Day At The Track

Many harness racing fans will remember an incredibly successful North Island family of horses from the eighties and nineties that trace back to the broodmare Birdie. Birdie, of course, earned fame as the dam of Dillon Dean and Dillon Dale, who, between them, won 37 races and were placed 31 times, she also left My Double Birdie (1:57.4) who left Two Under (1:53.2 in USA) Dillon Dean's main wins included the NZ Messenger and Derby titles alongside the NZ Free For All. Dillon Dale also won the NZ Free For All, the NZ Juvenile Championship and Thames Cup. Birdie's Belle, a Berry Hanover daughter of Birdie, produced the outstanding pacer Elmer Gantry, winner of 18 races and 29 times placed. The dam of Lot 31 at the 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale is out of a half sister to Elmer Gantry giving buyers a chance to buy in to a family that has left an indelible mark in harness racing annuals. Lot 31 Simply Sam is by outstanding sire American Ideal out of Simply Stunning and is being offered on behalf of Breckon Farms. American Ideal served a full book of 220 mares this past season in Australia standing at a stud fee of A$10,000. American Ideal is the sire of over $105,000,000 in progeny earnings in North America including 12 millionaires. His progeny has average earnings of over $123,191 per starter. In New Zealand, American Ideal has bred 298 winners and his progeny earnings are over $9,000,000 including the likes of The Orange Agent $516,972), Ideal Scott ($388,689), Besotted ($255,744) and recent top three-year-old Copy That ($107,334)   In Australia, American Ideal has 189 Australian bred winners of $12,509,442 to date. He has amazing per starter average earnings of $50,239 per starter. These winners include the super stars Bling It On ($1,830,597) and Soho Tribeca ($1,103,854). Top two-year-old in Australia last season was Pelosi 1:52.6 ($254,236) another daughter of American Ideal. A simple stunning story so far and a compelling future ahead for American Ideal and Simply Sam!  Harnesslink Media

