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Fownes plots December course via Celebration Cup

Adopting a long-range approach, Caspar Fownes has set conservative pass marks for stable stars Sky Darci (NZ) (Darci Brahma) and Southern Legend (Not A Single Doubt) in the Gr.3 Celebration Cup Handicap (1400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (26 September).The champion trainer hopes both his charges can figure – and perhaps even win – but Sunday’s assignment is far more of a starting point than a campaign objective.Nine-year-old Southern Legend returns for sixth campaign, seeking a 10...

September 24, 2021

Online World record set as Avantage commands $4.1 million

Nine-time Group One winner Avantage has fetched a whopping $4.1 million when sold to Tom Magnier of global breeding giant Coolmore via New Zealand Bloodstock’s online platform Gavelhouse Plus.The stunning figure establishes a new world record for any horse sold online, a growing trend in the bloodstock industry.The daughter of Fastnet Rock is the third highest-priced mare ever sold via auction in the Southern Hemisphere behind Milanova, who fetched A$5 million in 2008, and the A$4.2 ...

September 23, 2021

Lost Opportunity?

Hindsight is, as they say, twenty-twenty, and as that relates to opportunities lost regarding stallions, Darci Brahma (Danehill) comes close to fitting that lost opportunity.The term: “Flying under the radar” seems appropriate and Darci Brahma has done that for most of his career.A very nice Group 1 win by his daughter Sierra Sue on Saturday could not be a better reminder of just how under-appreciated the son of Danehill (Danzig) might be.Several weeks ago Kiwi Chronicles made similar observ...

September 20, 2021

Darci Brahma's Sierra Sue scales the heights

From a bargain basement $2,000 purchase at a mixed sale to a Group 1 winning millionairess, Sierra Sue scaled the heights in Saturday’s $1million Group 1 Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.A tragedy beaten in the Group II Feehan Stakes at Moonee Valley at her most recent start, the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young Sierra Sue finally had the rub of the green. Providing a first win at the highest level for Daniel Moor, Sierra Sue (Darci Brahma) did best in a driving finish to def...

September 20, 2021

Spring Tide arrives in Hastings

Spring Tide’s quick rise through the ranks in winter has persuaded Foxton trainer Chrissy Bambry to take an unscheduled crack at Group One company this weekend. The Darci Brahma five-year-old has been in great form, winning three of his last four starts, including a victory by five and a half lengths in an open handicap at Wanganui on September 4. It was enough for Bambry to put in a late nomination for the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings on Saturday. Spring Tide’s form has seen his ...

September 15, 2021

Hastings targets beckon Harlech

A return to Group One company is imminent for Harlech after his pleasing return to New Zealand racing at Te Rapa last Saturday. The son of Darci Brahma had been racing out of co-trainer Michael Moroney’s Flemington barn over the last year, with his highlight being victory in the Benalla Cup (1406m) last October. The decision was made for the five-year-old entire to return to Moroney’s Matamata barn and target the Hastings Spring Carnival under the guidance of his New Zealand co-trainer Pam G...

September 7, 2021

Spring campaign back on track for Sierra Sue

New Zealand-bred mare Sierra Sue (Darci Brahma) will be vying for back-to-back Group Two victories when she contests the Feehan Stakes (1600m) at The Valley on Saturday. The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained five-year-old was set to contest the Gr.1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) last weekend, however, a foot abscess ruled her out of the race. She has fully recuperated and her trainers are looking forward to getting her spring preparation back on track this weekend. “She is back on track and is ...

September 2, 2021

Harlech back at Matamata stable

Talented five-year-old Harlech is back in New Zealand and is preparing for a tilt at the Hawke’s Bay features this spring. Prepared by Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard, the son of Darci Brahma transferred to Moroney’s Flemington stable at the conclusion of his three-year-old season after he had won the Gr.2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial (1400m) and placed in both the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) and the Gr.1 Levin Classic (1600m). The entire mixed his form across the Tasman, where vi...

