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As we head towards nomination time for next year’s Australian Pacing Gold’s (APG) Yearling Sales, Chairman of APG, Robert Marshall, reflected on the contribution the sales company has made to Australian standardbred breeding and  harness racing. “APG is Australian focussed, always has been, always will be”, Marshall said. “Our mission is to provide the opportunity for standardbred breeders to offer their yearlings for sale in a market and for a Futurity event, where only Australian bred horses are offered and compete.” APG’s Futurity Series acknowledges the importance of the purchaser in the equation. While APG’s model originally focussed on a National 2YO Final, it now looks to provide the purchaser with the opportunity to earn across the States and for more than just the 2YO season. Marshall noted that, with the pressure on wagering revenues, impacted even more by the outbreak of COVID-19, owners will be looking to purchase a yearling where the likelihood of a return is enhanced by greater opportunity. The investment in a yearling is, for most purchasers, a leap into the unknown. Clearly some will not make it to the racetrack and some may not make it as a 2YO. APG’s Futurity Series provides the purchaser with a lot more in the way of opportunity than was available under the previous format. The purchaser is no longer competing for one pot of money - the State-based series provides Group racing in all east coast states as well as WA for 2yo and 3yo Colts and Fillies. Given the reduced prizemoney available across Australia, purchasers will have a keen eye on where they spend the discretionary dollar in 2021 and the likelihood of a return. On the suggestion that APG might open its books to NZ-Bred yearlings as is the case with Nutrien Ag’s proposed sale in 2021, Marshall was adamant: “APG is Australian owned for Australian bred.”  

The Woodlands Stud flagship Bettor’s Delight was clearly the top harness racing sire on average price at this year’s round of Australian Pacing Gold yearling sales. Of the 35 head offered by the great Cam’s Card Shark horse, 31 were sold for an average of $60,484. He had four of the seven yearlings to fetch $100,000 or more including the three highest priced colts and the leading filly at the Sydney auction. Art Major, who sired the highest priced yearling in Melbourne at $160,000, Courage Under Fire and Captaintreacherous were the only other sires with stock to reach six figures. The deceased Courage Under Fire’s had four progeny sell for an average of $53,125 to finish second on the list. Next was Captaintreacherous, who had 30 of his second crop sell for an average price of $51,200, followed by his own sire Somebeachsomewhere (21 sold - $41,976 average), Mach Three (2 - $35,000), Sweet Lou (18 - $33,778) and Art Major (38 - $33,237). Always B Miki was the leading first crop sire with 30 head sold for an average of $28,189, followed by Betting Line (34 – $24,632) and Racing Hill (7 - $8,429). Muscle Hill topped the trotting sire’s section with two lots averaging $52,500. Other trotting stallions with multiple sales included Andover Hall (2 - $42,500), Father Patrick (4 - $36,875), Love You (2 - $33,250), Creatine (2 - $25,000) and Majestic Son (8 - $20,938).   PACING SIRES Sire                                          No. Sold                      $Average Bettor’s Delight                       31                                60,484 Courage Under Fire*              4                                  53,125 Captaintreacherous                30                                51,200 Somebeachsomewhere*        21                                41,976 Mach Three*                          2                                  35,000 Sweet Lou                             18                                33,778 Art Major                                38                                33,237 Alta Christiano*                      8                                  29,875 Always B Miki                         30                                28,189 American Ideal                       29                                28,121 Tintin In America                    6                                  24,833 Betting Line                             34                                24,632 Rock N Roll Heaven                13                                21,077 Roll With Joe                           7                                  19,357 Fly Like An Eagle                     9                                  18,111 Shadow Play                           7                                  18,000 Rocknroll Hanover*                1                                  18,000 Badlands Hanover                 5                                  17,600 Sportswriter                            14                                17,357 Betterthancheddar                 6                                  17,083 Hurrikane Kingcole*               2                                  16,000 Rich And Spoilt*                      1                                  16,000 Western Terror                       5                                  15,600 Sunshine Beach                     15                                15,233 Warrawee Needy                    7                                  14,000 Four Starzzz Shark                 9                                  13,556 He’s Watching                         8                                  13,125 A Rocknroll Dance                  29                                12,586 Heston Blue Chip                    2                                  12,500 Changeover                             1                                  12,500 Caribbean Blaster                   1                                  11,000 Follow The Stars                    12                                10,958 Well Said                                 15                                10,800 Pet Rock                                  9                                  10,389 Guaranteed                             1                                  10,000 Racing Hill                               7                                  8,429 Grinfromeartoear*                   1                                  7,000 Renaissance Man                   1                                  7,000 Mr Feelgood                           1                                  6,000 Auckland Reactor                    5                                  5,400 Falcon Seelster*                      1                                  5,000   TROTTING SIRES Sire                                          No. Sold                      $Average Muscle Hill                              2                                  52,500 Trixton                                     1                                  51,000 Orlando Vici                            1                                  50,000 Andover Hall                           2                                  42,500 Father Patrick                         4                                  36,875 Love You                                  2                                  33,250 Creatine                                  2                                  25,000 Royalty For Life                       1                                  25,000 Majestic Son                           8                                  20,938 Cardigan Boko                        2                                  17,000             Muscle Mass                           1                                  14,000 Quaker Jet                               2                                  11,500 Lawman                                  1                                  11,000 Bacardi Lindy                          3                                  10,167 Aldebaran Eagle                     1                                  10,000 Kvintet Avenger                      1                                  10,000 Dreamcatcher                         3                                  9,667 Used To Me                             8                                  6,625 Sebastian K                              2                                  6,000 Skyvalley                                 2                                  6,000 Peak                                        1                                  4,000    *Deceased By Peter Wharton

The announcement of Tintin In America’s daughter Shartin as the 2019 USA Horse of the Year and the strong early showing of world champion Warrawee Needy’s first Australian crop look certain to create interest in the Yirribee Pacing Stud harness racing draft at the Australian Pacing Gold sale at Inglis’ Riverside Stables on Sunday, March 8. The Wagga-based standardbred nursery is offering three colts and two fillies by NZ superstar Tintin In America and three colts and five fillies by Warrawee Needy 1:46.8 ($1.2 million) as part of its 22 strong consignment. The Tintin In America offering includes colts from Elisabeth Kelly, a half-sister to Macraes Mate, Greg Kelly, etc; Weona Sassy, a half-sister to Interdom champion Weona Warrior; and Be Leave NZ (1:53.9) and fillies out of Shez Ryans, a half-sister to Derby and APG winner Emmas Only; and Prestigious Lombo, a daughter of millionaires Tailamade Lombo. Heading the Warrawee Needy draft are a colt from the NSW Golden Mile and Lord Mayor’s Cup winner Jamin (1:55.9) as well as fillies out of the multiple Group 1 placegetter Bettor Dreams NZ (1:54.6), the Canadian-bred mare Warrawee Flare (1:50.6), a half-sister to Sunshine Beach; the Pink Bonnet placegetter Artista Lombo (1:58.1) and Classic Counsel NZ, the dam of Floyd Mayweather ($326,492). The Yirribee consignment also includes yearlings by champion sires Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, American Ideal, Sweet Lou and Courage Under Fire and emerging sire Caribbean Blaster. There’s a Bettor’s Delight colt from Lettucereason ($180,073), a full sister to million dollar winner and successful sire For A Reason and a Bettor’s Delight sister to the Breeders Crown and Vicbred champion Wrappers Delight 1:51.1 ($414,224) – both from Yirribee client, Redbank Lodge Standardbreds. Lot 593 - Courage Under Fire- Very Chic NZ Other well bred yearlings include an Art Major sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Final winner Bamako Mali and multiple Group 1 placegetter Sheezallattitude; a Courage Under Fire colt out of the top racemare Very Chic ($217,166); an American Ideal colt out of a half-sister to Chariots Of Fire winner Villagem; a Sweet Lou filly from a daughter of 2YO of the Year Lombo La Fe Fe; and a Caribbean Blaster filly from the 2YO Filly of the Year and APG winner Espleshlimade Lombo. Peter Wharton

