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Mister Bushido, a lightly-raced six-year-old, will make his Australian debut when he starts from barrier six on the front line in the $20,000 TABtouch Race Replays Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He arrived in Perth from New Zealand just over four months ago and is being prepared by Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr for his breeders and owners Syd and Shona Brown, who race champion pacer and Fremantle Cup favourite My Field Marshall. Mister Bushido was trained in New Zealand by Tim Butt, who said that the Bettors Delight gelding’s strength was his ability to produce a powerful finishing burst. “He’s a pretty handy sort of horse, is good and honest and should pay his way here,” said Butt. “He’s probably more of a finisher late in the race.” Mister Bushido, who will be driven by Stuart McDonald, has not been produced at trials. His latest appearance was in a 1980m event at Addington on August 17 last year when he was trained and driven by Jonny Cox. He was restrained from barrier seven, raced in seventh position and went five wide on the home turn before finishing sixth in a field of eight behind the brilliant pacer Ana Malak. His most recent win in a career of 21 starts for four wins and five placings was six starts ago when he rated 1.55.5 in beating Joey Maguire by a half-head over 1950m at Addington. It was a most impressive victory. He started from barrier 14 the outside of the back line and was a $23.80 outsider. He was 12th at the bell and 11th with 600m to travel before he charged home, out six wide, to get up and win in the final stride. He won at his previous start, also over 1950m at Addington, when he was restrained at the start from barrier eight, was eighth at the bell and seventh on the home bend before surging home, four wide, to get up and beat the favourite Cindy Bromac by a neck, rating 1.57.6, with a final; quarter in 27.7sec. Mister Bushido’s chief rivals on Friday night appear to be his stablemate Liberty Rose and the Colin Joss-trained eight-year-old Lagoon Stride. Liberty Rose was an odds-on favourite last Friday night when she started from the No. 2 barrier, set the pace, but was kept under pressure by Mary Catherine, who overraced in the breeze. She wilted after final quarters of 27.6sec. and 28.1sec. to finish third behind the fast-finishing Lady De La Renta and Mary Catherine. Liberty Rose is sure to enjoy a much more comfortable run this week and will take plenty of beating. Lagoon Stride has not been successful for 34 months, but he should pay to follow after he set the pace and refused to give in when a fighting second to Bronze Seeker over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week.   Ken Casellas

The Australian debut of New Zealand Cup winner Thefixer could hardly be going better. Now all the five-year-old has to do is win Saturday's A$110,000 Ballarat Cup. The Canterbury pacer went missing in action after winning the New Zealand Cup, with his champion trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen giving him an easy time and dodging the Auckland Cup before he returned with a luckless run at Cambridge last Friday. But while he couldn't get into the Flying Mile there because of a bad draw his luck looks to be turning around as he aims at his next target. Not only has Australia's best pacer Tiger Tara been a surprise withdrawal from the Ballarat Cup but the field has fallen away in general, with Miracle Mile winner My Field Marshal in Perth for the West Australian Cup and Kiwi pacer Pat's Delight's trainer Cran Dalgety deciding to miss Saturday's race. So Thefixer and stablemate Cruz Bromac dominated the market for the Ballarat feature before yesterday's draw and Thefixer was elevated to clear favouritism after drawing barrier three. While he isn't known for having the gate speed that will ensure his draw sees him stroll to the lead, Thefixer should settle handy and Purdon wouldn't be surprised if he does use his draw to reach the top. "He has natural speed and while he hasn't been asked to run off the gate in the past I am sure he will have early speed if we ask him," he suggests. So with the high class withdrawals and his seemingly perfect draw Thefixer opened clear favourite with the Australian TAB and could continue to shorten as punters there love a well-drawn favourite. Cruz Bromac probably has the greater gate speed of the pair but has drawn wide at barrier six and early tactics will be crucial. He hasn't raced since his brave third in the Inter Dominion Final on December 15 but was impressive at the Melton trials last week. The pair's stablemate Spankem will be kept to an easier grade on Saturday night as he prepares for his clash with Pat's Delight in the Bonanza at Melton next week, a four-year-old race that would qualify the winner for the Chariots of Fire in Sydney. New Zealand will also have reps in heats of the Victoria Derby with Another Masterpiece one of the favourites for a very deep Derby series while Supreme Dominator has also been sent across by trainer Barry Purdon and remarkably both have drawn barrier one in their heats. Steven Reid is set to take his stable stars Star Galleria and Utmost Delight this week while Nicky Chilcott has Juice Brogden entered in an intermediate grade pacer at Melton on Friday night. Star trotters Marcoola, Speeding Spur and Amaretto Sun will join the Kiwi team in Victoria from this weekend.   Michael Guerin

Timaru Wednesday 16 January Enjoy your holiday with a day’s racing at the Timaru HRC meeting at Phar Lap Raceway. 11 races First race start 12.20pm Ensure you have done your holiday racing research  to pick the winners in  our quality race day fields Watch and support our young people in the industry in the Junior Drivers race. Children’s activities include colouring in competition, lucky numbers, kids quiz and kiddies castle.   Wyndham Harness Racing Club Thursday 17 January WYNDHAM HARNESS RACING CLUB The long summer evenings in the south lend themselves to twilight racing and racegoers can enjoy an evening out at the Wyndham Harness Racing Club meeting at Young Quinn Raceway this Thursday. The first of ten races is at 2.50pm with the last scheduled for 7.56pm. The meeting will feature a guaranteed $30,000 Pick 6 which will run from races 5 through to 10.  Highlights include the Michelle Caig Breeding ‘All Heart’ Lot 176 Gold Chip Final Handicap Trot, the Brendan Franks Farrier Handicap Trot and the Grant Chamberlain Builder Mobile Pace.   The meeting is the first of three in quick succession at Wyndham with another scheduled for Thursday 31 January once again with a later start at 2.48pm. That is followed by the club’s popular horses and horsepower day on Sunday 3 February which incorporates a classic car display alongside a day of racing and entertainment.  INVERCARGILL HARNESS RACING CLUB  The other club with a busy schedule as January comes to an end is Invercargill with two meetings at Ascot Park Raceway, the first on Monday 21 January from 12.15pm followed by the club’s Cup Day on Saturday 26 January.  A seven night stay at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort in Mooloolaba plus $1000 towards your airfares courtesy of Beach Road Holiday Park is one of the big prizes on offer on the club’s premier day of the season. Best of all, that prize can be won by anyone on course and it is as easy as filling in a coupon and awaiting the lucky draw which will win someone accommodation valued at $2415 Australian dollars along with $1000NZ of airfares.     That same coupon will also give you the opportunity to win with The Bet’s In The Bag where four draws will be made throughout the day to win one of several betting vouchers of no less than $100 to use on the day. In addition two people can win a share of the Tricode Syndicate’s runner, Please Shuddup. The prize includes the opportunity to spend a day enjoying hospitality with syndicate members in their own corporate box, plus benefits such as a stable visit to see the horse being geared up and should it win, a photo as part of the syndicate in the birdcage after the race. The syndicate will also place a $100 win bet on Please Shuddup in its race and also a $10 bet on every other race throughout the day for the lucky prize winner.     A losing ticket draw after Race 6 will win one previously unlucky punter a $50 meal voucher courtesy of Level One Restaurant & Bar. To win any of these great prizes you must be on course on the day and be 18 years of age and over. Entry details for all of these great competitions will appear in the Southland Express over the next two weeks although coupons for the trip and Bets In The Bag will be available on course on the day also.On track there will be a great day of harness racing action featuring the Ascot Park Hotel Invercargill Cup and the Arden Lodge Robin Dundee Crown amid a great day of racing scheduled to begin at 12noon.  Admission on the day is free as is the children’s entertainment which consists of a bouncy castle, bumper balls, kids tote, sack races and more while there will be a free bag of lollies for every child on course after Race 6.  Tent sites are available – contact Southern Harness Racing’s Promotions Officer, Lindsay Beer on 021 351 499 to learn more and to make a booking.    Marlborough Friday 18 and Sunday 20 January The two day summer meeting at Waterlea will be held on the grass surface. A Friday twilight meeting will be followed by a family race day on the Sunday. There will be a gate charge on both days, owners please refer to your owners email for free entry. If you do not have an email address registered with HRNZ you will not be receiving our owners emails, please ensure your contact details are lodged with HRNZ.   Alexandra Park – March Fundraising Race Nights Alexandra Park will be holding two special race nights in March to help raise funds for Ovarian and Prostate Cancer. March 1 is Oaks Night and will help raise funds for Team Teal and the fight against Ovarian Cancer. $5 from each ticket goes to the cause.  The night will also feature a celebrity dual sulky race. March 8 is Derby night and $5 from each ticket sold there will also go to the fight against Prostate Cancer. Tickets are $65 per person, with elegantly crafted buffet dinner and desserts. To book phone 09 631 1165 or visit www.alexandrapark.co.nz   Waikato Bay of Plenty – Saturday 19 January A ten race card to be held at Waipa. First race 12.05pm.   Hororata 10 February – Touch of Teal Fashion Competition To be held at the Hororata Trotting Club meeting on Sunday 10 February, the Touch of Teal Fashion Competition will help raise awareness and funds as part of the Team Teal Campaign. For more information see the poster here   HRNZ Marketing

