A lengthy association with All Stars came to an end, at least in the foreseeable future, for stable manager, Michelle Neilson last week on her return to Australia after seven years at Rolleston.

Michelle came over from Australia where she had had considerable experience as a junior driver and through family connections with racing in 2012 around the same time Natalie made her base permanently at Rolleston.

“I poached her actually” Natalie confesses. “She was very good, had a lot of potential and I knew she would fit in well over here. She did”



Initially a stablehand and junior driver, Michelle drove six winners in her first full season in New Zealand and was keen for more driving opportunities which was not easy with Mark Natalie and Blair available for the team. In her final Junior year she handled 20 winners. For a brief period she left All Stars in search of greater driving opportunities. She was back for her first open driver season in which she handled three of her five winners for All Stars, Serengeti, Riccardo and Golden Goddess, the latter when she ended Dream About Me’s 12 successive win tally.

In the past two seasons as stable manager she has had fewer opportunities but won three of only 14 drives in the 2018 season including one with Princess Tiffany (admittedly a Breeders Crown heat which was a walkover) and two raceday successes with Kayla Marie compiling a 10 per cent winning strike rate overall with 35 wins. There would have been plenty more but for her executive position at All Stars which encompassed nominations here and in Australia, flight and veterinary planning and a number of other responsibilities not directly connected to the training of the horses.

It was a big challenge for someone who until then had followed instructions rather than giving them and acting as a team leader-acquired skills sometimes underrated by outside observers.

Especially on the major days when All Stars had huge numbers involved the planning was intense .

The work involved a 7 day mindset and in the regular absences of Mark and Natalie overseas heavy responsibility which can take a toll eventually,

Some time ago when indicating she would return to Australia, Michelle referred to family pressures and the desire for a change of direction.

“I have been here seven years and away from my family for most of that time and that is a factor in my thinking. I didn’t expect originally that I would be away this long.

“I guess too there is a time for thinking about a new direction in life having followed this one for so long. Just a freshen up really. I have made no decisions about that but will have a chance to think and reflect on it when I get home”

Michelle leaves with the best wishes of Mark and Natalie and All Stars staff, the longest serving of several Australians the stable has “imported” over several years.

1) Receiving a Horse of the Year Award for the stable 2) Maurice Holmes Vase after Thefixer’s win 2) Returning to scale 3) Guiding Kayla Marie home 4) With Sires Stakes Final Drive Tennyson Bromac 5) Sharing a Cup day moment with Jean Feiss-a huge day’s planning triumphant 6) At the Awards evening


ROLLESTON- Elle Mac, Ultimate Sniper, Jesse Duke , Oscar Bonavena,Cheerful, Better Be Gold, Enhance Your Calm, , Funatthebeach, Copperfield, Flying Even Better, Jack Taylor, Letter Kenny Boy, Dina Bolt, Aqua Sancta, Beyond Words, Taxman, Splendid Me,Ballroom Beauty, Pur Dan, One Change, American Pride, Picture Me, Hold Thumbs, The Moonshadow, Secret Dream , Don Coyote, Lovemelikeyoudo, Virgil, Sweet on Me, Amazing DReam, Bubbled Up, Kayla Marie, Smooth Deal, Ultimate Sniper, Elle Mac, Ultimate Machete, Jesse Duke

Spankem,Ashley Locaz Chase Auckland return to Rolleston Thursday


(RETIRED WITH HONOUR ) Dream About Me-(2012) Bettor's Delight-Splendid Dreams-Dream Away C J Roberts, Est Mrs J L Roberts, P Kenny, Mrs M Kenny

The Fixer-(2013)  Bettor's Delight-Tosti Girl-Christian Cullen  P and G  Kennard, R Magness, R Fleetwood, Mrs P Gillan

Ultimate Machete (2014) -Bettor's Delight-Reality Check-Armbro Operative) P and G Kennard, P and M Creighton, G Douglas, K Rise

Chase Auckland- (2014) Auckland Reactor-Delicate-Falcon Seelster. Alabar Stud Syndicate

Winterfell-(2014) Majestic Son-Una Bromac-Live or Die   T G Casey

Delight In Me. (2014) Bettor's Delight-Spendid Dreams-Dream Away. C J Roberts, P and Mrs M Kenny

