Sweet Lou’s career as a stallion continues to gather momentum in the Northern Hemisphere with his 2yo ‘blaze brigade’ casting a big shadow over the Pennsylvania sire’s stakes series. Both his son’s and daughters a quite a force in the freshman ranks. Sweet Lou is now the leading sire on the 2yo sires list and the leading first season sire. Amongst his outstanding performers are undefeated filly Warrawee Ubeaut and his son Love Me Some Lou is currently the fastest 2yo pacer this year in the USA! What a start for Sweet Lou!

‘Down Under’, Bettor’s Delight added another Group 1 to his CV when his daughter Emerald Stride won the time honoured Redwood Classic at Maryborough for the 2yo trotters, his siring deeds now no bounds. Other good winners for Bettor’s Delight included Max Delight at Launceston, Shoshone Brave at Shepparton, Our Millwood Maizie was an Albion Park winner and Adieu Renway got the chocolates at Leeton.

Can Australian breeders please note that American Ideal’s book is now full and closed for the upcoming season. Thank you to all breeders who continue to support our ‘gun sire’. On race track American Ideal was seen to advantage with good winners in Sweet As at Albion Park, Ideal Tyson scored at Gloucester Park, Tisu Spirit won at Launceston and Regal Rock was a Redcliffe winner.


Champion pacer Sweet Lou has begun his siring career in North America in fine style. At the end of July, he is the leading first season sire and is second overall on the USA 2yo sire’s list. Sweet Lou is holding more than his own against all the big gun sires! Both his son’s and daughters are winning races. Among his stunning first crop are She’s Allright whose undefeated in three starts, having taken a 1.52.2 mark, Warrawee Ubeat is a multiple winner in 1.52.2 and his son’s Pyro – 1.52.1 and Blood Money – 1.52.3 are likely types. From his first crop Sweet Lou has sired seventeen winners so far, with seven of those winners taking a 1.53 or bettor record!

Bettor’s Delight’s daughter Saphirique was a smart winner of the $50,000 Southern Cross fillies at Globe Derby, she won the feature race as a 2yo also, out west Chicago Bull took no prisoners in the Free For All at Gloucester Park, and Bettor’s Delight sired a double when Pachacuti and Match Point greeted the judge at Menangle.

Great to see quality American Ideal mare Takara Truffle back at the races, she was an impressive winner at Newcastle for Aaron Goadsby, other good winners for American Ideal included Mason’s Delight at Penrith, Resurgent Spirit was a Melton winner and Cruz got the cash at Ballarat.


Leviathan stallion Bettor’s Delight etched his name into the history books when he broke the New Zealand sires record for seasonal earnings this week past. In doing so he broke his own record, recorded in the previous season, the immortal son of Cams Card Shark, has shaped the industry like no other stallion!

On the race track he sired a number of quality winners, amongst them where Breeders Crown heat winner Jerada’s Delight at Menangle, he sired a treble at Auckland, Kolovos, Spirit Of Anzac and Count Landeck all greeted the judge and Tres Vite was an Albion Park winner.

No shortage of winners for American Ideal, he sired a double at Auckland where Master Of Escape and Lagertha got the chocolates, Yankee Lincoln was an impressive Geelong winner, Ballygar saw off all challenge’s at Wedderbrun and the consistent Alta Teresa was a winner at Penrith. T

rotting stallion Pegasus Spur had good winners on both sides of the ditch with All The Way Mae scoring at Hobart, Desert Flyer was a Melton winner, It’s Not Dark won at Geelong and in the Shaky Isles, Madaboy won at Forbury Park and Flyinova outstayed his rivals over 3200 metre journey at Addington.

Sweet Lou has continued his great run in the USA, with a number of his progeny securing victories in the recent Pennsylvania Sires Stakes programme. His son’s and daughters are winning in very fast time. In a hot bed of great stallions in Pennsylvania, Sweet Lou is leading the way. In the USA he is the leading first season sire and 2nd overall on the 2yo sires list, what a great start to his career!


