Day At The Track

David Murphy has tipped trots fans into one at value in today’s Ballarat card, where the trainer-driver has his hand in a large portion of the eight-race card. Murphy told Talking Trots on Track that punters will have to wait till the last, the Eureka Concrete Pace for his best bet, when he has polemarker Athlone, $26 with TAB.com.au, stepping out from gate one. “I fancy Athlone a fair bit. She’s in really good form,” Murphy told hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden. “The right Athlone can shape this a little bit, could run a cheeky race at good odds”. Murphy trains and/or drives seven runners, beginning with Meet Michaelangelo in the second, which streams at 2.40pm on Trots Vision. “If he gets to the top he will be very hard to beat,” Murphy said. “Whether he is in front or behind the leader, he should give a good sight.” He expected to cop heat from Fred Spiteri-trained Coco Lombo early, but “either way I am going to get a good sight”. And then in race three he has the two best drawn runners, with his son Brent to steer Last Walk while he’ll take the reins of Metro Man. Who’s the better chance? “Probably Last Walk because he’s in better form than Metro Man at the moment, however Metro Man is pretty lightning off the gate, he’s quicker out than Last Walk. The right Metro Man, if he leads, can bowl along and keep going. The wrong one can get a bit tired a fair way out. He seems in good order, but Last Walk is going to get the last shot at him. He is a bit fitter and racing a bit better at the moment.” Of the others, if Lorimerkylie gets “a cheap trip” in the fourth she’ll be dangerous, while of Sassys A Terror in the fifth he is “hoping to be behind the leader, she’s drawn to get up in the first three hopefully”. And then he closes out with Harpocrates in the seventh and best bet Athlone in the last. To hear more from David Murphy catch up with the below.   HRV Trots Media

Ballarat harness racing whiz kid James "Herbie" Herbertson has the throttle wide open as he charges toward a century. The youngster has been in good form on a consistent basis this season, already the best in his short career. He has 95 winners on the board, and barring an industry shutdown through COVID-19, is certain to get to the ton. "I ended up with 102 last season and I'd be pretty excited if I could go back-to-back centuries. We all work pretty hard at it, so getting to that milestone is nice," Herbertson said. "It's great that we're still racing, but the new zone racing region in Victoria will definitely cut back the number of drives I have each week," he said. "I've ended up in the Stawell-Terang region, I haven't really checked how many meetings are coming up in the near future. But as long as we keep going, I should get to the 100 mark." Herbertson has been in fine touch over the past five days with a quick-fire seven winners. His hot streak started at Melton on Saturday night with a narrow victory for Amanda Turnbull on EllmersHoofing It (Falcon Seelster-Ellmer Rae). Then followed a day out at Cranbourne on Monday with a bag of four. The Cranbourne winners were Bar Naar Naar (Changeover-Elakasa Ocean Star); Motu Tigers Eye (Bettors Delight-Silksngems); Foolish Pleasure (Rocknroll Dance-Vouvray) and Ima Shadow Boxer (Shadow Play-Soho Diaz). It was the second time Herbertson's got a quartet (the other being mid-2019 at Bendigo), but the Cranbourne win had extra significance, because the final three winners were trained by his father Ash. "It was the first time I've driven a treble for dad so that was special," he said. "There's a kind of a funny story, though, involving Ima Shadow Boxer. We didn't think he'd get a start, so we breezed him up a bit at 7am Monday because we had to leave early for the races. He went terrific; then we got a call to say he'd got in. "So off to the races he went. He wasn't quite up on his toes like he normally is, but went super and got the job done at Cranbourne in 1.55-6. We do dash them up the day prior to racing, so I suppose it wasn't much different!" At Bendigo the following night, Herbertson combined with trainer Russell Jack for a double. Three-year-old filly Technys Angel (Alta Christiano-Venus Williams (Washington VC) looked good in winning, while stablemate Stealth (Majestic Son-Zesta (SJ's Photo) is a four-year-old trotter with a bright future. Two others in Jason Lee and Chris Svanosio also landed doubles at the meeting. The big guns in Victorian driving ranks-Chris Alford and Greg Sugars-have once again given their rivals the slip. Alford has 182 wins with Sugars desperately trying to stay in touch with 159. Kima Frenning, who is sidelined after a recent horrific fall, is next with 98. Others on the leaders' board are Kate Gath 86; Michael Bellman 68; Jason Lee 63; Michelle Phillips 47; Jackie Barker 44; Jack Laugher 43; Kerryn Manning 38; Chris Svanosio 35; Glen Craven and Jayden Brewin 33; John Caldow and Darby McGuigan 32; Michael Stanley 29; Ryan Duffy 28; Mattie Craven 27 and David Moran 25. *Talented Heathcote based junior driver Shannon O'Sullivan has received medical clearances to resume race driving. O'Sullivan, with 25 wins this season, had plastic surgery performed in a Melbourne hospital after a bad fall at Ouyen last Sunday week. "It's all good. I had some stitches removed on Monday and then got the green light the next day-I was determined to get back as quick as I could," she said. The youngster has been booked to drive four horses at Friday nights Bendigo fixture.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Ballarat and District Trotting Club will pioneer a new Victorian region-based harness racing model on Thursday. The club will run an eight-race day-time meeting based on programming which limits travel for trainers and drivers in line with public health recommendations to slow the spread of CODIV-19 virus. The state has been divided into six regions, with Ballarat and Melton tracks making up the inner-west. Only horses trained within the region and drivers who live in it can take part at Bray Raceway and Melton. Dunnstown trainer David Murphy and Myrniong-based Jess Tubbs have the biggest representation in Ballarat with five starters each. Murphy is also in demand as a driver, with six engagements. He begins his day with Meet Michaelangelo in the Ballarat Veterinary Practice Trot, 2200m - a winner at Bray Raceway two starts ago. Meanwhile, Matt Maguire, a relative newcomer to Victoria, will give two starters their first outings for his stable in Ballarat. Kraze, formerly trained by Scott Stewart, lines up in the Ballarat Commercial Laundry 3yo Trot, 2200m, and promising type Blue Sparkler is first-up in the Ballarat Sound Trotters' Handicap, 2200m. Blue Sparkler had three wins in four starts for Emma Stewart late last year, with the 4yo not racing since November. Based at Melton, Maguire is previously from South Australia and the early part of his career with leading trainer-driver Ryan Hryhorec. By David Brehaut Reprinted with permission of The Courier

A Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) race meeting set for Junee last Friday was abandoned as the state organisation grapples with the coronavirus outbreak. Junee Harness Racing Club was set to conduct an eight-race TAB meeting but a previous suspension of harness racing in the state was extended a further day, causing the meeting to be cancelled. HRNSW suspended all racing in the state last Tuesday after it was established that persons in attendance of a meeting at Penrith the week prior had been in contact with someone with coronavirus. HRNSW were then forced to await the COVID-19 test results of a steward before they were able to make the decision to lift the suspension across the state. "HRNSW advises that the results of a COVID-19 test taken from a HRNSW steward have still not been received," read a HRNSW statement released late last Thursday. "Consequently, HRNSW has determined that the race meetings scheduled for Friday 27 March 2020 will be abandoned. "Nominations are still being taken for other scheduled race meetings and race fields will be drawn up as usual. "HRNSW will provide a further update once the results of the test are known." On Friday morning, HRNSW announced the steward had received a negative test result and had been cleared for coronavirus. However it was too late for the Junee meeting, with races resuming across the state on Saturday, March 28. By Matt Malone

Newcastle Paceway will host a second harness racing Group 1 race this year after four new regional series, each with a $100,000 final, were announced on Tuesday to replace the Million Dollar Pace. A regionalisation of the industry, brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and government regulations, forced Harness Racing NSW to abandon the new Million Dollar Pace, which was to include statewide heats and a final at Menangle. In its place, HRNSW has introduced the Regional Championships. The metropolitan, western districts, Riverina and Hunter regions will each conduct two rounds of $9500 heats and a final. Menangle, Newcastle, Wagga and Bathurst will host each series, which will have a maximum of five heats per round and also a $14,500 consolation final. HRNSW chief John Dumesny said the new races would give trainers the chance to place horses set for the now abandoned series. "From last February all eligible horses must have been located and trained in a specific region, so this aspects remains in place," he said. "The championships dates have been held to the schedule previously set for the Million Dollar Pace so the training of horses specifically set for that race series is not affected." Heats start at Menangle on May 5, Bathurst on May 6, Wagga on May 8 and Newcastle on May 9. The Newcastle second round of heats are on May 15, with the final on May 23. The race, at least for this year, will give the track two Group 1 features. The Newcastle Mile was elevated to $100,000, Group 1 status last year. By Craig Kerry Reprinted with permision of The Newcastle Herald

