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Vicbred horses raced for $9.13million more stakemoney than other horses in Victoria during season 2017-18. Last season, Vicbred horses picked up $4.6m in Vicbred win bonuses, while a further $4.5m of stakemoney was paid out on Vicbred-only races. This week Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) launched its 2019 Vicbred Super Series campaign, with the key message “Why wouldn’t you be Vicbred”? HRV CEO David Martin said it was important for a fresh approach to the Vicbred Super Series, one which focuses on the breeders and industry participants. “A vibrant local breeding industry is crucial to the overall wellbeing of our industry as a whole and the Vicbred program is a critical component,” Mr Martin said. “Vicbred eligible horses race for extra stakemoney through races and bonuses, so it certainly makes sense to think locally and think Vicbred during breeding season. “HRV and Harness Breeders Victoria are working hard and in regular consultation to look at ways to stimulate the breeding industry and the Vicbred program as we confront the historical challenge of a worldwide downturn in harness foal numbers.” Imamenace, who caused a boilover winning the 2014 Vicbred Super Series 2YO Trotting Final   --Stuart McCormick photo A new naming rights partner has been signed for the pacing Vicbred Super Series this year, Alabar coming on board to join Aldebaran Park which sponsors the trotting races. “Alabar and Aldebaran Park have a deep appreciation and understanding of the breeding industry and the Vicbred program and we’re rapt they’re both on board with HRV to support this important race series,” HRV General Manager – Marketing Andrew English said. HRV today announced it will for the first time attach a $1500 breeding voucher to all 12 of this year’s Group 1 Vicbred Super Series finals. “When we announced the $1500 breeding vouchers for all fillies and mares’ races in May and June we said there would be more announcements on the way and this was one of those,” HRV General Manager – Racing Stephen Bell said. “Today’s announcement means a further $18,000 worth of breeding vouchers will be made available for Vicbred Super Series winning owners and breeders to reinvest in the local industry. “These vouchers are in addition to the $115,500 we committed to be reinvested to the industry through the May/June fillies and mares’ races.” This year’s VSS marketing campaign is centred on the Vicbred horse’s journey from foaling to racehorse to Vicbred champion. Explaining the concept, Mr English said: “Winning a Group 1 race is the dream and over the years the Vicbred Super Series has allowed stables big and small to taste top-level success. These are inspirational stories to tell; stories like Betty Hall and Immanence in recent years. This is what Vicbred is all about.” Flojos Gold, from Mildura, who won the 2015 2YO Vicbred Super Series Final   -Stuart McCormick photo July 5 and 6 will see two enormous nights of Vicbred Super Series action at Tabcorp Park Melton.  The Friday night will be all about the trotter as the finalists in the Aldebaran Park Vicbred Super Series battle it out for supremacy.  The following Saturday night is all about the pacers as the Alabar Vicbred Super Series draws to an exciting climax with a cocktail function in the Legends Room on-course. Importantly, connections (including breeders) of Vicbred finalists will be treated to an evening of entertainment unlike any other as the “corporate” function becomes a colourful Vicbred celebration in the Legends Dining Room.   HRV Trots Media Cody Winnell

