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A cavalcade of Group/Listed winning mares and winner-producing mares are represented by progeny in the 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Co at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 21. Among the race-winning dams are the NSW Sires Stakes 3YO Final and Tasmanian Oaks winner Second Dollar, Listen To The Rhythm (NZ Sales Graduette), the NSW Breeders Challenge Regional winner Whispering Lass and Blue winner Taylor’s Reason, Aldebaran (QBred Triad 4YO), Bettor Dreams (WA The Coulson), Our Ladylight (Vic. Breeders 3YO Classic), Speriamo (Redcliffe 2YO Sales Classic) and Tanamay (Tas. Blue Bonnet). The dams listed in the catalogue have left Group/Listed winners such as the NSW Oaks and Bathurst Gold Bracelet winner Shes A Runa, the NSW Pink Bonnet and Victoria Sapling winner Courageousnquick, the Vicbred 3YO Final winner and Breeders Crown 4YO champion Dont Hold Back, Perfectly Written (Vicbred Homegrown 3YO Classic) and the NZ Sires’ Stakes 3YO Championship winner My Willow. Other classic winners include (NSW Breeders Challenge Regional 2YO winner Taylor’s Mill and the Bathurst Sales Graduate winners Shoobee Doo, Our Sam’s Home and Send It. Almost 75 percent of the dams listed in the catalogue are race winners and 50 percent have taken records of better than 2:00. Forty-five percent are winner-producing mares and 40 percent have left sub 2:00 performers. The sale will be livestreamed with online bidding available. Hard copy catalogues are available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. To order a catalogue send an email to The online catalogue can be viewed at  Click on 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale.   by Peter Wharton

Boom French stallion Orlando Vici has eight lots on offer at the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale, after a sensational start to his stud career Down Under.  His first Australian crop in 2015 consisting of 11 foals, literally hit the track running with everyone getting to the races for an astonishing 10 winners, more than half of them in sub- 2min times and either winning or placing at group level.   His son Just Believe has won seven, reached open class, and raced in the final of this year’s Great Southern Star while group 2 NSW Derby winner Xebec had 6 wins in Australia and is now racing in New Zealand where he has won twice more to date.   Brandlo Prince has now won 10 races and over $100K  and has been placed twice at Group 1, Deneuve Star has won 4 times, been placed at group level, and taken a slick winning record of 1.56.6 while Beau Garcon won 8 times including at Group 3 level and been placed twice more at Group level.  Orlando Storm has won five and been placed at Group level, Montpellier has  4 wins, and Belltopper Boy 3, in what was an outstanding achievement for any stallion, let alone a European one that received very little support from Australians breeders.   It is a far different story in Europe, where the French-bred Orlando Vici, a multiple Group 1 winner in his own right, remains one of the continent’s premier sires after a decade of outstanding results, producing world-class performers and a high percentage of very good racehorses out of all manner of mares.  Providing a genuine outcross, with superb American bloodlines on his dam side, he has consistently proven to be a top ten sire in France and Sweden and this year capped it off with three entrants in this year’s  Elitloppet, the most of any stallion.  In France’s greatest race, the Prix d’Amerique,  Orlando Vici was the only stallion to be represented as a sire and as a damsire of an entrant through 2019 runner-up Looking Superb and  Gu d’Heripre, who finished third this year, respectively.  Gu d’Heripre, currently the best 5YO in Europe and from the Orlando Vici mare, Vedetta d’Heripre,  is from the same family as the imported mare Beautiful River, whose filly by Uniclove is also in the sale and offers a rare chance to get an outstandingly bred filly from one of the best families in France.  And for fillies buyers, it is notable that Orlando Vici has shot up to Number 13 in the French rankings (out of more than 600 stallions) with all but one of those above him being older horses.  Orlando Vici is represented in the sale with the fillies (all first foals) from classy performers,  group 3 winners Heavenly Sister and Nieta plus group placed KD Muscles and I'm Lady Angus, along with colts from group one producing mare Class of Her Own (a half-brother to Always Ready) and the good producer Top Of The Anvils.    Bianca Brehaut

