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Haras des Trotteurs and Yabby Dam Farms are delighted to announce the arrival at their Ballarat stud of exciting new stallion En Solitaire, who is the first son of French siring phenomenon Ready Cash and will be available fresh to breeders in both Australia and New Zealand for the upcoming season. Yabby Dam Farms owner Pat Driscoll has bought a 50% share in the stallion with En Solitaire’s breeder Jean Pierre Dubois who stands Love You and a bevy of France’s top stallions at the prestigious Haras de la Brosse in Normandy. Breeders in Australia and New Zealand will this season be able to access the genetics of the French siring sensation Ready Cash who has dominated European trotting since with the likes of 15 time Group 1 winner Bold Eagle and Group one winners Readly Express, Bird Parker, Django Riff, Charly du Noyer, Cash Crowe, Brillantissime, Avila, Vash Top, Vamp Kronos and recent winner Traders. Bred on same cross as the sensational Bold Eagle and the Group winning new sires Atlas des Joudes and Cash And Go, En Solitaire represents the cutting edge of French breeding which is taking the trotting world by storm. Ready Cash, his sons Bold Eagle and Brillantissime and established sires Orlando Vici and Love You are in high demand in Scandinavian trotting powerhouses Sweden and Norway, producing horses which this year won the likes of trotting’s most prestigious race the Prix d’Amerique in France. En Solitaire is from a Love You sister to millionaire group one winning sire Kaisy Dream, and group winning sire Paisy Dream plus 15 other winners including two others who subsequently stood at stud in France. Sold for a big sum after showing outstanding ability as an early 2YO, En Solitaire suffered a serious injury in transit to his new owners and was returned to Haras de la Brosse and was subsequently, unable to stand up to training in time to take part in the rich age-group racing programme which ultimately decides French stallion careers. French racing opportunities are based solely on earnings, and En Solitaire lost a race against time in order to take part in the 4YO season and Haras de la Brosse reluctantly pulled the pin. En Solitiaire will however be put into training in Australia at Yabby Dam Racing’s adjacent stable at Cardigan under Anton Golino with a view of competing in Australasia if he is able to recover fully from his injury, but this will not affect his ability to serve mares during the upcoming season. En Solitaire is likely to provide a great outcross for New Zealand mares, bringing a powerful mix of the most modern bloodlines seen repeatedly in world class horses. EN SOLITAIRE carries the breed changing US stallion Speedy Somolli, and the highly influential French stallion Caprior doubled up in the maternal line, through the combination of his dam Daisy Chain and of course his sire, Love You who has been so successful with New Zealand mares. En Solitaire will stand alongside fellow European stallions, exciting Group winner Used To Me, is part owned by la Perrière and Love You entire Dreamcatcher, who is part-owned by French stud Haras des Rouges Terres. Like Haras des Trotteurs other resident stallions, all of EN SOLITAIRE's New Zealand foals are Vicbred eligible. The stud fees for all Haras des Trotteurs stallions will be announced in the near future. Harnesslink Media  

The opportunities' keep on rolling in for the trotting ranks with the announcement today of the Haras des Trotteurs Waikato Trotting Oaks. To be held on May 17th at Cambridge Raceway, the $15,000 race comes hot off the success of the Haras des Trotteurs Southland Trotting Oaks held in March. The North Island opportunity was identified by Haras des Trotteurs and Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness Racing Club with numerous benefits for industry participants stemming from the May event. Cambridge Raceway CEO David Branch says 'we're thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to the North Island Trotting Ranks and to be working with Pat Driscoll, Dave Sanders and the Haras des Trotteurs Team. Pat's vision and passion for the trotting gait is phenomenal. This a brilliant racing opportunity for the owners and trainers of 3YO fillies. The timing of the race as the feature event on the final North Island qualifying opportunity for the Harness Jewels will only add to the excitement and interest." Haras des Trotteurs principal Pat Driscoll is well known for his love of the trotting gait throughout Australasia is second to none. Haras des Trotteurs is a multi-faceted major operation. Offering 11 trotting stallions to Australasian Breeders, including champion sire Love Lou and the exciting freshman Orlando Vici. Pat also