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Burwood Stud’s flagship stallion Changeover has ushered in the new year with a spate of harness racing winners – in both hemispheres. La Bella Vita, a New Zealand bred daughter of Changeover, made it two for two on Australian soil with a 1:52.8 winning effort at Goulburn, while Dress Sense NZ opened his Australian campaign in winnin g style at Melton. Our Georgina Rose, a late blooming mare by the former Kiwi champion, scored her third win from four starts with a career-best 1:55.9 at Ballarat and the three-year-old Nick’s Pick posted his first win at Albion Park, rating 1:56.4. Other fast Changeover winners were Jaccka Ted NZ (1:56.1, Globe Derby Park), Islas Joy NZ (1:56.2, Newcastle) and the 1:58.9 Port Pirie victor Rudi Sarnel, who won for the sixth time from only 12 starts. In America, Changeover was represented by a pair of former En Zedders in Darkershadeofpale, a 1:51.8 winner at The Meadowlands, and Sudden Change, who won in 1:54.2 at Dover Downs , Delaware.   By Peter Wharton

Hard copy catalogues for the 2021 Tasmanian Harness Yearling Sale, to be held at Carrick Park on Saturday, February 13, are now available from Tasracing and all tracks around the State. The online version of the catalogue can be found on the Tasracing website The sale has attracted youngsters by established sires such as Sportswriter, Pet Rock, Stonebridge Regal and Lincoln Royal as well as emerging young sires in Sweet Lou, Hes Watching, A Rocknroll Dance and Betting Line. A feature of the sale will be the offering of yearlings from the first crop of USA 3YO of the Year Downbytheseaside and Australian 3YO of the Year Vincent. There’s colts and fillies closely related to a host of top performers such as Beautide, Ignatius, Devendra, Lombo Pocket Watch, Hez The One, Astral Francais, Quastor Centurion, Purple Haze, Strezlecki Lady, Idengood Time and Tisu Holly. Horses sold at the sale will be eligible for a $5,000 bonus for their first win as a two-year-old as well as Tasbred Bonuses of up to $10,000 paid for the maiden successes of horses two-years-old and older. As a further incentive for buyers, Tasracing will contribute $500 towards the cost of breaking in any yearling sold at the 2021 sale. To order a catalogue and for further information contact Tasracing’s harness code lead Angela Barrett on phone (03) 6212 9307 or email Peter Wharton

Auckland Reactor has bounded to the forefront as one of Australasia’s leading harness racing sires over the last 12 months. In New Zealand, his stock earned $786,587 in the 2019/20 season, placing him in fifth position on the All Aged list, while his Australian progeny banked $2,024,517 in stakes – the second highest amount by a colonial bred sire. Taking in the $341,904 earned by his progeny racing in North America, the dual NZ Horse of the Year left the winners of $3,153,008 during 2019/20. In all, from only four crops racing, Auckland Reactor has produced the winners of an amazing $6,847,005 and 190 individual winners. Being by the great Mach Three and one of the best winning members of the Flora family, there was good reason to expect that Auckland Reactor would make a name for himself as a sire. From his first crop he sired a top colt in Chase Auckland 1:50.4 ($798,509), who won eight of his nine starts as a three-year-old and was voted NZ 3YO of the Year, and an outstanding racemare in Soho Burning Love (1:48.2), the fastest ever Australian-bred mare and the winner of $371,807 to date. Red Reactor (1:50.9), a winner of three races at Menangle, the Group 1 winner Gold Reactor (1:55.1), Jazzy Star (1:55.8), Blue Blazer (1:55.8), Tact Bess (1:54.5), the Group 3 winner Shining Oro (1:52.8) and Please Shudduup (1:51.8) have been other winners by Auckland Reactor from his initial crop. Auckland Reactor’s second crop produced the top WA mare Delightfulreaction 1:57 ($178,938), Reactor Now (1:58.3), who won nine of his 10 starts at one stage, Plutonium 1:55.7 (6 wins from 8 starts) and Gobsmacked (1:52.5), while his third crop – now four-year-olds – include the $40,000 NZ Harness 7000 winner Willie Go West (1:54.1), the Gloucester Park winner Warrior’s Legacy (1:57.1), Congo Line and the dual Southern Cross finalist Juddy Douglas. Auckland Reactor, a son of Mach Three, was a champion pacer in NZ. He won his first 17 starts on end and was undefeated in 11 starts at three years including the NZ Derby and NZ Sires Stakes Championship and was named NZ 3YO of the Year in 2007. While at four, he won 13 of his 16 starts including the NZ Free-for-all, Auckland Cup, Messenger, Noel Taylor Mile and a heat of the Inter Dominion – and more than $1.1 million in stakes. From 53 lifetime starts in NZ, Australia and North America, Auckland Reactor won 32 races - including seven Group 1’s – and was placed four times for $1,837,043. Auckland Reactor is now standing at the St Fort Stud, Moama (NSW), of Tony Peacock for a fee of $3,000 including GST. Peter Wharton

