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December 7, 2018

As always, Darci Brahma is doing a first-rate job

There were plenty of grounds for celebration at The Oaks Stud, Cambridge, last weekend. Most were courtesy of the stud’s senior stallion Darci Brahma, who has been a great servant not only to the Dick Karreman-owned nursery but to the New Zealand breeding industry for more than a decade now. The latest flush started in the opening race at Avondale last Thursday, when Nocturnal (4 b m Darci Brahma-Upstaged) broke her maiden duck at 2000 metres. She was not only bred by The Oaks but carried the ...

December 6, 2018

Black-type for Espresso Martini

Jockey Leith Innes produced a gem of a ride to land the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial 3YO (1500m) on Espresso Martini at Ellerslie on Saturday, with the well-bred filly securing valuable black-type. The daughter of High Chaparral and The Oaks Studs’ Group One winner Keepa Cruisin, stalked the leader Jip Jip Rock throughout, before peeling off her back to collar her late. “Leith rode her an absolute treat and it is great for Donna Love and the team to get a result here with a stakes win,” ...

December 3, 2018

Bright future for well related Sinarahma

Trainer Allan Sharrock has fond memories of his top-class mare Shez Sinsational, and he can see a number of similarities in her four-year-old daughter Sinarahma. The Darci Brahma mare strolled to victory in the AME Electrical (1340m) at Wanganui on Saturday, landing a number of good bets in the process. “I think she has got a lot of her mum’s quality, although she is probably not as tall,” Sharrock said. “She is going to be a dead-set 2000m horse, but she has got a turn of foot, is tou...

December 3, 2018

Weather watch ahead of Counties Cup

Many trainers are keeping a cautious eye on the weather in Auckland ahead of Saturday’s Counties Cup meeting at Pukekohe Park. The track was rated a Dead 6 on Wednesday, after 9mm of rain overnight and more rain is forecast for the remainder of the week. Palmerston North-based trainer Lisa Latta is hoping the forecast improves but admits she has a versatile contender in the Gr.3 SsangYong Counties Cup (2100m), in last start Listed Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) winner Five to Midnight. “He’s ...

November 21, 2018

Dee And Gee set to surprise again

Five-year-old mare Dee And Gee surprised both her trainers and punters alike when scoring a three-length victory in last Saturday’s Listed Metropolitan Trophy Handicap (2500m) at Riccarton. The $51 chance never looked like being caught and no doubt punters will be keeping her safe when she backs-up in Saturday’s Gr.3 Christchurch Casino 155th New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton.  Prepared at Timaru by Terrill Charles and her partner Peter Corbett, heavy rain the day before last Satur...

November 13, 2018

Pelican impressive on debut

Juvenile filly Pelican (2f Fastnet Rock x Seachange, by Cape Cross) is bred to be good being from New Zealand Horse of the Year Seachange and stamped herself as a one to watch when hitting the line hard after a slow start to win the 1000 metre juvenile event in Adelaide by a short neck on Saturday. A $450,000 NZB Book One purchase from The Oaks Stud draft for Mark Pilkington Management / Lindsay Park Racing, Pelican runs for Coolmore and partners and is a half-sister to Group III placed Divan an...

November 13, 2018

Dee And Gee upsets in Metropolitan trophy

Outsider Dee And Gee stunned the Riccarton crowd on Saturday as she registered her biggest career victory when winning the Listed Redwood Metropolitan Trophy (2500m). The five-year-old Darci Brahma mare defied her rivals all the way down the long Riccarton home straight after rider Cameron Lammas sent her to the front with more than 1600m left to run in the contest. Those who expected the $51 chance to weaken were sadly disappointed as she kept up a strong gallop to dispose of the well fancied n...

