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Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound Breeding of NZ Cup winner Self Assured, who won the NZ Trotting Cup, main race of the NZ Cup carnival at Addington, is a Bettor’s Delight gelding from the same family as that which produced the dual NZ Cup winner Lazarus. Self Assured, who was an Auckland Cup winner as a four-year-old, has only been sparingly raced, but he has shown up as a brilliant pacer, and it was a top field he beat at Addington. Bred by Wellington businessman Reg Caldow, the five-year-old gelding is out of Star Of Venus (TT1:53), by Christian Cullen from Starlitnight, by Tuapeka Knight from the Soky’s Atom mare Star Of Bethlehem.  Lazarus, also sired by Bettor’s Delight, is from the Christian Cullen mare, Bethany, whose dam, Spirit Of Beth is a sister to Star Of Bethlehem, the third dam of Self Assured.   Aussie winners at NZ Cup carnival Two promising young horses to win at the NZ Cup carnival were the three-year-old Riveered and the four-year-old Jawbreaker, both very closely related and both bred in Victoria by Glenn Taylor. Riveered, who has won two of his last four starts, is a striking colt by Bettor’s Delight out of a capable racemare in Arivee (1:59.3), by Safely Kept from Willing Greek, by Golden Greek (a free-legged son of Abercrombie) from a fine racemare in Willing Whiz, by Armbro Whiz. Arivee, who won 13 races and $83,953, left earlier winners in Fighting Fire (1:53.9), Im Very Willing (1:59) and the Presidential Ball mare Eye Like Candy (1:55.8), the dam of Jawbreaker (by Art Major), who has won two. Arivee ranks as a sister to Kalypso (2:00.8), who became the dam of the Victoria Cup winner Caribbean Blaster and the exported War Dan (1:50), and a half-sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge winners Grand Stride 1:52.4 ($324,658) and Sapphire Stride 1:52.2 ($134,115). This family has had an association of some 110 years in Australia, and it has been responsible for a long line of winners such as the Fremantle Cup and Inter Dominion heat winner Willadios, Charlaval (NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO), Rohan Home (Breeders Crown Open), Zaneden (NSW Hondo Grattan Sprint), Katasopos (Tatlow Memorial), Lachlan Missie (Queensland Oaks) and The Night Pearl (SA Derby).   Brother to My Hard Copy Copy N Pace, who won the opening race at Gloucester Park, after racing wide most of the way, has now won six races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a three-year-old brother by American Ideal to the dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy 1:51.6 ($1.2 million), now at the stud in WA. Copy N Pace                                   --Jodie Hallows photo Their dam, Readallaboutit, a Presidential Ball mare from Natalia’s Joy (2:00.6), by Butler B G from the American-bred Natalia Lobell, has proved a most successful broodmare. Besides My Hard Copy and Copy N Pace, others of her progeny have been the Group 3 winner My Carbon Copy 1:54.6 ($116,468), Our Front Page (1:58.1) and Press Release (1:59.5). Readallaboutit was not of much account herself but she was a half-sister to Money In The Pocket (1:58.8, 10 wins) and to the dam of Secret Rendezvous 1:51 ($109,772) and the Presidential Ball mare Presidential Belle (1:57.6), who, in turn, is the dam of the dual Inter Dominion heat winner Run Oneover 1:50.8 ($584,119). This has been one of the most successful branches of the Lettie family, Natalia’s Joy being a half-sister to the dam of the former Australian 3YO of the Year and Chariots of Fire winner Manifold Bay 1:58.1 ($538,604).   Techy’s Angel is tops The most improved three-year-old in recent weeks is Techy’s Angel, from Emma Stewart’s Ballarat stable, and she will be among the leading fancies for tomorrow night’s $200,000 Breeders Crown Final. She won a semi-final last weekend in a new lifetime mark of 1:55.5 for 2240 metres after being required to overcome a difficult barrier. Techy’s Angel                            --Stuart McCormick photo The winner of six races, Techy’s Angel is a grand type of filly by the defunct Alta Christiano (a Derby winner and son of Christian Cullen) from a capable racemare in Venus Williams (1:55.3), a half-sister by Washington VC to Giddyupandgobaby 1:56 (WA Golden Girls Mile) and the metropolitan winners Lavros Cam (1:56.7) and Motoring With Marty. Mighty Dear (2:00.6), the second dam of Techy’s Angel, was a sister to the Traralgon Cup winner Doncaster and a half-sister to Major Rae (1:58), Cut The Cake (1:58.4) and to the Noodlum mare Dear Donna, dam of OK Ado 1:54.1 (Invercargill and Timaru Cups). Techy’s Angel was bred and is raced by Goulburn Valley breeder Mario Cirillo.   Zeuss Bromac’s maternal line The three-year-old Zeuss Bromac, who won a semi-final of the Breeders Crown, was bred and originally raced in NZ but has a breeding background with deep roots in Victoria. By Bettor’s Delight, he is out of the Mach Three mare Zeta Bromac (1:55.5), who won five races, including a Breeders Crown heat in the North Island. Zeta Bromac, who was bred in Canterbury, was out of Zante Beach, by Fake Left from the Tatlow winner Gemfire, by Torado Hanover from Gold Mistress, by Golden Money Maker from Madame Han, who established a great winning line for Helen and the late Graham Head. She left the Nyah Cup winner Chipmunk and five Moonee Valley winners including Easymark, Good Mistress and Cocky Benz. Zeuss Bromac            --Stuart McCormick photo                      Zante Beach, who won 16 races and $115,160 in stakes and took a record of 1:59, became the dam of the exported My Zach Bromac (1:52), the NSW Country Series winner Zorro Bromac (1:56.6) and recent Gloucester Park three-year-old winner Savvy Bromac (1:57.9), a sister to Zeta Bromac. Zante Beach was a half-sister to the Derby winner Garnet River 1:50 ($555,822), the NSW Tatlow winner The Godine Machine (1:58.5), Mota Mate (SA Sires Produce) and Western Blaze (1:53.7 (a winner of 25 races and $171,220).   Let’s Katchmeifucan in 1:51.8 Let’s Katchmeifucan gave a taste of his class when he easily won the Group 3 $30,600 Pace, the main event at the weekend meeting at Menangle running out the 1609 metres in a sparkling 1:51.8. He was not in danger of defeat over the last 800 metres. By Panspacificflight, a son of The Panderosa, Let’s Katchmeifucan is out of the McArdle mare McKenzie Jaccka (1:59), whose dam, Marianna Jaccka (1:59.9), was by Holmes Hanover from the Admiral Halsey mare Miss Priscilla, a half-sister to the NZ Oaks winner Josephine Bret. McKenzie Jaccka left a capable pacer in Fairy Tinkabell (1:51.6), a winner at Menangle earlier this year. Panspacificflight, the sire of Let’s Katchmeifucan, has produced the Group 1 winner Arden’s Choice, Little Rascal (1:50.2), Last Flight In (1:52), Wattlebank Flyer and Wick (1:51) from his NZ crops, and in America, has left nine in the 1:50 list.   Granny Smith winner The Brighton mare Still Hungover, who firmly clinched her claim to being the best four-year-old mare in Tasmania when she won the $50,000 Granny Smith at Devonport, is a member of one of Tasmania’s top ranking standardbred families. Still Hungover, who has now won 10 races and $110,654, is a mare by the Dragon Again horse Sutter Hanover, who stood his early seasons at the stud in Victoria and has been located at Elderslie near Hobart while at the stud in Tasmania. Sutter Hanover has enjoyed moderate success from restricted stud chances. His stock include the top WA filly Blacknsweet Adda and the smart Tasmanian pacer Fortino. Still Hungover is out of Crystal Still, by the Canadian bred sire Time Stands Still, from Crystal Gold, a Tasmanian bred mare by the A. G. Hunter Cup winner Golden Alley from Golden Mood, by Light Mood from Brown Cobber, by Cobber O’Mine and tracing to the taproot Blue Eyes. Crystal Gold was the dam of a top ranking pacer in Simply Electric 1:58.4 ($248,664), winner of 38 races including the Hobart Pacing Cup and the Tasmanian Gold Mile twice, and Seddon Mitch (1:58), who won the Globe Derby Stakes. Clear Gold, a sister to Crystal Gold, won 18 races including the Tasmanian Sires Produce and St Mary’s Cup. The champion Tasmanian mare Jane Ellen, a triple Oaks winner, is a member of this family.   From family of Donna Who Sweet Louise, who won a semi-final of the Breeders Crown at Melton, is a Sweet Lou filly from the same family as that which produced a top Queensland racemare in Donna Who. Sweet Louise                          --Stuart McCormick photo   Sweet Louise, who won a heat of the Crown at Bendigo, has only been sparingly raced, but she has shown up as a very useful pacer, and it was a strong field she beat at Melton. She has a good deal in her favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Sweet Lou, and one of his second crop, Sweet Louise is out of the Modern Art mare Artistic Dancer, who has proved a very successful broodmare. Others of her progeny have been Plain Baby (1:57), Black Derby (1:56) and Dance Of Fire (1:57.4). Artistic Dancer, who was unraced, from the NZ bred mare Whola Dancer (2:00.9), a good winner at Globe Derby Park, by Holmes Hanover from Donna Who (1:57.1), a winner of 19 races and $244,668 in stakes including the APG Final. At the stud Donna Who became the dam of five winners including Wholigan (1:57.2) and is the grand-dam of the Southland Oaks winner Smokin Bird (1:55.1), High Courage 1:53.2 ($143,950), the Menangle winner Whos Escaped 1:52.7 ($127,377) and the Bettor’s Delight mare Slick Bird (1:55.7), the dam of the high class WA pacers Slick Artist 1:52.2 ($204,557) and While They Pray 1:54.7 ($120,088). Sweet Louise was bred and is raced by Melbourne enthusiast John Dorrington.   Victorian trotter has strong bloodlines Peregrine Phoenix, who won her fourth race from her last five starts at the Geelong midweek meeting, is a four-year-old trotter of some potential. A member of Chris Svanosio’s Romsey team, she has a good deal more in her favour on the score of blood than most. By Muscle Hill, who sired top trotters in Dance Craze and Elite Stride, Peregrine Phoenix is out of the Malabar Maple mare Maple Eve Phoenix whose dam,  Dodo Rocket, was a Wagon Apollo mare who left trotters of the calibre of Princess Phoenix (1:55.5), the winner of 12 races including the Vicbred 2YO Final, and Hadrian’s Phoenix (2:00), who won five. Dodo Rocket was out of a good producer in Jolabyrd, who ranked as a sister to the cups winning trotter Joseph Boppard and a half-sister to the Moonee Valley winners Supreme Gent and Kinnoul. Peregrine Phoenix is a half-sister to the former brilliant juvenile trotter Eljaykay Phoenix 1:58.6 ($256,877), who won five Group races.    Three winners from the same family The three-year-olds Dance Class and Star Rocker and the six-year-old Somewhere Secret, who all won at the recent Kilmore meeting, are all members of the same family. Dance Class, a filly by A Rocknroll Dance, ranks as a half-sister to the Vicbred champion Out To Play 1:53.3 ($215,627), Paintball 1:54.4 ($100,508) and Stay And Play (1:55.5), being out the Presidential Ball mare, Play Ball, whose dam, Secret Life, is the dam of Somewhere Secret (by Somebeachsomewhere). Star Rocker, a son of A Rocknroll Dance, is from the Silver Chalice winner Starburst Girl 1:53.6 ($143,670), an Art Major mare from Celebrity Ball, by Presidential Ball from the noted producer Larrakeyah Lady, the third dam of Somewhere Secret and the fourth dam of Dance Class. Other members of the immediately family have been the Victoria Oaks and Breeders Crown winner Beauty Secret, Major Secret (NSW Derby), the dual Southern Cross winner That’s Perfect, Perfect Major (WA The Preux Chevalier) and the smart two-year-old Rogue Wave.   by Peter Wharton

