The $125,000 Group One 4yo Classic at Gloucester Park saw Bettor’s Delights son Ana Malik lead from start to finish to defeat his rivals. Pacing 1.55.5 for the 2130 metre journey, he saw off the fast finishing Ideal Liner a son of American Ideal and Mighty Conqueror ran a mighty race into third he is also a son of American Ideal. The Western Australian 4yo crop this season runs very deep and the Woodlands sires feature heavily.

The time honoured Inter Dominion returned to Victoria and in the opening round heats our stallions where seen to advantage. Pegasus Spur’s son Speeding Spur has earnings of over $980,000 following his victory in his trotter’s heat at Melton. Never extended he ran home in 56 and change to secure maximum points.

Bettor’s Delight sired two of the opening round heats winners for the pacers. Gun New Zealand bred 4yo Spankem was too classy and Western Australia visitor Galactic Star led all the way to secure his heat victory.

No shortage of winners for American Ideal this week past, he sired a double at Auckland when Parker and Triple Eight greeted the judge, Muffins was a Narrogin winner, Twilight Saga scored at Oamaru and Veloce Bella was an Albion Park winner.


On New Zealand Cup day at Addington, all three Group 1 races were sired by the Woodlands Stud stallion roster. ‘The King’, Bettor’s Delight sired his fifth consecutive New Zealand Cup winner when Thefixer prevailed in the time-honoured race. In a race time of 3.53 for the 3200-metre standing start, he defeated a brave Tiger Tara who sat parked and classy mare Dream About Me was third, Bettor’s Delight provided the trifecta in the $800,000 feature race. Congratulations to all involved.

The 3yo sires stake final saw the unveiling of New Zealand’s next star 3yo when Ultimate Sniper paced 1.52.9 to win the $170,000 final. Racing three wide and then into ‘the chair’ he was simply to tough for his rivals. The son of Bettor’s Delight seems to have bottomless stamina and will be a key player in all key features going forward. The race saw Bettor’s Delight provide the quinella.

Pegasus Spur’s son Speeding Spur recorded his 8th Group 1 victory when he won the $100,000 New Zealand Trotters Free For All. With over $960,000 in the locker, Speeding Spur certainly ranks as one of New Zealand’s best square gaiters in recent times. The Woodlands bred and raised 7yo, now looks to the Group 1 Dominion Handicap at Addington on Show Day. Congratulations to all these Group 1 Winners!


Sweet Lou’s ace daughter Warrawee Ubeaut has been the standout amongst her peers in the USA this season and she added the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2yo fillies to her list of achievements. At Pocono, she paced the mile in 1.52.6 in the time-honoured classic. With seasonal earnings of over $602,000, Sweet Lou’s ‘baby gal’ has had a season for the ages!

Bettor’s Delights son Chicago Bull is on track for the New Zealand Cup in November, he dealt to the Auckland’s best pacers following his arrival in New Zealand. Sitting in the chair, he was simply too strong when it mattered, he was amongst four winners sired by Bettor’s Delight at the Auckland meeting. Further south at Kaikoura, Bettor’s Delight dominated the Cup meeting, he sired five winners including Cup winner Spankem and Henry Hubert won the $40,000 PGG Listed Classic, he was bred and raised at Woodlands Stud.

American Ideal produced classy winners in Cruz at Geelong, he now has earnings over $100,000, Overboard Again won at Gloucester Park, Aztec Bromac made it back to back wins at Menangle Park and Kilowatt Kid scored at Invercargill.

Star trotter Speeding Spur is on track for New Zealand’s key features following his victory in the South Bay trotters Cup at Kaikoura. The Woodlands Stud bred and raised son of Pegasus Spur now has over $900,000 in career earnings!


Sweet Lou’s debut crop in the Northern Hemisphere have provided many highlights during the season and at Pocono this weekend he has qualified four of his progeny into the rich Breeders Crown finals. Sweet Lou’s sons are headed by late season bloomer No Pas Amor who was a 1.50.6 winner in his division, he will be accompanied by Love Me Some Lou and Blood Money. His world record breaking daughter Warrawee Ubeaut has made the fillies final. American Ideal’s daughter St. Somewhere took her fillies Breeders Crown division at Pocono also. She paced 1.52.4 in her victory and is a live chance in the final!

Closer to home American Ideal had good winners in Aztec Bromac at Menangle, he now has over $320,000 in career earnings, at Cambridge he sired a double when Rain Man and Mrs Zippy greeted the judge and out west The Trilogy was a winner at Kellerberrin.

Bettor’s Delight has unearthed two very serious three-year-old sons on both sides of the ditch this week past. At Addington Ultimate Sniper put some serious rivals to the sword in his sire’s stakes victory, he ran home in 27.5 to win by very easily and at Melton, Demon Delight remains unbeaten after 3 starts, he romped to a 1.52.7 victory and looks the early season stand out amongst his peers. The Bettor’s Delight juggernaut was on show in New Zealand, with a quartet of winners at both Addington and Ashburton and he sired a treble at Forbury Park.


Outstanding pacer Tiger Tara fired the first shot on the Grand Circuit when he led and the won the time-honoured Victoria Cup at Melton. Posting a 1.53.4 mile rate for the 2240 metre feature the son of Bettor’s Delight was simply too classy for his rivals. With earnings now in excess of $1.5 million, Tiger Tara is on track for a tilt at the New Zealand Cup. The race saw Bettor’s Delight quinelled the feature with Chicago Bull claiming second.

At Woodbine in Canada, Bettor’s Delight sired both the Ontario Sires Stakes gold winners for the rookie pacers. His daughter Summer Charm took the $225,000 final for the fairer sex in 1.52.6 and in the boy’s division his son Keystone Concrete led in a Bettor’s Delight sired trifecta in 1.52 flat! Bettor’s Delight siring excellence knows no bounds!

American Ideal had a good week out west where he sired a double at Northam with Miss Tivoli and Ohoka Ritchie greeting the judge and Show You The Stars was a Pinjarra winner. Pegasus Spur’s son Marvellous Max continues his rise through the classes, he was an impressive winner at Melton on Victoria Cup night.

The Woodlands Stallions have hit the ground running this season with all stallions getting positive results as the season unfolds. If you haven’t booked your mare this season don’t hesitate to call us!


Sweet Lou’s star 2yo daughter Warrawee Ubeaut etched her name into harness racing folklore when she became the sports fastest 2yo in history. She posted a staggering 1.48.6 mile rate when she won a division of the International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile in Kentucky. Warrawee Ubeaut bested the previous quickest mile rate held by among others her father Sweet Lou!

The Sweet Lou speed fest continued twenty-four hours later when his son No Mas Amor posted a 1.49.2 divisional win in The International Stallion Series for the boys at The Red Mile. Just a reminder Sweet Lou’s ‘down under’ book is now closed!

Bettor’s Delights millionaire progeny where on display on both sides of the ditch this week past. Dream About Me continued her preparation for the New Zealand Cup with victory in the $50,000 Canterbury Classic at Addington and out west the $1.65 million-dollar earner Chicago Bull was an effortless Gloucester Park winner on his way to the Victoria Cup to be held this weekend. Wrapper’s Delight was an impressive all the way winner in 1.52.5 in the in the $50,000 Group 2 ‘Smoken Up’ at Melton. With close to $300,000 on his card he heads into the Victoria Cup also with a head full of steam.

No shortage of winners for ‘gun sire’ American Ideal. In the ‘Shaky Isles’ he sired good winners in Ryan’s Gal at Cambridge, Flying Mister Ideal dealt to his rivals at Addington, Eastwood Isabella scored at Timaru and Ivana Legacy won at Invercargill.

Resident trotting stallion Pegasus Spur sired good winners in Amabede at Invercargill and Amanda’s Spur won at Menangle.


Woodlands Stud is proud to announce that Sweet Lou’s Australian and New Zealand book is closed for this current season. We would like to thank all breeders across both countries for supporting ‘The Great White Blaze’! His recent run of great winners in the USA continued with Lyons Night Hawk winning a division of the ‘Blue Grass’ at The Red Mile in 1.50.2, he has banked over $136,000 in his freshmen season. Sweet Lou now has earnings close to $2,000,000 in his debut season as a sire.

The annual New Zealand harness racing awards were held in Auckland this Saturday past and the Woodlands Stallions enjoyed success. Bettor’s Delight was New Zealand stallion of the year, his son Lazarus was named Horse of the year and also took pacer of the year accolades. Another Masterpiece, Ultimate Machete and classy mare Utmost Delight all won their respective horse of the year categories’ giving Bettor’s Delight a big night out!

Pegasus’s Spurs son Speeding Spur was named New Zealand trotter of the year and 5yo and older trotter of the year also. Congratulations to all winners on this prestigious industry night.

A big thank you also to everybody who attended the Woodlands Stud stallion day on September 30th. A special shout out our Australian visitors who made the journey!


Gun squaregaiter Speeding Spur resumed in style with a first up victory at Auckland this week past. Overcoming a 50 metre handicap the son of Pegasus Spur showed great closing speed to defeat his rivals, it was a great drive by Josh Dickie. This was career win number 22 and he now has over $888,000 in career earnings. Once again he looks like being a major player in all the key features this season.

American Ideal’s son American History continued his stellar season with victory in the $250,000 Kentucky sires stakes for 3yo’s when he posted a 1.48.1 mile at the Red Mile. He now has career earnings of over $472,000 and this was his seventh victory for the season. Other good winners for American Ideal included Flying Mister Ideal at Addington, Pay Me Overs at Newcastle and Goodtime Slater at Menangle.

Champion stallion Bettor’s Delight posted a treble at Newcastle where Derringer, Styx Vixen and Highview Freddy greeted the judge, English Rose was a winner at Auckland, the Woodlands bred and raised Ideal Pleasure paced 1.52.2 to win at Menangle and at Addington, Bettor’s Delight sired a double when Scarlett Banner and Global Domination recorded victories.

