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Hes Watching three-year-old filly Belladonna Girl proved she is the one to beat in next Saturday’s Group 2 $50,000 Southern Cross Series Final at Globe Derby Park with a devastating win in her heat. Despite a difficult draw and a wide passage, Belladonna Girl soundly trounced her rivals by 24 metres in a 1:58.2 rate over 2230 metres with the closing 800 in 57.7. To watch the video replay click on this link A close fourth in the Breeders Crown Final, she has won three of her last six starts. Another talented three-year-old daughter of Hes Watching in Silent Rapture NZ made it four on the bounce on Australian soil when she scored in runaway fashion at Cobram, rating 1:59.1. Hes Watching was also represented by two winners in NSW last week in the two-year-old Major Bracken, who became his 14th individual juvenile winner, and the three-year-old filly Watching You Dream.  In North America, the NZ bred filly Hereslooknatyou posted her eighth success from 17 starts in her adopted country when she prevailed in 1:56.4 at Saratoga Raceway, New York. Other recent northern hemisphere winners by Hes Watching were the three-year-olds Illbewatchingu (1:57.4, Yonkers), Saulsbrook Flashy (1:58.8, Flamboro Downs), Panerai (1:59.6, Western Fair Raceway) and She’s Magic (2:00.6, Western Fair). Hes Watching stands at the Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW), of Luke Primmer.   Peter Wharton  

The harness racing world champion Warrawee Needy, whose first Australian crop has made a big impact, was represented by his tenth individual two-year-old winner when the filly Amander emerged successful at Redcliffe recently. To watch the video replay click on this link Warrawee Needy, who stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW) and whose book is filling rapidly this season, also a three-year-old winner in Canada in High Flyin Jamie. Million Dollar Cam, Warrawee Needy's Little Brown Jug winning studmate, enjoyed great success in the final week of November. Heading the vanguard was the highly promising Jamieson Steele, who came from near last to win in a career-best 1:52.7 at Melton. The gelding has now won eight races and more than $90,000 in stakes. Gina Tarantella, who won twice in Queensland by a combined margin of 94 metres, the dual Bathurst victor Enk Spot Shannon and Chubbs (Leeton) were other recent winners sired by Million Dollar Cam. Renaissance Man, who is standing his first season at Yirribee Stud, sired two winners on the same night in the three-year-old Trittrittbangbang (Geelong) and Catch Me Cougar (Bunbury). To round out a big week, Tintin In America's son Onesmartfella notched his second success at Invercargill, New Zealand. Peter Wharton

When she won the $300,000 Breeders Crown at Melton last Saturday, Ladies In Red scored her seventh success from seven starts, and she is entitled to be rated as the season’s top two-year-old filly. Earlier in the season, she won the Tatlow Stakes and the Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic at Melton. Ladies In Red’s two-year-old earnings totalled $227,490. Ladies In Red ranks as a sister to the Derby winner and dual Breeders Crown champion Our Little General 1:49.8 ($712,852) and a half-sister to the good Melton winner Kasbah Kid 1:53.1 ($185,520), being a filly by the Matt’s Scooter horse, Mach Three, from the American-bred mare Kabbalah Karen B 1:52.8 ($285,098), by Western Terror from Mib Hanover (1:55.6), by Tyler B. Mib Hanover was a most successful broodmare, being also the dam of the Dan Patch winner Cammibest 1:50 ($1 million), a successful sire in Queensland, It’s That Time (1:49.4), Tomy Terror (1:50.4), Only The Best (1:50.8) and Marietta Hall (1:51.2), all Stakes winners in America. Ladies In Red was bred and is raced by Melbourne breeders Bill and Anne Anderson. The Pantheist is tops The Pantheist, who won the $200,000 Breeders Crown for three-year-old fillies at Melton, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when she finished second to Jemstone in the Vicbred semi-final. She has maintained her form in her three-year-old racing with six wins and three seconds in 10 starts. She is a filly by the Cam’s Card Shark horse, Bettor’s Delight, from the smart racemare Paintball 1:54.4 ($100,508), who left others in Holi Starzzz (1:56.1), a finalist in the 2YO Breeders Crown, and Ballterra. Paintball ranks as a sister to a grand pacer and Vicbred champion in Out To Play, being by Art Major from Play Ball, by Presidential Ball from Secret Life, by Safely Kept. This is the family which produced such winners as Ride High (1:49), the A. G. Hunter Cup winner Safe And Sound, the Breeders Crown champions Rocknroll Magic, Lovelist and Beauty Secret, Major Secret (NSW Derby) and The Good Times. The Pantheist Major Moth leading Victorian two-year-old When he won the $300,000 Breeders Crown last Saturday Major Moth proved himself the top Victorian two-year-old colt of the current season. It was his third success on end, and he outsprinted the best youngsters in the country after enjoying a saloon passage. In six starts Major Moth has now won four and been once placed for $175,565 in stakes for Maryborough breeders Len and Irene Parker, who also race the colt. By the Artsplace horse Art Major, he is out of a capable racemare in Macy Lila (1:58.6) and the second of her produce to race. Macy Lila, who won seven races and was a Vicbred finalist at 3, is a Presidential Ball mare from Majestic Moth (2:01.9), by Riverlea Jack (Group winning son of Bravado Hanover) from Mystic Moth, by Jerry Adios from the Kudos mare Moon Moth, who established a great winning line for the Parker family. Moon Moth, a Melbourne Showgrounds winner, left three winners including Mighty Moth (10 wins) and the unraced Mystic Moth, the third dam of Major Moth. Mystic Moth figured as the dam of Majestic Moth (11 wins) and the grand-dam of the high class juveniles Lively Moth 1:53.1 ($232,585) and Flying Moth 1:53.1 ($123,355). Major Moth was one of two Breeders Crown champions that can trace their origins back to the famed Adelaide Hill stud, Huntly, near Bendigo of Robert Matchett and Bob Crowe. Moon Moth was a granddaughter of the Great Derby mare Raywood Derby, who was from a Tennessee Direct mare from Victoria, by All Style, who were all owned by the Matchett’s. The Father Patrick filly Sangreal, winner of the two-year-old trotting fillies’ Breeders Crown, traces back to Lady Venture, a mare by the imported Directway, who also stood at Adelaide Hill stud. Major Moth Breeders Crown winner by Majestic Son Watts Up Majestic, a brilliant young trotter by Majestic Son from Rainbow Maori (a member of the same maternal line as the Inter Dominion champion Bay Johnny), notched his most important success when he won the $100,000 Breeders Crown at Melton. Watts Up Majestic is trained by Chris Svanosio and owned by Sydneysider Bradley Watts, who bred him.  By Majestic Son, who sired the Breeders Crown three-year-old winner Cover Of Darkness on the same night, Watts Up Majestic is out of the Maori’s Idol mare Rainbow Maori, who left other trotting winners in Rainbow Jay Jay (1:59.2, 14 wins) and Watts Up Maori (1:58.6). Rainbow Maori was out of the Harold Park winner Diamond Ski, who ranked as a half-sister to a NSW Carousel winner in Apre Ski. Rainbow Maori was 21 when she left Watts Up Majestic. Wolf Stride is Cups material Wolf Stride, who won the $60,000 Breeders Crown Graduate Free-for-all and is regarded as Grand Circuit material of the highest order, is a four-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven from Lilac Stride, a Breeders Crown winner who took a record of 1:54.4. He is a member of an old time family, which was represented by a winner at Gloucester Park in To Fast To Serious on the same night as Wolf Stride won.  Lilac Stride was an Art Major mare from Labretta Franco (1:58.5), by Falcon Seelster from Looks The Part, by Nero’s B B from Living Doll, by Lordship. Labretta Franco was the dam of a useful pacer in Gypsy Stride (1:54.9), who won five races and also of Always A Stride (1:55.1), a brother to Lilac Stride who won three. Miss Labretta, an Artiscape mare from Labretta Franco, left the NSW winners Four Starz Stride (1:54.4) and Yaya’s Hot Heart (1:54.8). Wolf Stride ranks as a three-quarter brother to the Group 3 winner Cherry Stride 1:51.2 ($129,830). Wolf Stride Star trotter by Imperial Count A four-year-old mare to take high ranking in Victoria is Keayang Livana, one of the first commercial crop sired by Imperial Count, who is now at the stud in New Zealand. Keayang Livana has won seven four-year-old races and been four times placed for $58,830, a worthwhile return for the $8,500 paid for her as a yearling. She won the Group 2 Breeders Crown Championship in the smart time of 2:00, and appears every bit as good as the Victorians rate her.  She is out of Poignant, by Sundon from a useful racemare in Be Positive, by Game Pride (son of Hickory Pride) and tracing back to the NZ mare Mavis Wood. Poignant was a half-sister to the cups winning trotters Posimistic 2:01 ($136,043), Exuberant (15 wins and $108,205) and Got It Show It. Keayang Livana was bred by former leading Goulburn Valley studmaster Kevin Newbound. Leonidas in 1:48 The Mach Three four-year-old Leonidas became the second Australian bred pacer to hoist a 1:48 record when he won the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway, Maryland recently. Leonidas, who won his way back to a NR111 mark in Australia – his last success was at Bendigo in June when awaiting shipment – and in America he has run up an outstanding score. From nine starts he has won five and been three times placed for $US103,310 in stakes. Raced in Australia by the Roger Bazley Syndicate, who also bred him, he is a four-year-old gelding by Mach Three from Roger’s Joy (1:58.1), a daughter of Bella Joy 1:55.8 ($109,849), dam of Group 1 winners in Supersonic Miss 1:52.6 ($373,722) and Goodtime Heaven 1:52 ($284,087) and others in Jukebox Music 1:53.6 ($334,301) and Bella Shine (1:55.5). Bella Shine, a Bettor’s Delight mare, won eight races in NSW and became the dam of Shineonucrazy Diamond, who took a mile mark of 1:50 in America, and the recent Albion Park winner Major Mucha (1:54.7). Bella Joy was out of Intrude, a noted producer by Fake Left from Avonali, by Toliver Hanover from Stormy Helen, by Stormyway and tracing to the taproot Buckland’s Mare (by Vancleve). Intrude produced a champion racemare in Make Mine Cullen (1:53, winner of 40 races and $874,178) and others in Roger’s Passion 1:56.6 ($136,446), Billy Badlands 1:55.7 ($122,805) and Intrusive (1:56.5). But the second generation of Intrude’s family has bred on with the same distinction as she did. She figures as the grand-dam of the SA Pacing Cup winner Sicario 1:53.8 ($435,825),     College Chapel (Bathurst Gold Crown), the NSW Breeders Challenge winner Obahma Joy 1:53.2 ($180,618), Make Mine Heaven (Young Cup) and Kingofthestars 1:53.5 ($134,414). Raider Stakes winner The Group 2 $50,000 Raider Stakes, one of Tasmania’s major four-year-old classics of the season, was won by Pardoe Plugga, a gelding by Western Edition from Hotline. Pardoe Plugga, who was making only his third appearance at Devonport, belongs to one of Australasia’s most successful classic winning families, that founded by the American bred mare Trix Pointer (2:09.4), by Demonio. Pardoe Plugga’s dam, Hotline, was by a crack Riverina youngster in River Khan (2:00.8, who traces back to the American bred mare Her Ladyship, by Abbedale), from Scepticism, by Safely Kept from the Young Dancer mare Queen Of The Fairies, dam of a useful trotter in Figment (2:06.1), who, in turn, left the Australasian Trotting Championship and Vicbred winner Fabrication 1:58.2 ($205,580). Queen Of The Fairies was a half-sister to the Derby winner Doubter, the top filly Precise and the unraced Hot Foot, who established one of the leading families in Australia today. Well related three-year-old Cant Top This, who won at Ballarat recently, leading throughout and scoring by the staggering margin of 50 metres, has now won three races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a three-year-old half-brother by Rock N Roll Heaven to a brilliant but unsound pacer in Ideal For Real 1:54.4 ($324,600). Ideal For Real, an American Ideal horse, won 13 races including the NSW Derby and Vicbred Super Series, and had he been 100 percent sound there is no saying the form he may have produced.  Their dam, the American-bred Tamara Hall, a Real Desire mare from the Canadian 2YO Filly of the Year Tabloid (1:53.6), by No Nukes from the Albatross mare Next Chapter, has proved a most successful broodmare. Besides Ideal For Real and Cant Top This, others of her progeny have been The Deal 1:59.2 (8 wins), Cowgirlsnlace and recent two-year-old winner Dream The Dream (1:56.5). Unraced, Tamara Hall was a half-sister to The Globe 1:50.6 ($772,462), who stood stud in Queensland, the US Pacing Championship winner BJ’s Whirlwind (1:49.2) and True Blue Hall (1:49.2). Eighth winner from broodmare When the Captaintreacherous two-year-old Captain Wilson won in runaway fashion at Warragul last weekend, he credited his dam Saabette with her eighth individual winner. Captain Wilson, one of the first crop by Captaintreacherous, had finished on the heels of the placegetters at his previous four attempts. Others from Saabette to win have been Lierre Noir (1:54.4), a Group 3 winner at Melton, the dual Tamworth Cup winner Gottashopearly (1:53.1), Bettor’s Ace 1:56 (WA Champagne Classic), Plan Ce (1:53.6), Gozo Beach (1:55.2), Aces Running (1:58.9), Alashell and now Captain Wilson. Saabette, who is now in her 20th year, has since produced a yearling colt by Betting Line. Saabette (1:56.2) is a Classic Garry mare from the noted producer Soky’s Number (by Soky’s Atom), the dam of the WA Pacing Cup and Derby winner Saab, former 2YO of the Year Talladega, Saabella (Vicbred 4YO) and so on.  Peter Wharton

Im Ready Jet, a three-year-old harness racing filly by the Haras Des Trotteurs stallion Quaker Jet, and one of his first Australian crop, captured her second Breeders Crown title when she won the $80,000 Group 1 at Melton on Saturday night (November 21). Starting from inside the back row, Im Ready Jet slotted into the one, one trail in the early part before exploding to the front with 1300 metres to go. Despite being pressured in the last lap, the filly pulled out plenty in the home straight to land the thick end of the prize. The mile rate for the 2240 metres was a brilliant 1:57.2 with the final three sectionals in 28.7, 29.2 and 29.1. To watch the video replay click here Im Ready Jet ($153,870) is the richest of the 10 winners from Quaker Jet’s initial crop of 24 foals, 15 of which have raced. Cracker Jet, also sired by Quaker Jet, finished third in the Breeders Crown for three-year-olds colts and geldings. Orlando Vici, whose first Australian crop has made a huge impact, was represented by the Breeders Crown Final placegetters in Red White An Bloom (2nd – 3YO C&G) and Brandlo Prince (3rd – 4YO E&G). Dont Care, a two-year-old gelding by Used To Me, finished a brave second in his $100,000 Final. Used To Me was also represented by the two-year-old My Used To Me, who scored back-to-back successes at Globe Derby Park recently. Meanwhile, Love You, the sire of Quaker Jet, also led in a ‘new’ winner in Thank You, who scored at Manawatu Raceway, New Zealand. Brillantissime, a multiple Group winning son of the great Ready Cash, and who has been fully booked in his first season at Haras Des Trotteurs, was represented by the French-bred three-year-old filly Hopeful Beauty, a runaway winner at Charlton. Quaker Jet, Used To Me, Love You, Orlando Vici and Brillantissime are all members of the Haras Des Trotteurs sire roster for the 2020/21 season. Peter Wharton

