AIRWAVES THE LATEST STANDOUT PERFORMER BY MACCA LODGE SIRE PANSPACIFICFLIGHT
AIRWAVES has always shown Edendale trainer Craig Laurenson plenty of raw ability and lots of good speed, writes Bruce Stewart on the southlandharness.co.nz website.
The half–brother to Maximan, the winner of 20 races and $371,759, Airwaves is by Panspacificflight out of Clifton Beauty. She was bred by Ian Bennett.
“Maximan has gone 1:50 in Aussie and I think this horse has more speed. I know it sounds stupid,” Laurenson said.
Airwaves was having only his second start when he won at Invercargill on 25 May and Laurenson was hoping he’d just get round after he’d paced roughly on a number of occasions on debut.
“His heart rate is unreal. He’s lucky to get over 80 no matter what we work him. He went 3:02 one day at the workouts when he wasn’t qualified and his rate was 78 when he came off the track. You get a wee bit excited when they’ve got that much ability.”
And he thinks the horse is still two years away from being the complete racehorse.
“His brother (Maximan) is ten and has run 1:50 in Aussie so he’s got six years up his sleeve.”
PANSPACIFICFLIGHT GELDING CASTLE FLIGHT RUNS FASTEST MILE OF YEAR IN North America
IT WAS described as a field of champions with Breeders Crown champion Beckhams Z Tam, the Grand Circuit champion Always A Prince and $1.5 million earner Freaky Feet Pete. Yet it was a seven-year-old gelding by Macca Lodge sire Panspacificflight who would hit the headlines after the $20,000 Open Pace at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Indiana on 31 May.
For Castle Flight beat them all to the line and stopped the clock at 1:47.2, equalling Sweet Lou’s track record and setting the fastest mile time in North America so far this year. He paid $58 to win.
This was Castle Flight’s seventh win of the year and 27th overall for a lifetime bankroll of $US276,000. Sweet Lou set his record in the 2014 $268,000 Dan Patch Invitational.
ILL-FATED PANSPACIFICFLIGHT’s trail of winners
MACCA LODGE co-proprietor Brent McIntyre still scratches his head over the lack of interest from breeders in Panspacificflight.
Wick (20 wins), Little Rascal (14), Wattlebank Flyer (18), Last Flight In (13), Arden’s Concord (11), Southern Pursuit (10), Glenisla (19), The Manipulator (six), Mac’s Man (eight) and Straight Thru Blue (nine) have one thing in common: they’re all progeny from Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand crop. From only 23 live foals he left 20 qualifiers and 15 winners — a 65 per cent winning record. Backing that up, Panspacificflight left Arden’s Choice, the Group I-winning two-year-old filly and Auckland Cup placegetter, in his second crop.
Brent knows that “Pans” won’t be drawing many more breeders but his frozen semen will still be available next season. The stallion died in Indiana in 2018.
NET TEN EOM NOW RESIDENT AT MACCA LODGE — AND LEAVING WINNERS ON THE TRACK
NET TEN EOM was mentioned more than any other horse by commentator Dave McDonald at the Northern Southland Trotting Club meeting in Invercargill on 09 March. Okay, that was just because Macca Lodge has bought the naming rights for the passing lane at the club’s meetings and the Somebeachsomewhere stallion was named each time the fields reached the home straight.
But the young sire is starting to compile a tidy record with Anne Bonney becoming his fourth three-year-old winner from his small first New Zealand crop at Forbury Park on 07 March. She came from a hopeless position at the 400 metres to win by more than a length.
Earlier Net Ten EOM winners were Wolf Whistle, Countess of Arden and Calico Hill, who took a time of 1:56.9 when she beat the highly-priced yearling Arden Roanoke at Winton on 17 February.
Macca Lodge imported Net Ten EOM in time for the past breeding season after earlier securing the rights to his frozen semen. He became available when he was withdrawn from service in Indiana.
MACCA LODGE: STANDING NET TEN EOM AND FROZEN SEMEN base for PANSPACIFICFLIGHT
You do not have to send your mare to Southland to be served. Macca Lodge provides other NZ breeding centres with fresh Net Ten EOM semen and frozen Panspacificflight semen.