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World champion trotting sire Love You has made a clean sweep of the two-year-old trotting races held in New Zealand so far this season. The winners of the only three ‘baby trotting events in Mr Love, Highgrove and the filly High On Love are all progeny of the French stallion.  Love You’s domination of the young trotting ranks in NZ extends to his three-year-old stock who have earned $171,253, more than double his nearest rival. Outamyway and Wanna Play With Me, the two leading stakes-winning three-year-old trotters in NZ this season, were both sired by the great son of Coktail Jet. Outamyway captured the inaugural $75,000 (Listed) NZ Harness Million at Addington, and finished runner-up to Wanna Play With Me in the Group 2 $50,600 Haras Des Trotteurs Sires’ Stakes Championship also at Addington. Wanna Play With added the recent NZ Sires’ Stakes Classique, run at Addington, to her list of successes, lowering her record to 1:57.5 over 1980 metres in the process. She has won five of her nine starts for $58,421 in stakes. In Australia, the Love You three-year-old fillies Queen Elida NZ and Morsure Damour were impressive winners recently. Queen Elida captured a heat of the Need For Speed Princess at Ballarat, rating a career-best 1:58 for 1710 metres with the closing 800 in a stunning 56.7, and has now won three of her six attempts on Australian soil. While Morsure Damour led from end to end at his second start at the Ararat Cup meeting. Leading percentage sire Orlando Vici was represented by the talented Orlando Jolt NZ, who came off a 20 metre handicap to win a heat of the time-honoured Jim McNeil Trotters Championship at Albion Park. Love You and Orlando Vici are both members of the star-studded Haras Des Trotteurs sire roster at Cardigan, near Ballarat, Victoria.   by Peter Wharton

Many of the best sires available to the Australian breeding industry are set to feature at the 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be conducted by Graeme Board & Co at the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on Sunday, March 21, starting at 11am.  The list is headed up by Bettor’s Delight, the leading Australian sire for the last nine years, Art Major, the eight-time premier sire of two-year-olds, and American Ideal, the sire of champion pacer Bling It On. The sale will showcase the first crop of the exciting, young sires in Huntsville (USA 2YO Colt of the Year), the dual Derby and Auckland Cup winner Vincent and the North America Cup and Adios winner Fear The Dragon. The current leading sire of two-year-olds, Betting Line, is among a group of emerging sires such as Sweet Lou, Warrawee Needy (last season’s leading NSW first season sire), Bling It On, For A Reason and Sunshine Beach. Other stallions with progeny in the sale include Tintin In America, the sire the world’s fastest mare ever Shartin (1:46.8), Rock N Roll Heaven, Well Said, Sportswriter, Roll With Joe, Shadow Play, Auckland Reactor, Four Starzzz Shark and A Rocknroll Dance, the sire of Australian juvenile mile record holder Bar Room Banta. The now WA based Shoobee’s Place, a 1:49 son of Artsplace, has the biggest draft at the sale with 14 – 10 colts and four fillies. 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

Golden Grove professional harness racing trainer Paul Cavallaro has an eye for a good youngster.... Three years ago he purchased an Art Major colt out of the Ready To Run sale in Sydney for a cool $50,000. The colt, now racing as Culture King, has won 17 races to date including the SA St Leger and two at Menangle and more than $120,000 in stakes. In 2019 Paul purchased another Art Major colt, Artillery, on behalf of a 12-person syndicate after it had been passed in at the Australian Pacing Gold Sydney Sale.  He won six races in his first campaign including the Southern Cross Final and SA Lordship Stakes and is regarded as a hot favourite to capture the SA 2YO of the Year award. At last year’s South Australian Yearling Sale, Paul paid the top price of $43,000 for an Art Major colt out of the successful Bettor’s Delight mare The Stunning One. Offered by Victoria’s Nixon Bloodstock, the colt’s dam ranked as a half-sister to five sub 2:00 performers including the ‘Cups King’ Phoenix Prince and belongs to the family of top juveniles such as Part Of Glory, Triumph Lad and Swishinon. And, while Paul has yet to put the acid test to the colt named Artbreaker, he is “very happy with him” at this stage. “He’s on his third preparation and he feels like he’s got something there to give,” Paul said. “He seems to be coming to hand nicely.” “I’ll probably take him to the trials in two to three weeks.” The 2021 Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale will be held at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, March 14 at 12 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 the sale co-ordinator Gary Newton on phone 0402 978 424 or email     by Peter Wharton

The well-known Victorian Western Districts-based Slater family have been both sellers and buyers at yearling sales around Australia for many years. Horses they have sold include the SA St Leger and Sires Produce winner Hesashark, Shesashark, winner of the SA Southern Cross 3YO Final, Whats In The Esky, a winner at Melton and in North America, and the Gloucester Park winner Sidstrepo, to name only a few. Undoubtedly, the pick of the horses they’ve purchased at the yearling sales is the bonny Rock N Roll Heaven mare Goodtime Heaven, whose list of successes is headed up by the 2018 NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Final at Menangle. “That win was simply awesome and to share it with the family made it even more special,” Ian Slater said. “She’s a little star.” The Slater’s have also experienced success with Goodtime Heaven’s siblings Goodtime Floyd and Goodtime Mach, as well as the Vicbred Platinum Country Series winner Goodtime Grace, the Victorian Metropolitan Cup winner Goodtime Marjie and the unbeaten youngster Goodtime Sammy. Horses have been part of Ian’s life for as long as he can remember. “I first became involved in harness racing through my wife Judi’s father, Allan Anderton, in 1981. Allan bred and owned the Nuclear Nightmare gelding Als Court, named after Anderton and his granddaughter, Courtney Slater. “Als Court gave me my first metropolitan success as a trainer and driver at Moonee Valley. He beat a top field including Persistency and Out Swing N,” Ian said. “He was a very good horse.” Ian and Judi established Goodtime Lodge, a picturesque 150 acre property at Elliminyt, near Colac in the mid 1980’s.  “It started out as a hobby but its now a professional outfit,” Ian stated. The breeding arm is conducted by Ian and Judi at the home base, while the training side is the domain of Courtney and her husband, Mark Driscoll, who are based at nearby Beeac. Mark also helps with the stud work and the breaking-in, the Slater’s son Jordan handles the foals and assists with the training, Courtney is in charge of the training operation and yearling preparation, while their youngest daughter, Ebony, is involved in the ownership. Goodtime Lodge played host to six stallions in the closing season, namely, Guaranteed, Jilliby Kung Fu, Soho Lanikai, Goodtime Sammy and Restrepo – all colonial breds - and the former Swedish trotter Cardigan Boko. “We have just completed our biggest season ever serving around 200 mares,” Ian said. “The incentives offered by Harness Racing Australia to breed to colonial stallions have been fantastic and are one of the major reasons for us having our best year. It has made a huge difference to our business,” Ian said. Ian shares his time between conducting Goodtime Lodge and a large earthmoving company employing 25 staff. He is also a committeeman and a keen sponsor of the Terang Harness Racing Club. Ian is passionate about the Harness Racing industry. “It’s a good alternative to the gallopers. If you can’t afford a galloper, you may be able to afford a standardbred either as a single owner or part of a syndicate,” Ian said. Goodtime Lodge may be not be a vendor at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale, but they will have a presence as Courtney Slater is preparing two trotting yearlings – both by the brilliant, young American sire Father Patrick. They are Lot 22, a filly out of the WA Trotters Cup winner Itsgettingcalder being offered by Rick Burchell, and a colt (Lot 71) from a half-sister to the Breeders Crown champion Aldebaran Ay M, on account of Harvey Kaplan. “The filly is good sized and quite athletic. She’s one that would catch your eye,” Courtney said. “The colt is a show stopper. He’s a well put together colt near black with two white sox and a white star on his forehead.” Don’t be surprised if Goodtime Lodge is again a buyer at the Nutrien Equine sale as they ramp up their quest for another Goodtime Heaven!   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 Paleface Adios Stakes winner Expensive Ego, who has won three races in quick time this season highlighted by his success in the Group 2 $60,000 Paleface Adios Stakes, and has graduated to a NR90 mark, is regarded as one of the best young pacers in the country. Expensive Ego is a four-year-old by the Rocknroll Hanover horse, Rock N Roll Heaven (sire of Heaven Rocks, etc), from Art Start, who took a record of 1:58.2 and won 14 races. She produced earlier winners in Arts Treasure 1:50.9 ($152,542), a winner at Group 1 level, Bohdi Tree 1:52.1 ($192,854) and Golightly (1:55.3). Art Start is by the American bred sire Perfect Art from Sweet Clementine (1:59.6), an Oaks winner by Land Grant from the Jerry Adios mare Sue Adios, dam of the QBred Triad winner Sweet Liberty 1:57.9 ($102,706), Vanston Adios, Sir Galahad and Sweet Sue. This is a long-established NZ family and earlier top youngsters belonging to it include My Liberty Belle, Philadelphia Man and Centenario. A half-brother by Betting Line to Expensive Ego will be offered at the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction in April.   WA Golden Nugget to Minstrel Western Australia’s premier race for four-year-olds, the $200,000 Golden Nugget, run at Gloucester Park, was won by Minstrel, and although Magnificent Storm, rated the top four-year-old of his year, finished second after coming from last, this fact could not detract from the merit of Minstrel’s success. Minstrel                --Jodie Hallows Photo He has now won four of his seven starts in WA and eight of his 17 lifetime starts for $208,803 in stakes. His sire, Rocknroll Hanover, was one of the best performed sires to come to Australia, being by Western Ideal, a son of Western Hanover. Rocknroll Hanover had a record of 1:48.6 and was one of America’s greatest ever three-year-olds. His ‘down under’ stock include King Of Swing, Foreclosure, Rockstar Angel, Yankee Rockstar, The Storm Inside and others, and in America he sired 84 in 1:50 including Rock N Roll Heaven (1:47.6). Ovaride, the dam of Minstrel, was a Mach Three mare from a capable racemare in Top Gear (1:55.9), by Falcon Seelster from Fill The Purse, by Holmes Hanover from Village Rose, by Clever Innocence. Ovaride (2:00.2), a three-year-old winner, left earlier winners in The Achiever (1:57.6) and Rollova (1:57.4), who won at Melton the day after Minstrel won.  Top Gear was a half-sister to Fill The Bank (1:53.2), Vanilla Rose (1:57.5), Bank Raider and to Magic Marg, the dam of the prolific Menangle winner Magic Oats 1:51.5 ($225,278). The most distinguished member of this family was a top flight three-year-old in City Rogue (1:49.6), who won 27 races in NZ, Australia and America and $502,734 in stakes.  His successes included the Australian Derby, Redcliffe Derby, NZ Kindergarten Stakes and NZ Rising Stars 3YO Championship. Others from this family included Raukapuka Ruler (1:50.4), winner of the NZ Great Northern Derby and Ashburton Cup, the NZ Sapling and Kindergarten Stakes winner War Dan Delight, Atom Of Courage 1:52.2 (Parkes and Tamworth Cups) and the Addington free-for-all winner Village Chief (1:57.9).   