New Zealand’s weekly breeding roundup

Once again we highlight some of the harness racing breeding successes from across the country for the week ending the 11the of September.

Best Leading Bull: The pleasure of bettors | 6 winners

Best trotting bull: I like you & muscle hill | 3 winners

Best stimulator broodmare bull: Christian Cullen | 6 winners

Best trotting broodmare sire: Sundon | 3 winners

The cream rose to the top over the weekend with the heavyweight stallions taking top honors across the board in the four categories mentioned above.

Bettor’s Delight aims for record 11e successive leader of earned money boosted bulls, a record he currently shares jointly with Vance Hanover.

Love You was the first sire of trotters in 2017, which was a remarkable effort considering he had never served a pound of more than 42 mares in previous years.

Muscle Hill is in the same boat in terms of numbers and was rewarded for his excellence last year by being named the trotting stallion of the year despite finishing second behind majestic son in bet money won.

This year he will have his chance to claim the crown just a few hundred thousand dollars behind Majestic Son with three and a half months left in the season.

Muscle Hill’s hopes will rest squarely on the shoulders of Bolt For Brilliance and Muscle Mountain who should rightfully dethrone the champion, Sundees Son, in the long trots for their sire to be a hope to capture the stallion crown at the fair trot and square.

Christian Cullen is chasing his seventh successive title of leading broodmare sire, which would place him in one of the current records held by Light Brigade. He is well clear at this point but will need his daughters to continue to step up in the years to come with the daughters of Bettor’s Delight starting to pour into the breeding barn in large numbers.

Sundon is in a class of her own when it comes to leading trotting broodmare ranks and could be declared the winner today for all intents and purposes. It will be his 12e successive crown in this regard, 4 more than Light Brigade and with nearly six and seven times more foals from his daughters than any of his closest rivals, I would be willing to make a bold statement and say that he could very easily earn that feature for the rest of the decade.

Click here to see the table of the main New Zealand bulls.

Lead breeder: Tony Dickinson (Alta Lodge), Spreydon Lodge, Alabar Stud | 2 winners

Tony Dickinson recorded a race-to-race double on Friday night at the Christchurch headquarters when two of his ‘Alta’ descendants celebrated victory in the space of 30 minutes.

Alta Meteor, a two-year-old son of Art major picked up three straight wins from just four starts as he proved far too good for a quality group of juveniles. Being forced to sit uncovered for the final round would have given preferred backers some testing moments, especially since he started with the microscopic odds of $1.20.

Despite the tough run, he managed to crush another clever son of Art Major, Charlie Brown, in a final half of 55, showing some of the ability that made his own older sister, Alta Louisa, already Group 3 winner in Australia.


He is the fourth foal of clever Mach Three mare Alchemist, who has won 16 races and over $300,000 in bets.

Alta Wiseguy (mach three) clinched their ticket to the New Zealand Cup by winning the 72n/a slice of the famous Avon City Ford Cup (previously held as the New Brighton Cup).

Alta Wiseguy (Racing footage photos)

He was the four-year-old son of the first Mach Three round of his new campaign and he worked well to find himself within reach and eventually ahead with just under two circuits to go. Alta Wiseguy is probably best known for his tight turn and with no serious pressure applied, other than Laver’s now usual park, was able to rush to the top of the straight and fend off his stable mate, BD Joe.


Alta Wiseguy is bred on the reverse cross of fellow Alta winner being par mach three out of one Art major mare in Princess Arts. He is only the second foal of the mare who seems to have a great future with her next three foals by American ideal, Always B Miki and Captain Crunch.

14: The number of breeders belonging to the winners of the 35 races across the country last week in New Zealand.

3: The number of spawning quinellas this weekend with Art Major doing the deed at every Canterbury meeting and his nemesis Bettor’s Delight getting one in Cambridge.

Alta Meteor and Charlie Brown were half a neck apart in the juvenile feature at Addington, as mentioned above for their father Art Major.

Im ‘Your Huckleberry and Michael Caine were within the same margin of each other in the third on the card at Methven for Art Major as well. I’m Your Huckleberry is bred to be well out of A Legend, a Changeover half-sister to millionaire pacer and now North American stud, Bit Of A Legend N.

The other dam quinella featured another half-sister to a promising stallion with Sky Delight edging out Holyrood at the last in Cambridge.

The winner is a half-sister to Sky Major’s Bettor’s Delight who receives great support from her base at Wai Eyre Farm. Her younger sister is not a star but has now won five races to go with 13 placings which will set her up well for a broodmare career at Alabar Stud where she belongs.

9: The number of descendants of the unique stallion, racing hill. The son of Ride with Joe served only small numbers, it was his only season that ended, but had two runners throughout the weekend, with Joes Rock and Apatchofgold, who are both fillies, finishing second in their respective races.

2: The number of distinct breeding crosses producing winners over the weekend. In the month that we have been covering New Zealand’s Weekend Breeding Review, this is the first time this has happened.

No Chocolate Fish for the first cross, the smart guess being a short-term favorite in Bettor’s Delight over a Christian Cullen mare. It’s a cross that has provided many high-priced champion pacers and yearlings over the past decade.

Both Bettorlini and Mayson Shard have produced winning races, with the latter making his debut out of Group One winner Pemberton Shard, seemingly the first in a long line for the Mark Jones-trained filly.

The second cross could be a bit out of place and happened twice within the hour in Addington on Friday night.

muscle hill could serve a cow and produce a champion but with his expensive and limited semen the chances of that happening are slim.

His two sons, Aardiebythehill and Muscle Mountain are both from Pegasus Spur mares, a cross that has produced six winners from just seven foals of racing age.

4: The number of winners sired by the 2008 New Zealand Cup hero, Passage.

The son of In the pocket does his stallion homework in the sunny state of Queensland these days, but continues to throw bread-and-butter winners across the country from all sorts of different types of broodmare sires.

Its four winners included broodmares such as Armbro Kojak and rainbow knightboth of whom are far from renowned for being champion producers with just 19 and 7 lifetime broodmare credits to each of their names.

by Brad Reid, for Harnesslink