Brent wins Macca Lodge race at Addington with his son’s Panspacificflight mare

Something rather nice happened at Addington on Friday night.

Different race, different night, same series, same result, same headline.

In short, Macca Lodge co-proprietor Brent McIntyre won his second race as a trainer at the home of harness racing on 28 July. It happened to be the final of the Macca Lodge South of the Waitaki winter series. The winner, four-year-old mare Pantastic, is by Macca Lodge sire Panspacificflight. And she happens to be part-owned by son Caine McIntyre who put together the Custom Made Syndicate with some mates new to harness racing ownership.

A week earlier Pantastic won a heat of the series on the same track and paid $44 on the tote.

Click here to watch how that heat unfolded

That was a pretty impressive win and the odds weren’t nearly as fancy for the final despite probably the worst draw on the inside of the second line. It didn’t matter. Driver John Dunn  soon had Pantastic off the fence and in a trailing position on the outside. She still had plenty to do at the 400 but won impressively.

Click here to watch how Pantastic backed up

Caine, on track for the final with a mate from the syndicate, says they all got a huge thrill from the two wins. He admits some syndicate members had been getting the stitch after a barren three-year-old season, when Pantastic was struck down by a virus that got the whole Macca racing team. But they’ve now got a few options and are looking forward to the new season.

Pantastic is out of Tuapeka Osprey, a Falcon Seelster half-sister to the dams of speedy filly Bonnie Joan and big winner Machtu. Her half-brother, Mister Lennox, won the Tasmanian Derby in 2015.

Jd’s Macca Lodge: a walking — er, pacing — advertisement for guess who

Three wins in November for Jd's Macca Lodge

Three wins in November for Jd’s Macca Lodge

IT’S BEEN a huge month in North America for a Panspacificflight gelding named after a certain Southland stud. Jd’s Macca Lodge has racked up two wins at Hoosier Park in Indiana, with a best time of 1:50.6, and one — his first in open company — at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in Ohio. The four-year-old’s earnings are now $US127,000.

Click here to read an earlier story about how Jd’s Macca Lodge got his name

This well-performed son of Panspacificflight is out of an Artsplace mare. It’s no surprise that this cross is working well as Panspacificflight is very closely related to Art Major — their dams are full sisters — and has a host of other well-performed close relatives by Artsplace. Here’s a list of them:

  • Panspacificflight is a half-brother-in-blood to the Artsplace sires Art Major and Perfect Art.
  • He’s a half-brother-in-blood to Worldly Beauty (1:49.6, $US1.9 million), one of North America’s best racemares.
  • And he’s also a half-brother in blood to Worldly Treasure, who left the champion racehorse Captaintreacherous (1:47.2, $US3 million).
  • For good measure, his dam is a half-sister to top sire Real Artist.
  • And, to complete the picture, Panspacificflight  has a half-brother by Artsplace called Theredandpanlines, who has won 50-odd races and nearly $US1 million in stakes in North America.

 

Under-rated mare Bonnie’s Khaleesi notches an Auckland double

The McIntyres decision to send their good mare Bonnie’s Khaleesi to Auckland for winter racing is paying dividends — $16 and $7 respectively.

They are the out-sized odds the Live Or Die four-year-old has paid in her two wins from two starts for Ardmore trainer Tony Herlihy. She’s banked $14,000 from those two wins, taking her career earnings to nearly $36,000 with five wins from 17 starts.

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

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

 

Brent and Sheree race Bonnie’s Khaleesi with Brent’s sister Jan Nelson and her husband Wally. She’s a daughter of the 10-win racemare Bonnie Lass whom the two couples also raced. The McIntyres bred her from another good racemare Just Jazzan, who won six races.

Bonnie’s Khaleesi wins at Auckland on 01 July

Catch Bonnie’s Khaleesi in action on 17 June

MARK PURDON PAYS $40,000 FOR MACCA LODGE’S SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE FILLY

Shenandoah (Somebeachsomewhere-Asajah)

Shenandoah (Somebeachsomewhere-Asajah)

BRENT MCINTYRE didn’t hesitate before labelling Somebeachsomewhere filly Shenandoah as the best of the Macca Lodge draft heading to the PGG Wrightson Premier Yearling Sales in Christchurch in February.

