A fond farewell to Charlotte Hook
It was a bittersweet day for us here at Hallmark Stud as we said farewell to one of our key team members Charlotte Hook.
30 years ago to the day she joined us and now she embarks on a new journey with her husband Richard down in Christchurch. Charly has seen a lot of good horses come and go here at the stud and played a crucial role in all of their lives. We will miss her can do attitude and natural passion for horses.
Good luck to you and the family on this new exciting adventure!
An Australian double for Super Easy
Forgiato and No Frontiers flew the flag for sire Super Easy this afternoon after they both scored at their respective meetings.
Forgiato was having his first start for Dubbo based trainer Kody Nestor. On a soft track over 1000m he broke his maiden at just his fourth start.
The Francis Finnegan trained No Frontiers was also successful over 1000m on a soft track, a decisive victory, she scored 2.5 lengths. It was a debut win for the 3 year old filly who was a $20k purchase out of the 2018 Karaka Book 3 Yearling Sale.
Kody Nestor trained Forgiato after his maiden win.
Salsamor makes it 3 in a row
Three in a row for Hallmark graduate Salsamor (Tavistock) after a dominant performance in a Benchmark 90 today at Mornington.
A $150k purchase out of the 2016 Select Yearling Sales, Salsamor has really hit his straps this preparation recording all three of his wins this campaign and at the 2000m.
It was a good day for the Busuttin/Young team who were also successful in the Guineas with Chuck A Luck.
2 days, 2 winners for Super Easy
Eva James (Super Easy) securing the maiden win in devastating fashion at Avondale today, the winning margin 4.8 lengths!
Showing great early speed, she kicked on the turn and was never going to be caught.
Living the American dream, maiden win for Super Easy
A breakthrough victory for Palm Springs (Super Easy) at Taranaki today. The 3yo filly kicked her campaign off to a winning start when fresh up after a break.
Palm Springs is raced by Sir Peter Vela who bred the filly in partnership with Curraghmore's Gordon Cunningham. She is a daughter of the home-bred Pencarrow mare North of Sunset (NZ) (Red Ransom), who is a half-sister to the stakes winner and Group 1-placed Wildflower (NZ) (Keeper). She is also a blood-sister to Group winner and successful broodmare Amaryllis (NZ) (Red Ransom).
Palm Springs is the first foal out of North of Sunset, who has subsequently had a colt by Tivaci and was served by Pencarrow’s Group 1 performer Eminent in 2019.
Too slick and quick for them at Ellerslie
Hallmark graduate Quick Preview (Foxwedge) overcame a tight finish to take out the Rating 65 at Ellerslie today.The four year old gelding was a $70,000 purchase out of the 2017 Select Yearling Sale by Go Racing.
The son of Foxwedge is out of Gr1 winner Apercu and is from the same family as Able Friend.
Easy Beast makes it 6 career wins
A nice win for Super Easy at the Sapphire Coast yesterday. The Richard Laming trained Easy Beast took his winning tally to 6 with his latest victory. The 5yo gelding was a $55,000 purchase out of Rich Hill Stud’s draft through the NZB 2016 Premier Yearling Sale.
Karaka Sales Wrap
A big week for all of our staff as we call time on the Karaka Yearling Sales. We enjoyed plenty of success across Book 1 and 2, including a top lot of $250,000 for our Teofilo ex Lets Have Some Fun.
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Camino Rocoso makes waves on Premier Day at Trentham
That’s 3 wins in his past 4, what an effort by Camino Rocoso in the 2100m Trentham Stakes on a premier day at Wellington.
Huge congrats to long time clients Gary Glogoski and Tony and Lorraine Cookson who race the son of Shocking. Raised and proudly broken in at Hallmark Stud.
Boogie Easy dances the way to victory
A lovely win by Boogie Easy (Super Easy) today at Ruakaka. The Gibbs/Bradley trained runner made it a third win, the first at R72 grade. Boogie Easy was a $9k purchase out of the NZB Festival Yearling Sale to GL Hughes
Canberra victory for Super Easy
Well done to Clare Cunningham and connections. Maibeasy (Super Easy) scores at Canberra yesterday. The 4yo daughter of Super Easy has now made it two wins and a placing this preparation, yesterday’s victory over 1300m.
First dam Maicostus (Encosta De Lago) is a 3 x winner herself, with 5 winners from 6 foals to race. Here is her breeze up from 2017.
Hallmark Stud Handicap
As always, it was a pleasure to sponsor one of the black type races on the programme at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, The Hallmark Stud Handicap. We were delighted that Brendan and Jo Lindsay got the win with Pretty to Sea (Ocean Park).
He's Super Lucky doesn't need luck
Whilst we were enjoying ourselves at Ellerslie yesterday Super Easy had a winner at Randwick for the Turner/Poletti team. HE'S SUPER LUCKY saluted over 1100m under Chris Williams. The 4yo gelding has now recorded 4 wins, 2 of them at metropolitan level.
He's Super Lucky was sold for $27,500 in the NZB 2017 Select Yearling Sale.
Tis' The Season
We had our Christmas party at Hampton Downs yesterday. A big thank you to all our hard working staff and lovely clients.
