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Sudden Change N (Jim Taggart Jr) makes a late four wide move to steal the harness racing Fillie's and Mare's Open at Tioga Downs on Saturday Night June 30.   Gweneeee J (Jim Meittinis) took the lead just after the first quarter and lead all the way to the top of the stretch.  The pacers went four wide in stretch.  Yes You Can (Tom Jackson) shot out first to claim the lead but Sudden Change N ($15.60) came widest and fastest of all to win in 1:51.4.  Sudden Change N (Changeover) is owned by Super Mile LLC and trainer Jody Reidel, would win for the third time this season.  Yes You Can captured second. Gweneeee J hung on for third. Taggart Jr. would win two others on the night.  Winning with Classic Can Dream ($4.60) in 1:53.2.  His first win of the night came with Townline Momma ($9.50). Leading driver Mike SImons would win four on this muggy Friday night in Nichols, NY.  Simons would win the second race with Iaquinta ($3.60) winning gate-to-wire by 11 lengths in the end in 1:52.0.  In race five he would command Caviart Griffin ($7.20) to the front before the half and hang on to win in 1:56.1.  Simon's next win would come during race eight with Charming Hill ($11.40) using a late move to win in deep stretch in 1:53.4.  Simon's would complete the grand slam with a win in race 12 driving Simple Saver N ($11.80) to victory in 1:52.2. Tioga Downs will not race on Saturday (July 1) because of the 38 Special concert.  Racing returns on Sunday (July 2) with a 13 race card starting at 1p.m. For more information go to John Horne for Tioga Downs

New Zealand Cup winning harness racing hero Changeover is now a Queenslander. The former champion racehorse has quickly emerged as a leading stallion prospect with a number of talented types gracing the tracks throughout the world. Previously based at the famed Nevele R Stud in Christchurch, Changeover will stand the next breeding season at Burwood Stud on the Darling Downs of Queensland for Noel and Christine Denning. The addition of Changeover to the Queensland breeding ranks will be a massive boost for local breeders. He will stand alongside perennial performer Cammibest, exciting young stallion Lanercost and the trotter Brylin Boyz. A deal was recently struck which left generous harness racing benefactor Chris Garrard buying the In The Pocket stallion. Garrard, Brisbane based, has poured millions into the three racing codes via breeding, buying and sponsoring major events throughout Australasia over a long period of time. The keen breeder has been a huge supporter of Changeover following his retirement and landed a Group One winner last season when Changeoverme scored in the $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Final for colts and geldings at Albion Park during the winter carnival. “This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce a proven producing stallion to local breeders, I jumped at the opportunity to purchase the stallion when offered and I truly believe he will be a great fit here in Queensland,” Garrard said. “After discussing it with Noel and Christine, I was thoroughly pleased that they were proud to stand this stallion at their stud. His numbers and results are very good and he’s still on the up plus he provides a great opportunity for breeders being a son of a super sire.” He added. As a racehorse, Changeover was scintillating winning 29 of his 66 career starts while baking more than $2.4 million. He raced at two with great success before his retirement as a six-year-old. His biggest victory came via the 2008 New Zealand Cup at Addington when scoring easily as the race favourite in a time of 3:56.4 – a mile rate of 1:58.8 for the 3200m standing start feature. At stud, Changeover has produced the likes of Run Oneover, Risk, Glenferrie Bronte, Nuala, Prince Of Pops, Sudden Change, Motu Gatecrasher, Controversial, Whitershadeofpale, Expressive Victor, Change The Rulz and Webb Ellis among many others. In recent times, the progeny of Changeover has enjoyed good success at Albion Park through the likes of The Charging Moa, Change The Nation and Charlyse among others. Last season, Changeover landed a feature race juvenile double in Queensland courtesy of Changeoverme (at Albion Park) and Heart Of Change (at Redcliffe). No service fee has been as yet. Chris Barsby

Prominent West Australian owner Steve Chapman was devastated four months ago when his star pacer My Hard Copy fractured a bone in a leg and plans for him to contest the rich harness racing TABtouch Inter Dominion championship series had to be scrapped. But now he is bubbling with enthusiasm and has high hopes of winning the $1.1 million final at Gloucester Park on Friday night with his second string pacer Run Oneover, whom he races in partnership with his wife Tina and their daughter Danielle. Ace trainer Gary Hall sen. has timed the five-year-old’s preparation perfectly for the big race to be run over the marathon journey of 2936m and top-flight reinsman Clint Hall gives the New Zealand-bred gelding a great chance of victory. “He can do it,” Clint Hall declared after Run Oneover drew favourably at barrier two on the front line. “You don’t get the chance very often to be able to lead and win the interdominion. So that’s my aim, to set the pace. “Run Oneover has emerged as a genuine prospect after his tremendous performances in the heats.” Hall sen. shared his son’s confidence, saying: “Run Oneover has gone from strength to strength in this carnival, and it’s exciting.” Run Oneover has struck peak form in the Inters heats, working hard in the breeze when a splendid one-length second to Hectorjayjay, setting the pace from barrier three and coasting to victory over Freyberg and Smolda at Bunbury and then starting out wide from the No. 8 barrier and dashing to the front after a lap and winning from Lennytheshark at Gloucester Park last Friday night.  Whether Run Oneover can forge to an early lead on Friday night is problematical. He has sound gate speed, but could have a problem wresting the early lead from Bling It On, who has a distinct advantage after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. Star New South Wales reinsman Luke McCarthy indicated after the barrier draw that he would drive Bling It On with aggression. “He’s got good gate speed and I’ll be going all-out to hold the frontrunning in the early stages,” he said. “After that I’ll decide whether it’s best to keep the lead or take the trail.” Most of the drivers in the final are likely to determine their tactics after the mobile releases the field. There is the possibility that reigning champion Lennytheshark (barrier four), Hectoryjayjay (nine) and Bettors Fire (eight) will charge forward in a bid for the early lead. Alternatively, the drivers of those pacers could well decide to restrain at the start and look for a handy position in the one-wide line. My Hard Copy unwound devastating finishing bursts to score brilliant victories in the past two WA Pacing Cups and he finished a sound sixth behind Lennytheshark in last year’s Inters final at Gloucester Park after being restrained at the start from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. It is interesting that Chapman purchased Run Oneover without realising that the gelding was closely related to the pocket sized sit-sprinter My Hard Copy.         Run Oneover is by Changeover (by In The Pocket) out of Presidential Belle, whose dam Nuclear Atom is a half-sister to Readallaboutit, the dam of My Hard Copy. The David Aiken-trained Hectorjayjay, a firm favourite for the final, is not particularly well bred on his dam’s side. Hectorjayjay is out of Sheer Finesse, who won six minor Victorian country events in the late 1990s and, apart from Hectorjayjay, has produced Teejay Fella (12 wins and $64,177), Wolfgang (three wins and $13,084) and De Santa Anna (seven wins and $39,900). Sheer Lace, the dam of Sheer Finesse, won at 17 of her 67 starts and earned $77,027. The best of her six winners was her first foal Country Duke, who earned $270,650 from 198 starts, which included 19 wins in Victoria and 26 in America. Hectorjayjay’s great, great, great granddam Cherry Blossom was the mother of champion New Zealand mare Robin Dundee, who dead-heated for first with Jay Ar in the final of the 1965 interdominion championship in Dunedin in 1965. While Hectorjayjay possesses dazzling early pace and is a brilliant frontrunner, he is also an outstanding sit-sprinter who can unwind a sizzling burst of speed at the end of his races. Twenty-three-year-old Josh Aiken has driven Hectorjayjay with great skill, aplomb and confidence in the heats. The six-year-old was not extended in winning all his heats. Many pundits rate Hectorjayjay as a devastating sprinter, but have some reservations about his staying ability. However, there is no doubt at all that Hectorjayjay will not be vulnerable over the 2936m of Friday night’s final. Hectorjayjay won the Len Smith Mile at Menangle in June this year, beating Lennytheshark in 1.50.5 over the 1609m journey and two weeks later he gave a phenomenal performance to charge home from a seemingly impossible position in second-last place 400m from home to win the 1660m Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park, rating 1.51.8. He has proved his staying strength with victories over 2627m and 2600m (twice). He also finished a splendid second to Ohoka Punter in the group 1 Blacks A Fake Classic over 2680m at Albion Park in July. Trainer David Aiken said that Hectorjayjay was far from being a one-dimensional pacer. “Josh won’t be intimidated by the occasion and he will have plenty of options,” he said. The barrier draw has made the final a most intriguing affair, with several pacers capable of winning the rich prize. Ace reinsman Gary Hall jun. is happy with Beaudiene Boaz’s draw as the only runner off the back line and he considers the five-year-old millionaire a strong each-way prospect. Here is the full field for the $1.1 million Final; 1 - Bling It On - by American Ideal 2 - Run Oneover NZ- by Changeover 3 - Our Jericho NZ - by Tomahawk 4 - Lennytheshark - by Four Starzzz Shark 5 - Joan Of Arc NZ - by Courage Under Fire 6 - Franco Nelson NZ - by Christian Cullen 7 - Smolda - by Courage Under Fire 8 - Bettors Fire NZ - by Bettor's Delight 9 - Hectorjayjay - by Dream Away 10 - Beadiene Boaz NZ - by Badlands Hanover 11 - The Bucket List NZ (EMG) - by Christian Cullen 12 - Our Jimmy Johnstone NZ (EMG) - P Forty Seven Ken Casellas

