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Sydney shines for first Nutrien Equine Yearling Sale for 2022

With the benefit of a day to catch up on what has been a truly fantastic experience for the entire Nutrien Equine team, we would like to firstly congratulate all our sale vendors and in particular the preparers and workers that have put in the time to present such a fantastic catalogue of Australian Standardbreds not only to the Australian market, but the world stage.

These breeders should be incredibly proud of the way they present and set up these young athletes for their careers in racing and it has been a privilege to offer the Sydney draft of horses to the market.

The momentum started earlier in the week in New Zealand flowed on with strong interest from all states including Tasmania as well as interest from New Zealand buyers, who also operated in the market.

Top Price of the sale was an equal affair with two colts reaching $150,000. First up was Lot 40, an AMERICAN IDEAL USA colt out of the 2021 Australian Broodmare of the year, BENINJURD. This Benstud Standardbred superstar mare is the dam of TOUGH TILLY, SOMEDAN AND LIGHTING DAN. This colt was also a full brother to CENTENARIO, 1:53.5 $332,520. This colt was purchased by Edward and Michelle Caruana and their son Blake made the trip up from Victoria to do some great bidding in the arena. Blake was really pleased to get him “I had a plane booked in the afternoon and really was happy to go home knowing we got him”

Joining Benstud was Victorian breeders Alabar Bloodstock who bought their impressive draft to our Sydney sale and also topped the sale with their impressive Lot 94, a SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt out of NIKE FRANCO NZ. This is her first foal and wasn’t he impressive in the ring. NIKE FRANCO NZ had an outstanding racing career with 35 wins and over $900,000 in career earnings, he was to be a standout and he for sure was on the day.

Congratulations to the purchasers, Stuart Watt who was the man in the arena on behalf of himself, Tom Hogan, and Tim Bunning who managing syndicate on behalf Clayton Tonkin and Emma Stewart clients. Stuart said, “I’m ecstatic! Clayton loves this colt, said he is very special, and it will head to Clayton and Emma and we will go on from there”. Stuart said the syndicate left him to his own devices on bidding on this colt, “The pressure was on for another one I was the underbidder on, but we were so happy to get the Nike Franco colt, he is really special”

For our first Sydney Standardbred Yearling Sale we sold 87 of 99 lots sold with a clearance rate at the end of the sale of 87.88%

The average was $38,082.55, with colt averaging $43,663 and fillys averaging $30,152.

Gross for the sale was $3,313,182.

We still have some passed in lots for sale, please check out their buy now price here: FULL SALES RESULTS

Again, thank you to the buyers, under bidders and vendors for supporting the Nutrien Team and we look forward to seeing you at Oakland’s Junction – Melbourne for our 2nd sale weekend 2nd & 3rd April 2022.

22 quality large draft for Brooklyn Lodge at the Nutrien Equine Sydney Yearling Sale this weekend.

When Doug and Janet Moore decided to locate their standardbred breeding nursery Brooklyn Lodge from Aberdeen near Scone they looked long and hard for the right location.

With their daughter Melanie and son-in-law Ben Settree working alongside them, the desire was to find a property closer to the heart of harness racing country in New South Wales.

“There was a lot of time researching to find the right property,” Ben said.

The search took them to The Lagoon, just outside Bathurst, in 1999.

“We purchased it with the sole view of raising an athlete.”

And as they prepare to take 25 foals to the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale in Sydney on Sunday, February 20, more than 20 years down the track this is exactly what their main objective continues to be.

“We run our horses in big mobs in big paddocks,” Ben said.

“It’s nothing to see 30 or 40 colts in a (100-acre) paddock galloping flat out from one end to another.

“The concept is food at one end and water at the other with rolling hills in between.

“It helps us raise a quality animal, a quality athlete to do a job.

“They learn to run and play, and learn to be a horse first, which we believe is important when trying to raise a racehorse.

“Our horses are pretty well grown and mature by the time they come in,” he said.

“We only have them in for the last stage of preparation, five to six weeks before a sale.”

It is at this stage that Melanie as studmaster is in complete control.

“When it comes to yearlings she’s boss,” Ben said.

While 22 lots of Brooklyn Lodge’s own and another three for clients is a significant number, it is much fewer than they once took to the sales.

“We’ve scaled back over the past seven to eight years. We took more than 50 one year when we were the biggest (consigner) on the East Coast.

“We’ve by choice handed over the baton to others for various reasons.”

