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Entries for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale are now open with the Sale taking place next summer at Karaka and Christchurch from Sunday 14 February to Wednesday 17 February. The performances of the New Zealand-bred standardbred on a world stage are enviable with kiwis showing immense courage, durability and strength. With the oldest NZB graduates just two years of age and with limited racing opportunities, they have already claimed three Group One features across Australasia. The 2020 Sale continued the successful trend from the inaugural sale, with a strong median and increasing average delivering a turnover of $12.3 million, with 22 yearlings selling for $100,000 or more at the close of selling. With the development of online technology, vendors and consignors now have the luxury of entering their yearlings through the online NZB portal, an efficient and straightforward format popular among the thoroughbred participants. And while buyers flock from around the world to Karaka and Christchurch for this iconic event, online bidding technology will be available for those who may be unable to attend due to travel restrictions. NZB Director & Operations Manager, James Jennings, is hopeful that the Australians will be here in force should a trans-Tasman bubble be opened by the end of this year.   “The results of this year’s Sale confirmed the strong demand for our quality New Zealand-bred horses,” commented Jennings.   “While our local buying bench is significant, it is extremely important to have the presence of their Australian counterparts at the sales. So to have travel resume across the Tasman as soon as possible will be encouraging for the sales. “The success of the recent All Age Sale online has shown that buyers see the digital platform as a viable forum of trading horses, yet the desire to conduct onsite auctions has not diminished with buyers still wanting the opportunity to inspect horses in the flesh.  “We see the live auction supported by the online bidding platform as being the best solution, offering options to buyers depending on their circumstances. “Thanks must go to the vendors for their continued support of the Sale and we are pleased to have the online portal available for the entry process this year, an outstanding tool for our thoroughbred clients that I expect will be well received by our standardbred clients too.” Sale dates and venues as follows: Auckland Parade at Karaka: Sunday 14 February 2021 Auckland Sale of Pacers & Trotters: Monday 15 February 2021 Christchurch Parade & Sale of Trotters: Tuesday 16 February 2021 Christchurch Sale of Pacers: Wednesday 17 February 2021 The Sale will also see the third yearling intake of NZB Standardbred Harness Million Sales Race Series to go through the ring, making them eligible for the Series nomination. The Series one-off payment structure is popular amongst owners and trainers with many looking forward to the first raceday for Series 1 horses this September. To nominate your yearlings for the Sale, please visit NZB’s online portal at For full instructions on how to use the online entry portal, click here or contact Grant Inglis (+64 6 260 3424 or email Entries close 5pm Friday 31 July 2020.    

Bidding is now avaliable for NZB Standardbred’s largest breeding stock sale, the 2020 All Age Sale on   Featuring 148-catalogued lots, bidding will remain open for registered buyers until Wednesday 27 May, with the first Lot closing at 1pm (NZT). To register click here. Buyers have the opportunity to invest in a wide range of bloodstock with proven bloodlines and residual value, including siblings to Group One winners and progeny from Group One-winning dams.  Adding further appeal, all weanlings offered at the All Age Sale are eligible to be nominated for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Race Series. For more information, contact Cam Bray ( or call +63 21 737 199) or Haylie Martin ( or call +64 22 637 8127).  For an overview of the All Age Sale from NZB Director and Operations Manager James Jennings click here.  

Mention the name Mark Dennis to New Zealand based harness racing fans and they might vaguely remember a young Purdon / Payne trained runner with a fair bit of ability. Mention the same name to Australian followers of the game and you’ll be quickly made aware that the horse is still winning! That’s right, the now 11 year old ex-kiwi brought up his 45th win just last week at Menangle clocking an impressive 1:52.9 for the mile in the hands of Lauren Tritton.    Mark Dennis started his career in victorious style in late mid October of 2011 at Addington Raceway with a victory over the likes of All Star Man (8 subsequent wins) and the Cran Dalgety trained speed-machine Texican. His last start on New Zealand soil came just three weeks later in the Sires Stakes 3yr Old Final and saw the gelding by Bettor’s Delight produce a fighting 5th behind Texican after having to work around the field mid-race, his late charge up the passing lane peaking a little too soon to see him victorious.   The horse was almost immediately exported to Australia where he’s excelled ever since.   His racing career on the track in Australia has seen it’s fair share of highlights and close calls. A Group 3 victory in the ‘Temprid Insecticide Pace” eradicated any notion that the horse couldn’t compete for Group honors. That effort was quickly followed by a slew of group racing appearances with a 3rd in the Group 1 Cordina Sprint of 2014 behind Suave Stuey Lombo most probably representing the zenith of his career. A long stint in South Australia from 2014-2018 saw consistent results particularly around the Globe Derby track with both Mark Billinger and Ryan Hryhorec enjoying success when partnered with the bay. Mark Dennis The well travelled horse, whose career now spans a total of 249 starts, has won races at tracks throughout Australia with victories at Mildura, Melton, Albion Park, Kapunda and Cranbourne to go alongside his most winning ways around Menangle and the fore-mentioned Globe Derby. His most recent turning-back-the-clock performance a reminder to all that  writing off  Mark Dennis due to his advancing years is a very risky proposition indeed. The racing success of Mark Dennis can, at least partly, be attributed to his impeccable breeding as the son of Bettor’s Delight is out of the proven broodmare Twice As Good. Along with Mark Dennis the Butler B G mare has foaled Fight Fire With Fire (7 wins, $150,000) the Group 1 Queen Of Hearts winner Waitfornoone and the consistent St Barts who ran Monkey King to a nose at Addington in the Winter Cup of 2009.  He’d go on to notch up 14 wins and over $150,000 in earnings across both New Zealand and Australia. A number of yearlings from this strong family are to be offered at the 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale. Two of which both come from the Breckon Farms draft. Lot 118, a brown filly by A Rocknroll Dance, is out of Fellamongstabeauty (1 win from 2 starts) who is a 1/2 sister to the mother of the dominate 4yr old Pacing Mare Of The Year Elle Mac. Elle Mac claimed numerous Group 1 titles including, but not limited to, the Northern Oaks, Sires Stakes 3yr Old Fillies Championship, Caduceus Club 2yr old Fillies and Harness Jewels. The A Rocknroll Dance sire choice makes sense when you consider that the now Australian based Miss Streisand, who placed 4th in the Victorian Oaks, is also by the sire and raced with distinction in New Zealand prior to being exported. Lot 118 - Dancing Desire Lot 121 is another yearling with close ties to Mark Dennis. “In The Spotlight” a Bettor’s Delight filly is out of the early-going Goodlookingbabe who was impressive on the track with 3 wins from just 14 starts when racing out of the Geoff Small stable. “In The Spotlight” is only the second foal out of the mare with her first foal being sold for $35’000 at the 2019 sales. Lot 121 - In The Spotlight Ben McMillan  