A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us at Hallmark Stud, bring on 2020!
Duke Wai strikes again
In Hong Kong the New Zealand bred DUKE WAI (4g Per Incanto-Swan Lake) has got his third win in a row tonight.
He was sold by Waikato Stud at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Weanling Sale then sold again by Hallmark Stud at the 2017 Select Sale to Argonaut Racing for $45,000.
Another HUGE weekend for Hallmark Graduates
Scorpz - winning the Listed Salver Stakes @ Ellerslie
Scorpz - 3yo NZ Derby hopeful and 2 x stakes winner
SCORPZ - back to back stakes victories for this son of Charm Spirit, he showed his dominance over a staying trip when winning the Listed Salver Stakes on Sunday at Ellerslie.
The Jomara Bloodstock owned three year old is a Hallmark graduate, he has a half sister by Teofilo in the 2020 NZB Book 1 Yearling Sale, lot 606.
MR UNIVERSE - A very dominant win by Mr Universe at Awapuni on Saturday. From the tail of the field he skipped past them in the Open Handicap.
Born and raised on Hallmark pastures for our Japanese client Mr Onizuka, he now takes a tentative path towards the Gr1 Sistema Railway
Saturday win for Super Easy at Ellerslie
Mumms Jewel (Super Easy) adds a Saturday victory at Ellerslie to her resume. Controlling the race from the front, Mumms Jewel was able to kick away for a dominant win. Born and raised at Hallmark Stud for former All Black coach Steve Hansen.
Gr1 Success for Hallmark Graduate.
We were elated to see the Johno Benner trained WYNDSPELLE (Iffraaj) take out the Gr1 Captain Cook Stakes.
We presented the 6yo entire at the 2015 NZB Select Yearling Sale for client Sue Hart.
Wyndspelle has been the model of consistency in his career and its great to see him finally break the Group 1 spell.
Stand out day boasts three wins across two countries
Duke Wai (Per Incanto) wraps a good day for Hallmark Stud. The Hallmark graduate won R7 on the card at Sha Tin.
Earlier in the programme Striking Mr C (Super Easy) appeared to have acclimatised to Hong Kong life when winning at Sha Tin this afternoon., By our resident sire Striking Mr C was a $80k purchase out of 2016 Ready to Run Sale of 2yo.
The third success of the day was Hallmark graduate Camino Rocoso (Shocking) who took out the feature at Cromwell, the Cromwell Cup. Well done to our clients Gary Glogoski and Tony Cookson.
Striking Mr C
Stakes winner a Hallmark Graduate
A big Congratulations to our clients Jomara Bloodstock who had a Gr3 winner yesterday with Scorpz (Charm Spirit).
The Hallmark graduate has a half sister by Teofilo, Lot 606, in the 2020 NZB Book 1 Yearling sale.
First dam Forbetterforworse (Dubawi) is a half sister to Gr1 performer and stakes winner Fast'n'Rocking (FastnetRock). Scorpz holds nominations for the Levin Classic & New Zealand Derby.
Successful pinhook a Hong Kong winner
Very satisfying to see Fantasy (Sizzling) do the job in Hong Kong, he dug deep to give Danny Shum his 600th Hong Kong win. A successful Hallmark pinhook who has the ability to back up the sale price.
Attached his breeze up from the 2017 Ready to Run Sale
Ten Year Anniversary for Katie Lee
We were reminiscing at the stud this weekend, Katie Lee's (Pins) ten year anniversary.
Ten years since she went down in history as the first horse to win both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas. We are incredibly proud to have foaled, raised and sold Katie Lee with Trevor Hurley,
Double for Super Easy at Ruakaka
Super Easy continued his run of form with a double at Ruakaka. Mumms Jewel and Boogie Easy were both trained by Michelle Bradley and Chris Gibbs.
Last start Boogie Easy (Super Easy) placed behind 1000 Guineas participant Avadane, that form holding up as she powered to victory at Ruakaka. She is out of Coat du Roan who is a two time winner.
Mumms Jewel (Super Easy) is now a three time winner, she is out of Champagne Jewel and was bred by former All Blacks Coach Steve Hansen.
Australia a happy hunting ground for graduates
Champagne Toots (Sacred Falls) was another great success for the stud over the past few weeks. The 3yo broke the maiden at metropolitan level last week.Trained by Toby Edmonds in Queensland,
Champagne Toots was a successful pinhook out of the 2017 NZB Weanling Sale before going on to be sold at the NZB Yearling Sales for $160,000 to Liam Birchley.
Group Three win for Super Easy
It was a very proud week for us at Hallmark Stud as Super Easy sired the winner of the Group Three Stewards Handicap at Riccarton on Wednesday with Sheezallmine (Super Easy). The Daniel Miller trained mare was able to secure the victory over some of New Zealand's best sprinters including Enzo's Lad and Sensei.
Sheezallmine raced strongly on the first day placing behind Sensei in the Pegasus Stakes, the original plan was to head to the Group Three Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes but Miller followed his gut instinct in keeping his mare to 1200m instead, thinking that she was better suited over the shorter distance.