Welcome to thetrots.com.au coverage of the Australian Pacing Gold and Australasian Premier Trotting Sale today (Sunday 2nd February) live from Inglis Oaklands Junction. We're off and selling from Inglis Oaklands Junction.  Lot 51 to kick off went for $17,000, a colt by Rocknroll Heaven out of Ultimate CC. He's a half-brother to last night's winner Cee Cee In America!  Lot 56, filly by American Ideal out of Unique Desire becomes the sales topper at $24,000 early and is quickly joined at that price by a half-brother to 15-time winner Gallifrey Mystique, by A Rocknroll Dance out of Whata Impact, who also goes for $24,000 at Lot 57. Lot 59, a beautifully bred Pet Rock-Whisper Jet colt has been passed in at $30,000.  Lot 61, a filly by Bettors Delight out of Whatahottie has been passed in at $15,000. From a strong family and out of the super sire.  A daughter of the handy mare Aussie Made Lombo and by Always B Miki at Lot 63 has just gone for $18,000. She's a half to Soho Interceptor Grand-dam was the magnificent Tailamade Lombo! Fun times ahead there?  Maajida's half-sister, a filly by Betting Line out of Arterial Way is Lot 65 and she has just been passed in at $25,000. Breeding says she'll be pretty good!  New auctioneer takes the stand...   Lot 68, the filly by Captaintreacherous out of Courage Under Fire mare Arctic Fire. She's a ripper looking filly and she's been passed in at $42,500. Lot 69 is Aldebaran Macha's half-brother. This colt is by A Rocknroll Dance. A bit of an arm-wrestle between a couple of bidders gets the price to $19,000, but more is required there. Passed in. New clubhouse leader for Sales Topper! Lot 70, a half-sister to that very good goer Goodtime Grace. Filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Art De Triomphe. Hammer drops at $72,000! An Art Major colt out of Aleppo Heiress has just gone for $37,000, he's a half to Fourbigmen! That is lot 74.  Lot 76 is the Follow a Foal Harness Breeders Victoria filly with 5% of the proceeds of her sale going to some wonderful causes. Read more here. Katie Alford joins coverage to drop the hammer, and bang! Sold for $15,000. The filly is by Hes Watching out of Art Critic.  Lot 78, a Captaintreacherous colt by Aniteattheopera has gone for $32,500. A filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of a sister to Vincent (that's pretty snazzy) in Artistic Pleasure has just fetched $46,000 as Lot 79.  And we have another auctioneer change there at 11am, and for good reason because these folks' voices are working triple overtime! It's quite the craft. Sounds like a Seinfeld character... the fast talker.  Beach Shack was an absolute pearler on the track! Her second son is a colt by Bettors Delight, also known as Lot 82... He's just fetched $90,000. Bought by David Aiken. This is your new Sales Topper, folks.  Lumineer's half-brother steps into the ring. Lot 84 by Art Major out of Birds Can Sing. This should go well. He goes for $36,000.  No surprise to see lots of interest in Lot 87! He's by Captaintreacherous out of Beninjurd, making him a half-brother to Centenario! He quickly got to $80,000 in the bidding... and the hammer drops. Photo of the well-related colt above right by Nikkita Ross.        A colt by Courage Under Fire out of Crown Defender is Lot 94, making him a half-brother to New Zealand Cup winner Cruz Bromac. The bidding HAS to be hot and heavy for this one... and sure enough, it is. Could this one be the Sales Topper? He's quickly got to $90,000. And bang, we have our first $100,000 bid! What's he going to go for... $105,000 now. Make it $110,000. Make it $115,000... no, now $122,500 and the hammer drops! New clubhouse leader for Sales Topper. Picture on the right by Nikkita Ross. Darren McCauley, the voice of WA takes the microphone at 11.30am. Welcome to him!  Lot 98 is by Captaintreacherous out of that family that we know oh so well! Larrakeyah Lady and her progeny have produced winner after winner at black type. This filly is out of Celebrity Lass and she's gone for $46,000.  We're into the triple figures on the lot numbers. Lot 100 is by Sporstwriter out of Charming Ruler. From same family as Cosmic Flight and Cosmic Legacy, who between them won 65 races! This filly has been passed in at $14,000.  Lot 102 is a colt by the super sire Bettors Delight out of a North American mare by Western Ideal who went 1:50.6. One of just six Bettors Delights in the sale today. The bids have gone to $21,000... hammer's up, sold!   Lot 103, a colt by Captaintreacherous out of Christian Cullen mare Coppagoodone is receiving some competitive bids here. Up to $75k, make it $76k, nope, $77k, nope now $80k. Hammer... hang no, late one, now $82,000. Goes for 82 grand.  Just ticked by midday and we have Lot 112 (pictured right by Nikkita Ross), a colt by Captaintreacherous out of Eye Catching, related to Eye See Diamonds, Two Eye See, Hardhitter etc. He looks a striking type. Competitive bidding, no surprises there. He's gone for $120,000! Just falls short of being the clubhouse leader for Sales Topper, but a big result all the same. Lot 114, an Art Major colt out of Five Star Rocker has just fetched $60,000. American Zest's half-brother in the ring now, a colt by Sweet Lou out of Flair For Life. Has quickly got up to $70,000, now $72,500, now $75,000. Will that see us through for this one? Nope, $77,500 now. Make it $80,000... hammer's up... bang! That's him on the right hand side below in the photo.      Keayang Secret's half-brother is now in the ring. Lot 118 a colt by Always B Miki out of Feel The Magic. Bidding gets to $26,000 but that's not going to be enough. Passed in.  Lot 119 is a colt by Captaintreacherous out of Giveusachance. Giveusachance won 13 races and has so far produced Soho Berlin (nine wins, 1:56.4) and Anychance (15 wins, 1:53.5). Good competitive bidding coming through, up to $90,000 and sold!  A Betting Line-Flying Miss Mac filly is in the ring as Lot 121. This is the dam's first foal and the grand-dam, Fleet's Pocket, produced nine winners including Mighty Flying Thomas and Mighty Flying Deal. Goes for $34,000.  Gumdrops was a real favourite mare on the racetrack. She won 19 races including the Group 1 Queen of the Pacific. She's got a colt in the ring now, a son of American Ideal at Lot 125 and he has been passed in for $31,000. I'm looking forward to following her progeny, I must admit (pictured below right). Lot 127 is a colt by Captaintreacherous out of Glitterazzi, who is a daughter to that wonderful producer Alldatglittersisgold. She produced Baby Bling, Bling It On, Show Me The Bling, Blintittothemax and Bletchley Park. He's been passed in at $45,000. Will this fella keep the fabulous family winning strike rate going?          Beach Garden's half-brother and Major Gait's full-brother is Lot 129, a colt by super sire Art Major out of Canadian bred mare Garden Gate Tina. Goes for $47,500.  A half-brother to the unbeaten Goodtime Sammy (four out of four) is Lot 135, a colt by Always B Miki out of Graces Beach. Passed in at $20,000.  Lot 138 is a colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Indigenous, making this one a half to Spiritofaustralia (18 wins), Lanista (12 wins) and Nostra Ideal (1:52.2). Goes for $45,000.  Keppel Bay, Blatant Lie, Mr Nickel etc. Lot 141 hails from a strong family of juveniles. History says this colt by Art Major out of Iridium Castle might be an early goer. Bought for $35,000.  Majadore is up and about at the moment and has won eight races. His half-brother is Lot 143. This fella's by Art Major out of Jadore Bromac. A spirited looking yearling! Goes for $10,000.  A son of the brilliant filly Jazzam steps into the ring! This guy's by Always B Miki. Jazzam has already produced eight-time winner Rocknroll Pearl. Goes for $30,000.  The half-sister to brilliant Shez All Rock is Lot 149. A filly by Pet Rock out of Just Irish Loch. Shez All Rock won 10 out of 11 starts. She's been passed in today at $12,000. She has to be worth much more than that. Lierre Noir was a lovable mare, winning 15 races including a Group 2. She was a daughter of Bettors Delight. Lot 151 is a filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Lierre Noir. Bidding hits $25,000. Sold.  The half-sister to the mighty Our Little General steps into the spotlight. Lot 153 a filly by Bettors Delight out of Kabbalah Karen B. The dam also produced Kasbah Kid. Sold for $38,000.  The daughter of Led Suitcase, a filly by American Ideal, is Lot 155 today. Passed in at $32,000. Only just missed the mark!  18-time winner Life Inthefastlane has produced three foals for three winners, Its Beaulolais, Solid As A Rock and Ebonyallstarzzz. Her Art Major colt is in the ring now as Lot 157 and sells for $50,000.  The half-brother to Victoria Derby winner Muscle Factory is Lot 164, a son of Shadow Play out of Malena. What a win by Muscle Factory in that Derby! Will this fella be able to emulate that feat? Or even go better? Who knows. Goes for $44,000. Lot 167 must be one of the best bred horses on paper today, a son of Art Major and Mint Julep. Mint Julep is a sister to Guaranteed and Jadahson, and has already produced Pacifico Dream herself. This colt is proving popular. We have a new clubhouse leader for Sales Topper! This colt goes for $160,000.  Young Modern's three-quarter brother just fetched $25,000, Lot 168, a colt by Betting Line out of Miss Cool Falcon.  Lot 171, a Somebeachsomewhere-Musical Delight colt goes for $40,000.  A son of American Ideal out of Bettors Delight mare Miss Athens is up now at Lot 174. He's a half-brother to the talented Brallos Pass. Bought for $37,500.  The half-brother to WA performer Askmeilltellya, Lot 177, a colt by Always B Miki out of 15-time winner Mollys Lucky Star is in the ring. He snares $33,000.  Lot 179 is a striking colt by American Ideal out of Modern Girl. Modern Girl has produced Magical Delight (10-time winner). From same family as Hexham Heartbeat and Royal Verdict. Fetches $42,500.  A daughter of Bettors Delight out of a 29-time winning mare by Dream Away, My Double Dream, has just sold for $32,500.  The first foal from a full-sister to San Carlo is Lot 184, a colt by Bettors Delight out of Machthreewishes. He has been passed in after his bids reached $40,000.  A beautifully bred filly by Bettors Delight out of National Gallery is in the ring now (Lot 189). This one's a half-sister to Rocknroll Icon (12 wins, 1:53.0) and Mach Up (eight wins, 1:55.1). A spirited bidding contest between a live bidder and someone following on at home. The online bidder wins, $36,000 sold.  Lot 190 is a colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Nosotros, which makes him a half-brother to Stars Align and Red Vee Hanover. Goes for $17,000, which feels value.  A member of the prolific South Australian Uncork family in the ring at Lot 193. This is a filly by Always B Miki out of Our Little Artist (an Art Major mare). This one is simply bred to win! Passed in for $7500. Surprising. Got to love that family.  The first foal from eight-time winner Picobello (a daughter of Christian Cullen) struts into the ring as Lot 199. This colt is by super sire Art Major. The bidding reaches $35,000 but it's not enough. Passed in.  Pelicanrama has done it all both on and off the track. The cracking mare won 55 races and has produced six winners. She has thrown Lot 201 here, a colt by A Rocknroll Dance. Bidding a little slow early but momentum has built up and we're over $10,000. Now $11,000, will it be enough? Sold. Katie Alford in charge as the Hes Watching filly out of Art Critic makes $15k with 5% donated to charity     A half-brother to Pandering is in the ring. This fella's by Hes Watching. The dam, Pandalay Bay, has produced nine foals and every one of them has won. He fetches $16,000.  Pembrook Caesar won 10 races from 22 starts on the racetrack, including the Ladyship Cup. She has produced Lot 205, a colt by Captaintreacherous and the bidding has started strongly, quickly launching to $60,000! Fetches $60,000. This one's a half-brother to Jo Dina.  41-time winning mare Repelem (a Dream Away mare) has already produced the exciting Revolt. Lot 206 is a colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Repelem and he's just  sold for $65,000.  Our Uncle Sam's full-brother (Lot 207), a colt by Sportswriter out of Rooftop Fairy, has just been secured for $30,000.  Mother Courage's granddaughter is Lot 212, a filly by Captaintreacherous out of Ruby Slippers. She looks handy! Bidding quickly rips up to $20,000 but it's not quite enough. Passed in.  A Bettors Delight colt out of Rockaround Sue has just fetched $43,000 as Lot 215. Looks handy!  The half-sister to The Storm Inside was just passed in at $37,500. Lot 221, a filly by Betting Line out of Spirited Storm.  Lot 222 is a filly by Captaintreacherous out of Smyrna Duruisseau, making her a half-sister to the ultra-talented Follow The Stars. She fetched $45,000 today.  A striking colt by Bettors Delight out of Soho Berlin has just sold for $44,000 as Lot 223 after a spirited bid-off. Shadow Play colt a half-brother to Vic Derby winner Muscle Factory sells for $44k to Gary Barton.    Lot 224, a colt by Roll With Joe out of Sparks On Nudgee, has gone for $6000 and the seller, John Yeomans, has said 50% of that will be donated to Gavin Lang. Well done John.  Hurricane Harley's half-brother has just gone for $85,000. The colt is by Art Major out of Christian Cullen mare Sugarland. This one's exciting on paper!  A son of Mach Three is Lot 231, out of 1:52.1 winning mare Shesa Killer Queen (nine wins and over $155,000 in stakemoney). The colt has sold for $40,000.  Exciting this one, Lot 237, a full-sister to Ideal For Real (13 wins from 22 starts and 1:54.4). The filly is by American Ideal out of Tamara Hall. There has been some spirited bidding in $1000 increments and she's gone for $40,000! (Her full-sister earned over $324,000!)  The magical Bettors Delight and Christian Cullen cross features in Lot 239, a colt by Bettors out of a mare named Tori Maguire. The last Bettors Delight in the catalogue today attracts some energetic betting at Inglis and over the phone and in the finish he fetches $60,000.  An American Ideal filly out of The Baggy Green is Lot 241. This filly's grand-dam was the brilliant Lady Waratah, who won 20 of her 36 starts, and she threw five foals for five winners. Today's filly sold for $27,000.  Mirragon's half-brother has just entered the ring here at Inglis. This fella's by Always B Miki out of Mach Three mare The Waratah and it's a spirited bid-off between someone in the auditorium and an online bidder! Who wins? It's an arm-wrestle between the hand-raiser and the mouse-clicker! And the winner is... the mouse-clicker! Bought for $60,000.  Lot 244 is by a super sire in Somebeachsomewhere and out of a super mare in Trebla Trebla (who has produced Bettor Downunder and Ideal Lifestyle, just to name a couple). This colt looks ultra-relaxed for his age! Competitive bidding good to see at this time of the day. He fetches $55,000.  Gavin Lang's framed helmet cover has just fetched $2000, with that money donated straight to the Caduceus Club's fundraising effort to help Gavin and his family during this tough time. Find out more and help out a mate by clicking here. A filly by Betting Line out of Trend Setter is Lot 247. Trend Setter herself is a Group 1 winner, but she has also thrown three winners, including Heavens Trend, who won 21 races from 35 starts. This filly has fetched $26,000.  And the last of the pacing lots, Lot 250 sells for $15,000, a colt by Betting Line out of The Princess Poet. The Gavin Lang framed silks have just fetched $6000 towards his GoFundme Fundraiser. Just a magnificent effort by all those involved in pulling this together and of course the generous bidders.  For official sale results click here Gavin Lang's colours sell for $6k (APG buy) and his cap for $2k (Club Menangle) at APG Sales to raise money for Gav's treatment. Great effort all.   The first lot, Lot 251, in the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale has fetched $11,000, a Used To Me-Verbier colt. A Love You-Yankee Sister colt, Lot 254, has just fetched $11,000.  A son of Kvintet Avenger out of Britewell mare Brite N Lucky (Lot 261) goes for $10,000.  Lot 262, a half-sister to Sval Queen and and Brandlo Prince has sold for $12,000.  Jodi Quinlan, wearing the teal cap, now speaking about the Team Teal fundraiser, which kicked off last night. Quinlan is one of HRV's Team Teal ambassadors. All women drivers are wearing teal pants during the upcoming month and $400 ($200 each from HRV and TAB) for every 'Team Teal' winner will be donated to the cause.  Lot 263 will see funds raised donated towards the teal Women Can cause. This is a filly by Aldebaran Eagle out of Aldebaran Maori. And she's grabbed $10,000. A full brother to Caabello has just sold for $15,000 to become the highest priced trotter so far today. The colt by Majestic Son out of Drop Us Aline was purchased by Andy Gath.  Lot 267 is a colt out of a New Zealand Oaks winner in Commander Jewel, out of Used To Me. He has grabbed $8000.  The half-brother to unbeaten trotter Keayang Ignite (four starts, four wins) has just been sold as Lot 268 for $9500. This guy is by Aldebaran Eagle out of Aldebaran Revenue.  A Muscle Hill colt (Lot 271) has become the sales' topper for the APTS so far today. The son of Kadabra mare Glenferrie Dash attracted some spirited bidding before eventually being sold for $50,000.  Lot 273, a colt by Quaker Jet out of Edge Hill hails from a strong family that includes My Skypocket. He's just sold for $14,000.  Lot 275 is a filly from the great family that includes A Touch of Flair, Mighty Maori, Son of Flair and Down Under Muscles, just to name a few. The Father Patrick-Gypsy Flair yearling has fetched $37,500.  A Cardigan Boko colt out of Its Only Words has commanded the attention of couple of spirited bidders and got to $27,000.  Lot 281 looks a professional, a son of Majestic Son out of Lady Mackendon. Hammer falls at $31,000. A half sister to Shes An Image (20 wins), Gentle Image (21 wins) and Godofthunder has just drawn $30,000. The filly is by Father Patrick out of the stunning producer Joyces Choice.  Second foal, a colt by Captaintreacherous, out of the Western Ideal mare Eye Catching, a half to Two Eye See makes $120k. Will have Stride in his name. Prep Benstud.   A half-brother to Iona Grinner is Lot 290. He's by Bacardi Lindy out of Meredith Castle, a broodmare who has produced seven foals for five winners (51 wins in total). He's just fetched $20,000. Im Daddy Warbucks' half-brother has been passed in for $22,000 at 6.08pm. The colt is by Andover Hall out of Miss Warbucks.   The beautifully bred half-brother to Moonshine Linda and Marvellous Max has just fetched $55,000 and we have a new APTS clubhouse leader for sales-topper! The colt is by Muscle Hill out of Maori Sunshine.  The late action continues with Lot 297, a filly by Father Patrick out of Our Sunny Rose selling for $45,000.  $50,000 for a colt from the same family as Nieta (Lot 299 by Orlando Vici out of Royal Treat). Fair bit of black type about Lot 301, a colt by Cardigan Boko out of Poet Laureate, and he goes for $7000. Good buy that for mine.  As mentioned earlier, you can't knock the Shes An Image (Joyces Choice) family. Lot 302 is a cracking colt by Andover Hall out of Shes An Image and the hammer has just dropped for "The Hammer" Dom Martello at $55,000. Equal clubhouse leader for APTS sales topper. A solid result for Lot 305, filly by Father Patrick from Courage Under Fire mare Social Fireball. Hammer drops at $35,000.  A Trixton colt from Sundons Babe, obviously a Sundon mare, drew competitive bidding before the hammer dropped at $51,000. Lot 307. One to follow IMO!  Another one goes for over $50,000 late in the day, this time Lot 309, the colt by Love You out of The Sun Goddess. $52,500.  Swede Dreams was a ripper mare on the track and her son, a colt by Creatine, just went for $42,500. Lot 310.  Lot 311 caps the day. $9000 for the Used To Me-Tricia Powell filly. And that brings us to the end of our live sales blog! Hope you've enjoyed the coverage and good luck to all who have bought a ticket in the dream that is horse ownership today/tonight!  For official Sale results of this Trotting section click here   Sales results as they happen:   Lot 51: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Ultimate CC: $17,000 Lot 52: Passed in Lot 53: Filly by Well Said out of Vickymurphy: Passed in Lot 54: Colt by Always B Miki out of Vouvray: $22,500 Lot 55: Colt by He's Watching out of Whatacorka: $9,000 Lot 56: Filly by American Ideal out of Unique Desire: $24,000 Lot 57: Gelding by Betting Line out of Vixen Hanover: Passed in Lot 58: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Whata Impact: $24,000 Lot 59: Colt by Pet Rock out of Whisper Jet: Passed in at $30,000   Lot 60: Filly by Sportswriter out of Watch The Dream: Passed in at $17,500 Lot 61: Filly by Bettors Delight out of Whatahottie: Passed in at $15,000 Lot 62: Filly by Western Terror out of Zora Paree: Passed in at $4000  Lot 63: Filly by Always B Miki out of Aussie Made Lombo: $18,000 Lot 64: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Artys Delight: $13,000 Lot 65: Filly by Betting Line out of Arterial Way: Passed in at $25,000 Lot 66: Colt by Betting Line out of Arivee: Passed in at $24,000 Lot 68: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Arctic Fire: Passed in at $42,500 Lot 69: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Aldebaran Bromac: Passed in at $19,000 Lot 70: Filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Art De Triomphe: $72,000 Lot 72: Filly by Sweet Lou out of Almihata: $25,000 Lot 74: Colt by Art Major out of Aleppo Heiress: $37,000 Lot 75: Colt by Sportswriter out of Atlarak: $20,000 Lot 76: Colt by He's Watching out of Art Critic: $15,000 Lot 77: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Arty Chick: $20,000 Lot 78: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Aniteattheopera: $32,500 Lot 79: Filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Artistic Pleasure: $46,000 Lot 80: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Buy Back Peg: Passed in at $10,000 Lot 81: Colt by Betting Line out of Bonton Lady: $9000 Lot 82: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Beach Shack: $90,000 Lot 83: Colt by Always B Miki out of Balcony: $24,000 Lot 84: Colt by Art Major out of Birds Can Sing: $36,000  Lot 85: Colt by Auckland Reactor out of Bridget Franco: $6000 Lot 86: Colt by Heston Blue Chip out of Bring Her Back: Passed in at $10,000 Lot 87: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Beninjurd: $80,000 Lot 88: Colt by American Ideal out of Best Expression: $15,000 Lot 89: Colt by Betting Line out of Bettes Rose: Passed in at $29,000 Lot 90: Colt by Betting Line out of Billion Smiles: Passed in at $9000 Lot 91: Filly by Bettors Delight out of Breeze On Bronski: $20,000 Lot 92: Filly by Well Said out of Bettor Abs: Passed in at $10,000 Lot 94: Colt by Courage Under Fire out of Crown Defender: $122,500 Lot 95: Filly by Pet Rock out of Chloe Sheffield: $6000 Lot 96: Filly by Betterthancheddar out of Christa: $11,000 Lot 97: Colt by Sportswriter out of Chrissy Styx: Passed in at $11,000 Lot 98: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Celebrity Lass: $46,000 Lot 99: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Carlisle Queen: $20,000 Lot 100: Filly by Sportswriter out of Charming Ruler: Passed in at $14,000 Lot 101: Filly by Art Major out of Cool Machrista: Passed in at $14,000 Lot 102: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Carolsideal: $21,000 Lot 103: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Coppagoodone: $82,000 Lot 104: Filly by Sportswriter out of Darlin Springfield: $8000 Lot 105: Colt by Roll With Joe out of Dolly Bird Lombo: $22,000 Lot 106: Filly by Always B Miki out of Cosmic Delight: Passed in at $15,000 Lot 107: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Delight In Decree: Passed in $32,500 Lot 109: Filly by Always B Miki out of Digital Art: $26,000 Lot 110: Filly by A Rocknroll Dance out of Daisy Maisy: Passed in at $4000 Lot 112: Colt by Captraintreacherous out of Eye Catching: $120,000 Lot 113: Filly by Racing Hill out of Floweronthewall: Passed in at $8000 Lot 114: Colt by Art Major out of Five Star Rocker: $60,000 Lot 115: Colt by Pet Rock out of Four Zoe: $17,000 Lot 116: Colt by Sweet Lou out of Flair For Life: $80,000 Lot 117: Filly by Betting Line out of Forest Bliss: $37,500 Lot 118: Colt by Always B Miki out of Feel The Magic: Passed in at $26,000 Lot 119: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Giveusachance: $90,000 Lot 120: Colt by Betting Line out of Geejaylee: Passed in at $13,000 Lot 121: Filly by Betting Line out of Flying Miss Mac: $34,000 Lot 122: Filly by Sweet Lou out of Glenferrie Shuffle: $15,000 Lot 123: Filly by Betting Line out of Golden Illusion: $10,000 Lot 125: Colt by American Ideal out of Gumdrops: Passed in at $31,000. Lot 126: Filly by A Rocknroll Dance out of Gee Shes Mighty: Passed in at $17,500 Lot 127: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Glitterazzi: Passed in at $45,000 Lot 128: Filly by Pet Rock out of Golden Valour: $9000 Lot 129: Colt by Art Major out of Garden Gate Tina: $47,500 Lot 130: Filly by Guaranteed out of Goodtime Ruby: Passed in for $7500 Lot 131: Colt by Well Said out of Harrys Joy: $6000 Lot 132: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Illawong Bella: $10,000 Lot 133: Filly by Falcon Seelster out of Hayley Franco: Passed in at $4000 Lot 134: Filly by Four Starzzz Shark out of In A Rose Tattoo: $10,000 Lot 135: Colt by Always B Miki out of Graces Beach: Passed in at $20,000 Lot 136: Filly by Always B Miki out of Im Living The Dream: Passed in at $22,500 Lot 137: Colt by Always B Miki out of Illawong Sister Styx: $8000 Lot 138: Colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Indigenous: $45,000 Lot 139: Colt by Western Ideal out of Its Girl Power: $15,000 Lot 140: Filly by American Ideal out of Im Elsa: $30,000 Lot 141: Colt by Art Major out of Iridium Castle: $35,000 Lot 142: Colt by Hes Watching out of Indie Jazz: Passed in at $14,000 Lot 143: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Jadore Bromac: $10,000 Lot 144: Filly by Four Starzzz Shark out of Jasmine Sheffield: $10,000 Lot 145: Colt by Always B Miki out of Jazzam: $30,000 Lot 146: Colt by Four Starzzz Shark out of J K Luckbealady: Passed in at $5000 Lot 148: Filly by Always B Miki out of Just Look At Me: $12,000 Lot 149: Filly by Pet Rock out of Just Irish Loch: Passed in at $12,000 Lot 150: Colt by Western Terror out of Kool Clementine: $15,000 Lot 151: Filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Lierre Noir: $25,000 Lot 153: Filly by Bettors Delight out of Kabbalah Karen B: $38,000 Lot 154: Colt by Betting Line out of Lots A Blue: Passed in at $8000 Lot 155: Filly by American Ideal out of Led Suitcase: Passed in at $32,000 Lot 156: Colt by Art Major out of Lombo Cloud Nine: $28,000 Lot 157: Colt by Art Major out of Life Inthefastlane: $50,000 Lot 158: Filly by Art Major out of Limerick Star: $30,000 Lot 159: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Magical Molly: $10,000 Lot 160: Colt by Sportswriter out of Macray Amore: $16,000 Lot 161: Colt by Art Major out of Miss Mach Kana: $10,000 Lot 162: Filly by Shadow Play out of Magical Mocca: $8000 Lot 163: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Maid For You Lombo: $32,000 Lot 164: Colt by Shadow Play out of Malena: $44,000 Lot 165: By Rock N Roll Heaven out of Married To The Mob: $20,000 Lot 166: Colt by Shadow Play out of Macray Soiree: $8000 Lot 167: Colt by Art Major out of Mint Julep: $160,000 Lot 168: Colt by Betting Line out of Miss Cool Falcon: $25,000 Lot 169: Filly by Well Said out of Mitzi M Hanover: Passed in at $22,000 Lot 170: Filly by Betting Line out of Miss Astronomical: $8000 Lot 171: Colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Musical Delight: $40,000 Lot 172: Colt by Pet Rock out of Mustang Sassy: Passed in at $5000 Lot 173: Filly by Always B Miki out of Misty Forever: Passed in at $4000 Lot 174: Colt by American Ideal out of Miss Athens: $37,500 Lot 175: Filly by A Rocknroll Dance out of Missy Elliott: $4000 Lot 176: Colt by Hes Watching out Mistylyn: $21,000 Lot 177: Colt by Always B Miki out of Mollys Lucky Star: $33,000 Lot 178: Colt by Four Starzzz Shark out of Molly Pitcher: $22,000 Lot 179: Colt by American Ideal out of Modern Girl: $42,500 Lot 180: Colt by Art Major out of Miss Fantastic: $7000 Lot 181: Filly by Bettors Delight out of My Double Dream: $32,500 Lot 182: Colt by Racing Hill out of My Prima Bella: Passed in at $22,500 Lot 183: Colt by American Ideal out of Nola Mayhem: Passed in at $10,000 Lot 184: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Machthreewishes: Passed in at $40,000 Lot 185: Colt by Pet Rock out of No Good At Maths: Passed in at $5000 Lot 186: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Nikkis Delight: Passed in at $27,000 Lot 187: Colt by Four Starzzz Shark out of Nats Survival: $13,000 Lot 188: Filly by Art Major out of Nightshade Franco: $36,000 Lot 189: Filly by Bettors Delight out of National Gallery: $36,000 Lot 190: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Nosotros: $17,000 Lot 191: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of No More Trouble: Passed in at $17,500 Lot 192: Colt by American Ideal out of Our Options: Passed in at $20,000 Lot 193: Filly by Always B Miki out of Our Little Artist: Passed in at $7500 Lot 194: Filly by Sunshine Beach out of Our Pocket Princess: Passed in at $4000 Lot 195: Colt by Art Major out of Our Southern Rose: Passed in at $17,000 Lot 196: Filly by Art Major out of Our Santa Catalina: $24,000 Lot 198: Colt by Racing Hill out of Precious Macray: $8000 Lot 199: Colt by Art Major out of Picobello: $35,000 Lot 201: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Pelicanrama: $11,000 Lot 202: Colt by Hes Watching out of Pandalay Bay: $16,000 Lot 203: Filly by American Ideal out of Pastels: $14,000 Lot 204: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Philtra Girl: Passed in at $11,000 Lot 205: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Pembrook Caesar: $60,000 Lot 206: Colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Repelem: $65,000 Lot 207: Colt by Sportswriter out of Rooftop Fairy: $30,000 Lot 208: Colt by Roll With Joe out of Rocktheniteaway: Passed in at $12,000 Lot 210: Filly by Roll With Joe out of Rock Two Times: Passed in at $16,000 Lot 211: Colt by Auckland Reactor out of Sappheiros: $5000 Lot 212: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Ruby Slippers: Passed in at $20,000 Lot 214: Filly by Betting Line out of Shes Got It All:  Passed in at $21,000 Lot 215: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Rockaround Sue: $43,000 Lot 216: Filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Serenity Franco: Passed in at $17,500 Lot 217: Colt by Art Major out of Sharm El Luli: $8000 Lot 218: Filly by Sunshine Beach out of Shezaterror: Passed in at $10,000 Lot 220: Filly by Sportswriter out of Rockin Tammy: $17,000 Lot 221: Filly by Betting Line out of Spirited Storm: Passed in at $37,500 Lot 222: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Smyrna Duruisseau: $45,000 Lot 223: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Soho Berlin: $44,000 Lot 224: Colt by Roll With Joe out of Sparks On Nudgee: $6000 Lot 225: Filly by Racing Hill out of Shadow Flag: Passed in at $7500 Lot 226: Colt by Sunshine Beach out of Sassy Rose: $8000 Lot 227: Colt by Betterthancheddar out of Smooth Sista: Passed in at $11,000 Lot 229: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Shes In Vogue: $4000 Lot 230: Colt by Art Major out of Sugarland: $85,000 Lot 231: Colt by Mach Three out of Shesa Killer Queen: $40,000 Lot 232: Filly by Betting Line out of Soho Socialize: Passed in at $12,500 Lot 233: Colt by Betting Line out of Sapphire Lil: $15,000 Lot 234: Filly by Four Starzzz Shark out of Supersonic Bek: Passed in at $4000 Lot 235: Filly by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Somesorta Philtra: $9000 Lot 236: Colt by Well Said out of Swift Retort: Passed in at $4000 Lot 237: Filly by American Ideal out of Tamara Hall: $40,000 Lot 238: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Talk Safely: $12,000 Lot 239: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Tori Maguire: $60,000 Lot 240: Filly by Betting Line out of Tantallon: $20,000 Lot 241: Filly by American Ideal out of The Baggy Green: $27,000 Lot 242: Colt by Betting Line out of Three Secrets: $36,000 Lot 243: Colt by Always B Miki out of The Waratah: $60,000 Lot 244: Colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Trebla Trebla: $55,000 Lot 245: Colt by Pet Rock out of The Elusive One: $12,500 Lot 246: Colt by Art Major out of Tigress Franco: $42,500 Lot 247: Filly by Betting Line out of Trend Setter: $26,000 Lot 248: Filly by Sweet Lou out of That Chill Devine: Passed in at $5000 Lot 249: Colt by Life Sign out of Trulyawork Of Art: Passed in at $22,000 Lot 250: Colt by Betting Line out of The Princess Poet: $15,000 APTS RESULTS Lot 251: Colt by Used To Me out of Verbier: $11,000  Lot 252: Filly by Used To Me out of Wild Isis: $4500 Lot 253: Colt by Dreamcatcher out of Xena Hest: $4000 Lot 254: Colt by Love You out of Yankee Sister:  $11,000 Lot 256: Filly by Majestic Son out of Aldebaran Etta: $8000 Lot 257: Filly by Bacardi Lindy out of Always Treasure: $6500 Lot 259: Colt by Used To Me out of Aspiring Eva: $4000 Lot 260: Filly by Aldebaran Eagle out of Aldebaran Daisy: Passed in at $8000 Lot 261: Colt by Kvintet Avenger out of Brite n Lucky: $10,000 Lot 262: Filly by Dreamcatcher out of Bohemian Queen: $12,000 Lot 263: Filly by Aldebaran Eagle out of Aldebaran Maori: $10,000 Lot 264: Colt by Majestic Son out of Drop Us Aline: $15,000 Lot 265: Filly by Bacardi Lindy out of Efficacious: $4000 Lot 266: Colt by Majestic Son out of Emmylu Springfield: $9500 Lot 267: Colt by Used To Me out of Commander Jewel: $8000 Lot 268: Colt by Aldebaran Eagle out of Aldebaran Revenue: $9500 Lot 269: Colt by Peak out of Forgetfulljane: Passed in at $4000 Lot 270: Colt by Majestic Son out of Four Lillies: Passed in at $7000 Lot 271: Colt by Muscle Hill out of Glenferrie Dash: $50,000 Lot 272: Colt by Tennotrump out of Gloriadon: Passed in at $4000 Lot 273: Colt by Quaker Jet out of Edge Hill: $14,000 Lot 274: Colt by Skyvalley out of Backina Lifetime: $6000 Lot 275: Filly by Father Patrick out of Gypsy Flair: $37,500 Lot 276: Filly by Used To Me out of Maidstone Miss: $8000 Lot 277: Colt by Cardigan Boko out of Its Only Words: $27,000  Lot 278: Filly by Muscle Mass out of Icantremember: Passed in at $12,500 Lot 279: Colt by Tennotrump out of Jewel Of The Night: Passed in at $5000 Lot 280: Colt by Skyvalley out of Jingling Silver: $6000 Lot 281: Colt by Majestic Son out of Lady Mackendon: $31,000 Lot 282: Filly by Father Patrick out of Joyces Choice: $30,000 Lot 283: Filly by Used To Me out of Kool Kelly: Passed in at $7000 Lot 284: Colt by Quaker Jet out of My Serene Queen: $9000 Lot 285: Filly by Lawman out of Kosmanoid: Passed in at $5000 Lot 286: Colt by Creatine out of Lime And Lemonade: Passed in at $16,000 Lot 287: Filly by Used To Me out of Panbrake: $4500 Lot 290: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Meredith Castle: $20,000 Lot 291: Colt by Andover Hall out of Miss Warbucks: Passed in at $22,000 Lot 292: Filly by Used To Me out of Purplepeopleater: Passed in at $4000 Lot 293: Colt by Muscle Hill out of Maori Sunshine: $55,000 Lot 294: Colt by Sebastian K out of Illawong Shimmer: $6000 Lot 296: Colt by Royalty For Life out of Miss Adelaide: $25,000 Lot 297: Filly by Father Patrick out of Our Sunny Rose: $45,000 Lot 298: Gelding by Lawman out of Packed Up Early: $11,000 Lot 299: Colt by Orlando Vici out of Royal Treat: $50,000 Lot 300: Filly by Love You out of Lindys Two Step: $14,000 Lot 301: Colt by Cardigan Boko out of Poet Laureate: $7000 Lot 302: Colt by Andover Hall out of Shes An Image: $55,000 Lot 303: Filly by Dream Catcher out of Pink Diamond: $13,000 Lot 304: Colt by Creatine out of Shining Sun: $7500 Lot 305: Filly by Father Patrick out of Social Fireball: $35,000 Lot 306: Filly by Royalty For Life out of Solana: Passed in at $7500 Lot 307: Colt by Trixton out of Sundons Babe: $51,000 Lot 308: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Sunny Folly: Passed in at $7500 Lot 309: Colt by Love You out of The Sun Goddess: $52,500 Lot 310: Colt by Creatine out of Swede Dreams: $42,500 Lot 311: Filly by Used To Me out of Tricia Powell: $6000 Photos by Nikkita Ross HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Eight current and past Empire Stallions sires will have yearlings going through the sale ring at Inglis Oaklands on Sunday - a great opportunity for harness racing buyers to secure terrific race horses and outstanding bloodlines. SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE World's most prolific pacing sire with North American progeny earnings over $131M including 17 millionaires and 13 World Champions BETTING LINE A double World Champion and Bettor's Delight's fastest ever son with a world record in the Little Brown Jug & winner of the $1M North America Cup CAPTAINTREACHEROUS World's leading sire from first two crops to race - an incredible 147 winners of $14.2M from 178 starters FOUR STARZZZ SHARK Sire of 285 individual winners of over $17.7M including Australian champions Lennytheshark & Frith HESTON BLUE CHIP American Ideal's richest son and USA 3YO Colt of the Year - first two US crops to race secured over $2M in earnings WELL SAID Sensational international sire with worldwide progeny earnings of over $45M WESTERN TERROR A proven super sire with worldwide progeny earnings of over $105M including 12 millionaires and 449 in 1:55 or faster PET ROCK Triple world champion with first two crops in Australia securing over $1.3M in earnings already You can access the entire catalogue through the APG Logo at the bottom of the email or click on each photo for the individual's pedigree - below is a listing of the outstanding colts and fillies available by our exceptional stallions, including the first lot of Betting Line yearlings to go under the hammer in the south.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lot 53 - WELL SAID filly (from Bettors Delight mare)                                                                                             Lot 59 - PET ROCK colt (from Jereme's Jet mare)                                                                                             Lot 65 - BETTING LINE filly (from Art Major mare)                                                                                             Lot 68 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Courage Under Fire mare)                                                                                             Lot 78 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Denver Gift mare)                                                                                             Lot 81 - BETTING LINE colt (from Armbro Operative mare)                                                                                             Lot 87 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Art Major mare)                                                                                             Lot 90 - BETTING LINE colt (from Grinfromeartoear mare)                                                                                             Lot 93 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Fake Left mare)                                                                                             Lot 98 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Art Major mare)                                                                                             Lot 107 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Bettors Delight mare)                                                                                             Lot 115 - PET ROCK colt (from Four Starzzz Shark mare)                                                                                             Lot 119 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Live or Die mare)                                                                                             Lot 121 - BETTING LINE filly (from Mach Three mare)                                                                                             Lot 124 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE filly (from Courage Under Fire mare)                                                                                             Lot 128 - PET ROCK filly (from Courage Under Fire mare)                                                                                             Lot 134 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK filly (from American Ideal mare)                                                                                             Lot 144 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK filly (from Badlands H anover mare)                                                                                             Lot 149 - PET ROCK filly (from Mach Three mare)                                                                                             Lot 151 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE filly (from Bettors Delight mare)                                                                                             Lot 159 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Live Or Die mare)                                                                                             Lot 169 - WELL SAID filly (from Camluck mare)                                                                                             Lot 171 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Bettors Delight mare)                                                                                             Lot 178 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK colt (from Armbro Operative mare)                                                                                             Lot 186 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Bettors Delight mare)                                                                                             Lot 191 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Troublemaker mare)                                                                                             Lot 206 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Dream Away mare)                                                                                             Lot 214 - BETTING LINE filly (from McArdle mare)                                                                                             Lot 222 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS filly (from Cams Card Shark mare)                                                                                             Lot 233 - BETTING LINE colt (from Artsplace mare)                                                                                             Lot 236 - WELL SAID colt (from Aces N Sevens mare)                                                                                             Lot 242 - BETTING LINE colt (from Life Sign mare)                                                                                             Lot 247 - BETTING LINE filly (from Perfect Art mare)                                                                                             Lot 250 - BETTING LINE colt (from Christian Cullen mare)                                                                                                                                                                                         Lot 57 - BETTING LINE gelding (from Trump Casino mare)                                                                                             Lot 62 - WESTERN TERROR filly (from Torado Hanover mare)                                                                                             Lot 66 - BETTING LINE colt (from Safely Kept mare)                                                                                             Lot 70 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE filly (from Art Major mare)                                                                                             Lot 79 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE filly (from Art Major mare)                                                                                             Lot 86 - HESTON BLUE CHIP colt (from Badlands Hanover mare)                                                                                             Lot 89 - BETTING LINE colt (from Rock N Roll Heaven mare)                                                                                             Lot 92 - WELL SAID filly (from Bettors Delight mare)                                                                                             Lot 95 - PET ROCK filly (from What's Next mare)                                                                                             Lot 103 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Christian Cullen mare)                                                                                             Lot 112 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from Western Ideal mare)                                                                                             Lot 117 - BETTING LINE filly (from Blissfull Hall mare)                                                                                             Lot 120 - BETTING LINE colt (from American Ideal mare)                                                                                             Lot 123 - BETTING LINE filly (from Island Fantasy mare)                                                                                             Lot 127 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUS colt (from McArdle mare)                                                                                             Lot 131 - WELL SAID colt (from Crouch mare)                                                                                             Lot 138 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt (from Armbro Operative mare)                                                                                             Lot 146 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK colt (from Western Hanover mare)                                                                                             Lot 150 - WESTERN TERROR colt (from Four Starzzz Shark mare)                                                                                             Lot 154 - BETTING LINE colt (from Courage Under Fire mare)                                                                                             Lot 168 - BETTING LINE colt (from Falcon Seelster mare)                                                                                             Lot 170 - BETTING LINE filly (from Astreos mare)                                                                                             Lot 172 - PET ROCK colt (from Modern Art mare)                                                                                             Lot 185 - PET ROCK colt (from Art Major mare)                                                                                             Lot 187 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK colt (from Live Or Die mare)                                                                                             Lot 205 - 

