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Seventy-six lots will be up for grabs at Sunday’s Garrard’s sponsored Redcliffe Yearling Sale, but the annual sale will be much more subdued than the previous 11 sales at Redcliffe Paceway. The mid-day auction will be staged just seven days after an incident which saw horseman Gary Whitaker and his two children injured at the track. Redcliffe Harness Racing Club president Bernie Ring said there would be an opportunity for attendees to keep the Whitaker family in their thoughts. “We did think about postponing it but after a lot of consultation we have decided to go ahead,” Mr Ring said. "Gary and his family are part of our harness racing family. Gary has bought at the sales previously and is a quality horseman. "They will be on our minds not only on Sunday, but everyday, and we wish Gary and his two children a speedy recovered.” He said his thoughts were also with Gary's wife Joedy, who had been brave throughout the ordeal. He wanted others to display that same braveness by seeking help. "It's been tough for a lot of people, especially those who witnessed the accident. Some members are struggling with this and have sought counselling,” Mr Ring said. "I strongly recommend that everyone takes up the counseling on offer. It needs to be addressed so the thought of it all doesn't come back to haunt people in years to come.” As a result he said there would be no racing at Redcliffe this week – but possibly next week. Ring termed Sunday’s auction as one which was lower on numbers than last year, but higher in quality. "It’s one of the best catalogues we have had. We are expecting buyers from other States. We have a half-brother to Queensland's best juvenile filly of last season, Smart As Camm Be. He is by Hurrikane Kingcole and is Lot 35,” he said. "He's just one stand-out. There are many more - and unlike the APG Sales, all out bidding starts at $1.” He also liked the look of Lot 50 – a colt out of a Down The Catwalk mare named Catwalk Beauty (2004 brown P B Bullville mare). He is by Mr Feelgood. Ring was proud that a strong selection of stallions would be represented, such as represented in the catalogue such as Bettor’s Delight, Somebeachsomewhere, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter, Roll With Joe, Well Said, Mr Feelgood, Grinfromeartoear, Changeover and Cammibest and the emerging sires Sweet Lou, Hurrikane Kingcole, Heston Blue Chip, Pet Rock, A Rocknroll Dance, Warrawee Needy, Sunshine Beach, He’s Watching and Follow The Stars. The sale also features half-brothers or half-sisters to a host of classic winners including Pub Blitz, Cha Ching Chaching, Smart As Camm Be, Bonnie Jujon, Wicked Style, Jack Malone, Celtic Cruza and Mathilda Diventa and progeny of the top race mares Too Smart For You, Catwalk Beauty, Cullen’s Jewel, Montana Tess, Bangkok Dancer and Riverboat Royce. "The big incentive about this Sale is that yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a minimum $100,000 prize money for two-year-olds in 2020 and the 3YO Sale Classic in 2021,” Mr Ring said. “They are also eligible for Q-Bred, Vicbred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and NSW Breeders Challenge.” The Sale will be run in conjunction with Darren Ebert and Co. Auctioneers and Agents.   Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

The 2019 Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Company, will be held at the Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 31, starting at noon. The sale comprises 76 lots by 31 different stallions including champion stallions Bettor’s Delight, Somebeachsomewhere, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sweet Lou, Roll With Joe, Grinfromeartoear and Sportswriter. Other well-known stallions include Well Said, Mr Feelgood, Cammibest, A Rocknroll Dance, Sunshine Beach, Pet Rock, Hurrikane Kingcole, Heston Blue Chip, Auckland Reactor, Changeover, Betterthancheddar, For A Reason, Lanercost and the exciting first-crop sire Warrawee Needy. There’s close relatives to a string of top performers winners such as the Inter Dominion heat winner Im Pats Delight,  Constantlysideways 1:49.2 (USA), Heavens Trend, Pub Blitz, Broadways Best (Vic. Oaks), Major Kiss (Bathurst Gold Tiara), Garnet River (Tas. Derby), Little Peanut (Vic. Sapling Stakes), Bangkok Dancer (Paleface Adios Classic), the QBred Triad winners Smart As Camm Be, Viking Reign, Maximillion, Making Magic, Jack Malone, Misscilla, Catwalk Beauty, Wicked Style, Bronski On Fire and Bonnie Jujon, the Redcliffe Sales Classic victors Cha Ching Chaching, Mathilda Diventa, Couldntresist, Celtic Cruza, Dapper Bessie and Designer Style, and many more. Yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series carrying minimum prizemoney of $100,000 for two-year-olds in 2020 and the rich Redcliffe 3YO Sales Classic in 2021. They are also eligible for the Breeders Crown, the QBred Bonus Scheme, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred and the NSW Breeders Challenge. Catalogues are available from the auctioneer Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com, Garrard’s Horse & Hound stores in every State and the Redcliffe and Albion Park tracks. The electronic catalogue can be found here: http://www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au/yearlingsale2019.php    Peter Wharton

