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Soho Tribeca won 21 races in a four season career including three Group One races. Victims of his speed and never say die attitude included the mighty warriors of recent years in Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Tiger Tara and Chicago Bull. Sometimes though horses are remembered by their courage in defeat. On 24th February 2018 Soho Tribeca displayed something rarely seen anywhere in the Harness Racing World. The occasion was the 2018 edition of the $750,000 Miracle Mile at Menangle. Sure he finished third, beaten by just a head and a half neck, but with the winner rating 1.46.9 and with Tribeca parked in the breeze for the entire journey it was truly a remarkable performance. Greg Sugars held the reins that day and with Lauren Tritton blasting Anything For Love to the front there was very little that Greg could do other than to sit parked. So the sectionals went by like this; 26.3 / 53.6 / 1.19.8 and 1.46.9 Now just for a moment lets compare the run of Soho Tribeca that day with the existing World Records of 1.46 held jointly by Always B Miki and Lather Up. Always B Miki 26.2 / 52.4 / 1.19.8 and 1.46. Lather Up 25.6 / 52.0 / 1.19.2 and 1.46. In his memorable performance at The Red Mile, Always B Miki slotted in third on the rails at the first turn, charged to the front in the back straight and then led for the rest of the journey. Lather Up attained his World Record status at The Meadowlands in 2019. He took a pocket trip behind the tearaway leader Always A Prince to the ¾ pole and then pulled to the lead as he entered the long Meadowlands straight. So both Always B Miki and Lather Up didn’t cover any extra ground in their memorable wins. In comparison Soho Tribeca was in the one wide line around the two Menangle bends so how much extra ground did he cover above the 1609 metres of the race ? A mathematical formula would give us the answer. There is no suggestion here that Soho Tribeca is a better horse than the two current World’s fastest ever pacers but it does highlight the fact that our very best Pacers are the equal of any in the World. By the way - Tiger Tara, Lennytheshark and Lazarus finished a combined 48 metres astern of Soho Tribeca that day in February 2018. Soho Tribeca had a high cruising speed and an incredible never say die attitude to his racing. He was so tough and never ever gave up even if beaten. That run in the Miracle Mile was a victory that just got away. Greg Sugars, who drove Soho Tribeca in the Miracle Mile, Hunter Cup and Kilmore Cup. Soho Tribeca   A Son of a Miracle mare and a Champion stallion. Soho Tribeca’s breeding would not be out of place if he appeared at the famed North American tracks of The Red Mile and The Meadowlands - being by American Ideal from an Art Major mare and a very special mare as well as she was crowned the Australian Broodmare of the Year in 2018. American Ideal is an extremely fast son of Western Ideal and it appears that this stallion line commenced by one of the fastest horses in history , No Nukes, back in the early 1980’s is now being sustained through the blood of Western Ideal. There is no doubt that Western Ideal 1.48 inherited some of his stunning ability and bit of toughness from his Abercrombie dam Leah Almahurst, the winner of over $1million. Western Ideal along with Artsplace are the two stallions that we repeatedly see today in the pedigrees of the elite racehorses. So Soho Tribeca is blessed with the Best in Breeding with these two stallions very prominent in his pedigree. His dam Pixel Perfect, by the champion son of Artsplace in Art Major, has been a revelation in the Australian Stud Book. She is now the dam of seven  foals of racing age including a current 2 year old. Five of these have sub 1.55 records whilst the 2 year old Soho Broadway already has a 1.56.1 record. The seven winners have now collectively won over $2.366 million and all but the 2 year old have won over $100,000. Pixel Perfect, who was unraced, was in fact the only foal of her Dam’s [Amarillen] first 9 foals not to win - the other eight foals won over $1.35 million between them. So it would be difficult to argue that Soho Tribeca wasn’t one of the best Bred stallions to be registered for Stud duty in Australia in the past 20 years at least. Add a Bonus to a Booking. Soho Tribeca has received outstanding support from breeders in all States of Australia and still has some Bookings available before reaching the 150 target. If your mare is based in Victoria the resulting foal from a breeding to the tall and handsome man will be Eligible for the First Win Vicbred Colonial Stallion Bonus of $12,000.   Northern Rivers Equine

Pastor Stephen is one of eleven millionaires sired by the Hall of Fame stallion Cantab Hall. He, along with his brother Father Patrick, are the only two of those harness racing millionaires to be voted the USTA Two Year Old Trotting Colts of the Year. After an undefeated two year old season [a perfect 10 for 10] Cantab Hall was also voted the USTA Two Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year and in fact is now a Hall of Famer. The progeny of Cantab Hall lit up the winners board at the Hoosier Park track in Indiana on the weekend just passed with another Two Breeders Crown champions to add to his already impressive tally. Both the Two Year Old Finals were won by a son and daughter of this wonderful Sire Cantab Hall. On A Streak, the Canadian trained colt, set a new Stakes record of 1.52.8 in collecting the Trophy for the boys. On A Streak winning in 1:52.8 Lady Chaos and Mazzarati made it a quinella for Cantab Hall in the girls Final. Crystal Fashion moved a