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Woodlands Stud is proud to announce that the world’s fastest pacer Lather Up is set to join their imposing roster in the 2020/21 harness racing season. In a major coup for Australasian breeders the World Champion $1.9 million earner will shuttle from America to join Bettor’s Delight, American Ideal, Sweet Lou, Downbytheseaside, What The Hill and Speeding Spur. Lather Up will be standing in Australia alongside star sire American Ideal at prominent Victorian farm Northern Rivers Equine. Woodlands Stud has enjoyed a very successful relationship with Dr Kath Mcintosh’s Kyabram base and with the arrival of the World’s fastest pacer this will continue in the 2020/21 season  Lather Up is one of the greatest horses of his time. He broke two world records and became the fastest four-year-old horse in history, the equal fastest horse in history over a mile and the single fastest horse in history over a mile and one eighth. He raced against all-comers and broke seven track records as a two, three and four-year-old as well as two world records as a four-year-old. He was a very good two-year-old, a top three-year-old and a world champion four-year-old. At two, Lather Up set the track record for a two-year-colt pacer winning in 1:52.2h. At three, he won a heat of The Little Brown Jug in 1:49.3h (half-mile track), and the $1 million North American Cup elimination and Final in 1:48.1. And at four, he set a world record 1:46 for a mile and a world record of 1:59.2 for a mile and one-eighth. North American Cup When he took his 1:46 world record he raced at the Meadowlands against 10 runners and won by open lengths against an incredible group - including six millionaires. He then backed that world record up the following week with his other world record, going 1:59.2 over a mile and an eighth pacing his first mile in 1:46.3. The Graduate Final in 1:46 The Sam McKee Memorial Just when one thought they had seen it all, a first quarter in :24.4, a favorite who looked hopelessly beaten in the stretch came a Phoenix out of the ashes as Lather Up showed what the heart of a champion can do even when a victory seemed out of the question. With a final time of 1:47.2, Lather Up turned in a stunning performance to capture the 26th edition of the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 9. -The Hambletonian Society The $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes His sire, I'm Gorgeous by Bettor's Delight, was among the top colts of his year winning a heat of the Little Brown Jug in 1:50.4 and finished a close second to 'Horse Of The Year' Rock N Roll Heaven in the $410,000 final. He has a tremendous maternal line as well, with his super dam being one of the best producers by In The Pocket, leaving 9 significant winners, 5 of them in under 1:51.  His pedigree combines two of the greatest producing sires ever down under in Bettor's Delight and In The Pocket but they are far enough removed to be able to be bred to almost all mares across Australasia. His book is full and closed in America for his first season as a sire and with his speed, conformation, gait, looks and pedigree he is set to make his mark on the Australasian harness racing industry too. Lather Up will be available via fresh, chilled semen throughout Australasia and his 2020/21 service fee will be $6,000 + GST in New Zealand and $6,600 GST Inc in Australia, with discounts available. For bookings or inquires about Lather Up in New Zealand please contact Stacey White on 021 595 492 or via email and in Australia contact Mark Hughes on 04 5165 0707 or via email Harnesslink Media

Woodlands Stud boss Andrew Grierson knows he is about to gift somebody a bargain. But he says that is all part of game for the breeding powerhouse as they count down to New Zealand’s largest ever online auction of standardbred stock. Grierson started Woodlands Stud nearly three decades ago with Charles Roberts, his good friend who passed away last week aged 96. “Of course it was sad to see Charles pass on but what a life he had,” said Grierson this week. The business of running New Zealand largest standardbred nursery continues and a new chapter has begun with the catalogue for Karaka All Aged Sale now online at, with bidding to start on May 20 and the sale commencing on May 27. The change to the online format have been forced by Covid-19 restrictions and come after success of far bigger thoroughbred sales in Australia online. Grierson says his team has done a wonderful job meeting the new challenge. “We have a lot of horses going through, which is what you have to do when you breeding as many horses as we do,” says Grierson. “We breed between 150-170 mares a year and not all those foals can go to the yearling sales. “Some go there, some we retain and some we do private deals on but this sale has been a very good outlet for others.” That could easily lend the cynics to think of the traditional May sale as a dumping ground but Grierson says that is definitely not the case. “We have sold horses like Hard Copy and Line Up at this sale,” explains Grierson. “Hard Copy fetched $6000 as a weanling and and went on to win over $1million while Line Up we sold the day before his sister Partyon won the Jewels. “The Breckons bought him and made huge profit reselling him as a yearling and he has since gone on to win two Derbys and be the top three-year-old. “And that makes me happy. You want to see people do well because they are still our horses by our stallions out of our mares out there winning.” Grierson says that has also been the case with Australian buyers who have pin-hooked weanlings, taken them home and made big profits selling them at yearling sales in Australia. So how does an operation the size of Woodlands decide who will head to the May sales as opposed to being retained or go to the more commercial February yearling sale? Obviously being by the King, Bettors Delight, helps get you a February date, especially as demand at the yearling sales is based so much around the leading five or six stallions. “The reality is, and it has become even clearer in the last five years, is that if we didn’t support the new stallions we brought in they would struggle to get established,” admits Grierson. “Because so many breeders want to go to the well-known commercial which we can understand. “So we will breed to our stallions and then sell some in February but some go to the May sale and people can tend to but them cheaper. “That gives buyers two chances, they can pin-hook them the next February or race them and have the option to sell them as horses. “Again, with us breeding so many mares we can’t race up to 100 horses if they aren’t among the yearlings we sell. Grierson says Woodlands use the stallion’s service fee as a good indicator for the reserve at a sale. “Obviously you don’t want to go much lower than that but sometimes we do. We get together as a team and work out what we think is a fair but also realistic price and go from there.” With this month’s sale on the Woodlands team have had to approach the sale’s marketing differently, with even more emphasis on photos and video because buyers won’t be able to see the horses for sale on the day. “So we have taken a lot more photos than we would with previous sales and concentrated on things buyers might find important, like specific areas of the horses to check conformation. “We are lucky we have a good team here with Tony Grayling, whose daughter Maddy did the photos, and Kelly Blakemore and then Stacey White has been able to package those up with details about the horses. “So we are really lucky to have that done so well. “I think it will come up really well.” So how does Grierson expect the sale to go on Gavelhouse at a time of such economic uncertainty? “I think it will go well. I think we can expect good Australian interest because of the prices and the good pin-hooking success they have had and the fact they are not disadvantaged in any way by not being here. “And it is a big bonus that weanlings offered here will be eligible for the Harness Millions series. “But of course there will be bargains. That is the attraction of this sale.”   Michael Guerin

It doesn’t matter which way you look, for Woodlands Stud’s Andrew Grierson and the Roberts and Kenny families, it’s basically harness racing business as usual. A wise man once said there’s a reason that the windscreen of a car is bigger than the rear-view mirror. That’s because it pays to look forward more than you look back. A quick glance in the rear-view however would be prudent for the Woodlands team because in March before we came to a grinding halt, they bred four individual Group Race winners. If it wasn’t for an ‘amazing’ filly winning the Derby, it could have easily been three in two days. The party started with Sweet Lou securing his second Group Race winner in New Zealand when the Stephen Reid trained Shes No Lady won the Delightful Lady Classic. She was bred by the stud after racing her dam Bettor Be A Lady with very same ownership group. The group includes ex All Blacks captain Kieran Read, halfback Andy Ellis and Dave Hewett together with 1974 Commonwealth Games star and harness racing identity Dick Tayler MNZM, who have raced Speeding Spur, Victors Delight and others with the larger Woodlands syndicate group. “We leased her mother Bettor Be A Lady out to the group and she won on debut for Cran, but she was just a bit of a carry-on and a bit of a difficult mare, so we retired her to stud after four starts,” said Grierson. “We leased her mother, Lady Retton and got a filly which was great, but we took the foal straight off her as she had had killed two or three of her foals. She went to a foster mare at Hallmark Stud and returned to us at weaning,” he said. Shes No Lady traces back to the famed 2009 Broodmare of Excellence winner in Coo Doo. Her dam, Bettor Be A Lady was the second live foal from Lady Retton (1:58 mile rate, 1700m), winner of 10 races from 31 starts for John and David Butcher. Lady Retton, by the Abercombie sire Crouch, was Group Two placed when runner-up to top mare Alta Serena in the 2005 $50,000 Queen Of Hearts at Auckland. Bettor Be A Lady’s third dam was Pamelene, who managed two grass track wins for the late Jack Smolenski from just 16 starts. Pamelene (Scottish Hanover-Coo Doo) was more importantly a sister to former top 1970s pacer Palestine (18 wins), who beat Speedy Guest, Noodlum and Micron in the 1976 Wellington Cup for Methven trainer-driver, Terry May. Palestine also won the 1977 Kaikoura Cup, scored an upset win in the 1977 Allan Matson FFA (mobile 2600m) on the final night of the NZ Cup meeting (beating Greg Robinson and Balgove), two Hannon Memorials, and beat Greg Robinson and Sunseeker in a 1979 Interdominion Consolation at Addington in the twilight of his career as a 9YO. “Shes No Lady was always a big strong filly, right from day one. “Her first couple of starts she had gone out of her gait and lost a bit of confidence but she had never done that at Pukekohe or with Steven (Reid) in the cart. “We hatched a bit of a plan and decided he should drive her in the big race, and the rest was history,” said Grierson. Covid-19 came at the wrong time of the year for anyone with a smart age group horse, but Shes No Lady will no doubt develop into a very nice filly for her three-year-old campaign. “We sold her full brother for $41,000 to Graeme Anderson at the sales this year and he was a really nice horse too,” said Grierson. One day after Shes No Lady’s triumph in Auckland, Henry Hubert smacked a nice field of pacers by 4 lengths to go back to back in the Group 3 Northern Southland Cup. He was bred out of the Christian Cullen mare Queen Camille, the producer of four winners including: Apollo Thirteen (ironically 13wins), Lambros (10 wins)and Kolovos (2 wins). Like Henry Hubert, they were all sired by Bettor’s Delight. Last term he showed he would make a nice open class horse when he won at Northern Southland, and a fortnight later scored the biggest win of his career in the 2019 Group 2 Four & Fiver Year Old Superstars at Addington. He beat Thefixer, Hail Christian and A G’s Whitesocks home before going on to run second behind Turn It Up in the Jewels G1 4YO Emerald. He showed he could mix it at the highest level when running 6th in last year’s New Zealand Cup finishing less than 2 lengths from Cruz Bromac in a sizzling 2 mile time. Copy That continued the good run for the stud when winning the Group Two Vero Flying Stakes from the outside gate on the 20th of March at Addington. He had been in sensational form this season since running second in the Sires Stakes Final after being drawn 14 and going down by only a lip. He then went on to win the G2 Alabar Classic and more recently was desperately unlucky when running into traffic issues on the final turn in the Northern Derby, finishing second behind Amazing Dream. “We got his dam Lively Nights from a connection with John Dickie who trained her throughout her career. “She was a reasonable race mare having won seven, and the people in the ownership didn’t want to breed from her so we took her over,” he said. That is the case with a lot of the mares at Woodlands now with the stud being offered well-bred mares with people cutting back on breeding or choosing not to breed at all. Grierson remembers Copy That being prepared for the All Age Sale at Karaka in 2017. “He wasn’t a big horse, just a nice horse, not big, not small. “We sold him as a weanling and it was Ray Green’s wife who bought him. She had brought Hard Copy as well and was never happy when Ray sold him, but probably wasn’t unhappy with the price,” laughed Grierson. “She’s obviously got a good eye because he showed something right from the start and (My) Hard Copy won $1.1 million also.” The two are both by resident sire American Ideal, and Grierson is frank in his understanding as to why the sire is continually overlooked by New Zealand breeders. American Ideal was moved to Victoria this season which was a reflection of where he sits in the Australasian market having done a full book in Australia again this season, yet a paltry 62 mares in the last two seasons in New Zealand. “The stats speak for themselves, he’s done a better job in Australia to be fair. “I mean he’s had some fantastic horses in Democrat Party, Ideal Belle, The Orange Agent etc but he lacked some good colts over here,” he said. His best colts being Ideal Scott and Besotted, but