Valachi Downs roster grows to five for the 2020 breeding season

In a strong message of support to the New Zealand breeding industry, Valachi Downs are excited to announce two new additions to the stallion roster for 2020. Dual G1 winner Ten Sovereigns, the best and fastest son of brilliant young sire No Nay Never, will travel to New Zealand from Coolmore Ireland with U S […]

Zacinto’s Vassilator salutes at Flemington again

Copy provided by NZ Racing Desk The Colin Little-trained Vassilator was back in the winner’s circle when landing the VRC Heritage Handicap (1400m) under a well-timed Craig Williams ride. The chestnut son of Valachi Downs’ stallion Zacinto was successful for the third time in his career, but has been a great money spinner for his […]

Curraghmore a proven source of Group winners

Copy provided by NZTBA. The Championships in Sydney have been compulsory viewing for many during the COVID-19 lockdown with the success of New Zealand exports, both equine and human a welcome diversion. One viewer celebrating over the weekend was Curraghmore’s Gordon Cunningham. Two of his farm’s graduates Tofane (Ocean Park – Baggy Green[AUS]) and Kinane […]

Downey Appointed as General Manager of Valachi Downs

Kevin and Joanna Hickman have today announced the appointment of Gareth Downey to the role of General Manager at Valachi Downs. Gareth joined the stud in mid-2018 as their breeding consultant, principally a role focussed on the management of the stud’s standing stallions, US Navy Flag, Zacinto and Savile Row, as well as pedigree analysis […]

Latest News from Valachi – 20th March 2020

Massive effort by Karalino for fourth in the NZ Oaks Following her big run for second to stable-mate Communique (Redwood) in the Sunline Vase (Gr. 3, 2100m), Karalino (3 f Zacinto – Tawny Run, by Runyon) produced a terrific effort for fourth in the $400,000 New Zealand Oaks (Gr. 1, 2400m) last Saturday at Trentham. […]

Latest News from Valachi – 13th March 2020

Terrific effort by Kelly Renee results in Group 1 placing Kelly Renee (2 f Vespa – Sister Celeste, by Galileo), trained by Stephen Autridge and ridden by Craig Grylls upped the ante with a terrific third in the $200,000 Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) last Saturday at Ellerslie. Having continued her good form with a […]

Valachi quinella in Group 3 Sunline Vase

Valachi experienced a fantastic result on Derby Day at Ellerslie when Communique (Redwood – Al Bayan, by Zabeel) and Karalino (Zacinto – Tawny Run, by Runyon) finished first and second respectively in the $70,000 Group 3 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m). Both trained by Stephen Autridge at Matamata, it was exciting to see the golden […]

Latest News from Valachi – 21st February 2020

Red Chois digs deep for the win Red Chois (6 m Choisir – Red Blossom, by Green Desert) won the $40,000 Open 1200 metres last Saturday at Ellerslie. Unperturbed after a tough run in the Concorde Handicap (Gr. 3, 1200m) on Karaka Million night (Jan. 25) at Ellerslie, she dictated terms in front for jockey […]