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 Robbie Royale - File 

 

 

 
Robbie Rolls In

 

Robbie Royale was always going to be hard to beat at Ascot Park today.

 

He ran a creditable seventh in strong company at Wyndham on Thursday and today's race was a massive drop in class.

 

Trained by Brett Gray and driven by Brent Barclay he began safely and was allowed to settle into his gait for the first 100 metres......  

 
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Brent Barclay and quality three year old Full Noise 


Full Noise Creates Stir
  

 

Full Noise’s win at the Wyndham Meeting came with a huge sense of relief for Ryal Bush trainer Brent Gray who admitted to getting nervous prior to yesterdays’ race.

“I do because I love the horse and he is special. I’m just glad we didn’t do too much damage on the horrible day at Cromwell,” Gray said.

The stable was confident of a good showing after Full Noise had shown during the week that he’d taken no harm from his run on a heavy track at Cromwell.

“I was away for the weekend and Craig O’Callaghan drove him on Saturday and he was really rapt with him. I took him to Nathan’s....

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 All Heart

 


Southern Bred Southern Reared Six Pack

 

SBSR have selected six yearlings that are being prepared in the south under the Southern Bred Southern Reared banner for the NZB Standardbred New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale in Christchurch.

 

Prepared by Michelle Caig at Winton this yearling has the champion trotting mare Merinai in his pedigree.

 

 

Lot 176 – All Heart (SBSR)

Chestnut Colt by Love You out of Sun Mist (Sundon)


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PLENTY OF REASONS TO ATTEND INVERCARGILL CUP DAY

 

There are plenty of great reasons to attend the Invercargill Harness Racing Club’s
Cup Day meeting on Saturday 26 January.

 

A seven night stay at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort in Mooloolaba plus $1000
towards your airfares courtesy of Beach Road Holiday Park is one of the big prizes
on offer on the club’s premier day of the season. Best of all, that prize can be won by
anyone on course and it is as easy as filling in a coupon and awaiting the lucky draw
which will win someone accommodation valued at $2415 Australian dollars along
with $1000 NZ of airfares.

 

That same coupon will also give you the opportunity to win with The Bet’s In The Bag
where four draws will be made throughout the day to win one of several betting
vouchers of no less than $100 to use on the day.

 

In addition two people can win a share of the Tricode Syndicate’s runner, Please
Shuddup. The prize includes the opportunity to spend a day enjoying hospitality with
syndicate members in their own corporate box, plus benefits such as a stable visit to
see the horse being geared up and should it win, a photo as part of the syndicate in
the birdcage after the race. The syndicate will also place a $100 win bet on Please
Shuddup in its race and also a $10 bet on every other race throughout the day for
the lucky prize winner.

 

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Please Shuddup - Photo Bruce Stewart 

 


A losing ticket draw after Race 6 will win one previously unlucky punter a $50 meal
voucher courtesy of Level One Restaurant & Bar.

 

To win any of these great prizes you must be on course on the day and be 18 years
of age and over. Entry details for all of these great competitions will appear in the
Southland Express over the next two weeks. 

 

 

 

 


Southern Bred Southern Reared - Million Dollar Baby

Bruce Stewart

In this series we profile twelve of the millionaires that have been proudly bred and reared in the Southern region.

  

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Themightyquinn
- Washington VC – Love Sign (Maiden Soky’s Atom mare)

Breeder: Dave Kennedy

Province of Origin: Southland

Lifetime: 111-58-21-12 $5,520,066

Biggest win: $1,000,000 2012 Interdominion Final

Number of Group One wins: 13

Longest winning streak: 11

Sold: He was taken to the PGG Broodmare and Mixed Stock Sale as a weanling but was passed in. He was then sold privately later to Richard Aubrey who had seen him at the sale and contacted the Kennedy’s about buying him.

Notes:

  • Trained initially by Peter Bagrie and won six races in New Zealand before his sale to Australia

  • Won Fremantle and West Australia Pacing Cups back to back in 2011

  • Won the 2011 Interdominion Final in Christchurch

  • Win 2011 Auckland Cup

  • Won the 2012 $1,000,000 Interdominion Final at Gloucester Park after winning his three heats

  • Also won the 2013 $750,000 Interdominion Final becoming the second horse to win three consecutive Interdominion Finals (Blacks A Fake was the first).