Leading harness racing trainers Greg and Skye Bond are setting a scorching pace in the early stages of the 2016-17 season and their ten runners, all bred in New Zealand, will have a massive following at Gloucester Park on Friday night. They have bright prospects of making a flying start by winning the second event, the $20,000 Clipsal By Schneider Pace, with Risk, a highly-promising five-year-old by Changeover. Risk, to be driven by Ryan Warwick, faces a stern test from the outside (No. 9) in the 2130m event. But he has the class to overcome that disadvantage. He started from the No. 9 barrier at his most recent appearance, over 2130m on September 23 when he raced in ninth and last position before dashing forward, three wide, to be fourth at the bell. He fought on grandly to finish second, just one metre behind Mynameskenny when the final quarters whizzed by in 27.8sec. and 28.3sec. His first five starts in WA have produced three wins and two seconds. His chief rival on Friday night is likely to be stablemate Burning, who is ideally drawn at barrier one. Burning raced three back on the pegs before running home solidly to be fourth behind Chicago Bull over 2130m last Friday night. He also produced a powerful burst when second to stablemate Ima Connoisseur two starts before that. Last-start winners Commander Chapel (Chris Lewis), Jambiani (Chris Voak) and Firebomb (Shannon Suvaljko) also will have admirers. The Bond stable has established a commanding early lead on the WA Statewide trainers’ premiership table, with 41 winners, followed by Gary Hall sen. (17) and Ross Olivieri (12). The Bonds also head the national table, with Queensland’s Chantal Turpin in second place with 29 winners. Warwick is in devastating form in the sulky and he leads the WA premiership table with 34 winners, well ahead of Gary Hall jun. (21), Chris Lewis (20), Nathan Turvey (18) and Michael Grantham (17). Warwick also leads the national list, 13 winners ahead of Queensland’s Shane Graham. He boasts a tremendous winning strike rate of 40 per cent.    Like the Bonds, Hall sen. has ten runners, all bred in New Zealand, engaged at the ten-event program on Friday night. All have sound prospects, with his best chances likely to be Beaudiene Boaz, Tact Major, King Lebron and Mach Time.  Ken Casellas

The Garrard name is synonymous with harness racing. Through the business Garrards Horse & Hound which stretches throughout the southern hemisphere, the name appears almost everywhere through their generous sponsorship of all three racing codes on a daily basis. From the east coast to the west coast of Australia plus the north island to the south island of New Zealand, the Garrards name is emblazoned at most tracks, if not all. But the heart rests comfortably with the harness code. The family patriarch Chris is a former trainer/driver while his son Daren still puts the harness on a small but select stable on the north side of Brisbane at Burpengary. And the next generation continues to make inroads with Angus an active participant in the mini-trotting ranks in the sunshine state. There is no question; the Garrard family put plenty in. They breed, buy and race plenty. And the results speak for themselves. Last season, a pair of rookie pacers emerged as genuine talents for the future in Heart Of Change and Changeoverme both securing feature race victories. Heart Of Change won the Gr.2 $80,000 Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series Pace Final, an event which they sponsor while Changeoverme won the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Final at Albion Park. Both pacers were prepared by Kylie Rasmussen and Darren Weeks. Now, both pacers have returned from their break. “They returned to work on Tuesday after both having a really good break, we were determined to give both a really good spell following their first season of racing and hopefully they come back a little stronger and better than before they went out.” Daren Garrard said. However, there is a slight change in the set-up this season. As is the custom, all youngsters start their early education before progressing to their first season of racing under the Rasmussen/Weeks banner before transferring to the Garrard stable. It’s a system with a proven track record. “We’re more than happy with the set-up we have and it comes down to a number of things, we have a high amount of youngsters each season and the record of Kylie and Darren with young stock is sensational, they’re both outstanding horse people. “Obviously both pacers we’ll be set for a number of features this season including the QBRED classics plus a few other targets are certainly on the agenda. Both have to come back and prove themselves again but I’m hopeful they’re still on the way up. “I think Heart Of Change is a nice filly, if she could do a similar job to Mathilda Diventa then we’re set for a fun season while Changeoverme should keep improving with time, his mother Mad Mel always seemed to come back a little better at the start of her preparations.” Both Heart Of Change and Changeoverme were bred by the Garrard family, both being progeny of the former New Zealand Cup champion Changeover who stands at the famed Nevele R Stud in Christchurch. The Garrard family has close ties to Nevele R Stud, just like they do with leading Queensland nursery, Burwood Stud on the Darling Downs. So don’t be surprised if more success comes their way this season. Chris Barsby