Ace juvenile Franco Edward finished his juvenile season with a standout victory in Group 1 Golden Slipper pace at Gloucester Park. The son of American Ideal, took his earnings past $156,000 with career win number four. This was Franco Edward’s 2nd Group 1 victory and he has been the standout amongst his peers in the west. The race saw American Ideal’s son’s run the quinella with Bletchley Park running second, the two juveniles have had some stirring battles in recent times. Congratulations to owner Rob Watson and trainer/driver Kyle Harper. American Ideal’s 2yo class in Australia this season have dominated a number of key feature races!

Great to see Bettor’s Delight star son Chicago Bull back at the races. The millionaire resumed in style at Gloucester Park and will be a big player on this year’s Grand Circuit. Other good winners for Bettor’s Delight included Harry Turbo at Leeton, he sired a double at Auckland when Cyclone Banner and Somethingaboutmary got the chocolates, Mersey Delight won at Launceston, Styx Vixen at Newcastle and Let’s Save The Day at Ballarat.

The Sweet Lou train continues to steam along with more winners in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes this week past and an additional number of qualifiers, he is the leading first season sire in the United States, holding his own against all the big boys! Sweet Lou returns down under again this season and the breakers are raving about his Southern Hemisphere progeny.


The Victorian Bred scheme Vicbred celebrated its finals night at Melton and both American Ideal and Bettor’s Delight’s progeny enjoyed Group 1 success on the key feature race night.

American Ideal’s son Centenario was seen to advantage when he defeated his rivals in the 2yo Vicbred colts and geldings final. Centenario now has over $240,000 in earnings and he led in an American Ideal quinella on the feature with his stable mate Nostra Ideal running a great place into second!

Bettor’s Delight’s son Wrappers Delight was simply too tough for his rivals in the 4yo Vicbred final for the colts and geldings. The diminutive pacer put his rivals to the sword when scorched a 26.6 quarter from the 800 metres to the 400 metres mark, which left his rivals grasping for air! Congratulations to all people involved in both these winners.

In Western Australia, the preludes for the upcoming Group 1 races for the 2yo’s of both sexes were held at Gloucester Park. In the 2yo fillies Gold bracelet Dracarys, a daughter of Bettor’s Delight was untroubled to win and in the 2yo colts and geldings Golden slipper prelude American Ideal’s sons Bletchly Park and Franco Edward staged a stirring duel to quinella the race, with Bletchly Park prevailing.

Sweet Lou has made an ominous start to his siring career in North America. His daughters where seen to the fore this week, with both Warrawee Ubeaut and She’s Allright scoring decisive victories in their Pennsylvania sires stakes heats. At The Meadowlands, he unleashed some very handy sons also. Sweet Lou is currently the leading first season sire in the USA.


Classy New South Wales filly Miss Halfpenny capped off an excellent juvenile season with a Group 1 victory in the $125,000 Breeders Challenge final at Menangle. The daughter of American Ideal pounced on the lead and was never headed in 1.55 and change. Bred at Goulburn by Matt Day, Miss Halfpenny has now banked closed to $170,000 in stakes in her brief career. Congratulations to all involved.

American Ideal added another millionaire to his CV, when his star North American 3yo daughter Youaremycandygirl joined the elite club! He is now the sire of 13 millionaires!

Bettor’s Delight’s juveniles where impressive on Vicbred semi final night at Melton. His daughter Two Times Bettor sat in the chair to win her race in impressive fashion and his son Hurricane Harley torched his rivals by fifteen metres in his semi final and remains the horse to beat come finals night.

Sweet Lou’s first crop are underway in the Northern hemisphere and the blaze brigade are already in the winner’s stall! Amongst the winner’s have been Lyons Night Hawk – 1.53.6, Blood Money – 1.53.8 and Sweeter Lulu who is the fastest 2yo filly on a 5/8th track thus far this season. Sweet Lou also has a staggering number of qualifiers also.

