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We are thrilled to announce that the New Zealand all-comers trotting record holder, Marcoola, will be joining Nevele R’s stallion line-up in 2020. An outstanding stallion prospect, Marcoola is both the fastest and richest entire son of New Zealand’s greatest ever trotting stallion Sundon. The 2016 New Zealand Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, Marcoola dominated his age group (which included the likes of Temporale, Lemond, High Gait and Wilma’s Mate), winning seven consecutive races, including the New Zealand Trotting Derby in which he set a New Zealand record that still stands, the Northern Trotting Derby and the Sires Stakes Trotters Championship. As he did at three and then throughout his career, Marcoola displayed a scintillating turn of foot and an incredible ability to sustain that high speed over a long distance that few if any other homegrown trotters could match when he was on song. After equalling the national all-comers record in the 2018 Ashburton Trotters Flying Mile Marcoola went on to smash it twelve months later with a scorching 1:53.8 win in the same race, trotting his last half, untouched, in a staggering 55.7 seconds. His twelve and a half-length rout over a classy field that day left square-gaiters the likes of the subsequent Inter Dominion Final winner Winterfell and the reigning Trotter of the Year Sundees Sun in his wake and it was by some lengths the biggest winning margin ever recorded in the race’s thirty year history. That 1:53.8 lifetime mark also makes Marcoola the fastest ever trotting stallion on Australasian soil. Those traits of speed, power and stamina were equally on display in his memorable Group One Dominion Handicap win at Addington Raceway on Show Day in 2018. Making his move 800 metres out from home in the two-mile race, Marcoola swept past the field like they were standing still and just kept on rolling right to the line for a bullish four length win. Marcoola also claimed dominant Group race wins in the Cambridge Trotters Flying Mile, by a race record margin of eleven and three-quarter lengths, and the Lyell Creek Stakes, again by a distance, and all up won sixteen races and $521,321 in stakes. Superbly bred, he is by the sixteen time champion New Zealand Trotting Sire of the Year Sundon from a maternal family that has produced three Dominion Handicap winners in the first three generations, New Zealand’s greatest ever trotter Lyell Creek (56 wins $2,961,137) and one of the country’s best ever three-year-old fillies in the brilliant but ill-fated New Zealand Trotter of the Year, Kahdon (5 wins $141,984). Nevele R’s General Manager Ged Mooar is delighted to have secured Marcoola. “When he was in the zone, he was nigh on unbeatable, as you saw in his stunning Dominion Handicap victory.” “A beautifully gaited horse, by Australasia’s greatest ever trotting stallion and from one of New Zealand’s best trotting families, we believe he’s an outstanding prospect and terrific addition to our trotting stallion ranks.” Marcoola stands his debut season at an introductory fee of $2,500 plus GST for New Zealand breeders. 

By Garrick Knight Every stallion needs a flagship horse in their first crop if they want to join the elite ranks as time wears on. The new stallion game can be a cruel and unforgiving exercise for studs, who take the annual gamble on new sires to try and gather a bigger slice of the ever-dwindling market share. Christchurch’s Nevele R Stud, once the country’s flagship stud farm and nursery, had fallen off the pace in recent years as super sires the likes of Bettor’s Delight and Art Major had boosted their Auckland-based competitors. But like most things, the stud game is cyclical and Nevele R are on their way up the ladder thanks in to part to a little bit of luck. When Ged Mooar and the team at Nevele R secured the frozen semen rights to a new trotting stallion back in 2016, they could not have imagined just what a good move that would turn out to be. The USA-based son of Cantab Hall has since shot to stardom as the father of superstar three-year-old colt Greenshoe, who came from his first crop. “What it marks it more remarkable is that he only had 29 foals in that first crop,” said Mooar, the General Manager at Nevele R. “He was still racing at the time and only covered 40-odd mares. “So, to get a superstar like Greenshoe is quite amazing.” Early last week, the flow-on effects of that were evident when his full brother, Maverick, sold for US$1.1 Million at a Kentucky auction. And Nevele R are now are benefitting too with Father Patrick’s book for this breeding season fully subscribed well in advance. “We started getting calls back in March from a lot of people, a lot of top breeders with good trotting mares. “I must have put the sign up over a month ago that he was full and he’s attracted a wonderful book of mares.” Father Patrick’s first Down Under crop have just turned two and the New Zealand contingent numbers 29 foals, too. Despite the calendar only just ticking over to October, he already has a workout winner and it came from New Zealand’s best stable. Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen took the filly, named La Reina Del Sur, for a public hit-out with a stablemate at Rangiora on September 25 and she got home in a 30-second quarter to win. Importantly, she trotted perfectly and did everything right. “That’s in line with everything we have heard from breakers and trainers who have done the early education with the Father Patrick stock,” said Mooar. “Quite a few have said they’re rapt with them and that has been reflected in his book this season. “We’ve been astounded, to be honest, at the interest in him.” And Greenshoe isn’t just a one-off freak, either. Father Patrick’s next crop, juveniles in North America, have been kicking goals too and he is battling it out with the established king of trotting sires, Muscle Hill, at the top of all metric tables there at present. Unfortunately, there are only 12 yearlings in New Zealand this season, but the next crop, foaling down this spring, will number more than 80 while next year’s is expected to be well in to six figures. Trotting buffs will get their chance to buy one though – Mooar says Nevele R and sister company Spreydon Lodge plan on consigning a colt out of the former good mare Hot Pants in the upcoming yearling sales. It wasn’t just Father Patrick doing the job for Nevele R in Kentucky last week – pacing sire Always B Miki also stuck his hand up, his progeny selling incredibly well. Eleven of his stock sold for six-figures at the premium ‘day 1’ sale, including a high price of US$290,000 for a filly. In fact, by all common indicators, he was second only to Somebeachsomewhere in terms of popularity. He’s stood two seasons in New Zealand so far, in a joint collaboration between Nevele R and Alabar Stud, getting just shy of 100 mares both times. But there will be none of the usual ‘third season hangover’ that strikes virtually every stallion – the breeding season before their first crop have been broken in or going through the yearling sales. “He’s going to serve more mares this year than in each of his first two,” said Mooar. “They sold like hot cakes in the USA last week and the feedback has been that he has really left a stamp on his stock. “Really impressive, athletic types with good conformation and that was reflected not only in his American sale results, but in the interest we have been getting down here. “Peter Lagan, from New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred, made a point of telling me that in his recent inspections, he was quite impressed by them” The third strong to the bow for Nevele R as they fight their way back up the stud ladder is Vincent, who is about to embark on his second season at stud, again in a joint deal with Alabar. “He got 260 mares between here and Australia last season, and 150 of them were in New Zealand. “The first foals are dropping now so are we are eagerly anticipating their arrivals. “He’ll serve a nice book again, going by the bookings we have so far.” Recently retired pacing star Ultimate Machete is a new sire for the Stud and already has in excess of 60 bookings. “He’s going ok – it’s never easy for a colonial stallion, but we are happy with the response to him. “He’s impeccably-bred; his brother was last season’s three-year-old of the year and his sister is a Group 1 winner in Perth. “We’re optimistic.” Not just about Ultimate Machete, but the future of the famous nursery, no doubt. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Nevele R Stud wishes to advise harness racing breeders that unfortunately, on veterinary advice, the trotting stallion Creatine will not be shuttling to the Southern Hemisphere this coming breeding season.   The stallion has recently aggravated an old suspensory injury and it was recommended that he not make the trip to New Zealand next month.   Both Diamond Creek Farm and Nevele R Stud have Creatine’s best interests at heart and as such he will remain in North America in 2019.   It is hoped that Nevele R will have frozen semen available this season, and that all going well he will return to New Zealand in the 2020-21 breeding season.   In terms of the mares covered in the 2018-19 season, Nevele R’s normal free return policy will apply.   Creatine is coming off his best North American season to date, having served his largest book of mares, in his third season at stud, in 2019.   Although it is disappointing that the US Breeders Crown winner will not be standing in the flesh at Nevele R this year, we couldn’t be happier with the start that he has made to his siring career, with Creatine covering 191 mares in his first two seasons down-under and producing outstanding first crop foals that are a pleasure to work with.   Reinforcing our confidence in Creatine too, is the fact that his sire, Andover Hall (whom is also available through Nevele R) is enjoying early success, particularly in Australia where he is the sire of two recent Group 1 winners and a number of leading Vicbred Super Series contenders.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nevele R Stud’s General Manager, Ged Mooar on either (03) 349 8627 or     Nikki Reed Marketing Manager Nevele R Stud Limited

New Zealand Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year.   New Zealand Four-Year-Old Pacer of the Year.   New Zealand’s fastest ever pacer over both 1950 and 2200 metres.   A four-time Group One winner.   By an eight-time New Zealand Stallion of the Year from a mare destined to be New Zealand’s Broodmare of the Year.   Ultimate Machete has a stallion’s résumé and a stallion’s pedigree.   Now purchased by Alabar and Nevele R studs to stand at Alabar’s Auckland property, he’s also going to have a stallion’s opportunity.   New Zealand and Australian racing is dominated by horses that thrive on today’s style of racing.   Horses that are able to roll forward into the race and then be unrelenting in last halves run in 54 seconds or better.   Ultimate Machete, with extreme toughness and a high cruising speed, personified this never-say-die rolling style of racing.   These qualities should come as no surprise as he is by Bettor’s Delight out of a mare by Armbro Operative, so bred 3x3 to Cam Fella.   His entrance to the stud scene is surely timely, as many broodmare owners will see that breeding to him is breeding to a horse tailor-made for today’s racing.   With his pedigree, the attributes he brought to his racing and also his stature (standing a shade over 16’) he will be an ideal consort for the many mares that are bred along speed lines.   He is well suited to daughters of Christian Cullen, In The Pocket, Mach Three, Somebeachsomewhere, Courage Under Fire, Changeover, Art Major, Dream Away, Real Desire, American Ideal, Falcon Seelster, Safely Kept, Live Or Die and Badlands Hanover to name but a few.   In an outstanding race career, Ultimate Machete’s flagship victories were: - The NZ Sires Stakes Three-Year-Old Final at Addington on NZ Cup Day - where he announced his arrival as a rising star. His winning performance was nothing short of phenomenal, being caught out wide and just keeping rolling to be far too good in what was a New Zealand record for 1950m at the time. It is regarded as the best ever performance in the history of the race.   - Twelve months later, in the NZ Free-For-All on Show Day at the same venue, he did what many thought impossible by sitting outside Tiger Tara before winning the home straight war to claim victory – and in doing so, reclaiming his New Zealand record for the 1950m distance (2:15.7, a 1:51.9 mile rate).   - He then ventured to Perth where he monstered the Group One double for four-year-olds in the WA Classic and the WA Golden Nugget – wonderful efforts by the big horse around the tight Gloucester Park circuit and a testimony to his gait. He then ran a close up fourth in the Fremantle Cup before injury curtailed a blitz on the Victorian classics.   As a two-year-old, his second by a ½ head in the NZ Jewels, after being wide early then working to the lead, was a precursor to what would be a wonderful three-year-old season.   The other highlights to his three-year-old season were equalling the all-age New Zealand 2200m record (2:36.1) in winning the NZ Yearling Sales Series 3yo Final, winning the Alabar Classic and the NZ Flying Stakes (53.9 last 800m) as well as finishing second in the NZ, Northern and NSW Derbies.   All told, Ultimate Machete won 13 of 32 starts for $850,361 in stakes.   He’d already done enough to be regarded as a star - but a niggling, leg-injury-enforced retirement surely robbed him of being an open class colossus.   He was the early favourite for the 2018 New Zealand Cup but it wasn’t to be.   Co-trainer, Mark Purdon is full of respect for Ultimate Machete,   “He was a very tough horse with a great attitude. He never gave in, always trying right to the wire.He was a horse who could really maintain his high speed.”   Ultimate Machete is impeccably bred, being a full-brother to super-star three-year-old Ultimate Sniper. Their dam (Reality Check) was a very smart race filly winning the NZ Yearling Sales Series Two-Year-Old Fillies’ Final. She is also the dam of the top Western Australia racemare, Major Reality (1:50.9, $434,415).   His grandam is the NZ Broodmare of Excellence winner, Maureens Dream, who is a half-sister to the excellent sire Tuapeka Knight.   This is a prodigious family made famous by renowned breeders, Tuapeka Lodge. Ultimate Machete is one of its proudest sons.   He will stand his debut season at Alabar NZ (in association with Nevele R) at an introductory service fee of $3,000 (plus GST)   Graeme Henley General Manager Alabar (NZ) Ltd

