Day At The Track
Jason with the cup and Marg with Code Bailey as happy connections celebrate the Terang Cup win,Harness racing

Mother, son take honors in hometown Cup

Exuberant south west Victorian reinsman Jason Lee combined with his mother Marg to snatch the duo’s most coveted trophy at the weekend – a victory in their hometown harness racing pacing cup. Five-year-old stallion Code Bailey gave Jason his first Terang Pacing Cup and he confirmed it was one of his sweetest victories. Marg won it in 2013 with Keayang Cullen, driven by Glen Craven. “It has been at the top of my bucket list for a while,” Jason said. “Even though it may not be the biggest race on the calendar, it’s no secret that I wanted the Terang Cup, then an Inter Dominion and after that any other G1 event,” he said. The brilliant young reinsman blasted Code Bailey (Christian Cullen-Taffeta Bromac (Badlands Hanover) to the head of affairs soon after the mobile barrier despatched the field in the $50,000 feature. Jason was determined to make it a solidly run race, setting a cracking pace and making it awfully hard for those back in the field to make any ground. The mile rate of 1.56-8 over the marathon distance of 2680 metres was super, but the last mile of 1.52-7 was quite sensational. Code Bailey cruised to the line with an 18-metre advantage over recent SA Cup victor Pat Stanley (Kerryn Manning) with a further two metres back to A G’s White Socks (Greg Sugars). “We were travelling pretty good a fair way out. I was really happy coming up the home straight—perhaps it more relief than anything,” Jason said. “There was that expectation that we had our big chance to win our hometown cup. You just don’t always get the opportunity to do that,” he said. “I can tell you that I was very nervous. I’ve probably never been that nervous in the past. But we are just over the moon that we’ve now ticked it off.” Jason said his nan had always told him he would win the Terang Cup one day. “So now she’s right. Even back when I was younger doing the pony trots, I always loved the Terang Cup meeting,” he said. “But sometimes you find these races are harder to win than a feature that you’ve been aiming for. Ever since I got my metro licence, I’ve pretty much taken part in it every year.” Harness racing identity Paul Campbell presenting the Terang Pacing Cup trophy to trainer Marg Lee The Lees are based at Ecklin South (15 minutes from Terang), and Jason said he loved living in such a harness racing stronghold. “The town always puts on a big show, particularly cup night. We are a close-knit harness racing region down here. We’re like a big family,” he said. “Win, lose or draw we’ll always go and shake their hand. “But it’s probably best said that Harness Racing is really like a big family too. You just have to see what’s going on with Gavin (champion driver Gavin Lang who is currently in hospital battling a rare form of blood cancer). “The industry has really got behind him with financial support for the best treatment.” Code Bailey, who was sent out as the $1.80 favorite, gave a carbon copy performance when he won the Garrards Horse and Hound Bendigo Cup on January 3 with a bold front running display. Jammed in between the two Cup victories was a solid fifth in the Ballarat Cup (beaten 7m) and a close-up fourth (4m) in the prestigious Hunter Cup. Jason said that provided Code Bailey pulled up okay, a campaign in Sydney for the coming big races was on the cards. Code Bailey is part-owned by two popular AFL players in Darcy Gardiner of the Brisbane Lions and his former teammate Louie Taylor, who this season lines up with the Sydney Swans. It was a big night for Marg who in addition with taking home the gold cup, also trained two other winners on the program in Keayang Liberty and Keayang Livana. Trainer-driver Chris Svanosio, fresh from an overseas holiday, took the honors in the Terang G3 Trotters Cup. Chris got the money with Magicool (Tennotrump-Free Rider), while close friend Glen Craven was runner-up with stablemate Kyvalley Finn (Skyvalley-Kyvalley Paris).   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Lot 122 Im Cushty (Captaintreacherous – Hi Ho Silver Lining), Bay Colt sold for $250,000,Harness racing

2020 Standardbred Yearling Sale - Live blog

NZB Standardbred’s 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale is underway at Karaka and will showcase the very best harness racing yearlings New Zealand has to offer over four action-packed days of inspections, parades and selling. The Auckland Sale on Monday 17 February will be broadcast live on Freeview Channel 200 and www.nzbstandardbred.co.nz  from 10.45am with a Preview Show hosted by Greg O'Connor.  Live updates here from 10:45am Please refresh your browser to check for latest additions to the live feed updates  Good start to the sales with Lot 1 Jesse J (American Ideal – Jessies Cullen), Bay Filly going for $45,000 to the bid of Steve Stockman.  Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd were the vendors Lot 1 Jesse J Lot 3 Hoppy's Way (Art Major – Joanne's A Delight)Brown Colt, sold for $65,000 to Mr JR & Mrs W Giumelli – Western Australia , Hollis & Robertson Equine Services the vendors. Lot 3 Hoppy's Way   Lot 10 Ebury Delight (Bettor's Delight – Meet Me In Mayfair) Bay Filly sold for $75,000 to Dawe Contracting Ltd – Canterbury, Hollis & Robertson Equine Services the vendors. Lot 10 Ebury Delight    Lot 13 Manchild (Bettor's Delight – O Baby) Bay Colt sold for $100,000 to PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock Ltd – Canterbury, Breckon Farms Ltd were the vendors Lot 13 Manchild Lot 25 Sweet Spirit (Sweet Lou – Major Spirit), Bay Filly, Sold for $52,000 to Mr RW Todd – Canterbury, Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd were the vendors Lot 25 Sweet Spirit    Lot 32 Precious Belle (Bettor's Delight – Precious Rose), Bay Filly sold for $95,000  Old Ridge Services No. 4 Ltd the vendors Lot 32 Precious Belle   Lot 33 Gossip Girl (Bettor's Delight – Our Melody), Brown Filly  sold for $50,000, Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Lot 33 Gossip Girl   Lot 35 Cover Girl (Bettor's Delight – Sossusvlei), Brown Filly sold for $95,000,Breckon Farms Ltd the vendor Lot 35 Cover Girl   Lot 42 Maddys Nino (Art Major – Spanish Armada), Bay Colt sold for $105,000 to Mr JR & Mrs W Giumelli – Western Australia,Hollis & Robertson Equine Services the vendors Lot 42 Maddys Nino   Lot 44 Splice The Mainbrace (Captaintreacherous – Twilight Beauty), Chestnut Colt sold for $55,000, Tardina Stud Ltd the vendor Lot 44 Splice The Mainbrace   Lot 49 Argyle (Bettor's Delight – Royal Gem), Bay Colt  sold for $210,000, Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd the vendor Lot 49 Argyle   Lot 63 Next To Me (Bettor's Delight- Splendid Deal ) continues the strong run of Woodlands Stud and sells for $200'000. The family is well known with Maixm and Splendour both group 1 performers.   Lot 71 Casino Action (Bettor's Delight- Super Deal) goes to USA interests for $80'000. That's a good indication of the increased market attention that New Zealand breeds are generating across the globe.  Lot 79 Big Boy Louie (Bettor's Delight- Big Lucy) sells for $60'000 to Phil Kennard. Big Lucy being an 8 time winner. It carries on what has been a busy time for the Kennards as purchases.   Lot 89 Instant Classic (Muscle Hill- Classic Armbro) proves just that and brings a $90'000 bid from G Hope. The colt is a brother to Tailored Elegance.  Lot 102  Bo Duke (Bettor's Delight - Daisy Dundee) sells for $115'000 to Stonewall Stud. The colt is a brother to Jesse Duke and calls upon the Deborah Dundee dam-line.   Lot 112 Whiskey On The Rocks (Art Major-Double Shot) stripped a grand prospect and is hammered down at $65'000. It continues the strong showing by Art Major and is closely followed by Lot 113, Georgias Bettors, a Bettor's Delight colt who threatens to top the action with a bid of $200'000 registered by Jean Feiss who has a strong record for selecting the very best come sales time.  Lot 122  Im Cushty (Captain trecherous- Hi Ho Silver) sets a new high for the sale today with a $250'000 bid from Australian interests. The Captain certainly making an impression at Karaka. That lot is followed by Lot 124 Pasquale (Bettor's Delight - Holly Madison) which makes $110'000 for Breckon Farms.   Lot 122  Im Cushty The last lot of the day is passed in. That's wrap of the day here. Day two sees the action travel down to Christchurch where the trotting bloodlines will be present for sale before pacing blood is offered on Wednesday.    Harnesslink Media

