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The Horsham & District Harness Racing Club in conjunction with naming rights sponsor of the 2018 Horsham Trotters Club, Woodlands Stud NZ, have today launched their 2017/18 trotting stallion service tender. As part of the Cup sponsorship agreement, Woodlands has made available a service to their proven strike rate stallion, Pegasus Spur CA 1:54.0 $US 1,302,599.   Horsham's tender opportunity gives breeders of the squaregaiter a chance to send their broodmare to a quality entire at a discounted price. Interested breeders are invited to submit their tender on the official form, for the service (imported, fresh, chilled semen) to Pegasus Spur (value $AU3300) by Friday September 8th, 2017. For a copy of the tender form, please email the Club at or text/phone Tony Logan on 0427 857411.      

The nominations for the 2017 North Island Always B Miki harness racing awards have been released. The ‘Silver Jubilee’ (25th) Awards, which will be held at Alexandra Park on Saturday September 2, will see Better B Amazed, Dream About Me, Hug The Wind, Maxim, and The Orange Agent competing for honours in the Auckland Trotting Club’s Aged Pacer of the Year category. Gentleman Sir, King Of The Roses, Princess Mackendon, and Temporale will vie for the other prestigious 'on track' award - the Harness Racing New Zealand North Island Aged Trotter of the Year. The function is again being organised by the quartet affectionately known as ‘The Fab Four’ - aka Raelene Balle, Janene Cole, Karen Blanchard, and Suzanne Herlihy. "We are so looking forward to the 25th anniversary awards. We are very grateful to our sponsors who remain so loyal sponsoring us year on year, and big thanks also goes to Always B Miki, who has come on board," Pukekohe-based Balle said. "This year some of the nominees have been very close in the running, which is great to see as this means the wins and stakes are getting spread around.  “There are a lot of new owners names amongst the nominees, and also a broader range of trainers names training these horses. I would like to think that this is very healthy for our industry in the North," she added. Balle reminded people that the Awards are merit-based and did not operate the same way as the National Awards ceremony. "The Racing Achievement and Outstanding Contribution Awards are always a highlight as there are no nominees and the recipients have no idea they will be receiving the accolade. “Of course we are celebrating 25 years of awards in the north, which is just wonderful and we girls ('the Fab 4') have had the pleasure of organising them for 11 years now," Balle said. ALWAYS B MIKI 2017 NORTH ISLAND HARNESS RACING AWARDS NOMINEES – (in alphabetical order): KAHUKURI BLOODSTOCK HOLLIS & ROBERTSON - NORTH ISLAND GROOM OF THE YEAR: Taitlyn Henara, Yvette Hughes, Christopher Morrison, Sheridan Rapley, Danielle Rowden. MAGNESS VIDEO LTD / VID-COM LTD - NORTH ISLAND LICENCE TO TRAIN / OWNER – TRAINEROF THE YEAR: Ray Darby, Dave Iremonger, Rod MacKenzie, Fred Mitchell, Tim Vince. MITAVITE - NORTH ISLAND JUNIOR DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Robert Argue, Ben Butcher, Tony Cameron, Dylan Ferguson, Jack MacKinnon. DEXION – NORTH ISLAND AMATEUR DRIVER OF THE YEAR: To be announced. PGG WRIGHTSON - NORTH ISLAND 2-YEAR-OLD COLT OR GELDING OF THE YEAR: Alta Maestro, Culpeka, Mach Shard, South Beach Arden. PGG WRIGHTSON - NORTH ISLAND 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY OF THE YEAR: Caitlyn Clarke, Dontstopbelievin, New York Rain, Purest Silk, Spandau Ballet. BRECKON FARMS - NORTH ISLAND 2-YEAR-OLD TROTTER OF THE YEAR: More Shades Of Gold, Paramount King, Star Of Olesya, Stress Factor. BRECKON FARMS - NORTH ISLAND 3-YEAR-OLD TROTTER OF THE YEAR: C K Spur, Heavyweight Hero, Kissmeimloaded, Sertorius. DUNSTAN - NORTH ISLAND 3-YEAR-OLD COLT OR GELDING OF THE YEAR: Alta Intrigue, Jack’s Legend, More The Better, Star Galleria. DUNSTAN - NORTH ISLAND 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY OF THE YEAR: American Empress, Gotta Go Dali Queen, Juice Brogden, Step Up. MERV & MEG BUTTERWORTH - NORTH ISLAND FEMALE RACING ACCOMPLISHMENT AWARD: Nicola Chilcott, Arna Donnelly, Gayleen MacKinnon, Michelle Wallis. GARRARDS HORSE AND HOUND - NORTH ISLAND OWNERS OF THE YEAR: Breckon Bloodstock, Bernie Lim, Stonewall Stud, Tim Vince. CADUCEUS CLUB - NORTH ISLAND FILLY / MARE OF THE YEAR: Better B Amazed, Dream About Me, Rocknroll Princess, The Orange Agent, Yagunnakissmeornot. NORTH ISLAND STANDARDBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION INC – NORTH ISLAND BREEDER OF THE YEAR: Breckon Farms, Charles Roberts, Kahukuri Bloodstock, Stonewall Stud, Woodlands Stud. IRT – NORTH ISLAND DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Salish Abernethy, David Butcher, Zac Butcher, Josh Dickie, Andre Poutama. VETERINARY ASSOCIATES EQUINE AND FARM – NORTH ISLAND TRAINER OF THE YEAR: John & Josh Dickie, Arna Donnelly, Tony Herlihy, Barry Purdon, Steve Telfer & Chris Garlick. VETERINARY ASSOCIATES EQUINE AND FARM – NORTH ISLAND BROODMARE OF THE YEAR: Alta Camilla, Galleons Supreme, Lady Fingers, Splendid Dreams. WOODLANDS STUD – NORTH ISLAND STALLION OF THE YEAR: American Ideal, Art Major, Bettor’s Delight, Majestic Son, Pegasus Spur. HARNESS RACING NEW ZEALAND – NORTH ISLAND AGED TROTTER OF THE YEAR: Gentleman Sir, King Of The Roses, Princess Mackendon, Temporale. AUCKLAND TROTTING CLUB – NORTH ISLAND AGED PACER OF THE YEAR: Better B Amazed, Dream About Me, Hug The Wind, Maxim, The Orange Agent.  SIR LINCOLN AT LINCOLN FARMS – NORTH ISLAND RACING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: To be announced. ALWAYS B MIKI - ALABAR / NEVELE R STUD – NORTH ISLAND AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO HARNESS RACING: To be announced.   Duane Ranger