The return to harness racing by My Hard Copy ($1,046,422) after a beneficial spell will be a highlight of the ten-event program at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But the millionaire pacer and dual WA Pacing Cup winner could well lower his colours to his race-hardened stablemate Run Oneover, according to champion trainer Gary Hall sen. Clint Hall had the choice of drives and he opted for My Hard Copy, who will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line of the 2130m Remote Foods Australia Pace. Run Oneover will be driven by Gary Hall jun. from the prized No. 1 barrier. “The Changeover gelding is a good frontrunner and it will take a pretty good horse to beat him,” declared Hall jun. Hall sen. agreed, saying: “I think, given the draws, you would have to favour Run Oneover. I lean towards him; his recent form has been outstanding. Beaudiene Boaz also was outstanding, winning first-up last week. And Run Oneover was nearly as good, sitting outside of him and finishing second.” Run Oneover, an up-and-coming four-year-old, has struck a purple patch with his seven runs in this campaign producing four wins and three seconds. Hall sen. said that Beaudiene Boaz would be his No. 1 contender in the interdominion championship series at Gloucester Park in November and December. “In my opinion Beaudiene Boaz should be favourite for the Inters ahead of Lenntheshark and his stablemate Hectorjayjay,” he said. “I think that both of them will have a lot of trouble in beating Beaudiene Boaz around Gloucester Park, particularly if the barrier draw goes our way. I’m not frightened of Hectorjayjay, but I’m a little bit frightened of Lennytheshark.” My Hard Copy will be making his first appearance since finishing fourth behind Have Faith In Me in the Miracle Mile at Menangle on February 28. At his two previous starts he finished third behind Smolda and Ohoka Punter in the Hunter Cup at Melton and third to Monifieth and Bling It On in the Cordina Sprint at Menangle. Five starts ago, on January 15, My Hard Copy unwound a typical whirlwind finish to beat Devenda and Beaudiene Boaz in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park.    “I’d say, first-up, that Clint will rely on My Hard Copy’s sit-sprint ability,” said Hall sen. The Hall camp holds a very strong hand in Friday night’s race and the stable has bright prospects of filling the first four placings --- with Run Oneover, My Hard Copy, Cyamach and Waylade. Waylade, a last-start winner, will be driven by Kim Prentice from the favourable No. 2 barrier and Lauren Jones will drive Cyamach from barrier six on the front line. Cyamach was most impressive last Friday night when he finished powerfully from eighth at the bell to be third behind Beaudiene Boaz and Run Oneover last Friday night. Stablemate Classic American, who finished ninth in that race, will leave Perth on Monday to do his future racing in the United States. He has been purchased by the American owner who bought the Hall-trained Machtu, who recorded his second American victory at Yonkers last Friday. Another former Hall pacer Northview Punter finished second in another race on the Yonkers program. My Hard Copy warmed up for Friday night’s assignment with a runaway win in a 2550m standing-start trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Driven by Clint Hall, My Hard Copy won the trial by 16 lengths. He dashed over the final two quarters in 28.7sec. and 27.7sec. “Clint said he went great,” said Hall sen. Ken Casellas

