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Trelawney focus moves offshore

Two Illicit returns after winning at Ellerslie - Photo: Trish Dunell
Two Illicit returns after winning at Ellerslie

Photo: Trish Dunell

Trelawney Stud has landed some heavy hits on the domestic scene with its quality racing team and their immediate attention is now turning to Australia with a band of well-related fillies set to step out in the coming weeks.

Brent and Cherry Taylor’s Cambridge farm has a focus on developing race fillies to join its broodmare band and G1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice) and G2 Royal S. winner Two Illicit (NZ) (Jimmy Choux {NZ}) have significantly boosted their profiles this season.

Further afield, the Trelawney colours will be in action at Cranbourne on Friday evening with Ruud As (NZ) (Savabeel) to debut for Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young in the Highview Accounting Services Maiden Plate.

The Michael Freedman-trained Juan Diva (Snitzel) will step out for the first time at Canterbury Park next week while the unbeaten Zayydani (NZ) (Savabeel) is another well-related 3-year-old set to resume in the near future.

“We’ve got some really nice fillies to come out so it’s going to be exciting to see how they perform. We’ve put a lot of investment and time and energy into our racing team and we’re having a lot of fun,” Brent Taylor said.

Ruud As is a daughter of the G2 Cal Isuzu S. winner and two-time Group 1 placegetter Ruud Van Slaats (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy {USA}). She is out of a sister to the dam of the former champion 2-year-old Ruud Awakening (NZ) (Bernardini {USA}), winner of the G1 Diamond S. and the Karaka Million.

Trelawney will be selling a half-brother by Ocean Park (NZ) to Ruud As at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale later this month.

Juan Diva has been a winner at the trials and is the first foal to race for the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic winner Peron (Husson {Arg}), whose Snitzel colt was sold by Segenhoe Stud for $900,000 to James Harron at last year’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

Zayydani has won both of her starts for David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig and is a half-sister to the dual Group 1 winner Grunt (NZ).

He was sold by Trelawney at Karaka for NZ$220,000 and will offer Grunt’s half-brother by Tivaci, Lot 241, at Karaka later this month.

Their dam Ruqqaya (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy {USA}) is a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner Ocean Park (NZ), sire of the G1 Epsom H. and Golden Eagle winner Kolding (NZ).

Meanwhile, Australian campaigns are in the mix for the Tony Pike-trained Loire and the Roger James and Robert Wellwood-prepared Two Illicit.

“Loire will trial on Monday and then all going well on to the Desert Gold S. and later on maybe a Sydney campaign,” Taylor said.

“Two Illicit has done a hell of a job on her first preparation to get where she is. She has a lovely, fluid action and given us every indication she can get an Oaks distance, whether that’s in New Zealand or further afield we’ll see in the next few days.”

Trelawney will be selling a half-brother by Tivaci to Loire as Lot 336 at Karaka later this month. He is out of Syrah (Traditionally {USA}), also the dam of the G1 Thonrdon Mile winner A Touch Of Ruby (NZ) (Pins). -Paul Vitesse, TDN AUSNZ