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Trelawney enjoying real success with early purchase

Vouvray with her O'Reilly colt in 2014
Vouvray with her O'Reilly colt in 2014

Real Success (NZ) (Success Express {USA}) has been a mare that has lived up to her name for Trelawney Stud with the Cambridge nursery continuing to be rewarded for its initial investment back in the early 1990s.

She was a smart mare on the track and won the G2 Dulcie S. and at Group 3 level in the Royal S. and Centaine S. from the stable of Frank Ritchie before Brent and Cherry Taylor added her to their broodmare band.

“Real Success was one of the first high quality mares we purchased off the track when we first bought Trelawney,” Brent Taylor said. “She was actually a Trelawney-bred mare and we bought her off American interests through Frank.”

Real Success produced the Trelawney-raced G1 Queensland Oaks winner Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}) and Syrah (NZ) (Traditionally {USA}), who was placed from a handful of starts before she was retired.

Syrah has proved to be a gem of a broodmare with her first foal A Touch Of Ruby (NZ) (Pins) winning four races, including the G1 Thorndon Mile, and her fourth in Saturday’s G1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas heroine Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice).

While A Touch Of Ruby was sold at Karaka for NZ$50,000 to Max Whitby, circumstances kept Loire at home and she races in the famous Trelawney colours.

A Touch of Ruby winning the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile - Trish Dunell
A Touch of Ruby winning the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile

Trish Dunell

“Like all our yearlings we consider whether we sell them or not and we keep a few fillies to race,” Taylor said.

“She was a filly that I always liked and being by Redoute’s Choice she was a really good style of filly.

“She had a small problem with a hoof and it was a timing issue so I decided not to offer her. She would have been discounted and I thought she was an outstanding filly so she was never entered in the sale.”

Trained by Tony Pike, Loire has now won two of her six starts and will target further Group 1 success next preparation.

“She’s still very green and she floated about a bit when she got to the front,” Taylor said. “Tony has been very complimentary about her all the way along and he can’t wait to get her over a bit of ground.

“She’s out of an Oaks winning family and bred to handle more ground. She’s a good, clean-winded filly and we’d like to get the chance at an Oaks here or in Australia next year.”

Loire’s dam Syrah currently has a Satono Aladdin (Jpn) filly at foot and she will be covered by Ocean Park (NZ) this week.

“We’re selling Loire’s half-brother by Tivaci at Karaka next year. He’s an absolute beast of a horse so it’s all good timing,” Taylor said. “He’s a lovely colt.”

Trelawney’s 2020 draft to Karaka will also herald a major change in the Cambridge farm’s business model, in terms of the stud now being self-sufficient.

“We’ve moved on from offering horses on behalf of clients to just offering our own,” Taylor said. 

“We’ve got 15 in the draft from Book 1, they are solely ours and the odd one in partnership.

“We’re not selling on behalf of anyone else, it’s a small draft but a quality one. A couple of years ago Cherry and I decided that we wanted to race a few more horses and do other things in life.

“Servicing a large client base was something that we didn’t want to continue to do so we gave our clients 12 months’ notice.

“We’ve spent the last 20 years or so developing a broodmare band of high quality mares and we’ve got a great team of race horses coming through. We’ve got 25 in the racing team at various places.

“We’ve retired six maiden mares to stud in the last year, including three stakes winners and other well-bred mares.

“We’ll continue to offer yearlings at Karaka and at Easter probably and we’ve also got a Ready to Run Sale draft this week.”

Satono Aladdin x Syrah foal 2019
Satono Aladdin x Syrah foal 2019

Trelawney will open the sale with Lot 1, a colt by Kermadec (NZ) and the first foal of the stakes winner Jacquetta (NZ) (Keeper) and followed by Lot 4 by Ocean Park (NZ). He is a son of the Listed Bonecrusher S. winner Jungle Juice (NZ) (Jungle Pocket {Jpn}) and a half-sister to the Karaka Million winner Ockham’s Razor (NZ) (Any Suggestion).

Lot 207 is a colt by Showcasing (GB) out of The Iffraaj Dame (NZ) (Iffraaj {GB}) and a grandson of the G1 Mackinnon S. winner La Bella Dama (NZ) (Desert Sun {GB}) and Lot 365 is a daughter of Savabeel and Enide (GB) (Shamardal {USA}). The dam is a half-sister to the two-time European Group 1 winner Empoli (Ger) (Halling {USA}).

Trelawney was established by Seton Otway in the 1930s and has been in the Taylor family’s ownership since 1993.

“We are delighted with how things have developed and what we have achieved with our mares,” Taylor said. “As an example, our broodmare band has produced three of the younger stallions currently operating in the Australasian markets in Ocean Park, Grunt and Spieth, which is something we take great pride in.” -Paul Vitesse, TDN AUS NZ