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Jean Feiss has a simple philosophy to buying yearling these days, the only problem is she bumped into somebody with the same attitude at Karaka yesterday. Feiss, best known as the owner of Auckland Cup hero Vincent, outlaid $230,000 to secure the sales topper at the Australasian Classic harness sale, huge money for a standardbred yearling in this part of the world. She did something very similar at the same sale last year when she purchased that sale's top lot in Jessie Duke, who has already won his debut and looks worth every cent of his $220,000 price. "My attitude these days is go and buy the horse you actually want, rather than miss him and buy one that is left," says Feiss. "Obviously [husband] Bill and I are fortunate enough to be in the position to do that but because we are, my approach to the sales has changed a little bit in recent years." While Feiss was pleased to get her prime target it would have cost a lot less had one of the true big spenders of New Zealand racing in John Street not been the underbidder. Street and Feiss went bid for bid in $10,000 increments from about the $100,000 mark and while it made for an entertaining minute on a largely sedate day, either one of them could probably have secured the colt for $150,000 and gone home happy had their other not been so keen. Their bidding war was indicative of how the sale played out, with the big buyers willing to spend up to $100,000 probably numbering around 10 and almost of all of them interested in the same 10-12 colts. Feiss is a filly buyer and will head to the Christchurch sale tomorrow looking for her next Spanish Armada but the fairer sex are becoming a harder sell in harness racing, with many of the top-end buyers focusing on colts. Yesterday's top lot was, as expected, a son of Bettors Delight and a brother to Linda Lovegrace, being the fourth foal of a mare whose only three progeny to race have all won. Bettors Delight was the big dog again, siring the top three lots but Woodlands Stud were just as thrilled with their new stallion Sweet Lou producing the fourth highest lot, a half-brother to Let It Ride, who finished second in the Chariots Of Fire at Menangle on Saturday. Another big winner from the day was Canterbury boutique breeding operation Dancingonmoonlight Farms, the breeding business set up by Robert Famularo of Monkey King fame and now run by daughter Sara. They sold two lots for $90,000 and one for $85,000. Overall the sales average yesterday at $33,850 was down about 10 per cent on last season. The clearance rate of 73.36 per cent will raise to around 77 per cent after the usual business is done on passed in lots but there were still plenty of vendors disappointed. Until harness racing finds 50 new buyers to boost the middle market, that won't change. Big bucks babies $230k Bettors Delight-Linda Grace colt. $140k Bettors Delight-Sossusvlei colt. $130k Bettors Delight-Beach Parade colt. $100k Sweet Lou-Love A Gamble colt. Michael Guerin

Woodlands Stud is proud to announce it has secured the Southern Hemisphere breeding rights to brilliant harness racing North American racehorse Downbytheseaside. A $2,000,000+ racetrack earner and the son of champion sire Somebeachsomewhere will join Australasia’s most imposing stallion roster. In a breath-taking career Downbytheseaside, is the equal fastest 2-year-old in history pacing 1.49! In his freshman year he also paced a ‘World Record’ 1.50 on a half-mile track. As a 2-year-old he banked over $577,000 in purses and recorded eight wins. As a 3-year-old Downbytheseaside won a staggering $1.6 million in stakes. In a crop of great horses among them Huntsville and Fear The Dragon, he was named the 2017 Dan Patch 3YO Pacing Colt of the Year. We are genuinely excited to offer fresh chilled semen to Southern Hemisphere breeders from a champion son of Somebeachsomewhere. From a Woodlands Stud perspective Downbytheseaside ticks all the boxes. We expect him to be very popular with breeders, with his exceptional looks, staggering juvenile speed, terrific gait, talent and pedigree. Most importantly he will cross with many mares, especially daughters of Bettor’s Delight. His service fee will be $6,000 + GST in both Australia and New Zealand. Downbytheseaside joins one of the world’s strongest standardbred rosters. He will share the breeding shed with champion stallion Bettor’s Delight, American Ideal, Sweet Lou, Highview Tommy and Pegasus Spur. For bookings or enquires about Downbytheseaside in New Zealand please contact Stacey Markham on 021 595 492 or via email and in Australia contact Mark Hughes on 04 5165 0707 or via email For a full pedigree click on this link. Downbytheseaside won the Standardbred (two-year-old colt pace) in a world record 1:50  Downbytheseaside, Carl Milstein Memorial 2017 Downbytheseaside - Governors Cup Final Downbytheseaside - Hoof Beats Pacing preview Downbytheseaside - Breeders Crown Elimination Downbytheseaside - Art Rooney Final

