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Breeders are reminded that bids for the Horsham Harness Racing Club’s trotting tender close with the Club on Friday September 30th. The tender is for a service to the Woodlands Stud NZ stallion Pegasus Spur CA and represents a great opportunity for the lovers of the trotting gait to breed yet another Group 1 winner from this outstanding strike-rate entire. Interested breeders are invited to tender for a service (imported, fresh, chilled semen) to Pegasus Spur (value $AU3300). Tender forms and further information may be obtained by email from horsham.harness@bigpond.com  or by phone on 0427 857411.  Tony Logan

Woodlands Stud, Charles Roberts and the Kenny Family are delighted to announce the safe arrival of the first foal from champion harness racing mare Adore Me. Born at 2.00am on Wednesday 7th September the filly by Woodlands Sire Sweet Lou is a lovely type with good size, confirmation and an aura of class. Mary Kenny exclaimed ‘We are all just so thankful that Adore Me has foaled safely and that her first foal is such an outstanding individual. The prospect of having this Sweet Lou filly on the track in a couple of years’ time is truly exciting’ Adore Me’s phenomenal race record of 26 wins, over $1.6m dollars in stakes and a sizzling 1.47.7 mile rate has seen her etch her name in the history books. Bred in the purple being a daughter of World Champion Sire Bettor's Delight out of New Zealand "Broodmare of the Year" Scuse Me – Adore Me’s pedigree is simply world class. To continue the dynasty Adore Me needed an equally breathtaking match, enter Sweet Lou, the fastest two-year-old (1:49) in history and the fastest five-year-old (1:47) in history. Winner of 33 Races, holder of multiple world records, Dan Patch Horse of the Year title winner at 2 and 5 and USA Pacer of the Year in 2014. A champion horse who raced with and defeated the best throughout his extensive career. He has served two full books in North America and stands his second season here in NZ. His ‘date’ with Adore Me was not his first encounter with a champion mare, having already served other World Class Mares including the dam of Rock N Roll Heaven 1:47.3 ($2,774,478), and Pure Country p3, 1:49.2 ($1,716,749) and a full sister to the sensational Captaintreacherous 1:47.1 ($3,153,541) .  Woodlands Stud co-owner Dr Andrew Grierson explains; “Sweet Lou’s athleticism, speed, toughness and pure class made him a sensational cross for the daughter of Bettor’s Delight. We are very hopeful of a quality cross from Lou over Bettor’s mares as his half-brother Bettor Sweet is one of the best sons ever of Bettor’s Delight, so we know Sweet Lou’s maternal line ‘clicks’ with that bloodline. “This is one of the many reasons we bought him down to give Australasian breeders an outcross option for their Bettor’s Delight mares – we’re very excited to see what the future holds for this sire.”  Harnesslink Media

