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With the 2019 National Yearling Sale kicking off, we take a look at the strength of the New Zealand standardbred and their performance in the elite harness racing races throughout Australasia. Like any sport, the end goal is to take top honours, and these powerful pacers and trotters that hail from New Zealand are doing just that for their breeders, trainers and owners alike. Like any sport, the end goal is to take top honours, and these powerful pacers and trotters that hail from New Zealand are doing just that for their breeders, trainers and owners alike.      

The lift in demand for the straight-out trotter has been reflected in the results achieved on Day 1 of selling at the harness racing NZB’s National Yearling Sale in Christchurch, with the aggregate, average and median figures exceeding that of last year’s result. “There has been a tremendous development of the stand-alone trotter and for the turnover to break the million-dollar mark is a great achievement,” commented NZB Standardbred Manager Peter Lagan. “It’s been great to experience another lift with the average reaching over $30,000, reinforcing that the trotter has really become quite a commercial product.” With 40 lots sold this afternoon, the aggregate surpassed the seven-figure mark to close at $1,203,500 (up 26% on 2018). The average rose to $30,088 (up 16% on 2018), the median settled at $21,500, while the clearance rate was a strong 83%. Seven lots sold for $50,000 or more with the highest-priced yearling fetching $105,000. The Love You colt, King of Love, was offered by Mansfield Farm as Lot 192 with local trainer Greg Hope the winning bidder. “We’ve got a Love You filly at home that we are in raptures about and we couldn’t resist having a full blood brother to that,” commented leading buyer Hope who spent an aggregate of $140,000 for two lots. Champion European sire Love You topped both the leading sire table by aggregate and average (three or more sold) having sold 10 lots for $403,500 in receipts, and a healthy average of $40,350. Jim Connelly was active at the Christchurch Sale after making his presence felt in Auckland. Purchasing under his KPC Racing banner, Connelly secured two trotting yearlings today for a total spend of $130,000. Selling six lots for a total trade of $163,000, Ripple Creek were the leading vendors by aggregate with their results bolstered by a Father Patrick colt (Lot 156) who sold for $50,000. Studholme Bloodstock were the leading sire by average (three or more sold) having sold three lots at an average of $42,333, including a Muscle Hill filly (Lot 158) who made $65,000. “It was a wonderful result for the farm,” commented Studholme Bloodstock’s Brian West. “I’ve been in and out of the trotters for nearly three decades, and once I had spent some time in Europe, I came home convinced that we should start investing in good trotting blood – simply because we can access the best trotting sires in the world.” The Christchurch Sale continues tomorrow with Lot 196 to Lot 401 going under the hammer from 11.00am. All horses purchased at the National Yearling Sale are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199.   2019 National Yearling Sale Statistics - Christchurch Sale Day 1   2019 Trotting Sale Aggregate $1,203,500 Average $30,088 Median $21,500 Clearance 83% Catalogued 50 Sold 40 Top Price $105,000 Lot 192 Sassy And Sweet (B.C.) Love You - Diedre's Jewel   Top Lots Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Location Price 192 B.C Love You / Diedre's Jewel Mansfield Farm Mr G Hope Canterbury $105,000 176 Ch.C Love You / Sun Mist M. Caig E & M Stride New South Wales $90,000 173 B.C Muscle Mass / Nice One Kenny Ardgowan Lodge KPC Racing Victoria $80,000 158 B.F Muscle Hill / Margaritaville Studholme Bloodstock Mr AG Herlihy Auckland $65,000 189 B.C Orlando Vici / Belle Galleon A. D. Edmonds Mr CW Lang Victoria $51,000 156 B.C Father Patrick / Hot Pants Ripple Creek Mr NR McGrath Cambridge $50,000 168 B.C Muscle Mass / U Dream Rosedale Farm KPC Racing Victoria $50,000 160 B.C Father Patrick / Kylie Ree N. P. Williamson Mr B Purdon Auckland $45,000 172 BR.F Love You / Sierra Roydon Lindenny Lodge Mr BM Williamson Otago $42,000 191 B.C Andover Hall / Bree Studholme Bloodstock IG & LF Thomson Southland $42,000   Leading Purchasers Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Mr G Hope (Canterbury) 2 $140,000 $70,000 $105,000 192 KPC Racing (Victoria) 2 $130,000 $65,000 $80,000 173 E & M Stride (New South Wales) 1 $90,000 $90,000 $90,000 176 Mr B Purdon (Auckland) 2 $70,000 $35,000 $45,000 160 Mr AG Herlihy (Auckland) 1 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 158 Mr GL Clarke (Otago) 3 $64,500 $21,500 $32,000 182 Mr GD Smith (Canterbury) 2 $56,500 $28,250 $37,500 159 Mr BM Williamson (Otago) 2 $52,000 $26,000 $42,000 172 Mr CW Lang (Victoria) 1 $51,000 $51,000 $51,000 189 Mr NR McGrath (Cambridge) 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 156   Leading Vendors by Aggregate Vendor Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Ripple Creek           Ripple Creek 6 $163,000 $27,167 $50,000 156 Studholme Bloodstock 3 $127,000 $42,333 $65,000 158 Rosedale Farm 5 $116,000 $23,200 $50,000 168 Mansfield Farm 1 $105,000 $105,000 $105,000 192 M. Caig 1 $90,000 $90,000 $90,000 176 Ardgowan Lodge 1 $80,000 $80,000 $80,000 173 M. Baird 2 $69,500 $34,750 $37,500 159 A. D. Edmonds 2 $66,000 $33,000 $51,000 189 G. M. Murray 3 $49,500 $16,500 $20,000 169 N. P. Williamson 1 $45,000 $45,000 $45,000 160   Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold) Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Studholme Bloodstock 3 $42,333 $127,000 $65,000 158 Ripple Creek 6 $27,167 $163,000 $50,000 156 Rosedale Farm 5 $23,200 $116,000 $50,000 168 G. M. Murray 3 $16,500 $49,500 $20,000 169 Dancingonmoonlight 3 $14,833 $44,500 $19,000 185   Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold) Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Love You 10 $40,350 $403,500 $105,000 192 Father Patrick 6 $34,917 $209,500 $50,000 156 Muscle Mass 9 $28,389 $255,500 $80,000 173 Majestic Son 5 $14,600 $73,000 $20,000 162  

The Tony Herlihy trained and driven Forget The Price Tag will be a huge chance of repeating last weeks impressive harness racing win on the track when he lines up in the Rating 58 to 84 Hydroflow Handicap Trot tonight at Alexandra Park. Last week Herlihy gave the classy 4yo a lovely run on the outer before launching on the turn and winning comfortably in 3-32.4 for the 2700m. This week the distance is a shorter 2200m and although Forget The Price Tag gets a 10m handicap it may not matter judging by the ease of his win in last weeks race. Hardest to beat look to be the Robert Dunn trained Bonnie Highlander who gives Forget The Price Tag a 10m headstart and a fresh up Heaveyweight Hero who is off the 30m back mark. Forget The Price Tag (Majestic Son-Yankeedoosie) was bred by Breckon Farms and at this years New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale Breckon Farms are offering a Muscle Hill colt (Doosie Do) from a race winning Love You sister to the dam of Forget The Price Tag. Doosie Do (Lot 53) Harnesslink Media    

