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Winner Winner! Nutrien’s first Group One winner

Lot 41 in the inaugural Nutrien Yearling Sale held in 2021 was a colt by Muscle Mass from the champion race-mare and 2020 Australian Broodmare of the Year La Coocaracha tr,1:58.5 $428,911.
Now named The Locomotive this colt was consigned by Yabby Dam Farms and fittingly brought $60,000 when knocked down to Wayne Potter.
Wayne trained his second Group One winner on Saturday night at Melton when The Locomotive steam-rolled his rivals in the Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Final for 2yo trotters to break his maiden status in style downing Hide And Seek and a gallant Basilica which raced outside the leader throughout.
The Locomotive rated an impressive 1:59.9 for the 1720 metres.
Third placed Basilica was also bred by Yabby Dam Farms and he brought $170,000 when he went through the ring as Lot 177 at the Nutrien Sale last year.
The 2021 Nutrien Yearling Sale has already produced 18 individual 2yo winners in 2022.

Dream start in 2021 hope to back up for Miles in 2022


Leigh and Alison Miles had a dream start as yearling sale vendors last year.

They secured $115,000 for a Captaintreacherous-You Ask Ally filly at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction in Melbourne.

Leigh Miles described attracting such a significant sum for the first yearling they had ever put through the sale ring as “unbelievable”. *pictured

“Everything just fell into place.”

The Miles are going back to this year’s Nutrien Equine yearling sale in Melbourne on Sunday, April 3, with a Sweet Lou-You Ask Ally filly (LOT 114).

While they would naturally like the bidding to reach the same heights as 2021, Leigh Miles is doing his best to keep a lid on any hype.

He said he was trying not to think about it too much.

“Maybe it was a once in a lifetime experience (last year). Hopefully not.

“You never know.

“Hopefully she’ll create a fair of interest.”

Miles said the Sweet Lou filly was bigger in stature, with a longer barrel, than the Captaintreacherous filly.

It is not difficult to see why any progeny of You Ask Ally is potentially hot property, both as a racing and breeding proposition.

You Ask Ally is a Tasmanian-bred daughter of Sportswriter and Fake Left mare Amarillen – one of Australia’s best producing broodmares over the past two decades.

You Ask Ally is a half sister to eight winners to date, including Chariots Of Fire winner Villagem (Village Jasper) 1:52.1, 25 wins, $626,000; Victoria Oaks winner Miss Graceland (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:54, 16 wins, $244,000; and group 1 winner Nostra Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:53.5, 11 wins, $266,000.

In addition, an unraced daughter of Amarillen in Pixel Perfect (Art Major) is the dam of seven winners including group 1 WA Pacing Cup winner Soho Tribeca (American ideal) 1:53.8, 21 wins, $1.1m; group 1 NSW Ladyship Cup winner Carlas Pixel (Courage Under Fire) 1:49.5, 19 wins, $480,000; group 3 placed Perfect Mach (Mach Three) 1:58.5, 22 wins, $210,000; group 2 placed Birdy Mach (Mach Three) 1:51.4, 30 wins, $270,000; group 1 winner Soho Nolita (Mach Three) 1:53, 10 wins, $238,000; group 2 winner Soho Hamilton (American Ideal) 1:54.6, 7 wins, $100,000; and group 1 placed Soho Broadway (Bettors Delight) 1:54.5 5 wins, $81,000.

Miles said they acquired You Ask Ally as a weanling after an association with her breeder, the late Rick Hinds.

He said he had prepared Miss Graceland and Nostra Beach for Hinds for the sales.

Mile said unfortunately You Ask Ally had not stood up to a racing preparation and had gone to stud without racing.

This is her third foal. She has a weanling colt by American Ideal and is again in foal to Captaintreacherous.

The Miles have a broad experience in the equine industry and operation Romsey Equine Services, which provides veterinary and breeding services across all breeds, as well as preparing foals for sales. Leigh is also a former trainer.

  • The Captaintreacherous-You Ask Ally filly – Lochinvar Xena – made her race debut in a Bathurst Tiara 2yo heat on Wednesday, March 16, finishing second.

We wish them all the best in the final tonight, with photo and video of Lot 114 going up on our website tomorrow.

If you would like more information on our Melbourne Sale please click here.

2022 Melbourne Yearling Sale Catalogue Here

Contact Mark Barton on 0419 488 256

Downbytheseaside sires third winner from first crop

When 2yo colt Firefly took out the Bathurst Gold Crown Silver Consolation of Wednesday night he became the third winner for first season sire Downbytheseaside.

He also became the 11th 2yo winner, all in sub 2:00 times, in the first three months of racing for graduates of the inaugural Nutrien Yearling Sale.

Firefly cost just $10,000 when he went under the hammer as Lot 26 last year and after Wednesday night’s win his earnings stand at $9,656.

The 2022 Nutrien Yearling Sale in Melbourne on April 3rd includes three lots by Downbytheseaside – two colts and one filly.

Lot 130 is a colt from Aunty Daph which is a half-sister to six winners including Detroit Dan p,1:56.8 $118,639 and the dam of Safari p,1:55.7 $535,445.

