Day At The Track

St Marys Cup winner Black Centurian celebrated a long-overdue and richly deserved victory in the $12,000 Bridport Hotel North Eastern Pacing Cup on Friday evening at Scottsdale. The Steve Davis prepared Jr Mint-Mon Poppy Mary nine-year-old gelding has had a luckless run in the Cup over the years finishing runner-up on three times, beaten by a narrow margin on each occasion. “Black Centurian (pictured) loves the Scottsdale track and performs well here, he’s just always found one better on the night every year and gone down by a nose or a half-head each time,” said Steve shaking his head. “He has come to Scottsdale this year in top form coming off victory in the St Marys Cup, it’s great that he has finally cracked the big one here, it was a super run and an outstanding drive by Gareth (Rattray) to come from last at the 400-metre mark and win like he did.” Racing was tight and compact and certainly no place for the faint of heart as the Cup field of ten thundered into the straight to receive the bell, it appeared likely something had to give and it was last year’s Cup winner Full Speed Ahead that almost sold out, going down on his nose at the tail of the field after clipping a wheel. The Wayne Campbell prepared race favourite Buster William hit the front at the 250-metre mark but Black Centurian was winding up out four wide on the track. The pair drew level before the turn and the Cup developed into a battle royal down the home stretch. “Buster William is a smart horse but I was confident as they turned for home Black Centurian had his measure,” said Steve “He’s tough, strong and courageous and you always knows he’s going to be giving 100 per cent right down to the wire, we will press on now to Devonport on 27 January in a bid for his third Cup win in a month.   Shane Yates

East coast visitor My Field Marshal has taken out another sensational edition of the Retravision-Fremantle Cup (2536m) at Gloucester Park last night. The reigning Miracle Mile winner had to survive a number of challenges from some of the Greg and Skye Bond-trained runners throughout the Group 1 event, but was able to fight all of them off. Reinsman Anthony Butt was able to cross Saying Grace from barrier two and find the lead with ease and control the race from there. The first of the Bond runners to make an aggressive move was Vampiro, with reinsman Colin Brown finding the breeze at the end of the first lap. Dylan Egerton-Green then made a move to the breeze with Our Max Phactor and continued to put the pressure on the short-price favourite. The leading chance from the Bond stable Galactic Star then made a three-wide move approaching the bell for reinsman Ryan Warwick and looked to be travelling strongly. My Field Marshal was able to hold off Galactic Star in the closing stages though and win by a metre to Galactic Star, while Vultan Tin was third. Saying Grace finished fourth, but appeared to have little luck in the home straight. El Jacko’s reinsman Nathan Turvey was suspended for 23 days for his drive in the $300,000 event. My Field Marshal 1.55.6 for the feature event and ran home in 58.0. The seven-year-old will now look to complete a clean sweep of the WA feature events when he lines up in next week’s $450,000 TABtouch-WA Pacing Cup (2936m). He also took out the Village Kid Pace a fortnight ago. Elsewhere on the night, Im Full Of Excuses took out the Listed Free-For-All event, producing a tough performance when three-wide for much of the last lap. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr recorded a winning double with Bronze Seeker and impressive three-year-old Dracarys.   Tim Walker

BOOM pacer Turn It Up will enjoy a well-deserved spell before being set for another feature race campaign. Successful in last night’s Waikato Flying Mile, the Australian Pacing Gold graduate will spend several weeks in a paddock before co-trainers Natalie Rasmussen and Mark Purdon aim him towards the Taylor Mile and New Zealand Messenger. The Taylor Mile is scheduled to be conducted on April 26, with the New Zealand Messenger the following week. “He will go for a good break now,” Purdon said. “He has come a long way in a short time and will benefit from a spell. “We won’t be heading over to Sydney for the Chariots Of Fire with him and will work towards the Taylor and Messenger. “After that he also has the Jewels which will round out his season.” Driven by Purdon, Turn It Up enjoyed the run of the race behind the leader, Star Galleria, before being angled into the passing lane during the latter stages. Unleashing a solid sprint, the son of Courage Under Fire scored by a length from the pacemaker. Ashley Locaz – a stablemate of the winner – was two-and-a-half lengths away third in 1:54.5. “He did very well again,” Purdon said. “He has come a long way in a search time, but is still learning what is about. “Everything he has done so far has been on raw ability.” APG Media

