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Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound Gloucester Park winners closely related Texas Tiger, who won the $50,000 4YO and 5YO Championship at Gloucester Park, and Suing You, a winner on the same night, are both members of the same family. Texas Tiger, who is undefeated in six starts in Western Australia, is a four-year-old American Ideal gelding out of the In The Pocket mare Tiger Dion (2:01.2), who produced others in the Gloucester Park winner Twoandahalf Tigers 1:56.4 ($170,761), Ida Tiger (1:55.5) and Urban Tiger (1:57.3). Texas Tiger winning at Gloucester Park                –Daryl Hallows, Paceway Photos   Tiger Dion, who won three races, was a sister-in-blood to the Breeders Crown champion All Tiger 1:49.2 ($496,107), being out of the former NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Tiger Turner, by Holmes Hanover from the Butler B G mare Tigerish 1:57 ($491,957), an outstanding racemare and dual Oaks winner. Suing You, a four-year-old mare by the deceased Alta Christiano, is from the Perth winner Tiger Su (1:56), an Elsu half-sister to Tiger Turner, the second dam of Texas Tiger. Suing You ranks as a half-sister to the Westbred 3YO Classic winner One Off Delight 1:54.2 ($237,931).   Tasmania Cup winner Bullys Delight, a Bettor’s Delight five-year-old and the winner of the $75,000 Tasmania Cup at Hobart, is out of Mi Coconut, a fine racemare and a Group 1 winner who is proving a successful broodmare.  Bullys Delight        Photo   Mi Coconut is also the dam of Kid Coconut 1:55 ($146,951), a prolific winner at Melton, and his half-brother Blisstar (1:58.8), a winner at Melton and Hobart. Mi Coconut was an Albert Albert mare from Milady 1:59.6 ($147,351), by Kotare Knight from Lucky Piece, by Aachen from the Meadow Vance mare Marana, a half-sister to the Kilmore Cup winner Free Vance. Mi Coconut was a half-sister to Milady Meg (2:00.8), winner of seven races including the Granny Smith, and Mi Mademoiselle (2:00.4), who won five. Their dam, Milady, a Bandbox and Granny Smith victor, was a half-sister to Family Revenge (2:02.1), dam of a top Tasmanian pacer in Armbros Revenge 1:53.4 ($291,006).   Mister Rea unbeaten two-year-old The Pet Rock colt Mister Rea firmly clinched his claim as the season’s top rating two-year-old in NSW when he won the Group 2 $50,000 Sapling Stakes at Menangle, and is now undefeated in two starts. Actually he was a class above his rivals, and, after being required to overcome a difficult draw and a wide passage, the colt careered away to prevail by four lengths in 1:52.1. A well developed youngster, possessing both speed and stamina, Mister Rea is the first Sapling Stakes winner trained by Riverina horseman Ray Walker, who brought out the cup class pacer Imastrongone.  Mister Rea’s dam, Just Glenburn (1:59), was a Harold Park winner, being by Village Jasper from Glenburn Smoothie (1:59.8), a winner of three, and by the Most Happy Fella horse Smooth Fella, sire of a fine racemare in Smooth Sensation (winner of $249,419), dam of the Group winner Lombo Serene. Glenburn Smoothie was out of Directa’s Special, by Hilarious Way from the UK mare Saunders Directa, by Holly Sand, a leading sire for many years in Tasmania. This is the family which produced winners such as Vincent, Self Denial, Full Pleasure, Kept for Pleasure, Nowitzki, Our Femme Fatale and others.   Oaks winner by The Gold Ace Annerie, winner of the Tasmanian Oaks at Hobart at her first start on Australian soil, could develop into one of the best her age this year. By the Bettor’s Delight horse The Gold Ace – a grand pacer and Derby winner himself – Annerie is from Feyonce, by Changeover (a son of In The Pocket) from My Khan, by the Meadow Skipper horse Genghis Khan, winner of the inaugural World Cup at The Meadowlands and one-time world mile record holder. This family has produced some useful pacers over the years. Feyonce is a half-sister to the Harness Jewels winner Safin 1:55.3 ($246,810), the exported Kodan (1:52.4) and Drell (1:55.4) and the Harold Park winner Our Kumar (1:56). Annerie has strong claims of colonial blood but she is none the worse for it.   Matai Geordie’s breeding background The Washington VC gelding Matai Geordie, whose success at Gloucester Park recently was his fourth winning run in WA from six starts, is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Washington VC (sire of Im Themightyquinn), Matai Geordie is out of the Christian Cullen mare Matai Princess, a half-sister to the Menangle winner Matai Dream Away (1:57.1), being out of the B G’s Bunny mare Matai Gigi, who is a half-sister to the Queensland Governor’s Cup winner Matai B B C 1:56.1 ($143,485). The family descends through mares by the leading stallions Neros’ BB, Tempest Hanover, Flying Song and Josedale Grattan to the Harold Rothschild mare First Water, a daughter of the noted foundation mare Red Diamond. From the First Water branch of it and to which Matai Geordie belongs, top flight pacers such as Blacks A Fake, Tactile, Noodlum, Viking Water and others belong.   Won Go Girlfriend Semi Sensation, who won the Group 3 Go Girlfriend at Menangle, leading from end to end in a fresh lifetime mark of 1:52.4, is by the Grinfromeartoear horse Mr Feelgood, sire of a top racemare in Charming Allie. Semi Sensation is out of Left Laughing (2:00.7), by Fake Left from the Hilarious Way mare Peals Of Laughter, a daughter of Burgundy Belle, the dam of the Harold Park free-for-all winner Saint Albans, a smart juvenile in Star Of Alban and others. Semi Sensation is a sister-in-blood to Happyever Laughter 1:53.2 ($113,583), a winner of 13 races.   Well related three-year-old Alby Two Chains, who won the Tasmanian Guineas-Derby double at Hobart, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when he won two of his starts. He has opened his three-year-old season on a winning note and will be well in line for the major classics on the mainland. Bought at the APG Melbourne sale in 2019 for $70,000, Alby Two Chains is a colt by the Somebeachsomewhere horse, Captaintreacherous, from Slip Slop Slap, the best of whose several progeny has been the thrice Group 1 winner Jilliby Kung Fu (1:48.8), now at the stud in Victoria. Slip Slop Slap ranks as a half-sister to a capable racemare and Victoria Gold Chalice winner in Lombo Mondoluce, being by Perfect Art from the SA Oaks winner Slaps, by Tuapeka Knight from the American-bred mare Tabella Ace, by Slapstick. Slip Slop Slap was 15 when she left Alby Two Chains.   Fourth win on end Highway To Heaven, winner of the Mount Gambier Gold Cup and five days earlier a winner at Horsham, is one of the most promising four-year-olds in Victoria at present. The gelding has won at four of his five appearances in Australia for $22,000 in stakes. By the In The Pocket horse Christian Cullen, he is out of Last Port Of Call, by a champion sire in Live Or Die from Port Medley, by Meddlesome from Sea Dream. Last Port Of Call, the dam of Highway To Heaven, won only once race but she was a half-sister to 11 winners -  five in 2:00 – including two high class WA pacers in Lively Medley 1:54.6 ($131,055), winner of the Mount Eden Sprint and WA 4 &5YO Championship, and Falcon’s Medley 1:55.1 ($186,312). Highway To Heaven was bred by Nevele R Stud, Christchurch.   Sire for South Australia The Christian Cullen horse Gotta Go Cullect has been relocated to South Australia where he is to do stud duty at Mario Borg’s property at Sampson Flat, near Gawler. Gotta Go Cullect in winning action   Gotta Go Cullect was first at the stud in New Zealand before doing a term at Egmont Park Stud in Queensland. His current crop of two-year-olds are grand individuals and those in work have shown marked promise. His stock include the top WA racemare Gotta Go Gabbana, Al Raza (winner of $445,000), the Queensland Oaks winner Nek Time, Come Cullect (NSW Ranji Bill), Gotta Go Henry, He’s Okey Dokey and Sparkling Cullect. A particularly well bred horse, Gotta Go Cullect is by Christian Cullen from a champion racemare in Elect To Live, the dam also of the Harness Jewels winner Gotta Go Harmony. Elect To Live was by Live Or Die from Lopez Elect, by Lopez Hanover from Ruling Miss, by Card Shark from the Brahman mare Ruling Caste, who established a strong winning branch of the Norice tribe. Gotta Go Cullect proved himself a brilliant pacer on his day, taking a NZ record of 1:57 beating Highview Tommy and Tintin In America in the Cardigan Bay Stakes.   Blue blooded youngster Lightning Dan, a very impressive winner on debut at Horsham recently, is a two-year-old colt who can claim some worthwhile blood. By Captaintreacherous, by Somebeachsomewhere from Worldly Treasure, by Artsplace, he is out of the Art Major mare Beninjurd, whose dam, My Liberty Belle (1:57.5), left a brilliant pacer and dual Inter Dominion heat winner in Philadelphia Man 1:52.6 ($559,135). Beninjurd, who was unraced, ranks as the dam of the outstanding juvenile pacers Centenario 1:53.4 ($332,520) and Tough Tilly 1:54.9 ($191,040), both Vicbred champions, and the top Tasmanian pacer Somedan 1:55.9 ($131,690).   First winner for Dreamcatcher The Love You horse, Dreamcatcher, who was bred in Sweden and raced in Victoria, was represented by his first winner from his first small crop when the two-year-old Eds Dream emerged successful at Melton recently. Having only his second start, the colt led from the outset, and, after a brief mistake in the last lap, recovered his gait and marched away for a half-length win.  Bred by Pat Driscoll, Eds Dream ranks as a half-brother to the Group/Listed winners My Valerie 1:54.8 ($132,655) and Parisian Chic (1:58.8), being out of Xena Hest, by Pine Chip from the Inter Dominion Consolation winner Amy Hest, by Game Pride. Dreamcatcher will stand his first public season at stud at Driscoll’s Haras Des Trotteurs’ property near Ballarat next spring.   by Peter Wharton

