Brent off to a flier

THREE WINS, two seconds and two thirds from just 10 starters. That’s Brent McIntyre’s training record in the first two months of the new racing season.

The Macca Lodge proprietor has won twice with the rejuvenated Panspacificflight gelding The Manipulator and with the consistent The Bull Pen, who notched his third win at Invercargill on Saturday.

Brent has won 42 races with small teams since he first took a horse to the track in 1993. He has had a license to train ever since apart from two seasons — 2014-15 and 2015-16 — when Tony Stratford was the Macca Lodge trainer.

Last season was Brent’s best with five wins — two with The Bull Pen, two with Hunterton and one with Captain Thunderbolt.

First for Net Ten EOM

NET TEN EOM has left his first New Zealand-bred winner with the Tony Stratford-trained Wolf West scoring on his home track at Gore on 26 August.

Wolf West, one of three Net Ten EOMs to qualify last season, had one two-year-old start before being put aside. He was bred by Macca Lodge client Neill Timms from his one-win Son Of Afella mare Ali’s Fella.

Wolf West . . . first NZ winner for Net Ten EOM

Wolf West . . . first NZ winner for Net Ten EOM

“Timmsy” also bred the first New Zealand winner by Macca Lodge’s other sire, Panspacificflight. That was The Manipulator, who finished an unlucky third on the same card at Gore on the back of a win at his previous start.

Net Ten EOM two-year-olds

MACCA LODGE sire Net Ten EOM was represented on race day for the first time in New Zealand when two-year-old filly Countess of Arden stepped out in a Young Guns heat at Alexandra Park in Auckland on 02 March.

Unfortunately, she drew the outside of the second line and suffered a check down the back straight. She had two more starts for Clevedon trainer Barry Purdon, including lining up in the Group II Delightful Lady Classic, but has now returned south for a spell.

Countess of Arden, out of a daughter of New Zealand Oaks winner Young Eden, was the second Net Ten EOM to qualify here. In February Tony Stratford qualified Wolf West at Gore.

Net Ten EOM, a son of the late Somebeachsomewhere, is already a proven sire of two-year-olds in the United States, where he left 18 winners from his first crop last year.

Macca stop on bus tour

New Zealand’s leading trainers and big-spending owners are set to descend upon the Otago-Southland region to check out its yearling sales contenders.

The annual Southern Bred Southern Reared yearling sales tour is on Wednesday, January 31.

The bus tour will break from its usual two-day format and change to a one-day, nine-hour feast of the region’s blueblood standardbreds.

Among the classy lineup of yearlings is a full brother to West Australian star Chicago Bull. The yearling is the only offering being prepared by Katrina Price of Winton.

Macca Lodge will present a Majestic Son yearling from former classy trotter One Under Kenny. This season that broodmare has produced Kenny’s Dream. who looks to be on a path towards the country’s best three-year-old trotting races.

Arden Lodge will present another strong draft of eight yearlings including a colt by Somebeachsomewhere from broodmare gem Winter Rose.

The tour will take in six stops starting at Shard Farm near Invercargill and finishing at Wingatui racecourse.

To book your space on the bus tour RSVP to Katrina Price; katrina.price@xtra.co.nz ph 021 369 097.

Macca stud news

The south’s largest breeding farm, Macca Lodge, is about to close the curtain on another successful breeding season.

The Northern Southland property has served more than 300 broodmares and enjoyed good in-foal rates, studmaster Brent McIntyre said.

“The results have been very pleasing with mares getting in foal,” he said.

A Rocknroll Dance was the most popular stallion choice with southern breeders this season.

“He was available at quite a competitive deal so a lot of breeders took that up.

“Plus, it helped that he’s doing a job in the states and the feedback from trainers has been pretty good, too.”

Southland favourite Franco Ledger attracted a good book of 22 mares, standing his first season at stud at a zero service fee.

That fee has seen some breeders that would have otherwise left their mares empty mate them with the stallion, McIntyre said.

Macca Lodge has foaled more than 200 mares this season and there have been some bluebloods among them.

