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Continuing the Karaka tradition
23 Jan 2019

The yearly pilgrimage to Karaka is underway and Trelawney have made the trip to Auckland for 2019 with a draft of 21 yearlings; 15 for Book 1 and seven for Book 2.

The draft numbers are down on previous years due to the farm going through a re-positioning phase moving from an all service provider to a private operation, though the quality of the offerings is in no way diminished.

“We think it is a wonderful draft of quality individuals by proven sires and some exciting young first season stallions out of some top class mares,” Brent Taylor said.

Taylor has selected Lot 573 as one of the standout colts of the draft, the Sebring x Are There Any colt (pictured above) who is a half to Challa (Dissident) who will contest the $1m Karaka Million on Saturday night at Ellerslie.

“He represents what I wanted to breed when selecting this mating,” Taylor said.  “He's got great style, length and quality, and it is a cross that has already worked.  The mare's two-year-old by Dissident is already stakes placed.”

The Taylor’s have a long-held belief that “it’s all about the girls” which is reflected in their investment over the years in quality race fillies and mares that are destined to join their broodmare band.  A recent example is the imported mare Igraine (Galileo) who is a Group winner since arriving in New Zealand to race in the Trelawney silks.

This is a point the farm likes to make when potential buyers are viewing the fillies in the draft, that you are not only investing in a racing prospect but a breeding one as well.

"To breed quality you need a top class broodmare band, and a top class broodmare starts off as a quality filly,” Taylor explained.  “We feel our line-up of fillies this year have some real quality.” 

Lot 263 is the first foal out of Australian Group winner Okahu Bay by More Than Ready (pictured below).  She ticks all the boxes on type, style and quality and an outstanding female linage.


Later in the sale the Ocean Park-Syrah filly will go through the ring as lot 458. She is another with great quality and is a middle distance type.  The filly is a half to Group One winner A Touch of Ruby and has a stack of supporting runners underwriting her upside going forward.

Launching the Karaka festivities is the race meeting at Ellerslie on Saturday where Trelawney holds a great record of results in the feature races.  They are the equal-top vendor for runners to placegetters with four out of their five runners coming in the top three.

In 2019 they will be represented by Challa in the Karaka Million 2YO event and Prise de Fer (Savabeel x Foiled) in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic.  Both run in the colours of racing powerhouse Te Akau Racing.

Challa was purchased by David Ellis for $100,000 and will jump from barrier five with Jonathan Riddell on board while Prise De Fer, also purchased for $100,000, has barrier two for Opie Bosson.

“He’s been a pretty exciting horse with what he’s done and probably six months away from being a really top horse,” Ellis said of Prise De Fer. “But he’s certainly done everything we’ve asked of him at his stage. He’s a horse we bought from Trelawney Stud and we expect him to be a Cups horse next season.”

Anyone wanting to view Trelawney Stud’s yearlings at the New Zealand Bloodstock sale will find them in Barn E and Brent and Cherry Taylor welcome all interested parties to their hospitality tent located opposite the parade area.