Tonight the 2016 New Zealand Harness Racing Awards were held at the Mashina Lounge in Christchurch. It was a fantastic occasion where we celebrated all the outstanding performers and personalities of the 2015/16 season. The night was attended by approximately 300 guests.   PACING AWARDS   Woodlands Stud 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year   SPANISH ARMADA 27   Owner: Mrs J L Feiss     PMP Print 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year   DREAM ABOUT ME 27   Owners: C J Roberts, Est Mrs J L Roberts, P G Kenny, Mrs M L Kenny     Auckland Trotting Club 4YO Pacing Mare of the Year   THE ORANGE AGENT 22   Owners: Mrs P C Green, J P Green, Mrs M E Green, P C Bult   (Rocker Band - 4, Fight For Glory - 1)     Nevele R Stud 5YO & Older Pacing Mare of the Year   LANCEWOOD LIZZIE 15   Owners: Mrs L P Wood, G A Chitty   (Tango’s Delight - 11, Willow - 1)     PGG Wrightson 2YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year   MORE THE BETTER 27   Owners: Mark Purdon, R C Purdon MBE, D R Levene OBE     Woodlands Stud 3YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year   LAZARUS 27   Owners: Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, T G Casey, K J Riseley     Woodlands Stud 4YO Pacing Entire or Gelding of the Year   HAVE FAITH IN ME 27   Owners: D M Dunford, M D Dunford     Alabar 5YO & Older Pacing Entire or Gelding of the Year   SMOLDA 23   Owners: Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, N Pilcher, M A R Kirkwood   (Arden Rooney - 4)   Alabar FARMs Pacer of the Year HAVE FAITH IN ME 26 Owners: D M Dunford, M D Dunford (Lazarus - 1)     TROTTING AWARDS   Race Images 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year DI’Z LUCK 21 Owners: Mrs S A Smith, Winsome Dormer, Cleland Racing Syndicate, N R Armstrong, E G Sawma, D W Aitken (Winnie MacGoogan - 4, Our Rosa - 1, One Bid Buys - 1)   Commodore Airport Hotel 3YO Trotting Filly of the Year HIGH GAIT 16 Owners: Breckon Farms-Super Seven Syndicate (Donegal Bettorgretch - 9, Wilma’s Mate - 2)   NRM 4YO Trotting Mare of the Year SUNNY RUBY 26 Owners: W F Fletcher, S F Smolenski (Harriet Of Mot - 1)   NRM 4YO Trotting Mare of the Year QUITE A MOMENT 16 Owners: Mrs C L Stewart, W R Stewart, A R Pullar, Mrs B E Pullar (Queen Kenny - 11)   Farmlands 2YO Trotting Colt or Gelding of the Year ENGHIEN 20 Owners: R G Dellaca, G P Hope (Custodian- 6, Habibi Inta 1)   Trackside 3YO Trotting Colt or Gelding of the Year MARCOOLA 27 Owners: K B Ford, C B Ford   Crombie Lockwood Bloodstock 4YO Trotting Entire & Gelding of the Year MONBET 27 Owners: G P Hope, Mrs N M Hope, M J Molloy   Garrards Horse & Hound 5YO & Older Trotting Entire & Gelding of the Year MASTER LAVROS 27 Owner: Kypros Kotzikas   Breckon Farms Trotter of the Year MONBET 27 Owners: G P Hope, Mrs N M Hope, M J Molloy     PEOPLE   McMillan Equine Feeds Leading Trainer: Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen or Robert Dunn (still being contested)   Harnessed Leading Driver: Dexter Dunn   Dexter Dunn Cruickshank Leading Junior Driver: Brad Williamson   Addington’s Met Multiplier Owner of the Year: Merv & Meg Butterworth   Primary ITO Cadet of the Year: Erin Isherwood   NZRB Outstanding Contribution to Harness Racing: Gary Allen     BREEDING   The Breeders Breeder of the Year: Woodlands Stud   HRNZ Media Trotting Stallion of the Year: Love You   Lone Star Pacing Stallion of the Year: Bettor’s Delight   The Breeders Trotting Broodmare of the Year: Diedre Darling   The Breeders Pacing Broodmare of the Year: Splendid Dreams     HRNZ HORSE OF THE YEAR   MONBET 15 Owner: G P Hope, Mrs N M Hope, M J Molloy (Have Faith In Me - 12)     Stacey Markham

Bettor’s Delight set for a boom 2016/17 Season The early demand from both sides of the Tasman for Bettor’s Delight means there is only a handful of guaranteed services left for the 2016/17 season. With his progeny continuing to perform at the top of the game in Australasia and Internationally it comes as little surprise breeders wish to secure bookings to this sensational stallion. The stud is incredibly proud of the job Bettor’s Delight has done and is flattered by the support from our loyal clients. Those breeders who haven’t already been in contact with the Woodlands’ Sales Managers are advised to do so in the coming days before his book is closed. A waiting list will be formed for any cancellations. Priority will go to those who are supporting other resident stallions on the roster which include American Ideal, Sweet Lou. Pegasus Spur and Highview Tommy. For more information on the Woodlands’ Stallions or to place a booking please contact Mark or Charlotte on the numbers below. Mark Hughes - Australian Bookings markhughes@woodlandsstud.co.nz +61 451 650 707 Charlotte Mooney - New Zealand Bookings: charlotte@woodlandsstud.co.nz +64 21 595 492

