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Battle to be New Zealand's leading 3 year old sire

05:00 PM 02 Aug 2014 NZST
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Mach Three - Leading 3 year old sire in New Zealand 2013/'14
Mach Three - Leading 3 year old sire in New Zealand 2013/14
Venus Serena

The battle for the title of leading 3 year old sire in New Zealand went on for most of the harness racing season between Mach Three, Bettor's Delight and Art Major.

Mach Three grabbed an early advantage and although challenged by the other two sires throughout the season, he managed to stay in front and late in the season Mach Three broke away for a comfortable win.

It was always going to be an interesting battle because for once Mach Three had more foals than Bettor's Delight and Art Major.

This season's standings prove once and for all that numbers are critical and that there is very little if anything between these three great sires in Mach Three, Bettor's Delight and Art Major.

Mach Three showed once again his ability to leave that champion with Venus Serena in outstanding form all season with her win in the Jewels truly memorable. 

Venus Serena 1:52.1($399,104) was the leading stake earner of either sex this season while other fillies to show up were Te Amo Bromac 1:55.8 ($40,416) and Rockn Ruby 1:57.7 ($39,118).

The best colts were headed by Regulus 1:56.3 ($54,936)  No Doctor Needed 1:57.1 ($51,565) and Cyclone Prince 1:57.1 ($49,718)

Even with his large crop, Mach Three's percentages were excellent once again.

Foals - 152

Winners (Aust / NZ) 71

% Winners/Foals - 46.71

Stake Money - (NZ) $ 1,359,350

Bettor's Delight had another outstanding year but due to the smaller size of this years crop, he was brought back to the pack and had to fight hard to maintain his spot near the head of the sires table.

If it hadn't been for the Australian bred Willow 1:56.3 ($110,265), Bettor's Delight would have slipped to third overall behind Mach Three and Art Major.

Bettor's Delights best colt was the super consistent Tiger Tara 1:55.2 ($298,461) while others of note were Maxim 1:56.6 ($78,546) and Alleluia 1:58.2 ($57,982)

His best filly was the speedy Lancewood Lizzie 1:57.9 ($59,949) while others to show up were Millie Sampson 1:56.1 ($54,245) and Snooki 1:55.8 ($42,460).

Foals - 109

Winners (Aust/NZ) - 45

% Winners/Foals - 41.28

Stakes - (NZ) $1,126,070

Art Major had another outstanding year especially considering that he had the smallest crop of 3 year olds of the leading three sires.

It was a toss up who was his best colt with both Isaiah 1:54.6 ($241,778) and Sky Major 1:52 ($158,422) having credible claims to the title while the next best was Major Bubbles 2:00.1 ($45,033)

The Art Major fillies were ok but not as good as some recent crops. 

The pick of them were Asoka 2:02.2 ($26,275)  Sweet Art 1:58.3 ($24,925) and Simply Stunning 2:02 ($21,286).

Foals - 95

Winners (Aust/NZ) - 46

% Winners/Foals - 48.42

Stakes - (NZ) $1,044,423

There was a large gap back to the fourth placed sire in Christian Cullen but he did sire the brilliant Locharburn 1:56.4 ($256,067) and the outstanding filly Libertybelle Midfrew 1:56.1 ($166,112) (Aust/NZ) so he still has plenty to offer.

American Ideal held his own without looking like challenging the top three and again showed that ability to leave a top filly with Ideal Belle 1:54 ($176,409) being unlucky to strike one as good as Venus Serena.

One sire to show up down the sires list was Western Ideal who had a crop of 3 year olds which numbered just ten.

From that crop of ten Western Ideal produced four very smart individuals headed by the brilliant filly Raksdeal 1:54.9 ($101,023)  Ideal Power 1:56.4 ($41,047)  Jango Fett 1:55.9 ($29,928) and Gentle Western 1:55 ($17,000) who looked the best of the four until hurt in a race smash which ended his season.

The trotting division looked tight early on between Majestic Son and Love You but Majestic Son just ran away with the title when the classics rolled around.

King Denny 2:00.1 ($162,753) was easily the best 3 year old colt while Majestic Time 1:58.6 ($56,725) was just as easily the best 3 year old filly

His stock were clearly on top by seasons end with a gap of nearly $200,000 between first and second.

Monarchy claimed second with Love You close up in third and these two sires along with Majestic Son appear to have established a break on the other trotting sires available in New Zealand..

Venus Serena

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