Kiwi Chronicles

Making an impact

Rich Hill Stud’s Satono Aladdin (Deep Impact) could have a second top notch three-year-old vying for honours this season, judging from the impressive winning effort from Lupo Solitario over a competitive field at Tauranga on Saturday, to remain unbeaten from two starts.  Already represented by last season’s dual Oaks winner, Pennyweka, as well as champion... Read More

Looking on the bright side

When approached by editor Alex Wiltshire, more than two years ago, to compile Kiwi Chronicles for ANZ Bloodstock News and summarise weekly the New Zealand breeding industry, it was humbling. The column is as much a cheerleading exercise for the success of the industry as anything else, but to be able to combine a deep... Read More

Spring in the air, and in our step

Out of the gloom of winter, Hastings’ Daffodil day on Saturday provided a preview of the potential for the new season. It was a breath of fresh spring air. The same applied to the Foxbridge Plate (Gr 2, 1200m), run two weeks ago, the three stakes races drew quality as well as interesting fields. Race... Read More

What about 2040 metres?

Aided by a great ride by Craig Williams, tough-as-teak Mr Brightside (Bullbars) played his part by defying his class rivals in Saturday’s Memsie Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m). Easy to spot after the event, the ratings listed Mr Brightside, I Wish I Win (Savabeel) and Alligator Blood (All Too Hard) each rated at 116. The next... Read More

Tarzino reprise

A 50 per cent boost to the stake for the Foxbridge Plate (Gr 2, 1200m) on Saturday brought together a fine field and resulted in a most competitive race. The Waikato Racing Club had to be pleased, setting the scene for an interesting spring. The field was not only a quality one, it was also... Read More

Another big season in store for the Kiwis in Australia?

Can Kiwi-breds follow a stellar 2022-23 season in Australia? Already the Rowley Mile (Listed, 1600m), the Regal Roller Stakes (Listed, 1200m) and a comprehensive win by Mr Brightside (Bullbars) in Saturday’s PB Lawrence Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) suggests a more-than-promising start to the new season. I was always hoping for a filly That was the... Read More