Kiwi Chronicles

Before and after 

It is all very well to note that Orchestral (Savabeel) was, as expected, an easy winner of the Avondale Guineas (Gr 2, 2100m) but what took place past the post should have her New Zealand Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) opponents looking for a miracle if they think she might find the longer distance a shade... Read More

Same show, different venue

Two weeks ago at Karaka, Proisir (Choisir) and Hallmark Stud stole the show with the $1.6 million sale-topper. Two weeks later at Te Rapa the same combination struck again with Proisir’s Legarto in the Herbie Dyke Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) followed 80 minutes later by Hallmark Stud’s Super Easy (Darci Brahma), whose Bonny Lass led... Read More

A long road

It’s a long way from scraping a living out of selling yearlings at Claudelands’ Waikato sales for a $1,000, sometimes less, just to put food on the table, to a sale topper for $1.6 million. The writer well remembers the old Claudelands ring and the auctioneers’ rostrum which stood about five feet above ground. During... Read More


Proving the point that no one knows from where the next good horse will emerge, two unheralded sires, The Bold One (Fastnet Rock) and Vespa (Elusive Quality), took centre stage at Trentham on Saturday. One clue as to who might bag the Wellington Cup (Gr 3, 3200m) was available as the runners were loading. A... Read More

Where to now?

A tenacious Levin Classic (Gr 1, 1600m) victory by Quintessa (Shamus Award) elevated the plucky filly to be counted as one of the best of this season’s crop of three-year-olds. The question is: How does she measure up to the unbeaten Crocetti (Zacinto), the boom filly Molly Bloom (Ace High) or the talented Lupo Solitario... Read More

Patience, patience, patience

This year’s Marton Cup (Listed, 2200m) result was a triumph of patience as forty years has elapsed since the Schumacher family became involved with a mare named Wild Lavender (Varano), the great-granddam of Saturday’s Cup victor Canheroc (El Roca). Wild Lavender was foaled in Great Britain and imported to New Zealand in 1975. Her dam,... Read More