Please click on images to enlargeSundons Gift
"Bernie" arrived at the Nagambie stables as a 4 1/2 year old, who was a seven start, unruly, non winning maiden in his native New Zealand. He has since gone onto become one of Australasias greatest ever trotters.
The Sundon gelding possess both brilliance and stamina and has one from in front as well as from behind. He has shown his amazing versatility by being able to win at Group 1 level from 1 to 2 mile journeys. No less than 18 of his wins have been at Group level including 6 Grand Circuit victories and back to back Inter Dominion wins. The only Australian trained trotter to achieve this feat.
With a bankroll now in excess of $1.2 million dollars, he is the richest trotter ever in Australia and the second richest trotter of all time in this part of the world. He has also been voted Australian Trotter of the year for an amazing 3 years running. When he was voted Victorian horse of the year in 2010, he became only the 5th trotter to win this prestigious award in its 32 year history.
Let Me Thru
A strapping son of super sire, Muscles Yankee, Jeffrey as he is known around the stable has gone from strength to strength since his winning debut as a late 3 year old. Winning his first Group 1 race at only his 4th race start was a sign of things to come. His 3 year old season culminated with a win in the Australasian Breeders Crown and was susequently named 3 year old trotter of the year. His star continued to rise as a 4 year old winning the Group 1 Sires Final and, as was the case as a 3 year old, his season finished with a brilliant win in the Australasian Breeders Crown Final making him a part of an exclusive club for dual Breeders Crown winners. An amazing third dual Breeders Crown winner produced by the stable.
As a 5 year old he has continued on his winning way with a win in the Ouyen Trotters Cup at his first outing against the older horses. He then stepped up to Grand Circuit level and at only his 4th start as a 5 year old was successful in the Australasian Trotting Championship beating the best trotters from both sides of the Tasman, At his next start he won the V L Dullard Cup also at Grand Circuit level. His first 23 starts have netted him 16 wins, 3 placings and over $360,000 in stakes.
Developing into the complete package as a racehorse, Let me Thru is one of the most exciting prospects on the trotting horizon.
The Lindy Lane gelding won seven out of nine starts as a two-year-old and seven from nine as a three-year-old and was adjudged Australian 2YO Trotter of the Year in 2002 and 3YO Trotter of the Year in 2003.
When he captured the Australasian Breeders Crown at Bendigo in August 2003 Kyvalley Road become the first trotter to win the Crown at both 2 and 3. Among his other major successes were the Victoria Trotters Derby, Tatlow Memorial, The Redwood and The Holmfield.
After his three-year-old campaign, Kyvalley Road’s career was interrupted by injury which prevented him from reaching his full potential and, despite being a limited training routine, he was still able to match it with the best square-gaiters in commission.
As an older horse he won such important events as the John Slack Memorial (Ballarat), Connelly Crystal Bucket (Echuca) and the Cobram Trotters Cup.
Kyvalley Road retired with the enviable record of 27 starts for 20 wins, four placings and $256,373 in stakes.
The bold striding son of Muscles Yankee and the Group winning mare Chiola’s Lass won twice and was placed in the Group 2 Tatlow as a two-year-old.
However, as a three-year-old, Skyvalley produced a string of outstanding performances at Group level culminating in his win in the $102,000 Breeders Crown final at Bendigo to announce himself on the big stage.
In winning the Group 1 final, Skyvalley became the fastest-ever Australian trotter over the 2100 metre journey, rating an unbelievable 1:58.9.
He won six races on end at one stage and qualified for the 2009 Inter Dominion Grand Final at Moonee Valley at four years by beating all but top Kiwi mare One Over Kenny in the semi-final.
A grand looking individual, Skyvalley would make an ideal sire prospect at the end of his racing days.
Racing from two to eight years, the Torado Hanover gelding was among the top bracket of trotters in the late 1990’s, capturing feature races in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.
His major successes were the V. L. Dullard Cup, Scotch Notch Memorial (twice), Inter Dominion Consolation, Kilmore Trotters Cup, SA Trotters Cup (twice), George Gath, SA Trotters Derby and the NSW Gold Coronet.
Noted for his big finishing ‘kick’, National Interest contested three Inter Dominion Championship Grand Finals and three Australasian Trotters Championships.
He won a total of 33 races – including 19 on metropolitan tracks - and $350,863 in stakes.
Jauriol had 10 starts as a two-year-old for seven wins and a third. Her prizemoney earnings of $83,060 set a record for a two-year-old trotting filly in Australia.
Feature events won by her at two were the Vicbred Super Sires, Tatlow Stakes and The Redwood.
Eight wins and five placings from 16 starts for $88,739 prizemoney indicated the supremacy Jauriol displayed in her three-year-old season. She completed the NSW Trotters Derby and Oaks double at Harold Park, won the Victoria Oaks at Moonee Valley and the Geelong and Shepparton Trotters Classics.
She was named Australian Trotter of the Year at both 2 and 3.
Jauriol later competed with distinction in open company, capturing such important events as the John Slack Memorial (Ballarat), Cobram Trotters Cup and the Matchmaker Mile (Maryborough) in a new lifetime mark of 1:59.9.
In all, Jauriol had 64 starts for 22 wins and 19 placings and $248,824 in stakes.
Driven by En Zedder Derek Balle, the six-year-old Sundon gelding led from start to finish in the $250,000 Grand Final as a 31 to 1 outsider.
Reeling off a 58.1 seconds last half, Galleons Sunset was untroubled to defeat Will Trapper, My Rhythm Of The Night, One Over Kenny, Whatsundermykilt, Viva La Fever and co.
Galleons Sunset was placed in Lang’s charge because of his grand record in the top trotting events in Australia and his preference to the Melbourne way of racing.
Shes An Image
The "Pocket Rocket " as we called her around the stables, "Immy" joined our stable at the beginning of her 3 year old season and what she lacked in physical size, she made up for with her big heart and will to win.
As a 3 year old she was undefeated against her own sex, winning the only two Group 1's for fillies at the time, namely the NSW and Victorian Trotters Oaks Finals. She also won the Princess of Speed Final and finished the season with 7 wins and 2 seconds from 11 starts.
As an open class mare she went on to win many city class races including a heat of the Breed For Speed Gold series where she took her lifetime mark of 1.57.4. She ended her career having had 56 starts for 20 wins, 10 seconds, 5 thirds and stakes of $233,000. She now begins the next phase of her career in the breeding barn and is sure to be as big a success there.
Trained by Sharon Lang, the gelding won his first race as a four-year-old and gradually worked his way through the classes to a TM5 mark.
He won four races at Moonee Valley as well as the Bendigo and Echuca Trotters Cups.
Lester Scot contested two Inter Dominion Grand Finals, finishing fifth in 2001 at Albion Park and unplaced at Moonee Valley in 2000, and was twice placed in ID heats.
A rugged stayer, Lester Scot won over the marathon 3020 metres trip at Moonee Valley.