El Cohete adds win 3 to the resume
An victory that was Easy on the Eye
Easy on the Eye (Super Easy) gives Andrew Carston a winner at Riccarton in the R65 over 1600m. She had been consistent of late with 2 placings in her past 3, so today’s success was well deserved.
Easy on the Eye is out of Fellowship (Success Express) who is a 4 x winner and multiple Gr 3 placegetter. She is also the dam of Ric O'Shea (O'Reilly) who recorded 9 wins in his career as well as Gr 3 success.
Ruakaka filly strengthens Oaks bid
NZ Racing Desk
Lightly raced filly Spine Tingle sent shivers down the backs of plenty of her potential Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) rivals with a stunning victory at New Plymouth on Saturday.
Bred and raced by the Hawkins family under their Llanhennock Trust banner, the Super Easy three-year-old went into Saturday’s Listed Fasttrack Insurance Oaks Prelude (1800m) at New Plymouth with just two runs under her belt, including a last start victory over 1400m on her home track at Ruakaka.
The Chris Gibbs-trained galloper was overlooked in the market for the race, starting at a closing price of $17.60 on the tote, however she made a mockery of those odds as she streaked to a hollow four-length victory.
Settled beautifully in the trail by rider Lisa Allpress, Spine Tingle travelled easily before hugging the rail on the home bend and spurting to the lead when a yawning gap opened up shortly after straightening.
Allpress gave her charge full bore at the 250m and the filly raced clear to win easing down by four lengths from the well favoured Providenceprovides with Ezdara battling on gamely to take third.
Gibbs admitted he had trekked south to New Plymouth with hopes of a good performance but no certainty his charge was up to the opposition she faced.
“I didn’t really expect that, but she was very impressive today,” he said.
“We made a plan to hug the rail the whole way and hoped the leaders would roll off and sure enough they did.
“She races so well just off the bridle, which I just love about her.
“When Lisa asked her, she sprinted so quickly that I was stunned.
“When we first got her she looked like she would make a two-year-old and not much after that, but she changed completely and turned into a long, scopey individual, who had stayer written all over her.
“We haven’t done that much with her, so after she won her maiden at home, we decided this race would be our main target.
“I just didn’t know how she would measure up, but she travelled down perfectly, ate and drank everything last night and gave me confidence she would go a good race.”
Gibbs is unsure how he will go about formulating a plan to get Spine Tingle to the Oaks in March but admits it is a good problem to have.
“Today was really where we had put our efforts into, so I’m not sure what to do next,” he said.
“It’s a long trip back home so she can have an easy time of it while I work out how we get to the Oaks.
“The good thing is she has qualified now so I don’t have to worry about that and can pick and choose where we start.”
TAB Bookmakers reacted swiftly to the victory, slashing the Fixed Odds for Spine Tingle to win the New Zealand Oaks from $61 to $14 behind current favourite Amarelinha ($4).
A new journey ahead
This is what we love to see, our Tivaci x Sorellina colt with his new owners Danielle N Alex Oliveira
He has the most beautiful nature, we wish him the best of luck in his new journey.
Photo Trish Dunell
El Tirador a Derby prospect
Nigel Tiley trained 3yo El Tirador (Shocking x Pamela Place) a very promising winner today at Pukekohe Park beating a strong field over 1400m. Connections indicating he is now on a Derby path.
Born, raised and spelled here at Hallmark for a great team of owners lead by Greg Glogoski. The same ownership group involved with Camino Rocoso.
And that's a wrap...
With the NZB Yearling Sales behind us, we would like to say a big thank you to all the staff, purchasers, underbidders and the team at NZB. The sale more than exceeded our expectations achieving leading vendor by average. Thanks to Madison Baker for the video
Perry saves his best until last
NZ Racing Desk
Masterton Bloodstock agent Bruce Perry has been a constant presence on the buyer’s sheets throughout the three days of the Book 1 sale at Karaka this year, but he left his biggest hit until the 11th hour.
Lot 578, the Almanzor colt, who is a half-brother to Australian Group Two winner Subpoenaed, was the last horse through the auction ring on Tuesday and despite his position in the catalogue, had plenty of heavy hitters’ keen on him.
The auction ring action boiled down to a slugfest between Perry and former trainer Graeme Sanders, with Perry lodging his winning $560,000 bid on behalf of clients, Brae Sokolski and Chris Waller Racing.
“I was acting for Brae (Sokolski), who is one of the main owners in the colt’s half-sister Subpoenaed and Chris Waller,” Perry said.
“I was doing the work for them, so I had a look at him and just loved him.
“They were very strong on him, as it was a good fight to secure him, but I had Brae on the phone talking with me the whole way.
“I really just hope the Almanzors can run now.”
Perry has been keen on yearlings by the Cambridge Stud-based first season sire during the sale, having purchased seven individuals for local and international clients including three for Melbourne trainer Danny O’Brien.
“I knew this horse would be a $500,000 plus buy as he was a lovely type and mover, so the mare has done a good job,” he said.
“Brae and Chris had him on their radar, so I just did the legwork for them.”
Out of the five-win O’Reilly mare Notice Received, the colt was sold through the Hallmark Stud draft on behalf of Cambridge couple Wayne and Vicki Pike, with studmaster Mark Baker thrilled with the result.
“The colt is the perfect specimen,” he said.
“His x-rays, his scope, both perfect. He is perfect.
“The way he handled the pressure, right from when we got him all the way to ring, was incredible.
“We are grateful to be chosen to prepare him for Wayne and Vicki Pyke. It really was a pleasure.”
Vicki Pike was on hand to congratulate Perry after the sale and was delighted with the result.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to bits,” she said. “He was worth every penny of it though.
“We’ve been breeding for a long time and I think he is probably the best we have ever put in the ring.
“They rated him the best Almanzor colt born at Cambridge Stud that year and he has never gone backwards.
“He has always just gone forwards and improved into the product you saw today, and his temperament is just unbelievable.”
With the Pikes holding a share in Almanzor, Notice Received is back in foal to the triple Group One winner and European champion.
“We bought Notice Received for $52,000 out of a mixed sale in Melbourne and she has been very good to us. She has had two by Rip Van Winkle, including Subpoenaed who we initially raced and sold after winning impressively for (son) Tony.”
Hallmark Stud also sold a Tavistock colt out of their Group One winning mare Chenille for $180,000 on behalf of the couple, who operate from a boutique property in Cambridge.
“Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young bought him so he has gone to the best possible place for a Tavistock and we also sold a very nice Proisir colt,” Pike said.
