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The results of racing over the weekend has given the 2021 Tasmanian Harness Yearling Sale, to be held at Carrick Park on Saturday, a timely boost. Former USA 3YO Colt of the Year and world champion Betting Line 3, 1:47.4 ($2.2 million), who is represented by three yearlings in the sale, produced two-year-old winners with his first two starters in Australia. Whataretheodds, a two-year-old gelding, won on debut in 1:56.1 at Pinjarra (WA), while Comet Crusader, a New Zealand bred colt, was a convincing winner in 1:56.6 at Newcastle (NSW). In America, Betting Line’s first crop to race as two-year-olds last year produced the amazing results of 93 starters from 119 foals, 46 winners including 24 in 1:55 or better and the winners of $1.4 million in stakes. Betting Line is represented by a colt out of the Safely Kept mare Gracie Barron (Lot 4), a colt from Mieshana Gold (Lot 10) and a filly from the Granny Smith winner Tisu Holly (Lot 13). Furthermore, Better Amour, a graduate of the 2018 Tasmanian Yearling, notched her third success and took her earnings to more than $35,000 at Launceston. LOT 4 BETTING LINE A colt from Safely Kept mare, Gracie Barron   LOT 10 BETTING LINE A colt from Sutter Hanover mare, Mieshana Gold LOT 13 BETTING LINE A filly from Time Stands Still mare, Tisu Holly   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 Bondi Lockdown is Derby material Bought for $20,000 and now the winner of $75,370, Bondi Lockdown stamped himself a genuine Derby candidate, when he won the $100,000 Caduceus Three-Year-Old Classic at Melton, rating 1:53.8 for 1720 metres. The colt is unbeaten in two appearances this season after setting a new track record at Charlton earlier in the month. By the Mach Three horse Somebeachsomewhere, who sired three of the first four placegetters in the Group 1, Bondi Lockdown is out of Without Guile, by Art Major. Without Guile left others in Rocknroll Eyes 1:53.6 ($162,687), Joey’s Hangover (1:56.4) and Without Hesitation (2:00.7). Without Guile is out of a champion racemare in Innocent Eyes 1:57.6 ($421,875), by Safely Kept from the good producer Cerebrano, a Lordship mare tracing to a noted family founder in Topsy. Without Guile is an unraced half-sister to a capable pacer in Cordero (1:56.9), the winner of five races in WA to date, and Anna’s Innocent (1:57.2), the dam of the 1:55 Menangle winner Rock Of Delight (1:55) and the Melton winner Mea Culpa (1:58.6). Their dam, Innocent Eyes, a dual Oaks winner, was a sister to the Melton winner Valero (1:56.5) and a half-sister to the WA Solid Gold Bracelet winner Lady Maryclaire, Sienna (1:56.6), the Gloucester Park winner Doc Ryan (1:58) and the D M Dilinger mare She’s Innocent, the dam of Ballarat Cup and Victorian Four-Year-old Bonanza winner Restrepo 1:52.4 ($527,118), now at the stud in Victoria. The Topsy family had a terrific influence on NZ and Australian breeding through several branches. Bondi Lockdown Black Jack Baby top WA three-year-old filly There was never much doubt that Black Jack Baby was the season’s top rating three-year-old filly in Western Australia as she was the previous season at three years, and she duly confirmed her class by winning at Gloucester Park last Friday. Actually Black Jack Baby was a class above her rivals, and was not seriously tested in running out the 2130 metres in a 1:57.5 rate with the last 800 in a stunning 55.9. Her sire, Follow The Stars, won seven races as a two-year-old and was the best of his crop in both Australia and New Zealand, and has been a leading sire in WA with his first two crops to race. Black Jack Baby is out of What A Card (1:58.8), a NZ bred mare by McArdle from Lady Butler, by Butler B G from Deborah Lobell, by Mark Lobell from Deborah Dundee, by Dundee Adios (a son of the great Robin Dundee). Deborah Lobell, the dam of four winners, was a half-sister to Advance Debra, the dam of the mighty Courage Under Fire and a top flight juvenile in Advance Attack, now at the stud in WA. This is the family which produced such winners as Jesse Duke (NZ Sires Stakes and Jewels), Stylish Memphis (NSW Oaks), Delightful Memphis, Texas Terror (1:50.2), Scruncher, Ok Deb and others.    Bettor Be The Bomb bred to be good Bettor Be The Bomb, a son of the American sire Bettor’s Delight, the leading Australian sire for the last nine years, has been one of the stars of the summer racing at Melton. He has won at each of his last three appearances at the Melbourne headquarters’ track including two under free-for-all conditions. His winning run over 2240 metres in 2:37 in the $50,000 Casey Classic clipped 1.6 seconds off his lifetime mark. Bettor Be The Bomb is closely related to an earlier top NZ pacer in Dillon Dean, who won seven Group events and $713,130 in stakes. Bettor Be The Bomb is by Bettor’s Delight from Atom Bomb Belle (1:58.1), by Pacific Rocket 1:50 ($2.3 million), an Albert Albert horse and a half-brother to a fine Canadian pacer in Pacific Titan. Atom Bomb Belle, who won 10 races, was out of Belle Jane, winner of nine races and by Mercedes from Birdie’s Belle, by Berry Hanover from the 1987 NZ Broodmare of the Year Birdie, dam of the top flight pacers Dillon Dean and Dillon Dale. Belle Jane was the dam of Seelster Belle 1:52.2 ($245,735), Statistician (1:58.2) and L’Escalier (2:00), who won four races and became the dam of L E Operative 1:55.1 ($224,354) and Kippenberger (1:52.6).  