breeds from one of the most impressive trotting broodmare bands around. The Ballarat based operation is also home to a highly successful training establishment. Cambridge Raceway are confident that this new event will attract strong numbers and "implore Trainers to nominate not only their Harness Jewels eligible fillies but those late bloomers. The more support this race has this year the bigger it will become in further years" added Branch. Sentiments echoed by trainers John and Joshua Dickie who will look to line up a couple of runners. "It's good to do something for the fillies and the timing is great. In the current programming it is hard for fillies to be placed away from the colts. The opportunity to earn those last minute dollars for the Jewels is great but also just giving the fillies their own opportunity is awesome. It's a race that has the potential to build into something major, well done to the club" The club recognises the efforts of NZ Breeders Association in promoting the increased racing opportunities for trotting fillies with the Hara des Trotteurs sponsored Oaks in Auckland, Southland and now Waikato. Dave Saunders of Haras Des Trotteurs had the following to say about the announcement; "Fillies of course are the broodmares of the future and to be able to give them the right opportunities to showcase their talents is how we develop the champions of tomorrow, which is what drives us all as breeders, owners and trainers and excites the fans and brings them to our great game. "With Down Under trotters once again invited back to the rich international races in Sweden and the United States, it really is an exciting time for this truly globally popular gait. "Haras des Trotteurs would like to thank the Waikato and Bay of Plenty club and Cambridge Raceway for the opportunity to continue our mission to breed and race world class trotters in Australia and New Zealand."   Haras De Trotteurs Waikato Oaks, $15,000 Thursday 17th May 2018. Nominations close - Monday 14th May 2018 More information: Cambridge Raceway - | 07 827 5506 Haras De Trouttuers -     Charlotte Mooney  Cambridge Raceway

Smart trotter Dark Horse won't race this season. The five year old mare was scratched from the Southern Lights at the Northern Southland meeting on Saturday after her trainer Nathan Williamson came back from the Winton Workouts to find her lame in the paddock. The injury was diagnosed on Friday as a hind suspensory injury.  "It's worse that it happened the day before her race. You spend three months working towards this race. It's very frustrating. She's like one of the family and I spend a lot of time with her," Williamson said when I spoke to him on Friday. Dark Horse was scanned today by local vet Brendon Bell, and a year away from racing was recommended. "She'll stay at home and be boxed for a while, re-scanned, do some hand walking and have a long slow build up. The vet sounded hopeful. I guess we'll aim at the Southern Lights next year." The Bacardi Lindy mare is raced on lease by the Griffins and Seafield Trotting Syndicate who have been eagerly awaiting her return to the racetrack as have all of the Southland Harness Racing fraternity. From her twenty race-day appearances Dark Horse has won nine races and banked $84,541. One of her attributes was her high speed and Williamson was certainly happy with her condition and buildup going into Saturday's feature. She last raced at Addington in the middle of November. Meanwhile he was very complimentary of Haras des Trotteurs for sponsoring the inaurgural Southland Trotting Oaks on Saturday. "I have a couple of nice two year old trotting fillies who will certainly be aimed at the race next season. It's good that it was supported by Northern trainers along with locals," he said.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

The royally bred Luby Lou trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen won the first ever Southland Trotting Oaks at Ascot Park today. The race was sponsored by Haras des Trotteurs. “She trotted pretty fluently and was happy, so that was the main thing. I’ve driven her in three of her trials this preparation so I’ve had a bit to do with her, that always helps. Marks done a super job with her,” said winning driver Tim Williams. By Muscle Hill, the three year old filly is raced by Breckon Farms - Six of the Best Syndicate. She's the first foal out of the Andover Hall mare Luby Ann which won four races from eighteen starts for Mark Purdon. In one of her wins she beat the mighty Stent at Ashburton. Tim Williams talking to Trackside presenter Jason Teaz, Stable Manager Michelle Neilson, Northern Southland President Bill McDonald and Dave Sanders from Haras des Trotteurs  - Photo Bruce Stewart.    In today's trotting features for three year old fillies, Williams took Luby Lou straight to the top with favourite Renezmae hard on his back. At the end of the 2200 metres only five runners were in with a show of winning and Luby Lou proved too dominant beating Renezmae by a length and a quarter.  “She was happy in front and she’s got a bit of quality.” The winning time of 2-47.9 was a new track record. The previous record of 2-50.2 was jointly held by Kumbya (2006) and Avenge (2001). Bruce Stewart Southland harness racing    

A new trotting race for three year old fillies has been programmed in March - a first for Southland. Sponsored by Haras des Trotteurs, the $20,000 Southland Trotting Oaks will be run over 2200 metres from behind the mobile at the Northern Southland Trotting Club meeting at Ascot Park on Saturday 10th March. The race is two weeks prior to the Group Two New Zealand Trotting Oaks. "Southland is a good fit for the race. It's a very strong standardbred nursery. Pat (Haras des Trotteurs principle Pat Driscoll) was very keen to develop and support fillies races. You also get good support as a sponsor in Southland. They appreciated your support and you tend to get that back more so than other centres. I've dealt with Bill McDonald (President of the Northern Southland TC) previously and he's very big on making sure the sponsors get values for their sponsorship," said Haras des Trotteurs General Manager Jonathan McNeil.     The race will also be actively promoted by the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders who are keen to promote what has become the 'growing gait' in New Zealand harness. McNeil says there are other initatives which make trotting a significant part of the future of the industry here. "The main focus of the operation is to grow the fillies races. We're involved in the trotting side of the Sires Stakes now. A part of that agreement was that the Sires Stakes Board look at developing a trotting fillies series for the Sires Stakes."   He says that there are about 200-250 trotting fillies bred every year and if owners are presented with races like the Southland Trotting Oaks, then that will help grow the industry. "If we can develop our trotting horses to a higher level and go forward it opens up a bit of a market. It's a long way from that at the moment but if we could produce the same world class trotters as we do pacers it would be great." He says the Australians are also looking at ways to generate strong overseas revenue from trotting.  "Every Monday night at Melton they make the last races trotting races. They're beamed into France lunch time Sunday. There's a million dollar turnover on those races from France. From a Haras de Trottuers point of view, once we start getting more horses with French sire lines, the French are going to recognise the pedigrees so you'll end up growing the market." Haras des Trotteurs Principal Pat Driscoll is also keen to look at sending young trotting fillies over to New Zealand to help support the cause.  "He's not afraid to send them over there and race them but only if it works. Right horses at the right time. You can't just go over there for one race. You need a few options if you have a bad day." Hara des Trotteurs stand eleven trotting stallions and the one McNeil is most excited about is Used To Me the first French Group winner to stand in Australasia. He only has a small first season crop but they look very promising.  "He had two starts here in Australia as well for two wins. Of this twenty two years old Anton's (Yabby Dam Farms trainer Anton Golino) best two year old fillies are both by Used To Me. So we're really excited about that. Potentially this horse has got a lot of up side. He stands in the flesh here and we shipped him to New Zealand just to get him up and running."  Orlanda Vici is another French stallion McNeil is excited about. "His oldest New Zealand progeny have just turned two. The people that've got them are really liking them. There's only a few." So things are in place for the Southland Trotting Oaks to begin another chapter in the Southern Harness story.   Oamaru trainer Phil Williamson is one who should be keen to support the event. He has four qualified or race winners that are eligible to start - Kenny's Dream, Majestic Galleon, South Park and Our Foxy Lady.  And as for the day - it's added to an already mouth watering day of harness racing with other races including the three Group Three races - Southern Lights, Caduceus Club of Southland Two Year Old Fillies Mobile and Yaldhurst Hotel Northern Southland Cup. There's also the Super Nuggets Finals worth $20,000. Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing 

