New Zealand studs and stables have enjoyed an unbelievable run of success at the Sydney autumn carnival.
While the Kiwi industry is in lockdown due to Covid 19, horses bred in New Zealand or trained by New Zealanders made plenty of hay at the Sydney showcase.
There were 22 Group Ones contested at the carnival and the washup reveals Kiwi-bred or trained gallopers have won 7 Group Ones and were placed on another 13 occasions.
Ontrack’s New Zealand Horse and Wine Tour each November is a highlight of the year and previous tour members will be familiar with many of the studs that have produced these Black Type performers.
Waikato Stud and Cambridge Stud are always an eye opening experience for those on the tour and the latest Group One winner from New Zealand was Tofane in Saturday’s All Aged Stakes.
She is a daughter of Ocean Park who stands at Waikato Stud alongside the country’s champion stallion Savabeel, who was represented by another autumn Group One winner in Probabeel (Surround Stakes).
Interestingly the All Aged Stakes was also the Group One event which Waikato Stud stallion Tivaci won in 2017 before being retired to stud.
Tivaci’s first foals were sold at yearling sales around Australasia this summer and they met with tremendous support.
In fact, there was such fantastic support that Waikato Stud declined an approach by the English National Stud to shuttle Tivaci to stand a Northern Hemisphere season.