Woburn Farm

Woburn Farm’s commitment to individual treatment for their horses is paying dividends with the winners already rolling off the Woburn Farm property. She’s a Thief (Showcasing) is a two year-old winner less than eleven months since being sold in their 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock yearling draft.



Hannah Kettlety spoke to Bluebloods about their draft. “This year would have to be the best quality draft we have ever put together for this sale. We have some outstanding types by stallions such as Tavistock, So You Think, Dundeel and Showcasing. We want to continue to have a high clearance rate by presenting the horses to the highest standards. It is very important to us is that we keep building on having a reputation as sellers, that all buyers can inspect our draft and have confidence that they can buy the horse that fits their criteria.”

In 2018, Woburn Farm has put together a draft of five quality yearlings in book one, and a further seven excellent types in book two for buyers to inspect. Werther’s sire Tavistock has a must inspect colt, Lot 531, out of Gr.3 winner Rosetti Bay (Pins), and this colt is also a half-brother to stakes winner Queens Rose.

Proven Gr.1 sire Makfi has a colt, Lot 406, out of stakes winner Monachee (O’Reilly) and this colt is the second foal of his tough, seven race winning dam, who is a sister to group placed Ciara. Champion racehorse So You Think has had a fantastic start to his career with the likes of Gr.1 winner La Bella Diosa, and his filly, Lot 546, is out of Sarvon, a winning Zabeel half sister to Gr.1 winner Onemorenomore, from the famed Australian Palia family of Just Awesome, Casino Prince, and Hong Kong star Green Birdie.

This year would have to be the best quality draft we have ever put together for this sale. We have some outstanding types by stallions such as Tavistock, So You Think, Dundeel and Showcasing.

Proven Gr.1 sire Darci Brahma is represented by Woburn Farm’s filly, Lot 404, out of Molly Coco, a young Savabeel mare who is a sister to stakes winner, and Gr.1 placed, Dowager Queen. Classic winner and Horse of the Year Dundeel’s oldest crop are two year-olds, and Lot 323 is a colt from his second crop. This colt is out of Lady Who (Commands), a young winning mare from the family of Serena Miss and New Predator.

Leading the book two draft is Lot 724, a colt by proven Gr.1 sire Iffraaj out of exceptionally well bred Sadler’s Wells mare Asterie, a full sister to Sensible, and to the dam of Australian Gr.1 winner Pear Tart. Lot 850 is a Tavistock colt from young Darci Brahma mare Hasta la Brahma, who is a daughter of multiple Australian stakes winner Hasta La Ciao Ciao. Gr.1 sire Showcasing has a colt, Lot 873, is out of winning mare Keeper Coming (Keeper), whose first two foals to race are both winners. Keeper Coming is a half sister to group winner Rosetti Bay.

Beautifully bred group winner Burgundy (a Redoute’s Choice half-brother to Darci Brahma) has hit the ground running as a stallion producing Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas winner Hard Merchandize in his first crop of three year-olds. Woburn Farm will present two yearlings by this emerging stallion. Lot 819 is a colt from Fashion Forward (Pentire), who is a daughter of stakes winner Marie Claire, while Lot 726 is a colt out of Aventura (Rock of Gibraltar), a half-sister to Gr.1 placed Stanica (dam of group winner Rhythm to Spare).

Champion 3YO Colt Shamus Award’s first crop have just turned two, and Lot 876 from his second crop is a filly from imported American winning mare Kicken Vixen (Vindication), herself a half-sister to Gr.1 winner Kicken Kris, and group winner Kris’ Sis. First season sire Proisir (Choisir) has a colt, Lot 939, out of five race winner Pacific Rose (Cape Cross), from the family of Thorn Prince.

Q & A with Hannah Kettlety

Your best prospects for the Karaka Million 2YO and the 3YO?

Our best prospect for the Karaka Million two year-old race is Lot 873 (Showcasing – Keeper Coming, by Keeper). He is a strong, well balanced two year-old type with a pedigree that suggests he will train on and get better with age. Our best three year-old prospect is Lot 323 (Dundeel – Lady Who, by Commands). He is an outstanding specimen of a horse with presence. In our opinion, he is a Derby type horse, with his strong, well balanced athletic body. His pedigree and type suggest that he may run as a two year-old and will continue on to be a top class three year-old over the classic distances.

Your favourite racehorses in 2017?

Our favourite racehorses for 2017 would have to be Bonneval, Gingernuts and our own racehorse She’s A Thief (Showcasing x Steal). We purchased She’s A Thief from the Karaka Weanling sales from Dan Myers draft for $13,000 and then took her back to Karaka Yearling sales in 2017 where she was knocked down to Paul Moroney. We really thought a lot of her and ended up buying a share back in her. She gave us a huge thrill to date when she won her first start by 4 and 3/4 lengths. The team at Ballymore have done and continue to do an amazing job with her and we are keeping the dream alive of heading to the Karaka Million with her.

Your favourite broodmare that you have worked with? And your favourite now?

Adrian’s favourite broodmare that he worked with in his time at Coolmore Stud is a mare called Gee I Jane. She was a champion sprinter miler in NZ. She was out of one of the top families in the NZ studbook, with the likes of Miss Distinction, Miss Jessie Jay, Katie Lee and Banchee in her family.

Our favourite broodmare at the farm is the Zabeel mare Kind Return. She has a cracking Tavistock colt foal at foot who is a 3\4 to Tarzino. He will be heading to the Karaka Yearling sales in 2019. Kind Return has just scanned positive in foal to the outstanding stallion Reliable Man.

What is your favourite food and drink?

Tea and Chocolate. I couldn’t survive without them.

What sports do you play or like to follow?

Adrians favourite sport to follow is rugby union and in his very little spare time he plays the odd round of golf. My favourite sport is Eventing and Show Jumping. I have an off the track thoroughbred that I am training to be an eventer.

Who has been your biggest and most influential supporters in your business?

Our biggest supporters and most influential people who have backed us right from the start and continue to do so are Russell Warwick and Gerry Harvey from Westbury Stud. Both Russell and Gerry have supported a lot of young people and their businesses coming into the industry and without them we would not be where we are today. The investment that Gerry Harvey puts into this industry is immense and has played a huge role in making the industry move forward and evolve.

Our other supporters who must also get a mention are our families. Without their continued support with the children we would not be able to spend weeks away at the sales.

69 Tarr Road RD1, Ohaupo

Contact: Adrian Stanley &

Hannah Kettlety

Ph: +64 27 418 7304