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  • Writer's pictureAdrian Clark

Challenge maintains filly-only model

Challenge Racehorse Syndications has stuck hard-and-fast to a policy of only dealing with fillies and mares since inception in 2012. The thinking is threefold. One: Developing a filly's CV through achieving Black Type credentials massively improves her worth - Jennifer Eccles, Fascination Street, Dancer's Tale, Avisto & Secret Spirit are glowing Challenge examples. Two: The female-only thing is a key point of difference to our Syndication competitors - Challenge is the only operator doing this to my knowledge in NZ & Australia. THREE: Challenge has always been about affordability and there is no doubt quality fillies can be secured at sensible prices. What's more, the breeding industry needs all the help it can get in moving their female stock.

The current Challenge Syndications' Stable

Shaune Ritchie & Colm Murray - Cambridge

* Gina Lollobrigida (2yo filly by Tarzino) - won her only Jump Out, in work

* Jennifer Eccles (4yo mare by Rip Van Winkle) - Gr.1 winner, races next in Cal Izuzu Stakes-Gr.2, 12 December

* Yearling Preferment ex Grey Swallow bay filly - currently being syndicated (

John Bary - Hastings

* Secoya Chica (2yo filly by Redwood) - broken-in, currently spelling - see photo

* Cinzento (4yo mare by Dalghar) - Winner, races next in Rating 65, 1400m at Te Rapa, 12 December

Nigel Tiley - Pukekohe

* Bel Cavallo (2yo filly by Belardo) - in full work, close to a Jump Out

* Sassari (2yo filly by Tarzino) - broken-in, currently in pre-training

The Challenge Syndications' score card

  • 13 Group & Listed Races won

  • 15 winners & 3 placed from 19 runners

  • 94.73% win-or-placed strike-rate

SECOYA CHICA - classic style of filly by Redwood from a Zabeel mare - John Bary trains her

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