Kiwi Chronicles

Turning point

On Saturday, in just under 70 seconds, Cambridge Stud achieved a notable and decisive turning point from the old guard to the new. Two knights, Sir Patrick and Sir Tristram (Sir Ivor), laid the foundation for Cambridge Stud’s enormous success, their influence still undeniably present, yet initiated as far back as the mid–1970s. The distaff... Read More

Spring is in their step

At least three Kiwi studmasters will have an extra spring in their step after the racetrack results of the last few days. Windsor Park Stud’s Rodney Schick might even have both feet off the ground. Rich Hill Stud’s John Thompson will be proud after Proisir (Choisir) sired his first Group 1 winner, while Schick will... Read More

Family affairs

He died before his findings were published but Australian Bruce Lowe left a huge legacy when he devised a breeding system based upon tracing Classic winners to their earliest-known roots. Assigning the number one to the family that produced the highest total of Classic winners (he used the Derby, Oaks and St Leger), led to... Read More

A new page

A new year affords a new page; a new beginning, a new hope. Out with the old and in with the new – as the saying goes.  Yet at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day, it was more of the same for the country’s leading stud, continuing their 2021 results and adding to its already imposing... Read More

Copy and paste

Copy and paste is such a huge time saver and a wonderful feature of computer programs, however, readers can be excused for thinking that Kiwi Chronicles has used this shortcut, regarding Trelawney Stud’s results, a little too often just lately. It may look like copy and paste but the fact is, the success of their... Read More

Time is money, Kiwi time is more money

Time can often be a thoroughbred’s best friend. The riches available for two-year-olds, especially in Australia, can be very tempting but many New Zealand–bred horses are simply not ready at that age. A long program of importing staying lines from England and Ireland, dating back sixty or more years, has meant that the blood that... Read More