (NZ) came agonisingly close to getting her first win on the board when running third over 1100m at Ellerslie on Saturday. Owned by Denise Howell, she is trained by Graeme Rogerson and Stephen Autridge.

“It is great to see Van Nistelrooy getting points on the board all around the world,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “Two weeks ago he had his first winner in Australia backed up by a Listed winner in America and now, two winners in England,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “We’ve received positive reports about his progeny the whole way through and I’m sure we’ll only be seeing more of these sorts of results in the months ahead,” he said.
Big Wins for Van Nistelrooy
11 Jun 2007Last weekend saw Van Nistelrooy’s first Australian winner recorded when the Peter Moody-trained Pit Lane (NZ) romped away for a six length victory in only his second start. This weekend, the young son of Storm Cat (USA) notched up his first winner in the Northern Hemisphere through the deeds of juvenile filly Maileys Cat (USA). Having placed second on debut, the filly came out one better on Saturday to lose her maiden status scoring by half a length at Lone Star Park.

One day later and Onceuponatime (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) added to this tally with a 10.5 length victory in Singapore which now sees him being aimed at the Group Three Juvenile Championship in July.

Racing greenly, the imposing chestnut colt kicked away at the 300m mark and continued to widen the gap between himself and the opposition. Trainer David Hill, who purchased the colt for $60,000 from the draft of Haunui Farm at the 2006 Ready-to-Run Sale, reported after the race that Onceuponatime “still has a lot to learn,” whilst his jockey Mark Gallagher stated the colt has a bright future ahead.
Black Type for Martini Red
05 Jun 2007Smart filly Martini Red (Aus) (Red Ransom) cemented herself a place in the Trelawney broodmare band in the years ahead with victory in the Listed Castletown Stakes (1200m) at Foxton yesterday.

The two-year-old filly made easy work of her rivals to notch her second win in as many starts. Drawing a wide gate, Martini Red had to do some work early in the race to cross the field however once in front and coming into the home straight, she always looked to have them covered winning by a length and three quarters.

Trained in Cambridge by Ross Elliot, the filly has always shown plenty of potential. “She’s not an overly big filly but she’s got a big motor,” says Ross. “She travelled home well last night and she’s pretty bright today,” he said. “We’ll assess things from here but will probably be looking at the next two-year-old race at Ruakaka,” said Ross, referring to the second leg of the Whangarei Racing Club’s Triple Crown, on the 20th of June.

The first foal of Group One-winner Pernod (NZ) (Centaine), Martini Red was bred by Brent and Cherry Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “It is a fantastic result that the filly has picked up black type so early in her career,” said Brent Taylor. “She seems to be a nice filly in the making and it would be nice to think that there could be more to come,” he said.

Pernod has a weanling colt by Zabeel and is currently back in foal to Zabeel.
Handy Weekend in Australia for Van Nistelrooy
05 Jun 2007Pit Lane (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) got his sire off the mark in Australia at Mornington on Sunday with a commanding victory in the colts and geldings two-year-old event over 1213m.

Coming wide on the turn, Pit Lane hit the lead at the 100m mark and stretched out to a six length victory over his rivals under the urgings of jockey Luke Nolen for the stable of Peter Moody and by all accounts, it was an impressive effort in testing conditions.

“He was a bit unlucky in his first start where he finished second but he bolted in on Sunday,” said Peter Moody. “We’ll look to line him up in the City in about three weeks time and will go from there,” he said. “He’s a handy type and I think he’ll improve through the grades nicely,” he said. Bred by Judi Wanless, the colt is raced in partnership with her husband Ron and is one of numerous horses the Wanless’ have in work throughout Australia. The Trelawney/Wanless/Moody connection has seen some outstanding success in the past including the win of Amalfi (NZ) (Carnegie) in the Group One VRC Derby. Amalfi was a $110,000 purchase by the Wanless’ from Trelawney Stud’s 2000 Premier Draft while in more recent times, that same combination produced Moonloushe (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe) - a $50,000 purchase by the Wanless’ from Trelawney’s 2005 yearling draft.

With the win of Pit Lane on Sunday, it was Saturday racing at Kembla Grange in New South Wales started the ball rolling for Van Nistelrooy when Dooley Jones (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy) placed second in the Oasis Australia 2YO Maiden over 1400m.

Stepping out for the second time from the Noel Mayfield-Smith stable, the colt finished on strongly from the rear of the eleven horse field, running to within a neck of racewinner Aninsperation (Aus) (Anabaa). Purchased from Trelawney Stud’s 2006 Premier Draft for $75,000, Dooley Jones is owned by Jim Simpson, the same man that owns Van Nistelrooy’s first southern hemisphere winner, Vanny Fair (NZ).
Van Nistelrooy to Take a Rest
10 May 2007It has been announced by Trelawney Stud that the young Storm Cat-stallion Van Nistelrooy (USA) will not be returning to New Zealand for the 2007 breeding season.

“We still have enormous faith in the horse,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud, “however, we and our partners thought that for this season, we will take the opportunity to sit back and see how his progeny perform over the next twelve months,” he said. “We have obviously been in consultation with Coolmore and they were happy to support this decision and we have every opportunity to bring Van Nistelrooy back to New Zealand in the future,” said Brent.

Van Nistelrooy was brought to New Zealand by a partnership including Chequers Stud, Curraghmore Stud, Fairdale Stud, Haunui Farm, Pencarrow Stud and of course Trelawney. As a result, he covered some of the best mares in the New Zealand studbook throughout his four seasons at stud including Melbourne and Caulfield Cups-winner Ethereal (NZ) (Rhythm), La Suffragette (NZ) (Palace Music), the dam of Railings (Aus) (Zabeel), Coogee Walk (NZ) (Success Express) – the dam of Activation – multiple Group One-winner Fayreform (NZ) (Tights), Group Two-winner Gordon’s (NZ) (Kaapstad), Jazzmatazz (NZ) (Citidancer) – the dam of Jazzella – Midnight Babe (NZ) (Kaapstad) – the dam of Perlin – to name but a few.

“His first crop of yearlings sold very well at the sales last year and as a result, have ended up in some of the best stables in New Zealand and Australia,” said Brent. From this crop, Van Nistelrooy has already produced a winner and three place-getters in New Zealand from eight starters whilst he has also had placegetters in Australia and Singapore.

“He has had a total of fourteen starters from his first crop in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Singapore,” said Brent, “and he has had a good number of trials performers of late,” he said. “The feedback from trainers has been very positive all along,” said Brent. “They are strong, athletic horses, that move well, have great temperaments and I’m sure we will see them doing the job over the next twelve months and with that being the case, we expect to be bringing him back next season” said Brent.
First Million Dollar Yearling for Trelawney
16 Apr 2007New Zealand’s Trelawney Stud reached a milestone at the William Inglis Yearling Sale last week when the farm’s first million dollar yearling was sold through the ring. The colt, a son of Redoute’s Choice out of the stakes winning-mare National Treasure, a mare bred by Trelawney Stud, was knocked down to Nick Coulumb under the banner of Tristarc Bloodstock for A$1.5 million. “It was certainly a huge thrill,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “It’s something that you dream about having a yearling good enough to make a million dollars and to have finally achieved that is very satisfying,” he said. “There was a lot of interest in the colt right from the word go but you just never know what is going to happen until they get into the ring,” he said. “He came up early on the last day but the buyers were there and we have now reached that milestone,” said Brent.

LEFT: The colt sold for A$1.5 million

Owned and operated by the Taylor family since the early nineties, Trelawney has achieved some remarkable success in the sales ring over recent years. “We have sold the likes of Hill Of Grace, Mr Celebrity, Amalfi, Wahid, The Duke and numerous other Group One winners and performers through the sale ring and hopefully this colt will go on to add his name to that list,” said Brent.

Another highlight of the Trelawney draft was the Galileo colt out of Liberty Song that sold for $420,000 to the bid of Woodlands Stud. Owned by Mark and Shelley Treweek, he was purchased for $150,000 as a weanling and also proved to be very popular. “This was a huge result for Mark and Shelley and we were happy to have been a part of it,” said Brent.

Six yearlings were offered under the Trelawney banner with the farm achieving a sale average of $521,000 – fourth on the overall Vendor Average list for three or more yearlings sold. “The Easter Sale is where the cream of the crop are put under the hammer and we always offer a select group of yearlings,” said Brent. “The sale not only brings together the best yearlings in Australasia but also some of the most respected and astute judges of bloodstock from around the world,” he said. “To see two New Zealand farms, ourselves and Haunui, each sell a yearling for over a million dollars at this sale is fantastic and just continues to highlight what high regard New Zealand horses are held in,” he said.

Trelawney - A Strong Presence at Easter
23 Mar 2007Recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading thoroughbred nurseries and yearling vendors, Trelawney Stud will once again be offering an outstanding draft of yearlings at the William Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney in just over three weeks time.

Left: 363 b c Redoute's Choice - National Treasure

Eight yearlings will make the trip across the Tasman from Trelawney in early April. The draft features two colts by Zabeel, one out of a daughter of Alynda and the other out of the imported mare Clavarias whilst Group Three-winner Galapagos Girl will be represented by her first foal, a colt by Fusaichi Pegasus. A filly by Fusaichi Pegasus out of stakes winner Call Me Lily is also in the draft along with a Giant’s Causeway filly out of the American mare Kristique. First crop sire Galileo is represented by a half brother to a stakes winner out of the Last Tycoon mare Liberty Song and rounding out the line up are two sons of Redoute’s Choice— one out of stakes winner National Treasure, a half sister to Ferragamo, and the other out of Group One-winner Star Satire.

“We have been bringing a quality draft of yearlings to the Easter Sale for a number of years and have achieved some great success,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud.

“Our 2002 draft produced Group One-winner Mr Celebrity, Only Words who won four Group races and stakes winner and Group One performer Men At Work,” he said. “In 2003 we sold Group Two-winner Renewable and in 2004 South African Derby-winner Wise Son and Astronomia who raced successfully for Darley in Australia before becoming the first member of Darley’s southern hemisphere racing team to join Godolphin,” says Brent.

“We are always trying to improve the quality of our yearlings and this draft is right up there with the best that we have offered,” said Brent. “The Sydney Easter Sale is a truly international sale and demands nothing less than the highest quality yearlings,” he said.

Group One winners sold by Trelawney Stud in recent times include: Hill Of Grace (NZ) (Zabeel), Amalfi (NZ) (Carnegie), The Mighty Lions (NZ) (Grosvenor), Pernod (NZ) (Centaine), Taatletail (NZ) (Faltaat), Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel) Mr Celebrity (NZ) (Peintre Celebre) Wahid (NZ) (Almutawakel) and The Duke (NZ) (Zabeel).

Trelawney’s 2007 Easter Yearling Draft are available for inspection at the farm at any time or for further information visit or contact the Trelawney Stud office.
Another Successful Sale for Trelawney
08 Feb 2007Karaka 2007 came to a close last Sunday and once again, the Sales Series was a very successful one for Trelawney Stud. This year, Trelawney offered 39 yearlings in the Premier and Select sessions of the New Zealand National Yearling Sales Series with yearlings selling to all corners of the globe including Australia, England, Ireland, Singapore, the Philippines and of course, New Zealand.

The top price of the Trelawney draft was attained by Lot 254, a Redoute’s Choice filly out of the Group Two-winner Luna Tudor who was knocked down to the $600,000 bid of “Cups King” Bart Cummings. “This filly has been a stand out right from day one and we knew that she would be highly sought after,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “It is great to see that one of the best judges in the southern hemisphere also agreed and if anyone can turn her into a champion, Bart Cummings can,” he said.

The yearling sales often bring some nice surprises and one of these was the sale of Lot 102, a Stravinsky colt out of Cornwall Queen. A strong, athletic colt, he exceeded expectations when knocked down to the bid of Mick Price for $260,000. “He was a very nice colt and we knew that he would sell well but it is always nice when a horse exceeds your expectations,” said Brent. “I think it is a true reflection of the competition that is always present for a yearling that is presented well, parades well leading into the sale and has the physical attributes that buyers are looking for,” he said.

Among the yearlings offered under the Trelawney banner at Karaka were eleven colts and fillies by Champion two-year-old and Group One-winner Elusive City (USA) (Elusive Quality). Four of Trelawney’s yearlings by the exciting young sire sold for six figures with a top price of $150,000 paid for three colts – Lot 81 out of Carmel Valley who was purchased by Angus Gold, Lot 99 out of Clinique who was purchased by Gerald Ryan and Lot 542 in the Select Sale out of Flying Finish who was purchased by Kieran Moore.

“We were confident leading into the sale that Elusive City’s progeny would be well sought after,” said Brent. “We had a number of on farm parades leading into the sale and received very positive feedback,” he said. “Elusive City has really stamped his progeny and has left a real line of horses,” he said, “and these were comments that we were receiving leading into and during the sales and it is obviously something buyers like to see,” said Brent.

“Upon reflection, it is very satisfying to see that Trelawney yearlings have been purchased by some of worlds leading agents, trainers and owners hailing from all corners of the globe,” said Brent. “It provides us with every confidence that the thoroughbreds we are breeding at Trelawney can be measured against their equals internationally and obtained by some of the best judges in the world,” he said.

Trelawney Stud has fashioned a reputation for breeding and selling outstanding racehorses and as history has a habit of repeating, there is no doubt that we will see a number of stakes performers emerge from the Trelawney draft of 2007. “Since taking over Trelawney in the early nineties we have produced at least one Group One winner each season,” said Brent. “I’d like to think there will be at least one yearling from this crop that will add their name to that list and continue our history of success,” he said.
First Winner for Van Nistelrooy
03 Jan 2007After a number of impressive trials performers over the last few months, Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) got off the mark at the races yesterday when Vanny Fair (NZ) (ex French Flute) romped away to a two and a quarter length victory at the Wairarapa race meeting.

“She won very nicely,” said trainer Ross Elliot. “She has done everything right from the beginning and even though it was a small field, she won by a good margin and was pulling away from them,” he said. “Chris Johnson rode her and was quite impressed with the performance,” said Ross.

With a third and a first in two trails already under her belt, this race was deemed a good starting point to get a measure on Vanny Fair and Elliot has the New Zealand Bloodstock Classique in mind if all goes well over the next couple of weeks. “By the time we get home it will have been a big trip for her so she will have an easy time over the next few days and then we will go from there,” he said.

Vanny Fair was sold by Trelawney Stud at the 2006 Premier Sale. The fifth foal out of stakes winning-mare French Flute, she is a half sister to two winners and was one of two yearlings by Van Nistelrooy purchased by Jim Simpson at Karaka in 2006, the other being a colt out of Clinique (NZ) (Dance Floor) who is currently in the stable of Noel Mayfield-Smith in Australia.

“We’ve got about six horses in work at the moment and she is the only winner we have had of late so we are very happy,” said Australian-based owner Jim Simpson who was on hand at Karaka last year to purchase the filly. “Although it wasn’t a very strong field she won as she liked which is always good to see,” he said. “The trip away will have been a good experience for her and I’m sure she will improve with the run and if she does line up in the Classique, we will definitely be coming over” he said.

The progeny of Van Nistelrooy were well sought after by the buying bench at the 2006 yearling sales. Six of his progeny sold for over six figures at Karaka while in Australia, his yearlings sold upwards of A$135,000 with a top price of A$220,000.

“It is certainly a good way to start the New Year,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud in reference to Vanny Fair’s victory. “It’s nice to get that first win on the board for Van Nistelrooy – the first of many I’m sure,” he said. “Our earlier expectations were to see some earlier points on the board but once in training, the general consensus from trainers is that they will only get better with time so we are looking forward to the autumn,” he said. “It is also nice to see Jim Simpson getting an early result as he purchased two Van Nistelrooy yearlings off us at the sales in 2006,” said Brent.

2007 sees just under forty yearlings by Van Nistelrooy catalogued for the New Zealand Bloodstock Sales Series. He has just completed his fourth southern hemisphere season at Trelawney Stud and returned to Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in America just last week. “He received solid support from breeders this season on the back of some good talk about his progeny from trainers and breakers,” said Brent. “He has progeny in the leading stables of New Zealand and Australia such as John Hawkes, Stephen McKee, David Hayes, Mark Walker, Gai Waterhouse, Mike Moroney and, Graeme Rogerson and Stephen Autridge and all reports suggest a big year ahead,” he said.

Trelawney Graduate Takes out Hong Kong Mile
11 Dec 2006The Hong Kong International Racemeeting brings together the world’s thoroughbred elite and each year, it has grown in status and internationalisation as the leading stables of the world converge on Hong Kong to chase Group One glory.

With four Group One races on the card, last night it was the Trelawney Stud-graduate The Duke (Aus) (Danehill – Mer Du Sud by Bluebird) who emerged victorious in the G1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m). A starter in this race on three consecutive occasions, the win is certainly deserved after finishing third in his first attempt and second in last year’s rendition.

Regarded by many as one of the world’s toughest mile races, in winning The Duke provided current Hong Kong Trainers Premiership-leader Casper Fownes with his first Group One victory while the official winning time of 1:33.4 was just one tenth outside the Sha Tin track record which has stood for 23 years. “It is just a magic feeling,” said Fownes when asked about training his first Group One winner.

Currently in his fourth season of training in Hong Kong, Casper Fownes spent 18 years as assistant trainer to his father Lawrie before being granted his own training license. “I have shared in the success of some big wins with my father but it is a great result to win such a big race and this horse has been very consistent,” said Casper. “His next target will be the Stewards Cup on the 28th of January and then after that, depending on how he races and how he comes through things, we would look at traveling either to Japan or maybe Australia and target the Mile series,” he said.

The Duke’s win topped off a successful week for Fownes with Trelawney bred horses as another Trelawney graduate in the form of Socrates (NZ) (Zabeel – Oh Sister by Marooned) added to the Fownes tally of winners earlier in the week when he made it two-in-a-row on Wednesday after taking out the HKJC Asia Handicap (1800m) at Happy Valley. “He has had four starts this season for three wins,” said Casper. With seven wins from 25 starts, Socrates was bred and reared by Trelawney Stud and was sold at the 2003 NZB Premier Sale for $190,000. “He is going well at the moment and we will just keep ticking him over and see what happens,” said Casper.

Whilst providing his trainer with a first Group One victory, The Duke also provided his breeder Mark Todd with his first Group One winner as a breeder. “It was a little while ago now but we were looking for a nice quality broodmare and at the time, Coolmore were looking for an eventing horse,” said Mark Todd. “It was the time when we were selling up our eventing horses and moving back to New Zealand,” said Todd. “There were a number of mares to choose from and we asked Brent Taylor from Trelawney to take a look at them and he recommended Mer Du Sud,” he said. “At the time, we didn’t have a farm set-up in New Zealand so the mare foaled down in Australia, was covered by Thunder Gulch and then came back to New Zealand where she went to Trelawney,” said Mark. “The Duke was raised and prepared by Trelawney for the Premier Sale and he was purchased for $200,000 for the Hong Kong International Sale,” he said.

Now with a select broodmare band of seven mares, Mark said the focus is on breeding at the quality end of the market. “We have a few mares in partnership with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and his farm Watership Downs,” said Mark. “One of those mares is Chablis whose first foal is Pinot Grigio,” he said. “We also have a half sister to The Duke, a daughter of Almutawakel called Izzaz. She is still racing but she will eventually join the broodmare band but we will try and pick up a nice race with her before then,” said Mark.

