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It is with great sincerity that we say farewell to Bruce Barlass at the end of this month. An industry veteran himself, Bruce has dedicated over 40 years of service to New Zealand harness racing, transitioning effortlessly into the New Zealand Bloodstock environment nearly three years ago. Initially starting out as an accountant for BNZ, Bruce made the move to track life early on in his career and over some 35 plus years, along with Peter Lagan, he forged the shape of standardbred sales. Complimented by a group of dedicated staff, under his management he has witnessed extraordinary changes to the trading of horses. From manually writing pedigrees, developing a standardbred database through to helping implement NZB's first-ever online standardbred auction. The establishment of the Sales Race incentive series, now known as the Harness Million, a definite highlight of his career. I would like to personally acknowledge the expertise Bruce capably brought with him to his advisory role in NZB Standardbred. His knowledge has proven invaluable, not only to NZB but to the wider industry body. I first meet Bruce in the 1990's when he established the sale in the North Island that was held at Karaka. From that time we have worked closely together to run auctions in both islands. I have always admired his integrity, appreciated his council and enjoyed our mutual friendship. Bruce confidently adapted to any situation he was thrown into. He actively puts others before himself and is a highly valued member of our team. We will sorely miss his great eye for detail and zealous personality. Bruce has served on the New Zealand Sires Stakes Board for 30 years and has been Treasurer of the board for the last 20. The late Wayne Francis asked him to take over his previous roll and we wish him all the best in this role and his future endeavours, wherever they may be. We, along with all of the New Zealand harness racing industry, take this opportunity to offer an immense thank you to him for the remarkable contribution he has made to the standardbred industry. Following Bruce's departure, we will continue to function under the same operational structure. With extensive teams in Auckland, the Waikato, South Island and internationally, NZB Standardbred will remain focused on the core business of selling horses. James Jennings Director & Operations Manager NZB Standardbred

With the move to host New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred's All Age Sale via gavelhouse.com Standardbred in May, the site's April sale will be the last chance for sellers to offer harness racing mixed stock until June. The site has been running monthly online auctions for six months now and is closing in on having sold 100 horses via the site for over $280,000 and a top price to date of $25,000. On the uptake of the concept to date gavelhouse.com General Manager Haylie Martin commented "We are fairly pleased with how the site is tracking however there's still work to do around getting vendors to present their horses in the best possible manner while setting realistic reserves. "We went through the same process when we launched our thoroughbred auctions in April 2016 and what transpired over time was that when the majority of vendors adopted the unreserved approach and let their stock find their true market value, the auctions really gained traction. "We understand the costs involved in getting horses on the ground and educated and ideally want to see our vendors recoup them, however at times this is not always achievable. This is a great tool for those looking to cut costs in a timely and inexpensive manner. "At vendors' disposal is the knowledgeable NZB Standardbred team for those who are looking for advice on valuing their stock or guidance as to how to best present them for sale," said Martin. Entries for the gavelhouse.com Standardbred April auction are due online by 7pm Wednesday 22 April and it will be launched at 5pm Thursday 23 April with bidding closing starting with Lot 1 at 7pm on Wednesday 29 April. Meanwhile the catalogue for the All Age Sale is currently online at NZB Standardbred's site to allow purchasers plenty of time to do their homework. Bidding on the sale will open on gavelhouse.com Standardbred on Wednesday 20 May and close from 5pm on Wednesday 27 May. gavelhouse.com also announced on Thursday that they will launch an additional, enhanced site to their stable of services in May. Named Gavelhouse Plus, it will be used for one-off high profile auctions that can be run at any stage outside their traditional standardbred and thoroughbred auctions. To discuss your Standardbred selling options contact Cam Bray 021 737 199 or cam.bray@nzb.co.nz  

Harness racing breeding boffins may well have been overheard saying “here we go again” after watching the Rangiora trials on Tuesday. Within the results page the name “Karmic Delight” a handy  1 1/4 length winner may have caught the eye, not for the way in which she won, but through the mere fact that she’s from the womb of a daughter of Waihemo Rainship.   A Soky’s Atom mare Waihemo Rainship started her racing career for Paul Kerr. After a handful of starts training duties were given to Jeff Whittaker and success followed soon thereafter with a 2nd place in the Northern Oaks and a 4th to Party Party in the Group 1 Fillies Series Final. The latter part of her racing career was spent in the care of Doug Gale where a consistent and winning form-line was carved out including a 4th in the Group 1 NZ Messenger behind Agua Caliente. For all her achievements on the track it’s as a broodmare that Waihemo Rainship and her daughters have really left their mark.         Notable performers out of Waihemo Rainship include the Waikato Guineas winner and Group 2 Elsu Classic runner-up West Coast Anvil, the Doug Gale trained Black Chevron who amassed eight wins while in New Zealand and has a sub 1.52 mile rate to his name in North America, Anvils Revival who has no less than 27 wins over Australasia and the United States based flyer Tempest Anvil. Karmic Delight Daughters of Waihemo Rainship continue to produce great results in the broodmare paddock as well with Bettor B Chevron (21 wins,$290,000) Anvils Delight (sub 1.55) and Speed Man ($190,000 earner in Australia) all out of In The Pocket mare Waihemo Anvil while Anvil On Fire (9 wins, $81,000 stakes) has produced the now Australian based Karmic Fire, a sub 1.54 mile winner at Menangle.         The Waihemo Rainship family will be represented once again at the 2020 New Zealand Standardbred Yearling Sale in the form of “Always B Bella” . Lot 76 is a filly to be offered by Breckon Farms. By the fastest standardbred of all time Always B Miki “Always B Bella” is out of Bella Anvil a Christian Cullen mare who raced sparingly out of the Nigel Mcgrath stable notching up a maiden win and two placings from just the six starts. The filly has some big hooves to fill but you get the impression she’ll be at short odds to continue the strong family history of success.  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: www.nzbstandardbred.co.nz or email rachel.deegan@nzb.co.nz.

