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