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Concert Hall all class at Trentham

It may have taken nearly all of the Trentham straight to get her head in front but class performer Concert Hall delivered when it counted as she took out the Gr.3 Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors Thompson Handicap (1600m) on Sunday. Sent out a warm favourite after producing a storming finish for second at Ellerslie when opening her latest campaign, the Savabeel mare, who was born and raised at Trelawney Stud for breeder-owner Joan Egan, delivered for her supporters despite giving them a few heart...

October 25, 2020

Success in Sydney at Ready To Race Sale

The decision to send two colts to Sydney for the Inglis Ready To Race Sale has been chalked up as a success.The Savabeel - Dubonnet and Ocean Park - Lagonissi colts had been earmarked as Ready To Race prospects and had their breaking in, early education, breeze-ups and sale prep completed in New Zealand before travelling to Sydney for the auction. Due to COVID-19 enforced travel restrictions, the care of the two colts once landed across the Tasman was entrusted to Jo and Greg Griffin of Lime Cou...

October 21, 2020

Purple Sector proves too strong at Randwick

Trelawney Stud graduate Purple Sector looks to have hit his straps this preparation posting a stylish victory at Randwick on Saturday.Trainer John Thompson credited a gelding operation for the successful performance which came off the back of a second placing at Rosehill last month."He went really well today," Thompson said. "We had him gelded before this prep, and the dry tracks are a key for him. The gelding was the right thing to do. He probably runs at Rosehill in a couple of weeks in t...

October 18, 2020

Two in a row for Challa

The Jamie Richards-trained Challa made it two starts for two wins this preparation when he delivered a strong front-running performance to take out the Mardigras Events 1200 at Hastings on Saturday.Apprentice Joe Kamaruddin took four-year-old gelding Challa straight to the lead and was untroubled in the running to score a comfortable victory.“Full marks to Joe, he did a great job and it’s really satisfying to see a young member of the team who does so much hard work behind the scenes being r...

October 18, 2020

Two Illicit near peak for Classic

Two Illicit will be near her potent best when she races at her pet distance in Saturday's Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings, says co-trainer Robert Wellwood. Wellwood, who trains in partnership with Roger James at Cambridge, was satisfied with the Jimmy Choux four-year-old's fourth-placing in this month's Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) considering how the race was run. But there's an expectation that with a more suitably run middle distance contest on Saturday, Two Illicit can prove even...

October 14, 2020

Pride of Jenni clears maiden ranks

Trelawney Stud-bred filly posted her first career win at Mornington on Thursday.The three-year-old daughter of Pride of Dubai is trained by David Brideoak for the same connections that have experienced Group One success with Princess Jenni.Placed at her first two starts last month, Pride of Jenni raced away to win by two lengths when eased down in the 1200m maiden.A A$100,000 Inglis Classic purchase from the Segenhoe Stud draft for Tony Ottobre’s Cape Schanck Stud, Pride of Jenni was bred by T...

October 8, 2020

Innes out to round off Triple Crown

Big-race jockey Leith Innes believes Trelawney Stud's Two Illicit could be the horse to help him complete the Hawke’s Bay Group One Triple Crown. Innes has won the first two legs of Hastings’ spring attraction, taking the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) on three occasions (Starcraft, 2004 and Kawi 2015 and 2016) and the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) four years ago aboard Kawi, but he has had no luck in the third leg, the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) with his best result being a third aboard th...

October 6, 2020

Celebrating the Arc

There was plenty to cheer about at the Taylor family’s historic Trelawney Stud this week with the 3yo colt In Swoop (Adlerflug), a half-brother to Trelawney’s Group Three winning Galileo mare Igraine (GER), running the race of his life to be narrowly beaten in the  Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.Then Fastnet Rock’s daughter One Master conquers the G.r1 Prix de la Foret for an unprecedented third time.Why was that significant?Well three weeks back, Igraine (GER) had her first foal, a gorgeo...

October 5, 2020

Trans-Tasman Group 1 hopes for Trelawney Stud

Trelawney Stud will be keeping a close eye on the action at Randwick on Saturday and on the home front at Hastings with live Group One contenders at both venues. Trelawney Stud homebred Star Of The Seas (NZ) (Ocean Park {NZ}) will be chasing a richly-deserved breakthrough at the top level in the G1 TAB Epsom H. while its silks will be aboard Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice) and Two Illicit (NZ) (Jimmy Choux {NZ}) in the G1 Windsor Park Plate at Hastings.Star Of The Seas has won seven races, inclu...

October 2, 2020

Te Rapa win for Challa

A winner fresh-up last season, Challa (Dissident – Are There Any emulated the feat with a strong front-running performance in the Te Akau 2019/20 No. 1 Stable Rating 65 (1200m) on Friday at Te Rapa.  Te Akau apprentice Joe Kamaruddin did a good job to register victory aboard Challa. Intent on leading, Kamaruddin, who claimed four-kilos to 56kgs, was able to button off aboard Challa after being pressured early and came clear inside the 200m to score emphatically by two and a...

October 2, 2020

Partnership in search of breakthrough Group One

The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained Two Illicit has hardly put a foot wrong in her eight-start career to date, but the immensely talented four-year-old will face her toughest test to date when she contests Saturday’s star-studded Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings. Runner-up in last season’s Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m), Two Illicit was a brilliant fresh-up winner at Ellerslie over 1400m and James is pleased with his multiple Group Two winner who is the $6 third favourite ...

October 2, 2020

Sky Field on the Classic trail

Sky Field boosted his Hong Kong Classic Mile credentials with his second win of the term in the Class 3 Shanghai Handicap (1200m). The talented son of Deep Field, who was purchased out of Trelawney Stud's New Zealand Bloodstock draft as a yearling, was cuddled throughout the race by Moreira to score with plenty in hand – more than the official three quarters of a length –  rounding up his six rivals from the rear of the field in some style. But, while an exciting talent, the chestnut do...

October 2, 2020

Impressive Sky Field aims to keep on rising

The Caspar Fownes-trained Sky Field made a big statement to end last season and picked up this term exactly where he left off, dazzling with a first-up victory. He goes again in Thursday’s Class 3 Shanghai Handicap (1200m) at Sha Tin but his handler is being level-headed about his chances despite his exciting young gun taking on a field of only six opponents. “He’s a horse with a lot of upside – he’ll carry 133 pounds on the weekend and even though it’s a small field, in this game yo...

September 30, 2020

Star of the Seas strong in George Main

Chris Waller claimed a seventh Gr.1 George Main Stakes (1600m) crown at Randwick last Saturday, scoring the trifecta in the race with Kolding, Star of the Seas and Imaging. Although there is no denying the quality of Kolding, it could be argued that Star Of The Seas probably could have won after getting on heels halfway down the straight and giving up a couple of lengths before launching late to just miss.“Star Of The Seas has been beaten by a good horse in Kolding,’...

September 22, 2020

Moore aiming high with Sport Genius

Trainer Nick Moore has mapped out an ambitious program for his exciting four year Sport Genius who showed great determination in scoring a last stride win over the hot favorite Diamond Moonlight, in Saturday’s Class 3 over 1050m in Macau.With regular rider Luis Corrales in the saddle, Sport Genius after a tardy beginning soon mustered speed to sit at the girth of Diamond Moonlight.  It was obvious before the turn that it was just a two horse affair with the two runners singling out f...

September 22, 2020

Bebe Wins Back to Back

Well-bred mare Vamos Bebe brought up consecutive wins on Saturday when successful in the Remember 'Jooky' 1200 at Hastings. Following a clear-cut Maiden victory over 1200m on earlier this month at Avondale, Vamos Bebe extended her record to two wins and two seconds from four starts for owners Brent & Cherry Taylor of Trelawney Stud and Faith Taylor.Ridden again by leading jockey Danielle Johnson, Vamos Bebe drew awkwardly in barrier 10 but after securing a decent trip in eighth she was...

September 21, 2020

Loire returns in Tarzino

Class mare Loire will make her raceday return in Saturday's Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings on Saturday.The daughter of Redoute's Choice has drifted from $34 to $51 with TAB Bookmakers.“We were discussing her price this morning and maybe it’s the wide gate (15 of 16), I am not quite sure why she is so long in the market,” Pike said. “Her trial at Ruakaka was very good and her work through the week has been outstanding. “That gate restricts her options a wee bit, but she general...

