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Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound WA 4YO Championship to Magnificent Storm One of Western Australia’s premier races for four-year-olds, the Group 2 $50,000 WA 4YO Championship, run at Gloucester Park, was won by Magnificent Storm, and although Patronus Star, rated the top three-year-old last season, failed to finish due to a punctured tyre, this fact could not detract from the merit of Magnificent Storm’s success. He has now won at his last 11 starts; Patronus Star has won eight of his last 11. Bred by Pukekohe horseman Todd MacFarlane, Magnificent Storm is a member of one of New Zealand’s most outstanding standardbred families.  Magnificent Storm          --Daryl Hallows, Paceway Photos   His sire, American Ideal, was one of the best performed sires to come to Australasia, being by Western Ideal, a son of Western Hanover. American Ideal had a record of 1:47.8 and was one of America’s leading three-year-olds of his year. His ‘down under’ stock include Bling It On, Soho Tribeca, My Hard Copy, Ideal Scott and others, and in America he sired the winners of more than $110 million including American Jewel (1:48.4) and Heston Blue Chip (1:48). Splendour, the dam of Magnificent Storm, was a Bettor’s Delight mare from Splendid Deal, by In The Pocket from Splendid Dreams, by Dream Away from Scuse Me, by B G’s Bunny.  Splendour won eight races including the Gold Coast Oaks and $148,990 in stakes and took a record of 1:56.2 and was an above average mare. She was a sister to a fine pacer in Maxim 1:53.8 ($494,436), whose 12 successes included the Victoria Derby and NZ Sires’ Stakes 2YO Championship and a half-sister to the Rotorua Cup winner Hartofdixie (1:58.3). Most distinguished member of this family was a champion racemare in Adore Me, who held the Australasian records for one mile and two miles at one stage of her career.  Adore Me was a champion in her own right – she took a record of 1:47.7, won 26 races including 12 Group 1’s and earned $1,667,029 in stakes. Others from this family included Have Faith In Me (1:47.5), who won 32 races and $1,753,164 including the Miracle Mile, Auckland Cup and NZ Derby, Imagine Me, Pick My Pocket, The Dip and the 2019 NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Sweet On Me. Stamford, a younger brother to Magnificent Storm, won at its second start at Pinjarra last Monday in 1:55.1.   Chicago Bull joins select list When the Bettor’s Delight gelding Chicago Bull won the Free-for-all at Gloucester Park last Friday, he became the tenth richest Australasian bred pacer in history, according to the classicfamilies.net website. The win boosted the eight-year-old’s earnings to $2,323,956, the result of 61 wins and 25 placings in 92 starts, an average of a massive $25,260 per start. One of three Bettor’s Delight winners on the same program, Chicago Bull has won a record 55 races at the Perth headquarters’ track - including 23 at Group level - highlighted by the WA Pacing Cup, Fremantle Cup twice, WA Derby, Mount Eden Sprint twice and the WA 4YO Championship. Bred by the Price family, of Winton, in New Zealand’s Southland district, Chicago Bull is the first foal of the Christian Cullen mare Chicago Blues (1:58.1), who produced others in Perfect Stride 1:51.7 ($233,415), winner of the Cobram Pacing Cup five days earlier, and Rockabilly Blues (1:55.6).   Rockin Marty in form Rockin Marty, a son of the American sire Pet Rock, whose frozen semen is now available at Niota Bloodstock, has been one of the stars of NSW racing in January. He has won at his only two appearances – at Goulburn in a 1:54.9 rate over 2240 metres and Menangle in 1:55.5 over 2300 metres. A NSW Breeders Challenge Final winner at three defeating Lochinvar Art, Rockin Marty is closely related to a champion racemare of the 1980’s in Jasmarilla, who won 50 races and $503,000 and took a mile mark of 1:55.2. Rockin Marty is by Pet Rock from Hava De Grace, by Jaguar Cam, a Cam Fella horse from the family of Lonestar Legend (1:49.6), who held the distinction of winning feature races in both hemispheres. Hava De Grace, the dam also of the Menangle winner Sand Blast (1:52.1), Freason and Shadow Son, was out of Grace Robinson, dam of nine sub 2:00 winners and by Perfect Art from Jasmarilla, a mare by Tarport Low. Grace Robinson was the dam of Kevin Seymour Nursery winner Two Eye Cee 1:52.4 ($306,703), the NSW Breeders Challenge winners Eye See Diamonds 1:51.6 ($284,875) and Hardhitter 1:51.4 ($175,430), Oh Eye Cee 1:54.5 ($101,705) and Hava De Grace, the dam of Rockin Marty.  Oh Eye Cee left a top rating three-year-old in Private Eye (1:50.3), winner of the George Croxford Tribute at Gunbower and a semi-final of the NSW Breeders Challenge. Another daughter of Grace Robinson to breed on was the unraced Fake Left mare Zoeyzoey, dam of the good Menangle winners Seeuinnashville 1:51.1 ($127,172) and Zoes Boy (1:54.6).   