Haras des Trotteurs (HDT), are pleased to announce Jonathan McNeill as General Manager Haras des Trotteus Australia and New Zealand. Jonathan will be responsible for all HDT breeding in addition to overseeing all of HDT Australia and New Zealand operations. In addition HDT welcomes Karen Starr. Karen has joined HDT following a career in airline administration. Her new role will include Office Manager, and semen controller. Both Jonathan and Karen will be based at the farm in Ballarat in Victoria. Michael Taylor continues with HDT as Sales Coordinator for Australia. Peter Dow also continues with the operation. Whilst Dave Sanders continues heading NZ sales. HDT are pleased to announce the following stallions for 2017                                                                         Aus$ (incl. GST)              NZ Love You                                                          Private                       $8000+GST Orlando Vici                                                    $8800                          $8000+GST Quaker Jet                                                       $5500                         $6000+GST Sam Bourbon                                                   $4400                        $4000+GST The Best Madrik                                             $4400                          $4000+GST Use To Me                                                       $2750                          $2500+GST Village Mystic                                                  Private                         $6000+GST Please note at this stage HDT in Australia, is taking expressions of interest for both Love You and Village Mystic, and will confirm the booking in mid September once the quantity of semen available is confirmed. HDT is also pleased to announce that Love You service fee will be held at last years value of $8800 regardless of the quantity available. Early registration of interest will allow HDT to best manage available semen and allow speedy booking confirmation to breeders and the dispatchment of the semen to selected semen bases, once semen quantity is confirmed in early September.

The return of Tee Cee Bee Macray highlights Saturday night’s Tabcorp Park Melton harness racing program. The Alan Tubbs-trained five-year-old contests the Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Pace over 2240 metres, first-up since an unlucky second to arch rival Ideal For Real in the Breckon Farms Breeders Crown Final. The Aldebaran Park Trot features K D Muscles, who is in terrific form but will face a stiff test against The Boss Man, who was terrific in defeat last weekend. But the most enthralling news story on the card could be the booking of Jean-Etienne Dubois to pilot Italian bred My Tribeca in the Benstud Standardbreds Trot. Dubois bred the five-year-old Goetmals Wood-Image mare and races her in the stables of Cardigan’s Anton Golino. The Frenchman has won 1500 races as a trainer and has more than 1200 victories in the cart and in saddle in mounted events. His biggest success came in 1996 when he trained and drove Coktail Jet to win the world’s biggest race, the Prix d’Amérique for legendary French thoroughbred and trotting owner Daniel Wildenstein. “It’s pretty exciting,” Golino said. “He is a great driver who has won an Elitloppet, a Prix d’Amérique, his won just about every major race in Europe and has trained multiple champions including Coktail Jet but also had Quaker Jet and The Best Madrik, who stand at Haras des Trotteurs. “I’ve asked him a couple of times if he would come down and drive and he was never really interested and recently he said I’ll come down and we’ll see how it goes. I’m not sure if he’ll continue to drive her (My Tribeca) after this but we’ll see what happens … it’s a privilege to have him drive her.” It will be Dubois’s first Australian drive. Golino’s association with the Dubois family is well documented. During his stint in France he worked for Dubois’ father, Jean-Pierre Dubois. “Pat (Driscoll) and Jean-Étienne Dubois are great friends and through the stallions such as Love You and the horse we had out here last year, Used To Me, we’ve become good friends and it’s been a great opportunity, and also for breeding in this country,” Golino said. My Tribeca goes into Saturday night’s contest off a down-the-track result after galloping last week. “She was a bit stirred up and a bit fresh and drawing on the inside didn’t help her. It’s better if she has horses either side of her.” The first of nine races on Saturday kicks off at 6:30pm. by Luke Humphreys Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 03 December 2016 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 03 December 2016