Following an unprecedented harness racing inaugural Sale, the second edition of NZB Standardbred’s National Standardbred Yearling Sale catalogue is now online with printed copies due to arrive in letterboxes now. With more than half of all eligible stakes races in Australasia, 37% of all eligible Group One races in Australia, and 64 individual Group One features last season won by kiwi-bred Standardbreds – there’s no wonder that buyers flock to New Zealand to secure their next champions. Featuring a strong representation of leading commercial sires from throughout Australasia, the 2020 Sale sessions feature a bountiful showcase of trotting and pacing stock from world-class families, expertly prepared by leading vendors and preparers. “The quality of the catalogue is a testament to the many vendors and owners who continue to invest in the industry”, said NZB Standardbred’s James Jennings. “We continue to invest in them and they continue to invest in us – a great outcome for our buyers, who get the best product available in Australasia, sourced from a sales company that’s renowned for being squarely focused on auction sales and service”. “The 2020 catalogue is littered with outstanding pedigrees and the team can’t wait to get around buyers in the coming months to show them what’s on offer”. With 131 Lots to go under the hammer at Karaka and a further 257 in Christchurch – the action-packed week of inspections, parades and selling is set to appeal to buyers and investors, both local and international. The Auckland Sale session at Karaka will be held on Monday 17 February, with all lots paraded in Lot order the day prior (Sunday 16) in the Outdoor Parade ring at the Karaka Sales Centre. The catalogue for the Karaka session includes 77 colts and 54 fillies from prominent and blacktype families. In Christchurch, on Tuesday 18 February, the parade of trotting lots will kick off proceedings with those yearlings being sold in the dedicated afternoon trotting session. The parade of pacing stock will also be conducted in lot order on Tuesday, with the sale of all pacing lots taking place on Wednesday 19 February at the Canterbury Agricultural Park. There are 161 colts and 96 fillies catalogued for the Christchurch Sale. The strength of the catalogue is underpinned by champion sires and high performing dams with 36 Lots produced by Group race-winning dams, including 20 Group one winners. There are also 42 siblings to Group One winners due to go under the hammer in February. In total, there are 15 trotting sires and 21 pacing sires represented. Appealing to a broad range of buyers some of the many pacing highlights include progeny of: Always B Miki (12 Auckland, 14 Christchurch) American Ideal (9 Auckland, 11 Christchurch) Art Major (20 Auckland, 27 Christchurch) A Rocknroll Dance (3 Auckland, 25 Christchurch) Betting Line (4 Auckland, 11 Christchurch) Bettor’s Delight (36 Auckland, 46 Christchurch) Captaintreacherous (4 Auckland, 12 Christchurch) Rock N Roll Heaven (1 Auckland, 16 Christchurch) Somebeachsomewehere (3 Auckland, 13 Christchurch) Sweet Lou (16 Auckland, 9 Christchurch) The line-up of Yearlings by leading trotting sires includes: Andover Hall (1 Auckland, 2 Christchurch) Creatine (1 Auckland, 4 Christchurch) Father Patrick (4 Christchurch) Kadabra (1 Auckland, 3 Christchurch) Love You (3 Auckland, 16 Christchurch) Majestic Son (4 Christchurch) Muscle Hill (4 Auckland, 2 Christchurch) Peak (1 Auckland, 4 Christchurch) Pegasus Spur (1 Auckland, 2 Christchurch) Trixton (3 Christchurch) All Lots that are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Sales Series, 377 are eligible for the NZ Sires’ Stakes Series, 121 registered for the Nevele R Fillies Series, 313 for Breeders Crown, 92 nominated for Caduceus, 54 qualify for Vicbred, 36 registered for Bathurst, and 23 eligible for Need For Speed. Leading 2019 vendor Woodlands Stud (38), along with Breckon Farms (34), Hollis & Robertson Equine Services (14) and Tardina Stud (8) will present the larger drafts in Auckland. Whilst Broadfield Lodge (25), Rosedale Farm (22), Studholme Bloodstock (14), Dancingonmoonlight (10), Spreydon Lodge (9), and Ripple Creek (11) are set to showcase quality yearlings at Christchurch. As well as Shard Farm (10) who head a record contingent of Southern Bred Southern Reared’s 60 yearlings. With the New Year comes continued investment from NZB with construction at Canterbury Agricultural Park underway for a multi-use barn to become the permanent placement for the once modular stables that were located under the free-span marquee. And at Karaka, the DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka hotel development is well underway – as are a number of enhancements around the complex to make inspecting horses and attending the Sales even more enjoyable. All unbroken yearlings purchased at the 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale are eligible for the lucrative $1m NZB Standardbred Harness Million Sales Series. 2020 Sale & Parade Format: AUCKLAND SALE AT KARAKA Sunday 16 February – Parade in Lot order from 2:30pm Monday 17 February – Sale of all Lots from 11am CHRISTCHURCH SALE AT CANTERBURY AGRICULTURAL PARK Tuesday 18 February – Parade in Lot order from 11am, dedicated Sale of Trotters from 4pm Wednesday 19 February – Sale of all Pacing Stock from 11am For more information or to request a catalogue visit: or email

