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Hat-trick for resurrected Alfa Oro

Alfa Oro continued his impressive run of form when winning the Almandin Handicap (1100m) at Flemington on Saturday. It was the third win on-end for the four-year-old son of Bachelor Duke, who returned from an injury enforced two year layoff last month. The Matt Laurie-trained gelding suffered a spiral fracture in a front leg during trackwork, requiring surgery and a 20-month absence from the track. He resumed with a runner-up effort at Pakenham in April before going on to record a hat-trick of w...

May 25, 2020

Resurrected Alfa Oro to continue journey at Flemington

Talented four-year-old Alfa Oro heads to Flemington on Saturday where connections will be hoping to reap full rewards for their patience when the Matt Laurie-trained galloper contests the Almandin Handicap (1100m). The son of Bachelor Duke has shown well above average ability in his five career starts, fashioning an impressive record of three wins and two seconds. A last-start domination of his rivals in track record time on the Pakenham synthetic where Alfa Oro crossed the line under a strangle...

May 22, 2020

Unlaced to do her future racing in Australia

Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen are looking to the youth in their stable ahead of spring racing. The Hastings trainers have recently lost promising three-year-old Unlaced to Australian shores and Lowry doesn’t think she will be the last they will farewell in the next couple of months. The daughter of Niagara won two of her six races in New Zealand and finished runner-up on two occasions before her fourth-placing in the Gr.2 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings. “Unlaced has gone to Michael Hickmott...

May 20, 2020

Moroney considers Harlech for Aust Spring

Moroney, whose Melbourne yard is taking all before it this season, has identified Harlech (NZ) (Darci Brahma) as a potential Australian carnival horse. A rising four-year-old, Harlech is a Group Two winner over 1400m in New Zealand and was twice a runner-up at Group One level this season in the NZ 2000 Guineas and Levin Classic. He had been considered for a possible Sydney autumn campaign this year before those ambitions were shelved. Moroney has won two Australian Group One races this season wi...

May 19, 2020

The Oaks Stud service fees to remain unchanged in 2020

The Oaks Stud’s ever consistent sire Darci Brahma has had another season to remember, highlighted by the emergence of star 3YO Catalyst, along with a host of other horses who have performed at black type level for their owners. Catalyst was a dominant winner of the New Zealand 2000 Guineas in November, but the race was also a special feat for Darci Brahma who not only sired the winner but also the 2nd placed horse, Harlech, providing a rare Group 1 quinella for the sire who was himself a winne...

May 8, 2020

D B Pin retires

Darci Brahma’s Group One winning son D B Pin is the latest Hong Kong retiree after last weekend’s Champions Day. The John Size-trained D B Pin has been officially deregistered by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, with his former stablemate and long-term foe Mr Stunning also set to be deregistered in the coming days. D B Pin worked his way through the grades, landing the 2018 Gr.1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) and finishing second twice to  fellow Karaka graduate Mr Stunning in the Gr.1 Hong K...

May 1, 2020

Sierra Sue set for Oaks assignment

Connections of exciting Darci Brahma filly Sierra Sue are hoping the New Zealand-bred three-year-old can continue her near perfect formline when she contests the Gr.1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on Saturday. The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained filly has won three of her four career starts, with her only blemish coming when she finished runner-up over 1600m two starts back. Part-owner John O’Neil has been thrilled with her performances and he is enjoying the experience o...

April 30, 2020

Busuttin hoping for plenty of luck in Sydney

Former New Zealand galloper Chuck A Luck (NZ) (Niagara) (centre above) has hardly put a foot wrong since joining Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young’s Cranbourne stable and they are hoping he can continue his good run of form in the Gr.3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday. The three-year-old son of Niagara has had three starts in Australia for a win and two placings and Busuttin said he was unlucky when finishing runner-up over 1600m at Caulfield earlier this month. “He is going...