The long and colourful harness racing career of Lew Driver is coming to a close but he is still enjoying what he does best, bringing young horses up early. His self-confessed passion for “fast cars and slow horses” has been his trademark. The rise and fall of Lew Driver has been well documented but his interest in horses is only a small part of the story. He started off in the butchery business where he built up a family firm that rivalled The Mad Butcher in the day. He then moved into the hospitality industry where he owned and ran a string of hotels and other businesses. But back in 2001 he could see the toll that the long hours and hard work, not to mention the drinking, was taking on him and his family and decided to wind down his business interests. In 2003 he relocated to Canterbury and decided to put his considerable energy into training horses full-time instead of in the part-time and distracted basis that he had previously engaged. In the 2005 and 2006 seasons he amassed $662,786 in stakes with horses that he owned and trained outright. Those were the days of Presido, The Reckoning, Gretamaro, Fleet Magic and On My Way. But it was his association with Gaelic Skipper that has given him the most highs and lows. Gaelic Skipper raced 135 times over 8 seasons for 13 wins and 31 placings. He earnt $375,305 in stakes and finished 2nd in the 1990 Inter Dominions. The friendship that Lew forged with South Australia’s Les Harding while he was billeted there, has remained until this day whilst Gaelic Skipper lived out his days with Lew until his recent death at the staggering age of 36. Driver is currently working his way through his existing horses and raced exciting 2 year old trotter Liaison at Alexandra Park on Friday night where the babies showed their good manners by trotting all the way. Liaison finished a satisfying 2nd but his home bred Strength Of Heart, went equally well when he ran 3rd at the Saturday workouts. The interestingly bred 2 year old son of Bettor’s Delight and Zenardle should pace but is just a natural trotter and looks to have a big future. The three yearlings that Lew has in the upcoming sale at this year's inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Christchurch illustrate his long association with some of New Zealand’s best families. Inspirational Sir, Lot 181 is a Majestic Son filly from Tip Your Hat Loui. This makes her a half-sister to Gentleman Sir who was sold to Australia for a very large sum several seasons ago. His last start efforts at Manawatu where he sensationally won on both days off extremely long handicaps, will long be remembered. But this is also the family of On My Way which Lew raced with success as a 2 year old and was then a perennial favourite for Michelle Wallis. The ill-fated Triffid is also from this family and raced 29 times for Lew for 8 wins and 12 placings. Gentleman Sir (HRNZ Photo) American Dealer, Lot 253 is an American Ideal colt from Maddison’s Delight. This family is hot to trot at the moment and Amazing Art was high priced Ready to Run colt that Lew purchased out of the broodmare gem Pacing Grace. Lew is currently racing another son of American Ideal, Reckon I’m Smart, who is also from Pacing Grace. Maddison’s Delight is a Bettor’s Delight daughter of Pacing Grace and her first foal is already a 2 year old trial winner in WA. American Dealer, Lot 253 Luke John, Lot 345 is a Mach Three colt from Zenardle. Zenardle has left a host of winners with only 2 yet to race. The exciting 2 year old Strength Of Heart and Lew’s Delight who won’t be seen on the track due to a career ending injury. Her first foal Zenable, won $176,148 in Australia taking a time of 1:51.2. Then came Elroy Jetson who is still winning for Kevin Puzzuto and has $171,943 in stakes with a time of 1:50.8. Zenmach won 6 times in NZ, once as a 2 year old, and has won $45,528. Balfast won 3 here before joining Kevin Puzzuto earlier this season and Drum Withers has had 2 wins and is back in work with Driver. Luke John, Lot 345 Lew Driver has been around for a long time and recently announced his retirement after he reached his personal milestone of training 300 winners, all owned by himself or family interests. Although the end is nigh I am sure that there will still be a horse racing in the ownership of L C Driver for a few years to come. Harnesslink Media

Breckon Farms yearlings got a major boost during the weekend when Star Galleria dominated a tidy field in the Group 2 harness racing $50,000 DNR Logistics Casey Classic at Tabcorp Park Melton on Sarurday night. Star Galleria had to be good to win the Carey Classic on Saturday as Interdominion Heat winner Wrappers Delight got things his own way in front and appeared to have the field covered until the last 50m when Star Galleria dug in for the fight and got his neck in front right on the line The race was run in a sizzling 1-54.9 mile rate for the 2240m mobile with a closing 800m in 55.3 seconds. To watch the video of Star Galleria winning click on this link. Star Galleria will be one of the top chances in this weekends Hunter Cup to be run on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Breckon Farms have a full brother to Star Galleria for sale as Lot 101 called Starlito in the upcoming sale at this year's inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland, on the 18th of February,. Lot 101 Starlito Breckon farms also have a yealing half-brother to Funatthebeach in the sale, Lot 63 Brent Michael.  Funatthebeach was an easy winner of the Invercargill Cup at Ascot park on Saturday in the hands of driver Tim Williams.  Read all about the Invercargill Cup win by Funatthebeach. Lot 63 Brent Michael   Bita Banta had his first win at Newcastle this last week and is the first foal of High Society Gal and thus a half-brother to Lot 23 High Flying Harry. Lot 23 High Flying Harry Harnesslink Media

Not many would argue with the fact the Southern region of the South Island is one of the best places to raise young stock, whether it be lambs, calves or harness racing young Standardbreds. At February’s NZB Standardbred National Standardbred Yearling Sales fifty two yearlings will be presented under the Southern Bred Southern Reared umbrella and buyers know these youngster have had a good start to life. Lawrence breeder Dan Cummings has produced yearlings for the National Sales for years and he says daylight hours play a big part in a young horse’s development. “The days are shorter and colder in winter, but as spring progresses into summer the days become two hours longer, one in the morning and one in the evening. I think the process of light affecting grass growth (photosynthesis) lets the grass grow for two hours longer at the height of summer in the south,” he says. Cummings says he’s spoken to a lot of local dairy farmers who bought cows down from Taranaki and Waikato in the late 1990s and early 2000s and they have noted an increase in production in their herds. “To their great surprise the same cows produced around 20% more milk in the south than they had in the north. The farmers attributed it to the longer days.  Apparently in the north milk production peaks just before Christmas then tapers off till May. In the south the peak is during January and the taper is far more gradual.” He says another significant influence of light for breeding in the south is the fact that an increase in daylight is what stimulates cycling in the mares and that increase occurs later in the south. So foals tend to be born a month to six weeks later than in the north.  “That’s a generalisation of course but it’s an influence that will still be apparent when the foals come to be sold as yearlings.  This factor definitely still has an influence at the yearling sales.  We live with it but will continue to try and counter its effect. But because of the way the seasons work the foals catch up quickly.”  The mighty Iraklis bred under southern skies at Tuapeka Lodge - Photo Supplied  Local vet Brendon Bell has worked in Southland for 22 years and he also says our climate is well suited to raising young stock. “Our temperate climate means there is plentiful grass over most of the critical phase of the foal’s development – from birth to yearling stage. This supply of grass means minimal hard feed is necessary to raise young horses.”  He adds that the summer climate gives the Southern region an advantage over the rest of the country. “Moderate temperatures – not too hot but not really cold. Adequate rainfall ensures grass growth over the summer. Somewhat cheaper land prices means more people can own and graze their own horses, keeping control in the hands of the horse owner.” He says the dairy boom has changed farm ownership but there’s still a groundswell of farmers who own or graze horses on their properties, in contrast to many horses in other provinces which are agisted at studs.  “Farm based horses exist with other stock which ensure minimal health issues, minimal parasite burdens from cross grazing, and normally plentiful feed.” He says Copper, Calcium, Phosphorus and Magnesium are important minerals for good animal development. So plenty of hard evidence to suggest southern foals get the best of starts to life. Bruce Stewart

