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Changeover, the former champion New Zealand racehorse who now stands at Burwood Stud on Queensland’s Darling Downs, had a red-letter day on Friday (March 12) with seven harness racing winners. The haul included four ‘new’ winners. Changeover led in three winners at Albion Park with Tiz A Sizzler NZ (1:54), who made it three from four this year, Stinger Lindenny NZ (1:55.3) and the Chris Garrard bred and owned Moonan Nina (1:59.2) He was also represented by a double at Westport on NZ’s South Island with Jazelle (her fifth win) and the ‘new’ winner Jimmy Arma. Jimmy Arma winning at Westport Changeover’s other winners last Friday were Erica Change, a 1:57.3 victor at Newcastle, and the runaway Albany winner Armarockstar. To complete a big week for Changeover, Talkerup NZ notched her 14th success and took her earnings to beyond $180,000 at Pinjarra. Changeover has sired 66 individual winners in Australia and NZ this season and they have amassed more than $800,000 in stakes.   By Peter Wharton

The Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale has been a consistent source of harness racing winners around the country in the last few years. Undoubtedly the best performed sale graduate has been Our Uncle Sam, the winner of 22 races and $662,176 in stakes and runner-up in the Inter Dominion Grand Final and two Hunter Cups. Silk Cloud, winner of the recent NSW Pink Bonnet, and Lyrical Genius, who won the Young Derby last Friday, were others sold at the annual auction. Other winners from the sale include the NSW Breeders Challenge and Simpson Sprint winner Charlaval, Shoobee Doo (Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial), Lockton Luck, Goodtime Stride, Lagoon Stride, Sam’s Express, Meg’s Ferrari (NSW Inter City Pace), Fastestgirlintown and many more. The 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Co, will be held on Sunday, March 21 from 11am at the Gold Crown Paceway. The sale will be livestreamed on Sunday on - click on Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale.  Online bidding will also be available through this site but prior registration is required.  Catalogues are available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. To order a catalogue send an email to The online version is available at   by Peter Wharton for Graeme Board & Co, auctioneers