little closer to the $2 million in earnings with his runners up cheque in the Open Trot whilst Cantab Hall could take some credit from the Mares Open Trot Final with the winner Manchego being from the Cantab Hall mare Secret Magic. Finally to complete a dominating weekend his son Father Patrick [the full brother to Pastor Stephen] sired the winner of the Three Year Old Colts Final in Amigo Volo. Winning is infectious and the journey commences with breeding your mare. So here is a tip that just might lead you to that infectious feeling. Select the great looking millionaire son of the Sire of Sires... Pastor Stephen for your mare this season. An introduction to early speed for just $5,500 incl GST and Pay when your Live Foal arrives. Pastor Stephen Northern Rivers Equine Veterinary Clinic (03) 5852 2845 / Dr Kath McIntosh 0427 497 429 / John Coffey 0429 278 279 www.nrequine.com.au © 2020 Northern Rivers Equine Veterinary Clinic

A tall, powerful stallion with extraordinary conformation, named after a Presbyterian Minister, is about to make an impact on the harness racing breeding Industry throughout North America and the Southern Hemisphere. Pastor Stephen, the 2010 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year in North America, has been purchased from Europe for an undisclosed price by Taylor Made Stallions and will be standing in Indiana for the upcoming 2021 breeding season. His race record of 1.52.4 and $1,058,188 in earnings, together with his pedigree makes him one of the most impressive prospects available to Breeders in recent years. The fact that he is a full brother to the $2.6m winner Father Patrick is even more appealing.  Now standing at US$30,000 Father Patrick has been an instant hit at Stud in North America with the sensational trotter Greenshoe t3;1.49.4 emerging from his first crop. Pastor Stephen is by one of North America’s leading sires in Cantab Hall, the sire of winners of just under $100m in North America. Pastor Stephen is from the Broodmare gem Gala Dream, who in turn is a half-sister to World Champion trotter Chocolatier 1.53 ($1.3m). Pastor Stephen’s pedigree is loaded up with two year old speed, aside from his own record; Father Patrick  -  the USTA Two and Three Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Cantab Hall  -   the USTA Two Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Chocolatier  -   the USTA Two Year old Trotting Colt of the Year Pastor Stephen, the Dan Patch two-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year and a winner of more than $1m as a two and three year old was exported to Europe after his brilliant race career ended in his 3 year old season upon suffering a broken coffin bone.  Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen has been very successful in the breeding shed all across Europe with a more than 70% rate of his foals making it to the races, all despite the fact that he was held up in a court case and losing two full breeding seasons. With his progeny making a good impact early on the European breeding scene American interests had fixed their eyes on the grand circuit super star Pastor Stephen. They entered into an agreement early 2018 to purchase the “Dan Patch two year old of the Year” and bring him back to North America. However, there were disagreements in connection with the purchase contract, and after almost two years of legal fighting, the case was finally heard in the Uppsala District Court, Sweden. The case has now been resolved with the American interests winning the case. Pastor Stephen has now arrived back in the USA!  “He was a really good gaited colt, easy horse to be around and to race. He was top three of his class as a three-year-old. Unfortunately he got injured in a transport incident before the Hambletonian where he finished third in his elimination and fifth in the final from post 10. After that a coffin bone injury put an end to his career in the USA and was sold to Europe. I am glad he is back in the USA. He will be a big asset to the Indiana Breeding Industry as he is the full-brother to Father Patrick, as a matter of fact I reserved two breeding rights to Pastor Stephen myself.” Jimmy Takter on Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen was recently purchased by Taylor Made Stallions, adding to their exceptional group of Standardbred stallions, What The Hill, Lazarus and Lather Up, Pastor Stephen will no doubt enrich the Taylor Made Standardbred stallion portfolio with influence throughout the breeding world. Pastor Stephen is now in Lexington, Kentucky with semen being frozen for distribution to Australia, New Zealand and Europe in 2021. His Service Fee in Australia will be $5,500 including GST - Pay on live foal. Frozen semen in Australia will be available through Northern Rivers Equine - phone +61 3 5852 2845 or John Coffey +61 429278279 by Steve Wolf

