Miracle Lodge

Quality Key for Miracle Lodge Syndicate

One breeding partnership that tends to fly under the radar is the Miracle Lodge Syndicate.

But that’s the way principles Clark Barron and Eric Parr like it.

They just feel privileged to be breeding from two mares that the late Alex McDonald bred or developed; Whanau and Joyfulbelle.

Barron first met McDonald in the early 90’s when driving the McDonald trained Lento (People’s Blue Chip –Orbell). He drove her to win her first race at Waimate and went on to drive her in six of her fifteen wins. The mares biggest wins included the Group One New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Stakes in 1995 and 1996.

Mosgiel born McDonald bought Lento ($272,110) as a weanling for $1,000 and his other foundation mare Rockne Del (Rockne Lobell – Dryden Dell) as a yearling for $1,500. He trained Lento to win twelve races with Henry Skinner training her to win three. Rockne Dell won four races and she is the dam of Joyfulbelle which Barron trained to win eight races.

“I trained Joyfullbelle for Alex and then later bought a share in both her and Whanau for breeding. We raced horses together under the Miracle Lodge Syndicate,” said Barron.

The syndicate was formed by McDonald and Barron in 2012 but when McDonald passed away in July 2013 Eric Parr bought into the partnership. Parr has raced many good horses out of Clark’s brothers Kens barn.

Joyfulbelle’s wins included the Equine Stakes at Winton (1-56.3) and the Wyndham Cup. She was placed second in the Group Two 2004 Premier Mares Championship at Addington and third in the Southland Oaks Final in 2003.

Whanau, a daughter of Lento won ten races including the Group One 2002 Nevele R Fillies Final.

It’s from these mares that Miracle Lodge Syndicate have filled up their paddocks with quality stock.

Joyfulbelle’s foals include Joyfuljoy (Mach Three) which recorded 11 New Zealand wins for the Mark Purdon and Grant Payne stable before she was exported to America where she ran a 1-51.6 mile. Another daughter Jumpforjoy (Better’s Delight) won seven from twenty one starts.

The partnership is still breeding from Joyfulbelle and she has a Bettor’s Delight filly in this month’s sale.

“We haven’t had too much luck at the sales. The few that we have entered haven’t always made it (to sale day).”

This year they’ve had to withdraw Rock Bottom (Bettor’s Delight – Whanau) due to injury.

A number of Joyfulbelle’s daughters are also being bred from. Fullofjoy (Grinfromeartoear) winner of one from eight starts has a Bettor’s Delight two year old filly that qualified for Southland trainer Wayne McEwan.

Pride N Joy (Mach Three) has two Art Major fillies ready to add to the great success the females have had from this family.

On the other side of the breeding fence Whanua is doing a good job for the syndicate. She has left good winners in Aussie including Treaty (Mach Three) 3 Australian wins, Mabrook (Bettor’s Delight) 16 Australian wins and Skirmish (Mach Three) 4 wins from 7 starts.

Her first foal was the unraced Whenua (Mach Three) and she’s the dam of Moonlight Gambler (Bettor’s Delight) 6 wins in Australia, Wingatui Dew (Grinfromeartoear) 9 Australian wins and Followthewind (Mister Big) 5 Australian wins.

Backandbeyond (Mach Three) is another of her daughters being bred from.

All of the syndicates mares have permanent homes at either Bryleigh Lodge or Kina Craig Stud.

You get the feeling that Miracle Lodge Syndicate is just getting started and with the foundation of quality stock left by Alex McDonald the best may be yet to come.