The Duke’s victory on the international stage continues Trelawney Stud’s trend of raising and selling thoroughbreds that can compete at the highest level. This season has already seen two Group Two-winners carry the Trelawney brand to success in the form of Sandown Guineas-winner Sender (NZ) (Keeper) and Counties Cup-winner Chettak (NZ) (Almutawakel). “Each season for the last ten years we have bred, raised or sold a Group One winner,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “Breeding Group One horses is what we all set out to do but achieving the result is a completely different thing and involves so many steps along the way,” he said. “In this case, The Duke was bred by Mark and Carolyn Todd – people we have had a long association with – and it is great that we were involved in assisting them to breed and sell their first Group One winner and I’m sure there will be more to come,” said Brent.
News From the Trelawney Broodmare Band
03 Nov 2006As with many studs at this time of the year, Trelawney Stud now has a majority of its 2006 foal crop on the ground. Trelawney is home to an elite broodmare band of just under fifty mares and some of the notable arrivals include:

Ch filly ex Astralita (Aus) (Kenny’s Best Pal). Astralita is a Group Two winner and the dam of stakes performer Astronomia who is now in the Godolphin stable. She has a filly foal at foot by Johar and has been covered by Savabeel.

Bay colt ex Baroness Britney (Aus) (Barathea A winner at two and half sister to stakes winners Latin Quarter and Elected, Baroness Britney has a colt at foot by Fastnet Rock and is in foal to Lohnro.

Br filly ex Exquisitely (Aus) (Snippets) Purchased at the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale in June, Exquisitely foaled a brown filly by Redoute’s Choice and is in foal to Stratum.

Br colt ex Kristique (USA) (Kris S) A daughter of four-time G1 winner Nastique and half sister to stakes winners Nobo Brush and Thunder Kitten, she has a brown colt by Fusaichi Pegasus at foot and is in foal to General Nediym.

Bay filly ex Love Mary (GB) (Soviet Star) From the family of Storm Cat, she has a bay filly by Zabeel at foot and will return to Zabeel this spring.

Bay filly ex Luna Tudor (Aus) (Military Plume) A Group Two winner and winner of 10, she foaled a bay filly by Fastnet Rock this season.

Br filly ex Maybe Yes (Aus) (Last Tycoon) The dam of G1 Avondale Cup-winner The Mighty Lions, she recently foaled a brown filly by Savabeel and will be covered by Duelled this season.

Bay filly ex Party Queen (NZ) (Gold Brose) A Group winner and multiple stakes performer, Party Queen foaled a bay filly by Elusive City in September and is in foal to Pins.

Bay colt ex Pernod (NZ) (Centaine) A G1 winner over 1400m in Australia from the family of Eastern Joy, Piachay and Russian Pearl, Pernod produced her second foal this spring, a bay colt by Zabeel.

Bay colt ex Real Success (Aus) (Success Express) A Group Two-winner and the dam of Queensland Oaks-winner Vouvray, she foaled a full brother to Vouvray in October, a bay colt by Zabeel and will visit O’Reilly.

Black filly ex Sustaad (NZ) (Kaapstad) A Group Three-winner, Sustaad foaled a black filly by Savabeel and will be covered by Elusive City this spring.

Br colt ex Tutuland (Fr) (Green Desert) A daughter of stakes placed Irish River mare Egine, Tutuland is from the family of European Champion Older Horse Air De Cour. Imported from France by Trelawney, she produced her first foal this spring, a brown colt by Danzero and is in foal to Snitzel.

In other news, two mares to join the Trelawney broodmare band this spring were Queensland Oaks-winner Vouvray (NZ (Zabeel) and Group Two-winner Mistrale (NZ) (Volksraad). Both mares visited Flying Spur in early September and are in foal. Another addition has been five-time Australian metropolitan winner Rationalize who has been covered by Fastnet Rock.

Rationaine (NZ) (Centaine), dam of VRC Derby-winner Amalfi is safely in foal to Encosta de Lago while Carmel Valley (Aus) (Last Tycoon) has been covered by Savabeel.
Van Nistelrooy Colt the Talk of Tattersalls
12 Oct 2006The sole yearling by Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) entered in the Tattersalls October yearling sale fetched a price of 90,000 guineas yesterday. The equivalent of just over NZ$265,000, the colt was purchased by John Warren.

“I purchased the colt in the USA last year as a weanling and brought him over here to sell at this sale,” said Cathy Grassick, niece of Coolmore Ireland’s Manager Christie Grassick and perhaps privy to some inside information when it comes to this young stallion. “There was a lot of talk about him around the sale ground as he is very much like his sire Van Nistelrooy to look at,” she said. “As a type he impressed and I couldn’t be happier with the result,” said Cathy.

The colt’s dam, Miss Valedictorian (USA) (With Approval) was a six-time winner in the USA and was placed on a further 12 occasions. She is a half sister to six other winners including the stakes performer Brightwood (USA) (Dynaformer) and slightly further back in the pedigree you see the likes of VRC Derby-winner Helenus (Aus) (Helissio) and stakes winner Atomic Flash (Aus) (Geiger Counter).

A Group Two-winner and Group One-placed at two, Van Nistelrooy is currently serving his fourth season at Trelawney Stud in New Zealand. His first crop of yearlings in the southern hemisphere made an impact in the sales ring with a half dozen six-figure colts at Karaka and all horses sold at auction in Australia selling for over A$135,000 with a top price of A$220,000.

Of his first southern hemisphere crop which are now two-year-olds, Van Nistelrooy has already had a trials winner in the form of Bella Renza (NZ). “Van Nistelrooy has been represented at most of the major yearling sales around the world now,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “At each one, he has had a number of stand outs but more importantly, it has been pleasing to see the people that have actually signed for the lots,” he said. “He’s taken the next step with having a trials winner, the reports we are receiving from trainers are very positive and it is just a matter of time before we start seeing the desired results on the track,” he said.

Van Nistelrooy stands for a fee of NZ$10,000 + GST.
Van Nistelrooy colt tops Keeneland on Sunday
26 Sep 2006The second to last session at Keeneland on Sunday saw a son of Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) heading the final day’s figures as the top priced lot. Consigned by Upson Downs Farm as agent, the colt sold for US$75,000 to the bid of Sam Semkin acting as agent for Jon Kelly.

Out of the unraced mare Meadowfold (USA) (Meadowlake), the colt’s second dam is the multiple stakes winner Twofold (USA) (Timeless Moment) whose progeny include, Mandarin Star (USA) (Personal Hope) – a stakes winner in Japan - and the Gr. 3 place getter O’Star (USA) (Risen Star). Twofold is herself a half sister to multiple Gr 2 winner Miss Musket (USA) (Gunflint) and stakes winner Arctic Action (USA) (Icecapade).

Earlier in the week, the first Van Nistelrooy offered fetched US$90,000 to the bid of Gold Mark Farm. A grey filly consigned by Summerfield, she was out of a daughter of Unbridled’s Song (USA) (Unbridled) in Song of Royalty (USA) and is a half sister to two-year-old winner Silver Fox (USA) (Kelly Kip).

Other sale highlights for the son of Storm Cat included a colt sold by Paramount Sales for US$62,000 and a filly out of the stakes placed Irish River-mare Sheer Quality (USA) that sold for US$50,000.

“Van Nistelrooy’s yearlings sold well at the Fasig Tipton Sale earlier in the year and it is pleasing to see that his progeny are also attracting attention at Keeneland,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “His first crop of yearlings sold very well in both New Zealand and Australia and we are constantly receiving good reports from trainers in regard to their temperaments, the way they have adapted to the training environment and more importantly the ability that they have shown to date,” said Brent. “The next step is to turn these reports into positive results on the track and all going well, these won’t be too far away,” he said.

Van Nistelrooy stands at Trelawney Stud for a fee of NZ$10,000 + GST this season.
Bruce Wallace Enthusiastic about Progeny of Van Nistelrooy
08 Sep 2006Bruce Wallace has four two-year-olds in his stable by Group Two-winning two-year-old Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) with an even split of colts and fillies. As the trainer of one of last season’s leading two-year-olds in Royal Pericles (NZ) (Stravinksy), he has already formed a high opinion of the Van Nistelrooy’s.

“They all have great temperaments and handle the stable environment well. I’m extremely impressed with them,” said Bruce. “As yearlings, I obviously liked them as types to have purchased four – they remind me a bit of the Stravinsky’s actually. I expect my lot to be ready to start trialing at the beginning of October and I would be disappointed if they don’t make serious racehorses,” he said.

“The two colts that I have aren’t owned in New Zealand so I’m not sure if they will race here or not but the two fillies I have will be racing here and I certainly don’t mind that. The filly out of Tristaad has particularly impressed me, she wasn’t a big filly when I purchased her at the sales and she was one of the last to be broken in but, she has certainly grown into a very nice style of filly and she’s not small anymore!” he said.

“I certainly wouldn’t hesitate purchasing more horses by Van Nistelrooy this year,” said Bruce.

Van Nistelrooy will have his first starter in the first two-year-old race of the season at Wanganui tomorrow. Trained by the successful Rogerson-Autridge combination, the filly, named Bella Renza, came up trumps two weeks ago at the Taupo trials and it is hoped she can get Van Nistelrooy off to a great start.

“People tend to think that to get two-year-olds ready for these early races, you really have to wind them up,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “What is pleasing to hear about the progeny of Van Nistelrooy is that, the ones that have shown a natural tendency to be early types, have just done it all themselves and have come to the fore without a lot of pressure,” he said.

“What happens tomorrow who knows? But, to have one of his progeny lining up is certainly very pleasing for Trelawney and our partners in the horse and from the reports we are getting, we are looking forward to seeing more Van Nistelrooy’s stepping out over the next couple of months,” he said.
Trials Winner for Van Nistelrooy
22 Aug 2006Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) is among the first season sires to have two-year-olds hitting the track this season and he couldn’t have got off to a better start with his first trialist coming up trumps at Taupo earlier today. Trained by the dynamic duo of Graeme Rogerson and Stephen Autridge, a Van Nistelrooy filly, named Bella Renza, claimed the second of the 750m two-year-old heats winning well within herself according to co-trainer Stephen Autridge.

“She did everything perfectly and Opie Bosson was very impressed with her,” said Stephen Autridge after the trial. “Throughout her whole preparation she has done everything right and today she went out there like she had done it all before so we have any number of options open to us,” he said.

Bella Renza’s connections to the Rogerson stable run deep with long time Office Manager Denise Howell the owner of the filly after purchasing her privately as a weanling. “We arranged the purchase of the filly for Denise,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “Its early days but its great to see she has done everything right so far and with the types that Van Nistelrooy has left, we’re hoping to see more of his two-year-olds hitting the tracks in the months ahead,” said Brent.