The very first foal sired by the 1.47 harness racing stallion Mel Mara greeted the world in Northern Victoria earlier this week. The Colt is the first foal from the Art Major mare Shes Offlimits who is a half sister to the champion mare Tell Me Tales 1.49.3  $360,870 . The foal is pictured here with its breeder Helen Head and Jacasta Walsh from Waratah Farm. Helen, who is now into her nineties is one of Australia’s most respected breeders and bred and raced Tell Me Tales. The foal, apart from being the first sired by the former World Champion Mel Mara, has a piece of history to commence its resume as its birthplace Waratah Farm is part of a property once owned by a former Prime Minister of Australia in John McEwen. Mel Mara has a pedigree laden with speed. There is no doubt that high speed was going to be a weapon in the repertoire of Mel Mara. It became evident in just his third career start as a two year old when he blazed home his last quarter in 25 seconds. So when you take a close look at his pedigree you will see he is surrounded and smothered by horses with extreme speed. Lets recap some of the highlights of the race career of Mel Mara. • He won 26 races and prizemoney of $1,028,350 • He won in 1.52 as a 2 year old, 1.49.2 as a 3 year old and 1.47 as an aged horse. • Amongst those 26 wins were victories over Always B Miki 1.46, McWicked 1.46.4, Sweet Lou 1.47, Foiled Again 1.48 and Warrawee Needy 1.46.8. • On six occasions paced his last quarter in better than 26 seconds. His Personality Combining with his high speed, his impressive pedigree, Mel Mara has a gorgeous temperament and a personality you just admire in a horse. His USA Trainer, the highly respected Tony Alagna had this to say about him in March 2016. The staff at Northern Rivers Equine in Kyabram can echo the thoughts and words of Tony Alagna. He has a personality that is unique. The Cam Fella sireline in the Southern Hemisphere has been so dominant for many years. As a representative of that Sireline Mel Mara adds a dimension with his high speed and his athleticism. He is a perfect match for mares of the Artsplace / Abercrombie line, the Western Hanover / Western Ideal line and the Direct Scooter line. Not only is he the consummate professional and completely well mannered on and off the track, he has an excellent personality. He is a really fun horse and is one of those you look forward to seeing every day. Harnesslink Media

The S J’s Photo horse Bacardi Lindy, who stands in Christchurch, New Zealand, will be available to Australian breeders via frozen semen from Northern Rivers Equine, Kyabram (Vic.) this season. His frozen semen is accessible only to mares based at Northern Rivers for a fee of $2,200 including GST. A top racehorse himself, winning several Stakes races in America, Bacardi Lindy has been a leading sire in Australia ever since his first crop raced in 2012 and he holds the distinction of having produced a top trotter from almost every crop.   From his initial crop he sired the topliner The Boss Man ($265,714), winner of the Central Victorian Championship, Coulter Crown and a string of country cups, as well as the cups winners Bellmac Kody ($162,638), Rumbustious, Nico Serrano and William John. The champion racemare in Claudy’s Princess ($401,803), a winner of 22 races including five at Group 1 level, the Vicbred champions Cruisin Around ($282,432) and Needabacardi and other smart trotters in Margaret Ruth ($144,950), Justabitcoco ($116,959), Bacardi Hurricane ($113,550) and Barefoot Sally ($110,520) have been other winners by Bacardi Lindy from his first few crops. Among his recent winners are a Free-for-all trotter in Sammy Showdown, the multiple Group placegetter Georgia’s Pride and the Melton winner Mar Pacifico. In all, Bacardi Lindy has sired 93 individual winners from 133 starters in Australia and progeny earnings of $4.65 million, an average of $35,000 per starter. He is currently ranked second on both the All Aged and three-year-old winner’s lists behind only Majestic Son, and third in respect of prizemoney on both tables. While in NZ, Bacardi Lindy, from relatively small numbers, has sired the winners of more than $520,000 to date including the smart filly Amarula, winner of the SA Derby and third in the Victoria Derby, the Group 3 winner The Benchmark ($90,169) and the Listed winner Dark Horse ($90,201).

ONE of Australia’s most exciting pacers Poster Boy has been retired to stud. But owner-breeders, Bill and Anne Anderson, will consider a racetrack return next year. “It’s been a really hard week weighing it all up, but he’s got nothing left to prove to us and COVID-19 left us without any really big races to set him for through the middle and latter part of this year,” Anne Anderson said. “It’s cruel because this was to be his year. He got so ill with pneumonia last year and then just when we had him back and flying, along came COVID-19, but we have to move on and now’s the right time to give him his chance at stud.” Poster Boy adds to the blossoming roster of Northern Rivers Equine in Kyabram, which will also stand recently-retired glamour North American pacer Lather Up, Yankee Rockstar and established star American Ideal as well as another exciting freshman Soho Tribeca. “We had huge interest in him as a stallion, from two of the biggest studs, but we’ve decided to keep 100 percent ownership of him ourselves to keep the option of a racetrack return open,” Bill Anderson said. “We went with Kath McIntosh and Northern Rivers Equine because we’ve had a long relationship with her, she’s a vet and we think she’s a rising star in the breeding game.” Trained by Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin, Poster Boy ran sixth on debut at Menangle as an early two-year-old, then never finished outside the top three in his next 29 starts, winning 22 of them. The regally-bred entire won five Group 1 races and also ran a slashing third to Spankem in Australasia’s premier speed test, last year’s Miracle Mile. “We bought his mum (Aston Villa) as a yearling in Lexington, Kentucky and we were there when Poster Boy was born,” Anne said. “Of all the top horses we have bred, he’s the best, he’s our favourite. He’s the prodigal son.” The Andersons do differ on one thing, which of Poster Boy’s wins was their favourite. “Bill says the Chariots Of Fire, but my favourite was the NSW Derby,” Anne said. The Andersons praised Stewart and Tonkin for an outstanding job training Poster Boy. “He’s Emma’s favourite. One of her all-time favourites,” Bill said. “He’s the first horse she checks every morning. She thought he wasn’t himself one day and that turned into the pneumonia. We’ve got so much to thank them for.”   Adam Hamilton

