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2011 Karaka Yearling Sales Horses 22 Jan 2011
We have a draft of four for the 2011 Sales headed by a Domesday - Longwood filly.
Domesday is a sire sensation in Australia this season. He sired three 3 year old stakeswinners at the 2010 Victorian Racing Carnival - Pressday (GII), Divorces (GIII) & Backgammon (L). He also sired stakesplaced 3 year olds Giresun (2nd in a GIII) and Domesky (2nd in LR). In 2011 he has sired good winners Turbo King (HK), and other winners at Randwick & Caulfield.

Our Domesday filly is one of the best bred Domesday yearlings from his 2009 foal crop and the only Domesday yearling to be offered at main 2011 Yearling sales - Magic Millions, Karaka and Sydney Easter.

Our 2010 Breeding Programme 13 Aug 2010
In line with the current economic times we have cut back on our broodmares at stud.

Our mares going to stud in 2010 are:

Head Enfilade

Will foal early to Elusive City. 2010 booking yet to be made.

Gimmeawink

Will foal in late September to Elusive City and will be served by Nom de Jeu.

Bouquet Toss

Will foal in late September to Librettist and will be served by Eagle Mountain.

Bella Vino

Will foal in mid October to Fully Fledged and will be served by Elusive City.

Sangiovese

Will foal in late October to Coats Choice. 2010 booking yet to be made.

Laura Baker

On lease last season. Will be served by St Reims.

Other Woodbine Mares on lease:

Christina - to be served by Thano

Lady Ayers - to be served by Danger Looms

Hooktoie - to be served by Danger Looms

Engladene - to be served by Thano

Woodbine Breds are Performing 13 Aug 2010
We are very proud of the race results of recent Woodbine breds:

August 2010
Our Australian bred 3 year old Footprintinthesand by Footstepsinthesand ex Kasey Ann won her 1st start over 1000m very impressively at Coffs Harbour.

Stakes performed winner Star Chaser ran 2nd at Taupo on 13th August. Watch for his Singapore based 3 yr old brother Torments to race in the near future.

July 2010
Malaysian based Mayo's Dancer won his 3rd race from his last 4 starts. His wins have been at 1400m, 1600m and 1800m.

Berlin Wall (formerly Gallarate ran 2nd over 1600m in Malaysia.

Woodbine Breds fire in Asia - Mayo's Dancer 25 Jul 2010
Our Chianti bred horses have achieved useful results in Asia in 2010.
On 25 July 2010 in Malaysia Berlin Wall (previously called Gallarate) ex Comely Girl ran 2nd over 1600m to be followed by Mayo's Dancer (ex Top Dance) winning over 1400m. Mayo's Dancer is now the winner of 3 of his past 4 starts (running 3rd in between) and is shaping as a promising galloper.

Rotorua (by Chianti) - a 2 year old colt in Michael Clement's Singapore yard ran an outstanding 2nd in the Group III Magic Millions Classic 1200m at his 2nd career start. He was beaten 1.25 lengths but there was 3.5 lengths to the 3rd horse. This horse looks like an outstanding 3 year old prospect and like Tuscan Spirit in Hong Kong he is carrying Chianti's flag very well in Asia.

Boyle (by Chianti) continues to run good placings in Singapore and Tuscan Spirit is flying Chianti's flag in Hong Kong.

Our home bred rising 3 year old filly - Chianti - Comely Girl has been broken in and will shortly be entering work. She will be a runner.

Chianti is yet to have a runner in Australia.

A rising Hong Kong star Tremendous Add 17 May 2010
This young horse won his 2nd race in Hong Kong yesterday over 1400m by 2 lengths. His win was very impressive as he was a class 4 horse running in a class 3 race.

We own his dam Laura Baker by Theatrical.

2010 Weanling & Broodmare Sales 17 May 2010
We had mixed results from our 2010 draft but we achieved our best price for a weanling when the Chianti - Fortelo colt made $48,000. Our other weanlings sold from $2,000 to $10,000. Many of these weanlings were late foals and the market is expecting strong well grown types.

We offered 4 mares and sold 3. Our star lot was Fortelo in foal to a late service to Ifraajj and she sold for $30,000.

Great Racing Anzac Weekend - 25 Apr 2010
There were several Woodbine graduates that raced with distinction this weekend:

Abelard ran 3rd over 1,200m at Riccarton after winning her last start at Wingatui. We race Abelard with close friend Jeremy Turner a former CEO of Queensland Racing, and Abelard was his first winner;

Lovedale (Abelard's older 1/2 sister which is raced on lease) finished 2nd over 2,100m at Tauranga after winning her previous start by 5 lengths at Rotorua;

Divorces, a 2 yr old daughter of very promising freshman sire Domesday finished a close up 3rd inthe AJC Champagne Stakes GI. We own the only two 2009 NZ foals by Domesday including a filly from a 1/2 sister to Champion Tycoon Lil.

Tremendous Add, a son of our mare Laura Baker ran 2nd (beaten by short head) over 1,600m in Hong Kong.

Tuscan Spirit now a Group I performed horse 24 Jan 2010
Our home bred 4 year old Tuscan Spirit (Chianti ex Fortelo) finished a very creditable 3rd in the HKJC Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Mile (Group I) at Shatin today. This was the horse's first start beyond 1400m and he was ridden by Craig Williams.

The trainer - John Size has a plan to race Tuscan Spirit in the Derby Trial 1800m (Group II) and then the Hong Kong Derby 2000m (Group I) later this season. This is a very interesting campaign when you consider that Tuscan Spirit is a excellent sprinter winning over 1000m and 1200m last season over horses such as One World - 2nd in last year's International Sprint (Group I).

Our 2009 Foal Crop 25 Dec 2009
We have our best crop foals on the ground we have bred and many will be offered at the 2010 National Weanling Sale.

Our 2009 foals are:

Colts

Danroad ex Bouquet Toss (Nureyev)
Chianti ex Fortelo (Armidale)
Chianti ex Lugano (Balmerino
Domesday ex Kasey Ann (Monongahela
Quest for Fame ex Lady Ayers (Bigstone
Spartacus ex Ficcio (Zoffany)
Refuse to Bend ex Spontaneous Miss (Riverman)
Danger Looms ex Christina (Daggers Drawn)


Fillies

Domesday ex Longwood (Dolphin Street)
Chianti ex Head Enfilade (Mr Henrysee)
Elusive City ex Hucktooie (Lion Hunter)

Points of interest are the full brother to Tuscan Spirit and the two foals by promising Australian 1st season sire Domesday.

NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Association News Item 11 Jul 2009
Breeders' Relative Costs are Too High" By Michelle Saba 09 Jul 2009

“The domestic breeding industry has lost its way when it should be a very attractive business to invest in particularly as New Zealand has the best tax effective regime in the world,” according to Chris Luoni, the recently elected Northern Region representative to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association Council.

“We have had numerous studies about the falling foal crop and its consequences but no substantial action plan to increase the foal crop. The industry has to develop better market opportunities for people to breed thoroughbreds and this must involve New Zealand Bloodstock and the buyers of our horses.

As a recently retired partner in Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Chris is well qualified to comment on such matters. He is also a company director operating several small businesses and is the owner of a small breeding farm Woodbine Farm based at Matangi near Hamilton. He has time and energy to devote to the Council and is looking forward to being involved with the NZTBA Council.

“Stallion service fees are far too high relative to the New Zealand market place for their progeny and this is being addressed with many breeders not breeding their mares. There is a limited market place for fillies and I would like to see stallion owners following the Bahare – Rich Hill Stud model offering a 50% reduced service fee if a filly is born.

“The input costs for breeders have increased significantly with vet fees and freight costs being the major contributors but there is some competition in this area for the forthcoming season which is pleasing.

“Some breeders have decided not to breed but to pin hook weanlings from Australia instead and re-present them at the New Zealand sales and this is now happening in a big way. As well there are a number who are choosing to leave their mares empty this year.

“Such mares still have significant carrying costs and one year left empty is a year lost. I would encourage such breeders to introduce themselves to stud masters and discuss an opportunity for them to breed their mares. I would also encourage stud masters to undertake market research on breeders in their area and then approach them about breeding their mares. I am sure that both parties can come to a suitable business arrangement.

“Right now I think that the New Zealand breeding industry is in a similar state to the New Zealand dairy industry with significantly falling financial returns. It is time for every breeder to review their business in a non-emotional basis and we should seek advice from others. I am certainly doing this at present.

“Every breeder has to regularly assess the business viability of their breeding stock when deciding to mate mares. Each mare should have a good pedigree and be capable of having progeny at the top end of the Karaka Festival yearling sale before you consider breeding such mares for sale purposes. However if a breeder is breeding to race then there are different considerations,” he concluded.
Chris himself has substantial interests in the industry he has ownership shares in 12 broodmares and several stallions including Chianti, Kashani, Dance Floor and Danger Looms.

Although his father bred and raced horses from the family farm in Te Hoe in the Waikato, Chris’s interest in the industry was probably nurtured while he was at boarding school in Wellington, this interest grew when in the early 1970’s his office was next to the offices of Best Bets where Steve Brem, Stu Laing and Des Coppins were on the staff.

“In 1975 I went to Montreal to work, and stayed there until 1981. While I was overseas my father raced and bred Happy Union who won four Group One races, and competed in the Melbourne Cup. This really along with attending Canadian Melbourne Cup parties and subscribing to the weekly issues of the US Bloodhorse magazine really cemented my interest in racing.

“I purchased my first mare in 1988 Drallam(Desperate Dee-Pride of Priory) and my first foal was a Roman Empire colt later named Armageddon who was Group III placed and a listed stakeswinner as a two-year-old. The next mare I purchased was an American bred and United Kingdom performed mare Double Sandbags(Nodouble-Honey Sand) who was my foundation broodmare. Her progeny continue to win with her last foal Roualyn a recent winner and her grandson Geeorb winning recently in Melbourne.