Among others from the Birdie family have been Risk (1:48.4), High Calibre 1:52.2 ($659,090), Anthem (1:51.2), Bracken Sky (WA The Kersley), Image of Courage (1:54.5) and Dapper Bessie (Redcliffe 3YO Sales Classic). Bettor Be The Bomb Siblings win in NSW Two of NSW’s star pacers at present, and both recent winners are Aphorism (by Well Said) and Kanena Provlima (by A Rocknroll Dance). Aphorism won at Menangle in 1:52.6 and Bathurst, while Kanena Provlima captured a heat and final of the Junee Pacers Cup. Both bred by Fran Hausfeld are from Mes Ti Tsepi, a winner herself, and who has left other winners in So Am I (1:59.2) and Delightful Me. Mes Ti Tsepi was by the Direct Scooter horse In The Pocket from Kalypso (2:00.8), by Safely Kept from Willing Greek, by Golden Greek. Kalypso, who won eight races, became the dam of the Victoria Cup and Chariots of Fire winner Caribbean Blaster 1:52.6 ($1.1 million), now at the stud in WA, War Dan 1:50 (Caduceus Club 3YO Cup), Protikori 1:59 ($212,109) and the top Tasmanian pacer Kalypson Kid (1:56.4). Well related three-year-old Chris Frisby, who brought out the champion pacer Our Uncle Sam, has a top three-year-old in He Aint Fakin racing at present. He downed last season’s champion two-year-old Tasty Delight in the $50,000 Simpson Memorial in a career-best 1:51.3 at Menangle recently. It was his sixth success from 12 starts. A gelding by Art Major (son of Artsplace), he is out of the lightly raced She Aint Fakin, who ranks as a sister to a grand pacer and four-time Inter Dominion winner Blacks A Fake. Besides He Aint Fakin, She Aint Fakin was the dam of Mondo Sports (1:55.6), Uroc Skinny Jeans (1:56.7) and Fake Art (1:59.9), the dam of Tromso (2:00.4), who has won three races on end in the Riverina recently. She Aint Fakin is by Fake Left from Colada Hanover (dam of 11 winners), by Vanston Hanover from Pina Colada, by H T Luca from the Young Charles mare Young Charlene and tracing to the taproot First Water. He Aint Fakin was bred by well known Young (NSW) owner-breeder Eric Basham. Watchmylips on top One of the most capable young pacers racing in Tasmania at present is Watchmylips, who is quickly working his way to the top flight. He has won six of his 12 starts to date. Watchmylips has a background of blood to back up his claims to further promotion, being a four-year-old by Hes Watching from Belliciouslips, by Sutter Hanover from Ima Blue Bell, by Golden Greek. Belliciouslips, who took a record of 1:55.9, is a half-sister to the classic winners Nitro Blue (1:59.7) and Ima Miss Molly, Noel’s Girl 1:59.3 (who won eight races) and to the Blissfull Hall mare Ima Blissful Bell, the dam of the speed merchant Streitkid 1:53.5 ($101,855). Their dam, Ima Blue Bell, a winner of four races, was a half-sister to eight winners including the Blue Bonnet winner Lambretta, Black Quartz (1:58.7), Bluestone Ridge 1:59 (15 wins) and Harmonia, who became the dam of the Golden Slipper winner Step Up And Play. Watchmylips was bred and is raced by Jamie Cockshutt and Barry Cooper. Caruba shows promise Caruba, who won twice at Gloucester Park in the space of four days recently, promises to make steady progress through the classes. She holds a record of 1:56.1, and is a member of the one of NZ’s leading families, being a five-year-old Caribbean Blaster mare from a smart racemare in Spirit Away (1:57.8), a Safely Kept mare who has produced others in Unreal Desire (1:58.3) and Make Me Grin, both Gloucester Park winners. Spirit Away was out of Blithe Spirit (2:01.9), a Perth winner by Classic Garry from Go Go Gena, by Romeo Hanover and tracing to a noted foundation mare in Norice (by Charles Derby). Blithe Spirit figures as the grand-dam of the WA Diamond Classic winner Centrefold Angel 1:55.2 ($237,348, the dam of four sub 2:00 winners, the Group 1 placegetter Let It Roll (1:59.3) and the Righteous Hanover mare Tiffany Twisted (1:59.9), who left two high class pacers in Typhoon Tiff 1:54.4 ($205,673) and Bettor Twisted 1:56.9 ($101,207). Burnie Cup winner The north-western pacer Mister Gently, who won the Burnie Cup last weekend, is a member of one of Australia’s top ranking standardbred families. Mister Gently, who has now won six races, is a gelding by the Die Laughing horse Live Or Die, who stood his entire stud career at Nevele R, Christchurch.’ Live Or Die has been most successful in both NZ and Australia. His stock include the dual NZ Cup winner Just An Excuse, the Hunter Cup winner Bondy, the four-time Derby winner Divisive, Power Of Tara, etc. Mister Gently is out of Tania Maree, by the Artsplace horse Stonebridge Regal from Gallavance, a Victorian bred mare by The Unicorn from Patrol Gal, by Gyro from the Victoria Oaks winner Ashputtel. Tania Maree (2:00.8), a winner of nine races, was the dam of a top ranking juvenile in Melnrowley (1:57.6), winner of five of her six starts including the Tasmanian Sweepstakes and Evicus. Mister Tehaych, a half-brother to Tania Maree, won 18 races including the Tasmanian Golden Slipper and Prince of Pace. Eleventh foal a winner Executive Banner, who won the first two-year-old race on New Zealand’s South Island, run at Addington, is the eleventh foal of her dam, Corporate Banner. Executive Banner, a colt by Rock N Roll Heaven, had qualified at Rangiora a few weeks earlier. He ranks as a half-brother to the outstanding racemare Mainland Banner 1:55.1 ($684,579), the winner of 17 of her 22 starts including five at Group 1 level including the NZ Cup and Oaks. Besides Mainland Banner and Executive Banner, Corporate Banner, who was unraced, left the Franklin Cup winner Titan Banner 1:56.1 ($340,853), the Gloucester Park winner Christian Banner 1:57.1 ($116,723), Caitlin Banner (TT1:58.3) and Moore Than Happy. Corporate Banner, who is now is her 25th year, has since produced an Art Major colt via embryo transfer. Corporate Banner is a Soky’s Atom mare from Graceful Poplar, by Lumber Dream from Bachelor Morn, and tracing to the taproot Dusky Morn (by Young Irvington). Other members of the immediate family are the Harness Jewels winner Rocker Band (1:51.8), Crusader Banner 1:54.8 (Howard Porter Memorial), Island Banner (1:51.8), Beau Dandy (1:52.8) and the Melton Plate winner Run Albert Run. Peter Wharton  

Three yearlings from the first crop of the Inter Dominion and Miracle champion Lennytheshark will go under the hammer at the Australian Pacing Gold Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, February 7. Lot 217, a brown colt, is the first foal out of the Falcon Seelster mare Kerry Sheffield (2:00.2), a close relative of the 2013 APG winner and 2YO Filly of the Year Mindarie Priddy 1:53.8 ($284,659). A pair of Lennytheshark fillies will be offered as Lots 231 and 253. Lot 231 is a brown filly out of a winning Village Jasper half-sister to Mindarie Priddy, while Lot 253 is the first foal from the Badlands Hanover mare Showgirl Shere, a half-sister to four sub 2:00 winners including the top Victorian racemare Pacific Charm 1:57.5 ($221,369). Warrawee Needy, the leading first crop sire in NSW and the second on the Australian list in 2020, was represented by winners at Redcliffe (3YOF Amander) and in Ohio, USA (Farro’s Reign 1:55.2 and Deprived 1:56.2). Our ‘new’ sire Renaissance Man sired a couple of impressive winners in Western Australia recently. Fifty Five Reborn took her stake tally to beyond $100,000 with an end-to-end win at Gloucester Park, while the three-year-old filly Songkran posted her first success at Northam.   By Peter Wharton

The Changeover three-year-old Zarias was a most impressive harness racing winner on debut at Alexandra Park, Auckland on January 22. Starting from the No 7 gate, the gelding pinged straight to the top, survived some mid-race pressure and then rallied strongly at the end to win in a 1:58.6 rate for 2200 metres. Other recent New Zealand winners by Changeover have been Not Over 1:59.2 (Addington), Changearound 1:59.8 (Dunedin) and Overarm (Methven). Changeover picked up another new credit in Overrated, who won at her second start at Globe Derby Park, while Fleetmaster NZ captured his first win on Australian soil and third lifetime at Newcastle. Paddington Central NZ, a gelding by Changeover, led throughout at Melton to push his earnings over the $50,000 mark, while Soho Beijing notched his ninth lifetime success at Leeton. In America, Changeover was represented by Glenferrie Bronte NZ, a winner in 1:54.8 at Miami Valley Raceway, Ohio, and The Charging Moa NZ, who won in 1:59.8 at Yonkers, New York. Changeover’s progeny has earned almost $14.9 million to date.   By Peter Wharton

The results of harness racing over the summer period have given the Yabby Dam Farms’ consignment for the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Sale on April 10 and 11 a substantial boost. Always Ready, the winner of the Group 1 $100,000 Vicbred Super Series 4YO Final and the Group 2 Breeders Crown 4YO Championship, has a half-brother by Orlando Vici as Lot 248 in the sale. The outstanding filly Im Ready Jet, who won the Group 1 $80,000 Breeders Crown 3YO Final and the Group 3 Vicbred Silver, has a half-sister by Wishing Stone as Lot 12. Three of the gems of the 31-strong Yabby Dam draft are Lot 41, a Muscle Mass three-quarter brother to trotting queen Dance Craze, Lot 40, a Used To Me colt out of a half-sister to Dance Craze, and Lot 127, a Muscle Mass filly from the Vicbred and Breeders Crown champion Reina Danzante, a half-sister to Dance Craze. There’s an En Solitaire half-sister to the Vicbred and Breeders Crown Finals placegetter Brandlo Prince as Lot 234, a Trixton half-sister to the Central Victorian Championship placegetter and Vicbred finalist Beau Garcon (Lot 178) and a Used To Me colt closely related to the Breeders Crown Graduate winner Kyvalley Chief (Lot 91). Lot 167 is a What The Hill half-sister to recent Cranbourne winner Megeve, Lot 233 is an Orlando Vici filly out of a half-sister to the dual Canberra winner Orlando Storm and Lot 77 is a Love You filly from a half-sister to the Victorian provincial winner Meydan. Lot 77 is one of three youngsters from the draft that trace to Maori Miss, the founder of Australasia’s No. 1 family of trotters. The others are Lot 148, a filly by What The Hill from the Lindy Lane mare Showmethemaori, and Lot 195, a Used To Me colt from the 1:59 Sundon mare Abitofmagic. The Yabby Dam Farms’ draft comprises youngsters by the established sires Orlando Vici (7 lots), Used To Me (5), Muscle Mass (3), Quaker Jet (3), Love You (2) and Dream Vacation (1), emerging sires such as Father Patrick (2), Trixton (1) and Wishing Stone (1) and the exciting first crop sires What The Hill (4), En Solitaire (1) and Uniclove (1). Full pedigrees can be viewed at Peter Wharton

The results of harness racing over the summer period have given the Yabby Dam Farms’ consignment for the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Sale on April 10 and 11 a substantial boost. Always Ready, the winner of the Group 1 $100,000 Vicbred Super Series 4YO Final and the Group 2 Breeders Crown 4YO Championship, has a half-brother by Orlando Vici as Lot 248 in the sale. The outstanding filly Im Ready Jet, who won the Group 1 $80,000 Breeders Crown 3YO Final and the Group 3 Vicbred Silver, has a half-sister by Wishing Stone as Lot 12. Three of the gems of the 31-strong Yabby Dam draft are Lot 41, a Muscle Mass three-quarter brother to trotting queen Dance Craze, Lot 40, a Used To Me colt out of a half-sister to Dance Craze, and Lot 127, a Muscle Mass filly from the Vicbred and Breeders Crown champion Reina Danzante, a half-sister to Dance Craze. There’s an En Solitaire half-sister to the Vicbred and Breeders Crown Finals placegetter Brandlo Prince as Lot 234, a Trixton half-sister to the Central Victorian Championship placegetter and Vicbred finalist Beau Garcon (Lot 178) and a Used To Me colt closely related to the Breeders Crown Graduate winner Kyvalley Chief (Lot 91). Lot 167 is a What The Hill half-sister to recent Cranbourne winner Megeve, Lot 233 is an Orlando Vici filly out of a half-sister to the dual Canberra winner Orlando Storm and Lot 77 is a Love You filly from a half-sister to the Victorian provincial winner Meydan. Lot 77 is one of three youngsters from the draft that trace to Maori Miss, the founder of Australasia’s No. 1 family of trotters. The others are Lot 148, a filly by What The Hill from the Lindy Lane mare Showmethemaori, and Lot 195, a Used To Me colt from the 1:59 Sundon mare Abitofmagic. The Yabby Dam Farms’ draft comprises youngsters by the established sires Orlando Vici (7 lots), Used To Me (5), Muscle Mass (3), Quaker Jet (3), Love You (2) and Dream Vacation (1), emerging sires such as Father Patrick (2), Trixton (1) and Wishing Stone (1) and the exciting first crop sires What The Hill (4), En Solitaire (1) and Uniclove (1). Full pedigrees can be viewed at   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 Harness Racing Siblings to the fore Two of Australia’s star pacers at present, and both winners last weekend who promise to be a force in feature races in the autumn, are Treasure (by Art Major) and Turn It Up (by Courage Under Fire). Treasure took out the inaugural Group 2 $52,000 State of Origin Series at Globe Derby Park, while Turn It Up, an Auckland Cup and Harness Jewels winner, won the fast class race at Albion Park. Both bred by Bruce and Vicki Edward, of Durham Park Standardbreds are out of the American-bred mare O Narutac Bella (1:51.2), a useful racemare herself, and who has left other