They keep on winning

PANSPACIFICFLIGHT made a big impression with his first two-year-old crop in the United States back in 2010 and six years later some of those horses are still winning. 

GD Airliner . . . the Panspacificflight eight-year-old has won 40 races and $US562,000 in stakes

GD Airliner . . . the Panspacificflight eight-year-old has won 40 races and $US562,000 in stakes

GD Airliner is one such horse. Now an eight-year-old, he won for the third time this season when he took out the feature pace in 1:54.3 at Buffalo Raceway in New York on 28 May.

The durable gelding has had 40 wins and is one of Panspacificflight’s biggest earners with stakes of $US562,000. He has a best time of 1:50.

GD Airliner was from Panspacificflight’s stellar first crop that made the rookie stallion Indiana Sire Of The Year with only two-year-olds racing. Not surprisingly, he was the top stallion the following year, too, with two crops of racing age.

Well Said filly bought

MACCA LODGE were in action at the PGG Wrightson Christchurch autumn sale, outlaying $8000 for an un-named Well Said weanling filly from the Smarty Pants family.

The filly, out of the Life Sign mare Imprint, is a half-sister to Opulent, who won the Group I Caduceus Club Classic as a two-year-old before being exported to Australia. Racing in West Australia as Am Opulent, she’s won a further 14 races.

Half-brother Idealindiamonds has won seven races from just 13 starts for David and Catherine Butt, who also owned Opulent and will get her back to breed from.

John Howe, of Christchurch, bought Imprint for $14,000 at the sale and Kaiapoi breeder Katie Carville paid $16,500 for another of her daughters, Idolise, a five-year-old American Ideal mare.

Imprint is a half-sister to Crackabella, The Fascinator and Giveitawhirlgirl, the dam of dual Group I winner Twist And Twirl, Feels Like Magic (now racing in the United States) and Bettor Give It (the winner of 15 races in Australia).

Well Said is a half-brother in blood to Net Ten EOM, the young Somebeachsomewhere sire represented in New Zealand by Macca Lodge.

In Full Flight again

PANSPACIFICFLIGHT four-year-old In Full Flight is now two from two from the Ohaupo stable of Jason and Megan Teaz after winning again at Alexandra Park on Friday night.

As a cast-off from the Dickie stable, In Full Flight drew a bit of harness racing media attention with his storming maiden win on 15 April, coming from last and running a sub-56 last half wide on the track.

But this time he showed gate speed to hold the trail before Megan challenged hard for the lead around the bottom bend the final time. In Full Flight was headed in the straight but fought back to win by a head in 2:43.7 for the mobile 2200 metres.

Watch In Full Flight’s second win here

This was a penalty-free win in a junior drivers race so In Full Flight should be hard to beat the next time he lines up.

Bonnie’s Khaleesi in north

MACCA LODGE product Bonnie’s Khaleesi will do her winter racing from the Auckland stable of Tony Herlihy at Ardmore.

Bonnie's Khaleesi after her first win at Invercargill in February 2015.

Bonnie’s Khaleesi after her first win at Invercargill in February 2015.

The Live Or Die four-year-old mare has won three races for Tony Stratford in Southland and has looked close to winning form with fourths in her two starts this campaign.

Brent and Sheree McIntyre race Bonnie’s Khaleesi with Brent’s sister Jan Nelson and her husband Wally. She’s a daughter of the Camtastic mare Bonnie Lass who won 10 races for the two couples.

Since producing Bonnie’s Khaleesi, Bonnie Lass has left the qualified three-year-old Panspacificflight filly Iechyd Da; Tairlaw Toll, a Somebeachsomewhere yearling; and Maya Angelou, a Big Jim weanling.

FOOTNOTE: Have a look at our “Macca Milestones” page to see how Bonnie’s Khaleesi’s been doing.

The crop of 2011

WHEN BRENT MCINTYRE acquired the frozen semen rights to North American sire Panspacificflight a few years back, he knew he was getting a proven sire who would succeed at stud here. But he couldn’t have dreamt how successful his first crop would be.

For a start 19 of Panspacificflight’s first crop of 23 foals qualified (that’s just about all those who survived). Then 14 of them went on to success on the track. By our count these 14 horses, now six-year-olds, have won more than 85 races between them. Wow!

Nearly all of them have been exported and are still performing well in Australia and now back in the United States where the stallion is domiciled.

Panspacificflight was already a proven sire in the US before Macca Lodge started importing his frozen semen and he’s now left the winners of $US17 million in stakes there. But in May 2016 there was a Panspacificflight winner in New Jersey with a difference — he was bred in New Zealand.

Panspacificflight

Panspacificflight

Wick won five races and nearly $40,000 in stakes for Wyndham trainer Brendon McLellan before being exported. Now, racing as Wick N, he’s won eight times in the US and has taken a mile rate of 1:51.6  at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

Across the Tasman, Glenisla has won 10 races in New South Wales, posting a best time of 1:54.8 when she downed the 2015 Southland Oaks winner Smokin Bird at Menangle in March 2016.

