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Preferred Equine Marketing announced today that it will soon be offering online harness racing sales through a new division of the company, to be called "Preferred Equine Online."   The sales platform, nearing completion, will be available at preferredequineonline.com.   "Preferred Equine Online is the latest product in our business model," said Preferred owner David Reid.   "I've toyed with the idea of an online auction for years, and we're not the first on the block to have one. But our experience, along with our strong base of customers, gives us the resources and the quality of horses that no other online sale has at its disposal," he said.   In addition to running Preferred Equine Marketing--the world's largest Standardbred sales agency--Reid is manager of the Tattersalls Mixed Sales at the Meadowlands and co-manager of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.   With that in mind, he says there will be no live "in person" sale conflicts, as Preferred's online sales will be integrated with the traditional sales calendar. Their first online sale date will be in the near future.   The Preferred Equine Online auctions will include the full spectrum of the marketplace--racehorses, broodmares, stallion shares, yearlings and weanlings. The listings will include "live" pedigrees and past performances, photos and walking videos.   Preferred Equine Online will also have a marketplace featuring horses for sale. "This will maximize our client's ability to strike while the iron is hot... a racehorse coming off a lifetime best win or a mare whose pedigree got ramped up with an important stakes winner."   Reid said there should be further opportunities with Preferred Equine Online as new technology and applications are developed. "First off, we'll weave these sales into our existing social media platforms for expanded reach and promotion that will result in an increase in bloodstock trade across the industry.   "In-person mixed sales like Tattersalls at the Meadowlands aren't going to be displaced. As a sales agency, we're just trying to look ahead and make it easy to move horses and create commerce throughout the year. Preferred Equine Online will accomplish that."   Preferred Equine Marketing   For more information contact David Reid at Preferred Equine: (914) 773-7777    

APG would like to take this opportunity to advise our loyal and accomplished breeders that entries into the 2020 APG NATIONAL MIXED SALE close this Sunday 31 May.    This year’s sales event will launch on Wednesday, July 22 and operates similarly (like last year) to an e-bay style online auction.  This format has been proven to provide the safest and most cost effective way to trade some of the elite Standardbred families available in this country. APG is pleased to advise that the strength of entries already received across all categories of horses (broodmares, racehorses, stallions, yearlings and weanlings) looks to have built considerably on last year’s listings. Last year’s sale produced some outstanding weanling pinhooking opportunities.  A great example of this would be lot 578 at our APG Sydney Yearling Sale which was a striking looking colt by Badlands Hanover that sold for $50,000 and was purchased for just $16,000 from the 2019 APG NATIONAL MIXED SALE. APG has already announced it won’t place a clear-cut limit on the number or quality of the horses that will ultimately make it into the sale.  However, we do want to look after the best interests of all parties involved and therefore do not wish to accept horses that may not have a reasonable chance of finding a new home (i.e we will consider both the commercial appeal of the horse and also the vendor's expectations as reflected in their nominated reserve.)   Entry Fees, Commission Rates and Sales Dates Entries for APG’s National Mixed Sale are now open, and will close on 31 May. The Entry Fee is $330 per entry. All sold lots will attract commission at the rate of 8% plus GST, whilst there will be no commission payable on passed-in lots. The auction will run from Wednesday July 22 and conclude by the Sunday July 26.   How To Enter Potential vendors are invited to submit the details for any potential entries by clicking on the link below, which will take you to the Online Entry form Once accepted, APG will issue an invoice for your entry fee(s) which needs to be paid prior to 30 June. Importantly, to ensure the smooth running of the sale, vendors will also be required to provide the following to APG prior to the commencement of the sale: Signed transfer forms;   In the case of mares that are being sold “in foal”, a vet certificate confirming that the mare is in foal (test must be performed between 1 July and the commencement date of the sale);   In the case of horses that are on agistment at a stud / agistment centre, an E-mail from the stud / agistment centre confirming that they irrevocably consent to the release of the horse from their property in the event that the horse is successfully sold at APG’s National Mixed Sale (APG will provide you with a standard e-mail for you to forward to the stud / agistment centre seeking their confirmation that they will allow the horse to be released) If vendors have any questions prior to the closing date for submitting entries, we encourage you to email deanb@apgold.com.au or call Dean on 0459 215 333. http://www.apgold.com.au/yearling-sales/enter-for-apgs-2020-national-mixed-sale/