“In 1993 I purchased a small farming property in Te Kowhai and in the same year I also purchased a second mare called Lillibet with my good friend the late David Johns. We bred some good horses form Double Sandbags and Lillibet including the stakes winners Oliverdance (ex Lillibet) and Ma Danseuse (ex Double sandbags) and my interest in breeding grew from that time,” he said.

Chris is also the breeder of the current promising gallopers; Tuscan Spirit (Chianti - Fortelo), Lauaki (E Dubai-Our Sally), and Lovedale (San Luis-Chiming In). He is a member of the Waikato Branch of the Association but has not previously been involved with that branch at administration level. However he was involved with the NZTBA for a brief period during the 1980’s as a member of the Taxation Committee. Chris has been involved over the years in various governance and professional roles in New Zealand and Australia for organisations such as the Australian Racing Board, Waikato Racing Club, Ra Ora Stud, and the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame. All of which should augur well for his new role as a NZTBA councillor.

“While I am on the Council I would like to see the NZTBA to be a participant in all sections of the New Zealand racing industry. This is partially achieved through representation on the NZTR Board, but who knows what will become of that after September. I would like to see a close and respected association established with our sister Australian body – The Australian Bloodhorse Breeders as we have much to learn from each other. I also believe we need a strong regional branch network with all branches working together effectively, and these are some of the issues I am looking forward to working on at Council level,” he enthused.

Woodbine Horses racing news 7 May 2009
Lovedale starts this Saturday. This capable mare has been very unlucky in so many starts, and will hopefully redeem herself if given a better chance by her rider.

Lauaki has his first start in Brisbane. He is balloted out in the Group III 3 year old race so will start in a regular race. He has drawn a horror barrier so will need a lot of luck. Scott Seamer will ride him.

Broodmare Purchases 7 May 2009
We purchased two mares at the 2009 Broodmare Sales -

Hucktooie - 1999 (Lion Hunter - Hi Raffin) in foal to Elusive City. This mare was owned by the Melbourne trainer - Peter Moody and he has three foals in his stable. This mare was a winner at 2 and also a winner at Caulfield.

Ficcio - 1992 (Zoffany - Extravagance)in foal to Spartacus. This mare is the dam of Calm Smytzer - a multiple Group placed winner and three other winners.

Both these mares were purchased for the foetuses they are carrying, and will be bred to one of our stallions.

2009 Weanling & Broodmare Sales 7 May 2009
Woodbine Farm offered its second draft of weanling colts at Karaka. The sale results indicated that the market had dropped and we experienced the same. We were happy with our results selling 4 colts on the first day for an average of $12,875 (Number 6 on Vendors' List by average and aggregate). On the second day we sold two colts by Danger Looms ($4,000) and Dance Floor ($5,000) which were satisfactory results.

We thank all people who inspected our horses and also the Woodbine Team - Tim, Rosie, Cara and myself (the cleaner of horse stables). We enjoyed our time at Karaka and will be back again in 2010.

Our foundation mare - Double Sandbags lives on 10 Apr 2009
In 1990 we purchased our foundation mare Double Sandbags (US bred by Nodouble). "Double" died in 2004 at the age of 22 years.

Double had many useful foals for us including several fillies that have become good broodmares. Her 10 win stakeswinning Dance Floor mare Ma Danseuse is the dam of the Group II placed Old Jock who starts tomorrow in the Group I AJC Derby at Randwick. Her Lord Ballina daughter Windfields is the dam of the Stephen McKee trained gelding Kings Win who is striving for his 4th successive win at Ellerslie tomorrow.

The Winners' Circle 2 Apr 2009
Tuscan Spirt is carrying our flag with outstanding form in Hong Kong winning his last four starts. His trainer is planning to start him in the Group I international sprint in Singapore in May.
Tuscan Spirit has featured in the international television show Racing Around the World with his last three wins.

Our home bred and 20% owned 3 year old gelding Lauaki won his 2nd race at Te Aroha. He now heads for Hastings on 18th April and possibly then on to Queensland for their winter carnival.

Our home bred and 50% owned mare Lovedale won her second start at Paeroa recently. This athletic mare has been very unlucky in her recent starts and there is a good win in her shortly.

Roualyn the last foal of our foundation mare Double Sandbags is a recent winner.

Chianti is achieving some results with first starter Boyle running 2nd in Singapore over 1200m on 29 March and our home bred Northern Moud winning a trial recently.

Hong Kong rising star - Tuscan Spirit 28 Feb 2009
Our home bred 3 year old Tuscan Spirit is being touted as one of Hong Kong's rising stars after his empathic 3 length win (carrying 60 kgs) over 1200m in February 2009. Tuscan Spirit is trained by Champion trainer - John Size and was ridden by Douglas Whyte. His next start will be in a Class 2 race.

Tuscan Spirit is the highest rated Hong Kong based 3 year old at present.

Our other home bred 3 year old Lauaki will be starting in New Zealand shortly and will be possibly headed for the Brisbane winter carnival.

Our 3 year old filly Abelard ran an impressive first up 3rd over 1100m on 27th February and is now heading to a stakes race for 3 year old fillies next Saturday.

2009 Weanling and Broodmare Sale entries 28 Feb 2009
Woodbine Farm will be selling its second draft of weanlings at the May 2009 Karaka sales.

Our draft include:

Colts
Reset - Kasey Ann (a Sydney SP 2 yr winner)
Keeper - Hairini ( a 1/2 brother to Melbourne 2 yr stakeswinner - Little Firebird)
Dubai Destination - Spontaneous Miss
Dance Floor - Danezza (by Danehill)
Chianti - Lugano (1/2 to Kismet-10 wins in Singapore)
Danger Looms - Christina

Fillies

Gonski - Gimmeawink (1/2 sister to Bruxaar)
Captain Rio - Engladene (by Stravinsky)
Toubogg - Lady Ayers - 1/2 sister to 2 winners

Racing and Horse News - December 2008 to January 2009 17 Feb 2009
Woodbine-connected racehorses have achieved good successes in the past two months. Headed by Tuscan Spirit - the winner of successive races in Hong Kong -
24 January 09 -
HKJC Electronic Unicorn Hcp - 1200m ($1,150,000 stake) by 2 lengths
15 February 2009
HKJC Lok Fu Hcp - 1200m by 2.75 lengths($850,000 stake) carrying 60kgs.

Bruxaar - the winner in Hong Kong -
28 January 2009
HKJC Daffodil Hcp - 1200m by 1.75 lengths
($1.4 million stake).

Roualyn -
15 February 2009 - winner of Southland RC Coupland Bakery Summer Cup - 1600m.

Ski, Dawn of Time, and Falwood - in Australia have been placed recently in 2009 and hopefully will be in the winners circle shortly.

Yearling Sales

We sold three yearling fillies at the recent National Yearling Sales and achieved the following results:

Stravinsky - Thousand Veils filly sold for $30,000 to up and coming South Island trainer - Terry Kennedy.

Chianti - Comely Girl filly sold for $22,500.

Castledale - Dance Forever filly sold for $10,000 to the owners of he 1/2 sister Cullever.

We thank the purchasers of these fillies and wish them all the best for their future racing careers.


Great week's racing - 30 November 2008 1 Dec 2008
Woodbine horses had a successful week's racing capped off by our 3 year old filly Abelard (Kashani - Chiming In)winning her first start over 900m at Riccarton on Thursday 27th November.

On Friday 28th November Altered Image won the Group I Levin Classic over 1600m in record time. We own his 2nd dam She's Cool.

On Sunday 30th November De Janerio (Captain Rio - Loreli's Song) a 1/2 brother to our Stravinsky mare Engladine won a maiden race at Wingatui, and our home bred Tuscan Spirit (Chianti - Fortelo) ran a very close 3rd over 1000m in his first start in Hong Kong. He is trained by John Size in Hong Kong.

Great weekend's racing - Saturday 18th October 2008 19 Oct 2008
Our mares had two winners at Wanganui. Ski - ex Danezza won his race straongly over 1200m and Cullever - ex Dance Forever won her second successive race over 1350m. We are selling an attractive yearling 1/2 sister (to Cullever) by Castledale at the 2009 Yearling Sales. We sold Danezza's 2007 colt (by Align) at the 2008 Weanling sales and he is being reoffered at the 2009 KII Yearling Sales.

At Caulfield Cup day Estee (Redoubtes Choice - Tycoon Lil) won by 3 lengths over 2000m and is headed next to the VRC Oaks (GI. We own Tycoon Lil's only 1/2 sister - Lomgwood who is confirmed in foal to Red Ransom stallion Doomsday.

Lauaki wins his first start strongly 4 Sep 2008
Our home bred 3 year old Lauaki by E Dubai ex Our Sally won his first start impressively over 1200m at Te Rapa on Wednesday 3rd September. This horse has been syndicated among a group of 9 people and we have retained a 20% interest.

His trainer - Wayne Hillis believes this horse is a potential NZ Derby horse in the making. Time will tell.

Another promising galloper starting this weekend is Ski ex Danezza at Wanganui.

Recent Racing News 19 Aug 2008
The NZ racing winter has been wet and windy and many of our horses have not been racing.

Winners in August include Roulyn (ex Daggers Drawn) at Riccarton, What An Act (ex Kasey Ann) in Australia, Joker Classic (Thunder Gulch -Comely Girl)in Malaysia and Special Agent (ex Danezza)in Macau.

Trial winners today who will be horses to follow are: Ski (ex Danezza)and Laukai (ex Our Sally).

We have some quality 2 year olds for lease including a 1/2 sister to Laukai and a Dance Floor - Christina filly- This filly is broken and is a close relation to our good mare Top Dance.

2009 Yearling Sales Entries 5 Jul 2008
We will have our biggest number of yearlings for the 2009 Karaka Yearling sales as follows:

Fillies

Stravinsky - Thousand Veils (by Zabeel). The first foal of a stakeswinning Zabeel mare.

Dash for Cash - Lady Ayers (by Bigstone). An Australian bred daughter of a Brisbane winner.Second dam is Motee.

