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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Per Incanto filly set to trial for Challenge

BELLE AMORE (closest to camera) before a gallop at the Cambridge Training Centre last Wednesday

It’s nice to have a Per Incanto filly in the Challenge Syndications mix as the Little Avondale stallion has been doing a fine job in the early part of his career with 55 individual winners including five at Black Type level.

I selected Belle Amore (Per Incanto ex Platinum Belle, by Generous) at last year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale.  I liked her strength then and as you can see from the photo included she’s a solidly-built girl 12 months on.  Her action at the Breeze Ups appealed too and I got another taste of that when she worked in company at the Cambridge Training Centre last Wednesday.

We gave the filly one trial in the autumn and she was not at home on the rain-affected going.  But you have to find out sometime.  So tomorrow’s second trial at Te Teko on what should be a perfect surface, will give us a good line on what we’re working with.

Belle Amore is raced by the Challenge No.6 Syndicate who also own another three-year-old filly, Avid (by Cape Blanco).

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Vitesse set to resume on Sunday

Vitesse with trainer Shaune Ritchie and stable foreman Noel Waddell after her gallop at the Cambridge Training Centre on Wednesday

Vitesse, a half-sister to the talented Jimmy Choux 3YO with Chris Waller Chaussure, is set to resume at Te Rapa on Sunday provided track conditions are in the Good to Dead range.

The four-year-old, who is by Makfi from a half-sister to Mufhasa, was due to kick off at Ellerslie on Melbourne Cup Day, but a pricked hoof put pay to those plans.

Vitesse is raced by the Challenge No.4 Syndicate and was a winner last season at three over 1600m at Te Rapa.  She was tried in Black Type company in the Royal Stakes but a rain-drenched Ellerslie that day told us it was not her favoured footing.

Vitesse is one of four horses Shaune Ritchie prepares for Challenge Syndications, the others being Belle Amore (unraced 3YO filly by Per Incanto), Chiquitita (unraced 2YO filly by Swiss Ace) and Chouxs Wisely (unraced 2YO filly by Jimmy Choux).

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Sam Weatherley to have first ride for Challenge

I’m delighted to have young gun apprentice Sam Weatherley aboard Vitesse at Te Rapa on Sunday for the Challenge No.4 Syndicate.

I have watched his development since he had his first ride at Arawa Park in the mud on Rotorua Cup Day in May.  Craig Thornton kindly gave him that first ride and I have to say the 17 year old’s progress since then has been remarkable.  Not only does he have natural balance and ‘feel’ but he is developing his skills/technique by the week.

Mind you, I shouldn’t be surprised – dad (Darryn) was a jockey, so was grandad (Dan).  What’s more his boss is Lance O’Sullivan (12 NZ Jockey Premierships) and his riding master is Noel Harris, one of the most naturally-gifted jockeys I’ve observed in my long career in this industry.

I watched Vitesse (Makfi ex Keepa Cheval, by Keeper) gallop at the Cambridge Training Centre this morning.  Shaune Ritchie’s stable foreman Noel Waddell rode the mare and said she felt good but wasn’t suited by the rain-affected going.  The close relative of Champion galloper Mufhasa will only run on Sunday if the track is in the Good or Dead range.

A special family photo - Dan, Sam & Darryn Weatherley

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Ormond Road’s first foal part of new Challenge Syndicate

This filly by Alamosa from Ormond Road is one of two yearlings forming the new Challenge No.9 Syndicate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday I inspected the two fillies who form the latest Challenge Syndicate.

I noticed real improvement in the filly photographed, by Alamosa from Ormond Road.  She went through a plain stage post weaning time but has matured nicely through spring and is clearly thriving in the no-pressure environment of Gordon Cunningham’s outstanding Curraghmore property.

Her dam, Ormond Road (City on a Hill) won 7 races for trainer and part-owner Tony Bambry and she was also twice Listed Race-placed.  Late in her career the mare changed hands and was prepared by Kevin and Pam Hughes to run 2nd in the CJC Metropolitan Trophy-LR and 4th in the Canterbury Gold Cup-Gr.3.

Graham Richardson will train the Alamosa filly for the Challenge No.9 Syndicate.  He prepares the twice Group One-placed (1000 Guineas & Oaks) Strada Cavallo, who is by the same sire.

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In-form John Bary looking forward to delivery of quality Jimmy Choux filly

The Jimmy Choux ex Fait Accompli filly; one of two youngsters making up the brand new Challenge No.9 Syndicate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh from saddling up three winners over the weekend, Hastings trainer John Bary is not one to rest on his laurels and was on the phone to me today checking on the progress of a filly he will be training for the latest Challenge Syndicate.

The horse in question is by Jimmy Choux, the colt who put John on the map as a trainer with a magnificent career including five Group One races.  She is from Fait Accompli, herself a half-sister to the HK$11m winner Real Specialist.

I photographed the filly at Gordon Cunningham’s Curraghmore property today and was delighted with her progress.  She is athletic with more-than-a-touch of class and a lovely temperament to boot.

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