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Summer Mixed entries now accepted Entries are now being accepted for the Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale, to be held at the Meadowlands on Sunday, July 14. Long known as a sale of quality racehorses, it will feature 2-year-olds that are just getting started as well as 3-year-olds and older horses. The sale will add an exclamation point to one of the biggest weekends of the year at the Meadowlands. It follows a night of racing that is highlighted by the Meadowlands Pace Final and seven other major stakes, including the Stanley Dancer Memorial, Hambletonian Maturity, Del Miller and Mistletoe Shalee. “The Meadowlands takes center stage that weekend, and this sale always draws a big crowd of buyers who come in for both the racing and the sale,” said Tattersalls manager David Reid. “For sellers, the Summer Mixed offers a chance to reduce inventory and raise capital before fall yearling purchases. And with the nonstop demand for racehorses in every jurisdiction, if you bring a standout horse to this sale, you’ll likely make more than you would ever expect.” Last year’s Tattersalls Summer Mixed was up in both average and gross, with receipts of $3.1-million adding up to a 24 percent increase from the previous year. Those planning to enter can do so online at tattersallsredmile.com or by calling the sales company office at (914) 773-7777.   Tattersalls Sales Co

Horsemen flooded to the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio on May 14, seeking harness racing racehorses and breeding stock among the nearly 400 catalogued horses. The sale was virtually tied with last year as the best Spring Sale in its 56 year history with a lot of happy sellers, and buyers that were grateful to get horses to stock their stables. Burke Racing Stable brought an especially strong consignment that included five of the top ten sellers. Leading the way at $65,000 was consistent Preferred pacer Arthur Pendragon. Mark Wright of Frankfort Kentucky had the winning bid on the handsome son of Dragon Again. Next in line was solid conditioned pacer Cheese Melt fresh off a 1:51.2h win at Northfield Park. Fred Linz of Indiana signed the ticket for the 4-yr-old son of Betterthancheddar for $62,000. Other heavy hitters in the Burke consignment were conditioned pacers Reagans Avenger and Aleppo Hanover purchased by Rick Bucci for $42,000 and $32,000 respectively along with Fordham Sixty Two who was picked up for $35,000 by Allard Racing. The consistent young trotter Lion King AS from the Ruddick Stables also went to Allard Racing on a $37,000 bid. A potential story in the making was the purchase of Indiana Sires Stakes eligible Mr Bigly by 15-yr-old Breana Carsey (of Ohio Champion MJB Gotta Have Faith fame) and her dad Brian for $47,000. The precocious son of Always A Virgin came from the very nice Emerald Highlands Farm consignment that also featured the competitive 4-yr-old conditioned mare McPansy purchased by A Piece of Racing for $40,000. The Summer Blooded Horse Sale will be held Tuesday and Wednesday Aug. 27-28. This sale includes a black type yearling session in addition to several hundred racehorses. The black type yearling session closes July 1. Mixed entries will be taken until full. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to enter or order a catalogue.   Dot Morgan

Entries for the Blooded Horse Spring Sale will be taken through Thursday morning April 18; supplemental entries will be accepted after that.  Don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of the strong demand for racehorses, green prospects, yearlings, and broodmares. Nice consignments have already been received from Anthony MacDonald, Ron Burke and Spring Haven Farm with Emerald Highlands expected to bring some blue blooded stock, as well. Held Tuesday May 14 at the Champions Center in Springfield Ohio, the sale is a timely venue to both market and restock. Don’t be shut out! Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to enter or call (859) 858-4415. Please direct any questions to jhaws@bloodedhorse.com   Dot Morgan

Citing a lack of entries, the Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, originally scheduled for April 28, has been cancelled. “Although there were horses entered from a few of the major racing stables, unfortunately there weren’t enough overall to justify conducting the sale,” said manager David Reid. “We tacked this sale onto our calendar to offer a market for this time of year--if it was needed--but most horsemen we spoke with said they were planning to wait until the Summer Mixed to sell. Horses will be in the middle of their racing seasons by that time, and owners and trainers can plan accordingly to sell and raise capital for the fall yearling sales.” The Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands will be held on Sunday, July 14, the day after the Meadowlands Pace. That sale will include 2-year-olds and older racehorses. For information about the Summer Mixed and other Tattersalls sales, visit tattersallsredmile.com.   Tattersalls Sales Co

