Aldebaran Zeus was crowned the Australian 3YO Trotting Colt of the Year for 2021 to the delight of his connections, having been bred by Aldebaran Park and raced on lease with Danny and Melinda Thackeray and Tracey Cullen.
During the season the colt, trained by Brent Lilley and driven by Chris Alford, raced 12 times for six wins, five placings and $118,240.00 – a season’s high.
Aldebaran Zeus (T3 ;1:58.7, $160,170.00, Muscle Hill USA-Zoia Boko Swe) put an exclamation mark on his career when he captured the Group 1 $80,000 Breeders Crown Final at Melton in a track record-breaking 1:58.7 rate for 2240 metres.
He also won the Group 1 $50,000 APTS 3YO Final and finished second in the Group 1 $100,000 Vicbred Final, Group 1 $75,000 Victoria Trotters Derby and Group 2 $30,000 The Holmfield.
Aldebaran Zeus was one of three trotters with close ties to Aldebaran Park that were winners at the 2021 Australian Awards.
Pink Galahs (1.54.2, $330,174.00), a daughter of resident sire Skyvalley NZ from the mare Sweetasay, was named 4YO Trotting Mare of the Year, while Just A Bit Touchy, the 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year, is out of a mare by Skyvalley NZ.
Pink Galahs' five successes for the season included the Group 1 $50,000 Bill Collins Sprint at Bendigo and the Group 1 $52,000 Darrell Alexander Trotting Championship at Albion Park.
Just A Bit Touchy won four of her nine starts and $77,380 including the Group 1 $100,000 Breeders Crown Final.
Skyvalley NZ, the leading Australian-based trotting sire in 2021, has made a flying start to the new season.
His successes include 12-time career winner Kyvalley Finn (Tr 2.00, $213,460.00) in the Group 3 Hamilton Trotters Cup), 15-time career winner Scenic Sky (Tr $150,474.00) at Menangle, 13-time winner Flash Kyvalley (Tr 2.00.2, $90,250.00) at Maryborough, maiden winner Goodtimedonthesash at Geelong and four-time career winner Patched at Swan Hill.
Paris Faith, a four-year-old mare bred and reared at Aldebaran Park, notched her maiden success at Geelong, while Aldebaran Belle NZ, part-owned by Aldebaran Park, won for the seventh time at Maryborough.
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