Day At The Track

Somebeachsomewhere lands first NZ foal

10:17 AM 08 Nov 2010 NZDT
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The Somebeachsomewhere colt - with his Mum.
Deloraine Timber photo
Somebeachsomewhere colt - from L'Oiseau De Nuit
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Arguably the greatest harness racing pacer of the modern era has sired his first foal in New Zealand. A colt by Mach Three stallion Somebeachsomewhere from L'Oiseau De Nuit, by Christian Cullen, found it's way into the world at Arden Lodge in Tapanui, the property of John Stiven.

Somebeachsomewhere served a large number of mares in the US and North America, but down under has a very small number of mares in foal, and is only available via frozen semen through Alabar Stud. The son of Mach Three stands at $16,000 AUS.

"He served around 29 mares in Australia last season and only a small number in this country, he's likely to serve around 15 in New Zealand this season," says Alabar Stud General Manager Graeme Henley.

"I think the way he's bred he's ideally suited down under, he's arguably the best harness horse that's ever raced, and Im quite certain his progeny will be topping the sales up there. John's mare was the first to be served in this country," Henley added.

Arden Lodge are regular vendors at the Yearling Sales and Stiven says this yet to be named colt will take his place in the 2012 draft. "We have four colts and a filly in the next sale and are likely to have a similar number the year after, and yes this colt (pictured) will be offered up at the sales," Stiven said.

L'Oiseau De Nuit is a grand-daughter of Black Watch, as well as being a three-quarter sister to superstar filly Lauraella and smart pacer The Muskeg Express. Arden Lodge run a substantial breeding operation with eleven mares due back in foal to a variety of high class stallions, including three to Somebeachsomewhere.

"It's inceredible really that we can gain acess to the best horses in America, Somebeachsomewhere was an amazing horse, he achieved greatness and we're able to breed to him.

"I've viewed the Hanover Farms website and his foals are outstanding, ours was only 13 hours old when we took this picture, so he should develope considerably over the next week or so. Im adament his youngsters will fly, so we're taking advantage of a great opportunity," says Stiven.

Steve DOLAN

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