A couple of trouble makers

on left out of Zabba by Zabeel   right  Katorie by Keeper



Pure Champion Colts

Harmony Em by Stravinsky


Dina by Stravinsky  a bit younger but  very nice also


Pure Champion enjoying the spring.



Phelan roll continues with Kipkeino


20 August 2017, 2:17 p.m.


The red-hot run of northern jumps jockey Shaun Phelan continued when he guided accomplished hurdler Kipkeino to a comfortable victory at Wanganui.


Phelan, who took out the Grand National Steeplechase on Upper Cut last weekend, was seen at his patient best as he lobbed along towards the rear of the field on Kipkeino throughout much of the race. With testing conditions underfoot, Phelan conserved plenty of energy on the ten-year-old gelding before making a sweeping run to challenge on the point of the home turn.


Relishing the deep footing Kipkeino took over as he liked and cleared the two home straight fences in efficient fashion before dashing away to record a big victory from a gallant Thatz David, who rallied bravely after drifting off the pace with 1000 metres to run.


Phelan was pleased with the effort of the Hawkes Bay Hurdle winner as he looks forward to a potential start in the Great Northern Hurdles at Ellerslie next month.


“He was perfectly placed at the weight today and just out-stayed them,” he admitted after the race.


“That’s probably the best field he could have faced down the line here so hopefully he keeps going forward and can make the step up to the Northern.”


Trainer Lucy de Latour confirmed the Great Northern Hurdles was foremost in her mind as she waited for a post-race report from Phelan.


“The loose track helped him today,” she said.


“He’s going really well and looked quite happy out there.


“We will see how he pulls up and then think about the Northern.”



More success today in Inner Mongolia China... news from kiwis at the meet..

Willow Glen bred 2013 horse by Captain Rio out of Aisin won well over 1200m...he has been a popular horse up there and ran 2nd this time last year having his first start.




Great result in China...Inner Mongolia/NZ race day.

2013 Saperavi out of Soviet Princess

2013 by Saperavi out of Mannleigh


The Windsor Park Cup on turf was a quinella of SAPERAVI Willow Glen bred horses.




Kipkeino wins in Hawkes Bay

Wonderful to see the unofficial Willow Glen bred and sold  Kipkeino win the Hawkes Bay hurdle for trainer/owner Lucy Delatour today in emphatic fashion. By our lovely boy Sunray sire also of Gargamel winner of the Grand National hurdles, Kipkeino is like family to Lucy who does all the work with him and has looked after his career extremely well.


Three quarter brother to PURE CHAMPION.... by same sire FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND out of his half sister..

wins juvenile in promising style....


Ivan Furtado is keen to try Followthesteps over six furlongs again after the youngster drew away in the closing stages to score at Wolverhampton.


The son of Footstepsinthesand wore down long-time leader Branscombe to land a cosy success in the five-furlong novice stakes after showing promise on his debut at Leicester three weeks earlier.


The 7-1 shot was more streetwise than runner-up Branscombe as he knuckled down in the final furlong for Tony Hamilton to get off the mark by three-quarters of a length.


"We're really pleased with that. It was great for the owners and for the team," said Furtado.


"He ran a good race first time. It was six furlongs and that was just a bit too far on soft ground.


"We've not rushed him and he'll come on for this. I don't think we're going to bring him out quickly. He's done everything right so far and we think he'll be a nice horse.


"He wasn't stopping over five furlongs and I think six on a galloping track will be perfect."


Viola Park (7-2 favourite), ridden by Luke Morris, wore down Bogsnog from a furlong out to get the honours in division one of the seven-furlong handicap for trainer Ron Harris.


Division two went to 8-1 chance Zebelini, whose jockey Kevin Lundie received a two-day ban (July 10-11) for using his whip above the permitted level.


Wearing cheekpieces for the first time, the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained Super Julius (3-1) opened her account under top weight in the five-furlong handicap in the hands of Charles Bishop.


James Given's Alfonso Manana (11-4) finally won at the 12th attempt when taking the six-furlong claimer under Richard Kingscote.


Sir Titan (5-1), trained by Marcus Tregoning, overcame a 282-day absence to land the seven-furlong maiden in emphatic fashion under Steve Drowne.