Gloucester Park winner from good broodmare Jack William, a Bettor’s Delight eight-year-old and a winner at Gloucester Park in consecutive weeks, is out of the American-bred mare Whos Sorry Now, a capable racemare with a record of 1:59, who is proving a successful broodmare. Jack William                  --Daryl Hallows, Paceway Photos Whos Sorry Now is also the dam of Reactor Now (1:52.2), the Kilmore track record holder and a finalist in the Vicbred 4YO Series, and his half-brother Bettor Be Sorry (1:53.1), who won seven on end last season. Whos Sorry Now is a Western Ideal mare from Art’s Touch (1:55.6), by Artsplace from Sweet Affection (1:56.4), by Direct Scooter from the fine Big Towner mare Sweet Reflection  Other members of this family include Whosurboy 1:49 ($1.6 million), the New Jersey Classic winner Sweet Rock (1:48.2), Upfront Hoosierboy (1:49), Artache Hanover (1:49.2) and the New Jersey Futurity winner Arockin Hanover (1:49.4).   Closely related to Smolda Set Ablaze, who scored in runaway fashion in a slick 1:55.7 at Maryborough recently when making only his third appearance, is an American Ideal three-year-old colt closely related to the Inter Dominion champion Smolda. An Australian Pacing Gold purchase in 2019 in Melbourne, Set Ablaze is a colt by the Western Ideal horse American Ideal from the Real Desire mare Smouldering Desire, a half-sister to a grand pacer and Horse of the Year in Smolda 1:50.6 ($2.4 million). Their dam, Under The Mattress (1:58), a Listed winner at Moonee Valley, was by Safely Kept from Lotsa Wealth, by Entrepreneur from the Golden Wealth mare Tara Wealth, who established a great winning line for Victorian breeders Bernie and Margaret Blackshaw. She left 11 winners including the Gloucester Park winner Balthazar (2:00.5) and the thrice Moonee Valley winner Lotsawealth (1:59.8), the third dam of Set Ablaze.   Up-and-coming trotter Revy Jay, who has won three of her last five starts at Menangle, and has graduated to an NR84 mark, is a six-year-old trotter of some potential. Bred by Scott Withers, Revy Jay has a background of trotting blood second-to-none. Her sire, Revenue, has left the NSW Trotters Cup winner Dead Cat Bounce and other smart trotters in Hey You, Matatoki and Our Revenue Maker. Her dam, Steffi Jay, is by S J’s Photo, a successful sire of trotters in both America and Australia. Revy Jay ranks as a half-sister to the cup winners Majestic Ess Jay 1:58.4 ($178,727) and Valley Ess Jay 1:57.7 ($113,668) and the Melton winner Jaden Gil. Steffi Jay, a useful trotter herself, won 12 races including two at Moonee Valley. She was a half-sister to Midnight Rush, the dam of the Vicbred Platinum Home Grown 3YO Classic winner Midnightatpinevale. The family, which traces to a Blackwood Abdallah mare, Cass, produced a talented square-gaiter in Alta Rihannah, who won 16 races including 14 at Menangle, and others in Alta Soleil, who won 12, and Stephen Patrick.   Bettor’s Delight top sire Bettor’s Delight is Australia’s top sire for the ninth year on end. During the extended 2019/20 season his stock won 1,438 races and secured 2,586 placings for a record $14,568,341 in stakes. The Woodlands Stud flagship was also the leading sire of three-year-olds and finished second on two-year-old list behind Mach Three. The champion WA pacer Chicago Bull, top NSW mare Bettor Enforce, dual Derby winner Line Up, Victoria Oaks winner Dr Susan and the Breeders Crown champion Hurricane Harley were among his best winners last season. The leading first-season sire was Captaintreacherous, who finished fourth on the overall two-year-old sire premiership. Majestic Son topped the trotter’s section for the fifth consecutive year with a record $2,751,053, almost $1.6 million ahead of the runner-up Skyvalley. He was also the leading sire of two-year-olds for the second time and the top sire of three-year-olds for the fourth time. Of the top 10 stakemoney sires, four are deceased while Bettor’s Delight is 23 and Art Major is 22. The Australian sires’ list for the season is as follows: Winners Stakes $ Bettor’s Delight 460 14,568,341 Art Major 420 11,121,590 Mach Three* 281 8,611,208 American Ideal 188 5,921,751 Rock N Roll Heaven 220 5,824,329 Somebeachsomewhere* 196 5,463,773 Sportswriter 224 4,575,690 Rocknroll Hanover* 72 3,491,177 Courage Under Fire* 141 3,090,298 Mr Feelgood 173 3,060,867   Death of Aldebaran Eagle a tragedy The death of the American import Aldebaran Eagle (1:52.2) last weekend was a huge blow to the Australian breeding industry. Aldebaran Eagle succumbed to a long battle with illness at Aldebaran Park, Nagambie in northern Victoria. The promising, young sire, who stood alongside Tornado Valley’s sire Skyvalley, will have his first crop racing as two-year-olds this year. Aldebaran Eagle                 -- Ken Weingartner photo A son of the great Muscle Hill and the Self Possessed mare Letsjustalkabout Me (1:56.2), Aldebaran Park was purchased as a yearling by Aldebaran Park principal Duncan McPherson 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. Aldebaran Eagle will be represented by three colts and two fillies at the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale at Oaklands Junction on February 7.   by Peter Wharton

