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AUDIO: Tony Pike

Andrew Bensley speaks with trainer Tony Pike to get the latest on The Bostonian, who was born and raised at Trelawney Stud, who heads to the Gr.1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick Saturday week. https://soundcloud.com/nz-racing-desk/tony-pike...

August 13, 2020

Two Illicit on target for Hastings

Trelawney Stud's Two Illicit trialled over 1100m at Taupo on Wednesday and co-trainer Robert Wellwood was happy enough with what he saw. Group One performer Two Illicit ran fifth in her heat behind multiple Group One winner Avantage. While Wellwood, who trains in partnership with Roger James, would have liked to have seen Two Illicit tested more in her trial, he is pleased with her progress this preparation. “I am happy enough with the way she went,” he said. “It would have been nice...

August 13, 2020

Two Illicit honoured at Wellington Awards

Two Illicit, who races in the Trelawney Stud silks, picked up the supreme award at the Wellington Branch of the NZTBA awards evening held last Thursday. Breeding Excellence Awards were presented to the breeders of six stakes winners, including Wellington branch member Faith Taylor who is the co-breeder/owner dual Group Two winner Two Illicit. Two Illicit, who is yet to run out of the money in seven starts, was also the recipient of the Horse of The Year trophy, an award that Taylor was pleasantl...

August 10, 2020

Lightly-raced Diva set for midweek return

Brent, Cherry and Faith Taylor are hoping it's a case of patience afforded equates to patience rewarded when the lightly-raced mare Juan Diva resumes at Canterbury on Wednesda. The daughter of Snitzel was a pre-post favourite for a race at Randwick on Saturday but the task of an outside gate on the heavy-rated track prompted co-trainers Michael and Richard Freedman to scratch on race morning. "Her best form has been on firmer tracks, that's why she was scratched on Saturday. We didn't want to go...

August 5, 2020

Hughes eyeing bigger prize with impressive debutant

Impressive triallist Show Bazz (NZ) (Showcasing) made an eye-catching debut when he trounced his maiden rivals over 1200m at Ashburton on Saturday. The Showcasing three-year-old had won a 1000m trial at Motukarara back in January and backed that up post the COVID19 lockdown with another comfortable victory at Rangiora in June over 850m. Co-trainer Kevin Hughes, who prepares the gelding with wife Pam, wasn’t keen to line his charge up on the heavy surfaces presented at their home base at Riccar...

August 1, 2020

Sultan still has his swing

Rising eight-year-old Sultan Of Swing showed he still has the zest for racing when winning a 900m trial at Te Rapa on Tuesday and the Shaune Ritchie-trained gelding is on target for an early season feature. A Group One placegetter and winner of 10 races, Sultan Of Swing will be aimed at the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Foxbridge Plate (1200m) back at Te Rapa on September 5 and could have a raceday outing before that. “He hasn’t raced since he ran second to Melody Belle in the Tarzino (Gr.1, 1400m) las...

July 29, 2020

Spring Carnival up in the air for NZ contenders

Multiple Group One winner The Bostonian is set to head to Sydney next month, but whether he will race under trainer Tony Pike’s name is still up in the air. The Cambridge trainer, who also heads the New Zealand Trainer’s Association, has been in discussions with an Australian immigration expert, however, there is still no clarity as to whether any of his staff members can gain an exemption to enter Australia. “At this stage there is no problems in getting the horses across, but with what h...

July 27, 2020

Sebring filly scores at Kembla Grange

Consistent filly Space is Deep added another win to her tally when successful at Kembla Grange on Thursday. The Chris Waller-trained three-year-old has been on the improve this campaign having won in June, before finishing third at her last start when contesting an 1880m race at Newcastle. Space is Deep, ridden by Tommy Berry, was stepping up to 2000m for the first time on Thursday and delivered a last to first performance to win the BM64 event after charging past her rivals on the straight to w...

July 23, 2020

Q & A with Laura McNab

Recent Irish National Stud graduate Laura McNab will arrive at Trelawney Stud in the near future to work for the breeding season and yearling prep. We had a Q & A session with the Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship recipient so we could get to know her a bit better before she joins team Trelawney.What was your favourite moment of your time in Ireland? It’s so hard to pin point a single thing! I was lucky enough to get out with the South Dublin County Hunt pre COVID-19 on ...

July 13, 2020

Aiming for the Sky

Joao Moreira was in treble form at Sha Tin on Sunday and he was buzzing after Sky Field put four lengths on the field in the Class 4 Mr Award Handicap (1200m). The Caspar Fownes-trained three-year-old broke his maiden at the third attempt in a manner that points to a bright future. “It’s been a while since I’ve ridden a nice young talent like him. The best part of it is that he feels like a raw type, that has plenty of improvement still,” Moreira said. “There are no words to describe w...

July 13, 2020

Group One update for Igraine

French raider In Swoop showed an impressive turn of foot in the closing stages to win the Gr.1 Deutsches Derby (2400m) at Hamburg. The Francis-Henri Graffard-trained son of Adlerflug won on debut at Lyon Parilly on May 15 and ran third over course and distance on his only other start in the Gr.3 Prix Greffulhe (2200m) last month. In Swoop is a half-brother to the Trelawney Stud-owned Igraine, a Group Three winning daughter of Galileo. Igraine had five starts in Australia last season, winning th...

July 13, 2020

Q & A with Hannah Airey

Hannah Airey has recently graduated from the Irish National Stud where she completed the world-renowned breeding diploma while on the Keith & Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship awarded by the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Association. Before she arrives at Trelawney to join the team for the breeding season we had a Q & A session to find out a little bit more about her and her time in Ireland. What was your favourite moment of your time in Ireland? Definitely the trips we got in at the end...

July 5, 2020

Scholarship recipients graduate from Irish National Stud

The class of 2020 has gradated from the Irish National Stud with their breeding course diploma. This year, due to the generosity of Trelawney Stud, the New Zealand Breeders’ Association were able to send to attendees on the world-renowned course under the Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship. Hannah Airey and Laura McNab were two of 27 students to graduate from the six-month diploma course. Though it was an unusual few month for the students, who despite not getting many opportunities to ...

June 29, 2020

Kiwi chaser on target for Australian Grand National

Leading Kiwi jumper Shamal took the next step on his path to the Australian Grand National Steeplechase (4500m) at Ballarat in August with a gritty victory at Casterton on Saturday. Carrying clear topweight of 74kgs, the former New Zealand Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) and Waikato Steeplechase (3900m) winner had to call on all his noted staying qualities for rider Lee Horner to defeat fellow Kiwi-breds Zataglio and Speedy Jax in the 3800m contest. Horner kept the Zabeel nine-year-old in a ...

June 28, 2020

Sport Genius scores again

Trelawney Stud graduate Sport Genius (Ocean Park x Bhiwani) brought up his fourth career win in Macau on Saturday.The three-year-old gelding has fashioned an impressive record in the Asian racing jurisdiction claiming victories in four of his six career starts to date.Trained by Nick Moore, Sport Genius was unplaced in his debut in December last year before winning his next two starts. He then ran third in March when racing wide without cover throughout, and his won at his last two trips to the ...

June 16, 2020

Trelawney score Aussie double

Trelawney Stud added two new winners to their tally on Wednesday after Samiam Seussie and Genuine Al provided the Cambridge-based farm a winning Australian double.The Richard and Michael Freedman trained Samiam Seussie was having just her second start after finishing unplaced at Kembla Grange earlier this month.Racing in the Trelawney Stud silks Samiam Seussie defied her $21 start price to win the Iron Jack Handicap (1250m) at Canterbury Park for two-year-old fillies by 2-1/4-lengths under Jason...

May 27, 2020

Savaheat cherry ripe at Flemington

Savaheat was cherry ripe ahead of the Brew’s Anniversary Plate (1800m) at Flemington on Saturday, according to trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent (Jr), and he duly delivered. The five-year-old son of Savabeel settled midfield for jockey Michael Dee before he asked his charge to improve from the 800m mark. Savaheat took control of the race with a furlong to go and he was able to hold out Duke Of Plumpton to record a New Zealand-bred quinella. His connections were delighted with the result, wi...

