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Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Addington today with a nine race program starting at 5.19pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good night of racing. Addington selections 25th February 2021   Best Bet:  R4 Nikol Franco Best Value:  R3 Invisible Girl   Race 1 Louis Litt has been good at workouts and ready to go here. Paying nice money and can win… Better Fly looks to have improved from last season and should land close to the speed. Can run top three here …… Nerano coming in fresh but has a ton of speed. Could upset with a good run in transit….. Franco Stefan disappointing run last start but will be fitter. Draw ok and has claims with a cosy run in transit Selections:  Louis Litt (5),   Nerano (4),   Better Fly (2)   Franco Stefan (1)   Race 2 Blink N Bones comes up with a good draw and gets in well to this race. Has to be a player here at double figure odds.……. Hurricane Hill tricky draw but runs have been better than they look on paper. Good winning claims …… Palisade coming in fresh but has been to workouts. Another with good place claims at ok money…… Michelle worth noting a driver change here and paying good money. One for longer odds Selections:  Hurricane Hill (10),  Michelle (15),   Blink N Bones (1),   Palisade (7)   Race 3 Invisible Girl racing well and good draw here. She looks one of the best chances in the race and opened over the odds….. Idealindreams has been racing well and likely to get a good run on the pegs. Good winning claims at nice odds….. Miss Impression drawn outside her two major rivals. Will probably go forward and hard to beat if she can lead….. Queenofdance racing ok and good second on grass last start. Well placed here from the draw and can win Selections:   Invisible Girl (2),   Queenofdance (1),   Idealindreams (10)   Miss Impression (3)   Race 4 Nikol Franco bit of a word about for this runner and stable can get them winning first up. Needed….. Saint Waitaki racing better than the form reads. Good place chance if he gets a cart into the race ….. Yankee Jay racing well at trials but suspect manners. Major player with no mistakes but take at your own risk.….. Seapris ok at previous starts and from strike rate stable . Could surprise at nice odds Selections:   Nikol Franco (6),   Seapris (9),   Yankee Jay (12)   Saint Waitaki (11)   Race 5 Cheapcheap good draw and decent run last start. Definitely can win with a good run in transit and paying good money…... Sense Of Occasion good fourth last start but draw not great and a bit one paced. Good chance with some speed injected in the race ….. Unfazed looks the early leader with manners and coming in fresh. Good winning chance..….. Conspirator has had no luck the first few races and better placed here . Could surprise at nice odds Selections:   Conspirator (8),   Cheapcheap (5),   Sense Of Occasion (6)   Unfazed (3)   Race 6 Smooth Deal big drop in class and hard to beat with the draw the only issue. Top selection.…. Nirvana Beach good patch of form but hardest test to date. Good place chance here …… Pace N Pride ok draw but out of form. Not the worst and hard to beat ..… Ifyousayso racing well and has speed early. Likely leader who can win Selections:  Smooth Deal (7),   Pace N Pride (1),   Ifyousayso (4),  Nirvana Beach (3)   Race 7 I Dream Of Jeannie should get a run through from the draw and good run last start. Good winning claims …. Doff Your Cap form suggests a good run here and he was brave last start. Chance here at nice odds ….. Midnight Dash tricky handicap but class horse of the field. Hard to beat  here…. Idle Stuartia getting better with racing and could be hard to beat with a quick beginning. Place chances look best Selections:   Midnight Dash (8),  Doff Your Cap (10),   I Dream Of Jeannie (6),  Idle Stuartia (2)   Race 8 Dream On Me from a stable who gets these fillies winning fresh up. Should be running first or second here….. Hattie stronger now and looks hard to beat in this. Can run the quinella with the favourite….. Seventh Heaven last couple have been ok. Should be close to the placings with luck in the running…..    Smart Shadow would need to lift to beat some of these but could run into the placings with no mistakes Selections:   Hattie (4),   Dream On Me (2),   Seventh Heaven (1)  Smart Shadow (5)   Race 9 Saginaw racing well and looks a good bet in this field. Small field helps and he can win at nice odds….. Rockntommy Rulz racing ok and good finisher who should be hard to beat from the draw. Could see him handy and hard to beat.….. Pay Me Visa has speed and well suited here. Winning claims and should be close to the placings…. Cab Calloway running on late last start. Better placed here and good winning chance Selections:  Saginaw (4),  Rockntommy Rulz (7),   Cab Calloway (5)    Pay Me Visa (8)   Harnesslink Media

Bidding in the current 12 Lot gavelhouse.com Standardbred auction will close tonight, starting with Lot 1, from 7pm. As of this morning half of the catalogue has met their reserves with racing proposition Sunday Invasion the highest priced Lot at $5,000 thus far. The auction also features six broodmares including the quality black-print mare Flying Anvil who is offered in foal to Always B Miki with a Sweet Lou filly at foot.   There are also foals at foot by the likes of Always B Miki and Ultimate Machete.  Following are some bidding tips to help you navigate the process. Lot 1 will close from 7pm. If a bid is placed in the final 30 seconds, another 30 seconds is added onto the auction and to all subsequent Lots. This will keep happening until there are no further bids placed. If you are are outbid, you must type in the next bid amount, the site does not automatically update the bid amount for you. There is no benefit in letting auctions run down to the last second before bidding as the auction will just keep auto-extending until no further bids are placed. This practice increases your chances of missing out on horse.  gavelhouse.com cannot identify loss of online connection, a slow internet connection or browser issues at the user’s end. Even a slight loss of internet connection that may not be noticeable can interrupt the user’s browser in following the sale in real-time therefore setting up an auto-bid is the best way to ensure your bids are placed. Google Chrome or Safari are the recommended internet browsers. gavelhouse.com staff are able assist in actively supporting both buyers and vendors during the sale, if you need a hand with registration or bidding, we are available on phone +64 9 296 4436 or email  info@gavelhouse.com during our online auction to help. VIEW FULL CATALOGUE gavelhouse.com

