It’s not every day of the week that you can boast about the number of farm-bred or foaled, owned or related horses that win races over the previous week, but Breckon Farms had a remarkable twelve such winners over an eight-day period.

It all started on the 3rd May with another impressive win by One Change (2c Bettor’s Delight / Changedown by Falcon Seelster) when he won from an inside 2nd Row draw over the 1980m sprint distance in the feature race at Addington, the Listed $170,625 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 2YO Open Final. After the field had settled he was able to slot nicely into the one-one before moving out 3-wide turning for home and putting in a huge effort to get up and win by a nose, remarkably for the third time he has done so in all his three race starts to date, under a great drive by Samantha Ottley. He won in a good 1:57.1 Mile Rate, home in 55.9 and 27.3 off the front and led a Purdon/Rasmussen-trained trifecta for the race. He is now 3-starts-for-3-wins for $131,770 and was bred at Breckon Farms by Rob Carr and Don Kirkbride.

The next winner was at Alexandra Park on the same night, when Spankem (4g Bettor’s Delight / Crushem by Holmes Hanover) won a feature at that venue, the Group 1 $90,000 2019 Dawson Harford Ltd NZ Messenger Championship. He took an uncontested lead from the start, before jumping a shadow with 1700m to go as his stablemate Chase Auckland came forward to have a dip for the lead, but Spankem said no and held the lead as another stablemate and the race favourite Turn It Up slotted into the one-one. They then sprinted over the last 800m in a very slick 54.3, with the 400m completed in 27.2 to go on for a nice win and now has 13 wins & 14 placings for $1,110,756. He is raced by the Breckon Racing Syndicate along with Glenys & Phil Kennard, Jim & Ann Gibbs, Garry & Kerry Woodham.

Then Ah La Vitesse (3f Well Said / Changedown by Falcon Seelster) won over at Port Pirie in South Australia on that night too, where she was sent out favourite for the race and was away well to take the early trail, remaining there throughout before pulling out at the top of the home straight and running home strongly for her first win. She is a half-sister to One Change and was also bred at Breckon Farms by Rob Carr and Don Kirkbride.

Also on the 3rd May, to round off the night, Mathew James (3g Bettor’s Delight / Taylor Kate by Artsplace) won at Gloucester Park, where after the field had settled down, he went around to lead, doing so very easily and then turning for home he opened up a gap to win by 9.2m and now has 4 wins & 2 placings from just 6 starts for $27,948. He was bred by Sandy and Jan Yarndley, of course at Breckon Farms.

The winning continued over in Australia a few days later on the 7th May when Vettel (5g American Ideal / Talks To Angels by Bettor’s Delight) won at Menangle. He flew the gate at the start to take the lead, before being challenged near the home turn, but held all at bay to win by a head in a 1:53.0 mile. He now has 13 wins & 11 placings for $73,757 and was bred by Breckon Bloodstock Ltd.

Then at Alexandra Park again, on the 10th May, it was the very smart trotting filly Tickle Me Pink (3f Muscle Hill / Luby Ann by Andover Hall) who was to add to the tally, winning the feature $22,500 Haras des Trotteurs Northern Trotting Guineas. She went out from the mobile looking for the early lead but was caught 3-wide around the first bend, eventually hitting the lead with 1750m to go. She withstood strong challenges from the 400m Mark, to go on for a good win by 1¼ lengths under a good drive by Tony Cameron to now have 6 wins from 9 starts for $63,637 and remain unbeaten at Alexandra Park in five appearances there. She was bred by Breckon Farms Ltd and is raced by the Breckon Farms – The Perfect Ten Syndicate.

Ball Of Art (3g Art Major / Star Of the Ball by Presidential Ball) also won at Auckland on the 10th May, where he ended up 1-out-and-4-back from his 2nd Row draw, before being 1-out-and-3-back with 350m to run. He then came out 3-wide for his run home and hit the lead to win by a ½-length to now have 2 wins & 2 seconds from just 5-starts for $24,050. He was bred at Breckon Farms by Ryder Bloodstock Ltd.

Then over in Western Australia King Of Swing (4h Rocknroll Hanover / Twist And Twirl by Artsplace) won on the same night at Gloucester Park. He went out fast to just hold the lead and was never headed thereafter, winning well by 8.1m in a 1:54.5 Mile Rate for the 2130m, making it 2-from-3 this campaign and he now has 16 wins & 6 seconds for $433,659. He was bred by Breckon Farms Ltd.

Tuas Delight (6g Bettor’s Delight / Tuapeka Pocket by In The Pocket) also won at Gloucester Park on the night, where he too led from the start and was still in front at the bell, going on to win by 7.7m in a career-best 1:56.1 Mile Rate for the 2130m journey. He now has 6 wins & 15 placings for $67,377 and was bred at Breckon Farms by Ryder Bloodstock Ltd.

Back in New Zealand the next day, the 11th May and Zinny Mach (3g Mach Three / Zingara by Christian Cullen) won at Winton. He went forward and obtained the trail, then went to the lead with 1000m to go and was still in front turning for home, going on for a 1-length win in a 1:56.8 Mile Rate for the 2400m trip, to now have 3 wins & 5 placings for $31,110. He was bred at Breckon Farms by Caroline and Braeden Whitelock.

Over in Australia on the same day Rocking (6m Rocknroll Hanover / Megandy by Life Sign) won at Newcastle, where from the 2nd Row she ended up 4-back on the markers. She moved out with 400m to go, coming out 6-wide in the home straight to go on and win by 4.5m and now has 10 wins & 16 placings for $72,073. She was bred by Breckon Bloodstock Ltd.

For good measure, Cash N Flow (6g Mach Three / Karen Donna by In The Pocket) then won at Menangle on the same night, going to the lead, he was never headed and recorded the best Mile Rate of his career of 1:51.0 to win the Group 2 Bill Green Bulli Pacers Cup by a half-neck and now has 15 wins & 8 placings for $241,041. He was bred by Breckon Bloodstock Ltd and of note is that the first horse that Ken and Peter Breckon ever bought was Megaera, who is the dam of both Megandy and Karen Donna, the dams of the two above winners Rocking and Cash N Flow.

So, it was to be, twelve winners in eight days – WHAT A FEAT!!!

To boot, placegetters went one better, with thirteen placed horses over the eight-day period. These were Elle Mac 2nd, Funatthebeach 3rd, Flying Even Bettor 3rd (all at Addington), Stylish Trend 3rd (at Launceston), Bronze Ecstasy 3rd (at Marburg), Dina Bolt 2nd, Cheeky Babe 3rd in the Listed PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 2YO Trot Final, Kayla Marie 2nd and Princess Tiffany 3rd both in Group 1 Nevele R Fillies Series Final (all at Addington), Heza Head Honcho 3rd (at Bunbury), Liukin 3rd (at Newcastle) and in the USA Bronze Over 2nd and Our Max Phactor 2nd (both at Yonkers Raceway).

In a remarkable “eight days a week” Breckon Farms have certainly been to the fore and achieved an amazing number of wins and placings, so WELL DONE!!!

Rob Carr