When Anthony Butt guided My Field Marshal to victory over Galactic Star and Vultan Tin in last night’s $300,000 Retravision Group One Fremantle Cup he continued the remarkable record in the race for one of the most under-rated sires in the Southern Hemisphere. My Field Marshal is the second foal from the three-time Group One winning mare Foreal, a daughter of the imported American stallion Washington VC which is currently standing his 19th season at Brydone, just north of Edendale (population 600) in the deep south of New Zealand. Washington VC is well known in Perth having sired five successive Fremantle Cup winners in the nine runnings of the race before last night courtesy of Im Themightyquinn (2010, 2011 & 2012), Dasher VC (2013) and Im Victorious (2014). His Fremantle Cup winning record rose to six in ten years last night with his first broodmare siring credit courtesy of My Field Marshal. Washington VC has never stood anywhere other than at Keith and Tracey Norman’s Bryleigh Stud and semen from the stallion is rarely if ever made available for transport. In fact there are just two Australian bred progeny of Washington VC – both foals from mares imported in foal to the stallion. The Norman’s loyalty to their stallion has seen them refuse approaches from Australia to move the stallion across the Tasman. The Norman’s love the son of Presidential Ball with a passion and it is little wonder as the 391 winners he has sired to date have between them won a remarkable 28 Group One races. Unlike a lot of the high profile stallions brought to the Southern Hemisphere from North America, Washington VC could best be described as moderately performed with a record of eight wins from a 30 start career with earnings of $560,984. His biggest win came in the Adios Stake as a 3yo but he clearly has the invisible genetic marker that differentiates between good and great sires and his first crop of 79 foals, born in 2001, produced 30 individual winners including Foreal – the dam of My Field Marshal. Foreal won both a NSW Oaks and Great Northern Oaks before winning a NSW Ladyship Mile on her way to 18 wins and stakes of $664,800. Washington VC stands for a moderate $3,000 plus GST but if West Australians want to access this remarkable sire then be prepared to ship your mare to the Southland of New Zealand and to buy them a heavy rug before they go.   Alan Parker

Fresh from another successful Darrell Alexander Memorial Trotting Championship series last month during the Racing Queensland summer carnival, the thirst for trotters is still high. And Brisbane based owners Pam Hopper and Ross Patrick have joined forces to purchase a talented New Zealand performer. Hopper is a keen enthusiast of the trotters and has raced several talented types in recent times while Patrick continues to enjoy solid success. Last weekend, his richly talented mare Argyle Beach scored a thoroughly deserving victory at headquarters in a new personal best time of 1:53.4. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has won 11 races since Patrick purchased her from New Zealand. A deal this week has been closed off by respected agent Geoff Gibson-Smith to secure Majestic Simon for his new owners. Following his victory last Friday at Roxburgh in the south island of New Zealand, the deal was soon completed. He finished second in his debut two days earlier. Majestic Simon is heading to the stables of husband and wife team of Pete McMullen and Chantal Turpin​ at the Patrick Estate base. The Gr.3 Jim McNeil Memorial Trotting Championship begins next month and will be a likely target for the talented trotter. The series starts on February 15 with the final scheduled for March 2.   Chris Barsby

Last start APHRC Members Cup winner Mr Kalypso is close to a return. The hulking stallion remains unbeaten in the Sunshine State after seven starts for Kylie Rasmussen and Darren Weeks highlighted by his feature race triumph at his most recent start last month. In the Members Cup, the Art Major – Kalypso pacer crushed his rivals after starting from a tough second-line draw. Following a freshen-up immediately after that performance, the rising star is set to return next week. “We’re looking at giving him a trial next week before looking at a return race, we’re really happy with the way he’s training and looking forward to getting back to the track with him. He pulled a muscle in his chest a week after winning the Members Cup but he’s completely over that.” Weeks said. Previously prepared in New Zealand by the All Stars stable (Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen), Mr Kalypso has quickly developed a big following in his adopted state. The regally bred entire has charged through his grades and looks destined for bigger and better things which may include the Brisbane winter carnival later this year. “We really like him but we haven’t confirmed any plans at this stage, we’ll just take it race by race at the moment before making any firm decisions. “He’s done everything asked of him at this point and we’d like to think he could step into the better races in time to come.” Mr Kalypso has won 8 of his 14 starts while his earnings have surged beyond $50,000. Meanwhile, another former Kiwi pacer is close to a return in the shape of Lilac Flash. The Bettors Delight gelding has proven to be a great money-spinner since landing on Australian soil last year. A winner of 12 races from 21 starts which included a winning sequence of 8 races, the speedy performer has not raced since he finished second behind The Space Invader in 1:53.3 at Albion Park on December 1. Lilac Flash is also expected to trial next week. Overall, he has won 14 of his 41 starts while banking in excess of $89,000.   Chris Barsby

