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Breeding analysis of the Inter-Dominion finalists

08:51 PM 12 Dec 2015 NZDT
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Bettors Delight - Four of his sons are in tomorrow's $1,300,000 Inter- Dominion Final
Bettors Delight - Four of his sons are in tomorrow's $1,300,000 Inter- Dominion Final

With the big $1,300,000 harness racing Inter-Dominion final at Gloucester Park in Perth looming large tomorrow, we here at Harnesslink thought we would do a runner by runner breeding analysis of all the runners.

1) Lovers Delight  - 8 year old gelding by Bettor's Delight from Love Is In The Air by Butler BG

A New Zealand bred gelding by champion sire Bettors Delight from the former smart racemare Love Isin The Air 1:57.6 who was just a touch below the best racemares of her generation.

Love Isin The Air has gone on to do a great job in the breeding shed, leaving seven winners.

Apart from Lovers Delight 1:56.7 ($337,772), she has also produced Beach Romance 1:49.3 ($258,557) by Beach Towel and Braemoor 1:59.5 ($123,606) by Christian Cullen.

2) Waylade  -  5 year old entire by Washington VC from Letspartyallnite by Pacific Rocket

A New Zealand bred entire by the very successful son of Presidential Ball in Washington VC from the unraced Pacific Rocket mare Letspartyallnite who is now deceased.

Waylade was the only progeny she produced before her death.

The grand dam by Falcon Seelster produced 13 foals for little or no result but the third dam Bee Gee's Dream by Butler BG was an outstanding producer.

Her seven winners included such high class horses such as Another Party 1:56.3 ($888,678), Party Party 1:53.2 ($251,236) and Champagne Party 1:56.3 ($159,226)

3) Lennytheshark  -  6 year old entire by Four Starzzz Shark from Botswana by Albert Albert

An Australian bred entire by a son of Cam's Card Shark in Four Starzzz Shark from the handy Albert Albert racemare Botswana.

Botswana is turning into a prolific producer with three of her four first foals topping the $200,000 mark in earnings.

Apart from Lennytheshark 1:52.8 ($670,992), Botswana has also produced Led Suitcase 1:55.8 ($261,395) and Blissful Boy 1:54.7 ($224,815) who are both by Blissfull Hall.

The second dam Lourenco Marques has produced seven winners including Lord Marques 1:52.8 ($214,830) and Newbold Penny 2:00.9 ($175,757)

Newbold Penny has since produced five winners including Penny Veejay 1:54 ($387,114) so it is a very strong maternal family

4) Philadelphia Man  -  7 year old entire by Art Major from the Fake Left mare, My Liberty Belle

An Australian bred entire by the elite stallion Art Major from the very smart Fake Left racemare in My Liberty Belle 1:57.5 ($184,819)

My Liberty Belle has only produced three live foals during her sixteen years at stud.

Apart from Philadelphia Man 1:52.6 ($534,335), she has also left the handy racemare, The Red Opal 1:58 ($71,488) by Island Fantasy.

Well known Queensland breeder Kevin Seymour has had a tremendous amount of success with this maternal family over the last twenty five years 

5) Our Blackbird  -  8 year old gelding by Bettors Delight from Starling by Live Or Die

 A New Zealand bred gelding by the champion sire Bettors Delight from the non winning Live Or Die racemare Starling.

Starling has produced three winners from her first five foals but Our Blackbird 1:55.1($239,546) is the only one of any note.

A full brother to Starling in Giuliana 1:53.4 ($62,605) has done a reasonable job to date in Australia.

This is the family most closely associated with the late Colin Baynes with the best pacer from this side of the family being the very speedy Tax Credit 1:52.4 ($303,858)

6) Libertybelle Midfrew  -  5 year old mare by Christian Cullen from Lucinda Midfrew by Live Or Die

A New Zealand bred mare by New Zealands best colonial stallion in Christian Cullen from a very handy Live Or Die racemare in Lucinda Midfrew 1:56.9 ($52,599).