Katrina Price was confident she had two high quality colts that were prepped and ready to sell at the National Standardbred Yearling Sales in Christchurch today, but to end up with the top two lots was an exceptional result. “It was pretty amazing. One out of the box,” she said. Both yearlings attracted lots of pre-sale interest and Katrina and husband John had high hopes of doing well. They were hoping they’d get into six figures. “They were two beautiful colts and I said a few times that you don’t get two colts like this every year.” Collectively the pair sold for a staggering $630,000 which must be a record for a vendor with just two yearlings in a sale. “When you get into those figures everything becomes a bit of a blur.” The stunning looking Chicago Bear was the first of their consignment to come into the ring and he was bought by Cran Dalgety for $310,000. “Anything after that was just going to be a bonus.” Forty six lots later Mandinka was sold to a phone bid for $320,000. “They both had beautiful pedigrees that were up to date. They were just great colts in the flesh and in temperament.” Mandinka is beautifully bred, being out of Hartofdixie an American Ideal mare. The family had left big winners including Maxim and Christian Me. Hartofdixie is a relatively recent purchase for the Prices, being bought during lockdown. They later bought her foal Mandinka. “We bought her colt as a speculative buy. We took the risk and have been well and truly rewarded. We’re thrilled to have the mare and she’s in foal to Bettor’s Delight and we’re hoping that she’ll have a filly.” The buyers were certainly chasing the better bred colts today, particularly those by leading sire Bettor’s Delight. Whereas yesterday a high number of yearlings were passed in. “Yesterday was a bit of a battle but today it’s heated up. If you brought along a good article with a good page by Bettor’s Delight you were certainly well rewarded.” In addition to taking out the top two lots Katrina and John prepared the highest selling trotter on the first day of the Sale. Concise, consigned by Dave Kennedy sold for $120,000. The Prices also prepared Tuapeka Dan for Tuapeka Lodge and he achieved the fourth highest pacer sold, going for $240,000. A stunning few days at the Sales for Price’s Bloodstock.   by Bruce Stewart

