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Australian breeders have been notoriously shy over the past 20 to 30 years in supporting stallions that are bred in the Southern Hemisphere, albeit with a few exceptions such as Christian Cullen, Classic Garry, Courage Under Fire and Elsu. Consequently large amounts of money have been drained from our Australian Breeding Industry in supporting the North American owned shuttle stallions. However, that hasn’t been all bad news for our harness racing Industry as in the current season five sons of those Stallions - American Ideal, Art Major, Bettors Delight and Somebeachsomewhere – have all bred over 100 mares in Australia. The acceptance by breeders of these five stallions – For A Reason, Poster Boy, Soho Tribeca, Ultimate Machete and Vincent – represents a big step forward for our Breeding Industry. This acceptance of our ‘Home Grown’ stallions is very timely as the sires of those stallions are either deceased (Somebeachsomewhere) or now into the veteran stages of their lives – American Ideal (19-year-old), Art Major (22-year-old) and Bettors Delight (23-year-old). We know of course that is unlikely that all these new stallions will rise to the top of the Australian Sires’ Lists but at least they now have an opportunity with strong support from Australian breeders.   It is well worth remembering that Classic Garry rose from a rather humble beginning (79 foals in his debut crop of 1986/87) to the Leading Stallion of Australia a few years later. The very positive initiative of Harness Racing Victoria to increase the First Win Vicbred Bonus to $12,000 for the progeny of Australian and New Zealand bred stallions certainly paved a smooth path for the Victorian based stallions Poster Boy, Soho Tribeca, Ultimate Machete and Vincent. It is no surprise that the Art Major son For A Reason received strong support as his first crop of just 33 foals have now won over $1.2million between them (20 individual winners), whilst his second commercial crop of 93 foals raced as two-year-olds in the recently completed season with 21 winners emerging to date. The positive signs don’t end with these five stallions either.  The 2016 Australian 2YO of the Year The Storm Inside and the Inter Dominion champion Tiger Tara were strongly fancied by Australian breeders as well with around 90 and 80 mares bred respectively. Bling It On, who mixes his racing and breeding career, is another stallion who has been kept busy all season, having served around 90 mares.  His oldest progeny will soon be seen on racetracks around Australia (current two-year-olds). The former outstanding racetrack performers Fly Like An Eagle, Guaranteed and Jilliby Kung Fu have all received good bookings as well with numbers between 40 and 60 mares each. The Hall of Fame Stallion Artsplace has had a profound impact on the Pacing breed the world over and it will continue for many years to come. Eight of the eleven ‘Home Grown’ stallions mentioned in this article are either by Artsplace or his son Art Major or are from mares by Artsplace or one of his sons. The 2020/21 season saw 19 stallions serve over 100 mares with only nine of those stallions to shuttle back to North America – Always B Miki, American Ideal, Bettors Delight, Captain Crunch, Downbytheseaside, He’s Watching, McWicked, Sportswriter and Sweet Lou. Lather Up, another shuttle sire, served around 90 mares in his debut ‘down under’ season. In addition to these shuttle stallions and the five Home Grown stallions, the other five stallions included Art Major , Warrawee Needy and the sons of Rocknroll Hanover - A Rocknroll Dance , Rock N Roll Heaven and Rock N Roll World .  Warrawee Needy   The numbers of stallions who have bred over 100 mares in a single season in recent times are: Year          No. stallions          Total Services for Season 2019               12                             4,659  2018               14                             4,956  2017               19                             5,431 2016               15                             5,722  2015               15                             5,880 Although there were 19 stallions who bred over 100 mares in 2017, it was from a total of 5,431 services. Based on the figures from 2018 and 2019, total services for the closing season are estimated to be between 4,500 and 4,750. It is also worth noting that in 2017 of the 19 stallions to cover 100 mares or mare, 14 were shuttle stallions, thus much of the service fee income disappeared from our economy. The year 2020 will be remembered around the World for some wrong reasons but in the Harness Industry in Australia it may be the start of a resurgence in our Breeding Industry.   By John Coffey and Peter Wharton

John Coffey, one of Australia’s leading studmasters and foremost authorities on standardbred breeding, has joined the staff of Northern Rivers Equine Veterinary Clinic, Kyabram (Vic.). He has accepted the role of bloodstock consultant for the prominent northern Victorian breeding nursery and agistment property. “We are extremely excited to welcome John to the team at Northern Rivers Equine. There is no one else in Australia with such knowledge and expertise when it comes to standardbred breeding and pedigrees and he is such a genuinely nice person to boot,” Dr Kath McIntosh, owner of Northern Rivers Equine, said. “With John on board we are now able to offer the complete service to our clients.” “We have a very strong stallion roster this year – three incredible stallions from Australian Broodmares of the Year in Poster Boy, Yankee Rockstar and Soho Tribeca, superstar sire American Ideal, superfast Mel Mara standing his second season, and the new speedster from North America, Lather Up. There is something for everyone!” Coffey has been actively involved with harness racing since 1977. His first job was working in the Perth office of bloodstock company Coles Brothers (later Dalgety Bloodstock). In 1982 he secured the dual role as manager of the Pinjarra Trotting Club and bloodstock advisor for leading Fremantle breeder-owner Roy Annear. It was through his association with Annear, one of Alabar Bloodstock’s leading clients, that led to him joining the staff of Alabar in 1986. He served as general manager, studmaster and pedigree consultant at Alabar for more than three decades. Coffey also conducted his own farm, Patrician Park, at North Dandalup (WA) where he stood the successful American imports Crouch and Mystical Prince. Among the numerous top performers he bred have been Shattering Class, a prolific cups winner at Gloucester Park and winner of $810,302, 2YO Filly of the Year Nostra Villa (which he bred with son Brett and daughter-in-law Jo), the top juvenile Mister Jadore, the $200,000 earners Tommy Be Good and Nomore Forusir, and Lady Jadore, winner of this year’s WA 2YO Sales Classic. Coffey is currently the president of the Australian Standardbred Breeders Association and customer relationship manager for Australian Pacing Gold and conducts breeding seminars throughout the country. Coffey said he was looking forward to the new position. “I have known and respected Kath and her husband Luke for at least the past eight or nine years.  When the opportunity presented itself and especially after Northern Rivers Equine signed up Soho Tribeca to their stallion roster, I was delighted to accept an offer of employment. “Now that Poster Boy is joining the Northern Rivers stable of Stallions, it makes that decision even better. “I have felt for a number of years that our leading Southern Hemisphere bred horses are every bit as good as most of the stallions that shuttle down from North America, so it is going to be an exciting time for our Industry to be able to help promote stallions such as Poster Boy, Soho Tribeca and Yankee Rockstar.” John Coffey can be contacted on phone 0429 278 279.   by Peter Wharton