  • Won two Fremantle Cups (2011 and 2012)

  • Started in 46 Group races (mainly Group Ones) in his Australian career

  • Finished his career by winning the Group One Blacks A Flake

 

 


Southern Bred Southern Reared - Million Dollar Baby

Bruce Stewart

In this series we profile twelve of the millionaires that have been proudly bred and reared in the Southern region.

  

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Holmes D G
– Holmes Hanover – Bella Ragazza (Unraced Son Of Afella mare)

Breeder: M J Gray, Mrs L J Dempsey and B M Dempsey

Province of Origin: Southland

Lifetime: 99-32-13-6 $1,949,617

Biggest win: $400,000 2000 Miracle Mile

Number of Group One wins: 8

Longest winning streak: 5

New Zealand Record:

  • 2-21.0 – 1950 metre mobile – Addington -10th November 1998

Sold: Privately

Notes:

  • Won New Zealand and Great Northern Derby

  • 1997/1998 Horse of the Year

  • 1997/1998 Three Year Old Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year.

  • Won the 1998 Victoria Derby

  • Won 1999 Ashburton Flying Stakes

  • Ist in the 1999 FFA at Addington

  • 2nd in the New Zealand Cup 1999

  • Won the Victoria Cup in 1999

  • Ist in $100,000 The Treuer Memorial in 1999

  • Won 2001 $250,000 Auckland Cup (Group One)

  • 2001/2002 5 year old and older pacing entire or gelding of the year

  • 1999/2000 5 year old and older pacing entire or gelding of the year

 

 

 

Southern Bred Southern Reared - Million Dollar Baby

Bruce Stewart

In this series we profile twelve of the millionaires that have been proudly bred and reared in the Southern region.

  

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Sokyola
– Soky’s Atom – Maudola (Maiden Chiola Hanover mare)

Breeder: GL McCulloch

Province of Origin: Southland

Lifetime: 161-78-29- 13 $1,890,990

Biggest win: $550,000 2004 Miracle Mile

Number of Group One wins: 1

Longest winning streak: 12

Sold: Privately

Notes:

  • Started his career with Gore trainer Merv Todd. Had four starts for a win before being bought by Lance Justice.

  • In his first 36 starts in Australia he won 25 and was placed second or third in the other 10.

  • Was bought back to New Zealand for the Interdominions winning once and placing fourth twice in the lead up. He led and compounded in the final won by Elsu.

  • Won the 2004 Miracle Mile

  • Won the $300,000 2004 Victoria Cup (Group One)

 

 

 

 


Southern Bred Southern Reared - Million Dollar Baby

Bruce Stewart

In this series we profile twelve of the millionaires that have been proudly bred and reared in the Southern region.

  

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Chicago Bull
– Bettor’s Delight – Chicago Blues (3 win Christian Cullen mare)

Breeder: John Price, Katrina Price, Roger Price and Helen Price

Province of Origin: Southland

Lifetime: 61-40-8-8 $1,820,709 (to date)

Biggest win: $450,000 West Australian Pacing Cup

Number of Group One wins: 4

Longest winning streak: 10

Sold: Privately

Notes:

  • Had seven starts as a two year old in Southland before he was sold to Gary Hall Seniors stable

  • Won 13 of his first 16 starts in West Australia

  • Won the Group One $300,000 Fremantle Cup and $450,000 West Australia Cup in seven days.

  • Has started in 27 Group races in his 61 start career

  • All of his Group One wins have been at Gloucester Park

  • Has never finished further back that fourth (once) in his 54 starts in Australia

  • Has a best winning mile time of 1-51.6

 

 


Southern Bred Southern Reared - Million Dollar Baby

Bruce Stewart

In this series we profile twelve of the millionaires that have been proudly bred and reared in the Southern region.