September 18, 2020

Trelawney represented at Inglis Ready To Race Sale

Strong New Zealand ties will see Lime Country’s Jo and Greg Griffin venture into new territory as first-time vendors at the Inglis 2020 Ready 2 Race Sale on October 20.“This is not a sale that we would typically be active at, however, with COVID 19 restricting the ability for Kiwis to be present at the sale, we decided it was a time to lend a helping hand,” explained Jo.“We had discussions with Champion New Zealand breeder Trelawney Stud and with proven Ready 2 Run specialist R...

September 14, 2020

Emerging talent Sky Field impresses

Sky Field scored a dazzling victory in the Class 3 Hung Hom Handicap (1200m) in Hong Kong on Sunday, demonstrating an electrifying turn-of-foot in the straight to make a big statement for jockey Joao Moreira and trainer Caspar Fownes. The Deep Field four-year-old, who was sold out of Trelawney Stud's 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 draft, didn’t enjoy the easiest of passages but once clear in the straight he was able to stretch out and win with plenty in hand to cement his status as a leadi...

September 14, 2020

Two Illicit makes stunning return at Ellerslie

The cream rose to the top late in the day at Ellerslie when four-year-old mare Two Illicit issued a powerful statement to her spring rivals with a commanding fresh-up victory over 1400m on Saturday. Racing in the Trelawney Stud silks, Two Illicit is raced by Brent and Cherry Taylor, Faith Taylor, Jane Taylor and Scott Malcolm. A multiple stakes winner during a three-year-old campaign that culminated in a runner-up finish in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m), Two Illicit was kicking off her spri...

September 12, 2020

The Bostonian ruled out of spring

Triple Group One winning sprinter The Bostonian will miss the remainder of the spring after suffering a fetlock injury in a gallop on Thursday. The Tony Pike-trained sprinter has been campaigning in Sydney but will return home to New Zealand for a spell. “Unfortunately, he pulled up a little bit short in front after a gallop on Thursday morning,” Pike said. “We have taken some x-rays of his front fetlock and with a bit of inflammation in there it looks like he has taken a small piece off h...

September 11, 2020

Sky Field on Hong Kong Classic Mile trail

Sky Field (Deep Field) made a big statement before the break between seasons and this Sunday at Sha Tin he readies for his return in the Class 3 Hung Hom Handicap (1200m), with the Four-Year-Old Classic Series on his radar.“It’s a big season for him, so I’m treating him like a horse with a lot of potential and the type of horse that I would train for the Hong Kong Classic Mile – that’s my target with him this season, so he’ll be progressing distance-wise,” trainer Caspar Fowne...

September 11, 2020

Star Kingsclere mares kick-off spring campaigns

A trip to Taupo to bring on the fitness of talented mares Two Illicit and Concert Hall has received a hearty tick of approval from Cambridge trainers Roger James and Robert Wellwood. The Kingsclere training partnership couldn't have been happier with the gallop, or the hospitality, with the pair provided with "delicious" scones, topped with jam and cream. "The Taupo club excels. They've got a wonderful committee and they're very fortunate that they are placed in an area that lets them provide go...

September 9, 2020

More in store for Vamos Bebe

Well-related four-year-old mare Vamos Bebe broke maiden ranks in style at Avondale on Wednesday over 1200m. The Trelawney Stud-owned daughter of I Am Invincible had finished second at her two starts prior to her breakthrough win. Trained by Jamie Richards, the mare travelled like the winner a long way out under a positive Danielle Johnson ride. “She has always promised to do that,” Richards said. “Her trials and her first two runs have been good. “She’s a filly that has battled with a...

September 2, 2020

The Bostonian to be freshened for sprint

It may have taken plenty of effort and sacrifice, but Cambridge trainer Tony Pike finally has his temporary Sydney satellite barn in operation. Stable foreman Chris McNab and trackwork rider Matthew Ward have undergone their mandatory two week quarantine period in Sydney after receiving travel exemptions to head across the Tasman earlier this month. While the pair missed stable runner The Bostonian’s opening assignment, the Gr.1 Winx Stakes (1400m) a week ago, they welcomed him to their tempor...

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