On harness racings big day at the Breeders Crown finals at Tabcorp Park Melton yesterday, there were six pacing races up for decision.
There was a great mixture of stock by all the sires in great demand by breeders in Australia.
Bettors Delight, Mach Three and Sportswriter all had representation but by the end of the days racing, one stallion stood head and shoulders above the competition - Art Major
His stock won three of the six pacing finals and sent breeders a clear message with the breeding season just around the corner.
If anything this season, the gap in Australia between Art Major and the chasing pack at the age group level has grown larger and more pronounced.
As the season draws to a close Art Major is $368,000 ahead of Bettors Delight on the 2 year old sires list and $1,166,000 ahead on the 3 year old list and that really confirms what a spectacular season he has had in Australia.
Yesterday the two year old and three year old sections of the Breeders Crown finals were dominated by Art Major.
Follow The Stars was outstanding in the 2 year old colts/geldings final, burning to the front from the outside of the gate and giving nothing else a chance from that point.
But for being wiped out in the Harness Jewels in New Zealand, Follow The Stars would have been unbeaten at two.
Being bred the way he is, if Follow The Stars can kick on at three then he certainly has all the credentials to be given a chance in the stallion barn.
Major Crocker was a super winner of the 3 year old colts /geldings final.
Used up big time early to hold the lead on two occasions, Major Crocker still found enough in the straight to pick up the outstanding Bling It On.
It was a real statement from Major Crocker and he looks to have the all round game to be a "major " player next season and beyond.
The third winner on the day was Just Cala in the 3 year old fillies final who has stepped up to another level in her last few starts.
A brilliant winner of her semi final, Just Cala showed that was no fluke with another outstanding performance against the best fillies going around in Australia.
The Alabar team would have been smiling at those results but the cherry on top for them would have been the run of Jk Shesalady in the eliminations of the She's A Great Lady at Mohawk in Canada.
She was the fastest of the elimination winners yesterday in a time of 1:51.1 and by over seven lengths and looms as the filly to beat in the $480,000 final next weekend.
Art Major has always been an elite sire but right at the moment his stock worldwide are on an unbelievable run.