Those planning to consign horses to the Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale have until Monday, April 8 to do so, as the catalog will close at the end of that business day.   The sale is scheduled to be held on Sunday, April 28 in the Meadowlands race paddock.   "Most of the racetracks with spring and summer meets are now open, and the amount of claims everywhere gives you an idea of the incredible demand there is for racehorses," said Tattersalls manager David Reid.   "A quality racehorse at this sale is going to get a lot of looks, a lot of attention and a lot of action. It's still a seller's market and sellers should expect to be well-rewarded," he added.   Entries can be directed to one's sales agent, submitted online at tattersallsredmile.com, or called in to the sales office at (914) 773-7777.   Tattersalls Sales Co.

The 2019 Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Company, will be held at the Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 31, starting at noon. The sale comprises 76 lots by 31 different stallions including champion stallions Bettor’s Delight, Somebeachsomewhere, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sweet Lou, Roll With Joe, Grinfromeartoear and Sportswriter. Other well-known stallions include Well Said, Mr Feelgood, Cammibest, A Rocknroll Dance, Sunshine Beach, Pet Rock, Hurrikane Kingcole, Heston Blue Chip, Auckland Reactor, Changeover, Betterthancheddar, For A Reason, Lanercost and the exciting first-crop sire Warrawee Needy. There’s close relatives to a string of top performers winners such as the Inter Dominion heat winner Im Pats Delight,  Constantlysideways 1:49.2 (USA), Heavens Trend, Pub Blitz, Broadways Best (Vic. Oaks), Major Kiss (Bathurst Gold Tiara), Garnet River (Tas. Derby), Little Peanut (Vic. Sapling Stakes), Bangkok Dancer (Paleface Adios Classic), the QBred Triad winners Smart As Camm Be, Viking Reign, Maximillion, Making Magic, Jack Malone, Misscilla, Catwalk Beauty, Wicked Style, Bronski On Fire and Bonnie Jujon, the Redcliffe Sales Classic victors Cha Ching Chaching, Mathilda Diventa, Couldntresist, Celtic Cruza, Dapper Bessie and Designer Style, and many more. Yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series carrying minimum prizemoney of $100,000 for two-year-olds in 2020 and the rich Redcliffe 3YO Sales Classic in 2021. They are also eligible for the Breeders Crown, the QBred Bonus Scheme, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred and the NSW Breeders Challenge. Catalogues are available from the auctioneer Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com, Garrard’s Horse & Hound stores in every State and the Redcliffe and Albion Park tracks. The electronic catalogue can be found here: http://www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au/yearlingsale2019.php    Peter Wharton

THE 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Company, will be held at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 24, starting at 11am. The sale comprises 120 lots by 43 different stallions including champion stallions Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Somebeachsomewhere, Captaintreacherous, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven and American Ideal. Other well-known stallions include Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Courage Under Fire, Four Starzzz Shark, A Rocknroll Dance, Warrawee Needy, Artspeak, Heston Blue Chip, Sunshine Beach, Mr Feelgood, Western Terror, Auckland Reactor, Betterthancheddar, Pet Rock, Shoobee’s Place, For A Reason and Changeover. There’s close relatives to a string of top performers such as Jilliby Kung Fu, Vincent, Dont Hold Back, Elect To Live, For A Reason, Chariot King, Makes Every Scents, Rosa Mach, Vertigal, Sir Galvinator, All Eyes On Me, Shoobee Doo and many more. The sale includes entries from leading breeders in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Yearlings are eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, NSW Breeders Blue, Vicbred and Vicbred Platinum. Catalogues are available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. The online catalogue can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com. Click on 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale   PETER WHARTON

Tattersalls has finalized dates for its next two harness racing auctions at the Meadowlands.   The Spring Mixed Sale is first up, with a date of Sunday, April 28, followed by the Summer Mixed on July 14--the Sunday after Meadowlands Pace night.   Entries are now being accepted for the spring sale.   Those planning to consign horses may enter on the Tattersalls website, tattersallsredmile.com, or by calling sale headquarters at (914) 773-7777.   Entries will close Monday, April 8.   "I'm expecting a good turnout of sellers for the Spring Mixed," said sale manager David Reid. "This sale gives horsemen a chance to control their inventory, as their 2-year-olds will soon be moving north."   With all the major tracks open by sale time, and two recent purse increases at the Meadowlands, Reid said the current shortage of racehorses would no doubt put them at a premium.   "This sale creates a market for both buyers and sellers, and I think it's fair trade for both," he added.   Tattersalls Sales Co.

THE 2018/19 racing season is now in full swing and yearlings catalogued for the upcoming Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale were huge beneficiaries through the deeds of their winning siblings and exceptional sires. Siblings to several recent winners are set to be offered at Bathurst, including a half-sister to the 1:59.5 Newcastle three-year-old winner and Group placegetter Brooklyns Best. Other recent winners with half-brothers or sisters in the sale include Futurist, Beach Boy Adios, La Player (1:57.9), the three-year-old Lord Denzel (1:56.7) and Milliondollardream. Yearlings to be auctioned at Bathurst are by sires that have produced Group winning two-year-old progeny in Australia and New Zealand this year. Art Major, who has three lots in the sale, ranks as the sire of the WA Sales Classic winner Major Martini and the Allied Express 2YO Classic victor Summertime, Bettor’s Delight (2 lots) figures as the sire of the NZ Young Guns winner Smooth Deal, Sportswriter (3 lots) is the sire of the MIA Breeders Plate winner The Tiger Army, Mach Three (1 lot) has left the NSW Sapling Stakes winner Mach Dan, Heston Blue Chip (5 lots) is represented by the NSW Pink Bonnet victor Eye Can Run and Sunshine Beach (3 lots) has sired Ozzie Battler, winner of the Victoria Sapling Stakes and Premiere Stakes. The sale has been further boosted by three entries from Doug and Janet Moore’s Brooklyn Lodge, Aberdeen. They include a He’s Watching colt out of a 1:53 half-sister to the outstanding WA juvenile Jack Mac, a Mach Three filly from the Bathurst Sales Graduate winner Allnight Kiss (1:56.4) and an Art Major filly from Toolijooa Dawn (1:55.1). The Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be held at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 24, starting at 11am. Pedigrees can be viewed online at www.graemeboard.com. Click on 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale Catalogues can be requested from auctioneers Graeme Board & Company on phone 0408 636 273 or email gboard@bobberry.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club   Peter Wharton

More than 70 percent of the dams represented in this year’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co on Sunday, March 31, are race winners. Of the 76 lots catalogues, 54 are out of race-winning dams with 41 taking a record of 2:00 or better. Yearlings are out of the Group/Listed winning racemares such as the Seymour Nursery and QBred 2YO Triad winner Catwalk Beauty ($156,566), Too Smart For You ($149,684, QLD 4YO Breeders Classic), the Paleface Adios Classic winner Bangkok Dancer, Cullen’s Jewel (QLD 3YO Breeders Classic and Redcliffe 3YO Sales Classic), Designer Style (Redcliffe 2YO Sales Classic) and the Redcliffe Oaks winner Montana Tess. Other well performed mares include the dual Queensland Rising Stars Championship winner Ideal Tact ($98,454), Young Desiree ($89,451), Blissfull Kisses ($72,358), Perfection On Ice (1:55.9), Dance Like A Dream (1:55.9), Suki Suki (1:55.3), Riverboat Royce, the Seymour Nursery heat winners Emma Montana and Three Jewels and the Queensland Oaks placegetter Kiana Frances. Almost 50 percent of the dams represented in the catalogue are winner-producing mares. They have left siblings to the QBred 2YO Triad and Queensland 2YO Breeders Classic winner Smart As Camm Be, Pub Blitz (winner of $362,963), Cha Ching Chaching, winner of the Queensland 2YO Breeders Classic and Redcliffe Yearling Sale Classic, the QBred 2YO Triad victor Jack Malone, Wicked Style (QBred 3YO Triad), Bonnie Jujon (QLD 2YO Breeders Classic and QBred 3YO Triad), Capitalize (QLD 2YO Breeders Classic) and the Redcliffe Sales Classic winners Celtic Cruza, Mathilda Diventa, Designer Style, Couldntresist and Dapper Bessie. Yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a minimum stake of $100,000 for two-year-olds in 2020 and the rich 3YO Sale Classic in 2021. They are also eligible for the Breeders Crown, the QBred Bonus Scheme, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred and the NSW Breeders Challenge. Catalogues are available from the auctioneer Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com, Garrard’s Horse & Hound stores in every State and the Redcliffe and Albion Park tracks. The electronic catalogue can be found here: http://www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au/yearlingsale2019.php    Peter Wharton

