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A blue blooded filly who is a full sister to last night’s brilliant Bendigo two-year-old trotting winner Mojito Madness will turn heads at next month’s Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction. By the highly successful Bacardi Lindy, the filly is the eighth foal of the handy racemare Sunny Folly, a daughter of the great Sundon. Bred and part-owned by Cranbourne identity David Scott, Mojito Madness couldn’t have been more impressive winning at his debut, leading from the outset and carving out his final 800 metres in 59.7 seconds. Wednesday night’s win added more bold type to the pedigree of Lot 164 – Sunny Folly’s Bacardi Lindy filly. In fact, the bay filly’s pedigree seems to have more bold print than normal print. Sunny Folly, the dam of seven winners from eight foals, left a talented trotter in Invasive (1:57.4), the winner of 16 races including a heat of the Great Southern Star and $141,084 in stakes, and Elusive Charm, who won 10 races during her illustrious career including The Redwood. She in turn is the dam of the 2019 Victorian 2YO Trotter of the Year and Vicbred three-year-old champion Is That A Bid 1:58 ($132,380) and the Cup winner Melpark Magic 1:57 ($84,806). Others from Sunny Folly have been the Breeders Crown heat winner Sonofpaco, Doctor Sam, Handy That, this season’s three-year-old winner Silent Reverie and now Mojito Madness. Kath McIntosh, manager of Northern Rivers Equine, who are preparing the filly, said the Bacardi Lindy-Sunny Folly filly would be one of the most admired trotting yearlings at April’s sale. “She’s a beautiful, strong and correct filly with lovely manners,” McIntosh confirmed. Other members of this distinguished trotting family include the NZ Aged Mare of the Year Game Folly, the NZ 3YO Filly of the Year Arnee’s Frolic and the Victoria Derby heat winner Glamour Boy.     by Peter Wharton

North Wagga (NSW) couple Denis and Jo Howe, the breeders for former glamour racemare Distant Memory, is offering a three-strong consignment at the Australian Pacing Gold Sydney sale at Warwick Farm on Sunday (March 7). The trio – all grand looking colts – with two by the boom American import Sweet Lou and one by Captaintreacherous, Australia’s leading first crop sire in 2020. The first of the Mataranka Park Standardbreds’ draft is Lot 619, a Sweet Lou colt out of the Sportswriter mare Big Bang Molly, whose first foal, Smaltese, is the favourite for the Group 2 $50,000 Sapling Stakes at Menangle. Big Bang Molly, who was only lightly raced, ranks as a half-sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge and Breeders Crown heat winner Brick Top 1:53.4 ($109,027), their dam, Machinegun Molly 1:58.2 ($101,375), being a heat winner of the Victoria Oaks, Vicbred and APG. Lot 652, a bay Captaintreacherous colt, is from a Rocknroll Hanover sister to the American classics winner and successful sire Foreclosure (1:48.8), the winner of 15 races and $807,746 in stakes. The colt’s grand-dam, Pleasing Package, took a record of 1:50.4, won 38 races and $359,380 and was one of the best daughters of Fake Left. Completing the Mataranka Park draft is Lot 726, a colt by Sweet Lou out of the NZ 4YO Championship winner and Harness Jewels placegetter The Crystal Star 1:49.8 ($148,406). The colt is a half-brother to three sub 1:59 performers including the 2019 APG Brisbane APG Championship winner My Ultimate Star (1:53.8) and a member of the same family as the Bendigo Cup and Inter Dominion heat winner Anvil’s Star, the WA Derby winner Patronus Star and last year’s crack WA juvenile Lavra Joe. For further information phone Denis Howe on 0418 692 273.     by Peter Wharton

The progeny of first season sires Huntsville, Lennytheshark and A Good Chance will be showcased at the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale to be held at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 28. The frozen semen stallions Fear The Dragon and Centurion ATM will also have their first progeny go up to auction. In all, there are five pacing and trotting sires to be represented by their first crop at the sale. Huntsville (3, 1:47.8), a $1.7million winning son of the great Somebeachsomewhere and a member of the Empire Stallions’ frozen semen roster, was the USA 2YO Colt of the Year in 2016 and numbered the Breeders Crown, Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace among his list of successes. Lennytheshark (1:49.2), the 2016 Horse of the Year and Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile hero, was a true champion of champions. He won eight Group 1 races, winning in town hall company from two to eight years, and amassed a record $3 million in stakes. A son of Mr Feelgood, A Good Chance was a Group winner at two and three and, in all, won 25 races and $268,192 in stakes and took a record of 1:50.2. Fear The Dragon (3, 1:48.8) whose semen is available through Yirribee Pacing Stud, won 12 races and $1.3 million as a three-year-old including the North America Cup, Adios Stake and Tattersall’s Pace and was one of the top colts of his year. A member of the dominant Star’s Pride sire line, Centurion ATM was a brilliant young trotter with a record of 1:53.4 at two at which age he captured the prestigious Peter Haughton Memorial and Johns Simpson Memorial. Burwood Stud’s leading sire, Changeover, has the largest representation at the sale with 13 lots - 10 colts and three fillies. There are 29 different sires with progeny including established horses such as Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven, Mr Feelgood, Sportswriter, Roll With Joe, A Rocknroll Dance, For A Reason, Gotta Go Cullect, Tintin In America, Cammibest, Auckland Reactor and Hurrikane Kingcole and emerging, young sires including Sweet Lou, Betting Line, He’s Watching, Warrawee Needy, Bling It On, Follow The Stars and Guaranteed. Sale graduates are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a $100,000 2YO Sale Classic in 2022 and a $50,000 3YO Sale Classic in 2023, the $3 million QBred for Life incentive scheme, the NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred. 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

