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Hesashark, what a great advertisement for the upcoming harness racing Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale! Purchased for just $10,000 at the 2018 sale by trainer Dale Afford, the gelding won three races from just seven starts as a two-year-old last season including a heat of the Southern Cross. Struck down by illness, the son of Shadyshark Hanover missed the final of the Southern Cross and also The Allwood, but now as a three-year-old the money parted at the 2018 is very well spent. After winning three of his four starts this season Hesashark started from the outside of the back line in the $14,000 SA St Leger Final and after meeting interference on the first turn, and losing some 20 meters, he was still able to rally to win the time honoured event. Caller Jim Jacques had all but written Hesashark off at the 400 metre mark when he claimed in his call “Hesashark is too far back to feature” but despite appearing to be struggling, the Port Pirie trained gelding showed he had a heart as big as himself to overhaul the leading pack close to the finish line to score. Offered at the 2018 sale by Ian and Judi Slater of Goodtime Lodge, Hesashark is out of the Grinfromeartoear mare Goodtime Katie. For your chance to purchase a value for money yearling, be at Magic Millions on Sunday March 15 and who knows, you might come home with the next Hesashark. Gary Newton

Guaranteed, one of the greatest harness racing pacers produced in this country and a winner at Group level from two to five years, has been retired and will join the stallion strength at the Goodtime Lodge stud, near Colac, of Ian and Judi Slater. He will stand for an introductory service fee of $1,760 including GST. Guaranteed retires to stud with the credentials of a true champion. During his career Guaranteed raced 46 times, winning 24 with 12 placings for $856,316 in stakes. Had he remained sound there seemed little doubt that he would have topped the seven figure mark. He won on all-sized tracks in three different states, and over distances from 1609 to 3150 metres, beating the best pacers in commission from both sides of the Tasman in age classics through to the Grand Circuit. As a two-year-old Guaranteed won six of his eight starts including the Group 1 $100,000 Vicbred Super Series Final, the Group 2 $50,000 Tatlow Stakes, the Group 3 $40,000 NSW Tatlow Stakes and the Victoria Youthful Stakes. He banked $144,675 in his debut season. At three he was again among the top bracket of his age, winning a further seven races and $169,300 in stakes. Numbered among his successes were the Group 1 $100,000 Vicbred Final, the Group 3 $40,000 Victoria Sires Classic and heats of the Victoria and NSW Derbies. As a four-year-old Guaranteed really came into his own. From 11 starts he won eight times – three at Group level – and was three times placed for $232,538 racing against top horses such as Lennytheshark, Flaming Flutter, Majestic Mach and Border Control. He hoisted his lifetime mark of 1:50.4 at four years, winning the Group 1 $200,000 Chariots Of Fire, as well as the Group 2 $50,000 Paleface Adios Stakes in 1:52 and the Group 2 $50,000 Mount Eden 4YO Championship, all at Menangle. Guaranteed put an exclaimation mark on his career when he won the 2014 $60,505 Kilmore Pacing Cup (3150 metres), putting up a new national record of 2:00.3, a record which still stands. His other major successes as a five-year-old were the $125,000 South Australian Pacing Cup in which he clipped three seconds off the race record, the Group 2 $50,505 City of Melton Plate and the Swan Hill Pacing Cup. A commanding bay horse, foaled in 2009, Guaranteed is the richest and fastest performed son of former world champion Artsplace (1:49.4) outside America and as a representative of the famed Abercrombie 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. Jadah Rose, the dam of Guaranteed, was a top flight racemare winning 31 races and $465,000 and taking a record of 1:49.6 in America and at the stud has left three winners for progeny earnings of more than $1.1-million. The second dam, Karamea Toastime, left seven winners, six of whom took records of better than 1:58. This is the family of this season’s Tasmanian Derby winner Scooterwillrev, the winner of 14 of his 18 starts. For bookings and further information phone Ian Slater on (03) 5232 2540 or 0419 887 311. 2014 Kilmore Cup By Peter Wharton

