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Twelve months ago harness racing trainer Gary Quinlan celebrated a victory in the Australian Pacing Gold for two year old fillies at Tabcorp Park Menangle when Queen Of Pop scored at the odds of 30 to 1.  Mark Purdon’s filly Supersonic Miss was expected to win the rich final comfortably after annihilating her rivals in the semi final but could only finish fourth. This year’s lead up to the APG for two year old colts and geldings is eerily similar.  Kiwi trainer Mark Purdon has the raging hot favourite, Our Waikiki Beach that is yet to taste defeat and Quinlan’s entrant Most Happy Cullen is given very little chance of winning by the bookmakers. “I didn’t think Queen Of Pop was a chance of beating Supersonic Miss last year in the final and I actually thought my filly may have been better placed in the consolation but everything fell into place and we got the win in the big one,” Quinlan said. “It is the same this year, I can’t see how my horse Most Happy Cullen can turn the tables on Our Waikiki Beach but I’m happy to be in the APG anyway.” Most Happy Cullen squeezed into the final field after running fifth in Saturday night’s semi final behind Our Waikiki Beach. “We were 30 metres off the winner in the semi but to be honest I was a little bit concerned going into the race because I thought Our Waikiki Beach might lead and get a very comfortable middle half and that doesn’t suit my horse, he needs to sit on the back of a solid tempo.” “I was really pleased with Most Happy Cullen, he got a bad check on the first turn but recovered well and chased hard in that final (26.6 second) quarter.” While Quinlan will be cheering his runner home on Sunday afternoon he confirmed he does have a soft spot for Our Waikiki Beach. “Debbie and I prepared Our Waikiki Beach for the sales, we both had a lot of time for him, he would free leg on the jogger and it didn’t surprise us that he has turned out to be a nice horse.” “The horse was bred by the Fusinato family and they have been clients of ours for about 25 years and have put together a really nice band of broodmares.” The Fusinato family also retain a 50% share in Most Happy Cullen after they bred the son of Christian Cullen. “He is a full brother to Jazzam and I think with a bit of time he is going to be a really nice horse.” “It is going to be a big weekend for the stable, we’ve got two fillies in the APG semi finals on Friday night so hopefully it is a good one.” Sydney reinsman Blake Fitzpatrick will retain the drive after partnering the two year old on Saturday night in the semi final. Greg Hayes

The harness racing meeting in Hobart on Sunday night served up eight odds-on favourites on the eight-event card and had it not been for a bolter winning the fourth event it would have been a clean sweep for punters. The first three favourites saluted with all-the-way wins including the Nathan Ford-trained Supersub that made the most of the pole position to lead comfortably. It was a stroll in the park for the gelded son of Christian Cullen and it was a gun drive from novice driver Tayla Ford who has delivered some brilliant efforts in the sulky of late. Supersub was well placed in the C3-C4 event that offer a mare and novice driver concession. The gelding covered the 2090 metres in 2m.35s and clocked a mile rate of 1.59.4 and covered his last 800m in 59.3. Ford kept Supersub's mind on the job over the concluding stages because he had shown a tendency to let his mind wander in a couple of previous races. Supersub has won three and notched six second placings from his 13 starts in Tasmania with his overall record standing at nine wins and 20 minor placings from 65 starts for $62,528 in stakes. He arrived from NSW in September last year and after three unplaced efforts he has developed into a very handy pacer that has bright prospects. Peter Staples

With this years harness racing season moving into its eighth month, we thought it a good time to look at any trends in the sires charts in Australia. A quick look told us the overall sires list is little changed from the last few seasons with the same four sires once again holding sway. The leader once again is the champion sire in Bettor's Delight who holds an $800,000 lead over his arch rival Art Major with over a $2,000,000 gap back to Christian Cullen in third and another $500,000 back to Mach Three in fourth.  These four sires have been the leading quartet for a few years now and nothing has materialized in the last few seasons to suggest that is going to change any time soon. When you go to the three year old sires list the roles are reversed with Art Major holding a $150,000 lead over Bettors Delight with Sportswriter another $200,000 back in third with Somebeachsomewhere making up the top four another $80,000 back. With the leading two three year old sires in Art Major and Bettor's Delight having plenty of classic runners to represent them in the latter part of the season, the battle for three year old supremacy looks likely to be decided between these two champion sires. When you go to the two year old sires list, Art Major is once again at the head of the class followed closely by Courage Under Fire and then Rock N Roll Heaven and Rocknroll Hanover. The first season sire Rock N Roll Heaven has started to replicate his North American siring performance with five of his seven winners being fillies and he should get a further boost on that front when the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained filly MacKenzie lines up in the APG heat at Menangle on Saturday night. Courage Under Fire has always had the ability to throw up that outstanding youngster and he looks to have another ready made star in Don't Hold Back whose effortless win in a stunning 1:53.7 at Melton was the star turn amongst the juveniles so far this season in our opinion. As has been noted several times before, three of the four leading overall sires on the Australian sires list are based in New Zealand. It is to be hoped that one or two of the newer sires available to breeders that are based in Australia can come through in the next couple of years to challenge the Kiwi domination. Harnesslink Media 

The time honoured harness racing classic for two year olds, the Welcome Stakes is up for grabs on Friday night and we thought an in depth preview was in order. New Zealand Welcome Stakes 1) Arden's Choice - Starts: 3    Wins: 0    Secs: 2    Thirds: 0    Life: $9,550 Lovely filly who followed up two big runs leading into the Young Guns Fillies final at Alexandra Park by throwing her toys out in the big race with an early gallop. Ability not in question and while two or three of the colts may have her measure, she is more than capable of holding her own against most here. Trifecta and first four chance from the draw. 2) Classie Brigade - First Tote Start Beautifully bred son of Bettor's Delight from the former top racemare Trigirl Brigade 1:52.3 (pld) $143,711) who was a $60,000 purchase at last years Australasian Classic sale at Karaka. Has been prominent at trials and workouts in Canterbury but yet to win one yet from four attempts. His last trial was his best effort though with a 4 1/2 length second to Waikiki Beach at Rangiora. A work in progress for us and not in this field at this stage. 3) Sophisticated Lady - Starts: 2    Wins: 0    Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $4,668 Very good run on debut in Leonard Memorial when a smart second to Northern Velocity. Disappointing in the Caduceus Club Classic last Saturday at Invercargill but in her defence the track was very wet and she didn't look comfortable in it at anytime during the race. Still learning what the racing game is all about and at this stage we would prefer her in a fillies race rather than up against the colts here. 4) Waikiki Beach - Starts: 1    Wins: 1  Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $16,300  Outstanding debut at Invercargill in the $25,000 Kindergarten Stakes where he zipped the last 400 metres on a slushy track in 26.7  This big impressive looking son of Somebeachsomewhere was super impressive at last Wednesdays workouts at Rangiora and showed real speed off the gate which is a big plus here. The draw makes him the one to beat in our book but it won't be easy with Chase The Dream in here as well. Include in everything. 5) Vanquished - Starts: 1    Wins: 0  Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $1,150 Another well bred son of Bettors Delight who cost $26,000 at last years Premier sale at Christchurch. Has won a couple of workouts but not against the horses he faces here. His first up fourth in a field of five from barrier one was just ok and too many here  have the wood on him for us to see him as a major player. Not for us. 6) Ice Crusher - First Tote Start This smart looking son of Chistian Cullen cost $68,000 at last years Premier sale at Christchurch. Was looking sharp at trials and workouts in January after which he had a brief let up and he has come back in late March with a couple of tidy runs including a quiet third today at Rangiora. Has run time and looks a progressive type to us and appeals as a roughie to spike up those trifectas and first fours.  7) Motu Premier - Starts: 3    Wins: 0   Secs: 1    Thirds: 2    Life: $9,091 Lovely Bettors Delight colt who has gone three smart races in his career to date. Unlucky third in the Sapling Stakes after jumping a shadow on the corner which was followed by a run at Invercargill for second on a slushy track which he didn't seem to handle all that well. Last start third third to Chase The Dream was full of merit as he drew the widest in the small field and worked mid race as well. A must have for all combination takers. 8) Chase The Dream - Starts: 4    Wins: 4    Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $99,414 ($99,414) Unbeaten in four starts as a juvenile but that record is under threat here from his stablemate Waikiki Beach. Has great ringcraft which all the smart two year olds have and has an all round game being both quick and tough. You can't do anymore than win and being a Bettors Delight he won't give up his unbeaten streak without a real fight. But for the draw would have been first pick. Include in everything 9) MacKenzie - First Tote Start This daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven from the former outstanding racemare Kept For Pleasure 1:56 ($542,343) was an $82,000 purchase at last years Australian Pacing Gold sale at Sydney. Has been very prominent at trials around Canterbury and is being aimed at the APG sales race series in Australia. Big strong filly who has shown the ability to work in her trials and workouts. Quiet trial win at Rangiora today but home in 27.1 and not out of her depth here but draw makes it hard. Include in first fours SELECTIONS  This really is an All Star barn benefit. The draw makes us lean towards Waikiki Beach who has looked special at trials and his one raceday start. The obvious danger is Chase The Dream and these two look the obvious quinella. Motu Premier is a clear third choice for us in front of Arden's Choice, Ice Crusher and MacKenzie who should fight out that fourth placing. Harnesslink Media

