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Changeover to Queensland

03:31 PM 19 Apr 2017 NZST
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New Zealand Cup winning harness racing hero Changeover is now a Queenslander. The former champion racehorse has quickly emerged as a leading stallion prospect with a number of talented types gracing the tracks throughout the world.

Previously based at the famed Nevele R Stud in Christchurch, Changeover will stand the next breeding season at Burwood Stud on the Darling Downs of Queensland for Noel and Christine Denning.

The addition of Changeover to the Queensland breeding ranks will be a massive boost for local breeders.

He will stand alongside perennial performer Cammibest, exciting young stallion Lanercost and the trotter Brylin Boyz.

A deal was recently struck which left generous harness racing benefactor Chris Garrard buying the In The Pocket stallion.

Garrard, Brisbane based, has poured millions into the three racing codes via breeding, buying and sponsoring major events throughout Australasia over a long period of time.

The keen breeder has been a huge supporter of Changeover following his retirement and landed a Group One winner last season when Changeoverme scored in the $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Final for colts and geldings at Albion Park during the winter carnival.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce a proven producing stallion to local breeders, I jumped at the opportunity to purchase the stallion when offered and I truly believe he will be a great fit here in Queensland,” Garrard said.

“After discussing it with Noel and Christine, I was thoroughly pleased that they were proud to stand this stallion at their stud. His numbers and results are very good and he’s still on the up plus he provides a great opportunity for breeders being a son of a super sire.” He added.

As a racehorse, Changeover was scintillating winning 29 of his 66 career starts while baking more than $2.4 million.

He raced at two with great success before his retirement as a six-year-old.

His biggest victory came via the 2008 New Zealand Cup at Addington when scoring easily as the race favourite in a time of 3:56.4 – a mile rate of 1:58.8 for the 3200m standing start feature.

At stud, Changeover has produced the likes of Run Oneover, Risk, Glenferrie Bronte, Nuala, Prince Of Pops, Sudden Change, Motu Gatecrasher, Controversial, Whitershadeofpale, Expressive Victor, Change The Rulz and Webb Ellis among many others.

In recent times, the progeny of Changeover has enjoyed good success at Albion Park through the likes of The Charging Moa, Change The Nation and Charlyse among others.

Last season, Changeover landed a feature race juvenile double in Queensland courtesy of Changeoverme (at Albion Park) and Heart Of Change (at Redcliffe).

No service fee has been as yet.

Chris Barsby

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