Congratulations are in order for his mother Sweet Future who was inducted into the USTA Hall of Fame this week for her deeds as a broodmare.  


American Ideal and Bettor’s Delight continued to achieve success at the highest level and at Gloucester Park both sires took centre stage with Group 1 victories. American Ideal’s classy daughter Rosie’s Ideal took her career earnings to $128,000 with a come from behind victory in the 3YO Westbred filly’s final. This was career win number six, congratulations to all involved in her in Group 1 victory!

Bettor’s Delights diminutive son One Off Delight led throughout to taste victory in the 3YO colt’s and gelding’s  Westbred final. Despite being testing, throughout the feature race, One Off Delight proved a class above his rivals. With $100,000 now in earnings the son of Bettor’s Delight recorded career win number six. Congratulations to all involved in this Group 1 victory.

Both American Ideal and Bettor’s Delight progeny recorded victories across the Vicbred heats contested this week past. American Ideal was seen to advantage with his 2YO son Nostra Ideal winning his Bendigo heat in stylish fashion, Bettor’s Delight had classy winners in Two Times Bettor in the 2YO fillies division, Hurricane Harley showed staggering closing speed to win his 2YO colts and geldings division and at Ballarat both Form Analyst and Wrappers Delight both recorded front running victories in their respective 4YO Vicbred heats.


American Ideal’s 2yo son Franco Edward confirmed he is the new sheriff amongst his peers in Western Australia, with a dominant win in the Group One, $100,000 Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park. Leading all the way, Franco Edward was an effortless winner in the time-honoured classic. Congratulations to trainer/driver Kyle Harper and owner Robert Watson.

American Ideal’s millionaire son Soho Tribeca return from a spell in devastating fashion when he dealt to his rivals in the Italian Cup at Melton, he is now on track for key features in the coming months. American Ideal sired other good winners in Ideal World at Globe Derby, Foo Fighter at Newcastle and Cruz at Kilmore.

Champion stallion Bettor’s Delight’s progeny continue to break records no matter what their gait. He is now the sire of Australia’s fastest 3yo trotter in Drop The Hammer who scooted around Menangle in 1.55.3! At Gloucester Park, he sired a brace of winners, amongst them where Carter Michael, Bettor’s Aim and Tisadream. At Addington he sired classy 2yo winner Pitch Perfect who sat in the chair to win, at Melton, Rishi greeted the judge and Special Reserve led in a quartet of winner at Albion Park.


Woodlands Stud is opening its gates to the harness racing industry for an open day on Sunday, 30th September.

It’s a rare opportunity for lovers of harness racing who wish to view the boutique breeding establishment and their imposing stallion roster.

Woodlands Stud is welcoming two new stallions, Downbytheseaside and What The Hill, to their already impressive stallion roster in the new season which makes it the perfect opportunity for potential breeders to inspect these stallions in the flesh.

Of course, it is also a chance to view champion stallion Bettor’s Delight at his Southern Hemisphere home. An opportunity that can’t be missed!

The other stallions being paraded on the day will be Sweet Lou, the handsome stallion with plenty of recent hype, gun sire American Ideal, who continues to stay amongst the top sires in Australasia and resident stallions Highview Tommy and Pegasus Spur.

“Woodlands Stud are thrilled to be able to give the industry a chance to come and see our top-class operation,” said Woodlands’ Stacey Markham.

“We see it as our way to thank the industry for their support over the years as well as giving visitors a chance to see some of the best stallions of our time.”

“We have made the date work in conjunction with Harness Racing New Zealand’s Conference and Annual Awards dinner which is being held at Alexandra Park the night before. We will put on a bus to and from Alexandra Park on Sunday for anyone who wishes to come out to the open day.”

There will be a breakfast and drinks provided and at the time of the open day there will also be an abundance of foals on the ground for viewing.

Giveaways and prizes will be drawn throughout the event for those in attendance, including a free service to one of the stallions.


