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Last Saturday night’s ultra-impressive New South Wales Oaks winner, Partyon, is jumping out of her skin, and looks poised to win this Friday’s Group One $125,000 Pascoes The Jewellers Northern Oaks for the 3YO pacing fillies at Alexandra Park. The brilliant unbeaten daughter of Bettor’s Delight will be looking to make it 10 straight in the 2700m mobile, and according to her co-owner Ken Breckon of the ‘Breckon Farms and Top 10 Syndicate’, you wouldn’t know she’s been in a race just a couple of nights ago. “She’s eaten up every grain and not long after that Oaks win in Sydney she was so fired up it looked like she wanted to go out and do it all again. “In fact she was so excited she tried to kick my mate Phil Kennard as he was cheering Have Faith In Me home in a later race. I would have loved to have had a camera. The expression on his face was priceless,” Breckon said. He said Partyon would beat him home to New Zealand. “She left at 4.30am this morning (Tuesday) and I’m leaving at lunchtime. We are so proud of her. She will make a very valuable broodmare one day. Her breeding will look good on the pedigree page. That means a lot to us as well,” Breckon said. The former vice-president of the Auckland Trotting Club was still in awe of Partyon’s 1.1 metre victory over the talented 3-year-old Australian filly, Petacular. “She had to be good to beat her because that filly is one of Australasia’s best. Sure we got the nice sit in behind the pace but the gap closed up along the markers and Mark (Purdon) had to re-balance her and come again on the outside. “She displayed enormous sprint and tenacity to get up and collar Petacular. We are very proud of her. We would love to win the Northern Oaks this Friday. We know we have got the horse-power to do it,” Breckon said. The Breckon – Purdon combination have nailed the Northern Oaks previously when Twist And Twirl won in 3:21 even in 2012. “That was a special night. I don’t think Friday’s draw of seven will bother her too much. I think Mark will press on from out there and then try and lead all the way. “It’s not a given though because her stablemate Spanish Armada is a very good filly and she will take some beating. Our only consolation is that she has drawn one on the second line (9),” said Breckon. Partyon has won three from three in New Zealand including the Group One $150,000 Harness Jewels Diamond 2YO Fillies Final at Cambridge on June 4 last year. Her two other Group One wins came in Australia. In fact she has a six from six winning record over there, including Saturday’s $200,000 NSW Oaks, and the Group One $280,000 Alabar Breeders Crown 2yo Final at Melton’s Tabcorp Park on August 28 last year. The gifted bay, who was born on September 12, 2013, also recorded her fastest mile in Australia. That was in the Group Three $18,000 J. L. Raith Memorial at Tabcorp Park Menangle on January 14 when she stopped the clock in 1:51.3 She’s no stranger to Alexandra Park either. In fact the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained filly won on debut in a $12,000 fillies and mares 2yo and older pace on May 13 last year. That was a 2200m mobile. Friday’s Group One will be her first start over the 2700m. Breckon said Partyon would now follow a similar schedule to what stablemate, Dream About Me, undertook last season with her main goal being the Group One $140,000 New Zealand Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Final and the Group One $150,000 New Zealand Oaks – both at Addington Raceway on May 12 and May 19 respectively. Duane Ranger

