The early signs are encouraging for one of the all-time greats of New Zealand racing who has returned home to try and save his Down Under breeding career.
So much can go into getting a horse to the races, and Friday's debutante Absolute Dynamite is a case in point.
The breeding season is officially upon us as of September 1, and with the Auckland Region remaining at Alert Level 4 for the time being, this presents some challenges for a sector that is incredibly time sensitive.
Canterbury breeder Ray Reekie has spent a lifetime involved in harness racing having grown up working in stables with the likes of Jack Carmichael, Jack Smolenski, and Cecil Devine.
We’ve become accustomed to seeing the names Barry and Katrina Purdon in the credits of race winners in New Zealand for well over 30 years.
In a fresh initiative to try and bolster breeding numbers, Brad Reid has made the move to Harness Racing New Zealand, after six years at the NZ Standardbred Breeders Association.
Up-and-coming pacing sire Downbytheseaside is recovering well after undergoing colic surgery in Auckland on Friday (August 19th).
A recent workout winner in Canterbury, Serene Miki is no ordinary standardbred.
Downbytheseaside is a sire making a splash in the harness racing scene already.