World Champion Sire Bettor's Delight's needs little introduction to Australasian Breeders. His own success on the track saw him labelled a Champion. The results of his progeny throughout the harness world will see him immortalised in the history books of harness racing.  Bettor’s Delight will return to stand at Woodlands Stud as a very youthful 20 year-old in September after serving another full book in North America. The 2016/17 season saw Bettor’s Delight have his best fertility statistics and conception rates in recent years.  This year, Woodlands Stud will significantly decrease his book in both countries and increase his service fee to $25,000 + GST in New Zealand and $27,500 (inclusive of GST) in Australia. The standard Woodlands Stud discount structure will apply as per previous years.  Expressions of interest for Bettor’s Delight bookings already far exceed the number of services available. Woodlands Stud will select the mares that will receive bookings to ensure a fair distribution.  Those clients that are also supporting other Woodlands Stallions (American Ideal, Sweet Lou, Highview Tommy and Pegasus Spur) in the 2017/18 Season, will be given priority access to Bettor’s Delight.  2017 Bettor’s Delight Booking Process  Your Woodlands Stud representatives Charlotte Mooney (in NZ) and Mark Hughes (in Australia) will require the names of the mares people are seeking to book to Bettor’s Delight by Monday 19th June. Woodlands Stud will then go through the list and issue the successful broodmare owners with Bettor’s Delight contracts by 1st July.  Those contracts must be signed and returned to Woodlands Stud by the 1 August 2017 to confirm the booking A waitlist will be created. If a booking becomes available those on the waitlist will be informed by their Woodlands Stud representative. In that situation a contract will be sent out to be signed and returned immediately.  2017/18 Woodlands Stud Service Fees: Bettor’s Delight: as above American Ideal: NZ $8000 + GST - AUS $8800 incl GST. Discounts can apply Sweet Lou: NZ $6000 + GST - AUS $6600 incl GST. Discounts can apply** **Return a signed Sweet Lou contract before 1st September 2017 & pay only NZ $4000 + GST or AU $4400 incl Pegasus Spur - $3000 + GST. Discounts can apply Highview Tommy - $2000 + GST Discounts can apply For more information on the Woodlands Stallions please contact your Woodlands Stud Representative:  New Zealand: Charlotte Mooney – 021 595 492 –  Australia: Mark Hughes – 0451 650 707 –