It has been well publicised that Sheezallmine was a bargain purchase costing just $1,000 from Gavelhouse, an astute purchase by the Miller family. To add to the occasion it was Dan Miller's first stakes winner and was the start of an epic week, with him training three winners across two days plus a second stakes winner with La Romanee.
Foaling season done and dusted for another year
Our last youngster to hit the ground was this colt by Ocean Park out of Spectacular.
Hallmark raised Mr Universe a winner
Mr Universe made it win number three in the last on the card at Te Rapa.
Mr Universe (Smart Missile) was born and raised on the farm for Japanese client Mr Onizuka. He made $350,000 at the Ready to Run sale in 2017
Otaki winner for Super Easy
Not only did we have a winner on VRC Oaks Day but Super Easy came to the party on domestic shores.
He sired the winner of race 2 at Otaki with Super Girl (Super Easy ex Flower Girl). She didn't have the clearest of passages but scored by three quarters of a length for Gerald Innes and Madan Singh.
Hallmark graduate a winner on VRC Oaks Day
Bumper Blast (Ocean Park) put Hallmark in the spotlight during Melbourne Cup week with a win in the iconic Subzero Handicap on VRC Oaks Day. Bumper Blast is out of Bucklebury (More Than Ready) who is a daughter of the Brendan and Jo Lindsay owned J'Adane.
The grey gelding is a son of the very in form Ocean Park and was consigned by Hallmark Stud through the 2017 NZB Yearling Sale for $48,000 to Price Bloodstock. A big congratulations to David Price and connections.
2019 Foal Pictures
Photo credit: Melissa Marriner
Tivaci ex Babington
Tivaci ex Sorrellina
Derryn ex Zazonali
Super Easy ex Posh Bec
Super Easy ex Secrets Only
Tivaci ex Sorrellina
Iffraaj ex Two Queens
Ocean Park ex Queen's Elect
Ocean Park ex Queen's Elect
Super Easy ex Classic Blonde
Reliable Man ex Wildcat Woman
Dazzling Saturday debut for son of Super Easy
Wow!!! How impressive was Super Strike (Super Easy) at Pukekohe Park on Saturday? The Richard Collett trained galloper cruised past them to score easily on debut. Super Strike is out of Southern Touch (Stark South) who has had 3 foals to race for 1 winner.
Want to watch the replay?Follow this link https://loveracing.nz/RaceInfo/48506/2/Race-Detail.aspx
Birthday Present for Super Easy
2 days, 2 winners for the birthday boy Super Easy!
Lookseasy (Super Easy x Sky Rocket) made it look just that when scoring by just under 2 lengths at Avondale today. The Louise Saunders trained mare was having her fifth start over 1200m when making it win number one.
First dam Sky Rocket is by Stravinsky and is a six time winner up to 1300m and comes from the same family as French Gr1 winner Polonia.
No Luck Involved..
He’s Super Lucky ( Super Easy) doesn’t need luck after his win at Kembla Grange over 1000m. A third win from just eight starts for the lightly raced four year old.
A shrewd purchase by the Turner/Poletti training partnership out of the NZB 2017 Ready to Run Sale. They have enjoyed great success with the progeny of Super Easy, including recent winner Lisdoonvarna.
Hallmark graduate a Spring Carnival winner
Back in headlines again is one of our top graduates Tavisan, the son of Tavistock was purchased as a foal from Gavelhouse before being pinhooked into the NZB Book 1 Yearling Sale making $135,000.
On Sunday, the Mick Price trained galloper won the Apache Cat Classic at Cranbourne over 1000m. It was win number four for the four year old who has been stakes placed three times including second in the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude.
A sixth NSW win for Lisdoonvarna
Talented mare Lisdoonvarna (Super Easy) added another win to her already impressive record. The Turner/Poletti trained galloper scored at Randwick third up from a break having already placed once this season.
The daughter of Super Easy carried 61kgs over 1300m, it was her sixth win, taking her prize money to just under $200,000.
Stakes performer back in the winners enclosure
Stakes performer Sheezallmine (Super Easy) picked up exactly where she left off with a fresh win at Riccarton.
Under the guidance of Sam Wynne the four year old mare recorded her fourth win at just her sixth start. She has also performed well at stakes grade with a fourth in the Gr3 Breeders Stakes at Te Rapa by a small margin.
The daughter of Super Easy was a $1,000 bargain purchase from Gavelhouse, we look forward to following her progress through the season.
Tinder Hit recoups purchase price
Super Easy had a surprise winner at Te Teko last week!
Tinder Hit, a tried racehorse was a $1,700 purchase from Gavelhouse who rewarded his new connections with tough maiden win over 1400m.
Foaling season continues
This beautiful filly was a new arrival to the Hallmark team.
She is by Tivaci out of Babington (Stravinsky).
Cunningham and Super Easy combine for win
Four starts, one win for this daughter of Super Easy. Maibeasy (Super Easy) trained by Clare Cunningham galloped to a 3.3 length victory at Orange, making her unbeaten this season.
Here is her breeze up from 2017 where she was consigned by Kilgravin Lodge making $48,000 to Dungown Farm. The 4 year old is out of Encosta de Lago mare Maicostus, who is the dam of 8 named foals, 7 to race for 6 winners.
