Day At The Track
A Pemberton Shard filly by Bettor's Delight brings a mammoth $280'000 bid,Harness racing

2020 Yearling Sale - Live blog Day 3

The third day of the NZB Standardbred’s 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale has finished at Canterbury Agricultural Park Bettor's Delight,Captaintreacherous and Art Major the top selling sires at Karaka were well represented again and there was high interest in a variety of sires and well performed bloodlines today.  The top lot today was Lot 243 Moet Shard (Bettor's Delight - Pemberton Shard) with a massive bid of $280'000 acquiring the filly. She has a top bloodline to back up a big sale price with the likes of Mach Shard and Smiling Shard involved here.   Other high priced lots sold included: Lot 387 Ohoka Toa (Bettor's Delight – Idolise) Out of a half sister to Dibaba, this colt is from the family of The Fascinator,Twist And Twirl and King Of Swing. The hammer came down at $100'000 Lot 380 Frank Burns (Somebeachsomewhere – Go One Bettor) A descendent of top race mare One Dream out of a sister to Sole Ambition. This good looking colt went for $57'500 Lot 373 Dream Prospect (Bettor's Delight – Follow The Dream) Out of a sister to Western Cullen this colt sold for $90'000 Lot 372 Let's Fly Together (Art Major – Flying Mrs Williams) Closely related to smart two year and three year old Flying Even Bettor and also on the page Mighty Flying Thomas and Flying Pocketlands who have both been success stories across Australasia. This colt sold for $115'000 Lot 369 Ultimate Missile (Bettor's Delight – Ideal Reality) The first foal out of a half sister to Ulimate Machete and Ultimate Sniper. This colt sold for $210'000 Lot 363 Republican Party (Bettor's Delight – Democrat Party) This very good looking colt form the top mare Democrat Party was the subject of some very strong bidding and ended up selling for $210'000 Lot 363 Republican Party (Bettor's Delight – Democrat Party) Lot 358 Who's Bettor (Bettor's Delight – Cullen Who) The first foal from the very good race mare Cullen Who. This filly fetched $90'000 Lot 357 Mighty Flying One (Bettor's Delight - Fleet's Pocket) looks set to continue the strong work of the dam with smart two year and three year old Flying Even  Bettor close on the page along with Mighty Flying Thomas and Flying Pocketlands who have both been success stories across Australasia. He goes for $60'000 Lot 356 Dream Breaker (Art Major - Christian Dreamer) is a bottler from a dam who has produced Amazing Dream ($200'000k to date) and Chase The Dream who won the sires stakes and New Zealand Sapling Stakes. He attracts large bids and finally sells for $160'000 Lot 354. Manyara (Rock N Roll Heaven - Christian Watch ) is a well bred colt with both Code Black and Tiffany Rose close up. He is passed in for $25'000 Lot 347 Arden's Horizon (Bettor's Delight - Arden's Rose) sells for $55'000 for Arden Lodge.  Lot 344 Beaudiene Breanna (Captaintreacherous - Beaudiene Delightful ) continues the strong southern form at the sale and goes for $65'000 her pedigree can be found here.  Lot 340 Matt Major. (Art Major - Break Dance) is a 3/4 to current Southland star in Kilowatt Kid. He looks the part and brings $50'000 Lot 337 Emmy (Bettor's Delight -De Lovely) is a sister to Cole Porter who was an early runner for the Geoff Dunn stable. She brings $47'500 to the bid of Jean Feiss Lot 329 Amazem (Bettor's Delight - Crushem) is a 1/2 to Spankem and gathers enough interest for a bid of $45'000 which is accepted. We sell people we sell! Lot 328 Aiming For Glory (Bettor's Delight - Breath Of Life) continues the strong run of top bred fillies at these sales and goes for a strong $80'000 Lot 326 Irish Legend (Bettor's Delight - Banshee) gores back to the good race mare in Tatijana Bromac and sells for $50'000 Lot 322 Diamond Solitaire (Art Major - Asabella) is another filly from a dam that has been superb as a broodmare producing the likes of Code Red and Ohoka's Bondy. A bid of $50'000 isn't enough and the filly is passed in. A possible sale later?  Lot 313 Five Bangles (Bettor's Delight - Beaudiene Bad Babe) is one of the better southern bred lots and it's reflected in the bids registered for the filly. A starting bid of $50'000 isn't enough and soon enough we're into fairly uncharted territory. A bid of $220'000 finally secures the filly. Filly photo below  Lot 307 Major Grace (Art Major - Zariya) goes for $48'000, the filly is closely related to both Pacing Major and Grace Way who has produced a number of Australian performers.  Lot 304 Lucca (American Ideal - Black Raine) brings $20'000 which is arguably a surprise given the family has produced the likes of Jewels winner Venus Serena and NZ Derby winner Sheriff. It's a proven family and proven sire. Good buying there.   Lot 289 Arden Ubeaut (Sweet Lou - Winter Rose) brings good blood to the page and is rewarded with a sound $72'500 Lot 281 Ajira (Bettor's Delight – Allura) descending from the good race mare Nevermore(2nd Dam). This colt fetched $80'000  Lot 279 Franco Lomu (Art Major – The Legend) out of a sister to champion pacer Bit Of A Legend sells for $80'000 Lot 276 Taieri Express (Bettor's Delight – Tandias Bromac) is out of the good racemare Tandias Bromac and this filly sells for $60'000. Lot 272 Akuta (Bettor's Delight – Adore To Our Dreams) The first colt from a well bred family. Akuta sells for $170'000 and comes from a family that includes the 1996 Sires Stakes winner Franco Enforce. Lot 271 Van Shard (Art Major – Shards Echo) From the family of Mach Shard, Smiling Shard and Pemberton Shard this colt fetched $70'000 Lot 263 Take A Bow (Captaintreacherous - The Fascinator) comes out of a family that is very current indeed with Dibaba and King Of Swing featuring on the page. The filly brings $45'000 Lot 250 Arden Believer (Somebeachsomewhere - Real Wings) goes for $37'500 interesting to note the muted response for his progeny but the fever-pitch action on progeny of his son in Captaintreacherous.  Lot 243 Moet Shard (Bettor's Delight - Pemberton Shard) Has plenty to back up a big sale price with the likes of Mach Shard and Smiling Shard involved here. The massive bid of $280'000 acquires the filly.    Lot 239 Allegra is a full sister to Dr Susan who has put in top-line efforts in Australia recently. The (Bettor's Delight- Safedra ) combination sparks interest and the filly commands a price of $70'000 Lot 237 Fernleigh Blackbird (He's Watching - New Revenue) has enough on the page and sells for $16'000 Hard work recently with a number of lots being passed in. Will be interesting to see how the medium holds up with a good top line and limited "mid" types at the moment.  Lot 232 Drifting Star (A Rocknroll Dance - Petra's Star) has real southern form to call upon ith Galactic Star now sweeping all before him in Western Australia. The dam-line goes back to Lillian but he can't spark interest and is passed in for just $6'000. That looks like a missed opportunity.   Lot 227 Captain DJ (Captaintreacherous - One Dream) has one of the best performed dams in the book. Mix that with the sire, who has seen very strong support during the sale, and you have a compelling argument to see a bidding war. That indeed happened with the colt going for a sum of $175'000   Lot 224 Nirvana Franco (Bettor's Delight - Nearea Franco) is royally bred and brings $100'000. The filly has a lot to live up to with Nike Franco out of the class dam also.  Lot 218 Melton Beach (Sunshine Beach - Miss Sunshine) attracts good interest for the sire and goes for $45'000 to the bid of Mark Jones.  Lot 215 Jackpot Joe (Bettor's Delight - Motu Pocket O'Jewels) brings a pocket full of dosh for vendors and goes for $120'000 Lot 213 Easy As Major  (Art Major - Miss Elsie) Goes for $50'000 and continues the strong support that Art Major has recieved from buyers during the sale.  Lot 210 Ohoka Creed (Captain Treacherous- Millwood Ivy) is the first lot by the boom sire through the ring and brings high interest finally be acquired for $105'000 Lot 202 Strength And Honour (Bettor's Delight - Luminesce) threatens to pass the current top figure and gets to $150'000 to the bid of Phil Kennard. It's the family of One Dream.  Lot 197 Major Perry (Art Major - Katy Perry) blasts past the 100'000 dollar mark on his way to a big bid of $160'000 with Barry Purdon securing the colt.It's a "Black Watch" maternal line that has done very good things lately.  Lot 195 Wagon Wheel (Bettor's Delight- Jen Marie) is a full brother to NZ Derby winner Sheriff and goes for $60'000 Jen Marie has also left the Australian perfomrer in Wrangler. You can check the pedigree here  Lot 187 Lochart Shard (Bettor's Delight- Lady Gaga and Lot 189 Kalasa (Bettor's Delight- Kashana) bring the sale to life after a slow start with both being sold for $50'000. The Bettor's Delight factor in full effect and backed up by some very nice bloodlines on the maternal lines.   

