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Franklin trials was the venue for two 2yos by Sportswriter to get their racing ticket in New Zealand. View video here.

For my Aussie blog followers, this is a big yawn probably, as Sportswriter took off like a cracker as a sire over the ditch, and has more than 500 foals to his name and many already racing. (Although are they carrying on next season? I’m interested to get feedback on that).

Over here, it’s a different story and it follows the Art Major scenario, where Australian breeders tend to “give the new kid a go”, where we sit back and watch and wait or make our own sire out of some 2×4 and corrugated iron… (which can work well, trust me). Possibly the Kiwi/Aussie cultural difference is expressing itself through the means of chilled or frozen semen lol.

In New Zealand the sire Sportswriter had only 18 mares for each of his first years available here, but elevated that to 76 in the last season (2015). His fertility seems high. His foals are good looking. But of course they still need to carve out their name here, where we can only believe what we see on the racetrack.

So from small crops, these 2yo Sportswriter colts are both doing their sire a huge favour, just by finishing 1st and 2nd in a qualifying trial in a good time. Not to be sneezed at.

The 2yo Sportswriter in this case are: winner Mitch Maguire (Miley Maguire x Christian Cullen, from the Tabella Beth family) , and 2nd place-getter by a length The Lone Ranger (Cruzee Lass x Christian Cullen),  in a good time for the 1 mile qualifier on the Franklin track.

Giving credit to the dams: Cruzee Lass won 9 races from 39 starts, with 6 seconds for just a fraction off $100,000 stakes. The breeder of The Lone Ranger is Stonewall Stud, who really know their families and have a very accessible syndicate system to give people the chance to get into harness racing.

On the other hand, the dam of Mitch Maguire was Miley Maguire who never raced after some impressive workout and trial results, so she obviously had ability but something went amiss. I will follow up with breeder Ray and Diane Kennedy in due course.

The fact that both are from Christian Cullen mares may or may not turn out to be significant. But for now, it’s nice to see a new kid get success on the Kiwi block.

Note: Sportswriter is son of Artsplace with his damsire being the fantastic Jate Lobell and his grandamsire Big Towner, and she is from the very strong Wilellen family – check it out that link on Classic Families.

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