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Willow Glen Stud

South Canterbury

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Waimate, South Canterbury


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Fastnet Rock’s Group Two-Winning Son to Willow Glen

Willow Glen’s successful association with the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry has gone to another level with the Waimate stud to stand Mongolian Falcon.

Mike and Barbara Cooney’s South Island operation will launch the stallion career of the well-performed son of Fastnet Rock, whose promising career was pre-maturely ended by injury.

Rider Horse Industry principal Lang Lin, affectionately known as Mr Wolf because of his love of his pet wolves, has been a regular visitor to Willow Glen.

“He’s been here quite a few times and we’ve sold horses out of the paddock to Mr Wolf for a number of years,” Barbara Cooney said.

“We’ve enjoyed a good association and at his invitation we went to Inner Mongolia in the north of China the season before last. We went to their three-day race-meeting and loved every minute.

“We’re very excited about Mongolian Falcon and Rider Horse will be heavily supporting the horse with a nice selection of mares.”

Trained at Ruakaka by Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs, Mongolian Falcon won three of his nine starts, including a five-length victory in the Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings where he beat subsequent Gr.1 Australian Derby (2400m) winner Jon Snow and Gr.1 Diamond Stakes (1200m) winner Heroic Valour.

Also placed in the Gr.2 Sarten Memorial (1400m) and the Listed Reid & Harrison Slipper (1200m), Mongolian Falcon’s career was ended by a knee issue after he finished sixth in the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m).

“He was a top-class galloper and started a strong favourite in the Guineas before his injury,” Cooney said.

Mongolian Falcon is out of the Group-performed Galileo mare Amazing Beauty, whose only other foal to race is the multiple winner Mongolian Beauty.

It is a well-performed North American family that features the Group One winners Phone Chatter, In Lingerie and Dixie Chatter.

“He’s such a lovely horse and he is bred on the Fastnet Rock/Galileo cross which has produced an incredible 27 per cent stakes winners to runners.

“It’s an exciting venture and you have to take opportunities when they come along,” Cooney said.

Mongolian Falcon will stand at $3000 + GST at Willow Glen alongside the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) winner Pure Champion, who began his stud career in 2015.

“He’s doing really well and his young stock are beautiful types, very athletic,” Cooney said. – NZ Racing Desk.

Success in China

Willow Glen bred 2013 horse by Captain Rio out of Aisin won well over 1200m…he has been a popular horse up there and ran 2nd this time last year having his first start.

2013 by Saperavi out of Mannleigh

The Windsor Park Cup on turf was a quinella of SAPERAVI Willow Glen bred horses.

Three quarter brother to PURE CHAMPION…. by same sire FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND out of his half sister..
wins juvenile in promising style….

Ivan Furtado is keen to try Followthesteps over six furlongs again after the youngster drew away in the closing stages to score at Wolverhampton.

The son of Footstepsinthesand wore down long-time leader Branscombe to land a cosy success in the five-furlong novice stakes after showing promise on his debut at Leicester three weeks earlier.

The 7-1 shot was more streetwise than runner-up Branscombe as he knuckled down in the final furlong for Tony Hamilton to get off the mark by three-quarters of a length.

“We’re really pleased with that. It was great for the owners and for the team,” said Furtado.

“He ran a good race first time. It was six furlongs and that was just a bit too far on soft ground.

“We’ve not rushed him and he’ll come on for this. I don’t think we’re going to bring him out quickly. He’s done everything right so far and we think he’ll be a nice horse.

“He wasn’t stopping over five furlongs and I think six on a galloping track will be perfect.”

Viola Park (7-2 favourite), ridden by Luke Morris, wore down Bogsnog from a furlong out to get the honours in division one of the seven-furlong handicap for trainer Ron Harris.

Division two went to 8-1 chance Zebelini, whose jockey Kevin Lundie received a two-day ban (July 10-11) for using his whip above the permitted level.

Wearing cheekpieces for the first time, the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained Super Julius (3-1) opened her account under top weight in the five-furlong handicap in the hands of Charles Bishop.

James Given’s Alfonso Manana (11-4) finally won at the 12th attempt when taking the six-furlong claimer under Richard Kingscote.

Sir Titan (5-1), trained by Marcus Tregoning, overcame a 282-day absence to land the seven-furlong maiden in emphatic fashion under Steve Drowne.

A couple of trouble makers

on left out of Zabba by Zabeel right Katorie by Keeper

Phelan roll continues with Kipkeino

20 August 2017, 2:17 p.m.

The red-hot run of northern jumps jockey Shaun Phelan continued when he guided accomplished hurdler Kipkeino to a comfortable victory at Wanganui.