“He’s a bloody ripper,” declared a beaming harness racing driver Michael Bellman after driving Uncle Wingnut to victory in Sunday’s Greggs Electrical Ouyen Pacing Cup. The Joe Costa-trained seven-year-old gelding broke the track record for the 2809-metre trip, his 7.3-metre win accompanied by a mile rate of 2:00.4 – bettering the previous mark by 0.7secs. Despite sitting in the sulky behind the best horse in the race Bellman still produced some magic, easing three-wide early to commence a move and flushing out South Australian Mister Styx, which allowed Bellman to jag into the coveted one-out-one-back trail. Michael Smith driving Mister Styx must have immediately regretted his move as fellow border-hopper Glenferrie Rustler declared the death seat not up for grabs, posting Mister Styx three-wide and in a bind for the remainder of the race. Entering the back straight the final time Bellman made his move, angling the $2 favourite three-wide when Mister Styx tailed out after a torrid run, Uncle Wingnut dashing to a clear lead at the top circle. Gollahman and Our Waldenbury had both enjoyed economical runs from their respective drivers, Zac Phillips and Damian Wilson, and both ran into the placings but there was no catching Uncle Wingnut. The son of Christian Cullen powered home, his last half clocked at 56.3secs. “When I lobbed the one-one I was quietly happy with things,” Bellman said. “He’s versatile. There’s no set way to drive him. Joe (Costa) and the team have done a great job with him.” Costa said Uncle Wingnut was “a great trier” who was “easy to train” and “laidback”. Meanwhile, the Alabar Bloodstock Northern Region Championship Final was taken out by Vince Vallelonga-trained Bonny Under Fire. The consistent mare found the lead from gate two, crossing stablemate Kissed Flush who eventually went off stride and had to be pulled up after breaking gear. Several runners put the pressure on Bonny Under Fire mid-race, but she was able to overcome it and respond tenaciously for a 3.3-metre win in a track-record run of 1:57.9 for the 2040m start. Madis Made finished second in the Championship Final for Bellman, with Dark Side third. It was a big day for Bellman, who finished with two winners – the cup aboard Uncle Wingnut and Race 2 with in-form Murranji Track. The Ararat reinsman also finished second with Scout Hall Road in Race 3, Life Of Ted in Race 4 and Rayner Storm in Race 6, and placed third on outsider One Knight Stand in the last race. A huge crowd was on hand at Ouyen, club president Graeme Mengler thrilled with how the day played out. “I’ve had people telling me how good the kids’ entertainment was and the crowd was excellent,” Mengler said. “It was a really positive day for the club.” Local Amanda Foster won $1000 from the TAB thanks to Harness Racing Victoria’s TAB Trots Selfies competition, while loads of other patrons walked away with prizes from the plethora of on-course giveaways that were offered. >> VIDEO: Watch Uncle Wingnut take out the Greggs Electrical Ouyen Pacing Cup by Cody Winnell

Statesman N (Christian Cullen) had to settle for second best as the betting public's favorite in last Saturday night's $17,500 feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway but this week, the Ron Burke-trained eight year old would not be denied. Statesman N, who came from off the pace in last week's 'Winners Over' pacing feature, moved out to the early lead for driver Jim Morrill Jr on the foggy Saturday night in Saratoga. Once he got to the lead, the 1-5 favorite would not be denied and hit the wire first in 1:54.3. Classic Gent (Stephane Bouchard) sat the pocket to the winner and held strong in the stretch to finish second while longshot JK Panache (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. While Statesman N was the feature winner, it was Mickey Hanover (Billy Dobson) who put up the fastest time of the young season at the Spa with a sensational victory that came in 1:52.4. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Handy harness racing performer Blazin N Cullen will appreciate the drop in class this weekend. Fourth in the Inter Dominion at Tabcorp Park Menangle earlier this month, Blazin N Cullen will return to the country scene for Saturday night’s Young Cup. Despite his second row draw, the John McCarthy-trained pacer is the early favourite at $3.20. Blazin N Cullen is no stranger to provincial feature success having captured last season’s Renshaw Cup at Penrith. Pleased with the gelding’s progress since his Inter Dominion campaign, McCarthy is confident Blazin N Cullen is ready to return to the winners’ circle.  “I’ve been really happy with how he has recovered since the Inter Dominion, and when I saw this race programmed, I thought it would be a good option for him,” McCarthy said. “He broke the track record at Penrith not long after he arrived from New Zealand, so the smaller track will not be any worry at all.” With next season’s Perth Inter Dominion already his main goal, McCarthy will base Blazin N Cullen’s form around the time-honoured series, including sending the son of Christian Cullen for a spell soon. “At some stage he is going to need a break, but while he is racing well, he will continue to keep going around,” McCarthy said. “He is owned by WA interests, so the aim is to take him across to Perth at some stage later in the year, but while he is racing well I will press on.” PAUL COURTS

Sometimes the hype around some of our Cup and Classic races is so big that everyone feels a bit let down when the race doesn't live up to all the pre race predictions. Tonights $250,000 Auckland Trotting Cup at Alexandra Park was hyped up all week by the media and harness racing pundits but on this occasion the race was better than the pre race hype had suggested it would or could be. From the time the barrier arms folded the horses went to war. As expected Lancewood Lizzie flew the gate to lead early but she immediately handed up to Ohoka Punter who was then set upon by Elios who went to the lead after 500 metres. While this was happening up front, Dexter Dunn had settled Christen Me four back in the running line as the leaders kept up the scorching pace. Mark Purdon sent Adore Me forward to find the death seat shortly after and then landed the one by one when her stablemate Smolda went to the death seat. As soon as he got there, Smolda began to over race and pressured Elios in the lead until finally breaking that horse at the 700 metres mark. Smolda burst to the lead down the back with Adore Me in hot pursuit and Christen Me and Dexter Dunn looming up wider out after a cosy run four back on the outer. Nearing the 500 metres mark Adore Me faulted for a stride or two but quickly got going again as they turned for home. Adore Me and Christen Me looked set to fight out the finish but they were quickly joined by Ohoka Punter who had cleared a pocket on the inner. Passing the 100 metres mark the three of them were in line but right on the finishing line Christen Me got his nose in front of a very game Adore Me with an equally game Ohoka Punter a further 1/2 neck back in third. It was a race for the ages and worthy of every bit of hype that had been showered on it leading up to the race. Christen Me paced the 2700 metres in a new New Zealand record of 3:13.8, a mile rate of 1:55.5 with closing sectionals of 56 and 28. The time of 3:13.8 took two seconds off the previous record of 3:15.8 held by Tintin In America. Dexter Dunn was full of praise for the Christian Cullen gelding. " This horse has taken me all over Australasia and never let me down." " I actually think that I went too early but I was traveling that well off the back I let him run." "It has probably worked out well going in fresh tonight because he always races great in that condition." "It was nice to drive him cold for a change tonight as well," Dexter said. It wasn't a perfect build up for Christen Me with his lack of recent racing and Dexter wasn't happy with how he warmed up tonight. " He wasn't comfortable with the murphy blind in the warm up so in the end I took it off." "He actually travelled beautifully without it,"Dexter said. Adore Me pulled up a touch sore post race due to the incident with 500 metres to go and has been sent to the spelling paddock and won't be seen again this season. Harnesslink Media  