“We’re thrilled. I can’t believe the positivity here and the domestic buying to go with the internationals.”
The Pikes have reduced the volume of mares they are breeding from 14 to six, with a focus on quality and couldn’t speak more highly of the preparation skills of Hallmark Stud.
“They’re very good friends, they’re like family to us,” Pike said. “They love the horses and they do a super job.”
The Support Crew, Karaka 2021
A 'Super Easy' debut
Another 2yo winner for Super Easy, Bonny Lass scored with ease on debut at Matamata yesterday in race 3. Beating home well fancied favourite Noverre. All being well she will head to the J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders Stakes on the 27th Feb.
Trained by Graham Richardson and Rogan Norvall, Bonny Lass is out of Posh Bec who has already produced winners Way Too Easy and Super Posh.
What a journey...
What a journey it has been, from the foaling paddock to the sales ring.
Its fair to say the Tivaci x Sorellina colt has bloomed over the past year, he goes through the ring as Lot 134.
Three Karaka Million contenders
We are excited to have three graduates featuring in tonight’s Karaka Million.
- Sneaky Shark - (Capitalist x Hidden Attraction) 2yo colt in the Doubletree by Hilton Karaka Million 2yo. $165k purchase NZB Book 1 Karaka 2020
- Miss Ipenema - (Sacred Falls x Miss Elusive) 2yo filly in the Doubletree by Hilton Karaka Million 2yo. $20,000 purchase by Glen Harvey Racing, NZB Book 1 2020
- Beaune (Kermadec x San Cristobel) 3yo filly Karaka Million 3yo Classic. $52k purchase NZB Book 1 Karaka 2019
Super result for proud breeder
NZ RACING DESK
A promise made by Janet Hepi to one day send a mare to Hallmark Stud has resulted in Super Strike (NZ) (Super Easy), the winner of the Gr.3 Anniversary Handicap (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.
“Dad had a farm right opposite Hallmark, and quite often I would wander over to see the horses,” said Hepi, the daughter of prominent Auckland businessman and breeder Lou Fisher.
“Denny (Baker, Hallmark Stud) always knew how much I loved horses, and he would always say why don’t you send me a mare to one of my horses and I kept saying I will one day.
“I loved watching Prom Queen race and that prompted me to take a look at Super Easy. So, I phoned Denny and asked him about sending a mare. He said you mean you are finally sending me a horse, and Super Strike, or Toby as I call him, is the result.
“It’s wonderful for both of us, Denny is as thrilled as I am about Toby and I’m pleased for Super Easy.”
Hepi races Super Strike in the colours made famous by her father – an emerald jacket, black braces, cerise sleeves and cap, the colours were carried by the great sprinter Yahabeebee.
“I get such a thrill watching those colours,” Hepi said. “I had such a special Dad and Uncle (Sir Woolf Fisher) who introduced me to horses so it’s important to me that I use those colours and continue their dynasty.”
Trained at Pukekohe by Richard Collett, the now four-year-old has been to the races nine times for five wins, three seconds and a third.
Super Strike won on debut in November as a three-year-old. He was placed at his next two starts but severely injured his hindquarter and was out for a prolonged spell, and there was some doubt as to whether he would come back.
“Richard has been really patient with him,” Hepi said. “It was a matter of wait and see.
“When he came out and won his first race back, Richard was still saying let’s wait and see. Then he won his next race and I said to Richard perhaps he’s okay now.”
Super Strike was beaten a nose at his next start before coming out and winning an open handicap at Ellerslie. He returned in late September last year and won fresh up over 1200m at Ellerslie and backed up three weeks later on the same track and won over 1400m.
At his home track in late November he went down by a nose over 1400m, before returning to Auckland in mid-December to win at that distance. His next run was in the Stella Artois 1500 Championship Final where he chased home Mai Tai Before heading to Trentham where he got up to win the prestigious mile event by a nose in the last bound.
“He’s got a real personality, he loves to show off he has an attitude and is a bit of a naughty boy,” Hepi quipped. “l think he just loves going past all the other horses, and that’s why he settles at the rear.
“I am so proud of him I just love horses so much. I love to spend time with them giving them apples and carrots. I had his grandmother and his mother. His mother Becky (Southern Touch) I gave to Sue Ellis to train when she went to Australia, as she had trained a couple of horses for me before that. Well Becky did everything right on the training track, but on the race track I think she went out just to smell the roses, as she let everything go past her and kept tailing the field. In the end I sent her to Written Tycoon and bought her back in foal after that.”
That foal was the placed mare Mills’N’Boon who Hepi raced. Southern Touch’s next foal was Gutsy Gussie who was also placed, followed by Super Strike. She also left another youngster by Super Easy but he didn’t make it to the races, and that was to be her last foal.
“I got the grandmother from David Benjamin,” Hepi said. “My family and his family go way back, and one day I took my daughter Jasmine out to the Karaka sales and went around to talk to Benji. I was busy talking to Benji and then we couldn’t find her! Anyway, we eventually found her in a box with a horse – J was only about 8 or 9 and that was Touche Amora, so I bought her, and from her I got Southern Touch (Becky) and she is the dam of Toby (Super Strike).”
Touche Amora won one race and went to stud and produced five live foals, the first being Stark Touch by Stark South who won nine races in Australia, followed by Embrace (Prized) who didn’t race but has left a couple of winners and Prized Touch (Prized) who Janet also raced out of the Collett Stable.
“Prized Touch won six races,” she said. “I had so much fun racing Oscar (Prized Touch) and he’s still alive and enjoying life at the ripe old age of 20. He raced in Dad’s colours as well.”
Touche Amora was a sister to Touch of Force who won five races including the Gr.2 AJC Villiers Stakes, and to Tantalise who was a stakes placed winner of four races. Their dam Amora was a winner and a half-sister to the smart group one placed two-year-old winner Milton Magic, both being out of the stakes placed winning mare Milton Leigh.
From another former Fayette Park stallion in Germano, Hepi bred the 2009 Sydney Cup winner Ista Kareem who was out of another Touching Wood(USA) mare Princesses Touch. She doesn’t have any broodmares anymore, but she and Denny Baker are hoping to breed another Super Strike.
“I have been in touch with Gail Hughes who bred Touche Amora,” Baker said.
“She still has mares from that family and why wouldn’t we try and bred another one like Super Strike?”
Famous colours to the fore in Anniversary
NZ Racing Desk
16 January 2021
Six decades on from the heyday of the legendary sprinter Yahabeebe, the same colours have played a starring role at Trentham. Super Strike stepped up to stakes level for the first time and triumphed in Saturday’s Gr.3 Wellington Seamarket Anniversary Handicap (1600m). It was the fifth win of a nine-start career for the rising star son of Super Easy, bred and owned by Janet Hepi, whose father Lou Fisher raced the two-time Gr.1 Railway Handicap (1200m) winner Yahabeebe.
“It’s very special to win this race in my father’s colours,” Hepi said. “Those same colours were carried by Yahabeebe in some of our great sprint races, including in the Telegraph here at Trentham.
“I just loved the win today by my super, super Super Strike. It was a sensational ride by Andrew Calder, and Richard and Judy Collett have done such a good job with him. I really appreciate all their efforts, including driving him all the way down here from Auckland for this race.”
Super Strike was backed into warm favouritism at $2.60 for Saturday’s feature, in which he dropped to 53kg after lugging 60kg into a gallant last-start second in the Stella Artois 1500 Championship Final (1500m) on Boxing Day at Ellerslie.
Patiently ridden by Calder, Super Strike dropped out near the tail of the field before rushing into contention with a powerful burst in the straight.
Sacred Elixir fought back strongly on his inside, but Super Strike lunged at the line and got the verdict by a nose.
“He gave me a great feel before the start, he had really fresh legs,” Calder said. “But he’s just such a laid-back horse. You don’t want to get to the front too early on him – he switches off and waits for the others. But he’s exciting and still has improvement in him.”
After winning one of his three starts in his first preparation, Super Strike began this season in Rating 65 grade. But he has soared through the ranks with four impressive wins from six appearances.
The four-year-old holds a nomination for the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) on January 30, and the TAB now rates him a $10 chance. But Richard Collett was non-committal about a return to Trentham in a fortnight.
“He’s come a long way in this preparation, and this was his first time in open company,” the Pukekohe trainer said.
“So we’ll get him home and see how he’s come through this run before deciding on anything. He might not be far away from going out to the paddock.
“But this was a good result today, and it’s a big thrill to get this win for Janet. She’s a lovely lady and I’ve trained horses for her for a number of years.”
The performance of runner-up Sacred Elixir was full of merit. The son of Pour Moi won the Gr.1 JJ Atkins (1600m) in Brisbane as a two-year-old back in 2016 and finished second in the Gr.1 Victoria Derby (2500m) later that year.
After three years on the sidelines, he returned to racing with a fifth at Ellerslie on December 10 and a sixth in the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile (1600m) on New Year’s Day. He also holds a Thorndon Mile nomination.
There was another length and a half back to Guillada, who took third just ahead of Times Ticking and Sinarahma.
Ruakaka delivers 2 for Super Easy and a winning graduate
We can’t keep up!!
That’s three is a row for Hallmark Stud as Spine Tingle (Super Easy x Myback) takes out the R5 at Ruakaka. From the same family as Hypnos, the chestnut filly breaks through at her second start.
On debut she met Gr1 place getter Tinker McPhee and Gr1 Levin Classic favourite Brando. Looks like that’s a pretty good form line!
Ever So Easy Winner at Ruakaka
Article Supplied by NZ Racing Desk
Ruakaka trainer Chris Gibbs has always had plenty of time for Ever So Easy and he was delighted to see the three-year-old gelding justify his high opinion with a dominant victory in the Kamo Club (1200m) at his home track on Thursday.
The son of Super Easy jumped well from barrier two to sit just behind the speed for jockey Craig Grylls. He remained handy throughout and quickly tackled his rivals turning for home and ran away to a comfortable 3-1/2 length victory over Holyhead, with a further 1-1/2 lengths back to Jaydeear in third.
While Gibbs was pleased with the win, he admitted to being slightly nervous heading into the race.
“I was a little bit nervous because I had changed my training with him quite a bit,” Gibbs said.
“He is quite clean-winded, so we just backed right off and took him in really fresh. We never galloped him any harder than about 15 to a furlong and he just came into that race beautifully.
“He has got a good brain. I am really happy with the result.”
Gibbs said he has rated the three-year-old from an early stage, which resulted in Ever So Easy making his race debut in September in the Gr.3 Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m), where he finished fifth behind Need I Say More.
“The horses who beat him were very good horses,” Gibbs said. “I threw him in the deep end. I kept looking around to try and find a suitable race and there weren’t many decent maiden races around at the time, so I thought we will let him have a go.
“I think we got a really good line on him.”
Gibbs is now unsure where he will head with Ever So Easy, but if he continues to improve a trip across the Tasman could be in the offing.
“I needed to see him produce the ability that we knew he had and do it on race day,” he said.
“There are lots of ideas that have been thrown around. He’s bred to be more a sprinter-miler. We will see how we go and COVID restrictions could change a lot. If we can organise going over to Brisbane, that could be an option.”
Tight finish delivers a Hallmark graduate
El Tirador (Shocking x Pamela Place) fights out a tight finish at Ruakaka to take race 3 for Sam Collett and Nigel Tiley.
Born, raised and spelled here at Hallmark for a great team of owners lead by Greg Glogoski. The same ownership group involved with Camino Rocoso have another exciting prospect on their hands with El Tirador breaking the maiden at a second start.
Warhorse makes it 11
Warhorse CAMINO ROCOSO takes out the Recreation Hotel Greymouth Cup, an 11th win at a 51st start.
Combining with record breaking jockey Chris Johnson he won comfortably over the 2000m. Camino Rocoso was raised and broken in here at Hallmark Stud.
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The Christmas break is well and truly behind us. All hands on deck for yearling filming.
You can probably guess who this fellow is? Tivaci x Sorellina #followayearling #roadtokaraka
Dream filly makes successful debut at Te Aroha
This article is supplied by NZ Racing Desk
Trainer Ken Rae knew he had just the sort of filly he likes dealing with when he picked her up on the float on the way home from a trip away.
The Super Easy weanling had been purchased by Rae for owner Sue Martin off the gavelhouse.com site and needed to be collected from Mark and Denny Baker’s Hallmark Stud.
Rae was bringing home experienced gallopers Kaharau and Blanco Bay and was taken with how the filly handled herself throughout the process.
“Sue had asked me to bid for her on gavelhouse and I think we got her for $1,500,” Rae said.
“I was bringing home Kaharau and Blanco Bay one day and stopped off at Hallmark to collect her.
“She walked straight on the float without a care in the world which had me thinking she was my type of horse, easy to handle.”
Rae took his time with the filly, who is now named Dream Queen, and gave her two trials before electing to start her over 1000m at Te Aroha on Sunday.