The name of John Coffey is synonymous with Alabar Bloodstock. After having been the General Manager for many years, John in recent years has taken a step back to allow his son Brett to take over the reins at Alabar. While he will continue to assist us and our clients with his pedigree consultancy, John has now decided to retire from Alabar. We’re proud of the reputation for excellent customer service Alabar has built and maintained over our long history. John’s personal integrity and the respect he holds in the industry has been a large part of this. His knowledge and contacts have also played an essential role in the acquisition of many of the stallions that have graced the Alabar roster. In the words of John Coffey … “When you look back over a life lived for a number of years, some events remain in your memory as life changing.     “That event occurred for me in 1986 when I took up employment with Alabar Bloodstock or the ‘A Team’ as it was referred to then.  “These past 30 or so years haven’t been a term of employment - they have been a wonderful lifestyle.     “To have been working side by side with people of the quality of Alan Galloway and Graeme Henley and the many terrific staff at Alabar has been a most rewarding experience.  “I am very pleased and proud that my son Brett has now taken over my role at Alabar.  “The time has arrived now though to continue the journey down a different road, albeit in the same Harness Racing Industry.” Things will not quite be the same at Alabar without John Coffey. He has certainly left an indelible mark. We really appreciate it John. All the best. Alabar Bloodstock

This is going to be an exciting weekend in Melbourne.  For the Sporting purists , the Australian Tennis Open comes to its finale with hopefully a victory to the 2020 Young Australian of the Year Ash Barty. For our Harness Racing followers the track at Melton will be hot with the $500,000 Hunter Cup and the $250,000 Great Southern Star being conducted. This all acts as an Entrée for the 2020 version of the APG Melbourne Yearling Sales  , commencing at 10am on Sunday. Unfortunately there have been thirteen Withdrawals notified to date from the Pacing  Sale  -  they being LOTS   67  ,  73 ,  93  ,  108  , 111 ,  124  ,  152  , 197  , 200 ,  209  , 213  , 219  and 228. There are complete Drafts though from Durham Park , near Ballarat and Grand Lodge at  Kilmore. Today we feature the stories of those two young ladies who are preparing 33 Yearlings between them   -  Jamie Lee King and Monique Burnett. JAMIE LEE KING    -  DURHAM PARK Almost everyone who has visited Tasmania returns from there singing its praises as to a great place to live. Well Jamie Lee King would totally agree with you as she grew up on a Sheep farm at St Helens on the far north east Coast  ....   and loved the place and the lifestyle. Riding ponies and horses came hand in hand with living on a farm and as a teenager she took up riding trackwork for a Tasmanian Thoroughbred trainer. However opportunities in the Equine field in Tasmania are limited so Jamie Lee crossed that stretch of water named in honour of the early explorer George Bass. Although she was intent on work in the horse department , the first two years in Victoria saw Jamie Lee working as a roustabout on a shearing team. Then the opportunity presented itself for employment with the powerful Emma Stewart / Clayton  Tonkin stable , which Jamie Lee took hold of with her heart and soul. That experience for 4 or 5 years was invaluable .  But then Bruce Edward provided another golden opportunity to manage his Durham Park property on the outskirts of Ballarat. So to 2020 and Jamie Lee has fourteen yearlings under her wing   -   6 colts and 8 fillies.  They will be available for inspection at Oaklands Junction from midday Friday in Barn B. Now it is tipping time and despite the fact that Jamie Lee has a soft spot for almost the entire draft , we have managed to find a few that Jamie Lee has a little extra liking for. She said she did take a liking to LOTS 51 and 177 amongst the colts as well as her favourite , which we will come to at the end. LOT 51 is the first horse into the ring at 10am and is a big strong lad with a lovely temperament  -   by Rock N Roll Heaven from a Christian Cullen mare. LOT 177 is a half brother to last season’s Group One winner winning filly Askmeilltellya and is by the debut Sire Always B Miki. “  He just might be the dark horse of our draft “ said Jamie Lee yesterday. Of the Fillies there are two by Bettors Delight that Jamie Lee has fancied.  Neither are overly big although she said that LOT 61 from Whatahottie acts and thinks like she is a big horse. LOT 181 is from the $660,000 winning Dream Away mare My Double Dream and has a quirky and likeable personality. Jamie Lee’s Selections Colt -  LOT 215  Bettors Delight  -  Rockaround Sue. “  This boy has been my favourite for quite some time.  He is the first foal from a mare who won over $600,000 in USA.  He is just the perfect horse  -  a great personality , loves his work and is nicely conformed. “ Filly  -  LOT 237  American Ideal  -  Tamara Hall “  She is elegant , has a perfect temperament and is great to work with.  She is a full sister to the brilliant Ideal For Real.  Can lightning strike twice  -   I think so. “ MONIQUE BURNETT   -  GRAND LODGE HARNESS RACING Some of the preparers we have spoken to have become associated with horses in their late teens , some have started out with ponies but for Monique Burnett , she was born into Harness Racing and probably got into  doing something with the horses the day she started walking. Her mother is Rita Burnett , known to everyone in Harness Racing in Victoria whilst Monique has numerous relatives through the Mifsud family that are training and spending their daily lives with Standardbreds. Over the years in visiting the Kilmore stables and property of Rita’s , I have noticed it is always a hive of activity.  Long hours and hard work are daily occurrences and Monique is continuing the Mifsud tradition in fine style. Monique started out in her mid-teens preparing Yearlings for Victorian Sales and it was very noticeable immediately  that she had a gift for presenting horses in spectacular order. It is about up to Sales number ten this year for Monique and she certainly has a lovely draft for the 2020 Melbourne Sales on Sunday.  Of course it is a team effort at Grand Lodge with her Mum Rita and longtime employee Thomas Parnell amongst others providing never ending assistance. It is not just the Yearlings that keep the Burnett’s busy  -  there are racehorses to be trained , youngsters to be broken in , horses  on agistment to be fed and amongst all this Monique is picking up regular drives on the Victorian circuit.   For example on the day of this interview she has a drive in Race 7 at Bendigo at 9 10pm. So the Grand Lodge team this year consists of one Trotting colt , ten Pacing colts and eight Pacing fillies. “ The Trotting colt should be busy on sales day as he is a Majestic Son from a Safely Kept mare and is so flashy with his three white feet and white blaze “ said Monique. The Pacing boys and girls will present themselves impressively this weekend and it has been difficult seeking an answer from Monique about her favourites but she did admit that amongst the colts  -   LOTS 206 and 239 definitely should be on Buying Lists. LOT 206 is from Repelem and is by the late and great Somebeachsomewhere whilst LOT 239 is an exceptionally strong looking lad by Bettors Delight from a full sister to Lizzie Maguire $465,570. “ I have so many nice fillies as well   -  maybe LOTS 70 and 106 are amongst the best of them whilst my favourite is LOT 221 “  remarked Monique. LOT 70 is a tall and strong filly by Somebeachsomewhere from a full sister to Follow The Stars and LOT 106 is by the debut stallion Always B Miki  from a Bettors Delight mare Cosmic Delight. Monique’s Selections Colt   -   LOT 199  Art Major  -  Picobello “  He has such a lovely nature and a great attitude to his work.  There is just something about this guy that is a bit special “ Filly  -   LOT 221   Betting Line  -  Spirited Storm “  She is strong and very , very classy.  Being a half-sister to The Storm Inside means she is in for a busy weekend. “ We will have online and telephone bidding options available if you are unable to attend. If you have any issues with the online registrations, I have personally inspected all of the Melbourne yearlings and will be pleased to answer any questions that you may have on the individuals featuring in the sale, or to bid on your behalf.  My best contact is  0418 500 211. Please phone Louise Toulmin on 0400 950 699 or e-mail her at and she’ll be pleased to assist you with your pre-sale bidding approvals or to answer any other questions that you may have. Sale commences on Sunday at 10am, Inglis sales complex, Oaklands Junction    John Coffey