Addington are excited to announce their new harness racing business partner - Haras des Trotteurs will have exclusive naming rights to the Group One Dominion Handicap Trot. Pat Driscoll, Principal of Haras des Trotteurs is thrilled to be starting a partnership with Addington. "Haras des Trotteurs is privileged to be associated with Addington by sponsorship of such a time honoured event as the Dominion Trot. We are delighted and privileged that in conjunction with this sponsorship we will also be associated with a number of other domestic trotting races which will be confirmed throughout the year. At Haras des Trotteurs we are committed to breeding world class trotters in New Zealand and Australia." Addington’s Racing Manager Brian Rabbitt is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 season will see a stake increase for the richest trotting race in New Zealand.  “The increase from $250,000 to $260,000 for this prestigious race is in recognition of its status as the premier race for trotters within New Zealand.” 2016 will see the continuation of the highly successful ranking system for the Dominion that was introduced last year for the first time to determine the field.  The Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Trot will be held on Show Day Friday, 11 November 2016. Keryn McElroy  

Haras des Trotteurs Australasia is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Taylor to the role of Semen Controller/Office Manager with the harness racing company. Michael brings a great knowledge of the industry through his long-time association with the sport as a trotting owner-breeder and devotee and is an experienced stud sales/administrator and the owner of an established travel business. Also joining Haras des Trotteurs is Geoff Barnes who brings a great wealth of experience to the team. Another well established owner-breeder who is also well known around the industry as being responsible, with his wife Lorraine, for ensuring transport for chilled semen throughout Australasia. Dave Sanders will continue to act as the company’s New Zealand representative and will also serve as the company’s pedigree consultant. Dave is a lifelong fan of horse racing, taking a particular interest in the breeding and pedigrees of trotters and has been lucky enough to indulge his passion on a professional basis in a 30 year-plus career as a sports and racing journalist. Well known Victorian harness racing indentity and all round nice guy Peter Dow will continue to bring his intimate knowledge of the Australian scene to his sales role with company. NSW harness breeding enthusiast Jo Andersen a former president of Harness Breeders NSW, will continue in her sales role but will also assume new responsibilities as Horse Sales/Shares/rehoming manager in line with Haras des Trotteurs business direction. Not many people realise that Jo is one of the biggest rehomers in Australia, having rehomed dozens of horses at her own expense and brings her passion for this cause, which is strongly supported by Haras des Trotteurs. Haras des Trotteurs is also  pleased to announce its service fees for the new season. The World’s leading trotting sire Love You will be available for the first time to a limited book for an introductory price of $8800 in Australia while the sire of Monbet (8 Group 1 wins) will also be available in New Zealand for a highly competitive $8000+ GST in New Zealand. Similarly French rising star Sam Bourbon will also be available for the first time to Australians at the price of $3850 and to New Zealand for $3500+GST, a slight increase reflecting his rapidly growing stature in the sport in France. Similarly Repeat Love, who is available only in New Zealand, has had his fee increased to $3500+GST which reflects his fast rise up the stallion ranks, being one of the top sires from one of the greatest crops in French racing history, which includes Ready Cash. Quaker Jet will once again be available at $5500 in Australia and $5000+GST in New Zealand. Orlando Vici will only be available in Australia, where he is available for $7700, while The Best Madrik will be available in both countries, in Australia at $4950 and in New Zealand at $4500 + GST. Haras des Trotteurs resident stallion Used To Me, a Group II winning French semi-classic winner will once again by available in chilled form to Australian breeders at a price of $2750. In a new initiative for current members of the Victorian Square Trotters Association and the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association, Haras des Trotteurs will be offering a $500 discount off the following sires. In Australia, Victorian Squaregaiters Association members can get a $500 discount for Sam Bourbon The Best Madrik and Used To Me service fees. In New Zealand, paid up members of the NZ Standardbred Breeders Association can get $500 off the services of Sam Bourbon, The Best Madrik and Repeat Love. IN SUMMARY HARAS DES TROTTEURS - Staff announcements 2016 SEMEN CONTROLLER/OFFICE MANAGER - Michael Taylor SALES AUSTRALIA - Michael Taylor, Geoff Barnes, Jo Andersen, Peter Dow SALES NEW ZEALAND - Dave Sanders HORSE SALES/SHARES/REHOMING - Jo Andersen PEDIGREES AUSTRALASIA - Dave Sanders PRINCIPAL - Pat Driscoll HARAS DES TROTTEURS SERVICE FEES 2016                         Australia (GST incl)     New Zealand Love You                           8800                8000+GST Orlando Vici                     7700 Dream Vacation                                        6000+GST Quaker Jet                         5500               5000+GST The Best Madrik               4950               4500+GST Repeat Love                                             3500+GST Sam Bourbon                   3850               3500+GST Used To Me                      2750               2500+GST

This has been a breakout year for Love You’s full brother Repeat Love whose stocks have never been higher in French trotting. As well as producing a good percentage of qualifiers, a top stallion must show he can produce progeny that compete at the highest level, and on both counts Repeat Love has delivered, as reflected by his French stud fee and the demand for his services. For Repeat Love's progeny have just turned five, the final year of age group racing in France, and the point where the future for most stallions is determined – and that is reflected by his price. And Repeat Love's stud fee of €8000 puts him in the upper end of the scale in the highly competitive French market, where more than 500 stallions vie for their share of the 17,000 registered mares. His fee is the same as Prix d'Amerique winner Up And Quick and the highly respected  stallion Niky and higher than current top 15 stallions Look de Star, Magnificent Rodney, Gazoulis, Offshore Dream and Oiseau de Feux. With Repeat Love's first crop, now 5YOs which includes the likes of €100,000 earners and the Group placed Brindille de Mai and Bodeguita, he lies  14th on money earned and 12th on the list of qualifiers with 50 from 76 foals or 65.8% (just behind is illustrious brother Love You  with 51 from 73). With Repeat Love’s second French crop, which are now 4YOs, he has risen to eighth on the money list and 12th on qualifiers with another 50 already earning their ticket from 79 foals. In the past fortnight six of Repeat Love's  progeny have collected cheques at  Vincennes famed Winter Meeting, which equates to an Australian major Metropolitan meeting or a Premier night in New Zealand (France being under a centralised system). Cuise La Motte has been racing against the very top of her age group, competing in the Group I Prix de Vincennes monte and a string of Group II races in the bike, and has been placed second twice and third at the elite level. In her last start she was sixth to boom 3YO Ready Cash colt Traders in the Prix de Chateau Chinon, a race which also included Capucine de Nacre, another by Repeat Love who was having her first start since running third in the Group I Criterium des Jeunes last February and who raced in the Group III Prix du Riberac last night. Another exciting prospect is Cloane du Vivier, a just turned 4YO mare who is with one of France’s top stables, that of Sebastien Guarato, and has won her last two starts at Vincennes, making it 6 wins in just 8 career starts. A member of the famed R generation, Repeat Love therefore spent his injury shortened racing career  competing among one of the greatest crops in the history of French trotting which includes the likes of Prix d’Amerique winners Ready Cash and Royal Dream, Prix du Cornulier winner Roxane Griff, multi group one winners Rapide Lebel, Roi du Lupin, Roc Meslois and many more.  Despite such stiff competition Repeat Love won seven out of his 19 starts including four  Group races, finishing his career at four with earnings of  €290,680. As a budget alternative to Love You,  it is fair to day that Repeat Love did not initally attract the top end of the mares in New Zealand, indeed his first crop of just six foals came from mares which had never produced a winner, and  from them he has produced two qualifiers to date. His second crop of just three foals included only one from a winning producing mare, the result being the promising Louis Moss, a recent impressive trial winner who is with the Tim Butt stable But in the past two seasons with his famous brother unavailable, Repeat Love did get his chance with some very nice mares, and judging by the French performances,  it may well prove to have been a very sound investment indeed. At a stud fee of NZ3000 + gst, he represents remarkable value for a sought after, proven French sire. Haras des Trotteurs

