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Harlow Rocks Lowland Stakes Bound

Harlow Rocks announced herself into the Oaks equation last-start behind Molly Bloom, and won’t have the star filly to contend with in Wednesday’s Gr.2 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings.Under the care of Cambridge conditioner Tony Pike, Harlow Rocks was a gallant pacemaker in the Gr.2 David & Karyn Ellis Fillies’ Classic (2000m) on February 10, holding off her more favoured rivals, bar Molly Bloom, at the Te Rapa finishing post.The daughter of Roc De Cambes will line-up...

February 27, 2024

Savaglee dominant in Group 3 Matamata Slipper

A fruitless summer saw Savaglee slip under the radar in this season’s two-year-old crop, but that all changed with a brilliant upset victory in Saturday’s Gr.3 Fairview Matamata Slipper (1200m) on his home track.The blue-blooded colt is by Savabeel out of Glee, who is a full-sister to the dam of Orchestral and a three-quarter-sister to the dam of Daffodil. Savaglee was bought by The Oaks Stud for $400,000 at Karaka last year, and he looked worth every cent of that purchase price with a scint...

February 26, 2024

Pendragon On Track For Australian Guineas

Former Kiwi galloper Pendragon got his Australian campaign off to the best possible start at Werribee on Monday, comfortably winning his 1100m jumpout for trainer Michael Moroney.Purchased by Paul Moroney Bloodstock and Ballymore Stables out of Valachi Downs’ 2022 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 2 Yearling Sale draft for $110,000, Pendragon was initially trained in New Zealand by Moroney, alongside his Matamata training partner Pam Gerard, for whom he won three and placed in one of his seven start...

February 20, 2024

The Oaks fillies show class in Te Rapa features

The Oaks Stud's classy pair of Harlow Rocks and Vera Rose put their hands up for loftier targets after playing the bridesmaid role at Te Rapa on Saturday for trainer Tony Pike.Harlow Rocks, a daughter of Roc De Cambes, had shown early promise including a strong maiden victory in late November, before a switch to the right-handed track at Pukekohe was not to her liking in a first attempt at black-type on Boxing Day.Cambridge-based Pike opted to scratch the filly from the Listed Oaks Prelude (1800...

February 13, 2024

Pendragon To Target Guineas

Mike Moroney’s promising 3-year-old Pendragon (NZ) (U S Navy Flag {USA}) will head to Australia to target the G1 Australian Guineas in March.The gelding was unlucky in the NZ$1.5 million Karaka Millions 3YO nearly slipping on the shifty Ellerslie surface according to Moroney.“Pendragon was like many that lost his footing,” he told Racing.com.“If you watch the replay turning for home, he almost fell and Mark (Zahra) thought he was going to drop right out when it happened, but he...

January 31, 2024

Fashion Icon Hunting Black-Type At Trentham

Fashion Icon will be looking to turn the tables on Sudbina when the pair meet in the Gr.3 New Zealand Bloodstock Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.Sudbina just got the better of Fashion Icon in the closing stages of their 1400m contest at Hastings earlier this month to win by a half-length, and the TAB market for the fillies feature on Saturday reflects that result, with Sudbina a $3.30 favourite ahead of Grail Seeker at $3.60, with Fashion Icon on the third line of betting at $...

January 19, 2024

Storm Boy 2YO Classic Rating Best In A Decade

The entire industry, globally, is across the rapidly growing influence of former undefeated US Triple Crown winner Justify.The son of Scat Daddy doesn't yet have quite the record in Australia as he does in the northern hemisphere, where he has 6 individual G1 winners, however his momentum is building quickly down under.The sire of favoured 2023 Golden Slipper runner Learning To Fly, who dislodged her jockey in the world's richest juvenile feature, is also the sire of last weekend's Magic Mi...

January 19, 2024

Promising 3YO shines a light on The Oaks Studs quality draft

Group Three winner Burn To Shine made a pleasing return to the trials at Tauranga on Tuesday when taking out his 950m heat under a hold, beating Group Two performer Wessex by a nose.Racing in the familiar silks of The Oaks Stud principal Dick Karreman, Burn To Shine impressed in the spring when placing in the Listed El Roca – Sir Colin Meads Trophy (1200m) and Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m), before winning the Gr.3 War Decree Stakes (1600m), with his only disappointing performance coming i...