Vincent, the horse that Mark Purdon felt was going to be harness racing’s next absolute superstar, has been purchased by the Alabar and Nevele R studs in partnership. The imposing son of champion international sire, Art Major has been retired from racing and will stand at stud this coming season. When Vincent cruised home in 54.4 to win the Auckland Cup on New Year’s Eve, all the talk was that the world lay at his feet. Remarkably, it would be his last start. Injury curtailed his four-year-old campaign and now the lucrative stud deal sees him commence a new career as what will surely be a highly commercial stallion. Jean Feiss, who raced Vincent with her husband Bill, said: “Vincent has been such a dream horse for us we were prepared to do everything possible to get him back to the track. He’s already had his initial stem cell treatments.” “However, Alabar and Nevele R presented us with an offer to purchase him and we knew in our hearts that accepting it was the right thing for Vincent’s long term future. He deserves a great home and to be given the very best chance at stud. We’re sure he’ll get that.” “Hopefully breeders send their best mares to him as Bill and I are certainly looking forward to checking out his yearlings.” Undoubtedly, Vincent was the dream horse. He had it all. Co-trainer, Mark Purdon is full of admiration for the horse that was harness racing’s brightest rising star: “He was a great young horse, the best of his year as a three-year-old.” “He came back great as a four-year-old and I thought he would eventually take Lazarus’ place and go on to be the best horse in Australasia.” “He’s a beautiful horse. Both Jean and I loved him when we saw him as a yearling and that never changed. Everyone he came in contact with him loved him as he was such a kind horse, a real gentleman.” ”It’s a great shame he’s not coming back to racing but we’re looking forward to training a few by him.” Prior to his final victory in the Auckland Cup, Vincent had done what the pundits said he couldn’t and won the Gr2 Franklin Cup fresh up (0.1 of a second outside his own NZ record for a 2700m stand) and backed that up with a cake-walk, 54.6 last half win in the Gr2 Futurity Stks at Cambridge. Auckland Cup He’d won his last seven starts in a row. He flew to Australia to embark on a campaign that would surely seal his status as the next superstar of our sport. It wasn’t to be, as Injury befell him leading up to the Ballarat Cup and the Chariots Of Fire and Miracle Mile were sadly run without him. All told, Vincent recorded 16 wins from 19 starts with four Group 1 victories. The only time he was beaten on Australian soil (and the only time he was outside the first three in his career) was in the Victoria Derby when as a raging favourite he was taken out of the race by a damaged tyre. As an individual who just oozes quality, Vincent was a $130,000 yearling at the Australian APG Sydney Sale. He won first up at Invercargill and this proved to be his only start as a two-year-old as he suffered a minor leg injury. While this was a bitter pill to swallow with a young horse of rare talent, Mark Purdon felt in hindsight it was a blessing in disguise as it gave Vincent a chance to mature into his frame. As a three-year-old, Vincent was nothing short of awesome. He romped home on Auckland Cup day at Alexandra Park. Remarkably setting a new all-age NZ record for the 2700m stand. He then ventured to Australia where he won his heat of the Victoria Derby before misfortune struck in the final. On to Menangle, he won his heat of the NSW Derby and was superb in the final – sprinting home in 53.6, he recorded a 1:54.5 mile rate for the 2400m – 0.1 of a second outside the world record. Back to New Zealand, he scored a career defining victory in the NZ Derby at Addington – fighting back to beat Ultimate Machete after being headed in the straight. This was another all-age NZ record for Vincent of 3:06 (1:55.1mr) for the 2600m mobile - and 2.5 seconds inside the previous record for a three-year-old held by Lazarus. NZ Derby Vincent finished his three-year-old season off at Menangle with another incredible victory – this time in the NSW Breeders Challenge. He was three wide for the first half of the mile journey and then parked outside the leader but still won easily in 1:50.2 – making him the fastest ever Australasian three-year-old. Vincent possesses a pedigree that all other stallions would be envious of. He is sired by one of the world’s best stallions in Art Major and is out of Kept For Pleasure, a four time Group 1 winner, who like Vincent retired on a winning note at the highest level. At stud Kept For Pleasure has also produced the outstanding (My) Mackenzie who is fast closing in on $500,000 in earnings after winning major stakes races both in Australia and the US. Vincent’s second dam, Full Pleasure, also a Group 1 winner, has been one of the most remarkable broodmares in Australian history producing 10 foals for 10 winners and four, soon to be five, $200,000+ earners. Vincent’s pedigree lines him up beautifully with daughters of Bettor’s Delight and other Cam Fella line mares, daughters of Christian Cullen, Mach Three, Somebeachsomewhere and other Direct Scooter line mares, daughters of American Ideal and other Western Hanover/No Nukes line mares and also mares from the Albatross line. A dream horse with a dream resume for a stallion – type, pedigree and performance over all distances. Vincent will stand at Alabar’s Victorian farm with semen transported throughout Australia and New Zealand. Lifetime breeding rights will be available in both countries.  