Lot 146,Harness racing

Record smashed at Trotting Sale

By Jonny Turner    The Christchurch sales ring was set alight and an Australasian record for a trotting yearling was smashed when a colt by Love You from Queen Kenny sold for the mammoth price of $280,000 yesterday. West Melton vendor and preparer Tony Barron admitted hours after the sale he was still astonished that his stunning chestnut from his former nine race winning mare burst through the $250,000 barrier before being knocked down to bloodstock agent Peter Lagan. “To be honest, it still doesn’t seem real,” Barron said. “We are absolutely thrilled, we were hoping he would go for nice money because he is a lovely colt, but we couldn’t have dreamed of that price.” Lagan was acting for powerhouse New South Wales owners Emilio and Mary Rosati when signing for the colt. The Rosatis know all about the premium genetics that flow through the veins of their new purchase. Their Love You colt’s dam, Queen Kenny, was bred by Phil and Bev Williamson of Oamaru and is from the family of outstanding producers Frances Jay Bee and her champion daughter One Over Kenny. The Rosatis purchased the highest price trotting yearling from Christchurch two years ago in Ultimate Stride – a Love You colt from One Over Kenny. They sent him to Phil Williamson’s Oamaru stable and have already tasted group 1 success. The couple have the same path in mind of this year’s sales topper, who will also join Williamson. Barron could not have hoped his yearling could have found a better home. “It is the perfect result,” he said. “The horse will get every opportunity there and the association we have had with the Williamson family makes it the ultimate result.” Barron purchased Queen Kenny from the Williamsons after the mare caught his eye in a maiden race at Wyndham in 2014. The horseman was training at his long time base in Makarewa and had a team entered at the meeting.   “I watched her run second at Wyndham one day and I asked Phil if that maiden trotter was for sale,” Barron said. “He said she was but, I want a bit for her.” “The deal was done in four days and then Phil brought her down to Waikouaiti for me and she won by four lengths.” Barron owns Queen Kenny with his wife, Cheryl, and Southland breeder-owner Gordon ‘Boof’ McKenzie, of Colac Bay. Their sales topping colt is named King Cabbl. Cabbl is an acronym combining the first letter of the christian names of McKenzie’s grandchildren. McKenzie and the Barrons have two full relations to their sale topper. Queen Kenny’s Love You 2yr-old, Queen Elida, will have her first start at Addington on Thursday night in Barron’s colours. Queen Kenny missed to Father Patrick last breeding season before getting in foal again to Love You and having a filly in the spring. Both Queen Elida and Queen Kenny’s foal are not for sale. Barron added sales topping breeder and preparer on his extensive harness racing CV alongside winning driver, trainer and owner. The horseman has built his breeding operation from humble beginnings while solely training horses for a living, to become a successful commercial breeder with a high class band of broodmares. “It didn’t happen overnight, it built its way up over the last ten years or so after I started with a couple of mares from Bruce Francis.” Barron hopes his broodmares can keep delivering when the pacing section of the Christchurch sale commences today. He will offer three Bettor Delight yearlings, as well as a Betting Line yearling and an American Ideal yearling.  Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

$280,000 record-breaker Lot 146 (Love You)

Australasian Record - Day One at Christchurch

The momentum has continued from NZB Standardbred’s Auckland session into Day One of the National Yearling Sale in Christchurch, with all key sale statistics exceeding results of the 2019 harness racing session.  With 36 Lots sold this afternoon, the aggregate surpassed the million-dollar mark to close at $1,281,750. The average and median both climbed to $34,642 and $24,000 respectively and the clearance rate settled at 79%. The strong demand for the square gaiters was evident today at Canterbury Agricultural Park, after Lot 146 broke an Australasian record by being the highest-ever recorded purchase for a trotting yearling. The Love You (ex Queen Kenny) colt was purchased by Peter Lagan Standardbreds for $280,000 from the draft of Barron Bloodstock. Vendor Tony Barron commented “I had the thrill of a lifetime last year when we ran fourth in the Derby [with Global Domination] but today has surpassed that. “He’s just such a nice horse, he’s very intelligent, he’s got the breeding and we’re pretty happy.” International sire lines were prominent at today’s Sale, with Champion European stallion Love You dominating the leading sire tables, having sold 12 Lots for $760,000 in receipts and an average of $63,333. Emerging stallion Father Patrick also made his mark at the Christchurch session, making him the second leading sire by average after four Lots sold for an average of $37,500. Leading vendor by aggregate at the close of selling was Barron Bloodstock, who sold the record-breaking Love You colt for $280,000. Ripple Creek secured the leading vendor by average (three or more sold) and second leading vendor by aggregate titles after selling five Lots for a total of $155,000 in receipts while averaging $31,000. The Sale of Pacers at Christchurch continues tomorrow with Lot 180 – Lot 388 going under the hammer from 11.00am. All horses purchased at the National Standardbred Yearling Sale are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates. To make enquiries about Passed Lots contact Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199. Selling will be beamed to viewers on Freeview Channel 200, with up-to-the minute coverage streamed live at www.nzbstandardbred.co.nz and NZB Standardbred’s Facebook page. The Sale broadcast coverage begins at 10.45am with Trackside’s Greg O’Connor hosting a Preview Show leading into the Day Two session. 2020 National Yearling Sale Statistics – Christchurch Sale Day 1   2020 Christchurch Trotting Sale 2019 Christchurch Trotting Sale Aggregate $1,281,750 $1,203,500 Average $34,642 $30,088 Median $24,000 $21,500 Clearance 79% 83% Catalogued 48 50 Sold 37 40 Top Price $280,000 Lot 146 (Ch.C) Love You - Queen Kenny $105,000 Lot 192 (B.C) Love You - Diedre's Jewel   2020 Top Lots – Christchurch Sale Day 1 Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Price 146 Ch.C Love You / Queen Kenny Barron Bloodstock Peter Lagan Standardbreds (Canterbury) $280,000 173 B.C Love You / Chevron Express L. F. Daly KPC Racing (Mgr J Connelly) (Victoria) $80,000 160 B.C Muscle Hill / U Dream Rosedale Farm Cran Dalgety (Canterbury) $75,000 162 B.C Love You / Superbowlcheerleader Studholme Bloodstock Mr G Hope (Canterbury) $70,000 171 Ch.F Love You / Bree Studholme Bloodstock Mr AG Herlihy (Auckland) $65,000 179 B.C Father Patrick / Hot Pants Spreydon Lodge KPC Racing (Mgr J Connelly) (Victoria) $65,000 145 B.C Love You / Polar Blast R. & J. Aubrey Mr JW Dickie (Auckland) $45,000 175 B.F Love You / Chiola Belle Ripple Creek Mr JD Harrington (Canterbury) $41,000 132 B.C Love You / Juneamy Castleton L. Smith All Things Harness Racing (Otago) $40,000 139 BR.C Love You / Maysoon Ripple Creek Mr NR McGrath (Canterbury) $40,000   2020 Leading Purchasers by Aggregate - Christchurch Sale Day 1 Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Peter Lagan Standardbreds (Canterbury) 1 $280,000 $280,000 $280,000 146 KPC Racing (Mgr J Connelly) (Victoria) 2 $145,000 $72,500 $80,000 173 Mr NR McGrath (Canterbury) 3 $92,000 $30,667 $40,000 139 Mr G Hope (Canterbury) 2 $80,000 $40,000 $70,000 162 Cran Dalgety (Canterbury) 1 $75,000 $75,000 $75,000 160 Mr AG Herlihy (Auckland) 1 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 171 Mr JW Dickie (Auckland) 2 $55,000 $27,500 $45,000 145 Diamond Racing 2 $49,000 $24,500 $34,000 177 Mr JD Harrington (Canterbury) 1 $41,000 $41,000 $41,000 175 All Things Harness Racing (Otago) 1 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 132   2020 Leading Vendors by Aggregate – Christchurch Sale Day 1 Vendor Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Barron Bloodstock 1 $280,000 $280,000 $280,000 146 Ripple Creek 5 $155,000 $31,000 $41,000 175 Studholme Bloodstock 2 $135,000 $67,500 $70,000 162 Rosedale Farm 4 $119,000 $29,750 $75,000 160 L. F. Daly 1 $80,000 $80,000 $80,000 173 L. Smith 2 $74,000 $37,000 $40,000 132 G. M. Murray 4 $66,500 $16,625 $33,000 152 Spreydon Lodge 1 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 179 R. & J. Aubrey 1 $45,000 $45,000 $45,000 145 Macca Lodge 3 $44,000 $14,667 $20,000 138   2020 Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold) – Christchurch Sale Day 1 Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Ripple Creek 5 $31,000 $155,000 $41,000 175 Rosedale Farm 4 $29,750 $119,000 $75,000 160 G. M. Murray 4 $16,625 $66,500 $33,000 152 Macca Lodge 3 $14,667 $44,000 $20,000 138 Phoebe Standardbreds 3 $10,000 $30,000 $12,000 157   2020 Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold) – Christchurch Sale Day 1 Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Love You 12 $63,333 $760,000 $280,000 146 Father Patrick 4 $37,500 $150,000 $65,000 179 Creatine* 3 $15,333 $46,000 $30,000 155 Majestic Son 4 $10,625 $42,500 $14,000 169 Peak 3 $9,667 $29,000 $12,000 157 *First season sire

