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  1. On 8/7/2018 at 6:38 AM, Phar Lap Fan said:

    Is this dead in the water now or resting on the ocean floor? Will be working on clearing some books and memorabilia and wonder where to offer it.

    Try the hall of fame via their website..or send a leave a message


  2. 13 hours ago, Berri said:

    Horses like Storm Cat and his son Giants Causeway have kept some lucky vets in the manner they are accustomed to through wind ops. Bleeding is a slightly different issue as there are many instance where the environment might have something to do with the condition. I remember and article in the 80's where one of the leading vet clinics in Kentucky scoped a serious number of horses to see what bleeding occurred. Percentage was huge (65% comes to mind) of which a percentage of that outwardly bled. I can't remember seeing heritability being mentioned.

    I remember when working in the stables that we taught two older horses to swim ( not taught at a young age), both open class gallopers,  and they both bled after - stopped swimming and neither bled again. 

  3. On 6/25/2020 at 12:29 PM, Berri said:

    My recollection was having a bet on a horse called Numulous (by Hasty Cloud) at Te Aroha in probably 1973 and it won. Never looked back until now

    Hasty Cloud stood at Edgar Jones stud in Timaru I think... went ok, and also stood Massowa I think ... long time ago...


    44. 1955 Toparoa

    1955 Toparoa b.g. 1948 Massowa - Miss Sally 18 Fam

    Jockey: N. Sellwood Trainer: T.J. Smith

    Toparoa, a plain seven-year-old gelding, was the first Cup winner of the champion Trainer: Tommy Smith and he was ridden by the internationally celebrated jockey Neville Sellwood. In beating Rising Fast, who humped 63kg, into second place, Toparoa stymied what would have been a fabulous feat as the champion New Zealander had won the Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup double in 1954 and had also won the Caulfield Cup in 1955.


  4. On 5/10/2020 at 9:17 AM, Nearco said:

    Nice win in the SA Derby yesterday.  3yo to NH time, with Sadlers Wells top & bottom, and backup lines of Dalmary via Ahonoora and Nureyev.

    And none other than J R Wheeler in the ownership

    Look, it’s a long way out but, take the $11.

  5. I saw him  a few years ago at the parade when he arrived, I really wanted to like him, he’s got great credentials, but I did think he was very lite in physicality, I partly put that down to the fact he had not let down. 

    Overall, he’s a good horse to have I think. Can anyone put up his foal / weanling or yearly types. 

  6. 1 hour ago, Kingshill said:

    I'm definitely hoping the UK sires will shuttle to NZ/Aus Chris...... Have one in mind for Australia as you know. 

    Darley must be confident of it going ahead, with the media release etc :rcfe-like:

    Yes I like him - I’ll ask some Uk breeding buffs what they think...


    ps not too many bids on a Monday night  please - agree looked the part and was nice looking  but no real performance on the page. 

  7. On 4/13/2020 at 10:43 AM, Kingshill said:

    Came across this on the Darley website -


    Three bright prospects I would say - How will Australasian breeders receive the two UK sprinters and their form? (Blue Point this season and Harry Angel already has had a season down under)

    Agree - well credentialed and good to see another son of dubawi 

  8. 13 hours ago, Huey said:

    I don't get this "breed what you can't afford to buy" in most cases you'd probably be better off not paying the stud fee and waiting to pick up a similar horse for 20% of stud fee with 18 months worth of costs already paid. I'm looking at a 5k stud fee this year, no way I'll pay that in this environment but what I can breed I can probably buy for $1k on GH in 18 months not much different  if I go to a $10k stallion either. 

    I understand  with what you are saying but I guess what I’m saying is... if the mix of caliber of mare and stallion you bred to is worth more than what it costs you - then you have paid unders. So if you breed a good mare and have a nice product then it would  cost you more if you went to buy it at a sale... so worth doing.

    We are not talking about non-stakes performed mares or I agree with your logic. 

  9. 11 hours ago, Dopey said:

    Agree with the comment that “would you buy (or race) what you are breeding”. Breed what you cant afford to buy (or would pay overs for) otherwise why are you doing it (from a commercial aspect) as you would be better off buying a horse when you want one. Spec days are largely over!

    ..unless of course you are bored at home on a Monday night and fancy a gavelhouse flutter.

  10. One way ... advertise and sell on multiple platforms and the in person sale is “if not sold prior”...

    In any business knowing and connecting with your customer is key. On another angle As you may know I’m a a fan of  parts of the German model and exclusive sire arrangements - I’m sure savabeel has done ok as private.