WOODLANDS STALLIONS LIGHT UP ALBION PARK ON GOLD NIGHT

The focus for juvenile racing turned to Albion Park, this week past and the $350,000 Australian Pacing Gold finals for the 2yo colts and geldings and the fillies also. It was a night out for our stallion roster with both American Ideal and Bettor’s Delight claiming both features.

American Ideal has a genuine star in daughter ‘Pelosi’. She emerged victorious after sitting in the chair to win the 2yo fillies final. ‘Pelosi’ now has over $166,000 in seasonal earnings and has won four of her five career starts!

Bettor’s Delight’s ace son Jilliby Nitro led all the way to claim the colts and gelding’s division. Punishing his rivals in 1.52.6, he is now a multiple Group 1 winning freshman as he also claimed the Bathurst Gold Crown. He now has $210,000 in the locker and now looks to other key features. Congratulations to all, involved in both these star juvenile pacers!

At Addington, Belle Of Montana backed up her up Victorian Oaks winning raid with a comprehensive victory in the $140,000 Nevele R Fillies final for the 3yo’s. Belle Of Montana returned a 1.54.2-mile rate for the 1980 metre feature which is now a New Zealand record!

Thanks to all Australian breeders who have booked early to Sweet Lou. His Australian book for the 2019/20 season is now full and closed. Please contact us, if you wish to wait list your mare for next season.

Did you know that American Ideal, Sweet Lou and Bettor’s Delight are the top three leading 2yo stallions in Australia on dollar average! Our stallion roster is certainly getting great results this season.

SWEET LOU’S DAUGHTER ANNEXES GROUP 1 FEATURE  

Sweet Lou’s ace New Zealand daughter Sweet On Me bounced back from her first defeat to win the Group 1 New Zealand Sires Stakes for 2yo fillies at Alexandra Park, Auckland. In the $138,000 feature, she used her speed to take over mid race and roared away in a closing quarter of 26.8 to secure victory. Sweet on Me is the standout filly of her peer group thus far and now heads to the Harness Jewels at Addington, she has bankrolled over $170,000 in stakes.

Bettor’s Delight’s millionaire son Spankem added to his outstanding 4yo season when he led all the way to win the Group 1 ‘Messenger Stakes’ at Auckland. Scooting home in 54.3, Spankem has been a revelation this season and will be nominal favourite for horse of the year in New Zealand.

Bettor’s Delight’s progeny filled the placings in the $160,000 PGG Wrightson 2yo Sale Series Final at Addington. One Change maintained his undefeated juvenile season when he won the feature ahead of Smooth Deal.

No shortage of winners for American Ideal, he sired a double at Invercargill when Firenze Amore and 2yo The Ideal Touch greeted the judge, American Zest was a Melton winner, Triple Eight sat in the chair to win at Auckland and Ideal Some Magic, continued on his winning way at Bendigo.

Woodlands Stud would like to thank all purchasers at Monday’s All Age Sale at Karaka. The sale continues to grow and a number of our progeny are headed to Australia. With a clearance rate of 96% buyers have realised it’s a great way to purchase a quality weanling.

BETTORS DELIGHT CONTINUES TO DELIVER ON THE BIG STAGE  

Legendary stallion Bettor’s Delight continued his domination on both sides of the Tasman this week past with three Group 1 winners added to his CV. At Auckland his juvenile daughter Amazing Dream was a winner of the Caduceus Club fillies classic. In the $100,000 feature, she prevailed in a tight finish. On the same card Spankem became harness racings latest millionaire when he led all the way in the ‘Downbytheseaside’ Taylor mile. The son of Bettor’s Delight looks ahead now to the Messenger Stakes.

At Melton, ace filly Belle Of Montana was an impressive winner of the $150,000 Victorian Oaks. In a strong staying test, in the Group 1 feature, Belle Of Montana roared away to defeat her rivals, she now has over $250,000 in career earnings. Congratulations to all these Group 1 winners!

American Ideal’s daughter Pelosi dismantled her opposition in her Australian Pacing Gold heat at Albion Park. She careered away to win by 23 metres in a staggering 1.53.3, this is now a record for 2yo fillies at Albion Park. Other good winners for American Ideal included Balcatherine who was an impressive WA Oaks prelude winner, The Ideal Dancer won at Bankstown, Ideal Charm at Narrogin, Southern Rain at Invercargill and Nearis Green at Timaru.