It’s not unusual to see a feature in harness racing full of top bred horses, and Friday nights $1.1m Tabtouch Inter dominion is no exception. There is plenty of high calibre horses with impressive pedigrees in the ten horse race. Six of these runners are sired by Woodlands Stud stallions, and four of those are the top favourites for the event. With their sons picking up wins seven of the nine heats, the stallions have well and truly dominated the series thus far and look to have the upper hand to finish with a bang in the final on Friday night at Gloucester Park. Bettor’s Delight is the highest supported stallion with half of the field being sired by the champion stallion. He sired the first four home in both the New Zealand trotting Cup and the New Zealand Free-For-All, and there looks to be a chance that it could happen again in this Group 1 event. His top son Lazarus is the early favourite for the race after a terrific winning performance in the final heat last Friday. His other sons, Chicago Bull, Tiger Tara, Galactic Star and Have Faith In Me will also all have good chances given the right run. The later put in a brave performance in the final heat working hard early before sitting parked and running Lazarus into a length for second. American Ideal’s gun son Soho Tribeca has been consistent in the heats on his home track, winning two and placing second in the three lead up heats. The Kim Prentice trained runner has a tricky draw out at 6, but seems to handle the smaller track well so with the right run he will feature in the finish. The first two emergencies in the race, Ohoka Punter and Devendra are also sired by Bettor’s Delight. Harnesslink Media  

Alister Black has always had a high opinion of the royally bred Kilowatt Kid and his judgement was reinforced today when he dealt to a strong field of maiden pacers at Winton. By American Ideal out of the eight win Live Or Die mare Wave Runner, Kilowatt Kid is owned by brothers Lindsay and Ian Thomson. "We spotted him at Dan Cumming's place on the Southern Yearling Tour. Alister liked him. A couple of years before, we'd bought Six Diamonds, which was also by American Ideal, off the (Cummings) family," said Lindsay. Wave Runner is also the dam of Break Dance (5 wins and 1-53.3) and Bonnie Joan (7 wins and 1-52.8). "We bought Kilowatt Kid before Bonnie Joan showed up so we were lucky to buy him when we did." The stable have been very patient with the gelding and were rewarded today when he won by a length and a half from another first starter in The Heart Rulz.  Kilowatt Kid and Brad Williamson beating The Heart Rulz (obscured)         - Photo Bruce Stewart. "Alister said he was a nice horse from day one and he's just looked after him. He qualified last season and was turned out. We thought he'd be a better three year old. I was always told that if you haven't got the best two year old in the country don't go chasing them." Black fitted the gelding for today's debut with two workouts. "We were confident. We weren't too sure about Chmiels horse (Nota Bene Denario) and we'd looked at the videos. I was pretty confident anyway (laughter)."  Kilowatt Kid was driven by Oamaru reinsman Brad Williamson who was also impressed by the horse's effort. "He's bred to get better with racing so hopefully that's the case. He feels very green and is still learning. Potentially he could be a nice horse," said Williamson. The early pace was set by favourite Nota Bene Denario and Dodgethebullet. Williamson followed The Heart Rulz forward. At the top of the straight it was all on for two of Southland's best early season maiden horses - The Heart Rulz held a slender lead before Kilowatt Kid slowly ground him down. The winning time was 2-59.9 and the winning margin was a length and a half. There were a further six and a half lengths back to third placegetter The Maroon Marauder.   "He wasn't travelling all that well and it wasn't until I was halfway round the last bend that I knew he was going to win - at the 500."  Birdcage group                                 - Photo Bruce Stewart The Thomson brothers, who have a farm and stable at Branxholme have been keen investers in harness racing since they sold their sheep farm about nine years ago. "When we sold the farm we set up at Branxholme and Alister came here and the hobby got out of hand (laughter)," said Lindsay. So understandably the brothesr are excited about Kilowatt Kid's future.  "Potentially he could be the best. Six Diamonds is a nice horse and we've looked after him too. We had New York Town and he's won a further six races in America." Lindsay has been racing horses since 1986. He bred and raced Young Reb - a Yankee Reb trotter which also won at it's first start on the Winton track for Wyndham trainer Brendon McLellan. "It was probably the worst thing that could have happened," he said highlighting the fact that he'd caught the harness racing bug. "I also had horses with Jim Ferguson in Canterbury."  They are for good reason, fans of the Woodland Stud stallion American Ideal and their latest 'project' by that stallion is Dazzle Me. He's a two year old out of Diamante and is closely related to Smiling Armada, Pembrook's Delight and Swamp Major.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Woodlands Stud is pleased to announce the appointment of Stacey Markham as their harness racing New Zealand Sales and Marketing Manager. This role follows on from a successful eight year tenure at Harness Racing New Zealand as Media and Marketing Manager, where she played a major role in the organisational side of major events like the Harness Jewels, the Harness Racing New Zealand Annual Awards and Australasian and New Zealand Junior Drivers Championships as well as managing the media content of the organisation.  Co- owner Andrew Grierson said everyone at Woodlands are looking forward to Stacey working for the stud. "Stacey has the skills we were looking for and we can’t wait for her to start". Within her new role Markham will be responsible for a variation of tasks including managing racing syndicates, the promotion of stallions, managing all forms of media and the marketing of sales weanlings and yearlings. Markham is excited about the new role and is looking forward to working in a different facet of the industry. “I’m excited to work with the team at Woodlands Stud to come up with ideas to increase breeding numbers, bring added value to our syndicate members and to take the Stud to the next level on print & digital platforms,” Markham said. Markham commences her role on October 9.   Harnesslink Media

Woodlands Stud is looking for a dynamic person to become our harness racing Sales and Marketing Manager to promote our Standardbred Stud within New Zealand.  Ideally they should have an extensive knowledge of the Harness Racing Industry with good communication and organising skills. The right person will be part of a sales team liaising with the NZ based Studmaster, office staff and our Australia based Sales & Marketing Manager, The role involves: Managing our racing syndicates Adding value to existing client relationships through effective marketing and selling service fees to our stallions Using all forms of social media including Facebook, Twitter and our website Attending race meetings and promotional events Marketing our horses at both weanling and yearling sales. The stud is based in Auckland however the right person can be based anywhere nationwide. An attractive remuneration package includes a late model car.  Please reply via email only before the 7th September with your CV to:

Queensland rookie Colt Thirty One is looking to right his wrongs. The Grant Dixon prepared youngster is easily the standout performer in the Sunshine State this season highlighted by his brilliant victory in the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Final at Albion Park on July 15. The Mach Three colt is unbeaten in 7 starts on home soil. His only blemishes coming on foreign territory at TABCORP Park, Menangle during the rich Australian Pacing Gold series back in April. Now, he heads interstate again chasing glory in the Woodlands Stud Australasian Breeders Crown series starting with the semi-final at Bendigo on Saturday night. And everything appears in order to restore the faith. “He handled the flight down earlier this week (Tuesday) and has settled in really well with his new surroundings, he’s eating and drinking and seems very relaxed which is very pleasing. He’s definitely more mature and a more complete package compared to his first interstate trip earlier this season.” Dixon said. Since his unplaced efforts in Sydney, Colt Thirty One has won five straight times including his latest romp at Albion Park on August 8 where he thrashed his stablemate and subsequent Albion Park winner Aqua Miss in a time of 1:55.4. But he faces obvious hurdles this weekend after being slammed with gate seven, the outside of the front-line in the 2150m event. His only victory at a distance greater than a mile came via his heat triumph at Albion Park on July 7 but Dixon is adamant it won’t be an excuse if beaten. “We’re certainly not as seasoned as some of our rivals in this series but all of our juvenile racing is shaped at the sprint distances. It is what it is but I’m confident he can run a solid trip without any issues. “The draw isn’t ideal either and it’s obvious we’ll be working at some point during the race. My initial reaction to the draw was to push forward and try and get handy as quickly as possible, I think it’s best to be up on the pace at a track like Bendigo. “It’s really hard to line-up the form of our rivals because they’ve come from everywhere but I know my guy is ready to perform. He’s trained on really well since his last start and I’m pleased with the week we’ve had down here.” The $285,000 final will be staged over 2240m at TABCORP Park, Melton on Sunday week (August 27). Dixon is reluctant to be drawn into comparisons with Colt Thirty One and former juvenile freak Majestic Mach who went unbeaten in 9 starts as a two-year-old. The country’s leading trainer with over 270 winners this term is also hoping to qualify talented filly Red Charmer who starts in the Always B Miki Fillies division. The Mr Feelgood filly starts in the second semi-final (Race 7) and takes on unbeaten Sydney filly My Sweetchilliphilly among others. A winner of the Wayne Wilson Memorial Paleface Adios Classic at Albion Park back in March, Red Charmer hasn’t started since being unplaced in the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Final on July 15. But recent trials suggest the filly is close to the mark. “I’m happy with her and being fresh won’t be an issue, she’s had two recent trials at Albion Park and the latest was very good against Arts Treasure in neat time. “The draw is obviously a little tricky but hopefully we can get some luck and she’ll be thereabouts.” Dixon will take the drive on both pacers. Chris Barsby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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