Day At The Track

Kiwi breds dominate Menangle's big day

12:43 AM 03 Mar 2015 NZDT
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Bettor's Delight - Two of his progeny in Beautide and Adore Me stole the limelight at Menangle
Bettor's Delight - Two of his progeny in Beautide and Adore Me stole the limelight at Menangle

Harness racing followers on both sides of the Tasman are never slow to claim the superiority of their racehorses when stock bred in their country have a big day on the Australasian harness racing scene.

So it is no surprise today that Kiwi breeders and enthusiasts are feeling very smug after the huge day at Menangle yesterday by racehorses with the prefix NZ beside their name.

Their were seven Group 1 races yesterday and Kiwi breds won four with Australian breds winning two and the Europeans one.

And all that success on Australia's biggest harness racing day and in their  own backyard makes it all the more memorable for the Kiwis.

There were a couple of constants throughout the day and that was the dominance of Bettor's Delight and Art Major in the Group 1 pacing races.

Of the six pacing Group1 races that pair won four with the tally being two a piece.

Fight For Glory in the New South Wales Oaks and Sky Major in the Chariots Of Fire did Art Major proud while Adore Me and Beautide made sure Bettor's Delight hogged the limelight as well.

Both sires had multiple runners in most of the Group 1 races and Bettor's Delight ended up with five placed runners and Art Major two placed runners to reinforce their dominance.

A lot of comment has been made in recent years from leading Australian breeders about how they were getting on top of their Kiwi counterparts.

They put this down to the ever increasing number of well bred Kiwi mares who now call Australia home and that they saw a time in the not to distant future where the Australian bred horse would dominate racing in Australia.

New Zealand breeders from the start of this industry in New Zealand have sold racemares and broodmares to Australia and will continue to do so in the future.

It has never affected the ability of the New Zealand breeder to churn our those top horses year in year out.

With Bettor's Delight serving 301 mares in New Zealand this year and Art Major over 170 there will be no shortage of horses by these two dominant sires in New Zealand in the next few years.

Throw in the likes of Mach Three (130) and newcomers such as A Rocknroll Dance (161) and next year the recently announced Sweet Lou and there is a real confidence amongst New Zealand breeders that the glory days are far from coming to an end.

Harnesslink Media

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