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2016/17 racing season wrap up
02 Aug 2017

At the close of the 2016/17 racing season Trelawney Stud’s motto “great starts make for great finishes” rings true with horses born, raised and sold by the farm representing the brand with wins on the domestic and international stage.

On the local front Trelawney’s 2014 Inglis graduate Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) was impressive winning her first four starts before an unplaced run in the Gr.2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes.  The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained mare has marked herself as one to watch for the 2017/18 season and is gearing up for Group One aspirations through the Hawkes Bay Spring Carnival.

Trelawney’s leading act in Australia for the season was Spieth (Thorn Park x Stella Livia), a horse that constantly occupied the headlines.  Purchased by Bryce Heys for $200,000 from the farm’s 2014 NZB draft, Spieth had five starts during the 2016/17 season winning the Listed Lightning before running second in a photo finish twice at Group One level in the Darley Classic and the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes.  Spieth is likely to trial in August before resuming in the Concorde Stakes and attempting to earn a spot in the much hyped A$10 million The Everest.

It was encouraging to see several Australian runners progress up the grades.  2012 NZB graduate Kaiser Franz (Savabeel x Call Me Lily) scored his first stakes win in the Gr.3 Premier’s Cup at Eagle Farm in May.  Robert Heathcote is likely to target the lucrative Country Cup races in the new season.

Inglis graduate Dulverton (Commands x Rathlin Island) ended the season on a winning double and will return to Flemington on the first Saturday of the 2017/18 season hoping to continue the roll for trainer Robert Smerdon and owners Qatar Bloodstock.  She is another with Group aspirations in the 2017/18 season.

The Trelawney born and raised Lake Como (Pins x Pedante) ended the season with four metropolitan wins to her credit.  The five-year-old mare is one of a small team run by Pat Hyland who has black type targets in mind for her in the spring carnival.

In Singapore Trelawney’s 2012 NZB graduate and former Singapore Horse of The Year War Affair (O’Reilly x Kristique) returned to racing after a long layoff.   Now trained by Bruce Marsh, War Affair made a dream return winning the Gr.3 Saas Fee Stakes before running midfield in the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup.   There is plenty of fight in the loyal campaigner yet, with War Affair winning a trial this week and Sunday will see him contest the Gr.2 Chairman's Trophy.

A standout performer for the farm in Hong Kong was Victory Boys (Mastercraftsman x La Bella Dama). Born and raised on the farm before making $100,000 as a 2yo in Mana Park’s NZB Ready to Run draft, Victory Boys had eight starts this season for three wins, three seconds and two thirds.

Trelawney owned horses were also well represented with Smashing (Pins x Ruud Van Slaats) and Vinevale (Flying Spur x Eden Valley) both adding wins to their tally.  It was pleasing to see Smashing earn a black type placing when third in the Lightning Handicap at Trentham.

In Australia the Danny O’Brien-trained Winkelmann (Rip Van Winkle x Crepe de Chine) was never far off the mark, winning twice from six starts and is now looking to target some nice races over the spring carnival over ground. 

Another carrying the stable colours, Seeblume (Sebring x Sonnenblume), had six starts and two placings and will only improve with time.  She has had a change of stable and is now in the care of Kris Lees who has experienced plenty of success with the family.

The 2016/17 season saw the retirement of two veteran Trelawney graduates.  Time was called on Noel and Emma Mayfield-Smith’s Group One winner Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) in June after a career that saw the $70,000 NZB graduate salute the judge 12 times (eight at black type level) and earn over A$1.3million.  

Antonio Lomabrdo (Pins x Petit Verdot) was retired in early 2017 as the winner of 13 races, including the Gr.2 Hawkes Bay Guineas, and three times at Group Three level.  These two horses are a testament to the sound, quality horses that Trelawney produce and the farm hopes they will enjoy an active post racing career as sport horses.

Looking ahead there are several horses to be excited about in the new season. It is hoped that the likes of Francaletta, Spieth and Dulverton build on the results from last season, and there are a couple of new comers to keep an eye out for. 

Ciaron Maher has three-year-old Ocean’s Fourteen (Ocean Park x Ruud Van Slaats) back in the stable readying the NZB graduate in who Trelawney retained a share for his debut campaign.  

King' s Man (Iffraaj x Ruqqaya) and Grunt (O'Reilly x Ruqqaya) are two that look promising in the future, along with Special Light (Redoute's Choice x New Light) and Fashion Sense (Exceed and Excel x Queen's Fashion)  who will race in the Trelawney colours.