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound Speak No Evil new pacing queen Speak No Evil, a daughter of the American sire, Well Said, whose frozen semen is available through Empire Stallions, was the star of the Mares’ Triple Crown at Melton. She won on the last two nights – the Group 3 Angelique Club Pace over 2240 metres and the Group 1 $100,000 Benstud Queen of the Pacific over 2760 metres, coming from third last at the bell and tramping her last 800 in 55.7 seconds. Speak No Evil                      --Stuart McCormick photo Bred and raced by Bill and Anne Anderson, Speak No Evil is out of the In The Pocket mare Top Tempo 1:56.5 ($225,513), who left eight winners – seven in 2:00 – and five $100,000 earners including the Australian Pacing gold winners Musical Delight 1:53.1 ($248,910) and Queen Of Pop 1:55.6 ($204,527), Countdown 1:53.1 ($134,270) and That’s How Weroll 1:52.9 ($107,324). Top Tempo is also the second dam of the Group placegetters Beach Music (1:56.3) and Young Rooster (1:58.3). Top Tempo was out of a top racemare in Kliklite 1:56.7 ($156,213), who produced two smart pacers pacers in McKay 1:55.7 ($236,445), a winner of 31 races, and Winewomenandsong (2:00.3), winner of the Tasmanian Breeders Plate.   Up and coming youngsters Two promising young horses to win at the final Gloucester Park October meeting were Arma Indie, a New Zealand bred mare, and the two-year-old filly American Arma. Both belong to the same family. Arma Indie, who has won 10 races and $160,000 in stakes, is a four-year-old mare by Well Said, and one of his third crop. Arma Indie looks certain to take a tight mark and as a stayer she has a bright future. She is out of Arma Courage (1:58.9), by Courage Under Fire from Arma Class (2:00.6), by Talk About Class from the noted producer Ar Miss. American Arma, who is rated by experienced judges as one of the top fillies in WA, was bred and is part-owned by Jim Currie, who raced her Group winning dam Arma Xpress 1:56.5 ($279,890).  American Rama looks to have terrific potential.  American Arma winning at Gloucester Park       -- photo by Daryl Hallows She is a two-year-old by American Ideal from the top racemare Arma Xpress 1:56.5 ($279,890), by Artiscape from the Holmes Hanover mare Arma Antoinette (2:01.4), a half-sister to Arma Courage, the dam of Arma Indie. This family has consistently produced a number of good winners over the years. A close relative of American Rama in Australia is Arma O’Rourke 1:56,7 (by Live Or Die), a winner of three at Gloucester Park. Arma ORourke’s dam, Trigg Beach, is a half-sister to Arma Xpress, the dam of American Arma.   Siring feat to Warrawee Needy Rather a notable siring feat was credited to the E Dee’s Cam horse Warrawee Needy at Menangle last Saturday, when he had three runners in a 10-horse field in the NSW Breeders Challenge True Blue Series for two-year-old colts and geldings. Warrawee Needy   Warrawee Drinking, a grand type of youngster, Mename’s Needy and The Mountain finished first, third and fourth respectively. Warrawee Needy’s oldest stock are two-year-olds, and they include Uncle Shank 1:54.8 (a top colt in Queensland), the Bathurst Gold Crown finalist Rockindownunder and The Grogfather. Warrawee Needy is the only son of E Dee’s Cam imported to Australia, and his first crop has been most impressive. Warrawee Needy, who stands stud in the Riverina, is a half-brother to a champion American filly in Warrawee Ubeaut 1:48.6 ($1.7 million).   By Shoobee’s Place Shoobee’s Place, a well performed Artsplace horse from a smart racemare in Shoobeedobeedo, by Jate Lobell, and who is now at the stud in WA, was recently represented by two Group winners at Menangle. Merrywood Lynn, a two-year-old filly, and Katchar Shoobee, a three-year-old gelding, won their respective $50,000 NSW Breeders Challenge True Blue Series. Both are out of Artsplace line mares, Merrywood Lynn being from the unraced Just Lola (by Art Major) and Katchar Shoobee from Lavish Art, a 1:56.9 daughter of Modern Art.  Katchar Shoobee, a brother to the Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial winner Shoobee Doo 1:53.6 ($127,270), is a well developed gelding and promises to be a very good stayer. Their dam, Lavish Art, was a Modern Art mare from Lavish Franco, by Soky’s Atom from Lady Barbara, by Lordship, is a member of a family which has distinguished itself by the number of fine stayers it has produced.  Before going to WA, Shoobee’s Place produced a number of useful sorts from restricted stud chances in NSW.   Redwood winner by Muscle Mass Mexicana, who won Redwood Classic – Illawong Barmah, Aldebaran Zeus and Aldebaran Ursula filled the placings behind her – scored her third success, and she is regarded as one of the best young trotters in New Zealand. Mexicana                                -Stuart McCormick photo   She is a grand stayer and one of the best fillies left by the Muscles Yankee horse Muscle Mass, who sired top trotters of the calibre of Massive Metro, Custodian, Illawong Byron and others. Mexicana is a two-year-old filly from Pocaro Tr 1:57.5 ($232,773), by Sundon from Niamey, a noted producer by Chiola Hanover from Game Flyer, by Game Pride – a pedigree with some real background with a strong staying influence behind it. Besides Mexicana, Pocaro is also the dam of the Harness Jewels winner Missandei Tr 1:59.3 ($177,259), King’s Landing Tr 2:00.9 (5 wins) and Westeros (3 wins). Pocaro, a multiple Group winner at three, is a sister to two high class trotters in Springbank Sam Tr 1:55.2 ($545,702) and Sun Of Anarchy Tr 1:58.2 ($281,581) and a half-sister to recent Goulburn winner Arnold (Tr 1:59.7) and Daenery’s Targareyen Tr 1:58.2 ($143,723), winner of The Redwood in 2013. Mexicana was bred and is part-owned by Christchurch enthusiast Trevor Casey.   Beat Chicago Bull’s brother Major Meister is proving himself a three-year-old of some worth in Victoria and during October he numbered The Graduate among his successes, beating Chicago Bull’s brother Perfect Stride, who was forced wide throughout. Major Meister                                     --Stuart McCormick photo Bred in NZ’s Southland by Tom Kilkelly, who part-owns him, Major Meister is a colt by the Artsplace horse Art Major from a capable racemare in Lite Jagermeister (1:56.3), by In The Pocket from the Holmes Hanover mare Lite Jade, a sister to the cup class pacer Kliklite 1:56.7 ($156,213). Lite Jagermeister, who won three races at Melton, was a half-sister to the NZ winners Dangerous (1:59.9) and Pele and to the Mystical Shark mare Lite Jewel, dam of the outstanding WA mare Sensational Gabby 1:52.4 ($791,681). Major Meister is a member of an old time NZ family, which was represented by second winner on the night in Speak No Evil, winner of the Queen of the Pacific.   Bettor Twist’s Championship Bettor Twist, who won the NZ Sires Stakes Fillies Championship, after sitting parked most of the way, has now won three races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in her class. She ranks as a three-year-old half-sister by Bettor’s Delight to the Miracle Mile and A. G. Hunter Cup winner King Of Swing 1:48 ($1.4 million). Bettor Twist winning at Alexandra Park in 1-52.1 Their dam, Twist And Twirl (1:56), an Artsplace mare from Giveitawhirlgirl, by Jenna’s Beach Boy from Impish, has proved a most successful broodmare. Besides Bettor Twist and King Of Swing, she is also the dam of the Addington two-year-old winner Extreme Stride (1:56.7). Twist And Twirl was a top racemare in her own right. She won seven races and $283,258 in stakes including the Great Northern Oaks and NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Championship. This has been one of the most successful branches of the Jessie Pepper family, Twist And Twirl being a sister to the NSW Shirley Turnbull Memorial winner Feels Like Magic 1:51 ($261,728) and a half-sister to the Blossom Lady and Jane Ellen winner Bettor Give It 1:57.4 ($138,061), dam of this year’s NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO and SA Derby victor Mach Dan 1:51.7 ($177,892).   Breeders Crown winner’s Aussie relations Sandbetweenmytoes, the winner of the $500,000 Breeders Crown for three-year-old colts and geldings at Hoosier Park, has strong breeding links to Australia. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding is out of the Artsplace mare Galleria, a sister to San Sophia (1:52.6), the dam of eight inside 2:00 including the SA Golden Nursery winner Hilltop Sophia, Raging Bull (1;56.6), now at the stud in NZ, Thisbeachrighthere (1:50.8) and Our Santa Catalina (1:55.6). Peaky Sneaky, who won the $500,000 Breeders Crown for three-year-old fillies, is a Bettor’s Delight filly from World Of Rock, a Rocknroll Hanover half-sister to the US 2YO and 3YO Filly of the Year Worldly Beauty 1:49.6 ($1.9 million), dam of Rock N Roll World (1:48.6), who is standing his second season in Victoria. This is the family which produced the highly successful sires Captaintreacherous, Art Major, Perfect Art and American Ideal.     by Peter Wharton

