His winners to date...
SON OF THE MIGHTY AMERICAN SIRE, ANDOVER HALL
HIS DAM WON THE PRESTIGIOUS HAMBLETONIAN OAKS, AND HAD 24 STARTS FOR 9 WINS & 11 PLACINGS
HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY IS FULL OF CLASSIC WINNERS
AND HE WAS A $400,000 YEARLING SALE PURCHASE
- A Stakes-winning 2yo, trotting his final quarter in 27.2
- Won back-to-back P.A.S.S. events
- Won the Zweig Memorial after coming back from injury
- Best mile time of 1:53.8, finishing 2nd in a Qualifier to the great Deweycheatumnhowe
- Retired after only 9 starts, winning four and over $140,000
Introducing THE PRES...
THE PRES has just completed yet another ground-breaking season.
Ever since his first 2-year-olds surfaced in 2013/14, THE PRES has managed to keep bettering his own siring record of the previous term.
His number of individual winners has risen from 14 to 23 to 26 over the last three seasons; the amount of victories by his progeny have gone from 25 to 39 to 50 during the same periods, and stakes won have increased from $204,000 to $402,000 and now over $535,000 in 2017/18.
And these are just the statistics in New Zealand.
Across the Tasman, THE PRES has only ever had six Australian-bred starters but they've all been success stories and include Princess Phoenix (9 wins & $148,000 to date, dual Group 1 winner as a 2yo); Big Jack Hammer (10 wins & $126,000 to date, Group 1 winner as a 3yo), and Empire Bay (13 wins & $121,000 to date, Group 2 winner as a 2yo).
THE PRES has actually sired juvenile winners in three different countries, and is one of only a handful of trotting stallions to achieve this notable feat.
Back home where he was born, THE PRES’s one and only North American crop of 31 foals continues to produce winners who are still saluting the judge in 2018... the likes of Kiwi Pres (t,1:55.6; 14 wins & $141,000 to date), Hetties Commander (t,1:55.6; 11 wins & $112,000 to date) and Presquille (t,1:55.6; 8 wins & $105,000 to date).
Collectively his progeny have won over $756,000 in the U.S. thus far, which is pretty good considering that only 15 of them have raced - but 12 have been winners, and two others have been placed.
Evidence of how highly-regarded THE PRES was in America rests with the fact that he cost a whopping $400,000 to purchase as a yearling. But you've only got to glance at his bloodlines to see why... he’s by siring great Andover Hall and out of the Valley Victory mare Southwind Allaire, and it’s obvious that Mother Nature bestowed him with the looks to match his illustrious pedigree.
Much was anticipated as his own racetrack career began to unfold, but sadly THE PRES had it cut short due to a recurring shoulder injury and was forced into premature retirement at the tender age of three, having won four of his nine raceday appearances.
A stunning specimen of a horse, being 16hh and long-barrelled, THE PRES is definitely continuing to make a name for himself as a sire.
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(July 3, 2018)
Dominating for Donna
It's been a season of milestones for Timaru's Donna Williamson.
She achieved her first win as a galloping trainer when Abraxos rocked her opposition as the $82 rank outsider at Ashburton back in October; Donna's also reached her highest annual tally of training victories in the harness code with four next to her name, and now she's won a race at Addington for the first time.
The latter two were ticked off the bucket list when her ultra-talented trotter The Dominator scored emphatically at Christchurch's headquarters last Friday night.
The 4-year-old son of The Pres was positioned beautifully in the one-one by driver Brad Williamson, and from there they were always going to be hard to beat... The Dominator sprinted home in 28.9 to win by nearly a length, under a hold.
When taking into consideration how many other facets of the racing industry that Donna's involved in, it's kind of understandable why she dips her toes into the training ranks as well - but you'd wonder how she even finds the time to do it, let alone be successful in both codes.
As the boss lady of her two highly-regarded enterprises Belmont Park Stud and Equine Veterinary Services, Donna is in charge of three separate properties with a combined total of nearly 200 acres between them.
She stands the two thoroughbred stallions D'Cash and Onceuponatime, the latter being the sire of Abraxos; prepares yearlings for the Sales and operates as a semen base for all of New Zealand's major studs, but above all she's best known for her expertise in 'equine midwifery'.
During any given breeding season she'll have over 100 mares in her care - all of them either being expectant mothers or entrusted to Donna to be served, or both - and her in-foal success rate is one of the best in the business.
She's currently Wintering more horses than she ever has before as well, with something like 50 names on the books.
"I couldn't do it all without my partner Stephen (Bell), or Aimee (O'Brien) who lives on the property where the stallions are and rides all my horses for me," Donna says.
"It means some pretty long days sometimes, but during the Summer there's more daylight hours anyway so you get a lot done.
"That's why I tend to take horses to the races more in Winter, because I can.