winners in Perfect Sense 1:55.5 ($143,530), Famous Three and Illawong Bella. O Narutac Bella was by the Western Hanover horse Western Ideal (a leading sire in America) from Yankee Venice, by Life Sign from Yankee Velvet, by Direct Scooter. Raith Memorial winner Sioux Rainbow, who won the $50,000 J. L. Raith Memorial at Menangle, is a NSW bred filly with an interesting and successful family background. Bred by John Markham, of Muswellbrook she was got by American Ideal from Rainbow Sue, a Hunter Valley bred mare by the Artsplace horse Art Major. Sioux Rainbow, who holds a record of 1:52.7, has run up a tidy score of two wins and three placings from five starts for $33,190 in stakes. Sioux Rainbow’s dam, Rainbow Sue (1:56.4), won seven races in Victoria and NSW including one at Melton. She was out of a capable racemare in Starry Rainbow, who took a record of 1:58.2, won 11 races and $84,205 and became the dam of winners in Art’s Stride (1:54.3, the winner of nine races), Starlight Rainbow (1:57.6, who won 16), The Falcon Rainbow (1:58.9), Christmas Rainbow (1:59.9) and Rainbow Sue (the dam of Sioux Rainbow). Starry Rainbow was a Fake Left mare from Hike Along (1:59.9), by Land Grant from Able Sharon, by Able Bye Bye. Besides Starry Rainbow, Hike Along, who won 15 races, left the Tatlow Memorial winner Gold Rainbow 1:59.8 ($115,690), King Rainbow 1:58.7 ($188,622), Rainbow Stride 1:55 ($145,977), Sky Rainbow 1:58.2 ($113,309) and also My Lady Rainbow, a What’s Next mare who produced the winners Cats And Dogs (13 wins), Pan’s Illusion (1:58.6) and Cooked Books (1:59.4). Another daughter of Hike Along was Angel Rainbow, who became the dam of seven individual winners including the Tasmanian Belmont winner Angelina Rainbow, Bullet Rainbow (1:56.2) and the SA Southern Cross heat winner and Breeders Crown 2YO finalist Treasure Rainbow (1:59.4). Diego from top family A bright future is being predicted for the Bettor’s Delight five-year-old Diego, whose success at Gloucester Park recently was his fifth winning run from seven starts on Australian soil. He has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Bettor’s Delight, Diego is out of the Christian Cullen mare Sakura, the dam of good Gloucester Park winner Mister Bushido 1:55.4 ($164,175) and The Bachelor (1:52). Sakura, who was only lightly raced, was a half-sister to the Perth winner Misaki (1:58.9), being from Mika (2:01.3), by What’s Next from Wakana, by Soky’s Atom from the Lordship mare Deidre Ann. This is the family which produced such winners as the Miracle Mile and Fremantle Cup winner My Field Marshal (1:46.9), the dual Oaks winner Foreal (1:55.8), Im Rocknroll Magic (1:51.2), Madiba Magic (1:51.4), Regal Dash (Bendigo Cup),  Askmenow (1:54.2) and Delightful Dash (Robin Dundee Crown). Deltasun in 1:52.4 Deltasun has become the third fastest ever Australian bred trotter in America. He recorded 1:52.4 when he was successful in a $13,000 race at Dover Downs, Delaware recently. By the A Go Go Lauxmont horse Tennotrump – a top trotter himself – Deltasun is from Deltasu, by Elsu (a son of Falcon Seelster) from Pikelet, by the French Chef horse Souffle. Deltasun belongs to an old-time American family with a strong emphasis on pacers. Prestige Stride is Oaks material The New Zealand bred, NSW owned three-year-old filly Prestige Stride is rated a top NSW Oaks prospect. She won three of her eight starts as a two-year-old and she romped home at her first start as a three-year-old at the Ballarat Cup meeting. Prestige Stride is a filly by Sweet Lou from the Christian Cullen mare Bee Jays Money, who has produced others in Pa’s Ultimate Delight 1:51.2 ($447,720), a prolific Menangle winner who is now racing successfully in America, and Ultimate Major 1:57.1 ($119,830), who won three at Gloucester Park. Bee Jays Money, the dam of Prestige Stride, was only lightly raced but she left four winners. She was a half-sister to the Inter Dominion Consolation winner Our Awesome Armbro 1:49.8 ($849,309), being out of the New York Motoring mare Abbeybell, who ranked as a half-sister to a fine racemare in Lento 1:56.4 ($272,110) and to Bella Chip 1:52.6 ($131,120), who became the dam of the Victoria Derby and Breeders Crown winner Bellas Boy 1:52 ($437,564) and the grand-dam of the Victoria Cup winner Bettor’s Strike 1:55.7 ($789,864). Lento, who won eight Group races, was the dam of the Nyah Cup winner Strauss 1:57.6 ($160,611), the NZ Nevele R Fillies Series winner Whanau 1:57.1 ($137,726) and the Gloucester Park winners Future Assets 1:56.3 ($152,400) and Our Toto (1:58.4). There are some notable winners in almost every remove of this family. Bell’s Butler, a half-sister by Butler B G to Lento, became the dam of the prolific Perth winner Glencadam. Prestige Stride New Norfolk Cup winner is well bred James Dean, who won the New Norfolk Cup last Monday, after starting from a 20 metre handicap, has now won 14 races and is rated one of the leading pacers in Tasmania. He ranks as a seven-year-old half-brother by Santanna Blue Chip to the Victorian country cups winner Glenferrie Alexis (1:55.9) and the Melton and Menangle winner Du Vella (1:50.9). Their dam, Alegria, was a Caprock mare from Miesque, by Plat Du Jour from Nicky Trae, by Jersey Hanover from Senatus, has proved a most successful broodmare. Besides James Dean and Du Vella, others of her produce have been Im Alex (1:54.8), Freedom Is (1:53.7), Jackaroozy (1:56.1) and Alexy (1:56.8). Alegria, who was unraced, was a sister to the NZ Taylor Memorial Mile winner Mac De Stroyer (1:49.8), who later competed successfully in North America, and to the Il Vicolo mare Ill Informed (1:58.3), the Methven Green Mile winner and dam of the smart Victorian pacer Hickstead (1:51.4). This has been one of the most successful branches of the Entice family, Senatus being a sister to the Hamilton Cup and Melbourne Showgrounds winner Koranui and to Storm Crat, a capable racemare who has produced a top family of winners in Australia, including the Central Victorian Trotting Championship winner Ima Rowan, the Perth winner Hook Line And Sinker and the Moonee Valley victors Mount Cole, In The Limelight and Silent Partners. Bona Khan impresses The four-year-old Bona Khan is proving a splendid advertisement for the Rustler Hanover horse Bonavista Bay, a grand pacer himself and