The standard of yearlings presented at the various APG Yearling Sales around Australia is as good as a buyer will find anywhere in the Harness Racing world. However that presentation doesn’t happen with the wave of a magic wand or the press of a button on a computer. The polish , the poise and the development of the Yearlings comes from hard work by the dedicated horse handlers on the various farms around Australia. The presentation of Yearlings at this years Melbourne Sale on 2nd February is once again outstanding. In line with the focus in February on the female drivers in their Teal coloured pants , we shall now take a closer look at the dedicated girls who are putting the polish on their beloved Colts and Fillies for the Melbourne Sale. In a three or four part series of articles , we shall also ask the girls for some tips on their favourite pupils.   At the completion of the 2020 /21 racing season the girl whose Tip wins the most prizemoney  will also collect a nice prize , courtesy of APG. So lets make a start with a Kiwi born but now dedicated Aussie horsewoman. SUSAN HUNTER   -   ALABAR BLOODSTOCK Susan first came to Australia in 1995 as a strapper for a 2 year old Thoroughbred colt called Our Maizcay ; his mission being the 1995 Golden Slipper at Rosehill. Well he didn’t win the Golden Slipper  [ he finished 4th ] , but Susan liked what she saw of Australia and soon had employment at the Warwick Farm Equine Vet Practise. One of the Vet Practise’s clients was a Harness Racing trainer so Susan’s first foray into Standardbreds came with jogging and driving a pacer on weekends.   This coupled with a retired Standardbred to ride  [ ex Colin McDowell’s stable ] provided Susan with the taste and desire to work in the Harness Racing Industry. The new Century saw employment with the Sloys Company in Sydney and eventually Susan became head Trainer , with the mighty Safely Kept mare , Kept For Pleasure , providing her with her first Group One winner. Of course Kept For Pleasure is now the dam of the resident Alabar Stallion Vincent 1.50.2 , whose first foals have just arrived to rave reviews. Susan commenced her employment at Alabar in 2017 , initially doing the night watch foaling duties .  That has now progressed to Stud work and handling the weanlings and Yearlings. “This is my favourite time of the year working with and preparing the Yearlings for the Sales.   I’m really pleased with the draft this year which includes 6 Colts and 9 Fillies . “ said Susan last week. When pressed to name some favourites she did mention amongst the Colts   -   LOT 84  by Art Major from Birds Can Sing   and  LOT 231 by Mach Three from Shesa Killer Queen. To the girls  “ I do like a couple of the Always B Miki fillies and also the tall and athletic Filly by Betting Line from Blissful Hall [ LOT 117 ]. “ Susan’s Selections   Colt -  LOT 231  Mach Three -  Shesa Killer Queen  “ He has some X factor about him “ Filly – LOT 136  Always B Miki  -  Im Living The Dream  “She’s the consummate professional in everything she does. “   RACHAEL BENNS  -  HOMESTEAD FARM She says she doesn’t drink , but Rachael does get intoxicated every day just working with her passion of 25 years -  horses. Rachael Benns grew up in suburban Lalor , Victoria with no contact with horses in her earlier years.   Her Library teacher in Secondary school introduced her to horse riding and from then on the only vocation in life for the effervescent lady was in the Equine Industry. The journey commenced in Racing stables at Caulfield , took in a stint at Cornwall Park Thoroughbred Stud and then to the Melbourne stables of the The Legend himself  -  Bart Cummings. “ I was based at the Cummings stable in the era of Lets Elope and actually strapped a horse called London Bridge on Melbourne Cup Day in the early 1990’s. “  said Rachael last week. “I have now been working for John and Christine Yeomans at their glorious Doreen property for the past 22 years and love every part of the daily grind including foaling down mares and then watching those foals grow into athletes .” This year Rachael has five Colts to take to Oaklands Junction sales complex on 2nd February as well as overseeing the preparation of two Trotting Yearlings for Peter Goudie. Homestead Farm have developed a reputation over many years of producing well grown and quality yearlings.  They do sell all their Colts but retain fillies from time to time. On 25th January , the only two fillies they retained from the 2016 crop of foals  raced in the $150,000 Victoria Oaks Final  -  they being Its Ebonynivory and Its Beaujolais. Now that is some sort of achievement which John and Christine Yeomans as breeders will be very proud of. The Homestead draft are quite spectacular and Rachael does have a couple of favourites  including LOT 208 , a Roll With Joe colt  but her tip goes to  LOT 157 -  Art Major – Life Inthefastlane  “ simply a standout individual “.   JANE HEARN  -  DUNROAMIN STANDARDBREDS As with many of the girls who are preparing Yearlings for the Melbourne Sale on 2nd February ,  Jane Hearn isn’t a new kid on the block.  In fact she has been putting the polish on the youngsters for a good bit of this Century. Jane grew up on a farm near Corryong , Victoria and her mother taught her to ride ponies at an early age , so horses became an instant love. Her Mum and Dad are still farming in that area and so have been surrounded by the terrible fires that have ravaged that North East region of Victoria in recent weeks.   Fortunately for Jane’s parents the farm and its stock are untouched  but evacuation plans have been on their minds a number of times. So with a farming background Jane headed off to the University of Melbourne after school was finished and completed a Bachelor of Science degree , majoring in Zoology. The love of horses drew Jane to a range of positions post Uni including Riding Instructor , riding Polo Cross horses and vet Nursing at Goulburn Valley Hospital.    Then in the late 1990’s Jane took up a position at Alabar Bloodstock and whilst working there met her now partner John Nalder.  John was breaking in and educating the Alabar yearlings , which were then sold as going horses. In 2000 they relocated to the Hunter Valley to manage a Farm that Alabar had leased from high flying French breeder and horseman Jean Pierre Dubois. Their foray into Yearling preparation came in 2007 at Manna Lodge near Shepparton and one of the yearlings they prepped that year was Garnet River , who capped a wonderful career by winning $555,820. These days Jane and John conduct a horse breeding operation at Congupna , Victoria.  Jane , who is a Licensed AI Technician handles up to 80 mares in the breeding season and then commences Yearling preparation at about the same time as the last mare foals down. This year Dunroamin is preparing four Colts and one Filly for two separate clients for the Melbourne Sales .   Those five yearlings are by an arrangement of sires including Always B Miki , A Rocknroll Dance , Somebeachsomewhere , Sunshine Beach and a Trotter by Peak. The Filly [ LOT 173 ] is by Always B Miki and is a granddaughter of the Broodmare gem Mistron. “  She is a lovely natured filly and looks a ready made 2 year old type “  said Jane last week. “Of the Colts I do fancy LOT 226 , a Sunshine Beach lad as an early running type.    Then there is the standout  LOT 244 , a mighty handsome colt by Somebeachsomewhere which we have named Hoff   -  after the actor David Haselhoff who starred as a hulking dude in the TV series Baywatch “. Jane’s favourites ; Colt  -  LOT 244  Somebeachsomewhere -  Trebla Trebla  “ a colt who is smart , has lots of personality and is oh so handsome. “ Filly  -  LOT 173  Always B Miki  - Misty Forever  “kind natured filly who looks an early running type. “   by John Coffey