Owner Matt McLellan has just one wish for 2019. He wants to return for the Brisbane winter Carnival in July at Albion Park. Naturally, he wants to be part of the action again with his millionaire pacer Hectorjayjay. His memories are so joyous and so vivid, he’s often reliving the glory days when his brilliant pacer took the state’s biggest events. Back in 2016, Hectorjayjay produced one of the greatest performances of all time when he came from a near impossible position to win the Sunshine Sprint before going down as favourite a week later in the Blacks A Fake on a rain sodden track. He returned the following year and won both features, sublime efforts of both occasions. “There’s no doubt Brisbane holds a lot of special memories for me and the guys that race Hector, we’ve been lucky enough to win so many good races but his Brisbane efforts just stand out for me. It’s a great track nestled amongst a fascinating backdrop and the people are so great up there, I really look forward to getting there as much as possible.” McLellan said. As fate would have it, things have turned sour with Hectorjayjay developing some major injury setbacks which ultimately cost him a chance of returning to Brisbane last year. After enjoying so much success with star trainer David Aiken, he was transferred to Gavin Lang where he left with a perfect record after winning his only start for the master horseman when triumphant in the Popular Alm Sprint at Kilmore last June before going amiss again. Nowadays, Hectorjayjay is based with Ecklin South horseman Mattie Craven who makes full use of the nearby Warnambool beaches. And the signs of improvement are looking better each and every day. “His latest scan, which occurred days prior to Christmas, was really encouraging and it’s given us a lot of confidence moving forward with him. “We can now increase his workload but we’re not going to overdo it with him, rather than pushing him for a race like the Miracle Mile, I’d rather wait and be ready for Brisbane and make sure he’s proper ready. “If we can return to Brisbane and win those two big races again, that would just be absolutely amazing, a dream come true for me personally and hopefully we can get that opportunity.” The Brisbane winter carnival takes place at Albion Park throughout the month of July and the Gr.1 $200,000 Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship is the final leg of the 2018/19 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit. Racing Queensland has recently announced some cash bonuses for horses aiming at the staying feature. Last year, Mattie Craven enjoyed tremendous results throughout the carnival after claiming both the Queensland Derby (Master Moonlite) and Queensland Trotters Cup (Our Dreamlover). Chris Barsby

In-form pacer Sams A Champ has run his final race on Australian soil. The Jack Butler prepared pacer has claimed three straight victories including the Redcliffe Christmas Cup followed by back to back Albion Park triumphs in recent weeks. But his form surge has caught the eye of several agents. And a deal has been struck which will see his future racing days completed in North America. “That was actually his last start for us last weekend and he won’t race again in Australia, he’s going straight to the States.” Butler said. During his past three victories, the Dawn Ofa New Day gelding has shown great versatility in which he led throughout at Redcliffe before coming from near last at Albion Park at his next start. Last week, in the Remembering ‘Hes Poplar’ Open Pace, he again showed his high gate speed and led throughout defeating in-form mare Our Millwood Maizie in a time of 1:55.1 for the 2138m distance. His final splits were covered in 27.8 and 26.9 seconds. “He went great but it came as no surprise given his two previous efforts, he’s right in the zone at the moment but it was nice to see him do it at the open class level. “We’ve always liked him and his overall record is very good so hopefully he carries this good form with him in North America for his new connections.” Sams A Champ has won 20 of his 80 starts while earning in excess of $120,000. He was raced by Harness Racing New South Wales Chairman, Mr. Rod Smith.   Chris Barsby

