Nutrien Equine Sale 2021

Trotting and pacing yearlings that will go under the hammer over the weekend of 10th and 11th of April 2021.

The sale will be held at the impressive Inglis – Oakland’s Junction Complex, with horses expected to be on hand from Thursday 8th. Nutrien plans to take full advantage of the fantastic facilities and areas with a  sale parade and welcome function planned for Friday 9th April.

Mark Barton, the General Manager of Nutrien Equine Standardbred, has been impressed by the industry in welcoming Nutriens entry into the harness racing sales arena. “It is a privilege to offer a catalogue of horses in one sale of this quality. We want to celebrate the event with the industry and can’t wait until April next year comes around.”

“We are impressed with the way the industry has adapted to the challenges that they have faced in recent time, it shows the resilience of the people that are involved and I think our sale event will be a great place for all to celebrate the industry and the sport of Harness Racing.”

Since the announcement of the support from Haras Des Trouters, who have underpinned the 2023 Victorian based Nutrien race series with $150,000, they have had a lot of interest in how many and what Trotting yearlings are going to be on offer. “With the support of Haras Des Troutters, we will see these trotting yearlings able to chase $125,000 as three year olds, which is really exciting for the sport and offers really good odds to buyers looking to secure a Trotting yearling from the sale” – Mr Barton said.

For more visit the Nutrien Equine website or call Mark Barton on 0419 488 256


In addition to our 24 Benstud bred horses we have the pleasure to be preparing another 30 yearlings for our clients in Victoria and NSW.  Photos and information will be posted on Nutrien Equine Standardbreds website and each entry listed here.

Below are some articles publised by Nutrien Equine Standardbreds in regards to Benstud prepared offerings.

Thank You For The Wonderful Support Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale 2021

Featuring Some Exciting Bloodlines We Look Forward To April 2021

Adam Wilkinson who was also our first vendor to enter the Nutrien Standardbred Yearling Sale. He has 2 quality yearlings entered into the sale from the very progressive Fleets Pocket Family.

Adam said “I’m very proud of the 2 colts that I will be selling and believe these will be highly sought-after yearlings.”

Both are beautiful, well conformed colts by leading sires American Ideal and Art Major going back to the very strong Dam line of Fleets Pocket.

Fleets Pocket has had 16 foals, 11 have raced for 11 winners, nine in two minutes, three in sub 1:55.0. Her progeny have won in excess of $1.5 million dollars on the race track. 


Magnificent Mare Strength Underpins Quality Consignment From Sloy’s

What A Wonderful Draft Of Future Champions, We Just Can’t Wait To Offer

Under the capable hands of Benstud is a quality draft of 4 colts and 1 filly, on account of Tony Xerri trading as Sloys Company Pty Ltd. With a long history of selling quality yearlings including the exceptional race horse and Colonial sire Vincent who will again stand at Alabar for the 2020 breeding season being just one horse of note produced by the stud

Tony under the Sloys banner has had great influence in the Australian Standardbred industry, breeding the likes of Kept for Pleasure (Safely Kept), G1 winner and winner of 19 races and earning over $500,000 in stakes earnings at 1.56, who is also the dam of Vincent.

Adding to the strength of their brood mares are mares such as Luda and Miss Hazel, with other notable names such as Lourdes (Fake Left) 36 wins & $394,000. Louvre (Art Major) G1 & 16 wins earning over $400,000 and the great Miss Brazilian (Mach Three) the multiple winner of NSW broodmare of the year, producing seven foals to race, all to win with progeny earnings in excess of $700,000.

Leading their offering for 2021 is a lovely Bay Colt, by the great Bettors Delight and out of the G1winning mare Miss Hazel (Presidential Ball), winner of 15 races, earning over $300,000 at 1:57. With progeny winning 41 races from 5 winning progeny and earnings of over $320,000, this colt is not to be missed.

A typey Sweet Lou colt out of the multiple race winning mare Ravishing Girl (Sportswriter) 1.57.1 is already gaining interest with her first foal to race Let’s Get Rockin (Mach Three) already 1 win from 3 starts at 1.59.9.

Their consistent producing mare Jet Girl (Jeremes Jet) is well represented again this year with a well developed Art Major colt. Jet girl a race winner herself has had 3 foals to race, and all to win and in 1.56 or better. Craig Judd from Benstud said “This colt on type is certainly one of the picks of our draft on type and being from this mare family is sure not to disappoint come sale time”.

A daughter of their great mare Miss Hazel, Miss Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover) 8 wins for $70,000 at 1.54.9 has produced another interesting Colt, being by Art Major, bred on these powerful mare lines and by the great Art Major will certainly command interest from many buyers.

Rounding of their offering is their third Art Major sibling and their only filly they will offer for sale in the catalogue this year. This filly is out the wonderful Christian Cullen mare Luda, who herself was a G1 winner, winning 13 races and over $200,000 in stakes earnings at 1.52.5 and from a family of winners which will offer great residual value in this filly after her time on the race track.

The Nutrien team thanks Tony and the Sloys Company for giving us the opportunity to offer this wonderful draft of yearlings and look forward to presenting you with more of these future champions next week.


Standout Pedigree With Full Brother Of "Bling It On"

Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale 2021 Exceptional Breeding Continues

As we continue to look through the sale entries for our 2021 sale, we have found yet another stand out pedigree with Harvey Kaplan’s Harshell Investments entering the full brother to the great “Bling It On” into Nutrien’s inaugural sale.

Bling It On is the winner of 48 races including 6 Group 1’s and amassed an impressive $1.8 Million in stakes earnings, with a record that boasts winning both the Hunter Cup and the Victoria Cup as a 9-year-old. He was also Aust 2 & 3-year-old Horse of the Year, plus 2017 NSW Horse of the Year, running a career best time of 1.50.2.

From the dam Alldatglittersisgold (Caprock USA), who now has progeny earnings of over $3 Million with 123 race wins including 2 full brothers with 16 wins and both running under 1.59 with a total of 8 winners from 9 foals of racing age. The Stud will also offer a son of Bling It On out of the dam Alashell who is the dam of Single tree road (7 wins 1.55) and the ill fated Sheshell Rock (1 win from 2 starts at 1.57.1 

When we take a look at Trotters we are also looking forward to offering the Father Patrick colt out of the NZ bred mare Aldebaran Merry This is the mare’s first foal who is a striking type and sure to turn a few heads looking to select a candidate for the Haras Des Trotteurs three-year-old incentives in 2023.

Harvey Kaplan has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the most successful vendors and breeders in the past decade. He was awarded the  Ian Daff Memorial Breeder of the year in 2013, topped  the 2020 sales with a $160,000 yearling and is a former treasurer and committee member of the Victorian Harness Breeders Association.


Betting Line half-Brother to Expensive Ego

Smart Rock N Roll Heaven 4yo Expensive Ego brought up his 10th win in just 13 career starts when he coasted home 13 metres clear of Always Rockin and Controversial at Menangle on Saturday night.

Betting Line half-brother to Expensive Ego will be offered as Lot 214 for vendors Ian & Kath Sutherland in the 2021 Nutrien Standardbred Yearling Sale.

This colt is also a half-brother to Bohdi Tree 1:50.8 $192,854 and Arts Treasure 1:50.9 $152,542.

Like Arts TreasureExpensive Ego won the Group One Queensland Triad as a 2yo.


Lot 252 is an American Ideal half-sister to Bettorcopagoodone being from the 1:57.0 Christian Cullen mare Coppagoodone.

Bettor Copagoodone has now won nine races and $59,900 for her owner/trainer Terry Ferguson.

Coppagoodone ranks as a half-sister to the New Zealand and Australian Oaks winner De Lovely p,3,1:54.0 $656,113 which was voted New Zealand’s 3yo Filly Pacer of the Year.

The same honour was awarded to their dam Copper Beach p,3,1:58.6 $179,794.

Another of Voak’s four winners on Friday night was the smart mare Queen Shenandoah which lowered her lifetime mark to 1:53.6 and took her stakemoney to $174,928 when she brought up her 13th win in a heat of the Group Two Nights of Thunder.

Queen Shenandoah appears at the bottom of the page for Lot 252.

All Pedigrees Updated With Fourth Pedigree Line

Exciting Week Of Updates Again From Alan Parker

American Ideal 5yo gelding Bletchley Park took his career earnings past the $300,000 mark with a brilliant front-running display to take out the $50,000 Group Two Village Kid Sprint at Gloucester Park last Friday night rating a slick 1:52.4 for the 1730 metres.

Bletchley Park has now won 16 races and has stakes of $310,436 and he ranks as a full-brother to former Australian 2yo Colt Pacer of the Year and Australian 3yo Colt Pacer of the Year Bling It On p,1:50.2 $1,882,953.

A full-brother to the pair will go under the hammer as Lot 205 in April’s Nutrien Yearling Sale and is sure to create plenty of attention as the dam Alldatglittersisgold is a dual Australian Broodmare of the Year.

Harshell Investments who will be offering Lot 205 have shown their faith in the pedigree in their offereing of Lot 199 which is a colt by Bling It On from Alashell. It is the only Bling It On foal in the Nutrien Sale.


Struve, a 5yo gelding by Courage Under Fire from Jets Girl was an impressive all-the-way winner at Bendigo last Saturday night covering his last half in 54.3 seconds to draw away and win by 20 metres.

His half-brother by Art Major USA will be offered as Lot 25 in April’s Nutrien Yearling Sale.

Their dam Jets Girl has had four foals race to date and all four are winners with her fifth foal having just turned 2yo.

That Jets Girl should have such an impressive stud record is hardly surprising as her dam Faith Prevails is a 100% Producer with nine foals of racing age for nine winners with three of them past the $100,000 in earnings mark.

2021 Nutrien Standardbred Yearling Sale Pedigrees Have Big Boost From Races This Week

The breakthough win of Somebeachsomewhere gelding Valencia at Ararat on December 30th gave her dam Bella Sainz her first winner with her first foal of racing age.

Bella Sainz 1:56.2 is a half-sister to former Australian 3yo Filly of the Year and 3yo Vicbred Super Series winner Bellas Delight 1:54.3 $442,523.

Valencia rated 1:58.9 over the 1790 metres and the win took her earnings to $22,530 in his debut season.

Lot 227 in the Nutrien Yearling Sale is a three-quarter brother to Valencia being by the first season son of Somebeachsomewhere in Downbytheseaside.

Downbytheseaside 1:48.6 $2,283,068 was the USTA’s 3yo Colt Pacer of the Year and Pacer of the Year in 2017 and he has five colts to be offered in April.

Pedigree Updates This Week From Shepparton, Bendigo, Carrick And Gloucester Park

Three-year-old colt Howard Hughes impressed with his 11th win for the season and the $11,486 first stakemoney took his earnings past the $76,000 mark for trainers Greg and Skye Bond who also own the son of Bettors Delight.

His dam Heavenly Franco is a half-sister to the Grinfromeartoear mare So Random which is the dam of Lot 154 in the Nutrien Yearling Sale next April.

Lot 154 is a filly by former standout racehorse Vincent whose first crop of yearlings are being offered in 2021.

There are seven yearlings by Vincent in the Nutrien Sale made up of five colts and two fillies.


Race 7 on the programme was taken out by the Rock N Roll Heaven 2yo gelding Sharmey which also comfortably beat the older horses. It was also his fourth win in a debut season which has garnered more than $25,000 in stakes.

Lot 290 in the Nutrien Sale is an American Ideal half-brother to Sharmey being the second foal from the Bettors Delight mare Glory Daze p,1:55.7 $76,805.

The cross of American Ideal over a Bettors Delight mare has already produced 38 Southern Hemisphere winners including five with earnings in excess of $100,000.

Lot 260 is a Sweet Lou colt from the Troublemaker mare Dazed And Confused which makes him a half-brother to Helikaon and to Glory Daze.

Dazed And Confused is the dam of five winners including the 3yo Vicbred Home Grown Classic winner Roll With It p,1:53.9 $123,028.

Both Helikaon and Sharmey appear in the top section of both Lots.

Wishing You A Merry Christmas With Some World Wide Updates To The 2021 Nutrien Equine Standardbred Pedigrees

This Week’s Updates Come From Around The World And Across The Nation Including The USA, New Zealand And Every Australian State – 205 In Total And 152 Separate Lots.

Also winning at Menangle on Saturday night in the opening event on the programme was the Shadow Play gelding Our Triple Sec which raced outside the leader throughout before holding on to win in a time of 1:51.4.

The win, his 16th, lifted Our Triple Sec to $244,554 and he is a great grand-son of the Butler B G mare My Sparkling Burgundy whose five winners include millionaire Gotta Go Cullen p,2,1:58.3 $1,173,343.

My Sparkling Burgundy is the grand-dam of three lots in the 2021 Nutrien Yearling Sale is one of BenStud Standardbreds entries Lot 70, which is out of a three-quarter sister to Gotta Go Cullen in Melisandre p,3,1:56.5, Lot 100 consigned to P Judd, C Judd, M Commadeur & T Commadeur is out of a full-sister to Gotta Go Cullen in Ohana and Oakbank Estates Lot 266 out of Eily Lou Lou which is an unraced Art Major half-sister to Gotta Go Cullen.

Vicbred Super Series semi-final night at Melton on Tuesday may have been dull and raining weather-wise but there was brightness for the 2021 Nutrien Yearling Sale.

The 4yo Art Major stallion Out To Play p,1:53.3 $234,327 won his semi-final of the 4yo series and his dam Play Ball is the grand-dam of Lot 160 for Bruce and Craig Cameron.

Lot 160 is by gun stallion American Ideal USA from Out To Play’s half-sister to Vicbred Championship winner Stay And Play p,1:55.5 $89,201.

This colt is the second foal from his dam.


Vendor Feature By Peter Wharton

When Lot 214 enters the ring at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, April 11, it will be the culmination of a breeding program hatched in the Goulburn Valley nine years earlier by Gisborne breeders Ian and Kath Sutherland.

Realising that they needed to upgrade their small operation to remain competitive in the tough breeding business, Ian and Kath purchased a young, unraced Fake Left mare named Zoeyzoey from Shepparton horseman Ross Pike in 2012. She was a daughter of the broodmare gem Grace Robinson and a granddaughter of the champion filly Jasmarilla.

The other half of their broodmare band was the homegrown Indigenous Art, an unraced Art Major mare from the noted Ann Byrd family of the dual Inter Dominion champion BeautideIgnatius and co.  She was a close relative to the former Tasmanian 2YO of the Year Not John, the Hobart Pacing Cup winner The Grouse and the Tasmanian 4YO of the Year The Fat Controller which were all bred by Ian and Kath in partnership with good friends, Barrie and Denise Rattray.

In 2016 the Sutherland’s took two horses to the Melbourne sale, one a Mach Three colt out of Zoeyzoey and the other a Rocknroll Heaven colt from Indigenous Art which sold for $30,000 and $15,000 respectively.

The Zoeyzoey colt, which is now racing as Seeuinnashville, was purchased by Luke and Belinda McCarthy and has earned $127,172 from 16 wins and nine placings, while the Indigenous Art named Jimmy Lockewas secured by Josh Aiken and has returned $111,613 from 13 wins and 20 placings.

From the sale of the two colts the couple set their sights on the Brisbane sale looking to buy a well-bred filly with the intention of her becoming a commercial broodmare after she finished racing.

“We made a number of calls to find a suitable person in Queensland to look over our selections and to break the horse in. That person was local horseman John Cockburn,” Ian said.

“John could not fault one of our first options, a filly by Roll With Joe from the good racemare Art Start, a daughter of the Group 1 winner Sweet Clementine.”

Named Arts Treasure, the $21,000 purchase was broken in by Cockburn and later sent down to NSW to James Rattray who they had seen grow up from a three-year-old.

The following year the Sutherland’s went back to the Brisbane sale with the intention of securing another commercial filly. They were successful in buying their number one selection, Wha Hae, a Mach Three Filly out of the multiple Group 1 winner Good Lookin Girl whose dam, Goldrush Rush, was a multiple Group 1 winner and a noted producer.

Wha Hae showed above average ability but was hampered by leg injuries. Despite having to wear bar shoes on all four feet, she managed four wins and eight placings from 17 starts and took a record of 1:53.8. She now in foal to Betting Line.

Trained by James Rattray, Arts Treasure captured the Group 1 $100,450 QBred Triad Final and three weeks later ran second to Pinup Boy in the Group 1 APG final at Albion Park. Arts Treasure finished up with a stake tally of $152,542 and a mark of 1:50.9 set as a four-year-old at Menangle.

Meanwhile, Ian had noted that Arts Treasure’s dam Art Start had not been bred from for a year and had a Rock N Roll Heaven weanling colt on her. They subsequently purchased the mare and sent her down to Benstud Standardbreds in Victoria.

And, the colt with the mare at the time of her sale has turned out to be star youngster Expensive Ego, the winner of nine of his 12 starts to date including three Group races and $159,948 in stakes.

Art Start has since produced two foals by Betting Line for the Sutherland’s, the first a two-year-old filly which is close to trialling and the other, a colt which is Lot 214 at the Nutrien Equine sale. A colt by Captaintreacherous from Art Start’s daughter, Arts Treasure, has been earmarked for the 2022 Nutrien sale.

Ian was introduced to the sport in the late 1960’s by an uncle, Charlie Blanchfield, who along with friend Ron Morrison, leased the grand stayer and Inter Dominion champion Bold David.

Ian said he enjoyed going to Alf and Dorrie Simons’ stables every Sunday morning with his uncles after a Saturday night at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

Bold David qualified for the final in 1970 and drew the outside six from the standing start. He pinged the tapes and I knew they wouldn’t get past him,” Ian said.

“From that night I thought that one day I wanted to not only own but breed a good horse capable of winning an Inter Dominion or a Miracle Mile.” 

Ian and Kath, whose earlier winners include Bold Stefan(20 wins and $113,373) and Pajero Lass (5 wins), are proud of their record at the yearling sales.

“We’ve never offered a yearling at the sale and brought it back home. They’re all for genuine sale,” Ian said.

Ian said that there were plenty of incentives for people to become involved in harness racing.

 “The average person can become involved with a syndicate of friends to race a pacer or trotter, unlike the gallops which is very expensive,” he said.

“Harness horses, if they make the grade, race on a lot longer than a galloper and for a third of the cost. It can fast become a way of life for people wanting an interest outside of their working life.”