Success for Hallmark graduates in Asia overnight
Deal Maker (Darci Brahma ex Wildcat Woman) won in Hong Kong overnight. He was a $90,000 purchase from the 2015 Select Yearling Sale by Tartan Meadow Bloodstock.
Sacred Don won again in Singapore for Mark Walker and connections. The son of Fastnet Rock out of Sadler's Wells mare Donatella was purchased for $200,000 by Raffles Racing back in 2016.
Another winner of note in Hong Kong was Simple Elegant (Pierro ex San Cristobel), a half brother to Beaune (Kermadec ex San Cristobel) who was sold at NZB Book 1 2019 for $52,000 to Boon.
Deal Maker (Darci Brahma ex Wildcat Woman) Hong Kong
Bargain buy makes it 2 from 3
This son of Super Easy remains unbeaten this preparation with back to back victories at Devonport. A value purchase at just $3,000, Easy Road (Super Easy) has now won 2 of just 3 starts.
The three year is out of Ormond Road (City On A Hill) who was a seven time winner from 2000 - 2200m. She is the dam of three foals to race for one winner, from the family of Gr3 winner Elegance (Sky Chase)
Easy Road to the top for son of Super Easy
Picaro A Winner in QLD
Picaro a Hallmark graduate who was prepared for sale for client Greg Kolivos, owner of Pierro.
Picaro won a battle with favourite Miss Shanti to score by a half head in the Madison Cleaning Plate (1825m). The four-year-old son of Pierro was sold as a yearling though Hallmark Stud’s 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock draft when purchased by Laurel Oak Bloodstock for $100,000.
Jockey Michael Cahill continued a long association with Portelli and produced a clever ride to win.
"Michael and I go back years to when he was at Cowra and I was at Orange. In fact Michael's brother Matthew rode my very first winner and that is a good while ago," Portelli said.
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An Easy Road to victory
It was great to see this son of Super Easy successful at Devonport today at just his second start.
Easy Road’s debut outing was in the Launceston Magic Millions 2yo event, making today’s victory a winning start to his 3yo career.
Easy Road (Super Easy) was purchased for just $3,000 from Highden Park’s draft at the 2017 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed May Sale.
Foaling season underway
It is hard to believe that another year has passed and we already have our first foal on the ground.
This smashing colt was our debut foal for the season. He is well related being by Tivaci (High Chaparral) out of the mare Sorellina (Pins) who is a full sister to champion racemare Katie Lee (Pins)
Super Singapore result
A big congratulations to Donna Logan and the winning connections of SUPER POSH who scored last night in Singapore.
The son of Super Easy is putting together an ultra consistent record with 9 starts, 3 wins and 3 placings. First dam Posh Bec (Le Bec Fin) was a placegetter in the Listed Soliquoy Stakes, she has had 2 foals to race both winners.
Price is right for Hallmark graduate
Moonee Valley victory for Hallmark graduate Tavisan (Tavistock).
The 4 year old was bought by us through Gavelhouse as a foal before making $135,000 when pinhooked through the NZB Premier Yearling Sale.
Since returning this season the Mick Price trained galloper has been knocking on the door to record another victory following a placing last start. It was a third career win following placings in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude Gr3, Danehill Stakes Gr2 and Listed McKenzie Stakes.
Tumbleweed no longer a maiden
Sunday in the Far North resulted in a win for Super Easy.
Success for Tumbleweed who broke her maiden over 1200m in the third on the card. Well done to Shaune Ritchie and connections who purchased the three year old out of the 2018 NZB Book 2 Yearling Sale for just $30,000.
Sitting handy and pulling away up the straight Tumbleweed was too strong for placegetters Romantic Lady and Lake Superior. It was a first win at a sixth start, having previously recorded two placings.
Logan Racing's winning formula
DIAMOND RING was a winner on debut at the Kranji track in Singapore for former NZ trainer Donna Logan. He was sold at the 2018 Ready to Run Sales under Prima Park, making $170,000. Logan Racing has trained a number of winners for our sire Super Easy including Thunder Dragon, Super Posh and The Big Easy to name a few.
This stunning son of Super Easy is out of Donna Marie (Don Eduardo), a half sister to Onceupontime (Van Nistelrooy) Champion 2YO Colt & 3YO Miler & Stayer in Singapore.
Super Easy pops up with win on Nanango Cup Day
We couldn't let this one sneak under the radar!!
Super Leon (Super Easy) breaks his maiden in Saturday grade on Nanango Cup Day at just a second raceday start. Super Leon is out of Pins mare Miuccia Belle, a half sister to Gr3 winner Zino Belle who in turn is the dam of Silver Eclipse.
Bell gets win with Super Easy progeny
Raz (Super Easy) shows she was a worthy favourite when cruising to a well deserved victory at Tauranga today. ‘She really should have won before now, she has been unlucky. She’s got ability and she should go forward from this win’ trainer John Bell.
Raz is out of Deputy Governor mare Sheza Rascal, she is the dam of five named foals, all raced, three winners including eight time winner Nicole Amy (Le Bec Fin).
