Southern Yearlings on The Market This Week

Southern Yearlings on The Market This Week

Bruce Stewart

13th February 2022

Southern Standardbred Yearling preparers will be hard at work polishing up their bloodstock for the NZB Standardbred National Sales in Christchurch this week.

For the last few years Southern lots have been consistently top sellers and hopefully the trend will continue this year.

Southern breeders have very good numbers with a good mixture of colts and fillies both in the pacing and trotting breds.

Winton’s John and Katrina Price don’t have the fire power they had last year when they sold Chicago Bear for $310,000 and Mandinka for $320,000. But this year they’ve ventured into new territory, consigning their first trotter – a Father Patrick filly out of Chevron Express. Her wins included the New Zealand Trotting Oaks.

“She’s a lovely individual with a desirable pedigree, conformation and temperament. She has great length and a lovely head and kind eye. She has bloomed during her preparation and has developed significantly since videos and photos were taken in late December early January. She’s out of a New Zealand three year old Trotting Filly of the Year who in turn was out of a New Zealand two year old Trotting Filly of the Year,” said preparer Katrina Price.

Their other yearling is an Always B Miki colt out of Christian Cullen mare Surprise Party. Surprise Party is the dam of Repartee, Stag Party and Yankee Party.

Steve Baucke has two yearlings at this year’s sale, both fillies, including Lot 277, an Always B Miki filly out of seven win Bettor’s Delight mare Delight My Soul. She’s out of the Black Watch family and has a host of black type winners on her pedigree page.

Referring to Kentucky Rain, Steve said “She’s much like her mother, very determined, a great eater and a lovely looking filly with a great nature and conformation to boot.”

Dave and Dawn Kennedy are preparing seven yearlings for the Sale.

Kennedy produced the highest selling trotter on the first day of the Sale last year with Concise selling for $120,000.

He says there are three stand out yearlings this year. The Always B Miki filly out of Beaudiene Babe – he says this filly is by a ‘trending up’ sire out of the prolific breeder Beaudiene Babe who has left a host on black type winners including Four Year Old Pacing Mare of the Year Beaudiene Bad Babe (22 wins) and Beaudiene Boaz (25 wins).

He also likes his Bettor’s Delight colt out of five win Christian Cullen mare Lulabelle Midfrew. She’s already left black type winners in Luisanbelle Midfrew (5 wins) and Letsgotothehop (8 wins).

Dave rounds out his selections with his Sweet Lou – Galleons Cheer filly. This is the family of recently sold Duke Of Cornwall and quality mare Cheer The Lady.

Shard Farm is the biggest preparer in the SBSR group with thirteen yearlings on Debbie and Mark Smith’s books. Captain Norman K is one they feel is shaping up well.

“He’s named after Mark’s late father, a special horse and the star of the Shard Farm draft. He looks mature, is straight, well conformed and has had huge interest amongst the early buyer visits. He’s got a beautiful nature and is a half brother to the star performer Romeo Shard who had three wins from five starts leading into Cup week,” Debbie said.

Julie Baynes also has high numbers this year with eleven youngsters under her guidance.

On the trotting front Julie has put the spotlight on her Love You – One Over Da Skye colt.

“He’s a stunning looking chestnut colt and the first foal out of One Over Da Skye who is out of the Multiple Group One winner and producer One Over Kenny. He is a correct type with a big walk and floating trot. Definitely one to watch out for,” Julie said.

On the pacing front Julie highlights Lot 267, an American Ideal colt named Bryson Dechambeau.

“There are only two American Ideal colts in the Christchurch Sale. His dam Classical is the Dual Group One winner and former Two Year Old Filly of The Year. He’s an athletic colt with a very good nature and attitude.”

Arden Lodge has nine yearlings at next week’s sales.

John and Judy Stiven have selected Lot 407 as the pick of their draft.

Named Pride Of Arden, this Captaintreacherous filly is out of 2021 Southland Broodmare Award Of The Year and winner of nine races, Southwind Arden.

She’s a three quarter sister to South Coast Arden, the Somebeachsomewhere gelding which won both the 2021 Group One Four Year Old Emerald, and the NZ Free for All in a NZ record time and 1.51.3 mile rate.

“Arden Lodge is very proud to offer her for sale. She foaled on the 6th November and has developed into a lovely strong and powerful filly – one who has both the looks and the pedigree to offer confidence in her ability to go on to perform as a racehorse,” Judy said.

Murray Little’s Havtime brand is fronting again at the Sales with four yearlings on the market. He’s excited about his Art Major filly out of One Christian. She’s a half sister to six win Auckland based pacer Christianshavtime.

One Christian’s second foal, a full sister to this yearling is getting ready to qualify for Ryal Bush trainer Brett Gray and her potential excites Little.

“We had a workout for her on Saturday (last). She went well and ran under qualifying time with the last quarter run in 27 and a bit. She looks like an early two year old filly,” he said.

Winton trainer Chelsea Faithful is venturing into her first sale with two lots under her care.

On behalf of Trevor Proctor and Diane Dynes, Tact Teena will be offered on the second day of the Sale.

It’s a rare chance to buy into the famous Tact family. This Bettor’s Delight filly is out of ten win Christian Cullen mare Tact Lizzie whose five foals of racing age are all black type. Tact Lizzie’s best performer is Tact Tate which has won fifteen races including the Group One NSW Bohemia Crystal.

“An outstanding, well grown filly from the well-known Tact breed. She’s sure to catch your eye,” Faithful said about the first pacing lot to be put up for auction.

Long time breeder Vin Devery has two fillies heading to the sale including an Art Major filly out of Natal Franco the winner of seven races. She’s named Delightful Molly and is being prepared by Debbie and Mark Smith.

“Delightful she is too, a lovely Art Major filly, well-proportioned and extremely well related.

This filly is related to Alta Wise Guy; Omakau Cup, Invercargill Cup winner, and first up winner Lady Arts. Molly is the sweetest and kindest filly to work with, never puts a foot wrong and always willing to perform any task that she is asked. Buyer interest is high,” Debbie said.

Phil and Bev Williamson under the Ardgowan Lodge brand are prepping four well bred yearlings for this year’s sale.

Amongst their draft is a Father Patrick colt out the Sundon trotting mare Nice One Kenny. This yearling is closely related to Queen Elida a rising trotting star in Australia. Last season she won both the Group One NSW Trotting Oaks and Breeders Crown for three year old trotting fillies. She’s won eleven races in a short period of time including her last seven races.

“He’s a stocky set little fella. He trots out with a nice style on the lead. On type he’s the right size to make a two year old. He’s strong, athletic and a nice moving horse,” Phil says.

Noel and Diane Cournane have a Bettor’s Delight colt out of Flight For Glory heading to the Sales. Flight For Glory won the New Zealand, NSW, Queensland and Gold Coast Oaks and has a mile record of 1-52.1.

“This is the mare’s third foal and first colt. Fight for Glory is a multiple Group One winner. He is a lovely well conformed Bettor’s Delight, fantastic nature, straight, and handles everything in his stride. Early Buyer interest has been strong with this colt,” Debbie Smith his preparer said.

Todd and Fleur Anderson under the Taffy brand have five yearlings heading to Christchurch and the greatest interest will be on Lot 318, a Captaintreacherous colt out of Imaginary Bet. His half brother Merlin was an impressive winner at Alexandra Park recently for Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan.

There are a host of other yearlings with southern connections, and we wish all the vendors all the best for next week.