Canterbury Industry Forum - Tuesday 13th October 2015
September 28, 2015
Prodigal Seelster CSBA Summer of Speed Series
December 5, 2014
2015 NZSBA Cup Eve Function
November 25, 2015
Southland Harness Awards
August 23, 2014
Southland Horse of the Year:
Raksdeal Although the Western Ideal-Raksplace filly is an ordinary type of horse with a large white blaze, she has a huge motor and an underlying stamina. During the season under review she started 15 times for 4 wins, 5 seconds and a third, amassing stakes of $101,029 and recording her best placed time of 1.52.7. Raksdeal can take some credit for Willow running a NZ record of 2.39.1 - a mile rate of 1.56.3. as she lead most of the way before getting run down late. She ran third in the Group One Diamond Jewels and recorded seconds in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks and the Sires Stakes Final - a race when her fans showed as much pace as she did up the straight! She was run down late again and finished second in the Group Two Southland Oaks. Her very creditable performances for the season saw her nominated in her age group at the National Awards.
Brendan Fahy and family with the spoils won by Raksdeal at the Southland Horse of the Year 2014 - Photo - Stu Malcom Fotosouth
Southland Person of the Year:
Keith Norman: Congratulations to Keith Norman who is the majority shareholder of imported stallion Washington VC; a stallion he brought to New Zealand after studying the stallion’s race performance and pedigree in depth. Keith then syndicated Washington VC, and the stallion has rewarded shareholders with a very healthy return each year. Keith is the breeder of this season’s multiple group winner I’m Victorious. He also bred Vice Consul, the winner of four in the season under review. As an owner, Keith recorded 11 wins in the 2013-2014 season with Vice Chairman winning seven, Miss Pembroke two, while VC’s Honour and Bryleigh Jewel both won a race. Keith, the owner and stud master at Bryleigh Stud is a very generous sponsor under the banner of Bryleigh Stud and Washington VC.
Salute to a Southland Star - Sundon's Way
Sundon’s Way is a 1993 gelding by Sundon out of Princess Way. He was owned by Billy and Janine Heads and Pam Yorke and was trained by Mark Purdon.
Over five seasons of racing he won fifteen races and recorded lifetime earnings of $316,723.
His wins included:
1998 - Interdominion Consolation in Sydney
1998 – Ashburton Flying Stakes in a New Zealand Record time of 1.57.4 (one fifty seven point four).
1999 – The Bill Collins Mile in Melbourne.
1999 – Two Interdominion Heats in Auckland.
1999 – Canterbury Park Trotting Cup at Addington.
Other points of interest:
He raced and often finished second to the mighty Lyell Creek.
Well travelled, he raced in Sydney in 1998, Melbourne in 1999 and 2000, and Brisbane in 2001.
Sundon’s Way also raced in the Interdominions in Brisbane in 2001, but was injured and withdrawn from the final.
He was exported to America in September 2001, racing twice before suffering an injury and being retired.
Southland Broodmare of the Year:
Champagne Party: John and Katrina Price purchased Champagne Party in 2010 after racing one of her foals Surprize Party, the winner of one race. The mare had seven named foals with five to race for four winners. Elsa was the winner of nine races and 19 placings for stakes of $112,700. In her early career she had a first and third in group races. Champagne Driller was the winner of two races. Her two year old, Democrat Party, won two races in the season under review including the Group 2 Delightful Lady Classic. She has won stakes of $60,500.
Southland Harness Contributors Awards:
Jimmy Bond: Jim Bond gave sixty years of his life to harness racing; as a stable lad, driver and trainer, and he spent time on the committee of the Southland Owners, Trainers and Breeders Association. Jimmy’s career began when he was a lad when he started out by assisting trainers at the Greymouth races. He then moved south and was employed by Jack Walsh of Robin Dundee fame. His next move was to Canterbury where he was employed by Cecil Devine before another stint in the South working for Derek Dynes. It was while he was in Derek’s employment that he drove his first winner Deft in 1962. Jimmy had the honour of being strapper for Tactile when he went to Australia. The lasting memory he has of that time was the DC3 freight plane. There was only one way in and one way out and a sack had to be put over Tactile’s head to get him to load. Jimmy was informed there was a gun on board and if necessary it was to be used. This plane had a lot of air conditioning - not the kind we know today! Jimmy took out a trainer’s license in 1970 when he shifted to his present property at Mataura. Some of the horses he trained and drove that made a great impact on the Southland scene were Young Al, Crafty Kobba, Auchen Bay and Cle Vallee.
Peter Williams: Peter with his veterinary skills has serviced the racing fraternity of Southland for 45 years. In 1979 he came to work for Paddy Dunne who was suffering an injury. He subsequently worked from the Southland Veterinary Clinic at Waikiwi. In 1978 he and the late Mike Brown felt there was a need for an operating theatre to accommodate horses so they set to and built a padded cell theatre at Peter’s property on East Road. Outside of the practice, Peter held the position of on-course vet at the races for many years. Not only has he given to harness racing as a vet, he has also bred and raced a number of successful horses. In 1971 he bred Lucky Chance from Just Lucky who was the dam of Lucky Boy, Vendetta and Jan’s Chance. All his pacers trace back to Lucky Chance - they are Second Avenue, Rocketship - the 1995 Southland Horse of the Year and Mr Williams just to name a few. Princess Wrack was given to Peter while on one of his early freeze branding trips. She left Princess Way, whose breeding line includes Sundon’s Way, the horse that was included in this year's honours. She has also left this year’s horse of the year nominee Alley Way. Others from this branch are Arbitrator, Whizz Way, No Way; I Did it Myway and a promising three year old in Any Old Way. As well as speaking to harness cadets, Peter served for 23 years on the Southland Standardbred Breeders Assoc.
Murray Bradford: Murray has been a committee member of the Gore Harness Racing Club, an owner and an all round contributor to harness racing for well over thirty years. One of the many tasks Murray has undertaken includes collecting supplies for the hospitality room, where he works on race day looking after winning owners, sponsors and guests. He has assisted at the start and on the crash crew on race day, at trials and workouts. He has driven the water tanker and tractor in preparation for raceways. In earlier years Murray drove the mobile barrier for the late Don McDonald - this was mostly at Forbury. Some of the horses he tasted success with over the years were Crafty Cobba, Cle Vallee and Ata Lord . Murray who has been on the administrative side of the club is one of the unsung heroes, giving freely of his time, equipment and financial support, and his humour.
Southland Standardbred Breeder Age Group Winners:
Two Year Old Filly of the Year: Land Patrol
Three Year Old Filly of the Year: Raksdeal
Aged Racemare of the Year: Christy Breanna
Southland Standardbred Breeders 2013-2014 - 1:58 pins and the recipients: