“Kiwi Ida is letting down now, she’s gone clear… Kiwi Ida is way too good!”
The Ponderosa bred, Sun Stud sired Squamosa mare Kiwi Ida, blitzed her rivals by two clear lengths in the Group 3 Valachi Downs Breeders Stakes over 1400m at Riccarton in New Zealand.
Stakes-placed at two, a stakes winner at three and now a group winner as a four-year-old mare, Kiwi Ida has been a model of consistency since winning on debut in the very first two-year-old race of the season – 1st of October 2016.
The seven-time winning bay mare has now won over 800m, 900m, 1200m & 1400m and has also placed on a further eight occasions.
Bred by Paul Kelly and Sue Miller of Nathalia’s Ponderosa Park, Kiwi Ida is the second foal out of the Blevic mare, Empress Ida.
“Empress Ida foaled down a cracking full-brother to Kiwi Ida this season, and due to the current form around the family, we will proudly offer the in-demand colt through our Ponderosa Park draft, as a weanling at the Inglis Great Southern Sale.”
“Ponderosa Park’s primary aim is to breed and sell good quality weanlings through the sales and he will be the perfect example of the top-quality youngsters we will have on offer.”
“We are having a very good year, having foaled down around 40 foals this season and we will be taking a strong draft of about 30 of them to the Great Southern Sale.”
The calibre of horses on offer include a couple of beautiful Winning Rupert’s, weanlings by Vancouver, Shooting to Win, Fiorente as well foals from their resident stallion Niconoise, showing the quality he is capable of siring.
“Additionally, we will be putting through an outstanding Palentino filly, who is out of the High Chaparral mare Little Things. She is a half-sister to the recent winner and Australian Guineas favourite Ringerdinding. We are expecting her to be very popular and sure to draw plenty of attention from the buying bench.”
“Our stallion Niconoise is going along well, having covered around 20 mares this season, and from all reports his three-year-olds are shaping up nicely. He definitely breeds nice going horses like his winner, Gotabiton and he provides an affordable option for breeders looking for the blue-blooded Nicconi line in Victoria,” Kelly said.
Niconoise is nominated to VOBIS Sires giving his progeny the chance to race for more than $24 million in lucrative VOBIS benefits on offer every year.
While, Kiwi Ida is building a super impressive CV for husband and wife team, John and Karen Parsons, who own and train the talented daughter of Squamosa.
Concerned to see that her charge was wide and at the rear of the field in the early stages of today’s race, Karen was delighted with the turn of foot on display as Kiwi Ida sprinted hard to gap her opposition.
“I was a bit shaky when she was three-wide and last, but I never lost faith in her. She has always had plenty of ability.” said Karen Parsons.
“She’s a lovely mare, has a great nature and gives you a good feel, so she’s going to get more black-type along the way,” added jockey, Michael Coleman.
Victoria’s Champion First Season Sire 2016/17, the popular Sun Stud stallion Squamosa, has an impressive winner’s average earnings index of nearly $60,000, and boasts an impressive 11% stakes horses to runners.