THE 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Company, will be held at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 24, starting at 11am. The sale comprises 120 lots by 43 different stallions including champion stallions Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Somebeachsomewhere, Captaintreacherous, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven and American Ideal. Other well-known stallions include Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Courage Under Fire, Four Starzzz Shark, A Rocknroll Dance, Warrawee Needy, Artspeak, Heston Blue Chip, Sunshine Beach, Mr Feelgood, Western Terror, Auckland Reactor, Betterthancheddar, Pet Rock, Shoobee’s Place, For A Reason and Changeover. There’s close relatives to a string of top performers such as Jilliby Kung Fu, Vincent, Dont Hold Back, Elect To Live, For A Reason, Chariot King, Makes Every Scents, Rosa Mach, Vertigal, Sir Galvinator, All Eyes On Me, Shoobee Doo and many more. The sale includes entries from leading breeders in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Yearlings are eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, NSW Breeders Blue, Vicbred and Vicbred Platinum. Catalogues are available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. The online catalogue can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com. Click on 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale   PETER WHARTON

The results of recent racing around Australia has provided a fillip for the Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 31. There’s been a host of winners with siblings in the sale including a half-brother to last year’s QBred 2YO Triad and QBred Breeders classic winner Smart As Camm Be and NSW provincial victor Too Good For You. The catalogue has also listed half-brothers or sisters to the Albion Park three-year-old winners Goddess Jujon (1:57.6), Dattitude (1:59) and Hipstar, the Albion Park winner Werelivingthedream (1:54.3), the Redcliffe winners Bonnie Jujon, Signorina Dujon, Celtic Cruza, Our Doug, Datsgood, Willsintown and Always A Jewel and the WA country victor Baron Jujon. It also features close relatives of top pacers such as Im Pats Delight (Shepparton Gold Cup and Interdom heat), Heavens Trend, the Miracle Mile winner Franco Tiger, Blossom Lady, Centenario, Foreclosure (1:48.8), I Am Sam, Dont Hold Back, Broadway’s Best, Lombo Skyrider and many more. Yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a minimum stake of $100,000 for two-year-olds in 2020 and the rich 3YO Sale Classic in 2021. They are also eligible for the Breeders Crown, the QBred Bonus Scheme, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred and the NSW Breeders Challenge. Catalogues are available from the auctioneer Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com, Garrard’s Horse & Hound stores in every State and the Redcliffe and Albion Park tracks. The electronic catalogue can be found here: http://www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au/yearlingsale2019.php  Peter Wharton

