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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. Always An Angel is WA’s leading 2YO filly When she won the $100,000 Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park last Friday Always An Angel proved herself the top two-year-old filly in WA for the current season. It was her fifth success on end, and she comfortably defeated the best two-year-old fillies in the State in the Diamond Classic after being required to overcome a difficult barrier draw. In six starts Always An Angel has now won five with one placing for $87,607 in stakes. A $55,000 purchase at the 2019 National Yearling Sale at Karaka, Always An Angel is by the Artsplace horse Art Major, and was bred by Highfields Bloodstock, of Chris and Tina Barlow, Albany, NZ. Always An Angel winning at Gloucester Park                              –Jodie Hallows photo   On her dam’s side, Always An Angel has something in her favour. Her dam, Angel Of Destiny, by Christian Cullen, is a daughter of the Presidential Ball mare Destiny, the dam of the NZ Sires Stakes 2YO champion and Harness Jewels winner Onlyforyou 1:55.8 ($347,900). Destiny was a half-sister to the WA Derby winner In The Force 1:57.9 ($311,364) and Indulge 1:58.8 ($111,116), being out of Dark Angel, by Falcon Seelster from the American-bred mare Urgent Need, who founded a strong branch of the prized Lida family in NZ. She was the dam of the country cup winners Spy 1:51.6 ($392,656), No Need (1:57.4) and Il Capitano and the ancestress of the Redcliffe Cup winner Only The Brave 1:53.8 ($268,478), Pure Power 1:51 ($305,000), the Ashburton Cup winner Heisenberg 1:55.6 ($155,719), and others.   Major Times is well bred Major Times, who won his third race during the regional racing at Melton, is a five-year-old expected to graduate far beyond his present rating. A member of Emma Stewart’s Ballarat team, he has a good deal more in his favour on the score of blood than most. By Art Major, Major Times is out of a capable racemare in The Good Times 1:54.4 ($201,024), the dam of others in Rock Classic (1:55.4) and Wild Man (1:57.5). Major Times                                                      --Stuart McCormick photo   The Good Times, who won 17 races including the Tatlow Memorial, was a Live Or Die mare from Larrakeyah Lady (2:02.5), a top racemare by Windshield Wiper from the Mark Lobell mare Hot Foot, whose family today is one of the best in the Australian stud book. The Good Times ranks as a half-sister to the outstanding pacer Safe And Sound 1:57 ($995,606), the winner of 33 races including the Hunter Cup and Kilmore Cup, and the talented pacers Gold Rocket 1:51 ($393,387), Massarua 1:55.8 ($282,692) and Safeguard 1:55.8 ($112,165). Other black type performers belonging to this noted family include Ride High, Rocknroll Magic, Beauty Secret, Major Secret, Lovelist, Jazzam, Out To Play, Exciteusinthecity and Starburst Girl. Celebrity Chef and Jobell’s Image, who both won at the recent Melton midweek meeting, are also members of the same tribe.   Speech Is Silver star sprinter The New Zealand bred five-year-old Speech Is Silver advanced strong claims to being one of the best sprinters in Queensland today when he scored an effortless win at Albion Park recently. It was his fourth successive win. Speech Is Silver has not done a great deal of racing, having averaged five starts a season. In three seasons of racing Speech Is Silver has won 11 races and has been three times placed from 15 starts for $56,325. By the deceased Matt’s Scooter horse, Mach Three, he is out of Silence Is Golden (1:59.7), by Grinfromeartoear from the Live Or Die mare Bishop’s Blessing, a half-sister to the champion pacer Auckland Reactor and the top West Australian pacer Taihape Tickler 1:57.1 ($183,919). Silence Is Golden was a half-sister to the Breeders Crown champion Devil Dodger 1:50.8 ($724,666), The Devils Own 1:52.4 (NZ Yearling Sales Series 2YO Final) and to Mach Three mare May Fly, the dam of the Melton winner Harpagus (1:54.7).   Hows The Memory in 1:50.8 Hows The Memory, winner of the Group 3 Ladyship Pace in 1:50.8 at Menangle, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the mares. She holds a record of 1:50.1, and is a member of one of Australasia’s leading maternal families, being a five-year-old Mach Three mare from the top racemare Distant Memory 1:55.1 ($173,155), by Troublemaker from Macranda (2:03), a noted producer by Classic Garry from the NZ bred mare Melanie. Distant Memory, the dam of Hows The Memory, won 10 races in a brief career including the Vicbred 2YO Final and Bathurst Gold Tiara. She is a half-sister to Joannie Pony 1:57.5 (13 wins), the smart Sunraysia pacers Next To Reign and Senor Banderas and the good Melton winner Sahara Miss (1:54.4), dam of the Vicbred Platinum Homegrown 2YO Classic winner Starofsahara (1:56.2), the APG 2YO Championship winner Sahara Sirocco (1:53.8) and Sahara Tiger (1:56.3). Their dam, Melanie, a Moonee Valley and Harold Park winner, was the dam of the metropolitan winners Mel Cee (1:59.7), Melissa Charm and Profiler and the grand-dam of the APG 3YO Final winner Dazed And Confused 1:56.8 ($172,444) and Poppy Cee 1:52.7 ($108,075). She is the third dam of the Homegrown Classic winners Roll With It 1:53.9 ($123,028) and Marylebone (1:57) and Melton victor Our Sir Ivanhoe 1:55.5 ($105,109). Hows The Memory was bred and is by Wagga couple Denis and Jo Howe.   Another for America A near cup class pacer in Leonidas, who has a 1:51.1 rate to his credit and has won three of his five starts for the David Aiken stable, is under orders to go to North America. He is by Mach Three from a handy racemare in Rogers Joy (1:58.1), and the first of her produce to race. Rogers Joy, winner of the Victoria Shakamaker Classic, was by Art Major from Bella Joy 1:55.8 ($109,849), a Group 2 winner by Village Jasper from the Fake Left mare Intrude (2:01.8), who established a great winning line for the late Roger Bazley. Bella Joy, who numbered the Victoria Sapling Stakes among her 17 successes, was a very successful broodmare. Besides Rogers Joy, she was also the dam of the NSW Breeders Challenge winners Supersonic Miss 1:52.6 ($373,722) and Goodtime Heaven 1:52 ($2236,087), the cups winner Jukebox Music 1:53.6 ($334,301) and to the Bettor’s Delight mare Bella Shine 1:55.5, the dam of the exported Shineonucrazydiamond 1:50 ($298,659). This is the family which also produced the champion racemare Make Mine Cullen, the SA Pacing Cup winner Sicario, College Chapel (Bathurst Gold Crown), Roger’s Passion and promising Victorian youngster Soho Lanikai.   Glenavril King measures up Glenavril King, who has won five races in quick time this season, and has graduated to a NR73 mark, is regarded as one of the most promising young pacers in Victoria. Glenavril King, by Courage Under Fire, is out of Lombo Socialite, who took a record of 1:57.7 and won six races. She was a Presidential Ball mare from an outstanding racemare in Lombo Rapida (1:57), a winner of 27 races including the WA Oaks and Chariots of Fire and $790,629 in stakes. At the stud Lombo Rapida left three winners headed up by the Moonee Valley winner and triple Vicbred finalist Gloria Lombo 1:58.2 ($104,074), who became the dam of the metropolitan winners Lombo Del Rosso (1:56.7) and Artista Lombo.  Lombo Rapida was by Northern Lights (son of No Nukes) from Pliability (TT1:59.3), by Windshield Wiper from the Lumber Dream mare Our Miss Andrea, and tracing back through U Scott, Gamble and Nelson Derby to a noted foundation mare in Mavis Wood. Glenavril King ranks as a brother to the Vicbred Silver 3YO Trot winner Social Fireball (6 wins) and Pearlescent (2:00.7).   Star trotter by Skyvalley Pink Galahs, a filly by Skyvalley from Sweetasay (a member of the same maternal line as the champion Maori’s Idol), is proving herself a three-year-old trotter of some worth in Victoria over the regional racing period.  She numbered among her successes a victory from older, more experienced rivals at Melton, and from 11 starts she has won six with three placings for $45,430. Pink Galahs is trained by Matthew Craven and owned by breeders Laura and Caleb Lewis in partnership with Bryan Healy, who drove Maori’s Idol throughout his brilliant career.  