Entries due tomorrow


Off the back of a record-breaking online Thoroughbred sale yesterday where the Savabeel mare Hasahalo sold for $670,000, there is just over one day before entries for this month’s gavelhouse.com Standardbred auction are due.

With eight monthly auctions having beein conducted for Standardbreds on the gavelhouse.com platform, the site has been a valuable addition to the trading landscape with horses selling for up to $25,000 to date and entries due online by 7pm tomorrow, Wednesday 18 March.

There are two steps for new users to enter horses including registering their user account and then following the simple, self-service process to enter each horse.

The catalogue will be launched at 5pm on Thursday 19 March with the auction running through until 7pm Wednesday 25 March and future auction dates available by following the link.

A standard entry fee is $125 + GST however you can increase your listing’s exposure by choosing a featured listing for $200 + GST. This will ensure your horse’s inclusion in an email newsletter to our comprehensive industry database plus sponsored social media posts.

Each listing may have up to five photos plus video footage and in a major coup for the Standardbred industry, Arion pedigrees and race results automatically pull through to gavelhouse.com listings.

New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred agent Cam Bray is the main point of contact and can be contacted on +64 21 737 199.

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Businesses looking to promote themselves via display
advertising on the site may contact 
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Seamark marks a milestone for gavelhouse.com Standardbred


Thursday’s Wyndham Harness meeting set the stage for a landmark moment for gavelhouse.com Standardbred with Seamark the first winning graduate bought off the revolutionary site.

Leading throughout, while being constantly niggled at by his opposition, Seamark was a gutsy winner of the Kindergarten Stakes Saturday 14th March Mobile Pace 2400m in the hands of Samantha Ottley.

Purchased by Graham Hand for $2,700 in August the five-year-old Christian Cullen gelding was offered on as an unraced horse, for sale to dissolve a partnership having qualified as a two-year-old.

Thursday’s race was just his second start, having finished runner up earlier in January to take his earnings to $6,800 with more in store judging by his obvious talent.

Trainer Regan Todd was thrilled for Seamark’s connections who are new to the industry “He’s the first horse to race for Graham Hand and Glenn Morrison and they are loving the experience,


“I’m amazed at how easy the process is with the online sales and it’s a great facility to have for the industry and a great way to get new people into the game.

“Graham has also bought two yearlings recently that are currently being broken in and are progressing well while Seamark will have a quiet 10 days or so to get over the run before we see how he’s come through it and come up with his next target.”

Entries for the next gavelhouse.com Standardbred auction are due online by 7pm Wednesday 22 January. The auction will launch at 5pm on Thursday January 23 and will run through until 7pm Wednesday 29 January. The standard listing fee is just $125 + GST with 5% commission on a successful sale, contact Cam Bray if you would like to discuss selling on the site: cam@gavelhouse.com or call 021737199

Win boosts Red Terror’s appeal ahead of sale on Wednesday night

RED TERROR Manawatu Nov 21 2019 #1054878

A win last week for Red Terror, who is currently for sale on gavelhouse.com, further boosted his appeal and took his earning’s past the $55,000 mark.

A tough performance over 2500m at Thursday’s Manawatu meeting saw Red Terror celebrating his seventh career victory to go with seven runner-up finishes.

The decision to sell is a matter of room for owners Scott Dickson and Lydia Pickford who commented “He is now rated at 59 and we have a number of other horses in this grade,”

“The reality is we don’t really want four or five horses all in the one race going forward so he’s on the market unreserved.”

With the grass circuit set to ramp up, Red Terror looks capable of hitting the ground running for his new connections with Pickford thrilled with how he’s pulled up “Terror has pulled up in great order after his win last week, he looks absolutely fantastic and still has more wins in store.”

“A change of scenery will likely help him, as it does a lot of these horses who have been around a few times, and he is great to handle and have around the stable.”

Red Terror is a son of MACH THREE is from the hardy 1.51.6 American mare ANN OTHER PORSCHE who won on 35 occasions.

