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LAST SHARE! Well Bred Tavistock Filly For The Classic Races


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Tavistock (NZ) 2005
Keep Smiling (NZ) 2007
14 August 2014
New Zealand
AFS no:
Karaka Bays 6022 Wellington / Manawatu, New Zealand

Trained by:

Trainer: Luke Oliver
Location: Caulfield 3162 VIC View map »

If you’re looking for a classics filly that can take you to the Oaks and Derbies without spending a fortune for the privilege, this Karaka filly by boom stallion TAVISTOCK is your big head-start.

There’s a simple rule when looking for a superior stayer to race in Australia - you go to New Zealand. Bart Cummings pioneered it and it’s true to this day. New Zealand supplies just 5.5% of Australia’s racing population, while over the last 5 years, it’s produced 34% of the winners of ALL G1 filly races in Australia and 45% of all G1 3yo races above 2000m.

That’s why for our 2016 Oaks filly, we looked to NZ’s Karaka sale and their most exciting young stallion and a proven stakes-winning cross to find our girl.

TAVISTOCK is building an incredibly imposing stud record and this year surely marks the last year that we’ll be able to find value in his good types. With 65 winners from just his first 100 runners, including an amazing SEVEN stakes winners already, TAVISTOCK is doing what only the very best stallions can.

Already the sire of VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (G1 Rosehill Guineas), TARZINO (G1 VRC Derby), WERTHER (G2 ARC Championship) and HASSELHOOF (G2 ARC Rich Hill Mile) to name a few.

TAVISTOCK is also the sire of the very exciting TAVAGO, who is bred on the same direct cross as our filly, also being out of a STRAVINSKY mare and already a G3 winner and further stakes placed from his first 4 starts.

Our filly’s is the 2nd foal from Stravinsky mare Keep Smiling, a winner over 2000m and half sister to stakes placed multiple winner CHESHIRE (won to 2100m). Her 2nd dam is the super staying mare SMILING LIKE, who was crowned Champion Stayer in New Zealand winning both the time honoured Group 1 Wellington Cup and the New Zealand Cup too. It’s a high quality NZ staying pedigree that only gets better as you go down the page, and this one includes the G1 winners SIRSTACI (9 wins to 1600m) and NIMUE (dual G1 winner and joint NZ filly of the year) and a host of other stakes-winners too numerous to mention here.

Importantly, another aspect of this filly’s pedigree is that it’s already a proving producing family at this generation. Keep Smiling’s half sister Balbeel has produced the 5 time winner BEL SORRISO, who recently ran 2nd in the G3 Trentham Stakes and as we put pen to paper is G1 Auckland Cup bound, a fact that can only improve our filly’s pedigree further.

To be trained by Caulfield trainer Luke Oliver and set for the 3yo classic races, this attractive filly is incredible value at just $2200 a share, with Grand Syndicates’ fixed fees at only $6.60 a day. So if you have always wanted a crack at having an Oaks and Derbies filly, without spending a king’s ransom for the opportunity, this well-bred NZ filly by one of the most exciting young stallions to come out of NZ in a long time is just the ticket!

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Bay filly       Foaled 14th August 2014 

TAVISTOCK Montjeu (Ire)Sadler's WellsNorthern Dancer
FloripedesTop Ville
Upstage (GB)Quest for FameRainbow Quest
PedestalHigh Line
Stravinsky (USA)NureyevNorthern Dancer
Fire the GroomBlushing Groom
Smiling LikeStar Way (GB)Star Appeal
EustaciSir Tristram (Ire)

TAVISTOCK (NZ) (Bay 2005-Stud 2010). 6 wins-1 at 2-from 1100m to 1600m, Waikato Draught Sprint, Gr.1. Sire of 101 rnrs, 69 wnrs, inc. SW Tarzino (Victoria Derby, Gr.1), Volkstok'n'barrell, Werther, Hasselhoof, Tavago, Avisto, Tavy, SP Downton Abbey, Diamond Valores - Vadarian Bullet (H.K.), Imperial Lass, Longchamp, Midnitemagicman - Little Island (H.K.), Titanium and of Bullish Stock, Airlie House, Ana, Arpeggio, Francis Drake, Night Nurse, etc.


1st dam

KEEP SMILING, by Stravinsky (USA). Winner at 2000m in NZ. Half-sister to Cheshire. This is her second foal. Her first foal is a 2YO.


2nd dam

SMILING LIKE, by Star Way (GB). Champion Stayer in NZ in 2000-01. 7 wins 2000 to 3200m, $272,810, Wellington Cup, Gr 1, New Zealand Cup, Gr 2, WRC Trentham S., Gr 3, CJC Hutt Valley Cartage & Customs H., WRC Hardy Trade H., 2d CJC Gold Cup, Gr 3, Avondale JC Portage Peninsula Hotel H., CJC Fitzgerald Arms Tavern H., Waikato RC Dunstan Stayers Championship Qualifier, Le Destin H., 3d WRC Summer Cup, Debo's H., 4th Waikato RC Instrument Supplies S., Gr 3. Sister to NIMUE, (MR) EUROSTAR, Usha, three-quarter-sister to GREENMAILER,  Lady Genesis (dam of KAPITAIN KASH, DANTE'S PARADISO), half-sister to SIRSTACI, Equuleus, Her Royal Highness. Dam of 6 foals, all raced, 3 winners, inc:-

Cheshire (c Cape Cross) 2 wins at 2000, 2100m, 3d AuRC New Zealand Derby Trial S., L.