Caribbean Blaster,Harness racing

Yirribee Stud winners everywhere

Yirribee Pacing Stud bred harness racing winners in NSW, Queensland and North America last week. Lutzys Dream, a three-year-old gelding by Caribbean Blaster, won for the second time at Bathurst, while Dollarbill (by Million Dollar Cam)) won his 18th lifetime race at Redcliffe. In America, the Yirribee Stud bred Its Only Rocknroll (by Million Dollar Cam) won in 1:52.6 at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania to lift his stakemoney beyond the $400,000 mark. Other recent Yirribee-sired winners have been Navajo Outawagga (by Million Dollar Cam), who notched her first win at Albany, and the Yirribee Stud owned Time Keepa Lombo (by Lombo Pocket Watch), who scored in 1:55.8 at Wagga. Our brilliant, young sire Warrawee Needy was represented by his first Australian starter from his first crop in the two-year-old filly Rockindownunder, who finished a close fourth in 1:53.3 at Menangle.   By Peter Wharton

Beachtrea

Brother to Captaintreacherous available

The Somebeachsomewhere horse Beachtrea, a full-brother to former champion racehorse and now leading sire Captaintreacherous, is available for stud duties ‘Down Under’ next season. An upstanding individual, foaled in 2011, Beachtrea represents a great opportunity for a small stud in New Zealand or Australia to secure a young stallion from one of the most highly prized families in America today. Beachtrea was only lightly raced due to injury and took his record of 1:52.6 at three years. Standing in Ohio, Beachtrea, from restricted stud chances, has sired 13 winners – including three in 1:55 - from 18 starters to date from his first two racing crops. On the score of blood Beachtrea lacks nothing. His sire Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.8) was a champion with stake earnings of $3.2million and has been one of America’s top sires for some time. He figures as the sire of two of America’s greatest pacers in Captaintreacherous (1:47.3) – a younger brother of Beachtrea – and Pure Country (1:48). Worldly Treasure (1:53.2), the dam of Beachtrea, was one of the many grand producing daughters of a champion sire in Artsplace (1:49.4), being out of a noted produced in World Order (1:53), by Nihilator from Rodine Hanover (1:54), by Big Towner. World Order was the dam of seven individual winners three of whom took record of 1:55 or better including an outstanding racemare in Worldly Beauty 1:49.6, winner of $1.9m in stakes. In turn Worldly Beauty has proved herself a champion broodmare, being the dam of Rock N Roll World 1:48.6 ($712,737), the Hoosier Cup winner World Of Rocknroll (1:50.6) and Captain Deo (1:50.4). World Of Her Own, a daughter of Worldly Beauty, is the dam of Sir Richard Z Tam (1:50.2). This is the immediate family of champion Australian sire Art Major, the leading juvenile sire on six occasions, and other successful ‘down under’ sires in Perfect Art and Panspacificflight. For further details contact Peter Wharton on +61409192532

Presidentialchange, a five-year-old Changeover gelding, came from absolute last at the 500 metre mark to quash his harness racing rivals in the time-honoured Calder Pacing Cup at Wedderburn on Sunday. The gelding hoisted a fresh lifetime record of 1:58.2 in posting his fifth success. Changeover, who stands at Burwood Stud near Brisbane, left winners in three different States and three countries during the past week. Other recent Changeover winners were the three-year-old Yianni (1:56.2, Ballarat), Immortal Change NZ (Tamworth), Stinger Lindenny (Palmerston North, NZ), Glengarry Knight NZ (1:52.6, Dover Downs, USA) and the trotter Heart Of Change NZ, who came off a 40 metre handicap to win at Albion Park. Changeover has sired 85 individual winners to date this season and they have amassed $1.2 million in prizemoney.   By Peter Wharton