Word came today that one of the real pioneers of the Harness Racing Breeding Industry in Australia had passed away. Alan Playford Galloway died suddenly on Thursday 23rd January at his home in Coffs Harbour , NSW at the age of 92. It was Alan [Snr] and his wife Barbara that commenced the now famous world wide Breeding name of ALABAR  [a combination of the first three letters of their Christian names]. Alan was a rugged Aussie Rules footballer in his younger days in Adelaide playing at the highest level in the SANFL and representing his State. He also served in the SA Mounted Police Force for a number of years before taking early retirement and purchasing a dairy farm at Mt Barker in the Adelaide hills in the 1950’s. Along with the farm came a Standardbred broodmare, Stormy Princess and so Alan and Barbara quickly became Harness Racing participants. Stepping Chief, Trainer Hanover and Golden Adios were the first three stallions that Alan took under his wing and during this time three children arrived to join the Galloway clan  -  Julie [now deceased], Alan Jnr and Greer. Alan Jnr relocated the Alabar home to Echuca, Victoria in 1979 and the rest is history, as they say, with the ALABAR name and brand at the forefront of Standardbred breeding worldwide. Alan [Snr] never let his age slow him down  -  he loved fast cars , yachts , planes and had an uncanny knack of reading Harness Racing pedigrees. It was just two days before his passing that he circulated a list of Yearlings, recommending that his son Alan purchase at the Melbourne Yearling Sales on 2nd February. He was also planning on flying to Melbourne to watch the ALABAR syndicated horse Chase Auckland take on his rivals in the prestigious Hunter Cup. Alan was preceded in death by his daughter Julie and is survived by his wife Barbara , children Alan and Greer and grandchildren  Thomas and Brooke. A full obituary will follow next week. John Coffey

