2018

Von Tunzelman Wins Gr3 Trentham Stakes

Monday, 15th January 2018

At Trentham in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud's deceased multiple champion sire Zabeel (Sir Tristram-Lady Giselle, by Nureyev) added a Group race success when grey 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Von Tunzelman (Zabeel-J'Adane, by Danehill) finishing full of running to claim the second stakes win of his career in the $70,000 Gr3 Trentham Stakes (2100m) for 3YO+, defeating Devise & Benzini. The well-bred Von Tunzelman improved his record to 6 wins (including the Listed Kaimai Stakes) and 5 placings from 18 starts for $133,994 in earnings. Von Tunzelman is just the third foal to race from former smart racemare J'Adane (Danehill), who was placed three times at Gr1 level - namely in the Mudgway Stakes (behind champion Kiwi mare Seachange) & Kelt Capital Stakes (behind Princess Coup) in New Zealand, as well as the Gr1 Winter Stakes (behind Nova Star) in Queensland.

2017

Devise Looks Goods for Te Rapa

Friday, 15th December 2017

Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie is bullish about the prospects of Devise in tomorrow's Gr2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa, reports NZ Racing Desk. "She looks a good chance to get some more black type on the pedigree page," Ritchie said. "As long as she races up to expectations and comes through well, the Zabeel Classic is on the cards." The well-bred Devise (Darci Brahma-Doneze Girl, by Volksraad) finished runner-up to NZ Horse of the Year Bonneval in last season's New Zealand Oaks, and connections are hoping she can finally secure an elusive and valuable Group 1 victory in the Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. Black-type success would boost Devise's value significantly as she is a half-sister to the multiple stakes winner Zurella. Both Devise and Zurella are out of the Volksraad mare Doneze Girl, a granddaughter of Shadea, dam of champion racehorse and stallion Lonhro. This is also the family of champion sprinter Lankan Rupee, Victoria Derby winning stallion Grosvenor, and Australian Oaks winner Mahaya.

Zabeel Target for Devise

Tuesday, 5th December 2017

The connections of Devise are hoping the well-related mare can secure an elusive top-flight victory on Boxing Day, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 4YO daughter of Darci Brahma finished runner-up to NZ Horse of the Year Bonneval in last season's New Zealand Oaks and she will get her chance to go one better at the top level in the Gr1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie. "She's a fantastic mare and her form is right up there with the best in New Zealand," said Shaune Ritchie, who trains her for breeders The Oaks Stud. "We'll probably run her in a Rating 85 mile on Waikato Cup day and then the Zabeel Classic, it's a race we think she can be very competitive in." A winner of 3 of her 11 starts, Devise resumed on Melbourne Cup day with a win over 1400m at Ellerslie before running third over the same trip behind the highly-regarded Love Affair at Pukekohe. "In her first-up run she sat three wide all the way and then second-up over 1400m again was trainer error, she was looking for a mile," Ritchie said. Black-type success would boost Devise's value significantly as she is a half-sister to the multiple stakes winner Zurella. Both Devise and Zurella are out of the Volksraad mare Doneze Girl, a granddaughter of Shadea, dam of champion racehorse and stallion Lonhro. This is also the family of champion sprinter Lankan Rupee, Victoria Derby winning stallion Grosvenor, and Australian Oaks winner Mahaya.

Return of Group One Performer Imminent

Friday, 13th October 2017

Devise enjoyed a prosperous 3YO season and she is impressing trainer Shaune Ritchie as she closes in on a return to racing, reports NZ Racing Desk. The daughter of Darci Brahma is a two-time winner and finished runner-up to NZ Horse of the Year Bonneval in last season's New Zealand Oaks (2400m). "She looks terrific and she'll trial at the end of the month and she should be back at the races in November," Ritchie said. "She's come back much stronger and her form looks good." The half-sister to the multiple stakes winner Zurella was placed last term behind Bonneval in the Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic (2000m) and the Gr3 Lowland Stakes (2100m). Both Devise and Zurella are out of the Volksraad mare Doneze Girl, a granddaughter of Shadea, dam of champion racehorse and stallion Lonhro. This is also the family of champion sprinter Lankan Rupee, Victoria Derby winning stallion Grosvenor, and Australian Oaks winner Mahaya.

Outside Draw for Fell Swoop

Thursday, 11th May 2017

A poor barrier has put a dampener on Canberra trainer Matt Dale's hopes with Fell Swoop in Saturday's Gr1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) on Saturday, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. Fell Swoop, who is yet to triumph at the highest level despite being placed at Gr1 level on five occasions, including a last-start third to Chautauqua in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes in Sydney, came up with barrier 14 in the 15-horse field. "It's not ideal and I'll talk with Damian [jockey Damian Browne] first before we devise a plan," Dale said. "It definitely doesn't add to your confidence but it is what it is." Dale said he didn't expect the anticipated heavy surface to pose any problems. "The track shouldn't be too much of a concern as he ran third on a heavy track in the T J Smith in Sydney last start," he said. "After the 10,000 he'll run in the Kingsford Smith Cup [Gr1] at Eagle Farm and then go for a spell." Dale added: "He won't run in the Stradbroke [Gr1] as I'm not overly keen about stretching him out to 1400 metres."

Gr1 Australian Oaks Field & Barrier Draw

Wednesday, 5th April 2017

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1 million Gr1 Australian Oaks (2400m) for 3YO fillies to be run on day two of The Championships at Royal Randwick this Saturday, 8 April. Heading the Tab market at $4 is the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained Bonneval, who will be seeking an Oaks double after landing the New Zealand equivalent last month. The daughter of Makfi has drawn ideally in barrier six. Next in the market is Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes third Harlow Gold (barrier 12) at $5, followed by Vinery Stud Stakes runner-up Nurse Kitchen (barrier 14) at $6, and Victorian Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit (barrier 2) at $8 and New Zealand Oaks runner-up Devise (barrier 9) at $8. All other runners are at double figure odds. Click here to view the final field.

Bonneval Wins Gr1 New Zealand Oaks

Monday, 20th March 2017

At Trentham racecourse in New Zealand, Westbury Stud's three-time Gr1-winning shuttle stallion Makfi (Dubawi-Dhelaal, by Green Desert) celebrated an elite success when 3YO filly Bonneval (Makfi-Imposingly, by Zabeel) scored by 0.5 length for trainers Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman in the $300,000 Gr1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Devise (Darci Brahma-Doneze Girl, by Volksraad) & Savvy Dreams (Savabeel-Elusive Dreams, by Elusive City). Bonneval, who was purchased by Baker Racing for $150,000 at the 2015 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Westbury Stud, improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic & Gr3 Hawkes Bay Lowland Stakes) and 1 placing (the Gr3 WRC Desert Gold Stakes) from 7 starts for $301,500 earnings. The well-bred Bonneval is a full sister to Gr3 winner Imposing Lass and a half-sister to Gr3 winners Full Of Spirit (Flying Spur) and Lady Cumquat (Duke Of Marmalade) from Imposingly (Zabeel), a three-quarter sister to New Zealand Derby winner St Reims and Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes winner and Melbourne Cup runner-up Champagne (both by Zabeel). Co-trainer Andrew Forsman commented: "She's a beautiful filly and she doesn't need to do any more this preparation," Forsman told NZ Racing Desk. "She's only going to get better as an older mare as well." Bonneval classic win also saw her crowned the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year.

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Oaks Heroine Crowned NZB Filly of the Year

Monday, 20th March 2017

Bonneval (Makfi) was crowned the 2016-17 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year when she won Saturday's Gr1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham. The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained filly began her rise with a placing in the Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham in late January. Since then she has put together successive victories in the Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic (2000m) at Trentham, the Gr3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings and a crowning glory in Saturday's New Zealand Oaks. "She's a beautiful filly," Forsman said. "She was a standout when Murray and the guys bought her at the sales and she's gone on with it." He added: "She doesn't necessarily need to do any more this preparation, we'll just get her home and see how she is. She's only going to get better as an older mare." Bred by City Bloodstock, Bonneval was purchased by Baker Racing for $150,000 at the 2015 Premier Sale at Karaka. She is a full-sister to the Group winner Imposing Lass and a half-sister to the Group winners Full of Spirit (Flying Spur) and Lady Cumquat (Duke of Marmalade). Bonneval finished with an imposing tally of 27.5 points. Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) was second with 14, while Oaks runner-up Devise was third with 13.5 points.

Exciting Finale for NZB Filly of Year Series

Friday, 17th March 2017

The 2016-17 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series is going right down to the wire in tomorrow's 10th and final leg, the $300,000 Gr1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham. With 12 points awarded to the winner, there are three possible Filly of the Year Series champions in Saturday's field – Bonneval (Makfi) currently tops the table with 15.5 points, while Nicoletta (Savabeel) and Devise (Darci Brahma) are both within striking distance with 10 and 6.5 points respectively. Those three fillies have fought a fierce rivalry through the second half of the Series. In the Group 3 Wellfield Desert Gold Stakes (1600m), Nicoletta was first with Devise second and Bonneval third. Then Bonneval took out the Group 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic (2000m), beating Nicoletta and Devise. In the Group 3 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m), Bonneval again came out on top with Devise third and Nicoletta fourth. Second in the lowland was the Series newcomer Savvy Dreams (Savabeel), who is again among the opposition in Saturday's classic. She has 3 Filly of the Year Series points to her name. Other runners in Saturday's field who appear on the points table are Dreamcrafter (Mastercraftsman) with 3, Date Night (Savabeel) with 2 and Dame Margo Fonteyn (High Chaparral) with 1.5. The Oaks will be run as race 8 on Saturday with a start time of 4.36pm (local time).

Bonneval Wins Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic

Monday, 13th February 2017

At Te Rapa in New Zealand, Westbury Stud's three-time Gr1-winning shuttle stallion Makfi (Dubawi-Dhelaal, by Green Desert) added a Group success when 3YO filly Bonneval (Makfi-Imposingly, by Zabeel) scored by a head for trainers Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman in the $100,000 Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow filly and stable-mate Nicoletta (Savabeel-Celtic Crown, by Doneraile Court ) & Devise (Darci Brahma-Doneze Girl, by Volksraad ). Bonneval, who was purchased by Baker Racing for $150,000 at the 2015 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Westbury Stud, improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing (the Gr3 WRC Desert Gold Stakes) from 5 starts for $82,750 earnings. Murray Baker knew the only way to try and end the winning streak of Volpe Veloce at Te Rapa was to ensure the Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic was run at a genuine tempo, reports NZ Racing Desk. "We knew the only way we could beat her was to make it a staying test - Volpe Veloce is an outstanding filly and she'd won seven straight. I can't recall that being done since Sunline," Baker said. Bonneval had been set alight by Matt Cameron 700 metres from home and the Makfi filly was able to sustain a long run to earn a head decision over her barn mate. "She's a very good filly and both of them [Bonneval & Nicoletta] will be heading to Trentham for the Oaks [Gr1 New Zealand Oaks]," Baker said. The well-bred Bonneval is a full sister to Gr3 winner Imposing Lass and a half-sister to Gr3 winners Full Of Spirit (Flying Spur) and Lady Cumquat (Duke Of Marmalade) from Imposingly (Zabeel), a three-quarter sister to New Zealand Derby winner St Reims and Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes winner and Melbourne Cup runner-up Champagne (both by Zabeel).

Volpe Veloce Heads 7th Leg Of NZB Filly Of Year Series

Friday, 10th February 2017

Outstanding Kiwi filly Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) will try to add to her perfect record and strengthen her lead in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series when she contests tomorrow's $100,000 Gr2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa. The Graham Richardson-trained runner has won all of her seven starts to date, including the Gr3 Eulogy Stakes (1600m) and Gr2 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic (1600m). Those victories earned her 14 points in the Filly of the Year Series, which she leads by two points over La Diosa (So You Think). A last-start winner of the $250,000 Listed NZB Insurance Karaka 3YO Mile (1600m), Volpe Veloce will face seven rivals in Saturday's race. None of them are close enough to Volpe Veloce on the points table to overhaul her if they win, although the Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) winner Nicoletta (Savabeel) has 6 points and could take an equal share of the lead if she wins and Volpe Veloce is unplaced. Devise (Darci Brahma) has 3 points, Grand Soleil (Savabeel) has 2 and Bonneval (Makfi) has 1. Tomorrow's race is worth 8 points to the winner, 4 points for second and 2 points for third.

Nicoletta Wins Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes

Monday, 30th January 2017

At Trentham in New Zealand on Saturday, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a Group success when 3YO filly Nicoletta (Savabeel-Celtic Crown, by Doneraile Court) scored by a short head for trainers Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman in the NZ$70,000 Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Devise (Darci Brahma-Doneze Girl, by Volksraad) & Bonneval (Makfi-Imposingly, by Zabeel). Nicoletta, who was purchased by bloodstock agent Bruce Perry on behalf of owner Lib Petagna for $90,000 at the 2015 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Goodwood Stud, improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 6 starts for NZ$52,375 earnings. Co-trainer Andrew Forsman confirmed Nicoletta was on a path towards the Gr1 New Zealand Oaks. "We've always thought that Nicoletta is a real Oaks filly so to do what she has done over a mile is very encouraging," he told NZ Racing Desk.

Nicoletta Moves Up Filly Of The Year Rankings

Monday, 30th January 2017

Nicoletta earned 6 points and moved into equal fifth place on the points table for the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year series when landing the $70,000 Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday. An unlucky fifth in the Gr2 Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on New Year's Day, this time things went Nicoletta's way. After sitting in third place behind a slow pace, Nicoletta surged to the lead in the straight and fought gamely to beat the favourite Devise (Darci Brahma) by a short head. Bonneval (Makfi) was third. "She got out of the gates well today, which was a big bonus, and she got the soft run" said co-trainer Andrew Forsman. "We've always thought she's a real Oaks filly, so what she's done over 1600 metres is encouraging. Nicoletta was bred by Goodwood Stud, who offered her at the 2015 Select Sale. Lib Petagna's bloodstock manager Bruce Perry purchased her for $90,000. Gr3 Eulogy Stakes and Gr2 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic winner Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) continues to top the table with 14 points, with NZ 1000 Guineas winner La Diosa (So You Think) second with 12 points. The Series continues with the $100,000 Gr2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa on February 11. The race has already been confirmed as Nicoletta's next target.

2016

Trainer Devising Oaks Plan

Tuesday, 6th December 2016

Devise has a lot to live up to but the half-sister to Gr2 winner and Gr1 placegetter Zurella has made an encouraging start, reports NZ Racing Desk. Bred by her owner The Oaks Stud, the 3YO Darci Brahma filly won for the second time in her three start career when she beat the older horses at Trentham on Saturday. "I really love this filly," trainer Shaune Ritchie said. "I don't know if she's as good as Zurella, but she has got a better attitude." He added: "We were keen to take her to Trentham as we think she's an Oaks filly so we'll make a plan of attack for that." The Oaks Stud and Ritchie celebrated an outstanding result in the 2012 Gr1 New Zealand Oaks when they quinellaed the classic with Artistic and Zurella (Zabeel). Zurella won five of her 28 starts, including the Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic, Gr2 Let's Eope Stakes & Gr3 Eulogy Stakes, for mover $486,000 in prize money. Apart from her NZ Oaks placing, she was also third in a Gr1 Waikato Sprint. Both Devise and Zurella are out of the Volksraad mare Doneze Girl, a granddaughter of Shadea, dam of champion racehorse and stallion Lonhro. This is also the family of champion sprinter Lankan Rupee, Victoria Derby winning stallion Grosvenor, and Australian Oaks winner Mahaya.

2014

Mastercraftsman Adds France Gr3

Tuesday, 1st July 2014

At Chantilly in France, 4-time Gr1-winning NZ Windsor Park shuttler & former European Champion 2YO Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer-Starlight Dreams, by Black Tie Affair) added a Group success when 3YO colt Master Carpenter (Mastercraftsman-Fringe, by In the Wings) scored by 0.5-length for trainer Rod Millman in the €80,000 Gr3 Prix Daphnis (9 furlongs) for 3YO c&g, over fellow 3YO colts Calling Out (Martaline-Exit The Straight, by Exit To Nowhere) & Mr Pommeroy (Linngari-Amerissage, by Rahy). Master Carpenter took his record to 4 wins (including the Listed Heron Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr3 Greenham Stakes) from 12 starts for £91,219 earnings. Master Carpenter, who finished third behind Kingman and Night Of Thunder in the Greenham Stakes earlier this season, is likely to be stepped up in grade again. Trainer Rod Millman told racingpost.com: "He improved quite a bit during the winter and developed well. Today was the plan but I'll have to devise another one now and will probably have to look for a Group 1 or 2 next."

2011

UK Owners President Calls For 3 Tiers Of Racing

Monday, 27th June 2011

New UK Racehorse Owners Association president Rachel Hood (wife of trainer John Gosden) told the annual general meeting in London that British racing needs “a drastic overhaul of the fixture list” & creation of “3 tiers” for the sport. Hood (whose radical plan results from a massive drop in funding of prize-money from the Levy) declared: “We must take matters into our own hands in dealing with problems that are getting worse by the day.” Noting the number of fixtures has increased 25% over the last 10 years, while the Levy’s contribution to prize-money was now lower, Hood emphasised: “Our situation demands immediate radical solutions. It demands that the so-called fixture criteria – which has coincided with a catastrophic decline in the Levy – is discontinued. It demands we devise a fixture list that is based primarily on the best the sport has to offer, that the Levy is spent almost entirely on sustaining these fixtures & that fixtures which cater for very moderate horses should be financed by the betting industry.” Under her plan, Premier & Middle tier fixtures would have to comply with the prize-money tariffs of the Horsemen’s Group, as well as with race planning requirements. There would be contractual agreements between the racecourses (which would bid for fixtures) & the Horsemen. For Third tier fixtures, racecourses “would be able to maximise their attendances by putting on fixtures on any days & times of their choice. There would be no restrictions on programming & race type & no prize-money stipulations. Unfettered market forces would prevail within the Third tier. Such a system would not only protect the unique heritage of British racing, it would enhance it. It would preserve the basic structure of the fixture list & allow important punctuation points – the festival meetings – within the racing year to be built upon. It would create a perfect climate for the QIPCO-sponsored British Champions Series to flourish.”

2009

STC Chairman Says Industry "Needs Govt Reforms"

Thursday, 30th July 2009

STC chairman Bill Picken said the industry "needs Government support & reforms" & the clubs "want to work co-operatively with the Government, Racing NSW & stake-holders to develop a broader industry plan, so there is growth in racing in Sydney & NSW". He summed up: "This as a great chance for the NSW racing industry to devise strategies & reforms that a merger alone would not solve. The STC Board & senior management support this opportunity & whilst the immediate financial gain is not compelling, the long-term strategic advantage is evident, should this be part of a new consolidated direction for racing in this state."