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Abernethy quinellas Monte event
21 August 2017 by Duane Ranger

 
Papakura conditioner Jay Abernethy is yet to open his account in 2017-2018 despite training a quinella at Cambridge Raceway last Thursday.
 
The 33-year-old trained Meander With Pegasus and Way To Go to run first and second in the second Monte Saddle Trot held at Cambridge Raceway.
 
Meander In Pegasus, who was ridden by Abernethy's partner, Lisa Olsson, won by three-and-three-quarter lengths. Way To Go and Riina Maattanen had eight-and-a-quarter lengths to spare over the Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett trained Makarewa Jake, who was third.
 
The only other starter was the Jo Stevens trained The Scruff who was another 27 lengths away in fourth. They were the only starters.
 
Meander With Pegasus started from the 30m back mark and trotted the 2200m in 3:17.6 (mile rate 2:24.5) and came home in 65.4 and 31.9.
 
"I really love the Montes. Most of ours are ridden in training anyway and it's a good way to keep them fit. Old Silver Steam was always ridden and he won 21 races.
 
"Michelle and Bernie are big advocates of it and so am I. Their horses have won Montes and then gone on to win on race night. It's good for the game," Abernethy said.
 
"It's something new and that has to be good for the industry. It gives horses another ‘out’ when they have reached their mark," he added.
 
Abernethy, who recently won Harness Racing New Zealand's 'Stable Shout' and earlier in the year was crowned New Zealand's 'Gearing Up Champion', said he wanted to get more people involved in Montes.
 
“We will be having a meeting at Pukekohe on September 16, before the Workouts to make people more aware of saddle trotting. There will be a stipe there who could even tweak the rules a bit for us. If it is going to make it easier for those interested.
 
“Jockeys only have to have one Monte ride to be eligible and stablehands, three. We also want to make trainers more aware of what the requirements are.
 
“My partner used to ride them back in Sweden and has ridden Montes at Pirongia for the last four or five years,” Abernethy said.
 
He said there would be more Montes at Cambridge Raceway and Alexandra Park.
 
“The Auckland Club has indicated it would like to run a non-tote Monte Series later in the season. That is promising but we have to be aware that Corporate Racing and Kidz Kartz are also staged on the track,” he said.
 
He also said the proposed exhibition Monte at New Plymouth on September 30, would also prove popular.
 
“Race-day jockeys will ride them that day, so that will be a great innovation and hopefully get more people interested.
 
“We see this as a breath of fresh air for harness racing and want as many people as possible to become involved. We just have to go through some of the rules and regulations to get it up and running smoothly,” Abernethy said.
 
Cambridge Raceway's first Monte Saddle Trot was run on July 16.
 
That 2200m event attracted six entries with Commander Paris (Catherine Cameron) winning by a large margin from Makarewa Jake (Riina Maattanen), and Majestic Ali and Tyla Hackett third.
 
All three were trained by Wallis and Hackett.
 
Twelve days after his Monte win, Commander Paris and Todd Mitchell won a $14,999 trot at Alexandra Park. That was the seven-year-old CR Commando gelding's eighth TAB win.
 
He has since finished second at the same venue.

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Jay Abernethy wins Stable Shout
08 August 2017

Jay Abernethy has won the first HRNZ Owners Sub- Committee Stable Shout.
Jay recieved two seperate nominations for his excellent communication with his owners.
He was nominated by Andy and Kim Thomson and Allan Poy.

Andy and Kim said the following about Jay:
We have a Facebook group which he has created to keep us updated, or regular emails. When one of our horses is racing, trialing or going to the workouts he will always let us know within 24 hours of the race including how he thinks it will go or what he expects. When they are not racing he regularly sends updates as to where they are at. He is also more than happy for us to text him, if we have any questions, happy to have us visit the stables and invites us to watch them workout if we are in the area (we live up north). He is always very welcoming at the races too, happy to chat and has arranged barrier rides and stable passes. He is a great example of what is great about Harness racing.

Allan Poy nominated Jay for the following reasons:
For the terrific communication he provides to his owners. We get the emails and Facebook updates that most trainers provide but he’ll also personally respond to texts and more latterly, which has been really cool, is his recording of track work including fast work with the use of a Go Pro on his helmet or sulky. He then goes to the trouble of putting together a video montage and either posts it on FB or emails it out. A great way to embrace the latest technology for his band of owners. His stables are always open for a visit as well. A young trainer staying up to date with communication tools.

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Jay vs Sailesh
22 December 2016
By Duane Ranger

The race to 150 could be resolved at Alexandra Park tonight (Thursday).
Fresh from their victory in their 'Brothers in Arms Driving Series' at Oamaru earlier this month, the South Auckland-based Abernethy brothers will do battle again on their home track tonight – but this time against one another.
Both Jay (33) and Sailesh Abernethy (31) sit on 149 victories – Jay for training, and his younger brother for driving.
“We’ve always had the usual sibling rivalry growing up but nothing to any great extent. I would like to get to 150 first though. I am the older one and it’s only right,” he joked.
“Any other time I don’t mind running second to Sailesh and vice versa. We are a team and try and do what’s best for the stable and the owners and trainers,” he added.
Since 2006-2007 Jay has driven 149 winners from 1664 starters to the races. he's also placed 266 times for $986,052. UDR strike-rate: 0.1597.
Compare that to Sailesh who has driven 149 winners from 1,364 starters since 2009-2010. he's also placed 268 times and banked $1,016,777 in stakes. UDR: 0.1980.
Of course Jay is the senior driver having saluted the judge 427 times from 4.596 drives since 2002. he's also placed 815 times and won just over $3.2m i stakes. UDR: 0.1722.
The older sibling gets two bites at the cherry tonight. The leading trainer at Cambridge Raceway last season will line up Kate Jackson (Trent Lethaby) and Collection (Jacob Wallace) in the opening junior driving event.
He will then sit behind the Adrienne Matthews trained Jude's Gem (13) in the fourth event, while Sailesh’s only drive is behind the Cheree Wigg trained Minstrel Boy (2) in the fifth event.
“I can’t separate the two from our stable in the first race. The only indication I can give you is that Trent (Lethaby), who woks for us, had the choice of drives. I think it will come down to who gets the best trip,” Abernethy said.
“Both can win with luck,” he added.
He thought he had a better winning show behind 3-year-old Art Official filly, Jude’s Gem, despite drawing five on the second line.
“She went real good first up and I’m sure Adrienne will have her screwed right down for this. Sure it’s a stronger field than what she met here last month but she’s on the improve, and she did go pretty good at the Workouts (fifth) on Saturday.
“This is just her third career start so whatever she does she will be improved by the run. I think she will be a nice drive,” Abernethy said.
Abernethy said if he or his brother were left on 149 after tonight’s meeting it was likely one of them would hit the 150 mark at Waipa on the Te Awamutu grass next Wednesday.
“We will have five or six in at that meeting so surely one of us will break through,” he said.
Meanwhile drivers at Alexandra Park tonight will wear black arm bands in race four – the $12,000 NZ Trotting Hall Of Fame Len Hart Memorial Maiden Pace as a mark of respect for the passing last week of Riverton jockey Rebecca Black.
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Abernethy brothers dominate driver series
 
04 December 2016
 
By Tayler Strong
 
 
The Abernethys dominated the brothers in arms drivers series at Oamaru on Saturday with Sailesh winning three of the six heats and Jay winning one.
 
 
The brothers, aged 31 (Sailesh) and Jay (33) ended the series with 19 points, three  more than nearest rivals, Nathan and Matthew Williamson with David and Philip Butcher in third place with 12 points. The Abernethys won the series on the grass track in 2014 when contesting it for the first time.
 
 
The Abernethys received a $1000 cash prize provided by Fat Sally’s Pub and Restaurant and a trophy sponsored by Ballantynes Showcase Jewellers.
 
 
The Abernethys who operate a stable at Papakura are on the move. They have bought a larger property at Hunua, 35 km away and plan to shift in before the winter.
 
 
“The new property is 70 acres against 20 at our present place. We will have straight line and oval tracks and transfer our hydro treadmill,’’ said Jay.
 
 
Last season was the most successful for the stable with 33 wins.
 
 
“We are building up a team again as most of our older horses have moved on.”
 
 
Sailesh won on Saturday with McLovin, Veneto and Nui Toc Tien. Veneto is unbeaten in three starts on grass and Nui Toc Tien has had his four wins on grass. Jay won with Soney Beatt, who made the pace and cleared out by five and three quarter lengths. Soney Beatt has gained four of his six wins on grass.
 
 
Trainer Ken Ford had left him in the care of the Williamson stable at Oamaru after he raced at Invercargill the previous Sunday.
 
 
Trainer Ray Jenkins produced the trotters McLovin and Justmollyarcher to win. McLovin has won twice from four starts. Justmollyarcher was having his fifth start when he cleared maiden ranks. Both 4-year-olds led over the last 1500m of 2000m.
 
 
McLovin is by Monarchy from Winfield Invasion, an Armbro Invasion mare who won four races. McLovin is raced by Jenkins with Terrence Kean, of Winton, Morrell Lake, of Melbourne, Shelley Jenkins (daughter of the trainer) and Neville McRae, of Hamilton. McLovin was bred by Daryl and Anne Trainor, of Sawyers Bay, who sold him in April when he was in work with Mark Jones. The Trainors have Say You Pres, a 3-year-old filly by The Pres from Winfield Invasion shaping well with Jones.
 
 
Invercargill owners Leo and Genevieve Curtin, who are attending the Interdominion in Perth, race Justamollyarcher. The Curtins  bought Justamollyarcher from Greg Payne as a 3-year-old 12 months ago.
 
 
“He has got heaps of ability but needs the ringcraft,’’ said Jenkins of the son of Angus Hall and Justa Kiwi Girl, who won nine races. The Curtins won seven races with Buddsun from the Jenkins stable.
 
 
Culley Backy made an immediate winning return for Christchurch owner Peter McDermott. He bought  5yr-old out of the stable of Michael Heenan and Culley Backy was transferred to Brent White at Temuka.
 
 
“I can’t take much of the credit I have only had him (Culley Backy) a week,’’ said White.
 
 
The Central Courage syndicate were out in force to see their 4-year-old mare Seduce Me clear maiden ranks. Members were urging her on by her stable name, Cindy, rather than attracting  strange looks by yelling her official name. Roxburgh trainer Geoff Knight bought Seduce Me (Ohoka Arizona – Lady Bo Heather) from Glenys Chmiel and Zenmach from Mark Smolenski for the syndicate about the same time in the winter of last year. Zenmach has since six races.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

August – September Newsletter 2016

We would like to thanks all the stable owners for their support they gave us last season, without you all we wouldn’t of be able to have a best season ever. Let’s hope we can beat last season record this season.  Last Seasons Stats. 205 Starts 33 Wins, 18 Seconds & 20 Thirds. For $179,812 to date (UDR .2423)


2016/2017 Seasons Goals  
As this season we have a large number of young unraced horses we have set the goals 30 winners & $180,000 + in stakes.  
Our current standings are  
13 Starts 2 Wins, 0 Seconds & 0 Thirds. For $9,269 to date (UDR .1538)

Horses due to race in August - September are:
American Mary, Chevrons Easy, Helen Shapiro, Lindy’s Dream, Quick Cullen, Shatahlia Knight, Speedy Earl Uroc Kate, & in Australia Platinum Roulette (NSW)

Horses due at the trails are.
Fortune Smile, Gotta Go Cullect,  

Horses currently spelling are.
Bill Haley, Elusive Belle, Helix, Lincoln Moment, Littlebitoflove, Lola Jones, Sunhaven Boss  

Recent additions to Abernethy Racing Stables in the last few months are:
Shinko Shibata
Keepers Art

We are always looking to take on more horses if you have anything that maybe suited to our training please keep us in mind.

This season’s we have the following mares due to foal:
Jinxed Belle is due to foal a Majestic Sun  
Elite Belle is due to foal a Rock N Roll Heaven

Horses Sold / Retired in the last few months are:
Philippa Glass – leased out to Gary Noakes   
Our Southern Man – has been retired and will be rehome as a hack
Elliot Daniel – Has been returned to his owners.

Hydro Tread Mill:
Our Treadmill has been busy recently with up to 7 horses using this each day. Horses that’s are regularly working on the hydro treadmill are Shinko Shibata, Gotta Go Cullect & Sliver Stream
The Rates are as follows
Full Board Rates is $45 plus GST per day.
Drop in Rates is $35 Plus GST per day.

2 year olds:  
Bill Haley
– Currently Spelling and is due back in work 1st September.
Ashley Tisdale – Has been back in work since 17th July we aim to run her along in the next few weeks before going back out for a brief break.
Benjamin Button – Has been back in work since 1st August and is currently jogging up we aim to have him strong working in the next few weeks.   
Brooks Belle – Has been back in work since 17th July we aim to run her along in the next few weeks before going back out for a brief break.
Caroline Woznaiki – Has been back in work since 17th July we aim to run her along in the next few weeks before going back out for a brief break.
Helix – Currently Spelling and is due back in work 1st September
Magik Man – Has been back in work since 1st August and is currently jogging up we aim to have him strong working in the next few weeks.   
Lincoln Moment – Currently Spelling and is due back in work 1st September.
Julie Johnston - Has been back in work since 17th July we aim to run her along in the next few weeks before going back out for a brief break.
2016 Yearlings:
Peter Forsberg – Has been weaned and is currently at Rosslands Stud Anastasia Ashley – Has been weaned and is currently at Rosslands Stud
Unnamed (American Ideal – Blistering Belle) - Has been weaned and is currently at Rosslands Stud.

Stable Visits
If anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to accommodate this.

Shares Available  
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few horses that have shares available from as little as $100 per month fixed rate
For more information please see shares available on the website or email
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz

Abernethy Racing Stables Horses in Australia:
Platinum Roulette
Is Racing in NSW well and has been racing very well he will continue to race until sold.
My Lucky Belle
Is in NSW did a great job before going out for a break she is back in work and shouldn’t be far away from racing again and maybe look to put her in foal in the summer.

September Horse to follow is
Helen Shapiro – She has been sent up by her owners to take advantage of the high stakes on offer at Auckland. We aim to have racing towards the end of August early September.

Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.

Myself and the rest of the team would like to thank everyone for their support. Feel free to contact me anytime by any of the ways listed below.

Regards
Jay Abernethy
Mobile 021 797 242
Home 09 298 9619
Stables 09 298 0876.
Website:
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
Email: jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz

HRW award winners named
29 July 2016
By Duane Ranger

Papakura horseman Jay Abernethy has had his most successful year as a trainer, conditioning 32 winners - five more than his previous best he achieved in 2013-2014.
The 33-year-old also shone brightly at Cambridge Raceway this season and was recently named Harness Racing Waikato's leading trainer. Two of his team Silver Stream and Our Southern Man also received recognition.
HRW's Racing manager, Kerry Wells, said five horses won three races at Cambridge during 2015-2016. Four won four races. Silver Stream won five races and the David Marshall trained Sarah Lindenny won six races.
"The winner of the Dunstan Nutrition $10,000 Owner-Trainer promotion for the season was Sarah Lindenny, who receives $7,000 (split $4k to owner & $3k to trainer) of Dunstan product. Silver Stream's trainer will receive $2000 worth of Dunstan product while last year’s winner Our Southern Man will also receive $1,000 worth of the product as well," Wells said.
Looking back at 2015-2016 Wells said Club bonuses paid throughout the year added to the winner’s stake equalled $68,000.
He said 37 horses had their winner’s stake increased by $1,500 and five horses had their winner’s stake increased by $2,500.
When asked to comment about other highlights of the season Wells said:
"We recently had a debrief of this year’s Jewels and have been advised that 2018 will be held at Cambridge.
“The clubs’ AGM is scheduled for Tuesday November 15 at 7.15pm in Members Lounge. Obviously next week (August 4) will be interesting regards race fields as it is the first meeting to be carded under the new points handicapping system.
"I understand Andrew Grant is relocating to Morrinsville training track at Scott Reserve and will work upwards of 10 horses. This will increase horse population on track to around 70," Wells said.
Winners at Cambridge Raceway this season were:
NRM Leading Trainer: 1st Jay Abernethy, 2nd Steve Telfer/Chris Garlick, 3rd Sean McCaffrey/Ross Paynter.
Commins Plumbing Leading UDR Driver (30 or more drives):
1st Scott Phelan, 2nd David Butcher, 3rd Tony Herlihy.
Garrards Leading Junior Driver:
1st Kyle Marshall, 2nd Sean Grayling, 3rd Andre Poutama.
Barry & Jill Gordon leading Trainer of Trotters:
1st Sean McCaffrey/Ross Paynter, 2nd David Marshall, 3rd Jay Abernethy.
The Clubhouse Sportsbar Driver of Trotters:
1st Kyle Marshall, 2nd Todd Mitchell, 3rd Todd MacFarlane.
Most Meritorious Performance of the Year (To be decided by vote).

June Newsletter 2016

The stable is having its best year ever. As we are coming to the end of the season we hoping things can carry on the way they have been going. We also have a lot of young stock at the trailing stages so looking forward to the next few months.

2015/2016 Seasons Goals
This season we have a large number of young horses so the goals for the season was 20 winners & $100,000 + in stakes. We have over taken that goal already so the new target is 30 wins.
Our current standings are
181 Starts 29 Wins, 16 Seconds & 19 Thirds. For $157,099 to date (URD .2443)
Horses due to race in June are:
Desirable Styx, Elliot Daniel, Lindy’s Dream, Lola Jones, Our Southern Man, Shatahlia Knight, Speedy Earl, & in Australia Platinum Roulette (NSW)
Horses due at the trails are.
Sliver Stream, Gotta Go Cullect, Elusive Belle, Littlebitoflove,
Horses recently qualified and are currently spelling are.
American Mary, Urock Kate & Kawarau Joy
Recent additions to Abernethy Racing Stables in the last few months are:
Helen Shapiro, Speedy Earl, Flash Fire, Flashing Shandi & Castletons Spur
We are always looking to take on more horses if you have anything that maybe suited to our training please keep us in mind.
This season’s weanlings are as Follows:  
Meander In The Sun has a filly by Lucky Chucky
Blistering Belle has a filly by American Ideal
Elite Belle has a colt by Well Said

Horses Sold / Retired in the last few months are:
Leishman – has been retired
We have few for sale at the moment, more info can be found on the website under horses for sale.  
Hydro Tread Mill:
Our Treadmill has been busy recently with up to 7 horses using this each day. Horses that’s are currently working on the hydro treadmill are Our Southern Man, Desirable Styx, Elliot Daniel, Bourbon Street, Gotta Go Cullect & Sliver Stream
The Rates are as follows
Full Board Rates is $45 plus GST per day.
Drop in Rates is $35 Plus GST per day.

2 year olds:
Elusive Belle – Currently at the strong work stage aim is qualify her before the end of the season.  
Emjay Hanover – Is out spelling and is due to resume mid-July.  
Fortune Smiles – Resumed mid-May with the aim of trailing her this time around.  
Hanover’s Pride – Resumed mid-May with the aim of trailing her this time around.  
October Rush – Resumed mid-May with the aim of trailing him this time around.  
Quick Cullen – Qualified 11/2/16, had 3 months outs and resume Resumed mid-May with the aim of racing early August.
Royal Moment – Currently out Spelling and is due to resume work in August.  
Special Lass – Currently Spelling and is due to resume work mid-July  
Sunny Spur - Currently Spelling and is due to resume work mid-July  

2016 Yearlings:
Bill Haley – Is back in work for his second prep. He was the pick of the yearlings first time around.
Ashley Tisdale – Has been broken in and is currently spelling. She is due to resume work 1st July.  
Benjamin Button – Has been broken in and is currently spelling. He is due to resume work 1st July.  
Brooks Belle – Has been broken in and is currently spelling. She is due to resume work 1st July.  
Unnamed (Majestic Sun/ Meander In The Sun) – Has been broken in and is currently spelling. She is due to resume work 1st July.  
Helix – Is back in work for his second prep. He was the second pick of the yearlings first time around.  
Magik Man – Has been broken in and is currently spelling. He is due to resume work 1st July.  
Lincoln Moment – Is back in work for his third prep. He did everything right last time around and is starting to become a racehorse.
Unnamed (Betterthanchedder / Itz Fatima Kiwi) - Has been broken in and is currently spelling. She is due to resume work 1st July.  