Castledale - Dance Forever (by Zabeel). A 1/2 sister to the promising galloper Cullever and a daughter of the 3 win Zabeel mare - full sister to Thousand Veils.

Chianti - Comely Girl (by Marscay). A daughter of the Australian Champion 2 year old filly - Comely Girl.

Colt

Chianti - Spontaneous Miss (by Riverman). An Australian 1/2 brother to smart galloper Lord of Lords. His dam is a winner at Belmont - New York and is a quality international family.


Woodbine Farm Race Successes 5 Jul 2008
We have had some international race wins this past week. Supernova ex Initial Offering won his second successive race in Hong Kong over 1600m on 1st July. Geeorb ex our home bred mare Saratoga won the Crisp Steeplechase (3rd consecutive win) at Flemington on 28th June. On 4th July Accid Jazz ex Top Dance won his second race over 1200m at Rotorua.

Great Racing Results - 31 May and 1 & 2 June 2 Jun 2008
Our weekend racing commenced in Singapore on Saturday where home bred Kismet (ex Lugano) won his 10th race over 1600m.

In Hong Kong on Sunday Supernova (ex our mare Initial Offering) won his first race very impressively over 1600m. This horse has a big future.

In Foxton on Monday smart 2 year old Altered Image won the Castletown Stakes LR. We own his grand dam She's Cool who acted as a foster mare for our orphan foal (Castledale ex Dance Forever)

NZ Bloodstock Weanling Sale Achievements 12 May 2008
Woodbine Farm had its first draft for a thoroughbred sale with the Weanling Sales. We offered 4 weanling colts and sold 3 for an average of $24,666 - achieving 3rd highest vendor on sale averages.

We acknowledge the Woodbine Team - Tim Welch (an extraordinary horseman), Geoff Roan and his partner - Orla Fahey. Orla is an equine vet with Hamilton Vets and Geoff is the former Stallion manager at Cambridge Stud and is now an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hamilton.

The stock of our stallion - Chianti was again well received by the market place and he was 8th leading sire on averages at $22,467 - probably the best value for service fee of all stallions selling.

We thank the purchasers of our horses and look forward to following the horses progress in the years to come.

Chianti's achieves his first winner - Tuscan Spirit 20 Apr 2008
Our home bred Tuscan Spirit became Chianti's first winner when impressively winning the 2 year old race at Tauranga yesterday - over 1200m.

Chianti has had two runners to date so it is a small milestone to have his first winner. His dam Fortelo was a $600 purchase at Karaka in May 2004. She was destined for a career as a polocrosse pony, until we purchased her from the King Country farmer. Fortelo is in foal to dual Group I winner Castledale and will probably return to Chianti this season.

Our second home bred winner was Roualyn who won his second race at Canterbury in the past two weeks. His dam Double Sandbags was our foundation broodmare. This horse is destined fo higher honours.

Our first sales draft - 2008 Weanling Sales 22 Mar 2008
Woodbine Farm is presenting its first sales draft at the 2008 Weanling Sales

We have four colts for sale:

Align - Danezza (Danehill) colt
Handsome Ransom - Excerpts (Stravinsky) colt
Chianti - Love A Song (Unbridled's Song) colt
Chianti - Head Enfilade (Mr Henrysee) colt.

These colts are all correct, well grown and running types. Our draft is being presented by Geoff Roan and Tim Welch.

Trentham results and some promising trials 20 Jan 2008
On Saturday 19th January we had two starters. Our home bred Roulayn ex Double Sandbags ran a meritious 2nd in a $40,000 premier race over 1400m, and Bruxaar finished 3rd in the Group 3 Wellington Stakes over 1600m - his first stakes placing. Hopefully we will see this talented galloper race again in NZ and that he is not sold offshore as the offers have been very tempting.

On Wednesday 16th January our home bred 3 year old an unnamed Deputy Governor - Danezza (by Danehill) won his first trial over 1000m by 3.5 lengths. We have a strong 2007 Align colt ex Danezza which is headed to the 2008 NZ Weanling Sales.

Also delighted to see Fantastic Light have a great Saturday's racing with a Group 2 2yr old stakes winner and a Group 3 2nd place getter at Trentham. We have a strong yearling filly by Fantastic Light ex Fairy Princess which will be broken in shortly.

Woodbine Lass wins at Kumara on the West Coast 14 Jan 2008
Our mare Woodbine Lass won at Kumara over 1100 metres on Saturday 12 January 2008. She is our first winner for 2008.

Woodbine Lass (Senor Pete ex Chiming In) had run a good 3rd at her previous start on the Coast. Her 1/2 sister Lovedale ran 3rd over 1400m at Tauranga last week.

The unnamed 2 year old 1/2 sister (Kashani - Chiming In) has been in pre training and will be joining Danny Frye's stable at Rangiora this week.

Bruxaar is one of NZ's most promising gallopers 14 Jan 2008
Bruxaar ex our mare Kindergarten won his last start like a champion running the last 600m in 33 seconds. His next start is the Group III Wellington Stakes and we look forward to a similar performance.

This horse has attracted ridiculous offers from abroad but hopefully the owners will be tempted to have a crack at the NZ Derby and resist the Hong Kong and other offers in the short term.

Winning ways in Hong Kong 27 Dec 2007
Horses from current or former Woodbine Farm mares ran on Boxing Day at Shatin with two winners - Firm Offer (ex Initial Offering) winning HKJC Lantau Peak Hcp 1400m (HK$1,050,000); Withallmyheart (ex Trapeze) winning HKJC Robin's Nest Hcp 1400m and Captain Bunny (ex Chiming In) running 3rd in HKJC Pat Sin Leong Hcp 1800m

News about Dance Floor 26 Dec 2007
We are receiving regular enquiries about Dance Floor from horse people in the United States requesting news and pictures. Last month Jenny Keenan of Long Grove Illinois wrote to us and we appreciate receiving enquiries. We are pleased to report that Dance Floor is in good health and has a wonderful home at Ashford Park Stud near Wellington (NZ's capital city).

He successfully served 3 of our mares - Lillibet Irish (O'Reilly - Lillibet) and a 1/2 sister to our Dance Floor stakeswinner Oliverdance, Twinklebelle (Star Way - Tristabelle) and a close relation to Dance Floor's best broodmare Gypsy Dancer - dam of Dance Hero, and Danezza - a daughter of Danehill. We have two yearlings by Dance Floor which we will race. They will be broken in shortly.

Cullever wins Manawatu Racing Club Rich Hill Stud 3 Yr race - $30,000 26 Dec 2007
Cullever (ex Dance Forever by Zabeel) scored a major upset on Saturday 22nd December when she beat a field that included many mutiple winners of promising 3 year olds. Cullever was a maiden, racing out of her class but won easily by 1/2 length. She was previously placed at her first two starts when finishing 3rd to Bruxaar (also out of a Woodbine Farm mare - Kindergarten) and then an unlucky 4th when blocked for room.

Home bred Roulyn also ran a fast finishing 3rd at Awapuni on the sane race card.

Bruxaar runs a great 4th placing in Group I Levin Classic 3 Dec 2007
Bruxaar ran a very creditable 4th when beaten two 1/2 necks into 2nd place in his first start over 1600m and in his first stakes race.

His dam Kindergarten has been served by Chianti and his 1/2 sister - Gimmeawink is to be served any day to Darley - Victoria new season sire - Gonski.

Somethinaboutlaura (by Dance Floor) wins US$1 million 3 Dec 2007
Somethinaboutlaura won her 17th race and 12th stakes win when winning the Golden Gate Pacific Heights Stakes over 2000m on Saturday 1 December 2007. This great mare has won over US$1 million and is Dance Floor's highest stakes winner.

Gimmeawink - Bruxaar's 1/2 sister purchase 27 Nov 2007
This week we have purchased Gimmeawink - a 1/2 sister to the promising 3 year old galloper Bruxaar. She will be mated with Darley's young Darley stallion Gonski and will then be shipped back to New Zealand.

Good and sad news 27 Nov 2007
Bruxaar (Xaar ex our mare Kindergarten) has impressed with 3 successive wins and on Thursday 29th November he competes against the best 3 year olds in New Zealand in the Group I Levin Classic Stakes. We wish all his connections the best of luck.

Sadly we lost our young Zabeel mare - Dance Forever recently foaling a 60 kg bay filly to Castledale. She was bleeding internally and sadly she was put down. When you have livestock you also have dead stock. This was one of my saddest days as a breeder.

A Great week of Racing 9 Nov 2007
New Zealand's influence at the 2007 Victorian Racing Carnival has been immense, and it proves that NZ raised stock are impressive horses.

Guild won her third race at Flemington on 8th November by 2.5 lengths over 1400m. This mare is destined for higher honours.

Our home bred 3 year old filly Lovedale has her first race at Te Rapa tomorrow. We have her 2 year old 1/2 sister by Kashani available for lease. She is broken in and is a good compact type.

A Great Racing Weekend - 3rd November 3 Nov 2007
Our weekend's racing commenced with our mare - Dance Forever's 1/2 sister - Dancing Forever winning her 2nd race at Matamata on Friday 2nd November.

On Saturday 3rd November Bruxaar won his 2nd successive race over 1200m at Awapuni and Cullever (ex our mare Dance Forever) ran an excellent 3rd beaten 1.25 lengths in her first start - in the same race.

At Waipa the 2 year old filly Dawn of Time (ex our mare Initial Offering) ran 3rd. The previous Saturday in Singapore our home bred Kismet (ex our mare Lugano) won his 9th race.

Racehorses for Lease 26 Oct 2007
We have two two year old fillies which have been broken in and are available for lease:

Kashani - Chiming In (by Ninski) bay filly.

Her full brother won 4 races (including 1 at 2 years) in South Africa.

Her 1/2 brother ran 3rd in Hong Kong last week and is a 2007 winner in Hong Kong.

Her 3 year old 1/2 sister Lovedale by San Luis was placed 3rd in this week's Taupo trial beaten a head ad a nose.