Over four days of trading and an unexpected postponement due to COVID-19, NZB Standardbred has broken three records at the conclusion of their 2021 National Yearling Sale.  The Sale Series ended with a combined aggregate of $13,333,500, up 10% on 2020’s overall aggregate of $12,109,250. NZB Managing Director Andrew Seabrook commented on the outstanding results. “Yesterday was a bit flat and it has been a sale of two halves, but we are really pleased with how the sale carried through today.” “It finished incredibly strong with two $300,000 lots and multiple records broken. “To be up over one million in aggregate over the whole series is a good result and we have got to be happy. “I’d like to thank all the vendors for the efforts they have put in during what has been a great four days of trading,” Seabrook said. The highlights of the session resulted in a round of applause at Canterbury Agricultural Park, with two lots selling for over the $300,000 threshold and breaking NZB Standardbred yearling sale records, both purchased from Katrina and John Price’s draft. Sale-topping Bettor’s Delight colt Lot 361 was purchased by prominent owners Emilio and Mary Rosati across the Tasman for $320,000. He is out of Hartofdixie (NZ) (American Ideal), making him a three-quarter sibling to Group One horses Our Maxim (NZ) and Our Splendour (NZ). Agent Peter Lagan was bidding on behalf of the Rosati’s at the Auckland and Christchurch Sales. “Emilio bought the lovely colt today which I thought was the pick of all the yearlings in both sessions and he sold accordingly. “He presented well and had a beautiful pedigree,” Lagan said. Lot 315 was purchased by heavyweight trainer Cran Dalgety for $310,000 under his Kentuckiana Lodge banner. The Bettor’s Delight colt out of Chicago Blues (NZ) (Christian Cullen) is a full sibling to track stars Chicago Bull (NZ) and Perfect Stride (NZ). John Price commented on the prolific results, who’s Price Bloodstock banner also claimed the leading consignor by aggregate title at the end of today’s pacing session.   “We had two magnificent colts for sale and the results are absolutely unbelievable. “It’s been a great day and is beyond our wildest dreams,” he said. “They are going to stables where every opportunity is provided for them which is all you can hope for,” added Katrina Price. Victorian-based owner Jean Feiss was active again buying two quality lots today (335 and 422) and securing the leading buyer by aggregate title for the Christchurch session, totalling in six yearlings purchased for a turnover of $686,000. The undisputed king of New Zealand’s breeding ranks, Bettor’s Delight, topped the sires tables by aggregate and average once again after 26 yearlings sold for an aggregate of $3,003,000, averaging $115,500. All horses purchased today are eligible for the Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates of the Yearling Sale Series. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact NZB Standardbred’s Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199 or email cam.bray@nzb.co.nz. View the highlights and lot-by-lot footage here. Next up on the calendar is the 2021 National Standardbred Weanling Sale held on Monday 3 May at the Karaka Sales Centre. Entries via the NZB portal will be open soon. 2021 National Yearling Sale Statistics – Christchurch Pacing Session   2021 Christchurch Pacers Sale 2020 Christchurch Pacers Sale 2019 Christchurch Pacers Sale Aggregate $7,143,000 $6,479,500 $6,471,500 Average $43,030 $43,487 $40,959 Median $27,500 $30,000 $30,500 Clearance 71% 78% 85% Catalogued 247 209 206 Sold 166 149 158 Top Price $320,000 Lot 361 (B.C) Bettor's Delight - Hartofdixie $280,000 Lot 243 (B.F) Bettor's Delight - Pemberton Shard $170,000 Lot 267 (Bl.C) Bettor's Delight - Pemberton Shard; $170,000 Lot 369 (Bl.C) Bettor's Delight - Beaudiene Maja Babe   2021 National Yearling Sale Statistics – Combined Overall Statistics   2021 Combined AKL & CHC Sale 2020 Combined AKL & CHC Sale 2019 Combined AKL & CHC Sale Aggregate $13,333,500 $12,109,250 $12,350,000 Average $45,198 $43,247 $41,443 Median $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 Clearance 72% 76% 74% Catalogued 430 388 401 Sold 295 280 298 Top Price $320,000 Lot 361 (B.C) Bettor's Delight - Hartofdixie $280,000 Lot 146 (Ch.C) Love You - Queen Kenny;   $280,000 Lot 243 (B.F) Bettor's Delight - Pemberton Shard $190,000 Lot 18 (B.C) Art Major - Goodlookinggirl   2021 Top Lots – Christchurch Pacing Session Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Price 361 B.C Bettor's Delight / Hartofdixie Price Bloodstock Peter Lagan Standardbreds (New South Wales) $320,000 315 BR.C Bettor's Delight / Chicago Blues Price Bloodstock Kentuckiana Lodge (Canterbury) $310,000 232 B.C Bettor’s Delight / Start Dreaming Studholme Bloodstock All Star Racing Stables (Canterbury) $250,000 289 B.C Bettor's Delight / Bonnie Joan Tuapeka Lodge Peter Lagan Standardbreds (New South Wales) $240,000 237 B.C Vincent / Suzys Delight Spreydon Lodge Mrs JL Feiss (Victoria) $215,000 422 B.C Bettor's Delight / My Style Studholme Bloodstock Mrs JL Feiss (Victoria) $200,000 349 BR.C Bettor's Delight / Galleons Cheer Beaudiene Breeding Lincoln Farms Bloodstock (Auckland) $190,000 225 B.C Bettor's Delight / Some Legend Rosedale Farm Eynon Farms Ltd (Bay of Plenty) $160,000 224 BR.C Bettor's Delight / Simply Devine Studholme Bloodstock Mr NB Cleaver (Southland) $140,000 335 B.F Bettor's Delight / Fortune Lover Broadfield Lodge Mrs JL Feiss (Victoria) $140,000 316 B.C Bettor's Delight / Cullen Who Barron Bloodstock Diamond Racing (Auckland) $130,000 410 BR.C Bettor's Delight / Lucky Pocket Kufra Farm Barry Purdon Racing Stables (Auckland) $130,000   2021 Leading Purchasers by Aggregate – Christchurch Sale Combined Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Mrs JL Feiss 6 $686,000 $114,333 $215,000 237 Peter Lagan Standardbreds 2 $560,000 $280,000 $320,000 361 Kentuckiana Lodge 5 $521,500 $104,300 $310,000 315 Diamond Racing 8 $520,500 $65,063 $130,000 316 Lincoln Farms Bloodstock 7 $482,500 $68,929 $190,000 349 All Stars Racing Stables 5 $419,500 $83,900 $250,000 232 PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock 5 $304,500 $60,900 $80,000 381 Montana Park P/L 2 $178,000 $89,000 $120,000 372 Mr AG Herlihy 5 $178,000 $35,600 $52,000 362 Mr MP Jones 4 $170,000 $42,500 $70,000 201   2021 Leading Consignors by Aggregate – Christchurch Sale Combined Consignor Entries Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Studholme Bloodstock 21 20 $1,254,500 $62,725 $250,000 232 Broadfield Lodge 26 21 $922,000 $43,905 $140,000 335 Price Bloodstock 2 2 $630,000 $315,000 $320,000 361 Rosedale Farm 15 12 $545,000 $45,417 $160,000 225 Beaudiene Breeding 7 6 $477,500 $79,583 $190,000 349 Spreydon Lodge 9 7 $456,500 $65,214 $215,000 237 Dancingonmoonlight 11 9 $393,000 $43,667 $80,000 139 Shard Farm 12 9 $330,500 $36,722 $67,500 277 Arden Lodge 12 8 $326,500 $40,813 $82,500 249 L. Smith 12 9 $304,000 $33,778 $55,000 190   2021 Leading Consignors by Average (three or more sold) - Christchurch Sale Combined Consignor Entries Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Beaudiene Breeding 7 6 $79,583 $477,500 $190,000 349 Spreydon Lodge 9 7 $65,214 $456,500 $215,000 237 Studholme Bloodstock 21 20 $62,725 $1,254,500 $250,000 232 White Stables 6 4 $48,250 $193,000 $110,000 135 Barron Bloodstock 5 4 $47,750 $191,000 $130,000 316 Rosedale Farm 15 12 $45,417 $545,000 $160,000 225 Broadfield Lodge 26 21 $43,905 $922,000 $140,000 335 Dancingonmoonlight 11 9 $43,667 $393,000 $80,000 139 Arden Lodge 12 8 $40,813 $326,500 $82,500 249 Shard Farm 12 9   $330,500 $67,500 277   2021 Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold) - Christchurch Pacing Session Sire Entries Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Bettor's Delight 31 26 $115,500 $3,003,000 $320,000 361 Captaintreacherous 26 15 $43,233 $648,500 $75,000 276 Vincent* 20 14 $43,071 $603,000 $215,000 237 Art Major 54 36 $36,708 $1,321,500 $120,000 372 Always B Miki 16 13 $26,615 $346,000 $67,500 277 Rock N Roll Heaven 19 13 $26,231 $341,000 $60,000 427 American Ideal 7 6 $26,000 $156,000 $52,500 268 Downbytheseaside* 7 6 $20,667 $124,000 $30,000 328 Sweet Lou 42 24 $16,438 $394,500 $48,000 293 He's Watching 8 7 $13,143 $92,000 $23,000 425 *First Season Sire   NZB Standardbred