Plunge Blue Chip, who began her career as a two-year-old, was a harness racing champion of her era. Now retired to the breeding shed she was the first three-year-old trotter to go inside 1:50 and the fastest ever trotter on a half-mile track (1:51.3). One of only six female trotters in history to win a race in faster than 1:50, Plunge Blue Chip (1:49.4), along with her great adversary, Manchego, are the only two trotting mares to achieve the feat more than once. She also clocked 1:49.1 when a close second in The Allerage. It can rightly be claimed of Plunge Blue Chip that she is one of the best bred and best performed trotting mares in the last decade. As a two-year-old she won nine of her 10 outings and $404,690 in stakes including the $420,750 Goldsmith Maid in 1:53.1 at The Meadowlands and the $173,000 Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. She took her record of 1:49.4 at three years, winning a $128,500 division of the Delvin Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands, in which she defeated Manchego ($2,857,315). The time equalled the fastest trotting mile ever put up at the Big M and tied the season’s record. The Delvin Miller Memorial Plunge Blue Chip equalled her world record 1:49.4 performance in winning a Kentucky Futurity elimination at The Red Mile, defeating Atlanta and Manchego. Among her other successes at three were the $129,000 Hudson Filly Trot in 1:53.1 – the fastest trotting mile in Yonkers history when set – and the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes Final, while she recorded notable placings in the Breeders Crown, Hambletonian Oaks and Zweig Memorial. Plunge Blue Chip won the Miss Versatility Series, run at Delaware’s half-mile track, in 1:52.1 at four and in a world record 1:51.3 at five, in which she matched her world record-breaking effort in the $133,000 Joie De Vie at Tioga Downs a month earlier. Plunge Blue Chip winning the Miss Versatility Series Plunge Blue Chip nabbed her richest win of the year at her final start in the $140,000 TVG Free-for-all in a stake record-equalling 1:51.4 at The Meadowlands, brushing home in 27.1 to score by 1-1/2 lengths. In all, Plunge Blue Chip recorded 23 wins and 19 placings in 48 starts and finished up with a stake tally of $1,596,841 – an average of $33,268 per start.  Among the top trotters she met and defeated were Hannelore Hanover ($3,069,857), Atlanta ($2,859,610), Manchego ($2,857,315) and Emoticon Hanover ($2,044,663). “She can do everything. She can leave fast, she never breaks, and she is strong. She is always fighting to the wire,” trainer and part-owner Ake Svanstedt said. On the score of blood Plunge Blue Chip lacks nothing. Her sire Muscle Mass (1:53.4) was a champion with stake earnings of $229,000 and has been one of America’s top sires for some time. He figures as the sire of two of America’s greatest trotters in Six Pack 1:49.1 ($1,973,661) and Plunge Blue Chip 1:49.4 ($1,596,841) and, in all, he sired 90 in the 1:55 list, 137 $100,000 earners and the winners of more than $43 million. Plunge Blue Chip belongs to a noted female line, her dam Dunk The Donato being by Donato Hanover (1:50.1), Hambletonian winner and champion sire and broodmare sire from Irene’s Lucky Lady (1:54.3), by Winky’s Pine (1:55.2 son of Pine Chip) from Meadowbranch Irene, by Meadow Road (1:54.2), Swedish Horse of the Year and Elitlopp winner. Dunk The Donato, the dam of Plunge Blue Chip, is proving a successful broodmare. She is also the dam of Splash Blue Chip (1:58.3), who was placed in this year’s Breeders Crown 2YO Final, and Naco Blue Chip (1:57.3). Her grand-dam, Irene’s Lucky Lady, a winner of $138,117, ranked as a half-sister to the USA Trotter of the Year and dual Breeders Crown champion Mr Muscleman 1:51.1 ($4,032,206), the winner of a world record 30 races in 1:55 or faster. Lady Chaos (1:53.1), the winner of the recent Breeders Crown 2YO Filly Trot and Kentucky Sire Stakes and $560,803 in stakes, is a member of the same family as Plunge Blue Chip. Plunge Blue Chip can boast two strains of Valley Victory, the sire of the great Muscles Yankee, on the top side of her pedigree, while champion sires such as Andover Hall, Pine Chip, Donerail and Nevele Pride appear on the distaff side. Peter Wharton

A winning double a Manawatu Raceway, New Zealand, a 1:51.8 winner in North America and a Gloucester Park winner were the highlights of a busy harness racing week for Burwood Stud’s flagship stallion Changeover. The former Kiwi champion led in eleven individual winners for the week in three different countries! Boilover, a debut winner by an amazing 15 lengths, and About Turn ($70,000) provided a winning double for Changeover at Manawatu, while Glengarry Knight NZ (1:51.8) and Risk NZ (1:53.8) won at Dover Downs, Delaware and Pompano Park, Florida respectively. Talkerup, a NZ bred daughter of Changeover, sat parked throughout before notching her 13th success and increasing her stake tally to $175,000 at Gloucester Park, while Change Of Address posted win No.8 at Bunbury. Changeover was represented by three winners in Victoria in Change The Print NZ, who made it six wins from nine starts this season with his 1:54.7 effort at Ballarat, Awayovernight NZ and the two-year-old trotting gelding Bullapark Beno. A further two NZ winners sired by Changeover were Deus Ex (Winton) and Pete’s Dash (Oamaru). Changeover has already produced 16 individual winners of more than $200,000 in stakes in NZ this season and is ranked sixth on the All Aged list.   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 Breeding of NZ Cup winner Self Assured, who won the NZ Trotting Cup, main race of the NZ Cup carnival at Addington, is a Bettor’s Delight gelding from the same family as that which produced the dual NZ Cup winner Lazarus. Self Assured, who was an Auckland Cup winner as a four-year-old, has only been sparingly raced, but he has shown up as a brilliant pacer, and it was a top field he beat at Addington. Bred by Wellington businessman Reg Caldow, the five-year-old gelding is out of Star Of Venus (TT1:53), by Christian Cullen from Starlitnight, by Tuapeka Knight from the Soky’s Atom mare Star Of Bethlehem.  Lazarus, also sired by Bettor’s Delight, is from the Christian Cullen mare, Bethany, whose dam, Spirit Of Beth is a sister to Star Of Bethlehem, the third dam of Self Assured.   Aussie winners at NZ Cup carnival Two promising young horses to win at the NZ Cup carnival were the three-year-old Riveered and the four-year-old Jawbreaker, both very closely related and both bred in Victoria by Glenn Taylor. Riveered, who has won two of his last four starts, is a striking colt by Bettor’s Delight out of a capable racemare in Arivee (1:59.3), by Safely Kept from Willing Greek, by Golden Greek (a free-legged son of Abercrombie) from a fine racemare in Willing Whiz, by Armbro Whiz. Arivee, who won 13 races and $83,953, left earlier winners in Fighting Fire (1:53.9), Im Very Willing (1:59) and the Presidential Ball mare Eye Like Candy (1:55.8), the dam of Jawbreaker (by Art Major), who has won two. Arivee ranks as a sister to Kalypso (2:00.8), who became the dam of the Victoria Cup winner Caribbean Blaster and the exported War Dan (1:50), and a half-sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge winners Grand Stride 1:52.4 ($324,658) and Sapphire Stride 1:52.2 ($134,115). This family has had an association of some 110 years in Australia, and it has been responsible for a long line of winners such as the Fremantle Cup and Inter Dominion heat winner Willadios, Charlaval (NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO), Rohan Home (Breeders Crown Open), Zaneden (NSW Hondo Grattan Sprint), Katasopos (Tatlow Memorial), Lachlan Missie (Queensland Oaks) and The Night Pearl (SA Derby).   Brother to My Hard Copy Copy N Pace, who won the opening race at Gloucester Park, after racing wide most of the way, has now won six races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a three-year-old brother by American Ideal to the dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy 1:51.6 ($1.2 million), now at the stud in WA. Copy N Pace                                   --Jodie Hallows photo Their dam, Readallaboutit, a Presidential Ball mare from Natalia’s Joy (2:00.6), by Butler B G from the American-bred Natalia Lobell, has proved a most successful broodmare. Besides My Hard Copy and Copy N Pace, others of her progeny have been the Group 3 winner My Carbon Copy 1:54.6 ($116,468), Our Front Page (1:58.1) and Press Release (1:59.5). Readallaboutit was not of much account herself but she was a half-sister to Money In The Pocket (1:58.8, 10 wins) and to the dam of Secret Rendezvous 1:51 ($109,772) and the Presidential Ball mare Presidential Belle (1:57.6), who, in turn, is the dam of the dual Inter Dominion heat winner Run Oneover 1:50.8 ($584,119). This has been one of the most successful branches of the Lettie family, Natalia’s Joy being a half-sister to the dam of the former Australian 3YO of the Year and Chariots of Fire winner Manifold Bay 1:58.1 ($538,604).   Techy’s Angel is tops The most improved three-year-old in recent weeks is Techy’s Angel, from Emma Stewart’s Ballarat stable, and she will be among the leading fancies for tomorrow night’s $200,000 Breeders Crown Final. She won a semi-final last weekend in a new lifetime mark of 1:55.5 for 2240 metres after being required to overcome a difficult barrier. Techy’s Angel                            --Stuart McCormick photo The winner of six races, Techy’s Angel is a grand type of filly by the defunct Alta Christiano (a Derby winner and son of Christian Cullen) from a capable racemare in Venus Williams (1:55.3), a half-sister by Washington VC to Giddyupandgobaby 1:56 (WA Golden Girls Mile) and the metropolitan winners Lavros Cam (1:56.7) and Motoring With Marty. Mighty Dear (2:00.6), the second dam of Techy’s Angel, was a sister to the Traralgon Cup winner Doncaster and a half-sister to Major Rae (1:58), Cut The Cake (1:58.4) and to the Noodlum mare Dear Donna, dam of OK Ado 1:54.1 (Invercargill and Timaru Cups). Techy’s Angel was bred and is raced by Goulburn Valley breeder Mario Cirillo.   Zeuss Bromac’s maternal line The three-year-old Zeuss Bromac, who won a semi-final of the Breeders Crown, was bred and originally raced in NZ but has a breeding background with deep roots in Victoria. By Bettor’s Delight, he is out of the Mach Three mare Zeta Bromac (1:55.5), who won five races, including a Breeders Crown heat in the North Island. Zeta Bromac, who was bred in Canterbury, was out of Zante Beach, by Fake Left from the Tatlow winner Gemfire, by Torado Hanover from Gold Mistress, by Golden Money Maker from Madame Han, who established a great winning line for Helen and the late Graham Head. She left the Nyah Cup winner Chipmunk and five Moonee Valley winners including Easymark, Good Mistress and Cocky Benz. Zeuss Bromac            --Stuart McCormick photo                      Zante Beach, who won 16 races and $115,160 in stakes and took a record of 1:59, became the dam of the exported My Zach Bromac (1:52), the NSW Country Series winner Zorro Bromac (1:56.6) and recent Gloucester Park three-year-old winner Savvy Bromac (1:57.9), a sister to Zeta Bromac. Zante Beach was a half-sister to the Derby winner Garnet River 1:50 ($555,822), the NSW Tatlow winner The Godine Machine (1:58.5), Mota Mate (SA Sires Produce) and Western Blaze (1:53.7 (a winner of 25 races and $171,220).   Let’s Katchmeifucan in 1:51.8 Let’s Katchmeifucan gave a taste of his class when he easily won the Group 3 $30,600 Pace, the main event at the weekend meeting at Menangle running out the 1609 metres in a sparkling 1:51.8. He was not in danger of defeat over the last 800 metres. By Panspacificflight, a son of The Panderosa, Let’s Katchmeifucan is out of the McArdle mare McKenzie Jaccka (1:59), whose dam, Marianna Jaccka (1:59.9), was by Holmes Hanover from the Admiral Halsey mare Miss Priscilla, a half-sister to the NZ Oaks winner Josephine Bret. McKenzie Jaccka left a capable pacer in Fairy Tinkabell (1:51.6), a winner at Menangle earlier this year. Panspacificflight, the sire of Let’s Katchmeifucan, has produced the Group 1 winner Arden’s Choice, Little Rascal (1:50.2), Last Flight In (1:52), Wattlebank Flyer and Wick (1:51) from his NZ crops, and in America, has left nine in the 1:50 list.   Granny Smith winner The Brighton mare Still Hungover, who firmly clinched her claim to being the best four-year-old mare in Tasmania when she won the $50,000 Granny Smith at Devonport, is a member of one of Tasmania’s top ranking standardbred families. Still Hungover, who has now won 10 races and $110,654, is a mare by the Dragon Again horse Sutter Hanover, who stood his early seasons at the stud in Victoria and has been located at Elderslie near Hobart while at the stud in Tasmania. Sutter Hanover has enjoyed moderate success from restricted stud chances. His stock include the top WA filly Blacknsweet Adda and the smart Tasmanian pacer Fortino. Still Hungover is out of Crystal Still, by the Canadian bred sire Time Stands Still, from Crystal Gold, a Tasmanian bred mare by the A. G. Hunter Cup winner Golden Alley from Golden Mood, by Light Mood from Brown Cobber, by Cobber O’Mine and tracing to the taproot Blue Eyes. Crystal Gold was the dam of a top ranking pacer in Simply Electric 1:58.4 ($248,664), winner of 38 races including the Hobart Pacing Cup and the Tasmanian Gold Mile twice, and Seddon Mitch (1:58), who won the Globe Derby Stakes. Clear Gold, a sister to Crystal Gold, won 18 races including the Tasmanian Sires Produce and St Mary’s Cup. The champion Tasmanian mare Jane Ellen, a triple Oaks winner, is a member of this family.   From family of Donna Who Sweet Louise, who won a semi-final of the Breeders Crown at Melton, is a Sweet Lou filly from the same family as that which produced a top Queensland racemare in Donna Who. Sweet Louise                          --Stuart McCormick photo   Sweet Louise, who won a heat of the Crown at Bendigo, has only been sparingly raced, but she has shown up as a very useful pacer, and it was a strong field she beat at Melton. She has a good deal in her favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Sweet Lou, and one of his second crop, Sweet Louise is out of the Modern Art mare Artistic Dancer, who has proved a very successful broodmare. Others of her progeny have been Plain Baby (1:57), Black Derby (1:56) and Dance Of Fire (1:57.4). Artistic Dancer, who was unraced, from the NZ bred mare Whola Dancer (2:00.9), a good winner at Globe Derby Park, by Holmes Hanover from Donna Who (1:57.1), a winner of 19 races and $244,668 in stakes including the APG Final. At the stud Donna Who became the dam of five winners including Wholigan (1:57.2) and is the grand-dam of the Southland Oaks winner Smokin Bird (1:55.1), High Courage 1:53.2 ($143,950), the Menangle winner Whos Escaped 1:52.7 ($127,377) and the Bettor’s Delight mare Slick Bird (1:55.7), the dam of the high class WA pacers Slick Artist 1:52.2 ($204,557) and While They Pray 1:54.7 ($120,088). Sweet Louise was bred and is raced by Melbourne enthusiast John Dorrington.   