Racing from two to four years, Art Major started 49 times for a fantastic record of 32 wins and 9 placings for a massive $3,273,217 in stakes with a 1:48.4m record. Art Major is the richest son of the inmortal Artsplace. Art Major won his last three starts on the racetrack and those wins were in the $824,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, the $729,730 Breeders Crown and the $350,000 US Pacing Championship. Art Major is from the prolific producing Nihilator p3, 1:49.3 ($3,225,653) mare in Perfect Profile p2, Q1:59.1 who produced 13 foals for 10 winners of over $5 million in stakes. As well as Art Major she has produced the full brother Perfect Art whose 716 foals have won $13,653,246 in Australia and Western Edition (by Western Hanover) who stood in Queensland and has 192 foals, 64 starters, 34 winners that have won $1,097,614 to date in Australia. Art Major is a full brother in blood to Worldly Beauty 1:49.3 ($2,146,076) and a full brother in blood to the dam of Captaintreacherous 1:47.1 (3,153,541). Real Artist ($80,000,000 + in earnings) is a half brother to the dam of Art Major as well. In summation, the best son of the great Artsplace from the hottest maternal families in the world in the last twenty years. Art Major's fastest son Art Official beating the great Somebeachsomewhere. Race Of The Decade, #1 - 2008 Meadowlands Pace.  Art Major has had an outstanding siring record right from the start and continues to produce the elite level age group horses with each crop. In North America he has produced some of the world's best horses including world champion Art Official p3,1:47 ($2,082,885), JF Endofanera  ($2,049,580), Hypnotic Blue Chip 1:47.2 ($1,787,311) , Santanna Blue Chip ($1,666,701) etc. Down Under he is the sire of For A Reason now standing at stud and bred over 100 mares this season, Follow The Stars now at stud and bred 140 mares this season and Sushi Sushi to mention just three. He has consistently produced great colts and fillies and the longevity of their racing careers is a feature. It is not only the stars that he continues to leave that is impressive, it is the consistency in performance that he brings to the table every single year. Hard to find fault with his career as it stands today. Art Major has made a big impact in Australia and New Zealand right from the start. In Australia he is the sire of over $38 million in progeny earnings and in New Zealand he is the sire of just under $10 million in progeny earnings. In North America Art Major is the sire of over $100 million in progeny earnings. That is $148,000,000 in progeny earnings throughout the world. His winners to foals percentages hovering around the 50 to 60% mark is up with the very best achieved in Australasia. Shows no signs of slowing down and continues to serve huge books of mares. He has served over 250 mares each of the last three years in Australia and in New Zealand he has served over 170 for each of the last three years and they are his largest numbers, biggest crops ever in New Zealand. Breckon Farms have two fillies and four colts by Art Major in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka next Monday the 20th of February. Lot 4 – Jack Jones (bay colt, Art Major / Jacinta Jones) Jack Jones is a full brother to two two-year-old winners Jaxine Jones 1:57.7 and Its Major Bubbles 1:57 and is from the family of millionaire pacer Chokin ($1,240,098) and 5-time Group 1 winner Fly Like An Eagle ($699,419). Lot 22 – Drum Beat (bay colt, Art Major / Milagro) Drum Beat is a half-brother to six winners and is from the family of Reba Lord ($752,265), Group 1 winner Megaera ($250,646), Group 1 & 2 winner Sovereign Hill ($432,555), Breeders Crown winner Katy Perry ($483,983),  Shandale ($158,047) and New Zealand Cup winner Arden Rooney ($1,070,230). Lot 46 – Toomuchlip (bay filly, Art Major / Racketeers Girl) Toomuchlip is the second foal from Group 3 winning Falcon Seelster mare Racketeers Girl ($86,545) who is a half-sister to five winners, including multiple Group 1 placed Bettor Dreams ($186,952). Toomuchlip is once again from the famed Regina family. Lot 54- Ball of Art (bay colt, Art Major / Star Of The Ball) Ball Of Art is a brother or half-brother to six winners including the Group 1 placed Macha ($124,835) and the Group 2 placed Swamp Major ($43,296). Ball Of Art is closely related to Fleet Magic ($276,945) and the Group 1 winning mare Pembrooks Delight ($137,480). Lot 66 – All Yours (bay colt, Art Major / Temepara Cullen) All Yours is the third foal from the black type Christian Cullen mare Temepara Cullen ($40,143), who is the dam of Strawberry Stride ($41,884) and a full-sister to million dollar earning multiple Group 1 winner Stunin Cullen and a half-sister to Group 1 winner Coburg, who in turn has left the Group 1 winner Veste and recent winner Smiley Sophie ($53,986). Family of ten times Group 1 winning millionaire pacer Il Vicola ($1,580,948) and five time Group 1 winning millionaire pacer and 2yo Pacer of the Year Gotta Go Cullen ($1,173,343). Lot 71 – Fantasize (bay filly Art Major / Thebestamancanget) Fantasize is the fourth foal from an unraced Mach Three mare Thebestamancanget who is a half-sister to nine winners and is the dam of Vasari ($58,144).  The second dam is the Soky’s Atom mare Ciccio Star ($102,499) who has produced nine to race that have all won including Group 1 placed Major Star ($169,068), Zenthura ($117,705), Group 2 winner Idancedallnight ($103,655) and Conquistare ($73,796). This is the family of Waltzing With Cullen ($212,951), Nureyev ($94,414), Fake Spirit ($184,370), Group 1 winner Chilli Palmer ($289,583) and Jinni’s Fantasy ($443,273). Harnesslink Media

