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With the new season upon us, harness racing breeders have at least two reasons to be excited thanks to Global Stallion Management. The popular group has secured top prospects for Australasian breeders, which are destined to be well patronised. Thanks to the hard work and vision of Global’s Scott Robertson and Gary Donaldson, champion pacer Pet Rock and world champion trotter Dejarmbro are heading ‘Down Under’. A royally-bred son of Rocknroll Hanover, Pet Rock’s maternal line includes the likes of Artsplace, Cam Fella and Albatross. A relentless pacer, which earned the nickname of ‘The Crusher’, Pet Rock coupled blistering speed with a seemingly endless supply of stamina. Boasting a world record 1.47 on a 5/8-mile track, the stallion also registered a world record of 1.48.1 on a half-mile circuit. Often complimented for his “flawless gait”, Pet Rock will stand at the well-known Yirribee Stud in New South Wales, with interstate mares eligible for the lucrative NSW Breeders’ Challenge as well as their local futurities. In one of the best cropS of the modern era, Dejarmbro was a standout as he established several milestones, including a world record at three. From the Donerail mare Armbro Déjà Vu, Dejarmbro belongs to one America’s premier trotting families, which is littered with superstar performers and is closely-related to Monarchy, making him an attractive cross. A magnificent looking stallion, Dejarmbro was fully booked in America, with his ‘card’ – via frozen semen - expected to fill quickly in the Southern Hemisphere as well. Pet Rock and Dejarmbro will join Global Stallion Management’s established line-up consisting of Angus Hall, BG’s Folly, Julius Caesar, Lawman and Stonebridge Regal. Global can be contacted via Robertson on 0400 331 386, Donaldson 0427 004 662 or Greg Ryan 0419 791 434 PAUL COURTS

Pet Rock 1:47 ($1,984,204), the fastest pacer ever on a half-mile and five-eighths mile track, is to do stud duty at one of New South Wales' leading studs, Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga this season. The brilliant, young stallion has just completed his first season at the prestige Midland Acres stud, Ohio where he served a full book of 140 mares at a $6,000 fee. "We're thrilled to have been able to secure a horse of his accomplishments to stand stud in Australia," Global Stallion Management director Scott Robertson said. "His record speaks for itself." Pet Rock started on 45 occasions over three seasons and totted up 16 wins and 18 minor placings. A winner in 1:52.6 as a two-year-old, Pet Rock banked $934,518 at three racing against top horses such as A Rocknroll Dance, Bolt The Duer, Sweet Lou and Thinking Out Loud. Among his successes were the $306,204 Art Rooney at Yonkers in a stakes and track record of 1:51 and the $215,000 Windy City Pace at Maywood Park in 1:51.8. He also finished second in the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace, $415,000 Messenger Stake, $322,000 Cane Pace and $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine and third in the $587,000 Confederation Cup. As a four-year-old Pet Rock really came into his own, netting $972,820 from six wins and five placings in 18 appearances. He took his record of 1:47 at four years, winning the $471,800 William Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands, coming from post nine with a 26.6 seconds closing quarter. He established world records on a half-mile track winning the Winbak Farm Pace9 at Delaware in 1:48.2 and a five-eighths track capturing the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs in 1:47.4 and was only one-fifth of a second away from being the fastest horse over a half-mile, five-eighths and one mile track. Pet Rock - World Record Pet Rock - World Record Pet Rock's other successes at four included the $150,000 Roll With Joe in 1:48.2 (beating Foiled Again $6.2-million), $200,000 American National in 1:48.4 and the $223,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, while he finished runner-up in the $500,000 Breeders Crown, $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace and fourth in the Canadian Pacing Derby and US Pacing Championship. Virgil Morgan Jnr, who trained Pet Rock, said: "He is such a consistent horse and never throws in a bad race. He can also do it any way you want. Sometimes it seems like he has three lungs!" Hall of Fame driver David Miller said: "He's a pleasure to drive. Obviously his greatest asset is he can carry his speed as far as he can. He amazes me." Pet Rock is a quality young horse bred on a classic cross of blood - that of Rocknroll Hanover his sire and Artsplace his maternal sire. Rocknroll Hanover, the sire of Pet Rock, was twice America's champion pacing sire and from just five crops before his untimely death  and they have banked more than $62-million, with 142 $100,000 earners and 39 in the 1:50 list. A champion pacer himself, with a record of 1:48.6, Rocknroll Hanover was the world's champion two-year-old pacer at which age he took a record of 1:49.8; was named 3YO of the Year and he ran up a record tally of $2,754,038 to the end of his two and three-year-old racing. Pet Rock belongs to a noted female line, his dam Casual Beauty (1:54) being by Artsplace (1:49.4), champion sire and broodmare sire from Casual Brilliance (1:58), by Cam Fella (1:53.2) from Velvet Dream (1:55.2), by Albatross (1:54.6), who was dubbed 'Super Bird' for his outstanding racetrack and siring deeds. Casual Beauty, the dam of Pet Rock, has proved a prolific broodmare. She is also the dam of Stonebridge Ideal (1:52.2), Casual Lauxmont (1:53.4) and Stonebridge Adonis (1:54) and, in all, nine winners from nine foals with eight in 2:00 and four in 1:55. Casual Brilliance, the dam of Casual Beauty, left five winners in 1:57, two of whom took records of better than 1:55, while the third dam, Velvet Dream, left 13 winners with five in 1:55. A striking bay horse, foaled in 2009, Pet Rock is the fastest performed son of  Rocknroll Hanover, and as a representative of the famed Western Hanover sire line his influence promises to be widely exerted. He is also a member of a winning family that has produced top racehorses and leading sires. Pet Rock's service fee in America is $6,000 at which he was fully booked within 10 days, but he is available to Australian breeders for $4,400 payable on 42 day positive test which includes multiple mare and kindred body discounts. No further discounts will be available. His progeny will be eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred (conditions apply) and the Breeders Challenge Blue Series. Peter Wharton  

