From left WASBA Committee members Howard King and Jeanine Diederich, ticket seller Denise Trobe and raffle winner Peter Anderson - Photo courtesy William Crabb.
Bickley trainer Peter Anderson is thrilled at winning the WA Standardbred Breeders Association (WASBA) raffle and he has chosen a service to Mach Three as his prize. And he has picked Dianalyn as the mare he will breed from.
“After a long deliberation I decided to select Mach Three ahead of Art Major,” he said. “The main reason is that I may not get another chance to get a booking to Mach Three, knowing that he is fully booked this season and is likely to be booked out in coming seasons.
“Mach Three has sired top pacers in the Northern and Southern hemisphere and continues to throw group 1 winners of every age.”
Anderson trained Dianalyn, who retired in February 2009 on an M2 mark and with a record of 110 starts for 14 wins and 34 placings for prizemoney of $104,366. She is by American stallion Catch A Flight from Wonder Gold, a mare by American sire Hamilton R. H. Wonder Gold won at seven of her 39 starts.
Dianalyn finished second to Amongst Royalty, who rated 1.55.1 in winning the WASBA Golden Girls Mile over 1670m at Pinjarra in September 2008. She also finished a close third to Jilsander and Precious Maiden in the group 3 Mares Mile over 1730m at Gloucester Park in December 2007. Finishing behind Dianalyn in that event where several smart mares, including Party Date, Alkira Jet, Sheza Clout, Glitzy Miss, Parsonemby and Giddyupandgobaby.
“I don’t usually breed horses, but I had a real soft spot for Dianalyn, who was a well-gaited, strong mare who never wore a boot,” Anderson said.
Anderson has bred two fillies from Dianalyn, both by All American Ingot. The first, a two-year-old, is currently having her third preparation and is pleasing in her work.
Dianalyn is due to foal in late October to Art Official, who is by Art Major and was the only horse ever to beat Somebeachsomewhere in America. Somebeachsomewhere is by Mach Three.
“So I think it is wise to take the opportunity now to get Dianalyn in foal to a completely different line,” Anderson said.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Alabar and, in particular, John Coffey for putting up the services. This has to be one of the best sponsorship gestures for a long time and shows their commitment to the breeding industry in WA. Special thanks also to WASBA for this great initiative.
“I never dreamt I would win the service. I simply wanted to support WASBA for organising this opportunity for WA breeders and I thought it was a good punt to buy five tickets for $500 for a chance to win a $12,000 service fee when there were only 200 tickets for sale.”