Red Terror replay 21 November 2019.

gavelhouse.com currently has six Standardbreds for sale with bidding set to close from 7pm on Wednesday 27 November. Register online now to bid.

gavelhouse.com Standardbred sale topper Miss Fiona sets the standard

Miss Fiona

With entries due next week and three Standardbred auctions under their belt, gavelhouse.com’s September sale saw new ground broken with the top price fetched being $25,000 for the well-presented Miss Fiona.

The Captaintreacherous filly was sold in work with her listing page boasting decent side-on and front-on shots with the added bonus of quality video footage of her having a run along at the Winton track.

To date other notable sales on the site include $16,000 for the well-bred two-year-old daughter of Majestic Son, Maggie May in the first sale in July, $12,000 for the empty racing or breeding proposition Ballroom Beauty and $8,000 for the empty, maiden mare Carpen Dior.

A standard entry fee is just $125 + GST with 5% commission applying if a successful sale eventuates.

Entries for the October gavelhouse.com Standardbred auction are due online by 7pm Wednesday 23 October with the catalogue launched at 5pm Thursday 24 October and bidding closing from 7pm Wednesday 30 October.

Contact gavelhouse.com Standardbred representative Cam Bray should you wish to discuss using the site via +64 21 737 199 or email cam@gavelhouse.com

Majestic Son Shines Bright on gavelhouse.com Award

Majestic Sun

Alabar Farm’s Majestic Son was fittingly awarded the gavelhouse.com Trotting Stallion Of The Year for the second year running at Saturday night’s Harness Racing New Zealand Awards.

Represented by two lots in the inaugural gavelhouse.com Standardbred online auction in July, the Majestic Son two-year-olds were the two highest priced horses to sell with his filly Maggie May topping the sale at $16,000.

Majestic Son gavelhouse

gavelhouse.com Standardbred rep Cam Bray and Alabar Farms South Island rep Ivan Behrnes.

Majestic Son’s progeny have had a wonderful season to see him finish as the Leading Money Earning Sire of Trotters on both sides of the Tasman with his Australian progeny earning almost A$2million, an incredible million dollars ahead of his nearest rival. In Australia they were headlined by a rich crop of three-year-olds including Majestuoso, Royal Charlotte and the Kiwi, Kratos.

While 2018-19 was incredible, Majestic Son’s progeny have hit the ground running this season with standouts already showing up as the early favourites for the first big dance, the Dominion Handicap on Show Day at Addington. Sundees Sun for the Dunns and Oscar Bonavena for the Allstars are all the rage in early season contentions. While last season’s Anzac and Rowe Cup’s placed Majestic Man is yet to step out this season.

At the same event, Sundees Sun capped 2018-19 for his Alabar Stud sire by unanimously taking out the overall New Zealand Trotter Of The Year Award.

To view the full results from the New Zealand Bloodstock Harness Racing NZ Awards, click here.

Entries for the next gavelhouse.com Standardbred auction are due online by 23 October with the auction set to go online at 5pm 24 October and bidding closing from 7pm on Wednesday 30 October.

Tardina Stud top inaugural gavelhouse.com Standardbred auction

Maggie May

Tardina Stud’s two-year-old daughter of Majestic Son in Maggie May (pictured) topped the inaugural gavelhouse.com Standardbred online auction on Wednesday night, fetching $16,000.

Tony Parker was more than happy with the result and can see where the new way of trading will fit into their already successful breeding and racing operation “We entered two two-year-olds and three broodmares and it was a great experience,”

“Four out of the five sold and it’s handy to be able to move horses on relatively seamlessly on a monthly basis.”

With vendors able to set the reserve and starting prices of their Lots, Parker opted to use the minimum starting bid of $200 and then had relatively low reserves of $500 on most of their horses, a ploy that garnered plenty of early interest in enquiries and bidding.

gavelhouse.com Standardbred representative Cam Bray was heartened by the early uptake for the new concept “We know there were plenty of people who just wanted to sit back and watch how this first sale played out so we are very grateful to everyone who got involved and are looking forward to the next one.”

Follow the link for the full set of results including passed in Lots. Should you be interested in any passed in Lots contact gavelhouse.com Standardbred representative Cam Bray via +6421737199.

Entries for the next monthly auction are open now and close on Wednesday 21 August. A standard entry fee is just $125 + GST while a featured listing is $200 + GST. Future Standardbred auction dates.

