Waikato Stud opens its’ door to Team Challenge

Members of the various Challenge Syndicates at the beautiful Waikato Stud where they heard from Mark Chittick and veiwed Champion Stallion Savabeel along with newcomer Tivaci

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, felt it a privilege to have a private viewing of the number one stallion in New Zealand right now, Savabeel, not to mention the new boy on the block, Tivaci.

The inaugural Challenge Open Day saw visits to three stud farms (The Oaks, Waikato & Bradbury Park), two racing stables (Graham Richardson & Shaune Ritchie), plus heard from another syndicate trainer John Bary, who made a special trip up from Hastings.

My thanks goes out to everyone who made us so very welcome.

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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 horse is remembered for his 800m dual with fellow kiwi Waverley Star in the 1986 running of the W S Cox Plate, but it should be noted that the Cox Plate was just one of Bonecrusher’s nine Group One Victories.

For the record, Bonecrusher won – in order of occurring – the following Group One features…

  • 1985 New Zealand Derby
  • 1986 Air New Zealand Stakes
  • 1986 Tancred Stakes
  • 1986 AJC Derby
  • 1986 Underwood Stakes
  • 1986 Caulfield Stakes
  • 1986 W S Cox Plate
  • 1987 Australian Cup
  • 1988 Air New Zealand Stakes

Bonecrusher (Pag-Asa ex Imitation, by Oakville) raced 44 times for 18 wins, 5 seconds, 12 thirds & prize money of A$2.2m.

Frank Ritchie speaking at last Friday's Challenge Syndications Stud & Stable Open Day

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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 presented to the crowd in attendance at Casey & Michelle Dando’s Bradbury Park.  They have since been turned out at Paul Pertab’s nearby agistment property and will be broken-in, in the New Year.

More photos from the Challenge Open Day will be posted in the coming days.

This filly by newcomer sire Atlante from I Say, is one of the two fillies in the brand new Challenge No.10 Syndicate

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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 stories Centaine, O’Reilly and Savabeel, as well as the need to strategically invest in younger colts while racing, a case in point being newcomer Tivaci (photo included).

More photos from the Challenge Open Day will be posted in the coming days.

Newcomer stallion Tivaci parading before the Challenge Team at last Friday's Open Day. Champion Stallion Savabeel was also paraded.

 

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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 in the Soliloquy Stakes at three years – has been immediately retired and will head to Australia at the start of next week for a mating with Australia’s red-hot Second Season stallion All Too Hard.

“High Class is a horse who has been on my radar from the day she first went to the races,” said Clark this afternoon.

“She was hardy & talented and her mother has produced some lovely types; I have no doubt this mare has a big future at stud.”

High Class seen here in the hands of regular rider Alysha Collett. The 5YO was trained throughout her career by Jenna Mahoney

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Niagara’s masculine good looks wow Challenge group

Young stallion Niagara parades in front of those in attendance at last Friday's Challenge Syndication Stud & Stable Open Day

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 a while since I’ve seen Niagara but must say I was reminded of his masculine good looks; he’s very much his father’s (Encosta de Lago) son!

More photos from the successful Challenge Open Day will be posted in the coming days.

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Challenge visits Ritchie Racing Stables

On Friday a 120-strong audience of  Challenge Racehorse Syndication members took the opportunity to view Ritchie Racing Stables which is situated straight across the road from the Cambridge Training Centre.

Not only did they get to see syndicate horses Chiquitita and Chouxs Wisely and hear from trainer Shaune Ritchie, but there was a surprise interview with his dad Frank, famous for preparing the Champion racehorse Bonecrusher.

More photos from the 2017 Challenge Stud & Stable Open Day to be posted in the coming days.

Chouxs Wisely (Jimmy Choux ex Purpose, by Falkirk) was presented by Alison Ritchie on Friday afternoon

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John Bary guest at Challenge Open Day

Trainer John Bary and his office & communications manager Mike Sanders were part of yesterday’s hugely-successful Challenge Racehorse Syndications Stud and Stable Open Day.

Around 120 people from all parts of the country attended this inaugural event which saw them visit The Oaks Stud, Shaune Ritchie’s racing stable, the Matamata racecourse (for John Bary interview), Graham Richardson’s racing stable, Waikato Stud and Bradbury Park.

More photos from the occasion to be posted in the coming days.

John Bary talks about his private training centre, training Champion Jimmy Choux and a whole lot more yesterday at Matamata. At right is Mike Sanders.

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25% STAKESWINNERS-TO-RUNNERS!

In five years of operation the syndication arm of my business – CHALLENGE RACEHORSE SYNDICATIONS – has chalked up 9 individual black type race wins and an overall strike-rate of 25% Stakeswinners to runners.

The latest Challenge Syndicate is now selling and the two yearling fillies – who will be trained by John Bary & Shaune Ritchie – will be paraded at the Challenge Stud & Stable Open Day this Friday.

Happy Challenge Syndicate members following Secret Spirit's fourth-straight black type victory in the Bonecrusher Stakes

 

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First-crop Atlante filly part of new Challenge Syndicate

Photographed at Bradbury Park last Friday, this Atlante filly is one of the two yearlings making up the brand new Challenge No.10 Syndicate

I am expecting guests at the inaugural Challenge Syndications Stud & Stable Open Day this Friday to be impressed with the two fillies in the newly-formed Challenge No.10 Syndicate which is now selling.

One of them is this Atlante (NZ 2000 Guineas winner by Fastnet Rock) yearling filly from I Say.  She’s strong, she’s workmanlike, has a dream temperament and I’m expecting her to be an early runner.  Certainly she will be given the opportunity of an early juvenile preparation next season from the stable of John Bary at Hastings.

Full details of the Challenge No.10 Syndicate can be found by clicking here.

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