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Did Hanress Racing owner Neil Pilcher have a wee inkling or was it yet another smart business move by Trevor Casey? A few days prior to Our Waikiki Beach’s first defeat in 20 starts at Menangle yesterday (Tuesday) Casey bought out Pilcher’s third share in the gifted 3-year-old. Casey now owns two thirds of Our Waikiki Beach with the remaining third owned by Cheryl Rasmussen of Australia. “Neil doesn’t want to travel around as much as he used to and I’m the opposite when I work allows. He’s had a lot of success in racing and I made an offer to him. “I wanted to keep the major shareholding in New Zealand,” Casey told Harness Racing New Zealand a few hours before Our Waikiki Beach’s shock 1.4 metre second behind outsider Ideal Situation in the $9,000 C91.3 FM Mobile for the C5-plus pacers. The $1.10 hot favourite and Luke McCarthy led into the straight but was overhauled 50m out. The winning time for the mile was 1:52.8 with 28.3, 28.9, 27.9, and 27.7 sectionals. It was also the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained bay’s first defeat in 13 starts on the track. He has recorded a 1:50.6 mile at Menangle. But Casey who travelled to Sydney to watch his pride and joy run, rated the Somebeachsomewhere gelding right up there with Lazarus and Stent as the best horses he has owned. “Mark and Natalie have always had a high opinion of this horse and he has reinforced that on the racetrack. He could be anything. People have told me he could easily go a sub 1:50 mile. There’s not much between him and Lazarus but just now I’d probably rate him second just behind Lazarus,” Casey said. “It’s amazing to think that I part-own two of the best 3-year-olds going around in Australasia,” he added. Casey and his co-owners paid $70,000 for Our Waikiki Beach at the Melbourne Sales, simply because they wanted to buy a well-bred Somebeachsomewhere gelding. The 55-year-old Christchurch businessman said the horse nicknamed ‘Barney’ would line up in a Breeder’s Crown heat in Sydney next week before heading to Melton for the Finals next month. Thereafter Casey said Our Waikiki Beach would spell for six weeks and then come back and tackle the big 4-year-old races in both Australia and at Alexandra Park. “The Chariots Of Fire, the Taylor Mile and the Messenger are races I’d like to see him start in but as always Mark and Natalie will make the final call. “They are very astute trainers and I back them in all they do. I’m guided by them,” said Casey. He said Our Waikiki Beach would not start in this year’s New Zealand Cup but fellow 3-year-old Lazarus would. “No we will be concentrating on the 4-year-old races with him next season. He will line up in a Cup one day but not next year. That is Lazarus’s target and at this stage of their respective careers he’s more the Cup horse,” said Casey. As for records Casey said enjoy them while you can. “They all get broken eventually. I just love seeing my horses win and if they happen to break records or run quick times, then that’s a bonus,” he said. Our Waikiki Beach has won four Group 1 races. As a 2-year-old he won the Australian Pacing Gold, the New South Wales Breeders Challenge and the Australasian Breeders Crown. This season he took out the rich New South Wales Derby. The gelding has won $674,221 in his career and there has never been a faster three year old in the Southern Hemisphere. Our Waikiki Beach equalled the time set by Border Control of 1:50.6 when he won a race at Menangle in February. Only six standardbreds have won more than 19 consecutive races in Australasia. San Simeon holds the record with a winning streak of 29. Lucky Creed, Maori’s Idol and Courage Under Fire won 24 races in a row while Aachen and Lyell Creek won 20. With his second placing on Tuesday Our Waikiki Beach joined Satinover, Hyperstat, Village Kid and Lombo Pocket Watch with 19 consecutive wins. Auckland Reactor won his first 17 races in a row. Duane Ranger

