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Bitter blow for owner of Lazarus’ dam

  • Fri, 09 Feb 2018
  • NZ Harness News
Lazarus winning the New Zealand Cup. Photo: Race Images.

Lazarus winning the New Zealand Cup. Photo: Race Images.

Dunedin breeder Gavin Chin is facing the reality that there will be no little Lazarus running around next spring.

Chin received the devastating news last week that his mare Bethany, the dam of Lazarus, had failed to get in foal this season.

The Christian Cullen mare had been mated to Bettor’s Delight in the hope she would produce a full sibling to the superstar Lazarus.

The news that that bid had failed meant Bethany, who is a relatively young in broodmare terms at 10 years old, will go two years without producing a foal.

Naturally, it’s a major disappointment for her owner.

“It is very frustrating to have a mare like Bethany and for her not to be able to get in foal,’’ Chin said.

“But we will just keep trying and have another go next year.’’

The news is a blow to yearling sales buyers who could have had the opportunity to bid on a full brother to Lazarus.

A full sister to the champion would have joined Chin’s broodmare band, much like his yearling by American Ideal will.

Though it is hoped she will make a racehorse first.

The filly was recently broken in by West Melton horsewoman Denise Ottley.

“She broke in well and did everything right; she is a nice pacer and is very sensible,’’ Chin said.

Chin sold an Art Major colt from Bethany at last year’s yearling sales to clients of Weedons trainer Nigel McGrath for $120,000.

Though the horse, named Artstanding, is yet to be sighted at trials or workouts, it is understood he has pleased his trainer, so far.

The only other foal Bethany has produced is Champagne Dreams, a full sister to Artstanding.

The now six-year-old mare won one race in New Zealand before adding nine more wins to her name in Australia, where she last raced at Melton at the end of last month.

Champagne Dreams was a $19,000 yearling sales purchase for trainer Mark Jones.