About

Located in the harness racing heartland of Canterbury, New Zealand, Nevele R Stud is one of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier standardbred breeding farms. 

Founded more than three and half decades ago, Nevele R has been home to numerous top stallions over the years, including the legendary Holmes Hanover (sire of the most NZ bred winners ever at over 1400), Timely Knight, El Patron, Boyden Hanover, Nero’s B B, Soky’s Atom and more recently champion sires Falcon Seelster and Live Or Die.

This season we’re proud to offer a line-up that includes some of the best-credentialled North American and Australasian pacing stallions available, along with an elite selection of world class trotting sires.

A new addition to our stallion ranks for the coming breeding season is Ultimate Machete, a champion age group son of Bettor’s Delight, whom we will be standing in conjunction with Alabar NZ, at their Auckland farm.

A four-time Group winner and multiple national record holder, Ultimate Machete epitomised the traits necessary to succeed in today’s style of racing, with his high cruising speed and toughness.

Superbly bred, Ultimate Machete is a full brother to the super-star 3-year-old Ultimate Sniper and brilliant WA mare Major Reality.

We’re looking forward to the arrival of Vincent’s first foals in a few months’ time, particularly given what an impressive individual the former Auckland Cup winner is himself.

We were delighted with the response to him in his first year at stud, with the multiple Derby winner serving tremendous books of mares on both sides of the Tasman.

The 2018/19 season saw the first Southern Hemisphere foals on the ground by stallions Always B Miki and Creatine, with both leaving correct and athletic foals with outstanding temperaments.

Always B Miki’s weanlings were also sought after at the recent NZB Auckland All Aged Sale with the fastest pacer of all time, the second leading sire of weanlings by average price.

Please note that, as a result of veterinary advice, Creatine will not be shuttling in 2019/20.

A Rocknroll Dance enjoyed a strong second season in North America in 2018, leaving the likes of  Tattersalls Pace winner Grand Teton, PASS Championship winner and 2YO Breeders Crown runner-up Proof, and a number of Grand Circuit winning fillies, including Aldine Hanover and Rockn Philly.

In the Southern Hemisphere he sired his second Group 1 winner and one of Australia’s best 3-year-old fillies in 2018/19, No Win No Feed – the winner of both the Group 1 Bathurst Gold Bracelet and the Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge Final. A Rocknroll Dance also currently sits fourth on the NZ 3YO Sires Premiership both by stakes won and individual winners.

The six-time Group 1 winner Gold Ace was represented by his first 2-year-old winner, Max Power, who was an impressive 1:56.3 winner at Newcastle in early July, and given that he was such an outstanding 3-year-old himself, we’re sure that his progeny will make an impact in the season ahead.

Our headline trotting stallion Father Patrick quickly established himself as arguably the most exciting young trotting sire in North America since Muscle Hill, with his first crop featuring a number of Sire Stakes and Grand Circuit winners, including one of the leading Hambletonian contender’s this year, Greenshoe, winner of the recent New Jersey Sire Stakes Final in a scintillating 1:50.4 – the fastest time recorded by a three-year-old trotter in 2019 as at July.

A great choice for commercial breeders, Father Patrick averaged $119,000 at the 2018 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, was the second leading sire by average at the New Zealand Bloodstock Sale of Trotters and also produced the highest priced Australian trotting filly ever to sell at auction.

With two crops of racing age down-under, champion Northern Hemisphere sire, Andover Hall is really starting to make his presence felt, particularly in Australia, where he has left the recent 2-year-old Group 1 winners Jaxnme and Is That A Bid, as well as the 2018 Australasian Breeders Crown runner-up Dream Mastar and Vicbred Super Series Final second place-getter, Andover Sun.  As at early July he is the leading sire of two-year-old's in Australia, with three of the four richest juveniles by him.

In NZ, the 3-year-old Anditover looks to have a bright future ahead of him, as does the lightly raced filly Lady Be Good who was a good second to subsequent Harness Jewels Ruby winner Tickle Me Pink in the Northern Trotting Oaks.

Muscle Mass cemented his position as one of North America’s best trotting stallions in 2018, producing the standout 3-year-old trotters Six Pack and Plunge Blue Chip, both of whom are reigning world champions and went past $1,000,000 in earnings in 2018. Six Pack, the 2018 Dan Patch US 3YO Trotting Colt of the Year became the fastest 3-year-old trotter in history with a stunning 1:49.2 win in the Kentucky Futurity, whilst Plunge Blue Chip became the first ever 3-year-old trotter to break the 1:50 mark and is currently the equal fastest 3-year-old filly of all time with a 1:49.8 mark.

In Australasia, Muscle Mass’s single commercial crop of racing age continued to perform with 69% winners to starters in 2018/19, highlighted by the Group 1 National Trot winner Massive Metro.

The Stud boasts first class facilities, experienced veterinarians, an unrivalled 24 hour foal watch service and consistently has on-farm in foal rates of 90% or more.

The farm itself spans 500 acres of mostly irrigated pasture – allowing us to provide an ideal environment for your mare and foal during their stay.