Jamieson Steele, who won his ninth race at Tabcorp Park Melton last Saturday and has now earned in excess of $100,000, is a six-year-old harness racing gelding expected to graduate far beyond his present rating. The Million Dollar Cam gelding came from a seemingly hopeless position on the home turn to mow down his rivals, tramping his last 800 in 54.7 seconds. The mile rate was 1:54 for 1720 metres. Jamieson Steele was one of six Million Dollar Cam winners over the holiday period. The Yirribee Pacing Stud sire produced a double at Redcliffe with Gina Tarantella, who posted her fifth success on end, and Getaloadathisgirl, together with the Globe Derby Park winner Alimonie, Spirited (Temora) and Isntthatright (Albury). Million Dollar Cam has sired 102 individual winners in Australia to date and progeny earnings of $4.5 million for an average of a creditable $30,300 per starter. Tintin In America, the sire of 2019 USA Horse of the Year Shartin, led in winners on both sides of the Tasman. Nimah Franco NZ, a six-year-old mare, led from end to end in 1:56.1 at Albion Park, while Jack Tar rated 1:58.4 winning his fourth race at Cambridge Raceway, New Zealand. Peter Wharton

Dont Care, who completed a clean sweep of the harness racing Vicbred Super Series when he won the Group 1 $100,000 Final at the New Year’s Eve meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton, is proving a splendid advertisement for the French bred stallion Used To Me, a grand trotter himself and who now stands at Haras Des Trotteurs near Ballarat (Vic.). Dont Care, a two-year-old gelding and one of the third crop of Used To Me, has won five of his 12 starts and $87,855 in stakes, a worthwhile return for the $11,000 paid for him as a yearling. To watch this race click here A Group winner in both hemispheres, Used To Me has left eight winners and two placegetters from 15 starters. He will be represented by six colts and a filly at the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on April 10 and 11. Always Ready, a four-year-old entire who is slated to stand at Haras Des Trotters in the 2021/22 season, captured his fourth Group success and his second Vicbred title when he outstayed his rivals in the $100,000 Final earlier on the night. To watch this race click on this link Brandlo Prince (by Orlando Vici) finished second, proving Haras Des Trotteurs with the quinella pair. Always Ready is a member of the second crop of Ready Cash, a dual Grand Prix d’Amerique winner who figures as the sire of Brillantissime, a thrice Group 1 winner in Italy who was fully booked in his first Australian season. An Orlando Vici half-brother to Always Ready will be offered as Lot 248 at the Nutrien Equine sale. Quaker Jet, another member of the Haras Des Trotteurs’ sire roster, produced two Vicbred Super Series placegetters in the three-year-old gelding Cracker Jet (2nd) and the three-year-old filly Imamaorijet (3rd).   By Peter Wharton  

The former New Zealand champion Changeover, who stands at Burwood Stud on Queensland's Darling Downs, has sired the winners of $14,580,528 including a record $2,525,442 in the closing harness racing season. Changeover produced winners in Victoria, New Zealand and North America over the Christmas-New Year holiday period. Heading was the vanguard was talented three-year-old The Mustang, who took out the $25,000 Vicbred Super Series Silver Pace at Bendigo in a career best 1:56.5. It was the gelding's 10th win for the season and 12th lifetime and sent his stake tally beyond the $75,000 mark. Change The Print, a NZ bred gelding, made it seven wins from 12 starts this term when he scored in a scintillating 1:53.2 at Ballarat's Boxing Day meeting. In New Zealand, Changeover was represented by three 'new' winners in Dennis Denuto, a winner by eight lengths at Reefton, Not Over (Motukarara) and Changeover Jo (Westport) and the repeat winners Franco Huntington (Winton) and I'm Trouble (Gore). While, in America, Darkershadeofpale NZ, scored again in 1:53 at Harrah's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. By Peter Wharton

Broodmare owners who are still considering if they should breed their mare this season or not, should study the facts before making their important harness racing breeding decision. The record books show that many of the modern day stars in Australia and New Zealand were born in December or January.  And, with the racing season in Australia being extended to December 31, and the fact that many of the age classics are being held later in the year, points up that breeding your mare later is the season will not disadvantage the earning potential of the resultant foal. The Victoria Cup winner and Miracle Mile runner-up Lochinvar Art, the Victoria Cup and Hunter Cup hero Bling It On, the New Zealand Cup and Hunter Cup winner Arden Rooney and the Queen of the Pacific winners Nike Franco and Ameretto were among the list of top performers born in December. In fact, Nike Franco and Bling It On were foaled four days apart on December 23, 2010 and December 19, 2010 respectively. Nike Franco was the fastest mare in North America in 2017 pacing a mile in 1:48 The dual Inter Dominion heat winner Galactic Star was a December 21 foal, while Lumineer, the undefeated Victorian two-year-old in the 2016/17 season, was foaled on December 9. And, Waylade, the winner of the WA 4YO Championship and McInerney Ford Classic, was a New Year’s Day foal. On the trotting side, the Australian Trotting Grand Prix winner On Thunder Road and top free-for-aller Maorisfavouritesun were both foaled in January. While, the Breeders Crown champions Im Ready Jet, Always Ready and Stress Factor, the Victoria Oaks winner Pretty Majestic and the cups winner Lightning Calder were all born in December. Horse                   Date of Birth         Best Time          Stakemoney Bling It On             19/12/10                 1:50.2                $1,882,957 Arden Rooney        6/12/09                  1:54.2                $1,070,230 Lochinvar Art         7/12/15                   1:48.6                   $921,556 Nike Franco           23/12/10                 1:48                      $913,870 Galactic Star          21/12/12                1:52                       $651,652 Ameretto                 5/12/11                  1:51.4                   $565,419 Philadelphia Man   2/12/08                   1:52.6                   $559,135 Waylade                  1/1/11                    1:53.5                   $447,069 Rock Diamonds        8/12/13                 1:50                     $435,016 Bettor Enforce          5/12/12                1:48.9                    $319,669 Born To Rocknroll       8/12/12              1:52.5                   $300,684 Niki No No                  3/12/11               1:55.6                   $294,455 Whirily School             6/12/12               1:53.5                  $293,358 Lumineer                     9/12/14               1:52.5                  $258,440 Motu Meteor               16/12/13               1:55.4                $252,295 Bettor Promise             3/12/11                1:53.2                $243,288 Jilliby Jitterbug            1/12/12                  1:53.4               $212,480 Flojo’s Gold                 6/12/12                  1:54                  $202,575 Astride                     13/12/13                   1:53.6               $194,960   By Peter Wharton