The former North Island Breeders Stakes winner, Hot Shoe Shuffle, has made her mark as a grand mother in Australia this month. Now expect her to shine as a Mum in Auckland next week. Her fourth foal, the 2009 Art Major mare, Glenferrie Shuffle, produced the top filly at the APG Melbourne Yearling Sale in Victoria earlier this month. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight fetched $85,000 for both Lauriston Bloodstock and the Spunky Syndicate. The buyer was Allied Express. And then if that wasn't enough Hot Shoe Shuffle's second foal, the 2007 Christian Cullen mare, Hotinthecitytonite fetched the second highest price for a filly at the Sale. The daughter of Bettor's Delight sold for $75,000. The seller was Nixon Bloodstock and she was bought by Peter and Yvonne Males. Hot Shoe Shuffle's breeder is the Hot Shoe Shuffle Syndicate. Manager Sandy Yarndley was delighted with the prices. "I'm just so happy for the owners. I really enjoy seeing my progeny do well no matter who buys the foals. It's good to see the old mare is making a name for herself on both sides of the Tasman," the Te Awamutu-based breeder said. Hot Shoe Shuffle won 14 races and almost $300,000 between February 2001 and January 2005. She was trained by Mike Berger at Cambridge. "We sold Glenferrie Shuffle as a yearling for $65,000 and she went on to win 13 races and just on $280,000 in Australia. She went a 1:57 mile and won a Group One (the $300,000 Breeders 2yo Crown). "Hotinthecitytonite won two races here and then we sold her to Australia as a 5-year-old. She was sold as a broodmare and never raced in Australia. We are very proud of them both," Yarndley said. She might be a grand-dam but Hot Shoe Shuffle’s breeding days are far from over. Glenferrie Shuffle and Hotinthecitytonite’s little half-sister – Hot Rhythm will be up for grabs at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka next Monday (February 20), and Yarndley is hopeful that she too will fetch a nice price. “Yearlings of Hot Shoe Shuffle have sold well at the Sales over the years. She was a very good racehorse race-horse and equally lovely broodmare. “Her first foal, a Christian Cullen colt named Joshua Mac was the Sales topper in 2008. We got $200,000 for him and then in 2010 her Christian Cullen colt (Jivin Cullen) fetched $60,000. “We are hopeful that Hot Rhythm will also do well,” Yarndley said. Hot Rhythm (Lot 147) is one of six foals that Yarndley has a share in which is being presented by Breckon Farms at the annual yearling sale. Breckon Farms will have 34 up for grabs on Monday. Yarndley sold Yarndley Farms to Breckon Bloodstock on August 1, 2009. He stayed on part-time and also breeds from some of his own mares. “My son Scott is farm manager and I still keep my hand in but I retired to spend more time with my family, especially my grandchildren. Ken and Karen (Breckon) are doing a great job. They are friends and now several years later I have no regrets about stepping aside,” he said. As well as Lot 147 (Hot Rhythm) Yarndley will also have Lots 22, 62, 66, 71, and 83 up for sale at Karaka. Seventy one-year-old Yarndley, a pioneer in New Zealand standardbred breeding, has been breeding and selling yearlings at the sales since the 1970s. He has been a key player in developing and advancing the New Zealand standardbred breed and vividly remembers the days when just $8,000 fetched the sales topper. Duane Ranger