his progeny are continually showing up in big races and he recently triumphed in the WA Derby with Patronus Star. “I remember a few years ago he had the best two-year-old in NSW, the second best two-year-old in Victoria, the best horse in WA and was the second leading sire of two-year-olds in Australia, and yet he had only one two-year-old winner in New Zealand. “When you look at him in America he is never out of the top eight every year. “His stock is probably not as precocious as some of the other top stallions, but he is a good-looking horse and an athletic, thoroughbred type with a fantastic nature. He’s a gentleman. The most fantastic sire to look after and he just wants to please you. He’s happy to see you and throws that in his offspring as well,” said Grierson. The fourth Woodlands bred runner to win a Group Race in March was the former New Zealand Two-year-old of the Year in Another Masterpiece. He won the NZ Superstars on the 20th of March impressively having returned from a somewhat disappointing Australian trip cut short after failing to qualify for the Miracle Mile. This is a horse however who is easily overlooked in terms of his quality given over 50% of his races have been at Group One or Two level. He is bred to be good being out of one of the best-bred mares on the Woodlands Stud property in Elegant Art. David McCarthy detailed this a few years ago; Another Masterpiece, champion two-year-old of 2018, is by Bettor’s Delight from a Christian Cullen mare. Like Lazarus. Like well nearly every youngster popular at the sales and in big races these days. Nothing to see here?  Not quite.  Because once you get past that oh so fashionable cross, things get a bit interesting.  Another Masterpiece’s dam Elegant Art is the last Kiwi bred mare in the family. After that, it is all USA. Like a surprising number of top buys by All-Stars over the years.  And that USA family is not one of ordinary performers. In fact, Another Masterpiece’s third dam TOWN PRO was the champion American two-year-old filly of 1989 and the champion three-year-old filly of 1990 as well as being a Canadian Horse of the Year and the first to win back to back Breeder’s Crowns filly finals.   In 2004, she was elected to the Hall of Fame. She lived until 2014.  Town Pro won 12 of her 13 starts at two and 14 of 17 starts at three. Besides her ability, she was extraordinarily tough.    Her outstanding winner was Darlins Delight who won over $US2.9m but she left 12 winners from 17 foals altogether. Some tough.    Town Pro had been bought by trainer Stew Firlotte for $US60,000 as a yearling because Firlotte had had considerable success with her dam Programmed.  Programmed developed into the champion aged pacing mare in Canada and retired the highest earning daughter of the great Bret Hanover, no less.  Town Pro, in turn, was the richest racehorse by her sire Big Towner.  Grierson secured the dam of Another Masterpiece in a package negotiated by Hazel Van Opzeeland and once again the rest is history. “Elegant Art doesn’t have a lot of foals out there. She doesn’t have a lot of weaknesses in her pedigree either and has done a great job for us,” said Grierson. Looking further ahead to the All Age Sale, Woodlands will take a record 67 offerings to the sale now being conducted on the online selling platform, Gavel House. “It would have been nice to go to Karaka but who could have written the story we have now,” he said in reference to the pandemic that has forced the hand of New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred. “It will be interesting going through Gavelhouse but I believe with lag and some of our internet speeds around the country there could be a problem for the live auction route at this stage. “And in saying that we have had a lot of interest from Australia which being on Gavelhouse and the extended type of auction it can open up that market up a bit more while giving everyone a chance,” he said. Offering 55 lots last year, the All Age Sale is a big part of the Woodlands Stud business model by necessity. Having bred upwards of 170 mares of their own this season, they can’t take everything to the Yearling Sales and this has become a great avenue for the stud to sell some stock and put cash back into the business. It bodes as a great opportunity for the racing fraternity also who can secure some well-bred weanlings, knowing they have had the best start to life. Usually at a pretty good price also! This year is particularly exciting for Grierson and the stud with the first public offerings of Downbytheseaside and What The Hill progeny in the Southern Hemisphere. “We’ve got some fantastic looking weanlings. I don’t know if you have seen many What The Hill’s around Canterbury but he is leaving some fantastic looking types, he’s got a big chance and as does Downbytheseaside,” he said. The full Woodlands draft includes two American Ideals, two Bettor’s Delight’s (one yearling), 36 Downbytheseaside’s (which is slightly more than half of his live foals), 18 Sweet Lou’s and nine What The Hill weanlings. With Covid-19 and restricted travel and freight both domestic and internationally, a lot of breeders have begged the question “what does this mean for shuttle stallions this coming season?” A season without a Bettor’s Delight would not only be a major loss for a stud like Woodlands, but the stud book as well with many commercial mares simply not being bred at all. “We haven’t heard any different that at the moment they are not doing freight for horses.  It is a little bit early to know whether that is going to suddenly change, because it is big business for both sides and we own part of those horses. It’s not like a lease deal. “We’re hoping it will be just like business as usual, but there will be some additional costs no doubt with grooms who come down who will need to go into quarantine for 14 days. All of these things are unchartered waters for everybody so a lot will come out in the wash in a bit of time,” he said. Bettor’s Delight isn’t getting any younger but is showing no signs of stopping either having just won eight leading Sire of Pacers titles in New Zealand consecutively. He recaptured the title in Australia last season for his fifth crown while in North America he captured his sixth Leading North America Sire of All Age Pacers title and second in a row. “I wish he wouldn’t keep on being leading sire in America,” laughed Grierson when asked if he would have a forever home at the farm in the near future. “He is just unstoppable. We did a full physical before he went back to America: blood tests, hormone tests, feet x-rayed etc and he was all completely as he was the previous year and the year before. “We had him on a pretty strong rigorous diet. He was on a major exercise programme so he looked great as well. We got complimented on his physique when he go back. “Who knows, age catches up one everyone, but I have said to the American owners that when he is retired up there he has a forever home down here as we believe the weather and climate would be a lot more suitable for a horse his age and we would look after him like the champion he is,” said Grierson. By Brad Reid  To read more articles like this in the Breeders Update, click here.

