Outstanding sire stats for Panspacificflight: 60 per cent winners from first NZ crop . . . and between them they’ve won 60 races!
ARDEN’S CONCORD, from that first crop, runs his last half in 55.7 to bolt in at Oamaru on Sunday.
Heart-warming story of an eight-year-old PANSPACIFICFLIGHT gelding and his gift of life
BROOKLYN FLIGHT is the horse that keeps on giving. From the first North American crop of Macca Lodge sire Panspacificflight, the eight-year-old gelding won his 40th race at The Meadows in Pennsylvania on 27 August in the pretty sharp time of 1:50.4. His earnings are somewhere north of $US350,000. But that’s only part of the story.
“It’s unbelievable how one horse can bring so much joy to your friends and family, ” his trainer says.
Macca Lodge stable spearhead back: PULP FICTION set to resume at Winton
MACCA LODGE trainer Tony Stratford stops and thinks for a moment before assessing his stable star Pulp Fiction. “Put it this way,” he says, “I reckon he’s as good as any horse south of Rolleston.”
“Robbie”, as he’s known around the stable, is back and set to resume in a made-to-measure race at Winton on 04 September. It’s a mobile mile for C2-C5 pacers with C6 horses, like Pulp Fiction, eligible if driven by a junior concession driver. All Stars Stable employee Matt Anderson has already been engaged.
“I’m pretty sure he’s as good as he’s ever been,” Tony says of the five-year-old Art Major entire, who won his 10th race, the Gore Trotting Cup, in record time last December but disappointed in his three final assignments last season.
On reflection, he thinks Pulp Fiction was suffering from a virus that decimated the Macca Lodge racing team.
Pulp Fiction bolted in at the Gore workouts on Friday, cutting out his last half in 56.5 and final quarter in 27.4 to record 2:47.4 for the mobile 2200 metres. He may contest some of the traditional lead-up races to the New Zealand Trotting Cup but on Cup Day itself, providing all goes well, he’s more likely to be contesting the Junior Free-For-All.
Now if Tony can just keep him away from that All Stars Stable at Rolleston . . .
HOW WELL-BRED IS NET TEN EOM? AWESOMELY well-bred, but don’t just take our word for it
HARNESS RACING website Harnesslink didn’t take long to come up with their selection of best bred yearling at February’s Australian and New Zealand sales. In fact, they made their decision “pretty quickly and conclusively”.
Their choice was the Artsplace filly Pearl White, Lot 460 at the New Zealand Premier Sale in Christchurch. They say she has “as good a pedigree page as you will find in any sales catalogue worldwide”.
Her dam, the Western Hanover mare West End, is a half-sister to “one of the all-time great racemares” in Glowing Report.
And her second dam, the Matt’s Scooter mare Grand Lady, is described as “one of the best broodmares anywhere in the world in the last 20 years with a string of outstanding progeny”, including four who’ve broken 1:50 for the mile and competed on the Grand Circuit in North America.
Well, Glowing Report, a full-sister to the dam of sire Well Said, is the dam of Net Ten EOM, whose first New Zealand foals were born at Macca Lodge in the spring.
Pearl White was bought for $32,000 by Bob Butt