Wentwood Grange News

Shenandoah Wins at Cranbourne - 10/03/17

Shenandoah broke through for her maiden win at Cranbourne last Friday night.

Placed 2nd at her first start to subsequent Group 2 winner Wyndspelle and 5th by only two lenghts at her 2nd start to subsequent Group 1 winner Luna Rosa, when held up for a run. Shenandoah showed enough for Trent and Natalie Bussetin to take her to Melbourne when they relocated their stable at the beginning of the season.

Shenandoah is by Darci Brahma out of the stakes winner Ms Seneca Rock, making her a half sister to multiple stakes winner Minaj.

Although the pedigree is filled with predominantly spinters, Shenandoah is built like she should get further and the way she won the 1400m madien on Friday night, that looks very possible.

Signify's slick Telegraph win in 1:07:7.

Telegraph win Signify’s Group 1 Result for Wentwood Grange - 21/1/17

Signify (Perfectly Ready ex Pica Pica) won the Group 1 Telegraph Sprint at Trentham on Saturday. Trained by Alex "Snooky" Cowan and owned by his wife, Tracey, the win capped a remarkable rise through the racing ranks for the five year old gelding.

Ridden by Racha Cunneen, Signify was able to gain cover in the running and was saved for one crack at the leaders, overhauling the Railway winner Start Wondering just on the post.

Signify was bred by Wentwood Grange and sold at the South Island sale for just $5,500, remarkably this was $500 less than another Group 1 winner Wentwood has sold, Royal Ascot winner Little Bridge.

Signify's dam Pica Pica was in training with Lisa Latta when she broke her leg, Lisa recommended that we try and save her and breed from her if we could as she had plenty of talent despite never even getting to the trials, so she was sent to Massey University who were able to save her and she was retired to stud.

Pica Pica's (by Stravinsky) 2nd dam is a half sister to Jesmond Lass, the dam of Canny Lad and Canny Lass. Signify was Pica Pica's 1st foal. Her second foal is (El) Sicario (By Bullbars) who ran 2nd in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires' Produce last year.

Signify is the 5th Group 1 winner bred by Wentwood Grange and the 8th Group 1 winner sold or offered for sale by Wentwood Grange in the last 6 years, considering the average sale crop would have been less than 20 per year for those horses racing .. not a bad result!



Fantastic win to kick off Valley Girl's 2016/17 season.

Valley Girl Gets Back That Winning Feeling - 6/8/16

Wentwood Grange's Valley Girl (Mastercraftsman ex Leigh Valley) started her 2016/17 season in fine form winning the Harcourts Optimize Open over 1200m at Ruakaka. Bred and owned by Wentwood Grange, the Hawkins family is very pleased with her start to the racing season.

Valley Girl was starting her 4 year old campaign after winning a great 3 year old season, winning the G1 Herbie Stykes Stakes G1 and fininishing 2nd in the ATC Vinery Stakes G1 in Australia.

Amongst her competition today was G1 winner Ryan Mark, as well as G2 winners Stolen Dance, Hasslefhoof and Antonia Lombardo. Valley Girl stalked the leader before sprinting clear in probably the worst part of the track to win by a length.

Valley Girl is likely to meet most of her competitors again in 3 weeks' time in the Group 1 Makfi Stakes WFA. All them will take improvement from the race and with the change is weights from handicap to weight for age scale, it will make for an exciting race.

Valley Girl has always been a big horse but she has strengthened up over the winter and is looking ready for the challenges she will face this campaign.

This was Valley Girl's 10th start and 4th win for $390,000.

Lisa Allpress on Valley Girl

Valley Girl Wins WFA Herbie Dyke Stakes Group 1 - 13/2/16

Valley Girl (Mastercraftsman ex Leigh Valley) won the Group 1 Herbie Dyke WFA Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday.

The
win marked a number of firsts. She became the Group 1 winner for the new training partnership of Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs, the first 3 year old filly to ever win the race and the first Southern Hemisphere Group 1 winner for her sire, Mastercraftsman.

Skilfully ridden by Lisa Allpress, Valley Girl beat a small but high quality field of proven Weight for Age horses at her first attempt at the highest level.