Harness Racing Australia’s “tweaking” of its controversial new National Ratings system will bring some small consolation to industry participants frustrated their views are not being heard. But the sport’s peak body has missed the opportunity make the more significant changes this contentious system so desperately needs to regain the confidence of passionate industry participants. Harness Racing New South Wales chief John Dumesny is so far the only State chief to report back to industry participants on the outcomes of last week’s HRA Executive meeting, and the intense debate at the Ratings Review team meeting that preceded it. It was the job of the Review Team three weeks ago to make recommendations on any changes required, six months after the NR system was rolled out – and the executive, reportedly, duly adopted the review recommendations last week. The decisions of the HRA executive can be read here:  While other State bodies have had little to say to their constituencies about the impact and timing of the amendments, Dumesny was frank in his HRNSW Blog last week. “Is it absolutely what we wanted in NSW?  No, but we got somewhere towards the requests of our participants and that is not always easy as these meetings go.  And I’m talking about a meeting that lasted six hours, of pretty deliberate discussions,” he said. “Some states rely heavily on the data and that is pertinent…but there is another point that always must be respected, and that is your stakeholder satisfaction -- it is a balance,” he said. “We want wagering turnover, we want to provide even racing but without participants we don’t have a sport. Certainly, I played that card within reason at the Ratings Review team meeting.” Industry participants in Victoria, in particular, have been enraged by the lack of consultation by the State body.  Debate on social media about the NR system has been “white hot”, but Harness Racing Victoria has provided no formal process or opportunity for industry to provide feedback to inform its position at the Ratings Review. And while the HR executive might not have been receiving the grass roots input via some State bodies that many industry participants wanted, there were some concessions to appease critics. The major change relates to the iniquitous “points for second place” conditions of the new NR system, and there are some welcome amendments to the NR matrix. Now, for races less than $10,000 the NR point for second place will disappear.  In addition, horses winning races with lower levels of stake money will be awarded fewer NR points. But Dumesny’s blog comments indicate, despite the compromise, not all States were fully on board to the level of NSW. “This was a concern across Australia that for running second you are actually penalised a point and while some didn’t want to lift the prizemoney level higher than $10,000, everyone was sensible about the end result,” Dumesny said. John Dumesny The Executive also approved a significant and common sense change for two year old racing, in that the system will be modified to reduce the starting point rating from 40 to 35 National Rating Points. However, efforts to get a similar concession for three year olds failed. The impact on three year olds, and the lack of protection they are provided in their juvenile season, has been one of the most hotly-debated issues around the new NR system. But Dumesny indicated the solution required by participants for three year olds was not going to get past all members of the review team. “The easiest outcome from our participants’ point of view for three years olds was to drop down (the three year old ranking) from 50 points to 45 points,” Dumesny said. “I didn’t get much traction on that with the other States – but we came up with a pretty good compromise in my opinion.” The “compromise” solution allows States to “potentially” program races that allow for a five-point concession for three year olds racing against older horses. “It was about the experience and maturity of horses, so when these three year olds do win their three year old races and they have to race against the older horses they will get a five point concession,” Dumesny said. The frustration for many industry participants currently racing three-year olds (already mid-way through their 3YO season), will be in the likely lag time for adoption of the compromise conditions. Dumesny pointed to likely further delays in the rollout, due to the time necessary for modifications to the national industry database. That is, the time it takes for RISE to change the HARVEY System. “It’s a bit of a case of when we can get it into the system – there needs to be changes to the HARVEY system because we really want it to be all automatic.  We don’t want it to be a manual system because errors will occur,” he said. It will then be up to the States (particularly those not necessarily enthusiastic about amendment of the conditions) to enact the new policy. Amendments to programming necessary to accommodate the new three-year-old concessions will also become a State-by-State responsibility.  A separate issue is how effectively the race conditions are amended to provide enough realistic racing opportunities for three year olds. Dumesny said he was “quite prepared” for further feedback on the system from industry participants. Harnesslink Media

THE POWERHOUSE Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin barn has four runners in Australia’s biggest four-year-old race, the Chariots Of Fire. Demon Delight qualified with a slashing second to prepost favourite Self Assured in the Hondo Grattan and the stable then completed “owned” last night’s qualifier, the Paleface Adios. Stewart and Tonkin landed the trifecta with the brilliant Hurricane Harley leading throughout to win from the eye-catching stablemate Out To Play and Fourbigmen. Although Self Assured is a $1.75 pre-draw favourite, it promises to be a fantastic Chariots next Saturday night. The final field (pre-draw) is: Self Assured, Lochinvar Art, Hurricane Harley, Demon Delight, Out To Play, Max Delight, Culture King, Fourbigmen, Make Way, Rockin Marty, Catch A Moment (1st emerg), Supreme Dominator (2nd emerg). _____________________________________________________________________________ VICTORIA Derby winner Line Up is clearly the horse to beat in the NSW Derby despite having his colours lowered at Menangle last night. The former Kiwi was astronomical in defeat, doing a power of work to find the lead the copping plenty of midrace pressure in a blazing 1min53.4sec mile rate for the long 2300m trip. Stablemate Perfect Stride, who led for young driver Cam Hart then took a trial and had a much easier run, nabbed Line Up to win by a neck. They went the four splits of the last mile in 27.6, 29.4, 28.3 and 28.4sec. Although trainer Anthony Butt doesn’t think there is much between the pair, Line Up’s run was clearly the better of the two last night. Victoria Derby runner-up Governor Jujon was slightly disappointing in fourth spot after staying out of the early speed burn and making a midrace move to sit parked. And former Victorian Youaremy Sunshine, sensationally-backed into favouritism at his first run for Craig Cross and Luke McCarthy, went roughly at times and never looked comfortable before dropping out sharply from the 600m to finish last. _____________________________________________________________________________ STAR Kiwi filly Stylish Memphis suffered a shock defeat in the build-up to the NSW Oaks. Maybe she needed the hitout and the closing splits were superb, but $26 outsider Muscle Mach still sat outside Stylish Memphis and nabbed her on the wire to win by a nose. Stylish Memphis, the $1.35 favourite, led easily from the pole, seemed to settle quite well through a very cosy 59.3sec first half and dashed home in 53.3 and 26.1sec. Driver Tim Williams nursed her as long as he could down the straight and it looked like she was doing enough, but Muscle Mach snatched the win. Stylish Memphis now heads to the Oaks heats next Saturday night. _____________________________________________________________________________ FORMER Miracle Mile winner My Field Marshal is right back to his best just in time for the great sprint race again this year. It’s been a tricky preparation with an aborted WA raid, but trainer Tim Butt’s decision to skip the Hunter Cup and stick to Menangle racing counting down to the Miracle Mile seems to have worked. My Field Marshal made it back-to-back Menangle wins when he overpowered the leader and favourite, Majordan, and staved-off an eye-catching Alta Orlando to win by a head. Alta Orlando’s effort to get so close, from second-last on the home bend, was huge, showing he’s also right on target. All Stars’ runner Chase Auckland was never a hope after going back to last from a wide draw, but there was plenty to like about the way he closed in the last 150m for a close fourth. It will now be interesting to see which Miracle Mile hopefuls head to Friday night’s $100,000 Group 1 Newcastle Mile or wait for the two qualifying sprints at Menangle eight days later. _____________________________________________________________________________ CRAIG Cross won the $50,000 Group 2 Sibelia Stakes, but just not with the mare punters hoped. Punters sent Cross’ much-improved mare Better Enforce out a $2 favourite despite a wide draw, but she drifted back and powered home late for an eye-catching third. Stablemate Hows The Memory grabbed the win after leading early, being shuffled to three pegs and getting inside runs in a 1min51.2sec mile. Kiwi raider Havtime did plenty of midrace work to find the lead and weakened late for sixth.   Adam Hamilton