April 17, 2020

Group Three test for Parsifal

Darci Brahma five-year-old Parsifal is on a path to the Gr.1 Goodwood (1200m) on May 16 and trainer Will Clarken is expecting an improved performance when the seven-time winner contests Saturday’s Gr.3 R N Irwin Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville. The gelding finished sixth behind Diamond Effort when resuming over 1000m at Caulfield earlier in the month and has taken good benefit from the run. “I’d lie if I was to say I was rapt with his run,” Clarken said. “He was a little bit soft the ...

April 17, 2020

Trainer staying chipper over lockdown

Te Awamatu trainer Clayton Chipperfield is thanking his lucky stars that he has his 60 acre property to keep him busy over the Covid-19 alert level four lockdown period. “I don’t know how these people are getting on in town,” Chipperfield said. “We have got 60 acres, so there is still plenty of work to do on the farm.” While the Waikato conditioner has been kept busy on his property, he was also able to utilise it over the Easter weekend to take his young family on a little adventure. ...

April 15, 2020

Amazing Star moves Purton to within two

Amazing Star (NZ) (Darci Brahma) put a mishap in the gates behind him last month with an impressive win in Wednesday’s Class 2 Begonia Handicap (1200m) at Happy Valley, securing Hong Kong’s champion jockey Zac Purton a double and his sixth win from the last two race meetings. The bracemoved him to within two wins of championship leader, Joao Moreira, who remainedon 87 wins after drawing a blank. “There weresome very fast horses in that race and I drew wide, so I expected them to make me w...

March 23, 2020

Sergeant Blast produces front-running gem in St Leger

Rugged stayer Sergeant Blast (Darci Brahma) gave a polished front-running display when he led all the way to take out the first black type feature on Saturday, the Listed Lincoln Farms New Zealand St Leger (2600m) at Trentham. Initially viewed mainly as a sprinter/miler type by his trainer and co-owner Sam Lennox, the seven-year-old has proved a revelation when stepped up over more ground in the last twelve months, winning the Waverley Cup over 2200m on his home patch along with his lead up run ...

March 16, 2020

Sinarahma seeking a cuddle at Trentham

Exciting Taranaki mare Sinarahma will be looking to add a Group victory to her resume when she contests the Gr.3 Wentwood Grange Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday. The Allan Sharrock-trained five-year-old has won three of her five starts this campaign, including a last start victory in the Listed Wairarapa Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Tauherenikau. It was the daughter of Darci Brahma’s first stakes victory and Sharrock said he has been pleased with her progress this preparation. ...

March 13, 2020

Hastings trainers hoping for another Trentham boilover

Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen know how to shock punters, especially at Trentham, and they are hoping they can do it again on Saturday. The Hastings training partners will be represented in the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) by the lightly tried Unlaced, a daughter of Niagara who has recorded two wins, two seconds and a last-start stakes placing in her five starts. “It would be nice to rock them again,” Lowry said. “It’s a big ask for her and we’re hopeful. I guess...

March 9, 2020

Catalyst ruled out of All-Star Mile

Catalyst (NZ) (Darci Brahma) has been ruled out of the A$5 million All-Star Mile (1600m) with bruised fetlocks. Trainer Clayton Chipperfield sent him to the Ballarat Vet Clinic on Tuesday fearing he was not quite himself after his below-par run in the Australian Guineas. He told Racing Victoria stewards late in the day tests revealed Catalyst had bruising to his four fetlocks and he was officially withdrawn from Saturday week’s All-Star Mile at Caulfield. This season’s Gr.1 NZ 2000 Guineas (...

March 4, 2020

Decision pending on Harlech's future

The immediate racing future of promising colt Harlech will be decided by his connections within the next 24 hours. The dual Group One placegetter has been marking time at the Matamata base of his trainers Mike Moroney and Pam Gerrard with Moroney to speak with his ownership group on Sunday regarding the options available for him in the next few weeks. Amongst those options is the opportunity to make a trip across the Tasman to tackle the Gr.1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) next Saturday followed by th...