Frescabardi (Chianti - Kaptive Jewel) bay filly. Her mother was an outstanding sprinter and 2 year old winning 3 stakes races at 2 years.


Racing News-Ellerslie 2 year old runners 27 October 26 Oct 2007
Two year old racing returns to Ellerslie on 27th October and Woodbine Farm's mares have two runners-

Home bred Tuscan Spirit (Chianti - Fortelo) and >B>Dawn in Time (Danzero ex Initial Offering).

Good luck to connections

Recent Race results 16 Oct 2007
Our mares are enjoying good race and trial results.

Recent maiden winners are Bruzzar ((ex Kindergarten), Lord of Lords (ex Spontaneous Miss) and Roualyn (ex Double Sandbags).

Recent trial winners are Cullever (ex Dance Forever), Dance In Time (ex Initial Offering) and (ex Top Dance).

New 2007 Foals 16 Oct 2007
Our mares have foaled some cracking foals:

Align - Danezza (by Danehill) bay colt

Handsome Ransom - Excerpts (by Stravinsky) bay colt

Chianti - Head Enfilade bay colt

Chianti - Love A Song (by Unbridled's Song) bay colt

Footstepsinthesand - Kasy Ann chestnut filly

Chianti - Spontaneous Miss (by Riverman) bay colt

Chianti - Comely Girl (by Marscay)bay filly.

There are three remaining mares to foal:

Dance Forever (by Zabeel) to Castledale

Our Sally (by Salieri) - to Dance Floor

Lady Ayers (by Bigstone) - to Dash for Cash

Dance Floor sires two US Stakes winners on 13th October 16 Oct 2007
Dance Floor sired two US stakes winners on Saturday 13th October.

Somethinaboutlaura won her 11th stakes win (total 16 wins)in the Bay Meadows Lucky Be A Lady Hcp over 6 furlongs in 1 min 9.28 seconds. This outstanding mare is unbeaten in her last 5 starts (all stakes wins) and has won 7 (all stakes races) from 8 starts in 2007. her total stakes winnings are just under US$1 million.

It's Not Over Yet won his first stakes win in the Lethbridge Breeders Cup Stakes over 1400m winning by 9 lengths.

Dance Floor has now sired 11 stakes winners - 3 in the US this year.

Broodmare Sales and Purchases 1 Aug 2007
We have sold two mares at the recent NZ Bloodstock Mixed Sale - Bois de Boulogne for $27,000 and Lexus for $3,000. We wish the purchasers of these mares the best of luck with their offspring.

We have also purchased three mares:

Lady Ayers (Bigstone ex Motee) in foal to Dash for Cash. This mare was bred by Ra Ora Stud and was a winner in Brisbane. She will be served by Refuse to Bend, a Group I winner at 2, 3 and 4 years.

Kasey Ann - a Sydney 2 year winner and stakesplaced mare in foal to Group I winner Footstepsinthesand. She will be served by Champion racehorse Sharmadal this season.

Excerpts - a maiden winning mare by Stravinsky in foal to Handsome Ransom. She will be served this season by Danger Looms.

Two NZ Winners for Woodbine Farm last weekend 1 Aug 2007
Lord of Lords (ex Spontaneous Miss) won his first race at Otaki over 1400m on 28th July. He had run 2nd at all his previous three starts. This 3 year old should become a quality galloper and although he is owned by Asian interests hopefully he will remain in New Zealand.

Roualyn (ex Double Sandbags) won his second consecutive race impressively over 1400m at Oamaru on 29th July. He started from barrier 15 and finished over the top of the field in a very impresive performance. Roualyn is a stakes horse in the making.

Dance Floor daughter wins 10th stakes race - 4 in succession 8 Jul 2007
Somethinaboutlaura, m, 2002, out of Crystals of Ice by It's Freezing won the Group II A Gleam Invitational Handicap for the second successive year at Hollywood Park on Friday 6th July. She ran the 1400m in a very smart time of 1:21.93. Her earnings are now over US$900,000 and she is the highest stakewinner for her sire in both hemispheres. She has won 10 stakes races - including her last 4 starts (all stakes wins).



A new winner by 6.5 lengths at Ashburton 8 Jul 2007
We have bred a number of mares to Daggers Drawn including our foundation broodmare Double Sandbags by Nodouble. Her last foal is a Daggers Drawn 3 year old named Roualyn and he won his maiden over 1400m at Ashburton today by 6.5 lengths.

We raced his SW 1/2 sister Ma Danseuse by Dance Floor for 10 wins.

Chianti weanlings sell well at 2007 Weanling Sales 23 Jun 2007
Our weanlings sold well at the 2007 National Weanling Sales.

Our star lots were:

Bay colt by Chianti - Spontaneous Miss (Riverman).
This colt sold for $18,000 to Sir Slick's trainer - Graeme Nicholson.

Grey filly by Chianti - Top Dance (Brillant Invader).
This filly sold for $25,000 to the bid of Michael Wallace Bloodstock of Cambridge.

Chestnut filly by Chianti - Twinklebelle (Star Way).
This filly sold for $15,000 to the bid of Go Racing Ltd - Wellington

Chianti - Spontaneous Miss 1/2 brother wins a trial impressively 3 May 2007
Lord of Lords had his 2nd trial win at Masteron today over 1000 metres. He has recently changed ownership to Asian interests for a six figure sale sum. We offer his 1/2 brother by Chianti at Sunday's National Weanling Sale. This colt is a lovely walker and will attract attention.

Recent News - March / April 2007 29 Apr 2007
Our promising 3 year filly Brunella sadly was destroyed recently after badly injuring herself. She won two races impressively late last year at Trentham.

We have broken in a number of our yearlings and they will be placed with a number of prominent trainers including John Sargent, Lance O'Sullivan and John Wheeler.

Our home bred galloper Kismet finished a good 3rd in a class 4 1600m race in Singapore on 20 April.

Our stallion Dance Floor is standing the 2007 breeding season at the beautifully appointed Ashford Park Stud near Otaki. We thank Frank and Faye Drummond for standing Dance Floor for the past two seasons.

We have also recently purchased a stallion prospect - the quality Melbourne racehorse Danger Looms. This horse won two major Group races at two including the time honoured VRC Sires Produce Stakes. He was twice stakes placed at 3 years and was injured during the running of the VRC Derby.

Racing News - Saturday 10th March 11 Mar 2007
Our home bred horse Kismet finished 2nd in a Class 3 1800m race in Singapore. He won his previous start very impressively.

In the US two E Dubai 3 year olds competed in Group III races. Desert Code won the Santa Anita Baldwin Stakes - 6.5 furlongs by 1.75 lengths, and Waji City finished 2nd in the Aqueduct Gotham Stakes over 8.5 furlongs. We own two young sons of E Dubai, and will again breed to the horse.

2007 Auckland Cup Connection & History 7 Mar 2007
Woodbine Farm has two past connections to the result of the 2007 Auckland Cup.

Congratulations to the winner Prized Lady . We were the underbidder on this filly as a yearling at the KIII Sale. I was bidding on the telephone via our trainer - John Wheeler when the filly was knocked down for $13,500. Our mobile phone connection was not the best while we were bidding and the rest is history. We actually tried to buy this filly for more money but the purchaser - Mr Wallis would'nt sell. - So well done.

Our second connection was with the mare Genebel who was 2nd at her previous start splitting Luckshan (who finished 3rd in today's Cup) and Prized Lady (3rd) in the ARC Auckland Cup Prelude race. Genebel broke down in training on Saturday. We own her mother Twinklebelle.

Both these mares were bred by Don McLaren of Auckland.

Woodbine Farm Sales Entries 6 Mar 2007
We have entered horses in the following NZ Bloodstock Sales

Autumn Mixed Bloodstock Sale-22 April

Peluche - 2000 bay mare (Tale of the Cat - Light of Night).

This maiden mare is the winner of 2 races to 1400m, and is closely related to 2007 major stakeswinners - impressive 2 year old Crossyourheart and evergreen miler Silky Red Boxer.

McGinty's Girl - 1993 mare (McGinty -Balletia)

This mare has some well bred foals yet to race and is in foal to an early service to impressive first season sire Chianti. Her 1/2 sister is the dam of stakewinning 2006 3 year old Alberto.

National Weanling Sale - 8th May

Our weanling entries are:

Consigned by Curraghmore Stud:

Bay colt by Chianti - Spontaneous Miss (Riverman). DOB 24 September 2006

This colt is a 3/4 blood relation to the great racemare Makybe Diva and is out of a Belmont 1st start winner who later finished 4th in a stakes race at Del Mar. His dam's first three dams are all multiple stakeswinners. An international pedigree.

Consigned by Te Runga Stud:

Bay colt by Chianti - Chiming In (Niniski). DOB 3 November 2006.

This colt is a 1/2 brother to 3 winners (from 4 to race) including 2007 Hong Kong winner - Captain Bunny. This colt will make an excellent yearling prospect.

Bay colt by Chianti - Love A Song (Unbridled's Song. DOB 3 November 06

This well grown colt is the second foal from a young Australian winning mare from a good Australian family. This colt's third dam Love Aloft is a dual Group II winner.

Bay filly by Chianti - Our Sally (Salieri). DOB 19 November 2006.

This strong filly is a 1/2 sister to 5 Australian sprinting winners - from 5 to race. Her dam was a quality sprinter winning 6 races (incluing 4 in Sydney) and $85,400. This filly will be an early runner.

Grey filly by Chianti - Top Dance (Brillant Invader). DOB 31 October 06.

A lovely filly and a full sister to our star weanling colt who impressed many people at the 2006 National Weanling sales selling for $28,000. This filly is out of a Sydney stakeswinner and is a 1/2 sister to 6 winners including Melbourne stakewinner - Dancing Sculptor (16 wins of $405,000). This filly will impress all observers.

Chestnut filly by Chianti - Twinklebelle (Star Way). DOB 20 October 2006.

