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Talented Auckland Reactor gelding Last Of The Mohicans extended his unbeaten winning sequence to three when he emerged successful at the Premier Meeting at Addington, New Zealand on Friday night (February 12). After settling down third, the four-year-old was sooled to the front by Ricky May 400 metres from the despatch point. He was never in danger of defeat, scoring by 1-3/4 lengths. The mile rate for the 2600 metres standing start was 2:00.6 with the last 800 in 57.7 and 400 in 28.4. Watch the race replay click here! Last Of The Mohicans is out of the Frugal Gourmet mare Jaclyn Del (2:00.9), and is her eighth foal. Meanwhile, the Auckland Reactor mare Miss Auckland rallied strongly off a perfect trip to win her third race at the Riverton Cup meeting at Invercargill on Saturday (February 13). The mile rate for the 2200 metres was a career-best 1:58.1 highlighted by a 57.9 closing 800. Miss Auckland is from Arancia 1:59.4 (by Washington VC) and is her first foal. Auckland Reactor has sired 21 individual winners in NZ this season and progeny earnings of $324,000. 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 Max Delight’s breeding background Max Delight, who won the Group 3 Pure Steel on the final night of the Summer Of Glory carnival at Melton, is a five-year-old entire expected to graduate far beyond his present rating. A member of David Aiken’s Avenel team, he has a good deal more in his favour on the score of blood than most. By Bettor’s Delight, Australia’s leading sire for the last nine years, Max Delight is out of the five-time Group 1 winner Lady Euthenia (1:53.3), by Art Major from Reggae Miss, by Maple Lanes Strike from Girl Next Door, by What’s Next. Max Delight                         --Stuart McCormick Photo Lady Euthenia proved herself in the top flight as a racemare, taking a mile record of 1:53.3, winning 21 races and $461,285 in stakes including the NSW Oaks, Bathurst Gold Tiara and Kay Seymour Nursery. Besides Max Delight, she has left others in the Menangle winner Sunset Zeus (1:53.4) and Lady Shakira (1:55.4). Reggae Miss, the dam of Lady Euthenia, was also a top racemare. She took a record of 2:00.3 and registered 18 successes. She won the NSW Sires Stakes Four-year-old Final and qualified for the two and three-year-old finals. At the stud Reggae Miss, one of several outstanding racemares and broodmares by Maple Lanes Strike, left the NSW Sapling winner Reggae Cowboy (1:59.4), San Domino 1:49.2 ($326,754), who is now racing successfully in America, Tears To Maple (2:06.9) and Swantastic (7 wins). Tears To Maple, an Albert Albert mare, left the NSW Breeders Challenge Regional winner Gracie Taljuice 1:53 ($140,615), Mymatethomo (SA Whyalla Cup), Fifteen Aces (1:53.8) and Hit The Track (1:56.9). Another daughter of Reggae Miss in the unraced Leslie Jay (by Grinfromeratoear) became the dam of the Bathurst Gold Crown and Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial winner Castalong Shadow 1:54.6 ($155,241).   Million dollar winner When she won the $100,000 Ladyship Cup at Melton recently, Our Princess Tiffany became the 12th Australasian bred millionaire pacing mare joining a list that includes Adore Me, Tailamade Lombo, Blossom Lady and Dream About Me. Our Princess Tiffany                     --Stuart McCormick Photo Bred and raced by Braedon and Caroline Whitelock, Our Princess Tiffany is a five-year-old Art Major mare from the top racemare Dancing Diamonds 1:57.8 (winner of $343,276), by Bettor’s Delight from Asabella, by In The Pocket from Mio Bellisimo, by Smooth Fella. This family has produced some useful pacers over the years including Ohoka’s Bondy, Miss Sangrial, Sangue Reale and The Cavalier. Dancing Diamonds also produced Rock Diamonds 1:50 ($435,016), a winner at Group level in Western Australia and Canada.   Star four-year-old by Bettor’s Delight The winner of the Group 2 Hondo Grattan Stakes at Menangle was the Bettor’s Delight entire Zeuss Bromac NZ, who is expected to make open grade. Only a four-year-old, he showed up last season as a three-year-old above average when he won the Breeders Crown at Melton and finished third in the NSW Derby. Zeuss Bromac, by Bettor’s Delight, is the first foal out of Zeta Bromac, who took a record of 1:55.5. She was a Mach Three mare from the Victorian-bred mare Zante Beach, by Fake Left from Gemfire, by Torado Hanover from Gold Mistress, by Golden Money Maker from the Bachelor Hanover mare Madame Han, who established a great winning line for Helen and the late Graham Head.  She left 10 winners including a cup class pacer in Chipmunk and the Moonee Valley winners Gold Mistress, Moonshine Mistress, Cocky Benz and Botlar. Zante Beach, the second dam of Zeuss Bromac, won 16 races and $115,160 in stakes and at the stud left the metropolita winners Zorro Bromac (1:56.6) and Savvy Bromac (1:57.2), Zion Bromac (1:56.1) and the exported My Zach Bromac (1:52).  Zeuss Bromac is the best winner from this family in recent years but in an earlier decade it produced a top flight pacer in Safari, who won 28 races.   Close relatives win at Shepparton Boy From Bondi and Kissmelvis, who both won at the Shepparton midweek meeting recently, are members of the same family. Boy From Bondi, a seven-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding is out of the Safely Kept mare Awakemecate, while Kissmelvis, a seven-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover, is from Kissmecatie (1:56.5), a daughter of Awakemecate.  Both were bred and are raced by Avenel horseman Ian Montgomery. Kissmecatie, by the triple Inter Dominion champion Our Sir Vancelot, won 16 races including the Albury and Gunbower Cups and $125,344 in stakes and at the stud, has left winners from her only two foals of racing age. Her dam, Awakemecate, was only lightly raced but she left four winners. She was out of a capable racemare in Cathanda, who took a record of 2:01.4 and won 12 races. Besides Awakemecate, she was also the dam of Armbro Andie (2:01.8), who won three. Other members of this family have been the Victoria Breeders Plate winner Son Of Chris, Navy Way (NE & GV Breeders Plate), Standing ovation (Bendigo Guineas) and a top Tasmanian pacer in Saint Tulloch.   From Bessie B family Lochinvar Art, the commanding winner of the A. G. Hunter Cup at Melton, became only the second winner – Preux Chavelier (1985) was the other - from the noted Bessie B tribe to win Victoria’s signature race. Lochinvar Art       --Stuart McCormick Photo Bred by Peter and M. Green, M. A. Morris and Daniel Cordina, Lochinvar Art is a five-year-old entire by the Artsplace horse Modern Art out of Ponder In Paris (1:56.5), by Ponder from Alive In Paris, by Live Or Die from Zora Paree, by Torado Hanover from the Hilarious Way mare Paree Beauty, dam of the Victoria Oaks winner My Cherie. This branch of the family has produced such winners as Kaboom (20 wins), All Hotted Up (NSW Derby heat), Ned Pepper, Mind The Wire (1:51.9), Katie’s Secret, Drunken Desire (1:51.8) and What’s The Catch.   First winner The Bettor’s Delight horse Betting Line, the former USA 3YO Colt of the Year and now available a member of Empire Stallions’ frozen semen roster, was recently represented by his first two-year-old winners in Australia. Comet Crusader, a New Zealand-bred colt, and Whataretheodds, a gelding bred in WA, both won on debut at Newcastle and Pinjarra respectively. Both had shown up strongly at the trials. Bred by Chatsworth Lodge, Auckland, Comet Crusader is out of the Badlands Hanover mare Shimmering Star, whose dam, Electrify, left the Treuer Memorial winner Lochinver 1:52.2 ($302,448) and Miss Tanaka, the dam of the Gloucester Park winners Tanaka Eagle 1:54.7 ($266,166) and Advance Your Dream (1:57.5). Whataretheodds, who was bred by Kody and Kevin Charles, is the second foal of the Group 3 winner Generally Outspoken (1:59.4), a sister by Mach Three to Mach’s Gold (1:54.3) and a half-sister to the dual NZ Group winner Spellbound 1:56.8 ($126,230) and Missinmemate (1:54.5).   