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

Bidding is set to close on New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred's online All Age Sale today. Final bids on the first Lot closes at 1pm and when this auction closes, final bids will then be taken on Lot 2 and so on and so forth as we work our way through the 148 Lot catalogue. Those planning on bidding must familiarise themselves with the bidding tips below and can call +64 9 269 4436 should they have any questions. As of Wednesday morning, just over half of the horses on offer have met their reserves. The two highest priced Lots thus far are Lot 75, a colt by Art Major in Alta Debonair and Lot 103 a filly by Vincent. Both sit on $26,000 at this stage. Buyers will recieve an invoice this afternoon and have five working days to settle their accounts. NZB Airfreight and NZB Insurance offer very competitive rates, get in touch with the team to arrange your post-sale services.   Bidding tips Make sure you're registered and your account is set up properly, well before the auction is set to close.  Each auction will auto-extend by adding extra time on if a bid is placed in the final 30 seconds. This will happen indefinitely until no further bids are placed and will also add more time onto each of the subsequent Lots. Please note, there is no benefit in last second bidding as the site will only extend the auction for longer. Bidders are encouraged to get their bids on early. Use auto-bids to take the stress out of the final countdown and use the refresh button to make sure your page is keeping up with the live auction. gavelhouse.com cannot identify loss of online connection or browser issues at the user’s end. Even a slight loss of internet connection that may not be noticeable can interrupt the user’s browser in following the sale in real-time. Setting up an auto-bid is the best way to ensure your bids are placed. Google Chrome or Safari are the recommended internet browsers. gavelhouse.com staff are able assist in actively supporting both buyers and vendors during the sale, if you need a hand with registrations or bidding, we are available on phone +64 9 296 4436 or email info@gavelhouse.com to help.   gavelhouse.com  

New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred bosses are seeing the last-day flurry they expected as New Zealand’s largest ever online sale comes into the home straight.  NZB Standardbred’s All Age Sale finishes tomorrow on gavelhouse.com, the first time a major catalogue of standardbred horses has been sold on that platform in New Zealand. Will gavelhouse.com has been active in in the standardbred market for over a year, the migrating of the entire All Age Sale catalogue with it’s very strong weanling component came about because of COVID-19 and has enormously boosted the registrations to the site, with 205 new potential buyers registered in the last week. And there has been plenty of clicking in the last 24 hours as the Sale draws to it’s conclusion starting at 1pm tomorrow (Wednesday). “The Sale starts the countdown to closing off at 1pm on Wednesday,” says NZB Director James Jennings. “At 1pm the first lot starts its one-minute countdown to being sold but if anybody bids in the last 30 seconds that lot will auto extend for 30 more seconds. “That is to stop somebody waiting until the last second to bid and other potential buyers not having the chance to counter bid. “So once that lot is sold the next lot starts to countdown for its last minute and so on until the sale is complete.” Jennings and his team have been thrilled with the response to the Sale, with 52 horses already having met their reserve. “That is not only great for their vendors but also for the buyers because it shows that reserves have been realistic.” Jennings says the Sale has been typical of Trade Me-style auctions when buyers know they have a week to bid. “We saw a flurry of activity over the weekend when people have had more time to study the catalogue and bid. “And we have been helping some of the newly registered buyers through that process. “So the next 24 hours should be really exciting. But already we are thrilled the Sale has gone so well.” One of the key attractions of the Sale is any weanling purchased will be eligible for the Harness Million series. Pinhookers will also have the opportunity to re-enter their purchases for next February’s National Yearling Sale, at an unmoved entry fee of $950 plus GST for the Auckland Sale or $925 plus GST for the Christchurch Sale. Entries for those sales open in June and will be made through the new NZB Standardbred portal which enables online entry, so no more paper forms. View the catalogue on gavelhouse.com here.  The first Lot closes at 1PM (NZT) on Wednesday 27 May with all weanlings purchased eligible for the Harness Million Series.   Michael Guerin