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound NZ Sires Stakes winner The Pukekohe colt American Dealer, who firmly clinched his claim to being the best three-year-old colt of the season when he won the $128,800 Garrard’s Sires Stakes Final at Alexandra Park, is a member of one of NZ’s top ranking standardbred families. American Dealer, who has now won four races and $99,670, is a colt by the Western Ideal horse American Ideal, who stood his early seasons at Woodlands Stud and has been located at Northern Rivers Equine while at the stud in Victoria. American Ideal has been most successful in Australia. His stock include the champion Bling It On, the WA Pacing Cup winners Soho Tribeca, My Hard Copy and Mighty Conqueror, the brilliant but ill-fated Centenario and the Derby winner Ideal For Real. American Dealer                                                         --Megan Liefting/Race Images photo   American Dealer is out of Maddison’s Delight, by Bettor’s Delight from Pacing Grace 1:57.7 (8 wins), a North Island bred mare by In The Pocket from Jessie Grace, by Vance Hanover, and tracing to the taproot Verity (by Vancleve). Pacing Grace was the dam of two high class pacers in Pacing Major (1:52), a winner of 19 races and $621,436, and All U Need Is Faith 1:49.8 ($326,114), a good winner in NZ and America.  Other daughters of Pacing Grace also bred on with marked successes. Grace Way (1:56.8) became the dam of the Victoria HRSC 3YO Cup winner Three Ways 1:54.1 ($219,949), the Redcliffe Derby winner Make Way 1:51.7 ($148,095) and Forgotten Highway 1:55.6 ($147,019).  Pacing Delight, a sister to Maddison’s Delight, left a Group 2 winning juvenile in Virgil 1:52.3 ($121,741), the Menangle winner Mason’s Delight (1:51.9) and recent Addington three-year-old winner Aladdin. American Dealer is a half-brother to the thrice Gloucester Park winner Sweet Maddison (1:57.1).   Call Me Hector star sprinter Call Me Hector advanced strong claims to being the best sprint pacer in Tasmania today when he scored a record-breaking win in the Free-for-all at Launceston last Sunday. Call Me Hector carved out the 1680 metres 1:59.4, a rate of 1:54.4 - 0.2 inside the previous track standard. He also holds the Hobart track record of 1:54.3 set 12 months earlier. Call Me Hector                                                                        --tasracing.com.au   It was his sixth win for the season. At his previous start he disposed of Ryley Major and others, and earlier in the year he won at Melton in 1:55.2. Call Me Hector has not done a great deal of racing, having averaged 11 starts a season. In four seasons of racing Call Me Hector has won 19 races and has been 16 times placed from 58 starts for $129,856. By champion sire Art Major, he is out of Lady Jillett Lombo, by Mach Three from Lady Titian Lombo (1:59.4), by Fake Left from Titian Annie, by Big Band Sound. Call Me Hector is a half-brother to the former top racemare Call Her Julie 1:56.2 ($172,428) and recent Cranbourne winner Groom (1:57.3).   Well related three-year-old filly Artemis, who downed a strong field of three-year-olds at Menangle last weekend, is a Mach Three filly from the same family as that which produced a champion New Zealand pacer in Courage Under Fire. It was her third success at the Sydney headquarters track. She is a filly by the Matt’s Scooter horse, Mach Three, from Eyre To The Throne (1:58.9), the best of whose several progeny have been the Breeders Crown winner Cyclone Kate 1:50.3 ($341,723) and the NZ Kindergarten winner Cyclone Prince 1:57.1 ($131,057). Eyre To The Throne ranks as a sister to the prolific Menangle winner Passion Stride 1:53.4 ($162,028), being by Presidential Ball from the In The Pocket mare Erin Brockovich, a full sister to Courage Under Fire, the winner of a record six Derbies, and Advance Attack, a former to Kiwi juvenile who is now at the stud in WA.   Fifth on end The Western Districts gelding Jilliby Sylvester, who is being aimed at the forthcoming three-year-old classics, extended his unbeaten winning sequence to five at the Horsham midweek meeting. He is by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Roll With Joe, sire of the record-breaking juvenile Ignatius. Jilliby Sylvester’s dam, Jilliby Opal, was unraced, being by Artsplace from Jilliby Gold 1:59 ($183,394), a top racemare whose 24 successes included the Queen of the Pacific, and by What’s Next, a world champion and highly successful sire. Jilliby Gold, the dam also of a capable pacer in Jilliby Rio 1:55.8 (27 wins and $214,755), was a half-sister to the Nyah Cup and USA winner Jilliby Spirit 1:50.2 ($495,022), the Melton winner Jilliby Master (1:55.4) and others in Jilliby Lightning (1:57.2) and Jilliby Jet (1:57.8). Their dam, Jilliby Diamond, who left nine winners, was by the Inter Dominion winner Koala King from Jilliby Dollar, by the dual Derby winner Royal Dollar. Jilliby Sylvester is a member of Marg Lee’s team.   Broodmare double The Art Major mare Glenferrie Shuffle 1:57 ($279,839), a former Breeders Crown 2YO champion, left two winners in the space of 24 hours. Her first two foals, Zanadu (by Bettor’s Delight) and Kezzamac (by Well Said), won at Menangle and Canberra respectively. Zanadu, who went in 1:55.3, has now won five races, while the three-year-old Kezzamac has won twice. Glenferrie Shuffle, a winner of 13 races, is out of a fine racemare in Hot Shoe Shuffle 1:57.9 ($295,011), by Falcon Seelster from Off Beat, by Vance Hanover from Broken Drum, by Lordship from the Smooth Fella mare Berndon Star (2:02.8), a half-sister to the Victoria Derby winner Smooth Falcon. Glenferrie Shuffle is a half-sister to the Menangle winner Jivin Cullen 1:54 ($190,713), the exported Joshua Mac 1:57.8 ($107,760), Sem’s Delight (1:57) and Hotinthecitytonite (1:58.8), dam of the Melton and Albury String of Pearls victor Delightful Jazz 1:54 ($105,600).   Star three-year-old by Sportswriter James Rattray, who brought out champions in Beautide and Ignatius, has a smart three-year-old in Jimartee racing at present. He downed a strong field in a heat of the NSW Breeders Challenge at Penrith, rating 1:53.9 over 1720 metres – only 0.3 outside Ignatius’s track record. Earlier in the season he won the Young Derby and from 20 starts he has won seven times and been six times placed for $75,600 in stakes. Jimartee ranks as a half-brother to a handy pacer in Vienna Boy (1:52.6), being a gelding by the Artsplace horse, Sportswriter, from Vienna Bromac, by Courage Under Fire from Universal Woman, by Caprock from Winsome Tricks, by Overtrick from Winsome Glow, dam of the Kaikoura Cup winner Franco Whisper. Vienna Bromac, who won four races at Menangle and took a record of 1:54, was a half-sister to the good NZ and Albion Park winner Amysteriouseagle (2:00.8). This is the family of the Breeders Crown champion Just Cala, Classiesistar (1:51.8), Sir Clive (NZ Kindergarten), Posh Jaccka (Vic. Gold Chalice), Adda Rising Star and others.   Tailored Elegance bred to be top trotter Tailored Elegance, who is proving herself a star juvenile trotter, has won three of her last five starts including a runaway success at Bendigo last Saturday when having only her second start on Australian soil. Tailored Elegance                          -HRNZ   She is a three-year-old filly by Muscle Hill, sire of Australia’s top trotting mare in Dance Craze, out of the Armbro Invasion mare Classic Armbro (Tr 2:07.2), a winning daughter of the former NZ trotting queen Merinai Tr 2:00.8 ($244,155). Besides Classic Armbro, Merinai, who won three Group 1 races, is also the dam of the smart NSW square-gaiter Sunny Elegant Tr 1:57.2 ($102,330), Miss Pegasus, who won nine and $86,391), Wingsonhai (7 wins) and Madam Spur (5 wins).  Merinai is the grand-dam of the NSW Foundation Series and Bathurst Gold Coronet winner Pegasus Elegance Tr 1:54.6 ($128,060), the prolific Melton winner Pretty Sunday Tr 1:57.4 ($175,182), Sonofanearl Tr 2:00.6 ($117,798), Rosemma (Lyn McPherson Memorial) and the Maori Legend victor Aldebaran Shelly. Tailored Elegance is a sister to the promising youngster I See Fire and a half-sister to Sertorius Tr 1:58.6 (8 wins and $116,898) and the Victorian winner Popcorn Sutton.   Henrik Larsson unbeaten three-year-old Henrik Larsson, who beat a useful field at Gloucester Park last Friday and is undefeated in four starts, gives the impression that he could develop into one of next season’s top four-year-olds. Bred in New Zealand, Henrik Larsson is a big, muscular colt by Art Major from No Mas (2:00.8), a lightly raced mare by Badlands Hanover from Sammi Franco, by Falcon Seelster from the NSW bred Stormy Pat, a sister to the glamour filly Eva Thor, the winner of 15 races as a two and three-year-old including the Raith Memorial and National Stallion Stakes. No Mas, who won twice, figures as a half-sister to a grand WA pacer and cups winner in Our Jimmy Johnstone 1:53.5 ($778,635), the Harold Park winner Fast Sticks (1:59) and to Sevenspanishangels, dam of the Wanganui Cup winner Thunderfromthethrone. Henrik Larsson is the first foal of his dam. A champion pacer in Don’t Retreat belongs to this family. He won a record 26 races at Harold Park and qualified for three Inter Dominion finals and in all won 54 races and $340,317 in stakes. Alecane (NSW Cannonball Stakes and ID heat), Seaswift Joy (1:50), NZ 3YO of the Year Kotare Legend and Majestic Major are among many good winning members of Henrik Larsson’s family, which has produced to pacers in both NZ and Australia.   Blue blooded filly Rogue Wave, who scored a commanding win in a slick 1:54.3 at her first start at the Shepparton midweek meeting, is a two-year-old filly who can claim some worthwhile blood. By Somebeachsomewhere, by Mach Three from Where’s The Beach, by Beach Towel, she is out of the Live Or Die mare Perfect Life, whose dam, Secret Life (1:58.6), ranked as a sister to Royal Crime 1:55.7 ($100,753) and a half-sister to the Southern Cross winners Lovelist 1:53.2 ($222,889) and Punch Line (1:54.2) and to the Modern Art mare Modern Life, dam of Rising Stars winner Ample Power 1:55.6 ($107,825). Lovelist became the dam of this year’s unbeaten two-year-old filly Treachery, winner of the $100,000 The Allwood. Their dam, Lifeline, was a half-sister to the Hunter Cup winner Safe And Sound ($995,606), Gold Rocket (1:51), Massarua (1:55.8) and The Good Times (1:54.4).     by Peter Wharton