Phelan, who took out the Grand National Steeplechase on Upper Cut last weekend, was seen at his patient best as he lobbed along towards the rear of the field on Kipkeino throughout much of the race. With testing conditions underfoot, Phelan conserved plenty of energy on the ten-year-old gelding before making a sweeping run to challenge on the point of the home turn.

Relishing the deep footing Kipkeino took over as he liked and cleared the two home straight fences in efficient fashion before dashing away to record a big victory from a gallant Thatz David, who rallied bravely after drifting off the pace with 1000 metres to run.

Phelan was pleased with the effort of the Hawkes Bay Hurdle winner as he looks forward to a potential start in the Great Northern Hurdles at Ellerslie next month.

“He was perfectly placed at the weight today and just out-stayed them,” he admitted after the race.

“That’s probably the best field he could have faced down the line here so hopefully he keeps going forward and can make the step up to the Northern.”

Trainer Lucy de Latour confirmed the Great Northern Hurdles was foremost in her mind as she waited for a post-race report from Phelan.

“The loose track helped him today,” she said.

“He’s going really well and looked quite happy out there.

“We will see how he pulls up and then think about the Northern.”

Kipkeino wins in Hawkes Bay

Wonderful to see the unofficial Willow Glen bred and sold Kipkeino win the Hawkes Bay hurdle for trainer/owner Lucy Delatour today in emphatic fashion. By our lovely boy Sunray sire also of Gargamel winner of the Grand National hurdles, Kipkeino is like family to Lucy who does all the work with him and has looked after his career extremely well.

Hello Michelle wins again

Te Akau principal David Ellis and Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM bred two winners a week ago in Singapore, and had another when Hello Michelle (3 f Minstrel Court – Paixanito, by Zabeel) recorded her fourth win on Sunday 18 June in the $60,000 Spalato Stakes (Class 4, 1100m) on the poly track.

Two-year-old Burgundy (Redoute’s Choice) filly Bringer of War and Super Genius, a three-year-old filly by Alamosa (O’Reilly), were the two recent winners and it was premiership leading trainer Mark Walker that also prepared Hello Michelle.

“Hello Michelle (main picture) is a filly by a stallion (Minstrel Court) that I bought as a yearling colt on the Gold Coast in 2007 for $100,000, at the June sale,” Ellis said.

“Minstrel Court won his first start as a two year old with ridiculous ease. Mark (Walker) trained him to win the Matamata Slipper (Listed, 1200m) and he finished third to his stable-mate Tell A Tale (Tale Of the Cat) in the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) when Craig Newitt came over to ride him from Australia.

“He was a pretty serious racehorse and we bred this filly out of a Zabeel mare. She showed a lot of promise in training, won both her trials really well as a two year old, and Steve (Autridge) and Jamie (Richards) thought she was a very promising filly.

“Mark (Walker) asked me to find a smart horse for one of his good owners in Singapore, and she fitted the bill perfectly for what they wanted.”

Hello Michelle has never finished further back than fourth in all but four of her sixteen starts, winning $186,400 in prize money, and powering home from the rear to register a 2 ½ length victory suggests there is plenty more to come.

“The trainers told me the first time they galloped her that she looked quite special and she won like a really good horse last night,” Ellis said.

“Hello Michelle was the first of two winners that Mark had last night. He also won the following race with Star Genius (Starcraft) and he’s now absolutely on fire – he should be carrying a fire extinguisher around with him – because what he’s done in the last couple of weeks is quite incredible. He’s had thirteen winners in that time and now sixteen ahead in the trainer’s premiership.

“It’s an unbelievable achievement and his whole team are in such great form, including his apprentice Zawari who rode Hello Michelle and is only one off the lead in the apprentice jockey premiership and of course Suppy (Shafiq) who is riding so well too.”

Ellis also reflected on a breeding system that sees their mares covered by stallions that he has previously purchased as yearling colts.

“Karyn and I like to breed to the stallions at stud that I’ve bought, if the mating looks suitable, and we like to support the studs that stand these colts,” he said.

“We have some good first crop Rock ‘n’ Pop (Fastnet Rock) progeny to race this coming season as three year olds. He hasn’t had a two year old winner as yet, but that doesn’t surprise me at all because he wasn’t a two year old type himself and he’s from a really good Sir Tristram staying family.

“We have a number of really promising Rock ‘n’ Pop horses in the stable. A couple of impressive trial winner at two that we’ve taken along quietly, but you can see in them now the development they’re making between two and three is quite remarkable so we’re really looking forward to racing them next season.”

20 June 2017 from Te Akau Racing