ALL STAR STALWARTS Jean Feiss and Phil and Glenys Kennard and their syndicate members came up trumps at the successful New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred sales which ended Wednesday outlaying over $1m between them for some choice lots whose careers will be guided from Rolleston. Jean, who spent just over $500,000 bought the most expensive All Star lot going to $170,000 for a Bettor’s Delight colt from a daughter of Beaudiene Babe named Beaudiene Big Time. “I was sure in my own mind he would go north of $150,000 but fortunately he was not too far north” she said. She also paid $100,000 for Stag Party a Bettor’s Delight colt bred on the same cross as Lazarus and from a strongly performing family. At Auckland Jean had parted with $140,000 for a Sweet Lou cold closely related to Smooth Deal, last year’s sale topper who is already a winner. “It was a strong sale at the top end and fairly tough competition though I noticed there seemed to be a lot of passings on the board” Jean said of the Christchurch sale. Kennard Bloodstock, unusually, went to $100,000 for a richly bred trotting colt in Auckland as its major purchase but wasted no time swinging into action yesterday. going to $100,000 for a BEttor’s Delight Priscilla Shard colt closely related to familiar All Stars names like Mighty Cullen and Likemesiah and $90,000 for Arden’s Ace, a colt from former brilliant racemare, Venus Serena. Phil said that he had a few disappointments at the Auckland sale. “We found it quite tough at the top end. One colt in particular we had lined up for the Major Mark syndicate but we couldn’t match the firepower. We are not generally going at the top end of the market for our syndicates” All Stars itself added further to its tally yesterday its sale purchases being largely in the $60-70,000 range except for the Captaintreacherous-Veste colt bought in Auckland for $130,000   Courtesy of All Stars Racing Stables

It was a magic day for southern breeders at the NZB Standardbred National Sale in Christchurch today (Wednesday) with two Southern Bred Southern Reared colts topping the sale, and plenty of others providing a great return for their owners. The Shard, owned by Debbie and Mark Smith of Shard Farm, and Beaudiene Bigtime owned by Dave Kennedy of Bayswater both sold for $170,000. Emilio and Mary Rosati of New South Wales purchased The Shard whilst another regular Australian buyer Jean Feiss, put in the winning bid for Beaudiene Bigtime. “Unbelievable,” said Kennedy when I spoke to him a few hours after the sale. And the follow up question had to be; was that a surprise? “Was it ever. I knew I had a good colt but I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d get $170,000. As the day went on I was starting to get a bit worried because the big buyers had been spending their money.” But worry soon turned into elation as Kennedy sat on the sideline watching the bidding war unfold. “It was an unbelievable experience I can tell you. Stonewall Stud were chasing him and Nigel McGrath had a go. There were quite a few onto him. I’m pretty sure Stonewall were the under bidders.” At the end of the day though, it was Jean Feiss who walked away with the Bettor’s Delight - Beaudiene Maja colt. “He’d be the nicest colt I’ve handled. He’s so intelligent and so willing to work with you every step of the way.” Topping the Christchurch sale is becoming a regular occurrence for SBSR. Chicago Cub bred by John and Katrina Price was the top lot last year, selling to Emilio and Mary Rosati for $190,000. In 2016 Shard Farm prepared Mach Shard to sell for $200,000, whilst back in 2015 Bollinger sold for $200,000, and in 2014 Beaudiene Beaufighter was top of the pile. Kennedy said he had a feeling this year’s sale was going to be special for the SBSR group of breeders. “I said to John (Stiven) and Debbie (Smith) that the Southland team had the best group of yearlings that they’ve ever travelled up to Christchurch with. I knew damn well there would be some money coming our way. It was a great day for the Southern boys and girls.” Buyers on the SBSR Tour at Dave and Dawn Kennedys - Photo Bruce Stewart Another success story was Captain Nemo, a Captaintreacherous colt owned by John and Katrina Price of Winton which sold for $110,000. He was first spotted on the SBSR Bus Tour by Ray Green who took a keen interest in him and has now bought him for Lincoln Farms. The Prices also sold their Bettor’s Delight colt out of Surprise Party – another one bought by Jean Feiss, for $100,000. Shard Farm also had a $100,000 sale with Romeo Shard selling to Kennard Bloodstock. Other good SBSR sales were: $90,000 for the Tuapeka Lodge colt The Frankster (Bettor’s Delight – Tuapeka Maddy), $90,000 for Arden’s Ace (Art Major-Venus Serena) and $82,500 for Captain Arden (Captaintreacherous – Southwind Arden). Kennedy says a big part of the success today stems from the SBSR Bus Tour which gives prospective buyers the opportunity to take a look at the yearlings on offer in their own environment, whilst showcasing Southland. One of the trainers on the tour, Ray Green, commented to Kennedy that he could see why Southern Reared horses are so good. “Ray said with all the green grass their bones are so much better. And the climate is so conducive to breeding top animals.” Kennedy states “You can’t buy advertising like that. The guys that come down on the tour just can’t believe it. Bringing the buyers down has been one hell of a win for us.”    Bruce Stewart