Normal service has resumed. Dream About Me has improved her record to 13 wins from 14 starts with an emphatic return to form in the $140,000 Group I Nevele R fillies final at Addington on Saturday. ​If she wanted to make a statement that her first loss in 13 starts was just a small bump in the road, bouncing back with a Group I in national record time is a good way to do it. She reinstated her reputation as the best 3-year-old filly in the country when pacing the1950m in 2:18.10 to go under the national record of 2:18.2 set by The Orange Agent in the same race 12 months earlier. The time was exceptional given the blustery conditions at Addington. It was a dramatic return to form for Dream About Me following her first career defeat at Addington on April 29 when she was second behind stablemate Golden Goddess. The Mark Purdon​ and Natalie Rasmussen-trained filly by Bettor's Delight out of Splendid Dreams is part of Charlie Roberts' high-class breeding operation at Woodlands Stud. She is raced by Roberts, his wife June and their daughter and son-in-law Mary and Paul Kenny. Even the usually reserved Purdon was all smiles as he heaped praise on the star filly.   In between the smiles and congratulations it was clear that Purdon and Rasmussen were over the moon to get the real Dream About Me back. Purdon confirmed Dream About Me will be back for another Group I start at Addington next week in the Group I New Zealand Oaks in her final start before the Harness Jewels. "It's hard to say there would be further improvement in her after that but I think she's definitely back to her old self," Purdon said. Golden Goddess and Piccadilly Princess were far better than average when running into second and third to give the All Stars stable the trifecta but were one-and-a-half and three lengths behind Dream About Me. "The other two are very good fillies but she's just another level again," Rasmussen said. Purdon said it was a lack of race fitness that tripped her up in her first defeat when she was well beaten by Golden Goddess. "I wasn't rapt with her Monday but I was a lot happier (with her work) on Thursday," he said of Dream About Me. Fittingly Dream About Me joins a list of standout fillies to win the race with The Orange Agent, Venus Serena, Adore Me, O Baby and Carabella​ taking out the previous five editions. Dream About Me Mat Kermeen

Lemnos trained four-year-old gelding Shared Interest is set to make a welcome return to the harness racing track at Ararat tonight in the first heat of the Pegasus Spur @ Woodlands Tontine Trotters Series.   Shared Interest showed ability in his five outings as a two-year-old, including a gallant second to Eljaykay Phoenix in the rich Breeders Crown Final of 2014. Five days later he notched up an 18-metre victory at Melton and looked set for a bright future.   “Then he did a suspensory and didn’t race at all as a three-year-old,” explained trainer Russell Jack. “It’s been a long and slow road back to full recovery but hopefully it will be worth the time and effort.”   Two solid trials at Shepparton in early February showed Jack his charge was finally ready for a return to the pressure of racing.   “The Tontine happened to come up at the right time for the horse,” he said. “It’s always been a nice race but he certainly hasn’t been rushed into it.   “We were taking him to the trials again last weekend but they were called off because of the heat.   “It wasn’t a worry ‘though, with Nathan and Amanda here there’s always plenty of horses to work with so his fitness won’t be an issue tonight.”   Owners of the heat winners at Ararat and Terang on March 9 will receive an inscribed rug donated by Woodlands Stud, New Zealand.   Top points earners from the heats will then assemble at Horsham to contest the $20.5k Group 3 Pegasus Spur @ Woodlands Tontine Trotters Series Final on Labour Day holiday Monday March 14th.   The Tontine Trotters Series is jointly conducted by the South West Zone Clubs (Ararat, Ballarat, Geelong, Hamilton, Horsham, Stawell & Terang) with the inaugural Final taken out by Vivanover (Keith Allen) at Stawell in 1985.   Tony Logan