Woodlands Stud Open Day

Date: Sunday 30th September 2018

Time: 10am-2pm

Location: Woodlands Stud, 460 North Road, RD2, Papakura


RSVP’s are a must for catering purposes, please contact Stacey Markham on stacey@woodlandsstud.co.nz or 021 595 492.

Please note also that as there are quarantine areas on the farm there will be some restrictions in place on the day.


With the juvenile season unfolding in the Northern Hemisphere, the Sweet Lou progeny affectionally known as the ‘blaze brigade’ are cutting their teeth at the trials and the reports are very exciting. Both his son’s and daughters are showing up at the trials in blistering times. With trial winners at The Meadowlands and a brace of winners at the Gaitway in New Jersey this week, the Sweet Lou’s are the talk of the town amongst the best trainers in the northern hemisphere.

Closer to home leviathan stallion Bettor’s Delight continues to amaze with his deeds. He sired no fewer than five winners at Gloucester Park last Friday night, among the winners were Eagle Rox, Bettor Be Lively and $772,000 earner Bettor’s Fire. At Nelson he was the dominant sire over their two days of racing with Cole Porter greeting the judge twice, Kensington Kate and Feel The Money also got the chocolates.

American Ideal’s keeps racking up 2yo winners in Australia, out west his son’s Bletchley Park and Franco Edward are competing to be the best 2yo in Western Australia, both cruised to victory ahead of the Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park, The Ideal Dancer was a Goulburn winner also. In New Zealand, American Ideal produced good winners in Glenn Ford at Auckland and Saying Grace was impressive winning at Nelson.


Woodlands Stud would like to thank everyone who visited, inspected and purchased off us at the All Age Sale last Friday at Karaka. Every one of our 76 lots that were up for sale was sold on the day. This included the two sales toppers which were a Sweet Lou yearling colt who sold to Jean Feiss for $150,000 and a Sweet Lou weanling colt who was sold to an Australian buyer for a record breaking $120,000!

Woodlands Stud came to the fore on Harness Jewels day. Bettor’s Delight sired three winners, two of which headed home trifecta’s for the stallion. Utmost Delight was brave winning the Group 1 Woodlands Stud 4YO Diamond for the Robert’s family over Delishka and Seaswift Joy. Pat’s Delight finished off strong to win the Group 1 3YO Emerald over Sheriff and Solid Gold. His other winner was the Woodlands Stud bred Another Masterpiece who finished off a very consistent season winning the Group 1 2YO Emerald.

Bettor’s Delight continued another stellar season with plenty of other winners across the week. At Albion Park he sired a double when Miss Hoolligan and Punters Delight both greeted the judge, he repeated the effort at Shepparton with Kotare Yarra and Bettor Than That. He sired a quinella at Melton with Bossanova Bay and Trent From Punchy and at Ashburton, Nurburgring defeated his rivals.

Our other stallions kept their standard high on both sides of the Tasman this week. American Ideal sired plenty of winners in Australia, including Liukin who won at long odds at Maitland, Franco Edward won by seven metres at Pinjarra and at Melton, Isaac greeted the judge. Resident trotting sire Pegasus Spur also continued to sire winners when he picked up a double at Ashburton with Mr Fahrenheit and Peggy Nova both getting the chocolates in their races.


The annual weanling and all age sale is being held on Friday at Karaka. Woodlands Stud have a quality draft of 76 lots going through the ring. There is something for everyone. We have progeny of top sires Bettor’s Delight, American Ideal and Sweet Lou. To view their pedigrees and photos visit woodlandsstud.co.nz.

The Woodlands Stud stallions took centre stage at Alexandra Park on Friday night, siring half of the card between them. Pegasus Spur sired two winners with Megamind and Puma Road both trotting to solid victories. Ivana Flybye won in a mile rate of 1.55.1 for American Ideal and Bettor’s Delight had good winners in Solid Gold and Jack Nicholson.

