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Standing on the Flemington podium on that famous first Tuesday in November, clutching that mighty gold Cup. Posing for photos with your Melbourne Cup winner. The dream of every owner! A dream that the Leon Corstens stable is hoping to make come true – which is why Troy Corstens has been a very busy man, inspecting hundreds of yearlings at the world famous Karaka Sales. A proven source for high class stayers, Karaka is the ideal place for Corstens to start his search for his stable's first Melbourne Cup winner and he has been excited about his finds so far. "I am really happy with the purchases," he enthused – highlighting five outstanding types bought especially for a new Stayers Fund. "The quality of yearling over here has been outstanding, it's testament to the whole New Zealand industry". Cup type horses are the aim and with that in mind Corstens has spent many hours pouring over the catalogue and looking for just the right types. The search has proven fruitful so far with colts by two proven stallions and two up-and-comers the syndicate's first buys. An O'Reilly half brother to the Waikato Gold Cup-Gr.2 winning Singing Star has been one astute purchase, as has been a Pins colt out of a winning half sister to the last start runaway UK Doncaster Racing Post Trophy-Gr.1 winner Crowded House. The other two colts also boast promising pedigrees, the first being a Savabeel half brother to the Listed winning stayer Plaudits and the other a High Chaparral half brother to the Corstens trained The Wolverine. A filly was added to the group at the Select session, catching Corstens' eye a Pins from the Hunza family that has produced the big race winners Courtza, Our Pompeii and O'Reilly. The Corstens stable have fared extremely well with staying types over the years, well represented by the likes of Helenus (VRC Derby), Laebeel (just beaten in a Caulfield Cup), Cherontessa (SA Oaks), Gossips (St Leger) and St Shannon (St Leger).

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Lot 56 colt O’Reilly – Jelignite Jen Click here to view pedigree: Son of one of the classiest and most reliable stallions in New Zealand, sire of 37 stakes winners with an exceptionally high 70.8% winners-to-runners strike rate. Out of a proven broodmare already represented by six winners including three black type performers. Her daughter Singing Star is a Gr.2 winner and this mating is slightly better with a cross of the tough champion Round Table and duplications of the influential mares Knight’s Daughter and Schiaparelli.

Lot 148 colt Savabeel – Night Star Click here to view pedigree: By highly rated first season son of the mighty Zabeel and bred along similar lines to that stallion’s VRC Derby winning grandson Rebel Raider – with a duplication of the legendary Sir Tristram. A half brother to the stakes winner Plaudits out of a prolific black type family, he is also line-bred to the famed matriarch Oceana via her influential sons Todman and Noholme II.

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Lot 351 colt High Chaparral – Arena Pride Click here to view pedigree: Son of an outstanding Epsom Derby winner who has already sired five stakes winners in Europe. A half brother to the exciting Corstens trained The Wolverine from the terrific Toy Show family, he is bred on the highly successful Mill Reef/Blushing Groom cross. He is line-bred to his own sixth dam, the influential matriarch Astronomie, as well as to the fine mares Mah Mahal and Black Ray.

Lot 371 colt Pins – Bering Island Click here to view pedigree: Second foal of a mare whose half brother Crowded House is one of the early favourites for the Epsom Derby, having won the prestigious Racing Post Trophy-Gr.1 by a space at his most recent outing. By a proven high class sire of 27 stakes winners, he carries three crosses of the immortal Northern Dancer and duplications of the excellent mares Almahmoud and Striking. Two leading sires have emerged from his immediate family – Royal Academy and Storm Cat.

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Lot 650 filly Pins – Match Point Click here to view pedigree: Boasting a pedigree with so many big names – Snippets, Kaoru Star, Zabeel, Sir Tristram, Vice Regal – this filly by the wonderful Pins hails from the Hunza family that has produced the big race winners Courtza, O’Reilly, Critic and Our Pompeii. She carries a 5 X 6 cross of the prolific mare Netherton Maid to whom last year’s star filly Zarita is also linebred.

The following is a schedule of costs in Australian Dollars until the horses are landed in Australia. Description




Lot 56 O’Reilly / Jelignite Jen Colt Lot 148 Savabeel / Night Star Colt Lot 351 High Chaparral / Arena Pride Colt Lot 371 Pins/ Bering Island Colt Lot 650 Pins/ Match Point Filly

$103,000 $24,000 $40,000 $80,000 $32,000


Breaking In Insurance Transport Spelling Fees Vet and Scope Ongoing Vet and Farrier

$9,070 $7,890 $23,700 $3,950 $1,000 $1,980



*Approximations only. Any surplus will be deducted from training costs. Costs include breaking in, insurance, veterinary (excepting emergency surgery should it be required), spelling and transport. Once in Australia normal spelling and training fees will be invoiced by Corstens Racing directly.

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The table below outlines the share per investment outlay and the associated ongoing monthly costs. These costs are indicative and may vary on a month to month basis. Transparency will be ensured as all costs will be accessible to fund members via our online service.

Investment $ 5,000 $10,000 $15,000 $20,000 $25,000 $30,000 $35,000 $40,000 $45,000 $50,000

Share in Fund 1.52% 3.05% 4.57% 6.10% 7.62% 9.15% 10.67% 12.20% 13.72% 15.24%

Ongoing Monthly Costs* $189 $378 $567 $756 $945 $1,134 $1,323 $1,512 $1,701 $1,890

*indicative costs based on expected training and spelling fees.

For further information on the Stayers Fund or to secure you percentage please contact

Troy – 0413 876 534 Stable Manager, Team Corstens or Eric Pipersberg – 0438 243 359 Racing Manager, Team Corstens Http://

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