A cavalcade of Group/Listed winning mares and winner-producing mares are represented by progeny in the 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Co at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 21. Among the race-winning dams are the NSW Sires Stakes 3YO Final and Tasmanian Oaks winner Second Dollar, Listen To The Rhythm (NZ Sales Graduette), the NSW Breeders Challenge Regional winner Whispering Lass and Blue winner Taylor’s Reason, Aldebaran (QBred Triad 4YO), Bettor Dreams (WA The Coulson), Our Ladylight (Vic. Breeders 3YO Classic), Speriamo (Redcliffe 2YO Sales Classic) and Tanamay (Tas. Blue Bonnet). The dams listed in the catalogue have left Group/Listed winners such as the NSW Oaks and Bathurst Gold Bracelet winner Shes A Runa, the NSW Pink Bonnet and Victoria Sapling winner Courageousnquick, the Vicbred 3YO Final winner and Breeders Crown 4YO champion Dont Hold Back, Perfectly Written (Vicbred Homegrown 3YO Classic) and the NZ Sires’ Stakes 3YO Championship winner My Willow. Other classic winners include (NSW Breeders Challenge Regional 2YO winner Taylor’s Mill and the Bathurst Sales Graduate winners Shoobee Doo, Our Sam’s Home and Send It. Almost 75 percent of the dams listed in the catalogue are race winners and 50 percent have taken records of better than 2:00. Forty-five percent are winner-producing mares and 40 percent have left sub 2:00 performers. 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