A major influence was an incident in 2015, which left Doug Moore a paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair.

Looking to the sale, Ben Settree has no hesitation in nominating what he believes is Brooklyn Lodge’s best foal – lot 19, a Captaintreacherous-The Arch Nemesis (Jeremes Jet) filly.

“She’s a magnificent individual. She’s athletic and has a pedigree which will carry her into the breeding barn.

“We have some well-bred, dual-purpose fillies, but she’s the stand-out. She’s the star.

The Arch Nemesis has left two winners – Crunch Time (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:49.6 and Captain Crusader (Captaintreacherous) 1:50.6.

“Fingers crossed she’ll make an impact in the sale ring,” he said.

Ben also has a real liking for lot 42 – a Rock N Roll Heaven-Betapic filly.

“She’s very much in the mould of lot 19.”

He said Betapic was a family favourite, having been one of six winners bred by Brooklyn Lodge out of Picket Line (Entrepreneur).

Betapic won 14 races and as a broodmare has produced four winners.

Ben said she had left some nice horses without any being a superstar, including Captaintreacherous filly Beta Jewel (5 wins), which was sold for $72,500 as a yearling in 2019, an Art Major filly for $27,500 in 2020 and Art Major for $22,500 last year.

Brooklyn Lodge believes it has an even lot of colts, but Ben was prepared to single out lot 95, by Art Major and out of NZ-bred Bettors Delight mare Nothing Else Matters.

“He’s a lovely colt.”

Ben Settree said was an old saying in harness racing – go to the best and hope for the best.

He said in keeping with this Brooklyn Lodge always focused on taking mares to the best sires available after matching up physical and racing attributes and temperaments as well as bloodlines.

It has certainly paid off over the years.

Brooklyn Lodge attracted an Australian record price of $245,000 for now Victoria Cup winner Max Delight as a yearling in 2017.

“We were fortunate a few buyers were interested and they went all out.”

Maybe it can happen again in Sydney.

* Betapic is the granddam of a Vincent-Decapria colt sold for $95,000 at the APG yearling sale in Melbourne on Sunday.

If you would like more information on the sale please contact Mark Barton 0419 488 256.

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Looking for history to repeat

The inaugural Nutrien Yearling Sale in 2021 saw five lots top the $100,000 mark.

Incredibly all five have full or half relatives in the 2022 Nutrien Yearling Sale.

In 2021 a colt by Bettors Delight from the Art Major mare Our Golden Goddess topped the sale when Jean Feiss paid $180,000 for the first foal from a mare which won 17 races and banked more than $442,000.

The colt has been named Beckham and is now located in New Zealand.

Benstud Standardbreds put Our Golden Goddess back to Bettors Delight and Lot 211 in the 2022 Sale is a full-brother to Beckham.

Second top price in 2021 was a colt by Father Patrick from the Australian 3yo Filly Trotter of the Year Une Belle Allure which set a new Australian Record for a trotting bred yearling when he brought $170,000 and was knocked down to Alabar Farm.

He was sold by Yabby Dam Farms who will offer a Muscle Mass half-brother as Lot 250 in 2022.

Muscle Mass currently sits in fifth position on the 2021 USTA list of Leading Sires of Trotters and is also in the Top Ten on both the 2yo Trotters Sires List and 3yo Trotters Sires List.

Alison Miles was over the moon earlier this year when she sold the top-priced filly at the Nutrien Sale for $115,000.

That filly was by boom sire Captaintreacherous and in 2022 Alison will offer a half-sister by Sweet Lou as Lot 114 and with You Ask Ally being a half-sister to Australian Broodmare of the Year Pixel Perfect her 2022 offering is also sure to be keenly sought after.

Alabar Bloodstock sold an Art Major colt from the Miracle Mile and Chariots of Fire placegetter Arms Of An Angel for $110,000 earlier this year.

In 2022 they will be offering a full-brother as Lot 36 and with a dam which has a 1:49.5 winning record this colt should also attract plenty of attention.

Lauriston Bloodstock sold a Captaintreacherous colt out of the Group One winning mare Musical Delight for $100,000 at the 2021 Nutrien Yearling Sale.

In 2022 they will offer an Art Major half-brother as Lot 89 and since the 2021 Sale Musical Delight’s reputation has grown as her current 3yo Beach Music has blossomed in recent weeks winning six of seven starts and finishing third in the 2021 Victoria Oaks at the other start.