November 12, 2018

Kiwi-breds chasing gold in Singapore

There will be a six-strong kiwi-bred contingent contesting Sunday’s S$1.35 million Singapore Gold Cup which will be run over the shorter distance of 2000m this year. Ex-pat New Zealand trainer Stephen Gray has two runners sourced from New Zealand and they have drawn at opposite ends of the barriers. Sky Rocket (Darci Brahma) has drawn gate five while stablemate Bahana who won the event in 2016, has drawn the widest of Gray’s four runners and will jump from barrier 17. “Sky Rocket has got ...

November 9, 2018

Five To Midnight takes out Feilding Gold Cup

A typically heady ride from top Central Districts jockey Johnathan Parkes paved the way for the ultra-consistent Five To Midnight to take out the Listed Ricoh Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) at Awapuni. The Lisa Latta trained galloper carried 60kgs as the clear topweight for the race with Parkes mindful of ensuring he didn’t cover an inch of extra ground throughout the contest. Allowed to lob along at the rear of the ten-horse field, Five To Midnight produced an irresistible home straight burst whe...

November 6, 2018

Winners rising from Ritchie barn

Frank Ritchie unleashed another promising three-year-old at Te Awamutu today as he closes in on a Group One mission for his stable’s exciting youngster Dawn Patrol. The Cambridge trainer saddled up Phoenix Rising, a daughter of Roc de Cambes, to clear maiden ranks in just her second start when taking the Dunstan Speedfeed 1400. Racing in The Oaks’ colours, Phoenix Rising drifted to midfield on settling and after being third-last with 600m to run, rider Michael Coleman weaved a passage throug...

November 1, 2018

Te Akau three year old to spell

Te Akau principal David Ellis has confirmed talented three-year-old Our Flying Ace has been sent for a spell and will not contest the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guinea(1600m) on November 10. The lightly tried son of Darci Brahma won his first two starts for trainer Jamie Richards, before finishing runner-up to quality filly Xpression in the Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Stakes (1400m) at Ashburton. “He’s come a long way this preparation and has gone for a spell,” Ellis said. Ric...

October 31, 2018

Kauri Cove first winner for new training partnership

gavelhouse.com graduate Kauri Cove provided a special milestone win for Kelvin and Aimee Tyler’s newly minted father/daughter training partnership at Winton last week. Just a week into their training partnership and with nine runners to their credit, Kauri Cove lined up a little favoured $26.50 quote. Terry Moseley settled the son of Roc de Cambes towards the rear of the field and brought him wide in the straight where he let down strongly to put almost a length on his nearest rival. Training ...

October 30, 2018

Our Sea Goddess

Watch Seachange's daughter Our Sea Goddess (Darci Brahma) winning for The Oaks Stud at Geelong...

October 25, 2018

Vin De Dance out of Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup entrant Vin De Dance (Roc de Cambes) will not contest the two-mile Flemington feature and will return home to New Zealand after a below-par performance in last Sunday’s Listed Cranbourne Cup. The Gr. 1 New Zealand Derby winner had an interrupted campaign after suffering from back soreness and failed to fire in his two starts, including his 10th placing at Cranbourne. “He didn’t run up to expectations last week,” co-trainer Murray Baker said. “He’s a good stayer, but the...

October 18, 2018

Divine Duke streets his rivals at Te Rapa

With a combined winning margin of 23 lengths in his last two runs you could be forgiven for believing trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott have a potential superstar on their hands in the form of staying talent Divine Duke. A conversation with O’Sullivan quickly establishes that is not quite the case and that at times the Matamata conditioner is left embarrassed by the Bachelor Duke six-year-old who set tongues wagging when he ran away and hid from his rating 65 rivals over 2100m at Te...

August 20, 2018

Stallion Parade Weekend 2018

The Oaks Stud Stallions will be parading at 12 pm on Sunday 26th August as part of the gavelhouse.com Stallion Parade Weekend.Address:122 Roto-o-Rangi Road, CambridgeAll welcome...