Burwood Stud, Pittsworth, who bred the Queensland 2YO and 3YO of the Year Governor Jujon, is holding an Open Day at the farm on Sunday, March 21, from 10am to 2pm. The highlight will be a parade of 20 yearlings listed to go under the hammer at the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale to be held at the Redcliffe Paceway the following Sunday. Visitors will be able to inspect the farm and resident stallions Changeover, Franco Nelson and Cammibest, engage with the Denning family and farm veterinarian Francois Viljoen, of Darling Downs Vets and enjoy the Barastoc barbecue lunch. Burwood Stud has bred, prepared or stood the sire of seven of the 11 Garrard’s 2YO Redcliffe Sales Classics conducted so far. Burwood Stud’s Denning family (from left) Caleb, Noel, Chris and Jonathon The 2021 Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale has attracted 73 youngsters by 29 different sires including Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sweet Lou, Mr Feelgood, Sportswriter, Roll With Joe, A Rocknroll Dance, For A Reason, Hurrikane Kingcole, Hes Watching, Cammibest, Betting Line, Warrawee Needy, Bling It On and the rookie sires Huntsville, Fear The Dragon, Lennytheshark, A Good Chance and Centurion ATM. To view the catalogue online visit Catalogues are available from the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club and Garrard’s Horse and Hound outlets. For a printed catalogue phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or email or phone Redcliffe Harness Racing Club on (07) 3284 4550.   by Peter Wharton

