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With the government’s announcement that the country is to go into lock-down due to the COVID-19 virus, NZB Standardbred has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 All Age Sale, scheduled to be held at Karaka on Monday 4 May. “With the recent developments that affect the entire country it is clear that we cannot operate public auctions at this time” commented Director and Operations Manager, James Jennings. “It is important to provide clarity for vendors and buyers during this period of uncertainty, with the intention of having a viable alternative to sell weanlings and other stock within the usual trading period on our subsidiary online auction platform gavelhouse.com. “Making the call now will allow a timeframe for adaption to the platform and for promotion of the online sale.” At this stage, gavelhouse.com will go ahead with their upcoming auctions, however there will be some factors to bear in mind as the COVID-19 situation is progressing rapidly. The next online auction for gavelhouse.com Standardbred will be 27 May with entries due by 20 May. For more information or to enter your stock in the gavelhouse.com online auction, visit https://standardbred.gavelhouse.com/.    

The latest gavelhouse.com Standardbred auction is online now with 23 Lots entered including yearlings, two-year-olds, racehorses and empty and in-foal broodmares.  Bidding is set to close, starting with Lot 1, from 7pm on Wednesday 30 March. Bidding tips Make sure you're registered and your account is set up properly well before the auction is set to close.  Each auction will auto-extend by adding extra time on if a bid is placed in the final 30 seconds. This will happen indefinitely until no further bids are placed and will also add more time onto each of the subsequent Lots.  Use auto-bids to take the stress out of the final countdown and use the refresh button to make sure your page is keeping up with the live auction. If you have any questions about the bidding process please call 09 296 4436 VIEW FULL CATALOGUE Featured Lots Lot 3 THE BIG DANCE A Rocknroll Dance filly from a two win Art Major mare who is a half-sister to recent Western Australian Pacing Cup (Gr.1) winner Mighty Conqueror. Offrered for sale as she did not make reserve at the yearling sale but this has now been adjusted and is circa the service fee.  Sire: A Rocknroll Dance Dam: Danse Macabre Seller: Maverick Location: Christchurch VIEW ONLINE Lot 5 DENIM  A well-bred two-year-old filly by Art Major from the family of Gr.1 New Zealand Cup winner Cruz Bromac. She has been broken in and had one prep and is reported to have worked down to 2.09 for a mile.  Sire: Art Major Dam: Cullens Counsel Seller: Maverick Location: Christchurch VIEW ONLINE Lot 7 FUTURA EASTON  A winner of three from 2000m to 2600m and over $23,000, Futura Easton is by Vantage Master and from the Holmes Hanover mare Joyful Holmes. Well graded, his connections feel a change of scenery would do him good. Well priced for a quick sale. Sire: Vintage Master Dam: Joyful Holmes Seller: Lucus135 Location: Canterbury VIEW ONLINE Lot 20 SLINKY BROMAC A three-in-one package featuring the two-win mare Slinky Bromac with a Rock N Roll Heaven filly at foot and back in foal to the sire. A black print winner herself, Slinky Bromac has produced the black print winner Sketching. Sire: Live Or Die Dam: Shy Melvin Seller: apples Location: Milton VIEW ONLINE Lot 22 TIFFANY BROMAC  A three-in-one package featuring a daughter of the outstanding black print mare Tandias Courage. She has a muscular Captaintreacherous filly at foot and is in foal Always B Mikki.  Sire: Rocknroll Hanover Dam: Tandias Courage Seller: apples Location: Milton VIEW ONLINE      