New Zealand Bloodstock hosted its first-ever National Standardbred Yearling Sale this week and the anticipation leading into the Sale has been met with phenomenal results across all key figures at the close of trading. The aggregate soared to $12,360,000 for 299 lots sold over three days. The average and median both climbed to great heights reaching $41,338 and $30,000 respectively.  “We are thrilled with our first foray into selling standardbreds and the statistics sum up the success of the Sale,” commented NZB’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook. “I’d like to congratulate the vendors on how well they have prepared their horses. To see the turnover up nearly $1 million dollars [$962,500] on last year with 85 less horses catalogued is a great outcome. “The top end of the Sale was strong with 24 horses selling in excess of $100,000 over the past three days, where last year there were just seven. “The average has improved significantly on 2018 with the all-important median suggesting a buoyant middle market, and the overall feedback from everyone has been fantastic. “While the clearance rate in Auckland was 73%, it was heartening to see that figure increase to 85% during today’s session, resulting in an overall clearance rate of 80% for the catalogue. “We won’t rest on our laurels and will continue to work with vendors and buyers for ways of improving the Sales as we move forward.” Day 2 of the Christchurch Sale saw 158 pacing yearlings sold for an aggregate of $6,471,500, with leading buyer John Street of Lincoln Farms Bloodstock accounting for 8 of those purchases and $593,000 in receipts. “We bought five in Auckland and seven here in Christchurch,” commented Street. “We got every horse we wanted so we’re very, very lucky. They’ll go into some of our partnerships but we won’t do that until they are two-year-olds.” Emilio Rosati and Mary Stride were in the action again today securing the equal highest-priced yearling in The Shard (Lot 267) from the draft of Shard Farm. The son of Bettor’s Delight and Group Two winner Pemberton Shard was knocked down to the duo’s $170,000 bid. Beaudiene Breeding’s Lot 369, Beaudiene Bigtime, was also knocked down for $170,000 with active Australian buyer Jean Feiss securing the son of Bettor’s Delight. Beaudiene Breeding ended the day of trading as the leading vendor by average having sold 4 lots at an average price of $65,500. “The Southern Bred Southern Reared have had a fantastic day with quite a few $100,000 dollar horses,” commented David Kennedy who sells under the Beaudiene Breeding banner. “I’m absolutely delighted, NZB have done a tremendous job on promoting the Sale. “The vendors have presented and the buyers have fronted up and given us the rewards. “It’s been a fantastic day for everyone and we’ve done unbelievably well ourselves.” Broadfield Lodge traded 17 lots for $845,000, including Lot 274 who fetched $130,000, landing them the leading vendor by aggregate title. The leading sire by average was Captaintreacherous with 8 of his progeny selling for a total of $59,437. All horses purchased at the 2019 National Yearling Sale are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199. Auckland Sale – view Passed Lots here Christchurch Sale – view Passed Lots here 2019 National Yearling Sale - Day 3 Sale of Pacers at Christchurch   2019 Christchurch Sale (pacers only) Aggregate $6,471,500 Average $40,959 Median $30,500 Clearance 85% Catalogued 206 Sold 158 Top Price $170,000 Lot 267 The Shard (Blk.C.) Bettor's Delight – Pemberton Shard Top Lots Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Location Price 267 BL.C Bettor's Delight / Pemberton Shard Shard Farm E & M Stride New South Wales $170,000 369 BL.C Bettor's Delight / Beaudiene Maja Babe Beaudiene Breeding Mrs JL Feiss Victoria $170,000 381 B.C Bettor's Delight / Champagne Princess Smolenski Stables Kentuckiana Lodge Ltd Canterbury $155,000 277 BR.C Mach Three / Nicaea Franco Spreydon Lodge Ltd Lincoln Farms Bloodstock Auckland $140,000 274 B.F Art Major / Kashana Broadfield Lodge Lincoln Farms Bloodstock Auckland $130,000 360 B.C Captaintreacherous / Arden Caviar Price Bloodstock Lincoln Farms Bloodstock Auckland $110,000 377 B.F Bettor's Delight / Anvil On Fire Broadfield Lodge Kentuckiana Lodge Ltd Canterbury $105,000 280 B.C Bettor's Delight / Priscilla Shard Shard Farm PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock Ltd Canterbury $100,000 326 B.C Bettor's Delight / Surprise Party Price Bloodstock Mrs JL Feiss Victoria $100,000 342 BL.C Bettor's Delight / Simply Devine Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Mr R Reddy Fiji $100,000 Leading Purchasers Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Lincoln Farms Bloodstock (Auckland) 8 $593,000 $74,125 $140,000 277 PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock (Canterbury) 6 $400,000 $66,667 $100,000 280 All Stars Racing Stables (Canterbury) 6 $357,000 $59,500 $80,000 401 Kentuckiana Lodge (Canterbury) 3 $332,500 $110,833 $155,000 381 Mrs JL Feiss (Victoria) 3 $300,000 $100,000 $170,000 369 Mr NR McGrath (Canterbury) 6 $253,000 $42,167 $75,000 382 E & M Stride (New South Wales) 2 $252,500 $126,250 $170,000 267 Stonewall Stud (Auckland) 6 $250,500 $41,750 $65,000 331 Mr BM Mangos (Auckland) 3 $200,000 $66,667 $90,000 210 Mr G Payne (Canterbury) 8 $182,500 $22,813 $31,000 305 Leading Vendors by Aggregate Vendor Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Broadfield Lodge 17 $845,000 $49,706 $130,000 274 Studholme Bloodstock 13 $589,500 $45,346 $100,000 342 Spreydon Lodge 8 $500,500 $62,563 $140,000 277 Rosedale Farm 14 $485,000 $34,643 $90,000 265 Shard Farm 7 $448,500 $64,071 $170,000 267 Ripple Creek 12 $356,000 $29,667 $85,000 365 Arden Lodge 8 $341,000 $42,625 $90,000 335 Beaudiene Breeding 4 $262,000 $65,500 $170,000 369 L. Smith 6 $222,000 $37,000 $65,000 331 Price Bloodstock 2 $210,000 $105,000 $110,000 360 Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold) Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Beaudiene Breeding 4 $65,500 $262,000 $170,000 369 Shard Farm 7 $64,071 $448,500 $170,000 267 Spreydon Lodge 8 $62,563 $500,500 $140,000 277 Broadfield Lodge 17 $49,706 $845,000 $130,000 274 Studholme Bloodstock 13 $45,346 $589,500 $100,000 342 Arden Lodge 8 $42,625 $341,000 $90,000 335 Barron Bloodstock 4 $39,000 $156,000 $65,000 199 L. Smith 6 $37,000 $222,000 $65,000 331 Rosedale Farm 14 $34,643 $485,000 $90,000 265 Norwegian Wood Breeding 3 $30,833 $92,500 $50,000 212 Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold) Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Captaintreacherous 8 $59,438 $475,500 $110,000 360 Roll With Joe 5 $54,800 $274,000 $70,000 396 Bettor's Delight 68 $51,412 $3,496,000 $170,000 267 Mach Three 7 $46,143 $323,000 $140,000 277 Art Major 21 $41,905 $880,000 $130,000 274 Sweet Lou 4 $39,625 $158,500 $85,000 365 American Ideal 12 $24,083 $289,000 $38,000 291 Somebeachsomewhere 10 $22,600 $226,000 $40,000 204 Sportswriter 4 $22,250 $89,000 $35,000 249 A Rocknroll Dance 7 $16,143 $113,000 $26,000 243     by NZB Standardbred  