Nutrien Equine – We sell winners

The 2021 Nutrien Yearling Sale produced its sixth individual 2yo winner for the 2022 season when Naturally Gifted won at Penrith on Thursday night for owner Jake Stockton, trainer Wayne Dimech and driver Jack Trainor.

Like the other five Nutrien Sale 2yo winners this season Naturally Gifted went sub 2:00 with a rate of 1:59.4 for the 1720 metres and winning by almost eight metres from Aureus and Promiseland.

Bred by P W Judd, C A Judd, T N Commadeur and M Commadeur, Naturally Gifted was sold as Lot 118 for $30,000.

Naturally Gifted is the first foal from his dam Perfectlyimperfect which is by Bettors Delight and took a record of p,1:58.0. His grand-dam Mach And Me p,2,1:58.4 $159,885 won a 2yo Australian Gold Final.

He is a son of Sweet Lou who has 14 yearlings on offer this coming Sunday at Nutrien’s second sale.

Five of them in Lots 56, 66, 70, 80 and 100 are like Naturally Gifted in that they are out of mares by Bettors Delight.

This is a cross that has produced 44 winners in the Southern Hemisphere to date including the New Zealand 2yo Filly of the Year Sweet On Me p,2,1:55.2 $246,960. Seven of the 44 winners have each earned in excess of $100,000.

Another graduate from the 2021 Nutrien Sale in the Roll With Joe gelding Rolling Fire made his first public appearance in an educational trial at Pinjarra on Wednesday evening.

Trained by Justin Prentice, he was faultless cruising home by 30 metres and covering the final 400 metres of the 1684 metre trial in 29.2 seconds.

He was sold as Lot 18 for $31,000 to a group of well-know Gloucester Park identities including President John Burt, CEO Michael Radley and major sponsor Glen Mortimer (Retravision).


The big weekend kicks off with the Woodlands Stud Yearling Parade at 6pm on Friday under the Two Figs Parade Ring. Whilst this will be available for viewing via livestream by visiting for those who can enjoy the experience on site, you will enjoy nibbles and drinks with the yearlings paraded in the flesh, thanks to Woodlands Stud.

Our valued vendors have provided you with a wonderful catalogue of quality yearlings to be presented for inspection on site, throughout the day on Saturday February 19.

The sale will take place from 1pm on Sunday, February 20 and for those who cannot attend the action at the venue, we have arranged online bidding through Auctions Plus.

You can preregister both online and physical bid cards by clicking here.

All videos and photos of the lots have been loaded onto the online catalogue as well as daily updates to the pedigrees and you can access these here.

We look forward to seeing you at the Sydney Standardbred Yearling Sale Weekend Celebrations.


Mataranka building relationships key to success; Looking at Nutrien Equine Sydney Sale this weekend

Building relationships with buyers has been a big part of Denis and Jo Howe’s success in the standardbred breeding industry.

“We always follow up and touch base with buyers,” said Denis, who has been taking yearlings to sales for about 20 years after it started out as a hobby.

“We’ve built some good relationships.

“We have made some real good friends after selling horses to them,” he said.

The Howes will be looking to either build on those at the Nutrien Equine Standard Yearling Sale in Sydney on Sunday, February 20.

Their Wagga-based Mataranka Park Standardbreds are taking four lots to the Inglis Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm.

They are hoping to build on the quartet the family offered at last year’s inaugural Nutrien Equine sale in Melbourne, where all four attracted more than $20,000, with an Art Major-Hows The Memory filly going for $41,000.

While Hows The Memory is not represented this time, her dam Distant Memory has a Bettors Delight colt going under the hammer.

Here’s how Dennis Howe sees their lots:

Lot 53 – Sweet Lou US-Custom Franco NZ filly

“She’s athletic and well put together.”

He says she’s not a typical Sweet Lou though in looks.

Many of his progeny inheriting his stand-out white blaze.

“There’s not a white hair on her.”

The filly is a half-sister to four winners, including Invest (Christian Cullen NZ) 6 wins and The Pima Indian (Changeover NZ) 6 wins.

Lot 57 – Bettors Delight US-Distant Memory colt

“He’s a lovely horse – a nice colt.

“He’s not big, but he’s very correct  – a lovely horse.”

Distant Memory was one of 14 winners out of Macrandra, including six bred by the Howes.

In her own right Distant Memory won 10 races, including the 2013 group 1 Bathurst Tiara Final and group 1 Vicbred Super Series 2yo final.

