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Trelawney celebrate successful season

Group One winner Two Illicit provided one of 10 black-type wins for Trelawney Stud during the 2021-22 racing season. - Photo: Trish Dunell
Group One winner Two Illicit provided one of 10 black-type wins for Trelawney Stud during the 2021-22 racing season.

Photo: Trish Dunell

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 great team to get the results. Starting with everyone here on the farm as well as our vets and farriers, through to those who do the breaking and early education, as well as our trainers, their staff and of course the jockeys.

“It really is a team effort and we wouldn’t get the results without everyone’s contribution.”

Topping Trelawney’s performer list was Two Illicit (Jimmy Choux x Gemini), with the homebred mare kicking off her season with a win in the Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hawke’s Bay before placing third in the Gr.2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1400m). She then scored a well-deserved elite victory in the Gr.1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m).

Two Illicit continued to perform consistently throughout the remainder of the season, overcoming traffic difficulties to place third in the Gr.1 Zabeel Classic (2000m), placing in the Gr.1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) before rounding out her racing career with a win in the Gr.2 Travis Stakes (2000m) cementing her spot in the Trelawney Stud broodmare band.

Across the Tasman Zayydani (Savabeel x Ruqqaya) added black-type to her pedigree page winning the Gr.2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington and the Listed Ballarat Cup. While in Queensland Juan Diva (Snitzel x Peron) saved her career best performance for the last race of the season, winning the Gr.3 W.J Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm.

“Two Illicit has been an absolute pleasure to race,” said Taylor. “Going to the races to watch her you always knew she was going to try her absolute best. She is a tough talented mare with a big heart and great attitude.

“Juan Diva is getting better as she matures and all going to plan we’re looking forward to seeing her race at the major carnivals in Australia next season.

“We also had Vamos Bebe who placed in the Listed Hallmark Stud Handicap after winning it last season. She is a classy mare with plenty of speed who is a wonderful addition to our broodmare band and we hope to see her express her ability through her foals.”

Cheaperthandivorce (Savabeel x Boundless) added two Group Three victories to her tally winning the Waikato Cup (2400m) and Thompson Handicap (1600m) and also placed in the Gr.3 Counties Cup (2100m).

Pareanui Bay (Lonhro x Okahu Bay) was on an upwards trajectory winning three of his five starts including the Gr.2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial (1400m) and Listed Trevor & Corallie Eagle Memorial (1550m) before tragically having to be euthanized after a paddock accident.

“Cheaperthandivorce had a fantastic season,” Taylor said. “We feel she has natural improvement as she matures and after losing her dam Boundless this year it will be great to see her out racing again next season.

“Losing Pareanui Bay was a bitter pill to swallow. He showed great talent in his short career and we were all devastated.

“We also suffered following the loss of Gold Watch who was trained by Cherry’s father Cliff Goss. He had a big following and it meant a lot to see the outpouring of support for Cliff at the time.”

Promising galloper Pareanui Bay. - Photo: Race Images, Kenton Wright
Promising galloper Pareanui Bay.

Photo: Race Images, Kenton Wright

Trelawney Stud also celebrated over 60 wins from graduates off the farm, with Australasian group race winners I’m Thunderstruck (Shocking x Primadonna Girl), Concert Hall (Savabeel x Classic Legacy), Blue Army (Savabeel x Keyarna Blue) and Prise De Fer (Savabeel x Foiled) all being produced by the farm.

In Hong Kong Sky Field (Deep Field x Laravissante), who was sold out of Trelawney’s 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 draft, placed four times at Group level and joined farm’s Group One winning graduates when posting success in the Hong Kong Sprint (1200m).

Meanwhile in Singapore Lim's Kosciuszko (Kermadec x Jacquetta) proved to be one of the more exciting young prospects in the Asian racing jurisdiction winning eight races in succession, placing second in the Gr.2 (SING) Steward’s Cup (1600m) and then delivering a career best performance to win the Gr.1 (SING) Singapore Derby (1800m).

“Though we have moved to a private operation we still get a great thrill from seeing horses born and raised here perform on the track,” Taylor said. “To be a small part of the success story for their breeders and owners is very satisfying and goes back to our catchphrase of ‘great starts make for great finishes’.”

The Taylors have plenty to look forward to in the new term with proven performers as well as some exciting young prospects coming through the ranks.

“Samiam Seussie was very consistent during the season picking up a couple of wins and black-type placings,” Taylor said. “She is a very exciting mare that will take great improvement racing as a five-year-old and we are hopeful she will convert her form into a major win in the spring.

“Pisco Sour is finally getting her act together and went out on a winning double. She’s another that has taken natural improvement with maturity and we hope she can win a nice race next season.

“Our only two-year-old to race this season was Koshu who won impressively in Sydney for John O’Shea and she looks to have a very bright future. We are excited about her prospects in the spring in some of the better three-year-old fillies’ races.

“Others to watch out for are Acquarello with Trent and Natalie Busuttin, Aperitivo with Lindsay Park, Zayydani’s full sister Ayyesha in the Roger James and Robert Wellwood stable and an I Am Invincible filly who trialled very well at two from the Mark Walker stable in Petrucci.

“It’s a bit too early to tell with our rising two-year-olds but there is a nice line up of fillies by Fastnet Rock, Exceed and Excel, Zoustar, Charm Spirit, All Too Hard, Savabeel, Ocean Park and Grunt.”

The racing season ended on a high with Lim's Kosciuszko winning the Singapore Derby - Photo: Singapore Turf Club
The racing season ended on a high with Lim's Kosciuszko winning the Singapore Derby

Photo: Singapore Turf Club


Group One WinnersGroup Two Winners
Two Illicit
Captain Cook Stakes 
Two Illicit
Travis Stakes 
I’m Thunderstruck
Toorak Handicap
Matriarch Stakes
Sky Field
Hong Kong Sprint
Concert Hall
Cal Isuzu Stakes
Lim’s Kosciuszko
Singapore Derby
Pareanui Bay
James & Annie Sarten Memorial
Blue Army
Sandown Guineas

Group Three WinnersListed Winners
Two Illicit
Red Bad Spring Sprint 
Ballarat Cup 
Concert Hall
City of Auckland Cup
Pareanui Bay
Trevor and Corallie Eagle Memorial
Thompson Handicap
Waikato Cup
Juan Diva
WJ Healy Stakes
Prise De Fer
Canterbury Gold Cup

View a full list of winners HERE