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Records tumbled at today's Pryde's EasiFeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale with numbers up across the board. The harness racing trotting sale average this year increased a whopping 41.6 per cent on last year, the 2018 average of $21,490 substantially up on last year's $15,167. Sixty yearlings went through the ring, eight more than last year, and the top lot fetched $90,000 compared to last year's top lot, $55,000. All up, $1,074,500 in total sales was recorded today at Tabcorp Park Melton (more than $400,000 more than last year) with a clearance rate of 83 per cent (up 8% on last year). Importantly 12 of 41 sold made $20,000-plus last year, but this year 21 out of 50 sold made $20,000-plus. Ninety-one people registered to bid. "Today's results are extremely encouraging and showcase the confidence in the trotting gait in Victoria," Harness Racing Victoria's Emma Prosser said. "The quality of the catalogue certainly played an enormous role and I must congratulate the vendors and the preparers for the way the yearlings were presented." For the second year straight, Terang's Matthew Craven purchased the top lot Alderbaran Knox, Lot 35. Craven paid $90,000 for a striking Muscle Hill colt, out of Kyvalley Aldebaran - a full-brother to the 2017 sales topper he purchased 12 months ago. The colt was prepared by Danny and Melinda Thackeray on behalf of Aldebaran Lodge, which had 12 yearlings in today's sale. Craven paid $90,000 for this striking Muscle Hill colt, out of Kyvalley Aldebaran Aldebaran also produced "Aldebaran Stephan" (a colt by Pegasus Spur out of Sundonna) - a full-brother to the fastest Australasian-bred trotting mare Maori Time - which went for $60,000, "Aldebaran Dominic" (a colt by Andover Hall out of Aldebaran Dream), purchased by Jim Connelly for $50,000, and "Aldebaran Zander" (a colt by Muscle Hill out of Yield Boko) for $46,000. Chris Lang and Haley Toulmin also had a successful day, selling an Angus Hall-Miss Warbucks colt for $42,000 to Molander Racing after a spirited bidding contest, and an Angus Hall-Shes An Image colt to Rob Thompson for $41,000. The live stream of the APTS this year was well-viewed, with the number of people 'currently viewing' the stream hovering at about 150 for the bulk of the day. By Cody Winnell ( 2018 Sale Results LOT NAME SIRE DAM SEX PURCHASE PRICE BUYER 1   ANGUS HALL BLACK CURLEW GELDING $17,000 Timothy McLean 2   MAJESTIC SON BLARING COLT Passed In   3   MAJESTIC SON BONNIE SUNDON NZ COLT $15,000 Gavan Holt 4 ALDEBARAN APRIL TRIXTON (US) ALDEBARAN BREEZE FILLY $17,000 Yabby Dam Farms 5   ANGUS HALL BRITE N LUCKY FILLY $14,000 William Kucks 6 ALDEBARAN JETHRO ANDOVER HALL BROMAC ALDEBARAN COLT Passed In   7   GREAT SUCCESS BRYLIN CRESCENT FILLY $15,000 Susan Hayes 8   ORLANDO VICI CARIBOU CALDER FILLY Passed In   9   CRAZED (US) CATCHYA MAYA COLT $9,000 Dominic Schembri 10   IMPERIAL COUNT CATCHYA MUSCLE COLT $5,500 Gavan Holt 12   ANGUS HALL CLOUD CHASER COLT $36,000 Lisa & Maddie Ray 13   MAJESTIC SON CONSHE FILLY Passed In   14   TRIXTON (US) COUNTESS ANGELA COLT Passed In   15   MUSCLE HILL CRUZENTHEPACIFIC COLT $22,000 Gavan Holt 16 ALDEBARAN DEKOTA YIELD BOKO ALDEBARAN DEEGAN FILLY $16,000 Matt Craven 17   WISHING STONE DIEDRE DEVILLE COLT $15,500 Emanuel Portelli 18 ALDEBARAN DOMINIC ANDOVER HALL ALDEBARAN DREAM COLT $50,000 KPC Racing 19   BACARDI LINDY USA EAGLES IMAGE FILLY $9,000 James Warnock 21   ANDOVER HALL ELUSIVE CHARM COLT $20,500 Wells Family Group 22   MAJESTIC SON FORTUNATE PHOENIX FILLY $21,000 Simone Walker 23   MAJESTIC SON GLADYS EMANUEL FILLY $17,000 Norm Visca 24   ANDOVER HALL GLUTEUS MAXIMUS COLT $30,000 KPC Racing 27 ALDEBARAN HERBIE ANDOVER HALL ALDEBARAN HONEY COLT $20,000 Peter Males 28   MAJESTIC SON ILLAWONG BLUSH FILLY $29,000 Carmel Aquilina 29   MAJESTIC SON ILLAWONG MOONSHINE COLT $30,000 Justin Baker 30 ALDEBARAN STEVIE YIELD BOKO IM SONIALEELEE FILLY $8,000 Peter Gabriel 32   ARMBRO VARIABLE CA JANOVER HANOVER NZ COLT Passed In   33   TENNOTRUMP JEWEL OF THE NIGHT FILLY $10,000 Michael Gadsden 34   CRAZED (US) KANO CLASSIC FILLY Passed In   35 ALDEBARAN KNOX MUSCLE HILL KYVALLEY ALDEBARAN COLT $90,000 Matt Craven 36   ANGUS HALL LA TONNERALLA FILLY $22,000 Brent Lilley 37   BACARDI LINDY USA LOVER OR LOSER NZ COLT Passed In   38   BACARDI LINDY USA MIRIAMA COLT $4,000 Terry Franklin 39   GREAT SUCCESS MISS CEEJAY FILLY Passed In   40   ANGUS HALL MISS WARBUCKS