Woodlands Stud is proud to announce that the world’s fastest pacer Lather Up is set to join their imposing roster in the 2020/21 harness racing season. In a major coup for Australasian breeders the World Champion $1.9 million earner will shuttle from America to join Bettor’s Delight, American Ideal, Sweet Lou, Downbytheseaside, What The Hill and Speeding Spur. Lather Up will be standing in Australia alongside star sire American Ideal at prominent Victorian farm Northern Rivers Equine. Woodlands Stud has enjoyed a very successful relationship with Dr Kath Mcintosh’s Kyabram base and with the arrival of the World’s fastest pacer this will continue in the 2020/21 season  Lather Up is one of the greatest horses of his time. He broke two world records and became the fastest four-year-old horse in history, the equal fastest horse in history over a mile and the single fastest horse in history over a mile and one eighth. He raced against all-comers and broke seven track records as a two, three and four-year-old as well as two world records as a four-year-old. He was a very good two-year-old, a top three-year-old and a world champion four-year-old. At two, Lather Up set the track record for a two-year-colt pacer winning in 1:52.2h. At three, he won a heat of The Little Brown Jug in 1:49.3h (half-mile track), and the $1 million North American Cup elimination and Final in 1:48.1. And at four, he set a world record 1:46 for a mile and a world record of 1:59.2 for a mile and one-eighth. North American Cup When he took his 1:46 world record he raced at the Meadowlands against 10 runners and won by open lengths against an incredible group - including six millionaires. He then backed that world record up the following week with his other world record, going 1:59.2 over a mile and an eighth pacing his first mile in 1:46.3. The Graduate Final in 1:46 The Sam McKee Memorial Just when one thought they had seen it all, a first quarter in :24.4, a favorite who looked hopelessly beaten in the stretch came a Phoenix out of the ashes as Lather Up showed what the heart of a champion can do even when a victory seemed out of the question. With a final time of 1:47.2, Lather Up turned in a stunning performance to capture the 26th edition of the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 9. -The Hambletonian Society The $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes His sire, I'm Gorgeous by Bettor's Delight, was among the top colts of his year winning a heat of the Little Brown Jug in 1:50.4 and finished a close second to 'Horse Of The Year' Rock N Roll Heaven in the $410,000 final. He has a tremendous maternal line as well, with his super dam being one of the best producers by In The Pocket, leaving 9 significant winners, 5 of them in under 1:51.  His pedigree combines two of the greatest producing sires ever down under in Bettor's Delight and In The Pocket but they are far enough removed to be able to be bred to almost all mares across Australasia. His book is full and closed in America for his first season as a sire and with his speed, conformation, gait, looks and pedigree he is set to make his mark on the Australasian harness racing industry too. Lather Up will be available via fresh, chilled semen throughout Australasia and his 2020/21 service fee will be $6,000 + GST in New Zealand and $6,600 GST Inc in Australia, with discounts available. For bookings or inquires about Lather Up in New Zealand please contact Stacey White on 021 595 492 or via email stacey@woodlandsstud.co.nz and in Australia contact Mark Hughes on 04 5165 0707 or via email mark@woodlandsstud.co.nz Harnesslink Media

Soho Tribeca 3, 1:53.8 ($1,103,854), one of the most impeccably bred and best performed stallions to become available to harness racing breeders, is to stand his first season at the first class stud, Northern Rivers Equine , Kyabram in the heart of Victoria’s Goulburn Valley. His service fee is $3,000 including GST payable on positive test. Soho Tribeca, a courageous pacer with a lion-sized heart, met and defeated the best pacers in commission including Lazarus, Chicago Bull, Tiger Tara and Lennytheshark before being struck down by injury when at the height of his career. All told, Soho Tribeca had 59 starts for 21 wins and 24 placings for $1,103,854 in stakes and took a mile mark of 1:53.8 at three years. Had he remained sound there seemed little doubt that he would have taken a 1:50 record and added considerably to his bankroll. During his career Soho Tribeca won three times at Group 1 level, three at Group 2, one at Group 3 and twice in Listed company. A winner and a Breeders Crown finalist at two, Soho Tribeca really came into his own as a three-year-old, winning eight of his 20 starts including the Caduceus Club Cup, semi-finals of the Breeders Crown and Vicbred and placing in the Bathurst Gold Chalice and Victoria Sires Classic. As a four-year-old Soho Tribeca proved one of the best his age and sex, winning the $200,000 WA Golden Nugget with a brilliant front-end display, a heat, semi-final and the $120,000 final of the Vicbred Series and finishing second in the Fremantle Cup and third in the WA Pacing Cup. Soho Tribeca set the seal for his greatness in his five-year-old campaign, earning a whopping $670,544 from 19 starts. He captured two heats of the 2017 Inter Dominion Championship, including a crushing defeat of Lazarus by 11 metres in 1:54.2 over 2130 metres with the last 800 in 54.5 and effortlessly winning