Buyers at the 2021 Tasmanian Harness Racing Yearling Sale will have the added incentive of a $5,000 bonus for the first two-year-old win for any yearling sold at the sale. All yearlings nominated for the sale are eligible for the rich Tasbred series for two, three and four-year-olds as well as Tasbred Bonuses of up to $6,000 for the horse’s maiden success as a two, three or four-year-old or older. Furthermore, Tasracing will contribute $500 towards the cost of breaking in any yearling sold at the 2021 sale. Yearlings are also eligible for the lucrative Vicbred and Breeders Crown series. Graduates of previous Tasmanian Harness Yearling Sales include the Blue Bonnet and Belmont winner Written In Silk, the Evicus heat winner and Final placegetter Stepping Stones, Karalta Invader and the Belmont victor and Bandbox placegetter Better Amour. The online catalogue can be accessed at tasracingcorporate.com.au To order a hard copy catalogue and for further information contact Tasracing’s harness code lead Angela Barrett on phone (03) 6212 9307 or email a.barrett@tasracing.com.au Peter Wharton

When the Changeover gelding Motu Gatecrasher outsprinted his rivals at Menangle on Saturday night (January), he sent his stake earnings to beyond $250,000 and became his sire’s sith richest performer. The gelding clocked 1:51.5 for the mile – a new lifetime mark. Watch the race click here! Changeover was represented by winners in three different countries last week. Promising four-year-old The Mustang posted his 13th success from 36 starts with a career-best 1:55.2 winning effort at Bathurst, while Dragontown won for the eighth time at Mildura. Changeover produced two winners on the grass at Blenheim, New Zealand in Jazelle and Givemewhatineed as well as the 1:57.1 Invercargill victor Deus Ex. In North America, Changeover’s winners included Sudden Change NZ (1:52.6), Risk NZ (1:53) and Glenferrie Bronte NZ (1:55.2). Changeover, the former champion Kiwi pacer, stands at Burwood Stud in Queensland’s rich Darling Downs.   By Peter Wharton

The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam, who stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), has made a spectacular start to the new year. He sired winners in three different States last week. Heading the vanguard was Our Mista Kalle, who won at Gloucester Park in 1:57, and Hawk Eye, who notched her first win at the Goulburn Cup meeting in 1:55.6. Other Million Dollar Cam winners were Movin Millions (Temora), who was bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud, Getaloadathisgirl (1:57.4, Redcliffe), Enk Spot Shannon (1:59.3, Bathurst) and the ‘new’ winner Deal Breaker (Leeton). Warrawee Needy, who has served over 110 mares this season, was represented by the runaway Bathurst winner The Grogfather (1:57.8) and, in North America, Need Ur Opinion, who scored in 1:54.2 at Dover Downs, Delaware. Tintin In America, the sire of the 2019 USA Horse of the Year Shartin, left the smart mare Nimah Franco NZ, who made it two for two this season with her 1:54.9 romp at Albion Park, and a ‘new’ winner Rintin (Tamworth).   By Peter Wharton

Australian breeders have been notoriously shy over the past 20 to 30 years in supporting stallions that are bred in the Southern Hemisphere, albeit with a few exceptions such as Christian Cullen, Classic Garry, Courage Under Fire and Elsu. Consequently large amounts of money have been drained from our Australian Breeding Industry in supporting the North American owned shuttle stallions. However, that hasn’t been all bad news for our harness racing Industry as in the current season five sons of those Stallions - American Ideal, Art Major, Bettors Delight and Somebeachsomewhere – have all bred over 100 mares in Australia. The acceptance by breeders of these five stallions – For A Reason, Poster Boy, Soho Tribeca, Ultimate Machete and Vincent – represents a big step forward for our Breeding Industry. This acceptance of our ‘Home Grown’ stallions is very timely as the sires of those stallions are either deceased (Somebeachsomewhere) or now into the veteran stages of their lives – American Ideal (19-year-old), Art Major (22-year-old) and Bettors Delight (23-year-old). We know of course that is unlikely that all these new stallions will rise to the top of the Australian Sires’ Lists but at least they now have an opportunity with strong support from Australian breeders.   It is well worth remembering that Classic Garry rose from a rather humble beginning (79 foals in his debut crop of 1986/87) to the Leading Stallion of Australia a few years later. The very positive initiative of Harness Racing Victoria to increase the First Win Vicbred Bonus to $12,000 for the progeny of Australian and New Zealand bred stallions certainly paved a smooth path for the Victorian based stallions Poster Boy, Soho Tribeca, Ultimate Machete and Vincent. It is no surprise that the Art Major son For A Reason received strong support as his first crop of just 33 foals have now won over $1.2million between them (20 individual winners), whilst his second commercial crop of 93 foals raced as two-year-olds in the recently completed season with 21 winners emerging to date. The positive signs don’t end with these five stallions either.  The 2016 Australian 2YO of the Year The Storm Inside and the Inter Dominion champion Tiger Tara were strongly fancied by Australian breeders as well with around 90 and 80 mares bred respectively. Bling It On, who mixes his racing and breeding career, is another stallion who has been kept busy all season, having served around 90 mares.  His oldest progeny will soon be seen on racetracks around Australia (current two-year-olds). The former outstanding racetrack performers Fly Like An Eagle, Guaranteed and Jilliby Kung Fu have all received good bookings as well with numbers between 40 and 60 mares each. The Hall of Fame Stallion Artsplace has had a profound impact on the Pacing breed the world over and it will continue for many years to come. Eight of the eleven ‘Home Grown’ stallions mentioned in this article are either by Artsplace or his son Art Major or are from mares by Artsplace or one of his sons. The 2020/21 season saw 19 stallions serve over 100 mares with only nine of those stallions to shuttle back to North America – Always B Miki, American Ideal, Bettors Delight, Captain Crunch, Downbytheseaside, He’s Watching, McWicked, Sportswriter and Sweet Lou. Lather Up, another shuttle sire, served around 90 mares in his debut ‘down under’ season. In addition to these shuttle stallions and the five Home Grown stallions, the other five stallions included Art Major , Warrawee Needy and the sons of Rocknroll Hanover - A Rocknroll Dance , Rock N Roll Heaven and Rock N Roll World .  Warrawee Needy   The numbers of stallions who have bred over 100 mares in a single season in recent times are: Year          No. stallions          Total Services for Season 2019               12                             4,659  2018               14                             4,956  2017               19                             5,431 2016               15                             5,722  2015               15                             5,880 Although there were 19 stallions who bred over 100 mares in 2017, it was from a total of 5,431 services. Based on the figures from 2018 and 2019, total services for the closing season are estimated to be between 4,500 and 4,750. It is also worth noting that in 2017 of the 19 stallions to cover 100 mares or mare, 14 were shuttle stallions, thus much of the service fee income disappeared from our economy. The year 2020 will be remembered around the World for some wrong reasons but in the Harness Industry in Australia it may be the start of a resurgence in our Breeding Industry.   By John Coffey and Peter Wharton

Burwood Stud’s flagship stallion Changeover has ushered in the new year with a spate of harness racing winners – in both hemispheres. La Bella Vita, a New Zealand bred daughter of Changeover, made it two for two on Australian soil with a 1:52.8 winning effort at Goulburn, while Dress Sense NZ opened his Australian campaign in winnin g style at Melton. Our Georgina Rose, a late blooming mare by the former Kiwi champion, scored her third win from four starts with a career-best 1:55.9 at Ballarat and the three-year-old Nick’s Pick posted his first win at Albion Park, rating 1:56.4. Other fast Changeover winners were Jaccka Ted NZ (1:56.1, Globe Derby Park), Islas Joy NZ (1:56.2, Newcastle) and the 1:58.9 Port Pirie victor Rudi Sarnel, who won for the sixth time from only 12 starts. In America, Changeover was represented by a pair of former En Zedders in Darkershadeofpale, a 1:51.8 winner at The Meadowlands, and Sudden Change, who won in 1:54.2 at Dover Downs , Delaware.   By Peter Wharton

Hard copy catalogues for the 2021 Tasmanian Harness Yearling Sale, to be held at Carrick Park on Saturday, February 13, are now available from Tasracing and all tracks around the State. The online version of the catalogue can be found on the Tasracing website tasracingcorporate.com.au The sale has attracted youngsters by established sires such as Sportswriter, Pet Rock, Stonebridge Regal and Lincoln Royal as well as emerging young sires in Sweet Lou, Hes Watching, A Rocknroll Dance and Betting Line. A feature of the sale will be the offering of yearlings from the first crop of USA 3YO of the Year Downbytheseaside and Australian 3YO of the Year Vincent. There’s colts and fillies closely related to a host of top performers such as Beautide, Ignatius, Devendra, Lombo Pocket Watch, Hez The One, Astral Francais, Quastor Centurion, Purple Haze, Strezlecki Lady, Idengood Time and Tisu Holly. Horses sold at the sale will be eligible for a $5,000 bonus for their first win as a two-year-old as well as Tasbred Bonuses of up to $10,000 paid for the maiden successes of horses two-years-old and older. As a further incentive for buyers, Tasracing will contribute $500 towards the cost of breaking in any yearling sold at the 2021 sale. To order a catalogue and for further information contact Tasracing’s harness code lead Angela Barrett on phone (03) 6212 9307 or email a.barrett@tasracing.com.au Peter Wharton

Auckland Reactor has bounded to the forefront as one of Australasia’s leading harness racing sires over the last 12 months. In New Zealand, his stock earned $786,587 in the 2019/20 season, placing him in fifth position on the All Aged list, while his Australian progeny banked $2,024,517 in stakes – the second highest amount by a colonial bred sire. Taking in the $341,904 earned by his progeny racing in North America, the dual NZ Horse of the Year left the winners of $3,153,008 during 2019/20. In all, from only four crops racing, Auckland Reactor has produced the winners of an amazing $6,847,005 and 190 individual winners. Being by the great Mach Three and one of the best winning members of the Flora family, there was good reason to expect that Auckland Reactor would make a name for himself as a sire. From his first crop he sired a top colt in Chase Auckland 1:50.4 ($798,509), who won eight of his nine starts as a three-year-old and was voted NZ 3YO of the Year, and an outstanding racemare in Soho Burning Love (1:48.2), the fastest ever Australian-bred mare and the winner of $371,807 to date. Red Reactor (1:50.9), a winner of three races at Menangle, the Group 1 winner Gold Reactor (1:55.1), Jazzy Star (1:55.8), Blue Blazer (1:55.8), Tact Bess (1:54.5), the Group 3 winner Shining Oro (1:52.8) and Please Shudduup (1:51.8) have been other winners by Auckland Reactor from his initial crop. Auckland Reactor’s second crop produced the top WA mare Delightfulreaction 1:57 ($178,938), Reactor Now (1:58.3), who won nine of his 10 starts at one stage, Plutonium 1:55.7 (6 wins from 8 starts) and Gobsmacked (1:52.5), while his third crop – now four-year-olds – include the $40,000 NZ Harness 7000 winner Willie Go West (1:54.1), the Gloucester Park winner Warrior’s Legacy (1:57.1), Congo Line and the dual Southern Cross finalist Juddy Douglas. Auckland Reactor, a son of Mach Three, was a champion pacer in NZ. He won his first 17 starts on end and was undefeated in 11 starts at three years including the NZ Derby and NZ Sires Stakes Championship and was named NZ 3YO of the Year in 2007. While at four, he won 13 of his 16 starts including the NZ Free-for-all, Auckland Cup, Messenger, Noel Taylor Mile and a heat of the Inter Dominion – and more than $1.1 million in stakes. From 53 lifetime starts in NZ, Australia and North America, Auckland Reactor won 32 races - including seven Group 1’s – and was placed four times for $1,837,043. Auckland Reactor is now standing at the St Fort Stud, Moama (NSW), of Tony Peacock for a fee of $3,000 including GST. Peter Wharton