Stable Visits
If anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to accommodate this.
Dual Sulky Rides
We now have a dual sulky at the stables so if anyone wants to come along and bring their family and friends for a ride please feel free to contact us and arrange a time. The best time for us is either Friday or Saturday mornings but other times can be arranged.
Shares Available
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few horses that have shares available from as little as $100 per month fixed rate
For more information please see shares available on the website or email
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz
Abernethy Racing Stables Horses in Australia:
Platinum Roulette
Is Racing in NSW well and has been racing very well he will continue to race until sold.
My Lucky Belle
Is in NSW did a great job before going out for a break she is back in work and shouldn’t be far away from racing again and maybe look to put her in foal in the summer.  
June Horse to follow is
Elliot Daniel – He is back racing after a brief let up in May, has need his first couple of races so should only improve in the coming weeks.
Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.
Myself and the rest of the team would like to thank everyone for their support. Feel free to contact me anytime by any of the ways listed below.
Regards
Jay Abernethy
Mobile 021 797 242
Home 09 298 9619
Stables 09 298 0876.
Website:
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
Email: jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz

Stables News
If Jay Abernethy ever gives away the harness racing game, he should probably take up a job at an aged care facility.
HarnessXpress 12/10/15

Because the way he has managed the careers of two of the north’s elder statesmen – Our Southern Man and Silver Stream – suggests he is more than a dab hand at caring for those in their twilight years.
Both won for Abernethy at Cambridge on Thursday night, with Our Southern Man aged 12 and Silver Stream aged 11.
Seeing a horse with a double figure age is not all that uncommon but to see two win on the same night, from the same barn? A rare feat indeed.
One of the main reasons the pair of them are still able to race competitively is Abernethy’s underwater treadmill.
Both horses have ongoing soundness issues that require strict management and being able to keep them fit while taking the pressure off their legs is a huge help.
“Our Southern Man originally came up to me to go on the treadmill because he was sore,” Abernethy told Harness Xpress.
“As it is he can only race every fortnight but that works out well because they usually race at Cambridge every two weeks and he’s not that good the Auckland way around.”
It was the son of Jeremys Gambit’s 15th career win, 11th for Abernethy, 7th at Cambridge, 7th in an amateur race and 6th with stable associate and amateur driver John Kriechbaumer in the sulky.
Unfortunately there probably won’t be too many more wins in the pipeline; Abernethy believes Our Southern Man’s dodgy legs are about to catch up with him.
“I don’t think he will last until Christmas; it is getting harder and harder to keep him sound.”
Stablemate Silver Stream has also been a great flag-bearer for the stable and added another win to his record when winning the trot off 30m.
Another stable rep, Stuey D, ran a close second to make the drive home that little bit better.
Silver Stream is officially an open class trotter, but thanks to the claiming system, he has been able to race competitively in more suitable fields well into his golden years.
Abernethy leased Silver Stream off local Ardmore trainer Alek Goryl a tick under two years ago and proceeded to win seven races over the 2013-14 summer before he was sent home ‘on his mark’.
Another briefer stint with Goryl came to an end in March of this year when he was again leased by Abernethy and Thursday’s win was his fourth this time around and 11th for the stable.
“He’s another one that’s got to be on the treadmill to race at his best.
“And if he couldn’t race as a claimer he would be retired.
“The biggest thing about both horses is they have a big heart; they keep trying.
“Even when they are under pressure they keep going.”
Stuey D’s run for second was sign of what he is capable of and Abernethy says if he can get his manners sorted, he will be a serious trotter.
“Every time he has trotted the whole way for us he has run in the money.
“I am actually thinking about sending him to Australia soon; he flies the gate and will love Menangle.”
Abernethy has not been afraid to think outside the square and has sent many horses to good friend Ashlee Siejka to race in New South Wales including former star Henrik Zetterberg and recent winner My Lucky Belle.
“Stuey D and Platinum Poker will probably both go over there soon.”
A recent trip to Sweden for a holiday was a chance to take in the highly professional Scandinavian trotting industry.
“I went to the races up there and had a good look around.
“They pay a lot more attention to detail. The grooms have about six horses each and are totally focussed on them.”
“I actually tried to buy one to bring back and race and then stand as a stallion but the costs were huge.”
Breeding is just another hat that Abernethy wears; along with his father he boasts the likes of Five Card Draw and Ideal Belle as breeding credits.
Their dam Blistering Belle has turned out to be a goldmine for the family with her latest foal, Platinum Belle, reaching $75,000 (from Barry Purdon, naturally) at the 2014 Yearling Sales on the back of Five Card Draw and Ideal Belle’s deeds.
“She is in foal to American Ideal and we also have a Well Said and Lucky Chucky on the way.”
Just to really hammer home the fact that Abernethy has a diverse portfolio, he has taken out a thoroughbred training license and has leased a galloper – an Elusive City mare named Elucidate.
“I was in the Auckland RC syndicate that raced her and once they gave up on her, I took it. She’s on the treadmill as well.”

22 September 2015
The stable is currently having a really good run with 5 wins 2 seconds and 4 thirds from 21 starts lets’ hope it continues!!!!!  We have a large amount of racehorses racing at the moment with a few more at trials / workout stage. Half of the stables 2yo's have been back jogging 4 weeks and are due to step up their work load in the next few weeks, with the rest of the 2yo's due to come back in work within the next month. The stables yearlings will be broken in during October / November so they are out of the way before the Xmas racing starts. This season the goal is to get 20 winners with the main aim to get a few 2yo's racing

Stable horse updates

Horses currently racing:
Elliot Daniel, Fracture, Ganges, Kashin, Our Southern Man, Platinum Poker, River Emperor, Sliver Stream, and Steuy D

Horses getting close to workouts: Commander Drum, Lola Jones, Just Julie, Leisham

2yo's in work: Elusive Belle, Emjay Hanover, Fortune Smiles, Hanover Pride, October Rush, Sunny Spur

Horses currently spelling: American Mary, Dennas's Delight, littlebitoflove, Nova's Delight,  Quick Cullen, Royal Moment, Special Lass, and Urock Kate

Horses racing in Aussie: Platinum Poker, My Lucky Belle, Lisa's Lawyer & Riverboat Sue

Yearlings; we have 4 yearlings which will be broken in durning October and 2 yearlings entered in the yearling sales.

Harness Racing Waikato Competition result for the Leading Horse
sponsored by Dunstan Nutrition


Leading horse (owner receives $4000 cash, trainer $3000 Dunstan product) –
OUR SOUTHERN MAN


Ideal Belle returns in style
14 March 2015
By Michael Guerin - Twitter: @GuerinSports

It was almost like she had never been away.

And pretty soon some of Ideal Belle’s rivals are probably going to wish she had stayed away.

The NZ Oaks winner returned from a career-threatening injury with the perfect win at Alexandra Park tonight.

Trainer Barry Purdon and driver Zac Butcher wanted to win obviously, but wanted to do so without hurting their mare, which isn’t always easy fresh up over 2700m in the intermediate grade at Alexandra Park.

They needn’t have worried though as Ideal Belle handled her first standing start perfectly, dropping straight into the trail behind First Holme and never had to leave the marker pegs, using the passing lane to win easily.

“That couldn’t have worked out better,” enthuses Butcher.

“She handled the stand beautifully, in fact like a mare who will develop into a really quick beginner before long.

“And then to get that easy run means she comes back without any stress and will gain confidence.

“So we are very happy.”

Ideal Belle hadn’t raced since her second in the 1:52.1 Jewels won by Venus Serena last season, suffering bad cuts to her back legs when she got them caught over a fence.

But now she is back he aim is obvious, the Jewels again at Ashburton on May 30.

“This helps because she gets some money straight away,” says Butcher.

“And she has a $25,000 race in two weeks, which while it will be a better field, probably comes at the right time.

“Then she has the option of the Taylor Mile and the Messenger if she needs the money heading toward the Jewels.” Butcher says consideration was even given to the Breeders Stakes at Addington next weekend but it was just too soon.

“But after the Rowe Cup carnival there is still three weeks of races to qualify for the Jewels and we would love to have her there.”



You kind of knew Jay Abernethy was in for a big couple of days on the grass tracks last week when he trained and drove Meander In Pegasus to win the first of nine races at Thursday’s Hawera Harness Racing Club’s meeting.
He also drove Ard to victory for Doug Gale in race four. Then three days later both horses also won at the Wanganui Trotting Club’s meeting.
In fact Meander In Pegasus and Ard were one of six winners for the Papakura horseman at Wanganui – career best for the talented 31-year-old.
‘I’ve driven four winners at a meeting a few times but this is by far my best performance at a meeting yet. I had eight drives so to win six of them and finish second by half a head in another, is very satisfying. It’s still sinking in really,” Abernethy said.  
He paid a tribute to friends and fellow trainers Adrienne Matthews and particularly Doug Gale for keeping the faith in his driving abilities.
“They have both been very loyal and when I can’t drive they put my brother on. I had my first drive for Doug when I was a junior and that must be about a decade ago now.
“I’ve driven about 100 winners for him but a lot more losers. I’m grateful for his loyalty and pleased for him as well. He had two winners at Hawera and then another four at Wanganui including Mach Cruiser in the Cup. That was a great training feat,” Abernethy said.
In fact it was a bit of an ‘Abernethy’ benefit on both days of the Central Districts meetings.
As well as Jay driving two winners at Hawera, younger brother Sailesh also won behind the Gale trained Belle Arising and the Adrienne Matthews trained Shestherealdeal.
They had a connection to every winner at Wanganui except the Scott Dickson trained and Andre Poutama(j) driven Sambuca Joe in the last race.
Here’s how The Wanganui results panned out for the Abernethys:
RACE 1: Sailesh drives Macy Star to victory for trainer David Cambie.
RACE 2: Jay drives Heart’s Delight to win for Matthews.
RACE 3: Jay drives Franco Lennon to win for trainer Gale.
RACE 4: The Jay Abernethy trained and driven Meander In Pegasus makes it two wins in three days. RACE 5: Abernethy’s Irish import and employee – Sean Kane drives $54.70 shot Aces N Eights to win his first race since arriving back in New Zealand. That’s the Irishman’s second win in NZ now and he’s here for another summer.
RACE 6: Jay drives Ard to win for trainer, Gale.
RACE 7: Jay drives Brainstormer to victory for trainer, Gale.
RACE 8: Jay wins the 2014 Wanganui Cup with the Gale trained fourth favourite Mach Cruiser.
Abernethy has now driven 360 winners and won $2.74 million in stakes since first sitting in the sulky in 2002. He’s also had 103 training victories since 2007.
“I’d rate this right up there with winning the 2006 Australasian Junior Driving Championships. But I still rate it a team effort and none of this would have happened had I not had good staff to support me,” Abernethy said.

Abernethys claim series
Jay, left, and Sailesh Abernethy after their win in the series for brother reinsmen at Oamaru on Saturday.
Jay Abernethy added another milestone for the season with his win in the series for brother reinsmen at Oamaru on Saturday.
Abernethy and his younger brother, Sailesh amassed 14 points in the five-race series to edge out the Williamson brothers, Nathan and Matthew.
Jay took the individual title with eight points. He drove Boomer Bailey and Scotlynn Mach to win.
Scotlynn Mach came from back in the field to down the pacemaker, Smart Caesar (Nathan Williamson) by half a length in the final race and clinch the series. The Abernethys and Williamsons had been equal on 10 points before the race.
Jay drove Boomer Bailey to an all the way win in the first race.
The Abernethys, of Indian descent, were contesting the series for the first time. It was the fifth renewal.
Jay, 31, has been race driving for 12 years and won the 2006 Australasian Young drivers series. He has been training since early 2007, taking over the Papakura stable of grandfather, Kevin. He set up a stable in Palmerston North in October and had immediate success with Aceman winning two races at the Manawatu meeting that week. A hydro treadmill is a feature of the Papakura stable.
Jay posted his 100th training win with Our Southern Man at the Morrinsville meeting on November 6. He has won 352 races in New Zealand as a reinsman.
Sailesh, 29, has driven 69 winners in six seasons as a reinsman. He has 16 wins this season, his first as an open horseman.

ABERNETHY NOTCHES UP WIN 100
BY DUANE RANGER
Jay Abernethy might not play cricket but the 31-yearold South Auckland horseman brought up his own personal century at Cambridge Raceway last Thursday night (November 6). Abernethy trained his 100th and 101st winners when Our Southern Man and Pacific Rapture won the first two races
on the nine-strong Morrinsville Trotting Club card. He’s also reined 348 winners since 1992. “I’m very proud notching up the 100. We are a family business and even though the winners go down in my name it’s a staff achievement. “I just hope the next 100 don’t take so long,” Abernethy joked. Papakura-based Abernethy started training in 2007 nailing two winners in his inaugural season. His best year came in 2013-2014 when he conditioned 27 winners and banked $171,893. This season he has trained eight winners from 38 starters ($41,407) and is on track to record his $100,000 in stakes for the third consecutive year. Abernethy said he owed a lot to his father Wayne and late grandfather Kevin who made his harness racing dream possible. “Grandad passed away just before I got my trainer’s licence but he did seeme drive. Dad and I own the business. I’m indebted to them both because without them none of this would have been possible.” Our Southern Man and John Kriechbaumer notched up their third consecutive win in the amateur driving event. It was the 11-year-old’s 10th win in 80 starts. “He only ever has a cart on him on race-day. He is trained entirely on the treadmill. While he still has the will to win we will keep racing him. He goes even better on the grass so hopefully there’s another win or two in him over the summer,” said Abernethy. He was also hoping for another “win or two” out of Pacific Rapture before she embarked on her breeding career. “She’s been in foal to Art Major for about a month now. Mares tend to run better in foal so I’m hoping she will pick up another win or two before we retire her in the New Year,” said Abernethy. Abernethy’s younger brother Sailesh was also in the winner’s circle last Thursday thanks to a brilliant yet daring drive behind the former South Island pacer Hadrian. They hit the lead with one and a half laps to go and then at the 400m they left their opposition to it winning by 2-1/2 lengths. Hadrian is trained by Adrienne Matthews at Pukekohe. It was her first win in four starts since coming north from Daniel Wilson’s Invercargill stable. The 6-year-old Julius Caesar gelding has now won three of his 31 starts.

Jay and the pensioner get the chocolates
Jay Abernethy didn’t think his ‘pensioner squaregaiter’ Foxtrot Jack would ever walk again let alone line up in a C1-C3 Trot at Cambridge Raceway last Thursday night. The 13-year-old Chiola Hanover gelding had been off the scene for 15 months and it was a mighty training effort by Abernethy and owner Jackie Simons to even get a sulky back on him. “It’s been a long road back. He suffered a pelvic injury when he raced for us at Nelson in June last year. I knew there was something wrong because we finished a long last. “The injury might have been a hairline fracture but the vets couldn’t really diagnose the problem. “He was boxed for eight weeks in Blenheim and after Jackie jogged him up he went lame again. That was around Christmas time and it meant we lost another couple of months work with him,” Abernethy said. Foxtrot Jack had no workouts or trials going into his first race for 459 days yet he was still the $3.20 favourite in the seven horse field. “We just train him on the treadmill and like to keep him off the hard tracks as much as possible. It’s all about keeping him sound at his age. I thought he would have paid $8 or $10 but I guess he was a six-win horse taking on the three winners.” It was his eighth win in just 36 career starts since finishing fifth on debut for Richard Brosnan at Alexandra Park on December 12, 2008. “When I first got him I couldn’t get him to trot away. He’s much better now especially when he doesn’t have to stand alongside other horses. “I see his future in claiming races off a small handicaps at Cambridge and Manawatu meetings in fields of similar size to last week. That means he won’t have so many horses to go around,” Abernethy said. Foxtrot Jack is one of the last Chiola Hanovers racing. He is out of the six-win Yankee Reb mare, Rebel Shot.

Return to glory for Pacific Rapture
Don’t bother asking trainer Jay Abernethy what happened to Pacific Rapture’s best form, because he doesn’t know where her glory days went either. But he is just happy to have her back winning as her racing career starts to come to an end. The five-year-old old mare showed gate speed then courage to lead throughout in a handy race at Alexandra Park last Friday, recording just the fourth win of her career at start 50. That record seems a far cry from her two-year-old days when she won the Sales Series Pace and looked one of the best of her age. But the campaigns since have had few highs and plenty of frustration for Abernethy. “I honestly can’t tell you what went wrong but for a long time she raced terribly,” he admits. “We have made a few little changes but nothing I can really put my finger on. “But she has definitely been better her last two starts.” Which is just in time to add some gloss to her record as Pacific Rapture will soon be served by Mach Three. “So this is her last campaign and it is nice to get another win out of her, with hopefully another one or two to come.” Pacific Rapture has value as a broodmare too, not return to glory for Pacific Rapture Michael Guerin only because of her age group form but she is by Bettors Delight out of Seamoon, so has plenty of black on her page. She is part of a smaller team of 13 being worked by Abernethy and his brother Sailesh as they aim for quality over quantity. “We have a smaller team but I still think we can match or better last season, which was our best ever,” he offers. “Last season we spent too much time on battlers so this year we have a more select team and I am happy with how they are looking.” Pacific Rapture headed home a Bettors Delight quinella, beating Just A Delight.

IDEAL BELLE IS THE BEST OF THE NORTH ISLAND’S JEWELS PROSPECTS FOLLOWING TODAY'S DRAW
By Duane Ranger (Friday May 23, 2014)
Last start New Zealand Oaks winner, Ideal Belle is the North Island’s best chance of securing a Harness Jewels crown at Cambridge Raceway on May 31. The Barry Purdon trained and Zac Butcher driven daughter of American Ideal drew five when the barrier draws were made by Harness Racing New Zealand today. Her main rival and likely favourite Venus Serena drew 13 in the $150,000 Group One Dunstan Feeds Diamond for 3-year-old pacing fillies.

Belle gets her redemption
By Matt Markham
The little part of Zac Butcher that was still gutted by what happened in the Nevele R Fillies Final last week couldn’t help but reflect on what could have been when Ideal Belle dashed away with the Group One New Zealand Oaks last night at Addington.
That’s because as great as winning last night was, and Ideal Belle was fantastic in doing so, Butcher still harbours an inkling that she should be heading back to Auckland with both of two major Group One races for the three-year-old fillies.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think she should be going home with both of them.
“I know she would have won last week, and that probably just proved it.’’
Ideal Belle was wiped out on the final bend last week and checked into a gallop for five or six strides before she picked herself up to run a gallant second to Venus Serena.
In the trail again last night, Butcher was again concerned that luck my play a part in their fortunes when Ideal Belle latched onto the bit rounding the home turn.
“Things got a little noisy and there was a bit of bashing and crashing going on and she got a little bit keen.
“That’s why I didn’t wait for the passing lane, I didn’t want her to hit a wheel or anything after what happened last week.’’
Once in the clear, Ideal Belle surged to the line and proved much too strong for a gallant Raksdeal who set a strong tempo in the race with Te Amo Bromac emerging from the pack late to run third.
Ideal Belle became the second winner for Butcher in the race after Cheer The Lady won back in 2012.
For her masterful trainer Barry Purdon it was the fourth success with previous victories coming in 1993 with Pacific Flight and Julie Vance in 1988 – both of which he trained in partnership with his father, Roy - and then Cheer The Lady.
She is owned by the Auckland Trotting Club 2012 Syndicate, most of whom were on course last night to witness the victory.
Favourite Venus Serena raced unlike her normal self from a wide barrier draw and battled slightly up the straight to finish in fifth position.
Trainer Geoff Dunn could only shrug his shoulders and turn his focus toward the Harness Jewels.
There she and Ideal Belle will clash again – and Butcher know thinks he has the upper hand.
“I think this filly has improved out of sight in recent weeks whereas some of the others might be just starting to level out a bit.
“We just need a good draw.’’

Ideal Belle gains redemption in NZ Oaks
Top young harness racing reinsman Zac Butcher nailed his second New Zealand Oaks victory in the space of three years when guiding Ideal Belle to an emphatic victory in the Group One feature at Addington tonight.
The Barry Purdon trained filly, who was a luckless second behind Venus Serena in the Nevele R Fillies Final, made up for last week’s mishap by downing Raksdeal and Te Amo Bromac in the $125,000 time honoured event.
Driven perfectly by Butcher, the American Ideal filly led early, before taking a trail behind runner-up Raksdeal. Ideal Belle and Butcher then pushed out into the clear on the home bend and raced away for an effortless 2 & ½ length victory.
“The draw and race panned out perfectly and she won easily in the end,” enthused Butcher. “It definitely made up for last week where she was a luckless second after being checked at the 350 metre mark,” he added.
Butcher said that there were a couple of times when he was slightly disappointed with Ideal Belle early in the season, but added that she was really starting to hit her straps now.
"She has really strenghten up of late and has finally grown into her huge frame," he explained. "She was just as tall at two as she is now but she has filled out a lot lately," he added.
Butcher is now hopeful that Ideal Belle will recieve a good barrier draw in the 3YO Diamond section of the Harness Jewels at Cambridge on May 31st.
"If she draws one to five I think she has a cracking chance," he enthused.
Ideal Belle is also eligable for the rich Australasian Breeders Crown Series and is likely to head across the Tasman provided she is still in good form after the Harness Jewels.
Meanwhile, superstar filly Venus Serena was slightly dissapointing by her extremely high standards, finishing in fifth after working hard mid-race.
By Mitchell Robertson

IDEAL BELLE RUNS THEM OFF THEIR FEET IN THE CADUCEUS CLUB PACE
By Duane Ranger (Friday April 25 – Anzac Day, 2014)
Ideal Belle and Zac Butcher returning to the Alexandra Park winner's enclosure.
Caduceus Club trophy safely tucked away, now bring on Venus Serena and the two big 3-year-old Group One pacing features at Addington Raceway on May 10 and 16.
That’s what lies ahead for the North Island’s top ranked ‘Harness Jewels’ 3-year-old filly after she dealt to her 11 opponents in tonight’s $15,000 Caduceus Club C2/C3 mobile at Alexandra Park tonight.
The talented daughter of American Ideal and Zac Butcher led from the 1900m and from that point simply ran her opposition into the ground.
“She felt really nice tonight. To go 2:41 on a slightly wet track is a hell of a performance. She’s back where she needs to be and with a draw and run she can push ‘Venus’ down south,” Butcher said.
‘Venus’ is the multiple Group One winning and top ranked 3-year-old filly, Venus Serena. She will start a warm favourite in next month’s $140,000 Nevele R Fillies Final and the $125,000 Canterbury Breeders New Zealand Oaks.
But after tonight’s run Butcher believes the Barry Purdon trained Ideal Belle can give her a run for her money.
“If she feels anything like she did tonight then she will give her a fright alright. She was travelling like a machine tonight. The more they tried to attack her the more she gave. Nothing was going to get past her,” Butcher said.
Ideal Belle notched up her fifth win in 14 starts tonight, stopping the clock in a slick 2:41:19. Her winning mile rate for the 2200m mobile was 1:57.9. Last 800m and 400m in 57.3 and 28.6
She won by a length and a head from The Bucket List (Phil Butcher) and favourite Aldo Rossi (Blair Orange).
It was a popular win. Most of the 50-strong Auckland Trotting Club 2012 Syndicate were on-course to see their bay win.
“That was awesome! She’s the best filly we have had in 16 years of ATC Syndicates. We are really looking forward to Christchurch,” said Syndicate manager, Rob Carr.
Ideal Belle is in her debut season as a 3yo filly. She set a 3yo fillies, as well as an All-comers NZ Record of 2:00.4 (mile rate: 1:54) for 1700m in winning a NZ Sires Stakes Heat back in December at Alexandra Park.
Ideal Belle has also won a heat of the Nevele R Fillies Series. She was bred by Jay and Wayne Abernethy.
For the record, the phenomenon continues with Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates, now having the amazing record since their inception in 1998 of 183 wins, 143 seconds, 139 thirds and stake earnings and bonuses of $5,561,430.
It has spent $1,246,500 at the Yearling Sales and now turned over in excess of $12,000,000 in the industry.
Carr said he was keen to hear from anyone who wanted to join the ATC Trot 2016 Syndicate, which would be formed shortly.

Trotter Strike Gold

Sliver Stream has become one of New Zealand trotting's most unlikely open-class graduates. The South Auckland veteran started his 9-year-old season the winner of just four races after a busy career for owner-breeder Alek Goryl.

Since joining new trainer Jay Abernethy he has won another seven races, most of them on the grass, promoting him to open class and making him eligible for the Rowe Cup on May 9.

Sliver Stream achieved the incredibly rare feat of overcoming a 40m handicap to win over just over 2100m at Hawera on Saturday before winning again over 3000m off a 50m handicap on Monday.

Curtesy of NZ Hearld


HRNZ’s drop-back system doing wonders for last start Taranaki winner
By Duane Ranger

Gutsy old Jeremys Gambit pacer, Our Southern Man is evidence that Harness Racing New Zealand’s drop-back system is working and is breathing life into pacers and trotters that could otherwise have been retired.

“He’s a horse who gives his all and even though he’s 10 that’s the sort of horse I like to have in my stable. It’s the ones that don’t try you want to get rid of,” said Our Southern Man’s trainer Jay Abernethy.

The Papakura horseman said Our Southern Man had gone from a C4 pacer to a C1 and had had managed to get back to his original grading due to the drop back scheme.

“It’s not only extended his racing career but it has also meant he’s been able to be competitive in his races. Now that he’s back to his original grade we have to be a bit careful where we place him.

“He’s likely start next at either Alexandra Park on the 11th (April) or Hawera (April 19). He goes better the Alexandra Park way around but I’ll just wait and see if there’s a race for him,” Abernethy said.

Our Southern Man had injury problems early in his career, but showed promise early on for Southland trainer Clark Barron. In fact in his first three starts in March and April 2007 he finished first, second, and third before injury struck.

Tendon problems saw him side-lined for more than two years and when he returned to racing for Gavin Smith he finished second at Addington in July 2009.

Smith, who also bred him with his father Perron, raced him right up until June 2011 before transferring him to Abernethy.

Our Southern man has now had 67 starts for seven wins, six seconds, and 10 thirds. His stake earnings currently sit at $25,739.

Three of his triumphs have been with Abernethy – all this season, including a last start win at Taranaki on Tuesday (April 1).

The bay gelding (and Abernethy) won the $5,000 Stella Artois C2-C4 Pace by 1-3/4 lengths, stopping the clock in 2:10.6. His mile rate for the 1750m mobile was two minutes even and he paced his last 800m in 58.4.

“He’s usually the type of horse who has to be saved for one run, but in saying that he’s shown a bit of dash in his last couple of starts,” Abernethy said.

“I really like him because he tries his heart out and that’s all you can ask for when training horses. I never have to carry a whip because it makes no difference – he always gives his best,” he stressed.

He said he saw no reason why the ‘old boy’ couldn’t carry on racing as an 11-year-old next season.

“He’d make an ideal claimer and for that reason someone else will probably end up with him during his last racing days. I hope that doesn’t happen though,” Abernethy said.
He said Our Southern Man did all of his work on the water treader.

“He loves the water and the only time we put the cart on him is race-day. Because of his age I’ll keep it that way because I want to look after him,” Abernethy said.

Our Southern man is owned by Smith’s parents Perron and Heather.

IRISHMAN NOTCHES UP HIS FIRST WINNER - NOW WANTS TO REPEAT THE DOSE AT ALEXANDRA PARK
By Duane Ranger (Monday March 31, 2014)
Sean Kane won his first race in New Zealand on Sunday.
Sean Kane would love to salute the judge at Alexandra Park before he leaves for his homeland in early May.
The Irishman drove his first winner in 32 New Zealand starts on the New Plymouth grass yesterday (Sunday). He said he loved driving on New Zealand tracks and rated Alexandra Park one of the best in the world.
“I’ve had a few drives there and loved it, especially the surface. It’s one of the top  tracks I’ve driven on and right up there with Sweden as one of the best,” he said.
Kane, who turns 20 on April 26, arrived in New Zealand in November from Sweden where he worked for Swedish trainer Bo Falsog. He has to be back in Ireland on May 11 because he has a team if 15 in work at Dublin - his birthplace and home town..
“I took over training from my father Gerard a couple of years ago, so even though I would like to stay here, I have to head back. Actually I’m quite looking forward to it. Harness racing has been in our family for three generations now. I absolutely love it,” Kane said.
He said harness racing in Ireland was on the rise.
“We just signed a deal with French Trotting which has agreed to pay 40 per cent of our stakes. Things are getting better back home. I’m pleased because its in my blood,” Kane said.
Kane has been employed by Jay Abernethy while in New Zealand and paid both him and Ken Tarrant a tribute for getting as many drives as what he has.
“They have both been very good to me. I got the drive behind Righteous Royale because Sailesh was committed to Twin Towers, who I might add finished last.
“I’d also like to add that I beat Jay, who was second behind Beta Be Quick. I got the drive because I was the first to phone the trainer when Sailesh said he couldn’t drive the mare,” Kane said.
That trainer was Hawera-based Brendan Towers, who notched up his third career win when Righteous Royale won the $5,500 Salty Dog Café C1 pace.
Kane settled Righteous Royale second behind the pace-making Beta Be Quick (Jay Abernethy) soon after the start of the 1750m mobile. That’s where they remained until half way down the home straight when Kane shot the 4-year-old brown mare along the passing lane to win by a neck from his boss.
The daughter of Righteous Hanover and Vance Royale stopped the clock in 2:12. The mile rate was 2:01.8 and she paced her last 800m in 58.8.
It was just the pick-up Kane had been looking for after he lost his little canine (blue heeler) mate 'Walt' on Friday.
“Walt was my best friend. I was shattered. That dog followed me everywhere. I’ll never forget him. Sadly he had to be put down after an accident. Winning on Sunday gave me a much needed lift,” said the Irishman who has affectionately been nicknamed ‘Gumboot’ since arriving here.
Kane has now had 32 drives in New Zealand for one win, one second, and two thirds.
He has driven 15 winners in Ireland and had 10 training successes.

Charleston Belle may stay closer to home
Charleston Belle may have qualified for the Nevele R Fillies Final last week but there is no guarantee of her heading to the Group 1. In fact, she might instead be aimed at a return to Cambridge, scene of her heat win last Thursday. The James Stomont-trained and driven filly lead throughout to down Ideal Belle in the heat, the draw and gate speed proving the decisive factor. Charleston Belle sped over the last 800m in 55.7, her final 400 in 27.4 to post a 1.56 mile, holding on by a neck over Ideal Belle after the big filly had to sit parked. The quinella was a further bonus for the Belle family bred by the Abernethy’s with Charleston Belle being a Christian Cullen daughter of Elite Belle. The Winner of 11 races, including three in Canada, Elite Belle is a daughter of Blistering Belle, who is the dam of Ideal Belle. It is also the family of Five Card Draw so has become one of the hottest in New Zealand at present. Charleston Belle has come a long way from unraced to a 1.56 winner this season but Stormont says he wants to pick his targets. “ I don’t think we will go south.” He says in reference to the Nevele R Final and the New Zealand Oaks. “She has already had a long season and to be honest I don’t think we can beat Venus Serena down there. “ Then add in Willow and a few more and she could race in those races, go super and only finish third or fourth. “Whereas she can stay up here and get the same money for winning a race at Alexandra Park the way the stakes are. “Our main aim with her is to get her into the Jewels and that would be a great way to cap her season.”  

Sailesh Abernethy’s breakout season rises to new heights
Sailesh Abernethy’s breakout season rose to new heights last weekend. The youngster moved to the head of the junior driver’s premiership with a treble at Cambridge last Thursday. The younger brother of Trainer and successful driver Jay, Sailesh moved to 29 wins for the season, three clear on the junior premiership. He reined Pretty Sunday to win for his brother before a well-judged drive behind the tricky Heart Of Jessie for Andrew Grant. And then capped his new found role as the punter’s friend when he got hot favorite Splendor home over 2700m in the last race on the cards. With the northern ranks having been shorn of the likes of Simon Lawson, Josh Dickie and Zac Butcher in the last two season, the arrival of Abernethy and Andre Poutama on the scene has been timely.

Abernethy brothers Quinella yet another race

When it comes to racing in the North Island, especially at some of the lower key meetings away from Alexandra Park, it pays to follow Abernethy brothers, Jay and Sailesh.

The capable pair were at it again at Manawatu on Thursday night, with Sailesh winning one race and Jay training and driving two. The brothers also quinelled the tenth race on the card with Gotta Justdoit (Jay) narrowly
downing Thats Bettor (Saliesh).

The Manawatu Quinella remarkably comes just four days after they drove back-to-back Quinellas at Stratford.

Jay has now reined home 21 winners for the season, while younger brother Sailesh is hot on his tail with a tally of 19.

Both of Jay’s winners on Thursday were bred by Sue Martin, hence the ‘Gotta Go’ name tag they both carry.

The first of Jay’s winners, Gotta Go Armbro, has now won 3 races from just 15 starts, making him the second most successful New Zealand bred son of promising sire Gotta Go Cullect.

Former New Zealand two-year-old of the year Five Card Draw is now a Queenslander.

Negotiations were completed last Friday after a deal was struck earlier in the week through well-known agent Paul Davies before being purchased by Dean Shannon.

The Bettors Delight gelding will join the stables of Fernvale based trainer/driver Darrel Graham after being previously prepared by legendary horseman Barry Purdon.

Graham has enjoyed immense success this season with another former Kiwi pacer in Major Sam, a winner of six of his last seven starts including four $20,000 events – two Seymour Rising Stars Championships and two Seymour Dash For Cash Finals at Albion Park.

Amazingly, Five Card Draw will arrive on Australian soil assessed as a CO/RO/MO.

“Given his credentials, he’s a nice horse to have in the stables and his assessment was too good to be true. That was the key component for us.” Graham said.

Five Card Draw was simply brilliant during his rookie term winning five of his seven starts including two Group One features.

His haul included the $NZ100,000 Cardigan Bay Stakes at Alexandra Park and the $NZ150,000 Harness Jewels Emerald Final at Cambridge while he also claimed the Listed $NZ243,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Open Final at Addington.

Five Card Draw was an obvious choice for 2yo Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year.

As a three-year-old, Five Card Draw won twice from eight starts but battled niggling injuries along the way which forced him out of many classics during the season.

Since returning as a four-year-old, Five Card Draw has gone winless in nine starts while showing glimpses of his best form including a third placing in the Gr.2 $NZ51,000 Waikato Flying Mile at Cambridge behind Pembrook Benny and Christen Me in a time of 1;54.4.

“His overall record is very impressive and he vetted well last week so we’re hopeful he can do a good job here in Brisbane, coming over as a maiden gives us plenty of breathing space.

“Given our current structure with the weekly Seymour sponsored races plus the new metro system, we have a very good opportunity to make a good earn out of him. Hopefully, we can take him to Sydney and cash in on their good prizemoney.

“Another bonus with this horse, he is also eligible for the Australasian Breeders Crown series at the end of the season if his form holds up.”

FIVE CARD DRAW FACT FILE;
24 Starts
7 Wins
7 Placing’s
Prizemoney - $347,316
Best Time – 1;55.1

Ideal Belle sets NZ record in Sires Stakes heat
The Barry Purdon trained Ideal Belle has powered into contention for the upcoming three-year-old fillies features with a brilliant New Zealand record-breaking win in the last heat of the Alabar Sires Stakes at Alexandra Park last night.
After a few nervous moments when Ideal Belle paced roughly in behind the leader, driver Tony Herlihy settled the American Ideal half-sister to Five Card Draw in the trail, before coming to the outside in the straight to out finish Raksdeal (Clark Barron), who was super in second after setting up the break-neck speed.
Ideal Belle paced the 1700 metre journey in a blistering 2-00.4 (mile rate: 1-54.0), which not only smashed the Three-Year-Old fillies record by a second, but also shaved 0.1 of a second off Sir Lincoln’s all-comers New Zealand record.
The runs of Ideal Belle and Raksdeal set up for what should be a brilliant four-way clash between those two fillies and Venus Serena and Libertybelle Midfrew on New Years Eve.

November / December Newsletter 2013
Welcome to the November / December newsletter. We have started the season off quite well but are always looking to improve things. We have a lot of young stock at the trailing stages so looking forward to the next few months.
2013/2014 Seasons Goals  
This season we have a large number of young horses so the goals for this season are 20 winners & $100,000 + in stakes.
Our current standings are  
61 Starts 7 Wins, 7 Seconds & 8 Thirds. For $47,570 to date (URD .2222)
Horses due to race in November / December are:
Pacific Rapture,  J J’s Flash, Our Southern Man, Imperial,  Gotta Go Armbro, Lota Bets, Consentual, Waipipi Falcon, Gotta Go Justdoit, Murrobadan & in Australia Platinum Roulette (NSW), Henrik Zetterberg(NSW)
Recent additions to Abernethy Racing Stables since the last newsletter are:
Unnamed 2012 Filly Uroc Amy- Stonebridge Regal                                                                                                                                      
Paradiso 3yo Mach Three – Lughnassadh
We are always looking to take on more horses if you have anything that maybe suited to our training please keep us in mind.
This season’s foals are as Follows:  
Meander In The Sun has a Filly by Pegusas Spur
Blistering Belle lost her Better Delight Colt when foaling
Elite Belle has a Colt by Rock N Roll Haven
Waipipi Belle has a Colt by  Gotta Go Cullect
Horses Sold / Retired in the last few months are:
We have few for sale at the moment, more info can be found on the website under horses for sale.  
Painted Black has been retired and will be given a nice home as a hack
Mara’s Illusion has been sold to China
New Staff Members
As the Stable numbers has increased we have a few new staff members. Casey Freer who works mornings on the busy days and Sean Kane from Ireland has joined us full time in November both bring great skills in the horse industry.
Palmerston North Stables  
Abernethy Racing Stables have opened another stable at the Manawatu Raceway in Palmerston North. The main reason behind this is to take advantage of the great stakes they have on offer, and also cut down on traveling cost for our owners. Kenny Tarrant who has been working for us since April 2013 has moved back down to Palmerston North to run the stable for us. I will be traveling back and forth every couple of weeks to oversee the running of the stables. We aim to keep about 4 to 8 horses and swap them over as we see fit. If you have a horse that you think would suit please give us a call as we have spaces available.
Hydro Tread Mill
Our Treadmill has recently undergone a new facelift, the ramps have been replaced with new rubber, a new filter system has been put in, and the inward ramp has been changed so it is less steeper and safer (easier for the Gallopers). We are having pleasing results on the racetrack.  Horses that have race well in the last month that have spent time on the hydro treadmill included Mighty Creation, Dalveen, Our Southern Man, Harry The Maori, Broadway, & Painted Black
The Rates are as follows
Full Board Rates is $45 plus GST per day.
Drop in Rates is $35 Plus GST per day.
Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.
2 year olds :
The 2yo’s Updates are as Follows:
Fracture – Is at the strong work stage and will be trailing in a few weeks with the aim of early 2yo racing.  
Delightful Belle – Resumed Mid-October with the aim of trailing her this time around.  
Strike Three Belle – Resumed Mid-October with the aim of trailing her this time around.  
My Lucky Belle – Is at the strong work stage and will be trailing in a few weeks with the aim of early 2yo racing
Romper’s Miracle – Has just been gelded and is currently spelling and due back in early December.
2014 Yearling Sales
This Season we plan to offer the follow horses at the sales. If anyone would like to have a look at them please email to arrange a time.
Platinum Belle– Bettor’s Delight – Blistering Belle (Filly) Lot Number 68
Unnamed – Love You – Little Floozie Suzy (Colt) Lot Number 129
Stable Visits
If anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to accommodate this.
Dual Sulky Rides
We now have a dual sulky at the stables so if anyone wants to come along and bring their family and friends for a ride please feel free to contact us and arrange a time. The best time for us is either Friday or Saturday mornings but other times can be arranged.
Shares Available
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few horses that have shares available from as little as $100 per month fixed rate
For more information please see shares available on the website or email
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz
Abernethy Racing Stables Horses in Australia:
Henrik Zetterberg
Is back racing NSW again after a very successful Tasmania raid, He is enjoying be back at Ashlee Stables
Platinum Roulette
Is Racing in NSW well and has been racing very well he will continue to race until sold.
November / December Horse to follow is
Our Southern Man he comes back under the new handicapping system as a 1 win horse meaning it will be very easy to place him.
Myself and the rest of the team would like to thank everyone for their support. Feel free to contact me anytime by any of the ways listed below.

Great start for Abernethy satellite stable
A horse that has been Jay Abernethy’s galloping pacemaker since April has provided the Papakura trainer with his first two winners from his new Manawatu stable.
Abernethy, thanks to Kenny Tarrant, only set up his Palmerston North stable last Wednesday (October 21st). A day later Aceman won on the first day of the Manawatu meeting and then three days later backed that up with another victory on the second day.
“He went from a C1 pacer to C4 in a matter of 10 days,” said Abernethy after the 7-year-old gelding’s third straight win, and fourth in 27 starts.
The 30-year-old South Auckland horseman said Aceman hadn’t had a break for several months, adding he was more than just a racehorse.
“He gallops in front of the young ones and babies at home. That's how we train him. He also competes in corporate events and amateur races. In fact he has a corporate race this Friday and then an amateur trial a day later.
“He never stops. He’s the ideal amateur horse. Those races have made him the horse he is today,” Abernethy said.
But Aceman’s last two wins have been in junior driving claiming events and driven by Abernethy’s younger brother, Sailesh.
“He’s really come to it this time in. He’s racing well and has proven he can win his races from anywhere in the field,” Abernethy said.
The son of Artiscape came from well back to win at Manawatu on Sunday. He paced the 2600m mobile in 3:10 (mile rate: 2:02.2) with a 59.5 last half.
After drawing nine of nine, Abernethy Jr had Aceman in sixth place early and they sat back before following Elias Bromac and Andre Poutama around the field at the 500m.
In the lane that pair had the race to themselves with Aceman just edging past Elias Bromac by a neck. There were 11 lengths back to Laughingatyourears at Peter Ferguson.
Aceman was the fourth favourite and paid $5.80 to win.
“His options will be a bit limited now, so I’m hoping he might be able to tackle a couple of amateur races in the near future. I won’t race him if I have to throw him into the deep end,” Abernethy said.
He said with Tarrant now running his Palmerston North satellite stable, Abernethy would now be able to send horses to and from Palmerston North.
“Kenny has been working with us since April and with him now in Palmerston North we will be able to place them for races down there and send them back and forth to us in Auckland as it suits. Aceman has given us a good start,” said Abernethy.
Abernethy is working a team of 16 at Papakura – four of which are based in Palmerston North.
“I’d say Pacific Rapture and Our Southern Man are probably our two best, but I’ve got a lot of time for a 3-year-old McArdle gelding named Platinum Poker,” he said.
Abernethy finished the two-day Manawatu meeting with two wins, a second, and a third.
Axeman is owned by Eddie Phelan and was bred by D.J. Bennett and Ms L.A. Joyce.
He is the first foal of four foals out of the Falcon Seelster mare, Wings To Fly. She won two races for Rangiora horseman, Dennis Bennett.
By Duane Ranger
Published 29 October 2013

20/10/13
Has a large racing team this week with the Manawatu racing season due to start on Thursday & Sunday the stable runners due to race are (Aceman, Waipipi Falcon, Mara's Illusion & Consentual) & on Friday night at Alexandra Park we aim to have (Pacific Rapture & J J's Flash) in Other stable news we are setting up a Stable in Manawatu Racing where we will leave 4 or 8 horses and swap them over thought out the season so if anyone is thinking of sending one up to race please pm for more details.

September Newsletter 2013

Welcome to the September newsletter. We have started the season off quite well with most of the stables runners finishing in the first 5 placing’s.  The racing team has been light but will increase each month as we have a lot of young stock nearly ready to race.
2013/2014 Seasons Goals  
This season we have a large number of young horses so the goals for this season are 20 winners & $100,000 + in stakes.
Our current standings are  
20 Starts 1 Win 4 Seconds 3 Thirds for $16,410 URD .2111
Horses due to race in September are:
Pacific Rapture,  J J’s Flash, Our Southern Man, Imperial,  Gotta Go Armbro, Lota Bets & in Australia Platinum Roulette (NSW), Henrik Zetterberg(NSW)
Recent additions to Abernethy Racing Stables since the last newsletter are:
Anna De Gerolstein Love You – La Grande Duchesse
We are always looking to take on more horses if you have anything that maybe suited to our training please keep us in mind.
Foals due this season are as Follows:
Blistering Belle due to foal to Bettor’s Delight
Meander In The Sun due to foal to Pegusas Spur
Elite Belle due to foal to Rocknroll Haven (due early October)
Waipipi Belle due to foal to Gotta Go Cullect
Horses Sold / Retired in the last few months are:
Sudon Speed – Has been return to Eddie Phelan Stable to target central districts racing.
Sister Courage – Has been Sold to China
We have few for sale at the moment, more info can be found on the website under horses for sale.  
New Staff Members
As the Stable numbers has increased we have a few new staff members in Casey Freer who works mornings and Tom Davis who comes on busy days.
Hydro Tread Mill
Our Treadmill has recently undergone a new facelift, the ramps have been replaced with new rubber, a new filter system has been put in, and the inward ramp has been changed so it is less steeper and safer (easier for the Gallopers). We are having pleasing results on the racetrack.  Horses that have race well in the last month that have spent time on the hydro treadmill included Mighty Creation, Dalveen, Our Southern Man, Harry The Maori, Broadway, & Painted Black
The Rates are as follows
Full Board Rates is $45 plus GST per day.
Drop in Rates is $35 Plus GST per day.
Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.
2 year olds :
The 2yo’s Updates are as Follows:
Fracture – Has been back jogging since 1st August.
Delightful Belle – Worked down to a mile in 2.30 and is now spelling. Due to resume mid-October.
Strike Three Belle – Worked down to a mile in 2.30 and is now spelling.
My Lucky Belle – Has been back jogging since 1st August. Due to resume mid-October.
Romper’s Miracle – Has just been gelded and is currently spelling.
2014 Yearling Sales
This Season we plan to offer the follow horses at the sales. If anyone would like to have a look at them please email to arrange a time.
Unnamed – Bettor’s Delight – Blistering Belle (Filly)
Unnamed – Love You – Little Floozie Suzy (Colt)
Stable Visits
If anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to accommodate this.
Dual Sulky Rides
We now have a dual sulky at the stables so if anyone wants to come along and bring their family and friends for a ride please feel free to contact us and arrange a time. The best time for us is either Friday or Saturday mornings but other times can be arranged.
Shares Available  
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few horses that have shares available from as little as $100 per month fixed rate
For more information please see shares available on the website or email
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz
Abernethy Racing Stables Horses in Australia:
Henrik Zetterberg
Is back racing NSW again after a very successful Tasmania raid, He is enjoying be back at Ashlee Stables
Platinum Roulette
Is Racing in NSW well and has been racing very well he will continue to race until sold.
September/October Horse to follow is
Pacific Rapture she won really well last start and has been improving all the time the hardest part is finding suitable races for her.
Myself and the rest of the team would like to thank everyone for their support. Feel free to contact me anytime by any of the ways listed below.
Regards
Jay Abernethy
Mobile 021 797 242
Home 09 215 8837  
Stables 09 298 0876.
Website:
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
Email: jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz
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July Newsletter 2013

Welcome to the July newsletter. As the season is coming to end we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the stables clients for the support they have given us without you we wouldn’t had the season we have had. We are looking forward to working with you again in the new season. 2012/2013 season was Abernethy Racing Stables best season ever on wins, placing’s and stakes, In total we ended up with 16 winners 14 Seconds & 24 Thirds for Stakes $100,924 in stakes.

2013/2014 Seasons Goals
This season we have a large number of young horses so are goals for this season is 20 winners  

Horses due to race in August are:
Pacific Rapture,  J J’s Flash, Our Southern Man, Painted Black, Imperial, Gotta Go Justdoit, Gotta Go Armbro, Lota Bets & in Australia  Platinum Roulette (NSW), Henrik Zetterberg(TASSIE)

Recent additions to Abernethy Racing Stables since the last newsletter are:
Anna De Gerolstein Love You – La Grande Duchesse
Gotta Go Armbro Gotta Go Cullect – Armbro Ice
Gotta Go Justdoit Jereme’s Jet – Hu Hu
Lotta Bets Bettor’s Delight – Perfecta Lobell
Pacific Rapture Bettor’s Delight – Seamoon
Sudon Speed Sundon – Speed N Luck

This Season Foals are as Follows:
Unnamed - Blistering Belle – Bettor’s Delight (Filly)
Unnamed - Little Floozie Suzy – Love You(Colt)
Unnamed – Belfry Lady – Real Desire (Filly)
Horses Sold / Retired in the last few months are:
Sister Courage – Has been sold to China.
The Puertorican Fade – Has been sold to China.
Itz Fatima Kiwi – Has be retired to Stud
Kotare Casino – Has be retired to Stud
We have few for sale at the moment, more info can be found on the website under horses for sale.  

New Staff Member
Kenny Tarrant joined the stable  in April and is working out really well he brings a lot of experience to the stables, we are pleased to have him on board.

Hydro Tread Mill
Our Treadmill horses are having pleasing results on the racetrack.
The Rates are as follows
Full Broad $45 plus GST per day.
Drop in $35 Plus GST per day.

Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.

2 year olds & Yearlings:
The Yearlings Updates are as Follows:
Fracture – Is due to Resume work 1st August.
Delightful Belle – Is Currently on her 2nd Prep.
Strike Three Belle – Is Currently on her 2nd Prep.
My Lucky Belle – Is due to Resume work 1st August.
Romper’s Miracle – Is Currently on his 3rd Prep.

The 2yos updates are as follows:
Fefifofum – Is Currently Spelling and is due back Mid-August.    
Getaquid – Is in full work and will be due at workouts late August.  
Go Roman - Is Currently Spelling.  
Imperial – Is at the workout stage and due to race Mid-August.  
Platinum Poker - Is working really well and due to at Workouts in coming weeks.  
Sweet Ava – Qualified and is currently spelling.
Tricky Illusion – Is working good he is just about at the workout stage.
Gotta Go Justdoit – Currently at the workout stage with aim to race late August.
Gotta Go Armbro – is at the strong work stage with aim to trial late August.
Lota Bets – Ran a nice 2nd first up will be racing within the next 2 weeks.
Anna De Gerolstein – Currently spelling due back in 1st August.

2014 Yearling Sales
This Season we plan to offer the follow horses at the sales.
Unnamed – Bettor’s Delight – Blistering Belle (Filly)
Unnamed – Love You – Little Floozie Suzy (Colt)

Stable Visits
If anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to accommodate this.

Dual Sulky Rides
We now have a dual sulky at the stables so if anyone wants to come along and bring their family and friends for a ride please feel free to contact us and arrange a time.

Shares Available  
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few horses that have shares available from as little as $100 per month fixed rate
For more information please see shares available on the website or email
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz

Abernethy Racing Stables Horses in Australia:
Henrik Zetterberg
Is currently in Tassie and is racing very well winning his last start he will continue to race in Tassie with the possibility of returning to NSW
Platinum Roulette
Is Racing in NSW well and has been racing very well he will continue to race until sold.

August Horse to follow is

Our Southern Man He hasn’t raced since 2/12/11 but has been working very well he may need a few runs to get race fit but once he is race fit he will be very competitive in the claiming races.
Myself and the rest of the team would like to thank everyone for their support. Feel free to contact me anytime by any of the ways listed below.
Regards
Jay Abernethy
Mobile 021 797 242
Home 09 215 8837  
Stables 09 298 0876.
Website:
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
Email: jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz

Abernethy would love to win for Sally Fenning
Harnesslink News Room  07-Feb-2013
Jay Abernethy is all smiles after - after saluting the judge at Alexandra Park last month
Jayesh Abernethy has driven quite a few winners for retiring harness racing trainer Sally Fenning. He will never forget the time her horses helped him qualify for the New Zealand Junior Driving Championships.

But at Alexandra Park tomorrow night (Friday February 8) he would love to drive just one more winner for the respected 67-year-old.

Abernethy will drive Charles De Cazanove in the seventh race at 9.05pm. It will be the last time Fenning's brown, yellow and white colours will be seen on a racetrack.

"Sally is a wonderful person to drive for. She always presents her horses in top condition and they normally go very well. I wish her well in her retirement," the 29-year-old South Auckland horseman said.

Abernethy has two drives tomorrow - Charles De Cazanove and J J's Flash (race two). He rates them both place chances, but thinks the pacer he trains in race nine - Beta B Quick - is an each way prospect. His brother Sailesh will do the steering in that junior driving event.

"Beta B Quick can go close with good manners. He has won two of his last three starts.

"Sailesh is starting to drive more. I think next season he should have a good year because we will have a lot more racing," Papakura based Abernethy told Harnesslink.

Abernethy, who has been driving since 2011 (280 winners) and training since 2007 (56 winners), is on target for his most successful season yet.

He's reined home 18 winners this year and won six as a trainer. His personal best years were 2009 (37 driving wins) and 2011 (13 training).

"The season is going okay. I'm looking forward to the winter. I've got a lot coming through that should pick up a race or two then," he said.

"I should set a new training mark with the numbers we have got," he added.

Abernethy is working a stable of 18 with about eight 2-year-olds. Platinum Roulette and Beta B Quick are the best of his team.

"Sailesh's 2-year-old Gotta Go Cullect filly, sweet Ava goes alright too.

"Our Southern Man and Kotare Casino are nearly ready to race again, and I like an un-named half brother to Beta B Quick," said Abernethy.

That 3-year-old is by American Ideal and is out of the now 16-year-old Road Machine 3-win mare, Quick E Nuff.

Abernethy said he had nothing in at this month's yearling sales but may look at getting a couple to syndicate.

By Duane RANGER (editor)

God Forbid & Angelina Jolie in 2yo filly wins
Harnesslink 25/1/13
God Forbid and Jay AbernethyJay Abernethy all smiles after God Forbid's 2yo fillies victory
There was only six hundreds of a second between their winning times but God Forbid and Angelina Jolie were victorious in the first 2-year-old filly pacing events of the 2012-13 harness racing season at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday June 25).

Both Cambridge fillies recorded won their respective heats of the Gotta Go Cullen Young Guns Series.

Each race was worth $25,000 - and the Auckland Trotting Clubneeds to be applauded for getting two races off the ground tonight. In fact the club received a healthy 17 nominations for the two 1700m mobile events.

The Wayne Anstis trained God Forbid led all the way for Jay Abernethy in the first heat, stopping the clock in 2:05.96.

Despite paying almost $14 to win Anstis half expected the length victory with God Forbid.

"I bought all three foals that broodmare Hurricane Dancer left, privately from breeder Lyn Hodgson and Brian West. First there was God Send (Bettor's Delight), then God Blessed (McArdle) and now God Forbid (Elsu).

"She's had a couple of trials and we haven't really pushed her. I thought if she's anything like her big brother she would be good.

"He won five of his 13 starts and was by far the best horse I have trained. This girl is pretty talented too, but she's got a long way to go to match hi," Anstis said.

Driver Abernethy said the talented brown filly gave him an armchair ride.

"She God Forbid returned to the stabling area it looked like she had merely been out for a jog.

"Look at her. She hasn't even raised a sweat. I think I'm going to have some fun with her," said Anstis who trains the filly on the beach at Raglan.

The fillies' respective race sectionals were:
God Forbid: 58.4 and 27.6. Last mile 1:59.9.
by Duane RANGER (editor)


January Newsletter 2013


Welcome to the January newsletter. The last few months have been fairly busy for Abernethy Racing Stables. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you all the best for the New Year. I would also like to thank you all for all your support in 2012 and I look forward to working with you all in 2013.  We have a large racing team at the moment, and a lot of 2yo & 3yo’s working up quite nicely so we are looking forward to this year.

Horses due to race in January are:
Beta B Quick, Bill Mac, Consensual, Henrik Zetterberg(NSW), J J’s Flash, Mahogany, Our Southern Man, Painted Black, Platinum Roulette, Sister Courage  

Recent additions to Abernethy Racing Stables since the last newsletter are:
Bill Mac 6yo Sundon – Cheese And Kisses   
Go Roman 2yo Righteous Hanover – Doren Joy
Imperial 3yo American Ideal – Idle Franco
Yankee Deal 2yo American Ideal – Frond  
J J’s Flash 3yo Jereme’s Jet – Calla My World
Red Craze 2yo Flashing Red – Littlebitliker

This Season Foals are as Follows :
Unnamed - Blistering Belle – Bettor’s Delight (Filly)
Unnamed -Love You – Little Floozie Suzy (Colt)
Horses Sold / Retired in the last few months are:
Happy Chappy – Has been sold to NSW.
Brookfield Talent -Has been sold to S.A.
Tail Of Life – Has been sold to China.
We have Mahogany for sale at the moment, more info can be found on the website under horses for sale.  

Hydro Tread Mill
Our Treadmill horses are having pleasing results on the racetrack.
The Rates are as follows
Full Broad $45 plus GST per day.
Drop in $35 Plus GST per day.

Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.

2 year olds & Yearlings:
The Yearlings Updates are as Follows:
Fracture – Broken in currently spelling.
Delightful Belle – Currently been broken in.
Strike Three Belle – Currently been broken in.
My Lucky Belle – Broken in currently spelling.
Romper’s Miracle – Broken in Currently Spelling.

The 2yos updates are as follows:
Fefifofum – Is back in work after a short spell he will be trailing in February.   
Getaquid - Is Currently Spelling will resume mid-March.  
Go Roman - Is Currently Spelling will resume mid-March.  
Imperial – Broken in is Currently Spelling will resume mid-March
Platinum Poker - Is Currently Spelling will resume mid-March.  
Red Craze – Is at the fast work stage will have a few more weeks before having a brief let up.
Sweet Ave – Qualified in December first time off the place she is now currently have a brief let up.
The Puertorican Fade – Qualified in December is currently spelling.
Tricky Illusion – Is working good he is just about at the workout stage.
Yankee Deal – Broken in is Currently Spelling will resume mid-March

2013 Yearling Sales
Looking ahead if you are thinking about buying at the sales or have any questions in regards to the sales. Please feel free to contact me, sooner rather than later so we can work something out.
The new phenomenon in harness racing is the “Group Ownership” where 3, 4 or 5 owners have shares in one or more horses between them.  Its success is based on affordability, sharing the costs, sharing the risks, increasing the chance of success and most of all giving people a fun experience together.  Without putting too fine a point on it for trainers, it also creates a paying owner.  From the outside it seems that the real benefit of the enthusiasm generated within a stable by these successful groups is almost infectious.

Stable Visits
If anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to accommodate this.

Shares Available  
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few horses that have shares available from as little as $100 per month fixed rate
For more information please see shares available on the website or email
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz

Stables Star:
Henrik Zetterberg
Is currently in Melbourne he will continue to race from Dean Braun stable over there until he is eventually sold.


January stand out horse is
Beta B Quick. He has had 4 starts this Month already for 2 wins and a 3rd we aim to target the Junior Drivers races to get a penalty free win hopefully another win is not too far away.
Myself
and the rest of the team would like to thank everyone for their support. Feel free to contact me anytime by any of the ways listed below.

Regards

Jay Abernethy
Mobile 021 797 242
Home 09 298 9619
Stables 09 298 0876.
Website:
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz

Email: jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz

Bigger Stable Turns form of J J’s Flash
By Michael Guerin

Just as Jay Abernethy is getting to know J J’s Flash he is starting to realise he may not have the 3-year-old for long.  The well-supported gelding broke maidens at start 12 at Alexandra Park last Friday, in what was only his third outing for Abernethy as a trainer. He had earlier been trained by Rod Bowker but was transferred to the bigger stable by owner Terry Walker.
“I liked him straight away because he is a little horse who tries,” said Abernethy. “And he hadn’t had much luck in his other two races for me so I wasn’t surprised to see him win tonight to be honest.”
But while J J’s Flash looks the type to keep improving and take advantage of the 3-year-old concessions, Abernethy knows where he would be best placed.
“He will eventually be ideal for Australia,” Said Abernethy. “he has speed and tires hard, which is crucial over there and the racing would suit him. “So I can see him ending up there by the end of the season if Terry wants to head that way’”
That is a telling tip from Abernethy as in recent years he has become a smart sender of horses to Australia, both as a seller and also to race in the family name.
“I think it is important to know where to place horses for the owners but who knows, this horse might keep improving.”
Abernethy has plenty of horses to go on with too, with 18 in work.
“And I have a couple of young horses I really like so I am hoping for a good Season.


The 'Fastest Indian' replaces Zac Butcher
by Harnesslink News Room
Jay Abernethy - delighted to be selected for the North Island team.
New Zealand harness racing's 31st Island Of Origin Island Championship will be staged at Alexandra Park on Friday week (August 31).

With Zac Butcher having been red carded in Melbourne and facing suspension until early September, Jay Abernethy has by way of the number of driving wins recorded last season been selected as Zac's replacement.

Fondly known as the 'World's Fastest Indian' in northern harness racing circles Abernethy was thrilled to hear of his selection.

The north has been somewhat decimated this year with injuries to Frank Cooney and Peter Ferguson, the unavailability of Mark Purdon on holiday after a stellar season and now Zac Butcher's suspension. The teams for each island side are:

North:

Tony Herlihy, David Butcher, Phillip Butcher, Nicky Chilcott, Josh Dickie, and Jay Abernethy.

South:

Anthony Butt, Matthew Williamson, Dexter Dunn, Ricky May, Blair Orange, and Brent Mangos.

The north given the obvious strength of the southern side would appear to face an uphill battle in trying to wrest the trophy back from the south who won comprehensively last year, Mattie Williamson last years top individual will once again represent the south.

Nicky Chilcott will be the first woman to have competed in the series and currently being on 499 driving wins may well bring up the elusive 500th during the series.

Stephen Richardson the TAB's harness bookmaker has indicated a number of betting options will be in place including: North v South; Individual Winner; plus three or four head to head options.

It is hoped a minimum of four races will be held but if sufficient nominations are received additional races will be included in the series which carry the added bonus of being penalty free.

Final fields will be known on the morning of Tuesday 28th August with the naming of drivers for each horse to be published on Wednesday morning.

Please call the Auckland Trotting Club if any additional series information is required.

Barry Purdon claims his first Jewels victory with Five Card Draw

Barry Purdon claimed his first Harness Racing Jewels win when Five Card Draw set a track record in the Group One $150,000 Emerald for 2yo pacing colts and geldings at Cambridge Raceway today (Saturday June 2).

The $2.30 favourite was always going to be hard to peg back when driver Brent Mangos got him to the front with just over a lap to go.

Mangos liked the way he won.

"I could have got to the win a bit earlier but he was so relaxed he wasn't ready to go. He's a nice wee horse who at times can get too relaxed in his races. He paces fluently and has a nice future. It showed a bit of guts out there today," Mangos said.

The Bettor's Delight colt paced the mobile mile in 1:55.15 with final 800m and 400m sprints of 57.3 and 28.5.

Mighty Flying Mac (John Dunn) and Border Control (Blair Orange) were three quarters of a length and a neck back in second and third.

Five Card Draw has now won three of his seven starts and $298,890. He is owned by Katrina Purdon, T. A. Cooke, Mrs C. Nausbaum, and A. Dormer.

He was bred by J. H. Abernethy and W. S. Abernethy.

It was Mangos third Jewels win after saluting with Gotta Go Harmony and Bettor Cover Lover.

Five Card Draw and Brent Mangos are too - good winning the Sires Stakes heat at Alex. Park last month.
A son of Bettor's Delight, Five Card Draw fought tenaciously right to the line to hold out the fast finishing Abraxas (Dexter Dunn) by three quarters of a length with a further one and a half lengths away to Cyamach which finished third. the winners time was a casual 2.26.6, home in 57.2 and 27.6 for the final 800 and 400.
"He's a gutsy wee horse and deserved to win that tonight, he went good last week as well and did feel extra tonight," said driver Brent Mangos. "He's a typical Bettor's Delight really, a perfect racehorse."
Five Card Draw took his bankroll past $200,000 with tonight's win, and must now be considered as a leading contender for Two Year Old Pacer of the Year.


Another New Zealand record for a Juvenile


Juvenile pacer Five Card Draw equalled the New Zealand 1700m mobile record for 2-year-old pacers in tonight's (Friday March 9) Group One Breckon Bloodstock Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes for harness racing's 2-year-old colts and geldings. The son of Bettor's Delight, who is trainedby Barry Purdon at Clevedon, stopped the clock in 2:02.5 - the exact same time Fly Like An Eagle set in 2011. His winning mile rate was a slashing 1:56 with final 800m and 400m sprints. Ohoka Punter (Tony Herlihy) and stablemate Sky Falcon (Zac Butcher) were third. Five Card Draw was having just his third raceday start and driver Brent Mangos said post-race he was hoping he would maintain the drive throughout the season. "He's a tough little pacer and one who will only get better with racing. He really tried hard in the straight and won well. He's a really nice 2-year-old," Mangos said. Purdon agreed the son of Bettor's Delight had a bright future. "He's a gutsy little pacer who really enjoys racing. He's a tough wee fella who really pinned his ears back and won well. It was a nice drive by Brent," Purdon said. Purdon paid $50,000 for Five Card Draw at last year's yearling sales. He is owned by Purdon's wife Katrina, T.A. Cooke, A. Dormer, and Mrs C. Nausbaum.

Talented Kiwi Pacer Henrik Zetterberg certainly enjoys racing in Australia.
The 5-year-old had a long successful campaign with Peter Russo and Ashlee Siejka in mid-2010 and recently returned for another stint in their barn to chase the big Sydney stake-money. Henrik Zetterberg notched his 10th career win at his first run back in Russo’s care when he clocked a 1.57.2 mile rate for 2300m at Menangle last Friday night.

Perfect farewell by Henrik Zetterberg
By Michael Guerin.

Henrik Zetterberg produced the perfect farewell to New Zealand racing last Friday. And while trainer Jay Abernethy will be sad to see his stable star go, he knows it is the right decision. After All, he is the one making it. Abernethy owns the 5-year-old along with his father Wayne and they got win they had been waiting for in strong company last week. Henrik Zetterberg raced straight to the front in the 2200m event and had enough gas in the tank to hold out Bettor Dream and Supremacy with a 56.7 last 800m, the last 400m in 27.7. The Abernethy’s have long been planning to send Henrik Zetterberg to Sydney, where he raced with so much success as a 3-year-old. But before they exported him they wanted to secure his third Alexandra Park victory to get the 50% bonus of the winning stake, which was $9250 last Friday. To make it even more perfect though was the fact the race’s total stake was under $15,000 meaning it carries no metropolitan penalty in Australia. So Henrik Zetterberg returns to New South Wales trainer Peter Russo a metropolitan maiden and perfectly paced to take advantage of the huge stake at Menangle. “That was the idea, to get the bonus, so to get it and not get a metro penalty was the dream results. “And he has so many more opportunities racing in Sydney for big money so we will hold onto him for a while over there. “But eventually we will probably sell him over there.” That will leave Abernethy with 14 horses in work and a good feeling around the stable.” Most of the horses are racing about as good as they can so it has been a good summer.” Henrik Zetterberg is the last foal from the Abernethy family’s good mare Soky’s Belle and while she is no longer breeding, her daughter Blistering Belle is. She has a American Ideal at the Karaka sales on March 8. “We have been a bit lucky because the American Ideals are looking really good, especially with what Ideal Scott is doing.” And the Karaka-bound filly received another boost just two weeks ago. Her Half Brother by Bettor’s Delight impressed when qualifying at Pukekohe for Barry Purdon and could add to the family record before the sales.


December Newsletter 2011


2011 what a year we have had! To those of my clients that have been effected direct and indirect of the earthquakes Canterbury you have done extremely well in coming through it and maintaining your humility and sense of humour. The country has had some bright spots and sports have played a major part in brightening us up. We have had the Rugby World Cup, and can now call the All Blacks “World Champions” again (sorry to my Australian clients). But closer to home there will be many of you that will be able to claim goals that you will have set for yourselves over the year.
During this year a lot of work has been done around the stables. The treadmill has been established as a training tool for the Stables horses as well as for outside clients. The facilities has been added for the stable to be able to grow, another barn with 8 boxes has been added to the main 11 box barn. 2 sand yards has been built especially for the horses that due to injury or other reason need to be in a confined space to supplement box rest.
The breeding part of Abernethy Stables has moved of the farm, and our “ladies” now have their own paddocks across the road. This to make more room and grass for our racehorses. We still like to keep the foals on the farm. And since the broodmares has got their own space, we can now do some spelling on farm. A great plus to be able to keep an eye on them even when the racehorses aren’t training!
There are further developments of the farm planned for 2012. Everyone are welcome to come and do an inspection!
Abernethy Racing Stables is very proud to be associated with a very talented group of clients who, I think, are all champions. The family of clients have this year celebrated marriages, births, and most importantly race results, business results as well as many of your own personal achievements. Hence I would not like to name anyone in particular for their specific achievement as I consider you all equally important. Well Done!
So for 2012, firstly I hope you and your families all continue to maintain good health and prosperity. Secondly it would be nice to see some stability.
Abernethy Racing Stables has had a great year of growth and I sincerely thank so many of you who have passed on my details to possible clients.
Well finally us at Abernethy Racing Stables look forward to continuing our association in 2012 and would like to wish you all a very safe, enjoyable and Happy Christmas and New Year.
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Horses due to race in December are:
Henrik Zetterberg, Just Julia, Kotare Casino, Mahogany, Makarewa Man, Our Southern Man, River Emperor, Sun Of Loose & Hot Wired       
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New Additions to Abernethy Racing Stables are:
Sun Of Loose up from Gavin Smith Stable   
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This Season Foals are as Follows :
Waipipi Belle – Bettor’s Delight (Filly)
Tricky Clout – Lis Mara (Filly)
Waipipi Lass – Gotta Go Cullect (Filly)
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Horses Sold / Retired in the last few months are:
Kiwi Cloud has been retired
And Here’s Johnny has been sold and will race out of Kerry Smith Qld stable we wish the new owners all the best and hope he keeps winning for them.
We have Mahogany & Hot Wired for sale at the moment, More info can be found on the website under horses for sale.  
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Hydro Tread Mill
Our Treadmill horses are having pleasing results on the racetrack. During December we will be continue to run a Special rate. The normal charges for full board is $65 plus GST per day. The Special Rates for full board will be $55 plus Gst per day.
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Feedback:

Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.
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2 year olds & Yearlings:
The 2yos updates are as follows:
Waipipi Falcon / Mara’s illusion / Platinum Roulette have all resumed work we will look to take them further this time around.
The Yearlings
We are currently breaking in the 3 colts these are, McArdle – Belfry Lady, Lis Mara – Tricky & Gotta Go Cullect – G I Jane.
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Sweden Trip
Myself & Lisa have been away in Sweden to spend time with Lisa’s Family for xmas. We have enjoyed the short break but are looking forward to getting back to the horses, we land in Auckland on the 28th December and I will be back driving at Waipa on the 29th December.   
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Stable Visits
If anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to make a time for you.
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Shares Available
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few  horses that have shares available from as little as $100 per month fixed rate
Horses currently Available are
Sister Courage
For more information please see shares available on the website www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz or email jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz
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Stables Stars:

Henrik Zetterberg
Is racing really well at present he will Continue to race at Auckland where the good stakes are before heading to NSW early next year.
Kotare Casino
Raced well first up but put in a below average run second up. So we had to get vets to check her over we plan on getting her right before she races again.  
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Horses needing names:
We have a few horses still needing names all suggestions are welcome
1yo - Belfry Lady – Mcardle (Colt)
1yo – Tricky Clout – Lis Mara (Colt)
0yo – Waipipi Belle – Bettor’s Delight (Filly)
0yo – Tricky Clout – Mach Three (Filly)
Please email names suggestion’s to jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz
December  horse to follow is Just Julia,  She is running good races at present and seems to be able to race tough if required. She will race on the 22nd December at Auckland then we will look to freshen her up for the northland meeting early January as she is own in northland would be good to win on the owners home track.


Henrik Zetterberg will return to Sydney

As much as trainer Jay Abernethy would like to keep Henrik Zetterberg in New Zealand he admits he will have to send him back home in the New Year. Well, to his second home at least. Henrik Zetterberg recorded his fourth New Zealand win when he returned to form at Alexandra Park last Friday, downing some high class opponents like Delight Brigade and Jaccullembra. His 27.7 second last 400m on a 1.59.6 mile for the 2200m suggested he will have few problems working his way through the grades in New Zealand, especially with his gate speed.

But that isn’t the plan with Henrik Zetterberg, who will head back to his other home in Sydney in January. He raced there with success as a 3-year-old, winning four races including an Australasian Breeders Crown heat.

That was when he was trained by Peter Russo, who Abernethy has a great strike rate selling successful horses to.

Henrik Zetterberg returned to Abernethy’s care at the end of that 3-year-old season but was struck down by a virus last season, ruining his 4-year-old year.

He has come back best this season and Abernethy says the plan is to return to Sydney to chase the big money coming on line at Menangle in the New Year. “At this stage he goes over there as an M0 and he can race for a lot bigger money there,” said Abernethy. “So that is the best place for him, although we will race him here over Christmas carnival.” Abernethy knows he is letting his best horse go and would love to keep him here as the flagship horse for his stable. “But when you own part of them it makes sense to send them where the money is. “ He raced well in Sydney before and I think the style over there suits him so we will definitely send him back. “But it is great to have him here for at least part of the summer.” Henrik Zetterberg is your typical son of Mach Three, a freegoing speedster but has plenty of breeding on the dam’s side, being out of the Abernethy family’s good mare Soky’s Belle. For the meantime he is the headline act of the Jay’s 12-horse stable. “We have some nice young horses at home so we have a bit to go on with.”

Welcome to the November newsletter. The last few months have resulted in a good start to the season for Abernethy Racing Stables, let’s hope this continues. This month we have a big race team so hopefully the results will be pleasing.

Horses due to race in November are:
And Here’s Johnny, Belle Arsing, Henrik Zetterberg, Just Julia, Kotare Casino, Mahogany, Makarewa Man, Diana On Fire, Our Southern Man, Kiwi Cloud, River Emperor & Hot Wired

New Additions to Abernethy Racing Stables are:
Kiwi Cloud up from Bryce Buchannan Stable
Hot Wired up from Russell Williams Stable
Kingdom of Heaven (Hydro Treadmill) from Ted Edwards

This Season Foals are as Follows :
Waipipi Belle – Bettor’s Delight (Filly)
Tricky Clout – Lis Mara (Filly)
Waipipi Lass – Gotta Go Cullect (Filly)

Horses Sold / Retired in the last few months are:
Rico Gear has been sold to NSW and will race out of John Scott Stables we wish John all the best with him.
We have And Here’s Johnny, Kiwi Cloud, Our Southern Man, Makarewa Man & Mahogany for sale at the moment, More info can be found on the website under horses for sale.

Hydro Tread Mill
Our Treadmill horses are having pleasing results on the racetrack. During November we will be running a Special rate. The normal charges for full board is $65 plus GST per day. The Special Rates for full board will be $55 plus Gst per day.

Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.

2 year olds & Yearlings:
The 2yos updates are as follows:
Waipipi Falcon / Mara’s illusion / Platinum Roulette have all been run up over a mile and did everything right. They are now out spelling and are due back end of November.
The Yearlings
We are currently breaking in the 3 colts these are, McArdle – Belfry Lady, Lis Mara – Tricky & Gotta Go Cullect – G I Jane.

New Staff Member :
Anna Brunlof, from Sweden has been joining the team this month. She brings valuable experience from among others top French trainer Fabrice Souloy and Swedish trainers Olle and Bjorn Goop. We are convinced that this addition of a staff member like Anna with international trotting experience from top trainers will benefit the team immensely! Stable Visits
If anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to make a time for you.

Shares Available
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few horses that have shares available from as little as $100 per month fixed rate
Horses currently Available are
Diana Of Fire & Sister Courage
For more information please see shares available on the website or email
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz

Stables Stars:
Henrik Zetterberg
He went a very good race first up this time around, He will race at the Auckland meeting over the next month.
Kotare Casino
Is currently strong working she will be due to trail mid-November with the aim of racing later in the month.

Horses needing names:
We have a few horses needing names all suggestions are welcome
1yo - Belfry Lady – Mcardle (Colt)
1yo – Tricky Clout – Lis Mara (Colt)
0yo – Waipipi Belle – Bettor’s Delight (Filly)
0yo – Tricky Clout – Mach Three (Filly)
Please email names suggestion’s to
jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz
November horse to follow is Henrik Zetterberg, He is has come back really good,
his trails/workouts results suggest it shouldn´t take too long for him to pick one up.


Henrik Zetterberg ready to rumble for Abernethy


It's a big night for Jay Abernethy at Alexandra Park tonight - the Papakura horseman has three of his team entered as well as four outside drives.
Top of the list is his stable star Henrik Zetterberg, who resumes after three searching workouts.
Abernethy says the son of Mach Three, who has had 16 starts in Australia over the past two seasons, is ready to rumble.
Among his Australian exploits was an Australian Breeders' Crown heat win and placings in both the Newcastle and Queensland Derbies of 2010.
"He can probably go 2:41 or 2:42 [for the 2200m]. Anything quicker and he blow out,'' he told Racing Times.
"He ran second to Sir Lincoln in his first workout, then won at Cambridge in 2:43 and followed that up with a second after sitting parked last week.''
Abernethy said the robust gelding had come back from his break big and burly.
"That's why we gave him three trials. He needed a couple of decent hitouts.''
The horse has no lofty domestic ambitions, Abernethy instead looking back towards another Australian campaign with his close friends Peter Russo and Ashlee Seijka in Bathurst.
"We will see where things are but eventually he will go back to Menangle. With the handicaps he is still an M0 and that suits him a lot better. The stakes are far better as well.
"He's not 100 per cent from the stand so as soon as we know he's back to his best he will head over.''
Such decisions are normal for Abernethy, who is part of a new generation of trainers thinking outside the square.
He has an impressive and continuously-updated website that offers updates on horses and facilities, as well as shares in youngsters and even imported products that he sells.
He installed an expensive and highly-effective below-ground water walker last year that is now well-patronised by his horses and many trainers.
"Charge Forward has been using it. He spent two and a half months on there. And [Waikato trotter] Kingdom Of Heaven is here using it at the moment.''
Another horse benefiting from it is Our Southern Man, who came up from Gavin Smith's stable to utilise the walker and race right-handed.
"The treadmill has really helped him and Henrik Zetterberg,'' Abernethy said.
Our Southern Man races tonight in the Franklin Cup Prelude after the claiming race was scrapped.
"He did go good last week but there are a few horses better than him in there this week,'' Abernethy said"He is a one-trick pony, though, and I don't know if drawing one from the stand will suit him.''
Completing the Abernethy team tonight is newcomer Hot Wired, who Abernethy has leased from Canterbury horseman Russell Williams.
"I've only had him a week and a half. They sent him up to me saying that he goes better right-handed and has run a quarter in 26 at Ashburton.
"He has worked OK but he's drawn wide in a handy field so we will be going back with him.''
Of his outside drives, Abernethy said the Doug Gale-trained trotter Illuminati was a leading contender again.


September & October Newsletter 2011


Welcome to the September & October newsletter. The last few months have resulted in a good start to the season for Abernethy Racing Stables, let’s hope this continues. The young horses are starting to shape up very nicely. And we are looking forward to the next few months ahead.  
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Horses due to race in September & October are:
And Here’s Johnny,  Belle Arsing, Henrik Zetterberg, Just Julia, Kotare Casino, Mahogany, Makarewa Man,  Our Southern Man, &  Rico Gear.      
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New Additions to Abernethy Racing Stables are:
There hasn’t been any new horses turn up in the last month but there is always room for more.
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Horses Sold / Retired in the last few months are:
Selling has been a bit quite in the last month. We have And Here’s Johnny, Rico Gear, Our Southern Man, Makarewa Man & Mahogany for sale at the moment, More info can be found on the website under horses for sale.  
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Hydro Tread Mill
Our Treadmill horses are having pleasing results on the racetrack. During October & November we will be running a Special rate for any horses who come for the hydro treadmill. The normal charges for full board is $65 plus GST per day. The Special Rates for full board will be $55 plus GST per day.
       
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Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.
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2 year olds:
The 2yos updates are as follows.
Waipipi Falcon / Mara’s illusion / Platinum Roulette are working nicely in the cart time will tell how far they will get this time in.
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Wormers:
We have two types of wormers for sale. Ammo all wormer paste $13 plus gst. & Noromectin worming paste $8.5 plus gst. For more info check out them out on the website under stable products for sale.  
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Stable Visits
If anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to make a time for you.
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Shares Available  

Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few  horses that have shares available from as little as $100 per month fixed rate
For more information please see shares available on the website or email
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz
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Stables Stars:

Henrik Zetterberg
Is currently working really well will be seen at the trails/ workouts shortly will an aim of late October racing.
Kotare Casino
Is currently working on the hydro treadmill she will be looking at resuming strong working shortly. It shouldn’t  take her long to get back to the trails and races when the better stakes are on offer.
September  horse to follow is Our Southern Man, He is racing really well at present, it shouldn’t take him too long to pick one up.

June & July Newsletter 2011

Welcome to the June & July newsletter. A lot has happened in last couple of months. There has been a lot of rain, the young horses are starting to shape up and the older ones have been sold on. We are looking forward to the next few months ahead.  
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Horses due to race in June & July are:
Painted Black, And Here’s Johnny,  Mahogany, Our Southern Man, River Emperor,      
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New Additions to Abernethy Racing Stables are:
River Emperor 2yo Bay Gelding Julius Caesar-River Towel
Our Southern Man 7yo Bay Gelding Jeremys Gambit-Champaign Jaccka (sent up from CHCH trainer Gavin Smith)
Rico Gear 6yo Bay Gelding Badlands Hanover- Shez My Jaccka  
Just Julia 2yo Bay Filly Julius Caesar-Quick N Enuff
Mahogany  5yo I Am A Fool-Art Of War  
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Horses Sold / Retired in the last few months are:
Rocket King (now racing in NSW under Justa Rocket King)
T K Talaria (retired to Stud)
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Hydro Tread Mill
The hydro treadmill is in full swing we have had quite a few horses that have completed their courses, and the race day results are very pleasing. There are still a few spaces for July so if anyone is interested please give us a call. The charges for full board is $65 plus GST per day, and drop in rates are $45 plus GST per day.  
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Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.
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2 year olds:
The 2yos updates are as follows.  
River Emperor Won trail impressive due to race shortly.
Red Belle Hanover is in the strong work stage.
Diana On Fire Strong working nicely so far so good.
Sister Courage Started to grow again so will be spelled and will resume mid-August.
Belle Arising  Fast working nicely should be trailing late July.
Just Julia due to start strong working in July.
Told You So is out spelling will be due to resume work in  July  
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Stable Visits
If anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to make a time for you.
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Shares Available  
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few  horses that have shares available from as little as $100 per month fixed rate
For more information please see shares available on the website or email
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz
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Stables Stars:
Henrik Zetterberg
Is Currently spelling and is due to resume in August.
Kotare Casino
Is looking at resuming strong work in July. Happy to have her back seems really well in herself.

July horse to follow is River Emperor, If  we find a suitable race he could  be one to follow judging by his work so far.

March/April Newsletter 2011
Welcome to the March & April newsletter. A lot has happened in last couple of months. The highlight’s were Sushi Sushi winning the great northern derby. And Five Card Draw selling very well at the yearlings sales.--------------------------------------------------------------------

Yearling Sales Have been and gone.
Abernethy Racing Stables had one lot  entered  in the  2011 Australasian Classic Sale. Lot 59Five Card Draw (Bettor’s Delight – Blistering Belle) he was Sold to Barry Purdon Clients for $57500
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Horses due to race in April are:
Henrik Zetterberg, Painted Black, Here’s Johnny, Jackpot Girl, Young Cullen, Makarewa Man & Rocket King      
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New Additions to Abernethy Racing Stables are:
Diana On Fire 2yo Bay Filly Courage Under Fire - Shark Bromac
Sister Courage 2yo Bay Filly Courage Under Fire - Universal Port
Rocket King 4yo Bay Gelding Pacific Rocket – Duadeal
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Hydro Tread Mill

The hydro treadmill is in full swing we have had quite a few horses that have completed their courses, and the race day results are very pleasing including Sushi Sushi winning the Northern Derby. There are still a few spaces for April so if anyone is interested please give us a call. The charges for full board is $65 plus GST per day, and drop in rates are $45 plus GST per day.
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Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.
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2 year olds:
The 2yos updates are as follows.  
Red Belle Hanover is due to come back into work after a 6 week break.
Diana On Fire and Sister Courage have just been leased from there owner John Rennie, they are heading north at the moment.
Belle Arising  and Told You So are both out spelling will be due to resume work mid-May.
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Stable Visits
Abernethy Racing Stables would like to thank everyone who made it out to watch Charged Forward and Henrik Zetterberg in the Hydro Treadmill last Saturday 2nd April 2011.
We will be having more open days later in the year.
In the meantime if anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to make a time for you.
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Shares Available  
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few  horses that have shares available from as little as $100 per month fixed rate
For more information please see shares available on the website or email
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz
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Stables Stars:
Henrik Zetterberg
Is trailing very well at present he is due to race this Friday 8th April
Kotare Casino
Is enjoying a break after a busy first half of the season.  
April horse to follow is Henrik Zetterberg, He had a slight let up to recover from a viral infection following a below par performance last start. He has since had 2 trails back for a 1st and 2nd so seems to be back on track.  

Reklaws Chance enjoys ideal Inter-Dom build up.
22/3/11

Canterbury pacer Reklaw’s Chance proved he’s as ready as he’ll ever be for his biggest career test this week with an impressive win in Sunday’s Manawatu Cup in Palmerston North.

After missing the first night of the meeting on Thursday, Reklaw’s Chance was fresh and charging for the meeting’s feature and despite being in one of the best fields assembled for the race in some time he was able to dominate his rivals in the run to the line.

Reklaw’s Chance made a sweeping midrace move for Jay Abernethy to find the front. He took that off River Field who had been the previous sweeping move to find the front.

In a race of changes and a fairly relentless pace, the toughness that saw Reklaw’s Chance place over 3200m in 3.58.9 stand to in him the finish of the hectic 2500m mobile. He held a three-length advantage over Manhattan Rusty in the finish with a further length and three-quarters back to race favourite, Pay me Cullen, in third.

Though his form on paper mightn’t have looked too sharp for the race, the Manawatu Cup was just Reklaw’s Chance’s fourth start in a race this season that wasn’t a Group race. The win his second of the season and would surely bolters connections confidence heading into the Inter-Dominions this Friday where he’s currently a $200-1 chance.


Sushi's sweet Northern Derby draw
09 March 2011

Sushi Sushi delighted connections in winning the 2011 Alabar Victoria Derby.

Greg Sugars’ prayers were answered when Sushi Sushi drew barrier one for this Friday night’s NZ$400,000 Group 1 Northern Derby Final at Auckland’s Alexandra Park.

The gun young reinsman feared the Freddy Taiba-trained excitement machine had used up all his luck when he drew barrier one in last Friday night’s heat, but was thrilled to learn he landed the same slot for the 2700-metre decider.

“We were due for a change of luck,” he said. “The last two big ones we’d been in, the Breeders Crown and the Victoria Derby, he drew seven and 11 so he was due for a good barrier in one of the good races.

“It adds to the pressure I guess, adds to the expectation, but he’s shown he handles the track quite well and he ran the gate quite well from barrier one last week , so there’s no reason why he shouldn’t do the same again this week.”

It’s an advantageous draw for not only Sushi Sushi – who assured short-priced favouritism no matter where he drew thanks to an arrogant heat win – but also Sugars, who hadn’t driven in the anti-clockwise direction before last weekend.

“The horse seemed to handle it quite well, it didn’t worry him at all, but from a driver’s perspective you do see things very differently,” Sugars said.

“The thing that surprised me most was actually judging the pace of the race. I’m not sure why it is, but for some reason going in the opposite direction it seems to feel like you’re going quicker than what you actually are.”

Although untouched by Sugars over the final 200m last week, Sushi Sushi produced a 55.8-second last half mile – including a 27.6sec final quarter – to hold off Terror To Love and Statesman in 1:58.9. That was 0.8secs slower than Major Mark went to win the other heat.

Sugars ominously predicted the Art Major colt, a raging $1.50 favourite in the New Zealand TAB’s fixed odds Derby market, would be better this weekend.

“He hadn’t really done a lot since the Derby final here (Victoria) and was actually a bit fresh going into the race,” Sugars said. “He raced a touch keener than what he normally does in his races, so I’d expect him to be a bit sharper this week.”