Delightful Jazz is top mare Bought for $75,000 and now a winner of $126,660, Delightful Jazz continues to prove herself in the top bracket of pacing mares in Victoria. Delightful Jazz                             --Stuart McCormick Photo   She is a member of one of New Zealand’s top ranking standardbred families, being a five-year-old Bettor’s Delight mare from a handy racemare in Hotinthecitytonite (1:58.8), a Christian Cullen mare who has produced others in Dancintothebeat (1:56.5), who won twice at Albion Park recently, and Major Hippie (1:57.5). Hotinthecitytonite was out of Hot Shoe Shuffle 1:57.9 ($295,011), a Group winning mare by Falcon Seelster from Off Beat, by Vance Hanover from the Lordship mare Broken Drum and tracing to the taproot Regina (by Berlin). Hot Shoe Shuffle produced two high class pacers in Glenferrie Shuffle (1:57), a winner of 13 races and $279,839 including the Breeders Crown 2YO Final, and Jivin Cullen (1:54), a winner of 14 races and $190,713. Others from Hot Shoe Shuffle were the exported Joshua Mac 1:57.8 ($107,760) and the NZ Sales Graduette winner Sem’s Delight (1:57). Hot Shoe Shuffle figures as the second dam of the Menangle winner Zanadu (1:55), Kezzamac (1:56.5) and the promising NZ filly Passion And Power (1:58.6), a heat winner of the Young Gun Series.   Act Now is Derby material Act Now, who comfortably won in restricted age company at Melton and is regarded as Derby material of the highest order, is a three-year-old colt by Somebeachsomewhere from Molly’s Ideal, an American-bred mare. Act Now            --Stuart McCormick Photo   Act Now is a member of the an-old time family, which was represented by the winner of the Graham Head Memorial at Shepparton recently in Patsbeachstorm. He was placed at his next start in the $100,000 Caduceus Club Classic. Molly’s Ideal is an American Ideal mare from Molly’s Lucky Star (1:54.4), by Bettor’s Delight from Pacific Destiny, by Artsplace from One More Kiss, by Big Towner. One More Kiss was the dam of the million dollar earner Pacific Fella (1:48.4), who sired winners in Australia. Molly’s Ideal ranks as a half-sister to the WA Diamond Classic winner Askmeilltellya 1:54.8 ($136,136), War Dan Star (1:59.3) and Pin Stripes (1:53.7).   Well related three-year-old Cheyella, who won the String Of Pearls at Albury, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when she was twice placed in five attempts. She has opened her season on a winning note and will be well in line for the major juvenile classics. Cheyella is a filly by the American Ideal horse, Heston Blue Chip, from Chiquita Bromac (1:58.7), the dam also of Celerina (1:57.5), a winner of five races and a placegetter in Group company. Chiquita Bromac ranks as a sister to the Victoria Derby heat winner Crown Bromac 1:54.1 ($139,878) and a half-sister to the Franklin Cup winner Attorney General 1:48.4 ($323,098) and the Victoria Youthful winner Cullen Bromac (1:55.1), being by McArdle from Classic Blue Jeans, by Camluck from the American-bred Oh Please, by Albatross. This is the family which produced such winners as the NZ Cup and Free-for-all winner Cruz Bromac (1:50.1), Falcon’s Blue Jean 1:51.8 ($442,232), Our Cullen’s Crown 1:52 ($491,044) and the top Tasmanian pacer The Majority. Cheyella was bred and is raced by Ballarat breeder Verna El-Khishin.   Siblings win at Melton It was no mean feat for the half-brothers President Roydon (by The Pres) and Majestic Hurricane (by Majestic Son) to win on the same night at Melton last weekend. Both bred by Roydon Lodge Stud are from Dear Diedre, a trotter herself, and who has left other straightout trotting winners in Duchess Diedre, The Earth Moved and Lord Roydon. Dear Diedre was by the Arndon horse Sundon (nine-time Group winner) from a fine racemare in Diedre’s Pride, by Game Pride from Roydon Diedre, by Arndon.  Other members of this family have been the Breeders Crown champions Conon Bridge (1:56.6), Im Ready Jet (1:55.6) and Hurricane Flyer, Destiny Jones (Ordeal Trotting Cup), Sunny Ruby 1:54.7 (Harness Jewels), Wee Man Trouble, the dual Vicbred champion Aldebaran Eve and Sunoflindenny. On their best form, President Roydon and Majestic Hurricane are both expected to graduate far beyond their present rating.   Eighth on end  Papinik won his eighth race on end at Gloucester Park recently when he soundly trounced intermediate grade rivals, rating a career-best 1:54.5 for 2130 metres. He is by the In The Pocket horse, Advance Attack, a full brother to the great Courage Under Fire. Papinik                           --Jodie Hallows Photo   Papinik is out of Artist’s Impression, by Perfect Art from Rakamo, by Admiral Halsey from the Lumber Dream mare Sentimental Belle, a daughter of Sentimental Lass, the dam of the free-for-aller Mister Fallacy 1:57.3 ($142,212), a high class pacer in Master Scamp and others. Papinik is a brother-in-blood to the Westbred 2YO Classic winner Heez On Fire 1:54.7 ($287,607) and the Western Crown victor Brush With Courage (1:58.9) and a member of the same family as outstanding young pacers in Mitemptation and Rakarolla.   Half-brother to De Lovely Zadaka, who came from last to win the $30,000 Ararat Pacing Cup, is an eight-year-old half-brother by Mach Three to the champion New Zealand racemare De Lovely 1:54 ($613,355), the Menangle winner Coppagoodone (1:57) and Le Girl (1:58). They are out of a dual Oaks winner in Copper Beach 1:58.6 ($179,794), by the American import Beach Towel who was out of Les Payzen Star, by Payson’s Brother from Interchange, by New York Motoring. Interchange was a most successful broodmare, being also the dam of the Inter Dominion champion and dual Auckland Cup hero Elsu 1:53.6 ($2 million), the NZ 2YO Championship winner Revonez, Falcor (1:53) and Mombassa. Copper Beach was a half-sister to the exported Metekhi (1:54), CC Star (1:57.1) and to Rose Vear, the dam of Elias Bromac (2:00.8).   Four winners by Rock N Rock Heaven The Rocknroll Hanover horse, Rock N Roll Heaven, a grand pacer himself and now a leading sire, left four winners on the one night at Albion Park last weekend. His winners were Cardlesfromheaven (1:53.5), Thats How Weroll (1:54), Clarry (1:54.9) and Rockita (1:56.9).   First winner by Bling It On Bling It On, a well performed American Ideal horse from a champion broodmare in Alldatglittersisgold, by Caprock, was recently represented by his first winner in the two-year-old filly Finery, who led throughout at Bathurst. Finery had shown up strongly at the Menangle trials prior to her debut. Bred by Glenn Wilmont, Finery is out of the Bettor’s Delight mare, Dazzle N Daze, whose dam, Amboseli (1:58.7) was by Christian Cullen from the New York Motoring mare Rafiki (2:00.8), who left several useful winners including the Perth and USA winner The Freedom Fighter 1:52 ($147,036) and Our Friend (1:53).     by Peter Wharton