Beachtrea

Brother to Captaintreacherous available

The Somebeachsomewhere horse Beachtrea, a full-brother to former champion racehorse and now leading sire Captaintreacherous, is available for stud duties ‘Down Under’ next season. An upstanding individual, foaled in 2011, Beachtrea represents a great opportunity for a small stud in New Zealand or Australia to secure a young stallion from one of the most highly prized families in America today. Beachtrea was only lightly raced due to injury and took his record of 1:52.6 at three years. Standing in Ohio, Beachtrea, from restricted stud chances, has sired 13 winners – including three in 1:55 - from 18 starters to date from his first two racing crops. On the score of blood Beachtrea lacks nothing. His sire Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.8) was a champion with stake earnings of $3.2million and has been one of America’s top sires for some time. He figures as the sire of two of America’s greatest pacers in Captaintreacherous (1:47.3) – a younger brother of Beachtrea – and Pure Country (1:48). Worldly Treasure (1:53.2), the dam of Beachtrea, was one of the many grand producing daughters of a champion sire in Artsplace (1:49.4), being out of a noted produced in World Order (1:53), by Nihilator from Rodine Hanover (1:54), by Big Towner. World Order was the dam of seven individual winners three of whom took record of 1:55 or better including an outstanding racemare in Worldly Beauty 1:49.6, winner of $1.9m in stakes. In turn Worldly Beauty has proved herself a champion broodmare, being the dam of Rock N Roll World 1:48.6 ($712,737), the Hoosier Cup winner World Of Rocknroll (1:50.6) and Captain Deo (1:50.4). World Of Her Own, a daughter of Worldly Beauty, is the dam of Sir Richard Z Tam (1:50.2). This is the immediate family of champion Australian sire Art Major, the leading juvenile sire on six occasions, and other successful ‘down under’ sires in Perfect Art and Panspacificflight. For further details contact Peter Wharton on +61409192532

Consistent Down Under pacer shows the x-factor. Jacks Shadow N put in a big harness racing mile on Saturday night at The Meadowlands, pacing a winning mile in 1:50.1.   Going so very close to making himself a sub 1:50 pacer, the son of Shadow Play was successful in in the seven horse field, with leading driver Tim Tetrick aboard, and Scott Di Domenico doing the training.   To date in his American racing career, Jacks Shadow N has won eight races and $76,000 in stake money from 18 starts, making him a very handy import for American connections. When racing Down Under, the 6yo Gelding was the winner of four races and close to $50,000 in stake money.   Down Under horses win three on the card early in Poconos season.   Three Down Under and Australian bred pacers were successful at Pocono on Saturday night.   Highlighted by Polak A who was the winner in the $25,000 Leg 2 of the Game of Claims Series, clocking a time of 1:52.2 in a close finish. Jim Morrill Jnr did the steering and Darren Taneyhill was the successful trainer. The now 12yo gelded son of Pacific Fella is now the winner of a huge $790,026, while holding a lifetime mark of 1:50.2. Polak A was previously raced in Western Australia where he placed on Group Level 6 times and was the winner of a listed race.   Polak A   On the same card, Trainer Tracy Tarantino and driver Larry Stalbaum, picked up a double with Down Under pacers, winning with Chumlee A in 1:52.1 and Itsonlyrocknroll A in 1:52.3.   Itsonlyrocknroll A was the narrow winner over Mach Doro A who is also a successful Down Under pacer.   Monday 10 th February   Miami Valley Raceway OH Hit And Giggle A – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $6,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Beyondthesilence N – Time: 1:56.4, Stake: $10,000 Mister Daytona A – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $12,500 Weona Sizzler A – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $14,500 - Down Under Trifecta – 2 nd Macintosh N, 3 rd Tullow N   Alotbettor N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $14,500 Bettors Fire N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $20,000   Western Fair Raceway CA Toot Toot N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $11,500     Tuesday 11 th February   Miami Valley Raceway OH Majestic Player A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $24,000 Ideal Legacy A – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $6,000     Wednesday 12 th February   Dover Downs DE Anytime N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $16,500     Thursday 13 th February   Dover Downs DE Glengarry Knight N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $9,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Shes Sporty A – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $10,000 Mighty Mr Sharkey N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $12,500   Flamboro Downs CA Balfast N – Time: 1:59.0, Stake: $6,000     Friday 14 th February   Meadowlands NJ Uptown Lady N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $12,500 Princess Holley N – Time: 1:56.2, Stake: $8,125   The Meadows PA Stathem N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $9,000 Mister Spot A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $13,500 Blow A Cloud N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $6,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Northern Assassin A – Time: 1:56.4, Stake: $10,000 My Kiwi Lady N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $20,000 Imprincessgemma A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $40,000     Saturday 15 th February   Freehold Raceway NJ Drunken Desire A – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $5,000 Firenglow A – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $6,300 Run Oneover A – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $5,000   Meadowlands NJ Jacks Shadow N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $20,000 Jesse Duke N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $16,000   Miami Valley Raceway OH Ana Afreet N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $15,000   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Chumlee A – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $11,000 Polak A – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $25,000 Itsonlyrocknroll A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $11,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Keep On Rocking A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $17,000     Sunday 16 th February   Miami Valley Raceway OH Sammy The Bull N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $17,500     Click here for previous weeks articles     By Carter Dalgety

The second day of the NZB Standardbred’s 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale is about to get underway at Canterbury Agricultural Park The Trotters Sale on Tuesday 18 February and Pacers Sale on Wednesday 19 February will be broadcast live on Freeview Channel 200 and www.nzbstandardbred.co.nz from 3.45pm and 10.45am respectively with a Preview Show hosted by Greg O'Connor.  Live updates here from 3:45am today High interest in a variety of sires and well performed bloodlines today. Father Patrick, Love You and Peak all bringing a truly international sire line-up to proceedings along with the sort after Muscle Hill. Creatine, Sebastian K and Kadabra also present within the sale today too.  Please refresh your browser to check for latest additions to the feed updates  An exicting day in Chirstchurch with the biggest ever bid registered for a trotter through the sale. Day 3 of the sale sees pacing lots go arounnd with plenty of action to get through.  Lot 179 Franco Hippie (Father Patrick - Hot Pants) concludes the action for today and goes for $65'000  Lot 177 Highgrove (Love You - Focus On Me) Goes for $34'000. The colt is closely related to Australian racetrack performers Running Fire and Well Defined  Lot 173 Loving Chevron (Love You - Chevron Express) goes for a strong $80'000. The page looked good and obviously the type was up to expectations too. The pedigree can be seen here.   Lot 171 Love Potion (Love You -Bree) continues the Love You dominance of the sales ring and goes for $65'000 Lot 169 Son Of A Sun (Majestic Son - A Touch Of Sun) is a full brother to the high achiever in King Denny (out of a mare who has seldom missed)  and brings $14'000  Lot 162 Bowl'M Out (Love You - Superbowlcheerleader) is passed in for $65'000 Lot 160 Aldebaran Alpha (Muscle Hill - U Dream) continues the strong support of the sire going for $75'000  Lot 154. Shooosh (Majestic Sun - Shutterup) is the first Majestic Son to be offered today and goes for $10'000 that's good buying for what the page looks like. The pedigree available here  Lot 152 Walk It Talk It (Kadabra - Successor)  attracts good interest and goes for $33'000 to Southern connections. He's closely related to Heavyweight Hero who has been impressive recently.  Other lots by Love You have been popular too and include Lot 145 and Lot 150 which sold for 45'000 and 20'000 respectively.  Love You just arrived! A bid of $280'000 is lodged for Lot 146 King Cabbl (Love You - Queen Kenny) His pedigree is available here  Father Patrick is away in Christchurch with Lot 134 Cameron Mor (Father Patrick- Kiwi Girl) being sold to Robbie Holmes for 30'000 while Lot 138 Helloveamoment (Father Patrick- Moment Of Beauty) is sold for 20'000  Lot 132 (first lot of the day) B D Castleton (Love You-Juneamy Castleton) goes for $40'000 He's a 1/2 brother to Jewels winner Cracker Hill.           

Auckland trainer Ray Green was the big winner at the Karaka Standardbred Yearling Sales yesterday almost certainly creating his own special piece of history. Because he will be the new trainer of three of the four lots that topped the $200,000 mark at a very satisfying sale for New Zealand Bloodstock’s new Standardbred division. While the sale’s average was almost identical to last year’s huge $46,750 the median increased from $34,000 to $36,250. But the biggest talking point was the sale of four lots for at least $200,000, including a $250,000 sales topper. Four yearlings sold for $200,000 or over, is a first for any standardbred sale in the Southern Hemisphere and three of them will head to Green’s Lincoln Farm property at Pukekohe. “It has been a pretty exciting day, we have almost $1million worth in horses to take home,” said Green. The $250,000 price, a rarity in this part of the world, was paid by Sydney owners Emilio and Mary Rosati for a Captaintreacherous colt out of Hi Ho Silver Lining, sold by Tony and Anne Parker, who raced Auckland Reactor. A seven-race winning mare she has been a good producer without suggesting she would leave one of the most expensive colts in New Zealand harness history. But it was a strong sale for champion US racehorse turned sire Captaintreacherous and many of his stock are vendors dreams as early developers and naturally strong looking. The Rosatis have been using Green as their New Zealand trainer, then often move their horses to Australia when they reach three, with Anthony Butt their new trainer of choice at Menangle where he has just moved into a bigger barn as he expands his training business. But Green’s main owner is John Street, who owns Lincoln Farms and has had enormous success in both codes. Street paid $210,000 for one Bettor’s Delight colt sold by Woodlands then returned less than an hour later to by another son of Bettor’s Delight off Woodlands for $200,000. He was the sales top spender, paying $597,500 for six lots, just ahead of Stonewall Stud who paid $587,500 for 11 lots. “I had been beaten a couple of times in recent years for horses I wanted and ended up being the underbidder on two or three really good ones,” said Street. “So I decided to buy the ones I wanted this year.” While three of the big buys from yesterday will join Green, the other $200,000 baby from yesterday will head to the All Stars Stables, with owner Jean Feiss paying $200,000 for a Bettor’s Delight colt from Christian Cullen mare Georgia Brooke. He was the only lot offered by small-time vendors Georgia Brooke Lodge and they were ecstatic with the price. NZBS director and operations Manager James Jennings was thrilled with the day’s selling. “The average is on par with last year and an increased median shows good depth to the Sale,” said Jennings. “There were pleasing results for a number of vendors, highlighting that the buyers were prepared to pay for quality yearlings. “We are very happy with the momentum of the sale so far and look forward to it carrying through to Christchurch over the next two days.”   Michael Guerin