Sweet Lou’s son Virgil was rewarded for his consistent form when he won the Group 2 Diamond Creek classic at Invercargill. With seasonal earnings of over $60,000 the Woodlands bred and raised juvenile has plied his trade with little fuss in both the south and north islands of the ‘shaky isles’!

On Monday May 6th, Woodlands Stud has consigned over 55 lots at the All Age Sale at Karaka, to be conducted by New Zealand Bloodstock. Go to our www. Woodlandsstud.co.nz to view our draft. This is a pin hookers dream!

MIGHTY CONQUEROR GETS THE CHOCOLATES IN TH EASTER CUP

American Ideal’s ace 4yo son Mighty Conqueror added to his burgeoning reputation when he won the $50,000 Easter Cup at Gloucester Park. Overcoming a 20 metre handicap, he was to tough for his rivals in the staying feature over 2902 metres. Mighty Conqueror is now the winner of 12 of his 17 career starts, with prizemoney earnings of close to $156,000! There is little doubt he will be a key player in many WA race features going forward.

Other good winners for American Ideal this past week included Ideal Velocity at Echuca, Chief Joseph at Bunbury, Roman Reigns at Wagin and Ideal Tiger was a Cambridge winner.

The Sires Sire Bettor’s Delight was dominate on both sides of the ditch this week, with a plethora of winners. Bad To The Bone, won his 2yo sire’s stakes heat at Cambridge, Ashley Locaz raced passed $250,000 in career earnings with an impressive Addington victory, at Melton he sired a double when Belle Of Montana won her Victorian Oaks in barnstorming fashion and Lilac Flash showed great closing speed to secure victory on the same card.

Sweet Lou added another winner to his freshman crew when Meraviglia led all the way at Albion Park. Sweet Lou’s Australian book is now well on it’s way to being full ahead of next season! If you are keen to book to him, you must get in touch ASAP.

On Monday May 6th, Woodlands Stud has consigned over 55 lots at the annual All Age sale at Karaka, conducted by New Zealand Bloodstock. All our lots are available to view at www.woodlandsstud.co.nz This sale is a pin hookers dream, don’t forget millionaires bred by us have been bought at this sale!

SWEET LOU’S DOWN UNDER CREW ARE ROCKIN  

Sweet Lou’s impact in Australia and New Zealand has been immediate and he’s no one hit wonder. He clearly has the two best juvenile filly pacers on both sides of the ditch so far. In Western Australia, Double Expresso made it five wins on the bounce with an effortless win at Gloucester Park, she has a seriously big motor!

At Addington, Sweet On Me remains undefeated in four starts following her NZ Sires Stakes heat win. She is clearly the standout amongst her peers in the Shaky Isles. At Launceston, classy 2yo Kohanah was a winner of the Golden Slipper, a key feature for the juveniles in the ‘Apple Isle’. The son of Sweet Lou was bred by Barrie Rattray, who has supported Sweet Lou since he starting shuttling ‘down under’! Sweet Lou is currently the leading 2yo sire on dollar average in Australia and he is currently second on the NZ 2yo sires table behind Bettor’s Delight. What a start he has made!

American Ideal’s love affair with Gloucester Park continued this Friday past when he sired a double, with Mighty Flying Deal and Ideal One greeting the judge, at Launceston his son Illegal Immigrant was an impressive Easter Cup heat winner and at Melton Ideal Some Magic was a winner.

Great week in Australia for Pegasus Spur with Monty Python taking his career earnings past $250,000 with victory at Melton. On the same card, I Am Pegasus was a winner and this classy filly looks destine for better things and at Mildura Endsin A Party won the Mildura Trotters Cup for trainer Brad Stevens.

On Monday May 6th, Woodlands Stud has consigned over 55 lots at the New Zealand Bloodstock All Age Sale. Go to our website to view www.woodlandsstud.co.nz to view our high quality draft. We have successfully sold a number of winners via this sale. You can pin hook your next star!

THE KINGS KIDS LIGHT UP BATHURST ON CROWN NIGHT

Bettor’s Delight’s 2yo’s had a night out on Bathurst Gold Crown with both divisions of the time-honoured features won in style by his progeny. Boom colt Jilliby Nitro was a dominate winner of the colts and gelding’s division. He led from the outside of the arm, copped mid race pressure but was still dominant in his Group 1 victory. Now undefeated in three starts, Jilliby Nitro is a clear standout amongst his peers this season.

Michelle Lee Mac was all class in her Group 1 Gold Tiara final win. She held on in a tight finish, to claim her third juvenile victory this season and the lion’s share of the $100,000 in stakes! Congratulations to both these winners and those associated with them!

Henry Hubert looks like he will a key player in NZ features going forward, following a stunning victory in the Group 2 Superstars at Addington. Bred and raised on the farm at Woodlands, the son of Bettor’s Delight has been a revelation during his 4yo season.

Pegasus Spur still churns out the winners. His son Monty Python was a winner of the Group 3 Horsham trotters cup, Scorched was an Albion Park winner and Mr Fahrenheit scored at Forbury Park.

Highview Tommy added another winner to his book, when Glen Elgin Tomson sprouted wings to win at Methven on the grass!

On Monday May 6th, Woodlands Stud has consigned over 55 weanlings at the All Age Sale to be held at Karaka. This sale has been a rich source of winners for pin hookers! Go to our website at www.woodlandsstud.co.nz to view our draft.

DUKE OF WELLINGTON CRUSHES RIVALS IN METON PLATE  

Duke Of Wellington is a pacer with an exciting future. The son of American Ideal displayed speed and toughness to win the Group 2 Melton Plate this Saturday past. Duke of Wellington sat in the chair to win the feature race and paced 1.54.6 and now has over $100,000 in stake earnings. The Melton Plate saw the Woodlands stallion’s son’s fill the placing’s in the Group 2 feature.

American Ideal sired other good winners, among them were Dazzle Me who made it three on the bounce with victory at Bathurst, Ideal Bliss won at Devonport, Our Front Page scored on Port Pirie Cup night and Patanjali won at Cambridge.

Bettor’s Delight’s juvenile’s in New Zealand, won both sires stakes heats with One Change taking the colts and geldings heat at Addington and Little Miss Perfect won the fillies heat at Auckland. Jesse Duke proved manners are everything when he won the Group 2 Flying Stakes at Addington. The top flight 3yo has now close to $350,000 in earnings and was bred and raised at Woodlands Stud. At Bathurst, Jilliby Nitro was an impressive winner of his Gold Crown heat, recording a 1.54.5-mile rate and looks a key player ahead of this week final.

Out west Sweet Lou’s daughter Double Expresso remains undefeated following an effortless victory at Gloucester Park, that was her fourth victory in her debut season. At Bunbury, Sweet Lou debutante My Sweet Deal, carried her great trial form to race day when she was an easy debut winner. My Sweet Deal gave Sweet Lou his fifth ‘down under’ winner in his first crop.

BETTOR’S BIG NIGHT OUT IN THE APPLE ISLE

Bettor’s Delight dominated the key features on Tasmanian Pacing Cup night in Hobart this Saturday past. His daughter Enchanted Stride started the night with a victory in the Tasmania Oaks for trainer David Miles and owner Emilio Rosati. Ex kiwi import, Shelby Bromac proved too strong in the $75,000 Tasmanian Pacing Cup. Bettor’s Delight provided the quinella on the race feature.

Max Delight added another Derby to his CV when he effortlessly won the Tasmanian Derby. Max Delight provided David Aiken with a feature double as he also trained Shelby Bromac. Congratulations to all those involved in these winners.

Elsewhere Bettor’s Delight’s son Flyin Even Bettor won the time-honoured Sapling Stakes at Ashburton for the juveniles and at Melton, Can’t Refuse took his career earnings to $215,000 with victory in the Charlton Cup.

American Ideal looks to have unearthed another top flight 2yo with Soho Hamilton an impressive winner on debut at Terang. He looks to have serious bottom after he paced 1.56 and change on debut. Other good winners for American Ideal included Double Rocket at Auckland, Mighty Monica at Banks Peninsula, Rosie’s Ideal at Gloucester Park and The Deal won the Broken Hill Cup.

Resident trotting stallion Pegasus Spur had good winners in I’m Just Awesome at Menangle and Quietly Spoken made it back to back victories at Albion Park.

SWEET LOU’S BABY GIRL’S GETTING IT DONE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE DITCH

Sweet Lou’s impact ‘down under’ has been very swift. He currently is the sire of the two best fillies on both sides of the Tasman. At Auckland, his daughter Sweet On Me underlined her currency as New Zealand’s best juvenile filly when she sat in the chair to win the $75,000 Delightful Lady Classic. Returning a mile rate of 1.56.4, she was simply to classy for her rivals, she remains undefeated and the world is her oyster!

At Gloucester Park, stunning filly Double Expresso remains unbeaten also following victory in the $100,000 WA Sales Classic final. The daughter of Sweet Lou returned a mile rate of 1.55.7 in the feature, a second quicker than her male counterparts! Congratulations to those involved with both fillies.

Bettor’s Delight continued his great run of success this week past. At Auckland, top flight 3yo Ultimate Sniper won the Group 1  Great Northern Derby, when he led from start to finish, on the same card the Woodlands bred and raised Smooth Deal won the Cardigan Bay Young Guns for the 2yo colts and geldings, the second place getter Virgil by Sweet Lou, gave owner Jean Feiss a quinella on the race, both 2yo’s where selected by Jean from our Woodlands 2018 yearling draft!

At Melton, on Need For Speed night, square gaiter Emerald Stride, gave David Miles a Group 1 victory. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight now has over $100,000 in the locker!

Pegasus Spur’s progeny had a good week with Quietly Spoken claiming a new track record at Albion Park, she trotted 1.55.7 for the 1660 metre journey, she now has over $100,000 in the locker and Celtic Thunder was a winner at Auckland.

BETTORS DELIGHT’S BIG MIRACLE MILE NIGHT

Champion stallion Bettor’s Delight once again cast a big shadow over Menangle where his progeny dominated key feature races on New South Wales night of nights in harness racing! Spankem showed scintillating speed to win the Miracle Mile in 1.47.7, he rushed home in 25.4 to defeat stable mate Thefixer, which saw Bettor’s Delight quinella Australasia’s fastest speed test. Spankem now has over $900,000 in earnings in the locker!

Star mare Dream About Me, leaves the race track on the best note, following a dominant display in the Ladyship Mile. Pacing a mile in 1.50 and change, she led her rivals a merry dance. Dream About Me leaves racing a 11-time group one winner and retires with $1.4 million in the locker, she has been a star.

Max Delight completed a Group 1 treble for Bettor’s Delight when he won the NSW Derby. Driven a treat by Todd McCarthy, Max Delight stalked the leaders off a hot speed to win the feature in 1.51.5 for the 2400 metre feature.

Bettor’s Delight completed a big weekend when he sired the Great Northern Oaks winner in Best Western at Auckland. Taking all the short cuts, she saluted in a great drive by Sailesh Abernethy. Congratulations to trainer Jeremy Young and Woodlands Stud principal Andrew Grierson who bred Best Western.

Big day out for our stallions at the Australian Pacing Gold sale in Sydney. Progeny by our stallions American Ideal, Bettor’s Delight and Sweet Lou led the way during the sale, which was a great result for those who are breeding to our stallion roster!

DEMON DELIGHT SMASHES WORLD RECORD

Classy Bettor’s Delight 3yo Demon Delight can now add a World Record to his CV. Ahead of the NSW Derby final, Demon Delight paced a staggering 1.52.6 for the 2400 metre journey at Menangle in his Derby heat. Winning by eight metres, Demon Delight eclipsed the record held by great pacer Smolda.

Bettor’s Delight also sired both Group 1 winners on the card at Menangle. Both Thefixer and Spankem, won the lead in races to this week’s Miracle Mile. Thefixer paced 1.50.7 to defeat Tiger Tara and Spankem led all the way in his group victory. Spankem paced a 1.51.5-mile rate, he dashed home in 25.6! At Ashburton, Bettor’s Delight sired the trifecta in the Sapling Stakes for juveniles. The winner Smooth Deal, was bred and raised on the farm at Woodlands Stud.

American Ideal’s son Centenario was very impressive in his NSW Derby heat win, he strolled to an effortless victory, pacing home in 25 and change! He looks the nominal favourite ahead of this week’s final. Other good winners for American Ideal included Ideal Bliss at Devonport, Cee Cee In America at Gawler, Eagle Falls at Newcastle and Yankee Lincoln got the chocolates at Ararat.

Highview Tommy is on the board as a sire in Australia. His consistent 2yo son Kuzma got a well deserved victory at Devonport. He hasn’t been out of the money in four career starts!

GREAT DAY OUT FOR WOODLANDS AT AUCKLAND YEARLING SALES

Woodlands Stud continued its great tradition of selling top quality yearlings at this year’s New Zealand bloodstock standardbred sale held at Karaka. The ‘vibe’ regarding the sale was great and new auction house New Zealand bloodstock delivered.

Woodlands Stud consignment reached well past a seven-figure gross! Our sale highlights included two lots by Sweet Lou bringing over $100,000, Bettor’s Delight’s as always were well sought, with a son generating a $140,000 result and we consigned a stunning Muscle Hill filly who made $90,000.

A big shout out to stud master Tony Grayling and yearling manager Kelly Blakemore who raise the bar each breeding season, also to our staff who worked tirelessly from the time the yearlings arrived to the time they found a new destination!

A big thank you also to all purchasers of our draft, we will follow their careers with great interest.

Sweet Lou is well and truly underway ‘down under’! He sired a treble this Friday past. At Auckland he landed a double when Virgil and Sweet On Me both scored impressive victories. Virgil raced and defeated the older horses in fine fashion and Sweet On Me was a comfortable debut winner against the fillies. A daughter of the great Adore Me, she has the world at her feet. Long time Woodlands supporter Barrie Rattray bred and raced debut Hobart winner Kohanah. The son of Sweet Lou became his fourth winner in a week!

YEARLING SALES ONE WEEK AWAY

The 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred yearling sales are one week away and Woodlands Stud has consigned 33 yearlings for genuine sale on Monday 18th February at Karaka.

Woodlands Stud’s draft of 2019 is stepped in class, with our progeny by the world’s leading sire’s out of some of the best Australasian families. All our yearlings are prepared meticulously by stud master Tony Grayling and the Woodlands staff. From the day are foals are born to the day they enter the sale ring, you know you can buy a Woodlands bred yearling with confidence!

We have consigned 19 yearlings by Bettor’s Delight the most influential stallion in harness history. With progeny earnings of over $315,000,000, Bettors Delight is the worlds greatest sire.

American Ideal, the gun, dual hemisphere stallion is represented by five outstanding lots including a full brother to millionaire My Hard Copy and we sell an exquisite Muscle Hill filly from the family of Rowe Cup winner Merinai.

The sensational race horse and now stunning juvenile sire Sweet Lou is represented by eight lots and they are all X factor types! Do you know he already has 12 qualifiers in New Zealand and a number of trial winners in Australia.

The Woodlands Stud draft can be viewed at our website. Go to www.woodlandsstud.co.nz. If you have any queries regards our yearlings you can contact our stud master Tony Grayling on 00116421 618830 or in Australia contact Mark Hughes on 0451 650707.

Woodlands Studs have bred and sold raised a number of significant winners in the last 25 years and we look to continue this fine tradition with this outstanding draft of yearlings in 2019.

TIGER TARA SHOW ROARS INTO MELBOURNE ON HUNTER CUP NIGHT    

Australasia’s best pacer Tiger Tara took no prisoners in the iconic AG Hunter Cup held at Melton this Saturday past. In the $500,000 feature the son of Bettor’s Delight broke his own track record for the 2760 metre trip. Tiger Tara posted a 1.53.2-mile rate and now has over $2,000,000 million in career earnings! His feature race wins this season also include the Victoria Cup and The Interdominion, he has dominated the Grand Circuit this season! Congratulations to all involved.

Bettor’s Delight sired doubles at Albion were Aqua Miss and Lilac Flash greeted the judge, at Addington, Doctor Tim and Copperfield got the chocolates and at Maryborough, Bettor Be Sorry was an impressive winner.

Plenty of winners for American Ideal, Ideal Bliss won at Hobart, Sweet As was an Albion Park winner, Mighty Flying Deal won at Pinjarra, Wandary Muscat at Canberra and J B Mauney scooted home in 27.3 to score at Addington.

Pegasus Spur was represented in the winner’s circle by Pegasus Elegance who scored at Menangle and Spur To Action was a winner at Wyndham.

Woodlands Stud has consigned 33 yearlings at the New Zealand Bloodstock sale at Karaka on Monday 18th of February. Go to www.woodlandsstud.co.nz for pedigrees and photos of this year’s draft. American Ideal, Bettor’s Delight, Muscle Hill and Sweet Lou are all represented in our class of 2019!

HIGHVIEW TOMMY KICKS HIS FIRST GOAL

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Woodlands Stud resident stallion, Highview Tommy registered his first win as a sire when his daughter Tombelina recorded victory at Banks Peninsula. In a text book drive from John Dunne, the filly powered along the sprint lane to record a classy victory. Bred by Highview Tommy’s part owner Hazel van Opeezland, the victory will certainly be the first of many for Highview Tommy as a sire. Congratulations to all involved with this memorable victory!

Bettor’s Delight’s progeny found the winners circle this week past. Among his siring credits were Jack’s Legend who won the Group 2, 4&5yo Futurity at Cambridge, he now has over $400,000 in earnings, Ashley Locaz and The Black Prince were impressive winners at Menangle and Manifestly Excesiv scored on debut as a 2yo at Pinjarra.

American Ideal’s son Isaac won the Devonport Cup over the staying trip of 3000 metres, on the same card Striet Kid was a winner, at Goulburn he sired a treble when Miss Halfpenny, The Ideal Dancer and Aztec Bromac all greeted the judge and top 3yo Franco Edward was a winner at Pinjarra.

Woodlands Stud has consigned 33 yearlings to sell at the New Zealand National Yearling Sale at Karaka on Monday 18th February. To view our quality draft, go to our website to view pedigrees and photos- www.woodlandsstud.co.nz

BETTOR’S BIG BALLARAT CUP NIGHT

Champion stallion Bettor’s Delight continues to ply his trade like no other stallion in harness history. At Bray race way, on Ballarat Cup night he sired half the race card on this feature night. His New Zealand Cup winning son, The Fixer, came out of the trail late to win the Group 1 Ballarat Cup. With earnings now of over $600,000 the Hunter Cup is now in The Fixer’s sights.

Three heats of the Downbytheseaside Victorian Derby were held and Bettor’s Delight’s son’s Hurricane Harley, I’m Another Masterpiece and Max’s Delight were all victors on the way to the $200,000 final at Melton this week. Class act Spankem, rounded out proceedings with an effortless victory on a big night for Bettor’s Delight.

American Ideal continues to be a great foil for his mate Bettor’s Delight, he sired a treble at Albion Park this Saturday past with Cold Ideal, Shard’s Halo and Lisa Lincoln all greeting the judge, at Newcastle The Ideal Dancer was an effortless winner and Pay Me Overs greeted the judge at Penrith.

Sweet Lou progeny are starting to show up at the trials on both sides of the ditch, with a number of recent impressive trial winners!

Woodlands Stud has consigned 33 yearlings to sell at National Standardbred Sale to be held at Karaka on Monday 18th February, 2019. To view our draft, go to www.woodlandsstud.co.nz Photo’s and pedigrees are available to view.

CLASSY KIWI TOO GOOD IN SHEPPARTON CUP

Top flight kiwi 4yo Pat’s Delight proved to classy for his rivals in the Group 2, $75,000 Shepparton Pacing Cup this Saturday past. The son of Bettors Delight, trained by Cran Dalgety and driven a perfect race by Gavin Lang recorded career win number twelve and now has over $286,000 in stake earnings.

On the same card Max’s Delight warmed up for the ’Downbytheseaside’, Victorian Derby heats with an easy victory. Elsewhere, Bettor’s Delight sired a treble at Gloucester Park, among the winner’s  where Bettor Vision and Dracharys, Tiger Tara was a Menangle winner and at Nelson, Tuapeka Trick and Dadndave greeted the judge.

American Ideal’s 2yo’s are off and running in Australia, with Intheskyrocket and impressive debut winner at Pinjarra in 1.56.7, at Hamilton on Cup day, he sired a double when Vic Derby bound Nostra Ideal and Idealsomemagic, where impressive winners. American Zest, has a picket fence beside his name following another victory at Maryborough and Double Rocket was a Cambridge winner.

Great to see Pegasus Spur’s son Alderbeck secure victory in the Hamilton trotters cup this week also!