First foray into online Standardbred auctions garners quality catalogue        


gavelhouse.com has launched their inaugural online Standardbred auction catalogue comprising 23 Lots with bidding set to close starting with Lot 1 at 7pm on Wednesday 24 July.

The catalogue features weanlings, yearlings, two-year-olds, racehorses and broodmares both empty and in-foal.

Of the in-foal mares the covering sires include Buy Kiwi Made, Creatine, Downbytheseaside, He’s Watching, Gold Ace, Sweet Lou and Vincent with some of the highlights in the sale including:

  • Lot 4 – Dothraki. A weanling colt by Champion French sire Love You from the great race mare Pocaro (1.57.5). Dothraki is a half-brother to three winners including Group 1 winner Missandei and from the same family as Springbank Sam, Sun Of Anarchy and Daenerys Targaryen.
  • Lot 7 – Errani. Out of a half-sister to Group 1 Tasmanian Derby winner I’m Mark Anthony, Errani herself a half-sister to two Australian winners in Machitelli and Ranieri. This is also the family of Three-year-old Pacer of the Year Roman Gladiator. This filly has been broken in and is currently spelling.
  • Lot 8 – Maggie May. A full sister to 2013-14 Trotting Filly of the Year and Group 2 winner Wanna Play, Maggie May is from the Group 1 placed and Group 3 winning mare Miss Whiplash. Broken in and currently spelling.
  • Lot 13 – Cullen’s Creation. A daughter of Christian Cullen from Adios Dream who was a multiple Group 2 winner, Cullen’s Creation is offered for sale in foal to Sweet Lou. Cullen’s Creation is the dam of five to race, all of which are winners in 2.00 including the Group 1 placed Quite A Delight.
  • Lot 20 – Sportzilluztrated. A racing or breeding proposition, Sportzilluztrated is a daughter of the American bred mare Saddle Ridge and is a half-sister to multiple Group 2 West Australian winner The Bucket List. She is also a full-sister to Group 2 placed Somethingaboutmary.


Owned by New Zealand Bloodstock and with the backing of the NZB Standardbred team, the gavelhouse.com team is excited to see the monthly online auctions embraced as the harness fraternity become more familiar with the platform and see the value in the regular, hassle free trading option.

gavelhouse.com Standardbred representative Cam Bray is pleased with the concept’s reception  “This is certainly a new concept to the harness world and a welcome one at that with plenty of encouraging feedback about us entering the market,”

“This catalogue represents a great start with some quality horses up for grabs straight off the bat and we look forward to working with people going forward to help them market their horses in the best possible light.”

Buyers are encouraged to exercise their due diligence including inspecting the horses or engaging someone to undertake an inspection on their behalf before bidding. The bidding process itself is a simple one involving registering on the site and then going to the Lot of interest’s page and either typing in the amount you’d like to bid or bidding the next bid amount by clicking the ‘Place Bid’ button.

There is plenty of information in the FAQ section of the gavelhouse.com Standardbred site to help buyers and sellers alike while the gavelhouse.com team is happy to answer any questions via info@gavelhouse.com or +64 9 296 4436 or contact Cam Bray +64 21 737 199. Follow the link for future Standardbred sale dates.

Entries open for inaugural gavelhouse.com Standardbred auction


The much-anticipated virtual ‘open for business sign’ is officially up on gavelhouse.com’s new Standardbred online auction platform with entries for the first monthly auction now being taken.

There are two steps for new users to enter horses including registering their user account and then following the simple, self-service process to enter each horse. Entries for the inaugural auction are due online by 7pm on Wednesday 17 July.

The catalogue will be launched at 5pm on Thursday 18 July with the auction running through until 7pm Wednesday 24 July and future auction dates available here

A standard entry fee is $125 + GST while you can increase your listing’s exposure by choosing a featured listing for $200 + GST with this ensuring your horse’s inclusion in an email newsletter to the comprehensive industry database plus sponsored social media posts.

Each listing may have up to five photos plus video footage and in a major coup for the Standardbred industry, Arion pedigrees and race results will automatically pull through to gavelhouse.com listings.