Dejarmbro Tr 3, 1:52.4 ($1,137,285), rated one of the top juvenile trotters produced in America in the last decade, will be available to breeders in Australia and in New Zealand via frozen semen from Global Stallion Management next season. His service fee will be $4,400 including GST. One of fastest and richest sons of Credit Winner, twice leading sire of trotters in North America, Dejarmbro is currently standing at Hickory Lane Farm in Ohio where he has commanded a full book in his first two seasons at the stud. “We were looking for a quality son of Credit Winner and we are delighted to secure one of his best bred and best performed sons,” Global Stallion Management principal Scott Robertson said. Dejarmbro, foaled in 2008, began racing as a two-year-old when he included among his eight successes six legs and the $200,000 final of the New York Sire Stakes. After winning an elimination of the Breeders Crown in 1:55, Dejarmbro, when eyeing his eighth win on end, went offstride as the warm favourite in the $600,000 Final. Dejarmbro, as a three-year-old, was a racing sensation. In his 18-start campaign he earned $905,423, racing against top horses such as Manofmanymissions, Daylon Magician, Chapter Seven, Pastor Stephen and Broad Bahn. He took his record of 1:52.4 winning the inaugural $500,000 Earl Beal Junior Memorial at Pocono Downs’ five-eighths track, matching the world record for three-year-old trotting colts set by Break The Bank K. Dejarmbro won a heat of the $490,000 Kentucky Futurity before being edged out in the race-off by his very close relative Manofmanymissions and an elimination of the $280,000 Empire Breeders Classic (second in Final). He was also placed in the Grand Circuit events including the $500,000 Colonial Trot (behind Manofmany missions), the $1-million Canadian Trotting Classic, the $166,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial and a heat of the Breeders Crown (4th in Final). Dejarmbro is a member of the noted Star’s Pride line, that which produced Super Bowl, American Winner, Pine Chip, Sundon and co, all top sires. His sire Credit Winner (Tr 1:54) was a champion with stake earnings of $1,495,295 and has been one of America’s top sires for some time. He figures as the sire of two of America’s finest trotters in Chocolatier (Tr 1:53) and Crazed (Tr 1:52.4). On his dam’s side Dejarmbro comes from a family which has made a real impact on the American breeding scene. His dam, Armbro Déjà Vu (Tr 1:55.4), not only left Dejarmbro but she is a sister to the world champion Manofmanymissions (Tr 1:52.2), the winner of the 2YO Breeders Crown and $1.2-million to date. Armbro Déjà Vu was by champion sire and broodmare sire in the great Donerail (Tr 1:55.8) and was out of the Stakes winner Armbro Vanquish (Tr 1:55.8), by Garland Lobell from a great producer in Armbro Whirl, dam of Armbro Flori Tr 1:57 ($571,711) and the second dam of leading NZ trotting sire Monarchy (Tr 1:56.2). Dejarmbro is a striking young horse in every respect, a bold striding trotter and one who boasts ‘black type’ in every remove of his pedigree. by Peter Wharton    