Don’t forget the Woodlands breeding barn is open again for the 2018/19 season.


Classy Victorian pacer My Kiwi Mate took his earnings close to $300,000 when sprinted quickly to win the ‘The Gammalite’ at Melton. It was great to see the son of Bettor’s Delight win the feature race. This was career win number fifteen and the Interdominion looks a long-term plan for My Kiwi Mate.

Other good winners for Bettor’s Delight included Beltane at Shepparton, El Gran Senor at Menangle, Melina Lowe at Winton and he sired a double at Cambridge when High Point and Count Landeck greeted the judge.

Sweet Lou’s progeny keep winning in the USA, his daughter’s She’s All Right and Sweet Chrome won both divisions of the Keystone Classic at The Meadows in Pennsylvania and in Kentucky his ace son Blood Money won a division of the Kentucky sires stakes for 2yo’s at The Red Mile.

American Ideal’s progeny continue to win races, his son Illegal Immigrant made it three on the bounce when he won at Launceston, The Spinster won at Gloucester Park, Mighty Flying Deal won again at Bunbury and Mr Kiwi won at Winton.

Trotting stallion Pegasus Spur sired winners on both sides of the Tasman with I Ask Nicely winning at Menangle and Medusa was an impressive Addington winner.

Great to see Crazed get a winner with Cuckoo’s Nest getting the chocolates at Rangiora.


Bettor’s Delight continued his dominance in the Southern Hemisphere in the 2017/18 season and when the sunset on another memorable season, he still sets the bar amongst his peers. In Australia as in New Zealand he just completed his seventh consecutive season as ‘top of the pops’! His progeny earned close to $12,000,000 million in Australia this season and he was a staggering $3,000,000 million ahead of his nearest rival.

Once again both American Ideal and Bettor’s Delight are the leading two stallions on dollar average in Australia. American Ideal has completed another stellar season in Australia where his progeny have dominated key juvenile features and have excelled at Grand Circuit level.

American Ideal’s 2yo dollar average in Australia was a staggering $36,500! Thanks, to everybody who has supported our stallions over the journey! There was no shortage of winners for either stallion with American Ideal siring a double at Addington with Billie Jean and Saying Grace greeting the judge, Ideal Draw won at Forbury Park and Speedy Dominic was a Penrith winner.

Bettor’s Delight son The Fixer has improved omininiously as a five-year-old and locked away a New Zealand Cup start with a death seat victory in Holmes Vase at Addington, at Geelong Saphirque now has over $100,000 in the locker with victory in Breeders Crown Silver series for 3yo fillies and on the same card Demon Delight dealt to his rivals on debut with victory in the 2yo Colts and Geldings Breeders Crown Silver series.

The Woodlands Stud shed door is now open for the 2018/19 breeding season!


American Ideal’s ace 2yo son Centenario continued his season of dominance with an all the way victory in his Australasian Breeders Crown semi final at Bendigo. Blasting home his last half in 54.8, Centenario will be nominal favourite for this weeks 2yo classic. This was career win number eight and he has now banked over $257,000 in stakes.

In North America, American Ideal’s daughter Youaremycandygirl won the $270,000 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs pacing the mile in 1.50.4, she led in an American Ideal quinella on the feature with Alexis Faith running second.

Bettor’s Delight’s progeny annexed Breeders Crown semi final victories with 2yo speedster Hurricane Harley winning at Bendigo with plenty of authority, this was career win number six and he has over $100,000 in the locker in his debut season. The David Miles trained 2yo trotting filly Emerald Stride won her Breeders Crown semi final at Maryborough and will head to the final as the one to beat. In New Zealand, Bettor’s Delight was seen to advantage with a winning treble at Addington, among the winners where Global Domination, De Lancome and Ana Malak.

With the Australasian Breeders Crown to be held at Melton this weekend we wish all participants the best of luck.


At the tender age of 21 years old, immortal stallion Bettor’s Delight continues to rewrite harness racing history. In Australia this week past he broke the Australian seasonal earnings record cruising past the record he created himself in the 2015/16 season!

The figure is now in excess of $11.2 million for the current season. In the USA, his son’s dominated key features in Indiana and Ohio. Lazarus, ‘the wonder from down under’ made a stunning debut when he took no prisoners in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park. Pacing a 1.48.4. Lazarus became the first horse in harness history to pace sub 1.50 miles in both hemispheres! At Northfield Park, Bettor’s Delights 3yo son Thinkbig Dreambig won the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial in 1.50.0, he now has career earnings of over $300,000.

Closer to home American Ideal keeps getting winners out west, he sired a double when The Spinster and Runrunjimmydunn greeted the judge at Gloucester Park, Takara Truffle made it back to back wins for Aaron Goadsby at Newcastle, Centenario made light work of his rivals in his 2yo breeders crown heat and King Triton was impressive on debut at Newcastle.

Sweet Lou has maintained his presence at the top of the USA 2yo sires list this week past. Remember the breeding season ‘down under’ kicks off on September 4th.

We welcome champion race horses Downbytheseaside and What The Hill to our roster this season!


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.