Monthly Archives: October 2021

Yabby Dam sold top price trotter to Alabar at Nutrien equine Yearling Sale 2021

Huge incentives from Haras de Trotteurs attract Trotting entries

Nutrien Equine are excited with the news that the Australian Premier Trotting Sale will be incorporated into the Nutrien Equine Yearling Sale to be held at Oaklands Junction Complex in Melbourne on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

The combination of these two successful trotting yearling sales into the Melbourne catalogue, will see an outstanding opportunity for the 2022 offering of trotting yearlings’ fillies and colts, to go on and compete in the 2023 Race Series in Melbourne. Each will be chasing the huge incentive of $62,500 which has been generously sponsored by Haras des Trotteurs, signifying their continued commitment to the Trotting Industry. These 2022 graduates will also have the opportunity to compete for a further $250,000 as three year old’s in 2024.

The 2022 Nutrien – APTS combined catalogue, is anticipated to be the strongest lineup of trotting yearlings ever offered for sale in the southern hemisphere; bringing top quality yearlings by some of the world’s leading trotting sires. With sale entries committed from Australia’s leading Trotting stables, this united catalogue certainly paves the way for what will be an incredible lineup of trotting yearlings to be offered for sale at the 2022 Melbourne Sale on April 3rd.

Added to this exciting announcement is a fantastic lineup of pacing yearlings, bringing the total graduate prize money for the Nutrien 2022 yearling sales to $925,000 in our second year.


For a yearling to garner top price at a sale the “stars need to align” meaning that it needs to have a top-class pedigree, needs to look stunning and have at least two bidders that are prepared to walk over hot coals to take the yearling home.

This far out, the second two factors in the equation are a little hard to predict but in terms of pedigree this colt will be up among the stars of the sale, even though he doesn’t yet have a lot number for the 2022 Nutrien Yearling sale in Melbourne.

His dam Claudy’s Princess initially went to stud in 2016 but failed to get in foal, so had another racetrack campaign continuing to perform at the elite level. Going back to stud in 2017, she tested in foal but it subsequently slipped and she again failed to get in foal in 2018.

Persistence by her owners the Catchya Racing Group paid off in 2019, when Claudy’s Princess tested in foal and on October 9, 2020 she produced a brown colt by Majestic Son.

“Having raced the mare we have enjoyed some great rewards” said Darren Aitken, a member of the Catchya Racing Group syndicate “it’s been a hard slog to see the opportunity for her bloodlines to continue but we’re excited to offer this colt through the Nutrien sale”.

The Colt Certainly Has A Top Class Pedigree On Both Sides.

His dam Claudy’s Princess was the dominant filly of her era as a 2yo, 3yo and 4yo winning 19 of her 30 starts in that period and adding a further 10 minor placings, with her only unplaced effort coming when fourth behind three colts in the 2yo Australasian Breeders Crown Final at Melton.

Five of those 19 wins came at Group One level and a further two at Group Two level including the Group One quintet of the 2yo Vicbred Super Series, 3yo Victoria Trotters Oaks, the 3yo NSW Trotters Oaks, 2yo Vicbred Super Series and the 4yo Vicbred Super Series.

Her overall career record of 53 starts for 22 wins 14 seconds and 5 thirds for stakes of $401,803 is magnificent. Her wins included the five at Group One level, three at Group Two status and a pair of races at Group Three level.

Naturally enough a mare with that sort of race-track record deserves to be mated with a top-flight sire and Claudy’s Princess’s colt is by the former champion race-horse and now leading sire in Majestic Son tr,3,1:52.4 $1,993,157.

Majestic Son was Canadian Harness Horse of the Year as a 3yo and has dominated Southern Hemisphere siring ranks since his first commercial-size crop was dropped in 2010.

In 2016 Majestic Son took over from Sundon as Australia’s Leading Sire of Trotters and he has headed the list every season since then. With four months of the current season to run Majestic Son has an impregnable lead as he chases a sixth straight title with his 80 winners having already amassed 156 wins and $1,675,667 in stakes.

His star winners include seven-time Group One winner Sundees Son tr,1:56.4 $749,204 which has won the Rowe Cup and Anzac Cup at his latest two starts before a spell and Majestic Man tr,1:53.5 $579,856 which won three Group One races in the space of five weeks earlier this year.

“The syndicate is excited for the prospects of this colt” Darren Aitken said “if he has half the ability of his sire and dam, we will enjoy watching the new owners reap the rewards”.

Nominations are now closed for the 2022 Nutrien Standardbred Yearling Sales to be held in Sydney Feb 20, 2022 and Melbourne April 3, 2022.

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Nutrien Equines’ Classic Sale entries set a new record.

After the seven-day entry period for the Nutrien Equine 2022 Classic Sale has closed, a new record number of entries has been received.

“Outstanding” that’s how Nutrien Equines’ Mark Barton has described entries for the 2022 Classic Sale. “with so many entries we can be certain that our selection team will get to choose from the very best of the performance horse bloodlines in this country”.

Being a select sale, the selection team will have a difficult task ahead of them to reduce the numbers down to fit within the four-day sale, providing vendors the best opportunity possible to market their horse.

If you have entered one or more horses for the sale it will be important to revisit your nomination now, to ensure all relevant information has been completed.

In particular, for those who have entered more than one horse, you should note your order of preference in the “Performance Information” section, and if you have nominated an aged horse, ensure all details regarding performance are provided, to assist our team in reaching a decision.

The selection process is expected to take a number of weeks with the final catalogue invitations to be provided by early October.