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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview July 2010
WHILE they are immensely proud of their record and unprecedented success, it's the future that has the Matamata farm's undivided attention. "There's absolutely no time to stand still in this game and you have to keep a level head," said Mark Chittick, who owns and operates the stud with father Garry. "There's been major growth here in the last 10 years or so both as far as land goes and horse numbers. That's led to massive success and we don't need to grow anymore in terms of land or horses, but what we are focussed on is quality." To that end, Waikato Stud is currently carrying out major work at Courtza Park, its breaking-in and pre- training facility. "It's a very exciting development and we're upgrading to an 1800 metre track and it will be revamped into a world-class training unit," Chittick, 39, said. Waikato Stud currently comprises more than 1200 acres of prime land dedicated to the breeding, rearing and preparation of young horses. Apart from the main property, Centaine Park is an adjacent 250-acre holding for mares and joins weanling base Valleyfields in the Hinuera Valley. Waikato Stud has also made a recent office appointment with a view to the future. "A very good friend of mine, Neil Ross, is now our business development manager. He was the Auckland Racing Club's marketing manager a few years ago and has been in IT for the last six or seven years." Chittick said. Chittick is understandably upbeat about the formidable stallion roster at the farm and particularly the growing stature of its more youthful members. "The young stallions coming through are really exciting and they've got it all ahead of them while the senior stallions are well-established. They continue to produce top-class performers both here and in Australia and continuing their sterling service." he said. The younger team is made up of Cox Plate winner Savabeel and the Gr 1 performed sprinter Fast 'N' Famous. By the champion stallion Zabeel out of the Gr 1 NZ Oaks and Australia Stakes winner Savannah Success, Savabeel raced right up to pedigree expectations on the track. He won at two and was placed in the Champagne Stakes before a glorious three-year-old season. Under Graeme Rogerson's guidance, Savabeel won the Spring Champion Stakes and then defeated Fields Of Omagh and Starcraft in the Cox Plate. He accounted for 10 Gr 1 winners at Moonee Valley to become just the second three-year-old in the last 20 years to land Australasia's weight-for-age championship. With more than 30 individual winners to his credit, Savabeel also has four individual stakes winners on the board - My Emotion (Gr 2 Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes), Warrentherooster (Listed Wanganui Guineas), Queen Sabeel (Listed Northland Breeders' Stakes) and Kudakulari (Listed Fernhill Handicap). July 2010 6 NEW ZEALAND SIRES PREVIEW PRODUCING PERFECTION They might be Australasia's leading provider of Group One winners in the last decade but there's little time for dwelling on the past at Waikato Stud. Story by Paul Vettise. Waikato Stud currently comprises more than 1200 acres of prime land dedicated to the breeding, rearing and preparation of young horses. M.K.
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