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Weekly Spotlight on Breeding

02:30 PM 19 Jun 2020 NZST
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Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound


Jett Star unbeaten two-year-old

Jett Star NZ, who is undefeated in four two-year-old starts, is rated one of Western Australia’s top juveniles, particularly after his success in the $100,000 Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park.

A well developed youngster, possessing both speed and stamina, Jett Star is an easy going colt and is the first Pearl winner trained by Greg and Skye Bond, who brought out Galactic Star. 

Jett Star                                    --Jodie Hallows

Bought for $30,000 and now the winner of $74,568, Jett Star, by the Cam’s Shark Shark horse Bettor’s Delight, is out of Steel The Light, who took a record of 2:00.4 and won seven races. She was a Falcon Seelster mare from Star Empress, a Queensland bred mare by Fake Left from the Mark Lobell mare Light Lobell, the dam of the Qbred Breeders 2YO Classic winner Lightfoot Lady (1:56.9).

Star Empress, the grand-dam of Jett Star, won five races at Albion Park and $50,859 in stakes and became the dam of the exported American Empress 1:52.4 ($169,957) and Bad Boy Hughie (1:59.3).

Bred by Woodlands Stud, Jett Star ranks as a brother to this year’s Addington three-year-old winner Steel The Show (1:59.2).


Won NSW Golden Mile

Cash N Flow gave a further taste of his class when he easily won the Group 3 Woodlands Stud Golden Mile, one of the premier speed tests of the winter racing at Menangle.

He was never really extended in running out the mile in 1:50.2, the last 800 in 54.4. By Mach Three, Cash N Flow ranks as a half-brother to the top NZ racemare Katy Perry 1:51.1 ($517,733), being out of Karen Donna, by In The Pocket from the Butler B G mare Megaera 1:56.8 ($250,646), a granddaughter of the noted producer Black Watch.

Karen Donna was unraced but she left seven winners. She was a sister to Dale Elinor (TT1:57.7) and a half-sister to the NZ and US winner Penthouse Pete 1:54.2 ($119,538) and to the dam of the Junee Cup winner Rocking 1:53 ($107,879).

Cash N Flow, who holds a record of 1:49.6, was bred by Ken and Karen Breckon, of Breckon Farms, Ohaupo.


Callmequeenbee on top

Callmequeenbee, winner of the Ladyship Pace at Menangle last Saturday, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the mares.

She holds a mile record of 1:51.5, and is a member of one of NZ’s most successful families, being a five-year-old Shadow Play mare from a handy racemare in Queen Of Courage (1:57.4), a Courage Under Fire mare who has also produced the Sydney winner Lettuce Go Pippa 1:53.4 ($95,314), now at the stud.

Queen Of Courage was out of Gerwyn Queen, a good producer by Soky’s Atom from Queenwood, by Smooth Fella from Neatlee, by Dick Adios from the Garrison Hanover mare Kaput, a half-sister to a fine racemare in Ruth Again, who won several country cups in the 1950’s

Gerwyn Queen produced the NZ country cups winner King Sands 1:51.2 ($232,135), the NSW winner King Courage (1:58.2), Steam Machine (2:02.6) and the Sands A Flyin mare Glamorous Queen, dam of the Gloucester Park winner I Courage (1:58.3).


Siring feat to Renaissance Man

Rather a notable siring feat was credited to the Art Major horse Renaissance Man at Gloucester Park on Friday, when he sired the winners of both $20,000 Westsired 3YO Classics in Longreach Bay and Fifty Five Reborn. Another of his progeny, Missbillynotsilly, finished third in her division.

Fifty Five Reborn, a good type of filly, is out of Arma Fifty Five, a Bettor’s Delight mare out of Arma Xceptional (1:57.9), a half-sister to the former top juvenile Arma Xpress 1:56.5 ($279,890), who won seven Group/Listed races as a two-year-old, and to Arma Xcellent, dam of the Ashburton Winter Cup winner Sans Le Sou (1:56).

Longreach Bay, who has won three races this season, ranks as a half-brother to the WA Champagne Classic winner Cott Beach 1:54.9 ($275,902), being out of the dual Gloucester Park winner Back In The Black (1:58.1), by Armbro Operative from Black And Blue 1:57.2 ($212,495), an outstanding racemare in the early 2000’s whose 17 successes included the WA Sires Stakes 3YO and 4YO Finals and the Battle of Bunbury.