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.   Double Expresso top WA three-year-old filly   There was never much doubt that Double Expresso was the season’s top rating three-year-old filly as she was the previous season at two years, and she duly confirmed her class by winning the $50,000 Dainty’s Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park.   Actually she was a class above her rivals, and was not seriously tested in running out the 2130 metres in a 1:56 mile rate.   From 12 starts Double Expresso has won nine and been three times placed for $214,579 in stakes   By the world champion Sweet Lou, and one of his first crop, Double Expresso is out of Here For The Money, by Rich And Spoilt (a Group 1 winner and son of Million To One) from Regal Castle, by Safely Kept from Duel Queen, by Seahawk Hanover.   Double Expresso                                                              --Scott Hamilton photo   Here For The Money, a winner of seven races and $81,874, is also the dam of this season’s WA Golden Nugget winner Shockwave 1:54 ($298,704).   This is the family which produced such winners as Kingstar, Chariot King, Emjayem Grand (1:49.6), Its Only Rocknroll, Duel Prince and others.   Double Expresso was bred by Kevin and Annette Charles.       ‘Beach’ colt wins Premiere   The Premiere Stakes, the first classic race for two-year-olds in Victoria, and run at Melton, was won in cavalier fashion by Soho Lanikai, a colt by Somebeachsomewhere from the smart racemare Obahma Joy (by American Ideal), who took a mile record of 1:53.2 at Menangle.   After sitting parked most of the trip, the colt careered away in the closing stages to win untouched by 65 metres – one of the biggest margins ever put up by a juvenile in this country.     Obahma Joy, the dam of Soho Lanikai, won 12 races including the NSW Breeders Challenge 4YO Final and $180,618 in stakes and at the stud has produced three foals of racing age for three winners - all inside 2:00.   By American Ideal, Obahma Joy was a half-sister to the APG Final placegetter Kingofthestars 1:55.9 ($111,139) and Make Mine Joe (1:56.3), being out of Kirrilee Joy, by Safely Kept from the Fake Left mare Intrude, dam of the champion racemare Make Mine Cullen.   Bettorthanyou, a half-sister to Kirrilee Joy, ranks as the dam of the recent Echuca Pacing Cup and Pure Steel winner Sicario.   Soho Lanikai, who is raced by Robert Watson and trained by Michael Stanley, looks a top colt.     Cup winner by Western Ideal   Pat Stanley, who won the $60,000 South Australian Pacing Cup – Rackemup Tigerpie, Somewhere Secret and Stroke Of Luck filled the placings behind him – has made smart progress through the classes.   He is a grand stayer and one of the best of the Australasian stock of the Western Hanover horse Western Ideal, who sired top pacers of the calibre of Rocknroll Hanover, Vintage Master, Always A Virgin and others in America.   Pat Stanley is a five-year-old gelding from Jaz Tanner, by Artiscape from Sly And Stylish, by New York Motoring from Sly Soky, by Soky’s Atom from Sly Tabella, by Saigon – a pedigree with some real background with a strong staying influence behind it.     This has been one of the most successful branches of the Harold’s Rest family, Sly And Stylish being a half-sister to the NZ Free-for-all winner Sly Flyin 1:53.6 ($903,705) and to Sly Shard, a capable racemare who has produced an outstanding family of winners including the millionaire Smiling Shard and the Casey Classic winner Mach Shard.       First Australian winner for ‘Captain’   Captaintreacherous, the former USA 2YO and 3YO of the Year and now leading sire, was credited with his first Australian winner when the two-year-old Captain Braveheart won on debut in 1:53.3 at Menangle.   The colt had shown up impressively in several trials at Menangle recently.     Bred by Lauriston Bloodstock, Captain Braveheart is the third foal and winner out of Scottish Glamour NZ (1:55.9), the dam also of last year’s Leeton Breeders Plate winner The Tiger Army (1:59.1).   Since producing Captain Braveheart in 2017, Scottish Glamour has left a filly foal by Yankee Rockstar but failed to get into foal this season.   In New Zealand, Captaintreacherous has sired the Young Guns heat winners It’s All About Faith (1:56.4) and Platinum Stride from three starters.     From Derby winning family   Mach Dan, winner of the $30,000 South Australian Derby at Globe Derby Park and winner of five of his eight lifetime starts, has the breeding to develop into a top class colt. He is by Mach Three from Bettor Give It NZ, by Bettor’s Delight from Giveitawhirlgirl, and is related to some top Australian pacers.   Mach Dan was bred by Shannon and Meaghan Nixon, of Bacchus Marsh (Vic.), and is the second foal of Bettor Give It (1:57.4), a dual Listed winner of almost $140,000 in stakes.   Bettor Give It ranks as a half-sister to a fine racemare and NZ Sires Stakes champion in Twist And Twirl 1:56 ($283,258), the dam of the WA Derby and recent A. G. Hunter Cup winner King Of Swing 1:48.7 ($793,196).       Tenth winner from broodmare   When the Mach Three three-year-old Bonski Macarena won at Albion Park last Friday, she credited her dam Bronski Gorgeous with her tenth individual winner.   Bronski Macarena had previously been placed on four occasions at the Brisbane headquarters’ track.   Others from Bronski Gorgeous to win have been Admiral Bronski 1:51.6 ($294,362), a very smart three-year-old, Brigadier Bronski 1:51 (265,932), the Group 2 winner General Bronski 1:53.7 ($160,729), Major Bronski (Vic. Derby heat and sire), Bronski Mackenzie (1:53.2),   Sombronskisomwhere (1:54.4), Private Bronski (1:55), Breeze On Bronski (1:56.8), La Pistola and now Bronski Macarena.   Bronski Gorgeous, who is now in her 20 th year, has since produced a yearling colt by Somebeachsomewhere and has a positive test to Sweet Lou.   A top racemare in her own right, Bronski Gorgeous ranked as a half-sister to the Derby and cups winner Sir Galvinator 1:56.8 ($516,723) and Esprit De Kayjay 1:51.6 ($586,976), being out of Promise, by Land Grant from the noted producer Blythbank Del.     Tenth on end   Ryley Major won his tenth race on end in the $25,000 Hobart Pacing Cup, one of the feature events on the Tasmanian calendar. He is by the Artsplace horse, Art Major, sire of the one- time fastest ever NZ bred pacer, My Field Marshal.   Ryley Major is out of a top flight racemare in Shez Rylemak 1:56.2 ($270,688), by Totally Western from Rosary, a Granny Smith winner by Ticket To Heaven from Rosewood Treasure, by Out To Win from the Bachelor Hanover mare Rosewill Rosary was a half-sister to the Matron winner Rosewood Robust and a member of the same family as the Auckland Cup winner Burlington Bertie and Good Chase (NZ Derby and sire).   Ryley Major                                                photo   Ryley Major is a member of Rohan Hillier’s team.     First winner for Bonavista Bay   Bonavista Bay, a multiple Group 1 winning son of Rustler Hanover from a smart racemare in Our Lady Rena, by Troublemaker, and who is now at the stud in Western Australia, was represented by his first winner when the three-year-old gelding Bonavista Boy was successful recently at Melton.   He led throughout and scored by open lengths in a 1:54.2 rate over 1720 metres.   Before going to WA, where he stands at Spurrs Stud, Wagin, Bonavista Bay was only lightly used at the stud in Victoria and he has had very few runners.   Bonavista Boy, a half-brother to winners in Franco Jolto (1:56.9) and Franco Brien, is a well developed gelding and promises to be a very good stayer.   Their dam, Bianca Jasper, was a Village Jasper mare from Our Lady Bianca (by Classic Garry), who left several useful winners including Serenas A Hit 2:00.4 (Moonee Valley) and Compare Bianca (1:58.7).       Breeders land treble   South Australian breeders Peter and Lesley Medhurst led in three winners at their home track Mount Gambier on Tuesday. And they came within a nose of completing a quadrella.   Their winners, Crown Royale, Pebble Sands and Sea Lover, all belong to the same family, that tracing back to the Kentucky mare Roses In Paris.   A smart racemare in her own right, Roses In Paris, who took a mark of 1:58.9, left 12 winners from 13 foals, three of which won at Group level in Pete’s Elect 1:51.6 ($118,085),   Thorninmyside 1:58.9 ($160,666) and King Grin 1:56.7 ($132,436).     Tasmanian yearling sale on Saturday   A total of 21 yearlings have been nominated for the Tasmanian Harness Sale to be held at Carrick Park, near Launceston, on Saturday.     The draft includes youngsters by the well-credentialled sires Rock N Roll Heaven, Sweet Lou, Racing Hill, Betting Line, Well Said, Sunshine Beach, Modern Art and the ill-fated Hurrikane Kingcole.   The on-line catalogue with photos of the yearlings can be viewed at       By Peter Wharton