Queensland’s Montana Park paid $170,000 for two colts and two fillies at the New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka south of Auckland on Monday. It was the first time NZBS had conducted the Sales after taking over from long-time Sales hosts – Wrightson Pyne Gould Guiness’, and they were delighted with what they termed a “strong sale”. So was Fernvale trainer, Darrel Graham. “It was a good sale and we are pleased with what we bought. We didn’t go there with any one or two horses in mind, but we are delighted with what we picked up,” said Graham. Graham who has worked for the Maleny-based Stud Farm for just over two decades, travelled to Auckland with proprietor, Dean Shannon, last Saturday and they returned on Tuesday.  Montana Park now owns: Lot 123: A Somebeachsomewhere – Carabella (Bettor’s Delight) bay colt named Jersey Boy, who was sold by Dancingonmoonlight Farm in Kaiapoi for $62,500 Lot 3: A Sweet Lou - Emeli Maguire (Rocknroll Hanover) bay filly named Divine Miss Em, who was sold by Woodlands Stud in Clevedon for $37,500. Lot 102: A Bettor’s Delight – Uptown Attitude (Christian Cullen) brown filly sold by Hollis and Robertson Equine Serves in Pukekohe for $35,000. Lot 32: A Bettor’s Delight- Good On Top (Art Major) bay colt, who was sold by Hollis and Robertson Equine Services in Pukekohe for $35,000. “We’ve bought some nice ones over the years and really enjoy coming to New Zealand to try and pick up a bit of quality. It seems to have worked in the past,” Graham said. Montana Park has indeed purchased some nice babies from New Zealand yearling sales over the years. “There’s been a few who have gone on to do well and we are hoping the 2019 yearlings can do the same,” said Graham. Included in some of their purchases in recent years Montana Park paid $93,000 for Star Of Montana two years ago; $40,000 for Belle Of Montana also in 2017; $18,000 of Lanercost in 2008; and $6,000 for Courageous Annie in 2009. ‘We’ve had a few Group winners over the years who have gone on to do very well and make some nice money. Belle Of Montana for example is the leading 3-year-old filly in New Zealand having won five of her six starts, including a Group One for Barry Purdon," he said. "I'm not sure if she will be coming over here for our Winter Carnival because she has a few big races to get through before then like the Oaks and the Jewels. "Star Of Montana is here now and will more than likely take part in the Winter Carnival. Hopefully Belle Of Montana will too but Dean owns her and he will make his mind up regarding that a bit later in the season." Meanwhile 13 yearlings were sold for $100,000 or more yesterday, topped by the $190,000 for Lot 18, an Art Major colt from Goodlookinggirl - a half-sister to top mare Elle Mac. Named Billion Dollar Boy, the colt was bought by "dual-coder" Graeme Rogerson from Breckon Farms in the Waikato. by Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Winton breeder Michelle Caig has felt this is going to be her year. Having prepared horses for the national yearling sales for the past twenty two years, this year she felt that her Love You colt All Heart, had qualities that would attract good money at the NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sale in Christchurch and she was right. At the Sale today, the colt was knocked down to New South Wales buyers Emilio and Mary Rosati for $90,000 after a spirited bidding battle between Barry Purdon and the Rosatis. The price was the second highest in the trotters section. “He looked a picture and he was the nicest colt at the sale. Peter Lagan (Standardbred Manager) actually said that. Everybody that came around to look at him said he was very hard to fault, including Barry Purdon.” It was strange not seeing Caig lead All Heart into the ring but there was a good reason. “He nicked me in the nose yesterday and I’ve got a swollen and very sore face. He was just being a dick. I was feeling tired today but Debbie Smith and her girls have been a wonderful help. Just this last month he’s got a wee bit colty so he’s spent a lot of time on the jogger.” However that’s about to change. “Mary said in front of him, that he was going to be gelded. And he walked away in disgust. He seemed to know he was going to have a little operation.” All Heart, which was named after his second dam Merinai due to the courage she showed on the race track, carried a reserve of $60,000. “I got $60,000 for the Angus Hall (yearling colt) last year and I thought he (All Heart) was worth more purely because he was by Love You. The Angus Hall was a lovely colt but being by Love You this horse had that French X factor.” “He will miss me because I’ve had him since he was a few months old and he’s been pretty spoilt really.” All Heart’s dam Sun Mist has done an exceptional job at stud producing seven foals all of which have been winners, including Pretty Sunday the winner of fifteen races,  and Son Of Earl which won twenty three. “I’ve now had her (Sun Mist) for ten years. Every one of her foals has won. You cannot fault her. She’s a beautiful broodmare who does her foals well. She never raced and sometimes I think they’re the best broodmares. I believe some of those top mares have strong male genes and they don’t breed on until perhaps the second or third generation.” Sun Mist’s latest winner She’s Like The Wind looks very talented, and won her only start at Omakau in track record time. “I’ve also got a Pres filly which I love. She’s just a baby and Sun Mist is in foal to Pegasus Spur. I’ll probably go back to Love You this year.” Caig has sent her mares to cheaper stallions in the past but now feels it’s not the best way to go. “Once upon a time you just went to the cheaper stallions but you learn you can’t if you want to survive in the world of commercial breeding. Those bigger operators have loads of money and to compete you just need to have quality mares.” Other southern news to come out of the trotters sale today; Branxholme owners Lindsay and Ian Thomson paid  $42,000 for a half-brother to their quality three year old trotter Get Lucky, whilst neighbour Nathan Williamson sold his Father Patrick colt out of Kylie Ree for $42,000. He was bought by Barry Purdon. A good day for Southern Bred Southern Reared yearlings on day one of the National Sale and more good prices are expected tomorrow when the pacers take centre stage.   Bruce Stewart

