Kiwi Chronicles

This is what racing is all about

Te Rapa’s Legends Day proved that when class fields are assembled, the people will respond. It is so good to see the stands packed. Our racing needs more of this. The two Group 1s, the Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) and the BCD Sprint (1400m) attracted top fields, the anticipation matching that of Karaka Millions night.... Read More

Late Delivery

She should have written sooner, or, the postman was late. Nevertheless, Wrote To Arataki (Wrote) delivered some good news for Brent Gillovic and Highview Stud’s Wrote (High Chaparral). Whether the Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (Gr 3, 1300m) result would have made a significant difference to the prices of Wrote’s yearlings, we will never know, but the... Read More

The cupboard is bare of Satono Aladdin’s this sales season

If you are looking for a yearling by Satono Aladdin (Deep Impact) this sales series, you are out of luck. Not one is available and the reason is the same issue used by many to explain much that has caused recent problems in the world. The thoroughbred industry has not been immune. It has been... Read More

Good times, good timing

While the industry exhales after yet another fabulous five days of selling on the Gold Coast, a marker was posted at Saturday’s Trentham meeting when Waikato Stud’s Ardrossan (Redoute’s Choice) got his stud career off to an almost perfect start. Precocious and early maturing two-year-olds are virtually the lifeblood of the Australian breeding industry. Since... Read More

Faith, a promise and a bond

Successful men seem to separate themselves from the rest. An invention or a discovery may be at the heart of one man’s enormous success. In Sir Patrick Hogan’s case it was drive, dedication and innovation, assisted with huge faith, then spiced with some Irish luck. The year 1976 was supposed to be a new beginning... Read More

We’re off to the races in 2023

A perfect track, not too hot (peaking at 22C) and good fields were on offer at Te Rapa on Sunday for the meeting that, traditionally, would have been held at Ellerslie. Auckland Thoroughbred Racing’s first day of their Boxing Day/New Year’s Day festival was held at Pukekohe and gave us two memorable performances from two... Read More