Bruce Edward entered the world of Standardbred Breeding in 2006 after purchasing a 400 acre property of undulating pasture at Durham Lead , some 20 or so minutes to the south east of Ballarat.

He has steadily built up a strong band of Broodmares numbering into the thirties these days.  Many of those mares were sourced from North America and now the results of Bruce’s research and buying are producing outstanding performances on the racetracks of Australia.

Those results from Durham Park bred horses are quite spectacular –  to the end of the 2021 season , 103 individual winners from 129 foals of racing age and an incredible average earnings for those 103 winners of $92,022.

One of the first outstanding winners sold by Durham Park was Ideal For Real .  He was purchased at the 2013 APG Melbourne Autumn Sale and in just a 22 start career prior to a tragic death , he accumulated $324,600.  Wins in the 2015 NSW Derby and 2016 VicBred Final were amongst his 13 victories.

Petacular , both the Australian 2 and 3 year old Filly of the Years was another outstanding champion to smell the Durham Park air.   Her 26 start career resulted in $454,082 in earnings and on Sunday Durham Park will offer her half-brother at the Neds APG Melbourne Sale.

LOT 241 is a stunning looking Colt by champion Sire Bettors Delight and it will be no surprise if he sells for a six figure sum and is a potentiasl Sales topper.

It will be a wise decision for his new owner to leave him as a colt as with his pedigree and first two dams being by Western Ideal and Artsplace he certainly has stallion potential if he can match a similar race record to his two siblings Petacular and Idyllic.

The Durham Park draft this year numbers fifteen  –  being 12 Colts and 3 Fillies .  In recent years they have been expertly raised and prepared under the guiding eyes and hands of Jamie Lee King.

Jamie Lee is a born and bred Tasmanian and ventured into Victoria a few years ago to further her equine experience.   That experience was gained at the Emma Stewart / Clayton Tonkin training complex where amongst an amazing team of horses , Jamie Lee had a special soft touch for Guaranteed and Heavens Trend.

So let’s get a tip straight from Jamie Lee’s mouth.  When asked earlier this week which Filly she liked amongst the three she is prepping for Sunday’s Sale , the answer was LOT 229  – a Sweet Lou girl from the Group One winning mare Hexham Heartbeat .  She is  nice athletic filly and certainly a sweet moving one.  She is bred 3 X 3 to Artiscape and does appear to have inherited quite a bit of his looks.

With twelve Colts in the stable , it was a bit tough to ask for just one selection so these are three boys that have impressed Jamie Lee in one way or another .

LOT 146 – by Art Major from the Rocknroll Hanover mare Rockaround Sue 1.61.6.   Bruce Edward has enjoyed immense success in breeding from mares he sourced from North America so this Colt could be another to add to that growing List.   The Dam won over $625,000 and Art Major continues to sire precocious Colts so yes Jamie Lee there is a lot to like about him.

LOT 182 – by Art Major from the Western Ideal mare Carolsideal1.50.6.  Once again a similar formula to Lot 146 being just the second foal from a $545,000 winning North American mare.  He looks to have that Art Major stamp on him and the kind temperament that has put him high on Jamie Lee’s list.

LOT 241 – by Bettors Delight from Ideal Priority , by Western Ideal.  He was mentioned previously [ above ] and being a half-brother to the brilliant filly Petacular and equally brilliant colt Idyllic 1.52.9 he will be on the shopping lists of some buyers with loaded pockets.

The first crop of Yearlings by the Kiwi superstar Lazarus will be walking through Auction rings around Australia over the next couple of months and Durham Park have three Colts to offer on Sunday.

“ They are strong , muscular and impressive types “ said Jamie Lee .  “ they are all dual Eligible for both VicBred and NSW Breeders Challenge  , so that should be a strong selling point for them as well. “

We have a Yearling for Everyone is the Durham Park slogan and certainly there is much variety in this year’s draft with the 15 yearlings being sired by 8 different stallions.

Lot 138 Colt LAZARUS ROCK TWO TIMES ROCKNROLL HANOVER
Lot 146 Colt ART MAJOR ROCKAROUND SUE ROCKNROLL HANOVER
Lot 155 Colt ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN SHEEZ THE BARMAID FALCON SEELSTER
Lot 165 Colt CAPTAINTREACHEROUS THE BAGGY GREEN ART MAJOR
Lot 173 Colt DOWNBYTHESEASIDE BIT OF A BABE BETTORS DELIGHT
Lot 182 Colt ART MAJOR CAROLSIDEAL WESTERN IDEAL
Lot 193 Colt LAZARUS CATAPULT ARTSPLACE
Lot 202 Colt ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN GARDEN GATE TINA RUSTLER HANOVER
Lot 213 Filly CAPTAINTREACHEROUS GOTTA GO ELECTOBET BETTORS DELIGHT
Lot 223 Colt BETTORS DELIGHT HEAVENS TREND ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN
Lot 229 Filly SWEET LOU HEXHAM HEARTBEAT ARTESIAN
Lot 241 Colt BETTORS DELIGHT IDEAL PRIORITY WESTERN IDEAL
Lot 253 Colt ALWAYS B MIKI INTRUSIVE ART MAJOR
Lot 260 Colt LAZARUS INSIDIOUS CHARM SPORTSWRITER
Lot 280 Filly ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN MY DOUBLE DREAM DREAM AWAY

There is no doubt that the undulating and hilly property where these Colts and Fillies are raised has a positive impact on their later lives on the racetrack.  This together with the carefully selected bloodlines is now a proven formula for the amazing statistics of winners produced from the Durham Park nursery.

Jamie Lee , Bruce and their staff will be ready in B Barn on Sunday to lead you to another star on the horizon.

With more than $2.25M in local NSW & VIC Neds – APG prizemoney, it’s almost inconceivable to think 4 Victorian Fillies  & 4 Victorian Colts will progress through to the massive 2 x $750,000 Menangle Final.  For the first time in the history of Harness Racing, the very best Fillies & Colts out of the Neds – APG 2022 Sales will get to compete with the nation’s best on a phenomenal night of racing that can’t be missed.

John Coffey has been inspecting all of the Victorian yearlings over the last few months and will be pleased to answer any questions that you may have on the individuals featuring in the sale, or to bid on your behalf.  John can be contacted on 0418 500 211.

Corinna Davey (Sales Executive – VIC/TAS ) for International Animal Health https://www.iahp.com.au/  will be on hand to select and to award the most sort after garland and product prizes for the best presented filly and colt. This is going to be a hotly contested event and should not be missed.

Please contact Linda Graham on 0428 955 998 or via email and she’ll be pleased to assist you with your online registrations, pre- bidding sale approvals or to answer any other questions that you may have on your travel and accommodation needs.