The 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, the sale which produced Our Uncle Sam and the Pink Bonnet winner Silk Cloud, will be conducted by Graeme Board and Company at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 21, starting at 11am. The sale has attracted 91 lots by 31 different sires including Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, American Ideal, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sweet Lou, Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Well Said, A Rocknroll Dance, Live Or Die, Warrawee Needy, Betting Line, Bling It On and Shoobee’s Place. The sale will showcase the first Australian crop of exciting, young sires in Huntsville, Vincent and Fear The Dragon. There’s siblings to a string of ‘black type’ performers including Dont Hold Back, Courageousnquick, Shes A Runa, My Willow, Perfectly Written, Shoobee Doo, Taylor’s Mill and many more. Two late entries for the sale seem certain to attract more than usual interest. They are Lot 43A, a Fear The Dragon colt out of the American-bred mare Heavenly Beauty 1:52 ($100,811). A half-brother to a 1:50.4 Meadowlands winner, the colt boasts a $900,000 earner, 10 $200,000 winners and 15 $100,000 winners on his pedigree page. Lot 5A, a bay colt by Live Or Die, is from the McArdle mare Reiki Franco, a three-quarter sister to Rondel Franco 1:51.6 ($684,003) and a close relative to the Group winners Im Pat’s Delight, Courageousnquick, The Bus and Saveapatrol. Yearlings are eligible to compete in the Sale Graduate Pace with separate divisions for colts and fillies in 2022. They are also eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, NSW Breeders Blue, Bathurst Gold Crown, Breeders Crown, Vicbred and QBred. The sale will be livestreamed on – click on Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale. Online bidding will also be available through this site but prior registration is required. The online catalogue is available at   By Peter Wharton

Popular Goulburn Valley couple Garry Hawthorn and Jenny Gallagher have been breeding and racing standardbreds successfully under the banner of Galthorn Farm since 2005. They have bred, reared and sold ‘black type’ performers such as Malcolms Rhythm 1:52.9 ($224,700), whose successes include the Vicbred Homegrown 3YO Classic and The Graduate, Watchmefella, winner of the Caduceus Club 3YO Cup and more than $190,000, Mohegan Sun, a Group winner in Perth of $245,000 and still racing, Be Major Threat ($115,199) and the classic and cups winning trotter Jerichos Trumpet ($105,335). “The best horse we’ve bred and raced ourselves is Rubeelee,” Jenny said. “She won heats of the Breeders Crown, Vicbred Super Series and the Edgar Tatlow.” While Garry and Jenny have enjoyed more than their fair share of success as breeders over 16 years, the exclamation mark of their careers materialized in the first week of March. The couple bred no less than five winners across two States for the week! Their winners were Malcolms Rhythm, who captured the Markovina Free-for-all at Melton, Hesty (Gloucester Park), the three-year-old Codys Colt (Shepparton), Give Us A Wink (Mildura) and Jerichos Trumpet (Birchip). “It was an amazing week. We got a quinella at Mildura with Gives Us A Wink and Wyattflynn as well,” Jenny said. The quintet were all sold as yearlings by the couple with Malcolms Rhythm attracting the highest price of $70,000 at the 2017 Melbourne sale. Galthorn Farm is offering siblings to Hesty and Give Us A Wink as part of their seven-strong draft at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on April 10 and 11. “We think it’s our best offering ever. They’re a very even bunch,” Jenny stated. “The two Huntsville colts are athletic, intelligent types.” They are Lot 215, a brown/black half-brother to the 1:56.9 juvenile winner Captain Oh Captain, and Lot 282, a half-brother to Hesty (1:56.7) and Lost Four Words (2:00). Lot 282 Huntsville-Four Zoe colt with Jenny Gallagher and Garry Hawthorn, of Galthorn Farm, Congupna, near Shepparton Jenny said the Well Said colt out of Rubeelee (Lot 134) is a “stunner”. He’s a half-brother to the 1:55.4 three-year-old winner Speedy Leo and his dam is a half-sister to six in 2:00 including the NSW Sires Stakes 2YO champion and Bathurst Gold Crown placegetter Hurricane Jett. Lot 14, a colt by Art Major from the 1:52 Bettor’s Delight mare Im Twice The Delight NZ should turn plenty of heads in the sale ring. “He’s a nice colt from a great maternal family,” Jenny stated. Galthorn Farm is also offering two colts by emerging sire Sweet Lou, one a half-brother to Give Us A Wink (Lot 85), and the other a colt from Our Options NZ (1:59.5), a Bettor’s Delight half-sister to the Group winners Dibaba (NZ Southland Oaks), Opulent (NZ Caduceus Club 2YO Classic) and Idealindiamnonds (WA The Warwick). The lone filly from the Galthorn Farm consignment is Lot 143, an athletic filly by the USA 3YO Colt of the Year Betting Line out of the McArdle mare Shelbyville NZ 1:54.5 ($108,852), a good winner at Menangle and Albion Park. The draft is being prepared by Garry and Jenny with the help of Simone Innes and Katie Nalder, the daughter of well known Goulburn Valley identities John and Jane Nalder. Jenny said she and Garry enjoy both the racing and breeding side of the industry. “It’s a lot of fun when you win,” she said. The couple own 12 broodmares and got nine in-foal last season. Vendors at the Victorian sales for more than a decade, Garry and Jenny have one motto at auction time: “We breed to sell.”     by Peter Wharton