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 Dainty’s Daughter Classic winner The Perth filly, Rumour Has It, who firmly clinched her claim to being the best three-year-old filly of the season in WA when she won the $50,000 Dainty’s Daughter at Gloucester Park, is a member of one of New Zealand’s top ranking standardbred families. Rumour Has It, who has now won six races, is a filly by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Roll With Joe, who stood his early seasons at the stud in NSW and has been located at Alabar while at the stud in Victoria. Roll With Joe has been most successful in Australia. His stock include Ignatius, who set a new national mile record for two-year-olds, the Derby winner Muscle Factory and the Group winning filly Arts Treasure. Rumour Has It is out of Roustabout (1:59.5), by the NZ bred sire Christian Cullen, from Little Egypt, a South Island bred mare by Deal Direct from Impressionable, by Talk About Class from the Lordship mare Tilla, dam of the dual Inter Dominion heat winner Impressionist. Roustabout, who numbered the WA Empress Stakes among her four successes, produced others in Arousing 1:56.6 ($119,663), Loving You (1:55.7) and Just A Horse (1:57.5). She was a sister to the Tuapeka Cup winner Montecrengle (1:58.1) and to Summer Ale, dam of Argyle Beach 1:52.1 ($133,542) and a half-sister to the Battle of Bunbury winner Pelusiac (1:53.3), Im The Sphinx (1:56.6) and Just Dont Be Cruel (1:57.4).   The Black Prince in 1:51.1 The Black Prince, a Bettor’s Delight six-year-old and the winner of the $100,000 Newcastle Mile in 1:51.1, is out of My Style, a capable racemare with a record of 1:56.2 who is proving a successful broodmare. My Style is also the dam of Im Stylish 1:56.8 ($115,214), winner of the WA Western Crown, the three-year-old Idealism, who won at Winton last Sunday, The Moonshadow (1:50.8) and his full brother Weewah (1:55.3), a recent winner at Gloucester Park.  The Black Prince       --Club Menangle Photo   My Style was a McArdle mare from Simply Devine, by In The Pocket from Awfully Nice, by Nero’s B B from the Lumber Dream mare Dream Bel. She was a half-sister to the NSW Robin Dundee victor Start Dreaming 1:51.7 ($166,024), Black Edition (1:56.8, winner of three) and Power Dreaming (1:52.8), now racing successfully in America. Their dam, Simply Devine, was only lightly raced, but she left six winners. She was a sister to the Moonee Valley winner Silver Lined Pocket 1:50.4 ($360,665) and a half-sister to Dream Allulike, dam of Whenthegroundshook (1:54.2) and Soho Cash (1:59.5), and to Putting On The Glitz, dam of a fine racemare and Oaks winner in Secret Potion 1:57.5 ($285,312). Other members of this family, which was founded in NZ by Bonnie Belle, were the speed merchant Defoe (TT1:53), Picard 1:49.8 (Hondo Grattan Sprint), the millionaire pacer Dreamout Loud (1:48.8), Dream To Share 1:52 ($220,357) and Hear The Call (SA Breeders Plate).   Maajida star racemare Maajida advanced strong claims to being the best mare in Australia today when she scored a brilliant win in the $50,000 Robin Dundee Stakes in a career-best 1:50.3 at Menangle. It was her fifth successive win. At her previous start she disposed of Amelia Rose and others in the Vicbred Final at Melton, and before that she downed a smart field in the Breeders Crown Silver at Bendigo. Maajida has not done a great deal of racing, but from 24 starts she has won 18 races and has been three times placed for $484,550. Maajida                       --Stuart McCormick Photo Bred and raced by the Johnson family of The Rock (NSW), she is a four-year-old by the superstar Mach Three horse, Somebeachsomewhere, out of Arterial Way (1:55.8), by Art Major from the NSW Princess Mile winner Better Motoring (1:58), by New York Motoring from Better Yet, by Nat Lobell. Maajida is a sister to the Bathurst Gold Chalice winner Lifeonthebeach 1:50.2 ($178,282) and a half-sister to the Menangle winner We Salute You (1:51.3).   Expensive Ego in 1:48.9 Expensive Ego, a good looking Rock N Roll Heaven entire, is rated Australia’s top four-year-old this season, particularly after his 1:48.9 success in the $200,000 Chariots of Fire, the major four-year-old classic on the calendar.  Expensive Ego takes the Chariots of Fire     --Club Menangle Photo He has won $305,218 in stakes, a worthwhile return on the $27,000 paid for him as a yearling. By the Rocknroll Hanover horse Rock N Roll Heaven (a leading sire in both Australia and America), Expensive Ego is out of Art Start (1:58.2), by Perfect Art (a brother to Art Major) from Sweet Clementine (1:59.6), by Land Grant from Sue Adios. Expensive Ego is the best winner from this family in recent times, but a few years ago it produced a top Grand Circuit pacer in Philadelphia Man, who won six Group races.   Cup winner by Raging Bull Wildwest, who won the $50,000 Governor’s Cup at Gloucester Park – the WA Cup winner Vultan Tin and finalist Our Jimmy Johnstone were among the beaten brigade – has made smart progress through the classes. He is a grand stayer and the best performer left by the Christian Cullen horse Raging Bull, who sired the good racemares Our Bare Knuckle and Flame Lady. Wildwest is a five-year-old gelding from Bay Jet, by Jereme’s Jet (son of Western Hanover) from Fake’s Dream, by Fake Left from Clipjoint, by Lumber Dream from the Out To Win mare Bonnie Win, a half-sister to the NZ Cup winner True Averil. Fake’s Dream, who took a record of 1:59.5, was a half-sister to the exported Street Machine (1:55.6) and Making Contact (1:57.2) and the Victorian winners High Roller and Lumber Jak.   Brother and sister It was no mean feat for the siblings My Ultimate Star and Our Ultimate Katie to win on the same night at Penrith recently. Both are by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Bettor’s Delight (the leading sire in Australia and NZ). The Crystal Star (1:59.8), the dam of My Ultimate Star and Our Ultimate Katie, was out of a handy racemare in Lordship’s Falcon, who won three races in NZ. Besides The Crystal Star, she was also the dam of Sunny Two Shoes (1:59.8), Mysisterastar (2:00.6), Boulton Home and Mac’s Wee Pea, all NZ winners. Lordship’s Falcon was out of the Lordship mare Venetian Star, the dam of the Bendigo Cup and NZ Flying Mile winner Anvil’s Star 1:54.8 ($470,115). One of her daughters, Star Command, left a winner in Lavra Florence (1:57.4), who became the dam of Lavra Joe, a winner at Gloucester Park last Friday. Other members of this family have been the WA Derby winner Patronus Star 1:53.2 ($286,590), Billies A Star 1:55.6 ($145,263), the WA 4YO Championship winner Ima Rocket Star 1:56.2 ($411,929) and Marshal Star (Wellington Cup).   Well bred three-year-old Electric Eye, an impressive winner at Cobram recently, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when he finished third to Bar Room Banta in the NSW Breeders Challenge Final. He has opened his three-year-old season on a winning note and will be well in line for the major juvenile classics. Electric Eye is a colt by the Cam’s Card Shark horse, Bettor’s Delight, from the Listed winner Nikalongboulevard (1:57.1), the best of whose several progeny have been the Bathurst Gold Tiara and Bracelet winner Dont Think Twice 1:50.2 ($4653,665) and Jokers Tothe Right 1:53.8 ($140,168). Nikalongboulevard ranks as a half-sister to Nikalong Henry (1:57.1), being by Pacific Rocket from Nikalongtheground, by Nikalong Shadow from Ground, by Meck Hanover. Nikalongboulevard was 14 when she left Electric Eye.   Tailamade double The million dollar racemare Tailamade Lombo left winners in both hemispheres last weekend. Alpine Stride, a seven-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover, won at the Terang Cup meeting, while Colossal Stride, a gelding by Bettor’s Delight, scored in 1:51.8 at The Meadowlands, New Jersey. Tailamade Lombo, the former 2YO and 3YO Filly of the Year, has been a most successful broodmare. Besides Alpine Stride and Colossal Stride, she is the dam of the 2YO Filly of the Year Aussie Made Lombo 1:55.1 ($578,456), the Hobart Pacing Cup winner Yakuza 1:56.8 ($266,857), the WA Listed winner Tsunami Lombo 1:55.3 ($167,617) and Jewel’s Stride (1:53.9). She figures as the second dam of the WA Westbred and Sale Classic winner Soho Interceptor 1:55.9 ($177,634) and Starsbythebeach 1:57.9 (Albury String of Pearls).   Trotting Cups winner Well Defined, a son of the American sire, Majestic Son, who stands at Alabar’s New Zealand farm, has been the star trotter on the Victorian Country Cups circuit. He has won the Terang and Ararat Trotters Cups at his last two appearances. His winning run at Ararat over 2570 metres from the stand in a 2:03.3 rate established a new track record. Well Defined is closely related to an earlier top trotter in Sundon, who won 27 races including the Dominion Handicap and NZ Trotting Stakes and $264,085 in stakes. He later became a champion sire and broodmare sire. Well Defined is by Majestic Son from Focus On Me, by S J’s Photo, a Photo Maker horse who won at Group level in North America and Scandinavia. Focus On Me, a trotting winner herself, left other trotters in Trip’s On Me, My Sky, the two-year-old Highgrove and the Menangle winners Running Free (1:59.2) and Reign On Me (1:59.8). Focus On Me was out of Sunny Gal, an unraced mare and by Roydon Boy from Sungait Song, a mare by the former top flight juvenile B F Coaltown, winner of the Reynolds Memorial. B F Coaltown became a leading sire of trotters in America. Sungait Song was the dam of Sunny Gal, the great Sundon, the Victoria Oaks winner Sunning, Sungait Reb (1:57.2) and Sunsong, dam of the dual Trotters Derby winner Solar Faire and grand-dam of the multiple Group 1 winner Sheemon 1:57 ($546,419).   First winner by Racing Hill The Roll With Joe horse, Racing Hill, a US Breeders Crown winner and who stood a single season at the stud in Victoria, was represented by his first winner when Iambecauseofyou was successful recently at Newcastle. Iambecauseofyou, who was making only his second appearance, carved out the mile in a sharp 1:56. Bred and owned by Nathan Varcoe, Imabecauseofyou is out of the American Ideal mare, Ideal Talilia, whose dam, Talilia, was by Albert Albert from the smart Magnum Almahurst mare Irish Town (TT1:55.7), who several useful winners, including the Pink Bonnet winner Gracie Wilkes (1:56) and Ballychurch.   by Peter Wharton