New Zealand Derby Winner debuts in winning style in north America. Monday night harness racing action at Yonkers raceway was a pleasing night out for Down Under trainer Peter Tritton when former top Down Under pacer Sheriff N won his first race in North America from just his second start. Sheriff N was driven hard out of the starting gate by driver Daniel Dude and found the front early which allowed the pair to dictated terms and then pull away for an easy victory and clocking 1:53.2 around the half mile (800m) track in cold conditions. The result of the $17,500 pace was also a Down Under trifecta with Keen On Rocking A finishing in 2nd and Kerford Road A in third. Sheriff N a son of Bettor's Delight raced a very successful down under career by winning 7 races from just the 18 starts and banking over $200,000 in prize money. He currently holds a New Zealand record for scoring the fastest winning time over the distance of 2600m when clocking 3.05.4, making that a 1.54.7. Absolutley blistering for the long distance. This time was clocked in his biggest career victory in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby for 3yos in April 2018.   Monday 15th February Dover Downs DE Waikiki Beach A – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $6,000   Pompano Park FL Rub Of The Green N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $8,200   Yonkers Raceway NY Sheriff N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $17,500 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Keep On Rocking A, 3rd Kerford Road A Runrunjimmydunn N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $17,500 Some Waratah A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $30,000   Tuesday 16th February Pompano Park FL Shes Sporty A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $6,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Kept Under Wraps A – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $9,500 Im A Gigolo N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $14,000 Raptors Flight N – Time: 1:56.2, Stake: $11,000   Wednesday 17th February Dover Downs DE Shes Pukka N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $20,000 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Infinite Symbol A, 3rd Soho Burning Love A Anytime N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $16,000   Miami Valley Raceway OH Montana Pablo A – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $7,500 Mary Catherine A – Time: 1:56.2, Stake: $15,000 Hez A Dude A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $9,900   Rosecroft Raceway MD Jive Dancing A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $12,500   The Meadows PA Hereslooknatyou N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $9,400   Thursday 18th February The Meadows PA Salty Robyn N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $9,400   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Premier Joy A – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $12,000   Friday 19th February Freehold Raceway NJ Classy Chapel N – Time: 1:58.4, Stake: $6,300 Msamrcasweethart A – Time: 1:57.4, Stake: $10,500   Meadowlands NJ Its Mesmerise N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $17,500 Sheikh Yabooty N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $12,500 Down Under Trifeca – 2nd Darkrshadeofpale N, 3rd Sly Eleanor N Team Kiwi N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $7,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Fizzing N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $9,500 Yankee Roller A – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $11,000   Saturday 20th February Freehold Raceway NJ Vergeofgreatness N – Time: 1:58.0, Stake: $4,200 Tisadream N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $6,300 Vasari N – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $10,500 Soho Wallstreet A – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $9,000 Mister Spot A – Time: 1:57.1, Stake: $10,500   Meadowlands NJ Galante A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $10,000 Gods Spirit N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $15,500 Colossal Stride A – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $17,500 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Bechers Brook A, 3rd Duplicated N   Northfield Park OH American Empress N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $9,500   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Polak A – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $15,000 Tullow N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $25,000 Glengarry Knight N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $25,000 Iammrbrightside N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $25,000   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Better Be Donna N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $24,000   Sunday 21st February Northfield Park OH Elrama N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $8,000   Pompano Park FL Brilliant Strike N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $4,500   Rosecroft Raceway MD Ideal One A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $4,500   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Myidealson N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $10,000   Click here for previous weeks articles   by Carter Dalgety  