While the pacing bred yearlings were selling for the big dollars today at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, the trotting bred yearlings were holding their own with several making $50,000 plus.  As expected prior to the sale, the trotting bred 'blue blood' to really excite the buyers was Lot 83, the Muscle Hill filly from Regal Volo. Named Girls On Film, she was the fifth foal from the Malabar Man mare Regal Volo with the first four all having displayed plenty of talent. Twentyten 1:58.9 ($236,469), High Gait 2:00.1 ($161,351) and Alannah 1:58.4 ($36,880) are the first three foals from Regal Volo who have won to date while the two year old Regal Love was beaten a nose in her debut and is held in very regard by the All Stars barn. When you came to assessing the filly himself, she is an outstanding individual in our opinion and oozes class in both the photos and video. So Girls On Film had all the credentials to hit the $100,000 mark and she didn't disappoint, bringing $120,000 when the dust had settled. Several well known trotting owners were involved at different stages in the bidding but at the end Charlie Roberts was the surprise bidder left standing. Charlie has been breeding from daughters of the former star trotter Merani (19 wins) and has always had an interest in the straight out trotter since standing Pegasus Spur at Woodlands Stud.  While Regal Volo had visited the court of Muscles Yankee, Angus Hall and Love You in her broodmare career to date, many felt that  a Muscle Hill was the best sire the mare had visited to date and that coupled with a pedigree to die for produced today's huge price. Harnesslink Media  

The first season a stallion stands at stud is always a nervous time for his owners as they wait to see if the breeders will share their enthusiasm for their pride and joy. Woodlands Stud have been around long enough to know that one season doesn't make or break a stallion but it certainly helps the nerves when quality mares continue to roll in the front gates one after another. This season Woodlands have made their first major pacing purchase for some time in the form of Sweet Lou and have been thrilled with the quality of the mares he will cover. Woodlands started the ball rolling with the champion mare Adore Me 1.47.7 26 wins ($1,677,000) and sent a couple of other high quality mares as well. These were Splendid Bet 1:57.9 who is a full sister to Dream About Me 1:53.3 ($425,054) and a half sister to Christen Me 1:49.1 ($2,325,592) and Hands Christian 1:52.5 ($330,824) while the second mare is Revere who is a full sister to Adore Me and Have Faith In Me 1:52.5 ($571,604) The quality of the outside mares is just as good and is headed by mares such as Times Flies 1:52.1 ($624,230) and Running On Faith 1:56 ($326,890) who has already produced The Faithful ($73,162) Other mares in New Zealand to have taken our eye that have been served by Sweet Lou include: * Achieve A Dream - Dam of Arden's Darlin 1:57.2 ($245,829) Two year old filly of the year  * Stella Franco - Dam of River Black 1:57.3 ($143,558) * Run To Vegas -  A Bettors Delight half sister to Percy The Punter 1:56.4 ($332,067) * Zagami - Full sister to the brilliant Lizzie Maguire 1:55.1 ($477,366) * Love A Gamble - A Bettors Delight half sister to Gomeo Romeo 1:53.2 ($340,193) * Spirit Of Art 1:56.5 ($55,703) - Half sister to Crown Law 1:51.4 ($208,885), Bettor Spirits 1:53.8 ($145,383) and Spirit and Desire 1:55.9 ($126,151) * Can't Teach That 1:56.1 ($67,961) - Won Young Guns heat and third in final. Maiden mare. * Delightful Song 1:56.8 ( $61,115) - Young Bettors Delight mare * Kai Bree Shee 1:55.5 ($ 52,115) - Washington VC mare in her second year at stud. The quality from the other side of the Tasman has been just as good and has been headed by the likes of the Bettors Delight mare Benediction 1:57.8 ($161,235) who is a full sister to the latest Australian star Devendra 1:52 ($251,973) and the imported Artsplace mare Contrapan 1:55 ($113,879) who has produced Chasin Racin 1:51 ($763,977) and Border Control 1:50.6 ($515,435)   Other Australian mares to have taken our eye that have been served by Sweet Lou include; * Elizabeth Kelly - A half sister to McRaes Mate 1:51.8 ($482,053), Greg Kelly 1:56.4 ($345,150) and Albert Kelly 1:57.2 ($322,320) * Faithful Sally 1:59.6 ($48,779) - Dam of the very promising Faithful Gabby ( won 10 from 19) * Loving You 1:55 ($97,229) - A half sister to Arousing 1:56.6 ($119,663) - Maiden mare * Clintons Maid 1:55.8 ($81,947) - Has already produced Our Priddy Maid 1:57.3 * Here For The Money 1:57.9 ($81,874) - Dam is a half sister to Duel Prince 1:57 ($163,902) * Smile With Me 1:57.7 ($80,819) - Dam a half sister to ten winners including Lewinsky Franco 1:51.2 ($172, 253) * Diamonds A Blaze 1:55.8 ($71,572) - Dam a half sister to five winners including Lagoon Lady 1:57.3 ($203,182) * Ezee Duzit Lombo 1:57.5 ($70,816) - Her dam Ezee Lombo 1:58.3 ($53,655) was a half sister to nine winners * Miss Zo Zo - 1:57.1 ($66,970) - A half sister to Saint Michael 1:51.1 ($677,287) and No Ah Saint 1:54.3 ($230,435) * Spring Echelon 1:58.9 ($64,235) - Already the dam of four winners including Secretary Of State 1:55 ($72,491) * Machine Gun Bonnie 1:57.4 ($62,744) - Maiden mare * Robyn Scherbotsky 2:00.6 ($56,925) - Her dam is a full sister to Kliklite 1:56.7 ($156,215) and a half sister to the dam of The Court Owl 1:57.6 ($476,785) It is hard to remember a better book of mares being sent to a first season stallion so Sweet Lou has been given a great opportunity. Woodlands co-proprietor Andrew Grierson has been thrilled with the quality of mares that Sweet Lou has served. " The quality has been superb and that will ensure that Sweet Lou is given every chance to establish himself as a sire. " His fertility has been brilliant from day one and that coupled with his great temperament has made our job at the stud so much easier." " I can't wait to see the foals on the ground next spring," Andrew said. Harnesslink Media

