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FIRST-season sires will be in the spotlight at this year’s Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be held at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 24. Former North American champion Captaintreacherous is the most famous name to appear in the list of new sires, with two yearlings to be offered on the day. Lot 68 is a bay filly, a half-sister to four winners including the Tasmanian Oaks winner Nickle Miss, nominated by Brian and Marilyn Gourley, River Murray Bloodstock, Cobram (Vic.). The second, Lot 117, is offered by Victoria’s Equine Reproduction Services - a bay colt out of the Artiscape mare Light In Every Day (1:53.2), a SA Ladyship winner and Breeders Crown placegetter. Another 'new boy' expected to make a big impact on the Australian stud scene is the USA 2YO Colt of the Year Artspeak, standing at Empire Stallions (Vic.). At the recent APG sale in Melbourne, seven Artspeak yearlings were sold to a top price of $25,000. His seven representatives in the Bathurst sale include a half-brother to Replaced Eye (1:52.5), a half-sister to Architecture (1:58.5), a half-sister to Soho Aphrodite (1:59.8) and five others in 2:00, a colt out of a daughter of Bathurst Gold Tiara winner The Kindly One and a filly out of a half-sister to the cup class pacer I Am Sam. Also on the first-season list is the Canadian champion Warrawee Needy, who has a single representative at the sale – Lot 97, a half-brother to the multiple Menangle winner Imthevillagestar (1:51.9). The sale will feature stock by perennial standout sires such as Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Somebeachsomewhere, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, American Ideal, Four Starzzz Shark, Sportswriter and Courage Under Fire and the emerging young sires He’s Watching, A Rocknroll Dance, Sunshine Beach, Auckland Reactor, Pet Rock, Betterthancheddar, Heston Blue Chip, Shoobee’s Place, Caribbean Blaster, Changeover, Lincoln Royal and Fly Like An Eagle.  Yearlings are eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, NSW Breeders Blue, Vicbred and Vicbred Platinum. Pedigrees can be viewed online at Click on 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale Catalogues can be requested from auctioneers Graeme Board & Company on phone 0408 636 273 or email the Bathurst Harness Racing Club.   Peter Wharton

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

The 2019 Allwood Stud Farm South Australian Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Harness Racing SA and SA BOTRA, will be held at the Magic Millions, Morphettvile on Sunday, starting at 12 noon. The sale will be preceded by the Mitavite Parade at 10am with renowned equine judge Tanya Chapman. The sale comprises 36 lots – 23 colts and 13 fillies - by 24 different stallions including the high-profile sires Bettor’s Delight, Somebeachsomewhere, Art Major and Captaintreacherous. Other well-known stallions include Rock N Roll Heaven, Western Terror, Roll With Joe, Four Starzzz Shark, Mr Feelgood, Shadow Play, A Rocknroll Dance, Auckland Reactor, Betterthancheddar, Changeover, Lincoln Royal and Village Jolt, and the exciting newcomers Heston Blue Chip, Follow The Stars, Hurrikane Kingcole and The Gold Ace. There’s close relatives to a string of top performers such as Stunin Cullen, Border Control, Fistfullofdollars, Gotanedge, Passions Delight, Village Of Dreams, Bella’s Delight, Saab, Endeared, Carvil’s Choice, Lauraella, Cornsilk, Ruffle My Feathers and many more. The sale includes entries from leading breeders in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia. Yearlings are eligible for the Group 1 $100,000 The Allwood to be held in February 2020. They are also eligible for the Southern Cross, Breeders Crown, Vicbred, NSW Breeders Challenge, Bathurst Gold Crown, Westbred and QBred. HRSA are accepting SAMOS vouchers valued up to $1600 for purchasers of fillies. Live streaming of the sale can be viewed on from noon. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at   Peter Wharton  