Rocker Band booked a start in the $140,000 Nevele R Fillies Final at Addington on May 9 when defeating last season’s Breeders Crown-winning 2YO filly Katy Perry at Methven on Sunday, February 22. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover and 2005 New Zealand Cup winner Mainland Banner shared favouritism with Katy Perry in the Hororata Trotting Club’s Nevele R heat on the grass. Both had turns at leading, with Rocker Band having the early gate speed to cross, then driver Ricky May elected to take a trail on Katy Perry nearing the final 800m. Rocker Band had the superior sprint in the run home, coming clear by 2 1/4 lengths in a useful 2:02.3 (1609m) on a drizzle-affected grass track. She was a slightly disappointing fourth at her previous start in the Ashburton Nevele R Heat for trainer Mark Jones, who expected more after securing the perfect trail. She was still racetimed in 1:55.6 there, but couldn’t go with the top Mark Purdon/Natalie Rasmussen-trained fillies of Fight For Glory, who was too good in 1:54.5 from Linda Lovegrace and Supersonic Miss. Both Fight For Glory (New South Wales Oaks Heat) and Supersonic Miss (Pascoes The Jewellers Northern Oaks Prelude) complimented the Ashburton heat run by winning again last weekend. Rocker Band had also been earmarked for the New South Wales Oaks series, but the domestic Nevele R heat was a more suitable target after Ashburton. She was recording her second win at her fifth start for Queensland owner Greg Brodie. The Overport Lodge stable moved to 34 wins and crashed through the $300,000 stakes barrier for the season wtih Rocker Band’s success. The stable also produced Zakspatrol for an upset $40.80 win price in the hands of Kimberly Butt at Addington on Friday night. Kim was able to secure a good trail on the outer with the Grant and Katherine Hatton-owned Zakspatrol in the Blue Star Taxis Pace. They finished too well for Sunnivue Bay Boy, Little Lion Man and Mach’s Terminator in 3:21.5 for the stand start 2600m. The stable also went close at Auckland with trotter Charming Lavra, who ran a close second after moving up in the open for Blair Orange. Courtesy of Mark Jones Racing Stables - Check site here  

Yesterday we did a review of how all the harness racing sires fared at the two day sale at Christchurch this week. Now we turn our attention to Auckland and as expected the Australasian Classic was the success everybody thought it would be with a catalogue as strong as anything ever presented at Auckland. The one huge plus at this years sale was that the champion sire Bettors Delight ended up with with 35% of all horses sold at the sale. Between them Bettor's Delight, Art Major, Mach Three and American Ideal provided nearly two thirds of all the horses sold at Auckland which is such a help when it comes to averages overall. Bettors Delight Number Sold - 40 Overall average - $55,512 Colt average - $62,820 Filly average - $43,330 Just the backbone of the sale and his colt average for 25 sold of $62, 820 is outstanding for any standardbred sale worldwide let alone in New Zealand. Surprisingly for us his fillies averaged nearly $20,000 less than the colts which for a sire who is the best filly sire on the planet is a bit of a mystery to us. Art Major Number sold - 14 Overall average - $48,000 Colt average - $64,100 Filly average - $39,055 Compared to how he fared in Christchurch, Art Major had a stunning sale in Auckland. He has the highest colt average at $64,100 and his fillies brought money more in line with how they are performing on the track. The issue in New Zealand for Art Major has always been one of numbers in the sale due to him never breeding huge numbers of mares in this country. That changed this season when he served a book of 170 mares in New Zealand and therefore he should have a much bigger presence at the sales in the near future. Mach Three Numbers sold - 6 Overall average - $38,333 Colt average - $40,000 Filly average - $30,000 Those figures are a good indication of where Mach Three sits in the overall scheme of things.  Right up there with the big boys but commercially just a touch behind the other two sires above. Continues to have fluctuations in his numbers for sale due to foal numbers but does have bigger crops coming through so may have bigger representation in the future. American Ideal Numbers sold - 11 Overall average - $33,863 Colt average - $40,714 Filly average - $19,375 His numbers at Auckland were a lot better than they were at Christchurch but that was due entirely to one lot who made $150,000. We are still at a loss to explain the lack of demand for American Ideal fillies which have been his flag bearers in New Zealand. Hard to pinpoint what the problem is here with buyers overlooking his stock in favour of stock by sires he is matching on the track. It may just be the lag effect between racetrack performance and sale ring success but we will be watching closely next year for the uplift in prices his performance deserves. Somebeachsomewhere Numbers sold - 4 Overall average - $36,625 Colt average - $42,500 Filly average - $34,333 As in Christchurch the SBSW were great types and were keenly sought after. The only Somebeachsomewhere colt in this sale went to the All Stars barn who have had some success with stock from his very small New Zealand crops to date. His biggest New Zealand crop are now foals on the ground and with the success at this years sales you would anticipate a much bigger representation at next years round of sales. Christian Cullen Number sold - 5 Overall average - $28,900 Colt average - $36,500 Filly average - $22,500  A bit surprising to see Christian Cullen struggle as much as he did in Auckland. Still in the frame as a commercial stallion as he proved at the two days in Christchurch but apart from one lot he was not wanted at this sale. His fillies in particular were marked down which considering their success over the years was a minor surprise. Rocknroll Hanover Number sold - 7 Overall average - $32,714 Colt average - $36,500 Filly average - $30,000 We didn't include Rocknroll Hanover in our Christchurch review as we took the view that being deceased meant he had a limited future impact on New Zealand sales. But having sold seven at Auckland and having such healthy figures persuaded us that we should include him in the Auckland review. A lot of breeders have used him over their Artsplace mares and horses bred on this cross are highly sought after world wide as this cross has produced six of Rocknroll Hanover's eight millionaires. Muscles Yankee Number sold - 3 Overall average - $42,333 Colt average - $43,500 Filly average - $40,000  Muscles Yankee only had the three lots in the whole sale but they all made over $40,000 so their is a real demand still for his stock. The maternal families of all three lots were top class which may have helped the overall result. Majestic Son Numbers sold - 3 Overall average - $34,500 Colt average - $52.500 Filly average - $25,500 The small number in the sale is due to the fact that Majestic Son only has eight yearlings on the ground in New Zealand Should have a much bigger representation next year as he served 161 mares in 2014 on the back of his earlier small crops performing so well. Overview  This sale is the best promotional tool that harness racing has in New Zealand but it has the potential to be so much better in our opinion By natural attrition of smaller breeders in the North, the sale has few lots by sires who are not in the elite group as the above statistics show. We firmly believe that the Australasian Sale could reach far greater heights if the following changes were implemented. *Limit the sale to 125 lots * Make it a select sale * Have a set number of places set aside for southern breeders. The whole point of the changes is to turn the Australasian Sale into an elite sale that dominates the top end market in Australasia. The thoroughbred breeders do it very successfully with K1 at Karaka and while we will never reach those heights we can close the huge gap a wee bit. Breeders in the north who don't get accepted for the Australasian Classic have a ready made alternative these days with the all age sale in May which has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. Last year it hit a five figure average for the first time and the bench of buyers included most of the regulars on the New Zealand sales scene. We have a chance to position our industry in the best possible light with a smaller select sale at Auckland and it is something that we would hope would be considered by PGG Wrightson and The North Island Breeders Association.. Harnesslink Media

