Kiwi Chronicles

Potential goldmine

If you want to breed to Ardrossan (Redoute’s Choice) this year, you’re too late. You were probably too late a month ago when the young stallion sired his second stakes winner, Loch Katrine, a tough filly who landed the Champagne Stakes (Listed, 1600m) at Pukekohe. Toughness was again on display last Saturday for the Futurity... Read More

Blended blood

The blending of New Zealand and Australian bloodlines has always been. Whether it is more common during more recent times could be debated but the number of Australian-breds catalogued here, in either the annual yearling or two-year-old sales, is increasing. Before long, it might mean very little that the latest stakes winner was bred in... Read More

Faith rewarded

Faith is certainly prominent in Pencarrow Stud’s Sir Peter Vela as well as his right-hand man, Leon Casey. The stud’s mare, Kudamm (Cape Cross), finally delivered at Morphettville on Saturday. Finally, in this case, refers to elite–level performance as her 2019 foal, Dunkel (Dundeel), had secured a Group 3 as well as a Listed win... Read More

Kiwis can fly

A stunning performance by Ruthless Dame (Tavistock) in taking out Morphettville’s Robert Sangster Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) at Morphettville, is further proof that Kiwi breeders can indeed give their Australian counterparts something to think about when it comes to breeding sprinters. The numbers still heavily favour the Australian-breds but this season has seen Roch ‘N’... Read More

Database Pays Off

Ainsley Downs’ Courtney and Mandy Howells have enjoyed a successful association with prominent agent Paul Willetts. Their association resulted in Group 1 success last Saturday when Affaire A Suivre (Astern) held on tenaciously to win the Australasian Oaks (Gr 1, 2000m),  after being trapped three wide the entire 2000-metre journey.  “She always looked an Oaks-type... Read More

Onward and upward

“They’re nice foals and if they can run it will be all on. He probably represents the best value of any stallion in the country. He can only go one way and that is upwards.” Those were the comments from Waikato Stud’s Mark Chittick in May 2021, when the first foals by Ardrossan (Redoute’s Choice)... Read More