Terry Forster and Heather Lyttleton continue to pine for the trots and next month’s Australasian Premier Trotting Sale enables the retirees to fund their passion. The pair will be ever-present at the March 10 sale, offering two lots and continuing their affinity with the auction, where they have produced a sales topper and a prized purchase for owner Domenic Martello in Big Jack Hammer, winner of Saturday night’s Group 1 Hygain V L Dullard Cup. The win boosted Big Jack Hammer’s career stakes to $181,922, the third highest for a sale graduate behind Crusin Around ($209,642) and Endsino ($185,203), and was a second Group 1 for the gelding by The Pres out of Running Pinevale. “It was a real buzz and I had a few dollars on him as well, which pleased me,” Forster said. Now based in Queensland, the couple formerly operated Pinevale out of Bagshot north of Bendigo and maintain a handful of horses, a vocation funded in no small part by the sale. “The sale is a big part of it, it keeps the wheels turning,” Forster said. “The trotting is getting more competitive and stronger and stronger all the time. We still love the game, so we got others to watch over the horses.” In particular, Russell and Pauleine Thomson having been leading preparers for the Pinevale pair, including readying their two lots for this year’s sale, which returns to Inglis Salex Complex on March 10. Lot 22, by Love You out of Pinevale Ellason, is a chestnut colt who Forster said was “a really big boy and very strong”. “(Love You’s) very commercial and, as it turned out, he has the most in the sale, so obviously others think the same,” Forster said. Love You’s richest son Quaker Jet sired their other entrant, lot 33, who is out of Ruby Pinevale, a Skyvalley daughter of Pinevale Ellason. Ruby Pinevale, aged seven, last raced on July 1 2016 in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series four-year-old trot, where she finished seventh, just 8m share of the winner and a sale poster boy Endsino. The lots are a continuation of the couple’s breeding that stretches back to 1992 when they established their Pinevale property, inspired in part by Lyttleton’s successful ownership of the likes of 1989 Redwood Classic winner Kwik Kiwi. “We decided instead of buying a trotter we should breed our own,” Forster said. “We soon realised if you are going to breed you have to have really good mares, so we bought a couple from New Zealand and went from there.” Pinevale Ellason, now 17, was among their leading mares and had a successful racing career, amassing $72,300 in stakes including placing second in a 2008 Inter Dominion heat before a gallop proved costly in the final. Her progeny would include Duchess Ella ($126,934) and All Star Angus ($60,504), an Angus Hall colt who Mark Purdon snapped up for $28,000 at the 2014 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale. It was the sale’s second staging and the first the Pinevale team ventured into, having also been the year they listed lot 23. That colt was out of Running Pinevale, a winner of $100,618 including the 2004 Victoria Trotters Oaks, and by The Pres. He was snapped up for $22,000 and would become the aforementioned Big Jack Hammer. Since then Pinevale has been a regular fixture at the sale, returning in 2016 and producing the sale's topper, a colt by Majestic Son out of Pinevale Ellason who drew a bid of $47,000. He would become Kyvalley Frank, the Brent Lilley trained Need For Speed consolation winner and three-year-old Breeders Crown Silver trot placegetter who’s amassed $29,900 to date. In 2017 they produced a Majestic Son colt by Galleons Bliss who garnered a $20,000 bid and, now named Rigondeaux, is a lightly-raced three-year-old for young trots team Maddie Ray and Hayden Gray. Having been absent last year they return with two lots in 2019, maintaining their philosophy of keeping their fillies and selling their colts. The couple shares Graciella Pinevale with Rob Thompson and races three: Pinevale Minnaie, an unraced three-year-old filly with trainer Ross Graham, Pinevale Victoria, an unraced two-year-old filly with Chris Svanosio, and five-race winning Myrtle Vale, a five-year-old Skyvalley mare with a pacing bred dam (Valchelon) who they share with trainer Ivan Collison. It’s a racing class they hope will enjoy success on the track and then in the sale’s ring, enabling them to continue their trots devotion. “The trotting sale stands on its own now and was one of the best things that has happened to the trotting game,” Forster said. “Years gone by the people I mixed with all used to go to New Zealand to buy a trotter, now our trotters stand alone – they are as well bred as anything in New Zealand.” CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS YEAR’S LOTS AND FOR MORE SALE INFORMATION Michael Howard for Trots Media

The adrenaline kicked in, the hand kept going up and Tom Hogan walked away the much-coveted sale topper, whose talented family inspired the late bidding frenzy. The hammer dropped at $130,000 on lot 229 at Sunday’s Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne sale, when 250 lots were offered and sales averaged $32,713, up 16 per cent on the 2018 staging. It was a full-brother to brilliant Victorian filly Petacular who prompted the bidding war, the Durham Park bred Somebeachsomewhere colt catching the eye of Hogan and Clayton Tonkin, partner of trainer Emma Stewart. “Breeding was the main thing,” Hogan said. “Clayton and I had look at him, walked him up many times with his farrier and vet, and then went back and had another look at him. They couldn’t fault him. “His breeding, he has great conformation, he’s a yearling but you could have passed him off as a two-year-old. He was the clear pick of the sale. Clayton had no hesitation in recommending him.” His full-sister, Petacular, sadly had to be euthanised in November 2017 after breaking a cannon bone while spelling, prematurely ending a career that yielded 19 wins and $454,083 in stakes for trainer-driver Michael Stanley. “Petacular and Miss Graceland had some battles but she was number one,” Hogan said. “If she didn’t break down she would still be number one. It’s unfortunate she is gone early, she was going to be a household name. “We went overboard (at the sale), but that can happen when you are waiting two and a half hours. The adrenalin gets you going. I’m hoping for a big two-year-old season, because the family and friends are not going to be happy with me if I’m wrong.” His partner, Sue Murray, will hold 20 per cent of the horse while her brothers-in-law and their three sons will also grab a slice, the first time the latter trio have ventured into trots ownership. Hogan said former Bulldogs footballer Mark Hunter, Maori Time’s owner Fred Crews, Darryl Edwards, Russell Condie and John Wilkins would also be among those sharing in the colt’s career. “I’ve been going for the last 10 or 12 years and buying horses at the APG for family and friends and fitting them in and they all get a kick out of it,” Hogan said. “I’m really happy. All of the owners are excited, in footy terms they’ve walked away with a number one draft pick.” For a more modest $35,000 Hogan also snapped up a Bettors Delight colt by The Waratah, having the previous year brought his half-brother, who was sired by Art Major. “His brother will trial in three weeks and he goes all right,” Hogan said. “He’s the pick of the two two-year-olds we bought last year.” Durham Park also delivered the sales topping filly courtesy of an Art Major yearling out of dam Hawiian Hottie, a full-sister to gun two-year-old Kualoa ($176,760), who fetched $120,000. They stole the headlines but there were many dreams pursued on Sunday as owners chased the next big thing only a day after watching Tiger Tara claim the Del-Re National A. G. Hunter Cup. A Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Dreams Of Heaven drew $95,000, with his new owners hoping a similar career to full-brother Menin Gate, winner of $574,758. David Moran and Laura Crossland’s in-form stable was prolific purchasing four, including a $70,000 Captaintreacherous colt out of Always Target, a half-sister to Milly Perez, and a $50,000 Rock N Roll Heaven colt out of Timely Loch. The latter is a half-sister to Just Irish Lock, the dam of Rock N Roll Heaven filly Shez All Rock ($426,350), who had a breathtaking three-year-old season. 