Always B Miki has the heart of a harness racing champion. He has proven this time and time again, whether it be setting a world record during the Allerage Pace, or in his fierce showdown in the 2016 Breeders Crown to capture his second consecutive Breeders Crown title. His fierce determination has led to his success on the track, even after suffering a potentially career-ending injury his 3-year-old year, Always B Miki would not be stopped. He recovered and came back even stronger, with wins in the Breeders Crown, the Haughton Memorial, the Gold Cup, and the Ben Franklin, among many others, landing on the board an impressive 45 times. His grit and speed are second to none, and he will surely be a force to be reckoned with in the stud barn. Always B Miki  Click here for Always B Miki on Wikipedia 2011 Bay Stallion by Always A Virgin out of Artstopper Earnings of $2,715,368 2016 Horse of The Year Always B Miki set the WORLD RECORD during the Allerage Pace, winning in an outstanding 1:46 Two time Breeders Crown champion, winning both in 2015 and then again the consecutive year in 2016, in a thrilling battle against Wiggle It Jiggleit Only horse to win 4 races in 1:47 or faster Multiple other victories in prestigious races such as the Ben Franklin, Haughton Memorial and the Ewart Memorial Always B Miki record Year Age Starts Win Place Show Earnings Speed Record Ref 2013 2 12 2 4 3 $135,384 1:53.1 [8] 2014 3 19 12 4 – $791,482 1:47.4 [29] 2015 4 4 4 – – $301,210 1:48.1 [30] 2016 5 18 12 5 – $1,487,292 1:46.0[a] [31] Overall 53 30 13 3 $2,719,368 1:46.0   ^ World record[28] Always B Miki is featured with 26 yearlings at the 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale, New Zealand this coming week. He has 12 yearlings in the Northern Sale at Karaka on Monday and he has 14 in the Southern Sale on Tuesday and Wednesday. Breckon Farms have six yearlings entered by Always B Miki in the Northern Sale at Karaka.  One of those yearlings is Lot 9 Money Motives,out of the race winning Bettor's Delight mare Moving Money selling on behalf of Breckon Farms.. Moving Money's dam is the very good race mare Angela's Dream winner of $118,244. Lot 9 - Money Motives Other yearlings by Always B Miki from the Breckon Farms draft are Lot 43, Lot 76, Lot 93, Lot 103 and Lot 106 Harnesslink Media.

The Somebeachsomewhere horse Beachtrea, a full-brother to former champion racehorse and now leading sire Captaintreacherous, is available for stud duties ‘Down Under’ next season. An upstanding individual, foaled in 2011, Beachtrea represents a great opportunity for a small stud in New Zealand or Australia to secure a young stallion from one of the most highly prized families in America today. Beachtrea was only lightly raced due to injury and took his record of 1:52.6 at three years. Standing in Ohio, Beachtrea, from restricted stud chances, has sired 13 winners – including three in 1:55 - from 18 starters to date from his first two racing crops. On the score of blood Beachtrea lacks nothing. His sire Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.8) was a champion with stake earnings of $3.2million and has been one of America’s top sires for some time. He figures as the sire of two of America’s greatest pacers in Captaintreacherous (1:47.3) – a younger brother of Beachtrea – and Pure Country (1:48). Worldly Treasure (1:53.2), the dam of Beachtrea, was one of the many grand producing daughters of a champion sire in Artsplace (1:49.4), being out of a noted produced in World Order (1:53), by Nihilator from Rodine Hanover (1:54), by Big Towner. World Order was the dam of seven individual winners three of whom took record of 1:55 or better including an outstanding racemare in Worldly Beauty 1:49.6, winner of $1.9m in stakes. In turn Worldly Beauty has proved herself a champion broodmare, being the dam of Rock N Roll World 1:48.6 ($712,737), the Hoosier Cup winner World Of Rocknroll (1:50.6) and Captain Deo (1:50.4). World Of Her Own, a daughter of Worldly Beauty, is the dam of Sir Richard Z Tam (1:50.2). This is the immediate family of champion Australian sire Art Major, the leading juvenile sire on six occasions, and other successful ‘down under’ sires in Perfect Art and Panspacificflight. For further details contact Peter Wharton on +61409192532

Exciting times as the first BETTING LINE yearlings in New Zealand go under the hammer and a quality list of very well bred harness racing horses across the four days of the sales from Somebeachsomewhere, Captaintreacherous, Well Said and Western Terror. Lots 5-122 below will be sold at the Karaka Sales in Auckland 16 & 17 February Lots 185-382 will be sold at the Canterbury Sales in Christchurch 18 & 19 February You can access the entire catalogue through the NZB logo at the bottom of the email or click on the individual photo for the full pedigree of that lot - below is a listing of the outstanding colts and fillies available by our exceptional stallions: Lot 5 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Christian Cullen mare)   Lot 44 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Badlands Hanover mare) Lot 50 - BETTING LINE colt (from Artiscape mare) Lot 67 - BETTING LINE colt (from Presidential Ball mare) Lot 87 - BETTING LINE filly (from Falcon Seelster mare) Lot 122 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Badlands Hanover mare) Lot 186 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Artsplace mare) Lot 201 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from American Ideal mare) Lot 210 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 212 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 227 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Dream Away mare) Lot 230 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Christian Cullen mare) Lot 241 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Christian Cullen mare) Lot 256 - BETTING LINE colt (from Courage Under Fire mare) Lot 263 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 268 - BETTING LINE filly (from Somebeachsomewhere mare) Lot 278 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Rocknroll Hanover mare) Lot 310 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 319 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE filly (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 344 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 352 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 364 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Christian Cullen mare) Lot 374 - BETTING LINE colt (from Dream Army mare) Lot 381 - BETTING LINE filly (from Christian Cullen mare) Lot 36 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Art Major mare) Lot 47 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE filly (from Artsplace mare) Lot 54 - BETTING LINE filly (from Christian Cullen mare) Lot 75 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 96 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 185 - BETTING LINE colt (from American Ideal mare) Lot 193 - WESTERN TERROR colt (from Christian Cullen mare) Lot 203 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 211 - BETTING LINE filly (from Big Jim mare) Lot 220 - WELL SAID filly (from Christian Cullen mare) Lot 228 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 235 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Life Sign mare) Lot 250 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Badlands Hanover mare) Lot 258 - BETTING LINE colt (from Holmes Hanover mare) Lot 266 - WELL SAID filly (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 267 - BETTING LINE filly (from Artsplace mare) Lot 277 - BETTING LINE filly (from Artsplace mare) Lot 297 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Live Or Die mare) Lot 318 - BETTING LINE colt (from Rocknroll Hanover mare) Lot 338 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Shadow Play mare) Lot 350 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 362 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 365 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Presidential Ball mare) Lot 380 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 382 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Artsplace mare)