Seventy six lots will be on offer at the Alabar Blue Ribbon Sale on Sunday April 24th and there promises to be a horse for every budget. Wrappers Delight has stamped himself as one of Australia’s best two year olds with two victories in as many starts to date including his last start win in a heat of the APG 2yo C&G Series. You will be able to purchase his mother, Charlotte Church, in foal to leading sire Mach Three at the sale. Another of the highlights will be Golden Showgirl 1:55.9 in foal to Art Major. The resultant foal will be a full sibling to the Group One winner Smooth Showgirl 1:52.3 - $210,149. Bruce Edward will be selling six lots including mares by Somebeachsomewhere, Rocknroll Hanover Art Major, Holmes Hanover and Badlands Hanover. Three of his mares will be sold with foals at foot. Jim Connolly will be selling three mares by the leading sires Pine Chip and Skyvalley. Included among these is a half sister to Australian Two and Three Year Old Trotter of the Year Kyvalley Road. Jack Munnerly has one entry and she is a half sister to the Group One winner Secret Desire and in foal to new season sire Heston Blue Chip. There will also be 20 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. This is a sale not to be missed. The sale will be held at Alabar Farm and begins at 1pm. The catalogue can be viewed online (http://bit.ly/1VhBLvg) or please contact us for a hard copy – (03) 5859 2201 or brett@alabar.com.au.  

The first crop of yearlings by the harness racing superstar Auckland Reactor have hit the yearling sales throughout Australasia over the last six weeks and have been very well received by buyers on both sides of the Tasman. Mark Purdon has no sentimentality at all when it comes to buying horses, often overlooking close relatives of horses that have been superstars for the All Stars barn. Therefore to see Mark purchase three Auckland Reactors at the yearling sales in New Zealand was a very positive endorsement of the son of Mach Three as Mark Purdon is widely regarded as the best judge in the yearling sales market in Australasia. Today at the Bathurst Gold Crown Sale at the Bathurst Showgrounds, Auckland Reactor has three yearlings for sale and we will do a quick review of all of them. LOT 75 - Colt by Auckland Reactor from The Warp Legacy by Legacy Of Power The dam is a half sister to a former topliner in The Warp Drive 1:56.7 ($464,971) and she is from a very strong New Zealand family in Norice. This branch of the Norice family has been incredibly strong over the last 40 years and continues to produce elite level juveniles season after season who go on to be stars as aged horses. Two of the latest would be Caesars Folly 1:52.4 ($350,335) and O' Baby 1:54.8 ($333,034) and another three year old close up in this pedigree in Code Black 1:54.8 ($79,082) looks to have a very bright future. LOT 76  - A colt by Auckland Reactor from the Northern Lights mare in Lady Lara Lombo($51,120) The dam Lady Lara Lombo already has already produced three winners including  Lord Lombo1:56 ($211,961) and she is a half sister to ten winners including the outstanding Lombo Skyrider 1:50 ($841,611) The third dam is none other than the former Australian Broodmare Of The Year in Misty Maiden who is the dam of course of Lombo Pocket Watch 1:53.6 ($1,522,638) and the grand-dam of Suave Stuey Lombo 1:49.6 ($598,332) As a maternal family on a pedigree page it just doesn't read any better than Lot 76 and he should be keenly sought after by buyers. LOT 77  -  A colt by Auckland Reactor from the Panorama mare Aldebaran 1:55.6 ($154,289) The first foal from Aldebaran in The Hairy Huntsman 2:00.8 has already won three races to date so the mare is on her way in the broodmare barn. Aldebaran was a high class racemare in her own right and was a half sister to another speedy mare who raced in Queensland in Rodandthe Nights 1:55.4 The third dam Casino Wiper produced another very talented type in Play The Line 1:56.8 ($133,360) who won the Queensland Triad at four (Group 2). His pedigree page is not in the same league as that of Lot 76 but it has shown the ability to leave $100,000 winners which is a big plus. There are two other yearlings by first season sires in the Bathurst Gold Sale. LOT 119  -  A filly by We Will See 1:47.4 ($2,553,948) from the Artiscape mare I'M Off Limits. I'm Off Limits only has four foals old enough to race and has produced three winners to date including the high class race filly in Sally Fletcher 1:56.1 ($92,690) The grand dam Miss Burnside comes from a prolific New Zealand family which is noted for producing elite level fillies and mares. As you can see on the pedigree page another elite level filly in Carpenters Daughter 1:56.1 ($293,378) is closely related to Lot 119 LOT 28 -  A colt by Smiling Shard from the race winning Sports Town mare in Mylady Tess This colt is only the second foal produced by Mylady Tess who is a half sister to nine winners including such standout types as Heathbern Diamond 1:55.4 ($201,830), Turbo Tyson 1:56.4 ($143,527) and Mac Strike 2:00.6 ($126,195) to name just three. With all those winners up close in his pedigree, you would imagine that lot 28 has a big chance of adding to the great record his maternal family have established in the last 25 years Harnesslink Media

The last leg of this years Australian Pacing Gold Sales Series will be held at the Albion Park Sales Complex in Brisbane on Sunday, starting at 11am and even though there are only fifty lots on offer, there is a real depth to the lots catalogued. A lot of the lots wouldn't be out of place at any sale in Australasia such is the strength of their pedigrees and we have decided to highlight a handful just to prove our point. Lot 415  -  Colt by Art Major from Courageous Annie 1:52.6 ($201,551) This is the first foal from the brilliant Courage Under Fire racemare Courageous Annie who took a lifetime mark of 1:52.6. on her way to winning 15 of her 27 starts. Courageous Annie was a $105,000 purchase at the New Zealand Ready To Run sale of her year which gives you a good idea of her value in the incredibly strong New Zealand market. This colt would attract attention where ever he was offered for sale in Australasia and to have him in the Brisbane catalogue is a big coup for the auctioneers. Lot 417  -  Colt by Christian Cullen from English Elegance 1:53.2 ($174,923) English Elegance was a top two and three year old filly in New Zealand as her record shows and she has done even better in the broodmare barn. Her first six foals have all been winners and all in better than 1:58.4, the whole six of them. Those winners include such smart types as Elegant Christian 1:53.9 ($219,389) who has won 14 from 25 to date and is a full brother to the colt being offered on Sunday. Other winners from English Elegance include Major Moment 1:54.2 ($149,983) and the mare Meet Me In Mayfair 1:58.4($45,793) whose first foal made $37,000 at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on February 22nd  Lot 424  -  Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven from Sassi (NZ) A half brother to four winners including such talented horses as Mark Anthony 1:54.6 ($190,600) and Assassinator 1:55.9 ($96,303), this colt is from a half sister six winners including the champion New Zealand age group performer in Roman Gladiator 1:55.8 ($424,516) and ill fated Scorching 1:57.9 ($117,138). It is a highly sought after New Zealand family with a reputation for producing high class juveniles. The grand dam of this colt  in Assisi was the star two year old filly of her year in New Zealand and has done a huge job in the broodmare paddock. Lot 426  -  Colt by Bettor's Delight from Joyous Times 1:57.9 ($88,824) A Bettor's Delight colt who is the first foal from a quality race winning mare is going to get the buyers bench active anywhere in the harness racing world and here will be no different. The bonus is the rest of the family on the pedigree page is very strong with such standouts as Joy's A Babe 1:55.1 ($221,504), Jaccamo 1:53.3 ($281,471) and Son Of Fortune 1:58.2 ($118,537) all close up in this colts pedigree. When you look at his photo on the APG site, you can quickly see what a classy individual he is and in our opinion he is an early short priced favourite to top the sale on Sunday. Lot 432  -  Colt by Auckland Reactor from Medium Strip This is a colt from the first crop by the champion son of Mach Three in Auckland Reactor from a half sister to one of the best racemares of all time in Queensland in Forever Gold 1:51.7 ($700,593). Drop Dead Gorgeous 1:54.4 ($345,836) and The Red October 1:57.8 ($175,639) are close up in the pedigree so plenty of depth there as well. At the recent New Zealand sales, several of the leading trainers outlaid good money for yearlings from the first crop by Auckland Reactor. Mark Purdon lead the way with three yearlings including the colt, Chase Auckland for $45,000 but he had plenty of company with Brent Mangos, Greg Payne, Sean McCaffrey and Nathan Williamson also taking an Auckland Reactor home which bodes very well for his future as a stallion. We could carry on here for quite a while reviewing these yearlings in the Brisbane sale such is the depth this year. We think it is the best overall catalogue we have seen in Brisbane for a long time and judging by all the photos of the yearlings we have looked at on the APG site, the stock are in wonderful order heading into Sunday's sale. Harnesslink Media