Off the back of a record-breaking online Thoroughbred sale yesterday where the Savabeel mare Hasahalo sold for $670,000, there is just over one day before entries for this month's gavelhouse.com Standardbred auction are due. With eight monthly auctions having beein conducted for Standardbreds on the gavelhouse.com platform, the site has been a valuable addition to the trading landscape with horses selling for up to $25,000 to date and entries due online by 7pm tomorrow, Wednesday 18 March. There are two steps for new users to enter horses including registering their user account and then following the simple, self-service process to enter each horse. The catalogue will be launched at 5pm on Thursday 19 March with the auction running through until 7pm Wednesday 25 March and future auction dates available by following the link. A standard entry fee is $125 + GST however you can increase your listing's exposure by choosing a featured listing for $200 + GST. This will ensure your horse's inclusion in an email newsletter to our comprehensive industry database plus sponsored social media posts. Each listing may have up to five photos plus video footage and in a major coup for the Standardbred industry, Arion pedigrees and race results automatically pull through to gavelhouse.com listings. New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred agent Cam Bray is the main point of contact and can be contacted on +64 21 737 199. gavelhouse.com resources   How to make the most of your opportunity to sell your horse by taking good photos. Guide to buying bloodstock online. Businesses looking to promote themselves via display advertising on the site may contact Haylie Martin via +64 22 637 8127 for more information.     gavelhouse.com Standardbred  

Victorian breeder Shannon Nixon has publicly announced the reserves on his two beautifully bred Art Major colts he has assigned at this Sundays Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale to be held at Magic Millions Complex Morphettville.   Nixon via twitter announced that Lot 12 a colt by Art Major out of Lincoln Party Girl has a reserve of just $15,000. Lincoln Beach Girl was a high-class juvenile in West Australia having been placed at Group level as a two-year-old and is from the family of this Time Franco New Zealand’s 2 and 3 year- old filly of her season.   Nixon other lot (25) Art Major - The Stunning One Nixon‘s reserve is just $25,000.   This colt is The Stunning One’s, who was a three time winner, first foal and she is a half-sister to Country Cup’s King Phoenix Prince. This stunning colts third dam is Sans Pariel twice voted Victorian Broodmare of the Year   Lot 25   Art Major - The Stunning One   We wanted everyone to understand these colts are for genuine sale Nixon claimed via Twitter.   Both colts are eligible for Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, TheAllwood and if they are purchased by 75% South Australian ownership can be made eligible for the Southern Cross.   Why not head down to the sales complex either Saturday or get there early Sunday to inspect these two great types youn wont be disappointed.   The Hygain yearling parade starts at 10am and the first yearling will go under auctioneer Simon Jones hammer at 12.05pm.       Gary Newton

The good news for vendors at the Karaka standardbred sale on Monday is even when Kiwis have been losing this summer, they have been winning. Harness racing's sales week starts with a parade at Karaka tomorrow before the northern sale on Monday followed by two days of selling in Christchurch. It will be the second year of harness sales for New Zealand Bloodstock since they opened their standardbred division and quickly cornered the market, winning rave reviews last year for their promotion and the streamlining of the sales series payments for what is now known as the Harness Millions. But why they were still getting their feet under the table last season, NZBS has had longer to prepare for next week's sales and as they did with the recent thoroughbred sales they have heavily targeted the Australian market. And they have had plenty of help on the racetrack. Kiwi-bred horses have dominated every facet of Australian harness racing in the last 12 months, even when our best have not turned up or even been beaten. New Zealand quinellaed the Miracle Mile last season, had great success at the Breeders Crown with a smaller than usual team and even though many of the big guns were beaten at the recent Victorian carnival still almost every major race was won by if not a New Zealand-trained horse, one bred and often raced here before being sold. Even when Australian-trained horses won the Hunter Cup (King Of Swing) and the Great Southern Star (Tornado Valley) at Melton two weeks ago, both started their careers here so are an equine advertisement for our breeders' superiority. New Zealand-bred horses won 64 group one races in Australia alone last season. Even the most bias Australian harness racing fan only has to scan their local fields, particularly the better races, to see the NZ attached to so many names to realise why so many Australian trainers, and many of their biggest-spending owners, will be coming to New Zealand tomorrow. "We have definitely targeted that market and I am confident there will be even more Australians here than last year," says NZBS boss Andrew Seabrook. "The results our horses have recorded in Australia have been incredible, and that is right across the spectrum from young horses to the Cups and Inter Dominions and of course the Miracle Mile." The quality of stock won't be a problem, with sales and racetrack king Bettors Delight leading the world class stallions on show while over 90 lots offered this week are either out of group race winning dams or dams who have left group race winners. The mild winter and brilliant summer of the last few months have been perfect horse growing weather and reports from our leading trainers suggest their are plenty of well-developed yearlings while some of the lesser commercial families that were hanging on a decade ago have disappeared from the catalogue. While repeating last year's huge results at Karaka would be a win, bettering them may be difficult because it was so strong. But the standardbred industry looks in for a good week. Standardbred sales Monday: Karaka sale, first lot at 11am, coverage starts at 10.45am. Tuesday: Parade and then all-trotters sale in Christchurch starting at 4pm. Wednesday: Pacing sale starting at 11am. Watch: All sales will be shown live on Freeview Channel 200 as well as www.nzbstandardbred.co.nz   By Michael Guerin

