Late breeding mares produce top performers

10:15 AM 07 Dec 2012 NZDT
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If you think it is getting a bit too late in the season to breed your valuable harness racing mare then a snapshot look into the history books of Australian trotting might persuade you to change your mind.

Over the years there’s been a host of Australian-bred classic, cup and feature winning performers that were foaled in either December or January.

The 1995 Inter Dominion champion and Victoria Cup winner Golden Reign, the dual Breeders Crown champion Sassy Sarah and A. G. Hunter Cup victor Mont Denver Gold were all born in December, meaning their dams were served in late December or early January.

The list of notable performers foaled in December also includes such horses as Mr Nickel, winner of the 2011 Australian Pacing Gold, Vicbred Super Series 3YO champions Philadelphia Man and Devilish Smile, 2012 Trotter of the Year Blitzthemcalder, Mister Swinger, Innocent Eyes, Good Lookin Girl, Same Old Macray and Inter Dominion trotting winner Sumthingaboutmaori.

While 2006 Hunter Cup winner About To Rock, Mcraes Mate, Hexus and ‘Cups King’ Decorated Jasper were all born in January.

So it just goes to show that it’s never too late to breed! After all, two-year-olds don’t know their foaling dates.

by Peter WHARTON

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