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Kiwi Breeder Saved Nevis Dam

Wednesday, 7th September 2005

The 3rd successive victory by 4YO mare Nevis (Danehill-Tartan Tights, by Tights) in the $175,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick in Sydney "brought memories flooding back" for the Kiwi who saved the life of her dam Tartan Tights, reported NZ Thoroughbred Marketing. Graham Robertson bred & raced 1994-95 NZ Filly-Of-The-Year Tartan Tights "who came close to being put down after being badly injured in her stall prior to a race at Trentham as a spring 4YO". Robertson recalled: "The vet told the stable staff she would have to be put down, but I told the vet it would be over my dead body! I rang my own vet & he devised a plan to save her. She had to stay in the box at the Trentham racecourse for about 4 months & it was about 6 months after the accident that she finally came back to my place." Robertson sent Tartan Tights to champion Cambridge Stud sire Zabeel & then sold her to prominent Australian owner-breeder Gerry Harvey for NZ$500,000. Tartan Tights was from 1988 NZ Bloodstock Southern Filly-Of-The-Year Ultra Sound (who won 15 races from 850-2200m). Tartan Tights herself duly won 9 races (including 2 G1 triumphs: the NZ Oaks & NZ 1000 Guineas). And another notable performer from this family was 1970 Gr1 Melbourne Cup winner Baghdad Note (also 3rd in that year's Gr1 Caulfield Cup); he was from Fair Note, a half-sister to Lyndabelle (4th dam of Nevis). Nevis (the 3rd foal of Tartan Tights) was born at NZ's Cambridge Stud in 2001; since then Tartan Tights has returned 3 times to Zabeel before being bred to Encosta de Lago in 2004. Overall Nevis (trained by David Payne) now has 5 wins (also including the Listed Toy Show Quality over 1400m at Randwick on August 20) & 3 placings (including runner-up in the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas) in 11 starts for $356,170 prize-money. She is currently entered for the upcoming Gr1 Epsom Handicap in Sydney & both the Gr1 Caulfield Cup & Gr1 Cox Plate in Melbourne.

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