Kiwi Chronicles

Deep south strikes

Studs in Cambridge, Matamata, Masterton and Wingatui had plenty to celebrate after the weekend’s super results. Ghibellines (Shamardal), Per Incanto (Street Cry), Turn Me Loose (Iffraaj) and Savabeel (Zabeel) provided four of the five New Zealand–bred stakes winners and are proudly flying the flag. Especially pleasing are the results being achieved by two of our... Read More


Video of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Cambridge Stud in 1990 is a timely reminder, not only of the Queen’s passion for horse racing and horse breeding, but also that dynasties exist outside of the Royal Family. Sir Patrick Hogan was present at his “old” stud last week when the New Zealand Thoroughbred... Read More

One is good, two is better

When breeder Don Goodwin purchased Opulence (Danroad) for $14,000 out of the 2011 New Zealand Bloodstock Broodmare Sale, could he have dreamed that one of her foals would capture 11 Group 1 wins, including a magnificent Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) in such devastating fashion? Yes, he could. Goodwin intentionally put in place an experiment.... Read More

One of us

Our industry lost one its most ardent supporters last week. From an early age, Her Majesty The Queen understood the attraction of the thoroughbred and, following on from her father, King George VI, and grandfather, King George V, became, not only enamoured, but deeply involved. Saturday’s issue of ANZ Bloodstock News featured a wonderful tribute... Read More

Excitement building

Barely a month into the new season and already the juices are flowing. Moonee Valley’s weight-for-age classic championship, the Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040), is just next month, albeit the fourth Saturday of next month. However, the field is developing into another gem.  It’s been a decade since a New Zealand-bred horse won the Cox... Read More

Breathing different air

Te Akau Racing’s latest star, Imperatriz (I Am Invincible), has some way yet to go to match the exploits of former stablemates Melody Belle (Commands) and Avantage (Fastnet Rock), but on Saturday’s electric performance, when bolting away with the Foxbridge Plate (Gr 2, 1200m), the four-year-old clearly has all the makings of a champion. Her... Read More