FRESH off an assault on the Sydney autumn carnival, Kiwi raiders are readying themselves for a hit and run mission during the Brisbane winter.
The powerhouse Te Akau stable trained by Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards is set to bring the single biggest New Zealand representation ever seen in Queensland, having already confirmed seven horses which will cross the Tasman.
Headed by Karaka Million and Group 1 winner Melody Belle, Te Akau Stud principal David Ellis said New Zealand form had long stacked up in Australia.
Following success with crowd favourite Gingernuts in the Sydney autumn, taking out the Rosehill Guineas, Ellis believes the stable is set to bask in Group 1 glory again.
“We have a very, very strong team that we are bringing over,” he said.
“It’s the way it’s worked out, we’ve bought a lot of horses and won a lot of races in Brisbane over the years … It’s always nice to come back to a place where you have had success.”
Kiwi jockey Opie Bosson will have the first choice of rides, with Ellis also securing the services of Hong Kong marvel Joao Moreira.
With New Zealand currently being battered by rain, Ellis said it made sense to move his focus to the Brisbane carnival.
“We won the Oaks and a lot of the races over the years but this year it has worked out with the wet weather in New Zealand to bring them over to Brisbane,” he said.
“We always come over for the Magic Millions sales each year, so it is nice to come over for the carnival now.”
Melody Belle will be aimed at the JJ Atkins for two-year-olds while Ellis hopes his pair of four-year-old geldings Splurge and Royal Success can compete for the Stradbroke.
Fellow Group 1 winners Hall Of Fame and Heroic Valour will target the Doomben 10,000 and Queensland Guineas respectively.
Shocking Luck will be aimed at the Queensland Derby and Zambezi Warrior the Brisbane Cup.
Based outside of Auckland, Autridge And Richards train 80 horses a day at any one time, making them one of the most formidable forces in New Zealand racing.
The pair currently lead the training premiership in terms of total stakes won and are second in total wins.
Te Akau first tasted Group 1 success in Brisbane in 2005 with Darcie Brahma taking out the TJ Smith at Eagle Farm.
“It was quite amusing, they said our two-year-olds weren’t as good but they still gave him the top weight, drew the outside and still won,” Ellis laughed.
The team of horses trained by Autridge and Richards will arrive at the new Eagle Farm stables on May 4.
Originally published as Kiwi powerhouse stable sets sail for Brisbane
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