Star trotter Maori Time created her own slice of history when she recorded her third victory in the Group 1 Bill Collins at Melton. The daughter of Pegasus Spur simply outstayed her rivals in the 1720 metre feature. With over $390,000 in career earnings, she now has recorded 23 career wins. Congratulations to her owner Fred Crews and trainer Brent Lilley.

Pegasus Spur sired other good winners in Caitlin’s Surprise at Auckland, Unico Pegasus at Menangle and Endsinparty made it back to back wins at Maryborough.

American Ideal continued his dominant North American season when he sired two New York Sires Stakes winners at Yonkers. Classy 3yo Funknwaffles easily won his $225,000 division, making it consecutive victories in the time-honoured feature. He now has over $811,000 in the locker. Sassy 2yo filly Alexis Faith recorded career win number six to captured her $225,000 division for trainer Cassie Coleman.

On the same Yonkers card, Bettor’s Delight’s son All Bets Off took his career earnings to over $2.8 million with victory in the $250,000 Dan Rooney Pace.

Other good winners for Bettor’s Delight included Bettor Trix at Addington, He Can Fly at Melton in 1,52.6 and Delightful Jade was a winner of the Group 3 ‘Piccadilly Princess’ at Menangle.


American Ideal’s star 2YO daughter Youaremycandygirl continued her freshman season in devastating style when she paced a World Record mile in 1.50.0. She claimed the record at The Red Mile in Kentucky in a heat of the International Stallion Stakes. In her debut 2YO season, Youaremycandygirl has banked over $316,000. Her dam, Sweet Lady Jane is Sweet Lou’s half-sister, making it a great day for the Woodlands Stallions.

Sweet Lou debut crop at the Lexington sales in Kentucky were exceptionally well received. His debut crop average $76,778 and included a number of sales including in excess of over $100,000!

On the race track Bettor’s Delight champion daughter Dream About Me became ‘The Kings’ 31st Millionaire when she returned to racing at Addington, she looks well and truly on target for the New Zealand Cup.

Two million dollar star Lazarus returned in style to win the Group 2 Canterbury Classic at Addington, fresh up he was too good for New Zealand’s best.  Other good winners for Bettor’s Delight included Rave Moonraker at Albion Park in 1.52.6, Doitson won at Invercargill and the Woodlands Stud bred The Faithful was a Menangle winner in 1.52.9


Stand out Western Australian pacer Soho Tribeca resumed from a spell with a clear message about his prospects come Interdominion time. The son of American Ideal sat in the chair to win at Gloucester Park in 1.55.3, crushing his rivals! A winner of close to $450,000, Soho Tribeca recorded career win number sixteen. There is little doubt he will be a key player when harness racing’s iconic series kicks off in November.

Other winners for American Ideal included debut winner Kilowatt Kid at Winton, Alta Shangri La was an Auckland winner and at Banks Peninsula he sired a double when Dundee Lady and Run Boy Run greeted the judge.

Champion stallion Bettor’s Delight sired a treble at Addington when Bettor Trix, Pat’s Delight and Spondulicks got the chocolates, at Charlton G I Joe made an impressive Australian debut with victory and King Solomon made it back to back victories at Mildura.

Australia’s best trotter Maori Time continues to cut a swath through Victoria’s best, she added another Group 3 to her impressive CV when she won at Melton. The daughter of Pegasus Spur now has over $360,000 in the locker and this was lifetime win number eighteen.



Top flight sire American Ideal continued a big season in the northern hemisphere when his daughter Youaremycandygirl blasted off the gate to win the $500,000 Shes A Great Lady stakes at Mohawk. Overcoming barrier eight she gave her rivals a pacing lesson in 1.50.4! This was career win number four in her debut season. Youaremycandygirl is from a half sister to our three-million-dollar earner Sweet Lou.

