Petagnas Launch Elsdon Park at Matamata Operation

Petagnas Launch Elsdon Park at Matamata Operation

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New Zealand’s Lib and Katrina Petagna’s important funding within the Australasian racing and breeding trade added a brand new chapter Aug.1, with the official opening of their non-public stud operation Elsdon Park at Matamata.

The previous Valachi Downs property of 600 acres was bought by the Petagnas in Could, resulting in a dispersal of Kevin and Jo Hickman’s thoroughbred pursuits, and the brand new property has turn into the non-public dwelling to their increasing JML Bloodstock portfolio.

“Lib and Katrina and JML Bloodstock have been racing horses for a very long time and, when you begin racing and racing some fillies, your broodmare band begins rising and abruptly you’ve got turn into a (industrial) breeder,” Elsdon Park normal supervisor Kerrie Cox advised ANZ Bloodstock Information on Monday.

“The broodmare band’s received as much as round 60 and we would have liked to accumulate extra land, so it was a terrific alternative with Valachi arising on the market. It is essentially the most lovely property with good, rolling nation for rising racehorses.

“It’s totally thrilling, not only for Lib and Katrina, however for all of us on the farm.”

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Cox is well-known within the New Zealand thoroughbred trade, spending 17 years at Waikato Stud previous to a sabbatical which was solely ended when the Petagnas reached out to her to head-up Elsdon Park.

She was to work from a 200-acre farm about ten minutes away from Valachi, however the Petagnas modified path when the chance got here as much as purchase extra land.

“There’s one other 200 acres, which is definitely developed to be a horse property, however at this stage it is going to be working cattle and that can be a giant a part of the operation as a result of we do have fewer horses than Valachi had,” she stated.

Among the many priceless broodmare band below the possession of the Petagnas are three-time group 1 winner Lucia Valentina, Zaniah, a three-quarter sister to prime stallion Deep Area, and group 1-winning sire Taking pictures To Win, and Australian Oaks (G1) winner Sofia Rosa.

Lucia Valentina is in foal to Australia’s champion stallion I Am Invincible  carrying a colt whereas Zaniah, a listed-winning sprinter, educated by Kris Lees for Petagna, can be in foal to I Am Invincible and has been booked into four-time champion stallion Snitzel  this yr.

With a Nov. 18 service date, Lucia Valentina can be assessed as soon as her foal, her fifth, is born as as to whether she is mated once more in 2022 or given a yr off.

Sofia Rosa is in foal to newly minted New Zealand champion first-season stallion Almanzor  and is ready to be served by the Cambridge Stud sire once more this yr.

Petagna additionally bred and co-owns top-class John O’Shea-trained sprinter Misplaced And Operating, who’s already assured of a slot on this yr’s The Everest after working fourth in final yr’s $15 million race.

His dam Dreamlife is in foal to Little Avondale’s Per Incanto  and is due to this fact carrying a sibling to Misplaced And Operating.

“Lib has fairly a big racing crew as properly, which we are going to most likely restrict a little bit bit any more as a result of we’ll be promoting extra of our horses,” Cox stated.

“The aim can be to be a industrial breeding operation, so we can be promoting most of our crop and we cannot be holding as many fillies, and we are going to promote yearlings the place we really feel they’re greatest suited.

“We wish to help the New Zealand breeding trade as properly and, when the time comes, we are going to work out the place they’re greatest suited on sort, matings and positively Australia is on the playing cards as properly.

“This can be our first yr below Elsdon Park. The horses have gotten a brand new model on them this yr and it’s going to be thrilling to promote below our personal title for the primary time.”

The Petagnas had been companions in Blandford Lodge, however to facilitate the acquisition of the Valachi property, they’ve offered out their share of the enterprise to co-owners Graham and Helen Bax.

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