Jamieson Steele, who won his ninth race at Tabcorp Park Melton last Saturday and has now earned in excess of $100,000, is a six-year-old harness racing gelding expected to graduate far beyond his present rating. The Million Dollar Cam gelding came from a seemingly hopeless position on the home turn to mow down his rivals, tramping his last 800 in 54.7 seconds. The mile rate was 1:54 for 1720 metres. Jamieson Steele was one of six Million Dollar Cam winners over the holiday period. The Yirribee Pacing Stud sire produced a double at Redcliffe with Gina Tarantella, who posted her fifth success on end, and Getaloadathisgirl, together with the Globe Derby Park winner Alimonie, Spirited (Temora) and Isntthatright (Albury). Million Dollar Cam has sired 102 individual winners in Australia to date and progeny earnings of $4.5 million for an average of a creditable $30,300 per starter. Tintin In America, the sire of 2019 USA Horse of the Year Shartin, led in winners on both sides of the Tasman. Nimah Franco NZ, a six-year-old mare, led from end to end in 1:56.1 at Albion Park, while Jack Tar rated 1:58.4 winning his fourth race at Cambridge Raceway, New Zealand. Peter Wharton

Dont Care, who completed a clean sweep of the harness racing Vicbred Super Series when he won the Group 1 $100,000 Final at the New Year’s Eve meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton, is proving a splendid advertisement for the French bred stallion Used To Me, a grand trotter himself and who now stands at Haras Des Trotteurs near Ballarat (Vic.). Dont Care, a two-year-old gelding and one of the third crop of Used To Me, has won five of his 12 starts and $87,855 in stakes, a worthwhile return for the $11,000 paid for him as a yearling. To watch this race click here A Group winner in both hemispheres, Used To Me has left eight winners and two placegetters from 15 starters. He will be represented by six colts and a filly at the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on April 10 and 11. Always Ready, a four-year-old entire who is slated to stand at Haras Des Trotters in the 2021/22 season, captured his fourth Group success and his second Vicbred title when he outstayed his rivals in the $100,000 Final earlier on the night. To watch this race click on this link Brandlo Prince (by Orlando Vici) finished second, proving Haras Des Trotteurs with the quinella pair. Always Ready is a member of the second crop of Ready Cash, a dual Grand Prix d’Amerique winner who figures as the sire of Brillantissime, a thrice Group 1 winner in Italy who was fully booked in his first Australian season. An Orlando Vici half-brother to Always Ready will be offered as Lot 248 at the Nutrien Equine sale. Quaker Jet, another member of the Haras Des Trotteurs’ sire roster, produced two Vicbred Super Series placegetters in the three-year-old gelding Cracker Jet (2nd) and the three-year-old filly Imamaorijet (3rd).   By Peter Wharton  

The former New Zealand champion Changeover, who stands at Burwood Stud on Queensland's Darling Downs, has sired the winners of $14,580,528 including a record $2,525,442 in the closing harness racing season. Changeover produced winners in Victoria, New Zealand and North America over the Christmas-New Year holiday period. Heading was the vanguard was talented three-year-old The Mustang, who took out the $25,000 Vicbred Super Series Silver Pace at Bendigo in a career best 1:56.5. It was the gelding's 10th win for the season and 12th lifetime and sent his stake tally beyond the $75,000 mark. Change The Print, a NZ bred gelding, made it seven wins from 12 starts this term when he scored in a scintillating 1:53.2 at Ballarat's Boxing Day meeting. In New Zealand, Changeover was represented by three 'new' winners in Dennis Denuto, a winner by eight lengths at Reefton, Not Over (Motukarara) and Changeover Jo (Westport) and the repeat winners Franco Huntington (Winton) and I'm Trouble (Gore). While, in America, Darkershadeofpale NZ, scored again in 1:53 at Harrah's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. By Peter Wharton