Under the guidance of Jasmine Fawcett, Dream Queen missed away before improving along the inner to take over on the home turn and run away from her two-year-old rivals to score by more than a length at the line.
Rae, who is currently campaigning a team on the West Coast circuit, watched the race on television and was delighted with the result.
“She showed us at her recent trial that she had some ability as she ran second to a smart one of Richard Collett’s,” he said.
“The third horse that day came out and won first up at Awapuni, so I knew we had one that could gallop.
“Sue said to me should we enter her for Ellerslie on Boxing Day, but I thought that the field there might be a little tough and we should wait for something easier.
“The way she won today was great, so I’ll need to have a think about what to do next.
“I don’t have anything planned, but if she came out and won again, then a race like the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (Gr.2, 1200m) might well be a target for her.”
Rae also reported that classy two-year-old colt Follow Your Dreams had come through his run at Ellerslie on Boxing Day in fine fettle and would head straight to the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) on January 23 next.
The Contributer colt made up good ground in the straight after getting well back off a wide barrier, finishing fifth behind Palamos who heads the current Fixed Odds market for the race at a $3.20 quote, with Follow Your Dreams at $14.
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Lot 134 - Tivaci x Sorellina colt has now had his standard sale x-rays done
Second stakes success for Sheezallmine
Another black-type success for bargain buy Sheezallmine (Super Easy x Bast).
Bought for just $1,000 from the 2017 Festival Sale, Sheezallmine collected the second stakes win in her career in the $50,000 Listed Alleviate Administration Hazlitt Stakes (1200m). She has now had 17 starts for 6 wins, 3 places and $168,255 in stakes for owners John and Maree Miller.
Ridden by Chris Johnson for trainer Daniel Miller, the five-year-old settled close to the speed before quickening stylishly in the straight to win by a length and a quarter.
"It was nice to get a win like that" Miller told NZ Racing Desk "She has been going good races without a whole lot of luck.
"She came down with my foreman, Mason Stevens, and he told me she had travelled and settled in well, so we were quite confident before the race."
The daughter of Super Easy was bred by Mrs JM & TM Henderson, vendor Leanach Lodge Ltd, purchaser Dreamers Syndicate Cambridge.
Article courtesy of NZB
2019 Karaka graduate breaks the maiden
Matamata twilight meeting produced a winner for Hallmark graduate Beaune (Kermadec x San Cristobel). Over ground for the first time she showed her talent to land a dominant maiden victory.
She was purchased by Boon, NSW for $52k from the 2019 NZB Karaka Yearling Sale. Congrats to David and Emmalee Browne who are enjoying a fabulous run with their horses.
Hallmark Yearling a Nick that Clicks
Nicks that Click – Karaka 2021 – One of the Best
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This nick has become one of the best known and most successful in Australasia with an impressive 21% stakes-winners to runners and Karaka Book 1 features two youngsters bred this way and two more that are very close.The 2020 Karaka Book 1 sale was topped by a Pierro colt from Redoute’s Choice colt mare Our Squeezer that made $900,000 for Westbury Stud.Now named Postulate and placed in the care of Team Hawkes for Orbis Bloodstock, he’s a colt whose future will be followed with great interest given the astonishing strike rate for success of horses bred on the Pierro x Redoute’s Choice cross.There have been 31 winners from 42 runners, which equates to nearly 74% winners to runners and those winners include nine stakes-winners headed by Group I stars Arcadia Queen, Regal Power and Levendi.
3.9million earner Arcadia Queen is by Pierro from a daughter of Redoute's Choice.
Lot 323 Colt Pierro x Cosmic Powers – Hallmark StudFirst foal of a juvenile winner by outstanding sire Not a Single Doubt from the family of stakes-winners Pistols and Keep the Faith.
Impressive Maiden Victory For Nikau Spur
Article NZ RACING DESK
Former Kiwi galloper Nikau Spur (NZ) (Proisir) has made an impression in Australia in just his second start across the Tasman.
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained gelding ran away to a 3-3/4 length victory over 1600m at Moonee Valley on Friday night after placing over 1300m at Bendigo in his Australian debut at Bendigo last month.
The son of Proisir was identified by Maher’s bloodstock manager Will Bourne after running a game third on debut at Awapuni in July for former trainer Rosie Buchanan.
“I watched the race and the horse almost fell at the 500m mark, and to rattle home (for third) I thought it was a massive run,” Bourne said.
“I thought he was a horse who could really go through his grades in winter over here.”
Bourne duly made contact with Buchanan and was delighted to secure the gelding.
“I try to buy a lot of horses and I can’t believe how quickly I bought the horse,” he said.
“I offered fair money and she accepted it, and it was all done and dusted. I was really rapt with it.”
Bourne is pleased Nikau Spur is living up to his initial expectations and he has been happy with both of his Australian starts to date.
“He looked a bit flat-footed over the shorter distance first-up, but the form out of that race has been good, the winner went on to win at Flemington,” Bourne said.
“He stepped up in distance and was a bit fitter second-up and he showed a pretty impressive turn of foot.”
Bourne is looking forward to the future with Nikau Spur and he won’t have to wait long for his next start.
“He is a horse that has no issues, he is very sound,” Bourne said. “He jars up a bit on the hard tracks, but apart from that he is very clean, with a solid action. He should be a very fun horse for the owners. “His next start will be on New Year’s Day at Flemington.”
It looks an easy win for Hallmark graduate
In a nail biting finish, locals prevailed when Lookseasy (Super Easy) and Louise Saunders came home winners at Pukekohe this afternoon.
The R65 over 1400m was a second win for the daughter of Super Easy, who broke the maiden last year. The Hallmark graduate is out of Stravinsky mare Sky Rocket, who is a six time winner.
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Our Tivaci x Sorellina colt parading for Bevan Smith Bloodstock and Dylan Johnson.
As you can see he is well on his way to Karaka, just over a month to go!
He strikes again!
SUPER STRIKE (Super Easy) keeps up that impeccable record with another dazzling victory. Coming into it 3 wide, from a long way back made his win look even more impressive!
In open company for the first time, Super Strike looks to be a ⭐️ on the rise. He holds a nomination for the Gr1 Thorndon Mile and we are SO excited to follow his progress. Well done to Richard Collett and connections.
Graduate Madame Boitier breaks the maiden
A lovely maiden win for Hallmark graduate Madame Boitier today at Sandown over the 1600m. The daughter of Ocean Park was purchased out of 2019 NZB Book 1 Yearling Sale for $40,000 by Mr C Harwood.
She is from a lovely black type family featuring Melbourne Cup winner Americain.