Former top free-for-all harness racing pacer Savesomtimetodream is the 2019 Alabar HERO Series Champion. The 11-year-old Village Jasper gelding defeated 19 rivals to claim the state’s richest and most prestigious standardbred showing championship at Bendigo on Sunday. The Alabar HERO Series Final carried $1000 in prizemoney for the overall winner and was staged under the auspices of Victorian Agricultural Shows Limited’s prestigious Saddle Horse Championships. Savesomtimetodream was also named Best Newcomer, securing a $500 cheque. The Award recognised the best performed competitor less than two years off the track. Bred, trained and owned by the Rowse family at Ballarat, he retired from a six-and-a-half-year racing career on August 25, 2017, with $222,625 in stake earnings in his bankroll. The pacer notched 20 wins and 33 placings from 113 race starts, highlighted by successes in the Gunbower, Yarra Valley and Ararat Pacing Cups, and a semi-final of the Vicbred Super Series. In May 2018, he was recruited by Harness Racing Australia under the banner of There Is No Finish Line to feature in a Track To Hack project documenting the transition of a retired standardbred from racing to riding. The project included a series of on-line video diaries and regular features in Horse Deals magazine. HRA Animal Welfare Officer and accomplished show rider Kathleen Mullan oversaw the horse’s re-education – prior to joining her care, Savesomtimetodream had never had a saddle on his back. He was therefore the richest racehorse and least experienced riding horse in the HERO Series Final. A three-person panel, including licensed harness racing trainer Courtney Slater and SA guest  Holly Alcorn, adjudicated on the final, with just one point separating Savesomtimetodream and runner-up Maxwell Smart, who raced as Equity Wizzbang. The second place getter was also runner-up in 2018 after winning the inaugural Alabar HERO Series Final in 2017 for owner Eboni Knights. An Owner/Rider category, carrying $500 in prizemoney, was introduced for the first time this year.  It was won by Rebecca McGee riding Mighty Boy Lombo, a Northern Luck gelding who retired in 2013 after a moderate racing career in the NSW Riverina, which notched two wins from 28 starts. The Child’s Ridden Standardbred went to Double Art, an Artiscape gelding who failed to place in 13 race starts, who was ridden by Emily Barton. Maxwell Smart was the Champion Led Standardbred for Julie Knights and Rebecca Mackay was named Champion Rider in the Standardbred ring aboard Style Of Art, an unraced daughter of Kenneth J. The Best Presented Standardbred was Kelly Stuart-Mitchell’s Gowan Brae. The Alabar HERO Series would not be possible without the ongoing support of principal sponsor Alabar Bloodstock, and Victorian Agricultural Shows Limited. All pictures are by Belinda Richardson of Alabar Farms.

APG is delighted to announce that highly respected industry figure, John Coffey, will join the APG team in the newly created role of Customer Relations and Business Development Manager, effective immediately. An extremely valuable addition to the APG team, John will also maintain his current role at Alabar. In his new position, John will play an integral role in APG’s strategy to strengthen its relationships with existing vendors and buyers, as well as helping to design and implement initiatives aimed at encouraging new owners to invest in APG yearlings. APG’s General Manager, David Boydell, commented “I’m really excited to welcome John to the APG team.  Throughout his career, John has developed a well-earned reputation for honesty, integrity and customer service, which should make him a perfect fit for the new role.  “As soon as John settles in, his first task will be to contact vendors of the 250 or so entries for our 2019 Melbourne sale, so he can arrange a time to inspect their yearlings, as these inspections will play an important role in our selection process for the upcoming sales”. John Coffey expressed his excitement about his new role, saying “I’m looking forward to this new position , which will compliment my current role at Alabar, and thank APG for the opportunity.  The Industry certainly needs an influx of new owners so this will be a challenge to embrace“. APG Media