The Southbrook , Qld breeders Lindsay and Mary Vagg have just survived a tough year of drought that has turned their Darling Downs property into a dry and dusty landscape. Despite the lack of rain , the horses that were inspected on their property in late November were the equal of any in Australia and their draft of six (3 Colts and 3 Fillies) that will be presented at the first APG Sale for 2020 at Albion Park on Australia Day are outstanding on type and pedigree. Three of those six yearlings are either first or second foals from their Dams. The other Dams have already produced the winners of over 40 races and this from just 7 foals of racing age. The very first yearling to be sold in the Southern Hemisphere by the 2016 USTA Three Year Old Colt of the Year, Betting Line, will headline the six pack of the Vagg’s draft. The Filly (Lot 3) from the Major In Art mare Ilikemillie is offered on account of Lindsay and Mary’s daughter and son in law Kristie and Julian Norrish. She is very typical of what you will see in the 52 progeny of Betting Line that will be consigned to APG Sales around Australia in 2020.  This Filly is brown or black in colour , athletically built , correct in her conformation and with a lovely head. She is the first foal of a five time winning mare whilst her granddam and third dam , Mi Coconut and Milady , won 44 races between them and over $340,000 in prizemoney. The Vagg’s will also offer the last of the five Betting Line progeny in the Brisbane Sale  -  Lot 35.  This Colt from the Art Major mare Victree Bonita is a strong individual , the typical Betting Line , brown or black with two white hinds. You will be hard pressed finding a more impressive looking Betting Line colt anywhere in this sunburnt Country. He is the first colt foal from a talented racemare who won over $75,000 on Qld racetracks. An equally impressive Colt in their draft is Lot 31 , the Always B Miki  - Victree Bette lad. He is a powerfully built individual from the Bettors Delight half sister to the champion juvenile and FFA pacer I Am Sam $531,700. Always B Miki retired as the fastest Pacer in history and being totally devoid of any Cam Fella blood should be a perfect match for Bettors Delight mares. Lot 9 , a Filly by A Rocknroll Dance from the Modern Art mare Mardys Victree is another yearling that should be on any Filly buyers shopping List. Aside from the fact that this Filly is a three quarter sister to the smart Rock With Sam 1.54 winner to date of $166,640 and a half sister to the sub 1.56 pacer Victree Mikayla 1.55.7 $23,350 it is the combination of the blood of A Rocknroll Dance and Modern Art that provides the spice to the Pedigree.  The Dams of both stallions are in fact half sisters and also half sisters to the champion racehorse and stallion Western Hanover. This combination of blood has already hit the jackpot in Australia in the form of the Riverina gelding Whereyabinboppin 1.52.7.  Under the guidance of Junee horseman Steve Harris he is undefeated in 5 starts for Steve and looks an exciting prospect for the future. The Lindsay and Mary team is completed with a Shadow Play Colt ( Lot 12 ) and Changeover Filly (Lot 23 ).  Once again they are well grown and developed youngsters and will not possibly disappoint on inspection. “ It has certainly been a tough year and has been costly to feed our stock but they have come along nicely and are all for genuine Sale “  said Lindsay last week. “ They are all QBRED For Life and the Colts are also VicBred so their earning potential is most attractive “ added Lindsay. Australia Day at Albion  -   a day to plan a Victory with a Victree Yearling. Please note, we will have online and telephone bidding options available if you are unable to attend. I have  personally inspected pretty much all of the Brisbane yearlings and will be pleased to answer any questions that you may have on the individuals featuring in the sale.  I can be contacted on 0418 500 211. Louise Toulmin is available on (03) 5275 1999 or e-mail her at and she’ll be pleased to assist you with your pre-sale bidding approvals or to answer any other questions that you may have.   John Coffey

That is one of the slogans that young, passionate and positive Canadian horse trainer, Anthony MacDonald lives by. That same Anthony MacDonald is about to arrive in Australia for a series of Seminars in Victoria and New South Wales, the details of which are included at the bottom of this article. The downunder trip for Anthony is being is being Sponsored by Club Menangle , the NSW Owners Association and Australian Pacing Gold. Anthony MacDonald and his wife Amy commenced a Syndication Company in Ontario about 3 years ago under the name of After a slow start in their first year, The Stable now has in excess of 600 individual owners involved in ownership of over 140 horses. In Canada you are able to purchase as little as 1% in a Syndicate and hence the slogan  “ Own a Little  ..  And Love It A Lot “. Anthony’s philosophy is focused on providing fun and excitement in owning an equine athlete and not on the gambling aspect of horse racing. He readily acknowledges that his success is based on four simple but essential ingredients ; 1.   Communication with Owners. 2.   Providing Good Customer Service . 3.   Use of Modern Technology. 4.   Fixed Costs per Month Anthony is a true down to earth horseman.  He was born and raised in Kingston, Prince Edward Island which is one of three Provinces (along with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) that make up the Canadian Maritimes on the far East Coast of Canada. He was born into a Harness Racing family .  His older brother Mark is a champion driver in North America (probably best known here in Australia for driving Mr Feelgood to victory in the 2006 Little Brown Jug and also the regular driver of American Ideal), whilst his younger brother, James, is the reigning World Champion driver, a title he won in 2017. Anthony himself is no slouch in the gig either having driven over 3,000 winners in his homeland, although it is fair to say that he now concentrates more on training and communicating with his owners. The Maritimes have provided North America with some of its finest horsemen.  Aside from the MacDonald clan, the likes of Carl and Jody Jamieson, Dr Ian Moore (trainer of Shadow Play and numerous other outstanding Pacers), Brent McGrath (trainer of the legendary Somebeachsomewhere), Greg Peck (trainer of the freaky trotter Muscle Hill), as well as one of the greatest horsemen of all in time in Joe O’Brien all grew up and developed their horse skills in those glorious Maritimes. The story of how Anthony and Amy MacDonald became involved  in Syndication is also an intriguing one .  Make sure you start up your car and drive to one of the venues to hear the full story. Anthony MacDonald is Passionate and Positive about Harness Racing and his message is contagious.  You will love to catch the bug that the Mac Message will give you. DATES AND VENUES Bendigo Club, Victoria           from 7pm - Thursday 21st Feb Club Menangle, NSW            7pm - Monday 25th Feb Bathurst Club, NSW              7pm - Tuesday 26th Feb. Newcastle Club, NSW           7pm - Thursday 28th Feb In addition he will be interviewed by John Tapp at the Harness Breeders Yearling Parade at Warwick Farm on Friday, 1st March.  The Parade will commence at 7pm.   John Coffey

WIth APG's Melbourne Sale fast approaching (Sunday, 3 February), John Coffey has worked with the APGTV team to put together a brief 10 minute preview of the Melbourne & Sydney Sales. After briefly running through APG's Yearling Video project, reminding buyers of our new long-term finance options and inviting people to register their interest in our affordable horse parnterships/syndicates, John provides an excellent overview of the racing & breeding performance to date of four of the new kids on the block: - Artspeak - Captaintreacherous - Hes Watching; and - Heston Bluechip To watch the sales preview, please click here. To view the 150+ Melbourne Yearling videos in APG's Online Melbourne Guide, click here. Sales weekend kicks off this Friday with our public inspection afternoon (12noon through 5:30pm) featuring a complimentary BBQ and drinks (4:30pm through 7pm). Public inspections are again available on the Saturday (10am through 3pm) and on the Sunday morning (from 8:30am) with the first ring due to go through the ring at 11am. For further information on Sunday's Melbourne Sale, please visit the APG website at or phone (03) 5275 1999.   APG Media