When it was announced earlier this year that the queen of harness racing in New Zealand Adore Me would visit the champion sire Christian Cullen in her first year at stud, lots of knowledgeable breeders nodded in agreement that the choice made a lot of sense. The resulting foal would be a three quarter brother or sister to the two time grand circuit champion Christen Me 1:49 ($2,325,592) which would make the foal even more valuable. However due to circumstances beyond anyones control  there has been a change in plans according to Andrew Grierson of Woodlands Stud. " We served Adore Me with Christian Cullen but she missed on the first service and that has led to a change of plans." " We really want an early foal from Adore Me and much as we wanted a Christian Cullen foal from her, we just couldn't take the risk that she might miss a second time." "Hence we made the decision to switch her over to Sweet Lou." " He is proving unbelievably fertile with the first 14 mares he has served all in foal on the first service which we are thrilled with." "Therefore it was really an easy decision to make the switch in the end,"Andrew said. Sweet Lou 1:47 ($ 3,484,251 is standing his debut season at Woodlands Stud after completing his first season at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania where he served 140 mares and is on track to serve an even bigger book in his first season down under . Harnesslink Media

The export of harness racing horses to Australia and North America from New Zealand has been with us since the industry was established in New Zealand in the 19th century. There have been ebbs and flows in demand but the export market has never seriously affected  the standard of the New Zealand harness racing scene for very long. However the present market conditions are a "perfect storm" for New Zealand and have the potential to have a serious downside for the local industry. Firstly the North Americans are back buying our horses bigtime. A combination of the large drop in the value of the New Zealand dollar verses the greenback  and a big rise in prize money due to slot machine revenue has reinvigorated the market from the North American end. I can't fill the orders I currently have for the North American market due to the lack of quality horses available Secondly the Australians are not buying the lower graded horses in the numbers they were due to the import fees but they are certainly picking the eyes out of the middle market. Thirdly, the foal crops in New Zealand are continuing to fall to the point that even without those exports, we are going to have serious problems maintaining the race date structure we have. Add it all together and the future for a lot of clubs in New Zealand trying to fill their race fields is  bleak to put it mildly. The obvious solution to the problem is to breed more horses but for the last decade or two, the opposite has been happening on the New Zealand breeding scene. The major New Zealand studs are trying to pick up some of the slack by increasing the number of mares they are breeding inhouse and selling the resultant foals on as weanlings or yearlings. Nevele R Stud in Christchurch is in the process of upgrading its broodmare band and will again breed a large number of horses for the local market. " We have started selling at the weanling sale in the autumn and are looking to do more of that in the future," Nikki Reed told Harnesslink this week Woodlands Stud has seen an opportunity in the marketplace with supply being unable to keep up with demand. Consequently they are going to breed up to 130 mares this year which is a significant rise from the 40 odd of previous years. " The economic fundamentals of the exercise taking into account all the costs involved including service fees are strong and we are confident of making a nice profit on