THE 2018/19 racing season is now in full swing and yearlings catalogued for the upcoming Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale were huge beneficiaries through the deeds of their winning siblings and exceptional sires. Siblings to several recent winners are set to be offered at Bathurst, including a half-sister to the 1:59.5 Newcastle three-year-old winner and Group placegetter Brooklyns Best. Other recent winners with half-brothers or sisters in the sale include Futurist, Beach Boy Adios, La Player (1:57.9), the three-year-old Lord Denzel (1:56.7) and Milliondollardream. Yearlings to be auctioned at Bathurst are by sires that have produced Group winning two-year-old progeny in Australia and New Zealand this year. Art Major, who has three lots in the sale, ranks as the sire of the WA Sales Classic winner Major Martini and the Allied Express 2YO Classic victor Summertime, Bettor’s Delight (2 lots) figures as the sire of the NZ Young Guns winner Smooth Deal, Sportswriter (3 lots) is the sire of the MIA Breeders Plate winner The Tiger Army, Mach Three (1 lot) has left the NSW Sapling Stakes winner Mach Dan, Heston Blue Chip (5 lots) is represented by the NSW Pink Bonnet victor Eye Can Run and Sunshine Beach (3 lots) has sired Ozzie Battler, winner of the Victoria Sapling Stakes and Premiere Stakes. The sale has been further boosted by three entries from Doug and Janet Moore’s Brooklyn Lodge, Aberdeen. They include a He’s Watching colt out of a 1:53 half-sister to the outstanding WA juvenile Jack Mac, a Mach Three filly from the Bathurst Sales Graduate winner Allnight Kiss (1:56.4) and an Art Major filly from Toolijooa Dawn (1:55.1). The Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be held at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 24, starting at 11am. Pedigrees can be viewed online at www.graemeboard.com. Click on 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale Catalogues can be requested from auctioneers Graeme Board & Company on phone 0408 636 273 or email gboard@bobberry.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club   Peter Wharton

Perth’s State Equestrian Centre played host on Sunday to the last of APG’s 2019 round of yearling sales, with 122 quality Westbred yearlings going under the hammer. Western Australia’s commercial breeders have really stepped to the fore in recent years, with APG’s 2017 crop of Perth Sales graduates including champions like Its Rock And Roll, To Fast To Serious, Shockwave and Patrickthepiranha, whilst the current crop of Perth Sales Graduates already includes the brilliant filly Double Expresso and fellow Group One winner, Major Martini. Buoyed by a renewed confidence in the local product, Western Australian buyers showed their support on Sunday, bidding strongly throughout the day to set new records for both sales average and turnover. In total, Sunday’s sale saw 94 of the 122 lots sell at an average of $18,253, an increase of 13.1% on the prior year.  Gross turnover was $1.715million, up by over 28% on the prior year, whilst the clearance rate of 76.4% was healthy enough, but was around 5% down on the prior year, no doubt due to the large increase in the number of yearlings that went under the hammer this year. Steve Johnson had a day to remember, breeding and preparing both the top priced colt and the top priced filly.  The colt, a Somebeachsomewhere full-brother to Group One winner, Red Hot Roxy, was knocked down to Rob Tomlinson for $87,500, whilst the filly, a Bettors Delight full-sister to Group One winner, Bettor Reward, went to Justin Prentice for $70,000. APG’s General Manager, David Boydell, was thrilled with the sales results, explaining “We’re delighted with the way buyers have supported the local product at this year’s sales. “There is no doubt that local breeders have invested heavily to lift the quality of the stock that they are presenting at the sales, so it is really satisfying to see buyers reward their efforts. “Whilst it was pleasing to see the progeny of the ‘Big Five’ stallions sell well, it was equally exciting to see some strong sales from other stallions, with Hes Watching, Four Starzzz Shark, Tintin In America, Rock N Roll Heaven and Follow The Stars all siring progeny that sold north of $30,000. “The bottom line is that we’re really pleased with the growth of our Perth Sale over the last three years, which has seen sales averages rise by over 34%.  We’re proud of the way our Perth breeders have supported the sales with quality horses, and we’re extremely appreciative of the way our Perth buyers have supported the sales and rewarded our breeders for their hard work. “I’m confident that this year’s crop of graduates will prove their worth when they start to hit the track in twelve months’ time, which will provide further proof to breeders that they are on the right path, and will further convince buyers of the benefits of supporting the local product. “Thank you to all the breeders and buyers who helped to make this year’s sales a success, and also to RWWA for their continued support of the WA Sales Classics and Westbred Bonus Scheme.” For a full list of results, please click here.   Top 12 Sales: Lot    Sire Dam Sex Buyer Sales Price 530 Somebeachsomewhere USA    Gabriella Rocks Colt R Tomlinson $87,500 516 Bettors Delight USA Chemical Romance Filly    J Prentice $70,000 591 Mach Three CA Royal Tour Colt Team Bond Pty Ltd    $60,000 509 Mach Three CA Artistic Copper Colt Andrew DeCampo $57,500 536 Hes Watching USA Here For The Money Colt B Simeon $50,000 546 Four Starzzz Shark CA Imogen Colt L O'Connor $46,000 540 Tintin In America NZ I Am Special Filly A Belton $40,000 559 Bettors Delight USA Lilianna Beauty USA    Filly Team Bond Pty Ltd $40,000 521 Captaintreacherous (US) Courage On Fire NZ Colt K Jeavons $36,000 552 Mach Three CA Jasmin Amal Colt K Gibellini $35,000 563 American Ideal USA Merry Mary Whitby Colt Pacing WA $35,000 592 Bettors Delight USA Robyns C C NZ Colt Pacing WA $35,000   Purchasers of Multiple Lots: Buyer No. Horses Pacing WA 7 J Prentice 4 Team Bond Pty Ltd    3 A Belton 3 D Padberg 3 P Anderson 3 S Zucchiatti 3 G Cox 3     APG Media