A strong quality filly from a Premier Sales mare. From an international family and a 1/2 sister to quality stayer Genebel and 2004 yearling filly who sold for $160,000 at the 2006 Premier Yearling Sales.
Weanling fillies of this quality are rarely offered for sale at the NZ Weanling Sales.

Somethinaboutlaura wins 7th stakes race 6 Mar 2007
Dance Floor's US bred 5 year old daughter Somethinaboutlaura won her 7th stakes win (from 11 total wins) on Saturday 24th February 2007 at Bay Meadows in the Foster City Hcp LR.

The race was over 1 mile and Somethinaboutlaura won by 4.25 lengths in the smart time of 1 minute 34.8 seconds. her total stakeswinnings are now US$622,270.

Lucky Eight for Kismet on Chinese New Year 22 Feb 2007
Thoroughbred News website - 20th February 2007 reports

"Seven-year-old Kismet is no world-beater but he is certainly your hard-working money spinner that any owner would love to lay their hands on.
The Auric Stable-owned galloper by Straight Strike out of Lugano brought in win number 8 from 56 starts to ring the till close to $218,000, a more than handsome return on his original purchase price of NZ$75,000.

Ridden by Matthew Kellady, the Don Baertschiger-trained galloper settled at the rear while West Eight (Jainullah Farook), Early Bird (Eurico da Silva) and Daring Mellifont (Danny Chee) traded places in front. The tempo cranked up a notch 800m out, and it was precisely at that moment that Kellady decided to wake his mount up.

Kismet made a sweeping run five wide and by the home turn, he had the leaders in his line of fire. Meanwhile stablemate Mr Fibs with Noel Callow throwing everything in the battle had found daylight and was putting himself a few lengths clear of the chasing pack.

But Kismet, though laying in in the concluding stages, was going a shade better, defeating Mr Fibs by one length on the line to give Baertschiger a wonderful quinella.

Callow, though disappointed he found one better, saw the outcome as a far more important result for the stable.

"I heard Matty scream ‘Come on King’ as he went past me, but it’s a great quinella for Donny," said Callow, who has been nicknamed "King Callow" by some sections of the media owing to his high success rate at Kranji.

"That’s the way he races. Put him to sleep early and work home hard," said Kellady who has now scored three wins, all for his master, Baertschiger.

"On straightening, I knew he couldn’t lose."


Winners in Hong Kong and Malaysia - 10th and 11th February 2007 14 Feb 2007
Two winners from our farm over the weekend -Captain Bunny (ex our mare Chiming In by Niniski)won his first race over 1800m in Hong Kong, and Big Kash (ex Blue Waltz) won his 2nd race over 1700m at Selangor.

Blue Waltz is the mother of our mares Top Dance and Lugano, and the grand dam of Head Enfilade and Christina. Big Kash (by Kashani) was her last foal and was co-bred with Highview Stud.

Chianti's excellent Yearling Sales Results 5 Feb 2007
Chianti had his first draft of yearlings through the 2007 Karaka Carnival sales on Sunday 4th February.

Chianti finished second on sire's averages for this sale with 5 lots sold for an average price of $22,200 (an excellent 634% on Chianti's service fee of $3,500).

Chianti sired two of the top 10 sale lots including our home bred Fortelo colt who sold for $40,000 - to the bid of prominent trainer - Russell Cameron of Pukekohe.

Another Chianti colt ex Taupaki Girl sold for $38,000 to the bid of Tim Carter of Cambridge.

Racing News - Christmas period 31 Dec 2006
Dance Floor's quality daughter Somethinaboutlaura finished 2nd in a stakes race over 6.5 furlongs at Santa Anita on 28 December. This mare was having her first start for 6 weeks and was attempting her 4th successive stakes win.

Dancing Forever - 3 year old filly by Keeper (1/2 sister to our mare - Dance Forever) finished an unlucky 2nd at Ellerslie on 30th December.She is raced by Sir Michael Fay and Sir Patrick Hogan and is trained by Lance O'Sullivan.

On 24 December Danezza's son - Special Agent (by Green Perfume) won his 2 nd race in Macau over 1200 metres.

On 23 December Cashtrac's son -Legend of the Win won his 3rd race in Malaysia over 1200 metres.

Genebel - Twinklebelle's daughter is starting on New Year's Day in the Group II City of Auckland Cup over 2400 metres.

Foal Crop - 2006 31 Dec 2006
It is always a dream for a breeder to have their foals home before Christmas. We are delighted with our 2006 foal crop and will present many of these foals as weanlings at the 2007 Weanling Sales.

Our foals are:

Chianti - Dance Forever (Zabeel) colt
Chianti - Twinklebelle (Star Way) filly
E Dubai - Head Enfilade (Mr Henrysee) colt
Chianti - Spontaneous Miss (Riverman) colt
Chianti - Kaptive Jewel (Kapstaad) filly
Dance Floor - Lillibet Irish (O'Reilly) colt
Chianti - Top Dance (Brillant Invader) filly
Chianti - Chiming In (Niniski) colt
Chianti - Love A Song(Unbridled's Song)colt
Chianti - Our Sally (Salieri) filly
Dance Floor -Christina (Daggers Drawn) filly

At the 2006 Weanling Sale we averaged $17,500 for our 4 lots sold. Our foal crop this year is a more interesting crop of horses. Our stallion Chianti averaged $14,000 for 3 lots sold at the 2006 Weanling sales - 2 of which are being represented at the 2007 Yearling Sales.

Dance Floor 2 year old runs 2nd in US Stakes race 15 Dec 2006
Waltz Time ran 2nd on Tuesday 12 Decmber in the Turf Paradise Old Line Policy Stakes LR over 1200m.

He has previously run 3rd in an earlier US stakes race.

Brunella wins again at Trentham 9 Dec 2006
Our 3 year old filly Brunella won her second race at Trentham by 2 lengths over 1400m. It is good to be back in the winner's circle.

Brunella (Orpen - A lot of Class) was purchased by Chris Luoni for $18,000 at the 2005 Karaka Select Yearling Sales.

This filly is raced on lease by John, Mike and Greg Hareb (of New Plymouth), Chris and George Luoni and John Wheeler (trainer). John Hareb's last winner was the smart mare Shoshanna and by coincidence Chris Luoni's first racehorse was Shosanna's 1/2 brother and Ellerslie Group II winner Balrani.

Dancing Forever runs 2nd at her first start 7 Dec 2006
In her first start, Dancing Forever (1/2 sister to our Zabeel mare - Dance Forever) finished a good 2nd over 1400m at Matamata.

Our 3 year old filly Brunella also starts at Trentham over 1400m on Saturday. She won her last start at this track by 6.5 lengths.

Genebel to start in Avondale Cup GI 4 Dec 2006
Genebel (ex our mare Twinklebelle) is to start in the Group I Avondale Cup. Our family has had success in this race with George Luoni co-owning 1976 and 1977 winner Happy Union and Chris Luoni co-owning unplaced starter Oliverdance.

See See Ryder (ex our mare Top Dance) also returns to the races after a layoff of 18 months in a Premier 1200m event.

Horse News - 3rd December 2006 3 Dec 2006
Comely Girl's first starter West Eyes Black ran 2nd at Ellerslie over 1400m on Saturday. It was a good performance.

Chianti's full sister Desertion sold at the Tattersalls Bloodstock Sale on Friday for 400,000 guineas - the 17th highest price of the sale. She was purchased by Mead Goodbody Ltd.

Racing News - 30 Nov 2006
Our home-bred colt West Eyes Black (Postponed - Comely Girl) has his 1st start at Ellerslie over 1400m on Saturday. he is a recent trials winner and is trained by co-breeder Lance O'Sullivan.

At the Cambridge trials on 28th November our home-bred See See Ryder (Mr Henrysee - Top Dance) - a full brother to our new broodmare Head Enfilade ran 2nd in an Open 1200m trial. We look forward to his return to the races after his very promising 3 year old career.

Dance Floor's impressive daughter - Somethinaboutlaura 19 Nov 2006
Dance Floor's outstanding daughter - Somethinaboutlaura won her 6th stakes race on Saturday 18th November at Bay Meadows. She won her third successive stakes win - Bay Meadows United States Autumn Leaves Hcp (Listed) over 8.5 furlongs. She won by 4 lengths. Her previous two stakes wins have been by 4.5 and 4 lengths respectively.

If this mare was racing in New Zealand she would be one of the best mares racing in Australasia.

Dance Floor's foals from his first season back in NZ are impressive. We have a smart 3/4 quarter brother to stakeswinning Oliverdance and this colt will be trained by John Wheeler. We also have a quality Dance Floor filly from Christina foaled during the week.

This stallion is a proven sire of tough versatile gallopers. He deserves to be well patronised back home in NZ.

Brunella - impressive winner at Trentham 7 Nov 2006
Our 3 year old filly Brunella won her first race over 1200m at Trentham on Melbourne Cup day. She was ridden by Gavin McKeon and won by 6.5 lengths.

Brunella is leased to clients of John Wheeler and Chris and George Luoni have retained a 25% racing interest. It is great to be back in the winner's circle.

Chianti - Siblings in the News 5 Nov 2006
Our stallion Chianti has a couple of siblings who have interesting achievements recently.

His yearling 1/2 sister by Green Desert sold for Euros 380,000 (NZ$785,000) at the 2006 Goffs Million Yearling Sale in Ireland. She was purchased by trainer David Myerscough for owner Frank O'Malley who described the filly as "having a stunning pedigree...and she is an individual to match it".

His 1/2 brother - Cairdeas won the Group III stakes race - Curragh Mooresbridge S beating the previous unbeaten Yeats by eight lengths. Yeats is top weight for the 2006 VRC Melbourne Cup.