Pink Galahs’ dam, Sweetasay (Tr 2:00.8), was by a Derby winner in Tennotrump (who also traces back to the broodmare gem Maori Miss, by Grand Monarch), from Maoridona, a NZ bred mare by Sundon from Maori’s Glory (Tr 2:02.9), a dual Vicbred champion by Red Coach Glory from Maori Mia. This family has had an association of some 60 years in Victoria, and it has been responsible for a long line of winners such as the Inter Dominion champion Sumthingaboutmaori, Maori’s Idol, Noopy Kiosk, Danny Bouchea, Blitzthemcalder, and more recently, Australasia’s fastest ever trotter Maori Time,  Spidergirl, Moonshine Linda, Pretty Majestic and Lightning Calder.   Seventh on end Bettorhavtime, who won his seventh race on end at Globe Derby Park last Saturday, is unquestionably South Australia’s pin up pacer at present. He is by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Bettor’s Delight, the leading sire in Australia and New Zealand. Bettorhavtime and trainer Heather Stevens   Bettorhavtime is the first foal out of Donthavtime 1:58.7 (7 NZ wins), by Mach Three from Time To Say Goodbye, by the dual NZ Cup winner Il Vicolo from the Lordship mare Lady Locket, a daughter of Lucy Locket, the dam of Lord Lenny 1:56.8 ($301,790), a high class pacer in Lookahead and others. Time To Say Goodbye was a half-sister to the Queensland Lord Mayor’s Cup winner Catch Twenty Two and the smart Tasmanian pacer Echovale Ave and a member of the same family as the NZ Derby winner Jack Cade and the top Victorian racemare Berisari. Bettorhavtime is a member of Heather Stevens’ Globe Derby team.   Master Publisher impresses Master Publisher, a three-year-old by A Rocknroll Dance from Neverland Franco, by Badlands Hanover from the American-bred mare No Paba, by Abercrombie, failed to win a race in three starts as a two-year-old in NZ last season.  Master Publisher winning at Gloucester Park                   –Jodie Hallows photo   But the A Rocknroll Dance gelding has proved himself to some purpose in his three-year-old racing, and he won at Pinjarra in 1:57.4 and Gloucester Park in 1:57.5 in the space of 11 days. Master Publisher has won six out of 11 in Western Australia including three at Gloucester Park. He is a very good youngster.   by Peter Wharton

Aldebaran Zeus and Aldebaran Ursula, the two harness racing leading two-year-old trotters in the country at present, were both bred and raised at Aldebaran Park’s Nagambie property. Aldebaran Ursula, a filly by the Swedish bred Yield Boko, established a fresh national record for two-year-old fillies of 1:59.1, winning a heat of the NSW Foundation Series at Menangle in May. The KerryAnn Morris trained filly has won three of her four starts so far and will be well in line for Saturday night’s $15,300 Final. Meanwhile, Aldebaran Zeus gave a taste of his class when he soundly trounced his rivals at Kilmore from a 10 metre handicap. The brilliant colt has won twice with an unlucky second and fourth from four starts and looks every bit as good as experienced judges rate him. Promising colt Kyvalley Heist NZ became the third juvenile trotting winner bred by Aldebaran Park this season when he saluted the judge at Cranbourne. Skyvalley, second on this season’s All Aged Trotting sires’ list, left winners in three States during May. Pink Galahs, a very smart three-year-old filly, won twice including a lifetime best 1:58.8 effort at Melton and boasts six wins and three placings from 11 attempts. The Globe Derby Park victors All That Glitters (2YO filly) and Nerveracking and Kyvalley Boomerang (Menangle) were other recent winners by Skyvalley. Forever Kronos, who came from near last to score at Kilmore, provided a further boost to the stocks of Yield Boko, who has the amazing score of siring seven winners and a placegetter from 22 Australian bred foals. Farbio, a son of Aldebaran Yankee scored twice at Globe Derby Park including one off a 20 metre handicap. He has won eight races to date. Cyclone L Ko NZ¸ a royally bred five-year-old mare by Muscle Hill and in foal to Father Patrick, has joined the broodmare band at Aldebaran Park. A smart racemare herself, she ranks as a half-sister to seven winners including the Group 1 winners Glenferrie Typhoon Tr 1:53.5 ($548,989) and Cyclone U Bolt Tr 1:54.5 ($230,225). Australasia’s fastest ever trotting mare, Maori Time, whose tilt at the 2018 Elitloppet in Sweden was sponsored by Aldebaran Park, has a 42 day positive test to the Prix d’Amerique and European champion stallion Readly Express. The mare is based at the prestige Menhammar Stuteri stud in Sweden. We look forward to celebrating the deeds of her Swedish born offspring. Peter Wharton

Burwood Stud (QLD) harness racing sire Changeover left the winners in three different countries and three States last week. Leading the charge were the highly promising mare Kotiro NZ, who outfinished her rivals in 1:54.5 at Albion Park, and Still Of The Night NZ, who won in a career-best 1:55.3 at Menangle. Other Australian winners have been the three-year-old filly Which Hunt (Redcliffe) and Sandoval NZ (Mildura). In New Zealand, the four-year-old Stinger Lindenny notched his fourth success at Invercargill, while the NZ bred Glenferrie Bronte scored in 1:53.4 at Scioto Downs, Ohio. Changeover has sired 93 winners in Australia and NZ to date this season and they have amassed almost $1.6 million in stakes. By Peter Wharton               Sent from Mail for Windows 10          

Harness racing progeny of Yirribee Pacing Stud stallions won in three different countries last week. Tintin In America, the sire of world champion mare Shartin, produced a 'new' three-year-old winner in American Eyre at Invercargill, New Zealand and the talented The Bull Pen NZ, who scored at Stawell in a career-best 1:57.5. The multiple Group winning sire Renaissance Man, a recent addition to the Yirribee Stud roster, was represented by the Bunbury three-year-old winner Longreach Bay, who won in a lifetime best 1:57.6. Million Dollar Cam and Lombo Pocket Watch left winners at Wagga in the three-year-old Olinsky (1:59.1) and the Yirribee Stud bred and raced Nobby's Clock (1:53.6) respectively. To complete a big week, Deprived, a six-year-old daughter of former world champion Warrawee Needy, scored in 1:54 at Northfield Park, Ohio. By Peter Wharton

Bungaree harness racing enthusiast and newly elected Treasurer of Harness Breeders Victoria, Maurice Hanrahan, has a background in developing policies and strategies. ​He served as the Director of Policy in the Premier’s Department and worked for three Victorian Premiers in Jeff Kennett, Steve Bracks and John Brumby for seven years and also worked for Heritage Victoria as a policy and finance assessor. ​He also worked on projects at the Melbourne Showgrounds, David Hayes’s Lindsay Park stables at Euroa, and with James Cain, the son of Victorian Premier the late John Cain, at the Melbourne Ports. Now Hanrahan is using his business acumen to establish a model for breeding and racing standardbreds. ​Maurice belongs to a family steeped in harness racing. Well known clans in the Ballarat region such as the McGuigan’s, Mahar’s, Prendergast’s and Simpson’s are all relatives. ​“I grew up around horses and good stock,” Maurice said. “Now I’m hoping to get some good racing stock of our own.” Maurice’s father, Tom Hanrahan, dabbled in breeding and racing for a short time. ​His first broodmare, Tiki Belle whom he purchased off the late Andy Prendergast, left only one foal for him but Tiki Jazz (by Jazzy Spark) won a total of 15 races – including two at Moonee Valley – under the tutelage of Vin Mahar. ​Maurice himself has also experienced success as an owner. Valla Reine (by Cam’s Fool), a $5,500 buy at the APG Melbourne sale, gave him his biggest win in the Group 2 $50,000 APG Melbourne Autumn Sale Final at Melton in July 2018. Whilst by an unfashionable but handy sire in Cam’s Fool, she was selected on the basis of nice conformation and being linebred to a nice mare in Bret’s Romance. ​The Melton winner Safely Loaded (8 wins) and Blissfull Spanker (5 wins) were other handy performers part-owned by Maurice. ​Maurice, who conducts a 300 acre potato and cattle property with his wife Jacinta, and owns the Munster Arms hotel in Ballarat, has added standardbred breeder to his resume. ​He is gradually building a group of young, well bred broodmares. “We are discreetly getting together a collection of broodmares and sending them to nice stallions. They’re probably not always commercially appealing stallions but we’re looking at the winning post I suppose. ​“That’s our aim,” he stated. ​Maurice’s broodmare herd recently increased and