COLT $42,000 Molander Harness Racing 41   CRAZED (US) MY MISSINDEPENDENT COLT $8,500 Kate Hargreaves 42   MUSCLES YANKEE NANDY NOOT NZ FILLY $20,000 Frank Evans 43   YANKEE SPIDER PACKED UP EARLY FILLY $7,000 James Warnock 44 ALDEBARAN PHOEBE YIELD BOKO ALDEBARAN PEGGY FILLY $16,000 Haydon Gray 45   DANNY BOUCHEA PEPPERELL DARGENT FILLY $6,000 Lisa Fitzpatrick 46   BACARDI LINDY USA POET LAUREATE COLT $8,000 Michael Cole 47   SKYVALLEY POIGNANT COLT $15,000 Giuseppe Zappulla 48   BACARDI LINDY USA REDNECK COLT $17,000 David Scott 49 ALDEBARAN BRYCE ANGUS HALL ALDEBARAN REVENUE COLT $15,000 Paddy Lee 50   ANGUS HALL SHES AN IMAGE COLT $41,000 Rob Thompson 51   MAJESTIC SON SIXTY PLUS FILLY $25,000 Danny Zavitsanos 52   BACARDI LINDY USA SPRINGHASPRUNG FILLY $6,500 Alfred Spiteri 53   PEGASUS SPUR STAR OF JORDAINE COLT $15,000 Renee Comben 54   DEJARMBRO (US) STARLET LAVEC FILLY $16,000 Sharyn O'Brien 55 ALDEBARAN STEPHAN PEGASUS SPUR SUNDONNA COLT $60,000 APTS as Agent 56 ALDEBARAN SUNRISE SKYVALLEY ALDEBARAN SUNSET FILLY $8,000 Peter Gabriel 57   TRIXTON (US) SWEET PRETENSE COLT Passed In   58   MAJESTIC SON ZESTA COLT $26,000 B&T Cormack Racing 59 ALDEBARAN ZANDER MUSCLE HILL ZOIA BOKO COLT $46,000 APTS as Agent 60   MUSCLE HILL ABANDONED ANNIE COLT $20,000 Anthony Crossland 61   GREAT SUCCESS ALABAMA SHOWDOWN FILLY $5,000 Anthony O'Connor 62   MUSCLE HILL ALEPPO MIDAS COLT $65,000 RED Harness Racing 63   PEGASUS SPUR ALL FINESSE COLT $32,000 Meagan Lang 64   TENNOTRUMP AMAORI SPUR COLT $6,000 Kerrie Lee 65   MAJESTIC SON AVID FILLY $6,000 Alfred Spiteri    

The $55,000 Australian record for a trotting yearling sold at auction is expected to be surpassed at this year's Pryde's EasiFeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale to be held at Tabcorp Park Melton on Sunday March 11. A full-brother to the new Australasian mile record holder, Maori Time (Tr 1:51.5), Aldebaran Stephan will go under the hammer as Lot 55. Maori Time blitzed her rivals in the weekend's Group 1 Trotters Mile at Menangle for Brent Lilley and Todd McCarthy, taking her stake earnings to $419,801 and delivering connections a third Group 1. Lot 55 is the lynchpin of a 12-strong Aldebaran Park consignment, of Duncan McPherson, Nagambie. The grand looking colt is out of 2016-17 Victorian Broodmare of the Year Sundonna, a member of the famous Maori Miss tribe. Read the full story on the 2018 Pryde's EasiFeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale at<> Get the latest on all the yearlings in the catalogue by visiting the 2018 Pryde's EasiFeed APTS website<> today   CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Vendors have invested a record $355,410 in service fees to some of the world’s best trotting stallions to provide an appetizing offering for prospective harness racing buyers attending the 2018 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale. With three late entries the sale numbers have increased to 65, equaling last year’s record total. Headlining the sale is a Muscle Hill half brother to the fastest trotting mare ever bred in Australia or New Zealand, Maori Time Tr.1:54.2 ($392,001) and a half brother by Maori Time’s sire Pegasus Spur to Claudys Princess Tr.1:55.5 ($401,803). The three stallions most represented with multiple entries are the conqueror of Sundon as no.1 sire of Australasia in 2017, Majestic Son, with eleven, the no.1 Australia-based trotting sire of 2016/17, Bacardi Lindy, with eight and seven-time no.1 USA trotting sire (winners), Angus Hall, with seven. The world’s current leading sire of trotters Muscle Hill has five entries as has former USA no.1 sire Andover Hall, who sired the 2017 Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit. The winner of the 2014 Hambletonian, Trixton, has his debut Australian foals in the sale with four yearlings (out of a total crop of 10), the fastest trotter ever to stand in Australia, Great Success, has four yearlings and Crazed, sire of JL Cruze Tr.1:49.8, also has four entries. The Swedish-bred European champion, Yield Boko, has three yearlings as does Pegasus Spur, sire of Australasian mile record holder Flying Isa Tr.1:53.2. Vicbred Super Sires champion Tennotrump, sire of 2017 Australian 3YO C/G Trotter of the Year, Magicool, has two yearlings in the sale. Stallions with one yearling each in the sale are Skyvalley (sire of dual Vicbred SS champion Aldebaran Eve), former no.1 USA trotting sire Muscles Yankee, Yankee Spider (sire of triple Vicbred