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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
Hawkes Bay

18:10 Race 6 1600m

Al Vandaam (NZ) 2013 (F. by Rip Van Winkle-Almadaam) (trainer: S B Marsh)

18:45 Race 7 1400m
Elston (NZ) 2014 (F. by Sakhee's Secret-Our Lily Belle) (trainer: J G Bary)

New Zealand
14:50 Race 1 1600m
Joe Cargo (NZ) 2011 (G. by Authorized-Rialto Bridge) (trainer: P A Stevens)
16:01 Race 3 1200m
Our Showgirl (NZ) 2013 (F. by Ego-Showzeel) (trainer: M Moroney & P Gerard)
Otago RC
13:57 Race 2 2200m
Precious Percy (NZ) 2012 (G. by Sir Percy-Little Gem) (trainer: L G Dobbs)
17:32 Race 8 1400m
Tatum (NZ) 2013 (F. by Tavistock-Stella Rosa) (trainer: S Kennedy & A Furlong)
Papina (NZ) 2013 (F. by Alamosa-Pow Wow Jane) (trainer: J & K Parsons)
18:06 Race 9 1600m
Los Cabos (NZ) 2012 (F. by Mastercraftsman-Paris Hilton) (trainer: S Kennedy & A Furlong)

16:00 Race 6 2420m
Prince of Pagoda (NZ) 2012 (G. by Zabeel-Darcey Bussell) (trainer: Tony McEvoy)
New Zealand
Manawatu RC
16:13 Race 7 1550m
Craggy Range (NZ) 2014 (F. by Savabeel-Audi) (trainer: J G Bary)
Southland RC
14:49 Race 5 1200m
Pippi Rea (NZ) 2013 (G. by Pins-Smitten Kitten) (trainer: J & K Parsons)

Waikato RC
12:13 Race 1 2400m
She Brings Joy (NZ) 2013 (F. by Sebring-In the Mood) (trainer: S B Marsh)
14:33 Race 5 2100m
Misty Music (NZ) 2012 (F. by Stravinsky-Mystify) (trainer: R A James)
Real Fun (NZ) 2013 (F. by O'Reilly-Menaka) (trainer: D Logan & C Gibbs)
16:59 Race 9 1400m
Bruce Arthur (NZ) 2013 (G. by Showcasing-The Beckett) (trainer: D Logan & C Gibbs)

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