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The NZ National Weanling Sale is being held at Karaka this coming Monday, 3 May. The first lot sells at 12pm. There are 130 lots catalogued in the sale and 52 of these are consigned by Alabar NZ. All 52 weanlings in the Alabar consignment will be paraded at Karaka at 2:30pm this Sunday, the day prior to the sale. Alabar have specialised in selling weanlings for a number of years and have sold the likes of Jack Mac (sold for $21,000 and now a two-time Gr1 winner of $285,973), Majestuoso (sold for $6,000 and now the winner of the Vic Trotting Derby and Australasian Trotters Ch’ship) and this year’s exciting Always B Miki two-year-old filly, Montana Glory (sold for $24,000 and now a NZSS Heat winner and second in the Gr1 Caduceus Club Classic) The 2021 Alabar weanling consignment is jam packed with highlights. The consignment is headed with 16 weanlings (6 colts and 10 fillies) by champion sire, Art Major. These include: Lot 31 – a filly from the smart Mach Three mare, Take A Bet. The winner of 3 races from just 6 starts, she is a daughter of the good filly Kabet so is a three quarter-sister to this season’s Harness Millions 3yo filly winner, Off N Gone. Lot 31 Art Major - Take A Bet filly Lot 99 – a lovely colt out of a race winning daughter of the NZ Horse of the Year and Australian 3yo Pacer of the Year, Elect To Live – the dam also of the Harness Jewels winner, Gotta Go Harmony. Lot 99 Art Major - Gotta Go Jet Away colt Lot 124 – a half-sister to the outstanding pacer, Jack Mac – a multiple Gr1 winner in WA including the Golden Slipper Stakes. Lot 124 Art Major - Matavutu filly The consignment also features 8 weanlings (4 colts and 4 fillies) by Always B Miki who is quite possibly the most exciting young sire in the world today. He was the leading first season sire in NA in 2020 and is off to a great start with his first 2yo’s in New Zealand and Australia in 2021. These include: Lot 50 – a colt out of the top racemare (Famous) Alchemist, a multiple group winner and the winner of over $300,000 in New Zealand and Western Australia. Lot 50 Always B Miki - Alchemist colt Lot 93 – an absolute quality filly whose dam is an Art Major daughter of the Gr1 winner Coburg, so is a half-sister to Veste – a Gr1 winner herself and the dam of this season’s NZ Sires Stakes 3yo Final winner, It’s All About Faith. Lot 93 Always B Miki - Franconia filly Vincent is a sire whose first yearlings are impressing all the best judges. They sold well at the yearling sales and have broken in beautifully. There are 10 Vincents (5 colts and 5 fillies) in the consignment. These include: Lot 77 – a half-sister to the $500,000 winner, Cyamach (1:50.8), Star of Montana (1:53.2) and also this season’s talented youngsters the 3yo, Cya Art and 2yo Cya Doit. Lot 77 Vincent - Cyathea filly Lot 112 – a half-brother to the top free-for-all pacer, Alta Orlando – a sub-1:50 pacer who has won over $800,000 to date and was third in last season’s NSW Miracle Mile. Lot 112 Vincent - La Joconde colt The consignment also presents the first offspring of the NZ Three and Four-Year-Old Pacer of the Year, Ultimate Machete. There are four great examples (3 colts and 1 filly) of Ultimate Machete’s weanlings in the consignment. These include: Lot 120 – an athletic colt of the 1:57.7 2yo filly and winner of the NZYSS 2yo Graduette, Martine Maguire. This is an excellent pedigree with Martine Maguire being a full-sister to the outstanding filly and Northern Oaks winner, Lizzie Maguire. Lot 120 Ultimate Machete - Martine Maguire colt On the trotting side there are 6 weanlings (3 colts and 3 fillies) by NZ and Australia’s champion trotting sire, Majestic Son. These include: Lot 81 – A half-brother to Cyclone Chief which ran second in the Aust Breeders Crown as a 2yo. He is out of a Muscle Yankee mare and is a three-quarter brother in blood to the multiple Gr1 winning star son of Majestic Son, Glenferrie Typhoon. Lot 81 Majestic Son - Cyclone Dani colt Another trotting highlight is: Lot 106 – a Father Patrick colt who is from a Love You mare which has already produced the NZ 2yo Trotting Filly of the Year, Aoraki. Lot 106 Father Patrick - Iditarod colt Full details of all lots including photos and videos are available at https://www.nzbstandardbred.co.nz/sales/21nsws Further information on the sale is available from Cam Bray at NZB Standardbred – 021737199, Cam.Bray@nzb.co.nz

Ultimate Sniper, New Zealand’s reigning Horse of the Year, has been purchased by Alabar and Nevele R studs. He has been retired and will commence stud duties in the new season. The recurrence of filling in the site of his leg injury meant that future options had to be evaluated and Alabar / Nevele R jumped at the opportunity. “Both Alabar and Nevele R believe it’s important and beneficial to the breeding industry to invest in high quality, well credentialed local stallions that appeal to breeders throughout Australasia,” commented Nevele R’s Ged Mooar.  “He’s the number one stallion prospect we’ve had our sights on for some time so we’re thrilled to be able to buy him. We appreciate the awareness of the owners realising that now was the time a decision had to be made. Sniper deserves a great chance at stud and we’re sure he’ll get excellent support from the broodmare owners of New Zealand and Australia,” said Graeme Henley, Alabar. The son of Bettor’s Delight goes to stud on a five-race win streak – and as New Zealand’s most intimidating racehorse. He was brutal on NZ Cup Day 2019, sitting parked and crushing the opposition in a 1:55.3 mile rate in the junior free-for-all. He then went to Auckland where he was simply sublime in dominating the Inter Dominion Championship. It was to be his career defining carnival. “Winning the Inter Dominions was the thrill of a lifetime for the syndicate.” “He had no favours with the draws through the series but his will to win came through and he put up some amazing performances. We’re in awe of what he achieved. His performances were Lazarus like!” “To do what he did when he was just a four-year-old is incredible,” said part-owner Philip Kennard. In the first heat, Ultimate Sniper was three wide for the majority of the 2200m journey but still got up to win in 2:35.4 – a new NZ record. Truly astonishing given the extra ground he covered. In the second heat, he was again three wide for the 1700m journey and still came his last half in 54.8 to win in a 1:52.6 mile rate. In the third heat, he looked like he was no chance on the final corner but still found the strength to pick himself up and win – again recording a 54.8 last half. In the final, he once again stamped his superiority sitting parked and proving too strong in 3:14.7 (1:56 mile rate) for the 2700m. Few Inter Dominion campaigns have been so dominant – and certainly not by a four-year-old. The world was at his feet. Tragically he had suffered an injury at some point through the carnival and he was never to race again. Unraced as a two-year-old, Ultimate Sniper quickly became a sensation as a three-year-old, being unbeaten through the Spring culminating in a dominant victory in the NZ Sires Stakes 3yo Final. He also scored resounding victories in the Alabar Classic, NZ Yearling Sales Series Final, Northern Derby and NZ Derby on his way to being awarded NZ Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year. In total, Ultimate Sniper has retired with a record of just 20 starts for 14 wins, 1 second and 2 thirds for $842,793. “He’s a gorgeous type and just the kindest, sweetest horse and really intelligent.” “It didn’t matter what the tempo in the race was. He could fire a slick quarter if you wanted but really time meant nothing to him, he just did whatever he had to do so effortlessly,” said co-trainer and regular driver Natalie Rasmussen “He had a wonderful temperament and was a lovely horse to work with.” “He was very brave in what he did at the Inter Dominions, especially with him only being a four-year-old. He just had such a tremendous will to win.” “The Inter Dominions showed a glimpse of what he was capable of but we really felt he was only going to get better as he matured,” added co-trainer Mark Purdon A powerfully built black stallion, Ultimate Sniper is a stunning type. He is also beautifully bred. He is a full-brother to Ultimate Machete who, like his brother, was also NZ’s Three and Four-Year-Old Pacer of the Year. Their dam (Reality Check) was a smart race filly winning the NZ Yearling Sales Series Two-Year-Old Fillies’ Final. She is also the dam of the top racemare, Major Reality (1:50.9, $434,415) whose first foal sold for $300,000 at this year’s Auckland yearling sale. His grandam is the NZ Broodmare of Excellence winner, Maureens Dream, who is a half-sister to the excellent sire Tuapeka Knight. In the words of Philip Kennard… “It’s just such a gutsy family. Sniper had this tremendous will to win and he could just carry his speed longer than other horses.” “We never took him for granted, he always surprised us with what he could do and that made the thrills even greater.” “We made the decision to retire to him now to give him the best opportunity at stud. We could’ve carried on but now is the right time to give him his best chance – which he deserves. I’m sure we’ll all get a lot of pleasure out of following his progeny” Ultimate Sniper’s fee and standing location will be announced shortly.   Media Release

Alabar will present a draft of 31 yearlings on behalf of clients and ourselves at this weekend’s Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at the Oaklands Sales Complex. The draft represents an amazing amount of quality ranging from siblings to stars through to the first of second foals of outstanding racemares. Siblings to Shez All Rock (pictured), Make Mine Cullen, Cover Of Darkness and Excel Stride, to name but a few, will be on offer. While buyers will also have the opportunity to secure the first yearlings offered at auction from Arms Of An Angel 1:49.5, Illawong Helios (Vic Trotters Derby – Gr.1) and Illawong Shimmer (Vicbred Platinum Homegrown Classic – Gr.1). We are particularly excited about the debut crop of Vincent. They have been very well received at auctions around Australia and New Zealand selling up to $215,000. We will offer three by this exciting stallion including a powerful colt out of stake winning mare Our Santa Catalina who is bred to Northern Hemisphere time. To view photos and videos of each yearling please click here. This draft features a yearling for everyone and we encourage all buyers to come find your next star in Barn F at the Oaklands Sales Complex.   Alabar at The Barn

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Cambridge horseman Rodney Frampton is vying to record his first training win when Monkee Around lines-up in the Racebook Donations Supporting Team Teal Mobile Pace (2200m) at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday. It will be the Art Major mare’s debut run for the stable and Frampton is hopeful of a bold showing after a couple of pleasing workout results, including a win at her hometrack on Saturday. “She has had a couple of workouts and she went quite nice in her workout on Saturday,” Frampton said. “She is happy with the pace on and rolling along a little bit, that suits her best. She has got a good attitude and is a tough wee mare.” The Alabar Stud bred and raced four-year-old will be driven by junior reinsman Luke Whittaker from barrier six, and the wide draw is the only concerning factor for her trainer. “I think she will go a nice enough race, although she has drawn quite an awkward alley,” Frampton said. “It will depend on what sort of run she gets. If she gets a nice run and is reasonably handy, she won’t be too far away.” Frampton is in his first season of training, although his career in the industry stretches back nearly 40 years. “I worked for John Langdon in the early to mid-eighties for about five years and I ended up being foreman there,” he said. “I drove a couple of winners and then I went to Australia for a couple of years. “I came back and worked at a dairy company for a while and then I had a horse with Andrew and Lyn Neal. I had another one with David Marshall and I helped him out a little bit. “I then started to work for Mike Berger and then Arna Donnelly, and now I am enjoying training myself.” Frampton recaptured his love for the sport when taking out his amateur driver’s license nearly a decade ago. “When I was helping out Andrew and Lyn, they had a horse there called Greg Brydon. We thought he would suit the amateur races, so I decided to get my license to drive him,” he said. Frampton is training a team of eight at Cambridge Raceway and he said he has received a fair amount of support from local trainers, particularly former employer Mike Berger. “Mike Berger helps me out quite a bit,” he said. “I am a breaker for him and I jog up a few for him. I have also got a couple of breakers for Alabar and they own Monkee Around.” Frampton is happy working his small team and he said he derives a lot of satisfaction from earning a living from something he loves. “I am quite happy training a few and breaking in a few, and making a living doing it,” he said. “I have worked in other careers, so it’s quite good being able to work with horses. I enjoy it.

For a horse to succeed in Australasia, it must be as tough as it is fast. For a harness racing stallion to be highly successful he must be able to produce offspring with both these attributes. He must also arrive at a time when his pedigree complements the majority of the broodmare population. Bettors Delight was a blazingly quick racehorse, but his timely injection of toughness into our breed is most likely what has made him a game changing sire. The outstanding success of the Bettors Delight - Christian Cullen cross is largely a result of the toughness of Bettors Delight combining with the high speed of Christian Cullen. Fake Left is another dominant sire in Australasia who provided a well-timed injection of toughness. Fake Left was a very good racehorse but not as dominant on the track as the sires of today. However, Fake Left did win the Little Brown Jug, the toughest race in North America requiring the horse to race in two separate mile races in one day. Always B Miki, with both speed and toughness and no Cam Fella or Direct Scooter blood in his pedigree, looks to be the perfect stallion prospect at the perfect time. As well as being the equal fastest horse of all time, Always B Miki showed extreme toughness on the track. His toughness is best showcased in his many battles against Wiggleitjiggleit. This next video is an amazing run by Always B Miki sitting parked out the trip and beating Wiggleitjiggleit 1:47.2 ($4,091,164) Always B Miki has had an outstanding start to his siring career with his first two-year-olds in North America, finishing third in money winnings behind only Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous. His progeny have already shown the shown the pedigree crosses, versatility, speed and toughness to indicate they will be ideal for our racing. Early Indications are also positive with the first crop of Always B Miki in the Southern Hemisphere with impressive trial and workout winners in both countries. Most notably, The Miki Taker (Always B Miki – Topless Beach Girl) was very impressive winning a mid-January Pinjarra trial in 1:58.8. Two colts selling in the 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale appear to have pedigrees that enhance that magical combination of speed and toughness. Lot 82 is Luka Doncic, an Always B Miki colt out of Cougar Bromac (Art Major). Cougar Bromac was a quality racemare winning 9 races and placing in 11 for career earnings of over $50,000. As tough as she was talented, Cougar Bromac raced 13 times as a two-year-old and over 50 times in her three seasons of racing. Cougar Bromac is out of Congo Breeze (1:52.8 USA), a warhorse in her own right who raced over 58 times predominantly in North America. The family toughness appears to have been passed down to this colt who carries a very powerful frame. Well-proportioned and an excellent mover, look for this colt to have the smooth action synonymous with Always B Miki and observed with his outstanding first two-year-old crop who raced in North America. Always B Miki has already sired the top two-year-old filly JK Alwaysbalady when crossed with a daughter of Art Major. Luka Doncic is named after the NBA Basketballer from Slovenia universally regarded as the best young player in the game.   Lot 54 is Miki Rourke, an athletic Always B Miki colt out of Yankee Dream (Dream Away). Yankee Dream was an outstanding racemare earning over $250,000 racing in both New Zealand and Australia. The highlight of her career came as a two-year-old when she defeated a strong field to win the Group 1 NZ Sires Stakes Fillies Championship. Yankee Dream continued to be a factor in group level mares racing through the age groups including finishing 2nd in the Harness Jewels 4yo Diamond behind Lancome. As a producer, Yankee Dream has left the talented Bettorstartdreaming who has won 6 races in a career best of 1:54.8. Included in these wins is a heat of the NZ Sires Stakes 3yo Championship and victories against open class company at Alexandra Park. Lot 54 is Miki Rourke Yankee Dream is also a half-sister to the ill-fated Detroit Lily who won 7 races from 18 starts in Australia, including finishing 2nd in the WA Oaks. Dream Away, the sire of Yankee Dream has proven himself to be a prolific broodmare sire in Australasia, with the great Dream About Me, Christen Me and Tiger Tara all out of Dream Away mares. Both Luka Doncic and Miki Rourke are part of the quality Alabar yearling consignment featuring four colts by Always B Miki and one colt by Vincent. Harnesslink Media

The Southern Hemisphere's largest standardbred stud farm, Alabar, are standing some of the finest harness racing stallions in the world but one of those stallions, Always B Miki seems to have hit the jackpot. Always B Miki has a total of 112 two-year-olds with 53 starters and 23 race winners with just on $2 million in earnings to date. His service fee in the USA was at $12,500 in 2020 and has been announced at the same price for 2021. Down Under his service fee is just $7,000 this season and appears to be a real bargain. His first crop to the races has produced to date an outstanding group of top two-year-olds including five $100,000 plus winners, three colts and two fillies. The amazing thing about Always B Miki is that he has shown he can leave champion horses with his first crop, something all breeders pray and hope for. Always B Miki has the two richest pacing two-year-olds in North America, Southwind Gendry $583,069 (13 starts 10 wins) and the unbeaten Perfect Sting $534,300 (10 starts 10 wins). His other $100,000 plus winners are the colt Always A Miki $147,708 (11 starts 3 wins) and the two fillies JK Alwaysbalady $214,407 (9 starts 2 wins) and Grace Hill $210,947 (7 starts 4 wins). It is interesting to note what dam-sires these Always B Miki five two-year-olds were out of; Southwind Gendry is out of a Cams Card Shark mare Gamblers Passion p3, 1:50.4 ($123,100) Perfect Sting is out of a Bettors Delight mare Shebestingin p3, 1:47 ($760,038) JK Alwaysbalady is out of a Art Major mare JK Shesalady p2, 1:50.1 ($972,730) Grace Hill is out of a Western Terror mare Western Silk p3, 1:50.1 ($1,729,708) Always A Miki is out of a Somebeachsomewhere mare Beach Gal p3, 1:49.3 ($506,170) Southwind Gendry There is no doubt that Always B Miki is having a sensational first crop to the races. It remains to be seen just how much of an impact he is going to make on the breeding scene long term! Harnesslink Media

AUSSIE pacing sensation Ride High will race on for another two years as part of a massive deal by Alabar Farm’s Alan Galloway to buy a half-share. The deal was sealed just before Ride High won his 10th successive race at Shepparton last night and took his career record to 15 wins from just 16 starts. Neither Gleeson or Galloway would disclose what the sale valued Ride High at, but it’s believed to smash all records for a Down Under pacer. “We’ve agreed to a deal, all that’s pending is a fertility test on Monday,” Ride High’s owner-breeder Peter Gleeson said. “I wouldn’t have done the deal without surety he’ll race for another two years, providing he stays sound. “I’ve waited a lifetime for this horse and the sport needs him as well. Alan (Galloway) was great about that.” The complex deal, which effectively has Galloway as a “silent” and non-earning partner during Ride High’s racing career, allows for Gleeson to continue a lease agreement with co-trainers Clayton Tonkin and Emma Stewart. Galloway, a major global breeding figure, said Ride High was the best pacer he had ever seen. “I’ve been all around the world and seen the best of the best, most of them in the flesh, and this horse is next level. He’s the best I’ve seen, anywhere, and that includes horses like Niatross and Nihilator. “The way he gets over the ground so easily and the times he runs without being asked … he’s just amazing. “I’ve been trying to buy a share in this horse for two years. Peter and I go back 40 years, he even worked for Alabar at one stage, and I’m sure that helped, but it’s taken a long time and lot of negotiating to get to this point. “I want him to race on as well. Peter deserves to have him race and I know what this horse can do for the sport.” Gleeson said winning major races and breaking the world record – Always B Miki’s 1min46sec – were the major goals with Ride High. “We want to get him to Menangle. Clayton (Tonkin) and I are sure he would break 1min46sec in the right conditions at Menangle. The problem is we obviously can’t with COVID restrictions,” he said. “We’re obviously not sure about feature races either with growing talk the Victoria Cup will be pushed back because of the virus. “Hopefully we can get to Menangle before too long and give that (world) record a crack.” Galloway and Alabar buying in begs the question about Ride High campaigning in North America to potentially further boost his stallion value. “We would like to do that, but it’s highly unlikely for a myriad of reasons,” Gleeson said. “There’s the virus, the fact Clayton and Emma really couldn’t leave their huge operation here to go with him and his age as well. He’s turning six later this year. “I think we’ve got some amazing things we can achieve here without having to worry about America and the risks associated with that.”   Adam Hamilton

NZB Standardbred’s highly anticipated 2020 All Age Sale saw New Zealand’s largest breeding stock go under the digital hammer on New Zealand Bloodstock’s online subsidiary platform gavelhouse.com. Despite initial COVID-19 uncertainty, the first-ever sale of its kind saw 138 lots sell for a total turnover of $1,042,310. The average reached $7,553 and the median settled at $4,550.  The confidence in the market over the past week of bidding has been reflected in the strong clearance rate, which topped the 97% threshold at the close of selling. NZB Director and Operations Manager James Jennings was delighted with the outcome of the Sale. “I think it’s a great result in light of recent and unprecedented circumstances. “The support and commitment we received from vendors was echoed by the remarkable clearance rate and their enthusiasm to meet the market. “There was a strong, international buying bench present and we are thankful for their participation in the Sale,” said Jennings. The top-priced Lot of the session was an Art Major weanling colt out of Alta Camilla (Lot 75). The colt was secured for $52,500 by Stonewall Stud’s Jill Stockman from the draft of Alabar Farms. “He is from a great family and is a very nice looking colt, we are happy to have secured him,” said Stockman. Stockman had completed her research prior to the Sale taking place. “The online bidding experience has been really good overall, it was certainly a different experience but Steve Telfer had gone to look at the horses first, so we knew exactly what we were bidding on.” First season sires were in hot-demand this evening, highlighted by Stonewall Stud’s purchase of Lot 35, a Downbytheseseaside filly out of Revere Me for $50,000 from the draft of Woodlands Stud. “She is a lovely filly and I think given her pedigree she would have made six figures had she gone through the ring next February. “She definitely ticked all the boxes for us,” said Stockman. Over the Tasman, prominent buyer Jean Feiss locked in Lot 26, another Woodlands Stud colt by Downbytheseaside out of Panforte for $26,000. Feiss was pleased with her purchase, “normally I don’t go for first season sires but I just liked the type of weanling he was, that’s what attracted me to him. “He could have been anything, I truly thought he was an outstanding weanling.” The previous owner of Vincent herself, Feiss also secured two of his offspring, Lot 44 (ex Sheza Monkee) filly and Lot 103 (ex Delightful Lover) filly for $19,000 and $26,000 respectively. “I really liked these two fillies, their breeding stood out to me as well as their exceptional type. “Overall Vincent has produced some outstanding types and I hope they are going to represent his results on the track. Feiss was pleased with the outcome of the digital format but is looking forward to getting back into the physical auction ring. “I think given the circumstances it went very well, it has been great to see vendors rewarded and buyers being able to secure good stock but I think we are all looking forward to when things can go back to normal,” said Feiss. Alabar Farms (NZ) General Manager Graeme Henley was elated with the result of his resident first season sire Vincent. “We thought the Sale went great overall, the biggest thing we were thrilled about was how Vincent’s progeny sold. “It was a great outcome for us and it was nice to see them receive the prices they deserve. “It’s been a lot of work and a bit of a roller coaster leading up to the Sale but the results we achieved today has made it all worthwhile,” commented Henley. First-time digital buyer Shane Sanderson was pleased with the simple online process on the gavelhouse.com Standardbred platform. “It was easy for me to get verified as a buyer and a good experience. I ended up purchasing Lot 59, a Rock N Roll Heaven filly from a good producing family for $20,000. I actually trained one of the half-sisters so I was pretty happy,” said Sanderson. All weanlings offered at the 2020 All Age Sale are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series, with approximately $1million in prizemoney on offer.  If you wish to notify and enter your horse into the Series, please contact Rachel Deegan (Rachel.Deegan@nzb.co.nz or +64 3 381 0141).  To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199. To view the full 2020 All Age Sale results on gavelhouse.com Standardbred click here. 2020 All Age Sale Statistics Aggregate  $ 1,042,310 Average  $ 7,553 Median  $ 4,550 Sold 138 Offered 142 Clearance 97%  