The President's Day matinee card at Saratoga Casino Hotel was highlighted by the season's first Open Pace. The $15,000 Open featured a field of five with all of its participants coming from Australia or New Zealand. A familiar face emerged victorious as Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) lengthened his unprecedented win streak in the local Open prevailing for the tenth consecutive time in the Saratoga feature. Larry Stalbaum owns and drives the Tracy Tarantino trainee who was named Pacer of the Year at Saratoga in 2019 after winning the Open Pace in nine consecutive starts. Assigned the outside post on Monday, Crockets Cullen N got away last but wound up dropping in second behind leader Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) who paced a first half in 55.3. Crockets Cullen N benefited from some confusion in the race where two rivals interfered with each other allowing the track's defending top pacer to tuck into the pocket before breezing by to win in 1:54.2. Bettors Fire N finished second while Don Domingo N (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot to compete a top trio of New Zealanders. Crockets Cullen N paid $6.90 to win as his local streak grew to ten. The exacta with Bettors Fire N second returned $16.40. Live racing takes place this week on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon beginning each day at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

By Garrick Knight    Three women passionate about harness racing came together to produce one of the richest standardbred lots in New Zealand yearling history at Karaka on Monday. Sydney’s Mary Rosati cast the winning bid of $250,000, for Im Cushty, a standout Captaintreacherous colt out of the Badlands Hanover mare, Hi Ho Silver Lining. Rosati and husband, Emilio, had been locked in a fierce bidding war with Melbourne’s Jean Feiss, who suffered a very rare sale-ring defeat. Numerous others were involved in the early bidding, but Feiss and the Rosatis soon emerged, as usual, from the ruck to fight it out. Sitting nervously behind the auctioneers’ dais was co-breeder Anne Parker, who together with husband Tony operates Tardina Stud in Bombay. “I was so nervous at the beginning but just started feeling better and better and better,” Parker told HRNZ moments after the hammer fell. She gave the colt a name derived from Romany Gypsy which basically means ‘I’m excellent’ or ‘I’m good’. “Because I’m a gypsy princess and I knew he was going to do well. “Cushty is very good in gypsy.” Unfortunately for Parker, the name will be removed as the Rosatis rename all their purchases with the ‘Stride’ suffix. Still, nothing was going to wipe the smile of her and husband Tony’s faces after such a delightful result. “It’s taken a bit of work to get to this position, but we really enjoy it. “And if you’re lucky, like we have been, you keep going.” Parker described it as a “mixed sale” for them on the whole with five of their seven lots selling for a gross of $400,000. And they’ll go to good stables, too with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen buying another Captaintreacherous, Tony Herlihy picking up a third one, Ray Green to train Im Cushty and Purdon’s son Michael, who is making waves as a trainer, buying an Andover Hall colt. The Parkers are well past retirement age but still breed from “about 30” mares. “This has been reward for a lot of hard work we’ve put in over many years,” said Tony Parker. This year’s crop had its preparations compromised by an especially dry summer, so the effort by staff to turn them out as they did was a big effort, Parker reckoned. The Parkers’ results also underlined the rising star that is Captaintreacherous as a sire. He only had four in the sale and they netted $395,000 with a $40,000 minimum. His results in the American sale ring have been excellent and his first crop Down Under has already seen winners in both Australia and New Zealand. “I think we’ll have to speak to David James at Empire and book all our mares in to him for next season,” quipped Anne. Im Cushty was the Rosatis’ only purchase on the day, but it was one of four lots that exceeded $200,000. Jean Feiss purchased Georgias Bettor, a Bettor’s Delight colt offered by Cambridge’s John Taylor, $200,000. And Lincoln Farms’ John Street was active again, spending nearly $600,000 on six lots, including two Bettor’s Delight colts that went for $210,000 and $200,000 each. Stonewall Stud continued on their expansion plans with Steve Stockman, Jill Stockman and trainer Steve Telfer signing for 11 lots at a cost of nearly $600,000 too. Among their buys was Jesse Duke’s full brother for $115,000. Woodlands Stud had a watershed sale once again, selling 36 of 38 lots to accrue the highest aggregate among vendors at $1,648,500. Amongst the trotters, Greg Hope signed for a Muscle Hill brother to Tailored Elegance on behalf of buyer Ian Dobson, who went to $90,000. There were plenty of Australian buyers in action, including Perth’s Albert Walmsley, Greg and Sky Bond and Jim and Wilma Giumelli and Queensland’s Dean Shannon. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Garrick Knight    Most in attendance at the Karaka yearling sale on Monday probably didn’t realise that American racing royalty was roaming the grounds among them. Ron Burke, who recently became the first man to train 10,000 winners in North America and is best known as the former trainer of Sweet Lou, is in New Zealand for the best part of three weeks on a working holiday. Burke was a guest of Christchurch trainer Cran Dalgety, who trains a handful of Sweet Lou progeny for Burke and the sire’s owner, Larry Karr, including handy three-year-old, Im A Gigolo. Burke went to $35,000 to secure Mitsi Gaynor, a Sweet Lou filly out of a Bettor’s Delight daughter of former Filly of the Year, Copper Beach. He’s also taking a share in Dalgety’s $80,000 colt, Casino Action, a Bettor’s Delight from the family of Christen Me out of the Woodlands Stud draft. “We got that one that my group bought and we’re going to buy in to one of Cran’s, too,” Burke told HRNZ. “We lost out on another Bettor’s Delight and I wish we’d gone to a little bit more but, whatever, it is what it is.” Burke’s operation dwarfs anything that exists down under, its sheer size and scale daunting to even think about. “We have 300 on the books and there’s probably 28 or 29 assistant trainers under me. “But I’m still in charge of everything. “Each barn has a head guy, but I know every day what every single horse is doing. “People think it’s running on auto pilot. No, not the case. “But, you’ve got to love it and I do, and my guys do as well. “Every barn has a guy that could easily do it on their own, I just thank god that they’re with me and we’re doing it together.” With an operation that size, it’s safe to say Burke doesn’t get away all that often. “It’s tough now, even being away for 19 days, which is the longest I’ve ever been away from the stable. “But it’s very nice here; a different atmosphere than the American sales. “A little bit quieter but easier to understand. I liked it. “And you don’t tire out as much as the American sales. They’re a little more high pressure and intense.” Burke will leave his yearling colt with Dalgety at West Melton. “We’re trying to support Sweet Lou here and everything, you know. “Cran we really like and are happy with how everything’s gone that way. “I’d also like to try and buy a couple of racehorses to take home. “A couple of high end horses for Yonkers, The Meadowlands, places like that. “So, hopefully we can get something done.” Buying up-and-going horses from New Zealand is not something Burke has done often. “The thing is, I really wanted to do it myself. “I’m very particular and like my kinds of horses. That’s not necessarily the best horses; they’re just the horses that fit me best.” “I’m a little bit different to everybody else but horses that suit other people don’t suit me and some horses don’t suit other people that do suit me. “I’m just lucky I get supported real well with people behind me like Larry Karr and Mark Weaver “That makes it so much easier. “It’s not hard to be a good trainer when you get a good horse.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Day One of NZB Standardbred’s second ever National Standardbred Yearling Sale kicked off at Karaka on Monday, with record-breaking results rounding out the Auckland Sale.  The Sale broke records today after four Lots sold for in excess of $200,000, with the median increasing on last year’s results closing at $36,250. NZB Director and Operations Manager James Jennings was thrilled with the outcome of the results on Day One held at Karaka. “The average is on par with last year and an increased median shows good depth to the Sale. “There were pleasing results for a number of vendors, highlighting that the buyers were prepared to pay for quality yearlings. “We are very happy with the momentum of the Sale so far and look forward to it carrying through to Christchurch over the next two days,” commented Jennings. The highlight of the session was Lot 122 (Captaintreacherous), a bay colt purchased for $250,000 by Emilio and Mary Rosati from Tardina Stud’s draft. Leading the buying bench at Auckland was Lincoln Farms Bloodstock, securing six yearlings for a total spend of $597,500. Included in John Street's purchasers were two colts, Lots 49 and 63 for $210,000 and $200,000 respectively, both were from the draft of Woodlands Stud. The fourth $200,000 purchase was Lot 113, a brown colt from Georgia Brooke Lodge secured by Jean Feiss.   Second on the leading buyers list was Stonewall Stud, purchasing 11 horses for an aggregate of $587,500. The leading vendor by aggregate were 2019’s title holders Woodlands Stud, selling 34 yearlings of their 36 offered for a total of $1,648,500. Sire power was evident at Karaka today, with demand for Captaintreacherous continuing from 2019 results as leading pacing sire by average (three or more sold) at the close of selling, averaging $96,250 for four horses sold. Second on the leading sires table by average was champion stallion Bettor’s Delight, selling 31 yearlings for an average of $68,226. The Christchurch Sale commences tomorrow with Lot 132 to Lot 179 going under the hammer from 4.00pm. Selling will be beamed to viewers on Freeview Channel 200, with up-to-the minute coverage streamed live at www.nzbstandardbred.co.nz and on NZB Standardbred’s Facebook page. View the Sale day action here. All horses purchased at the National Standardbred Yearling Sale are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series, with approximately $1 million in prizemoney on offer for graduates of the Yearling Sale Series. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199. NZB Standardbred 2020 National Yearling Sale Statistics – Auckland Sale   2020 Auckland Combined 2019 Auckland Combined Aggregate $4,348,000 $4,675,000 Average $46,255 $46,750 Median $36,250 $34,000 Clearance 73% 73% Catalogued 131 145 Sold 94 100 Top Price $250,000 Lot 122 (B.C) Captaintreacherous - Hi Ho Silver Lining $190,000 Lot 18 (B.C) Art Major - Goodlookinggirl   Top Lots – Auckland Sale Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Price 122 B.C Captaintreacherous / Hi Ho Silver Lining Tardina Stud E & M Stride (New South Wales) $250,000 49 B.C Bettor's Delight / Royal Gem Woodlands Stud Lincoln Farms Bloodstock (Auckland) $210,000 63 B.C Bettor's Delight / Splendid Deal Woodlands Stud Lincoln Farms Bloodstock (Auckland) $200,000 113 BR.C Bettor's Delight / Georgia Brooke Georgia Brooke Lodge Mrs JL Feiss (Victoria) $200,000 102 B.C Bettor's Delight / Daisy Dundee Woodlands Stud Stonewall Stud (Auckland) $115,000 124 B.C Bettor's Delight / Holly Madison Breckon Farms Lincoln Farms Bloodstock (Auckland) $110,000 42 B.C Art Major / Spanish Armada Hollis & Robertson Equine Services Mr JR & Mrs W Giumelli (Western Australia) $105,000 13 B.C Bettor's Delight / O Baby Breckon Farms PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock (Canterbury) $100,000 32 B.F Bettor's Delight / Precious Rose Old Ridge Services No. 4 Stonewall Stud (Auckland) $95,000 35 BR.F Bettor's Delight / Sossusvlei Breckon Farms Mr M J Anderson (Canterbury) $95,000   Leading Purchaser by Aggregate – Auckland Sale Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Lincoln Farms Bloodstock (Auckland) 6 $597,500 $99,583 $210,000 49 Stonewall Stud (Auckland) 11 $587,500 $53,409 $115,000 102 E & M Stride (New South Wales) 1 $250,000 $250,000 $250,000 122 Mrs JL Feiss (Victoria) 2 $235,000 $117,500 $200,000 113 PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock (Canterbury) 4 $227,500 $56,875 $100,000 13 Mr JR & Mrs W Giumelli (Western Australia) 3 $210,000 $70,000 $105,000 42 Rogerson Bloodstock (Waikato) 4 $181,000 $45,250 $70,000 95 Mr M J Anderson (Canterbury) 3 $180,000 $60,000 $95,000 35 Diamond Racing (Auckland) 4 $146,000 $36,500 $45,000 62 Dawe Contracting (Canterbury) 3 $125,000 $41,667 $75,000 10   Leading Vendor by Aggregate – Auckland Sale Vendor Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Woodlands Stud 34 $1,648,500 $48,485 $210,000 49 Breckon Farms 20 $944,000 $47,200 $110,000 124 Hollis & Robertson Equine Services 11 $498,500 $45,318 $105,000 42 Tardina Stud 5 $400,000 $80,000 $250,000 122 Georgia Brooke Lodge 1 $200,000 $200,000 $200,000 113 Highfields Bloodstock 4 $155,000 $38,750 $45,000 4 Old Ridge Services No. 4 2 $130,000 $65,000 $95,000 32 Leanach Lodge 4 $92,000 $23,000 $40,000 119 Alabar 2 $65,000 $32,500 $45,000 62 Top Notch Lodge 2 $62,000 $31,000 $50,000 67   Leading Vendor by Average (three or more sold) – Auckland Sale Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Tardina Stud 5 $80,000 $400,000 $250,000 122 Woodlands Stud 34 $48,485 $1,648,500 $210,000 49 Breckon Farms 20 $47,200 $944,000 $110,000 124 Hollis & Robertson Equine Services 11 $45,318 $498,500 $105,000 42 Highfields Bloodstock 4 $38,750 $155,000 $45,000 4   Leading Sire by Average (three or more sold) – Auckland Sale Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Captaintreacherous 4 $96,250 $385,000 $250,000 122 Bettor's Delight 31 $68,226 $2,115,000 $210,000 49 Muscle Hill (T) 3 $56,667 $170,000 $90,000 89 Art Major 14 $47,321 $662,500 $105,000 42 American Ideal 7 $28,857 $202,000 $45,000 1 Sweet Lou 13 $24,231 $315,000 $52,500 25 Always B Miki* 7 $18,429 $129,000 $40,000 103 He's Watching 3 $13,667 $41,000 $18,000 18 (T) Trotting Sire  * First Season Sire