August 17, 2021

U S Navy Flag makes impressive start at Arqana

Champion two-year-old  U S Navy Flag provided the highest price for a first crop sire on the opening day of the Arqana August Sale when the very first lot through the ring sold for €200,000. Blandford Bloodstock signed for the bay filly offered by Haras de l’Hotellerie, who is the second foal out of dual Stakes winner Epsom Icon. U S Navy Flag has previously proven popular at Arqana, with Queen Iseult (Camelot) selling for €490,000 in foal to the beautifully-bred son of War Front...

August 16, 2021

Australian Group 2 winner for Darci Brahma

A trip to Victoria’s far north west has proven the trick in turning around the form of yesterday’s P B Lawrence Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) winner Sierra Sue (Darci Brahma) whose stakes-winning days appeared behind her before her Mildura Cup (1400m) success last month.The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained Sierra Sue, wearing the same colours of their now retired Group 1 winner Tagaloa (Lord Kanaloa), won the Kingston Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) last spring but she had been unplaced in seven starts ...

August 16, 2021

Four Queens impresses Pike

The Oaks Stud owned Four Queens (Tavistock) barrier trial at Cambridge yesterday left her trainer Tony Pike believing a good Spring is in store for the four-year-old mare. Four Queens, who won her maiden in April at Tauranga, defeated the Stephen Marsh-trained Vernanme (O’Reilly) in heat three over 950 metres. “She trialled up really well,” Pike said. “She just dropped out the back, relaxed nicely, and picked them up really quickly. She is nicely rated at 62. She will probably kick-...

August 11, 2021

Mildura Cup winner to contest P B Lawrence Stakes

A year in racing can be a long time as Trent Busuttin can vouch for. Busuttin and partner Natalie Young plan on starting Sierra Sue (NZ) (Darci Brahma) in the Gr.2 P B Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday in the hope the mare can recapture the form that carried her to a stakes race win at Flemington last year. Sierra Sue won the Gr.2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes (1400m) at Flemington last October and was then in the market before racing on the pace when a fading 12th in the Golden Eagle (...

August 9, 2021

Gavelhouse.com Stallion Parade Weekend

The Oaks Stud 2021 Stallion Parade is on Sunday 22nd August at 1.15 pm (as part of the WTBA Stallion weekend).  Come along and see Darci Brahma, U S Navy Flag, Roc de Cambes & Niagara.122 Roto-o-Rangi Road, Cambridge.All welcome...

August 2, 2021

Trans-Tasman plans for Catalyst

Tony Pike is looking forward to spring racing with his new acquisition Catalyst. The rising five-year-old son of Darci Brahma won six of his 10 races for former trainer Clayton Chipperfield, five of which were at stakes level, including the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m). He hasn’t raced since pulling up lame in the Gr.2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick in September, with owner Dick Karreman and his racing manager Rick Williams electing to take a cautious approach with his return. Catalys...

July 21, 2021

Position available

The Oaks Stud have a position available for a stud groom to join our team for the 2021 breeding season.     This is a role with plenty of variety that includes bringing mares and foals in for the vet, administering treatments, record keeping, holding horses for the farrier as well as some yearling preparation and general stable duties.  The successful applicant will need to be a good communicator who is willing to work as part of a team. Competitive salary package on offer wi...

July 19, 2021

House Spouse impressive on debut

What a debut by the Reliable Man (pictured)  3YO House Spouse at Echuca Racing Club on Saturday, as the Patrick Payne trainee bolted away to win by 6.5 lengths over the 1300m. Bred by The Oaks Stud, House Spouse is out of the Zabeel mare Consumer and was a $50,000 yearling purchase at Karaka 2019 by his trainer on behalf of owners Price Bloodstock Management Ltd & Farmhouse Holdings Pty Ltd.House Spouse sat three wide without cover for Will Gordon, but when asked to move into the ...