The 2020 Tasmanian Harness Sale, to be conducted by Tasracing, will be held at Carrick Park on Saturday. The sale comprises 17 lots by 12 different sires including leading stallions Rock N Roll Heaven, Sweet Lou, Modern Art, Metropolitan and Well Said and emerging sires Sunshine Beach, Hurrikane Kingcole, Major Bronski and Caribbean Blaster. The sale features youngsters from the first crop of the highly credentialled sires Racing Hill, Betting Line and Guaranteed. There’s full or half-sisters to the Group winner Modern Ruler, the Mother Of Pearl and Matron winner Angel Or Demon and the promising Van Der Poel and close relatives to a string of top performers such as Lombo Pocket Watch, Devendra, Pachacuti, Foxfighter, Punt Road Disco, Celtic Ross, Strezlecki Lady, Purple Haze and Kohanah. Yearlings are eligible for Tasbred, Vicbred and NSW Breeders Challenge. Horses sold at the sale will be eligible to compete for a $5,000 bonus on three selected two-year-old races in the 2020/21 season. For further information or the on-line catalogue visit Peter Wharton

The Ross Olivieri-trained The Last Drop is being hailed as a star bet at Friday night’s harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park. Respected trotting journalist Ken Casellas and WA Trotting Media Guild president Wayne Currall have made The Last Drop their best bet on the 10-event card. “Inexperienced gelding The Last Drop is a natural frontrunner and he is my best bet on Friday night to set the pace from barrier one and hold his rivals at bay in the 2130m Choices Flooring Pace,” Casellas said. “After a moderate early pace, The Last Drop impressed in sprinting over the final quarter in 27.4sec. to win over 2692m at Pinjarra two starts ago.” And Currall agrees. “Chris Voak should spear The Last Drop straight to the front and from there he can dictate the pace of the race,” Currall said. “We all know that it’s a great advantage leading at the ribbon of light and The Last Drop is perfectly placed to further enhance that fact. Can prove a reliable banker for all-ups and the last leg of the quaddie.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes Fake News can return to winning form in the last race. “Fake News has drawn better than when unplaced at her past two starts and she should also appreciate a slight class drop,” Manning said. “A winner of six Gloucester Park events, she had awkward barriers in races won by Ocean Ridge and Our Alfie Romeo during the last three weeks. Looks ready for the 11th victory of her career.” TABradio’s form analyst Hayden King is keen on Lightning Jolt in race three. “Lightning Jolt now appears for Aldo Cortopassi and has been dealt the inside barrier,” King said. “He has gate speed and can lead throughout if Aldo so chooses.” Radio Great Southern’s form expert Warren Wishart says punters can kick the night off on a winning note by supporting While They Pray. “While They Pray brings the best form into this race and was dominant last start from the breeze after drawing wide over the sprint trip,” Wishart said. “Should control this race - most likely from the breeze - and be too strong.” TABradio’s racecaller Matt Young is confident Bill Haley will rock them in race six. “Bill Haley has powered home impressively at his last two starts,” Young said. ”The smaller field with less depth looks to suit him perfectly.“ But longshot king Pat Harding disagrees with his younger colleague, and has settled on Ocean Ridge in the same race as his star bet. “Looking forward to another good night of competitive racing at GP this week,” Harding said. ”The standout for me comes up in race six with Ocean Ridge. This Bond-trained horse has looked good in his last two wins and I think he can make it three in a row. I’m more than happy to make him my best bet of the night.“ The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has tipped Gardys Legacy to continue in his rich vein of winning form. “Gardys Legacy has been successful at his last five outings, including a last-start dead-heat with Jaspervellabeach,” Havercroft said. “On that occasion he sat in the breeze and his rivals were only getting to him in the shadows of the post and he looks the one to beat again.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest the Ross Olivieri-trained Atmospherical, who is resuming after a three-month absence. He is versatile and from the No. 1 barrier should be in a commanding position throughout the 2130m journey. WAYNE: Four starts ago Anime drew the inside of the second row over the 2536m journey and duly saluted. He’s drawn the same marble again and should be afforded every favour behind likely leader Lightning Jolt. Looks a great each-way prospect. ERNIE: Mister Bushido has been beaten at his past seven starts, but he is fresh and appears close to breaking through. He had a tough run before finishing seventh last Friday night. HAYDEN: The Dali Express is in really top form and, if he can find the right run, he can upstage some of his more fancied adversaries.  WARREN: Waylade drops enormously in class for this and I suspect will be at each-way odds. Can’t see him missing a top-three finish and is an excellent winning chance. MATT: Rum Delight has the early speed to cross in the stand and if he led he would halve his odds. Worth a throw at the stumps. PAT: My value bet comes up in the last race of the night with No 2 Captain Mannering. He did have a win two starts ago and I think he can repeat the dose with Chris Voak aboard. Voak does have a habit of winning the last race on the card. RYAN: Hoiho has been mixing mobile and stand appearances recently while racing consistently on the country circuit. Can position up well from a good draw here. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here.   Good punting.    By Wayne Currall  