Christian Cullen has rewritten the history books in the breeding barn again last season siring a staggering 17 group and listed winners he has been five time New Zealand’s leading sire. His brother Julius Caesar is beginning to stamp himself as a leading sire so much so that Global Stallion Management has raised his fee this season, but South Australian Breeders now have the chance to tap into these incredible bloodlines with their full brother Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods, was only lightly raced, he was a Addington winner as a 3yo and placed twice from only four race starts, and  is undoubtedly one of the best bred horses to ever come to South Australia. He is by the breed shaper In The Pocket 1:49.6,  the sire of winners of $46 million including champions Christian Cullen, Tupelo Rose, Courage Under Fire, Under Cover Lover and Julius Caesar. In The Pocket by Direct Scooter a sire line that has become one of the most sort after sire lines in world breeding mainly due to his son Matt Scooter.  Down under Direct Scooter line stallions include:- Mach Three, Royal Mattjesty, Ok Bye, Stonebridge Scooter, Deal Direct and Direct Flight along with the In The Pocket dynasty lead by Christian Cullen (and now his CC’s sons are sort after at stud both in Australia and across the ditch)  and Courage Under Fire.  Tiger Woods as mentioned is a full brother to siring sensation Christian Cullen and Julius Caesar but allows breeders access to the champions bloodlines for a fraction of his service fee.  Tiger Woods fee for 2013 is just $1000. Tiger Woods' dam, Pleasant Franco 1:59.3, the dam of 4 winners, 3 in 2:00 and progeny earnings of $1.95 million including Christian Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,206,900), Kate's First 1:57.2 ($624,023) and Oscar De La Hoya 1:59.3. Pleasant Franco is one of very few mares to ever have 3 sons at stud at the same time.  Tiger Woods commenced he stud career in Tasmania where he sired good winners such as fast class performer Winjammer then was moved to Queensland where he stood at Egmont Park before it closed while in Queensland  he served the mother of Slipnslide to produce Tigers Pocket who has won twice and been placed on several other occasion’s. Tiger Woods will stand his third season for Jarrad Harrison at his Skyline Stud at Quorn, some three hours from Globe Derby. Harrison purchased Tiger Woods mainly to serve his own mares but has happily made the sensational bred stallion to outside mares most have those mares have come from the catchment area near Flinders Ranges like Whyalla, Port Pirie Harrison explained. The son of In The Pocket is the first standardbred stallion Harrison has stood on his 20 acre property known as Skyline Stud “ We usually have mares here till they scan positive at 42 days then send them home” Harrison said.  “I only serve naturally as we are not set up to collect semen” he added. His oldest progeny bred in SA have just turned yearlings and Harrison is thrilled with the type Tiger Woods throws “They are big strong types” he said  Harrison has Tiger Woods in the  SAMOS ( South Australian Mares Owners Scheme) which has opened the door to attract  mares to breeding barn and while some of the big studs benefit from SAMOS it also helps smaller local studs attract mares to their stallions. Gary Newton  

The Artsplace horse Stonebridge Regal, a million dollar race winner and North America Cup placegetter, was credited with his first Australian race winner when the harness racing two-year-old McQueen Regal emerged successful at only her second start at Shepparton on Saturday night (December 22).

Global Stallion Management (GSM) might be less than two years old, but already the Australian-based company is bringing the Northern and Southern Hemisphere harness racing worlds closer together.

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