Art Work made it eight wins from eight foals for Kevin and Sharlaine Marshall-bred standardbreds at Alexandra Park last Friday night.
“I was delighted for the owners and was also quite proud that we have now had eight winners from the eight foals we have bred,” Te Awamutu-based Marshall (Kevin) said.
“For a part-time breeder I think it is no mean feat,” the 66-year-old added.
Art Work notched up his first win in three starts in Friday's $13,000 Jarvis Mobile maiden pace. He is trained by John and Josh Dickie and was driven by Scott Phelan.
The Art Major 3-year-old gelding is the fourth of six foals out of Lislea - Bronze Power one-win mare, Bronze Lady.
“I got into breeding through Jack Robb who ran the Alpha Hotel in Kihikihi (near Te Awamutu) back in 1995. He was moving to Taupo and had a few horses he was trying to sell. I took a couple of rising yearlings – one a pacer (Bronze Power), and the other a galloper. Jack was happy because he knew they were going to a good home.
“I never raced Bronze Power because she had bad feet, but I sold the Oregon thoroughbred to Australia after he won his trial by three-and-a-half lengths,” Marshall said.
Marshall bred three foals out of Bronze Power (Caprock - Bronze Vision). Bronze Rose (2000, by Holmes Hanover) won one of her 13 starts; Bronze Lady (2001, Lislea) won one of her seven starts; and Bronze Laine (by Il Vicolo) won two of her 13 starts.
"I only bred from the later two mares. Bronze Laine won a race when she was trained by John and Josh Dickie.
"Actually the Dickies have trained the best pacer we have bred - Bronze Over, but in saying that Bronze Seeker is a close second,” Marshall said.
Bronze Lady's first foal - 2007 Live Or Die colt Bronze Destiny never won a race in New Zealand but has racked up 15 wins and $74,434 in Australia.
Her second foal - 2008 Mach Three gelding Bronze Seeker won 11 races in New Zealand 12 more across the Tasman for career stakes so far of A$338,022.
Foal three Bronze Over (by Changeover) has so far won eight of her 24 starts and placed in six others for $67,684.
“She’s currently ranked second for the Jewels (4YO Diamond for mares. Bob Butt is training her down south. Josh has a share in her and she is likely to come back north after that,” Marshall said.
Art Work is Bronze Lady’s fourth foal, but the Marshalls sold the mare with him at foot to clients of the Dickies in May 2014.
“We had had gallopers as well and decided it was time to down-size. We couldn’t race them all. In fact the only horse we have now is a steeplechaser named Lucky Tonight, who races in Australia.
“I love watching our progeny go around. One day I would like to go and watch them in Group races. I know the breed is good enough. It has already proved that,” said Marshall who runs the bulk store at Te Awamutu Farm Source.
“Breeding standardbreds was a really enjoyable hobby. I really loved it. It gave me a lot of satisfaction,” he added.
Bronze Lady never left a foal in 2014 but in 2105 she gave birth to an Alta Christiano colt named Alta Boy for her new breeders, Philadelphia Racing Ltd.