Elle Mac-(2014) -Bettor's Delight-Goodlookingirl-Christian Cullen   Mrs J Feiss

Ashley Locaz -(g 2014) Bettor's Delight-Ashley Cullen-Christian Cullen.  P and J L Van Beek, J H and  L I Van Beek

Funatthebeach- (2014) Somebeachsomewhere-Minnie Moose-Bettor's Delight.  N Pilcher  P J Hailes, T Casey

Speech in Silver - 2014 c Mach Three-Silence Is Golden-Grinfromeartoear   G and P Kennard, Mrs C M Rasmussen

Spankem- 2014- Bettor's Delight- Crushem-Holmes Hanover  G and P Kennard, J and A Gibbs, G and K Woodham, Breckon Racing Syndicate

Kings Landing- 2014 g Muscle Hill-Pocaro-Sundon   T G Casey

Turn It Up -2014 g Courage Under Fire- Our Naratuc Bella-Western Ideal   LPilcher M Purdon Mrs A and J A  Gibbs


Three Year Olds (foals of 2015) ( moving to and fro full training during spring )

Bubbled Up -American Ideal-Speights Girl-Mach Three     Breckon Farms  The Perfect Ten Syndicate

Princess Tiffany-Art Major-Dancing Diamonds-Bettor's Delight       B and C Whitelock

Kayla Marie-Bettor's Delight-Braeside Star-Soky's Atom   B and C Whitelock

Lovemelikeyoudo (T)- Love You-Regal Volo-Malabar Man    Breckon Farms The Perfect Ten Syndicate

Cheerful (T)-  2 f Muscles Yankee-Superbowlcheerleader-   B and C Whitelock

Self Assured- Bettor's Delight -Star of Venus-Christian Cullen   Mrs J Feiss

Another Master Piece-Bettor's Delight-Elegant Art-Christian Cullen  G and P Kennard , Breckon Racing Syndicate, G and Mrs K Woodham, J and A Gibbs

Ultimate Sniper-  Bettor's Delight-Reality Check-Armbro Operative   G and P Kennard, G R Douglas, P and M Creighton, K Riseley

Portalegre -Bettor's Delight-Marvao Cam -Christian Cullen  G and P Kennard, C Knowler, N and M Lancaster,  J and M Calcott

Jesse Duke-  Bettor's Delight-Daisy Dundee-In the Pocket  Mrs J Feiss

Bettor My Dreamz- Bettor's Delight-All My Dreamz-Dream Away Mrs C  M Rasmussen, Butterworth Racing Syndicate, Kaos Syndicate

Letterkenny Boy- Art Major-Postmark-Fake Left  T W Patterson  Mrs C Rasmussen

Taxman- Bettor's Delight-Strawberry Fields-Presidential Ball   G and P Kennard, Breckon Racing Syndicate, J and  A Gibbs, G and K Woodham

The Moonshadow- Bettor's Delight-My Style-McArdle   G and P Kennard, K Riseley, P and M Creighton, G Douglas

Only Me-Bettor's Delight-Splendid Deal-In the Pocket C J Roberts


Two Year Olds ( 2018 Sales)

 Aqua Sancta (formerly Sossutor )(Bettor's Delight-Sossusvlei-Art Major) All Stars Stables, P I Baken,  T Titcomb, D Tonks, Mrs M McKay      

 Hold Thumbs (Mach Three-Twilight Beauty-Badlands Hanover) Kennard Bloodstock $85,000 G and P Kennard, G and K Woodham, J and A Gibbs

 American Pride (Andover Hall-Yankeedoosie-Muscles Yankee) bidder Mark $60,000 F Tong, W  R Pengelly

Freddiesam (Bettor's Delight-Zingara-Christian Cullen) bidder Mark $35,000    All Stars Racing, P Baken, C R Knowler

 Roll the Dice (Bettor's Delight-Twice as Great-Artiscape) bidder Kennard Bloodstock $50,000 Kennards, P and M Creighton, K and C Riseley, G Douglas

The Power of Prayer  (Mach Three-Bishop's Blessing-Live or Die) D M Dunford  $50,000        

 One Change (Bettor's Delight-Changedown-Falcon Seelster-All Stars, M Woodlock, T Casey

Italian Lad  (Bettor's Delight-Delzioso -In the Pocket)  bidder Neil Pilcher $70,000