The early numbers are very encouraging for New Zealand’s largest ever online standardbred sale. And New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred representative Cam Bray says that is not just from the early bids on the May mixed sale online now at Gavelhouse. The sale which would usually be held at Karaka migrated to online because of the Covid-19 restrictions and early bidding has been very strong. “Really, really promising,” says Bray. “Obviously it is a week-long sale so bidding runs until next Wednesday, which is when things start to get very serious. “But we already have horses with bids of $27,000, $17,500,  $12,000 and quite a few in that $5000 range. “That is a great start considering we have so long to go.” The sale is predominantly of weanlings and the top bid today (Friday) stands at $27,000 for a weanling filly by Downbytheseaside out of Revere Me, an unraced sister to Have Faith In Me and Adore Me, therefore a rare chance to buy a filly from perhaps Australasian harness racing’s hottest family of the last decade. Lot 75 from the Alabar draft is the brother to Alta Maestro sitting at $17,500 and certain to fetch far closer to six figures by Wednesday’s bidding cut off. Bray says while the strength of early bids is more than encouraging he is just as excited by the new registrations to the Gavelhouse standardbred site. “We had 131 new registrations in the week to last Monday and about two thirds of those were from Australia,” says Bray. “That puts us well over 1000 registered potential buyers and of course they might come back for other sales. So this sale is already strong but with real benefits for future sellers on the site.” Bray said there had been strong interest from potential pin-hookers looking to buy stock at a time of uncertainty and re-offer them at the yearling sales next February. “I think there has actually been more pin-hooking interest on Gavelhouse than there would have been had it been under the usual sales format.” You can watch a video with James Jennings from NZB Standardbred here: https://youtu.be/1qSAD4fdLkE You can watch a video with Graeme Henley from Alabar Stud here: https://youtu.be/ydrA0oy33kw   Michael Guerin

Bidding is now avaliable in NZB Standardbred’s largest breeding stock sale, the 2020 All Age Sale on gavelhouse.com.   Featuring 148-catalogued lots, bidding will remain open for registered buyers until Wednesday 27 May, with the first Lot closing at 1pm (NZT). To register click here. Buyers have the opportunity to invest in a wide range of bloodstock with proven bloodlines and residual value, including siblings to Group One winners and progeny from Group One-winning dams.  Adding further appeal, all weanlings offered at the All Age Sale are eligible to be nominated for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Race Series. For more information, contact Cam Bray (Cam.Bray@nzb.co.nz or call +63 21 737 199) or Haylie Martin (Haylie@gavelhouse.com or call +64 22 637 8127).  For an overview of the All Age Sale from NZB Director and Operations Manager James Jennings click here.   Bidding tips Make sure you're registered and your account is set up properly, well before the auction is set to close.  Each auction will auto-extend by adding extra time on if a bid is placed in the final 30 seconds. This will happen indefinitely until no further bids are placed and will also add more time onto each of the subsequent Lots.  Use auto-bids to take the stress out of the final countdown and use the refresh button to make sure your page is keeping up with the live auction. gavelhouse.com cannot identify loss of online connection or browser issues at the user’s end. Even a slight loss of internet connection that may not be noticeable can interrupt the user’s browser in following the sale in real-time therefore setting up an auto-bid is the best way to ensure your bids are placed. Google Chrome or Safari are the recommended internet browsers. gavelhouse.com staff are able assist in actively supporting both buyers and vendors during the sale, if you need a hand with registrations or bidding, we are available on phone +64 9 296 4436 or email info@gavelhouse.com to help.   gavelhouse.com  

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

Bidding is now avaliable for NZB Standardbred’s largest breeding stock sale, the 2020 All Age Sale on gavelhouse.com.   Featuring 148-catalogued lots, bidding will remain open for registered buyers until Wednesday 27 May, with the first Lot closing at 1pm (NZT). To register click here. Buyers have the opportunity to invest in a wide range of bloodstock with proven bloodlines and residual value, including siblings to Group One winners and progeny from Group One-winning dams.  Adding further appeal, all weanlings offered at the All Age Sale are eligible to be nominated for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Race Series. For more information, contact Cam Bray (Cam.Bray@nzb.co.nz or call +63 21 737 199) or Haylie Martin (Haylie@gavelhouse.com or call +64 22 637 8127).  For an overview of the All Age Sale from NZB Director and Operations Manager James Jennings click here.  