More than 70 percent of the dams represented in this year’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co on Sunday, March 31, are race winners. Of the 76 lots catalogues, 54 are out of race-winning dams with 41 taking a record of 2:00 or better. Yearlings are out of the Group/Listed winning racemares such as the Seymour Nursery and QBred 2YO Triad winner Catwalk Beauty ($156,566), Too Smart For You ($149,684, QLD 4YO Breeders Classic), the Paleface Adios Classic winner Bangkok Dancer, Cullen’s Jewel (QLD 3YO Breeders Classic and Redcliffe 3YO Sales Classic), Designer Style (Redcliffe 2YO Sales Classic) and the Redcliffe Oaks winner Montana Tess. Other well performed mares include the dual Queensland Rising Stars Championship winner Ideal Tact ($98,454), Young Desiree ($89,451), Blissfull Kisses ($72,358), Perfection On Ice (1:55.9), Dance Like A Dream (1:55.9), Suki Suki (1:55.3), Riverboat Royce, the Seymour Nursery heat winners Emma Montana and Three Jewels and the Queensland Oaks placegetter Kiana Frances. Almost 50 percent of the dams represented in the catalogue are winner-producing mares. They have left siblings to the QBred 2YO Triad and Queensland 2YO Breeders Classic winner Smart As Camm Be, Pub Blitz (winner of $362,963), Cha Ching Chaching, winner of the Queensland 2YO Breeders Classic and Redcliffe Yearling Sale Classic, the QBred 2YO Triad victor Jack Malone, Wicked Style (QBred 3YO Triad), Bonnie Jujon (QLD 2YO Breeders Classic and QBred 3YO Triad), Capitalize (QLD 2YO Breeders Classic) and the Redcliffe Sales Classic winners Celtic Cruza, Mathilda Diventa, Designer Style, Couldntresist and Dapper Bessie. Yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a minimum stake of $100,000 for two-year-olds in 2020 and the rich 3YO Sale Classic in 2021. They are also eligible for the Breeders Crown, the QBred Bonus Scheme, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred and the NSW Breeders Challenge. Catalogues are available from the auctioneer Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com, Garrard’s Horse & Hound stores in every State and the Redcliffe and Albion Park tracks. The electronic catalogue can be found here: http://www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au/yearlingsale2019.php    Peter Wharton