This family is currently one of the hottest and most relevant families in the stud book! Champion stallion Bettor’s Delight’s had a night out at Gloucester Park when he sired a quartet of winners. Among those where $960,000 earner Chicago Bull, $475,000 winner Let’s Chase The Dream and ace mare Dodolicious and at the Auckland and Menangle meetings he sired a four winners as well.

The King continues to show why he has no peer as a sire. Pegasus Spur sired a double at Auckland when Our Petite Lady and Forfeathers greeted the judge, at Ballarat Pretty Little Lucy got the chocolates and Unico Pegasus trotted 1.57.6 to get a richly deserved win at Menangle.



Australasia’s fastest pacer Have Faith Me started the road to the New Zealand Cup with a fresh up victory in the Group 3 New Brighton cup at Addington. Given a beautiful trip in transit, the million-dollar son of Bettor’s Delight was too good for his rivals, scooting home in 55 and change.

Classy mare Bettor Be Amazed continued her stunning start to the new season when she sat in the chair at Auckland in a blistering 1.53.9! In recent weeks, she has made a mess of some New Zealand Cup contenders.

Gun Tasmanian pacer Devendra took his career earnings past $400,000 with victory at Hobart, the son of Bettor’s Delight looks on target for the WA Interdominion. No shortage of winners for American Ideal, including Covered N Diamonds at Pinjarra, Ideal Diamante at Gloucester Park, At West Point cruised to victory at Penrith, Lynbar Rose cleared maiden ranks at Auckland and Ideal Suspect shared the spoils at Swan Hill.

Pegasus Spur looks to have another classy performer in Puma Road, he got the chocolates impressively at Auckland and Endsin A Party was a Bendigo winner for the top trotting sire.


American Ideal and Bettor’s Delight’s 3YO’s were at the top of their game in key stakes races at Mohawk in Canada this Saturday past.

Bettor’s Delight’s star filly Bettor’s Up took her career earnings to over $630,000 with a powerful display in her Simcoe Stakes division for fillies. She dealt to her rivals off cover in 1.50.0 flat and was an emphatic 6 ½ length winner.

American Ideal’s son Art Scene took a career best 1.49.4 when he annexed his Simcoe Stakes division for colts and geldings. In a one act affair, he was eased down to defeat his rivals by 5 lengths, cruising home in 27.3! American Ideal is having a big season in North America, he is now 3rd on the ‘All Aged’ sires lists and his youngsters are very dominant again in the New York Sires Stakes series.

Closer to home Pegasus’s Spur’s star daughter Maori Time continues to race at the top of her game. She recorded career win number 21 and took her earnings to over $350,000 when she led all the way to win the Group 3 Aldebaran Park Maori’s Idol Free For All.

The breeding barn is now well and truly open, so don’t hesitate to contact Woodlands Stud for all your breeding needs!



Ace reinsman Andrew McCarthy added to his impressive USA CV with a great front running drive on 3yo filly Caviart Alley in the Pennsylvanian Sires Stakes Final pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight won the $252,000 final in impressive fashion by three lengths, posting a 1.50.2 mile. Former ex pat Australian trainer Noel Daley prepares the top filly.

Closer to home Bettor’s Delight sired a treble at Gloucester Park with Dodolicious, Maia Maguire and McClinche all greeting the judge, at Melton Flaming Flutter won the ‘Free For All’ in 1.53 and Last Party was a Dubbo winner.

American Ideal kick-started September in style with American Brave winning at Auckland, Resurgent Dream was a Hobart winner and Twoforsixty got the chocolates at Geelong.

Pegasus Spur sired a double at Auckland when Forfeathers and Grenado trotted stoutly to victory and at Addington, Alderbeck was an impressive winner.

Great to see Crazed get his first Australian winner when Crazy Ideas cleared maiden ranks at Maryborough. Congratulations to Paul and Kari Males who bred and trained this son of Crazed.