The French bred stallions Used To Me and Quaker Jet, both members of the powerful Haras Des Trotteurs’ sire roster, provided winners of the Group 3 Vicbred Super Series Silver Trot at Kilmore on Wednesday (December 30). Used To Me produced the winner of the $25,000 2YO Silver in She Sailz, while Quaker Jet led in the winner of the $25,000 3YO Silver, Im Ready Jet. Both fillies bred by Haras Des Trotteurs’ principal Pat Driscoll were runaway winners defeating the colts by 43.7 and 28.7 metres respectively. She Sailz, who carved out the last 800 in a stunning 57.7 seconds on the way to her third success, is a member of Used To Me’s largest crop. A Group winner in both hemispheres, Used To Me has sired eight winners from 15 starters, including the recent Cranbourne two-year-old winner Champagne Charley. Im Ready Jet, one of 10 winners from the first crop of 24 foals by Quaker Jet, has won 10 of her 19 starts and $173,410 in stakes. Love You, the sire of Quaker Jet, was represented by a ‘new’ winner at Ashburton, New Zealand during the holiday period in Excuse My French, who won on debut by 1-1/2 lengths with the last 800 in 58.7 seconds. The Best Madrik, a Group 1 winner in France, was represented by the three-year-old filly Right Moves, who overcame a 20 metre handicap to score for the fifth time at Menangle. The Best Madrik has sired four winners – including three Group placegetters - from four starters from his initial crop of five foals.     By Peter Wharton

The Yirribee Pacing Stud stallions Warrawee Needy, Million Dollar Cam, Tintin In America and Renaissance Man have all been to the forefront in the holiday harness racing period. Warrawee Needy, the joint world record holder, left three-year-old winners in USA and Canada including Need Ur Opinion (1:54.4) and Need Arocket (1:58.6). The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam was represented by the NSW winners Skedaddle Shannon (1:58.7) and Neville Shannon and the WA victors Our Mista Kalle (1:58.2) and Navajo Outawagga. Tintin In America, the sire of recently retired USA Horse of the Year Shartin, produced the impressive Westport, New Zealand grass track winner Terrier, while Renaissance Man left a 'new' two-year-old winner at Northam (WA) in Patrikiar (1:58.9). By Peter Wharton

