Sale Topper The Shard 


 Magic Day For SBSR


It was a magic day for southern breeders at the NZB Standardbred National Sale in Christchurch today with two Southern Bred Southern Reared colts topping the sale, and plenty of others providing a great return for their owners.

The Shard, owned by Debbie and Mark Smith of Shard Farm, and Beaudiene Bigtime owned by Dave Kennedy of Bayswater both sold for $170,000.

Emilio and Mary Rosati of New South Wales purchased The Shard whilst another regular Australian buyer Jean Feiss, put in the winning bid for Beaudiene Bigtime.

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All Heart


All Heart Gets Great Price


Winton breeder Michelle Caig has felt this is going to be her year.

Having prepared horses for the national yearling sales for the past twenty two years, this year she felt that her Love You colt All Heart, had qualities that would attract good money at the NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sale in Christchurch and she was right.

At the Sale today, the colt was knocked down to New South Wales buyers Emilio and Mary Rosati for $90,000 after a spirited bidding battle between Barry Purdon and the Rosatis. The price was the second highest in the trotters section.

“He looked a picture and he was the nicest colt at the sale. Peter Lagan (Standardbred Manager) actually said that. Everybody that came around to look at him said he was very hard to fault, including Barry Purdon.”

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 John Curtin, Andrew Seabrook and Alan Galloway


Alabar Boss In The South


The owner of Australasian stud Alabar Alan Galloway, was in Southland last week on the SBSR bus trip. He was also here to other business in particular to secure the down under breeding rights to kiwi bred stallion Lazarus.

Southland was his first port of call and I suspect possibly the easiest part of his journey to New Zealand.

Galloway was last in Southland over twenty years ago when he came here with John Coffey to conduct breeding seminars.

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SBSR Six Pack

Bruce Stewart

Six yearlings have been selected by SBSR to highlight as part of their 2019 draft 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)

Pedigree pointers:

  • Out of a Sundon daughter of champion mare Merinai which won nineteen races including the Group One Rowe Cup and Dominion Handicaps.
  • Sun Mist’s progeny have won 67 races.

  • Her latest foal to race is Shes Like The Wind and she was impressive when winning on debut at the Central Otago meeting.

Trainer Phil Williamson’s comments on Shes Like The Wind:

“Yeah good filly with potential there. We just have to work on gait. It’s just not 100% yet. It’s a matter of having more practice and we’ll see if she gets better but when she does she’ll be competitive to race in the nice three year old fillies races we’re hoping,” said trainer Phil Williamson.

Michelle Caig’s comments:

"All Heart is named as a tribute to his grand dam Merinai. Merinai was the very best trotter of her era and was 1997/1998 Horse of the Year. Sun Mist is a top line broodmare and she leaves lovely correct sensible foals. This chestnut colt by Love You is a pleasure to be around. He’s big, strong and sensible and has the beautiful French Trotting bloodlines. He has the X Factor.”






Lot 361 – Hands On (SBSR)

Bay Colt by Bettor’s Delight out of Asabella (In The Pocket)

Prepared by Graeme and Ann Mee this colt is a half-brother to two sales toppers.

Pedigree pointers:

  • Asabella has left nine foals, seven have raced and six have been winners.
  • Her foals have won a total of 67 races.

  • Ohoka’s Bondy won the Group One 2010 Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park at two and also two Group Two races and two Group Three features.

  • Dancing Diamonds won the Group Three American Ideal Stakes as a two year old and the New Zealand Yearling Sales Series Final as a two year old. She won six of her nine starts at two, and in the Two Year Old Diamond and Group One Caduceus Club Classic she ran a close second. 

  • Dancing Diamonds has left two smart horses in Rock Diamonds and Princess Tiffany. Princess Tiffany was unbeaten as a two year old winning six races including the 2018 Two Year Old Diamond, The Caduceus Two Year Old Fillies Classic and The Delightful Lady Classic. She was Two Year Old Filly of the Year 2017/2018.

  • Asabella’s latest foal Brantley won at Banks Peninsula on Sunday.

Owner Phil Creighton’s comments:

“Very smart colt from top producing family. A brother to Dancing Diamonds ($343, 276); Ohoka’s Bondy ($388,148); Code Red ($132,644).”





Lot 348 – Beaudiene Brittanie (SBSR)

Black Filly by Bettor’s Delight out of Beaudiene Babe.

Prepared by Dave and Dawn Kennedy this black yearling filly has a page full of black print in her pedigree.

Pedigree pointers:

  • This is her tenth foal. Eight of her foals have raced and all have been winners.
  • Beaudiene Babe’s eight foals to race have won 74 races collectively.

  • She’s left a Group One winning son and daughter.

  • Two of her progeny have won Harness Jewels.

  • Beaudiene Babe has left one millionaire son - Beaudiene Boaz $1,155,838

Preparers ’s Dave and Dawn Kennedy comment:

Beaudiene Brittanie is a sassy filly with attitude. She’s very athletic with a great walk and always shows herself off. She’s more like Beaudiene Boaz - a neat type. Beaudiene Babe foals that are of racing age have all been winners and her two year old filly Beaudiene Blinkz has qualified and is getting ready to race in the Young Guns Series for trainer Ray Green. This is an early running family and this filly has great racing and broodmare potential.”