Timaru victory cool, "Karm" and collected
Super Easy strikes again this time with Karm ‘N’ Easy. The gelding defied his long odds to get up at Timaru over a staying distance of 2200m, a second win for the 4 year old.
Karm 'N' Easy is out of Karmadini (Keeper). She is a full sister to Millbank -Time Legend HK (Keeper) a Gr3 winner, this family also features American Grade 1 winner Karelian (Bertrando).
Dreaming Easy into the winners enclosure once again
Dreaming Easy galloped into the winners enclosure at yesterday's rescheduled Oamaru meeting. We loved seeing these photos of her winning connections! Well done Steve Tyler Racing.
Dreaming Easy has now won five races including a most recent at Open Handicap level, not only is her win record strong but she has also placed six times. She now has a nomination for the Winter Cup at Riccarton on the 3rd August. We look forward to following her progress.
No winter blues for our No. 1 boy
A few recent pictures of SUPER EASY enjoying some down time in the paddock, no winter blues for him. 😍
Wondering where to send your mare next season? Super Easy is the model of consistency with a constant stream of winners inc. Australian stakes winner and Gr1 placegetter Easy Eddie.
Australian winner for Super Easy
Rumberella scored on Sunday at Grafton, a first win at the track for jockey Baylee Nothdurft. The daughter of Super Easy is trained by Queensland based trainer Toby Edmunds, she has now had 7 starts for 1 win and 3 placings. First dam Lycme (Canny Lad) is out of Champion New Zealand two year old Lycra (Tights).
Super Easy progeny gallops into Derby contention
Article courtesy of NZ Racing News
Easy Does It had to win Friday’s S$50,000 Class 4 race over 1600m in Singapore to keep his Derby dreams alive – and he rose to the occasion in style.
With talented apprentice jockey Simon Kok Wei Hoong in the irons, the son of Super Easy was in a striking position right from the start.
Dropped into the box seat, he always had leader Cracking Tottie in his sights before popping up as the main threat when he was peeled off for his run at the corner.
He did, however, glance past Shadow Speed twice in the process, but once he was on the straight and narrow, he responded to Kok’s urgings to peg Cracking Tottie back and sustain a powerful gallop to the line.
On the line, Easy Does It had three-quarter length to spare from a very gallant Cracking Tottie with Yulong Sheng Long third another 1 ¾ lengths away. The winning time was 1min 36.18secs for the metric mile.
With trainer Stephen Gray having jetted back to England to put in the finishing touches to Singapore sprinter Lim’s Cruiser’s prep towards a second tilt at a race there (either the Gr.1 Darley July (1200m) at Newmarket on July 13 or the Gr.2 Lennox Stakes (1400m) at Goodwood on July 30), it was his wife Bridget who deputised for the post-race debrief at Kranji.
“He’s a nice horse. He should have won first-up (from an 18-month spell), but he got checked,” said Gray.
“Steve has always thought well of him - since he was a three-year-old. He had to win tonight to make it for the Derby and he’s done it well.
“It was his first time over the mile and on the way he finished off, he should be able to see out the 1800m as well.”
The Singapore Derby (1800m) is the third and final Leg of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge and will be run on July 21.
Kok said getting thrown onto horses like Easy Does It makes his job easier, and that gelding certainly lived up to his name throughout the race.
“He’s a horse who has good speed and can switch off and relax,” said the Ipoh-born rider.
“There was a solid pace to the race and it suited him nicely. I just made sure I didn’t use too much petrol at the beginning and in the middle stage.
“He hit the line strongly and I think the three-kilo claim helped him, too.”
With that third success, Easy Does It has now taken his prizemoney past the S$110,000 mark for the Easy Does It Stable, a syndicate made up mostly of New Zealanders. -STC
Easy Habit scores for Super Easy
1 start 1 win for Easy Habit who scores by 3 lengths on debut at Wanganui. Super Easy has been in fine form of late with winners in both Singapore and New Zealand inc. Super Posh, Easy Does It, Mumms Jewel and Just Raj.
Easy Habit is out of Queen of the Castle (Castledale) who is a five time winner, this her first foal to race. She is from the same family as Stakes performer Amnesia (Desert Sun) and Group One winner Prompt Response (Beneteau).
Further Singapore success
Super Easy has enjoyed fantastic success in Singapore both as a racehorse and sire. Super Posh (Super Easy ex Posh Bec) his latest winner at last nights Kranji meeting making it 8 starts for 2 wins and 3 placings in a short career.
Super Posh’s full brother was a $15,000 purchase from Book 3 of the 2019 NZB yearling sale. #valueformoney #SuperEasy
Debut winner at Pukekohe Park
Look at those ears pinned back!
A determined win by Just Raj (Super Easy) on debut at Pukekohe Park, the three year old gelding made a great start to his career when winning over 1200m under Sam Spratt for the Graham Thomas/Matthew Gillies training partnership. The son of Super Easy had three trials to prepare for his maiden win posting two placings. Well done to connections.
Raffles Racing success with Sacred Don
Congratulations to Raffles Racing and Mark Walker for their success in the fifth at the Singapore Turf Club with Sacred Don, he was a $200,000 purchase from our 2016 draft. The son of Fastnet Rock is out of Saddlers Wells mare Donnatella, who is from a strong family featuring Aim for the Top, Polar Bear and Bankable.
