2018

Sherrif Set for Australian Debut

Thursday, 3rd May 2018

Cambridge-based trainer Roger James has confirmed that exciting Kiwi 3YO Sherrif will contest the Gr1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville on Saturday week, reports NZ racing Desk. "All going well he will be on the plane on Sunday to Melbourne and go from there," said James. "It's a bit of an ask to do it all on one preparation, but I'm very happy with him." Sherrif has won two of his four starts, including a stylish victory in the Gr3 Manawatu Classic (2000m) at Awapuni on 31 March. Most recently he was fifth in the Gr2 Championship Stakes (2100m) at Pukekohe when a very heavy surface brought about his undoing. "I firmly believe it was the track and he has come through the race well," said James. Sherrif is the fourth foal to race from the 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. J'Adane has already produced Gr3 Trentham Stakes winner Von Tunzelman (Zabeel).

Derby Plans for Smart Kiwi 3YO

Tuesday, 10th April 2018

Australia beckons rising young New Zealand star Sherrif, reports NZ Racing Desk. The well-bred 3YO has won two of his three starts and a powerful last-start win in the Gr3 Manawatu Classic (2000m) has him in line for a trip across the Tasman. Sherrif (High Chapparal-J'Adane, by Danehill) will make his next appearance at Pukekohe Park on 21 April and then his connections will confirm which Australian classic he will target. "He's going to run in the Valachi Downs Champion Stakes, a Group Two race over 2100m, and then we will make a decision whether he goes to South Australia or to Queensland," trainer Roger James said. "If he goes to Queensland he will take in the Grand Prix before the Derby and if he goes to South Australia it will be for the Derby only." James added: "That was the seventh time I've won the Manawatu Classic and it's been the springboard for a lot of good horses to go to Australia." Sherrif is the fourth foal to race from the former multiple Gr1-placed mare J'Adane (Danehill) who has already produced Gr3 Trentham Stakes winner Von Tunzelman (Zabeel). "They are late maturers, but quite different horses in a lot of ways," James said. "Von Tunzelman has a high cruising speed and while I always thought he would make a stayer, we had to get him to relax whereas all Sherrif wants to do is switch off and that's a great attribute."

Sherrif Wins Gr3 Manawatu Classic

Tuesday, 3rd April 2018

At Awapuni in New Zealand, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a Group race success when 3YO New Zealand-bred gelding Sherrif (High Chapparal-J'Adane, by Danehill) powered home from well back in the field for an eye-catching win in the $70,000 Gr3 Manawatu Classic (2000m) for 3YOs, defeating Gundown & Joe's Legacy. The exciting Sherrif improved his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts for NZ$48,875 in earnings. Trainer Roger James' racing manager Robert Wellwood said the Gr1 Queensland Derby was a potential target for Sherrif. "It was only his third start after one over 1400m and one over a mile so it was very exciting the way he executed today," Wellwood told NZ Racing Desk. "Since we gelded him he's come of age. Hopefully, the sky's the limit for him." Sherrif is the fourth foal to race from the 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. J'Adane has already produced Gr3 Trentham Stakes winner Von Tunzelman (Zabeel).

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

Australian Options Under Consideration For Smart Stayer

Thursday, 24th August 2017

Roger James is looking at Australian options for his stakes-winning stayer Von Tunzelman, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Cambridge trainer has yet to lock in the lightly-raced grey’s Spring programme, which will be firmed up after his first domestic appearance. “He’s come back well and I’ll look to step him out over 1400 metres once there is improvement in the tracks. That will hopefully be in the next two or three weeks and then we’ll decide about Australia, be it Sydney or Melbourne.” Raced by breeders Brendan and Jo Lindsay, Von Tunzelman has won four of his 11 starts including the Listed Kaimai Stakes at Matamata in February. The son of deceased multiple Champion Cambridge Stud sire Zabeel and Gr1 performer J’Adane finished a creditable sixth in the Gr1 New Zealand Stakes at Ellerslie. Von Tunzelman enjoyed a hit-out at the Avondale trials on Tuesday and, despite the Heavy 10 going, he finished runner-up over 1000m.

Gold Cup Beckons Promising Stayer

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

Progressive Kiwi galloper Von Tunzelman may make one more appearance before the conclusion of his current campaign, reports NZ racing Desk. "I might have a look at the Awapuni Gold Cup and that would be it," trainer Roger James said. The 4YO grey-hued son of Zabeel has made impressive progress this preparation with a Listed win in the Kaimai Stakes two runs back before finishing a respectable sixth in last Thursday's Gr1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie. "He had to cover a bit of extra ground to get into the race so I thought his run was all right," James said. Meanwhile, another smart 4YO in the stable is Romantic Maid who runs in Saturday's Gr2 Windsor Park Stud Japan/NZ International Trophy.

Gr1 Test for Promising Son of Zabeel

Thursday, 16th March 2017

Meanwhile, progressive Kiwi galloper Von Tunzelman (Zabeel-J'Adane, by Danehill) faces the toughest test of his short career when he makes his Gr1 debut in the Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie today, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He's not well off at weight-for-age and is still a bit green and immature, but he's an up and comer and a fit horse," his rider Leith Innes said. Trained by Roger James for breeder-owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay, Von Tunzelman has won four of his 10 starts with his most recent outing resulting in a strong win in the Listed Kaimai Stakes (2000m) at Matamata. Innes acknowledged the significant step up in class facing Von Tunzelman and he said it was only a matter of time before the grey-hued 4YO made his mark at the top level. "Regardless of what he does this week, he should be knocking on the door in these sorts of races next year," he said. By champion sire Zabeel, Von Tunzelman is the second foal to race from former smart racemare J'Adane (Danehill), who was placed three times at Gr1 level 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.

Von Tunzelman Wins Listed Kaimai Stakes

Monday, 27th February 2017

At Matamata in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud's deceased multiple Champion sire Zabeel (Sir Tristram-Lady Giselle, by Nureyev) added a black-type success when 4YO grey gelding Von Tunzelman (Zabeel-J'Adane, by Danehill) displayed his superior staying talent when scoring by 0.5 length for trainer Roger James in the $50,000 Listed Kaimai Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, over 4YO mare Fanatic (Shocking-Komplete Klass, by Groom Dancer) & 8YO gelding Cruiser (Captain Rio-Morton Babe, by Orpen). This was the first stakes victory for the promising and lightly raced Von Tunzelman who improved his record to 4 wins and 4 placings from 10 starts for $69,425 earnings. Von Tunzelman is just the second foal to race from former smart racemare J'Adane (Danehill), who was placed three times at Gr1 level 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.

2016

James Adopting Long-Term View

Friday, 29th July 2016

Roger James is looking at longer-term Australian goals for several members of his Cambridge stable, reports NZ Racing Desk. "I have a lovely bunch of horses that are well above average and capable of footing it in Australia," James said. "My preference is to develop these horses, focus on Sydney in the autumn and go from there." One such horse is the talented rising 4YO mare Romantic Maid (High Chaparral). "Romantic Maid is proven in good three-year-old company in Sydney and I can see her being competitive again over 1600 to 2000 metres," James said. "Likewise Tavy, who has multiple black-type placings locally is up to Australian racing standard and I will bring her up later in the spring with Sydney in the autumn in mind." Winners Jessabeel and Von Tunzelman, the maidens Amazing Lady and Arundel and the unraced Killarney have also been shortlisted for the trip.