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From sheep farming to stable success

13 July 2023 Written by VRC

David Ellis, once a sheep and cattle farmer, found his true passion in horses and horse racing, leading him to establish his own successful stable.

Named after the legendary Te Akau Nick, renowned as Gai Waterhouse’s inaugural Group 1 champion, Te Akau Stud stands as a testament to Ellis’ unwavering dedication. Te Akau Nick’s memorable second-place finish to Vintage Crop in the 1993 Melbourne Cup remains a proud milestone for Ellis.

With a syndication business that syndicates 60-70 horses a year, Ellis and his experienced team have become well-acquainted with success. Over his impressive 40 years in the industry, he has celebrated nearly 3000 victories.

Among Te Akau Racing’s current stars shines the remarkable mare, Imperatriz. After winning her first two starts, she has won five Group 1 races and is going to be prominent in Melbourne this spring. Ellis also highlights Wolverine, a recently acquired mare from Magic Millions, as one to watch. With success at the elite level already under her belt, the team will also be aiming her at Melbourne’s thrilling spring races.