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The weather was stifling, and so were the times at the third annual Garrards 2YO Trialling Sale at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, last Sunday. A crowd of 500 or so people sweltered in 38 degree heat to see 45 youngsters trial then go under the hammer. The top price, at $115,000, was a New Zealand-bred Gotta Go Cullect filly, from Russian Rocket, offered by Christchurch-based horseman, Greg Payne, and bought by veteran Victorian enthusiast, Jack Knight, to join the astute Wayne Potter stable. The filly electrified the crowd with her half mile trial with splits of 28.1s and 27.6s, never flinching. Knight and Potter also signed for a $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere colt from More Sassie Lombo, which was offered by Young-based studmaster, Ken Smith, and which finished off with a solid 27.8s on the back of a 31s first quarter. Alliex Express' father-and-son team of Colin and Dean McDowell bought two youngsters - a Somebeachsomewhere gelding from Scoots Away for $30,000, and $36,000 for another Gotta Go Cullect filly, from Glowable. Industry virtual newcomer Brad Canty, whose background is in the greyhound industry, was active with four purchases, three for Brisbane's Mat Neilson and another for local horseman Blake Fitzpatrick, who is training a New Zealand-bred, the only Bettors Delight progeny in the sale, a filly from Beaudiene Bianca, which brought $44,000. Neilson took home a $9000 colt by The Globe from Just Sweet, a $30,000 Real Desire colt from My Spirit Of Tara and a Sportswriter-Tycoon Tess gelding for $13,000. Experienced Riverina-based horseman, Steve Harris, brought two colts, which sold well: a Sportswriter-Stylish Storm to Rob Davis for $44,000 and a Quick Approval half-brother to Majorlicious, which went to Doug Johnson for $32,000, while Trec Saverio paid $50,000 for a Victorian-bred Modern Art gelding from Soaring Franco. Veteran South Coast New South Wales identity Bill Green spent $30,000 on the half-brother to Jedi Mind, a colt by Live Or Die, to join Robbie Morris and Kerry Ann Turner, who also took home a striking syndicate-owned New Zealand-bred Santanna Blue Chip colt for $35,000 from Payne. The crowd included enthusiasts from as far afield as Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria, with the likes of young Perth-based horsemen Ryan Bell and Kody Charles, north-western Tasmanian owner, Michael Filleul, Queensland trainers Daren Garrard, Darrel Graham and Mat Neilson and Victorians David Aiken, Michael Stanley and the father-and-son combination of Peter and Matt Craven. Local figures in the throng included Jarrod Alchin, Darren Binskin, Ron Cooper, Neil Day, Blake Fitzpatrick, Paul Fitzpatrick, Damian Gallagher, Anton Golino, Darren McCall, John McCarthy, Luke McCarthy, Robbie Morris, Kerry Ann Turner, Steve Turnbull and Peter Walsh. The day proved a complete entertainment package, with a performance by singer-songwriter Luke Koteras and the Garrards Industry Day and Trade Fair. A small number of bought-back lots are still on the market, through the agency of Australian Standardbred Consultancy Pty Ltd, by contacting Kerry Baker on 0402 336 598 or at kausbred@bigpond.net.au Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW                   Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   T: 02 9722 6600| F: 02 85805792 | E: nogrady@hrnsw.com.au| W: www.hrnsw.com.au & www.trotstv.com.au       Warning to recipients:   This email and any attachments are confidential and subject to copyright. If you are not the intended recipient any use, disclosure or copying is unauthorised. If you have received this email in error please advise us immediately by reply email and delete all copies. It is your responsibility to examine this email and any attachments for viruses. Any personal information in this email must be handled in accordance with privacy legislation.            