The first of the Auckland Reactor yearlings to be sold in New Zealand went through the sales ring at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka this morning. The first one through was Lot 7 named Chase Auckland and he was offered on account of Tony and Anne Parker, the breeders of Auckland Reactor. Chase Auckland had created quite a stir pre sale with many of the buyers who inspected him rating him in the top handful of colts in the whole sale. A lot of nervous moments as you would expect from the Alabar Stud and  JC International  representatives present as they waited to see how the buyers bench received their new stallion. Well they needn't have worried in the least as the buyers threw caution to the wind and when the dust had settled, Chase Auckland had found a new home with Auckland Reactor's former trainer Mark Purdon. It was a huge boost for the connections of Auckland Reactor to have the best judge in the yearling sales business in Mark Purdon purchase the first colt that was sold in New Zealand. Chase Auckland had plenty to recommend him on the pedigree page being the first foal from the race winning Falcon Seelster mare Delicata who is a half sister to the outsanding two and three year old Hug The Wind 1:52.6 ($311,203) and a half sister to the dam of the star Western Australian three year old Sprinter 1:54 ($183,340). The Australasian Classic sale has started really strongly this year with plenty of $60,000 - $75,000 yearlings changing hands and if that early trend continues, the vendors look to be in for a very profitable day. Harnesslink Media  

Every year as the yearling sales approach, the Harnesslink staff have always have a discussion pre sale about who they think could be one of the "sleepers" of the sale that year. It has always been an interesting exercise in the past but one that we have taken a lot more seriously this year. We have come up with half a dozen candidates at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on February 22nd who we think may slip under the buyers guard due to a variety of circumstances and we have found it hard to separate them. In the end we decided to highlight one of the fillies that really took our eye but who we also thought may struggle to reach her value. Lot 101 is Willshewin, a filly by Auckland Reactor from the three win In The Pocket mare in Willowbrook. She is the third foal from her dam whose oldest foal is the three year old Will Desire who has already won a race from a handful of starts. The grand dam Birchbrook has produced four winners from just six foals including Charger 1:59.3 ($51,167) but he is  the only colt of racing age she has produced to date which is never helpful. The third dam is the very successful broodmare in Going Royce who has produced eleven winners from just twelve foals including the outstanding pacer Tribute 1:54.8 ($587,772) and is the grand dam of the rising Victorian star Mundaka 1:54.8 ($145,713) It has been a very successful family over a long period of time but in our opinion the lack of colts from the first two dams has hurt Willowbrook in the sales arena. However we were quite taken with the Willshewin photos and think she is a lovely filly. Like a lot of the Auckland Reactors she is nicely put together, she has got a bit of size about her and all the early reports that we have had from the breakers on the Auckland Reactors have been excellent. So we came to the conclusion that Willshewin had a lot more to offer than it appears at first glance. Weather the buyers see it like that, we will know on February 22nd at Karaka. Harnesslink Media

It is not often these days with the availability of the top North American harness racing stallions down under that a lightly raced colonial stallion is given a shot at stud.  Several of the out and out New Zealand bred champions such as Changeover 1:53.4 ($2,426,654), Auckland Reactor 1:51.4 ($1,837,042) and Terror To Love 1:51 ($2,429,618) are being given every chance to prove themselves against their North American counterparts which makes sense as they were outstanding racehorses on the track. One colonial stallion who is also being given a chance at stud by New Zealand breeders is the very lightly raced son of Christian Cullen in Raging Bull 1:56.6 ($115,586) Raging Bull only faced the starter ten times in an injury plagued career for five wins and five seconds. Those five seconds were behind just three horses. Smolda 1:50.6 ($1,295,334), Ideal Scott 1:52.8 ($757,014) and Christen Me 1:49.1 ($2,325,592) are three of the best horses to have raced in Australasia in the last decade so Raging Bull certainly kept good company on the track. An $85,000 purchase at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, Raging Bull has a pedigree that screams 'Blue Blood' in spades. Raging Bull is a son of the champion New Zealand sire Christian Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,249,150) who has sired the winners of over $87,000,000 worldwide while standing in New Zealand which is a fantastic achievement. The dam of Raging Bull is the imported North American mare San Sophia 1:52.6 ($91,481) who has produced two in 1:53 including Private Joke 1:52.1 ($154,792). The daughter of Artsplace is a full sister to the champion North American mare Galleria 1:49.1 ($1,814,453) who has already produced Gallie By The Beach 1:49 ($686,165) and Western Gallie 1:51.2 ($334,233) while another full sister to San Sophia in National Gallery has produced Smithsonian 1:48.4 ($508,230) and Lorrie Please 1:50.2 ($558,774). So while he was lightly raced in New Zealand, he did tick a lot of boxes for breeders looking for value. Raging Bull served 32 mares in his first season at stud for 29 live foals which are currently yearlings. Two of his yearling colts have made it into this years New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch and both have plenty to recommend them on both pedigree and type. Both are being offered by Robert Famularo of Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd and both have mouth watering pedigrees behind them. Lot 264 is named Getarattleon and is the second foal from the Sands A Flyin mare Lady Moonlight. The first foal is the Santana Blue Chip two year old colt Blue Moon Rising who won the $31,000 New South Wales Sapling Stakes (Group3) at Menangle recently in 1:54.9 and is two from two in Australia to date. Lady Moonlight is from the 1:54.4 mare Sirius Flight who is the dam of Malak Uswaad 1:49.4 ($637,242) and Timeless Perfection 1:56.9 while the third dam is the former champion two and three year old filly in Pacific Flight 1:51.2 ($562,345). It is a stunning pedigree and with Blue Moon Rising going so well, there should be plenty of interest in Getarattleon. The second of the yearlings to be offered is Lot 412 and the colt is named Boy George. Boy George is the first foal from Soul Sister, a Presidential Ball half sister to the former champion three year old filly in Carabella 1:55.2 ($693,617) This is an outstanding North American family with such standouts as Athena Blue Chip 1:50.6 ($457,118) and Art's Chip 1:49.6 ($726,999) close up in Boy George's pedigree. Both colts are lovely types as well so their reception by buyers at Christchurch will be watched closely by a lot of breeders to see if a lightly raced colonial stallion can still make it in todays highly commercial market. Harnesslink Media