Woodlands Stud has consigned 33 yearlings at the New Zealand National Sale at Karaka on February 18th. Our yearling’s photos and pedigrees can be viewed at our website. Go to www.woodlandsstud,co,nz for all the latest.

BETTORS DELIGHT 3YO’S SEE OUT 2018 IN STYLE

Champion stallion Bettor’s Delight enjoyed a big day out on Auckland Cup Day, when his 3yo progeny dominated key features for both sexes. Classy filly Belle Of Montana captured the New Zealand 3yo Sires Stakes final for fillies with a barnstorming finish. Scorching home in 27.3, she led in a Bettor’s Delight trifecta on the feature. Ultimate Sniper proved unstoppable in his age group when he won the $200,000 PGG Wrightson Classic. Cruising home in 54.5, the star 3yo now has close to $250,000 in the locker, he is easily the best 3yo ‘Down Under’! On the same card top flight race mare Elle Mac, added the New Zealand record for 1700 metres to her CV, when she recorded a 1.51.6-mile rate for the journey. A winner of over $500,000, the daughter of Bettor’s Delight has plied her trade with class since her juvenile days!

American Ideal finished 2018, with a flurry of winners. American Empress, dealt to her rivals on Auckland Cup Day, winning by over four lengths in 1.55.4, at Gore he sired a double when Balcatherine and Ivana Legacy greeted the judge, Alpha Charlie, continued on his winning ways with victory at Melton, Double Rocket won at Cambridge and The Ideal Dancer scored at Goulburn.

Woodlands Stud has consigned over 30 yearlings for sale at Karaka on Monday 18th February at the New Zealand National Standardbred Sale. For further details go to our website at Woodlands Stud.co.nz.

We wish all industry participants a great 2019!

TIGER TARA BURNS BRIGHT IN 2018 INTER DOMINION FINAL

Star pacer Tiger Tara added to his great record when he was an all the way winner in the 2018 Inter Dominion final at Melton. Taking no prisoners from the start, he pounced on the lead and then controlled the race, to smash the track record once held by many top-flight pacers nemesis Lazarus. Tiger Tara paced the 2670 metre journey in a mile rate of 1.53.9! The son of Bettors Delight scooted away to win by 14 metres. With the lions share of the $500,000 feature stake monies, Tiger Tara is now closing in on $2,000,000 in career earnings. Congratulations to all those associated with this great horse!

Out west, the $200,000 Group 1 Gold Nugget was taken out by Bettor’s Delight’s son Ana Malik. The 4yo classic held at Gloucester Park, saw Ana Malik record career win number seven from only nine career starts, he now has career earnings of over $237,000. The Woodlands stallions quinelled the race with American Ideal’s son Mighty Conqueror a massive run after sitting in the chair.

At Auckland, ‘down under’s’ best mare Dream About Me was an impressive winner of the Group 1 ‘Queen Of Hearts’. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight now has career earnings of $1.2 million.

Woodlands Stud would like to wish all harness racing participants a great Christmas and lots of winners in 2019.

WOODLANDS STALLIONS CAST BIG SHADOW OVER INTER DOMINION FINALS

Bettors Delight and Pegasus Spur’s progeny have certainly stamped themselves during the Inter Dominion being held in Victoria. With the final on the horizon at Melton, both sires will be represented by a number of starters in both finals for pacers and the trotters. Champion sire Bettor’s Delight is represented by six of his sons, who won a total of six of the nine heats contested. Spankem was a dual heat winner along with Pat’s Delight, Galactic Star, Tiger Tara and Wrappers Delight, the other starter in the final is the Woodlands bred and raised Can’t Refuse.

Pegasus Spur has three of his progenies in the final for trotters. Top flight trotter Speeding Spur, a multiple heat winner leads the charge with tough stayer Monty Python joining him, along with $300,000 earner Wilma’s Mate. Good luck to all in these showcase events.

American Ideal was a rich source of winners this past week in Australia. Out west, he continues to shine, with Saying Grace and Runrunjimmydunn both winning at Gloucester Park, at Bunbury he sired a treble when Muffins, Sammy’s Ideal and Prada’s Ideal Dharling got the chocolates and top-flight juveniles Franco Edward and Bletchley Park returned as three-year old’s with victory.