So You Win makes it 7
Guy Mulcaster purchased this son of So You Think out of the Hallmark draft at the 2016 NZB Yearling Sale, the Queensland based galloper is trained by Chris Waller and recorded win number seven.
Trans Tasman double for Super
A Trans-Tasman double for Super Easy!
Easy on The Eye (Super Easy) was just that, when cruising down to a dominant win at Riccarton this afternoon. It was a maiden victory for the Andrew Carston trained 4yo mare.
The other win came via Devonport in Tasmania. Easy Road (Super Easy) just continues to impress with his ultra consistent record. Today was win 6 at start 13, with 3 wins in his past 4 outings. Trained by Adam Trinder he has now accumulated prize money over $80,000, costing just $3,000 himself, he has certainly rewarded connections.
Yearling parades are now in full swing, Dean Hawthorne our most recent visitor
Palm Springs enjoying the sun on her back
It was back to back wins for Palm Springs (Super Easy) at New Plymouth today. John Bell has taken his time with the daughter of Super Easy and is now reaping the rewards. Sweeping past the leaders with 200m to run, she then held out the late-finishing Cooga Moon (Alamosa) to win by a long neck.
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 (Red Ransom), who is a half-sister to the stakes winner and Group One-placed Wildflower (Keeper). She is also a blood-sister to Group winner and successful broodmare Amaryllis (Red Ransom).
Track upgrades and improvements ahead of our upcoming yearling parades
Cromwell Cup for enigma Camino Rocoso
Camino Rocoso added a timely win to his resume when taking out the Cromwell Cup, giving magic man Chris Johnson another victory in his bid to break the New Zealand record for most wins.
Camino Rocoso was raised and broken in at Hallmark Stud.
Metropolitan success for El Cohete
El Cohete (Super Easy) dashes through the field to take out a metropolitan win at Warwick Farm today. The lightly raced four year old has only had five starts, for two wins and two places.
Trainer Joe Pride has enjoyed tremendous success with Super Easy's progeny including racing stakes winner and Gr1 placegetter Easy Eddie. He also has a strong connection with Blue Hen mare Parfore, having raced a number of Super Easy's half brothers, Ball of Muscle and Tiger Tees to name just two.
El Cohete went through the 2018 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale under Prima Park, making $100,000 to Pride Racing. First dam Lycme has also produced multiple race winner Rumberella.
R2R success for vendors
We enjoyed seeing a couple of success stories out of the NZB Ready to Run Sale last week. Both purchased out of our yearling draft and pin-hooked into the two year old sale with great success.
We hope you enjoy the comparison pictures below.
Lot 95 Dundeel x Tralee Chorus
$15,000 purchase by Ohukia Lodge out of NZB Book 1 Yearling Sale, sold for $220,000 under Ohukia Lodge to Busuttin/Young Racing.
Lot 208 Artie Schiller x Flying Tilly
$70,000 purchase by Phil Cataldo out of the NZB Book 1 Yearling Sale, sold for $210,000 under Riversley Park to Mr R. Yiu.
Dundeel x Tralee Chorus (left yearling, right 2yo)
Artie Schiller x Flying Tilly (left yearling, right 2yo)
We were delighted to wrap up the weekend with some positive results for Super Easy. Friday's twilight meeting at New Plymouth provided Pencarrow mare Palm Springs with another win.
Trained by John Bell, the lightly raced 4 yo has now posted 2 wins and 1 place in just 7 starts.
Adding to the weekend's haul
Adding to the weekend's achievements was Super Vino (Super Easy) who scored at Gosford on Saturday for the Turner/Poletti training partnership.
They have enjoyed great success with Super Easy's progeny and it was a highlight to see them rewarded with another winner. Seen in these pictures through various stages of his life.
Above Super Vino (Two year old 2017)
Right Super Vino (Weanling 2016)
Super Vino (Yearling 2017)
Making a habit out of winning
Success for Easy Habit (Super Easy) at Ascot Park.
The 1400m event, on a dead 4 surface was easily won by the 5yo gelding, who cruised down to a 2.5 length win. Win number four is no surprise, Easy Habit is out of Castledale mare Queen of the Castle who was a handy horse herself, being a 5 x winner and Listed placed.
Best prep yet
This preparation has been one to follow for Rumberella, the son of Super Easy notched up win 3 this afternoon when successful at Grafton.
He has been in sensational form this time in, with 2 places and 2 wins.
We would like to wish Robusto (Zed x Adriatico) the best of luck in today’s NZ Cup.
We have a stunning half brother by Tavistock to sell at the 2021 Karaka Yearling Sale.
Reflecting on the weekends achievements, it was a pleasure to sell MISS IPENEMA (Sacred Falls) on behalf of wonderful breeders Vicki and Wayne Pike, at the Book 1 NZB Yearling Sale.
A big congrats to Glen Harvey and bring on the Karaka Million!
Road to Karaka 2021
Have you been following our Tivaci x Sorellina colt on his road to Karaka 2021?
He has hit a couple of milestones over the past few weeks, first bath and first time with the rug on. Throughout this process he has handled everything with ease, showing us his genuine nature and willingness to learn.
Easy Road to success for son of Super Easy
Back to back wins for Easy Road in Tasmania. The son of Super Easy took out the BM66 in style winning by 4 lengths. That was win 5 at start 11.
With the top weight of 61.5kgs, jockey Brendan McCoull was able to position the gelding outside the leader and dominate in the closing stages.
He is pictured here as a weanling, when consigned by Highden Park for the 2017 NZB Mixed Bloodstock Sale. Costing just $3,000, he has certainly punched above his weight.
Well deserved win for Eva James
After being competitive in stakes company at her last 2 outings, it was great to see Super Easy’s daughter, EVA JAMES get up and win at Ashburton yesterday.
She showed her class winning by just under 1.5 lengths, it was win 3 at start 9 and with 4 placings to add to that, she has proved a good filly for connections.
Rumberella (Super Easy x Lycme)
Busy weekend for Super
We can barely keep up with all of Super Easy’s results over the weekend, x 4 wins across x 4 countries.
- Rumberella - Grafton
- Dream Brave - Winton
- Fight To Victory - Singapore
- Golden Peak - Selangor Malaysia
Fight to Victory (Super Easy x Sade)
Classic Blonde has a new foal on the ground and he is a ripper! This son of Shamexpress is a half brother to recent Ellerslie winner Friday Woolfe.
Windsor Park Stud stallion Turn Me Loose sired his first trial winner today at Taupo.