In recent years the Australian export market has become a vital component of the New Zealand Standardbred industry, providing harness racing owners here with a chance to on-sell all grades of horses and to keep their finances in good shape. Good horses like Cardigan Bay, Stella Frost, Young Quinn and Robin Dundee lead the way in promoting the southern part of the South Island and over the years, thousands of horses have left the area to race in Australia. Some are purchased at the yearling sales but the majority are purchased in Southland by agents or privately through the trainers. In recent times the Southern Bred Southern Reared flag has been flown by horses like Themightyquinn, Smiling Shard, Field Marshal, Arden Rooney, Highview Tommy, Iraklis, Chicago Bull, Sokyola, Holmes D G, Washakie and Beaudiene Boaz all of whom won major races in both New Zealand or Australia, each winning over $1,000,000.00 in stakes. Records show that Themightyquinn was Australia’s leading stake earner in 2011 ($619,360), 2012 ($1,250,060) and 2013 ($941,360). In recent times horses such as Chicago Bull, Beaudiene Boaz and (My) Field Marshal have kept the SBSR name to the fore in Australia. My Field Marshal and another SBSR horse Galactic Star quinellaed last Friday’s Group One $300,000 Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park. Horses from the southern region of New Zealand have dominated this race in the last few years with Chicago Bull winning in 2017 and Beaudiene Boaz in 2016. Let’s have a closer look at some the horses flying the SBSR flag in Australia. Chicago Bull has been a real revelation in Western Australia. He was bred by John, Katrina, Roger and Helen Price of Winton and won he two races as a two year old before he headed to Perth and took up residency at Gary Hall Senior’s stable. His size put a few buyers off but not Hall, who’s judgement that size doesn’t matter is proving to be a big windfall. He won thirteen of his first sixteen starts there and has started in twenty seven Group races in his sixty one start racing career. In total he has won $1,820,709, his biggest wins being the Group One $300,000 Fremantle Cup and the $450,000 West Australia Cup, within seven days of each other. Having won a total of three Group One races, he’s never finished further back than fourth in his 54 starts in Australia. The Bettor’s Delight six year old has a best mile time of 1-51.6 and no doubt there’s more to come. Chicago Bull’s impressive lifetime record is: 61-40-8-8 $1,820,709 Chicago Bull (My) Field Marshal is another Southern Bred Southern Reared racehorse flying the flag at the highest level in Australia. He was bred by Syd and Shona Brown of Mosgiel. By Art Major out the eighteen win Washington VC mare Foreal he’s also tasted Group One success in Australia winning the 2005 NSW Oaks and the Ladyship Mile, both at Harold Park. Field Marshal’s biggest win came in last season’s $750,000 Miracle Mile which he won in 1-46.9. This was the seventh fastest mile time in the world at that time and Field Marshal is still the fastest pacer in Australasia. In New Zealand he also won the 2016 Four Year Old Emerald worth $150,000, the New Zealand Messenger Championship ($100,000), The Taylor Mile in 2016 and the Superstar Championship. He continues to race well in well in Australia, recently winning the $300,000 Group One Fremantle Cup in Perth. Lifetime record for Field Marshal is: 61-26-15-6 $1,324,712 (15th January 2019) (My) Field Marshal Galactic Star was bred by Peter and Dan Cummings and their sister Julie Davie. By Bettor’s Delight out of their Christian Cullen mare Petra’s Star, he was purchased by Browns trainer Des Baynes for the Test Syndicate for $16,000. He raced in the south for one season as a three year old winning four of his thirteen starts. He was then sold and exported to Australia where he’s won another twenty races including a heat of the Interdominions at Gloucester Park last season. He’s won or has been placed in a number of Group races and his career earnings are $385,235.  He’s recorded a best lifetime mile rate of 1-52.0. He recently competed in the Interdominion Championships and finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in his three heats before running 6th in the Grand Final. He has now won 25 races and banked $465,335 (15th January 2019). Galactic Star Bred by the late Bessie Dynes, Tact Tate had one season of racing in the south for Winton trainer Trevor Procter before heading across the ditch. He’s won twelve races in Australia including the $100,000 Group One Bohemia Crystal FFA at Menangle, the Group Two Treuer Memorial at Bankstown and the $100,000 Group One Four Year Old Bonanza at Melton. The seven year old by McArdle has won $348,138. He has high speed, and given the right run there could be more big races in this gelding. His lifetime record is: 46-15-3-5 $348,138. Tact Tate Aged gelding Maximan is a very good example of how SRSB stock have plenty of longevity. The Armbro Operative gelding was bred by Ian Bennett who raced him out of Craig Laurenson’s Edendale stable. From fourteen starts he won three races for Laurenson and was placed second five times before he was sold and transferred to Jim Curtin’s stable. He won the 2013 Westport Cup and two more wins earned him the West Coast $5,000 bonus. He was sold to Australia and this ninety start veteran has now collectively won twenty three races, paced a mile in 1-51.4, and banked $324,909. Maximan Back on this side of the Tasman the Southern Bred Southern Reared brand has also been winning races. The Tuapeka Lodge bred Bonnie Joan has kept the Cummings breed to the fore. She’s won ten races in a relatively light career; seven as a three year old, including the Southland Oaks. She ran second in both the Nevele R Fillies Final and New Zealand Oaks, both Group One races. Last season as a four year old she won the North Island Breeders Stakes and Premier Mares Championship. Bonnie Joan The emergence of quality filly Mossdale Art also highlights a breed that Northern Southland breeder Neil Timms developed and raced over the years. This side of the family continues to bring success to Cromwell breeder Archie Affleck who races Mossdale Art.  Mossdale Art won her last two starts and has cleared maiden company by running 1609 metres in 1-52.5 at Winton. Mossdale Art It’s clear there are plenty of flag flyers on both side of the Tasman keeping the Southern Bred Southern Reared brand in front of potential buyers and I suspect there are plenty more green and black flags to be hoisted yet. Bruce Stewart

Welcome to the Harness Half Hourpodcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing. Jess Smith brings the latest harness racing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. In the first Harness Half Hour for 2019 Jess chats to young trainer Darren Keast who has exploded into the start of the new year racking up eight training wins; Scott Phelan joins us to talk about his role as a mentor for young drivers in the North; Jamie Gameson is on the verge of a big training milestone and also talks about Hororata’s big appeal for Ovarian Cancer. James Renshaw gives us all of the oil on the big multi winners for the holidays.   HRNZ Marketing