NZB Standardbred’s 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale is underway at Karaka and will showcase the very best harness racing yearlings New Zealand has to offer over four action-packed days of inspections, parades and selling. The Auckland Sale on Monday 17 February will be broadcast live on Freeview Channel 200 and  from 10.45am with a Preview Show hosted by Greg O'Connor.  Live updates here from 10:45am Please refresh your browser to check for latest additions to the live feed updates  Good start to the sales with Lot 1 Jesse J (American Ideal – Jessies Cullen), Bay Filly going for $45,000 to the bid of Steve Stockman.  Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd were the vendors Lot 1 Jesse J Lot 3 Hoppy's Way (Art Major – Joanne's A Delight)Brown Colt, sold for $65,000 to Mr JR & Mrs W Giumelli – Western Australia , Hollis & Robertson Equine Services the vendors. Lot 3 Hoppy's Way   Lot 10 Ebury Delight (Bettor's Delight – Meet Me In Mayfair) Bay Filly sold for $75,000 to Dawe Contracting Ltd – Canterbury, Hollis & Robertson Equine Services the vendors. Lot 10 Ebury Delight    Lot 13 Manchild (Bettor's Delight – O Baby) Bay Colt sold for $100,000 to PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock Ltd – Canterbury, Breckon Farms Ltd were the vendors Lot 13 Manchild Lot 25 Sweet Spirit (Sweet Lou – Major Spirit), Bay Filly, Sold for $52,000 to Mr RW Todd – Canterbury, Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd were the vendors Lot 25 Sweet Spirit    Lot 32 Precious Belle (Bettor's Delight – Precious Rose), Bay Filly sold for $95,000  Old Ridge Services No. 4 Ltd the vendors Lot 32 Precious Belle   Lot 33 Gossip Girl (Bettor's Delight – Our Melody), Brown Filly  sold for $50,000, Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Lot 33 Gossip Girl   Lot 35 Cover Girl (Bettor's Delight – Sossusvlei), Brown Filly sold for $95,000,Breckon Farms Ltd the vendor Lot 35 Cover Girl   Lot 42 Maddys Nino (Art Major – Spanish Armada), Bay Colt sold for $105,000 to Mr JR & Mrs W Giumelli – Western Australia,Hollis & Robertson Equine Services the vendors Lot 42 Maddys Nino   Lot 44 Splice The Mainbrace (Captaintreacherous – Twilight Beauty), Chestnut Colt sold for $55,000, Tardina Stud Ltd the vendor Lot 44 Splice The Mainbrace   Lot 49 Argyle (Bettor's Delight – Royal Gem), Bay Colt  sold for $210,000, Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd the vendor Lot 49 Argyle   Lot 63 Next To Me (Bettor's Delight- Splendid Deal ) continues the strong run of Woodlands Stud and sells for $200'000. The family is well known with Maixm and Splendour both group 1 performers.   Lot 71 Casino Action (Bettor's Delight- Super Deal) goes to USA interests for $80'000. That's a good indication of the increased market attention that New Zealand breeds are generating across the globe.  Lot 79 Big Boy Louie (Bettor's Delight- Big Lucy) sells for $60'000 to Phil Kennard. Big Lucy being an 8 time winner. It carries on what has been a busy time for the Kennards as purchases.   Lot 89 Instant Classic (Muscle Hill- Classic Armbro) proves just that and brings a $90'000 bid from G Hope. The colt is a brother to Tailored Elegance.  Lot 102  Bo Duke (Bettor's Delight - Daisy Dundee) sells for $115'000 to Stonewall Stud. The colt is a brother to Jesse Duke and calls upon the Deborah Dundee dam-line.   Lot 112 Whiskey On The Rocks (Art Major-Double Shot) stripped a grand prospect and is hammered down at $65'000. It continues the strong showing by Art Major and is closely followed by Lot 113, Georgias Bettors, a Bettor's Delight colt who threatens to top the action with a bid of $200'000 registered by Jean Feiss who has a strong record for selecting the very best come sales time.  Lot 122  Im Cushty (Captain trecherous- Hi Ho Silver) sets a new high for the sale today with a $250'000 bid from Australian interests. The Captain certainly making an impression at Karaka. That lot is followed by Lot 124 Pasquale (Bettor's Delight - Holly Madison) which makes $110'000 for Breckon Farms.   Lot 122  Im Cushty The last lot of the day is passed in. That's wrap of the day here. Day two sees the action travel down to Christchurch where the trotting bloodlines will be present for sale before pacing blood is offered on Wednesday.    Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    Woodlands Stud reaped the rewards from giving a rookie trainer a go on a big weekend for the breeding giant. The Auckland stud secured its second confirmed starter in the group 1 Nevele R Fillies Series when Princess Jessie scored a front running win in a series heat at Methven on Sunday. The Simon McMullan trained 3yr-old will join fellow Woodlands Stud product Need You Now, who won a series heat in Auckland on Friday night, in the $140,000 final. McMullan credits Woodlands Stud for taking a chance on an emerging trainer like himself with his promising filly. “I have to credit Andrew Grierson for giving a young trainer a go and giving me such a nice filly to train,” McMullan said. “They could have sent her to any trainer in the country.” Princess Jessie made her way to his West Melton barn after the trainer made enquiries with the stud to see if he could take on one of their horses after he had looked after Utmost Delight for former training partner, Steven Reid, ahead of her group 1 win in New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Stakes, almost two years ago. “I trained a few for Woodlands when I was in partnership with Reidman and I looked after Utmost Delight when she won the group 1 down here,” McMullan said.  “Not long after that, I sent an email saying I would really love the opportunity to train one for them.” Princess Jessie ran three sound races in strong fields before turning heads with a 1.54.9 mile (1609m) win at Wyndham in her start prior to Saturday’s win. McMullan puts the filly’s upgrade in form and back-to-back wins down to him making some minor changes to her training regime. “She probably wasn’t going quite as well as I was hoping in her runs previous to her last two starts.” “So, I have changed her training around a little bit and it really worked.” Princess Jessie had formed a strong partnership with driver Jonny Cox, who has had her in the lead to win her last two starts. “I think she is a better filly driven like she has in the last two starts,” McMullan said. “I think she likes to be up amongst it up.” The filly will step up significantly in class from Saturday’s conditioned heat to the Nevele R Fillies Series. McMullan is hopeful Princess Jessie can handle the task. “I always thought she could measure up to the Classic races.” “I am not saying she is going to win one, but she is definitely still on the way up and hopefully she can step up to that level and be competitive.” Princess Jessie scored by three-quarters of a length over runner-up Maharani, who tracked her throughout. Vesnina put in an eye-catching performance to run third on debut. The Darren Keast trained 3yr-old may have tested the winner had she not paced roughly in the straight. The favourite, Miss Graceful, who like Princess Jessies is also bred and raced by Woodlands Stud and raced by one of its syndicates, ran fifth. The stud’s syndicates enjoyed an excellent weekend with Some Do joining Need You Now in the winner’s circle at Alexandra Park on Friday night. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV), Trots Clubs Victoria (TCV) and Paul Campbell will launch a new live streamed show tonight at 5pm across Trots Media digital channels. Titled Thursdy for Trots, the show will cover news and views from the harness week with a large focus on the Trots Country Cups Carnival. Hosted by Campbell and TCV’s Toby McKinnon, the show will feature interviews with clubs, trainers, drivers and other trots characters for the duration of the Country Cups season (until May next year). Woodlands Stud has signed up as naming rights partner for the new show, which will air live on HRV’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Twitch channels, and be replayed on Instagram. “Securing a partner like Woodlands is just fantastic and we’re really excited by this new project,” HRV Media and Communications Manager Cody Winnell said. “Paul Campbell and Toby McKinnon will be the regular hosts. They both have knowledge and enthusiasm in spades. HRV’s Nikkita Ross will also appear on many episodes and her passion for the trots is infectious. “Engaging video content, especially live streaming, is a big part of our media plan. The live aspect allows fans to engage directly with the hosts, so it encourages conversation. We’ve seen this with recent barrier draws and awards nights and there will be more of it.”   Campbell is looking forward to Thursdy for Trots. “We want this to be fun, energetic and interactive. It won’t be scripted, so it’s all natural. Just us talking trots with the stars themselves – the industry participants and clubs – and promoting the greatest racing code in the land,” he said. Appearing on episode one will be drivers Greg Sugars, Chris Svanosio and Tayla French.   HRV Trots Media

Woodlands Stud welcomed their first foal for the 2019-20 breeding season overnight, just nine days into the new season.   It is thought to be the first standardbred foal born in New Zealand this season and better yet the first foal in Australasia by Downbytheseaside, Woodlands Stud’s newest pacing sire.   The foal born is a filly out of the Falcon Seelster mare, Tania Tandias who is the dam of horses such as Lincoln Road and Tommy Lincoln. She is a terrific type, upright, strong and has plenty of leg.   Woodland Stud co-director Andrew Grierson has been designing a range of reproductive light masks for broodmares both foaling and getting in foal and Studmaster Tony Grayling thinks that this was part of the reason for such an early foal.   “She wasn’t due to foal for another seven days, but she is strong and healthy. The mare had a light mask on which promotes early foaling, so it seems to have done it’s job well on this one.”     Downbytheseaside stood his first season ‘down under’ last year and served a good number of quality mares both in New Zealand and Australia. He is a champion son of the late Somebeachsomewhere, he made $2.1 millon on the track and was the 3YO of his Year in 2017, defeating top horses such as Huntsville and Fear The Dragon.   He is currently being advertised for the upcoming breeding season at the special price of $4,800 + GST in New Zealand and $5,280 inc GST in Australia.   Woodlands Stud are expecting to have over 140 mares foal on the farm throughout the season and are also excited about the arrival of the first foals by their new trotting sire What The Hill.   The shuttle stallions are due to finish quarantine and arrive on the farm in 10 days time ahead of their first collect day on September 4th.   For bookings or more information please contact:   In New Zealand – Stacey White – 021 595492 –   In Australia – Mark Hughes – 0451650707 –   You can also view the stallion roster at     Stacey White