"I'm a good sleeper though," she added with a laugh, "once I'm out, the only thing that wakes me is the phone or the foaling alarm."
Brought up by her grandparents from the age of about 10 onwards, Donna tributes her interest in the sport to her late grandfather Jim Williamson because she was "an 'outside girl' who followed him everywhere he went".
It's obvious she loves what she does for a living, and her results in all areas are a true testament to that.
To date Donna has notched up 15 victories as a harness racing trainer in 13 seasons of dabbling, nearly half of those coming from a Courage Under Fire mare she bred called Belmont Fire.
But it's her latest winner The Dominator who should go a long way further, for a number of different reasons.
"Belmont Fire won seven races but they were just 'everyday' races," Donna said.
"Potentially, The Dominator is far superior and could win some much better races - plus he's naturally athletic too, so he doesn't take much work between starts.
"I think he's a real smart horse."
There's a touch of irony about that assessment of The Dominator, because a glance at his 18-start formline reveals four wins but they're interspaced around the regular occurrence of some sevenths, ninths and 'zeros' and Donna affectionately says "it's his brain" that's the culprit.
"He just gets a bit anxious with other horses around him - he is getting better though, he just needs more exposure.
"Last Friday night was actually the first time he'd trotted the whole way around Addington under lights... in all his previous starts, no matter where they were, he'd either been up front or at the back of the field or galloped."
This latest victory was actually the first time that Brad Williamson had teamed up with The Dominator on racenight as well.
He'd partnered the son of The Pres at the trials for Donna on a number of occasions, and jumped at the chance after regular pilot Stephen McNally opted for Trouble Giero, so there was also some irony in the fact that the new combination defeated the latter pairing.
"Brad went all the way to Addington for this one drive, so I was rapt that The Dominator won for him," Donna said.
"But I said to him before the race, I don't care where you finish - I just want the horse to get around in one piece. And he nursed him beautifully.
"He's a big, long horse with a long stride; you've only got to look at StrideMASTER to see that he takes the least amount of strides over any given 200 metre distance.
"And for a horse like him who does that, one of the bends at Addington is quite tight and can be tricky for him to get around."
(August 28, 2017)
Brilliant Breeders Crown victory for The Pres
The Pres hit the headlines again yesterday when his 2-year-old daughter Renezmae waltzed away with the Aus$90,000 Group 1 Breeders Crown Final at Tabcorp Park in Melton.
Making just her third appearance across the Tasman this campaign, Renezmae followed up a third-place finish in the Group 1 Redwood Classic on August 6 and a Breeders Crown Heat win 11 days later with a completely dominant performance, leading from the outset and not giving any of her rivals a look in.
The filly won by almost 12 metres, sprinting home in 29.7 and 29.2 on a rain-sodden surface to record 2:50 for the 2240m journey. Her 10 lifetime starts to date have now yielded three wins and as many placings, and she'll soon return home to New Zealand with $55,000 in Australian prizemoney to add to the $13,804 she'd already won before she left.
The victory credited Renezmae's young trainer Jack Harrington with his first Group 1 success and gave him his first Crown trophy for the cabinet - but in less than three minutes the filly also achieved the exact same accolades for her breeder and former owner, Michelle Caig.
Watching the Super Sunday coverage from her home in Winton at the bottom of the South Island, Michelle rode every step of the Breeders Crown Final with Renezmae and is still buzzing 24 hours later.
"I'm exhausted," she said with a smile.
"But no, there's just a tremendous amount of self-satisfaction when you achieve something like this and I'm very proud."
Renezmae is out of the Lindy Lane mare City Lane, who won seven races herself and had already left the good performer Saratoga (12 NZ & Aus wins, $101k) prior to Michelle purchasing her off Bill and Jean Feiss.
Now that City Lane's second winner is looking like she'll reach even greater heights, Michelle casts her mind back to what stood out about the filly from a very early age.
"She was never very big, but even as a foal I was just so impressed with her confirmation and hind quarters - they were those of a trotter," Michelle recalled.
"And I remember when I was getting her 'prettied up' for the pre-Sales photographs... she was a real poser and stood perfectly, it was like she already had a 3-year-old trotter's backside."
Remarkably, the Aus$45,000 that Renezmae won yesterday could've been anyone's because the filly was passed in at the 2016 NZ Premier Yearling Sale.
"I only had an $8000 reserve on her," Michelle said.
"Jean (Feiss) even came to the stalls afterwards and said, 'don't worry, this filly will be okay because City Lane had electric speed herself'.
"And she's right, because when City Lane fair boots it down the paddock it's not in a canter - she does it trotting.
"So I think Renezmae definitely got some speed from both her sire and dam... that day when she led and won at Ashburton after starting from nine at the barrier was amazing!"
A couple of ownership changes have transpired since this filly was 'unwanted' at the Yearling Sales, of course.
