Waikato breeder, owner and former trainer Bryan Macey says at 83 he’s virtually pulled stumps on his breeding career, but don’t expect to see him vacating the winner’s circle any day soon.
In fact while Prime Power is still going around expect many more winners from the Macey breed. That above average son of Monarchy is just the third of six foals left by his dam – the two-win Sundon – Mega Belle.
He’s also the second best standardbred that the retired veterinarian and his wife Marilyn have bred after 1999 New Zealand Cup champion, Homin Hosed.
That Group One event was one of four New Zealand Cups won by Tauwhare reinsman Todd Mitchell.
Prime Power, the best horse Mitchell has trained, won his 16th race from 51 starts in the hands of ‘Mitchell The Wizard’ in the feature trot at Alexandra Park last Friday.
The 7-year-old gelding was the $6.90 third favourite and had one-and-a-quarter lengths to spare over The Almighty Johnson and junior driver, Tony Cameron. He started from 40m behind.
The Group One 2013 Jewels 3yo Ruby Trot winner has now amassed $260,046 in stakes.
Macey said Prime Power’s life only came about because of a chance meeting with Cambridge Aotearoa freezing worker Doug Bruce who was trying to off-load a 1977 Game Pride mare named Game Mega.
“I was a supervising vet at the freezing works and Doug was trying to sell the mare, but couldn’t get anything for her. I did a bit of homework and found out she was closely related to Easton Light.
“I gave him $2,000 for the horse and then when I went and picked her up he told me she had a bad heart. I thought I’m committed now I’ll have to take her,” said Macey.
Game Mega is the grand-dam of Prime Power. That mare’s grand-dam in turn was the 1953 Light Brigade mare Beverley Light, who left the 1964 Great Evander gelding, Easton Light.
Easton Light was the 1972 & 1974 Dominion Handicap winner and 1976 Rowe Cup champion. He was also a three-time New Zealand Trotter-of-the-Year.
Breeding has always been important to the astute Matangi resident.
He said Prime Power’s breeding only came about because of the late multiple Group One winning trotter, Sovereignty.
“I saw how good Sovereignty was going at the time so I had Prime Power’s dam put to Monarchy as well.
“Prime Power is such a lovely, wee horse to drive. I really enjoyed training him early on in his career. It was great to feel some power under me. You don’t often get ability like that in a trotter,” Macey said.
Macey won four races with Prime Power before handing him over to Mitchell in April 2015.
"I never raced his grand-dam. She was eight when I got her and because of her attractive bloodlines I decided to concentrate on the breeding side.
"She left seven foals - some of which I have bred from. Megaman (1988 - by Chiola Hanover) was the best of them. He won five races here,” Macey said.
Mega Belle, the dam of Prime Power, was the sixth of seven foals left by Game Mega. Mega Belle in turn has turn left six foals – the last of them a Dream Vacation yearling filly called Dream Belle.
"I've also got a Monarchy 2-year-old filly (Mega Queen) and a 5-year-old Angus Hall 5-year-old (maiden) mare out of her.
"But I think that's it. I've left the mare dry. I probably would have taken her to Muscles Yankee if I was a bit younger, but I'm just getting a bit old for this breeding game now and I can't get around like I used to," Macey said.
However, Prime Power aside, still expect to see the Macey couple in the winner’s circle in years to come.
Macey likes a 2-year-old Majestic Son - Commanding (by Crumpet) gelding named Macarthur.
“I’ve got a few young ones coming through and I like him a lot. He goes okay and isn’t far away from racing,” Macey said.
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