Under pressure for a while, Southland owner Neville Cleaver has agreed to sell his very promising colt Ragazzo Mach. Cleaver said the Mach Three youngster will remain in Nathan Williamson’s stable until the New Zealand Derby. He was bought by clients of Mike Reed with the deal been done by Peter Lagan. “They were quite happy for Nathan to carry on training him and for me to collect the trophy if he wins. Nathan’s really rapt to be hanging onto him,” Cleaver said. The sale process has been drawn out with more than six buyers looking at purchasing Ragazzo Mach. “He was vetted this morning and it’s all done as far as that’s concerned. Peter Lagan has got my bank account number so that’s the next stage.” The buyers began phoning Cleaver before Ragazzo Mach started racing. “It started at $150,000 which I turned down. He won impressively at Invercargill, then the offer went up to $200,000. I turned down $330,000 for him and ended up getting well north of that. After his last run at Addington Peter said the run was super and you couldn’t expect a horse to go better than that. I had a few sleepless nights. They kept putting the vetting off on me three times and they (early buyers) didn’t come up with the money, that crew. That all happened over a week so I took him off the market.” Not one to slow down, Cleaver was active on the buyers bench at today’s National Standardbred Yearling Sale in Christchurch, paying $140,000 for Flash Black – a Bettor’s Delight colt out of In The Pocket mare Simply Devine. “He’s a powerful colt and he’s got two year old written all over him. I wanted to buy a Bettor’s Delight colt. I had quite a few marked down to buy on pedigree.” Once Cleaver had the pedigree page sorted he inspected all of his choices. “I like to see the hind leg overstepping the front leg which tells you a horse in going to have a good stride on it and he fitted the bill there.” The colt attracted spirited bidding. “I thought I might get him for under $100,000. I just kept chipping away but they kept putting my weights up.” Today’s outlay was the biggest Cleaver has spent on one horse at a sale. “It’s been creeping up each time I go back. I’ve loosened the purse strings.” He paid $60,000 for Ragazzo Mach, $52,500 for Franco Santino, $50,000 for Hopes And Dreams and $20,000 for Onedin Mach. “I’ve got a Bettor’s Delight out of Hopes And Dreams that will be going to the workouts and trials, hoping to qualify.” Meanwhile, for the second day in a row a Southern Bred Southern Reared yearling topped the Sale. Tuapeka Dan, a Bettor’s Delight colt out of 10 win race mare Bonnie Joan was sold to Australian buyers for $240,000. The colt was prepared for the Cummings family by Katrina Price at Winton. And yesterday at the Trotters Sale, Southland breeder Dave Kennedy sold a Father Patrick colt out of Rae Galleon for $120,000 – the top price paid. The Sale continues tomorrow with some high quality lots which include Chicago Bear, a full brother to millionaire pacer Chicago Bull.   by Bruce Stewart

Robert Wilson could take a step closer to a personal best season at today’s Invercargill meeting. The Balfour trainer has three of his six racehorses in training engaged at the short and sharp seven-race meeting and all three appear to have at least each way chances. And if any of Tease My Tartan (race one), Galleons Future (race six) or Better Galleon (race seven) were to win it would take Wilson to 10 winners for the season, edging closer to his PB of 13. He recorded that number in the season ending 2017 and is on track for a similar total with good draws a help today. “The draws should definitely help us on Wednesday and we have two of them backing up from Sunday, which has worked well for us before.”Bettor Galleon is the best of Wilson’s trio, having already won five races from 56 starts, and she has high gate speed so looks ideally suited by the ace in the 2200m mobile last race today. “She can use that gate speed to lead early but to be honest she is better with a trail,” says Wilson. “So I’d like her to take a sit on the right horse and hopefully not get pushed too far back.”Bettor Galleon did just that when finishing second to the handy Chuckles last start and looks a good each way chance today. Wilson rates his still learning trotter Galleons Future, who has been luckless lately but looks to be in the right race today. He bolted in in a fast time four starts ago to leave maidens, got trapped wide at Addington when venturing north after that and was taken on in front in a far stronger field last start. “He is a good horse and if his manners are good he will be hard to beat,” says Wilson. “I thought enough of him to take him to Addington a couple of starts ago so he can win a race like this.”Tease My Tartan is a 23-start maiden so may never make it to Addington but Wilson would love to win a race with the now eight-year-old. “That would be very satisfying if we could,” he offers. “We almost sacked him last year but he is a lovely old horse and we have kept going and he has rewarded us with some better runs and I actually think he is getting better. “So I think there is a maiden win in him somewhere even though he doesn’t have much speed.” View the Invercargill fields click here!   by Michael Guerin