A half-brother to the harness racing Breeders Crown champion Hurricane Harley and half-sisters to the APG Final and Breeders Crown winner Follow The Stars and the Victoria Derby and dual Breeders Crown champion Our Little General will spearhead the Northern Rivers Equine draft at the Australian Pacing Gold sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, February 2. Northern Rivers Equine, Kyabram, the home of American Ideal, Mel Mara and Yankee Rockstar, will present 13 yearlings – four colts and nine fillies – on behalf of clients Lauriston Bloodstock, Greg Fleming and Phil and Tracey Wade. Bill and Anne Anderson’s Lauriston Bloodstock, the dual Victorian Breeders of the Year and whose stock have won 25 Group 1 races to date, have nominated eight superbly bred yearlings – two colts and six fillies. Their consignment includes a Somebeachsomewhere colt from the APG Final winner Musical Delight (Lot 171); a Bettor’s Delight half-sister to Our Little General and Kasbah Kid (Lot 153); an Art Major half-brother to Hurricane Harley and Mango Stride (1:50.9) as Lot 230; a Captaintreacherous half-sister to Follow The Stars and APG runner-up Stefsbest (Lot 222); an Art Major sister to the Victoria Sapling winner Abouttime and half-sister to the speedy None Bettor (1:48.8) as Lot 158; a Sweet Lou filly out of the Breeders Crown champion Glenferrie Shuffle (Lot 122); a Bettor’s Delight half-sister to three in 1:56 including Rocknroll Icon (Lot 189); and an American Ideal filly from the Group 3 placegetter Artistic Angel (Lot 73). Swan Hill breeder-owner Greg Fleming, who bred and raced the former top racemare Helen’s Bonus, is selling at the APG for the first time. Fleming has nominated two progeny of the champion American juvenile and now leading sire Captaintreacherous. Lot 127 is a colt out of the McArdle mare Glitterazzi, a half-sister to millionaire pacer Bling It On and the Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling, while Lot 68 is a filly from the prolific WA and USA winner Arctic Fire, a half-sister to the NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Classy Filly. Kyabram breeders Phil and Tracey Wade, who bred, raised and sold the Group placegetter Dee Double You at the 2017 APG sale, have a three-prong draft at this year’s sale. They are offering a grand looking filly from the first crop of world champion Always B Miki that is a half-sister to Dee Double You and hails from the family of crack racemares Louvre and Miss Hazel, as Lot 148. The Wade’s other two yearlings are both by A G’s White Socks’ sire, the great Rock N Roll Heaven. Lot 204 is a half-brother to Philtra Phella, a winner of 20 races in Victoria and Tasmania and almost $100,000, while Lot 235 is a daughter of the Somebeachsomewhere mare Somesorta Philtra, a half-sister to Dee Double You. For an inspection of the Northern Rivers Equine draft phone Kath McIntosh on 0427 497 429 or (03) 5852 2845. Peter Wharton  