comprises: It’s Girl Power, a 1:57.5 winner of 10 races by Christian Cullen Artistic Wish, a nice young Artistic Fella mare that was injured as a juvenile and bred by the astute Dianne and Bernie Kelly from NSW. She is a half-sister to the good winner Spring Walton  Jilliby Ebony, a 1:59.5 Artiscape half-sister to Vicbred 3YO champion Jilliby Melody Adherent, a Yankee Paco half-sister to Vicbred 2YO Final winner Master Maori and to the dams of Group 1 winners Spidergirl, Illawong Armstrong, Kinvara Sue and Pretty Majestic Annie Jones NZ, a winning McArdle mare from the family of Breeders Crown champion Flying Pocketlands and Bling it On Daisy Adele, an Artesian mare whose wins include Tas. Yearling Sale Classic and Belmont. She is a half-sister to the Jane Ellen winner El Jay’s Magic Jilliby Ebony is carrying a positive test to Lennytheshark; Adherent has produced a yearling filly by Yankee Spider; Annie Jones has dropped a two-year-old colt by American Ideal and is in-foal to For A Reason; and Daisy Adele has left a Four Starzzz Shark weanling filly. ​Another mare, Rhodium Castle, whose nine successes included the Victoria Youthful Stakes, died after foaling a colt by Shadow Play. Maurice said the progeny will all be broken in by John Murphy and trained by his brother David, one of the State’s leading professionals. ​“We’re working on a syndication model where we’ll lease the progeny of these mares,” Maurice said. “We’ll take a share and David and John Murphy will both take a share. ​“We’re working on a breed-to-race model. We’re not interested in the yearling sales.  Unless you’re really at the top end it’s a hard road to hoe. “Our model going forward is that if we breed good quality horses and give them every chance and get a number of people involved in the experience and hopefully they’ll enjoy it and keep reinvesting,” he said. ​Hanrahan is philosophical about the future of standardbred breeding. ​“Now is not to a bad time to get into breeding. I know there’s a number of challenges out there but in terms of getting a nice broodmare band together going forward and aiming to breed good horses, now is a good time. ​“I know you’ve still got to get them to the racetrack and doing everything right but I think in terms of challenging there is also opportunity in challenge,” Maurice said.   by Peter Wharton reprinted with permission of Australian Standardbred Breeders Association

The French stallion Orlando Vici, a winner of nine Group races and now a leading sire in France and Sweden, has the joint highest entry with three harness racing runners in this year’s Elitloppet, to be contested at Solvalla, Sweden on Sunday night (May 31). Orlando Vici’s three contestants in the ‘Sprint World Championship of Trotting’ are Chief Orlando, a seven-year-old Norwegian bred gelding, the brilliant Norwegian bred, Danish owned seven-year-old gelding Looking Superb, and the fast Swedish seven-year-old entire Racing Mange. Chief Orlando (barrier 5) and Looking Superb (7) will contest the first heat, while Racing Mange will start from the No. 6 gate in the second elimination. The three are all expected to be well in line for a Grand Final berth. Looking Superb captured the Prix Tenor de Baune in 2018 and the Prix de L’Atlantique in 2019 and finished runner-up to Belina Josselyn in the 2019 Grand Prix d’Amerique; Racing Mange has won Group races in Sweden, Denmark and Finland and is the fastest trotter in Sweden this year, while Chief Orlando has won at Group level in Finland and was narrowly beaten in last year’s Sweden Cup. Racing Mange is the fastest trotter in Sweden this year Besides his successes at the stud in Europe, Orlando Vici has made a spectacular start as a sire in Australia. In his first season he left 11 foals – now four-year-olds - and all 11 have raced, and 10 are winners.  They include the NSW Trotters Derby winner Xebec (Tr 1:58), Beau Garcon, winner of the Breeders Crown 2YO Silver), Deneuve Star (Tr 1:56.6), Just Believe Tr 1:59 (Vicbred 3YO Silver), Belltopperboy (Tr 1:59.2), the Melton winners Montpellier (Tr 1:59.8) and Brandlo Prince, and Orlando Storm (Maryborough Oaks). Orlando Vici’s frozen semen is available to breeders in Australia and New Zealand from Haras Des Trotteurs, where Love You, Quaker Jet and Volstead head a select sire 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. Riverina Championship winner Rocky Creed, who won the $100,000 Riverina Region Championship Final at Wagga, is a Pet Rock gelding from the same family as that which produced a top Victorian youngster in Sky Strike. Rocky Creed, a four-year-old gelding, was a winner at two and posted three wins as a three-year-old last season. By American-bred Pet Rock, a Rocknroll Hanover horse, he is out of Miss Toolern Vale (1:57.2), by Bettor’s Delight from Armbro Sunshine, by Armbro Operative from the Good Humor Man mare Sunshine Blue, a half-sister to the talented Riverina juvenile Solarious. Miss Toolern Vale, who won six races in Victoria, is also the dam of recent Wagga two-year-old winner Stravinsky (1:57). She is a half-sister to a smart juvenile in Cullen’s Crown, winner of the Victoria Sapling Stakes and MIA Breeders Plate, True Happiness 1:57.1 (SA Breeders Plate) and the Melton winner Lucky Metro (1:57.4). Other ‘black type’ performers further back in this pedigree have been Banjo Miss (Vicbred 4YO Final and Queen Of The Pacific), Bellair Park, Starzzz Of Icon and Truscott Flyer and the top trotters Truscott Steel and Bad Boy Truscott.   By He’s Watching Runner-up in the Diamond Classic as a two-year-old last season, Blockjorg downed the top three-year-olds in the Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park last Friday, including a top ranking filly in Double Expresso. Blockjorg                                                    -- Jodie Hallows photo   It was Blockjorg’s fifth success for the season and she has a bankroll of $78,621. Blockjorg has not enjoyed the best of luck during her career, but has proved herself a young pacer of great ability. By He’s Watching, and one of the first crop of the American horse to race in Australia, Blockjorg is out of Toobee Three, by Legacy Of Power (son of No Nukes) from Ozzi Miss (2:02.1), by Lucky Cam from the Maple Lanes Strike mare Niugini Gold. He’s Watching, the sire of Blockjorg, has left several smart types from his first crops in Australia and NZ. They include Private Eye, winner of the George Croxford Tribute, the metropolitan winners Born To Be Watched, Raksjameson and Experia and the Breeders Crown finalist Star Hunter.   Wolf Stride is Inter Dominion material Wolf Stride, who won the $100,000 Metropolitan Region Championship Final at Menangle and is regarded as Inter Dominion material of the highest order, is a four-year-old entire by Rock N Roll Heaven from Lilac Stride, a top racemare who took a record of 1:54.4 and earned $276,140. He is a member of an old time NZ family, which was represented by the winners of this year’s WA Derby and Oaks in Patronus Star and Sports Package respectively. Lilac Stride was an Art Major mare from Labretta Franco NZ (1:58.5), a Fairfield Golden Easter Egg winner by Falcon Seelster from Looks The Part, a noted producer by Nero’s B B. Lilac Stride was a sister to the good Menangle winner Gypsy Stride (1:54.9), dam of the Newcastle Oaks winner Olive Stride, and a half-sister to Mister Cool Stride (1:57.2) and Miss Labretta, dam of Four Starz Pride (1:54.4). Wolf Stride ranks as a three-quarter brother to Cherry Stride (1:51.2), $128,370, who won nine races including the NSW Go Girlfriend Series. Both were bred by prominent Sydney identity Emilio Rosati.   Leading sire’s absence a loss Racing at the Qbred feature meeting at Albion Park further demonstrated the loss of Hurrikane Kingcole to breeders. With only a few representatives racing, he sired the quinella pair in the Breeders Classic for two-year-old fillies in Vanish Hanover and Talent To Spare; Tancaltra Lis, winner of the Breeders Classic Consolation for two-year-old fillies; Left A Hurrikane, who finished third in the Triad Consolation for three-year-old colts and geldings and Wannago, the third placegetter in the two-year-old fillies’ Breeders Classic Consolation. Fearless Faith, a winner of three races at Albion Park, Youaremy Sunshine, winner of the VHRC 3YO Classic at Melton, Venus Jujon (1:52.4), Sugarkane and Left A Hurrikane have been other recent winners from Hurrikane Kingcole’s first crops.   