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

MORE than 75 percent of the dams represented in this year’s Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale on Sunday, March 24 are race-winning mares or winner-producing mares.  Of the 117 lots catalogued, 64 are out of race winners – including 36 sub 2:00 winners - while 61 of the dams are winner-producers and they have left 153 individual winners between them.             Among the race-winning dams are the Group and Listed winners Scent (NSW Oaks), Lourdes (Tas. Bandbox and George Johnson) and Modern Day (QSBA 2YO Breeders Classic), the feature race winners Hidden Gem (Qld Racing Minister’s Cup), Tanamay (Tas. Blue Bonnet), Light In Every Day (SA Ladyship) and the $100,000 winners Listen To The Rhythm, Rosalind, Motu Miss Lilli and Benazir Bhutto. The dams listed in the catalogue have left Group winners such as Dont Hold Back (Vicbred 3YO and Breeders Crown 4YO), Makes Every Scents (Bathurst Gold Tiara), Vertigal (NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO and 3YO), Rosa Mach (APG 2YO), My Willow (NZ Sires Stakes 3YO), Courageousnquick (NSW Pink Bonnet and Vic. Sapling), Get In The Groove (QBred 2YO Breeders Classic and QBred Triad 3YO) and Shoobee Doo (NSW Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial and Bathurst Sales Classic). Other ‘black type’ performers include Governor Art (NSW Edgar Tatlow), Nola Mayhem (Tas. Bandbox and Granny Smith), Nickle Miss (Tas. Oaks), Taylors Mill (NSW Breeders Challenge Regional 2YO), Meg’s Ferrari (NSW Inter City Pace), Run Wick (Tas. Golden Slipper), Lombo Leonardo (Tas. Youthful), Sams Express (Bathurst Sales Classic) and the $100,000 earners Sally Fletcher, Imthevillagestar (1:51.9), Lord Lombo, Padabing Stride, Beach Boy Adios and Must Be Nice. Yearlings are eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, NSW Breeders Blue, Vicbred and Vicbred Platinum. Pedigrees can be viewed online at www.graemeboard.com. Click on 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale Catalogues can be requested from auctioneers Graeme Board & Company on phone 0408 636 273 or email gboard@bobberry.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club.   Peter Wharton

Burwood Stud, one of Queensland’s leading standardbred breeding nurseries, will have the largest representation at the Redcliffe Yearling Sale on Sunday, March 31 with a draft of 36. Their consignment includes large drafts by resident stallions Changeover, Cammibest and Lanercost as well as youngsters by the successful sires Somebeachsomewhere, Sweet Lou, Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Well Said, Pet Rock, Heston Blue Chip, A Rocknroll Dance, Hurrikane Kingcole, Warrawee Needy and Mr Feelgood. A feature of the Burwood draft is the last yearling from the noted producer Whisperette NZ, the dam of five winners including the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale 2YO Classic and QBred Breeders Classic winner Cha Ching Chaching. The cracking Cammibest filly is a full sister to Cha Ching Chaching. There’s half-brothers to the Redcliffe Sales Classic winners Pub Blitz, Smart As Camm Be and Designer Style, the QBred Triad winner Wicked Style, Rocknroll Classic (QBred Triad 2YO Cons.), Rocky Marciano ($191,289) and North Royal ($108,791) and half-sisters to the Redcliffe Sales Classic winners Mathilda Diventa, Celtic Cruza, Couldntresist and Dapper Bessie.  Yearlings are out of well performed racemares including Too Smart For You ($149,684), the Redcliffe Sales Classic winner Designer Style, Perfection On Ice (1:55.9), Riverboat Royce, Chastize (QBred Triad heat), Fifth And Broadway, Montana Tess (Redcliffe Oaks), Lara June Lombo, Bailey’s Fernco NZ (1:55.1), Kiana Frances NZ and Rowan Franco NZ. The Burwood Stud yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a minimum stake of $100,000 for two-year-olds in 2020 and the rich 3YO Sale Classic in 2021. Catalogues are available from the auctioneer Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com, Garrard’s Horse & Hound stores in every State and the Redcliffe and Albion Park tracks.   Peter Wharton