who stood for a time at the stud in Victoria. He is now based in Western Australia. Bona Khan was a recent winner at Melton and Boort and has graduated to a NR63 mark. He has four wins to date. Rosie Khan, the dam of Bona Khan, was a Pacific Fella mare from the Genghis Khan mare Princess Khan (2:01.8), a half-sister to the Moonee Valley and USA winner Helmar Bob 1:51.8 ($197,737). By A Rocknroll Dance The Choreographer made a clean sweep of the Golden Guitar series at Tamworth and came within two-fifths of a second of breaking the track record, rating 1:56.5 for 1980 metres in the $30,600 Final. The Choreographer is a five-year-old gelding by A Rocknroll Dance, and one of the first crop of the Rocknroll Hanover horse, from the Modern Art mare Modern Day (1:58.3), a Group 3 winner who produced others in the Bathurst Gold Tiara heat winner Orchid Stride (1:56.7) and Modern Beach (2:00.5). Modern Day was a half-sister to the metropolitan winners American Legend 1:53.4 ($207,997) and Ideal Situation 1:51.2 ($200,185) and a member of the same family as cup class pacers in Tee Cee Bee Macray and Dont Kid Me. The Choreographer was bred by Jeff and Nea Costello. A star from Musical Delight The first two-year-old winner in NSW this season is Ripp, bred in Victoria by Lauriston Bloodstock and trained by Bernie Hewitt. A gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, he is out of a top racemare in Musical Delight 1:53.1 ($248,910), and is her third winner from as many foals. He soundly trounced older rivals on debut at Bathurst and looks a two-year-old with the potential one would expect of his breeding. Cochran Cup to Magicool The E. B. Cochran Trotters Cup, one of the features of the Victorian Summer of Glory carnival, was won by Magicool, a talented gelding by Tennotrump from Free Rider. Tennotrump, a son of A Go Go Lauxmont, has been among the top bracket of Australian trotting sires in recent years, and has been one of the most successful colonial-bred sires in this field for some time. He has sired such winners as Deltasun 1:52.4 (Vicbred Home Grown Classic and Tontine), the dual Vicbred champion Brunelleschi (1:57.7), Spud (1:59.3), Tenno Sho (1:59.5), Tendaho, Auntie Poppy and other smart trotters. Free Rider (2:03.8), the dam of Magicool, was by Straphanger, who also distinguished himself as a sire of trotters, from the Red Coach Glory mare Ivy Jean, who left a top flight trotter in Billy Royle, a thrice winner at Group level.  This has been a most successful family, as Miss Intense (2:00.4), a half-sister to Billy Royle, was a Melton winner from a limited campaign. The latest Cochran Cup winner, Magicool, has certainly a wealth of successful trotting blood on both sides of his pedigree. Magicool Weekly Spotlight on Breeding by Peter Wharton  

When Lot 214 enters the ring at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, April 11, it will be the culmination of a breeding program hatched in the Goulburn Valley nine years earlier by Gisborne breeders Ian and Kath Sutherland. Realising that they needed to upgrade their small operation to remain competitive in the tough breeding business, Ian and Kath purchased a young, unraced Fake Left mare named Zoeyzoey from Shepparton horseman Ross Pike in 2012. She was a daughter of the harness racing broodmare gem Grace Robinson and a granddaughter of the champion filly Jasmarilla. The other half of their broodmare band was the homegrown Indigenous Art, an unraced Art Major mare from the noted Ann Byrd family of the dual Inter Dominion champion Beautide, Ignatius and co.  She was a close relative to the former Tasmanian 2YO of the Year Not John, the Hobart Pacing Cup winner The Grouse and the Tasmanian 4YO of the Year The Fat Controller which were all bred by Ian and Kath in partnership with good friends, Barrie and Denise Rattray. In 2016 the Sutherland’s took two horses to the Melbourne sale, one a Mach Three colt out of Zoeyzoey and the other a Rocknroll Heaven colt from Indigenous Art which sold for $30,000 and $15,000 respectively. The Zoeyzoey colt, which is now racing as Seeuinnashville, was purchased by Luke and Belinda McCarthy and has earned $127,172 from 16 wins and nine placings, while the Indigenous Art named Jimmy Locke was secured by Josh Aiken and has returned $111,613 from 13 wins and 20 placings.  From the sale of the two colts the couple set their sights on the Brisbane sale looking to buy a well-bred filly with the intention of her becoming a commercial broodmare after she finished racing. “We made a number of calls to find a suitable person in Queensland to look over our selections and to break the horse in. That person was local horseman John Cockburn,” Ian said. “John could not fault one of our first options, a filly by Roll With Joe from the good racemare Art Start, a daughter of the Group 1 winner Sweet Clementine.” Named Arts Treasure, the $21,000 purchase was broken in by Cockburn and later sent down to NSW to James Rattray who they had seen grow up from a three-year-old. The following year the Sutherland’s went back to the Brisbane sale with the intention of securing another commercial filly. They were successful in buying their number one selection, Wha Hae, a Mach Three Filly out of the multiple Group 1 winner Good Lookin Girl whose dam, Goldrush Rush, was a multiple Group 1 winner and a noted producer. Wha Hae showed above average ability but was hampered by leg injuries. Despite having to wear bar shoes on all four feet, she managed four wins and eight placings from 17 starts and took a record of 1:53.8. She now in foal to Betting Line. Trained by James Rattray, Arts Treasure captured the Group 1 $100,450 QBred Triad Final and three weeks later ran second to Pinup Boy in the Group 1 APG final at Albion Park. Arts Treasure finished up with a stake tally of $152,542 and a mark of 1:50.9 set as a four-year-old at Menangle.  