SS champion Spidergirl), millionaire and world 3YO champion of five furlong track Dejarmbro, Australian 3YO Trotter of the Year Danny Bouchea, Imperial Count Tr.1:53.4 ($680,857), French-bred Orlando Vici (sire of Un Mec d’Heripre - $2,053,000), the new US sensation Wishing Stone whose first USA 2YO crop this year are averaging $25,000 per foal and Armbro Variable, the sire of 2017 Holmfield winner Four Walls. Some of the class racemares represented with progeny include Australian 3YO Trotter of the Year Zesta, Brylin Crescent Tr.1:57.5 (half sister to 2017 NZ Trotter of the Year Enghien), Australian Aged Trotting Mare of the Year Miss Warbucks Tr.1:58.2, Aleppo Midas Tr.1:56.3, Australian 2YO and 3YO Filly of the Year Shes An Image, Illawong Moonshine Tr.1:58.1, Janover Hanover ($91,198), Gladys Emanuel ($78,049), Star of Jordaine ($67,658), Australian 2YO&3YO Filly Trotter of the Year My Missindependent and Matchmaker Mile winner Gluteus Maximus Tr.1:59.6. Apart from the half brothers to Maori Time and Claudys Princess there are yearlings from mares that have produced dual Vicbred SS champion Aldebaran Eve  ($126,878), Cruisin Around ($175,222), Meadow Valley Road Tr.1:56.3, Scratch It Tr.1:56.8, Illawong Byron ($118,070), Jay Bee Flex Tr.2:00.0 and His Bluffen Tr.1:57.4. Finally there are yearlings from sisters/half sister to European 5YO Championship winner Yield Boko Tr.1:54.9 ($814,031), Allegro Agitato Tr.1:57.8 ($524,399), Posimitic ($136,046), Heez Speedy Gonzalez Tr.1:59.3, 2017 NZ Trotter of the Year Enghien ($310,148), Princess Phoenix Tr.1:57.4 ($145,645), Andys Favourite ($118,587), Prince Eddie Tr.1:58.9 ($107,991), Alabamas Idol ($187,240), Meadow Valley Road Tr.1:56.3, Likeaplayboy ($96,669), Poets Corner ($144,020), Invasive Tr.1:57.4 ($140,784), Danny Cash ($163,102), Australian 2YO&3YO Filly Trotter of the Year My Missindependent plus yearlings from daughters of La Coocaracha (Australian Trotter of the Year), Maoris Dream (Victoria Oaks), Ornamental Jewel (Oceania El Dorado) and Lilly the Pink (Inter Dominion heat winner) The 2018 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale will be conducted at Tabcorp Park on Sunday March 11, the weekend on which the Great Southern Star, Need For Speed Classics and the Lyn McPherson Breed For Speed finals will be decided.  John Peck

Sixty-two trotting yearlings have entered for the 2018 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale to be held at Tabcorp Park Melton on Sunday, March 11. Majestic Son (nine) has the most representatives, the son of Angus Hall last season ranked No.2 on the national two-year-old trotting stallion chart with nine individual winners from 27 starters. Bacardi Lindy and Angus Hall both have seven yearlings entered. Angus Hall was last season’s leading sire of three-year-olds and ranked No.5 on the two-year-olds’ chart. Bacardi Lindy was ranked No.4 on the three-year-old table last season, and was No.2 and 3 on the two- and three-year-old premierships respectively the season prior. Andover Hall has five yearlings at the APTS, the powerhouse sire’s progeny yet to hit the track in Australia but he is well-credentialed on his North American stats. Muscle Hill, ranked No.3 on the two-year-old charts last season, also has five at the sale, while the brilliant trotter Trixton, a son of Muscle Hill, makes his APTS debut with four yearlings in the catalogue. Crazed and Great Success both have four yearlings nominated, while Yield Boko and Pegasus Spur both have three representatives. Tennotrump features again among the APTS with two yearlings available, while Wishing Stone, Armbro Variable, Skyvalley, Dejarmbro, Muscles Yankee, Danny Bouchea, Orlando Vici, Yankee Spider and Imperial Count all have one nomination. Visit the APTS website to view the nominations Nominations for the 2018 APTS are now closed. Further details will be provided on all yearlings closer to sale date. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The 2017 Pryde’s Easifeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale today saw 52 harness racing yearlings through the ring at Inglis, Oaklands Junction. The APTS produced a 75 per cent clearance rate, with 13 yearlings passed in and the sales topper – a bay filly by Muscle Hill out of Kyvalley Aldebaran – sold for an APTS record of $55,000 to Matthew Craven. “From the day we saw her at the farm we just loved her. As soon as she walked out of the box,” Craven said. “The comment was when she came out of the box ‘she just looks like she’ll run’. “Being by Muscle Hill, he’s just dominating all over the world (as a sire).” This year’s average was $15,167, up from last year’s figure of $14,900. Victoria’s leading stable of Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin purchased its first trotter, Lot 56 – a colt by Majestic Son out of Aleppo Midas for $48,000. “(It’s) definitely the first time we’ve dabbled into trotting and we’re quite interested in it,” Tonkin said. “It’s quite exciting and it’s something we’re really looking forward to.” Full results below.                         LOT SIRE DAM SEX Price Purchaser 1 BACARDI LINDY USA ELITE ACTION Filly $4,000 Glenn Conroy 2 MAJESTIC SON CA ELUSIVE CHARM Colt $20,000 Lindsay Wells 3 YANKEE SPIDER USA EMMYLU SPRINGFIELD Filly P/I Reserve $8,000 4 BACARDI LINDY USA ENJOY A CHAMPERS Filly $7,000 Kerrie Lee 5 ANGUS HALL (US) ALDEBARANFAVOURITE Colt $7,000 Peter Gibbons 6 MAJESTIC SON CA GALLEONS BLISS NZ Colt $20,000 Molander Harness Racing 7 GREAT SUCCESS USA GLADYS EMANUEL NZ Colt P/I   8 SKYVALLEY NZ DIRTY HARRIET Filly $7,000 Glenn Conroy 9 IMPERIAL COUNT ICANTREMEMBER Colt $7,000 John Shelley 10 PEGASUS SPUR CA ILLAWONG CHLOE Colt   Withdrawn 11 BACARDI LINDY USA IMA TARTAN TEASE NZ Colt $13,000 Jenny Johnson 12 ANGUS HALL (US) JAURIOL Colt $23,000 Graeme Rilley 13 PEGASUS SPUR CA KANO IDOL Colt $16,000 Michael Taranto 14 LUCKY CHUCKY (US) KARAMBOO Filly $14,000 Race A Pacer 15 MUSCLE HILL (US) KYVALLEY ALDEBARAN NZ Filly $55,000 Matthew Craven 16 MAJESTIC SON CA LA TONNERALLA NZ Colt $11,000 Craig Nott 17 WISHING STONE LE CHABANAIS Colt $12,500 Doug Coxon 18 REVENUE (SWE) BROMAC ALDEBARAN NZ Colt $16,000 Antonio Calabria 19 METROPOLITAN USA LIKE A CALDER Filly   Withdrawn 20 ANGUS HALL (US) LINDYS TWO STEP USA Colt P/I Reserve $10,000 21 MAJESTIC SON CA MANGONIQUE Colt $30,000 David Scott 22 TENNOTRUMP MAORI SUNSHINE Colt P/I Reserve $10,000 23 MAJESTIC SON CA MAORIMOON Colt $9,500 Yvonne Males 24 GREAT SUCCESS USA CATCHYA MAYA Colt P/I   25 BACARDI LINDY USA MIRIAMA NZ Colt $7,500 Anthony Portelli 26 GREAT SUCCESS USA MISS ADELADE NZ Colt $15,000 Craig Nott 27 LUCKY CHUCKY (US) MISSGOODYTWOSHOES Filly P/I Reserve $13,000 28 MAJESTIC SON CA MISSY TRUSCOTT Filly   Withdrawn 29 ANGUS HALL (US) MODERN MAORI Colt $20,000 Blundell Family Trust 30 YANKEE SPIDER USA MOTU VEE Filly P/I Reserve $10,000 31 ANDOVER HALL (US) MY MISSINDEPENDENT Filly P/I Reserve $32,500 32 TENNOTRUMP MYSTIC JEWEL Colt $4,000 Andy Gath 33 MAJESTIC SON CA OUR FLASH GIRL Colt   Withdrawn 34 BACARDI LINDY USA PEPPERELL MISTRAL Filly   Withdrawn 35 LAWMAN USA POCKET FANTASY Filly $9,000 Craig Nott 36 IMPERIAL COUNT POIGNANT Filly P/I   37 TENNOTRUMP POLLY APOLLO Colt $7,500 Darren Aitken 38 EILEAN DONON USA ALDEBARAN CRUMPET Colt $10,000 Doug Coxon 39 MUSCLE HILL (US) ALDEBARAN BREEZE Filly   Withdrawn 40 ANGUS HALL (US) SKYE ROCKET Colt P/I Reserve $20,000 41 GREAT SUCCESS USA SOLANA NZ Filly   Withdrawn 42 BACARDI LINDY USA SPRING FLY Colt $7,500 Kevin Murray 43 MAJESTIC SON CA STAR OF JORDAINE NZ Colt P/I   44 ANGUS HALL (US) STARCUS NZ Filly $20,000 Alex Ashwood 45 SKYVALLEY NZ ALDEBARAN SUNSET NZ Colt $10,000 Alex Ashwood 46 SKYVALLEY NZ SUNDONNA Colt $30,000 Hass Taiba 47 GREAT SUCCESS USA SUSUWE NZ Filly P/I Reserve $6,000 48 BACARDI LINDY USA CATCHYA TADDY Colt   Withdrawn 49 MUSCLE HILL (US) COUNTESSA HEST NZ Colt $18,000 Michael Taranto 50 SKYVALLEY NZ STONED TILL DAWN Filly   Withdrawn 51 SUNDON USA URSULA BROMAC NZ Filly $6,000 Michael Taylor 52 ORLANDO VICI (FRA) WANNABEAMAORI Colt $25,000 John Clough 53 MAJESTIC SON CA YANKEE PRINCESS Filly $20,000 Greg Fusinato 54 MAJESTIC SON CA ZOIA BOKO SWE Filly $27,500 Bruce Edward 55 MUSCLE HILL (US) ALDEBARAN TURNPIKE USA Colt   Withdrawn 56 MAJESTIC SON CA ALEPPO MIDAS Colt $48,000 Justin Baker 57 TENNOTRUMP AMAORI SPUR Filly $4,000 Rachel Kelly 58 LAWMAN USA BOLD MOVER Colt   Withdrawn 59 BACARDI LINDY USA BOOT SCOOTIN GLORY Colt P/I Reserve $11,000 60 MUSCLE HILL (US) BOX BROWNIE Filly   Withdrawn 61 MUSCLE HILL (US) ALDEBARAN REVENUE Filly   Withdrawn 62 GREAT SUCCESS USA BRITE N LUCKY Filly  $4,000 Brian Cabrin 63 WISHING STONE BROADACROSSTHEBEAM Colt $9,000 David Scott 64 MAJESTIC SON CA CHARLOTTE GALLEON NZ Filly $13,500 Yvonne Males 65 YANKEE SPIDER USA CLA CEE HETA Colt $4,000 Paddy Lee     Trots Media