Bettor’s Delight also had a solid week everywhere else with plenty of winners in both Australia and New Zealand. He got a treble at Addington when Tennyson Bromac, Tyron Bettor’s Ella and Star’s Tonight all won. The latter was bred and raised by Woodlands Stud. Other winners included Smooth Delight and Bobbies Delight at Globe Derby and two good trotting winners in Light Year Franco at Rangiora and Emerald Stride at Menangle.

American Ideal sired plenty of winners, including a treble at Manawatu when Yankee Diva, Apocalypse and Mogul all winning. Pay Me Overs won well at Penrith, Miss Halfpenny won at Newcastle and Mighty American greeted the judge at Addington.

The prestigious Harness Jewels are being held at Cambridge Raceway this Saturday and Woodlands Stud are proud to be supporting the event by sponsoring two races on the card. We wish all of the contenders and their connections the very best of luck for the day!


Woodlands Stud bred and raised progeny were to the fore in the 2YO Sires Stakes Final at Addington on Friday night. Jesse Duke was too strong for his rivals in the $170,000 final with Another Masterpiece strong in second, bringing up a quinella for Bettor’s Delight in the Group 1 feature. We congratulate the All Stars Stables and owners Jean and Bill Feiss who have been long time supporters of Woodlands Stud.

There were also plenty more standout performances for Bettor’s Delight across the week. At Gloucester Park he sired a quaddie when Tis A Dream, Bettor’s Fire, Eagle Rox and Mister Versace all held out their opposition. He sired a treble at Oamaru when Bettor Be Gold, Buzinga and Much Better all greeted the judge. The latter headed home a trifecta for the stallion. Drop The Hammer was eye-catching in the feature trot at Menangle when he defeated his opponents by over 25 metres in the Group 3 3yo Trotters Foundation Final, this secured him a new Australian race record of 1:59:3 for the 2300 meter journey from the mobile start.

American Ideal continued to sire winners on both sides of the ditch across the last week. The Coordinator and Helena Ideal brought up a double for the sire at Cambridge last Thursday. Bye Bye Barbie won at Kilmore. Yankee Strutter strutted to victory at Albion Park and Alpha Charlie won at Swan Hill.

We are just over a week out from the 2018 PGG Wrightson All Age Sale being held at Karaka. Woodlands Stud have consigned a strong draft of 77 quality lots for the sale. There is something for everyone with a majority of the draft being weanlings by sires such as Bettor’s Delight, American Ideal, Sweet Lou and Highview Tommy. Our draft and their photos can be found at woodlandsstud.co.nz.


Outstanding ‘kiwi’ filly Elle Mac, added her third Group One victory to her CV when she won the $140,000 Nevele R 3yo fillies final at Addington. Proving a class above her rivals, the daughter of Bettor’s Delight was an impressive 2 ½ length winner. She returned a 1.55.4-mile rate for the 1950 metre journey. This is Elle Mac’s third Group One win in her short race career and she has banked over $435,000 in stakes. Bettor’s Delight sired the trifecta on the time-honoured feature.

Other good winners for Bettor’s Delight included Aqua Miss who won the Group 2 Qld Triad 3yo fillies final at Albion Park, My Casino Belle won the Group 3 Red Ochre at Dubbo and now has over $125,000 in the locker and at Northam Its Set in Stone got the chocolates in the 2yo race.

American Ideal’s 2yo progeny added another key feature to the list when his daughter Yankee Vision won the $50,000 Group 2 Vicbred platinum final for the 2yo fillies at Melton. Out west he sired a double at Gloucester Park when Ideal Tyson paced 1.52.8, he now has over $200,000 in earnings and the Woodlands bred and raised Besotted is closing in on $300,000 in stakes following his win.