NSW Group 1 winner has strong bloodlines A bright future is being predicted for the Rock N Roll Heaven four-year-old Kanye Crusader, whose success in the $100,000 Hunter Region Championship Final at Newcastle was his fourth this season. Kanye Crusader, who was bred and is trained by Clayton Harmey, has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Rock N Roll Heaven, and one of his fourth crop, Kanye Crusader is out of the Fake Left mare Khloe (1:59.2), a capable racemare who was very successful broodmare leaving four winners – all inside 1:58 – from foal foals. Khloe, who won 16 races and $58,141, was out of Concise Lass (2:02.5), by Golden Fulla from Concise, by Real Light (Light Brigade-Reality-U Scott) from Meadow Stream, by Chamfer from the Medoro mare Medopark. This family has produced some useful pacers over the years. They include cup class pacers in Medowie Prince and Just Jasper, the top racemare Rocknroll Angel, Fastnfurious (1:54.7), River Wild and others.   Up and coming youngsters Two smart young horses to win at the Qbred feature meeting at Albion Park were the three-year-old Fond Memories and the two-year-old Captains Pick, both bred and raced by Kevin Seymour and both from the same maternal family. Fond Memories, who took out the $50,660 Qbred Triad Final, is a filly by Mach Three from a fine racemare in Forever After 1:56.2 ($172,808), a winner of 20 races including the Qbred Triad 4YO Final. She ranks as a half-sister to the Qbred Triad and Breeders Classic 3YO winner Guitarzan 1:56.9 ($216,956), being by Presidential Ball from the top racemare Girl From Ipanema (1:57.6), by Vanston Hanover from the Oaks winner Goldrush Girl TT1:55.3 ($151,619), by Transport Chip from Call Girl. Captains Pick, who won the Breeders Classic Consolation, is a colt by Captaintreacherous from the dual Qbred Triad winner Charming Allie 1:53.9 ($266,329) and the first of her produce to race. By Mr Feelgood, Charming Allie is a half-sister to the champion Colt Thirty One 1:51.3 ($834,246), being out of Charm Personified, by Perfect Art from the Vanston Hanover mare Charming Reminder, a half-sister to Goldrush Girl, the third dam of Fond Memories. This family traces back to the foundation mare Lady Antrim, dam of the NZ Derby winner Croughton. Other classic winners belonging to this noted family include  Good Lookin Girl, the dual Oaks winner Cherry Cheer, Rhapsody In Red, Get In The Groove and more recently,  Fame Assured and boom four-year-old Leos Best.   Arden Voyager in top form One of the most capable young pacers racing in Victoria at present is Arden Voyager, who has quickly won his way through the classes. Arden Voyager                                                   --Stuart McCormick photo Arden Voyager has a wealth of blood to back up his claims to further promotion, being by Somebeachsomewhere from a fine racemare in Arden’s Darlin 1:57.2 ($245,829), by Bettor’s Delight from Achieve A Dream (2:01.5), by In The Pocket from the Son Of Afella mare Arden’s Dream (2:00.5), and tracing to the taproot Moonbeam (by Rothschild). Arden’s Darlin, a winner of five races and the top ranking two-year-old filly of her year, is also the dam of Celestial Arden 1:51.4 ($176,466), a prolific winner at Menangle and now competing successfully in America. The third dam, Arden’s Dream, left nine winners – including five in 2:00 - and really established the Moonbeam to some purpose. She was also the dam of the NZ Sires Stakes 2YO champion Arden Banner 1:58.4 ($114,572), the cups winners Arden’s Legacy (1:56.1) and Arden Tetrick and the exported Fantastic Dream 1:53.2 ($213,285) and Arden’s Heritage (1:52.2).   Brothers win at Bendigo It was no mean feat for the full brothers Kyvalley Senator and Kyvalley Chief to win the two trotters’ races at the Bendigo club’s recent meeting.   Both are by the Muscles Yankee horse Muscle Hill (a top sire of straight out trotters). Love Ya Doosie, the dam of Kyvalley Senator and Kyvalley Chief, was out of a capable trotter in Sheezadoosie, who took a record of 2:04.2 over 2600 metres. Besides Love Ya Doosie, she was also the dam of the champion I Can Doos It Tr 1:55.5 ($1.4 million), who won 18 races on end at one stage, and the Group winner Sno’s Big Boy Tr 1:58.4 ($215,308). Sheezadoosie was out of the American-bred mare Becalm Lobell (Tr 2:06.3), the dam of a smart trotter in Golden Blend Tr 1:55 ($305,911), Dipendra (Tr 1:58.8) and the Dream Vacation mare Big O E, who, in turn, left the Breeders Crown champion Aldebaran Ay M (Tr 1:58.8) and Aldebaran Southland (Tr 2:00.1), runner-up in the NSW Trotters Derby.   Maori Time in foal Maori Time, Australasia’s fastest ever trotting mare, has returned a positive test to the Prix d’Amerique winner and European champion Readly Express. Maori Time                                                  --Stuart McCormick photo The winner of 24 races and $420,000 in stakes, Maori Time competed in the 2018 Elitloppet in Sweden and has remained in the care of the famed Menhammar Stuteri stud since she finished racing. Maori Time won 12 times at Group level including the Bill Collins Mile in three consecutive years and took her record of 1:51.5 winning the NSW Trotters Cup in 2018.   Auckland Reactor to NSW The Mach Three horse Auckland Reactor, who had previously stood stud at Alabar Bloodstock, has been relocated to Tony Peacock’s Moama property. Auckland Reactor’s oldest stock are five-year-olds and among them are some really smart types. Chase Auckland, winner of the NZ Free-for-all, Great Northern Derby and Sires Stakes Championship, is one of this number, as is Soho Burning Love, winner of the Victoria Silver Chalice and Blossom Lady, and the highly touted three-year-old Willie Go West. Chase Auckland                                                                 --Harnesslink photo Reactor Now, joint holder of the Kilmore track record and rated one of the best young sprinters in Victoria, Delightfulreaction, a multiple Group 1 placegetter in WA, the good Melton winner Shining Oro, Gold Reactor and Gobsmacked (1:52.5) have been other Australian winners by Auckland Reactor from his first crops. Auckland Reactor has sired 67 individual winners in Australia to date this season for more than $930,000 in stakes, while in New Zealand, he is currently ranked fifth on the All Aged List and third on the five-years-old and older table.  Auckland Reactor proved himself a brilliant pacer on his day, taking a mile record of 1:52.9 and winning 32 races and $1.7 million in stakes.   by Peter Wharton  

Former world champion and US 2YO Colt of the Year He’s Watching (1:46.8), who now stands at Luke Primmer’s Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW), sired three ‘new’ two-year-old winners in the space of three days! Mostpeculiarmumma, a filly, started the ball rolling with a come-from-behind success at Globe Derby Park on Tuesday (May 26). The following night Hes Sweet, a two-year-old gelding, led, handed up and then outfinished his rivals at Bathurst, rating 1:57.6 over 1730 metres with a last 800 in 57.2. Jay Bracken, a two-year-old colt, completed the treble when he led from end-to-end at his second start at Penrith on Thursday night (May 28). The youngster averaged a 1:59.4 rating over 1720 metres and scored effortlessly by 9.2 metres. He’s Watching is also the sire of the promising youngster Watchmedazzle, a double winner at Shepparton earlier this month. Interestingly, Watchmedazzle, Hes Sweet and Jay Bracken are all out of daughters of Artsplace line stallions. He’s Watching’s first crop of three-year-olds includes Blockjorg (1:55.5), winner of the Group 2 $50,000 WA Diamond Classic, the unbeaten Private Eye (1:54.6), winner of the George Croxford Trubute, the Tatlow placegetter and APG finalist Star Hunter (1:57.7) and the APG 2YO Championship runner-up Magnifico To Watch (1:56).   by Peter Wharton

The exciting young trotters Zarem and Venkman, both members of international trotting star Wishing Stone's first crops, were very impressive winners at Bendigo and Shepparton respectively last week. Zarem, a four-year-old gelding, won his fifth race for the term and rated a career-best 2:00.7, while Venkman, a three-year-old filly, came from worse than midfield to post her third success. Wishing Stone has sired 10 Australian bred foals 2YO and older for five winners and a placegetter from six starters. Muscle Hill's brilliant son Elite Stride captured his second feature win in the space of a week when he won the NSW 3YO Foundation Final at Menangle last Saturday (May 23). It was his seventh success on end and he is clearly the leading 3YO trotter in the country based on wins and prizemoney. The Muscle Hill brothers Kyvalley Senator NZ (3YO) and Kyvalley Chief NZ (4YO) both saluted the judge at Bendigo, the latter hoisting a fresh lifetime mark of 1:56.4 over 1650 metres. Wishing Stone and Muscle Hill are available to breeders in Australia and New Zealand through Stallions Australasia.   By Peter Wharton