Alabar general manager Graeme Henley says the upcoming May sale on Gavelhouse is more than just a sale. Because he believes it will be an important barometer for where the industry’s confidence stands coming out of the Covid-19 crisis. The May sale conducted by New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred also contains a smattering of broodmares, yearlings and even the odd racehorse but it is predominantly about weanlings, with huge offerings from Alabar and Woodlands (who were profiled on hrnz.co.nz last week). And because of Covid restrictions around travel and the size of gatherings the sale will be not only online but over a week starting May 20 on the Gavelhouse platform run by NZBS. Online sales are proving incredibly successful in the thoroughbred world and Henley, who was the first vendor to majorly support the May sale with big numbers, says the move to online for this month’s sale is both logical and could prove a success. “We would prefer a normal sale but NZBS have been great to deal with by getting this online and there will be positives to that,” says the general manager of Alabar. “It means the Australians can be just as involved as the locals and I think that market will be boosted by the fact they have a new sales company over there so buyers can purchase weanlings here as pinhook prospects and on-sell them as yearlings over there.” For that reason and also because the sale comes as hopefully both countries start to move of of the Covid-19 crisis, Henley sees it as a crucial barometer on where the industry is heading. “Those markets, like pinhooking and buyers looking to pay higher end money for weanlings, will tell us a fair bit about where things are heading and how people see the near future in harness racing.” Alabar has always been a big supporter of the May sale and Henley says the reasons are simple. “It is because of the way our business is set up. “We have had up to eight stallions on the farm here before and some breeding seasons we will serve 2500 mares. “That is a lot of work, even the work around the semen transportation is a lot and we simply don’t have the time or space to be preparing a lot of yearlings for the sales as the two things overlap. “For that reason we supported this sale very early and now Woodlands have come on board with big numbers and I think it is a really important day for the industry.” Horses like U May Cullect have been sold by Alabar at the May sale and last year they had a Kadabra weanling sell for $80,000 and a brother to Alta Maestro for $75,000. Another brother to the latter will be one of the highlights of their 57-strong draft this month while Henley sees some real highlights. “We also have a sister to Star Galleria, who would be valuable for that reason alone but she is only the second filly from that dam Starlitnight and the other filly, Star Of Venus, has left Self Assured. “So a filly like he has value to keep, pin-hook or even as a broodmare because that is a really fast, current family and you just can’t buy fillies from that family.” The stock of Alabar’s superstar Art Major are naturals for any young horse sale as he produces such athletic horses and Henley is also excited about the stock of world record holder Always B Miki and of course local hero Vincent, who has eight weanlings in their draft. “Vincent is as good a looking horse as you would see and that comes through in the weanlings. Even the fillies look strong with good shoulders. “So we think they will be popular.” Henley says next week looms as an important day for sale with trainers and agents set to visit the South Auckland farm for inspections on Tuesday week. “I think that is crucial,” says Henley. “I have had a lot of people ring me and ask me about certain weanlings, which has been a good sign. “But we expect to have trainers an agents here next week and if people can’t be here if they ring their mates who can be, with many of the top trainers going to be here, then at least they can give them an unbiased opinion. “So that is going to be a real asset, especially for the Australians.” Of course Alabar aren’t just relying on that, with Henley himself manning the camera for the eight pics and then videos needed of all 57 weanlings for the sale. “That made an interesting experience,” he laughs. “Trying to get 57 weanlings to do what you want when you want is a bit of a mission and I reckon it was the first time I had ever used he video function on my camera. “But we got there, it helped we had 10 days of fine weather otherwise it would have been impossible. What also helped with the guidance of a celebrity Nanny, former champion racehorse and Alabar stallion Elsu. “We gelded him a couple of years ago when he was no longer commercial because if we hadn’t have he would have spent the rest of his life alone. “So he buddies up with the odd mare these days but we actually put the weanlings in a paddock with him, in bunches of 5 or 6, for the first week when the come off the mares. “He keeps them calm, shows them how to behave and loves it because he gets fed well and has some company. “So we call him our celebrity Nanny.” So as for the sale, what can buyers expect? “We are being very realistic about our reserves but it won’t be a fire sale because it doesn’t need to be and I can tell that by the interest we have had already. “But the most important thing is for people to register with Gavelhouse and then they can choose to buy or not.”   Michael Guerin