Entries for NZB Standardbred’s first-ever National Weanling Sale are now open, set to be held as a physical sale at the Karaka Sales Centre in Auckland on Monday 3 May.  After a successful weanling session at the 2020 All Age Sale hosted on Gavelhouse Plus, NZB Standardbred has made the decision of offer a dedicated weanling only sale, which will feature a selection of the very best weanlings on offer. The National Weanling Sale at Karaka will see over 100 standardbreds go under the hammer in one convenient location. NZB Director and Operations Manager James Jennings commented on the new sale. “Last year’s weanling session results amassed $907,210 for 120 weanlings sold, with an outstanding clearance rate that climbed to 98%.” “We are confident in our decision of offer a weanling only session at Karaka, which will provide astute buyers with investment, pinhooking and breeding opportunities. “All weanlings will be inspected onsite by members of the NZB Standardbred team, with online bidding a viable option for buyers who are unable to attend the Sale in person. “Similarly to our yearling sale, buyers can also expect consignors to provide extensive photos and videos of the weanlings entered which will be available on the website in due course,” he said. Adding further appeal to the bloodstock that will be on offer, all weanlings purchased at the Sale are eligible to be nominated for the lucrative Harness Million Sales Race Series. The National Weanling Sale catalogue will be online at the end of March, with physical copies arriving in letterboxes by early April. Entries for the National Weanling Sale are open from today and will close on Monday 8 March 2021 at 5PM. To nominate your weanlings, please visit NZB Standardbred’s online portal at or contact Grant Inglis by calling +64 3 260 3424 or email NZB’s online subsidiary Standardbred will continue to offer fortnightly auctions for mixed stock, with entries for their next standardbred auction now open and closing on Wednesday 3 March. For more information about the sale contact Bloodstock Representative Cam Bray by calling +64 21 737 199 or email   NZB Standardbred

Southland vendors John and Katrina Price smashed NZB Standardbred’s record for its highest-priced yearling before breaking it again just minutes later as they dominated the final day of the National Yearling Sales in Christchurch on Wednesday. The couple’s incredible run started when trainer Cran Dalgety simply refused to be outbid on a full brother to star Australian pacer Chicago Bull, eventually landing the standout colt for $310,000. After just over 50 more lots went through the Christchurch sale ring the Prices cashed in again when leviathan owners Emilio and Mary Rosati won a bidding duel to secure their Bettor’s Delight colt from Hartofdixie for a $320,000 price tag. After dozens of inspections in the weeks prior to the sale and interest in the colts getting to fever pitch in the three days leading up to it, the pair were being talked about as potential sale-toppers. The Prices went into Wednesday’s sale’s confident that their colts would be sought after. But John Price admitted he had not dared to dream the pair would sell for a combined price tag of more than $600,000. “Definitely not, we had high hopes for the colts, they are lovely colts and we had a lot of interest in them.” “But we definitely didn’t think we would get over $300,000 each for them.” The Prices’ Bettor’s Delight colt from Hartofdixie does not follow the path her vendors typically take to the National Yearling Sales. Unlike most of their stock, the new NZB Standardbred record holder was not bred by the couple. The Prices jumped at the chance to buy the colt as a weanling and that judgment call paid off several times over on Wednesday. “In the middle of winter last year we bought Hartofdixie the mare and a couple of weeks later we had the chance to buy this colt.” “We thought why not, we had bought the mare and we thought we could buy him with the intention of putting through the sales.” “So, we are happy with the result.” The Prices’ record-breaking afternoon started when their smart former racemare Chicago Blues delivered another standout yearling sales result with her Bettor’s Delight colt. “She leaves outstanding types.” “Chicago Bull was just a wee fellow, but Perfect Stride and this yearling are magnificent types of horses.” Unlike many of their successes in the ring the couple will retain a share in the colt named Chicago Bear in Cran Dalgety’s ownership group. After digging deep to secure the colt, Dalgety was elated. In the Canterbury trainer’s opinion Chicago Bear was the top pick among the hundreds of yearlings he had inspected this year. “In my opinion he was by far advanced on all of the ones I had seen this year.” “His attitude was magic, he had an enormously good upbringing – on the nutritional side – and his [pedigree] page sold him too.” “He was 11/10.” Champion sire Bettor’s Delight made it a trifecta at the top-end of Wednesday’s selling when producing the third top lot, a $250,000 colt from Start Dreaming. The yearling was knocked down to the All Stars Stable from Studholme Bloodstocks’s draft. Bettor’s Delight’s brilliant sales results only furthered his claim of being New Zealand’s greatest ever standardbred sire. The sire’s stock sold at a stunning average of $115,000 across two days of the pacing section of the Christchurch sale. Bettor’s Delight yearling underpinned a $43,030 average across the Christchurch pacing sale. 247 catalogued lots sold at a 71% clearance rate.   