Day At The Track

Black Watch - Still the benchmark

07:53 AM 06 Feb 2015 NZDT
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Nova's Delight - Has two Broodmare Excellence Award winners on his pedigree page Nova's Delight - Has two Broodmare Excellence Award winners on his pedigree page
Nova's Delight - Has two Broodmare Excellence Award winners on his pedigree page
Nova's Delight - Has two Broodmare Excellence Award winners on his pedigree page
Nova's Delight

One thing in harness racing in Australasia has remained pretty constant  in the last thirty years and that is the influence of the champion broodmare Black Watch on the yearling sales in New Zealand.

Her descendants have continued  to churn out the topliners year after year and while other maternal families have their day in the sun every now and again, Black Watch is still the benchmark by which maternal families in New Zealand are judged against.

Sandy Yarndley has long since retired to the background but his wonder mare has kept him in the spotlight for close to thirty years.

Every year there are numerous yearlings consigned to the sales that trace back to Black Watch and without fail each crop produces that elite level colt or filly.

Last year it was the brilliant two year old Kate Perry 1:56.7 ($378,478) who kept up the long term trend that Black Watch started.

These days Black Watch is starting to drop down to the fourth or fifth generation of a lot of the yearlings for sale but one yearling  at this years Australasian Classic Sale who does have her close up in his pedigree is Lot 89, Nova's Delight.

Nova's Delight has Black Watch as his third dam and for good measure he has the best daughter of Black Watch in Aberfeldy as his second dam.

Both of these two mares have won the Broodmare Excellence award over the years and they are responsible for a lot of this families major winners.

The dam of Nova's Delight is the Dream Away daughter of Aberfeldy in Milagro  who has already produced the filly Christian Miracle 1:55.2 ($47,539) and Fusion Power 1:56.2 ($30,312) as well as this years smart three year old filly Better Rose 1:59.7 who ran third to the brilliant Linda Lovegrace 1:54.4 ($163,878) in a Sires Stakes heat in December.

Better Rose is a full sister to this years yearling Nova's Delight.

Black Watch has created such a successful family that you sometimes feel it must start to wane eventually.

What the results show is that this family continues to evolve and strengthen and you can be sure there is a jewel or two amongst her offspring this year.

Harnesslink Media

 

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