Rock N Roll Heaven further enhanced his credentials with a Group 1 siring double on Saturday night. Wolf Stride extended his win streak to six with a strong front running display in the $100,000 Metropolitan Region Championships Final. (Watch Replay) The star pacer began the race as favourite and he gave his backers no reason to be concerned. He settled in front and ran the field along in solid fashion. On the home bend Anthony Butt gave Wolf Stride some rein and he sprinted clear to win. The Emilio and Mary Rosati bred pacer has now won seven of his thirteen starts for $83,320. While at Newcastle, Kanye Crusader led and scored his maiden Group 1 win in a thrilling finish. (Watch Replay) After speeding to the front early, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven was able to dictate terms and fend off his rivals to win in a photo finish. Kanye Crusader was bred by Clayton Harmey out of the Fake Left mare Khloe. At stud she has a perfect record with four winners from four foals. The win pushed Kanye Crusader's lifetime earnings to $86,280.

Alabar has 57 harness racing weanlings in their annual NZB All Age Sale consignment up for sale this year – and one noticeable feature is the increasingly strong representation of trotters. The consignment, this year selling online via gavelhouse.com due to Covid-19, features five weanlings by Majestic Son, four by Peak and one (on behalf of a client) by Pegasus Spur. Majestic Son stands at Alabar NZ and is the reigning champion trotting sire in both New Zealand and Australia. Peak stands alongside him at Alabar NZ and the European bred, dual Group One winner is making his way as an up and coming sire. The highlight amongst the Alabar trotting consignment would have to be the big, strong Majestic Son colt out of the Muscles Yankee daughter, Cyclone Dani. Cyclone Dani is already the dam of Cyclone Chief which ran second in the Australasian Breeders Crown Final as a two-year-old. She is a full or half-sister to six black type trotters incl the Great Southern Star (Gr1) winner, Glenferrie Typhoon. Of significance, three of these black type trotters (incl Glenferrie Typhoon) are by Majestic Son so are three-quarter blood relatives to the weanling colt in the sale. Glenferrie Typhoon ($548,994) is the richest trotter sired by Majestic Son in the Southern Hemisphere. Also of particular note is that the richest worldwide offspring of Majestic Son, Charmed Life is out of a mare by Muscles Yankee. As is his third richest, Harper Blue Chip ($943,392, third Hambletonian Final). The weanling colt from Cyclone Dani certainly ticks a lot of boxes. The other trotters Alabar have in the sale are from sisters to some of the greatest trotters to have graced our tracks in recent years – Glenbogle, Prime Power, Sheemon, Sovereignty, Speeding Spur, Take A Moment and Whatsundermykilt. The lovely moving filly by Majestic Son out of Corker Moment is another to stand out. Corker Moment is not only a half-sister to the great Take A Moment but also to the dam of the current star, Oscar Bonavena (by Majestic Son). Filly by Majestic Son out of Corker Moment The Peak fillies from Lady J (a Majestic Son grand-daughter of Inda Bank, second Rowe Cup) and Megaspeed (an Angus Hall half-sister to Prime Power) are two other trotting lots with plenty of appeal.  “We’re fortunate to be standing Majestic Son and he’s enabled us to breed some very nice trotters. “Both the winners of last year’s Victorian Trotter’s Derby (Majestuoso) and Australasian 3yo Breeders Crown (Kratos) we bred and raised here. “On type and pedigree we definitely look like we have some very strong trotting prospects to sell again this year.” Graeme Henley, Alabar NZ. The full Alabar consignment is now online on gavelhouse.com. Bidding starts on 20 May and closes 27 May. For further information contact Cam Bray at NZB Standardbred (cam.bray@nzb.co.nz, 021 737 199) or Graeme Henley at Alabar NZ (graeme@alabar.co.nz, 0274 870 901).