Pukekohe school teacher, Andrew Jamieson, has been appointed the manager of the ever-popular Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. Jamieson, a school teacher for 40 years, takes over from Rob Carr, who relocated to Cambridge this week. Carr had been at the helm of the ATC Syndicates since their inception 17 years ago. Carr is now the marketing and promotions manager for BreckonFarms in Te Awamutu. “My priority is to keep Syndicate members informed and having been a school teacher for most of my life I think I can string a sentence or two together.  “The last thing trainers need is for 50-or-so owners hounding them wanting to know all about their horses. I’ve trained on and off for 20 plus years and I know all the horsemen well. I’m excited and really looking forward to the job,” Jamieson said. Jamieson, who has been teaching at Pukekohe Intermediate for the last 17 years, said the job was perfect for him. “I’m 63 this year and harness racing has been my escape from school for most of my life. I still have a couple of horses in work and my broodmares are in foal to Sir Lincoln. “I’m so passionate about the sport and with retirement looming I see this as an ideal transition into doing something I love. I was going to take last year off, but I did a lot of relieving for one teacher, who was unwell,” Jamieson said. He said he likened the big syndicates to teaching 30-plus Year 7 (Form One). “They are an enthusiastic bunch of people from varying lifestyles. I know how to relate to people and I’m sure they will be a bit easier at times than trying to get the message through to a classroom of 10 and 11-year-olds,” he said. Jamieson will be eased into the job this year and the ATC Syndicate won’t be buying horses at next month’s Australasian Yearling Sales at Karaka. He will oversee the 2014, 2016 and 2017 ATC Syndicates. “Ideal Belle is the only one still racing from the 2012 Syndicate and I believe she will be sent to the broodmares paddock soon,” Jamieson said. He said he was currently overseeing: 2014 ATC Syndicate: The Faithful (eight wins, Barry Purdon) and Bettors Pocket (five wins, Tony Herlihy (MNZM). 2016 ATC Syndicate: Miss Kitty (un-raced 3yo filly – Barry Purdon); Extra Blast (un-raced 3yo colt - Tony Herlihy); and Some Change (un-raced 3yo colt – Geoff Small). 2017 ATC Syndicate; Bet I Can (un-raced 2yo filly – Steven Reid); Cha Cha B (Un-raced 2yo colt – Bunty Hughes); Park Avenue (un-raced 2yo colt – John and Josh Dickie). “My heart is really in this job and I’m fortunate that I know most of the people in harness racing by their first name. I see myself as the middle man between the trainers and the owners. “I’m also keen to get as many new and past owners involved as I possibly can. I’m a social kind of person and am looking forward to new purchases at next year’s Sales,” Jamieson said. Jamieson is usually up at 5.30am every morning to work his horses and then back again after school to tend to them. Among the horses he has trained have been the five win Hitchcock gelding Teepee Town and the now Australian-based (retired Hilltop Hustler, who won two races here and then 10 more across the Tasman. Duane Ranger

Unbeaten Bettor's Delight filly Partyon, driven by Mark Purdon in the $31,800 Group 3 JL Raith Memorial at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night, did the unimaginable winning her first start back after a five-month spell and not only winning but smashing the harness racing three-year-old Australasian record in the process. After drawing two on the second row Partyon sat near the rear and came out at the top of the home straight to power home in a patient drive and record a stunning win. Partyon paced the 1609 metres in 1:51.3 with sectionals of 26.5, 29.1, 28.2 and 27.5. This broke the previous record of 1:52.4 set by another Purdon filly My Mackenzie in May of last year. Trained by the Allstars team Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen this was the sixth win and first as a three-year-old for Partyon from her only starts to date. As a two-year-old Partyon won the $150,000 Group 1 Harness Jewels Diamond, rating 1:55.5 for the mile at Cambridge in New Zealand and followed that up with two further starts in Australia at Tabcorp Park Melton, winning the $280,000 Group 1 Australasian Breeder's Crown for two-year-old fillies. In this race she rated a very good 1:54.4 mile-rate over 2240 metres. RA & JV YARNDLEY 2YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 2YO FILLIES, 1609m Mark Purdon on Partyon winning the Alabar Breeders Crown Series 19 Partyon - 31,800 Group 3 JL Raith Memorial Partyon was bred by Woodlands Stud and sold as a weanling at the 2014 Auckland weanling sale for $20,000. She is the second live foal of the Beach Towel mare Beach Parade. A real bargain to say the least as of this date Partyon has earnings of $256,675. Beach Parade has a current two-year-old full sister to Partyon called Lydia's Delight who was also sold as a weanling for $16,000 to a client of Jeff Dunn's stable at the 2015 weanling sale, once again bred by Woodlands Stud. This filly is already a bargain as Bettor's Delight will stand for $25,000 plus GST this next breeding season. For those looking to buy a top yearling at this year's sale there is a full brother to Partyon, yes a full brother by Bettor's Delight in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on February the 20th selling as Lot 104 on behalf of Breckon Farms. We have attached a photo and video of this yearling called Kokomo Beach. Lot 104 – Kokomo Beach (brown colt Bettor’s Delight / Beach Parade) 2017 Harnesslink Media.    