We recently had a cracking foal by the multiple Gr1 winner out of Hestolemyroses. Part owner Opie Bosson and little Max came to view their new acquisition last week!
Follow a yearling to the sale
This is our 2019 Tivaci x Sorrellina colt.
We want to give you a behind the scenes look at his preparation for the 2021 NZB Yearling Sale. Keep following us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to watch his progression. As you can see he is still out with the herd but it won't be long before he starts to make some big steps towards the sale!
Excitement machine Super Strike
It was with great excitement that we watched progressive galloper Super Strike secure another win at Ellerslie on Saturday, recording his third victory in just five starts.
The son of Super Easy was all class and supported not only market favouritism but his trainers high opinion of the galloper. Putting himself in a much more forward position at this latest outing, it was a relatively straight forward win ahead of Babiche (Ocean Park) and Couturiere (Pins).
Super Strike is out of Stark South mare Southern Touch, she is from the same family as Gr2 Villiers Stakes winner Touch Of Force (Touching Wood).
Consistency rewarded at Ellerslie
Consistent mare Friday Woolfe (Super Easy) added another win to her resume. A placing last start had this horse on song for Saturday's assignment. Well done to jockey Ashvin Goindasamy and the training partnership of Peter and Dawn Williams.
The five year old mare was born and raised at Hallmark for our lovely client Alex Smith.
Easy Road now a four time winner
Launceston winner for Super Easy.
Now four time winner Easy Road kicked off this campaign in style with a comfortable fresh victory over 1200m. Having not raced since February, it was a good training effort to have the 4yo gelding ready to go.
Costing just $3,000 at the 2017 NZB Mixed Bloodstock Sale, Easy Road has more than rewarded connections, with earnings now over $50,000.
Graduate breaks maiden
A graduate of Hallmark Stud back in 2019, this lovely filly by Pierro won her maiden at Cranbourne this evening.
She was a $100k purchase from the NZB Book 1 Yearling Sale by Pacific Bloodstock and Redgum Racing. First dam Sarasota (Danehill) is a full sister to Fastnet Rock.
Super Striking win for promising galloper
Progressive galloper Super Strike reminded racing pundits of his undoubted ability when he produced a powerful finish to score first up over 1200m at Ellerslie on Saturday.
The Super Easy gelding had been off the scene since sustaining a muscle injury when running second at the venue back in December last year.
Trainer Richard Collett took a patient approach with the Janet Hepi bred and owned four-year-old who has taken time to grow into his imposing frame. Two handy trial outings at Ruakaka sharpened him up for his raceday reappearance and he looked every inch a galloper going places as he easily lumped topweight of 59.5kgs to victory in the hands of Collett’s son-in-law Andrew Calder.
Collett wasn’t on hand to witness the triumph as he was in New Plymouth with stablemate Sweet Clementine, who went a bottler to finish fourth in their Group Three feature but was pleased with the race report from Calder.
“Andrew was very complimentary of the run and the way the track played as he is a horse that needs good ground,” Collett said.
“He (Super Strike) did a good job and I actually didn’t realise that they ran 1.09.44 until I got home and watched the replay so I thought geez it’s been a big effort to come from where he did to win.
“He just took a while to find clear air and had to come between a couple to make his run but he was very strong to the line.”
Super Strike had impressed when winning his maiden on debut at his home track last November with Collett hoping to see him step up to better company before the untimely injury came about.
“When he had his third start and got beaten by Star Of Bombay at Ellerslie, he pulled up sore behind,” he said.
“When we watched the replay, it looked like he might have done the injury when he was clearing the starting gates.
“He was very scratchy when he came off the track which is unusual as most times with that sort of muscle problem it isn’t for a few hours later when they have cooled down that it becomes apparent.
“It took its toll on him and he took a long time to recover although we had him ready to go in the autumn before the lockdown took effect.”
Following his first up victory there have been a number of offers to buy the horse however they been rejected by Hepi who has been racing horses with Collett for many years.
“Janet, who bred and owns him, has been with me for a long time and I think she is keen to retain and race this one here in New Zealand for as long as possible,” Collett said.
“You get offers all the time but I can understand when you get a smart one that you want to keep them and enjoy that success.
“He’s a big lad at around the 560kg mark and there is still plenty of improvement left in him.
“He’ll be going 1400m at his next start and will most likely carry the blinkers as he is a pretty laidback customer.
“We tried him blinkers at home the other day and he was very sharp so we will keep that option for him but I think he is ready to go through the grades during this preparation.
“He will go back to Ellerslie in three weeks and then we will plan from there but there is a nice sequence of races around here over the next few months, so we have a lot to choose from.”
Deep South win for Super
This afternoon in the deep South at Ascot Park, Easy Habit added another win to his resumé. Relishing the heavy 11 track conditions, the 5yo son of Super Easy has been good to follow with 3 wins in just 9 starts.
Easy Habit is out of 5 x winning mare Queen of the Castle. He was originally purchased for just $1500 as a weanling from Gavelhouse on account of his breeder Nearco Stud.
Tivaci x Two Queens - Filly
Ocean park x Flying Tilly - Filly
Some quality additions to the farm this week
Graduate exceeds expecatations
Wise Counsel confirmed David Eustace’s opinion that he is a potential Victoria Derby contender with his victory in the opening event at Caulfield.
The three-year-old was perfectly ridden by Jye McNeil to break through at his third start in the Longboard Accountants For Mirabel Handicap (1600m) on Saturday. Eustace said they had always had a nice opinion of Wise Counsel but it had taken time to get him to the track due an injury at the end of last season. “We thought the mile would be fine. It was a good race, good maiden (run previously) at Geelong and hopefully he can go onto bigger and better things,” Eustace said.
Eustace plans to use next month’s Super Impose Stakes (1800m) at Flemington and Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield as his lead-in runs to the Victoria Derby on October 31.
Wise Counsel has a Victoria Derby winner high in his pedigree as his dam Circus Polka is a half-sister to Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon.
He is by Toronado and is a full brother to Master Monaro who was sold to Hong Kong earlier this year after winning both of his starts.
Lord Polonius, a Ruakaka winner
Far North racing at Ruakaka has already delivered a win for Super Easy. Lord Polonius gets the nod in the first of the day. The Gibbs/Bradley training partnership have always been loyal supporters of Super Easy and it great to see them getting rewarded. #SuperEasy
One of Hallmark's best back in form
One of the best graduates to have come off the farm here at Hallmark is HUMIDOR (Teofilo). We were delighted to see him bounce back to form and into the Cox Plate after his win in the Feehan Stakes this afternoon
We can’t wait to watch him progress on towards the great race. Just to reminisce here is his unbelievable second in the Cox Plate behind Winx.😳
Graduate wins on debut
We love seeing our graduates winning, especially when they are on debut!