Harness Racing Trainer Paul Court has a Blenheim winter double in mind to wind down Expressive Victor's stellar season on a high.  Court will start the Harness Jewels runner-up in the Winter Cup Prelude on the first day of the Marlborough Harness Racing Club's double header and she is likely to go again in Sunday's Winter Cup. Expressive Victor was given a week off following her second in the four-year-old Diamond behind Rocker Band. She has not been sighted publicly since but her West Melton-based trainer is confident she is forward enough to be competitive on both days Waterlea. "If anything she might be better for the run on Friday, but I wouldn't be coming if I didn't think she could (win)," Court said. Expressive Victor starts off 10m in Friday's Prelude but being the reliable and speedy beginner she is from the stand, the winner of seven races should be able to find the front if Blair Orange wants it. Court believes Expressive Victor is versatile and is not concerned if she does not lead. The daughter of Changeover raced by the De Novo Syndicate has chalked up five wins and six minor placings from 16 starts this season to exceed Court's expectations. "We always thought she was a pretty handy horse that could win two or three pretty quick but she just keeps stepping up." But Expressive Victor has not been the only bright point of Court's first season training on his own accord. Before Thursday night's Forbury Park meeting, he had already tallied 25 winners and could not be happier with how the season has panned out. He spent seven seasons training in partnership with his father Graham - highlighted by three consecutive New Zealand Trotting Cup victories with champion pacer-turned-sire Terror To Love. Thirty winners for the season looks possible but Court is not targeting any specific number. "I'm over the moon really. I didn't think about how many we might get beforehand, I just like to let it play out and see what happens. "I've been really happy with how many runners we have had in the Group races and how competitive we have been in them," Court said. Court also has a couple of leading hopes in c1 races over 2300m on the first day at Blenheim. Hypervelocity​ (race 6) and Courage To Live (race 9) both start from barrier two and although Court is not brimming with confidence, he rates both winning chances. The Bruce Hutton-trained Ideal Arden, who won the Nelson Winter Cup Prelude and Nelson Winter Cup will look to repeat the double in Blenheim. Highview Freddy​ ran two placings behind Ideal Arden at Nelson with stablemate Graduate Under Fire finishing just in behind with two top five finishes for the Robert Dunn stable. "Highview Freddy would have to be the pick of them just on that Nelson form," stable representative John Dunn said.      The highlight for the Dunn stable will be the return of exciting pacer Franco Cristiano​ who makes his makes his comeback from a long injury layoff in the c2-c3 pace over 2300m. The three-year-old was one of the main challengers to the All Stars colts before fracturing a pedal bone earlier this season. "He's pretty forward, he's had two nice trials," Dunn said. Mat Kermeen

Talented harness racing pacer Mister Lennox delivered one of his best performances to take out the $10,000 Golden Mile over 1680 metres at the UBET Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. Despite being left parked to face the breeze for most of the race the Juanita McKenzie-trained Changeover gelding proved too strong for his rivals, powering clear in the home straight to hit the line two metres clear of Melolyn that came from well back with race leader Crusader Acey a close-up third. Driver Ricky Duggan was pleased with the effort and he was particularly impressed with the time recorded by the gelding given the heavy condition of the track. Mister Lennox clocked a mile rate of 1.56.53 over the 1680-metre trip which was close to the record of 1.55 set by his stablemate Queens Advocate in the Launceston Mile earlier this year. "To run that time in those conditions was exceptional, given the wet track," Duggan said. "He was always travelling well outside of the leader but I had to wait as long as I could before asking him for an effort because he hangs a bit and has trouble getting around the bottom turn. "I didn't want to go for him until we straightened. I was fairly confident he would run the leader down but I didn't know what was coming from behind." He said. Mister Lennox started at $3.10 but was second favourite behind Wingatui Dew ($2.70) that was expected to lead from the pole position but he couldn't match the speed shown by Crusader Acey that had no trouble crossing to the fence from a wide gate (6). Wingatui Dew trailed the leader but he had trouble gaining a clear run in the home straight. Peter Staples

Last season's Tasmanian Derby winner Mister Lennox defied a run of outs for long odds-on favourites in Launceston last night to easily win the 6ty Pace over 2200 metres for C5 to C7 pacers. Two odds-on favourites were rolled earlier in the night leaving punters hesitant to invest on another short one at the end of the 10-race harness racing program. But with Ricky Duggan in the cart the four-year-old was backed to start the $1.50 favourite after easing from his opening quote of $1.20. Mister Lennox, prepared by Juanita McKenzie, began well from the pole position and after being taken on by Never Sighted early in the race Duggan was able to sneak a modest third quarter to ensure his charge had plenty in reserve at the business end of the race. When they came at Mister Lennox nearing the home turn Duggan released the brakes and the gelded son of Changeover sped clear and went on to score comfortably from Rajah Wealth with Never Sighted hanging on for third. Mister Lennox has won 11 of his 22 starts with three minor placings for $80,000 in stakes. Peter Staples

