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Breeding Incentives as added boost for new Yirribee Stallion

01:26 PM 16 Jun 2016 NZST
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Warrawee Needy

Harness Racing Breeders in New South Wales are set to be the big winners after today’s announcement from Yirribee Pacing Stud that the world’s fastest horse Warrawee Needy will be joining its stallion roster.

Warrawee Needy is the fastest two year old in Ontario Sires Stakes history on 800m, 1000m and 1400m tracks and is the equal fastest harness horse of all time having run a 1:46.4, a record he shares with Somebeachsomewhere.  He won 29 races and more than $1.25 million, was freakishly fast at two after recording a 1:49.4, faster still at three when he ran 1:48.4 and fastest in the world at four with his 1:46.4.  Warrawee Needy will stand for $3,850 inclusive of GST.

The arrival of Warrawee Needy comes on the back of news announced by the HRNSW Board last month that it would eliminate all HRNSW fees including the $750 registration fee and the $110 paid to the controlling body by stallion owners for all Breeders Challenge eligible foals for NSW resident stallions.

This is on top of the announcement made by the New South Wales Harness Racing Club that it will be fully subsidising the breeder’s payment of the $185 foaling fee for the next three years.

HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny congratulated Yirribee Pacing Stud on the arrival of Warrawee Needy and with tax parity funding strategies soon to be released, confirmed the NSW breeding industry and its future is paramount to the success of harness racing in the premier state.

“To have the fastest horse on the planet standing in NSW is a coup for breeding in New South Wales and I applaud Yirribee’s team headed by Rod Woodhouse for the commitment to local breeding,” Mr Dumesny said.

“The commitment of the HRNSW Board to support breeding in NSW is evidenced by early resident sire announcements and I look forward to outlining further tax parity funding strategies at the Harnessing Our Future conference later this month.”

Greg Hayes

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