Studholme Park proprietor Brian West has been in the commercial breeding industry longer than most active breeders in the New Zealand market and is forever facing the dilemma of weather to support new sires in their initial years at stud. Brian's lives and dies financially on returns from each years yearlings sales and the progeny he sells need to be attractive to the marketplace on both a breeding and physical front. Hence Brian will have his share of the Bettor's Delights and Art Majors and Love You's throughout his offerings and with his proven record of producing quality two and three year olds, his stock are always in huge demand each year. It is not very often that Studholme Park will take a financial punt on a new stallion in the market. They will breed the odd mare to a new stallion if the breeding matchups suggest but very rarely in any numbers as the potential downside if you get it wrong are significant. This year however Brian has changed tack and will consign five yearlings by the first season sire Auckland Reactor at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale at Christchurch and as the sales rapidly approach, Brian is more than comfortable with the stock he will offer. " I couldn't be happier with the Auckland Reactor's heading into the sale at Christchurch." " The more I have done with them during the sales preparation, the happier I have been with my decision to support him in such numbers in his initial years." " They have great attitudes and are with you the whole way and that makes such a difference with young horses." " I have been lucky enough to breed a lot of top horses over the years and you pick up the attributes that set them apart from the rest and I have seen a lot of those attributes in the Auckland Reactors I am preparing for this sale, " Brian said. As any vendor is loath to do, Brian is reluctant to single out any one individual but it quickly becomes apparent talking to him that Lot 512, Please Shuddup, a colt from the Christian Cullen mare Blah Blah Blah has really made an impression on Brian. " He is one of those colts that impresses you from the first time you do anything with him." " He handles everything new like he has been doing it all his life and nothing appears to ruffle him." " Right from day one here he has stood out from the bunch and I have a lot of time for him," Brian said. Having the five Auckland Reactors in this years sale, you would think Brian may have taken a wait and see approach before recommitting to the stallion with more mares but Brian again sent half a dozen mares to Auckland Reactor in the last breeding season. " With the five I have prepared here, I struggle to see how he won't make it as a sire." " I haven't got one I don't like in the five and I am as confident as you can be that I have made the right call here," Brian said. With leading breeders like Brian West in his corner, Auckland Reactor is being given every opportunity to establish himself in the stallion marketplace. Harnesslink Media