Hello Michelle wins again

Te Akau principal David Ellis and Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM bred two winners a week ago in Singapore, and had another when Hello Michelle (3 f Minstrel Court – Paixanito, by Zabeel) recorded her fourth win on Sunday 18 June in the $60,000 Spalato Stakes (Class 4, 1100m) on the poly track.


Two-year-old Burgundy (Redoute’s Choice) filly Bringer of War and Super Genius, a three-year-old filly by Alamosa (O’Reilly), were the two recent winners and it was premiership leading trainer Mark Walker that also prepared Hello Michelle.


“Hello Michelle (main picture) is a filly by a stallion (Minstrel Court) that I bought as a yearling colt on the Gold Coast in 2007 for $100,000, at the June sale,” Ellis said.


“Minstrel Court won his first start as a two year old with ridiculous ease. Mark (Walker) trained him to win the Matamata Slipper (Listed, 1200m) and he finished third to his stable-mate Tell A Tale (Tale Of the Cat) in the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) when Craig Newitt came over to ride him from Australia.


“He was a pretty serious racehorse and we bred this filly out of a Zabeel mare. She showed a lot of promise in training, won both her trials really well as a two year old, and Steve (Autridge) and Jamie (Richards) thought she was a very promising filly.


“Mark (Walker) asked me to find a smart horse for one of his good owners in Singapore, and she fitted the bill perfectly for what they wanted.”


Hello Michelle has never finished further back than fourth in all but four of her sixteen starts, winning $186,400 in prize money, and powering home from the rear to register a 2 ½ length victory suggests there is plenty more to come.


“The trainers told me the first time they galloped her that she looked quite special and she won like a really good horse last night,” Ellis said.


“Hello Michelle was the first of two winners that Mark had last night. He also won the following race with Star Genius (Starcraft) and he’s now absolutely on fire – he should be carrying a fire extinguisher around with him – because what he’s done in the last couple of weeks is quite incredible. He’s had thirteen winners in that time and now sixteen ahead in the trainer’s premiership.


“It’s an unbelievable achievement and his whole team are in such great form, including his apprentice Zawari who rode Hello Michelle and is only one off the lead in the apprentice jockey premiership and of course Suppy (Shafiq) who is riding so well too.”


Ellis also reflected on a breeding system that sees their mares covered by stallions that he has previously purchased as yearling colts.


“Karyn and I like to breed to the stallions at stud that I’ve bought, if the mating looks suitable, and we like to support the studs that stand these colts,” he said.


“We have some good first crop Rock ‘n’ Pop (Fastnet Rock) progeny to race this coming season as three year olds. He hasn’t had a two year old winner as yet, but that doesn’t surprise me at all because he wasn’t a two year old type himself and he’s from a really good Sir Tristram staying family.


“We have a number of really promising Rock ‘n’ Pop horses in the stable. A couple of impressive trial winner at two that we’ve taken along quietly, but you can see in them now the development they’re making between two and three is quite remarkable so we’re really looking forward to racing them next season.”


20 June 2017 from Te Akau Racing



Autumn Colour at Willow Glen

Great results in Malaysia 30/4/17  MOLLY BROWNE continued her winning way flashing home over 1500m and ROYAL GREEN dominated leading over 1700m to win by 5 lengths..   both by Saperavi

ANAK PENANG by Minstrel Court was 3rd also.


After the Rain....


Back in the winners circle

A change of trainer and back in the winners circle for Saperavi gelding BEAUTIFUL ILLUSION in Macau last night.    Out of Clear Expression he has now won 5 races this time over 1050m.   Saperavi s progeny always have ability  easy to forget his very first starter Emily Trimbole won brilliantly as a 2yo and his first starter in a stakes race  Orovela won The Canterbury Belle Stakes at 3yo.  Saperavious is extremely competitive at 1600m ..she has won 7.

Limited numbers served has resulted in small number racing but the excellent type have ensured there is still a demand for his progeny




Pump Up The Volume turns it up full bore in New Zealand Cup


Kelly McCulloch returns to scale following Pump Up The Volume's New Zealand Cup win at Riccarton.

Pump Up The Volume has proved to be third time lucky for Ralph Manning and Kelly McCulloch.


When the Manning-trained Pump Up The Volume drove home down the outside to fend off outsider Perfect Start and win the $250,000 Group III New Zealand Cup at Riccarton on Saturday it gave both Manning and McCulloch their third victory in the race.