By Jonny Turner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After a week of anticipation heading into the postponed Christchurch session of NZB Standardbred’s 2021 National Yearling Sale, Day One of selling at Canterbury Agricultural Park kicked off positively.  At the close of selling, the average and median were both up on last year’s figures, with the median increasing by an impressive 30%. NZB Standardbred Bloodstock Sales Representative and Auctioneer Cam Bray commented on today’s action. “The trotting breeding market has wide access to sensational stallions from across the world, which was evident in the top purchases made today,” he said. “To have a 30% increase in the median from last year’s trotting session is a very encouraging sign.” “We are pleased where we are sitting at the moment but we’re aware there will be a number of lots sold overnight, which should bump up the clearance rate. “We are looking forward to the next two days of selling which will present a strong line up of pacers set to go under the hammer,” he said. The biggest purchase of the day was made early in the session after Robert Dunn secured Lot 140 for $120,000. Buying under his Diamond Racing banner, the colt by leading trotting sire Father Patrick out of Rae Galleon (NZ) (Sundon) was bought from Dave and Dawn Kennedy’s Beaudiene Breeding. Dunn, who was the leading purchaser by aggregate at the close of selling, is excited to have the new addition to his stable. “He is from a great family and he was a stunning individual.” “We missed out in Auckland with a colt who I thought was a real stunner, so I wasn’t going to miss out here.” “You’ve got to pay for quality and he was a standout horse,” he said. Lot 135 was the second highest purchase secured by McLean Racing via the online bidding platform from the draft of White Stables. The Majestic Son colt has a pedigree page stacked with black-type, out of multiple Group One-winning mare One Over Kenny (NZ) (Sundon), making him a half-brother to track star Ultimate Stride (NZ) (Love You). The leading consignor by aggregate title was picked up by Brian West’s Studholme Bloodstock, selling four lots for a total turnover of $180,500. International stallion Father Patrick topped the leading sires by average table, with eight lots selling for an average of $53,500. The Sale of Pacers at Christchurch commences tomorrow on Tuesday 23 February, with Lot 184 to 305 going under the hammer from 1PM (NZT). The Parade of Pacers will begin tomorrow at 10AM (NZT). The Sale will continue to be beamed to viewers on Freeview channel 200, with coverage streamed live at and on the NZB Standardbred facebook page. Presenter Greg O’Connor will host a Preview Show commencing at 12:30PM (NZT). All horses purchased today are eligible for the Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates of the Yearling Sale Series. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact NZB Standardbred’s Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199 or email 2021 National Yearling Sale Statistics – Christchurch Trotting Session   2021 Christchurch Trotting Sale 2020 Christchurch Trotting Sale 2019 Christchurch Trotting Sale Aggregate $1,106,000 $1,281,750 $1,203,500 Average $35,867 $34,642 $30,088 Median $31,250 $24,000 $21,500 Clearance 69% 79% 83% Catalogued 48 48 50 Sold 31 37 40 Top Price $120,000 Lot 140 (B.C) Father Patrick - Rae Galleon $280,000 Lot 146 (Ch.C) Love You - Queen Kenny $105,000 Lot 192 (B.C) Love You - Diedre's Jewel   2021 Top Lots – Christchurch Trotting Session Lot Type Breeding Consignor Purchaser Price 140 B.C Father Patrick / Rae Galleon Beaudiene Breeding Diamond Racing (Auckland) $120,000 135 B.C Majestic Son / One Over Kenny White Stables McLean Racing (Victoria) $110,000 139 BR.C Father Patrick / Quite A Moment Dancingonmoonlight Ltd Mr G Hope (Canterbury) $80,000 136 B.C Father Patrick / Paramount Queen Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Mr J Curtin (Auckland) $50,000 141 B.F Muscle Mass / Roydon's Jewel R. & J. Aubrey Mr AN & Mrs JE Rich (Canterbury) $50,000 148 B.F Father Patrick / Superbowlcheerleader Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Aldebaran Lodge Pty Ltd  (Victoria) $50,000 174 B.F Love You / Ethereal L. Smith Darren Keast Ltd (Canterbury) $50,000 168 B.C Love You / Diedre's Jewel Mansfield Farm Mr J Dickie (Auckland) $45,000 159 B.C Father Patrick / Bree Studholme Bloodstock Ltd IG & LF Thomson (Southland) $42,500 144 Ch.C Love You / Shell Seeker L. Smith Mr AG Herlihy (Auckland) $40,000   2021 Leading Purchasers by Aggregate – Christchurch Trotting Session Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Diamond Racing 3 $172,500 $57,500 $120,000 140 McLean Racing 1 $110,000 $110,000 $110,000 135 Mr G Hope 1 $80,000 $80,000 $80,000 139 Mr AG Herlihy 2 $78,000 $39,000 $40,000 144 Aldebaran Lodge Pty Ltd 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 148 Darren Keast/A Fitzgerald Standardbreds 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 174 Mr AN & Mrs JE Rich 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 141 Mr J Curtin 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 136 Mr J Dickie 1 $45,000 $45,000 $45,000 168 IG & LF Thomson 1 $42,500 $42,500 $42,500 159   2021 Leading Consignors by Aggregate – Christchurch Trotting Session Consignor Entries Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Studholme Bloodstock 4 4 $180,500 $45,125 $50,000 136 Beaudiene Breeding 2 2 $157,500 $78,750 $120,000 140 L. Smith 6 4 $156,000 $39,000 $50,000 174 White Stables 2 1 $110,000 $110,000 $110,000 135 R. & J. Aubrey 4 3 $92,500 $30,833 $50,000 141 Dancingonmoonlight 1 1 $80,000 $80,000 $80,000 139 Rosedale Farm 3 2 $47,500 $23,750 $30,000 177 Mansfield Farm 1 1 $45,000 $45,000 $45,000 168 G. M. Murray 5 2 $42,500 $21,250 $32,500 142 Arden Lodge 1 1 $22,500 $22,500 $22,500 149   2021 Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold) - Christchurch Trotting Session Sire Entries Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Father Patrick 11 8 $53,500 $428,000 $120,000 140 Love You 5 4 $43,500 $174,000 $50,000 174 Majestic Son 7 4 $39,250 $157,000 $110,000 135 Muscle Mass 4 3 $36,500 $109,500 $50,000 141 Creatine 7 4 $23,250 $93,000 $37,500 153   NZB Standardbred

By Dave Di Somma, Harness News Desk      High profile Southland breeder Katrina Price admits the last week has had its stresses. “The curve ball that was thrown at us - it’s been trying on the nerves,” she said, referring to the yo-yoing of Covid Alert Levels that saw this week’s NZB Standardbred yearling sales in Christchurch abruptly delayed. The sales, scheduled for Monday, were stopped their tracks and then postponed till this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. What it meant for Price was a long float trip back to Southland with three colts. “I was driving home thinking we have a full truck and empty pockets, but I guess that’s better than an empty truck and empty pockets so you have to look at the positives.” The decision to head home was to get them back to familiar and comfortable surroundings. “And they travelled so well, they haven’t left a crumb of feed.” They will head back to Christchurch first thing Sunday morning with a Father Patrick colt (Cochise) she’s preparing on behalf of Beaudiene Breeding up for sale early on Monday. The trotters’ parade is at 1pm, with the sale underway at 3pm. Also in the truck will be two highly-regarded Price Bloodstock Bettor’s Delight colts, with the well-related Chicago Bear being touted as a potential sales topper in Christchurch. He’ll go under the hammer on Wednesday. Price is well aware of the hype around the colt but says that “doesn’t equate to money in the pocket. But he is lovely and with his pedigree …” Chicago Bear is the fifth foal out of Christian Cullen mare Chicago Blues and a full brother to Chicago Bull. His exploits across the Tasman are well known. Bred by the Prices and foaled in 2012, Chicago Bull was exported to Perth as a two-year-old. He has now won a colossal 61 races from 92 starts, with stakes earners of around $NZ2.5m. He is the second highest race winner in the history of Southland harness racing, behind the incomparable Cardigan Bay (80). Price Bloodstock’s other yearling up for sale is Mandinka, out of Hartofdixie, an American Ideal mare who won six races for Barry Purdon. “He's from a beautiful family with such a good nature – I don’t think there’s much between them”. In his breeding line is the so-called “Me” horses including Dream About Me, Christen Me, and Adore Me. At the Auckland sales turnover topped $5m, at an average of over $50,000. It’s hard to know how that will translate to the Christchurch sales which are a much bigger event with nearly 300 lots compared to Karaka’s 134. Of those 75 are from Southern Bred Southern Reared. “It’s a diverse draft,” says Price, “and really nice quality.” One that Price hopes will see her drive south next week with an empty truck and full pockets.