The harness racing breeding industry has lost one of its giants with the shock passing of Bob McArdle. The 76-year-old who imported so many top stallions to New Zealand through his days at Nevele R Stud died in his sleep on Wednesday night. He is survived by his wife Denise and children Lisa and Baeden. Few people have every contributed as much to, or for that matter accrued as much information about the Australasian breeding industry, as McArdle. Not only was he a breeder, owner and agent but with the late Wayne Francis set up Nevele R, the stud whose footprint on the industry worldwide is enormous. Not only did they breed hundreds of winners of thousands of races but Francis and McArdle brought the likes of Falcon Seelster, Holmes Hanover and earlier Timely Knight and El Patron to New Zealand to mention just a few. Later, through his breeding and selling business Bromac Lodge, McAcArdle had a huge presence at the yearling sales, with 12 from that property to be sold at the Christchurch sales in a few week and three at Karaka. “Bob’s impact on the industry here is impossible to overstate,” says PGG Wrightson’s Peter Lagan. “What he and Wayne did at Nevele R will be felt across the industry for decades to come. “And his knowledge of breeding in this part of the world might be the most detailed of anybody I have ever met. “When you think of all the horses he bred, sold and was agent for he has put a lot of money in a lot of people’s hands over a very long period of time. “He was a very smart businessman and knew what he wanted but no matter how frank a discussion or even disagreement you had with Bob, he would get over it and get down to business “The New Zealand industry owes him a lot.” Bob’s best horse he actually owned was probably Howard Bromac, who won an Auckland Cup and was placed in a New Zealand and Hunter Cup when trained by Kirk Larsen. “He was maybe the best we had but Bob owned a hell of a lot of good horses,” says Larsen. “We probably trained for him for over 30 years. He would breed horses and then we would train them, sell plenty but keep some. “Bob had great knowledge and was a businessman first when it came to the horses but he loved the good families and was very loyal to them.” No details are available yet for McArdle’s funeral. Michael Guerin

Nevele R Stud’s grand elder statesman Live Or Die has been retired from stud duties and will not be available this coming harness racing breeding season. Despite being perennially under-rated in many quarters, the rising 25-year-old has been a tremendously successful sire for the stud over the years and has achieved far more than many of his higher priced, dual hemisphere rivals. The former world champion 2-year-old was popular with breeders from the outset, serving 100 plus mares for 13 consecutive seasons from 1997 on, peaking at an incredible 435 mares in New Zealand alone in the 2002 season. He was New Zealand’s leading first season sire in 2001 - with that initial foal crop featuring both the champion filly Elect To Live, the 2YO and 3YO Pacing Filly of her Year, as well as New Zealand’s Harness Horse of the Year at three years of age, and the dual NZ Cup winner and 4YO and Aged Pacer of the Year Just An Excuse. Other stand out pacers by him over the years included the likes of the Australian bred four-time Derby and Miracle Mile winner Divisive, the tough as teak Hunter Cup winner Bondy, the multiple Australian Oaks winner Dance Of Life, the Australian 3YO Pacing Colt of the Year Scandalman and the $500,000 plus earning Grand Circuit winners Power Of Tara and Bold Cruiser. In an era dominated by Christian Cullen, Live Or Die was NZ’s leading pacing sire in 2007 and runner-up a further three times. He also went close to being Australia’s leading sire in the 2009/10 season, finishing a close second to Village Jasper that year. He is just the second NZ based sire, after another Nevele R stalwart, Holmes Hanover, to sire 1000 individual winners and to date he is the sire of more than 1230 winners and has progeny earnings of over $60 million. All up Live Or Die is the sire of 18 individual Group 1 winners, including six Grand Circuit winners, eight individual Derby champions and three millionaires. Although retired, Live Or Die’s influence on the Australasian breeding and racing industry will continue to be felt for many years to come with his daughters having already produced close to 20 Group 1 winners to date including the triple NZ Cup winner Terror To Love, the Harness Jewels winners Major Mark, Lizzie Maguire, Elusive Chick and Gotta Go Harmony, the champion WA mare Libertybelle Midfrew and last season’s Australian 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year Rocknroll Magic. One of Australia’s best 3-year-old fillies this season, Shartin, the recent winner of the Queensland Oaks, is also out of a Live Or Die mare. Live Or Die will spend his much deserved retirement at Nevele R Stud’s Canterbury farm. Harnesslink Media

In what is a major coup for Australasian breeders, Nevele R Stud is excited to announce that the 2015 Breeders Crown Open Trot champion Creatine will be standing at our Canterbury farm this coming season. Boasting career earnings of over $2.1 million and a lifetime mark of 1:51.4 - achieved when defeating the world champion Sebastian K, Creatine will be the richest and fastest trotter ever to shuttle to the Southern Hemisphere. One of champion stallion Andover Hall's best sons Creatine was a major stakes race winner every season that he raced, and unlike any stallion available in the flesh in Australasia before, in both North America and Europe. Trained for the majority of his career by Bob Stewart (the conditioner of the legendary trio of brothers Andover Hall, Conway Hall and Angus Hall) Creatine won three races at two including a division of the Bluegrass Stakes before being put aside for the season. Bigger and stronger upon his return as a three-year-old in 2013, Creatine was one of the very best of his age group winning the Kentucky Futurity, Carl Erskine Trot, Colonial Invitational, Bluegrass Stakes and a Hambletonian elimination. He was also a hard charging second in the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3YO Final, looking the likely winner with one more stride, as well as runner-up in the American National Stakes. In what is often a difficult transition to make, Creatine more than held his own as a 4-year-old against what was arguably one of the greatest crops of aged trotters ever assembled, with the likes of Sebastian K, Intimidate, Market Share, Bee A Magician, Maven, Modern Family, Wishing Stone, Arch Madness, Archangel and Commander Crowe locking horns in 2014, and was actually the fourth richest older trotter that year behind the first three listed above - a hugely impressive feat for a four-year-old trotter new to the open class ranks. The highlight of his four-year-old season, and one of the best of his career, was his superb performance in the Allerage Farms Open Trot at his favourite hunting ground The Red Mile in Lexington. Starting from post eight Creatine blazed to the lead with a 26.8 opening quarter before finding himself three back on the running rail with first Master Of Law taking the lead and then Sebastian K. With Sebastian K clearing out to a seemingly unassailable lead, Creatine had to first avoid the tiring Master Of Law who galloped approaching the home turn and then make up four lengths on the world's fastest ever trotter who was in devastating form that year - a seemingly impossible task, but one a very brave Creatine managed to do, despite having been used off the gate and again in the closing stages. He then followed up his career best 1:51.4 Allerage Farm performance with a track record 1:51.6 win in the American National Open Stakes at Balmoral Park less than a week later. Creatine also recorded placings that year in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final, $500,000 TVG FFA Final, $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial, Centaur Trotting Classic, Dayton Trotting Derby, a Maple Leaf Trot elimination and the Chip Noble Memorial. Racing predominantly in Europe as a 5-year-old Creatine won at the highest level and defeated some of Europe's best horses, taking out the Group 1 Hugo Abergs Memorial in Sweden and the St Michel Ajo in Finland. He was also second in the prestigious Group 1 UET Trotting Masters. Group 1 Hugo Abergs Memorial in Sweden Brought back to North America for the $1,000,000 International Trot, Creatine was a game third to Papagayo E and two-time Elitlopp winner Timoko, being run down late after leading throughout and being taken on for much of the mile and a quarter trip. He was also, according to new trainer Jimmy Takter, "a little tied up" in the Yonkers feature - underscoring his toughness and making his performance that much more impressive. On the strength of his showing in the International Trot connections opted to pay the $62,500 supplement fee into the $531,250 Breeders Crown Open Trot a fortnight later, with the stallion repaying his owners' faith with a dominant, and well deserved victory in the end of the season feature and what was to be his last race. $500,000 Breeders Crown Final All up Creatine was the winner of 17 races and $2,182,138 in stakes-earnings. Reflecting on Creatine's racing career, Hall of Fame driver Mike Lachance, who piloted him in almost all of his two and three-year-old starts (and many of his 4-year-old races), declared...     "He was a perfect horse. He was a big, strong horse....a beautiful horse" High praise indeed from the driver of some Harness Racing's greatest horses - Continentalvictory,  Matts Scooter, Bettor's Delight, Camluck, Self Possessed, Goalie Jeff, Magical Mike, Victory Dream etc...    A Diamond Creek Farm homebred, Creatine is by the proven sire of sires Andover Hall, and is out of a stakes placed Muscles Yankee mare - making him an attractive proposition for the majority of Australasia's trotting broodmare population. A terrific looking individual Creatine arrives on farm in August. His service fee is $4,500 (+ GST) in New Zealand and $4,950 (incl GST) in Australia. He is included in both Nevele R's multiple mare discount and early bird special.