At the end of the two-mile test, Pump Up The Volume and Perfect Start could only be separated by half a head in a photo finish that saw two sisters battling for the win.


Nice win Singapore last night for HAYTHAM by Saperavi out of  A La Votre by Volksraad...

This weekend is a full-on one with Te Akau horses stepping out in New Zealand at Riccarton, Tauranga and Waverley while Te Akau Singapore trainer Mark Walker kick started our busy racing weekend off in fine fashion – recording two winners in close succession at Kranji on Friday evening.


The Singapore Turf Club reports:


Except for Race 2, the first five events at Kranji on Friday night saw an interesting permutation of the same two jockeys and two trainers, with one owner thrown in the mix for good measure, all to show the intertwined nature of the industry at times.


Trainer Mark Walker and jockey Oscar Chavez were both at the double, but with only Haytham ($42 – main picture) as their common winner in Race 4, the $65,000 Initiation race over 1100m.


And last year’s champion trainer got on board one race earlier in the $35,000 Maiden race (1200m) with $8 hot favourite Lim’s Shot who had Danny Beasley in the irons.


Chavez was particularly pleased with his two wins as it’s been a while since he visited the winner’s circle more than once – March 27 when he bagged a treble, two wins with Real Hero and Golden Jade before capping the memorable day with a Group 3 win aboard Conflight in the Dester Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint.


“It’s been a bit quiet for me. It’s nice to finally ride two winners,” said the Panamanian-born jockey.


 “Haytham is a horse I like. It was my second time riding him and I had him in a good spot, racing quite relaxed.  He was between two horses (Snip and Autumn Rush) and looked like he wouldn’t go through, but in the end, he burst through for a nice win.”


The Saperavi three-year-old indeed looked like the meat in the sandwich inside the last 200m, but somehow, found that little extra in the last bit to score by half-a-length from Snip (Saifudin Ismail) with Autumn Rush (A’Isisuhairi Kasim) third another head away. The winning time was 1min 5.96secs for the 1100m on the Polytrack.


Raced by relative newcomers, the Al-Arabiya Stable, Haytham was recording his first win from only three runs and according to Walker’s assistant-trainer Robbie Hewitson, he looks destined for a bright future.


“It looked like that bump between the two horses helped him to get going,” said the New Zealander.


“He’s a young horse going forward and so is the other winner Lim’s Shot. He sat three deep and he still won a nice race.  They’ve both got ability and we’ll see the best of them next year.”


Te Akau Racing




Pump Up The Volume Wins Listed Feilding Gold Cup

Monday, 31st October 2016

At Awapuni in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a black-type success when 8YO gelding Pump Up The Volume (Savabeel-Nat the Brat, by Racing is Fun) scored by a short neck for trainer Ralph Manning in the NZ$50,000 Listed Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) for 3YO+, over 5YO geldings Alinko Prince (Alamosa-Shinko Princess, by Shinko King) & Five To Midnight (Domesday-Fastnet Lady, by Fastnet Rock). Pump Up The Volume, who was a NZ$10,000 purchase by Manning at the 2010 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Raequin Park, improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Rotorua Cup) and 18 placings from 50 starts for $236,410 earnings.


Nat the Brat the Dam of Pump up the Volume was a Willow Glen broodmare who unfortunately died a few hours after foaling our brat   Natalie .  We have a super filly by Pure Champion out of Natalie. The second horse Alinko Prince is out of a Willow Glen reared mare Shinko Princess bred by Peter Hutt. We are breeding from a half sister to John Wheeler trained Pentathlon a runner in the 2016  Melbourne Cup tomorrow... he has fashioned a good record for the family.. good luck to him in the cup! Prima was an easy winner at Moonee Valley Friday night out of our mare Azabella who is visiting Zacinto this year.


15 OCT 2016 | BY MICHAEL LEE of Thoroughbred News

Gutsy filly Hello Michelle showed she has improved by leaps and bounds after she came off a sticky spot to score with great determination in the $60,000 Class 4 Division 1 race over 1100m on Friday night.


Swinging for home, the Minstrel Court three-year-old was not really travelling like an odds-on $9 favourite, spotting Rainbow Royal (A’Isisuhairi Kasim), who was looking a good thing then, about eight lengths. Neither was she flattening as expected - a far cry from the cushier journey she enjoyed at her last-start win when she sat off the lead and just sprinted up the straight for an easy win.