Canberra Cup winner Benalong Valley, who won the $25,000 Canberra Cup, after being required to overcome a difficult barrier draw and a wide passage, has now won 13 races and $137,537 in stakes and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. By The Panderosa horse Shadow Play, who sired top pacers the calibre of Shadow Sax and Our Triple Play, Benalong Valley is a six-year-old gelding out from Cedar Valley (1:55.1), by Island Fantasy from Tricky Valley, by Tricky Dick (son of Lordship) from Red Valley, by Brutus Blue Chip from Totara Valley, by Regal Yankee – a pedigree with some real background with a strong staying influence behind it. Cedar Valley, a Harold Park and Moonee Valley winner, was a half-sister to the cup winning pacer Dontfencemein 1:57.2 ($272,760) and Larado 1:54.7 ($179,178).  The champion WA pacer of the 1980’s, Village Kid, is the best known member of this family.   Up-and-coming trotter One of the most improved trotters racing in Victoria is Aldebaran Poppy, bred by Aldebaran Park, Nagambie. A seven-year-old, Aldebaran Poppy has won four of her last five starts including the Group 2 $30,000 Vicbred Platinum Trotting Mares Sprint Championship at Melton. Aldebaran Poppy              --Stuart McCormick Photo Aldebaran Poppy has a background of trotting blood second to none. Her sire, Skyvalley, has left the great Australian trotter Tornado Valley and other top trotters in Pink Galahs, Sky Petite, Kyvalley Finn and Aldebaran Eve. Her dam, Aldebaran Revenue, is by Revenue, a former leading trotter in Europe and America. Aldebaran Poppy ranks as a half-sister to a talented trotter in Keayang Ignite, a winner at Group 1 level at Melton. Aldebaran Revenue, who was unraced, is a half-sister to Aldebaran Maori (10 wins), the dam of two high class trotters in Fear Not 2:01.6b ($179,495) and Kyvalley Kyrie Tr 1:59 ($100,251).  The family, which traces to the Lincoln Yet mare Dot, produced a champion trotter in Maori’s Idol (1:59.3), who won 40 races, including 24 on end, and other top trotters in Maori Time (1:51.5), the fastest trotting mare ever bred in Australasia, Noopy Kiosk, Sumthingaboutmaori and Danny Bouchea.   Close relative of Beautide Kikkimi, who won at Launceston last weekend, is a Roll With Joe mare from the same family as that which produced the dual Inter Dominion champion Beautide. A four-year-old, Kikkimi has not raced a great deal. She had only start at two, and from eight lifetime appearances has won twice and been three times placed.  Kikkimi is a well developed mare and was bred by Barrie and Denise Rattray, who bred and raced Beautide. She is out of the Jereme’s Jet mare Delmi, a moderate performer herself but who is proving a successful broodmare having left others in Lancelot (2:00.1) and Invil, both good winners. Delmi ranks as a half-sister to Beautide, being out of Gorse Bush (2:02.1), by Ticket To Heaven from the noted producer Barrington Lass, the dam of a record 15 individual winners.   Tasmanian Yearling Sale on Saturday The Tasmanian Harness Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Tasracing, will be held at the race meeting at Carrick Park on Saturday. The sale features youngsters by exciting, young sires such as Betting Line, Downbytheseaside, Sweet Lou, A Rocknroll Dance, Hes Watching and Lincoln Royal and the established sires Sportswriter and Stonebridge Regal. Progeny of the smart racemares including the Granny Smith winner Tisu Holly, Angel Or Demon (Mother of Pearl and Matron Stakes), Iden Countess (Killarney Stud Bouquet) and the Belmont winners Mon Soie and Iden Princess are listed in the catalogue. Yearlings closely related to the outstanding pacers Beautide, Ignatius, Lombo Pocket Watch, Devendra, Astral Francais and Chip And Gale are also among the offering.   By Peter Wharton

January 30, 2021 was a red-letter night for well known Young harness racing identity Eric Basham. Because the octogenarian landed a winning double at Menangle with the bonny mare Bettor Enforce, whom he part-owns, and brilliant three-year-old He Aint Fakin, a gelding he bred and sold as a yearling. Bettor Enforce led most of the way against her own sex in 1:51.4, while He Aint Fakin downed a strong field in the Group 2 $50,000 Simpson Memorial in a career-best 1:51.3. Bettor Enforce, the newly crowned Australian Pacing Mare of the Year, is unquestionably the apple of Eric’s eye, though. The New Zealand-bred mare has won 17 races and more than $300,000 in stakes since Eric bought a half share with great mate, Tony Peacock, and Richard Worner 18 months ago. “She ran the fastest first half (52.7 seconds) ever recorded at Menangle last November,” Eric said. Bettor Enforce, who holds a mile mark of 1:48.9 winning the Group 3 Ladyship Pace, is the second fastest Australasian bred pacing mare ever behind Adore Me (1:47.7). The name Basham and quality standardbreds go hand-in-glove. “I started off buying yearlings but they became too dear, so I started breeding my own,” Eric, who has been involved in horses most of his life, said. “You can’t beat the thrill of winning a race with a horse you’ve owned or bred. It’s the reason I’m still in the sport.” One of the first horses bred by the former hotelier was the Golden Adios gelding Carinya Jack, a top flight juvenile in the Riverina in the early 1970’s. “He beat Paleface Adios twice, once at Young and the other at Harold Park,” Eric recalled. However, Frosty Imp, a Johnny’s Imp gelding trained and driven by the late Kevin Robinson, was the best pacer ever owned by Eric Basham. He won a string of cup and classic races in the late 1970’s and early ‘80’s including the Victoria Winfield Gold Cup, Harold Park Cup, NSW Spring Cup and the Bankstown Cup. “I raced him throughout his career and sold him to America in 1982,” Eric stated. Mach Beauty, a Mach Three gelding, was another outstanding performer bred by Eric and his wife, Rosemary. He totted up 25 successes including the NSW Breeders Challenge, Golden Guitar and a heat of the 2014 Inter Dominion Championship and $509,000 in stakes. The couple also enjoyed plenty of success breeding from the dam of the four-time ID champion Blacks A Fake in the Vanston Hanover mare, Colada Hanover. They bred seven winners out of her with Dymondee, the winner of 14 races and $110,294, perhaps the best. The Group 2 Harold Park winner Flamin Yomax ($123,609), Haka Shannon ($124,624), Tromso, Mondo Sports, Uroc Skinny Jeans, Terris Falcon, Ruth Shannon and Sign Of Perfecshon are among other winners bred by Basham. Eric and Rosemary are currently breeding from 22 mares at their 50 acre sheep, cattle and wheat property, ‘The Poplars’. Long-time supporters of the yearling sales, the Basham’s have nominated three well-bred youngsters for the 2021 Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on April 10 and 11. The first of the trio is a colt by exciting first crop sire Downbytheseaside from the Live Or Die mare Illawong Joyful (1:57.2), who is listed as Lot 26. He will be followed by a Pet Rock colt from the 1:57 mare Love The Red (Lot 52) and the A Rocknroll Dance-Abercrombie Jess colt (Lot 194). And, judging by the Basham’s record of success, a punt on any of their draft could be worth it!   By Peter Wharton