Under safe practice of hygiene and protocol measures, NZB Standardbred can confirm that bloodstock agents and industry licenced professionals are now permitted to enter studs and agistment farms to inspect 2020 All Age Sale stock at Level 3. At Level 3 the approved recommendation is that bloodstock inspections are by appointment only and can only be conducted by a registered bloodstock agent or HRNZ licensed professional, specific to their area.  Prior to arrival, the agents and licensed professionals must arrange a date and time that is suitable to all parties.  They must provide their address and contact details, as well as a clear and detailed inspection list in advance of arrival. Studs or agistment properties reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to grant or refuse access for inspections.  Under no circumstances is access to be sort without prior approval. On arrival at the stud or agistment property, bloodstock agents, licensed professionals and contracted staff are required to maintain strict standards of personal hygiene, follow government social distancing advice and provide details for contact tracing. NZB Standardbred encourage persons to carry some form of identification to show who they are, who they work for, and their role to support the authenticity of their travel e.g. a business card or letter from their employer or work ID. Guidelines provided by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment for all businesses can be found here, and further information on COVID-19 for businesses can be found here. WorkSafe have also released guidelines on safe practice in the workplace, which you can find here. An agent must not enter any property if they have cold or flu symptoms, including coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headache, aches or fever, or if they know or suspect that they have been in contact with a person suspected or confirmed as contracting COVID-19, or if they or a close contact has returned to New Zealand from overseas within the previous 14 days. A list of licensed trainers is available on the HRNZ website under Infohorse > Trainer/Driver Enquiry. While previous government Alert Levels have imposed restrictions around the ability to inspect horses in-person, consignors have supplied extensive photos and video footage to give prospective buyers the best possible information about each lot on offer, if location prevents buyers from physical inspections. View all media and pedigree information of all 2020 All Age Sale offerings on the gavelhouse.com Standardbred website here. Adding further appeal to the bloodstock that will be on offer, all weanlings offered at the All Age Sale to be held on gavelhouse.com, are eligible to be nominated for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Sales Race Series. Create a gavelhouse.com account to ensure you are registered for bidding here. For more information, contact Cam Bray (Cam.Bray@nzb.co.nz or call +64 21 737 199) or Haylie Martin (Haylie@gavelhouse.com or call +64 22 637 8127).   NZB Standardbred