The Denning family from Pittsworth on Queensland’s Darling Downs have been breeding and rearing quality horses for a number of years  .......    37 in fact. Next weekend they will present a tip top draft of 14 yearlings at APG’s first Yearling Sale  for the year at Albion Park. Many of these yearlings have been prepared for the clients of Burwood Stud but Lots 1 and 44 are being offered on behalf of the Denning family themselves and they are both beautifully bred and outstanding types. The very first Lot to enter the auction ring next Sunday is an attractive and athletically looking Filly by the former champion USA Two Year Old of the year in Artspeak  from a lightly raced Art Major mare in Walking On Air. Walking On Air looked to be set for a bright future after winning at her second start as a 2 year old at Menangle , but then went amiss in a Heat of the Bathurst Gold Tiara never to race again. She has a strong Bathurst feel about her though as she is related to a number of outstanding horses that have emerged from the Steve Turnbull stable over the past few years.  These include Runaway Red ($332,890), Atomic Red ($307,980), Power of Red ($179,200) and Missed By Red ($89,490). At the back end of the Sale, Burwood will march a strong impressive colt as Lot 44 into the ring.  He is by the sizzling fast stallion He’s Watching from a Mach Three half sister to the millionaire mare Bettor Cover Lover. The Burwood draft offers yearlings by the Leading Sires such as Art Major, Bettors Delight, Roll With Joe, Rock N Roll Heaven and Western Terror, as well as colts and fillies by the exciting new Stallions Artspeak , He’s Watching, Hurrikane Kingcole and Sunshine Beach. There are two colts and a filly in the draft from mares that took sub 1.54 race records ; #   LOT 9   -   is a Betttors Delight colt from the 2011 NSW Oaks winner Courageous Annie 1.52.6 so this colt has the genetic make up to be anything you want him to be. #  LOT 18   -  is a grand looking Art Major colt from English Elegance 1.53.2 , a filly who won the Great Northern Oaks in New Zealand and is now the dam of 7 winners , all with 1.55 or 2.00 records. #  LOT 24   -  is by Mr Feelgood from a Presidential Ball mare  , Goldplay 1.53.8.  Appropriately at this time of the year [ late January ] she won the Golden Guitar Final at Tamworth amongst her 14 victories. The Queensland APG Director Trevor O’Reilly has been a big supporter of the Brisbane Sale for a number of years now and this year Burwood are preparing 4 yearling for Trevor and his wife Louise. They can expect plenty of interest in all their horses and possibly LOT 15 might be their Sale topper.  He is an Art Major colt from the 100% producing mare Empty Promises1.58.  He has that look about him that the typically good Art Major’s possess - the bay colour, the strength and the powerful front end to him.    He is just the second colt from his dam and the only foal sired by the superstar Stallion Art Major ......   and is a half brother to the $100,000 earner Jossie James 1.54.3 ($118,304). It is a well known fact that the record breaking stallion Bettors Delight has achieved so much of his success over Christian Cullen mares. So Brisbane based breeder William Hill recognized this and in 2016 bred his Christian Cullen mare Save Me Christian to the full brother to Bettors in Roll With Joe. The result of that mating is Lot 32 next Sunday and she is a flashy and strong filly that looks a ready made 2 year old type.   Now with her Mum being a half sister to two Millionaire mares  in Miss Galvinator and Fleur De Lil , it surely can’t do her any harm. “ I’m really pleased with how our Burwood draft have prepped up and with all the various Bonuses and Stakes races available for the Q Bred horses I’m sure there are going to be some very happy owners in 2 or 3 years “.   Said Noel Denning last weekend.   John Coffey

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

APG is delighted to announce that highly respected industry figure, John Coffey, will join the APG team in the newly created role of Customer Relations and Business Development Manager, effective immediately. An extremely valuable addition to the APG team, John will also maintain his current role at Alabar. In his new position, John will play an integral role in APG’s strategy to strengthen its relationships with existing vendors and buyers, as well as helping to design and implement initiatives aimed at encouraging new owners to invest in APG yearlings. APG’s General Manager, David Boydell, commented “I’m really excited to welcome John to the APG team.  Throughout his career, John has developed a well-earned reputation for honesty, integrity and customer service, which should make him a perfect fit for the new role.  “As soon as John settles in, his first task will be to contact vendors of the 250 or so entries for our 2019 Melbourne sale, so he can arrange a time to inspect their yearlings, as these inspections will play an important role in our selection process for the upcoming sales”. John Coffey expressed his excitement about his new role, saying “I’m looking forward to this new position , which will compliment my current role at Alabar, and thank APG for the opportunity.  The Industry certainly needs an influx of new owners so this will be a challenge to embrace“. APG Media