Bunbury trainer-reinsman Kaiden Hayter has seven-year-old Hoiho racing keenly on South-West harness racing tracks and will be looking for a strong showing from the gelding when he makes a rare city appearance at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Hoiho is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line in the opening event, the 2130m Happy Valentine’s Day Pace after he led and dashed over the final two quarters in 28.8sec. and 27.8sec. on his way to victory over Free To Air at Bunbury last Saturday night. Hoiho has not appeared at Gloucester Park for exactly 12 months when he started from the inside of the back line, raced three back on the pegs and ran on solidly to finish third behind James Butt and Absolution over 2130m. His previous run at Gloucester Park was ten months before that when he finished sixth behind Whozideawasthis and El Jacko. Hoiho has won five races at Bunbury and has also won once at Narrogin, Williams, Wagin, Collie, Bridgetown and Busselton. He is seeking his first city success and is sure to meet stiff opposition from While They Pray, Iconic Valor and Illusionation. Illusionation, trained by Reg Phillips and to be driven by Donald Harper, looks the likely pacemaker from the No. 1 barrier, but is expected to be tested in the final stages by Hoiho, While They Pray and Iconic Valor. While They Pray is racing in splendid form for Pinjarra trainer Michael George and looks hard to beat from barrier five with Gary Hall Jnr in the sulky. The WA-bred four-year-old notched his tenth victory from starts when he had a tough run without cover before beating Tajie Baby at a 1.55.6 rate over 1730m on Tuesday of last week While They Pray is by former champion pacer Alta Christiano, who was driven by Hall seven times for seven wins, including the 2013 WA Derby. Hall also drove While They Pray’s dam Slick Bird for three wins and a splendid third behind Artemis Belle in the WA Oaks in May 2011. Slick Bird is a half-sister to High Courage, who raced 35 times in WA for ten wins and six placings before continuing his career in America. Hall was in the sulky for six of High Courage’s WA victories. Ken Casellas

Eye-catching sparkling late finishing bursts in strong Group 2 feature harness racing events on the past two Friday nights have stamped Bill Haley as a star bet at Gloucester Park this week when he will appreciate a drop in class when he contests the $25,000 Retravision Pace over 2130m. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old, trained by Debra Lewis and driven by her husband Chris, has the ability to overcome an awkward draw at barrier six in the field of eight. Bill Haley was 11th at the bell in the 2130m Group 2 Governor’s Cup last Friday night before he went four wide on the home turn and sprinted fast to be third behind Handsandwheels and Galactic Star. A week earlier, after starting out wide at barrier eight, Bill Haley was tenth and last at the bell before surging home, out five wide, to finish fifth behind Handsandwheels and El Jacko.   A winner of 12 races from 51 starts, Bill Haley will clash with up-and-coming five-year-old Ocean Ridge, who ideally drawn at barrier three, giving Ryan Warwick an excellent opportunity to use the gelding’s good gate speed in a bid to burst to the front in the early stages. Ocean Ridge has set the pace and has won very easily over 1730m at his past two outings, rating 1.53.5 and 1.52.6. Adding interest to the race will be the return to racing of the Barry Howlett-trained Three Bears, a smart frontrunner who will be handled by Gary Hall jnr from the prized No. 1 barrier. The eight-year-old, a winner at 19 of his 55 starts, has not raced for five months. Whether he can hold out Ocean Ridge in the early battle for the lead remains to be seen. And adding further intrigue will be trainer Murray Lindau’s speedy six-year-old Chiaroscuro, who will be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green from barrier four. Chiaroscuro, a winner at 15 of his 50 starts, possesses explosive gate speed. He made his first appearance after a five-month absence when he was restrained from barrier six and raced near the rear before finishing eighth behind Handsandwheels last Friday week. That was his first appearance since he revealed dazzling gate speed to lead from the No. 4 barrier and win easily in modest company at a 1.55 rate over 2130m early last August. He led from barrier seven when he won over 1730m from Livura two starts before that. Ideal Liner (Maddison Brown) and Rock Me Over (Chris Voak) have been in sound form in top company and are sure to appreciate a drop in class. Voak has given punters a good lead by choosing to drive The Last Drop for trainer Ross Olivieri in the 2130m Choices Flooring Pace in preference to stablemate Salacious Gossip. The Last Drop, a good frontrunner, has drawn perfectly at barrier one and Voak is set to make every post a winner by attempting an all-the-way victory. The Last Drop, a four-year-old who has had 21 starts for six wins and four placings, started from the outside of the front line and was restrained to the rear before fighting on from last at the bell to finish sixth behind My Carbon Copy over 2130m on Tuesday of last week. He set the pace and won over 2185m and 2692m at Pinjarra at his two previous outings. Salacious Gossip will be handled by Chris Lewis from barrier No. 3 on the front line and has solid each-way claims. She started from the outside of the back line and raced in seventh position, four back on the pegs, before running home solidly to finish fourth behind Parisian Partygirl last Friday night. Olivieri also has sound prospects with his two runners, Atmospherical (Voak) and The Dali Express (Lewis) in the Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace over 2130m. Atmospherical, a versatile six-year-old, will start from the No. 1 barrier, with The Dali Express at barrier four. Atmospherical has had a short let-up and is capable of a bold showing, while The Dali Express maintained his sound form when he finished solidly from seventh at the bell to be fourth behind his stablemate James Butt last Friday night. Northam Cup winner Son of a Tiger, veteran Waylade and stylish last-start winner Theo Aviator will have plenty of admirers. By Ken Casellas

