Barely half an hour after Bonifleur (NZ) (Burgundy) made a winning debut at Tauranga on Sunday, fellow Pencarrow three-year-old Naxos (NZ) (Harry Angel) followed suit in the very next race on the card.
Naxos kicked off his racing career on a perfect note with his hard-fought victory in the $25,000 Pure Lighting Maiden (1200m).
Fourth and third in his two appearances at the trials, Naxos went out at double-figure odds on Sunday but produced a tenacious performance in the hands of jockey Billy Jacobson.
Pencarrow filly Bonifleur (NZ) (Burgundy) made a super-impressive start to her career with a dominant debut performance in the $25,000 STE Industrial Electrical Maiden (1200m) at Tauranga on Sunday.
After two trials including a second placing at the same venue on January 16, the three-year-old lined up for her first raceday assignment on Sunday and made a big impression for trainer Paul Richards and jockey Sam Weatherley.
The team at Pencarrow Stud is celebrating an outstanding result with their high-class draft offered during Book 1 of the 2024 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale at Karaka.
Of the 22 yearlings catalogued, 19 were sold for a total of $4.3m, which earned Pencarrow a fourth placing behind Waikato Stud, Cambridge Stud and Haunui Farm on the list of vendors by aggregate. Pencarrow’s average price was $226,316.
The top lot for Pencarrow’s class of 2024 was Lot 146 – a colt by Super Seth out of Irion (NZ) (Danroad). A half-brother to the Group winners Zourion (NZ) (Zoustar) and Pearl Of Alsace (NZ) (Tavistock), he was bought by Hong Kong’s Patella Bloodstock for $700,000.
Pencarrow Stud is internationally renowned for its countless stakes-performed homebred fillies and mares, most famously the mighty Melbourne Cup (3200m) and Caulfield Cup (3200m) heroine Ethereal (NZ) (Rhythm). But the respected nursery is also an outstanding source of talented colts, and buyers will have access to 19 of them among Pencarrow’s draft for Book 1 of Karaka 2024.
Since making its sale-ring debut in the late 1980s, Pencarrow rapidly grew into one of New Zealand’s most respected yearling vendors. The Pencarrow drafts have produced a long line of colts who have gone on to significant success on the racetrack and at stud.
One of the biggest success stories is Darci Brahma (NZ) (Danehill), who was bought by Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis for a sale-topping $1.1m in 2004.
Situated in the lush countryside of the Waikato region of New Zealand, Pencarrow Stud was established by international businessman Sir Peter Vela.Developed in tandem with his late brother Philip, the pair created a legacy for their families and the NZ thoroughbred industry through years of dedication, passion and expert judgement. The 2013/14 season marked a new era in the history of the stud with Sir Peter taking the reins on his own and continuing the success that the brothers started together.Comprising some 300 hectares of mineral rich countryside, Pencarrow Stud has an enviable record producing world-class thoroughbred racehorses.