June 28, 2021

Bread and butter anyone?

Niagara (Encosta De Lago), based at The Oaks Stud in Cambridge, is doing his job very well of late. In the past month the stallion has sired thirteen individual winners, including Jaguary, a back-to-back winner at Morphettville last Saturday.Jaguary was one of four winners for Niagara on Saturday, the others being Falls (at Sandown), Nedwin (at Trentham) and Skagerak (Gold Coast) with Capital Gains breaking his maiden on Sunday at Timaru.Taranaki’s Thursday meeting resulted in a winning d...

June 15, 2021

Ibaraki wins on debut

New Zealand-bred gelding Ibaraki (NZ) (Darci Brahma) made the perfect start to his racing career on Wednesday running away for an impressive victory in the Vinery Stud Plate (1100m) at Canterbury.The son of Darci Brahma had easily won a trial only five days earlier and justified the short odds ($1.50) to come out an impressive 1.69 length winner.Co-trainer Michael Hawkes said the three-year-old has a bright future ahead of him.“He only had the one trial going back a while (ago) but h...

June 10, 2021

Unbeaten Orbisyn hyped to continue

Boom 3YO gelding Orbisyn (Rich Enuff-Another Syn, by Mukaddamah) is a good chance to maintain his unbeaten record in Race 4 at Doomben today, reports racingqueensland.com.au. "There's a lot of hype about him and deservedly so," trainer David Vandyke said. "He's a bit fragile still and gets a bit anxious so I haven't rushed him. I want to give him more experience and winning is one of them." Orbisyn has won all of his three starts including a last start 6-length thrashing over 1200m on May 1...

June 2, 2021

Golden Sixty awaits as Sky Darci enhances the Hong Kong Derby form

Sky Darci returns to scale after his Hong Kong Derby win...

June 2, 2021

Collinstreet provides more good news for Sharrock

Underrated winter galloper Collinstreet (NZ) (Bachelor Duke - pictured) went one better than his trainer expected when he powered to a narrow but convincing victory over 1400m at Trentham on Satuday.The Allan Sharrock-trained six-year old thrives on heavy winter footing and got conditions to suit when the Trentham surface came up a Heavy 10 Sharrock felt he had his charge ready to go a good race but thought he might find fellow Taranaki galloper Rosewood (NZ) (Redwood) too tough to beat over a d...

May 31, 2021

Sky Darci snares Group 3 Lion Rock Trophy

Caspar Fownes regained the trainers’ championship lead and celebrated the successful race-track return of BMW Hong Kong Derby winner Sky Darci in one fell swoop with a pivotal treble, crowned by G3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap glory (1600m), at Sha Tin on Sunday (30 May). Trailing John Size by two winners entering the meeting, Fownes climbed back to the front – 66-65 – with a three-timer to leave the 2020/21 championship balanced on a knife’s edge with 12 meetings left in the season.Vincent...

May 31, 2021

Seasonal position available

Seasonal position available The Oaks Stud require a keen person to join our team for the 2021 breeding season (June 2021 to Feb 2022).   This position will involve general stable duties, as well as feeding out, checking paddocks and bringing mares in for the vet and farrier. This is an entry level position that would be ideal for someone who is wanting to learn more about the breeding industry.   On-farm accommodation available. Excellent team environment and competitive sala...

May 13, 2021

U S Navy Flag to stand at The Oaks Stud in 2021

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May 10, 2021

Sky Darci satisfies Moreira

Sky Darci (NZ) (Darci Brahma) stepped onto the turf at Sha Tin on Tuesday morning for the first time since his BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) triumph in March as he builds towards his much anticipated return in the Gr.3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m) at the end of this month.Readying for the HK$3.5 million contest on 30 May, the son of Darci Brahma crossed the line third in this morning’s barrier trial behind the unbeaten Winner Method (Deep Field), who clocked 57.61s down the 1000m strai...

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