Kiwi Chronicles

Four studs, four stories

Four leading New Zealand studs each had varying stories to tell this week. They experienced the highs, as well as the exasperations associated with racing and breeding. Grabbing headlines is not new for Waikato Stud’s Savabeel (Zabeel). Even when he sires the winner of the first two-year-old race for the season it is old hat.... Read More

New boys are ready

With the new breeding season almost upon us, Kiwi Chronicles takes a look at the four new boys added to the stallion ranks for this year. Two of the four, Windsor Park Stud’s Circus Maximus (Galileo) and Cambridge Stud’s Hello Youmzain (Kodiac), are about to embark on their initial southern hemisphere duties, having already begun... Read More

A helping hand to your friends

One could imagine the conversation at dawn on Sunday between Waikato Stud barnmates Savabeel (Zabeel) and Tivaci (High Chaparral) to have been quite the jovial one after another week of notable successes shared between the stud stalwart and his junior colleague.  At different ends of the career spectrum they may be, however, the apprentice would... Read More

Lost opportunity?

Hindsight is, as they say, twenty-twenty, and as that relates to opportunities lost regarding stallions, Darci Brahma (Danehill) comes close to fitting that lost opportunity. The term: “Flying under the radar” seems appropriate and Darci Brahma has done that for most of his career. A very nice Group 2 win by his daughter Sierra Sue... Read More

Out with the old and in with the new

The transition from the 2020-21 season literally happens overnight and there is now a new campaign, filled with hope and optimism, to grab our interest. But not before some reflection. In last week’s Kiwi Chronicles, much space was given to the NZTBA Breeders’ Awards, especially the Broodmare of the Year. Not to be confused with... Read More

El Roca on fire

One way to fire up broodmare owners, who have yet to finalise their matings, is to keep firing out winners. Westbury Stud’s El Roca (Fastnet Rock) is doing exactly that, with his progeny on Saturday capping a grand month. There were two stakes races to end the season, the Ryder Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Otaki... Read More