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    

As 2010 Horse of the Year, Rock N Roll Heaven became the inaugural recipient of the Harness Racing Museum’s Delvin & Mary Lib Miller Horse of the Year Perpetual Trophy. The members of the Museum elected Rock N Roll Heaven to harness racing’s Hall of Fame in December 2016.   Year of Induction: 2017 Year of Birth: 2007 Inducted as a: Racehorse Election Into Living Hall of Fame: 2016 Gait: Pacer Record: p,3,1:47.3 Earnings: $2,748,818 Sire: Rocknroll Hanover Dam: Artistic Vision Sire of Dam: Artsplace   Biography:  Bred by Charles “Cotton” Nash, Julie Nash, Francene Nash and Steve Stewart, 2010 Horse of the Year and world champion pacer Rock N Roll Heaven was foaled on April 29, 2007 in Paris, Kentucky. The yearling was purchased at the Lexington Selected Sale in October 2008 for $57,000 by Roy O’Hagan, who then sold the colt to current owner Frank J. Bellino of Bronxville, New York the following June. Rock N Roll Heaven was trained by Bruce Saunders and his primary driver was Dan Dube. At the time of his retirement from racing, Rock N Roll Heaven was the tenth-leading single-season money winning Standardbred of all time, recording 20 wins out of 30 career starts. Rock N Roll Heaven’s 2009 two-year-old season was highlighted by victories in the New Jersey Sire Stakes final and a division of the Bluegrass. At Harrah’s Chester in September, he set the world record for two-year-olds on a five-eighths mile track (1:50.3). The freshman finished with an impressive 9-4-4-1 record and $592,626 in earnings. In 2010, three-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven won sixteen of twenty-one starts, earning $2,156,192, and was that year’s leading money winning Standardbred. Victories included the Breeders Crown, Little Brown Jug, Tattersalls Pace, Battle of the Brandywine, Messenger Stakes, Berry’s Creek Final, Matron Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes and the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final. In winning the Little Brown Jug in record time (1:49.2h), Rock N Roll Heaven became the first horse to pace two sub-1:50 miles on the same day, while setting the world record for pacing on a half-mile track in a two-heat race, and the record for three-year-old pacers on the half-mile. Rock N Roll Heaven winning the Little Brown Jug in record time (1:49.2h) In 2010 he paced a record 11 sub-1:50 miles, with victories in 1:49.2 or faster on half-mile, five-eighths, seven-eighths and mile tracks.  Rock N Roll Heaven was voted 2010 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Dan Patch Pacer of the Year, and Dan Patch and O’Brien Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year, and joined the ranks of the top ten single-season money winning Standardbreds of all time. As a stallion with five crops racing in North America, Rock N Roll Heaven has sired the winners of $26,673,814 with one millionaire to date. He has produced 253 winners, 82 with $100,00 plus earnings, 24 with $250,000 plus earnings, 8 with $500,000 plus earnings, 3 with $750,000 earnings and one millionaire, a filly Sassa Hanover. He progeny have average earnings of $56,623 per eligible horse and a per starter average of $84,411 a very good result for a young stallion. He also has 18 progeny with a record of 1.50 or faster. His leading North American progeny are detailed below - Leading Foals: Top 10 All Time by Earnings Foal Name YOF Gender Life Record Total Earnings Dam Last Raced SASSA HANOVER 2012 M P 3, 1:49.4 S   $1,227,824  SAYO HANOVER  2018 DIVINE CAROLINE  2012 M P 3, 1:49.2 M   $880,335  LOVING CAROLINE  2016 ROCKIN IN HEAVEN  2012 H P 6, 1:49.2 S   $681,335  TROPIC'S BEACHGIRL  2018 BLAZIN BRITCHES  2014 M P 3, 1:48.4 M   $575,911  SOGGY BRITCHES  2018 SOTO  2012 H P 4, 1:48.4 F   $569,565  INCREDIBLE BEAUTY  2019 SPRINGSTEEN  2015 H P 3, 1:48.3 F   $557,762  AMERICAN CHARM  2018 FINE DIAMOND  2013 H P 5, 1:50.0 S   $518,290  YELLOW DIAMOND  2019 ARQUE HANOVER  2012 H P 4, 1:49.4 F   $502,794  A PIPPIN HANOVER  2018 MACKENZIE A  2012 M P 5, 1:52.4 H   $487,263  KEPT FOR PLEASURE  2018 BAND OF ANGELS  2012 M P 3, 1:50.0 M   $484,038  TIME N AGAIN  2015 Leading Foals: Top 10 All Time by Record  Foal Name YOF Gender Life Record Total Earnings Dam Last Raced SPRINGSTEEN  2015 H P 3, 1:48.3 F $557,762  AMERICAN CHARM  2018 BLAZIN BRITCHES  2014 M P 3, 1:48.4 M $575,911  SOGGY BRITCHES  2018 SOTO  2012 H P 4, 1:48.4 F $569,565  INCREDIBLE BEAUTY  2019 HEAVEN'S GAIT  2014 H P 3, 1:49.0 S $250,860  BOOYA BEACH  2018 BELL I NO  2012 G P 6, 1:49.1 M $213,229  JERSEY DREAM  2019 DIVINE CAROLINE  2012 M P 3, 1:49.2 M $880,335  LOVING CAROLINE  2016 BEAST MODE  2013 G P 4, 1:49.2 S $135,618  GAIA'S GOLD  2018 ROCKIN IN HEAVEN  2012 H P 6, 1:49.2 S $681,335  TROPIC'S BEACHGIRL  2018 MYSHARONA BLUECHIP  2012 H P 4, 1:49.3 F $193,897  MARIAH BLUE CHIP  2019 HEAVEN ROCKS A  2012 G P 6, 1:49.3 F $418,856  MENDELICO  2018     Millionaire, Rock N Roll Heaven filly Sassa Hanover winning the Jugette Rock N Roll Heaven has also stood Down Under and his progeny have done exceptionally well especially in Australia where he has sired the winners of over $10,500,000 to date. He has produced 209 winners from 304 starters that have average earnings of over $34,000 per starter a grand record. Rock N Roll Heaven was the Sire of the Champion filly from last year Shez All Rock, 11 starts for 10 wins with $426,350 in earnings. She came to New Zealand prior to been exported to North America winning two Classics in the process, completely dominating her class like never before. Shez All Rock winning the $160,000 New Zealand Oaks Shez All Rock winning the $150,000 New Zealand Jewels Let us not forget Heaven Rocks another top colt by Rock N Roll Heaven that was bred in Australia but raced mostly in New Zealand and now making a name for himself in North America. Heaven Rocks won 11 races in New Zealand mostly in spectacular fashion. He had earnings of $362,000 in New Zealand alone Here is just one of his outstanding and unbelievable impressive wins. Heaven Rocks winning the $150,000 Emerald   In New Zealand Rock N Roll Heaven has 126 foals of racing age for just under $2 million in progeny earnings, his best performer to date the Open Class Pacer AGs White Socks who has won $249,513 to date. AGs White Socks best win to date was in The Taylor Mile at Auckland. AGs White Socks winning The Taylor Mile At this years inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on the 18th of February 2019, there is a Rock N Roll Heaven colt for sale entered by Breckon Farms called Shape Of You. He is Lot 106 and is from the race winning Artsplace mare Stateofthenation. This colt is a ¾-brother in blood to (HEZA) HEAD HONCHO (p.2, 1.55.8f, 1.53.7f, 5 wins, $58,371) from the race winning Artsplace mare STATEOFTHENATION (1 win, $4,898). 