SBSR Back Catologue 2018-2019 (1)

Southern Bred Southern Reared Built from Strong Heritage

Bruce Stewart

In the last five years yearling produced out of Southland, Otago or Central Otago under the Southern Bred Southern Reared banner have been amongst 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. The second highest yearling was another SBSR colt bred by Arden Lodge’s John and Judy Stiven – Arden Roanake which sold for $155,000.

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 goes ever further back with Titanium tops in 2013 at $170,000 and Beaudiene Beaufighter the sales topper in 2014.  Another sale topper for the group was Tuapeka Mariner ($250,000) in 2008.

SBSR was a concept that was 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 why 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 southern breeders in Otago and Southland at a cost of $120 if the yearlings are outside of the region or $200 for yearlings that are prepared in Southland and therefore able to be paraded on the group’s annual pre-sales bus tour.

Stiven says the bus 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 is 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 says the tour of the Southern yearlings prior to sale day 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 and Arden Rooney flying the flag.

Outside of the yearlings sales SBSR is also the group behind The Diamond Creek Farm Classic at Ascot Park Invercargill on Diamonds Day. The race has been won by Kept Under Wraps, Lazarus, Mongolian Hero, Aloka and A Bettor Act.

The race is 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 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.”

For decades Southern Breed 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 more than yearlings with the sponsorship of the Two Year Old Diamond Classic.”

The unique and successful Southern Bred Southern Reared brand continues 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 12 millionaires the group has produced, the SBSR yearling tour in February and profile six of the well-bred youngsters that Southern Bred Southern Reared will be presenting at the Christchurch yearling sales.

Million Dollar Babies (1)

Bruce Stewart

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

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.


  • 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

Million Dollar Babies (2)

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

Million Dollar Babies (3)

Bruce Stewart

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

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


  • 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)

Million Dollar Babies (4)

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

Million Dollar Babies (5)

Bruce Stewart

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

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


  • 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

Million Dollar Babies (6)

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

Million Dollar Babies (7)

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

Million Dollar Babies (8)

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: 58-23-15-6 $1,090,712 (AUD)

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

Million Dollar Babies (9)

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

Million Dollar Babies (10)

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

Million Dollar Babies (11)

Bruce Stewart

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

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

New Zealand Records:  12/11/1996 Addington

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)

Million Dollar Babies (12)

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 Pasture – Southern Scape

Bruce Stewart

Not many would argue that 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.

Lawrence breeder Dan Cummings has produced yearling to sell at the national sales for years and he says daylight hours plays 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) gives the grass grows for two hours longer at the height of summer in the South,” he says.

Cummings says he spoken to a lot of local dairy farmers who bought cows down from Taranaki and Waikato in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s 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 down 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.  Because of the way the seasons work the foals are catching up quickly.”

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 fed is necessary to raise young horses,” he says.

He adds that the 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 that the dairy boom has changed farm ownership but there is still a groundswell of farmers who own or graze horses on their properties; in contrast to many horses in other provinces who 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.

Flag Flyers for SBSR

Bruce Stewart

In recent years the Australian export market has become a vital component of the New Zealand Standardbred industry, providing owners here with a chance to on-sell all grades of horses and to keep their finances in good shape.

Good horses like Cardigan Bay, Stella Frost, Young Quinn and Robin Dundee lead the way in promoting the southern part of the South Island and over the years, thousands of horses have left the area to race in Australia.

Some are purchased at the yearling sales but the majority are purchased in Southland by agents or privately through the trainers.

In recent times the Southern Bred Southern Reared flag has been flown by horses like Themightyquinn, Smiling Shard, Field Marshal, Arden Rooney, Highview Tommy, Iraklis, Chicago Bull, Sokyola, Holmes D G, Washakie and Beaudiene Boaz all of whom won major races in both New Zealand or Australia, each winning over $1,000,000.00 in stakes.

Records show that Themightyquinn was Australia’s leading stake earner in 2011 ($619,360), 2012 ($1,250,060) and 2013 ($941,360).

In recent times horses such as Chicago Bull, Beaudiene Boaz and (My) Field Marshal have kept the SBSR name to the fore in Australia.

My Field Marshal and another SBSR horse Galactic Star quinellaed last Friday’s Group One $300,000 Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park. Horses from the southern region of New Zealand have dominated this race in the last few years with Chicago Bull winning in 2017 and Beaudiene Boaz in 2016.

Let’s have a closer look at some the horses flying the SBSR flag in Australia.

Chicago Bull has been a real revelation in Western Australia. He was bred by John, Katrina, Roger and Helen Price of Winton and won he two races as a two year old before he headed to Perth and took up residency at Gary Hall Senior’s stable. His size put a few buyers off but not Hall, who’s judgement that size doesn’t matter is proving to be a big windfall.