Victorian trotter has strong bloodlines Peregrine Phoenix, who won her fourth race from her last five starts at the Geelong midweek meeting, is a four-year-old trotter of some potential. A member of Chris Svanosio’s Romsey team, she has a good deal more in her favour on the score of blood than most. By Muscle Hill, who sired top trotters in Dance Craze and Elite Stride, Peregrine Phoenix is out of the Malabar Maple mare Maple Eve Phoenix whose dam,  Dodo Rocket, was a Wagon Apollo mare who left trotters of the calibre of Princess Phoenix (1:55.5), the winner of 12 races including the Vicbred 2YO Final, and Hadrian’s Phoenix (2:00), who won five. Dodo Rocket was out of a good producer in Jolabyrd, who ranked as a sister to the cups winning trotter Joseph Boppard and a half-sister to the Moonee Valley winners Supreme Gent and Kinnoul. Peregrine Phoenix is a half-sister to the former brilliant juvenile trotter Eljaykay Phoenix 1:58.6 ($256,877), who won five Group races.    Three winners from the same family The three-year-olds Dance Class and Star Rocker and the six-year-old Somewhere Secret, who all won at the recent Kilmore meeting, are all members of the same family. Dance Class, a filly by A Rocknroll Dance, ranks as a half-sister to the Vicbred champion Out To Play 1:53.3 ($215,627), Paintball 1:54.4 ($100,508) and Stay And Play (1:55.5), being out the Presidential Ball mare, Play Ball, whose dam, Secret Life, is the dam of Somewhere Secret (by Somebeachsomewhere). Star Rocker, a son of A Rocknroll Dance, is from the Silver Chalice winner Starburst Girl 1:53.6 ($143,670), an Art Major mare from Celebrity Ball, by Presidential Ball from the noted producer Larrakeyah Lady, the third dam of Somewhere Secret and the fourth dam of Dance Class. Other members of the immediately family have been the Victoria Oaks and Breeders Crown winner Beauty Secret, Major Secret (NSW Derby), the dual Southern Cross winner That’s Perfect, Perfect Major (WA The Preux Chevalier) and the smart two-year-old Rogue Wave.   by Peter Wharton

The Bold Eagle filly Eagle Eye Sherry firmly clinched her claim to being the best three-year-old filly of the season in Sweden when she won the $360,000 Swedish Breeders Crown Final at Sundbyholm racetrack. Starting from the pole, the filly dominated the classic leading from the outset and running out the 1-5/16th mile trip in a 1:56.4 mile rate. Earlier in the season Eagle Eye Sherry captured the $600,000 Swedish Oaks at Solvalla. Love You, a leading member of the Haras Des Trotteurs’ sire roster, sired important winners on both sides of the Tasman recently.  The bonny Love You two-year-old filly Queen Elida NZ took out a heat of the Breeders Crown at Maryborough, her second success from three starts on Australian spoil, while comeback trotter Dreamcatcher, who will stand at Haras Des Trotteurs in 2021, completed back-to-back successes at Kilmore. To round out a big weekend for Love You, his three-year-old daughter Wanna Snuggle was a dashing end-to-end winner by 5-1/2 lengths at Alexandra Park, Auckland. Wanna Snuggle provided the second leg of a winning double for Haras Des Trotteurs at Auckland’s ‘ribbon of light’ with the Quaker Jet mare Expensive Crumpet notching her third success on the back of a flying 57.9 seconds closing half. Haras Des Trotteurs’ emerging, young sire Used To Me was represented by the impressive Breeders Crown two-year-old heat winner Dont Care, who posted his second win from seven starts. The gelding is a member of Used To Me’s third crop which also produced the Melton two-year-old winner Surprise To Me. Orlando Storm, a four-year-old mare and one of the brilliant first crop of Orlando Vici, won her fourth race at Canberra. Orlando Vici has left 10 winners and a placegetter from 11 foals from his first racing crop.     by Peter Wharton

Changeover, the former Kiwi champion who now stands at Burwood Stud in Queensland, was represented by winners in both hemispheres last week. Darkershadeofpale and Glenferrie Bronte, a pair of New Zealand-bred daughters of Changeover, won at Harrah’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Freehold Raceway, New Jersey respectively. The former won 1:53 and the latter in 1:58.2. Notorious, a NZ bred son of Changeover, posted his seventh win at Albion Park and his eleventh lifetime success on Thursday night (November 12). The gelding clocked 1:54.6 over 1660 metres with the closing 800 in 56.1. Promising three-year-old Rudi Sarnel made it five wins from nine lifetime outings at Port Pirie, while Lock It In Eddie won for the second time at Winton in NZ’s Southland region. Changeover has left 68 individual winners in Australia so far this season and progeny earnings of $1.66 million.   By Peter Wharton

The Yirribee Pacing Stud stallions enjoyed spectacular success both on and off the racetrack in the last fortnight. Tintin In America, the sire of reigning USA Horse of the Year Shartin, left winners in three different States headed up by the Albion Park winner Nimah Franco NZ (1:54.8) and the Gloucester Park victor Cavalry Call (1:57.8). The three-year-olds Boston Busker, a winner in a career-best 1:55.4 at Penrith, and Destiny Jane (1:59.4, Redcliffe) were other recent winners sired by Tintin In America. Ultra-consistent sire Million Dollar Cam produced six individual winners across USA, Canada and Australia. The list included Young Cambo, a runaway winner in 1:58.3 at the Blayney Cup meeting, Westernhouse (Bunbury), Seeknyoushallfind (Pinjarra) and the North American winners Its Only Rocknroll, who was bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud and won in 1:52.6 at Pocono Downs, Atomic Million Cam (1:55.6) and Justa Camilion (1:59.2). Warrawee Needy, the former world mile record holder, was represented by a winner at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the three-year-old Elroy Shiner (1:54). Fear The Dragon, whose frozen semen is available at Yirribee, left a couple of high priced yearlings at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Maryland. Twin B Slayer, a colt, fetched $125,000, while the filly Mayport Dragonfly was sold for $92,000. Fear The Dragon had four yearlings sell for an average price of $74,000.   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 Star four-year-old by Shadow Play To Fast To Serious, a winner of the Westbred 2YO Classic and recently winner of the Group 3 Im Themightyquinn, is one of the best four-year-olds in WA at present. He has won $131,737 in stakes, a worthwhile return for the $10,000 paid for him as a yearling. By The Panderosa horse Shadow Play (a leading sire in Victoria and now at the stud in America), he is out of the multiple Gloucester Park winner Smile With Me (1:57.7), by a top colt pacer in McArdle (son of Falcon Seelster) from Luscious Franco, by Badlands Hanover from Looks The Part. To Fast To Serious                     --Jodie Hallows photo To Fast To Serious is the best winner from this family in recent years but in an earlier decade it produced a top Queensland pacer in Franco Liberty, who won 25 races.   