Kobe Rocks (Rock 'n' Pop), an astute $13,000 purchase out of the 2019 NZB Book 3 Yearling sale was successful over 1200m, in a maiden at Otaki this afternoon. Well done to connections and fingers crossed he can continue the winning streak.
Eva James settles in well down South
Eva James (Super Easy) added a Saturday win to her resume when taking out the first of the day at Riccarton.
The daughter of Super Easy was having her first start down South for the Ken Rae and Krystal Williams-Tuhoro training partnership. After placing in her first two starts back from a spell she looked ideally placed to gain a second career win.
First dam Imperial Miss (Shinko King) is a four time winner, and the dam of just one named foal (Eva James). She is from the same family as Duanette's Girl (Balmerino), Zabuan (Zabeel) and Sight Winner (Faltaat).
First foal on the ground
The 2020 foaling season started slowly for us here at the farm, we had a long wait to get our first foal on the ground but she was worth it.
At 3am on Thursday morning we welcomed this lovely filly, by Rich Hill Stud sire Satono Aladdin out of Giana (Darci Brahma)
Charlotte Hook : Three decades of dedication
We were so proud to see our former employee Charlotte Hook acknowledged with this LoveRacing article. Written by Leigh Phelan
Dedication to the job is an understatement when it comes to Charlotte Hook, who after three decades at Hallmark Stud has finally called it a day.
Charlotte was just 14 years old when she decided to leave school behind, instead putting an ad in her local paper on the search for a job. She received just one reply, from the renowned Denny Baker who was simply looking for extra help at his stud farm in Te Kauwhata.
From the small Waikato town of Tuakau and not even old enough to drive, Charlotte packed her bags and moved to work full time at Hallmark Stud. Denny was in complete shock by her young age,“When he asked me how old I was and I said 14, I can still remember him saying; ‘Good God girl!’”.
However, he agreed to give the young determined girl a chance at a job. Reminiscing on those early years, Charlotte explained how she will never forget her first day as she watched a two-year-old Roman Empire colt being lunged and being in complete awe of its immense size.
Up until then, her experience with horses, let alone thoroughbreds, was relatively small. Only riding her next door neighbour’s ponies as a young girl. “I had no idea of anything, Denny taught me everything.”
She remembers often feeling homesick, but never while she was working with the horses as it was where she felt most content. “When I was working, I was fine.” While Denny, along with his wife and family were always there to help.
As Charlotte’s experience quickly grew, she went on to help with every aspect needed at the Stud. “When I first started, most of the work I did was with the breakers because I was little and light.”
Describing it as a perfect learning environment, she was always encouraged to give new things a go and never be afraid to ask for help. “It was always easy to say, ‘I don't get it. Can you show me again?’”
Over the years that experience built her expertise. “I loved it so much, all aspects. From the riding, breeding, weaning, everything. I loved it.”
From breaking in yearlings to stomach tubing, sales prep to even learning how to drive the farm tractor, she did it all under Denny’s mentorship.
“Everything I know is because of that place,” she said. That willingness to learn and absorb what she was taught saw her work her way to assistant farm manager.
Charlotte pictured at the NZB Karaka Sale. Picture : Supplied
Given those valuable memories Denny has been as reluctant to see Charlotte go as she was to leave.“I loved her qualities,” he said. “She was so kind to the animals; she was great with them.”
Denny confirmed Charlotte’s willingness to learn, stating that every task which was sent her way got done. “If she had my horse and I didn’t see Charlotte or the horse for six months I wouldn’t be worried about her, or the horse,” he said.
The appreciation between Denny and Charlotte is mutual, with Charlotte labelling Denny as invaluable. “It’s nice to be able to be a great mate with your boss,” she said. “It’s huge and I really appreciate that.”
Charlotte also respected the support from others around her which helped her learn so much while at Hallmark Stud. She labels farrier Marshall Stead and vet Murray Bertram as a couple of people whose work fascinated her and whom she learned from. “[Murray] was amazing for teaching something, he was unbelievable, and he took the time,” she said.
Over the past three decades Charlotte saw not just horses but also people come and go.“The more people that come in, those people teach you more about yourself. You’ve got to be flexible because one day a person might be there and the next day they're not.”
She worked alongside individuals with all sorts of nationalities, age and backgrounds, all bringing their own methods and varying experiences. “When you're there that long, and you see that many people come and go, you don't actually realise you're getting better as well.”
She not only became a great mentor, but also learnt a lot from those around her, “Staff would come in, and I would ask them ‘what do you think? Their opinions count as well, or they might come up with something you had never thought of. It was easy for me to be that kind of person.”
Charlotte valued not only her own personal growth, but that of Hallmark itself, remembering when they had their first yearling go through to the premier sale to that being a matter of course.
“To watch something over the years go from one premier horse, to 24-25 book ones, that's huge. I feel grateful that I've been a huge part of that as well,” she said.
One of her favorite aspects of the job was seeing a horse’s life from start to finish, with mares often returning and having foals of their own. “Watching those horses, you've been lucky enough to handle, come out and do something, they stick with you for a long time. You see it go on and do a really good job for someone else, and you feel as though their time at Hallmark, their mental state, helped.”
Some of those horses include the likes of Katie Lee, Miss Jessie Jay, and Banchee, “I feel blessed to have been able to do them as weanlings and yearlings,” she said.
Holding a special place in Charlotte’s heart though, is Hallmark stallion Super Easy. “I’m very one-eyed when it comes to Super Easy, I love him. He’s my screensaver on my phone.”
While Charlotte never really planned on leaving Hallmark, life had other plans. Her day-to-day life changed as she had children and began running her own farm and now she is moving to Christchurch for her partner’s job.
“My heart broke the day I had to say goodbye, they’re real family,” she said with emotion in her voice. “Sometimes you do have to get out of your comfort zone to find out what you’ve really learned in life and I feel they have prepared me for life.”
While initially not sure what she might pursue when settled in the South, she has faith that her time at Hallmark has prepared her to be ready to give anything a crack.
“I’m not worried if I had to do something new, because I think about those big colts that think they can push you around, or broodmares with a one trick mind, you just take a deep breath and say right, we’ve got this. Even if I worked at McDonalds I’d try and be the best,’’ she said.
Her advice to anyone else having to reluctantly leave a job; “Make sure you move somewhere far enough away so you can't get in a car and drive back there.”