Longreach Bay                                                                     Jodie Hallows photo

By Northern Lights (son of No Nukes), Black And Blue was a half-sister to a cup class pacer in No Blue Manna 1:56.6 ($628,157) and the classic winners Baby Blues 1:56.3 ($115,032) and Sacre Blue (1:57.5).

Renaissance Man’s oldest stock are four-year-olds, and they include My Prayer (WA Country Oaks), Ourboybart (1:57.8), the Melton winner Disclosure (1:56.5), Yo Te Amo Haitch (Gloucester Park) and the Listed placegetter Catch Me Cougar.

Renaissance Man, who was first at the stud in WA, is now standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW).


Whereyabinboppin in 1:50.6

Whereyabinboppin looks certain to uphold the good record of A Rocknroll Dance’s stock.

Bred and part-owned by Troy Saddler, the four-year-old gelding won in 1:50.6 at Menangle recently despite being required to sit parked for the mile.

Whereyabinboppin has not raced a great deal. He won his first three starts as a two-year-old, was unbeaten in two attempts at three and has won four of five this season.

By the Rocknroll Hanover horse A Rocknroll Dance, and a member of the first crop, Whereyabinboppin is out of the Modern Art mare Whereyawheeliebin, who took a record of 2:00.3 and won five races. She was a half-sister to the prolific Gloucester Park and US winner Jezal Theory 1:52.4 ($226,578), the Albion Park winner Skippy Saddler (1:53.6) and the Menangle victor Boundtobemad (1:55.4).

Their dam, Dynasty Bound (2:00.7), was by Fortitude Hanover (grandson of Most Happy Fella) from Devoted To You, by Tarport Bill from Ivy Barb, by Blazing Globe, and tracing to the Huon Junior mare May C.

Whereyabinboppin is the best winner from this family in recent years but in an earlier decade it produced a champion juvenile in Three Stooges, who won 17 races including the Bathurst Gold Crown and NSW Breeders Plate.


Grandson of La Coocaracha

Cocosfella, who has won four races in quick time at Melton recently, is a five-year-old gelding expected to graduate far beyond his present rating.

Cocosfella                                              -Stuart McCormick photo

Bred by Doug Nalder, of Maryborough, he has a good deal more in his favour on the score of blood than most. By Artistic Fella, who sired the top ranking youngsters Mindarie Priddy and Artistic Flite, Cocosfella is out of the Christian Cullen mare Coco Cullen (1:58.9) whose dam was an outstanding trotter in La Coocaracha Tr 1:58.5 ($428,911), a winner at Group 1 level on both sides of the Tasman.

By Safely Kept, La Cooraracha became the dam of Dance Craze Tr 1:55.6 ($478,510),a winner of 21 races and rated the best trotting mare in Australia today, the exported La Grange Tr 1:54.2 ($163,350), the Breeders Crown champion Reina Danzante (Tr 1:57.1) and the CR Commando mare La Biscuit (9 wins), who left the Vicbred Platinum Homegrown 2YO Classic winner Royal Treat and the Group 3 winner Nieta (Tr 1:58.1).

La Coocaracha ranked as a sister to the Mildura Guineas winner Rivertalk (2:00) and a half-sister to the smart pacer in Blake Castle 1:53.2 ($265,498), being out the unraced Poetry, by Kentucky from the Royal Dollar mare Morley Dollar, a half-sister to the handy racemare in Paula Morley (2:01.8), the ancestress to ‘black type’ performers Bamako Mali (NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO), Redbank Blaze (1:51.2), Sheezallattitude (Aust. Pacing Gold) and Art Series (Bathurst God Bracelet).


Fifth win on end

A bright future is being predicted for the Bettor’s Delight four-year-old Enchanted Stride, whose success at Cranbourne last Sunday was her fifth from seven attempts this season. 

She is a member of an old time NZ family, which was represented by the winner of this year’s NSW Ladyship Mile Bettor’s Heart (1:49.7) and the NZ Robin Dundee Crown winner Amore Lancome.

By Bettor’s Delight, Enchanted Stride is out of the Christian Cullen mare Lenola Stride (1:53.7), a half-sister to this year’s top NZ juvenile Krug (1:56), being out of a fine racemare in Champagne Princess 1:56.9 ($143,484), by Soky’s Atom from Champagne Royal (1:59.7), by Smooth Fella from the Lordship mare Regal Guest (1:58.2), a half-sister to the NZ Derby and Oaks winner Hilarious Guest.