Alabar and Nevele R are thrilled to announce that they have joined forces to secure the lifetime rights to the reigning US Horse of the Year, Always B Miki – the fastest horse in the history of harness racing. He will stand at Alabar’s Victorian farm with his fresh semen available throughout Australia and New Zealand. Always B Miki is undoubtedly a modern day cult hero in North America. He won the crowds over with his incredible will to win. The battles in the free-for-all ranks were epic – but Miki proved again and again that he had the heart of a champion. And he put an exclamation mark on his career when he won in 1:46 at The Red Mile on October the 9th 2016 - the fastest mile ever. With Miki being such an imposing equine athlete, the world record is something that many harness racing followers felt was an inevitable achievement for him. At the end of 2016, Miki was rewarded not only with the Pacer of the Year title but also the overall Horse of the Year title.  The voting for which he dominated 102-32 He retired at the end of his all-conquering 2016 season to stand at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania where he commands a fee of US$12,500. He is currently serving a full book of mares which includes the virtual who’s who of North American broodmares.   The Always B Miki phenomenon is best put into perspective by his Hall of Fame trainer, Jimmy Takter. After all, Takter has been six times the US Trainer of the Year - including the last three years straight. He’s trained as many great horses as anyone ever has. Many people would say he’s the greatest trainer in harness racing – and it’s not hard to make that case. When Jimmy Takter talks horses you tend to listen – and Always B Miki is a horse he knows better than anyone else. He knows Miki is not only a champion – but maybe, just maybe he’s the best there’s ever been. The Jimmy Takter quotes on Always B Miki are captivating. After winning the William Haughton Memorial in what was his third straight world record performance, Takter was moved to say “I think this could be the greatest horse that ever lived.” And then, through the tears after Miki’s world record performance at Lexington, Takter stated: “I get very attached to my horses. He’s just a wonderful horse. He’s the greatest horse I’ve ever been around in my life, and I’ve been around the best horses in the world, like Moni Maker and those horses. This horse is my number one horse that I’ve been around … He’s a big horse but you’re not going to see everything inside. He has probably the best lungs ever, the biggest heart ever and the smartest horse ever.” And later: “He’s my all-time favourite. He is the greatest. He has such charisma, it’s unbelievable.” Miki was a talented two-year-old and a tremendous three-year-old finishing an astonishing second in the Meadowlands Pace (where He’s Watching set his world record) after being three wide the entire trip. Tragically, later as a three-year-old and as the Breeders’ Crown favourite, he suffered a serious injury and raced the rest of his career with multiple screws in his hind pasterns - making what he achieved as a four and five-year-old even more incredible. Jimmy Takter said after his world record at Lexington, had it not been for these problems: “He would have smacked at least another second off the record” All told, Miki won 30 races and banked $2,826,176 in a career highlighted by back-to-back Breeders’ Crown victories. You cannot help but be moved by his final surge to win the 2016 Crown after his fierce battle with Wiggle It Jiggleit. He’s the only horse in history to win 4 races in 1:47 or faster. Remarkable, given no other horse has done it more than once. He shares the world record for a five-eighths track and holds the Canadian mile record to sit alongside his fastest-mile-ever title. Miki is by Always A Virgin - a son of the sire of sires Western Ideal and the sire of the winners of over $22 million with 150 in 1:55. He’s out of the Artsplace mare, Artstopper. The US Pacing Broodmare of the Year in 2016, Artstopper is also the dam of the tremendous racemare Yagonnakissmeornot (41 wins, $1,458,850). She ranks a half-sister to Cheyenne Rei ($729,933). Of great significance to the breeders of Australia and New Zealand, Always B Miki has no Cam Fella blood in his pedigree whatsoever so is an ideal option for daughters of Bettor’s Delight. In a wonderful show of respect for our breeding industry, Always B Miki’s stud fee will be A$7,000 (incl GST) in Australia and NZ$7,000 (plus GST) in New Zealand. This is a tremendous opportunity. Just listen to Jimmy Takter. Always B Miki Retirement Ceremony at The Meadowlands Always B Miki - World Record Allerage Farms Championship Series Open Pacers Always B Miki - Breeders Crown Open H&G Pace Always B Miki - World reacord Ben Franklin Elimination