A very good crowd and a sizeable southern buyer contingent produced a pleasing harness racing Autumn Sale result at Karaka culminating in a turnover of $811,160 at an average of $7,374.  The main show was always  going to be the weanlings and it seemed everyone had come for one or more of the youngsters,  including  quite a few Yearling Sales ‘pin-hookers’. Of the 113 weanlings offered on the day, 103 sold, 40 to the South Island, a clearance of 91%. Top price of $35,000 was paid for the sister to Isaiah, by Art Major from E J Becks and the highest priced colt at $25,000 was the  Sunshine Beach from Presidential Affair, making him a half to Maczaffair (2017 WA Oaks). Woodlands Stud and Alabar who between them offered the majority of the weanlings both reported they were more than pleased with the result. Especially so the interest in their first season progeny by He’s Watching, Sunshine Beach and Sweet Lou. Buyers obviously liked what they saw and responded positively in the ring to the progeny of all three of them. It was very evident from the amount of inspection on the Open Day on  Saturday afternoon  and on Sunday morning that the buyers were  keen to get a close look at as many as they could. Certainly the whole weanling sale concept is very well accepted now and buyers appreciate that both studs do a really conscientious job of rearing the horse’s and are genuine sellers. That positive atmosphere of buyer confidence prevailed throughout the sale. Of the 9 broodmares offered 6 sold including Gentle Audrey in foal to Bettor’s Delight for $13,500 and the empty mare Czanyi, who is a half-sister to De Lovely sold on the day for $10,000. For full results click here. The following lots were unsold at the Auckland Weanling and All Age Sale yesterday. Pedigrees and photos are at Should you wish to purchase any of these lots please phone Peter Lagan on 0274 338 255 or email   Lot Reserve 1 $3,000 5 $2,000 8 $4,000 29 $1,000 39 $15,000 42 $15,000 56 $7,000 58 $2,000 65 $3,000 86 $8,000 105 $4,000 114 $10,000 119 $2,000

Highview Tommy was the 2YO of his generation, making a cool $250,000 as a freshman pacer and he then went on to become a harness racing millionaire! As regular driver Blair Orange says, “the bigger the crowd, the better he went” Woodlands Stud is proud to present six of Highview Tommy’s progeny at Karaka on May 21st at the Autumn sale. ‘Tommy’ is bred on harness racing’s hottest cross. By leviathan stallion Bettor’s Delight from a Christian Cullen mare. This cross have left champion pacer Lazarus, Ohoka Punter and multiple Group 1 winner Chicago Bull. Highview Tommy’s oldest crop are now yearlings and the reports are excellent. Christchurch based trainer Tony Barron has broken in a Highview Tommy yearling from the National Yearling Sales and he “can’t fault him. Natural pacer, great attitude, at this stage he’s ticked all the boxes” We have relations to top class pacers Stylish Sweetheart, Maheer Lord, Cyamach, Cincinnati Kid and The Orange Agent in our draft. We invite you to inspect our draft on Saturday May 20th at Karaka from 1pm. We are located in Barn C and we will provide a BBQ and refreshments. For all information related to our weanling consignment don’t hesitate to contact our New Zealand agent Charlotte Mooney on 021595492 or Australian Agent Mark Hughes on 0451650707.   

Resident Woodlands Stud trotting stallion Pegasus Spur is a harness racing sire who plies his trade with little fuss. A closer look at Pegasus Spur reveals he is among the best trotting stallions available down under. Pegasus Spur is a sire of seriously good trotters. In recent time’s top flight trotters Speeding Spur and Wilma’s Mate have won a plethora of age classics and open class events. On May 21st Woodlands Stud has consigned six weanlings by Pegasus Spur at the Autumn sale to be conducted at Karaka. Three fillies and three colts by Pegasus Spur will go under the hammer. We sell a full relation to recent winner Forfeathers, a quality filly from the family of $200,000 winner The Boss Man and a colt from closely related to Musgrove ($179,000) – 16 wins and Flying Hardwick ($172,000) – 22 wins. We invite you to inspect our draft on Saturday 20th May at Karaka. We will parade our draft from 1pm and a BBQ and refreshments will be available. We will be located at Barn C. For all information related to our weanling draft don’t hesitate to contact our New Zealand agent on Charlotte Mooney on 021595492 or Australian Agent Mark Hughes on 0451650707.  Speeding Spur

New Zealand’s standardbred breeder of the year, Woodlands Stud is proud to offer over 60 weanlings at the PGG Wrightson Autumn harness racing sale on Sunday May 21st. All Woodlands Stud’s, world class stallions are represented at the sale. The Autumn weanling sale has been a rich source for buyers over the journey. Millionaire pacer My Hard Copy was plucked out of the Woodlands draft for just $4,000! Current star 3yo filly Partyon was a weanling sale purchase as well, she has made over $475,000 in her career so far. Woodlands Stud celebrates 25 years of standardbred breeding in 2017 and we are the clear market leaders in Australasian standardbred breeding. We invite you to view our weanling draft on Saturday May 20 at Karaka. We will parade our draft from 1pm and our BBQ and refreshments will be provided. We will be located in Barn C at the Karaka complex. For all information related to our weanling draft don’t hesitate to contact our New Zealand agent Charlotte Mooney on 021595492 or Australian agent Mark Hughes on 0451650707.  For the catalogue click here.