MORE than 75 percent of the dams represented in this year’s Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale on Sunday, March 24 are race-winning mares or winner-producing mares.  Of the 117 lots catalogued, 64 are out of race winners – including 36 sub 2:00 winners - while 61 of the dams are winner-producers and they have left 153 individual winners between them.             Among the race-winning dams are the Group and Listed winners Scent (NSW Oaks), Lourdes (Tas. Bandbox and George Johnson) and Modern Day (QSBA 2YO Breeders Classic), the feature race winners Hidden Gem (Qld Racing Minister’s Cup), Tanamay (Tas. Blue Bonnet), Light In Every Day (SA Ladyship) and the $100,000 winners Listen To The Rhythm, Rosalind, Motu Miss Lilli and Benazir Bhutto. The dams listed in the catalogue have left Group winners such as Dont Hold Back (Vicbred 3YO and Breeders Crown 4YO), Makes Every Scents (Bathurst Gold Tiara), Vertigal (NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO and 3YO), Rosa Mach (APG 2YO), My Willow (NZ Sires Stakes 3YO), Courageousnquick (NSW Pink Bonnet and Vic. Sapling), Get In The Groove (QBred 2YO Breeders Classic and QBred Triad 3YO) and Shoobee Doo (NSW Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial and Bathurst Sales Classic). Other ‘black type’ performers include Governor Art (NSW Edgar Tatlow), Nola Mayhem (Tas. Bandbox and Granny Smith), Nickle Miss (Tas. Oaks), Taylors Mill (NSW Breeders Challenge Regional 2YO), Meg’s Ferrari (NSW Inter City Pace), Run Wick (Tas. Golden Slipper), Lombo Leonardo (Tas. Youthful), Sams Express (Bathurst Sales Classic) and the $100,000 earners Sally Fletcher, Imthevillagestar (1:51.9), Lord Lombo, Padabing Stride, Beach Boy Adios and Must Be Nice. Yearlings are eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, NSW Breeders Blue, Vicbred and Vicbred Platinum. Pedigrees can be viewed online at www.graemeboard.com. Click on 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale Catalogues can be requested from auctioneers Graeme Board & Company on phone 0408 636 273 or email gboard@bobberry.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club.   Peter Wharton

Burwood Stud, one of Queensland’s leading standardbred breeding nurseries, will have the largest representation at the Redcliffe Yearling Sale on Sunday, March 31 with a draft of 36. Their consignment includes large drafts by resident stallions Changeover, Cammibest and Lanercost as well as youngsters by the successful sires Somebeachsomewhere, Sweet Lou, Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Well Said, Pet Rock, Heston Blue Chip, A Rocknroll Dance, Hurrikane Kingcole, Warrawee Needy and Mr Feelgood. A feature of the Burwood draft is the last yearling from the noted producer Whisperette NZ, the dam of five winners including the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale 2YO Classic and QBred Breeders Classic winner Cha Ching Chaching. The cracking Cammibest filly is a full sister to Cha Ching Chaching. There’s half-brothers to the Redcliffe Sales Classic winners Pub Blitz, Smart As Camm Be and Designer Style, the QBred Triad winner Wicked Style, Rocknroll Classic (QBred Triad 2YO Cons.), Rocky Marciano ($191,289) and North Royal ($108,791) and half-sisters to the Redcliffe Sales Classic winners Mathilda Diventa, Celtic Cruza, Couldntresist and Dapper Bessie.  Yearlings are out of well performed racemares including Too Smart For You ($149,684), the Redcliffe Sales Classic winner Designer Style, Perfection On Ice (1:55.9), Riverboat Royce, Chastize (QBred Triad heat), Fifth And Broadway, Montana Tess (Redcliffe Oaks), Lara June Lombo, Bailey’s Fernco NZ (1:55.1), Kiana Frances NZ and Rowan Franco NZ. The Burwood Stud yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a minimum stake of $100,000 for two-year-olds in 2020 and the rich 3YO Sale Classic in 2021. Catalogues are available from the auctioneer Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com, Garrard’s Horse & Hound stores in every State and the Redcliffe and Albion Park tracks.   Peter Wharton