Having taken Renezmae home again, Michelle wanted to offer a half-share in the filly to someone in return for training her and says Jack Harrington was an easy choice.
"I liked Jack because he was a young guy starting out, his parents were supportive, plus he had great manners and communication skills; whenever I texted him about something, he'd always ring back straight away and to me that was refreshing.
"Jack broke Renezmae in, and after a couple of preps she was down to running quarters in thirty-six which was pretty good for a baby trotter."
The promise Renezmae was showing at home obviously didn't end there, because late last year he was on the phone to Michelle again, wanting to buy her out.
Like a lot of people in the industry, Michelle breeds a handful of mares each season and regardless of the whatever results she achieves at the Yearling Sales, feed bills and all the other associated costs still need to be paid.
So she let her half-share go, and despite the talent Renezmae has shown ever since she debuted in March this year, Michelle doesn't regret the decision one bit.
"No not at all - I'm rapt for Jack and all the other new owners; yesterday's victory was still the biggest of thrills for me.
"And I even get a trophy too," she beamed.
(April 27, 2017)
Big few days for The Pres
Resident goStallions sire The Pres hit the headlines at all six New Zealand racemeetings over the last week.
On Thursday, his 3-year-old son The Dominator convincingly won a maiden at Forbury Park; 24 hours later, a filly of the same age called The Bloss also put her first victory on the board when scoring at Addington and beating home another by The Pres (Crusher Collins), and then on Sunday Red Hot Poker registered win number two at Rangiora.
Nestled in amongst these performances was a rather unlucky run by President Roydon, who went within half a length of knocking off Enghien in the Group 2 Sires' Stakes 3YO Trotters Championship at Alexandra Park on Friday night.
There were other minor placings too... Idle Moose put in the best effort of his three-start career to run third at Addington; the Invercargill meeting on Sunday saw a barnstorming finish produced by The Power Broker to come from a mile off them and grab second, and Precious Moment ran third at Cambridge on Tuesday after an early break.
In summary... three winners, three runner-up prizes and two third-place finishes!
"A really nice horse to do anything with," says trainer Donna Williamson about The Dominator, who's raced by her partner Stephen Bell.
"He's just been a bit nervous since the day he was weaned, that's all, and we have to keep treating him with 'kid gloves' for now.
"But he's absolutely fantastic - all he wants to do is trot."
Donna knows there's some irony in the latter statement, due to the fact that The Dominator broke in all of his first three starts before winning last week, but he's had excuses.
"He was going to go close at Motukarara, but Stephen (McNally, driver) gave him a flick with the whip when he started running in up the straight - I never hit them at home, so he just didn't know what that was all about," she said.
"And then the first time he lined up at Forbury, he just took fright at the Starter saying 'Right' when he let them go.
"I really like him, he's trotted everywhere from Day One. When you sit behind him, he just does everything so effortlessly - he's very light on his feet.
"He should go on with it, for sure."
Next up for The Dominator is a start at the Timaru meeting being held at Addington tonight, in race 10 at 9:21pm.
"It's his first start under lights - when he won at Forbury last week it was early in the night and they weren't on yet - so it'll be another learning curve for him.
"I hadn't really planned on lining him up again so soon, but I like to support my local Club whenever I can," she said.
Donna's experience with stock of The Pres doesn't end with The Dominator, because she's also handled a couple more by the Andover Hall stallion.
"I broke in a yearling a month ago who's out of the Safely Kept mare Mereareta, and it looks like it'll make the grade. It just wants to trot too.
"And I've got another one in work who's the same age as The Dominator, out of Sheez Cameronz Pride; it's very much in the same mould as him - light on its feet as well."
Brent Borcoskie sums up his filly The Bloss in four words.
"I've always liked her," he said.
"She probably could've raced at two, but she belongs to William Dee's family and it's one that improves a lot with age.
"She's a nice horse; she's still on the way up, and I expect her to go on with it from here."
The Bloss and Deva Jones (2 wins) are the only two by The Pres that Brent has had anything to do with, but he wouldn't mind getting his hands on more of them.
"Deva Jones has a few issues including a wind problem, so she's probably not going to fulfill her potential," he said.
"I certainly like them (progeny of The Pres) though, he's doing a pretty good job isn't he."
Mark Purdon has got a son of The Pres in his and Nat Rasmussen's stable too, and he rates him highly.
Owned by the powerful Butterworth Racing Syndicate, President Roydon has made two appearances since joining the All Stars team and run half-length seconds on both occasions - having to bow to the brilliant Enghien each time.
President Roydon hasn't had the rub of the green in their clashes to date though. Last Friday night's $55,000 Sires' Stakes Trotters Championship at Alexandra Park was an example of that, and to come up only half a length short of New Zealand's benchmark 3-year-old trotter after doing a heap more work during the race was a performance full of merit.
"I'd like to get a fair shot at him," Mark says with a hint of frustration in his voice.