The catalogue for the 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale – the harness racing sale that has produced the Inter Dominion and Hunter Cup runner-up Our Uncle Sam and numerous classic winners in recent years – is now available online and in hard copy. In total, 91 yearlings have been catalogued for the sale to be conducted by Graeme Board and Company at Bathurst Harness Racing Club on Sunday, March 22 at 11am. Progeny of 36 sires such as leading lights Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Mach Three, American Ideal, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, Sportswriter and Sweet Lou are included as well as progeny of first season sires of the calibre of Always B Miki, Betting Line and Bling It On. All yearlings catalogued are eligible for entry into the Bathurst Sale Graduate race with heat and finals for colts and fillies in April 2021. They are also eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, NSW Breeders Blue, Bathurst Gold Crown, Breeders Crown, Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum, QBred and SA Southern Cross. To request a catalogue, email gboard@bobbery.com.au or call or text Graeme Board on 0408 636 273. The online catalogue can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Peter Wharton For Graeme Board & Company    

Eight current and past Empire Stallions sires will have yearlings going through the sale ring at Inglis Oaklands on Sunday - a great opportunity for harness racing buyers to secure terrific race horses and outstanding bloodlines. SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE World's most prolific pacing sire with North American progeny earnings over $131M including 17 millionaires and 13 World Champions BETTING LINE A double World Champion and Bettor's Delight's fastest ever son with a world record in the Little Brown Jug & winner of the $1M North America Cup CAPTAINTREACHEROUS World's leading sire from first two crops to race - an incredible 147 winners of $14.2M from 178 starters FOUR STARZZZ SHARK Sire of 285 individual winners of over $17.7M including Australian champions Lennytheshark & Frith HESTON BLUE CHIP American Ideal's richest son and USA 3YO Colt of the Year - first two US crops to race secured over $2M in earnings WELL SAID Sensational international sire with worldwide progeny earnings of over $45M WESTERN TERROR A proven super sire with worldwide progeny earnings of over $105M including 12 millionaires and 449 in 1:55 or faster PET ROCK Triple world champion with first two crops in Australia securing over $1.3M in earnings already You can access the entire catalogue through the APG Logo at the bottom of the email or click on each photo for the individual's pedigree - below is a listing of the outstanding colts and fillies available by our exceptional stallions, including the first lot of Betting Line yearlings to go under the hammer in the south.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lot 53 - WELL SAID filly (from Bettors Delight mare)                                                                                             Lot 59 - PET ROCK colt (from Jereme's Jet mare)                                                                                             Lot 65 - BETTING LINE filly (from Art Major mare)                                                                                             Lot 68 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Courage Under Fire mare)                                                                                             Lot 78 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Denver Gift mare)                                                                                             Lot 81 - BETTING LINE colt (from Armbro Operative mare)                                                                                             Lot 87 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Art Major mare)                                                                                             Lot 90 - BETTING LINE colt (from Grinfromeartoear mare)                                                                                             Lot 93 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Fake Left mare)                                                                                             Lot 98 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Art Major mare)                                                                                             Lot 107 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Bettors Delight mare)                                                                                             Lot 115 - PET ROCK colt (from Four Starzzz Shark mare)                                                                                             Lot 119 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Live or Die mare)                                                                                             Lot 121 - BETTING LINE filly (from Mach Three mare)                                                                                             Lot 124 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE filly (from Courage Under Fire mare)                                                                                             Lot 128 - PET ROCK filly (from Courage Under Fire mare)                                                                                             Lot 134 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK filly (from American Ideal mare)                                                                                             Lot 144 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK filly (from Badlands H anover mare)                                                                                             Lot 149 - PET ROCK filly (from Mach Three mare)                                                                                             Lot 151 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE filly (from Bettors Delight mare)                                                                                             Lot 159 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Live Or Die mare)                                                                                             Lot 169 - WELL SAID filly (from Camluck mare)                                                                                             Lot 171 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Bettors Delight mare)                                                                                             Lot 178 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK colt (from Armbro Operative mare)                                                                                             Lot 186 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Bettors Delight mare)                                                                                             Lot 191 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Troublemaker mare)                                                                                             Lot 206 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Dream Away mare)                                                                                             Lot 214 - BETTING LINE filly (from McArdle mare)                                                                                             Lot 222 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Cams Card Shark mare)                                                                                             Lot 233 - BETTING LINE colt (from Artsplace mare)                                                                                             Lot 236 - WELL SAID colt (from Aces N Sevens mare)                                                                                             Lot 242 - BETTING LINE colt (from Life Sign mare)                                                                                             Lot 247 - BETTING LINE filly (from Perfect Art mare)                                                                                             Lot 250 - BETTING LINE colt (from Christian Cullen mare)                                                                                                                                                                                         Lot 57 - BETTING LINE gelding (from Trump Casino mare)                                                                                             Lot 62 - WESTERN TERROR filly (from Torado Hanover mare)                                                                                             Lot 66 - BETTING LINE colt (from Safely Kept mare)                                                                                             Lot 70 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE filly (from Art Major mare)                                                                                             Lot 79 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE filly (from Art Major mare)                                                                                             Lot 86 - HESTON BLUE CHIP colt (from Badlands Hanover mare)                                                                                             Lot 89 - BETTING LINE colt (from Rock N Roll Heaven mare)                                                                                             Lot 92 - WELL SAID filly (from Bettors Delight mare)                                                                                             Lot 95 - PET ROCK filly (from What's Next mare)                                                                                             Lot 103 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Christian Cullen mare)                                                                                             Lot 112 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Western Ideal mare)                                                                                             Lot 117 - BETTING LINE filly (from Blissfull Hall mare)                                                                                             Lot 120 - BETTING LINE colt (from American Ideal mare)                                                                                             Lot 123 - BETTING LINE filly (from Island Fantasy mare)                                                                                             Lot 127 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from McArdle mare)                                                                                             Lot 131 - WELL SAID colt (from Crouch mare)                                                                                             Lot 138 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Armbro Operative mare)                                                                                             Lot 146 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK colt (from Western Hanover mare)                                                                                             Lot 150 - WESTERN TERROR colt (from Four Starzzz Shark mare)                                                                                             Lot 154 - BETTING LINE colt (from Courage Under Fire mare)                                                                                             Lot 168 - BETTING LINE colt (from Falcon Seelster mare)                                                                                             Lot 170 - BETTING LINE filly (from Astreos mare)                                                                                             Lot 172 - PET ROCK colt (from Modern Art mare)                                                                                             Lot 185 - PET ROCK colt (from Art Major mare)                                                                                             Lot 187 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK colt (from Live Or Die mare)                                                                                             Lot 205 - 