Catalogues are now available for the 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, featuring 90 of New South Wales’s finest standardbred yearlings by sires such as Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, American Ideal, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sweet Lou, Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Well Said, A Rocknroll Dance, Warrawee Needy, Shoobee’s Place, Vincent, Betting Line, Huntsville and Bling It On. The sale will be conducted by Graeme Board & Co at the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on Sunday, March 21, starting at 11am. It will be livestreamed with online bidding available. All 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. 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

Our champion stallion Skyvalley NZ is again the leading colonial sire of trotters in Australia for the sixth consecutive season. During the 2019/20 season his stock won 92 races with 215 placings for $1,164,196 in stakes. Skyvalley NZ has commenced the 2021 season on a high with five individual winners already including the homebred Aldebaran Poppy, who won twice including a heat of the Aldebaran Park Vicbred Platinum Mares’ Sprint Championship. Scenic Sky T 1.58.2 ($133,450), who notched his 14th win, and Skyline NZ emerged successful at Menangle and Albion Park respectively, the Aldebaran Park bred Jennysfavourite (Maryborough) and Kimkar Dash NZ, who came off a 30 metre handicap at Auckland, were other recent winners sired by SKYVALLEY NZ. The three-year-old filly Aldebaran Floss NZ, who was bred by Aldebaran Park, posted her maiden success on the grass at Methven, New Zealand, while Aldebaran Alissa NZ, a mare part-owned by Aldebaran Park, won at Geelong and Bendigo. Another Aldebaran Park part-owned mare, Sun Swinger NZ, who is in foal to Muscle Mass USA, posted her third success on the grass at Motukarara in New Zealand. The Aldebaran Park bred Aldebaran Ursula (by Yield Boko Se) was named the NSW 2YO Trotter of the Year for 2019/20. The filly won five races including three heats of the NSW Foundation Series and lowered the Australian two-year-old trotters’ mile record three times highlighted by a 1:55.7 effort in the Group 3 Graeme Lang Aldebaran Park Trotting Mile at Bendigo. An interesting foaling in January was Aldebaran Campbell, a colt with an all-American pedigree, being by Muscle Hill out of Aldebaran Turnpike USA (1:59.6), a Cantab Hall mare bred in America and raced in Victoria. The colt is named in honour of Campbell, a Warragul Cup and Melbourne Showgrounds winner owned by the late John McPherson, the father of Aldebaran Park principal Duncan McPherson and trained by the late Graeme Lang. We are sorry to report the death of our brilliant, young American-bred stallion Aldebaran Eagle USA, who succumbed to a long battle with illness on January 16. A son of Muscle Hill USA and the Self Possessed mare Letsjustalkaboutme USA (1:56.2), Aldebaran Park was purchased as a yearling by Aldebaran Park at the 2013 Harrisburg Sale. As a two-year-old he won a $76,000 division of the International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile in 1:55.2 defeating Centurion ATM, while he took his lifetime mark of 1:52.2 at three years winning at The Meadowlands. He qualified for the 2015 Hambletonian Final and was placed in the Colonial Trot and New Jersey Sire Stakes Final and finished up with a stake tally of $240,926. He was later exported to the southern hemisphere where he qualified in NZ before an injury forced his early retirement. The first crop of Aldebaran Eagle USA will race as two-year-olds this season with those showing promise such as Aldebaran Yeurial (Aldebaran Eagle USA – Charming Yankee Nz) expected to be at the trials in Victoria in late February / early March.On the sales front, Aldebaran Park has nominated 9 yearlings – the largest draft by any vendor – for the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale to be held at the Oaklands Junction auditorium on Sunday, February 7 - 2020. All our Yearlings - Pedigrees, Photos and Videos are available to be viewed at the Yearlings Sales and Preparation section of our website at  or at The consignment comprises four colts and three fillies by the exciting first crop sire Aldebaran Eagle USA, colts by the highly credentialled sires Father Patrick and Love You and a filly by the world champion two-year-old Southwind Frank. Lot 106 – ALDEBARAN BRUTUS - A Father Patrick USA half-brother to the Group winner Hotjane Bling 1:53.9 ($132,230). Lot 115 – ALDEBARAN MARTY - An Aldebaran Eagle colt from the Group placegetter Naked Majesty (1:59.7) Lot 124 – ALDEBARAN BUDDY – An Aldebaran Eagle USA colt from Sundons Babe NZ – herself a daughter of the outstanding Merinai NZ. Lot 127 – ALDEBARAN SHAUNIE - A Love You FR half-brother to four winners from Aldebaran Sunset NZ Lot 129 – ALDEBARAN SIMBA – A colt by Aldebaran Eagle USA from Yankee Sister – who has left last season’s 2YO filly winner of the Sprinboard Trot in Queensland Aldebaran Selena Lot 131 – ALDEBARAN ZOE – An Aldebaran Eagle USA filly - the first foal of Zhenya NZ – 13 wins ($108,499). Lot 136 – ALDEBARAN BREE – An Aldebran Eagle USA filly from Aldebaran Breeze who has already left Breezin Around – Grp 1 placed Lot 138 – ALDEBARAN CHLOE - A Southwind Frank filly from Aldebaran Crumpet and the family of About Now, Now Another Look and Some Direction. Lot 141 – ALDEBARAN DAHLIA – An Aldebaran Eagle USA filly from 8 time winner Aldebaran Daisy. On the Stallion Front – Skyvalley NZ and Aldebaran Eagle USA were both extremely well patronised and we thank all those breeders around Australia who have again supported Aldebaran Park – we look forward with anticipation to the foals arriving later this year. There is no doubt that the enhanced VicBred scheme announced by Harness Racing Victoria has stimulated Victorian Broodmare owners which will see an increase in trotting numbers in coming seasons. We encourage you to Visit our website at for further information. We are “Hot to Trot” at Aldebaran Park. READ MORE ABOUT THE BIG WINS OF SKYVALLEY'S BRILLIANT PROGENY TORNADO VALLEY BELOW: >> Great Southern Star: Tornado makes it two >> Great Southern Star: "A fairytale" as Tornado does it again     by Peter Wharton

The results of racing over the weekend has given the 2021 Tasmanian Harness Yearling Sale, to be held at Carrick Park on Saturday, a timely boost. Former USA 3YO Colt of the Year and world champion Betting Line 3, 1:47.4 ($2.2 million), who is represented by three yearlings in the sale, produced two-year-old winners with his first two starters in Australia. Whataretheodds, a two-year-old gelding, won on debut in 1:56.1 at Pinjarra (WA), while Comet Crusader, a New Zealand bred colt, was a convincing winner in 1:56.6 at Newcastle (NSW). In America, Betting Line’s first crop to race as two-year-olds last year produced the amazing results of 93 starters from 119 foals, 46 winners including 24 in 1:55 or better and the winners of $1.4 million in stakes. Betting Line is represented by a colt out of the Safely Kept mare Gracie Barron (Lot 4), a colt from Mieshana Gold (Lot 10) and a filly from the Granny Smith winner Tisu Holly (Lot 13). Furthermore, Better Amour, a graduate of the 2018 Tasmanian Yearling, notched her third success and took her earnings to more than $35,000 at Launceston. LOT 4 BETTING LINE A colt from Safely Kept mare, Gracie Barron   LOT 10 BETTING LINE A colt from Sutter Hanover mare, Mieshana Gold LOT 13 BETTING LINE A filly from Time Stands Still mare, Tisu Holly   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 Bondi Lockdown is Derby material Bought for $20,000 and now