2nd Dam is the Group 1 placed Affairs Of State (p.3, 2.00.1, 1 win, $50,811) who is a half-sister to 5 winners and has produced 5 winners from 6 starters to date including 2-time Group 3 placed (MY) CHACHINGCHACHING (p.2, 1.56.6, 1.51.6m, 15 wins, $175,474), RING THE TILL (1.57.4h, 6 wins, $31,085), HIGH SOCIETY GAL (p.3, 1.57.7, 4 wins, $18,737) and Group 1 placed Smart Fortune (p.2, 2.01.1, 1 wins at 2, $24,593). 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 (p.2, 1.59.5, 2 wins, $110,336) who is the dam of Group 2 winner & Group 1 placed MATCH IN HEAVEN (p.2, 1.53.7m, 1.50.9m, 19 wins, $289,579).  This is the family of Million Dollar earner, Harness Jewels and 5-time Group 1 winner and 2YO NZ Record holder BETTOR COVER LOVER (p.2, 1.55, 1.53.8; 19 wins, $1,061,534). Lot 106 - Shape Of You Smooth Deal sensational in Young Guns Breckon Farms Young Gun Series kicks off $100,000 Queen Of Hearts – Who wins Miss Streisand makes it four straight Funatthebeach too strong in Ashburton Cup Captaintreacherous leading two-year-old sire Never Say Never N in 17th victory Greatest trotting stallion on earth – Muscle Hill Breckons make impact in three Countries Harnesslink Media

Harness racing stallion Muscle Hill has been a sensation from the time he set foot on the race track. He continues to break record after record and with the 2018 yearling sales complete in North America, you have to wonder what more can a stallion do? At the 2018 Lexington Selected Yearling Sales there was 48 yearlings sold by Muscle Hill for an average of $121,000 for a total of $5,808,000. At the Harrisburg Sales 16 yearlings by Muscle Hill sold for an average of $178,938 for a total of $2,863,008. A total of 64 yearlings by Muscle Hill sold for a total of $8,671,008 with an average of $135,484 over the two sales. From his first five crops to the races three-year-olds and over Muscle Hill has produced 259 winners from 439 foals eligible, nine millionaires, thirteen with earnings of more than $750,000, twenty-one $500,000 plus winners, thirty-three $250,000 winners, ninety-eight $100,000 plus winners with 56 trotting in 1:53 or better and with total earnings of $47,334,500 to date. That works out to be $107,823 average earnings for all foals eligible to race. This is a stunning record that will be very hard to surpass. Muscle Hill is probably the greatest producing stallion in history. With only those five crops racing he has already produced stallions, Trixton and E L Titan that are already proven producers of two-year-olds in 2018. Muscle Hill is the pinnacle of breeding, a trotting sire that has it all, a great race record, a great siring record and this is all with just the five crops three-year-old and older racing. God knows where Muscle Hill will end up with many crops to come. He is still a very young stallion, just 12 years old. Muscle Hill is fully booked out every year in North America and to be able to buy a breeding to this champion stallion you have to pay at least US$40 to US$50,000 if you are lucky enough to find one that is available to buy. New Zealand and Australian buyers have an great chance of buying a Muscle Hill yearling at the inaugural New Zealand National Yearling Sale at Karaka in February 2019, it is a chance of a life time for serious trotting buyers.  In the Breckon Farms draft there are four outstanding, brilliantly bred Muscle Hill colts for sale by this amazing sire. They are the only colts for sale by Muscle Hill in the entire New Zealand sales this coming year. Lot 53 - Doosie Doo Doosie Do is from the race winning Love You mare Love Ya Doosie ( 2 wins, $12,375)  who is a half-sister to champion trotter, nine time Group 1 winner and 4yo Trotter of the Year, Trotter of the Year (twice), Harness Horse of the Year and Australian Trotter of the Year I Can Doosit  (T, 1.55.5; 36 wins, $1,445,774,), Group 3 winner and Group 2 placed Sno’s Big Boy (15 wins, $215,309),  Heezadoo Early ( 5 wins, $46,866) and Yankeedoosie ((4 wins, $43,999). Doosie Do’s second dam is the broodmare gem and dual Broodmare of the Year Sheezadoosie (7 wins, $48,632) who is the dam of 6 foals to race, 6 winners and the grand-dam of the promising Forget The Price Tag, two wins & t placings from just 6 starts to date. Lot 80 - Regal Attire Regal Attire is out of the Malabar Man broodmare gem Regal Volo (5 wins, $25,231), the dam of five foals to race for five winners, including four black type performers. This colt is a three-quarter brother in blood to four time Group 1 and Group 2 and 3 winner, Breeders Crown 2yof Trot Final winner, New Zealand and Australian two-year-old and three-year-old Trotting Filly of the Year, who set a New Zealand record High Gait (16 wins, $342,474) and two time Group 1 and three time Group 2 winner, double Breeders Crown Champion and Australian 3yo Trotter of the Year (Our) Twentyten (17 wins, $337,666), and a half-brother to Alannah Hall (6 wins, $38,928), three time Group 1 and Group 2 placed (Our) Regal Love ( 3 wins, $58,192) and a full-brother to Group 2 placed Girls On Film (3 wins, $32,708). The second dam of Regal Attire is Royal Jewel (12 wins, $218,343) is the dam of four winners including Winning Crystal (15 wins, $63,228) and One Chip (4 wins $8581), exported to Italy and dam of Il Capo Atc ( Italy winner l/e e43,187) and the family of Diamond Goal (T.3, 1.53.2m, 17 wins, $586,074). Lot 127 - Mr Muscle Mr Muscle is the first foal from the black type race winning Angus Hall mare Alannah ( 6 wins, $38,928) who is a half-sister to two time Group 1 and three time Group 2 winner, double Breeders Crown Champion and Australian three-year-old Trotter of the Year (Our) Twentyten (17 wins, $337,666)  four time Group 1 and Group 2 and 3 winner, Breeders Crown 2yof Trot Final winner, New Zealand and Australian two-year-old and three-year-old Trotting Filly of the Year, who set a NZ Record, High Gait (16 wins, $342,474, three time Group 1 and Group 2 placed (Our) Regal Love (3 wins, $58,192) and Group 2 placed Girls On Film (3 wins, $32,708). The second dam of Mr Muscle is the Malabar Man broodmare gem Regal Love (5 wins, $31,190), the dam of five foals to race for five winners including four black type performers. Lot 137 - I See Fire I See Fire is a  three-quarter brother in blood to Group 3 placed Sertorius (5 wins, $59,198) and a half-brother to Popcorn Sutton (1 win, $8,480), from a half-sister to five winners including Group 3 winner and two time Group 1 placed Sunny Elegant (14 wins $102,331). The second dam of I See Fire is the two time Group 1 winner, Rowe Cup, Dominion and the New Zealand National Trot winner and 4yo Trotting Mare of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Harness Horse of the Year Merinai (19 wins, $244,155) who is the dam of six foals to race for six winners. For the record here is an up date on Muscle Hill's Pedigree The first dam of Muscle Hill is the race winning daughter of the American Winner mare Yankee Blondie. Yankee Blondie was a minor winner of just $8,434 with a three-year-old record of 1:59.4f. Yankee Blondie is the dam of nine foals, for six winners. They are Muscle Hill 1:50.1 ($3,318,682), Diesel Don 1:55.3 ($247,117) who was exported to Finland, Manfromnantucket 1:57 ($152,857), Upfront Yankee 1:56.2 ($40,623), Winbak Blondie 1:57.4 ($16,545) and Eddiction ($14,420) who was exported to Sweden. Yankee Blondie is also the dam of the unraced Pine Chip mare Mets Rival who has produced five winners to date. They are Mets Inn 1:56.4 ($200,313) who is the dam of sensational 2018 three-year-old Mets Hall 1:51.2m ($1,349,176) and Mets Life ($31,880), Commando Queen ($124,941) dam of Order By Commander 1:55.1s ($184,763) and Winbak Maya 1:55.4 ($31,730) dam of three winners to date including a 2018 two-year-old The second dam of