Bettor’s Delight’s daughters had a night to remember when they claimed both key features at Addington race way this past week.

Utmost Delight added a Group 1 to her CV when she claimed the PGG Wrightson NZ Standardbred Breeders Stakes. Utmost Delight was handled with aplomb by Ricky May for trainer Steve Reid, she was bred by Woodlands own Charles Roberts.

In the $165,000 PGG Wrightson 3yo fillies final Bettor Joy defeated a very brave Elle Mac, with Feel The Money claiming 3rd place, which resulted in a Bettor’s Delight trifecta on the race. Congratulations to all those involved in the winner Bettor Joy.

At Menangle Tiger Tara roared into miracle mile contention when he won the Group 1 Canadian Cup sprint, out west Chicago Bull won the $50,000 feature at Gloucester Park and Mucho Macho Man was a Redcliffe winner.

American Ideal sired a double out west at Gloucester Park when Tas Man Bromac and Runrunjimmydunn greeted the judge, Dom Domingo won the 2018 Oamaru Cup, Illegal Immigrant returned to winning ways at Hobart and Gooddealehemily scooted home in 27.2 to win at Auckland, with American Ideal providing the first three past the post on this race! W

ith the Australian Pacing Gold sales continuing at Warwick Farm this Sunday we wish all participants the best of luck.


Woodlands Stud was proud to prepare and sell the ‘top lot’ at the 2018 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka. Lot 157 was a son of champion stallion Bettor’s Delight out of Linda Grace. Prominent Australian owner Jean Feiss went to $230,000 for this stunning colt, he will join ‘The All Stars’ team.

Bettor’s Delight enjoyed a top day at the sales with three of his colts all bringing in over $100,000 + for their vendors.

New season sire Sweet Lou was the only other stallion on the day to produce a six figure sum colt, which was a great story for him moving forward as a stallion.

Thank you to all buyers who purchased a yearling from our draft and a big shout out to all our staff who worked tirelessly towards this day, knowing it is our ‘Grand Final’!

On the race track American Ideal sired a treble at Cambridge when Ideal Holiday, Ivana Flybye and Real Eagle all greeted the judge, Kardeslar won the Hororata Cup and his freshman son Eye See Double remains unbeaten following his Kindergarten Stakes victory at Globe Derby.

Bettor’s Delights daughter Delishka was driven a treat to win the Group 3 ‘Sibellia Stakes at Menangle in 1.51.1, Tiger Tara won on the same card and Bettors Fire was a Gloucester Park winner.

Pegasus Spur had good winners in CK Spur at Auckland, Amanda’s Spur at Cambridge and Pegasus Elegance at Menangle.


Woodlands Stud is proud to announce it has secured the Southern Hemisphere breeding rights to brilliant North American racehorse Downbytheseaside. A $2,000,000+ racetrack earner and the son of champion sire Somebeachsomewhere will join Australasia’s most imposing stallion roster.

In a breath-taking career Downbytheseaside, is the equal fastest 2-year-old in history pacing 1.49! In his freshman year he also paced a ‘World Record’ 1.50 on a half-mile track. As a 2-year-old he banked over $577,000 in purses and recorded eight wins.

As a 3-year-old Downbytheseaside won a staggering $1.6 million in stakes. In a crop of great horses among them Huntsville and Fear The Dragon, he was named the 2017 Dan Patch 3YO Pacing Colt of the Year.

We are genuinely excited to our offer fresh chilled semen to Southern Hemisphere breeders from a champion son of Somebeachsomewhere.

From a Woodlands Stud perspective Downbytheseaside ticks all the boxes. We expect him to be very popular with breeders, with his exceptional looks, staggering juvenile speed, terrific gait, talent and pedigree. Most importantly he will cross with many mares, especially daughters of Bettor’s Delight.

His service fee will be $6,000 + GST in both Australia and New Zealand.

Downbytheseaside joins one of the world’s strongest standardbred rosters. He will share the breeding shed with champion stallion Bettor’s Delight, American Ideal, Sweet Lou, Highview Tommy and Pegasus Spur.