Want to be involved in the excitement of racing the first Auckland Reactors? Alabar is putting together a syndicate so you can do just that. As one of New Zealand’s greatest on the racetrack, Auckland Reactor has been extremely well supported at stud. His first yearlings will enter the sale ring next month – and the reports as to their quality continue to build. The yearlings for the syndicate will be hand-picked at the 2016 Yearling Sales by three of New Zealand’s top trainers – Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, Geoff Small and Nathan Williamson. The appeal of having yearlings selected and trained by these outstanding horse-people is obvious – as is the fact that they represent a geographical spread throughout New Zealand with them being based in Auckland, Canterbury and Southland. Another point of interest with the syndicate is that fractional ownerships from 2% upwards will be available. This is a very popular system in North America with owners being able to choose the level of investment they are comfortable with – bringing a range of people together in the enjoyment of racing a horse. Full details will be available from Alabar after the 2016 Yearling Sales. There is a possibility the syndicate will also include the progeny of a proven Alabar sire. Alabar’s Graeme Henley says, “We’ve been thinking about starting up syndicates for a while now. It’s been watching the first crop of Auckland Reactor develop into such impressive types that’s got us excited to kick it off this year. “What’s more, Ivan Behrnes is going to look after the syndicate for us and he’s really passionate about it – you need someone with that level of enthusiasm and commitment to bring it all together for everyone involved. “It should be a lot of fun seeing the syndicate horses race from Invercargill to Alexandra Park and, who knows, maybe Australia as well. “We’ve already had a lot of interest so it looks like it will fill up pretty quickly. The plan is to do other syndicates in the future including ones specifically for breeding and another for the trotters - I’m sure there is a place and a demand for them.” For further information or to register your interest contact Ivan Behrnes - Alabar Syndicate Manager 03 615 6332, ivan@alabar.co.nz Alabar (NZ) Ltd is an authorised syndicator

Tony and Anne Parker have been serious breeders of standardbreds for as long as they care to remember and have a record of success in harness racing that few would be able to match, especially over the last fifteen years. Of course the jewel in their crown is the sensational Auckland Reactor 1:51.4 ($1,837,043) who was a shining light on the track where he rewrote the record books in New Zealand and is now about to try to do the same as a stallion with his first crop hitting the sales ring in five weeks time. However the Parkers have a wonderful overall record having bred several outstanding horses over the years including Russley Rascal 1:52 ($833,209) and Devil Dodger 1:50.8 ($647,216) to name just two. Last season Hug The Wind flew the flag for the Mangatawhiri couple as the son of Courage Under Fire put together a stellar season by earning $299,023 on both sides of the Tasman in age group classics. So with the kind of record the Parkers have put together over the years you would think it would take something a bit special to enthuse Tony and Anne as they prepare a team of eleven for this years Australasian Classic Yearling sale at Auckland. A recent email from Tony however has done just that with the Parkers in raptures over one of their colts for sale at Karaka on February 22nd. And as fate would have it, the colt in question is by none other than Auckland Reactor. Named Chase Auckland and selling as Lot 7 at Karaka, the colt is the first foal from the Falcon Seelster mare Delicata (2 wins) who is a half sister to Hug The Wind 1:56 ($299,023) and to Forgotten Dreams, the dam of last seasons star West Australian two year old, Sprinter 1:56.5 ($145,943). It is a family that the Parkers have been involved for nearly forty years and it is certainly having its best period results wise over the last few years. A quick look at the photo of Chase Auckland shows why he has the Parkers in such high spirits. Chase Auckland is a carbon copy of his sire and already has the look of a special horse in the making. Could the Parkers be about to produce another star pacer after all the success they have had? To view the Australasian Classic Yearling sale Catalogue click here. Harnesslink Media

With the way the harness racing stallion business is these days, it is becoming harder and harder for the home grown stallions to break into the lucrative market that is dominated by the shuttle stallions from North America. Breeders have access to the very best from North America and that means the local stallion has a huge challenge when going to stud. Christian Cullen proved he was up to the mark in his prime but few others have made it to the top of the sires list down under. The jury is still out on Changeover with the son of In The Pocket churning out plenty of nice horses but he badly needs one or two genuine stars to lift him into the elite level of stallions. Another local who is attempting to break the grip of the Northern Hemisphere stallions is the son of Mach Three in Auckland Reactor. In an attempt to give him a genuine shot at challenging the elite stallions, his management team set his fee at $3,000 and in his first two years he served huge books of 213 mares in year one and 156 in year two in New Zealand and he will serve about 100 again in year three. Auckland Reactor has also done really well in Australia with 182 in year one followed by 210 in year two and is on track to serve about 220 again this year. It's long been accepted that for a stallion to establish himself, he needs to have the numbers on the ground and Auckland Reactor has certainly been given the opportunity with the numbers he has coming through. Auckland Reactors first lot of foals hit the yearling sales this year with five entered at Auckland and twenty four in Christchurch. One that caught our eye was the colt Jordan's Jury, the first foal from the former smart racemare in Georgia's Jury 1:58.7 ($59,871) who is being offered as Lot 29 at the Australasian Classic Yearling sale at Karaka on February 22nd. Georgia's Jury ran 2nd in the Sires Stakes at three behind the champion Adore Me and all up only had 22 starts for 5 wins and 7 placings. The dam of Georgia's Jury is the racewinning Christian Cullen mare in Van Seraa whose first three foals old enough to race have all been winners. Apart from Georgia's Jury, she has also produced Raesawinner 1:56 ($88,351) and the three year old Van Mara 1:58.2p who won his maiden race at Alexandra Park in December. This branch of the Rosalie family has been prominent since the very speedy racemare Good Going went to stud in the 1980s. Winners have flowed from that time with two of the best being Tribute 1:54.9 ($610,993) and Easy On The Eye 1:54 ($461,580) and that flow of winners shows no sign of slowing down. To view the Australasian Classic Yearling sale Catalogue click here.   Harnesslink Media    

The first Australian born progeny of New Zealand harness racing champions Auckland Reactor and Lincoln Royal (Sir Lincoln) will add an extra dimension to the Harnessbred.com South Australian Yearling Sale to be held at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, February 21. Auckland Reactor, twice NZ Horse of the Year, will be represented by a filly out of the Globe Derby winner Rivergum Magic, while Lincoln Royal, the NZ 3YO of the Year, has a half-sister to Caroline Bay (8 wins). Art Major, Australia’s No 1 juvenile sire, has two fillies nominated for the sale, one the first foal of Dungeon Queen (16 wins), a half-sister to the classic winner Android, and the other from a winning half-sister to three winners. Another NZ superstar, Changeover, is represented by a colt from a successful Art Major mare, while Four Starzzz Shark, the sire of Inter Dominion champion Lennytheshark, has a filly out of a 1:58.6 Artiscape mare. Promising sire Artistic Fella’s single entry is a half-sister to last year’s Southern Cross 2YO Final runner-up Rockfromcork, being out of the well-related Armbro Operative mare Arm A Corka. The established sires Blissfull Hall, Grinfromeartoear and Julius Caesar all have single nominations, while another newcomer, Heart Space (a NZ bred son of Artsplace), also has one entry. The sale will be held at Globe Derby Sunday February 21 commencing at 11am printed catalogues will be available first week in January. By Peter Wharton

Tomorrow sees the All Aged harness racing sale at Karaka and the first of the Auckland Reactor weanlings to go through the sale ring. There are seven catalogued and we plan to review them all before the sale. Lot 88 - An Auckland Reactor filly from Tragically Hip This filly is from the Beach Towel mare Tragically Hip and as such is bred on the same cross as the two winners the mare has already produced in Hip Hop Anvil 1:55.6 ($138,122) and Shot From The Hip 1:57.5 ($44,750). Both of those winners are by Mach Three as is Auckland Reactor. The Mach Three / Beach Towel cross has been very successful worldwide with the most notable horse bred on that cross being Somebeachsomewhere 1:46.8 ($3,221,299) while in New Zealand it has produced horses like Sir Lincoln 1:54 ($663,601) The second dam Penelope Pitstop 1:59 won twice but the only foal she produced was Tragically Hip. The third dam is the smart Windshied Wiper mare Tac Wind 1:57.1 ($77,223) who left six winners at stud including the high class mare Flash Tactics 1:56p ($84,830) who the Southland Oaks at three. At stud Flash Tactics has left such smart types as Same Kinda Tactics 1:57.4 ($178,666) and Scare Tactics 1:51.4 ($115,669). This is the maternal family closely associated with the late Derek Dynes who had a huge amount of success with the "Tactics" maternal family for over fifty years. It is a maternal family noted for producing plenty of very smart fillies and mares. The filly in question is very much like a lot of the other Auckland Reactor weanlings we have reviewed in that she is very correct and has nice clean hocks. Lot 88 looks a nice cut of a filly to us and she certainly has the bloodlines behind her to be a successful racing proposition Harnesslink Media

