Outstanding southern owned broodmare Princess Della was in the limelight at Melton in Victoria earlier in the month when two of her progeny Just A Cracker and his half-sister Dealornodeal formed the successful quinella combination in a feature trot.
Princess Della (Last Lord-Della Anna) is owned by Wendy Blakie of Oturehua, Central Otago, who has been closely associated with her brother Donald McRae of Browns Road, an offshoot of Mill Road, Myross Bush with the mare's progeny.
If somebody remembers to nominate her, Princess Della would be right in contention for Southland 2011-12 Broodmare of the Year.
The distinguished descendant of Southland's famous Harold's Rest taproot is not only the dam of Just A Cracker (by Sundon) and Dealornodeal (Dream Vacation mare) but also remarkable Victorian trained trotter Kyvalley Mac, winner of 12 Victorian races, three at Melton Park, for Chris Lang who took her over for Graeme Rogerson and Peter Blanchard who bought her from breeder Mrs Blakie at the National Yearling Sales in Christchurch.
The winner of two races, Princess Della was New Zealand's 1992-93 Champion 3-Y-O Trotting Filly of the Year for owner Mrs Blakie and her brother Donald who trained her. She was also runner-op in the New Zealand Trotting Derby.
"She was only half sound and we didn't press on much with her after her outstanding form at 3,'' trainer McRae said.
Princess Della's well performed first foal, Just Incredible, who took a 1:56.6 mark in the Unites States, was by the incomparable sire Sundon, the greatest progenitor of his gait to ever stand in the Southern Hemisphere and is hale and hearty and ready for public patronage at Roydon Lodge, rising 27, next season.
Just Incredible was a high profile young trotter with placings in the group two NZ Trotting Stakes and the PGG NZ Yearling Sales Trot.
Just A Cracker, winner of 11 races in New Zealand, was also by the mighty Sundon. He set a New Zealand record and has won $96,000 in stakes in the US. He was initially passed in at $44,000 at the national sales before being brought home to Myross Bush to be trained.
Lance Justice of Smoken Up fame, now trains Just A Cracker after winning 11 here for Don McRae who, earlier assisted Curly Thomas to transact the sale of the Mervyn Todd developed champion Sokyola to Justice.
Dealornodeal, yet another distinguished trotter out of broodmare gem Princess Della bred by Wendy Blakie, was sold to Graeme Rogerson and Peter Blanchard at the National yearling sales.
She won seven races in New Zealand and has won at least four for Chris Lang, a son of Graeme Lang, a great trotting mentor and a brother of prolific driver Gavan Lang. Dealornodeal has taken a 1:55.5 mile time trial record at Bendigo.
Princess Della has also left Rare Opportunity who qualified at 3 for Rogerson and Blanchard and a juvenile son of Magic Sun and a Sundon filly from her sold to New South Wales interests at the last Premier Sales.
McRae has weaned a Sky Valley weanling filly from the top producer destined for the next National Sales.
Princesas Della is not in foal but will probably be serviced by Love You next season.
- The Southland Times