The month of January means holiday time for many people but in harness racing it signals the commencement of the racing careers for the new kids on the block – the two-year-old colts, geldings and fillies. Many of these juveniles are being targeted at the Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival which is just 10 weeks’ away to the $100,000 finals. Last year’s finals certainly created some excitement with the Lithgow-trained colt Castalong Shadow providing his trainer, driver and part-owner Geoff Simpson with a career best highlight when winning the Gold Crown. Then the Shane and Lauren Tritton-trained filly My Sweet Chilliphilly set the track alight with a stunning 20 metre victory in the Tiara Final. Her mile rating of 1.54.7 is the fastest in thirty year history of the Gold Crown CarnivalL and will certainly take some beating in 2018. Some of the 2018 eligible youngsters made their racetrack debuts on January 12 in the heats of the Mia Breeders Plate at Leeton. The Stephen Maguire-trained gelding Major Roll made his debut a winning one as he impressively downed the favourite Heart Of Cooper (also Bathurst Gold Crown eligible) over the final 100 metres. The third and fourth placed horses in that heat, Caribbean Rocket and Redbank Rendezvous are also paid up at this stage for the prestigious series. Major Roll is by Roll With Joe from the unraced Art Major mare Courlivia. Roll With Joe, who is the full-brother to champion sire Bettor's Delight is represented with 17 youngsters being eligible for the upcoming Gold Crown Carnival. Bettor's Delight has 33 two-year-olds still eligible whilst the two sons of Artsplace in Art Major and Sportswriter have the largest representation with 50 and 42 youngsters respectively. Other stallions represented with 10 or more two-year-olds are: A ROCKNROLL DANCE  17 CARIBBEAN BLASTER    18 MILLION DOLLAR CAM    17 PET ROCK                        23 SHOOBEES PLACE          11    AUCKLAND REACTOR     11    MACH THREE            20 MR FEELGOOD                17 ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN    20 Last year the lightning fast filly winner, My Sweet Chilliphilly, was sired by a first season sire in Betterthan Cheddar. This year there are four sires represented with their debut crops of foals – A Rocknroll Dance, Caribbean Blaster, Pet Rock and Shoobees Place.. Will one of those stallions have a flying start to his stud career? Many questions will be answered on the night of Saturday March 31, 2018. John Coffey

Well the 2017 edition of the Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival is now over and it will leave lifelong memories in the minds of those harness racing owners who were fortunate enough to taste Group One or Group Two Glory. “Though the Carnival is over, I will love you till I die”. These are the hauntingly beautiful words that flowed from the lips of Judith Durham as she performed the ever popular Seekers song – THE CARNIVAL IS OVER. Finals night on 25th March produced two Track Records – one for Cyclone Kate, when she won the Kriden Park Bathurst Mayor’s Cup and the second when the sensational two year old filly My SWEETCHILLIPHILLY displayed rare and previously unseen talent in demolishing her opponents in the $100,000 Gold Tiara Final. Now Bathurst is also the home for one of Australia’s leading Harness Racing nurseries in Brooklyn Lodge. Doug and Janet Moore together with daughter and son-in-law Melanie and Ben Settree have churned out many outstanding horses from the picturesque property on the outskirts of Bathurst. The tally was added to on Saturday night with the victories of ATOMIC RED in the Gold Chalice Final and CASTALONG SHADOW in the Gold Crown Final. ATOMIC RED, a 3 year old colt, was bred by Brooklyn Lodge from the ARMBRO OPERATIVE mare SHOUTALOUD. He is the ninth foal of the mare and is sired by the now deceased champion Sire ROCKNROLL HANOVER. ATOMIC RED was purchased at the 2015 APG Sydney sales for $47,000 by well-known identity Rob Davis (trading as R.E.D. Harness Racing). The victory in the Gold Chalice Final elevated his earnings to $135,000 in just 15 starts, so he is going to be a bargain buy for Rob. The Gold Crown Final was also a popular victory with the local (Lithgow) trainer/driver Geoff Simpson claiming a debut Group One win with his impressive colt CASTALONG SHADOW. Geoff also owned the Shadow Play lad along with his wife Betty. CASTALONG SHADOW was bred by Sydney based breeders Len Favier and David Lewis, but was raised at Brooklyn Lodge, where he did impress Melanie and Ben Settree. The colt was offered to Geoff Simpson as a late weanling by David Lewis. Although Geoff hadn’t seen the colt, the price was right and Ben Settree at Brooklyn gave him a tick of approval, so the journey was commenced. The ride for Geoff and Betty is going to be fun as the colt has already returned his purchase price many, many times over with the promise of more memorable days to come for the good looking son of Shadow Play. This colt is the first foal of the GRINFROMEARTOEAR mare LESLIE JAY. LESLIE JAY is a daughter of the excellent race mare REGGAE MISS, who was owned by North Richmond (NSW) breeder Peter Lewis. Peter leased her to his brother David and Len Favier in 2008 to breed a foal from and LESLIE JAY is the result. Now apart from REGGAE MISS being pretty smart on the racetrack, earning $123,000 she is an even better performer in the breeding barn. She has now produced six winners including the champion daughter of ART MAJOR in LADY EUTHENIA 1.53.3 $461,285 (dam of the $245,000 Yearling at 2017 Sydney APG Yearling Sales) plus the smart performers in REGGAE COWBOY $76,185 and SAN DOMINO $55,430. This cross of SHADOW PLAY over a GRINFROMEARTOEAR mare (5.6.6 cross to BREATH O SPRING) might just be worth following as it had already produced a budding champion in ELLAS PUPPETEER 1.52.8 – 6 wins from 9 starts for the Ian and Michael Stanley combination before going amiss. This Philly is a Class Act One of the most amazing wins in the 30 year history of the Gold Crown Carnival arrived in race five, the Gold Tiara Final for the two year old girls. The Shane and Lauren Tritten trained MY SWEETCHILLIPHILLY smashed the track record with a 20 metre victory and this after sitting parked outside the hotshot Kiwi filly LADY CHATTO. The grand-dam of MY SWEETCHILLIPHILLY is called CLASS ACT and a better or classier act has rarely been seen on racetracks in Australia. MY SWEETCHILLIPHILLY looks like a class act, she has a gait that is all class and at the moment she is at the top of the class for juvenile females in Australia. She was bred in New Zealand by Melissa Tapp, the former partner of well-known horse educator Greg Payne. After passing through her early schooling with Greg, she found her way to the Tritton barn via agent Darrell Kidd. Her dam is the IN THE POCKET mare TACT PHILLY and SWEETCHILLI is the eighth foal of that mare and the first by the new kid on the block BETTERTHANCHEDDAR – a winner of over $1.6 million in North America from just 33 starts. TACT PHILLY is in turn a half-sister to CLASSICAL 1.57.7, the NZ two year old filly of the Year in 2001/2, whilst CLASSICAL is the grand-dam of the smart Victorian pacer MY KIWI MATE 1.52.2 $276,810. The SWEETCHILLIPHILLY girl is yet to set foot in a race on her home track at Menangle. Some red hot action could occur when she does. Sometimes it doesn’t pay to think twice Back in the spring of 2012, four owners of a broodmare based at Young, NSW asked Sue Smith at Mimosa Banks Stud for advice on who to breed their mare NIKALONGBOULEVARD to. Sue’s suggestion was the proven son of CAM FELLA in ARMBRO OPERATIVE. Well the owners didn’t think twice about the advice and so NIKALONGBOULEVARD was bred to ARMBRO OPERATIVE to produce a healthy filly on on 30th September 2013, Those owners, Garry Cummins, Gerard Anderson, Andrew Rashleigh and Danny Hardy are now riding the crest of a wave with the filly DON’T THINK TWICE The Jason Grimson trained and reined filly added to her impressive resume with a brilliant win in the Yirribee Stud Gold Bracelet Final. She was posted three wide for the first 600 metres of the race before settling in the breeze position outside the leader ROCKNROLL EMMA. The race looked all over as the field turned for home and DON’T THINK TWICE surged to the lead … the look turned into reality and DON’T THINK TWICE became just the fifth filly to complete the Gold Tiara/Gold Bracelet double in the 30 year history of the event. DON’T THINK TWICE has elevated herself into elite company as those other four fillies are: FRITH                                     $1,180,345 AUSSIE MADE LOMBO        $ 578,456 LADY EUTHENIA                   $ 461,285 NEMEESHAR                         $ 331,230 There is not a shadow of doubt though that DON’T THINK TWICE is overloaded with talent – a record to date of 16 starts for 9 wins and $139,445 is ample proof of that. Garry Cummins is the Licensee of the Young Hotel, so you can’t help thinking that there will be a few more celebrations at that establishment over the next year or two. John Coffey