Bill Ellis, Club Menangle Executive Director and one of the Club’s appointed Directors to the Australian Pacing Gold (APG) company, has highlighted the fantastic opportunities available to race age-based harness racing horses in New South Wales. Bill’s vast experience in harness racing is respected across Australasia. Bill is a doyen of harness racing reporting in Australasia. Bill has told Harnesslink the changes made to the APG format via this year’s sales, provide an outstanding opportunity to race horses, particularly in age-based Group races in the Premier State. Over recent months APG has consulted with owners, vendors and trainers on the future of the APG Race Series. A massive 75% of respondents (clear by any means), voted to move away from the APG National Series format. Accordingly, a new State-based Series will be introduced from this year’s APG Sales. Across Australia the APG series will offer 32 Group Races per season across the 2yo, 3yo and 4yo age groups. Bill was particularly excited by the fact purchaser at the Sydney APG Sales will not have to travel interstate for the series. That’s unless they want to do so. NSW Breeders Challenge bred horses purchased through the sales will have a delectable choice of opportunities here in NSW and Club Menangle will be doing everything in its power to increase opportunity and interest. Afterall, Tabcorp Park Menangle is the fastest and largest racing circuit in the Southern Hemisphere and we want to showcase the standardbred at its best. Club Menangle looks forward to hosting the NSW APG Series where the age-based and separate sex races will include: 2yo Finals of $125,000 3yo Finals of $125,000 4yo Finals of $50,000 But wait, there’s more. NSW and Victoria will each host an End Season Series for 2yo and 3yo Divisions, featuring $30,000 Finals. Club Menangle has worked hard with the State’s regulator, HRNSW to provide participants with increased opportunities at country, metropolitan and Group meetings. Bill noted that without the leadership of HRNSW, opportunities available in NSW would not be possible. Accordingly, NSW will have a plethora of Group racing available across the State in 2020. Kicking off in March is the cornerstone race series, the Bathurst Gold Crown. Universally accepted as the first test for 2yos in Australia. The series features separate 2yo and 3yo Group 1 races. Oh, and the $1m Ainsworth Miracle Mile in March - and the Sky Carnival of Miracles packed with nine Group 1 races to boot! Next up will be the first running of the 4yo and 5yo NSW Breeders Challenge eligible Group 1 races at Riverina Raceway, Wagga Wagga in April. Separate racing for the boys and girls at $100,000. Let’s not forget the first ever running of the $1m Pace at Tabcorp Park Menangle in May! June heralds the Finals of the NSW Breeders Challenge separate sex races for the 2yo and 3yo eligible youngsters. The 2yo races worth $125,000 and the 3yo races worth $150,000. It does not end there, Bill noted next-up it’s Christmas in July! July will see the Finals of the NSW Breeders Challenge True Blue Series Finals worth $50,000 and funded by Club Menangle. This series is for NSW Breeders Challenge eligible horses which were sired by stallions standing in NSW and mares served in NSW. But wait, there is still more! We forgot the steak knives. HRNSW will host the Regional Finals for 2yo and 3yo NSW Breeders Challenge eligible horses at Newcastle Paceway. Separate sex races at Group 2 level worth $50,000. And if that’s not enough, it’s on to the Breeders Crown program in Victoria to wind-up a year of excitement, records and interest in harness racing. With some exciting yearlings being presented at the APG Sales across Australia, Bill figures our North American cousins will be looking at the opportunity, the exchange rate and the value available down-under. Bruce Christison Club Menangle