And now she’ll be given the best opportunity to prove her ability on the track with master trainer Mark Purdon outlaying $40,000 for her.

Shenandoah attracted the most attention of buyers who visited Macca Lodge on the annual Southern Bred Southern Reared pre-sales tour — on looks and breeding.

She’s the first foal from the Christian Cullen mare Asajah, who is out of an Artsplace half-sister to Interdominion winner Elsu, Revonez and Falcor. Other big winners from the family include NZ Oaks winner Copper Beach and her daughter De Lovely, who also numbered the Oaks among her six Group I wins.

Take a look at a video of her here

Brent prepared two other well-bred fillies for the sales.

Born To Boogie (Rock N Roll Heaven-Nifty Franco), from the Nevermore family, was bought for $17,000 by Butterworth Bloodstock; and Miss La De Da (Bettor’s Delight-Angel With Attitude), a full sister-in-blood to Willow, was bought for $16,000 by PGG Wrightson acting as agents.

Click here to view all the Southern Bred Southern Reared yearlings entered in the sales

Click here for all the yearling sales results

IT’S SURREAL HOW THE MCINTYRES GOT HOLD OF this son of somebeachsomewhere

BRENT McINTYRE had his eye on a young Somebeachsomewhere stallion when he travelled to North America a couple of years ago, wanting to add a second sire to the Macca Lodge frozen semen register.

The horse Brent was interested in was a half-brother to the champion racehorse Well Said (1:47.3, $US2.6 million) called So Surreal, who’d gone 1:49.4 as a two-year-old. So it was a bit of a downer to discover his owners weren’t interested in doing business.

Brent and wife Sheree and John and Judy Stiven, of Arden Lodge, were driving around the rural roads of Indiana when fate intervened. Also in the vehicle was Panspacificflight owner Jacob Miller, who intended to show Brent a trotting stallion who might be another possibility. But their way to that particular stud was barred by a police roadblock.

Net Ten EOM

 Net Ten EOM

Then as they headed a bit despondently back towards Jacob’s home town, Shipshewana, they drove right past Maple Lane Farm. Jacob said they had another Somebeachsomewhere stallion from the same family as So Surreal who might be worth a look.

Worth a look? John, driving at the time, reckons he had the blinker on while Jacob was saying “Somebeach. . . ” In the back seat Brent’s eye for a horse was starting to water.

It was so surreal, the moment if not the horse. The horse turned out to be Net Ten EOM, a full brother-in-blood to So Surreal. He’d gone 1:49.2 on a five-furlong track and broken 1:50 three times as a three-year-old before injury curtailed his career. It wasn’t long before the deal was done with owner Jonas Graber, like Jacob a member of the Amish community.

Brent reckons he got the better of the two Somebeachsomewheres anyway. Must See (by Artsplace), the dam of Well Said and So Surreal, was a very fine racemare with earnings of $US562,000 and a best mile rate of 1:52 among her six wins. But her full sister Glowing Report, the dam of Net Ten EOM, was an absolute champion. She won 23 times, took a best mile time of 1:49.2 and earned more than $US450,000 each year she raced from two-year-old to five, topping $US2.3 million in career earnings.

Net Ten EOM has been strongly supported at his first two seasons at stud in Indiana, where his oldest crop are yearlings.

MACCA LODGE PULLS RIGHT REIN WITH TALKERUP’S DAM

ALL THE USUAL horsey cliches apply to this yarn . . . pulling the right rein, looking a gift horse in the mouth and so on.

When Tuapeka Lodge announced late last year that they were winding back their stud business and selling 10 broodmares, the McIntyres were, to use another racing expression, in the box seat. Afterall, the said broodmares were already resident at Macca Lodge.

While there’s a bit of pessimism about the breeding game, with broodmare numbers dwindling, Brent’s one of the optimists and he moved quickly to secure a couple of mares, including Raconteur, a half-sister to big West Australian winner Machtu.

Talkerup . . . early favourite for the $150,000 Yearling Sales pace for three-year-old fillies at Addington

Talkerup . . . early favourite for the $150,000 Yearling Sales pace for three-year-old fillies at Addington

The Bettor’s Delight mare’s first live foal, Talkerup, had just qualified by nine lengths and looked a promising sort.