Valley Girl is out of Wentwood Grange's Group 3 winner Leigh Valley. She was taken to Karaka at the 2014 sales and failed to attract a bid, not that we are disappointed at all!! Always a tall horse, she has filled out into a magnificent looking individual who looked at home competing against the older horses.

Valley Girl's main aim this season has been the NZ Derby and when the field for the Herbie Dyke Stakes was left open for nominations after only attracting 4 nominations initially, the training team decided it would fit into her program well.

Valley Girl has now had 6 starts for 3 wins at $230,000 in prizemoney and is joint favourite for the NZ Derby.

A big thank you to the Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs team and to Lisa Allpress for making Saturday a day to remember for Wentwood Grange.







Kermadec winning Group 1 WFA George Main Stakes

Kermadec Provides Bright Spot on a Wet Day - 19/9/15

At Wentwood Grange on Saturday morning the skies opened up and it started to rain….. and rain and rain.

With blustery wind and consistent rain the new season's foals could be forgiven for thinking that it was still winter in the Waikato.

Then, at 5.48pm the clouds cleared, the sun shone bright, the birds sang sweetly and the spirits at Wentwood Grange were lifted.

At 5.48pm Kermadec won the George Main Stakes stamping himself as potentially the best horse in Australasia. Starting as the $2.20 favourite, Kermadec won his second Group 1 race at his 11 th start and has amassed over $2.5m in prize money.

Kermadec was ridden by Glyn Schofield and is trained by Chris Waller for owner Neville Morgan.He was bought from Wentwood Grange's 2013 Karaka draft by Guy Mulcaster for $260,000.

Kermadec will head next to the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes and onto the Group 1 Cox Plate.If he is successful there, the spirits at Wentwood Grange will be lifted even higher.

Kermadec taking out the Doncaster Mile

Wentwood Tastes Success at the Championships

Sometimes, in racing everything falls into place.
Sometimes, two horses scratch on the morning of Australia's richest mile race, letting you into the field.
Sometimes, the jockey is able to push your horse through the smallest of gaps.
Sometimes, barrier 19 doesn't matter.
Sometimes, the jockey can weigh in over 1kg overweight, and it makes no difference to the result.

This is what happened on Easter Monday when arguably Australia's most unlucky race horse, Kermadec, finally got the Group 1 he deserved in the $3 million Doncaster Mile.


For owner Neville Morgan, it was his second Doncaster win [after Rangirangdo (NZ)]. For the trainer, Chris Waller, it was his 5th Doncaster win. The jockey Glen Boss claimed his 6th Doncaster win on Monday. However, the breeder Wentwood Grange, claimed their first Doncaster win.

On the first day of the championships, when horses were racing for over $10 million in prize money, Wentwood Grange had three graduates racing. Tremac sold for $400,000 and won the Group 2 Chairman's Handicap. Gust of Wind sold for $80,000 and came 4th in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes. Kermadec sold for $260,000, won the Group 1 Doncaster Mile. All these three horses were sold in the Karaka Premier Sale.

Kermadec, by Teofilo is out of the mare Hy Fuji who has a Medaglio D'Oro yearling filly and a Rip Van Winkel filly (making her a 3/4 to Kermadec) and is in foal to Ocean Park.

Wentwood Grange now joins an elite group of horse studs that have bred both a Royal Ascot winner (Little Bridge winning the Group 1 King Stand Stakes in 2012) and a Royal Randwick Group 1 winner. There must be something about the big occasion that brings out the best in Wentwood horses.

Wentwood Grange's resident super broodmare Parfore (owned by client Mike Ryan) was also represented by Tiger Tees and Terravista in the Group 1 TG Smith, with Terravista running a brave 3rd after being posted wide throughout the trip.

Wentwood Grange will also be represented by sale graduate Intimate Moment ($190,000) in the Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes on the 2nd day of the championships. Intimate Moment was bred by long time client Warren Pegg and is already the winner of the Group 3 Epoma Stakes. He is hoping she can continue the success of Wentwood Grange and our clients in the Sydney Autumn Carnival.





Wentwood Grange Starts New Year in Style

By the 3rd day of the new year, Wentwood Grange had struck with two of their home breds winning in New Zealand and Australia.

Trained by Mike Breslin and ridden by Michael Dee, Crackling Rosie (Faltaat x Sweet Caroline) made it two wins in a row by taking out the Golden Bay Cement Metric Mile at Woodville.

While at Rosehill, Last Wish (Guillotine x Star Blinka) won the AUS $85,000 Happy 50th Glen Handicap over 2400m. Trained by Tony McEvoy, the 4 year old gelding was very impressive winning by 2 lengths.

This was Last Wish's 3rd start for Tony McEvoy after being transferred from the late Guy Walter.


Darci Brahma - sire of Super Trouper.

“The Winner Takes It All” - Super Trouper Does It Again

A Wentwood Grange owned and bred filly, Super Trouper (Darci Brahma ex Trouville) has had two wins from two starts on Saturday in the $25,000 Sonia and Gary Harding F&M R65 at Riccarton. Raced in partnership with G. Fulton, and trained by Kevin and Pam Hughes, Super Trouper overcame  early interference and a testing ground to continue her winning streak. Patiently brought along by Kevin and Pam, the filly has had two trials and two races and is currently undefeated.

Having showed ability from the start, Super Trouper can now enjoy a well-deserved spell while  connections map out some spring stake races for her. We can only speculate how Des and Jan Hawkins came up with the name, named after ABBA’s hit song, but if Super Trouper can continue her winning ways we look forward to them busting out some ABBA disco moves.

Wentwood Grange brand.

Wentwood Grange Graduates Shine Again

At Rosehill on Saturday Wentwood Grange Graduates continued their remarkable run this season.

Tiger Tees (Dubawi ex Parfore) won the Group 1 Galaxy Stakes and Intimate Moment (Dubawi ex Gold Class) won the Group 3 Percy Sykes Tribute Stakes.

Tiger Tees was bred by Mike Ryan, a long standing client whose remarkable mare, Parfore, has produced four stakes winners including the Champion Singapore horse Super Easy (by Darci Brahama). While Intimate Moment was bred by another long standing client Warren Pegg. This was Gold Class’ third stakes winner, having produced Gold Rum (by Golan) and Bonnie Mac (by Thorn Park).

Intimate Moment was sold from the draft of Wentwood Grange for $190,000 at Karaka.

Tiger Tees became the 3rd Group 1 winner born at the farm this year following on from Puccini (NZ Derby) and Irish Fling (Telegraph).

What is even more remarkable is that both of this weekend's stakes winners were out of Gold Brose mares. Gold Brose has produced 19 stakes winners as a broodmare sire and 8 of them have been born at Wentwood Grange including the Group 1 winners Tiger Tees (G1 Galaxy), Little Bridge (G1 King Stand Stakes) and Miss Raggedy Ann (G1 Railway handicap).

Wentwood Grange brand.

Funny Game this Racing Game - 25/11/13

Race 8 at Te Rapa on Sunday the 25th of November held a remarkable number of coincidents for the races Sponsor, Wentwood Grange.

Firstly, the race was sponsored by Wentwood Grange and won by their homebred, Tegwin
Secondly, the first three home all carried the Wentwood Grange brand and were raised on the farm.

Thirdly, the race was named the “Miss Raggedy Anne Handicap” in honour of Wentwood Grange’s Group one winning race mare who was trained by Andrew Scott, also the trainer of Tegwin.

We all think that’s pretty unique and hope that Tegwin can one day deserve a race in her honour as well!!

Opie Bosson riding Tegwin to victory.

Tegwin Breaks Through for Maiden Win - 24/11/13

Tegwin (O’Reilly ex Anne Carina) broke through for her maiden win on Sunday in the Miss Raggedy Ann 1600m on Cambridge Jockey day at Te Rapa.
At only her 4th start Tegwin settled just off the leaders and produced a sustained run in the straight to win by ¾ of a length.

Tegwin was ridden by Oppie Bosson and is trained by Andrew Scott who also trained the races’ namesake Miss Raggedy Ann to win the Group one Railway Handicap.

Tegwin’s dam Anne Carina won 6 races including the listed Peter Gallagher Stakes on Stradbroke day at Eagle Farm. Anne Carina has a special place at Wentwood Grange as she was the first Stakes Winner bred and raced by the farm. Des Hawkins still maintains that her win in the Pirongia Cup is one of his greatest thrills in racing.

Wentwood Grange will be presenting Anne Carina’s colt by Bernadini at the 2014 Karaka Sales.