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound   Jett Star unbeaten two-year-old Jett Star NZ, who is undefeated in four two-year-old starts, is rated one of Western Australia’s top juveniles, particularly after his success in the $100,000 Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park. A well developed youngster, possessing both speed and stamina, Jett Star is an easy going colt and is the first Pearl winner trained by Greg and Skye Bond, who brought out Galactic Star.  Jett Star                                    --Jodie Hallows   Bought for $30,000 and now the winner of $74,568, Jett Star, by the Cam’s Shark Shark horse Bettor’s Delight, is out of Steel The Light, who took a record of 2:00.4 and won seven races. She was a Falcon Seelster mare from Star Empress, a Queensland bred mare by Fake Left from the Mark Lobell mare Light Lobell, the dam of the Qbred Breeders 2YO Classic winner Lightfoot Lady (1:56.9). Star Empress, the grand-dam of Jett Star, won five races at Albion Park and $50,859 in stakes and became the dam of the exported American Empress 1:52.4 ($169,957) and Bad Boy Hughie (1:59.3). Bred by Woodlands Stud, Jett Star ranks as a brother to this year’s Addington three-year-old winner Steel The Show (1:59.2).   Won NSW Golden Mile Cash N Flow gave a further taste of his class when he easily won the Group 3 Woodlands Stud Golden Mile, one of the premier speed tests of the winter racing at Menangle. He was never really extended in running out the mile in 1:50.2, the last 800 in 54.4. By Mach Three, Cash N Flow ranks as a half-brother to the top NZ racemare Katy Perry 1:51.1 ($517,733), being out of Karen Donna, by In The Pocket from the Butler B G mare Megaera 1:56.8 ($250,646), a granddaughter of the noted producer Black Watch. Karen Donna was unraced but she left seven winners. She was a sister to Dale Elinor (TT1:57.7) and a half-sister to the NZ and US winner Penthouse Pete 1:54.2 ($119,538) and to the dam of the Junee Cup winner Rocking 1:53 ($107,879). Cash N Flow, who holds a record of 1:49.6, was bred by Ken and Karen Breckon, of Breckon Farms, Ohaupo.   Callmequeenbee on top Callmequeenbee, winner of the Ladyship Pace at Menangle last Saturday, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the mares. She holds a mile record of 1:51.5, and is a member of one of NZ’s most successful families, being a five-year-old Shadow Play mare from a handy racemare in Queen Of Courage (1:57.4), a Courage Under Fire mare who has also produced the Sydney winner Lettuce Go Pippa 1:53.4 ($95,314), now at the stud. Queen Of Courage was out of Gerwyn Queen, a good producer by Soky’s Atom from Queenwood, by Smooth Fella from Neatlee, by Dick Adios from the Garrison Hanover mare Kaput, a half-sister to a fine racemare in Ruth Again, who won several country cups in the 1950’s Gerwyn Queen produced the NZ country cups winner King Sands 1:51.2 ($232,135), the NSW winner King Courage (1:58.2), Steam Machine (2:02.6) and the Sands A Flyin mare Glamorous Queen, dam of the Gloucester Park winner I Courage (1:58.3).   Siring feat to Renaissance Man Rather a notable siring feat was credited to the Art Major horse Renaissance Man at Gloucester Park on Friday, when he sired the winners of both $20,000 Westsired 3YO Classics in Longreach Bay and Fifty Five Reborn. Another of his progeny, Missbillynotsilly, finished third in her division. Fifty Five Reborn, a good type of filly, is out of Arma Fifty Five, a Bettor’s Delight mare out of Arma Xceptional (1:57.9), a half-sister to the former top juvenile Arma Xpress 1:56.5 ($279,890), who won seven Group/Listed races as a two-year-old, and to Arma Xcellent, dam of the Ashburton Winter Cup winner Sans Le Sou (1:56). Longreach Bay, who has won three races this season, ranks as a half-brother to the WA Champagne Classic winner Cott Beach 1:54.9 ($275,902), being out of the dual Gloucester Park winner Back In The Black (1:58.1), by Armbro Operative from Black And Blue 1:57.2 ($212,495), an outstanding racemare in the early 2000’s whose 17 successes included the WA Sires Stakes 3YO and 4YO Finals and the Battle of Bunbury. Longreach Bay                                                                     Jodie Hallows photo   By Northern Lights (son of No Nukes), Black And Blue was a half-sister to a cup class pacer in No Blue Manna 1:56.6 ($628,157) and the classic winners Baby Blues 1:56.3 ($115,032) and Sacre Blue (1:57.5). Renaissance Man’s oldest stock are four-year-olds, and they include My Prayer (WA Country Oaks), Ourboybart (1:57.8), the Melton winner Disclosure (1:56.5), Yo Te Amo Haitch (Gloucester Park) and the Listed placegetter Catch Me Cougar. Renaissance Man, who was first at the stud in WA, is now standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW).   Whereyabinboppin in 1:50.6 Whereyabinboppin looks certain to uphold the good record of A Rocknroll Dance’s stock. Bred and part-owned by Troy Saddler, the four-year-old gelding won in 1:50.6 at Menangle recently despite being required to sit parked for the mile. Whereyabinboppin has not raced a great deal. He won his first three starts as a two-year-old, was unbeaten in two attempts at three and has won four of five this season. By the Rocknroll Hanover horse A Rocknroll Dance, and a member of the first crop, Whereyabinboppin is out of the Modern Art mare Whereyawheeliebin, who took a record of 2:00.3 and won five races. She was a half-sister to the prolific Gloucester Park and US winner Jezal Theory 1:52.4 ($226,578), the Albion Park winner Skippy Saddler (1:53.6) and the Menangle victor Boundtobemad (1:55.4). Their dam, Dynasty Bound (2:00.7), was by Fortitude Hanover (grandson of Most Happy Fella) from Devoted To You, by Tarport Bill from Ivy Barb, by Blazing Globe, and tracing to the Huon Junior mare May C. Whereyabinboppin is the best winner from this family in recent years but in an earlier decade it produced a champion juvenile in Three Stooges, who won 17 races including the Bathurst Gold Crown and NSW Breeders Plate.   Grandson of La Coocaracha Cocosfella, who has won four races in quick time at Melton recently, is a five-year-old gelding expected to graduate far beyond his present rating. Cocosfella                                              -Stuart McCormick photo   Bred by Doug Nalder, of Maryborough, he has a good deal more in his favour on the score of blood than most. By Artistic Fella, who sired the top ranking youngsters Mindarie Priddy and Artistic Flite, Cocosfella is out of the Christian Cullen mare Coco Cullen (1:58.9) whose dam was an outstanding trotter in La Coocaracha Tr 1:58.5 ($428,911), a winner at Group 1 level on both sides of the Tasman. By Safely Kept, La Cooraracha became the dam of Dance Craze Tr 1:55.6 ($478,510),a winner of 21 races and rated the best trotting mare in Australia today, the exported La Grange Tr 1:54.2 ($163,350), the Breeders Crown champion Reina Danzante (Tr 1:57.1) and the CR Commando mare La Biscuit (9 wins), who left the Vicbred Platinum Homegrown 2YO Classic winner Royal Treat and the Group 3 winner Nieta (Tr 1:58.1). La Coocaracha ranked as a sister to the Mildura Guineas winner Rivertalk (2:00) and a half-sister to the smart pacer in Blake Castle 1:53.2 ($265,498), being out the unraced Poetry, by Kentucky from the Royal Dollar mare Morley Dollar, a half-sister to the handy racemare in Paula Morley (2:01.8), the ancestress to ‘black type’ performers Bamako Mali (NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO), Redbank Blaze (1:51.2), Sheezallattitude (Aust. Pacing Gold) and Art Series (Bathurst God Bracelet).   Fifth win on end A bright future is being predicted for the Bettor’s Delight four-year-old Enchanted Stride, whose success at Cranbourne last Sunday was her fifth from seven attempts this season.  She is a member of an old time NZ family, which was represented by the winner of this year’s NSW Ladyship Mile Bettor’s Heart (1:49.7) and the NZ Robin Dundee Crown winner Amore Lancome. By Bettor’s Delight, Enchanted Stride is out of the Christian Cullen mare Lenola Stride (1:53.7), a half-sister to this year’s top NZ juvenile Krug (1:56), being out of a fine racemare in Champagne Princess 1:56.9 ($143,484), by Soky’s Atom from Champagne Royal (1:59.7), by Smooth Fella from the Lordship mare Regal Guest (1:58.2), a half-sister to the NZ Derby and Oaks winner Hilarious Guest. This is the family which produced such winners as Be Jack’s Legend  (1:51.8) and Lancome, both winners of the Harness Jewels, Joanne’s A Delight (NZ Sires Stakes 2YO C’ship), Estella Rose, and a host of winners in Australia including Lumos (1:50.9) and In Monaco.   Up and coming youngsters Two of Australia’s star trotters at present, and both recent winners are Im Hector, who won the SA Trotters Derby, and the Victorian trotter Brandlo Prince, who scored by open lengths at Shepparton. Both belong to the same family. Im Hector, who won his second race from only a handful of starts, is a three-year-old gelding by the French champion Quaker Jet, and one of his first crop. He is out of the Melton winner Queen’s Vacation (Tr 2:00.9), by Dream Vacation from a fine racemare in Queen’s Rhapsody (by Gee Whizz 11), a winner of 17 races including the NSW Trotters Oaks and Menangle Cup. Brando Prince, a winner of seven races so far, is by the French sire Orlando Vici from the Sundon mare Bohemian Queen, a half-sister to Queen’s Vacation. Others from Queen’s Rhapsody, a half-sister to the top NZ trotter Let’s Get Serious Tr 1:52.4 ($656,652), were the good Melton winners Mister Oz Tr 1:58.7 ($99,281) and Parisian Opera (Tr 1:57.5) and The Debater, a winner at Pinjarra (WA) last month.   Melton winner from good racemare Bullys Delight, a Bettor’s Delight five-year-old and a recent winner at Melton, is out of Mi Coconut, a capable racemare with a record of 1:56.1 who is proving a successful broodmare. She is also the dam of Kid Coconut 1:55 ($146,951), a winner of 18 races, Blisstar (1:58.8), Ilikemillie (1:57.2) and Queen Of Diamonds (1:57), all Melton winners.  Mi Coconut won 18 races and $192,172 in stakes including the Queen of the Pacific and was one of the best racemares of the Moonee Valley era. She was an Albert Albert mare from the top racemare Milady 1:59.6 ($147,351), by Kotare Knight from Lucky Piece, by Aachen from Marana, by Meadow Vance. Mi Coconut was a half-sister to the Granny Smith winner Milady Meg (2:00.8) and to Mi Mademoiselle (2:00.4), who won five races and left Mi Ju Dan (1:58.1) and the Granny Smith placegetter Mi Makarova. Their dam, Milady, a winner in top company in Victoria and Tasmania, was a half-sister to Family Revenge 2:02.1 (5 wins), who, in turn, left the high class Tasmanian pacer Armbro’s Revenge 1:53.4 ($291,006). Other members of this family, which was founded in NZ by the imported mare Berthabell, were Free Vance (Kilmore Cup), Wouldn’t It Be (Qbred Triad 3YO and 4YO) and a fine trotter in Bonbillie Fella.   Exciting three-year-old trotter Fox Trot Hill is proving herself a three-year-old of some worth in NSW and during June has won twice at Menangle in 1:57.3 and 1:57.5.   She is a filly by the Muscles Yankee horse, Muscle Hill, from Sheza Cop, the best of whose several progeny have been the dual Derby winner Arizona Blue Tr 1:56.9 ($236,465) and the Menangle winner Chalcis Tr 1:59.3 ($92,770). Sheza Cop, who won 12 races, ranks as a sister to the SA Derby winner Ima Cop Too and The Kesytone Cop (26 wins and $89,853), being by Keystone Gondola from Arctic Fox, by North Pole from All Aflame, by Scottish Brigade. Sheza Cop was 23 when she left Fox Trot Hill.   SA Yearling Sale entries Nominations are being invited for the 2021 SA Yearling Sale, to be held at the Magic Millions Complex, Morphettville in March. The sale will be limited to 35 yearlings with catalogued lots being eligible for the 2022 $100,000 Group 1 2YO Classic.  Entry blanks are available from Harness Racing SA. Entries close on July 24. The SA sale graduates Major Reason and The Queen Of Heart both saluted on the same night at Globe Derby Park this week.      by Peter Wharton