January 17, 2024

The Story Behind Storm Boy

Storm Boy continued the amazing run by Justify and logged a feature win for a family that includes one of New Zealand's great mares of this century when he won Saturday's $3 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast.The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained colt provided the Coolmore stallion with his richest win in Australia when he scored a dominant 2-1/2-length win in the 1200-metre event.Storm Boy is a member of the second Australian crop of Justify, the ...

January 15, 2024

Karaka Millions Bid for Naive Colt?

Progressive 2-year-old So Naive (NZ) (U S Navy Flag {USA}) may have just booked himself a spot in the rich NZ$1 million R. Listed Karaka Millions 2YO with a successful audition at Ellerslie on Sunday.The son of The Oaks Stud’s U S Navy Flag is trained by Bruce Wallace and Grant Cooksley. Ridden by Michael McNab on Sunday, he defeated Te Akau Racing’s Maracatu (NZ) (Ardrossan) and the Steven Cole-trained Hard Attack (NZ) (All Too Hard).So Naive, a NZ$37,500 purch...

January 15, 2024

Flag Hoisted At Ellerslie

The Oak Stud-based U S Navy Flag (USA) enjoyed an outstanding Sunday with the return of racing to Ellerslie. Fortunate Son (NZ) from the Andrew Forsman stable followed on the back of So Naive (NZ) saluting in the second for the juveniles.Contesting the Bent Down On One Knee Ben Masters 3YO over 1500 metres, ridden by Joe Doyle, Fortunate Son stuck hard against the rail, predominantly controlling the race as the competitive field entered the home straight.Credit to t...

January 15, 2024

Pendragon takes out Group 2 Auckland Guineas

Enigmatic three-year-old Pendragon demonstrated just how tough he is as he took out the Gr.2 Shaw’s Wire Ropes Auckland Guineas (1400m) at Pukekohe with a strong front-running performance.The Mike Moroney and Pam Gerard-trained son of U S Navy Flag was ignored by punters to start at the juicy odds of $26 in the race, despite having beaten two of his more fancied rivals in Tokyo Tycoon ($3.60) and Quintessa ($4.80) by nearly two lengths at his previous start over 1200m at Te Rapa.Seeking a hat-...

December 26, 2023

Pendragon makes every post a winner at Te Rapa

Underrated three-year-old Pendragon upset the Te Akau Racing party when he downed favourites Tokyo Tycoon and the previously unbeaten Quintessa over 1200m at Te Rapa on Saturday.The Mike Moroney and Pam Gerard-trained son of U S Navy Flag had opened his winning account at Te Aroha at his most recent start and backed that up with a stylish on-pace effort in the hands of apprentice Niranjan ParmarAllowed to dictate terms in front after jumping well from an inside barrier draw (1), Pendragon shot c...

December 18, 2023

Foxton filly Chantilly Lace looks primed for Trentham

An impressive showing by Foxton filly Chantilly Lace at the Levin jumpout trials earlier this week augurs well for her chances in the Group 3 $100,000 Lawnmaster Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Trentham tomorrow.The promising U S Navy Flag filly finished comfortably clear of a field of eight runners in an Open 1000m heat without being seriously tested and carded a slick time of 59.26 seconds, giving trainer Chrissy Bambry confidence the filly was the right path.“She’s fit and very well and the jump...

December 15, 2023

Fashion Icon All Style At Trentham

U S Navy Flag filly Fashion Icon winning at Trentham on Saturday...

December 11, 2023

Kiwi mare Nassak Diamond dominant in Jericho Cup

New Zealand raider Nassak Diamond (NZ) (Roc de Cambes) became the first New Zealand trained horse to win the 4600 metre Jericho Cup with a dominant win at Warrnambool on Sunday.The Jericho Cup was established in 2018 to commemorate the feats of Australasia’s light horse units during World War I and is restricted to horses bred in either Australia or New Zealand.Trained by Shaun Ritchie and Colm Murray for breeders The Oaks Stud, the five-year-old hadn’t raced for nearly a month, fi...