Premier Kiwi trainer Tim Butt was looking to the future in making the leap from New Zealand to Menangle last year – and his latest crop of yearling purchases is now providing prospective owners with the same opportunity. Team Butt was buzzing with excitement at some of the top-line babies they secured at the recent APG sales, and settling the youngsters in to their state-of-the-art surrounds has only boosted their confidence. “We’ve had terrific early interest from owners because these youngsters are beautifully-bred, but a share in them is still very affordable,” Tim said. “But they’ve settled in well, they’re smart and we’re really keen about the potential of all of them,” he said. The babies will certainly get their best chance to produce the goods. Tim Butt has trained more Grand Circuit Winners than any other trainer in Australasia, including champions such as great Lyell Creek and My Field Marshal (who currently holds the Australasian record of 1:46.9 in his 2018 Miracle Mile Victory). “We think these four yearlings represent some of the world’s best stallions and Down Under's best mares, and we’re hoping the affordability of an interest will attract new clients, potentially even international clients, to enjoy the thrill of harness racing in Australia,” Tim said. To contact Tim Butt email: tim@timbuttracing.com Or Phone +61447864456 The four yearlings; Lot 104 by Bettor's Delight - Rocknroll Rama - Rocknroll Hanover Just a great individual as his photo suggests A grandson of freakish mare - Pelican Rama - 55 wins. By the great Bettors Delight Looks like a 3 year old now 30% left in this colt Lot 104 Pedigree ................................................................................................................................................... Lot 218 by Captaintreacherous - Glenferrie Alexis - Courage Under Fire By the great racehorse and now sire Captaintreacherous. From a top NZ family Glenferrie Alexis ran 2nd in the NZ oaks and was a great race mare Great attitude colt - all class Trainer - Tim Butt - to keep 20% Lot 218 - Pedigree ......................................................................................................................................................... Lot 355    By Rock N Roll Heaven - Lettucereason - Art Major Fantastic Cross from a full sister to outstanding horse - For A Reason Very strong type - looked exactly like Let It Ride Trainer - Tim Butt - to keep 20% Lot 355 Pedigree ............................................................................................................................................ Lot 482  by Warrawee Needy - Bettor Believe It - Bettor's Delight Outstanding looking filly Great walk and confirmation Spectacular bloodlines with Cam Fella and Ambro Emerson Coming through sire and great fillies family Trainer - Tim Butt - to keep 20% Lot 482 Pedigree Harnesslink Media