A successful Saturday for the stud
A successful Saturday for Hallmark produced horses with Super Easy’s daughter Mumms Jewel winning R6 at Ruakaka, back to back wins for the 3yo filly.
Across the Tasman, the Chris Waller trained SO YOU WIN (So You Think) took out the Benchmark 88 at Rosehill. Another recording back to back victories in Saturday grade. He was a $220k purchase out of the NZB sale.
Super Easy’s Singapore success
Super Easy continues his strong record in Singapore by siring the winner of R5 at Kranji, Easy Does It. The chestnut gelding was a $20,000 weanling purchase by Kilgravin Lodge back in 2015, the team preparing him for the 2017 Ready to Run Sales where he made $70,000, selling to his current trainer Stephen Gray.
Gr1 placing for Lady Cuvee
A Gr1 third for Lady Cuvee (Savabeel) in the Queensland Oaks.
Consigned by Hallmark Stud through the New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale for Wayne and Vicki Pike, she was an $80,000 purchase by Phil Cataldo. Here is a look at her yearling photo back in 2017. A great boost for her already impressive pedigree which features multiple Gr1 winner Rangirangdoo.
Three wins for Super Easy in the space of a week
Two days, two wins for Super Easy, La Turque cruises into the winners enclosure Awapuni Racing for Shane Brown and Ryan Elliot. The testing conditions no issue for the consistent 4yo mare. This most recent win by the daughter of Super Easy was after string of consistent runs, she is now a two time winner from twelve starts.
Bred by Hallmark Stud the four year old was sold to Phil Cataldo for $30,000 through the New Zealand Bloodstock 2016 Select Yearling Sale. First dam La Celestina is a half sister to group one performer Pulitzer.
Mrs Rumble (Super Easy) got the day at Te Rapa off to a cracking start, the daughter of Super Easy was born, bred and raised at Hallmark. She is raced by our very own Denny Baker and a group of his old school friends from Sacred Heart in Auckland.
The three year old filly broke her maiden at her fourth raceday start over 1200m, scoring by an impressive 4.8 lengths after racing wide without cover for most of the race. She is a daughter of Zabeel mare Lady Catamarca who was a winner over 1300m in Australia, she is the dam of four foals to race for three winners.
Super Easy strikes again, it’s a Saturday win over 1600m for Friday Woolfe at Ellerslie. The three year old chestnut filly who was born and raised at Hallmark for our good client and owner/breeder Alex Smith.
Friday Woolfe got back in the field over 1600m before driving through late, ridden by Darren Dannis for trainers Peter and Dawn Williams. First dam Classic Blonde is by King's Chapel, there are a number of handy performers from this family including stakes winners Entirely Platinum and Foxy Blonde, also from this family is Night's Watch (Redwood) and Penny Gem (Pentire).
Metropolitan win for Hallmark graduate
Hallmark graduate So You Win (So You Think) wins race 3 at Rosehill Gardens today. The gelding was purchased through the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale for $220k by Chris Waller Racing. It was a timely win with his sire, 10 x Group One winner So You Think inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame last week.
The four year old gelding is a son of first dam Rhode Island Red (Tale of the Cat) the dam of three foals to race all winners, she is a half sister to two time Grade One winner Habibti (Tabasco Cat).
A win in the first at Ruakaka for Super Easy
Super Easy kicked off Wednesday's far north meeting at Ruakaka with a winning start. Mumms Jewel (Super Easy) backed up her consistent recent form and short odds to win the first by a cool five lengths.The maiden win came at a seventh career start over 1200m. Mumms Jewel is the first winner for her dam Champagne Jewel (Diamond Express).
Well done to the Gibbs/Bradley training combination they have been strong supporters of Super Easy and it is great to see them getting results.
Two entrants in the Karaka Mixed May Sale
We have two entrants in the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka May Sale.
Lot 47 - a weanling colt by Preferment ex North and South.
First dam North and South is by Strategic Image, she is a 10 x winner. She has won the Levin Stakes at Listed Level and placed at Gr3 level in the Rotorua RC Arawa Stakes. This is her first foal.
Lot 166 - a yearling filly by Foxwedge ex Symileo
This filly is out of Galileo mare Symileo, who was a winner over 1850m in Australia. She is half sister to 11 x winner Mastery and Alemar the dam of 2 x Gr1 winner Albert the Fat.
Super Easy kicking up his heels in the Autumn Sun
Super Easy relishing his photoshoot today, as athletic as ever! Wondering where to send your mare? Just $7,500 + GST #Valueformoney
Quiet achiever Dreaming Easy wins again
4th May 2019
A step up to Saturday grade did not deter Dreaming Easy (Super Easy) from picking up another win at Riccarton. The in form mare has now won three in her past six.
Today's win over 1400m was incredibly impressive, settling at the rear, detached from the field, the daughter of Super Easy could easily have been written off on the turn. However, under the urgings of Tanya Jonker Dreaming Easy let down strongly, showing a dazzling turn of foot in testing conditions.