Promising Tintin In America three-year-old gelding American Bullitt further underlined his potential with a smart come-from-behind win at Gloucester Park last Friday night (March 12). The gelding clocked a career-best 1:56.6 for 2130 metres, with the final 800 in 57.3. Watch the replay click here! Tintin In America was also represented by a winner at the Young Cup meeting on the same day in the four-year-old Boston Busker (1:58.5). The 2020 NSW Sire of the Year Million Dollar Cam led in five individual winners for the week including Getaloadathisgirl, who won twice at Redcliffe in 1:57.9 and 1:59.3. Other winners by Tintin In America have been Whatta Conk, a 1:57.8 winner at Penrith, Kay Nora Shannon (Redcliffe), Our Mista Kalle (Northam) and Atomic Million Am, a winner in 1:55 at Rideau Carleton Raceway, Canada. World champion Warrawee Needy also led in two winners in Canada in Noch Ten, who captured a leg of the Snowshoe Pacing Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:56.4, and Heresthatmanagain (2:00, Western Fair Raceway). Tintin In America, Million Dollar Cam and Warrawee Needy are all members of the sire roster at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW).   By Peter Wharton

Changeover, the former champion New Zealand racehorse who now stands at Burwood Stud on Queensland’s Darling Downs, had a red-letter day on Friday (March 12) with seven harness racing winners. The haul included four ‘new’ winners. Changeover led in three winners at Albion Park with Tiz A Sizzler NZ (1:54), who made it three from four this year, Stinger Lindenny NZ (1:55.3) and the Chris Garrard bred and owned Moonan Nina (1:59.2) He was also represented by a double at Westport on NZ’s South Island with Jazelle (her fifth win) and the ‘new’ winner Jimmy Arma. Jimmy Arma winning at Westport Changeover’s other winners last Friday were Erica Change, a 1:57.3 victor at Newcastle, and the runaway Albany winner Armarockstar. To complete a big week for Changeover, Talkerup NZ notched her 14th success and took her earnings to beyond $180,000 at Pinjarra. Changeover has sired 66 individual winners in Australia and NZ this season and they have amassed more than $800,000 in stakes.   By Peter Wharton

The Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale has been a consistent source of harness racing winners around the country in the last few years. Undoubtedly the best performed sale graduate has been Our Uncle Sam, the winner of 22 races and $662,176 in stakes and runner-up in the Inter Dominion Grand Final and two Hunter Cups. Silk Cloud, winner of the recent NSW Pink Bonnet, and Lyrical Genius, who won the Young Derby last Friday, were others sold at the annual auction. Other winners from the sale include the NSW Breeders Challenge and Simpson Sprint winner Charlaval, Shoobee Doo (Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial), Lockton Luck, Goodtime Stride, Lagoon Stride, Sam’s Express, Meg’s Ferrari (NSW Inter City Pace), Fastestgirlintown and many more. The 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Co, will be held on Sunday, March 21 from 11am at the Gold Crown Paceway. The sale will be livestreamed on Sunday on - click on Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale.  Online bidding will also be available through this site but prior registration is required.  Catalogues are available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. To order a catalogue send an email to The online version is available at   by Peter Wharton for Graeme Board & Co, auctioneers

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound Miracle double The Artsplace mare Twist And Twirl, a multiple Group 1 winner herself, produced Group 1 winner in both sides of the Tasman last weekend. King Of Swing, a six-year-old Rocknroll Hanover entire, captured his second Garrard’s Miracle Mile when he comfortably defeated a star-studded field in the $1 million event in 1:49.2 at Menangle. It was his 33rd success and sent his stake tally over the $2 million plateau. One night earlier, the Bettor’s Delight three-year-old filly Bettor Twist led for the last two laps to annex the $120,000 Great Northern Oaks at Alexandra Park, Auckland. She emulated the deeds of her dam who won the feature in 2012. Bettor Twist was bred and is raced by Ken and Karen Breckon, of Breckon Farms, who also bred King Of Swing. Twist And Twirl is by the American bred sire Artsplace from Giveitawhirlgirl, by Jenna’s Beach Boy from Impish, a half-sister by Falcon Seelster to the brilliant pacer Smart Son 1:49.6 ($347,805) and to others in Vanderel 1:58.3 ($163,963) and Franco Sensation (1:56.8). A colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Twist And Twirl was sold for $90,000 at the NZB National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka last month.   Mach Shard is Inter Dominion material   Mach Shard, who won the $100,000 Ainsworth Free-for-all at Menangle and is regarded as Inter Dominion material of the highest order, is a six-year-old gelding by Mach Three from Sly Shard, a useful racemare who took a record of 2:00.3. He is a member of an old-time NZ family, which was represented by the winner of the Cheviot Cup at Addington in Deus Ex (by Changeover) the day after Mach Shard won. Sly Shard was a Panorama mare from Sly Soky (1:59.4), by Soky’s Atom from Sly Tabella, by Saigon from Sly Kiwi, by Sly Yankee. Sly Tabella was the dam of the NZ Sapling winner Knight Fox (1:59.7), the Gloucester Park winner Knight Stormer (1:58.7) and Cunning Atom, a Moonee Valley winner who became the dam of the speed merchant Mister Grizzly 1:55.3 ($207,346). Sly Soky, the grand-dam of Mach Shard, left the NZ Free-for-all and Inter Dominion heat winner Sly Flyin 1:53.6 ($903,705) and a fine racemare in Shez Spicey 1:57.9 ($179,984). Other top performers tracing to Sly Soky include Drumfire 1:49 ($635,209), the SA Pacing Cup winner Pat Stanley 1:51.9 ($170,232), Isaac (Devonport Cup) and Our Regal Ideal (1:50.8). Mach Shard ranks as a half-brother to the NZ 2YO of the Year Smiling Shard 1:53.7 ($1 million), now at successful sire in Australia.    Derby winner’s breeding background Patsbeachstorm, the winner of the $200,000 NSW Derby, and who has now been successful in six of his eight starts, has a pedigree of more than usual interest in that he represents the blood of two of North America’s leading families. Patsbeachstorm is one of the second last commercial crop of a champion colt pacer and sire in Somebeachsomewhere, a Mach Three horse who died at the height of his siring career three years ago. He was a champion sire in both America and Australia and his influence is being carried on by his sons at the stud. Charissa Tee, the dam of Patsbeachstorm, was sired by a fine pacer in Sportswriter (1:48.6), a North America Cup and Metro Pace winner. An Artsplace horse from the Miss Duvall family, Sportswriter has built up a good siring score in Australia, including a Grand Circuit pacer in Our Uncle Sam. Charissa Tee’s dam, Alta Calypso (1:59.4), was a Village Jasper mare from the American-bred mare Ballie Hanover (1:56.6), by Kentucky Spur. Alta Calypso, a thrice Moonee Valley winner, left a Vicbred champion and cups winner in Milly Perez 1:52.7 ($343,882) and Changing Code 1:53.9 ($129,516). Alta Vista, a Soky’s Atom half-sister to Alta Calypso, produced two high class pacers and Cup winners in Five Star Anvil 1:51.5 ($779,733) and Let’s Elope 1:55.3 ($596,029). Patsbeachstorm was bred by Peter and Craig Judd, of Benstud Standardbreds, and Phillip Walshe.   Grand Circuit prospect One of the stronger 2021 Inter Dominion candidates, particularly among the youthful brigade will be Malcolm’s Rhythm, who has proved himself in the top flight and has won his down to open class with a string of good performances during the summer racing. Malcolm’s Rhythm                     --Stuart McCormick Photo His latest winning run in the Markovina Free-for-all at Melton at a 1:54.9 rate over 2240 metres further underlined his potential. A tough customer, Malcolm’s Rhythm is a five-year-old entire, being by Art Major from She’s Got It All (1:58.6), dam also of a capable pacer in Be Major Threat 1:55 ($115,199). She’s Got It All was sired by McArdle (a 1:49 son of Falcon Seelster) from Gliding By (1:57.4), by Vance Hanover from Significant, by Out To Win from the Scottish Command mare Black Watch, whose family today is one of the best in the NZ stud book. Gliding By left a smart pacer in Raptorial 1:50.2 ($316,088), Seaward 1:59.2 (who won nine) and the Gloucester Park winners Face Your Fears (1:58.6) and Millwood Delight (1:57), a Bettor’s Delight mare who left last year’s top WA juvenile Mighty Ronaldo 1:54 ($139,482). Another daughter of Gliding By was Zwish, a Dream Away mare who became the dam of the good Melton winner Phil Monty 1:54.3 ($130,216) and the NSW Derby heat winner Dee Zana (1:54.6). Malcolm’s Rhythm was bred by Gary Hawthorn and Jenny Gallagher, of Galthorn Farm, Congupna, near Shepparton.   Mykorona is some youngster Mykorona, a grand looking Four Starzzz Shark filly, is rated Victoria’s top two-year-old this year, particularly after her success in the Premiere Stakes, one of the season’s major two-year-old classics. She has won twice and been once placed from three starts. Mykorona                           --Stuart McCormick Photo In the Premiere Stakes, she was never really extended in running out the 1720 metres in a 1:56.4 rate, the last 800 in 57.4 and the final quarter in 29.4, figures which she could have sharply improved. Mykorona’s dam, Madazhell (2:00.7), was a handy racemare, being by Albert Albert from Ballistic Gold, by Northern Lights from the Captain Hook mare Orogenic, a half-sister to the WA Derby heat winner Vermilion and the WA Sires Produce winner Travis Arania, who, in turn, left a cup class pacer in Scanio 1:57.8 ($208,495) and the WA Oaks winner Alfa Dyna (1:59). Another half-sister, Oro Nelson (by Frosty Nelson), left the Inter Dominion heat winner and Grand Final placegetter Game Oro 1:58 ($244,920). Mykorona was bred and is raced and trained by Horsham horseman Aaron Dunn.   Majestic Man the top trotter Majestic Man gave a taste of his class when he easily won the $50,000 Trotters Mile, New South Wales’ premier event for straight out trotters at Menangle. He was not in danger of defeat over the last 800 metres. The time of 1:53.5 was a fresh lifetime mark. It was Majestic Man’s third Group 1 success from six starts in his Australian campaign. By Majestic Son, the leading sire of trotters in both NZ and Australia, Majestic Man is out of Love Hate Revenge, a NZ winner and who was twice fourth at Group level. Love Hate Revenge was by Holdonmyheart from a capable racemare in Gee’s Pride (9 wins), by Pernod Eden from the Rowe Cup winner Gee du Jour Tr 2:00.4 ($252,027), by Plat du Jour from the Johnny Gee mare Geena. There are some notable winners in almost every remove of this family. Gee du Jour was the second dam of the Albion Park winner Makarewa Monarch (Tr 1:59), while Miss Whizz, another daughter of Geena, became the dam of a champion Victorian trotter in I Didnt Do It 1:58.9 ($455,554).   Bunbury Cup winner Major Times, who won the $50,000 Bunbury Cup, main race of the season at the southern WA track, is an Art Major entire from the same family as that which produced the top Victorian pacers Ride High and Safe And Sound. Major Times, who won the Tontine Series in Victoria in 2019, has not raced a great deal, but he has shown up as a very useful pacer, and it was a strong field he beat at Bunbury. The Good Times, the dam of Major Times, proved herself in the top flight as a racemare, taking a mile record of 1:54.4, winning 17 races and $201,024 in stakes including the Tatlow Memorial. Besides Major Times, she has left others in the ill-fated Melton winner Rock Classic (1:55.4) and the recent Sunraysia winner Wild Man (1:57.5). Larrakeyah Lady, the dam of The Good Times, was also a top racemare. She took a record of 2:02.5 and registered 11 successes. She was the 1989 Vicbred champion as a four-year-old and was placed in the Tatlow at two.  At the stud Larrakeyah Lady, one of several outstanding racemares and broodmares by Windshield Wiper, became the dam of a grand pacer and Hunter Cup winner in Safe And Sound, the exported Gold Rocket 1:51 ($393,387), Massarua 1:55.8 ($282,962), Safeguard 1:55.8 ($112,165) and others.   Ninth winner from broodmare When the Major Bronski four-year-old Miss Twinkle won at the Boort Trotting Club’s Cup meeting, she credited her dam Twinkletoes with her ninth individual winner. Miss Twinkle, one of the third crop by Major Bronski, had shown good placed form in the Sunraysia area. Others from Twinkletoes to win have been the outstanding WA racemare Leda McNally 1:54 ($422,323), Dance For Glory 1:52 ($209,870), Dance To The Stars (1:57.2), Trembita (1:58.9), Hansover Toes (1:59.1), All Aussie Star (1:59.4), Sierra Tango (dam of the Group winners Dancingwithsierra and Tangoingwithsierra), Modern Kozak (1:59.9) and now Miss Twinkle. Twinkletoes, who is now in her 25th year, has since produced a two-year-old filly by Follow The Stars and a yearling filly by him. Twinkletoes was a Tip Top Prince mare from Merry Dance, by Victory Sarnel from Merry Mandy. This is the family which produced such winners as Lady Mandy (NSW Waratah), Chief Spring (Inter Dominion Cons. and sire), Adalia (Vic. Italian Cup), Shamrock Sorrel (NSW Spring Cup), the Derby winner Thomas Magnum and Schedule (Vic. Breeders Plate).   By Allawart Ray Allawart Bob, a winner at Melton and Ballarat recently, may be unfashionably bred but he has proved himself a capable trotter. He has now won five races and $35,000 in stakes. Allawart Bob, who was bred by Mabel and the late Geoff Foreman, of Horsham, was sired by Allawart Ray from the Yentl’s Image mare, Cathrin’s Image, whose dam, Miss Catherine, was by Keystone Gondola from Purple Pride, by Mt Everest from the Good Report mare Purple Robe, dam of the dual Trotters Derby winner Purple Note and the McNamara Memorial Cup winner Brigette Brigade. Allawart Ray, the sire of Allawart Bob, left other handy trotters in Allawart Ugo and Allawart Toby. The family traces back to the True Blue mare Trick, whose daughter Royal Lady and granddaughter Stylish Girl (by All Style) were both bred at the Adelaide Hill stud near Bendigo. It is a long-established Victorian family and an earlier top trotter belonging to it was Garden Star, who won 10 races at the Melbourne Showgrounds.     by Peter Wharton

The Love You son, Dreamcatcher, who was bred in Sweden and raced in Victoria, was represented by his first winner with his first starter from his first crop of five live foals when the two-year-old Eds Dream emerged successful at Melton on Wednesday night (March 10). Having only his second start, the colt pinged straight to the front before making a mistake shortly after the straight entrance. He recovered his gait quickly and marched away for a half-length win. Watch the race replay click here! Eds Dream ranks as a half-brother to the Group/Listed winners My Valerie 1:54.8 ($132,655) and Parisian Chic (1:58.8), being out of Xena Hest, by Pine Chip from the Inter Dominion Consolation winner Amy Hest, by Game Pride. Dreamcatcher will stand his first public season at stud at Haras Des Trotteurs’ property near Ballarat next spring. The promising, young sire has a single entry in the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction in Lot 232, a colt from the 1:59 Muscle Mass mare Bigonluck, who is closely related to Blitzthemcalder, Calder Sensation and co. Meanwhile, Love You, the champion sire of Dreamcatcher, continues to build on his impressive tally of classic and cup winners. Queen Elida, a New Zealand-bred three-year-old filly, outsprinted a top field in the Group 1 $60,000 Need For Speed Princess Final at Melton, rating a career-best 1:56.8 over 1720 metres.  The three-year-old colt Parisian Artiste, one of Love You’s first commercial crop in Australia, broke through for his maiden success at Bendigo recently. Other stud-sired winners in the past week have been Orlando Jolt (by Orlando Vici), who won two heats of the Jim McNeil Trotters Championship at Albion Park, and the Quaker Jet gelding Night Whisperer, who notched his second success at Ballarat.     by Peter Wharton

The 2021 Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Harness Racing SA and SA BOTRA, will be held at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, March 14. The sale will follow the Hygain parade at 12 noon. The sale comprises 22 lots by 19 different stallions including the established sires Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Sweet Lou, Well Said, A Rocknroll Dance, Shadow Play, Grinfromeartoear, Betterthancheddar and Follow The Stars. Young, emerging sires represented include Betting Line, Downbytheseaside, Huntsville, Major Secret, Goodtime Sammy and Lennytheshark. There’s siblings to a host of handy pacers such as Amightyfinehorse, Jumping Jolt, Milliondollar Kiss, Kissed By A Shark, Artichoke, Style Queen, The Sneaky Fox and many more. Yearlings are eligible for the $50,000 Silver Salver sales graduate races for colts and fillies, the Southern Cross, Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum, Breeders Crown and the Bathurst Gold Crown. Furthermore, SA BOTRA is providing an additional $30,000 in cash bonus incentives with $15,000 to the first SA born filly and $15,000 to the first SA born colt/gelding. These incentives will be paid to the horse who finishes first past the post in the finals (a new RACE within the RACE format). All owners of participating horses must be fully paid up BOTRA members to receive these bonuses. SAMOS certificates valued at up to $1,600 can be used to purchase one of the seven fillies to go under the hammer. The online catalogue can be viewed at 2021-online-silver-salver-yearling-sale-catalogue/ The sale will be streamed live on starting with the parade from noon. Printed copies of the catalogue are available at Globe Derby Park and all country tracks in South Australia. For a catalogue or further information contact sale co-ordinator Gary Newton on phone 0402 978 424 or email     by Peter Wharton