NZB Standardbred’s 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale is underway at Karaka and will showcase the very best harness racing yearlings New Zealand has to offer over four action-packed days of inspections, parades and selling. The Auckland Sale on Monday 17 February will be broadcast live on Freeview Channel 200 and www.nzbstandardbred.co.nz  from 10.45am with a Preview Show hosted by Greg O'Connor.  Live updates here from 10:45am Please refresh your browser to check for latest additions to the live feed updates  Good start to the sales with Lot 1 Jesse J (American Ideal – Jessies Cullen), Bay Filly going for $45,000 to the bid of Steve Stockman.  Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd were the vendors Lot 1 Jesse J Lot 3 Hoppy's Way (Art Major – Joanne's A Delight)Brown Colt, sold for $65,000 to Mr JR & Mrs W Giumelli – Western Australia , Hollis & Robertson Equine Services the vendors. Lot 3 Hoppy's Way   Lot 10 Ebury Delight (Bettor's Delight – Meet Me In Mayfair) Bay Filly sold for $75,000 to Dawe Contracting Ltd – Canterbury, Hollis & Robertson Equine Services the vendors. Lot 10 Ebury Delight    Lot 13 Manchild (Bettor's Delight – O Baby) Bay Colt sold for $100,000 to PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock Ltd – Canterbury, Breckon Farms Ltd were the vendors Lot 13 Manchild Lot 25 Sweet Spirit (Sweet Lou – Major Spirit), Bay Filly, Sold for $52,000 to Mr RW Todd – Canterbury, Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd were the vendors Lot 25 Sweet Spirit    Lot 32 Precious Belle (Bettor's Delight – Precious Rose), Bay Filly sold for $95,000  Old Ridge Services No. 4 Ltd the vendors Lot 32 Precious Belle   Lot 33 Gossip Girl (Bettor's Delight – Our Melody), Brown Filly  sold for $50,000, Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Lot 33 Gossip Girl   Lot 35 Cover Girl (Bettor's Delight – Sossusvlei), Brown Filly sold for $95,000,Breckon Farms Ltd the vendor Lot 35 Cover Girl   Lot 42 Maddys Nino (Art Major – Spanish Armada), Bay Colt sold for $105,000 to Mr JR & Mrs W Giumelli – Western Australia,Hollis & Robertson Equine Services the vendors Lot 42 Maddys Nino   Lot 44 Splice The Mainbrace (Captaintreacherous – Twilight Beauty), Chestnut Colt sold for $55,000, Tardina Stud Ltd the vendor Lot 44 Splice The Mainbrace   Lot 49 Argyle (Bettor's Delight – Royal Gem), Bay Colt  sold for $210,000, Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd the vendor Lot 49 Argyle   Lot 63 Next To Me (Bettor's Delight- Splendid Deal ) continues the strong run of Woodlands Stud and sells for $200'000. The family is well known with Maixm and Splendour both group 1 performers.   Lot 71 Casino Action (Bettor's Delight- Super Deal) goes to USA interests for $80'000. That's a good indication of the increased market attention that New Zealand breeds are generating across the globe.  Lot 79 Big Boy Louie (Bettor's Delight- Big Lucy) sells for $60'000 to Phil Kennard. Big Lucy being an 8 time winner. It carries on what has been a busy time for the Kennards as purchases.   Lot 89 Instant Classic (Muscle Hill- Classic Armbro) proves just that and brings a $90'000 bid from G Hope. The colt is a brother to Tailored Elegance.  Lot 102  Bo Duke (Bettor's Delight - Daisy Dundee) sells for $115'000 to Stonewall Stud. The colt is a brother to Jesse Duke and calls upon the Deborah Dundee dam-line.   Lot 112 Whiskey On The Rocks (Art Major-Double Shot) stripped a grand prospect and is hammered down at $65'000. It continues the strong showing by Art Major and is closely followed by Lot 113, Georgias Bettors, a Bettor's Delight colt who threatens to top the action with a bid of $200'000 registered by Jean Feiss who has a strong record for selecting the very best come sales time.  Lot 122  Im Cushty (Captain trecherous- Hi Ho Silver) sets a new high for the sale today with a $250'000 bid from Australian interests. The Captain certainly making an impression at Karaka. That lot is followed by Lot 124 Pasquale (Bettor's Delight - Holly Madison) which makes $110'000 for Breckon Farms.   Lot 122  Im Cushty The last lot of the day is passed in. That's wrap of the day here. Day two sees the action travel down to Christchurch where the trotting bloodlines will be present for sale before pacing blood is offered on Wednesday.    Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    Waikouaiti mare Sheeza Sport helped raise money for ovarian cancer research and earned herself a reprieve from retirement when winning at Oamaru on Saturday. The Amber Hoffman-trained pacer defied her $18 win odds when rattling home from deep on the inner to win race 7 for driver Charlotte Purvis. Purvis was one of four women who combined to win six races wearing teal driving pants as part of Harness Racing New Zealand’s Team Teal Campaign. Sheree Tomlinson led the charge with three wins. Samantha Ottley and Jessica Grant-Young each notched wins to contribute to the ovarian cancer research drive. Each win in the sulky by women drivers results in a donation of $400 to the campaign, which runs until March 15. Hoffman had not given Sheeza Sport a big hope of helping Purvis contribute to Saturday’s $2400 total. "Her work during the week was pretty average and coming into the race and I thought she might be heading towards retirement," Hoffman said. "But she got a soft run and she just kept taking the gaps for Charlotte. "So she won’t be getting retired just yet." Hopes for the 5yr-old, who is raced by the trainer and stable employee Madeline Seuseu-Musgrave, took a 180 degree turn following her win. The victory was penalty-free, which meant Sheeza Sport can still compete against the same kind of horses she beat in her next run. "The way she won, you would think she might be able to pick up another win in her next few starts," Hoffman said. Hoffman won the next event when she produced Kiwi Crusher to win race 8. The 6yr-old was among the winning treble Sheree Tomlinson produced to contribute $1200 to the total. Kiwi Crusher produced a swooping win to make it two victories and second and fifth placings from four starts for her new trainer. Hoffman took the mare on after she was bought by Invercargill owner Art Shirley out of Graeme Anderson’s Westwood Beach stable. "Art is mates with Andrew Suddaby, who works for me," Hoffman said. "He does a lot of the work with her and she seems to have settled into a pretty good routine since she got her." Anderson produced Da Moon’s Mission to run second to Kiwi Crusher. Hoffman’s winners will get the chance to continue their form on the Oamaru grass when her home club, the Waikouaiti Trotting Club, races at the North Otago track on Sunday and Tuesday of next week. Hoffman’s winning double came after she produced Zedaam to run third in the Invercargill Gold Cup at Ascot Park. The 5yr-old ran home strongly from beyond midfield after suffering interference early in the race. Tomlinson combined with her grandfather, Ken Ford, in her two remaining wins on Saturday. The reinswoman drove Uno Mia to win race and Rocknpop to win race 10 in Ford’s colours. Ford and Hoffman joined Weedons trainer Chris McDowell in training a winning double at the Oamaru meeting. McDowell prepared Play Dough to win race 1 and Barkley to win race 2. Both were driven by Leo O’Reilly. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Garrick Knight    There was a good old-fashioned upset at Winton on Sunday when Targaryen cut corners to beat out a field of maidens in a slick 1.54.9 mile. His trainer and driver, Kirk Larsen, says the $53.30 price was perhaps a little unjustified for the three-year-old son of Big Jim. “I thought he went pretty good last start and had actually been ok in all three starts this campaign,” he said. “In his first start back he galloped behind the gate and then the next start he got caught behind a stopping horse on the bend. “Then last time he drew six and ended up doing a bit of work going forward to the lead. “He still found the line pretty good I thought, so he’s been racing well without a lot of luck.” Still, being an eight-start maiden drawn the second line against some ‘fresher’ maidens over a mile meant punters deserted him. Larsen was unperturbed though and weaved a path from four back on the markers to get the win off a hot tempo. “When I went for the gap I thought we might have been going to run second to be fair, because he had a bit of work to do. “But he really sprinted when he got some space.” Targaryen was a Karaka weanling sale buy back in 2017 by Larsen, the main reason being he was closely related to our then best racehorse. “He’s from a good family; Lazarus is on the pedigree page, so there’s a fair bit of blood there. “And I’ve always thought a bit of him, so it’s no surprise to see what he did today.” Larsen’s wife Michelle owns Targaryen and that usually means one thing – the horse will be sold if the right offer comes along. “We’ll see what happens, but I guess selling him would be a logical step if we got the right price.” It’s just the fourth winner for Larsen this season – the same as last term – as the Branxholme trainer goes through a period of regeneration. His stable is made up of mostly youngsters, though good things are on the horizon. “We sold quite a few over the last couple of years and that sort of only left us with The White Rabbit, Tolkien, Duke Of Dundee and this fella racing. “So we went to the sales last year and put together the Own The Moment Syndicate, which has given us a lot of new people to the game. “Many first time owners. “At the end of the day, the success of that syndicate will be determined by the horses doing a good job and whether those same owners then come in to another horse after that. “We are trying to get more people involved because the days of siting back and horses coming to you are gone. “You’ve got to get out there and do it yourself.” The syndicate has three horses. Two purchased from last year’s yearling sales that have both trialled, named Mr McLaren (Mach Three) and Oneloveonelife (Somebeachsomewhere), the latter being a son of champion race mare One Dream and currently unbeaten through three trials. A third horse, Major Disruption (Art Major), has been leased from Breckon Farms and she, too, has been to the workouts. Larsen also trains the full brother to star pacer Field Marshal, called Forsure, and has a three-year-old half-sister to Sovereignty called Andover The Keys, both of which have placed on race day from limited starts. “I’ve actually got a couple of nice three-year-old trotters there -  Andover  The Keys and King Of The North, who run fourth at his first start and then won the next one for us. “He’s due back in now and I think could go a fair way.” The Larsens had reason to celebrate last week when their son, Tristan, had his first day of driving as a fully-fledged junior driver. “He’s keen as mustard; he knows the pedigrees better than I do. “He gives us a hand first thing then goes and works for Brett Gray then comes back in the afternoon and works a few of his own. “He had has first day of driving last week and it was a big experience for him. “It’s a step up from four or five-horse heats at the workouts to a proper race, but he did well. “He’s going to make it as a driver, I’m sure.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Garrick Knight    Today’s Karaka yearling sale is being keenly anticipated by those connected with rookie sire, Always B Miki. The former champion American racehorse has his first New Zealand crop going through the ring this week and if results from his homeland are taken as a guide, he’s in for a good showing here. “His first crop of yearlings sold for huge money in North America,” said Graeme Henley, head of Alabar Stud, which stands the shuttle stallion. “He was third overall on average behind Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous and I think had at least 11 lots sell for over US$100,000. “Then at the first APG sale in Brisbane, he broke the record there for the highest-priced colt and he sold solidly in Melbourne.” Henley says the biggest sign that buyers and breeders like Always B Miki is that in this most recent breeding season, his third, he defied the usual ‘third year slump’. That is the season where he is yet to have a yearling in the sales, but is no longer the exciting new stallion, so numbers would inevitably take a hit. It’s been that way since Moses wore short pants. “But this year he served his biggest book ever. “It means people are liking what they see and they’ve seen the results in North America.” Henley sees Always B Miki, in time, as the Stud’s replacement flagship stallion for the great Art Major, who is now 21 and starting to struggle a bit with fertility. “He’s just so well lined up to succeed down here and will certainly have his opportunity.” There are 12 of his stock that will go through the Karaka ring today, and the standout on paper is the half-brother to star mare Princess Tiffany, named Miki Diamonds. Nigel Fahy is the new studmaster at Breckon Farms, and he’s handled six of the 12 Always B Miki yearlings for the sale. He says buyers are showing immense interest in all of them. “A lot of people who turned up at the farm, including a few major clients, all said the same thing. “We want to see the Bettor’s Delights, the Art Majors and the Always B Mikis. “That’s what you want – a lot of the good judges, and those that buy at the top end of the market, looking at them.” Fahy says Miki Diamonds has had his fair share of interest and he has no doubts he will sell well. “He’s a big strapping colt and the type of horse the high end buyers will be after. “He is really big though and that may just prevent him from being in the top few lots.” Another sure to get the attention of buyers is Cos I Can, a half-sister to juvenile filly Town Echo, who has turned heads with some scintillating trials performances recently. Connections confirmed over the weekend that a $300,000 offer had been declined for the Matt Anderson-trained filly, so her Always B Miki half-brother will surely generate plenty of interest. The first to go throw the ring will be Thug Rose, a half-sister to Eamon Maguire offered by Henley’s son, Tate. “It’s a bit of a shame she has to go through so early as lot 6, but she’s a really nice filly and I’m sure will sell well,” said Henley. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