Harness Breeders Victoria (HBV) and Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) are delighted to announce the inaugural Central Victorian Premier Stud Tour on Sunday 16 September 2018. Members of both breeding associations and guests are invited to embark on a unique tour of Swettenham Stud, one of Victoria's leading thoroughbred breeding facilities, and Alabar Farms, the largest standardbred stud in the Southern hemisphere. The exciting journey will make its first stop at Nagambie's Swettenham Stud where guests will be greeted by stud proprietor Adam Sangster. He will lead a tour of the magnificent property and present his six-pronged stallion roster; including new sire and world Group 1 star Highland Reel as well as Americain, Puissance De Lune, Rebel Dane, Toronado and Trust In A Gust. Following the fine hospitality at Swettenham, guests will be greeted with a welcome drink, and treated to a two-course lunch at La Penelope's at the picturesque Kirwan Bridge Estate Vinery, then travel to Koyuga's Alabar Farm, a short distance from Echuca. Since its inception in the 1950s, Alabar has steadily grown to become a front-runner in the global standardbred breeding industry. Stallions that have called the breeding barns of Alabar home have an impeccable record. They have won 16 Globe Derby Awards for Leading Juvenile Stallion, 15 Globe Derby Awards for Leading Stallion (by individual winners), and 8 Globe Derby Awards for Leading Stallion (by prizemoney). Meanwhile, the current Alabar stallion roster has sired progeny which have collectively won a staggering $205 million. Tour guests will observe a semen collection and lab demonstration, followed by a stallion parade of the Alabar residents. Tickets must be paid for with booking and are strictly limited - don't miss out! BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW If you have guests who wish to take advantage of membership pricing, don't forget to inlcude a membership form (for HBV) or complete an online application (for TBV). Alabar Bloodstock General Manager Brett Coffey noted that the tour is in essence a celebration of Victoria's vibrant horse breeding industry. "Victoria is one of the best places to breed horses anywhere in the world and this opportunity to go behind the scenes at two leading farms is one not to be missed," Coffey said. "Whether you are more into thoroughbreds or standardbreds, we are all horse lovers and this cross-code stud tour is a really exciting promotion," he said. "The joint stud tour is an outstanding initiative, and Swettenham Stud applauds the work of HBV and TBV to offer this opportunity to our breeding communities," Adam Sangster said. "It is a great honour for Swettenham to be the very first stop of the tour in its very first year. Our stallions will be ready and waiting to welcome everyone and give them a great show."   Harness Racing Victoria  

On 1 June - the day before the Jewels at Cambridge - Alabar will consign 58 weanlings for sale at the PGG Wrightson All Age Sale at Karaka. The draft oozes quality - something that has been well and truly underlined by recent feature racing. The Group 1 NZ Messenger Championship run at Alexandra Park last Friday was an outstanding contest. Two tremendous four-year-olds fighting to the line with Eamon Maguire getting the decision over Star Galleria. Both are sons of champion sire Art Major and both are rising stars of New Zealand harness racing. Alabar's consignment not only features three weanlings by the champion sire Art Major but one of them is a standout full-brother to Star Galleria (1:54.1, 10 wins, $195,525). What's more, an athletic half-brother to the NZ Messenger winner Eamon Maguire (1:55.8, 10 wins, $166,265) headlines the nine weanlings Alabar are presenting by Auckland Reactor - the sire of the sensational three-year-old Chase Auckland. Alabar's trotting sire, Majestic Son is having a breakout season highlighted by him siring the winning quinella in the NZ Sires Stakes Final for the three-year-old trotters and the winning trifecta in the Group 1 Northern Trotting Derby in recent weeks. These results have seen Majestic Son surge to the lead in the NZ Trotting Sires Premiership. Alabar are consigning eight Majestic Son weanlings from some of the best trotting families in New Zealand to the sale. The late, great Mach Three is also having another wonderful season - especially with his two-year-olds in Australia. Not only is he leading the Two-Year-Old Sires Premiership there but in College Chapel and Soho Nolita he quite possibly has both the best colt and filly in the freshman class in Australia. The Alabar consignment includes eleven Mach Three weanlings from the last crop sired by Mach Three before he tragically passed away. This is an opportunity never to be repeated. Other highlights in the consignment include a Rock N Roll Heaven half-sister to the tremendous West Australian filly Maczaffair (WA Oaks $347,898), four weanlings by the proven sire Sportswriter and strong representations by the exciting young sires He's Watching (nine weanlings) and Sunshine Beach (five weanlings). The full consignment will be available for viewing on farm at Alabar at their inspection day between 1pm and 3pm on Sunday 20 May and also onsite at the Karaka Sales Centre from 1pm Thursday 31 May. Full details of the draft are available from Alabar (alabar.co.nz or Graeme Henley, 09 232 1800) and PGG Wrightson (standardbred.co.nz or Rachel Deegan, 03 372 0967). Harnesslink Media  