Hard copy catalogues for the 2021 Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be held at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 28 at 12 noon, are now available from the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club and Garrard’s Horse and Hound outlets. A quality lineup of 73 lots have been nominated by 29 different sires including established sires such as Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter, Sweet Lou, Hurrikane Kingcole, Changeover, For A Reason, Roll With Joe, A Rocknroll Danc, Mr , Cammibest and Gotta Go Cullect and emerging young sires including Betting Line, Hes Watching, Follow The Stars and Bling It On. Sires represented by their first crop are Huntsville, Lennytheshark and Fear The Dragon. The sale features half-brothers to the dual QBred Triad winner Leo’s Best and the Queensland Breeeders Classic winner Will The Wizard and a half-sister to the Redcliffe Sales Classic winner Manila Playboy.  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. They are also eligible for QBred, NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred. To view the catalogue online visit 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 filly from the final crop of the champion American racehorse and sire Grinfromeartoear will be offered at the Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, March 14 at 12 noon. Out of the WA Group 1 placegetter French Fashion 1:58.3 ($64,893), the filly is one of the three-prong draft being offered by White Star Lodge, Lower Light, of Shane Loone and Maria Petricevich. Grinfromeartoear is the sire of the winners of more than $75 million worldwide and 16 in the 1:50 list including Mr Feelgood, Mister Big, Smiling Shard and Make Me Smile. The White Star Lodge consignment also includes a gelding and a filly from the second crop of the brilliant, young Somebeachsomewhere horse, Goodtime Sammy. The gelding is from My Names Molly, a Mr Feelgood half-sister to the QBred Triad winners Maxmillion 1:56.7 ($153,907) and Making Magic 1:56 ($133,818) and the Group 1 placegetter Heavenly Hiraani (1:58.1). Completing the White Star draft is a nice, athletic filly from an all-American family, being out of the Camelot Hall mare Tillie Cheval, a sister to the QBred Triad runner-up Cheval Zeppenology 1:52.7 ($111,440) and a close relative of the successful Victorian sire and broodmare sire Exotic Earl. SAMOS Certificates valued at up to $1,600 can be used to purchase any filly in the sale. 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 (Vic.). For a catalogue or further information contact the sale co-ordinator Gary Newton on phone 0402 978 424 or email     by Peter Wharton