But as soon as jockey Alan Munro started to scrub her up, hopes were rekindled in the hotpot’s camp. The margin melted away in no time as she bore down on the leader with a relentless gallop, levelling up close home to go and score by half-a-length from Rainbow Royal.


Red Ant (John Sundradas) ran third another gap of 2 ½ lengths away. The winning time was 1min 5.37secs for the 1100m on the Polytrack.


With trainer Mark Walker not around to lead in the Synthetic Stable-owned filly to her third win, it was assistant-trainer Gus Clutterbuck who did the honours.


“She was a lot quicker out of the gates when she drew out the last time. She was drawn better tonight, but she was quite slow,” said Clutterbuck.


“She’s not the best beginner but she’s done a great job to win tonight. And for her to win three races when she’s only a three-year-old is pretty amazing. It was a very brave effort.”


Munro said he was a little concerned when Hello Michelle did not show any dash upon despatch, but the further they went, the more she started to gather momentum.


“She had no speed tonight. I’m not sure what it is because she was a lot quicker at her last run,” said the English jockey.


“But she showed a very good kick when she went after the leader in the straight. She chased him down really well.”


A winner of one Leg of the Singapore Golden Horseshoe series as a two-year-old, Hello Michelle has now taken her handy record to three wins and one third from eight starts for stakes money in excess of $130,000 for her connections.

Former handy juvenile Hello Michelle has come back a brilliant winner at only her second run as a three-year-old on Friday night.


The New Zealand-bred filly showed early promise when she captured one Leg of the Singapore Golden Horseshoe series in May, but then fell a bit by the wayside at her next three runs, including the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe (1200m).


Trainer Mark Walker gave her more time to grow and strengthen up and the results were already visible when she ran an eye-catching third to stablemate Distinctive Darci first-up in a Novice race over 1100m on August 28.


Her trackwork has been top-notch since, and following a positive ride from Alan Munro, her only winning partner thus far and who was incidentally reuniting with her, the Minstrel Court three-year-old looked a good thing when she powered away to a commanding break at the 300m in the $60,000 The Faithful+Gould Cup, a Class 4 Division 1 race over 1100m.


Jelly Bean (John Powell), the other female in the 12-horse field, was the only one who could upset her when she jumped out of the ground with a sizzling acceleration at the 200m, but Hello Michelle ($20) held her challenger off rather comfortably to score by one length. Knight Chen Bay (Michael Rodd) tried to make all but could only settle for third place another 1 ½ lengths away. The winning time was 1min 5.5secs for the 1100m on the Polytrack.


Walker said he had been only concerned by her wide barrier prior to the race, but he had left the tactics in Munro’s good hands, and was glad the results had panned out the way the English jockey wanted.


“From the wide draw, Alan said he would ride her positive. I wasn’t going to argue with him on this one,” said the Singapore champion trainer.


“She travelled across quite well and I think the 52 ½ kilos also helped her. She has developed into a nice filly during the break.


“Things are really improving since we returned to our block. We were away for four months and the horses could feel it, some are still taking a while to come back, but others like Hello Michelle are already back in form.”


Munro said people could not draw too much from Hello Michelle’s two-year-old form, but she has really come into her own now.


“Her two-year-old form was probably closer to Class 4, but she’s had a break and has come back a much better filly,” said Munro.


“She’s not far off the Class 3 company now.”


Hello Michelle has now taken her record to two wins from seven starts for stakes earnings inching closer to the $100,000 mark for the Synthetic Stable.


Singapore Turf Club



Pure Champion's first foal


Cute photos of Pure Champions first foal playing.. the colt is out of Pins mare Spin a Fortune..

Click here to view bigger images

We have begun serving for the 2016 season and have four foals already

...the weather has been great - extremely mild and the grass has been growing .

Mike and I were lucky enough to be invited by Mr Lang of the Rider Horse Group to travel to Inner Mongolia China to be guests at their Race Meeting run over 3 days with the main day a NZ sponsered day NZ Bloodstock being the main sponser.


Mr Lang has purchased 800 nz horses for Rider horse and export to China..

We have assisted with purchases locally and our own stallion Sunray was among the first purchase.

Recently Minstrel Court has also been exported and I am sure he will be a great asset to Rider Horse.