October saw the passing of Kevin Roberson (Robo) who was the most well known harness racing stud master in New Zealand. Kevin was an Australian who came to New Zealand to work for the defunct Harnessworld Stud Farm which is now Woodlands Stud. The writer remembers well the day he met Kevin in Australia to interview him for the position of Stud Master, Kevins instructions were simply, come over to the Yearling Sales, I will meet you at whatever the place and hour agreed was, and I will be the one with the biggest nose !!!, well I went up to the wrong person, so Kevin was wrong on that occaision. At Harnessworld Stud he helped immensley to cut the costs and do his best to make it survive, but unfortunately it had debt and was hit in the 1987 financial crash, which saw its demise. Fortunately for Kevin, Nevele R Stud were in the market for a Stud Master, he was now their Stud Master, he packed all his wordly belongings into a vehicle and headed South. His time at Nevele R Stud is now history, his work ethic, hate of seeing company wastefull expenditure, and combined with his knowledge of Stallions and Broodmare Breeding is what made him this countries most well known and respected stud masters. Kevin lived life to the fullest, he played and worked extremely hard, he loved socialising, fishing, drinking and working. He was also well known for his amazing BBQ’s and in particular massive T Bone steaks, and onions, of course no greens. He could drink a whole bottle of Scotch in one sitting, hit the sack, and then get a phone call one or two hours later re a foaling problem and he would be out there in minutes saving many foals and mares. He was a heavy smoker and one day decided to give it up cold turkey, which he succeeded in doing, several years later it was the same with alcohol. Kevin picked up a virus on a cruise which led to complications over several years which ultimately led to his passing. It is with much sadness that due to work I could not get over to his funeral. Farewell Kevin. You will always be in my mind and extremely fondly rememberred. Noel Kennard

Tonight the 2016 New Zealand Harness Racing Awards were held at the Mashina Lounge in Christchurch. It was a fantastic occasion where we celebrated all the outstanding performers and personalities of the 2015/16 season. The night was attended by approximately 300 guests.   PACING AWARDS   Woodlands Stud 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year   SPANISH ARMADA 27   Owner: Mrs J L Feiss     PMP Print 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year   DREAM ABOUT ME 27   Owners: C J Roberts, Est Mrs J L Roberts, P G Kenny, Mrs M L Kenny     Auckland Trotting Club 4YO Pacing Mare of the Year   THE ORANGE AGENT 22   Owners: Mrs P C Green, J P Green, Mrs M E Green, P C Bult   (Rocker Band - 4, Fight For Glory - 1)     Nevele R Stud 5YO & Older Pacing Mare of the Year   LANCEWOOD LIZZIE 15   Owners: Mrs L P Wood, G A Chitty   (Tango’s Delight - 11, Willow - 1)     PGG Wrightson 2YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year   MORE THE BETTER 27   Owners: Mark Purdon, R C Purdon MBE, D R Levene OBE     Woodlands Stud 3YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year   LAZARUS 27   Owners: Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, T G Casey, K J Riseley     Woodlands Stud 4YO Pacing Entire or Gelding of the Year   HAVE FAITH IN ME 27   Owners: D M Dunford, M D Dunford     Alabar 5YO & Older Pacing Entire or Gelding of the Year   SMOLDA 23   Owners: Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, N Pilcher, M A R Kirkwood   (Arden Rooney - 4)   Alabar FARMs Pacer of the Year HAVE FAITH IN ME 26 Owners: D M Dunford, M D Dunford (Lazarus - 1)     TROTTING AWARDS   Race Images 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year DI’Z LUCK 21 Owners: Mrs S A Smith, Winsome Dormer, Cleland Racing Syndicate, N R Armstrong, E G Sawma, D W Aitken (Winnie MacGoogan - 4, Our Rosa - 1, One Bid Buys - 1)   Commodore Airport Hotel 3YO Trotting Filly of the Year HIGH GAIT 16 Owners: Breckon Farms-Super Seven Syndicate (Donegal Bettorgretch - 9, Wilma’s Mate - 2)   NRM 4YO Trotting Mare of the Year SUNNY RUBY 26 Owners: W F Fletcher, S F Smolenski (Harriet Of Mot - 1)   NRM 4YO Trotting Mare of the Year QUITE A MOMENT 16 Owners: Mrs C L Stewart, W R Stewart, A R Pullar, Mrs B E Pullar (Queen Kenny - 11)   Farmlands 2YO Trotting Colt or Gelding of the Year ENGHIEN 20 Owners: R G Dellaca, G P Hope (Custodian- 6, Habibi Inta 1)   Trackside 3YO Trotting Colt or Gelding of the Year MARCOOLA 27 Owners: K B Ford, C B Ford   Crombie Lockwood Bloodstock 4YO Trotting Entire & Gelding of the Year MONBET 27 Owners: G P Hope, Mrs N M Hope, M J Molloy   Garrards Horse & Hound 5YO & Older Trotting Entire & Gelding of the Year MASTER LAVROS 27 Owner: Kypros Kotzikas   Breckon Farms Trotter of the Year MONBET 27 Owners: G P Hope, Mrs N M Hope, M J Molloy     PEOPLE   McMillan Equine Feeds Leading Trainer: Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen or Robert Dunn (still being contested)   Harnessed Leading Driver: Dexter Dunn   Dexter Dunn Cruickshank Leading Junior Driver: Brad Williamson   Addington’s Met Multiplier Owner of the Year: Merv & Meg Butterworth   Primary ITO Cadet of the Year: Erin Isherwood   NZRB Outstanding Contribution to Harness Racing: Gary Allen     BREEDING   The Breeders Breeder of the Year: Woodlands Stud   HRNZ Media Trotting Stallion of the Year: Love You   Lone Star Pacing Stallion of the Year: Bettor’s Delight   The Breeders Trotting Broodmare of the Year: Diedre Darling   The Breeders Pacing Broodmare of the Year: Splendid Dreams     HRNZ HORSE OF THE YEAR   MONBET 15 Owner: G P Hope, Mrs N M Hope, M J Molloy (Have Faith In Me - 12)     Stacey Markham