The darling of Victorian harness racing, Bec Bartley, couldn’t hide her excitement after scoring an all-the-way victory in the Kiel Tiling 2019 Blue Pearl Classic. Bartley, 27, took out the prestigious, female-drivers-only event at Swan Hill on Wednesday night with classy four-year-old Three Summas, prepared by astute horseman Russell Jack. “I’m over the moon with the win – just being invited to take part was a huge honor as it’s a bit special, but I’m stoked to be successful,” Bartley said. The annual Blue Pearl Classic, now in its third year, is aimed at highlighting the contributions of reinswomen in the sport. The $8000 race also carried a $1000 blue pearl necklace for the winning driver and an inscribed rug for the victorious owner. And keeping with the “girls’ night out” theme, talented race caller Victoria Shaw took centre stage and called the event with aplomb. Bartley, who drove in the feature event last year, said she was reasonably confident after finding the top soon after the start with Three Summas (Somebeachsomewhere - Summa of Dreams). “I drove him recently at the trials and he is certainly a horse with a bright future ahead of him,” she said. “When I was able to get away with some easy quarters, he was always going to be hard to run down.” Three Summas had a two-metre advantage at the wire over Arden Voyager (Kate Gath, with a short head back to in-form Ouyen 3yo Mallee Reactor (Ellen Tormey). The first quarter was in a leisurely 32 seconds, but then things hotted up with 29.8, 28.7 and a super slick 26.6 for the final split. Three Summas now has eight wins and five placings from 16 starts for over $80,000. The Blue Pearl Classic contenders, (L-R) Rebecca Bartley, Ellen Tormey, Monique Burnett, Abbey Turnbull, Shannon O’Sullivan and Kate Gath with race sponsor Tony Kiel Bartley said it was a pleasure to get the win for trainer Russell Jack and owners Todd and Wendy Rivett. “Russell lives just around the corner from us and I’ve known him a long time, while the Rivetts are from Swan Hill and just love the sport,” she said. Bartley has been catapulted into the limelight over the past few years through her deeds with brilliant gelding San Carlo. After dropping out of high school at the end of Year 10, pint-sized Bartley, who could have easily been a jockey, was always going to be involved with horses. “It’s in the family blood and I think it was within three weeks that I had a job with Stephen and Anne O’Donoghue, at Morley Park near Shepparton,” Bartley said. “I’ve now been with them for 11 years and I can say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it,” she said. “It’s hard to keep at it, as anyone in the industry would agree, but there’s always challenges and that’s the part I enjoy. “Whether it’s getting a problem horse sorted out and then to the track, or handling and educating a champion like San Carlo, there’s that satisfaction at the end.” Bartley is quick to want to talk more about San Carlo...and who could possibly blame her?! The powerhouse has been on a rampage in country cups, taking the Maryborough, Yarra Glen, Cranbourne and Bendigo feature events in his stride. But perhaps a little surprising, Bartley names an Interdominion heat win in Perth as her highlight. “Yes, that does stand out because it was a big experience traveling to Perth, and there was the expectations, the pressure and all that stuff and I still remember the absolute relief when we took out a qualifying heat,” she said. With a big team of 25 horses in work, Bartley’s career is testament to the old adage that hard work brings success. “Some days are harder than others, but I love it and I don’t really know anything else but horses.” Hoofnote: Bartley will drive San Carlo in the rich $60,000 Shepparton Cup on Saturday, January 12. To watch the video (R5) click on this link. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

They will be doing thing BIG on Sunday’s Mathews Petroleum Hamilton Pacing Cup day with big family fun, community involvement and race fields. The 11-horse $35,000 Group 3 pacing feature shares the 10-race card with the 12-horse Alexandra House Hamilton Trotters Cup on what club CEO Chrissy Hawker hopes will be a super Sunday. “To get the fields out and have 10 races on the card, super strong fields overall, it’s going to be a competitive racing day,” Ms Hawker told One Out One Back on RSN 927. “Last year we only had six horses in the trotters’ cup, so get so many this year is unbelievable for our club – we are pumped and ready to go.” Among this year’s number are King Denny and Fratellino, who top the Maori’s Idol Trotting Championship, while the pacing cup at 5.24pm will include a showdown between Kerryn Manning’s Stroke Of Luck and Reciprocity, who is trained by her dad. Peter Manning said Reciprocity, who has won four of five since joining the stable, had continually improved for Tamworth owner Henry Campbell. “She’s in form now and getting better all the time,” Manning said, with Sunday to be an important step up and hit-out ahead of a potential tilt at the summer’s leading mares’ races. “We are working towards (the Group 1 mares’ races), we will nominate, run in them and see how we perform. On what she’s shown the last two starts she won’t be far away.” It all bodes for a great cup day and Ms Hawker said they had a huge amount of attractions for families and children plus, for the first time, a Community Charity Cash Cup, in which patrons will help local clubs win for their chosen charities. “We try to do something every year. We can only give it a crack and just hope that people come out and support us.” And, hopefully, the winners will keep coming in the Good Form Grassroots Gold, the initiative that has a Harness Racing Victoria form analyst serve a $500 game plan for a local club. Sunday’s beneficiary is the Hamilton Kangaroos Football-Netball Club, which Ms Hawker said was a great friend of the trots. “Hamilton Kangaroos are our business partner, they are great supporters of Hamilton harness as we are of them.”   Trots Media

