Bargain broodmare delivers for Fawcett
Monday 26th March, 2012
Kylie Fawcett deflects credit for one of the best purchases she will ever make on to her good friend Rachel Spriggens
That purchase of in-foal broodmare Jacilo for $2600 led to Fawcett and her partner Eddie Wright breeding Gr I Queensland Oaks winner My Keepsake.
The family became even more valuable at Tauranga on Saturday when Matamata trainer Graham Richardson produced Villifye, a sibling to My Keepsake, for a plucky win in the Gr II $85,000 Windsor Park Stud Japan Trophy (1600m). ''We've got to pinch ourselves that it's actually happened. It couldn't have played out any better,'' Fawcett said.
One day we want to breed from Villifye obviously and for her to get her own black-type win is just awesome.''
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Faith in Villifye pays off
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Villifye wins the Gr.2 Park Stud Japan Trophy
Saturday, 24th March, 2012
Villifye outclassed her rivals to win the feature event of the day, the Group 2 Windsor Park Stud Japan Trophy worth $85,000 over 1600m at Tauranga on the 24th March. Ridden by Craig Grylls, Villifye jumped well with the field and settled mid-field out wide. Rounding the home turn Villifye was the widest runner and looked like she had a job ahead of her. With the track being a slow 9, the O’Reilly mare appreciated the better ground to run down her opponents, winning by a long head in a time of 1.38.44. Congratulations to the Oxford Thoroughbreds No 2 Syndicate who were there to greet Villifye as she came back to scale.
It's Auckland Cup day for Graham Richardson
Auckland Cup day for Richardson Racing Stables. Winning the Auckland Cup would be the highlight of his training career and with two starters in the 2012 field Graham Richardson’s chances will never be stronger…. so did the dream come true, watch to find out.
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Grahams first starter on Derby Day is El Volante
Watch Graham saddling up his first starter on Derby Day El Volante who went on to win race 1. A great end to the day with a win in the first and the last with Allanah.
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Final Preparations for the Auckland Cup
The action starts early at the Matamata track on most days as Graham Richardson primes his 4 big hopes for the TV3 carnival. We get to meet some of the local racing communities real characters.
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One of his greatest goals in racing is to win an Auckland Cup, and with two starters in the race for sure, with Single Minded and Top Spot, and a possible 3rd horse in Dads a Dreamer waiting in the wings, could this be the year that Graham Richardson finally gets his most coveted prize? Graham shares his thoughts and gives us the skinny on his hopes in the big race, as well as a horse that he reckons will give them a fright in the Telecom New Zealand Derby.
Graham Richardson plans his assault on the Auckland Cup & Telecom Derby
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Two Trainee Apprentice Jockeys head overseas
Single Minded a 'fighting machine' in Avondale Cup Win
20th February, 2012
Star stayer Single Minded was once the raging tiger that nobody wanted to handle.
He once "exploded'' while undergoing an endoscopic examination - a scoping - to the extent that his handler was left with a broken jaw, fractured eye-socket and cheek-bone.
Since then, Single Minded - under the close supervision of Matamata trainer Graham Richardson and his staff - has undergone a transformation that has moulded that tiger into a ``lamb'', according to Rick Williams, the racing manager for Queensland owner Dick Karreman.
Yet Single Minded has still retained many of his fighting qualities as he showed when he scored a tenacious win in Saturday's Gr II $85,000 Avondale Cup (2400m) at Ellerslie.
"He was just a tough horse and tough on staff,'' Williams said.
"He would bite them and front-foot them but they [Richardson and his staff] have turned him into a lamb.''
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Single Minded wins the Avondale Cup
Single Minded showed his toughness to win the Gr. 2 Cardinal Logistics Avondale Gold Cup over 2400m at Ellerslie on the 18th February. Single Minded was well positioned throughout trailing the leader one out. Rounding the home turn with 500m to go, jockey Craig Grylls edged him on to take the lead. Despite a late challenge from Booming, Single Minded dug deeper to win by half a length in a time of 2.30.84. Single Minded is well on target for the Gr.1 Stella Artois Auckland Cup to be run at Ellerslie on the 7th March.
18th February, 2012.
Dadzadreamer salutes the judge
Dadzadreamer pleased his connections with a courageous effort to win the last race of the day, the York Street Mechanics R.75 over 2100m at Ellerslie on the 18th February. Dadzadreamer was running fourth throughout and rounding the home turn, jockey James McDonald swept him up outside the leaders to pop the question. In what seemed like a long run up the straight, Dadzadreamer toughed it out for a courageous effort to win by a short head in a time of 2.12.48.
Allanah too good
16th February, 2012
Allanah proved too good for her rivals to win The Mad Butcher 1200m rating 65 at last nights Ellerslie meeting. The half sister to Don Domingo travelled keenly just in behind the leader. Rounding the turn, jockey Masa Tanaka had her in the clear and hit the front at the 200m to win easy by 1 length with the last 600m in 35.76. Allanha has had 5 starts for 2 wins and 2 thirds. Congratulations to the connections.
Sequin sparkles at Paeroa
3rd February, 2012
4 year old mare Sequin (Pins x Glitzy) provided her third win from only seven starts to win the Brown Bomber over 1150m by a heat at Paeroa on the 3rd February. Congratulations to the winning connections.
Nine yearlings went under the hammer for Graham Richardson at the 2012 Karaka yearling sales. There are 3 cracking yearlings left with shares still available.
If anyone is interested please phone Graham on 021 289 9333 or email: email@example.com to express your interest.
Thursday, January 26th
Graham Richardson has two great chances to make a fool of himself this weekend.
And nothing would make him happier than to leave Ellerslie on Sunday night feeling just a little embarrassed.
The Matamata trainer admits he rarely loses his cool on the racetrack but that might change this weekend as his stable dominates Saturday's Wellington Cup and he has leading local hope Green Wings in Sunday's $1 million Karaka Million.
Richardson's biggest wins have come with Tobruk in the Bayer Classic and Kailey in the Railway and he has never even had a starter in a $1 million race.
"So I think if I won either of the big ones, particularly Sunday night, I might let myself celebrate a bit more.
"I haven't really got carried away when winning a big race in the past. Then again I have never had a weekend like this coming up."
Green Wings looks one of the best of the Kiwis in Sunday night's $1 million dash for cash, although he has drawn wider than Richardson would have liked barrier 12.
"Initially I was disappointed when I heard that but it seems a few of the other favourites are drawn out there too, which is better than having them all drawn inside us.
"And we do have Corey Brown in the saddle, which helps."
While the draw isn't ideal, Green Wings has handled the pressure of his Millions campaign impressively.
"He galloped really well Tuesday morning and was so good when I went to look at him that night I gave him another dipper of feed, which he polished off. He really is thriving."
TAB bookies opened him as an $8 chance in a market confused by the wide draws for Warhorse (barrier 15, $5 fixed odds), Ockham's Razor (13, $7), Sell In May (11, $7.50) and Freedom (10, $6).
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Monday 23rd January
Leading Sydney jockey Corey Brown has been engaged for Green Wings in Sunday’s Karaka Million, replacing Vinnie Colgan, who sustained a broken thumb in his spectacular fall from Durham Town in the Telegraph Handicap.
Brown has also been booked for Mosh Pit and Jeroboam, who like Green Wings are trained by Graham Richardson and were originally to be ridden by Colgan at the Ellerslie twilight meeting.
Hong Kong-owned Green Wings has won his last two starts at New Plymouth and Ellerslie, with the second of those wins guaranteeing a start in the $1 million National Yearling Sale graduates’ feature.
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By Mike Dillon
5:30 AM Monday Jan 16, 2012
No, the six winners at Omoto on Saturday was not a record for David Walsh.
No, the Ellerslie winning treble by Matamata jockey Masa Tanaka was also not a personal record.
But Graham Richardson, who provided two of the Tanaka winners, is close to a huge record.
With his three winners at Ellerslie, Green Wings, Jubilate and Positivenergy, Richardson took his season's total to 25.
His best tally is 30 winners - two seasons ago - and the significance is that we have yet to get to the halfway point in this season.
The $377,065 the Matamata horseman has won for his stable since August 1 is just shy of the $382,435 he scored last season.
Richardson is on a winning curve, but the success gets the attention of others a lot more than it does Richardson himself.
"When you look at those season totals you have to realise until a couple of years ago, I had half my team in Australia and half here.
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Green Wings Flies into Karaka Million
With every horse in the field eligible for the 2012 Karaka Million as the country's two-year-olds hunt a coveted start in the million dollar event, Green Wings was the lucky one to race his way into Karaka Million contention in Saturday's Countdown to Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) at Ellerslie.
Trained by Graham Richardson, who saddled three winners at the meeting, Green Wings (Dr Green x My Fairy Wings) took up the pace after jumping well from barrier two for jockey Masa Tanaka who also took three wins on Saturday.
In a solid performance, the son of Dr Green was too quick for his opponents as he headed the field into the straight and held his one-and-a-quarter-length margin to the post.
A horse that looks very much on the up, Green Wings came into the race with just two starts under his belt, running second on debut at Counties and then taking his first win at Taranaki on 27 December, beating Hogwarts Express (Elusive City) who won her first race at Te Rapa last week.
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2nd January, 2012-01-02
Last start winner Green Supreme surged into contention for New Zealand’s biggest cups races with an emphatic win in yesterdays $75,000.00 Dunstan Final Championship over 2200m on New Years Day at Ellerslie. Green Supreme settled in the rear division of the field and despite being uncomfortable on a slow8 track, James McDonald peeled him wide 600m from home to storm down the outside to win by 1¾ lengths in a time of 2.21.49 with the last 600 in 38.30. He is nominated for the upcoming Group 2 Wellington Cup over 2400m on the 28th January and the Gr 1 Auckland Cup over 3200m on the 7th March.
2nd January 2012
Single Minded outperformed his rivals to win the $100,000 Group 2 City of Auckland cup on New Years Day at Ellerslie. Ridden by Craig Grylls, Single Minded took the lead throughout but was taken on at the 1200m only to take the lead once again on the home turn. He never looked in doubt to win by 1 and a ¼ lengths with another Richardson trained horse Top Spot finishing in third place, only beaten a neck from second placed Marea Alta.
Both Single Minded and Top Spot are on target for the Wellington Cup at Trentham on the 28th January. Congratulations to all the connections.