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Sorry about the lack of blogging – still coming up to speed from being unwell.

The Australian yearling sales have started, and here in New Zealand we have only a couple more weeks before the Australasian Classic at Karaka (22 February) and the Premier at Christchurch (23 and 24 February).

This is a pressure time for all preparers, but to be honest if the ground work hasn’t been done then it is too late to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear. The canny buyers, usually trainers, will be focused on the underlying quality of the yearling, its conformation and pedigree, and what they see in their mind’s eye it will be like in another year or so. Those are not things you can turn around in the last two weeks.

Isa Lodge (the name Kym Kearns and I go under for our breeding) has two fillies and a colt headed to Karaka. All three have been raised at our home base, and it has been a pleasure to watch them develop. As always, Kym has done the hard yards of the preparation, and the horses reflect her skills and dedication. We are really pleased with them.

Lot 100 is a Shadow Play colt with heaps of character from my lovely mare The Blue Lotus. I love this colt. He is very sociable. He entertains himself with made up games, he’s intelligent and he can’t wait to have something more to do. He has a real zest for life, and my guess is that he’ll love racing. And that’s half the battle.

Lot 133 is a Rock N Roll Heaven filly from my top mare Zenterfold, so she is a half-sister to Tintin In America. This is the only filly from Zenterfold that has been offered at the yearling sales – she is genuinely for sale – and I think she’s a really nice racing proposition as well as having longer term broodmare value. She’s built like a brick sh**house, and has really quick reflexes. Very typical of the good Heaven fillies I’ve seen on the track, and potentially an early type.

Lot 115 is a Majestic Son filly from Kym’s mare Toggle. She’s an incredible yearling, lovely temperament, inquisitive, takes everything in stride. She’s a showy type in terms of looks, with a dark mane and a blonde tail. She seems a very professional youngster, well grounded, sensible. She’s got a really good trotting family behind her, and Majestic Son has given her a nice length and more height than her dam.

With the demise of the Harness Weekly, we’ve done almost no advertising this year – we feel many of the publications come out after the key buyers have long-listed and even inspected their preferred yearlings. We’ve focused more on having a good product ready to be inspected, hands-on, when buyers and trainers wanted to see them. We were delighted that PGG Wrightson again allowed smaller breeders in the Cambridge area to be part of the “buyers bus tour” of the major preparers/vendors in the Waikato area, by adding the Cambridge Trotting Track as a tour stop for presentation and inspection.  Almost all the top trainers were on that “bus tour”, and our lots did us proud.

Below are the posters we have developed for the yearling sale day promotions.

The Snow Leopard yearling pacer

The Shooting Star yearling pacer

Out Of The Box yearling trotter

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Today Cambridge, a small town just south of Hamilton in New Zealand’s North Island, is playing host to William and Kate aka the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (appropriately for today, but I think referring to the Cambridge in England!) They are the Queen of England’s son and daughter in law, and the Queen is also the Queen of New Zealand and Australia, hence the visit downunder.

Cambridge NZ is, of course, a horse breeding centre famous more for its thoroughbreds than its standardbreds, but the place where many very good trotters and pacers have been born and raised. We have a track here which regularly holds harness meetings and hosts the Harness Jewels day every second year.

Majestic Son colt

Lot 116 Karaka yearling sale 2014, a trotting colt by Majestic Son from Miss Whiplash, named Royal Willie.

I’m not a royal follower, but I thought it was appropriate to profile one of the yearlings that really caught my eye at the Karaka yearling sales this year – the delightfully named Royal Willie, a Majestic Son colt from the very good mare Miss Whiplash. What a handsome looking black colt with a strong white blaze! He had me clicking my camera quite a few times, not unlike the paparazzi and the people of Cambridge will be doing at the Royal Walkabout today.

He was passed in on vendor’s bid at $28,000 with a reserve of $40,000, which means he returned to the good care of the Parkers at Drury. Tony Parker is the breeder of many fine racehorses including the great Auckland Reactor.

Miss Whiplash is a half sister to one of my favourite trotters of yesteryear, Lilly The Pink who got a 3rd in the Interdominion Trotters Final. Miss Whiplash herself won 13 races including the Thames Trotting Cup and a second in the Rowe Cup.

They are all from the Nevele R mare Working Girl. Apart from having a lot of fun with the naming (Emma Hamilton, Dutch Annie, Madam Heidi etc), those involved in the offspring are getting some fine results on the racetrack. Miss Whiplash’s daughter Dutch Annie seems to be one of the strongest branches, with her first two foals, fillies by Majestic Son (Hot Pants) and Love You (Yougunnakissmeornot) both making good starts so far. Her third foal, another filly by Majestic Son, was also offered at the Karaka yearling sale by the Parkers, and also bought back on a bid of $20,000. Quite rightly as you wouldn’t want to be giving away fillies from such a strong family. Although having said that, I see her next foal was also a filly!

Likewise, Dutch Annie’s dam Miss Whiplash has produced overwhelmingly filly foals, and in fact Royal Willie is only her second colt foal out of 8 live foals (and several misses).

By the look of him on sales day, he will be yet another from the family to fly the flag – as many will be doing in Cambridge today for “Royal Wills” as he drives past with his princess.


Royal Willie

Royal Willie


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Sharing these photos I took, with a word or two that sums up what these sires expressed as they paraded at Alabar on Sunday.

And guess what? I was lucky enough to draw the free service to Gotta Go Cullen/Great Success/Elsu – more of that later.

(We missed Elsu who paraded first, but have included a photo I took of him in a parade 2012)

Art Official – lovely conformation, very correct

Art Offical Alabar 2013

Art Offical – Alabar 2013

Auckland Reactor – athletic and supple

Auckland Reactor Alabar 2013

Auckland Reactor –  Alabar 2013

Big Jim – height and reach

Big Jim Alabar 2013

Big Jim – Alabar 2013

Majestic Son – powerful and lithe

Majestic Son alabar 2013

Majestic Son -Alabar 2013

Great Success – strong and square

Great Success - Alabar 2013

Great Success – Alabar 2013

Gotta Go Cullect – on-his-toes show-off with great conformation

Gotta Go Cullect - Alabar 2013

Gotta Go Cullect – Alabar 2013

Mach Three – stunningly handsome professional

Mach Three - Alabar 2013

Mach Three – Alabar 2013

Elsu – classic character

Elsu - Alabar 2012

Elsu – Alabar 2012

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