Sushi Sushi fared better than Victoria’s other Northern Derby hope, Ian Dornauf’s Royal Verdict, at the barrier draw for the event that will be run at 6:55pm AEDT and will be shown live on Sky 2.

The star colt, on loan to Tony Herlihy while across the Tasman, proved his Victoria Derby flop was an aberration with a promising second to Major Mark in his heat but drew gate 13 – five horses wide on the second row – in the 15-horse final.

Royal Verdict is a $12 chance with the Mark Purdon and Grant Payne-trained Major Mark the $5 second favourite after drawing to trail Sushi Sushi from inside the back row (barrier nine).

Headlining Friday night’s card, at 7:55pm, is the $400,000 Group 1 Auckland Cup (2700m), in which Australia’s hopes rest with Im Themightyquinn, Mr Feelgood and Washakie, while gun Victorians Sundons Gift and Let Me Thru do battle in the $30,000 Group 3 City Of Sails Trot (2700m) at 8:25pm.

Banjo Paterson Attracts Jack That’s Gold
10 March 2011

The Carnival of Cups returns to Orange this Sunday for the club’s feature meeting of the year and the feature event “The Banjo Paterson” has attracted a strong field including the Peter Russo trained Jack Thats Gold. The five year old hasn’t raced since Boxing Day when he finished down the track behind Holy Camp Boy at Bathurst but Russo is happy with the son of Presidential Ball since his break.
“We gave him a month off after his run in the Shirley Turnbull Memorial because he seemed to be racing a little bit flat but since his four week spell he has come back a lot better” Russo said.
“He has had the two trials to prepare him for his resumption on the weekend and won his trial on Monday night at Bathurst so I decided it was time for him to go back to the races and the race at Orange is the perfect way for him to start his campaign.”
Jack Thats Gold has charged through the grades after winning 10 of his last 22 starts and Russo acknowledges that he is starting to become difficult to place in winnable races.
“He came here as a C2 and is now M3 and when they get to that grade it is always nice to find them a race to resume in without having to take them to Menangle and watch them get run off their feet.”
“I don’t know how much further he can go to be honest so this preparation will tell us where to go next.”
The Banjo Paterson Pace will be race six on Sunday at Orange and will begin at 5:34pm. The meeting will be covered on Sky Racing 2.


Sushi Sushi wins Derby


'It's like being in love for the very first time.' Not surprisingly, the owner gushing superlatives, Adriano Cendron, is of Italian descent, but he says no other words can describe the overwhelming excitement he and his three mates are getting from racing Friday night's harness racing $400,000 Woodlands Stud Northern Derby hero, Sushi Sushi.
"It's a pleasure even cleaning up Sushi's poo," Cendron said, moments after the Australian-trained three-year-old outgunned Anvils Top Gun and Terror To Love in the $400,000 feature at Alexandra Park. "There's nothing this horse can't do and I think he will reach crazy heights," Cendron said.
"It's frightening really, he has grace, manners, speed, strength, constitution, the ability to handle travel ... he's a star in every way, a once-in-a-lifetime horse. Nothing is too difficult for him - he's met every challenge.
"I wouldn't get sick of talking about this horse all night. That's what a champion racehorse can do for a guy like me."
Cendron and lifelong friends Peter D'Alessi, Anthony Sergi and Paul Sequenzia were looking for some fun when they extended their punting syndicate into buying a few yearlings five years ago, but never expected the buzz to be so big.
"We're lucky we have a couple of friends with a good eye for young horses and though we've only been in it for five years, we've already had multiple runners in Group I races."
"We could have bought a few ready-made horses but doing that you know what you're getting. Yearlings have that fascination and hope about them" - hope that one will be a champion.
When a long-barrelled Art Major colt came into the sale ring two years ago and the Italian quartet parted with $A38,000 to buy him, they could never have dreamed he'd be the one.
"We've tried to focus on big, healthy horses - most of ours have been 16.5 or 16 hands - I've always believed that a big, strong horse will beat a little strong horse.
"But this one was a bit of a wild colt, we couldn't break him in. His mother Sabilize had been a bit ratty and when he proved too hard to handle we had to cut his personals (geld him)."
Luckily, despite his naughty start, when the boys decided to sell what they thought was the worst of their four horses, it wasn't Sushi. The one they let go was ironically The Hayne Train, who has since won four of his nine starts for Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan.
Sushi Sushi's record of 13 wins from 21 starts could have been even better had a succession of bad draws not dogged his two-year-old career.
This season, with talented young reinsman Greg Sugars in the cart, he is unbeaten in seven, and wins in the Victoria Derby and GN Derby have only served to prompt the Italian bunch and their Lebanese trainer, Freddy Taiba, to map out some major long-term goals.
"The sky's the limit," Cendron said. "We were considering running in both your derbies and the Harness Jewels but after the devastation in Christchurch we've decided to take him home, rest up, then run in the Breeders Challenge in June and the Breeders Crown in August. Next season we'll tackle the Chariots Of Fire and hopefully in 2013 we can run in the Miracle Mile."

Racing: Only way is up for Sushi Sushi
By Michael Guerin - 6/3/11
If you thought Aussie raider Sushi Sushi was imposing at Alexandra Park last night just wait till next Friday. That was the word from driver Greg Sugars after the Victorian pacer won his New Zealand debut untouched last night. The Victoria Derby winner led throughout to down star southerner Terror To Love in the first heat of the $400,000 Woodlands Derby. And while honours were shared as Terror To Love had the harder run, exceptional young reinsman Sugars said the only way is up for Sushi Sushi. "He will definitely improve with that run," said Sugars. "He pulled a bit tonight because the boys hadn't done too much with him since he won the Derby back home. "And his usual pattern is that he gets better with a run under his belt. "That, and the fact he has never raced on the track here before should all combine to make him a better horse next week." Sushi Sushi was already a hot favourite for the Derby before last night's win but could even start odds-on if he draws well at the barrier draw tomorrow afternoon. But while beaten, Terror To Love's co-trainer Paul Court says his colt will improve too. "We knew when the barrier draws came out last Monday we were going to struggle to beat Sushi Sushi because we were going to have to come from behind him. "But our horse went good and he will be fitter for next week too." The pair will be two of the favourites in what is shaping as one of the strongest classics staged at Alexandra Park in years. But Sushi Sushi will have a big New Zealand support base too, courtesy of the Child Cancer Foundation. The CCF launched Child Cancer month at Alexandra Park last night and the Sushi Sushi owners were asked to donate $1000 to the cause if they win the Derby next week. In true Aussie fashion they counter-offered, saying they will donate $5000 to the foundation if they win the Derby. "And it will be Aussie dollars too," they said, getting a huge round of applause from the Tasman Room crowd.
Aussie Derby?
* Australian pacer Sushi Sushi leads throughout to win his heat of the Woodlands Derby last night.
* Driver Greg Sugars says he will improve for next week's Woodlands Derby.
* Canterbury pacer Terror To Love also impressed.

Watch out Kiwis: Sushi Sushi deals to them
Courtesy: Harnesslink Admin 04-Mar-2011
Greg Sugars & Freddy Taiba - After Sushi Sushi's easy win
Sushi Sushi - A son of Art Major
'He can only get better.' That was the sharp but frightening sentence that Woodlands Derby harness racing aspirants didn't want to hear heading into next Friday's Group One $400,000 3-year-old feature at Alexandra Park. Those words came from the driver of Derby favourite and Victorian visitor Sushi Sushi.
That driver was Greg Sugars, who said he couldn't be happier with the son of Art Major, who was having his first race-night start at Alexandra Park.
"He handled the corners really well. Much better than I thought he would. He trialled well here earlier in the week and after tonight's run I think he can only get better," Sugars said of the Freddy Taiba trained gelding.
At no stage of the race did Sushi Sushi look like losing. He led from the ace throughout and Sugars said he was always travelling within himself.
"I always thought I had the opposition covered. I never really asked him for anything in the straight," Sugars said.
Sushi Sushi went into tonight's $25,000 Derby heat with an impressive win in last month's Victoria Derby at Melton's Tabcorp Park.
Tonight he paced the 2200m mobile in 2:42.67 (mile rate: 59 flat). He sprinted his last 800m and 400m in 55.8 and 27.6 seconds.
Terror To Love (Jim Curtin) and Statesman (Tony Herlihy) were second and third respectively three quarters of a length and half a head away.

'Sushi Sushi ready to strike' - Freddy Taiba
3/3/2011

Victorian harness racing trainer Freddy Taiba has some sobering news for those hoping the trip to New Zealand and racing clockwise would be Sushi Sushi's undoing in the Northern Derby, heats for which will be run in Auckland this Friday night (February 4).
The Sunbury trainer reported yesterday that the superstar son of Art Major – a scintillating winner of the February 5 Alabar Victoria Derby at his last trip to the races – had settled in beautifully, as evidenced by a sparkling trial last weekend.
“We trialed him over there to give him a bit of a hit out. He trialed against Im Themightyquinn and finished head and head with him without releasing the plugs and he was still hard up on the bit,” Taiba said.
“So he handled the reverse way fine. He’s just amazing this horse, nothing seems to bother him.”
Taiba said the challenging two-year-old season they undertook with Sushi Sushi, which included a trip to Sydney for the Australian Pacing Gold before pushing on to Queensland for the Kevin Seymour Nursery series, was reaping rewards.
“We travelled a fair bit with him as a two-year-old, which has made it a lot of easier for him,” he said. “He knows what it’s like to be away from home and being in New Zealand is horse heaven.”
Any chance Sushi Sushi’s rivals may have had on Friday night probably went out the window when he drew barrier one in the first of two 2200-metre heats. Terror To Love (2) and Hands Christian (7) shape as his biggest threats in the event to be run at 6:05pm AEDT.
Victoria’s other Derby entrant Royal Verdict, who is in the care of Tony Herlihy while across the Tasman, has drawn gate four in the other NZ$25,000 heat (at 7:07pm).
Victoria Derby runner-up Excel Stride is also engaged, to start from gate two, in the heat also containing Vic Derby heat winner Gold Ace (5) and Caduceus Club Cup victor Major Mark (10).
A top-five finish will guarantee runners a berth in the $400,000 final, to be run at Alexandra Park on March 11.
Top three-year-olds aren’t the only ones in action on a stunning card that is headlined by the $150,000 Group 1 Northern Oaks.
But much of the focus will be on the $50,000 Group 2 City Of Auckland Free-For-All (2200m), in which Im Themightyquinn (6) renews acquaintances with BIG6 Hunter Cup conqueror Stunin Cullen (9).
Champion locals Monkey King (2) and Auckland Reactor (4) are also engaged in the mobile event to be run at 7:37pm.
Harnesslink News Room

Sushi Sushi to make mince meat of them?
3/3/2011

The New Zealand TAB's harness racing bookmaker believes recent Victoria Derby winner Sushi Sushi is the horse to beat in the Group One Woodlands Stud Northern Derby for Australasia's best 3-year-olds, which will be run at Alexandra Park on Friday week (March 11).
The Freddy Taiba (Victoria) trained Art Major gelding is a pronounced $2.40 favorite for the $400,000 event, which will be run over the 2700m mobile.
Kiwis Terror To Love ($4.50) and Gold Ace ($8) are the only other pacers quoted in single figures.
Sushi Sushi has drawn ideally in Friday's (March 4) first heat and should lead all the way from the ace. He will be driven by Greg Sugars. Terror To Love and Jim Curtin have drawn two.
In the other heat fourth favorite and New South Wales visitor Excel Stride has also copped a nice draw.
The Elizabeth Heath trained and Greg Bennett driven son of Aces N'Sevens will also be a tough to roll from barrier two, especially after winning first up on the track by 5-1/2 lengths - after sitting parked - here seven days ago. Dual group One winner, Gold Ace and Peter Ferguson will start from gate five.
Harnesslink News Room

February Newsletter 2011

Welcome to the first newsletter for the year. We hope to be having regular newsletters each month.
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Yearling Sales are just around the corner:
Abernethy Racing Stables has one lot entered  in the  2011 Australasian Classic Sale.
Lot 59 Five Card Draw (Bettor’s Delight – Blistering Belle) The 7th foal  out of 4 win mare Blistering Belle who’s first 5 foals have all won more than 2 races each, the 6th foal is a 2yo. He is paid up for 5 race series and is there to be sold. More information can be found on our website under yearlings  
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Horses due to race in February are:
Henrik Zetterberg, Painted Black, Here’s Johnny, Kotare Casino, Pipiwharua, Jackpot Girl, Young Cullen, Makarewa Man & Meander In The Sun     
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New Additions to Abernethy Racing Stables are:

Makarewa Man 2003 7yo brown gelding Conntinentalman –Pride Of Pernod  
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Hydro Tread Mill
The hydro treadmill is in full swing we have had quite a few horses that have completed their courses, and the race day results are very pleasing. There are still a few spaces for February & March so if anyone is interested please give us a call. The charges for full board is $65 plus GST per day, and drop in rates are $45 plus GST per day.  
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Feedback:

Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.
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2 year olds:

All the 2yos are now back in and will be aiming to qualify/race this time around.  

Red Belle Hanover is the most advance and forward 2yo at this stage. She will be trialling this month then will be given a let up.

Belle Arising and Told You So have both been fast working well. All going well they should be ready to trail at the end of the month.                  
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Stable Visits

We will be having a stable opening day later in the year.

In the meantime if anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to make a time for you.
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Shares Available

Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!

We have a few  horses that have shares available from as little as $75 per month fixed rate

For more information please see shares available on the website or email
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz
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Stables Stars:
Henrik Zetterberg  
Is coming along really nicely he is improving with each run.

Kotare Casino

She never goes a bad race she will continue to aim at the 3yo fillies races for the remainder of the season
February’s horse to follow is Makarewa Man he joined the stable end of January and won well first up for us. We have changed a few things around with him and hopefully he will continue to race well for us.


Mach Three 4yo is home to do the business
4/1/11
The Tasman crossing pacer Henrik Zetterberg will have his first start back in New Zealand tomorrow (Wednesday January 4) at the Northland Harness Racing Club's meeting at Ruakaka - the track where the surf meets the turf.
The 4-year-old son of Mach Three and six win pacer Soky's Belle (Soky's Atom) last raced in New Zealand on March 5, 2010 at Alexandra Park and his last victory in his homeland was at Cambridge Raceway on January 15.
Since then the bay gelding nicknamed Mac has performed creditably in Australia winning four of his 16 starts there and placing five times for $25,224. All up he's now won seven of his 27 starts and placed five times for $43,919.
His most impressive victory to date was at Menangle Park in New South Wales where he won an Australasian Breeders Crown heat on July 20. He recorded his fastest winning mile rate of 1:56.6 that day.
Co-owner, breeder, trainer and driver Jay Abernethy, said he sent Henrik Zetterberg to Peter Russo's Sydney stable last year to chase all the 3-year-old races in Australia.
"He did a pretty good job for us winning Breeders Crown and Bathurst Gold Crown heats and he also finished fourth in the Queensland Derby. He raced in my name for his first two starts and then Peter did a really good job with him. He will probably end up back in Sydney later in the season now that Harold Park is finished and there are some really nice stakes on offer at Menangle Park," Abernethy said.
In the meantime the 28-year-old Papakura-based horseman said he would see how Henrik Zetterberg performed at Ruakaka tomorrow before possibly lining him up in a 4&5yo pace at Cambridge Raceway on January 14.
"His future racing career depends on how he fronts up here in New Zealand. He will definitely go back to Australia but when is up to him. If he races well we will probably keep him here for the Noel Taylor Mile and New Zealand Messenger in April and May.
"We will also look at his bank balance and see if he has enough dollars to get into the Harness Jewels Final in June. Regardless of what happens he's paid up for the Breeder's Crown in Australia and we would like to give that another crack in August," Abernethy said.
Four years ago Abernethy opted to name some of his foals after prominent sports stars.
Daniela Hantuchová (two wins) and Nicole Vaidisova (maiden) were named after professional women tennis players while Henrik Zetterberg is a Swedish professional ice hockey player who captains the Detroit Wings in the American National Hockey League.
Like his pacing namesake Zetterberg is no mug at what he does. Along with winning the Stanley Cup in 2008, Zetterberg won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Abernethy said he currently worked a team of 12 in South Auckland but liked to get his horses up and running and then sell them.
"Peter (Russo) has bought a few of us. Twelve is a nice number to work with. Kotare Casino (four wins) and Henrik Zetterberg would be the best performed pacers in our stable," Abernethy said.
"Henrik Zetterberg is progressing well and won a trial in 2:46 (2200m mobile) at Alexandra Park a few of Saturdays ago (December 14). He returned home after the Breeders Crown and we put him out for six weeks.
"Since then he has come back well and has done a lot of training on our new aqua under-water treadmill," Abernethy added.
By Duane RANGER (editor)
Harnesslink

December Newsletter 2010

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.
Welcome to the final newsletter for the year which I hope has been a good one for you all.
I thank you all very much for your business and look forward to dealing with you in 2011.

Horses due to race in December are:
Henrik Zetterberg, Painted Black, Daniela Hantuchova, Here’s Johnny, Kotare Casino, Pipiwharua, Jackpot Girl, Young Cullen & Meander In The Sun
    
New Additions to Abernethy Racing Stables are:
Meander In The Sun 2001 9yo bay mare Sundon - Meander In Eden
 
Hydro Tread Mill
The hydro treadmill is in full swing we have had quite a few horses that have completed their courses, and the race day results are very pleasing. There are still a few spaces at the moment for December so if anyone is interested please give us a call. The charges for full board are $65 plus GST per day, and drop in rates are $45 plus GST per day.

Feedback:  
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.

2 year olds:  
All the 2yos are now back in and will be aiming to qualify/race this time around.  
Red Belle Hanover is the most advance and forward 2yo at this stage. She will be trialling this month with a view of racing in January.
Belle Arising and Told You So have just completed 4 weeks jogging they have just started to fast work now. All going well they should be ready to show something early January.  

Stable Visits:
We will be having a stable opening day later in the year.
In the meantime if anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to make a time for you.

Shares Available:   
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few horses that have shares available from as little as $75 per month fixed rate
For more information please see shares available on the website or email
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz

Henrik Zetterberg (Stable Star):
Is coming along really nicely he had his first trial back on 4/12/10 winning it very easily he seems to be on target for a return to racing sometime around Christmas.  Maybe the 4yo race on the 24/12/10 at Cambridge.
December’s horse to follow is Painted Black he has been racing really well in his last few races and will be giving his chance in some of the grass tracks cups over the Christmas period.

Star studded line up for drivers championship

A star studded line up will contest this years American Ideal Provincial Drivers Championship at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill on Thursday 2 December. Harness Racings equivalent of the NPC will see teams of two drivers representing each region at the Invercargill Harness Racing Club's twilight meeting on that date.
The teams are selected from the previous years premiership with the top two drivers on the table from each province invited to attend. If for any reason a driver cannot attend the place in the respective team is offered to the next best placed reinsman from the particular region.
This year's field is a spectacular one. Reigning champions Canterbury, who won last year with brothers Dexter and John Dunn, will be represented this year by Dexter Dunn and Mark Jones, the same team that won for the red and blacks two years ago. Dunn, last year's individual champion, became the first driver in New Zealand to record 200 wins in a season in 2009 when at the age of 19 he achieved the feat, winning the New Zealand Drivers Premiership in the process. Along with team mate Jones, the World Driving Champion in 2003, the duo will ensure Canterbury are favoured to extend their winning streak.
It will be far from easy however. Waikato will field David Butcher and Peter Ferguson, another strong combination. Butcher was the first driver to surpass two million dollars of stakes in a season while Butcher was the runner-up in the 2009 World Series.
Ricky May, the winner of the last two New Zealand Cups, and driver of over 2000 winners spearheads the Mid Canterbury challenge while team mate Gerard O'Reilly is an experienced campaigner who will rack up a good share of points. Auckland honour lies with Brent Mangos and Jay Abernethy and Central Districts pride with Stephen Doody and Scott Dickson. Matthew Williamson and Alan Clark carry the hopes of Otago while Southland's combination will feature Nathan Williamson and Brent Barclay. Barclay won the individual title in 2006, the last time Southland won the teams title.
The depth of driving talent competing this year is superb. A former world champion in Mark Jones, five of the top six drivers from last year's premiership, New Zealand Cup winners and six drivers who have won the Provincial Drivers Championship before - May (twice), Dunn, Jones, Barclay, Ferguson and Doody. This will be the 22nd time the event has been held and May has attended each time. Southland has been the most successful team over the years with six wins while a Southland Under 20 team has also won the teams event. Canterbury have notched up five wins while Waikato and Mid Canterbury are tied on three wins apiece. Central Districts have their name on the trophy twice and Auckland once with Otago yet to taste success.
The full list of teams is:
Auckland: Brent Mangos, Jay Abernethy
Waikato: Peter Ferguson, David Butcher
Central Districts: Stephen Doody, Scott Dickson
Canterbury: Dexter Dunn, Mark Jones
Mid Canterbury: Ricky May, Gerard O'Reilly
Otago: Matthew Williamson, Alan Clark
Southland: Nathan Williamson, Brent Barclay
The drivers go into a ballot for their drives with points allocated over the five heats to find both the team and individual winners. First place in each of the heats is worth 10 points, second - 7 points, third - 5 points, fourth 3 points and fifth - 1 point.
Racing starts at 4 pm on Thursday 2 December - the perfect opportunity to enjoy a summer evening after work watching the superstars of New Zealand harness racing.
Admission to the course on the day is free and some hospitality options are still available.
A prizegiving ceremony will be held at the course at the conclusion of the event before the aftermatch function at the Ascot Park Hotel Tavern.

Newsletter - November 2010

Welcome again to my monthly Newsletter for November.

Horses due to race in November  are:
Painted Black, Daniela Hantuchova, Here’s Johnny, Kotare Casino, Pipiwharua, Nicole Vaidisova & Take The Chance
  
New Additions to Abernethy Racing Stables are:
Young Cullen (4yo Bay Gelding Christian Cullen-Baby Doll Rufus)
Jackpot Girl (3yo Brown Filly Bettor’s Delight- Lyndall)

Hydro Tread Mill

The hydro treadmill is in full swing with a quite a few horses already have completed their courses, and the race day results are very pleasing. There are still a few spaces at the moment for November so if anyone is interested please give us a call. The charges for full board is $65 plus GST per day.

Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.

2 year olds
All the 2yos are now back in and will be aiming to qualify/race this time around.  
Red Belle Hanover is the most advance and forward 2yo at this stage. She has just completed a  30 day course on the hydro treadmill so will not be far away from trailing.
Belle Arising  and Told You So have just resumed from a 4 week break. All going well they should be ready to show something late December.

Stable Visits
We will be having a stable opening day later in the year.
In the mean time if anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to make a time for you.

Shares Available  
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
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Henrik Zetterberg (Stable Star)
Is coming along really nicely he had his first hopple up 7/11/10 everything seems to be on target for a return to racing sometime around Christmas.
November’s horse to follow is Here’s Johnny he has been racing really well  without much luck he just needs a little bit of  luck to go his way on race night and he won’t be far away.

Spy upsets River Field in Manawatu feature

Spy - the winner of 9 races and just under $100,000 in stake money
Manawatu harness racing trainers Stephen Doody and Peter Scaife are awfully hard to topple on their home track, but Gareth Dixon did exactly that when his 6-year-old gelding - Spy - beat hot favourite River Field in the feature pace at Manawatu Raceway tonight ((Thursday October 28).
River Field was backed as unbeatable in the $6,000 Speights 3-6-win pace, but when the Scaife trained David Fagan (Zac Butcher) took the lead off stablemate Operative Word (David Butcher) at the top of the straight the second last time, it left the Doody trained River Field (Peter Ferguson) trapped away three-deep on the markers.
All the while Spy and Jay Abernethy sat in the one-one for most of the journey before peeling out three-wide on the home turn.
At the finish line the 6-year-old son of Falcon Seelster had three quarters of a length to spare over the fast-finishing River Field, who got off the markers when the Spy ($5.50 and $2.10) had the race virtually signed, sealed and delivered.
Spy paced the 2000m mobile in 2:31.2 - mile rate: 2:01.6, with a final 800m sprint of 58.8 seconds. It was his ninth win from 46 starts. He's also placed 15 times for $97,881 in stakes.
It was Spy's first start on the track and first time over the 2000m distance.
Doody did however win the first race with $19.20 outsider Its New Yorks Finest. He also drove the 4-year-old son of Courage Of Under Fire.
But it was Scaife who was the most successful trainer on the night.
The Foxton conditioner won with Imatrotnovsky (Malabar Maple)) and Raven (Live Or Die) in races two and six respectively. Both were driven by Cambridge junior driver Zac Butcher, who together with Jay Abernethy was the most successful reinsman on the eight-race programme.

Perfect drive from Sailesh Abernethy
Article from Harnesslink
For a junior driver who has only sat in the sulky twice this harness racing season promising reinsman Sailesh Abernethy sure knows how to time a run on a $2.10 favourite. The 25-year-old notched up his second career win with a perfect drive at the Morrinsville Trotting Club's meeting at Cambridge Raceway tonight (Thursday October 14).
Abernethy, who drives diggers for his father Wayne's contracting business during the day, again displayed a lot of natural ability when steering the filly he part-owns - Kotare Casino - to a nose victory in tonight's $5,000 John Villager Memorial Pace for junior drivers.
It was the daughter of Bettors Delight's fourth win from six starts. She finished second in her two other starts but it was the first time Abernethy had driven the above average bay.
"I was fairly confident that we would pass Lightning Magic with 50 metres to go but when we crossed the finishing line I wasn't so sure. It was a bit of a relief to get the judge's call," South Auckland- based Abernethy said.
Abernethy was doing the driving for his older brother Jay who trains Kotare Casino at Papakura. He drew one on the second line and followed Simon Lawson and Lightning Magic throughout the 2200m mobile, nabbing the second favourite right on the post. They won in 2:50.6 (mile rate 2:04.7) with final 800m and 400m sectionals of 58.4 and 27.7 seconds.
It was Abernethy's second career win after saluting with Daniela Hantuchova at the same venue on April 1 this year. However don't expect to see Abernethy lining up for a heap of drives.
"I'm happy with my day job and I enjoy helping out my brother in the mornings. The only reason I started driving was because mates like Roydon Downey kept giving me a hard time and kept hassling me to get a licence.
"Sure, if more drives came my way I'd take them but I don't go looking for them. It could change one day. I've still got a few years left in the junior ranks, but I'm happy with the way it is now," Abernethy said.
He said Kotare Casino was a "nice filly" who would now be freshened before taking on the best of her own sex in a Sires Stakes heat at Cambridge on November 20.
"I think she's good enough to take on some of the best fillies but time will tell. Tonight she took on the older 2-win horses and won well. I think she has got a bit of a future."
Abernethy will be back in the sulky again on Saturday night when he steers the 4-year-old gelding his brother Jay trains called Painted Black. They have drawn three on the second line in race four.

Stable Newsletter October 2010

Welcome again to my monthly newsletter for October, sorry there has not been any newsletters for last few months; however we seem to be back on track now.
Horses due to race in October are:
Allin On The River,  Kotare Casino Painted Black, Daniela Hantuchova, Here’s Johnny, Nicole Vaidisova, Take The Chance, Legend Of The Ball, & Pipiwharua
Horses due to trial in October are:
Tohottotrot S, Pipiwharua, & Nicole Vidisova
Hydro Tread Mill

The hydro tread mill is up and running and the results are beginning to show. With Kotare Casino, the first horse to race and win.  There are currently 5 horses working out on this daily. For those who are interested in viewing the hydro treadmill, please make a booking, you can do this by contacting me.
Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.
2 year olds
Abernethy Racing Stables has 3 2yo on the books
Belle Arising (Christian Cullen – Blistering Belle)
Red Belle Hanover (Red River Hanover – Belfry Lady)
Told You So (Red River Hanover – Ask Me Nicely)
All 3 have had 3 short preps with Red Belle Hanover showing the most promise.  However being 2yo’s this could change – watch this space.
Stable Open Day

We will be having a stable opening day later in the year.
In the mean time if anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to make a time for you.
Shares Available  
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few yearlings & 2yo’s  that have shares available from as little as $75 per month fixed rate
For more information please see shares available on the website or email
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz

Stable Star Henrik Zetterberg is Back in NZ
After racing very well from the Peter Russo and Ashlee Siejka Stable in NSW Henrik Zetterberg is back in NZ. After a well deserved break Henrik Zetterberg has started working on the Hydro Treadmill will be looking to race around xmas time. With 24th December he early target race.
October’s horse to follow is Here’s Johnny.  His first up win on the 30/9/10 was impressive!! He still has a few things to learn but once he settles down should make a competitive racehorse.
Alexandra Park Briefs’ 16/9/2010
Classy 3yo Bettor’s Delight filly Kotare Casino (kotare Yangtze-Falcon Seelster) made it two from two this season with a smart win against the 3yo’s and older in 2.01.6 home in 59.2 & 29

Stable News 5th May 2010
Welcome again to my Monthly Newsletter for May sorry for no newsletter in April we were just flat out but everything back on track now.   
Horses due to race in May are: (including caretaker horses)
We currently have a large racing team at present
Painted Black, Daniela Hantuchova, Milka Duno, The Great Escape,  Sparkle N Glitter, Here’s Johnny, T K Saracen, Long John Anvil also horses from the Wayne Higgs Stable in Chch Recklaw’s Boy Recklaw’s Chance and Julius Bardon and  Henrik Zetterberg who will be Racing in Australia
Horses due to trial in may are:
Macchiato, Long John Anvil and Take The Chance
As we are currently weaning last year’s foal we are open for name ideas, the breading can be found on my website under yearlings. Please feel free to email some name suggestions (Still Looking for Names)
Hydro Tread Mill

Our Hydro treadmill is still not competed yet. It is nearly done just doing all the tests on it now hopefully it’s not too far away. (We can see the light at the end of the Tunnel now all the tests have come back good)
Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or add it to the website form page.
2 year olds
Take The Chance is back in work and working well will look at trailing towards the end of the month.
Here’s Johnny Is due to have his first race 5/5/10 workout form has been good (won his last 2 outings)  
Nicole Vaidisova is having a wee break due back in middle of May.
Macchiato is working along nicely he will be looking to trail late May.

Stable Open Day
We will be having a stable opening day once the hydro treadmill is up and running hopefully hold the open day sometime in June
Shares Available  
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few yearlings that have shares available from as little as $75 per month fixed rate
For more information please see shares available on the website or email
www.abernethyracingstables.co.nz
jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz
Henrik Zetterberg
Is racing very well from and Peter Russo and Ashlee Siejka Stable in NSW he will continue to race over there as long as he is racing so good. Current stats 6 Starts 1 Win 1 Seconds 2 thirds to date  
May’s horse to follow is Here’s Johnny his workout form has been really good and has impressed everyone in his work, just needs luck to go his way on race night and he won’t be far away.

Another Abernethy lightweight…..
Sailesh drives first winner
Driving his first racenight winner has come at a cost for Sailesh Abernethy. “My golf handicap has gone out from a five to eleven,” he explains. The younger brother of well-known northern trainer and driver Jay Abernethy, Sailesh reined his first winner at just his sixth drive when Daniela Hantuchova led almost throughout to leave maidens at Cambridge last week. Unlike his brother, who has won the Australasian Junior Drivers Championship, harness racing has never been the prime focus for Sailesh. “I have only started working the horses regularly the last four years or so,” said the 24-year-old. “Before then I was more into my sport. “I played hockey seriously, and then after that golf. At one stage I got down to a five handicap but that has blown out to an eleven now because I am spending a lot more time with the horses.” That means most mornings Sailesh will join his brother working the horses before heading off to his day job, driving diggers for his father Wayne’s earthmoving company. As much as he loves the horses, the family business will always come first. “The horses are great fun and a good distraction from normal life, but I don’t think it will ever be full-time for me. “For me the money will always be better working for Dad, and I have got reasonably high up in the company now. “But I still love the horses.” Sailesh says he was goaded into getting his licence after giving some of his driver friends a hard time about their drives. “I had a few mates say to me why don’t I have a go, so I did and really enjoy it.” While Jay is the boss, the brothers tend to choose which horse they favour when they are yearlings, and Daniela Hantuchova was Sailesh’s so it was only fair he got to eventually drive her once he got his licence. “She has always had ability but she doesn’t really like being in behind. “She is a different horse in front, but when we took her to Manawatu recently she didn’t travel down there so well so we had to take a trail with her. “But she was a lot better last Thursday, and she has the ability to win a couple more without doubt.” Daniela Hantuchova, named after a professional tennis player, is bred to be good. She is by Christian Cullen from Blistering Belle, who won four for the Abernethy’s. She has since left Elite Belle, won 11 races and $116,000, Allin On The River (four wins) and Paddle Foot Holmes (three wins). And you could say Sailesh is bred to be handy too, having the advantage of being a lightweight like his brother. “I’m only fifty-five kgs, like Jay so I suppose that helps.”
6 April 2010

Dash holds out favourite in Hawera Cup


Easter Monday in Taranaki saw the Doug Gale-trained Dash hold out race favourite Percy The Punter for a win in the South Taranaki Hawera Cup. It was only his second North Island Country Cup start but with the 10 points earned, he now sits eighth equal in the series with two races to go.

Driver Jay Abernethy had Dash underway well from the front row and was soon pacing in second position behind Cavalier Dream as the two broke away from the main bunch. With a lap to run the field had closed in on the leaders with Dash enjoying a nice run in the trail.

Along the back straight for the final time, Percy The Punter was soon moved up toward the front, whilst Dash led from the 2000 metres out. Turning for home Abernethy sent Dash charging along the grass. Coming very wide was Percy The Punter, but the margin Dash had over the field was too much for the favourite to overcome in time. Dash claimed the Cup with half-a-length to spare. Arts Bo, who sat parked for the last 1000 metres, charged in for third behind Percy The Punter, who had been sitting behind in the one-one.

Monday’s win was Dash’s first for the season with a further five placings from his 14 starts. The five-year-old by Pacific Rocket has earned $81,000 in his four season of racing which includes seven wins. Of Dash’s 53 race starts, Abernethy has been at the reins for all, bar two of them.

Cyclone Night still leads the North Island Country Cup series with 28 points from his two wins and two placings. Dash is eighth equal and will be looking to improve on this with the Wairarapa and Taranaki Cups remaining before the Final in Auckland on the 23rd of April.

1 April 2010
CONGRATULATIONS SAILESH:


Congratulations go out to Sailesh Abernethy who reined his first winner at tonight's meeting at Cambridge Raceway.

The Papakura junior driver won behind the horse his brother Jay trains called Daniela Hantuchova. It was just his fifth race-day drive and Abernethy shocked the punters somewhat paying $15.90 and $4.20 to win and place in the last event - the $6000 Harness Jewels Fillies and Mares Mobile for maiden pacers.

Stable News 13 March 2010

Welcome again to my Monthly Newsletter for March.  
Horses due to race in March are:
We currently have a large racing team at present
Painted Black, Daniela Hantuchova, Milka Duno, The Great Escape,  Sparkle N Glitter, and Henrik Zetterberg who will be Racing in Australia Horses due to trial in January are:
Nicole Vaidisova, Sparkle N Glitter, & Kotare Rapide.
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Hydro Tread Mill

Our Hydro treadmill is still not competed yet. It is nearly done just doing all the test on it now hopefully it’s not too far away.
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Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or add it to the website form page.
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2 year olds

Take The Chance has been injured from her race fall last start so is having a brief letup.
Here’s Johnny Qualified last month has since been gelded and currently jogging up again
Nicole Vaidisova had her first workout 13/3/10 due to qualify this month
Macchiato is working along nicely we were very pleased to see the turnout that came along and watched him work early this month. After a few gear changes he is now worker a lot better
Stable Open Day
We will be having a stable opening day once the hydro treadmill is up and running hopefully hold the open day sometime in May
Shares Available  
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few yearlings that have shares available from as little as $75 per month fixed rate
For more information please see website or email jay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz
Henrik Zetterberg
Is off to Australia on Monday 15/3/10 to contest in a few 3yo races around NSW his first race is 22/3/10 he will continue to race in Australia for the next few months. Finger crossed he performs well.
March Horse to Follow:
Daniela Hantuchova after a brief let up she is back to her good trail from. She was a impressive workout winner 13/3/10   will be looking for a bold run next start. (Hopefully Sailesh’s First race day Winner)

Stable News 13 February 2010
Hi All
Welcome again to my Monthly Newsletter for February 2010

Horse’s racing in February :
The return of Abernethy Racing Stables  (stable star) Allin In On The River is due to start racing again after a 12 month layoff. He is working very well but may need a few runs to get back to his best. Fingers crossed he stays sound this time around, also due to race this month are Wings Of An Angel, Milka Duno, Take The Chance,  and Henrik Zetterberg,

Horses due to trial in January are:
Painted Black, The Great Escape, Here’s Johnny and Daniela Hantuchova

Yearling Sales 15th February 2010
Abernethy Racing Stables Has 3 lots in  
Lot 74 Tricky Way Out (Dream Away- Tricky Clout)
Lot 104 Red Belle Hanover (Red River Hanover-Belfry Lady)
Lot 122 Belle Arising  (Christian Cullen- Blistering Belle)
More information can be found on the website
Inspections welcome please contact Jay on 021 797242

Hydro Tread Mill

Our Hydro treadmill is coming along nicely. We have had a lot of holds up over the xmas new year’s period but everything is full steam ahead now. Let’s hope it’s not too far away from having the first horse work on it.

Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or add it to the website form page.

Stable Open Day
We will be having a stable opening day once the hydro treadmill is up and running. We will hopefully hold the open day sometime in March or April. But those who want to come out one Saturday morning and watch a few horses work please let me know and we can sort something out.  

Shares Available  
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
Told You So 1yo (Red River Hanover – Ask Me Nicely) 10 Shares Available $150 per month with no cost till 1 March 2010 she will be broken in late January early February.
For more information please see website or emailjay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz

Yearlings Sales Coming up:
Abernethy Racing Stables will be Purchasing a few yearlings from the yearlings sales for Syndication. If you are interested in taking a share in something please let me know. Shares will be Available in 5% through to 50% you decided  more information will be available after the sales on the website and newsletters.
If you would like more information please email me onjay@abernethyracingstables.co.nz

2 year olds
Take The Chance is currently racing and will be joined by Here’s Johnny who is not far away from trailing.
February’s horse to follow is Milka Duno . She had her first start last week and ran home quite well. With a little bit of racing she should keep on improving & hopefully she can pick a few races up over the next few months.    

25/1/10 - As predicted Platinum Rule too good in Cup
Jay Abernethy knows a Cup winner when he gets behind one - and he's not afraid to let 'Harnesslink' readers in on his knowledge. After driving Platinum Rule to victory in the $8000 Otaki Prelude last Friday Abernethy told Harnesslink that the 5-year-old would be very hard to beat in the $12,000 Otaki Cup run on the Otaki grass yesterday (Sunday). He duly obliged and paid $6 to win.
Our headline read Platinum Rule - a 'huge chance' in Otaki Cup. The son of Falcon Seelster proved too strong in the 2-6 win handicap pace winning by 1-3/4 lengths from Arts Bo (Zac butcher) and Cavalier Dream (Arna Donnelly).
Platinum Rule paced the 2600m from his 10m handicap in 3:36.5 (mile rate: 2;13.9) with a final 800m kick of 63.3 seconds.
"He was desperately unlucky the day I drove him in the Westport Cup (Boxing Day). He was three-wide and only got beaten a nose. That was a pretty tidy field and no stronger than what he will meet in Sunday's Otaki Cup," Abernethy said.
"On that run and today's (Friday's) win, he is a huge chance," he told Harnesslink.
Platinum Rule's trainer Laurie Cockfield said he initially met Abernethy at the same Kapiti meeting 12 months ago, and when there was a shortage of drivers on the Coast in December he and co-owner Matt Reedy put out the call for the South Auckland reinsman to head south and drive their pacer.
"I really like Jay's driving because he puts horses right in the race. There's not much of him and I guess the horses don't have much weight to pull. I'd certainly use his services again. He drove the horse really well on both days at Otaki," Cockfield said.
The 47-year-old Westport horseman, who is a carpenter by trade, usually trains two at a time, but Platinum Rule is his only horse he has currently in work. He has now won four of his 19 starts and placed five times for $35,746.
"He's a tough grinding type who can win one or two more. He's one of the better horses I have trained but not the best. That would have to be Tania's Boy, who won seven races for me (three in Cockfield's name), including a Westport Cup. He raced in the late 1980s and early 1990s," Cockfield said.
Cockfield has held a trainer's licence since the 1989-90 season. He has trained nine winners and 27 place-getters and amassed $82,587 in career stakes. He recorded his only driving success in the 2000-2001 season.
Cockfield said he would look to start Platinum Rule on his home track on March 12 with possible excursions to Addington Raceway in between.
"I've only just got home 30 minutes ago (Monday afternoon) and haven't even looked at his programme yet but I would love to win with him here in March," he said.
As well as Reedy, Vanessa Wallis also has a half share in the brown gelding. They also bred him.

25/1/10 Platinum Rule does the Otaki double

After an unlucky nose second in the Westport Cup, Platinum Rule’s trainer Laurie Cockfield decided to tackle the Otaki Cup. And it was a smart move taking the five-year-old up north with his first win of the season coming on Friday in the Cup Prelude.

Driven smartly by Jay Abernethy, Platinum Rule sped away from the standing start as others struggled with the wet conditions on the grass track. Along the front straight for the first time, Flying Along took over with Abernethy soon moving outside of him. As they charged onto the home straight it became a two-horse race between these two front runners and it was Platinum Rule who came out on top.

Platinum Rule began off the 10 metre handicap in Railway Hotel Otaki Cup on Sunday due to the Prelude win. However this did not faze the Falcon Seelster gelding. Although a little slow to begin, Abernethy was able to get him underway without too much trouble. The field broke into two groups with Platinum Rule in front of the second bunch.

With 1000 metres to run, the two groups had combined and Abernethy made his move overtaking much of the bunch. Coming four-wide off the final bend, Platinum Rule began to overhaul his competition. Before long too the rest were dropping off. Doing the Otaki double, Platinum Rule crossed the line with one-and-a-quarter lengths to spare over Arts Bo. Finishing over three lengths back in third was Cavalier Dream.

Owned by Vanessa Wallis and Matthew Reedy in Westport, Platinum Rule has won 4 of his 19 starts in his 15 month career. His lifetime stakes sit at $35,746 with the Cup win his largest to date. This was Cockfield’s ninth career win as a trainer. Platinum Rule now sits fourth equal in the North Island Country Cup series behind Phil B and Cyclone Night.

22/1/10 - Platinum Rule - a 'huge chance' in Otaki Cup
Platinum Rule is a huge chance of backing up in two days and winning the $12,000 Otaki Cup. That's the verdict of the 5-year-old's driver Jay Abernethy following their win in today's (Friday) $8000 Otaki Railway Hotel Cup Prelude win on the Otaki grass track. It was the first of a two-day meeting run by the Kaipiti Coast Harness Racing Club.
It was just the second time the South Auckland reinsman had driven Falcon Seelstergelding. Owner Matt Reedy flew Abernethy to the South Island to drive him in the Westport Cup on Boxing Day.
"They had a shortage of drivers and I gladly accepted the offer to drive the horse. He was desperately unlucky that day. He was three-wide and only got beaten a nose. That was a pretty tidy field and no stronger than what he will meet in Sunday's Otaki Cup," Abernethy said.
"On that run and today's win, he is a huge chance," he added.
Platinum Rule is trained by Laurie Cockfield on the Westport racecourse. It was his first win of the season and eighth since 1989-90. For Platinum Rule it was his third win in 18 starts. He's also placed five times.
Today he flew the barrier and was four lengths in front after 20 metres. Abernethy settled in the trail and then sat in the open for much of 2600m standing start event. In the run home Platinum Rule simply out-muscled his 10 opponents in the slush to win by half a length from Flyin Along and Todd Mitchell. President Tomado and Nicky Chilcott were 2-1/4 lengths back in third.
The winning time was 3:43.4 with a last 800m sprint of 61.7 seconds. Mile rate: 2:18.2.
"We were crawling the last little bit but we always had enough in reserve. It was a comfortable win," Abernethy said.
He said he would stick with Platinum Rule in the Otaki Cup, over Wanganui Cup winner Forever Loyal, who has won his last two, starts for Foxton trainer Colin Evans.
Platinum Rule has copped a 10m handicap for today's win. The Michelle Wallis trained back-marker Swaps (30m) looks the toughest for Platinum Rule to beat.
Otaki Cup selections: Platinum Rule, Swaps, Forever Loyal.
Longshot: Redoubtable.

Auckland Workout Results 16/1/2010
Abernethy Racing Stables had big day with  4 runners in, Take The Chance was impressive wining her heat by 7 lengths, Painted Black run a nice 2nd in the learners heat, I was very please with the way he behave himself considering it was his first workout. Milka Duno and Mystery Moment run 3rd and 4th in the non winner's heat. They will have one or two more trails before they have there first race day start.
Thames H.R.C. news 11/1/10
But perhaps the ‘performance-of-the-day' came from the Doug Gale trained Bakupmac a race earlier.
The talented McArdle gelding recorded the quickest winning mile rate on the 11-race card when winning the $7000 Northern Race-day Services Mobile for 1-2 win paces in 2:03.7. Driven astutely by Jay Abernethy Bakupmac had a nose and 1-1/4 lengths to spare over Elena S (Peter Ferguson) and regal Belleboy (Simon Lawson).
It was the 3-year-old's second win from seven starts. He was also successful at Cambridge Raceway in his assignment on December 29. Yesterday he paced the 1700m mobile in 2:10.7 with final 800m and 400m sectionals of 62.5 and 28.4 seconds.
For Gale it was his seventh training success of the season and 551st in a career spanning back to 1986-87. Abernethy, who is really hitting some nice grass track form at present has now saluted the judge nine times in 2009-2010. All up the talented reinsman has now won 179 races since his junior driving days in 2001-2002.
From Harnesslink

Stable News - 4 January 2010
Welcome again to my Monthly Newsletter for January 2010
Horses due to race in January are:
Wings Of An Angel, Waipipi Lass, Milka Duno, Mystery Moment, The Great Escape and Henrik Zetterberg.
Horses due to trial in January are:
Mystery Moment, Take The Chance, and Milka Duno.  
Yearling Sales 15th February 2010
Abernethy Racing Stables Has 3 lots in  
Lot 74 Tricky Way Out (Dream Away- Tricky Clout)
Lot 104 Red Belle Hanover (Red River Hanover-Belfry Lady)
Lot 122 Belle Arising (Christian Cullen- Blistering Belle)
More information can be found on the website by clicking on their name above.
Inspections welcome please contact Jay on 021 797242
Hydro Tread Mill

Our Hydro treadmill is still competed yet. It is nearly done just doing all the tests on it now, then  hopefully the first horse will be in it by the end of the month.
Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or add it to the website form page.
2 year olds:
Take The Chance Qualified on 1/1/2010 at Cambridge she did everything right and is on target for her first race early February.  Here’s Johnny is due to trail late January
Stable Open Day
We will be having a stable opening day once the hydro treadmill is up and running hopefully hold the open day sometime in February

Stable News 6 December 2009
Welcome again to my Monthly Newsletter for December  
With weather like we have had over this last week or so - roll on summer. I guess the next thing we will be too hot or too dry. Can't please everyone all the time I suppose. Beyond the weather things have been busy during the last month with the racing team getting bigger.

Horses due to race in December are:
Wings Of An Angel, Sparkle N Glitter, Waipipi Lass and Henrik Zetterberg
Horses due to trial in December are:
Mystery Moment, Take The Chance,  and  Milka Duno
Hydro Tread Mill
Our Hydro treadmill is coming along very slowly with hold ups beyond our control. We are really looking forward to getting this up and running. Hopefully it will be completed before Christmas.
Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or add it to the website form page.
2 year olds
Here's Johnny has had a minor setback so won’t be seen till after Christmas. The most forward Filly is Take the Chance who is due to trail next week.

December horse to follow:
Is again Henrik Zetterbreg has been racing well and is starting to learn the ropes of racing hopefully he will continue to improve with every start.
Stable Open Day
We will be having a stable opening day early in the new year as it is a busy time for us around Christmas and we are eagerly waiting the hydro treadmill to be completed.



Trials Results
FRANKLIN TROTTING CLUB INC TRIALS 24/11/2009

Abernethy Racing Stables had the 2 runners in Waipipi Lass and Sparkle N Glitter. Waipipi Lass won her Qualifying heat impressive leading all the way winning, 5 seconds under the time required she won by 4 lengths. A big improvement from her last attempt, promising! The time for the 2050 mobile was 2.37.1 last half in 59.2 quarter in 29.6.  Sparkle n Glitter ran 3rd she sat outside the leader the whole way and finished off nicely. The time for the 2050 meter mobile was 2.40.9 last half in .59 quarter in 28.4. I will be looking to race the two horses in the next few weeks.
Championship drivers named
The Southland Times

The Invercargill Harness Racing Club has confirmed the reinsmen for the Provincial Drivers' Championship at Ascot Park on November 21.
They are: Auckland, Steven Reid and Jay Abernethy; Waikato, Peter Ferguson and David Butcher; Central Districts, Stephen Doody and Scott Dickson; Canterbury, Dexter Dunn and Mark Jones; Mid Canterbury, Ricky May and Gerard O'Reilly; Otago, Matthew Williamson and Alan Clark; and Southland, Kirk Larsen and Nathan Williamson.
Printed 6/10/09 in The Southland Times

Henrik Zetterberg drop back and wins
By Michael Guerin

Had things gone a little better, Hernik Zetterberg wouldn’t have even been at Alexandra Park last Friday because he could have been at Addington competing for much bigger money three days earlier. The 3-year-old showed just how enormous the drop back from Sires’ Stakes Heat racing to maidens is when he blew his opponents away by six lengths last Friday. In doing so he suggested he could be the new stable star for trainer Jay Abernethy, whose opinion of the Mach Three gelding is already obvious. So impressed was Abernethy by Henrik Zetterberg’s trials performances six weeks ago, he threw him in at the very deep end – a Sires’ Stakes Heat at Cambridge on debut. Up against the likes of Sir Lincoln, his inexperience was exposed as he over-raced and finished at the back of the field, but showed enough speed to suggest he would not be a maiden for long. So Punters were on last Friday, and they had little reason for concern as Henrik Zetterberg led basically throughout to bolt in. After the race, Abernethy explained why he took such a dramatic path to winning his first race. “The week before that Sires’ Stakes Heat at Cambridge he trialled great, and i thought it was worth giving him a chance,” he said. “But he got too keen and that stopped him showing his best. “he could be up to those horses.” Abernethy says after Christmas, once Henrik Zetterberg has learnt to handle his speed, he could develop into a Derby horse. “I think he could win four or five races without needing to improve because he has real speed. “But he is still growing; already he is quite a long horse who wears a long hopple.” Henrik Zetterberg was bred by the Abernethy’s from the former smart filly Soky’s Belle and was named after a Swedish ice hockey player. “We named a few after tennis players (stablemate Daniela Hantuchova finished seventh in the same race last Friday) so we thought we would try something different.” Abernethy is working 13 horses, with plenty of young ones, after having sold five to Australia in the last six months. “Selling is good business but it means the racing numbers are down, so I have had a quieter start to the season than I would have liked. “But we have some nice young horses to work with.” Coming back to boost the team soon will be Allin On The River, who looked a class individual before breaking down after winning four races. “He should be back in about six weeks and is looking good, so we are hoping he will stay sound.”

Workouts Results
Auckland Workout Results 7/11/09

Abernethy Racing Stables had the 3 runners in Henrik Zetterberg, Daniela Hantuchova and Waipipi Lass. Henrik Zetterbreg and Daniela Hantuchova both won their heats. Henrik Zetterberg was impressive winning by 2.5 lengths the time for the 2200 mobile was 2.47.4 last half in .58 quarter in 28.2 Daniela Hantuchova she lead all the way and won nicely. The time for the 2200 meters mobile was 2.52.1 last half in 58.6 quarter 28.9. Waipipi Lass ran 4th she hung a bit so will try her on a left handed track in a few weeks time.

Stable News 7 November 2009
Welcome again to my Monthly Newsletter for November
After a month with typical New Zealand weather things are starting to warm up and the grass is starting to grow on the farm.
Horses due to race in November are:
Wings Of An Angel, Sparkle N Glitter, Daniela Hantuchova and Henrik Zetterberg

Horses due to trial in November are:

Waipipi Lass & Here’s Johnny

Stable Star
Allin On The River is working along very nice so far so good so fingers crossed he makes it back to the racetrack.

Hydro Tread Mill
Our Hydro treadmill is coming along very slowly with hold ups beyond our control. We are really looking forward to getting this up and running. Hopefully it will be completed before Christmas.

Feedback:
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or add it to the website form page.
2 year olds
The 2yos are working very well with a few of them looking to trail late November / December at this stage Here's Johnny seems to be the most forward Colt/ Gelding and Take the Chance the most forward Filly but you never know with 2yos they can change so quick.

Recent Sales to Australia
That’s Gold & Blackjack Dollar has joined the stable of Ashlee Siejka and Peter Russo. Ashlee and Peter have been a great asset to Abernethy Racing Stables buying a lot of our horses that have reached there mark here. They have brought Doctor Zeus, Fair Blazing, That’s Gold & Blackjack Dollar. Doctor Zeus has won 4 from 4. Fair blazing has had 13 starts for 6 wins and 3 Seconds & That’s Gold 1 Start for 1 win.  

Stable Open Day
The Stable Open Day has been put back as there has been a few hold ups with the Hydro Treadmill. I Will look at having one later in the year.

November horse to follow
Henrik Zetterbreg only fair efforts to date but keep following your money he will show up at good odds one day soon.

Workouts Results
Auckland Workout Results 17/10/09

Abernethy Racing Stables had the 3 runners in Blackjack Dollar, Sparkle N Glitter, and That’s Gold. Blackjack Dollar won his heat impressive leading all the way winning by 3.5 lengths the time for the 2200 mobile was 2.51.4 last half in 58.8 quarter in 28.9 Sparkle n Glitter ran a distance 3rd but blew quite hard so shows there is improvement in her. That’s Gold was in a heat of 3 runners(Badlands Bromac & Bute Pacer) he lead early then trailed came out with 400 to run and won very nicely. The time for the 2200 meters mobile was 2.50.1 last half in 58 quarter 27.9
So with these results I hope and believe that the new owners of That’s Gold and Blackjack Dollar are going to have some good times ahead. Even if I am a bit sad to let them go, especially after good runs like today.


6 October 2009

Welcome again to my Monthly Newsletter for October.
Well we have had our first month of spring and for many it seems to have been a fairly mixed bag. Still it is better than what some other countries have been experiencing lately.
September has been another busy month for Abernethy Stables with a lot of horses getting near the trails/racing stage, as well as work on the farm.
Horses Due to Races in October
Henrik Zetterberg, Daniela Hantuchova, Wings Of An Angel, Blackjack Dollar will all be racing through October
Horses due to Trail in October
That’s Gold, Waipipi Lass and Sparkle N Glitter will all be trailing at some stage during October
Abernethy Racing Stables Open Day
For those that are interested in coming along to see how things work at Abernethy Racing Stables we are having a open day on the 7th November starting about 10am there will be a BBQ and light refreshments. A few Syndicate horses will be on show for their owners to watch work and get to meet other syndicate members. These horses included Macchiato, Take The Chance, and Sparkle N Glitter, as well as a few others that will be working with them.
Trails & Workout Results
26/09/2009 Workouts Results Cambridge-Te Awamutu H.R.C.
We had 3 horses in at the workouts on Saturday for 2 wins. Wings Of An Angel won her heat nicely. There was a field of seven starters, she covered the 2200 mobile event in 2.49.5 last 800m: 60.4 Last 400m: .29 Margins: 3 lengths, 1/2 length
Henrik Zetterberg won his heat also with seven starters he covered the 2200 mobile in 2.47 Last 800m: 58.8 Last 400m: .28.6 Margins: 1 length, 2 lengths
This Month horse to Follow
Henrik Zetterberg look out for him in non winners field he should go very close


26/09/2009 Workouts Results Cambridge-Te Awamutu H.R.C.
We had 3 horses in at the workouts on Saturday for 2 wins. Wings Of An Angel won her heat nicely. There was a field of seven starters, she cover the 2200 mobile event in 2.49.5 last 800m: 60.4 Last 400m: .29 Margins: 3 lengths, 1/2 length
Henrik Zetterberg won his heat also with seven starters he covered the 2200 mobile in 2.47 Last 800m: 58.8 Last 400m: .28.6 Margins: 1 length, 2 lengths

20 September 2009
The Race team is starting to get near racing again. We had a few line up at theworkouts on saturday.  The 2yo are starting to bowl along nicely. For those that are interested I will be looking at having an opening day later in October, everyone is welcome to attend. For those that have shares in the 2yo & 3yo's they will be in action on the day. Also on show will be the new hydro treadmill and new stables which are both nearing completion.  
What's on this week.
Auckland Races Friday Night
Daniela Hantuchova, Wings Of An Angel and possible Little Floozie Suzy.
Workout Results
Auckland Workouts Saturday 19/9/09
We had 3 runners this week Daniela Hantuchova, Waipipi Lass and Wings Of An Angel. Daniela Hantuchova went really well wining her heat, everything seems to on target for Friday night. Wings Of An Angel need the run but came through the trail alright so will be looking to race her on Friday as well. Waipipi Lass did a few things wrong but will be improved by the run.

This Month Horse to Follow

Daniela Hatuchova I will be looking at 25th September for her first start. Her trail from leading up so far has been faultless.

17 August 2009
Sweden Trip 2009
I left for Sweden with my Girlfriend Lisa who is from there on the 24 July and Returned on the 14th of August. Having broken a bone in my wrist in early July I was not allowed to drive which helped me decide to go to Sweden to have a look around and try and get new training idea’s and techniques.
Our trip started off badly with a five hour delay in Sydney then another hour delay in Singapore. This meant that by the time we got to London we had missed our connecting flight to Sweden, which resulted in us having another four hour delay before flying to Norway before driving three hours to Sweden. If it was any Consolation the trip home went extra good only delayed 30 mins in total.
A memorable part of our trip was the visiting of the three main tracks in Sweden as well and a few smaller ones. I was lucky enough to see last year elitlopp winnerTorvald Palema race. I talked to some of trainers and blacksmith and got some very helpfully tips. One trainer let me fast work one of his horses on a 1000 meter straight track where they work 6 heats with a 1 min walk in between each heat. I also had the chance to pre race warm up a trotter 1 and a half hours before it race. All trotters in Sweden warm up at least once before they race which is a thing I would like to try over here (I can only try). I did notice most of the trotters over there race barefoot taking their shoes off before the race and then putting them back on the next day. The reason for this they said was that most trotters will not hit themselves when they have got no shoes on as its natural. I like the idea of having cross ties in the stables something I will add to my stables in the next few months. Also I was able to speak to the person who makes the automatic horse feeders and I was pleased with what I saw. Our discussion lasted for over an hour and I have now ordered some for my stables which will allow my horses to get a late feed a night and an early breakfast automatically. As the old saying goes “feed little and often” the use of the automatic feeders will allow me to make this more practical.
Other things I found interesting is that when most horses come in for there 2-Y-O Season they stay in for the rest of the lives with hardly any time off apart from a few days here and there. The way they train over there is they work the horses hard a few times a week then normally give them the next day off or a walk in the forest. They also do hill training with breaks on there carts for muscle building and a lot of them ride them they even have saddle trot races where people actually bet on them. I notice most of them are boxed a lot only going out in the paddocks for a few hours the paddocks are pretty bare too.
I found the tack shop interesting and I brought a lot of gear which I have never seen before over here which I will try on my horses as and when needed, which hopefully will be of benefit to them. One thing in particular is the side pole on the Race Carts. Our Carts are too small for two but I would like to try and put one on. I think it would really help horses that get in on the bends and saves using poles or prickers which are banned over there.  
I did not spend all my time over in Sweden looking at horses as it was a holiday after all. I went to the biggest Fun Park Europe a few times which was really entertaining and is one of the best I have ever been too the rides where outstanding. I also spent a bit of time travelling around so I had a good look at Sweden which also included a few boat cruises as well as visiting other attractions.  We also did a little bit of shopping for family and friends before returning home. Now my wrist is healed good it is great to be back, training and driving again.
I would like to thank all those I spoke to regarding while in Sweden regarding training ideas, techniques and products and I really appreciated the opportunities to work and warm up your horses. I wish you all well as it was a thoroughly enjoyable holiday.

31 July 2009

I would like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout the last season and hope it continues for the coming 2010 season.

Plans of projects, some of which are in progress, at the Abernethy Racing Stables are a new underwater treadmill, this is nearing completion and expected to be operational by late September or early October. A new barn has been built with 8 more boxes 3.5 wide by 4.5 long allowing 19 horses to be boxed inside on the cold, wet days plus all paddocks have good horse shelter sheds in them.

Further enhancements to our facilities will include a horse walker as well as the inside jogging track being made deeper, for help with muscle building. New post and rail fences will be constructed for the colt paddocks and eventually post and rail fences will be around the inside of the track to go with the new internal fences which were put up in February this year.

Abernethy Racing Stables are looking positively and with excitement to the coming season and look to continue our good relationships we currently have with our owners and build further on our past successes.
I look forward to welcoming any new clients that are interested in utilising our training services and facilities.
Jay Abernethy

Jayesh Abernethy - 4 wins at Manawatu
05-Dec-2008
South Auckland's hugely talented reinsman Jayesh Abernethy drove four winners for the first time at Palmerston North tonight (December 4). In fact the gifted 25-year-old drove the first three winners on the card which culminated in a massive for $6756 treble for a $1 outlay.
Abernethy was rapped with the achievement but was quick to point out he never had put any money on himself.
"I'm just stoked to have driven four winners at a meeting for the first time. I've driven three winners four or five times but this is this is the first time I've won four. As for the treble, nah!" Abernethy said.
Abernethy made a lot of people happy at Manawatu Raceway tonight. In fact his first three winners resulted in the first training successes of the season for Palmerston North's Sean Henry (Quantum Jack), Tuakau's Henk Habraken (The Great Escape) and Feilding's Duncan Neilson (Kristine Winz).
The fourth - Striking Dash - trained by Brent Lilley at Kaiapoi was Abernethy's most impressive winner in the eighth of the 11 races.
"He absolutely jogged it. He can go on with it the way he won tonight. I'd like to be on him next start," Abernethy said.
Striking Dash, an 8-year-old Life Sign gelding was claimed back tonight by former owner, Canterbury's Carl Forrester. He paid $3500 for the bay.
Abernethy, who is based in Papakura, shot from 25th to 16th in the national driving premiership with his four victories. The 2006 Australasian Young Drivers Champion has now driven 13 winners and 22 place-getters from 105 drives this season. He has also won $110,714 in stake money.
In eight seasons of driving (two as an open horseman) Abernethy has driven 146 winners and more than $1.5m in stakes. He's also trained 10 winners in three seasons as a public trainer. He currently has 13 in work.
Undoubtedly one of the most promising young drivers going around in the north at present Abernethy surpassed 100 career winners in September last year. The 150 should come this month.
He has two drives at Alexandra Park tomorrow night (Friday). The Doug Gale and Wendy Williams trained Five Star Anvil in race four and stablemate Long John Anvil in the seventh event.
"Doug quite likes Five Star Anvil. The other fella is also a chance but 'Five Star' would definitely be the better winning prospect," Abernethy said.
Five Star Anvil is a 2yo McArdle colt who qualified well behind Sir Lincoln at Alexandra Park on November 25. He will line up in the first 2yo race of the 2008-2009 season in the $30,000 Euroglass young Gun Series Heat One Pace. He has drawn seven - one inside Mach Three colt, and likely favorite Sir Lincoln.

Duane RANGER (editor)
Courtesy of Harnesslink

FIRST TRAINING WIN FOR ABERNETHY
Young Papakura horseman Jay Abernethy trained his first winner at the Manukau Trotting Club's meeting at Alexandra Park this evening, January 26, less than two weeks after the death of his grandfather, Kevin Abernethy.
The well-respected trainer died on Monday January 15 after taking ill a few days earlier, the sudden turn so severe that Jay flew home immediately from Australia.
It was there that he was defending his title of Australasian Young Drivers Champion in Adelaide, and even though the decision to come back was never in question, it was made easier by the fact that he was unlikely to win it again.
"I missed the last four races but I couldn't have won, I may have run a placing but that was it."
Following Kevin's death, at the prompt of his tight-knit family, Jay took out his trainer's license to prepare the family horses.
"My family really wanted me to do it, and I was probably going to look at doing it next season anyway," he told Harnesslink.
"Between us, we owned probably 90% of the team and always worked them together."
One of those horses, Waipipi Express, saluted the judge in tonight's The Mill Liquorsave Mobile Pace (2700 metres) in what could be described at best as a poor field of one win pacers.
Still, all you can do is win, and that he did, defeating the five other horses easily by a length and three quarters in a time of 3.31.3 for the 2700 metres.
"He's a great horse, he tries real hard and is so honest, and it was good to get my first win with him."
Another of the Abernethy's horses, Elite Belle, has been racing well in North America and Canada, and racked up another win recently.
Courtesy of Harnesslink
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