The prestigious NSW Breeder Challenge Day at Club Menangle witnessed an extraordinary showcase of talent, with several Australian Pacing Gold (APG) graduates dominating the winners’ circle. Today we celebrate the remarkable achievements of these. From Group 1 victories to impressive performances, the day was nothing short of spectacular for both participants and spectators.
Nathan Street Triumphs
One of the standout moments of the day was Nathan Street’s (Lazarus-Lettucesomewhere) commanding victory in the NSW Breeder Challenge 2YO Colts and Geldings Final, a Group 1 race with a $150,000 purse. Sold for $60,000 at the 2022 APG Yearling Sale in Sydney by Steve & Felicity Harris of Junee to Paul Kahlefeldt’s Redbank Lodge Standardbreds, Nathan Street was a jaw-dropping yearling. Since then, he has only grown into a more stunning and talented colt. His triumph in this prestigious race signifies the quality of horses that pass through the APG sales ring.
Captains Knock & Eye Keep Smiling: Shining Stars from APG Yearling Sales
In the NSW Breeder Challenge 3YO Colts and Geldings Final (Group 1 – $150,000), another APG graduate, Captains Knock (Captaintreacherous-Scarlett Finn), stood victorious. This remarkable colt was a $36,000 purchase from the 2021 APG Yearling Sale in Sydney and was consigned by John and Kristen Rutter. Captains Knock showcased his prowess in this Group 1 race, in the blistering time of 1.49.9 for the mile.
The NSW Breeder Challenge 3YO Fillies Final (Group 1 – $150,000) featured another extraordinary win by Eye Keep Smiling. This outstanding filly by Sweet Lou out of Oh Eye See for Mary and Jackie Gibson outstayed the Victorian visitor, Major Delight, in a thrilling finish.
Both Captains Knock and Eye Keep Smiling caught the eye of EUREKA Slot holders weighing their prospects for next year’s big event.
More APG Graduates Excel
The NSW Breeder Challenge 4YO Mares Final ($50,000) was claimed by Captains Queen (Captaintreacherous-Fususi), a $95,000 purchase at the 2020 APG Sydney Sale. Meanwhile, the 4YO Entries and Geldings Final ($50,000) was secured by My Ultimate Ronnie (Bettor’s Delight-Gifted Bliss), a $60,000 acquisition at the same sale. Both races highlighted the diversity of talent that graduates of the APG program bring to the racing circuit.
The success of APG graduates extended beyond the Breeder Challenge finals. In two of the remaining three pacing races on the program for Sunday, Swayzee emerged victorious in the BESTINBEDS.COM.AU BATTLE OF BEERSHEBA FFA, followed by Firestorm Red, as he triumphed in the 24 HR FIGHT AGAINST CANCER MACARTHUR PACE.
As we look forward to more racing action in 2023, we can’t help but anticipate the future achievements of these APG graduates. For more updates and information on APG graduates, stay tuned to the Australian Pacing Gold website.