Dominant ‘dual hemisphere’ harness racing stallion American Ideal will stand the coming 2019/20 breeding season in Victoria. Woodlands Stud NZ, in conjunction with Dr Kath McIntosh’s Northern Rivers Equine at Kyabram, will stand the brilliant son of Western Ideal in the heart of standardbred country in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley. American Ideal remains one of the 21st Century’s most influential stallions in both hemispheres. American Ideal’s progeny now has earnings of over $110,000,000 million and his CV runs very deep with thirteen millionaires and 44 in the 1.50 list! American Ideal remains a rich source of winners at all racing levels. Watch American Ideal pace his record of 1:47.4 in 2005 Dr Andrew Grierson, principal of Woodlands Stud, is excited about the move of American Ideal to Victoria. He commented, ‘Australian breeders have supported American Ideal significantly in recent seasons and his race track results combined with outstanding yearling results made the decision to send American Ideal to Victoria an easy one’. ‘We are delighted to work along side one of Victoria’s most progressive vet’s in Dr Kath McIntosh and her staff. ‘In a results driven business, Northern Rivers Equine is a standardbred leader in Victoria. We look forward to a successful and long-term relationship’ said Dr Grierson. A beautiful natured and intelligent stallion, American Ideal will be a significant addition to the Australian standardbred ranks. His progeny continues to deliver as juveniles and at the Grand Circuit level. His is now starting to impact as a broodmare sire also. In Australia, American Ideal has left 173 bred Australian winners from 231 starters and they have amassed $11,000,000 million, an average of a remarkable $47,000 per starter to end of May 2019. The depth of American Ideals progeny in Australia has continued into the 2018/19 season. He is currently the leading dollar average sire in Australia for 2yo’s at $23,000. His daughter Pelosi is comfortably the best 2yo filly in Australia following her dominant Australian Pacing Gold final victory. To watch Pelosi win this race click on this link. For the 2019/20 season American Ideal service fee in Australia will be $11,000 GST INC and in NZ $10,000 + GST. Normal discounts will apply and semen will be available to NZ Breeders. American Ideal already has a significant number of early bookings in Australia for the 2019/20 season. For all enquiry’s regarding American Ideal in Australia please contact; Woodlands Stud Australian manager Mark Hughes on 0451650707 or email and in New Zealand contact Stacey White on 021 595492 or email

One of New Zealand’s most loved racehorses is set to make a shock departure after contesting the $150,000 Rowe Cup on Friday night. Because while nine-time group one winner Speeding Spur might have been expected to retire this weekend, he is instead heading to North America for a rich campaign. Managing owner Andrew Grierson says the reigning Trotter of the Year has not been sold will definitely be returning to New Zealand to stand at stud next season. Speeding Sour faces a second line draw as he tries to defend the Rowe Cup title he won last season and victory in the great trot will almost certainly guarantee him Trotter of the Year again as he is the only trotter to win two group ones already this season. Raced by a partnership put together by Woodlands Stud, Speeding Spur was expected to retire to stud there but Grierson says the opportunity to race in North America and further embellish that stud career was too good to miss. “Eventually we want to stand him at stud in either New Zealand or Australia,” says Grierson, one of the principals of Woodlands Stud. “But getting good mares and a decent book is our greatest challenge with a colonial-bred stallion, even one with his record. “So we will give him his chance up there and he has been staked for some of the major races.” His targets include the US$1million International Trot at Yonkers on October 12 for which Speeding Spur is likely to be the Down Under invite while he has been paid up for a host of other major races, victory in any of which would greatly add to his worth at stud. Even if he can’t be the best in the States, which would be a huge ask at his age, Speeding Spur could easily trot a 1:53 mile on one of the faster tracks, all of which would help secure more mares when he makes his way back home. Owned by a Woodlands syndicate as well as All Blacks Kieran Read and Andy Ellis and former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Dick Tayler, Speeding Spur’s ownership will be restructured for the next phase of his career. “He is not being sold,” says Grierson. “He is 100% owned by Woodlands. He will be leased from Woodlands Stud and raced under a new  Woodlands NZ Racing Syndicate. “The membership of that new syndicate includes some who race him now.” Speeding Spur has been a true racing warrior, winning every season from two to seven-years old. He won three Derbys, the Great Southern Star when it was two sprints races in one night at Melton and also over the short trips of a NZ Trot Free-For-All to the 3200m of the Rowe Cup. In between he has overcome two career-threatening injuries and other issues so has little left to prove in Australasia, already warning his way into the elite trotting millionaires club. He has been trained throughout his career by John and Josh Dickie, with the latter having driven him in all but one of his 27 victories, with Kate Gath having filled in for one Victorian win. Speeding Spur faces a tricky second line in his final New Zealand start on Friday night meaning he could need some early luck to get handy, the position from where he has been most potent during his career. SPEEDING SPUR Breeding: 7h Pegasus Spur- Della’s Speed. Trainers: John and Josh Dickie. Drivers: Josh Dickie (26 wins), Kate Gath (one win from one drive). Record: 55 starts, 27 wins, 20 placings, $1,092,166. Highlights: Rowe Cup, Great Southern Star, NZ Free-For-All, NZ Trot Champs (twice), NZ, Northern and Vic Derbys, Breeders Crown.   By Michael Guerin

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