Another Van Nistelrooy filly from the Rogerson/Autridge stable who will be stepping out to the trials in the not too distant future has already been named Shooting Star. Purchased at the Karaka Premier Sale for $95,000 from the draft of Wellfield Lodge, Autridge has already established a high opinion of the filly.

“She has been well liked since the day we bought her and she is as nice a filly as Bella Renza,” said Stephen. “She is about three weeks behind Bella Renza in her preparation,” he said.

The phrase “Opportunity is Everything” has been used by Trelawney Stud to promote Van Nistelrooy this season and Brent Taylor is confident these words will ring true in the very near future.

“After a great start in the sales ring, Van Nistelrooy has now had his first trials winner which is another step in the right direction and we are confident that the combination of the mares he has covered, the buyers who have purchased his first crop, and the stables that these horses are now in, will all come together to produce the results where it counts most – on the racetrack,” he said.

Van Nistelrooy stands at Trelawney Stud in 2006 for a fee of NZ$10,000 + GST. For more information please contact Brent Taylor 021 949 644 or Shannon Taylor 0212 855 513. He will be paraded at Haunui Farm on Sunday 27th August at 4pm and will also be paraded at his home base, Trelawney Stud on Sunday 3rd September as part of the Waikato Stallion Tour at 11.45am.
Freedman to Train Van Nistelrooy - Ethereal filly
14 Aug 2006One of Australia’s most successful thoroughbred trainers has been selected to carve out the racing career of a filly who will have every expectation placed upon her. Lee Freedman has been assigned the task of preparing the two-year-old filly by Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) out of Caulfield and Melbourne Cup-winner Ethereal (NZ) Rhythm) who will race in the colours of her dam.

Owned by Peter and Philip Vela’s Pencarrow Stud, this filly is yet to be named but has some mighty big shoes to fill. “The Ethereal filly has been one of the biggest improvers of our two-year-olds,” said Leon Casey, Manager of Pencarrow Stud. “She has been broken in and has been back in pre-training for her second preparation,” he said. “She’ll be sent across to Australia when we think she is ready,” said Leon.

Van Nistelrooy - Ethereal filly

Pencarrow Stud has a long history of producing outstanding racehorses with the likes of Romanee Conti, Riverina Charm, Grand Echezeaux, Sarwatch and of course Ethereal to name but a few to carry the blue and white hooped colours of Peter and Philip Vela to victory.

Established as a boutique breeding operation with some of Australasia’s leading families represented among the mares grazing in the paddocks, Pencarrow has a large investment in the New Zealand thoroughbred industry, not only through their mares and racing stock, but also stallions.

One of six New Zealand stud farms to secure the services of Van Nistelrooy upon his retirement from racing, Pencarrow has sent a number of their best mares to the young sire over the last three years, Ethereal obviously one of them.

Three other Van Nistelrooy fillies from his first crop have been retained for racing by the Vela’s and their trainers have also been selected. A filly out of Georgiana (NZ) (Nassipour), a half sister to multiple Group One-winner Star Dancer will also head across the Tasman to be trained by none other than David Hayes while the other two fillies will remain in New Zealand.

The filly out of Latino L’amour (Ire) (Diesis), from the family of Danehill Dancer, will join the Richard Yuill stable while Mark Todd will train the daughter of Group Three-winner Cheerful (NZ) (Star Way).

“Peter generally comes up with a list of trainers for each horse and then we work through it depending on the individual horse as some of them are better suited to certain environments than others,” said Leon.

Mares penciled in to visit Van Nistelrooy this season from the Pencarrow broodmare band include Pavan (NZ) (Centaine) who was placed second in both the New Zealand and Australasian Oaks, Sadler’s Wells-mare Kwan (Ire), Concert Party (Aus) (Thunder Gulch), a half sister to stakes placed two-year-old Empire’s Choice (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice) and Fern (GB) (Shirley Heights).

Van Nistelrooy stands at Trelawney Stud for a fee of NZ$10,000 + GST.
Trelawney Sells Well at Broodmare Sale
08 Aug 2006The 2006 National Broodmare Sale was completed yesterday at Karaka. 23 horses went through the ring under the Trelawney Stud umbrella with 21 of the 23 finding new homes “We had a number of nice mares in the sale on behalf of ourselves and clients and it was certainly a pleasing result to achieve that sort of clearance rate at what was a pretty tough sale with terrible weather conditions,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud.

Trelawney accounted for seven of the top 15 lots over the two day sale, heading the list with the imported mare Angel Layne (USA) (Grindstone) who fetched $135,000 to the bid of Stuart Munro who purchased her on behalf of David Bentata. “That mare was owned by a very good client of ours, Debora Ho, so it is a good result for her,” said Brent. From a family of black type producers, Angel Layne is in foal to Trelawney stallion Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) and has returned to Trelawney where she will remain until mating plans for the 2006 season have been finalised.

Other mares to feature in the top fifteen from the Trelawney draft included Lot 149, Dolce Veloce (Aus) (Integra) who was purchased by Peter Lavin of Queensland for $90,000. Peter also purchased Fiordland (NZ) (Stylish Century) for $55,000 with the mares in foal to Elusive City (USA) (Elusive Quality) and Van Nistelrooy respectively. French Resistence (Aus) (Peintre Celebre) also fetched $55,000 to the bid of Dean Thoroughbreds in Victoria while Last Tycoon mare Louvain and Zabeel mare Island Pearl both reached the $50,000 mark. Louvain was purchased by Neil Ridley while Island Pearl was one of two purchases from the Trelawney draft by Korean agency United Bloodstock.

“A number of the mares that we offered were purely in the sale because our broodmare band at Trelawney has increased in size and we want to retain it at between 40 and 50 high quality mares,” said Brent. “We have purchased a number of mares over the last few years and with some of our racing fillies also retiring to stud, the numbers began to creep up from where we want them to be,” he said. “So with this in mind, I am sure that buyers who have purchased from our draft will derive some great benefits in the future with the progeny the mares are carrying and in years to come and we wish them the best of luck,” he said.

With his first southern hemisphere crop of foals just two-year-olds, exciting times are ahead for Van Nistelrooy who has just returned to Trelawney Stud for his fourth season. Nine mares were sold through the sale ring at Karaka in foal to Van Nistelrooy with an average of just under $43,000, the top price being $135,000 paid for Angel Layne. “We have been receiving a number of good reports on Van Nistelrooy’s first crop and we had a number of buyers wanting mares specifically in foal to him,” said Brent. “It was also good to see mares in foal to our other stallion, Elusive City, who we are also involved with, selling well too,” said Brent. The average price for a mare carrying an Elusive City foal was just under $30,000.

Van Nistelrooy stands at Trelawney Stud in 2006 for a fee of NZ$10,000 + GST while Elusive City will stand at Haunui Farm in 2006 at NZ$8,000 + GST.
Van Nistelrooy Yearlings Sell in Kentucky
31 Jul 2006July signaled the start to the major yearling sales season in the USA with the Fasig Tipton July Select Yearling Sale held in Kentucky on the 17th and 18th of July.

With a catalogue of more than 400 yearlings, there were a number of first season sires represented, one of these being Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) who returns to Trelawney Stud in 2006 for his fourth southern hemisphere season.

As in New Zealand, Van Nistelrooy has been well received by Kentucky breeders and in his debut season at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in the USA, covered a large book of mares including 34 stakes class or stakes producing mares by the likes of Danzig, Alydar, Be My Guest, Red Ransom and Crafty Prospector.

Four colts and a filly from this resultant crop were sold through the ring at Fasig Tipton two weeks ago attaining an average of US$72,000 (NZ$$115,000). A top price of US$125,000 (NZ$200,000) was paid by Sabine Stable for a Van Nistelrooy colt out of the stakes placed mare Craftimae (USA) (Crafty Prospector) whilst a filly out of Parish Business (USA) (Phone Trick) consigned by Eaton Sales was knocked down for US$75,000 (NZ$120,000). Already named Ease and Comfort (USA), she is from the family of 13-time winner and multiple stakes winner Mr Sinatra (USA) (Mining).

“Van Nistelrooy has made an impact in the yearling sales ring in both hemispheres,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “In the southern hemisphere we had some of the best judges in Australasia putting their hands up for his progeny – buyers such as Kieran Moore, John Hawkes, Paul Moroney and Ginger Tankard – and certainly in the north it is good to see some big owners such as Sabine Stable purchasing his progeny,” he said. “With the Keeneland Sale coming up in September, there is definitely a lot more to come,” said Brent.

Van Nistelrooy began stud duty in New Zealand in 2003 covering some of the best broodmares in the country including Caulfield and Melbourne Cup-winner Ethereal (NZ) (Rhythm). This resultant crop entered Australasian yearling sales rings for the first time in 2006 with a top price of A$220,000 paid by Paul Moroney at the Sydney Easter Sale for a colt out of Group One winner and Champion Sprinter/Miler Coogee Walk (NZ) (Success Express).

Van Nistelrooy’s New Zealand yearling sales results netted him an average of just under $75,000 at the Premier Sale, headed by a colt from the Pencarrow draft out of Sadler’s Wells mare Dance My Dance (Ire) who fetched NZ$160,000 to the bid of David Ellis. The select sale saw Van Nistelrooy head the first season sires list with an average of just over $45,000 whilst at the Sydney Easter Sale, he averaged over A$186, 000 placing him fourth on the first season sires list there.

“We have been keeping tabs on some of Van Nistelrooy’s rising two-year-olds and the more we talk to people, the more we are looking forward to his first progeny hitting the track,” said Brent. “A major factor coming through is their temperaments with breakers and trainers commenting how well the Van Nistelrooy’s have handled everything and how they have taken to the stable environment – that’s a great asset to start out with,” he said. “He has left some precocious types so we are certainly looking forward to the new season with confidence and I’m sure we will see some early runners by the horse,” said Brent.

