5% share available in twice trial placed 2YO

A five percent ownership share is available in CHOUXS WISELY, who was narrowly beaten into second at the Te Teko trials today.  The filly was also placed second at her only other trial (at Avondale last month) and is likely to make her race debut at Hastings 20 July in a Maiden Juvenile over 800m.

A rising three-year-old by Jimmy Choux – the Champion Freshman Stallion of 2016, Chouxs Wisely is from the 4 time winning Falkirk mare Purpose.  This is the immediate family of the Group One winners Sirstaci, Nimue and Smiling Like.

For purchase price of the 5% interest in the Challenge No.8 Syndicate & ongoing upkeep costs, contact Adrian Clark at adrian.clark@xtra.co.nz or 0274 954  264.

Choux Wisely and Sam Weatherley returning to scale at Te Teko today. The filly is prepared at Cambridge by Shaune Ritchie.

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Swiss Precision on target for 3YO campaign

Swiss Precision cooling down after her trial effort at Taupo today












I came away from today’s trial fixture at Taupo satisfied that the promising Swiss Precision is very much on target for her planned three-year-old campaign.

Raced by the Challenge No.7 Syndicate & prepared at Hastings by John Bary, Swiss Precision (Swiss Ace ex With Ice, by Snowland) was third on debut at Wanganui in the very first juvenile race of the season.  She was put aside after that; has grown heaps during that time and the penny looked to have dropped when she did things professionally for her trial third today.

Jockey Sam Collett reported back that the filly felt great and had plenty of improvement in her going forward.

Swiss Precision could race again at two but the main focus is her three-year-old campaign which could kick off at the Taupo track in August.


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Weanling Sale purchases

I was very pleased to secure weanling fillies by Atlante and Rip Van Winkle at the just-concluded NZB May Sale.

They will grow out at Bradbury Park before the next stage of their respective careers is decided.

Lot 130 from Mapperley Stud, by Atlante ex I Say

Lot 221 from Westend Partnership, by Rip Van Winkle ex Platinum Elle


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Lady Zafira retired & changes hands

A Black Type winner this season, Lady Zafira was prepared by John Bary from his private training complex at Hastings











The quality sprinting mare Lady Zafira has been retired to stud and sold in a deal negotiated by this agency.

By Iffraaj – sire of latest 3YO sensation Gingernuts – Lady Zafira won five races from the stable of John Bary, the most important being the 2016 Pegasus Stakes-LR at Riccarton Park in a time of 55.87 seconds for the 1000m.

The mare was also placed third in the 2016 Rotorua Stakes-LR (1400m) and fourth-equal in this year’s Telegraph Handicap-Gr.1 (1200m).

Lady Zafira caught my eye numerous times with her ability to cut out brilliant closing sectionals.

The mare has been sold to an undisclosed buyer and is likely to remain in New Zealand – at least initially – for her career at stud.

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An affinity with the stock of Swiss Ace

I think the next Challenge Syndicate will just have to have a filly by Westbury Stud’s quickly-emerging sire Swiss Ace!

I’ve put five fillies by the sire into various syndicates and have to say that not one of them has let me down.

Here’s a note of the three who have been in previous syndicates and now retired…

* SECRET SPIRIT (Challenge/2) – FOUR BLACK TYPE WINS (in succession)



The Challenge No.7 Syndicate is made up of two more fillies by Swiss Ace and both youngsters are showing all the signs of being just as good (if not better) than those who have come before by the sire…

* SWISS PRECISION (Juvenile with John Bary) – trial winner at placed on debut, back in full work

* CHIQUITITA (Juvenile with Shaune Ritchie) – placed in both trials to date & ready to debut

Chiquitita (Swiss Ace ex Floramour, by More Than Ready) returning to scale after her nice third at yesterday's Avondale Trials

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Realta sale negotiated by Adrian Clark

Realta, a half-sister to last year’s Group One Queensland Oaks winner Provocative, has changed hands in a deal negotiated by Adrian Clark.

“Nearco Stud bred and sold both Provocative and Realta, only to lose their mother Betwixt, so this mare was an attractive proposition to buy back,” said Clark from his Cambridge NZ base today.

“I am on the outlook for further quality young mares off the track for Nearco Stud.  We’ve had success in the past with the likes of Alagant Satin, Floramour, Mill Duckie and Miraculous Miss – they were all bought at the end of their respective racetrack careers,” he added.

Realta has been retired and will be based at Gordon Cunningham’s Curraghmore operation.  Her initial mating is yet to be decided.

Realta (Red Giant ex Betwixt, by O'Reilly) during her racing career from the stable of Lance Noble

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Challenge now at 10 winners & 3 placed from 14 runners

Belle Amore and Jason Waddell on top today for the Challenge No.6 Syndicate

Belle Amore’s gutsy display to win today over 1400 metres at Te Aroha took Challenge Racehorse Syndication’s winning Strike Rate to 71.42%.

Since being established in 2012, my small Syndication Company has had 14 runners for 10 individual winners and a further 3 placed horses.  Just one horse has failed to either win or be placed.

What’s more, the Stakes Winners to starters strike rate is 28.50%.  Four of Challenge’s fourteen runners have won at Black Type level and collectively that group of fillies and mares has won 9 Group or Listed Races.

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Countdown to completion – Challenge No.9

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Per Incanto filly ready to debut for Challenge

Belle Amore seen at the Te Teko Trials, 22 November

The Challenge No.6 Syndicate, which was formed from two purchases at the 2015 NZB Ready to Run Sale, looks set to have its’ first runner at Ellerslie next Wednesday evening.

Belle Amore (Per Incanto ex Platinum Belle, by Generous) has been nominated for the Maiden 3YO 1400m and Opie Bosson booked for the ride.

The filly is prepared by Shaune Ritchie at Cambridge and really pleased me when she ran second at the Te Teko Trials last Tuesday week.

The Challenge No.6 Syndicate also race a filly from the first crop of Cape Blanco.  Named Avid, she had a three month spell after an educational trial and has just returned to pre-training.  She is prepared by Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott at Matamata.



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