Woodlands Stud are opening their gates to the harness racing industry for an open day on Sunday, 30th September.   A rare opportunity for lovers of harness racing who wish to view the boutique breeding establishment and their imposing stallion roster.   Woodlands Stud is welcoming two new stallions, Downbytheseaside and What The Hill, to their already impressive stallion roster in the new season which makes it the perfect opportunity for potential breeders to inspect these stallions in the flesh.   Of course, it is also a chance to view World Class stallion Bettor’s Delight at his Southern Hemisphere home. An opportunity that can’t be missed!   The other stallions being paraded on the day will be Sweet Lou, the handsome stallion with plenty of recent hype, gun sire American Ideal who continues to stay amongst our top sires in Australasia and resident stallions Highview Tommy and Pegasus Spur.   “Woodlands Stud are thrilled to be able to give the industry a chance to come and see our top-class operation. We see it as our way to thank the industry for their support over the years as well as giving visitors a chance to see some of the best stallions of our time,” said Stacey Markham, Sales and Marketing Manager at Woodlands Stud.   “We have made the date work in conjunction with Harness Racing New Zealand’s Conference and Annual Awards dinner which is being held at Alexandra Park the night before. We will put on a bus to and from Alexandra Park on Sunday for anyone who wishes to come out to the open day,” Markham said.   There will be a breakfast and drinks provided and at the time of the open day there will also be an abundance of foals on the ground for viewing.   Giveaways and prizes will be drawn throughout the event for those in attendance, including a free service to one of the stallions.   In Brief: Woodlands Stud Open Day Date: Sunday 30 th September 2018 Time: 10am-2pm Location: Woodlands Stud, 460 North Road, RD2, Papakura   RSVP’s are a must for catering purposes, please contact Stacey Markham on or 021 595 492. Please note also that as there are quarantine areas on the farm there will be some restrictions in place on the day.   Stacey Markham

Betamerica, a filly with a royal pedigree, opened her account yesterday (Tuesday). Stepping out for the second time in her fledgling career at Albion Park, the American Ideal – Splendid Bet filly scooted the sprint lane and scored a narrow yet decisive victory in the Cammibest @ Burwood Stud 2yo Pace. Betamerica defeated Zaras All Good and Saint Kilda Beach. The Shannon Price and Scott Miller prepared filly rated 1:58.7 rain affected track. Splits of 27, 32.7, 29.5 and 29.7 seconds. Chris Petroff took the winning drive. “It’s a great result for many reasons, the fact she is a proven winner and rating the time she did only adds to her future value. This family just keeps producing all the big name horses and it’s exciting to have this filly,” Miller said. “We have no plans this season with her, maybe a few more runs before having eight weeks off and then coming as a three-year-old. Hopefully her attitude will change during that time; she’s very set in her ways.” He added. Purchased last year at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale in Auckland for a whopping price of $137,500 from Woodlands Stud draft and Charles Roberts, Team Raboki was determined to get their filly despite some spirited bidding from several parties. The brown filly hails from the hottest family in the stud book, the Scuse Me lineage. Betamerica is the second foal from the Bettors Delight mare and is closely related to the likes of Adore Me, Christen Me, Dream About Me, Hands Christian, Maxim, Have Faith In Me, Imagine Me and Abide With Me among many others. Her older full brother Chief Joseph is in work with leading Christchurch trainer Cran Dalgety but is currently unraced. Chris Barsby

First season sires just don’t have $100,000 yearlings sold at sales ‘down under’ do they? Recent history says that’s the case but at the 2018 Australasian yearling sales at Karaka, one stallion defied history. His name is Sweet Lou! Sweet Lou was a rock star on the race track. He is still the equal fastest 2yo in harness history pacing 1.49. 0 flat in the Breeders crown at Woodbine where defeated A Rock N Roll Dance by 7 ½ lengths! Sweet Lou made over a $1,000,000 at three and went on the become one of the greatest North American Free For Aller’s in recent history. Sweet Lou banked close to $3.5 million in stakes and was still breaking records in his final race track season. Sweet Lou’s maternal family has made over $7,000,000 in stakes, it is clearly one of harness racing’s most influential and modern families. Sweet Lou average over $78,000 at last year’s Lexington sales, he is leaving outstanding progeny on type! Woodlands Stud is proudly consigning over 20 weanlings by Sweet Lou on Friday June 1st at Karaka at the annual All Age and Weanling sale. At least year’s weanling sales the progeny of Sweet Lou where highly sought by a raft of New Zealand’s leading trainers. Sweet Lou’s progeny is very intelligent, easy to handle and many have broken in exceptionally well. Down under breeders flocked to Sweet Lou last season, as he served his biggest book. Don’t miss your opportunity to buy a Sweet Lou weanling that has been bred and raised at New Zealand’s leading standardbred nursery. Only recently Woodlands bred, raised and sold progeny ran the trifecta in the PGG Wrightson sales series race for 2yo colts and geldings. Information regarding the weanling sale is available on our website. Go to for all the details. You can also contact our New Zealand agent Stacey Markham on 021595492 or contact our Australian agent Mark Hughes 0n 0451650707. From Woodlands Stud    