Ian and Kath Sutherland on 2018 Miracle Mile night at Menangle Meanwhile, Ian had noted that Arts Treasure’s dam Art Start had not been bred from for a year and had a Rock N Roll Heaven weanling colt on her. They subsequently purchased the mare and sent her down to Benstud Standardbreds in Victoria. And, the colt with the mare at the time of her sale has turned out to be star youngster Expensive Ego, the winner of nine of his 12 starts to date including three Group races and $159,948 in stakes. Art Start has since produced two foals by Betting Line for the Sutherland’s, the first a two-year-old filly which is close to trialling and the other, a colt which is Lot 214 at the Nutrien Equine sale. A colt by Captaintreacherous from Art Start’s daughter, Arts Treasure, has been earmarked for the 2022 Nutrien sale. Ian was introduced to the sport in the late 1960’s by an uncle, Charlie Blanchfield, who along with friend Ron Morrison, leased the grand stayer and Inter Dominion champion Bold David. Ian said he enjoyed going to Alf and Dorrie Simons’ stables every Sunday morning with his uncles after a Saturday night at the Melbourne Showgrounds. “Bold David qualified for the final in 1970 and drew the outside six from the standing start. He pinged the tapes and I knew they wouldn’t get past him,” Ian said. “From that night I thought that one day I wanted to not only own but breed a good horse capable of winning an Inter Dominion or a Miracle Mile.” Ian and Kath, whose earlier winners include Bold Stefan (20 wins and $113,373) and Pajero Lass (5 wins), are proud of their record at the yearling sales. “We’ve never offered a yearling at the sale and brought it back home. They’re all for genuine sale,” Ian said. Ian said that there were plenty of incentives for people to become involved in harness racing.  “The average person can become involved with a syndicate of friends to race a pacer or trotter, unlike the gallops which is very expensive,” he said. “Harness horses, if they make the grade, race on a lot longer than a galloper and for a third of the cost. It can fast become a way of life for people wanting an interest outside of their working life.”   by Peter Wharton

The harness racing catalogue for the 2021 edition of the yearling sale that produced four of the first six across the line in the inaugural Woodlands Stud State of Origin Series - the Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale – is now available online. The 2018 sale produced the second, third, fifth and sixth placegetters The Queen Of Heart, Miss Iconic, Mariahs Shadow and Shesherz respectively in the $52,000 State of Origin Series Final - South Australia’s richest race for four-year-old mares. A quality lineup of 28 lots has been confirmed by local and interstate vendors with the catalogue showcasing stock of Australia’s most sought after stallions including Sweet Lou, Sportswriter, Well Said, A Rocknroll Dance, Roll With Joe, Betterthancheddar, He’s Watching, Sunshine Beach, Shadow Play, Grinfromeartoear, Auckland Reactor and For A Reason. Emerging, young sires such as Downbytheseaside, Betting Line, Huntsville, Lennytheshark, Goodtime Sammy and Major Secret are also represented. The sale will be held at the Magic Millions complex, Morphettville on Sunday, March 14, starting at 12 noon. Gary Newton, the Silver Salver Sale co-ordinator, said: “We are really excited that the leading local breeders have supported the sale with strong numbers. It’s very exciting to see so many first season sires represented.” For online pedigrees go to Printed copies of the catalogue will be available for distribution from early February. By Peter Wharton

Many of the leading harness racing breeders from both sides of the Tasman have thrown their weight behind the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale to be held at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, February 7. Aldebaran Park, Australia’s ‘home of the trotters’, has the largest draft with 10 entries including four colts and three fillies from the second crop of the deceased Muscle Hill import Aldebaran Eagle. There’s a colt from the dual Vicbred champion Endsino 1:58.1 ($185,202, pictured), a colt from the Group One placegetter Naked Majesty, a colt from Yankee Sister, a half-sister to the multiple Group winner Cold Sister and fillies out of the good racemares Zhenya ($108,499), Aldebaran Daisy and Aldebaran Breeze. The Aldebaran Park draft also includes a Father Patrick half-brother to Hotjane Bling 1:53.9 ($132,230), a Love You half-brother to three winners and a filly from the first crop of USA 2YO Trotter of the Year Southwind Frank. Keith Gibson, the owner of Roydon Lodge stud, Christchurch, one of New Zealand’s leading nurseries, is offering a Majestic Son filly of a half-sister by Monarchy to the Dominion Handicap winner Mountbatten 1:54.2 ($287,476). Leading NSW breeder Michael Taylor, trading as Trotters Australia, has nominated six fillies including a Creatine half-sister to Empire Bay 1:55.7 ($228,321), a Father Patrick half-sister to two $100,000 earners and Majestic Son half-sisters to the Group One winner Viksun 1:57.2 ($95,440) and the Abrahams Classic winner My Little Comet. The highlight of the four-pronged entry of Goulburn Valley breeders Russ and Pauleen Thomson is a half-sister by the USA 3YO Trotting Colt of the Year What The Hill to the Vicbred and Breeders Crown champion Cruisin Around 1:56.1 ($287,192). The couple has also nominated a What The Hill colt out of the Vicbred Platinum victor Midnightatpinevale, a Sebastian K half-sister to Duchess Ella 1:57.2 ($126,933) and four other winners and a Sebastian K filly out of Prettylilangeleyes 1:55.8 ($114,625). Finley breeder Ash Haynes and partners, whose horses carry the ‘Phoenix’ moniker, have nominated two fillies, one an Aldebaran Eagle half-sister to the 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year Eljaykay Phoenix and Peregrine Phoenix and the other a Majestic Son from a half-sister to the Vicbred and Home Grown Classic winner Princess Phoenix. Harness Breeders Victoria president Nick Hooper and Paul Graydon’s three strong consignment includes a chestnut colt by Bacardi Lindy from the thrice Oaks placegetter Gluteus Maximus 1:59.6 ($104,855), the dam of the brilliant but ill-fated Derrie Aire, and a Trixton filly from Broadacrossthebeam, a successful half-sister to Gluteus Maximus. Balmain Lodge, conducted by Geoff and Lorraine Barnes, have nominated an Aldebaran Eagle half-brother to the dual NSW Breeders Challenge winner Iona Grinner 1:55.1($257,623), a What The Hill half-brother to Kyvalley Boomerang 1:57.4 ($176,863) and a Skyvalley half-sister to the Listed winner Barefoot Sally 1:56.9 ($110,520). Cranbourne identity David Scott is represented by two superbly bred fillies including a Majestic Son half-sister to the Vicbred and Home Grown Classic 2YO winner Is That A Bid 1:58 ($130,030). Other well known breeders with dual entries are Peter and David Goudie and Macray Lodge’s Ian Kitchin. To order a sale catalogue or to view the catalogue online simply click on the links on the website  

