Monthly Archives: October 2017

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Waikato Stud opens its’ door to Team Challenge

A big thank you to Mark Chittick and his team at Waikato Stud for the opportunity to bring around 120 people to the farm last Friday for the Challenge Syndications Stud & Stable Open Day. The team loved being there, … Continue reading

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Bonecrusher memories at Challenge Open Day

Frank Ritchie was a welcome surprise speaker when 120 members of Challenge Syndications visited Ritchie Racing Stables opposite the Cambridge Training Centre last Friday. Frank, of course, prepared the one-and-only Bonecrusher to win 18 starts three decades ago.  The great … Continue reading

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New Syndicate fillies paraded at Challenge Open Day

Part of the proceeding at last Friday’s Challenge Syndications Stud & Stable Open Day was a parade of the two fillies in the brand new Challenge No.10 Syndicate. The yearling fillies – by Rip Van Winkle & Atlante – were … Continue reading

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Challenge Syndications group visits Waikato Stud

One of the many highlights for the participants at last Friday’s Challenge Syndications Stud & Stable Open Day was a visit to the Chittick family’s historic Waikato Stud. The 120 in attendance heard Studmaster Mark Chittick talk about stallion success … Continue reading

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High Class changes hands

The Stakes Performed racemare High Class (Shocking ex Mill Duckie) changed hands today in a deal negotiated by Adrian Clark on behalf of a New Zealand-based client. High Class – a brilliant debut winner at two years and Listed Race-placed … Continue reading

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Niagara’s masculine good looks wow Challenge group

Last Friday’s Challenge Syndications Stud & Stable Open Day commenced at the magnificent The Oaks Stud in Cambridge and the 120 people in attendance got to see not only the utterly-proven Darci Brahma but his young-gun barn mate Niagara. It’s … Continue reading

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