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound Star four-year-old by A Rocknroll Dance A bright future is being predicted for the A Rocknroll Dance four-year-old Yorkshire, whose success in the Group 3 Gordon Rothacker Memorial Championship at Melton was his first on Australian soil at his second start. He has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by A Rocknroll Dance, and one of his first crop, Yorkshire is out of the Christian Cullen mare Veste (1:57.1), a Group 1 winner of $106,023, being out of a fine racemare in Coburg (1:56.8), by Falcon Seelster from Vicario, and tracing to the Berlin mare Regina, whose family today is one of the best in the NZ stud book. Yorkshire            --Stuart McCormick photo It includes the million dollar winners Il Vicolo, Gotta Go Cullen and Stunin Cullen, Our Triple Play 1:51 (Queensland 4YO Championship), Code Bailey (Bendigo Cup), the NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Championship winner Its All About Faith (1:54.6) and others.   Crack colt by Bettor’s Delight One Change, who won the Christmas Cup at Albion Park – Bright Energy and Colt Thirty One filled the minor placings behind him – is a New Zealand bred colt with an interesting and successful background. Bred by North Island identities Rob Carr and Don Kirkbride, he was got by Bettor’s Delight from Changedown, a mare by the Warm Breeze horse Falcon Seelster. One Change, who took a record of 1:51.1 as a three-year-old, has run up a tidy score of 14 successes and nine placings from 24 starts for $577,794 in stakes. One Change                       --Dan Costello photo One Change’s dam, Changedown, was an unraced mare by Falcon Seelster, a dual world champion from the Jessie Pepper family, and who proved a very successful sire and broodmare sire in both NZ and Australia. Changedown was out of a smart racemare in Chaangerr, who took a record of 1:58.7, won six races and $75,860 and became the dam of the champion Kiwi pacer Changeover 1:53.4 ($2.3 million), now a successful sire in Queensland, Change Stride 1:50 ($376,988), Change Gear 1:52.8 ($190,884) and Change Time (1:56.2) and Changedown (the dam of One Change). Chaangerr was a Vance Hanover mare from Nell’s Pride, by Tuft from Nell Air, by Ricochet. Besides Chaangerr, Nell’s Pride, a Rotorua Cup winner, left the NZ Cup and dual Miracle Mile winner Chokin 1:56.2 ($1.8 million), the multiple Group 3 winner Chuin 1:54.2 ($185,028) and also Pretty Smooth, a Smooth Fella mare who became the dam of the Inter Dominion heat winner Anvil Vance 1:57.8 ($450,729) and the grand-dam of the NZ Derby winner Fly Like An Eagle 1:53.9 ($699,419) and Mach Doro 1:50.2 ($448,040).   Beautide’s sister Kabibi, a three-year-old sister by Bettor’s Delight to the Miracle Mile winner and dual Inter Dominion champion Beautide, broke novice ranks at Burnie last weekend. The filly had been placed in three of her previous six starts. An eleventh foal, Kabibi is out of the Ticket To Heaven mare, Gorse Bush, whose dam, Barrington Lass, the dam of 15 individual winners, established a great winning line for leading Tasmanian horseman Barrie Rattray. Others from Gorse Bush were Death And Taxes 1:58.1 ($125,300) and Ashkalini 2:00.2 ($124,338) both Granny Smith winners, Acutabovetherest (1:57.1), Chalondra (1:56.6) and Ashura (1:59.5).   WA Christmas Gift winner Vivere Damore, the impressive winner of the $50,000 Christmas Gift at Gloucester Park, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the WA female ranks. She is a member of an old time Australian family, being a five-year-old Lincoln Royal mare from the Village Jasper mare Living On Love, a sister to the prolific Perth winner Here Comes Zoe 1:55.2 ($113,996) and a half-sister to the WA Sires Stakes champion Chivalrous Fella 1:55.5 ($271,809), a winner of 20 races at Gloucester Park, and My Zapherine 1:58 (dam of Fully Zapped 1:57.6). Their dam, Inamorato (by Embrace Me), was unraced but she left nine winners. She was out of Datelinka, by New Morris (son of Morris Eden) from Nalaara First, by Aachen from the Merchant mare Country Cousin and tracing to the taproot Ethylin (by Judge Huon), foaled in Tasmania in 1899. Inamorato was a half-sister to What A Novice (TT2:00.8), dam of the glamour Victorian racemare Nemeeshar 1:58.2 ($331,230), the winner of four Group 1 races, and the third dam of the APG Consolation winner Arggghhh (1:53.4), Sheer Strength 1:55.5 (who won 17), Courageous Katee 1:57.8 (12 wins) and recent Victorian winner Shaq (1:55.2). Vivere Damore was bred by John Coffey, of Patrician Park, who part-owns her.   Well related three-year-old Winner of the Albion Park Gold and QBred Triad as a two-year-old last season, Expensive Ego has opened his three-year-old season on a winning note with successes in 1:50.6 and 1:51.1 at Menangle. Expensive Ego was an Australian Pacing Gold purchase in 2018 at Brisbane, and is a colt by the Rocknroll Hanover horse Rock N Roll Heaven from Art Start (1:58.2), by Perfect Art (a brother to Art Major) from the Queensland Oaks winner Sweet Clementine (1:59.6), a half-sister to the NZ Great Northern Oaks winner Adios Trick and to Sweet Liberty 1:57.9 ($102,706) and Sweet Sue, both winners of the QBred Triad. Art Start, who won 14 races, has left four winners from five foals of racing age including the QBred 2YO winner Art’s Treasure 1:50.9 ($152,542) and the prolific Albion Park winner Bohdi Tree 1:52.1 ($192,854). Other members of this family, which was founded in NZ by The Brat (by the thoroughbred Young Diomedes), were Centenario (2YO Colt of the Year), the dual Inter Dominion heat winner Philadelphia Man (1:52.6), My Liberty Belle (QBred 3YO Triad), Lagoon Stride (1:56.1) and Who Said What (1:54.1).   Group success for Gotta Party Doll Gotta Party Doll, who won the Group 3 Red Ochre Mares Classic at Dubbo, after leading from the early part and soundly trouncing her rivals, has now won nine races this season and is rated one of the brightest prospects in her class. She ranks as a six-year-old half-sister by Gotta Go Cullect to the former top Sunraysia pacer Loaded (1:57.4). Their dam, My Party Doll, was a Falcon Seelster mare from Smooth Doll, by Smooth Fella from the Lordship mare Living Doll, who proved a most successful broodmare. She is the dam of NZ and USA winners Talking Doll 1:55.2 ($114,857) and Straight Eight (1:59.2) and the Harold Park winner Lamarque (1:59.1). My Party Doll, winner of the NZ Yearling Sale Series as a three-year-old, was a half-sister to the good Gloucester Park winners Black N Bettor 1:56.1 ($179,805) and Lavros Butler (1:57.4), and the In The Pocket mare My Barbie Doll, the dam of nine winners including Mister Ardee 1:56.2 ($284,198), Express Ball 1:53.2 ($187,744) and Weedon’s Express 1:53.1 ($137,540). Another half-sister in Cee Ash (TT1:57.3) ranks as the dam of the dual Melton winner My Cash (1:53.1). This has been one of the most successful branches of the Norice family, Living Doll being a half-sister to the NZ Free-for-all winner Chief Command, Indecision (Rangiora and Ashburton Cups) and Jack Ruler (1:58.2).   Vicbred winning line The two-year-old Evas Image (by Father Patrick), who won a heat of the Vicbred Super Series at Maryborough, and the three-year-old Builder Bob (by Angus Hall), who finished third in his respective heat, are both out of the Last Sunset mare Shes An Image, who won the Vicbred Super Series herself. Both were bred by Chris Lang Jnr and his wife Haley, of Ballarat, and were sold at the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale in Melbourne. The first was Builder Bob, who went for $41,000 in 2018, while Evas Image brought $70,000 in 2019 – the top price that year. Shes An Image won 20 races including the Victoria and NSW Oaks and $233,824 in stakes and took a mile record of 1:57.4. She is a half-sister to the Tatlow and Central Victorian Championship winner Gentle Image 2:00 ($202,230), Godofthunder (SA Hambletonian) and the lightly raced Joyce’s Image, who became the dam of the promising Queensland filly Shegotsass (10 wins to date).   Helansin improved The most improved two-year-old in recent weeks is Helansin, from Chris and Alison Alford’s Bolinda barn, and he is already being regarded as a candidate for next year’s three-year-old classics. Helansin             --Stuart McCormick photo He is a Somebeachsomewhere gelding from a useful racemare in Eye Like Candy (1:55.8), by Presidential Ball from the Group placed Arivee (1:59.3), by Safely Kept from the Golden Greek mare Willing Greek, who has founded an outstanding family of winners. Eye Like Candy, who won nine races, is also the dam of the talented NZ four-year-old Jawbreaker (1:55.6), winner of the Show Day Futurity at the recent NZ Cup carnival.   From family of Maori’s Idol Needabacardi, who won the Christmas Trotters Cup, one of the features of the Summer carnival at Albion Park, is a Bacardi Lindy gelding from the same family as that which a champion trotter in Maori’s Idol. Needabacardi            --Dan Costello photo Needabacardi, who was a Vicbred Super Series winner as a two-year-old, has been a widely traveller trotter having won at Melton, Menangle and now Albion Park.  He ranks as a half-brother to the Breeders Crown and Vicbred champion Kyvalley Clichy 1:59.2 ($167,750), being out of Modern Maori, by Sundon from a fine racemare in Maori Princess, by Entrepreneur from the Overtrick mare Maori Trump. This family has consistently producer a number of top trotters over the years. A close relative of Needabacardi in Victoria is the Inter Dominion champion Sumthingaboutmaori, by Pine Chip. Sumthingaboutmaori’s grand-dam, Maori Trump, is a half-sister to Maori’s Idol. Sumthingaboutmaori figures as the dam of promising three-year-old filly Imamaorijet, a Vicbred Super Series heat winner at Maryborough last Monday. Needabacardi was bred in northern Victoria by Neville and Louise Pangrazio.   Siblings win at Northam It was no mean feat for the half-brothers Tradie (by Yankee Sensation) and Pivotal (by Badlands Hanover) to win on the same night at Northam recently. The former has now won six races and the latter, two. Sagacity, the race-winning dam of Tradie and Pivotal, was out of a capable racemare in Fine Glance, who won three races at Moonee Valley. Besides Sagacity, she was also the dam of Nemjul (2:00.6), Bristowrama (2:02.4) and the Classic Garry mare Miss Burnside (2:00.8), who became the dam of the Globe Derby Park winners Any Suggestions (1:57.5) and Miss Lively (1:58)). Fine Glance was out of Gavil Girl (2:06.7), by Gaviland from the Lock Up mare Sans Pareil, who established a great winning line for the late Jack Bagley, of Chiltern (Vic.). She left the Victoria Sires Stakes champion and Tatlow Memorial winner Part Of Glory 2:00.2 ($156,155), Triumph Lad (Victoria Sires Produce) and a top Tasmanian pacer in Swishinon 1:56.3 ($154,379). Other members of this family have been the Cranbourne and Shepparton Cups Phoenix Prince 1:52 ($244,680), Goonly 1:53.4 (Tontine Series), Udoit 1:55.4 ($143,215) and the SA Oaks winner Doug’s Courage (1:58). by Peter Wharton

