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Winner clear cut in 4 year old sires battle

12:42 PM 05 Aug 2014 NZST
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Bettor's Delight - Decisive winner of 4 year old sires premiership
Bettor's Delight - Decisive winner of 4 year old sires premiership

The battle for the title for leading sire of 4 year olds for the 2013/2014 harness racing season in New Zealand was a one horse affair with Bettors Delight finishing just under a million dollars in front.

While that was a comprehensive win, the issue of a much larger crop once again helped to cement in that dominance.

As Mach Three proved in the 3 year old division, numbers are really important. 

Bettors Delight as is the norm for this great sire produced a freakish mare in Adore Me who was the top earning 4 year old of either sex.

His colts and geldings were a handy lot as well but not in the class of Adore Me.

The overall numbers for Bettors Delight are outstanding which has been par for the course throughout his siring career.

The only negative if you wanted to be picky was the continued lack of any sire prospects emerging from each crop.

Bettors Delight can produce champion mares like no other sire but his colts and geldings while very talented are not in the champion class.

His best colts and geldings were headed by Elios 1:55 ($149,762) Arden Rooney 1:55.4 ($121,462) and Give The Wink 1:58 ($62,216)

The best mares were headed by Adore Me 1:52.4 ($355,658) The Fascinator 1:58.9 ($47,601) and Maloo 2:00.4 ($30,022)

Foals - 234

Winners (Aust / NZ) 114

% Winners / Foals - 48.71

Stakes (NZ) $1,803,565

Mach Three finished second nearly a million dollars behind Bettors Delight and a big part of that was the lack of contribution from his mares.

While there was plenty of them on the track, they were a touch disappointing overall

Mach Three did have a string of very nice colts which were all good enough to go around in the major classics.

His overall percentages were up there with Bettor's Delight.

His colts/geldings were headed by Cyamach 1:58.8 ($56,584)  Fifth Edition 1:56.6 ($56,251) and Machs Gladiator 1:57.7 ($50,642).

His mares were led by Russley Haste 1:59.8 ($36,238) along with Clarisa 1:59.9 ($20,283) and Channell Bromac 1:59.1 ($18,932).

Foals - 163

Winners (Aust / NZ) 75

% Winners / Foals - 46.01

Stakes (NZ) $823,098

Third on the sires list was the champion sire Christian Cullen who had a quieter year than normal.

Even in a quieter year Christian Cullen managed to produce two horses that look capable of winning Grand Circuit races.

Franco Nelson 1:53.1 ($174,990) and Saveapatrol 1:56.9 ($98,127) both look to have huge futures in front of them going by their performances this season.

His mares racing in New Zealand were a touch disappointing but that was due in no small way to the fact his best two mares from that crop in Delightful Christian 1:52.1 ($368,611) and Opulent 1:57.3 ($188,047) were racing in Australia.

Foals - 122

Winners (Aust / NZ) - 46

% Winners / Foals - 37.70

Stakes - $583,148

The trotting division was as clear cut as the pacing division with Monarchy completely dominating this division.

The three biggest earners in Sheemon 1:57 ($135,872) Prime Power 1:56.5 ($67,201) and Royal Aspirations 1:56.5 ($60,488) were all sons of the Balanced Image sire.

Second nearly $400,000 behind Monarchy was his Roydon Lodge stablemate in the form of the evergreen Sundon while Love You and Monkey Bones were close up in third and fourth.

The emergence of Monarchy from Sundon's shadow and the prominent showing by the likes of Love You and Monkey Bones are all positive signs for the trotting breed going forward.

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