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The third day of the NZB Standardbred’s 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale has finished at Canterbury Agricultural Park Bettor's Delight,Captaintreacherous and Art Major the top selling sires at Karaka were well represented again and there was high interest in a variety of sires and well performed bloodlines today.  The top lot today was Lot 243 Moet Shard (Bettor's Delight - Pemberton Shard) with a massive bid of $280'000 acquiring the filly. She has a top bloodline to back up a big sale price with the likes of Mach Shard and Smiling Shard involved here.   Other high priced lots sold included: Lot 387 Ohoka Toa (Bettor's Delight – Idolise) Out of a half sister to Dibaba, this colt is from the family of The Fascinator,Twist And Twirl and King Of Swing. The hammer came down at $100'000 Lot 380 Frank Burns (Somebeachsomewhere – Go One Bettor) A descendent of top race mare One Dream out of a sister to Sole Ambition. This good looking colt went for $57'500 Lot 373 Dream Prospect (Bettor's Delight – Follow The Dream) Out of a sister to Western Cullen this colt sold for $90'000 Lot 372 Let's Fly Together (Art Major – Flying Mrs Williams) Closely related to smart two year and three year old Flying Even Bettor and also on the page Mighty Flying Thomas and Flying Pocketlands who have both been success stories across Australasia. This colt sold for $115'000 Lot 369 Ultimate Missile (Bettor's Delight – Ideal Reality) The first foal out of a half sister to Ulimate Machete and Ultimate Sniper. This colt sold for $210'000 Lot 363 Republican Party (Bettor's Delight – Democrat Party) This very good looking colt form the top mare Democrat Party was the subject of some very strong bidding and ended up selling for $210'000 Lot 363 Republican Party (Bettor's Delight – Democrat Party) Lot 358 Who's Bettor (Bettor's Delight – Cullen Who) The first foal from the very good race mare Cullen Who. This filly fetched $90'000 Lot 357 Mighty Flying One (Bettor's Delight - Fleet's Pocket) looks set to continue the strong work of the dam with smart two year and three year old Flying Even  Bettor close on the page along with Mighty Flying Thomas and Flying Pocketlands who have both been success stories across Australasia. He goes for $60'000 Lot 356 Dream Breaker (Art Major - Christian Dreamer) is a bottler from a dam who has produced Amazing Dream ($200'000k to date) and Chase The Dream who won the sires stakes and New Zealand Sapling Stakes. He attracts large bids and finally sells for $160'000 Lot 354. Manyara (Rock N Roll Heaven - Christian Watch ) is a well bred colt with both Code Black and Tiffany Rose close up. He is passed in for $25'000 Lot 347 Arden's Horizon (Bettor's Delight - Arden's Rose) sells for $55'000 for Arden Lodge.  Lot 344 Beaudiene Breanna (Captaintreacherous - Beaudiene Delightful ) continues the strong southern form at the sale and goes for $65'000 her pedigree can be found here.  Lot 340 Matt Major. (Art Major - Break Dance) is a 3/4 to current Southland star in Kilowatt Kid. He looks the part and brings $50'000 Lot 337 Emmy (Bettor's Delight -De Lovely) is a sister to Cole Porter who was an early runner for the Geoff Dunn stable. She brings $47'500 to the bid of Jean Feiss Lot 329 Amazem (Bettor's Delight - Crushem) is a 1/2 to Spankem and gathers enough interest for a bid of $45'000 which is accepted. We sell people we sell! Lot 328 Aiming For Glory (Bettor's Delight - Breath Of Life) continues the strong run of top bred fillies at these sales and goes for a strong $80'000 Lot 326 Irish Legend (Bettor's Delight - Banshee) gores back to the good race mare in Tatijana Bromac and sells for $50'000 Lot 322 Diamond Solitaire (Art Major - Asabella) is another filly from a dam that has been superb as a broodmare producing the likes of Code Red and Ohoka's Bondy. A bid of $50'000 isn't enough and the filly is passed in. A possible sale later?  Lot 313 Five Bangles (Bettor's Delight - Beaudiene Bad Babe) is one of the better southern bred lots and it's reflected in the bids registered for the filly. A starting bid of $50'000 isn't enough and soon enough we're into fairly uncharted territory. A bid of $220'000 finally secures the filly. Filly photo below  Lot 307 Major Grace (Art Major - Zariya) goes for $48'000, the filly is closely related to both Pacing Major and Grace Way who has produced a number of Australian performers.  Lot 304 Lucca (American Ideal - Black Raine) brings $20'000 which is arguably a surprise given the family has produced the likes of Jewels winner Venus Serena and NZ Derby winner Sheriff. It's a proven family and proven sire. Good buying there.   Lot 289 Arden Ubeaut (Sweet Lou - Winter Rose) brings good blood to the page and is rewarded with a sound $72'500 Lot 281 Ajira (Bettor's Delight – Allura) descending from the good race mare Nevermore(2nd Dam). This colt fetched $80'000  Lot 279 Franco Lomu (Art Major – The Legend) out of a sister to champion pacer Bit Of A Legend sells for $80'000 Lot 276 Taieri Express (Bettor's Delight – Tandias Bromac) is out of the good racemare Tandias Bromac and this filly sells for $60'000. Lot 272 Akuta (Bettor's Delight – Adore To Our Dreams) The first colt from a well bred family. Akuta sells for $170'000 and comes from a family that includes the 1996 Sires Stakes winner Franco Enforce. Lot 271 Van Shard (Art Major – Shards Echo) From the family of Mach Shard, Smiling Shard and Pemberton Shard this colt fetched $70'000 Lot 263 Take A Bow (Captaintreacherous - The Fascinator) comes out of a family that is very current indeed with Dibaba and King Of Swing featuring on the page. The filly brings $45'000 Lot 250 Arden Believer (Somebeachsomewhere - Real Wings) goes for $37'500 interesting to note the muted response for his progeny but the fever-pitch action on progeny of his son in Captaintreacherous.  Lot 243 Moet Shard (Bettor's Delight - Pemberton Shard) Has plenty to back up a big sale price with the likes of Mach Shard and Smiling Shard involved here. The massive bid of $280'000 acquires the filly.    Lot 239 Allegra is a full sister to Dr Susan who has put in top-line efforts in Australia recently. The (Bettor's Delight- Safedra ) combination sparks interest and the filly commands a price of $70'000 Lot 237 Fernleigh Blackbird (He's Watching - New Revenue) has enough on the page and sells for $16'000 Hard work recently with a number of lots being passed in. Will be interesting to see how the medium holds up with a good top line and limited "mid" types at the moment.  Lot 232 Drifting Star (A Rocknroll Dance - Petra's Star) has real southern form to call upon ith Galactic Star now sweeping all before him in Western Australia. The dam-line goes back to Lillian but he can't spark interest and is passed in for just $6'000. That looks like a missed opportunity.   Lot 227 Captain DJ (Captaintreacherous - One Dream) has one of the best performed dams in the book. Mix that with the sire, who has seen very strong support during the sale, and you have a compelling argument to see a bidding war. That indeed happened with the colt going for a sum of $175'000   Lot 224 Nirvana Franco (Bettor's Delight - Nearea Franco) is royally bred and brings $100'000. The filly has a lot to live up to with Nike Franco out of the class dam also.  Lot 218 Melton Beach (Sunshine Beach - Miss Sunshine) attracts good interest for the sire and goes for $45'000 to the bid of Mark Jones.  Lot 215 Jackpot Joe (Bettor's Delight - Motu Pocket O'Jewels) brings a pocket full of dosh for vendors and goes for $120'000 Lot 213 Easy As Major  (Art Major - Miss Elsie) Goes for $50'000 and continues the strong support that Art Major has recieved from buyers during the sale.  Lot 210 Ohoka Creed (Captain Treacherous- Millwood Ivy) is the first lot by the boom sire through the ring and brings high interest finally be acquired for $105'000 Lot 202 Strength And Honour (Bettor's Delight - Luminesce) threatens to pass the current top figure and gets to $150'000 to the bid of Phil Kennard. It's the family of One Dream.  Lot 197 Major Perry (Art Major - Katy Perry) blasts past the 100'000 dollar mark on his way to a big bid of $160'000 with Barry Purdon securing the colt.It's a "Black Watch" maternal line that has done very good things lately.  Lot 195 Wagon Wheel (Bettor's Delight- Jen Marie) is a full brother to NZ Derby winner Sheriff and goes for $60'000 Jen Marie has also left the Australian perfomrer in Wrangler. You can check the pedigree here  Lot 187 Lochart Shard (Bettor's Delight- Lady Gaga and Lot 189 Kalasa (Bettor's Delight- Kashana) bring the sale to life after a slow start with both being sold for $50'000. The Bettor's Delight factor in full effect and backed up by some very nice bloodlines on the maternal lines.   
