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Sierra Sue targets 1400m Group 1's

Darci Brahma mare Sierra Sue established herself as a top-flight, seven-furlong horse last spring by taking out the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in September, and co-trainer Trent Busuttin says the mare will again target Group 1 races at her favoured trip this autumn."For whatever reason her record says she's a 1400-metre horse, there are two Group 1 1400-metre races coming up in the month of February," said Busuttin, who trains in partnership with Natalie Young."Her record show...

January 19, 2022

Cup target's on Hinepara's program

Hinepara’s immediate future lies close to home before Levin trainer Josh Shaw hits the road in search of higher honours for his in-form Darci Brahma mare. The late-maturing seven-year-old was a tidy winner on Saturday in Rating 74 company over 2200m at Trentham and she will return there at the end of the month for a similar event. Shaw will then follow through with a long-term plan to test Hinepara against the open class stayers in a pair of northern features. “We took her up there last year...

January 17, 2022

Hanalei too strong in Wellesley Stakes

Promising filly Hanalei showed she had taken plenty from her runner-up performance on debut at Te Aroha at the start of the month, when she dominated her two-year-old rivals in the Listed IRT Wellesley Stakes (1100m) at Trentham. The Jamie Richards trained daughter of Darci Brahma had been heavily backed for her first-up performance but had to bow to stablemate Maven Belle after struggling to find clear galloping room early in the straight that day. Trentham’s wide-open spaces worked a treat f...

January 17, 2022

Gate Crash scores at Sandown

Trainer Patrick Payne isn’t one to overplay the prospects of horses under his care too often and he is true to his form after the win of Gate Crash (NZ) (Roc de Cambes) ($2.10) in the Ladbrokes Blended Bets Handicap (1800m) at Sandown on Monday. This was the second win in four starts for the four-year-old Roc De Cambes gelding to add to two minor placings since the debut run at Warracknabeal in last July.Breaking the maiden at Sale in August, then returning with a placing at Sale in ...

January 5, 2022

Untouchable Ed impresses on debut

Untouchable Ed (NZ) (Contributer) seemingly didn’t know what to do when having his first start at Bendigo on Sunday, but his lack of race smarts wasn’t enough to prevent him from winning comfortably.The four-year-old Contributer gelding trained by Symon Wilde settled rearward from the second widest barrier in the $35,000 Adroit Insurance & Risk Maiden Plate (1300m). Untouchable Ed was last in the 10-horsfield with 250 metres remaining but swamped his rivals, scoring by two lengths. Harry Cof...

December 13, 2021

Lord Ardmore to the fore in Sydney

Former Kiwi Lord Ardmore (NZ) (Reliable Man) continued his good late spring form when landing his second Sydney success from his past three outings, having finished runner-up to stablemate Mightybeel (NZ) (Savabeel) on the other occasion.The son of Reliable Man, who sports the blue and white silks of Go Racing, led throughout under a good ride from Tom Sherry to win over 1800m at Rosehill.Initially prepared in New Zealand by now retired trainer Stephen McKee, the four-year-old gelding looks to b...

November 29, 2021

Blatch soaking up the pressure of Cup week

Like any trainer who has a runner engaged in a major race, Nikki Blatch has a few frayed nerves on the eve of what could be a career defining moment. Nikki and husband Barrie will line-up the well-favoured Mr Intelligence (Niagara) in Saturday’s Gr.3 Martin Collins New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton off the back of an impressive victory in last weeks’ Listed Metropolitan Trophy (2500m). Blatch, who has just five horses currently in work at the couple’s Tapanui property, had thought that ...

November 12, 2021

1000 reasons for Bruhn to be excited about Guineas

Steve Bruhn's decision to extend his racing ownership interests into breeding could be set to pay a massive dividend in Saturday's G1 Barnswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas, with the filly he bred and owns, There You Go (NZ) (Niagara), a leading chance in the Riccarton feature. Melbourne-based Bruhn has been involved in owning five or 10 per cent shares of racehorses for a long time, including in Group 2 winner Niagara, and when the son of Encosta De Lago was retired and sent to ...

November 12, 2021

2021 Ready To Run Sale

The Oaks Stud are proud to present six quality Darci Brahma colts at this years New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale through the draft of Kiltannon Stables.The sale will take place virtually on the 17th & 18th November at Te Rapa Racecourse.These colts are all available for inspection at The Oaks Stud (by appointment).Please click on the links below for pedigrees, breeze-up clips and parade videos.Lot 20  Darci Brahma/Upstaged Bay ColtLot 121 Darci Brahma/Florella Bay ColtLot 124 Darci ...