For bookings or enquiries about Downbytheseaside in New Zealand please contact Stacey Markham on 021 595 492 or via email and in Australia contact Mark Hughes on 04 5165 0707 or via email


Champion pacer Lazarus now sits among Australasia’s harness greats following his emphatic Hunter Cup victory at Melton. Taking no prisoners in the 2760 metre feature the son of Bettor’s Delight gave his rivals a pacing lesson in toughness, high speed and stamina! Lazarus smashed the track record by over a second, returning a mile rate of 1.54.1 for the trip. He has now earned over $3.5 million and became the richest pacer bred in New Zealand history.

Woodlands Stud Stallions provided the quinella on the A$500,000 feature with gun sire American Ideal’s son Soho Tribeca running a courageous second!

Big week in New Zealand for American Ideal with his son Classie American winning the Otaki Cup, he sired a treble at Wyndham when Duke Of Wellington, Ideal Breeze and The Big Boss all greeted the judge at the southern race way! 

Woodlands Stud has consigned 28 yearlings at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on Monday 12th February. All our yearlings can be viewed at our website – . We are selling the Southern Hemisphere’s first crop by champion pacer Sweet Lou, we have also consigned lots by champion stallion Bettors Delight, super sire American Ideal and trotting sire Pegasus Spur.


Bettor’s Delight’s classy son Maverick recorded his 10th career victory when he was successful in the Group 3 Invercargill Cup at Ascot Park. Overcoming his 20-metre handicap he showed supreme stamina to win the 3200-metre staying test. With over $120,000 on his card he was handled by Matt Anderson and is trained by Nigel McGrath.

Bettor’s Delight dominated the southern race day with a quartet of winners, among them where debut 2yo winner Last Waltz.

American Ideal continues to cut a sway through racing at Gloucester Park, he sired a double when Runrunjimmydunn and My Hard Copy where both winners, at Globe Derby, Eye See Double was an impressive 2yo winner on debut, American Brave was a Cambridge winner and Run Wick got the cash at Charlton.

Ace trotting stallion Pegasus Spur’s son Marvellous Max continued on his winning ways with victory at Melton, Quietly Spoken was an Albion Park winner and Malabar Spur trotted to victory at Cambridge.

With the Australian Pacing Gold Sale on this coming Sunday at Oatlands Junction in Victoria, we wish all vendors the best of luck!


American Ideal’s son My Hard Copy claimed harness racings biggest scalp when he defeated the mighty Lazarus in the Group 1 Fremantle pacing cup at Gloucester Park. The diminutive pacer who was bred and raised at Woodlands Stud has now banked $1.2 million in stakes. The Group 1 feature saw the first five past the post all sired by Woodlands stallions American Ideal and Bettor’s Delight!

American Ideal had no shortage of winners this last week, with Typhoon Tilly and Yankee CJ winning on Hamilton cup day, American Brave was a Cambridge winner, Ideal Roman and Lynbar Rose were both winners at Thames and Illegal Immigrant remains unbeaten in the ‘Apple Isle’ following a win at Launceston.

Plenty of winners for Bettor’s Delight, he sired a double at Invercargill where Bettor Be Ready and Aloka greeted the judge, Showgun Thomas was a Swan Hill winner, Italian Delight won at Cambridge and Carter Michael was a Narrogin winner.

Pegasus Spur had good winners in All The Way Mae at Ballarat, Mosquito Spur at Redcliffe, Blood And Whisky at Thames and Marvellous Max made it back to back wins at Shepparton.

Woodlands Stud has consigned 28 yearlings at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Auckland on Monday February 12th. All the yearlings can be viewed at our website – The draft includes the first crop of champion pacer Sweet Lou. We will also be selling a number of American Ideal’s, Bettor’s Delight’s and a full brother to super trotter Speeding Spur.


Champion pacer Lazarus and his top flight 4yo stablemate Ultimate Machete had winning hit outs at Gloucester Park ahead of the Group One Fremantle Cup this Friday. Afforded little favours the dynamic duo both sat in the chair to win their respective races. The $300,000 feature will see ten of the twelve starters sired by Woodlands Stud stallions American Ideal and Bettor’s Delight.

American Ideal enjoy a stellar start to the year with plenty of winners in New Zealand. He sired a treble at Wyndham with Idealistic Lass, Foo Fighter and Leah Mac all winning, Classie American won at Hawera, To Ri Elsie at Rangiora and Ideal Conquest got the cash at Roxburgh.