Pacing holds a dominant position in the harness racing industry in both Australia and New Zealand but not in North America and the pacing gait doesn't exist at all in mainland Europe. What that has meant since the introduction of the shuttling of stallions is that the emphasis in Australasia has always been heavily weighted towards pacing stallions while paying lip service to trotting stallions in the main. However through the efforts of companies such as Stallions Australasia and Haras des Trotteurs, Australasian breeders of the squaregaiter are now getting access to some of the best trotting stallions in the world and our trotting breed is already showing the benefits on the track. Love You, Angus Hall and Majestic Son have already stamped their mark down under alongside sires such as  Dream Vacation and Muscles Yankee and with the big influx of elite sires now in train, the choice for trotting breeders is mouthwatering. One of the new breed who is just getting started downunder is the brilliant racehorse and now sire in Muscle Hill 1:50.2 ($3,273,342) who has done a huge job at stud in North America in his first three years at stud leaving such brilliant types as Trixton 1:50.3 ($968, 696) from his first crop, Mission Brief 1:50.2 ($1,657,399) from his second crop and the brilliant two year old of 2015 in Southwind Frank 1:52.2 ($941,811) from his third crop. Muscle Hill has six yearlings in this years round of yearling sales and all have plenty to recommend them to buyers. It is hard to fault any of them on pedigree but the all American bred filly Girls On Film who sells as Lot 83 at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale is right up with anything being offered this year. Girls On Film is the fifth foal from the race winning Malabar Maple mare in Regal Volo ($25,231) who is compiling an outstanding record at stud. Her first foal was the outstanding Muscles Yankee gelding Twentyten 1:58.9 ($235,,834) while the second foal was the smart trotter in Alannah Hall 1:58.6 ($33,033) The third foal was last years leading two year old trotter in High Gait 2:00.7 ($151,451) while the fourth foal is the Love You two year old filly in Regal Love who was super impressive at the Rangiora trials last Wednesday and is held in very high regard by the All Star barn. The grand-dam of Girls On Film is the quality North American racemare in Royal Jewel 1:57.3 ($218,343) who is a half sister to the former outstanding age group star Diamond Goal 1:53.2 ($621,915). With the strength of her pedigree and the current success it is having in Australasia, it wouldn't be a surprise if Girls On Film topped the trotting side of the Australasian Classic Sale on February 22nd. To look at the catalogue for the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale click on this link. Harnesslink Media

Prominent New Zealand harness racing breeder Grant Beckett is a big fan of French stallion Sam Bourbon and jumped at the chance to once again breed to the popular French stallion when his semen was reintroduced to New Zealand by Haras des Trotteurs this season. “I was firstly attracted by his looks, he is a stunning horse,” says Beckett, who breeds both rams and standardbreds at his farm in Cheviot. Becket breeds for the sales from six or seven predominantly trotting mares each year and has produced the likes of Group I winner Quite A Moment and the good winners Duke Of The Moment, Phoebe Revival, Hot Chocolate Tart, KD Hall, KD Muscles, Phoebe Gladiator, Phoebe Sunset and Twice As Much – a sub 2 minute son of Sam Bourbon. Originally named KD Bourbon, the colt was bought at the 2013 Premier yearling sales in Christchurch by legendary French breeder Jean Pierre Dubois and Australian trainer Anton Golino for $25,000. “Seeing the ‘Godfather of Trotting Trainers’, J P Dubois as a part owner of a horse I bred gives me a great thrill,” admits Beckett. “Just a shame we didn't have anyone bidding against him on sale day.  They promptly changed his name to Twice As Much, obviously what they thought they were going to have to pay.” Precocious, like his sire, Twice As Much won the Listed NSW 2YO Breeders Challenge and is currently spelling at Anton Golino's new premises at Ballarat before embarking on his 4YO campaign. Beckett also has a full sister to the colt out of his good mare Kazzle Dazzle called KD Spirit who he says has her dad’s good looks and has just had a growth spurt. Both Twice As Much and KD Spirit have wonderful temperaments says Beckett. “I love the fact Sam Bourbon is by super sire Goetmals Wood out of a broodmare gem Etta Extra, amazingly she has two Elitloppet winners Dimitria and dual winner Roquepine very close up in her pedigree, this with