The lift in demand for the straight-out trotter has been reflected in the results achieved on Day 1 of selling at NZB’s National Yearling Sale in Christchurch, with the aggregate, average and median figures exceeding that of last year’s result. “There has been a tremendous development of the stand-alone trotter and for the turnover to break the million-dollar mark is a great achievement,” commented NZB Standardbred Manager Peter Lagan. “It’s been great to experience another lift with the average reaching over $30,000, reinforcing that the trotter has really become quite a commercial product.” With 40 lots sold this afternoon, the aggregate surpassed the seven-figure mark to close at $1,203,500 (up 26% on 2018). The average rose to $30,088 (up 16% on 2018), the median settled at $21,500, while the clearance rate was a strong 83%. Seven lots sold for $50,000 or more with the highest-priced yearling fetching $105,000. The Love You colt, King of Love, was offered by Mansfield Farm as Lot 192 with local trainer Greg Hope the winning bidder. “We’ve got a Love You filly at home that we are in raptures about and we couldn’t resist having a full blood brother to that,” commented leading buyer Hope who spent an aggregate of $140,000 for two lots. Champion European sire Love You topped both the leading sire table by aggregate and average (three or more sold) having sold 10 lots for $403,500 in receipts, and a healthy average of $40,350. Jim Connelly was active at the Christchurch Sale after making his presence felt in Auckland. Purchasing under his KPC Racing banner, Connelly secured two trotting yearlings today for a total spend of $130,000. Selling six lots for a total trade of $163,000, Ripple Creek were the leading vendors by aggregate with their results bolstered by a Father Patrick colt (Lot 156) who sold for $50,000. Studholme Bloodstock were the leading sire by average (three or more sold) having sold three lots at an average of $42,333, including a Muscle Hill filly (Lot 158) who made $65,000. “It was a wonderful result for the farm,” commented Studholme Bloodstock’s Brian West. “I’ve been in and out of the trotters for nearly three decades, and once I had spent some time in Europe, I came home convinced that we should start investing in good trotting blood – simply because we can access the best trotting sires in the world.” The Christchurch Sale continues tomorrow with Lot 196 to Lot 401 going under the hammer from 11.00am. All horses purchased at the National Yearling Sale are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199. Read more....   Reprinted with permission of NZB Standardbred