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound. Won Watts Memorial Pocket Of Terror, who won the Group 3 $30,600 J. D. Watts Memorial at Menangle, is a NSW bred gelding with an interesting and successful family background. Bred and raced by Kevin Hayes, Pocket Of Terror, who has now won 19 races and $167,945, is a five-year-old by the Western Hanover horse Western Terror, who shuttled between North America and Victoria and is now at the stud in Ohio. Western Terror has been most successful in Australia and New Zealand. His stock include the champion Terror To Love, winner of three NZ Cups, and the Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling. Pocket Of Terror is out of a capable racemare in Onedin’s Pocketgirl, who took a record of 1:56, won eight races and $34,344 and became the dam of metropolitan winners in Sams The Master 1:52.4 ($233,591), Norm’s Desire (1:54.7) and two-year-old This Ones For You (1:56.8). Onedin’s Pocketgirl was a half-sister to a top ranking pacer in Iam Mr Brightside 1:50.8 ($445,007), the Harold Park winner The Spurs A Flyin 1:56.5 ($113,296) and Just Read My Mind (1:55.4). Their dam, Onedin Spur, was a Jaguar Spur mare from Miss Shona (2:00), by Majestic Chance from Shona Way, by Lordship. Besides Onedin Spur, Miss Shona, a winner of three, left a cup class pacer in Onedin Pick Pocket 1:52.2 ($235,582), the prolific Albion Park victor Onedin Commander (1:55.4) and the unraced Onedin Miss, dam of the double Gloucester Park winner Washington Seattle 1:59.8 ($96,474) and Miss McIvor (1:55.6). Up and coming youngsters Two of Western Australia’s star youngsters at present, and both recent winners at Gloucester Park who promise to be a force in the forthcoming classics, are the close relatives Carabao and Intheskyrocket. Both bred by Bryan Cousins are by American Ideal from daughters of the prolific Lordship broodmare Cerebrano. Carabao, who won a heat of the Pearl Classic, is out of the Western Terror mare Escovedo, who produced earlier winners in Galante (1:57), a double winner at Gloucester Park, and Oakhart (1:58). Intheskyrocket, who has won six races and holds a record of 1:55, is from Sienna (1:56.6), a sister to Escovedo, the dam of Carabao. Their dam, Cerebrano, a winner of four races, became the dam of eleven individual winners including four in 2:00 and really established the Topsy family to real purpose in WA. She was the dam of the glamour filly Innocent Eyes 1:57.6 ($421, 875), winner of the Victoria and Australian Oaks and Chariots of Fire, the WA Solid Gold Bracelet winner Lady Maryclaire and Valero (1:56.5) and the grand-dam of The Legends and Ballarat Cup winner Restrepo 1:52.4 ($527,118), Innocent Affair 1:55.5 (WA Bob Humphries Memorial) and the Northam Cup winner Major Rush 1:58.3 ($167,596). Ragnarr in top form One of the stars of the regional-based racing in Victoria is Ragnarr, a NZ bred four-year-old who has won three races in quick time and has graduated to a NR 68 mark. Ragnarr                                               --Stuart McCormick photo He is Bettor’s Delight entire from a handy racemare in Regret (1:59.6), by In The Pocket from Going Royce (2:00), by El Patron from Good Going, by Smooth Hanover from Goody Good, by Goodland from the U Scott mare Scotomy, who has founded an outstanding family of winners. Others from Regret have been the Tontine winner Mister Mundaka 1:54.1 ($160,284), Bedtime 1:56.5 (9 wins) and the trotter Natural (Tr 2:00.3).   Dancing With Mach is well bred The Mach Three mare Dancing With Mach, who won the $30,000 Westbred 4YO and 5YO Mares Classic at Gloucester Park, is a five-year-old half-sister to a cups winning mare in Bettor Party 1:53.5 ($317,007) and to a former top juvenile in Rocknroll Whitby 1:57.2 ($162,436). Dancing With Mach                                                          --Jodie Hallows photo They are out of a top racemare and Victoria Ladyship Cup winner in Party Date 1:56 ($256,003), by Panorama from Boom Or Bust, by Kawartha Robust from the Pure Steel mare Boom Boom Baby. Party Date had the rare distinction of having four of her stock racing on the same night in Dancing With Mach (1st), Pierre Whitby (2nd), Bettor Party (4th) and Rocknroll Whitby (10th). Other members of this family have been Red Hot Date 1:56.5 (WA Breeders Stakes), General Dodge (E. K. Bray Country Clubs Cup), Nomore Forusir 1:57.8 ($198,663), Play The Boys (WA Sales Classic 2YO), Rockin The Boys (1:50.2) and Hello Boys (1:57.5Z), dam of Gangbuster, a winner on the same card as Dancing With Mach.   A Star from Paintball A star two-year-old in Victoria so far this season is Holi Starzzz, who has won three races with a placing from four starts for $13,020. A filly by Four Starzzz Shark, she is out of a talented racemare in Paintball 1:54.4 ($100,508), who left earlier winners in The Pantheist (1:56) and Ballterra. Paintball ranks as a half-sister to the Vicbred 3YO champion  Out To Play 1:53.3 ($169,727), being by Presidential Ball from Secret Life, by Safely Kept from Lifeline, by Classic Garry from the noted producer Larrakeyah Lady. Holi Starzzz, who won twice at Bendigo in the space of nine days, looks a youngster with the potential one would expect of her breeding. Foundation winner by Sebastian K On Advice, who won the NSW Foundation Final for two-year-old trotters at Menangle, is a gelding by the Swedish bred Sebastian K, a world champion trotter who is slated to stand at Niota Bloodstock in Victoria this season. Bred and raced by Sydney identity John Starr, On Advice is out of the unraced Pegasus Spur mare Sunny Imperial, and the first of her produce to race. She ranks as a sister to Pegasus Elegance Tr 1:54.6 ($128,060), who numbered among her 15 successes the Bathurst Gold Coronet and the Foundation series in 2016. Sunny Imperial is out of a cup class trotter in Sunny Elegant Tr 1:57.2 ($102,330), a daughter of Sundon and the outstanding NZ racemare Merinai, a winner of 19 races including four at Group level and $244,155 in stakes. Besides Sunny Elegant, Merinai was also the dam of Miss Pegasus (9 wins and $86,391), Madam Spur (Tr 2:00.9), Wingsonghai (7 wins) and the Armbro Invasion mare Classic Armbro, dam of the NZ Sires Stakes 2YO champion Tailored Elegance (Tr 2:00.1), Sertorius Tr 1:58.6 ($111,378) and this season’s two-year-old winner I See Fire. Another two daughters of Merinai bred on with marked success. Sun Mist became the dam of the Melton winners Pretty Sunday Tr 1:57.4 ($175,182), Sonofanearl Tr, 2:00.6 ($117,798) and Rosemma Tr 1:59.9 ($82,994), while Sundon’s Babe left the Maori Legend winner Aldebaran Shelly.   Sixth on end Bernie Winkle, a seven-year-old New Zealand bred gelding, won his sixth race on end since transferring to the Sunraysia area in April. He is by the Rocknroll Hanover horse Rock N Roll Heaven, sire of the top racemare Rocknroll Magic. Bernie Winkle is out of Dolly McD, by Mach Three from the Panorama mare Panodoll, a half-sister to the Wyndham Cup winner Joyfulbelle (1:56.3), dam of the high class pacers Our Bettor Joy 1:50.8 ($567,680) and Joyfuljoy 1:51.6 ($480,442). Dolly McD also produced the Invercargill Summer Cup winner Statham 1:50.2 ($137,709) and is a member of the same family as the WA Diamond Classic Majorpride.   Smart filly by Follow The Stars A two-year-old to take high ranking in Western Australia is Black Jack Baby, one of the second crop of sired by former NZ and Australian 2YO of the Year Follow The Stars, who is standing at Allwood Stud near Perth. Black Jack Baby                                                --Jodie Hallows photo She has won five two-year-old races with a placings from six starts for $37,222. She came from last to win at Gloucester Park last weekend and appears every bit as good as the Sandgropers rate her. She is the first foal of What A Card NZ (1:58.8), by McArdle from Lady Butler, by Butler B G from the Mark Lobell mare Deborah Lobell, a half-sister to Advance Debra, the dam of the champion Courage Under Fire.    Victorian trotter has strong bloodlines One of the most promising young trotters racing in Victoria at present is Araignee Flair, who has won twice at Ballarat recently. She has a wealth of blood to back up her claims to further promotion, being by the Muscles Yankee horse Yankee Spider out of the S J’s photo mare Petite Flair (Tr 2:04.1), the dam of the SA Hambletonian winner Mister Pepe and the useful racemare The Girls Gotflair. Petite Flair, bred in Victoria by Kevin and the late Faye Waller, was out of the Entrepreneur mare Fiona’s Flair (Tr 2:02.8), who won a string of races including the E. B. Cochran Cup and Kilmore Trotters Cup. At the stud Fiona’s Flair produced the Derby winners A Touch Of Flair Tr 1:52.6 ($569,197) and Son Of Flair Tr 1:56.2 ($257,909), the Vicbred champion Mighty Maori Tr 1:55.2 ($256,305) and the cups winner and successful sire Down Under Muscles Tr 2:01.1 ($216,925), all trotters of some worth. Other descendants of Fiona’s Flair have been Andover Sun (Tr 1:57.8), runner-up in last year’s Breeders Crown and Vicbred Finals, the dual Vicbred finalist Our Flash Girl and recent Terang winner The Summer Cat. Blue blooded filly Mostpeculiarmumma, who won the SA Ladyship Stakes at Globe Derby Park, is a two-year-old filly who can claim some worthwhile blood. One of the second crop sired by He’s Watching (1:46.8 son of American Ideal), she is out of the Armbro Operative mare Jane Crothers, whose dam Memories Galore, ranked as a sister to the SA Sires Stakes 2YO Final winner Tora Tora Rose and Smile Please (2:00.1), their dam, the Sires Stakes winner Smile On Me, being a half-sister to the Kapunda Derby victor With Or Without. Jane Crothers, the dam of Mostpeculiarmumma, had a record of 2:00.7 and won four races at Globe Derby Park.   Siblings win at Invercargill It was no mean feat for the siblings Rydgemont Milly and Rydgemont Son to win on the same card at Invercargill last weekend. Both bred by the Scott family are by Monarchy and Majestic Son respectively. Domination (Tr 2:04.1), the dam of Rydgemont Milly and Rydgemont Son, was by Sundon out of a capable trotter in Syndication who took a record of 2:05.6 over 3200 metres. Besides Domination, she was also the dam of the exported Duplication (Tr 1:59.4) and the Menangle and Albion Park winner Distribution.   by Peter Wharton

