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Better options at Woodlands Stud for 2010

12:06 PM 26 Aug 2010 NZST
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Bettor's Delight
Bettor's Delight
Woodlands Stud
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Woodlands Stud will again provide a cornerstone for harness racing breeders looking for variety and excellence in the upcoming season. Flagship stallion Bettor's Delight (1.49.8) delivered a season to remember rewriting the record books in auspicious fashion.

He became the first sire in Southern Hemisphere history with two year old earnings of in excess of two million in a single season, which eclipsed the previous record set back in 2007 by Christian Cullen.

The son of Cams Card Shark has already produced the winners of six group one two year old events including the Harness Jewels Diamond with the Brent Mangos trained Bettor Cover Lover (p,2,1.55, $322,000) .

"He's had a magical season," said Nathan Varcoe (Australian Agent) of Woodlands Stud.

"Aside from the Group One winners, he also sired the trifecta in the big fillies races, both the Magness Benrow Sires Stakes final as well as the Nevele R Caduceus Club Classic. Two Group 2 and Group 3 wins, and several listed and classic events, it's really just been a sensational season for him."

Bettor's Delight will stand at $11,000 plus gst in both Australia and New Zealand this term, up from $9,000 last season.

Western Ideal stallion American Ideal (1.47.8) created a real impression in the US this year with twelve stakes winners from his first crop to date. Great Vintage (1.51.3) was the equal 4th fastest two year old colt, while American Ideal showed his aptitude to produce good racehorses of both sexes with fillies Idyllic (1.54.4) and If I Didn't Care (1.55.2) to mention just two.

"Trainers in Australia are singing their praises, he's royally bred and we're looking forward to him creating a huge impression right throughout Australasia," says Varcoe.

In Australia 2009 he served 54 mares with 49 positives, his book will be limited to 180 mares in AUS/NZ. With a tinge of Direct Scooter running through his maternal bloodlines, American Ideal could appeal to many in this country and will stand at an unchanged service fee of $6000 plus gst.

From his first crop of racing age Pegasus Spur became the leading sire of two year old trotters in this country, due mainly to the deeds of super son Paramount Geegee ($215,000).

The rangy gelding won nine of eleven including the Breeders Crown final with trainer John Dickie fast becoming one of his biggest fans.

"I went to the sales and bought the one I loved, and I have a mare booked to him as well. I really think he will make it as a sire," said Dickie. The son of SJ's Photo will stand at $4000 plus gst.

Hambletonian 2001 (2nd Pegasus Spur)

A new addition to the line-up via frozen semen will be trotting sire Crazed (1.52.2).

The son of Credit Winner set a world record in the $500,000 Colonial Trot at Harrah's Chester, a five eighth mile track. His sire Credit Winner (American Winner) is a leading North American two year old money winning sire, and second on the three year old list.

A dark striking individual, Crazed was responsible for one of only three career defeats inflicted on the sensational Deweycheatumnhowe in a heat of the $1,000,000 Canadian Trotting Classic.

"He served a maximum book of 140 mares in his first season in the US. 125 were confirmed in foal, so his fertility is good, but he's only available via frozen semen at this stage," said Varcoe. Crazed will stand at $7,500 plus gst.



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