The good news for vendors at the Karaka standardbred sale on Monday is even when Kiwis have been losing this summer, they have been winning. Harness racing's sales week starts with a parade at Karaka tomorrow before the northern sale on Monday followed by two days of selling in Christchurch. It will be the second year of harness sales for New Zealand Bloodstock since they opened their standardbred division and quickly cornered the market, winning rave reviews last year for their promotion and the streamlining of the sales series payments for what is now known as the Harness Millions. But why they were still getting their feet under the table last season, NZBS has had longer to prepare for next week's sales and as they did with the recent thoroughbred sales they have heavily targeted the Australian market. And they have had plenty of help on the racetrack. Kiwi-bred horses have dominated every facet of Australian harness racing in the last 12 months, even when our best have not turned up or even been beaten. New Zealand quinellaed the Miracle Mile last season, had great success at the Breeders Crown with a smaller than usual team and even though many of the big guns were beaten at the recent Victorian carnival still almost every major race was won by if not a New Zealand-trained horse, one bred and often raced here before being sold. Even when Australian-trained horses won the Hunter Cup (King Of Swing) and the Great Southern Star (Tornado Valley) at Melton two weeks ago, both started their careers here so are an equine advertisement for our breeders' superiority. New Zealand-bred horses won 64 group one races in Australia alone last season. Even the most bias Australian harness racing fan only has to scan their local fields, particularly the better races, to see the NZ attached to so many names to realise why so many Australian trainers, and many of their biggest-spending owners, will be coming to New Zealand tomorrow. "We have definitely targeted that market and I am confident there will be even more Australians here than last year," says NZBS boss Andrew Seabrook. "The results our horses have recorded in Australia have been incredible, and that is right across the spectrum from young horses to the Cups and Inter Dominions and of course the Miracle Mile." The quality of stock won't be a problem, with sales and racetrack king Bettors Delight leading the world class stallions on show while over 90 lots offered this week are either out of group race winning dams or dams who have left group race winners. The mild winter and brilliant summer of the last few months have been perfect horse growing weather and reports from our leading trainers suggest their are plenty of well-developed yearlings while some of the lesser commercial families that were hanging on a decade ago have disappeared from the catalogue. While repeating last year's huge results at Karaka would be a win, bettering them may be difficult because it was so strong. But the standardbred industry looks in for a good week. Standardbred sales Monday: Karaka sale, first lot at 11am, coverage starts at 10.45am. Tuesday: Parade and then all-trotters sale in Christchurch starting at 4pm. Wednesday: Pacing sale starting at 11am. Watch: All sales will be shown live on Freeview Channel 200 as well as www.nzbstandardbred.co.nz   By Michael Guerin

The New Zealand harness racing yearling sales are now here and they promise to be outstanding. From an Alabar point of view we can't wait to see the Always B Miki yearlings sell and there will be 25 go through the rings at Auckland and Christchurch. The New Zealand sales always deliver quality horses and this year will be no different. If you can't make it to the sales then be sure to tune in via the live stream - https://www.nzbstandardbred.co.nz/   AUCKLAND YEARLING SALE 16 & 17 February at Karaka Parade - Sunday 16 February, commencing at 2.15pm Sale - Monday 17 February, commencing at 11:00am   ALABAR SIRED YEARLINGS Click through to view some of the Alabar sired yearlings on offer in Auckland.   CHRISTCHURCH YEARLING SALE 18 & 19 February at Canterbury Agricultural Park   ALABAR SIRED YEARLINGS Click through to view some of the Alabar sired yearlings on offer in Christchurch.