Fast forward three months and the Changeover filly — trained by Craig Dalgety for his father Jim — is proving to be quite something. On debut at Ashburton on Boxing Day she set a New Zealand record for a three-year-old filly over the 2400-metres stand, cracking three minutes. She’s now unbeaten in three starts after jogging the mile in 1:56 (last half in 56) in a Nevele R Fillies Series heat on the same track on 06 February. And now she’s the likely favourite for the $150,000 listed PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales Series race at Addington on Friday night. The McIntyres will be watching with more than a passing interest.

Raconteur’s second foal, the filly Ask Again (by Mach Three), was sold for $35,000 at last year’s yearling sales. She lost a Mach Three colt in 2014 but this season produced a colt by his son Auckland Reactor. She’s now safely in foal to Art Major.

Another close relative, Culpeka (Mach Three-Tuapeka Maddy, a Christian Cullen half-sister to Raconteur), is picked to be the best of Tuapeka Lodge’s draft at the yearling sales in Christchurch this month.

This big Mach Three colt born at Macca Lodge in November is a full brother to Machtu and a half-brother to Raconteur, the dam of Talkerup. The dam is Letatalk.

This big Mach Three colt born at Macca Lodge in November is a full brother to Machtu and a half-brother to Raconteur, the dam of Talkerup. His dam Letatalk is in foal to Panspacificflight.

FOOTNOTE: Talkerup was a warm favourite despite drawing the inside of the second line. She worked hard during the running and finished sixth.

NEW ZEALAND CUP WINNER BRED AT MACCA LODGE: DAM PRODUCES PANSPACIFICFLIGHT COLT

ARDEN ROONEY’S driver didn’t miss too many beats up the home straight. Meanwhile in the crowd at Addington there was a man matching Kerryn Manning’s whip action, slapping his scrunched-up race book into his hand.

In the end they both got what they wanted with Arden Rooney holding off Smolda’s driving finish by a head. Kerryn had become the first woman to drive the winner of the New Zealand Trotting Cup and the man in the stand, John Stiven, could celebrate as his family had just bred their first NZ Cup winner.

Macca Lodge-bred Arden Rooney staves off the challenge of Smolda in the NZ Trotting Cup at Addington.

Macca Lodge-bred Arden Rooney staves off the challenge of Smolda in the NZ Trotting Cup at Addington.

The Stivens, of Arden Lodge in West Otago, had come close to breeding the cup winner before with Bettor’s Strike second to Monkey King in 2009.

“This is as good as it gets as a breeder,” John said after the race.

Arden Rooney is also the first NZ Cup winner bred at Macca Lodge. In fact, for an instant in the home straight, it looked like a Macca quinella with third placegetter Mossdale Conner putting in a likely challenge after trailing Arden Rooney all the way. The two Bettor’s Delight six-year-olds were born within a month of each other at Macca Lodge in 2009.

Arden Rooney as a yearling

Arden Rooney as a yearling

The late Noreen Stiven bought Arden Rooney’s dam, Tosca Hanover, for $8500 at a broodmare sale in 2007. Arden Rooney didn’t attract a bid when he was offered at the yearling sales. That’s not likely to be a problem with the mare’s future offspring now that Arden Rooney’s won more than a million dollars.

Son John’s racing two half-sisters to Arden Rooney, four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare Maritime Arden, who has won three races for Mark Jones, and two-year-old Well Said filly Articulate Arden, who qualified out of the All Stars Stable but is now with Barry Purdon at Ardmore.

And about a month after her son won the New Zealand Cup Tosca Hanover produced a Panspacificflight colt at Macca Lodge. Understandably, John has booked her back into Bettor’s Delight.

Cup week was made even more special for for John and Judy Stiven with Winter Rose, the dam of both Bettor’s Strike and Group 1 winning Panspacificflight filly Arden’s Choice, awarded the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders’ Association Broodmare Excellence Award.

FOOTNOTE: Sadly for the Stivens, they have since lost two of the progeny of Tosca Hanover, Maritime Arden and the Panspacificflight colt. You can read about this here

ALABAMA SHAKES

ONE MONTH she’s jogging around a training track in rural Southland and the next she’s across the Tasman posting a mile time never bettered by a two-year-old filly in Australia. That’s the path Macca Lodge filly Alabama Shakes took in 2015.