"President Roydon first raced against Enghien at the trials on March 27, and he was far too good for us that day. But he has really impressed me over the last month or so, and has closed the gap for sure.
"I like our guy a lot - and the more I do with him, the more I like him."
President Roydon and Enghien go head-to-head again tomorrow night in Auckland, in the $80,000 Group 1 Northern Trotting Derby.
The draws have fallen the favourite's way, with Enghien starting from two and President Roydon landing saddlecloth seven, but Mark isn't fazed by the challenge which lies ahead.
"It means that we're probably going to have to sit outside him at some stage, but I think we'll give him a run for his money."
(September 30, 2016)
Le Lievre's Gift resumes with a win
(September 19, 2016)
Keeping it in the family
Le Lievre's Gift began her new season in the best possible fashion when she resumed with a win at Addington last night.
In what was a clever piece of decision-making by her trainer/driver Jim Curtin, Le Lievre's Gift moved from three-deep to go to the front with about 1500 metres to run and then handed up straight away to the race favourite Hey Yo.
From there the daughter of The Pres had the drop on her rivals, and when asked to sprint up the straight a lap later she comfortably edged past them to score by a neck after covering her final 800m split in better than 57 seconds.
"Yep it was a good first-up run," Jim said afterwards, in his typically reserved manner.
"She can trot a bit. And she'll improve with the run too, because she'd only had the one trial heading into it."
The practice outing Jim's referring to was a trial win at Ashburton nine days earlier, where she went to the line under a grip after trotting her final quarter in 28.3. Those who took note were rewarded with a $5.60 dividend last night.
It was the third time that Le Lievre's Gift had triumphed in a fresh state, the other occasions being on debut for former trainer Phil Williamson at Oamaru 13 months ago (where she created a huge impression when winning by over 10 lengths), and then again at her next appearance in February this year (when she won first-up at Ashburton in a quick 1:57.6 for the mile).
In between those two runs, she changed hands and stables after being purchased by Jim's biggest client Russell Nieper.
Belonging to the first NZ crop of The Pres, the lightly-raced 5-year-old has now started 10 times for four wins, three placings and over $22,000 in stakes.
Le Lievre's Gift's dam is Jasmyn's Gift (17 wins, $192,000), and was actually the former fine racemare's first successful pregnancy in four years of trying after she went to stud. Jasmyn's Gift hasn't missed since, although none of her subsequent progeny have made it onto the racetrack yet.
Le Lievre's Gift is likely to step out again at Addington next Friday night, and Jim believes she's capable of progressing quite a way up the ranks as her career continues to unfold.
"I hope so," he said.
"She's out of a good mare, and Phil (Williamson) said Jasmyn's Gift got better with age so we're hoping that she does the same.
"She's got a fair bit of speed, which always helps."
Sea Eyre is making a habit of beating home another trotter by his own sire when he wins.
The gelding by The Pres has scored two victories to date, and on both occasions he's gotten to the post ahead of a year-older trotter who shares the same father.
The first time was at Addington on February 19 this year when Sea Eyre defeated I'm Not Eyre, then last Friday night at Alexandra Park he did it again - prevailing in a tight finish over Precious Moment to set up a $127 quinella!
It's fair to say that the pickings have been slim in between wins, but like a lot of trotters who are learning their craft, Sea Eyre had a few wee issues that needed ironing out and the decision to send him north has started to pay dividends.
Raced on lease by Palmerston-based horseman Ricky Allen, Sea Eyre joined the stable of Richard Brosnan a couple of months after clearing maidens and his new trainer speaks highly of the now 4-year-old gelding out of Viola Chiola.
"Ricky thought that a change of scenery might help," Brosnan said, explaining the temporary arrangement.
"And the horse's issues aren't anything major, just a lot of little things; it always takes time to get to know them and work out what suits."
The chinks in Sea Eyre's armour included a couple of steering issues and his tendency to "fire up" on raceday, but Brosnan's confident that he's slowly turning things around.
"He's actually really good-natured and is beautiful around home, plus on racenight he'll be as quiet as anything too - until you get him out onto the track, when he turns into a right handful.
"He'll be hard on the bit, and the trick is trying to get him to save that until later in the race; even when he's been wild at times though, some of his runs weren't that bad.
"We've changed a bit of gear and are hopefully getting him sorted now, because he did seem more relaxed on Friday."
It's too early to tell whether Sea Eyre will climb as high as the Open Class ranks, but the man who's currently putting the polish on this son of The Pres believes he can win more.
"He might not be a star but he's a nice, handy trotter - and I do think he's still twelve months away yet," Brosnan said.
"There's only a few around by The Pres up here, but they've done quite a good job.
"We've bred two ourselves, out of Baltic Sun. The first one was born with a badly offset hoof and never raced, which was a pity really because it was such a lovely natured horse.
"But I've broken in a 2-year-old full-sister and she's nice too; I've got no problems with them."
