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Yarndley Farms bred NZ's best two 3yos

03:24 AM 11 Mar 2009 NZDT
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Sandy and Jan Yarndley
Sandy and Jan Yarndley
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Yarndley Farms in Ohaupo continues to lead the way in harness racing breeding in New Zealand. Following the recent Auckland Cup Carnival at Alexandra Park 'The Farm' had bred both Group One winning 3-year-olds.

Stunin Cullen won the $600,000 Woodlands Northern Derby last Friday (March 6), while Lauraella won the $200,000 Great Northern Oaks for fillies on February 27.

"It's quite a nice feeling to know that we have bred two of New Zealand's top 3-year-olds - colt and filly. We bought back Lauraella at the Yearling Sales for $75,000 and sold Stunin Cullen for $65,000," Sandy Yarndley said.

Lauraella, a brown Christian Cullen filly was broken in by Yarndley farms and leased to the ‘Hardwood Breeding Syndicate', which includes Yarndley, his wife Jan; Max Hunter and his wife Judy.

She is out of a four-win Falcon Seelster mare, Black Maire, who won just under $40,000 from 47 starts. Lauraella is her second foal and only winner to the races. After her Oaks victory she has now won six of her 15 starts and placed in five others for Patumahoe trainer, Geoff Small. Her stake earnings currently rest at $433,535.

"We've raced some pretty nice fillies over the years. Hot Shoe Shuffle won 14 races; Coburg won 10, and Ciccio Star won five, but there's always a better one that comes along and this might be her. I wouldn't want to swap her for any other filly at the moment, let me put it that way," Yarndley said.

Yarndley said he was also proud of the deeds of Stunin Cullen and always cheered the son of Christian Cullen on when he raced. That colt has now won nine of his 13 starts and placed in two others for $796,514 in stakes.

Yarndley said he was keen to carry on racing with his wonder filly.

"She will tell Geoff when it's time for her to head to the broodmares paddock but for now she still has a few jobs on the racetrack ahead of her. We will see how she comes through her races in Christchurch before thinking about going across to the Breeders Crown races in Australia in August," Yarndley said.

Her three biggest assignments before a possible jaunt across the Tasman are the Group One $150,000 Nevele R Fillies Final at Addington Raceway on May 9; the Group One $200,000 New Zealand Oaks, also at Addington Raceway, on May 15 and then the Group One $200,000 Harness Jewels 3yo Diamond at Ashburton on May 30.

Lauraella won last years Harness Jewels 2yo Diamond at Cambridge Raceway. For the record Yarndley has a full sister to Stunin Cullen, which has been broken in. Owned by the same ‘Hardwood Syndicate', the filly's name is Temepara Cullen.

Footnote: Auckland Trotting Club vice president Ken Breckon and his wife Karen took over the management of the Ohaupo-based Yarndley Farms in August 2007. Yarndley is still very much involved.

Duane RANGER (editor)

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