Talented Renaissance Man mare Fifty Five Reborn completed back-to-back Gloucester Park harness racing successes when she led from end to end on Friday night (February 12). It was her 10th win and increased her bankroll to almost $120,000. Another of the Renaissance Man progeny, Trittrittbangbang, was a very impressive winner at Warragul, blasting home in 56.8 to score by 10 metres. The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam left winners in NSW and Queensland recently. They included Wongalea Charli, Movin Millions, Spirited and Kay Nora Shannon. Warrawee Needy, the world champion racehorse, was represented by three winners in North America in Need Ur Opinion (1:54), Needless To Say (1:55.8) and Deprived (1:56.6). On the sales front, Lennytheshark had three from his first crop sell at the Melbourne APG sale with a colt making $22,000 and a filly $21,000. Renaissance Man, Million Dollar Cam, Warrawee Needy and Lennytheshark are all members of the Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster.   By Peter Wharton

Buyers at the 2021 Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale will have the added incentive that all yearlings that enter the ring on sale day will be eligible for two $50,000 Silver Salver sales graduate races for colts and fillies. The two Group events will be held at Globe Derby Park prior to June 30, 2022. Yearlings are also eligible to compete in the Southern Cross, Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum, Breeders Crown and the Bathurst Gold Crown. The sale has attracted entries from leading breeders in both South Australia and Victoria. It features the stock of the exciting, young sires Downbytheseaside, Betting Line and Major Secret and established sires such as Roll With Joe, Sweet Lou, A Rocknroll Dance, Hes Watching, Sportswriter, Well Said, Auckland Reactor, Betterthancheddar, Follow The Stars, Shadow Play, Grinfromeartoear and Sunshine Beach. The Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale will be held at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, March 14, with the sale preceded by the Hygain yearling parade at 12 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 (Vic.). For a catalogue or further information contact the sale co-ordinator Gary Newton on phone 0402 978 424 or email     by Peter Wharton