Progressive No Frontiers remains unbeaten
We loved seeing the Francis Finnegan trained No Frontiers make it 2 from 2 yesterday. The daughter of Super Easy remains unbeaten following a decisive win fresh up at Cranbourne.
First dam La Celestina (Don Eduardo) is a half-sister to Gr3 placegetter Pulitzer (Prized) and Oratorio, dam of Listed Matamata Cup winner Agamemnon (Generous).
Pearls and Prawns is out of Pussycat Holiday (Private Call), who is the dam of two foals to race, both winners. She is from the family of Gr1 winner and sire Blackfriars (Danehill) as well as South Australian Oaks winner Larrocha (Danehill).
Pearls and Prawns for connections after super win
Saturday’s Belmont meeting in Western Australia threw up another nice winner for Super Easy, as his run of form continues. The 5yo mare Pearls and Prawns (Super Easy x Pussycat Holiday) has now won 6 from 13 under the tutelage of Brock Lewthwaite.
Tumbleweed rolls to success
Tumbleweed is Super Easy’s latest domestic winner! Third up from a spell, the 3yo filly was primed and ready for the 1350m at Awapuni, improving every start this time in.
Sold as a yearling by Hallmark through the 2018 NZB Book 2 sale for $30,000.
Success for pinhook by Ocean Park
Bumper Blast (Ocean Park), a Hallmark graduate scored at Flemington once again.
Bred by Cambridge Stud, the son of Ocean Park was pinhooked by Hallmark out of the 2016 NZB Weanling Sale. A four time winner in just seven starts with three of those victories being recorded at the Flemington track.
First dam Buckleberry (More Than Ready) is a daughter of Cambridge Stud foundation mare, J'Adane (Danehill).
Super Easy on top at Awapuni
A Saturday winner at Awapuni got the day off to a sweet start for us here at the stud. Two year old Gentleman Jack, Super Easy's latest winner.
Relishing the heavy track conditions over 1000m, Gentleman Jack scored by a margin of 2.3 lengths under Ryan Bishop. Quick out of the barriers, the 2 year old gelding was able to show a good turn of foot at the top of the straight to power away to a very easy win.
Trained by Gary Vile, Gentleman Jack cost just $11,000 at the 2019 NZB Book 2 Yearling Sale.
Friday's success continued for Super Easy when Honovi galloped into the winners enclosure on Friday. The four year old galloper also made it back to back victories at Taree, over 1600m, making the jump from maiden to Class 1 grade look easy.
Based at Port MacQuarie with Matthew McCudden, Honovi was originally a $30,000 by Nigel Tiley out of the 2017 Festival Yearling Sale under the Jamieson Park banner.
Easy Habit a domestic winner at Southland
Friday's domestic meeting at Southland proved valuable for Super Easy after Easy Habit got himself into the winners enclosure for a second time in just six starts.
Easy Habit was formerly trained by Kylie Little on the North Island, but after a considerable break the four year old was having his first start for Tapanui based trainers Nikki & Barrie Blatch, rewarding connections with a fresh up win.
El Cohete breaks the maiden at second start
Super Easy has been in great form lately and a win at Kembla Grange today by EL COHETE adds to a hot period for our sire.
The son of Super Easy was having just his second career start under Warwick Farm based trainer Joe Pride. Who has enjoyed great success with Super Easy's progeny including stakes winner Easy Eddie. He also trained Super Easy's half brothers in Tiger Tees, Ball of Muscle and Terravista.
Debutantes in the winners enclosure
Well done to Maria Sanson and Super Flash both debut winners!
The son of SUPER EASY securing a win at his first race day start having only had one unplaced trial prior to today. A combination to watch over the coming months
Kiwi expat by Super Easy a winner at Taree
Honovi (Super Easy) was a winner at Taree this afternoon. It was a well deserved victory as the the 4 year old had run 3 placings at its 3 most recent outings.
Honovi was a $30,000 purchase by Nigel Tiley out of the 2017 Festival Yearling Sale. He now finds himself across the Tasman with Matthew McCudden at Port Macquarie.
Hallmark graduate now a 2 year old metro winner
Nice to get a Hallmark Stud graduate on the board at Randwick today when this son of Vancouver won the first of the card. He came through NZB Yearling Sale back in 2019 on behalf of Coolmore Australia.
He is out of Encosta De Lago mare Haiku, the dam of Gr1 winner Japonisme. Trained by Richard and Michael Freedman he continues a strong run of the form for the training duo.
The Freedmans believes Exhibition could end up a handy stayer and will send him for a break before a possible Spring Champion Stakes campaign. “He’s come a long way from where he was three or four months ago and if he can make the same sort of improvement then he’s got plenty of upside,” Freedman said.
Full article at NZ Racing news:
The main man Colby
Great to have the Gavelhouse crew out to view Lot 25 for the upcoming Gavelhouse Plus Weanling Sale. This stunning filly is by sire of the moment Ocean Park out of Queens Elect.
However, man of the moment is most definitely her mini friend, Colby. With it being our only lot for sale he has stepped up and been doing a marvellous job keeping her company during parades. #worthhisweightingold
Hallmark representative lot 25 on Gavelhouse Plus
Check out our Lot 25 on the Gavelhouse Plus, NZB Weanling Sale.
By in form stallion Ocean Park, sire of Tofane, Kolding, Star of the Seas and Opacity. This filly has it all, she is powerful, correct and has a spotless set of x-rays.
She is out of a NSW metropolitan placegetter who is a half sister to stakes performer My Destiny and Supriym Story, dam of Gr1 winner Lasqueti Spirit.
Follow the link to find out more: https://plus.gavelhouse.com/lot/158/unnamed?fbclid=IwAR2ahaLDu4F5JpRH0HfpUEDq-FxMhS2vucIOIAYHmIFb2NcDp-FhGQKaVG0
Tavisan records another metropolitan win
Good to see Hallmark graduate Tavisan back in the winners enclosure. Today’s victory at Caulfield was win number five for the son of Tavistock.
A $135k graduate from the NZB Yearling Sale, Tavisan has been an astute purchase having amassed over $250k in prize money plus a Gr3 placing at three.
Consistent HK Galloper Strikes again
A horse who consistently achieves results for our sire Super Easy is HK based Striking Mr C (Super Easy x Charming Elle). In his past 5 starts he has had 3 wins including a last start victory at Sha Tin.
Striking Mr C graduated from Hallmark in the 2016 NZB Yearling Sales when selling to Tartan Meadow Bloodstock for $50,000.
Check out his yearling parade here —> https://vimeo.com/151687940
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
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