World champion trotting sire Love You has made a clean sweep of the two-year-old trotting races held in New Zealand so far this season. The winners of the only three ‘baby trotting events in Mr Love, Highgrove and the filly High On Love are all progeny of the French stallion.  Love You’s domination of the young trotting ranks in NZ extends to his three-year-old stock who have earned $171,253, more than double his nearest rival. Outamyway and Wanna Play With Me, the two leading stakes-winning three-year-old trotters in NZ this season, were both sired by the great son of Coktail Jet. Outamyway captured the inaugural $75,000 (Listed) NZ Harness Million at Addington, and finished runner-up to Wanna Play With Me in the Group 2 $50,600 Haras Des Trotteurs Sires’ Stakes Championship also at Addington. Wanna Play With added the recent NZ Sires’ Stakes Classique, run at Addington, to her list of successes, lowering her record to 1:57.5 over 1980 metres in the process. She has won five of her nine starts for $58,421 in stakes. In Australia, the Love You three-year-old fillies Queen Elida NZ and Morsure Damour were impressive winners recently. Queen Elida captured a heat of the Need For Speed Princess at Ballarat, rating a career-best 1:58 for 1710 metres with the closing 800 in a stunning 56.7, and has now won three of her six attempts on Australian soil. While Morsure Damour led from end to end at his second start at the Ararat Cup meeting. Leading percentage sire Orlando Vici was represented by the talented Orlando Jolt NZ, who came off a 20 metre handicap to win a heat of the time-honoured Jim McNeil Trotters Championship at Albion Park. Love You and Orlando Vici are both members of the star-studded Haras Des Trotteurs sire roster at Cardigan, near Ballarat, Victoria.   by Peter Wharton

Many of the best sires available to the Australian breeding industry are set to feature at the 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be conducted by Graeme Board & Co at the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on Sunday, March 21, starting at 11am.  The list is headed up by Bettor’s Delight, the leading Australian sire for the last nine years, Art Major, the eight-time premier sire of two-year-olds, and American Ideal, the sire of champion pacer Bling It On. The sale will showcase the first crop of the exciting, young sires in Huntsville (USA 2YO Colt of the Year), the dual Derby and Auckland Cup winner Vincent and the North America Cup and Adios winner Fear The Dragon. The current leading sire of two-year-olds, Betting Line, is among a group of emerging sires such as Sweet Lou, Warrawee Needy (last season’s leading NSW first season sire), Bling It On, For A Reason and Sunshine Beach. Other stallions with progeny in the sale include Tintin In America, the sire the world’s fastest mare ever Shartin (1:46.8), Rock N Roll Heaven, Well Said, Sportswriter, Roll With Joe, Shadow Play, Auckland Reactor, Four Starzzz Shark and A Rocknroll Dance, the sire of Australian juvenile mile record holder Bar Room Banta. The now WA based Shoobee’s Place, a 1:49 son of Artsplace, has the biggest draft at the sale with 14 – 10 colts and four fillies. 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

Golden Grove professional harness racing trainer Paul Cavallaro has an eye for a good youngster.... Three years ago he purchased an Art Major colt out of the Ready To Run sale in Sydney for a cool $50,000. The colt, now racing as Culture King, has won 17 races to date including the SA St Leger and two at Menangle and more than $120,000 in stakes. In 2019 Paul purchased another Art Major colt, Artillery, on behalf of a 12-person syndicate after it had been passed in at the Australian Pacing Gold Sydney Sale.  He won six races in his first campaign including the Southern Cross Final and SA Lordship Stakes and is regarded as a hot favourite to capture the SA 2YO of the Year award. At last year’s South Australian Yearling Sale, Paul paid the top price of $43,000 for an Art Major colt out of the successful Bettor’s Delight mare The Stunning One. Offered by Victoria’s Nixon Bloodstock, the colt’s dam ranked as a half-sister to five sub 2:00 performers including the ‘Cups King’ Phoenix Prince and belongs to the family of top juveniles such as Part Of Glory, Triumph Lad and Swishinon. And, while Paul has yet to put the acid test to the colt named Artbreaker, he is “very happy with him” at this stage. “He’s on his third preparation and he feels like he’s got something there to give,” Paul said. “He seems to be coming to hand nicely.” “I’ll probably take him to the trials in two to three weeks.” The 2021 Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale will be held at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, March 14 at 12 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 the sale co-ordinator Gary Newton on phone 0402 978 424 or email     by Peter Wharton