ALREADY making a well-timed Group One appearance, talented filly Swimsuit Edition has the potential to alter the interest in a Lot during Sunday’s Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Sydney. Swimsuit Edition is engaged in the New South Wales Oaks at Menangle the night before, while her younger sibling is part of the APG Sale. Success in the Blue Riband is destined to increase attention in the colt, which is already predicted to attract his fair of bids. By Warrawee Needy, the yearling is from former feature race winner, Very Chic, which has continued her success at stud. Very Chic boasts a perfect record from four starters, with her latest offering to enter the ring as Lot 457. The family includes 2002 New South Wales Oaks winner Elect To Live. As for Swimsuit Edition, she faces a tough task after drawing the outside of the front row for trainer Emma Stewart. A handy fourth in her heat, Swimsuit Edition is expected to improve after two runs from a spell.   APG Media

FIRST-season sires will be in the spotlight at this year’s Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be held at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 24. Former North American champion Captaintreacherous is the most famous name to appear in the list of new sires, with two yearlings to be offered on the day. Lot 68 is a bay filly, a half-sister to four winners including the Tasmanian Oaks winner Nickle Miss, nominated by Brian and Marilyn Gourley, River Murray Bloodstock, Cobram (Vic.). The second, Lot 117, is offered by Victoria’s Equine Reproduction Services - a bay colt out of the Artiscape mare Light In Every Day (1:53.2), a SA Ladyship winner and Breeders Crown placegetter. Another 'new boy' expected to make a big impact on the Australian stud scene is the USA 2YO Colt of the Year Artspeak, standing at Empire Stallions (Vic.). At the recent APG sale in Melbourne, seven Artspeak yearlings were sold to a top price of $25,000. His seven representatives in the Bathurst sale include a half-brother to Replaced Eye (1:52.5), a half-sister to Architecture (1:58.5), a half-sister to Soho Aphrodite (1:59.8) and five others in 2:00, a colt out of a daughter of Bathurst Gold Tiara winner The Kindly One and a filly out of a half-sister to the cup class pacer I Am Sam. Also on the first-season list is the Canadian champion Warrawee Needy, who has a single representative at the sale – Lot 97, a half-brother to the multiple Menangle winner Imthevillagestar (1:51.9). The sale will feature stock by perennial standout sires such as Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Somebeachsomewhere, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, American Ideal, Four Starzzz Shark, Sportswriter and Courage Under Fire and the emerging young sires He’s Watching, A Rocknroll Dance, Sunshine Beach, Auckland Reactor, Pet Rock, Betterthancheddar, Heston Blue Chip, Shoobee’s Place, Caribbean Blaster, Changeover, Lincoln Royal and Fly Like An Eagle.  Yearlings are eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, NSW Breeders Blue, Vicbred and Vicbred Platinum. Pedigrees can be viewed online at www.graemeboard.com. Click on 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale Catalogues can be requested from auctioneers Graeme Board & Company on phone 0408 636 273 or email gboard@bobberry.com.auor the Bathurst Harness Racing Club.   Peter Wharton

Catalogues for the Redcliffe Yearling Sale are now available with 76 yearlings listed to be sold at the Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 31 at 12 noon.   A strong selection of stallions are represented in the catalogue such as Bettor’s Delight, Somebeachsomewhere, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter, Roll With Joe, Well Said, Mr Feelgood, Grinfromeartoear, Changeover and Cammibest and the emerging sires Sweet Lou, Hurrikane Kingcole, Heston Blue Chip, Pet Rock, A Rocknroll Dance, Warrawee Needy, Sunshine Beach, He’s Watching and Follow The Stars.   The sale features half-brothers or half-sisters to a host of classic winners including Pub Blitz, Cha Ching Chaching, Smart As Camm Be, Bonnie Jujon, Wicked Style, Jack Malone, Celtic Cruza and Mathilda Diventa and progeny of the top racemares Too Smart For You, Catwalk Beauty, Cullen’s Jewel, Montana Tess, Bangkok Dancer and Riverboat Royce.   Yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a minimum $100,000 prizemoney for two-year-olds in 2020 and the 3YO Sale Classic in 2021.   They are also eligible for QBred, Vicbred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and NSW Breeders Challenge.   Catalogues are available from the auctioneer Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com, Garrard’s Horse &; Hound stores in every State and the Redcliffe and Albion Park tracks.     Peter Wharton  