The stage is set for the 2017 Pryde's Easifeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale on Sunday. The venue, Inglis, Oaklands Junction, is in supreme order and will only be surpassed by the quality of harness racing yearling available on Sunday. Prospective buyers are encouraged to attend pre-sale inspection on Saturday from 1.30pm, with all yearlings on display. The APTS begins on Sunday from 11am. The Inglis Snack Bar will be open on both Saturday and Sunday from 8am, with an additional barbecue lunch provided on Saturday from 1.30pm-3.30pm for preparers and prospective purchasers. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in the stabling area for all preparers, vendors and staff. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) will be providing advice and information on horse syndication at the Own the Moment marquee, located adjacent to the sales office. Additionally, free syndication opportunities will be available to licenced trainers subject to compliance with regulations. "The Pryde's Easifeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale has continued to build and expand in line with the growth of trotting here in Victoria," HRV Acting General Manager Commercial Ryan Stanaway said. "With increased racing opportunities and prizemoney for trotters, we expect some competitive bidding come Sunday with nearly 60 well-related yearlings to go through the ring. "Sharing the day with the APG Autumn Sale allows the trotting breed to be showcased to new buyers and gives vendors the opportunity to present their lots in the best possible manner. "Trotters like Cruisin Around, who was an $18,000 buy and has earned close to $200,000, are our best advertisement for the sale." If you wish to follow the sale from home HRV's Trots Media will be providing live updates from the venue via @HRVnews on Twitter and There will also be a live stream of the sale at Venue: Inglis, Oaklands Junction: 285 Oaklands Rd, Oaklands Junction, Vic. Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has amended its racing calendar to make Sunday, April 2, a racing-free day, enabling the industry to focus on the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale and Australian Pacing Gold Autumn Yearling Sale on that day. The Kilmore meeting set down for that date has been moved to Tuesday, April 4, and will remain a daytime fixture. "HRV has made this change in the interests of those important sales," HRV Interim General Manager Operations Shane Gloury said. "We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend and consider a purchase at the APTS and APG sales and having a racing-free day allows for this to happen." Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

The sales topper at the 2016 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale held today Sunday the 13th of March in Melbourne is destined for the Brent Lilley harness racing stable. A colt by Majestic Son (sire of two-year-old Group 1 two-year-old winners Im Stately, Daenarys Targaryen and One Over Da Moon) out of proven producer Pinevale Ellason (Duchess Ella, Ruby Pinevale and All Star Angus) sold for $47,000 to Jim Connelly and will join the powerful Lilley yard. “Really pleased we got him,” Lilley said. “We had a good look around and thought he was the pick of the sale. On type obviously and breeding, he ticks both boxes.” Seller Terry Forster was “rapt” with the result. “We’re delighted with the result. It’ll keep the wheels turning,” he said. “We were hoping we’d go close to topping the sale because of the breeding and the progeny that this mare has had.” Preparer Pauleen Thomson was also thrilled with the result and she had an extra special day because two of the yearlings she prepared were among the top three priced sales of the day. Thomson prepared Lot 10, the sales topper, and Lot 13, a colt by Majestic Son out of Cloud Chaser which sold for $36,000. “I’m absolutely rapt. I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “He’s always been a really nice colt,” Thomson said of the Majestic Son/Pinevale Ellason colt. “He’s got a beautiful nature, no problems at all, just a really nice natured animal.” The second highest priced sale was Lot 31, a bay colt by Aldebaran Park first season sire Yield Boko out of Joyces Choice, prepared by Haley Toulmin. It went for $40,000. This year’s sale average was $14,900, up from last year’s average of $12,900 (an increase of about 7.5 per cent). 2016 Sale Results               Lot Sire Dam Sex Sales Price Purchaser Reserve 1 Bacardi Lindy Enjoy A Champers Filly Withdrawn N/A N/A 2 Pegasus Spur Its Billie Holiday Colt Passed In N/A $10,000 3 Fling It Black Curlew Filly Passed In N/A $15,000 4 Skyvalley Im Sonialeelee Filly $6,000 G Conroy   5 Angus Hall Petite Flair Filly $8,000 I Nicholas   6 Yankee Spider Maori Azolla Colt Passed In N/A $12,000 7 Imperial Count Icantremember Colt Withdrawn N/A N/A 8 Skyvalley Aldebaran Deegan Colt $9,500 A Ashwood   9 Majestic Son Missgoodytwoshoes Filly $14,500 L Fitzpatrick   10 Majestic Son Pinevale Ellason Colt $47,000 KPC Racing   11 Brylin Boyz Shez Allrighty Colt $8,000 S Thompson   12 The Pres Miriama Filly $6,000 Z Cauchi   13 Majestic Son Cloud Chaser Colt $36,000 M Caldow   14 Yield Boko Kyvalley Bling Colt $9,000 L Justice   15 Lucky Chucky Charlotte Galleon Colt $13,000 J Knight   16 CR Commando Kano Classic Colt Passed In N/A $15,000 17 Yield Boko Aldebaran Crumpet Colt $15,000 Y Males   18 Majestic Son Singing Creek Colt Withdrawn N/A N/A 19 Tennotrump Eagles Image Colt $8,000 P Mellington   20 Yield Boko Aldebaran Queenie Filly $19,000 D Scott   21 Majestic Son Ostensibly Colt Passed In N/A $10,000 22 Angus Hall Idoido Colt Passed In N/A $35,000 23 Muscle Hill Aftanoondelite Colt Passed In N/A $50,000 24 Yield Boko Aldebaran Revenue Filly $12,000 N Shinn   25 Majestic Son Missy Calder Filly Withdrawn N/A N/A 26 Pegasus Spur Lover Or Loser Colt $8,000 A Alchin   27 Bad Boy Truscott Poet Laureate Filly $10,000 C Murphy   28 Yield Boko Aldebaran Sunset Colt $16,000 M Taranto   29 Angus Hall Running Pinevale Gelding $13,000 I Caruana   30 Muscle Hill Starcus Colt $22,000 B Lilley   31 Yield Boko Joyces Choice Colt $40,000 G Webster   32 Bacardi Lindy Ima Tartan Tease Filly $15,000 W Agostino   33 Majestic Son Maori Road Filly $31,000 Raceapacer   34 Yield Boko Countess Angela Colt Withdrawn N/A N/A 35 Angus Hall Flash And Flair Colt $27,000 M Craven   36 Down Under Muscles Dodo Rocket Filly $30,000 D Aiken   37 Armbro Invasion Betty Cuthbert Filly $8,000 S Cameron   38 Yield Boko Bromac Aldebaran Filly $9,000 D Aitkin   39 Framework Pepperell Dargent Filly $4,000 F Cauchi   40 Majestic Son Lindys Two Step Filly $9,000 B Edwards   41 Kyvalley Blur Aldebaran Hall Colt $15,000 M Craven   42 Yield Boko Notnow Itstooearly Colt Withdrawn N/A N/A 43 Down Under Muscles Elite Action Colt $4,500 Veritas Holdings   44 Yankee Spider Lunar Landing Colt Passed In N/A $50,000 45 Bacardi Lindy Cruzenthepacific Filly $10,000 E Tormey   46 Yield Boko Maori Lindy Colt $11,500 MC Family Trust   47 Bacardi Lindy Docmelfi Filly $11,000 M Taranto   48 Armbro Variable La Cousu Colt $15,000 A Gath   49 Yankee Spider Stand On Me Filly $10,000 J Shelley   50 Down Under Muscles Melpark Sunrise Filly $12,000 T Bradley   51 Skyvalley Aldebaran Pearl Colt $8,000 Tonn Pty Ltd       Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) will be covering Sunday’s Australasian Premier Trotting Sale online across social media and the live streaming service at Commentary on the stream will be provided by trots owner and scribe Nick Hooper, with Trots Media’s Cody Winnell and Michael Howard driving @HRVnews on Twitter throughout the day. The live stream kicks off at 1pm when the first lot enters the ring, but social media coverage will kick off about 12.30pm to preview the auction. This year’s sale is the fourth APTS, which in its first three years has produced plenty of exciting trotters including Endsino (nine wins, $129,148 in stakes to date), Cruisin Around (five wins, $53,464 in stakes to date) and Naked Majesty (nine wins, $51,885 in stakes to date) just to name a few. There has never been a better time to own a trotter in Victoria with more juvenile trot races than ever on thecalendar. If you’ve ever thought about getting involved in ownership of a trotter the HRV team will be on hand on Sunday to make your sale experience a positive one. If it’s your first one, that’s fantastic – the team will happily answer any questions you may have. There is plenty of information available at the APTS website or bidders can register on Sunday. Even if you are not interested in ownership, everyone is welcome to attend Sunday’s sale to enjoy the atmosphere and watch proceedings as they play out. The Legends Café will be open for people wishing to have lunch or a drink. Cody Winnell