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound. Riverina Championship winner Rocky Creed, who won the $100,000 Riverina Region Championship Final at Wagga, is a Pet Rock gelding from the same family as that which produced a top Victorian youngster in Sky Strike. Rocky Creed, a four-year-old gelding, was a winner at two and posted three wins as a three-year-old last season. By American-bred Pet Rock, a Rocknroll Hanover horse, he is out of Miss Toolern Vale (1:57.2), by Bettor’s Delight from Armbro Sunshine, by Armbro Operative from the Good Humor Man mare Sunshine Blue, a half-sister to the talented Riverina juvenile Solarious. Miss Toolern Vale, who won six races in Victoria, is also the dam of recent Wagga two-year-old winner Stravinsky (1:57). She is a half-sister to a smart juvenile in Cullen’s Crown, winner of the Victoria Sapling Stakes and MIA Breeders Plate, True Happiness 1:57.1 (SA Breeders Plate) and the Melton winner Lucky Metro (1:57.4). Other ‘black type’ performers further back in this pedigree have been Banjo Miss (Vicbred 4YO Final and Queen Of The Pacific), Bellair Park, Starzzz Of Icon and Truscott Flyer and the top trotters Truscott Steel and Bad Boy Truscott.   By He’s Watching Runner-up in the Diamond Classic as a two-year-old last season, Blockjorg downed the top three-year-olds in the Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park last Friday, including a top ranking filly in Double Expresso. Blockjorg                                                    -- Jodie Hallows photo   It was Blockjorg’s fifth success for the season and she has a bankroll of $78,621. Blockjorg has not enjoyed the best of luck during her career, but has proved herself a young pacer of great ability. By He’s Watching, and one of the first crop of the American horse to race in Australia, Blockjorg is out of Toobee Three, by Legacy Of Power (son of No Nukes) from Ozzi Miss (2:02.1), by Lucky Cam from the Maple Lanes Strike mare Niugini Gold. He’s Watching, the sire of Blockjorg, has left several smart types from his first crops in Australia and NZ. They include Private Eye, winner of the George Croxford Tribute, the metropolitan winners Born To Be Watched, Raksjameson and Experia and the Breeders Crown finalist Star Hunter.   Wolf Stride is Inter Dominion material Wolf Stride, who won the $100,000 Metropolitan Region Championship Final at Menangle and is regarded as Inter Dominion material of the highest order, is a four-year-old entire by Rock N Roll Heaven from Lilac Stride, a top racemare who took a record of 1:54.4 and earned $276,140. He is a member of an old time NZ family, which was represented by the winners of this year’s WA Derby and Oaks in Patronus Star and Sports Package respectively. Lilac Stride was an Art Major mare from Labretta Franco NZ (1:58.5), a Fairfield Golden Easter Egg winner by Falcon Seelster from Looks The Part, a noted producer by Nero’s B B. Lilac Stride was a sister to the good Menangle winner Gypsy Stride (1:54.9), dam of the Newcastle Oaks winner Olive Stride, and a half-sister to Mister Cool Stride (1:57.2) and Miss Labretta, dam of Four Starz Pride (1:54.4). Wolf Stride ranks as a three-quarter brother to Cherry Stride (1:51.2), $128,370, who won nine races including the NSW Go Girlfriend Series. Both were bred by prominent Sydney identity Emilio Rosati.   Leading sire’s absence a loss Racing at the Qbred feature meeting at Albion Park further demonstrated the loss of Hurrikane Kingcole to breeders. With only a few representatives racing, he sired the quinella pair in the Breeders Classic for two-year-old fillies in Vanish Hanover and Talent To Spare; Tancaltra Lis, winner of the Breeders Classic Consolation for two-year-old fillies; Left A Hurrikane, who finished third in the Triad Consolation for three-year-old colts and geldings and Wannago, the third placegetter in the two-year-old fillies’ Breeders Classic Consolation. Fearless Faith, a winner of three races at Albion Park, Youaremy Sunshine, winner of the VHRC 3YO Classic at Melton, Venus Jujon (1:52.4), Sugarkane and Left A Hurrikane have been other recent winners from Hurrikane Kingcole’s first crops.   NSW Group 1 winner has strong bloodlines A bright future is being predicted for the Rock N Roll Heaven four-year-old Kanye Crusader, whose success in the $100,000 Hunter Region Championship Final at Newcastle was his fourth this season. Kanye Crusader, who was bred and is trained by Clayton Harmey, has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Rock N Roll Heaven, and one of his fourth crop, Kanye Crusader is out of the Fake Left mare Khloe (1:59.2), a capable racemare who was very successful broodmare leaving four winners – all inside 1:58 – from foal foals. Khloe, who won 16 races and $58,141, was out of Concise Lass (2:02.5), by Golden Fulla from Concise, by Real Light (Light Brigade-Reality-U Scott) from Meadow Stream, by Chamfer from the Medoro mare Medopark. This family has produced some useful pacers over the years. They include cup class pacers in Medowie Prince and Just Jasper, the top racemare Rocknroll Angel, Fastnfurious (1:54.7), River Wild and others.   Up and coming youngsters Two smart young horses to win at the Qbred feature meeting at Albion Park were the three-year-old Fond Memories and the two-year-old Captains Pick, both bred and raced by Kevin Seymour and both from the same maternal family. Fond Memories, who took out the $50,660 Qbred Triad Final, is a filly by Mach Three from a fine racemare in Forever After 1:56.2 ($172,808), a winner of 20 races including the Qbred Triad 4YO Final. She ranks as a half-sister to the Qbred Triad and Breeders Classic 3YO winner Guitarzan 1:56.9 ($216,956), being by Presidential Ball from the top racemare Girl From Ipanema (1:57.6), by Vanston Hanover from the Oaks winner Goldrush Girl TT1:55.3 ($151,619), by Transport Chip from Call Girl. Captains Pick, who won the Breeders Classic Consolation, is a colt by Captaintreacherous from the dual Qbred Triad winner Charming Allie 1:53.9 ($266,329) and the first of her produce to race. By Mr Feelgood, Charming Allie is a half-sister to the champion Colt Thirty One 1:51.3 ($834,246), being out of Charm Personified, by Perfect Art from the Vanston Hanover mare Charming Reminder, a half-sister to Goldrush Girl, the third dam of Fond Memories. This family traces back to the foundation mare Lady Antrim, dam of the NZ Derby winner Croughton. Other classic winners belonging to this noted family include  Good Lookin Girl, the dual Oaks winner Cherry Cheer, Rhapsody In Red, Get In The Groove and more recently,  Fame Assured and boom four-year-old Leos Best.   Arden Voyager in top form One of the most capable young pacers racing in Victoria at present is Arden Voyager, who has quickly won his way through the classes. Arden Voyager                                                   --Stuart McCormick photo Arden Voyager has a wealth of blood to back up his claims to further promotion, being by Somebeachsomewhere from a fine racemare in Arden’s Darlin 1:57.2 ($245,829), by Bettor’s Delight from Achieve A Dream (2:01.5), by In The Pocket from the Son Of Afella mare Arden’s Dream (2:00.5), and tracing to the taproot Moonbeam (by Rothschild). Arden’s Darlin, a winner of five races and the top ranking two-year-old filly of her year, is also the dam of Celestial Arden 1:51.4 ($176,466), a prolific winner at Menangle and now competing successfully in America. The third dam, Arden’s Dream, left nine winners – including five in 2:00 - and really established the Moonbeam to some purpose. She was also the dam of the NZ Sires Stakes 2YO champion Arden Banner 1:58.4 ($114,572), the cups winners Arden’s Legacy (1:56.1) and Arden Tetrick and the exported Fantastic Dream 1:53.2 ($213,285) and Arden’s Heritage (1:52.2).   Brothers win at Bendigo It was no mean feat for the full brothers Kyvalley Senator and Kyvalley Chief to win the two trotters’ races at the Bendigo club’s recent meeting.   Both are by the Muscles Yankee horse Muscle Hill (a top sire of straight out trotters). Love Ya Doosie, the dam of Kyvalley Senator and Kyvalley Chief, was out of a capable trotter in Sheezadoosie, who took a record of 2:04.2 over 2600 metres. Besides Love Ya Doosie, she was also the dam of the champion I Can Doos It Tr 1:55.5 ($1.4 million), who won 18 races on end at one stage, and the Group winner Sno’s Big Boy Tr 1:58.4 ($215,308). Sheezadoosie was out of the American-bred mare Becalm Lobell (Tr 2:06.3), the dam of a smart trotter in Golden Blend Tr 1:55 ($305,911), Dipendra (Tr 1:58.8) and the Dream Vacation mare Big O E, who, in turn, left the Breeders Crown champion Aldebaran Ay M (Tr 1:58.8) and Aldebaran Southland (Tr 2:00.1), runner-up in the NSW Trotters Derby.   Maori Time in foal Maori Time, Australasia’s fastest ever trotting mare, has returned a positive test to the Prix d’Amerique winner and European champion Readly Express. Maori Time                                                  --Stuart McCormick photo The winner of 24 races and $420,000 in stakes, Maori Time competed in the 2018 Elitloppet in Sweden and has remained in the care of the famed Menhammar Stuteri stud since she finished racing. Maori Time won 12 times at Group level including the Bill Collins Mile in three consecutive years and took her record of 1:51.5 winning the NSW Trotters Cup in 2018.   Auckland Reactor to NSW The Mach Three horse Auckland Reactor, who had previously stood stud at Alabar Bloodstock, has been relocated to Tony Peacock’s Moama property. Auckland Reactor’s oldest stock are five-year-olds and among them are some really smart types. Chase Auckland, winner of the NZ Free-for-all, Great Northern Derby and Sires Stakes Championship, is one of this number, as is Soho Burning Love, winner of the Victoria Silver Chalice and Blossom Lady, and the highly touted three-year-old Willie Go West. Chase Auckland                                                                 --Harnesslink photo Reactor Now, joint holder of the Kilmore track record and rated one of the best young sprinters in Victoria, Delightfulreaction, a multiple Group 1 placegetter in WA, the good Melton winner Shining Oro, Gold Reactor and Gobsmacked (1:52.5) have been other Australian winners by Auckland Reactor from his first crops. Auckland Reactor has sired 67 individual winners in Australia to date this season for more than $930,000 in stakes, while in New Zealand, he is currently ranked fifth on the All Aged List and third on the five-years-old and older table.  Auckland Reactor proved himself a brilliant pacer on his day, taking a mile record of 1:52.9 and winning 32 races and $1.7 million in stakes.   by Peter Wharton  

