When Smokin Annie smoked home along the inner to win at Ascot Park on Thursday Brent notched his 50th win as a trainer.
That result was the culmination of 27 years as a license holder that took him from Tussock Creek to Wendonside.
There was little fanfare and certainly no boasting about the achievement from the man himself – Brent is clearly not one for the spotlight.
“I am not really in to talking myself up – maybe you could say if I was any good I would have trained twice as many winners,” he quipped.
A quick look at his trophy cabinet, filled with cups from all over Otago and Southland, suggests that is not the case.
Just Jazzan got things started in 1995 with her Wyndham Cup win and the victories kept coming over the next two decades.
Bonnie Lass took out the Winton Businesses Cup, Waikouaiti Cup, Northern Southland Cup and the Southern Country Cups Final in winning nine races from Brent’s stable.
Jamie won the Wairio Cup in track record time and helped Brent win a second Waikouaiti Cup in her seven wins.
Brent’s 50th victory may not have been in a cup race, but the win held plenty of significance.
It was an all family affair – Smokin Annie is raced by Brent and Sheree’s son-in-law, Paul Hailes.
Sunset Red showed breeding to Raging Bull means breeding for sizzling speed with a scintillating win at Cambridge.
The 5yr-old daughter of Macca Lodge’s newest siring recruit and Presidential Ball mare, Sweet Shelby, stopped the clock in a spectacular 2-41.4 time for 2200m when powering to victory for trainer Graeme Rogerson and driver Dylan Ferguson.
Sunset Red did not have everything her own win in her clock-smashing win.
Ferguson had to drag the mare towards the back of the field from her wide front row draw.
Sunset Red then came four wide around the home turn before powering to an impressive victory.
The mare looks to have a bright future in the North Island going on her form since joining Rogerson’s barn.
Wednesday night’s victory was Sunset Red’s second win in five starts in the north.
Sunset Red shows Raging Bull’s ability to cross well with Cam Fella line mares.
The 5yr-old has a 3×3 double up of Most Happy Fella on the dam’s side of her pedigree.
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. He 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 . . . another impressive winner by Panspacificflight
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.”
SEVEN-YEAR-OLD PANSPACIFICFLIGHT gelding Arden’s Concord took bad luck out of the equation when he led all the way at Gloucester Park in Perth on 15 March.
He hadn’t won in eight previous starts this season but punters sent him out a $1.55 favourite on the back of some luckless runs. Owned by the Butterworths, who bought him out of Graeme Anderson’s Otago stable in 2016, Arden’s Concord has now won 11 times and earned stakes of nearly $100,000. He rated 1:57.5 for the 2130 metres.
Another from Panspacificflight’s stellar first crop, Last Flight In, posted her 13th win at Kilmore in Victoria on 12 March.
QUALITY PANSPACIFICFLIGHT mare Reciprocity recorded her fastest time when she won a $A24,000 mares race at Tabcorp Park Melton in Victoria on 23 February.
The five-year-old Group winner worked hard to get the lead from a wide draw and rated 1:54.1 for the 1720-metre journey.
Her fifth win of the season, and her 12th overall, took her career earnings past $A90,000. Another Panspacificflight mare, Last Flight In (12 wins, $124,000), ran third in the same race.
Reciprocity became Panspacificflight’s third Group race winner in Australasia when she won $30,000 Group Three VHRSC Metropolitan Pace Final on the same track on 04 January. Arden’s Choice won a Group I two-year-old fillies race at Auckland in 2015 and Little Rascal won a Group III mile at Menangle in 2017.
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.
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
“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.
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.