Many of South Australia’s leading harness racing breeders have thrown their support behind the South Australian Yearling Sale to be held this Sunday, February 21 at Globe Derby Park. Geoff Easom’s Wyndown Stud, One Tree Hill and White Star Lodge, Two Wells have the biggest drafts with five lots each. Easom, one of the State’s most successful breeders, is offering two well related fillies by the champion sire Art Major, a Changeover grandson of the top racemare Feisty and a Four Starzzz Shark filly and a Mister Big colt from the family of former smart youngster All Action Hero. White Star Lodge, conducted by former West Australian Maria Petricevich and Shane Loone, has nominated two colts and three fillies, all from good winning families. Their consignment includes a Julius Caesar colt closely related to thrice WA Pacing Cup winner The Falcon Strike, a colt and a filly from the first crop of Auckland Reactor and a Big Jim daughter of the Group 1 placegetter French Fashion. Gary and Marlene Fryar, who operate Rivergum Lodge, South Australia’s largest breeding establishment, are dually represented at the sale. The 30 acre Gawler-based property where the likes of Scoleala, Havastar and Votemdry first saw the light of day is offering an Auckland Reactor filly from their former star racemare Rivergum Magic and a Blissfull Hall colt out of the 1:59 Holmes Hanover mare Eastwood Countess. SA Botra committee member Viv Clark, who owns a 200 acre property at Dublin, has an impressive list of breeding credits headed up by the $50,000 SA Sale Graduate Pace winner Let Memphis Loose, the Kindergarten Stakes victor Blackntan and last year’s Southern Cross runner-up Rockfromcork. Her 2016 draft comprises an Artistic Fella filly that ranks as a half-sister to Rockfromcork and is a member of the tribe of Come On Frank, Rap Artist, Aspiring Art and co. as well as a Mister Big colt closely related to Stashedbytheriver (24 wins). Naracoorte couple Glen and Andreana Steel, of Tranquil Valley Horse Stud, and Michael Taylor, the Australian representative for Nevele R Stud, each have a single entry. The Steel’s are offering a colt by the Artsplace horse Heart Space from the family of ‘Cups King’ Aim First, while Taylor has nominated a filly by former NZ 3YO of the Year Sir Lincoln from the dam of the good Globe Derby winner Caroline Bay. For a catalogue or further information contact SA Botra Executive officer Lois Randall on 0402 978 424. Copies are also available from the offices of Harness Racing SA, Globe Derby Park and SA country tracks.  

As if to rival Brendon McCullam who achieved his 100 test match record in the cricket test against Australia currently being played, broodmare gem Chaangerr (Vance Hanover / Nell’s Pride) achieved a feat rarely heard of in the horse racing industry. She has produced 10 individual winners, who between them have won an incredible 100 races. What is just as amazing is that her progeny have amassed stake earnings of $2,889,229. A family that has been prolific in many ways, producing such stars on the track as: *Chokin, a dual Auckland Cup & Miracle Mile winner & NZ Cup winner (1.56.2h, 26 wins 7 places $1,240,098) *Fly Like An Eagle, a 5-time Group 1 winner, 2yo Jewels, NZ Derby & 3yo Breeders Crown winner (1.53.9, 11 wins 5 places $511,026) *Changeover a NZ Cup winner in World Record Time, 6-time Group 1 winner and successful sire (1.53.4h, 29 wins $2,426,765) Now the family has now produced a star in the matrons paddock. Chaangerr herself was a top racing filly and mare, winning 6 races, including a Fillies Series Heat, before going on to run 2nd in the Group 1 Final and she concluded her racing career with a win in the prestigious North Island Breeders Stakes, to subsequently be awarded the all-important NZ 4YO Pacing Mare of the Year title. Leading the way in her progeny on the racetrack has been Changeover, the winner of the 2008 NZ Cup, as well as two Derbies, two Harness Jewels and a Breeders Crown who has now gone on to be a successful sire. Other handy types Chaangerr has left include Change Time (1:56.2, 7 wins, $76,827) and Change Gear (1:54.4, 11 wins, $73,754). Currently Change Stride is doing an excellent job racing in Western Australia. He won at Gloucester Park on Friday night (12th February), bringing up win No. 100 for Chaangerr and he has won 10 of 15 starts this season alone, also clocking a career best 1:55.7 Mile Rate over 1730m at Gloucester Park and now has an impressive career record of 33 starts for 16 wins, 4 seconds and 4 thirds, for total earnings of $131,423. He is a ¾-brother to the first yearling to be offered for sale at this year’s round of NZ Yearling Sales. Lot 1 at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale on the 22nd February is an outstanding Rocknroll Hanover / Changedown filly. Changedown is a Falcon Seelster daughter of Chaangerr, who was unraced, but has started her career in the broodmare paddock with a bang. Her first foal, a filly by Christian Cullen, showed a lot of promise but had her racing career nipped in the bud with a horrific training accident injury. Her second foal is the Mach Three filly named Renske B who as a 2-year-old this season has won her only two trials and yesterday went on to be unbeaten in all her public appearances, with a win in the first of the 2YO Fillies Sires Stakes Heats. This filly sold at the 2015 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale for $30,000, so your chance to get into this prolific producing family is there to be had in Lot 1 this year, right from the get-go. She too looks set to continue the legacy established by Chaangerr, who is now enjoying her retirement on her co-owner, Rob Carr’s property in Karaka.  