Former NZ champion Changeover, who is now standing at Burwood Stud in Queensland, sired multiple harness racing winners on both sides of the Tasman this week. He has sired the winners of $1.84 million in Australia to date this season. Heading the vanguard were the Menangle winners La Bella Vita NZ, who won in 1:53.5 at her first start on Australian soil, and Controversial NZ (1:54.4), who notched win No 32 and advanced his bankroll to $255,000. Changeover was also represented by a winning double at Horsham with Jaccka Ted NZ (1:58.6) and El Banco (1:59.2), while Loch Ness Franco NZ captured the Golden Girls at Launceston, her fourth win from eight starts in Oz. Changeover led in three winners in New Zealand this week in Szybka Lane (1:59.8, Ashburton), Southerly Change (Rangiora) and Jacks N Jazz (Dunedin). Szybka Lane winning at Ashburton   by Peter Wharton

The first two crops of former world champion Hes Watching 1:46.8 ($1,129,215) has elevated him into the top bracket among the percentage sires in Australia this season. The American Ideal horse has sired 16 individual two-year-old winners from a crop of 65 foals – a 25 percent strike rate - and 19 three-year-old winners from 57 foals – a 33 percent ratio. During the past week Hes Watching was credited with two ‘new’ juvenile winners in Western Australia in the colt Boston Rob (Northam) and filly Royal Essence NZ (Bunbury). Hes Watching left winners in three different countries last week. Experia NZ, a three-year-old gelding, posted his sixth success with a 1:54.7 winning effort at Menangle, while the three-year-olds Icantsee and Watchful Lady scored at Junee and Tamworth respectively. In New Zealand, Hes Watching led in the ‘new’ winners Am I Dreaming (1:59.4, Dunedin) and Weren’t Watching (Cambridge Raceway), while, in Canada, the three-year-old Night Watchman emerged successful in 1:56.8 at Flamboro Downs, Ontario. Weren’t Watching winning at Cambridge Hes Watching is standing his first NSW season at Luke Primmer’s Tipperary Equine, Young for the bargain fee of $2,500 including GST.   by Peter Wharton

Used To Me, Love You and Quaker Jet, all members of the Hars Des Trotteurs’ sire roster, left important juvenile winners in Australia recently. Used To Me, a Group winner in France and Victoria, was represented by the two-year-old gelding Dont Care, who notched his fourth success in a heat of the Vicbred Super Series at Maryborough, and the two-year-old filly She Sailz, who completed back-to-back wins at Ballarat. Used To Me has sired four individual two-year-old winners from his third crop. The champion European sire Love You produced two ‘new’ winners on the same card at Maryborough on December 14 in the colt Love Gun and the filly Meadowvalley Lover, while the Love You two-year-old gelding finished a close third in his heat of the Vicbred Super Series. Maestro and Meadowvalley Lover both qualified for the $100,000 VSS Finals at Melton on New Year’s Eve. Another recent two-year-old winner was Quick Quaker, a product of Love You’s richest son Quaker Jet who posted his second success at Globe Derby Park. Quaker Jet’s star three-year-old filly Imamaorijet led from end-to-end in a Vicbred Super Series heat, with Electrojet a close third, while Cracker Jet finished runner-up in his heat in the second fastest time of the day. Orlando Jolt NZ and Just Believe, both four-year-olds and members of Orlando Vici’s amazing first crop, saluted at Albion Park (twice) and Kilmore respectively. Orlando Vici is ranked second on the All Aged list for average earnings per starter with $21,808, behind only Monarchy ($29,910). To round a successful month, the Love You three-year-old gelding Love N The Port scored his second win from three attempts at Winton, New Zealand.     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 Siblings win Group races Two of Australasia’s star pacers at present, and both Group 1 winners last weekend who promise to be a force in the summer racing, are the siblings King Of Swing and Bettor Twist. King Of Swing, a five-year-old Rocknroll Hanover entire, won the $175,660 Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship at Albion Park, while Bettor Twist, a three-year-old Bettor’s Delight filly, took out the $95,000 Caduceus Club Fillies Classic at Alexandra Park. King Of Swing                         --Dan Costello photo   Twist And Twirl, the dam of King Of Swing and Bettor Twist, is an Artsplace mare out of Giveitawhirlgirl, by Jenna’s Beach Boy from the fine racemare Impish (1:54.9), by Falcon Seelster from a noted producer in Smarty Pants (1:58.6), by El Patron. Twist And Twirl won seven races including the Great Northern Oaks and NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Championship, took a record of 1:56 and earned $283,258 and was a top racemare in her own right. She ranks as a sister to the NSW Group winner Feels Like Magic 1:51 ($261,728) and a half-sister to the Blossom Lady winner Bettor Give It 1:57.4 ($138,061), dam of this year’s SA Derby and NSW Breeders Challenge winner Mach Dan 1:51.7 ($204,892). Other members of this family have been the NZ Caduceus Club Classic winner Am Opulent 1:54.9 ($269,515), Dibaba 1:53.4 (NZ Southland Oaks), Idealindiamonds 1:56.2 (WA The Warwick), The Fascinator 1:53.9 ($155,162) and the Rangiora Cup victor Imola.    Ninth on end Magnificent Storm, a New Zealand bred three-year-old, extended his unbeaten winning sequence on Australian soil to nine at Gloucester Park last Friday. He is by the Western Ideal horse, American Ideal, sire of the top pacers Bling It On and Soho Tribeca. Magnificent Storm winning at Gloucester Park – photo by Paceway Photos   Magnificent Storm is out of the Gold Coast Oaks winner Splendour 1:56.2 ($142,217), by Bettor’s Delight from Splendid Deal, by In The Pocket from the Dream Away mare, Splendid Dreams, a daughter of Scuse Me, the dam of the million dollar winners Have Faith In Me (1:47.5) and Adore Me (1:47.7). Scuse Me was a half-sister to the prolific Albion Park winner Supabet (1:53.8) and a member of the same family as the 2019 NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Sweet On Me (1:55.2), Imagine Me 1:56.9 ($241,972), Bare Knuckle 1:51.5 (NSW Raith Memorial) and Megabucks (1:49.6). Magnificent Storm is a member of Ray Williams’ team.   For A Reason’s half-brother Straddie, who won The Bill Dixon at Albion Park, after appearing to be hopelessly out of it at one stage, has now won 10 races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a four-year-old half-brother by Somebeachsomewhere to the brilliant pacer and national mile record holder For A Reason 1:49.4 ($1.1 million), who is standing at Cobbitty Equine stud in NSW. Straddie has not raced a great deal. He did not race at two and from 36 starts he has been in the money on 21 occasions for $74,797 in stakes. Straddie    --Dan Costello photo   Their dam, Left For Me (1:59), was a Fake Left mare from Our Lady Delwin, by Lordship from Del’s Dream, has proved a most successful broodmare. Besides For A Reason and Straddie, others of her progeny have been Left Tennant 1:51.5 ($134,485), Lettucereason 1:55.9 ($180,073), Deadly Woman (1:55.6) and Projectile (1:58.8). Left For Me, a Harold Park and Albion Park winner, was a sister to Deputy Dan (1:54.4, winner of 26 races and $125,666) and a half-sister to Delectable Dolly (1:56.7, winner of 29 races and $136,788), Derringer (22 wins) and Lord Delwin (12 wins). This has been one of the most successful branches of the Eastern Lady family, Our Lady Delwin being a half-sister to This Time Del 1:59.5 (4 NZ wins) and Lotliker (1:59), a capable racemare who has produced an outstanding family of winners in Australia, including the NSW Derby winner Beach Fighter 1:51.8 ($366,883).   