ALREADY making a well-timed Group One appearance, talented filly Swimsuit Edition has the potential to alter the interest in a Lot during Sunday’s Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Sydney. Swimsuit Edition is engaged in the New South Wales Oaks at Menangle the night before, while her younger sibling is part of the APG Sale. Success in the Blue Riband is destined to increase attention in the colt, which is already predicted to attract his fair of bids. By Warrawee Needy, the yearling is from former feature race winner, Very Chic, which has continued her success at stud. Very Chic boasts a perfect record from four starters, with her latest offering to enter the ring as Lot 457. The family includes 2002 New South Wales Oaks winner Elect To Live. As for Swimsuit Edition, she faces a tough task after drawing the outside of the front row for trainer Emma Stewart. A handy fourth in her heat, Swimsuit Edition is expected to improve after two runs from a spell.   APG Media

FIRST-season sires will be in the spotlight at this year’s Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be held at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 24. Former North American champion Captaintreacherous is the most famous name to appear in the list of new sires, with two yearlings to be offered on the day. Lot 68 is a bay filly, a half-sister to four winners including the Tasmanian Oaks winner Nickle Miss, nominated by Brian and Marilyn Gourley, River Murray Bloodstock, Cobram (Vic.). The second, Lot 117, is offered by Victoria’s Equine Reproduction Services - a bay colt out of the Artiscape mare Light In Every Day (1:53.2), a SA Ladyship winner and Breeders Crown placegetter. Another 'new boy' expected to make a big impact on the Australian stud scene is the USA 2YO Colt of the Year Artspeak, standing at Empire Stallions (Vic.). At the recent APG sale in Melbourne, seven Artspeak yearlings were sold to a top price of $25,000. His seven representatives in the Bathurst sale include a half-brother to Replaced Eye (1:52.5), a half-sister to Architecture (1:58.5), a half-sister to Soho Aphrodite (1:59.8) and five others in 2:00, a colt out of a daughter of Bathurst Gold Tiara winner The Kindly One and a filly out of a half-sister to the cup class pacer I Am Sam. Also on the first-season list is the Canadian champion Warrawee Needy, who has a single representative at the sale – Lot 97, a half-brother to the multiple Menangle winner Imthevillagestar (1:51.9). The sale will feature stock by perennial standout sires such as Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Somebeachsomewhere, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, American Ideal, Four Starzzz Shark, Sportswriter and Courage Under Fire and the emerging young sires He’s Watching, A Rocknroll Dance, Sunshine Beach, Auckland Reactor, Pet Rock, Betterthancheddar, Heston Blue Chip, Shoobee’s Place, Caribbean Blaster, Changeover, Lincoln Royal and Fly Like An Eagle.  Yearlings are eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, NSW Breeders Blue, Vicbred and Vicbred Platinum. Pedigrees can be viewed online at www.graemeboard.com. Click on 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale Catalogues can be requested from auctioneers Graeme Board & Company on phone 0408 636 273 or email gboard@bobberry.com.auor the Bathurst Harness Racing Club.   Peter Wharton

ALL STAR STALWARTS Jean Feiss and Phil and Glenys Kennard and their syndicate members came up trumps at the successful New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred sales which ended Wednesday outlaying over $1m between them for some choice lots whose careers will be guided from Rolleston. Jean, who spent just over $500,000 bought the most expensive All Star lot going to $170,000 for a Bettor’s Delight colt from a daughter of Beaudiene Babe named Beaudiene Big Time. “I was sure in my own mind he would go north of $150,000 but fortunately he was not too far north” she said. She also paid $100,000 for Stag Party a Bettor’s Delight colt bred on the same cross as Lazarus and from a strongly performing family. At Auckland Jean had parted with $140,000 for a Sweet Lou cold closely related to Smooth Deal, last year’s sale topper who is already a winner. “It was a strong sale at the top end and fairly tough competition though I noticed there seemed to be a lot of passings on the board” Jean said of the Christchurch sale. Kennard Bloodstock, unusually, went to $100,000 for a richly bred trotting colt in Auckland as its major purchase but wasted no time swinging into action yesterday. going to $100,000 for a BEttor’s Delight Priscilla Shard colt closely related to familiar All Stars names like Mighty Cullen and Likemesiah and $90,000 for Arden’s Ace, a colt from former brilliant racemare, Venus Serena. Phil said that he had a few disappointments at the Auckland sale. “We found it quite tough at the top end. One colt in particular we had lined up for the Major Mark syndicate but we couldn’t match the firepower. We are not generally going at the top end of the market for our syndicates” All Stars itself added further to its tally yesterday its sale purchases being largely in the $60-70,000 range except for the Captaintreacherous-Veste colt bought in Auckland for $130,000   Courtesy of All Stars Racing Stables http://www.allstarsracingstables.com/