the addition of Stars Pride and Speedy Crown. “Goetmals Wood also has Caprior in his pedigree, supposedly he had a heart like Phar Lap. I also was sent a DVD of him racing which really got me hooked on him, in a couple of races he had to work two and three times and still won impressively.” Sam Bourbon’s price was and still is attractive, says Beckett. “Originally $2500 when he stood in France for 14,000 euros. Even at his new price ($3000 + GST) he is terrific value considering he is now a top line proven sire in France. “ A classical performer on the racetrack himself, Sam Bourbon displayed early speed and  was second in both the  Criterium des Jeunes (Group I) and the Prix Championnat Européen des 3 ans (European 3YO Championship) ( Group I) and third in the intergenerational Prix de l'Etoile ( Group I). He also won the Group II Prix Jules Thibault. A tall, elegant, athletic horse, Sam Bourbon has passed his early speed and athleticsm to his progeny such as outstanding daughter Combattante, who was the first filly home when third in the recent blue riband Criterium des 3 Ans after earlier winning the Group II Prix Reina du Corta, in which another Sam Bourbon filly, Cylee Nevele, was third. Sam Bourbon has been one of the top five leading sires of 2YO trotters in each of his three crops and was fifth in the just completed 2YO season earnings. Harnesslink Media

What began as a spectacular start to the month of December for French stallion Love You became a sensational one last Friday night, with Franco-American’s stock dominating a harness racing premier night at Alexandra Park in Auckland. There were four trotting races at Alexandra Park, and Love You’s progeny won three of them, through new sensation Monbet in the feature event, the Group II Rosslands Lyell Creek Stakes  while La Reveur and Yagunnkissmeornot were also winners. And in the other race Love You’s offspring were second (Courcheval)  and third and (Lothario). But it was Monbet’s  performance in the feature which stole the show, prompting his driver Ricky May, the winner of seven NZ Trotting Cups, and both the Dominion Handicap and Rowe Cup, to declare the horse to be the best trotter he has driven. “Stylish Monarch was a good horse, but this one is on another level, but right from the start I knew he was going to be so good,” said May, who first drove him in a trial as a two-year-old, where he says the horse’s ability was immediately apparent. May says Monbet has several attributes which make him so good. “His gait is number one, he has a fantastic gait, from the first time I got on him as a two-year-old I knew he was going to be great by the way he went. Monbet has a pretty good attitude to racing, and has plenty of stamina, which was really tested for the first time in the Lyell Creek Stakes, says May, where the Greg Hope-trained 4YO was forced to sit parked for most of the journey outside no other than two-time Dominion Handicap winner Master Lavros, but still had the ability to go clear at the finish. Love You's stock have been firing at Auckland, where trotting races make up about 40 percent of the card, with Courcheval and La Maitre Dix winning at the start of the month, and La Reveur and Yagunnakissmeornot winning the following week, the latter in a quinella with another Love You product, Lothario the full brother to champion Habibti. And at Addington on Friday night, Bordeaux, made it two wins for the month and three wins in four starts for Phillip Iggo. Love You’s coming of age in Down Under trotting scene is great news for New Zealand breeders, where the stallion’s semen recently became available again through Haras des Trotters. A champion sire in six countries, Love You has not been available so far in Australia, but his tiny numbers of imported progeny have already proved successful  with Amore Stride,  Topnotch Jewel and Kvintet Avenger  winning at Group I level and the exciting mare Arboe, a Group 2 winner about to resume racing shortly. His progeny have won top races all over the  world including the Prix d’Amerique (Royal Dream), Elitloppet (Nahar) and Trotting Masters Final (Ed You). Love You’s offspring have been well to the fore this month too in France as the lucrative Winter Season gets into full swing. Bellina Josselyn won the rich Group  II Prix Ariste Hemard this month, while Village Mystic was third in the Prix d’Amerique qualifier, Prix du Bourbonnais, earning points for the second straight race and looks certain to make the field. Love You is also starting to make his name as a broodmare sire, with the most talked about horse in Europe, Bold Eagle being out of a Love You mare. Rosslands Lyell Creek Stakes (Mobile Trot) Harnesslink Media

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