New Zealand

Horse racing is an area in which Australia and New Zealand have shared resources more than any other.

Australian racehorses have retired to make names for themselves at New Zealand studs. Australian owners and trainers are among the biggest buyers at New Zealand studs the same trade occurs in reverse.

For a couple of hundred years, New Zealand was the only country to which Australian horses could travel freely without quarantine restrictions.

As a result the trade in racehorses, stallions and mares flowed with little inhibition and considerable, healthy rivalry.

There was a time when stoutly-bred New Zealand geldings had a near mortgage on the Melbourne Cup. But as the Australian racing has opened up to the world and due to other commercial factors, Australian-breds are reversing the trend somewhat with success in some of New Zealand’s biggest races.

Prominent among them have been 2014-15 New Zealand Horse of the Year and Champion 3YO Mongolian Khan, Champion 2YO Marky Mark, Champion Sprinters Bounding and Sacred Star along with Group 1 winners Platinum Witness, O’Marilyn, More Than Sacred and Costa Viva.

After South Africa, New Zealand was the second greatest source of both international level Group 1 wins and stakes successes for Australian-breds in the last racing season.

  • Ardrossan

    Breeding: Redoute’s Choice (AUS) x Miss Argyle (AUS)
    Breeder: Windemere Stud, QLD 
    Race: Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Stakes (6 May 2017)


  • Charles Road

    Breeding: Myboycharlie (IRE) x Giant Mystique (AUS) 
    Breeder: Miss A Yelland, VIC 
    Race: G3 Manawatu Classic (1 April 2017)


  • Charmont

    Breeding: High Chaparral (IRE) x Martique (AUS) 
    Breeder: RA Emery, NSW 
    Race: G1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (8 April 2017)


  • Marky Mark

    Breeding: Makfi x My My Maree
    Breeder: Mr B. Lindsay
    Race: New Zealand, Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes

    Race Wins and Replays

    NZ G1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes

  • Miss Wilson

    Breeding: Stratum (AUS) x Cierzo (NZ) 
    Breeder: Chouxmaani Investments Ltd 
    Race: G2 WRC Cuddle Stakes (18 March 2017)


  • Mongolian Falcon

    Breeding: Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Amazing Beauty (IRE) 
    Breeder: Orpendale, Chelsaus (Ireland), Wynaus, NSW 
    Race: G2 Hawkes Bay Guineas (1 October 2016)

    Cost: $150,000 at 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale
    Purchaser: Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry, NZ 

  • Mongolian Khan

    Breeding: Holy Roman Emperor x Centafit
    Breeder: Grenville Stud
    Race: New Zealand, Group 1 New Zealand Derby
    Cost: $9,000 at the 2012 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale
    Vendor: Grenville Stud
    Buyer: B Williams
    Cost: $140,000 at the 2013 NZB  Premier Yearling Sale
    Vendor: Ainsley Downs Stud
    Buyer: Waikato Bloodstock

    Race Wins and Replays

    G1 New Zealand Derby

  • Qiji Phoenix

    Breeding: Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x No Mistaking (AUS)
    Breeder: G Briscoe, NSW 
    Race: Listed ARC Champagne Stakes (22 April 2017)


  • Sacred Star – NZ

    Breeding: Flying Spur x Irish Nova
    Breeder: Mr M. Ruff
    Race: New Zealand, Group 1 Waikato Sprint
    Cost: $200,000 at the 2011 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale
    Vendor: Attunga Stud
    Buyer: Guy Mulcaster Bloodstock

    Race Wins and Replays

    G1 Waikato Sprint
    G1 Telegraph Handicap
  • Volpe Veloce

    Breeding: Foxwedge (AUS) x Bardego (AUS)
    Breeder: N Vass, NSW 
    Race: G3 Manawatu Eulogy Stakes (10 December 2016)

    Cost: $120,000 at 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions National Weanling Sale / $NZ240,000 at 2015 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale
    Purchaser: Lyndhurst Farm, NZ / Richardson Racing, NZ