March 4, 2020

Catalyst shines in work and the draw

Three days out from the biggest race of his career, trainer Clayton Chipperfield enjoyed two sizeable positives on Wednesday when his mighty horse Catalyst drew the barrier he wanted for Saturday's Group 1 Australian Guineas. New rider Damian Lane travelled to Mornington for an inside grass gallop on the Guineas favourite and his feedback, coupled with Chipperfield's own instincts, has the trainer well placed ahead of the $1 million classic where he has the chance to level the score with Alligat...

February 27, 2020

Catalyst crew Cox Plate dreaming

Australian Guineas co-favourite Catalyst could chase Cox Plate glory in the spring, with trainer Clayton Chipperfield suggesting on Tuesday that the gelding displays all the hallmarks of a genuine 2000-metre horse. While Chipperfield is focused on preparing the son of Darci Brahma for two of the biggest mile races on the Australian calendar in the next three weeks - the Guineas and The All-Star Mile - he's already given thought to Catalyst's potential spring campaign. "At this stage his best dis...

February 27, 2020

Home By Midnight wins Launceston Cup

Home By Midnight winning at Ellerslie last year.  Pic Trish Dunell...

February 27, 2020

Damian Lane ticks off Catalyst for Guineas

Damian Lane has given star three-year-old Catalyst (NZ) (Darci Brahma) his seal of approval ahead of the Gr.1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington. Lane rode Catalyst in his final gallop at Mornington on Wednesday. It was the second time he had partnered the gelding in work and Saturday’s Group One over 1600m will be his first ride under race conditions. Lane was suspended when James McDonald rode Catalyst into second place behind Alligator Blood (All Too Hard) in the CS Hayes Stakes (1400...

February 27, 2020

Catalyst baying for blood in Guineas

Ding, ding. Bring on round two. That is the message from trainer Clayton Chipperfield as star Kiwi three-year-old Catalyst prepares to avenge his last-start defeat to Queenslander Alligator Blood when the pair clash in Saturday’s Gr.1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington. In a race for the ages, Alligator Blood prevailed by a short head over Catalyst in the Gr.3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) earlier this month after an enthralling length-of-the-straight battle at Flemington, reminiscent of two...

February 26, 2020

Catalyst gains All Star start

Star New Zealand gallopers Melody Belle and Catalyst have secured a start in the A$5 million All-Star Mile (1600m) after polling was closed for the rich race. The top 10 vote getters, headed by Alligator Blood, secured spots in the race at Caulfield on March 14, while five wildcards are still to be announced. The 10 horses to gain places through the public vote in order are: Alligator Blood, Melody Belle, Kolding, Star Missile, Dalasan, Catalyst, Mr Quickie, Aristia, Heart Of Puissance and Super...

February 21, 2020

Battle lost but war far from over for Catalyst

While rugged Queenslander Alligator Blood may have taken out the first skirmish with classy New Zealand contender Catalyst, Kiwi trainer Clayton Chipperfield is confident his star can still win the war when the pair clash again in the Gr.1 Australian Guineas (1600m) in a fortnight. In an enthralling length-of-the-straight battle, which more than lived up to the pre-race hype, Alligator Blood withstood the ominous challenge from Catalyst by the barest of margins in Saturday’s Gr.3 CS Hayes Stak...

February 17, 2020

Catalyst primed for bold Australian debut

Rick Williams is predicting a career-best performance from star New Zealand three-year-old Catalyst in Saturday's Gr.3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington. Williams has guided the racing stock of Cambridge's The Oaks Stud for Queensland owner Dick Karreman for the past 18 years, overseeing the career of champion mare Seachange among a host of Group One winners. Karreman was also a part-owner of five-time Group One winner Darci Brahma, who has forged a successful stallion career at The Oaks Stu...

February 13, 2020

Foaling Manager required

The Oaks Stud have a position available for an experienced, dedicated Foaling Manager to foal down approximately 60 – 70 mares per season. This position involves working closely with our Broodmare Manager and the initial care of new born foals.   The successful applicant will ideally have at least 5 years experience foaling down mares Competitive salary package and excellent on farm accommodation provided.    Starting date can be negotiated.   To apply, plea...

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