Bred by the McIntyres from the Badlands Hanover mare New York Franco, whom they leased off Terror To Love owner Terry McDonald, the Changeover filly was included in the catalogue for the second Macca Southern-bred, Southern-geared yearling sale last year. They put a $20,000 price tag on her but she remained unsold, which turned out to be a blessing for the McIntyres.

Someone missed a bargain when a Changeover filly was up for sale in the Macca Lodge Southern-bred, Southern-geared yearling sale last year. She could have been bought for $20,000 or less and now she's an Australasian record holder.

Someone missed a bargain when a Changeover filly was up for sale in the Macca Lodge Southern-bred, Southern-geared yearling sale last year. She could have been bought for $20,000 or less and now she’s an Australian record holder.

“She was always a nice filly, right from the start,” Brent McIntyre says. Others agreed. Mark Gutsell, who broke her in, described Alabama Shakes as “a lovely easy going pacer with a floating effortless stride . . . I think she would make a two-year-old type”. Trainer Hamish Hunter thought she was the best in the sale, saying she “has speed with a great feel. Will make a two-year-old”.

And make a two-year-old she has. Alabama Shakes caught the attention of Australian buyers after she won a trial over a mile in 1:57.5 at Winton in late December.

Sold for a decent five-figure sum to the owners of open class pacer Easy On The Eye, she joined the stable of New South Wales trainer Shane Tritton, who has also enjoyed success with another Macca Lodge-bred filly, Glenisla. On debut in a heat of the Pink Bonnet at Menangle on 14 February, Alabama Shakes led all the way over a mile in 1:54.6, equalling the Australian record for a two-year-old filly set by Read About Lexy last July.

“It was a great performance,” Tritton said. “She has only been with me a couple of months and I haven’t done a lot with her but I think she’s going to improve on what she did in her heat.”

Alabama Shakes lined up as a hot favourite in the Group 2 $A51,000 final on 21 February, but she hit the gate at the start, broke and lost her chance.

Here’s her catalogue entry in the Macca sale: Alabama Shakes – SBSGeared

A DAY TO REMEMBER

The WINTON MEETING on 07 September 2014 was one to remember for the McIntyres of Macca Lodge. That was the day that Panspacificflight sired not just his first New Zealand winner but also his second.

The Manipulator after his Winton win. Pic courtesy of southlandharnessracing.co.nz

The Manipulator after his Winton win. Pic courtesy of southlandharness.co.nz

It was fitting that The Manipulator should be his first. He was bred by Neil Timms, of Riversdale, at Macca Lodge and prepared for his win by the lodge’s new trainer, Tony Stratford. But for a local horse he’d done a fair bit of travelling. In 2013 he was consigned to the national premier yearling sales in Christchurch, where he was bought by Auckland trainer Tony Herlihy for $20,000. But Herlihy was to have his problems with him and The Manipulator found himself on the float back to Macca Lodge within a year. Brent credits a visit in February from equine chiropractor Tommy Behrns for an improvement in the gelding’s gait. His ability was obvious at Winton. A red hot favourite in the hands of Dexter Dunn, The Manipulator scooted over his last half in better than 57 with a closing quarter in 27, prompting his owners to move him to the country’s top trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen in Canterbury, where he had one start for a second to Mighty Flying Major before being spelled.

And First Flight In, another national sales purchase bred at Macca Lodge, made it win No. 2 for his sire later in the day.

NEW MACCA LODGE TRAINER

Tony Stratford

Tony Stratford

TONY STRATFORD hasn’t looked back since he took up a position as Macca Lodge trainer at the start of the 2014-15 season.

He had his most successful season in a career spanning two decades with 23 wins.

Tony’s wins were with Pulp Fiction (seven), Bonnie’s Khaleesi (two), Even Flo (two), Diamond King (two), The Manipulator, Ultra Shok, Rockahula Arden, Euromaxx, Levi Jade, Envious, Rockefeller, Bobbins, Mach Of The Man and Suzie’s Gem. His horses also gained 20 seconds and 13 thirds.

FOOTNOTE: Tony left Macca Lodge in late 2016 to train on his own account at Gore.