Most harness racing enthusiasts in New Zealand headed to the sales this week at both Auckland and Christchurch and a lot took home a yearling or two. With the dust just settling on the two days at the Premier Sale in Christchurch, we thought it a good time to assess the performance of our leading sires at that sale along with a few of the other sires who aspire to reach that level. All the numbers used are correct at the present time but may vary slightly as more of the passed in horses are sold post sale The elephant in the room in any review such as this is of course Bettor's Delight. He just completely dominated both days at Christchurch both in numbers sold and the average over the two days. Bettor's Delight  Number sold - 49 Overall average - $51,091 Colt average - $56,645 Filly average - $34,291 The surprising thing from those statistics is the big gap between his colts and his fillies. Bettor's Delight is renowned for leaving great fillies so to us the gap was surprising. Apart from that what can you say. A great sire who continues to dominate the sales and nothing happened in the two days at Christchurch to suggest that any change to the status quo is coming anytime soon. The next most successful sire with big numbers was the stallion that Bettor's Delight dethroned from the top spot in the yearling sales averages in Christian Cullen. His numbers held up well considering all the challengers he is facing on the siring front. Christian Cullen Numbers sold - 18 Overall average - $37,611 Colt average - $40,133 Filly average - $25,000 Considering where his service fee presently sits, Christian Cullen represents great value on yesterdays results and that is not something we were able to say just a few years ago. Every year the pundits predict his demise as a sire of significance but every year the buyers continue to put their hand up for the Christian Cullens and for big money to boot. Another elite sire who had a good sale was Mach Three. Mach Three Numbers sold - 20 Overall average - $30,700 Colt average - $32,062 Filly average - $29,791 This was one sire who had little difference in the average between his fillies and his colts. The top price of $71,000 was the same for both his best filly and colt and most of the leading trainers brought one or two by him. Has been doing a great job over the last few years but is probably overdue another high class colt in the next twelve months or else the so called experts will be suggesting his best days are behind him. American Ideal Numbers sold - 22 Overall average - $15,681 Colt average - $19,166 Filly average - $11,500  Considering the great last twelve months that his stock have had on the racetracks of Australasia, it was a real surprise to us and no doubt to vendors as well that he struggled as much as he did. Even more confusing was the lack of interest in his fillies when they have been his flag bearers in New Zealand over the last twelve months. Sometimes there is a lag in racetrack performance being converted into sales success and to us that is the most logical explanation here. Courage Under Fire Numbers sold - 8 Overall average - $32,375 Colt average - $34,857 Filly average - $16,000 Just continues to fly under the radar of most of the breeders in New Zealand but not the buyers thats for sure. Only sold one filly so that average is misleading but his colts were highly sought after throughout the two days. Has shown repeatedly that he can compete with any sire in the sales ring but his number of mares served in New Zealand continue to decline. He only served nineteen mares in 2014 so some vendors who have a foal by him may be in for a good return at next years sales. Art Major Numbers sold - 14 Overall average - $29,600 Colt average - $28,833 Filly average - $30,187  Considering the run that Art Major is having on both sides of the Tasman, the lack of big money for most of his yearlings took us by surprise. He did have one six figure filly but his second best yearling price wise only made $45,000. Didn't appear to us to be anything amiss with the yearlings in question and the only answer we could come up with was they weren't Bettor's Delights. Amazing result really when you look at the super season his three year olds are having in New Zealand Somebeachsomewhere Numbers sold - 5 Overall average - $48,000 Colt average - $55,000 Filly average - $20,000 First crop of any size in New Zealand and these yearlings were conceived via fresh semen. Without exception they were good looking types and were keenly sought after. Going by the type of yearling produced by Somebeachsomewhere at this years sales,  we could be about to see why the North Americans hold the son of Mach Three in such high esteem. Rock N Roll Heaven Numbers sold - 4 Overall average - $30,250 Colt average - $40,000 Filly average - $20,500 They all were nice types but what surprised us was his only filly made just $20,500. The fillies have been the ones flying the flag for Rock N Roll Heaven in North America and in Australasia so the emphasis on the colts was a surprise. Look very much like clones of their grand sire Rock N Roll Hanover which is a good thing in our book though attitude did seem an issue at times with a couple of them. Sportswriter Numbers sold - 5 Overall average - $26,300 Colt average - $27,625 Filly average - $21,000 The whole five of them were lovely types and we thought they under sold when you looked at the pedigrees and the individuals at the sale. All of them made at least $20,000 but only one kicked on from that to make $46,000. There are question marks over whether he can leave that elite level colt or filly but you couldn't fault the yearlings in Christchurch and we were a touch disappointed with the prices they made. Changeover Numbers sold - 10 Overall average - $11,550 Colt average - $12,333 Filly average - $10,375 Not the kind of sale he would have been looking for. He had his moments but his lack of classic winning horses from his first crop is starting to hurt him. All he needs is one or two top liners to appear and his stock will double in value over night. His overall numbers are great and everything else is on track but he does need those couple of stars and sooner rather than later. Love You Numbers sold - 4 Overall average - $28,875 Colt average - $28,875 A great result for a trotting sire to have four average over $28,000. They were keenly sought after when ever a Love You entered the ring. The only issue now is he only served 13 mares in 2014 and was unavailable this season so there will few of them at the sales in the next year or two. Muscle Mass Numbers sold - 13 Overall average - $16,923 Colt average - $16,625 Filly average - $17,400 A great return to New Zealand for the son of Muscles Yankee and he had a big sale considering his numbers and the fact some of the maternal families were ok but not sensational. A sire who is really on the up in North America but the only downside is this is his only crop in New Zealand to go through the sales and at this stage it will be his last as he hasn't shuttled for the last two years. Overview All the sires we have reviewed would in the main be satisfied with what they achieved at this years Premier sale in Christchurch. Some probably hoped to do a bit better and some probably did a bit better than they thought they would but the numbers for the sires we have covered are commendable. Some sires at this years Christchurch sales that we haven't reviewed here didn't help the overall sale on any level and you would have to question the value of continuing to present stock by them at what is meant to be a "Premier" sale. Harnesslink Media

