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I’m Thunderstruck scores in epic Makybe Diva

With a Gr.1 Toorak Handicap (1600m), A$7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) and multiple Group One placings to his name, I’m Thunderstruck had already done enough to be fondly remembered by racing fans on both sides of the Tasman – but a remarkable performance at Flemington on Saturday has further enhanced the Kiwi-bred gelding’s legacy. The five-year-old, who was born and raised at Trelawney Stud, scored a heart-stopping win in the Gr.1 PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), catching t...

September 10, 2022

Lim's Kosciuszko in a class of his own with Lion City Cup win

Singapore has had its fair share of versatile horses over the years - the likes of Laurie Laxon's old warhorse Waikato (Pins) immediately spring to mind - but a horse has never achieved the double of the Singapore Derby (Listed, 1800m) and the Lion City Cup (Listed, 1200m) in the same year, let alone at consecutive starts, as Lim's Kosciuszko (5g Kermadec - Jacquetta by Keeper) did on Sunday.Read the full story HERE...

August 17, 2022

Lim’s Kosciuszko storms to victory in Lion City Cup

Talented sprinter Lim’s Kosciuszko scored back-to-back feature wins in the Gr.1 (SING) Lion City Cup (1200m) on Sunday after a thrilling win in the Singapore Derby (1800m) last month.The news of his stablemate cum likely race favourite, Lim’s Lightning being scratched at the start of the feature race meeting came as a surprise to many.But after a shuffle of the odds, it was game on for the 15 quality horses heading to the 1200m start, with Lim’s Kosciuszko now favourite at a quote of $15.G...

August 15, 2022

Trelawney celebrate successful season

The 2021-22 racing season provided Trelawney Stud with some standout performances but also delivered some bitter disappointments. Brent and Cherry Taylor’s racing team focusses on quality rather than quantity and the results shone through on the track with horses carrying their familiar silks posting 24 wins, 10 at stakes level. “We have celebrated some great success this season and also been dealt some bitter blows which is all part of the racing game,” Brent Taylor said. “It takes a gr...

July 26, 2022

Lim’s Kosciuszko scales Singapore Derby

Lim’s Kosciuszko summited the peak of Singapore racing on Sunday when taking out the S$400,000 Singapore Derby (1800m) at Kranji Racecourse. The Trelawney Stud-bred four-year-old had to fight hard to hold off a fast-finishing Relentless to win by a head, with a further neck back to Super Impact in third. “Danny (Beasley) rode him beautifully,” trainer Daniel Meagher said. “We’ve been trying to get him to settle in his trackwork, it’s been a bit difficult but teamwork makes the dream ...

July 18, 2022

Vale Boundless

Trelawney Stud are mourning the loss of one of their favourite broodmares in Boundless at 17 years of age. Bred by Brent and Cherry Taylor, Boundless was sold as a yearling with Cherry retaining a share in the racing ownership. This proved to be an astute decision as the daughter of Van Nistelrooy developed into a standout on the racetrack, winning on nine occasions, four times at Group level, out of the stable of Stephen McKee. Her greatest triumph was in the 2008 Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks where sh...

June 27, 2022

Juan Diva caps momentous season for Taylor family

A stirring victory by Juan Diva in the Gr.3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday provided Trelawney Stud’s Taylor family with a remarkable tenth stakes win as owners for the season.Three of those wins have come in Australia with royally bred mare Zayydani contributing twice with her wins in the Gr.2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) and Listed Ballarat Cup (2000m) whilst their seven New Zealand black-type victories were shared between Pareanui Bay (2), Cheaperthandivorce (2) and the recent...

June 26, 2022

Trelawney mare scores Group Three win

Juan Diva (Snitzel) broke through at black-type level on Saturday winning the Gr.3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm. Raced by Trelawney Stud’s Brent and Cherry Taylor in partnership with Brent’s mother Faith Taylor, Juan Diva had finished just out of the money in her previous two starts, both at Listed level. This time around the five-year-old mare displayed a class turn of foot to score a three-quarter length win over Prime Candidate (Denman). Brian Smith, representing father and son...

