She may not give any indication of being special during training, but well-bred harness racing mare Petite Agee is “producing the goods on the racetrack”. Boasting two wins from three starts, Petite Agee is also forcing trainer Scott Stewart to alter his opinion. “She has surprised quite a bit,” Stewart declared. “She has never shown anything special a home, but she is producing the goods on the racetrack. “That sad, she has improved this time in and should keep getting better with racing. “She is such a clean-gaited pacer and has perfect manners, which is helping her at this stage.” With Stewart in the sulky, Petite Agee completed a narrow, yet eye-catching, win at Shepparton last night. After settling towards the tail of the field from her second row draw, Petite Agee was angled three-wide at the bell to settle outside the leader, Rumour Munger. Forging her way to the front at the top of the home straight, Petite Agee staved off a late charge from Calcavado to score by a head, with Rumour Munger a head away third. “That was a pretty nice run,” Stewart said. “If was only a C0 Final, but you’ve got to start somewhere. “On that run she should be able to win a few more. I haven’t made any plans for her, just go through the grades and see where that takes her.” By Attorney General, the four-year-old is from Petite Alto, which is also the dam of Stewart’s stable flagship, Bitobliss. Petite Alto also has a two-year-old colt and a yearling colt by Blissfull Hall, which are brothers to multiple feature race winner, Bitobliss. “The two-year-old goes okay and will make it to the races,” Stewart said. “The yearling is just being broken in now.” PAUL COURTS
Great Western trainer Peter Manning’s Art Major/Anannz filly Znana was successful in the Wimmera Mail-Times 3-Y-0 Pace over 1700 metres at the Horsham trots meeting held on Monday November 25. Bred and raced by Adelaide’s Cormack family, Znana (Ananz spelt backwards) was given a charmed passage by Matt Craven from gate two trailing her pole line stablemate Adam Cartwright raced in the same interests and when eased off his back on turning, finished full of running to score by 3.1 metres in a new track record mile rate of 1-55.3. Racer finished a further 30.2 metres away in third place after racing in the open. Ananz (Aces N Sevens) died while foaling to Somebeachsomwhere recently with the foal not surviving. On a day of multiple wins, Peter Manning landed a double when seven year old Presidential Ball/Colada Hanover gelding The Avoca Flyer, a half brother to the great Blacks A Fake snared The Horse Shed Shop Melton Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres, recording his first victory in almost 12 months. Driven by Matt Craven, The Avoca Flyer began with a wing on every foot from outside the front line to lead all of the way, defeating the heavily supported Suerte (three back the markers – outside the winner home turn) and Big Gorilla (one/one) in a mile rate of 1-56.3. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Four year old Union Guy/Echelon Express mare Sorority Sister broke her maiden status at start number eighteen by taking the Moore Bulk Haulage Pace for C0 class over 1700 metres in a mile rate of 1-59.2. Raced and trained by Marnie Bibby from nearby Navarre and driven by Daryl Douglas, Sorority Sister led throughout from gate three, accounting for the favourite Gee Mae which trailed, making no impression over the concluding stages, with Pandoras Jet third after facing the breeze. Daryl Douglas was to chalk up a successive double after piloting Ararat hobby trainer Gary Hull’s five year old mare Frameworks Pride to victory in the Become A Sponsor Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2200 metres. Beginning speedily from the 10 metre mark, Frameworks Pride a daughter of Framework and Yawithme was sent forward to take over from Family Decision within a lap, before cruising to the wire 4.1 metres in advance of Champ Devine which raced outside her in a mile rate of 2-06.1. Looks A Moral showed a return to form in finishing third from three back in the moving line. Making three for Douglas and two for Bibby was very much in-form four year old Attorney General/Bludegirl gelding Blude Master in the Finn-Tack @ Horze Aust. Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres. Restrained from inside the second row, Blude Master settled three back in the moving line, with the pole marker Thewaytolive retaining the front running. Sent forward to park outside the pacemaker for the final circuit, Blude Master led on turning and held a margin to the wire to score by 5.4 metres over Mightbeme from last and Venus Williams (one/three – three wide last lap) in a rate of 2-00.1. Michelle Manning’s highly promising Four Starzzz Shark/Talilia four year old gelding Jackabeams recorded his 3rd victory in 5 outings, when successful in the H&DHRC Membership Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres with sister Kerryn in the sulky. Coming off a disappointing 4th to Chilli Palmer at Melton nine days earlier after leading, Jackabeams an unbackable $1.10 favourite again led from gate two and was never headed in defeating father Peter’s Additallup which raced outside him, with Miss Dilly (three wide last lap from mid-field) third. The mile rate 1-57. Mildura (Merbein) trainer Brian McGinty made the journey south with Kiwi bred four year old Bettors Delight/Invisage mare Our Mischievious Miss a happy one, as she saluted the judge in the Horsham Salutes G.A. Lang Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2200 metres. Taking a concession, Our Mischievious Miss led from gate two and after looking to be in trouble on turning, just lasted to nose out Bubble Art (one/two – four wide home turn) in a rate of 2-00.2, with Peace Of Art (one/one – three wide home turn) a head away in third place in the most thrilling finish of the afternoon. Ararat trainer/driver Michael Bellman does a great job with his select team and landed the Wimmera Roadways Pace for C0 class over 2200 metres with Witzend, a four year old gelded son of Dawn Ofa New Day and Fake Trick, leading throughout from gate two in defeating Rinashi which trailed and Saab Magic which faced the breeze in a rate of 2-0 By Len Baker
The success of the Lincoln Farms syndicates continued tonight (Thursday July 25) at Cambridge, with a win from the smart Ray Green trained two-year-old filly Imhisdaughter. The Lincoln Farms syndication concept was thought up by John Street and his late business partner and close friend, Graeme Blackburn, who was working on the concept the day he died. Lincoln Farms retain a half share in all horses they syndicate. And if the horse is no good or doesn’t win a race the owners are put into the syndicate of another horse. So far however, that hasn’t been an issue. The first syndicate horse to race was Lincolns Megastar, who posted a debut win before being a luckless third in her following start, while Imhisdaughter (Attorney General) has now had two wins and a second from just three starts. The syndicates include a lot of first time owners, and are expected to grow in upcoming months. John Street recently said “The main problem is finding enough horses to cater for everyone.” Lincoln Farms is expected to become even bigger and bolder in both codes in the near future with the ongoing support of Blackburn’s window Erin and their five children. Waving the Lincoln Farms flag tomorrow night at Alexandra Park is Lincolns Megastar, who looks a strong chance for the ace draw in race three. Meanwhile, Cran Dalgety has closed the premiership gap to one with a win from Mac Bubbles, and David Butcher is now just one win away from notching up his fourth consecutive season century. Tonight's meeting was the last at Cambridge for the season and the last under the name of the Cambridge Te-Awamutu Harness Racing Club. Racing at Cambridge will resume for the new season on the 8th of August under the name of Harness Racing Waikato Inc. by Mitchell Robertson
The two mandatory harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday July 11, with Shepparton racing during the afternoon and Ballarat at night.
The sudden death of his close friend Graeme Blackburn on March 18 has given John Street a new perspective on life.
Barra Equine, in association with leading North American Standardbred stud, Kentuckiana Stallion Management, is excited to announce the arrival in New Zealand for the coming harness racing breeding season of two sensational sires Muscle Mass and If I Can Dream.
Woorinen harness racing trainer Vince Costa's impressive ex-Kiwi 4-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Paula's Way gelding Uncle Wingnut chalked up his 7th victory from 20 outings, when successful in the BR & C Agents Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2170 metres at Thursday's Nyah harness fixture.
Harness racing super sire in the making "Bettors Delight" looks set (in the current 2010/2011 breeding season) to challenge his own record of 546 mares that he bred in the 2006/2007 breeding season. That year he bred 345 in New Zealand and 201 in Australia.
Harness racing breeders who turned up for the Stallion Station open day were met with beautiful weather and some of the most outstanding Stallions in the southern hemisphere. The day commenced with a tour of the farm and introduction to the 6 resident Stallions, Art official, Attorney General, Mach Three, Majestic Son, Royal Mattjesty and finally the one they had come to see, NZ's own superstar Auckland Reactor.
Stallion Station this year boasts a stallion roster without doubt the envy of the world when it comes to harness racing stallions. Boasting 15 world class stallions, including proven sires, Mach Three, and Courage Under Fire, who are now well entrenched at the top of most sire lists.
Mystical Warrior won't be at peak fitness for Sunday night's $25,000 Alabar Echuca Pacing Cup, but Undera harness racing trainer Glenn Freeman will give the gelding his chance to go a couple of spots better than last year.
Stallion Station, one of Australasia's newest and most progressive harness racing stallion operators has employed harness racing 'Hall-of-Famer', Bob McArdle as an Australia and New Zealand director. He will also be involved with sales.
The 1985 New Zealand Oaks winner Chipaluck was a shy breeder and only had four foals in 16 years, but one of them, Chipalong has become the dam of Levi Lowe, winner of the final heat of the Forbury Park graduation series tonight (18 June).
Captain Bromac, the full brother to 1:48.4 miler Attorney General, gained his fourth career win when victorious in the Dunedin City Ford Mobile pace at Forbury Park tonight (11 August), after leading for the last 1200m.
Canterbury harness racing's high profile Bromac Lodge Stud will conduct a sale on the premises Springs Road on April 21. The auctioneers PGG Wrightson who have recently distributed the 62 lot catalogue, are confident the sale will attract widespread attention in view of the quality of the offering.
Bob McArdle, the latest living inductee to the Addington Hall of Fame, has one of two remaining ambitions to fulfill before he can consider his career in harness racing as complete. 'I've been fortunate to achieve the other main recognitions but I've never topped the yearling sales averages or aggregates,' he recalled for Harnesslink when reflecting on his many colourful and momentous years in the industry.