BREEDER ALERT: Wick and Glenisla are both out of Holmes Hanover mares. From just six surviving foals bred on that cross, Panspacificflight has also left Julia Lady (three wins) and Ansett Flight (two).

Little Rascal, owned by Ian Dobson of Christian Cullen fame, was a premier racing specialist at Alexandra Park (six wins) and Addington (two wins), earning $120,000 before he was exported to Australia in April 2017. He has quickly made his mark there with three wins at Menangle and a best time of 1:51.8 when he beat My Field Marshall in a Group III race in September 2017.

BREEDER ALERT: Little Rascal and Southern Pursuit, who won four races from the Clark Barron stable before being exported to the US, are both out of Live Or Die mares.  They’re the only two progeny bred on that cross from Panspacificflight’s first two crops here. Broodmare Romola Hanover features in the pedigree of both sires.

Sadly the best was never seen from The Manipulator, who won four times from just eight starts before injury forced his “retirement”. But after a long spell he is back in the Macca Lodge stable of Brent McIntyre and might yet add to his record.

BREEDER ALERT: The Manipulator is out of the Presidential Ball mare Luckisaladytonight. Panspacificflight has clicked extraordinarily well with PB mares in the US, where the 10 foals bred on that cross have won an average of $US96,000 and four have gone 1:55, including big winner Paco Labrook (1:48.4).

The multiple winners from the first crop include Little Rascal (11 wins), US winner Wick (13), Southern Pursuit (six), The Manipulator (four) and Arden’s Concord (six). Panspacificflight isn’t available in Australia and his good winners there, like Glenisla (10 wins) Last Flight In (11 wins), Sir Mac’s Man (seven), Straight Thru Blue (seven) and Wattlebank Flyer (nine) have all been bred here.

Here’s the winning crop of 2011:

Arden’s Concord 6g (Madam Maroussia, by Artiscape). Six wins (1:57.3, S). Now in Australia.
Dakota Fred 6g (Happy Bromac, by Falcon Seelster).
First Flight In 6g (Sharjanter, by Christian Cullen).
Glenisla 6m (Touche Franco, by Holmes Hanover). Ten wins in Australia (1:54.8)
In Full Flight 6g (Scherger Rain, by Sir Vancelot). Two wins (1:59.7, S)
Last Flight In 6m (Orse M Denario, by Washington VC). Eleven wins, including 10 in Australia (1:53)
Little Rascal 6g (Evita Franco, by Live Or Die). Eight wins here and three in Australia (1:51.8)
(Sir) Mac’s Man 6g (Galleons Testimony, by Elsu). Seven wins in Australia (1:56.8, S)
Schwartz Denario 6m (Ergo Denario, by Bettor’s Delight). Two wins
Southern Pursuit 6g (Relentless Storm, by Live or Die). Four wins here and two in the U.S.(1:55.1).
Straight Thru Blue 6g (New York Franco, by Badlands Hanover). Seven wins in West and South Australia (1:56.4,S)
The Manipulator 6g (Luckisaladytonight, by Presidential Ball). Four wins (1:59.7,D)
Wattlebank Flyer 6g (Careful Seznicki, by Courage Under Fire). One win here and eight in Australia (1:55.2,S)
Wick 6g (On The Double, by Holmes Hanover). Five wins here and eight in the United States (1:51.6)

Oaks for Arden’s Choice

THE TIME-HONOURED New Zealand Oaks at Addington this weekend is the next target for Panspacificflight filly Arden’s Choice, who finished a creditable fourth in the Group I Nevele R Fillies Final on the same track on Saturday.

As expected, the All Stars Stable dominated the three-year-old fillies’ feature with Dream About Me winning from Golden Goddess and Piccadilly Princess in the national record time of 2:18.1 for the 1950 metres.

Arden’s Choice was drawn perfectly behind the hot favourite Golden Goddess, who used her gate speed to lead early before handing up to Dream About Me. That pushed Arden’s Choice back to three back on the fence and she lost little ground on the hotpots in a last 800 metres run in 55.9 with a final quarter in 26.6.

Two for Tony

THE MACCA LODGE colours were back in the winner’s circle at the Forbury meeting on 13 May when Panspacificflight three-year-old filly Concorde Dawn won at her eighth start.

Driver Nathan Williamson got her around to the lead from a second line draw and she toughed it out to post a time of 2:46.4 for the 2200-metre mobile. She cut out her last quarter in 28.7.

The McIntyres bred Concorde Dawn from the Bettor’s Delight mare Puddy Cat Anvil. She gave Macca Lodge trainer Tony Stratford his 15th winner for the season and is the sixth individual winner from Panspacificflight’s second New Zealand crop.

Just two races earlier Tony had won with Deceitndesire, who was recording her second win for the Maccas Slackers Syndicate — consisting of staff at Macca Lodge — since they leased her in the spring. In nine starts for the syndicate, she has also had three third placings.

Dexter Dunn found the gaps he needed to get the Bettor’s Delight mare home in a 2700-metre standing start race after being three back on the fence.