Raelene Balle is more than the rock of her Pukekohe family.
The mother of three and wife to Group One winning trainer Derek is starting to make her own impression in harness racing.
Many times a winning owner, Balle is now starting to make an impact on the breeding scene with her foundation mare, Cool Kahli (1998 17 B m Sundon – Cool Store – Sergio Hanover).
That now 17-year-old bay landed her fifth New Zealand winner when foal number four of six, Mr Good And Evil easily won his maiden trot at Alexandra Park last Friday night.
The Skyvalley 3-year-old gelding was the $10.70 eighth favourite in the nine horse field. It was his first win in three starts.
Two of Balle’s three children had a part to play in the naming of the young squaregaiter.
“The dam Cool Kahli was named after my 17-year-old daughter, while my youngest Hunter (10) named Mr Good and Evil.
“Hunter was obsessed with Lego mini-figures at the time we named the horse and his favourite was Mr Good and Evil. The figurine had a twist around head which had a good face on one side and evil on the other,” Balle said.
And Friday’s win came a day before Balle’s 39th birthday, which she celebrated at a wedding in Queenstown.
“You never ask a lady how old she is Duane, so just tell the readers I’m 39 again. I didn’t get to the track on Friday night because I was preparing for my flight to Queenstown to celebrate Kenny Baynes and Joelle Calder’s wedding.
“Derek trained Cool Cobber for Kenny as well as War Machine who has drawn eight in the 2-year-old Ruby Trot Final at Cambridge next Saturday.
But Friday’s winner, Mr Good And Evil, was trained and driven by Brent Mangos. A six-strong ownership spearheaded by Auckland horseman Tim Vince and his partner Sheryl Wigg paid $20,000 for the bay at the 2014 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka.
“He was the mare’s fourth colt in a row so we didn’t mind selling him. I think he’s got a bright future. It was a lovely drive by ‘Mango’,” Balle said.
The winner’s dam won seven of her 41 starts and just under $40,000 before being retired to the broodmares paddock in March 2005.
“She’s a big mare and did a good job for us and we always thought she might make a nice broodmare one day. Her dam – Cool Store (by Sergio Hanover) won five races,” said Balle.
Cool Kahli’s first foal – a now 9-year-old hack named Captn Commando (by CR Commando) placed four times in 14 starts in New Zealand before being given away to friends as a riding horse.
Balle said foal number two – The Duke Abides (by Continentalman) is the best horse she has bred so far.
“He won one race here and then we sold him to Australia in 2012 and he has gone on to win many more including a Group Two.
“After him came King Of Cool (By Monarchy) who we sold at the 2011 Yearling Sales (Karaka) to Jason and Megan Teaz. He won three races here before they sold him to Australia (2014). He’s six now and still racing and has now won eight races.”
Cool Kahli slipped to Skyvalley in 2011 but just over a year later Mr Good And Evil was born.
“We went to Skyvalley because we wanted to introduce a bit of speed into the Sundon breed. I think Mr Good And Evil showed that the other night when he won easily,” Balle said.
The first filly out of the mare is a September 2014 foal named Kimkar Dash who is also out of Skyvalley.
“We took her to the Sales this year and she was passed in which suited us fine, because we want to breed from her and race her. Like I said she’s a bit precious because up until then she was the only girl we got out of the mare,” Balle said.
Then last year along came an unnamed Pegasus Spur filly.
“She’s a weanling and is progressing well. Cool Kahli is not in foal this season. We decided to leave her empty,” her breeder said.
Balle, who is one of four organisers for the annual North Island Harness Racing Awards, said she loved the breeding game and hoped to breed from more mares in the future.
“It’s a great feeling winning any race but to watch a horse win after you have seen him or her being born, then develop into a weanling , a yearling, and then finally a racehorse is an amazing feeling.
“Cool Kahli has done a good job and I don’t think she has bred her last winner yet. There’s still plenty of life. She’s only 17,” said Balle.
“Now for the Jewels,” she added.
The Balles will have two, possibly three starters, in the 2016 Jewels Final at Cambridge Raceway this weekend.
“As well as War Machine (8) in the 2-year-old trot we will have Kenrick (1) starting in the 3-year-old pacing Emerald. Then there’s Ideal World in the same race. He has draw 12 and is the first emergency – but he’s ready to go a big one,” said Balle.
The Balles have placed in a Jewels Final before when Sir George Gray ran third behind King Denny and Monseigneur in the 3-year-old Emerald Trot at Cambridge Raceway two years ago.
Courtesy: Breeders Weeyly
Written by: Duane Ranger