June 25, 2022

Weight in Kosciuszko’s favour in the Stewards’ Cup

With the likes of Tiger Roar on the back of a strong Class 3 win and Relentless, Amazing Breeze and Vgor all knocking in recent Class 4 wins in preparation for Sunday’s Group 2 Stewards’ Cup (1600m), it is easy to forget that the best four-year-old in Singapore - Lim’s Kosciuszko - started favourite in the Group 1 Kranji Mile just over a month ago.It is history now that Lim’s Kosciuszko battled late to finish tenth – beaten (but not disgraced) by some four-and-a-half lengths behind his...

June 24, 2022

Diva ready to perform in Classic

Beautifully bred mare Juan Diva will be out to emulate her dam Peron when she chases some elusive black-type in the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic at Ipswich on Saturday. Peron landed her first and only stakes victory in the 2013 renewal and Juan Diva is likewise knocking on the door for a breakthrough performance at Listed level. The mare has been a model of consistency over the past 12 months, contesting four stakes races and finishing fourth in each one. "She has ...

June 16, 2022

Zayydani retired

Trelawney Stud's impeccably bred Group Two winner Zayydani has been retired following her game fourth placing in the Gr.3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1800m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday. The Ben and JD Hayes-trained daughter of Savabeel suffered a tendon injury and owner-breeders Brent and Cherry Taylor of Trelawney Stud made the decision to retire the five-year-old mare, who will go to stud in spring. "Unfortunately the ride is over with Zayydani," Brent Taylor said. "She has strained a tendon. Ben and JD...

May 29, 2022

Trelawney filly stars on debut

A well-bred first crop daughter of Deep Impact’s son Satono Aladdin has made a dream start to her career with a stirring debut display on the Kensington track at Randwick. Koshu was untroubled to win over 1100m for trainer John O’Shea and in the process credited her Rich Hill Stud-based sire with a victory on Australian soil with his first representative. Off the back of an impressive trial victory earlier this month, the filly was sent out a commanding favourite and never looked like lettin...

May 18, 2022

Multiple Group winner retired

Beauden, who was successful twice at Group level, has been retired. The seven-year-old son of Bullbars was a model of consistency for most of his career, winning 12 of his 42 starts and placing on a further 12 occasions. His biggest win came in last season’s Gr.2 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) following which he headed south to Riccarton and won the Gr.3 Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m). The Team Rogerson-trained Beauden showed an affinity for Awapuni, winning eight times on the Palmerston North track, i...

May 18, 2022

Seajetz an impressive winner for Richards at Hawera

Promising stayer Seajetz provided Paul Richards with his first winner back training when he took out the opening event at Hawera on Saturday. The four-year-old son of Iffraaj is the first horse that Richards has produced since restarting his training business after spending the past few years working for Te Akau Racing where son Jamie was head trainer before he accepted a position to ply his trade in Hong Kong. Raced by Bill and Sandra Duell, who are longtime clients of Richards, Seajetz was hav...

May 17, 2022

Pisco Sour posts Hawera win

After impressing when clearing Maidens last time out, Pisco Sour stepped up with a tenacious victory in the 2YO & 3YO 1200m on Saturday at Hawera.Carrying the Trelawney Stud colours of owners Brent & Cherry Taylor and Faith Taylor, Pisco Sour capped good form with an impressive six and three-quarter lengths victory in the Maiden 1200m on 20 April at Matamata, and warranted favouritism to win again.Ridden by Lisa Allpress, Pisco Sour worked to lead and required resolve after being headed in the s...

May 14, 2022

Two Illicit signs off in style at Te Rapa

If Saturday’s Gr.2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa is to be the last race for class mare Two Illicit then she has signed off a stellar career in the best possible fashion with a dominant victory. Trainer Roger James, who prepares the five-year-old daughter of Jimmy Choux with Robert Wellwood, had spoken of her retirement leading into Saturday’s Group Two contest and she delighted her legion of fans with a performance that left no doubt about her underlying class. Rider Michael McNab elected...

April 30, 2022

Te Rapa swansong for Two Illicit

Top quality performer Two Illicit will be chasing the perfect end to a stellar racing career when she steps out in Saturday’s Gr.2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa. The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained daughter of Jimmy Choux has carried the colours of breeder Trelawney Stud with distinction and, as such, a highly valuable addition to the Cambridge farm’s broodmare band. Two Illicit has won seven of her 20 starts, including the Gr.1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) and succeeded at Group T...