November 10, 2021

Trans-Tasman celebrations following Group 3 win

There were whoops of delight on both sides of the Tasman when There You Go (Niagara – Not A Dancer) won the Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Stakes (1400m) at Ashburton last weekend.The three-year-old filly is raced by her Melbourne-based breeder Steve Bruhn while Kaitaia breeder Adrienne Gemmell is now the proud owner of her dam Not A Dancer.It was the Tony Pike-trained filly’s second win from just four starts. She finished third on debut in the Listed Futurity Stakes (1400m) in May and did not start a...

October 21, 2021

There You Go rockets to Guineas favoritism

Visiting Cambridge filly There You Go firmed into the clear favourite for next month’s Gr.1 Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton after dominating her rivals in the Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Stakes (1400m) at Ashburton. The Tony Pike-trained daughter of Niagara had turned plenty of heads when she broke her maiden status in effortless fashion over 1400m at Riccarton earlier in the month, smashing the clock in the process.That day There You Go dominated proceedings from in fro...

October 19, 2021

Kahma Lass scores for Prebble

Brett Prebble landed an early winner and later had a narrow escape in the stewards' room following the return to the winner's list for Group 1-winning Kiwi mare Kahma Lass (Darci Brahma) in the Listed Weekend Hussler (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.  Prebble was severely reprimanded by stewards for allowing Kahma Lass to shift in as she unleashed a big finish in the home straight, which resulted in her taking third-placed Riddle Me That off his line."She was everywhere," Prebble later expl...

October 11, 2021

Sierra Sue chasing back to back Group 1 wins

The transformation in Sierra Sue (NZ) (Darci Brahma) has been amazing as the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained mare attempts a second Group One win. Sierra Sue took out the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield at her most recent outing on September 18 and will attempt to take out the Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday.If successful, Sierra Sue will become the first to complete the double since Trust In A Gust (Keep The Faith) in 2014.Sierra Sue had been ra...

October 8, 2021

Pike and Asano dominate at Riccarton

Stimulant (Holler) pictured after his winning debut at Riccarton on Saturday...

October 4, 2021

Generosity makes dream come true for Lock family

To own a share in a Group One winner is a dream for any young racing fan, and for siblings Jamie and Casey Lock that dream has come true. Their father, trainer Peter Lock, purchased Sierra Sue (Darci Brahma) out of Ardsley Stud’s New Zealand Bloodstock 2019 May Sale draft as a two-year-old for $2,000, and both Jamie and Casey became attached to the filly while she was in their care. She was subsequently sold to Australian interests off the back of a trial win at Te Aroha later that year and ha...

October 1, 2021

Sierra Sue options depend on Handicapper

Trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young won't commit to the Gr1 Toorak Handicap for Sierra Sue (Darci Brahma-Centree, by Centaine) until they know the weights, reported racing.com. "I'm just worried about what sort of weight she's going to get, I'd say she would probably carry about 56 kilograms," Young said. "We'll just see how much weight she gets in the Toorak without having Behemoth or Probabeel going in that direction, they are all going to carry a couple of kilos more than we originally ...

September 30, 2021

Rapidly improving pedigree helps U S Navy Flag filly fetch 290,000 Euros

Pedigree updates were the order of the day at the Goffs Orby Sale on Wednesday, but few lots can claim to have undergone quite the enhancement that the US Navy Flag filly out of Nicky Hartery's upwardly mobile producer Wrood has.The late-April foal already made plenty of appeal on pedigree when the catalogue came out, being a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Going Global.But not only did that filly go on to land the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks, two other siblings added black type to the page too, with Fin...

September 30, 2021

U S Navy Flag popular at Goffs Orby Sale

Killourney Mór Farm’s Eoghan Grogan was optimistic ahead of the sale of its U S Navy Flag filly (Lot 69) on day one of the Goffs Orby Sale in Ireland, and that expectation proved well founded when she was knocked down to Ben McElroy for €160,000, writes Cormac Hayes.Goffs has made a concerted effort to attract American buyers to its flagship sale, an enterprise which paid rich dividends for consigners such as the Grogans, whose filly is one of a number bound for foreign climes.“We are del...

September 29, 2021

First mile test for Spring Tide

Foxton trainer Chrissy Bambry isn’t too worried about the prospect of an improved track for Darci Brahma gelding Spring Tide for the second leg of the Hastings weight-for-age triple crown. Spring Tide made a huge impression in the first leg, the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m), beating all but Callsign Mav after mounting a strong run from midfield. That effort came on a Slow8 track, which has been Spring Tide’s preferred going to date. All six of his victories have been on slow or heavy ground, ...

September 29, 2021

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...

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