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1st Foal 4 weeks Early At The Oaks
The 1st reported thoroughbred foaling of the 2006 New Zealand season has occurred at NZ's The Oaks Stud "where a Traditionally-Miss Smugg colt was born 28 days early," reported NZ Thoroughbred Marketing. Oaks general manager Rick Williams confirmed the foal (born at 314 days, while the usual gestation period for a thoroughbred broodmare is 342 days) "is the earliest foal we have had born at The Oaks Stud in my time here." Under rules introduced in NZ several years ago, the foal is not penalised for being born before the start of the new racing season & won't be recognised as a yearling until 1 August 2007. Traditionally stands at The Oaks Stud & his 1st southern hemisphere crop (2YOs this season) includes stakes-winning filly Chant (Traditionally-Chantenay, by Warning) who won both the Gr3 NZ Herald Eclipse Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie & Listed Fairview Ford Stakes (1000m) at Te Rapa.