Major In Art, a former Harness Racing USA 2YO of the Year and who has been represented by some promising two and three-year-olds this season, is to do stud duties in Victoria at the Goodtime Lodge stud, near Colac, of Ian and Judi Slater, alongside the brilliant unbeaten Goodtime Sammy. They are a royally-bred pair of young sires. Major In Art, who took a record of 1:50.8 at two years and won almost $900,000 in stakes, is enjoying his best ever season with 58 individual winners and progeny earnings of more than $850,000. Among his winners have been a SA Derby winner and Vicbred 2YO Final placegetter in Brallos Pass 1:53.5 ($120,432), the talented The Culture (1:51.6), Major Sam 1:54.7 ($137,781), the Bathurst 2YO Sales Classic winners Lagoon Stride 1:56.1 ($126,025) and Goodtime Stride (1:53.2), Dalton Bromac (1:52), the SA Golden Nursery winners Major Cruiser and The Big Show, recent Addington three-year-old winner Stroke Of Luck, the Vicbred Super Series heat winner Lucky Lombo (9 wins from 13 starts), Real Stride and this year’s dual NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO heat winner Bullet Stride and placegetter Art Secret. VIDEO: BRALLOS PASS WINS THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN DERBY THIS YEAR In North America Major In Art from only three racing crops has sired the winners of $3.2-million including $1.1-million in 2015 - with 31 in the 1:55 list, seven in 1:52 and one in 1:50. Actually, Major In Art’s percentage of winners to starters – both in Australia and America – rates him highly. On the score of blood Major In Art lacks nothing. His sire Art Major (1:48.8) was a champion with stake earnings of $3.2-million and has been on Australia’s top sires for some time. He figures as the sire of three of Australia’s most outstanding pacers in For A Reason, Sushi Sushi and Avonnova. Miami Spice (1:54.8), the dam of Major In Art, was one of the many grand producing daughters of a champion sire in Jate Lobell, being out of a noted producer in Town Tattler (1:54.6), by Big Towner from Tona Hanover, by Tar Heel. This family traces back to the foundation mare The Old Maid, dam of a champion sire in Bachelor Hanover, sire of Noodlum. Other leading sires belonging to this noted family include Toliver Hanover, Dancer Hanover and Thorpe Hanover. Major In Art will stand for a fee of $1,650 including GST. Goodtime Sammy, a son of champion Somebeachsomewhere, was unbeaten in four starts as a two-year-old before fracturing his pedal bone in a semi of the Australian Pacing Gold at Menangle. He had earlier won the Victoria Youthful Stakes and a heat of the APG at Melton. Only a three-year-old, Goodtime Sammy, who is bred on the same cross as his champion sire, hails from a family of cup and classic winners. His dam, Graces Beach, is a half-sister to the Vic. Metropolitan Cup winner Goodtime Marjie, being by Beach Towel from Next Strike, by What’s Next from Arma Strike, the dam of the APG champion Exotic Strike. Goodtime Sammy will stand for a fee of $1,200 including GST with a reduced fee of $800 for the first 30 mares booked to him. Peter Wharton

Restrepo, one of the most brilliant sons of champion sire Art Major, is to stand stud this harness racing season at the Goodtime Lodge stud, of Ian and Judi Slater, at Elliminiyt, near Colac, in Victoria’s western district. He boasts stud credentials second to none. His service fee will be $2,200 including GST. Restrepo was a top flight pacer and a most genuine racehorse winning 18 races with 10 placings from 46 starts, earning $507,018. A champion juvenile at two and three, Restrepo won seven of his first nine starts including the Victoria Sapling Stakes, Shakamaker Classic and a heat of the Victoria Derby. As a four-year-old he won six races including the 4YO Bonanza, defeating Smolda in a career best 1:52.4 over 1720 metres and the Central Victorian Pacing Championship and was placed in the Chariots of Fire and Vicbred Final. The following season as a five-year-old Restrepo really came into his own. He earned $303,531 highlighted by successes in the $175,000 Ballarat Cup, the $100,000 Coca Cola Sprint (in 1:54.5) and the $50,000 Legends (in 1:52.8). He was also placed in the Kilmore and Shepparton Cups and a heat of the Inter Dominion (5th in Final) and qualified for the 2013 Miracle Mile. Despite being hampered by a knee injury, Restrepo resumed racing at six years, winning the Hamilton Cup from a 30 metre handicap at the expense of eventual Hunter Cup winner Arden Rooney. Co-trainer Clayton Tonkin said: “Restrepo had absolute sheer speed and a beautiful gait as a youngster. He is a grand looking individual. I’ll be supporting him with some of our own mares this season.” Blessed with all the attributes necessary for stallion greatness, Restrepo carries an impeccable pedigree made up of champion sires, champion racehorses and champion broodmares. His sire, Art Major 1:48.8, has been the leading sire of two-year-olds for the last four years and his dam’s sire D M Dilinger 1:49.6 is the sire of sensational USA mare Moving Pictures 1:49.6, and the damsire of Breeders Crown champion Major Crocket. Art Major’s sons are breeding on and they include Art Official, sire of Let’s Drink On It 1:48.6, winner of a Little Brown Jug heat, and this year’s NSW Tatlow winner Salty Robyn. Restrepo’s grand-dam Cerebrano (by Lordship) is one of the gems of the Australian trotting stud book. She is the dam of 10 individual winners – three in 2:00 – including a dual Oaks winner and Australian 3YO Filly and Aged Mare of the Year in Innocent Eyes 1:57.6 ($421,875). Tracing to a noted foundation mare in Topsy, Restrepo’s distaff side boasts the blood of  revered sires such as Lordship, Lumber Dream, Out To Win, U Scott and Dillon Hall. By Peter Wharton