The Southern Bred Southern Reared breeding group received a real boost on Friday night when two horses bred by the group quinellaed the Group One $300,000 Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park in Perth. My Field Marshal bred by Syd and Shona Brown of Mosgiel won the race by 1.2 metres, beating Galactic Star which was bred by Tuapeka Lodge in Lawrence. Some talk beforehand asserted that My Field Marshal wasn’t a true stayer but part owner Syd Brown was quick to dismiss it. And the Art Major entire proved that he can definitely stay, giving a dominating performance in front. “People make talk like that. You ask any good trainer or driver they’ll tell you that a sub 1-50 mile horse (like My Field Marshal) can’t do that (run a fast mile) unless they can stay,” he said. Trained by ex-pat Tim Butt and driven by his brother Anthony, Brown says their comments after the run were very positive. “They were thrilled. They did expect him to improve on his first run up and they’re confident that he can improve on that run again.” The win was My Field Marshal’s twenty sixth, elevated his stakes to close to 1.5 million dollars and he gets a chance to add to that tally in this Friday’s $450,000 Group One West Australia Cup on the same track. Brown has a three quarter brother to My Field Marshal entered in next month’s NZB Standardbred Yearling Sale in Christchurch. He’s by Art Major out of Washington VC mare Ednalea which is a full-sister to Foreal the dam of My Field Marshal. “He’s just a strong Art Major colt. He’s not too big, not too small and he’s very wide in the front with a good strong head but people need to look at that themselves rather than hear an owner tell them that.” SBSR horses have won the Fremantle Cup three times in the last four years with Chicago Bull winning the race in 2017 and Beaudiene Boaz in 2016. Another SBSR horse I’m Themightyquinn won the race in 2011. Im Themightyquinn in 2011 and Chicago Bull in 2017 won the prized Gloucester Park double: the Fremantle and West Australia Cup. Meanwhile former Southlander Graham Cooney bred two of the winners at the Bay Of Plenty Harness meeting at Te Aroha yesterday. Cooney now resides in Tauranga and he bred Misty Memory and Comic Book Hero which are both out of Deja Vous. Both horses were originally trained by Hamish Hunter at Ryal Bush. He won two races with each horse. Comic Book Hero is now trained by Ray Darby at Patumahoe while Misty Memories is trained at Tuapaki by Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins.   Bruce Stewart

Next week the harness racing shuttle stallions that are standing in New Zealand and Australia are about to leave for their cold North America stallion farms to begin the North American breeding season that starts on February the 15th. Stallions on this flight are Bettor's Delight, American Ideal, Sweet Lou, Downbytheseaside, He's Watching, Sportswriter, Always B Miki, Sunshine Beach, A Rocknroll Dance, What The Hill, Shadow Play, Betterthancheddar, Roll With Joe, Creatine, Betting Line, Well Said, Huntsville, Pet Rock. It is unbelievable how the stud business has changed over the last 10 years and to think that the biggest percentage of mares bred in New Zealand and Australia are now in foal to these shuttle stallions. In the inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on the 18th of February 2019, 75 of the 145 yearlings on offer 75 are by these shuttle stallions on this flight. You have to add in Art Major (that was a shuttle stallion), Mach Three (a shuttle stallion recently deceased) and Rock N Roll Heaven (was a shuttle stallion at that time) the total becomes 109 of the 145 yearlings on offer. Then if you add in the frozen semen stallions that are represented in this sale, Muscle Hill, Muscle Mass, Love You, Somebeachsomewhere, Captaintreacherous, Quaker Jet, the total is 132 of the 145 yearlings on offer. Down to the National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Christchurch and the situation is similar. There are a total of 256 yearlings on offer at this sale. 125 of those yearlings are by shuttle stallions on the flight next week. You have to add in Art Major (that was a shuttle stallion), Mach Three (a shuttle stallion recently deceased) and Rock N Roll Heaven (was a shuttle stallion at that time) the total becomes that number increases to 175 of those yearlings on offer. Then if you add in the frozen semen stallions that are represented in this sale, Andover Hall, Angus Hall, Captaintreacherous, Father Patrick, Love You, Master Glide, Muscle Hill, Muscle Mass, Orlando Vici, Quaker Jet, Sebastian K, Somebeachsomewhere, Trixton and Windsong Espoir, the total is 243 of the 256 yearlings on offer. Therefore 375 yearlings in this year's New Zealand Sale from the 401 entered are by shuttle stallions on this next week, previous shuttle stallions no longer shuttling and frozen semen imported into New Zealand. Now at the APG Sales in Australia the shuttle stallions are represented by 199 yearlings on offer from the shuttle stallions on the flight next week. You have to add in Art Major (that was a shuttle stallion), Mach Three (a shuttle stallion recently deceased) and Rock N Roll Heaven (was a shuttle stallion at that time) the total becomes 323 of the 691 yearlings on offer. Then if you add in the frozen semen stallions that are represented in this APG sale that number becomes 462 of the 691 yearlings on offer. Shuttle stallions and now frozen semen stallions progeny almost completely dominate the yearling sales this year. Bettor's Delight has the most numbers for sale in the yearling sales this year. He also has become the most fertile horse in the history of harness racing with having bred just over 8,000 mares to date throughout the world. Now at the age of 21 years Bettor's Delight has bred 2,610 mares in North America over the past 17 seasons that has resulted in 1,889 foals born to date. In New Zealand Bettor's Delight has bred 3,362 mares prior to this current season for 2,364 live foals to date. In Australia Bettor's Delight has bred 1,790 mares prior to this current season for 1,062 live foals to date. In the inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on the 18th of February 2019, Breckon Farms have five outstanding Bettor's Delight colts on offer. Lot 23 - High Flying Harry Video Lot 23 - High Flying Harry This is the third foal from the Black Type Mach Three mare HIGH SOCIETY GAL (p.3, 1.57.7, 4 wins, $18,737), who is a sister to Group 3 placed (MY) CHACHINGCHACHING (p.2, 1.56.6, 1.51.6, 15 wins, $175,474), RING THE TILL(1.57.4, 6 wins, $31,085) and Group 1 placed Smart Fortune (1 win in as a 2yo in the first Young Guns Ht, $24,593). 2nd Dam is the race winner and Group 1 placed Affairs Of State, who is a half-sister to 5 winners and has produced 5 winners from 6 starters thus far and is the granddam of (HEZA) HEAD HONCHO (p.2, 1.55.8f, 1.53.7f, 5 wins, $58,371). 3rd Dam is Champion mare UNDER COVER LOVER, a Million Dollar earning international Group 1 winner, who is the dam of 6 winners incl Group 1 placed and Listed winner (MY) EXOTIC LOVER (1.59.5, 2 wins, $110,336), who in turn is the dam of Group 2 winner and 2-time Group 1 placed MATCH IN HEAVEN (p.2, 1.53.7, 1.50.9, 19 wins, $289,579).  This is the family of Million Dollar earner, Harness Jewels winner and 5-time Group 1 winner BETTOR COVER LOVER (1.53.8; 17 wins, $917,703), the Group 3 winner THE ODD LOVER (p.2, 1.56.1, 12 wins, $117,681), etc. Lot 58 - Pace N Pride Video Lot 58 - Pace N Pride This colt is a full-brother to NEVER SAY NEVER (1.50m, 18 wins, $236,728) and RUBY ROSE (p.3, 1.59.8, 1 win, $26,536) and a half-brother to THE THUG (1.59.7f, 4 wins, $34,343). From the Group 2 placed Christian Cullen mare MAID IN SPLENDOUR (p.3, 1.56.1, 4 wins, $61,825), who is a half-sister to Group 3 winner and Group 2 placed DIAMONDS N FUR (p.3, 1.59.8f, 1:54.5, 22 wins, $231,399), (KEAYANG) GLITZY GAL (p.3, 1.58.2, 1.57.5, 5 wins, $35,164), Sign In Gold (2.01.4, 12 wins, $61,352), Golden Delight (2.00.5, 7 wins, $45,210) and DIAMONDS N CASH (p.3, 1.59.6, 1.57.8f, 9 wins, $81,099). 2nd dam is the Holmes Hanover mare DIAMONDS N GOLD (1.56.5, 5 wins, $37,883) who is the dam of 10 to race for 10 winners and this is the family of 5-time Group 1 winner and Millionaire pacer DESPERATE COMMENT (1.55.7, 28 wins, $1,033,065), Group 1 placed SMARTEST REMARK (1.58.3, 10 wins, $93,197), CHANCE (1.52.5m, 17 wins, $154,858) and Group 1 winner BETTORS ICON (p.2, 2.00.3, 1 win at 2, $63,540). Lot 75 - Meetmeinsorrento Video Lot 75 - Meetmeinsorrento Lot 112 - Maybe Video Lot 112 - Maybe From a qualified Artsplace mare who is already the dam of a Black Type winner CRYSTAL SPARKLES (p.3, 1.58.4f, 1.56.9, 14 wins, $68,889) and Mathew James (p.3, 2.01, 1 start 1 win, $5,775) and who is a half-sister to 6 winners incl 3-time Group 1 & Group 2 winner and 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year who set a NZ Record LAURAELLA (p.2, 1.55.9, 10 wins, $649,946), 3-time Group 1 placed THE MUSKEG EXPRESS (p.2, 1.59.4, 2 wins, $111,331), THE PACMAN (1.54, 21 wins, $157,058), ESTILO (p.3, 1.58.6, 1.54.1, 13 wins, $84,611) and SMILING STUNNER (p.3, 1.59.4, 1.53.6, 4 wins, $21,420). 2nd Dam BLACK MAIRE (p.3, 1.59.8, 4 wins, $39,981) is a Falcon Seelster mare who is the dam of 7 winners and is a half-sister to 6 winners, out of CORBIE (p.3, 1.57.2, 2 wins, $16,535) who is the dam of AGIOS NIKOLAOS(1.52.2m, 8 NZ wins, $192,178) and the dam of (IM) METICULOUS (p.2, 1.55.6, 10 wins, $109,067). Closely related to 2-time Group 1 placed EXPRESS STRIDE (1.49m, 14 wins $262,831) and Listed Classic winner ARMAZEM (1.54.7m, 11 wins, $84,640).  A strong Jewels performing family descending from BLACK WATCH. Lot 132 - Bettor Call Me Video Lot 132 - Bettor Call Me This is the first foal from a qualified Artsplace mare who is from the Group 1 placed DALE ELINOR (p.3, 1.59.8, TT 1.57.2, 4 wins, $60,985), who is a half-sister to PENTHOUSE PETE (1.54.2, 17 wins, $134,030). The 2nd dam DALE ELINOR is the graddam of Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed SHANDALE (p.3, 1.55.3, 1.53.7h, 14 wins, $305,028), (SO) BOBS YOUR UNCLE (1.59h, 4 wins, $22,885) and SHANDANCE (p.3, 1.56.5m, 6 wins, $39,086). 3rd dam is Group 1, 2-time Group 2 & Group 3 winner and 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year MEGAERA (p.2, 1.58.5, 1.56.8, 8 wins, $250,646), who is a half-sister to IL GUSTO (1.55, 3 NZ wins, $19,555), 2-time Group 2 winner and 2-time Group 1 placed REBA LORD (1.56, 17 wins, $367,385), Group 2 & Group 3 placed REBA NERO (2.00.4, 5 wins, $29,161), etc and is the granddam of Group 1 & 2 winner, Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Final winner and Australian 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year KATY PERRY (p.2, 1.57.8f, p.3, 1.53.6, 1.51.1, 23 wins, $517,733) and Group 3 & Listed winner CASH N FLOW (p.2, 1.58.1, 1.56.3, 12 wins, $175,541). Harnesslink Media