*This is the first of a new weekly segment on Harnesslink.com where we will highlight one trial or workout meeting per week in attempt to find winners and indentify rising talent. If you weren’t impressed by at least one or two trialists at Winton last Wednesday, quite frankly, you wouldn’t know talent if you fell over it. Kicking off the day were two-year-olds Pulp Fiction (Art Major –Joys Underworld) and Bold Ruler (Changeover – H Adour) and while both were very green, the both look to have plenty in the engine department. In the end it was Pulp Fiction who held on to win by ¾’s of a length but, after having to shift ground twice in the home straight, it was Bold Ruler who in my opinion found the line the strongest. Race 1  2YO MOBILE PACE.    (Qualifying Time: 2-05.1) Video  Distance: 1609m     Weather: Fine     Track: Fast    Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Time Driver Trainer 1 2 PULP FICTION 2 fr 2-02.7 A L Stratford A L Stratford 2 3 BOLD RULER 3 fr 2-02.8 P M Hunter P M Hunter 3 1 CHANGE DOON NOW 1 fr 2-03.9 R H Swain R H Swain       Margins: 3/4 length, 5 1/2 lengths Times: Mile Rate: 2-02.7 Last 800m: 59.0 Last 400m: 30.9   The second heat of the day saw Nureyev step out and after what he did I expect him to be winning his debut. After settling three back the pegs, Andrew Armour moved the Murray Brown trained three-year-old around the outside to work to the front with just over a lap to run. The son of Christian Cullen and six win mare Idancedallnight then set a strong tempo down the back straight before waltzing away to win effortlessly by eight lengths in a handy time of 3-03.4, which is more than seven seconds under the required qualifying time. Nureyev looks to be a typical ‘Christian Cullen’ with a good physique and an unblemished pacing action. I think he has a bright future. Race 2  QUALIFYING MOBILE PACE.    (Time Required: 3-11.0) Video  Distance: 2400m     Weather: Fine     Track: Fast    Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Time Driver Trainer 1 4 NUREYEV 1 fr 3-03.4 A M Armour M G Brown 2 9 SET ME ABLAZE 6 fr 3-05.0 A R Beck D J Baynes 3 7 EVER SO CLEVER 4 fr 3-05.1 I D Jamieson D J Baynes 4 6 HIGHVIEW IDOL 3 fr 3-06.3 S P Walkinshaw A F H Hunter 5 5 MAN TO MAN 2 fr 3-06.5 B D McLellan B J Gibson-Smith 6 10 WITCH EYRE 7 fr 3-07.3 K N Larsen K N Larsen 7 8 Peruvian Ouzo 5 fr 3-12.0 E J Swain E J Swain       Margins: 8 lengths, head, 6 lengths Times: Mile Rate: 2-02.9 Last 800m: 57.2 Last 400m: 29.7   Andrew Armour was again at the helm of a smart Murray Brown trained runner in the fourth trial of the day. Love Filly Dale, a daughter of Gotta Go Cullect and Rhonda Dale, settled last before being let rip at the 600 metre mark. By the time she reached the 200 metres she was in front by 10 lengths before increasing her margin further to win by 15 & ½ lenghts at the line. I personally timed Love Filly Dale to run her last 800 metres in a smart 56.0.  Love Filly Dale is competing in race six at Invercargill today and has been opened up at $2.50 on the Final Field book. My advice to you is to take that until the cows come home. But if you don’t want to take my advice take Andrew Armours’s, after all it was his bet of the week in our ring-around segment. Race 4  QUALIFYING PACE.    (Time Required: 3-14.0) Video  Distance: 2400m     Weather: Fine     Track: Fast    Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Time Driver Trainer 1 1 LOVE FILLY DALE 1 fr 3-08.7 A M Armour M G Brown 2 2 VEDIKA 2 fr 3-11.8 E J Swain E J Swain 3 3 SHORTYS BEST 3 fr 3-11.9 A R Beck A R Beck 4 4 Star Of Knapdale 4 fr 3-14.1 R H Swain R H Swain       Margins: 15 1/2 lengths, 3/4 length, 11 lengths Times: Mile Rate: 2-06.5 Last 800m: 56.9 Last 400m: 29.2   Heat four of the day saw Jaccka Lonny lead all the way and post a very good time of 3-03.1 from a standing start Driven by Tim Williams for trainer by Brett Gray, Jaccka Lonny paced his last half in 57.8 to hold Don’t Die Wondering by one length at the line. Jaccka Lonny competes in the tenth race at Invercargill today and looks a strong chance after landing the ace draw. Race 5  PACE. (C0) Video  Distance: 2400m     Weather: Fine     Track: Fast    Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Time Driver Trainer 1 7 Jaccka Lonny 3 fr 3-03.1 T M Williams B R Gray 2 6 Don't Die Working 2 fr   G J Thomas R B & J L McEwan 3 5 McArdle's Ledger 1 fr   S P Walkinshaw A F H Hunter       Margins: 1 length, 12 lengths Times: Mile Rate: 2-02.7 Last 800m: 57.8 Last 400m: 30.0   Consistent trotter Nickelson is primed for his resumption at Invercargill today, after coming from 20 metres behind to win his trial by 1 & ½ lenghts. Nickelson came his last 800 metres in a tick better than 57.5 to beat Golden Gate by 1 & ¼ lenghts. The latter is just a maiden who could be a good chance in the first race today provided he gets things right. Race 6  TROT. (C0 to C2) Video  Distance: 2400m     Weather: Fine     Track: Fast    Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Time Driver Trainer 1 13 Nickelson U1 20m 3-11.2 R T McIlwrick (J) N P Williamson 2 14 Golden Gate U2 fr   A J Ryan A J Ryan 3 11 Makarewa Jake 1 10m   T R Barron T R Barron 4 9 Successful Way 2 fr   A K Black A K Black Other Starters not necessarily in finishing order UPL 8 Turkey Dinner 1 fr   A R Beck A R Beck UPL 10 Overcast U1 fr   T M Williams A D Paisley UPL 12 Sure Sign 2 10m   N P Williamson N P Williamson       Margins: 1 1/4 lengths, 1/2 length, neck Times: Mile Rate: 2-08.1 Last 800m: 57.5 Last 400m: 29.3 Another to put daylight between himself and his rivals was Bettor Buy It who won the seventh heat of the day by 13 lengths. Driven by Tim Williams for trainer Des Baynes, Bettor Buy It made a dashing move around the field with 1300 metres to find the front. He then treated his rivals with contempt to win by 13 lengths in a smart time of 3-01.3 (56.3, 28.9). Bettor Buy It is a three-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight and top producer Soky’s Sweetheart.  He was originally set to debut in a Sires Stakes heat at Forbury Park in October before being sidelined with a cold. He is definitely one to keep an eye on and in my opinion is one of the most exciting emerging talents in the south. Race 7  MOBILE PACE. (C0) Video  Distance: 2400m     Weather: Fine     Track: Fast    Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Time Driver Trainer 1 3 Bettor Buy It 3 fr 3-01.3 T M Williams D J Baynes 2 9 Its Bella 9 fr   T R Barron T R Barron 3 1 Acolyte 1 fr   S P Walkinshaw A F H Hunter 4 7 Lights Out 7 fr   K N Larsen K N Larsen Other Starters not necessarily in finishing order UPL 2 Bettor's Hot Shot 2 fr   R T McIlwrick (J) A D Paisley UPL 4 Kirsty Jaccka 4 fr   P M Hunter P M Hunter UPL 5 Rogart 5 fr   N P Williamson G F Knight & Mrs J J Knight UPL 6 Icanlivewiththat 6 fr   A M Armour G F Knight & Mrs J J Knight UPL 8 Aveross Brachole 8 fr   A K Black A K Black       Margins: 13 lengths, nose, 1 length Times: Mile Rate: 2-01.5 Last 800m: 56.3 Last 400m: 28.9   The last heat of the day saw Luminesce make her first public appearance since finishing ninth in the Harness Jewels. Driven by regular pilot Tim Williams, Luminesce lead early before taking a trail behind Skippy Rascal, who has since won at Gore. She was then pulled off his back late in proceedings and exploded past him to win by 2 & ½ lengths. Luminescence paced her last 800 metres in a tidy 56.4 and looks set to make a winning resumption in race five at Invercargill today. Race 9  MOBILE PACE. (C0) Video  Distance: 2400m     Weather: Fine     Track: Fast    Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Time Driver Trainer 1 4 Luminesce 4 fr 3-05.5 T M Williams J W Adams 2 8 Skippy Rascal 8 fr   T R Barron T R Barron 3 1 Cayenne El 1 fr   K N Larsen K N Larsen 4 3 Fortyseven Cruiser 3 fr   A W Kyle A W Kyle Other Starters not necessarily in finishing order UPL 2 Bad Lover Boy 2 fr   S P Walkinshaw A F H Hunter UPL 5 Terri Jaccka 5 fr   N P Williamson G F Knight & Mrs J J Knight UPL 6 Northview Gambler 6 fr   A M Armour M G Brown Scratchings SCR 7 Aveross Brachole 7               Margins: 2 1/2 lengths, neck, 4 lengths Times: Mile Rate: 2-04.3 Last 800m: 56.4 Last 400m: 28.7     By Mitchell Robertson

