John Mooney presents Ben Smith with the Broodmare of Excellence Award for 2016.
Announced at the NRM Breeders annual Cup Eve cocktail function, KAHU DEL was this year’s recipient of the coveted Broodmare of Excellence Award.
KAHU DEL was the 1981 foal of Armbro Del/Tee Kahu from the NZ family of Mavis Logan (N145). whose major credit is champion square gaiter Lyell Creek. Kahu Del was bred by Victor (VL) Smith and owned/raced by Peter (PH) Smith from Kaikoura with leading trainer Jack Litten of Caduceus, Vedette, False Step (trained for 18 wins), Fallacy fame. Peter Smith was responsible for the breeding of all of Kahu Del’s progeny.
Kahu Del was the winner of five races (two for Brian Kerr, three for Derek Jones) and placed on a further six occasions, $17,395, 2:05.6. Her breeding record shows she was the dam of seventeen foals for thirteen to race with eight winners plus a further two qualifiers. Her winning progeny were a mix of both pacers and trotters, the true dual gaited matron of Mavis Logan breed.
The male progeny of Kahu Del included Swan Creek, 2”01.1, $75,335, 8 wins (Geraldine Cup); Harnetts Creek, 1:57.7/T2:10.1, $295,373, 12 pacing/1 trotting wins (Kaikoura/Invercargill/Avon City Ford New Brighton Cups, Ashburton Flying Stakes); Cullens Creek, 1:56.9AUS, $141,761, 9 NZ/5 AUS wins (Central Otago Cup, Hannon Memorial).
Her daughters bred on and included Kahlum, dam of Lyell Creek, “Creek the Freak” proved to be the greatest trotter seen on Australasia tracks. He raced in seven different countries over eight seasons (1998 - 2005). His 113 starts resulted in a 50% wins to starts ratio with stake earnings touching $3m. In NZ, 28 wins T1:55.7, Australia (nine, T1:58.0), Sweden (one, T1:56.3), Canada (seven, T1:53.2), USA (11, T1:52.2 at Meadowlands in 2002, second fastest Kiwi trotter ever), overall 56 wins.
Lyell Creek recorded 15 Group One, 10 Group Two and one Group Three victories. These included three wins in Dominion Trot/Rowe Cup, two Dullard Cups and an Interdominion Trotting Grand Final. Awards won Included ANZ Grand Circuit Trotting Champion (three); NZ Trotter of Year (twice); NZ Aged (5yo+) H&G Trotter of Year (three); NZ Harness Horse of Year; Australian Trotter of Year (twice); NZ and Australian stake earning Trotter of Year (twice); NZ and Addington Harness Hall of Fame inductee with a lounge at Alexandra Park named after him. Apart from his first two starts when trained initially by owner/breeder Peter Smith and at his second start and first win by Mark Smith, all of Lyell’s remaining Australasian starts trained by Tim Butt. In the driving stakes, Anthony Butt drove him in almost every Australasian start (51 of 54) and for 36 of 37 Australian victories.
Kahlum and her descendants were also responsible for Arabess, dam of Marcoola, T1:59.8, $170,464, nine wins in 16 starts (NZ/GN Trotters Derbies, NZ SS - 3T, 3yo C&G Trotter of Year); Amaretto Sun, T2:01.2, $68,657, 9 wins (Ordeal Trotting Cup); Jacquimo T2:02.9, $53,441, 8 wins; Little Mo, T2:04.9/T2:04.2, $44,650, 1 pacing/3 trotting wins.
Other daughters and descendants of Kahu Del have left Kahdon, T1:59.3, $177,234, six wins from 14 3yo starts (NZSS - 3T, GN Trotters Derby, VIC Trotters Oaks, NZ Trotter of Year as three year old); Kincaslough, T2:01.2, $133,286, 10 wins (Summer Trotting FFA, NZ mares record 2600m stand, 4yo+ Aged Trotting Mare of Year); Blackguards Corner, T2:01.5, $53,789, 6 wins; Stoney Creek, 1:55.1US, $143,146, 10 NZ/7 NA wins (Te Awamutu Cup); Arboe, T1:55.5AUS, $72,818, seven AUS wins in 12 starts, (NSW La Coocaracha, VIC Bacardi Lindy Championship - 4/5); Le Reveur, T1:58,3, $93,415 (NZSS - Aged Trotters Classic); Lough Beg, T2:06.2, $51,070 (4yo mare Trotter of Year) amongst many others.
Kahu Del’s unraced dam Tee Kahu was by leading trotting stallion Tuft from Kahu by Fallacy. Tee Kahu left 11 foals for five to race, four winners and a qualifier. She left By The Way, dual gaited, t2:07.1/P2:11.2, $23,410, 5 trotting, 1 pacing wins (4yo mare Trotter of Year) and was grand dam of Lord Vance, 2:04.9, $40,195, 5 wins (Waimate Cup).
Kahu Del’s grand dam, Kahu, from whom the majority of the families better progeny descended left Black Miller, T2:11.6, $3,590 (NZ Trotting Stakes- 3); Del Miller, T2:11.6, $10,055 (2yo Trotter of Year) while her daughters/grand-daughters produced Le Duc, t2:03.5, $86,350 (NZ Hambletonian); Sunset Tour, T1:55.7, $110,604; Rockin Wilma, t2:02.9, $59,390 (Stawell Trotters Cup); All Most, 1:54.2US, $105,925 (Timaru Winter Cup); Millwood Jet, 2:00.5, $31,406 (VIC Derby heat); King Charlie, t2:01.5, $239,337 (GN Trotters Derby); Shezoneoftheboyz, T2:02.2, $91,849 (Hambletonian, NZ Trotters Derby); Here Lies A Dream, 1:50.3US, $89,182; Liberaiitus, 1:52.4, $152,121; Jim Beam, 2:00.9, $73,346 (WA Pearl) amongst others.
The trotting side of the family surrounding Kahu Del has exerted considerable influence over the past few decades on the NZ harness racing scene. The broodmare of Excellence Award is fitting recognition of her impact.