the venture or we wouldn't be doing it," Andrew Grierson told Harnesslink this week. Alabar Bloodstock is also aware of the shortage of horses and is breeding slightly more this year for the local market. They cover their mares with the established sires like Art Major and Mach Three along with the newer boys on the block like He's Watching. " We couldn't be happier with the bookings to date, with Art Major and Mach Three nearly full and He's Watching heading that way as well." " I think breeders are aware that this is He's Watching first book of mares anywhere in the world and that has helped along with the fact he went 1:46.4." " We have been selling the weanlings for a while and this has worked out well for us," Graeme Henley said when speaking to Harnesslink. So the studs are making an effort to raise the number of foals they produce but at the end of the day we need to entice the average breeder with his one or two mares back into the breeding business. The shortage of horses is not just a New Zealand problem but is one that is affecting the harness racing industry worldwide. There is no sign on the horizon of that changing so the old hoary chestnut of "there never being a better time to breed" might actually apply in New Zealand in 2015. JC

Leading harness racing breeder Charlie Roberts has never been one to play by the rules over his lifetime in the industry. As the driving force behind Woodlands Stud, Charlie has been experiencing a run that is unprecedented in Australasia with regards to the stallions he stands and the horses he has bred or is racing. The jewel in the the Charlie Roberts crown is the brilliant Adore Me 1:47.7 ($1,673,286) who with her win in the New Zealand Cup last season and then her win  in the Ladyship Mile in a world class 1:47.7 showed ability rarely seen down under. With her stunning racetrack record and being a full sister to the champion three year old Have Faith In Me 1:52.5 ($550,381) and being a half sister to the dam of the dual Grand Circuit champion Christen Me 1:49.1 ($2,304,325) and this years stunning two year old filly Dream About Me 1:53.3 ($403,872), Adore Me is without doubt the most valuable broodmare in Australasia. Breeders have been holding their breath since Adore Me went amiss in the Auckland Cup in March as to who would be the first consort for this champion mare. Many thought that Charlie would stay in house with both American Ideal and this seasons new stallion Sweet Lou at his disposal at Woodlands Stud but Charlie has never been one to do things by the book. Yesterday it was announced that the consort for Adore Me at her first year at stud would be the champion racehorse and sire Christian Cullen. These days domiciled at Nevele R Stud in Canterbury, Christian Cullen is in the twilight of his siring career but has set siring records that are world class. With Christen Me being by Christian Cullen it shouldn't really be a big surprise that Charlie Roberts has gone back to a sire that has already clicked so potently with this family. Harnesslink Media

Horsham HRC in partnership with sponsors of the Tontine Trotters Series, Woodlands Stud, are delighted to offer breeders the opportunity to tender for a service to the proven entire, Pegasus Spur.   Pegasus Spur is the sire of the outstanding 2015 Breeders Crown Champion and triple Trotters Derby winner, Speeding Spur, 2:00.3 & $331,111.   The millionaire son of SJ'S Photo is also the sire of Australasia's fastest trotter Flying Isa, 1:53.2 & $446,114.   His lightly raced 5yo daughter Maori Time, 1:55.6 & $156,716, saluted in the Group 2 Breeders Crown Graduate FFA at Melton to round off a great weekend for the Woodlands stallion roster.   Pegasus Spur stands at Woodlands NZ this season for $AUD 3,300 (inc) GST.   You can contact the Horsham Club on 0427 857411.   Tony Logan