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

Harness racing owners John and Debbie Padberg paid $11,500 for Lot 83 at the 2014 Gloucester Standardbreds WA Yearling Sale. The then colt by Changeover from the Parsons Den mare Im Yours is now a gelding and named My Papa Bear. My Papa Bear, trained by Mrs Padberg and driven by Michael Tenardi, won its first race at its fourth start at Northam last night at a 1:56.7 rate over the 1780 metres earning a first place cheque for $4,550. In addition the Padbergs received a Westbred Bonus of $2,550 plus a Westbred First Win Owners Bonus of $2,000 giving the Wanneroo couple a gross cheque of $9,100. In addition the gelding’s breeders Kevin and Annette Charles received a $2,000 Breeders First Win Bonus and a 12.5% Westbred Breeders Bonus of $318.75. Mr and Mrs Charles have 12 yearlings entered for the 2016 Gloucester Standardbreds Yearling Sale on February 21st while their son Kody has a further nine yearlings entered under his KTC Bloodstock banner. Both of the Charles drafts feature yearlings by Changeover who is quickly establishing himself as one of the risings stars in Southern Hemisphere siring ranks and, with his oldest progeny just four-years-olds, he is already the sire of 78 individual winners including the standouts Run Oneover 1:53.4 $161,253 and Nuala 1:55.6 $132,448. Alan Parker

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

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  

After snaring a race with The Zigmeister on the first day of the Westport Christmas harness racing meeting, Margo Nyhan and Peter Davis were at it again early on day two when the Game Changer made up for an unlucky run the first day with a narrow but impressive win. Away well from barrier nine to lead early for driver Peter Davis, Game Changer took a trail after 300 metres behind the free going Idealagain with Stevie Golding in the bike. Idealagain set a hot tempo in front and tried to slip away on the corner but Game Changer charged up the passing lane for a narrow but impressive win. Game Changer paced the 2000 metres on the grass from a stand in 2:38.4 with closing sectionals of 59.4 and 28.8. Peter was impressed with the run. “He did that a lot easier than it looked.” “It wasn't until I got busy with him that he grabbed the bit and shot through late,” Peter said. Margo and Peter selected Game Changer from the 2014 New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch for $12,000. They were attracted to the son of Changeover by the fact he was from a half sister to their former smart pacer The Gigalo (12 wins) ($135,370). "He was a smart compact individual when we brought him and we thought he might make a two year old but like a lot of the Changeovers he has never stopped growing.” “Whatever he does at three is a bonus as he will be much better again next season.”  Margo and Peter reckon that what Game Changer has done todate has been done on raw ability and that he has heaps to learn. “Today was only his fourth time off the place in his life and he knows next to nothing.” “He is a big dummy in a lot of ways but when the penny drops we think he will develop into a lovely horse,” Margo said. No decision has yet been made as to weather Game Changer will start at Reefton. “It depends on how he comes through todays race.” “However todate he has handled everything thrown at him on the trip, Margo said. Whatever he does for the rest of the season, it seems Game Changers best days may be as a four and five year old. PS: The Nyhan-Davis combination had a great two days at Westport, winning two races along with two seconds and three thirds. Harnesslink Media

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