He won thirteen of his first sixteen starts there and has started in twenty seven Group races in his sixty one start racing career.

In total he has won $1,820,709, his biggest wins being the Group One $300,000 Fremantle Cup and the $450,000 West Australia Cup, within seven days of each other.

Having won a total of three Group One races, he’s never finished further back than fourth in his 54 starts in Australia. The Bettor’s Delight six year old has a best mile time of 1-51.6 and no doubt there’s more to come.

Chicago Bull’s impressive lifetime record is: 61-40-8-8 $1,820,709

(My) Field Marshal is another Southern Bred Southern Reared racehorse flying the flag at the highest level in Australia. He was bred by Syd and Shona Brown of Mosgiel.

By Art Major out the eighteen win Washington VC mare Foreal he’s also tasted Group One success in Australia winning the 2005 NSW Oaks and the Ladyship Mile, both at Harold Park.

Field Marshal’s biggest win came in last season’s $750,000 Miracle Mile which he won in 1-46.9. This was the seventh fastest mile time in the world at that time and Field Marshal is still the fastest pacer in Australasia.

In New Zealand he also won the 2016 Four Year Old Emerald worth $150,000, the New Zealand Messenger Championship ($100,000), The Taylor Mile in 2016 and the Superstar Championship.

He continues to race well in well in Australia, recently winning the $300,000 Group One Fremantle Cup in Perth.

Lifetime record for Field Marshal is: 61-26-15-6 $1,324,712 (15th January 2019)

Galactic Star was bred by Peter and Dan Cummings and their sister Julie Davie. By Bettor’s Delight out of their Christian Cullen mare Petra’s Star, he was purchased by Browns trainer Des Baynes for the Test Syndicate for $16,000.

He raced in the south for one season as a three year old winning four of his thirteen starts. He was then sold and exported to Australia where he’s won another twenty races including a heat of the Interdominions at Gloucester Park last season.

He’s won or has been placed in a number of Group races and his career earnings are $385,235.  He’s recorded a best lifetime mile rate of 1-52.0. He recently competed in the Interdominion Championships and finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in his three heats before running 6th in the Grand Final.

He has now won 25 races and banked $465,335 (15th January 2019).

Bred by the late Bessie Dynes, Tact Tate had one season of racing in the south for Winton trainer Trevor Procter before heading across the ditch.

He’s won twelve races in Australia including the $100,000 Group One Bohemia Crystal FFA at Menangle, the Group Two Treuer Memorial at Bankstown and the $100,000 Group One Four Year Old Bonanza at Melton.

The seven year old by McArdle has won $348,138. He has high speed, and given the right run there could be more big races in this gelding.

His lifetime record is: 46-15-3-5 $348,138.

Rising star Pat’s Delight has also raced on both sides of the Tasman. He was bred and reared in Southland by Pat Kubala with his dam Righteous Franco residing at Macca Lodge.

He has won ten of his twenty five starts in New Zealand and as a three year old won the Three Year Old Emerald in 1-52.7, a heat of the Sires Stakes, the Summer Cup at Addington against older horses and was second, beaten a nose, in the New Zealand Derby.

As a four year old he won the Tuapeka Cup before heading to Australia where he competed in this year’s Interdominions. He won a heat, ran second in two others before running fifth in the final.

While in Australia he also won the Group Two Shepperton Cup

His lifetime record is 30-12-4-6 $286,846. (18th January 2019)

Aged gelding Maximan is a very good example of how SRSB stock have plenty of longevity.

The Armbro Operative gelding was bred by Ian Bennett who raced him out of Craig Laurenson’s Edendale stable. From fourteen starts he won three races for Laurenson and was placed second five times before he was sold and transferred to Jim Curtin’s stable. He won the 2013 Westport Cup and two more wins earned him the West Coast $5,000 bonus. He was sold to Australia and this ninety start veteran has now collectively won twenty three races, paced a mile in 1-51.4, and banked $324,909.

Back on this side of the Tasman the Southern Bred Southern Reared brand has also been winning races.

The Tuapeka Lodge bred Bonnie Joan has kept the Cummings breed to the fore. She’s won ten races in a relatively light career; seven as a three year old, including the Southland Oaks. She ran second in both the Nevele R Fillies Final and New Zealand Oaks, both Group One races. Last season as a four year old she won the North Island Breeders Stakes and Premier Mares Championship.

The emergence of quality filly Mossdale Art also highlights a breed that Northern Southland breeder Neil Timms developed and raced over the years.