The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam, who stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), recently passed the $33 million mark in progeny earnings. The total includes $4 million in Australia. Million Dollar Cam was represented by three winners during the past week and has left 36 individual winners in Australia this season and more than $500,000 in stakes. Recent winners by Million Dollar Cam have been the Yirribee Stud bred gelding Sword And Shield, a winner at Redcliffe in 1:58.3, Isntthatright (1:57.6, Wagga) and the Bathurst winner The Girls Have It. Companion sire Lombo Pocket Watch also weighed in with two important winners last week. The Black Assassin outfinished his rivals at Menangle in 1:54.1 to record his 21st win, while Time Keepa Lombo captured the Riverina Region Championship Consolation at Wagga. A second Yirribee Stud winner for the week was the three-year-old gelding Immortal Bridge, who notched his first win going 1:57.9 at Wagga.   By Peter Wharton

A bright future is being predicted for the Changeover five-year-old harness racing mare With The Band NZ, whose end to end success at Redcliffe last night (May 24) was her seventh from nine starts on Australian soil. The mare has now won 10 races including eight this season. Watch the race here. Changeover was also represented with two metropolitan winners this week in Controversial NZ, a winner in 1:55.9 at Menangle, and Tiz A Sizzler NZ (1:55.9, Albion Park), who has won five races this season. Changeover, who stands at Burwood Stud in Queensland, has left 91 individual winners in Australia and New Zealand this season and they have amassed $1.55 million in stakemoney.   By Peter Wharton

When the three-year-old filly Blockjorg divebombed her rivals in the Group 2 harness racing $50,000 Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night (May 22) she credited her sire He’s Watching with his first Group winner from his first crop, now just three-year-olds, in Australia.  Blockjorg, who finished an unlucky second in the Diamond Classic as a two-year-old, has shown up as a very smart filly winning the fastest heat 10 days earlier, and it was a strong field she beat at Gloucester Park. She has now won five races with eight placings from 24 starts for $78,621 in stakes. To watch the video replay click on this link Blockjorg, who was bred and is raced by the Clarina Racing Syndicate, is the third foal of Toobee Three, a lightly raced daughter of the No Nukes sire Legacy Of Power. He’s Watching 1:46.8 ($1.1 million), a world champion two-year-old and Meadowlands Pace winner, has left 13 individual three-year-old winners from his first crop this season. Besides Blockjorg, he is also the sire of the George Croxford Tribute winner Private Eye (1:54.6), the Melton winner Born To Be Watched (1:54.6), Raksjameson NZ, who is unbeaten in WA, and the Menangle winner Experia (1:54.4). From his second Australian crop He’s Watching is the sire of the brilliant youngster Watchmedazzle, who has won twice at Shepparton, as well as several metropolitan placegetters. In North America, He’s Watching was one of the leading two-year-old sires in last year’s rich Ontario Sires Stake program, siring the quinella pair Tattoo Artist and Examiner Hanover in the $225,000 OSS Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. This was also the first and oldest crop by He's Watching in Canada. He’s Watching is now standing at the Tipperary Equine stud, Young, of one of NSW’s leading studmasters Luke Primmer. Now is your chance to buy a He's Watching weanling at the NZB Standardbred All Age Sale currently running and ending in three days at the  Auction. There are eight weanlings for sale and here they are; Lot 15 - He's Watching / Millview Sarah Lot 41 - He's Watching / Samantha Chloe Lot 55 - He's Watching / Tempest Bromac Lot 76 - He's Watching / Alta Michaela Lot 92 - He's Watching / Chevelle Star Lot 100 - He's Watching / Darkofthemoon Lot 116 - He's Watching / Georgia's Belle Lot 120 - He's Watching / Hip Pocket 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. WA Pearl 3YO Classic winner Gardys Legacy, who won the $50,000 Pearl Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park, is a member of one of Western Australia’s top ranking standardbred families. A gelding by Bettor’s Delight, he is out of the WA Oaks placegetter Southern Legacy (1:56.7), who ranked as a half-sister to the prolific Gloucester Park winners Scram Jet 1:55.8 ($2235,076) and Pride Of Colorado 1:55.1 ($153,867) and to Bright Legacy (2:00.7), dam of Big Ben Lombo (1:57). Gardys Legacy                          --Jodie Hallows photo Southern Legacy, by Northern Luck (son of Camluck), is out of Lady Legacy (TT1:57.5), by Northern Lights from Fiscal Miss (1:59.6), by Captain Hook from the smart Out To Win mare Remit (2:01.6), who established a great winning line for prominent WA breeder-trainer Dr Ed Dewar. Remit left the dual Inter Dominion heat winner Whitby Timer 1:56.9 ($314,899), a top flight racemare in Whitby Heritage 1:58.8 ($201,758) and the WA Pearl and Golden Slipper winner Whitby’s Merit 2:00.3 ($168,598) and Fiscal Miss, the third dam of Gardys Legacy. Fiscal Miss, who won 15 races and was twice named Australian Broodmare of the Year, really established the Nora (by Glencoe) family to some purpose. She was the dam of the outstanding racemare Whitby’s Miss Penny (TT1:55.2), the winner of six Group 1 races and $568,289 in stakes, and the dual Derby winner Ace Of Whitby 1:58.8 ($317,247). There are some notable winners in almost every remove of this family. Whitby’s Solitaire, another daughter of Fiscal Miss, became the dam of the fine racemares Delightful Jade and Bettor Bling. Ima Spicey Lombo, the Australian Pacing Championship and Oaks winner, is also a member of this tribe.   Regional Championship winner’s family background Bought for $800 and now a winner of $74,995, Terryrama became the latest Group 1 winner when he won the $100,000 Western Region Championship Final at Bathurst. Terryrama, who has won three races and holds a record of 1:57.4, is a member of one of Australasia’s most successful families, that founded by the thoroughbred mare Topsy. Foaled in 2014, he is a gelding by Western Terror (now in America) from Nellirama, by Panorama from Nellie Robins (2:01.3), a Victoria Oaks winner by the Albatross horse Telemon Hanover from Helen Martha, by Courvoisier from the Armbro Del mare Armbro Averil, a half-sister to the NZ Cup winner True Averil. Besides Terryrama, Nellirama, who was only lightly raced, left the high class Tasmanian pacers Tenirama 2:00.1 ($110,830), Artarama (1:57.9), Cody Maverick (1:58.9) and Tippedintoomuch (1:58.1) and Amarillen, a Fake Left mare who left an outstanding pacer in Villagem 1:52.1 ($626,585), the Victoria Oaks winner Miss Graceland 1:54 ($244,658), Nostra Beach 1:53.5 ($266,190) and Manellira (1:56.9).  Another of Nellirama’s daughters in Pixel Perfect left the WA Pacing Cup and dual Inter Dominion heat winner Soho Tribeca 1:53.8 ($1.1 million), now at the stud in Victoria, a top racemare in Carlas Pixel (1:49.5), the APG winner Soho Nolita, Birdy Mach and Perfect Mach. All were pacers of some worth.   Eureka a real find Eureka, who is proving one of the finds of the season in Victoria, is a four-year-old Washington VC gelding from the same family as that which produced a top Australian pacer in Jay Bee’s Fella. A member of Andy Gath’s Long Forest team, Eureka has won five of his seven starts on Australian soil – including three at Melton - and has graduated to a NR72 mark. Eureka                              --Stuart McCormick photo   He has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Washington VC, a well performed son of Presidential Ball, Eureka is out of the Elsu mare Bryleigh Jewel (2:06.8), a half-sister to the exported Jay Bee’s Trump 1:50 ($473,795) and Jay Bee’s Flush 1:52.6 ($223,154), being out of Jay Bee’s Miss (1:58.9), by Preux Chevalier from Key Miss, and tracing to the foundation mare Rosalie (by Wildwood). This is also the family of the Miracle Mile winner My Field Marshal (1:46.9), Bogan Fella (NZ Derby), the dual Oaks winner Foreal, Money Magnet (Fremantle Cup), Easy On The Eye, Bettor Joy, and many others.   Star four-year-old by Auckland Reactor A four-year-old to take high ranking in Victoria this season is Reactor Now, one of the second crop sired by Auckland Reactor, who is now at Tony Peacock’s Moama property. He has won six of his nine starts to date – including his last four on end - for $25,990. He equalled the track record of 1:53.4 at Kilmore recently, and appears every bit as good as the Victorians rate him. Watch Reactor Now equal the track record of 1:53.4 at Kilmore. A tall, rangy gelding, Reactor Now is out of the American-bred mare Whos Sorry Now (1:59), who left earlier winners in Jack William 1:55.2 ($96,665), a good winner at Gloucester Park, and Bettor Be Sorry (1:54.5), who has won five of his seven starts in Victoria. Whos Sorry Now, who was imported to Australia by Ballarat breeder Bruce Edward, is by Western Ideal from the Artsplace mare Art’s Touch (1:55.6), a sister to Artaffection 1:51.2 ($698,488) and to the dam of the New Jersey Classic winner Sweet Rock 1:48.2 ($799,990). Sweet Rock is the best winner from this family in recent years but in an earlier decade it produced a champion filly in Sweet Reflection, who won 26 races including the US Breeders Crown.     Ninth winner from broodmare When the Bettor’s Delight four-year-old Polar Lights won at the Globe Derby Park midweek meeting recently, she credited her dam Bella Aurora with her ninth individual winner. Polar Lights, who was bred and is raced in Victoria, won again at Globe Derby earlier this week. Others from Bella Aurora to win have been the crack racemare Bella’s Delight 1:54.3 ($442,523), a dual Breeders Crown and Vicbred champion, Rockabella Starz 1:54.3 ($112,645), Heza Modern Guy (1:53.3), Bella Sainz (1:56.2), Seaya Laterbella (1:55.8), Good Guy Mack (1:57.1), Hayabusa Flyer (1:59.2), El Bella and now Polar Lights. Bella Aurora, who died a few years ago, has since produced a two-year-old colt by Bettor’s Delight. She was a Northern Lights mare from Precious Milly, by What’s Next from Sheza Beauty, a dual Harold Park winner.   Up and coming trotter Aldebaran Ursula broke the national two-year-old mile record when she won a NSW Foundation heat at Menangle recently when she trotted the mile in 1:59.1, and soundly trounced a handy field covering the last 800 metres in 57.5. Bought for $8,000 at the 2019 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale in Melbourne, Aldebaran Ursula is a grand type of filly by Yield Boko (a Swedish bred son of Viking Kronos) from the Continentalman mare Ushuka Bromac NZ (Tr 1:59.3), a winner of 16 races and $144,985 in stakes. Ushuka Bromac was out of the Live Or Die mare Ursula Bromac, who ranks as a sister to the NZ Group winner Una Bromac, the dam of Inter Dominion Trotting champion Winterfell Tr 1:58.1 ($423,180), the NZ Oaks and dual Derby winner Escapee Tr 1:57.4 ($263,115), cups winner Needle Tr 1:57.4 ($122,481) and Caligula, holder of the Australian trotting gelding mile record of 1:54.4. A half-sister to Una Bromac is the Union Guy mare Ulrica Bromac, a good pacing winner in Victoria and NSW and who later took a record of 1:49.6 in America.  Their dam, Universal Kim, was by Holmes Hanover from Kim Bromac, by Bo Scot’s Blue Chip from Kenton Hanover, by Boyden Hanover from Bachelor’s Advice, by Bachelor Hanover from the noted producer Petulus, by Stormyway. The family, which traces to the NZ bred taproot Pride Of Lincoln, produced a champion trotter in Stig, who won 23 races, including five at Group 1 level, and other good trotters in Oscar Bonavena, Quite A Moment (NZ National Trot), Alpha Male, Aleppo Midas and Earl Of Mot. Aldebaran Ursula was bred by Duncan McPherson, of Aldebaran Lodge, Nagambie (Vic.).   Siblings win at Pinjarra It was no mean feat for the siblings Unconditional and Ultimate Offer to win on the same card at Pinjarra (WA) recently. Both won again with Unconditional scoring at Gloucester Park and Ultimate Offer at Bunbury. Both were bred by Woodlands Stud and are by their flagship stallion, the Cam’s Card Shark horse Bettor’s Delight. Dream Offer, the dam of Unconditional and Ultimate Offer, was only lightly raced but she has proved a very successful as a broodmare. She is also the dam of a talented pacer in Cant Refuse 1:54.5 ($255,736), a winner at Menangle last Saturday, Delightful Offer 1:51.4 ($336,928), the cups winner Bettor Dream 1:57.3 ($224,334) and Bettor Offer 1:53 ($207,614), all by Bettor’s Delight. By Dream Away, Dream Offer was out of New Offer (1:58.3), by Surmo Hanover (son of Albatross) from Maria Abbe, by Scotch Abbe and tracing to the foundation mare Mavis Wood. Other members of this family have been Havago, winner of the WA Pacing Cup, Captain Peacock (NZ Derby), Schinzig Buller, the top flight racemares Heavens Trend and Lombo Rapido and the star trotters Jo Anne, Dependable, Valmagne and Ima Gold Digger.    From family of Christian Cullen Gobsmacked, who outstayed a handy field at Bendigo on Monday, and who has won seven races this season, is a four-year-old pacer of some potential. He has an all-NZ breeding background and one which has been most successful. By Auckland Reactor (Mach Three-Atomic Lass), he is out of the Art Major mare Respected (2:02.3) and the first of her produce to race. Respected, who was bred in NSW, was out of Special Ball NZ (by Presidential Ball), a half-sister to the champion Christian Cullen, and to the Auckland Cup winner Kate’s First and the Artiscape mare Arty Alice, who was exported to Victoria where she became the dam of Rockstar Angel 1:51 ($406,258), Beach Shack 1:53.2 ($148,702) and others. In the back removes of Gobsmacked’s family are trotters of the calibre of True Roman, Tuffarin and Hammerhead – all Group 1 winners – and the top pacers Frosty Imp, Spare Beau and Valda’s Lad.   Changeover four-year-old impresses The four-year-old Tiz A Sizzler NZ is proving a splendid advertisement for the In The Pocket horse Changeover, a champion pacer himself and who stands at Burwood Stud in Queensland. Tiz A Sizzler                                                                             --Dan Costello photo   Tiz A Sizzler has won five of his nine starts at Albion Park to date and has graduated to a NR73 mark. He holds a mile record of 1:54. She Sizzles, the dam of Tiz A Sizzler, was an unraced Badlands Hanover mare who was also responsible for the NZ Kindergarten Stakes winner Le Sol 1:54.3 ($164,095) and the multiple Albion Park winner Oasis Dream 1:53.5 ($90,349). Changeover’s progeny has earned in excess of $1.5 million in Australia and NZ this season.   by Peter Wharton

He’s Watching 3, 1:46.8 ($1, 129,215), who stood his first five seasons as a shuttle sire in Canada and New Zealand, is a young sire – he was foaled in 2011 – already well on the way to proving a success with his first two racing crops. He is now standing in NSW at the Tipperary Equine stud, Young, of Luke Primmer. Actually He’s Watching has an excellent winning score with his stock in Australia, NZ and North America. In his first season in Australia he left 57 foals, and of these he had 29 to the races half way through their three-year-old season, and 16 were winners and three have been placed.  