The well-known Victorian Western Districts-based Slater family have been both sellers and buyers at yearling sales around Australia for many years. Horses they have sold include the SA St Leger and Sires Produce winner Hesashark, Shesashark, winner of the SA Southern Cross 3YO Final, Whats In The Esky, a winner at Melton and in North America, and the Gloucester Park winner Sidstrepo, to name only a few. Undoubtedly, the pick of the horses they’ve purchased at the yearling sales is the bonny Rock N Roll Heaven mare Goodtime Heaven, whose list of successes is headed up by the 2018 NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Final at Menangle. “That win was simply awesome and to share it with the family made it even more special,” Ian Slater said. “She’s a little star.” The Slater’s have also experienced success with Goodtime Heaven’s siblings Goodtime Floyd and Goodtime Mach, as well as the Vicbred Platinum Country Series winner Goodtime Grace, the Victorian Metropolitan Cup winner Goodtime Marjie and the unbeaten youngster Goodtime Sammy. Horses have been part of Ian’s life for as long as he can remember. “I first became involved in harness racing through my wife Judi’s father, Allan Anderton, in 1981. Allan bred and owned the Nuclear Nightmare gelding Als Court, named after Anderton and his granddaughter, Courtney Slater. “Als Court gave me my first metropolitan success as a trainer and driver at Moonee Valley. He beat a top field including Persistency and Out Swing N,” Ian said. “He was a very good horse.” Ian and Judi established Goodtime Lodge, a picturesque 150 acre property at Elliminyt, near Colac in the mid 1980’s.  “It started out as a hobby but its now a professional outfit,” Ian stated. The breeding arm is conducted by Ian and Judi at the home base, while the training side is the domain of Courtney and her husband, Mark Driscoll, who are based at nearby Beeac. Mark also helps with the stud work and the breaking-in, the Slater’s son Jordan handles the foals and assists with the training, Courtney is in charge of the training operation and yearling preparation, while their youngest daughter, Ebony, is involved in the ownership. Goodtime Lodge played host to six stallions in the closing season, namely, Guaranteed, Jilliby Kung Fu, Soho Lanikai, Goodtime Sammy and Restrepo – all colonial breds - and the former Swedish trotter Cardigan Boko. “We have just completed our biggest season ever serving around 200 mares,” Ian said. “The incentives offered by Harness Racing Australia to breed to colonial stallions have been fantastic and are one of the major reasons for us having our best year. It has made a huge difference to our business,” Ian said. Ian shares his time between conducting Goodtime Lodge and a large earthmoving company employing 25 staff. He is also a committeeman and a keen sponsor of the Terang Harness Racing Club. Ian is passionate about the Harness Racing industry. “It’s a good alternative to the gallopers. If you can’t afford a galloper, you may be able to afford a standardbred either as a single owner or part of a syndicate,” Ian said. Goodtime Lodge may be not be a vendor at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale, but they will have a presence as Courtney Slater is preparing two trotting yearlings – both by the brilliant, young American sire Father Patrick. They are Lot 22, a filly out of the WA Trotters Cup winner Itsgettingcalder being offered by Rick Burchell, and a colt (Lot 71) from a half-sister to the Breeders Crown champion Aldebaran Ay M, on account of Harvey Kaplan. “The filly is good sized and quite athletic. She’s one that would catch your eye,” Courtney said. “The colt is a show stopper. He’s a well put together colt near black with two white sox and a white star on his forehead.” Don’t be surprised if Goodtime Lodge is again a buyer at the Nutrien Equine sale as they ramp up their quest for another Goodtime Heaven!   by Peter Wharton

