Day At The Track

Mr Feelgood once again standing at Yirribee

05:54 AM 11 Jul 2013 NZST
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Mr Feelgood - Seen here winning the 2006 Little Brown Jug - Heat One

Yirribee Pacing Stud is proud to present 'Australia's next super sire' Mr Feelgood who will once again be standing at Yirribee in the upcoming harness racing breeding season.

Mr Feelgood has achieved what no other horse in the history of harness racing has done, and will probably ever do again on the racetrack - win the most gruelling and prestigious race on the North America calendar, the Little Brown Jug and then travel to the Southern Hemisphere and win Australasia flagship event, the Interdominion Final. And now, he is poised to do the same in the breeding paddock.

Between his amazing deeds in the Northern Hemisphere and Australia the beautiful strong bay son of Grinfromeartoear accumulated a whopping 3.3 million dollars in prizemoney during his racing career. But when you look at his purple pedigree, do his racetrack feats really come as that much of a surprise? After all, there are more millionaires in his family than there are in Hollywood.

Sired by Grinfromeartoear (1.7m), who is also the sire of other millionaire pacers such as Mister Big ($4.1m), Not Enough (1.3m) and down unders' Smiling Shard (1.1m),Mr Feelgood is a half-brother to millionaire mare, Remember When, and just for good measure, his granddam is champion mare Leah Almahurst (1m), linking him to legendary pacers Western Ideal, Life Sign, Three Diamonds, Naughty But Nice, American Ideal and current World Champion filly American Jewel.

But if none of that has got him the job of being the father of your next crop of foals, or at least some of them, then perhaps the other feature wins on his résumé will: Hunter Cup (Gr1), Shepparton Cup (Gr2), Sunshine Sprint (Gr2), Bendigo Pacing Cup (Gr2), Popular Alm Free-For-All (Gr3), Victoria Cup (Gr1), Qld Pacing Championship (Gr1) x 2, Be Good Jonny Sprint (L) x 2, Cordina Sprint (Gr2), Newcastle Mile (Gr2), Cranbourne Cup (Gr1).

Mr Feelgood also placed second in the Auckland Cup (Gr1), Ballarat Cup (Gr1) and Victoria Cup (Gr1).

In the Northern Hemisphere Mr Feelgood sired one small crop of 23 foals which are current 4yo's. To date this crop has produced 12 winners, including three that have earned over $100,000.

The best of his Northern Hemisphere progeny are Im Feeling Good 1:49.6 - $407,825 (The Big Dog), Feels Good 1:53.2 - $213,923 (Camluck) and Nathan Feelsgood 1:53.2 $169,638 (Keystone Raidar). While in Australia he has already begun to make big waves, having produced seven starters and four winners from just 19 live two-year-olds. Heading this line up are Charming Allie (5 wins, ($38,049) and Good Feelings (2 wins, 18,593) both of who recently notched up placings in Group company.

Of interest to breeders' is the fact that both Charming Allie and Good Feelings are out of Perfect Art mares, so if you have one sitting in the back paddock, I suggest you book her in now!

Mares by stallions from the famed Golden Miss family may also be of particular interest, as they have crossed so well with Mr Feelgood's sire Grinfromeartoear in the past.

Three of his top six performers down under are out of mares by stallions from the Golden Miss family- Smiling Shard, Make Me Smile, Rocknrolla.

Mr Feelgood stands for a service of $5,225 AUS (pay on live foal) or $4950 (pay on positive test). Standing alongside him at Yirribee are two of Australia's most proven sires, Armbro Operative and Village Jasper, as well as fellow Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam.

Also in the Yirribee line-up are war horse Robin Hood, the affordable yet far from hopeless River Khan and John Street North, and exciting newcomer Lombo Pocket Watch.

If you wish to make a booking to any of these sires you can contact the team at Yirribee on 02 69331217 or visit their website

I will now leave you to ponder over the thoughts of champion Australian trainer Luke McCarthy.

"He was such a pleasure to train and an absolute gentleman. He was just so versatile, he had it all -speed, stamina and manners.

"He was also a wonderfully gaited horse. He won The Little Brown Jug on a half mile track, but then he also won on a 1000 metre track and was just as at home at Menangle, which is a big spacious 1400m track."

"I definitely rate him right up there with the very best horses I have been involved with."

When asked if he had any horses in the stable by Mr Feelgood McCarthy replied "No unfortunately I don't, most of his two-year-olds are in Queensland. But I would love to get some of his progeny in the stable."

Mitchell Robertson

Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final 2009 Mr Feelgood

MR FEELGOOD 2008 MEADOWLANDS $50,000 Haughton 1:50

Mr Feelgood out sprint smoken up at 2600m at 1:57 mile rate

MR FEELGOOD 2008 MEADOWLANDS $284,000 Graduate Pace 1:49

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