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.



Champion 4yo pacer Lazarus added to his burgeoning reputation by claiming the $200,000 Chariots of Fire at Menangle. Pacing a mile in 1.49.0 flat, he defeated a high-quality field of his own peers, blasting home in 53.8.

For the 2016/17 season, thus far, Lazarus a son of champion stallion Bettor’s Delight has won over a $1,000,000 in stakes on both sides of the ditch. Next stop is the Miracle Mile.

At Terang, Grand Circuit performer Flaming Flutter was a winner of the Group 3 Terang pacing cup. He now has $685,000 in the bank and he equalled the track record for the 2680 metre journey, posting a 1.56.6-mile rate.

American Ideal’s 2yo daughter New York Rain was an impressive winner on debut at Auckland. The filly showed outstanding high speed at the business end of the 2yo Young Guns heat, racing wide, she ran pasted her rivals in 27.4. On the same card Runrunjimmydunn was a classy winner giving American Ideal a siring double. Pegasus Spur continues to be a rich source of winners with Forfeathers and Grenado providing the progenitor with a double at Auckland, Scorched won at Redcliffe and Sarah Palin won at Waikouaiti.

Woodlands Stud was the 2015/16 New Zealand breeder of the year and will present 35 yearlings at the PGG Wrightson yearling sale on February 20 at Karaka, New Zealand. The consignment includes a number of New Zealand’s best families, please contact us if you require more information.



American Ideal’s son Bling It On’s open class career was rewarded with a decisive victory in the $500,000 Hunter Cup at Melton. Driven superbly by Luke McCarthy, Bling It On, the best juvenile of his generation has graduated to being a serious open class pacer. With over $1.5 million on his card, he also took the Melton track record for the feature posting a 1.55.1-mile rate for the 2760 metre journey. Congratulations to all concerned with Bling It On. Other good winners for American Ideal included Luisanabelle Midfrew at Menangle in 1.52.2 and American Boy was a winner at Gloucester Park.

Leviathan stallion Bettors Delight’s son Lazarus was a winner of the Group 1 Bonanza at Melton, posting a 54.6 last half he had a class edge on his rivals. He now has $1.8 million in stakes. Pegasus Spur was seen to advantage with winners in Motu Great Sensation at Forbury Park and Sexy Rexy at Cambridge.

Woodlands Stud was the 2015/16 New Zealand Breeder of the Year will present 35 yearlings at the PGG Wrightson yearling sale on February 20th at Karaka. The consignment includes a number of New Zealand’s best families. Please contact us if you require any more information or click here to view the draft



Boom 4yo pacer Lazarus joined elite company when he secured victory in the $400,000 Victoria Cup on Saturday night at Melton. Pacing a track record time for the 2240 metre Grand Circuit feature, the son of Bettor’s Delight left his opposition seeing his dust! The time of 1.52.5 took Lazarus into rarefied air. He has now made more than $1.75 million in stakes and recorded 22 career wins.

On the same card, Bettor’s Delight sired two Victorian Derby heat winners in Jack’s Legend and Motu Meteor and Miracle Mile winner Have Faith In Me was a winner of the Pure Steel. Let’s Chase The Dream paced 1.49.9 to win at Menangle giving the ‘All Stars’ stable a big night, he now heads to the Chariots Of Fire.

American Ideal’s son Mister Daytona has a been revelation out west, he recorded another win for Greg and Skye Bond at Gloucester Park, Turbulent Flow was a winner at Auckland, Foo Fighter scored at Invercargill pacing home in 57.3 and Alta Teresa was a 1.53.8 winner at Menangle capping a good week for American Ideal.

With the annual round of yearling sales commencing in Melbourne this weekend, we wish all vendors and buyers the best of luck.



Diminutive pacer Chicago Bull is the new king out west following an outstanding victory in the 2017. Fremantle pacing cup at Gloucester Park. A son of leviathan stallion Bettor’s Delight, Chicago Bull  was simply too tough for his rivals. The win in the Group 1 feature took his earnings past $500,000 and he will be a key player in this week’s WA pacing cup.

The Fremantle cup saw American Ideal’s son Soho Tribeca run second, giving the Woodlands Stallions the quinella on the race.

Bettor’s Delights winners continued unabated with star pacer Lazarus winning the $60,000 Cambridge Flying Mile, Mossdale Conner was the winner of the Roxburgh cup and A Piccadilly Princess sat in the chair to win the Graham Goffin Memorial at Melton in 1.51.4. Classy filly Takara Truffle has been a revelation since arriving in Australia, the daughter of American Ideal was a sensational 32 metre winner for trainer Aaron Goadsby at Maitland.

At Cambridge, he sired a double when Ideal Roman and Idealistic greeted the judge and American Boy resumed at Gloucester Park with a very impressive victory.

Great to see Pegasus Spur’s son Monty Python defeat all comers in the trotters FFA at Otago and Arannalea was a winner at Timaru.


Australasia’s best race mare Dream About Me continued building towards the Auckland Cup with victory in the Group 1 Queen of Hearts at Auckland this week past. Dream About Me’s victory in the $100,000 feature takes her career earnings in excess of $863,000. The daughter of the stallion king Bettor’s Delight has recorded 18 career wins from 21 starts and has a magnificent seven Group 1 trophies in her cabinet.

On the same race card the Woodlands bred Spanish Armada was a winner of the Group 2 Breckon Farms Caduceus Club classic. In the $75,000 feature the Woodlands stallions landed the first three placings in the race.

Rounding out the night top flight 3yo Ultimate Machete was a winner of the Alabar classic, scooting home in 26.6. The son of Bettor’s Delight has assumed the spot as Australasia’s best 3yo.

Great week for American Ideal with a plethora of winners. Among them where Guilana Rancic at Pinjarra, Sally Fletcher paced 1.52.3 to win at Menangle, Let’s Play Ball was a Tamworth winner, Illegal Immigrant won at Addington and Run Boy Run was a Rangiora winner.

With the festive season upon us Woodlands Stud would like to wish all industry participants a Merry Christmas.