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The six-year-old mare Havana Magic, who was bred in Victoria by Pat Driscoll’s Yabby Dam Farms, is the leading trotter in Queensland for the 2019/20 harness racing season. Her end-to-end triumph at Albion Park last Saturday (August 8) was her ninth success for the season and her second in the space of just four days. The winner of $64,252, Havana Magic is the second foal out of the Kadabra mare Pepperell Magic, a half-sister to the Victoria Trotters Oaks winner Adella’s Dash, dam of the Group winners Glenferrie Dreamer and Glenferrie Burn. Havana Magic, a half-sister to Group 2 winner All Cashed Up, is one of six winners bred by Yabby Dam Farms during the last fortnight. Majestic Player, bred and formerly raced in Victoria by Driscoll, has taken American trotting by storm since being exported last year. The five-year-old gelding stretched his winning sequence to 10 and took his USA earnings to beyond $100,000 when he won an $US18,000 Open in 1:51.8 at Hoosier Park, Indiana on August 1.  In further American news, Ready Cash, whose leading son Bold Eagle and Group winning sons Brilliantissime and En Solitaire (NZ only) are all available for this season from Haras Des Trotteurs, sired the placegetters Ready For Moni (2nd) and Back Of The Neck (3rd) in the record equalling $1 million Hambletonian. The pair are members of a crop of seven foals in America sired by the French champion. Imsettogo, a four-year-old and one of the first crop of resident stallion Used To Me, continues to fly the flag for her sire, winning for the seventh time this season at Ballarat from the front end and clocking the last 800 in a blazing 56.7. The French stallion Orlando Vici, another of the Haras Des Trotteurs frozen semen roster, produced the runaway 1:57.6 Menangle winner Adelle NZ and the homebred Orlando Jolt, who completed back-to-back successes at Stawell. The pair are from Orlando Vici’s initial Australasian crop of 19 foals, 14 of which have been successful! Brilliant Love You colt Eurokash, a double winner at two, opened his three-year-old campaign in style with a dashing come-from-behind winning effort at Addington. Other Yabby Dam Farm-bred winners were Petite Love (Cranbourne) and the pacer Live For Peace (Launceston).   by Peter Wharton

Saturday, July 25 proved a red-letter day for prominent Ballarat trotting breeding establishment, Haras Des Trotteurs, which produced a Group winner in Queensland and a winning double at the Shepparton metropolitan meeting. The widely travelled Il Pirata NZ, a gelding by Love You, notched his 13th success and his first at Group level when he outfinished a strong lineup in the Group 3 $25,770 Queensland Trotters Cup at Albion Park. The $14,900 winner’s cheque boosted his lifetime stake tally to $172,276. Earlier in the night, the highly promising young trotters Cash Lover (by Ready Cash) and Cracker Jet (by Quaker Jet) both greeted the judge at Shepparton.  Cash Lover, a four-year-old mare bred by Haras Des Trotteurs principal Pat Driscoll, made it five straight with a convincing front-end win, while the three-year-old Cracker Jet completed a hat trick following a barnstorming finishing burst from midfield. Cash Lover was one of three winners bred by Yabby Dam Farms for the week. The others were Beau Garcon (by Orlando Vici), who posted his fifth win at Shepparton, and Mataderos, who completed back-to-back successes at Terang. Meanwhile, Afterburner, a three-year-old gelding by The Best Madrik, was a very impressive winner at Invercargill, New Zealand, carving out the last 800 in 59.5 and 400 in 28.9 under a hold. Love You, Quaker Jet, Orlando Vici, The Best Madrik and Ready Cash’s sons Bold Eagle and Brillantissime are all members of Haras Des Trotteurs’ frozen semen roster in the coming season.   by Peter Wharton

Champion French trotter Bold Eagle is joining Haras Des Trotteurs’ stallion roster this year. In a coup for Australasian breeders, this will be the first post-racing career season at stud for the soon to be retired son of the great Ready Cash. Bold Eagle is not only regarded as one of the best of his generation in Europe, but one of the all-time greats. Haras Des Trotteurs general manager Louise Toulmin said it was a huge thrill for the Ballarat-based operation to secure Bold Eagle for the upcoming season. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our industry,” she said. Toulmin said while frozen semen for Bold Eagle would not be available in either Australia or New Zealand until mid to late October, the good news was he had exhibited outstanding fertility to date and there should not be any limit on the number of services available Bold Eagle has developed a cult following in France in a racing career in which he has become the third all-time richest earning trotter in the world - winning 46 of 75 starts for almost 5million euros in stakes and with a career-best 1:49.2 mile rate. Bold Eagle began his run of group 1 victories in 2014, but it was in 2017 that secured his place as an exceptional talent. He won the Prix d’Amerique, Prix de France and Prix de Paris at Vincennes to become the first French trotting triple crown champion since Bellino II in 1976. Bold Eagle, which was foaled in 2011, also won the Prix d’Amerique and Prix de France in 2016.His other big wins have included back-to-back Prix de l’Atlantique in 2017 and 2018, the Prix Rene Balliere in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and then the Breeders Crown in Canada in 2019 in his first visit to North America.Bold Eagle is already a successful sire Europe, having mixed racing and stud duties since 2015, with group 1 winners among his progeny. French-bred Ready Cash has become an exceptional sire after an outstanding racing career in he won 40 of 70 starts for 4.28m euros, with group 1 victories including the 2011 and 2012 Prix l’Amerique, 2011 and 2013 Prix de France and 2013 Prix de Paris. He is the dominant stallion in France, last year producing the winners of 239 races .Bold Eagle is out Love You mare Reethis Rah Jet. HARAS DES TROTTEURS will also offer another top flight French-bred son of Ready Cash this breeding season. A three-time group 1 winner in Italy, Briilantissime (1:54.1) adds further top the French blood available through Haras Des Trotteurs. His racing career featured wins in the 2015 Le Grand Prix Continental 2015 and Prix d'Europe in Italy, and earnings of 958,000 euros. Briilantissme has made an impressive start to his stud career in the highly competitive French breeding scene. He was the leading first crop sire in France last year and second to his sire Ready Cash in the two-year-old age group category. Brillantissime will be only available in Australia this year, in limited numbers, but his semen is being frozen for Australia and New Zealand for next season.  

