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  1. 1 hour ago, Breeder said:

    I am a little surprised to see only 8 of his yearlings in  Book 1 this year. I thought there would have been quite a few more.

    There are a few more now being presented in Australia, which would make up those numbers by a few. But agree that he has been under represented, especially given what he is doing in HK etc... buyers find them thou. 

  2. 12 hours ago, Mill Reef said:

    He profiles nicely as a broodmare sire.

    The key maybe his outcross pedigree. He's Danehill free with one line of ND while Indian Ridge, his dam sire, was an outstanding broodmare sire.

    His progeny have good natural speed and generally they're nice types with good strength. 



    And some of the best temperament horses I’ve had.

  3. On 12/24/2020 at 11:56 AM, Red Rum said:

    Thought I'd seen someone post a Per Incanto foal pic , Check out results from Happy Valley last night , three winners by him again , did same week or so back . They can run those geldings of his up in Asia , get a boy next time and you could be quids in . I remember seeing your mare run , a good one she was .

    Yes I saw that too. Thanks for the kind words about Turf Fire, yes another Don Carlo would be nice. She was fast, 1.08 from memory at riccarton...yes per incanto had a lot of good mares a few years ago which in my opinion really pushed him on, especially internationally. I’d be interested in opinions of him as a broodmare sire potential. ?

  4. Popular South Canterbury horseman Michael Daly passed away on Friday afternoon just
    minutes before quality sprinter Don Carlo (NZ) (Per Incanto) tried to provide his former mentor with a final win at Riccarton.
    Daly had suffered a stroke when riding trackwork in late October with complications from the episode leading to his hospitalisation with a meningitis infection that ultimately led to his untimely death.
    Daly, who operated a small but competitive stable from his Timaru base, had had a number of quality horses through his hands over his twenty eight year training career including nine race winner Turf Fire (NZ) (O’Reilly), Listed Warstep Stakes (2000m) winner Belmont Cat (NZ) (Felix
    The Cat) and more recently the stakes placed Don Carlo, who won eight races for him.
    Experienced South Island jockey Kylie Williams rode her first winner
    on the Daly-trained Special Kay (NZ) (Take Your Partner) and formed a potent combination with him that produced over fourty of his 162 training successes.
    Williams remembers their relationship with real fondness although she quickly learnt that Daly wasn’t a man to mix his words if he felt strongly about a subject.
    “I rode a lot of winners for Michael including five on Turf Fire and another five on her son, Don Carlo,” Williams said.
    “My first winner as an apprentice was on Special Kay for him back in 1997
    and we just sort of went on from there. “He was always really good with booking apprentices and female riders
    and he was very loyal to me.
    “He didn’t mince words though and
    if you pissed him off, he would let you know about it.
    “He was the grumpy one at the Timaru track at times and I would always be up front with him which I think he respected.”
    Williams appreciated Daly’s qualities with the horses he trained but also the selflessness he showed to friends and family and especially children.
    “I managed to go and see him last Wednesday and said what I needed to say to him,” she said.
    “He passed away at 5:40pm on Friday, just nine minutes before Don Carlo raced so he tried to hang on for him but unfortunately he couldn’t quite make it.
    “In the hospital he had a sign above his bed that read “Hi I’m Michael Daly and I love horses, my children and grandchildren”.
    “He just loved his kids and grandkids as well as the kids of people who worked for him. It was nothing for him to take the staff’s kids for them for a day when they needed a break or time out.
    “He didn’t believe in swearing in front of them and whenever he rang me, he would always make sure mine weren’t around before he let loose on something.”
    Daly is survived by his three children, Alesha, Scott and Zoe and their families.
    – NZ Racing Desk

  5. On 10/19/2020 at 11:39 AM, Roger Sugrue said:

    Notary   and Pinnacle - both about 18 wins as I recall

    think he was the regular rider of Notary who raced a few times against Lynda Mary in mid 70's

    can't remember whether he rode or trained Pinnacle


  6. thats a nice result. I obviously like the horse, and note he throws a type and leg in to his horses.
    he’s fully booked on a reduced fee this year, and has served good books in both hemispheres.

    Berri, I’d be interested in a comment on how the NH view his yearlings / type. His first yearlings will be at Karaka this year..

  7. disclaimer: bred to him, not a shareholder or affiliated.

    I think his performance as a racehorse beats a lot standing in both NZ and AU. 
    Early days as a sire - Lope de Vega proven upgrader. Danehill and Nijinsky in bottom line should be a bonus.

    hes a strong type, perhaps a volksraad type replacement to kick off a mare with an early runner reliably (and more) 

    I think he is currently overlooked in the Australian consciousness at the moment, with his achilles heal being proving performance on dry tracks - but who knows. A couple of his group wins were on rain affected tracks so far.

    i note the fillies can and do run, making it easier to sell a filly as a breeder. Colts no doubt will follow with one winning at Salisbury and two placing at Riccarton included a colt running 

    2nd in the CJC Nobby Bussell Memorial 2YO S., NZ$22500 800m earning NZ$3375

    some of us remember Nobby. 

    it’s hard to argue that three individual stakes winners in a short time In his first year at stud, is nothing short of VERY GOOD  indeed.

  8. On 8/30/2020 at 1:21 PM, HH88 said:

    Herewith the pedigree of unbeaten G1 winner Contrail. 

    Again the Storm Cat presence provides Deep Impact with opposite strains of Craig an Eran, Tredennis, Bull Lea, and Herodias. Additionally there is now one female strain of Hail to Reason and no less than five male strains of North Star. (Only room for 4 on the sheet) Linebreeding entirely consistent with Deep Impact's best. 


    To be fair those dam sires are absolute top draw names which clearly give that horse every chance (genetic probability/ Mendels peas) 


  9. 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


  10. 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. 

  11. 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.


  12. 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.