A trots standardbred who never quite made it to the race track has claimed the Alabar HERO Series title in a watershed day for the life after a harness racing venture. Paragon Minda, a 2010 By Xample gelding out of Minda Luck, turned her 2017 honour of being Best Newcomer into Overall Winner in the 2018 series, which had its final at Bendigo on Sunday. The richest and most sought-after standardbred showing competition in Victoria was lauded by the Victorian Agricultural Society for peaking interest in the event, having produced the biggest class of the prestigious two-day staging. Some 25 entrants, of which eight had been rehomed through the HERO program, presented before the three-person judging panel, which included leading trots trainer-driver Kerryn Manning. “Yesterday's event was an extraordinary success and a wonderful promotion for standardbred life after racing,” HERO manager Tanya McDermott said. “The camaraderie among competitors was a highlight and the blossoming partnership between HERO and the Victorian Agricultural Society is very exciting.” Sponsored by Alabar and supported by the Angelique Club, the event gifted $1000 to the Overall Winner, $500 to the Runner-Up and $500 to the Best Newcomer (retired within the previous two years). Winner Paragon Minda was one of three finalists for Goulburn Valley standardbred devotee Rachel Stephenson, with Rebecca Farran the winning rider. “I was lucky enough for my gelding to win this fabulous award this year,” Ms Stephenson said. “I truly enjoyed every moment. “I want to thank the riders and congratulate them for the level of sportsmanship they all displayed. It honestly felt like a big group of friends catching up and supporting each other. The atmosphere was amazing.” 2017 winner Equity Wizzbang, show name Maxwell Smart, finished runner-up this year for owner Eboni Knights and rider Mel Lampard, while Best Newcomer was captured by Squiggymaguire for South Australian owner/rider Lesa van Uitert. A 2009 son of Our Sir Vancelot, Squiggymaguire won three of 53 starts for trainer Brad Costello before being placed with Lesa via the HRV HERO Program. For more details about the HERO program go to www.hrvhero.com.au.

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today announced an exciting partnership with Alabar Bloodstock, which has joined the Trots Media team as official digital content partner. "We are stoked. Alabar has always had a strong understanding of the value associated with embracing quality digital and social media content, and it is great to have them on board as our Trots Media digital partner," HRV Media and Communications Manager Cody Winnell said. "We are proud of the content our team produces across our digital and social media platforms and we have plans to really take it up another notch in the next 12 months. To have a passionate industry brand like Alabar powering Trots Media for that digital ride is fantastic." Alabar General Manager Brett Coffey said the longstanding breeding industry leader was passionate about promoting the industry through modern media platforms. "The importance of quality content to promote the industry to a wider audience cannot be understated," Mr Coffey said. "Alabar Bloodstock is excited to be joining HRV's Trots Media team as digital partner as it is an area of promotion that this industry needs to continue to embrace in a huge way. "We feel this industry has so many great stories to tell and it is integral we present them in a way that reaches as many new people as possible, while also engaging the current trots fans like never before." Meanwhile, Trots Media today also revealed Larni Salathiel would host a new digital show focused on all aspects of ownership in the trots, OTM TV (Own the Moment TV). "Standardbreds are just the most beautiful breed. I've been around them all my life and so I'm really excited to be promoting the Own the Moment message," Salathiel said. OTM TV will air across Trots Media digital channels with episodes to be promoted monthly. Read online here.  Larni Salathiel OTM TV here.  Cody Winnell [Harness Racing Victoria]