Champion stallion Bettor’s Delight continues to re write Australian siring history and with the 2016/17 season concluding, ‘The King’ claims his sixth consecutive Australian sires title. Bettor’s Delight and his side kick top sire American Ideal will finish the season in Australia as the top two stallions on dollar average earnings. The same one – two punch have repeated their 2015/16 results! Congratulations to our boys, who just keep getting the job done at the highest level.

On the race track, Bettor’s Delights winners included Bettor Bet Black at Menangle in 1.52.7, Itz Gemma’s Delight at Launceston, he sired a double at Auckland when Recco Lover and Bettor B Amazed greeted the judge and Last Party was an easy Newcastle winner.

For American Ideal, he tasted success on both sides of the ditch, with Miss Patriot winning at Addington, Carlew Park sat in the chair to win at Auckland, Cold Ideal won at Albion Park, Fon Ideal keeps winning with another victory at Redcliffe and Tisu Spirit finished his freshman year with victory at Launceston.

Pegasus Spur’s son The Crown Jewels led in a ‘Peggy’ trifecta at Auckland, Medusa was an Addington winner and It’s Not Dark Yet won at Geelong, giving the Woodlands stallions another big week!



NZ Sales & Marketing Manager

Woodlands Stud is looking for a dynamic person to become our Sales and Marketing Manager to promote our Standardbred Stud within New Zealand.  Ideally they should have an extensive knowledge of the Harness Racing Industry with good communication and organising skills. The right person will be part of a sales team liaising with the NZ based Studmaster, office staff and our Australia based Sales & Marketing Manager.

The role includes

  • Managing our racing syndicates
  • Adding value to existing client relationships through effective marketing and selling service fees to our stallion
  • Using all forms of social media including Facebook, Twitter and our website
  • Attending race meetings and promotional events
  • Marketing our horses at both weanling and yearling sales.

The stud is based in Auckland however the right person can be based anywhere nationwide.

An attractive remuneration package includes a late model car.  

Please reply via email only before the 7th September with your CV to:

Stud Groom / Farm Assistant

A full time permanent position is available for a Stud Groom on our Standardbred Stud Farm, Woodlands Stud based in Clevedon. The Stud is well established and comprises of several properties around the outskirts of Auckland City totaling over 1800 acres. 

Applicants can view the stud on

The right person should have : 

  • Excellent horse handling skills
  • Be a good communicator
  • Be a team player
  • Be able to keep up-to–date and accurate records
  • Have a sound knowledge of the equine industry 

Farm Maintenance / Fencing / Pasture Management Experience would be an advantage

For the right person Woodlands Stud offer a competitive remuneration package.

Applicants should contact the Stud directly by posting their C.V. to: 

Woodlands Stud, 460 North Road, RD 2 Papakura 2582

or email to

Applications close 08 September 2017

All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence.

Experience Stallion Handler

A full time permanent position is available for an experienced Stallion Handler on our Standardbred Stud Farm, Woodlands Stud based in Clevedon. The Stud is well established and comprises of several properties around the outskirts of Auckland City.

Applicants can view the stud on 

The right person should have : 

  • Proven Stallion handling skills
  • Be a good communicator
  • Be a team player
  • Be able to keep up-to–date and accurate records
  • Have a sound knowledge of the equine industry 

Farm Maintenance / Fencing / Pasture Management Experience would be an advantage

For the right person Woodlands Stud offer a competitive remuneration package.

Applicants should contact the Stud directly by posting their C.V. to: 

Woodlands Stud, 460 North Road, RD 2 Papakura 2582

or email to

Applications close  08 September 2017

All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence.




Champion stallion Bettor’s Delight’s progeny led the way at Bendigo on breeder’s crown semi-final night with three winners.

New Zealand 2yYO filly Our Bettor Joy kick started proceedings with victory in her race, she posted a closing half in 55.9. The Woodlands Stud bred Partyon won her 3YO fillies division, this was career win number fourteen and with over $520,000 on her card, she has been a super filly. Tough 3YO Motu Meteor sat in the chair to win his semi-final. Afforded no favours he simply toyed with his rivals to win in 1.56.6. He will be a key player in his 3YO final come super Sunday.