August 14, 2018

Minor setback for Melbourne Cup hope

Racing fans won’t get the early season sighting of Melbourne Cup candidate Vin De Dance (Roc de Cambes) as originally planned. Vin De Dance slipped into contention for the Gr.1 A$7.3 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 6 when winning last season’s Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie before finishing fourth in both the Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), when relegated from second, and the Gr.1 ATC Derby (2400m). He was put aside for a spell after the Sydney campa...

August 13, 2018

Hello It's Me all class in Ruakaka opener

Last season’s Gr.2 Royal Stakes (2000m) winner Hello It’s Me made a winning start to her spring campaign when she took out the opening event at Ruakaka on Sunday. The Darci Brahma mare was having her first start since taking out the Ellerslie feature on New Year’s Day to round out her three-year-old season. Prepared by the local powerhouse stable of Chris Gibbs and new training partner, Michelle Bradley, Hello It’s Me was expected to have too many guns for her five rivals in the rating ...

August 13, 2018

D B Pin awarded Horse Of The Year at NZTBA Waikato Group 1 Awards

Hong Kong’s equal top rated horse D B Pin was crowned Horse of the Year at the 37th Annual Group One dinner held by the Waikato Branch of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association on Friday night. The Darci Brahma gelding was bred by Willie and Karen Calder and attained the mantel of Hong Kong’s equal top-rated horse after his victory in the Gr.1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) for trainer John Size. A $200,000 purchase by bloodstock agent John Foote out of The Oaks Stud’s 2014 New...

July 30, 2018

Promising signs for Alfa Oro

Promising two-year-old Alfa Oro will be looking to make it two from two tomorrow for trainer Matt Laurie when he lines up in the Ladbrokes Back Yourself Handicap (1300m) at Sandown. The Bachelor Duke gelding won impressively on debut by six lengths, indicating he could be one to watch in the spring. “I have been excited to get him to the races,” Laurie said. “He has been a two-year-old that I have been impressed by and I was looking forward to seeing what he could do. “I certainly wasn...

July 24, 2018

Mare seals spot in Southern Feature

Strolling Vagabond (Darci Brahma) has booked her passage to the South Island. A tilt at the Gr.3 Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton on August 4 was confirmed on Saturday by trainer Gerald Innes following the mare’s hard-fought victory in the Sinclair Electrical & Refrigeration Handicap (1800m) at New Plymouth. “We’ll be going down there for sure after that effort,” Innes said. A $21 chance in the market for the Cup, Strolling Vagabond is a seasoned traveller and past visits to Christchurch ...

July 23, 2018

Seasonal staff required

The Oaks Stud requires experienced, enthusiastic staff for the 2018 breeding season (August through to February).  This is a position with plenty of variety, with work in the breeding side of our operation as well as yearling preparation. Competitive salary package & excellent on farm accommodation available, as well as a great team environment to work in. To apply, please email your CV & references to office@theoaksstud.co.nz or phone Mark Fox for further details on +64 27 292 8089....

July 20, 2018

Another strong season for underrated stallion

The progeny of The Oaks Stud’s ever consistent stallion Darci Brahma have had another quality season. The son of Danehill will finish second to New Zealand’s all-conquering sire Savabeel in the Centaine Award for global earnings, with his progeny winning in excess of $11 million for the season. Only Savabeel and successful shuttle stallion Iffraaj will have enjoyed better 2017/18 seasons domestically in New Zealand. Progeny of Darci Brahma recorded two Group One victories this season, with H...

July 20, 2018

Rutten Singapore bound to support Kingsman

Te Horo-based horseman Chris Rutten will pay his first visit to Singapore this weekend where Kingsman (NZ) (Darci Brahma), a horse he bought and part-owns, will tackle Sunday’s S$1.15 million Emirates Singapore Derby (1800m). Kingsman will be part of a three-pronged attack on the four-year-old feature for ex-pat Kiwi trainer Mark Walker, who will also have race favourite Elite Invincible (Archarcharch) and Lim’s Regard (NZ) (Red Giant). While Elite Invincible prevailed last start by a hea...

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