Once again, we highlight some of the harness racing successes from around the country during the week ending Week 11.c the month of September.
Lead Pacing Siri: Bettor’s Delight | 6 winners
Leading Trotting Secret: I love you & Muscle hill | 3 winners
Leading Pacing Broodmare Sire: Christian Cullen | 6 winners
Leading Trotting Broodmare Sire: Sundon | 3 winners
The cream rose to the top over the weekend with the big gun stallions taking top honors in all four of the aforementioned categories.
Bettor’s Delight is set for a record-breaking 11 gamesc Has won consecutive leading pacing sire in stakes, a record he currently shares with Vance Hanover.
Love You was the leading sire of trotters in 2017, a remarkable effort as he had never served a book of more than 42 mares in previous years.
Muscle Hill is in the same boat and was rewarded for his excellence by being named Trotting Stallion of the Year despite finishing second last year. Great son earned money.
This year, he’ll be just a few hundred thousand dollars behind Majestic Son with three and a half months to go in the season for a shot at the crown.
Muscle Hill’s hopes will rest squarely on the shoulders of Bolt For Brilliance and Muscle Mountain, who will have to dethrone the champion Sundees Son, who deservedly so.
Christian Cullen is looking for a seventh consecutive leading pacing horse title, which would take him to one of Light Brigade’s existing records. He is very clear at this stage but should continue to step up in the coming years as his daughters of Bettor’s Delight begin to pour into the breeding stock in large numbers.
When it comes to lines of advanced leaping broodmares, Sundon is in a class of its own and can be declared the winner for all intents and purposes today. This will be his 12thc With a back-to-back crown in that respect, 4 more than Light Brigade, and about six and seven times as many daughters as his nearest rivals, I’m willing to make a bold claim and say he could very easily win this feature. for the rest of the decade.
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Lead Breeder: Tony Dickinson (Alta Lodge), Spreydon Lodge, Alabar Stud | 2 winners
Tony Dickinson recorded a race-to-race double at his Christchurch headquarters on Friday night when he hailed two “Alta” offspring within 30 minutes.
Alta Meteor, two-year-old son Art major three wins from just four starts while proving too good for a quality field of juveniles. Having to sit without cover for the final round would have given favorite backers a few trying moments, especially if he started at a microscopic odds of $1.20.
Despite a difficult run, he managed to beat another clever son of Art Major, Charlie Brown, in the last half of 55, which made his big sister Alta Louisa a Group 3 winner in Australia.
ALTA METEOR REPEAT
He is the fourth foal out of Alchemist, the Smart Mach Three mare who won 16 races and earned over $300,000.
Alta Wiseguy (Mach Three) punched his ticket to the New Zealand Cup by scoring 72n.d payment of the old Avon City Ford Cup (previously run as the New Brighton Cup).
This was a four-year-old son of Mach Three’s first run of the new campaign and he made a good move to find himself useful and was finally left with less than two laps to go. Alta Wiseguy is probably better known for his sharp turn of foot, and without applying any serious pressure, he was able to reach the top of the straight, apart from the now customary park outside Laver, and fend off stablemate BD Joe.
ALTA WISEGUY AGAIN
Alta Wiseguy is bred from a backcross to his fellow Alta winner Mach Three suddenly Art major mare in Princess Art. He is only the second foal from the mare, he has a great future with his future three foals The American ideal, Always Mickey B and Captain Crunch.
14: Number of studs in New Zealand who owned winners from 35 races across the country last week.
3: A number of quinellas have done the job in each of Canterbury’s meetings with Art Major this weekend and his arch-rival Bettor’s Delight in Cambridge.
Alta Meteor and Charlie Brown were half the height of each other for minors at Addington, as noted above for the sire Art Major.
Im’ Your Huckleberry and Michael Caine were the same distance apart on the third card for the Art Major at Methven. I’m Your Huckleberry was bred to do well out of A Legend, a half-sister to millionaire pacer Deçim and now North American broodmare Bit Of A Legend N.
Another small quinella has produced another half-sister to the promising stallion Sky Delight, who was out of Holyrood last at Cambridge.
The winner is a full sister to Sky Major’s Bettor’s Delight, who has great support from her base at Wai Eyre Farm. Her younger sister is no star, but has now won five races to go with 13 placings, which will bode well for her foal career at Alabar Stud, where she owns.
9: The number of offspring of a single and finished stallion, Racing Hill. his son Roll with Joe it’s the only season he’s served only minor numbers, but there were two runners at the weekend, both finishing second in their respective races, with Joes Rock and Apatchofgold.
2: Number of different pedigree crosses that produced weekend winners. This is the first time this month that we have covered a weekend livestock review in New Zealand.
Bettor’s Delight has no first cross chocolate fish with a smart guess who is short-priced favorite on the Christian Cullen mare. This is a cross that has provided many champion pacers and high priced yearlings over the last decade.
Both Bettorlini and Mason Shard produced winning runs, the latter on debut and out of Group 1 winner Pemberton Shard, in what looks to be the first of many for the Mark Jones-trained colt.
The second cross can be just off the pitch and happened twice in the space of an hour at Addington on Thursday.
Muscle hill could take care of a cow and produce a champion, but with her sperm expensive and limited supply, the chances of that happening are slim.
His two sons, Aardiebythehill and Muscle Mountain, are both out Pegasus Spur mares, a cross that produced six winners from only seven foals of racing age.
4: The number of wins scored by the New Zealand Cup hero in 2008, Change.
his son In the pocket these days he performs stallion duties in the sunshine state of Queensland, but continues to churn out bread-and-butter winners from all sorts of stud breeds across the country.
His four winners included fullbred sisters Armbro Kojak and Knight Rainbowthey are both far from being champion producers with just 19 and 7 lifetime broodmare credits each to their names.
By Brad Reid, for Harnesslink