Dreaming Easy is by Ekraar mare Surraar, a two time winner at 1400m, the dam of two foals to race both winners. She is a half sister to Gr3 winner Princess Pulse.
Hallmark pinhook too strong again
The pinhooked Espinola (Bel Esprit) took out race four at Wagga's country showcase meeting this afternoon. The two year old has now had 4 starts for 2 wins, showing plenty of promise for David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig. The son of Bel Esprit started his career with an impressive win at Bendigo, a placing at Rosehill followed, before a spell. This preparation is off with a bang following todays win.
We purchased Espinola at the 2017 Gold Coast Weanling Sales for $40,000, he then completed a yearling preparation before being presented at the New Zealand Bloodstock 2018 Book 1 sale making a very creditable $100,000 to global racing and breeding operation Aquis Farm.
We look forward to following Espinola over the coming months
Super Easy's dominance in Singapore continues
Sheezallmine extends unbeaten record
A great weekend for Hallmark with SHEEZALLMINE (Super Easy) winning the 3yo feature at Te Rapa for young gun trainer Dan Miller. “Her main aim is the Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (Gr.3, 1200m) back here in two weeks, so I did want to test her against her some of the better ones that were lining up today,” Miller said.
“I could have run her against the older horses but if we are going to throw her in the deep end then this was the best way to test her out. “We thought there might be some more speed in the race, so I did tell Tegan (rider Tegan Newman) to take a sit if something went crazy but when they didn’t go overly hard, she did the right thing and dictated from in front.”
Raced by Miller’s parents, John and Marie, Sheezallmine was purchased by John Miller for just $1,000 during the 2017 Festival Sale at Karaka. She is a daughter of Tale Of The Cat mare, Bast and features Gr.1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) winner Khaptingly in her extended pedigree.
Dreaming Easy hitting peak form
Dreaming Easy the daughter of Super Easy records another win, taking out the K B Contractors Rating 72 over 1200m at Wingatui on Thursday under Leah Hemi for trainer Steve Tyler.
She has now recorded 2 wins and a place at her past 3 starts, her earnings four times Super Easy's service fee. #Valueformoney
Monday meeting at Wingatui results in a win for Super Easy
A Monday meeting at Wingatui resulted in a win for Dreaming Easy (Super Easy), the four year old mare recorded a second win under Leah Hemi for trainer Steve Tyler. On the Slow 7 track, from an inside draw she settled back and closed strongly over the 1200m scoring by 2.3 lengths.
The daughter of Super Easy is out of Ekraar mare Surraar, she is the dam of two foals both winners. She is also a a half sister to Princess Pulse who is a South Australian Gr3 winner.
Valuable Group 1 placing for Easy Eddie at Rosehill
Easy Eddie (Super Easy) showed he is more then capable of measuring up against Australia's best sprinters after a stellar display in the Galaxy Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, finishing third behind Nature Strip and Pierata.
Off the back of his win last weekend in the Gr3 Maurice Mccarten Stakes, the son of Super Easy backed up into the Galaxy, once again facing the testing, heavy track conditions. Making a bold run turning for home the Joe Pride trained galloper stuck on gamely with jockey Robbie Dolan commenting “He ran terrific, a big step up in grade today, he proved a lot of people wrong, he’s not far off a Group 1.”
Super Easy's half brother Ball of Muscle was also nominated for the race but was scratched after the deteriorating track conditions throughout the week.
Possible Gr1 target for son of Super Easy after stakes win
Super Easy secured a group three win today when Easy Eddie was victorious on a heavy 10 surface in the Maurice Mccarten Stakes at Rosehill.
“He might run here in a week’s time in the Galaxy,” Pride said.“I just want to see how he pulls up first. It was always our plan that if he ran well to potentially back him up, because he is a good back-up horse, but we weren’t counting on a Heavy 10 today. I’ll keep an eye on him over the next 48 hours.”
Now an eight time winner Easy Eddie was a $55,000 purchase from the 2016 Inglis Australian Premier Yearling Sale, with just under half a million in prize money he has proven to be an astute buy.
Age just a number for Super Easy half brother
Nine year old Ball of Muscle (Dubawi) added a 13th career win to his tally when he took out the Group Two Challenge Stakes at Randwick beating top sprinter Redzel. "What a race. This horse, he really deserves this. He was in great form before he had that setback. I'm just so happy for Joe and his team," jockey Glyn Schofield
The son of blue hen mare Parfore is a half brother to our resident stallion Super Easy and continues to fly the flag for this wonderful breed.
Super Easy adds Super Vino to his winners list
Super Easy adds Super Vino to his winners list with a decisive win at Avondale under Sam Collett. Placed just off the speed the 3yr old gelding kicked away to a 1.3 length victory over 1400m at only a second start.
First dam Pinot Grieve (Pins) is a four time winner and has had two foals to race both winners. This family features Group One performer Alinko Prince and nine time winner Thorn Price.
Legends day at Te Rapa gives our clients a Derby prospect
A dour staying effort to win the Group two Waikato Guineas put outsider Sponge Bob right in contention for a tilt at the New Zealand Derby. The lightly raced son of Keeper was only having his fourth start on Saturday, his first at stakes level, having only broken his maiden last time to the races.