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Michael House has carved out a solid record at Manawatu Raceway over the last few years, and that continued on Tuesday at the track he has dubbed “The Alamo of Central Districts harness racing”. The Prebbleton trainer opened his account with Gazza Galleon who ran away to a comfortable six length victory in the Trevor Harris Memorial Handicap Trot (2500m). The five-year-old trotter finished runner-up last week at Palmerston North and House said he expected another good showing on Tuesday. “He has just gone through the motions and got the business done,” House said. “He is quite a talented wee horse but he has got some issues.” Two races later stablemate Chase The Hat Trick secured a three-quarter length win in the Rubbish & Junk 0800 JUNKIT Mobile Pace (2000m). Driver Peter Ferguson secured an early trail behind Doctor Love who he tracked throughout before he began to tire at the 400m mark. Stablemate Santanna Mach led the field into the home straight after sitting parked, while Ferguson was able to extricate his charge from the trail and run down Santanna Mach to win, with The Kapiti Express running home late to capture second. House was pleased with the result, but believes Santanna Mach would have been the victor had their runs been reversed. “Chase The Hat Trick was good,” House said. “Santana Mach would have beaten him if he had a better run. He was driven pretty hard and aggressive and he only went down because of the run, and Chase The Hat Trick had a better run. “Chase The Hat Trick is bound for Christchurch tonight and we will assess his future in the next few days.” House said it is a massive undertaking to travel his team to Palmerston North from his Prebbleton base, but the level of racing in the region suits many of his horses. “We have quite a process that we go through with transporting them,” he said. “It is not easy what these horses go through and I don’t make any long range plans for them. They have to injure a lot. “It is part of the business plan - if I have got a lot of average horses, they have got to race somewhere. “If you target it you have got to get a result.” House cited programming issues as the catalyst for his major support for regional racing with the likes of Manawatu and Southland, and he believes Central Districts racing is integral to harness racing in New Zealand. “You can’t reproduce that racing at Addington,” he said. “I can nominate for a place like Invercargill or Manawatu and I know the rating 42 horse is going to race horses in the same grade and not used to fill a field at Addington racing rating 50 horses. “The reliability is why I support it so much. Without Manawatu racing, the Central Districts would die. “The Manawatu is The Alamo of harness racing in the Central Districts.” Meanwhile, House was busy at New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred’s yearling sale in Christchurch trying to source his next stable star. “Neil Rich bought a trotter which I will end up training. She is a lovely filly out of the Roydon Lodge draft. Lot 141, a Muscle Mass filly out of Roydon’s Jewel. “I missed on a few today (Tuesday) and didn’t come home with anything. It’s just one of those days. “We will be a bit more aggressive tomorrow, so hopefully I can get a couple of nice colts to race and try and get a better quality horse than what we have got.”

The family of the late Father Dan Cummings agreed there could not have been a more fitting tribute to the doyen of Southern Standardbred Breeding than when the yearling named after him sold for $240,000 in Christchurch on Tuesday. The incredible legacy Cummings left in the New Zealand harness racing industry was on full show when bidders duelled to land Tuapeka Dan, the most sought after yearling on day one of the pacing section of NZ Standardbred’s Christchurch sale. Some may argue the colt’s stunning physique and blueblood pedigree meant his fate as Tuesday’s sale-topper was sealed before selling began. Others may suggest when Tuapeka Dan was offered on what would have been Cummings’ 76th birthday his late co-breeder helped the colt’s sale along with a little divine intervention. What is certain is that the timing of the colt’s sale added to what was an emotional journey back to the National Yearling sales for Cummings’ brother Peter and sister, Julie Davie. “It is very, very special to do this for him,” Davie said. Before his death in March of last year, Cummings knew he and his brother and sister had quality horses on their hands in the three yearlings their Tuapeka Lodge offered at Tuesday’s sale. And when Tuapeka Dan topped yesterday’s selling it proved his highly respected judgment was spot on once again. “He saw these horses as our babies, he knew they were special, so it is so good that they are,” Davie said. Davie had faith that Tuapeka Dan would be able to carry the massive responsibility of doing her late brother’s name justice. She kept the idea of naming the colt after him as a way of honouring the man his family knew as ‘Danny’ to herself until his battle with cancer was over. “We did think he was a special horse and Danny did himself,” Davie said. “I nursed him in his last three weeks of his life and I didn’t tell him I was going to call this colt Tuapeka Dan.” “But it felt right.” Tuapeka Dan’s time in the sales ring was lengthy and filled with all of the drama a top-priced colt deserved. Bidding quickly moved past $100,000 but stalled near $190,000. Leviathan owner Emilio Rosati simply would not be denied the chance of securing Tuapeka Dan and he succeeded when the colt was knocked down to agent Peter Larkin for $240,000. The stunning result was a fitting tribute to the late Father Dan Cummings. And one Davie is certain he would be proud of. “I was pretty shocked really, it had taken a long time to get it all together to get here.” “We are very proud and Danny would be very pleased.” “He will be raising his eyebrows and saying ‘that’s good’ or he would say ‘what do you think about that’.” Tuapkea Lodge also sold a Bettor’s Delight colt from Break Dance for $52,000 to Phil and Glenys Kennard. Tuapeka Dan was one of two yearlings to sell for more than $200,000 and both went to Australian buyers. The career of freshman stallion Vincent got an incredible boost when his colt from Suzys Delight sold for a $215,000 . Offered by Canterbury breeder Helen Conaghan in conjunction with Nevele R Stud, the colt was purchased by Vincent’s former owner, Jean Feiss. Yesterday’s sale produced a steady average $44,360, which compared strongly with the $43,487 average of the entire 2020 pacing section in Christchurch. Quality lots were clearly sought after, but struggles at the lower end of the market contributed to a low clearance rate of 62%.   By Jonny Turner

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Ascot Park today with a nine race program starting at 3.29pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. Invercargill selections 24th February 2021   Best Bet:  R1 Tease My Tartan Best Value:  R5 Fireforefiddle   Race 1 Tease My Tartan Sunday Invasion Whangamata Clover Jewel   Race 2 The Naenae Express Marie Long Sportscam Noosa Beach   Race 3 Magnetic Terror Arlo Maguire Zach Lowe Pure Art   Race 4 Mighty George Fatherdantherodeoman Holy Havoc Jaffie J   Race 5 Fireforefiddle Boarding Call Dream Of Glory Tad Lincoln   Race 6 Insist The Win Top Pocket Chance Steve  Jannah Jaccka   Race 7 Jody Direen Better Galleon Shillelagh Benio Ben   Harnesslink Media

In a mixed day of selling, first season sire Vincent produced a NZB Standardbred record after Lot 237 (ex Suzys Delight) was sold for $215,000, the highest-ever price received for a yearling by a freshman sire.  Prolific owner Jean Feiss was active amongst the international buying bench, leading the buyer by aggregate title for the first pacing session, purchasing four lots for $346,000. Feiss commented on her top purchase stating, “He’s a lovely colt, I had to pick him out off the website but I thought he was an outstanding type with a great pedigree.” “I knew he was going to be expensive, although I didn’t think he was going to be that expensive but I had made my mind up and decided I was going to buy him,” she said. Feiss, who is the previous owner of Vincent, saw some similarities between the colt and his brilliant sire. “I have to say he was slightly more mature than Vincent at this stage but he has certainly got the body of his father and is a lovely all round horse,” she said. Helen Conaghan, owner of Lot 237 was on the reversing end of the record price for the colt out of Suzys Delight (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight), which was consigned by Spreydon Lodge.   The highlight of the day came later, being a Bettor’s Delight colt out of star mare Bonnie Joan who was purchased by agent Peter Lagan on behalf of prominent buyers Emilio and Mary Rosati for a session-topping $240,000. Lagan was pleased he managed to secure the colt on behalf of the Rosati’s. “Emilio asked me to look at the best colts in the sale and I thought this lot was one of the best.” “Emilio and Mary love coming to New Zealand and are great supporters of our domestic racing,” Lagan said. The stunning colt out of star mare Bonnie Joan was bought out of the Tuapeka Lodge draft and is owned by the estate of the late Father Dan Cummings, his sister Julie Davie and brother Peter Cummings. Julie commented on the Lot’s success, which remarkably was presented on Father Dan’s birthday and was named Tuapeka Dan. “This was a very special sale, the colt was clearly sought after and stated himself from the time he was born.” “Katrina Price prepared him and she did a beautiful job for us. It really is a family affair because Peter’s son did the work with him as a weanling when Dan couldn’t. “We have been coming to the Christchurch Sale for around 45 years and it is a lovely result,” she said. The third highest priced yearling of the day was bought by Grant Eynon, a Bettor’s Delight colt out of Some Legend (Lot 225) for $160,000. Purchased from Ken Spicer’s Rosedale Farm, Eynon plans to send the colt to trainer Robert Dunn. NZB Standardbred’s Cam Bray commented on the days selling. “Competition was strong for quality lots, with the buyers being somewhat selective.” “We are looking forward to the final pacing session tomorrow and expect some solid results for the standout yearlings catalogued,” he said. The second pacing session at Christchurch commences tomorrow on Wednesday 24 February, with Lot 306 to 430 going under the hammer from 1PM (NZT). The Parade of Pacers will begin tomorrow at 10AM (NZT). The Sale will continue to be beamed to viewers on Freeview channel 200, with coverage streamed live at nzbstandardbred.co.nz and on the NZB Standardbred facebook page. Presenter Greg O’Connor will host a Preview Show commencing at 12:30PM (NZT). All horses purchased today are eligible for the Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates of the Yearling Sale Series. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact NZB Standardbred’s Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199 or email cam.bray@nzb.co.nz. 2021 Christchurch Sale of Pacers Day One Results   2021 Christchurch Pacers Sale - Day 1 2020 Christchurch Pacers Sale Total 2019 Christchurch Pacers Sale Total Aggregate $3,016,500 $6,479,500 $6,471,500 Average $44,360 $43,487 $40,959 Median $31,000 $30,000 $30,500 Clearance 62% 78% 85% Catalogued 122 209 206 Sold 71 149 158 Top Price $240,000 Lot 289 (B.C) Bettor's Delight - Bonnie Joan $280,000 Lot 243 (B.F) Bettor's Delight - Pemberton Shard $170,000 Lot 267 (Bl.C) Bettor's Delight - Pemberton Shard; $170,000 Lot 369 (Bl.C) Bettor's Delight - Beaudiene Maja Babe   NZB Standardbred

The final session at Christchurch gets underway tomorrow on Wednesday 24 February, with Lot 306 to 430 of pacers going under the hammer from 1PM (NZT). The Parade of Pacers will begin at 10AM (NZT).  The Sale will continue to be beamed to viewers on Freeview channel 200, with coverage streamed live at nzbstandardbred.co.nz and on NZB Standardbred’s facebook page.. Presenter Greg O’Connor will host a Preview Show commencing at 12:30PM (NZT). All yearlings are eligible to enter the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series, with approximately $1 million in prizemoney on offer for graduates of the Yearling Sale Series. Entries close on Monday 1 March 2021. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199 or use the 'Bid Now' function on the website. PLEASE NOTE:  Due to a regrettable misidentification at the consignor’s property, Lot 392 (B.C. Captaintreacherous – Lily Lancome), was inadvertently presented by Studholme Bloodstock for sale today as Lot 232 (B.C. Bettor’s Delight – Start Dreaming).   This has been corrected and both lots will now be presented for sale tomorrow. Lot 392 (B.C. Captaintreacherous – Lily Lancome) in catalogue order and Lot 232 (B.C. Bettor’s Delight – Start Dreaming) at the end of the sale session.  Both horses will be available for inspection from 8:00am tomorrow at the Studholme Bloodstock boxes in J Row.   NZB Standardbred