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has scheduled an additional meeting next Tuesday morning (April 7) at Shepparton to largely provide racing opportunities for horses that have been balloted out of other programs.   The eight-race card, scheduled to kick off at 9.55am, will comprise $4500 races and will be drawn on field selection points from the bottom up, catering for the horses who have not gained a run at other meetings due to restricted field sizes. The Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association has welcomed the move. Stephen Bell, HRV’s General Manager of Racing, said the racing office was “pulling out all stops” to get as many horses a run as possible during difficult times. “We are receiving an enormous number of nominations. Lots of people want to race their horses, which is a good thing, but unfortunately right now we can’t accommodate them all due to the restrictions,” Bell said. “It is pleasing to have secured an extra morning slot for an additional race meeting as this will accommodate a number of horses in the North-East region that have been getting balloted out. “We do understand that a number of horses in all regions are still getting balloted out and my message to industry is that we’ll keep doing everything we can to get as many horses to the races in all regions as possible.” Nominations close for this meeting at 12pm tomorrow.    HRV Trots Media

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) regretfully shares news of the passing of Colin Redwood, a HRV Distinguished Services Medallist who has been remembered as "an all-round good guy". Mr Redwood's name is synonimous with trotting in Victoria, exemplified by Maryborough's Redwood Classic. Les Chapman, Mr Redwood's colleague during his long service on the Victorian Square Trotters Association board, warmly reflected on his friend today. "He was hard working, ever approachable," Mr Chapman said. "He was one of the real nice guys of the game." Mr Redwood was involved with owning, training and driving standardbreds since 1954 and was one of the most respected members of the sport. He was associated with great squaregaiters such as Rockin Dale, Mount Alm, Kurahaupo Lord, Maressar, Red Eclipse, Classic Victory and Arrestin Tess. He trained and drove these great horses in races such as Inter Dominion Trotting Grand Finals, Australasian Trotting Championship Finals and the V L Dullard Trotters Cup. His achievements stretched far and wide, not just encompassing his homeland, hacing represented Australia at a World Amateur Drivers Championship. Mr Redwood was in his service to trotting, having been on the committee of the Victorian Square Trotters Association for more than 25 years including serving as president. Mr Redwood will be farewelled at a private service. HRV extends its condolences to Mr Redwood's friends and family.   Harness Racing Victoria

As the sire of one of the greatest stallions ever to come to this country in Art Major and other champion sires in Grinfromeartoear, Sportswriter, Dream Away, Artiscape and Modern Art, Artsplace is without question one of the most influential harness racing sires in the history of the sport.   A former world champion juvenile, Artsplace, who topped the USA sire premiership on six occasions, died in America in 2006 aged 18 years. He sired more than 1,200 winners including 48 in the 1:50 list and 448 $100,000 earners and had total progeny earnings of $US170 million.   The last of the ‘down under’ bred progeny of Artsplace will go under the hammer at the online Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Darren Ebert and Co, on Sunday starting at 12 noon.   They are two superbly bred colts – one born in New Zealand and the other in Queensland – both being offered by Daren and Gayle Garrard, of Garrard’s Horse & Hound, the sponsors of the Redcliffe sale-race series.   The first of the Artsplace’s is Lot 18, R Eleven Art NZ, a half-brother to five sub 2:00 performers including the NSW Derby placegetter R Eleven (1:55.7), In Massachusetts 1:52.4 ($191,002) and recent Albion Park winner Street Appeal (1:53).   The colt hails from the same family as the Queensland pin-up pacer Destreos, the derby winner Franco Hat Trick, NZ 3YO of the Year Franco Heir and the Oaks winner Onassis Legacy.   The second colt, Lot 54 in the catalogue, is out of the Albion Park winner Couldntdecide (2:00.6), a half-sister to the prolific winner Livinthehighlife 1:53.9 ($127,811), and a member of the same tribe as that which produced top horses the calibre of Ameretto, Hilarion Star and Flashing Star.   Videos of both yearlings will be available to view by prospective purchasers prior to sale day.   Bidders should register now at https://elite.nextlot.com/public/user/new   Photos and videos of all yearlings are available at https://elite.nextlot.com/public/sales/87859/lots?per_page=100    Prospective buyers who are unable to do this online should contact Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or Rebecca Ebert 0404 050 483 to either help organise it or to register for phone bidding.   The online catalogue can be viewed at www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au   by Peter Wharton

