Countess of Arden makes it two from two for Macca Lodge sire Net Ten EOM

THREE-YEAR-OLD filly Countess of Arden franked a big private reputation when she won her first race in the south at the Invercargill meeting on Saturday.

From the first crop of new Macca Lodge sire Net Ten EOM, she impressed her handlers so much as a yearling that she was sent to top Auckland trainer Barry Purdon for a two-year-old campaign. But she didn’t fire in three starts there so owners John and Judy Stiven brought her home to Tapanui to spell before handing her on to young Oamaru trainer Brad Williamson.

John and Judy Stiven with their son Lee after Countess of Arden's win at Invercargill

John and Judy Stiven with their son Lee after Countess of Arden’s win at Invercargill

The bookmakers made Countess of Arden favourite in the standing start over 2200 metres. She narrowly avoided trouble at the start from the inside of the second row and settled back in the field before Brad looped the field to lead with a round to go and held the trailing horse out in the straight. The overall time wasn’t flash but she ran her last quarter in 27.8, the best of the day.

Her win is a timely boost for Indiana-based sire Net Ten EOM ahead of the new breeding season. The first son of the North American siring sensation ill-fated Somebeachsomewhere to be available to New Zealand breeders, he left his first winner here when Wolf West won at Gore in August.

So that’s two winners from two starters for Net Ten EOM in New Zealand!

You can read here how John Stiven was with Brent McIntyre when the frozen semen rights to Net Ten EOM were secured in North America

Panspacificflight put down in United States

SAD NEWS has filtered through from North America that Macca Lodge sire Panspacificflight has been euthanized after breaking a leg in Indiana.



Panspacificflight, from the Rodine Hanover family, was a top racehorse at two and three before injury curtailed his career. He has left the winners of more than $US19 million in North America and has enjoyed strong success at stud at Macca Lodge considering his small crops.

The best of his progeny here has been Arden’s Choice, a Group I winner at two and the winner of $280,000 in stakes

Macca Lodge co-proprietor Brent McIntyre says Panspacificflight’s frozen semen is still available to breeders this season.

Glenisla (19 wins), Wick (17), Little Rascal (13), Wattlebank Flyer (13), Last Flight In (12), Arden’s Concord (10) and Southern Pursuit (10) all have one thing in common: they are all progeny from Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand crop.

Click here for all the details on Panspacificflight’s remarkable first NZ crop who’ve now won more than 120 races between them

Did you know Panspacificflight is a half-brother in blood to Art Major? Click here to read about Panspacificflight’s remarkable Artsplace relatives


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You do not have to send your mare to Southland to be served. Macca Lodge provides other NZ breeding centres with frozen semen.