Valentines Brook is Derby bound Astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed has the superbly-bred Valentines Brook firmly on target for the $200,000 WA Derby on April 3 after the gelding was not extended in scoring an effortless victory in the APG Perth Sales Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Driven with supreme confidence by Shannon Suvaljko, the Victorian-bred Valentines Brook, a $4.80 chance, began speedily from the No. 5 barrier, dashed to the front after 150m and sped over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.8sec. to beat Miss Eerie by one and a half lengths at a 1.56 rate over 2130m. He certainly was the omen bet or the night --- on Valentine’s Day --- and the gelding, purchased for $52,000 by Albert Walmsley at the 2018 APG yearling sale in Melbourne, now has earned $42,072 from five wins and four placings from 12 starts. Suvaljko, who leapt at the opportunity to drive Valentines Brook for the first time (with Michael Grantham serving a term of suspension), was full of praise for the gelding’s performance and rated him a genuine Derby prospect. “I was happy to let him bowl along in the lead and he had plenty left on the line,” he said. “They said he went for a knee a bit but he was pretty clean in front. He did it quite easily.” Valentines Brook’s win completed a double for Suvaljko, who was successful with the Matt Scott-trained Son Of A Tiger in the Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace. Son Of A Tiger Successful in Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace Five-year-old Son Of A Tiger, the $2.80 favourite from barrier two, relished the role of pacemaker and won from the fast-finishing The Dali Express and Touch Of Success, rating 1.58 over 2130m. “He won’t run in the $50,000 RWWA Cup next Friday night,” Scott said. “I’ll take him to Bunbury for the $25,000 Manea Classic the following night before looking at the $50,000 Four and Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on March 13. “Son Of A Tiger is a better sit and kick horse, but when you draw barrier two, like  did last week and this week, you’ve really got to lead.” Son Of A Tiger, a winner of three races in New Zealand, is proving a good buy for Tim Blee and now has raced 25 times in WA for eight wins and five placings. Stylish Win by Fake News Gary Hall jnr brought up a double when he landed smart four-year-old mare Fake News a stylish winner in the final event, the Catalano Truck and Equipment Pace over 2130m. Fake News, the even-money favourite, enjoyed a perfect trail in the one-out, one-back position, before sprinting home strongly to beat the heavily-supported $2.65 pacemaker Captain Mannering by almost a length. Champion trainer Gary Hall snr was delighted at the victory. He bred the mare on his property after training both her sire Alta Christiano and her dam Is She Talking. Hall prepared the brilliant, but ill-fated Alta Christiano for his ten starts in WA for nine wins (including the Western Gateway Pace and the 2013 WA Derby in 2013) before injuries forced the star pacer into retirement after only 18 starts for 13 wins and $309,163. The New Zealand-bred Is She Talking had 32 starts for the Hall stable for 11 wins, eight placings and $81,615. Fake News now has raced 30 times for ten wins and five placings for $121,285 in prizemoney. Standing Start Specialist Always An Honour takes out the Direct Trades Supply Handicap Hall junior’s earlier winner was behind standing start specialist, the Justin Prentice-trained $2.45 favourite Always An Honour, who led throughout and won from outsider Over Loaded in the 2096m Direct Trades Supply Handicap. Hall has driven the Art Major four-year-old 12 times for eight wins. Brown Steers Ideal Liner to Victory Hall snr also prepared the lightly-raced Ideal Liner for his narrow victory in the 2130m Retravision Pace, which gave Maddison Brown perfect record in the sulky behind the New Zealand-bred five-year-old. Brown only previous drive behind the gelding was at Gloucester Park on December 13 last year when he led and beat Simba Bromac over 2536m. Ideal Liner’s win on Friday night was due to the aggression of Brown, who surged the gelding forward, three wide for the first 450m before working in the breeze, with the strongly-supported Ocean Ridge setting the pace. Ideal Liner finished powerfully, took the lead on the home turn and won by a head at a 1.56.9 rate the $2.10 favourite Bill Haley, who finished strongly from last at the bell. “Ideal Liner was a bit disappointing at his previous couple of runs,” said Hall snr. “But worked brilliantly on Wednesday morning. He’s more tough than he’s quick and the RWWA Cup next Friday night probably will be his last run before going for a spell. He will be a better horse next summer.”    Trainer-Reinsman Hayter's First City Success Hoiho, who was making his first appearance at Gloucester Park for exactly one year, gave Bunbury trainer-reinsman Kaiden Hayter for his first city success since he drove eight-year-old Soho Wonder to a last stride nose victory over the pacemaker and $1.50 favourite Argyle Red on November 16, 2018. Hoiho enjoyed a perfect passage behind the pacemaking Illusionation before finishing determinedly to beat the hot favourite While They Pray, who had taken the lead 430m from home. Hoiho, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old, was a $14.10 tote chance who started at handsome fixed odds of $19. Hayter, a mechanic at Bunbury Honda/Kia, races Hoiho in partnership with his boss Adam Jones and his cousins, twins Heath and Liam Stewart. They purchased the gelding for $10,000 two years ago. “It was a bit more than I would’ve liked to pay,” said Hayter. ”But he’s certainly justified that price.” The gelding has had 39 starts for his new owners for six wins, 12 placings and $45,896 in stakes. Caretaker Cortopassi Delivers  Darling Downs horseman Aldo Cortopassi leapt at the chance to take over the preparation of Lightning Jolt when Byford trainer John Oldroyd left with his wife Val for an ocean cruise just over a week ago. Lightning Jolt, a 6/1 chance, sat behind the pacemaker and hot favourite Athabascan before Cortopassi brought the seven-year-old with a strong burst to hit the front on the home turn and win the 2536m Westral Pace from the fast-finishing Clarenden Hustler. “John asked me to look after the horse while he was away and I jumped at the opportunity,” Cortopassi said. “He said that I had the licence to do what I wanted to do with him. Things fell into place for us, drawing the No. 1 barrier. “I drove him for John for the first time a fortnight ago and he just felt he didn’t hit the line one hundred per cent genuine. So, I thought I’d try the pull-down blinkers on him, to see if they would spark him up a little bit. Everything fell into plan.” Lewis Fillies & Mares Pace A dashing drive by Aiden de Campo paved the way for American Delight’s impressive victory over Mandy Joan and Dancing With Mach in the $30,000 group 3 Lewis Pace. From barrier six, American Delight settled down in 11th position, with the $2.40 favourite Dancing With Mach setting a slow early pace, with a lead time of 38.1sec. and an opening quarter of the final mile in 31.3sec. De Campo set American Delight alight at the 1400m mark and the four-year-old mare burst past Dancing With Mach and into the lead with 1050m to travel. The stewards found de Campo guilty of causing interference to Dancing With Mach and suspended him from driving for seven days. Woodworth Turvey Combo Snatches Victory Five-year-old Bee Seventeen, driven perfectly in the one-out, one-back position by Nathan Turvey for Baldivis trainer Cliff Woodworth, finished gamely to snatch a half-head victory over Major Spoilt in the 2530m Mexican March Madness Pace. Turvey had driven the gelding only once before in his 85 starts --- and that was on debut when he finished second to Warriors Code at Northam on February 4, 2017. Impressive Soho Thunderstruck Four-year-old Soho Thunderstruck revealed impressive fighting qualities when he started from the back line, raced three wide early and then in the breeze outside the pacemaker and hot favourite The Last Drop before finish with great determination to win narrowly from The Last Drop in the 2130m Choices Pace. Trainer-driver Kim Prentice said that the horse still a few problems to iron out, but had a promising future.   Ken Casellas

The Rocknroll Hanover four-year-old gelding Diamonds N Cash showed enough promise in his last harness racing campaign with four wins and two seconds from nine starts, finishing second in his final start in the Group 2 Gogs Services 4yo & 5yo Championship worth $75,000. Having not started since November 2018 Diamonds N Cash will start in a new campaign at Tabcorp Park Melton on Monday, as a hot favourite in the $20,000 Empire Stallions Pace with Kate Gath driving for Andy Gath. Diamonds N Cash is a half-brother to the dam of Lot 109 Diamond Dance, a yearling on offer at the 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale on behalf of Breckon Farms. This yearling will go through the ring at Karaka just a few hours before Diamonds N Cash will be racing in his first start back from a long spell. Lot 109 Diamond Dance is a A Rocknroll Dance filly from the Artsplace mare Diamond Lace. Diamond Dance is by A Rocknroll Dance. With just two crops racing at the end of 2019 in North America (152 total foals) A Rocknroll Dance has already produced the winners of $8,500,000 to date with one winner of $750,000, two $500,000 plus winners and 17 winners with over $100,000 a decent record for any young sire.  With the oldest crop just four-year-olds racing in Australia and New Zealand A Rocknroll Dance has produced some outstanding performers including the multiple Group 1 winning filly in Australia No Win No Feed 1:52.4 ($284,460) who is out of the Art Major mare Designer Rose. No Win No Feed has won three Group 1 races, The $200,000 Breeder's Crown for three-year-old fillies, the $150,000 Breeder's Challenge Final and the $104,000 Gold Bracelet Final. To watch No Win No Feed winning The Breeders Crown click here. A Rocknroll Dance also produced the multiple Group winning two-year-old gelding Its Rock And Roll out of the Bettors Delight mare Miss Worthy Whitby. Its Rock And Roll 1:53.9 ($195,278) at his third lifetime start won the Group 1 $100,000 Sales Classic Final at Gloucester Park and as a three-year-old on January 24th 2020 he won the Group 3 Im Themightyquinn Final also at Gloucester Park. As at todays date A Rocknroll Dance has 60 winners in Australia and 39 in New Zealand with combined earnings of $2,278,726. Harnesslink Media    