Astute Victorian trainer David Miles has sounded an ominous warning with his rising star pacer, Focus Stride. Although the pacer took 12 starts to break through for his first win, he hasn't been beaten since. And Sky Channel host and part-time harness racing driver Brittany Graham was quick to wryly observe, a worthy advertisement for the ultimate gear-change - being gelded! Focus Stride (Art Major-Sparkling Stride (Christian Cullen) turned 25/1 giant-killer at last weekend's rich Bathurst Gold Carnival, sitting in the "death seat" and eventually overpowering odds-on favorite Perfect Stride in the $100,000 G1 Colts and Geldings Gold Chalice Final. But Miles believes there's still more depth to his latest star. "He's still got a tendency to want to runabout about a bit-I reckon there might be more improvement in him when I straighten him up," Miles said. "Without doubt one of our best decisions was to have him gelded. He's won six out of seven races since we did, and while he wasn't out of control or anything like that, he was little bit boyish and just wouldn't listen. "He used to make a lot of mistakes in his races last season as a two-year-old, and they cost him dearly a few times." The maturing three-year-old Focus Stride pulled out plenty in the shadows of the post to grab a narrow and upset win. Miles has a team of 25 in work at Monegeetta, near Victoria's famous natural landmark the Macedon Ranges. He's enjoying a successful season with 24 wins and 40 placings, finishing in the top three in nearly 50 percent of his race starts. And while he is no stranger to winning the big ones with previous success in Crowns, APGs, Derbies and Oaks, Miles admitted that, with Focus Stride, he'd taken on board the sage advice of legendary former gallops trainer the late and great Bart Cummings. "One of Bart's best quotes was: 'Keep yourself in the best company, and your horses in the worst'," Miles said. "So, I really did that. I aimed to bring Focus Stride quietly along through the country classes and the Gold Chalice was the first big one on the radar for him," he said. "He was super-great and I was just so proud of him. After racing in the breeze, he was still sticking to his guns on the home corner. Then when I pulled the earplugs, he really put his head down. "He was as brave as they come. It was a fantastic victory." Focus Stride is raced by enthusiastic Sydney owners Emilio and Mary Rosati who, ironically, also own the vanquished favorite in the Gold Chalice, Perfect Stride, a winner of eight races from 21 starts. Rosati, the driving force behind a highly successful construction company, divides his time between home in Sydney and overseeing massive building projects, mainly in Melbourne. He has been involved in harness racing for over 45 years. The couple owns hundreds of horses under the E and M Stride partnership. Nearly all of their horses carry the "Stride" moniker, after one of the first they raced in the 1970s named Stride High who won nine races. Focus Stride looks set to build on a successful association between Miles and the Rosatis. "The Rosatis are so passionate about the sport and I've previously won a couple of feature races for them with Emerald Stride," Miles said. "They love their horses to death, and they put more money into the sport than anyone else I know, so they certainly deserve all the success that comes their way."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Don’t come late to today’s Talking Trots on Track, with reinswoman Jackie Barker kicking off the program and well-placed to provide key insights into today’s racing. Co-hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden fire up again from 11am-1pm on their weekday program, which delivers two hours of trots on SENTrack via 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth, 1575AM in Wollongong or streamed at sen.com.au and on the SEN app. Barker has drives in seven of today’s eight-race program at Stawell, part of a trots double-header, with racing moving to Shepparton tonight. Trainer-driver Laura Crossland will join the show about 11.20am today to talk her five runners at Shepparton, including well-fancied Shadow Chevron and Mamas Gold Charm, who returns from a spell to contest the Guardline Security Services Pace after winning in her only previous run. Race callers Luke Humphries (Stawell) and Lachie McIntosh (Shepparton) will also phone in before noon to deliver their best bets, then after the turn of the hour Harness Breeders Victoria president Nick Hooper will join to talk how the breeding industry is adapting to the changing industry. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SEN APP OR LISTEN TO THE SENTRACK STREAM Miss any of yesterday’s show? Catch up on the interviews below.   HRV Trots Media

