Champion pacer Lazarus confirmed his status as one harness racing’s greats with a clinical despatch of his rivals in the 2017 Interdominion at Gloucester Park. With Mark Purdon controlling the tempo from the breeze, the son of Bettor’s Delight added the $1.1 million race to his staggering CV. His career spans 33 wins and $3.3 million in stakes, making him Bettor’s Delights richest offspring. Bettor’s Delight also trifected the great race! Congratulations to everybody involved in this champion of our sport.

Bettor’s Delight’s gun 4yo son Ultimate Machete added the Group 1 ‘Gold Nugget’ to his record with in effortless win in the key feature at Gloucester Park also. With over $781,000 in the locker took no prisoners against his own age. Ultimate Machete will be a key player in any future race he contests.

American Ideal’s classy daughter Ideal Alice was a winner of the Group 1 Westral Mares Classic on the same card at Gloucester Park. Rated to perfection by Gary Hall Jnr, she now has over $400,000 in career earnings.

All three Group 1 features for the pacers where sired by the Woodlands Stud stallions on harness racing’s biggest night and our progeny took home over $1.2 million in stakes for their connections.


The $1.1 million Inter-Dominion final will be run at Gloucester Park, this Friday night and the Woodlands Stud stallion roster is represented by six of the ten starters in the time-honoured Australasian race feature.

Bettor’s Delight is represented by his five sons, Lazarus, Chicago Bull, Have Faith In Me, Tiger Tara and Galactic Star. Top stud, American Ideal’s multiple heat winner Soho Tribeca joins the gang in what should be a race for the ages. We wish all runners the best of the luck in the final.

Bettor’s Delight had key winners in A Piccadilly Princess who won the Group 3 mares race at Gloucester Park, Bettorthanspecial paced 1.52.3 to win at Albion Park and He Can Fly was very impressive winning in the chair at Melton.

American Ideal sired a treble at Methven, Just N Awe, Quite Ideal and Nearis Green all won on the grass track, Rain Man was an impressive winner for trainer Steve Reid at Auckland and The American Dream got the chocolates in the Sunshine State.

Pegasus Spur had very good New Zealand winners in Another Chapter at Addington and Paradise Spur at Oamaru


American Ideal’s freakish daughter Youaremycandygirl has just completed a 2yo season for the ages when she won the $351,000 ‘Three Diamonds’ final at the Meadowlands. Pacing a mile in 1.51 she defied all challengers, with earnings of over $895,000 this season, the niece of Sweet Lou is a once in a generation filly. She is the top 2yo earner in the USA this year, even earning more money than any 2yo freshmen colt or gelding!

American Ideal’s top-flight son Soho Tribeca sent a clear message to all his Interdominion rivals with an opening round heat at Gloucester Park. Leaving his rivals flat footed he scooted home in 54 and change, he now has over $500,000 on his card.

Other good winners for American Ideal Included Triple Eight who remains undefeated in three starts, following another impressive Auckland victory, Saying Grace won on debut at Geraldine by five lengths and Shards Halo was a Newcastle winner.

Champion stallion Bettor’s Delights millionaire son Chicago Bull won his opening round Interdominion heat at Gloucester Park, he will certainly be a key player in the series moving forward, on the same card talented 4yo Ultimate Machete was a winner of the $125,000 4yo Classic, untouched he defeated his rivals easily.

Resident trotting stallion Pegasus Spur had very good winners in Xtra Time at Manawatu and Medusa was an impressive five length winner at Banks Peninsula.


Top flight 4yo pacer Ultimate Machete announced to the open class pacers he will be a force to be reckoned with when he sat in the chair to win the Group One Woodland Stud Free For All at Addington. In the $260,000 feature the son of Bettors Delight paced a New Zealand record of 1.51.9 for the 1950 metre journey. With over $570,000 on his ticket, he now heads to Perth for the key feature races during the coming weeks.

At Wyndham, Kiwi On Show paced a race track record for the mile when she stopped the clock in 1.52.2, she led in a Bettors Delight sired treble at Wyndham where Southbound Train and Steiger also greeted the judge. In Australia, War Dan was an impressive winner at Cranbourne on debut and Can’t Refuse was a Melton winner.

American Ideal’s millionaire son Bling It On resumed from an injury enforced break to win first up at Menangle in 1.50.8, it was a stunning return to racing. No shortage of winners for American Ideal with Sheez Good winning at Ashburton, Triple Eight remained undefeated with victory at Auckland, Ideal Suspect won at Gunbower, Estocada won amongst the goldfields of Kalgoorlie and Ideal Situation won at Menangle.


Champion pacer Lazarus confirmed his status as an all-time great when recorded a stunning victory in the New Zealand Cup. The son of Bettor’s Delight gave his opposition little chance in the 2017 edition of the great race. Making it back to back New Zealand Cup wins, Lazarus now has over $2.75 million in stakes. Congratulations to everybody involved in this stunning standardbred.

