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.



Diminutive 3yo filly Spanish Armada added her fourth Group 1 win victory to her stellar career when she won the $140,000 Nevele R fillies final at Addington. Pacing 1.54.2 for the 1950 metre journey, Spanish Armada scooted home in 54.5seconds. In seventeen career starts the daughter of Bettor’s Delight has won 12 of those and has bankrolled over $630,000 in stakes for owner Jean Feiss. Woodlands Stud are the very proud breeders of this star filly.

Other good winners for Bettor’s Delight included None Bettor at Albion Park, Maxim at Auckland, and Motu Premier was an impressive winner at Menangle.

American Ideal’s star daughter The Orange Agent was a very impressive winner at Melton in the Group 3 Angelique Club Cup. She easily accounted for her opposition and remains on course for The Queen of Pacific to held this week.

American Ideal’s daughter Patanjali made it back to back wins with victory at Addington, Ideal Bliss was an easy winner of the 2yo fillies sweepstakes prelude at Hobart and That’s Ideal was too classy at Wagga.

Woodlands Stud has consigned 60 weanlings this coming Sunday May 21st at Karaka. Part of the draft is the first ‘down under’ crop of super star pacer Sweet Lou. All details regarding the sale are available by going to



Star New Zealand mare The Orange Agent bought her ‘A game’ to Melton on Saturday night and despatched the best Victorian mares on offer in the Group 3 Make Mine Cullen. The daughter of American Ideal was untouched to win in 1.53.9 for the 1720 metre journey. She now has over $650,000 in stake earnings and is clearly the best mare racing ‘down under’ at the moment. American Ideal’s 2yo’s are certainly up and about in Australia, Run Wick provided him with his 7th individual winner from only 14 starters when he won on debut at Devonport.

Other good winners included Ideal Scott who recorded career win number 20 at Albion Park and American Ideal top and tailed the meeting at Rangiora with Sweet As and Bontz greeting the judge. Bettor’s Delight’s 2yo daughter War Dan Bad Girl was a winner of the Group 2 Australian Pacing Gold consolation at Melton, in the $50,000 race she showed a good turn of foot.

Bettor Bet Black was a winner of the Group 3 Newcastle Mile. The 9yo warrior now has $420,000 in the locker, it was his 28th career win. Trotting stallion Pegasus Spur sired a double at Auckland when I’m Just Awesome and Amanda’s Spur where good winners, Celtic Thunder cleared maiden ranks with victory at Addington and Brynmor made it back to back wins at Maryborough.

Woodlands Stud has consigned over 60 weanlings at the Autumn sale to be held at Karaka on May 21st. Go to for all the latest information.



Bettor’s Delights champion son Lazarus has had a 2016/17 season that clearly sees him as one of the very best. As a 4yo he has raised the bar very high. Transitioning as a 3yo to open class is harness racing’s biggest career changer and unlike many others he stamped himself as a 4yo in devastating fashion in the best company.

At Auckland last Friday, his stunning season finished when he was a winner of the Group 1 Messenger stakes. Among his victories this season where a New Zealand Cup, Victoria Cup, Chariots of Fire and Taylor Mile. He remains the fastest pacer ‘down under’ this season so far and has over $2.1 million in the bank. Congratulations to all involved with Lazarus.

Bettor’s Delight’s daughter Elle Mac was a winner of the NZ 2yo fillies’ sire’s stakes at Auckland. In the $150,000 feature, she paced a national record of 1.54.8 for the 1700 metre journey.

American Ideal’s quality 2yo son Maximus Red was a winner of the APG consolation at Menangle. In the Group 2 $50,000 race he showed a clean pair of heels.

Other winners for American Ideal included the undefeated Jamieson Shard at Cambridge and Moon Over Manhattan at Bathurst. Pegasus Spur’s had good winners in Scorched at Albion Park, who made it five wins on the bounce, Brynmor was a Maryborough winner and Our Dainty Lady made it another victory in Queensland, following her arrival from NSW.

On May 21st, Woodlands Stud has consigned over 60 weanlings at Autumn sale at Karaka .Head to our website, for the latest information.  





There is no hotter standardbred in Australia at the moment than Bettor’s Delight’s son Tiger Tara. His win in the Group 2 Renshaw Cup at Penrith was breath taking. Tiger Tara obliterated Smolda’s 2525 metre track record by 1.5 seconds. The mile rate was 1.55.2 for the journey. This took his earnings to nearly $850,000!

At Melton, Bettor’s Delight 2yo freshman daughters Saphirque and Passion’s Delight where classy winners of their respective Australian Pacing Gold heats giving trainer Nicole Molander and US based owners Marc Hanover and Gordon Banks a winning double.

At Launceston, ace pacer Pachacuti was a tough winner of the Easter Cup at Launceston, coming off a 40-metre handicap he simply outstayed his rivals. The victory saw his earnings go past $300,000. At Ararat, Bettor Downunder sat parked to win the Ararat Cup, she now has over $100,000 in the locker. American Ideal’s 2yo’s keep winning and at Menangle, Maximus Red showed a clean pair of heels to win his Australian Pacing Gold heat in 1.57.1.

Other good winners for American Ideal included Sands of Time at Kilmore, at Forbury Park he sired a double when Sweet As and Idealistic Lass saluted the judge and Jamieson Shard was a winner at Hawera.

Top trotting sire Pegasus Spur’s daughter Arannalea was an impressive debut winner at Cranbourne, she gapped her rivals by eighteen metres, at Redcliffe Scorched was an easy winner and Aunty Jan got the Easter chocolates at Hawera.


Top class mare The Orange Agent is certainly one of the benchmark mares in Australasia. The daughter of sire American Ideal added to her stellar career with a dominant performance in the New Zealand Breeders Stakes at Addington. This was career win number 20 from only 29 race starts. It was her fourth Group 1 success and she now has banked over $640,000 in stakes. The Group 1 feature saw the Woodlands Stud stallions sire the first three past the post.

Out west, American Ideal’s son Runrunjimmydunn made a stunning debut at Gloucester Park. His 22 metre Australian debut win sent an ominous warning to his rivals ahead of the WA Derby.

On the same card, American Boy secured career win number 19 and provided the Hall barn with an American Ideal double. Star pacer Lazarus was back in action at Addington. The son of Bettor’s Delight paced 1.52.8 to win the 4&5yo Group 2 championships at Addington, his prizemoney is now in excess of $2,000,000! On the same card, Ultimate Machete was a winner of the Group 2 Vero Flying stakes, Bettor’s Delight provided the quinella on the race feature.

Don’t forget to check out the Woodlands Stud weanling draft at – they’ll go through the sale ring on Sunday May 21st at Karaka.


Records Fall for Classy Daughter of Bettor’s Delight!

The Mark Jones trained Delightful Memphis showed she’s not to be forgotten in the upcoming 3YO fillies clashes when she won in a sizzling 1.51.9 at Winton on Sunday.  Win number five not only took her earnings to over $200,000 it also saw her smash the Winton All-Comers and the 3YO Fillies Mile Track Records.

Sizzling times for 3YO fillies seemed to be the order of the past week with daughter of American Ideal Youshallnotpass also winning with a slick mile rate of 1.55.5 at Cambridge on Thursday Night.

And the winners kept on coming for American Ideal, with 2YO Our Ideal Lady winning at Bathurst, Idealistic Lass at Forbury Park, Smashing American at Pinjarra, Jilliby Nippa at Terang, Glentoro at Addington and The American Dream at Penrith.

Not to be out shone by his stud mate, Bettor’s Delight scored three wins at Cambridge with Stars Tonight, On the Razzle and Bet Out Of Ell who won in a slick time of 2.40 for the 2200m trip.

Other winners included Form Analyst (win 4 in a row), Bettor Be Lively in the WA Country Derby at Pinjarra, Subtle Delight at Albion Park in 1.56.6, Maverick at Addington and the 9YO Compton Street at Menangle.

Fellow 9YO Dauntless bought up the first of two wins for Pegasus Spur at Cambridge. With War Machine taking out feature trot with great class with an emphatic three length win, making it career win number four.

Woodlands “Bred by us – Sold by Us”  horses also put on some displays this weekend none more so that All You Need is Faith at Winton and Forgotten Highway at Addington. Be sure to check out the Woodlands Weanling Draft at to find your next star!

They’ll go through the ring on Sunday 21 May at Karaka



Top flight stallion American Ideal’s sons and daughters are certainly up and about in Australia this week past. He sired no fewer than four winners, among them two winning debutantes. His son American Mac was an easy debut winner at Launceston in 1.57.7 and he looks a more than likely type. At Maryborough, his daughter Typhoon Tilly sat in the chair to win on debut and impressed on lookers.

At the Bathurst Gold Crown carnival, his NZ bred daughter Lady Chatto led from start to finish to win her crown heat by 22 metres and will be a key player in the final. In the colts and gelding’s division the Steve Turnbull trained Maximus Red outsprinted his rivals to make his way to the final.

Big week for Bettors Delight with classy winners in Pachacuti who was a winner of the Governor’s Cup in Hobart, he now has close to $300,000 in the locker, I’m Master Charlie was a winner of the Bridgetown Cup out west, Burnaholeinmypocket returned to winning ways at Melton and he sired a double at Invercargill when Bettor B Chevron and Melina Lowe greeted the judge.

Pegasus Spur’s daughter Pegasus Elegance was a winner of the Bathurst Gold Crown Coronet final for the 3yo trotters, once in front she never put a foot wrong and at Waimate Sarah Palin trotted to victory on the grass.



With a bounty of key races across Australia and New Zealand, the Woodlands stallion roster enjoyed the lion’s share of group winners. Champion stallion Bettor’s Delight achieved Group 1 success in New Zealand with Raukapuka Ruler winning the Woodlands Stud sponsored $250,000 Northern Derby. In a superb front running drive by Dexter Dunn he defeated New Zealand’s best 3YO pacers.

On the same card, Bettor’s Delights Daughter Bettor’s Joy was a winner of the Group 2 Delightful Lady for the 2YO fillies. The win gave Dexter Dunn and trainer Cran Dalgety a feature race double. At Melton, square gaiter On Thunder Road, was victorious in Group 1 Grand Prix. Putting on a powerful trotting display, the son of Bettor’s Delight clinically despatched his rivals in the $100,000 feature.

American Ideal’s outstanding daughter The Orange Agent defeated all comers in $70,000 Group 2 Free for all at Auckland. She recorded career win number 19 from 28 starts. She scooted home in 55 seconds flat.

Pegasus Spur’s son Monty Python was rewarded for his consistent form with victory in Northern Southland Group 3 trot at Ascot Park. He trotted the 3200-metre journey in 4.06.6, which was a record for entire’s and geldings in the race. The win takes his earnings to over $107,000.


Bettor’s Delight continues to set the bar high and he added to CV when an Australian record was set for a yearling purchased at the Australian Pacing Gold sale in Sydney. The colt was sold for a staggering $245,000!

The dam Lady Euthenia was a five time group one winner during her career. Congratulations to purchaser Mick Maxfield and to Brooklyn Lodge who presented the outstanding colt at the sale. For Bettor’s Delight, his sale average was $82,000.

Away from the sale ring his daughters generated Group 1 victories on Miracle Mile night. Party On was a winner of the NSW Oaks and A Piccadilly Princess saluted in the Ladyship Mile.

No shortage of winners for top sire American Ideal. Out west he sired a double at Gloucester Park when American Boy and Ideal Tyson saluted the judge. At Auckland, his daughter American Princess was a winner of the $30,000 3yo fillies Graduette, she posted a 1.57.8 mile rate for the 2200 metre journey.

On the same card, top trotting sire Pegasus Spur was seen to advantage with his classy son C K Spur getting the chocolates in the trot.