Minaj, second listed winner for Wentwood Grange at Moonee Valley this season.

Minaj Wins Listed William Crockett Stakes - 25/10/13

Wentwood Grange bred Minaj (Commands ex Ms Seneca Rock) made the step up to stakes company on Friday night winning the 3 year fillies William Crockett Stakes over 1200m at Mooney Valley. From an outside barrier, jockey Vlad Duric guided the filly to the lead and she showed tenacity to hold off all challengers to record her 3rd win from only 5 starts.

Minaj was sold through Wentwood Grange’s 2012 Premier Draft for NZ$130,000, and she has now won AUS$109,000.

This was the second stakes winner Wentwood Grange had bred at Mooney Valley this season after Cauthen won the McKensie stakes in August.

Minaj’s trainer, Anthony Freedman will aim her towards a stakes race on Oaks Day at Flemington.

Damien Oliver rides Zabeel colt to win at Caulfield on 1000 Guineas Day.

Zonza Boosts Gold Broses Credentials as Broodmare Sire - 13/10/13

The Roger James Trained Zonza (Zabeel-Sonet by Gold Brose) won the G3 Snowhite Maintenance Classic (1600m 4yo+mares) at Caulfield on 1000 Guineas Day.

For the ill fated Gold Brose this was his 16th stakes winner as a broodmare sire, 5 of which are Group 1 winners including the Wentwood Grange raised Little Bridge, Miss Raggedy Ann and Super Easy.

Super Easy, (Darci Brahma-Parfore by Gold Brose) was the Singapore horse of year and currently stands at Hallmark Stud.

Wentwood Grange will present a Zabeel colt from Parfore at the 2014 Karaka Sales making it a half brother to Super Easy and bred on the same cross as Zonza.

Super Easy himself is also bred on a similar cross being by Darci Brahma who himself is out of a Zabeel mare.

Parfore has been a remarkable producer having produced three stakes winners, Super Easy, Tiger Tees and Our Lukas.

James McDonald rides Cauthen to win the McKenzie Stakes.

Second Race’s a Charm for Cauthen’s Breeders - 24/8/13

Cauthen’s ( ex Minori Express) sensational win in the Essendon Nissan McKenzie Stakes on Saturday helped put the record straight for his breeders Wentwood Grange and his sire Darci Brahma.

Last year another Darci Brahma colt bred by Wentwood Grange, Awesome Bro (ex Gazebo) lined up in the 2012 running of the McKenzie Stakes running a luckless 5th. Awesome Bro’s jockey Damien Oliver believed the interference Awesome Bro received from the eventual winner Rusambo justified a protest of 5th against 1s,t which was eventually dismissed.

One year later, Cauthen’s jockey James McDonald made sure that result was never in doubt by giving Cauthen a beautiful ride just behind the leaders and sprinting clear at the 200m mark.

Cauthen’s trainer, Andrew Campbell, has plans to take the same path to the Caulfield Guineas as Awesome Bro did last year where he ran a brilliant 4th behind All Too Hard, Pierro and Eppaulette.Awesome Bro was found to be lame after the race.

Cauthen has been promoted to 1st equal in the betting for the Caulfield Guineas and the team at Wentwood Grange will be following his progress with interest, hoping he can go a few places better than Awesome Bro did in 2012.

Super Easy: premature end to racing career

Super Easy Retires to Stud - 6/7/13

In a shock decision that will take Singapore racing by complete surprise, just-acclaimed Group 1 Patron’s Bowl winner Super Easy was retired from racing this week due to injury.

The Singapore Horse of the Year 2012 had just bounced back from two defeats to return to the highest level in Sunday’s second Leg (1600m) of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge, but that 14th Kranji win did not, however, come without a heavy price. After the race, Super Easy returned to scales with some swelling in the near foreleg, which unfortunately did not subside the next day. A scan and an X-ray performed in the morning revealed a ruptured tear in his suspensory ligament, immediately casting a pall over the career of the $2.1 million earner.

The Wentwood Grange born and bred galloper was an exceptional performer in Singapore. The heart-breaking decision of bringing a premature end to the brilliant racing career of one of Singapore’s most celebrated horses.