Super sire American Ideal’s juveniles continue to win in Australia, with multiple winners this past week including Muffins at Gloucester Park, Alpha Charlie at Terang, Arch Empress at Redcliffe and American Zest prevailed at Swan Hill. At Menangle, his top-flight daughter Takara Truffle took a career best record when she paced 1.52.8 to win the Group 3 Baby Bling for the 3YO fillies, providing back to back wins for her Aaron Goadsby. Other good winners for American Ideal included Vettel who scorched around Menangle in 1.51.5 and Fon Ideal was a runaway winner at Redcliffe.

With the Australasian Breeders Crown on this Sunday, we wish all participants the best of luck.



Ace Victorian pacer Burnaholeinmypocket was at his brilliant best when he defeated all comers in the Minuteman Free For All at Melton. Sitting in the chair the son of Bettor’s Delight was simply too tough for his opposition. The Breckon Farms bred gelding now has $220,000 in the locker and this was career win number 18 for the 5yo.

On the same card, the Charles Roberts bred Our Maxim was a winner, the former Victorian Derby winner now has over $430,000 in the bank. Other winners for Bettor’s Delight included Form Analyst and Motu Meteor who both won their respective Australasian Breeders Crown heats at Bendigo and classy 2yo filly Our Bettor Joy was won her Breeders Crown 2yo fillies heat in stylish fashion at Shepparton.

Top sire American Ideal sired another 2yo in Australia when Ideal Suspect used the sprint lane to win at Cobram, Vettel was an impressive 1.55.9 winner at Bathurst, Parker made it back to back wins at Auckland, the Takara Truffle show rolled into Menangle and she led from barrier to box in 1.53 and change for trainer Aaron Goadsby and out west The Sprinter return to winning ways at Gloucester Park.

Top flight Victorian trotting mare Maori Time was an impressive all the way winner at Melton. The daughter of Pegasus Spur recorded career win number 20 and she has now banked over $335,000 for owner Fred Crews with victory in the Group 3 Aldebaran Park Trotters Free For All.



With the 2016/17 racing season at an end in New Zealand, the annual wards where held in Christchurch and the Woodlands stallions certainly had a night to remember.

American Ideal, Bettor’s Delight and trotting stallion Pegasus Spur’s progeny where amongst the annual winners.

‘The King’, Bettor’s Delight was crowned pacing stallion of the year for the sixth consecutive season and his champion son Lazarus was New Zealand horse of the year and 4yo pacing entire or gelding of the year. Congratulations to all winners of awards for the 2016/17 season.

On the race track, plenty of winners for our stallion’s including American Ideal’s progeny, amongst them where American Tour at Mildura, Kardesler at Addington, he sired a double at Gloucester Park when Ideal Diamante and Whozideawasthis greeted the judge and Resurgent Dream was a Hobart winner.

Key winners for Bettor’s Delight included Captured Delight at Gloucester Park, Motu Meteor at Ballarat and Melinda Lowe won at Addington.

Pegasus Spur had a good a Redwood Carnival at Maryborough with 2yo Trotting Rockstar and Desert Flyer getting the chocs and Alderbeck was an easy winner at Oamaru.



Ace 3YO More The Bettor took his career earnings to over $530,000 with a track record victory in the Queensland Derby at Albion Park. Taking over midrace, he returned a mile rate of 1.56.0 for the 2680 metre trip, blasting a last half in 55.6! Congratulations to All Stars racing and part owner the legendary Roy Purdon.

Another All Stars pacer Lazarus was crowned Australasian Grand Circuit champion for 2016/17. The son of Bettor’s Delight was a clear victor having a season for the ages!