It was a magic day for southern breeders at the NZB Standardbred National Sale in Christchurch today (Wednesday) with two Southern Bred Southern Reared colts topping the sale, and plenty of others providing a great return for their owners. The Shard, owned by Debbie and Mark Smith of Shard Farm, and Beaudiene Bigtime owned by Dave Kennedy of Bayswater both sold for $170,000. Emilio and Mary Rosati of New South Wales purchased The Shard whilst another regular Australian buyer Jean Feiss, put in the winning bid for Beaudiene Bigtime. “Unbelievable,” said Kennedy when I spoke to him a few hours after the sale. And the follow up question had to be; was that a surprise? “Was it ever. I knew I had a good colt but I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d get $170,000. As the day went on I was starting to get a bit worried because the big buyers had been spending their money.” But worry soon turned into elation as Kennedy sat on the sideline watching the bidding war unfold. “It was an unbelievable experience I can tell you. Stonewall Stud were chasing him and Nigel McGrath had a go. There were quite a few onto him. I’m pretty sure Stonewall were the under bidders.” At the end of the day though, it was Jean Feiss who walked away with the Bettor’s Delight - Beaudiene Maja colt. “He’d be the nicest colt I’ve handled. He’s so intelligent and so willing to work with you every step of the way.” Topping the Christchurch sale is becoming a regular occurrence for SBSR. Chicago Cub bred by John and Katrina Price was the top lot last year, selling to Emilio and Mary Rosati for $190,000. In 2016 Shard Farm prepared Mach Shard to sell for $200,000, whilst back in 2015 Bollinger sold for $200,000, and in 2014 Beaudiene Beaufighter was top of the pile. Kennedy said he had a feeling this year’s sale was going to be special for the SBSR group of breeders. “I said to John (Stiven) and Debbie (Smith) that the Southland team had the best group of yearlings that they’ve ever travelled up to Christchurch with. I knew damn well there would be some money coming our way. It was a great day for the Southern boys and girls.” Buyers on the SBSR Tour at Dave and Dawn Kennedys - Photo Bruce Stewart Another success story was Captain Nemo, a Captaintreacherous colt owned by John and Katrina Price of Winton which sold for $110,000. He was first spotted on the SBSR Bus Tour by Ray Green who took a keen interest in him and has now bought him for Lincoln Farms. The Prices also sold their Bettor’s Delight colt out of Surprise Party – another one bought by Jean Feiss, for $100,000. Shard Farm also had a $100,000 sale with Romeo Shard selling to Kennard Bloodstock. Other good SBSR sales were: $90,000 for the Tuapeka Lodge colt The Frankster (Bettor’s Delight – Tuapeka Maddy), $90,000 for Arden’s Ace (Art Major-Venus Serena) and $82,500 for Captain Arden (Captaintreacherous – Southwind Arden). Kennedy says a big part of the success today stems from the SBSR Bus Tour which gives prospective buyers the opportunity to take a look at the yearlings on offer in their own environment, whilst showcasing Southland. One of the trainers on the tour, Ray Green, commented to Kennedy that he could see why Southern Reared horses are so good. “Ray said with all the green grass their bones are so much better. And the climate is so conducive to breeding top animals.” Kennedy states “You can’t buy advertising like that. The guys that come down on the tour just can’t believe it. Bringing the buyers down has been one hell of a win for us.”    Bruce Stewart

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