Desert Gold next for Swiss Precision

Swiss Precision (Swiss Ace ex With Ice) seen here winning her Maiden last month











After impressive back-to-back wins, plans have been made for Swiss Precision to contest the Gr.3 Desert Gold Stakes (3YO fillies – 1600m) at Trentham Gardens, 20 January.

Bred by Nearco Stud and raced by the Challenge No.7 Syndicate, Swiss Precision ran out yesterday’s 1400m Rating 65 assignment strongly and should be well suited by the black type assignment at Wellington.

John Bary prepares the filly from his private training complex near Hastings.

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Sarajay retired from breeding

Today I took a visit to see Sarajay, my lovely dual Group Two-winning and Group One-placed mare who has spent much of her time as a broodmare at Gordon Cunningham’s Curraghmore property near Te Awamutu.

Sarajay won nine races on the track and has delivered me up ten foals (without a miss along the way!) – I owe her so much and decided during the season not to mate her again.  She deserves to enjoy her final days without carrying any more babies.

Thank you Sara; your name will forever be on my number plate; your photo will forever be on my website, Facebook & Twitter pages and your style & class will be close to my heart every day into the future.

A special moment for me today with Sarajay, with her 2017 Showcasing filly doing her best to be included in the photo!

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Nearco’s Gr.1 tally grows

Beauty Generation’s magnificent front-running display to win Sunday’s Longines Hong Kong Mile-Gr.1 provided Nearco Stud with it’s second Group One winner in just seven years of business.

It’s important to put this success at the elite level of international competition into context.  Achievement in the breeding industry is usually judged over a period of decades.  Greg Tomlinson’s Nearco Stud has been in business since just 2010 and it’s given me great satisfaction to be a part of that success story since day one as the company’s Bloodstock Consultant.

Beauty Generation (Rock to Rock ex Stylish Bel) joins 2016 Queensland Oaks winner Provocative (Zabeel ex Betwixt) as Group One winners bred by Nearco Stud and carrying the NS brand on their near shoulder.  Other Group One performers bred by Nearco Stud in seven years of business are Belle Du Nord (Reliable Man) Kuro (Denman) and Strada Cavallo (Alamosa).  Group and Listed winners bred by Nearco Stud include Secret Spirit (Swiss Ace), Avisto (Tavistock), Manolo Blahniq (Jimmy Choux) and Celtic Tiger (O’Reilly).

Beauty Generation - with the NS brand clear to see - in full stride at the end of Sunday's HK$23m Longines Hong Kong Mile-Gr.1 - photo courtesy of the HKJC

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My two cents on the Ready to Run Sale

My involvement this year at the NZB Ready to Run Sale was as a vendor; I sold two colts on behalf of Nearco Stud through the consignment of JK Farm.

I am a seasoned sale attendee and have to say I immediately noticed the buzz & level of activity when I arrived at the sale ground on Tuesday.  Vendors were reporting scores of parades and certainly prospective buyers were full bore in their efforts to view the offering.

Nearco Stud had two very good colts to sell, but the level of interest in them took me by surprise.  So did the number of x-ray hits, with some pre-sale scoping happening too.

Lot 58, the colt by Dundeel ex Causeway Queen, made $200,000 to the bid of John Street and Lisa Latta.  Lot 307, the colt by More Than Ready ex Quintessential, made $270,000 to the bid of a new name to me – Yulong Investment NZ from China.

Congratulations to every vendor and their hard working staff for putting forward an outstanding offering; especially given the shocking winter you’ve had to endure in preparing these horses.  NZB you’ve done yourself proud.  You’ve promoted the hell out of this sale – milked every ounce of the success stories – and you got the buyers there, in real numbers.

Clearly the NZB Ready To Run Sale is becoming a must for any discerning vendor.  I’ll certainly be encouraging clients – existing and new – to use the sale as part of their mix going forward.

My photo of Lot 307, the More Than Ready colt from Quintessential

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Zero tolerance of slow or non-performing horses

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Available at Ready to Run Sale

I am attending the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale next week and am available to potential buyers, providing a complete and professional agency service.

To view my tailor-made bloodstock auction purchase service to clients CLICK HERE

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Challenge rebuilding phase ready to pay dividends

The Syndication arm of my business Challenge Racehorse Syndications is in its’ fifth year of operation.  After the first two syndicates provided a flying start with four individual Black Type winners, a few slow ones and a few bad luck stories dictated a need for rebuilding.

That phase is now complete & right now Challenge has a trio of three-year-old fillies who all show enough to suggest that the bottle green & white colours can be prominent again this summer.

Chouxs Wisely delivered in fine style at her second start today and there are two more of a similar ilk waiting in the wings ready to step out.

Chouxs Wisely (Jimmy Choux ex Purpose, by Falkirk) is owned & raced by the Challenge No.8 Syndicate.  I purchased her cheaply ($17,000) as a yearling.  Interestingly her close relative Cismontane won Saturday’s Lexus Stakes-Gr.3 at Flemington and contested yesterday’s Melbourne Cup.  Cismontane is a half-brother to Chouxs Wisely’s dam Purpose.

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Dundeel colt – raw talent

Lot 58 for the NZB Ready to Run Sale this month - by Dundeel from Causeway Queen, by Giant's Causeway

I came away from the Ready to Run Breeze Ups at Te Rapa last month wowed by what I saw from Nearco Stud’s Dundeel colt (pictured).

He has a terrific action and exudes sheer raw ability.  He clocked 10.78 seconds which was one of the quickest of the session and the effort came off the back of just one serious lead-up gallop at home.

The Dundeel colt is one of two quality offerings from Nearco Stud for the Ready to Run Sale – the other being Lot 307.  Both horses were brought back from Australia with this sale specifically in mind.  The colts have been broken-in and educated by Paul Pertab and will be offered at Karaka through JK Farm.

To view the Dundeel colt’s breeze up and pedigree CLICK HERE.

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First offering from Oaks winner for RTR Sale

Lot 307 for NZB's upcoming Ready to Run Sale - by More Than Ready from Quintessential

The 2012 Queensland Oaks-Gr.1 winner Quintessential was amongst the first yearlings I purchased for Nearco Stud Ltd.

Also placed at Group One level in the Queensland Derby and New Zealand Oaks, Quintessential’s first live foal to be offered at public auction is a ripper!

He’s by Vinery Stud’s fantastic sire More Than Ready, who has the impressive statistic of 177 individual Stakes Winners including 21 Group/Grade One winners.

I can highly recommend this colt.  He’s very like his mother, but with the strength you’d expect from a young colt.  He’s been superbly educated by master horse breaker Paul Pertab and breezed up stylishly in 10.75 seconds.  I understand it was only his third gallop.

To view NZB’s site on this colt CLICK HERE



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What we do – in a nutshell

Had a think today about my role as a thoroughbred consultant to my client base.

At the end of the day, what I’m doing is striving to breed/create a quality thoroughbred product.  Thereafter it’s doing my utmost to see that it sells to best advantage.  The next stage is looking on and hoping that what we’ve ‘made’ and managed goes on to be a successful racehorse.

BEAUTY GENERATION (aka Montaigne) fits into that very category and I can’t describe the pleasure of watching him develop from a great foal and yearling at Highden Park through to the headline-grabbing horse he has become in Hong Kong.

How many jobs can provide that level of satisfaction?

I’m a lucky man!

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