Woodlands Stud boss Andrew Grierson knows he is about to gift somebody a bargain. But he says that is all part of game for the breeding powerhouse as they count down to New Zealand’s largest ever online auction of standardbred stock. Grierson started Woodlands Stud nearly three decades ago with Charles Roberts, his good friend who passed away last week aged 96. “Of course it was sad to see Charles pass on but what a life he had,” said Grierson this week. The business of running New Zealand largest standardbred nursery continues and a new chapter has begun with the catalogue for Karaka All Aged Sale now online at gavelhouse.com, with bidding to start on May 20 and the sale commencing on May 27. The change to the online format have been forced by Covid-19 restrictions and come after success of far bigger thoroughbred sales in Australia online. Grierson says his team has done a wonderful job meeting the new challenge. “We have a lot of horses going through, which is what you have to do when you breeding as many horses as we do,” says Grierson. “We breed between 150-170 mares a year and not all those foals can go to the yearling sales. “Some go there, some we retain and some we do private deals on but this sale has been a very good outlet for others.” That could easily lend the cynics to think of the traditional May sale as a dumping ground but Grierson says that is definitely not the case. “We have sold horses like Hard Copy and Line Up at this sale,” explains Grierson. “Hard Copy fetched $6000 as a weanling and and went on to win over $1million while Line Up we sold the day before his sister Partyon won the Jewels. “The Breckons bought him and made huge profit reselling him as a yearling and he has since gone on to win two Derbys and be the top three-year-old. “And that makes me happy. You want to see people do well because they are still our horses by our stallions out of our mares out there winning.” Grierson says that has also been the case with Australian buyers who have pin-hooked weanlings, taken them home and made big profits selling them at yearling sales in Australia. So how does an operation the size of Woodlands decide who will head to the May sales as opposed to being retained or go to the more commercial February yearling sale? Obviously being by the King, Bettors Delight, helps get you a February date, especially as demand at the yearling sales is based so much around the leading five or six stallions. “The reality is, and it has become even clearer in the last five years, is that if we didn’t support the new stallions we brought in they would struggle to get established,” admits Grierson. “Because so many breeders want to go to the well-known commercial which we can understand. “So we will breed to our stallions and then sell some in February but some go to the May sale and people can tend to but them cheaper. “That gives buyers two chances, they can pin-hook them the next February or race them and have the option to sell them as horses. “Again, with us breeding so many mares we can’t race up to 100 horses if they aren’t among the yearlings we sell. Grierson says Woodlands use the stallion’s service fee as a good indicator for the reserve at a sale. “Obviously you don’t want to go much lower than that but sometimes we do. We get together as a team and work out what we think is a fair but also realistic price and go from there.” With this month’s sale on Gavelhouse.com the Woodlands team have had to approach the sale’s marketing differently, with even more emphasis on photos and video because buyers won’t be able to see the horses for sale on the day. “So we have taken a lot more photos than we would with previous sales and concentrated on things buyers might find important, like specific areas of the horses to check conformation. “We are lucky we have a good team here with Tony Grayling, whose daughter Maddy did the photos, and Kelly Blakemore and then Stacey White has been able to package those up with details about the horses. “So we are really lucky to have that done so well. “I think it will come up really well.” So how does Grierson expect the sale to go on Gavelhouse at a time of such economic uncertainty? “I think it will go well. I think we can expect good Australian interest because of the prices and the good pin-hooking success they have had and the fact they are not disadvantaged in any way by not being here. “And it is a big bonus that weanlings offered here will be eligible for the Harness Millions series. “But of course there will be bargains. That is the attraction of this sale.”   Michael Guerin

The annual sale of weanlings at Karaka, through the support of Alabar and Woodlands Studs, has become a significant date on the harness racing calendar - and a well proven source of top horses. This year, Covid-19 means the sale has had to go online via gavelhouse.com. This maybe a change of format but the quality is still very much there and, in the eyes of many, the catalogue of weanlings is the best ever. The Alabar consignment of 57 weanlings features no fewer than seven that are from $100,000+ winning mares: Alchemist ($351,805), Alta Serena ($593,618), La Joconde ($153,285), Safin ($176,360), Samantha Q ($130,597), Trigirl Brigade ($143,711) and Twist N Shout ($112,741). Quite amazing for a weanling sale consignment - and put into perspective by the fact that there were only 19 $100,000+ winning broodmares represented in the whole Auckland catalogue of the National Standardbred Yearling Sale this year. There are also 14 weanlings in the consignment that are half-brothers or sisters to $100,000+ winners. These include half-sisters to two of Australasia's leading Open Class pacers this season in Alta Orlando (winner of the Schweppes Sprint and third in the NSW Miracle Mile) and Classie Brigade (winner of the Kaikoura Cup and third in the NZ Cup). A real highlight of the Alabar consignment is nine weanlings from the first crop of former superstar, Vincent. These weanlings are attractive, muscular types and are all great walkers. A view of the photos and videos of the Vincents is an absolute must. Lot 78 (Vincent - Alta Serena) filly Many outstanding horses have come off the Alabar NZ property in recent years. In fact, two of New Zealand's most exciting horses of the moment - the star of the South, U May Cullect and the Auckland Cup winner, Self Assured were both bred and raised at Alabar NZ. This season's exciting two-year-old filly, Ariella is another bred and raised at the Waiau Pa nursery. The daughter of Art Major was sold by Alabar at the 2018 weanling sale and showed herself to be among the best of her age when she won the Gr3 Alabar Fillies Classic at Invercargill in 2:41.5 for 2200m - a New Zealand record for a two-year-old filly. "This is definitely the strongest consignment of weanlings we've presented for sale. "The enforced cancellation of the sale was a setback at the time but NZ Bloodstock have provided us with the great alternative of presenting the catalogue on gavelhouse.com. "Importantly, all the weanlings will still be Harness Millions eligible. "Getting all the photos and videos taken was a huge job but it means everyone has as much information as possible. Some inspections should also be possible next week so people should contact us if they're interested in doing so." Graeme Henley, Alabar NZ The full consignment is now online on gavelhouse.com. Bidding starts on 20 May and closes 27 May. For further information contact Cam Bray at NZB Standardbred (cam.bray@nzb.co.nz, 021 737 199) or Graeme Henley at Alabar NZ (graeme@alabar.co.nz, 0274 870 901).   Alabar (NZ) Ltd