  

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Washakie
– Badlands Hanover – Shoshoni Sunrise (6 win OK Bye mare)

Breeder: Big Stone Lodge Limited (Lester Paisley)

Province of Origin: Southland

Lifetime: 141-53-21-12 $1,838,473

Biggest win: $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship

Number of Group One wins: 8

Longest winning streak: 6

Sold: 2005 National Yearling Sales for $40,000

Notes:

  • Bought by Cavalla Bloodstock at the sales

  • Trained by Steven Reid. Won 11 races for Reid.

  • Sold to Australia in 2007

  • Won the Group One MH Treuer Memorial five times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013)

  • Started in 73 Group races in his 141 start career


Southern Bred Southern Reared - Million Dollar Baby

Bruce Stewart

In this series we profile twelve of the millionaires that have been proudly bred and reared in the Southern region.

 

 

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Beaudiene Boaz
– Badlands Hanover – Beaudiene Babe (Maiden In The Pocket mare)

Breeder: Dave Kennedy

Province of Origin: Southland

Lifetime: 60-25-9-4 $1,256,587 (AUD)

Biggest win: $300,000 2016 Fremantle Pacing Cup

Number of Group One wins: 3

Longest winning streak: 7

Sold: 2013 Sale Of The Stars for $62,000

Notes:

  • Won the 2014 $125,000 Group One Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park

  • Won the $200,000 2015 West Australia Pacing Derby

  • Winner of the 2016 $300,000 Fremantle Cup

  • 3rd in the 2016 Interdominion Final won by Smolda

 


Southern Bred Southern Reared - Million Dollar Baby

Bruce Stewart

In this series we profile twelve of the millionaires that have been proudly bred and reared in the Southern region.

 

 

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Smiling Shard
– Grinfromeartoear – Sly Shard (4 win Panorama mare)

Breeder: Debbie and Mark Smith

Province of Origin: Southland

Lifetime: 50-17-15-7 $1,178,792

Biggest win: $311,000 2009 Breeders Crown (2 year olds)

Number of Group One wins: 3

Longest winning streak: 4

Sold: 2008 Sale Of The Stars for $41,000

New Zealand Record:

  • 1-53.7 – 1609 metre mobile – Ashburton 30th May 2009

Notes:

  • Winner of the 2009 $200,000 Two Year Old Emerald in 1-53.7

  • Won $243,750 New Zealand Yearling Sales Open Final for Three Year Olds

  • Ist in the 2009 Sires Stakes Final for Two Year Olds

  • Won KaIkoura Cup in 2010 and 2011

  • Won Ashburton Cup

  • 2nd in the 2011 Taylor Mile

  • 3rd in the 2011 Interdominion Pacing Championship Grand Final won by Themightyquinn

  • Two Year Old Colt or Gelding of the Year 2008/2009

 

 


Southern Bred Southern Reared - Million Dollar Baby

Bruce Stewart

In this series we profile twelve of the millionaires that have been proudly bred and reared in the Southern region.

  

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Field Marshal
– Art Major – Foreal (18 win Washington VC mare)

Breeder: Syd and Shona Brown

Province of Origin: Otago

Lifetime: 60-25-15-6 $1,132,712 (AUD: 12/01/2019)

Biggest win: $750,000 2018 Miracle Mile

Number of Group One wins: 5

Longest winning streak: 7

Sold: Retained by Breeder

Notes:

  • Won 2016 Four Year Old Emerald worth $150,000

  • New Zealand Messenger Champion in 2016 ($100,000)

  • Won Taylor Mile in 2016

  • Superstar Championship winner in 2016

  • Won Miracle Mile at Menangle in 2018 pacing 1-46.9

  • When he won the Miracle Mile he was the seventh fastest horse in the world.

  • Fastest horse in Australasian

 


Southern Bred Southern Reared - Million Dollar Baby

Bruce Stewart

In this series we profile twelve of the millionaires that have been proudly bred and reared in the Southern region.

 

 

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Arden Rooney
– Bettor’s Delight – Tosca Hanover (Qualified Walton Hanover mare)

Breeder: Noreen Stiven

Province of Origin: West Otago

Lifetime: 50-21-8-7 $1,070,230

Biggest win: $765,000 2015 New Zealand Cup

Number of Group One wins: 2

Longest winning streak: 7

Sold: Passed in at the 2011 Sale Of The Stars for $16,000

Notes:

  • 2015 Kaikoura Cup winner

  • Won $765,000 2015 New Zealand Cup Group One

  • First in the 2015 $400,000 Hunter Cup

  • 2015 Mildura Cup winner

 

 


Southern Bred Southern Reared - Million Dollar Baby

Bruce Stewart

In this series we profile twelve of the millionaires that have been proudly bred and reared in the Southern region.

 

 

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Highview Tommy
– Bettor’s Delight – Baptism Of Fire (Unraced Christian Cullen mare)

Breeder: Alan Clark

Province of Origin: Southland

Lifetime: 104-17-17-10 $1,021,903

Biggest win: $200,000 Two Year Old Emerald

Number of Group One wins: 2

Longest winning streak: 3

Sold: 2007 National Yearling Sales for $40,000

New Zealand Record/Awards:

  • 3-08.5 – 2600 metre mobile – all-comers – Addington 10th November 2009

  • 2007/2008 Two Year Old Colt Or Gelding Of The Year

Notes:

  • Won 2008 Welcome Stakes - $100,000 for Two Year Olds

  • Winner of the Two Year Old Emerald worth $200,000 in 2008

  • Won Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes at three

  • Winner of the Tuapeka and Manakau Summer Cups

  • Won Group Three Invercargill Cup

  • Won 2011 Franklin Cup

  • Won $125,000 2012 Ballarat Cup

  • 2nd in the 2012 New Zealand Cup

  • 2nd  in the Ashburton Flying Stakes and Kaikoura Cup (2010)

  • 3rd in the 2011 New Zealand Cup

  • 2007/2008 Two Year Old Colt or Gelding of the Year

  


Southern Bred Southern Reared - Million Dollar Baby

Bruce Stewart

In this series we profile twelve of the millionaires that have been proudly bred and reared in the Southern region.

 

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Iraklis
– Vance Hanover – Tuapeka Star (11 win Knowing Bret mare)

Breeder: Est JC Cummings and Est Mrs JH Cumming

Province of Origin: Central Otago

Lifetime: 51-22-14-6 $1,019,042

Biggest win: 1996 $400,000 Miracle Mile

Number of Group One wins: 2

Longest winning streak: 7

Sold: 1994 New Zealand Premier Sale for $88,000 (Top Lot)

 

 

New Zealand Record/Awards:

 

  • 2-24.4 – 2000 metre mobile – all-comers- Addington 12th November 1996

  • 1996/1997 Four Year Old Pacing Entire or Gelding of the Year

  • 1996/1997 Horse of the Year

  • 1997/1998 Five Year Old and Older Pacing Entire Or Gelding of the Year 

Notes:

  • Sold as Star Advance at the sales and renamed Iraklis

  • Won 1996 Miracle Mile at Harold Park

  • Won the 1997 New Zealand Trotting Cup ($350,000)

  • Won 1997 Ashburton Flying Stakes

  • Winner of the 1996 Free For All at Addington

  • 2nd in the 1999 Hunter Cup ($400,000)

 

 


Southern Bred Southern Reared - Million Dollar Baby

Bruce Stewart

In this series we profile twelve of the millionaires that have been proudly bred and reared in the Southern region.

 

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Cardigan Bay
– Hal Tyrax – Colwyn Bay (3 win Josedale Dictator mare)

Breeder: Davey Todd

Province of Origin: Southland

Lifetime: 154-80-25-22 $1,001,353

Biggest wins: $100,000 1966 International Pace and $26,000 1963 Interdominion Grand Final.

Number of Group One wins: N/A

Longest winning streak: New Zealand (7)

Sold: Privately

Notes:

  • First pacer to win $1,000,000

  • At the Roxburgh meeting in April 1961 Cardigan Bay won the Roxburgh Handicap while another Southland great Robin Dundee won the Central Otago Stakes on the same day.

