HOT OFF THE PRESS: 1 start for a 3rd Chch based 3 yr old pacing filly for sale - NZ$16,500 will buy

LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT the Bathurst Harness Racing Clubs meeting saw the Amanda Turnbull stable provide a trifecta in race four - All three horses concerned were purchased through our books.

The winner was the ex-Laurence Hanrahan trained Sweet Lou (USA) filly Fasika NZ, who was having her fourth Australian start and kept her unbeaten record intact since being imported by owner Michael Boots.

Running second to Fasika NZ was the ex-Colin DeFilippi trained Sweet Heaven NZ, another by Sweet Lou (USA) and Lochiel NZ ran third.

A big well done to the Turnbull stable.

We would hate to think how many Turnbull trained horses have won over the years at Bathurst that were purchased through us – The number of wins on the track must be in the hundreds !!

OTHERS TO WIN during last week that were also purchased out of New Zealand through us included well bred trotting mare Sunny Petite NZ at Bendigo last Tuesday, Blazing Banner NZ who made it three Australian wins out of four starts at Leeton and on the same day bargain buy Baker Creek NZ notched up Australian win number eight on the same programme.

Old Luke NZ won his nineth New South Wales race and took his stake earnings since leaving New Zealand in December last year close to the A$70,000 mark at Menangle last Saturday night.

This is a guy who couldn’t win a race in New Zealand in twenty-five starts – He is proving another real bargain buy.

C C Jones NZ and Hello Its Me NZ were also successful and we trust all horses will keep on their winning ways for their connections with them all being in form.

AT THE PRESENT time we have a Mid canterbury owner / breeder looking to lease a nice mare for this breeding season to send to the Art Major (USA) horse Vincent (1.50.2, $610,066).

If you have a nicely bred, well conformed mare that you are not using this season and would consider leasing it please email full details to us on and we will pass on to our enquirer on your behalf.

WITH THE YEARLING sales sneaking up in the New Year and yearlings coming in to be prepared for them on both sides of the Tasman, vendors should be considering protecting their investments, by placing some short term insurance cover on their sales bound yearlings.

Drop us an email or give us a call to discuss how some short-term cover on your sale yearlings can protect your investment – It certainly gives “Peace Of Mind !! ”

UNTIL NEXT WEEK best regards to all and trust everyone keeps safe and well.

Stuart and Marg Valentine

THE RECENT running of the New Zealand Free For All came up with an interesting sideline once everything was done and dusted.

Stridemaster had the third placed Krug and the fourth placed Cranbourne running their last mile in 1.49.6.

That’s the quickest Stridemaster has got any pacer over the last 1609m at Addington since its inception.

IT LOOKS LIKE Queensland standardbred purchasers out of New Zealand are not going to have a chance in the near future to fly their New Zealand purchases direct into Brisbane in the New Year.

There's normally a direct Auckland to Brisbane flight each January to coincide with the Magic Million thoroughbred yearling sales but very unlikely in January 2022.

At this point there are no flights in or out planned as there’s a belief if New Zealand buyers can’t get to the Magic Million sales themselves without too much hassle caused by any Covid restrictions then they won’t be buying.

HOW ABOUT the price of the winner Amour Maternal in the Australian Breeders Crown Silver for three-year-old trotters last night at Bendigo.

That daughter of Love You (FR), started officially at 151/1 but on Ubet paid a massive $310.50 for a win and $24.50 for the place.

NOT CERTAIN why race five at the Motukarara meeting wasn’t called a false start.

The starter had to be blind in one eye and couldn’t see out the other not to see the second line horse Kennedy got an unfair advantage at the start.

It basically happened right under his nose !!

THE INTERDOMINIONS start this Saturday night with the first lot of heats to be held at Menangle.

It’s certainly a shame there’s basically no New Zealand trained horses involved, but the ones that have New Zealand based connections, we wish you all the very best.

The reserves being in the draw has certainly caused a lot of dissatisfaction with enthusiasts and participants and no doubt we won’t be seeing that happen in future series.

THE EXPORT LIST on the HRNZ website is unusually light in numbers at present but we can’t say we have been quiet ourselves in the last weeks, sales wise.

In the last few days Leonne Jones' nice trotter Doff Your Cap NZ has been sold to NSW interests and will join the stable of Jarod Alchin, Nathan Williamsons recent Addington 3-year-old place getter Love Lou Longtime NZ is to join the Menangle stable of KerryAnn and Robert Morris and the Graeme Anderson / Mike Love trained Schiavone NZ passed the Vet yesterday and is also NSW bound.

The ex-Trent Yesberg trained Pampelonne NZ has also been sent to New South Wales to do her future racing. She has been sent to the stables of Mathew Rue by her Victorian based owner / breeders where she should prove very competitive.

We wish all concerned all the very best with their new arrivals.

AS TIME is on the wing we will close off for another week – May the winners keep coming !!

Stuart and Marg Valentine

OUR THREE PUNTERS CORNER tipsters were on fire with their tips from last weeks racing and went so close to tipping three out of three.

It’s also made the last weeks of our 2021 Punters Corner Charity Tipping Competition very interesting.

Chris was spot on with his tip at the Marburg meeting last Sunday when Johnrod won the opening event in a real tough manner.

Paying $3.00 on Ubet, the son of Sportswriter (USA) was three wide virtually from start to finish and it won't be the five year old’s last win at either the Marburg or Redcliffe tracks.

Later in the day, The Methven Magpie's tip of Maren Franco in race ten, at the grass track meeting at Motukarara, only got run down late in the 2000m race by Katherine, who is held in high regard by her trainer.

Maren Franco was 5/6 in the betting, paying $3.40 for a place on the New Zealand TAB, so it could have been a very juicy result for followers of The Magpie's tips if the winning post had been further up the straight.

Mark spotted the ex-kiwi Ranger Bomb NZ down in grade to race at Newcastle last Monday and the four year old ran out a very easy winner in race nine, paying overs at $2.90 on the tote.

A big well done to the three guys.

With Chris picking up $30.00 towards his banking's and The Magpie's tip running second on Sunday, our Tipping Competition leaderboard is now most interesting.

The Magpie is holding on to his lead by the skin of his teeth with $604.00 banked as we head into week forty-seven.

Chris is now on $602.50, so things are very close and with the $29.00 picked up from Ranger Bomb's NZ win, Mark has now $415.00 in the kitty.

The three guys are in form !!


We head west, Friday @ Gloucester Park.


This well-travelled trotter was most unlucky last start, he should've won his first local start since coming across from Victoria.

Bruce Stanley does a good job with his trotters and he looks well placed here so be prepared to forgive. Looks hard to beat under these conditions.


The Methven Magpie is heading to today’s Addington meeting for his best bet of the week and it comes up early in the nine race programme.

He’s very keen on the Brent White trained Nordy Star with Stephen McNally to drive in race two.

The three-year-old son of Terror To Love has drawn six and in early markets is at $6.00.

It hasn’t the best form in the world and The Magpie has spotted it's reasonably short in the betting and maybe thinking “Where there is smoke – There is fire !!”

As soon as we hear from Mark we shall have his selection up.

Good punting to all.

Stuart and Marg Valentine

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