Southland Harness Awards 2019


Southland Harness Awards 2019

Bruce Stewart

The Southland Harness Awards will celebrate a season of successes at the Ascot Park Hotel on Sunday 11th August.

The night will be hosted by former Trackside presenter Jess Smith with the awards putting the spotlight on our best broodmares, horses, drivers, trainers, junior drivers, contributor’s, personalities and owners.

Categories and contenders include:

Washington VC – Bryleigh Stud Southland Broodmare of the Year

Touch of Rose (Mach Three – Rose Sand) Owner: Kelvin Reed

The dam of three winners in the 2018-2019 season:

  • Ferritt’s Sister (3) $36,145
  • Fiery Ferret (2) $17,725
  • The Ideal Touch (1) $13,885

The Ideal Touch finished 4th in the Two Year Old Emerald at the Harness Jewels.

The Ideal Touch

Chicago Blues (Christian Cullen – Bluejeanbabyqueen) Owners: John Price, Mrs. Katrina Price, Roger Price and Mrs. Helen Price.

Dam of three horses to race this season which won a total of 15 races and $262,048 in the season under review.

  • Chicago Bull won nine races, earned $186,473 and also won two Group Two races.
  • Rockabilly Blues ($37,880 1-55.6) and Perfect Stride ($37,695 1.56.1) each winners of three races.

Christian Dreamer (Christian Cullen – Dreamy Atom) Owners: Vin and Daphne Devery

The dam of two horses to race this season which won a total of $224,537.

  • Catch The Dream (2) $19,070.
  • Amazing Dream (3) $205,467 including wins in the Listed NZ Yearling Sales Two Year Old Fillies Final, and the Group One Caduceus Two Year Old Fillies Classic. She was second in the Group One NZ Sires Stakes Two Year Old Fillies Championship and third in both the Group Two Delightful Lady Classic and Group One Two Year Old Diamond.

Robyn Maree (Holmes Hanover – Maree Robyn) Owner: Ross Wilson

The dam of two horses to race in the 2018-2019 season

  • Robyns Playboy (6) $73,219.
  • Rake (3) $25,615.

Southland Harness Awards – Night N Day – Southland Horse of the Year

Get Lucky – Owners: Ian and Lindsay Thomson

  • Broke the Gore track and Southland trotter’s record for three year old colts and geldings for 2200 metre stand, recording 2-52.8.
  • Southlands leading stakes earning trotter this season banking $76,976.
  • Won the Listed PPG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Three Year Old Final.
  • I’mallaboutthebase – Owners: Steve and Carol Baucke
  • Won three races during the season including the Listed Uncut Gem Mares Classic at Addington.

Vintage Cheddar – Owners: Ian and Lindsay Thomson

  • The winner of five races during the season including two on premier nights at Addington.

Sagwitch – Owners: Paul Matheson, Mrs Nancy Matheson and Syd Breen.

  • Won the 2019 Southland Country Cups series with 94 points.
  • Won three races in the 2018-2019 season including the Winton and Wyndham Cups.

U May Cullect – Owner: Tom Kilkelly

  • Recorded a new track and Southland mobile record at Winton for four year old and older geldings and entires over 1609 metres of 1-52.1.
  • Won his first seven races including the Listed Uncut Gems at Addington for geldings and entires.
  • Robyns Playboy – Owner: Ross Wilson
  • Recorded a new Wyndham track and Southland mobile record for three year old colts and geldings over 2400 metres of 2-53.0. This time was also a new all-comers track and Southland record.
  • Southland leading trained pacer earning $70,299.
  • Won the $20,000 Super Nuggets Final.
  • NZB Standardbred Southland Achievement of the Year nominations

Syd Breen

  • 2018- 2019 training stats: 102-17-13-7 $137,299 – UDR .2603.
  • Recorded his best ever training season with seventeen wins.
  • Trained the winner of the Southland Country Cups competition Sagwitch.
  • Biggest winners: Santanna’s Rocket (4), Mucho Macho Man (4), Lorretta Franco (3) and Sagwitch (3).

Kirstin Barclay and Paul ‘Tank’ Ellis

  • 2018- 2019 training stats: 258-38-40-31 $372,919 – UDR .2703.
  • Leading Southland trainers for the 2018-2019 season with 38 winners in their first season of training in partnership.
  • Seventh on the national training premiership and fifth in the South Island premiership.
  • Biggest winners: U May Cullect (7), Wee Man Trouble (5) and Paddyproudfoot (4)

Alister Black

  • 2018- 2019 training stats: 46-13-7-3 $168,626 – UDR .3889.
  • The highest ranked Southland UDR trainer with a rating of .3889. Fourth on the national UDR list of trainers with 10 or more winners behind Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, Barry Purdon and Mitchell Kerr.
  • Biggest winners: Vintage Cheddar (5) and Get Lucky (4).
  • Won his first black type race during the season (PPG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Three Year Old Final.)

Ross Wilson

  • 2018- 2019 training stats: 162-15-17-15 $174,034 – UDR .2357.
  • Trained Southland leading stakes earning pacer Robyns Playboy.
  • Recorded his 100th training win during the season when Bridesdale Robyn won at Gore.
  • Biggest winners: Robyns Playboy (6), Bridesdale Robyn (4) and Annie Fitz (3).Best of luck to all on the night.

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