Wonderful Waikato honours Group One winners
7 August 2015
Aerovelocity has earned international honours for his sprinting prowess and the New Zealand-bred has also been acknowledged on the domestic front.
Trained by expatriate Kiwi horseman Paul O’Sullivan, the Pins gelding has Group One victories in three countries to his credit with the Chukyo Takamatsunomiya Kinen in Japan and the Krisflyer Sprint in Singapore to go with his Longines Hong Kong Sprint success.
Aerovelocity was recently honoured as the Waikato branch of the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Cathay Pacific Horse of the Year at a function in Hamilton, which honoured a stunning 25 Group One winners bred in the region.
“We had a great night and it’s been another phenomenal season for breeders in our district and congratulations to all of them,” branch president Scott Eagleton said.
Aerovelocity was bred by the Windsor Park Stud duo of Nelson Schick and Steve Till and was purchased by O’Sullivan out of the Cambridge’s farm’s 2010 Premier Sale draft at Karaka for $120,000.
He has won nine of his 17 starts in Hong Kong after beginning his career in New Zealand with a debut success at Awapuni for Matamata trainer Andrew Scott.
“We’re very proud and it was 33 years ago that Nelson and Sue Schick lent me my first mare and that was Arga and from her I bred Lady Genesis,” Till said.
“Nelson came in with me to race Lady Genesis and from her we bred Exodus, the mother of Aerovelocity. It’s a family that has been one of Windsor Park’s best with Lady Genesis a three-quarter sister to Nimue.
“To have now bred a horse of Aerovelocity’s quality is very special for Nelson and I.” – NZ Racing Desk.