Some big ticket items have sold on day two of the NZB Standardbred yearling sales in Christchurch. Highly successful Victorian owner Jean Feiss has been to the fore with a $210,000 purchase (Vincent – Suzys Delight) while Grant Eynon is one of several others to fork out six figures. Today is the first of two days for the pacers, after the trotters and champion trainer Robert Dunn were centre stage yesterday.   Harness Racing New Zealand  

Today is day two of the NZB Standardbred’s 2021 National Yearling Sale in Christchurch, with the pacers taking centre stage. The sale will be broadcast live to viewers on Freeview Channel 200, streamed on nzbstandardbred.co.nz and on NZB Standardbred’s facebook page. Diamond Racing, Woodlands Stud and Southern Bred Southern Reared will support the coverage of the NZB Standardbred yearling sale sessions. There will also be  Preview and Review shows, as well as key sale highlights and interviews, viewers can be assured they will not miss any of the live sale action. Sale highlights: Lot 217  Bettor's Delight colt out of the good mare Safedra sells for $120,000 Lot 224 (Bettor's Delight – Simply Devine)  Another good price for a Bettor's Delight colt selling for $140,000 Lot 225 (Bettor's Delight – Some Legend) Eynon Farms Ltd goes to $160,000 to puchase this Bettor's Delight colt    

With the whole country now at Alert Level One, racing will now be held throughout the country without restrictions.  Auckland moved to Alert One at midnight.  That means that all race meetings, including the one at Alexandra Park on Friday night, will go ahead  with no limits on crowd numbers.  Racegoers, owners, trainers and other industry members are still encouraged to  scan everywhere they go, maintain good hygiene, social distance where possible,  and wear face masks if using public transport.    HRNZ

By Jonny Turner    Having almost beaten cancer, selling the top lot at NZB Standardbred’s trotting sale in Christchurch on Monday was a moment to savour for Southland breeder Dave Kennedy Kennedy’s Father Patrick colt from Sundon mare Rae Galleon topped the trotting section of the National Yearling Sales in Christchurch when knocked down to leading trainer Robert Dunn for $120,000. Kennedy is no stranger to yearling sales success having produced the equal top-selling pacing lot at Christchurch two years ago The Otautau breeder is set to cherish selling his Father Patrick colt more than his 2019 sale-topper or any other yearling he has offered in his 29 years as a National Yearling Sales vendor. Kennedy’s battle with B cell lymphoma – a form of blood cancer – has taught him to savour every moment he can. “You have just got to take what comes – it has never worried me I have just gone with it.” “But I was very weak for a while there, I couldn’t pull the skin off a sausage.” “I couldn’t walk from here to that (nearby) box over there.” “But we are good now, we are on the road to recovery.” “You don’t know what is around the corner, you have to enjoy every moment.” Kennedy hopes his Father Patrick colt has started what could turn out to be a brilliant week. He will offer five pacing yearlings at the National Yearling Sales on Wednesday and Thursday. Kennedy will then see his oncologist on Thursday to assess the next stage of his cancer battle. “I will see the oncologist on Thursday, I have still got a couple of tumours in there and I am going to be having radiation [therapy] to zap them.” Robert Dunn beat out rival bidders to secure the Father Patrick-Rae Galleon colt for his Diamond Racing Stables. Kennedy said he was rapt to see his yearling going to the trainer of the country’s best trotter, Sundees Son. The Southland breeder went into Monday’s sale hopeful of a good result, but far from expecting his Father Patrick colt would take top billing at the Christchurch trotting sale. “I am absolutely delighted, it is totally unexpected,” Kennedy said. “I knew he was a nice horse but I didn’t expect him to do anything like that.” Kennedy not only has preparer Katrina Price to thank for his standout result. Lot 140, named Cochise, is the only foal he has bred from Rae Galleon after he was offered the chance to breed from her by long-serving harness racing administrator and fellow breeder Gary Allen. “Gary offered me the chance to breed from her, so I put her in foal to Father Patrick and here we are,” Kenned said. “It is unbelievable, really.” Southern vendors dominated the top end of Christchurch’s trotting sale with Dunedin breeder Lex Williams’ $110,000 Majestic Son colt from champion mare One Over Kenny the second-top lot. Williams admitted it was an emotional return to the National Yearling Sales following the death of his late wife Heather in November of last year. The husband and wife had produced outstanding results together over several decades as National Yearling Sales vendors. Williams’ Majestic Son colt was knocked down to the McLean family of Victoria. 31 of 48 catalogued yearlings sold at Monday’s trotting sale at an average of $35,867. That result represented an increase from last year’s $34,642 average. The sale’s aggregate fell from last year, largely because of a 10% drop in clearance rate to 69%. The biggest movement in figures came from the trotting sale’s median jumping sharply from 2020’s $24,000 to this year’s $31,250.

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