Sahara Tiger is tops Sahara Tiger, who won in metropolitan company last weekend at Melton, after appearing to be hopelessly out of it at one stage, has now won 11 races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a four-year-old half-brother by Art Major to the APG 2YO Championship winner Sahara Sirocco (1:53.8). Sahara Tiger                       --Stuart McCormick photo Sahara Sirocco, a Courage Under colt, has won five of his nine starts this season and was placed in a Breeders Crown heat recently. Their dam, Sahara Miss, a Village Jasper mare from Macrandra, by Classic Garry from Melanie, has proved a most successful broodmare. Besides Sahara Tiger and Sahara Sirocco, others of her progeny have been the Vicbred Platinum Homegrown 2YO Classic winner Starofsahara (1:56.2) and the APG heat winner Sahara Sunrise, dam of promising youngster Sahara Storm (1:58.1). Sahara Miss, who won 13 races and took a mile record of 1:54.4, was a half-sister to the Bathurst Gold Tiara winner and Vicbred champion Distant Memory 1:55.1 ($173,155), dam of the Group 2 winner Hows The Memory 1:50.1 ($154,424), and others in Joannie Pony (1:57.5), winner of 13 races, The Reverend Black (1:57.2) and Senor Banderas (1:58.6), who won 10. This has been one of the most successful branches of the Bessie B family, Macrandra being a half-sister to the Harold Park winner Mel Cee (1:59.7) and to Melissa Charm, a capable racemare who has produced an outstanding family of winners in Victoria, including Dazed And Confused 1:56.8 ($172,444) and Roll With It 1:53.9 ($123,028), both Group winners.   Siblings win at Globe Derby It was no mean feat for the siblings Dancing Finn and Regal Lager to win on the same card at Globe Derby Park last Saturday. Dancing Finn is by the Rocknroll Hanover horse A Rocknroll Dance, while Regal Lager is by the Artsplace horse Stonebridge Regal. Anna Finn, the dam of Dancing Finn and Regal Lager, was out of Angel In New York, an unraced mare by New York Motoring. Besides Anna Finn, she was also the dam of Sand Hill 1:51.6 ($319,168), the Gloucester Park winner Duncan Finn and the NSW Linden Huntly Little Memorial winner Our Molly Finn (1:58.5), who, in turn, is the dam of the good Melton winner Mollywood (1:56.2). Other members of this family have been Gifted Angel (NSW Renshaw Cup), the NSW Mount Eden Championship winner Vladimir The Great and the Gloucester Park winner White Eagle.   Well related three-year-old A three-year-old filly to make a good impression in WA is Star Fromthepalace, one of the first crop sired by former crack youngster Follow The Stars, who is now at the stud in Victoria. Star Fromthepalace has won nine two and three-year-old races and been twice placed at Group level for $108,306 in stakes. She won at Gloucester Park last Friday in the smart time of 1:57.3, and is a three-year-old expected to graduate far beyond her present rating. She is a filly by the Art Major horse, Follow The Stars, out of From The Palace, the best of whose several progeny has been Troopingofthecolour (1:55.8). From The Palace ranks as a half-sister to a useful racemare in All Over Tan (1:58.1), being by Royal Mattjesty from Lady Mulan, by Pacific Fella from Mulan NZ, by Falcon Seelster. Star Fromthepalace was bred and is raced by Bob Fowler, of Allwood Stud Farm.   Silver Chalice winner Miss McGonagall, winner of the Garrard’s Silver Chalice at Melton, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the pacing females. The winner of 10 races and $121,615 in stakes, she is a member one of New Zealand’s most successful families, being a four-year-old Modern Art mare from a capable racemare in Fleur Delacour (1:57.4), dam also of Isabelle Delacour (1:54.3), who won 10. Miss McGonagall                               --Stuart McCormick photo Fleur Delacour, a Moonee Valley winner, ranks as a half-sister to the smart trotter Its Not Dark Yet (22 wins and $176,838), Dustndiesel (10 trotting wins) and the pacer Brown Direct (6 wins). Their dam, Agincourt, was by the WA pacing standout Pure Steel from the Springflex mare Jane Flex, a half-sister to the Inter Dominion trotting champion Bay Johnny and a top flight NSW pacer in Toliver Bay. Jane Flex, who left six winners, was out of Snow Jane, by U Scott from Pleasure Bay, the grand-dam of harness racing first million dollar winner, Cardigan Bay.   Won Globe Derby One of the major three-year-old classics of the Tasmanian calendar, the $50,000 Globe Derby, was won by Kohanah, a colt by Sweet Lou from Benediction, by Bettor’s Delight. Kohanah belongs to one of Tasmania’s leading maternal families, that tracing to the What’s Next mare Draw Card, who established a great winning line for the Rattray family. She left nine winners including a cup class mare in Queen Carey (1:56.3) and high class colts in King Carey (1:57.1), Bettor Draw (1:51.9) and Diva’s Delight (1:53.5), all $100,000 winners. Queen Carey, who won 18 races, became the dam of the dual Inter Dominion heat winner and WA Pacing Cup placegetter Devendra 1:52 ($483,544), Estevao (1:55.2) and Benediction (1:57.8), the winner of 19 races and $161,235 including the Tasmanian Sweepstakes, Evicus and Hobart Pacing Cup. Among others from the Draw Card family have been the Granny Smith winner Faithful Gabby 1:57.3 ($101,914), Public Persecution (Bandbox Stakes), Hafter (winner of 14), Double Dee (1:56), Guenevereslancelot (Tas. Crystal Stakes) and the Evicus and Tasmanian Sweepstakes winner Fawzia.   Top Tasmanian three-year-old filly The Big Jim filly, Blame It On Me, firmly established herself as the top Tasmanian three-year-old filly of the season when she won $50,000 Bandbox at Launceston. The winner of the Sweepstakes Final and Belmont as a two-year-old, Blame It On Me fractured a hind leg earlier this year and was sidelined for almost nine months, but has recaptured her form and is now undefeated in four appearances since resuming. Blame It On Me is trained by southern Tasmanian horseman Doug Nettlefold, who also bred and part-owns her.  Blame It On Me is by the Western Ideal horse Big Jim (sire of Like A Wildfire, etc), from Shake Me Up, a lightly raced half-sister by Dream Away to the Tasmanian winners Just Dance Baby (six wins) and Baby Smiles (Crystal Stakes). Their dam, Shake Me Baby, was by Soky’s Atom from Rainbow Star, a half-sister by Midshipman to an Australian Derby winner in Newsbreaker 1:59.1 ($340,339) and to others in Tabac (2:00.6), Brother In Arms and Jazzbo, a successful broodmare in Australia. This is a long-established NZ family and an earlier top two-year-old belonging to it was Etoile, who won the Australian Pacing Gold Final at Moonee Valley in 1994.   From family of Lochinvar Art Petite Paree, a smart winner at the Albion Park midweek meeting, is a Western Terror mare from the same family as that which produced the champion Victorian pacer Lochinvar Art. A five-year-old, Petite Paree has only been sparingly raced but she has shown up as a very useful pacer, and it was a strong performance to win at Albion Park. Petite Paree’s dam Alive In Paris, was only a moderate, but she has left four winners from five foals including Art In Paris (1:56.2), a winner of 11 races, Pictures Of Paris (2:01.5) and the Ponder mare Ponder In Paris (1:56.5), who figures as the dam of Lochinvar Art.  By Live Or Die, Alive In Paris was out of Zora Paree, by Torado Hanover from the noted producer Paree Beauty (by Hilarious Way), the dam of My Cherie (Victoria Oaks and Sires Stakes 2YO), a high-class pacer in Kaboom and others.  Paree Beauty was a half-sister to Drastic Action (18 wins) and a member of the same family as Inter Dominion winners in Preux Chevalier and Parisienne.   Up-and-coming trotter One of the most promising trotters racing in Victoria is Cover Of Darkness, trained by Emma Stewart. A three-year-old, Cover Of Darkness is in his first season of racing, but from five starts he is undefeated. Cover Of Darkness                          --Stuart McCormick photo   Cover Of Darkness has a background of trotting blood second to none. His sire, Majestic Son, has left the outstanding Victorian gelding, Glenferrie Typhoon, and other top trotters in Majestic Man, One Over Da Moon, Majestic Player, Im Stately and Majestuoso. His dam, Illawong Moonshine, is by Yankee Spider, a son of champion American sire Muscles Yankee. Cover Of Darkness ranks as a half-brother to a promising young trotter in Illawong Moonbeam. Illawong Moonshine (1:58.1), a useful trotter herself, won 10 races and was a triple Vicbred finalist. She ranked as a sister to a champion trotting mare in Spidergirl and a half-sister to the Breeders Crown winner Illawong Armstrong and the talented Illawong Stardust. The family, which traces back to the Grand Monarch mare Maori Miss, produced a champion trotter in Maori’s Idol (1:59.3), who, at one stage, won 24 races on end, and other fine trotters in Sumthingaboutmaori, who won 31 races, including the Inter Dominion Final, Noopy Kiosk, Maori Time and Danny Bouchea.   Boost for SA yearling sale The 2021 SA Yearling Sale, to be held at Magic Millions in March, received a terrific boost with the results of racing at the Globe Derby Park on Monday. The Queen Of Heart, who won in 1:58.2, has a half-brother by Major Secret nominated for the sale by rookie breeders Michelle and Shane Collins. While So Jack, a winner on the same card, has a half-brother by Shadow Play being offered by Dr Richard Noble. The colt’s dam, So Deep, won the SA Oaks and finished second in the NSW Oaks.     by Peter Wharton

Former world champion He’s Watching sired three three-year-old winners in North America on the same day on Tuesday (November 10). Pocket Watch NZ started the ball rolling with a career-best 1:52 winning effort at Dover Downs, Delaware, his second win from four starts in his adopted country. Hereslooknatyou NZ, a three-year-old filly, win in 1:55.6 at Saratago Raceway, New York and Retour Au Jeu, a gelding, scored in 1:57 at Monticello Raceway, New York. Hereslooknatyou boasts the excellent scorecard of seven wins and four placings in 15 starts in North America. He’s Watching also produced two ‘new’ winners at Newcastle (NSW) in the two-year-old Miss Verstrappen NZ (1:58.9) and the three-year-old Ticktock Pocketwatch NZ (1:58.1) and has now sired 34 individual winners for the season – 13 two-year-olds and 21 three-year-olds (from a foal crop of 57). In New Zealand, He’s Watching left a pair of first crop winners in Star Watch, a winner by six lengths at Rangiora, and Eagle Watch, who scored for the third time at Cambridge Raceway. Eagle Watch winning at Cambridge He’s Watching, a 1:46.8, $1.1 million winning son of American Ideal, is standing this season at the incredible fee of $2,500 including GST at the Tipperary Equine stud, of Luke Primmer, Young (NSW).   By Peter Wharton

Jaccka Ted, a New Zealand bred son of Changeover, maintained his devastating harness racing form in SA when he sprinted sharply on the passing lane to win at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night (November 7). It was the four-year-old gelding’s third success from four outings in Australia and his fifth overall. Watch the race replay click here. Changeover was represented by a second winner at Globe Derby in the four-year-old mare Lillyshelaine. Notorious NZ, a gelding by Changeover, posted his seventh win for the season when he led from end to end in 1:54.4 at Albion Park. The former Kiwi mare Smoken Shazza emerged successful at her first start on Australian soil at Goulburn, while Our Georgina Rose made it two for two at Bendigo and Little Change chalked up win No. 14 at Redcliffe. Changeover rounded out a very successful first week in November with a pair of NZ winners in Rockngoodtime (Rangiora) and Ticking Over (Cambridge Raceway), while Darkershadeofpale NZ, a Group placegetter in NSW, won in 1:52.2 at The Meadowlands, New Jersey.   By Peter Wharton

Play Trix On Me and Spoiled Princess, a pair of three-year-olds by Trixton, won important races on the final night of American Grand Circuit racing at Hoosier Park, Indiana on Friday (November 6). Play Trix On Me, who finished a close second in the Breeders Crown, made amends in the $140,000 The Carl Erskine, zipping home in 27.4 to gain the verdict. The time for the flying mile was a career-best 1:53. Out of a Credit Winner mare, Play Trix On Me increased his bankroll to $555,943. Spoiled Princess rallied off cover to capture the $100,000 The Crossroads of America by a decisive 1-1/2 lengths in 1:52.4. From a mare by Broadway Hall, Spoiled Princess boasts lifetime earnings of $226,136. She holds a record of 1:51.2. Their successes helped vault Trixton into the Top Ten on the All Aged List with $3.29 million from only three racing crops. His three-year-olds have earned $2 million in 2020, placing him in fourth position. Overall, the progeny of the 2014 Hambletonian winner have earned more than $9 million with 34 in 1:55 and 27 $100,000 winners. Trixton is a member of the Stallions Australasia frozen semen roster.   By Peter Wharton

Boom AUCKLAND REACTOR three-year-old Willie Go West drew first blood in the Breeders Crown heats at Bendigo on Friday night (November 6), winning the opening harness racing heat in impressive style. Starting from the pole, the brown gelding pinged straight to the front, survived some early and midrace pressure and won by 3.2 metres. The mile rate for 2150 metres was a smart 1:54.6. He carved out the last two sectionals in 28.2 and 27.2. Watch the race replay click here. Willie Go West has now won four of his seven starts and $40,770 in stakes. Bred in New Zealand, he is out of Bettor Go, an unraced Bettor’s Delight mare.   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 Speak No Evil new pacing queen Speak No Evil, a daughter of the American sire, Well Said, whose frozen semen is available through Empire Stallions, was the star of the Mares’ Triple Crown at Melton. She won on the last two nights – the Group 3 Angelique Club Pace over 2240 metres and the Group 1 $100,000 Benstud Queen of the Pacific over 2760 metres, coming from third last at the bell and tramping her last 800 in 55.7 seconds. Speak No Evil                      --Stuart McCormick photo Bred and raced by Bill and Anne Anderson, Speak No Evil is out of the In The Pocket mare Top Tempo 1:56.5 ($225,513), who left eight winners – seven in 2:00 – and five $100,000 earners including the Australian Pacing gold winners Musical Delight 1:53.1 ($248,910) and Queen Of Pop 1:55.6 ($204,527), Countdown 1:53.1 ($134,270) and That’s How Weroll 1:52.9 ($107,324). Top Tempo is also the second dam of the Group placegetters Beach Music (1:56.3) and Young Rooster (1:58.3). Top Tempo was out of a top racemare in Kliklite 1:56.7 ($156,213), who produced two smart pacers pacers in McKay 1:55.7 ($236,445), a winner of 31 races, and Winewomenandsong (2:00.3), winner of the Tasmanian Breeders Plate.   