It has been very hard lately to take the smile off the faces of Peter O'Rourke and David Shammall as the sires associated with their harness racing venture Stallions Australasia have been having such a golden run in North America.
Muscle Hill and Lucky Chucky have both had big years so far and their new addition Wishing Stone only adds to the quality available to trotting breeders down under this season.
Set up by David and Peter in 2013, Stallions Australasia was formed to fill a gap they saw in the sires market in Australasia for quality trotting stallions.
Most of the top North American pacing sires shuttle to Australasia every season but few of the elite trotting sires were available to breeders.
Deciding to target the elite horses just starting out in the siring ranks, Stallions Australasia quickly acquired the semen rights to both Muscle Hill and Lucky Chucky.
This year they have added another champion going to stud in Wishing Stone.
So we thought it was an appropriate time to do a bit of homework on the three sires that they are making available to breeders this season.
Muscle Hill 1:50.1 ($3,273,342)
This son of Muscles Yankee is rated by many pundits as the greatest age group trotter to have ever raced in North America and his record supports that.
He faced the starter 21 times for 20 wins and a second in a stellar career.
Beaten on debut at two, Muscle Hill won his next 20 races before his retirement to stud.
Amongst those wins were the $700,000 Breeders Crown at two in 1:53.3 while at three he won the $1,520,000 Hambletonian by six lengths in 1:50.2 - $1,000,000 Canadian Trotting Classic in 1:53.1 - $617,000 Breeders Crown in 1:54 - $540,000 World Trotting Derby in 1:52.3 and the $384,000 Kentucky Futurity in 1:51.1.
All up at three, Muscle Hill earned $2,456,041 which is a record for money won in a season by either a pacer or a trotter.
Now his stud record is starting to resemble his racing record with his first crop half way through their three year old season.
He currently sits third on the North American 3 year old sires list and has already sired a Hambletonian winner from this first crop with the brilliant Trixton1:50.3 $(852,838) taking out the time honoured classic last weekend.
Other notable winners from this first crop include Southwind Spirit 1:54.1 ($370,295) and Muscle Network 1:53.2 ($314,350) to name just two.
The second crop are two year olds this season and have started in great fashion with the outstanding filly Mission Brief 1:52.2 ($255,775) winning the $352,000 Merrie Annibeelle on Hambletonian day while another Muscle Hill filly in Jolene Jolene 1:54 pl ($94,812) finished second.
Muscle Hill is presently first on the two year old sires list in North America.
Lucky Chucky 1:50.4 ($2,099,973)
This son of Windsongs Legacy was an outstanding two and three year old on the track, being crowned horse of the year at both two and three.
His sire Windsong's Legacy, a son of Conway Hall only stood for four seasons before his untimely demise.
Apart from Lucky Chucky the other one of his sons to really make his mark is world record holder Chapter Seven 1:50.1 ($1,954,966)
Lucky Chucky won the $450,000 Valley Victory at two in 1:56 in his nine wins at that age but that was only a pipe opener to a great three year old year.
Lucky Chucky won the $1,000,000 Canadian Classic in 1:52.2 - $500,000 Colonial Final in 1:53 and was an unlucky second in the $1,500,000 Hambletonian Final won by Massive Muscle 1:51 ($1,239,138) in 1:51
When retired to stud Lucky Chucky had faced the starter 23 times for 14 wins and 7 ploacings for $2,099,973 in stakes.
His first crop hit the track this season in North America and though it is early in the season, Lucky Chucky has made a fine start as a sire.
With the season just getting into full swing he is already the sire of such promising trotters as Gabe The Bear Dean 1:58.3 (H) ($56,186) Lock Down Lindy 1:55 ($63,076) and Mambo Blue Chip 1:57.2 ($50,236).
Lucky Chucky currently sits seventh on the North American Sires list for two year olds, ahead of such talented sires as Cantab Hall and Kadabra.
Wishing Stone 1:51.2 ($2,255,603)
The richest and fastest son of the great Conway Hall is available to breeders for the first time this season.
His best wins at two were in the $84,600 Bluegraass Stakes in 1:55 and the $71,200 International Stallion Stakes in 1:55.3.
At three Wishing Stone won the $237,000 Matron Final in 1:53.2 and the $200,00 Kentucky Futurity over Lucky Chucky in 1:51.2.
Notable placings were his second in the $500,000 Breeders Crown in 1:52.4 and his third in the $1,500,000 Hambletonian behind Muscle Massive and Lucky Chucky in 1:51.4
Racing in Europe at four and five, his best wins were in the $250,000 Copenhagen Cup 2000 meters in a 1:54.4 mile rate and the $200,000 Grand Prix Du Sud Quest over 2600 meters.
Back to North America last season, the Wishing Stone's best win was in the $250,000 Maxi Lee in 1:52, defeating Uncle Peter 1:50.3 ($1,250,515)
Wishing Stone goes to stud with a record of 75 starts for 22 wins and 17 placings for $2,255,603 in stakes with a best time of 1:51.1
He should appeal to down under breeders with his winning performances over 2000 and 2600 meters.
Everything considered, Stallions Australasia have a great line up of sires who are making the headlines now, not last year like some sires.