In 2019, New Zealand Bloodstock will host its first dual code auction event of thoroughbred and standardbred horses at the Canterbury Agricultural Park on 29 April. The South Island Sale of thoroughbred yearlings and mixed bloodstock, along with the Standardbred Yearling, Weanling and All Age Sale, will merge into a one-day Sale that will see thoroughbreds go under the hammer first, followed by standardbreds. “NZB is committed to the ongoing success of dedicated Christchurch-based Sales, and it is evident that synergies exist between the two codes, particularly in the South Island,” commented NZB Managing Director Andrew Seabrook. “Given that both Sales are held around the same time, in the same location, combining the two sale days into one makes sense. “We are confident this will best serve all participants, with vendors benefiting from presenting their horses to an increasing number of cross code buyers.” The Sales will remain catalogued and promoted independently, with the hospitality and increase in number of horses available for inspection adding to the overall atmosphere at the venue – a key selling point for South Island breeders and vendors. Standardbred weanlings and yearlings offered at the Sale are eligible to be nominated for the Harness Million Series administered by the N.Z. Sires’ Stakes Board. To nominate your bloodstock for the 2019 Standardbred Yearling, Weanling and All Age Sale, please download an entry form from the NZB Standardbred website, click here. Alternatively, you can request an entry form from Rachel.deegan@nzb.co.nz.

The catalogue assembled for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2019 National Standardbred Yearling Sale is exploding with black-type, including 56 lots that are siblings to harness racing Group One winners and 19 lots that are the progeny of Group One-winning dams. Sensational dual hemisphere sires Bettor’s Delight and Art Major are key influencers among the catalogue with 17 lots catalogued by Bettor’s Delight, and 11 by Art Major, among the siblings of Group One winners. A similar story is told with the progeny of Group One-winning dams featuring six lots catalogued by Bettor’s Delight and five lots by Art Major. Altogether, Bettor’s Delight will have an incredible 44 lots catalogued at the Sale who are siblings to stakes performers and 17 lots that are the progeny of stakes-winning dams. Art Major will be represented by 25 lots that are siblings to performers and nine lots that are from stakes-winning dams. Only $300,000 separates the progeny of Captaintreacherous and Sweet Lou at the top of the USTA 2YO Sires Premiership with Somebeachsomewhere a further $300,000 back in third position. This Sale will feature Captaintreacherous’ first New Zealand crop and Sweet Lou’s second crop. Captaintreacherous will have two siblings to stakes performers and three yearlings out of stakes-winning dams, while Sweet Lou will be represented by four yearlings that are siblings of stakes performers and three lots that are the progeny of stakes-winning dams. Somebeachsomewhere, who took out the 2017 USTA Sires Premiership, will have seven yearlings that are siblings to stakes performers and six that are out of stakes-winning dams. Roll With Joe was taken off the market last year due to fertility issues, so this could well be his last yearlings in New Zealand to go under the hammer. Among his 2019 draft is a three-quarter brother to New Zealand, Australian and American star performer Bit of a Legend. Other pacing sires to feature on the list of relations to stakes performers include American Ideal (4), Auckland Reactor (2), He's Watching (5), Mach Three (3), Rock N Roll Heaven (9), Sportswriter (7) and Terror To Love (1). Sensational sire in America, Muscle Hill, has six yearlings entered in February, including relatives to I Can Doosit, High Gait and (Our) Twentyten while Muscle Mass has 11 yearlings entered at the Sale, 10 of them at the Christchurch Sale. Majestic Son was named New Zealand’s Leading Sire of Trotters last season and will be represented by nine yearlings, eight of them going through the sale ring in Christchurch. The results of French-based Love You’s genetics being spread over two hemispheres has led him to be named New Zealand’s Leading Sire of Trotters twice. His first commercial crop will be on offer in New Zealand at the Sale with 16 yearlings catalogued, including two siblings to Group One winners. The second crop of trotting yearlings by Andover Hall in New Zealand will go under the hammer in February. The US Trotting Colt of the Year at two years of age, and a world champion at three, will have two colts at the Sale, including a half-brother to Group One winner Kahdon. The full brother to Andover Hall, Angus Hall, will also have representation at the Sale with three lots catalogued, including a half-brother to Group One winner King Denny. European stallion Orlando Vici will have one, well-related yearling catalogued in February. The colt is a half-brother to two Group One winners in Stent and (My) Arya, and is out of the Group One NZ Trotting Derby runner-up Belle Galleon. Gun trotting sire Pegasus Spur is the sire of Australasia’s fastest female and male trotters. Also the sire of reigning Trotter of the Year Speeding Spur, Pegasus Spur will have four yearlings catalogued in February, including a three-quarter brother to multiple Group One winner on both sides of the Tasman Speeding Spur. Click here to view all Pacing and Trotting siblings to stakes performers. Click here to view all Pacing and Trotting progeny of stakes performers. Overall, the 2019 National Standardbred Yearling Sale will see 144 lots go through the ring that are siblings to stakes performers as well as 55 lots that are the progeny of stakes-winning dams. View the catalogue online, click here for Auckland Lots and here for Christchurch Lots. To make sure you’re on NZB’s mailing list and to request a catalogue, click here or call +64 9 298 0055. For travel and accommodation information, and to make a booking, contact Rachel.Deegan@nzb.co.nz or call her on +64 3 381 0141. Click on link for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2019 National Standardbred Yearling Sale

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