News briefs

Nek Time back in work

Former Southland and Queensland Oaks winner Nek Time is edging closer to a racetrack return after being out for over a year with injury.

The daughter of Gotta Go Cullect is in full work with Leeston trainers Terry and Glenys Chmiel.

“She’s done four weeks’ hoppling and looks really good at the moment,” said Terry Chmiel.

Nek Time was actually retired in December after it was discovered she had a hole in a hind suspensory as she neared her four-year-old resumption.

But she failed to get in foal to Bettor’s Delight after being served in January and the decision was ultimately made to try her again.

Tas Man Bromac heads to Perth

The sale of classy Southland pacer Tas Man Bromac has been finalised. 

He has been purchased by leading Perth trainers Greg and Sky Bond. 

The son of American Ideal won 10 races and nearly $120,000 from the Branxholme stable of Nathan Williamson. 

He won his most recent start at Winton on September 7, downing another recently sold pacer, Crime Scene.

Astral Ruler Sold

Last start Addington winner Astral Ruler has been purchased by clients of leading Queensland trainer Grant Dixon.

The son of The Pres was down to race at Winton on Thursday but was scratched after a deal was completed.

Astral Ruler won four races for Oamaru trainer Phil Williamson.

Dispersal Sale today

The full and final dispersal of all breeding stock from the 90-year-old Roydon Lodge Stud will happen at the Templeton property today.

Roydon Lodge was founded in 1927 by Sir John McKenzie and was later owned his son Sir Roy McKenzie and, more recently, Wellington-based breeder Keith Gibson.

Roydon Lodge Stud is the home of former trotting super sire Sundon and many of his relatives are included in Friday’s 16-horse dispersal sale.