Pencarrow Racing

In 2008 Pencarrow Stud established its own dedicated training facility at Maungatautari, near Lake Karapiro. On land leased from esteemed New Zealand trainer, Laurie Laxon, who is now based in Singapore, the farm has a proud history of producing outstanding racehorses, including Pencarrow’s own champion, Ethereal, trained by Sheila Laxon to win the G1 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups double in 2001.

The property is now home to the Pencarrow Racing string, under the care of the training partnership of Steven ‘Rambo’ Ramsay & Julia Ritchie.

This season Sir Peter Vela has also had horses in the stables of Lee Freedman, Liam Birchley and David Hayes in Australia; Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott, Roger James, Jason Bridgman, Shaune Ritchie, Frank Ritchie, Stephen Marsh, Graham Richardson, John Bell, Ken Kelso, Kevin Myers, Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman, Peter McKay, Lisa Latta, Jan Hay, Tony Pike, Raylene Whiteside, Peter & Dawn William, and Donna Logan in New Zealand; Laurie Laxon and Michael Freedman in Singapore; and Charlie Hills and David Wachman in the UK.

In August 2013 we welcomed a new member to the team with the appointment of Garry Cossey as Pencarrow Racing Manager, and in May 2014 we added Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freedman to the team as Director of Racing.

Pencarrow Racing's tally of wins (and near misses) so far for the season is below:

03 Aug 2015

Last season saw Pencarrow owned gallopers sweep 48 wins across New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, UK and Ireland.

This season is filled with aspiration for Pencarrow with the rise of talented young horses and existing stable stars to race in the blue and white silks.


HASSELHOOF 4YO Tavistock x Alpine (g) 1st (29.08.15, Ruakaka) $18,500 Rating 75 1600m
ASSUME 3YO Fastnet Rock x Alsharq (f) 1st (19.08.15, Killarney) €11,500 MDN 1700m
POLYNESIA 5YO High Chaparral x Miss Sivivatu (m) 2nd (20.08.15, Woodville) $7,000 MDN 1400m
ROCK ROSE 4YO Road To Rock x Clear Rose (m) 2nd (19.08.15, Taupo) $7,000 MDN 1800m
COTE DE NUITS 5YO Stravinsky x Madame Echezeaux (g)
2nd (16.08.15, Singapore) S$60,000 Class 4 1000m
VALBUENA 6YO Darci Brahma x Vega Sicilia (g)
1st (16.08.15, Singapore) S$125,000 Open Handicap 1600m
PIAZZETTA 6YO Darci Brahma x Paolino (g) 2nd (12.08.15, Ruakaka) $8,000 Rating 85 1400m
05 Aug 2014The 2014/15 racing season was fruitful for Pencarrow Racing, winning 48 races across New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, UK and Ireland, highlighted by stakes-winners Atacama and Silver Eclipse.
05 Aug 2013The 2013/14 racing season provided a haul of 55 winners in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore & the United Kingdom, culminating with the honour of securing the Owners Premiership Award.
03 Sep 2012Pencarrow Racing had a great season in 2013, highlighted by stakes performances by Dolmabache, Valbuena, Pure Elegance, Guiseppina, Adolay and Maarek in the UK.
02 Aug 2011Pencarrow Racing had a stellar 2011/12 season with the newly licensed training partnership of Rambo & Julia scoring some notable 'firsts' from Pencarrow's Maungtautari HQ.
01 Aug 2011A hugely successful first season for Pencarrow Racing's resident training partnership of Steven Ramsay & Julia Ritchie saw Peter & Philip Vela one of three finalists for the prestigious NZ Owner of the Year Award in 2011.