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Bettor’s Delight Dominates Sydney Sale

February 27, 2024|APG News, APG Yearling Sales, Industry News|

Champion sire Bettor’s Delight produced the three highest priced lots at the Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sale at Warwick Farm on Sunday. A striking bay colt, the first foal of the 2018 NSW 2YO of the Year and Breeders Challenge winner Miss Halfpenny 1:55 ($235,403) brought the top price of $100,000 at the sale. Offered by Phil and Denise Thurston, of Celestial Standardbreds, Forbes, the youngster was knocked down to Berkshire Park horseman Brian [...]

Rookie WA Vendor from Top Trotting Family

February 27, 2024|APG Vendors, APG Yearling Sales|

Canning Vale livestock agent and hobby breeder Phil Petricevich, who will make his debut as a vendor at the Australian Pacing Gold sale at Magic Millions, Perth on Sunday, March 3, is a third generation harness racing participant. “My grandfather Frank was a successful trainer in the 1930’s and my dad Joe won four Group One’s,” Phil said. Among his father’s major victories were the 1961 WA Pacing Cup and 1958 WA Derby with [...]

Boyanup’s Racing Guru – Dennis Roche

February 27, 2024|APG Vendors, APG Yearling Sales|

Boyanup horseman Dennis Roche offered four youngsters at last year’s APG Perth Yearling Sale and they have come out firing early in the season, with two winners and a runner-up from three starters. Vincent filly Reinette won the first two-year-old race of the season, Bettagetonpip won her first race start at Narrogin on February 6 and Sportswriter filly Titus ran a first-up second at Pinjarra on January 22. Bettagetonpip qualified for the $125,000 APG [...]

Prentice Family are Breeding ‘Solid Gold’

February 26, 2024|APG Vendors, APG Yearling Sales|

Boyanup horsewoman Jacqueline Prentice loves to support her successful trainer husband Justin in his racing venture but her background with thoroughbreds and show horses has seen her take the lead in the growing breeding operation. Prentice has a busy schedule, balancing the care of their two young children Carter (2) and Polly (8 months) with the preparation of two outstanding fillies for the APG Perth Yearling Sale on March 3. “I only became involved [...]

Hold Tight! Steve Johnson’s draft IS special

February 26, 2024|APG Vendors, APG Yearling Sales|

Renowned Serpentine breeder Steve Johnson showed astute judgement when he bought the broodmare Hold Tight at an Alabar Bloodstock mixed sale about 30 years ago to be his foundation mare. “She was passed in the sale. I bought her after the sale and she’s turned out to be a great investment,” Johnson said. Hold Tight, who was unraced, became the dam of five winners including the WA 2YO Sales Classic winner Fake Embrace ($240,249) [...]

Spurr’s Draft Led by Shoobees Place Progeny

February 26, 2024|APG Vendors, APG Yearling Sales, Sire Information|

Wagin breeder Kevin Spurr will offer 10 yearlings, his biggest sale’s draft, at the APG Perth Yearling Sale on March 3, spearheaded by two outstanding youngsters by highly underrated sire Shoobees Place. Shoobees Place has 54 winners from 134 foals of racing age in Australia, with earnings of more than $2.8 million. Shoobee Doo (1.49.4, $440K) has flown the flag with 33 wins, both here and in the US, and multiple Group 1 winner [...]

Alana Toulmin Upbeat about Sydney Sale

February 23, 2024|APG Vendors, APG Yearling Sales|

“They’re a lovely bunch of yearlings. I think people will be really pleased when they inspect them.” The speaker is young Menangle Park horsewoman Alan Toulmin, who is preparing one of the largest drafts for the Australian Pacing Gold sale at the Riverside Stables Complex, Warwick Farm on Sunday. “They’re all different types and there’s a horse for every price bracket,” the former Harness Racing NSW employee said. One of the most attractive youngsters [...]

Memories of Smolda Revived in Kirkwood Yearling

February 23, 2024|APG Vendors, APG Yearling Sales|

Smolda, the 2016 Inter Dominion hero and Grand Circuit champion, has been a big part of Hunter Valley enthusiast Marcus Kirkwood’s life in harness racing. Kirkwood part-owned the Courage Under Fire gelding who won 32 races – including nine Group 1’s – with 23 placings from 68 starts for $2.4million in stakes. He has taken care of the great pacer at his Westwood (near Singleton) property since his retirement. Marcus wrote a book called [...]

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