New Zealand’s largest breeding stock sale of standardbreds featuring weanlings, yearlings, racehorses and broodmares is now live and available to view on gavelhouse.com. The 2020 All Age Sale catalogue was initially available on the NZB Standardbred site to allow prospective buyers to conduct early research, with the 148-lot offering now transferred to the gavelhouse.com platform.  Bidding on gavelhouse.com will be available from Wednesday 20 May, with the first Lot closing on Wednesday 27 May at an earlier start time of 1pm (NZT). For a deeper understanding of how the online auction process works, view the full step-by-step buyers guide here. While government Alert Levels currently impose restrictions around the ability to inspect horses in-person, consignors have supplied extensive photos and video footage to give prospective buyers the best possible information about each lot on offer. With the Sale running under NZB sale terms and conditions, all weanlings offered are eligible to be nominated for the $1 million NZB Standardbred Harness Million Race Series. View the Sale on gavelhouse.com here. Create a gavelhouse.com account to ensure you are registered for bidding here. For more information, contact Cam Bray (Cam.Bray@nzb.co.nz or call +63 21 737 199) or Haylie Martin (Haylie@gavelhouse.com or call +64 22 637 8127).   

Bidding for the Sale is set to open from Wednesday 20 May, with the first Lot closing on Wednesday 27 May. It is important to note that bidding of the first Lot will now close at a new start time of 1pm (NZT) on 27 May, instead of the previously proposed time of 5pm. Taking into account government restrictions where in-person inspections of All Age stock are currently not viable, NZB Standardbred has worked closely in conjunction with industry leader in online auctions, gavelhouse.com, to ensure buyers have enhanced access to a strong line up of 148 lots. Group One-winning bloodlines aren't the only type on offer at the All Age Sale. Bidders can also secure siblings to black-type winners and progeny from Group-winning dams, who have ample credentials to follow the example of their winning families. The line-up includes Lot 8, a half-sister to Group Two NZ Welcome Stakes winner Alta Orlando (NZ) (Courage Under Fire). She is a Sunshine Beach weanling filly out of Group Three-winning dam La Joconde from Alabar Farms. Lot 18 is a half-brother to Group Three winner Motu Gatecrasher (NZ) (Changeover), a weanling colt by Woodlands Stud stallion Downbytheseaside out of Motu Fantasy. Group Two Waikato Flying Mile winner Star Galleria (NZ) (Art Major) is a full-sibling to Art Major weanling filly (Lot 51) out of Starlitnight on account of Alabar Farms. From the draft of Alabar Farms, Lot 59 is a half-sister to Group Two Kaikoura Cup winner Classie Brigade (NZ) (Bettor's Delight). The weanling filly is by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Group Three-winning dam Trigirl Brigade. Art Major weanling colt (Lot 74) is out of Group Three WA Breeders Stakes winner Alchemist (NZ) (Mach Three) out of the Alabar Farms draft. Alabar Farms' Lot 75 is an Art Major weanling colt out of Alta Camilla and is a full-brother to Group Three winner Alta Maestro (NZ) and half-brother to Group Three winner Alta Jerome (NZ) (Jereme's Jet). Offered through Woodlands Stud's draft, What the Hill weanling filly (Lot 79) is out of Amanda's Gem, making her a half-sister to Group Three winner Rompers Monarchy (NZ) (Monarchy). Group Two winner Classic American (NZ) (American Ideal) is a half-sibling to an American Ideal weanling colt (Lot 93) out of Classic Vicolo from Woodlands Stud. Art Major weanling colt out of Hu Hu from Alabar Farms (Lot 123) is a half-brother to Group Three winner Gotta Go Ya Hu (NZ) (Big Jim). Lot 143 offered on account of L. Mellsop is a Bettor's Delight broodmare out of Pacing Grace, making her a half-sister to multiple Group-winning sibling Pacing Major (NZ) (Art Major) and Group Three winner All U Need Is Faith (NZ) (Art Major). Adding further appeal to the bloodstock that will be on offer, all weanlings entered into the All Age Sale on gavelhouse.com are eligible to be nominated for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Race Series. The All Age Sale has already been promoted for a number of weeks on the NZB Standardbred website, giving prospective buyers early access to the offerings including additional photos and videos. It is important that buyers create a gavelhouse.com account to ensure they are registered for bidding. A full step-by-step buyer how-to guide can be downloaded here. For more information, contact Cam Bray (Cam.Bray@nzb.co.nz or call +63 21 737 199) or Haylie Martin (Haylie@gavelhouse.com or call +64 22 637 8127).   gavelhouse.com Standardbred  