Next year's Australasian Premier Trotting Sale has attracted a record number of nominations with 52 in total. The sale, to be held on Sunday, March 13, at Tabcorp Park Melton, has attracted 31 colts and 21 fillies. The sires represented at the sale include Angus Hall, Armbro Invasion, Bacardi Lindy, Bad Boy Truscott, Brylin Boyz, Cr Commando, Down Under Muscles, Fling It, Framework, Imperial Count, Kyvalley Blur, Lucky Chucky, Majestic Son, Muscle Hill, Pegasus Spur, Skyvalley, Tennotrump, The Pres, Yankee Spider and Yield Boko. Harness Racing Victoria thanks all of the vendors for their support of the APTS and Pryde’s Easifeed for their continued sponsorship of the sale. From only two crops to race APTS graduates have already won over $580,000. >> Click here to view the 2016 Sale Entries >> Click here to view the APTS website >> Click here to visit HRV's Breeding Resources Page by Harness Racing Victoria Media

Last Sunday’s Australasian Premier Trotting Sale at Tabcorp Park Melton saw a 20 per cent spike in registered bidders. While the overall average price was down on previous years, $12,941 compared to $16,359 last year, APTS promoters said this was in partly due to only 40 lots passing through the ring. “We would expect that number to jump around a bit with only 40 lots going through,” Harness Racing Victoria’s Vaughn Lynch said. “We would have liked a higher average, but we understand there are several factors behind it dropping. “There was less competition than usual at the bottom end of the sale, meaning there were bargains for the astute buyer.” Lynch stated it was great to see more bidders than usual with “strong competition at the top end of the sale seeing several potential buyers going home disappointed”. The sale topper was a striking bay colt by Angus Hall out of unraced Muscles Yankee mare Bromac Aldebaran, which sold for $38,000. “He’s got good confirmation and a good pedigree,” said Richard Matthews, who made the successful bid. “I’ve had a bit more luck with the trotters over the years for whatever reason. I bought a broodmare from New Zealand, Invasions Pride. She didn’t race a long time but she threw a trotter called Let Me Thru, who ran second in an Inter Dominion when he was only a five-year-old. “The mare’s progeny have produced about $740,000 worth of stake winnings.” The second-highest priced purchase was Lot 15, a bay colt by the sire of the fastest two-year-old in history Muscle Hill, from Calder Fury, which went for $37,000. A sister to exciting mare Barefoot Sally (an impressive winner at Melton on Saturday night) went for $22,000, the filly by Bacardi Lindy – sire of Claudys Princess – out of Strapon. Scott’s Creek horseman Anthony O’Connor purchased two yearlings at the sale, Lot 20 a filly by Skyvalley from Maori Road for $5000 and Lot 31 Aldebaran Doc, a colt by Skyvalley from Aldebaran Deegan for $4000. “You can’t breed them for that price,” O’Connor said. “It’s worth rolling the dice at that price. “My son Nicholas and I wanted a trotter and we were looking for a filly, so to get into a good family of trotters is great. “The other one, I had a few mates who wanted to race one, so we’ll probably go quarter shares.” The APTS finished off a big weekend of Victorian trotting, which saw New Zealand star Stent win the $300,000 Group One Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star on Saturday night. “This is the third year for the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale and we’re looking forward to being able to build on it further in coming years,” Lynch said. 2015 AUSTRALASIAN PREMIER TROTTING SALE RESULTS Lot 1: Colt by Lawman out of Speedy Naomi – Withdrawn Lot 2: Filly by Eilean Donon out of Kyvalley Bling – $9000 to Chris Lang Jr Lot 3: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Arnikas Pride – Passed In Lot 4: Colt by Angus Hall out of Bromac Aldebaran - $38,000 to Gatto Pty Ltd Lot 5: Filly by Skyvalley out of Countessa Hest – $7000 to Glenn Conroy Lot 6: Filly by Yankee Spider out of Catchya Kasey – Passed In Lot 7: Filly by Bacardi Lindy out of Cruzenthepacific - $6000 to Terence Howard Lot 8: Colt by Angus Hall out of Maoris Dream - $30,000 to Ian Hunter Lot 9: Filly by Yankee Spider out of Stand On Me - $10,000 to Maree Caldow Lot 10: Filly by Bacardi Lindy out of Spring Fly – Passed In Lot 11: Filly by Skyvalley out of Sundons Babe – $7000 to Greg Scott Lot 12: Colt by Angus Hall out of Poignant – $30,000 to Maree Caldow Lot 13: Filly by Skyvalley out of Maori Lindy – $4000 to Glenn Conroy Lot 14: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Maori Moments – $5000 to Joe Pace Lot 15: Colt by Muscle Hill out of Calder Fury – $37,000 to Jim Connelly’s KPC Racing Lot 16: Filly by