Quite a few young ones of ours have traveled up there and we saw the ones in work ..and were thrilled to have 4 racing whilst we were there...including a lovely colt running  a good 2nd having his first start.


The brand new racecourse and hotel within an enormous grandstand was very comfortable and it was a very enlightening few days . We were then taken to the resort town of Aershan near the border to Mongolia for some tourism then back to Beijing ..Great Wall and shopping!

Once again shows the interesting and amazing people and places horses can take you!


Looking forward to a busy season with new boy Pure Champion (Steinbeck he was called in Europe) and our lovely big older boy Saperavi who continues to produce stunning progeny with recent results including exciting front running Saperavious  ... and Spider Lily winning at Dunedin last week..he has some pretty impressive show horses turning up in the equestrian scene too just quietly!


Big News!


Willow Glen Stud is pleased to announce the birth of the first foal of  our  Group 1 Winning  stallion


The medium sized COLT    dark brown like his father with nice white markings was born at 10.30pm

on Sunday 11th Sept

Hillis gives southerner thumbs-up for Great Northern

Wayne Hillis rode two Great Northern Steeplechase winners during his successful jumps jockey career and now reckons he might just have ridden a third.

These days a trainer based at Matamata, the 54-year-old still keeps his hand in with regular trackwork duties and this morning he partnered Southland-trained Great Northern entry Gargamel in a searching workout ahead of Saturday’s Ellerslie marathon.

The 2014 Grand National Hurdle winner and third placegetter in the Grand National Steeplechase at his last start, Gargamel was sent over two rounds of the course proper at good jumper’s clip. He was timed over his final 1200 metres in 1:31.2 and finished off with 600 metres in 44.7.

Since arriving in the north a week ago, Gargamel has been stabled with the Hillis team in the care of former jumps jockey Jason Spencer, who races him in partnership with the gelding’s Winton-based trainer Leda Beck.

After this morning’s hitout Hillis was able to tell Spencer that Gargamel felt “up to the mark” for the 6400-mertre Great Northern.

“Not bad work for an old jumper,” quipped Hillis. “No, he felt good. He had a bit of a puff when he pulled up, but that was solid work having to carry me.

“Maybe this time next week I’ll be able to say I’ve ridden another Great Northern winner!”

Hillis first tasted success in the iconic steeplechase when combining with Heddawin in 1988 for Te Kauwhata owner-trainer John Bullock. Three years later he was part of the historic dead-heat when riding Kevin O’Connor’s Sir Avion versus the Michelle Hopkins-ridden Smart Hunter for Ken and Ann Browne.

Spencer admits to being happy with Gargamel’s progress since arriving in the north, but concedes the task is a big one, especially against what is shaping as an outstanding field for Saturday’s 2016 edition.

“He’s done everything we could have wished for since the Grand National, but it won’t be easy,” he said. “Trust our luck to strike what’s looking like the biggest field in years!”

While last year’s Great Northern winner Jack Romanov has been sidelined with another tendon issue, all five finishers in the Grand National – Upper Cut, Mr Mor, Gargamel, High Forty and Snodroptwinkletoes – are expected to line up, along with Pakuranga Hunt Cup winner Kick Back and her Kevin Myers-trained stablemate Crash Bandicoot, 2015 Great Northern winner Amanood Lad, and Big Brownie, who confirmed a start in the famous Browne colours after his win at Te Aroha on Sunday.


The Informant.



Southland jumper Gargamel arrives for Great Northern bid

Southland jumper Gargamel has arrived in the north in readiness for a tilt at the Great Northern Steeplechase on Saturday week.

Prepared at Winton by Leda Beck, he has come through his third placings in the Koral and Grand National Steeplechases in good order and had a saddle on for the first time in 10 days when paceworking at Matamata this morning.

Gargamel made the trek north in the care of his part-owner, former jockey and now Gallop South general manager Jason Spencer, and will be stabled with Southland-born Wayne Hillis.

“After those two good runs we decided to give him a crack at the Great Northern, so we left him in Christchurch with Ross Beckett,” Spencer said. “He kept him ticking over on the walker and he’s come through the trip up here in good nick.”

Gargamel, a son of the Matamata-trained Zabeel horse Sunray, who won the 2003 New Zealand St Leger winner for Paul O’Sullivan, won the 2014 Grand National Hurdle and has adapted well to steeplechasing. In the Grand National he finished just six lengths behind Upper Cut, who along with runner- up Mr Mor is also expected to be on hand for the Ellerslie marathon.