On Friday June 1st, Woodlands Stud has consigned 77 lots at the PGG Wrightson annual weanling and all age sale. To be held at Karaka, the sale has been a great source of winners over many seasons. To view our draft, go to www.woodlandsstud.co.nz for all the details. We will sell a number of progeny by American Ideal, Bettor’s Delight, Highview Tommy and Sweet Lou. Your next star could be amongst this sale.


The Woodlands stallion’s American Ideal and Bettor’s Delight had a weekend to remember when their sons where major winners in the key juvenile feature racing in Australia and New Zealand. At Melton, American Ideal’s son Centenario proved he is Australia’s leading juvenile following a classy display in the $350,000 Australian Pacing Gold 2yo colts & geldings final. Taking the pacemakers role early he paced 1.55.8 for the 1720 metre journey. Centenario remains undefeated in five lifetime starts and has banked close to $175,000 in stakes. Congratulations to breeders ‘Benstud’ who have been long time supporters and massive fans of American Ideal!

At Addington, Bettor’s Delight had a night to remember when his son’s ran the trifecta in the $200,000 PGG Wrightson 2yo sales final. Another Masterpiece won the key feature in 1.54.3, he defeated Jesse Duke and Supreme Dominator. From a Woodlands Stud perspective, it was a great night also as we bred, raised and sold the all these colts.

On June 1st, Woodlands Stud has consigned 75 lots at the PGG Wrightson annual weanling sale. To be held at Karaka, the sale has been a great source of winners over many seasons. To view our draft, go to www.woodlandsstud.co.nz for all the details. We will sell a number of progeny by American Ideal, Bettor’s Delight, Highview Tommy and Sweet Lou. Your next star could be amongst this sale.


Top flight trotter Speeding Spur continued his remarkable come back when he won the Group 1 Rowe Cup at Auckland. In the ultimate staying test over the 3200-metre trip, the son of Pegasus Spur proved too strong for his rivals. This was Speeding Spur’s seventh Group 1 victory and he now has close to $880,000 in the locker. The race was a triumphant for resident trotting stallion Pegasus Spur who provided the quinella on the time-honoured feature.

Champion stallion Bettor’s Delight daughter Kayla Marie was rewarded for her consistency with a New Zealand record victory in the 2yo sires stake final at Auckland. She paced 1.54.7 for the 1700 metre journey. At Invercargill Bettor’s Delight provided the trifecta on the Diamond Creek farm 2yo Classic. A Bettor Act lowered the New Zealand record for the 2yo’s over 2200 metres when he paced 1.57.5 in the key Southland feature.

Gun sire American Ideal has unearthed another star in Duke Of Wellington. The star 3yo made it four wins on the bounce when he effortlessly accounted for a quality field in the Group 2 Southern Supremacy at Invercargill, his future is very bright. Out west Bletchly Park made a winning debut at Pinjarra in the APG 2yo series race. Pouncing on the lead, he easily accounted for his rivals in 1.56.2! The full brother to millionaire Bling It On looks a key player in any freshman feature he contests this season.


Top flight filly Bettor Joy is enjoying a great 3yo season in New Zealand. The daughter of champion sire Bettor’s Delight is headed towards $300,000 in stakes following her latest victory at Addington. Bettor Joy recorded career win number 10 when she led in a Woodlands Stud sired trifecta on the 40th series heat of 3yo Nevele R fillies series. She brushed home in 27.4.

On the same card, Another Masterpiece was to classy in the 2yo Sires Stakes heat for the boys. The Woodlands bred son of Bettor’s Delight ran home in 55.4, with a closing quarter of 26.6!

Other good winners for Bettor’s Delight included Aqua Miss who won her heat of the Victorian Oaks at Melton, Let’s Save The Day was a stylish winner at Horsham and Big Bad Bruce won at Cranbourne.

American Ideal’s son Cruz smashed the track record at Horsham with a stunning display over the 1700 metre trip. He paced 1.53 and crushed his rivals by seventeen metres. At Invercargill he sired a double when Ideal For Sure and Duke Of Wellington got the chocolates, Resurgent Dream won her prelude of the Granny Smith for the 4yo mares at Devonport, American Zest made it back to back wins at Kilmore and Run Boy Run was a Rangiora winner.