Long-time trots participant Ian Stanley wants to publicly thank all who have helped his family after his daughter, Aleisha, was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I’ve witnessed how generous people are firsthand,” Stanley said. “It’s just been amazing the response of all the community and we are very thankful.” Aleisha, 33, was diagnosed with aggressive stage-three breast cancer four months ago and she is currently undergoing chemotherapy every three weeks. The mother of three will then undergo surgery. Her husband, Daniel, will need to take time off from work to help with their three children, daughters Jordan, 12, and Lacey, 4, and son Tyler, just 22 months. To assist Aleisha and her family, who live in Woolsthorpe, 25km from Warrnambool in Victoria’s south-west, the local community and some incredibly generous trots people have dug deep and donated items to be auctioned off for charity. Ian Stanley said he and his wife Mavis wanted to thank all of the people and businesses for their “incredible generosity”, making special mention of Garrards Horse and Hound for donating a Meteor Sulky and Alabar for donating a service to star stallion Grinfromeartoear, both to raise funds for the young family.  Stanley also said that Wheatsheaf Hotel manager, also a local trots trainer, Darren Cole and another local participant in Marg Lee have been “incredibly supportive” and have helped put together a special family day at the Wheatsheaf (96 High St, Terang) on Sunday August 13 from 11am until 5pm, where an enormous amount of goods and services will be auctioned. One of the headline items for the auction is a 2016 official Geelong Football Club jumper, personally hand signed by AFL superstar and reigning Brownlow medallist Patrick Dangerfield. “Just about every business in Warrnambool has donated something. It’s absolutely amazing the generosity of the community,” Stanley said. “… Also just so many others I can't name them all, but Goodtime Lodge and local harness clubs, it’s just a wonderful industry like that and we saw this firsthand. And for people to back up and support young Connor (Clarke) in his battle also, I just want to thank everyone.” A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help Aleisha and her family on their cancer journey. If you are in a position to support the campaign you can access it by clicking here. Details on the Wheatsheaf Hotel fundraiser are also linked to the GoFundMe campaign.   Trots Media

The Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee is proud to again announce that a record number of horses have been nominated for the sixth annual VDM weekend of racing. The richest stakes weekend in all of Ireland and the UK, the VDM has developed into a must attend week-long festival in Dublin, Ireland with the races being held August 12 and 13, 2017. "To say we were overwhelmed with the support from the horse owners," said race founder Derek Delaney. "would be an understatement for our festival of harness racing. While we are slightly down on numbers in the two-year-old divisions, we made up for it on three-year-old's with our new joint sponsorship with Alabar Stud and Oakwood Stud." The premier event of the weekend is the sixth annual Vincent Delaney Memorial for two-year-old's. Perhaps harness racing's most grueling race as it calls for two-year-old's to race in elimination divisions Saturday and then the final on Sunday. A record number of pacing fillies entered the Diamond Creek Farm VDM with 38 nominated over 35 in 2016. The newly sponsored Hanover Shoe Farm VDM for colts saw a decline over prior year with 38 nominated for 2017 vs 45 in 2016. Rhyds Mystique, the BHRC filly of the year in 2016 and IB Coyote, winner of the Diamond Creek Farm VDM Final last year, are both nominated. Another record was set in nominations for the three-year-old Alabar-Oakwood Stud Derby with a total of 45 colts and fillies entered. The colt division has 23 entered and the new filly division has 23 nominated. Heading the list of colts for the Derby is Tyrion Hanover, the BHRC colt of the year last season and the winner of the VDM colt final. In the four-year-old newly sponsored Yirribee Paul Murtagh, SR. Memorial, only seven entered the horse division, mainly because of the presences of the 2016 Harness Horse of the Year in Ireland and the UK, Miraculous, returning for another championship season. He is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest racehorses ever in Ireland and the UK. Unfortunately, due to a lack of entries (only four) in the Yirribee Murtagh Mare Division, the race has been canceled. "We will however," said Delaney, "try our very best to stage a four-year-old and older mare's race on the weekend. "Overall we are really excited that our three major stakes events are up again in total horses." Delaney add, "This year we have 127 entered for the three stakes and last year was at 120. Anytime we can continue to increase total nominations it shows we are growing and that is always good." Complete listings of all the horses nominated will be available soon at www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial      