Van Nistelrooy arrived in New Zealand earlier this week and is currently in quarantine in preparation for his fourth southern hemisphere season. He stands at Trelawney Stud for a fee of $10,000 + GST.
High Hopes for Van Nistelrooy Colts
24 Jul 2006Ron and Judi Wanless have had some outstanding success on the racetrack over the last eight or so years.

Based in Queensland, they have built up their racing team now having between 25 and 30 horses in work at a time with a number of Australia’s leading trainers including Peter Moody, Gai Waterhouse, John Hawkes and Gerald Ryan.

“I like to spread my horses between selected trainers and we have had a great deal of success and enjoyment over the years,” said Ron. Horses like VRC Derby-winner Amalfi (NZ) (Carnegie), Queensland Guineas-winner Regent Street (NZ) (Carnegie), Lightning Stakes-winner Golden Snitch (Aus) (Unbridled’s Song), Tasmanian Derby-winner Moonah Brooke (NZ) (Kingdom Bay), Inglis Classic-winner Absolutelyfabulous (Aus) (Langfuhr) and multiple stakes-winner and performer Bridal Hill (Aus) (Unbridled’s Song) have all been raced in the ownership of the Wanless’, and with the continued purchase of young stock, there is sure to be more success in the years ahead.

“We have 18 rising two-year-olds, some we have bred but a majority have been purchased from yearling sales throughout Australasia,” said Ron. It was through the yearling sales ring that Ron purchased four yearlings by Trelawney Stud’s exciting young sire Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat).

At Karaka 2006, Ron took a liking to the progeny of Van Nistelrooy purchasing four colts at the select sale through bloodstock agent Kieran Moore including a $120,000 colt out of the Sir Tristram mare Debora (NZ). “I have great hopes for them” says Ron of his Van Nistelrooy’s. “I obviously liked them as types – they are strong and athletic,” he said.

One thing these four colts (along with Ron’s other purchases of 2006) won’t lack is opportunity. “I like to put my horses into leading stables and Peter Moody, Gerald Ryan, John Hawkes and Alan Bailey will all get one of these colts,” said Ron.

“They have all been broken in and pre-trained and we bought types that will go reasonably early all going well,” said Ron. “What has really come through is the fantastic temperaments that they all have,” he said.

Apart from a large racing team, the Wanless’ have started the development of a small but select band of broodmares. Judi Wanless, an ex-pat Kiwi and supporter of all things New Zealand shares her husband’s liking of Van Nistelrooy having sent a mare to him in each of his three seasons at stud so far.

“I think Van Nistelrooy will be a sensational sire and I’d be very disappointed if of the four I have purchased, one doesn’t turn out to be a very, very good horse,” said Ron. “In the last eight years only two horses that I’ve purchased haven’t won – one had a heart attack and the other got navicular disease after being placed so that’s not a bad record,” he said.

Van Nistelrooy is set to return to Trelawney Stud in August to commence his fourth Southern Hemisphere season. “His yearling sales results were very pleasing and the reports from breakers and trainers is giving us a lot of confidence,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “Van Nistelrooy’s first crop of Northern Hemisphere yearlings head to the Keeneland Sale in September so that will be another milestone in his career as a sire but what we’re looking forward to most is the new season and the prospects of some of his first crop two-year-olds down here,” he said.

Van Nistelrooy will stand at Trelawney in 2006 for a fee of NZ$10,000 + GST.
More Success for Moody with Trelawney Graduate
10 Jul 2006Caulfield trainer Peter Moody tasted his first Group One victory with a horse carrying the Trelawney Stud brand when Amalfi (NZ) (Carnegie – Rationaine by Centaine) claimed the 2001 VRC Derby (2500m). Purchased by Kieran Moore at the 2000 Premier Sale for $110,000, Amalfi was raced by Ron and Judi Wanless and helped to cement Moody’s place as one of Victoria’s leading trainers after his move to Caulfield from Queensland.

On Saturday, Moonloushe (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe – Hula Lei by Sir Tristram) brought to life the possibility of becoming the second VRC Derby-winner to be trained by Moody after putting in a winning performance at Flemington that gave every indication he could have what it takes to take out the blue riband event. “He showed us a little bit early but he has furnished into a nice horse this preparation,” said Moody. “I’ve got a feeling that he might measure up to the Spring,” he said in an article written by Bill Saunders that appeared on ThoroughbredNews.

Trained by Moody, owned by Ron and Judi Wanless along with Moody’s wife Sarah, Moonloushe, like Amalfi, also carries the famous Trelawney Stud brand on his near shoulder.

“Ron and Judi Wanless have bought a number of horses from us over the years and there is nothing better than seeing great supporters of the farm achieve success at the highest level with horses that have either been bred or raised here at Trelawney,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud, referring to Amalfi’s VRC Derby victory. “It would certainly be uncanny if the same combination were to achieve similar success with Moonloushe,” he said.

Moody’s success with horses carrying the Trelawney brand is not limited to Amalfi and Moonloushe. Another star of the Moody stable to carry the same brand was Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel – Real Success by Success Express) who, after winning the Queensland Oaks (2400m) for Paul O’Sullivan before his move to Hong Kong, was transferred to the Moody stable and went on the following spring to finish second in the Group One Tancred Stakes, fourth in the Group One Caulfield Cup and second in the Group One MacKinnon Stakes. Vouvray also went on to claim a further four stakes placings including two at Group One level before being retired to join the Trelawney broodmare band earlier this year.

Moonloushe’s victory on Saturday and the high regard he is obviously held in by Moody is a good sign for Black Minnaloushe (USA) (Storm Cat) who got his Southern Hemisphere career off to a great start with Dual Group One-winning two-year-old Joker’s Wild (NZ). Not only have Trelawney been able to capitalise on that success by breeding a possible VRC Derby contender but, it bodes well for the future success at stud of another son of Storm Cat in Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) who is set to return to Trelawney for his fifth season 2006. “The success of Black Minnaloushe helped to give us confidence to bring Van Nistelrooy back to New Zealand as it showed that the Storm Cat sire-line could be successful down here,” said Brent. “He was also well received in the yearling sales ring and reports from buyers and trainers are that his progeny have all broken in well showing good, even temperaments,” he said.

“Kieran Moore purchased four yearlings by Van Nistelrooy from our draft this year, all of which will be raced by Ron and Judi Wanless and some will be trained by Peter Moody as well so here is hoping that Moonloushe can go on to bigger and better things from here and who knows, they might have a starter in the 2007 VRC Derby by Van Nistelrooy!” said Brent.
South African Success for Trelawney
04 Jul 2006Trelawney Stud graduate Wise Son (Aus) (Montjeu – Wise Lass by Straight Strike) staked his claim as one of South Africa’s leading three-year-olds claiming victory in the Group Two Gold Vase (3000m) at Greyville over the weekend.

Trained by South African maestro Mike De Kock, the three-year-old ran home strongly down the centre of the track in his first attempt over the 3000m distance hauling in rank outsider Medicine Man and race favourite Magical Ballad with less than a neck separating these first three past the post.

Already Group One placed in the South African Classic (1800m) earlier in the season, Wise Son now boasts a race record of three wins, a second and two thirds from only eleven starts with over R300,000 in the bank for his owners L Jaffee, B Kantor and Mrs Dayle Kantor.

Born and raised at Trelawney Stud, Wise Son was bred by Philip Newman of Otorohanga in the Waikato and was sold through the Trelawney draft at the 2004 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale where he was purchased by Dominion Bloodstock for A$160,000.
Van Nistelrooy Attracts Big Buyers
22 Jun 2006We all know the hype and expectation that has surrounded the Easter Yearling Sale for the last number of years and 2006 was no different dominated by the big guns who admittedly achieved success to levels that were possibly once thought unattainable. With 12 horses exceeding the million dollar mark, it makes you wonder to what level the market will continue to sustain such heights – long may it continue.

First season sires are always a hot topic when the sales series’ come about and when you look at the results of Easter, the expected stars are at the top of the list with the might and power of Australasia’s biggest studs behind them. If you were to look at the top five, four of them were definitely predictable, the list headed by Elusive Quality (USA) (Gone West), Rock of Gibraltar (Ire) (Danehill) and Hussonet (USA) (Mr Prospector) respectively. For many, the fourth name on the list would have been somewhat of a surprise.

Van Nistelrooy (USA (Storm Cat) cemented his position at number four finishing ahead of the likes of Choisir (AUS) (Danehill Dancer) and Johannesburg (USA) (Hennessey) with a sale average of $186,667.

A Group Two winner at two and also Group One placed in the same season, Van Nistelrooy was a US$6.4 million yearling and 2006 saw the emergence of his first southern hemisphere crop in the sales ring. He began his stud career at New Zealand’s Trelawney Stud in 2003 at a service fee of $15,000 + GST.

Van Nistelrooy’s Easter Sale average was anything but average, with a top price of $220,000 paid by New Zealand agent Paul Moroney for a colt out of the outstanding race mare Coogee Walk (NZ) (Success Express). A surprise package was definitely the Van Nistelrooy colt out of Pan For Glitter (USA) (Crafty Prospector) who fetched $180,000 to the bid of John Hawkes while Kris Lees purchased the first foal out of multiple Group-winner Gordon’s (NZ) (Kaapstad) for $160,000.

“Van Nistelrooy is brought to New Zealand by a partnership including ourselves, Chequers Stud, Curraghmore Stud, Fairdale Stud, Haunui Farm and Pencarrow Stud,” said Brent Taylor, Managing Director of Trelawney. “Because of this, he has covered some of the best mares that New Zealand has to offer,” he said. “His sales results in New Zealand were very pleasing with half a dozen six-figure yearlings and he was the leading first season sire in the Select Sale,” said Brent. “We wanted to sell some of his progeny in Australia and he had one yearling sell at the Gold Coast for $135,000 and then we along with Haunui Farm, brought a few across to Easter as well and the results have really paid off,” said Brent. “The follow up from that is that people have obviously taken note of the type of horse that Van Nistelrooy is leaving and his sales results have also generated a certain amount of interest which is a real positive,” he said.

One Australian who took an obvious liking to the progeny of Van Nistelrooy is leading bloodstock agent Kieran Moore who signed on the dotted line for four yearlings by the young son of Storm Cat (USA) (Storm Bird) at Karaka. “As types, they all had good bone, were well grown and were very good moving horses,” said Kieran. “Hopefully we have picked the right ones as he will definitely leave runners,” he said.