Distant Memory has left four winners, including Hows The Memory (Mach Three Ca) 1:150.1, 15 wins, $154,000; listed winner Bench Memories (Somebeachsomewhere US) 1:53.4, 15 wins; Delightful Angel (Bettors Delight) 1:53.5 4 wins; and Something Bettor (Bettors Delight) 1:58.3 3 wins.

Howe said there was a tendency for the family to get better with age.

Lot 60 – Art Major US-Equus Franco NZ colt

“He’s not big, but he’s still a good size.

“He is a nice type and she’s (the mare) has left some big earners.”

This is the Howe’s second foal out of Equus Franco, which has left four winners including Flem N Em NZ (Courage Under Fire NZ) 1:49.6, 61 wins, $980,000; and Glenferrie Bronte NZ (Changeover NZ) 1:51.4, 42 wins, $440,000.

Lot 71 – Art Major US-In Her Memory colt
He’s a cracker. He’s outstanding.

“He’s one of the best Art Majors on type I’ve bred.

“He really catches the eye.

“We have a few people inspecting our lots. Some didn’t have him marked when they came, but went away with a tick on his page.”

He is the third foal out of In Her Memory, which was bred by the Howes and won three races.

He is a half-sister to Secret Smile (Grinfromeartoear US) 1:53.4, 17 wins, $84,000.

Yearlings will all be on site this afternoon with our Yearling Parade starting at 6pm on site.

If you would like more information on the sale please contact Mark Barton 0419 488 256.

Online Catalogues links below



LAST nights Winner Rocksie Rock is an exciting update for Lot 78 at Sydney this weekends sale.

Lot 78

Alabar Bloodstock’s Sydney yearlings are on their way north for Sunday’s Nutrien Yearling Sale and to celebrate Rocksie Rock took out the sixth race at Bathurst last night for trainer Michael Muscat and driver Doug Hewitt.

Rocksie Rock is a 3yo Rock N Roll Heaven gelding out of the Sportswriter mare Maid For You Lombo and last night was just his third start and first as a 3yo and he rated a handy 1:58.0 over the 1730 metres to get rid of his maiden status.

His half-sister by Always B Miki will be offered by Alabar on Sunday as Lot 78.

Maid For You Lombo is a half-sister to Australian 2yo Filly of the Year Aussie Made Lombo p,1:55.1 $578,857 being a daughter of the legendary Tailamade Lombo p,1:55.3 $1,354,978 whose race-track exploits have been matched by her stud record with her 10 individual winners include five winners of $100,000 plus on the track.

Lot 78 will be in Barn J18 so drop by and have a chat to Dale Forbes about this filly.

New winners on a Tuesday!

Lot 87

The final event on Tuesday night at Young saw the 3yo American Ideal filly Sarah Jo overcome her wide draw on the second row to finish strongly to claim her first win.

Lot 87 in Nutrien’s Sydney Yearling Sale this Sunday is a Sweet Lou half-brother to Sarah Jo and is being sold by Benstud Standardbreds.

Montana Jo, the dam of Lot 87, is a half-sister to four winners including Flojos Gold p,1:54.0 $202,575, Madison Louise p,1:55.9 $114,016 and the 3yo Vicbred Homegrown Classic winner Kira Jo p,3,1:57.4.

To arrange inspection prior to Sunday contact Craig Judd on 0458 658 273

Downbytheseaside gets his first downunder winner

Tuesday night at Gloucester Park saw the running of five heats for the 2yo WA Sales Classic and when Between Two Thorns took out the second of the fillies heats she became the first Australasian winner for Downbytheseaside.

Having her first start in a race Between Two Thorns rated a handy 1:58.1 for the 1730 metres and she will be a leading fancy for the $100,000 final next week.

Downbytheseaside is the sire of four lots in Sunday’s Nutrien Sale in Sydney including three fillies.

Lot 25

A colt on account of Galthorn Farm from the Life Sign mare Vampish Hanover p,1:56.6 $48,188. To arrange a pre-sale inspection contact Galthorn Farm 0417 221 959 or drop by Barn K71 on Sunday.

Lot 29

A filly on account of Brooklyn Lodge & Clients from the Village Jasper mare Whispering Lass p,1:59.3 $129,323. To arrange a pre-sale inspection contact Melanie Settree 0438 683 280 or drop by Barn K58 on Sunday.