Nevele R Stud is thrilled to announce another exciting addition to their already elite trotting sires ranks, in the form of arguably North America's best young square-gaiter in recent years Father Patrick t2, 1:52.2f; t3, 1:50.4f ($2,600,571) - the richest and fastest son of champion harness racing sire Cantab Hall. The US and Canadian 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year in 2013 and US 3YO Trotting Colt of the Year in 2014, Father Patrick was an exceptional racehorse, winning 23 races and $2.6 million in stakes. As a 2-year-old Father Patrick won 10 of his 11 starts with 7 of these in sub 1:55 times, including a world record performance of 1:52.2 when taking out a Breeders Crown elimination at Pocono Downs. His major victories at 2 included the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final, the $365,000 Wellwood Memorial by five and a half lengths, the $280,000 Peter Haughton Memorial, the Champlain Stakes (again by a margin of five lengths) and the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile, Lexington. As a 3-year-old, Father Patrick was the richest standardbred of the year, winning a massive $1.7 million in stakes in a very fruitful season that saw the outstanding youngster record back-to-back victories in the Breeders Crown, as well as wins in the Beal Memorial, Canadian Trotting Classic, Stanley Dancer Memorial, Zweig Memorial, American-National Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes and the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Final. Father Patrick took his lifetime mark of 1:50.4 when defeating recent Elitloppet winner Nuncio in the $500,000 Beal Memorial at Pocono Downs. His time remains the fastest ever recorded by a 3-year-old colt or gelding on a 5/8ths of a mile track and the equal fastest by any 3-year-old trotter. Trained by Jimmy Takter throughout his career, Father Patrick was rated by the legendary conditioner as the "best horse" that he had ever trained  - high praise when you consider Takter has had the likes of Moni Maker, Malabar Man, See You At Peelers, Pampered Princess, Kadabra, Passionate Glide and Pinkman, to name  just a few,  through his barn over the years. Father Patrick is certainly the complete package when it comes to choosing a stallion for your trotting broodmare this season, as he not only boasts unrivalled racetrack performance but also some of the best bloodlines available in the world. His sire Cantab Hall is currently the leading US All Age Trotting Sire and was himself a million dollar plus earning US 2YO Trotting Colt and Trotter of the Year. Cantab Hall has established himself as one of the most influential trotting sires in North America, having sired the winners of over $59 million, 168 $100,000 earners, 29 in 1:53 and 7 millionaires including Wild Honey, Explosive Matter,  Uncle Peter and Pastor Stephen. Father Patrick's maternal line is no less illustrious with his dam Gala Dream (by Enjoy Lavec) also leaving, in addition to Father Patrick, another US 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year and millionaire square-gaiter, Pastor Stephen t3, 1:52.8 ($1,058,188) and the $100,000+ earners Whom Shall I Fear t3, 1:52.8 ($163,935) and Stan The Man 1:53.6 ($182,144) from 6 foals of racing age. His second dam Maple Frosting (by Valley Victory), also an outstanding producer, has left the world champion 2005 US and Canadian 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year Chocolatier t3, 1:53 ($1,328,250) (making it an incredible three US 2YO Trotting Colts of the Year in the first two generations), along with the multiple stakes race winner Sugar Trader t3, 1:53.8 ($734,610). Chocolatier has since gone on to be a successful sire in Sweden with his best offspring to date the  champion mare Your Highness (SEK9,000,537) - the winner of the Copenhagen Cup, Olympic Trot and Oslo Grand Prix so far in 2016. Standing at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania and commanding the same service fee as his sire, US$20,000, Father Patrick served a restricted book of mares whilst still racing in 2015 and has had a terrific book of close to 130 mares this year.  His first crop of foals look outstanding types and can be viewed on the Diamond Creek Farm website ( and Facebook page. Available in Australasia via frozen semen, Father Patrick's fee for the 2016-17 season is NZ$9,000 +GST (AU$9,900 incl GST). The service fee is pay on live foal and he is included in the Nevele R multiple mare discounts. There is limited semen available and bookings will be taken on a first in first served basis. For more information or bookings please visit or phone the Nevele R office 03 349 8627, Nikki Reed 0274 346 401 or from Australia free-phone 1800 150 855.

Nevele R Stud, in conjunction with Kentuckiana Stallion Management, is pleased to announce that Muscle Mass - the stallion currently taking juvenile trotting by storm in both NZ and Australia - will be available to Australasian breeders for the first time since 2012 this coming harness racing breeding season. Currently the leading sire of 2-year-old trotters in both NZ and Australia, Muscle Mass has had a sensational season with his first crop of any real size, siring the first two runners home (Custodian and Heavyweight Hero) in the Group  1 Harness Jewels 2YO Ruby last month and across the Tasman Group 1 Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic winner Illawong Shimmer, as well as the exciting Group 2 Tatlow Stakes winning youngster and recent Vicbred Super Series Final runner-up Illawong Byron, along with the Group 1 place-getter Sval Queen. Available just the once previously (through frozen semen in 2009), Muscle Mass's first Australasian crop of only nine live foals has produced six winners to date including the current season Tontine Trotters Series winner K D Muscles 1:56.8 ($98,760, 6 wins) and the Group 2 Bacardi Lindy Mares Trot runner-up Zhenya ($69,607, 10 wins).   Muscle Mass was himself a world champion 2-year-old trotter, winning all seven of his juvenile starts including the Final of the American-National Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes and International Stallion Stakes,  before injury curtailed his career at three. A real trotting blue-blood, Muscle Mass is a son of the breed-shaping, champion stallion Muscles Yankee out of the multiple juvenile stakes-winning Pine Chip mare Graceful Touch, who has also left the Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive 1:51 ($1,245,297) and Merrie Annabelle Trot and New Jersey Sires Stakes winner Thatsnotmyname 1:55 ($340,730) to date. His second dam Act Of Grace 1:52.6 ($403,525) was a top flight race-filly from the same crop as the freakish Continentalvictory and like her also raced the top colts and geldings on numerous occasions. From just two foals Act Of Grace left World Trotting Derby and Zweig Memorial winner Cobol 1:54 ($417,457), along with Graceful Touch. With four crops of racing age in North America, Muscle Mass has established himself as the leading trotting sire in Ontario and has sired multiple Ontario Sires Stakes Gold champions including the O'Brien 2YO and 3YO Trotting Filly of the Year Riveting Rosie 1:52.8 ($973,336) and Muscle Matters 1:53.2 ($487,972). Muscle Mass's service fee for the coming season is NZ$7,000 + GST (AU$7,700 incl. GST) and in good news for breeders, and a first for a Nevele R frozen semen sire,  Muscle Mass will be included in the Stud's standard multiple mare discounts. His service fee is payable on positive test. Nevele R General Manager Ged Mooar encourages breeders to book early as there is limited semen available in both countries.  Bookings will be taken on a first-in-first-served basis and can be made online through the Nevele R website – or alternatively by emailing, phoning the office 03 349 8627, Nikki Reed 0274 346 401 or Freephone 1800 150 855 from Australia.  