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North American every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound.   Hunter Cup winner’s breeding background   King Of Swing advanced strong claims to being one of the best stayers in Australia today when he scored an end-to-end win in the time-honoured $500,000 A. G. Hunter Cup at Melton.   It was his third win from his past four starts. At his previous start he disposed of Ignatius and others in the Group 3 Perc Hall Free-for-all in 1:48.7 at Menangle, and before that he downed a handy field at Gloucester Park.   King Of Swing has not done a great deal of racing, having averaged 13 starts a season. In four seasons of racing King Of Swing has won 21 races and has been 12 times placed from 52 starts for $793,196.   King Of Swing winning the Hunter Cup                                      --Stuart McCormick photo   By the champion Western Ideal horse Rocknroll Hanover, he is out of a top flight racemare in Twist And Twirl 1:56 ($283,258), winner of the NZ Great Northern Oaks and NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Championship, by Artsplace from Giveitawhirlgirl, by Jenna’s Beach Boy from Impish, by Falcon Seelster from the El Patron mare Smarty Pants, dam of Smart Son 1:49.6 ($347,805) and the NZ 4YO and 5YO Championship winner Vanderel.   King Of Swing is a half-brother to the Addington two-year-old winner Extreme Stride (1:56.7) and is a member of the same family as pacers the calibre of Am Opulent (NZ Caduceus Club 2YO Classic), Feels Like Magic (NSW Shirley Turnbull Memorial), Bettor Give It (Vic. Blossom Lady and Jane Ellen) and Darkershadeofpale (1:51.6).     Group 3 to Sicario   Bought for $120,000 and now a winner of $374,745, Sicario gave a taste of his class when he outsprinted his rivals in the Group 3 $30,000 The Pure Steel at the Hunter Cup meeting at Melton. He has won Group races on both sides of the Tasman.   By the defunct Mach Three horse Somebeachsomewhere, Sicario is a five-year-old gelding out of Bettorthanyou, by Bettor’s Delight. Bettorthanyou left others in War Dan Apollo (1:53.9), a prolific winner at Albion Park, and Imperious (2:01.5). She was out of the noted producer Intrude, a Fake Left mare who established a great winning line for the late Roger Bazley.   Bettorthanyou was a lightly raced half-sister to a champion racemare in Make Mine Cullen 1:53 ($874,178), the winner of four Group 1’s, the Victoria Sapling winner Bella Joy 1:55.8 ($109,849), Rogers Passion 1:56.6 ($136,446), Billy Badlands 1:55.7 ($122,805) and Intrusive (1:56.5).   Several of Intrude’s daughters bred on with marked success. Bella Joy left seven sub 2:00 winners including the NSW Breeders Challenge winners Supersonic Miss 1:52.6 ($373,722) and Goodtime Heaven 1:52 ($234,017) and Jukebox Music 1:53.6 ($334,301).   The Village Jasper mare Meljoy left three winners including the Bathurst Gold Crown winner College Chapel, while Kirrilee Joy (by Safely Kept) produced five with winning records headed up by Obahma Joy 1:53.2 (NSW Breeders Challenge 4YO).       Albion Park treble for breeder   Brisbane breeders Kevin and Kay Seymour, trading as Solid Earth Pty Ltd, had a night out at Albion Park last Friday.   The couple bred three winners in four-year-old Cherrys The Best (by Mach Three) and the Hurrikane Kingcole sired three-year-olds Mister Cole and Fearless Faith.   Cherrys The Best and Fearless Faith both belong to the same family. Cherrys The Best, the winner of eight races and $62,331 in stakes, is out of Cherry Cheer 1:56.7 ($278,372), a dual Oaks winner by Fake Left from Charming Reminder, by Vanston Hanover from the Tempest Hanover mare Call Girl.   Fearless Faith, a winner of two races, ranks as a half-sister to seven winners including the QBred Triad winner Frankie Rocks 1:52.2 ($245,862), being out of Faith Prevails (1:58.1), by Fake Left from the noted producer Girl From Ipanema (1:57.6), by Vanston Hanover from the Oaks-winning Transport Chip mare Goldrush Girl, a half-sister to Charming Reminder, the grand-dam of Cherrys The Best.   Fearless Faith                                                       -Dan Costello photo                              A half-sister to Fearless Faith in Fame Assured (by Mach Three) scored in 1:50.8 at Menangle the following night.   Mister Cole, the winner of three, is a half-brother to the Paleface Adios Classic winner Miss Moneybags 1:56 (90,976), being out of Misty Forever, an unraced mare by the Fake Left horse Famous Forever, who won four of his five starts before injury halted a promising career.   Famous Forever met with a good measure of success as a sire with the champion Queensland mare Forever Gold 1:51.7 ($700,593), Too Smart For You (Aust. 2YO mile record holder) and Holy Camp Clive among the best of his progeny.     Victoria’s top two-year-old   A top two-year-old colt in Victoria this season – he is undefeated in three starts – Ultimate Exclusive, a close relation of the former South Australian idol Come On Frank.   Ultimate Exclusive is a colt by Art Major from the SA Oaks winner Saved A Corka (winner of $130,397), an Armbro Operative mare from Uncork NZ, by Tuapeka Knight from Tales Of Tabella, by Adios Vic from the Field Battery mare Kerry Tales, who really established this branch of the Linton family.   A smart racemare in her own right, Saved A Corka had a 100 percent record at stud – six winners from six starters. Besides Ultimate Exclusive, she is also the dam of a top flight juvenile in Aspiring Artist 1:52.7 ($170,307), the dual SA Southern Cross winner Rap Artist ($108,041), the SA Derby winner Major Exclusive (1:55) and Our Little Artist (who won 16).   Saved A Corka was a half-sister to 12 winners including the SA Sapling and dual Southern Cross winner Hes A Corka ($192,209), Streamliner (10 wins), Lochinvar Delight (8 wins) and the What’s Next mare Whatacorka (2:02.4), the dam of 2012 and 2014 SA Horse of the Year Come On Frank 1:52 ($404,650) and the second dam of the Breeders Crown 2YO Silver winner Night Spirit.   Arm A Corka, a full sister to Saved A Corka, left four winners headed up by the SA Ladyship and Mermaid Stakes winner Arm A Princess.         Brothers in top form   Two of NSW’s star pacers at present, and both recent winners who promise to be a force in the autumn racing at Menangle, are My Field Marshal and Surreal. My Field Marshal, the winner of the 2018 Miracle Mile in 1:46.9, was the NZ mile record holder at one time.   My Field Marshall winning at Menangle last Saturday   Both trained by Tim Butt are by Art Major from Foreal, a top racemare herself, and who has left other smart pacers in Madiba Magic 1:51.4 ($199,772) and Im Rocknroll Magic 1:51.2.   Foreal, an Inter Dominion heat and dual Oaks winner, was by the Presidential Hall horse Washington VC from Krystle by El Patron from Deidre Ann, by Lordship.         Blue blooded filly   La Reina Del Sur, who won the first two-year-old trotters race held in New Zealand at Addington recently, is a filly who can claim some worthwhile blood.   By Father Patrick, by Cantab Hall from Gala Dream, by Enjoy Lavec, she is out of the good Sundon mare Escapee Tr 1:57.4 ($263,115), a half-sister to the Inter Dominion champion Winterfell Tr 1:58.1 ($418,980), Needle Tr 1:57.4 ($122,481) and Caligula, a 1:56.2 winner at Menangle on Tuesday.   Father Patrick, the sire of La Reina Del Sur, had a record of 1:50.4, and was a dual winner of the Breeders Crown, a race also won by Cantab Hall, paternal grandsire of the Addington winner.         A star from Oaxaca Lass   One of the leading open class pacers in Tasmania at present is Illegal Immigrant, who was bred in New Zealand by Graham Pearson and is raced and trained by Troy Hillier.   A gelding by American Ideal, he is out of a champion racemare in Oaxaca Lass 1:55.8 ($426,585), a winner of four races at Group 1 level and who is proving a very good broodmare.   She has left 10 winners from 12 foals of racing age – five inside 2:00 – including a WA feature race winner in Condrieu 1:51.5 ($269,520), the Menangle winner Intrepid Traveller (1:54.8) and Weka Lass (2:01.5), a Badlands Hanover mare who is the dam of the top Victorian mare Reciprocity 1:53 ($158,400).   Illegal Immigrant won the Group 3 $30,000 Devonport Cup last weekend and looks a pacer with the potential one would expect of his breeding.       Six wins on end   The four-year-old Platinum Revolution is proving a splendid advertisement for the In The Pocket horse Chanegover, a grand pacer himself and who stood for a time at the stud in NZ.   He is now based at Burwood Stud in Queensland’s Darling Downs district.   Platinum Revolution is unbeaten in six appearances in NSW this season and has graduated to a NR70 mark in the process. She holds a record of 1:54.7.   Platinum Revolution winning her last start at Newcastle   Champagne Franco, the dam of Platinum Revolution, was a race-winning Falcon Seelster mare from Crusader Franco (TT1:56.8), by Badlands Hanover from the Tuapeka Knight mare Cherubic, a NZ Great Northern Oaks winner who became the dam of 10 winners including Franco Catapult 1:49.2 ($629,403) and Franco Conquest 1:53.4 ($265,935).       The Storm Inside retires   The Storm Inside, one of the top two-year-old pacers of his year, has finished racing because of an injury, and is to stand stud.   Now a six-year-old, the Rocknroll Hanover horse won his first 11 starts including the Australian Pacing Gold final, the Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial and Victoria Premiere Stakes.   The Storm Inside                  -Stuart McCormick photo   He was only sparingly raced after his juvenile season. The Storm Inside, a half-brother to a smart pacer in Stormed Out, is one of the last commercial crop of Rocknroll Hanover.   His dam, the American-bred mare Spirited Storm (1:59.2), was by Artsplace from Stormy Pursuit (TT1:53.2), a Storm Damage mare that ranked as a sister to Smile Upon, the dam of the highly successful sire Grinfromeartoear, and a half-sister to the leading NSW sire Panorama.     by Peter Wharton