Lot 47

A filly on account of P and C Judd out of the Sportswriter mare Charissa Tee p,3,1:58.0. To arrange a pre-sale inspection contact Craig Judd 0458 658 273 or drop by Barn J84 on Sunday.

Lot 58

A filly on account of Eric and Rosemary Basham out of the Art Major mare Dynomo Dee. To arrange a pre-sale inspection contact Shelley Stockton 0427 099 451 or drop by Barn K6 on Sunday.

UPDATES for Sydney from Menangle on Saturday

Menangle on Saturday


After waxing lyrical about Lots 84, 83 and 67 yesterday astute readers had an opportunity to back a long priced winner at Menangle last night.

Duggee Sloy added to the plaudits of his dam Miss Hazel last night when he cruised home in the ninth race on the programme for trainer Michael Doltoff and driver Jack Callaghan at odds of $26.00.

It was Duggee Sloy’s third win and second this season as a 3yo and took his earnings past the $30,000 mark.

Miss Hazel won a NSW Oaks and is the dam of Lot 84, grand-dam of Lot 67 and Lot 83 is out of her half-sister Miss Brazillian.

She is the dam of six winners herself and you can find her yearling colt at the sale next Sunday in Barn J71 under the care of Craig Judd and the team from Benstud.

That is the good news – the bad news is that I didn’t back it either.


The opening race at Menangle last night was taken out in brilliant fashion by the 5yo Somebeachsomewhere gelding Smooth Baht which came from a seemingly impossible position turning for home to win running away for trainer Steve Turnbull and driver Amanda Turnbull.

The win was his 10th and in the process he lowered his career record to 1:50.6 and took his stakemoney to $119,894.

Smooth Baht’s dam Shoutaloud p,1:58.9 $20,503 is a half-sister to Whispering Lass p,1:59.3 $129,323 which is the dam of Lot 29 at Nutrien’s Sydney Yearling Sale next Sunday.

Lot 29 is a filly by Downbytheseaside and is being offered by Brooklyn Lodge and she is a half-sister to Fiscal Fantasy p,1:57.6 and last season’s 2yo winner Our George Boston p,2,1:57.8.

This filly is being prepared by Melanie Settree and inspection can be arranged by contacting Melanie on 0438 683 280 or alternatively drop by Barn K58 next Sunday.

If you would like more information on the sale please contact Mark Barton 0419 488 256.

Online Catalogues links below for our Sydney and Melbourne Sales.

Parade will be held in Sydney on Friday 18th at 6pm, we would like to welcome all to drinks and bbq sponsored proudly by Woodlands Stud.

Inglish Riverside Stables, Warwick Farm

Sale 1pm 20th Feb 2022



Pedigree Updates leading up to Sydney Sale with Penrith wins offering super updates.

Its all happening for Sydney yearlings

Five yearlings entered for the Nutrien Sydney Yearling Sale on February 20th had half or full-relations win across the weekend as the build-up to the sale intensifies.

Lot 35A 2020 COLT OUT OF ANNAS INNOCENT owned by Tim Neven Prepared by Ben Stud Standardbreds

It all started at Penrith on Thursday night with the win of Rock Of Delight at Penrith. It was the Art Major gelding’s tenth win and took his earnings past the $50,000 mark

Tim Neven is offering a half-brother to Rock Of Delight as Lot 35A in Sydney and importantly for prospective purchasers this colt is by Somebeachsomewhere.

The dam of Lot 35A is the Bettors Delight mare Annas Innocent p,3,1:57.2 which is half-sister to the unraced Art Major mare Without Guile.

So what you may say – Without Guile produced Saturday night’s Group One winner Bondi Lockdown p,1:51.6 $287,020 which won the $100,000 Bonanza at Melton downing Beyond Delight and Kimble.

Bondi Lockdown is now the early favourite for the $250,000 Chariots Of Fire on February 19th at Menangle.

The kicker is – Bondi Lockdown is by Somebeachsomewhere which makes Lot 35A even more interesting than perhaps may have been the case.

So head to Menangle on February 19th to watch Bondi Lockdown take on the country’s best 4yos and then head to Nutrien’s Sydney Yearling Sale and check out Lot 35A.

If you would like to inspect Lot 35A before sale day then contact Craig Judd from Benstud NSW on 0458 658 273.

Lot 89 2020 COLT OUT OF MUSICAL DELIGHT owned by Lauriston Bloodstock prepared by LLOWALONG FARMS DR KATH MCINTOSH

The historic Carrick Park track opened in 1914 and is 17 kilometres west of Launceston and on Sunday evening the Meander Valley Cup was won by the Well Said gelding Young Rooster which beat Earl Jujon and Kardesler.

On account of Lauriston Bloodstock, Lot 89 in the Nutrien Sydney Yearling Sale on February 20th is a half-brother to Young Rooster being by Art Major from the very smart Bettors Delight mare Musical Delight p,3,1:53.1 $248,910.

As a 2yo Musical Delight won the Group One Australian Pacing Gold final and her first three foals are all winners in Young Rooster p,1:58.0 $134,162, Beach Music p,3,1:54.5 $152,870 and the 2021 2yo winner Ripp p,2,1:58.6.

The cross of Art Major over a Bettors Delight mare has produced 11 individual $100,000 earners in the Southern Hemisphere and there is even an example of the success of blending the blood of these two champion sires on the catalogue page.

An Art Major half-sister to Musical Delight in Queen Of Pop p,1:57.3 $204,527 is now the dam of the 2021 Bathurst Gold Tiara winner Just Hope p,2,1:54.1 $68,900 which is by Bettors Delight.

Dr Kath McIntosh of Llowalong Farms is preparing this colt for the sale and she can be contacted on 0427 497 429.

Lot 19 2020 FILLY OUT OF THE ARCH NEMESIS owned and prepared by Brooklyn Lodge Standardbreds

Brooklyn Lodge is offering Lot 19 at the Nutrien Sydney Sale and this filly is a three-quarter sister to the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Crunch Time which easily won the final event at Menangle on Saturday night from Ashark and Accelere in 1:50.5.

The time may have been outside Crunch Time’s career mark of 1:49.6 but the win was his 16th and lifted his earnings to $194,675.

Lot 19 is by the up and coming siring son of Somebeachsomewhere in Captaintreacherous p,3,1:47.2 $3,153,541.

Captaintreacherous, whose oldest Australasian progent are current 4yos is already the sire of 106 winners in this part of the world including the outstanding fillies Tough Tilly p,3,1:52.5 $361,633, which won the Group One 2yo Vicbred Super Series, and the 2021 Australian 2yo Filly Pacer of the Year Encipher p,2,1:54.9 $278,358.

A full-brother to Lot 19 in Captain Crusader p,3,1:52.5 $167,906 started first-up in the $100,000 Group One Bonanza at Melton on Saturday night.

Contact Melanie Settree on 0438 683 280 if you would like to inspect Lot 19 prior to the sale.

Lot 17  2020 COLT OUT OF TARALINGER consigned and prepared by Brooklyn Lodge Standardbreds *PICTURED

Brooklyn Lodge will also offer the colt by Heston Blue Chip from Taralinger which is Lot 17 in Nutrien’s Sydney Sale.

A winner of 12 races herself, Taralinger maintained her 100% producing record when 4yo Hes Watching gelding Jeffcoate became her ninth individual winner when he won at Penrith on Thursday night.

Her other eight winners include Three Mugs In p,1:52.9 $109,536 and Star Maker Final winner Yesnomaybeso p,1:55.7 $80,017.

Again, contact Melanie Settree on 0438 683 280 if you would like to inspect Lot 17 or any of the other lots from the Brooklyn Lodge draft prior to the sale.

Lot 84 2020 COLT OUT OF MISS HAZEL Consigned by Sloys Company Prepared by Ben Stud Standardbreds,

Having his first start since October at Penrith on Thursday night was the 3yo Somebeachsomewhere gelding Duggee Sloy which came back to racing in fine style downing Iambecauseofyou and Eugenien and rating career best 1:57.4 for the 1720 metres.

Duggee Sloy won once and was placed on a further five occasions as a 2yo and finished fifth in the Group One NSW Breeders Challenge final at Menangle in October.

Lot 84 in the Nutrien Sydney Sale is a half-brother to Duggee Sloy and five other winners including Victorian Country Clubs Championship winner Christian Sloy p,1:53.8 $95,027, Roll With Me p,1:56.2 $84,508 and Hazelnuts p,1:54.8 $83,043.

The dam of Lot 84 is Miss Hazel p,1:57.0 $310,063 which won 15 races including a NSW Oaks while Lot 84 is by super sire Art Major.