The southern breeding rights for the brilliant racehorse Sweet Lou 1:47 $3,478,894, one of the greatest pacers in the history of harness racing have been snapped up by New Zealand's leading stud, Woodlands.  Sweet Lou has rewritten the record books throughout his career in North America and he was syndicated by Diamond Creek Stud in Pennsylvania at the end of 2014 for a substantial seven figure sum. Right from the first time he stepped onto a track, Sweet Lou stamped himself as one very special horse. As a two-year-old Sweet Lou faced the starters twelve times for ten wins and two seconds for $688,117 in stakes. Anyone watching his win in the 2011 Breeders Crown final will quickly get an appreciation of how special Sweet Lou is. He completely distanced a star studded field by seven lengths in the fastest time ever recorded by a two year old in the history of the sport. Sweet Lou stopped the clock in 1:49 which is still the fastest time ever run by a two year old. The scary thing is he looked to do it with something in reserve. He was the unanimous choice for two-year-old of the year in 2011. Sweet Lou came out at three and had another super season on the track. He won eliminations of all the major stakes races with his biggest win coming in the final of the $510,000 Tattersalls Pace in 1:48.1. Sweet Lou won eight from twenty at three alongside five placing’s and earned another $1,082,256 in stakes and reduced his best time to 1:47.4 At four all the racing at two and three seemed to get on top of Sweet Lou and although he earned a healthy $349,000 he just never seemed 100%. Given a good break at the end of that season, Sweet Lou came back to the track at five and dominated the Free for All ranks last season. Midway through his five year old season Sweet Lou put together a series of runs that rewrote the record book. Sweet Lou won ten races straight at one point and six of those consecutive wins were in better than 1:48 which is the most ever achieved by any horse in the history of the sport. As a five year old Sweet Lou won eleven of nineteen starts with four placing’s for $1,363,740 in stakes and reduced his best time to 1:47 What made the 1:47 so special was that Sweet Lou took that time on a 1000 metres track. When you look at the overall stats for Sweet Lou you get some idea of how special he is. 1:50 miles or faster – 49 1:49 miles or faster – 32 1:48 miles or faster – 13 Sweet Lou is a son of the successful Yankee Cruiser 1:49.3 ($1,150,123) who has sired the winners of over $31,000,000 to date in North America. Sweet Lou is out of the speedy Falcon's Future mare in Sweet Future 1:54.2 ($89,061) who has also left the champion Bettor's Delight gelding Bettor Sweet 1:47.4 ($2,782,353). Sweet Lou is the quickest and biggest stake winning stallion to have ever stood in New Zealand and is still the quickest two year old of all time. His first season fee has been set at a very competitive $6000+ GST Harnesslink Media