Love You’s brilliant son Venerate was recently named the USA 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year for 2020. During the year the Love You colt won five of his 10 starts for a season’s high $772,914 in stakes and took a record of 1:51.8. Among his successes were the inaugural $1 million Mohawk Million, the $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Final and a heat of the Breeders Crown in track record time. Love You was also represented by three New Zealand winners from his first commercial crop. Excuse My French made it two wins from two starts at Rangiora, Liason notched his third win at Cambridge Raceway, while Tyene cleared novice class on the grass at Blenheim. Love You’s richest son Quaker Jet led in a winner at the Ballarat Cup meeting in the talented mare Im Ready Jet. Despite sitting parked, the four-year-old rated 1:58.4 for 2200 mettres with the last 800 in a stunning 56.9. A dual Breeders Crown champion, Im Ready Jet boasts the splendid record of 11 wins and three placings from 20 starts for $184,810 in stakes.   Meanwhile, My Used To Be, a three-year-old gelding and one of the first commercial crop of the French-bred Group star Used To Me, notched his fourth win from only five starts at Yarra Valley last week. Love You, Quaker Jet and Used To Me are all members of the star-studded Haras Des Trotteurs’ stallion roster at Cardigan, near Ballarat, Victoria.    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 WA 4YO Championship to Magnificent Storm One of Western Australia’s premier races for four-year-olds, the Group 2 $50,000 WA 4YO Championship, run at Gloucester Park, was won by Magnificent Storm, and although Patronus Star, rated the top three-year-old last season, failed to finish due to a punctured tyre, this fact could not detract from the merit of Magnificent Storm’s success. He has now won at his last 11 starts; Patronus Star has won eight of his last 11. Bred by Pukekohe horseman Todd MacFarlane, Magnificent Storm is a member of one of New Zealand’s most outstanding standardbred families.  Magnificent Storm          --Daryl Hallows, Paceway Photos   His sire, American Ideal, was one of the best performed sires to come to Australasia, being by Western Ideal, a son of Western Hanover. American Ideal had a record of 1:47.8 and was one of America’s leading three-year-olds of his year. His ‘down under’ stock include Bling It On, Soho Tribeca, My Hard Copy, Ideal Scott and others, and in America he sired the winners of more than $110 million including American Jewel (1:48.4) and Heston Blue Chip (1:48). Splendour, the dam of Magnificent Storm, was a Bettor’s Delight mare from Splendid Deal, by In The Pocket from Splendid Dreams, by Dream Away from Scuse Me, by B G’s Bunny.  Splendour won eight races including the Gold Coast Oaks and $148,990 in stakes and took a record of 1:56.2 and was an above average mare. She was a sister to a fine pacer in Maxim 1:53.8 ($494,436), whose 12 successes included the Victoria Derby and NZ Sires’ Stakes 2YO Championship and a half-sister to the Rotorua Cup winner Hartofdixie (1:58.3). Most distinguished member of this family was a champion racemare in Adore Me, who held the Australasian records for one mile and two miles at one stage of her career.  Adore Me was a champion in her own right – she took a record of 1:47.7, won 26 races including 12 Group 1’s and earned $1,667,029 in stakes. Others from this family included Have Faith In Me (1:47.5), who won 32 races and $1,753,164 including the Miracle Mile, Auckland Cup and NZ Derby, Imagine Me, Pick My Pocket, The Dip and the 2019 NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Sweet On Me. Stamford, a younger brother to Magnificent Storm, won at its second start at Pinjarra last Monday in 1:55.1.   Chicago Bull joins select list When the Bettor’s Delight gelding Chicago Bull won the Free-for-all at Gloucester Park last Friday, he became the tenth richest Australasian bred pacer in history, according to the website. The win boosted the eight-year-old’s earnings to $2,323,956, the result of 61 wins and 25 placings in 92 starts, an average of a massive $25,260 per start. One of three Bettor’s Delight winners on the same program, Chicago Bull has won a record 55 races at the Perth headquarters’ track - including 23 at Group level - highlighted by the WA Pacing Cup, Fremantle Cup twice, WA Derby, Mount Eden Sprint twice and the WA 4YO Championship. Bred by the Price family, of Winton, in New Zealand’s Southland district, Chicago Bull is the first foal of the Christian Cullen mare Chicago Blues (1:58.1), who produced others in Perfect Stride 1:51.7 ($233,415), winner of the Cobram Pacing Cup five days earlier, and Rockabilly Blues (1:55.6).   Rockin Marty in form Rockin Marty, a son of the American sire Pet Rock, whose frozen semen is now available at Niota Bloodstock, has been one of the stars of NSW racing in January. He has won at his only two appearances – at Goulburn in a 1:54.9 rate over 2240 metres and Menangle in 1:55.5 over 2300 metres. A NSW Breeders Challenge Final winner at three defeating Lochinvar Art, Rockin Marty is closely related to a champion racemare of the 1980’s in Jasmarilla, who won 50 races and $503,000 and took a mile mark of 1:55.2. Rockin Marty is by Pet Rock from Hava De Grace, by Jaguar Cam, a Cam Fella horse from the family of Lonestar Legend (1:49.6), who held the distinction of winning feature races in both hemispheres. Hava De Grace, the dam also of the Menangle winner Sand Blast (1:52.1), Freason and Shadow Son, was out of Grace Robinson, dam of nine sub 2:00 winners and by Perfect Art from Jasmarilla, a mare by Tarport Low. Grace Robinson was the dam of Kevin Seymour Nursery winner Two Eye Cee 1:52.4 ($306,703), the NSW Breeders Challenge winners Eye See Diamonds 1:51.6 ($284,875) and Hardhitter 1:51.4 ($175,430), Oh Eye Cee 1:54.5 ($101,705) and Hava De Grace, the dam of Rockin Marty.  