Outstanding Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice has been happy with Always An Honour’s unplaced runs in harness racing mobiles at his past three outings and is delighted that the comparatively inexperienced four-year-old will be returning to his favoured standing-start event when he begins from the inside of the front line in the 2096m Direct Trades Supply Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He seems to settle better early in stands and he quickly gets into his rhythm,” said Prentice. Always An Honour, a 33/1 outsider from barrier seven in a 2536m mobile event last Friday night, impressed when he was a distant 11th at the bell before finishing solidly to be fourth behind Valbonne. He improved from 12th in the middle stages to finish seventh behind Its Rock And Roll over 2130m at his previous appearance. The New Zealand-bred Always An Honour’s first three wins were when he set the pace in mobiles at Gloucester Park. Since then he has proved himself to be a standing-start specialist, with seven starts in stands producing five wins, a third and a seventh placing. The lightly-raced Ross Olivieri-trained eight-year-old Jimmy Mack will be driven by Chris Lewis from the outside of the 20-metre line and looks set to play a major role in Friday night’s event. Jimmy Mach, who has had only 28 starts for 12 wins and 12 placings, impressed in the 2560m Northam Cup last Saturday week when he started off 20m and was 12th and last with two laps to travel before he followed the three-wide run of Miss Sangrial in the final circuit to finish second to Son Of A Tiger. A winner at his only appearance in a stand in New Zealand (over 2700m at Forbury in April 2017), Jimmy Mach’s 18 starts in Western Australia have produced seven wins and eight placings. Seven of those runs were in stands for two wins, two seconds, two thirds and a ninth placing. Another runner with sound each-way prospects is the rejuvenated ten-year-old The Black Cardinal, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick for Jandakot trainer Tommy Sheehy. He will start from barrier three on the front line. The Black Cardinal made an unsuccessful challenge for the early lead before gaining the sit behind the pacemaker Burning Shadows and then finishing gamely to be second to Miss sangria in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. By Ken Casellas

Five-year-old Dancing With Mach has inherited some of the ability of her dam Party Date and she has bright prospects of leading her harness racing rivals on a merry dance and winning the $30,000 Lewis Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It would be a fitting victory for the Barry Howlett-trained mare who will be driven by champion reinsman Chris Lewis, after whom this feature event for fillies and mares is named. Dancing With Mach is a good frontrunner and Lewis is sure to be keen to take full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier. Dancing With Mach impressed four starts ago when she set the pace from barrier two and won by a length and a half from Delightful Mandy over 2265m at Albany. Dancing With Mach started from the No. 2 barrier in a 2130m event last Friday night when her nose appeared to hit the arm of the mobile barrier a split second before the start. This caused the mare to become unbalanced for a moment and she was left in the breeze outside the polemarker Bettor Pack It before she was shuffled back to sixth position, one-out and two-back. Dancing With Mach, fifth at the 400m mark, unwound a spirited burst to take a narrow lead 15m from the post, but was overhauled in the final stride and beaten by the fast-finishing Parisian Partygirl. Dancing With Mach is bred to be a good winner, with her dam Party Date earning $256,003 from 25 wins and 27 placings from 111 starts. Party Date finished third behind Te Kanarama and Lombo Fe Fe in the Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park in February 2004, three months before she won the Group 3 Ladyship Cup at Moonee Valley. Party Date has produced seven winners, with Dancing With Mach earning $45,148 from seven wins and nine placings from 27 starts. Her other progeny include Bettor Party (38 wins, 52 placings and $314,182 from 190 starts) and Rocknroll Whitby (91 starts for 12 wins, 12 placings and $151,480). She is also the dam of Pierre Whitby, a four-year-old gelding who has sound each-way prospects in race two, the 2536m Mexican March Madness at the Beau Rivage Pace on Friday night. Bettor Pack It, who finished a close third behind Parisian Partygirl and Dancing With Mach last Friday night, will start from the inside of the back line this week and should enjoy a soft run on the pegs for Chris Voak and certainly is capable of fighting out the finish. Other mares with sound each-way claims in what appears to be a very even field include Tajie Baby, Fulfil The Dream, Countess Grace, Mary Joan and American Delight. Tajie Baby is a speedy beginner and Lindsay Harper is likely to attempt to send the eight-year-old veteran of 114 starts to the front from barrier five. She ended a sequence of nine unplaced efforts when she enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing solidly to be second to While They Pray over 1730m on Tuesday of last week. Four-year-old Fulfil The Dream, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr for trainer Justin Prentice, gave a solid frontrunning display to win from Gunna Get Lucky over 2536m on Tuesday of last week. However, she will need a shade of luck to overcome the disadvantage of starting out wide at barrier eight. By Ken Casellas

