Leading NZ breeder Pam Turner once shared with me this great old harness racing saying “Good Horses Come From Good Families, Great Horses Come From Anywhere“

While many people will agree with the above, it’s also true that so many come from Great Families.

If we have a quick look at Betterthancheddar (and its my view he is from a great family), his sisters have produced:

  • World Champion Bulldog Hanover winner of $2,789,271
  • Wheels On Fire winner of $976,058
  • Blaise Mm Hanover winner of $516,855

A bigger star than the one above would be Sweet Lou as this outstanding horse is from another truly great family, and his sisters have produced.

  • World Champion Captain Crunch winner of $1,725,45
  • Youaremycandygirl winner of $1,6476,299
  • Moonliteonthebeach winner of $519,102

Sportswriters sisters have also done an amazing job producing:

  • Tall Dark Stranger winner of $2,365,549
  • Soto winner of $617,115
  • Beautyonthebeach winner of $554,567

To take advantage of the above in the up and coming Neds -APG sale this weekend on the Gold Coast, which just happens to have a massive $150,000 “Pot Of Gold Final” (with just 36 eligible yearlings that can compete in this guaranteed race series), Lot 13 is a must to have on your viewing list.

This exciting colt by Downbytheseaside is of out of the full sister of the $1,031,942 winning Art Major son Major Crocker.

Downbytheseaside – his first crop hit the track in 2021, proving to be a dominant force.  Downbytheseaside was NA’s leading 2 year old sire in all aspects in 2021. That crop (now 3yo) has destroyed the opposition and Downbytheseaside and was crowned North America’s Leading Money Winning 3YO Sire for 2022, winning by more than $665,250over the 2nd place getter Captaintreacherous.

This may in part explain why his 2023 fee in North America will be $17,500.


APG horses have now won more than $60 Million Dollars in APG Races and Bonuses over the last 34 years. If you are looking for the next star of the sport that will have the opportunity to race in a guaranteed funded race series, while supporting an organisation that has a real commitment and reinvests back into the sport we all love, the Gold Coast this Sunday is the time and place to buy a yearling that could change your life for the better.

It’s so important to remember all the QBRED Lots are eligible for the “QBRED for life” bonuses shown below,

  •  $14,00 QBRED ‘First Win’ Bonus;
  •  $7,500 QBRED ‘Second Win’ Bonus;
  • $3,000 QBRED ‘Third Win’ Bonus (State-bred Qbred’s only):
  •  $1,000 QBRED Cash bonuses (on all races <$4,500);

They will also have the opportunity to win the following Triad races:

  • 2 Year Olds for each sex (1660m) $150,000 Final,
  • 3 Year Olds for each sex (2138m) $153,000 Final,
  • 4 Year Olds for each sex (2138m) $76,500 Final

Please contact Stephanie Graham on 0477 160 499 to answer any other questions that you may have regarding catalogues, travel and accommodation needs.  Paul Ellis on 0412 377 312 or Trevor O’Reilly on 0408 714 624 are also available for all other questions that you may have.