The first crop of the North America Cup winner Fear The Dragon, whose frozen semen is available at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga, were keenly sought by buyers at the Australian Pacing Gold Sydney sale. A colt out of Ivy’s Faith realised $62,500, while another colt from Very Chic sold for $50,000. Tintin In America, the sire of the world champion racemare Shartin, was represented by a filly out of Our Classical Art which made $90,000, the equal third highest price at the sale. On the racetrack, Tintin In America sired the ‘new’ Bathurst two-year-old winner Escape Artist (1:57.6) and the Albion Park winner Nimah Franco NZ (1:54.4). Renaissance Man, the latest addition to the Yirribee sire roster, led in a pair of winners in WA in Medieval Man (1:59.9) and Addisyn, who scored by an amazing 40 metres at Collie. Warrawee Needy was represented by the Dover Downs, Delaware winner Need Ur Opinion (1:54.4), while Time Keepa Lombo (by Lombo Pocket Watch) notched his 10th success at Albury. Million Dollar Cam, Yirribee Pacing Stud’s champion stallion, was named the NSW Sire of the Year for the third time. Last season his progeny amassed $888,000 in stake earnings with 81 starters and 50 winners.   By Peter Wharton

Glengarry Knight, a New Zealand bred gelding by Changeover, who stands at Burwood Stud, captured the $US50,000 Game of Claims Pacing Series Final at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania on Saturday (March 6). The seven-year-old came from midfield to win by a head in 1:52.6. He is now the second richest pacer in North America this year with a bankroll of $US53,760. Risk, another Kiwi bred son of Changeover, won again in 1:53.6 at Pompano Park, Florida. Deus Ex, a five-year-old gelding, came off a 20 metre handicap to register his seventh lifetime success in the Cheviot Cup at Addington. Changeover sired winners in four different States last week. Jacks N Jazz, a gelding by Changeover, was a runaway winner at his first start on Australian soil at Yarra Valley, rating a career-best 1:58.4 over 2150 metres. While, La Bella Vita NZ extended her unbeaten winning sequence in her adopted country to three with a 1:54.3 score at Menangle. Other Australian winners by Changeover last week were the three-year-old filly Quick Mamba, a winner at Gloucester Park, and Islas Joy NZ, who took a new lifetime mark of 1:55.6 winning at Albion Park.   By Peter Wharton

Yearling sales in all States and countries give prospective owners the opportunity to purchase a life changing horse. However, when the door of opportunity is open we do need to step right in and make the most of those opportunities. On March 19, 2017 a huge opportunity presented itself at the Annual Bathurst Yearling Sale but was passed up by everyone in attendance that day. When Lot 17 waltzed into the ring that day, accompanied by Melanie Settree from Brooklyn Lodge, it did attract some small time bidding but departed the auction ring as a passed-in lot   -  with the bidding stalling at $9,000. He was a neat package for a December foal and his breeding was reasonable with his Ponder dam having won four races and $16,225, while his third dam had produced a $225,000 winner in Drunken Desire (1:51.8) and was a full sister to an exceptional filly called My Cherie 1:59.8 ($338,265). Well that missed opportunity, now a five-year-old entire, has a name of Lochinvar Art.  The bankroll now stands at $1,368,456 with plenty more to come. It is now well documented that the colt was sent to Menangle horseman Rickie Alchin to be broken in for his breeders Peter and Maureen Green and Dan Cordina. The colt showed plenty of spark when offered at the NSW Ready To Run Sale in December 2017.  Victorian horseman David Moran didn’t let the opportunity go begging and was the new owner when the hammer went down at around $28,000. David, who at that stage was building a nice stable of horses at his Shepparton base, found a willing and now delighted owner in Kevin Gordon. Lochinvar Art is now a well known name in Harness Racing circles in every State of Australia and in the future may be known throughout the world as one of the fastest horses on the planet. So on March 21 at the Bathurst track, opportunities will again present themselves when 91 yearlings will be offered, waiting for the auctioneer Graeme Board’s gavel to fall on many a bargain buy. Lochinvar Art is now a millionaire, on his way to a second million. There are 12 yearlings in this year’s catalogue who feature a millionaire on their pedigree page, so these lots might be a good starting point when compiling a shopping list. Lot 15  Betting Line-BBS Inspiration filly  Vendor: Rikki Cernovskis Lot 21  Huntsville-Perfecshon filly Vendor: Matt and Michael Leary Lot 23  Shoobees Place-Heavenly Scent colt Vendor: Lochend Stud/S. Carmody Lot 26  A Rocknroll Dance-Roxie Mattgregor colt   Vendor: Alison and Stephen Cooper Lot 43  Pet Rock-Aldebaran colt  Vendor: Adam Smith Lot 48  Sunshine Beach-High Rollin Babe colt   Vendor: Medowie Lodge Lot 60  Shadow Play-Tanamay colt   Vendor: Norman Valdez Lot 64  Warrawee Needy-Wandjina colt    Vendor: Yirribee Stud Lot 66  Shoobees Place-Patch Maguire colt   Vendor: Lochend Stud Lot 69  Huntsville-Gaea colt   Vendor: Brooklyn Lodge Lot 81  Four Starzzz Shark-My Sunday Girl filly  Vendor: Daniel Carmody Lot 84  Art Major-Gstaad filly   Vendor: Medowie Lodge The Sale commences at 11am on Sunday, March 21 at the Bathurst Harness Racing track. Catalogues are available from Graeme Board on 0408 636 273 and the Bathurst, Newcastle and Wagga clubs and the Garrard’s Store at Menangle.     by Peter Wharton