A MASSIVE performance in defeat coupled with an almost perfect season will see Patrickthepiranha’s younger sibling attract plenty of attention during Sunday’s Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Perth. Winner of his first seven starts for the term, Patrickthepiranha finished third at Gloucester Park yesterday in what was an impressive run after dragging a flat tyre. By highly-successful sire Four Starzzz Shark, Patrickthepiranha is from Thats The Spirit which boasts a perfect record from four starters. Thats The Spirit’s latest offering is a colt by Rock N Roll Heaven, which is set to enter the ring as Lot 620. The family includes Il Vicolo, Gotta Go Cullen, Stunin Cullen, Chilli Palmer, Veste, Jinni’s Fantasy, Fake Spirit and Niketia. Also an APG graduate, Patrickthepiranha is being primed for next week’s Sales Series Final by trainer Colin Brown, who played a role in naming the gelding. “The boys were at the stable one morning talking about Lennytheshark,” Brown explained. “Lenny, which is also by Four Starzzz Shark, had just run an enormous race the night before and they were crowing about him. “This bloke’s stable name at the breeder’s place was Patrick and as a throwaway line I said ‘don’t worry about Lennytheshark we’ve got Patrickthepiranha’. “The boys loved it and went with it. So I guess in some way he is named after Lenny!””   APG Media