2016-17 Victorian VHRSC owner of the year Danny Zavitsanos swelled his stable with two purchases, including snapping up a Durham Park filly for $40,000. She is by American Ideal out of Camluck dam Magic Z Tam, a half-brother to Tam Major ($125,500). He also topped the bidding at $50,000 for a two-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere, who was the second foal out of Repelem, a half-sister to three-year-old Revolt. Fellow owner Kevin Riseley has enjoyed plenty of good horses and was drawn to Alabar’s Bettors Delight filly, who he purchased for $30,000. She is the second foal out of lightly raced Maid For You Lombo, a Sportswriter mare who’s dam was none other than Tailamade Lombo, winner of $1.3 million The Go Racing Syndicate, which has the likes of Cant Refuse, Hectorjayjay and King Of Swing among its number, put the hand up for a Rock N Roll Heaven filly whose dam, Manellira, is out of Amarillen. The latter’s foals include Nostra Beach ($236,080), Miss Graceland ($224,458), Villagem ($626,585) and Pixel Perfect. While Pixel Perfect was unraced, all five of her foals produced six-figure stakes including Soho Tribecca ($1,103,374) and Carlas Pixel ($475,128). Justin Baker was again prolific at the sales, with his purchases including $80,000 for a Somebeachsomewhere filly out of Perfect Life. Part of Peter Gleeson and Bruce and Craig Cameron’s lines, the filly was a half-sister to two-time Southern Cross Series winner That’s Perfect. The dam, Perfect Life, is a half to Beauty Secret ($425,921) and Major Secret ($464,872). Barker also paid $75,000 for an American Ideal colt out of Smouldering Desire, with the dam a half-sister to Inter Dominion and Hunter Cup winner Smolda. Also prominent were New South Wales based trainers, with Tim Butt, Rickie Alchin, John McCarthy, Blake Fitzpatrick and James Rattray each snapping up lots sired by Captaintreacherous among their purchases. Rhiannon Park mare Slip Slop Slap produced reigning Victorian Horse of the Year Jilliby Kung Fu ($526,710) in 2012 and so her Captaintreacherous colt attracted $70,000. A key juvenile rival of Jilliby Kung Fu was Our Little General whose half-sister, Someone To Love, had A Rockndoll Dance colt sell for $44,000. Florida-based Victorian trots owner Marc Hanover and Gordon Banks purchased lots 130 ($41,000) and 135 ($78,000), the latter a Captaintreacherous colt out of The Baggy Green, a winner of $108,700 in race stakes, whose dam was multiple Breeders Crown winner Lady Waratah. The Kiwis were also prevalent. Mark Purdon snapped up a Bettors Delight colt, out of Arivee, for $45,000 and an Art Major filly, out of Almihata, for $25,000. And Cran Dalgety spent $60,000 on a Bettors Delight colt, out of Breeze On Bronski, and $70,000 on a Bettors Delight filly out of Glenferrie Diva, who is a half-sister to Foreclosure ($807,746).   Michael Howard for Trots Media

Birdwood horsewoman Mandy Pascoe is a dab hand at preparing yearlings for the annual sales. A member of one of South Australia’s best known trotting families, Mandy has won awards for Best Presented Colt and Filly at the Tasmanian yearling sales and has won plaudits from keen judges for her preparation of yearlings in Melbourne and Adelaide. “I’ve always been very passionate about the breeding side of the Industry,” Mandy said. “I love watching the youngsters transition from a gangly foal into a mature racehorse.  I get a lot of satisfaction from the yearlings, too.” Mandy and her husband, Scott, conduct Ningana Park, an 80 acre training and breeding property at Birdwood in the Adelaide hills which formerly played host to the successful stallions Bad Bert, Tibet, Kawartha Robust, Vanston Hanover, Slug Of Jin and Aberdeen. Nowadays Scott, who has trained and driven more than 500 winners including the SA Horse of the Year and Victoria Ladyship Cup winner Carvil’s Choice, Aberdeen, Awesome Garry and China Blue, is training only a small team as well as breeding from three broodmares. The couple’s oldest daughter, Samantha, 21, is a successful junior driver with three winners and 26 placings from only 70 drives, while her sister, Jessica, 17, is a devotee of Western riding. Mandy has been involved with horses for most of her life, having started driving trackwork and helping out at the stables of Marshall Steer and Barry Forrest at the weekends and during school holidays. While Mandy still helps Scott with their racing team, she has been heavily involved with preparing five well-bred yearlings – four colts and a filly - for the Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale over the last two months. “I’m very happy with all of them. It’s quite a nice draft; there’s something there for everybody,” Mandy said. Mandy is preparing two colts for former Harness Racing SA boss Mark Carey. “The colt out of Holla has a huge amount of presence. He’s a very classy individual,” Mandy said. “The one of Majeur Le Crest is really well developed with heaps of topside. He’s the complete package.” The Holla colt, by the former NZ and Australian 2YO of the Year Follow The Stars, is Lot 7, while the Majeur Le Crest colt, by the USA 3YO Colt of the Year Heston Blue Chip, is Lot 11. She has two colts from prominent Gosford (NSW) breeder-owner Michael Taylor in her yearling barn. “The colt out of Tiabamba is a big, rangy fellow, while the colt from Spirit Of Fun is really long striding with a great action and a good attitude,” Mandy said. The Tiabamba colt (Lot 2) is by last season’s leading first crop sire A Rocknroll Dance, and the Spirit Of Fun colt (Lot 33) is a product of champion sire Rock N Roll Heaven. Mandy is also preparing a filly by Million Dollar Cam from the successful Safely Kept mare Kiss Me Monty for Adelaide enthusiast Jack Panagiotou. “She’s a very strong, well developed and mature filly,” Mandy stated. The five yearlings are all eligible for The Allwood, Southern Cross and Vicbred. The 2019 Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale will be held -on Sunday, February 10, starting at 12 noon at the Magic Millions complex, Morphettville. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at , and Peter Wharton

UP, UP and away (hopefully to the winners’ circle) is the best way to describe the results of last weekend’s Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Brisbane. With a tremendous depth in quality yearlings on offer, the sale’s average increased, gross turnover is up and interstate interest was at a level never seen before! The lots averaged $18,593 which represents an increase of eight per cent on the previous year, while gross turnover is up four per cent on 2018 – a figure which is set to rise during the coming fortnight as buyers purchase some of the lots which were passed in. New South Wales buyers were the most active with more than half the sold lots heading south. Prominent horseman Tim Butt purchased the top priced colt and filly for a combined total of $91,000. Butt parted with $55,000 for a son of Captaintreacherous and Forever Gold and $36,000 for Roll With Joe and Save Me Christian’s daughter. “The most pleasing aspect of Sunday’s Sale was our ability to attract interstate buyers,” APG General Manager David Boydell said. “They were all keen to take advantage of the additional earning opportunities available to Brisbane Sale horses courtesy of APG’s $100,000 Albion Park Sales Race and the outstanding QBred For Life bonus scheme. “Over 50 per cent of all sales were to New South Wales buyers, headed by the likes of Tim Butt, Robbie Morris, Josh Farrugia, Chris Frisby and Tumby Park, whilst Matt Craven was also active, purchasing one and missing out on a couple of others. “Overall, it was a really positive start to the sales season. There was good money available for quality horses, and this was reflected in both our sales averages and our gross turnover. “Looking forward to next year, we would like to look at ways to generate more buying activity from local owners and trainers, and we probably also need to work through a few issues with the reserves, because there were a few horses this year that had reserves on them that were higher than I’d like to see and which would have exceeded many buyers expectations.” A list of results, including a list of those passed and their reserves, is available on the APG website by clicking here Anyone wishing to place an offer on a passed in Lot can do so by clicking on the “Make An Offer” link on the results page, or by phoning John Coffey on 0418 500 211. APG Media

January select mixed harness racing sale just completed at The Meadowlands saw the top price of $152,000 paid for Lot 110, Southwind Tesla, a Chapter Seven mare that was bought by Atlantic Trot, Inc as Agent, the consignor Preferred Equine, Inc. was the seller. Other $100,000 plus sales were; Lot 118, Babes Dig Me sold to Rich Banca for $120,000         Babes Dig Me Lot 120, Captain Deo going to William Hart for $115,000 Captain Deo Lot 152, Clouseau Hanover to Thomas Pollack for $112,000 Lot 160, Maroma Beach to Adriano Sorella for $140,000 Lot 168, The Wayfaring Man to Allard Racing, Inc. $100,000 The Wayfaring Man  For full results click here.

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