Our own Bettors Delight trifected the great race, it was his fourth consecutive New Zealand Cup winner.  From the same race Tiger Tara who ran 3rd in the race, became Bettor’s Delights 33rd millionaire!

Can Australian breeders please note that American Ideal’s book is now full and closed for the 2017/18 season. Thank you to all the Australian breeders who have supported this super sire.

On the race track American Ideal continues to leave plenty of quality winners. Ideal Success was a winner at Swan Hill in track record time, Keayang Kallisto won at Melton in 1.54, she is in sizzling form at the moment, Mr Kiwi won on debut at Wyndham and Bontz provided an American Ideal double at the same meeting. Out west Mighty Flying Deal, Tas Man Bromac and Runrunjimmydunn all greeted the judge.

Great to see War Machine win for resident trotting stallion Pegasus Spur at Wyndham and at the same meeting Crazed’s daughter She’s All The Craze got the chocolates.


Diminutive pacer Chicago Bull became harness racing’s latest millionaire when he secured career win number twenty-four at Gloucester Park. The son of Bettors Delight has been a revelation since arriving from New Zealand taking all before him in a glittering career. For ‘The King’, Bettor’s Delight it is his 32nd millionaire, a feat unmatched.

Other good winners for Bettor’s Delight included Elle Mac winning her 3yo fillies sires stakes heat at Addington, square gaiter On Thunder Road resumed in style at Menangle in 1.54.7 and on the same card Tiger Tara rounded out NZ Cup preparations with a 1.51.8-mile victory.

Top stud American Ideal secured a treble at Auckland when Lisa Lincoln, Ideal Roman and Triple Eight all greeted the judge, classy mare American Tart resumed with victory at Addington, Yankee Strutter was an Albion Park winner and Ideal World continued on his winning way in Adelaide with victory at Globe Derby.

Kip Keino, a son of Pegasus Spur now has over $100,000 in career earnings following victory at Menangle and Another Chapter was an impressive Addington winner.



Youaremycandygirl completed a memorable freshman season when she put her rivals to the sword in the $600,000 Breeders Crown final at Hoosier Park in Indiana. A daughter of super sire American Ideal she dispatched her rivals by 4 ½ lengths in 1.53.2. With career earnings of over $600,000 the filly has been the clear standout amongst her peers this season. With Sweet Lou being her ‘uncle’, this is one of harness racing’s hottest families.

American Ideal’s son American Brave produced a New Zealand record when he won his 3yo sires stakes heat at Auckland. Returning a 1.53.8-mile rate for the 1700 metre trip, he now heads to Addington for the time honoured 3yo final. Other good winners for American Ideal included Streitkid at Hobart, Ideal Lass won on debut at Auckland and Ideal Moment got the chocolates at Shepparton. 

Bettors Delight continued to cut a swathe through the winner’s circle with winning trebles at Hobart, Melton and Kaikoura. This included a dominant performance by Lazarus breaking the track record in the Group 2 Kaikoura Cup. At Gloucester Park he sired a double when Donegal Rundlescreek and Itz Bettor To Win proved to strong and at Forbury Park, Jingles Bromac and Nakayla Franco repeated the dose. 

Pegasus Spur had very good winners in Kip Keino at Menangle, Leftrightcentre won at Cranbourne and Motu Great Sensation was a winner at the picturesque Kaikoura.


Champion pacer Lazarus continues to take all before him as prepares to defend his New Zealand Cup in November. At Ashburton, he added the Group 2 Flying Stakes to his burgeoning CV.

Coming from off the speed, the son of Bettor’s Delight defeated his stablemate, Australasia’s best mare Dream About Me. Pacing his closing half in 53.7, Lazarus is now headed to the Kaikoura Cup meeting.

Bettor’s Delight sired six winners at Ashburton, among the others to greet the judge where Ultimate Machete, Late Mail and Gentle Giant.

In Australia, his two sons Chicago Bull and Tiger Tara are on the cusp of becoming millionaires. Both where winners on opposite sides of the continent in very impressive fashion.

American Ideal’s progeny where up and about on both sides of ‘the ditch’. Ideal Scott now has $830k in the bank with his latest Albion Park victory, Don Domingo won fresh up at Addington, Sky Diamond has won three on the bounce since arriving in Australia, his latest victory was at Young, Sweet As was an easy Newcastle winner and Keayang Kallisto scored at Melton.

Great to see Madam Spur return to winning ways at Cambridge, the daughter of Pegasus Spur put it all together for John and Josh Dickie and at Geelong, Desert Flyer led in a Pegasus Spur trifecta, when she trotted stoutly to victory.


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.