New Zealand Record:

  • At three (1959-1960): 8 starts – 2 wins – 1 second - £375 ½

  • At four (1960-1961): 4 starts – 3 wins – 1 second £1,040 ¼

  • At five (1961 – 1962): 9 starts – 7 wins – 4 seconds £7,815

  • At six (1962-1963): 12 starts – 7 wins – 4 seconds £9,005

  • At seven (1963-1964): 14 starts – 10 wins -1 second – 1 third £18,757 ½

Total: 47-29-8-1 £36,993 ¼

Australia record:

  • At five (1961 – 1962): 2 starts – 2 wins £1,330

  • At six (1962 – 1963): 11 starts – 9 wins – 1 second £20,760

  • At Seven (1963 – 1964): 7 starts – 3 wins 2 thirds £2,850

Total: 20-14-1-2 £24,940

First New Zealand win: 2nd April 1960 at Winton in a division of the three year old stakes.

Last New Zealand win: 18th January 1964 at Alexandra Park in the M.G.Pezaro Memorial starting off 60 yards.

American record:

  • At eight (1964): 17 starts 7 wins – 4 seconds – 4 thirds $160,750

  • At nine (1965): 17 starts 9 wins – 6 seconds $208,000

  • At ten (1966): 21 starts 10 wins – 3 seconds – 7 thirds $268,725

  • At eleven (1967): 13 starts – 4 wins – 2 seconds – 4 thirds $109,900

  • At twelve (1968): 19 starts – 7 wins – 1 second and 4 thirds $95,766

Total: 87-37-16-19 $843,141

Grand Total: 154-80-25-22 $1US 1,000,837

Biggest day: On September 14th 1968 at Freehold Raceway New Jersey Cardigan Bay capped his great career winning the $15,000 Freehold Special the last race of his life to push his earnings to $1,000,837 and becoming harness racing’s first million dollar earner.  Robin Dundee was second in that race.

Major New Zealand Wins:

  • 1961 and 1963 Auckland Cup.

  • 1963 New Zealand Cup

  • 1961 and 1963 New Zealand Free For All

  • Alan Matson Handicap

  • Olliver Handicap

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Southern Light – Southern Might

Bruce Stewart

Not many would argue with the fact the Southern region of the South Island is one of the best places to raise young stock, whether it be lambs, calves or young Standardbreds.

At February’s NZB Standardbred National Standardbred Yearling Sales fifty two yearlings will be presented under the Southern Bred Southern Reared umbrella and buyers know these youngster have had a good start to life.

Lawrence breeder Dan Cummings has produced yearlings for the National Sales for years and he says daylight hours play a big part in a young horse’s development.

“The days are shorter and colder in winter, but as spring progresses into summer the days become two hours longer, one in the morning and one in the evening. I think the process of light affecting grass growth (photosynthesis) lets the grass grow for two hours longer at the height of summer in the south,” he says.

Cummings says he’s spoken to a lot of local dairy farmers who bought cows down from Taranaki and Waikato in the late 1990s and early 2000s and they have noted an increase in production in their herds.

“To their great surprise the same cows produced around 20% more milk in the south than they had in the north. The farmers attributed it to the longer days.  Apparently in the north milk production peaks just before Christmas then tapers off till May. In the south the peak is during January and the taper is far more gradual.”

He says another significant influence of light for breeding in the south is the fact that an increase in daylight is what stimulates cycling in the mares and that increase occurs later in the south. So foals tend to be born a month to six weeks later than in the north. 

“That’s a generalisation of course but it’s an influence that will still be apparent when the foals come to be sold as yearlings.  This factor definitely still has an influence at the yearling sales.  We live with it but will continue to try and counter its effect. But because of the way the seasons work the foals catch up quickly.” 

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The mighty Iraklis bred under southern skies at Tuapeka Lodge - Photo Supplied 

 

Local vet Brendon Bell has worked in Southland for 22 years and he also says our climate is well suited to raising young stock.

“Our temperate climate means there is plentiful grass over most of the critical phase of the foal’s development – from birth to yearling stage. This supply of grass means minimal hard feed is necessary to raise young horses.”  He adds that the summer climate gives the Southern region an advantage over the rest of the country.