Tomorrow at the All Aged harness racing sale at Karaka we will see the first weanlings by Auckland Reactor go under the hammer. There are seven in the catalogue and we plan to review them all before the sale. Lot 85 - A colt by Auckland Reactor from Tirol's Sallance. Tirol's Sallance 1:58.4 ($84,654) was an outstanding two year old winning the $99,750 Caduceus Club Classic and running second in the $81,000 New Zealand Sires Stakes Final for fillies. Tirol's Sallance only had a handful of starts at three and four due to various issues but as her two year old record shows she was top class. To date she has produced four foals three years old or older for three qualifiers and two winners including the smart filly Serene Lady 1:59.8 ($38,154). Tirol's Sallance is from the talented racemare Innsbruck (4 wins) and apart from Tirol's Sallance has also left the very smart filly Sovereign Faith 1:53.5 ($72,234) and Tirol's Ziray ($43,285)  Tirol's Ziray's first foal is the very talented Pachacuti 1:56.3 ($185,064) The third dam is Saucy Wave who won twelve races as a two and three year old in Australasia and has left six winners at stud including the smart juvenile Smooth Wave (9 wins) and the speedy mare Go Cracker Go 1:54 ($87,418) while her daughters have produced such talented types as Conte Cristo 1:56 ($246,703) and Conte Centovalli 1:57.5 ($228,443). This family has been a great source of juvenile talent over a long period and continues to produce precocious youngsters. The colt in question is an October foal and like all of the Auckland Reactors we have seen to date he is very correct and has nice clean hocks. He stands over a bit of ground and should develop into a lovely yearling. With his mother being such a smart two year old and being from a maternal family that is renowned for leaving early horses, this colt has all the ingredients to get up and run early. Harnesslink Media

This Wednesdays All Aged harness racing sale at Karaka features seven weanlings from the first crop of the former superstar pacer Auckland Reactor. We plan to preview them all before the sale. Lot 55 - An Auckland Reactor colt from Make It Hot Make It Hot has three foals three years or older so far for two qualifiers and one winner in the form of the outstanding Elsu gelding Chilli Palmer 1:51.5 ($252,863) who has done a great job in Australia. The second dam is the former outstanding two and three year old Fake Spirit 1:58.1 ($184,368) who from just three live foals produced the smart pacer Ultimate Player 1:57.1 ($75,119) The third dam is the smart racemare Whata Spirit (4 wins) who left eight winners including such smart types as Thats The Spirit 1:54.9 ($134,334), Family Spirit 1:52.4 ($120,312), Rum Ball 1:58.7 ($77,631) and Holm's Spirit ($50,323) who is already the dam of four winners including Springsteen 1:59.3 ($110,725) This is the other side of the famed Black Watch family and it has been churning out quality winners for just as long as its famous relative. The colt himself is typical of a lot of the Auckland Reactors we have seen to date in that he is a very correct individual with nice clean hocks which is a major plus for us when looking at weanlings. The colt has quite a bit of presence about him and we would not be surprised if he was the highest priced of the Auckland Reactor weanlings on Wednesday. Harnesslink Media

This weeks All Aged harness racing sale at Karaka includes the first batch of Auckland Reactor weanlings to go under the hammer and we plan to review the seven weanlings in the catalogue. One that took our eye looking at the pedigree pages was Lot 42 and this is how we view the weanling in question. Lot 42 - An Auckland Reactor colt from Gemside  Gemside is a 1:57.1 daughter of the leading pacing broodmare sire In The Pocket who has produced four foals old enough to race (including a two year old) to date for three qualifiers and two smart winners in Artzone  1:54.5 ($ 147,265) and the filly Jeremes Gem 1:56.9 (4 wins) Gemside is a full sister to Gem Power who is the dam of last seasons talented three year old filly in Ideal Power 1:56.4 ($62,247). Gemside and Gem Power are both from the former high class racemare in Kurahaupo Gem 1:56 .2 (7 wins) who as the prefix "Kurahaupo" suggests is from the brilliant maternal family that came to the fore when this colts third dam Donna Eden started churning out those high class colts and fillies thirty years ago. The winners haven't stopped coming ever since and include such top liners as Kurahaupo Kruzar 1:50.1 ($393,944), Eridanus 1:51.3 ($176,972), Kurahaupo Diamond 1:53 ($174,474) and Kurahaupo Lord ($160,092) to name just a few. The weanling is a late November foal  and a touch behind the other weanlings we have reviewed but like all of the Auckland Reactors we have reviewed to date, he is very correct and has very clean legs which is something we really look for when inspecting weanlings. To us he looks a nice type who should furnish into a lovely yearling and going by his pedigree he has every chance of making a racehorse. Harnesslink Media

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