Tonight the 2016 New Zealand Harness Racing Awards were held at the Mashina Lounge in Christchurch. It was a fantastic occasion where we celebrated all the outstanding performers and personalities of the 2015/16 season. The night was attended by approximately 300 guests.   PACING AWARDS   Woodlands Stud 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year   SPANISH ARMADA 27   Owner: Mrs J L Feiss     PMP Print 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year   DREAM ABOUT ME 27   Owners: C J Roberts, Est Mrs J L Roberts, P G Kenny, Mrs M L Kenny     Auckland Trotting Club 4YO Pacing Mare of the Year   THE ORANGE AGENT 22   Owners: Mrs P C Green, J P Green, Mrs M E Green, P C Bult   (Rocker Band - 4, Fight For Glory - 1)     Nevele R Stud 5YO & Older Pacing Mare of the Year   LANCEWOOD LIZZIE 15   Owners: Mrs L P Wood, G A Chitty   (Tango’s Delight - 11, Willow - 1)     PGG Wrightson 2YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year   MORE THE BETTER 27   Owners: Mark Purdon, R C Purdon MBE, D R Levene OBE     Woodlands Stud 3YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year   LAZARUS 27   Owners: Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, T G Casey, K J Riseley     Woodlands Stud 4YO Pacing Entire or Gelding of the Year   HAVE FAITH IN ME 27   Owners: D M Dunford, M D Dunford     Alabar 5YO & Older Pacing Entire or Gelding of the Year   SMOLDA 23   Owners: Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, N Pilcher, M A R Kirkwood   (Arden Rooney - 4)   Alabar FARMs Pacer of the Year HAVE FAITH IN ME 26 Owners: D M Dunford, M D Dunford (Lazarus - 1)     TROTTING AWARDS   Race Images 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year DI’Z LUCK 21 Owners: Mrs S A Smith, Winsome Dormer, Cleland Racing Syndicate, N R Armstrong, E G Sawma, D W Aitken (Winnie MacGoogan - 4, Our Rosa - 1, One Bid Buys - 1)   Commodore Airport Hotel 3YO Trotting Filly of the Year HIGH GAIT 16 Owners: Breckon Farms-Super Seven Syndicate (Donegal Bettorgretch - 9, Wilma’s Mate - 2)   NRM 4YO Trotting Mare of the Year SUNNY RUBY 26 Owners: W F Fletcher, S F Smolenski (Harriet Of Mot - 1)   NRM 4YO Trotting Mare of the Year QUITE A MOMENT 16 Owners: Mrs C L Stewart, W R Stewart, A R Pullar, Mrs B E Pullar (Queen Kenny - 11)   Farmlands 2YO Trotting Colt or Gelding of the Year ENGHIEN 20 Owners: R G Dellaca, G P Hope (Custodian- 6, Habibi Inta 1)   Trackside 3YO Trotting Colt or Gelding of the Year MARCOOLA 27 Owners: K B Ford, C B Ford   Crombie Lockwood Bloodstock 4YO Trotting Entire & Gelding of the Year MONBET 27 Owners: G P Hope, Mrs N M Hope, M J Molloy   Garrards Horse & Hound 5YO & Older Trotting Entire & Gelding of the Year MASTER LAVROS 27 Owner: Kypros Kotzikas   Breckon Farms Trotter of the Year MONBET 27 Owners: G P Hope, Mrs N M Hope, M J Molloy     PEOPLE   McMillan Equine Feeds Leading Trainer: Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen or Robert Dunn (still being contested)   Harnessed Leading Driver: Dexter Dunn   Dexter Dunn Cruickshank Leading Junior Driver: Brad Williamson   Addington’s Met Multiplier Owner of the Year: Merv & Meg Butterworth   Primary ITO Cadet of the Year: Erin Isherwood   NZRB Outstanding Contribution to Harness Racing: Gary Allen     BREEDING   The Breeders Breeder of the Year: Woodlands Stud   HRNZ Media Trotting Stallion of the Year: Love You   Lone Star Pacing Stallion of the Year: Bettor’s Delight   The Breeders Trotting Broodmare of the Year: Diedre Darling   The Breeders Pacing Broodmare of the Year: Splendid Dreams     HRNZ HORSE OF THE YEAR   MONBET 15 Owner: G P Hope, Mrs N M Hope, M J Molloy (Have Faith In Me - 12)     Stacey Markham

