“Since January 2017, Te Akau has won four $1,000,000 races with Avantage, Melody Belle, Gingernuts and, just in January, Probabeel [Te Akau also got second and third in that race].
We were also beaten by a whisker in last year’s $1,000,000 Vodafone New Zealand Derby with Mongolianconqueror, as well as the $1,000,000 Karaka Million 3YO Classic with Embellish.
We love winning these races and I am proud to have purchased each of these horses. It is exciting and exhilarating for Te Akau owners and our whole team when we take line-honours.”
“Not really, except that I do watch our team race from the same place on course every year.”
“My favourite all-time racehorse would have to be a horse I bred – Distinctly Secret. He ran in three consecutive Caulfield Cups and two Melbourne Cups.
He was just the most beautiful and kind horse who loved to please and always tried his heart out.
He is living the life of retirement with his strapper who just adored him.“
“Ellerslie can hold its head high and it certainly has a special place in my heart.
My first ever Group 1 race win was the Easter Handicap with a horse called Cosmetique. I attended my first ever race meeting at Ellerslie and became a member when I was 20.
Ellerslie boasts wonderful facilities that host big crowds on some of the most important race meetings on New Zealand’s calendar.
The Auckland Racing Club is so professional and innovative – the new stabling area is as good as you will see anywhere in the world.”
Thanks to his connections and the team at Te Akau Racing, 2017 Vodafone New Zealand Derby winner, Gingernuts, will be making his first public appearance since his retirement as he leads out the field of this year’s $1,000,000 feature on Saturday.