After the enormous success of the 2020 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale, the 2021 Sale has been set for Sunday, 7th February at the Inglis Sales Complex at Oaklands Junction in Melbourne. The sale will once again be held in conjunction with APG’s Melbourne pacing sale on the Sunday of Victoria’s prestigious A.G. Hunter Cup weekend, which also features the Great Southern Star. All graduates of the 2021 APTS will be eligible to sustain for Series 3 of the lucrative APTS 3yo Race Series. Notably, the inaugural running of the APTS Race Series (for 2019 APTS Graduates) is scheduled to be run at Melton in 2021, featuring a pair of $50,000 Group One finals (separate divisions for each sex). In addition to the APTS Race Series, purchasers at the 2021 APTS will also benefit from APG’s special “sales day futurity” arrangement with HRV that enables purchasers of eligible horses to pay a one-off heavily discounted fee of $1,000 to make their horses fully eligible for: Vicbred; Breeders Crown; and Need for Speed David Boydell, General Manager of APG, is delighted that APG will be co-ordinating the sale again next year.  “This will be our third year of involvement with the APTS and the growth in interest and turnover has been impressive.  Hunter Cup weekend is really the ideal time for any vendor of pacers or trotters to be selling to capture the attention of buyers from all over Australia and New Zealand,” Boydell said. Leading trotting breeder, Duncan McPherson, was equally enthusiastic, explaining: “The Australasian Premier Trotting Sale, since its inception in 2013, has proved to be one of the success stories of the Australian Harness Racing Industry. “The Pedigrees and quality of the yearlings offered has seen heightened interest and investment in Australia, which is continually being seen as a growing and prosperous industry by the European and Northern American owners and trainers. “We must seize the opportunity to internationalise and globalise our sport and the APTS 2021 will take us down that path.” APG is currently preparing sales information packs for prospective vendors, which will be available in late May.  The APTS entry fee will remain at the low price of $275 (or $330 if vendors do not enter via APG’s Online Entry System), with the following commission charges applying: Sold Lots - 9% commission +GST Passed In Lots (vendor elects not to sustain for APTS) – $220 Flat Fee Passed In Lots (vendor elects to sustain for APTS) – 9% commission +GST on the reserve (capped at $2,750) plus sales day sustaining payment of $770 (although APG will waive the sales day sustaining fee for Lots with a reserve of $10,000 or less).   Entries for all APG Sales are due by 30 June 2020, with online entry via the APG website at www.apgold.com.au being the preferred method of entry.   APG

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