A star in the making
One youngster that's been making a big splash across the Tasman since she launched her career in May is a daughter of The Pres, called Princess Phoenix.
Trained by Victorian horseman David Aiken and driven by his son Josh, who operate out of Avenel, Princess Phoenix kicked off with a second on debut at Maryborough in a Heat of the VicBred Platinum Home Grown Classic for 2-year-old trotting fillies.
Nine days later she appeared again, this time at Tabcorp Park in Melton, taking out the $50,000 Group 1 Final of that series when she won by nearly six metres in a 2:03.7 mile rate for 1720m.
Another second in the Group 2 Tatlow Stakes at the same venue on June 5 followed, and since then Princess Phoenix has lined up on two more occasions for victories in the VicBred Super Series Fillies Heat at Ballarat (by nearly 30 metres) and $60,000 Group 1 Final, once again back at Melton's Tabcorp Park.
So that's now five starts for three wins and two seconds, quickly skyrocketing Princess Phoenix to more than $74,000 in stakes - all of which has understandably been a huge buzz for her breeder/owners Ashley Haynes, Christopher Shaw, and Craig and Brian Payne.
"And if you take her bonuses into consideration she's up to about $90,000 in earnings so far," David says, proudly.
"She'd be the best 2-year-old filly in Australia at the moment," he added, safe in the knowledge that Princess Phoenix's burgeoning record backs up the statement no end.
Most juveniles that burst onto the scene as racehorses have had an 'X Factor' about them from the word go, and when it comes to Princess Phoenix this is indeed the case.
"We've always liked her, from 'Day One'.
"She's got a great backside on her and is a lovely walker - you'd buy her at the Yearling Sales in a heartbeat.
"It's her manners which are her best attribute, and you can drive her like an older horse because of that. Plus she's well-gaited and has got a very good turn of foot."
David acknowledges that Princess Phoenix has come a long way in a short space of time, proof of which comes from the fact that she was beaten by nearly 20 metres the day she qualified - and that was only a week out from when she first raced.
But this is what makes her future "really exciting".
"She hasn't been screwed down yet," David says.
"Even when she's jogging on the lead there's a real presence about her - she just oozes class and potential.
"We just want to get her through the Breeders Crown Series and then give her a spell, because as a 3-year-old I think she'll be stunning!"
First NZ winner for The Pres
The writing was on the wall when we spoke to trainer/driver James Stormont six weeks ago after he qualified a 2-year-old by The Pres, and last Friday night this stallion sired his first winner in New Zealand when Primz Luck put up a super performance at Alexandra Park.
Away safely from the middle of the front row in his 2200m stand event, Primz Luck's sensibility was questioned more than a couple of times inside the first furlong when rivals broke all around him.
Primz Luck literally took it all in his stride though, and as the race developed he'd secured a good run on the outer. Things got a bit dicey again approaching the final bend though, because the leader galloped and James had no option but to push out and around the parked horse swinging for home.
Once into clear air, Primz Luck powered down centre track and was actually pulling away from his older and more experienced rivals near the finish - and well under his own steam too, scoring by nearly three lengths.
So it was a fine way to mark his first official race start. Primz Luck had actually run third on debut in a non-tote 2-year-old event at the same venue in mid-March, beaten only a head and a head when understandably not pushed, but he earnt 21 times as much in stakes on Friday with a cheque for $6300.
"That first run actually knocked him a wee bit because they came home in 28.3 that night," James admitted.
"So I just backed off him; I've worked out what sort of workload he takes now, and it's not a lot."
Primz Luck therefore went from a 1700m mobile against three rivals the same age, to a 2200m standing start event and taking on a dozen race-hardened maidens. And came through with flying colours!
"Not many 2-year-olds could've done what he did tonight," James said with great admiration.
"Down the back straight there was horse three-wide that was leaning in on him, and then he had to push through a narrow gap to get into the clear turning for home.
"I just work him on his own at home, so all the 'brains' he's showing is definitely coming from within - and more than likely from his sire's side as well, because his dam's side has tended to be a bit 'hot'.
"It's always harder taking on the older horses, but I could've nominated him for another 2-year-old race and if there was only a few starters it would've been a non-tote again for $2000.
"But I knew that if he won a maiden it would virtually put him straight in the Harness Jewels, and I see he's fourth on the list now; that's a nice race to get into."
Primz Luck is likely to line up next in another event for his own age group at Cambridge on Thursday week, James wanting to give him a look at the track with the Jewels in mind, and following that he's also eligible for the Sales Series race at Addington on April 24 and later the Breeders' Crown across the Tasman.
"He's probably still a bit behind the real good ones just at the moment, because I see that they ran a record in the 2-year-old event at Rangiora on Sunday," James said.
"But he's got great manners, and manners win races."
