Big price paid for the mare Bettor’s Delight

In a boon for the New Zealand standardbred industry, Albuquerque (The pleasure of bettors) will remain in the country despite fierce competition for her from Australia at Wednesday’s gavelhouse.com Standardbred harness racing auction.

Albuquerque (gavelhouse.com Standardbred Photo)

Herself a winner in black over 2,400m by Bettor’s Delight, Albuquerque is a full sister to two-time Group 1 winner Alberto Contador and black winner Duke of Albany. Already a mother of two to run, both printed black at the time of cataloging, a smart win in the Helen Pope 2yo Fillies Stakes Gr.3 by Millwood Nike at Ashburton on Sunday was a timely boost.

Reaching his reserve of $29,000 on Wednesday morning, lively bidding pushed his final price up to $63,000 for Alabar NZ in collaboration with Victoria breeder Harvey Kaplan.

“She will come to Alabar NZ and we will sell her yearlings to Karaka in partnership,” said Alabar NZ managing director Graeme Henley.

“Her two-year-old filly, Millwood Nike, was quite brilliant in winning at Ashburton on Sunday which gave us confidence in her as a broodmare. We look forward to following Millwood Nike’s progress.

MILLWOOD NIKE REPLAY

“With Millwood Nike being by Traitor Captainthe fact that Albuquerque was pregnant with her biggest son in Captain Crunch was also a plus point.

Newly promoted NZB Standardbred Manager and Standardbred representative Cam Bray was delighted with the site’s new record as it nears the end of its third year in business.

“The site continues to be a valuable tool for breeders and owners to offer stock to a wide buying bench for very little expense,” Bray said.

“The Albuquerque sale is a good reminder that quality horses can fetch excellent prices on the site and we look forward to bringing more mares of her caliber to market.” Entries for the next gavelhouse.com Standardbred auction must go live by 10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15. The sale will go live at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 16 and will continue until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22.

From Harness Racing New Zealand