Another prominent Australian-based purchaser of Van Nistelrooy progeny was Steve Brem, former Racing Manager for the Gai Waterhouse stable who was, during his time there, an integral part of the yearling selection team. It has been previously stated that at Karaka, the Van Nistelrooy’s came out on top of his ratings, a stamp of approval that should be noted.

“It is obviously very important for New Zealand studs to get progeny by their stallions into some of the best stables in Australia,” said Brent. “And it’s even better when you see some of the best judges putting their hands up and securing a number of lots,” he said. With progeny set to hit the stables of John Hawkes, Gai Waterhouse, Peter Moody, Kris Lees and Joseph Pride, Van Nistelrooy’s two-year-olds will be footing it with the best.

“For a stallion to be successful in the sales arena, you definitely need success in Australia as at the end of the day, it’s our largest export market and as much as we probably hate to admit it, for a sire’s progeny to be highly sought after in our sales ring, performance in Australia is a key requirement,” said Brent.

It was announced at the beginning of June that Van Nistelrooy will be returning to New Zealand for a fourth season and like every other stallion with rising two-year-olds, he is at the crossroads. “Every stallion goes through this phase and it is the most difficult,” says Brent. “Everybody wants to see some early results and we are lucky with Van Nistelrooy in the fact that the types he has left will ensure some early runners,” he said.

“We have worked hard to secure Van Nistelrooy for the current season and we and our partners have shown a lot of faith in the horse and will continue to support him with some of our best mares,” said Brent.

Out of the Halo mare Halory, Van Nistelrooy is a half brother to four stakes winners and two stakes performers including Brushed Halory (USA) (Broad Brush) whose two-year-old colt by Storm Cat fetched US$2.2 million at the Fasig Tipton Juvenile Auction earlier this year – the colt is now part of Sheik Mohammed’s racing team. Van Nistelrooy was the winner of three of his six starts at two and placed on a further two occasions including the Group One National Stakes and the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes.

Van Nistelrooy stands at Trelawney in 2006 for a fee of NZ$10,000 + GST and if his sales results are anything to go by, and he can achieve some early success on the racetrack, he could well be one of the best value sires of the 2006 breeding season.

Van Nistelrooy to Return to NZ
26 May 2006Trelawney Stud and our partners in Van Nistelrooy (USA) Chequers Stud, Curraghmore Stud, Fairdale Stud, Haunui Farm, and Pencarrow Stud, are delighted to announce that the son of Storm Cat (USA) (Storm Bird) will be returning to New Zealand in 2006 for his fourth southern hemisphere season.

A Group Two winner at two and also Group One placed in the same season, Van Nistelrooy was a US$6.4 million yearling and 2006 saw the emergence of his first southern hemisphere crop in the sales ring. With a sale average of just over $74,000 at the Karaka Premier sale, Van Nistelrooy had six yearlings surpass the $100,000 mark throughout the entire sales series and was in fact the leading first season sire at the increasingly strong Select Sale where his average was just over $45,000.

Australian bloodstock agent Kieran Moore led the charge for Van Nistelrooy yearlings in New Zealand purchasing four including a $120,000 colt out of Debora (NZ) (Sir Tristram). All four of these horses were purchased for Ron Wanless who engages the best trainers in Australia to take care of his racing interests. Steve Brem, former racing manager for Gai Waterhouse, was another to pay six figures for a Van Nistelrooy yearling – a filly out of Talaga who has been broken in and sent to Australia to join the stable of Joseph Pride. “Shopping for a filly at Karaka I became impressed with the quality of the Van Nistelrooy’s, they came out at the top of my ratings” said Steve Brem. “I was over the moon to purchase the Talaga filly who has since broken in brilliantly and I was also the under bidder on the colt out of Coogee Walk at the Easter Sale. They look like real athletes,” he said.

Five yearlings by Van Nistelrooy were also offered at sales across the Tasman firstly at the Magic Millions Sale in January and then, the record breaking William Inglis and Son Easter Yearling Sale, all of which were knocked down for more than $135,000. In total, Van Nistelrooy’s Australian sold yearlings averaged just under $175,000, with a top price of $220,000 paid by Paul Moroney whose buying record to date shows the purchase of 19 individual G1 winners.

Out of the outstanding race mare Coogee Walk (NZ) (Success Express), this colt is a representative of the fine book of mares Van Nistelrooy served in his first season, and subsequent season’s at stud, including the likes of Ethereal, La Suffragette (dam of dual G1 winner Railings), multiple Group winner Gordon’s, and Midnight Madam (the dam of Perlin) among others.

In total, 53 yearlings by Van Nistelrooy were sold through the yearling sales ring in 2005 with at least 16 of these purchased directly for Australia. “It is pleasing for us to see a number of his progeny heading to our major export market of Australia which is very important,” said Brent. With progeny in the stables of trainers such as John Hawkes, Gai Waterhouse, Kris Lees, Joseph Pride, Mike Moroney, Peter Moody, Mark Walker, Trevor McKee, Graeme Rogerson and Stephen Autridge, Van Nistelrooy will have every opportunity to get some early runners from his first crop.

“We were obviously very pleased with the way the market received the Van Nistelrooy yearlings throughout the major sales this year,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “Trelawney, along with our partners have shown great faith in the horse by sending some of our best mares to him and we have worked very hard to ensure that he would return to New Zealand in 2006,” he said.

“Not only were we buoyed by his success in the sales ring and the people who purchased his yearlings, but we were also well aware of the recent success of the Storm Cat sire line in New Zealand through Black Minnaloushe and his dual Group One-winner Jokers Wild,” said Brent. “With the type of horse that Van Nistelrooy has left, and the early reports from breakers, we are looking forward to turning the talk into results in the coming season,” he said.

Out of the Halo mare Halory (USA) (Halo), Van Nistelrooy is a half brother to four stakes winners and two stakes performers including Brushed Halory (USA) (Broad Brush) whose two-year-old colt by Storm Cat fetched US$2.2 million at the Fasig Tipton Juvenile Auction earlier this year – the colt is now part of Sheik Mohammed’s racing team. Van Nistelrooy was the winner of three of his six starts at two and placed on a further two occasions including the Group One National Stakes and the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes.

As well as standing at Trelawney in the southern hemisphere, Van Nistelrooy is currently serving his third season at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky. “The quality of Van Nistelrooy’s southern hemisphere yearlings is very good and we are happy to support New Zealand breeders and encourage them to use him in the coming season,” said Michael Kirwan, General Manager of Coolmore Australia. “His northern hemisphere progeny are of the same quality so we are looking forward to a big future for Van Nistelrooy in both hemispheres,” he said.

Van Nistelrooy will stand the 2006 season at Trelawney Stud for a fee of NZ$10,000 + GST with live goal guarantee. For further information, please contact Brent Taylor (+64 21 949 644) or Shannon Taylor (+64 212 855 513).
Vouvtray Retired to Stud
23 May 2006It has been announced today by Trelawney Stud that Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel) will be retired from racing.

The winner of the Group One Queensland Oaks (2400m) in her classic season, Vouvray came back stronger than ever at four putting in some remarkable performances including a fourth in the Group One Caulfield Cup (2400m) behind Elvstroem (Aus) (Danehill) and a third in the MacKinnon Stakes (2000m) behind the iron horse, Grand Armee (Aus) (Hennessey). She went on to claim further Group One placings the following Autumn again finishing second to Grand Armee, this time in the Group One Ranvet Stakes, and then third in the Group One BMW Tancred Stakes behind three-time Melbourne Cup-winner Makybe Diva (GB) (Desert King).

In total, Vouvray faced the starter 26 times in her career winning on three occasions and was placed a further eight times earning over A$800,000 in prizemoney. Eighteen of her starts were at Group level where she notched up a Group One win and five Group placings along with two placings in Listed events.

“Vouvray has had great success on the track and has definitely cemented her place in the Trelawney broodmare band,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “She has been competitive at the highest level against the likes of Makybe Diva and Grand Armee and her first four starts are the only ones that weren’t at black type level,” he said.

After some up and down results last spring, Vouvray came back in the Autumn where she claimed another stakes placing and the Queensland Carnival was always on her agenda. “She put in a very pleasing performance a couple of weeks ago in the Hollindale Stakes finishing second so we were looking forward to a good showing in the Doomben Cup on Saturday but unfortunately that didn’t eventuate so we have decided to retire her,” said Brent.

“It was always the plan to get her in foal this spring so now, we just have a bit more time to let her down and get her ready to be covered in September,” said Brent. “She has done more than enough on the racetrack and has nothing to prove as she’s already a Group One-winner so we can’t ask for anything more,” he said. “Finding mares of this quality to add to our broodmare band is becoming more and more difficult so to have bred and raced Vouvray and have her achieve what she has, is very satisfying,” says Brent.

“Peter Moody and Paul O’Sullivan can take a lot of the credit for the wonderful ride that we’ve had albeit a little frustrating at times getting so close to the big wins and picking up placings instead,” said Brent, “but this has been well and truly balanced by racing Vouvray with some wonderful friends and relatives who we’ve been able to share the excitement with,” he said.

By Champion sire Zabeel (NZ) (Sir Tristram), Vouvray is the fourth foal out of the Success Express mare Real Success (Aus), a multiple Group winner and Group performer herself. She is a half sister to three winners and her full brother, Delbury (NZ) has been placed at three.
Derby Winner Bred and Sold by Trelawney
08 Mar 2006In a thoroughbred’s classic season, it is the Derby that is the most coveted prize. In Australia they have numerous Derbies - the AJC Derby, the VRC Derby, the South Australian Derby, the Queensland Derby – just to name a few. In New Zealand, we’ve just got one, the Mercedes Derby.

Derby’s are won by special horses and the Mercedes Derby is no exception. Looking back through the history books reveals names of the likes of Balmerino, Uncle Remus, Bonecrusher, Tidal Light and Castletown while in more recent times winners include Zonda, So Casual, St Reims and Xcellent. On Saturday, Wahid (NZ) (Almutawakel) added his name to the revered list of winners who have taken out New Zealand’s blue riband event and in doing so, claimed the most coveted three-year-old race in the country.

Bred and raised by Trelawney, Wahid was sold at the 2004 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Sale, and has never been far from the limelight throughout his career. From seven starts as a two-year-old, he never finished out of the first three and along the way, claimed a Listed race, a Group two and two Group One placings. Wahid’s first Group One victory came last November as a three-year-old in the Levin Classic (1600m), a sure sign that his two-year-old form was still prevalent and from then on, he was always at the top of Mercedes Derby betting.

Owned and operated by the Taylor family since the late 90’s, Trelawney Stud has seen a re-emergence as breeders of racehorses who have stepped up to the highest level, season in and season out. Group One winners who have been bred, reared or sold by Trelawney in recent seasons include Hill of Grace (NZ) (Zabeel), Amalfi (NZ) (Carnegie), The Mighty Lions (NZ) (Grosvenor), Taatletail (NZ) (Faltaat) and Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel) to name a few, and this season along with Wahid, Mr Celebrity (NZ) (Peintre Celebre) has added his name to the growing tally.

This season has also seen the emergence of another two-year-old talent from Trelawney in the form of Italia (NZ) (Stravinsky), the winner of the Group Two Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1200m) and the New Zealand Bloodstock Classique (1200m).

“We’ve focused on improving the quality of horses that we are breeding at Trelawney and the results are starting to come for us,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “We have purchased a number of mares with strong pedigree’s both internationally and domestically and will continue to do so in the years ahead,” he said. “As breeders and sellers, we share the highs and lows whether it be with horses that we race or, with people that have purchased horses from us. It is fantastic to share this success with such great owner’s as Ron and Noel Stanley as they along with their trainer Alan Sharrock, invest a lot of money in our industry,” said Brent.

Trelawney also saw some international success over the weekend through the deeds of Wise Son (NZ) (Montjeu), a graduate of the stud’s 2004 yearling draft. Bred by Phillip Newman, he was purchased by Dominion Bloodstock for A$160,000.

Trained by Mike De Kock, Wise Son finished 3rd in the Group One SA Classic (1800m) at Turffontein, this placing following a victory in the Listed Vaal Sea Cottage Stakes (1600m) in January. A winner at two, Wise Son has had six starts for two wins and two placings and is currently among the leading three-year-olds in South Africa.

Trelawney Graduates Dominate Classique
05 Feb 2006Italia (NZ) (Stravinksy – Capote Crossing by Capote) has just completed a notable double for Trelawney Stud in taking out the $500,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Classique (1200m). Last year, it was another graduate of Trelawney in the form of Wahid (NZ) (Almutawakel – Rory’s Helen by Rory’s Jester) who carried the Trelawney brand to victory in the same race.

Starting favourite, Italia came from the rear of the field with a sustained sprint to run down Redbreb (NZ) (Viscount – Red October by Soviet Star) and hold off a fast finishing Royal Pericles (NZ) (Stravinsky – Magpies by Bluebird) to take out the race for graduates of the New Zealand Bloodstock Sales Series.

“It was fantastic to see the filly step out a couple of weeks ago and win the Wakefield,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud, “a race that Wahid also won last year,” he said. “Her run today was very impressive and it’s a wonderful result for the farm to have reared and sold the last two winners of this race. In fact, this race has been run eight times and we have sold three of the winners – Flying Babe, Wahid and Italia.”

Yesterday’s racing at Te Rapa was almost an exact replica of Wakefield Stakes day for Trelawney with Italia taking out the feature event of the day and Wahid the supporting race on the card. Unlike two weeks ago when Wahid was relegated to third after causing interference, there was no such trouble yesterday as he lead all the way in the Group Three Waikato Guineas (2000m).

With the Mercedes Derby a matter of weeks away, Wahid has confirmed himself as a leading contender and has every opportunity to add to Trelawney Stud’s Group One tally for the season.

“We’ve just completed the yearling sales series at Karaka selling just on fifty yearlings,” said Brent. “Hopefully history can repeat itself again but without doubt, there will be some group performers among them,” he said.

Trelawney Stud offered 30 yearlings in the Premier Session at Karaka earlier this week averaging just over $117,000. The top-priced yearling from the Trelawney draft was a Montjeu colt out of Sir Tristram mare Birdles (NZ) who was knocked down to the bid of Irish bloodstock agent Demi O’Byrne for $370,000. Upon the completion of the Select Session on Friday, the farm had averaged $53,688 for 16 lots sold.

Trelawney stallion Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) was the leading first season sire for the Select Session averaging $45,318 from 22 lots sold with a top price of $120,000 paid by Kieran Moore for a colt out of the Sir Tristram mare Debora (NZ).

“It is probably one of the best drafts of Select yearlings that we have offered,” said Brent. “We had a number of very nice colts by Van Nistelrooy and they sold very well and it is great to see him at the top of the first season sire’s list,” he said.
Successful Weekend for Trelawney Graduates
23 Jan 2006One of the feature races of the Wellington racing carnival provided somewhat of an upset on Saturday when two-year-old filly Italia (NZ) (Stravinsky – Capote Crossing by Capote) scorched home to claim the Group Two Ford Welcome Stakes (1200m).

Bred by David Paykel, Italia was reared at Trelawney Stud before being sold at last year’s NZB Premier sale. Knocked down to the bid of Shane Kennedy for $60,000, she is trained in Riccarton by Shane and his training partner Ricky Carston. Now the winner of two of her three starts, Italia is now being aimed at the New Zealand Bloodstock Classique, a $500,000 race for graduates of the NZB sale.

Italia’s win on Saturday made it two Welcome Stakes’ in a row for Trelawney Stud with last year’s winner Wahid (NZ) (Almutawakel – Rory’s Helen by Rory’s Jester) also a graduate of the farm. In fact, Wahid was also on hand at Trentham on Saturday and continued his lead up to the Group One Mercedes Derby in fine fashion. First across the line in the Group Three Duxton Hotel Wellington Stakes (1600m), Wahid was later relegated to third after being deemed to cause interference in the home straight.

Bred by Trelawney, Wahid was sold from the stud’s 2004 NZB Select Sale draft where he was purchased for $50,000 by Taranaki trainer Alan Sharrock for his very good owners Ron and Noel Stanley. Earlier this season, Wahid scored his first Group One victory when narrowly taking out the Levin Classic (1600m), a win which reinforced the results of an impressive two-year-old season.

Another Trelawney graduate, The Duke (Aus) (Danehill – Mer Du Sud by Bluebird), maintained his presence in the top echelon of gallopers in Hong Kong running third in the Group One Stewards’ Cup (1600m) over the weekend. This followed a second in the Group One Hong Kong Mile in his last start. The Duke was sold from the 2001 Premier draft of Trelawney and was purchased by New Zealand Bloodstock as agent for $200,000.

“It was a great weekend for Trelawney,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud, “even though Wahid was relegated,” he said.

“We always like to see our horses performing well and it’s great when our clients can share in that success as well,” he said.

With the yearling sales just around the corner, it’s a timely reminder to buyers of the quality of horse that is continually reared and sold by Trelawney Stud.

“The sales are just on a week away now and the yearlings will all be at Karaka by Tuesday,” said Brent.

“We are confident there’ll be more big race winners amongst this draft of yearlings so it’ll be up to the buyers can pick them out,” he said.

First Van Nistelrooy Sells at Gold Coast
16 Jan 2006The Magic Millions yearling sale on the Gold Coast was completed yesterday and it certainly lived up to all of the hype and expectations. With over 700 yearlings catalogued in the first four sessions, records were set across the board.

2006 sees the emergence of the first crop of yearlings to be sold by Group Two winner and Group One place-getter Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) – a US$6.4 million yearling himself – and on the Gold Coast yesterday, he was off to an impressive start.

Sold from the draft of Cambridge Stud Lot 687, a chestnut colt by Van Nistelrooy out of stakes producer Barija (USA) (Phone Trick) walked out of the sales ring with a $135,000 price tag being sold to the bid of NBE Enterprises.

“That was a fantastic result for his first yearling through the ring,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “Mark and Shelly Treweek bred and owned the yearling so it is a great result for them as well,” he said.

Van Nistelrooy is one of the most well represented stallions at the upcoming New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale with over 50 yearlings catalogued in the Premier and Select Sessions. “One of the great advantages Van Nistelrooy has is the quality of mares that he has served in his three seasons at stud so far in New Zealand and among his first crop there are some outstanding types,” said Brent. “At the end of the day, the market will determine the value of his yearlings however with this result, we are looking forward to Karaka in two weeks time,” he said.
Mistrale a Welcome Addition to Trelawney Broodmare Band
30 Dec 2005Group Two Queen Elizabeth Handicap-winner Mistrale (NZ) (Volksraad) has been retired from racing and will soon join one of Australasia’s elite broodmare bands. Purchased by Trelawney Stud last week, she will take up residence at the historic Cambridge property in the very near future.

“We are always looking to purchase mares of this caliber to add to our broodmare band and securing them is getting more and more difficult,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “So, when the opportunity to purchase Mistrale came about, it didn’t take us long to take it up,” he said.

Trained in Cambridge by Murray Baker, Mistrale lead the field back to scale on five occasions with six placings and earnings of more than NZ$120,000. “She was very consistent in her four-year-old season,” said Murray, “and showed her ability in winning the Queen Elizabeth,” he said. “She was a nice mare to have in the stable, she had a good temperament and I hope that she can leave some nice types as a broodmare,” he said.

Mistrale represents a family that continues to produce racehorses of the highest quality both in New Zealand and Australia. It’s most recent stars include leading two-year-old and Group One-winner Kindacross (NZ) (Cape Cross) and his half sister Kind Return (NZ) (Zabeel) who ran a very close second in last week’s Group One Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie. Going back just a little further reveals one of Australasia’s stars of the late eighties in the form of Sky Chase (NZ) (Star Way), a three time Group One winner and one of Australia’s Champion’s throughout his two, three and four-year-old seasons.