Burnham trainer Mark Jones once again justified the faith that owner Wayne Higgs has showed in him when Offtocullect (Gotta Go Cullect - Shazza's Dream) over-came a horror draw (1st on the 2nd row) to win race five at Forbury Park on Thursday night (August 29). Driven by Blair Orange, the 3-year old who was Gotta Go Cullect’s first winner as a sire back in March was quick to pop off the fence and sat 1 out 5 back before making his move with a lap to run to find the parked position. With 400m to run he took the lead before running away from the bunch over the last 300m for a 4 ½ length victory. Offtocullect has now won  three races and run second once in his 4 career starts. His 2nd came behind the smart Cran Dalgety trained 3-year old Locharburn. Offtocullect stopped the clock at 2-45.8 for the 2200m journey. His final sectionals were recorded in a tidy 58.9 and 27.9 "He's always shown ability and is quite a tough type," said Jones. When asked about his near future, Jones said nothing is set in concrete at this stage. "He will probably have a little bit of a freshen up now. Tonight's win was a penalty free win and he deserves a chance at a sire stakes heat now." "I Want to look after him as he will be a better horse later on,” Jones added. On his performances to date Offtocullect could be in for a fine season although his first test will come when he has to face some of the top 2yo's of last season. Higgs has sent some nice horses to Jones in the past ,including Spotafalcon – Winner of his only start for Jones before being sold to Australia, and Jackaroo Bromac, who won three in a row for Jones including the $25,000 Canterbury Regional Country Cups Final, before running in behind some top horses like Christen Me & Mach Banner. Courtesy of Andrew Fitzgerald