the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup. Shipped to the East coast, he sliced two seconds off the Kilmore Cup record despite racing without cover throughout the 2690 metres, rating a sensational 1:56, and finished a neck second to Lazarus in a record-breaking A. G. Hunter Cup. Perhaps Soho Tribeca’s greatest performance came in defeat when he sat parked, made the record-breaking 1:46.9 and still finished a close third to My Field Marshal and Jilliby Kung Fu in the 2018 Miracle Mile. A striking bay horse of 16.1 hands, Soho Tribeca is a son of the former champion pacer American Ideal (1:47.8), the sire of 14 millionaires, 290 $100,000 earners, 58 on the 1:50 list and the winners of more than $125 million. Not only is Soho Tribeca a youthful son of American Ideal – he was foaled in 2012 – but on his distaff side he can claim equal distinctions. His first two dams, Pixel Perfect and Amarillen, were named Broodmare of the Year in 2018 and 2017 respectively. Pixel Perfect, who was unraced, left six winners – all inside 2:00 - from six foals including three Group winners in the outstanding racemare Carlas Pixel 1:49.5 ($480,128), winner of five Group races, the Australian Pacing Gold winner Soho Nolita 1:53 ($233,620), Soho Hamilton (1:54.6) and Soho Tribeca. The grand-dam Amarillen produced eight winners from 10 foals including the Chariots of Fire and Breeders Crown champion Villagem 1:52.1 ($626,585), the Victoria Oaks winner Miss Graceland 1:54 ($244,658) and the APG Final winner Nostra Beach 1:53.5 ($266,190). Soho Tribeca, who represents the famed male line of Western Hanover (grandsire of great sires in Rocknroll Hanover and American Ideal) and coming from the prolific family of Topsy with strains of Art Major, Fake Left and Panorama, all proved imports as sires and broodmare sires, has a second to none blood inheritance. Bookings can be made by contacting Dr Kath McIntosh at Northern Rivers Equine on 0427 497 429 or (03) 5852 2845 or email orders@nrequine.com.au   by Peter Wharton

The Goulburn Valley-based Northern Rivers Equine will present their first draft at the 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale with a terrific selection of seven yearlings by a wide range of popular sires.   The consignment of six fillies and a colt were specifically selected on pedigree and type in Auckland last May and represent the top maternal families in New Zealand and Australia today.   They are by some of the world’s greatest sires including Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, American Ideal, Mach Three and Sweet Lou as well as up-and-coming NZ stallion Highview Tommy.   The families to which the yearlings belong have produced top horses the calibre of Code Bailey, the dual WA Cup winner Chicago Bull, Hunter Cup winner Stunin Cullen, Cash N Flow and the champion NZ racemares Tigerish, The Orange Agent and Lauraella.   The first two of the Northern Rivers’ draft to enter the ring are the superbly bred American Ideal fillies Ideal Energy NZ (Lot 19) and French Racket NZ (Lot 39). Ideal Energy NZ, a long barrelled, athletic filly, is from an Artsplace mare that left the Terang Guineas and Mount Gambier Gold Cup winner Iam Erik. The filly is closely related to Time Flies ($624,230), the WA Oaks placegetter Dame Puissant and Floyd Mayweather ($326,285).   French Racket NZ, a strong, athletic type, is out of a daughter of the broodmare gem Vicario, the dam of nine winners including the NZ 3YO Colt of the Year, Hunter Cup winner and successful sire Stunin Cullen and the NZ 4YO Mare of the Year Coburg. This season’s top NZ juvenile It’s All About Faith (1:56.4) is also a member of this fine family.   Next, is Delightful Gem NZ (Lot 59), a powerful bay filly bred the very successful Bettor’s Delight-Art Major cross. Her dam, Diamond Like NZ, ranks as a half-sister to the Queensland Premier’s Cup winner Smiling Armada and to the dam of the NZ Jewels winner Pembrook’s Delight.   Tiger Tommy NZ (Lot 69) is a stunning filly by the former NZ 2YO of the Year Highview Tommy out of a daughter of the champion NZ racemare Tigerish ($491,957), the dam of seven winners including the NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Tiger Turner and grand-dam of the Group winner All Tiger 1:49.2 ($514,726). This is the family of the recent Northam Cup winner Son Of A Tiger, the Group 1 Westbred Classic winner One Off Delight, Tiger Swift and so on.   Lot 75, Sweet Emmylou NZ, the only Sweet Lou colt in the sale, ranks as a half-brother to the Menangle winner Its Inevitable and the NSW Sapling placegetter He’s Bettor. The colt’s second dam, Matter Of Time, is a half-sister to six sub 2:00 performers and to the dam of Inter Dominion heat winner Cincinnati Kid ($499,495) and is closely related to the six-time Group 1 winner The Orange Agent ($746,423).   The only Art Major filly at the sale is Major Annie NZ (Lot 83), who is the second foal of the Group 2 NZ Ladyship Stakes runner-up Annie Morva (1:52.9). The classy filly hails from a strong family which includes the exported Elliesjet (1:51.8), Bet Out Of Ell and Magie Lilly Rose (1:54.2).   Completing the Northern Rivers entry is Mach’s Last NZ (Lot 90), a correct, good bodied filly from the last crop of Mach Three and his only representative in the sale. A member of the noted Black Watch tribe, the filly is closely related to the NZ Young Guns heat winner Im Meticulous (1:55.6), the dual Oaks winner Lauraelle ($699,946) and the Group two and three-year-old placegetter Express Stride (1:49).   For a pre-sale inspection and further information phone Dr Kath McIntosh on (03) 5852 2845 or 0427 497 429 or visit the website www.nrequine.com.au     by Peter Wharton