The first day of this years harness racing sales in Christchurch were held today and the contrast with yesterday in Auckland was quite marked. The top end looked after it self as it did in Auckland with four $100,000 sales on day one. The difference from Auckland was the middle market was no where near as strong as it was yesterday. Once again the top price was $200,000 and yet again it was for a Bettors Delight Colt. Named Bollinger he was consigned by Glenbrook Park Standardbreds of Mosgiel and is from the smart In The Pocket mare Asabella. The successful bidders were Emilio and Mary Rosarti who also took the highest priced filly home from Auckland. Bollinger Lot 174 Bollinger was the standout colt early in the day  but three other lots after him also hit six figures. The first of those was a real carbon copy of Christian Cullen in Lot 198. Named Circles, the Christian Cullen colt was from the smart Presidential Ball mare in Blackbird Fly and  was consigned by Norwegian Breeding Ltd and was sold to Terry Taylor of Pleasant Point for $100,000. Circles - Lot 198 The next $100,000 sale was not for a couple of hours after that when Lot 263 went through the ring. The upstanding son of Somebeachsomewhere from the In The Pocket mare Free As A Bird was keenly sought after by several buyers before Robert Dunn won the bidding duel when the price reached $100,000 The dam of Lot 198 Blackbird Fly and Lot 263 Free As A Bird are half sisters. Chicargo Styx - Lot 263 The last of todays lots to hit six figures was Lot 313 who was consigned by Ken and Anne Spicer. Named Wrangler, the son of Bettor's Delight is from a half sister to Venus Serena and was purchased by Ian Dobson of Christian Cullen fame. The bidding stalled for quite a while but then really took off and finished at $170,000. Wrangler - Lot 313 The sale overall had a healthy average of just over $27,000 for the lots sold on the day but the middle was held up by the Bettors Delights. The stallion averages were interesting as the figures below show: * Bettors Delight - 23 sold at an average of $56,108 * Christian Cullen - 12 sold at an average of $36,833 * Mach Three - 6 sold at an average of $32,666 * Art Major - 8 sold at an average of $24,937 The top priced trotting bred yearling on the day was Lot 204 and was consigned by Kevin Chapman of Amberley. Named Izmok, the colt by Muscles Yankee from Belle Galleon was keenly sought after by several buyers. The half brother to Stent and Arya was finally knocked down to the Charlie and Kaye Templeton of Invercargill for $90,000. The sale concludes with another 180 lots tomorrow. Full day results Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   142 Windsor B C Monarchy Valley Of The Moon Mr. I. L. & Mrs. C. J. Lochhead Weedons Not sold, Res $18,000     143 Bay Richter B C Ohoka Arizona Vance Marie Messrs. J. M. H. Booth Leeston & H. L. Waretini Christchurch HOOF IT RACING STABLES LTD AUCKLAND $11,000 144 Arizona Highway B C Ohoka Arizona Van Ished Tregynon Farm Ohoka WM MULDREW & GJ ANDERSON MOSGIEL $10,000 145 American Rockstar BR C American Ideal Va Va Voom Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford MR RK & MRS RG MCCUTCHEON TEMUKA $21,000 146 Kat Supreme B F Rocknroll Hanover Village Dreamer Scherger Court Standardbreds Loburn Not sold, Res $30,000     147 Fiscal Madness C C Revenue Violette Millburn Farm Ltd Methven MR B NORMAN OWAKA $7,500 148 Devil Gate Drive B F Santanna Blue Chip Voodoo Doll Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks HUTTVIEW FARM LTD RAKAIA $2,000 149 Myidealson BR C American Ideal Warp Speed Toomebridge Stables Blenheim PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $15,000 150 Western Sapphire B F Art Major Western Legend Legends Bloodstock Ltd Templeton PGW as agent CHCH $14,000 151 Tuakana B C Bettor's Delight Whenua Toliman Lodge Ltd West Melton Withdrawn     152 Zahven Banner BR C Bettor's Delight When You're Hot Banner Bloodstock Ltd Templeton JOHN MCCARTHY AUSTRALIA $30,000 153 Dave The Rave B C Live Or Die Winding Down Mrs. L. M. Jones Mrs. K. E. Hudson Christchurch Mr. D. W. Neal Riwaka & Mr. W. G. Barber Geraldine Withdrawn     154 Night Moves B C Changeover Wonderful Tonight La Grange Farm West Melton GREG O'CONNOR CHCH $20,000 155 Trusty Waihemo B C Bettor's Delight Waihemo Rainship Enterprise Breeding Ltd Christchurch D GALE HELENSVILLE $35,000 156 Sportzstar B C Sportswriter Zenara Bon-Accord Farm Westport Not sold, Res $30,000     157 Balfast B F Rock N Roll Heaven Zenardle Mr. L. C. Driver Amberley Not sold, Res $20,000     158 Kitura B F Mach Three Zitura Mr. M. L. Law Wellington Not sold, Res $17,000     159 Huey Maguire B C Courage Under Fire Zoe Maguire Jubilee Park Cambridge INNER MONGOLIA RIDER HORSE IND CHINA $16,000 160 Punter's Dream B C Bettor's Delight Zagami Mrs. C. M. Dalgety West Melton Mr. A. Zame Gisborne Lang Breeding Ltd & Mr. D. Zame Wellington PGW as agent CHCH $37,500 161 Miracle Rising B C Muscle Mass Whosinthenest Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford MR GAVIN SMITH KAIAPOI $19,000 162 Arden's Angel BL F Rock N Roll Heaven Achieve A Dream Arden Lodge Tapanui Withdrawn     163 Hare Razing B C Artsplace Achy Breaky Shufle Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd Auckland B BORCOSKIE RANGIORA $20,000 164 Kiwi Bloke B C Courage Under Fire A Good Kiwi Chick Equine Investments Ltd Christchurch M SHINN CHCH $42,500 165 Dolly Patron B F American Ideal Alice Patron Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch JOHN HOWE CHCH $4,500 166 Gibbston Shard B C Santanna Blue Chip All Time Glory Shard Farm Standardbreds Ltd Invercargill MR D M MCKENDRY ASHBURTON $3,000 167 Angel Bromac B F Mach Three Amaretto Bromac Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton ROBERT J WATSON AUSTRALIA $20,000 168 Ranes B C Love You Xena Hest Yabby Dam Farms Ltd NSW MATTHEW CRAVEN AUSTRALIA $33,000 169 Corporate Intent B C Christian Cullen Annika Sorenstam Twisted Stick Lodge McQueens Valley MR DA & MRS MJ HORTON INVERCARGILL $25,000 170 Waimac Attack B C Mach Three Another Sheila Mr. G. J. & Mrs. C. A. Bailey Cust & Mr. J. F. & Mrs. S. L. Wilson Rangiora Not sold, Res $40,000     171 Phoenix Arizona B C Badlands Hanover Arma Phoenix Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks Not sold, Res $12,000     172 Artistic Jewel B F Christian Cullen Art Lover Mr. J. E. Fokerd Wellington Not sold, Res $25,000     173 Mista Delight B C Bettor's Delight Art Of Perfection Mr. M. J. & Mrs. V. H. Gaylor Ashburton AS & DE MCVICAR GORE $21,000 174 Bollinger BR C Bettor's Delight Asabella Glenbrook Park Standardbreds Mosgiel EMILIO & MARY ROSATI AUSTRALIA $200,000 175 Phoebe Muscle B C Muscle Mass Ashley Sunset Phoebe Partnership Christchurch ROBBIE CLOSE RANGIORA $12,000 176 Rock N Roll Patron BR F Rock N Roll Heaven Anita Patron Mr. J. P. Henderson Christchurch S REID PUKEKOHE $30,000 177 Regal Aspirant B F Monarchy Aspiring Gal Roydon Lodge Stud Ltd Templeton Not sold, Res $30,000     178 Enghien B C Love You Another Starlet Millburn Farm Ltd Methven MR GP & MRS NM HOPE as agent KAIAPOI $20,000 179 Agincourt B C Sam Bourbon Zlata Dream With Me Stables NZ Ltd Christchurch RJ BUTT KAIAPOI $8,500 180 Lady Muscles B F Muscles Yankee Anreca Hest Thompson Bloodstock Limited Dunedin ALAN CLARK TIMARU $5,000 181 Onedin Gambler B C Bettor's Delight Ashanna Mr. W. E. & Mrs. P. M. Bain Roxburgh MR BARRY CLARK CHCH $12,000 182 Pretty Pins B F American Ideal Andress Blue Chip Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd Auckland TERRY MCPHERSON GORE $18,000 183 Highview Emjay B F Art Official Baptism Of Fire Baptism Breeding Ltd Riverton Not sold, Res $30,000     184 Lucas James B C Big Jim Aziza Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks COLIN HARRIS AUCKLAND $12,500 185 Lady Madonna B F Art Major Back In The USSR Norwegian Wood Breeding Ltd Leeston B PURDON CLEVEDON $16,000 186 Baileys Knight BR C Christian Cullen Baileys Delight Mr. A. J. Grant Springston INNER MONGOLIA RIDER HORSE IND CHINA $12,500 187 Arden's Beach Boy B C Somebeachsomewhere Ardensplace Arden Lodge Tapanui MR RJ PATERSON EQUINE LTD RANGIORA $35,000 188 Blues City Babe B F Gotta Go Cullect Beale Street Babe Twisted Stick Lodge McQueens Valley ANDREW ARMOUR INVERCARGILL $3,500 189 Beaudiene Angel BL F Changeover Beaudiene Bianca Beaudiene Breeding Otautau MR DA & MRS MJ HORTON INVERCARGILL $13,000 190 Ultimate Turbo B C Bettor's Delight Bee Jays Money Ultimate Breeding Westport PGW AS AGENT CHCH $60,000 191 Bella Figlia B F Art Major Bella Arden Equine Investments Ltd Christchurch S L MCCAFFREY CAMBRIDGE $12,500   Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   192 One Bid Buys B F Muscle Mass Biddy Bid Yesberg Bloodstock Ltd Kaiapoi JB & JR DAVIES HAMILTON $17,000 193 The Best Christian B C Christian Cullen Anvils Delight Enterprise Breeding Ltd Christchurch Withdrawn     194 Ideal Blaze B C American Ideal Blaze Of Colour Mr. M. J. Prendergast West Melton MR T HARKNESS TIMARU $4,000 195 unnamed B C The Pres Blazing Pat Mr. B. G. Woodhouse Omakau Not sold     196 Millie Grey G F Monkey Bones Bonspiel Grace Mrs. S. M. Falconer Oturehua PGW AS AGENT CHCH $11,000 197 Trouble Pres BL C The Pres Boyzenberry Trouble Lodge Methven Withdrawn     198 Circles B C Christian Cullen Blackbird Fly Norwegian Wood Breeding Ltd Leeston TD & AV TAYLOR PLEASANT PT $100,000 199 Baileys Rock BL C Bettor's Delight Baileys Pearl Mr. A. J. Grant Springston CRAN DALGETY CHCH $60,000 200 Mortician C C Monarchy Bred A Monster Ms. M. A. Caig Winton Not sold, Res $10,000     201 That's The Story B C Monarchy Bree Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford Not sold, Res $25,000     202 unnamed B C Justa Tiger Black Minx Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold     203 Bringitonhome BR C Courage Under Fire Bubba Ho Tep Mr. P. A. & Mrs. Y. A. Hogan West Melton MR GREG PAYNE CHCH $22,000 204 Izmok B C Muscles Yankee Belle Galleon Seavale Racing Amberley CT & KL TEMPLETON INVERCARGILL $90,000 205 Absolutely Unreal B F Gotta Go Cullen Brilliant Franco Beaudiene Breeding Otautau MR PAUL WALTON CHCH $9,000 206 Rock N Christian B F Rock N Roll Heaven Cantina Bon-Accord Farm Westport PGW as agent CHCH $11,000 207 Baby Bangles B F Art Major Boom Time Baby Regal Farm Victoria WESTMERE FARMING CO LTD ASHBURTON $20,000 208 My Blue Heaven BR F Rock N Roll Heaven Carnival Banner Mr. P. S. Fry Upper Moutere Not sold, Res $30,000     209 Jewels And Gems BR F Mach Three Cartier Glenbrook Park Standardbreds Mosgiel DOMENICO MARTELLO AUSTRALIA $71,000 210 The Artristocrat B C Art Major Catherine Zeta Mr. G. Chin Mosgiel MR PD BAGRIE KAIAPOI $30,000 211 Robbie Royale B C Raffaello Ambrosio Castle Royale Mrs. S. M. Falconer Oturehua MR B NORMAN OWAKA $10,000 212 Bettor Be Bad BR C Bettor's Delight Beaudiene Bad Babe Taffy Ltd Winton S REID PUKEKOHE $90,000 213 Chilli Franco B F Vintage Master Cherish A Franco Spreydon Lodge Ltd Halswell PGW as agent CHCH $7,000 214 Been A Long Time B C Rocknroll Hanover Child In Time La Grange Farm West Melton MR GH BENNETT RANGIORA $25,000 215 All Money B F Mach Three Cee Ash Rankin Bloodstock Ltd Christchurch JOHN HOWE CHCH $5,000 216 Eye For Fun B F Courage Under Fire Chloe Bromac Mr. G. W. Deakins Christchurch Not sold, Res $10,000     217 Millwood Tiffany B F Christian Cullen Chloe Hanover Ms. K. Carville Ohoka MJ & SJ LITTLE P/SHIP CROMWELL $16,000 218 Falcons Dazza B C Gotta Go Cullen Citybabe Mr. S. R. Baucke Invercargill MR JC HAY ASHBURTON $3,000 219 Over The Love C C Love You Cochy Bondhu Marrion Bloodstock Christchurch MR RJ PATERSON EQUINE LTD RANGIORA $25,000 220 Caleb Jones B C Sportswriter Classy Line NZ Bred Ltd Weedons INNER MONGOLIA RIDER HORSE IND CHINA $20,000 221 Johnny Podres B C Christian Cullen Brooklyn Dream Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch B PURDON CLEVEDON $75,000 222 Cavalier Bromac B C Mach Three Congo Breeze Mr. T. A. Beaton Aylesbury & Bromac Lodge Ltd Christchurch JF CURTIN CHCH $32,000 223 Changearound BL C Changeover Cracker Kate Messrs. C. N. Radford Kaiapoi W. E. Radford Rangiora & Mrs. D. E. Richardson Rangiora Withdrawn     224 Champagne Bromac B F Courage Under Fire Cozette Bromac Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton MR TF ASHBY CHRISTCHURCH $16,000 225 unnamed B C Justa Tiger Congo Smoke Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold     226 Ideal Dash B C Western Ideal Coughton Court Messrs. D. M. Shammall South Australia & P. J. O'Rourke Christchurch N MCGRATH CHCH $25,000 227 Bettor Cruise B F Bettor's Delight Courage Aplenty Messrs. C. N. Radford Kaiapoi W. E. Radford Rangiora & Mrs. D. E. Richardson Rangiora JEFF WHEELER SPRINGSTON $18,000 228 Stompem B C Christian Cullen Crushem Mr. R. K. & Mrs. G. Wah Halswell KIRWEE SYNDICATE CHCH $42,500 229 Immer Besser BR C Bettor's Delight Cullen's Creation Tavistock Breeding Ltd West Melton PGW as agent CHCH $65,000 230 Ultimate Angel B F Bettor's Delight Cullens Katching Ultimate Breeding Westport MR A G HERLIHY PAPAKURA $4,500 231 Christmas Toyboy B C Christian Cullen Diana May Mr. P. F. & Mrs. C. L. Smith Weedons MR D A & MRS P A CHAPMAN ASHBURTON $25,000 232 The Dominator B C The Pres Domination Mr. S. G. Bell Timaru Not sold, Res $10,000     233 Classie Margaret B F Gotta Go Cullect Classie Emma Classiebawn Stud Prebbleton MR JH & MRS NJ GAMESON CHCH $7,000 234 Charming Major B C Art Major Charm Thee Regal Farm Victoria IAN GURNEY AUSTRALIA $22,000 235 Valet B C Bettor's Delight Corbell Birchbrook Breeding Ltd & Mr. S. J. Hooper Woodend Withdrawn     236 Pangani B F Mach Three Christian Watch Mr. G. A. Iggo Christchurch Withdrawn     237 Run Boy Run B C American Ideal Dakota Grace Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd Auckland P KERR KAIAPOI $16,000 238 President Roydon B C The Pres Dear Diedre Roydon Lodge Stud Ltd Templeton BUTTERWORTH RACING SYNDICATE AUSTRALIA $10,000 239 He's Official B C Art Official Delightful Lover Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford MR B MANGOS PUKEKOHE $14,000 240 Youneedabitofmuscle B C Muscle Mass Del's Hoof N It Mr. G. W. & Mrs. S. A. Hunt Leeston Withdrawn     241 Ideal Rule B F American Ideal Cullens Rule Paritai Farm Rakaia JASON LETHABY CHCH $6,000 Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   242 Caviar Bromac BL C Vintage Master Crown Defender Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton MR MARK JONES CHCH $27,000 243 Sportage Denario B F Sportswriter Dreamo Denario Denario Breeding Invercargill Not sold, Res $12,000     244 Tisadream B C Bettor's Delight Dreamy Atom Mr. V. L. & Mrs. D. L. Devery Invercargill DAMIAN KEATING AUSTRALIA $45,000 245 Styx Vixen B F Bettor's Delight Foxy Styx Styx Stables Christchurch BRAEVIEW LTD GORE $60,000 246 Cullinan B C Courage Under Fire Diamond Fleet Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch MENTALLY STABLE CHCH $15,000 247 Donegal Tweed B C Love You Donegal Flat Yabby Dam Farms Ltd NSW EMILIO & MARY ROSATI AUSTRALIA $37,500 248 Eastwood Shadow BL C McArdle Eastwood Blue Jeans Messrs. L. R. Melhopt Prebbleton & T. C. Behrns Lincoln DAWE BLOODSTOCK RANGIORA $8,000 249 Editorial B C Art Official Edernay Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks MR PD BAGRIE KAIAPOI $12,000 250 Paddy Finn B C Christian Cullen Eilish Finn Mrs. H. M. Finlayson Templeton N MCGRATH CHCH $21,000 251 I Can Dream BL F If I Can Dream Ella Sue Netherwood Lodge Trust Blenheim MR JC HAY ASHBURTON $10,000 252 Elisa Mae Jones B F Four Starzzz Shark Emmy Jones NZ Bred Ltd Weedons MR TF ASHBY CHCH $6,000 253 Rock Stock N Barrel B F Rock N Roll Heaven Dudinka's Angel Mr. G. Chin Mosgiel Not sold, Res $17,000     254 Patanjali B F American Ideal Enchanter Franco P. I. & P. M. Renwick Farm Christchurch JAMES MCDONALD CHCH $5,000 255 Garry's Legacy B C Christian Cullen Essential Guest Hunterfield Balcairn CRAIG KENNEDY CUST $21,000 256 Righteous Brother B C Rock N Roll Heaven Falcon's Guest Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch CLEMENCE DRILLING KAIAPOI $20,000 257 Pembrook Blue B C Santanna Blue Chip Dudinka's Star Pembrook Park Limited Ohoka MR R H NEGUS CHCH $4,000 258 Bettor Be Noisy B C Bettor's Delight Fire Dancer Ms. E. K. Fox Christchurch & Mr. L. N. Conner Stewart Island NEIL DARLINGTON AUSTRALIA $22,000 259 Mach's Back B C Mach Three Dream Angel Mr. M. J. Little Invercargill Not sold, Res $20,000     260 Convert Denario B C Changeover Ergo Denario Denario Breeding Invercargill Not sold, Res $8,500     261 Flying Mister D B C Bettor's Delight Flying Mrs Williams One Over Lodge Waimate WM MULDREW & GJ ANDERSON MOSGIEL $41,000 262 Wine Tutor B C Vintage Master For The Don For The Boys Partnership Christchurch MR STEVE DOLAN CHCH $20,000 263 Chicago Styx B C Somebeachsomewhere Free As A Bird Styx Stables Christchurch MR RJ DUNN CHCH $100,000 264 Frisky Bromac B C Bettor's Delight Fresco Denario Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton Not sold, Res $30,000     265 Front Row B F Gotta Go Cullect Front Cover Lover Equine Investments Ltd Christchurch PGW as agent CHCH $16,000 266 Harpers Bazaar B F Santanna Blue Chip Front Page Girl Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks MR NJ & MRS MG GREEN ASHBURTON $2,000 267 On The Rantan B C Bettor's Delight Funontherun Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford CRAN DALGETY CHCH $85,000 268 Standing Bear B C The Pres Flashman Go Harness Racing Ltd Christchurch RJ & DM KING RAKAIA $15,000 269 October Affair B F Christian Cullen Exotic Maid Twisted Stick Lodge McQueens Valley Not sold, Res $7,500     270 Galleons Victory B C Muscle Mass Galleons Assault Mr. G. S. Allen Wellington BARRON BLOODSTOCK INVERCARGILL $15,000 271 Prime Galleon B C Bettor's Delight Galleons Respect Fanny Allen Family Trust Wellington PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $70,000 272 Geena's Girl BR F Crazed Geena's Star DZ Partnership Dunedin TAVISTOCK BREEDING LTD WEST MELTON $7,500 273 Bettor Deal B F Bettor's Delight Gem Power P. I. & P. M. Renwick Farm Christchurch N MCGRATH CHCH $40,000 274 Captain Thunderbolt B C Panspacificflight Genuine Art Macca Lodge Ltd Gore Not sold, Res $20,000     275 Takemetothebeach B F Somebeachsomewhere Give Or Take Messrs. R. J. Paterson Rangiora & G. D. Scott Kaiapoi Not sold, Res $40,000     276 Ohoka Johnny BR C Ohoka Arizona Glentara Ms. K. Carville & Ms. T. Nicholas Ohoka CB & SJ MCPHERSON GORE $8,000 277 Bravo Denario B C Mach Three Goodtogo Denario Denario Breeding Invercargill AS & DE MCVICAR GORE $20,000 278 Livinginthefastlane B C Live Or Die Hanover Fair Mr. R. C. & Mrs. M. M. Beale Oamaru Withdrawn     279 Supreme Banner B C Christian Cullen Gretna's Best Banner Bloodstock Ltd Templeton P KERR KAIAPOI $26,000 280 Extra Blast B C Bettor's Delight Ginnie Moon Duncraigen Farm Ltd Wyndham AUCKLAND TROTTING CLUB 2016 TAKANINI, AUCKLAND $25,000 281 Kahmon BL F Monarchy Kahmotion Mr. B. J. & Mrs. L. A. Smith Burnham MR DAVID C THOMAS ASHBURTON $20,000 282 Fancy Schmancy B F Well Said Hallie Parker Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch Not sold, Res $15,000     283 Serengeti Styx B C Art Major Gotta Go Hype Styx Stables Christchurch PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $60,000 284 Squeeze B F American Ideal Harmony Franco PRB Bloodstock Ltd Christchurch A CONTE AUSTRALIA $5,000 285 Muscles Galore B C Muscle Mass Harriet Hughes Messrs. I. W. McNicholl & Mr. J. P. Baker Wellington Not sold, Res $45,000     286 Master Of Disguise B C Vintage Master Hidden Jewel Mrs. J. L. Smolenski Weedons MR GREG PAYNE CHCH $21,000 287 unnamed B C Well Said Highview Chartom Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold, Res $35,000     288 Cometti B C Bettor's Delight Heavenly Franco P. I. & P. M. Renwick Farm Christchurch MR A G HERLIHY PAPAKURA $67,500 289 Roman Rebel B C Bettor's Delight Highview Chasue Mrs. H. Van Opzeeland West Melton M BROWN INVERCARGILL $40,000 290 Hilarious Magic B C Rocknroll Hanover Hilarious Leigh Mr. J. E. Fokerd Wellington Not sold, Res $30,000     291 Miss Fandango BR F Mach Three Hi Life Franco Mrs. M. E. McCarthy Oamaru K M BARRON CHCH $22,000     Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   292 Better Than Most BL C Bettor's Delight Hi Speed Mr. M. J. & Mrs. V. H. Gaylor Ashburton MR GREG PAYNE CHCH $33,000 293 Save The Day B C Bettor's Delight Holmes Town Girl Glenbrook Park Standardbreds Mosgiel WARREN TAYLOR CHCH $22,000 294 Franco Hampton B C Christian Cullen Hunter Franco Spreydon Lodge Ltd Halswell MR JH & MRS NJ GAMESON CHCH $75,000 295 Art Collector B C Art Official Hurricane Dancer Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford KELK PARTNERSHIP RD 6 $15,000 296 Ohoka Sammy B C Art Major I Izz Sassy Ms. K. Carville Ohoka PGW as agent CHCH $25,000 297 Keepitinthefamily B C Monarchy In De Fence Mrs. W. I. Blakie Oturehua ARNA DONNELLY CAMBRIDGE $10,000 298 Ultimate JJ B F Somebeachsomewhere Inter Shape Ultimate Breeding Westport Not sold, Res $20,000     299 My Wee Man BL C Changeover Jenna Franco Mr. G. J. Crabbe Broadfield PETER BOAG GRETA VALLEY $18,000 300 Funky Monkey G F Monkey Bones Jani Franco NZ Bred Ltd Weedons Withdrawn     301 Love Insist BR C Love You Insist Enterprise Breeding Ltd Christchurch Withdrawn     302 Machinro B C Mach Three Inspiring Dash Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks CRAN DALGETY CHCH $45,000 303 Brylin Trouble BR C Brylin Boyz Ippica Ado Trouble Lodge Methven Not sold, Res $4,000     304 Real Obsession B F Real Desire Isabella Anvil Saratoga Farm Loburn MR GJ BURGESS CHCH $4,000 305 unnamed B C Well Said Ivy Rose Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold, Res $25,000     306 Bakari B C Gotta Go Cullect Jacaranda Mr. G. A. Iggo Christchurch MR KK & MRS BG CHAPMAN AMBERLEY $24,000 307 Macador B C Mach Three J'Adore Bromac Mr. E. L. Basham NSW Not sold, Res $25,000     308 Franco June B C Vintage Master Jazz Franco Spreydon Lodge Ltd Halswell R & E WILSON PARTNERSHIP BALFOUR $7,000 309 Speedy Mach BR C Mach Three Initforfun Mr. M. J. Prendergast West Melton PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $21,000 310 Credit Master B C Muscle Mass Jessicas Credit Arcadia Harness Racing Group Victoria MR AP & MRS LM NEAL CAMBRIDGE $12,000 311 Perchaya B F Vintage Master Jessica Vhea Asmara Farm Partnership Rakaia MR DA NEWTON ASHBURTON $3,000 312 Bettor Rock Again B C Bettor's Delight Jingle Belle Rock Yesberg Bloodstock Ltd Kaiapoi Withdrawn     313 Wrangler B C Bettor's Delight Jen Marie Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks ID DOBSON CHCH $170,000 314 Artful Annie B F Art Major Jubilee Franco Tregynon Farm Ohoka Withdrawn     315 Queen Boudicea BR F Well Said Julia R Messrs. G. Banks & M. Hanover, USA N MCGRATH CHCH $22,000 316 Just Deal It B F American Ideal Justalert Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford IAN GURNEY AUSTRALIA $32,500 317 Roger F B C Muscle Hill Justine H Yabby Dam Farms Ltd NSW Withdrawn     318 Brave Warrior B C Badlands Hanover Just Jayne Ultimate Breeding Westport D GALE HELENSVILLE $6,000 319 Muscle Moment B C Muscle Mass Juverna Gower Terraces Farm Partnership Cheviot J DAVIES & N ALEXANDER AUSTRALIA $17,000 320 Matua Tana B C Love You Kahola Mr. B. J. & Mrs. L. A. Smith Burnham Not sold, Res $55,000   Harnesslink Media