North Canterbury jockey Alan Browne, who has ridden Gargamel in all 26 jumps starts dating back to April 2013, will be on board again in the Great Northern.


Victoria Wang with her favourite horse in Inner Mongolia  Y   2/3 he is our lovely colt by Captain Rio out of Aisin.


He ran 2nd at his first start while we were a multiple winner.


Victoria is Mr Lang Lins main interpreter


Congratulations to Willow Glen bred, thoroughbred SHOOT THE BREEZE and owner Kirsty Sharapoff who followed up the 2x3 Day Eventing Championship win at Taupo recently by taking out the Amateur Series - a great achievement. They have been a very consistent winning dressage show jumping and also champion Hack at Canterbury A&P. Shoot the Breeze is by SUNRAY out of SEA NYMPH by Yachting.




Winter has now arrived

Winter has arrived this last few days.. bit of a shock after the gorgeous autumn weather we have been experiencing!    Branding the fillies this week then weaning is over for another year. Mike handles all teaches to lead and pick up feet and accept Farrier while getting accustomed to stable life and hard feed. He does a great job. The South Island sales were a great success after the breeders and vendors stuck our neck out and changed the venue to the RDA indoor arena.  The old sales ring was a nightmare for leaders and vendors struggling through the thick bark in the cattle pens and the long March backwards and forwards to the stables. The buyers loitering outside would only make the inside ring if deadly serious about a purchase.

Our Willow Glen draft were very popular and I don’t remember a busier parade day or better sale for us personally. Thanks to great help from our capable imported leaders Meg Cuneen and Aleisha Verrall  Swedish “woofer” Sophie who helped take photos at home and was a willing extra hand at the sales and not forgetting the “stylists”  Judy and Marie who produce the brats on time and looking amazing !


In April we had a quick trip to Melbourne with our friends Ken and Bev Voyce who own a piece of Xtravagant to experience Group 1 racing at Flemington the Australian Guineas.  Was amazing being there as owners and Melbourne is a fun city to visit.

We attended the broodmare and weanling sale at Karaka and came home with a cracking filly by Pins for next year’s sale and nice mares in foal to Proisir -Alamosa- and Rock n Pop.


Pear Tree Farms Anna Miles and Michael Simpson bought their horse photography skills and helped take new photos of Pure Champion for the 2016 Stallion register not such an easy job with a deadline days of northwesters and stallion not boxed at present!


The resulting photo is worth the effort.!

Time for me now to sneak in a bit of golf!


Michelle Says Hello Right on the Line

The second Leg of the Singapore Golden Horseshoe for two-year-olds saw a feisty Hello Michelle punch her way through to get up by the narrowest of margins in a three-way thriller on Sunday.


After travelling in the box-seat courtesy of a good gate, the Mark Walker-trained filly was angled out from the fence by jockey Alan Munro at the 300m to set sail after favourite Mystic Master (Shafiq Rizuan) with longshot Deimos (Wong Chin Chuen) joining the fray on the outside for a captivating end to the concluding stages of the $90,000 Singapore Silver Horseshoe (1000m).

Sandwiched between the two, Hello Michelle kept digging deep and was the one who worried them out of it as she put her head down on the line when it mattered to win by a nose from Deimos with Mystic Master third another head away.

Sent out as the second $18 favourite, Hello Michelle, a daughter of Minstrel Court – who incidentally was a speedy two-year-old for Walker during his training days in New Zealand – clocked 59.47 seconds for the 1000m on Polytrack.


Trainer Mark Walker was proven right in his decision to ride Hello Michelle more quiet compared to her first run in the first Leg, the Kranji Nursery Stakes when she was bustled up early to take the lead before floundering late to run fourth to Jupiter Gold.


“We decided to ride her quiet today. She was used up too much at her first run,” said the Kiwi handler.


“She has a great attitude and being by a Zabeel mare (Paixanito), she will get better over more distance.”


Munro, who took over from the suspended Manoel Nunes, said Hello Michelle does not have a sharp bust typical of sprinters, which is line with Walker’s assessment her future might be charted over longer trips.


“I worked her on Wednesday and she gave me the feeling she had an extra gear in her,” said the English rider.