In 2002 Art Major was harness racing's "3-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year" and leading money-winning Standardbred. In 2003 Art Major was "Older Pacing Horse of the Year," leading money-winning Standardbred and North American Season's Champion 4YO pacer (1:48.4). Art Major is the richest performer by Brittany's legendary sire Artsplace, and much like his sire, he has proven to be as successful in the stud as he was on the racetrack. Like his sire, his yearlings have been hot commodities in the auction ring year after year.  This year should be no different. In Australia Art Major has left the winners of a staggering $60,000,000 to date with 996 individual winners with average earnings per starter of $47,420. In New Zealand Art Major has sired the winners of just under $16 million to date. The winners keep coming daily with the likes of recent star Princess Tiffany, Star Galleria, My Field Marshall and last nights (Friday 14th February) very good unbeaten two-year-old Passion And Power winning by a wide margin. Passion And Power Your chance to purchase a very well bred Art Major colt from a top race mare is at this years National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka on Monday and it is Lot 27 Cosmic Major on behalf of Breckon Farms. Cosmic Major is the first colt of its dam, the Bettor's Delight top race mare Rozelski, winner of $154,122. Lot 27 Cosmic Major    Art Major - Biography   ART MAJOR   Year of Birth: 1999   Election Into Living Hall of Fame: 2019   Inducted as a: Racehorse and Stallion   Gait: Pacer   Record: p,4,1:48.4   Earnings: $2,727,224   Sire: Artsplace   Dam: Perfect Profile   Sire of Dam: Nihilator   Bred by Brittany Farms of Versailles, Kentucky, pacing horse Art Major was foaled on June 11, 1999 and has a lifetime race record of 49-32-7-2. His primary driver and trainer were John Campbell and William Robinson respectively. In 2002, three-year-old Art Major finished on the board in 25 of 31 starts with 20 wins. Victories included the Breeders Crown, Hoosier Cup, Cane Pace, Progress Pace, Confederation Cup, James Dancer Memorial, Tattersalls Pace and Bluegrass. His earnings of $1,562,779 were the most of any Standardbred in 2002 and he was voted Dan Patch and O’Brien Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. Four-year-old Art Major won 8 of 11 starts with 3 seconds in 2003. Major victories included the Breeders Crown, Canadian Pacing Derby and U.S. Pacing Championship. Ranked fourth in earnings for all Standardbreds in 2003 with $1,082,930, Art Major was voted Dan Patch and O’Brien Older Pacing Horse of the Year. As a stallion, Art Major is the sire of 62 in 1:50 or better, and has sired winners of $136,108,084 with nine millionaires, including world champion Art Official p,3,1:47 ($2,082,885), winner of the 2008 Meadowlands Pace, Hoosier Cup and Cane Pace; 2014 North America Cup winner JK Endofanera p,3,1:48.2 ($2,049,580); world champion Hypnotic Blue Chip p,4,1:47.2 ($1,787,311), winner of the 2010 U.S. Pacing Championship; and 2007 Breeders Crown and Governor’s Cup winner Santanna Blue Chip p,9,1:51s ($1,666,701). As a broodmare sire, Art Major has sired the dams of winners of over $40 million. Harnesslink Media

New South Wales central west based harness racing caller Michael Dumsney was right on the money at Wagga Wagga earlier this week. As the leading bunch in the Riverina Security Solutions Ladyship Pace hit the line, Dumsney declared "this is close - these three have hit the line completely locked together." From the naked eye it appeared a triple dead heat could have been on the cards in what was the closest finish seen at the track in the past 12 months. Dumsney further added: "This is an absolute rib tickler." After some deliberation, the judges were unable to separate long shots Majoress Jujon ($51) who flashed home down the outside, and Shes Courageous ($26) aided by a sprint lane passage. Those pair were just millimetres (the official margin being a nose) In front of third placegetter Seattle Trace ($26). And just a further neck away was $4 chance Florist in fourth spot. One of the favored runners in Dancing Chick (Neil Day) looked set to take the lead halfway down the straight and get the job done. But she galloped and put herself out of contention. Gerard Cooper, trainer-driver of Majoress Jujon, said he didn't think he was going to be in it until Dancing Chick blew her chances. "We wouldn't have won if that didn't happen - it's the first dead-heat I've been in and I actually thought I'd gone down," Cooper said later. Shes Courageous, who raced behind the leader before darting up the sprint lane, continued a successful run for Junee based connections winning her seventh race for owner Sarah White and her uncle, well-known trainer Trevor White. Driver Miranda McLaughlin has formed a great combination with Shes Courageous, with three recent wins and four placings from seven starts. Dumsney, who recently took over from longtime Riverina race calling legend Allan Hull, was kept on his toes with just a half neck separating the first two horses in both races two and five. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura  

The catalogue for the 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale – the harness racing sale that has produced the Inter Dominion and Hunter Cup runner-up Our Uncle Sam and numerous classic winners in recent years – is now available online and in hard copy. In total, 91 yearlings have been catalogued for the sale to be conducted by Graeme Board and Company at Bathurst Harness Racing Club on Sunday, March 22 at 11am. Progeny of 36 sires such as leading lights Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Mach Three, American Ideal, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, Sportswriter and Sweet Lou are included as well as progeny of first season sires of the calibre of Always B Miki, Betting Line and Bling It On. All yearlings catalogued are eligible for entry into the Bathurst Sale Graduate race with heat and finals for colts and fillies in April 2021. They are also eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, NSW Breeders Blue, Bathurst Gold Crown, Breeders Crown, Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum, QBred and SA Southern Cross. To request a catalogue, email gboard@bobbery.com.au or call or text Graeme Board on 0408 636 273. The online catalogue can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Peter Wharton For Graeme Board & Company    