Harness racing breeders quickly learn that only a few families continue on producing top class horses generation after generation whereas most tend to star for a short time before fading from the scene. Changeover (In The Pocket) is a good example of the former as his maternal family has been firing non stop for over thirty years and shows no sign of slowing down. Changeover 1:53.4 ($2,426,765) was a star on the track and now he is at stud hardly a meeting goes by without another Changeover winner. At last count Changeover already had sixty one winners on board from the 133 qualifiers he has produced and his stocks continue to rise. Meanwhile his maternal family continues to produce yearling sale graduates each year and this year is no exception. This years Australasian Classic yearling sale on February 22nd at Karaka in Auckland opens with a filly from this sought after maternal family. By the champion sire Rocknroll Hanover, Ready Change is the third foal and a half-sister to a 2YO trial winner already this season. She is from a Falcon Seelster half sister to Changeover in Changedown. Changedown is from the former top pacing mare Chaangerr 1:57.8 ($75,860) who was four year old pacing mare of the year in 1994-1995 Chaangerr was a full sister to the champion Chokin 1:56.2 ($1,801,685) and a half sister to Pretty Smooth, the dam of Anvil Vance 1:57.8 ($445,097) Pretty Smooth is also the grand dam of Fly Like An Eagle 1:53.9 ($756,178) Chaangerr has left ten winners at stud with Changeover the obvious standout. Other winners include the talented mare Change Time 1:56.2 ($76,827), Change Stride 1:57.5 ($91,780), Change Gear 1:54.4 ($69,174) and Chokin Hanover 1:58 ($39,119) the dam of Donegal Chokin 1:59.4 ($76,304) As you can see, this is a great filly family and whatever Ready Change does on the track, she will have a large residual value when sent to stud. Ready Change should really give this years round of sales a bright start on February 22nd. Harnesslink Media  

One thing in harness racing in Australasia has remained pretty constant  in the last thirty years and that is the influence of the champion broodmare Black Watch on the yearling sales in New Zealand. Her descendants have continued  to churn out the topliners year after year and while other maternal families have their day in the sun every now and again, Black Watch is still the benchmark by which maternal families in New Zealand are judged against. Sandy Yarndley has long since retired to the background but his wonder mare has kept him in the spotlight for close to thirty years. Every year there are numerous yearlings consigned to the sales that trace back to Black Watch and without fail each crop produces that elite level colt or filly. Last year it was the brilliant two year old Kate Perry 1:56.7 ($378,478) who kept up the long term trend that Black Watch started. These days Black Watch is starting to drop down to the fourth or fifth generation of a lot of the yearlings for sale but one yearling  at this years Australasian Classic Sale who does have her close up in his pedigree is Lot 89, Nova's Delight. Nova's Delight has Black Watch as his third dam and for good measure he has the best daughter of Black Watch in Aberfeldy as his second dam. Both of these two mares have won the Broodmare Excellence award over the years and they are responsible for a lot of this families major winners. The dam of Nova's Delight is the Dream Away daughter of Aberfeldy in Milagro  who has already produced the filly Christian Miracle 1:55.2 ($47,539) and Fusion Power 1:56.2 ($30,312) as well as this years smart three year old filly Better Rose 1:59.7 who ran third to the brilliant Linda Lovegrace 1:54.4 ($163,878) in a Sires Stakes heat in December. Better Rose is a full sister to this years yearling Nova's Delight. Black Watch has created such a successful family that you sometimes feel it must start to wane eventually. What the results show is that this family continues to evolve and strengthen and you can be sure there is a jewel or two amongst her offspring this year. Harnesslink Media  

The harness racing sales in New Zealand continue to go from strength to strength on the quality front and this years Australasian Classic Sale is no exception being chock full of quality individuals. One family that has been to the fore over the last 25 years is the one that traces to Black Watch which was carefully nurtured over a long time by the doyen of northern breeders, Sandy Yarndley. There are a lot of her descendants in this years sales but one filly from the family that took our eye was lot 45, Franconia. By boom sire Art Major who is having such a strong run world wide at the moment, Franconia is a daughter of the former outstanding racemare Coburg 1:56.7 ($205,176) who was the four year old mare of the year in New Zealand in 2004. At stud Coburg has already produced Veste 1:57.1 ($106,023) who won the Caduceus Club Classic at two for legendary trainer Mark Purdon. Mark must have liked Veste because last year he went back and brought another one out of Coburg in Conversion who qualified in 2:00.4 at the recent Ashburton trials and looks a very promising two year old. Coburg is a half sister to the champion pacer Stunin Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,493,716) and Coburg's dam Vicario is a half sister to IL Vicolo 1:55.6 ($1,253,807) and to the dam of Gotta Go Cullen 1:58.2 ($1,173,343). Regardless of what Franconia does on the racetrack, her residual value when retired to the broodmare barn will be significant. Harnesslink Media   

Sertorius…A Roman soldier recognised by history as a natural general and born leader! With a name like that, and a pedigree just as strong, Sertorius the yearling is destined for great things. By top stallion Muscles Yankee, the colt is the second foal from race winning mare, Classic Armbro. Classic Armbro’s first offspring is a daughter by Love You, which is one of this season’s two-year-olds. As for Sertorius, he is part of the team of yearlings to be presented by Breckon Farms at next month’s sale. The athletic youngster will enter the ring as Lot 37 at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka in Auckland on Monday, February 16. By Armbro Invasion, Classic Armbro is from Merinai, which is still regarded as one of the most talented trotters produced in the Southern Hemisphere. Before injury cut her career short, Merinai won 19 of her 27 starts, including the Dominion Handicap, Rowe Memorial and National Trot. The family also includes Sunny Elegant, Pretty Sunday, Sonofanearl, Rosemma, Miss Pegasus and Wingonhai. Harnesslink Media

The main objective for every harness racing owner is to win the classics, and with that in mind, Lot 33 at next month’s yearling sale could be the answer. Part of the stellar team of yearlings to be presented by Breckon Farms, the youngster will enter the ring at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka in Auckland on Monday, February 16. By top stallion Bettors Delight, the fill has been appropriately-named, Ima Classic Delight. A half-sister to five winners, Ima Classic Delight is from top producer and for star race mare, Classical. A triple Group One winner, Classical was also Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year. A daughter of Soky’s Atom, Classical is from Class Act, which boasts three winners from five starters. The family also includes Delightful Christian, Uncle Wingnut and Tosti Girl. Harnesslink Media