April 26, 2022

Excelida on target for Anniversary Vase

Ben Hayes is bullish about the chances of Excelida (Exceed and Excel x Lady Sayyida) in the Listed Anniversary Vase (1400m) at Sandown on Saturday. A benchmark 78 grade winner at Caulfield on Boxing Day, Excelida has had three subsequent starts, finishing third in the Listed John Dillon Stakes (1400m) and Gr.3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield last start. "It was a huge run at Caulfield last start," said Hayes, who trains in partnership with his brother JD. "She was beaten by two good horse...

April 26, 2022

Challenging week ends in Cup triumph for Prise De Fer

Quality performer Prise De Fer put a week of uncertainty behind him in style at Riccarton on Saturday, taking his career earnings past $500,000 with a record-breaking victory in the Gr.3 Coca-Cola Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m). The Savabeel gelding’s plans had been thrown into disarray in the early part of the week when a Cook Strait ferry crossing was cancelled, leaving weekend plans up in the air and entries being made for both the Canterbury Gold Cup and the Gr.3 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m)...

April 23, 2022

Pisco Sour salutes at Matamata

Pisco Sour (I Am Invincible – Refreshing), raced by Brent, Cherry and Faith Taylor, demolished rivals in the Matamata Club Maiden (1200m) on Wednesday at Matamata. Second in both starts since freshen-up, most recently after midrace check in corresponding event on 30 March at Matamata, Pisco Sour was ridden purposefully by Michael McNab to lead, travelled like a winner, and charged clear in the straight to win easing down by six and three-quarter lengths. A filly with good trial form before deb...

April 20, 2022

Zayydani top weight in Easter Cup

Zayydani will be the highest rated horse in the Gr.3 Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield on Saturday as the Ben & JD Hayes mare targets Group One riches in the Queensland Winter.The five-year-old mare, who races in the silks of Trelawney Stud, is coming off her best ever preparation last Spring, having run 4th, beaten a length in the Coongy by star mare Duais before going on to win the group two Matriarch Stakes and the Ballarat Cup.After an eye-catching run in the Bendigo Golden Mile firs...

April 12, 2022

Kosciuszko eight from eight

Rising star Lim’s Kosciuszko turned his first attempt at the mile into a one-act affair after he careered away to his eighth win in as many starts in Singapore on Saturday.The $7 hotpot showed an abundance of speed to lead as usual over the Long Course, but it remained to be seen if the son of Kermadec, who has thus far scored only over 1200m (six wins) and 1400m (one win), could hold off six classy runners, including noted milers like Top Knight and Sacred Croix.Circuit Mission (A’Isisuhair...

March 27, 2022

Derby Day double

Trelawney Stud posted a winning double at Ellerslie on one of the biggest days of New Zealand racing - Derby Day.While there were no contenders in the big race, Trelawney Stud were represented on the undercard by Samiam Seussie who won the Graeme Thomson Antique and Estate Jewellery 1600.The Tony Pike-trained four-year-old has been in solid form and has finished in the top four of her previous five starts, including two wins.Ridden by regular jockey Michael McNab, Samiam Seussie began smartly on...

March 6, 2022

Lim's Kosciuszko makes it to win No 7

Danny Beasley was in awe when he gave Lim’s Kosciuszko (Kermadec x Jacquetta) a squeeze inside the concluding stages of the Class 2 race over 1200m in Singapore on Saturday.Just like everybody else, the Australian jockey was blown away by the rising star’s impeccable record of seven wins from as many starts at Kranji – putting him only five wins away from Better Than Ever’s Malayan Racing Association record of 12 wins in a row.But what really had Beasley shaking his head in disbelief as ...

February 20, 2022

BLOG - George Chittick

Keith & Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship recipient George Chittick provides an update on his time at the Irish National Stud.I have been at the Irish National Stud for just over a month now and I’m lucky to say it has been an eventful month.It is my first big trip away from home and I was proud to make it through the empty Auckland International Airport let alone Dubai where I had to take a train to my next gate. I made it to Dublin after leaving summertime at home, getting off the plane to -2 ...

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