This side of the family continues to bring success to Cromwell breeder Archie Affleck who races Mossdale Art.  Mossdale Art won her last two starts and has cleared maiden company by running 1609 metres in 1-52.5 at Winton.

It’s clear there are plenty of flag flyers on both side of the Tasman keeping the Southern Bred Southern Reared brand in front of potential buyers and I suspect there are plenty more green and black flags to be hoisted yet.

An Eye For The Prize

Bruce Stewart

Such is the depth of quality in this year’s yearling a record numbers of trainers and owners have registered to come on the Southern Bred Southern Reared Yearling Tour in February.

Included in this year ‘draft’ are some of the big names in the industry as well as a sprinkling of new faces; Michael House and Ken Barron have been on all tours while other prominent potential buyers include Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos, Ray Green, John Dunn, Phil Kennard, Ken and Karen Breckon, Greg Payne, Trevor Casey, Ken Barron, Grant Payne, Tony Herlihy, Michael Purdon, Cran Dalgety, Bunty Hughes, Gavin Smith and Peter Blanchard.

The tour is into its seventeenth year and regular Michael House says as a buyer/trainer that it’s just part of the job.

“There’s often a good horse hiding amongst them its wonderful comradery with the boys. It good to get it out of the way because there’s some horses you don’t have to see later on and you can focus,” he said.

The tour, particularly in recent year has produced some high priced graduates including Chicago Cub, a full brother to millionaire pacer Chicago Blues. Chicago Cub topped the sales last year selling to Emilo and Mary Rosati for $190,000. The second highest yearling was another SBSR colt bred by Arden Lodge’s John and Judy Stiven – Arden Roanake which sold for $155,000.

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, half – brother Titanium was the top lot in 2013 at $170,000 and Beaudiene Beaufighter the sales topper in 2014.

Michael House was on the tour in 2007 and spotted a black diminutive Bettor’s Delight colt named Highview Tommy at Highview Stud in Riverton.

“I’ll never forget that day. There was quite a bus load of us. He was a small horse but he was very strong in statue. At Dave Clarks he was standing in the middle of the court yard and everyone was walking around him. He was so relaxed. He just took me and I had to have him after that. Smiling Shard was another horse I really loved. Every year there seems to be a good horse.”

House bought Highview Tommy for $40,000 before selling him at the Ready To Run Sales for $200,000 to Hazel van Opzeeland and Glenys and Phil Kennard. He ended up winning seventeen races and $1,021,904.

This year sees some of the younger trainers coming on the tour with the likes of John Dunn, Mitchell Kerr, Michael Purdon, Bob Butt and Regan Todd.

“The trick to yearling sales and my advice to anyone wanting to start out is that you’re buying the horse that is front of you not its relative. That’s a quote from Michael House okay. The page (in the catalogue) is only a guide,” he advises.

Ken Barron has also attended all 17 tours and seen it develop in that time.

“It’s a very well run tour and it’s had a bit of fine tuning over the years. To fly to Invercargill and out of Dunedin has streamlined it a bit,” he said.

Because the three major yearling areas – Auckland, Canterbury and Southland/Otago all have to fit their yearling tours in post – Christmas the schedule has got tighter in later years.

“It used to be good to see them early on and see how they’ve developed. Now it’s so close to the sale it’s about eliminating the ones you don’t want or seeing the ones you like to save you time on the day.”

He says SBSR have tried to work thorough this issue but everyone has accepted that the tours are difficult to programme now.

“You can’t do it pre-Christmas and there’s very little time between Auckland, Canterbury and Southern. John Stiven has worked very closely with the buyers and tried to appease us all. It’s the only thing we can’t do anything about.”

One of the first time visitors to the tour is young Canterbury trainer Michael Purdon whose uncle Grant Payne recommended that he should come south.

“He said it’s quite a good tour and be worth checking out. As a young trainer I’m building up a bit of a client base so you can do these sorts of things. It’s a good chance to look at them while they’re still relaxed – they’re not worried about anything that’s going on around them. You can go up to them and have a good look at them,” Purdon said.

He bought three yearlings from last year’s Sale of the Stars; Ringo’s A Star (Bettor’s Delight-Blackbird Fly) for $23,000, Willie Go West (Auckland Reactor – Bettor Go) for $20,000 and On Guz Hall (Angus Hall – Landora’s Pearl – passed in at $35,000.

“They’ve turned out pretty good so far. The Angus Hall trotters is on a deal.”

One Gus Hall carries the ownership of breeders Heather and Lex Williams and Michael and his brother Nathan while Ringo’s A Star is owned by Micheal and Willie Go West is also owned by Michael and his mother Vicky.

The tour SBSR tour is on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th February.


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.

Preparer: 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.

Preparer: John and Judy Stiven

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.