To say well-known harness racing studmaster Ian Slater is looking forward to seeing Shadyshark Hanover’s stock compete in 2015/16 would be an understatement. Slater stands Shadyshark Hanover, along with Tiz A Masterpiece and Western Edition, at his Victorian establishment – Goodtime Lodge. A well-bred son of Cam’s Card Shark and Shady Past, Shadyshark Hanover served 140 mares – with 129 returning positive tests – during his first American season at stud and has been a hit with Australian breeders. Along with the numbers, Slater is excited about the quality of mares which have visited Shadyshark Hanover’s court. “He has had some top bred mares and some top producers as well come his way,” Slater declared. “Given his exceptional bloodlines and the quality of mares served, I’m looking forward to seeing his stock hit the track. “As it is, he is leaving some great looking foals, which isn’t a surprise as he is a magnificent looking stallion. “He’s big, strong and has a presence about him…not to forget he has a top record at the track as well.” Alimar Star - dam of last season’s Horsham Cup winner, Keayang Steamer – was among the first mares booked into Shadyshark Hanover, along with Decethree Lombo, which boasts 10 winners from 11 starters. Dam of Lombo Skyrider, Decethree Lombo has produced a colt by the young stallion. Next Strike, dam of Goodtime Marjie – winner of seven of her 12 starts – is another waiting to foal to Shadyshark Hanover as is Graces Beach, whose son, Goodtime Bobby has won four of his last five starts. “I’ve got no doubt he will prove his worth and leave some very nice types,” Slater said. “Along with being a top racehorse, which went 1:47.8 at three, he has the breeding to match. “Couple that with some nice mares and there is plenty to look forward to.” Shadyshark Hanover - 2011 Oliver Wendell Holmes PAUL COURTS

Dubbo Harness Racing Club has announced the line-up for its stallion service auction. Thanks to the generosity of some of New South Wales’, Victoria’s and New Zealand’s leading breeding establishments, the club has secured services to several outstanding stallions. On offer are Shadyshark Hanover thanks to Goodtime Lodge, Art Official or Auckland Reactor courtesy of Alabar, Live Or Die and Mcardle from Nevele R Stud, Robin Hood via Yirribee and American Ideal, which resides at Woodlands Stud. All money raised goes directly into prizemoney, which has seen events such as the club’s flagship feature - Red Ochre Mares’ Classic – elevated to Group status. The tender opens on Monday, September 9 and closes at 5pm on Monday, September 16, 2014. Bids can be placed via the club’s site and clicking on ‘Trading Ring’ or by contacting Brett Wrigley on 0407 995 930 and Lester Hoy on 0457 647 919. The club has extended a “huge thank you” to the studs for their generosity, which is a driving force behind the growth of the local industry. PAUL COURTS

That was the question on the lips of a lot of Kiwi race followers last Friday night as his 3 year old son Horace Greeley made an impressive winning debut at Addington in the hands of his co-trainer, Mark Purdon. Western Edition is a 12 year old son of Western Hanover who won just $89,089 on the track and took a mark of 1:51.6 so it is not his racing deeds which saw him end up at stud. Rather it is the fact that he is a half brother to  both the champion sire  Art Major 1:48.4 ($3,273,217) and his ill fated but hugely successful full brother in Perfect Art 1:51 ($576,983). Standing at Burwood Stud in Queensland in his initial years at stud, Western Edition has sired just 115 horses 3 years or older in his time at stud. Horace Greeley was his 26th winner to date from 48 starters for stakes totaling $716,638 Western Edition has already shown he can leave quality horses with Wicked Style 1:55.7 ($214,143) and Western Mail 1:53.5 ($178,528) two of his better types to date. Western Edition is to stand the coming season at Goodtime Lodge in Victoria at the bargain basement fee of just $1550 (GST inclusive) which should ensure he serves a larger book than he has recently. Horace Greeley would bring back some old memories for Mark Purdon as he comes from the incredibly successful North Island family of the eighties and nineties that traces to Birdie. Dillon Dean 1:58.5 ($713,130)  Elmer Gantry 1:56.7 ($377,024)  Two Under 1:53.2 ($226,530) and Dillon Dale ($142,035) are just some of the wonderful horses close up in Horace Greeley's pedigree. While he may never reach the heights of his half brothers Art Major of Perfect Art, Western Edition has shown enough in his small crops to date to suggest that he has a future as a sire. Harnesslink media

Tiz A Masterpiece (3, 1:49), a well-bred well performed son of Western Hanover and a sire of classic winners from his first racing crop, will join the stallion strength at Ian and Judi Slater's Goodtime Lodge, Elliminiyt, near Colac this season. His service fee is $1,540 including GST. He is a quality individual standing 15.3 hands, possesses excellent conformation and manners; in fact his constitution is faultless. Tiz A Masterpiece's oldest stock are three-year-olds and they are outstanding types of young horses, clean gaited and are early goers.They include Lady Elaine, winner of the Tasmanian Yearling Sale Classic, Weona Masterpiece (Tas. Belmont), Tiz A Smokey, a two-year-old winner at Menangle in 1:55.1, and Isundula Artist (Tas. Sweepstakes heat). Tiz A Masterpiece qualified as a late two-year-old at The Red Mile but did not race at 2. His racing career commenced in May as a three-year-old with his defining win coming at The Meadowlands in the $210,000 Oliver Wendell Holmes in which he took his record of 1:49. Tiz A Masterpiece had only 17 starts at 3, winning five times and running up a stake score of $224,209 - an excellent total in a brief career. A 2005 foal, Tiz A Masterpiece is bred on a classic cross of blood - that of Western Hanover his sire and Artsplace his maternal sire. Western Hanover, sire of Tiz A Masterpiece, is the leading equine sire of all breeds with progeny earnings exceeding $175 million. A champion pacer himself, with a record of 1:50.8, Western Hanover won 27 of his 42 starts, was voted 2YO and 3YO Pacing Colt of the Year, ran up a record tally of $2.5million and was the leading USA stakemoney sire on four occasions. Western Hanover has matched his greatness as a racehorse in the siring field, and now his sons are achieving distinctions of the same order. Trulyawork Of Art (1:54.2), the dam of Tiz A Masterpiece, was one of the many grand producing daughters of a champion sire in Artsplace (1:49.4), being out of a Canadian Broodmare of the Year in Town Sweetheart (1:57.6), by Big Towner from Savilla Lobell (1:56.4), by Albatross. Besides Tiz A Masterpiece, Trulyawork Of Art is the dam of the 2011 Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John 1:49 ($1,000,559) - a full brother to Tiz A Masterpiece - and others in Western Artwork 1:51 ($279,521) and I'm Not Gunna Lie 1:52.2 ($254,795). The grand-dam, Town Sweetheart, has been one of the gems of the American stud book. She is the dam of 15 individual winners, three $500,000 winners, three in 1:50, 10 in 1:55 and three successful sires. Northern Luck (1:49.2), a leading sire at Gloucester Park for many years, is one of the offspring of Town Sweetheart.   By Peter Wharton