It’s often hard to line up 2yr old form with any confidence. A smart, well bred performer might look a million bucks one week and perform like it’s worth two bucks-fifty the next. Couple that with the All Stars Stables dominance of juvenile racing in New Zealand over the past few years and you have an argument that might say “she’s a nice one for next season” or “she’ll be better placed once the good fillies are out of the way” I’m not entirely sure that argument would hold up for a certain trial and workout performer lately… Credentials are as follows Trainer: M Anderson Horse: Town Echo The Art Major filly, out of a Bettor’s Delight two-win mare in Cordelia, has impressed in her two trials and does genuinely look like a horse that can have punters sitting up and slinging their hard-earned on at short notice. Her eight length blitzing of a field yesterday at Rangiora trials (in a time of 2.35.7 over the 2000m mobile) comes after a bullish trial performance some three months ago at Addington when accounting for the Cran Dalgety trained Karmic Delight. On that occasion Town Echo found the line like a horse in a hurry completing the last quarter in a little over 27 seconds from the trail to win by a comfortable two length margin. Yes it’s early days but there are fair wins and there are nice wins, the efforts of Town Echo certainly belonging in the latter of those two descriptions. A further investigation in to the prospective quality of the filly is supported by a brief look at its closely-related performers. Aqua Sancta (2 wins from just 7 starts on NZ soil) Zinny Mach (now multiple winner in the USA) and the well travelled Our Bagger Vance (8 wins) all have blood ties to the Anderson runner. When you couple those family-ties effort with the sound UDR of the young trainer / driver then you have a compelling argument towards Town Echo being more than your average run-of-the-mill qualifier.     So while the two year-old riches generally go to the stable racing in blue with a few stars on their chests if would pay to follow the Anderson trained runner in the months ahead. There’s a strong chance you’ll witness a nice horse, in full flight, winning races.    If Town Echo is the horse her recent efforts suggest then Lot 35 at the upcoming 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale is well worth a look. “Cover Girl” is a Bettor’s Delight filly offered by Breckon Farms and is closely related via her dam (Sossusvlei) being a half sister to Cordelia. “Cover Girl” is only the second foal out of Sossuvlei and a full sister to the forementioned Aqua Sancta. Pedigree updates; Aqua Sancta 2016 (Bettor's Delight-Sossusvlei, by Art Major - Corbie) 29/11/2019 2nd NZMTC NZ Sires Stks 3yo Silver 1-58.3 Cash N Flow 2012 (Mach Three-Karen Donna, by In The Pocket - Megaera) 09/11/2019 2nd Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle NSW Kevin Robinson ffa Gr.3 16/11/2019 1st Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle NSW Sue Kelly ffa 1-49.9 Gr.3 30/11/2019 2nd Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle NSW Lazarus At Yirribee ffa Gr.3 06/01/2020 1st Tabcorp Pk Menangle Ainsworth Game Technology Pace 1-52.0 25/01/2020 2nd Tabcorp Park Melton Vic Casey Classic Gr.2 Perfect Stride 2016 (Bettor's Delight-Chicago Blues, by Christian Cullen - Bluejeanbabyqueen) 26/11/2019 1st Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle Garrards Horse And Hound Pace 1-53.1 25/01/2020 3rd Tabcorp Park Melton Vic Derby Gr.1 Ben McMillan

Reinswoman Jocelyn Young and trainer Debra Lewis teamed up to claim winning trebles together and steal the show last Friday night at the Albany Harness Racing Club. Pierre Whitby started a great night for the duo in race four of the nine-race card, the four-year-old gelding justifying his $2.80 quote by winning the Zero Harmdash Pace (2690m), edging out Allwood Glow by a half head on the line. Young and Lewis then made it a race-to-race double in race five when $1.34 favourite American Tour proved too strong for her rivals in the Jimmy’s Tribute Pace (2265m) prevailing by more than 6m. Less than an hour later the pair had three winners for the evening at Harold Reid Paceway after Right Royal Cheer brought up her third career win, saluting by more than 5m in race seven, the Scooters Finale Fillies and Mares Pace (2265m). Driver Jocelyn Young claimed a treble on Friday night teaming up with the Debra Lewis Leading trainer-driver Nathan Turvey also tasted success, saddling up two winners and driving three to victory himself. In race three Miracle Moose, the $1.50 favourite, took home the money after winning the HE McAleese Minute Pace (2265m) by 6m over Faiselle. Miracle Moose trained and driven by Nathan Turvey winning the H.E McAleese Minute Pace (2265m) The Terry Ferguson-trained Beiderbecke won by a half neck to The Glass Ceiling in race six, the Hanson Handicap Pace (2247m). Then Turvey added a third winner when his own runner Alfredi dominated the final race, the Hanson Quarry Run 3YO Pace (2265m), winning by 22.7m. Leading Albany reinsman Corey Peterson guided Batavia Silverline home in the first race. Then the Albany Cup winning combination of driver Emily Suvaljko and trainer Barry Howlett teamed up with Ohoka Titan to win race two, the Spuds Sprint Pace (2265m), by 1.2m. AHRC will host their memorial night tomorrow from 6.35pm. By Taj Stubber  Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

On the racetrack, Libertybelle Midfrew was an outstanding harness racing mare. As tough as they come! “Libby” won over $600,000 in prizemoney and competed at the highest level in Western Australia. “Libby’s” credits include the Group 1 WA Oaks and the Group 1 Golden Nugget in 2014. To watch the video replay of The WA Oaks click on this link. To watch the video replay of The Golden Nugget click on this link. The mare’s racetrack deeds are now starting to be repeated in the breeding barn. Jackie Gibson of Success Stud tells us that she has become a real favourite of her Mum, Mary Gibson, the matriarch at Young, NSW. She is simply everyone’s favourite animal. Kind, gentle and regal. A bit like Mary. The Bettors Delight colt out of her sold for $120,000 at last year’s Sydney APG sale. He is now in the hands of Marg Lee and reports are good. This year’s offering at Sydney APG is another cracking Bettors Delight colt. He is lot 722 in the Sydney APG sale. If photos do not lie, this bloke might yet fetch more than last year’s result. Jackie says he is without doubt one of the most impressive yearlings turned off Success Stud. We are delighted to be able to present a product off Success like this colt, said Jackie. Lot 722 in The Sydney APG Sale. A Bettor's Delight colt from Libertybelle Midfrew What excites Jackie and Mary even more, is that this year’s product appears to repeat offering. Libby has a most stunning Captaintreacherous filly on her now. The great Captaintreacherous throws a wonderful type and he did not miss out with Libby. We just love being greeted by the great mare every morning. We see her as part of the Success story and likely to fill a similar role in the Gibson history book to the great producer, Grace Robinson. If photos do not lie, who would not want this filly tucked away as a future champ!