Intense, nerve-racking, difficult, rewarding and satisfying. Those are the various stages of Kath McIntosh’s yearling operation. A Kyabram-based vet who is also the secretary of Harness Breeders Vic, McIntosh has prepared 12 youngsters for Sunday’s Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sale in Melbourne, with the crew consisting of eight fillies and four colts. With several born on McIntosh’s property, the intense moments have been part of the journey from the outset. “When the mare is foaling it can get quite intense as you want to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible for mum and bub,” McIntosh said. “Then as you interact more with the foals you soon learn of their different personalities and quirks which is always interesting.” As the hours countdown to the Sale, McIntosh admits she has entered the nerve-racking stage...which ultimately equates to restless nights. McIntosh’s frame of mind stems from her desire to see the yearlings fetch good prices for their breeders. “We are getting picked up at 6am tomorrow morning and heading down to the sales complex,” McIntosh said. “I’m that nervous I have barely slept all week. “This is the first time we’ve done yearlings of this quantity. During the off season we built a big barn to increase our operation. “We’ve been very fortunate to have some top quality on paper and I hope that’s the way buyers see them. “Buyers are welcome to come and inspect them at any stage once we are settled in at the sales complex.” McIntosh will then enter the rewarding and difficult zones. “The rewarding part of what we do is seeing them from foals to the sale and fetching a good price,” McIntosh said. “But it will be difficult seeing them go. “I’m looking forward to seeing them develop into the athletes they can be. “That’s what I love about what I do…care for them as a vet or breeder, foaling down, preparing them for their new homes and helping them along their journey to be the best they can. “Seeing them fulfil their potential and winning is very satisfying.” Reluctant to select her favourite of the dozen yearlings, McIntosh finally admitted one was her ‘pet’ after being coerced into an answer. “The Sugarland colt was foaled on farm and has always been a standout,” McIntosh said. By Art Major, the colt – which is a half-brother to Hurricane Harley - will enter the ring as Lot 230 Successful in the 2018 Group One Breeders’ Crown, Hurricane Harley boasts 17 wins and six placings from 30 starts for earnings of $388,590.   APG Media

The latest gavelhouse.com Standardbred auction is set to close tonight with 8 of the 28 Lots on offer on the market as of Wednesday morning. The catalogue includes a quality selection of 11 foals from Woodlands Stud as well as tried and untried racing stock and four broodmares.  Bidding is set to close, starting with Lot 1, from 7pm on Wednesday 29 January. Bidding tips Make sure you're registered and your account is set up properly well before the auction is set to close.  Each auction will auto-extend by adding extra time on if a bid is placed in the final 30 seconds. This will happen indefinitely until no further bids are placed and will also add more time onto each of the subsequent Lots.  Use auto-bids to take the stress out of the final countdown and use the refresh button to make sure your page is keeping up with the live auction. If you have any questions about the bidding process please call 09 296 4436 VIEW FULL CATALOGUE Featured Lots Lot 1 DOWNBY THESEASIDE colt Colt out of the American Ideal mare American Grace, making him closely related to Pacing Grace, Jessie's Cullen, Pacing Major, All U Need Is Faith, Linda Lovegrace, Im A Gigolo and many more. This colt is by the newest sire to the join the Woodlands Stud Stallion roster, Downbytheseaside. He is a sire with a staggering race track record – 35 starts for 22 wins and 10 placings and over $2.1 million in earnings. He took a 1.48.6 race record and was USTA 3yo of the year in 2017 over Huntsville and Fear The Dragon. He was the best of his division before retiring sound and serving two quality books of mares in 2018/19 and 2019/20.  Sire: Downbytheseaside Dam: American Grace Seller: Woodlands Location: Auckland VIEW ONLINE Lot 4 DOWNBY THESEASIDE filly This filly is by the newest sire to join the Woodlands Stud Stallion roster, Downbytheseaside. He is a sire with a staggering race track record for the ages – 35 starts for 22 wins and 10 placings and over $2.1 million in earnings. He took a 1.48.6 race record and was USTA 3yo of the year in 2017 over Huntsville and Fear The Dragon. He was the best of his division before retiring sound and serving two quality books of mares in 2018/19 and 2019/20.  Sire: Downbytheseaside Dam: Divine Seller: Woodlands Location: Auckland VIEW ONLINE Lot 6 DOWNBY THESEASIDE filly Filly out of a six-win American Ideal mare and by the newest sire to stand at Woodlands Stud, Downbytheseaside. He is a sire with a staggering race track record for the ages – 35 starts for 22 wins and 10 placings and over $2.1 million in earnings. He took a 1.48.6 race record and was USTA 3yo of the year in 2017 over Huntsville and Fear The Dragon. He was the best of his division before retiring sound and serving two quality books of mares in 2018/19 and 2019/20.  Sire: Downbytheseaside Dam: Idealistic Seller: Woodlands Location: Auckland VIEW ONLINE Lot 7 WHAT THE HILL filly This filly is by the newest trotting sire at Woodlands Stud, What The Hill. He is a champion son of trotting sensation Muscle Hill, out of a full-sister to Majestic Son. He earned $1.34 million in stakes and took a 1.51.4 record and was the 3YO of his year after defeating the older horses in the TVG including millionaire Crazy Wow. He has served a number of quality mares down under in the last two seasons.  Sire: What The Hill Dam: Miss Continental Seller: Woodlands Location: Auckland VIEW ONLINE Lot 10 DOWNBYTHE SEASIDE colt Colt out of a Bettor's Delight mare and by the newest sire to the World Class Woodlands Stud Stallion roster, Downbytheseaside. He is a sire with a staggering race track record for the ages – 35 starts for 22 wins and 10 placings and over $2.1 million in earnings. He took a 1.48.6 race record and was USTA 3yo of the year in 2017 over Huntsville and Fear The Dragon. He was the best of his division before retiring sound and serving two quality books of mares in 2018/19 and 2019/20.  Sire: Downbytheseaside Dam: Supreme Brigade Seller: Woodlands Location: Auckland VIEW ONLINE

The Brisbane APG yearling sale marks the start of the harness racing sale circuit and it kicks off at 12 noon tomorrow. 2020 will see the debut Southern Hemisphere crops of both Always B Miki and Racing Hill be offered and both have some quality yearlings in the Brisbane sale. Every year this sale produces some quality horses - the Group 1 winners Expensive Ego (sired by Rock N Roll Heaven) and Muscle Factory (sired by Roll With Joe) are perfect examples. The QBred scheme has gone from strength to strength and coupled with the terrific money on offer through the APG race series there are some serious reasons to buy in Brisbane.   BRISBANE YEARLING SALE Albion Park, Sunday, 26 January 2020 Sale Commences 12 noon   ALABAR SIRED YEARLINGS Click through to view some of the Alabar sired yearlings on offer in Brisbane.

January 23, 2019 - Today begins the annual Arqana-Trot mixed sale at Paris-Vincennes. This attractive sales includes stallion shares, season 2020 breedings, broodmares and racing stock. There are three sessions, 7:00pm today local time and 11:00am and 7:00pm tomorrow with the last two sessions sharing the stage with the Etalons Expo. Dinner is served in the sale facility. The Expo hosts many exhibits by stud farms, stallion owners, equipment and feed suppliers. The sale and Expo draw a huge audience from throughout Europe. For the Catalogue click here. Thomas H. Hicks

The six-year-old Crazed horse went through the ring as Hip #126, and it didn’t take long before Lindy The Great attracted the $450,000 bid. Lindy The Great was consigned by Preferred Equine Inc. and was purchased by horseman Rene Allard of Matamoras, Pennsylvania. Lindy The Great has made 47 starts thus far in his career and has notched 14 wins, six second-place finishes and a trio of third-place efforts. His career purse earnings currently sit at $680,667 and he boasts a mark of 1:51.1, which was taken over Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2019 (he was also clocked in 1:49.3 while finishing fourth at the Red Mile in 2018). To read the full article click here. To view the results from the sale, click here.  