Bettor Spirits is the Palmerston North City Gold Cup champion for 2017, but make the most of him now before he crosses the ditch in the winter. The son of Bettor's Delight justified his $2.80 favouritism in the $14,000 feature event for the up to R90 rated pacers at Manawatu Raceway last Friday, but his Cambridge trainer Mike Berger, said he was now running out of options for the underrated 5-year-old. “The handicapping system has meant he’s virtually reached his mark now, and to be fair the races for him here are now few and far between. “The main target for him now is the (North island) Country Cups Final at Cambridge on Anzac Day and then we will take it from there. We have a share in him. He might bowl around in the winter here, but I will talk to the other owners and take it from there,” Berger said. “I think he would make a lot more money off even marks in Australia,” he added. Bettor Spirits started from seven on the front-line and driver Philip Butcher rushed him out of the gate early to lead after 200 metres. The talented brown entire was then headed in the home straight by Imajollywally and Arna Donnelly, but fought back gamely to win the 2500m mobile by a head in 3:08.1 (mile rate 2:01 even) - and last 800m and 400m in 60.2 and 29 flat. It was the 5-year-old's 14th win in 67 starts. He's also placed 15 times and now won just over $212,500 in stakes. “I really enjoyed the way he lifted himself off the canvas to fight back and win on Friday. He’s never been up there with the best of his age, but he hasn’t been far away. “I think he’s very much underrated and it was nice to see him get a start off the front the other night. Not many horses win $200,000. We only paid $28,000 for him,” Berger said. Bettor Spirits might not have won a Group race but bettor Spirits has placed in two Gorp Ones - the Cardigan Bay/Young Guns Final and the Harness Jewels Emerald Final - both in 2014. The entire also placed in last year's Group Three Kumeu Founders Cup. "He's been a good horse to me. He's a lovely gaited pacer and has been well looked after by Phil in his races. That's what I like about Phil. He doesn't always get the best horses to drive but they always come through their races unscathed when he's aboard. "He really looks after them and he's a valuable part of our team on race-day," Berger said. Berger said he was encouraged by Bettor Spirits’ latest triumph. “He needed that win after racing in better quality fields at Alexandra Park and Cambridge recently. I think that race will give him the confidence he needs going into the Country Cups Final. “He’s a solid horse now and needs the work into him, so I think I will give him one more race before Anzac Day,” Berger said. Bettor Spirits is the fifth of 10 foals out of the maiden In The Pocket - Spirit Of Bethlehem (Soky's Atom) mare, Spirit Of Eros. He was bred by Woodlands Stud and is owned by Berger’s wife Brenda, Mary Corboy (Howick), Glen Rowe (Featherston), and Queenslander, Tracey Cort. Meanwhile, the Geoff Small trained Father Frank and the Doug Gale trained Black Chevron (Bettor's Delight - Waldheim Rainship) were the only horses to win on both days of the Manawatu meeting. They have now won three and two races respectively. Duane Ranger