the winner of $75,370, Bondi Lockdown stamped himself a genuine Derby candidate, when he won the $100,000 Caduceus Three-Year-Old Classic at Melton, rating 1:53.8 for 1720 metres. The colt is unbeaten in two appearances this season after setting a new track record at Charlton earlier in the month. By the Mach Three horse Somebeachsomewhere, who sired three of the first four placegetters in the Group 1, Bondi Lockdown is out of Without Guile, by Art Major. Without Guile left others in Rocknroll Eyes 1:53.6 ($162,687), Joey’s Hangover (1:56.4) and Without Hesitation (2:00.7). Without Guile is out of a champion racemare in Innocent Eyes 1:57.6 ($421,875), by Safely Kept from the good producer Cerebrano, a Lordship mare tracing to a noted family founder in Topsy. Without Guile is an unraced half-sister to a capable pacer in Cordero (1:56.9), the winner of five races in WA to date, and Anna’s Innocent (1:57.2), the dam of the 1:55 Menangle winner Rock Of Delight (1:55) and the Melton winner Mea Culpa (1:58.6). Their dam, Innocent Eyes, a dual Oaks winner, was a sister to the Melton winner Valero (1:56.5) and a half-sister to the WA Solid Gold Bracelet winner Lady Maryclaire, Sienna (1:56.6), the Gloucester Park winner Doc Ryan (1:58) and the D M Dilinger mare She’s Innocent, the dam of Ballarat Cup and Victorian Four-Year-old Bonanza winner Restrepo 1:52.4 ($527,118), now at the stud in Victoria. The Topsy family had a terrific influence on NZ and Australian breeding through several branches. Bondi Lockdown Black Jack Baby top WA three-year-old filly There was never much doubt that Black Jack Baby was the season’s top rating three-year-old filly in Western Australia as she was the previous season at three years, and she duly confirmed her class by winning at Gloucester Park last Friday. Actually Black Jack Baby was a class above her rivals, and was not seriously tested in running out the 2130 metres in a 1:57.5 rate with the last 800 in a stunning 55.9. Her sire, Follow The Stars, won seven races as a two-year-old and was the best of his crop in both Australia and New Zealand, and has been a leading sire in WA with his first two crops to race. Black Jack Baby is out of What A Card (1:58.8), a NZ bred mare by McArdle from Lady Butler, by Butler B G from Deborah Lobell, by Mark Lobell from Deborah Dundee, by Dundee Adios (a son of the great Robin Dundee). Deborah Lobell, the dam of four winners, was a half-sister to Advance Debra, the dam of the mighty Courage Under Fire and a top flight juvenile in Advance Attack, now at the stud in WA. This is the family which produced such winners as Jesse Duke (NZ Sires Stakes and Jewels), Stylish Memphis (NSW Oaks), Delightful Memphis, Texas Terror (1:50.2), Scruncher, Ok Deb and others.    Bettor Be The Bomb bred to be good Bettor Be The Bomb, a son of the American sire Bettor’s Delight, the leading Australian sire for the last nine years, has been one of the stars of the summer racing at Melton. He has won at each of his last three appearances at the Melbourne headquarters’ track including two under free-for-all conditions. His winning run over 2240 metres in 2:37 in the $50,000 Casey Classic clipped 1.6 seconds off his lifetime mark. Bettor Be The Bomb is closely related to an earlier top NZ pacer in Dillon Dean, who won seven Group events and $713,130 in stakes. Bettor Be The Bomb is by Bettor’s Delight from Atom Bomb Belle (1:58.1), by Pacific Rocket 1:50 ($2.3 million), an Albert Albert horse and a half-brother to a fine Canadian pacer in Pacific Titan. Atom Bomb Belle, who won 10 races, was out of Belle Jane, winner of nine races and by Mercedes from Birdie’s Belle, by Berry Hanover from the 1987 NZ Broodmare of the Year Birdie, dam of the top flight pacers Dillon Dean and Dillon Dale. Belle Jane was the dam of Seelster Belle 1:52.2 ($245,735), Statistician (1:58.2) and L’Escalier (2:00), who won four races and became the dam of L E Operative 1:55.1 ($224,354) and Kippenberger (1:52.6).  Among others from the Birdie family have been Risk (1:48.4), High Calibre 1:52.2 ($659,090), Anthem (1:51.2), Bracken Sky (WA The Kersley), Image of Courage (1:54.5) and Dapper Bessie (Redcliffe 3YO Sales Classic). Bettor Be The Bomb Siblings win in NSW Two of NSW’s star pacers at present, and both recent winners are Aphorism (by Well Said) and Kanena Provlima (by A Rocknroll Dance). Aphorism won at Menangle in 1:52.6 and Bathurst, while Kanena Provlima captured a heat and final of the Junee Pacers Cup. Both bred by Fran Hausfeld are from Mes Ti Tsepi, a winner herself, and who has left other winners in So Am I (1:59.2) and Delightful Me. Mes Ti Tsepi was by the Direct Scooter horse In The Pocket from Kalypso (2:00.8), by Safely Kept from Willing Greek, by Golden Greek. Kalypso, who won eight races, became the dam of the Victoria Cup and Chariots of Fire winner Caribbean Blaster 1:52.6 ($1.1 million), now at the stud in WA, War Dan 1:50 (Caduceus Club 3YO Cup), Protikori 1:59 ($212,109) and the top Tasmanian pacer Kalypson Kid (1:56.4). Well related three-year-old Chris Frisby, who brought out the champion pacer Our Uncle Sam, has a top three-year-old in He Aint Fakin racing at present. He downed last season’s champion two-year-old Tasty Delight in the $50,000 Simpson Memorial in a career-best 1:51.3 at Menangle recently. It was his sixth success from 12 starts. A gelding by Art Major (son of Artsplace), he is out of the lightly raced She Aint Fakin, who ranks as a sister to a grand pacer and four-time Inter Dominion winner Blacks A Fake. Besides He Aint Fakin, She Aint Fakin was the dam of Mondo Sports (1:55.6), Uroc Skinny Jeans (1:56.7) and Fake Art (1:59.9), the dam of Tromso (2:00.4), who has won three races on end in the Riverina recently. She Aint Fakin is by Fake Left from Colada Hanover (dam of 11 winners), by Vanston Hanover from Pina Colada, by H T Luca from the Young Charles mare Young Charlene and tracing to the taproot First Water. He Aint Fakin was bred by well known Young (NSW) owner-breeder Eric Basham. Watchmylips on top One of the most capable young pacers racing in Tasmania at present is Watchmylips, who is quickly working his way to the top flight. He has won six of his 12 starts to date. Watchmylips has a background of blood to back up his claims to further promotion, being a four-year-old by Hes Watching from Belliciouslips, by Sutter Hanover from Ima Blue Bell, by Golden Greek. Belliciouslips, who took a record of 1:55.9, is a half-sister to the classic winners Nitro Blue (1:59.7) and Ima Miss Molly, Noel’s Girl 1:59.3 (who won eight races) and to the Blissfull Hall mare Ima Blissful Bell, the dam of the speed merchant Streitkid 1:53.5 ($101,855). Their dam, Ima Blue Bell, a winner of four races, was a half-sister to eight winners including the Blue Bonnet winner Lambretta, Black Quartz (1:58.7), Bluestone Ridge 1:59 (15 wins) and Harmonia, who became the dam of the Golden Slipper winner Step Up And Play. Watchmylips was bred and is raced by Jamie Cockshutt and Barry Cooper. Caruba shows promise Caruba, who won twice at Gloucester Park in the space of four days recently, promises to make steady progress through the classes. She holds a record of 1:56.1, and is a member of the one of NZ’s leading families, being a five-year-old Caribbean Blaster mare from a smart racemare in Spirit Away (1:57.8), a Safely Kept mare who has produced others in Unreal Desire (1:58.3) and Make Me Grin, both Gloucester Park winners. Spirit Away was out of Blithe Spirit (2:01.9), a Perth winner by Classic Garry from Go Go Gena, by Romeo Hanover and tracing to a noted foundation mare in Norice (by Charles Derby). Blithe Spirit figures as the grand-dam of the WA Diamond Classic winner Centrefold Angel 1:55.2 ($237,348, the dam of four sub 2:00 winners, the Group 1 placegetter Let It Roll (1:59.3) and the Righteous Hanover mare Tiffany Twisted (1:59.9), who left two high class pacers in Typhoon Tiff 1:54.4 ($205,673) and Bettor Twisted 1:56.9 ($101,207). Burnie Cup winner The north-western pacer Mister Gently, who won the Burnie Cup last weekend, is a member of one of Australia’s top ranking standardbred families. Mister Gently, who has now won six races, is a gelding by the Die Laughing horse Live Or Die, who stood his entire stud career at Nevele R, Christchurch.’ Live Or Die has been most successful in both NZ and Australia. His stock include the dual NZ Cup winner Just An Excuse, the Hunter Cup winner Bondy, the four-time Derby winner Divisive, Power Of Tara, etc. Mister Gently is out of Tania Maree, by the Artsplace horse Stonebridge Regal from Gallavance, a Victorian bred mare by The Unicorn from Patrol Gal, by Gyro from the Victoria Oaks winner Ashputtel. Tania Maree (2:00.8), a winner of nine races, was the dam of a top ranking juvenile in Melnrowley (1:57.6), winner of five of her six starts including the Tasmanian Sweepstakes and Evicus. Mister Tehaych, a half-brother to Tania Maree, won 18 races including the Tasmanian Golden Slipper and Prince of Pace. Eleventh foal a winner Executive Banner, who won the first two-year-old race on New Zealand’s South Island, run at Addington, is the eleventh foal of her dam, Corporate Banner. Executive Banner, a colt by Rock N Roll Heaven, had qualified at Rangiora a few weeks earlier. He ranks as a half-brother to the outstanding racemare Mainland Banner 1:55.1 ($684,579), the winner of 17 of her 22 starts including five at Group 1 level including the NZ Cup and Oaks. Besides Mainland Banner and Executive Banner, Corporate Banner, who was unraced, left the Franklin Cup winner Titan Banner 1:56.1 ($340,853), the Gloucester Park winner Christian Banner 1:57.1 ($116,723), Caitlin Banner (TT1:58.3) and Moore Than Happy. Corporate Banner, who is now is her 25th year, has since produced an Art Major colt via embryo transfer. Corporate Banner is a Soky’s Atom mare from Graceful Poplar, by Lumber Dream from Bachelor Morn, and tracing to the taproot Dusky Morn (by Young Irvington). Other members of the immediate family are the Harness Jewels winner Rocker Band (1:51.8), Crusader Banner 1:54.8 (Howard Porter Memorial), Island Banner (1:51.8), Beau Dandy (1:52.8) and the Melton Plate winner Run Albert Run. Peter Wharton  

Three yearlings from the first crop of the Inter Dominion and Miracle champion Lennytheshark will go under the hammer at the Australian Pacing Gold Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, February 7. Lot 217, a brown colt, is the first foal out of the Falcon Seelster mare Kerry Sheffield (2:00.2), a close relative of the 2013 APG winner and 2YO Filly of the Year Mindarie Priddy 1:53.8 ($284,659). A pair of Lennytheshark fillies will be offered as Lots 231 and 253. Lot 231 is a brown filly out of a winning Village Jasper half-sister to Mindarie Priddy, while Lot 253 is the first foal from the Badlands Hanover mare Showgirl Shere, a half-sister to four sub 2:00 winners including the top Victorian racemare Pacific Charm 1:57.5 ($221,369). Warrawee Needy, the leading first crop sire in NSW and the second on the Australian list in 2020, was represented by winners at Redcliffe (3YOF Amander) and in Ohio, USA (Farro’s Reign 1:55.2 and Deprived 1:56.2). Our ‘new’ sire Renaissance Man sired a couple of impressive winners in Western Australia recently. Fifty Five Reborn took her stake tally to beyond $100,000 with an end-to-end win at Gloucester Park, while the three-year-old filly Songkran posted her first success at Northam.   By Peter Wharton

The Changeover three-year-old Zarias was a most impressive harness racing winner on debut at Alexandra Park, Auckland on January 22. Starting from the No 7 gate, the gelding pinged straight to the top, survived some mid-race pressure and then rallied strongly at the end to win in a 1:58.6 rate for 2200 metres. Other recent New Zealand winners by Changeover have been Not Over 1:59.2 (Addington), Changearound 1:59.8 (Dunedin) and Overarm (Methven). Changeover picked up another new credit in Overrated, who won at her second start at Globe Derby Park, while Fleetmaster NZ captured his first win on Australian soil and third lifetime at Newcastle. Paddington Central NZ, a gelding by Changeover, led throughout at Melton to push his earnings over the $50,000 mark, while Soho Beijing notched his ninth lifetime success at Leeton. In America, Changeover was represented by Glenferrie Bronte NZ, a winner in 1:54.8 at Miami Valley Raceway, Ohio, and The Charging Moa NZ, who won in 1:59.8 at Yonkers, New York. Changeover’s progeny has earned almost $14.9 million to date.   By Peter Wharton

The results of harness racing over the summer period have given the Yabby Dam Farms’ consignment for the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Sale on April 10 and 11 a substantial boost. Always Ready, the winner of the Group 1 $100,000 Vicbred Super Series 4YO Final and the Group 2 Breeders Crown 4YO Championship, has a half-brother by Orlando Vici as Lot 248 in the sale. The outstanding filly Im Ready Jet, who won the Group 1 $80,000 Breeders Crown 3YO Final and the Group 3 Vicbred Silver, has a half-sister by Wishing Stone as Lot 12. Three of the gems of the 31-strong Yabby Dam draft are Lot 41, a Muscle Mass three-quarter brother to trotting queen Dance Craze, Lot 40, a Used To Me colt out of a half-sister to Dance Craze, and Lot 127, a Muscle Mass filly from the Vicbred and Breeders Crown champion Reina Danzante, a half-sister to Dance Craze. There’s an En Solitaire half-sister to the Vicbred and Breeders Crown Finals placegetter Brandlo Prince as Lot 234, a Trixton half-sister to the Central Victorian Championship placegetter and Vicbred finalist Beau Garcon (Lot 178) and a Used To Me colt closely related to the Breeders Crown Graduate winner Kyvalley Chief (Lot 91). Lot 167 is a What The Hill half-sister to recent Cranbourne winner Megeve, Lot 233 is an Orlando Vici filly out of a half-sister to the dual Canberra winner Orlando Storm and Lot 77 is a Love You filly from a half-sister to the Victorian provincial winner Meydan. Lot 77 is one of three youngsters from the draft that trace to Maori Miss, the founder of Australasia’s No. 1 family of trotters. The others are Lot 148, a filly by What The Hill from the Lindy Lane mare Showmethemaori, and Lot 195, a Used To Me colt from the 1:59 Sundon mare Abitofmagic. The Yabby Dam Farms’ draft comprises youngsters by the established sires Orlando Vici (7 lots), Used To Me (5), Muscle Mass (3), Quaker Jet (3), Love You (2) and Dream Vacation (1), emerging sires such as Father Patrick (2), Trixton (1) and Wishing Stone (1) and the exciting first crop sires What The Hill (4), En Solitaire (1) and Uniclove (1). Full pedigrees can be viewed at Peter Wharton

The results of harness racing over the summer period have given the Yabby Dam Farms’ consignment for the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Sale on April 10 and 11 a substantial boost. Always Ready, the winner of the Group 1 $100,000 Vicbred Super Series 4YO Final and the Group 2 Breeders Crown 4YO Championship, has a half-brother by Orlando Vici as Lot 248 in the sale. The outstanding filly Im Ready Jet, who won the Group 1 $80,000 Breeders Crown 3YO Final and the Group 3 Vicbred Silver, has a half-sister by Wishing Stone as Lot 12. Three of the gems of the 31-strong Yabby Dam draft are Lot 41, a Muscle Mass three-quarter brother to trotting queen Dance Craze, Lot 40, a Used To Me colt out of a half-sister to Dance Craze, and Lot 127, a Muscle Mass filly from the Vicbred and Breeders Crown champion Reina Danzante, a half-sister to Dance Craze. There’s an En Solitaire half-sister to the Vicbred and Breeders Crown Finals placegetter Brandlo Prince as Lot 234, a Trixton half-sister to the Central Victorian Championship placegetter and Vicbred finalist Beau Garcon (Lot 178) and a Used To Me colt closely related to the Breeders Crown Graduate winner Kyvalley Chief (Lot 91). Lot 167 is a What The Hill half-sister to recent Cranbourne winner Megeve, Lot 233 is an Orlando Vici filly out of a half-sister to the dual Canberra winner Orlando Storm and Lot 77 is a Love You filly from a half-sister to the Victorian provincial winner Meydan. Lot 77 is one of three youngsters from the draft that trace to Maori Miss, the founder of Australasia’s No. 1 family of trotters. The others are Lot 148, a filly by What The Hill from the Lindy Lane mare Showmethemaori, and Lot 195, a Used To Me colt from the 1:59 Sundon mare Abitofmagic. The Yabby Dam Farms’ draft comprises youngsters by the established sires Orlando Vici (7 lots), Used To Me (5), Muscle Mass (3), Quaker Jet (3), Love You (2) and Dream Vacation (1), emerging sires such as Father Patrick (2), Trixton (1) and Wishing Stone (1) and the exciting first crop sires What The Hill (4), En Solitaire (1) and Uniclove (1). Full pedigrees can be viewed at   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 Harness Racing Siblings to the fore Two of Australia’s star pacers at present, and both winners last weekend who promise to be a force in feature races in the autumn, are Treasure (by Art Major) and Turn It Up (by Courage Under Fire). Treasure took out the inaugural Group 2 $52,000 State of Origin Series at Globe Derby Park, while Turn It Up, an Auckland Cup and Harness Jewels winner, won the fast class race at Albion Park. Both bred by Bruce and Vicki Edward, of Durham Park Standardbreds are out of the American-bred mare O Narutac Bella (1:51.2), a useful racemare herself, and who has left other winners in Perfect Sense 1:55.5 ($143,530), Famous Three and Illawong Bella. O Narutac Bella was by the Western Hanover horse Western Ideal (a leading sire in America) from Yankee Venice, by Life Sign from Yankee Velvet, by Direct Scooter. Raith Memorial winner Sioux Rainbow, who won the $50,000 J. L. Raith Memorial at Menangle, is a NSW bred filly with an interesting and successful family background. Bred by John Markham, of Muswellbrook she was got by American Ideal from Rainbow Sue, a Hunter Valley bred mare by the Artsplace horse Art Major. Sioux Rainbow, who holds a record of 1:52.7, has run up a tidy score of two wins and three placings from five starts for $33,190 in stakes. Sioux Rainbow’s dam, Rainbow Sue (1:56.4), won seven races in Victoria and NSW including one at Melton. She was out of a capable racemare in Starry Rainbow, who took a record of 1:58.2, won 11 races and $84,205 and became the dam of winners in Art’s Stride (1:54.3, the winner of nine races), Starlight Rainbow (1:57.6, who won 16), The Falcon Rainbow (1:58.9), Christmas Rainbow (1:59.9) and Rainbow Sue (the dam of Sioux Rainbow). Starry Rainbow was a Fake Left mare from Hike Along (1:59.9), by Land Grant from Able Sharon, by Able Bye Bye. Besides Starry Rainbow, Hike Along, who won 15 races, left the Tatlow Memorial winner Gold Rainbow 1:59.8 ($115,690), King Rainbow 1:58.7 ($188,622), Rainbow Stride 1:55 ($145,977), Sky Rainbow 1:58.2 ($113,309) and also My Lady Rainbow, a What’s Next mare who produced the winners Cats And Dogs (13 wins), Pan’s Illusion (1:58.6) and Cooked Books (1:59.4). Another daughter of Hike Along was Angel Rainbow, who became the dam of seven individual winners including the Tasmanian Belmont winner Angelina Rainbow, Bullet Rainbow (1:56.2) and the SA Southern Cross heat winner and Breeders Crown 2YO finalist Treasure Rainbow (1:59.4). Diego from top family A bright future is being predicted for the Bettor’s Delight five-year-old Diego, whose success at Gloucester Park recently was his fifth winning run from seven starts on Australian soil. He has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Bettor’s Delight, Diego is out of the Christian Cullen mare Sakura, the dam of good Gloucester Park winner Mister Bushido 1:55.4 ($164,175) and The Bachelor (1:52). Sakura, who was only lightly raced, was a half-sister to the Perth winner Misaki (1:58.9), being from Mika (2:01.3), by What’s Next from Wakana, by Soky’s Atom from the Lordship mare Deidre Ann. This is the family which produced such winners as the Miracle Mile and Fremantle Cup winner My Field Marshal (1:46.9), the dual Oaks winner Foreal (1:55.8), Im Rocknroll Magic (1:51.2), Madiba Magic (1:51.4), Regal Dash (Bendigo Cup),  Askmenow (1:54.2) and Delightful Dash (Robin Dundee Crown). Deltasun in 1:52.4 Deltasun has become the third fastest ever Australian bred trotter in America. He recorded 1:52.4 when he was successful in a $13,000 race at Dover Downs, Delaware recently. By the A Go Go Lauxmont horse Tennotrump – a top trotter himself – Deltasun is from Deltasu, by Elsu (a son of Falcon Seelster) from Pikelet, by the French Chef horse Souffle. Deltasun belongs to an old-time American family with a strong emphasis on pacers. Prestige Stride is Oaks material The New Zealand bred, NSW owned three-year-old filly Prestige Stride is rated a top NSW Oaks prospect. She won three of her eight starts as a two-year-old and she romped home at her first start as a three-year-old at the Ballarat Cup meeting. Prestige Stride is a filly by Sweet Lou from the Christian Cullen mare Bee Jays Money, who has produced others in Pa’s Ultimate Delight 1:51.2 ($447,720), a prolific Menangle winner who is now racing successfully in America, and Ultimate Major 1:57.1 ($119,830), who won three at Gloucester Park. Bee Jays Money, the dam of Prestige Stride, was only lightly raced but she left four winners. She was a half-sister to the Inter Dominion Consolation winner Our Awesome Armbro 1:49.8 ($849,309), being out of the New York Motoring mare Abbeybell, who ranked as a half-sister to a fine racemare in Lento 1:56.4 ($272,110) and to Bella Chip 1:52.6 ($131,120), who became the dam of the Victoria Derby and Breeders Crown winner Bellas Boy 1:52 ($437,564) and the grand-dam of the Victoria Cup winner Bettor’s Strike 1:55.7 ($789,864). Lento, who won eight Group races, was the dam of the Nyah Cup winner Strauss 1:57.6 ($160,611), the NZ Nevele R Fillies Series winner Whanau 1:57.1 ($137,726) and the Gloucester Park winners Future Assets 1:56.3 ($152,400) and Our Toto (1:58.4). There are some notable winners in almost every remove of this family. Bell’s Butler, a half-sister by Butler B G to Lento, became the dam of the prolific Perth winner Glencadam. Prestige Stride New Norfolk Cup winner is well bred James Dean, who won the New Norfolk Cup last Monday, after starting from a 20 metre handicap, has now won 14 races and is rated one of the leading pacers in Tasmania. He ranks as a seven-year-old half-brother by Santanna Blue Chip to the Victorian country cups winner Glenferrie Alexis (1:55.9) and the Melton and Menangle winner Du Vella (1:50.9). Their dam, Alegria, was a Caprock mare from Miesque, by Plat Du Jour from Nicky Trae, by Jersey Hanover from Senatus, has proved a most successful broodmare. Besides James Dean and Du Vella, others of her produce have been Im Alex (1:54.8), Freedom Is (1:53.7), Jackaroozy (1:56.1) and Alexy (1:56.8). Alegria, who was unraced, was a sister to