Junior driver Kerryn Tomlinson finally broke through for her maiden driving win at Nelson yesterday after coming close to a win a number of times and she did it aboard her family trained trotter Zsa Zara.  Tomlinson was very happy with the result, "I am super proud especially of the horse and driving in grandads colours has made the occasion really special. "People have supported me all the way and I would like to thank Reg from Storer Motors for sponsoring me, every one has just stuck with me and made this monent even more great. "Nana and grandad and mum and Clint all try to give me and Sheree an equal go and Mel and Brad Mowbray have been so good to me with drives so it is really good," she said after the race. After running a good second on the first day of the meeting Zsa Zara was first away from the standing start yesterday and led all the way to comfortably beat the Greg and Nina Hope trained Easy Pickings. Zsa Zara (Brylin Boyz - Zsa Zita) trotted the 2400m stand in 3-11.3 with a closing 800m in 59.8 The race was notable for a couple of horses breaking after they shied at the shadow of a plane flying overhead during the running of the race(1.50 in the video).     Harnesslink media  

In form pacer Turn It Up has captured the Gr.2 $60,000 Waikato Flying Mile at Cambridge tonight. After being driven hard out of the gate early by co-trainer Mark Purdon, the classy Courage Under Fire gelding had to settle for the trail as Tony Herlihy and Star Galleria were intent on leading in the early war in the race. Turning for home Turn It Up soon had the measure of Star Galleria and he cruised to the line to win by three quarters of a length in 1-54.5. Star Galleria fought gamely for second and Ashley Locaz battled on well for third after sitting parked for the trip. New Zealand Cup winner Thefixer could not make any impression on the leaders after settling last in the seven horse field. Turn It Up will now be aimed at the rich Gr1 Waste Management Taylor mile at Alexandra Park on April 26 and also the Gr1 Messenger on 3rd May. Earlier in the night Temporale led all the way in the Cambridge Trotting Stakes for trainer/driver Tony Herlihy. Speeding Spur got closest to the winner after trailing but was still a neck away at the line.  Temporale trotted the mobile mile in 1-58.5 with a final 800m in 59.0 seconds. Temporale winning the mile   Harnesslink media  

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

Last time Tony Herlihy took Temporale to Cambridge he was full of confidence and went home with the spoils.  Tonight he is full of hope going into the Flying Stakes, the first leg of an open class double at the track’s centenary meeting.  Auckland Cup winner Turn It Up is expected to lead and win the Flying Mile for the pacers providing he can hold off the attentions of Jack’s Legend and Star Galleria at the start.  But he will be red hot, especially with New Zealand Cup winning stablemate Thefixer likely to be back early from his wide draw and then parked at the very best from the bell. So while Turn It Up should continue his short but spectacular winning run his divvy may not be that attractive to most punters, although plenty will anchor him in the $40,000 Pick6.  But it is in the trotters sprint that there is money to be made based around three group one winners.   Speeding Spur returns after his honest Inter Dominion campaign but has the outside gate while last week’s National Trot winner Massive Metro faces two significant hurdles: drawing the second line and an apparent aversion to left-handed racing.  While means Temporale picks himself. Well, he does on his form two starts ago, not so much on what he did last start.  Two starts ago he came here, took on similar opposition and sat parked for the last 800m to wear down stablemate The Almighty Johnson over a mile, so more or less the same trip as tonight’s 1700m.  Herlihy had gone into that race confident after some improved work and tipped Temporale strongly in the Herald and he was backed in from $6 to $2.90.  Then a week later in that National Trot won by Massive Metro, Temporale galloped early and never trotted squarely after.  “He warmed up great then galloped early and afterwards he never trotted any good,” said Herlihy.  “We went over him and have had some chiropractic work done and his work has been good since. “So I expect him to be better but when they go a race like he did last time it knocks your confidence and it is hard to go there on Friday as happy as I was with him last time we went to Cambridge.”  If the December 24 version of Temporale turns up he should probably take the lead off The Almighty Johnson and win but he is does still have an issue Herlihy can’t put his finger on, then Speeding Spur might be able to turn the clock back three years to when he won this race in 2016.  As for the pacers Turn It Up will almost certainly win if he leads but there is very little data on whether he can easily do that with two quick beginners drawn close by.  He has only had four mobile starts in his career, getting crossed in a maiden race from barrier one on debut but he did lead from barrier eight in an intermediate field at the Cup meeting.  His only mobile start in the big time was when he drew barrier two in the NZ Free-For-All and couldn’t cross Jack’s Legend out of the gate but with such a short run to the first turn at Cambridge he looks a good chance to hold the front and even if he doesn’t he should trail and still probably win. Bettorstartdreaming (race six) back from taking on the best three-year-olds last start might prove the other Pick6 anchor.   Michael Guerin