“Moderate temperatures – not too hot but not really cold. Adequate rainfall ensures grass growth over the summer. Somewhat cheaper land prices means more people can own and graze their own horses, keeping control in the hands of the horse owner.”

He says the dairy boom has changed farm ownership but there’s still a groundswell of farmers who own or graze horses on their properties, in contrast to many horses in other provinces which are agisted at studs. 

“Farm based horses exist with other stock which ensure minimal health issues, minimal parasite burdens from cross grazing, and normally plentiful feed.”

He says Copper, Calcium, Phosphorus and Magnesium are important minerals for good animal development.

So plenty of hard evidence to suggest southern foals get the best of starts to life.

 

 

 

 

Price Trio

Bruce Stewart

Sale toppers from last year John and Katrina Price from Winton are back at this Februarys National Standardbred Yearling Sales with three well bred colts – two by in vogue sires Bettor’s Delight and Art Major and the other by first season stallion Captaintreacherous.

Two of their foals, Stag Party (Bettor’s Delight – Surprise Party) and Sergeant Major (Art Major – Presidential Reign) were actually born on the same day - 29th November, while Captain Nemo (Captaintreacherous – Arden Caviar) was born on the 20th December.

“We’re feeling really realistic about the sale this year. They’re all very nice colts but they’re just lacking a champion brother,” said Katrina Price who sold Chicago Cub, a full-brother to millionaire pacer Chicago Bull for $190,000 at last year’s sale.

Stag Party is one of the colts they’re offering. He’s out of the one win Christian Cullen mare Surprise Party.

John and Katrina bought Surprise Party for $26,000 at the 2010 Yearling Sales in Christchurch and she won one race from fourteen starts.

“This is her third foal. Repartee her first was a fine boned thoroughbred type. Her next foal is by American Ideal and is a three year old. She’s due to go to the workouts. She’s the opposite (to Repartee) - a big raw boned filly so we’ve had to wait on her. This fella (Stag Party) is more athletic. He looks like he’d get up and go. He’s not a big Bettors. I like him. ”    

Their second lot is Sergeant Major. From the breed that John’s father Roger has developed over the years, he can be traced back to Queen Of Spades.  

“He’s a very typical Art Major - got that real good top line like the Art Majors do. He’s the nicest looking foal that she’s had.”

Sergeant Major is Presidential Reign’s sixth foal. She’s the dam of Machrie (Mach Three) who has won eight races while her other winner is the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Manly which has won seven races. 

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 John and Katrina Price - Photo Bruce Stewart

 

The couple’s third colt at the sale is Captain Nemo. He’s out of Arden Caviar a Rocknroll Hanover mare who’s a half-sister to Arden’s Choice, Arden’s Winstar and Bettor’s Strike and is a full-sister to Rocknroll Arden.

“If I was in America I’d be very excited about him with the way the Captaintreacherous (progeny) have sold. He was born on the 20th December. He’s really starting to thrive now. His sister (Pearl Harbour) qualified at Winton. She’s very much like he was – an ugly duckling foal. He’s just starting to bloom.”

He’s one of six colts by Captaintreacherous at the Christchurch sale.

“It depend on how the New Zealand buyers take to the Treacherous’s and whether they’re as open minded as the Americans are.”

Arden Caviar’s first foal Pearl Harbour is a filly by Somebeachsomewhere and is heading to North Island trainer Barry Purdon after having qualified recently at Winton.

“She’s probably more advanced than Democrat Party was when we sent her up there to Barry’s. She’s a lovely filly. Everything she does at home and on the track seems to be with ease.”

The Young Guns Fillies Series is her target with the second heat being run at Alexandra Park at the end of the month.

Although realistic about this year’s draft at the sales the Prices have some more cards to play at future sales with Democrat Party’s first colt being earmarked for the 2020 sale.

“She’s got a Bettor’s Delight colt at foot at the moment. That’ll go to the sales next year. It looks a real cracker.”

Meanwhile Chicago Blues the dam of Chicago Bull and record priced Chicago Cub (renamed Perfect Stride) is in foal to Bettor’s Delight. Her foal died last year and she didn’t get in foal.

“We’ve just had a couple of years without anything from her.”

The mare’s other filly Rockabilly Blues, was on the list to go to stud but that’s been put on hold as she’s starting to prove herself on the racetrack.

“We had Rockabilly Blues booked into the Stud because Chicago Blues had her problems so we thought we might just breed from her. But she came up good this season so her stud career has been deferred for another year.”

  

 

 

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Southern Bred Southern Reared Built from Strong Heritage

Bruce Stewart

In the last five years yearlings produced out of Southland, Otago or Central Otago under the Southern Bred Southern Reared banner, have been among the sale toppers at the annual Yearling Sales in Christchurch.

Last year Chicago Cub, a full brother to millionaire pacer Chicago Blues topped the sales, selling to Emilo and Mary Rosati for $190,000. He was bred and prepared by Winton couple John and Katrina Price.

In 2016 The SBSR group produced the top two lots in Mach Shard ($200,000) and Honor And Glory ($170,000) while further back Bollinger sold for $200,000 in 2015.

The honour board also includes Titanium in 2013 at $170,000 and Beaudiene Beaufighter which topped the Sales in 2014.  The highest amount paid for a SBSR yearling was in 2008 when Tuapeka Mariner sold for $250,000.

This February the Southern Bred Southern Reared group will present fifty two yearlings at the NZB Standardbred Sale in Christchurch.

SBSR was a concept initially talked about by the late Doug Stiven of Tapanui, and Dave Kennedy of Bayswater and it was in 2002 that Dave Kennedy, Mark O’Connor, Debbie Smith and John Stiven formed the inaugural committee.

“The reason we got SBSR going was to get Southerners working together to raise the profile of the product at the Sales,” Stiven said.

SBSR is open to all breeders in Otago and Southland and one of the highlights of the year is the annual bus tour and yearling parades. 

Stiven says the tour for trainers and buyers is one of reasons SBSR has been successful.

“We get about 22 to 25 buyers each year now and it’s very beneficial for those buyers to be able to come, and of all our vendors. Ken Barron and Michael House have never missed one.”

Dave Kennedy agrees the tour has been a big part of the success story.

“The SBSR tour is the best thing we’ve ever done there’s no doubt about that. You get the main buyers arriving on your doorstep. They see your place and see what you’ve done and what your horses look like.”

This year the tour will be held on 11th and 12th February.

SBSR also promotes substantially through a variety of magazines and websites and employs local TV personality Tom Conroy to film their stock.

Stiven says the SBSR brand is being recognised in Australian with horses like I’m Themightyquinn, Beaudiene Boaz, I’m Victorious, Fight For Glory, Arden Rooney and Galactic Star flying the flag.

Outside of the Yearling Sales SBSR is also the group behind The Diamond Creek Farm Classic at Ascot Park Invercargill on Diamonds Day. To date the race has been won by Kept Under Wraps, Lazarus, Mongolian Hero, Aloka and A Bettor Act. It’s sponsored by American heavyweight Diamond Creek Farm. 

“We asked Adam Bowden if he thought Diamond Creek Farm was a good fit for Diamonds Day and We said that SBSR supported the two year old race. He was happy to make a five year commitment through service to A Rocknroll Dance and Sweet Lou with the right of renewal.”

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Lazurus winning the Diamond Creek Farm Classic - Photo Bruce Stewart 

 

For decades Southern Bred Southern Reared horses have been proving the importance of the southern region to the Australian racing industry and beyond.

It all started with trail blazers like Cardigan Bay, Robin Dundee, Stella Frost and Young Quinn.

Stiven said “Southland has long been regarded as the Kentucky of New Zealand. The SBSR group has managed to work together for the betterment of the Southern region as a platform to show unity in the sale of yearlings from this special part of the world. It also shows the group is (about) more than yearlings with the sponsorship of the Two Year Old Diamond Classic.”

Continuing to put Southland on the map, from now until sale time I’ll write a number of stories about SBSR including what makes the south so good for breeding, the twelve millionaires the group has produced, the SBSR yearling tour in February and I’ll profile six of the well-bred youngsters that Southern Bred Southern Reared will be presenting at the Christchurch yearling sales.

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