the NZ Taylor Memorial Mile winner Mac De Stroyer (1:49.8), who later competed successfully in North America, and to the Il Vicolo mare Ill Informed (1:58.3), the Methven Green Mile winner and dam of the smart Victorian pacer Hickstead (1:51.4). This has been one of the most successful branches of the Entice family, Senatus being a sister to the Hamilton Cup and Melbourne Showgrounds winner Koranui and to Storm Crat, a capable racemare who has produced a top family of winners in Australia, including the Central Victorian Trotting Championship winner Ima Rowan, the Perth winner Hook Line And Sinker and the Moonee Valley victors Mount Cole, In The Limelight and Silent Partners. Bona Khan impresses The four-year-old Bona Khan is proving a splendid advertisement for the Rustler Hanover horse Bonavista Bay, a grand pacer himself and who stood for a time at the stud in Victoria. He is now based in Western Australia. Bona Khan was a recent winner at Melton and Boort and has graduated to a NR63 mark. He has four wins to date. Rosie Khan, the dam of Bona Khan, was a Pacific Fella mare from the Genghis Khan mare Princess Khan (2:01.8), a half-sister to the Moonee Valley and USA winner Helmar Bob 1:51.8 ($197,737). By A Rocknroll Dance The Choreographer made a clean sweep of the Golden Guitar series at Tamworth and came within two-fifths of a second of breaking the track record, rating 1:56.5 for 1980 metres in the $30,600 Final. The Choreographer is a five-year-old gelding by A Rocknroll Dance, and one of the first crop of the Rocknroll Hanover horse, from the Modern Art mare Modern Day (1:58.3), a Group 3 winner who produced others in the Bathurst Gold Tiara heat winner Orchid Stride (1:56.7) and Modern Beach (2:00.5). Modern Day was a half-sister to the metropolitan winners American Legend 1:53.4 ($207,997) and Ideal Situation 1:51.2 ($200,185) and a member of the same family as cup class pacers in Tee Cee Bee Macray and Dont Kid Me. The Choreographer was bred by Jeff and Nea Costello. A star from Musical Delight The first two-year-old winner in NSW this season is Ripp, bred in Victoria by Lauriston Bloodstock and trained by Bernie Hewitt. A gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, he is out of a top racemare in Musical Delight 1:53.1 ($248,910), and is her third winner from as many foals. He soundly trounced older rivals on debut at Bathurst and looks a two-year-old with the potential one would expect of his breeding. Cochran Cup to Magicool The E. B. Cochran Trotters Cup, one of the features of the Victorian Summer of Glory carnival, was won by Magicool, a talented gelding by Tennotrump from Free Rider. Tennotrump, a son of A Go Go Lauxmont, has been among the top bracket of Australian trotting sires in recent years, and has been one of the most successful colonial-bred sires in this field for some time. He has sired such winners as Deltasun 1:52.4 (Vicbred Home Grown Classic and Tontine), the dual Vicbred champion Brunelleschi (1:57.7), Spud (1:59.3), Tenno Sho (1:59.5), Tendaho, Auntie Poppy and other smart trotters. Free Rider (2:03.8), the dam of Magicool, was by Straphanger, who also distinguished himself as a sire of trotters, from the Red Coach Glory mare Ivy Jean, who left a top flight trotter in Billy Royle, a thrice winner at Group level.  This has been a most successful family, as Miss Intense (2:00.4), a half-sister to Billy Royle, was a Melton winner from a limited campaign. The latest Cochran Cup winner, Magicool, has certainly a wealth of successful trotting blood on both sides of his pedigree. Magicool Weekly Spotlight on Breeding by Peter Wharton  

When Lot 214 enters the ring at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, April 11, it will be the culmination of a breeding program hatched in the Goulburn Valley nine years earlier by Gisborne breeders Ian and Kath Sutherland. Realising that they needed to upgrade their small operation to remain competitive in the tough breeding business, Ian and Kath purchased a young, unraced Fake Left mare named Zoeyzoey from Shepparton horseman Ross Pike in 2012. She was a daughter of the harness racing broodmare gem Grace Robinson and a granddaughter of the champion filly Jasmarilla. The other half of their broodmare band was the homegrown Indigenous Art, an unraced Art Major mare from the noted Ann Byrd family of the dual Inter Dominion champion Beautide, Ignatius and co.  She was a close relative to the former Tasmanian 2YO of the Year Not John, the Hobart Pacing Cup winner The Grouse and the Tasmanian 4YO of the Year The Fat Controller which were all bred by Ian and Kath in partnership with good friends, Barrie and Denise Rattray. In 2016 the Sutherland’s took two horses to the Melbourne sale, one a Mach Three colt out of Zoeyzoey and the other a Rocknroll Heaven colt from Indigenous Art which sold for $30,000 and $15,000 respectively. The Zoeyzoey colt, which is now racing as Seeuinnashville, was purchased by Luke and Belinda McCarthy and has earned $127,172 from 16 wins and nine placings, while the Indigenous Art named Jimmy Locke was secured by Josh Aiken and has returned $111,613 from 13 wins and 20 placings.  From the sale of the two colts the couple set their sights on the Brisbane sale looking to buy a well-bred filly with the intention of her becoming a commercial broodmare after she finished racing. “We made a number of calls to find a suitable person in Queensland to look over our selections and to break the horse in. That person was local horseman John Cockburn,” Ian said. “John could not fault one of our first options, a filly by Roll With Joe from the good racemare Art Start, a daughter of the Group 1 winner Sweet Clementine.” Named Arts Treasure, the $21,000 purchase was broken in by Cockburn and later sent down to NSW to James Rattray who they had seen grow up from a three-year-old. The following year the Sutherland’s went back to the Brisbane sale with the intention of securing another commercial filly. They were successful in buying their number one selection, Wha Hae, a Mach Three Filly out of the multiple Group 1 winner Good Lookin Girl whose dam, Goldrush Rush, was a multiple Group 1 winner and a noted producer. Wha Hae showed above average ability but was hampered by leg injuries. Despite having to wear bar shoes on all four feet, she managed four wins and eight placings from 17 starts and took a record of 1:53.8. She now in foal to Betting Line. Trained by James Rattray, Arts Treasure captured the Group 1 $100,450 QBred Triad Final and three weeks later ran second to Pinup Boy in the Group 1 APG final at Albion Park. Arts Treasure finished up with a stake tally of $152,542 and a mark of 1:50.9 set as a four-year-old at Menangle.  Ian and Kath Sutherland on 2018 Miracle Mile night at Menangle Meanwhile, Ian had noted that Arts Treasure’s dam Art Start had not been bred from for a year and had a Rock N Roll Heaven weanling colt on her. They subsequently purchased the mare and sent her down to Benstud Standardbreds in Victoria. And, the colt with the mare at the time of her sale has turned out to be star youngster Expensive Ego, the winner of nine of his 12 starts to date including three Group races and $159,948 in stakes. Art Start has since produced two foals by Betting Line for the Sutherland’s, the first a two-year-old filly which is close to trialling and the other, a colt which is Lot 214 at the Nutrien Equine sale. A colt by Captaintreacherous from Art Start’s daughter, Arts Treasure, has been earmarked for the 2022 Nutrien sale. Ian was introduced to the sport in the late 1960’s by an uncle, Charlie Blanchfield, who along with friend Ron Morrison, leased the grand stayer and Inter Dominion champion Bold David. Ian said he enjoyed going to Alf and Dorrie Simons’ stables every Sunday morning with his uncles after a Saturday night at the Melbourne Showgrounds. “Bold David qualified for the final in 1970 and drew the outside six from the standing start. He pinged the tapes and I knew they wouldn’t get past him,” Ian said. “From that night I thought that one day I wanted to not only own but breed a good horse capable of winning an Inter Dominion or a Miracle Mile.” Ian and Kath, whose earlier winners include Bold Stefan (20 wins and $113,373) and Pajero Lass (5 wins), are proud of their record at the yearling sales. “We’ve never offered a yearling at the sale and brought it back home. They’re all for genuine sale,” Ian said. Ian said that there were plenty of incentives for people to become involved in harness racing.  “The average person can become involved with a syndicate of friends to race a pacer or trotter, unlike the gallops which is very expensive,” he said. “Harness horses, if they make the grade, race on a lot longer than a galloper and for a third of the cost. It can fast become a way of life for people wanting an interest outside of their working life.”   by Peter Wharton

The harness racing catalogue for the 2021 edition of the yearling sale that produced four of the first six across the line in the inaugural Woodlands Stud State of Origin Series - the Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale – is now available online. The 2018 sale produced the second, third, fifth and sixth placegetters The Queen Of Heart, Miss Iconic, Mariahs Shadow and Shesherz respectively in the $52,000 State of Origin Series Final - South Australia’s richest race for four-year-old mares. A quality lineup of 28 lots has been confirmed by local and interstate vendors with the catalogue showcasing stock of Australia’s most sought after stallions including Sweet Lou, Sportswriter, Well Said, A Rocknroll Dance, Roll With Joe, Betterthancheddar, He’s Watching, Sunshine Beach, Shadow Play, Grinfromeartoear, Auckland Reactor and For A Reason. Emerging, young sires such as Downbytheseaside, Betting Line, Huntsville, Lennytheshark, Goodtime Sammy and Major Secret are also represented. The sale will be held at the Magic Millions complex, Morphettville on Sunday, March 14, starting at 12 noon. Gary Newton, the Silver Salver Sale co-ordinator, said: “We are really excited that the leading local breeders have supported the sale with strong numbers. It’s very exciting to see so many first season sires represented.” For online pedigrees go to Printed copies of the catalogue will be available for distribution from early February. By Peter Wharton

Many of the leading harness racing breeders from both sides of the Tasman have thrown their weight behind the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale to be held at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, February 7. Aldebaran Park, Australia’s ‘home of the trotters’, has the largest draft with 10 entries including four colts and three fillies from the second crop of the deceased Muscle Hill import Aldebaran Eagle. There’s a colt from the dual Vicbred champion Endsino 1:58.1 ($185,202, pictured), a colt from the Group One placegetter Naked Majesty, a colt from Yankee Sister, a half-sister to the multiple Group winner Cold Sister and fillies out of the good racemares Zhenya ($108,499), Aldebaran Daisy and Aldebaran Breeze. The Aldebaran Park draft also includes a Father Patrick half-brother to Hotjane Bling 1:53.9 ($132,230), a Love You half-brother to three winners and a filly from the first crop of USA 2YO Trotter of the Year Southwind Frank. Keith Gibson, the owner of Roydon Lodge stud, Christchurch, one of New Zealand’s leading nurseries, is offering a Majestic Son filly of a half-sister by Monarchy to the Dominion Handicap winner Mountbatten 1:54.2 ($287,476). Leading NSW breeder Michael Taylor, trading as Trotters Australia, has nominated six fillies including a Creatine half-sister to Empire Bay 1:55.7 ($228,321), a Father Patrick half-sister to two $100,000 earners and Majestic Son half-sisters to the Group One winner Viksun 1:57.2 ($95,440) and the Abrahams Classic winner My Little Comet. The highlight of the four-pronged entry of Goulburn Valley breeders Russ and Pauleen Thomson is a half-sister by the USA 3YO Trotting Colt of the Year What The Hill to the Vicbred and Breeders Crown champion Cruisin Around 1:56.1 ($287,192). The couple has also nominated a What The Hill colt out of the Vicbred Platinum victor Midnightatpinevale, a Sebastian K half-sister to Duchess Ella 1:57.2 ($126,933) and four other winners and a Sebastian K filly out of Prettylilangeleyes 1:55.8 ($114,625). Finley breeder Ash Haynes and partners, whose horses carry the ‘Phoenix’ moniker, have nominated two fillies, one an Aldebaran Eagle half-sister to the 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year Eljaykay Phoenix and Peregrine Phoenix and the other a Majestic Son from a half-sister to the Vicbred and Home Grown Classic winner Princess Phoenix. Harness Breeders Victoria president Nick Hooper and Paul Graydon’s three strong consignment includes a chestnut colt by Bacardi Lindy from the thrice Oaks placegetter Gluteus Maximus 1:59.6 ($104,855), the dam of the brilliant but ill-fated Derrie Aire, and a Trixton filly from Broadacrossthebeam, a successful half-sister to Gluteus Maximus. Balmain Lodge, conducted by Geoff and Lorraine Barnes, have nominated an Aldebaran Eagle half-brother to the dual NSW Breeders Challenge winner Iona Grinner 1:55.1($257,623), a What The Hill half-brother to Kyvalley Boomerang 1:57.4 ($176,863) and a Skyvalley half-sister to the Listed winner Barefoot Sally 1:56.9 ($110,520). Cranbourne identity David Scott is represented by two superbly bred fillies including a Majestic Son half-sister to the Vicbred and Home Grown Classic 2YO winner Is That A Bid 1:58 ($130,030). Other well known breeders with dual entries are Peter and David Goudie and Macray Lodge’s Ian Kitchin. To order a sale catalogue or to view the catalogue online simply click on the links on the website  

Love You’s brilliant son Venerate was recently named the USA 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year for 2020. During the year the Love You colt won five of his 10 starts for a season’s high $772,914 in stakes and took a record of 1:51.8. Among his successes were the inaugural $1 million Mohawk Million, the $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Final and a heat of the Breeders Crown in track record time. Love You was also represented by three New Zealand winners from his first commercial crop. Excuse My French made it two wins from two starts at Rangiora, Liason notched his third win at Cambridge Raceway, while Tyene cleared novice class on the grass at Blenheim. Love You’s richest son Quaker Jet led in a winner at the Ballarat Cup meeting in the talented mare Im Ready Jet. Despite sitting parked, the four-year-old rated 1:58.4 for 2200 mettres with the last 800 in a stunning 56.9. A dual Breeders Crown champion, Im Ready Jet boasts the splendid record of 11 wins and three placings from 20 starts for $184,810 in stakes.   Meanwhile, My Used To Be, a three-year-old gelding and one of the first commercial crop of the French-bred Group star Used To Me, notched his fourth win from only five starts at Yarra Valley last week. Love You, Quaker Jet and Used To Me are all members of the star-studded Haras Des Trotteurs’ stallion roster at Cardigan, near Ballarat, Victoria.    by Peter Wharton

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