Muscle Hill is the Hickory Pride mare Yankee Bambi. From 16 foals she has produced 11 winners including the Speedy Crown stallion T V Yankee 1:56 ($572,024). T V Yankee is the sire of 136 race winners of $6,084,358 to date. Yankee Bambi is also the dam of the following good winners Yankee Yankee ($272,638), Yankee Bravado ($158,552), N Y Yankee ($125,080), Yankee Pinstripe ($73,799) and Elegant Yankee ($39,366). The last mentioned Elegant Yankee is the dam of Friendly Lover ($36,566) who has produced the good horse Good Friend 1:54.4f ($322,108) Yankee Bambi has left three unraced daughters that have produced well. They are Yankee Meme, who is the grand dam of Yankee Becall 1:57.1f ($106,328) who was exported to Sweden, Yankee Kitten who was also exported to Sweden left Kentucky Yankee 1:55.3 ($181,478) and Bashful Yankee who is the dam of Bamboo Yankee 1:54.2f ($379,797) and Yankee Benson 1:58f ($57,931) The third dam of Muscle Hill is the outstanding producer Yankee Duchess who was by Duke Of Lullwater. Yankee Duchess left 17 foals, 8 of those were winners. But it was not the winners that have made Yankee Duchess prolific. It was the three great mares by Hickory Pride that she left. Yankee Duchess produced five daughters by Hickory Pride and three of those daughters have become the grand dams of three super sires. Those three daughters of Yankee Duchess are Yankee Bambi, Yankee Scottie and Yankee Flight. Yankee Bambi, as detailed above is the grand-dam of Muscle Hill T,3, 1:50.1 ($3,266,835). Yankee Scottie is the grand-dam of Windsongs Legacy 1:53 ($1,921,088) and Yankee Flight is the grand-dam of Yankee Glide 1:55.1 ($506,904) It is interesting to note that these three mares and Yankee Duchess the dam of the three mares, have all produced between 15 and 17 foals each. Muscle Hill was from the third daughter of Yankee Bambi. Windsongs Legacy was from the eighth daughter of Yankee Scottie and Yankee Glide was foal number twelve from a daughter of Yankee Flight. Windsongs Legacy 1:53 ($1,921,088) was by Conway Hall and was the first foal of his dam Yankee Windsong. She left four foals for four winners. Windsongs Legacy bred 250 foals from just four crops before his untimely death but still produced 108 winners of $16,777,363. His progeny have averaged $67,109 per live foal and $109,656 per starter. Windsongs Legacy has produced two outstanding sons in Lucky Chucky 1:50.4 ($2,119,958) born in 2007 and Chapter Seven 1:50.1 ($1,952,853) born in 2008. Lucky Chucky has 120 race winners to date with earnings of $8,611,933 and Chapter Seven has become a siring sensation in 2018 with siring the top two-year-old colt and filly and also siring the 2018 Hambletonian winning filly Atlanta 1:50.3 ($1,171,477) Yankee Glide 1:55.1 ($506,904) was by the immortal Valley Victory and was the seventh of thirteen foals of his dam Gratis Yankee and he was the only one of any note. He was a great winner himself but his real claim to fame is his progeny. He has become a great sire. Yankee Glide has produced 1,419 foals eligible to race, 1036 raced, 737 winners of $97,146,785 in stakes to date. Yankee Glide has produced 10 millionaires including the great mare Passionate Glide 1:52.2 ($2,131,377) and the great racehorse and now stallion Glidemaster 1:51.1 ($2,038,575) to mention just the top two. COMMENT From a breeding point of view you could say that Muscle Hill has ticked all the right boxes. He is by one of the all-time great sires in Muscles Yankee and is from a prolific producing dam family of stallions, such as Yankee Glide, Windsongs Legacy, Glidemaster, T V Yankee, and now Muscle Hill. No need to say no more, this is just a tremendous family and I believe that it will produce many more champions in the future Muscle Hill was sold as a yearling in 2007 at the Harrisburg Sale as Hip# 199 for $55,000. Interesting to note here that I have seen a catalogue reference page of Muscle Hill by one of the buyers that show a list of leading trainers comments written on the page prior to sale that showed these leading trainers thoughts that Muscle Hill was not a very good prospect on type. All the comments shown were negative comments. Point here is that I believe every buyer at a sale is equal. No one formula works all the time. You just cannot tell which horse is going to be the fastest at the yearling stage. Nobody can in my opinion. RACE RECORD Muscle Hill trotted a world record equalling mile as a three-year-old in 1:50.1 and won 20 of 21 lifetime starts for stakes of $3,318,682. Muscle Hill now has seven crops racing and full details are below. North American Stallion Record Muscle Hill started his stud career in sensational fashion. From his first crop to the races he has produced the outstanding Resolve 1:50.4 ($2,749,545) the O'Brien Older Trotting Horse Of The Year in 2015 and exported to Sweden in 2017, the Hambletonian winner and now proven two-year-old sire Trixton 1:50.3 ($968,696) who finished third on the money winning sires list with his first crop, E L Titan 1:51.2f ($726,344) also now a proven sire of two-year-olds in 2018 with his first crop of just 24 foals finishing tenth on the money winning list overall but on the average earnings list E L Titan finished fourth, a great result as he stood in Canada. Muscle Hill - North American Statistics First crop of 82 foals from 139 bred resulted in 47 colts and 35 fillies. Eligible to race - 77 Winners - 46 $1,000,000+ - 1 $750,000+ - 2 $500,000+ - 4 $250,000+ - 6 $100,000+ - 18 Sub 1:53 - 9 Average earnings per starter $160,977 Average earnings per eligible horse - $114,984 Total earnings to date $8,853,738 ......................................................... Muscle Hill hit the headlines again with his second crop producing the sensational world champion filly Mission Brief 1:50.2f (27 starts for 19 wins with $1,657,399 in earnings), Muscle Diamond 1:50.1 ($810,706) and Pasithea Face S 1:50.4f ($591,473). Second crop of 83 foals from 139 bred resulted in 46 colts and 37 fillies. Eligible to race - 77 Winners - 42 $1,000,000+ - 1 $750,000+ - 2 $500,000+ - 4 $250,000+ - 7 $100,000+ - 20 Sub 1:53 - 11 Average earnings per starter $155,337 Average earnings per eligible horse - $106,920 Total earnings to date $8,232,852 ......................................................... Muscle Hill hit the headlines again with his third crop which has produced an unbelievable four millionaires. They are Marion Marauder 1:51.2 ($3,322,177) now standing at Hanover Shoe Farms, Southwind Frank 1:52.1 ($2,115,999) now standing at stud at Diamond Creek Farm, Bar Hopping 1:51.4 ($1,385,293) standing at Hanover Shoe Farms as well and the very good mare All The Time 1:52.1 ($1,026,356) Third crop of 80 foals from 130 bred resulted in 42 colts and 38 fillies. Eligible to race - 80 Winners - 52 $1,000,000+ - 4 $750,000+ - 4 $500,000+ - 4 $250,000+ - 7 $100,000+ - 23 Sub 1:53 - 7 Average earnings per starter $197,816 Average earnings per eligible horse - $153,307 Total earnings to date $12,264,582 ......................................................... Muscle Hill did it again with his fourth crop which has produced another three millionaires. They are the sensational filly Ariana G 1:50.2 ($2,600,995) and the Hambletonian winner (Then disqualified) What The Hill 1:51.4s ($1,345,999) now standing at stud. Fourth crop of 106 foals from 140 bred resulted in 58 colts and 48 fillies. Eligible to race - 101 Winners - 59 $1,000,000+ - 2 $750,000+ - 3 $500,000+ - 5 $250,000+ - 9 $100,000+ - 25 Sub 1:53 - 12 Average earnings per starter $158,421 Average earnings per eligible horse - $111,365 Total earnings to date $11,247,873 ......................................................... Muscle Hill did it again with his fifth crop producing another filly millionaire