The Country Cup’s Carnival rolls on today at Scottsdale with the running of the Bridport Hotel North Eastern Pacing Cup over 2692 metres. Reigning champion Full Speed Ahead (pictured), trained by Todd Rattray, will defend his title against last season’s Steve Davis prepared runner-up and this year’s St Marys Cup winner Black Centurian. “Black Centurian could almost drive himself to Scottsdale, he’s been there so many times and run off some stiff handicaps and been beaten narrow margins to some smart horses,” said Steve. “The track is only small but he just loves it, he can’t go a yard at Burnie but grows a leg when he spots the Scottsdale sign post.” The Ben Yole-prepared Perfect Mach is in search of its second Cup success in the space of a week after streaking away with the 7BU Burnie Cup for Hannah van Dongen last Friday to record its first Tasmanian victory. “We bought him as a Country Cups circuit horse but he hadn’t shown us a lot until last week, but on the strength of that run he has to be a chance today,” said Ben. The 2016 North Eastern Cup winner Major Callum is back for another tilt at the feature, the eight-year-old Art Major gelding was in the care of Juanita McKenzie when defeating Black Centurian by a head but is now trained by Brooke Hammond and will gain the services of Rod Ashwood for today’s assignment. The Todd Rattray-trained Meander Valley Cup winner Goggo Gee Gee has drawn the pole while Buster William, for Wayne Campbell, will be out to keep its North Eastern Cup Day record intact having won in 2017 as a three-year-old and again last year by 17 metres. Today’s Bridport Hotel North Eastern Cup programme, will be streamed live from Scottsdale at with a preview of the meeting with host Duncan Dornauf before the first, set down for decision at 16.37.   Shane Yates  

The race trotting fans have craved is on, with Kiwi superstar Marcoola to take on Inter Dominion hero Tornado Valley.  The pair have dominated the trotting gait on either side of the Tasman this season, with Marcoola stunning in races like the Dominion, Lyell Creek and Flying Mile here before his surprise defeat after an early gallop in the National Trot at Alexandra Park on New Years Eve.  But that hasn’t deterred driver and unofficial co-trainer Clint Ford from heading to Australia to take on a rampant Tornado Valley in the A$300,000 Great Southern Star at Melton on January 26.  Ford will take Marcoola and Amaretto Sun, both trained by his father Ken, to Victoria for the GSS and possibly the $50,000 Dullard Cup the following Saturday.  Waiting for them both there will be Tornado Valley who was unbeaten during the Inter Dominion and brilliant trotting a 1:54.1 mile at Bendigo last Saturday.  Joining the pair in the Great Southern Star will be northern trotter Speeding Spur so the week of racing in Victoria could decide who the best trotter in Australasia is.  “I’m looking forward to getting over there and it will be fun to take on Tornado Valley,” said Ford, who will drive Marcoola himself.  Stable junior driver Sheree Tomlinson is likely to partner Amaretto Sun.  While the best version of Marcoola may be stronger than Tornado Valley the latter has stunning speed and most importantly gate speed, which could give him an advantage on his home ground. Marcoola and Amaretto Sun will fly to Sydney next Saturday and then road trip to Victoria.   Michael Guerin