Other winners for Bettor’s Delight included Last Party at Addington, Look And Listen at Menangle, Bettor Joy at Ashburton and gun pacer Chicago Bull at Gloucester Park. American Ideal notched another 2yo winner in New Zealand when Alta Shangri La greeted the judge at Auckland, Covered N Diamonds dashed home in 27 flat to win at Addington, at Newcastle he sired a double when Ideal Investment and the Aaron Goadsby trained Takara Truffle got the chocolates. Top trotting sire Pegasus Spur had good winners in Scorching Along at Shepparton and Mosquito Spur was a Redcliffe winner.



Outstanding filly Partyon started her Australian campaign in style with victory in the Provincial Oaks at Albion Park. Taking no prisoners, the daughter of Bettor’s Delight sat in the open to win the key feature race. The Woodlands Stud bred filly has now won over $500,000 for her owners and remains undefeated on Australian soil.

On the same card, gun 3yo pacer The More the Bettor was the winner of the time-honoured Premiers Cup. He cruised to a ten-metre victory and the son of Bettor’s Delight has the Queensland Derby in his sights.

The leviathan stallion Bettor’s Delight has now sired 20 individual 2yo winners thus far this season in Australia from only 32 starters, his latest 2yo winner was Royal Gamble who was a Newcastle winner.

American Ideal’s ace WA based son Ideal Tyson, has now banked over $150,000 following his latest win at Gloucester Park, at Bathurst Our Jack Starr became American Ideal’s latest 2yo winner when led from barrier to box, Soho Tribeca paced 1.56.6 to win his Vicbred semi final and American Ideal had good kiwi winners in Sweet As at Forbury Park, Classic American at Auckland and Chloe won at Timaru.

Woodlands will once again offer frozen semen by top sire Crazed in the 2017/18 season. His superstar son Crazy Wow, added the USD$185,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic to his CV this Saturday past. With over $1.8 million in stakes, the Ron Burke trained star recorded his eighteen-career win and in doing so trotted a new All Aged record for trotters at Northfield Park, scooting round in 1.52.3



Rookie Tasmanian filly Ideal Bliss, has been the standout among her peers this season and was rewarded for her consistency with victory in the Group 3 Evicus final at Hobart. In the $40,000 race, the daughter of top sire American Ideal, recorded her third career victory, she has never been out of the money in five lifetime starts. Congratulations to her breeder Charlie Beadman and gun juvenile trainer Paul Hill.

American Ideal’s Australian 2yo winners continued when Rosie’s Ideal easily accounted for her rivals at Bunbury. Top flight pacer Soho Tribeca travelled east to easily win his Vicbred 4yo heat at Ballarat, the son of American Ideal now has over $350,000 in the locker and is nominal favourite for the series.

No shortage of winners for the stallion king Bettor’s Delight in Australia and New Zealand. Among his winners where Motu Premier at Gloucester Park, Passion’s Delight was an impressive Vicbred heat winner at Bendigo, King Solomon got the chocolates at Maryborough and at Addington he sired a quartet of winners, among them where the Woodlands Stud bred and Woodlands Syndicate Raced Spirit Of Delight and Usain Colt.



At Mohawk, this Saturday past, Bettor’s Delight’s classy 3yo daughter Bettor’s Up showed plenty of bottom to win the time-honoured fillies classic the Fan Hanover. In the $440,000 feature, Bettor’s Up paced 1.49.4, this was her eighth career win and she has bankrolled over $456,000 in stakes.

Closer to home Bettor’s Delight sired a treble at Albion Park when Kept Under Wraps, Bettorthanspecial and Delightful Memphis all greeted the judge. Sherriff made a very impressive debut at Addington, the 2yo paced 1.55.1 on debut for the 1950 metre journey after sitting in the chair and out west the Woodlands Stud bred Bettor B Abeliever opened his 2yo account with victory at Gloucester Park.

Top sire American Ideal, produced another 2yo winner in Australia, when American Tour won on debut at Ouyen, at Penrith he sired a double when Alta Teresa and American Legend where both good winners, at Forbury Park Six Diamonds scooted home in 27.5 and at Melton, Long Forest Creek was a winner with Anthony Butt in the bike.