Oh Eye Cee left a top rating three-year-old in Private Eye (1:50.3), winner of the George Croxford Tribute at Gunbower and a semi-final of the NSW Breeders Challenge. Another daughter of Grace Robinson to breed on was the unraced Fake Left mare Zoeyzoey, dam of the good Menangle winners Seeuinnashville 1:51.1 ($127,172) and Zoes Boy (1:54.6).   Gloucester Park winner from good broodmare Jack William, a Bettor’s Delight eight-year-old and a winner at Gloucester Park in consecutive weeks, is out of the American-bred mare Whos Sorry Now, a capable racemare with a record of 1:59, who is proving a successful broodmare. Jack William                  --Daryl Hallows, Paceway Photos Whos Sorry Now is also the dam of Reactor Now (1:52.2), the Kilmore track record holder and a finalist in the Vicbred 4YO Series, and his half-brother Bettor Be Sorry (1:53.1), who won seven on end last season. Whos Sorry Now is a Western Ideal mare from Art’s Touch (1:55.6), by Artsplace from Sweet Affection (1:56.4), by Direct Scooter from the fine Big Towner mare Sweet Reflection  Other members of this family include Whosurboy 1:49 ($1.6 million), the New Jersey Classic winner Sweet Rock (1:48.2), Upfront Hoosierboy (1:49), Artache Hanover (1:49.2) and the New Jersey Futurity winner Arockin Hanover (1:49.4).   Closely related to Smolda Set Ablaze, who scored in runaway fashion in a slick 1:55.7 at Maryborough recently when making only his third appearance, is an American Ideal three-year-old colt closely related to the Inter Dominion champion Smolda. An Australian Pacing Gold purchase in 2019 in Melbourne, Set Ablaze is a colt by the Western Ideal horse American Ideal from the Real Desire mare Smouldering Desire, a half-sister to a grand pacer and Horse of the Year in Smolda 1:50.6 ($2.4 million). Their dam, Under The Mattress (1:58), a Listed winner at Moonee Valley, was by Safely Kept from Lotsa Wealth, by Entrepreneur from the Golden Wealth mare Tara Wealth, who established a great winning line for Victorian breeders Bernie and Margaret Blackshaw. She left 11 winners including the Gloucester Park winner Balthazar (2:00.5) and the thrice Moonee Valley winner Lotsawealth (1:59.8), the third dam of Set Ablaze.   Up-and-coming trotter Revy Jay, who has won three of her last five starts at Menangle, and has graduated to an NR84 mark, is a six-year-old trotter of some potential. Bred by Scott Withers, Revy Jay has a background of trotting blood second-to-none. Her sire, Revenue, has left the NSW Trotters Cup winner Dead Cat Bounce and other smart trotters in Hey You, Matatoki and Our Revenue Maker. Her dam, Steffi Jay, is by S J’s Photo, a successful sire of trotters in both America and Australia. Revy Jay ranks as a half-sister to the cup winners Majestic Ess Jay 1:58.4 ($178,727) and Valley Ess Jay 1:57.7 ($113,668) and the Melton winner Jaden Gil. Steffi Jay, a useful trotter herself, won 12 races including two at Moonee Valley. She was a half-sister to Midnight Rush, the dam of the Vicbred Platinum Home Grown 3YO Classic winner Midnightatpinevale. The family, which traces to a Blackwood Abdallah mare, Cass, produced a talented square-gaiter in Alta Rihannah, who won 16 races including 14 at Menangle, and others in Alta Soleil, who won 12, and Stephen Patrick.   Bettor’s Delight top sire Bettor’s Delight is Australia’s top sire for the ninth year on end. During the extended 2019/20 season his stock won 1,438 races and secured 2,586 placings for a record $14,568,341 in stakes. The Woodlands Stud flagship was also the leading sire of three-year-olds and finished second on two-year-old list behind Mach Three. The champion WA pacer Chicago Bull, top NSW mare Bettor Enforce, dual Derby winner Line Up, Victoria Oaks winner Dr Susan and the Breeders Crown champion Hurricane Harley were among his best winners last season. The leading first-season sire was Captaintreacherous, who finished fourth on the overall two-year-old sire premiership. Majestic Son topped the trotter’s section for the fifth consecutive year with a record $2,751,053, almost $1.6 million ahead of the runner-up Skyvalley. He was also the leading sire of two-year-olds for the second time and the top sire of three-year-olds for the fourth time. Of the top 10 stakemoney sires, four are deceased while Bettor’s Delight is 23 and Art Major is 22. The Australian sires’ list for the season is as follows: Winners Stakes $ Bettor’s Delight 460 14,568,341 Art Major 420 11,121,590 Mach Three* 281 8,611,208 American Ideal 188 5,921,751 Rock N Roll Heaven 220 5,824,329 Somebeachsomewhere* 196 5,463,773 Sportswriter 224 4,575,690 Rocknroll Hanover* 72 3,491,177 Courage Under Fire* 141 3,090,298 Mr Feelgood 173 3,060,867   Death of Aldebaran Eagle a tragedy The death of the American import Aldebaran Eagle (1:52.2) last weekend was a huge blow to the Australian breeding industry. Aldebaran Eagle succumbed to a long battle with illness at Aldebaran Park, Nagambie in northern Victoria. The promising, young sire, who stood alongside Tornado Valley’s sire Skyvalley, will have his first crop racing as two-year-olds this year. Aldebaran Eagle                 -- Ken Weingartner photo A son of the great Muscle Hill and the Self Possessed mare Letsjustalkabout Me (1:56.2), Aldebaran Park was purchased as a yearling by Aldebaran Park principal Duncan McPherson at the 2013 Harrisburg Sale. As a two-year-old he won a $76,000 division of the International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile in 1:55.2 defeating Centurion ATM, while he took his lifetime mark of 1:52.2 at three years winning at The Meadowlands. He qualified for the 2015 Hambletonian Final and was placed in the Colonial Trot and New Jersey Sire Stakes Final and finished up with a stake tally of $240,926. He was later exported to the southern hemisphere where he qualified in NZ before an injury forced his early retirement. Aldebaran Eagle will be represented by three colts and two fillies at the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale at Oaklands Junction on February 7.   by Peter Wharton

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

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

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

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

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