Few horses have impressed Mark Purdon as much as Vincent did. The son of Art Major won 16 of his 19 starts including victories in the NZ Derby, NSW Derby and Auckland Cup. Vincent was regarded as the next harness racing’s next superstar. He retired to stud at Alabar as the fastest ever three-year-old in the Southern Hemisphere – and has served magnificent books of mares. His first foals are now weanlings and a selection of these are selling in NZB Standardbred’s gavelhouse.com sale this month. A stunning individual himself, Vincent is certainly leaving his impressive physique in his foals. Alabar have nine weanlings by Vincent in their gavelhouse.com consignment – and they are an absolute credit to their sire. These weanlings are uniformly attractive, muscular types and are all great walkers. They are: Lot 5 (Kim Maguire) – an eye-catching three-quarter sister to Eamon Maguire, the winner of the NZ Jewels 4yo Emerald and NZ Messenger Ch’ship Lot 21 (Nga Mihi Nui) – a precocious looking first colt from a race-winning mare closely related to a number of stakes performers incl Roman Gladiator (NSW Derby) Lot 39 (Russian Rocket) – a lovely moving half-sister to 4 in 2:00 incl the good mare Dynamite Denn Nee ($292,529) Lot 44 (Sheza Monkee) – a filly that looks and carries herself like a colt. A half-sister to 2 in 2:00 and out of a full-sister to the great Monkey King (2 NZ Cups) Lot 62 (Twist N Shout) – a strong filly who’s out of a $100,000 winner and is a half-sister to a $100,000 winner (Harry Hoo) Lot 78 (Alta Serena) – a quality filly out of a mare that won multiple Gr1’s and over $500,000. A half-sister to Hughie Green ($259,671) Lot 80 (Anika Lindenny) – a strong filly from a race-winning Christian Cullen mare. The family of Nostra Villa (Aust 2yo Filly of the Year) Lot 103 (Delightful Lover) – a well-muscled half-sister to the promising Love The Blues (1:58.9). The family of Better Cover Lover (6 time Gr1 winner) Lot 121 (Honey To The Bee) – a sharp colt from a half-sister to Cincinnati Kid ($490,557) and to the dam of The Orange Agent (3 time NZ Filly/Mare of the Year)  “We’re really thrilled with the Vincent foals. “In doing the photos and videos it was just so obvious what attractive, well-muscled types they are and that they are such lovely fluent walkers. Some horses just have more quality about them – and they do.” Graeme Henley, Alabar NZ A view of the photos and videos of the Vincents on gavelhouse.com is an absolute must. The full Alabar consignment is now online on gavelhouse.com. Bidding starts on 20 May and closes 27 May. For further information contact Cam Bray at NZB Standardbred (cam.bray@nzb.co.nz, 021 737 199) or Graeme Henley at Alabar NZ (graeme@alabar.co.nz, 0274 870 901).  

By Garrick Knight    Today’s Karaka yearling sale is being keenly anticipated by those connected with rookie sire, Always B Miki. The former champion American racehorse has his first New Zealand crop going through the ring this week and if results from his homeland are taken as a guide, he’s in for a good showing here. “His first crop of yearlings sold for huge money in North America,” said Graeme Henley, head of Alabar Stud, which stands the shuttle stallion. “He was third overall on average behind Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous and I think had at least 11 lots sell for over US$100,000. “Then at the first APG sale in Brisbane, he broke the record there for the highest-priced colt and he sold solidly in Melbourne.” Henley says the biggest sign that buyers and breeders like Always B Miki is that in this most recent breeding season, his third, he defied the usual ‘third year slump’. That is the season where he is yet to have a yearling in the sales, but is no longer the exciting new stallion, so numbers would inevitably take a hit. It’s been that way since Moses wore short pants. “But this year he served his biggest book ever. “It means people are liking what they see and they’ve seen the results in North America.” Henley sees Always B Miki, in time, as the Stud’s replacement flagship stallion for the great Art Major, who is now 21 and starting to struggle a bit with fertility. “He’s just so well lined up to succeed down here and will certainly have his opportunity.” There are 12 of his stock that will go through the Karaka ring today, and the standout on paper is the half-brother to star mare Princess Tiffany, named Miki Diamonds. Nigel Fahy is the new studmaster at Breckon Farms, and he’s handled six of the 12 Always B Miki yearlings for the sale. He says buyers are showing immense interest in all of them. “A lot of people who turned up at the farm, including a few major clients, all said the same thing. “We want to see the Bettor’s Delights, the Art Majors and the Always B Mikis. “That’s what you want – a lot of the good judges, and those that buy at the top end of the market, looking at them.” Fahy says Miki Diamonds has had his fair share of interest and he has no doubts he will sell well. “He’s a big strapping colt and the type of horse the high end buyers will be after. “He is really big though and that may just prevent him from being in the top few lots.” Another sure to get the attention of buyers is Cos I Can, a half-sister to juvenile filly Town Echo, who has turned heads with some scintillating trials performances recently. Connections confirmed over the weekend that a $300,000 offer had been declined for the Matt Anderson-trained filly, so her Always B Miki half-brother will surely generate plenty of interest. The first to go throw the ring will be Thug Rose, a half-sister to Eamon Maguire offered by Henley’s son, Tate. “It’s a bit of a shame she has to go through so early as lot 6, but she’s a really nice filly and I’m sure will sell well,” said Henley. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Word came today that one of the real pioneers of the Harness Racing Breeding Industry in Australia had passed away. Alan Playford Galloway died suddenly on Thursday 23rd January at his home in Coffs Harbour , NSW at the age of 92. It was Alan [Snr] and his wife Barbara that commenced the now famous world wide Breeding name of ALABAR  [a combination of the first three letters of their Christian names]. Alan was a rugged Aussie Rules footballer in his younger days in Adelaide playing at the highest level in the SANFL and representing his State. He also served in the SA Mounted Police Force for a number of years before taking early retirement and purchasing a dairy farm at Mt Barker in the Adelaide hills in the 1950’s. Along with the farm came a Standardbred broodmare, Stormy Princess and so Alan and Barbara quickly became Harness Racing participants. Stepping Chief, Trainer Hanover and Golden Adios were the first three stallions that Alan took under his wing and during this time three children arrived to join the Galloway clan  -  Julie [now deceased], Alan Jnr and Greer. Alan Jnr relocated the Alabar home to Echuca, Victoria in 1979 and the rest is history, as they say, with the ALABAR name and brand at the forefront of Standardbred breeding worldwide. Alan [Snr] never let his age slow him down  -  he loved fast cars , yachts , planes and had an uncanny knack of reading Harness Racing pedigrees. It was just two days before his passing that he circulated a list of Yearlings, recommending that his son Alan purchase at the Melbourne Yearling Sales on 2nd February. He was also planning on flying to Melbourne to watch the ALABAR syndicated horse Chase Auckland take on his rivals in the prestigious Hunter Cup. Alan was preceded in death by his daughter Julie and is survived by his wife Barbara , children Alan and Greer and grandchildren  Thomas and Brooke. A full obituary will follow next week. John Coffey

By Garrick Knight Tragedy struck early on Friday morning when highly-regarded broodmare, Zenterfold, died while foaling. The 19-year-old daughter of In The Pocket could not be saved by staff at Alabar Stud in South Auckland shortly after delivering a colt foal by Vincent. Zenterfold is best known as the dam of former Group 1-winning pacer-cum-sire Tintin In America, whose daughter, Shartin, is arguably the best pacing mare in the world given her North American domination over the past couple of years. Zenterfold also left the Group 1 place-getter The Blue Lotus and four other winners, including the 1.52 pacer, Destination Moon. While devastated, her Cambridge co-owner Bee Pears says she has many good memories of the mare, which she bred about-turn with Pukekohe’s Geoff and Aria Small. “She was a very much-loved mare who shuttled between our place in Cambridge, Geoff and Aria's place and Alabar often for foaling. Everyone loved her. “Character is the word you immediately think of with Zenterfold." “She loved people and attention, could be bossy with other horses, and was a super mum to her foals.” “I'm so grateful her daughters and granddaughters are in such good hands. Her legacy lives on in her offspring and theirs, and of course in the deeds of Tintin In America as a sire now.” Both Tintin In America and The Blue Lotus are now based in New South Wales at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Pears having sold The Blue Lotus to the Stud just a few months ago. And while Pears no longer has any female descendants of the family left in her ownership, more memories are still to be made as Zenterfold’s two previous foals, both colts, are in training and showing promise. Ideal Zen (American Ideal) is now three and in training for the Smalls while King Ottokar, which Pears sold to Graeme Rogerson for $30,000 at Karaka earlier this year, has just turned two. “The two colts are getting close to racing and hopefully so will this new boy by Vincent, which Kym Kearns will have. “So, there is lots of legacy but after 20 years of close friendship with this mare, we will all miss her heaps. “I'm so grateful for having known her and what she gave me.” While a healthy foal, the Vincent colt is in desperate need of a foster mum and Alabar Stud were aggressively seeking one as the day wore on. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

U May Cullect is regarded by many as the rising star of New Zealand harness racing.   Unbeaten in four starts to date, the Southland pacer has built up a level of excitement that few horses ever do.   Now very much the pride of the south, the son of Gotta Go Cullect was purchased by Tom Kilkelly for $5,200 as a weanling at Karaka from the annual Alabar NZ draft.   This year, Alabar NZ have a consignment of 55 weanlings selling at the NZB Standardbred All Aged Sale being held at Karaka on Monday, 6 May.   The sale starts at 11am with an Open Inspection Day being held at the sales venue the day before (Sunday, 5 May) between 1pm and 4pm.   Come along, who knows, you may collect harness racing’s next excitement machine.   The highlights of a 2019 draft stacked with quality include:    Five weanlings from the first crop of Always B Miki. The fastest horse of all time and the horse that Hall of Fame trainer, Jimmy Takter was quoted as saying “I think this could be the greatest horse that ever lived”   The first North American yearlings by Always B Miki are due to sell later this year and, being by a superstar of the sport and out of some of the best mares in the world, they are sure to sell extremely well.   The Alabar weanling draft gives buyers the chance to get ahead of this hype.   To add to the attraction they are also outstanding types.    Three weanlings by champion sire Art Major including a full-brother to Alta Maestro and a daughter of Annie Morva, 1:52.9 Lot 179 Art Major - Alta Camilla colt    Four weanlings by Majestic Son, the leading trotting sire in both New Zealand and Australia for the last two seasons Lot 120 Majestic Son - Letz Hope colt    Seven weanlings by He’s Watching who’s off to an excellent start with his first crop with five individual winners including the recent impressive Cambridge winner Eagle Watch (3rd Young Guns Final) and Star Hunter, a multiple Australian winner who was a close second in 1:53.3 in the APG Heat at Menangle on Tuesday. He looks like being one of the favourites for the Final Lot 106 He's Watching - Hip Pocket colt    Four weanlings from the only Southern Hemisphere crop by the US 3yo Breeders Crown winner, Racing Hill. Being the greatest son of Roll With Joe, a top sire who is no longer available to New Zealand breeders, is sure to be something that will grab the attention of buyers Lot 108 Racing Hill - Ineedanorvic colt      Six weanlings by A Rocknroll Dance, a sire who is sitting fourth on the NZ 3yo Sires’ Premiership with his first crop Lot 200 A Rocknroll Dance - Cote D Azure filly    Six weanlings by Sportswriter, the prolific juvenile sire who sired 43 individual 2yo winners in Australia last season and showed NZ a preview of his quality by quinellaing the Southland Oaks last weekend.    Three weanlings by Sunshine Beach, already the sire of 10 in 1:55 (3 in 1:53) with his first crop of early 3yo’s in North America Lot 116 Sunshine Beach - La Joconde colt    The only weanling ever to sell in NZ by champion US trotting sire Kadabra. Of note, with the weanling being offered being a filly, Kadabra is one of the all-time great sires of trotting mares with four millionaire mares to his credit including the US$4 million winner, Bee A Magician. Lot 206 Kadabra - Cyclone Emily filly     In what will be a somewhat poignant moment for the Alabar team, the last ever weanling by the great and ill-fated Mach Three appropriately rounds out the draft to be offered. Lot 152 Mach Three - Samantha Chloe filly    For more information contact Peter Lagan (021 424 606) or Rachel Deegan (021 939 950) at NZB Standardbred.     Graeme Henley

New Zealand Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year.   New Zealand Four-Year-Old Pacer of the Year.   New Zealand’s fastest ever pacer over both 1950 and 2200 metres.   A four-time Group One winner.   By an eight-time New Zealand Stallion of the Year from a mare destined to be New Zealand’s Broodmare of the Year.   Ultimate Machete has a stallion’s résumé and a stallion’s pedigree.   Now purchased by Alabar and Nevele R studs to stand at Alabar’s Auckland property, he’s also going to have a stallion’s opportunity.   New Zealand and Australian racing is dominated by horses that thrive on today’s style of racing.   Horses that are able to roll forward into the race and then be unrelenting in last halves run in 54 seconds or better.   Ultimate Machete, with extreme toughness and a high cruising speed, personified this never-say-die rolling style of racing.   These qualities should come as no surprise as he is by Bettor’s Delight out of a mare by Armbro Operative, so bred 3x3 to Cam Fella.   His entrance to the stud scene is surely timely, as many broodmare owners will see that breeding to him is breeding to a horse tailor-made for today’s racing.   With his pedigree, the attributes he brought to his racing and also his stature (standing a shade over 16’) he will be an ideal consort for the many mares that are bred along speed lines.   He is well suited to daughters of Christian Cullen, In The Pocket, Mach Three, Somebeachsomewhere, Courage Under Fire, Changeover, Art Major, Dream Away, Real Desire, American Ideal, Falcon Seelster, Safely Kept, Live Or Die and Badlands Hanover to name but a few.   In an outstanding race career, Ultimate Machete’s flagship victories were: - The NZ Sires Stakes Three-Year-Old Final at Addington on NZ Cup Day - where he announced his arrival as a rising star. His winning performance was nothing short of phenomenal, being caught out wide and just keeping rolling to be far too good in what was a New Zealand record for 1950m at the time. It is regarded as the best ever performance in the history of the race.   - Twelve months later, in the NZ Free-For-All on Show Day at the same venue, he did what many thought impossible by sitting outside Tiger Tara before winning the home straight war to claim victory – and in doing so, reclaiming his New Zealand record for the 1950m distance (2:15.7, a 1:51.9 mile rate).   - He then ventured to Perth where he monstered the Group One double for four-year-olds in the WA Classic and the WA Golden Nugget – wonderful efforts by the big horse around the tight Gloucester Park circuit and a testimony to his gait. He then ran a close up fourth in the Fremantle Cup before injury curtailed a blitz on the Victorian classics.   As a two-year-old, his second by a ½ head in the NZ Jewels, after being wide early then working to the lead, was a precursor to what would be a wonderful three-year-old season.   The other highlights to his three-year-old season were equalling the all-age New Zealand 2200m record (2:36.1) in winning the NZ Yearling Sales Series 3yo Final, winning the Alabar Classic and the NZ Flying Stakes (53.9 last 800m) as well as finishing second in the NZ, Northern and NSW Derbies.   All told, Ultimate Machete won 13 of 32 starts for $850,361 in stakes.   He’d already done enough to be regarded as a star - but a niggling, leg-injury-enforced retirement surely robbed him of being an open class colossus.   He was the early favourite for the 2018 New Zealand Cup but it wasn’t to be.   Co-trainer, Mark Purdon is full of respect for Ultimate Machete,   “He was a very tough horse with a great attitude. He never gave in, always trying right to the wire.He was a horse who could really maintain his high speed.”   Ultimate Machete is impeccably bred, being a full-brother to super-star three-year-old Ultimate Sniper. Their dam (Reality Check) was a very smart race filly winning the NZ Yearling Sales Series Two-Year-Old Fillies’ Final. She is also the dam of the top Western Australia racemare, Major Reality (1:50.9, $434,415).   His grandam is the NZ Broodmare of Excellence winner, Maureens Dream, who is a half-sister to the excellent sire Tuapeka Knight.   This is a prodigious family made famous by renowned breeders, Tuapeka Lodge. Ultimate Machete is one of its proudest sons.   He will stand his debut season at Alabar NZ (in association with Nevele R) at an introductory service fee of $3,000 (plus GST)   Graeme Henley General Manager Alabar (NZ) Ltd

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