By SHELLEY TOPP
North Canterbury will be well-represented at New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbreds inaugural New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale in Christchurch next week.
Around 60 yearlings prepared in North Canterbury will be on offer at the two-day sale at the Canterbury Agricultural Park on Tuesday and Wednesday.
It is a strong catalogue, but one of the standouts is a racy looking colt by Mach Three from broodmare gem Miss Elsie, called Mr McLaren. Miss Elsie, who is now 11, was also a star on the racetrack winning seven races and more than $143,000 in stake money. Mr McLaren is her fourth colt from five foals.
He also has a younger half brother, by Art Major, which was foaled last year and Miss Elsie is in foal again to Bettors Delight.
Her first foal, Raukapuka Ruler, by Bettors Delight, has now won six races, including the 2017 Great Northern Derby, and $200,000 in stake money, while at the 2017 New Zealand Premiere Yearling Sale in Christchurch, her 2015 colt Horotane Jack (also by Bettors Delight and now racing as War Dan Delight) sold for $90,000.
The two-year-old has already clocked 1.53.3, winning the prestigious Kindergarten Stakes last March. Mr McLaren is being prepared by Terry and Glenys O’Sullivan at Sefton, for the colts owners, Alistair Brosnan, of Rangiora and two of his sisters, Pam Brosnan, of Fernside and Janet Marsh of Rangiora.
“He was good to wean and is a very nice, athletic type with a strong character,” Terry said.
‘It is a top catalogue, but his dam was one of the best race mares in the country and there are not many broodmares who have won close to $200,000, and gone 1.55.”
Miss Elsie’s foals are also showing the same speed and tenacity she had on the racetrack and all three of her colts to race so far began their racing careers in the best possible way by winning first up.