RACING NEWS
Saturday, October 10, 2009

The following are articles (in recent date order) from our newsletter and/or information of interest we have learned pertaining to the offspring of our racing sires Colombia and The Don's Sting.

Colombia moves to Longspring

As of  May 2009, 12 year old thoroughbred stallion Colombia (Zabeel – Eight Carat by Pieces of Eight) has a new home with Rupert and Anne Vallance at Longspring Stud in the Wairarapa. 

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Bringbackthebiff jumping in Ireland

It is like selling coals to Newcastle … but an Irish owner purchased one of the more successful of the Colombia progeny in Bringbackthebiff (Colombia – Ellena Dawn by Drums of Time) who is now racing in Ireland. He is particularly successful at steeplechasing winning the Gowran Inistioge Beginners Chase within 5 months of his arrival in Ireland. Bringbackthebiff was 2nd in the New Zealand Cup in 2007.  

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Colombia progeny win over $3,800,000

The NZ Thoroughbred Stallion Register only records progeny winnings in dollar value for NZ and Australia – but when one digs a bit deeper looking at the tremendously successful Colombia progeny racing in Hong Kong and Macau, the winnings are much more impressive! This is from 4 crops racing.

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Sister to JEUNE has Colombia foal

Half sister to 1995 Aust Horse of the Year JEUNE produces Colombia colt 

Saveur, the 22 year old mare by Ardross has produced an outstanding colt by Colombia this spring. He was born at Longspring Stud at 12:40 am on the Sunday (Oct 4) after the Kelt Capital Stakes in HB in a beautiful evening with a fullish moon and a warm night. Just as well because by Sunday evening the winter weather was back with a vengeance. Snow, rain and a bitterly cold wind.

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Sterling Prince's Spring Success

Sterling Prince has consistent start to spring racing with 3 placings in the Hawkes Bay Triple Crown

Things are off to a good start! From limited runners over the last month, we have seen incredibly good performances by Colombia’s progeny with the promise of more to come.

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Sterling Prince continues spring success

The spring success for Sterling Prince struck gold over the weekend with a win in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2500m) Group 3 race at Flemington. One of only two kiwi bred, kiwi owned and kiwi trained to have success at the carnival!

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New 2 Yr Old star by COLOMBIA

Wow! Oforawesome, a brown/black gelding with a white blaze like his sire started his career with a second finish in his first start. 

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9 winners in 8 weeks for Colombia

9 winners (11 wins) in just over the last 8 weeks has put Colombia back in the spotlight as one of this country's most versatile sires. They sprint, they stay and they jump!

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3 wins in 1 day for COLOMBIA

Thursday was a day to remember! COLOMBIA had 4 horses racing and 3 of them were winners!

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More Black Print for Colombia

Addictive Habit (Colombia - Chasing The Habit)

Oh So Close! Ten days earlier this 2 year old by Colombia won his first start.


Bred by Isabelle Roddick of Rough Habit fame, Addictive Habit stepped out at his second start in the Listed Ryder Stakes 1200m @ Otaki Saturday July 28.

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Colombia - top NZ based sire in Singapore

In the April issue of NZ Thoroughbred, Colombia leads the Singapore race scene due to the stakes winning performances of his two Group 2 winners Ready to Strike and Marencumbae - Martin. That puts him ahead of Darci Brahma, Flying Spur and Savabeel on the same list. 

Good things take time and it is pleasing too to see that with progeny winnings of over $7.4 million, Colombia has moved up this season to cement a place in the top 30 Leading New Zealand General Sires for 2012-13 Season.  With his colt/gelding offpsring earning on average $64,590, Colombia is proving to be an excellent investment for breeders in NZ.

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