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 Paleface Adios Stakes winner Expensive Ego, who has won three races in quick time this season highlighted by his success in the Group 2 $60,000 Paleface Adios Stakes, and has graduated to a NR90 mark, is regarded as one of the best young pacers in the country. Expensive Ego is a four-year-old by the Rocknroll Hanover horse, Rock N Roll Heaven (sire of Heaven Rocks, etc), from Art Start, who took a record of 1:58.2 and won 14 races. She produced earlier winners in Arts Treasure 1:50.9 ($152,542), a winner at Group 1 level, Bohdi Tree 1:52.1 ($192,854) and Golightly (1:55.3). Art Start is by the American bred sire Perfect Art from Sweet Clementine (1:59.6), an Oaks winner by Land Grant from the Jerry Adios mare Sue Adios, dam of the QBred Triad winner Sweet Liberty 1:57.9 ($102,706), Vanston Adios, Sir Galahad and Sweet Sue. This is a long-established NZ family and earlier top youngsters belonging to it include My Liberty Belle, Philadelphia Man and Centenario. A half-brother by Betting Line to Expensive Ego will be offered at the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction in April.   WA Golden Nugget to Minstrel Western Australia’s premier race for four-year-olds, the $200,000 Golden Nugget, run at Gloucester Park, was won by Minstrel, and although Magnificent Storm, rated the top four-year-old of his year, finished second after coming from last, this fact could not detract from the merit of Minstrel’s success. Minstrel                --Jodie Hallows Photo He has now won four of his seven starts in WA and eight of his 17 lifetime starts for $208,803 in stakes. His sire, Rocknroll Hanover, was one of the best performed sires to come to Australia, being by Western Ideal, a son of Western Hanover. Rocknroll Hanover had a record of 1:48.6 and was one of America’s greatest ever three-year-olds. His ‘down under’ stock include King Of Swing, Foreclosure, Rockstar Angel, Yankee Rockstar, The Storm Inside and others, and in America he sired 84 in 1:50 including Rock N Roll Heaven (1:47.6). Ovaride, the dam of Minstrel, was a Mach Three mare from a capable racemare in Top Gear (1:55.9), by Falcon Seelster from Fill The Purse, by Holmes Hanover from Village Rose, by Clever Innocence. Ovaride (2:00.2), a three-year-old winner, left earlier winners in The Achiever (1:57.6) and Rollova (1:57.4), who won at Melton the day after Minstrel won.  Top Gear was a half-sister to Fill The Bank (1:53.2), Vanilla Rose (1:57.5), Bank Raider and to Magic Marg, the dam of the prolific Menangle winner Magic Oats 1:51.5 ($225,278). The most distinguished member of this family was a top flight three-year-old in City Rogue (1:49.6), who won 27 races in NZ, Australia and America and $502,734 in stakes.  His successes included the Australian Derby, Redcliffe Derby, NZ Kindergarten Stakes and NZ Rising Stars 3YO Championship. Others from this family included Raukapuka Ruler (1:50.4), winner of the NZ Great Northern Derby and Ashburton Cup, the NZ Sapling and Kindergarten Stakes winner War Dan Delight, Atom Of Courage 1:52.2 (Parkes and Tamworth Cups) and the Addington free-for-all winner Village Chief (1:57.9).   Delightful Jazz is top mare Bought for $75,000 and now a winner of $126,660, Delightful Jazz continues to prove herself in the top bracket of pacing mares in Victoria. Delightful Jazz                             --Stuart McCormick Photo   She is a member of one of New Zealand’s top ranking standardbred families, being a five-year-old Bettor’s Delight mare from a handy racemare in Hotinthecitytonite (1:58.8), a Christian Cullen mare who has produced others in Dancintothebeat (1:56.5), who won twice at Albion Park recently, and Major Hippie (1:57.5). Hotinthecitytonite was out of Hot Shoe Shuffle 1:57.9 ($295,011), a Group winning mare by Falcon Seelster from Off Beat, by Vance Hanover from the Lordship mare Broken Drum and tracing to the taproot Regina (by Berlin). Hot Shoe Shuffle produced two high class pacers in Glenferrie Shuffle (1:57), a winner of 13 races and $279,839 including the Breeders Crown 2YO Final, and Jivin Cullen (1:54), a winner of 14 races and $190,713. Others from Hot Shoe Shuffle were the exported Joshua Mac 1:57.8 ($107,760) and the NZ Sales Graduette winner Sem’s Delight (1:57). Hot Shoe Shuffle figures as the second dam of the Menangle winner Zanadu (1:55), Kezzamac (1:56.5) and the promising NZ filly Passion And Power (1:58.6), a heat winner of the Young Gun Series.   Act Now is Derby material Act Now, who comfortably won in restricted age company at Melton and is regarded as Derby material of the highest order, is a three-year-old colt by Somebeachsomewhere from Molly’s Ideal, an American-bred mare. Act Now            --Stuart McCormick Photo   Act Now is a member of the an-old time family, which was represented by the winner of the Graham Head Memorial at Shepparton recently in Patsbeachstorm. He was placed at his next start in the $100,000 Caduceus Club Classic. Molly’s Ideal is an American Ideal mare from Molly’s Lucky Star (1:54.4), by Bettor’s Delight from Pacific Destiny, by Artsplace from One More Kiss, by Big Towner. One More Kiss was the dam of the million dollar earner Pacific Fella (1:48.4), who sired winners in Australia. Molly’s Ideal ranks as a half-sister to the WA Diamond Classic winner Askmeilltellya 1:54.8 ($136,136), War Dan Star (1:59.3) and Pin Stripes (1:53.7).   Well related three-year-old Cheyella, who won the String Of Pearls at Albury, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when she was twice placed in five attempts. She has opened her season on a winning note and will be well in line for the major juvenile classics. Cheyella is a filly by the American Ideal horse, Heston Blue Chip, from Chiquita Bromac (1:58.7), the dam also of Celerina (1:57.5), a winner of five races and a placegetter in Group company. Chiquita Bromac ranks as a sister to the Victoria Derby heat winner Crown Bromac 1:54.1 ($139,878) and a half-sister to the Franklin Cup winner Attorney General 1:48.4 ($323,098) and the Victoria Youthful winner Cullen Bromac (1:55.1), being by McArdle from Classic Blue Jeans, by Camluck from the American-bred Oh Please, by Albatross. This is the family which produced such winners as the NZ Cup and Free-for-all winner Cruz Bromac (1:50.1), Falcon’s Blue Jean 1:51.8 ($442,232), Our Cullen’s Crown 1:52 ($491,044) and the top Tasmanian pacer The Majority. Cheyella was bred and is raced by Ballarat breeder Verna El-Khishin.   Siblings win at Melton It was no mean feat for the half-brothers President Roydon (by The Pres) and Majestic Hurricane (by Majestic Son) to win on the same night at Melton last weekend. Both bred by Roydon Lodge Stud are from Dear Diedre, a trotter herself, and who has left other straightout trotting winners in Duchess Diedre, The Earth Moved and Lord Roydon. Dear Diedre was by the Arndon horse Sundon (nine-time Group winner) from a fine racemare in Diedre’s Pride, by Game Pride from Roydon Diedre, by Arndon.  Other members of this family have been the Breeders Crown champions Conon Bridge (1:56.6), Im Ready Jet (1:55.6) and Hurricane Flyer, Destiny Jones (Ordeal Trotting Cup), Sunny Ruby 1:54.7 (Harness Jewels), Wee Man Trouble, the dual Vicbred champion Aldebaran Eve and Sunoflindenny. On their best form, President Roydon and Majestic Hurricane are both expected to graduate far beyond their present rating.   Eighth on end  Papinik won his eighth race on end at Gloucester Park recently when he soundly trounced intermediate grade rivals, rating a career-best 1:54.5 for 2130 metres. He is by the In The Pocket horse, Advance Attack, a full brother to the great Courage Under Fire. Papinik                           --Jodie Hallows Photo   Papinik is out of Artist’s Impression, by Perfect Art from Rakamo, by Admiral Halsey from the Lumber Dream mare Sentimental Belle, a daughter of Sentimental Lass, the dam of the free-for-aller Mister Fallacy 1:57.3 ($142,212), a high class pacer in Master Scamp and others. Papinik is a brother-in-blood to the Westbred 2YO Classic winner Heez On Fire 1:54.7 ($287,607) and the Western Crown victor Brush With Courage (1:58.9) and a member of the same family as outstanding young pacers in Mitemptation and Rakarolla.   Half-brother to De Lovely Zadaka, who came from last to win the $30,000 Ararat Pacing Cup, is an eight-year-old half-brother by Mach Three to the champion New Zealand racemare De Lovely 1:54 ($613,355), the Menangle winner Coppagoodone (1:57) and Le Girl (1:58). They are out of a dual Oaks winner in Copper Beach 1:58.6 ($179,794), by the American import Beach Towel who was out of Les Payzen Star, by Payson’s Brother from Interchange, by New York Motoring. Interchange was a most successful broodmare, being also the dam of the Inter Dominion champion and dual Auckland Cup hero Elsu 1:53.6 ($2 million), the NZ 2YO Championship winner Revonez, Falcor (1:53) and Mombassa. Copper Beach was a half-sister to the exported Metekhi (1:54), CC Star (1:57.1) and to Rose Vear, the dam of Elias Bromac (2:00.8).   Four winners by Rock N Rock Heaven The Rocknroll Hanover horse, Rock N Roll Heaven, a grand pacer himself and now a leading sire, left four winners on the one night at Albion Park last weekend. His winners were Cardlesfromheaven (1:53.5), Thats How Weroll (1:54), Clarry (1:54.9) and Rockita (1:56.9).   First winner by Bling It On Bling It On, a well performed American Ideal horse from a champion broodmare in Alldatglittersisgold, by Caprock, was recently represented by his first winner in the two-year-old filly Finery, who led throughout at Bathurst. Finery had shown up strongly at the Menangle trials prior to her debut. Bred by Glenn Wilmont, Finery is out of the Bettor’s Delight mare, Dazzle N Daze, whose dam, Amboseli (1:58.7) was by Christian Cullen from the New York Motoring mare Rafiki (2:00.8), who left several useful winners including the Perth and USA winner The Freedom Fighter 1:52 ($147,036) and Our Friend (1:53).     by Peter Wharton