Former New Zealander Geoffrey Clout first got interested in harness racing as a teenager and over 20 years on, he's making up for lost time. Clout is based at Tyabb on Victoria's picturesque Mornington Peninsular and recorded his first victory as a trainer early last month with four-year-old mare My Superannuation. The pair then repeated the dose at Cranbourne last Sunday. To watch a video replay click here. "Her latest win was a big surprise. I still can't believe it, but perhaps she's turned the corner. She went way better than I thought she would," Clout said. Clout grew up near the Hutt Park Raceway in Wellington on the south-western tip of the North Island of New Zealand. "We were just a few hundred metres from Hutt Park, and my brother Phil and I went walking down to the raceway one day with our mother," he said. "We got to know a few of the guys there, including trainer Robert Woolley, and we ended up regularly giving them a hand before and after school. "It was a lot of fun and looking back on it, I'm pretty sure it kept us out of trouble. "I got a trainer's licence as an 18-year-old when I was over there. You had to go to what was called a cadet school at Cambridge and complete stablehand training blocks over two years," he said. "That was over 20 years ago, but the timing to train horses myself was never quite right. I never lost my interest, but I had to be patient!" Clout, who runs his own solid plastering and rendering business, said for a long time he didn't have land to pursue his harness racing interest. "But virtually as soon as we bought our 10-acre block, I started looking for a broodmare to get involved. And it obviously happened quickly because we've been in our house for five years and the first horse we bred is now a four-year-old!" he said. "I got my NZ licence transferred across at the start of this season and thought I'd give it a go with taking over her training. Simone Walker had her as a two and three-year-old and did all the early work." Clout kicked off his training career with an impressive second placing at Yarra Valley in early December. It was nearly four weeks before the pair reappeared to post the first of two Cranbourne victories. Clout said My Superannuation had tied up badly after her first run and he then had to modify her feeding and training routine. "We've only got a small 350 metre jog track on our property, so I float into Cranbourne, which is half an hour away, probably two or three times a week just to work the horse," he said. "I've got to know trainers like Dylan Stratford, Rick Cashman and some others who have been fantastic, so I've had heaps of valuable help along the way." My Superannuation (Mr Feelgood-Honeyrose (Partywiththebigdog) is handled by much-travelled junior concession driver Kyal Costello. Clout recently produced another horse to the races in three-year-old Tyabb Wonder (Mr Feelgood-Ezy Lady (Nuke Of Earl). The brown filly wasn't on her best behavior and finished unplaced after galloping in the run. "I sort of rushed her into the races. It was like the last throw at the stumps because both of the horses have been turned out now-my wife Rosie is expecting our second child," he said. "She is actually due this Saturday so there's more exciting times ahead," he said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

