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.