When you've got a pedigree and you're from the All Stars stables, the expectations are always high, and that was the case today when harness racing debutant All U Need Is Faith raced at Winton. The full brother to last year's Kindergarten Stakes winner Pacing Major had been solid at trials, winning once and being placed twice before today's race, so that form made him favourite in the Western Electrical Two Year Old Mobile Pace. Driver Matt Anderson didn't push the go button from barrier fiv, preferring to let the horses inside do the scrapping. With I'mallaboutthebase working hard to take the lead Anderson slotted All U Need Is Faith into the one one behind the parked horse Triroyale Brigade. With 900 metres to run he popped out of the sit and progressed forward to sit parked beside the leader. At the 400 metres All U Need Is Faith was up challenging the leader with his stablemate Speech Is Silver sweeping around the outside to add to the mix. The two All Star colts knuckled down early in the run home with All U Need Is Faith proving too game for Speech Is Silver winning by a neck with Triroyale Brigade four and a half lengths back in third.  All U Need Is Faith (5) beating stablemate Speech Is Silver (9)      Photo Bruce Stewart. "He wasn't foolproof. We've still got a few things to iron out. He's not the real deal yet but if he keeps going the way he's going he'll be a nice horse," said Anderson. He said this race was one the stable had targeted and the trip away would also help the Art Major colt.  "He's quite casual at this stage and doesn't know what it's all about. A couple of days away from home will do him good." All U Need Is Faith is owned by Dennis and Mark Dunford who've owned a handful of very good horses including Have Faith In Me and Hands Christian.  All U Need Is Faith was bred by Woodlands Stud and was sold as Phenomenon at the 2016 Australasian Classic Yearling Sales. He was the second top lot of the sale selling for $180,000. In fact the first three horses home in today's race were all sold out of the Auckland sale. Speech Is Silver, a close relative to Auckland Reactor, sold for $17,500 while Triroyale Brigade sold for $50,000. The time of 1-55.9 was a new track record for two year old colts and geldings. The previous record of 1-56.5 was hold by Courage Tells and was recorded in 2010.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Art Major went within a whisker of usurping super sire, Bettor’s Delight on the second day of selling at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sales in Christchurch yesterday. Alabar principals will have been over the moon to calculate the statistics of their marquee stallion as he went stride for stride with the seemingly untouchable Woodlands Stud resident on what was a slightly improved day two. With 30 lots on offer, Art Major’s progeny produced an aggregate of $892,000 for the day - with an average of just over $40,500 and a clearance rate of above 73 per cent. Bettor’s Delight had 37 lots in the book with three withdrawn but still managed to a total of just over $1 million in sales for the day with an average of over $41,000 and a clearance of just above 70 per cent. Four of the day’s five top lots were by Art Major - the highest of them a colt from Rocknroll Arden who fetched $155,000 when purchased by Cran Dalgety. Cheer The Lady’s first foal, a colt, went for $150,000 to clients of Brent Mangos while half-brothers to start four-year-old’s Lazarus and Chase The Dream both went for $120,000. The only Bettor’s Delight to split them was a filly from Gotta Go Harmony who was purchased by Mark Jones for a band of his owners for $120,000. Jones joined the party late in bidding for the standout filly before eventually grabbing her following some healthy bidding. For Nigel McGrath, the $120,000 he found to secure the half-brother to Lazarus, who was a rig, was breaking new ground. “It’s the highest I’ve paid for one,” McGrath said. “I was the underbidder on the brother to Partyon on Monday so this is a bit of a consolation. “McGrath was still in the process of finalising ownership for the colt.” Trevor Casey stamped his authority early when grabbing the half to Chase The Dream, who incidentally was also a rig. Cheer The Lady’s first foal will remain in New Zealand after Brent Mangos played the role of purchaser for one of his clients. “I actually drove the mare a few times, and she has left an outstanding colt. “It’s getting into big territory for us, but we decided this year to cut back on the number of horses we buy and focus on some bigger prices so to get this one is reallypleasing.” All counted there were seven lots on the second day that fetched six figure totals. Greg and Nina Hope were proactive on the trotting front, buying three lots for the day including a close relation to one of their current stars, Enghien. They paid $54,000 for a Dream Vacation colt from Another Love who herself was purchased in foal from the sale of the late Carl Middleton two years ago then they also went to $50,000 to grab a Revenue colt from Harriet Hughes, making the colt a half-brother to Harriet Of Mot. There was a slight lift in sales on the day from Tuesday’s opening day in Christchurch. The two days ended with an average of just over $27,000 and a surprising clearance rate of 77 per cent. More than $11 million was spent over the three days   Matt Markham

Yearling sales often throw up surprises but not many as big as the sales topper at Karaka yesterday (Monday). A day that started slowly at the Australasian Classic harness racing sale got far more serious before the top lot brought a whopping $220,000 for Woodlands Stud. The South Auckland powerhouse stud providing the sales topper wasn’t the surprise, with many predicting it could be a rare filly from their breed as Lot 89, or Lot 129, a brother to leading filly Spanish Armada. Both easily broke the $100,000 mark but it was their draftmate who nobody saw coming as the clear star of the day, a Bettors Delight colt from four-win mare Daisy Dundee. From the family of Courage Under Fire and Cyclone Kate he was typically compact and racey and ended up with almost all the leading Australian buyers chasing him. It the end it was Victorian Jean Feiss, owner of Spanish Armada, who won the war at $220,000, with the colt almost certain to join the the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen stable. Vendors Woodlands were thrilled but stunned, with no indication the colt was going to be top of the pops. The late money for him and his draft mates as well as three huge sales for Breckon Farms dragged the average up to $38,950, just over $5000 down on last year’s bumper sale. There was more lots passed in than many vendors would be comfortable with and for the same reasons that have dogged standardbred sales for the last five years. Buyers are red hot on good colts by the champion stallions like Bettors Delight and Art Major but unproven stallions and anything but blueblood fillies struggle. A prime example were the stock of former speed freak Auckland Reactor, who has had a satisfying start to his stud career with his first crop on the track but hasn’t had the numbers yet to provide any great advertising. His sale was soft and Alabar Stud are realistic about the fact he could do with a smart juvenile or two this season to get buyers keen for his stock next season. He is not the only one rowing that boat. There was also an element at yesterday’s sale of some of the more commercial mares having yearlings by the lesser favoured stallions, which might be great for the diversification of the overall harness racing gene pool but it rarely ends well on sales day. One of the great success stories of the day was the a stunning pinhooking job -- much rarer in harness racing that galloping -- by Breckon Farms. On his way to the Harness Jewels last year Ken Breckon popped into Karaka and bought Partyon’s weanling brother for $44,000, barely 24 hours before big sister won the Jewels. Yesterday he sold that colt to Emilo and Mary Rosati from New South Wales for $187,500, the second highest price of the day. Breckon Farms won the select battle for best trotter though, with a Muscle Hill colt out of a half-sister to I Can Doosit going for $125,000. The sales move to Christchurch for the next two days where vendors with stock by anything but the most commercial sires will be feeling nervous and the Australian presence will be crucial.   KARAKA HARNESS SALES Lots Sold: 102 Passed: 40 Top price: $220,000 Total sales: $3,973,000 Average: $38,950 (down over $5000 on last year) Michael Guerin