Hesashark, what a great advertisement for the upcoming harness racing Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale! Purchased for just $10,000 at the 2018 sale by trainer Dale Afford, the gelding won three races from just seven starts as a two-year-old last season including a heat of the Southern Cross. Struck down by illness, the son of Shadyshark Hanover missed the final of the Southern Cross and also The Allwood, but now as a three-year-old the money parted at the 2018 is very well spent. After winning three of his four starts this season Hesashark started from the outside of the back line in the $14,000 SA St Leger Final and after meeting interference on the first turn, and losing some 20 meters, he was still able to rally to win the time honoured event. Caller Jim Jacques had all but written Hesashark off at the 400 metre mark when he claimed in his call “Hesashark is too far back to feature” but despite appearing to be struggling, the Port Pirie trained gelding showed he had a heart as big as himself to overhaul the leading pack close to the finish line to score. Offered at the 2018 sale by Ian and Judi Slater of Goodtime Lodge, Hesashark is out of the Grinfromeartoear mare Goodtime Katie. For your chance to purchase a value for money yearling, be at Magic Millions on Sunday March 15 and who knows, you might come home with the next Hesashark. Gary Newton

Thursday’s Wyndham Harness meeting set the stage for a landmark moment for gavelhouse.com Standardbred with Seamark the first winning graduate bought off the revolutionary site. Leading throughout, while being constantly niggled at by his opposition, Seamark was a gutsy winner of the Kindergarten Stakes Saturday 14th March Mobile Pace over 2400m in the hands of Samantha Ottley. Purchased by Graham Hand for $2,700 in August, the five-year-old Christian Cullen gelding was offered on as an unraced horse, for sale to dissolve a partnership having qualified as a two-year-old. Thursday’s race was just his second start, having finished runner up earlier in January, taking his earnings to $6,800 with more in store judging by his obvious talent. Trainer Regan Todd was thrilled for Seamark’s connections who are new to the industry “He’s the first horse to race for Graham Hand and Glenn Morrison and they are loving the experience, “I’m amazed at how easy the process is with the online sales and it’s a great facility to have for the industry and a great way to get new people into the game. “Graham and Glenn have also bought two yearlings recently that are currently being broken in and are progressing well while Seamark will have a quiet 10 days or so to get over the run before we see how he’s come through it and come up with his next target."                                                                                                --Race Images photo Entries for the next gavelhouse.com Standardbred auction are due online by 7pm Wednesday 22 January. The auction will launch at 5pm on Thursday January 23 and will run through until 7pm Wednesday 29 January.  The standard listing fee is just $125 + GST with 5% commission on a successful sale, contact Cam Bray if you would like to discuss selling on the site: cam@gavelhouse.com or call 021737199

A win last week for Red Terror, who is currently for sale on gavelhouse.com, further boosted his appeal and took his harness racing earning’s past the $55,000 mark. A tough performance over 2500m at Thursday’s Manawatu meeting saw Red Terror celebrating his seventh career victory to go with seven runner-up finishes. The decision to sell is a matter of room for owners Scott Dickson and Lydia Pickford who commented “He is now rated at 59 and we have a number of other horses in this grade,” “The reality is we don’t really want four or five horses all in the one race going forward so he’s on the market unreserved.” With the grass circuit set to ramp up, Red Terror looks capable of hitting the ground running for his new connections and Pickford is thrilled with how he’s pulled up “Terror has pulled up in great order after his win last week, he looks absolutely fantastic and still has more wins in store.” Red Terror seen here winning last week (Royden Williams Photo) “A change of scenery will likely help him, as it does a lot of these horses who have been around a few times, and he is great to handle and have around the stable.” Red Terror is a son of MACH THREE is from the very good American mare ANN OTHER PORSCHE (1.51.6) who won on 35 occasions. Red Terror replay 21 November 2019. gavelhouse.com currently has six Standardbreds for sale with bidding set to close from 7pm on Wednesday 27 November.

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.

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