By Paul Vettise, LOVERACING.NZ News Desk
Trelawney Stud again celebrated outstanding results on the track last year, highlighted by a pair of heavy hitting graduates of Brent and Cherry Taylor’s operation.
Off the back of a notable 2023, the Cambridge nursery will head to New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale later this month in high spirits with another quality line-up of potential future stars.
“We have been fortunate enough to breed some pretty good horses and certainly the likes of Pride Of Jenni and Lim’s Kosciuszko are a couple of out of the box,” Brent Taylor said.
“Pride Of Jenni won those two Group One races and the first time in for 35 years it’s happened in that week. That was pretty special.”
During last year’s Melbourne spring carnival, the Pride Of Dubai mare claimed the Gr.1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) with a commanding front-running display and produced a repeat performance seven days later to land the Gr.1 Champion’s Mile.
Kermadec’s son Lim’s Kosciuszko has been a star multiple stakes winner in Singapore and Trelawney will offer the 2022 Horse of the Year’s half-sister by Ocean Park at Karaka.
“Lim’s Kosciuszko has won 17 races now and from 1200m to 2000m at Group One level in Singapore, which hasn’t been done before so that’s testament to not only his ability, but his tenacity,” Taylor said.
Trelawney’s filly is the last foal of the late Keeper mare Jacquetta and a straight-forward business decision will see her through the ring as Lot 150.
“We’re commercial thoroughbred breeders and we can’t invest in fillies without selling some,” Taylor said.
“We’ve got quite a large racing team and they take a bit of feeding every month so we’ve got to sell some.”
Toronado’s daughter, Lot 152, is another highly thought of yearling among the draft of fillies.
“She’s out of Joan’s a Jett and purpose-bred on the same cross as Tivaci, which is down in the family and he’s obviously by High Chaparral out of the Fastnet Rock mare Breccia,” Taylor said.
“Joan’s a Jett is by a son of Fastnet Rock and Toronado is by High Chaparral and you have ideas of what you want the foal to look like and this filly is exactly what we wanted.
“She’s strong with plenty of length and strength with great bone. It’s what you would expect to see from a filly from this family, she’s just a great individual.”
Among the colts, the sons of Snitzel, Lot 138, and Circus Maximus, Lot 354, are a couple of favourites.
“The Snitzel colt out of Indecision is a bit of a flagbearer, not only because Snitzel goes from strength to strength, but he is a really decent colt out of a young stakes-winning mare that we were lucky enough to race,” Taylor said.
“He’s just a good type, plenty of size and strength with lovely length. He is a quality individual.”
By Per Incanto, Indecision won six races up to 1200m, including three Listed titles.
“Circus Maximus is a stallion that I liked the look of when he first came down and was a very good racehorse,” Taylor said.
“This colt is out of Rockadubai and we bred him on that very potent Fastnet Rock/Galileo cross and further down the pedigree it’s been franked by Warm Heart.
“He’s a big, strong impressive looking colt with plenty of substance. When we bred the mare to Circus Maximus, this is the kind of individual we hoped to get.
A daughter of Galileo, Warm Heart was a two-time European Group One winner out of Rockadubai’s three-quarter sister Sea Siren, who won three times at the highest level.
The stakes placed Rockadubai is the dam of the Gr.3 South Australia Fillies’ Classic (2500m) winner Chabaud and multiple Hong Kong winner Ka Ying Victory.