More than 80 percent of the dams represented in this year’s Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale to be held on Sunday, March 14 at Globe Derby Park are race-winning mares or winner-producing mares. Among the race-winning dams are the Group or Listed winners Carlisle Queen (Southern Cross 2YO and 3YO Finals), So Deep 1:55.6 (SA Oaks and NZ Delightful Lady Classic) and Cruiser Franco 1:53.4 (NSW Teeny Teeny Stakes) and the smart racemares French Fashion (WA Diamond heat), the Southern Cross heat winners Sassy Spirit and Hope Eternal, Blue Beach Angel and Jamaka Run. The dams listed in the catalogue have produced the Listed winners Amightyfinehorse (SA Lordship and Gawler Derby) and Jumping Jolt (SA Sires Produce and Gawler Derby), the $100,000 Allwood placegetter Milliondollar Kiss, Artichoke (Vicbred 3YO heat), Kissed By A Shark (Southern Cross 2YO heat), the SA Sale Graduate runner-up Style Queen and the Southern Cross finalist The Sneaky Fox. Lot 15, A Rocknroll Dance colt out of the $100,000 winner Carlisle Queen The grand-dams of the yearlings have left a string of smart performers such as the Southern Cross champions Leftem For Dead, Forty Seven Flash, Thorninmyside and King Grin, Muchos Gratios (SA Botra Pace), Cool Adda (WA Diamond Classic), Maximillion (QBred Triad 4YO), Golden Showgirl (Breeders Crown 2YO Consolation), Mucho Dinero (Central Vic. Pacing Championship), Flaming Hero and Maggie’s Grin. Yearlings are eligible for the $50,000 Silver Salver sales graduate races for colts and fillies, the Southern Cross, Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum, Breeders Crown and the Bathurst Gold Crown. Furthermore, the SA BOTRA, in a show of support of the SA breeding industry, is providing an additional $30,000 in cash bonus incentives with $15,000 to the first SA born filly and $15,000 to the first SA born colt/gelding. These incentives will be paid to the horse who finishes first past the post in the finals (a new RACE within the RACE format). All owners of participating horses must be fully paid up BOTRA members to receive these bonuses. The online catalogue can be viewed at 2021-online-silver-salver-yearling-sale-catalogue/ The Silver Salver sale will be streamed live on starting with the Hygain parade from noon. The online catalogue can be viewed at Printed copies of the catalogue are available at Globe Derby Park and all country tracks in South Australia and Garrard’s Horse & Hound, Melton. For a catalogue or further information contact sale co-ordinator Gary Newton on phone 0402 978 424 or email     by Peter Wharton

Adelaide baker and hobby breeder Jack Panagiotou will have mixed feelings when his Roll With Joe colt enters the sale ring at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, March 14. Lot 5 in the Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale, the grand looking youngster is the last foal out of Jack’s successful race and broodmare Kiss Me Monty. “I bought her at the SA sales at Morphettville in 2000. She was the first horse I ever raced,” Jack, who formerly trained and drove her, said. At the stud, Kiss Me Monty has produced eight foals of racing age for four winners and two placegetters. They include Milliondollar Kiss, a heat winner of last year’s Allwood and third in the $100,000 Final, Montana’s Jet (1:55.7), a winner of 11 races, the Southern Cross 2YO heat winner Kissed By A Shark and Bad Boy Blues, a placegetter in the Sale Graduate race. Rustlin A Kiss, an unraced daughter of Kiss Me Monty, ranks as the dam of the good Melton winners Whats In The Esky 1:53.1 ($100,933) and Goodtime Rusty 1:54.3 ($91,963). Jack has retained the ownership of three of Kiss Me Monty’s daughters, Milliondollar Kiss, Kiss And Grin and the two-year-old Betterthan A Kiss, who won a trial at Mount Gambier recently. The colt is heavily staked for his two, three and four-year-old racing. Besides the $50,000 Sale Graduate race, he has been nominated for the Southern Cross, Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum and Breeders Crown. He is being prepared by Mandy Pascoe, of Ningana Park, Birdwood. The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at Printed copies are available at Globe Derby Park and all country tracks in South Australia and Garrard’s Horse & Hound, Melton. For a catalogue or further information contact Gary Newton on phone 0402 978 424 or email   Peter Wharton

Many of New South Wales’ most successful breeders have thrown their weight behind the 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Co at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 21. Heading the list of vendors is Janet and Doug Moore and Ben and Melanie Settree’s Brooklyn Lodge, who are offering 16 yearlings including a half-sister to the Bathurst Gold Bracelet placegetter Brooklyns Best, a half-brother to the Gold Chalice heat winner Brads Luck, a half-sister to the Gold Tiara runner-up Bella Jam Jam, a filly out of the prolific Menangle winner Miss Artistic Tara (1:52.3) and a colt from the Breeders Challenge Regional 2YO Final winner Whispering Lass. Maitland studmaster-breeder Paul Carmody, of Lochend Stud, has a draft of 15 including a dozen by the Artsplace horse Shoobee’s Place, the sire of the classic winners Shoobee Doo, Katchar Shoobee and Merrywood Lynn. Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga has entered 10 yearlings by seven different sires including three by last season’s leading NSW first-crop sire Warrawee Needy and fillies by Sweet Lou and Tintin In America. Young breeders David and Rachel Micallef have a four-strong consignment – all out of race-winning mares, while the Dumesny brothers Tony, Bruce and John, are all represented at the sale. Golden Gait Stud, of Wayne and Anne Lamb, and Darren Reay’s Medowie Lodge and Gunning breeder Rikki Cernovskis have all nominated three yearlings.  Other well known breeders with entries include Denis and Jo Howe, Elite Bloodstock, Graeme Gourley, Nathan Varcoe, Matt and Michael Leary, Margot Lennox and John Coffey’s Patrician Park. The sale will be livestreamed with online bidding available. Hard copy catalogues are available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. To order a catalogue send an email to The online catalogue can be viewed at  Click on 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale.   by Peter Wharton

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