A large crowd witnessed an unraced daughter of Sportswriter clock a final quarter in an electrifying 25.8 seconds at the annual Garrards Two-Year-Old Trialling Sale at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Sunday. So potent was the filly she topped the auction that afternoon at $85,000. Offered by Shepparton-based educator Ross Pike, of Destiny Downs, the daughter of winning mare, Perfecshon, was sold to Adelaide-based former Australian Test cricketer, Paul Nobes. The owner of fast-class performer Mark Dennis has entrusted his latest purchase to trainer Shane Tritton. For the first time in the sale’s four-year history, trotters trialled before being offered for sale, with Bankstown-based comeback trainer Jim Nile and Sue Arentz paying $61,000 for an Aldebaran Yankee colt prepared by Rickie Alchin. Horses came from all three eastern seaboard states, with interested parties attending from as far afield as Western Australia. Sale Co-Ordinator, John Coffey, thanked everyone concerned with the conduct of the concept, especially John Dumesny, then Bruce Christison and David Wonson junior from the New South Wales Harness Racing Club. “The turnout of the horses was exceptional…the best ever,” Coffey declared. “We appreciate the support of our sponsor, Chris Garrard, vendors and preparers, especially those from interstate and Greg Payne from New Zealand, as well as that of those who attended, bid and especially bought young horses. We wish them all well.” A number ‘buy backs’ are still available for sale. Videos of these lots trialling individually will be available from Australian Standardbred Consultancy this afternoon by emailing Sale toppers: Filly - Sportswriter x Perfecshon $85,000 Colt - Courage Under Fire x Savannah Lombo $22,000 Filly - American Ideal x Love Isin The Air $40,000 Colt - Mister Big - Sheb Ace $28,000 Filly - Bettors Delight x Mauresmo $40,000 Colt (trotter) - Aldebaran Yankee x My Lady Posh $61,000 Colt - Rock N Roll Heaven x Armbro Sharon $32,000 Colt - Courage Under Fire x Speedy Falcon $56,000 Colt - Courage Under Fire x Braeview Babe $25,000 Colt - Courage Under Fire x Chloe Sheffield $36,000 Filly - Mach Three x Zoe Maguire $48,000 Filly - Rocknroll Hanover x Weona Babe $35,000 Colt - Tintin In America x Zwish $71,000 Gelding - Art Official x Guida Chaton $34,000 Filly - Sportswriter x Come To The Party $28,000 ASC Media

The Horsham Harness Racing Club will stage their traditional 3YO features, the $9505 Alabar Horsham Guineas and $9505 Rosehill Princess of the Wimmera, on Wednesday August 27th. The contests have been part of the Club calendar since the early 1980’s, when the Horsham Ladies Committee sponsored the Horsham Oaks and Derby Trials, under the lights on the tight showgrounds circuit. Alabar Bloodstock has generously donated an inscribed rug and trophies for the winning owner, trainer and driver of the 2014 Guineas. They have also donated a free service to second season stallion, Smiling Shard (1:53.7 $1,089,831) or the proven entire, Elsu (1:53.6 $2,030,796). Rosehill Farm & Veterinary Services will provide an inscribed rug and trophies for the winning connections of the 2014 Princess of the Wimmera. In addition, they have donated a free service to the highly talented but injury dogged pacer, Maffisio. Some fine colts and geldings are listed as winners of the Alabar Horsham Guineas, including  Grand Circuit performer Robin Hood (2004) for trainer Clayton Tonkin, with Daryl Douglas aboard.  In 1991, Dark Paul went on to capture both the Victoria and NSW Derbies after his Horsham Guineas victory for trainer Trevor Martin and reinsman Ted Demmler. Albenz (1996), Wenbro (1998), Remember El (2010), Savesometimetodream (2011) and Magical Telf (2012) have also taken out the Horsham Classic. The Rosehill Princess of the Wimmera has been won by a number of smart fillies over the years, including the brilliant Sheza Mona (1997) for trainer Peter Manning and driver Kerryn Manning . Mother Courage took out the 1999 edition of the Princess during her 3YO season, on the way to success in the Victoria Oaks for the Bruce Morgan- John Caldow combination. Posh Jaccka (1998), Deanna Troy (2006), Very Chic (2008), and Our Surfer Girl (2010) also grace the honour board. The Horsham Club is greatly appreciative of the continued support  of Allan Galloway, John Coffey and all the crew at Alabar, along with Darren and Anne Jacobson from Rosehill, and are looking forward to two great contests on the 27th. Nominations for the Alabar Horsham Guineas and Rosehill Princess of the Wimmera, close with HRV at noon on Thursday August 21st. Further information can be obtained from Tony Logan on 0427 857411.

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