Fear The Dragon Tops Ohio Sale

The career of Macca Lodge stallion Fear The Dragon got a massive boost when he produced the top priced yearling at the recent Ohio Selected Jug sale in North America.

A stunning colt from Mach Three mare, Stonebridge Damsel, beat out a huge line up when selling for a massive $US120,000.

The colt, named Springbridge Dragn, was knocked down to one North America’s top trainers in Ron Burke.

Check out the classy Fear The Dragon youngster’s conformation and his brilliant way of moving in the video below.

Fear The Dragon’s progeny were in hot demand across the Ohio sale, with 33 lots selling at an average of $US26,700.

Other highlights include a Fear The Dragon filly from Sportswriter mare, Dancin Caroll, selling for $US85,000.

A Fear The Dragon colt from Art Major mare, Eagle Yankee, sold for the big price of US$57,000.

Another Fear The Dragon colt from Camluck mare, Twin B Diva, also sold well, fetching US$56,000.

The strong selling of Fear The Dragon’s yearlings in the first public offering is an outstanding result for the stallion and encouraging news for any New Zealand breeders who have sent their mares to him.

It also opens up an exciting opportunity for owners of Art Major, Sportswriter and Mach Three mares following the high prices Fear The Dragon yearlings from those dam-sires sold for.

Fear The Dragon’s sale topper sold for the equivalent of more than $177,000 New Zealand dollars on today’s exchange rate.

That equates to more than 34 times the price Fear The Dragon is available for ($4500 + GST) through Macca Lodge!!

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Raging Bull’s Wildwest brilliant first up

Raging Bull‘s star son Wildwest gave harness racing fans a massive reminder of his class with a brilliant first up win at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The Southern bred son of Macca Lodge’s newest siring recruit showed his pure class when having plenty of reasons to shirk his task fresh up over 2503m.

Wildwest was slowly in to stride, settling well behind the leaders.
The smart 4yr-old then did plenty wrong as driver Gary Hall Jnr tried to work him in to the race.
Despite all of that, Wildwest let down with a powerful finish to win in his first start at the races since November of last year.

The victory took the highly exciting Raging Bull pacer’s record to nine wins from 11 starts, with a bankroll of A$94,382.
Those wanting to breed their own Wildwest can access Raging Bull in his first season at Macca Lodge this spring.
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Brent’s 50th training win

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 sizzles at Cambridge

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.

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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.

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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 standout

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 . . . 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.”

Nearly three from three

THE RED ROBBER came within a nostril of giving Macca Lodge sire Panspacificflight a perfect record of three winners from three runners at the Invercargill meeting on 25 May.

The Tony Stratford-trained five-year-old was edged out by No More Change after sitting parked for most of the 2200 metres.

Earlier Airwaves paid $26 when he scored his maiden win at his second start — though he won like a $2 shot.

Alex Milne took the half-brother to big Australian winner Maximan to the lead from the outside of the front line over 2200 metres and was never headed. He coasted away by two lengths at the finish.

And Ansett Flight gave Panspacificflight his second winner for the day when he won his fifth race. He has also had 10 seconds and six thirds.

Arden’s Concord at Perth

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.

JD’s Chancey Gal

PANSPACIFICFLIGHT mare JD Chancey’s Gal took her career earnings past $US180,000 when she won the mares open pace at Miami Valley in Ohio on 08 March.

The former Indiana Sires Stakes three-year-old winner scored in 1:52.1. This was her 14th win in just 43 starts.

Another big win for Reciprocity

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.

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.