 Balbeel. Unplaced. Dam of-

Bel Sorriso (f Keeper) 5 wins-2 at 2-1200 to 2200m to 2014-15, WRC Dixon, Dunlop Parliamentary H., 2d WRC Trentham S., Gr 3, Manawatu RC Hylands Sportswear H.


3rd dam

EUSTACI, by Sir Tristram (Ire). Winner at 1600m, 2d Waikato RC Te Pahu H. Half-sister to  Lady Genesis (dam of KAPITAIN KASH, DANTE'S PARADISO). Dam of 14 foals, 13 to race, 11 winners, inc:-

SIRSTACI (g Silver Dream) 9 wins 1200 to 1600m, $285,210, AuRC Easter H., Gr 1, CJC Stewards' S.H., Gr 3, AuRC Newmarket H., Avondale JC O'Loghlen H., Matamata RC Wrightson Bloodstock H., 2d AuRC New Zealand S., Gr 1, WRC Jarden Mile, Gr 1, Telegraph H., Gr 1, AuRC Rolls-Royce S., L, Regent of Auckland H., 3d Waikato RC Lion Brown Sprint, Gr 1, WRC Telegraph H., Gr 1, 4th AuRC Field House Railway H., Gr 1, Cambridge Breeders' S., L.

NIMUE (f Star Way) Top filly on The 1992-93 NZ 3YO Free H. 1993 Joint Wrightson Filly of the Year. 8 wins-2 at 2-1200 to 1600m, $183,032, New Zealand One Thousand Guineas, Gr 1, Levin RC Bayer Classic, Gr 1, AuRC Ladies Mile, Gr 3, Masterton RC Lowland S., Gr 3, BOP RC Tauranga Classic, L, Te Aroha JC Guineas Trial, 2d AuRC Royal S., Gr 3, 3d Matamata RC Gordon Burr Ltd P., 4th Whangarei RC Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders' P., L. Dam of 9 winners-

Niniane (f Casual Lies) Winner at 2 at 1000m, Otago RC Dunedin City Ford Juvenile S., 2d CJC South Island 2YO S., L, The Jogger Juvenile S. Producer.

 Ela Nimue. 2 wins at 1600, 2000m in NZ. Dam of 2 winners-

DEANE MARTIN (g Keeper) 6 wins 1600 to 2400m, $207,948, to 2014-15, ATC Colin Stephen H., Gr 3, AuRC Champion Stakes Prelude, L, Westbury Karaka Stayers Cup, Waikato RC Dunstan Feeds Championionship Qualifier, 3d ATC Kingston Town S., Gr 3, Whangarei RC Joy Scarfe Memorial H., AuRC Stella Artois H., 4th AuRC Avondale Gold Cup, Gr 2.

SMILING LIKE (f Star Way) 7 wins. See above.

(MR) EUROSTAR (c Star Way) 11 wins-2 at 2-1200 to 2400m, $501,818, AJC Summer Cup, Gr 3, Cambridge Breeders' S., Gr 3, STC Parramatta Cup, L, AuRC BNZ Finance Juvenile H., QTC Sukhothai Hotel Bangkok H., STC Aintree Welter H., Gardenia Welter H., Avondale JC Wayne Wilkinson Insurance S., 2d QTC Brisbane Cup, Gr 1, PJ O'Shea S., Gr 2, BOP RC Japan-New Zealand International Trophy, Gr 2, Manawatu Cup, Gr 3, 3d VRC Turnbull S., Gr 2, Geelong Cup, L, 4th Auckland Cup, Gr 1, VRC Melbourne Cup, Gr 1.

Her Royal Highness (f Imposing) 7 wins 1150 to 1300m, AuRC Superliquorman Sprint H., Avondale Function Centre H., Avondale JC Disneyland H., 2d BOP RC Personalities' S., L, Waikato RC Mark Roughton H., 3d AuRC Railway H., Gr 1, Newmarket H., L.

Equuleus (f Volksraad) 2 wins at 1200m, AuRC Novotel Ellerslie H., 2d WRC Lindauer H., 3d Matamata Breeders' S., Gr 2, Waikato RC Guineas Trial. Producer.

Usha (f Star Way) 2 wins at 1200, 1600m, Manawatu RC Schweppes H., 2d AJC Adrian Knox S., Gr 3, 4th Masterton RC Lowland S., Gr 3.

 Ladystaci. Winner at 2100m in NZ. Dam of 5 winners-

GREENMAILER (c Star Way) Winner at 2000m, STC Kingston Town S., Gr 3, 2d AJC Edensor Park H., Surrey Hills H.