Raced on lease from his breeders Rosemary and Brian Tims, who were understandably delighted by last Friday's result as well, Primz Luck is continuing the fine record of his dam Howz Lucky who's now left five winners from her first six foals - and the other has been placed three times in eight appearances.
The Pres has left four 2-year-old winners from 10 starters in North America to date, these all stemming from a small crop of mares he served while in quarantine before being exported to New Zealand.
And he was also represented at the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale at Tabcorp Park in Victoria on March 23 when his one and only Lot - a colt out of Running Pinevale - fetched $22,000.
The colt was the seventh equal-highest Lot sold on a day that saw 31 horses change hands at an average price of $16,359.
First winners for The Pres
The Pres is underway as a sire, having left four individual juvenile winners in America during the last month.
Now based permanently in New Zealand, the popular stallion served one small book of mares in the States before he was imported here three seasons ago; these horses are now 2-year-olds by American standards, and they've wasted no time putting their sire on the map.
The Pres has had only eight starters in the U.S. to date, but already half of them have won and two others have been placed – tipping their sire over the $50,000 mark in earnings.
First to greet the judge was the Charles Taylor-trained and driven Spartan Presence
, a colt out of the Lindy Lane mare Vega Blue Chip who scored at Hastings in Michigan on July 14.
Next to salute was Hetties Commander
, a colt out of Hetties Dream (by Dream Of Glory) who is trained by Michel Rivest and driven by David Boughton; he won at Georgian Downs in Ontario at the end of July.
Following in the footsteps of these two sons were two daughters, who incidentally are his fastest thus far – The Pres Child
is a filly out of the Mr Lavec mare Crowchild, who Walter Haynes trained and drove to win in 2:00.4 at Hoosier Park in Indiana on August 14; then the very next day, filly Nickange Two
won a $50,000 Leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes Series at Rideau Carleton in Ontario for trainer Wayne Lee and driver Trevor Ritchie.
The latter is out of the Wesgate Crown mare Goingonby, and trotted to victory in 2:00.8.
First NZ yearlings go under the hammer
Six of Wai-Eyre Farm’s stallions will have representation in the Yearling Sales next week, and there’s bound to be a lot of interest surrounding those from the first NZ crop of The Pres.
One of our two resident sires who are by Andover Hall out of a Valley Victory mare, the other being Monkey Bones, The Pres has two colts in Auckland and a colt and two fillies in Christchurch.
One thing that The Pres has never failed to achieve in his three years at stud here is attract mares of the highest quality, and these offerings of some of his oldest stock are no exception…
Lot 9 PRIMZ LUCK
On A/c of Brian & Rosemary Tims, this colt is out of the 5-win Sundon mare Howz Lucky who’s left three stylish trotters from her first four foals: Lanez Luck (9 wins, $71,000), Madisonz Luck (4 wins, $46,000) and Mollyz Luck (4 wins, $15,000).
Lot 89 ONE FOR THE MONEY
On A/c of The John Ewen Trust, this colt is the first foal from Sierra Kosmos mare Sierra Roydon (8 wins, $70,000), a daughter of Simone Roydon, the dam of Roydon Flash (11 wins, $210,000) and half-sister to Sundon, Sunning and Arnsong etc.
Christchurch, Day Two:
Lot 280 SAMMY JONES
On A/c of NZ Bred Ltd, this colt is out of the unraced Sundon mare Sunina, making him a half-brother to last season’s dual 2yo trial winner Creamee (by Monkey Bones – exactly the same cross). Second dam: Take It Easy (6 wins); family of Hide In Your Shell.
Lot 309 ABSOLUTE JONES
On A/c of NZ Bred Ltd, this filly is the first foal of Earl mare Galleons Assault, an unraced sister to the great Galleons Assassin (33 wins, $410,000) and half-sister to four other winners including Thedonsson (23 wins), King Of Strathfield (16 wins), Sonofthedon (7 wins). Second dam: Rob The Nest.
Lot 322 DESTINY JONES
On A/c of NZ Bred Ltd, this filly is out of the unraced Sundon mare Galleons Destiny. Her third dam is Diedre Hanover, who left six winners including Hurricane Flyer, Thanksgiving, Sunny Florida, Roysimon and the dam of super trotting mare Diedre’s Pride (21 wins).
First birthday for NZ stock of The Pres
Every horse turned a year older at the start of this season, but August 1 in 2012 was even more significant for The Pres because it marked the first birthday of his oldest New Zealand crop.
So he’s now the proud dad of 48 yearlings, and very soon we’ll be able to start welcoming his second and even bigger crop into the world, once 60 expectant mums up and down the country go into labour.
It’s the biggest compliment that breeders can bestow upon a new stallion when he attracts more mares from one season to the next. In the case of The Pres it signified an increase of 25 percent, which is huge by today’s standards.
And it’s not just the numbers either – the quality of the mares being sent to The Pres is outstanding, so there’s definitely exciting times ahead for those breeders who’ve flocked to the son of Andover Hall.
January 1, 2013 will be another significant date in the siring career of The Pres, because that’s when a small crop of current yearlings in North America will become of racing age.
Prior to Noel Kennard purchasing him from Kentuckiana Farms, The Pres stood at stud in the Northern Hemisphere but it was cut short so that he could comply with quarantine regulations and still get to New Zealand in time to start serving mares here.
He certainly didn’t lack for quality mares over there, either.
The dams of his 17 colts and 14 fillies in America include the likes of… Marclif Victoria (t,1:57.6, 13 wins & $167,396, first live foal); Kawartha An Worthy (t,1:55, 21 wins & $156,084, the dam of six winners who’ve collected 69 victories and over $780,000 in stakes between them); Mambo Number Five (15 wins & $101,602, first live foal); Hetties Dream (6 wins & $89,685, the dam of six to race for six winners, who’ve collectively won 59 races and more than $616,000 in stakes); Corporate Girl ($85,722, the dam of two to race for two winners); Misty Lavec (10 wins & $80,115); Youknowyouwantto (t3,1:59.8, 6 wins & $72,099); Promisingno (t3,1:59.4, 8 wins & $68,535, the dam of D Ly Cybele t,1:54.8, 12 wins & $91,233); Kats Crown (9 wins & $55,501); Sassy Sensation (t3,1:57.4, 5 wins & $46,350); Crowchild (t,1:57.8, 7 wins & $36,918, first foal); Leeattes Misslavec (3 wins & $35,112); Miss Mirabel (2 wins & $31,620, the dam of two to race for two winners); Pocketfullofposies (2 wins & $31,552, the dam of 3 winners including Prank Player, 26 wins & $331,000), plus the former NZ mares Rangitawa Finale (t,1:55.8, 8 wins & $69,149) and Kristalvagen (10 wins & $63,231).
Record-setting mare finally a mum, thanks to The Pres
Jasmyn’s Gift has always been pretty special to Phil and Bev Williamson.
For starters the Oamaru couple named her after their youngest child and only daughter, Jasmyn; she gave their eldest son Nathan his first major success when winning the Group 1 NZ Trotting Free-For-All in November 2006, and all-told the Sundon mare had captured 17 victories and nearly $200,000 in stakes by the time she’d finished her racetrack career.
So the Williamsons were understandably quite excited about what may unfold when Jasmyn’s Gift went to stud, but up until a month and a half ago it’d been one heartache after the other… her first foal was a colt by Majestic Son which died at a couple of days old, and the following season another foal by the same stallion was born dead.
The Williamsons then decided to put Jasmyn’s Gift to Wai-Eyre’s first-season sire The Pres this time last year, and on October 15 she gave birth to a stunning filly who’s done nothing but blossom every day since.
“We’re stoked,” says Phil, describing how it feels to finally have some progeny from the former top trotter.
“Jasmyn’s Gift is pretty thrilled about it herself too, just quietly.
“Having lost both of her first two foals, you worry whether something like that might affect them mentally; but no, she’s always been a lovely mare and is pretty protective of her filly.
“It’s a very upstanding type, and does hold itself quite attractively.”
The Pres’s family ‘red hot’ in America
– outstanding success at the Breeders’ Crown
All three of Wai-Eyre Farm’s trotting stallions – The Pres, Angus Hall and Monkey Bones – belong to the same sire line and it’s one which is ‘red hot’ in the U.S.
A quick glance at the Leading Money-Winning Sires of 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and All-Age Trotters shows the same stallion names appearing at the top in each and every category… Andover Hall, Angus Hall, Conway Hall, Broadway Hall, Cantab Hall and Donato Hanover.
Andover Hall is by Garland Lobell out of Amour Angus, as are his full-brothers Angus Hall and Conway Hall; Broadway Hall is a son of Conway Hall; Cantab Hall is closely related on his dam’s side (his grandam is a full-sister to Amour Angus, the dam of Angus Hall, Andover Hall and Conway Hall), and Donato Hanover is also by Andover Hall.
New Zealand breeders have an easily-accessible link to this ‘red hot’ sire line because not only do Wai-Eyre Farm offer frozen semen for Angus Hall, their resident stallions The Pres and Monkey Bones are also by Andover Hall as well.
This sire line virtually ‘cleaned up’ at the Breeders’ Crown events which were staged at Woodbine Racetrack on October 29…
* the US$300,000 Mares Final was won by Frenchfrysnvinegar (by Angus Hall) in 1.53.3; second was Action Broadway (by Broadway Hall)
* the US$600,000 2YO Fillies Final was won by Check Me Out (Donato Hanover) in 1.54.4; second was Win Missy B (Conway Hall); third was For A Dancer (Conway Hall)
* the US$600,000 2YO Colts Final was won by Uncle Peter (Cantab Hall) in 1.55; second was Possess The Will (Donato Hanover); third was Delano (out of a Conway Hall mare)
* the US$500,000 3YO Fillies Final was won by Cedar Dove (Andover Hall) in 1.53.3; third was Oh Sweet Baby (Angus Hall)
* and Broad Bahn (Broadway Hall) ran second the US$610,000 3YO Colts Final
First Kiwi babies arrive
Wai-Eyre Farm’s newest trotting sire The Pres has become ‘a dad’ here in New Zealand.
The Andover Hall stallion’s first two Kiwi foals arrived over the last week – Just A Moment gave birth to a filly at Blair and Lyn O’Connell’s Twisted Stick Lodge on September 1, and three days later Brian and Rosemary Tims of Matamata were delighted to announce the arrival of a colt from their mare Howz Lucky.
Somewhat appropriately, one was born on the first day of Spring and the other took his first breath on Father’s Day.
For the Alias Charm mare Just A Moment, a half-sister to super trotter Take A Moment, she’s making a habit of ‘setting the pace’ when it comes to foaling because this time two seasons ago she stood proudly over her newborn Monkey Bones colt – which at that stage was his first progeny to hit the ground anywhere in the world.
“I love her,” says Lyn of her beautiful filly foal by The Pres, “she’s like a lamb when she plays in the paddock and is very athletic.”
The O’Connells are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of their other foal by The Pres, as Lyn Chiola – dam of recent winner St Petersburg – is due early next month.
Rosemary also had nothing but plaudits for Howz Lucky’s colt, adding that he had “very good legs” and gave them every reason to consider returning to The Pres again this season.
The latter is Howz Lucky’s sixth foal and follows in the hoofsteps of such talented types as Lanez Luck and Madisonz Luck, so big things are anticipated for the Sundon mare’s latest baby.
Just A Moment and Howz Lucky are just two of the names from a star-studded list of 48 mares that The Pres attracted in his first season at Wai-Eyre Farm last year, which he completed with a very high in-foal rate of over 88 percent.
In alphabetical order, here's all the high-quality matrons that The Pres served in his first season at stud... Anna Lindenny (grandam of Tana Wood and Monty Wood); Auto Bank (family of Indette and Inda Bank); Bryn Afton (sister to Raymauwarrhen Sun and the dam of One Over Kenny); Conjure Up (family of Solar Flash and Sergeant Jones); Cosmic Sierra (family of Sunseeker); Fair Play (sister to Play On); Funky Girl (family of No Response); Galleons Assault (daughter of broodmare gem Rob The Nest); Galleons Conspiracy (family of Real Force and Our Super Force); Galleons Destiny (family of Diedre's Pride and Hurricane Flyer); Galleons Heritage (family of Galleon's Paradise and Tussle); Galleons Telepathy (family of Real Force and Our Super Force); Gemstone (family of Africa); Glendu Princess (7 wins); Hannah Franco (4 wins); Howz Lucky (5-win mare, dam of Lanez Luck); Idle Fiori (sister to Idle Wishes, immediate family of Idle Scott); Jasmyn's Gift (17 wins); Just A Moment (sister to Take A Moment); Justa Kiwi Girl (9 wins); Kiwi Wish (daughter of 9-win mare Justa Kiwi Girl, immediate family of Peerswick); Kosmopolitan Lavra (4 wins); Landora's Pearl (grandam of Landora's Pride); Laughing Jokes (4 wins, dam of two 3-win horses); Lilly's Moment (family of Take A Moment); Lockerup (dam of Sovereignty and La Femme D'Argent); Lyn Chiola (dam of a 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year, family of Lyell Creek); Miss Fire (sister to four winners including Gosh and Jeepers); Miss Jaydee (sister to Mon Star); Oceania (family of Dependable and Jo Anne); Our Annie May (sister to Houdini Star); Our Nay Nay (immediate family of Suemosam); Pardevant (sister to Hutzpah and Tomodachi); Premium Pride (sister to Ado's Invasion); Purrfect Arndon (USA-bred dam of Calamity Gal); Shirley Temple (Trotting Derby winner and NZ Record holder); Sierra Roydon (8 wins, family of Sundon); Simone Pixel (sister to Roydon Flash); Skin Deep (sister to Hide In Your Shell); Springfield Helen (sister to two winners, closely related to Del Garda); Stacey's Song (USA-bred, family of At The Top and Hill Gates); Star Of Roseal (already the dam of a winner, multiple winning family); Sunina (sister to the dam of Sunease); Susan (8 wins, sister to Breeders' Crown winner Tuhimata Glass); Taieri Spirit (USA-bred, family of Howards Sister and Smashed); Under The Sun (sister to the dam of Sundon); Vieanna Wood (dam of Jackpot, 8 wins); Viola Chiola (dam of Belle Galleon and Rae Galleon, family of Framalda).