Kiwi Chronicles

A weekend for the unheralded proves every stallion can have his day

New Zealand stakes-race success was confined to domestic shores over the weekend, as four of the five black-type races in the country went the way of the Kiwis, but what an interesting line up they make. In this column last week Per Incanto (Street Cry) was hailed as an evergreen stallion who keeps throwing winners,... Read More

Zabeel flies New Zealand flag in dual Group 1 scalp

New Zealand breeders proudly hoisted their flag at Saturday’s delayed Rosehill meeting and, unsurprisingly, Zabeel (Sir Tristram) had much to say about two of the five Group 1 contests. In this column a few weeks ago, considerable space was given to “under appreciated” sire Zed (Zabeel), who stands at Mark Corcoran’s Grangewilliam Stud in South... Read More

Amarelinha’s Oaks win has Chittick jumping for joy

With her strong victory in Saturday’s New Zealand Oaks (Gr 1, 2400m), inventively named Amarelinha (Savabeel) not only wrapped up the coveted New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of Year title but also ensured that the Savabeel (Zabeel)-Waikato Stud roadshow continues. Amarelinha in Portuguese means hopscotch, the name given to her dam Hopscotch (O’Reilly) and in adding... Read More

Mapperley Stud roars to Lion’s success

For Mapperley Stud, the week could not have been better. Only last Wednesday Mapperley’s young stallion Contributer (High Chaparral) sired his first stakes winner when Llanacord held on gamely in the Lowland Stakes (Gr 2, 2100m) at Hastings and Saturday’s Group 1 success in the Randwick Guineas (1600m) is more icing on the cake as... Read More