Lot 335 – Arden’s Ace (SBSR)

Bay Colt by Art Major out of Venus Serena

Prepared by John and Judy Stiven of Tapanui this yearling colt is out of the multiple Group winning mare Venus Serena.

Pedigree pointers:

  • Venus Serena won sixteen races including seven Group One races.
  • She won a Harness Jewel as a two and three year old.

Dam’s New Zealand Records/Awards:

  • 2-23.5 – 1950 metre mobile – two year old fillies – Addington 5th April 2013
  • 1-54.7 1609 metre mobile – two year old fillies – Ashburton 1st June 2013

  • 1-52.1 1609 metre mobile – three year old fillies – Ashburton 8th February 2014

  • 2-19.1 - 1950 metre mobile - three year old fillies – Addington 10th May 2014

  • 1-52.1 – 1609 metre mobile – three year old fillies – Cambridge 31st May 2014

  • 3-18.7 – 2700 metre mobile –all comers – Cambridge 24th December 2014

  • Two Year Old Pacing Filly Of The Year 2012/2013

  • Three Year Old Pacing Filly Of The Year 2013/2014

Venus Serena’s trainers comments (Geoff Dunn)

“She had a will to win, that was the main thing. She just tried so hard and broke a lot of hearts when she raced. She likes being driven hard and on the pace and still peel off halves in 55. She’d never show you at home what she could do on the race tracks.”

Comment on her first foal Laver (Geoff Dunn)

“He’s had a couple of workouts and gone pretty good. We haven’t asked too much of him yet. He’s a bit like her (Venus Serena). He doesn’t have the speed at home but he has it on race day.” 

Preparer’s comments: (John and Judy Stiven)

“Arden’s Ace is the second foal from champion mare Venus Serena; the first to go through the yearling sales. The Art Major colt is everything you would expect from such an impressive pedigree. As a foal he impressed with his conformation and looks and it has been pleasing to see him develop into the powerful and correct yearling he is now. He has the breeding wow factor and the looks to match. He’s hard to fault!”



Lot 198 – Gaudi (SBSR)

Bay Colt by Art Major out of Ednalea (Washington VC)

Prepared by Syd Brown at Mosgiel this yearling colt is a three quarter brother to SBSR Flag Flyer (My) Field Marshal.

Pedigree pointers:

  • Bred on the same cross as Field Marshal. By Art Major out of a Washington VC Mare, a three quarter brother to Field Marshall
  • From a young mare who raced as a two year old.

Owner and Preparer Syd Brown’s comments:

“She ran second in her first start in a heat of the Sires Stakes. She then went to Auckland for the final and she raced, but got boils and never raced again. The mare’s first colt Lanikai (Somebeachsomewhere) has won in Australia in 1-56.1. He’s been placed in 1-52. Kirk Larsen has the mare’s two year old filly Moana by A Rocknroll Dance and he tells me she’ll make a two year old.  He’s just a strong Art Major colt. He’s not too big not too small and he’s very wide in the front with a good strong head but people need to look at that themselves rather than hear an owner tell them that.”





Lot 267 – The Shard (SBSR)

Black Colt by Bettor’s Delight out of Pemberton Shard

Prepared by Debbie Smith at Myross Bush this black colt is out the eleven win Christian Cullen mare Pemberton Shard.

Pedigree pointers:

  • Pemberton Shard won eleven races and was placed behind some exceptional horses like Adore Me and Terror To Love.
  • This is the Group winning mare’s first foal.

  • The males in this family have been very good race horses. They include Smiling Shard (17 wins and $1,178,792), Mach Shard (2017 Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes winner) and Sly Flyin (29 wins and $911,689).

Dam’s New Zealand Record:

  • 3-09.1 – 2600 metre mobile – all-comers – Addington 14th March 2014

Pemberton Shard’s trainer Brad Mowbrey’s comments:

“She was a real good trier. I haven’t had one that has tried as hard as her. She was well mannered and went from stands or mobiles. She was in Adore Me’s 1-47.7 at Menangle and wasn’t too far away after a rugged trip. She won the New Zealand Premiers Mares in a race record (2-19.7 - 1950 Mobile) and she won the Southern Country Cup Final at Invercargill in 3-21.2 just outside the New Zealand record.”

Preparer Debbie Smith’s comments:

“He is correct with lovely straight legs and moves straight and true.  He’s a good size for a first foal, has attitude to burn and is first in the box. He hates being left out of anything and loves his food. He’s from a two year old family and very much like Smiling Shard ($1.1m) in manners and conformation, just a bit taller.  He has the looks, power and attitude to win. He learns quickly and gives us the feeling he will make an early two year old,” Debbie Smith.













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.



- 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.


  • 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.



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


  • 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.



– 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


  • 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.



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


  • 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.



– 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


  • 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.




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


  • 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.




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


  • 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.



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


  • 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.




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


  • 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.




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


  • 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.



– 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 


  • 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.




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


  • 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





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.” 



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. 


 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.”







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.”


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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