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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Michael Guerin on Winx; at last a NZ racing broadcaster who gets it!

This piece is not about the Champion racemare Winx.

It’s about a kiwi racing journalist and broadcaster who understands how to relate to the wider audience OUTSIDE of the racing industry.  In my opinion our Trackside presenters use too much racing jargon; they forget that not every viewer or listener understands what the hell they are talking about!  If racing is to grow & prosper, it must at all times reach out to the much wider audience – to the people who may have a slight interest in our business, but can be easily intimidated if they are bombarded with industry jargon.

Today I listened to Michael Guerin on Radio Sport talking to host Guy Heveldt about the Cox Plate victory at the weekend from Winx.  Mick Guerin was OUTSTANDING in his efforts to relate to that wider audience.  He gets it and I would urge every current Trackside Presenter – young and old – to have a listen to that interview and perhaps learn from it.

Am I qualified to judge, yes I am.  I had 15 years with Trackside, making more than 1000 editions of the weekly breeding industry programme The Ford Report.  I did hundreds of live broadcasts too for Trackside and stepped outside that channel on numerous occasions with work for TV3 (including 8 Melbourne Cup broadcasts) and Sky NZ.  I was voted NZ Racing Broadcaster of the Year on 3 occasions.

Well done Mick Guerin, refreshing to hear you today.

Trackside should never forget that wider audience; it is the key to our industry growing going forward

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Secret Spirit produces first foal

The four-time Black Type-winning Secret Spirit (Swiss Ace ex Spirit of Sandford, by Kilimanjaro) has produced her first foal, a filly by Rich Hill Stud’s Melbourne Cup-winning sire Shocking.

Just two years ago Secret Spirit won four Stakes Races in succession.  She won the Great Northern Foal Stakes-LR at Ellerslie as a maiden juvenile before taking out the Ryder Stakes-LR at Otaki.  The O’Leary Stakes-LR as an early three-year-old was next followed  by the Bonecrusher Stakes-Gr.3 (see  photo included) to complete the impressive sequence.

Trained throughout her career by Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott, Secret Spirit was bred by Nearco Stud.  She was born & raised at Bradbury Park before being raced by the Challenge No.2 Syndicate.  When retired, Secret Spirit returned to Bradbury Park and has settled well into the life of a broodmare.  She will be mated with the exciting Westbury Stud stallion Reliable Man in the coming weeks.

Secret Spirit with usual rider Craig Grylls and devoted strapper Umesh Ravi prior to the 2015 Bonecrusher Stakes-Gr.3 at Ellerslie.

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Two trial runners, two winners for Team Challenge

Pleasing day at the office today for Challenge Racehorse Syndications with two trial winners at Cambridge and a Jump Out winner at Hastings.

CHIQUITITA (3YO filly by Swiss Ace ex Floramour, by More Than Ready) won her Maiden 935m by nearly four lengths.  A half-sister to the Karaka Million favourite of his year Manolo Blahniq, Chiquitita (photo included) has developed beautifully between two & three years & will step out on race day in the next couple of weeks.

CHOUXS WISELY (3YO filly by Jimmy Choux ex Purpose, by Falkirk), another prepared by Shaune Ritchie at Cambridge, won her 935m Maiden with plenty in hand.  She had a debut fourth at two years before going shin-sore and looks ready to return to the races very soon.

SWISS PRECISION (3yo filly by Swiss Ace ex With Ice, by Snowland), who is trained by John Bary at his private track, won a Jump Out at the Hastings track this morning in the hands of Timothy Johnson.  A debut 3rd last season at two, the filly has been marking time for better track conditions & is likely to be seen out at the Foxton Trials next week.

Every bit a classic style of three-year-old filly, Chiquitita parading before her easy trial win at Cambridge today. She is raced by the Challenge No.7 Syndicate

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Nearco-bred now A$2m earner

In winning last night’s HK$4m Sha Tin Trophy-Gr.2, Beauty Generation took his earnings to A$2,032,318.

Bred by Nearco Stud, Beauty Generation (Road to Rock ex Stylish Bel, by Bel Esprit) was born, raised & sold by Highden Park.

The five-year-old has now won a Gr.3 and Gr.2 event from his sole runs in this latest preparation and trainer John Moore will no doubt have the upcoming International Meeting at Sha Tin firmly in his sights.

Nearco Stud also had success in Singapore last night with Flash One (O’Reilly ex Sentura, by Volksraad) a 70-1 upset winner at Kranji.

Beauty Generation (pink) taking out last night's Gr.2 Sha Tin Trophy - photo courtesy HKJC

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