Costa at Macca

WHAT DO YOU do with a horse who has won seven races and $90,000 this season? Well, you send him to Macca Lodge for a well-earned spell.

That’s what the owners of Costa Del Magnifico have done after the Mach Three four-year-old’s win in the Southern Country Cups Final on Diamonds Day at Invercargill on 14 April.

They’ve turned down the opportunity to race him in the Jewels at Cambridge and trainer Brent Shirley will set him for some of the spring lead-up races to the New Zealand Cup.

Mares for Macca

THE NUMBER of permanent residents at Macca Lodge has been boosted recently.

About 30 broodmares have been transferred there from another Northern Southland stud, Kina Craig, which has closed down.

Despite the big increase in numbers, the “Vacancy” sign remains up at Macca, which is still accepting broodmares ahead of the winter.


IF YOU HAD a mare called Pansformation, by a sire called No Pan Intended, you’d have to send her to Panspacificflight, wouldn’t you?

Well, the breeder, Peter Pan Stables in Ohio, did.

The result was a colt named Pansformative, now four, who took a time of 1:50 neat when he won at the Meadowlands in March. Just one of the latest impressive winners by Panspacificflight in North America.

The Pan connection isn’t entirely coincidental. Bob Glazer, of Peter Pan Stables, was the owner of The Panderosa, who repaid his purchase price of $US250,000 many times over as both a racehorse and then a stallion. And The Panderosa is the sire of Panspacificflight. Glazer also owned No Pan Intended, who won the Triple Crown in 2003, took a time of 1:50.3 and sired the winners of $US34 million.

No Pan Intended, a full brother to champion sire Bettor’s Delight, was bought late last year by Oakwood Stud in Ireland.