The Group two win was the start of a good day for jockey Troy Harris, who went on to also take out the Group One on Melody Belle. His first win at this level for ten years.
Sponge Bob spent a good portion of his early life raised at Hallmark Stud for our lovely clients Chrissie Wilkinson and Craig Gray, we are over the moon for them and look forward to seeing Sponge Bob continue his three year old season!
Nice Win at Tauranga for Mr Universe
We were delighted to see quality individual Mr Universe (Smart Missile x Queen of Troy) win yesterday at Tauranga today for Jason Waddell and Jacob McKay. Born and raised at Hallmark Stud for our client Mr Onizuka.
Although withdrawn from the 2017 Yearling Sale due to a minor injury, he went on to make $350,000 at the Ready to Run Sale. First dam Queen of Troy is a two time winner and she is a half sister to stakes winner A.P. Warrior and Egyptian Queen, dam of stakes winner Global View.
Day 2 of Karaka & it was another success
Day 2 of the Karaka Sales and it was another success.
Lot 140 Deep Field ex La Comedienne $240k John Foote Bloodstock/Tony Gollan
Lot 165 Sacred Falls ex La Scala$80k, Bruce Perry Bloodstock
Lot 194 Rich Enuff ex Manzanilla $130k Riversley Park / Mr J Miller / Mr J Casse
Lot 219 Shooting to Win ex Miss Elvee $100k Brookby Stables
Lot 291 Reliable Man ex Penny Whistle $50k Game Lodge
Karaka Sales start with a bang for Hallmark Stud
We were delighted to kick off the 2019 Karaka Yearling Sale with David Ellis going to $475,000 to secure our Written Tycoon colt out of the Redoutes Choice mare Into The Groove.
It is a strong family featuring multiple Group One winner Divine Madonna.
Excitement building as Neptune's Spear bids to take out Karaka Million
Neptune's Spear touched down in New Zealand on Friday and has settled in well ahead of his tilt at the 2yo Karaka Million. Doesn't he look a treat?
The son of Super Easy is trained by Liam Birchley in Queensland and has had just two starts in his career for a win and a recent second.
Born and raised at Hallmark we are really excited to have a representative in the race, even more so by our resident stallion in Super Easy.
Super Easy, 6 winners in January across 3 countries
We were delighted for the connections of Sheezallmine (Super Easy ex Bast) who won at Tauranga on Friday. The three year old, a $1,000 purchase from Gavelhouse has already more then repaid her purchase price making it two from two with her latest win.
Big congratulations to young horseman Daniel Miller, he trains the filly for his parents with partner Teagan Newman doing the riding.
It was Super Easy's sixth winner for the month, with success coming from Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. A fantastic start to 2019.
Trackside crew at the farm today for Road to Karaka
It was a pleasure to host the Trackside crew today, they were out filming our yearlings ready for the Road to Karaka Preview coming up tomorrow night.
Make sure you tune in 7.30pm, Trackside 1, Tuesday.
Lot 68 Vancouver ex Haiku
Lot 393 Vancouver ex Select Cat
NZB Premier Sale Highlights
Our NZB Karaka Sales Preview kicks off with a look at two Vancouver yearlings from Book 1. Golden Slipper winner Vancouver made a stellar start to his stud career becoming leading first crop sire of Book 1 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast sale. From the progeny of those first season sires 7 yearlings made in excess of $300k, 6 of them were by Champion 2yo Vancouver.
Lot 68 Colt Vancouver ex Haiku
Dam Haiku is by top broodmare sire in Encosta de Lago, she is already the producer of Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Japonisme (Choisir). “Terrific scope and action, a great mover with a lovely laid back temperament who is sure to attract a lot of attention”
Lot 393 Colt Vancouver ex Select Cat
Select Cat is the dam of one foal to race, recent winner in the USA - Dev Mo (Uncle Mo). This colt hails from strong American bloodlines featuring 3 x Gr1 winner and Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Stopchargingmaria as well as Irish Gr2 winner Van Beethoven.
Easy M'Lady (Super Easy ex Touch of Spark) made light work of her rivals today when taking out the fifth on the card at Rotorua, it was her second win in just five starts.
The talented three year old filly hadn't been seen since her tilt in Gr1 1000 Guineas in November but she made a decisive return to the track today scoring by a length and a quarter over 1400m.
First dam Touch of Spark (Spartacus) is a three time winner up to the 1950m and she is a half sister to stakes performers Ascolini, Astaire and Contemplate dam of Gr2 winner Atlantis Dream.
Stallion Super Easy remains solid with his results having already had five winners in January across three different countries. Easy Eddie - Randwick, Boogie Easy - Ruakaka, Super Gee - Ellerslie, The Big Easy - Singapore and Easy M'Lady - Rotorua.
All Hands on Deck for Yearling Photos
All hands on deck last week to get our pictures and previews ready for the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales.
This is Lot 194 Rich Enuff ex Manzanilla, he is a ripper! Woodside Park based sire Rich Enuff, the son of Written Tycoon has made a fantastic start to his stud career being leading first season sire by average at the recent Magic Millions sales.
Photo credit: Melissa Marriner