May 24, 2020

Blog Post- Hannah Airey

Keith & Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship recipient Hannah Airey gives an update on her time at the Irish National Stud.Mother Nature has well and truly issued the reminder that she is unstoppable, as while COVID-19 ploughs ahead so does the labour and cycle of the broodmare. I write this blog post from the sit-up room, waiting on the last three mares to pop out a baby. It is my last opportunity to gain some more foaling experience, so I have my fingers crossed for a foal tonight. The covering she...

May 19, 2020

SA Derby tilt for Zayydani

Trelawney Stud’s Brent and Cherry Taylor will be glued to their television screen on Saturday as they get set to watch Zayydani contest the Gr.1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville. The Cambridge couple bred the Savabeel filly and entrusted her to the care of the Lindsay Park training trio of David and Ben Hayes, and Tom Dabernig. She won her first two career starts at Seymour over a mile before finishing sixth and runner-up over the same distance in her two subsequent starts. She ...

May 8, 2020

Gundown ready to fire third-up

Former Kiwi galloper Gundown will have conditions in his favour when he contests the Ladbrokes Switch Handicap (2100m) at Sandown on Saturday, with the track currently rated a Soft7. The five-year-old son of High Chaparral finished ninth behind impressive winner Rupture last Saturday at Flemington, but trainer Michael Moroney said the gelding has had excuses at both starts this campaign. “His two runs have been good,” Moroney said. “He drew wide barriers and had to go back. He got caught...

May 1, 2020

Zayydani ready to step up

David Hayes is warning the tote is not an accurate reflection of Zayydani’s chances in the Gr.1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on Saturday. Zayydani, who races in the silks of breeders Brent and Cherry Taylor of Trelawney Stud, was paying $34 at fixed odds on the New Zealand TAB on Thursday morning with Affair To Remember ranked the $5 favourite. Hayes, who trains in partnership with his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig, has been pleased with Zayydani’s lead up form where she was a l...

April 30, 2020

Sultan of Swing getting ready for return

Connections of Sultan of Swin are eyeing a tilt at the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival. The seven-year-old gelding finished runner-up behind Melody Belle in last year’s Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) and was set for a raceday return before Covid-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions put a halt to his autumn preparation. “He is getting older, but he doesn’t seem to be getting slower,” Ritchie said of Sultan of Swing who was born and raised at Trelawney Stud. “He is racing really well. His last s...

April 22, 2020

Black-type tests ahead for Excelida

Well-related filly Excelida has South Australian black-type features in her sights after a strong win at Sandown on Monday. Racing in the well-known yellow and black checks of owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay, Excelida settled towards the rear of the field before pulling wide in the straight. Given clear running, Excelida let down well for jockey Damien Oliver reeling in the leaders and going on to score a comfortable length victory in the Same Race Multi Handicap (1300m). “It was a fantastic win...

April 14, 2020

Sydney off the agenda for Trelawney

Sydney was set to be a major focus point in the coming months for Trelawney Stud’s Brent and Cherry Taylor, however, their attention has swiftly changed with measures implemented as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Cambridge couple had yearlings set to fly over to go through the sales ring in Sydney, while exciting filly Two Illicit was earmarked for Group One assignments during Sydney’s autumn carnival. While disappointed Two Illicit will no longer get her chance to be tested in Sydne...

March 25, 2020

Blog Post- Hannah Airey

Eight weeks in and things are chipping away nicely on the Irish National Stud apart from someone’s lasting decision to not wash their hands in China. Luckily nothing on the stud has come to a grinding halt, and work continues as usual, with some precautions in place. Mind you, the closing of the local watering hole hit us all where it hurt. Picking up from where I left off, I’ve not only done my first stint on night watch, but my second too. I can hardly say we were overrun with foals but e...

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