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 Miracle double The Artsplace mare Twist And Twirl, a multiple Group 1 winner herself, produced Group 1 winner in both sides of the Tasman last weekend. King Of Swing, a six-year-old Rocknroll Hanover entire, captured his second Garrard’s Miracle Mile when he comfortably defeated a star-studded field in the $1 million event in 1:49.2 at Menangle. It was his 33rd success and sent his stake tally over the $2 million plateau. One night earlier, the Bettor’s Delight three-year-old filly Bettor Twist led for the last two laps to annex the $120,000 Great Northern Oaks at Alexandra Park, Auckland. She emulated the deeds of her dam who won the feature in 2012. Bettor Twist was bred and is raced by Ken and Karen Breckon, of Breckon Farms, who also bred King Of Swing. Twist And Twirl is by the American bred sire Artsplace from Giveitawhirlgirl, by Jenna’s Beach Boy from Impish, a half-sister by Falcon Seelster to the brilliant pacer Smart Son 1:49.6 ($347,805) and to others in Vanderel 1:58.3 ($163,963) and Franco Sensation (1:56.8). A colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Twist And Twirl was sold for $90,000 at the NZB National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka last month.   Mach Shard is Inter Dominion material   Mach Shard, who won the $100,000 Ainsworth Free-for-all at Menangle and is regarded as Inter Dominion material of the highest order, is a six-year-old gelding by Mach Three from Sly Shard, a useful racemare who took a record of 2:00.3. He is a member of an old-time NZ family, which was represented by the winner of the Cheviot Cup at Addington in Deus Ex (by Changeover) the day after Mach Shard won. Sly Shard was a Panorama mare from Sly Soky (1:59.4), by Soky’s Atom from Sly Tabella, by Saigon from Sly Kiwi, by Sly Yankee. Sly Tabella was the dam of the NZ Sapling winner Knight Fox (1:59.7), the Gloucester Park winner Knight Stormer (1:58.7) and Cunning Atom, a Moonee Valley winner who became the dam of the speed merchant Mister Grizzly 1:55.3 ($207,346). Sly Soky, the grand-dam of Mach Shard, left the NZ Free-for-all and Inter Dominion heat winner Sly Flyin 1:53.6 ($903,705) and a fine racemare in Shez Spicey 1:57.9 ($179,984). Other top performers tracing to Sly Soky include Drumfire 1:49 ($635,209), the SA Pacing Cup winner Pat Stanley 1:51.9 ($170,232), Isaac (Devonport Cup) and Our Regal Ideal (1:50.8). Mach Shard ranks as a half-brother to the NZ 2YO of the Year Smiling Shard 1:53.7 ($1 million), now at successful sire in Australia.    Derby winner’s breeding background Patsbeachstorm, the winner of the $200,000 NSW Derby, and who has now been successful in six of his eight starts, has a pedigree of more than usual interest in that he represents the blood of two of North America’s leading families. Patsbeachstorm is one of the second last commercial crop of a champion colt pacer and sire in Somebeachsomewhere, a Mach Three horse who died at the height of his siring career three years ago. He was a champion sire in both America and Australia and his influence is being carried on by his sons at the stud. Charissa Tee, the dam of Patsbeachstorm, was sired by a fine pacer in Sportswriter (1:48.6), a North America Cup and Metro Pace winner. An Artsplace horse from the Miss Duvall family, Sportswriter has built up a good siring score in Australia, including a Grand Circuit pacer in Our Uncle Sam. Charissa Tee’s dam, Alta Calypso (1:59.4), was a Village Jasper mare from the American-bred mare Ballie Hanover (1:56.6), by Kentucky Spur. Alta Calypso, a thrice Moonee Valley winner, left a Vicbred champion and cups winner in Milly Perez 1:52.7 ($343,882) and Changing Code 1:53.9 ($129,516). Alta Vista, a Soky’s Atom half-sister to Alta Calypso, produced two high class pacers and Cup winners in Five Star Anvil 1:51.5 ($779,733) and Let’s Elope 1:55.3 ($596,029). Patsbeachstorm was bred by Peter and Craig Judd, of Benstud Standardbreds, and Phillip Walshe.   Grand Circuit prospect One of the stronger 2021 Inter Dominion candidates, particularly among the youthful brigade will be Malcolm’s Rhythm, who has proved himself in the top flight and has won his down to open class with a string of good performances during the summer racing. Malcolm’s Rhythm                     --Stuart McCormick Photo His latest winning run in the Markovina Free-for-all at Melton at a 1:54.9 rate over 2240 metres further underlined his potential. A tough customer, Malcolm’s Rhythm is a five-year-old entire, being by Art Major from She’s Got It All (1:58.6), dam also of a capable pacer in Be Major Threat 1:55 ($115,199). She’s Got It All was sired by McArdle (a 1:49 son of Falcon Seelster) from Gliding By (1:57.4), by Vance Hanover from Significant, by Out To Win from the Scottish Command mare Black Watch, whose family today is one of the best in the NZ stud book. Gliding By left a smart pacer in Raptorial 1:50.2 ($316,088), Seaward 1:59.2 (who won nine) and the Gloucester Park winners Face Your Fears (1:58.6) and Millwood Delight (1:57), a Bettor’s Delight mare who left last year’s top WA juvenile Mighty Ronaldo 1:54 ($139,482). Another daughter of Gliding By was Zwish, a Dream Away mare who became the dam of the good Melton winner Phil Monty 1:54.3 ($130,216) and the NSW Derby heat winner Dee Zana (1:54.6). Malcolm’s Rhythm was bred by Gary Hawthorn and Jenny Gallagher, of Galthorn Farm, Congupna, near Shepparton.   Mykorona is some youngster Mykorona, a grand looking Four Starzzz Shark filly, is rated Victoria’s top two-year-old this year, particularly after her success in the Premiere Stakes, one of the season’s major two-year-old classics. She has won twice and been once placed from three starts. Mykorona                           --Stuart McCormick Photo In the Premiere Stakes, she was never really extended in running out the 1720 metres in a 1:56.4 rate, the last 800 in 57.4 and the final quarter in 29.4, figures which she could have sharply improved. Mykorona’s dam, Madazhell (2:00.7), was a handy racemare, being by Albert Albert from Ballistic Gold, by Northern Lights from the Captain Hook mare Orogenic, a half-sister to the WA Derby heat winner Vermilion and the WA Sires Produce winner Travis Arania, who, in turn, left a cup class pacer in Scanio 1:57.8 ($208,495) and the WA Oaks winner Alfa Dyna (1:59). Another half-sister, Oro Nelson (by Frosty Nelson), left the Inter Dominion heat winner and Grand Final placegetter Game Oro 1:58 ($244,920). Mykorona was bred and is raced and trained by Horsham horseman Aaron Dunn.   Majestic Man the top trotter Majestic Man gave a taste of his class when he easily won the $50,000 Trotters Mile, New South Wales’ premier event for straight out trotters at Menangle. He was not in danger of defeat over the last 800 metres. The time of 1:53.5 was a fresh lifetime mark. It was Majestic Man’s third Group 1 success from six starts in his Australian campaign. By Majestic Son, the leading sire of trotters in both NZ and Australia, Majestic Man is out of Love Hate Revenge, a NZ winner and who was twice fourth at Group level. Love Hate Revenge was by Holdonmyheart from a capable racemare in Gee’s Pride (9 wins), by Pernod Eden from the Rowe Cup winner Gee du Jour Tr 2:00.4 ($252,027), by Plat du Jour from the Johnny Gee mare Geena. There are some notable winners in almost every remove of this family. Gee du Jour was the second dam of the Albion Park winner Makarewa Monarch (Tr 1:59), while Miss Whizz, another daughter of Geena, became the dam of a champion Victorian trotter in I Didnt Do It 1:58.9 ($455,554).   Bunbury Cup winner Major Times, who won the $50,000 Bunbury Cup, main race of the season at the southern WA track, is an Art Major entire from the same family as that which produced the top Victorian pacers Ride High and Safe And Sound. Major Times, who won the Tontine Series in Victoria in 2019, has not raced a great deal, but he has shown up as a very useful pacer, and it was a strong field he beat at Bunbury. The Good Times, the dam of Major Times, proved herself in the top flight as a racemare, taking a mile record of 1:54.4, winning 17 races and $201,024 in stakes including the Tatlow Memorial. Besides Major Times, she has left others in the ill-fated Melton winner Rock Classic (1:55.4) and the recent Sunraysia winner Wild Man (1:57.5). Larrakeyah Lady, the dam of The Good Times, was also a top racemare. She took a record of 2:02.5 and registered 11 successes. She was the 1989 Vicbred champion as a four-year-old and was placed in the Tatlow at two.  At the stud Larrakeyah Lady, one of several outstanding racemares and broodmares by Windshield Wiper, became the dam of a grand pacer and Hunter Cup winner in Safe And Sound, the exported Gold Rocket 1:51 ($393,387), Massarua 1:55.8 ($282,962), Safeguard 1:55.8 ($112,165) and others.   Ninth winner from broodmare When the Major Bronski four-year-old Miss Twinkle won at the Boort Trotting Club’s Cup meeting, she credited her dam Twinkletoes with her ninth individual winner. Miss Twinkle, one of the third crop by Major Bronski, had shown good placed form in the Sunraysia area. Others from Twinkletoes to win have been the outstanding WA racemare Leda McNally 1:54 ($422,323), Dance For Glory 1:52 ($209,870), Dance To The Stars (1:57.2), Trembita (1:58.9), Hansover Toes (1:59.1), All Aussie Star (1:59.4), Sierra Tango (dam of the Group winners Dancingwithsierra and Tangoingwithsierra), Modern Kozak (1:59.9) and now Miss Twinkle. Twinkletoes, who is now in her 25th year, has since produced a two-year-old filly by Follow The Stars and a yearling filly by him. Twinkletoes was a Tip Top Prince mare from Merry Dance, by Victory Sarnel from Merry Mandy. This is the family which produced such winners as Lady Mandy (NSW Waratah), Chief Spring (Inter Dominion Cons. and sire), Adalia (Vic. Italian Cup), Shamrock Sorrel (NSW Spring Cup), the Derby winner Thomas Magnum and Schedule (Vic. Breeders Plate).   By Allawart Ray Allawart Bob, a winner at Melton and Ballarat recently, may be unfashionably bred but he has proved himself a capable trotter. He has now won five races and $35,000 in stakes. Allawart Bob, who was bred by Mabel and the late Geoff Foreman, of Horsham, was sired by Allawart Ray from the Yentl’s Image mare, Cathrin’s Image, whose dam, Miss Catherine, was by Keystone Gondola from Purple Pride, by Mt Everest from the Good Report mare Purple Robe, dam of the dual Trotters Derby winner Purple Note and the McNamara Memorial Cup winner Brigette Brigade. Allawart Ray, the sire of Allawart Bob, left other handy trotters in Allawart Ugo and Allawart Toby. The family traces back to the True Blue mare Trick, whose daughter Royal Lady and granddaughter Stylish Girl (by All Style) were both bred at the Adelaide Hill stud near Bendigo. It is a long-established Victorian family and an earlier top trotter belonging to it was Garden Star, who won 10 races at the Melbourne Showgrounds.     by Peter Wharton

The Love You son, Dreamcatcher, who was bred in Sweden and raced in Victoria, was represented by his first winner with his first starter from his first crop of five live foals when the two-year-old Eds Dream emerged successful at Melton on Wednesday night (March 10). Having only his second start, the colt pinged straight to the front before making a mistake shortly after the straight entrance. He recovered his gait quickly and marched away for a half-length win. Watch the race replay click here! Eds Dream ranks as a half-brother to the Group/Listed winners My Valerie 1:54.8 ($132,655) and Parisian Chic (1:58.8), being out of Xena Hest, by Pine Chip from the Inter Dominion Consolation winner Amy Hest, by Game Pride. Dreamcatcher will stand his first public season at stud at Haras Des Trotteurs’ property near Ballarat next spring. The promising, young sire has a single entry in the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction in Lot 232, a colt from the 1:59 Muscle Mass mare Bigonluck, who is closely related to Blitzthemcalder, Calder Sensation and co. Meanwhile, Love You, the champion sire of Dreamcatcher, continues to build on his impressive tally of classic and cup winners. Queen Elida, a New Zealand-bred three-year-old filly, outsprinted a top field in the Group 1 $60,000 Need For Speed Princess Final at Melton, rating a career-best 1:56.8 over 1720 metres.  The three-year-old colt Parisian Artiste, one of Love You’s first commercial crop in Australia, broke through for his maiden success at Bendigo recently. Other stud-sired winners in the past week have been Orlando Jolt (by Orlando Vici), who won two heats of the Jim McNeil Trotters Championship at Albion Park, and the Quaker Jet gelding Night Whisperer, who notched his second success at Ballarat.     by Peter Wharton

The 2021 Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Harness Racing SA and SA BOTRA, will be held at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, March 14. The sale will follow the Hygain parade at 12 noon. The sale comprises 22 lots by 19 different stallions including the established sires Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Sweet Lou, Well Said, A Rocknroll Dance, Shadow Play, Grinfromeartoear, Betterthancheddar and Follow The Stars. Young, emerging sires represented include Betting Line, Downbytheseaside, Huntsville, Major Secret, Goodtime Sammy and Lennytheshark. There’s siblings to a host of handy pacers such as Amightyfinehorse, Jumping Jolt, Milliondollar Kiss, Kissed By A Shark, Artichoke, Style Queen, The Sneaky Fox and many more. Yearlings are eligible for the $50,000 Silver Salver sales graduate races for colts and fillies, the Southern Cross, Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum, Breeders Crown and the Bathurst Gold Crown. Furthermore, SA BOTRA is providing an additional $30,000 in cash bonus incentives with $15,000 to the first SA born filly and $15,000 to the first SA born colt/gelding. These incentives will be paid to the horse who finishes first past the post in the finals (a new RACE within the RACE format). All owners of participating horses must be fully paid up BOTRA members to receive these bonuses. SAMOS certificates valued at up to $1,600 can be used to purchase one of the seven fillies to go under the hammer. The online catalogue can be viewed at 2021-online-silver-salver-yearling-sale-catalogue/ The sale will be streamed live on starting with the parade from noon. Printed copies of the catalogue are available at Globe Derby Park and all country tracks in South Australia. For a catalogue or further information contact sale co-ordinator Gary Newton on phone 0402 978 424 or email     by Peter Wharton

The first crop of the North America Cup winner Fear The Dragon, whose frozen semen is available at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga, were keenly sought by buyers at the Australian Pacing Gold Sydney sale. A colt out of Ivy’s Faith realised $62,500, while another colt from Very Chic sold for $50,000. Tintin In America, the sire of the world champion racemare Shartin, was represented by a filly out of Our Classical Art which made $90,000, the equal third highest price at the sale. On the racetrack, Tintin In America sired the ‘new’ Bathurst two-year-old winner Escape Artist (1:57.6) and the Albion Park winner Nimah Franco NZ (1:54.4). Renaissance Man, the latest addition to the Yirribee sire roster, led in a pair of winners in WA in Medieval Man (1:59.9) and Addisyn, who scored by an amazing 40 metres at Collie. Warrawee Needy was represented by the Dover Downs, Delaware winner Need Ur Opinion (1:54.4), while Time Keepa Lombo (by Lombo Pocket Watch) notched his 10th success at Albury. Million Dollar Cam, Yirribee Pacing Stud’s champion stallion, was named the NSW Sire of the Year for the third time. Last season his progeny amassed $888,000 in stake earnings with 81 starters and 50 winners.   By Peter Wharton

Glengarry Knight, a New Zealand bred gelding by Changeover, who stands at Burwood Stud, captured the $US50,000 Game of Claims Pacing Series Final at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania on Saturday (March 6). The seven-year-old came from midfield to win by a head in 1:52.6. He is now the second richest pacer in North America this year with a bankroll of $US53,760. Risk, another Kiwi bred son of Changeover, won again in 1:53.6 at Pompano Park, Florida. Deus Ex, a five-year-old gelding, came off a 20 metre handicap to register his seventh lifetime success in the Cheviot Cup at Addington. Changeover sired winners in four different States last week. Jacks N Jazz, a gelding by Changeover, was a runaway winner at his first start on Australian soil at Yarra Valley, rating a career-best 1:58.4 over 2150 metres. While, La Bella Vita NZ extended her unbeaten winning sequence in her adopted country to three with a 1:54.3 score at Menangle. Other Australian winners by Changeover last week were the three-year-old filly Quick Mamba, a winner at Gloucester Park, and Islas Joy NZ, who took a new lifetime mark of 1:55.6 winning at Albion Park.   By Peter Wharton

Yearling sales in all States and countries give prospective owners the opportunity to purchase a life changing horse. However, when the door of opportunity is open we do need to step right in and make the most of those opportunities. On March 19, 2017 a huge opportunity presented itself at the Annual Bathurst Yearling Sale but was passed up by everyone in attendance that day. When Lot 17 waltzed into the ring that day, accompanied by Melanie Settree from Brooklyn Lodge, it did attract some small time bidding but departed the auction ring as a passed-in lot   -  with the bidding stalling at $9,000. He was a neat package for a December foal and his breeding was reasonable with his Ponder dam having won four races and $16,225, while his third dam had produced a $225,000 winner in Drunken Desire (1:51.8) and was a full sister to an exceptional filly called My Cherie 1:59.8 ($338,265). Well that missed opportunity, now a five-year-old entire, has a name of Lochinvar Art.  The bankroll now stands at $1,368,456 with plenty more to come. It is now well documented that the colt was sent to Menangle horseman Rickie Alchin to be broken in for his breeders Peter and Maureen Green and Dan Cordina. The colt showed plenty of spark when offered at the NSW Ready To Run Sale in December 2017.  Victorian horseman David Moran didn’t let the opportunity go begging and was the new owner when the hammer went down at around $28,000. David, who at that stage was building a nice stable of horses at his Shepparton base, found a willing and now delighted owner in Kevin Gordon. Lochinvar Art is now a well known name in Harness Racing circles in every State of Australia and in the future may be known throughout the world as one of the fastest horses on the planet. So on March 21 at the Bathurst track, opportunities will again present themselves when 91 yearlings will be offered, waiting for the auctioneer Graeme Board’s gavel to fall on many a bargain buy. Lochinvar Art is now a millionaire, on his way to a second million. There are 12 yearlings in this year’s catalogue who feature a millionaire on their pedigree page, so these lots might be a good starting point when compiling a shopping list. Lot 15  Betting Line-BBS Inspiration filly  Vendor: Rikki Cernovskis Lot 21  Huntsville-Perfecshon filly Vendor: Matt and Michael Leary Lot 23  Shoobees Place-Heavenly Scent colt Vendor: Lochend Stud/S. Carmody Lot 26  A Rocknroll Dance-Roxie Mattgregor colt   Vendor: Alison and Stephen Cooper Lot 43  Pet Rock-Aldebaran colt  Vendor: Adam Smith Lot 48  Sunshine Beach-High Rollin Babe colt   Vendor: Medowie Lodge Lot 60  Shadow Play-Tanamay colt   Vendor: Norman Valdez Lot 64  Warrawee Needy-Wandjina colt    Vendor: Yirribee Stud Lot 66  Shoobees Place-Patch Maguire colt   Vendor: Lochend Stud Lot 69  Huntsville-Gaea colt   Vendor: Brooklyn Lodge Lot 81  Four Starzzz Shark-My Sunday Girl filly  Vendor: Daniel Carmody Lot 84  Art Major-Gstaad filly   Vendor: Medowie Lodge The Sale commences at 11am on Sunday, March 21 at the Bathurst Harness Racing track. Catalogues are available from Graeme Board on 0408 636 273 and the Bathurst, Newcastle and Wagga clubs and the Garrard’s Store at Menangle.     by Peter Wharton

