Western Districts driver Glen Craven has an outstanding record in the sulky, having driven 756 winners including eight Group 1’s and the winners of just shy of $7 million in prizemoney.
And, now he is quietly making a name for himself as a breeder and yearling sale vendor.
Glen, who conducts Oxley Farm, Ayford, near Terang, with his wife Erin Taylor, a veterinarian, has made rather a spectacular start as a breeder.
“We’ve sold four at the sales that are old enough to race and three have won and one‘s a Group 1 winner,” Glen said.
Topping the bill is last season’s star Victorian juvenile trotting filly Nordic Reign, a winner of five of her nine starts including the Group 1 $100,000 Breeders Crown and the VicBred Silver.
Avoca Blues, a winner of four races at Mildura, and Didyalousaroosta, a two-year-old winner in Tasmania and runner-up in the Sweepstakes, are other winners they have bred.
Oxley Farm are dually represented at the Australian Pacing Gold sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, February 4.
Lot 158 is a bay colt by the Breeders Crown champion and Canadian 2YO Colt of the Year Stay Hungry 1:47.6 ($1.3million), the sire of the winners of $9 million with nine in the 1:50 list from only two racing crops.
The colt is the first foal of a Well Said half-sister to five winners including the Breeders Crown champion and Inter Dominion heat winner Keayang Cullen ($406,810) and the Group 1 NSW winner Keayang Kreuzer ($124,550).
“He’s a strong, little colt that loves his work. A great doer and very intelligent,” Glen said.
The second half of the Oxley Farm draft is the all-American bred trotting filly listed as Lot 107.
She is one of the first Australian crop of the Chapter Seven horse Helpisontheway 1:51.8 ($610,446), a Stakes-winning two and three-year-old in North America and now the sire of the winners of $3.5million.
Aldebaran Turnpike (1:59.6), the dam of the filly, has left three winners from four foals of racing age including Aldebaranwalkabout, a 1:55 three-year-old winner in America, and the VicBred heat winner Aldebaran Campbell.
“She’s a tall, long striding filly and very easy sensible,” Glen stated.
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