Three times Jewels winner Venus Serena foaled an Art Major colt and a full brother to Interdominion heat winner Galactic Star was welcomed from dam Petra’s Star. A full brother to New Zealand Cup winner Arden Rooney, by Bettor’s Delight from Tosca Hanover, was also born. All three colts are owned by Arden Lodge.

The stud’s resident stallion Net Ten EOM was mated with Wave Runner, the dam of Bonnie Joan, and they left a striking colt, McIntyre said. (courtesy Harness News)

Another winning debut

VOLANDO DENARIO became the second winner from Panspacificflight’s three-year-old crop when, just like Naholo three weeks earlier, she won on debut.

The filly’s win came at the Cambridge meeting on 06 December. Trained by Arna Donnelly, she was given a nice run by Scott Phelan before swooping on the leaders on the turn and holding out the favourite Kingsman by a neck in 2:46 for the mobile 2200 metres.

Bred by Mark and Pauline O’Connor from the Bettor’s Delight mare Ergo Denario, Volando Denario is a full sister to the two-win mare Schwartz Denario. The well-performed Panspacificflight mare Last Flight In (11 wins) is out of Ergo Denario’s dam, Orse M Denario.

Naholo and Volando Denario are two of just 14 surviving progeny from Panspacificflight’s three-year-old crop.

 

 

 

And then there were 101 wins

ARDEN’S CONCORD raised the first 100 wins for Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand-bred crop and then quickly scored the 101st win as well.

Two weeks after posting his first Australian win, the six-year-old gelding won his next start at Maryborough in Victoria on 30 November. This time connections advised stewards he would be driven less aggressively. He was taken back off the gate from his wide draw but was taken to the front mid-race by driver Greg Sugars and held on to win by half a head. He ran the 2190 metres in a 1:58.6 mile rate with the last quarter in 27.8.

Arden’s Concord, previously with Otago trainer Graeme Anderson, has now won eight times from 24 starts with five seconds and two thirds.

Could there be a 15th winner?

JUST WHEN you might have thought the record of Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand crop could not possibly be embellished further, another potential winner has popped up.

Bigandme became the 20th qualifier from a crop of just 23 horses when he won at the Balfour trials on 26 November. The six-year-old was nearly seven seconds inside the qualifying time when he posted 2:51.2 for the 2200-metre mobile on the grass track. That followed an impressive win at the workouts the week before.

Should he go on to win on race day, Bigandme would take Panspacificflight’s winner to foal ratio to 65 per cent from his first crop.

Bigandme was bred by Neil Timms from the Presidential Ball mare Alta Biannca, who left another late developer in Jimmy Nga, who won first up for Wyndham trainers Gordon and Colin Lee last season as a six-year-old.

What about Naholo!

PANSPACIFICFLIGHT three-year-old Naholo did just about the impossible in his debut run at Ashburton on 16 November — motherless last at the 800 metres in a big field he came wide on the track to storm to his maiden victory.

Naholo was a hot favourite for driver Ricky May. Now we know why. He came six-wide at the top of the straight and, according to the commentator, was still a dozen lengths behind them at that stage.

Click here to watch Naholo’s win

Horses just don’t do this at Ashburton, which, despite the length of the straight, does not favour runners coming from back of the field.

A $22,000 purchase at last year’s yearling sales, Naholo is out of the Badlands Hanover mare Truely Jaccka, who has left the good Australian winners Fliteoftheconcords and Bettor Shape. He’s trained by Brendon Hill.

His full brother Von Richthofen, at 80 to one, put in a nice run for fifth at the Wyndham meeting on 19 November.

Maruia Parker joins Macca Lodge

JUNIOR DRIVER Maruia Parker has joined the full-time staff at Macca Lodge as a stablehand and stud assistant. Maruia has had 14 wins since she started driving in 2015.

The McIntyres have farewelled long-serving staff member Serenity O’Connor. Serenity’s involvement with the stud goes back to the days it was owned by the Smaills and known as Jaccka Lodge.