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) has today received official confirmation that those identified as essential persons travelling for race meetings and other race related activity (essential to racing) will be classed as work/employment, and therefore will be exempt from the WA Government’s intrastate travel restrictions. Those considered essential persons for the conduct of racing include: Licensed jockeys or drivers engaged to compete at a race meeting, trial or trackwork Licensed trainers with runners engaged at a race meeting, trial or trackwork Registered stable or kennel staff of trainers with runners engaged at a race meeting, trial or trackwork Racing vision broadcasters and official on-course photographers Horse transport staff RWWA staff and officials: stewards and integrity staff, clerk of scales, clerk of the course, driving master, mobile driver, starters, judges, jockey coach, kennel staff, lure driver, starters, swab attendants, race caller and media/content personnel. Race club staff and officials: doctor, ambulance officers, veterinarian, curator and track staff, barrier attendants, farrier, club operational staff, required gate and race day office staff, judges/timekeeper and photofinish operator. The WA Government has advised that check points and mobile police patrols will be in place to monitor travel across boundaries, and therefore they are encouraging, where possible, to assist police by preparing documentation, such as a letter/email/SMS from an employer. Therefore, it is important that all licenced essential persons travelling must carry their RWWA issued licence card at all times. Essential persons who are not licenced participants (e.g. racing vision broadcasters, judges, etc.) must have their essential person’s identification card as issued by RWWA. RWWA is currently working through a process by which an SMS will be sent to trainers and stable/kennel staff engaged at race meetings. Further details regarding this will be communicated soon. Intrastate travel restrictions will be implemented from 11.59pm tonight, with Western Australians no longer being permitted to travel outside of their regional boundary, as an important measure that will help stop the spread of COVID-19. The regional boundaries mirror those of the regional development commissions, however, due to their close proximity, the Perth and Peel regions will combine into one region. Additional information regarding intrastate travel restrictions is expected to be posted soon to the WA Government website here.

WA thoroughbred, harness racing and greyhounds racing prizemoney will be reduced by 20 per cent from next Monday as coronavirus containment measures severely hit industry income. Racing and Wagering WA CEO Richard Burt said TAB turnover had plummeted by at least 50 per cent and expenditure cuts were need to ensure the racing industry survived. Victorian, NSW and SA racing have also announced stakes cuts in recent days. “Unfortunately our business, like so many, has been hit by the pandemic crisis,” Burt said yesterday. “In view of the impact on RWWA income, the decision has been made to reduce overall expenditure. “This will help sustain WA racing and boost the industry’s long-term future. “RWWA has adopted reductions across all aspects of our own operations, and distributions to the three racing codes. “To ensure business continuity, there have been funding changes to RWWA internal operations, with a significant reduction of expenses as we face declining income. “Race prizemoney and associated bonuses will be reduced by 20 per cent from next Monday.” Ladies of Pacing Awards Luncheon at Victory Lounge, Optus Stadium. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian Burt said social distancing and constraint restrictions had impacted seriously on RWWA’s income through WA TAB turnover. “National and international sports, and overseas racing, have all but shut down,” Burt said. “There’s been closure of 330 WA TAB outlets, which provided 50 per cent of this state’s TAB business.” Burt said some feature events would retain stakes levels which were specified by the Racing Bets Levy Act. He said betting operators paid premium rate levies when thoroughbred race meetings had a $100,000 event, or there were $30,000 races at harness and greyhound fixtures. The higher payments benefited racing. Richard Burt. Credit: Alan Chau/The West Australian, Alan Chau “Funds gained from stake money cuts, and reductions of RWWA administrative costs, will be held and used to support the racing industry over coming months,” Burt said. “RWWA is prepared to back continued racing with 80 percent stakes levels, though TAB income is down by at least 50 percent. “We will support key elements of racing to ensure it survives the crisis.” Burt said RWWA aimed to have funds in hand to later revive racing if there was a shutdown, and ensure the WA racing industry’s long-term future. “RWWA appreciates racing industry participants’ co-operation in these unprecedented circumstances”, Burt said. “We are taking necessary measures to help get us through the challenges to our industry.” By Ernie Manning Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