Unbeaten Bettor's Delight filly Partyon, driven by Mark Purdon in the $31,800 Group 3 JL Raith Memorial at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night, did the unimaginable winning her first start back after a five-month spell and not only winning but smashing the harness racing three-year-old Australasian record in the process. After drawing two on the second row Partyon sat near the rear and came out at the top of the home straight to power home in a patient drive and record a stunning win. Partyon paced the 1609 metres in 1:51.3 with sectionals of 26.5, 29.1, 28.2 and 27.5. This broke the previous record of 1:52.4 set by another Purdon filly My Mackenzie in May of last year. Trained by the Allstars team Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen this was the sixth win and first as a three-year-old for Partyon from her only starts to date. As a two-year-old Partyon won the $150,000 Group 1 Harness Jewels Diamond, rating 1:55.5 for the mile at Cambridge in New Zealand and followed that up with two further starts in Australia at Tabcorp Park Melton, winning the $280,000 Group 1 Australasian Breeder's Crown for two-year-old fillies. In this race she rated a very good 1:54.4 mile-rate over 2240 metres. RA & JV YARNDLEY 2YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 2YO FILLIES, 1609m Mark Purdon on Partyon winning the Alabar Breeders Crown Series 19 Partyon - 31,800 Group 3 JL Raith Memorial Partyon was bred by Woodlands Stud and sold as a weanling at the 2014 Auckland weanling sale for $20,000. She is the second live foal of the Beach Towel mare Beach Parade. A real bargain to say the least as of this date Partyon has earnings of $256,675. Beach Parade has a current two-year-old full sister to Partyon called Lydia's Delight who was also sold as a weanling for $16,000 to a client of Jeff Dunn's stable at the 2015 weanling sale, once again bred by Woodlands Stud. This filly is already a bargain as Bettor's Delight will stand for $25,000 plus GST this next breeding season. For those looking to buy a top yearling at this year's sale there is a full brother to Partyon, yes a full brother by Bettor's Delight in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on February the 20th selling as Lot 104 on behalf of Breckon Farms. We have attached a photo and video of this yearling called Kokomo Beach. Lot 104 – Kokomo Beach (brown colt Bettor’s Delight / Beach Parade) 2017 Harnesslink Media.    

Being in foal has worked the oracle for Thursday’s Taranaki Breeders Stakes winner, Alta Valencia. The 4-year-old Mach Three mare has been in foal to a Sportswriter for a month and will have a handful more races before being retired to the broodmare’s paddock. Co-trainer John Dickie said he had liked her from day one. “She has been a bit weak but she is quite a nice pacer. Yesterday’s win was her third. The owners want to breed from her because she will be a very valuable broodmare,” Dickie said. Rosslands Stud paid $52,500 to the Alta Breeding Company for Alta Valencia at the 2014 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka. She’s now had 12 starts and won $18,356 in stakes. Her one length victory over favourite Rocknroll Princess (Andre Poutama) on the New Plymouth grass was her first since winning a junior drivers claiming race at Alexandra Park on October 7. Co-trainer Josh Dickie led early and then trailed the favourite before whipping along the passing lane to get the chocolates. He paced the 1750m mobile in 2:13.8 (mile rate 2:03 even) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 61.9 and 31 flat. Alta Valencia will not be lining up at Hawera on Sunday and neither will the Dickies’ other winner yesterday – This Excuse Is Fine. “We travelled to New Plymouth because it was a $10,000 fillies and mares race. We also wanted to support the race sponsor Woodlands Stud because they also sponsor Josh. “Both horses will return to Auckland and we will plan their schedules from there,” Dickie said. “We will stick to the grass with him. He tries hard and paces pretty well. The mare, however will probably start next on the all-weather tracks,” Dickie said.   Duane Ranger

Super heroes will converge on New Plymouth Racecourse tomorrow (Thursday) and patrons will be hoping one such hero can see into the future. If he or she can do just that, then punters stand to win $150,000. That’s how much the Taranaki Trotting Club’s Pick6 will pay thanks to a $70,000 carry-over from Motukarara last week. Club secretary Carey Hobbs said it was ‘children’s day’ at the twilight meeting, and encouraged as many kids (and adults) as possible to come dressed in their super hero uniforms. “There will be more than quality racing. There will be prizes up for grabs for the kids and there will also be Kidz Kartz races and a celebrity sulky event,” Hobbs said. Racing-wise, the feature event is the $10,000 Woodlands Stud Taranaki Breeders Stakes for the 3-year-and-older R61-plus fillies and mares. It is the fifth leg of Pick6 and will be raced over the 1750m mobile. A similar $7,500 event will also be staged on Sunday at the Hawera meeting. It is a 1900m mobile. “Joining forces with Hawera was a positive move. Woodlands Stud has been a big supporter of ours for many years. We have gone above the minimum stake for this race and we are appreciative to everyone for their support,” Hobbs said. The Geoff Small trained and David Butcher driven 4-year-old mare, Ladytoro (Sands A Flyin - Lady President) won last year's edition of the Breeders Stakes on the New Plymouth grass. That event was raced on April 3 and she started from gate nine of nine. Ladytoro was the $4.90 second favourite. Small doesn’t have a representative in this year’s Breeders Stakes, but Butcher will drive the Roger Villiger trained Spare Change from a rough draw (8). Toughest for him to beat will be the Steve Telfer/Chris Garlick trained and Andre Poutama driven Rocknroll Princess (5). Butcher does have better winning chances in the first, second and fourth legs of Pick6 when he teams up three horses he trains at Cambridge. Larch (R3) has placed in his last three Cambridge Raceway starts; Chrissie Jet was a nice second two starts back at Manawatu; and Lynton Creek, ran an encouraging third, fourth, and third at Manawatu (third), and then at Cambridge Raceway. None of the 10 runners in the field have won at New Plymouth and the Fred Mitchell trained Aces N Eights (Kyle Marshall) is the only horse to have placed on the track. It’s also worth noting that the Todd Macfarlane trained and driven Millview Sienna, and the Sean McCaffrey and Ross Paynter trained Sweet Maggie Ryan (Scott Phelan) are unbeaten on grass. The former mare has a one-from-one strike rate, while the latter has won two from two on the green surface. HRNZ's Trot Tech selections to help you with Pick6 are: Race 3: Speedy Earl (1), Loki Brogden (8), Larch (3). Race 4: Collection (1), Strawb's Chippie (9), Chrissie Jet (11), Trixie Bromac (6). Race 5: Shantahlia Knight (2), This Excuse Is Fine (10), Kate Jackson (13). Race 6: Snow Raker (4), Everything (9), Tuherbs Two (1), Janron (11). Race 7: Rocknroll Princess (5), Alta Valencia (2), Sweet Maggie Ryan (9), Millview Sienna (6). Race 8: Magnum Rose (7), Anakena (1), Bubbles O'Leary (3), Mimoza (4).

Inspired by a gap in the harness racing television schedule down under the debut season of "StandardBred" is now showing on Australian screens having completed it's New Zealand run during the spring on Trackside television.   Producer Sheldon Murtha offered an idea at a NZ Standardbred Breeders Association meeting that while thoroughbred breeding shows were flourishing on racing television channels there wasn't a standardbred equal.   "Such a programme had to be viable given the following harness racing has, especially in New Zealand" he recalls.    So with the support of The Breeders Associations across NZ, Trackside Television NZ and a stable of enthusiastic partners, the show got the go ahead for two seasons back in July this year. Heads are around the table mapping the next series following a more than encouraging response to the programmes.   "Viewer numbers across the various platforms available these days have been well beyond expectations" reveals Murtha whose dabbled successfully and otherwise with such broadcast projects.   "Making horse racing content that isn't generating some sort of quick betting turnover hike is shaky ground these days.It has been for a while now."   While television networks are interested in the marquee events, week to week coverage is the domain of racing channels like New Zealand's Trackside and Australia's Sky Racing which have become the drivers of the dollars relied on by racing through betting turnover. 'Colour' shows are queried and need to be self sustaining and popular to live long.   "There'll be an attempt to make StandardBred appeal to a wide audience that has a soft spot for rural, farming or country set stories" says Murtha."It almost hit the mark with a couple of these initial episodes but we were feeling our way a little too so it's an exciting project to be involved with. There's a global scope to it and the medium long term view is that we try and make a programme that can appeal to horse lovers in both hemispheres."   So how trotting is done in Europe or harness racing is faring in North America these days might make the schedule down the track if StandardBred can make good on it's great start.   Standard Bred | Episode 6 We caught up with Andrew Grierson of Woodlands Stud at his and Charles Roberts beautiful Clevedon based harness racing's standardbred breeding operation. We cover Bettor's Delight and his rise from the unknown to prominence. We also take a look a closer look at the 'Great White Blaze' who is hoped to be the perfect out-cross solution to New Zealand breeders before finding time to adore a foal as sweet (and valuable) as they come. StandardBred | Episode 5 This time on StandardBred, we catch up with Ken Breckon at his breeding establishment of Breckon Farms in Ohaupo for a yarn or two. Ken talks about his incredulous introduction to harness racing at the 1995 yearling sales in Karaka, where he and his late brother Peter purchased the 1996 2YO filly of the year. We also find time to look at a farm bred Australasian trotting champion and his incredible journey just to get to the races under more than just a watchful eye. We also take a deeper look into the farm operation and pedigrees of a few of the Breckon broodmare band that like anything 'Breckon' just keep on delivering. StandardBred | Episode 4 Sheldon catches up with Greg & Nina Hope to find out about what it takes to breed a NZ Horse of the year in Monbet. After yesterday's fresh up win in the Flying Mile, Monbet looks set for another HUGE season! StandardBred | Episode 3 On this episode of Standardbred, Sheldon catches up with Trent Yesberg of Dancingonmoonlight Farm to discuss what lays ahead for champion racehorse and now stallion Christian Cullen. We also take a look at the impact Direct Scooter line stallions have had in New Zealand and whether we have any heir apparent's to the colonial stallion throne. Standard Bred | Episode 2 Sheldon catches up with Graham Pearson to find out about life post breeding a harness racing superstar in the ilk of Under Cover Lover. We also take a look back at the impact of her sire, In The Pocket, and the influence of the Direct Scooter line in New Zealand harness racing!! Standard Bred | Episode 1 In this first episode of Standard Bred, Sheldon catches up with young breeder Sam Langrope and his wife Claire to hear about their pursuit of breeding their very own harness racing champion! Harness Racing New Zealand  