Bettor’s Delights daughter Delishka was an impressive winner of the Roxburgh Cup, at Cambridge he sired a treble when Bettor Step Aside, Positano and Trinity Bromac all won and Gotta Go Electobet won at Melton.

Trotting stallion, Pegasus Spur had good winners on both sides of ‘the ditch’, among them where One Over Dover at Rangiora, War Machine was too classy at Roxburgh, Marvellous Max overcame his 30 metre to win at Cobram and top mare Our Dainty Lady was an Albion Park winner.


The Woodlands Stud stallions finished the calendar year in style with a feast of winners in both Australia and New Zealand.

On Auckland Cup day, our stallion roster sired 50% of the winners on the programme. Relentlessly juggernaut Bettors Delight had a quartet of winners, amongst them was Elle Mac who was a winner of the 3yo fillies Group 1 Sires stakes final, Jesse Duke was a very impressive debut 2yo winner also. The Woodlands bred and raised son of Bettor’s Delight sat in the chair and closed out the race in 26 and change.

American Ideal’s daughters American Empress and American Tart where very impressive winners as well, both claiming decisive wins on the feature day.

At Gloucester Park, Bettor’s Fire was an impressive winner of the Group 2 Village Kid sprint, he led a Woodlands Stallions trifecta in the $50,000 feature, at Ballarat, The Faithful was a winner of the Golden Mile, he led in a Woodlands bred and raised quinella with Can’t Refuse running second.

American Ideal had very good winners in American Alice at Westport, Paint The Wind at Devonport and Dom Domingo at Banks Peninsula.

Trotting sires Crazed produced winners Geena’s Girl at Westport and Pegasus Spur sired Motu Great Sensation to win at Westport also.


American Ideal’s top-flight son My Hard Copy became harness racing’s latest millionaire when recorded career win number 23 at Gloucester Park. The Woodlands Stud bred and raised performer has raced at the elite level in recent years and is a deserved millionaire. Congratulations to all concerned with the diminutive pacer.

Plenty of winners for American Ideal on both sides of the ditch, among them where a double at Cambridge where Kaitlyn and Yankee Lincoln where winners, Illegal Immigrant made it back to wins with victory at Hobart, American Empress won at Auckland and Goodtime Slater won at Geelong.

Bettors Delight bought plenty of Christmas cheer with a plethora of winners. At Melton he sired a double when The Faithful and Gotta Go Electobet got the chocolates, Raukapuka Ruler added the Ashburton Cup to his CV, Don’t Tell William was an impressive winner at Globe Derby, Bettor B Ready was a part of a winning Bettor’s Delight treble at Wairio and The Black Prince continued on his winning way at Menangle.

Resident trotting stallion, Pegasus Spur had good winners in Imran Khan at Forbury Park, Another Chapter at Addington and All The Way Mae at Maryborough.

Happy New Year to all industry participants, we trust 2018 is a safe and successful year.


Woodlands Stud stallions continued their recent run of Group racing victories on both sides of the Tasman this week past.

Champion stallion Bettor’s Delight’s ace daughter Partyon shared the spoils in the Group 1 ‘Queen Of Hearts’ at Auckland. The Woodlands Stud bred mare took her earnings to close to $600,000 and she has been a Group 1 winner in every season she has graced the track.

Partyon was one of over forty winners for Bettor’s Delight in the last week. Amongst those to greet the judge where Wrappers Delight at Gloucester Park, Rishi at Ballarat, Kensington Palace at Rangiora and Kotare Yarra at Echuca.

Gun sire American Ideal’s classy son Aztec Bromac produced career win number sixteen with victory in the Group 2 ‘Queensland Cup’ at Albion Park. Pacing 1.54.2, he now has over $287,000 in the locker. No shortage of winners for American Ideal with Illegal Immigrant winning at Launceston, Our American Princess won at Wagga, Ideal Again at Rangiora and Shards Halo impressed at Newcastle.

Pegasus Spur’s progeny just keep winning, The Crown Jewels won at Auckland, Mr Fahrenheit dealt to his rivals by 5 ½ lengths at Addington and War Machine won at Winton.

With Christmas on the horizon, Woodlands Stud would like to wish all participants a happy and safe festive season.


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.