The 2019 Allwood Stud Farm South Australian Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Harness Racing SA and SA BOTRA, will be held at the Magic Millions, Morphettvile on Sunday, starting at 12 noon. The sale will be preceded by the Mitavite Parade at 10am with renowned equine judge Tanya Chapman. The sale comprises 36 lots – 23 colts and 13 fillies - by 24 different stallions including the high-profile sires Bettor’s Delight, Somebeachsomewhere, Art Major and Captaintreacherous. Other well-known stallions include Rock N Roll Heaven, Western Terror, Roll With Joe, Four Starzzz Shark, Mr Feelgood, Shadow Play, A Rocknroll Dance, Auckland Reactor, Betterthancheddar, Changeover, Lincoln Royal and Village Jolt, and the exciting newcomers Heston Blue Chip, Follow The Stars, Hurrikane Kingcole and The Gold Ace. There’s close relatives to a string of top performers such as Stunin Cullen, Border Control, Fistfullofdollars, Gotanedge, Passions Delight, Village Of Dreams, Bella’s Delight, Saab, Endeared, Carvil’s Choice, Lauraella, Cornsilk, Ruffle My Feathers and many more. The sale includes entries from leading breeders in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia. Yearlings are eligible for the Group 1 $100,000 The Allwood to be held in February 2020. They are also eligible for the Southern Cross, Breeders Crown, Vicbred, NSW Breeders Challenge, Bathurst Gold Crown, Westbred and QBred. HRSA are accepting SAMOS vouchers valued up to $1600 for purchasers of fillies. Live streaming of the sale can be viewed on mobilerolling.net from noon. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at www.saharness.com   Peter Wharton  