Sydney offers another opportunity to buy a quality harness racing lot by an Empire sire You can access the entire catalogue through the APG Logo at the bottom of this page or view an individual pedigree by clicking on the photo - below is a listing of the outstanding colts and fillies available by our exceptional stallions, including more of the first draft by Captaintreacherous and Artspeak yearlings, and a rare Rocknroll Hanover lot. Lot 301 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUScolt (from Live Or Die mare) Lot 308 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREfilly (from Bettor's Delight mare) Lot 319 - HESTON BLUE CHIP filly (from Sportswriter mare) Lot 324 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUSfilly (from Armbro Operative mare) Lot 334 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUScolt (from Grinfromeartoear mare) Lot 343 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUScolt (from Panorama mare) Lot 348 - WELL SAID colt (from Safely Kept mare) Lot 369 - PET ROCK filly (from Jenna's Beach Boy mare) Lot 382 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREfilly (from Bettor's Delight mare) Lot 387 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK filly (from Sokys Atom mare) Lot 397 - HESTON BLUE CHIP colt (from Stature mare) Lot 404 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUSfilly (from Art Major mare) Lot 413 - WELL SAID filly (from Perfect Art mare) Lot 422 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUSfilly (from Grinfromeartoear mare) Lot 432 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUScolt (from Jeremes Jet mare) Lot 438 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUScolt (from Presidential Ball mare) Lot 440A - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE filly (from Christian Cullen mare) Lot 447 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREfilly (from Bettor's Delight mare) Lot 460 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUScolt (from Safely Kept mare) Lot 470 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUScolt (from Bettors Delight mare) Lot 478 - ARTSPEAK colt (from Presidential Ball mare) Lot 481 - WELL SAID filly (from Mach Three mare) Lot 491 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUScolt (from Jeremes Jet mare) Lot 494 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREfilly (from McArdle mare) Lot 305 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREcolt (from Falcon Seelster mare) Lot 318 - HESTON BLUE CHIP filly (from Golden Greek mare) Lot 323 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREcolt (from Christian Cullen mare) Lot 328 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREcolt (from Western Hanover mare) Lot 336 - WESTERN TERROR colt (from Northern Luck mare) Lot 345 - WESTERN TERROR filly (from Falcon Seelster mare) Lot 357 - WESTERN TERROR colt (from Life Sign mare) Lot 381 - ROCKNROLL HANOVER colt (from Courage Under Fire mare) Lot 386 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUSfilly (from Badlands Hanover mare) Lot 389 - PET ROCK filly (from Bettor's Delight mare) Lot 400 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUScolt (from Mystical Prince mare) Lot 412 - WESTERN TERROR colt (from Mystical Prince mare) Lot 420 - WESTERN TERROR colt (from Christian Cullen mare) Lot 426 - HESTON BLUE CHIP filly (from Panoramamare) Lot 435 - PET ROCK colt (from Western Terror mare) Lot 439 - WESTERN TERROR colt (from Courage Under Fire mare) Lot 445 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREcolt (from Sportswriter mare) Lot 451 - WESTERN TERROR filly (from Mach Three mare) Lot 469 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUSfilly (from Troublemaker mare) Lot 475 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREcolt (from Bettor's Delight mare) Lot 480 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUSfilly (from Art Major mare) Lot 485 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREfilly (from Bettor's Delight mare) Other Empire Sired Lots Lot 302 - ARTSPEAK filly (from Bettor's Delight mare) Lot 311 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUScolt (from Life Sign mare) Lot 313 - HESTON BLUE CHIP filly (from Four Starzzz Shark mare) Lot 321 - PET ROCK colt (from Armbro Operative mare) Lot 358 - MODERN ART filly (from Badlands Hanover mare) Lot 380 - MODERN ART colt (from Village Jasper mare) Lot 398 - ARTSPEAK colt (from Mach Three mare) Lot 409 - ARTSPEAK colt (from Riverboat King mare) Lot 462 - CAPTAINTREACHEROUScolt (from Badlands Hanover mare) Lot 463 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK filly (from Seahawk Hanover mare) Lot 476 - PET ROCK colt (from Village Jasper mare) Lot 490 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK filly (from Courage Under Fire mare)