Outsider Sagwitch became the eleventh winner this season for Gore trainer Syd Breen when he won the House of Travel Lakers Summer Cup at Ascot Park today. When talking to Breen early in the season I remember him being quite frustrated as his horses were running lots of placings at the time. But things have certainly changed since the beginning of November, and junior driver Mark Hurrell has been a big part of the success, driving seven of the winners – some penalty free. “Mark went to school with my nieces. He kept ringing me up. I told him to keep ringing. His first drive was on Lorretta Franco. Everything he’s driven for me he’s won on,” said Breen.     Sagwitch is by Lisa Mara out of Shoshoni Sunrise, an OK Bye mare which won six races for trainer Alan Paisley including the 2002 Roxburgh Cup. He’s a half-brother to millionaire Southern Bred Southern Reared pacer Washakie. Breen weaned Sagwitch as a foal and broke him in for breeder Lester Paisley as a yearling. He’s now won six races from thirty five starts and banked $41,678. After running tenth in the Roxburgh Cup six days ago Sagwitch didn’t have today’s Summer Cup on his schedule.   “I only really started him here but the race wasn’t going to get off the ground so I put him and Mucho Macho Man in. It was Santanna’s Rockets (another Breen runner) race to win as far as I was concerned.” Since Roxburgh Sagwitch has had a quiet time. “He hasn’t done much since Roxburgh, just four days jogging round the hill.” In today’s feature pacing race driver Mark Hurrell drove the five year old forward, surprisingly beating out stablemate Santanna’s Rocket which had drawn his inside. Hurrell then let Jonny Cox and Santanna’s Rocket take the lead before Please Shuddup took up the running which left Sagwitch three back on the inside. At the 400 Sagwitch was second last on the inside in the eight horse field. Hurrell plotted a path up the inside and he beat Royal Bengal by a length and a quarter. The overall time for the 2200 metre mobile was 2-42.0. Mark Hurrell driving out Sagwitch                       - Photo Bruce Stewart “He’s just got a wicked quarter on him and saved (for one run) he can go swoosh. Mark was pretty happy with him at Roxburgh and he wanted to drive him today. He was going to go to Wyndham next but he won’t be going there now. That race today was worth two races (in stakes) anyway and he’s got a cup and a dress rug.” Breen owns the gelding with Paul and Nancy Matheson. Winning connection and sponsors                                         - Photo Bruce Stewart  It paid $25.30 to win and $3.90 for a place. “Aaron Swain dropped off a bag of feed I’d won from winning a race at a Sunday meeting (part of the McMillan Equine Feeds promotion) and Sagwitch was out in the paddock just being an absolute clown. Aaron said ‘who’s that? I said it’s Sagwitch.’ He said ‘he’s well and I said yeah he’s paying four (dollars) for a place.’ He went over to his truck got on his phone and backed him. It’s rare, but when he’s right he tells you.”   Bruce Stewart

The home of New Zealand horse racing celebrates a centenary this weekend. Now there is a statement guaranteed to start the odd argument. After all, New Zealand has some wonderful racing cities and towns.  But in reality, Cambridge is the centre of New Zealand racing. Not just because of the huge number of stud farms that have housed champion sires like Zabeel or even his famous father Sir Tristram.  And not just because Cambridge is our busiest thoroughbred training centre which in itself creates a mini economy around it.  But Cambridge is also one of the proudest harness racing centres in the country, having produced names like Hunter, Butcher, Mitchell and Dickie.  Tomorrow night Cambridge celebrates 100 years since the racetrack where the harness races are still held was built.  Back in those days it was a grass, dual code track until the gallopers move across the road decades later.  During the second World War it was used as a military camp housing up to 1000 army personnel and only returned to the racing industry in 1946.  Eventually the all-weather harness racing replaced the grass, the lights went up and night racing started in early 1965 and the first mobile start races came later that year.  But while much has changed, one thing has been a constant: the great horses. Even these days when Cambridge acts as more of a feeder club for the richer Alexandra Park races it still holds on to hosting the Jewels every second year and tomorrow night hosts it signature race, the Flying Mile.  So mainly by memory and with a little help from a thing called the internet, here are eight of the great moments and horses in the 100 years of Cambridge Raceway:— 1: Cardigan Bay: The greatest of them all came to Cambridge in September 1963 and equalled the national mile record. He went on to win the New Zealand Cup two months later and become the first standardbred in the world to win $1million. He was, and still in, harness racing’s Richie McCaw. 2: Young Quinn: There is nothing quite like a hometown boy made good and Young Quinn was definitely that for champion horseman Charlie Hunter. He won the Flying Mile in 1975 when it was worth $5000 and Quinny only needed to pace a sedate 1:58.9. Soon after he won the Inter Dominion at Alexandra Park then went on to greatness in North America. 3: Christian Cullen: In the space of 13 days in February 1999, Christian Cullen won both the Four-Year-Old classic and the Flying Mile, pacing 54.5 seconds for his last 800m in both, times that wowed harness racing fans.  The star who shone all too briefly beat the likes of Holmes D G, Homin Hosed and Bogan Fella and did it in a style we have never seen since. 4: Smolda: Better horses than Smolda appear on this list but his 2012 Jewels win was one of the greatest performances seen in NZ harness racing as he bulldozed  his rivals in 1:52.1 Remarkably the horse who finished second, Lets Elope, contests the Flying Mile tomorrow night, seven and a half years later. 5: Lyell Creek: New Zealand’s champion trotter popped into Cambridge twice in nine days in January 2001, beating Mountain Gold in both the Flying Mile (1:56.7) and the Flying Stakes. Both times he paid $1.15 which begs the question: who backed the other horses? 6: Auckland Reactor: Was still unbeaten when he downed Miracle Mile winner Monkey King in the Flying Mile on January 2, 2009 and the crowd lined the home straight fence to pat the freak on his way back to the stables. Jogged home to win the Classic a week later but stunned punters when beaten for the first time after galloping away in he Futurity a week after that. Quite a fortnight. 7: Magic maidens: Former two-time NZ Cup hero Just An Excuse won his first ever race at Cambridge on June 20, 2002, bolting in by nearly 10 lengths. You could have walked away that night thinking that is the best maiden I’ll ever see win at Cambridge. Until three months later when his eventual his arch rival of latter years Elsu also won his maiden at Cambridge on September 27, 2002. I’ll let you decide. 8: Adore Me: Gold Ace was the NZ Free-For-All champ and a super sprinter but in 2015 Adore Me sat parked outside him and paced a track record 1:51.6 in the Flying Mile. Two months later she paced her now famous 1:47.7 at Menangle.   Michael Guerin