It was sweet revenge for harness racing owner Daniel Cordina, of Cordina Chicken Farms, when the well-backed Charlaval took out today’s thee-year-old colts and geldings Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle today. Cordina was holidaying in the US a few years ago when Blissfull Guy lost a Breeders Challenge to No Ah Saint on protest. But Cordina was “back in the spotlight” today when Charlaval came from well back on the home turn to beat Sams The Master by a head with Rock Of America 3.6m away third in a 1:51.9 mile rate. Cordina was delighted to finally get a Breeders Challenge trophy for the sideboard. “I’m just sorry my Dad (his late father Joe) was not here to see this win,” he said. “Dad actually raced a horse by the same name about 50 years ago and I never for a moment dreamed we would be here today to celebrate something like this.” Trained by Cordina’s good friends KerryAnn Turner and reinsman Robbie Morris, Charlaval’s win was even more impressive as he appeared to be racing on a slower section of the track. Morris was delighted with the win. “It always good to be here on these big days and for him to do all that work and come down the outside like that was a real thrill,” he said. “It’s hard to believe he didn’t even make this race last year. “He matured late and took all day to do everything but he’s really hitting his straps now and we couldn’t be happier with him. “I needed everything to do a bit of work and it sort of played in my hands really. Match In Heaven carted me into it for a long way and that probably helped a lot and we were able to come off his back and move right into the finish. “It’s been a great combination (with KerryAnn) and our is a real family affair at home: we’re a tight knit team and you couldn’t do it without them. “We’ve always had that family support. Kids come and help at the weekend and it’s a really good feeling to score in a race like this. “I couldn’t be happier for Daniel.” Michael Howard

It's no surprise to see leading harness racing owners Emilio and Mary Rosati in the winners’ circle on Breeders Challenge Day at Tabcorp Park Menangle. And beautifully-bred mare Sapphire Stride added to the fanfare when she scored a surprise win in today’s Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge Group One for four-year-old mares. What did surprise, however, was the price: Sapphire Stride was sent out at the amazing odds of $36.20 on the TAB before leading most of the way to defeat Hey Porsha and Dolly Braveheart, scoring by a head in a 1:52.7 mile rate. Disappointment of the race was the $1.30 favourite Ameretto (Ash Grives), who settled down near last and couldn’t make up the ground in the straight before finishing a close fourth. In a field of young drivers, John McCarthy could probably be classed as a veteran, even though he’s only mid 50s, but he took Emilio Rosati’s advice and showed the youngsters a thing or two. “I thought she’d be quick out and I might struggle to get to the lead (from gate five),” said a jubilant McCarthy after scoring on the Belinda McCarthy-trained mare. “But they just didn’t come at me in the straight. “I was getting a bit tired near the line  . . . but so were they and she just kept boxing on.” McCarthy [senior] described Sapphire Stride as a nice mare: “We had a good barrier today and it might have been different if we didn’t and this win has made it really good for her as a broodmare later on. “Emilio said you go show them – and today we did.” Michael Howard

We are pleased to announce the service fees for our 2016/17 harness racing roster which we believe is the best we have ever offered. The leading sires Art Major and Mach Three once again head the roster. This season we are thrilled to announce the additions of Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe and Sportswriter. Having previously stood at Pepper Tree Farms, all three are Group One producing stallions. With his oldest only three in the Southern Hemisphere, Rock N Roll Heaven has already put together a very impressive resume. He is clearly the leading young sire in Australia and New Zealand. His three-year-olds include no less than four Group One winners and ten stakes winners overall. Those Group One winners are Heavens Trend, Jilliby Jitterbug, Frankie Rocks and the brilliant NZ pacer Heaven Rocks. Roll With Joe is of course Bettor’s Delight’s brother but he is also clearly forging his own path. He was the leading two-year-old sire in New York in 2015 and, with his oldest only two in Australia, he has already sired a Group One winner – Allmightyjoelouis 1:56.9. Sportswriter continues to be a prolific sire of age-group winners and the son of Artsplace will surely remain very popular with breeders. His two year olds include the smart performers Wesley 1:57.4, Fastestgirlintown 1:57.9, Mitch Maguire 1:57.7 and The Lone Ranger 1:59.6. In a boon for New Zealand breeders, Sportswriter will stand this season at Alabar NZ. This is on the back of him producing six qualifiers and two NZ Jewels finalists from his two-year-old crop of just fourteen foals. Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe and Sportswriter are not the only new additions to the Alabar roster however. We will also be standing the Group One winning son of Love You in Amore Stride. Raced by Emilio and Mary Rosati, Amore Stride is a beautiful rangy chestnut and a classically European-type. His conformation and looks are backed up with a sensational pedigree – he is the highest priced trotting yearling ever to sell in New Zealand. He joins fellow trotters Majestic Son and Peak on the Alabar roster. The roster also includes the exciting young stallions A Rocknroll Dance (standing at Nevele R), Alta Christiano, Auckland Reactor, Betterthancheddar, He’s Watching and Sunshine Beach. While the Group One producing stallions Courage Under Fire, Elsu, Grinfromeartoear and Shadow Play round out the incredible line-up. With 18 high class stallions on offer to breeders it promises to be a really exciting season ahead. Service Fees 2016/17   Aust Fee (incl GST) NZ Fee (plus GST) Standing at Alabar Australia     Alta Christiano $2,750 $2,750 Amore Stride $2,500 $2,500 Art Major $12,000 $12,000 Betterthancheddar $4,400 $4,000 Courage Under Fire To be advised NA Grinfromeartoear $3,300 $3,000 Rock N Roll Heaven $8,000 $7,000 Roll With Joe $5,500 $5,500 Shadow Play $4,400 $4,000       Standing at Alabar NZ     Auckland Reactor $3,000 $3,000 Elsu $2,200 $2,200 He's Watching $6,000 $6,000 Mach Three $12,000 $11,000 Majestic Son $5,000 $5,000 Peak $2,500 $2,500 Sportswriter $4,950 $4,500 Sunshine Beach $4,000 $4,000       Standing at Nevele R     A Rocknroll Dance $6,000 $6,000

The barrier draw for the Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge for two year old colts and geldings was conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. The colts and geldings qualified in semi finals earlier in the evening. The $127,500 is one of seven Group 1 events to be run on Sunday June 26 at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The barrier draw is 1 Three Of The Best Shannon Price 2 Brobenah Boy Bernie Hewitt 3 Jilliby Bandit 2nd EMERG Marg Lee 4 Rockin In Memphis Glenn Freeman 5 Atomic Red Steve Turnbull 6 Bullet Stride Belinda McCarthy 7 Awesome Stride Belinda McCarthy 8 Our Little Digger Bernie Hewitt 9 Conviction Steve Turnbull 10 San Domino Ben Settree SECOND ROW 11 Sackheim Geoff Harding 12 Redbank Blaze Kerry Ann Turner 13 Hez All Courage Bernie Hewitt 14 Heza Cracker 1st EMERG Kevin Pizzuto   Greg Hayes

While there is a lot of harness racing talent distributed across the Alabar Breeders Challenge heats at Bathurst, Penrith, Young and Newcastle this week, the field sizes are surprisingly small.  Bathurst’s two year old heats attracted 18 runners and Penrith’s heats on Thursday night have attracted six runners in both the colts and geldings and fillies divisions.  The heats at Newcastle on Friday are similar to Penrith in size however Young has attracted full fields for both divisions. Some owners and trainers are already turning their attention towards the Alabar Breeders Challenge Regional Finals, acknowledging their youngsters are not as fast as the leading horses. However, HRNSW CEO John Dumesny was quick to remind participants that horses competing in the major Breeders Challenge series get preference for the Regional Final. “It was quite surprising to see the field sizes for the first set of heats for the Breeders Challenge,” Mr Dumesny said. “Participants are reminded that those competing in the heats of the Alabar Breeders Challenge will receive preference in race field selection for the Regional Finals over those horses that did not.” Mr Dumesny also confirmed the Alabar Breeders Challenge Finals for two year olds will be twelve horse fields. “Twelve horses will start in the two year old finals, it is the current policy of HRNSW to have fields of twelve on the bigger tracks in New South Wales.  The recent Bathurst Gold Crown and Tiara both proved exciting events with similar sized fields. “The Australian Pacing Gold fillies final at Tabcorp Park Menangle saw ten horses compete, however with heats for that series conducted in NSW, Victoria and Queensland it was important that the heats and finals were the same size.” Participants can view the Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge conditions by clicking here The last chance for two year olds to qualify for the Breeders Challenge semi finals will be at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday May 31 with all eligible runners guaranteed of a start. Greg Hayes

THE first heats of the Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge for this season will be conducted at Bathurst on Wednesday night.  Heats will be conducted at a number of different tracks across the state over the next month as horses attempt to qualify for the semi finals at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The aim of all owners, trainers, drivers and breeders is for their horses to qualify for ‘Super Sunday’ on June 26 with nine Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge finals to be conducted across three age groups. In Wednesday night’s two heats, thirteen different stallions are represented including Courage Under Fire, Art Major, Mach Three and Roll With Joe.  In the heat for the colts and geldings, the two leading stables in NSW are represented.  Belinda McCarthy has Bullet Stride drawn in barrier one while Steve Turnbull has three runners – Rainbow On Fire, Conviction and Atomic Red. Lightly race Mach Three gelding Machgower will have his first run since March for Bigga trainer Dennis Picker.  Machgower was scratched from a heat of the Bathurst Gold Crown and was immediately aimed towards the Breeders Challenge series. Local trainer Bernie Hewitt has four fillies in the second heat.  Leading Sydney drivers Todd McCarthy and Robbie Morris have been booked to drive for the Hewitt stable while Bathurst reinsman John O’Shea will also get an opportunity to drive in the race. Sydney trainer Rickie Alchin will make the trip to Bathurst with smart filly Decapria on Wednesday after she broke through for an impressive maiden victory at Menangle last start.  Out of metropolitan performed mare Betapic, Decapria recorded a 1:55.5 victory and won by more than twelve metres.  Elle Yeah finished second and will be forced to race the talented filly again this Wednesday night. Other Alabar Breeders Challenge heats will be conducted at Penrith on Thursday night, Young on Friday afternoon and Newcastle on Friday night. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Greg Hayes Position: Media Manager Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: ghayes@hrnsw.com.au

The Alabar Blue Ribbon Sale is on this Sunday and there is a horse for every budget. The sale will be held at Alabar Farm and features weanlings as well as mares, including the dams of the Group 1 winner Golden Showgirl and the current star 2yo Wrappers Delight. Mares in the sale have been covered by some of the best stallions available including Art Major and Mach Three. There will be 14 weanlings on offer and these are by such stallions as Art Major, Mach Three, Shadow Play, Auckland Reactor, Betterthancheddar as well as the first crop stallions Alta Christiano and Caribbean Blaster. The majority of lots now have photos up on our website which can be viewed here. If you do want to buy at the sale then please complete a Bidder Registration Form and return it to us. If you can't make it to the sale then you will still be able to watch it online here. Please note that there will be a slight delay on the stream. Bidder Registration Form: http://bit.ly/1QqXMjL Catalogue: http://bit.ly/1RvXnxl Sale Stream: http://bit.ly/1SeSA88 Withdrawals: http://bit.ly/1U7S1yf Press Release: http://bit.ly/1VJUv6T  

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