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Wentwood Leads Kiwi Charge In Sydney
A Cambridge nursery added to their international Gr1 tally on Easter Monday to headline an outstanding start to The Championships in Sydney for the New Zealand thoroughbred industry, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Hawkins family's Wentwood Grange celebrated their first home-bred Gr1 success in Australia when top 3YO Kermadec beat his older rivals in the Doncaster Mile. On a dream day for the farm, the Gr2 Chairman's Handicap winner Tremec was also sold by them at Karaka, as was the Gr3 Adrian Knox Stakes fourth placegetter Gust of Wind while Terravista, third in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes, was born at Wentwood. "It was a fantastic day for us and our clients," Sean Hawkins said. "It's brilliant for New Zealand with Mongolian Khan winning the Derby as well and the whole industry here revels in the success." He added, "The number of people who have congratulated us has been quite overwhelming." The Chris Waller-trained Kermadec is out of the stakes winning mare Hy Fuji, who was a Sydney Easter Broodmare Sale purchase. "We've got her half-sister The Quarewan, who has been a great mare to us, and we bought Hy Fuji off the back of that success," Hawkins said. Kermadec, a son of Teofilo, was purchased by Guy Mulcaster for $260,000 at Karaka in 2013. "We're so happy for Guy and his clients – it's a hard game," Hawkins said. "Hy Fuji missed the following year, but we've got a Medaglia d'Oro filly that we are going to retain and she'll be going to Chris Waller." He added, "She's also got a Rip Van Winkle weanling filly, who will be staying here, and the mare is in foal to Ocean Park so it's very exciting for us." Wentwood Grange's broodmare band also includes their Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Miss Raggedy Ann while the farm earned European Gr1 honours in 2012 when graduate Little Bridge, who was sold at Karaka in 2007 for $9000, won the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot.