You probably don’t need to be told that, despite the relatively quiet night the Kiwis experienced at Melton the other night, our horses have an almost unbelievable record across the Tasman.
On Harnesslink the other day, they produced an itemised account of what happened in the 2017-18 season alone – see below:
14 individual New Zealand-bred Group One winners claimed twenty-two Group One pacing features in Australia
Five individual New Zealand-bred trotters claimed a Group One feature in Australia
Kiwi horses claimed 32% of all eligible Group One races in Australia
Kiwi pacers were a dominant force claiming 71% of all combined eligible Group One races in Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales
Kiwi trotters triumphed in 19% of all Group One features in Victoria
New Zealand standardbreds laid claim to 41% of all stakes races in Australia
Nearly half (47%) of all pacing eligible stakes races in Australia were won by New Zealand-breds
50% of all trotting stakes races in Queensland last season were claimed by kiwi horses
New Zealand was the leading source of eligible Group One winners in Western Australia & New South Wales
New Zealand-bred horses won 91% of all eligible pacing Group One races in Western Australia
10 of the 16 eligible pacing stakes races in Queensland were won by New Zealand-bred horses
67% of all eligible pacing stakes races in Western Australia were claimed by kiwi horses
59% of all combined eligible pacing stakes races in Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales were won by New Zealand-breds
Lazarus, Ultimate Machete, Franco Edward and Let It Ride all achieved Group One doubles in Australia.
If anyone needed an incentive, either a breeder in this Country to breed for the future, a local trainer to purchase, educate and sell, or trainer/owners in Australia to buy a horse at the upcoming sales, those stunning statistics should be a clincher.