This filly IS tough! Tough Tilly is proving herself a smart two-year-old – she won a heat of the Vicbred Super Series at Shepparton and has been twice placed in Group company – could develop into one of next season’s top three-year-olds. Tough Tilly, who has now won three races, is a filly by the Somebeachsomewhere horse Captaintreacherous, a member of Empire Stallions’ frozen semen roster. Captaintreacherous has been most successful with his first crop in Australia. His stock include the top filly Treachery, a winner of two Group races, and a smart colt in Lochinvar Chief who finished second in the Bathurst Gold Crown. Tough Tilly is out of Beninjurd, by Art Major from My Liberty Belle 1:57.5 ($185,333), a Queensland bred mare by Fake Left from Sweet Liberty, by Gatwick from the NZ mare Sue Adios, winner of the NSW Ladyship Mile and founder of one of Queensland’s greatest classic winning families. Beninjurd, who was unraced, is also the dam of the brilliant but ill-fated Centenario 1:53.4 ($332,520), the winner of eight two-year-old races, and Somedan 1:55.9 ($121,098). Beninjurd is a sister to the dual Inter Dominion heat winner and Breeders Crown champion Philadelphia Man, who took a record of 1:52.6, won 24 races and $559,135 and is now at stud in the Riverina. At the last Australian Pacing Gold yearling sales a brother to Tough Tilly was purchased by Melbourne owner Danny Zavitsanos for $80,000.   A star from Spidergirl A most promising two-year-old trotter in Victoria this season is Love Gun, who was bred by Kevin Riseley and trained by David Aiken.  A colt by Love You, he is out of a champion racemare in Spidergirl Tr 1:56.8 ($17,657) and the first of her produce to race. He came from near last to win at Maryborough recently and looks a two-year-old with the potential one would expect of his breeding.   Maestro Bellini in tune Maestro Bellini, a Queensland bred son of Bettor’s Delight, has been one of the stars of the summer racing at Melton. He won on the first two nights – over 2240 metres in a 1:58 rate and over 1720 metres in 1:54.6, winning a heat of the Gordon Rothacker Memorial Championship. Maestro Bellini is closely related to a top Queensland racemare in The Archduchess (1:55.2), who won 12 races including the Kay Seymour Nursery and $281,319 in stakes.  Maestro Bellini                --Stuart McCormick photo      A six-year-old gelding, Maestro Bellini is by Bettor’s Delight from Santuzza (1:58), by Safely Kept, a Jate Lobell horse from the same family as Panorama, Grinfromeartoear, Strike Out and so on. Santuzza, who won twice at Albion Park, was out of Jesse (1:56.5), winner of three NZ races and by New York Motoring from Scotch Jess, a mare by the legendary Kiwi pacer of the 1970’s, Noodlum. Besides Santuzza, Jesse is also the dam of Thywillbedone (8 wins), Siracusa (2:00.8, who won six), Miss Catania (5 wins) and Sheez Not Perfect, a lightly raced mare who became the dam of The Archduchess, the dual Redcliffe Sales Classic winner Regulus 1:52.8 ($163,096), Ifoundthebeach 1:54.1 ($105,615) and Aristaeus (1:55.9).   Changeover Girl impresses The three-year-old Changeover Girl is proving a splendid advertisement for the In The Pocket horse Changeover, a grand pacer himself and who stands at Burwood Stud in Queensland. Changeover Girl has won at her only two appearances including a heat of the Vicbred Super Series at Ballarat. Shorty’s Treasure, the dam of Changeover Girl, took a record of 1:58.8 and was a Falcon Seelster mare from Shorty’s Girl 1:56.5 ($223,276), a New Zealand bred mare by New York Motoring. Shorty’s Girl, a dual NZ Breeders Stakes winner, ranks as the dam of the top young WA stayer J B Mauney, the 1:51.2 Menangle winner Shorty’s Mate and Shorty’s Chance (1:54.8).   Eleventh winner from broodmare When the Bitobliss two-year-old My Classy Mate won at Newcastle recently, he credited his dam Left Town with her eleventh individual winner. My Classy Mate, one of the second crop by Bitobliss, had shown handy form in the coal mining area. Others from Left Town to win have been the SA Derby winner Lively Exit 1:56.2 ($215,617), You Two Bono (1:54.8), Lively Lily (1:57.1), Arlege Bay (1:58.1), Phil’s Grinning (1:59), Sunny Town (1:59.4), Captain George (2:00), Early Exit, Quinzel, Mach In Town and now My Classy Mate. Left Town, who is now in her 21st year, has since produced a colt foal by Modern Art. Left Town is a Fake Left mare from London Town, by Vance Hanover from Crystal Palace. This may not have been one of the most successful branches of the Renown family, but for all that Left Town has made a worthwhile contribution.   Up-and-coming trotter One of the most promising trotters racing in Victoria is Kyvalley Hotspur, bred by Breckon Farms. A two-year-old, he has won twice including the Group 2 Tatlow Stakes at Melton and been twice placed in seven starts.  Kyvalley Hotspur                             --Stuart McCormick photo   Kyvalley Hotspur has a background of trotting blood second to none. His sire, Muscle Hill, has left the great Australian trotting mare, Dance Craze, and other top trotters in Glenferrie Burn, Elite Stride, La Grange and Tickle Me Pink. His dam, Love Ya Doosie, is by Love You, the leading sire of trotters in France for many years. Kyvalley Hotspur ranks as a brother to Kyvalley Chief (1:56.4), the winner of seven races this season including the Group 3 Breeders Crown Graduate, and Kyvalley Senator (4 wins). Love Ya Doosie, a useful trotter herself, was a half-sister to the dual Inter Dominion Trotting champion I Can Doosit 1:55.5 ($1.4 million), the winner of 18 races in succession, and the NZ City of Sails Free-for-all winner Sno’s Big Boy 1:58.4 ($215,308) and to Yankeedoosie, dam of the promising young NZ trotters Forget The Price Tag and American Pride. The family, which traces to the American mare Ab, produced a champion American trotter in Aviano 1:54.6 ($823,228), the winner of 18 races including the 3YO Breeders Crown, and the good NZ and Australian trotters in Golden Blend 1:55 ($305,911), Aldebaran Ay M (1:58.8), who won nine races, including the 4YO Breeders Crown, and Aldebaran Southland.   by Peter Wharton