A lot of claims are made every year by various vendors about their yearlings which are being offered for sale at the annual round of the harness racing yearling sales. Some bring a smile to your face when reality is bent out of all shape but every now and then you come across a screed about a yearling whose breeding just cannot be faulted. We would defy anyone to find fault with the pedigree page of Lot 133 at this years Australasian Classic  Yearling sale. The yearling in question is Kharizma who is a daughter of the champion sire Bettor's Delight and is the first foal from the very talented Christian Cullen mare in Temepara Cullen 1:56.1 ($40,143) Temepara Cullen is a daughter of Vicario who was the 2010/ 2011 Broodmare Of The Year. Vicario's star performer was the full brother to Temepara Cullen in Stunin Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,493,716) whose 18 wins included a Hunter Cup, Great Northern Derby and a Ballarat Cup. Vicario left six winners altogether including the very smart Coburg 1:56.8 ($201,312) who was the New Zealand four year old mare of the year in 2003/2004. Coburg has already produced the smart two year old filly in Veste 1:57.1 ($106,024) who won the Caduceus Club Classic (Group 1) Veste is by Christian Cullen making her a three quarter sister to Temepara Cullen The third dam Burgundy Lass left the dual New Zealand Cup winner in IL Vicolo 1:56.7 ($1,580,948) and also the dam of Gotta Go Cullen 1:58.3 ($1,173,343). So in one pedigree we have three millionaires within the first three dams and the dam of the filly to be sold is a 1:56 .1 full sister to one of those millionaires. It just doesn't get any better than that and with Bettors Delight on the top line the package is complete. Kharizma has as good a pedigree as you will find in the catalogue and from the video she looks a filly with a lot of presence to boot. Harnesslink Media