The results of recent racing in Tasmania has provided a fillip for the Tasmanian Harness Sale, to be held at Carrick Park on Saturday. There’s been a swag of winners with close relatives in the sale including Frankie Falzonie, a winner at Devonport and Elwick, and his half-brother Ark Fury (Launceston). The pair are half-brothers to the Granny Smith winner Ark Breeze, the dam of Lot 1, a Racing Hill colt. Kohanah, one of the State’s most outstanding three-year-olds and a double winner at Elwick recently, and Fowsands, a winner at Kilmore, are both closely related to Lot 13, a Well Said gelding out of Itz Gemmas Delight. Kohanah has won six of his nine starts to date including the Tasmanian Sweepstakes and Golden Slipper. The smart mare Bremusa, who won at Launceston and Elwick recently, features in the second remove of the pedigree of Lot 19, a Rock N Roll Heaven filly out of Vishpala. Rock N Roll Heaven, who is in fifth position on the sires’ list, is the sire of the Ballarat Cup winner A G’s White Socks and the Blacks A Fake victor Let It Ride (1:49.4). He is represented by three lots in the sale. Sweet Lou, the sire of Group 1 winning fillies Double Expresso (WA) and Sweet On Me (NZ), has a single entry in Lot 14, while Modern Art, the sire of the Victorian 4YO Bonanza winner Lochinvar Art (1:48.6), is represented by Lot 15. The ill-fated Hurrikane Kingcole, the sire of the VHRC 3YO Classic winner and Victoria Derby fourth placegetter Youaremy Sunshine, has Lot 16 in the catalogue. Sunshine Beach, one of this season’s leading three-year-old sires, has two fillies in the sale – Lots 8 and 21. The on-line catalogue, with photos of the yearlings, can be viewed here.   By Peter Wharton for

A 10-year-old ex-claimer chestnut gelding in Tasmania has earnt himself a "home for life" after combining with bubbly teenage harness racing driver Georgia Hayward for her first race win at the weekend. Hayward, 17, with just 11 drives behind her, showed all the poise in the world to land the money with 100/1 shot It Is A Glacier (It Is I-Glacier Girl (Chill Factor) in the Launceston fast class race at Mowbray. "We've been racing him mostly in the claimers, but he won't be ever going back into those. I can pretty much guarantee that at the end of his racing he has a home here forever," a thrilled Hayward, based at Scottsdale, 60kms north-east of Launceston, said. "We didn't think he was good enough to go around in discretionary races, so he's probably gone around in the claimers for eight out of the 12 starts he's had for us and with a $5000 price," she said. Hayward said she was hopeful It Is A Glacier's good stand-start speed would allow her to find a good position. And from the outside front row draw, she found the back of old-timer Destreos soon after the start. "I thought we may have been going a bit quick early. I can't remember ever thinking I might be the winner. Even when the horse on my outside Ideal World dropped off and I got into the clear, I was still pretty relaxed," she said. "Then when I hit the front near the finish line there was a lot of tears. I realized I was going to win. I couldn't believe it and couldn't stop crying. I was just so happy because most of my family was there watching. "It was a day that I'll remember for a long time that's for sure. My mum Louise and 'Pop' John haven't missed any of my races, and dad David is there most of the time, depending on his work." Happy smiles: from left trainer Kent Rattray with It Is A Glacier. Winning driver Georgia is with her parents David and Louise, while “pop” John, Georgia’s brother James, and “nan” Julie join the celebrations. (Stacey Lear Photography) The pacer is known around the stables as "Meggs" (because "he's a 'ranga' and they're all known as Ginger Meggs") and Hayward said he was already a family favorite, even before his weekend win. "My brother James is listed as the owner, but Meggs is definitely family owned - most of them have some ownership, and I hope some of them put a few dollars on because he paid $157 on the TAB," she laughed. "We didn't go out or anything to celebrate-I think I just grabbed some KFC on the way home. I would really love to win another race soon because I could then buy my own ute and give dad his car back." Hayward said it was planned to give "Meggs" an easy time before aiming him at the heats of the Easter Cup. "I'm still on cloud nine, so I'll keep enjoying it for a bit yet." Hayward said while her family had been in the sport for a long time, she became interested only a few years ago. "My great grandparents Lawrence Hayward and his wife Lennie where involved along with my pop John Hayward, racing horses like Swishinover and Swishinon," she said. "We moved to Scottsdale from Ringarooma. "It was a lovely town where we used to live, but it's becoming smaller by the day. We shifted because of work and schooling. "I'd been involved with pony club for years and Wayne and Kent Rattray came knocking on the door to see if I wanted to help out at their stables," she said. So that's where it started, and Kent now trains our horse. "We've had Meggs since early last year and got him off Peter Romero who is at Chiltern, near Wangaratta in Victoria." Hayward last year spent five months working with James Rattray at his stables in Exeter, nearly two hours from Sydney. "I learnt a great deal and would love to go back and spend more time there."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura