Masterton's Little Avondale Stud played a big part in Lisa Allpress becoming the first female jockey to ride 1000 winners in New Zealand.
Allpress, 37, achieved that when she guided Kekova to success in the $50,000 Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Tauherenikau on Waitangi Day.
Kekova was bred by Sam and Catriona Williams of Little Avondale Stud and they leased her to the Bleap Syndicate, a large group of owners, many of whom are new to racing.
Now the winner of six of her 24 starts and $108,500 in prizemoney, Kekova is a half-sister to Rapid Kay (by Towkay), a group-one placed mare who died in November last year.
The sire of Kekova is Elusive City, who now has 23 stakes winners to his credit, and her latest win gave Little Avondale Stud a black-type double inside a week, after Monachee won the Dunedin Gold Cup.