Te Akau Stud
Te Akau Stud, situated in the Waikato region on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island, comprises 4000 acres, of which 1000 acres is specifically fenced for horses.
For 40 years Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM has been uncompromising in his nurturing of the land to produce pasture second to none. Large paddocks allow all horses to run freely and develop naturally in a magnificent environment.
The property is fully utilised for raising foals and weanlings, educating yearlings, pre-training, training and spelling racehorses, as well as broodmares, alongside its successful sheep and cattle operation.
The stud is complimented by its racing stables in Matamata, New Zealand, and Kranji Racecourse in Singapore. Te Akau Racing is proud of being a 12-time Champion Stable across two racing jurisdictions.
Te Akau Racing Stables
Located in Matamata, Waikato, on the North Island of New Zealand, the Matamata training centre is based at the Matamata Racecourse and offers first-class training facilities for approximately 700 horses. Te Akau Racing has a 12-acre post and railed property near the racecourse and four barns on the course (five in total), providing professional facilities for upwards of 100 horses. The stable also has installed modern treadmill and horse walkers to offer training variety and options for each individual horse.
World class communication with owners is the cornerstone of business for Te Akau Racing and a constant flow of emails containing written, photo, and video reports, along with a Youtube channel and the weekly editions of Te Akau TV during the Group racing season. This ensures Te Akau owners receive up to date information through every step of a horse's career.
A highly skilled and experienced team, many with international credentials, from stable-hands and track riders to vets and farriers, provides the best possible care and attention for every horse. Not only are our horses nurtured and turned out in immaculate condition but diligent and detailed preparation goes into setting horses for specific targets. Every horse is recognised for the individual it is, and a programme specifically designed for it.
Te Akau New Zealand trainer Mark Walker has won five premierships in New Zealand and four in Singapore, breaking both prize money and winning tally records in both countries during that time. He has set new records for wins in a season in both New Zealand and Singapore.
Te Akau New Zealand currently holds the record for every benchmark of success in the New Zealand racing industry - wins in a season (160), Group/Listed win in a season (36), Group 1 wins in a season (16) and in the 2021/22 season, Te Akau became the first stable to crack the $6 million in domestic prizemoney won for owners.
Amongst the many elite race successes, Te Akau has also won six consecutive Karaka 2YO Million races - Melody Belle (2017), Avantage (2018), Probabeel (2019), Cool Aza Beel (2020), On The Bubbles (2021) and Dynastic (2022). Probabeel completed the double going on to win the Karaka 3YO Million, while the stable has twice won both 'Million' races on the same night (2019 and 2022).
Te Akau Racing lives for winning races for our owners and bringing out the very best in every individual horse. Te Akau owners enjoy the thrill and pleasure of racing with a professional and vibrant team, that treats owners with respect and values their involvement with our stables.
Te Akau Racing Stables
In 2010, Te Akau established its Singapore stable at Kranji racecourse - the goal to provide owners with an opportunity to race horses outside of Australasia, in one of the best racing jurisdictions in the world.
Having already established himself as a world-class trainer (New Zealand Champion Trainer 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009), Mark Walker was granted a licence by the Singapore Turf Club in 2010 and won his first Trainers' Premiership title there in 2015. His training prowess was underlined in a truly international environment which paved the way to a Trainers' Premiership record (87 wins) in 2017 before winning again in 2019 and 2021. He has been named Champion Trainer of Singapore four times. In total Mark Walker has won nine Champion Trainer titles.
In 2022, Mark Walker returned to New Zealand to again assume the role of Head Trainer for the Matamata stable, with Group 1 winning trainer Donna Logan joining the team as Te Akau Singapore trainer.