Manchego 1:50 ($1,609,480) who was unbeaten as a two-year-old 12 for 12. He also produced the outstanding late season sensation Tactical Landing 1:50.2 ($812,300) and now to stand at stud in 2019. Fifth crop of 105 foals from 141 bred resulted in 62 colts and 43 fillies. Eligible to race - 104 Winners - 60 $1,000,000+ - 1 $750,000+ - 2 $500,000+ - 4 $250,000+ - 4 $100,000+ - 12 Sub 1:53 - 12 Average earnings per starter $87,473 Average earnings per eligible horse - $64,764 Total earnings to date $6,735,455 From his first five crops to the races three-year-olds and over Muscle Hill has produced 259 winners from 439 foals eligible, nine millionaires, thirteen with earnings of more than $750,000, twenty-one $500,000 plus winners, thirty-three $250,000 winners, ninety-eight $100,000 plus winners with 56 trotting in 1:53 or better and total earnings of $47,334,500. That works out to be $107,823 average earnings for all foals eligible to race. This is a stunning record that will be very hard to surpass. Muscle Hill is probably the greatest producing stallion in history. With only those five crops racing he has already produced Stallions, Trixton and E L Titan that are already proven producers of two-year-olds in 2018. Muscle Hill is the pinnacle of breeding, a trotting sire that has it all, a great race record, a great siring record and this is all with just the five crops three-year-old and older racing. God knows where Muscle Hill will end up with still many crops to come. He is still a very young stallion, just 12 years old. What a future Muscle Hill has. Australian Stallion Statistics Muscle Hill has bred by frozen semen a total of 81 mares that have three-year-olds or older progeny to date. He has produced 19 starters for 15 winners with total earnings of $725,681. That is a good average per starter of $38,194. His two best progeny are the fillies Glenferrie Burn 1:55.5 ($234,430) and the rising star Dance Craze 1:56.9 ($180,240) 14 wins from 21 starts. His next best is the good three-year-old from last season La Grange ($91,540) a recent export to North America. New Zealand Stallion Statistics Muscle Hill has bred 67 mares in New Zealand all by frozen semen that have produced 46 live foals that are three-year-old or older. He has had 24 starters for 15 winners of $386,669 to date the best of which is Luby Lou ($94,000), One Muscle Hill ($57,637) and Kings Landing ($35,060) Europe We have no statistical data on progeny bred in Europe for this review although we know that the exported Propulsion has been a very good horse there. Muscle Hill, who raced only as a two and three-year-old, is the champion trotter of his era. Possessed of brilliant speed, great stamina and a magnificent flowing gait, Muscle Hill became the idol of all American trotting fans. Beaten at his debut, Muscle Hill won the last 20 of the 21 races he contested, setting two world records and a string of stakes and track records. His average winning margin was four lengths! As a two-year-old he won eight of his nine starts for $817,301 including the $700,000 Breeders Crown in a world record 1:53.6, $500,000 Peter Haughton Memorial, New Jersey Sire Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes, International Stallion Stakes and the Simpson Memorial and was named USA 2YO Trotter of the Year. He took his record of 1:50.1 at three years, winning the $1,520,333 Hambletonian at The Meadowlands by six lengths. He also captured the $617,880 Breeders Crown at Woodbine, $540,000 World Trotting Derby, $1,000,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and Kentucky Futurity, netting $2,501,381, a season's record for a trotter or pacer. Undefeated in 12 starts at 3, Muscle Hill was the unanimous choice for Horse of the Year and 3YO Trotter of the Year in both USA and Canada. The fastest son of thrice premier sire and champion sire of sires Muscles Yankee 3, 1:52.2, Muscle Hill belongs to a family replete with champion trotters. Harnesslink Media  

Bettor's Delight five-year-old Never Say Never N claimed his 17th lifetime victory just before Christmas with harness racing driver Corey Callahan at the helm for trainer Dylan Davis at Dover Downs winning by two lengths in 1:52.1. His previous win was at Hoosier Park when taking a lifetime mark of 1:50 in August 2018. Never Say Never N was sold to North America by JC International in November 2016 and has been a good earner there making a tidy $229,728 to date. Before he was exported, Never Say Never N had only five starts in New Zealand for trainer Ken Barron, for one win at Ashburton over 2600 metres rating a 2.05.9 mile rate over the distance. When he arrived in North America Never Say Never N won his first five races in a row with the last of those five wins coming in the $61,800 Sagamore Hill Final at the half-mile oval of Yonkers Raceway in 1:54.2 which was a great effort for a new import from New Zealand. Never Say Never N is the first foal of the Group placed race winning mare Maid In Splendour who has produced three to the races for three winners to date. A full-sister to Never Say Never N was a recent winner for The Allstars stable at Addington called Ruby Rose. Another full-brother is entered in the inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka on the 18th of February 2019. Entered on behalf of The Breckon Farms draft as Lot 58 this colt is called Pace N Pride and is the fifth foal of Maid In Splendour. Pace N Pride is by Bettor's Delight, who needs no introduction as he is the dominant leading pacing stallion in the world right now, yes that is right he is the overall leading money winning sire in all four Countries, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA. Bettor's Delight has bred over 7,500 mares in all Countries and he is heading towards $300 million in progeny earnings right now. Maid In Splendour Maid In Splendour is from the race winning and now great producing Holmes Hanover mare Diamonds N Gold, dam of ten winners to date including Diamonds N Furs 1:54.8f ($231,399). Diamonds N Gold is a half-sister to the super racehorse Desperate Comment ($1,033,065) who won many races including the 1996 $250,000 Victoria Cup seen here; Harnesslink Media

A clever drive from harness racing driver Tim Williams was enough to get Funatthebeach home in the Ashburton Cup on Sunday recording 4.01.9 for the 3200m. Funatthebeach is only the second All Stars Ashburton Cup winner, the previous one being Isaiah in 2014.  Funatthebeach is putting together a very good record with the Ashburton Cup becoming his seventh victory from just the 20 starts to date. He now has earnings of $84,811. In his short career Funatthebeach has beaten some very good horses such as the now exported rising star Duplicated 1:50.2, New Zealand Cup starters Alta Maestro and Letspendanitetogetha and others.Funatthebeach has a very bright future. Owned by Trevor Casey and Peter Hailes, Funatthebeach was bred by Caroline and Braeden Whitelock. A son of the ill-fated super sire Somebeachsomewhere, Funatthebeach is the first foal from the good race winning Bettor's Delight mare Minnie Moose ($142,791). Minnie Moose retired from racing in June 2013. Her last race was in the $150,000 Diamond Harness Racing Jewels at Ashburton and what a great race she went, only going down by a neck after racing wide for the trip, to the super mare Bettor Cover Lover ($1,061,534). Minnie Moose, second in the $150,000 Jewels Funatthebeach - Ashburton Cup Minnie Moose has a yearling colt for sale at the inaugural New Zealand National Yearling Sale at Karaka in February 2019. It is the fourth foal from Minnie Moose and a half-brother to Funatthebeach called Brent Michael and it sells as Lot 63 in the Breckon Farms draft.  Brent Michael is by the outstanding sire Art Major who really needs no introduction. He has sired the winners of over $122 million in North America alone. In New Zealand he has sired the winners of over $13 million and in Australia he has sired the winners of over $51 million.  Harnesslink Media  

Sale toppers from last year John and Katrina Price from Winton are back at this Februarys Inurgural National Standardbred Yearling Sales with three well bred harness racing colts – two by in vogue sires Bettor’s Delight and Art Major and the other by first season stallion Captaintreacherous. Two of their foals, Stag Party (Bettor’s Delight – Surprise Party) and Sergeant Major (Art Major – Presidential Reign) were actually born on the same day - 29th November, while Captain Nemo (Captaintreacherous – Arden Caviar) was born on the 20th December. “We’re feeling really realistic about the sale this year. They’re all very nice colts but they’re just lacking a champion brother,” said Katrina Price who sold Chicago Cub, a full-brother to millionaire pacer Chicago Bull for $190,000 at last year’s sale. Stag Party is one of the colts they’re offering. He’s out of the one win Christian Cullen mare Surprise Party. John and Katrina bought Surprise Party for $26,000 at the 2010 Yearling Sales in Christchurch and she won one race from fourteen starts. “This is her third foal. Repartee her first was a fine boned thoroughbred type. Her next foal is by American Ideal and is a three year old. She’s due to go to the workouts. She’s the opposite (to Repartee) - a big raw boned filly so we’ve had to wait on her. This fella (Stag Party) is more athletic. He looks like he’d get up and go. He’s not a big Bettors. I like him. ”     Their second lot is Sergeant Major. From the breed that John’s father Roger has developed over the years, he can be traced back to Queen Of Spades.   “He’s a very typical Art Major - got that real good top line like the Art Majors do. He’s the nicest looking foal that she’s had.” Sergeant Major is Presidential Reign’s sixth foal. She’s the dam of Machrie (Mach Three) who has won eight races while her other winner is the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Manly which has won seven races.  The couple’s third colt at the sale is Captain Nemo. He’s out of Arden Caviar a Rocknroll Hanover mare who’s a half-sister to Arden’s Choice, Arden’s Winstar and Bettor’s Strike and is a full-sister to Rocknroll Arden. “If I was in America I’d be very excited about him with the way the Captaintreacherous (progeny) have sold. He was born on the 20th December. He’s really starting to thrive now. His sister (Pearl Harbour) qualified at Winton. She’s very much like he was – an ugly duckling foal. He’s just starting to bloom.” He’s one of six colts by Captaintreacherous at the Christchurch sale. “It depend on how the New Zealand buyers take to the Treacherous’s and whether they’re as open minded as the Americans are.” We need to ask here why would they not be open minded on the Captaintreacherous yearlings? He is the leading two-year-old sire in North America and this is from his first crop to the races. Captaintreacherous is the sire of the current Dan Patch two-year-old of the year in North America called Captain Crunch 1:49.1 ($648,642). Captain Crunch winning the 2018 two-year-old Breeders Crown Captaintreacherous had total yearling sales of $5,042,000 in 2018. He sold 58 yearlings that averaged $86,931 a stunning result for any sire. Here is a list of the top ten two-year-old money winning stallions in North America as at 21st of December 2018;                                                                      Starters          Money won CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 78 $3,525,238 SWEET LOU 68 $3,082,937 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 78 $2,832,485 BETTORS DELIGHT 82 $2,791,340 ART MAJOR 61 $1,819,740 SPORTSWRITER 107 $1,784,495 AMERICAN IDEAL 62 $1,577,488 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 44 $1,279,739 PET ROCK 69 $1,019,430 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 48 $988,231 Arden Caviar’s first foal Pearl Harbour is a filly by Somebeachsomewhere and is heading to North Island trainer Barry Purdon after having qualified recently at Winton. “She’s probably more advanced than Democrat Party was when we sent her up there to Barry’s. She’s a lovely filly. Everything she does at home and on the track seems to be with ease.” The Young Guns Fillies Series is her target with the second heat being run at Alexandra Park at the end of the month. Although realistic about this year’s draft at the sales the Prices have some more cards to play at future sales with Democrat Party’s first colt being earmarked for the 2020 sale. “She’s got a Bettor’s Delight colt at foot at the moment. That’ll go to the sales next year. It looks a real cracker.” Meanwhile Chicago Blues the dam of Chicago Bull and record priced Chicago Cub (renamed Perfect Stride) is in foal to Bettor’s Delight. Her foal died last year and she didn’t get in foal. “We’ve just had a couple of years without anything from her.” The mare’s other filly Rockabilly Blues, was on the list to go to stud but that’s been put on hold as she’s starting to prove herself on the racetrack. “We had Rockabilly Blues booked into the Stud because Chicago Blues had her problems so we thought we might just breed from her. But she came up good this season so her stud career has been deferred for another year.” Bruce Stewart

The catalogue assembled for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2019 National Standardbred Yearling Sale is exploding with black-type, including 56 lots that are siblings to harness racing Group One winners and 19 lots that are the progeny of Group One-winning dams. Sensational dual hemisphere sires Bettor’s Delight and Art Major are key influencers among the catalogue with 17 lots catalogued by Bettor’s Delight, and 11 by Art Major, among the siblings of Group One winners. A similar story is told with the progeny of Group One-winning dams featuring six lots catalogued by Bettor’s Delight and five lots by Art Major. Altogether, Bettor’s Delight will have an incredible 44 lots catalogued at the Sale who are siblings to stakes performers and 17 lots that are the progeny of stakes-winning dams. Art Major will be represented by 25 lots that are siblings to performers and nine lots that are from stakes-winning dams. Only $300,000 separates the progeny of Captaintreacherous and Sweet Lou at the top of the USTA 2YO Sires Premiership with Somebeachsomewhere a further $300,000 back in third position. This Sale will feature Captaintreacherous’ first New Zealand crop and Sweet Lou’s second crop. Captaintreacherous will have two siblings to stakes performers and three yearlings out of stakes-winning dams, while Sweet Lou will be represented by four yearlings that are siblings of stakes performers and three lots that are the progeny of stakes-winning dams. Somebeachsomewhere, who took out the 2017 USTA Sires Premiership, will have seven yearlings that are siblings to stakes performers and six that are out of stakes-winning dams. Roll With Joe was taken off the market last year due to fertility issues, so this could well be his last yearlings in New Zealand to go under the hammer. Among his 2019 draft is a three-quarter brother to New Zealand, Australian and American star performer Bit of a Legend. Other pacing sires to feature on the list of relations to stakes performers include American Ideal (4), Auckland Reactor (2), He's Watching (5), Mach Three (3), Rock N Roll Heaven (9), Sportswriter (7) and Terror To Love (1). Sensational sire in America, Muscle Hill, has six yearlings entered in February, including relatives to I Can Doosit, High Gait and (Our) Twentyten while Muscle Mass has 11 yearlings entered at the Sale, 10 of them at the Christchurch Sale. Majestic Son was named New Zealand’s Leading Sire of Trotters last season and will be represented by nine yearlings, eight of them going through the sale ring in Christchurch. The results of French-based Love You’s genetics being spread over two hemispheres has led him to be named New Zealand’s Leading Sire of Trotters twice. His first commercial crop will be on offer in New Zealand at the Sale with 16 yearlings catalogued, including two siblings to Group One winners. The second crop of trotting yearlings by Andover Hall in New Zealand will go under the hammer in February. The US Trotting Colt of the Year at two years of age, and a world champion at three, will have two colts at the Sale, including a half-brother to Group One winner Kahdon. The full brother to Andover Hall, Angus Hall, will also have representation at the Sale with three lots catalogued, including a half-brother to Group One winner King Denny. European stallion Orlando Vici will have one, well-related yearling catalogued in February. The colt is a half-brother to two Group One winners in Stent and (My) Arya, and is out of the Group One NZ Trotting Derby runner-up Belle Galleon. Gun trotting sire Pegasus Spur is the sire of Australasia’s fastest female and male trotters. Also the sire of reigning Trotter of the Year Speeding Spur, Pegasus Spur will have four yearlings catalogued in February, including a three-quarter brother to multiple Group One winner on both sides of the Tasman Speeding Spur. Click here to view all Pacing and Trotting siblings to stakes performers. Click here to view all Pacing and Trotting progeny of stakes performers. Overall, the 2019 National Standardbred Yearling Sale will see 144 lots go through the ring that are siblings to stakes performers as well as 55 lots that are the progeny of stakes-winning dams. View the catalogue online, click here for Auckland Lots and here for Christchurch Lots. To make sure you’re on NZB’s mailing list and to request a catalogue, click here or call +64 9 298 0055. For travel and accommodation information, and to make a booking, contact Rachel.Deegan@nzb.co.nz or call her on +64 3 381 0141. Click on link for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2019 National Standardbred Yearling Sale

Looks what has arrived in the post today! Yes it is the first harness racing catalogue produced by New Zealand Bloodstock for the New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale. What a refreshing and outstanding catalogue it is, well done to New Zealand Bloodstock. A new era has arrived for the harness racing sales sector in New Zealand. A strong contingent of 31 of the best harness racing sires available to the New Zealand breeding industry are set to feature throughout the upcoming New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale. Pacing Sires Set to Delight Champion Sire Bettors Delight continued to deliver outstanding results on the racetrack last season earning the title of Leading Pacing Sire for the seventh consecutive year on the local scene. His major contributors featured New Zealand Horse of the Year Lazarus (NZ), Elle Mac (NZ), Ultimate Machete (NZ), Another Masterpiece (NZ), Jesse Duke (NZ), Pats Delight (NZ) and Sheriff (NZ). With 200 individual winners scoring 392 races in New Zealand, they collectively earned just under $7 million in prizemoney. It was a similar trend in Australia with a new record of 400 individual winners for a new record of just under $12 million in prizemoney which completed Bettors Delight pre-eminence in Australasia and the Leading Pacing Sire for the seventh consecutive year in Australia. The records continue to the sale ring with 118 yearlings by Bettors Delight catalogued for the Sale a record offering in itself. He has 36 lots in Auckland and 82 lots in Christchurch. In a massive American influence, the first seven sires at the top of the 2YO Pacing Sires’ List in America this season to date will all be represented at the Sale in 2019. Art Major, the sire of 11 individual winners who have earned $1 million or more, will be represented by a total of 56 yearlings. Last year’s Leading 2YO and 3YO Pacing Sire, and Overall Leading Pacing Sire with earnings of more than US$23 million,Somebeachsomewhere, will have 25 yearlings offered at the Sale. With an equal US$3 million in earnings to date in America, Leading 2YO Pacing Sire Captaintreacherous will be represented by his first New Zealand progeny with 15 lots catalogued. Sitting in close contention to Captaintreacherous, Sweet Lou’s progeny have earned more than US$3 million in prizemoney to date to place him second on the Leading 2YO Pacing Sires’ List. He will have 13 yearlings on offer at the Sale. Other pacing sires of note include American Ideal (23 lots catalogued), Sportswriter (17), Rock N Roll Heaven (15), Mach Three (13 - the last of his commercial crop to go through the ring), A Rocknroll Dance (11), He’s Watching (10), Roll With Joe (six), Auckland Reactor (five), Terror to Love (three) and Sunshine Beach (two). Need for Trotting Speed The straight-out trotter has made huge strides in recent seasons and the 2019 National Yearling Sale is set to step up with a tremendous line-up and atmosphere. Enhance Your Clam (NZ), Winterfell (NZ) and Valloria (NZ) were the leading performers for the 2017-18 Leading Sire of Trotters in both New Zealand and Australia, Majestic Son. With 56 individual winners in New Zealand and another 56 individual winners in Australia, his progeny earned just under $1.4 million and $1.6 million in prizemoney respectively. There will be eight of Majestic Son’s progeny catalogued in February – one lot in Auckland and seven lots in Christchurch. Muscle Hill, who is widely regarded as the greatest trotter of the modern era, is heading for his third consecutive Trotting Sires Premiership in America with his progeny in the southern hemisphere also performing at the elite level. There will be six of his yearlings available to secure at the upcoming Sale. Twice-crowned New Zealand Leading Sire of Trotters, with progeny like Monbet (NZ), Great Things Happen (NZ) and Enghein (NZ), the first commercial crop in New Zealand from Love You will be on offer at the Sale with 16 yearlings catalogued. Muscle Mass was the world champion trotter as a two-year-old and has passed on his speed to many of his progeny including Custodian (NZ) and Heavyweight Hero (NZ). He will be represented by 12 yearlings at the Sale. The fastest son of Champion Sire Cantab Hall, Father Patrick, will offer his first southern hemisphere crop at the upcoming Christchurch Sale with a draft of seven yearlings. The sire of Australasia’s fastest trotter in Maori Time, and the likes of Speeding Spur (NZ), Pegasus Spur will have an offering of four yearlings in February. Other trotting sires of note include Angus Hall (three lots catalogued), Quaker Jet (three), Andover Hall (two), Peak (two), Bacardi Lindy (one), Master Glide (one), Orlando Vici (one),Sebastian K (one), Trixton (one) and Windsong Espoir (one). Auckland Sale at Karaka – click here to view catalogue Day 1 will commence on Sunday 17 February with parades of trotting and pacing yearlings from 2.30pm. Day 2 will see the first of the yearlings going under the hammer with sale of 145 Trotters and Pacers commencing at 10.30am. Christchurch Sale at Canterbury Agricultural Park – click here to view catalogue Day 3 will kick-off on Tuesday 19 with parades of Trotters from 11.00am and parades of Fillies and Colts from 11.45am. Selling will then commence at 4.00pm with 50 Trotters. Wednesday 20 will see the final yearlings go through the ring with the sale of 206 Pacers from 10.00am.

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