Harness racing’s yearling sales got the turbo boost they needed with a dramatic first entry into the industry by New Zealand Bloodstock at Karaka yesterday.  The National Standardbred Yearling Sale, held for the first time since thoroughbred powerhouse New Zealand Bloodstock opened their standardbred division last year (NZBS) could only be termed a huge success, with a record average for a harness racing sale in this part of the world.  And with the promise that things are likely to get better.  Right from parade day on Sunday the sales ground had more hype and confidence than in years and it resulted in 13 yearlings being sold for $100,000 or more, topped by the $190,000 for Lot 18, a Art Major colt from Goodlookinggirl, a half sister to top mare Elle Mac.  Fittingly on a day when the thoroughbred theme was so strongly in evidence he was purchased by one of New Zealand’s most successful ever galloping trainers in Graeme Rogerson.  Rogerson became heavily involved in harness racing a decade ago and even finished second on the trainers premiership but that side of his dual-code operation had quietened right down until some recent success.  But he was aggressive early yesterday in purchasing the top lot and a $120,000 Bettors Delight filly, the latter sold by a group of owners including former Black Caps bowling star Kyle Mills and All Black halfback Ant Strachan. But Rogerson wasn’t the only one bidding up big early as Lincoln Farms went to $140,000 for a Bettors Delight colt early while later in the sale traditional big names like buyers Jean Feiss, Emilio and Mary Rosati, Mark Purdon and Phil and Glenys Kennard purchased $100,000 or higher lots. But there was also new blood in Auckland-based owner Ross Dallimore, who spent $320,000 on four lots, including $110,000 for a Mach Three colt and $105,000 for a son of Bettors Delight, all four likely to be trained by John and Josh Dickie.  While most of the Australian interest was focussed at the middle market, four of the $100,000 plus lots were purchased by Australian-based owners but most are likely to be trained, at least early in their careers, in New Zealand.  Once the dust had settled on a rapid-fire day of selling the average of $46,750 will have left harness racing regulars stunned, up enormously on the $33,850 average price last year.  That came as 100 lots were sold for a total of $4,675,000, a clearance rate of 73 per cent that should bump up slightly after post-sale deals but still one NZBS will be keen to see improve.  NZBS managing director Andrew Seabrook was beaming as he left the sales ground bound for Christchurch, where the next two days of the sales will be held. “We are thrilled with that as a start for our business in harness racing but also for the industry as a whole,” said Seabrook.  “We had a great top end and a lot of happy vendors and some plenty of strong interest from Australia, some of which will flow on to Christchurch.  “But this is also a start for us and we want the sales to get bigger and better.”  He wasn’t the only New Zealand Bloodstock boss smiling as the company’s supremo Sir Peter Vela was chuffed to pick up a Bettors Delight colt for a bargain $40,000, with the famous Pencarrow colours to be worn by the colt for trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Other highlights were the strong money for top-end trotters, with two topping $100,000, both sold by Breckon Bloodstock, while second season sire Sweet Lou had a big day of the office.  Both of the heavyweight vendors, Breckon Bloodstock and Woodlands Stud, were enthused by the new dawn of harness racing sales. How the momentum carries to today’s Christchurch sale without their firepower will be interesting.   Michael Guerin

Harness racing Team Rogerson arrived at Karaka this morning for the first standardbred yearling sales for New Zealand Bloodstock. Not long after, they had unloaded $190,000 after engaging in a furious bidding war to get what was to be the top lot of the sales in Billion Dollar Boy  Billion Dollar Boy is a fantastic looking colt by Art Major from Goodlookinggirl by Christian Cullen from the Butler BG mare Twice As Good.  Rogerson stable foreman Dylan Ferguson suggested the colt was a bargain when speaking to NZBStandardbred after the purchase. "We liked his pedigree right from day one out of the catalogue, being a half brother to a multiple group one winner. "When we inspected him his type matched his pedigree and we thought he was definitely the top colt in the sale and that is why we were so keen to get him. "After the first day I saw him I told Graeme (Rogerson) I thought he would make $200K so some would say we got him cheap," he said. Rogerson also paid $120,000 for a Bettor's Delight filly out of Eyre To The Throne later in the day. John Street and Lincoln Farms were also busy buying, paying $140,000 for Lot 20 a Bettor's Delight colt and full brother to 1-52 miler Lancewood Lizzie. Street also paid $80,000 for a Rock N Roll Heaven – Lady Fingers colt during the sales.  Other high priced lots to sell were a Muscle Hill – Love Ya Doosie colt for $110,000 to KPC Racing in Australia, a Bettor's Delight – Safedra filly to Canterbury trainer Mark Jones and a Sweet Lou – Pacing Delight to Jean Fiess from Victoria. Mr JR & Mrs W Giumelli from Western Australia paid $120,000 for a Somebeachsomewhere – Dancing Diamonds filly and Canterbury trainer Cran Dalgety paid $100,000 for a Sweet Lou – Revere Me colt. Mark Purdon and All Stars Stables paid $130,000 for a Captaintreacherous – Veste colt and Phil and Glennis Kennard purchased a Muscle Hill – Alannah Hall colt for $100,000. Late in the day E & M Stride from NSW purchased a Bettor's Delight – Diamond Like colt for $100,000 after paying $90,000 earlier in the day for a Muscle Hill – Miss Pegasus filly.   Full sales results can be viewed here   Harnesslink Media

New Zealand Bloodstock look to be getting into the standardbred business at the right time.  The auction house which has taken New Zealand thoroughbreds to the world hold their first yearling sales for harness horses at their famed Karaka grounds today after launching NZBS last year. That put them in direct competition with long-time standardbred sales company PGG Wrightson and the competition didn’t last long, with every major vendor in the country supporting NZBS.  They are set to be rewarded with a larger financial contribution to the Sales Series programme and a return of the Ready to Run sale in October and better financing rates for pin-hookers, which looks set to be a  popular option for young trainers in particular.  They are icing on the cake though and the real reasons for optimism heading into today’s sale and the two days in Christchurch which follow are the basic fundamentals — supply and demand and high quality stock.  The standardbred breeding industry is shrinking but the demand for the product in Australia and a return of the North American market means there are less horses but more people wanting them. Add that to increasing stakes domestically, headlined by Alexandra Park, and there will be no shortage of people wanting good horses.  With today’s catalogue full of stock by sales legend Bettors Delight, his regular support cast of stallions like Art Major, American Ideal, Somebeachsomewhere and newcomers like Sweet Lou and Captaintreacherous, the pacing stallions on show are the equal of any where in the world.  But even more importantly the drafts on offer today have won race reviews from the right people.  Champion trainer Mark Purdon told the Herald the standard of yearling he has seen in the north this summer at the best he has ever viewed while vendors, even away from powerhouses like Woodlands and Breckon Farms, say they have had more visitors and paraded their horses more often than in recent years.  NZBS boss Andrew Seabrook says while today is a launching pad for the company into the standardbred industry they have big plans, including dreams of boosting the glamour sales series races to $500,000 in years to come.  After the runaway success of the Karaka Million thoroughbred meeting, such claims will be music to the ears of harness breeders.  There will still be bargains at Karaka today, although they are usually more easily found at the larger Canterbury sale, and there will still be disappointed vendors, that is the nature of any horse sale.  But with the horses available, the interest from overseas and a pin-hooking market to help boost the lower end, NZBS’s first real day at the office should prove a success.   Michael Guerin