Nevele R Stud, in conjunction with Ian Dobson, is thrilled to announce that champion stallion Christian Cullen and exciting young sire Gotta Go Cullen are to stand at Nevele R in the 2013-14 season.

Punters who backed Mark Jones's 2yo son of Gotta Go Cullect called Offtocullect, were saying just that soon after he made his debut at tonight’s (Thursday March 7) harness racing meeting at Forbury Park.

Eric Clapton’s namesake, the Musician, got the nickname ‘the slowhand’ because if he broke a string at a concert he would stay on stage and replace it, while the audience would wait out the delay with a ‘slow clap.’ There is nothing slow about the harness racing version, quite the contrary in fact.

Jayesh Abernethy has driven quite a few winners for retiring harness racing trainer Sally Fenning. He will never forget the time her horses helped him qualify for the New Zealand Junior Driving Championships.

Many of Australia's leading stud farms have thrown their support behind the inaugural Terang Harness Racing Club Stallion Tender. Alabar Bloodstock, who operate standardbred breeding establishments in Victoria, New Zealand and the Riverina, has offered a choice of three stallions in Armbro Operative, Elsu and Gotta Go Cullect.

All but one of Wai-Eyre Farm's stallions will be available at the same stud fee as it was last season. The only change lies with the leading Canterbury stud's flagship sire himself, Christian Cullen, who heads into the 2012/13 harness racing season with a $12,000 price tag.

Most of Australia's Top Ten sires from the 2010/11 harness racing season are represented in the catalogue for the 2012 Victorian Premier Harness Yearling Sale, to be held for the first time at the Quest Shepparton Racing Complex Showground, on Sunday, 22nd January.

The Horsham Harness Racing Club will stage their annual 3YO feature events, the Alabar Horsham Guineas and Rosehill Princess Of The Wimmera, at the Racing Centre tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon. The contests have been around since the 1980's, when the Club's Ladies Committee sponsored the under the lights on the tight, showground circuit. The 2011 edition of the Rosehill Princess has attracted a small but classy bunch of fillies, headed by the former Kiwi pacer Highview Ebony from the Dean Braun stable.

Following on from the successful harness racing formula of recent years, Alabar New Zealand is once again this year selling all their foals as weanlings at the Auckland Autumn Weanling and All Age Sale. The sale starts at 12pm this Sunday (May 22) at Karaka, South Auckland. Alabar NZ's 2011 consignment is their biggest ever, featuring 48 quality weanlings from some of New Zealand's best families.

Harness racing super sire in the making "Bettors Delight" looks set (in the current 2010/2011 breeding season) to challenge his own record of 546 mares that he bred in the 2006/2007 breeding season. That year he bred 345 in New Zealand and 201 in Australia.

Pictured is the first colt foal by the Alabar NZ based harness racing stallion, Gotta Go Cullect - and what an outstanding foal he is. The colt is out of the Pacific Rocket mare, Shazza's Dream - a half-sister to the NZ Two Year Old Pacer of the Year, Marika.

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