December 4, 2023

Ritchie returning for second shot at Jericho Cup

Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie has crossed the Tasman for a second tilt at the Jericho Cup (4600m) at Warrnambool on Sunday, four years on from a highly creditable first attempt.Ritchie saddled Where Are You to finish third at double-figure odds in the 2019 running of the A$300,000 showpiece, which was established in 2018 to commemorate light horse involvement in World War I and is restricted to horses bred in Australia and New Zealand.Four of the first five winners of the race have been New Z...

December 1, 2023

Stud hoping for more joy with speedy Savaglee

Promising colt Savaglee wasn’t purchased with New Zealand’s richest two-year-old event in mind, but it’s emerged as a serious target.The youngster was an effortless winner at his only appearance and another bold showing in Saturday’s Listed Counties Challenge Stakes (1100m) will further boost his $1 million TAB Karaka Million (120m) prospects.Savaglee was secured out of breeder Waikato Stud’s draft at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale earlier this year for $400,000 with...

November 23, 2023

Seasonal Position Available

The Oaks Stud have a position available from November through to February to assist with our yearling sale preparation.  This position involves general stable duties such as mucking out, making feeds & cleaning gear, as well as grooming and hand walking yearlings.This is ideally a full time position but we would consider part time hours for the right applicant.Competitive hourly rate on offer, start date negotiable. To apply, please email your CV to office@theoaksstud.co.nz...

November 22, 2023

There's A Storm Coming

Storm Boy (Justify/Pelican colt) pictured as a yearling....

November 9, 2023

Oz Recognition for Darci

Historically, the stock of Darci Brahma (Danehill) was mostly overlooked by Australian buyers for the simple reason that sons of Danehill (Danzig) were a dime-a-dozen in Australia. Nevertheless, the stallion has been ultra consistent as a sire of stakes winners (57). In Australia, his two best performers are dual Group 1 winner Sierra Sue and Australian Oaks (Gr 1, 2400m) winner, Gust Of Wind.Through his daughters his influence may be felt for some considerable time and such influence materialis...

November 8, 2023

Marsh three-year-old Coasts to fresh up victory at Pukekohe

An impressive training effort by Stephen Marsh saw the Cambridge trainer commence Melbourne Cup Day at Pukekohe in style, preparing a freshened Antrim Coast to victory in the Ellerslie Events 1400.Showing promise early in his three-year-old season, Antrim Coast broke maiden status in Heavy9 conditions at Te Rapa in August before being sent for a brief spell and was rated a $7.80 third-favourite with TAB bookmakers in a compact but competitive Pukekohe field.The seven starters broke in a muddling...

November 7, 2023

The Oaks Stud looking to extend Guineas legacy

The Oaks Stud has a great association with the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) and the Cambridge farm are hoping to extend their legacy in the Riccarton Classic next month with Burn To Shine.“We have Catalyst (2019) and Darci Brahma (2005) who we were involved with and also with Buzz Lightyear (1999) when Terry Jarvis owned this place in the early years,” The Oaks Stud General Manager Rick Williams said.“It is a good race for us and we hope that continues.”...

October 30, 2023

So Naive impresses at Pukekohe

Byerley Park trainers Bruce Wallace and Grant Cooksley produced their promising contingent of juveniles to an impressive quinella in the Ellerslie Events 2YO 1100 at Pukekohe on Saturday.In a compact field of six, the Wallace/Cooksley stable presented half of the two-year-old field and managed to fill the first two placings with So Naïve and Toruk Makto respectively.A son of U S Navy Flag, So Naïve jumped from the inside draw and was hustled to hold the pacemaking position under apprentice Ace...

October 30, 2023

Burn To Shine displays Guineas potential with feature victory

Cambridge visitor Burn To Shine threw his name into the mix of serious contenders for the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) next month with a determined effort to take out the Gr.3 War Decree Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton.The Stephen Marsh-trained three-year-old had finished third behind Saturday’s race-rival Lantern Way in the Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) at his last start and turned the tables after enjoying a perfect run in transit for rider Johnathan Parkes...

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