It's rare to see a sporting club increase its activity during the coronavirus pandemic but there is one Bathurst facility ready to do just that. The Bathurst Harness Racing Club will play host to all meetings in the western zone of NSW due to an initiative from the governing body to contain the spread of the virus. Starting April 1, all harness racing in the state will be conducted at just six venues - Menangle and Penrith (metropolitan), Wagga (southern), Bathurst (western), Newcastle and Tamworth (northern) - with participants only permitted to race in the region in which they are located. The changes will be carried through until at least the end of this racing season on August 31. Bathurst Harness Racing CEO Danny Dwyer threw his full support behind the decision and said the move hearkens back to similar measures introduced during the 2007 equine influenza spread in Australia. "I think it's the way to go. When equine influenza was happening racing was split into zones and ... you ended up racing with closed pools of horses," he said. "It makes sense to keep horses based in one area. If there was a positive test in, say, Sydney then those other areas areas are still able to go ahead without shutting down the whole state. "The other part of it is that with the venues they've chosen, pretty much nothing else goes on at those places. If we were still at the Showground that would have been an issue." Meetings will be serviced by regional specific stewards and approved HRNSW club personnel and movements between regions will be accepted only with approval from the HRNSW Integrity Division. Owners will not be permitted to attend training stables outside the region in which they reside for the purposes of strict biosecurity. The move also means Bathurst will play host to all Carnival of Cups meetings for the western region. All non-TAB events have been cancelled for the remainder of the season. The Treuer Memorial (Bankstown), the Renshaw Cup (Penrith) and the Carousel (Club Menangle) will be rescheduled after the easing of restrictions by government if suitable dates are found. HRNSW confirmed the Riverina Group 1 Championships will not be conducted in the current climate. Another change announced by HRNSW on Monday was that all drivers must only wear one set of colours for all race meetings in the state. Bathurst's Gold Crown carnival went ahead following a negative COVID-19 test on an industry member. Racing takes place at Bathurst this Wednesday night. By Alexander Grant Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate  

Victoria's harness racing scene has been split into six regions to attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus — and Shepparton will be one of nine venues used across the state.  

The bitter breakdown between the Devonport Show Society and North West Greyhound Club has escalated with today’s Devonport meeting cancelled. Officials of the North West Greyhound Racing Club, which preside over racing at Devonport, arrived at the Showground on Tuesday morning to find the gates locked and the venue inaccessible . It’s understood representatives of the show society had flagged potential COVID-19 issues as their rationale for making the grounds unavailable for today’s greyhound program. The decision was reached despite Tasracing meeting all government obligations to see all three codes of racing continue. In addressing the matter, Paul Eriksson, chief executive officer of Tasracing, said: “I can assure participants there will be a continuance of racing,” Eriksson said. “The Show Society locked the gates which forced the abandonment of today’s meeting. Prize money for the program will be split accordingly and for now that’s all I can say on the matter.” Tensions between the Show Society and the greyhound and harness codes have been bubbling away for some time now. The Show Society has been pressing to redevelop the showground into affordable housing while Tasracing, with a firm lease in hand, is adamant the venue will continue to conduct both greyhound and harness racing. Earlier this week, Meghan Shearer, executive officer of the Devonport Agricultural and Pastoral Society, questioned Tasracing’s decision to proceed with racing amid the coronavirus pandemic. By Adam Dobbin Reprinted with permission of the Greyhound Recorder

The Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted on Sunday at 12 noon, will be a harness racing online auction with live streaming and bidding (with no time delay). Videos of yearlings will be available to view by prospective buyers prior to the sale.  Videos and a brief description of each yearling will also be shown as at bidding takes place. Bidders should register now here. Photos and videos of the yearlings are available here. Prospective buyers who are unable to do this online should contact Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or Rebecca Ebert 0404 050 483 to either help organise it or to register for phone bidding.  The sale has attracted 66 nominations by 26 different stallions. The online catalogue can be viewed here. Peter Wharton