A brother to last year’s top Tasmanian juvenile Written In Silk brought the top price of $36,000 at the Tasmanian Harness Yearling Sale at Carrick Park on Saturday (February 13). The colt, by Sportswriter from the Belmont winner Mon Soie, was consigned by Westbury couple Leigh and Lorraine Dornauf and knocked down to Brighton horseman Adrian Duggan and his wife, Amanda. The highest priced filly was the Sweet Lou-Huiffier filly offered by Melissa Maine, of Faithful Park stud, Latrobe, which sold for $25,000. She was one of four yearlings purchased by Pipers River trainer Marc Butler. A Hes Watching gelding out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Itz Gemmas Delight, also consigned by Melissa Maine, realised $24,000. A Betting Line half-sister to the Breeders Crown heat winner Tisu Spirit, offered by Melissa’s mother, Susan Maine, was knocked to premier trainer Ben Yole for $20,000. The sale grossed $162,000 for eight head sold at an average price of $20,250.                     Lot NAME Colour SEX SIRE DAM TASBRED COMMENT SALE PRICE BUYER 3 MD & CE LeFefevre Bay G Downbytheseaside USA Caroline Claire y   $18,000 Ben Yole 4 Scott Richards Brown/Black C Betting Line Gracie Barron Y Passed In - $9,000 $0 - 5 Melissa Maine Bay F Sweet Lou USA Huiffier Y +GST ($2,500) $25,000 Marc Butler 6 Elliott Booth Bay C Lincoln Royal NZ Iden Princess Y   $10,000 Marc Butler 8 Melissa Maine Bay G Hes Watching USA Itz Gemmas Delight Y +GST ($2,400) $24,000 Marc Butler 9 Elliott Booth Bay F Lincoln Royal NZ Just like Elle Y   $15,000 Marc Butler 10 Scott Richards Brown/Black C Betting Line Mieshana Gold Y Passed In - $17,000 $0 - 11 L E Dornnauf L A Dornauf Bay C Sportswriter Mon Soie Y   $36,000 Adrian & Amanda Duggan 12 MD & CE LeFefevre Bay F Sweet Lou USA Motoring Rivers Y   $14,000 Ben Yole 13 Susan Maine Bay F Betting line USA Tisu holly Y   $20,000 Ben Yole                                   Total $162,000     by Peter Wharton