$315,000,000 Million and counting, that’s the progeny earnings of the most influential dual hemisphere stallion in history, his name is Bettor’s Delight. Affectionally, known as ‘The King’, Bettor’s Delight still leads the way at the ripe age of 21 years old.    They say the young replace the old, in the breeding shed but Bettor’s Delight belies that myth! Bettor’s Delight progeny are built to last, his progeny continue to be part of any age group racing, anywhere, anytime!   Come yearling sale time, he is always part of the action. At Karaka on Monday, February 18th, prominent New Zealand nursery Woodlands Stud, have consigned 19 sons and daughters of Bettor’s Delight.   The draft are all for genuine sale and come from New Zealand’s best families. All Woodlands Stud yearlings are meticulously prepared by stud master Tony Grayling and his staff. No stone is left unturned in our yearlings’ preparation from the day they are born.   We invite you to inspect our yearlings at Karaka from Friday the 15th of February.   We will also be parading our yearlings on Sunday 17 th of February at 2.30pm as part on the New Zealand bloodstock yearling parade.   Woodlands bred and sold yearlings continue to win on the race track. Recent sales purchases include Spanish Armada, I’m Another Masterpiece, stunning recent 2yo debut winner Line Up, Henry Hubert, Jesse Duke and Supreme Dominator, all of these classy standardbreds are by Bettor’s Delight!   If you are looking for a yearling purchase at Karaka in 2019, look no further than this year’s Woodlands Stud draft.   Remember Bettor’s Delight has shaped the standardbred breeding industry like no other stallion!   Lot 11 Bettor's Delight - Its All On   Lot 20 Bettor's Delight - Kamwood Lady     Lot 59 Bettor's Delight - Mersault Lot 140 Bettor's Delight - Diamond Like Lot 144 Bettor's Delight- Dream Offer   Any inquires regards our draft to Stacey Markham on 021 595492 or Mark Hughes on 0451 650707     Stacey Markham

Breckon Farms yearlings got a major boost during the weekend when Star Galleria dominated a tidy field in the Group 2 harness racing $50,000 DNR Logistics Casey Classic at Tabcorp Park Melton on Sarurday night. Star Galleria had to be good to win the Carey Classic on Saturday as Interdominion Heat winner Wrappers Delight got things his own way in front and appeared to have the field covered until the last 50m when Star Galleria dug in for the fight and got his neck in front right on the line The race was run in a sizzling 1-54.9 mile rate for the 2240m mobile with a closing 800m in 55.3 seconds. To watch the video of Star Galleria winning click on this link. Star Galleria will be one of the top chances in this weekends Hunter Cup to be run on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Breckon Farms have a full brother to Star Galleria for sale as Lot 101 called Starlito in the upcoming sale at this year's inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland, on the 18th of February,. Lot 101 Starlito Breckon farms also have a yealing half-brother to Funatthebeach in the sale, Lot 63 Brent Michael.  Funatthebeach was an easy winner of the Invercargill Cup at Ascot park on Saturday in the hands of driver Tim Williams.  Read all about the Invercargill Cup win by Funatthebeach. Lot 63 Brent Michael   Bita Banta had his first win at Newcastle this last week and is the first foal of High Society Gal and thus a half-brother to Lot 23 High Flying Harry. Lot 23 High Flying Harry Harnesslink Media

Prompted by recent rumors concerning NZ Bloodstock's likely purchase of PGG Wrightson's harness racing auction business, and in light of our diminishing equine population (breeding down another 250 mares this year, rapidly approaching only 2,000 mares bred annually) and general lack of enticing prize money at offer, it is time for our Industry to take over ownership of its yearling and related auctions! Even in this depressed environment, yearling/weanling/broodmare Auction Sales exceed $11 million dollars annually, generating in excess of $1.1 million of gross income to PGG Wrightson. Think of how wonderful it would be if that money were made available to lift both overnight and stake purses! Why utilize an outside Auction house to do - and make money from - what we can do just as well ourselves? With a little creative use of existing facilities both Alexandra Park and Addington could hold the sales at their racetracks! Obviously, temporary stalls would need to be rented, some overheads incurred, vendor payouts and cataloging to be managed, and auctioneers to be rented for the sales - but it is hard to imagine that the financial windfall to harness racing would be far from $1 million annually! Additionally, if the sales were well handled, food and drink income for the sales days would be substantial! It would also tie in well with special race nights created to take advantage of the crowds that would already be on track for the sales! While PGG and NZ Bloodstock would have us believe that their expertise is vital, there is really very little to that bravado! The sales are self drawing, our industry can handle the operation, personnel overheads need not be high (there is certainly no need to inspect yearlings as foal numbers no longer require culling for the sales), and - while Karaka is a lovely venue - it is an unnecessary extravagance considering how nicely the $1million dollars at hand would benefit our racing product! Given Alexandra Park's bright economic future, they, alone, if necessary, could put on these sales. And combined with support from major Breeders/stud farms/consigned like Woodlands, Breckon, and Alabar, they could create an innovative new series and stakes benefiting 2 and 3 year olds! In this time of general doom and gloom in harness racing, this proactive approach would provide a breath of fresh air, utilize common sense, and give the Industry we love some forward momentum!!! Come on Alexandra Park and Addington, come on NZ Breeders, and let's MAKE this happen. Let's take our own horse by the reins! Harnesslink Media

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