by Jonny Turner    The Christchurch sales ring was set alight and an Australasian record for a trotting yearling was smashed when a colt by Love You from Queen Kenny sold for the mammoth price of $280,000 yesterday. West Melton vendor and preparer Tony Barron admitted hours after the sale he was still astonished that his stunning chestnut from his former nine race winning mare burst through the $250,000 barrier before being knocked down to bloodstock agent Peter Lagan. “To be honest, it still doesn’t seem real,” Barron said. “We are absolutely thrilled, we were hoping he would go for nice money because he is a lovely colt, but we couldn’t have dreamed of that price.” Lagan was acting for powerhouse New South Wales owners Emilio and Mary Rosati when signing for the colt. The Rosatis know all about the premium genetics that flow through the veins of their new purchase. Their Love You colt’s dam, Queen Kenny, was bred by Phil and Bev Williamson of Oamaru and is from the family of outstanding producers Frances Jay Bee and her champion daughter One Over Kenny. The Rosatis purchased the highest price trotting yearling from Christchurch two years ago in Ultimate Stride – a Love You colt from One Over Kenny. They sent him to Phil Williamson’s Oamaru stable and have already tasted group 1 success. The couple have the same path in mind of this year’s sales topper, who will also join Williamson. Barron could not have hoped his yearling could have found a better home. “It is the perfect result,” he said. “The horse will get every opportunity there and the association we have had with the Williamson family makes it the ultimate result.” Barron purchased Queen Kenny from the Williamsons after the mare caught his eye in a maiden race at Wyndham in 2014. The horseman was training at his long time base in Makarewa and had a team entered at the meeting.   “I watched her run second at Wyndham one day and I asked Phil if that maiden trotter was for sale,” Barron said. “He said she was but, I want a bit for her.” “The deal was done in four days and then Phil brought her down to Waikouaiti for me and she won by four lengths.” Barron owns Queen Kenny with his wife, Cheryl, and Southland breeder-owner Gordon ‘Boof’ McKenzie, of Colac Bay. Their sales topping colt is named King Cabbl. Cabbl is an acronym combining the first letter of the christian names of McKenzie’s grandchildren. McKenzie and the Barrons have two full relations to their sale topper. Queen Kenny’s Love You 2yr-old, Queen Elida, will have her first start at Addington on Thursday night in Barron’s colours. Queen Kenny missed to Father Patrick last breeding season before getting in foal again to Love You and having a filly in the spring. Both Queen Elida and Queen Kenny’s foal are not for sale. Barron added sales topping breeder and preparer on his extensive harness racing CV alongside winning driver, trainer and owner. The horseman has built his breeding operation from humble beginnings while solely training horses for a living, to become a successful commercial breeder with a high class band of broodmares. “It didn’t happen overnight, it built its way up over the last ten years or so after I started with a couple of mares from Bruce Francis.” Barron hopes his broodmares can keep delivering when the pacing section of the Christchurch sale commences today. He will offer three Bettor Delight yearlings, as well as a Betting Line yearling and an American Ideal yearling.  Reprinted with permission of HRNZ
The momentum has continued from NZB Standardbred’s Auckland session into Day One of the National Yearling Sale in Christchurch, with all key sale statistics exceeding results of the 2019 harness racing session.  With 36 Lots sold this afternoon, the aggregate surpassed the million-dollar mark to close at $1,281,750. The average and median both climbed to $34,642 and $24,000 respectively and the clearance rate settled at 79%. The strong demand for the square gaiters was evident today at Canterbury Agricultural Park, after Lot 146 broke an Australasian record by being the highest-ever recorded purchase for a trotting yearling. The Love You (ex Queen Kenny) colt was purchased by Peter Lagan Standardbreds for $280,000 from the draft of Barron Bloodstock. Vendor Tony Barron commented “I had the thrill of a lifetime last year when we ran fourth in the Derby [with Global Domination] but today has surpassed that. “He’s just such a nice horse, he’s very intelligent, he’s got the breeding and we’re pretty happy.” International sire lines were prominent at today’s Sale, with Champion European stallion Love You dominating the leading sire tables, having sold 12 Lots for $760,000 in receipts and an average of $63,333. Emerging stallion Father Patrick also made his mark at the Christchurch session, making him the second leading sire by average after four Lots sold for an average of $37,500. Leading vendor by aggregate at the close of selling was Barron Bloodstock, who sold the record-breaking Love You colt for $280,000. Ripple Creek secured the leading vendor by average (three or more sold) and second leading vendor by aggregate titles after selling five Lots for a total of $155,000 in receipts while averaging $31,000. The Sale of Pacers at Christchurch continues tomorrow with Lot 180 – Lot 388 going under the hammer from 11.00am. All horses purchased at the National Standardbred Yearling Sale are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates. To make enquiries about Passed Lots contact Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199. Selling will be beamed to viewers on Freeview Channel 200, with up-to-the minute coverage streamed live at www.nzbstandardbred.co.nz and NZB Standardbred’s Facebook page. The Sale broadcast coverage begins at 10.45am with Trackside’s Greg O’Connor hosting a Preview Show leading into the Day Two session. 2020 National Yearling Sale Statistics – Christchurch Sale Day 1   2020 Christchurch Trotting Sale 2019 Christchurch Trotting Sale Aggregate $1,281,750 $1,203,500 Average $34,642 $30,088 Median $24,000 $21,500 Clearance 79% 83% Catalogued 48 50 Sold 37 40 Top Price $280,000 Lot 146 (Ch.C) Love You - Queen Kenny $105,000 Lot 192 (B.C) Love You - Diedre's Jewel   2020 Top Lots – Christchurch Sale Day 1 Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Price 146 Ch.C Love You / Queen Kenny Barron Bloodstock Peter Lagan Standardbreds (Canterbury) $280,000 173 B.C Love You / Chevron Express L. F. Daly KPC Racing (Mgr J Connelly) (Victoria) $80,000 160 B.C Muscle Hill / U Dream Rosedale Farm Cran Dalgety (Canterbury) $75,000 162 B.C Love You / Superbowlcheerleader Studholme Bloodstock Mr G Hope (Canterbury) $70,000 171 Ch.F Love You / Bree Studholme Bloodstock Mr AG Herlihy (Auckland) $65,000 179 B.C Father Patrick / Hot Pants Spreydon Lodge KPC Racing (Mgr J Connelly) (Victoria) $65,000 145 B.C Love You / Polar Blast R. & J. Aubrey Mr JW Dickie (Auckland) $45,000 175 B.F Love You / Chiola Belle Ripple Creek Mr JD Harrington (Canterbury) $41,000 132 B.C Love You / Juneamy Castleton L. Smith All Things Harness Racing (Otago) $40,000 139 BR.C Love You / Maysoon Ripple Creek Mr NR McGrath (Canterbury) $40,000   2020 Leading Purchasers by Aggregate - Christchurch Sale Day 1 Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Peter Lagan Standardbreds (Canterbury) 1 $280,000 $280,000 $280,000 146 KPC Racing (Mgr J Connelly) (Victoria) 2 $145,000 $72,500 $80,000 173 Mr NR McGrath (Canterbury) 3 $92,000 $30,667 $40,000 139 Mr G Hope (Canterbury) 2 $80,000 $40,000 $70,000 162 Cran Dalgety (Canterbury) 1 $75,000 $75,000 $75,000 160 Mr AG Herlihy (Auckland) 1 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 171 Mr JW Dickie (Auckland) 2 $55,000 $27,500 $45,000 145 Diamond Racing 2 $49,000 $24,500 $34,000 177 Mr JD Harrington (Canterbury) 1 $41,000 $41,000 $41,000 175 All Things Harness Racing (Otago) 1 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 132   2020 Leading Vendors by Aggregate – Christchurch Sale Day 1 Vendor Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Barron Bloodstock 1 $280,000 $280,000 $280,000 146 Ripple Creek 5 $155,000 $31,000 $41,000 175 Studholme Bloodstock 2 $135,000 $67,500 $70,000 162 Rosedale Farm 4 $119,000 $29,750 $75,000 160 L. F. Daly 1 $80,000 $80,000 $80,000 173 L. Smith 2 $74,000 $37,000 $40,000 132 G. M. Murray 4 $66,500 $16,625 $33,000 152 Spreydon Lodge 1 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 179 R. & J. Aubrey 1 $45,000 $45,000 $45,000 145 Macca Lodge 3 $44,000 $14,667 $20,000 138   2020 Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold) – Christchurch Sale Day 1 Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Ripple Creek 5 $31,000 $155,000 $41,000 175 Rosedale Farm 4 $29,750 $119,000 $75,000 160 G. M. Murray 4 $16,625 $66,500 $33,000 152 Macca Lodge 3 $14,667 $44,000 $20,000 138 Phoebe Standardbreds 3 $10,000 $30,000 $12,000 157   2020 Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold) – Christchurch Sale Day 1 Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Love You 12 $63,333 $760,000 $280,000 146 Father Patrick 4 $37,500 $150,000 $65,000 179 Creatine* 3 $15,333 $46,000 $30,000 155 Majestic Son 4 $10,625 $42,500 $14,000 169 Peak 3 $9,667 $29,000 $12,000 157 *First season sire
The Somebeachsomewhere horse Beachtrea, a full-brother to former champion racehorse and now leading sire Captaintreacherous, is available for stud duties ‘Down Under’ next season. An upstanding individual, foaled in 2011, Beachtrea represents a great opportunity for a small stud in New Zealand or Australia to secure a young stallion from one of the most highly prized families in America today. Beachtrea was only lightly raced due to injury and took his record of 1:52.6 at three years. Standing in Ohio, Beachtrea, from restricted stud chances, has sired 13 winners – including three in 1:55 - from 18 starters to date from his first two racing crops. On the score of blood Beachtrea lacks nothing. His sire Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.8) was a champion with stake earnings of $3.2million and has been one of America’s top sires for some time. He figures as the sire of two of America’s greatest pacers in Captaintreacherous (1:47.3) – a younger brother of Beachtrea – and Pure Country (1:48). Worldly Treasure (1:53.2), the dam of Beachtrea, was one of the many grand producing daughters of a champion sire in Artsplace (1:49.4), being out of a noted produced in World Order (1:53), by Nihilator from Rodine Hanover (1:54), by Big Towner. World Order was the dam of seven individual winners three of whom took record of 1:55 or better including an outstanding racemare in Worldly Beauty 1:49.6, winner of $1.9m in stakes. In turn Worldly Beauty has proved herself a champion broodmare, being the dam of Rock N Roll World 1:48.6 ($712,737), the Hoosier Cup winner World Of Rocknroll (1:50.6) and Captain Deo (1:50.4). World Of Her Own, a daughter of Worldly Beauty, is the dam of Sir Richard Z Tam (1:50.2). This is the immediate family of champion Australian sire Art Major, the leading juvenile sire on six occasions, and other successful ‘down under’ sires in Perfect Art and Panspacificflight. For further details contact Peter Wharton on +61409192532
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