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.
Breeding: Redoute’s Choice (AUS) x Miss Argyle (AUS)
Breeder: Windemere Stud, QLD
Race: Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Stakes (6 May 2017)
Breeding: Myboycharlie (IRE) x Giant Mystique (AUS)
Breeder: Miss A Yelland, VIC
Race: G3 Manawatu Classic (1 April 2017)
Breeding: High Chaparral (IRE) x Martique (AUS)
Breeder: RA Emery, NSW
Race: G1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (8 April 2017)
Breeding: Makfi x My My Maree
Breeder: Mr B. Lindsay
Race: New Zealand, Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes
Race Wins and Replays
Breeding: Stratum (AUS) x Cierzo (NZ)
Breeder: Chouxmaani Investments Ltd
Race: G2 WRC Cuddle Stakes (18 March 2017)
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
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
Breeding: Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x No Mistaking (AUS)
Breeder: G Briscoe, NSW
Race: Listed ARC Champagne Stakes (22 April 2017)
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