“This is a family that consistently produces high class racehorses that perform both in New Zealand and Australia which is extremely important when it comes to sale time,” said Brent. “With this type of pedigree and performance, Mistrale is definitely a mare that we will seriously consider sending to Zabeel next season,” he said.

Since purchasing Trelawney Stud just on a decade ago, the Taylor Family has made massive inroads to developing one of the best broodmare bands in the country and the results are beginning to stack up with over fifty mares of premier quality and the performance to support this investment both in the sales ring and on the racetrack.

“We have bred, reared or sold at least one Group One winner and numerous group winners for the last six or seven seasons,” said Brent. Among the list are VRC Derby-winner Amalfi (NZ) (Carnegie), Australia Stakes-winner Hill Of Grace (NZ) (Zabeel), Champion filly Taatletail (NZ) (Faltaat), George Main Stakes-winner Mr Celebrity (NZ) (Pientre Celebre) and outstanding two-year-old and recent Group One-winner Wahid (NZ) (Almutawakel). “It’s results like this just keep giving us the confidence to keep investing in these types of mares,” he said.

With the yearling sales just on four weeks away, it’s a busy time at Trelawney as with most stud farms throughout New Zealand and Australia. “The yearlings are looking great and its just a matter of getting through the next few weeks until sale time,” says Brent. “We’re looking forward to the sales and hopefully we can continue to have the success in the sales ring that we have had in the last few seasons but more importantly, that the yearlings then go on to prove themselves on the racetrack in the near future so that Trelawney and the people who purchase a yearling from our draft, can reap the rewards of our past investments,” he said.
Strong Draft for Yearling Sales
23 Dec 2005Success is measured in many forms but in the thoroughbred breeding industry, there are two key measures – results in the sales ring, and results on the track. More often than not, it is the yearling that is sold in the sales ring not the one that is retained by the farm that goes on the become the potential Derby-winner, Oaks-winner and even Melbourne Cup-winner.

When it comes to Melbourne Cups, no other stud farm in Australasia has produced as many winners as Trelawney Stud – seven in total have been bred or raised at Trelawney.

New Zealand’s oldest commercially operated stud farm has seen a resurgence in the last decade under the ownership of the Taylor family and the management of Brent Taylor. “Since taking over the farm in the early nineties we have invested substantially in broodmares with premier pedigree’s and pedigrees that appeal to an international buying bench,” said Taylor. “As a result, we have bred at least one Group One winner every season,” he said.

Recent Group One winners who have hailed from Trelawney include filly of the year Taatletail (NZ) (Faltaat), VRC Derby-winner Amalfi (NZ) (Carnegie), Queensland Oaks-winner Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel), MRC Australia Stakes-winner Hill Of Grace (NZ) (Zabeel), MRC Invitation Stakes-winner Pernod (NZ) (Centaine) and Avondale Cup-winner The Mighty Lions (NZ) (Grosvenor) just to name a few.

This success has continued in the current season with two more Group One winners added to the tally through the deeds of Mr Celebrity (NZ) (Pientre Celebre), a graduate of Trelawney’s 2002 yearling draft and Wahid (NZ) (Almutawakel) who was sold at the Karaka select sale in 2004. “Wahid was one of the best two-year-olds in the country and has put his hand up as a three-year-old,” said Taylor. “A great thrill for us with this horse is that we were involved in the partnership that brought his sire, Almutawakel to New Zealand,” he said.

2006 will see another milestone for Trelawney as the first crop of the multiple stakes/group winning two-year-old Van Nistelrooy (USA) (Storm Cat) enter the sales ring. “Van Nistelrooy couldn’t have served a higher quality book of mares in his first season at stud and a large number of these yearlings will be at Karaka so he will be very well represented and will have every chance to make an impact,” says Taylor.

A standout on paper in the Trelawney draft is Lot 206, a grey colt out of Beach Beat, a half sister to Our Tristalight and dam of Group winners Captive (NZ) (Indian Ore) and Ess Five Beaches (NZ) (Zabeel). “This colt will attract his share of attention at the sale, he’s a nice style of horse and a good advertisement for his sire,” said Taylor.

Whilst adopting the policy of supporting the farm’s own stallions with their very best mares, like all commercial stud farms, Trelawney sends a number of mares each year to outstide stallions both in New Zealand and Australia. “We are obviously trying to mate our mares with the best stallions both genetically and physically,” said Taylor.

Mare’s from Trelawney Stud are frequently crossing the Tasman during the breeding season and the farm’s 2006 yearling draft features yearlings by the likes of Encosta de Lago (Aus) (Fairy King), Tale Of The Cat (USA) (Storm Cat) and Rock of Gibralter (Ire) (Danehill).

“The colt by Rock Of Gibralter will be one of our top lots at Karaka this year,” said Taylor. “He is out of the multiple group winner Cornwall Queen and is a nice, leggy, athletic type who moves well,” he said.

With more than fifty yearlings to offer through the sales ring at Karaka, Trelawney is one of the largest vendors. “It’s a busy time of year for anyone in this industry,” says Taylor. “We’ve had a number of parades on the farm already and there will be more to come over the next few weeks before we head to Karaka –it’s like that for most farms. I’m extremely happy with the draft that we’ll be presenting this year and there’s sure to be Group winners amongst them, now its up to the buyers to pick them out!” he said.
Taylor Family to Support Industry Scholarship
16 Dec 2005For the past fifteen years, two young members of the New Zealand thoroughbred industry have been selected as scholarship recipients to attend the National Stud Diploma Course, one going to England and the other to Ireland. Until now, the sponsorship of these two students has been undertaken by the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association through a nationwide stallion tender scheme. However, this year the branch has only been able to offer one scholarship.

As a result, the Taylor family of Trelawney Stud has announced that for the next three years, they will be sponsoring one of the recipients to attend the Diploma Course.

“We see the support and continued education of young people in our industry as vital,” said Brent Taylor, Managing Director of Trelawney Stud. “Providing people with the opportunity to extend their learning within the thoroughbred industry is important for the future of our industry and, we’ve seen from past results that our students do very well in these courses and a number of them have returned to New Zealand and gone on to become vital members of our industry,” he said.

“It’s great that we can be involved in some way in helping people who have already shown great aptitude and enthusiasm, to develop their skills and knowledge to an even greater level and hopefully continue along a career path that they see as rewarding,” says Brent.

The Trelawney-sponsored scholarship will be known as the Keith Taylor Equine Scholarship in memory of Brent’s father who had such a long standing involvement with the industry. “The New Zealand thoroughbred industry owes a great debt to Tom Burns and the Wellington Branch of the NZTBA for supporting these scholarships for the last fifteen years,” said Faith Taylor, wife of the Late Keith Taylor. “Keith was very enthusiastic about the education and support of young people following their passion and it is our privilege that we can offer our ongoing support to ensure these opportunities continue,” she said.

The National Stud Diploma courses in both England and Ireland provide an intensive period of training combining lectures and stud work as well as visits to training yards, veterinary centres and other related businesses. “The students are continually assessed throughout the duration of the Diploma and almost every year, one of our students receives an award,” said Sally Cassels-Brown who administers the scholarships on behalf of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association. “We are just so pleased that the Taylor family will be supporting one of the scholarships over the next three years as it means we can continue to provide the opportunity for someone within our industry to further their career,” she said.

The recipients of the 2006 Scholarships have been announced with Amy Thomson the recipient of the Keith Taylor Equine Scholarship. Amy will attend the English National Stud course leaving in February of next year to complete the six month Diploma. Tracy Mourits will attend the Irish National Stud as the recipient of the Wellington Branch Scholarship.

Anyone wishing to apply for either of the scholarships should contact the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Association directly on 09 525 2428.

Trelawney Launches New Website
16 Dec 2005New Zealand’s Trelawney Stud has once again jumped on the internet bandwagon and this week has launched the new Trelawney Stud website. Not averse to the use of the internet as a fast and efficient way of getting information out to the industry, it is the first time a site has been developed specifically for the farm –

“We have websites for both of our stallions – Van Nistelrooy and Elusive City – and they have been very successful for us but until now, we haven’t had a site dedicated to the farm itself,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “We hear it everyday but the internet is just becoming more and more vital to businesses whether it be to source information, sell products or provide information to clients or people just generally interested in the industry,” said Brent.

As New Zealand’s oldest commercial thoroughbred stud farm, Trelawney plays a major role in the history of the New Zealand thoroughbred industry. The farm has produced seven Melbourne Cup-winners, has stood one of the most successful stallions of his time in Foxbridge (GB) (Foxlaw) and bred one of Australasia’s most outstanding racehorses in Tulloch (NZ) (Khorassan).

“People will now be able to visit the site to access more information about the farm and its history, and view information about our yearling drafts and Group One winners that have come from the farm in recent times,” says Brent. “Like everything we do, we’ll be looking for ways to make improvements but hopefully people will find the site easy to navigate and informative,” he said.
Trelawney Launches New Website
16 Dec 2005New Zealand’s Trelawney Stud has once again jumped on the internet bandwagon and this week has launched the new Trelawney Stud website. Not averse to the use of the internet as a fast and efficient way of getting information out to the industry, it is the first time a site has been developed specifically for the farm –

“We have websites for both of our stallions – Van Nistelrooy and Elusive City – and they have been very successful for us but until now, we haven’t had a site dedicated to the farm itself,” said Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud. “We hear it everyday but the internet is just becoming more and more vital to businesses whether it be to source information, sell products or provide information to clients or people just generally interested in the industry,” said Brent.

As New Zealand’s oldest commercial thoroughbred stud farm, Trelawney plays a major role in the history of the New Zealand thoroughbred industry. The farm has produced seven Melbourne Cup-winners, has stood one of the most successful stallions of his time in Foxbridge (GB) (Foxlaw) and bred one of Australasia’s most outstanding racehorses in Tulloch (NZ) (Khorassan).

“People will now be able to visit the site to access more information about the farm and its history, and view information about our yearling drafts and Group One winners that have come from the farm in recent times,” says Brent. “Like everything we do, we’ll be looking for ways to make improvements but hopefully people will find the site easy to navigate and informative,” he said.
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