Hard copy catalogues for the 2021 Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be held at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 28 at 12 noon, are now available from the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club and Garrard’s Horse and Hound outlets. A quality lineup of 73 lots have been nominated by 29 different sires including established sires such as Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter, Sweet Lou, Hurrikane Kingcole, Changeover, For A Reason, Roll With Joe, A Rocknroll Danc, Mr , Cammibest and Gotta Go Cullect and emerging young sires including Betting Line, Hes Watching, Follow The Stars and Bling It On. Sires represented by their first crop are Huntsville, Lennytheshark and Fear The Dragon. The sale features half-brothers to the dual QBred Triad winner Leo’s Best and the Queensland Breeeders Classic winner Will The Wizard and a half-sister to the Redcliffe Sales Classic winner Manila Playboy.  Sale graduates are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a $100,000 2YO Sale Classic in 2022 and a $50,000 3YO Sale Classic in 2023. They are also eligible for QBred, NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred. To view the catalogue online visit 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

A filly from the final crop of the champion American racehorse and sire Grinfromeartoear will be offered at the Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, March 14 at 12 noon. Out of the WA Group 1 placegetter French Fashion 1:58.3 ($64,893), the filly is one of the three-prong draft being offered by White Star Lodge, Lower Light, of Shane Loone and Maria Petricevich. Grinfromeartoear is the sire of the winners of more than $75 million worldwide and 16 in the 1:50 list including Mr Feelgood, Mister Big, Smiling Shard and Make Me Smile. The White Star Lodge consignment also includes a gelding and a filly from the second crop of the brilliant, young Somebeachsomewhere horse, Goodtime Sammy. The gelding is from My Names Molly, a Mr Feelgood half-sister to the QBred Triad winners Maxmillion 1:56.7 ($153,907) and Making Magic 1:56 ($133,818) and the Group 1 placegetter Heavenly Hiraani (1:58.1). Completing the White Star draft is a nice, athletic filly from an all-American family, being out of the Camelot Hall mare Tillie Cheval, a sister to the QBred Triad runner-up Cheval Zeppenology 1:52.7 ($111,440) and a close relative of the successful Victorian sire and broodmare sire Exotic Earl. SAMOS Certificates valued at up to $1,600 can be used to purchase any filly in the sale. 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 (Vic.). For a catalogue or further information contact the sale co-ordinator Gary Newton on phone 0402 978 424 or email     by Peter Wharton

Talented Renaissance Man mare Fifty Five Reborn completed back-to-back Gloucester Park harness racing successes when she led from end to end on Friday night (February 12). It was her 10th win and increased her bankroll to almost $120,000. Another of the Renaissance Man progeny, Trittrittbangbang, was a very impressive winner at Warragul, blasting home in 56.8 to score by 10 metres. The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam left winners in NSW and Queensland recently. They included Wongalea Charli, Movin Millions, Spirited and Kay Nora Shannon. Warrawee Needy, the world champion racehorse, was represented by three winners in North America in Need Ur Opinion (1:54), Needless To Say (1:55.8) and Deprived (1:56.6). On the sales front, Lennytheshark had three from his first crop sell at the Melbourne APG sale with a colt making $22,000 and a filly $21,000. Renaissance Man, Million Dollar Cam, Warrawee Needy and Lennytheshark are all members of the Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster.   By Peter Wharton

Buyers at the 2021 Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale will have the added incentive that all yearlings that enter the ring on sale day will be eligible for two $50,000 Silver Salver sales graduate races for colts and fillies. The two Group events will be held at Globe Derby Park prior to June 30, 2022. Yearlings are also eligible to compete in the Southern Cross, Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum, Breeders Crown and the Bathurst Gold Crown. The sale has attracted entries from leading breeders in both South Australia and Victoria. It features the stock of the exciting, young sires Downbytheseaside, Betting Line and Major Secret and established sires such as Roll With Joe, Sweet Lou, A Rocknroll Dance, Hes Watching, Sportswriter, Well Said, Auckland Reactor, Betterthancheddar, Follow The Stars, Shadow Play, Grinfromeartoear and Sunshine Beach. The Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale will be held at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, March 14, with the sale preceded by the Hygain yearling parade at 12 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 (Vic.). For a catalogue or further information contact the sale co-ordinator Gary Newton on phone 0402 978 424 or email     by Peter Wharton

A brother to last year’s top Tasmanian juvenile Written In Silk brought the top price of $36,000 at the Tasmanian Harness Yearling Sale at Carrick Park on Saturday (February 13). The colt, by Sportswriter from the Belmont winner Mon Soie, was consigned by Westbury couple Leigh and Lorraine Dornauf and knocked down to Brighton horseman Adrian Duggan and his wife, Amanda. The highest priced filly was the Sweet Lou-Huiffier filly offered by Melissa Maine, of Faithful Park stud, Latrobe, which sold for $25,000. She was one of four yearlings purchased by Pipers River trainer Marc Butler. A Hes Watching gelding out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Itz Gemmas Delight, also consigned by Melissa Maine, realised $24,000. A Betting Line half-sister to the Breeders Crown heat winner Tisu Spirit, offered by Melissa’s mother, Susan Maine, was knocked to premier trainer Ben Yole for $20,000. The sale grossed $162,000 for eight head sold at an average price of $20,250.                     Lot NAME Colour SEX SIRE DAM TASBRED COMMENT SALE PRICE BUYER 3 MD & CE LeFefevre Bay G Downbytheseaside USA Caroline Claire y   $18,000 Ben Yole 4 Scott Richards Brown/Black C Betting Line Gracie Barron Y Passed In - $9,000 $0 - 5 Melissa Maine Bay F Sweet Lou USA Huiffier Y +GST ($2,500) $25,000 Marc Butler 6 Elliott Booth Bay C Lincoln Royal NZ Iden Princess Y   $10,000 Marc Butler 8 Melissa Maine Bay G Hes Watching USA Itz Gemmas Delight Y +GST ($2,400) $24,000 Marc Butler 9 Elliott Booth Bay F Lincoln Royal NZ Just like Elle Y   $15,000 Marc Butler 10 Scott Richards Brown/Black C Betting Line Mieshana Gold Y Passed In - $17,000 $0 - 11 L E Dornnauf L A Dornauf Bay C Sportswriter Mon Soie Y   $36,000 Adrian & Amanda Duggan 12 MD & CE LeFefevre Bay F Sweet Lou USA Motoring Rivers Y   $14,000 Ben Yole 13 Susan Maine Bay F Betting line USA Tisu holly Y   $20,000 Ben Yole                                   Total $162,000     by Peter Wharton

Talented Changeover five-year-old Tiz A Sizzler NZ hoisted a fresh lifetime mark of 1:52.7 leading from end to end at Albion Park last Friday (February 12). A week earlier the entire sat parked before winning at ‘The Creek’, and has now won seven of his 13 harness racing starts. Changeover was also represented by other Albion Park winners in Stinger Lindenny NZ (1:54.7), Power Surge NZ (1:58.6) and the trotter Heart Of Change NZ, who overcame a 50 metre handicap. Other Changeover winners in Australia were Solaman’s Abby (1:56.5) and Endless, while in New Zealand, he left the Addington winner Dreaminsover and the Rangiora victor Martin John. To round out a great fortnight, Changeover’s son Glengarry Knight NZ won in 1:53.4 at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania. Changeover stands at Burwood Stud, on Queensland’s Darling Downs.   By Peter Wharton

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