Champion harness racing sire American Ideal produced three Cup winners in the space of a fortnight! Mighty Conqueror NZ started the ball rolling when he outfinished a top field in the Group 1 $450,000 WA Pacing Cup – the fifth leg of the Australasian Grand Circuit - at Gloucester Park on January 17.   The gelding became American Ideal’s third WA Cup winners in five years, joining Soho Tribeca (2018) and My Hard Copy (2015 and 2016). On February 1 Son Of A Tiger NZ took out the Group 3 $30,000 Northam Pacing Cup and the following night Illegal Immigrant NZ notched his most important success to date in the Group 3 $30,000 Devonport Cup.   American Ideal has climbed into fourth position on this season’s All Aged sire list with $2,061,475 (as at Feb. 2). He is also currently ranked fourth on the NZ sires’ list with $676,572 and finished third on the 2019 USA Sires’ premiership with a staggering $16million.   American Ideal, who has just completed his first Australian season at Northern Rivers Equine, was again among the most popular stallions in the southern Hemisphere. He served more than 200 Australian-based mares and 40 in New Zealand.   Northern Rivers Equine prepared 13 yearlings on behalf of clients Lauriston Bloodstock (Bill & Anne Anderson), Greg Fleming and Phil and Tracey Wade for the 2020 Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne sale.   Of the 12 that were offered, 11 were sold and one was passed-in. The 11 lots sold aggregated $405,000 with the top price of $85,000 being for the lovely Art Major-Sugarland colt consigned by Lauriston Bloodstock.     By Peter Wharton

A half-brother to the harness racing Breeders Crown champion Hurricane Harley and half-sisters to the APG Final and Breeders Crown winner Follow The Stars and the Victoria Derby and dual Breeders Crown champion Our Little General will spearhead the Northern Rivers Equine draft at the Australian Pacing Gold sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, February 2. Northern Rivers Equine, Kyabram, the home of American Ideal, Mel Mara and Yankee Rockstar, will present 13 yearlings – four colts and nine fillies – on behalf of clients Lauriston Bloodstock, Greg Fleming and Phil and Tracey Wade. Bill and Anne Anderson’s Lauriston Bloodstock, the dual Victorian Breeders of the Year and whose stock have won 25 Group 1 races to date, have nominated eight superbly bred yearlings – two colts and six fillies. Their consignment includes a Somebeachsomewhere colt from the APG Final winner Musical Delight (Lot 171); a Bettor’s Delight half-sister to Our Little General and Kasbah Kid (Lot 153); an Art Major half-brother to Hurricane Harley and Mango Stride (1:50.9) as Lot 230; a Captaintreacherous half-sister to Follow The Stars and APG runner-up Stefsbest (Lot 222); an Art Major sister to the Victoria Sapling winner Abouttime and half-sister to the speedy None Bettor (1:48.8) as Lot 158; a Sweet Lou filly out of the Breeders Crown champion Glenferrie Shuffle (Lot 122); a Bettor’s Delight half-sister to three in 1:56 including Rocknroll Icon (Lot 189); and an American Ideal filly from the Group 3 placegetter Artistic Angel (Lot 73). Swan Hill breeder-owner Greg Fleming, who bred and raced the former top racemare Helen’s Bonus, is selling at the APG for the first time. Fleming has nominated two progeny of the champion American juvenile and now leading sire Captaintreacherous. Lot 127 is a colt out of the McArdle mare Glitterazzi, a half-sister to millionaire pacer Bling It On and the Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling, while Lot 68 is a filly from the prolific WA and USA winner Arctic Fire, a half-sister to the NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Classy Filly. Kyabram breeders Phil and Tracey Wade, who bred, raised and sold the Group placegetter Dee Double You at the 2017 APG sale, have a three-prong draft at this year’s sale. They are offering a grand looking filly from the first crop of world champion Always B Miki that is a half-sister to Dee Double You and hails from the family of crack racemares Louvre and Miss Hazel, as Lot 148. The Wade’s other two yearlings are both by A G’s White Socks’ sire, the great Rock N Roll Heaven. Lot 204 is a half-brother to Philtra Phella, a winner of 20 races in Victoria and Tasmania and almost $100,000, while Lot 235 is a daughter of the Somebeachsomewhere mare Somesorta Philtra, a half-sister to Dee Double You. For an inspection of the Northern Rivers Equine draft phone Kath McIntosh on 0427 497 429 or (03) 5852 2845. Peter Wharton  

Yankee Rockstar’s decorated family The family of our brilliant, young sire Yankee Rockstar received further embellishment with the announcement of the Victorian Industry Awards at a function held in Melbourne recently. Poster Boy, a half-brother to Yankee Rockstar, was named the Victorian 4YO Entire/Gelding Pacer of the Year for 2018/19 on the back of his successes in the Chariots Of Fire and Victorian 4YO Bonanza. The Award complimented his Australian and Harness Breeders Victoria Awards for 4YO and Older Horse of the Year, while Aston Villa USA, the dam of Yankee Rockstar and Poster Boy, was named the Australian and Victorian Broodmare of the Year for 2018/19. Yankee Rockstar’s first Victorian crop are hitting the ground and receiving great reviews from broodmare owners. Among the new Yankee Rockstar arrivals at Northern Rivers Equine have been Ideal Tyson’s half-sister Artistic Angel (a colt), Hancock Hero’s dam Ima Ritzi Lombo (a filly) and Olivia Rockstar (filly). Yankee Rockstar has received nearly 40 bookings for the current season.   Mel Mara off to flying start Northern Rivers Equine’s new resident sire Mel Mara is off to a flying start with the first six mares he served getting in foal. Mel Mara has a book of more than 40 mares to the end of November. Mel Mara, a 1:47 million dollar winning grandson of the great Cambest, is available throughout Australia and New Zealand in fresh chilled form.   American Ideal’s USA success Fully booked sire American Ideal has jumped into third position on this year’s USA Sire premiership following a spate of feature race wins by his progeny in October/November. Leading the vanguard was the four-year-old entire American History, who dismissed a crack field including champion McWicked in the $655,000 Breeders Crown Open in 1:48.6 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. He retired recently with earnings of $1,089,556 and a record of 1:47. Shake That House, a three-year-old by American Ideal, pushed his year’s earnings over the $500,000 mark when he outfinished his rivals in the $335,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace in 1:50.2 at Dover Downs, Delaware. American Ideal’s son Endeavor scored the most important win of his career when he outstayed his rivals in the $100,000 Potomac Pace in 1:49.8 at Rosecroft Raceway, Maryland. On the sales front, the American Ideal yearling colt Make My Deo topped the second session of the Black Book Sale at Harrisburg at a whopping $280,000. American Ideal had 35 head sell at an average of $40,571.   Breeders of the Month – Dennis and Brenda Bice Carlsruhe couple Dennis and Brenda Bice, who conduct Yorkshire Park Standardbreds, a boutique breeding and agistment establishment, have been enjoying a golden run with their stock this season. Undoubtedly the star of their produce is talented trotting gelding Jilliby Babavaska, who has won 12 of his 25 starts to date and $90,610 in stakes including a Group 3 at Melton and a placing in the Breeders Crown Final. His half-sister Magical has been placed on five occasions and was a finalist in the Breeders Crown and Homegrown Classic. Promising three-year-old filly She Will Rock, a winner of three of her six starts, Hancocks Hero, a double winner at Mildura, and his half-sister Go Home Jo have been other recent winners bred by Dennis and Brenda. Rare Courage, winner of the Moonee Valley and Wedderburn Cups, was the first good horse bred and owned by the Bice’s. The couple currently owns eight broodmares including close relatives of Franco Nelson, Soho Lennon, Western Dream, Dee En Ay Macray, Lyell Creek and Marcoola. The mares are all bred and foaled down and the foals are weaned at Northern Rivers Equine.   November foalings Northern Rivers Equine has had 74 foals (all breeds) born on the property this season. Standardbred foalings in November were: National Gallery - Somebeachsomewhere filly Ima Ritzi Lombo - Yankee Rockstar filly Miss Potential - Sportswriter colt Olivia Rockstar - Yankee Rockstar filly Carlisle Queen - A Rocknroll Dance colt Artistic Angel - Yankee Rockstar colt Make Mine Cullen - Bettor’s Delight colt Aldebaran Deegan - Aldebaran Eagle colt Glitterazzi - Art Major filly Its Bonus - Sportswriter filly Trojan Fire - Captaintreacherous filly Whats Emma Got - A Rocknroll Dance colt Our Chelsea Girl - Sweet Lou colt Top Tempo - Well Said filly Speak No Evil - Captaintreacherous filly All Finesse – Centurion ATM filly Watch The Dream – Art Major filly   Large yearling sale draft Northern Rivers Equine is preparing its largest ever draft for its clients at the 2020 Australian Pacing Gold Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, February 2. The outstanding 14 strong consignment comprises five colts and nine fillies by leading sires such as Bettor’s Delight, Captaintreacherous, Art Major, Somebeachsomewhere, American Ideal, Sweet Lou, Rock N Roll Heaven, Always B Miki and Sportswriter. The complete list of yearlings: Musical Delight - Somebeachsomewhere colt Sugarland – Art Major colt National Gallery -Bettor’s Delight filly Limerick Star – Art Major filly Smyrna Duruisseau – Captaintreacherous filly Kabbalah Karen B – Bettor’s Delight filly Glenferrie Shuffle – Sweet Lou filly Artistic Angel – American Ideal filly Philtra Girl – Rock N Roll Heaven colt Chloes Daughter – Sportswriter colt Somesorta Philtra – Rock N Roll Heavn filly Just Look At Me – Always B Miki filly Glitterazzi – Captaintreacherous colt Arctic Fire – Captaintreacherous filly   By Peter Wharton for Northern Rivers Equine Clinic

Mel Mara 1:47 ($1,028,397), a world champion racehorse and conqueror of the world’s two fastest harness racing pacers Always B Miki (1:46) and McWicked (1:46.2) and the outstanding Sweet Lou (1:47), will be standing his introductory season at Northern Rivers Equine Veterinary Clinic, Kyabram, near Shepparton, of Dr Kath McIntosh. His will stand for a fee of $2,500 including GST in Australia and $2,500 plus GST in New Zealand. Mel Mara’s record speaks for itself and entitles him to the claim of being one of the best performed stallions ever offered for service in Australia. A real speed merchant, Mel Mara paced a winning mile in 1:47 on a mile track and 1:47.2 on a five-eighths track and was race-timed between 1:47 and 1:47.4 on five occasions. He paced six winning miles in sub 1:49 and 15 in 1:50 or better and is one of only two horses ever to record six final quarters in better than 26 seconds. In all, Mel Mara won 26 races and was placed on 27 occasions for $1,028,397 in stakes. He took his record of 1:47, winning in Free-for-all company at The Meadowlands, in which he comfortably defeated the two fastest horses in history, Always B Miki and McWicked, leading from the outset and carving out the last half in a sensational 52.4 with a last quarter in 25.4. The time equalled the world record for an older pacing stallion on a mile track and was only a tick outside the all-time world mark. Mel Mara defeating the two fastest horses in history, Always B Miki 1:46 and McWicked 1:46.3 Mel Mara in a  world record 1 47, last quarter in 25 4 A winner in 1:52 as a two-year-old, Mel Mara competed against one of the greatest ever crops of three-year-olds, winning four races with four placings for $339,080 in stakes. The highlight of his sophomore season was his brilliant come-from-behind win in the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series Final in 1:51.8, beating the Little Brown Jug winner Michael’s Power 1:48.1 ($1.9m) and Warrawee Needy 1:46.4 ($1.2m). He also won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile, sitting parked throughout in 1:49.4 with the last quarter in 26.1, and finished runner-up in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final, John Simpson Memorial and a Breeders Crown elimination. Mel Mara later competed with real distinction against the leading open class pacers in North America. He won two eliminations of the Ben Franklin at Pocono Downs and finished a neck second in the $500,000 Final and third in the $116,000 Allerage Farm Pace in 1:48.2 at The Red Mile. The list of champion pacers that Mel Mara met and defeated reads like a classics date book. They include Always B Miki 1:46 ($2.8m), Sweet Lou 1:47 ($3.4m), McWicked 1:46.2 ($4.1m), Foiled Again 1:48 ($7.6m), Clear Vision 1:48.2 ($2.7m), Michael’s Power 1:48.1 ($1.9m), Warrawee Needy 1:46.4 ($1.2m), Bolt The Duer 1:47.4 ($1.8m) and Rockin Ron 1:47.2 ($1.6m), to name only a few. A commanding individual, 16 hands, foaled in 2009, Mel Mara is the fastest and richest son of former champion pacer Lis Mara 1:47.3 ($2.1m) and as a representative of the famed Cam Fella sire line his influence promises to be widely exerted. M L Revrac, the dam of Mel Mara, is a member of one of America’s greatest families – that tracing to Jessie Pepper – a tribe noted for producing top racehorses and leading sires. M L Revrac, dam of four winners (three in 1:55), is by the great Matt’s Scooter, sire of Mach Three among others, from Just Peachy, dam of six winners with two in 1:55, by Nihilator from the Stakes-winning mare Peach Bottom 1:55.3 ($348,609), from the outstanding matron Gidget Lobell, the dam of seven winners including the great No Nukes. Others from this branch of the Jessie Pepper family have been Rock N Roll Heaven 1:47.3 ($2.7m), the Canadian champion Silent Swing 1:48.4 ($2m), Clear Vision 1:48.2 ($2.7m), the Adios Stake winner Armbro Animate 1:50.1 ($1.2m) and Survivor Gold 1:51 ($897,929). For bookings, a test mating or further information contact Dr Kath McIntosh at Northern Rivers Equine Veterinary Clinic on phone 0427 497 429 or (03) 5852 2845 or visit the website www.nrequine.com.au Peter Wharton

Dominant ‘dual hemisphere’ harness racing stallion American Ideal will stand the coming 2019/20 breeding season in Victoria. Woodlands Stud NZ, in conjunction with Dr Kath McIntosh’s Northern Rivers Equine at Kyabram, will stand the brilliant son of Western Ideal in the heart of standardbred country in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley. American Ideal remains one of the 21st Century’s most influential stallions in both hemispheres. American Ideal’s progeny now has earnings of over $110,000,000 million and his CV runs very deep with thirteen millionaires and 44 in the 1.50 list! American Ideal remains a rich source of winners at all racing levels. Watch American Ideal pace his record of 1:47.4 in 2005 Dr Andrew Grierson, principal of Woodlands Stud, is excited about the move of American Ideal to Victoria. He commented, ‘Australian breeders have supported American Ideal significantly in recent seasons and his race track results combined with outstanding yearling results made the decision to send American Ideal to Victoria an easy one’. ‘We are delighted to work along side one of Victoria’s most progressive vet’s in Dr Kath McIntosh and her staff. ‘In a results driven business, Northern Rivers Equine is a standardbred leader in Victoria. We look forward to a successful and long-term relationship’ said Dr Grierson. A beautiful natured and intelligent stallion, American Ideal will be a significant addition to the Australian standardbred ranks. His progeny continues to deliver as juveniles and at the Grand Circuit level. His is now starting to impact as a broodmare sire also. In Australia, American Ideal has left 173 bred Australian winners from 231 starters and they have amassed $11,000,000 million, an average of a remarkable $47,000 per starter to end of May 2019. The depth of American Ideals progeny in Australia has continued into the 2018/19 season. He is currently the leading dollar average sire in Australia for 2yo’s at $23,000. His daughter Pelosi is comfortably the best 2yo filly in Australia following her dominant Australian Pacing Gold final victory. To watch Pelosi win this race click on this link. For the 2019/20 season American Ideal service fee in Australia will be $11,000 GST INC and in NZ $10,000 + GST. Normal discounts will apply and semen will be available to NZ Breeders. American Ideal already has a significant number of early bookings in Australia for the 2019/20 season. For all enquiry’s regarding American Ideal in Australia please contact; Woodlands Stud Australian manager Mark Hughes on 0451650707 or email mark@woodlandsstud.co.nz and in New Zealand contact Stacey White on 021 595492 or email stacey@woodlandsstud.co.nz

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