Our 2006 Foal Crop 4 Nov 2006
We have some very nice foals this breeding season,

These are:

Chianti - Dance Forever (by Zabeel) colt

Chianti - Spontaneous Miss (by Riverman) colt

Chianti - Top Dance (by Brillant Invader) filly

Chianti - Twinklebelle (by Star Way) filly

E Dubai - Head Enfilade (by Mr Henrysee) colt

Chianti - Kaptive Jewel (by Kaapstad) filly

Dance Floor - Lillibet Irish (by O'Reilly) colt

Chianti - Love A Song (by Unbridled's Song) colt

Tusnami - Kindergarten (by Trempolino) colt

Success at Australia's best day of racing - Flemington-Saturday 4th November 4 Nov 2006
Two evergreen horses with connections to Our stallions - Chianti (full brother to Desert King) and Dance Floor won Group I races impressively at Flemington.

Dance Hero (dam by Dance Floor) and closely related to our KI broodmare - Twinklebelle won the VRC Salinger Stakes 1200m by 1.5 lengths. He is a former Champion Australian 2 year old and is in great form as a 5 year old.

Desert War - 6 year old gelding by Desert King won his 4th Group I race by winning the VRC McKinnon Stakes easily. He follows on from the great racemare Makybe Diva as Desert King's best horse racing in Australia.

Our other representatives at Flemington Genebel and The One did not perform up to expectations on the day but will live to another day..

Genebel and The One at Flemington - 4th November 2006 1 Nov 2006
Genebel (ex Twinklebelle) has made the field for the VRC Saab Quality GIII over 2500m. If she wins this race she will qualify to start in the 2006 Melbourne Cup. Mike Moroney reports that this mare is flying in her work and we should expect a very good run on Saturday.

The One (close relation to Lexus and The Phantom Chance) is starting in the VRC Derby GI and should run well.

Dance Floor stakeswinner - 28 October 2006 29 Oct 2006
Somethinaboutlaura won her 9th race and 5th stakes race when winning the Oak Tree at Santa Anita California Cup Matron over 2000 metres by 4.5 lengths. her previous run resulted in a stakes win over 1400m also by 4.5 lengths.

Dance Floor's 3 year old son Debonair Red also won over 1200m at Bay Meadows on 26 October.

Dance Floor 2 year old stakesperformer 25 Oct 2006
Dance Floor's 2 year old son - Waltzing Time finished a good 3rd in the Turf Paradise ATBA Fall Sales Stakes on Saturday 21 October. He is Dance Floor's second stakesperformer in the US this year.

Our home bred 3 year old West Eyes Black ex Comely Girl won a 1200m trial at Cambridge last week.

On 23rd October our first Dance Floor foal was born. He is a 3/4 brother to SW Oliverdance out of our O'Reilly mare Lillibet Irish and is jointly owned by Woodbine Farm and John Wheeler.

Weekend' s Results - 21-22nd October 23 Oct 2006
Decibeel (Dance Forever's full sister) won a 1400m race on Saturday in Brisbane. Another full sister Thousand Veils ran a creditable race in the Egmont RC Hawkeye Stoney Bridge S Gr3 after starting at 20 at the barrier.

Joker Classic ex Comely Girl ran a close 2nd over 1600m at Perak - Malaysia and Legend of the Win ex Cashtrac finished 2nd at Perak over 1200m.

Our Star Way mare Twinklebelle foaled a leggy chestnut filly foal by Chianti on Friday 20th October. This filly's yearling 1/2 sister was a KI yearling this year and is also a 1/2 sister to the quality staying mare - Genebel.

Week's results - 13th -18th October 2006 19 Oct 2006
We had a good weekend's racing. Our filly Brunella finished a close up 3rd (beaten a neck and 1/2 head) in her first start at the races over 1200m at Hawera.

Kismet ex Lugano finished an excellent 3rd over 1600m in Singapore. he was in 12th place at the 400m peg and finished his race very strongly.

Tiarasal - Our Sally's 3 year old daughter by King of Kings won her first start over 1000 metres in NSW.

Withallmyheart - ex Trapeze finished a close up 4th over 11200m in Hong Kong.

Dance Floor's 4 year old daughter Flower Flag won her 9th race over 1200m and is his 52nd winner for the year to date.

Chianti's full brother Desert King had two significant group stakes performers with Bygone Days winning the 1200m Newmarket Bentinck Stakes Gr.3 and Siamun running 3rd at Caulfield in the Gr.2 Winning Edge Presnentation Stakes over 2400m.

New Zealand starters - Saturday 14th October 11 Oct 2006
Our 3 year old filly "Brunella" (Orpen - Lots of Class) is having her first start at Hawera over 1200m. She is trained by John Wheeler who rates her a good chance. She has won 2 jumpouts at New Plymouth.

Thousand Veils - Dance Forever's full sister is starting in the Group III Egmont RC Hawkeye @ Stoney Bridge S - 1400m.

Cullemour - Fortelo's 1/2 brother is starting at Rotorua over 1200m.

Two more foals this past week - Chianti / Fortelo bay filly and Chianti / Kaptive Jewel chestnut filly. All well.

Weekend results - 7-8 October 2006 9 Oct 2006
Withallmyheart (ex Trapeze) ran 2nd over 1200m in Hong Kong, Special Agent (ex Danezza)ran 4th over 1200m in Macau, Big Kash (ex Blue Waltz) ran 3rd over 1800m in Malaysia and Joker Classic (ex Comely Girl) ran 4th over 1600m in a Million Rtg race in Malaysia.

Decibeel ran an excellent race for 5th place -noses from 3rd in a A$100,000 race over 1300m in Brisbane, and Genebel ran 5th in a A$105,000 2500m race at Flemington.

Racing and Breeding News - 6th October 2006 6 Oct 2006
Our Zabeel mare "Dance Forever" foaled a compact bay colt by Chianti last week. Her full sister Thousand Veils won an open 1200 metre trial nicely at Taupo during the week and another full sister Decibeel is starting in a 1300m $100,000 race tomorrow at Eagle Farm.

Theses mares are bred on the same Zabeel/Success Express cross as Savabeel.

The staying mare Genebel - a daughter of our evergreen mare Twinklebelle is a starter in a 2500m $100,000 race at Flemington. This mare should give a good account of herself. Twinklebelle is due to foal shortly to Chianti and will be visiting Storming Home this season.


Close blood relation to Makybe Diva born 25 Sep 2006
Our Riverman mare Spontaneous Miss foaled a bay colt by Chianti this morning.

This colt is a blood relation to the great racemare Makybe Diva who is by Desert King (sire of Desert War and full brother to Chianti) out of a Riverman mare.

Spontaneous Miss is a Belmont - New York winner and ran 4th in a stakes race at Del Mar. Her first three dams are quality stakewinning racemares.

Dance Floor Stakeswinner - 23 September 2006 24 Sep 2006
Somethinaboutlaura led all the way en route to a four length victory in the Pacific Heights Stakes for California-bred fillies and mares at Golden Gate Fields.

The group winner has eight wins in 18 starts (including four stakes wins) and US$411,000. She ran the mile on turf (ie grass) in 1:34.95 and is Dance Floor's 50th winner for 2006.

Dance Floor progeny continue to win. 21 Sep 2006
Dance Floor has sired four new winners in the past 4 days in the United States. His 2 year old son "Waltz Time" won over 7 furlongs by 3/4 length (DF's 3rd 2 year old winner this season), Dancin Candy won over 1600 metres at Golden Gate Park by 2 lengths, Dancing Gem won over 1600 metres at Golden Gate Park and Tommy T won over 6 furlongs by 3.5 lengths.

Stallion Parade - Cambridge Lodge Thursday 31 August 28 Aug 2006
Te Runga Stud is coming to the Waikato on Thursday 31 August with their three stallions - Castledale, Chianti and Strategic Image who will be parading at Cambridge Lodge at 12 noon.

These horses also paraded on Sunday 27th August at the Auckland Stud tour.

All welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Danezza's new winner in Macau 28 Aug 2006
Our Danehill mare (Danezza) had her second winner with her 3 year old son - Special Agent (by Green Perfume)winning over 1200 metres by 2.5 lengths on Sunday 27 August.

Danezza is in foal to Align and will be visiting Istidaad this season.

Our old mare Cashtrac also had a winner in Malaysia with Legend of the Win winning his 2nd race over 1200 metres by 1.5 lengths.

E Dubai - Excellent 1st Season Sire in North America 28 Aug 2006
The young Mr Prospector stallion E Dubai who stands at Darley Australia has had a magnificent 2 year stakeswinner from his his first crop.

Barilko (unbeaten in 3 starts) won his second stakes race at Woodbine on Saturday 26 August winning over 7.5 furlongs by 5.75 lengths.

We have two E Dubai connections with a yearling colt from our Salieri mare Our Sally and with our young mare - Head Enfilade recently foaling a smart chestnut colt to E Dubai. He looks like the most promising young stallion on Darley's 2006 stallion rooster.


Comely Girl's two winners this week. 21 Aug 2006
Our Champion 2 year old filly - Comely Girl continued her winning record as a broodmare with her son Joker Classic (by Thunder Gulch) winning his first race over 1200 metres at Selangor, Malaysia on Saturday 19th August. Joker Classic sold for A$65,000 at the Adelaide Magic Millions Yearlings Sale and is Comely Girl's 7th individual winner from 7 starters.

Today (Octagonal - Comely Girl) won his 6th race in Victoria on Monday 21 August.

We have a smart yearling colt by Chianti who is entered for the 2007 March Yearling Sale and the mare is due to foal shortly to Chianti (fingers crossed for a filly).

Broodmare News 13 Aug 2006
Genebel (ex Twinklebelle) is Mike Moroney's big hope for the 2006 Melbourne Cup. This mare is yet to qualify but Mike reports that she is very forward and will be starting soon.

Thousand Veils (Dance Forever's full sister by Zabeel) has returned to NZ to be trained by Ken Kelso who expects her to be a light weight chance in this season's big cups.

Both these mares will be foaling shortly to Chianti. Dance Forever will be covered by Castledale and Twinklebelle will return to Chianti.

Dance Floor has three new winners in US 13 Aug 2006
Dance Floor had three new winners last week in the US, two at Bay Meadows (San Francisco) and a 2 year old winner at Northlands Park in Canada.