“We have sold on average 750 thoroughbreds per year through the site since our launch in April 2016 and have now become an integral part of the local trading landscape for racing and breeding stock,” commented gavelhouse.com General Manager Haylie Martin.

“With the New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred team’s help and expertise, we look forward to bringing our unique service to the harness racing fraternity.”

NZB Standardbred agent Cam Bray is the main point of contact for those looking to list horses and can be contacted on +64 21 737 199.

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Businesses looking to promote themselves via display advertising on the site may contact Haylie Martin via +64 22 637 8127 for more information.

Guide to buying bloodstock online


Online bloodstock trading is becoming increasingly popular as a timely and cost-effective means of selling.

Buyers have the convenience of regular trading opportunities and vendors have a cost-effective selling option to move bloodstock on.

Buyers and sellers alike are embracing the concept and with gavelhouse.com’s rapid growth in the thoroughbred sphere seeing its expansion into standardbreds in July 2019.

As always there is a risk in buying bloodstock whether you’re bidding ringside at traditional sales or from an online space behind your computer screen. So what can you do to mitigate the risk?

Do your due diligence, and do your homework. gavelhouse.com Standardbred catalogues will be online for six days before bidding closes and vendor contact information is available on each listing page. We encourage prospective buyers to make contact with the vendors and do their research before placing a bid.

Finding out more information and inspecting the horse in person will ensure you know what you are really buying and can help you make a decision on your budget.

  • If you can’t make it yourself to inspect the horse, get someone whose judgement you trust to inspect it for you.
  • Ask the farm for more photos and a video of the horse if you feel what they have provided isn’t sufficient for you to feel comfortable bidding on the horse.
  • Contact people who will have dealt with the horse whether it be a former trainer, the breaker, or even someone who has worked with it in the stable or driven it.

As a vendor it is in your best interest to represent the horse you are selling fairly and honestly. Be upfront about any health or soundness issues, and where possible supply pregnancy certificates for in foal mares and breeding certificates for maiden mares. If you would like to cut down on enquiries make sure you provide a detailed description, quality photos, and video footage of your horse from the outset.

Should you be interested in buying and selling online the friendly and helpful gavelhouse.com team are available to assist with any queries and can be contacted on +64 9 296 4436.


Picture perfect for your gavelhouse.com listing


We all know too well the struggle of getting the perfect photo of our horses. But how important is it?

A decent photo could be the difference between money in the bank and a horse still sitting in the paddock. It attracts attention and draws in buyers giving them a creditable indication of conformation and type.

If you don’t have a handy photographer friend, or a professional at that, then these six tips and tricks could help you improve your photography skills to get the best photo for your listing page.

  1. Preparation

A little grooming never goes astray. Brush out manes and tails, and brush off any mud or sweat marks.

  1. Consider you background

Highlight the horse, and only the horse. Other elements in your background tend to become a distraction and draw away from the subject so it’s best to find a space with a plain backdrop and not too much happening in it. Keep in mind that a level ground is also ideal.

  1. Standing the horse

Most buyers are looking for conformation photos to help them evaluate the horse. You want to give them a view of all four legs (que the patience and a second or even third helper). The legs nearest the camera should be slightly spaced out and the legs furthest from the camera slightly spaced in. Try and avoid the “three-legged” look.

Stand level to the horse and in the middle of the horse to create a well-balanced photo. The horse should take up at least 50% of the shot.

  1. Natural Lighting

Keep the sun at your back. You want the lighting to fall on the side of the horse to avoid any shadows that could distort it. Avoid using the flash setting.

  1. Avoid using the zoom

As tempting as it is to zoom in when taking a photo from a distance it is better to try and get closer to your subject or crop it later on. Zooming in can make the photo appear pixelated or blurry.

  1. Abundance is key

Take as many photos as you can so you have plenty to choose from to get the best one.

gavelhouse.com listings allow for five photos of each Lot. Ideally buyers are looking to see a good side on shot of the horse from both sides, a head shot, a front on shot and a hind shot to allow them to assess the correctness of the horse.

Click here for an example of a listing with great photos and if you have any questions or need photos cropped or edited, feel free to call the team in New Zealand on +64 9 296 4436 and in Australia on +61 3 9614 4882 or email them to info@gavelhouse.com