Our Dainty Lady must love the Queensland sunshine as the daughter of Pegasus Spur won at again at Albion Park, this was her 15th career win and she has over $130,000 in the locker.


Diminutive pacer Chicago Bull resumed in stunning style at Gloucester Park last Friday. Settling at the rear, Gary Hall Jnr, circled the field to assume control in the 1730 metre race and Chicago Bull easily accounted for his rival’s fresh up. In a career that spans 31 starts, the son of Bettor’s Delight has greeted the judge 19 times for stakes of over $886,000.

At Menangle Tiger Tara roared off the speed to defeat all comers in the Group 3 Garrards Mile. Taking the feature in 1.52.6, the Bettor’s Delight entire now has $884,000 in the locker. At Redcliffe, Kept Under Wraps was a winner of the Redcliffe Gold Cup, he has accumulated over $350,000 in earnings.

No shortage of winners for American Ideal with Overboard Again scoring at Gloucester Park, War Dan Apollo paced 1.55.5 to win at Albion Park, at Invercargill he sired a double when Ideal Art and Dancing In The Dark got the chocolates. American Ideal’s classy 2yo daughter Ideal Bliss was a winner of her Evicus prelude at Hobart and Twoforsixty was a 1.56.6 winner at Shepparton.

There is no more consistent trotter in Victoria than Brynmor at the moment, the son of Pegasus Spur was an easy Bendigo winner, Scorching Along was a Shepparton winner and at Nelson, Mr Fahrenheit cleared maiden ranks with a well-deserved victory.



The 2017 edition of the ‘Harness Jewels’ held at Ashburton was certainly a day out for our stallions Pegasus Spur and Bettor’s Delight.

Wilma’s Mate a daughter of Pegasus Spur defeated all comers in the 4yo Ruby for the square gaiters. In a powerful display, she despatched her peers many of them male in 1.55.5! Wilma’s Mate now has $325,000 in career earnings.

Champion stallion Bettor’s Delight held court with four Group One winners on this day of speed.

Harness racing’s toughest mare Piccadilly Princess won the 4yo mares Diamond in 1.53.8 and now has banked over $660,000 in stakes.

Australasia’s best filly Spanish Armada was brutal in defeating her age group of 3yo fillies. The Woodlands bred star now has over $785,000 in the locker and she paced 1.52.1 in her Diamond victory.

In the 2yo Emerald for the boys Ashley Locaz became a NZ record holder with his 1.51.9 victory it was great win for a locally bred pacer!

Jack’s Legend became Bettor’s Delight’s fourth Group 1 winner for the day when he outsprinted his rivals to win the 3yo Emerald.

Woodlands Stud congratulates all the connections of these Group One winners!


American Ideal and Bettor’s Delight had a stellar weekend in Australia and New Zealand when their progeny secured three Group 1 winners in the key racing fixtures in both countries. American Ideal’s daughter The Orange Agent is currently the hottest female pacer ‘down under’ and she has completed the mares triple crown when she won the Benstud Queen of the Pacific at Melton. Scooting home in 55.5, she has now banked over $725,000 and recorded 23 career wins.

Champion stallion Bettor’s Delight had a night out at Addington. His son Spankem was a winner of the NZ  Group 1 2yo sires stake final. Spankem has never been out of the money in nine career starts and has now bankrolled over $170,000. This was a richly deserved victory. Star 3yo filly Spanish Armada, punished her rivals in NZ Oaks. In a brutal performance for the 2600 metre journey she was a 6 ¾ length winner. In the process, she obliterated the NZ fillies record. With over $712,000, the Woodlands Stud bred star is clearly the head of the class. Congratulations to everybody associated with these Group 1 winners.

A big shout out to all those who attended the Autumn sale at Karaka and supported Woodlands. We thank you and look forward to seeing your purchasers in the future. Also, a big thank you to stud master Tony Grayling and his support staff who seamlessly handled 60 weanlings with little fuss and the results spoke for themselves.