Up and coming youngsters Two promising young horses to win at the final Gloucester Park October meeting were Arma Indie, a New Zealand bred mare, and the two-year-old filly American Arma. Both belong to the same family. Arma Indie, who has won 10 races and $160,000 in stakes, is a four-year-old mare by Well Said, and one of his third crop. Arma Indie looks certain to take a tight mark and as a stayer she has a bright future. She is out of Arma Courage (1:58.9), by Courage Under Fire from Arma Class (2:00.6), by Talk About Class from the noted producer Ar Miss. American Arma, who is rated by experienced judges as one of the top fillies in WA, was bred and is part-owned by Jim Currie, who raced her Group winning dam Arma Xpress 1:56.5 ($279,890).  American Rama looks to have terrific potential.  American Arma winning at Gloucester Park       -- photo by Daryl Hallows She is a two-year-old by American Ideal from the top racemare Arma Xpress 1:56.5 ($279,890), by Artiscape from the Holmes Hanover mare Arma Antoinette (2:01.4), a half-sister to Arma Courage, the dam of Arma Indie. This family has consistently produced a number of good winners over the years. A close relative of American Rama in Australia is Arma O’Rourke 1:56,7 (by Live Or Die), a winner of three at Gloucester Park. Arma ORourke’s dam, Trigg Beach, is a half-sister to Arma Xpress, the dam of American Arma.   Siring feat to Warrawee Needy Rather a notable siring feat was credited to the E Dee’s Cam horse Warrawee Needy at Menangle last Saturday, when he had three runners in a 10-horse field in the NSW Breeders Challenge True Blue Series for two-year-old colts and geldings. Warrawee Needy   Warrawee Drinking, a grand type of youngster, Mename’s Needy and The Mountain finished first, third and fourth respectively. Warrawee Needy’s oldest stock are two-year-olds, and they include Uncle Shank 1:54.8 (a top colt in Queensland), the Bathurst Gold Crown finalist Rockindownunder and The Grogfather. Warrawee Needy is the only son of E Dee’s Cam imported to Australia, and his first crop has been most impressive. Warrawee Needy, who stands stud in the Riverina, is a half-brother to a champion American filly in Warrawee Ubeaut 1:48.6 ($1.7 million).   By Shoobee’s Place Shoobee’s Place, a well performed Artsplace horse from a smart racemare in Shoobeedobeedo, by Jate Lobell, and who is now at the stud in WA, was recently represented by two Group winners at Menangle. Merrywood Lynn, a two-year-old filly, and Katchar Shoobee, a three-year-old gelding, won their respective $50,000 NSW Breeders Challenge True Blue Series. Both are out of Artsplace line mares, Merrywood Lynn being from the unraced Just Lola (by Art Major) and Katchar Shoobee from Lavish Art, a 1:56.9 daughter of Modern Art.  Katchar Shoobee, a brother to the Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial winner Shoobee Doo 1:53.6 ($127,270), is a well developed gelding and promises to be a very good stayer. Their dam, Lavish Art, was a Modern Art mare from Lavish Franco, by Soky’s Atom from Lady Barbara, by Lordship, is a member of a family which has distinguished itself by the number of fine stayers it has produced.  Before going to WA, Shoobee’s Place produced a number of useful sorts from restricted stud chances in NSW.   Redwood winner by Muscle Mass Mexicana, who won Redwood Classic – Illawong Barmah, Aldebaran Zeus and Aldebaran Ursula filled the placings behind her – scored her third success, and she is regarded as one of the best young trotters in New Zealand. Mexicana                                -Stuart McCormick photo   She is a grand stayer and one of the best fillies left by the Muscles Yankee horse Muscle Mass, who sired top trotters of the calibre of Massive Metro, Custodian, Illawong Byron and others. Mexicana is a two-year-old filly from Pocaro Tr 1:57.5 ($232,773), by Sundon from Niamey, a noted producer by Chiola Hanover from Game Flyer, by Game Pride – a pedigree with some real background with a strong staying influence behind it. Besides Mexicana, Pocaro is also the dam of the Harness Jewels winner Missandei Tr 1:59.3 ($177,259), King’s Landing Tr 2:00.9 (5 wins) and Westeros (3 wins). Pocaro, a multiple Group winner at three, is a sister to two high class trotters in Springbank Sam Tr 1:55.2 ($545,702) and Sun Of Anarchy Tr 1:58.2 ($281,581) and a half-sister to recent Goulburn winner Arnold (Tr 1:59.7) and Daenery’s Targareyen Tr 1:58.2 ($143,723), winner of The Redwood in 2013. Mexicana was bred and is part-owned by Christchurch enthusiast Trevor Casey.   Beat Chicago Bull’s brother Major Meister is proving himself a three-year-old of some worth in Victoria and during October he numbered The Graduate among his successes, beating Chicago Bull’s brother Perfect Stride, who was forced wide throughout. Major Meister                                     --Stuart McCormick photo Bred in NZ’s Southland by Tom Kilkelly, who part-owns him, Major Meister is a colt by the Artsplace horse Art Major from a capable racemare in Lite Jagermeister (1:56.3), by In The Pocket from the Holmes Hanover mare Lite Jade, a sister to the cup class pacer Kliklite 1:56.7 ($156,213). Lite Jagermeister, who won three races at Melton, was a half-sister to the NZ winners Dangerous (1:59.9) and Pele and to the Mystical Shark mare Lite Jewel, dam of the outstanding WA mare Sensational Gabby 1:52.4 ($791,681). Major Meister is a member of an old time NZ family, which was represented by second winner on the night in Speak No Evil, winner of the Queen of the Pacific.   Bettor Twist’s Championship Bettor Twist, who won the NZ Sires Stakes Fillies Championship, after sitting parked most of the way, has now won three races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in her class. She ranks as a three-year-old half-sister by Bettor’s Delight to the Miracle Mile and A. G. Hunter Cup winner King Of Swing 1:48 ($1.4 million). Bettor Twist winning at Alexandra Park in 1-52.1 Their dam, Twist And Twirl (1:56), an Artsplace mare from Giveitawhirlgirl, by Jenna’s Beach Boy from Impish, has proved a most successful broodmare. Besides Bettor Twist and King Of Swing, she is also the dam of the Addington two-year-old winner Extreme Stride (1:56.7). Twist And Twirl was a top racemare in her own right. She won seven races and $283,258 in stakes including the Great Northern Oaks and NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Championship. This has been one of the most successful branches of the Jessie Pepper family, Twist And Twirl being a sister to the NSW Shirley Turnbull Memorial winner Feels Like Magic 1:51 ($261,728) and a half-sister to the Blossom Lady and Jane Ellen winner Bettor Give It 1:57.4 ($138,061), dam of this year’s NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO and SA Derby victor Mach Dan 1:51.7 ($177,892).   Breeders Crown winner’s Aussie relations Sandbetweenmytoes, the winner of the $500,000 Breeders Crown for three-year-old colts and geldings at Hoosier Park, has strong breeding links to Australia. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding is out of the Artsplace mare Galleria, a sister to San Sophia (1:52.6), the dam of eight inside 2:00 including the SA Golden Nursery winner Hilltop Sophia, Raging Bull (1;56.6), now at the stud in NZ, Thisbeachrighthere (1:50.8) and Our Santa Catalina (1:55.6). Peaky Sneaky, who won the $500,000 Breeders Crown for three-year-old fillies, is a Bettor’s Delight filly from World Of Rock, a Rocknroll Hanover half-sister to the US 2YO and 3YO Filly of the Year Worldly Beauty 1:49.6 ($1.9 million), dam of Rock N Roll World (1:48.6), who is standing his second season in Victoria. This is the family which produced the highly successful sires Captaintreacherous, Art Major, Perfect Art and American Ideal.     by Peter Wharton

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