Kiwi Chronicles

Innovative points-based system sees Waikato Stud in running for leading vendor in Australia

Sire premierships are decided on monies earned, that’s just how it is, and how it has been, for some considerable time.  Another measure, such as AEI (Average Earnings Index), has been used over time, providing further analysis of a sire’s performance.  Wins and winners; stakes wins and stakes winners; stakes-winners-to-winners ratio; stakes-winners-to-runners ratio – are... Read More

Muollo and Novara Park grabbing the headlines

Luigi Muollo, principal of Novara Park, near Cambridge, has enjoyed several industry highlights over the last month or so and has maintained his presence with the announcement that his stud had acquired new stallion King Of Comedy (Kingman) for the upcoming breeding season. This news arrived off the back of Muollo being the subject of... Read More

First season sire foals to go under hammer at NZB National Weanling Sale

The NZB National Weanling Sale at Karaka on Friday will present a first public glimpse of some of the first-crop foals from New Zealand’s new and exciting stallions, as the Australasian bloodstock market continues with its breeding stock sales.  Kiwi Chronicles visited and contacted stud managers of the seven new sires, whose first crop were... Read More

A weekend to remember for Waikato Stud

Waikato Stud’s Mark Chittick had many reasons to smile over the weekend, especially after the running of two Group 2s on both sides of the Tasman.  The Travis Stakes (Gr 2, 2000m) at Te Rapa on Saturday saw Pierina (Savabeel) ring up her sire’s 114th stakes winner when the six-year-old bolted clear at the 300... Read More

Old friends enjoy shock win 

A family friendship that has endured for more than half a century was celebrated in spades (and a few cocktails, no doubt) when Hezashocka (Shocking) did exactly that and caused a huge upset in the Championship Stakes (Gr 2, 2100m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.  The gelding was making just his third start, having finished runner-up... Read More

Jack a product of Muollo’s Explosive ‘factory’ 

You just knew it would happen. That’s because, sadly, it happens quite often. A young stallion dies prematurely then soon after, one of his progeny wins big. The New Zealand industry has lost a number of emerging stallions over the past few years, the sire of last Saturday’s Australian Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) winner, Explosive... Read More