Broodmare owners who are still considering if they should breed their mare this season or not, should study the facts before making their important harness racing breeding decision. The record books show that many of the modern day stars in Australia and New Zealand were born in December or January.  And, with the racing season in Australia being extended to December 31, and the fact that many of the age classics are being held later in the year, points up that breeding your mare later is the season will not disadvantage the earning potential of the resultant foal. The Victoria Cup winner and Miracle Mile runner-up Lochinvar Art, the Victoria Cup and Hunter Cup hero Bling It On, the New Zealand Cup and Hunter Cup winner Arden Rooney and the Queen of the Pacific winners Nike Franco and Ameretto were among the list of top performers born in December. In fact, Nike Franco and Bling It On were foaled four days apart on December 23, 2010 and December 19, 2010 respectively. Nike Franco was the fastest mare in North America in 2017 pacing a mile in 1:48 The dual Inter Dominion heat winner Galactic Star was a December 21 foal, while Lumineer, the undefeated Victorian two-year-old in the 2016/17 season, was foaled on December 9. And, Waylade, the winner of the WA 4YO Championship and McInerney Ford Classic, was a New Year’s Day foal. On the trotting side, the Australian Trotting Grand Prix winner On Thunder Road and top free-for-aller Maorisfavouritesun were both foaled in January. While, the Breeders Crown champions Im Ready Jet, Always Ready and Stress Factor, the Victoria Oaks winner Pretty Majestic and the cups winner Lightning Calder were all born in December. Horse                   Date of Birth         Best Time          Stakemoney Bling It On             19/12/10                 1:50.2                $1,882,957 Arden Rooney        6/12/09                  1:54.2                $1,070,230 Lochinvar Art         7/12/15                   1:48.6                   $921,556 Nike Franco           23/12/10                 1:48                      $913,870 Galactic Star          21/12/12                1:52                       $651,652 Ameretto                 5/12/11                  1:51.4                   $565,419 Philadelphia Man   2/12/08                   1:52.6                   $559,135 Waylade                  1/1/11                    1:53.5                   $447,069 Rock Diamonds        8/12/13                 1:50                     $435,016 Bettor Enforce          5/12/12                1:48.9                    $319,669 Born To Rocknroll       8/12/12              1:52.5                   $300,684 Niki No No                  3/12/11               1:55.6                   $294,455 Whirily School             6/12/12               1:53.5                  $293,358 Lumineer                     9/12/14               1:52.5                  $258,440 Motu Meteor               16/12/13               1:55.4                $252,295 Bettor Promise             3/12/11                1:53.2                $243,288 Jilliby Jitterbug            1/12/12                  1:53.4               $212,480 Flojo’s Gold                 6/12/12                  1:54                  $202,575 Astride                     13/12/13                   1:53.6               $194,960   By Peter Wharton

The French bred stallions Used To Me and Quaker Jet, both members of the powerful Haras Des Trotteurs’ sire roster, provided winners of the Group 3 Vicbred Super Series Silver Trot at Kilmore on Wednesday (December 30). Used To Me produced the winner of the $25,000 2YO Silver in She Sailz, while Quaker Jet led in the winner of the $25,000 3YO Silver, Im Ready Jet. Both fillies bred by Haras Des Trotteurs’ principal Pat Driscoll were runaway winners defeating the colts by 43.7 and 28.7 metres respectively. She Sailz, who carved out the last 800 in a stunning 57.7 seconds on the way to her third success, is a member of Used To Me’s largest crop. A Group winner in both hemispheres, Used To Me has sired eight winners from 15 starters, including the recent Cranbourne two-year-old winner Champagne Charley. Im Ready Jet, one of 10 winners from the first crop of 24 foals by Quaker Jet, has won 10 of her 19 starts and $173,410 in stakes. Love You, the sire of Quaker Jet, was represented by a ‘new’ winner at Ashburton, New Zealand during the holiday period in Excuse My French, who won on debut by 1-1/2 lengths with the last 800 in 58.7 seconds. The Best Madrik, a Group 1 winner in France, was represented by the three-year-old filly Right Moves, who overcame a 20 metre handicap to score for the fifth time at Menangle. The Best Madrik has sired four winners – including three Group placegetters - from four starters from his initial crop of five foals.     By Peter Wharton

