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Waikato Stud 1200


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Walker claims first Singapore premiership
14 Dec 2015

Trainers’ premiership wins are nothing new to Mark Walker, but a winning double at Kranji yesterday was the definitive way to add his first Singapore championship to his five New Zealand titles.  

At the end of his fifth full season in charge of New Zealand’s Te Akau Racing operation in Singapore, 43-year-old Walker claimed the premiership with 87 wins. Singaporean Alvin Tan was runner-up on 72 wins and Australian Michael Freedman third on 69.

Laurie Laxon, the Melbourne Cup-winning trainer who has dominated Singapore training ranks and the first to prepare 1,000 winners at Kranji, this year finished fifth on 66 wins. Walker’s previous best premiership placing was second with 73 wins in 2013, five behind Laxon when he claimed his ninth title.  

On a season-ending raceday with a dominant Kiwi flavour, Walker saddled up two winners in the Te Akau colours, Lady Iffraaj, a daughter of former top filly Naturo, and Thorn Park gelding Clutha Lad. The seven New Zealand-bred winners on the 11-race card included the Laxon-trained Any Suggestion gelding Katagas and Savabeel gelding Classified for Bruce Marsh.

The spotlight, however, belonged to Walker as he acknowledged the team effort that went into his achievement. “We saddled a big team on Friday (12) and today (19), and to get four winners was a bit expected,” he told the Singapore Turf Club’s Michael Lee. “The score could have been better as we had many seconds - three today and two last Friday - but to get 86 winners, I can’t complain.

“Again, I can’t stress enough it was a team effort all year round from Gussy (Clutterbuck, assistant trainer) to all the syces (stablehands) as well as the track riders and my two main jockeys, Shafiq (Rizuan) and (Manoel) Nunes.”

Walker also acknowledged the crucial role played by his mentor and business partner. “Well done to David Ellis who bought those two at Karaka relatively cheap. Lady Iffraaj cost only $27,000 while I think Clutha Lad cost $42,000,” he said. “Clutha Lad is no superstar but he’s already won around $250,000 for David. If you want to go shopping, you should go to Karaka.”

Walker plans to return to New Zealand tomorrow for the Christmas holiday break, when he will be able to observe first-hand the part being played by his Matamata-based Te Akau counterparts Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards as they lead the way on the New Zealand trainers’ table with 42 wins.

Dennis Ryan

The Informant

Monday 14th December 2015

Richardson run set to continue at Waipa meeting
10 Nov 2015

Richardson run set to continue at Waipa meeting

9 November 2015, 2:36 p.m.

All Razzle Dazzle looks a top chance at Te Awamutu on Tuesday to continue the fine run of form of Graham Richardson’s stable.

The four-year-old has been in the money in each of her three runs this preparation and she has a golden opportunity to break through in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race.

“She really does deserve one and she’ll have a set of blinkers on just to help her concentrate that bit more,” said Richardson, whose 13 winners this season have him sharing seventh spot on the trainers’ premiership.

All Razzle Dazzle opened her current campaign with a third placing at Te Rapa before finishing fourth at Waverley and a last-start second at Te Aroha.

“She’s got a better draw at Te Awamutu, the only decent one she’s had was at Waverley but it rained and it didn’t suit her,” Richardson said.

Vinnie Colgan will retain the ride on All Razzle Dazzle while Kelly Myers is booked for her stablemate Precision Miss, although the Per Incanto three-year-old is not a certain starter in the Fillies’ Breeding Syndicate 1150.

“I really like her but she has drawn out a bit,” Richardson said. “I’ve also nominated her for Dargaville on Friday just in case I decide against running her.”

Precision Miss finished runner-up behind the promising Khalama on debut at Taupo last month.

Meanwhile, Richardson headed to Riccarton on Monday to put the finishing touches on his Gr.1 NZB 1000 Guineas contender Strada Cavallo.

She has been stabled with Shane Kennedy and Anna Furlong since she won the Listed John Grigg Stakes on October 17.

“I was rapt to win that race with her and they have been doing a great job with her since,” Richardson said. “She won’t have a problem with the mile and Chris Johnson will ride her again.” – NZ Racing Desk.


Brilliant 2000 Guineas winner
09 Nov 2015

A late summer Australian campaign is on the cards for brilliant Sothys New Zealand 2000 Guineas winner Xtravagant.

The runaway winner of the Riccarton classic is on his way back north and by tomorrow will be enjoying a well-earned let-up at Te Akau Stud. His first summer target will be the Gr. 1 Levin Classic at Trentham in mid-January and all going to plan beyond that, he will get to showcase his talents across the Tasman in the Gr. 1 Australian Guineas in early March.

“He’ll have a couple of weeks out at Te Akau and we’ll bring him back and get him up for the Levin Classic,” Autridge told “That’s over 1600 metres and it’s another Group One, so it’s a race that fits well.

“If it’s all going the right way he’ll have one more start here and then go to Melbourne for the Australian Guineas. You win that and you’ve got a stallion for sure.”

The honour roll for the Flemington 1600-metre feature includes outstanding sires Zabeel (1990), Flying Spur (1996), Pins (2000) and Reset (2004). O’Reilly was runner-up to Mouawad in 1997.

New Zealand 2000 Guineas form has also been underlined by last year's winner Turn Me Loose, who has gone on to register a Melbourne spring hat-trick completed by his all-the-way win in Saturday's Gr. 1 Emirates Stakes.  

Xtravagant’s mid-season programme doesn’t include a right-handed race, nor any beyond 1600 metres, but Autridge does not see either option as insurmountable for the dashing son of Pentire and Zabeel mare Axiom.

“We’re going to stick left-handed for now, but that’s more the way the races line up,” he said at the same time as acknowledging that the only blot on Xtravagant’s formline was when he raced greenly in his sole right-handed start at Ruakaka in September.

“We’re confident he would run a trip, especially ridden in behind. We were in the process of teaching him that style but then when he went and drew so side in the Guineas he had no option but to go forward.

“All I know is he’s a very exciting galloper and we’re all looking forward to what lies ahead for him.”

The Informant

Team Wealleans Matamata Cup Day 10 October 2015
15 Oct 2015


 Congratulations to Tyne Cot trained by Neil Connors, Owned by E M Connors & C Connors and ridden by Sam Spratt - winners of the 2015 Team Wealleans Matamata Cup

AGM Monday 19th October 2015 6pm in the Epsom Lounge
13 Oct 2015


Representatives of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing will be in attendance at the Annual General Meeting of the Matamata Racing Club scheduled for 6pm Monday next, October 19.

NZTR CEO Greg Purcell, Board member Rick Williams and Planning & Projects GM Marty Burns will make a presentation of NZTR’s Strategic Plan outlining a sustainable future for the racing industry. They will also be available to address questions from the floor.

You are urged to attend the AGM to not only gain an appreciation of your club’s operations but also get a better understanding of the wider issues facing our industry.


Dennis Ryan

Chairman Matamata Racing Club Inc.   

Team Wealleans Matamata Cup Day 10 October 2015 ››
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