“I gave her a win chance, but she’s probably more of a 1200m horse. She was a bit flat when I had to pick her off the speed.  I wasn’t sure I won on the line. I came back expecting to get beat, but it’s great we won.”


Raced by the Synthetic Stable, Hello Michelle has taken her burgeoning stakes earnings past the $50,000 mark with that early maiden victory.


Among the also-rans, Cadet (Barend Vorster) was caught three wide and under these conditions, must be credited with an improved run from his first-Leg run (seventh to Jupiter Gold) to finish fourth, albeit a big gap of five lengths off the first three. Theo Kieser’s debutant Halo Bright (Corey Brown), who did well in the barrier trials, led but found nothing when the swoopers descended on him to run sixth.


Story by Te Akau Racing - The Singapore Turf Club




GROUP 1 placing for SAPERAVI


Royal Green gained an important Group 1 placing for stallion SAPERAVI when a strong finisher in the Malaysian PERAK DERBY over 2400m last night


... congratulations to breeder Bernie Wilson and trainer in New Zealand, Ross Beckett.




South Island Sale

The South Island Sale was held at the RDA Building, Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch, and open to yearlings and mixed bloodstock. Salre results.... Click here

Our Marvellous Madame - 18 Mar 2016

by Te Akau Racing

Madame Jamai (4 m Minstrel Court – Palais Jamai, by Grand Lodge) continued her fine form with another win on March 18 at Timaru, in the Rating 75 1200 metres.


Backing up a week after finishing second at Ashburton, the determined chestnut mare won at her only previous course attempt in October and has now registered five victories for owner and breeder Barry & Deirdre Neville-White.


She also provided trainers Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards with their 68th win for the season to keep them atop the premiership by ten.


“She’s done a great job to win four times this season and lovely to have another winner for Barry & Deirdre,” said Richards.


“We made a plan to send her south, as she just seems to thrive in the environment down there and Richard Didham has done a top job in looking after her for us.


“It was a nice ride by Doni (Prastiyou) to settle her just off the speed, which was important, and she found a very good kick.”


Strongly supported to close a $3.50 & $1.50 favourite on the tote, Madame Jamai was able to assert her superiority a furlong from home and had matters in safekeeping thereafter to score comfortably by half a length.


She returned to scale looking full of beans, having run the 1200 metres in a very respectable 1:10.3 on dead ground.


Although genuine in her racing endeavour, Madame Jamai has generally benefitted with the use of either side winkers or blinkers and had the latter in place on this occasion.


Also aided by the addition of side winkers, her sire Minstrel Court (Danehill Dancer) was purchased as a yearling by David Ellis at the 2007 Magic Millions Sale. Minstrel Court was prepared by Te Akau trainer Mark Walker to win with ridiculous ease on debut as a two-year-old before going on to success in the Listed Matamata Slipper in the same season, and finished third to his stable-mate Tell A Tale (Tale Of The Cat) in the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) as a three-year-old. He was a horse with plenty of speed, proved competitive against the finest of his age and performed best on good and dead footing.


Madame Jamai was strapped by Richard Didham.



Congratulations to Leslie and Aussie Browne breeders of Saperavi filly Molly Browne who won her 2nd race in Singapore on Friday night. Named after the famous survivor on the Titanic- Molly is out of Patient by Doctor David who is in foal to Saperavi again.



Another Winning Weekend

20 Feb 2016

Forming a special affinity with the course at Riccarton, Madame Jamai (4 m Minstrel Court – Palais Jamai, by Grand Lodge) extended her record to three wins from four starts with a dominant display in the Rating 75 1200 metres on Friday 19 February.


Having already snared two $30,000 races during cup week over the past two seasons, on the premier track in the South Island, Madame Jamai had been inconvenienced on rain-affected footing last time out at Ashburton.


Appearing on the job in her prelim, Madame Jamai travelled boldly outside the leader and was never threatened after making play at the foot of the straight.


Confidently backed to start favourite ($3.20 & $1.40), Madame Jamai ran the 1200 metres in a slick time of 1:08.3, last 600m in 33.4, and won by three-quarters of a length.


The win was also a boost for jockey Matt Cameron, who was back in winning action at just his second ride after taking a nasty tumble only five days earlier at Matamata.