This is the family which produced such winners as Be Jack’s Legend  (1:51.8) and Lancome, both winners of the Harness Jewels, Joanne’s A Delight (NZ Sires Stakes 2YO C’ship), Estella Rose, and a host of winners in Australia including Lumos (1:50.9) and In Monaco.


Up and coming youngsters

Two of Australia’s star trotters at present, and both recent winners are Im Hector, who won the SA Trotters Derby, and the Victorian trotter Brandlo Prince, who scored by open lengths at Shepparton. Both belong to the same family.

Im Hector, who won his second race from only a handful of starts, is a three-year-old gelding by the French champion Quaker Jet, and one of his first crop. He is out of the Melton winner Queen’s Vacation (Tr 2:00.9), by Dream Vacation from a fine racemare in Queen’s Rhapsody (by Gee Whizz 11), a winner of 17 races including the NSW Trotters Oaks and Menangle Cup.

Brando Prince, a winner of seven races so far, is by the French sire Orlando Vici from the Sundon mare Bohemian Queen, a half-sister to Queen’s Vacation.

Others from Queen’s Rhapsody, a half-sister to the top NZ trotter Let’s Get Serious Tr 1:52.4 ($656,652), were the good Melton winners Mister Oz Tr 1:58.7 ($99,281) and Parisian Opera (Tr 1:57.5) and The Debater, a winner at Pinjarra (WA) last month.


Melton winner from good racemare

Bullys Delight, a Bettor’s Delight five-year-old and a recent winner at Melton, is out of Mi Coconut, a capable racemare with a record of 1:56.1 who is proving a successful broodmare. She is also the dam of Kid Coconut 1:55 ($146,951), a winner of 18 races, Blisstar (1:58.8), Ilikemillie (1:57.2) and Queen Of Diamonds (1:57), all Melton winners. 

Mi Coconut won 18 races and $192,172 in stakes including the Queen of the Pacific and was one of the best racemares of the Moonee Valley era. She was an Albert Albert mare from the top racemare Milady 1:59.6 ($147,351), by Kotare Knight from Lucky Piece, by Aachen from Marana, by Meadow Vance.

Mi Coconut was a half-sister to the Granny Smith winner Milady Meg (2:00.8) and to Mi Mademoiselle (2:00.4), who won five races and left Mi Ju Dan (1:58.1) and the Granny Smith placegetter Mi Makarova.

Their dam, Milady, a winner in top company in Victoria and Tasmania, was a half-sister to Family Revenge 2:02.1 (5 wins), who, in turn, left the high class Tasmanian pacer Armbro’s Revenge 1:53.4 ($291,006).

Other members of this family, which was founded in NZ by the imported mare Berthabell, were Free Vance (Kilmore Cup), Wouldn’t It Be (Qbred Triad 3YO and 4YO) and a fine trotter in Bonbillie Fella.


Exciting three-year-old trotter

Fox Trot Hill is proving herself a three-year-old of some worth in NSW and during June has won twice at Menangle in 1:57.3 and 1:57.5.


She is a filly by the Muscles Yankee horse, Muscle Hill, from Sheza Cop, the best of whose several progeny have been the dual Derby winner Arizona Blue Tr 1:56.9 ($236,465) and the Menangle winner Chalcis Tr 1:59.3 ($92,770).

Sheza Cop, who won 12 races, ranks as a sister to the SA Derby winner Ima Cop Too and The Kesytone Cop (26 wins and $89,853), being by Keystone Gondola from Arctic Fox, by North Pole from All Aflame, by Scottish Brigade. Sheza Cop was 23 when she left Fox Trot Hill.


SA Yearling Sale entries

Nominations are being invited for the 2021 SA Yearling Sale, to be held at the Magic Millions Complex, Morphettville in March.

The sale will be limited to 35 yearlings with catalogued lots being eligible for the 2022 $100,000 Group 1 2YO Classic. 

Entry blanks are available from Harness Racing SA. Entries close on July 24.

The SA sale graduates Major Reason and The Queen Of Heart both saluted on the same night at Globe Derby Park this week. 



by Peter Wharton

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