Talented Changeover five-year-old Tiz A Sizzler NZ hoisted a fresh lifetime mark of 1:52.7 leading from end to end at Albion Park last Friday (February 12). A week earlier the entire sat parked before winning at ‘The Creek’, and has now won seven of his 13 harness racing starts. Changeover was also represented by other Albion Park winners in Stinger Lindenny NZ (1:54.7), Power Surge NZ (1:58.6) and the trotter Heart Of Change NZ, who overcame a 50 metre handicap. Other Changeover winners in Australia were Solaman’s Abby (1:56.5) and Endless, while in New Zealand, he left the Addington winner Dreaminsover and the Rangiora victor Martin John. To round out a great fortnight, Changeover’s son Glengarry Knight NZ won in 1:53.4 at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania. Changeover stands at Burwood Stud, on Queensland’s Darling Downs.   By Peter Wharton

Talented Auckland Reactor gelding Last Of The Mohicans extended his unbeaten winning sequence to three when he emerged successful at the Premier Meeting at Addington, New Zealand on Friday night (February 12). After settling down third, the four-year-old was sooled to the front by Ricky May 400 metres from the despatch point. He was never in danger of defeat, scoring by 1-3/4 lengths. The mile rate for the 2600 metres standing start was 2:00.6 with the last 800 in 57.7 and 400 in 28.4. Watch the race replay click here! Last Of The Mohicans is out of the Frugal Gourmet mare Jaclyn Del (2:00.9), and is her eighth foal. Meanwhile, the Auckland Reactor mare Miss Auckland rallied strongly off a perfect trip to win her third race at the Riverton Cup meeting at Invercargill on Saturday (February 13). The mile rate for the 2200 metres was a career-best 1:58.1 highlighted by a 57.9 closing 800. Miss Auckland is from Arancia 1:59.4 (by Washington VC) and is her first foal. Auckland Reactor has sired 21 individual winners in NZ this season and progeny earnings of $324,000. by Peter Wharton

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

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

Catalogues are now available for the 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, featuring 90 of New South Wales’s finest standardbred yearlings by sires such as Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, American Ideal, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sweet Lou, Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Well Said, A Rocknroll Dance, Warrawee Needy, Shoobee’s Place, Vincent, Betting Line, Huntsville and Bling It On. The sale will be conducted by Graeme Board & Co at the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on Sunday, March 21, starting at 11am. It will be livestreamed with online bidding available. All yearlings are eligible to compete in the Sale Graduate Pace with separate divisions for colts and fillies in 2022. They are also eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, NSW Breeders Blue, Bathurst Gold Crown, Breeders Crown, Vicbred and QBred. Hard copy catalogues are available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. To order a catalogue send an email to The online catalogue can be viewed at  Click on 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale.     by Peter Wharton

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

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