More than 80 percent of the dams represented in this year’s Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale to be held on Sunday, March 14 at Globe Derby Park are race-winning mares or winner-producing mares. Among the race-winning dams are the Group or Listed winners Carlisle Queen (Southern Cross 2YO and 3YO Finals), So Deep 1:55.6 (SA Oaks and NZ Delightful Lady Classic) and Cruiser Franco 1:53.4 (NSW Teeny Teeny Stakes) and the smart racemares French Fashion (WA Diamond heat), the Southern Cross heat winners Sassy Spirit and Hope Eternal, Blue Beach Angel and Jamaka Run. The dams listed in the catalogue have produced the Listed winners Amightyfinehorse (SA Lordship and Gawler Derby) and Jumping Jolt (SA Sires Produce and Gawler Derby), the $100,000 Allwood placegetter Milliondollar Kiss, Artichoke (Vicbred 3YO heat), Kissed By A Shark (Southern Cross 2YO heat), the SA Sale Graduate runner-up Style Queen and the Southern Cross finalist The Sneaky Fox. Lot 15, A Rocknroll Dance colt out of the $100,000 winner Carlisle Queen The grand-dams of the yearlings have left a string of smart performers such as the Southern Cross champions Leftem For Dead, Forty Seven Flash, Thorninmyside and King Grin, Muchos Gratios (SA Botra Pace), Cool Adda (WA Diamond Classic), Maximillion (QBred Triad 4YO), Golden Showgirl (Breeders Crown 2YO Consolation), Mucho Dinero (Central Vic. Pacing Championship), Flaming Hero and Maggie’s Grin. Yearlings are eligible for the $50,000 Silver Salver sales graduate races for colts and fillies, the Southern Cross, Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum, Breeders Crown and the Bathurst Gold Crown. Furthermore, the SA BOTRA, in a show of support of the SA breeding industry, is providing an additional $30,000 in cash bonus incentives with $15,000 to the first SA born filly and $15,000 to the first SA born colt/gelding. These incentives will be paid to the horse who finishes first past the post in the finals (a new RACE within the RACE format). All owners of participating horses must be fully paid up BOTRA members to receive these bonuses. The online catalogue can be viewed at 2021-online-silver-salver-yearling-sale-catalogue/ The Silver Salver sale will be streamed live on starting with the Hygain parade from noon. The online catalogue can be viewed at Printed copies of the catalogue are available at Globe Derby Park and all country tracks in South Australia and Garrard’s Horse & Hound, Melton. For a catalogue or further information contact sale co-ordinator Gary Newton on phone 0402 978 424 or email     by Peter Wharton

Adelaide baker and hobby breeder Jack Panagiotou will have mixed feelings when his Roll With Joe colt enters the sale ring at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, March 14. Lot 5 in the Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale, the grand looking youngster is the last foal out of Jack’s successful race and broodmare Kiss Me Monty. “I bought her at the SA sales at Morphettville in 2000. She was the first horse I ever raced,” Jack, who formerly trained and drove her, said. At the stud, Kiss Me Monty has produced eight foals of racing age for four winners and two placegetters. They include Milliondollar Kiss, a heat winner of last year’s Allwood and third in the $100,000 Final, Montana’s Jet (1:55.7), a winner of 11 races, the Southern Cross 2YO heat winner Kissed By A Shark and Bad Boy Blues, a placegetter in the Sale Graduate race. Rustlin A Kiss, an unraced daughter of Kiss Me Monty, ranks as the dam of the good Melton winners Whats In The Esky 1:53.1 ($100,933) and Goodtime Rusty 1:54.3 ($91,963). Jack has retained the ownership of three of Kiss Me Monty’s daughters, Milliondollar Kiss, Kiss And Grin and the two-year-old Betterthan A Kiss, who won a trial at Mount Gambier recently. The colt is heavily staked for his two, three and four-year-old racing. Besides the $50,000 Sale Graduate race, he has been nominated for the Southern Cross, Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum and Breeders Crown. He is being prepared by Mandy Pascoe, of Ningana Park, Birdwood. The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at Printed copies are available at Globe Derby Park and all country tracks in South Australia and Garrard’s Horse & Hound, Melton. For a catalogue or further information contact Gary Newton on phone 0402 978 424 or email   Peter Wharton

Many of New South Wales’ most successful breeders have thrown their weight behind the 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Co at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 21. Heading the list of vendors is Janet and Doug Moore and Ben and Melanie Settree’s Brooklyn Lodge, who are offering 16 yearlings including a half-sister to the Bathurst Gold Bracelet placegetter Brooklyns Best, a half-brother to the Gold Chalice heat winner Brads Luck, a half-sister to the Gold Tiara runner-up Bella Jam Jam, a filly out of the prolific Menangle winner Miss Artistic Tara (1:52.3) and a colt from the Breeders Challenge Regional 2YO Final winner Whispering Lass. Maitland studmaster-breeder Paul Carmody, of Lochend Stud, has a draft of 15 including a dozen by the Artsplace horse Shoobee’s Place, the sire of the classic winners Shoobee Doo, Katchar Shoobee and Merrywood Lynn. Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga has entered 10 yearlings by seven different sires including three by last season’s leading NSW first-crop sire Warrawee Needy and fillies by Sweet Lou and Tintin In America. Young breeders David and Rachel Micallef have a four-strong consignment – all out of race-winning mares, while the Dumesny brothers Tony, Bruce and John, are all represented at the sale. Golden Gait Stud, of Wayne and Anne Lamb, and Darren Reay’s Medowie Lodge and Gunning breeder Rikki Cernovskis have all nominated three yearlings.  Other well known breeders with entries include Denis and Jo Howe, Elite Bloodstock, Graeme Gourley, Nathan Varcoe, Matt and Michael Leary, Margot Lennox and John Coffey’s Patrician Park. The sale will be livestreamed with online bidding available. Hard copy catalogues are available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. To order a catalogue send an email to The online catalogue can be viewed at  Click on 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale.   by Peter Wharton

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

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

The progeny of first season sires Huntsville, Lennytheshark and A Good Chance will be showcased at the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale to be held at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 28. The frozen semen stallions Fear The Dragon and Centurion ATM will also have their first progeny go up to auction. In all, there are five pacing and trotting sires to be represented by their first crop at the sale. Huntsville (3, 1:47.8), a $1.7million winning son of the great Somebeachsomewhere and a member of the Empire Stallions’ frozen semen roster, was the USA 2YO Colt of the Year in 2016 and numbered the Breeders Crown, Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace among his list of successes. Lennytheshark (1:49.2), the 2016 Horse of the Year and Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile hero, was a true champion of champions. He won eight Group 1 races, winning in town hall company from two to eight years, and amassed a record $3 million in stakes. A son of Mr Feelgood, A Good Chance was a Group winner at two and three and, in all, won 25 races and $268,192 in stakes and took a record of 1:50.2. Fear The Dragon (3, 1:48.8) whose semen is available through Yirribee Pacing Stud, won 12 races and $1.3 million as a three-year-old including the North America Cup, Adios Stake and Tattersall’s Pace and was one of the top colts of his year. A member of the dominant Star’s Pride sire line, Centurion ATM was a brilliant young trotter with a record of 1:53.4 at two at which age he captured the prestigious Peter Haughton Memorial and Johns Simpson Memorial. Burwood Stud’s leading sire, Changeover, has the largest representation at the sale with 13 lots - 10 colts and three fillies. There are 29 different sires with progeny including established horses such as Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven, Mr Feelgood, Sportswriter, Roll With Joe, A Rocknroll Dance, For A Reason, Gotta Go Cullect, Tintin In America, Cammibest, Auckland Reactor and Hurrikane Kingcole and emerging, young sires including Sweet Lou, Betting Line, He’s Watching, Warrawee Needy, Bling It On, Follow The Stars and Guaranteed. Sale graduates are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a $100,000 2YO Sale Classic in 2022 and a $50,000 3YO Sale Classic in 2023, the $3 million QBred for Life incentive scheme, the NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred. To view the catalogue online visit Catalogues are available from the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club and Garrard’s Horse and Hound outlets. For a printed catalogue phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or email or phone Redcliffe Harness Racing Club on (07) 3284 4550.   by Peter Wharton

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

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

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