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.
RACING THIS WEEK
Valachi has four horses racing on Thursday and Saturday in New Zealand: Riccarton, and Ellerslie
Thursday at Riccarton:
Weather: cloudy, track: Dead5, rail: out 11 metres
1.47 p.m. R2 4 Lily Grecia (4 m Zacinto – Our Lily Belle), T: Kennedy/Furlong, Riccarton. J: Samantha Collett; freshened since a good run for second here in the Rating 65 1100 metres on 27 January, and drawn barrier five in the $10,000 Rating 65 1000 metres. Her two prior runs, for fourth and third respectively, provide good form and she appears ideally placed to threaten. Fixed odds: $3.80 & $1.40.
2.57 p.m. R4 5 Pippi Rea (4 g Pins – Smitten Kitten), T: John & Karen Parsons, Balcairn, J: Tina Comignaghi (a2); followed a good second at Gore, finishing seventh here, both over 1200 metres, and ideally drawn (1) in the $11,000 Rating 75 1200 metres. Generally a consistent performer, track conditions should prove suitable and the jockey has included a stakes win in her recent successes. Fixed odds: $14.00 & $3.50.
3.32 p.m. R5 9 Tatum (4 m Tavistock – Stella Rosa), T: Kennedy/Furlong, Riccarton. J: Samantha Collett; overcame the outside gate (14) and found the line solidly for second on 25 January in the Maiden 1600 metres at Wingatui, and rounded up late when second here in the Maiden 1800 metres on 23 February. Again drawn wide (14), luck in running can see another bold effort in the $10,000 Maiden 1600 metres. Fixed odds: $4.50 & $1.85.
Saturday at Ellerslie (Auckland Cup Day):
As on Thursday 8 March the conditions were: fine and Good3, rail out 2.5 metres 1000m – 400m, remainder true. 10mls rain forecast Thursday, no rain Friday & Saturday.
6.09 p.m. R10 10 Princess Sapphire (4 m Savabeel – Sapphire Belle), T: Baker/Forsman, Cambridge, J: Matt Cameron; had no chance from the rear in a leader dominated Rating 65 1600 metres on 24 February at Hastings, and contests the $50,000 Rating 65 1600 metres. She ran a notable sixth to subsequent stakes winner Darscape Princess (Darci Brahma) two starts ago at Trentham, in the Rating 75 1400 metres, races well here, and can improve with luck from barrier 12.
We wish you all the best.