“She's going to leave them all crying at the chapel”. That statement from harness racing race caller Craig Easey as he watched Tintin Naturally power down the home straight in the Elvis Championships Final (2,040 metres) on Wednesday might have been a little cringe-worthy, but the winning run was anything but. The Amanda Turnbull trained and driven $1.30 favourite led from start to finish in the annual Parkes Harness Racing Club feature. The five-year-old Tintin In America x Natural Hanover mare was rated nicely in front then kicked away from her rivals after turning for home, finishing 7.3m clear of second placed Reverse Psychology (Nathan Turnbull, $41). Easey, a man known for his entertaining calls across the Western Districts, embraced the spirit of the meeting which is part of Parkes’ Elvis Festival. As they ran down the back straight for the first time he quipped “They’re picking up their blue suede hooves and putting them down nicely” and later as contenders jostled behind the favourite he came out with “It’s now or never as they race down the back, Tintin Naturally out in front.” But the puns aside, Easey’s observations were spot on. Tintin Naturally got away well from barrier one to lead and travelled nicely throughout. A 52.2 first half of the last mile meant she was poised for a strong finish and she produced.  It was her fourth win from her last five starts. Wednesday night marked the fifth time Turnbull had lined up for a drive in the Elvis Championship Final, a race which first featured on the Parkes program in 2013. Turnbull placed third in that inaugural final aboard the $3 favourite Our Buller Boy and in the two years which followed, was off the pace with a 10th (Whispering Lass) and ninth (Cullectomatic). In 2017 the talented The Lagoon trainer-driver finally added an Elvis victory to her long list of feature race successes, Greenngold getting the job done for her as the $2 favourite. Turnbull did not get the chance to go back-to-back, not qualifying a finalist for the 2018 edition, but on Wednesday Tintin Naturally showed exactly why he held favouritism. While that feature win was the highlight of the meeting for Turnbull, it was not her only success. She took out the opening race of the evening, a Club Menangle Where Horses Fly Heat (1,660m) aboard My Secret Beach ($1.30 favourite). Turnbull then made it a winning treble for the meeting as Mach Le More ($1.40 favourite) won an Evolution Series Three Year Old Colts and Geldings Heat (1,660m). By Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate Want to keep up to date with Bathurst sport? Sign up to our daily newsletter and breaking news alerts here:   FACEBOOKSHARE TWITTERTWEET EMAIL

AUSTRALIAN Pacing Gold purchase Malcolms Rhythm will have to beat older more experienced rivals to maintain his perfect start to the season. Set to contest a C2 in Kilmore, the son of Art Major purchase is chasing his sixth win of the term. Trainer David Aiken is using the 2180-metre event as “tune up” for next week’s Victoria Derby heats. Qualifiers of Australia’s oldest classic will be conducted as part of the strong Ballarat Pacing Cup program. To be driven by Kima Frenning, Malcolms Rhythm will begin from gate five in the six-horse field. “This should be a nice tune up for next week’s Derby heats,” Aiken said. “He is ticking along nicely and will be hard to beat despite the draw. “It will be nice if he can keep his winning run going before we head to Ballarat. “Hopefully he will do well in the Derby series, but it is hard to know where he sits among the three-year-olds at this stage.” Citing Blackenreid as the one to beat, Aiken also rates Imapest as a threat. Successful at two of his last three starts, Blackenreid has drawn gate six, with Imapest to come from four. “Blackenreid will definitely be the hardest to beat for Cotchy (trainer Keith Cotchin),” Aiken said. “Imapest is also in good form and can’t be taken lightly.”   APG Media

The Annual Australian Yearling Sales are about to commence and Sunday 27th January will see the first of them   -  The APG Brisbane Sale at Albion Park. Queensland breeders Lindsay and Mary Vagg have been churning out winner after winner from their Southbrook property and this year they offer a beautiful draft of five Yearlings   -   2 Colts and 3 Fillies. Significantly they are all sired by stallions who are either Sons or Grandsons of the great Western Ideal , who has just been retired from Stud duties by Hanover Farm. Western Ideal , whose dam Leah Almahurst was a millionaire on the racetrack , has sired the winners of over $125 million.    He is now becoming a well recognized Sire of Sires  with sons such as Rocknroll Hanover ,  American Ideal , Always A Virgin and to a lesser degree Big Jim featuring prominently on Leading Sires Lists in both Hemispheres. “ I think the Western Ideal sireline will carry us into success in breeding over the next few years “   said Lindsay recently when discussing his draft.    “ And those who have Cams Card Shark on their dams side  , such as  Heston Blue Chip  and A Rocknroll Dance should be well suited to the Australian bred mares “. “ Artspeak is the equal fastest son of Western Ideal and was a USTA Two Year Old of the Year so I was keen to breed two of my mares to him also. “ “ The two Artspeak yearlings are very , very athletic looking horses   -  one from an Art Major mare and one from a Bettors Delight mare , so I would expect both of them to be ready made two year olds. “ Lindsay’s opening Lot is a Heston Blue Chip colt and a half brother to the Menangle flying machine Better Bet Black.   This speedster won 29 races and took a record of 1.51.6 but he was responsible for so many of the fastest miles clocked on the Menangle surface with his ability to fly the gate and peel of a 25 to 26 second opening quarter. “ This guy is a better type than Better Bet Black and has a glorious temperament . “   said Lindsay Lot 22 is a big strong and lovely filly by A Rocknroll Dance from a Modern Art mare. “ I bred this filly purposely this way to get the 3 x 4 cross to the mare  Wendymae Hanover  , who of course is the dam of Western Hanover “  said Lindsay when discussing this filly. This Lot 22 is bred on the same cross as the exciting 2 year old from last season   Whereyabinboppin. Lot 34 , a colt by Heston Blue Chip from Our Sweet Victree  also has a double cross of a highly influential mare   -   in this instance Three Diamonds , who was the “ darling “ of the USA racetracks in the early 1980’s. Lindsay and Mary Vagg hav a track record of breeding outstanding horses , particularly Colts and Fillies who earn serious money in their Two and Three year old seasons. You cannot help think that the Vagg’s are on the right track with their choice of the Western Ideal sireline Stallions.    For potential purchasers you have rock solid foundations to build your “ castle “ on.   John Coffey

The 2019 Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale, to be held on Sunday, February 10 at the Magic Millions Complex, Morphettville, has attracted excellent support from local breeders. Of the 37 lots catalogued, 23 are locally bred representing 14 individual breeders and stud farms. White Star Lodge, of Two Wells, has the largest draft with five lots including two fillies (Lots 9 and 32) from the second crop of the brilliantly fast American import Hurrikane Kingcole (1:47.6). They are also offering colts by Caribbean Blaster (Lot 34) and The Gold Ace NZ (Lot 1) and a filly by BG’s Folly (Lot 25). Former Harness Racing SA chairman Mark Carey has entered two superbly bred colts, both out of Southern Cross 2YO Final placegetters. Lot 7, by the Australian and NZ 2YO of the Year Follow The Stars, is out of Holla (1:59.1), while Lot 11, by the USA 3YO Colt of the Year Heston Blue Chip, is from the Art Major mare Majeur Le Crest (1:57.6). Allenby Lodge, of Steve and Tess Norman, Kapunda, has a two-prong entry including a Roll With Joe colt from the Christian Cullen mare Watch Me Glitter (Lot 28). The other colt, Lot 8, is by Lennytheshark’s sire Four Starzzz Shark out of mare from the noted ‘Bonus’ family of the late Ron Pocock. Crystal Brook breeder Rosstyn Taylor and Kenton Valley horsewoman Danielle Helbers are also dually represented at the sale. Taylor has entered two colts, one by Shadow Play from the family of Cornsilk and Delight Me as Lot 18, and the other by Follow The Stars from the 14-win mare Shaylah (Lot 12). The Helbers’ consignment comprises a Changeover colt from the famed Hot Foot tribe as Lot 27 and a Betterthancheddar colt from the family of Sly Flyin and Smiling Shard (Lot 23). The Port Pirie Harness Racing Club has nominated a pair of Follow The Stars colts, one out of a daughter of former glamour racemare Four Penny Dark (Lot 37) and the other from a daughter of the multiple Group winner Viking Reign (Lot 5). Local breeders with single entries include Geoff Easom (Wyndown Stud), who is offering a half-brother to five 2:00 winners, Jason Bussenschutt, who has entered a half-sister to Fistfullofdollars, Gary Newton (a Lincoln Royal colt from the family of Gotanedge), Paul Cavallaro and Naz Sergi, Gary and Marlene Fryar, Heath Posgate and Jack Panagiotou. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle and HRSA Office.   Peter Wharton