But the good news was that one closed door opens another. The four-year-old entire by Darci Brahma out of Parfore (x Gold Brose) is not entirely lost to racing as he will soon go to stud. The multiple-Group winner, including three at Group 1 level, had all along had his post-racing career path charted as a stallion prospect, except that the new reproductory role in the breeding barn has come a little sooner than expected. Freedman’s bloodstock agent Michael Wallace has already put out feelers to the breeding industry in Australia and New Zealand to let studs out there know he was ready to stand as a stallion.

A sombre Freedman was understandably shaken by the loss of the horse who has undeniably put him on the map, especially after he had just reached the high of Group 1 glory just one day earlier before plummeting to such a low, but he was still putting up a brave front. “It’s a sad day, but it’s one of those unfortunate things that are part of racing,” said the Australian handler who has won 27 feature races at Kranji, of which a third were supplied by Super Easy. “At least, he is retiring on a high note, but it was still not an easy decision to make.

We were just celebrating his latest win and weighing up plans for the Singapore Derby (third Leg over 2000m on July 14), but this has been a bolt out of the blue.” Freedman said winning jockey Joao Moreira did report something was slightly amiss on pulling up, but it was only after the Group 1 euphoria wore off that it dawned upon them their pride and joy could be under a serious injury cloud. “He pulled up a bit sore after the race. Joao did tell me he felt his feet were a bit off in his action when he came back,” recalled Freedman. “I’m not sure at what stage of the race the injury occurred, but it certainly adds even more merit to his win. “With the adrenalin pumping, it was a bit difficult to diagnose it, especially as he was not really lame, but just had some swelling in the left leg. “We put some anti-inflammatory and wrapped the leg up, but the next day, the swelling was still prominent. When we palpated the area, it was tender as he was quite reactive. “(Singapore Turf Club veterinary surgeon) Dr Bronte Forbes performed an X-ray and a scan on him, and they showed a ruptured suspensory ligament, which would normally be a 50/50 call for most racehorses. “But as he is a rising five-year-old stallion, he can get a bit bulky after being off for six months, which would increase the risk of more severe injury. “I had a chat with the owners and they agreed the right thing to do was to retire him. At least we still have him and we only have to find a place for him in a stud.”

Super Easy retires as the winner of 15 races from 23 starts, including one win from three starts in New Zealand when prepared by trainer John Sargent. The champion horse"s trophy cabinet boasts nine feature wins, including the Group 1 Lion City Cup (1200m), Group 1 Patron’s Bowl (1600m), a cleansweep of all three Legs of the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge culminating with the Group 1 Singapore Guineas (1600m), Group 2 EW Barker Trophy (1400m), Group 3 Three Rings Trophy (1400m), Group 3 Paititi Gold Trophy (1200m) and Group 3 Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m). Freedman sent Super Easy to Hong Kong at the end of last year to contest two races, including the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin, but he did not win either. He also ran third to Lucky Nine in last May"s Group 1 KrisFlyer International Sprint (1200m) at Kranji. Still, last year’s Singapore runner-up in the trainer’s premiership did not think any less of the horse he considers as the best he has trained in his short five-year career. “I’ll have fond memories of him. He will not be easy to replace,” he said. “He’s been a big part of my training career here in Singapore. He owes me nothing, I owe him a lot. “Hopefully we will get to see his offspring racing at Kranji one day.”​

Cauthen Winning at Te Rapa

Impressive Win by Cauthen - 4/7/13

Two-year-old Cauthen looked full of promise with an impressive winning performance at Te Rapa on Wednesday.

Cauthen travelled up from Andrew Campbell’s Otaki stable but the trip did not appear to be of any worry to him as he cantered to a stylish eight and a half length win. Bred by Wentwood Grange, Cauthen (ex Minori Express) is a son of boom sire Darci Brahma and looks to be another rising superstar for the son of Danehill. Campbell has already signalled to take Cauthen to Melbourne in the spring for a tilt at the Group 1 A$1 million Caulfield Guineas. "He has always looked a good horse and we have thought a lot of him," Campbell said. Cauthen races in the same colours as former crack galloper Tavistock who nowadays stands at Cambridge Stud. Lammas was full of praise for Cauthen’s effort. "He just cruised along and was never under any pressure." Cauthen ran the 1200m in a smart 1:11.46 on a slow track.