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North American every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound. Melton winners closely related Somewhere Secret and Always Fast, who won on the same card at Melton last Saturday, both belong to the same maternal family. Somewhere Secret, a six-year-old entire by Somebeachsomewhere, is out of a capable racemare in Secret Life, by Safely Kept from Lifeline, by Classic Garry from the noted Windshield Wiper mare Larrakeyah Lady. While, Always Fast, a four-year-old son of Always A Virgin, is out of All The Magic, by Live Or Die out of the Presidential Ball mare Celebrity Ball, a half-sister to Lifeline, the grand-dam of Somewhere Secret. Secret Life, the dam of Somewhere Secret, took a record of 1:58.6, won 11 races and $86,798 in stakes and became the dam of seven winners, five of whom took records of better than 2:00 including the Group 1 winners Beauty Secret 1:52.4 ($425,921) and Major Secret 1:55.1 ($464,872), now at the stud in South Australia. Secret Life is also the second dam of the Vicbred 3YO Final winner Out To Play 1:54.7 ($128,995), the SA Southern Cross winners That’s Perfect 1:53.8 ($121,32) and Perfect Look (1:53) and Striking Beauty 1:54.7 ($103,907). Only lightly raced, All The Magic, besides Always Fast, ranks as the dam of a potential liner in Ride High (1:55.2), the winner of 10 of his 11 starts and $211,547, and the former Australian 3YO Filly of the Year Rocknroll Magic 1:54.5 ($466,183). The Larrakeyah Lady family has earned a place all of its own in producing racemares such as Beauty Secret, Rocknroll Magic, The Good Times - all Group 1 winners – and colts in the same class such as Safe And Sound, Massarua, Exciteusinthecity, Ride High, and others. Auckland Cup winner has rich relations Self Assured, the brilliant winner of the $245,000 Trilliant Trust Auckland Cup, main race of the Auckland Cup carnival at Alexandra Park, is a Bettor’s Delight gelding from the same family as that which produced the champion pacer Lazarus. A four-year-old, Self Assured has not raced a great deal. He did not race at two and was undefeated in six starts at three including the Queensland Derby. Star Of Venus, the winning dam of Self Assured, has the amazing record of leaving five winners from five foals of racing age – all Group/Listed winners and $100,000 earners - and to different sires. Besides Self Assured, she is also the dam of Caviar Star 1:55.2 ($154,727), Star Of Memphis 1:52.9 ($123,320), Vega Star 1:51.2 ($121,178) and Star Of Dionysis 1:53.6 ($118,449). Star Of Venus ranks as a half-sister to a cup class pacer in Star Galleria 1:53.9 ($360,365), being by Christian Cullen out of Starlitnight, a Tuapeka Knight mare out of the prolific producer Star Of Bethlehem. Self Assured was one of four winners on the Cup program sired by Bettor’s Delight, the others being Amazing Dream (Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Championship), One Change (NZ Yearling Sales Series Final) and the two-year-old Krug. One Change is derby material When he won the $195,000 NZ Yearling Sales Series Final at Auckland, One Change scored his third success for the term, and he is entitled to be rated as this season’s top three-year-old pacer. Earlier in the season he won the Sires’ Stakes Final at Addington of $156,400. From 11 starts, the colt has won eight times and been three times placed for $493,242 in stakes. One Change ranks as a half-brother to the Sires’ Stakes heat winner Renske B, being a colt by Bettor’s Delight from Changedown, by Falcon Seelster from the smart racemare Chaangerr (1:58.7), by Vance Hanover from the Tufty mare Nell’s Pride, the dam of millionaire pacer Chokin. Changedown, who was unraced, was a half-sister to eight winners including the NZ Cup and Derby winner Changeover ($2.3 million), now standing stud in Queensland, Change Stride 1:50 (USA) and the Gloucester Park, Melton and Menangle winner Change Gear (1:52.8). Major Martini top WA three-year-old The Art Major gelding Major Martini, who was last season’s top rating two-year-old in Western Australia, confirmed his class when he outsprinted a smart three-year-old lineup at Gloucester Park last Friday. Actually he was a class above his rivals, and was not seriously tested in running out the 2130 metres in a 1:58 rate, the last 800 in 55.2 and 400 in 27.3. A $44,000 purchase at the 2018 APG Perth sale, Major Martini, who was bred by Steve Johnson, has banked $163,593 from four wins and four placings in nine starts. He has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Art Major, he is out of the Sutter Hanover mare Gaetana Nicole, whose dam, Hold Tight, the dam of five winners, was a half-sister to the Australian Pacing Gold and dual Derby winner Albuquerque ($322,630). This is the family that produced such winners as David Hercules, Fake Embrace, Supreme Royalty, Cosmic Flight and Cosmic Legacy. From imported mare The Storm Inside, who hoisted a new track record of 1:50.7 at Ballarat on Boxing Day night, and who has been successful in 16 of his 18 starts, has a pedigree of more than usual interest in that he traces back to Fanny Skinner – one of America’s leading taproot mares – on both sides. The Storm Inside is one of the last commercial crop of a top colt pacer and classic winner in Rocknroll Hanover, a Western Ideal horse who died a few years ago. Rocknroll Hanover enjoyed a good measure of success at the stud in America, Australia and New Zealand. Spirited Storm, the dam of The Storm Inside, is a daughter of the great Artsplace and was imported from America by Goulburn Valley breeders Helen and the late Graham Head. She has produced five winners – all inside 2:00 – from six foals to race so far and they have won 39 races and $543,000 in stakes. Spirit’s Storm dam, Stormy Pursuit, was a Storm Damage mare from Blue Horizon, by Meadow Skipper from Shifting Scene. This branch of the Fanny Skinner tribe produced the leading Australian sires Panorama, Grinfromeartoear and Safely Kept. Leading sire’s absence a loss The results of three-year-old racing in Australia has further demonstrated the loss of Hurrikane Kingcole to breeders. With a first crop of only 35 foals, he sired Youaremysunshine, winner of the Victoria Youthful Stakes and a winner in 1:55.8 at Melton last Saturday, Our Balou, who was twice placed at Group level, Frost En Ice, winner of the Burwood Stud 2YO Classic, Venus Jujon and Xaviers Hurrikane. In all, Hurrikane Kingcole has sired 14 winners for $305,891, making him the leading first crop sire in Australia. Youaremy Sunshine’s earnings totalled $94,540. And in North America, Hurrikane Kingcole, from only nine foals, left the Stakes winners Hurrikane Emperor 1:49.6 ($369,476), Hurrikane Empress 1:52 ($219,902) and Hurrikanesky 1:54.8 ($107,900). Sammy Showdown promising trotter Sammy Showdown, who has won three races in quick time this season at Melton, and has graduated to a 69 mark, is regarded as one of the best young trotters in Victoria. He is a four-year-old gelding by the S J’s Photo horse Bacardi Lindy, who has enjoyed a good measure of success in Australia and is now at the stud in New Zealand. Sammy Showdown is the first foal of Alabama Showdown, a Yankee Paco mare from Alabama Salute Tr 2:08.3 (6 wins), by Gee Whiz II from Viva Evander, by Great Evander from the Light Brigade mare Carol’s Pride. Alabama Showdown, who was unraced, ranked as a half-sister to six winners including a cup class square-gaiter in Alabama’s Idol (Tr 2:04.3), the winner of 17 races and $187,240) and others in Alabamadon (10 wins) and Alabama Skeeta Tr 2:00.8 (9 wins). The best member of this family was the Earl gelding Earldom, a prolific winner at Harold Park and Menangle in the 2000’s. Sammy Showdown was bred by Bacchus Marsh real estate agent Graeme Rayner, who shares ownership with trainer Kylie Sugars. Benalong Valley’s family background Benalong Valley, winner of the Group 3 $30,600 Inter City Pace Final at Maitland, is a five-year-old Shadow Play gelding with a strong NZ breeding background. Bred by Lord Valley Lodge, he ranks as a half-brother to the Melton winner Frankie Valley (1:56.5), being by Shadow Play from the Island Fantasy mare Cedar Valley (1:55.1), whose dam Tricky Valley was by Tricky Dick (a son of Lordship) from Red Valley, by Brutus Blue Chip from Totara Valley, the dam of champion WA pacer Village Kid. Cedar Valley, a Moonee Valley and Harold Park winner, was a half-sister to the top flight Tasmanian pacer Dontfencemein 1:57.2 ($272,760) and the Casey Classic and Stawell Cup winner Larado 1:54.7 ($179,178). Ruby Dazzler, winner of the WA Oaks and Diamond Classic, Tee Pee Village ($249,959) and Indy Village (NZ Wyndham Cup) and others all belong to this fine family. First 2YO winner The Art Major colt Ultimate Exclusive won the first two-year-old race in Australia this season at Kilmore. Bred by Pinaroo Park, the colt is out of a smart racemare in Saved A Corka (by Armbro Operative), a winner of 24 races including the SA Oaks and Southern Cross Final and $130,397. At the stud Saved A Corka left the Southern Cross winners Aspiring Artist 1:52.7 ($170,307) and Rap Artist ($108,041), the SA Derby winner Major Exclusive (1:55) and Our Little Artist (16 wins), all fully related to the Ultimate Exclusive.   Bettor’s Delight top USA sire Bettor’s Delight is America’s top money-winning sire for the sixth time in the past nine years. During the closing season his stock won a record $25.7 million in stakes. Somebeachsomewhere, the leading sire in 2016 and 2017, finished runner-up with $22.4 million. American Ideal was in third position with $16 million. Captaintreacherous, who finished fifth on the All Aged list, topped the two and three-year-old premierships. Muscle Hill topped the trotters’ section for the fourth year on end with a record $12.2 million, more than $4 million ahead of the second placed Chapter Seven. Muscle Hill was also the premier sire of two and three-year-old trotters.

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