Cullen Breeding and Nevele R Stud wish to advise that for the coming harness racing breeding season Christian Cullen will stand at Dancingonmoonlight Farm in Ohoka, Canterbury. Both parties believe that the move is in the stallion’s best interests, given his age and well documented fertility issues, and that a smaller boutique stud environment would be beneficial to the horse. Cullen Breeding thanks Nevele R for the management and care of the horse in recent years. Dancingonmoonlight is very excited to be given the opportunity and looking forward to standing the champion stallion. Christian Cullen will continue to serve mares on-farm only, continuing the practice that Nevele R Stud introduced. With full stallion and broodmare facilities Dancingonmoonlight is confident of the best possible in foal results. Christian Cullen’s service fee will remain unchanged at $9,000 + GST. All enquiries should be to Sara at Dancingonmoonlight Farm on 03 312 6864, mobile 021 237 4223 or email Ian Dobson Cullen Breeding

Melton harness racing debutante driver Tim Williams gave A Piccadilly Princess a brisk breather and then revved her up for a scintillating win in the Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks at Tabcorp Park Melton. The dip from the breeze to the box seat was described as “the winning move” by the connections of another Mark Purdon-trained Group 1 triumph, having overrun Emma Stewart’s super three-year-old filly Heavens Trend in the straight.  “It was a great performance,” Williams, 26, said of A Piccadilly Princess, who recorded a fifth straight victory and a seventh in 13 starts. “I’m privileged to be able to sit behind these horses with these colours on. I can’t thank Mark enough.” The filly by Bettor's Delight out of Hyde Park Royal had to earn the win. Flojos Gold flew out of the gates and was then crossed by Gavin Lang on Heavens Trend when they reached the back straight. As that was happening up front, down back Dancingwithsierra led A Piccadilly Princess three-wide, with the latter settling in the breeze outside Heavens Trend. “We got a good cart into it and that made a difference,” Williams said. There they remained through a 59.7 first half-mile before Lang stretched out on Heavens Trend in a 27.2 third quarter, with A Piccadilly Princess losing touch approaching the final bend and Williams dropping her on to the tail of the leader. “I thought I was in a wee bit of trouble,” Williams said. “It was a timely breather.” Having given more than a length, A Piccadilly Princess found new life down the straight, with the filly putting her nose in front at the 100m and advancing to win by 2.2m from Heavens Trend. Stewart’s other hope, Celebrity Guest, put in an enormous last 200m to draw from the pegs to the outside and storm home into third, relegating a resilient Dancingwithsierra to a close fourth. With some having flown in from Hong Kong for the race, a proud group of owners, including Simon Bradley, Michael Ward and Thomas Patterson, were on hand to accept the coveted Oaks. Patterson said Williams decision to provide their filly brief cover at the top of the straight may have made all the difference. “Coming around the bend we were a little concerned, but Tim was obviously confident he still had a little in her,” Patterson said. “He ducked in and I thought that the other one, Heavens Trend, had got away from us. But Mark and Nat and the team believe in what they have and Tim didn’t panic and it worked out and was probably the winning move.” Patterson said A Piccadilly Princess would return to Purdon’s New Zealand stable for a likely tilt at the New Zealand Oaks and a potential collision with stunning stablemate Our Dream About Me, who won the New South Wales Oaks. Cody Winnell    

Harness racing trainer Lance Justice has high hopes for filly Hu Hu R U despite bookmakers offering huge odds in early fixed price markets for Saturday night’s Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks Final. opened the Melton-trained filly $41 to win the $150,000 Group 1 three-year-old fillies’ classic despite the daughter of Jereme's Jet breaking 55 seconds and recording the fastest last half-mile behind Mark Purdon’s highly acclaimed A Piccadilly Princess in Oaks heat three last Friday night. Hu Hu R U has been ultra-impressive since arriving in Australia, the former Kiwi pacer's overall record an impressive 11 starts for seven wins and three minor placings. In last Friday night's heat, Hu Hu R U was taken off the arm from gate seven before storming home to run second, her last half recorded at 54.89secs and her last quarter at 27.45secs. “She’s got a really good turn of foot as you saw last week. She actually ran one of the quickest last halves of the night … she’s very, very quick,” Justice told RSN’s Gait Speed this morning. “She’s a very good horse. If she takes the next step she could potentially be the best,” he added. Hu Hu R U has drawn barrier 10 for the Oaks Final, giving Justice plenty to think about. Does he sit back and allow Hu Hu R U to close hard at the end, or will the one-one be up for grabs if he makes an early move? The one thing that is clear is Justice says the filly has pulled up a treat from her super first-up hit-out. “She’s pulled up really well and should improve a little bit more for Saturday night," he said. “Brian Gath  to his credit did a great job looking after her last week. He didn’t over-punish her.  Basically he chased her just on her own urgings.” The early money for the Oaks Final has been for Emma Stewart-trained Heavens Trend, who drew gate three. She opened $2.20 with and is into a $1.80 favourite, while opening favourite A Piccadilly Princess has eased from $1.80 out to $2.20. Both impressively won their heats. That pair stifles the betting with $11 chances Im Wrongly Accused from the Matthew Craven stable, also a heat winner, and Gary Hoban-trained Dancingwithsierra, who ran second in her heat behind Heavens Trend, on the next line. The Oaks is Race 7 (9.02pm) on Saturday night's 10-event program at Tabcorp Park Melton and carries a $20,000 First 4 jackpot with Cody Winnell 

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