At Bay Meadows - Star of Mearas won a maiden 5 1/2 furlong by 2 1/2 lengths, and Dancing Gem won over 8 1/2 furlongs by 3/4 length.

In Canada his 2 year old daughter - Dazzeling Dame won over 6 furlongs.

Dance Floor has had 44 individual winners this year to date which is his best racing season from his US crops.

Kismet (ex Lugano) wins his 7th race in Singapore 16 Jul 2006
Our home bred horse Kismet (Straight Strike - Lugano) won his 7th race (2nd in 2006) impressively over 1600 metres today in Singapore. He started at 15 at the barrier and was in 14th place at the 400 metres. He sprinted impressively and won going away by 2 lengths.

We sold his weanling 1/2 brother by Pentire at the 2006 Weanling sales for $28,000. His rising 2 year old 1/2 sister is called Uma (by Sudurka) and she has entered John Wheeler's stable in New Plymouth. Kismet has now won S$200,000.

Meeting Tony Santic - of Makybe Diva fame 11 Jul 2006
My wife and I attended the Australian Racing Hall of Fame dinner last week in Melbourne.

While there I had the pleasure of speaking to Tony Santic and we had common horse news of mutual interest. I informed Tony that we co-own the only Riverman broodmare at stud in NZ - Spontaneous Miss and that she is in foal to Chianti (full brother to Desert King). Tony advised me that in his view Riverman mares are the best in the world, and that their off spring get better with age.
I asked him about his Group III winning mare Smyzter's Rivalry and he said that she was his second best winner to date. I advised him that we own much of her family including two 1/2 sisters to her dam - Contest.
I also asked Tony if he was considering Zabeel as a consort for Makybe Diva this spring. He said that he would sending two mares to Patrick but he wouldnt commit himself just yet.
I believe that stallions like Red Ransom or Elusive Quality could be the stallion for this great mare's first covering.

Dance Floor's New Group II winner - Somethinaboutlaura 7 Jul 2006
The following article appeared in the NZ Thoroughbred marketing's Newsletter today:

"Last Saturday Cheval Stud’s evergreen stallion – Dance Floor’s daughter Somethinaboutlaura won the Group II Hollywood Park A Gleam Invitational Handicap over 1400 metres in the smart time of 1 minute 20.8 seconds.

Somethinaboutlaura has won and been placed in all her seven 2006 starts all of which have been stakes races, including her win by 8 lengths in the Foster City Hcp LR over 1600 metres at Bay Meadows in February.

Somethinaboutlaura also made headlines when she topped and set a record price at the Fasig Tipton Kentucky Winter Sale on February 12th 2006 for a price of US$375,000. This is the highest price ever paid for any of Dance Floor’s progeny. She was purchased by three people including prominent Kentucky breeder John Sikura (owner of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms).

In January 2006 Dance Floor sired 5 new maiden winners from his US sired crops more than any other US based stallion. In the first six months of 2006 Dance Floor has sired 37 winners in four countries – Macau and Malaysia (from his NZ crops) and Mexico and the US (from his US crops).

From his previous NZ crops Dance Floor has sired 107 winners which represents an excellent 72% winners to starters. Cheval Stud’s Frank Drummond states that Dance Floor is in very good health and he is not surprised with the race successes of his horse’s US runners, as his progeny get better with age.

Dance Floor is standing the 2006 season at Cheval Stud at a fee of $2,500."

Good racing results in Malaysia - Sunday 18th June 19 Jun 2006
Our home bred horse Big Kash won his first race over 1600 metres at Selangor. His dam Blue Waltz was one of our foundation mares and is the grand dam of the Chianti - Top Dance colt sold recently at the NZ Weanling sales and our recent Magic Millions purchase Head Enfilade.

Nymex - a son of our multiple stakeswinning mare - Kaptive Jewel ran 2nd over 1400 metres in the major race of the day at Selangor.

Magic Millions Broodmare Purchases 18 Jun 2006
With assistance from Steve Davis we were able to purchase two interesting broodmares for our farm at the June sales.

Head Enfilade is a 5 year old daughter of our resident mare Top Dance and she is in foal to E-Dubai. her weanling 1/2 brother by Chianti was a magnificent colt and he sold for $28,000 at the 2006 NZ National Weanling sales. Head Enfilade will visit Chianti in 2006.

Kindergarten is a UK bred mare by Trempolino and she is in foal to well-bred first season Australian sire Tsuimai. This mare is a French Group III winning two year old and she also finished 2nd in France major two year old race Longchamps Prix Marcel Boussac (GI) beaten a short neck.
She finished 3rd equal top weighted 2 year old filly in France and 6th equal top weighted 2 year old filly in Europe in 1992 and had a Timeform rating of 114.
Her 2006 yearling colt by Xaar was purchased by Allan Sharrock at Karaka for $36,000. Allan Sharrock advised me that the Xaar colt has broken in well and will be a mid summer 2 year old.

We intend to breed Kindergarten (by Trempolino) over Chianti. This breeding cross is the same as Desert King's Group I winning 2 year old daughter - Chelsea Rose (out of a Trempolino mare).

Dance Floor - A Good Weekend's Racing 4 Jun 2006
Dance Floor sired his 31st individual winner for 2006 on Saturday 4th June when Devlin's Dance won over 1200 metres in California.

His impressive daughter Somethinaboutlaura finished a close up 3rd in the Group II Hollywood Park Milady Breeders Cup over 2,000 metres. Somethinaboutlaura has started six times in 2006 in stakes races for one win, three 2nd placings and two 3rd placings.

Dance Floor was also the dam sire of Kincharm who finished 2nd in the QTC Grand Prix Stakes Group II. His dam Stretto was the highest priced lot at the March NZ Bloodstock Mixed Bloodstock sale. On present form Kincharm will be a good candidate for the Queensland Derby Group I.

Racing this Weekend 2 Jun 2006
Kismet (ex Lugano) is racing in the main race (over 2000 metres) on the card in Singapore tomorrow.

Decibeel (Ex Dancing Forever)is starting in the GIII fillies race over 1400 metres at Eagle Farm tomorrow.

Somethinaboutlaura (by Dance Floor) is starting in a 2000 metres GII race at Holloywood Park on Saturday.

Dance Forever's full sister - Omit (by Zabeel)is being offered for sale by Lloyd Williams at the Wm Inglis Winter Sale in melbourne this month.

Dance Forever's siblings starting in Queensland Group races 1 Jun 2006
Our mare Dance Forever's full sisters - Thousand Veils and Decibeel (by Zabeel-Dancing Forever by Success Express) are starting in Group races at Brisbane on Saturday 3rd June. These mares are bred on the same line as Savabeel.

Posa wins in Hong Kong 29 May 2006
It was pleasing to see our home bred Posa (2001 gelding Bahare - The Model) win the HKJC Top Gain Hcp over 2,000 metres at Shaitan in Hong Kong on Sunday 28th May 2006. Posa's stake win was HK$256,500.


Kismet - impressive winner in Singapore - 19 May 2006 21 May 2006
Home bred Kismet (Straight Strike - Lugano) won his 6th race impressively over 1,800 metres in Singapore on Friday 19th May. he has won S$170,927 in stakes. Kismet is our highest price yearling making $75,000 at the Karaka Select Sales. We sold Kismet's weanling 1/2 brother by Pentire for $28,000 at the 2006 National Weanling Sale. We also have his 1/2 yearling sister by Sudurka (recently named Uma) who has been broken in.Lugano is in foal to Chianti and will be returning to Chianti in 2006.

Our Weanling Sale Results 8 May 2006
Woodbine sold 4 quality weanling foals at the 2006 National Weanling Sale. We sold our horses under Curraghmore Stud and Te Runga Stud banners, and we thank both consignors.

Our 4 foals grossed $69,750 at an average of $17,437 and we were particularly pleased with the results of our first season sire - Chianti. We have more quality Chianti foals on hand which will be presented at the yearling and Ready to Run Sales - including an outstanding colt out of Australian Champion 2 year old filly - Comely Girl (by Marscay), a well proportioned colt out of Group III winner Luskin Lady and a well grown filly from outstanding NZ 2 year old filly -Kaptive Jewel (by Kaapstad).


Chianti - Popular sire of Weanlings at 2006 Sale 8 May 2006
Chianti Proves Popular At Weanling Sale
Buyers at the National Weanling Sale gave the stock of Chianti (IRE) (Danehill x Sabaah by Nureyev), who stands at Te Runga Stud, south Auckland, a vote of confidence with his progeny averaging four times his Service Fee of $3,500 (plus GST).

His 3 first crop weanling colts on offer averaged $13,917 and sold for up to $28,000, making Chianti the Third Leading First Season Sire by Average (3 or more sold) at the sale.

"Chianti has punched real big, well above his weight division" commented Te Runga Stud's Wayne Larsen

Chianti was the outstanding performer for stallions which stand in the Auckland area. His top priced colt, Lot 55 out of Top Dance (Brilliant Invader) was sold to Michael Clements from Singapore with the other colts bought by Mark Baker from Hallmark Stud and Avondale trainer Paul Milich.

"I must thank the guys in the Chianti Partnership, they have had faith in him from day one and given him the support of a quality of mare most horses in his price range don't receive" added Wayne Larsen.


Oliverdance has been retired 6 Apr 2006
After straining a tendon in training the owners of Oliverdance have retired him. He will retired to Woodbine Farm to run with his old mate The Phantom Chance.

We look forward to riding our very special horse who gave his breeders so much pleasure.

NZ Racing Hall of Fame Inductee Sponsorship 2 Mar 2006
The Chianti Stallion Partnership is the proud sponsor of an inductee in the inaugural NZ Racing Hall of Fame.

This will be a fabulous event and will benchmark the elite performers in our industry for future generations.

An exciting racing week ahead 2 Mar 2006
Our stallion Dance Floor continues his impressive start to the racing season with his 8th and 9th new winners this year -Shoot da Moon won by 2 lengths over 1200 m at Portland on 27th February, and Couldudance won by 1.75 lengths over 1200m at Oaklawn on 2nd March.

On 25th February his NZ bred son Momentum won in Macau over 1300m.

Our racing activities in the next week are headed by Genebel's pending start in nxt week's Auckland Cup (Group I). This mare is a quality stayer and will win a big race at some time during her career. We are privileged to own her dam Twinklebelle who is safely in foal to Chianti.

Other home breds to start are Kismet (in Singapore), last start winner - Macau Wonderful (in Macau)and Today at Caulfield.

Genebel now in Auckland Cup field 24 Feb 2006
Genebel (ex our mare Twinklebelle) won the ARC Sky City Auckland Cup Prelude very impressively over 2400 metres on Sat 18th February. Bring on the Auckland Cup (GI).

Runners this weekend 15 Feb 2006
Year of the Cat (daughter of Luskin Lady) is going for her third successive win in the Taranaki Cup G3 over 2,000 metres.

Genebel (daughter of Twinklebelle) is starting in the ARC Sky City Auckland Prelude over 2400 metres in advance of the Auckland Cup.

Cullemour (1/2 brother to Fortelo) has crossed the Tasman and will start in the AJC Royal Sovereign Stakes G3 over 1200 metres.

Dance Floor's Great 2006 Start 5 Feb 2006
Dance Floor's progeny have had an incredible start to 2006.

His talented 4 year old daughter Somethinaboutlaura won a stakes race - United States Foster City Hcp LR over 1600 metres on 4th February at Bay Meadows by 8 lengths.

Dance Floor has reached a further milestone in his versatile career with his 55th individual winner in the US. In January 2006 DF had 6 new winners (1 in Mexico and 5 US domestic winners (more than any other US stallion) - Its Not Over Yet on 3rd January 2006 followed up on 8th January with Shaye Dancer winning by 2 lengths over 1 mile at Bay Meadows; Tequila and Roses over 1600 metres at Turf Paradise on 10th January 2006, Decidedly Rich over 1600 meters at Bay Meadows on 27th January 2006 and My First Dance winning over 1200 metres by 9 lengths at Turf Paradise on 31 January.

On 12th January Dance Floor's 4 year old daughter - Flower Flag won over 6 furlongs at Aqueduct, New York City and then ran 2nd on 28 January.

On 15th January and 31 January 2006 Silver Express (from his last NZ bred crop -1999) won over 1600 metres at Perak, Malaysia, and finished 2nd over 1700 metres at Penang on 5th February.

On 15th January DF's daughter - Somethinaboutlaura finished 3rd in the Group II El Encino Hcp over 2,000 metres at Santa Anita.

Dance Floor was also represented in New Zealand with the ever green galloper Danceforme running 3rd on Saturday 7th January 2006.

This stallion continues to kick goals on the track and deserves to be well patronised by NZ breeders.



Twinklebelle's yearling filly sells well at KI 30 Jan 2006
Congratulations to Don and Rochelle Mclaren on the sale of their Cape Cross - Twinklebelle yearling for NZ $160,000 to Graeme Rogerson.

Twinklebelle is safely in foal to Chianti. The yearling filly is a 1/2 sister to Genebel who has returned from Melbourne to compete in the 2006 Auckland Cup (Group I).

Saturday 21 January runners - our success continues 21 Jan 2006
Two runners in New Zealand

Year of The Cat (ex our mare Luskin Lady) won her successive start at Avondale by 1.75 lengths over 2100 metres. Our congratulations to her patient owner Peter (the Xmas Cake man) Mahoney.
Year of The Cat has a strong 1/2 brother foal Chianti colt on our farm.

Cullemour (1/2 brother to our 2 year old stakesplaced mare Fortelo) finished a very game 2nd beaten a long head over 1200 metres at Trentham. Fortelo has a well grown Chianti colt at foot and she is back in foal to Chianti.

A Special Winner - Macau Wonderful 17 Jan 2006
One of our foundation broodmares - Lillibet (former NZ 800 metre distance recordholder) has left her fifth winner - Macau Wonderful (3 year old colt by City On A Hill)who won over 1,000 metres in Macau on Saturday 14th January.

Macau Wonderful was co-bred with our old friend the late David Johns and is the last foal of Lillibet. he was sold at the 2004 KII Yearling Sales for $30,000.

Sadly Lillibet died foaling in 2003. We have her daughter Lillibet Irish at stud.


More successes - Year of the Cat wins at Thames 7 Jan 2006
Our mare Luskin Lady celebrated another new winner with her daughter - Year of The Cat easily winning over 2000 metres at Thames on Saturday 7th January.

Congratulations to her owner Peter Mahoney.

First starter - Joker Classic ( ex our mare Comely Girl) ran 2nd over 1100 metres at Perak on Saturday 7th January.

A good week's racing-Genebel;Cullemour; Legend of The Win 4 Jan 2006
Genebel (daughter of our mare Twinklebelle) finished a very unlucky 4th in the VRC Bagot Hcp (2500 metres) when checked twice in the straight on 2nd January 2006. She is coming home to NZ to be prepared for the Auckland Cup in early March 2006.

Cullemour (1/2 brother to our mare -Fortello) won over 1,000 metres beating Group I winner Mi Jubilee on 2nd January 2006.

Legend of the Win (ex our mare Cashtrac) was a first time winner over 1200 metres on 1 January 2006 at Selangor, Malaysia.

Special Agent (ex our Danehill mare - Danezza) in his second start finished 3rd over 1050 metres in Macau on 3rd January 2006.





Trapeze's first foal wins in Hong Kong 22 Dec 2005
Withallmyheart (Howbadouwantit- ex our mare Trapeze) won his first race in Hong Kong on 21 December over 1200 metres.

Genebel breaks Sandown 2400m track record 15 Dec 2005
Genebel (ex Twinklebelle) won impressively (by 3 1/4 lengths) at Sandown on Wednesday 14th Dec over 2400 metres in the smart time of 3 minutes 27 seconds. Genebel broke the Sandown track record by 2 seconds.

This was Genebel's third win from her last 4 starts. Her dam Twinklebelle is safely in foal to Chianti and she will return to him next season.

A Good Weekend-Kismet; Decibeel; Big Kash 10 Dec 2005
Decibeel (Dance Forever's full sister) won her 3rd successive start in Brisbane impressively on Saturday 10th December.

Win of the Legend (ex Cashtrac) ran 2nd (his third 2nd placing in his last 4 starts) at Selangor in Malaysia on Saturday 10th December.

Kismet (ex Lugano) won his 5th race in Singapore on Friday 9th December.

Woodbine bred Big Kash (ex Blue Waltz) ran 3rd at Selangor - Malaysia on Sunday 11th December.

Chianti's 3/4 brother Maroof sired Natural Blitz - winner of the Hong Kong Sprint (GI)1000 metres (stake $10,000,000) on Sunday 11th December. Chianti is from a proven sire family

Chianti foals impress 25 Nov 2005
We are very proud of Chianti's 1st crop of foals. He is throwing a better type than himself and they have a lot of quality about them- good bone and plenty of length.

2005 foals include:

Bay colt ex Comely Girl (Champion Australian 2 year old and Group I winner)

Bay colt ex Top Dance ( Sydney stakeswinner)

Bay colt ex Luskin Lady (Group III winner)

Bay filly ex Kaptive Jewel ( NZ 2 year old stakewinner of 3 stakes races)

Bay colt ex Fortelo (stakes placed winning 2 year old)-1st foal

Black colt ex Cashtrac (1/2 sister to Solvit)

Black filly ex Christina (1st foal)

Recent Successes and Runners - Cullemour & Genebel 25 Nov 2005
Fortelo's family has been firing lately. Her full sister - Then Again is a last start winner in Sydney and her NZ based 1/2 brother Cullemour (by Cullen) is a last winner over the NZ Cup carnival at Riccarton.

Genebel (Generous ex Twinklebelle) is running at Sandown tonight shooting for her third successive win. Her long term aim is the 2006 Auckland Cup (Group I).


Genebel wins again at Bendigo 10 Nov 2005
Genebel (Twinklebelle's daughter) won her second consecutive race over 2200 metres at Bendigo on Wednesday 9th November. She appears to have a promising careeer as a stayer.

Chianti attracting well bred mares 9 Nov 2005
Our stallion Chianti's book of mares include 1/2 sisters to excellent sires Jeune and Lord Ballina. He has also covered four stakeswinning mares.

Wayne Larsen is delighted with his first crop of foals and he would be delighted to show them to any interested breeders.

Dance Floor Stakes Performer 9 Nov 2005
Somethinaboutlaura (a last start stakeswinner) finished a close up 4th in Sunday's Santa Anita California Cup Matron LR (stake $150,000). This 3 year old filly has won 5 of her previous 6 starts.

She is Dance Floor's current best performer in the United States.

Lexus has a promising start 3 Nov 2005
Our 3 year old filly - Lexus ran a very pleasing 2nd in a 1000 metre trial at Cambridge today.

She was beaten by a Zabeel filly who carried a jockey 20 kilograms less than the other runners. Lexus is out of a 1/2 sister to The Phantom and The Phantom Chance.

Desert King - Chianti's full brother - is now Australia's Leading Sire 3 Nov 2005
Through the achievements of Makybe Diva, Desert War, Lachlan River and many other winners - Desert King is now the leading sire in Australia with total earnings of $6.3 million - a lead of $2 million over the second horse - Redoubte's Choice.

The Sportsman Article about The Phantom Chance 3 Nov 2005
The Australian national racing paper The Sportsman published an article about former Cox Plate winner - The Phantom Chance's present life at Woodbine Farm as a one-eyed horse on Friday 21st October.

Twinklebelle's daughter- Genbeel wins at Geelong 3 Nov 2005
Genebel (4 year Generous - Twinklebelle mare) won impressively at Geelong for NZ trainer Mike Moroney over 2200 metres on Wednesday 19th October. She impressed her jockey Greg Childs who rates her as a rising staying prospect. Her dam - Twinklebelle is in foal to Chianti.



















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