From his first Australian crop he sired six Stake or Group placed performers including the unbeaten Private Eye (1:54.6), winner of the George Croxford Tribute, Blockjorg (1:55.5), runner-up in the WA Diamond Stakes and a recent Gloucester Park winner, Star Hunter (1:57.7), who was placed in the Victoria Youthful and Tatlow Stakes, Magnifico To Watch (1:56), runner-up in APG 2YO Championship, and Topzavski (1:57.4), second in the Tasmanian Golden Slipper. The Menangle winner Sight To See (1:55.7), the undefeated Born To Be Watched 1:54.6 (Melton), So Am I, Rambunctious, Watching You Dream (1:56.4), Belladonna Girl, Paidinfull (1:57.2) and Watchmylips have been other Australian winners by He’s Watching from his initial crop. In NZ, He’s Watching has left 14 individual winners from his first crop, several of whom have been successful in Australia. They include Raksjameson (1:58.2), who is undefeated in two starts in Perth, the Menangle winner Experia (1:54.4), Watch Me Now (1:53.3), who has won three of his five starts so far in NZ, the $90,000 Young Guns Final placegetter Eagle Watch (2:00.8) and Pocket Watch (1:58.4). He’s Watching was the leading first crop sire in Canada in 2019 and the second leading sire in the rich Ontario Sires Stake program with 25 winners and placegetters from 40 starts. From a foal crop of 77, he was represented by 47 starters, 22 winners – including eight in 1:55 - and they amassed $US606,009 in stakes. Undoubtedly his headline performer was Tattoo Artist 1:52 ($240,405), the runaway winner of the $225,000 Ontario Sires Stake 2YO Super Final and the $108,000 OSS Gold Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and the winner of five of his eight starts at two years. Other smart performers from He’s Watching’s first Canadian crop have been Examiner Hanover (1:52.4), winner of the$108,000 OSS Gold 2YO Final and runner-up in the Super Final, One For Julius (1:52.8), a finalist in the OSS Super Final, and Kat (1:54), a placegetter in the OSS Grassroots Final, and Night Watchman (1:52).   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. New two-year-old trotting sensation Victorian trainer Brent Lilley, who has a grand record in producing star juvenile trotters and pacers, has a top two-year-old trotter in Aldebaran Zeus racing at present. He has won twice and been placed once from four starts – a mistake putting him out of contention at his other appearance at Kilmore. At his latest appearance – at Kilmore – he won by 39 metres under a hold and ran out the 2150 metres from the stand in 2:49.8, a mile rate of 2:06.5 with the middle half in 59.9. Aldebaran Zeus winning at Kilmore                              – Claire Weston photo   By Muscle Hill, and one of the second largest ‘down under’ crop of the Muscles Yankee horse, Aldebaran Zeus is out of the Swedish bred mare Zoia Boko, a lightly raced mare by the champion Italian trotter Viking Kronos (American Winner-Conch) from Ouzo Boko, and thus a member of the Minnehaha family which has produced numerous champion trotters  including Speed Bowl, Duenna, Speedy Somolli and Hoot Mon. Zoia Boko ranks as a sister to the dual Swedish Breeders Crown winner Yield Boko Tr 1:54.9 ($814,032), who has an amazing score of winners from only small frozen semen crops in Australia. Aldebaran Zeus was bred and is part-owned by Aldebaran Lodge stud, Nagambie (Vic.), of one of Australia’s leading trotting breeders Duncan McPherson.   Sirletic IS smart Sirletic, who won the main event at Shepparton last weekend and is the now winner of more than $100,000, is a Rocknroll Hanover gelding from the same family as that which produced a top New Zealand pacer in Elsu. Sirletic, who won the Vicbred Platinum Homegrown Classic as a three-year-old, has been a difficult horse to produce at his peak, but he has shown up as a very useful pacer, and it was a handy field he beat at Shepparton. By Rocknroll Hanover, and one of the last commercial crop of the Western Ideal horse, Sirletic is out of the Falcon Seelster mare Indigo Breeze NZ and the first of her produce to race.  Indigo Breeze was out of Indigo Beach, by Beach Towel from Interchange, a noted producer by New York Motoring from Zenover, by Bachelor Hanover. Besides Elsu, Interchange was also the dam of Revonez 1:56.1 ($264,670), a top colt pacer in NZ and who won in cup class in Victoria, the exported Falcor 1:53 ($228,231), Mombassa (NZ Sales Graduate Pace) and the Payson’s Brother mare Les Payzen Star, the dam of the dual Oaks winner Copper Beach 1:58.6 ($179,794), who, in turn, left the outstanding racemare De Lovely 1:54 ($613,355).   Albion Park treble Bombadier Jujon, Talent To Spare and Venus Jujon, who won on the same card at Albion Park last Friday, are all members of the same family. All bred by Kevin Seymour, Bombadier Jujon and Talent To Spare are siblings, the former a three-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven and the latter a two-year-old filly by Hurrikane Kingcole. Watch Talent To Spare win at Albion Park click here. Both are out of the Grinfromeartoear mare Talented Tess (2:00.1), whose dam, Tycoon Tess (2:00.6), is a half-sister to Truly Famous, the dam of three-year-old Venus Jujon (by Hurrikane Kingcole). The next dam, Trendy Brooke (1:58.1), won 16 races and left eight individual winners including the dual Qbred Triad winner Trend Setter 1:55.6 ($199,414), the dam of Heavens Trend 1:52.1 ($385,683), one-time holder of the national two-year-old mile record and a dual Group 1 winner.   NSW Trotters Derby winner The Sydney colt, Elite Stride, who firmly clinched his claim to being the best three-year-old trotter of the season when he won the NSW Trotters Derby at Menangle in national record time, is all-American bred. Elite Stride, who has won seven of his eight starts, is a colt by the Muscles Yankee horse Muscle Hill, who has been a leading sire of trotters in America for the past four years. Muscle Hill has been most successful in Australia. His stock include the champion Dance Craze, rated the champion trotting mare in Australia today and a strong contender for the Inter Dominion. Elite Stride is out of Real Babe USA Tr 1:52.4 ($386,103), by Donato Hanover from the Breeders Crown winner Housethatruthbuilt Tr 1:52.8 ($1.1 million), a half-sister to the Breeders Crown champion and successful sire Master Lavec. Elite Stride being by Muscle Hill (son of Muscles Yankee) also claims a second strain of Muscles Yankee through his grand-dam Housethatruthbuilt, by Muscles Yankee.   Won WA Breeders Stakes Arma Indie, who won the Group 2 $40,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes at Gloucester Park, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the female pacers. She holds a mile record of 1:54.7, and is a member of one of NZ’s most successful families, being a four-year-old Well Said mare from the handy racemare Arma Courage (1:58.9), by Courage Under Fire, and the first of her produce to race. Arma Indie winning the WASBA Breeders Stakes at Gloucester Park   Arma Courage was a half-sister to the exported Coopers Creek 1:52 (323,756), Titanium 1:51.6 ($114,547), the Melton winner Arma Augustus and to the Holmes Hanover Arma Antoinette, the dam of the champion juvenile Arma Xpress 1:56.5 ($279,890), the winner of seven Group and Listed races at two years. Another half-sister in Arma Dominator (by In The Pocket) became the dam of the NSW Derby, NSW Breeders Challenge and Inter Dominion heat winner Excel Stride 1:50.3 ($769,464). Their dam, Arma Class (2:00.6), who left 10 winners, was by Talk About Class from the breeding and racing influence Ar Miss, the winner of the NZ Oaks and whose descendants include top horses the calibre of Spankem (Miracle Mile), the Derby winners Ohoka Punter and Majestic Mach, Armalight (NZ Cup) and None Bettor (1:48.8).   Im Sir Blake is well bred Im Sir Blake, who has won five races in quick time in this season, and has graduated to an NR99 mark, is regarded as one of the best young pacers in the country. Im Sir Blake is a four-year-old gelding by the Christian Cullen horse Alta Christiano, a grand pacer himself and who died recently when at the height of his stud career. He is out of a capable racemare in Jupiter’s Darling, a Dream Away mare from the same family as the Victoria Derby winner Smooth Falcon. Jupiter’s Darling (2:00.4), who won 14 races including two at Group level and $142,720 in stakes, also ranks as the dam of the Gloucester Park winner Soho Daytona (1:59.7). Jupiter’s Darling was out of the Soky’s Atom mare Mercury Power (2:02.6), a sister to the NZ Great Northern Breeders Stakes winner Achy Breaky Heart (1:58.5) and a half-sister to the Moonee Valley winner Wolf Whistle (2:01.3), the dam of four winners and grand-dam of  Bonnie Mahoney (1:55.8) an Art Major mare who won nine races including the NSW Breeders Challenge. She was something of a pocket battleship and at the stud her first produce, Cherry Mahoney (1:51.7) has been a good winner at Menangle. Other members of this family, which was founded in NZ by the Berlin mare Regina, have been Hot Shoe Shuffle (1:57.9), the Breeders Crown champion Glenferrie Shuffle, Jivin Cullen, Mainland Key 1:49.4 ($902,118), Vanyana (Redcliffe Oaks) and Shesachristian.   