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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    

An exceptionally strong line-up of race-winning mares and winner-producing mares augurs well for the harness racing 2016 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be conducted by Graeme Board & Company at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 20. Of the 129 lots to be presented, 83 are out of race-winners – including 35 sub 2:00 mares - and 71 are from winner-producers including a host of ‘black type’ performers. Heading the list of race-winning dams are the Oaks winners Scent 1:57.9 ($122,082) and My Cherie 1:59.8 ($338,265), Miss Nobilo, winner of the NSW Pink Bonnet, Lady Titian Lombo 1:59.4 (Edgar Tatlow), the WA Sires Stakes champion Edna Anne 1:55.4 ($105,811), the Vic. Harness Breeders Classic winners Our Santa Catalina (1:55.6) and Our Ladylight (1:56.7) and the QBred Triad victor Aldebaran 1:55.6 ($154,289). The classic heat winners Howard’s Dilemma ($75,806), Missflite, Eternal Love 1:58.4 ($83,067), Christy 1:59.4 ($87,943), Ciara 1:58.8, Cherry’s Angel, Lady Lara Lombo, Miss Zo Zo (1:57.1), Unspoiled, The Magic Of Life (1:58.8), Get A Haircut, Duchess Of Dubai (2:00), Golden Rule, Lombo Onahi and Venus Ace have yearlings listed for sale. Other metropolitan winning racemares represented include Deetroublemaker 1:56.6 ($118,936), The Peace Rose (1:55.4), Straight Left 1:56.6 ($83,738), Golden Bow (1:57.7), My Janes Cullen (1:57.6) and Krysta. The 71 winner-producing dams in the catalogue have left 184 individual winners between them. Scent, who has produced eight winners from 10 foals – including seven in 2:00, is undoubtedly the most prolific broodmare represented at the sale. Her progeny are headed up by the Group and Listed winners Makes Every Scents 1:55.1 ($202,625), winner of the Bathurst Gold Tiara, and Governor Art 1:58.6 ($189,250), winner of the NSW Edgar Tatlow. My Cherie, Get A Haircut and Pierry have all left seven winners. My Cherie’s progeny are headed up by Albercross 1:58.5 ($148,624); Get A Haircut is the dam of Allucan ($86,213) and Pierry has left three inside 2:00. Besides the abovementioned, there’s half-brothers or sisters to a swag of ‘black type’ performers in the sale including the NSW Sires Stakes champions Usane Flash and Muddy River, Nickle Miss (Tas. Oaks), Karloo Kix (NSW Chokin Championship), Speriamo (Redcliffe 2YO Sales Classic) and the $100,000 winners Lord Lombo, Goulburn Guy, Must Be Nice, Run Riley Run, Treuative and Strongbow Lombo. For a catalogue or further information email graemeboard56@gmail.com or send an SMS to Graeme Board on 0408 636 273. Pedigrees can be downloaded from www. graemeboard.com  Peter Wharton Graeme Board & Company  

For anyone who'd been out of the country and lost track of time, last Wednesday's Bathurst meeting, with four heats of the Graeme Board & Co Sale Graduate Race, sent out a very clear reminder. The Alabar Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival, the best couple of weeks in harness racing for those who love juvenile racing and having a good time, is upon us again, set to commence on Wednesday, March 16. And if the line-ups and the performances in Wednesday's Graduate heats - for horses purchased at last year's Gold Crown Yearling Sale, and sustained for the race - are anything to go by, this year's carnival will be as good as ever. Dennis Picker purchased three yearlings at Bathurst last year, and lived up to his name by taking out two of the heats, one for either sex, with the others falling to Hunter visitor Aaron Goadsby and David Harris from Parkes. Fleur De Neige ($4.30, Jason Turnbull/ Goadsby ) won the first fillies heat, sitting in the one-one and running on well to score narrowly from Morgnmindy and The Secret Mouse, rating 1:59.5 for the 1730 metres, with a last half in 58.1 seconds. A half-sister to a Queensland Triad winner in Tipsy Tollgater, by Million Dollar Cam, she was a $5,000 buy last year, and her connections are already well ahead, with this week's $18,200 final in prospect. Fastestgirlintown ($2.50 favourite ) took out the second heat, with Dennis Picker controlling the speed from the death seat, lifting the tempo in a 57.6 seconds last half, for a 2:00.1 mile rate. Tatibye trailed the lead and got clear for second, and Rousey ran on impressively for third. The winner, a Sportswriter half-sister to a $100K winner in Strong Sapphire, fetched $13,000 at the sale, and had won on debut in a heat of the HBNSW Princess Series at Wagga. Outtacrossgar ($2.70 favourite, David Harris Jr ) made it a double for the progeny of Sportswriter, when he took an inside run to burst clear in the first colts/geldings heat, run at a brisk 1:57.5 rate, with a 56.8 final half. The placing so were filled by Megs Monaro, which raced three back on the inner, and leader Lockton Luck. There's a strong Gold Crown connection here, the $16,500 sales buy being from a half-sister to the 2005 Gold Tiara winner Boa Vista Lombo. He's now two-from -two at the track, but for the Harris family it's been a tough time, with David Harris Sr passing away just the morning after this win, after a long battle with illness. The horse named for their father's Irish village will be a strong sentimental favourite when he returns to the track for the Gold Crown heats on Saturday, 19th March. Dennis Picker's driving double was completed in the second colts/geldings heat, with Machgower ($1.80 favourite ) scoring comfortably from leader I'm Major Harry and death-seater Sam's Express, quickening home in 58.3 seconds, off a slow first half. The overall mile rate of 2:01 was quite moderate, but the placegetters were all on debut and will improve off that. Machgower, a Mach Three from Canola Cup winner Aldebaran, which eventually took a 1:55 and $150K record, brought the top price of $33,000 at last year's sale. His three-quarter brother, by Auckland Reactor, should attract plenty of attention at this year's sale on Sunday, 20th March. Incredibly, there was a fifth 2YO race last Wednesday, taken out by Conviction ($4.50 ), which delivered a dream start in harness racing for the Sloane family, who've enjoyed plenty of success in the galloping code with the classy Navy Seal. Conviction ( a son of For A Reason, bought from last year's sale but not aimed at the sales race ), was highly impressive in leading throughout and easily holding off the short-priced favourite San Domino, rating 1:56.6 and dashing home in 55.9 seconds. He was the second leg of a training/driving double for Steve Turnbull, whose earlier winner was The Space Invader ($4.50 ), which produced his customary determined finish to win the C1-C3 Western Districts Championships Final. Regular Bathurst visitors Kerryann Turner and Robbie Morris combined for a double with Rainbow Flash in the  HBNSW 3YO Fillies Princess Series heat, and with close-relation Si Nardore in C0 grade, while Dennis Picker achieved a training treble, courtesy of Hard To Hear ( Ellen Rixon ) in a 2260 metres C3-C4 race earlier in the night. When the curtain fell on last year's Gold Crown carnival, the first at the new Bathurst complex, many faced the prospect of a long, tedious year before they could enjoy it once more. It's just a few sleeps now! by Terry Neil  

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