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Welcome to Valachi Downs

Valachi Downs is a boutique thoroughbred stud located near Matamata, in the heart of  New Zealand's thoroughbred nursery: the Waikato. Established from modest beginnings, the farm has grown from the original 50 acre dairy farm purchased in 2005, and has developed into a 270+ acre horse breeding operation. The stud has been purpose built from the ground up and reflects the many terrains of the region. Hill country, rolling pastures and lush flat lands make up the landscape of the farm, along with first class stabling facilities and kilometres of post and rail fencing. The stud reflects the focus on quality and attention to detail that is synonymous with the co-founder of Ryman Healthcare and stud owner Kevin Hickman.

Valachi Downs has enjoyed success, in both the sales ring and on the racetrack.The stud's first draft at the New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales in 2008 saw a record high Select Sale price of $300,000 for a Scardee Cat colt from Valachi Downs mare My Kinda Girl. Then in 2011 and 2012 it was Derby winners that bought the stud to the fore.  Australian Derby winner Shamrocker was raised at the stud and sold through the Select Sale for $65,000 for Valachi clients.



Upcoming Races: 

New Zealand
14:17 Race 3 1200m
Craggy Range (NZ) 2014 (F. by Savabeel-Audi) (trainer: J G Bary)
15:10 Race 6 1400m
Savile Row (NZ) 2013 (C. by Makfi-Fleece) (trainer: M D Moroney)
New Zealand
Ashburton RC
12:57 Race 4 1200m
Los Cabos (NZ) 2012 (F. by Mastercraftsman-Paris Hilton) (trainer: S Kennedy & A Furlong)

16:29 Race 10 1600m
Zentessa (NZ) 2014 (F. by Zed-Dantessa) (trainer: S Kennedy & A Furlong)
17:04 Race 11 2100m
Precious Percy (NZ) 2012 (G. by Sir Percy-Little Gem) (trainer: L G Dobbs)
Rotorua RC
14:59 Race 5 1950m
Joe Cargo (NZ) 2011 (G. by Authorized-Rialto Bridge) (trainer: P A Stevens)

Leesing 15

Foals 2017




Stud Manager: Jonathan Scully

Ph: +64 27 531 4949

Stud Address:

52 Taotaoroa Road, RD 2, Matamata 3472

Office: Administration/Accounts


PO Box 79084 Christchurch 8446

Ph: +64 3 336 0260