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Exuberant south west Victorian reinsman Jason Lee combined with his mother Marg to snatch the duo’s most coveted trophy at the weekend – a victory in their hometown harness racing pacing cup. Five-year-old stallion Code Bailey gave Jason his first Terang Pacing Cup and he confirmed it was one of his sweetest victories. Marg won it in 2013 with Keayang Cullen, driven by Glen Craven. “It has been at the top of my bucket list for a while,” Jason said. “Even though it may not be the biggest race on the calendar, it’s no secret that I wanted the Terang Cup, then an Inter Dominion and after that any other G1 event,” he said. The brilliant young reinsman blasted Code Bailey (Christian Cullen-Taffeta Bromac (Badlands Hanover) to the head of affairs soon after the mobile barrier despatched the field in the $50,000 feature. Jason was determined to make it a solidly run race, setting a cracking pace and making it awfully hard for those back in the field to make any ground. The mile rate of 1.56-8 over the marathon distance of 2680 metres was super, but the last mile of 1.52-7 was quite sensational. Code Bailey cruised to the line with an 18-metre advantage over recent SA Cup victor Pat Stanley (Kerryn Manning) with a further two metres back to A G’s White Socks (Greg Sugars). “We were travelling pretty good a fair way out. I was really happy coming up the home straight—perhaps it more relief than anything,” Jason said. “There was that expectation that we had our big chance to win our hometown cup. You just don’t always get the opportunity to do that,” he said. “I can tell you that I was very nervous. I’ve probably never been that nervous in the past. But we are just over the moon that we’ve now ticked it off.” Jason said his nan had always told him he would win the Terang Cup one day. “So now she’s right. Even back when I was younger doing the pony trots, I always loved the Terang Cup meeting,” he said. “But sometimes you find these races are harder to win than a feature that you’ve been aiming for. Ever since I got my metro licence, I’ve pretty much taken part in it every year.” Harness racing identity Paul Campbell presenting the Terang Pacing Cup trophy to trainer Marg Lee The Lees are based at Ecklin South (15 minutes from Terang), and Jason said he loved living in such a harness racing stronghold. “The town always puts on a big show, particularly cup night. We are a close-knit harness racing region down here. We’re like a big family,” he said. “Win, lose or draw we’ll always go and shake their hand. “But it’s probably best said that Harness Racing is really like a big family too. You just have to see what’s going on with Gavin (champion driver Gavin Lang who is currently in hospital battling a rare form of blood cancer). “The industry has really got behind him with financial support for the best treatment.” Code Bailey, who was sent out as the $1.80 favorite, gave a carbon copy performance when he won the Garrards Horse and Hound Bendigo Cup on January 3 with a bold front running display. Jammed in between the two Cup victories was a solid fifth in the Ballarat Cup (beaten 7m) and a close-up fourth (4m) in the prestigious Hunter Cup. Jason said that provided Code Bailey pulled up okay, a campaign in Sydney for the coming big races was on the cards. Code Bailey is part-owned by two popular AFL players in Darcy Gardiner of the Brisbane Lions and his former teammate Louie Taylor, who this season lines up with the Sydney Swans. It was a big night for Marg who in addition with taking home the gold cup, also trained two other winners on the program in Keayang Liberty and Keayang Livana. Trainer-driver Chris Svanosio, fresh from an overseas holiday, took the honors in the Terang G3 Trotters Cup. Chris got the money with Magicool (Tennotrump-Free Rider), while close friend Glen Craven was runner-up with stablemate Kyvalley Finn (Skyvalley-Kyvalley Paris).   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura
NZB Standardbred’s 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale is underway at Karaka and will showcase the very best harness racing yearlings New Zealand has to offer over four action-packed days of inspections, parades and selling. The Auckland Sale on Monday 17 February will be broadcast live on Freeview Channel 200 and www.nzbstandardbred.co.nz  from 10.45am with a Preview Show hosted by Greg O'Connor.  Live updates here from 10:45am Please refresh your browser to check for latest additions to the live feed updates  Good start to the sales with Lot 1 Jesse J (American Ideal – Jessies Cullen), Bay Filly going for $45,000 to the bid of Steve Stockman.  Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd were the vendors Lot 1 Jesse J Lot 3 Hoppy's Way (Art Major – Joanne's A Delight)Brown Colt, sold for $65,000 to Mr JR & Mrs W Giumelli – Western Australia , Hollis & Robertson Equine Services the vendors. Lot 3 Hoppy's Way   Lot 10 Ebury Delight (Bettor's Delight – Meet Me In Mayfair) Bay Filly sold for $75,000 to Dawe Contracting Ltd – Canterbury, Hollis & Robertson Equine Services the vendors. Lot 10 Ebury Delight    Lot 13 Manchild (Bettor's Delight – O Baby) Bay Colt sold for $100,000 to PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock Ltd – Canterbury, Breckon Farms Ltd were the vendors Lot 13 Manchild Lot 25 Sweet Spirit (Sweet Lou – Major Spirit), Bay Filly, Sold for $52,000 to Mr RW Todd – Canterbury, Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd were the vendors Lot 25 Sweet Spirit    Lot 32 Precious Belle (Bettor's Delight – Precious Rose), Bay Filly sold for $95,000  Old Ridge Services No. 4 Ltd the vendors Lot 32 Precious Belle   Lot 33 Gossip Girl (Bettor's Delight – Our Melody), Brown Filly  sold for $50,000, Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Lot 33 Gossip Girl   Lot 35 Cover Girl (Bettor's Delight – Sossusvlei), Brown Filly sold for $95,000,Breckon Farms Ltd the vendor Lot 35 Cover Girl   Lot 42 Maddys Nino (Art Major – Spanish Armada), Bay Colt sold for $105,000 to Mr JR & Mrs W Giumelli – Western Australia,Hollis & Robertson Equine Services the vendors Lot 42 Maddys Nino   Lot 44 Splice The Mainbrace (Captaintreacherous – Twilight Beauty), Chestnut Colt sold for $55,000, Tardina Stud Ltd the vendor Lot 44 Splice The Mainbrace   Lot 49 Argyle (Bettor's Delight – Royal Gem), Bay Colt  sold for $210,000, Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd the vendor Lot 49 Argyle   Lot 63 Next To Me (Bettor's Delight- Splendid Deal ) continues the strong run of Woodlands Stud and sells for $200'000. The family is well known with Maixm and Splendour both group 1 performers.   Lot 71 Casino Action (Bettor's Delight- Super Deal) goes to USA interests for $80'000. That's a good indication of the increased market attention that New Zealand breeds are generating across the globe.  Lot 79 Big Boy Louie (Bettor's Delight- Big Lucy) sells for $60'000 to Phil Kennard. Big Lucy being an 8 time winner. It carries on what has been a busy time for the Kennards as purchases.   Lot 89 Instant Classic (Muscle Hill- Classic Armbro) proves just that and brings a $90'000 bid from G Hope. The colt is a brother to Tailored Elegance.  Lot 102  Bo Duke (Bettor's Delight - Daisy Dundee) sells for $115'000 to Stonewall Stud. The colt is a brother to Jesse Duke and calls upon the Deborah Dundee dam-line.   Lot 112 Whiskey On The Rocks (Art Major-Double Shot) stripped a grand prospect and is hammered down at $65'000. It continues the strong showing by Art Major and is closely followed by Lot 113, Georgias Bettors, a Bettor's Delight colt who threatens to top the action with a bid of $200'000 registered by Jean Feiss who has a strong record for selecting the very best come sales time.  Lot 122  Im Cushty (Captain trecherous- Hi Ho Silver) sets a new high for the sale today with a $250'000 bid from Australian interests. The Captain certainly making an impression at Karaka. That lot is followed by Lot 124 Pasquale (Bettor's Delight - Holly Madison) which makes $110'000 for Breckon Farms.   Lot 122  Im Cushty The last lot of the day is passed in. That's wrap of the day here. Day two sees the action travel down to Christchurch where the trotting bloodlines will be present for sale before pacing blood is offered on Wednesday.    Harnesslink Media
Yirribee Pacing Stud bred harness racing winners in NSW, Queensland and North America last week. Lutzys Dream, a three-year-old gelding by Caribbean Blaster, won for the second time at Bathurst, while Dollarbill (by Million Dollar Cam)) won his 18th lifetime race at Redcliffe. In America, the Yirribee Stud bred Its Only Rocknroll (by Million Dollar Cam) won in 1:52.6 at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania to lift his stakemoney beyond the $400,000 mark. Other recent Yirribee-sired winners have been Navajo Outawagga (by Million Dollar Cam), who notched her first win at Albany, and the Yirribee Stud owned Time Keepa Lombo (by Lombo Pocket Watch), who scored in 1:55.8 at Wagga. Our brilliant, young sire Warrawee Needy was represented by his first Australian starter from his first crop in the two-year-old filly Rockindownunder, who finished a close fourth in 1:53.3 at Menangle.   By Peter Wharton
The Somebeachsomewhere horse Beachtrea, a full-brother to former champion racehorse and now leading sire Captaintreacherous, is available for stud duties ‘Down Under’ next season. An upstanding individual, foaled in 2011, Beachtrea represents a great opportunity for a small stud in New Zealand or Australia to secure a young stallion from one of the most highly prized families in America today. Beachtrea was only lightly raced due to injury and took his record of 1:52.6 at three years. Standing in Ohio, Beachtrea, from restricted stud chances, has sired 13 winners – including three in 1:55 - from 18 starters to date from his first two racing crops. On the score of blood Beachtrea lacks nothing. His sire Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.8) was a champion with stake earnings of $3.2million and has been one of America’s top sires for some time. He figures as the sire of two of America’s greatest pacers in Captaintreacherous (1:47.3) – a younger brother of Beachtrea – and Pure Country (1:48). Worldly Treasure (1:53.2), the dam of Beachtrea, was one of the many grand producing daughters of a champion sire in Artsplace (1:49.4), being out of a noted produced in World Order (1:53), by Nihilator from Rodine Hanover (1:54), by Big Towner. World Order was the dam of seven individual winners three of whom took record of 1:55 or better including an outstanding racemare in Worldly Beauty 1:49.6, winner of $1.9m in stakes. In turn Worldly Beauty has proved herself a champion broodmare, being the dam of Rock N Roll World 1:48.6 ($712,737), the Hoosier Cup winner World Of Rocknroll (1:50.6) and Captain Deo (1:50.4). World Of Her Own, a daughter of Worldly Beauty, is the dam of Sir Richard Z Tam (1:50.2). This is the immediate family of champion Australian sire Art Major, the leading juvenile sire on six occasions, and other successful ‘down under’ sires in Perfect Art and Panspacificflight. For further details contact Peter Wharton on +61409192532
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