The Yirribee Pacing Stud stallions Warrawee Needy, Million Dollar Cam, Tintin In America and Renaissance Man have all been to the forefront in the holiday harness racing period. Warrawee Needy, the joint world record holder, left three-year-old winners in USA and Canada including Need Ur Opinion (1:54.4) and Need Arocket (1:58.6). The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam was represented by the NSW winners Skedaddle Shannon (1:58.7) and Neville Shannon and the WA victors Our Mista Kalle (1:58.2) and Navajo Outawagga. Tintin In America, the sire of recently retired USA Horse of the Year Shartin, produced the impressive Westport, New Zealand grass track winner Terrier, while Renaissance Man left a 'new' two-year-old winner at Northam (WA) in Patrikiar (1:58.9). 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 Star four-year-old by A Rocknroll Dance A bright future is being predicted for the A Rocknroll Dance four-year-old Yorkshire, whose success in the Group 3 Gordon Rothacker Memorial Championship at Melton was his first on Australian soil at his second start. He has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by A Rocknroll Dance, and one of his first crop, Yorkshire is out of the Christian Cullen mare Veste (1:57.1), a Group 1 winner of $106,023, being out of a fine racemare in Coburg (1:56.8), by Falcon Seelster from Vicario, and tracing to the Berlin mare Regina, whose family today is one of the best in the NZ stud book. Yorkshire            --Stuart McCormick photo It includes the million dollar winners Il Vicolo, Gotta Go Cullen and Stunin Cullen, Our Triple Play 1:51 (Queensland 4YO Championship), Code Bailey (Bendigo Cup), the NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Championship winner Its All About Faith (1:54.6) and others.   Crack colt by Bettor’s Delight One Change, who won the Christmas Cup at Albion Park – Bright Energy and Colt Thirty One filled the minor placings behind him – is a New Zealand bred colt with an interesting and successful background. Bred by North Island identities Rob Carr and Don Kirkbride, he was got by Bettor’s Delight from Changedown, a mare by the Warm Breeze horse Falcon Seelster. One Change, who took a record of 1:51.1 as a three-year-old, has run up a tidy score of 14 successes and nine placings from 24 starts for $577,794 in stakes. One Change                       --Dan Costello photo One Change’s dam, Changedown, was an unraced mare by Falcon Seelster, a dual world champion from the Jessie Pepper family, and who proved a very successful sire and broodmare sire in both NZ and Australia. Changedown was out of a smart racemare in Chaangerr, who took a record of 1:58.7, won six races and $75,860 and became the dam of the champion Kiwi pacer Changeover 1:53.4 ($2.3 million), now a successful sire in Queensland, Change Stride 1:50 ($376,988), Change Gear 1:52.8 ($190,884) and Change Time (1:56.2) and Changedown (the dam of One Change). Chaangerr was a Vance Hanover mare from Nell’s Pride, by Tuft from Nell Air, by Ricochet. Besides Chaangerr, Nell’s Pride, a Rotorua Cup winner, left the NZ Cup and dual Miracle Mile winner Chokin 1:56.2 ($1.8 million), the multiple Group 3 winner Chuin 1:54.2 ($185,028) and also Pretty Smooth, a Smooth Fella mare who became the dam of the Inter Dominion heat winner Anvil Vance 1:57.8 ($450,729) and the grand-dam of the NZ Derby winner Fly Like An Eagle 1:53.9 ($699,419) and Mach Doro 1:50.2 ($448,040).   Beautide’s sister Kabibi, a three-year-old sister by Bettor’s Delight to the Miracle Mile winner and dual Inter Dominion champion Beautide, broke novice ranks at Burnie last weekend. The filly had been placed in three of her previous six starts. An eleventh foal, Kabibi is out of the Ticket To Heaven mare, Gorse Bush, whose dam, Barrington Lass, the dam of 15 individual winners, established a great winning line for leading Tasmanian horseman Barrie Rattray. Others from Gorse Bush were Death And Taxes 1:58.1 ($125,300) and Ashkalini 2:00.2 ($124,338) both Granny Smith winners, Acutabovetherest (1:57.1), Chalondra (1:56.6) and Ashura (1:59.5).   WA Christmas Gift winner Vivere Damore, the impressive winner of the $50,000 Christmas Gift at Gloucester Park, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the WA female ranks. She is a member of an old time Australian family, being a five-year-old Lincoln Royal mare from the Village Jasper mare Living On Love, a sister to the prolific Perth winner Here Comes Zoe 1:55.2 ($113,996) and a half-sister to the WA Sires Stakes champion Chivalrous Fella 1:55.5 ($271,809), a winner of 20 races at Gloucester Park, and My Zapherine 1:58 (dam of Fully Zapped 1:57.6). Their dam, Inamorato (by Embrace Me), was unraced but she left nine winners. She was out of Datelinka, by New Morris (son of Morris Eden) from Nalaara First, by Aachen from the Merchant mare Country Cousin and tracing to the taproot Ethylin (by Judge Huon), foaled in Tasmania in 1899. Inamorato was a half-sister to What A Novice (TT2:00.8), dam of the glamour Victorian racemare Nemeeshar 1:58.2 ($331,230), the winner of four Group 1 races, and the third dam of the APG Consolation winner Arggghhh (1:53.4), Sheer Strength 1:55.5 (who won 17), Courageous Katee 1:57.8 (12 wins) and recent Victorian winner Shaq (1:55.2). Vivere Damore was bred by John Coffey, of Patrician Park, who part-owns her.   Well related three-year-old Winner of the Albion Park Gold and QBred Triad as a two-year-old last season, Expensive Ego has opened his three-year-old season on a winning note with successes in 1:50.6 and 1:51.1 at Menangle. Expensive Ego was an Australian Pacing Gold purchase in 2018 at Brisbane, and is a colt by the Rocknroll Hanover horse Rock N Roll Heaven from Art Start (1:58.2), by Perfect Art (a brother to Art Major) from the Queensland Oaks winner Sweet Clementine (1:59.6), a half-sister to the NZ Great Northern Oaks winner Adios Trick and to Sweet Liberty 1:57.9 ($102,706) and Sweet Sue, both winners of the QBred Triad. Art Start, who won 14 races, has left four winners from five foals of racing age including the QBred 2YO winner Art’s Treasure 1:50.9 ($152,542) and the prolific Albion Park winner Bohdi Tree 1:52.1 ($192,854). Other members of this family, which was founded in NZ by The Brat (by the thoroughbred Young Diomedes), were Centenario (2YO Colt of the Year), the dual Inter Dominion heat winner Philadelphia Man (1:52.6), My Liberty Belle (QBred 3YO Triad), Lagoon Stride (1:56.1) and Who Said What (1:54.1).   