Miss Hazel is a full-sister to 2yo NSW Breeders Challenge winner Louvre p,3,1:54.5 $402,665, South Australian Derby winner Renaissance Man p,1:53.1 $297,904 and My General Lee p,1:52.2 $261,897.

Lot 84 is consigned by Sloys Company Pty Ltd and is being prepared for the sale by Craig Judd who can be contacted on 0458 658 273 to arrange pre-sale inspection.

If you would like more information on the sale please contact Mark Barton 0419 488 256.

Online Catalogues links below and you can also order your printed catalogue online.





Sweet legacy for Vincent Colt in the sale for Joanne Andersen

Joanne Andersen knows as well as anyone the highs and lows of the standardbred breeding games.

The Hawkesbury horsewoman has experienced each end of the scale over the decade she has been taking yearlings to the sales.

Three years ago she had a sales topper with a Captaintreacherous-Sweet As Reign colt being knocked down to Emilio and Mary Rosati for $130,000 in Sydney.

It was a stunning outcome. At that point in time Sweet As Reign had produced four winners.

“We’ve done pretty well for small breeders. That was an outstanding result,” Andersen said.

Sadly for Andersen and husband Brett and partners Darren and Tina Stevens, the Captaintreacherous colt would be the last foal Sweet As Reign would leave.

The mare and an unborn Sweet Lou foal died in 2020.

While Sweet As Reign is gone, there is a close connection to the two lots the Andersens and Stevens have going under the hammer at the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale in Sydney on Sunday, February 20.

Lot 72 is a Vincent colt out of Courage Under Fire mare Itz Reigning Men – a daughter and the only living mare out of Sweet As Reign.

This is the first foal out of Itz Reigning Men, which had to be retired prematurely from racing after just eight starts as a result of a trial fall.

“He’s outstanding,” Andersen said.

“He’s a really good type, beautiful.

“It’s been a great family and we’re excited with this first foal of Itz Reigning Men,” she said.
Retaining Itz Reigning Men as part of their select group of broodmares is part of a strategy that also sees them selling foals to help finance the operation and as required bringing in new acquisitions to refresh or maintain their broodmare line-up.

It was the latter that provides the story behind lot 68 – a colt from the first crop of Lazarus and out of Rock N Roll Heaven mare Heavenly Bread.

When Sweet as Reign was lost, Andersen went on the lookout for a replacement.

“It was pretty tragic for us. We needed to replace her.”

She said Heavenly Bread – a half-sister to champion racemare Our Golden Goddess (1:53.1 17 wins, $442,410) – was on the market.

While she had had two foals, both had raced had moderately performed, but for Andersen the opportunity was too good not to take up, being from such a terrific family.

Heavenly Bread was unraced after breaking a hock as a yearling.

Andersen has high hopes for the colt at the sale.

“He’s a lovely type, big and strong.

“He looks like Lazarus. Almost black.”

Andersen is confident the colt will attract his share of interest given he is so closely related to Our Golden Goddess, after her first foal (by Bettors Delight) brought $180,000 at the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale in Melbourne last year and also that the first Australian crop of Lazarus totaled only 40.

He is one of only five Lazarus foals being offered the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sales in Sydney and Melbourne.

Andersen has also prepared lot 35 in Sydney – a Hurrikane Kingcole colt out of Pacific Fella mare Annabella Crabtree for Victorian breeder Frank McGrath.

It had been on her recommendation that the colt goes through the ring in Sydney rather than Melbourne on April 11.

Andersen said he was Qbred and there were many New South Wales trainers who liked to campaign horses in Queensland.

The colt is one of nine foals from the last crop of the ill-fated Hurrikane Kingcole, which has had 60 individual winners from 81 starters.

Andersen said he was a big loss to the breeding industry, which had been in need of more of the Cam Fella bloodline, with Hurrikane Kingcole being by Cam’s Card Shark, a son of Cam Fella.

She said the colt has progressed quickly in the few weeks he had been with her.

“He’s a nice long colt with plenty of scope. He’s willing to learn.”

Andersen did not take any yearlings to the sales last year, so the Harness Breeders NSW life member is looking forward to linking up with Nutrien Equine for the first time.

Over her time with standardbreds she’s been able to learn from the likes of Dennis Wilson, Lou Cini and Alabar Farms, and in turn, set up services such as Bred In The Blue – providing standardbred racehorse breeding consultative and promotion – and Harness Trading Ring Australia.

Nutrien Equine begins yet another chapter in her life with horses which began as a youngster some four decades ago.