Hard copy catalogues for the 2021 Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be held at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 28 at 12 noon, are now available from the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club and Garrard’s Horse and Hound outlets. A quality lineup of 73 lots have been nominated by 29 different sires including established sires such as Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter, Sweet Lou, Hurrikane Kingcole, Changeover, For A Reason, Roll With Joe, A Rocknroll Danc, Mr , Cammibest and Gotta Go Cullect and emerging young sires including Betting Line, Hes Watching, Follow The Stars and Bling It On. Sires represented by their first crop are Huntsville, Lennytheshark and Fear The Dragon. The sale features half-brothers to the dual QBred Triad winner Leo’s Best and the Queensland Breeeders Classic winner Will The Wizard and a half-sister to the Redcliffe Sales Classic winner Manila Playboy.  Sale graduates are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a $100,000 2YO Sale Classic in 2022 and a $50,000 3YO Sale Classic in 2023. They are also eligible for QBred, NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred. To view the catalogue online visit For a printed catalogue phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or email or phone Redcliffe Harness Racing Club on (07) 3284 4550.     by Peter Wharton

Overwhelming offers of support for the Southern Bred Southern Reared group have demonstrated how close-knit the New Zealand standardbred breeding industry is following this week’s postponement of NZB Standardbred’s National Yearling Sale at Christchurch. Many southern vendors were at Canterbury Agricultural Park putting the finishing touches on their yearlings when a change in the country’s COVID-19 alert levels forced NZB Standardbred to delay its Christchurch yearling session by a week until 22 – 24 February. Southern Bred Southern Reared committee member John Stiven of Arden Lodge was among those affected. As his 12 yearlings were settling in for their first night in Christchurch, news of the change in alert levels was confirmed. Just moments later an outpouring of support began from Canterbury standardbred breeders and the wider harness racing industry. “It is a great industry to be in and people have just been extremely helpful,” Stiven said. “It started when we were covering up the yearlings for the night, it was getting dark and there wasn’t a lot you could do. “But the phone started going and people started offering to help us out. “There were more stables and boxes than we had horses to put in them by the end of it, it was rather encouraging,” he said. The Southern Bred Southern Reared vendors waiting the week out in Christchurch include Shard Farm, Michelle Caig, Beaudiene Breeding, Denario Breeding and Tuapeka Lodge. Canterbury breeders and stables to offer their support included Long Acres Stud, Studholme Bloodstock, Kentuckiana Lodge, Regan Todd Racing Stables, Ripple Creek, Dangingonmoonlight and Nevele R Stud, along with many others. Stiven likened the outpouring of support for southern vendors to the same kind of encouragement harness racing industry members extend to each other when their horses compete on the track. “It is a bit like at the races you always congratulate the winner and if you are down the track you try again,” Stiven said. “It is pretty much the same.” Stiven has his and wife Judy’s Arden Lodge draft is currently stationed at Kentuckiana Lodge for the remainder of the week, with the yearlings settling into their new surroundings in fine style. “They are pretty happy.” “We are lucky enough to be at Cran Dalgety’s and they are in his yearling barn. “We are really grateful and so far they are as happy as can be,” he said. Waiting a week to offer their yearlings in the Christchurch session of NZB Standardbred’s National Yearling Sale has been made a little easier for southern breeders by the strong results seen in Auckland on Sunday 14 February. The Auckland session saw a rise in all key sale indicators, with the aggregate, average and median prices as well as the clearance rate all rising. Southern vendors a buoyed by the strength of the yearling market at the Auckland Sale and the endorsement of the New Zealand-bred on the world stage. “It is always encouraging, I think the past will show that when it has gone well in Auckland it has gone even better in Christchurch,” Stiven said. “It is a really good indicator.” Buyers wishing to inspect Southern Bred Southern Reared yearlings this week can find each vendor at the following locations:   CONSIGNOR LOCATION Arden Lodge Kentuckiana Lodge Shard Farm Long Acres Stud Michelle Caig Breeding Canterbury Agricultural Park Beaudiene Breeding Dancingonmoonlight Denario Breeding Regan Todd Racing Stables Tuapeka Lodge Studholme Bloodstock   All unbroken yearlings purchased at the 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale are eligible for the lucrative $1million NZB Standardbred Harness Million Sale Race Series, with an estimated one million dollars in the prizepool. Buyers who cannot physically attend the Christchurch session are encouraged to visit to register and verify their online bidding accounts 24 hours prior to the Sale, which begins with the trotting session at 3PM (NZT) on Monday 22 February. Follow the step-by-step guide to NZB Standardbred’s online bidding platform here. View the full video tutorial demonstrating how to use the online bidding platform here. 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale Calendar - Christchurch Christchurch Parade & Sale of Trotters: Monday 22 February 2021, 3PM (NZT) Christchurch Sale of Pacers: Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 February 2021, 1PM (NZT) All parades and sale sessions will be broadcast live on Freeview channel 200, on and NZB Standardbred’s facebook page   NZB Standardbred

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