WIth APG's Melbourne Sale fast approaching (Sunday, 3 February), John Coffey has worked with the APGTV team to put together a brief 10 minute preview of the Melbourne & Sydney Sales. After briefly running through APG's Yearling Video project, reminding buyers of our new long-term finance options and inviting people to register their interest in our affordable horse parnterships/syndicates, John provides an excellent overview of the racing & breeding performance to date of four of the new kids on the block: - Artspeak - Captaintreacherous - Hes Watching; and - Heston Bluechip To watch the sales preview, please click here. To view the 150+ Melbourne Yearling videos in APG's Online Melbourne Guide, click here. Sales weekend kicks off this Friday with our public inspection afternoon (12noon through 5:30pm) featuring a complimentary BBQ and drinks (4:30pm through 7pm). Public inspections are again available on the Saturday (10am through 3pm) and on the Sunday morning (from 8:30am) with the first ring due to go through the ring at 11am. For further information on Sunday's Melbourne Sale, please visit the APG website at www.apgold.com.au or phone (03) 5275 1999.   APG Media

UP, UP and away (hopefully to the winners’ circle) is the best way to describe the results of last weekend’s Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Brisbane. With a tremendous depth in quality yearlings on offer, the sale’s average increased, gross turnover is up and interstate interest was at a level never seen before! The lots averaged $18,593 which represents an increase of eight per cent on the previous year, while gross turnover is up four per cent on 2018 – a figure which is set to rise during the coming fortnight as buyers purchase some of the lots which were passed in. New South Wales buyers were the most active with more than half the sold lots heading south. Prominent horseman Tim Butt purchased the top priced colt and filly for a combined total of $91,000. Butt parted with $55,000 for a son of Captaintreacherous and Forever Gold and $36,000 for Roll With Joe and Save Me Christian’s daughter. “The most pleasing aspect of Sunday’s Sale was our ability to attract interstate buyers,” APG General Manager David Boydell said. “They were all keen to take advantage of the additional earning opportunities available to Brisbane Sale horses courtesy of APG’s $100,000 Albion Park Sales Race and the outstanding QBred For Life bonus scheme. “Over 50 per cent of all sales were to New South Wales buyers, headed by the likes of Tim Butt, Robbie Morris, Josh Farrugia, Chris Frisby and Tumby Park, whilst Matt Craven was also active, purchasing one and missing out on a couple of others. “Overall, it was a really positive start to the sales season. There was good money available for quality horses, and this was reflected in both our sales averages and our gross turnover. “Looking forward to next year, we would like to look at ways to generate more buying activity from local owners and trainers, and we probably also need to work through a few issues with the reserves, because there were a few horses this year that had reserves on them that were higher than I’d like to see and which would have exceeded many buyers expectations.” A list of results, including a list of those passed and their reserves, is available on the APG website by clicking here Anyone wishing to place an offer on a passed in Lot can do so by clicking on the “Make An Offer” link on the results page, or by phoning John Coffey on 0418 500 211. APG Media

One person’s misfortune could be your good fortune during Sunday’s Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold Sale. Originally looking to sell several yearlings during APG’s Sydney Sale last February, Tony Peacock missed the opportunity due to a harness racing track accident which almost claimed his life. Working a two-year-old around his Moama property just before Christmas, Peacock was catapulted from the sulky before landing vertically on his head. As a result of the impact Peacock broke his neck between his C2 and C3 vertebrae. After arriving at hospital – having been flown by helicopter to Melbourne – doctors explained Peacock was lucky to be alive as his damage was in the same position you would hang someone because the break in that spot stops the individuals nerves and breathing. Although still struggling through the long recovery process, Peacock will have five yearlings enter the Oaklands Junction sale ring. Listed as Lots 603B, 604B, 605B, 606B and 607B, the line-up consists of three colts and two fillies. One of the colts, Lot 603B is a Tintin In America-An Angel Divine brother to last season’s quality freshman, Divine State. Of the fillies, Lot 606B - by Auckland Reactor - comes from the same family as A G Hunter Cup winners Blossom Lady and Mister D G. APG Media

Australian Pacing Gold’s Ladbrokes Western Australia Sale has been declared a success. Not only did the average sale price rise by 11 per cent on last year, gross turnover increased by just under six per cent. In what is regarded as the benchmark of a good sale, the clearance rate was slightly more than 80 per cent. What is interesting to note is locally-sired yearlings averaged $9900 compared to their east coast and New Zealand counterparts, which attracted an average bid of $17,781. There was also a notable difference in the clearance rate, with locals going out at 72 per cent compared to 83 per cent from ‘outsiders’. “As usual, I was really impressed with the level of preparation and presentation by our Perth vendors,” APG’s General Manager David Boydell said.  “Not only did they present their horses in outstanding condition, but the effort that vendors like Mike Hackett, Kevin & Kody Charles and others put into beautifying their stabling area with flowers and the like really sets the standard for the industry. “Like all of APG’s vendors, our Western Australian vendors are really passionate supporters of the industry, so it was really pleasing buyers rewarded their efforts, with good prices available for the top lots.  “However, equally importantly, the sale benefited from gains at all levels, with the average prices of the bottom 25 per cent of horses up by around 10 per cent, whilst the median price was also up by 10 per cent on the prior year. “ As has been the case in recent years, Ross Waddell’s Pacing WA was a major player, purchasing numerous quality lots, which will be made available in shares of 10 per cent or more.  The Pacing WA syndicates have enjoyed enormous success in recent seasons, winning a host of Group races, including multiple editions of the Group One Perth Sales Classics.  As such, they represent an ideal choice for anyone looking to experience the thrill of harness racing without breaking the budget.  For those seeking further information relating to Pacing WA Syndicate it can be obtained by e-mailing pacingwa@bigpond.com APG Media

Including a national record, Sunday’s Australian Pacing Gold Ladbrokes Melbourne Sale produced some pleasing results. By premier stallion Art Major from Group One producing dam Smyrna Duruisseau, Lot 223 was sold for a whopping $160,000. The youngster not only fetched $60,000 more than the second highest lot, it was also an APG record price for a filly. With four winners from five starters, Smyrna Duruisseau is the dam of 2017 APG champion Follow The Stars and last season’s talented freshman, Stefsbest. Follow The Stars’ career was cut short after 29 starts – which netted 19 wins and nine placings for earnings of $707,237 – with the stallion standing at stud in Western Australia. Interestingly, Follow The Stars will be represented by two colts and a filly at APG’s Perth Sale on March 4. Melbourne’s highest priced colt was Lot 65, a son of Mach Three and feature winning mare Bettor Give It. “Overall, I’m pleased with our Melbourne Sales results,” APG’s General Manager David Boydell said. “Attendance and buyer registrations were both very strong, and there was plenty of demand across most sectors of the market, particularly the middle market, which is reflected in the high clearance rates that we’ve achieved. “Also pleasing was the strong demand for the fillies, with their sale average up by around 10 per cent on the previous year, with a clearance rate up by more than seven-and-a-half per cent.” With the recent Brisbane sale also enjoying an increase in sales and clearance rates, the upcoming Sydney sale is predicted to attract some spirited bidding. Scheduled for February 25, the sale includes 200 impeccably-bred yearlings. “A number of buyers have also commented on the obvious strength of the Sydney catalogue and indicated they were careful not to go too hard in Melbourne because they’re keen to be active in Sydney,” Boydell said. “Especially with the added attraction of the shift to Inglis’ amazing new sales complex at Warwick Farm.” APG Media

A regally bred harness racing filly from the Lauriston Bloodstock operation set a new fillies’ record at the Melbourne Australian Pacing Gold Sale today. The daughter of Alabar’s headline act, Art Major, out of Smyrna Duruisseau pulled $160,000 to become the 2018 ‘topper’ and the highest priced filly ever at an APG sale. The bidding was hot for Lot 223 at the famous Inglis Sales Complex and she fetched $60,000 more than any other yearling for the day. Smyrna Duruisseau was no star on the track, but her breeding barn career was off to a flyer via Follow The Stars – the brilliant 2014 $322,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final and $297,000 Australasian Breeders Crown champion, who went on to win 19 races from 29 starts for over $700k in prizemoney. And this filly is a full-sister. A Nixon Bloodstock prepared and bred colt, a stunning son of Mach Three out of Bettors Delight mare Bettor Give It, was the second-highest priced yearling to go under the gavel today. He went for $100,000, while Benstud Standardbreds prepared the third and fourth highest priced youngsters, two colts – a Sportswriter-Mendelico half-brother to Heaven Rocks snaring $92,500 and a Well Said-Beninjurd relation to Philadelphia Man $77,500. Bling It On’s ($1.6 million in prizemoney so far) full-brother rounded out the top five today at $72,500, the son of American Ideal-Alldatglittersisgold having no shortage of admirers. The Australian Pacing Gold wagon rolls into Sydney on Sunday February 25. Cody Winnell Full Melbourne 2018 APG Sale results    

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