If any harness racing family can be traced back to a galaxy of stars, it is the clan Chaaat belongs to. For those trying to place the name Chaat, he is one of the impressive team of yearlings Breckon Farms will present at next month’s sale. To be more precise, Chaat will enter the ring as lot 29 at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka in Auckland on Monday, February 16. By ill-fated stallion Rocknroll Hanover, the striking youngster is from Group One winning producer, Braeside Lady. Braeside Lady is the dam of former sensational filly, O Baby, which boasts three Group Ones among her nine wins for earnings of $391,273. Braeside Lady is from grand broodmare, Breaside Star, which has the perfect record of six starters for six winners. Breaside Star is from former top race mare and Group One producer, Tuapeka Star – dam of New Zealand Cup and Miracle Mile hero, Iraklis. The family also includes Monkey King, Lavros Star, Brad Adios, Caesars Folly, Blue And Royal, Talaspring and Black Line. Harnesslink Media

At least one lucky bidder will be smiling if they purchase this stunner at next month’s harness racing yearling sale. Part of the stellar Breckon Farms team, the filly will enter the ring as Lot 25 at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale. The Shaky Isles’ premier sale, this year’s edition is scheduled to be held at Karaka in Auckland on Monday, February 16. By boom stallion Art Major, the youngster – known as Smiling Stunner - is from grand producer Black Maire, which boasts five winners from seven starters…including multiple Group One winner, Lauraella. Smiling Stunner’s grand dam, Corbie has left six winners. The family also includes Group One stars Stunin Cullen, Il Vicolo, Gotta Go Cullen, Smooth Falcon and Katy Perry along with feature race winners Reba Lord, The Unicorn, Keayang Cullen, Sovereign Hill, Macha, Arden Rooney, Dartmoor, Coastal and Pacific Flight. Harnesslink Media

If you’re looking for a potential harness racing star to race and later breed from, then Lot 21 at next month’s yearling sale could fit the bill. Part of the stellar Breckon Farms team, the filly will enter the ring at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale. The Shaky Isles’ premier sale, this year’s edition is scheduled to be held at Karaka in Auckland on Monday, February 16. By boom sire Bettors Delight, the youngster – named Marbelous - is from good producer, Anam Cara, which hales from a family overflowing with ‘black type’ performers. Anam Cara is a half-sister to five winners, including Black Maire, the dam of Multiple Group One winner and $650,000 earner Lauraella. The family also includes Stunin Cullen, Il Vicolo, Gotta Go Cullen, Smooth Falcon, Reba Lord, The Unicorn, Keayang Cullen, Sovereign Hill, Katy Perry, Macha, Arden Rooney, Dartmoor, Coastal and Pacific Flight. Now that’s a clan with success in its bloodlines! Harnesslink Media

Lot 17 at next month’s harness racing yearling sale could prove to be very appropriately-named. A colt by top sire Mach Three from good producer Affairs Of State, the youngster is part of the stellar Breckon Farms line-up at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale. The Shaky Isles’ premier sale, this year’s edition is scheduled to be held at Karaka in Auckland on Monday, February 16. As for the colt’s appropriate name, it is Ring The Till…something his connections are bound to do on a frequent basis given his appearance and breeding. While Mach Three needs to introduction, Affairs Of State boasts three winners from four starters. A half-sister to four winners, Affairs Of State is from former champion mare, Under Cover Lover – a winner of four Group Ones. The family also includes millionaire mare Bettor Cover Lover, along with Group One winners Mon Poppy Day, Amongst Royalty and Keep It Up. Harnesslink Media

Thirteen may be considered unlucky for some, but for at least one bidder at next month’s yearling sale, the number could bring fame and fortune. To be more precise, the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka in Auckland on Monday, February 16 is the place to be in order to purchase one of Breckon Farms’ latest offerings. With Hollywood looks and a pedigree to match, the handsome colt known as Laredo Torpedo is destined to attract both admirers and bidders when he enters the sale’s ring. By siring sensation Bettor’s Delight, the youngster is from race winning mare, Zingara, which is a half-sister to six winners, including Black Maire, the dam of multiple Group One winner Lauraella. Zingara is by champion racehorse and stallion, Christian Cullen, from Corbie The family also includes Reba Lord, The Unicorn, Keayang Cullen, Sovereign Hill, Katy Perry, Macha, Arden Rooney, Dartmoor, Coastal and Pacific Flight. Harnesslink Media

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