Over the last two or three years in several harness racing magazines and on several web sites, we have seen a host of articles concerning the freakish "Broodmare of the Year," Scuse Me, who passed away last week. With the way Scuse Me has single handedly changed the breed in Australasia that interest is to be expected but one thing that has been sadly missing from these articles has been the most important - the facts. So we thought it was time to set the record straight once and for all now that Scuse Me has passed away. Scuse Me became hot property in April 1998 when she won the Noel Taylor Mile at Alexandra Park in a brilliant 1:53.5 a New Zealand record that stood for many years. That time of 1:53.5 immediately got the attention of several trainers in North America including the ex-pat Kiwi, Kelvin Harrison. Kelvin, who buys all his horses in New Zealand from JC International contacted John Curtin to see if the mare might be for sale. As a result of that approach, a deal was put together between the owners of Scuse Me in Vicki Purdon and Jim Dalgety and the purchaser Joe Alfen who is one of Kelvin's biggest owners. Not long after the mare landed at Kelvins in North America, a major problem developed with Scuse Me in that she bled from both nostrils during fast work. Treated and given time to get over the bleed, Scuse Me was to bleed once again when next tried and was immediately retired as a racehorse. As you can imagine, the recriminations over Scuse Me's sale started from there and in an attempt to sort the problems out, John Curtin was asked to try to resell Scuse Me back to New Zealand as a broodmare. The list of prominent breeders and studs that were offered the mare reads like a who's who of New Zealand breeding but no one really was that keen. Now Charlie Roberts had only got into the standardbred industry a few years before with the launch of  Woodlands Stud by standing the sire of Scuse Me, BG's Bunny and having come from a thoroughbred background, he took a completely different view of the potential of Scuse Me in the broodmare paddock and it wasn't long before Charlie became the new owner. When you look at all the costs involved in buying this mare and shipping her home, this was not a cheap investment and so Charlie Roberts deserved every success with Scuse Me and her progeny as he was the only person that John Curtin approached that could see the potential of Scuse Me as a broodmare. Scuse Me is the only mare in history that has produced two in sub 1:48. Her 10th foal is Adore Me 1:47.7 and her 12th foal is Have Faith In Me 1:47.5 and they are the fastest two horses ever bred in New Zealand or Australia. She is probably the only mare in the world to have achieved that feat. (To be confirmed). Scuse Me also left Megabucks that went 1:49.3 in the USA, so that gives her three progeny that have paced in faster than 1:50, a remarkable record for any mare. As we said Scuse Me was by one of the greatest broodmare sires in history BG's Bunny (by Albatross from Bret's Romance). BG's Bunny is the broodmare sire of over $100,000,000 in earnings and is the broodmare sire for sires like Cams Card Shark , Precious Bunny and Armbro Operative. Cam's Card Shark is the sire of many influential standouts including the greatest of all Bettor's Delight. BG's Bunny was imported to New Zealand by John Curtin on behalf of the late John Geiger.  John Curtin said "We could not find a stud to stand BG's Bunny so we were in a bit of trouble back then. On talking to my vet at that time, Andrew Grierson and telling him the problem, he suggested to go and see his partner in the veterinary business Charlie Roberts who had the old "Harness World" stud Farm. Charlie had purchased this farm a few years earlier at a mortgagee sale for a runoff his dairying Business. So I went and saw Charlie and asked him if he would stand BG's Bunny and he said yes." The rest is history. BG's Bunny was the first stallion to stand at Woodlands Stud. This is how Woodlands Stud was born and with Scuse Me and all her progeny and Bettor's Delight thrown into the mix Woodlands Stud has become a real force to be reckoned with in the standardbred world today. Harnesslink Media.  

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