Pegasus Spur is a sire that plies his trade with little fuss! A gun trotting sire, his impact runs very deep. Pegasus Spur is a sire of immense speed and stamina, as reflected in his journey as a sire. Did you know he is sire of Australasia’s fastest male and female trotters! His Elitloppet bound daughter Maori Time is a 1.51.5 is the fastest ‘down under’ female in history and multiple Group 1 winner Flying Isa is the fastest male of all time ‘down under’. At the age of 20, Pegasus Spur still commands high respect as a sire. His ace son Speeding Spur was a multiple Group 1 winner in recent months, amongst those victories was the time-honoured Rowe Cup. The 3200-metre feature is on all owners wish lists and Pegasus Spur’s son delivered in spades, he now has over $880,000 on his CV. Pegasus Spur is the sire of a plethora of $100,000 + earners, these include Paramount Gee Gee, Wilma’s Mate, Monty Python, Sarah Palin, Cool Coober, Rare Opportunity and Unico Pegasus. At this years Australasian Premier trotting sale, held in Melbourne, he averaged $AU 34,000. This was a fantastic result on a service fee of $2640! Breeders and sales purchasers understand that Pegasus Spur is still a relevant sire in these times of frozen semen. He is stallion that gets results on and off the race track! A terrific opportunity beckons to secure a Woodlands bred and raised Pegasus Spur weanling on Friday June 1st at Karaka. Our weanlings are meticulously raised by our stud master Tony Grayling and his staff. Horses purchased from the Woodlands weanling draft have included millionaire My Hard Copy and ace pacing mare Partyon. Information regarding the weanling sale is available on our website. Go to for all the details. You can also contact our New Zealand agent Stacey Markham on 021595492 of contact our Australian agent Mark Hughes 045165707. From Woodlands Stud        

Long before Lazarus was a buzz name in the harness racing game a pacer named Highview Tommy blazed a trail for the Bettor's Delight - Christian Cullen breeding cross. From the first Bettor's Delight crop 'down under', Highview Tommy is the original poster boy for his leviathan father. A rock n roll 2yo of his generation and then a tough relentless stayer who was twice placed in harness racings ultimate staying test, the New Zealand Cup Highview Tommy has all the ingredients to leave successful progeny. Woodlands Stud is proud to consign three off spring of Highview Tommy at the annual Karaka All Age sale on Friday June 1st. We are selling 2 colts and one filly. Highview Tommy has had his first qualifiers this season from his first crop. Trainers can't speak highly enough of his progeny. They are easy to work with, good gaited and highly intelligent. Highview Tommy served his biggest book in the 2017/18 season in Australia and New Zealand. A great opportunity beckons to secure a Woodlands Stud bred and raised weanling at Karaka on June 1st. Woodlands bred and raised weanlings are meticulously raised by our stud master Tony Grayling and his team. Just remember it was Highview Tommy who started 'down unders' greatest breeding cross, the likes that has never been seen before! Highview Tommy's progeny may just be that 'diamond in the rough! Information regarding the sale is available on our website. Go to for all details. You can also contact our New Zealand agent Stacey Markham on 021595492 or contact Australian agent Mark Hughes on 0451650707.  

Woodlands Stud is proud to announce that the Dan Patch 3yo Trotting colt of 2017 ‘What The Hill’ is to join the Southern Hemisphere’s most powerful harness racing stallion roster in 2018! In a major coup for Australasian breeders the $1.3 million earner will shuttle ‘down under’ to New Zealand to join Bettor’s Delight, American Ideal, Sweet Lou, Downbytheseaside, Highview Tommy and Pegasus Spur! The 12 time winning son of the legendary stallion Muscle Hill opened his stallion career at Hickory Lane in Ohio. When What The Hill was announced he was fully syndicated within a few days and his book in North America was full and closed almost immediately for the 2018 season. On the race track, What The Hill was a star. As one of the fastest sons of Muscle Hill he took a career equalling record of 1.51.4 at his last start and accumulated $1,345,999 in stakes. As a 2yo he took a 1.54.4 mark and banked $335,397. What The Hill won the prestigious Peter Haughton Memorial final and the final of the New Jersey Sires Stakes at the Meadowlands! At 3, he banked  $1,010,602 in purses and was the clear stand out trotter of his year. What The Hill won the $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk in a Stakes record 1:51.4s, he won his elimination and final of the Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park and he defeated the open class trotters at the Meadowlands in the final of the TVG, amongst the scalps in this feature race were 2015 Trotter of The Year, Pinkman ($2,791,114) and twice millionaire earner Crazy Wow ($2,269,135), this was his career equalling best time, scooting around in 1.51.4! He also won the $1million Hambletonian in 1.52.3 before getting disqualified for apparent interference up the straight. Australasian breeders will be cheering from the roof tops that finally a stallion from the Northern Hemisphere will be shuttling, giving breeders an opportunity to secure fresh chilled semen and being a son of the sensational Muscle Hill, What The Hill ticks all the boxes! His maternal family includes millionaire and top sire Majestic Son, Ramerizi a $430,000 earner who was older trotting mare of her year, Mistreizi who won over $570,000 and was a world champion and Double L Lindy who was a 1.53 winner that  earned over $250,000. What The Hill’s 2018/19 service fee will be $7,000 + GST in New Zealand and $7,700 GST Inc in Australia. For bookings or enquires about What The Hill in New Zealand please contact Stacey Markham on 021595492 or via email and in Australia contact Mark Hughes on 0451650707 or via email What The Hill & David Miller wins TVG Open - FINAL ($350,000) in 1.51.4 What The Hill: Breeders Crown 3 Year Old Colt Trot $527,500 Final at Hoosier Park  2017 Hambletonian Trotting Stakes Muscle Hill - Hambletonian 2009

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