The first ‘down under’ crop of the dual world champion Hes Watching (1:46.8), now standing at Luke Primmer’s Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW), continues to take all before them. Experia, a New Zealand-bred three-year-old, sat parked before posting a career-best 1:51.3 winning effort at Menangle on Saturday night (December 12). It was the brown gelding’s fifth success and third at the Sydney headquarters’ track. Magnifico To Watch and Watchmylips, both members of Hes Watching’s initial Australian crop, emerged successful at Penrith and Hobart respectively last weekend. Magnifico To Watch, who rated 1:57.5, has now won four of his last five starts, while Watchmylips (1:59.2) has won five of his nine lifetime outings. A pair of ‘new’ winners by Hes Watching recently were Foxy Patron, a three-year-old filly who won by 17 metres at Temora, and Makwala, who outstayed his rivals over 2600 metres at Addington. Hes Watching was also represented by the fast North American three-year-old winners Night Watchman (1:56.6) and Applecorp Hanover (1:56.8). From 57 foals in his first Australian crop, Hes Watching has had 35 starters for 21 winners and five placegetters.     by Peter Wharton

Gina Tarantella, a NSW bred daughter of Yirribee Pacing Stud sire Million Dollar Cam, is taking all before her in Queensland. The four-year-old has won four races on end by a combined margin of 130 metres in the space of 17 days! Million Dollar Cam was also represented by the 1:57 Penrith winner Whatta Conk and the Canberra winner Little Pom. Other members of the Yirribee Stud sire roster in Tintin In America, Warrawee Needy and Lombo Pocket Watch also produced winners last week. Tintin In America sired a ‘new’ winner in Nerano (Manawatu, NZ), Warrawee Needy was represented by the Canadian three-year-old filly Wine Tyme, while Lombo Pocket Watch led in the 1:53.4 Menangle winner Timely Sovereign.   by Peter Wharton

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