Northern Southland 10 January   Summer twilight racing at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill with the Northern Southland Trotting Club is the go on Thursday 10 January with the House Of Travel Lakers Summer Cup the feature event along with several other quality harness races. A losing ticket draw after Race 6 will see one lucky punter win a $250 betting voucher with an opportunity for that winner to go on and win a $1000 betting voucher at the club’s final meeting later in the season. Owners are welcome in the Alabar Owners Room and one owner will go in the club’s season long competition with three great prizes up for grabs. Admission is free and the first race is timed for 3.00pm.    Nelson 11 and 13 January GETTING IN THE GATE As it is a InterIslander Summer Festival race meeting there will be a gate charge so make sure you have your licence handy to get in the gate.  We will be sending all your owners a text/email so they can show that at the gate to get in. The big news is we have increased stakes from what they were last summer.  The stake for the Golden Edge Nelson Cup is now $14,000 and the Handicap Trot has increased to $9,000. The forecast is for fine weather so make sure you come on up and enjoy some Nelson hospitality. STAKE INCREASE   As mentioned above, stakes have increased for this race meeting, from last summer.  We couldn't do this without the continued support of all our sponsors - we are most thankful! Nelson Pine Industries  & Golden Edge are again sponsoring our Prelude and the Nelson Cup which we are excited to announce will be for stakes of $10,000 and $14,000 respectively. So bring your R60 plus pacer to Nelson and race for $24,000 in stake money! FOOD & BEVERAGES Food and drink will be available in the Drivers Room for all trainers, drivers and their staff. A coffee cart will be outside the numbers room in the stabling area.  Food and drink will also be available to purchase in the bar and at the food and drink stalls. BBQ ON US IN THE BIRDCAGE We would like to invite all trainers, drivers, staff and owners to attend a BBQ on Thursday 10th January in the Birdcage from 5 -7 pm.  The club are putting this on in recognition of your continued support of our race meeting. No need to rush off and find yourself dinner - come and join us for a bite and a beverage.  We will again be running some raffles so bring a few coins. BIG BREAKFAST Breakfast will be again available from 7 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at the OTB rooms.  A huge thank you to the OTB members who make this happen at each of our race meetings!! CAMPING The trainers camp is available again this year for those wishing to stay on course.  For more information contact Kristie 0274118608 JUNIOR DRIVERS The top point scoring junior driver over the two days will receive a $250 Z voucher. This is kindly being donated by our good friends David & Jan Birdling Security Consultants. A big thank you to them and a nice reward for our juniors who make the trip North to Nelson!! BEST PRESENTED HORSE The Best Presented Horse in each race will receive a bag of Dunstan Speedfeed or Equifibre Lucerne Pro - a big thanks to Dunstan Horsefeeds!!  THE DUNSTAN DOUBLE Dunstan continue their growing association with Harness Racing by offering the "DUNSTAN DOUBLE". Any individual horse competing over the two days that completes a "double of wins" will win their trainer five bags of feed from the Dunstan or Equifibre range.  INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL SELECTIONS This year we will be asking drivers of the selected horse in each race to wear a lime green helmet cover.   Cambridge Raceway 11 January - Club to mark Centenary in style A great night of summer racing with plenty of atmosphere promises to entertain racegoers attending Cambridge Raceway’s January 11 meeting next year, which will mark the centenary of the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Harness Incorporated racing club. Established in 1919, the club has become an integral part of the Cambridge community. Not only has it become the epicenter for racing in the region, its facilities have also been widely utilised, including as a training camp for the New Zealand military during World War II. To mark the milestone, the club plans to celebrate in style with the night taking on a 1920’s Great Gatsby and Peaky Blinders theme and racegoers are encouraged to dress-up accordingly. “We want to make a really big night of the centenary meeting,” Cambridge Raceway chief executive Dave Branch said. “It’s all going to be dress-up, the whole place will be decked out in a 1920’s theme. “We want to create a great atmosphere and pack the grass verge out along the front of the grandstand with hospitality, the Skyline Lounge will also be open, the Alf Walsh Lounge will take on a speakeasy vibe for the night and we will also have our Colts and Fillies Club to entertain the children. “We’re not only celebrating racing at Cambridge but also the past 100 years of the Cambridge township and we’re involving the Cambridge Community in the promotions and the race night. “There will be a 1920s themed window dressing competition in the lead up to the event.” The night will also offer a great card of racing, including the Gr.2 Waikato Flying Mile (1609m) and the Gr.3 Cambridge Trotters Flying Stakes (1700m), which have been specifically moved to mark the celebration. “Traditionally they have been on that earlier January meeting, but this will space it out a bit more from the Auckland (new year’s eve) meeting, so hopefully we will get a few of the better horses from the Auckland Cup (Gr.1, 3200m),” Branch said. The Waikato Flying Mile has been a key race for the club, with its inaugural running in 1966, and plenty of quality graduates have gone on to perform at elite level. “It’s always a race that has brought the crowds,” Branch said. “I remember Christian Cullen when he won the race, and going through the past winners it’s a pretty impressive roll of honour.” Other notable winners include champion pacers Young Quinn, Luxury Liner and Christopher Vance, while recent winners include race record holder Adore Me (1.51.6) and current world-beater Lazarus. Branch said there has been many highlights for the club in its 100 years, including the running of the Harness Jewels every second year since its inception, but the construction of the grandstand in the 1970s has been the club’s biggest achievement. “The Jewels has definitely been a highlight, but building the grandstand has been the biggest highlight for the club,” Branch said. “The Jewels this year has been the biggest highlight for myself as chief executive of the club and also retaining it for 2020. There has been a lot of learning from this year’s event, so we’re excited to see what we can offer in 2020. “We have got a fairly new team at the raceway and everybody is keen and wanting to move the place forward, which is fantastic.” The gates to Cambridge Raceway will open at 5pm on January 11, with racegoers encouraged to dress-up for the 1920’s theme. For more information visit this page – Cambridge Raceway   Timaru Wednesday 16 January   Enjoy your holiday with a day’s racing at the Timaru HRC meeting at Phar Lap Raceway. 11 races First race start 12.20pm Ensure you have done your holiday racing research  to pick the winners in  our quality race day fields Watch and support our young people in the industry in the Junior Drivers race. Children’s activities include colouring in competition, lucky numbers, kids quiz and  kiddies castle.   Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club Inc Update Fantastic news Harness racing enthusiasts and participants. The Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club can confirm that our 2019 Racing License has been recently granted by the NZ Racing Board for Friday 1st February and Sunday 3rd February to be held on the MAIN OUTSIDE TRACK of the Otaki Maori Race Course, Otaki. This is North Island GRASS TRACK harness racing at its very best. A successful galloping race meeting was held last Thursday on the Otaki Maori Race course and the track came through with ‘flying colours’ , after extensive drainage work and grass reseeding of the surface. By February 2019 we expect the grass track to offer a near “perfect” racing surface for all HARNESS participants.   The Club anticipates that stakes will be on a par with our 2018 meeting, being $9,000 per race , with the Wellington Trotting Cup run on the Friday with a stake of $12,000 and the Otaki Cup run on the Sunday for $12,000.[ These stakes were the highest of any North Island Grass track harness meeting in 2018]. There will be 10 races programmed each day.   The usual Kapiti hospitality will be on offer for all industry participants and owners. We welcome you all with open arms on the Kapiti Coast at Otaki Racecourse in early February 2019. Chris Craddock Vice President Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club Inc. 027 410 2420         HRNZ Marketing

Statistics for harness racing do not always tell the real story as can be seen below by the huge gap on average earnings per foal born between two top stallions Bettor's Delight and Art Major in the New Zealand 2018/2019 breeding season. In New Zealand statistics clearly show that Bettor's Delight has a huge lead on money won for the past season for four-year-olds, $1,959,765 as against Art Major who had earnings of just $820,492 for the season. When broken down to numbers of foals born for each stallion the numbers show an entirely different result and one that shows who the leading performer was for each of these great stallions. When all said and done it is what the breeder is likely to get for each of his foals produced that count at the end of the day and those figures show a real distinction between these two stallions and others for that matter in New Zealand. Here is a list of the top seven stallions in New Zealand last season for average earnings per foal born based at the end of their four-year-old year record. 1st, Art Major - 70 foals                             (average earnings for each foal born is $11,721)     (Service Fee at time of breeding was $9,500) 2nd, Rock N Roll Heaven - 21 foals          (average earnings for each foal born is $11,182)    (Service Fee at time of breeding was $11,000) 3rd, Bettor's Delight - 235 foals                (average earnings for each foal born is $8,339)       (Service Fee at time of breeding was $12,500) 4th, Somebeachsomewhere - 55 foals     (average earnings for each foal born is $7,770)       (Service Fee at time of breeding was $12,500) 5th, Mach Three - 97 foals                         (average earnings for each foal born is $4,646)      (Service Fee at time of breeding was $11,000) 6th, Christian Cullen - 61 foals                  (average earnings for each foal born is $4,256)      (Service Fee at time of breeding was $12,000) 7th, American Ideal - 137 foals                  (average earnings for each foal born is $3,742)      (Service Fee at time of breeding was $7,000) Well, one thing these statistics have shown is that the New Zealand breeder has by far the least amount of money available to race for and how New Zealand breeders can ever afford the service fees on the stallions in today's market is beyond belief! There is just no money for a New Zealand breeder to race for! That is the reason that New Zealanders are ready sellers of horses, as that is the only way of them getting a return on the breeding costs they face annually. As can be seen above Art Major comes out on top in this earnings per foal born catagory and here are his top three outstanding performers and the feature races they won as four-year-olds; Vincent 1:50.2 ($598,803) Star Galleria 1:53.9 ($307,045) Eamon Maguire 1:51.9 ($308,019)   Also listed below are the same statistics for the same sires as above in both Australia and North America. At this years inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on the 18th of February 2019, there are seven Art Major yearlings for sale entered by Breckon Farms that you should take notice off; Lot 42 - Magic Major (colt) This colt is a half-brother to three winners including Group 1 winner BURNAHOLEINMYPOCKET (p.2, 1.57, p.3, 1.52.1m, 21 wins, $251,813), (OUR) POSITANO (1.52.2, 12 wins, $99,473) and FLESHING (p.3, 1.57.9, 10 wins, $65,950) and is from a Christian Cullen mare. 2nd dam is the Group 3 winning and 4YO Pacing Mare of the Year FLASH ATOM (1.55h, 28 wins, $294,853) who is the dam of 2 winners, DONAVAN MAGUIRE (1.59.3h, 8 wins, $37,110) and Barney Maguire (2.00.7, 12 wins, $42,193) and a half-sister to WALTER (p.2, 1.59.8f, 9 wins, $33,002). Family of Group 2 winner and 3YO Trotter of the Year BELLAM (T.2, 2.5.6; 14 wins, $111,410), Group 2 winner ANVILANUNOIT (1.49.8m, 40 wins, $442,613), HOPPY’S FLING (1.54.4f, 59 wins, $169,449), ARMBRO COUNT(1.58.4f, 64 wins, $153,252) and 2-time Group 1 winner BRABHAM (1.56.8, 20 wins, 28 places $725,924) Lot 69 - The Major (colt) From the race-winning Christian Cullen mare PERFECT SENSATION (p.3, 2.00.5, 3 wins, $18,881) who is a full or half-sister to 8 winners from the prolific producing Vance Hanover mare RADIANT GUEST, the dam of VILLAGE HERO (p.3, 1.50.6m, 17 wins, $329,741), HE’S MY HERO (1.54.3h, 16 wins, $222,295), EXPLOSIVE ART (p.3, 1.59.1, 1.58.2h, 7 wins, $67,408), FAKE ROSE (1.57.8, 6 wins, $42,363), SECRET GUEST (1.58.3, 4 wins, $31,392), MANHATTAN MONTANA (p.3, 1.57.6f, 1 win, $6,625), etc. This colt is a half-brother to the winner Bettor Sensation (p.3, 2.04,2200m stand, 3 wins, $24,095). Closely related to OVERLAP (1.53.8m, 23 wins, $217,615), (MY) MUSTANG (1.55.5f, 11 wins, $45,786), MISS COSTALOT (p.2, 1.58.9m, 5 wins, $26,887), 7-time Group 1 winner HILARIOUS GUEST (1.57.3, 21 wins, $283,230), GOODTIME GUEST (1.58, 8 wins, $42,300), HILARIOUS LEIGH (1.58.3, 3 wins, $16,750), etc. Lot 85 - Imelda May (filly) The third foal from the Bettor’s Delight Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed filly ROZELSKI (p.3, 1.57.5, 6 wins, $179,718), with the first foal, a full-sister, racing as a 2YO.  The second foal, now a 2YO is also a full-sister and has been retained to race by a Breckon Farms Syndicate and is showing promise, being set to trial in January. 2nd dam is HIGHVIEW HAZEL (1.57.5, 2 wins, $15,705) who is the dam of 3 winners and a full-sister to HIGHVIEW FELLA (1.51.8, 34 wins, $365,701) and a half-sister to HIGHVIEW MYSTERY (1.59.7, 2 wins, $12,525). Family of TRIKALA (1.51.7m, 23 wins, $172,030), MICHAEL THOMAS (T, 1.59.9m, 12 wins, $105,360), FOUR JESTERS (1.58, 3 wins, $23,620), Group 2 winner and 2-time Group 1 placed HIGHVIEW ANA (1.56.7h, 17 wins, $153,062), HIGHVIEW SIGN (1.57.9, 13 wins, $47,764), etc Lot 91 - Passion And Power (filly) This is the first foal from the black type race winning Bettor’s Delight mare SEM’S DELIGHT (1.57, 2 wins, $46,076) who is a half-sister to 6 winners incl Group 1 winner and Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Final winner GLENFERRIE SHUFFLE (p.2, 1.57.3m, 13 wins, $279,839), Listed race winner and Group 2 & 3 placed JIVIN CULLEN (1.54m, 14 wins, $190,713), NZ Record setter JOSHUA MAC (p.3, 1.59.4, 10 wins, $96,712) and HOTINTHECITYTONITE(1.58.8, 2 wins, $15,658). 2nd dam is the Group 2 winner and 2-time Group 1 placed (OUR) HOT SHOE SHUFFLE (p.2, 1.58, 14 wins, $295,011) who is a full-sister to IWASBORNTOBOOGY (1.50.4m, 31 wins $282,306). Family of Group 1 placed DELIGHTFUL JAZZ (p.2, 1.59.2, 1 2YO win, $45,090), MAJOR HIPPIE (p.3, 1.57.5, 2 wins, $14,240), DRUMS OF TIME (1.58.6, 3 wins, $13,895), LORD BERNDON (1.58.6, 7 wins, $35,113), LEFTAMILLION (p.3, 1.58.1, 31 wins, $181,327), VANYANA (p.3, 1.57.7, 14 wins, $107,250), ARTYANA (p.3, 1.59, 3 wins, $6,704), GARFUNKEL (1.59.4, 3 wins, $7,915), TUONO (1.57.1, 5 wins, $16,166), CHAMPAGNE BLUES(1.57.8, 8 wins, $27,280), BIANCA TANG (p.3, 1.57.4, 1.56.2f, 14 wins, $52,588), etc. Lot 101 - Starlito (colt) This colt is a full-brother to 2-time Group 2 & 2-time Group 3 winner, Group 1 placed and NZ Record holder STAR GALLERIA (p.3, 1.56.3, 1.53.9, 12 wins, $264,545) and STAR OF VAN GOGH (p.2, 1.56.7, 1 win at 2, $22,050) and a half-brother to NIGHT OF THE STARS (p.2, 1.58.6, p.3, 1.55.5m, 9 wins, $114,983) and NZ Record setter STAR OF VENUS (TT 1.53, 2 wins, $20,098). From the unraced Tuapeka Knight mare STARLITNIGHT who is the dam of 5 foals to race for 5 winners and is a half-sister to 5-time Group 1 winner STARS AND STRIPES (p.3, 1.57.8, 1.51.2f, 40 wins, $796,519) and the Group 1 & 2-time Group 2 winner and 2YO Pacer of the Year LIGHT AND SOUND (p.2, 1.55.8, 1.50.4m, 38 wins, $559,550). Closely related to STAR OF DIONYSIS (1.53.6m, 12 wins, $118,449), VEGA STAR (p.3, 1.56.5f, 1.52.2m, 15 wins, $87,508), STAR OF MEMPHIS (p.3, 1.55.8, 1.52.9m, 12 wins, $79,840), CAVIAR STAR (p.3, 1.57.3h, 5 wins, $30,553), Group 1 & Listed winner and NZ Record holder SPIRIT OF ZEUS (p.3, 1.57.8, 11 wins, $243,472), etc. Lot 117 - Sargent Best (colt) This colt is a full-brother to dual NZ Sires Stakes 2YO Heat winner VASARI (p.2, 1.55.4, 11 wins, $111,949) and NZ Sires Stakes 2YOF Heat winner FANTASIZE (p.2, 1.58.9, 1 win, $22,144) and a half-brother to NOLESSTHANPERFECT (p.3, 1.57.1f, 1 win, $11,577). 2nd dam is the black type Soky’s Atom mare CICCIO STAR (p.3, 1.58.4, 5 wins, $102,499) who has produced 9 to race that have all won incl Group 1 placed MAJOR STAR (1.52.3m, 16 wins, $212,228), DANA DUKE (1.55.8h, 11 wins, $129,115), ZENTHURA (1.56.5, 16 wins, $117,705), Group 2 winner IDANCEDALLNIGHT (p.2, 1.59.3, 6 wins, $103,656) and CONQUISTARE (1.55.9, 13 wins, $73,755). Family of WALTZING WITH CULLEN (p.3, 1.54.5m, 1.51.7, 21 wins, $235,031), NUREYEV (1.55.3, 13 wins, $108,653), Group 1 placed NKETIA (1.52.4, 41 wins, $394,035), Group 1 winner FAKE SPIRIT (p.2, 1.59.8, 5 wins, $193,665), Group 1 & 3-time Group 3 winner CHILLI PALMER (1.51.5, 14 wins, $290,983) and JINNI’S FANTASY(1.51.8, 59 wins, $443,273). Lot 142 - Town Echo (filly) The first foal from the race winning Bettor’s Delight mare CORDELIA (p.3, 2.01.5, 2 wins, $11,592) who is a half-sister to 6 winners incl BLACK MAIRE (p.3, 1.59.8, 4 wins, $39,981), (OUR) BAGGER VANCE (1.59, 8 wins, $54,820), 2-time Group 2 placed and Wellington Cup winner AGIOS NIKOLAOS (1.52.2m, 8 NZ wins, $192,179), VINGT COEUR(1.59.6f, 17 wins, $82,196) and ZINGARA (p.3, 1.57.6, 5 wins, $57,573) who is the dam of ZINNY MACH (1.57.5, 2 wins, $18,110). This filly is closely related to 3-time Group 1 & Group 2 winner, Harness Jewels 2YO Fillies Diamond winner and 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year who set a NZ Record LAURAELLA (p.2, 1.55.9, 10 wins, $649,946), 3-time Group 1 placed THE MUSKEG EXPRESS (p.2, 1.59.4, 2 wins, $111,331), THE PACMAN (1.54, 21 wins, $157,058), ESTILO (p.3, 1.58.6, 1.54.1, 13 wins, $84,611) and SMILING STUNNER (p.3, 1.59.4, 1.53.6, 4 wins, $21,420). Family of 2-time Group 1 placed EXPRESS STRIDE (1.49m, 14 wins $262,831) and Listed Classic winner ARMAZEM (1.54.7m, 11 wins, $84,640), SAZZASOPHIE (p.3, 1.58.5, 3 wins, $22,513), CRYSTAL SPARKLES (p.3, 1.58.4, 1.56.9, 14 wins, $68,889), DELIGHT MY SOUL (1.55.8, 7 wins, $83,762), RAPTORS FLIGHT (p.3, 1.59.5, 1.58.1, 5 wins, $71,378), etc.  A strong Jewels performing family descending directly from BLACK WATCH. Now lets take a look at what the statistics show in Australia for the top seven stallions for the same catagory of end of season earning four-year-olds. 1st, Mach Three - 77 foals -                          (average earnings for each foal born is $35,644) 2nd, Somebeachsomewhere - 113 foals      (average earnings for each foal born is $31,812) 3rd, Bettor's Delight - 82 foals -                    (average earnings for each foal born is $29,624) 4th, Art Major - 157 foals -                             (average earnings for each foal born is $22,902) 5th, Rock N Roll Heaven - 134 foals -           (average earnings for each foal born is $13,762) 6th, American Ideal - 21 foals -                     (average earnings for each foal born is $12,174) 7th, Christian Cullen - 6 foals -                     (average earnings for each foal born is $5,596) Now lets take a look at what the statistics show in North America for the top seven stallions for the same catagory of end of season earning four-year-olds. 1st, Somebeachsomewhere - 131 foals -       (average earnings for each foal born is $137,764) 2nd, American Ideal - 112 foals -                     (average earnings for each foal born is $82,192) 3rd, Bettor's Delight - 134 foals -                     (average earnings for each foal born is $80,616) 4th, Mach Three - 107 foals -                            (average earnings for each foal born is $59,975) 5th, Rock N Roll Heaven - 116 foals -              (average earnings for each foal born is $50,339) 6th, Art Major - 108 foals -                                (average earnings for each foal born is $50,119) 7th, Christian Cullen - NA -                               (average earnings for each foal born is NA) Just for interest sake lets combine the three Countries to see what the statistics show. 1st, Somebeachsomewhere - 299 foals -         (average earnings for each foal born is $73,810) 2nd, Bettor's Delight - 451 foals -                     (average earnings for each foal born is $57,636) 3rd, American Ideal - 270 foals -                       (average earnings for each foal born is $36,940) 4th, Mach Three - 281 foals -                             (average earnings for each foal born is $34,208) 5th, Art Major - 335 foals -                                 (average earnings for each foal born is $30,536) 6th, Rock N Roll Heaven - 271 foals -               (average earnings for each foal born is $29,218) 7th, Christian Cullen - 67 foals -                        (average earnings for each foal born is NA) The statistics show that in New Zealand Art Major stands out as number one, in Australia it is the now deceased Mach Three that stood out and in North America Somebeachsomewhere is number one. There is no doubt that breeding a horse in Australia or North America is a huge advantage over the New Zealand breeder as the statictics show they get a far better chance of making a dollar per foal born. Overall you can say that clearly Bettor's Delight still stands out as the most dominant stallion and is always in the top three statistically throughout the world of harness racing today. So should we measuring our leading sires the historical way, namely by total money won, when the sire with the most progeny racing goes to the top of the list, or should it be as these statistics show, be shown on average earning per foal, or would it even be by average earnings per starter? Harnesslink Media    

Star pacer Turn It Up has drawn inside all of his rivals in the (Gr2) McMillan Feeds Waikato Flying Mile at Cambridge on Friday night. In what will be only his 10th start and his first since winning the (Gr1) Auckland Trotting Cup nine days ago, the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained 4yo has landed the plum draw of one, giving him an ideal chance to hold the lead and dominate over the shorter distance in the hands of Mark Purdon. All Stars Racing Stables have four runners in the race including the New Zealand Cup winner Thefixer with Mark favouring Turn It Up from the ace draw. "I am probably favouring Turn It Up over Thefixer at Cambridge Friday just on the draw over a mile. "We all know how good Thefixer is but it is his first run in a long campaign and the last for Turn It Up for a while and his seasoning may tell. "Our other two are going well and are upset chances. Brent Mangos may drive All U Need is faith and Natalie will come up to drive Thefixer of course. "Ashley Locaz has a good mile record and could be some value," he commented on the All Stars Website recently. Auckland Cup runner up Star Galleria has drawn barrier four, his only chance of turning the tables on Turn It Up may be trying to cross him at the start. With noted gate runner Jack's Legend also in the race drawn barrier three the fireworks will be on early.   Race 8 [8:39pm] MCMILLAN EQUINE FEEDS WAIKATO FLYING MILE (MOBILE PACE) (Gr2)  $60,000, FFA, 1609m             For all pacers. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 111211 4 g     Turn It Up   R102 1 Front M Purdon M Purdon & N Rasmussen   2 161748 10 g     Lets Elope   R97 2 Front M McKendry F D Cooney & T Hopkins   3 263654 5 g     Jack's Legend   R96 3 Front Z Butcher B Purdon   4 457622 5 g     Star Galleria   R117 4 Front T Herlihy S J Reid   5 152123 4 g     Ashley Locaz   R93 5 Front S Phelan M Purdon & N Rasmussen   6 1X3517 5 m     Utmost Delight(SCR)   R106 6 Front       7 213205 4 g     All U Need Is Faith   R92 7 Front B Mangos M Purdon & N Rasmussen   8 X11311 5 g     Thefixer   R119 8 Front N Rasmussen M Purdon & N Rasmussen     Harnesslink Media

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