Lucinda Midfrew has produced four winners from her first seven foals.

Apart from Libertybelle Midfrew 1:53.9 ($547,047) her other progeny include the smart Lulabelle Midfrew 1:57.3 ($46,045), Lulli Midfrew 1:56.8 ($35,237) and the race winning Mach Three daughter in Lucasta Midfrew whose first foal is the talented four year old son of Ohoka Arizona in Eyre Crusher 1:55.7 ($94,123) who is now in Western Australia.

It is not a very deep maternal family but has enjoyed a lot of success in the last ten years.

7) Avonnova  -  9 year old gelding by Art Major from the Maple Lanes Strikes mare in Mini Slick

An Australian bred son of the elite sire Art Major from an unraced daughter of Maple Lanes Strike in Mini Slick.

Mini Slick has produced just two winners  from her seven foals to date.

Apart from Avonnova 1:51.3 ($748,598), Mini Slick has also produced Iron Realm 1:55.8 ($168,630)

The next two dams have produced plenty of foals but few have amounted to much with no other $100,000 winners from this side of the maternal family apart from the two from Mini Slick.

8) Devendra  -  6 year old gelding by Bettors Delight from the Walton Hanover mare in Queen Carey

An Australian bred son of champion sire Bettors Delight from the very smart Walton Hanover racemare in Queen Carey 1:56.3 ($165,227)

Queen Carey has only produced three live foals to date and they have all performed well so far.

Apart from Devendra 1:52 ($283,473), she has also produced Benediction 1:57.8 ($161,235) and Estevao 1:57.9 ($46,610)

Queen Carey is sister or half sister to eight winners.

They include her full brother King Carey 1:57.1 ($165,227) and her half brother by Bettors Delight in Bettor Draw 1:51.9 ($201,818).

It is a family that the Rattrays have had a huge amount of success with and it looks to be going from strength to strength.

9) My Hard Copy  -  A six year old entire by American Ideal from the Presidential Ball mare in Readallaboutit.

A New Zealand bred son of American Ideal from the non winning Presidential Ball mare in Readallaboutit.

She has so far produced two foals for two winners.

Apart from My Hard Copy 1:51.6 ($523,142) she has also produced Press Release 1:59.5

Readallaboutit is a daughter of the Butler BG mare Natalia's Joy who has also produced the handy Money In The Pocket 1:58.8 ($68,225).

The third dam of My Hard Copy is the imported Oil Burner mare in Natalia Lobell who was a product of Lana Lobell Farms.

10 Flaming Flutter  -  A six year old entire by the champion sire in Bettors Delight from the In The Pocket racemare in Twice As Hot 1:56.3 ($54,735)

A New Zealand bred son of champion sire in Bettors Delight from a very speedy daughter of In The Pocket in Twice As Hot 1:56.3 ($54,735)

Twice As Hot has produced six foals old enough to race to date for three winners.

Apart from Flaming Flutter 1:53.9 ($427,665), she has also left the promising Mister Whittaker 1:54.9.

Twice As Hot is a full or half sister to seven winners including such smart types as Waitfornoone 1:55.7 ($201,804), Mark Dennis 1:54.2 ($218,806), St Barts 1:57 ($162,506) and Fight Fire With Fire 1:55.1 ($151,657).

The second dam Twice As Good 1:56.5 was by Butler BG and was a half sister to the Seahawk Hanover filly Pacific 1:53 ($871,550), who was three year old filly of the year in North America in 1987.

Three things stand out when looking at the statistics.

1) Six of the finalists were born in New Zealand even though no New Zealand trained horses raced in this years Inter-Dominion series.

2) Four of the finalists are by the champion sire Bettor's Delight which is a great result as he stands in New Zealand and hasn't had huge books in Australia.

3) Seven of the finalists this year are by stallions who stand in New Zealand 

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