A daughter of Willow Glen stallion Minstrel Court (Danehill Dancer), who finished third to stable-mate Tell A Tale (Tale of the Cat) and Il Quello Veloce (Captain Rio) in the 2000 Guineas at Riccarton, Madame Jamai provided the 191st win for owners and breeders Barry & Deirdre Neville-White.


“She’s won four races now,” said Barry Neville-White. “Matt had her under a good hold and once over the crossing he let her head go and she likes that straight running and may not like right-handed tracks.


“The track was shifty at Ashburton, and although she’s not a big mare she’s got a long stride and needs good ground. And there’s some good races coming up at Riccarton,” said Neville-White.


Madame Jamai provided Cameron with his 78th win this season to be second in the jockey premiership and the 61st for leading trainers Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards.


“We made a plan to send her south after her Wellington run, and she has been tripped up by a couple of wet tracks, but we know she really enjoys Riccarton and loves firm ground,” said Richards.


“We were quietly confident going into the race and Richard Didham said her work had been very good, so thanks to them (Didhams) for looking after her and it’s great to get another win for Barry & Deirdre.  She is a filly that can still work through the grades, hopefully, before the rain arrives and we were very happy with the win.


“It was also great to see Matt Cameron bounce back with a win after a nasty fall at Matamata, and no doubt that will give him a confidence builder ahead of riding Hasselhoof on Saturday in Sydney” added Richards.


Madame Jamai was strapped by Richard Didham.


Te Akau Racing


Lest We Forget

Minstrel Court has reminded us of his presence in the last few days with a good win at Gore by Starbuck out of the Rock of Gibraltar mare Aventura following several good placings at his recent starts for Kelvin Tyler. Congratulations to the team.

In Singapore last night the Willow Glen bred gelding Anak Penang went a great race to finish 3rd = his first start over ground. He is out of Stravinsky mare Dina...looks like both will go on with it..

Cairnsville who has been a good flag bearer for Minstrel has been put aside for several months after a bump to a tendon  but his owner/trainer Kevin Cairns has been raiding our hills for more Minstrel prospects! Good luck to him.



Royal Green Wins Again

Royal Green stepped up again to record his 6th win tonight over 1700m.

He sat 4th or 5th in the running then zoomed to the lead once in the straight and the result was never in doubt.

He scored by nearly 2 lengths easing down.

The other son of Saperavi starting in Singapore - Brownes Anatomy ran on from the rear to finish 3rd over 1200 - he will pick up another win soon.


Good news from Malaysia...

Saperavi gelding Royal Green has kept the flag flying with a win and a 2nd in his two starts in the new year~ the ex Ross Beckett horse out of Barrier Rise by Howbaddouwantit bred by Bernie Wilson of Dunsandel has been a consistent performer for Saperavi.

 © Willow Glen Stud
Website by Pete Smithies Media


Southland jumper Gargamel has arrived in the north in readiness for a tilt at the Great Northern Steeplechase on Saturday week.

Winter has arrived this last few days.. bit of a shock after the gorgeous autumn weather we have been experiencing!    Branding the fillies this week then weaning is over for another year. Mike handles all teaches to lead and pick up feet and accept Farrier while getting accustomed to stable life and hard feed. He does a great job. The South Island sales were a great success after the breeders and vendors stuck our neck out and changed the venue to the RDA indoor arena.  The old sales ring was a nightmare for leaders and vendors struggling through the thick bark in the cattle pens and the long March backwards and forwards to the stables. The buyers loitering outside would only make the inside ring if deadly serious about a purchase.

Time for me now to sneak in a bit of golf!

After travelling in the box-seat courtesy of a good gate, the Mark Walker-trained filly was angled out from the fence by jockey Alan Munro at the 300m to set sail after favourite Mystic Master (Shafiq Rizuan) with longshot Deimos (Wong Chin Chuen) joining the fray on the outside for a captivating end to the concluding stages of the $90,000 Singapore Silver Horseshoe (1000m).

Madame Jamai (4 m Minstrel Court – Palais Jamai, by Grand Lodge) continued her fine form with another win on March 18 at Timaru, in the Rating 75 1200 metres.

Forming a special affinity with the course at Riccarton, Madame Jamai (4 m Minstrel Court – Palais Jamai, by Grand Lodge) extended her record to three wins from four starts with a dominant display in the Rating 75 1200 metres on Friday 19 February.