Though there were no winners, Trelawney Stud horses acquitted themselves well over the weekend with several running in the money and marking themselves as horses to watch this season.
Holy Mongolemperor (More Than Ready x Raziyya of Sydney) resumed at Hawkes Bay and flew home late to finish runner up in the ATI Engineering 1200. It was a super start to his three-year-old season and he should progress nicely from there for trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.
Bred by Trelawney Stud, Holy Mongolemperor was sold through their 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 draft, the farm retained a share in the son of More Than Ready who then went through the ring as a Ready To Run two-year-old when purchased by the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry. There is talk of an Australian campaign in the future and the colt looks to be an exciting prospect.
In the following race Loire (Redoute's Choice x Syrah) stepped out in the Listed El Roca - Sir Colin Meads Trophy (1200m). This was the first black-type test for the three-year-old filly, who was a last-start winner in May, and she showed she was up to the task finishing third to the Clayton Chipperfield-trained Catalyst who has Group One targets on his horizon.
Loire was bred by Trelawney Stud and races in their silks in partnership with good friend Kate Plaw. She looks to be a filly with plenty of talent and is another who will hopefully have a big season ahead of her.
Old campaigner Sultan of Swing (Bachelor Duke x Queen Cha Cha) was another to run a place at Hastings. Shaune Ritchie was confident of a strong performance prior to the race and the seven-year-old gelding did not disappoint finishing strongly for second and just .4L off the winner Cutadeel.
Sultan of Swing carries the Trelawney Stud brand and was born and raised on the farm for Dominic Li of IDL Racing.