Frank Phelan must have chuckled to himself when asked if he could afford to pay a fine. Phelan was on the mat at Cambridge about to lose his amateur driving licence for six months after failing to give his horse Cougar Bromac every chance to win in October. But the judicial committee chairman who slugged him with a $500 fine as well needn't have bothered checking if the battling Papakura trainer had any money. For the past three weeks Phelan has been pinching himself about a Christchurch Cup week coup which saw him net $93,000 from a handful of $10 multis. Phelan did what few others have managed in the history of TAB betting, and strung together a winning sequence of 10 horses on one ticket. Nine of the 10 ran on Show Day at Addington, and Phelan took four of them to win and another five to run a place. And when they all came in, he had all night and half the next day to wonder whether this was the collect he'd dreamed about. When he went to the Auckland trots that night he couldn't help but let on that he was up for $80,000 if one galloper, My Chino, could run a place at Riccarton. Phelan says he chose the horse because it ran an unlucky second the previous week, but perhaps subconsiously he was drawn to it because of the similarity in names to his daughter Chyna. It all looked academic anyway when My Chino dropped out to last in the running, leaving Phelan resigned to losing, until Chris Johnson lived up to his magic man tag and brought the mare home with an electric burst for third. The result saw Phelan collect $73,000 from his main ticket - $7000 less than he'd anticipated because of deductions made after scratchings. But he also picked up another $15,000 from a $10 ticket which bore the same horses but needed only eight of the 10 to come in for him to collect, and another $5000 from two smaller saving tickets. Phelan admits he could hardly wait to check the total of his TAB account on his computer. "I kept telling my mates the big one was coming soon - I'd just missed one or two big collects before, so I'm glad to finally get one," Phelan said. "It was pretty tense there for a while waiting for Saturday but I knew I had a reasonably big collect coming anyway with the ticket of any eight out of the 10." Phelan said his hopes of landing the lot rose with each race on Show Day after he got Juliette Bromac (place), Hot Pants (win), Supersonic Miss (place), All Star Man (place) and Clover Mac (place) home. "The ones later in the day were better chances - Dalton Bromac (win), Helene Jet (win), Adore Me (place) and Classical Art (win). "But it didn't look like Classical Art was going to get up and I thought I was gone until it came again on the inside." Phelan, who supplements his income working on foal watch at Alabar Stud from 9pm to 6am, and would normally have been asleep during the day instead of betting on the Addington trots, said scores of people have been asking him how he did it. But while he has offered his advice, and has had a few more multi collects since, he's not getting big- headed. "I 'spose I'm even now after all the years I've been betting. "But it's going to be a good Christmas - I've already given Chyna $10,000 to buy a new car." Courtesy of Barry Lichter - Sunday Star Times

Woodlands Stud NZ Ltd is continuing its support of the Manawatu Harness Club (MHRC) by sponsoring the Bettor’s Delight Mile Series (fillies & mares) again throughout the 2014/15 season. The purpose of the series is to give owners the opportunity to obtain a sub-two minute mile rating for their filly or mare, thereby improving their breeding pedigree and encouraging them to breed in the future. There are five races in the series with the winning owners of each race receiving a voucher for 30% discount on either a Bettor’s Delight or American Ideal Service Fee plus a dress rug. The Stake for the first race is $8,500 and the club will endeavour to increase this further if the series is well supported by owners and trainers. The dates for this season are: Thursday October 23 Thursday November 27 Thursday February 19 Thursday March 26 Friday May 15 The fields are limited to 11 starters, with six on the front row and five on the second row behind the mobile gate on a preferential draw.  Last season’s races for the C1- C2 fillies and mares (3YO & older) over the 1609 metres resulted in sub two minute ratings by Chillysjustastrutter (1.57.6) on March 13 and Shestherealdeal (1.58.2) on May 16.  A further 12 horses crossed the line in under two minutes between the two races. Courtesy Of Woodlands Stud

Dubbo Harness Racing Club has announced the line-up for its stallion service auction. Thanks to the generosity of some of New South Wales’, Victoria’s and New Zealand’s leading breeding establishments, the club has secured services to several outstanding stallions. On offer are Shadyshark Hanover thanks to Goodtime Lodge, Art Official or Auckland Reactor courtesy of Alabar, Live Or Die and Mcardle from Nevele R Stud, Robin Hood via Yirribee and American Ideal, which resides at Woodlands Stud. All money raised goes directly into prizemoney, which has seen events such as the club’s flagship feature - Red Ochre Mares’ Classic – elevated to Group status. The tender opens on Monday, September 9 and closes at 5pm on Monday, September 16, 2014. Bids can be placed via the club’s site www.dubboharnessclub.com.au and clicking on ‘Trading Ring’ or by contacting Brett Wrigley on 0407 995 930 and Lester Hoy on 0457 647 919. The club has extended a “huge thank you” to the studs for their generosity, which is a driving force behind the growth of the local industry. PAUL COURTS

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