The adrenaline kicked in, the hand kept going up and Tom Hogan walked away the much-coveted sale topper, whose talented family inspired the late bidding frenzy. The hammer dropped at $130,000 on lot 229 at Sunday’s Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne sale, when 250 lots were offered and sales averaged $32,713, up 16 per cent on the 2018 staging. It was a full-brother to brilliant Victorian filly Petacular who prompted the bidding war, the Durham Park bred Somebeachsomewhere colt catching the eye of Hogan and Clayton Tonkin, partner of trainer Emma Stewart. “Breeding was the main thing,” Hogan said. “Clayton and I had look at him, walked him up many times with his farrier and vet, and then went back and had another look at him. They couldn’t fault him. “His breeding, he has great conformation, he’s a yearling but you could have passed him off as a two-year-old. He was the clear pick of the sale. Clayton had no hesitation in recommending him.” His full-sister, Petacular, sadly had to be euthanised in November 2017 after breaking a cannon bone while spelling, prematurely ending a career that yielded 19 wins and $454,083 in stakes for trainer-driver Michael Stanley. “Petacular and Miss Graceland had some battles but she was number one,” Hogan said. “If she didn’t break down she would still be number one. It’s unfortunate she is gone early, she was going to be a household name. “We went overboard (at the sale), but that can happen when you are waiting two and a half hours. The adrenalin gets you going. I’m hoping for a big two-year-old season, because the family and friends are not going to be happy with me if I’m wrong.” His partner, Sue Murray, will hold 20 per cent of the horse while her brothers-in-law and their three sons will also grab a slice, the first time the latter trio have ventured into trots ownership. Hogan said former Bulldogs footballer Mark Hunter, Maori Time’s owner Fred Crews, Darryl Edwards, Russell Condie and John Wilkins would also be among those sharing in the colt’s career. “I’ve been going for the last 10 or 12 years and buying horses at the APG for family and friends and fitting them in and they all get a kick out of it,” Hogan said. “I’m really happy. All of the owners are excited, in footy terms they’ve walked away with a number one draft pick.” For a more modest $35,000 Hogan also snapped up a Bettors Delight colt by The Waratah, having the previous year brought his half-brother, who was sired by Art Major. “His brother will trial in three weeks and he goes all right,” Hogan said. “He’s the pick of the two two-year-olds we bought last year.” Durham Park also delivered the sales topping filly courtesy of an Art Major yearling out of dam Hawiian Hottie, a full-sister to gun two-year-old Kualoa ($176,760), who fetched $120,000. They stole the headlines but there were many dreams pursued on Sunday as owners chased the next big thing only a day after watching Tiger Tara claim the Del-Re National A. G. Hunter Cup. A Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Dreams Of Heaven drew $95,000, with his new owners hoping a similar career to full-brother Menin Gate, winner of $574,758. David Moran and Laura Crossland’s in-form stable was prolific purchasing four, including a $70,000 Captaintreacherous colt out of Always Target, a half-sister to Milly Perez, and a $50,000 Rock N Roll Heaven colt out of Timely Loch. The latter is a half-sister to Just Irish Lock, the dam of Rock N Roll Heaven filly Shez All Rock ($426,350), who had a breathtaking three-year-old season. 2016-17 Victorian VHRSC owner of the year Danny Zavitsanos swelled his stable with two purchases, including snapping up a Durham Park filly for $40,000. She is by American Ideal out of Camluck dam Magic Z Tam, a half-brother to Tam Major ($125,500). He also topped the bidding at $50,000 for a two-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere, who was the second foal out of Repelem, a half-sister to three-year-old Revolt. Fellow owner Kevin Riseley has enjoyed plenty of good horses and was drawn to Alabar’s Bettors Delight filly, who he purchased for $30,000. She is the second foal out of lightly raced Maid For You Lombo, a Sportswriter mare who’s dam was none other than Tailamade Lombo, winner of $1.3 million The Go Racing Syndicate, which has the likes of Cant Refuse, Hectorjayjay and King Of Swing among its number, put the hand up for a Rock N Roll Heaven filly whose dam, Manellira, is out of Amarillen. The latter’s foals include Nostra Beach ($236,080), Miss Graceland ($224,458), Villagem ($626,585) and Pixel Perfect. While Pixel Perfect was unraced, all five of her foals produced six-figure stakes including Soho Tribecca ($1,103,374) and Carlas Pixel ($475,128). Justin Baker was again prolific at the sales, with his purchases including $80,000 for a Somebeachsomewhere filly out of Perfect Life. Part of Peter Gleeson and Bruce and Craig Cameron’s lines, the filly was a half-sister to two-time Southern Cross Series winner That’s Perfect. The dam, Perfect Life, is a half to Beauty Secret ($425,921) and Major Secret ($464,872). Barker also paid $75,000 for an American Ideal colt out of Smouldering Desire, with the dam a half-sister to Inter Dominion and Hunter Cup winner Smolda. Also prominent were New South Wales based trainers, with Tim Butt, Rickie Alchin, John McCarthy, Blake Fitzpatrick and James Rattray each snapping up lots sired by Captaintreacherous among their purchases. Rhiannon Park mare Slip Slop Slap produced reigning Victorian Horse of the Year Jilliby Kung Fu ($526,710) in 2012 and so her Captaintreacherous colt attracted $70,000. A key juvenile rival of Jilliby Kung Fu was Our Little General whose half-sister, Someone To Love, had A Rockndoll Dance colt sell for $44,000. Florida-based Victorian trots owner Marc Hanover and Gordon Banks purchased lots 130 ($41,000) and 135 ($78,000), the latter a Captaintreacherous colt out of The Baggy Green, a winner of $108,700 in race stakes, whose dam was multiple Breeders Crown winner Lady Waratah. The Kiwis were also prevalent. Mark Purdon snapped up a Bettors Delight colt, out of Arivee, for $45,000 and an Art Major filly, out of Almihata, for $25,000. And Cran Dalgety spent $60,000 on a Bettors Delight colt, out of Breeze On Bronski, and $70,000 on a Bettors Delight filly out of Glenferrie Diva, who is a half-sister to Foreclosure ($807,746).   Michael Howard for Trots Media

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