Group success for Gotta Party Doll Gotta Party Doll, who won the Group 3 Red Ochre Mares Classic at Dubbo, after leading from the early part and soundly trouncing her rivals, has now won nine races this season and is rated one of the brightest prospects in her class. She ranks as a six-year-old half-sister by Gotta Go Cullect to the former top Sunraysia pacer Loaded (1:57.4). Their dam, My Party Doll, was a Falcon Seelster mare from Smooth Doll, by Smooth Fella from the Lordship mare Living Doll, who proved a most successful broodmare. She is the dam of NZ and USA winners Talking Doll 1:55.2 ($114,857) and Straight Eight (1:59.2) and the Harold Park winner Lamarque (1:59.1). My Party Doll, winner of the NZ Yearling Sale Series as a three-year-old, was a half-sister to the good Gloucester Park winners Black N Bettor 1:56.1 ($179,805) and Lavros Butler (1:57.4), and the In The Pocket mare My Barbie Doll, the dam of nine winners including Mister Ardee 1:56.2 ($284,198), Express Ball 1:53.2 ($187,744) and Weedon’s Express 1:53.1 ($137,540). Another half-sister in Cee Ash (TT1:57.3) ranks as the dam of the dual Melton winner My Cash (1:53.1). This has been one of the most successful branches of the Norice family, Living Doll being a half-sister to the NZ Free-for-all winner Chief Command, Indecision (Rangiora and Ashburton Cups) and Jack Ruler (1:58.2).   Vicbred winning line The two-year-old Evas Image (by Father Patrick), who won a heat of the Vicbred Super Series at Maryborough, and the three-year-old Builder Bob (by Angus Hall), who finished third in his respective heat, are both out of the Last Sunset mare Shes An Image, who won the Vicbred Super Series herself. Both were bred by Chris Lang Jnr and his wife Haley, of Ballarat, and were sold at the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale in Melbourne. The first was Builder Bob, who went for $41,000 in 2018, while Evas Image brought $70,000 in 2019 – the top price that year. Shes An Image won 20 races including the Victoria and NSW Oaks and $233,824 in stakes and took a mile record of 1:57.4. She is a half-sister to the Tatlow and Central Victorian Championship winner Gentle Image 2:00 ($202,230), Godofthunder (SA Hambletonian) and the lightly raced Joyce’s Image, who became the dam of the promising Queensland filly Shegotsass (10 wins to date).   Helansin improved The most improved two-year-old in recent weeks is Helansin, from Chris and Alison Alford’s Bolinda barn, and he is already being regarded as a candidate for next year’s three-year-old classics. Helansin             --Stuart McCormick photo He is a Somebeachsomewhere gelding from a useful racemare in Eye Like Candy (1:55.8), by Presidential Ball from the Group placed Arivee (1:59.3), by Safely Kept from the Golden Greek mare Willing Greek, who has founded an outstanding family of winners. Eye Like Candy, who won nine races, is also the dam of the talented NZ four-year-old Jawbreaker (1:55.6), winner of the Show Day Futurity at the recent NZ Cup carnival.   From family of Maori’s Idol Needabacardi, who won the Christmas Trotters Cup, one of the features of the Summer carnival at Albion Park, is a Bacardi Lindy gelding from the same family as that which a champion trotter in Maori’s Idol. Needabacardi            --Dan Costello photo Needabacardi, who was a Vicbred Super Series winner as a two-year-old, has been a widely traveller trotter having won at Melton, Menangle and now Albion Park.  He ranks as a half-brother to the Breeders Crown and Vicbred champion Kyvalley Clichy 1:59.2 ($167,750), being out of Modern Maori, by Sundon from a fine racemare in Maori Princess, by Entrepreneur from the Overtrick mare Maori Trump. This family has consistently producer a number of top trotters over the years. A close relative of Needabacardi in Victoria is the Inter Dominion champion Sumthingaboutmaori, by Pine Chip. Sumthingaboutmaori’s grand-dam, Maori Trump, is a half-sister to Maori’s Idol. Sumthingaboutmaori figures as the dam of promising three-year-old filly Imamaorijet, a Vicbred Super Series heat winner at Maryborough last Monday. Needabacardi was bred in northern Victoria by Neville and Louise Pangrazio.   Siblings win at Northam It was no mean feat for the half-brothers Tradie (by Yankee Sensation) and Pivotal (by Badlands Hanover) to win on the same night at Northam recently. The former has now won six races and the latter, two. Sagacity, the race-winning dam of Tradie and Pivotal, was out of a capable racemare in Fine Glance, who won three races at Moonee Valley. Besides Sagacity, she was also the dam of Nemjul (2:00.6), Bristowrama (2:02.4) and the Classic Garry mare Miss Burnside (2:00.8), who became the dam of the Globe Derby Park winners Any Suggestions (1:57.5) and Miss Lively (1:58)). Fine Glance was out of Gavil Girl (2:06.7), by Gaviland from the Lock Up mare Sans Pareil, who established a great winning line for the late Jack Bagley, of Chiltern (Vic.). She left the Victoria Sires Stakes champion and Tatlow Memorial winner Part Of Glory 2:00.2 ($156,155), Triumph Lad (Victoria Sires Produce) and a top Tasmanian pacer in Swishinon 1:56.3 ($154,379). Other members of this family have been the Cranbourne and Shepparton Cups Phoenix Prince 1:52 ($244,680), Goonly 1:53.4 (Tontine Series), Udoit 1:55.4 ($143,215) and the SA Oaks winner Doug’s Courage (1:58). by Peter Wharton

Former NZ champion Changeover, who is now standing at Burwood Stud in Queensland, sired multiple harness racing winners on both sides of the Tasman this week. He has sired the winners of $1.84 million in Australia to date this season. Heading the vanguard were the Menangle winners La Bella Vita NZ, who won in 1:53.5 at her first start on Australian soil, and Controversial NZ (1:54.4), who notched win No 32 and advanced his bankroll to $255,000. Changeover was also represented by a winning double at Horsham with Jaccka Ted NZ (1:58.6) and El Banco (1:59.2), while Loch Ness Franco NZ captured the Golden Girls at Launceston, her fourth win from eight starts in Oz. Changeover led in three winners in New Zealand this week in Szybka Lane (1:59.8, Ashburton), Southerly Change (Rangiora) and Jacks N Jazz (Dunedin). Szybka Lane winning at Ashburton   by Peter Wharton

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