Pegasus Spur sired debut winner Maorishadow at Charlton, Pegasus Elegance recorded career win number 11 when she won at Menangle and Malabar Spur was a winner at Cambridge.


The Australian Pacing Gold series is currently being conducted and both American Ideal and Bettor’s Delight have put a big stamp on the series thus far. Between them their progeny they have won seven heats and thus sending their progeny direct to the big money finals.

American Ideal has been seen to advantage with three heat winners among them daughter’s Ideally Say Yes and Miss Halfpenny and his ace son Centenario was an impressive winner of his colt’s heat where he won at Melton in 1.55.5.

Bettor’s Delight has sired a quartet of heat winners with three fillies leading the way, he also sired the undefeated Hurricane Harley to win his colt’s heat at Melton, he appears to have plenty of upside going forward.

Bettor’s Delight continues to set the bar high, with a no fewer than 16 winners on this Friday past, this included a quartet of winners at Addington, with Hundie and Bettor’s Heart greeting the judge, at Wagga he sired a treble, where 2yo Delightful Jackie made a winning debut and at Tamworth, For The Bettor and Last Party got the chocolates.

American Ideal seems to have a great affinity with Southland racing, he sired a double at Winton when Flash Party made a winning debut and Mighty Conqueror is a serious horse in the making following an effortless victory on the same card.


American Ideal’s son Centenario is clearly the best freshman among his peers as the season unfolds. He remains undefeated following his victory in the ‘Shakamaker Classic’ at Melton. Sitting in the chair, he deposed of his rivals in classy fashion. The Benstud bred and raised juvenile is bred on the same cross as millionaire pacer Soho Tribeca and now looms as the horse to beat in some key juvenile racing in the coming months.

American Ideal produced other good winners in Prince Potter at Wagga, American Legend won on debut at Manawatu and Run Boy Run was a winner at Forbury Park.

Bettor’s Delight’s daughter Art Series was a winner of the Group 2 Bathurst Gold Bracelet for the 3yo fillies, taking the race in 1.54.5, at Albion Park he sired a double when Bet I’m Special and Statement Made greeted the judge, Bettor Joy won her heat of the Nevele R 3YO fillies series at Forbury Park, Poppy Drayton showed great toughness to record back to back wins over Easter at Hawera and Hurricane Harley made a career winning debut at Maryborough.

Resident trotting stallion Pegasus Spur sired winners on both sides of the Tasman when Scorched scored at Albion Park, Golden Spurs won on debut at Geelong, Holdon Toyaspurs was a Forbury winner and Blood And Whiskey won on the grass at Hawera.


Ace trotter Speeding Spur was back to his best with victory at Addington, ahead of some key feature races in the coming months. Overcoming his 30-metre handicap, he defied his rivals to trot to career win number nineteen. The Woodlands bred and raised son of Pegasus Spur is now closing in on $750,000 in career earnings.

Pegasus Spur also sired a double at Auckland when Our Petite Lady and Puma Road both recorded stylish victories.

American Ideal continues to sire winners in Western Australia on a regular basis, he sired a treble at Gloucester Park this Friday past, Covered N Diamonds, Runrunjimmydunn and Whozideawasthis all greeted the judge, at Albion Park, Yankee Strutter paced 1.54 to win, Isaac won at Launceston and Duke Of Wellington was an impressive winner at Wairio in 1.53.3, with a closing half in 56.2!

Bettor’s Delight cast a big shadow over race meetings at both Auckland and Addington, he sired a quartet of winners on both race cards, at Melton his daughter Partyon won the Group 3 ‘ Jodie’s Babe’ for new trainer Dean Braun, at Launceston, Juniper won on debut in the 2yo race for the legendary Rattray clan, Lisdelight won the Collie Cup and Passion’s Delight added the Port Pirie Derby her CV.