               All Stars Racing, P Baken, S Gillan

Don Coyote (Bettor's Delight-Coca Vicola-Il Vicolo) Jean Feiss $90,000

 Woolfie Mac (Bettor's Delight-Emeli Maguire -Rocknroll Hanover) $50,000 Kennards, G Douglas, K and C Riseley, P and M Creighton

  Smooth Deal (Bettor's Delight-Linda Grace-In the Pocket) bidder Jean Feiss $230,000

 Dina Bolt (Bettor's Delight-Pullover Brown-Armbro Operative) bidder Neil Pilcher $55,000

                  All Stars Stables, P Baken

Copperfield (Bettor's Delight-Tricky Woman-In the Pocket) Jean Feiss $47,000

 Amazing Dream (Bettor's Delight-Christian Dreamer-Christian Cullen) Jean Feiss  $77,500

Pur Dan (Art Major-Collectable-Mach Three) bidder Mark $62,500 D and J Zavitsanos

Gopati (Bettor's Delight-Good as Gold-Christian Cullen) bidder Mark $90,000

                   F Tong and W R Pengelly

 Flying Even Bettor (Bettor's Delight-Flying Mrs Williams -Falcon Seelster)  $90,000      Kennards, G and K Woodham, J and A Gibbs, Breckon Syndicate 

Virgil (Sweet Lou-Pacing Delight-Bettor’s Delight Jean and Bill Feiss

"Homebred' (non sale) Two Year Olds

Sweet On Me (f Sweet Lou-Adore Me-Bettor's Delight)  C J Roberts

Agree With Me (f Bettor's Delight-Abide With Me-Christian Cullen) C J Roberts

On a Roll( f Bettor's Delight-Onlyforyou-Art Major) Breckon Farms

Ballroom Beauty (f Bettor's Delight-Twist and Twirl) Breckon Farms

Beyond Words (f Art Major -Quote Me-Bettor's Delight) Studholme Bloodstock

Secret Dream (f Bettor's Delight-Secret Potion-Courage Under Fire. Studholme Bloodstock

Splendid Me (f Bettor's Delight-Splendid Dreams-Dream Away  C J Roberts

Picture Me (c Bettor's Delight-Imagine Me-Dream Away ) C J Roberts

SALES 2019

Pace N Pride (Bettors Delight-Maid in Splendour-Christian Cullen) $55,000. Kennard Syndicates

Pacemaker (Sweet Lou-Pacing Delight-Bettor’s Delight) $140,000 Jean and Bill Feiss

Maybe (Bettor’s Delight-Taylor kate-Artsplace ( $65,000 Jean and Bill Feiss

Captain Outrageous (Captaintreacherous-Veste-Christian Cullen) $130,000 All Stars Stables

Mr Muscle (Muscle Hill-Alannah Hall-Angus Hall) $100,000 Kennard Syndicates

Brent Michael (c Art Major-Minnie Moose-Bettor’s Delight) $60,000 All Stars Stables

Naked Attraction (Love You-Experiment-Sundon) $32,000 Mark Purdon

Bettor Medley (c Bettor’s Delight-Elite Medley-Live or Die) $65,000 Kennard Syndicates

Pembrook’s Destiny (Bettor’s Delight-Pembrooke Belle- Art Major) $35,000 Kennard Syndicates

Romeo Shard (Bettor’s Delight-Priscilla Shard-Western Ideal) $100,000 Kennard Syndicates

Demand Respect (Bettor’s Delight-Nitouche Franco-Soky’s Atom) $60,000 All Stars Stables

Katy’s Art (Art Major-Katy Perry-Bettor’s Delight) $65,000 All Stars Stables

Franco Noble (c Bettor’s Delight-Nearea Franco-Badlands Hanover ) $76,000 All Stars Stables

Finesse (fBettor’s Delight-Regret-In the Pocket) $30,000 Jean and Bill Feiss

Samhara ( c Bettor’s Delight-Solandra-Artsplace) $60,000 Kennard Syndicates

Stag Party (c Bettor’s Delight-Surprise Party-Christian Cullen $100,000 Jean and Bill Feiss

Arden’s Ace (c Art Major -Venus Serena-Mach Three) $90,000 Kennard Major Mark Syndicate

Rock Legend (c Roll With Joe-A Legend-Safely Kept) $60,000 All Star Stables

Beaudiene Bigtime (c Bettor’s Delight-Beaudiene Maja Babe-Art Major) $170,000 Jean and Bill Feiss