Rocknroll Ronnie not short of rich relations Rocknroll Ronnie, who won his seventh race from only 13 starts at Melton last Saturday, is a five-year-old Always A Virgin entire from Influential expected to graduate far beyond his present rating. He is a member of an old time Victorian family, which was represented by the winner of last year’s Gordon Rothacker Memorial at Melton in Fake Smile. Influential, the dam of Rocknroll Ronnie, was a Safely Kept mare from the noted producer Counterfeit Girl (1:58.1), by Fake Left from Lisa Nicole, by Windshield Wiper from Apollo Kutie, by Magnus Apollo. Counterfeit Girl, who won 14 races and $118,769 in stakes, was the dam of a top flight racemare in Artificial 1:58.7 ($209,723), winner of the Queen of the Pacific and a sub 2:00 producer, the Vicbred champion and cups winner Devilish Smile 1:57.6 ($282,091) and the Hobart Cup winner Em Maguane 1:56.6 ($110,259). Lady Lisa, a half-sister to Counterfeit Girl, was a useful racemare, winning 16 races including the Hamilton Cup and $97,235. She became the dam of the good Tasmanian winner Warrior Mac.   Blue blooded filly Beautiful Woman, who broke maiden ranks at her second start at the historic Saturday morning meeting at Melton, is a three-year-old filly who is expected to go on develop top-ranking firm. She has an all-American breeding background and one which has been most successful. By Art Major (son of Artsplace), she is out of the Western Terror mare Kabbalah Karen B 1:52.8 ($285,098), who ranks as a half-sister to a top flight racehorse in Cammibest 1:50 ($1m), now standing stud in Queensland. Kabbalah Karen B, who was bred in America, is also the dam of the Victoria Derby and dual Breeders Crown champion Our Little General ($685,795), who took a record of 1:49.8 in USA last year, and Kasbah Kid 1:54.3 ($156,820), a winner in Free-for-all company at Melton in March. Kabbalah Karen B was out of Mib Hanover (1:55.6), by Tyler B from the Harold J mare Mighty Impressive (1:56.6), whose descendants include the Canadian Derby winner and sire Noble Ability 1:49.2 ($1.7 million), Not Enough 1:49 ($1.3 million), Hawaiian Drink (1:51.6) and so on. At the last APG Melbourne sales a filly by Bettor’s Delight from Kabbalah Karen B was purchased by Ballarat owner Tim Bunning for $38,000.   Half-sisters win in NSW Two of NSW’s star pacers at present, and both very impressive winners last weekend, are Molly Kelly (by Four Starzzz Shark) and Jacquelyn Anne (by Bettor’s Delightful). Molly Kelly won in a career-best 1:52.1 at Menangle, while Jacquelyn Anne scored in 1:55.7 at Wagga. Molly Kelly​                                                         --Stuart McCormick photo   Both bred by Bernie and Dianne Kelly are out of Jackie Kelly, a winner herself, and who left a champion racemare in Frith 1:50.1 ($1.1 million) and others in the exported Stening 1:51.7 ($176,060), Jack Hall (1:59.8) and recent winner Delightful Jackie (1:56.7). Jackie Kelly was by the Abercrombie horse Albert Albert from the multiple Group winner Miss Paula 1:59.5 (159,395), a Tompkins Hanover mare who is one of the gems of the Australian stud book. She is the dam of 12 individual winners, eight of whom took records of better than 2:00, including the Derby winners Greg Kelly (1:56.4) and Albert Kelly (1:57.2), McRaes Mate (1:51.8), Macca Kelly (1:51.1) and Lorna Kelly (1:57.4). Miss Paula was out of Rich Sister, by Richmond (son of Tar Heel) from Bernie’s Sister, by Gay Reveler from the celebrated matron Illinois, the dam of 11 winners and who established the Lady Ostic family to some purpose.  From the Illinois branch of it and to which Molly Kelly and Jacquelyn Anne belong, others in Lady Waratah (2YO and 3YO Filly of the Year), Von Trap (Edgar Tatlow Mem.), Kirlian (NSW Pink Bonnet), Sandy Bay (Fremantle Cup), Intoxicated, recent Melton winner Mirragon and other fine pacers belong.     by Peter Wharton

Tiger Tara, the 2019 Horse of the Year and Grand Circuit champion and one of the greatest pacers ever raced in this country, will stand his first public season at the Medowie Lodge stud, of Darren Reay, near Newcastle. His service fee is $3,500 including GST with chilled semen in Australia and frozen to NZ. He served a few of his owner’s mares between racetrack campaigns and his first small crop of yearlings have been broken in and have shown up as natural, bold pacers. In a career spanning eight seasons, Tiger Tara amassed $2,375,065 from 37 wins and 40 placings in 112 starts and took a mile mark of 1:49.8 – the fastest time ever recorded by an Inter Dominion champion. He notched seven wins at Group 1 level and won a staggering 22 Group races overall and earned $100,000 or more in six consecutive seasons. Tiger Tara, a top flight pacer and a real iron horse, won over all distances from 1609 to 2760 metres and emerged successful in three States in Australia and both islands of New Zealand. Tiger Tara set the harness racing world abuzz from October 2018 to February 2019 winning seven races – six at Group level – highlighted by an unprecedented treble in Grand Circuit events - the Inter Dominion Final, A. G. Hunter Cup (smashing his own track record) and the Victoria Cup – by a combined margin of 41 metres. Perhaps one of his greatest performances came in defeat however, when, after being required to overcome a difficult barrier draw and a torrid passage, he finished a nose second in the 2018 NZ Cup. From 19 starts for this term he netted nine wins and seven placings for a season’s high $865,500 and was voted Australian Horse of the Year, NSW Horse of the Year and Grand Circuit champion.                                                                                                     --Ashlea Brennan photo Tiger Tara began his career as a two-year-old in NZ, placing in six of his nine starts including the Group 2 Welcome Stakes at Addington. As a three-year-old Tiger Tara won seven of his 12 outings and $298,461 and was the highest stake earning colt of his year. At one stage he won six races on end including the Group 1 $222,000 Great Northern Derby at Auckland and the Group 1 $165,000 NZ Sires’ Stakes Championship at Addington and finished runner-up in the Jewels. Tiger Tara won a further six races during his four and five-year-old campaigns highlighted by victories in the $240,000 NZ Free-for-all, Hannon Memorial, Canterbury Classic and Cheviot Cup. Bought by the Pizzuto family in January 2017, Tiger Tara cut a swathe through cup and free-for-all ranks throughout the country for the next two years, winning such classics as the $100,000 Canadian Club Sprint, NSW Golden Mile, Renshaw Cup, Sydney Cup, Brian Hancock Cup and the Goulburn Gold Cup. Contesting the Inter Dominion Championship for the first time, he won a 2100 metre heat in track record time at Bunbury defeating Lazarus, ran second in two other heats and was a close third to Lazarus and Chicago Bull in the $1.1 million Grand Final at Gloucester Park. As a measure of his durability and soundness, Tiger Tara contested the NZ Cup on a record five occasions, finishing second twice, third and twice unplaced. He is a classic combination of quality and power as could only be expected of a horse of his breeding. By the great Bettor’s Delight, Tiger Tara, who was foaled in NZ’s Canterbury district in 2010, is from the great maternal family that has produced the Ballarat Cup and dual Inter Dominion heat winner A G’s White Socks, the Fremantle Cup winner Power Of Tara, Robyn’s Treasure (NZ Oaks), Salty Robyn (1:49.4), Sammy Maguire and among many others, including the NZ Easter Cup winner Matthew Lee. Tara Gold, the dam of Tiger Tara, had a 100 percent record at stud with six winners from six foals of racing age, three of whom took records of better than 2:00.  She was by Dream Away from Atomic Gold, dam of three in 2:00, by Soky’s Atom from Vita Gold (dam of six winners), by Knowing Bret from Petronella, and tracing to the noted foundation mare Dolly (by Young Irvington). Tiger Tara is a Cam Fella line horse – that which produced Fake Left – from a top maternal family, and boasts four strong crosses of the blood of Albatross. He should prove an ideal outcross to mares boasting Artsplace, Direct Scooter and Western Hanover blood, and others. He is eligible for the $500 Colonial Stallion Rebate, NSW Breeders Challenge, NSW Blue Series, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and rich bonuses from Harness Racing NSW. Bookings and further information from Richard Camilleri of Alphastud on phone 1300 078 237   by Peter Wharton

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