The “Trots” returned to the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Thursday September 12, when the Nyah HRC stages a compact seven event harness racing card. The theme for the night was excitement after a thrilling dead-heat was signalled in the opening event on the program – the Nevele R Stud Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres between Stonethachristian and Nuggetpan. Stonethachristian’s performance was gigantic, as he race three wide for almost the entire journey from gate six before joining the pacemaker and favourite Bazzas Art approaching the home turn. Surging clear in the straight with Nuggetpan in hot pursuit after following him throughout, the pair hit the wire in unison with the judge unable to declare an outright winner. A 5-Y-0 gelded son of Christian Cullen and Life Of Perfection trained by Mark Thompson in Rochester and driven by Michael Bellman, Stonethachristian recorded his 5th victory in 46 outings, while Nuggetpan a lightly raced 6-Y-0 gelding by The Wrath Of Pan from Fly Home trained at Pyramid Hill by Andrew Grogan with Brian Gath in the sulky was making only his third appearance at the races. The Reverend Black (three back the markers) finished third after being wide on the final bend. The mile rate being a brilliant 1-55.9. The Morley Park Stud Pace for C1 class was taken out by Merbein South owner/trainer Jason McGinty’s Kiwi bred 8-Y-0 Live Or Die/Andos Prospect gelding Gone Cruzin in a rate of 2-00.4. Driven by Nathan Jack, Gone Cruzin starting inside the second row enjoyed a cosy passage trailing the poleline leader Macray Divale, before using the sprint lane to score from Woodlea Cosmos (one/three – three wide last lap), with Los Bravos (three back the markers) third after also using the sprint lane. It was an all Mildura trifecta. It was another tight finish in the Global Stallions Pace for C0 class (mares), with Stanhope trainer/driver Gary Pekin’s 4-Y-0 daughter of Grinfromeartoear and Illawong Fabulous Illawong Fantasia greeting the judge. Despite spending all of the race parked outside the leader and favourite Carbon Cate (gate three) drawn inside her, Illawong Fantasia raced by wife Jane prevailed by a nose in a tricky finish over the fast finishing My Lishi (six wide home turn) from last in a mile rate of 1-59.8. Haryda Hanover finished third from three back in the moving line. Strathfieldsaye brothers Glenn and Daryl Douglas who usually win a race or two at most Nyah meetings, landed the Alabar Bloodstock Pace for C4 to C6 class over 2240 metres with 6-Y-0 Live Or Die/Kutas Lass gelding Itsnewstome in a rate of 2-00.2. Restrained from outside the front line at the start to settle at the tail of the field with the stablemate and favourite Run Forrest leading from gate three, Daryl sent Itsnewstome forward approaching the home straight on the first occasion to surprisingly be handed the front running on a platter. After an easy time, Itsnewstome kicked away on the home turn with Run Forrest using the sprint line to issue a half hearted challenge, so much so that Shelby Cruzin (three back the markers) was able to also use the sprint lane to dead-heat for second, with Itsnewstome scoring by 1.8 metres. On returning to the all clear, an interesting protest was lodged by both placegetters against each other which was subsequently dismissed. Glenn Douglas was again a winner when honest 6-Y-0 Flight N Irish/Blueberry Kris gelding Patos Wallet snared the Woodlands Stud Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres. Taking a concession for Bolinda based Josh Duggan, Patos Wallet starting from the extreme draw possied three back in the moving line, with Luke Watson’s East West Star leading from gate three. Easing three wide solo in the final circuit, Patos Wallet surged clear on the home turn, winning by 1.4 metres in advance of Wrinkle Knutt (one/three), with Lerrad Maharg (three back the markers – four wide home turn) running home late for third. The mile rate 1-58.4. It was Patos Wallet’s 5th victory in 47 outings. On what was a great night for the Mildura McGinty’s, former Kiwi gelding Cyclone Mach was successful in the Warwick Stud Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres in a rate of 1-57.1. Trained by Brian (Jason’s father), Cyclone Mach driven by Michael Bellman was taken back from outside the front row to settle at the rear. Sent forward three wide uncovered in the last lap, Cyclone Mach ran to the wire in impressive fashion to score by 4.2 metres from the heavily supported leader Who Broke Our Halo (gate five), with Primo Tapia (gate six) a game third after racing in the open. The Goodtime Lodge Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1609 metres concluded the meeting and the long odds-on favourite Spokewoman was an easy winner in 1-58. Prepared at Mildura by last season’s state leading trainer Shayne Cramp, Spokewoman (gate two) driven by Nathan Jack crossed the pacemaker Lycoming Racer inside her at the bell, before coasting to the wire 6.9 metres in advance of Joe Costa’s Life Of Ted (one/two) and Elle Jasper along the sprint lane from three back the markers. *** The next Nyah meeting will be Cup Night on Saturday October 19. Len Baker    

Western Edition, a 1:51 siring son of the great Western Hanover, will stand this season at the Goodtime Lodge stud of Ian and Judi Slater, Elliminiyt, near Colac, alongside a second American import Artesian.

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