Majestic Son Shines Bright on Award

Majestic Sun

Alabar Farm’s Majestic Son was fittingly awarded the 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 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 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 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 Standardbred auction

Maggie May

Tardina Stud’s two-year-old daughter of Majestic Son in Maggie May (pictured) topped the inaugural 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. 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 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        

        Castelli 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 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. 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 Standardbred site to help buyers and sellers alike while the team is happy to answer any questions via 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 Standardbred auction

The much-anticipated virtual ‘open for business sign’ is officially up on’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 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 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. resources

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’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. 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 team are available to assist with any queries and can be contacted on +64 9 296 4436. to launch into Standardbred sphere


Following parent company New Zealand Bloodstock’s well-received foray into the Standardbred sphere, industry leader in online thoroughbred auctions are preparing to extend their services also.

Having launched in April 2016,’s user-friendly, regular online auctions have been a welcome addition to the thoroughbred industry in New Zealand and Australia.

Now an integral part of the trading landscape, is used by leading breeders, owners and trainers to sell all levels of bloodstock with the highest price fetched online to date being $211,000. This was for the broodmare Ampin who was sold as part of a dispersal sale and offered in foal to Waikato Stud’s Champion Thoroughbred Sire Savabeel in June 2017.

“With the fantastic early support NZB’s already received from the Standardbred industry, it was only a matter of time before we added’s unique service to the mix,” said NZB Managing Director Andrew Seabrook.

Over 1,400 horses and over $10.4 million worth of bloodstock has been traded through the site to date and General Manager Haylie Martin is looking forward to the new development “Our team takes great pride in being able to help people whether it be by achieving exceptional results selling high-value bloodstock or giving vendors an avenue to reduce their costs by selling horses that aren’t proving economical for them.”

“I’m certain our service will be well-received and we are looking forward to becoming an integral part of this exciting industry with our first monthly auction to be held in March.”

For a cost-effective entry fee and a low 5% commission rate, vendors will have the opportunity to showcase their Lots with each listing page including a pedigree, description, race record, up to five photos and video footage plus the ability to upload vet reports.

With his extensive knowledge of the industry, NZB Standardbred representative and auctioneer Cameron Bray will be the main point of contact for vendors and buyers. The team will be at the NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sales at Karaka (17 & 18 February) and in Christchurch in February (19 & 20 February) to meet potential users of the site and show them how it works. is a subsidiary of New Zealand Bloodstock, who will host their inaugural NZB National Standardbred Yearling Sale next year with 401 yearlings set to be sold. New Zealand Bloodstock are also industry leaders in Airfreight, Insurance and Leasing and Finance.

While the new, dedicated website is being built stay tuned for updates via the following Standardbred Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

For further questions about Standardbred contact Haylie Martin. Ph: +614 22 637 8127 or email If you have a Standardbred you would like to sell contact Cam Bray. Ph: +64 21 737 199 or email