Lot 132, a colt from Bettor Abs p,1:59.8, and Lot 229, a filly from Rubeelee p,2,1:58.0, are out of mares by Bettors Delight. *pictured

The cross of Downbytheseaside from a Bettors Delight mare produced the standout 2yo filly Sea Silk p,2,1:50.6 $584,092 in North America last year.

Both stallions stand at Woodlands Stud in New Zealand and the stud has taken the bold step of selling a yearling in Australia for the first time at Nutrien’s Melbourne Sale.

A first foal, Lot 236 is a filly by the stud’s flagship stallion Bettors Delight from the Mach Three mare Sharing The Love p,3,1:58.4.

Sharing The Love is a full-sister to the 3yo Vicbred Super Series winner Pacifico Dream p,3,1:51.0 $317,750 and a half-sister to Queensland Oaks winner Momentslikethese p,3,1:55.7 $155,805.

Her dam Mint Julep is an unraced half-sister to Chariots Of Fire winner Guaranteed p,1:50.4 $856,316 which won at Group One level as a 2yo,3yo, 4yo and 5yo.

If you would like more information on our Melbourne Sale please click here.

2022 Melbourne Yearling Sale Catalogue Here

Contact Mark Barton on 0419 488 256


Group 1 success for tyro breeders – 2022 Melbourne Yearling Sale

By Peter Wharton

A breeding partnership formed seven years ago by Grenville husband-and-wife team Chris and Haley Lang achieved its first Group 1 win when the three-year-old Hes A Hammer gunned down his rivals in the $50,000 Aldebaran Park Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Final at Melton on Saturday night.

The couple bred the colt by Andover Hall out of the former 2YO and 3YO Filly Trotter of the Year Shes An Image and sold him as a yearling for $55,000 to owner Domenic Martello.

The David Aiken trained colt has now earned $39,870 from three wins and two placings in only nine starts.

The Lang’s are currently breeding from seven trotting broodmares. They have entered three colts in the Nutrien Equine Melbourne sale on April 3 including a Father Patrick half-brother to Hes A Hammer (Lot 237).

The photos: Father Patrick-Shes An Image yearling colt – Lot 237 in the Nutrien Equine Melbourne sale

Race 3: Tabcorp Park, Saturday 19-3-2022
Aldebaran Park Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic (3YO Trotting Colts & Geldings) Final (Group 1)
Winner: Hes A Hammer (1)
Trainer: David Aiken; Driver: Josh Dickie
Race Distance: 1,720 metres, Mile Rate: 1.58.1
photography: Stuart McCormick

Hes A Hammer wins the Group 1 at Melton – Stuart McCormick photo

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.

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.


Introduce world class trotting bloodlines and with it take the standard of the trotting gait on the track in Australia to a whole new level.

This became a passion for Pat Driscoll after witnessing in person one of Europe’s biggest trotting races – the Prix d’Amerique.

Determined to make his dream a reality, he would establish his own little piece of Europe on Australian shores in 2015 – Haras des Trotteurs, predominantly offering the best French stallions to Australasian breeders, alongside his breeding and racing arm Yabby Dam Farms – at a state-of-the-art facility near Ballarat.

He’s delivered big time, with legendary French sire Love You anchoring ever-expanding stallion offerings.

Driscoll has not limited his focus on stallions though.

He’s taken every opportunity to purchase overseas-bred mares from Europe and North America as well as the best available from Australasia to build on his breeding stock and ultimately the quality of the racing product.

Success has followed in a big way, with many wins for him in age classics and open class features.

Up to a couple of years ago Driscoll raced most of the foals he bred, but now he is taking a different direction.

He is offering the vast majority of the yearlings he breeds to the greater harness racing population through the sale ring.

And in addition, to encourage and build on what has been a growing interest in the trotting gait across the harness racing industry, Driscoll’s Haras des Trotteurs has became the sponsor of a new race series linked to the Nutrien Equine standardbred yearling sales.

For the second year in a row, Yabby Dam Farms is offering the biggest consignment of trotters of any breeder at the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sales, with 25 lots going to the Melbourne sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, April 3.

Yabby Dam Farms led the way at Nutrien Equine’s inaugural standardbred yearling sale in Melbourne last year.

They had 29 lots sell at an average of $40,931.

This included $170,000 for a Father Patrick colt out of multiple group one-winning mare Une Belle Allure – the highest price ever for a trotting yearling in Australia.

This year’s Yabby Dam Farms consignment includes 12 foals by US-bred Swedish group 1 winner Volstead, which has been part of the Haras des Trotteurs stallion roster.

Six other lots are by Love You and three by Quaker Jet Fra, a son of Love You and member of the Haras des Trotteurs stallion line-up.

There are also three by Father Patrick Us and one by What The Hill Ca.

The lots also include the progeny of an array of overseas-bred mares from France, Canada, United States and New Zealand, including daughters of champion French sires Ready Cash and Coktail Jet.

They include:

Lot 125: VOLSTEAD US-ANOTHER PLAYER NZ (Dr Ronerail US) filly. Another Player is the dam of multiple US-winner Majestic Player – the fastest ever Australasian-bred trotter.

Lot 159: FATHER PATRICK US-ELUSIVE JET Fra (Coktail Jet Fra) filly. Elusive Jet is a full sister to  group 1 European Derby winner Dro de Jet Fra.

Lot 160: FATHER PATRICK US-ALDEBARAN EVE (Skyvalley NZ) filly.  Aldebaran Eve was a multiple group 1 winner.

Lot 218: QUAKER JET Fra-PRETTY PEGGY SUE (Pegasus Spur US) filly. Half-sister to group 1 winners Kinvara Sue and Pretty Majestic.

In association with the sale, Yabby Dam Farms are offering a travel rebate of any YDF yearling purchase at the sale where the yearling is exported to
New Zealand within 60 days after the sale.

The export rebate will be A$500 per A$10,000 spend or part thereof, to a maximum of A$5000, payable on receipt of a paid travel invoice.

With the sponsorship of Haras de Trotteurs, all trotting yearlings sold at this year’s Nutrien Equine sales, including Sydney on Sunday, February 20, will be eligible to contest a race series in Melbourne in 2023 and 2024.

The 2023 trotting series will carry an overall stake of $125,000 with separate $62,500 divisions for two-year-old colts and fillies.

Graduates of the 2022 sale will also be eligible to compete for a further $250,000 as three-year-olds in 2024.

Pat Driscoll has already made a massive mark on the trotting breed in Australia.

With his own breeding programs and continued drive to make world class stallions available to southern hemisphere breeders, his legacy is only going to get greater.

His involvement and partnerships with Nutrien Equine all point to even greater opportunities for the industry and more exciting times for the trotter in Australia.

Click here to the Nutrien Equine Melbourne Sale Catalogue


What a fantastic day for Nutrien with a Australian Record for 2yo mare, Lot 257 YAVEN CHAMPAGNE ROMANCE on account of John & Jenn Corbett from Adelong NSW selling for a huge $260,000 at lunch time today.

Purchased by a very excited Peter and Shari Knudsen from Chinchilla in QLD, Peter said “It’s really exciting for our family. We have a long history with her as we missed out on her as a yearling, so very pleased to be able to take her home now.”

The mare is by the $49 million sire METALLIC CAT out of the ONE MOORE ROMANCE whose dam ONE MOORE SPIN is considered one of the highest producing dams in Australian Performance.

Peter and Shari will add her to their breeding and competition program, which includes campdrafting and some cutting.

The bidding was all in the main arena of AELEC today, with multiple bidders right up until the $200,000 splicing it down to three parties and then two at the end till the Knudsens sealed the deal.

John and Jenn Corbett are long-time vendors and supporters of the Nutrien Classic and this backs up their amazing record of top price horses at the sales. John said “We are over the moon, we really thought a lot of her, she is a beautiful mare.” John and Jenn sold the full brother in 2018 to Hughes Pastoral Co, YAVEN SPINACAT and he made $210,000. They have another colt in the sale whose dam is out of ONE MOORE ROMANCE,  YAVEN SPINAREY and he is by METALLIC CAT, Lot 336 YAVEN VAN HALEN.

Auctioneer Darren Smith was elated to take the record for auctioneering in the 15 years of the Nutrien Classic and said that the mare was something special. “There was a lot of hype about her in the preworks and prior to the sale, she was beautifully presented by Hugh Miles, and calm. She didn’t have to do much, as she had such presence and style.”

When asked how he felt about selling an Australian Record horse, Darren said “Well, it hasn’t really sunk in yet”

Nutrien Classic has wrapped for the day, we will have all the results to you on our website.

It’s free to login with an email address and you have full access to all results and stats.

Winning streak continues

The winning streak by close relatives to yearlings in the 2022 Nutrien Yearling Sale in heats of the Vicbred Super Series continued at Ballarat on Thursday night.

Mach Three 4yo stallion Pacifico Dream started a $1.50 favourite when he took out the second heat of the 4yo Entires and Geldings from Silent Major and Major Meister.

Pacifico Dream won the 3yo Vicbred Super Series Final and Thursday’s win was his 14th and lifted his earnings to $315,750.

Lot 236 in the 2022 Melbourne Nutrien Yearling Sale is the first foal from a full-sister to Pacifico Dream in Sharing The Love p,3,1:58.4 and is being offered by Woodlands Stud NZ.

Lot 236 is by Woodlands Stud’s flagship stallion Bettors Delight and this filly is bred on the same cross as the outstanding female pacers Classie Brigade p,1:54.6 $579,369 (three-time Kaikoura Cup winner) and multiple Group One winner Dr Susan p,3,1:52.1 $267,444 which won the 2020 Victoria Oaks on her way to being named Australian 3yo Filly Pacer of the Year.

The Group One finals for the Vicbred Super Series are scheduled to be held at Melton on the last night of the season – New Years Eve and the Nutrien website will have all the updated lots on-line on Tuesday 4th January.

Lot 236 is being prepared by Dr Kath McIntosh of Llowalong Farms in Kyabram and Dr McIntosh can be contacted on 0427 497 429 to arrange an inspection.