One person who has been having a great run over the last few weeks is Studholme Park proprietor Brian West who just seems to have a new winner at every meeting lately. Brian made the decision a few years ago to retain most of his fillies as he was finding it hard to get a return at the sales on his fillies. Those fillies now go to trainers all over New Zealand and he has had some lovely fillies and mares in the last few years but even Brian must have been gobsmacked recently with the level of success he has been enjoying lately. Breeding to sell for nearly 30 years, Brian has established a quality brood mare band and has been churning out  quality winners for most of that time. Several generations of some of our more successful families are now recognized as a Studholme Park product and his yearlings are keenly sought after each year. Having sold a lot of fillies earlier on at the sales, a lot of the "Studholme " families fillies from that time are spread around Australasia at various studs. Several of those have progeny tracing back to fillies sold by Studholme Park in this years sales. One from the videos that took our eye was Lot 121, Lerato at the Australasian Classic Sale. A daughter of leading Australasian sire Art Major, Lerato is the first foal from the very smart Christian Cullen mare in Suidelike Meisie 1:57.1 ($79,484) She was good enough to make a Harness Jewels Final at Ashburton but her best run was when she ran second to the champion Terror To Love 1:51.1 ($2,395,091)  in a 1:57.2 mile rate for 2200 metres at Alexandra Park. This is the family that got Brian West going all those years ago when Defoe 1:53 ($423,272) burst on to the scene and it has continued to produce classic winning types ever since. Horses such as All Systems Go 1:51.2 ($376,267)  Silver Lined Pocket 1:50.2 ($354,658)  Dream Out Loud 1:48.8 ($322,746) and Secret Potion 1:57.1 ($285,313) have kept this family in the spotlight. Lerato has really thrown to the dam with a real Christian Cullen look about her and looks well placed to add further kudos  to her great maternal family. Harnesslink Media  

From the time In The Pocket hit the harness racing scene in New Zealand he has been a star. His first crop contained Christian Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,249,150) and Under Cover Lover 1:51.8 ($864,923)  while his second crop included the champion juvenile Courage Under Fire 1:54.2 ($1,551,941) The progeny of In The Pocket have won $18,250,055 in New Zealand and his broodmares have been an instant hit in the broodmare barn with $16,941,556 in the bank already and plenty more to come yet. One breeding cross that has produced some talented fillies in the last few years is that of Artsplace over a daughter of In The Pocket or vice versa. This cross has produced such talented types as Annie McGuire 1:53.2 ($280,060) and Exotic Lover 1:55.5 ($110,336) and has been seen a bit more after that initial success. In this years sales the cross is present in Lot 105 at the Australasian Classic Sale in Auckland. Fullofheart  is her name and she is a daughter of Artsplace from the In The Pocket mare Pocketfullofposies. Qualified but only lightly raced, Pocketfullofposies has already left three winners including the smart son of McArdle in Mickey McRooney 1:55.8 ($41,067) The grand dam is the five win Smooth Fella mare Jayvee 2:00.5 who has left seven winners to date including the outstanding grand circuit pacer Sovereign Hill 1:55.5 ($432,555) Black Reef 1:51.8 ($326,846) and Ohara 1:58.8 ($134,131) Half sisters to Pocketfullofposies have left such talented pacers such as Dartmoor 1:55.8 ($416,575) J Walker 1:58 ($173,291) and Bettor Dreams 1:54.6 ($172,542) The third dam is the New Zealand Broodmare Excellence Award winner in Aberfeldy who has done such an outstanding job in the broodmare barn. This is widely recognized as the strongest branch of the famed Black Watch family and with all the smart racehorses close up in the pedigree you can see why. Fullofheart ticks a lot of boxes being by Artsplace from an In The Pocket grand daughter of the brilliant broodmare Aberfeldy and should have plenty of residual value once she has finished racing. Harnesslink Media  

A lot of harness racing breeders in New Zealand will argue for ever about what is the best maternal family. There are usually two main contenders with the Black Watch supporters in the north lined up against the Sakuntala supporters in the south. Both mares have established branches of top families with outstanding success records and you could make a compelling case for either. The Sakuntala success story is forever connected with Father Dan Cummings and Tuapeka Lodge at Lawrence. From the late 1970s, Sakuntala has ruled the southern based yearling sales in the same way that Black Watch has done in the north. Champions such as Monkey King 1:54 ($3,487,401) and Iraklis 1:54 ($1,019,042) kept the Sakuntala name in the headlights with so many other quality horses to back those two champions up. There are plenty of the Sakuntala breed in the sales this year but one of the best without a doubt is Lot 101 at the Australasian Classic at Auckland. Named Lawton Luck, this son of champion sire Bettor's Delight is the first foal from the very smart Christian Cullen mare in Paddy Brown 1:57.7 ($46,726). Paddy Brown is one of six winners left by the former high class mare in Braeside Star 1:56.6 ($67,225) who was second in the Great Northern Oaks, 3 year old fillies Sire Stakes Final and the Ladyship Stakes. Other winners from Braeside Star include Braeside Derby 1:54.2 ($160,784) Ohoka's Artsplace 1:57.9 ($87,131) and Johnny Bravo 1:58.4 ($45,591) and an unraced daughter in Braeside Lady is the dam of the 2011/2012 New Zealand three year old filly of the year in O Baby 1:54.8 ($378,626) O Baby won the New Zealand Sires Stakes final at two, the Harness Jewels Diamond at three along with the New Zealand and Queensland Oaks. The third dam of Lawton Luck is one of the jewels in the Sakuntala crown in Tuapeka Star 1:59 who won 22 races in New South Wales and Victoria before going to stud at Tuapeka Lodge In Lawrence and producing Iraklis 1:54 ($1,019,042) and the dams of Monkey King 1:54 ($3,487,401) and Lavros Star 1:50 ($555,313). Lawton Luck has the real "Blue Blood" pedigree and judging by the video, the looks to go with it. This is one horse who should keep the auctioneers busy on Monday week. Harnesslink Media   

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