Angus Hall out of Aldebaran Maori – $18,000 to Blundell Family Trust Lot 17: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Maori Missile – Withdrawn Lot 18: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Docmelfi – $10,000 to Jayne Davies Lot 19: Colt by Metropolitan out of Countess Angela – $5000 to Greg and Denise Muir Lot 20: Filly by Skyvalley out of Maori Road – $5000 to Anthony O’Connor Lot 21: Colt by Kyvalley Blur out of Kyvalley Kitty – Passed In Lot 22: Colt by Muscle Mass out of Queens Rhapsody – $10,000 to Brent Lilley Lot 23: Colt by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Honey – $4000 to Russell Commens Lot 24: Colt by Muscle Mass out of Icantremember – Withdrawn Lot 25: Colt by Sundon out of La Tonneralla – $15,000 to Paddy Lee Lot 26: Colt by Muscles Yankee out of Elusive Charm – $32,000 to Don Smith Lot 27: Colt by Skyvalley out of Aldebaranfavourite – $9000 to Brent Lilley Lot 28: Filly by Angus Hall out of Flaming Action – $9000 to B Cabria Lot 29: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of A Poem Kept – $11,000 to John Murdoch Lot 30: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Modern Maori – Withdrawn Lot 31: Colt by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Deegan – $4000 to Anthony O’Connor Lot 32: Filly by Yankee Spider out of Positive Logic – $8000 to Michael Scandolera Lot 33: Filly by Muscle Mass out of Illawong Chloe – Withdrawn Lot 34: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Charlotte Galleon – $7000 to Steven Hall Lot 35: Filly by Bacardi Lindy out of Strapon – $22,000 to WJ and MD Cameron Lot 36: Filly by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Breeze – $22,000 to David Scott Lot 37: Colt by Armbro Variable out of Gladys Emanuel – $8500 to Mario Azzopardi Lot 38: Filly by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Revenue – $5000 to Blake Fitzpatrick Lot 39: Colt by Armbro Invasion out of Im Mumbo Jumbo – Passed In Lot 40: Colt by Pegasus Spur out of Lets Be Happy – $25,000 to Michael Taranto Lot 41: Colt by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Hall – Withdrawn Lot 42: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of All Finesse – Passed In Lot 43: Colt by Tennotrump out of Mystic Jewel – $9000 to Tubbs/Sugars Lot 44: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Seek And Destroy – $6500 to S Hayes Lot 45: Filly by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Sunset – $8000 to Chris Lang Jr Lot 46: Colt by Fling It out of Keyfield – $4000 to Olivia Berg By Cody Winnell 

The third Australasian Premier Trotting Sale was held today at Tabcorp Park Melton and the promoters must be disappointed with the overall result. The first sale in 2013 averaged $15,846 which climbed slightly in 2014 to $16,359. Today saw the average drop to $12,941 which is over a 20% decrease over last year which is disappointing especially in light of the 23% increase achieved at the Australian Pacing Gold Sale just last weekend. The top lot today was Lot 4, a striking Angus Hall colt who is the first foal from the unraced Muscles Yankee mare Bromac Aldebaran. The colt was knocked down for a healthy $38,000. Bromac Aldebaran is from Spiritual Powers who is a full sister to Our Super Force ($90,985) who was New Zealand two year old trotter of the year and a half sister to Real Force ($165,592) who won an Interdominion Final as a four year old. Another half sister to Spiritual Powers in Chiola's Luck is the dam of Sundon's Luck ($164,264) who was three year old trotter of the year in New Zealand. A grand-daughter of Spiritual Powers is the dam of this years Dominion Handicap winner Jaccka Justy ($231,663) and his full brother Jaccka Jack ($125,532) The third dam of todays sale topper is the Super Bowl mare Super Brenda who was imported from North America by National Bloodstock in the late 1980s. With the strength of the family behind the Angus Hall colt it is no wonder he made what he did. Lot 35 which was a Barcardi Lindy filly from the handy Straphanger mare in Strapon ($32,570) got a very timely boost last night at Tabcorp Park Melton when her full sister Barefoot Sally won her fifth race in impressive fashion. On top of that the filly was a lovely type herself and after some spirited bidding was knocked down for $22,000. Full results are still not available but the link will take you straight through to the results page.  Results Harnesslink Media

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