Solid Pacing Session on Day Two in Christchurch

21 February 2023

Lot 277 (Bettor's Delight x Hartofdixie) was purchased for $240,000 by  Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan Racing Stables.

Active buyer participation lit up the sale ring on Day Two in Christchurch, with a solid day of trading igniting the pacing session of NZB Standardbred’s 2023 National Yearling Sale. 

At the close of selling 71 lots sold for an aggregate of $3,643,000. The average and median closed at $51,310 and $36,000 respectively, and the clearance rate settled at 74%.

NZB Standardbred Manager Cam Bray was pleased with the results at the conclusion of selling.

“We are heartened by the results today, which saw momentum from the Auckland session flow into the first day of the Christchurch Sale of Pacers.”

“The key sale indicators are comparable to the 2022 statistics and we saw plenty of buyers active in the sale ring.

“We’re looking forward to the final session and we are expecting the activity to flow through to tomorrow,” Bray said.

The highlight purchase of the day came after Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan Racing Stables secured Lot 277 for a $240,000 price tag. The Bettor’s Delight colt out of Hartofdixie (NZ) was prepared and sold by Price Bloodstock.

Champion trainer Barry Purdon commented on the purchase.

“I trained the mother and this one looked like a dead-set Bettor’s Delight.”

“He was a good type who looks like he will run early,” Purdon said.

The second highest-priced yearling on Day Two was purchased by agent Peter Lagan from Shard Farm’s draft, a full sibling to prolific Group One winner Amazing Dream (NZ).

Lagan purchased Lot 240 for $190,000, a filly by Bettor’s Delight out of Christian Dreamer (NZ) on behalf of West Australian buyer Jim Giumelli.

“This filly definitely has residual value.”

“She is beautifully bred and has an outstanding pedigree page.

“If she wants to be a good horse, she will be a good horse,” Lagan said.

Trainers Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan also purchased Lot 200 for $160,000 on behalf of Dean Shannon’s Queensland-based Montana Park banner. The Art Major colt out of Agree With Me (NZ) was offered by Spreydon Lodge.

Vendor John Stiven of Arden Lodge was thrilled with the sale of Lot 212, a Captaintreacherous colt out of Arden’s Choice (NZ). The yearling was purchased by Stonewall Stud for $140,000.

The stunning colt was also awarded the International Animal Health Products Best Presented Award of the Christchurch session.

John Stiven of Arden Lodge was thrilled with the Sale of the colt.

“We have been coming here a long time.”

“He was the second foal out of the mare and her first colt.

“We have been hoping that we could bring him to the Sale since he was foaled to accomplish what he did today and we couldn’t be happier that it happened,” Stiven said.

The leading purchaser by aggregate during the first pacing session was Stonewall Stud. The successful stable continued their dominance in the sale ring, securing 11 yearlings for a total spend of $803,500 on Day Two.

The final session of the 2023 National Yearling Sale in Christchurch continues on Wednesday 22 February, with Lot 301 to 406 selling from 1PM (NZT).

Coverage will be streamed live at, NZB Standardbred’s Facebook page and on Freeview Channel 200 in New Zealand. Presenter Greg O’Connor will bring key sale highlights and interviews throughout the day and will host the final Preview Show prior to the Sale of Pacers beginning tomorrow at 12:30PM (NZT).

All yearlings purchased at the 2023 National Standardbred Yearling Sale are eligible for the lucrative $1 million dollar Harness Million Sale Race Series.

To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact NZB Standardbred’s Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199 or email [email protected].

View the Christchurch Day Two highlights and lot-by-lot footage here.

2023 National Standardbred Yearling Sale – Day Two Pacing Session Statistics

  2023 Christchurch Pacers Sale - Day 1 2022 Christchurch Pacers Sale - Day 1 2021 Christchurch Pacers Sale - Day 1
Aggregate $3,643,000 $3,953,000 $3,016,500
Average $51,310 $51,338 $44,360
Median $36,000 $35,000 $31,000
Clearance 74% 77% 62%
Catalogued 106 105 122
Sold 71 77 71
Top Price $240,000 Lot 277 (B.C) Bettor's Delight - Hartofdixie $260,000 Lot 295 (B.C) Bettor's Delight - Fight For Glory $240,000 Lot 289 (B.C) Bettor's Delight - Bonnie Joan


2023 National Standardbred Yearling Sale – Day Two Pacing Session Top Lots

Lot Breeding Vendor Purchaser Price
277 Bettor's Delight / Hartofdixie B.C Price Bloodstock Barry Purdon & Scott Phelan Racing Stables (Auckland)  $      240,000
240 Bettor's Delight / Christian Dreamer B.F Shard Farm Peter Lagan Standardbreds (Canterbury)  $      190,000
200 Art Major / Agree With Me B.C Spreydon Lodge Ltd Montana Park P/L (Queensland)  $      160,000
271 Captaintreacherous / Gibson Girl B.C Dunvegan Lodge Peter Lagan Standardbreds (Canterbury)  $      150,000
212 Captaintreacherous / Arden's Choice B.C Arden Lodge Stonewall Stud Ltd (Auckland)  $      140,000
286 Bettor's Delight / Ideal Reality B.F Dunvegan Lodge Mrs JL Feiss (Victoria)  $      130,000
247 Bettor's Delight / Cullen Who B.C Barron Bloodstock PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock Ltd (Canterbury)  $      100,000
246 Captaintreacherous / Cheer The Lady B.C L. Smith Stonewall Stud Ltd (Auckland)  $        95,000
256 Bettor's Delight / Edinburgh Franco B.C Spreydon Lodge Ltd Stonewall Stud Ltd (Auckland)  $        95,000
270 Art Major / Georgiana B.C Denario Breeding Peter Lagan Standardbreds (Canterbury)  $        95,000
291 Bettor's Delight / Isabella Anvil B.C G. M. Murray Stonewall Stud Ltd (Auckland)  $        95,000