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Business model change for Valachi Downs

Matamata thoroughbred nursery Valachi Downs is set to return to a boutique breeding and racing operation following a number of years of growth and business diversification. “Kevin and Jo Hickman are refocusing Valachi Downs as a more private and smaller nursery and racing stable with the same goal of producing, selling and racing elite racehorses,”[...]
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Threading a path to the Oaks

Needle And Thread had her crowning glory at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day when taking out the Group 2 Royal Stakes (2000m) and now trainers Stephen Autridge and Kris Shailer are wanting to extend her reign. The Valachi Downs trainers are trying to thread a path towards the Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New[...]
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Mile switch for talented Communique

In-form mare Communique looks one of the better chances in Wednesday’s Group 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton, although the daughter of Redwood has had an unorthodox preparation for the $230,000 feature. Prepared by Stephen Autridge and Kris Shailer, Communique was initially on a path towards the Group 3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup[...]
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Autridge eyes Cup week gold

Stephen Autridge reckons his team is on track to make owner Kevin Hickman’s New Zealand Cup week a memorable one. Autridge, along with his training partner Kris Shailer, is private trainer for Valachi Downs principal Hickman, the Christchurch businessman whose aim is always to optimise his success over the biggest week of racing in his[...]
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New Zealand Cup target for Communique

The colours of Kevin and Joanne Hickman’s Valachi Downs were to the fore at the Riccarton meeting on Saturday, headed by smart mare Communique who won the Waimakariri Businesses North Canterbury Cup (1800m). The mare will be aimed at staying features over the coming months, including the Group 3 Christchurch Casino 157th New Zealand Cup[...]
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Bittersweet weekend for Newman

The joy of achieving a winning double at Matamata on Saturday was tempered slightly for apprentice Tegan Newman when she copped a week’s suspension for a whip infraction at the Te Aroha meeting on Sunday. Newman had been cock-a-hoop after piloting the Daniel Miller-trained React and the Stephen Ralph-trained New York Jazz to victory at[...]
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Prosperous start to racing career

Trainer Stephen Autridge saddled two runners at Avondale on Wednesday, with Savabeel three-year-old Prosperous making a good impression when winning by five lengths on debut, while well-bred colt Kurt was narrowly beaten into second. The Kevin Hickman-owned duo both pleased Autridge, with Prosperous one of the few runners to make up significant ground on the[...]
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Exciting season ahead for Autridge

Valachi Downs’ trainer Stephen Autridge welcomed back 30 horses to his Matamata barn last week and he is excited about the future with his young team. Autridge has posted 15 wins this term and was looking to adding to that tally, however, the Covid-19 restrictions put a stop a halt to those ambitions. “I was[...]
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Three-pronged Oaks tilt for Autridge

Valachi Downs trainer Stephen Autridge will be vying for his first Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) when he lines-up three fillies in the race at Trentham on Saturday. Autridge will saddle Communique and Karalino in Kevin and Jo Hickman’s gold colours, while he will also contest the race with Nothing[...]
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Autridge hunting Riccarton gold

The gold colours of Kevin Hickman will once again be prominent at Riccarton on Saturday. The Valachi Downs principal has four horses entered with private trainer Stephen Autridge, with two firm chances in feature races. Showcasing filly Laced With Gold will line-up in the Listed Barneswood Farm Welcome Stakes (1000m) after finishing second and fourth[...]
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Hickman’s gold army strengthening in South Island

Kevin Hickman is already increasing his South Island-based firepower leading into this year’s New Zealand Cup carnival. A group of horses owned by the Valachi Downs principal were transported from Waikato on Monday morning bound for Riccarton, where they will continue their preparations for their respective trainers Stephen Autridge and Stephen Marsh. “Kevin likes to[...]
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