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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview June 2010
June 2010 18 NEW ZEALAND SIRES PREVIEW AT the helm of the current day operation are Sam and Catriona who took up the reins at Little Avondale Stud at Masterton in 2005. They are the third generation to carry the legacy forward and continue to prosper with their ongoing success based on proud tradition and sound principles. "Little Avondale, Big on Winning might be a new brand but my grandparents' commitment to quality will never change - this is still a family business," Sam Williams said. The foundations were laid in 1940 from the famed Te Parae property of Alister and Nancy Williams, a 1200- acre sheep and beef farm east of Masterton. Sam's grandparents had been married the year before and they combined their unique talents to provide the impetus for the modern operation. Nancy's eye for quality stock worked in tandem with Alister's pedigree knowledge to quickly establish a highly-successful thoroughbred stud. Foundation mare Sunbride was bought at the Trentham sales for 1250 guineas and the foal she was carrying by Faux Tirage was subsequent 1957 Melbourne Cup winner Straight Draw. Te Parae's first stallion was the prepotent Sabean and was followed by the dominant duo of Agricola and Oncidium. The latter died prematurely with just six crops racing but they included Leilani (Caulfield Cup), Taras Bulba (AJC Derby), Dayana (VRC Derby), Gold Brick (AJC Derby), Young Ida (NZ Oaks), Sandarae (VRC Oaks), Grand Cidium (Caulfield Guineas) and Oncidon (Metropolitan Handicap). Sam Williams' father Buzz and his uncle Tom subsequently took over the running of Te Parae with Alister and Nancy moving to Little Avondale. The brothers continued to run Te Parae until 1994 with Buzz in charge of the horses and Tom likewise with the sheep, beef and deer. Family ties remained strong after the decision taken 16 years ago to separate the units when Buzz and wife Susie and their family moved the horse operation to Little Avondale. "I came back to live in 1993 after my OE and Carolingian was the first stallion we got," Sam WIlliams said. Six years later saw the arrival of Towkay and the son of Last Tycoon has provided sterling service and been a regular source of success ever since. Trained by Lee Freedman, he was the Gr. 3 winner of the Hayes Stakes and was Gr. 1 placed in the Salinger Stakes. "He had the pedigree and race record and today you would be paying seven figures for a horse LITTLE AVONDALE - A FAMILY FIRST OPERATION The Williams family have been at the heart of thoroughbred breeding in the Wairarapa region for seven decades and continue to set a winning pace. Story by Paul Vettise. TOWKAY widespread success throughout Australasia
Tyreel Easter Yearlings
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