Champion European trotting sire Love You, whose frozen semen is available ‘down under’ via Haras Des Trotteurs, sired five winners in the space of six days in New Zealand and Australia. The haul was highlighted by a winning double at Addington with the two-year-old Summer Lovin, who beat the older horses by 10 lengths at his second start, and Matua Tana, who overcame a 20 metre handicap to post his sixth lifetime success. Brilliant three-year-old Ultimate Stride, the reigning Breeders Crown and Redwood champion, made it seven wins from 11 starts and took his bankroll to $154,225 in easily accounting for older rivals at Invercargill. Love You was credited with a second ‘new’ winner in the NZ bred Kyvalley Surfrider, who ended a frustrating run of minor placings at Bendigo, while promising youngster Maestro outfinished his opposition to notch his second win from five attempts at Kilmore. Yabby Dam Farms, owned by Haras Des Trotters principal Pat Driscoll, bred three winners for the week.  Heading the lineup was Majestic Player, who won in 1:53 at Hoosier Park, Indiana and has now won seven of his eight starts on American soil. The five-year-old gelding holds a mark of 1:52.6 and a $US171,855 bankroll. Other recent Yabby Dam Farm-bred winners were Cash Lover, a four-year-old by Ready Cash and one of the second crop of the dual Prix d’Amerique winner, and Dream Over. Cash Lover won by 12 metres at Melton and has won three of his eight starts so far, while Dream Over notched win No. 3 at Stawell.   by Peter Wharton

Louise Toulmin is taking on a new role with Haras des Trotteurs. She has been appointed general manager, based at the Australian arm of the harness racing stud at Cardigan near Ballarat. Louise is vastly experienced and widely known in the standardbred breeding industry. Louise and her husband Gary operate agistment property Oakbank Estate at Clarendon near Ballarat, and have been breeding, breaking in, preparing yearlings and raced horses for the past 30 years. "My involvement in harness racing began when I met Gary. "His family had been involved all his life and my early days were blessed with Gary’s first horse he bred and raced being group one-winning filly Handibank,” Louise said. Louise joins Haras des Trotteurs after 12 years with Australian Pacing Gold, with her latest role being administration/sales manager. “It was a position I  thoroughly enjoyed and which enabled me to build lifelong friendships with both vendors and buyers. "Harness racing is my passion and I am excited to be joining the team at Haras des Trotteurs and further developing my relationships with industry participants in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe,” she said. Haras des Trotteurs principle Pat Driscoll, in welcoming Louise to the position, said it was great to have such an experienced and passionate operator to head up the stud. Harnesslink Media

Nutrien Equine is thrilled to receive an offer of support from Haras des Trotteurs aimed at harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies and colts/geldings. Principal of Haras des Trotteurs – Pat Driscoll has offered to add an additional $150,000 to the 2023 Nutrien Sale Race Series, which would see 2 & 3-year-old trotters chase a massive $300,000. This support would effectively see $50,000 on offer for 2 year old mixed sex Trotters as well as two $125,000 3 year old  trotting races. This will now see the 2023 Nutrien Race Series worth not less than $550,000. Nutrien Equine’s Mark Barton said “We are thrilled to have Pat Driscoll and the Haras des Trotteurs team offering Nutrien and the industry this support, but we are also excited to be given the opportunity to offer the Haras des Trotteurs entire draft of around 34 yearlings at our inaugural sale. This draft will see buyers given access to genetics that have never been offered for sale before at auction in Australia. I am sure there will be added interest to the trotters in the catalogue with this prize money on offer to these Trotting yearlings. Pat Driscoll – Principal of Haras des Trotteurs, commented We are delighted to support Nutrien Equine in their inaugural Stardardbred sale. Hopefully our support can add a little buzz to the trotters section of Nutrien Equine’s sale. At Haras Des Trotteurs we love the idea of helping the trotters reach for parity with the pacers and now with two, three-year-old single sex A$125,000 trotting finals, one for the colts and geldings and one for the fillies, I think we are on the way to achieving this goal. The idea that we will be involved in with what I think will be the two richest juvenile trotting races in the Southern Hemisphere and the richest “trotting” sales races in the world is huge. Hopefully such a sale can generate not only national interest but eventually international interest, that can only grow our industry and thus strengthen all levels within the industry. Buyers should also note that only yearlings put up for auction are eligible for the race series, making this a great opportunity for sale buyers. ESPECIALLY when they buy a trotter! On a promotional note, we consider our group of current weanlings easily the best we have bred to date. We are looking forward to an April sale where we believe these yearlings will present buyers with an outstanding product.” The Nutrien team are now working with Harness Racing Victoria to finalise commercial terms which are subject to approval from the HRV board. Entries are now open for the Nutrien Standardbred Yearling Sale. The sale will be held at the Inglis Oakland's selling complex from 8th – 11th April 2021. Breeders can enter horses online at  Entries Close Friday 17th July 2020.  

The American bred and Swedish-trained champion trotter Volstead Tr 1:51.6 ($716,094), who is standing his first season at Dublin Valley Farm in Ohio, served 74 mares at Haras Des Trotteurs’ Ballarat property last year. Among the consorts to the son of Cantab Hall were 20 matrons owned by Haras Des Trotteurs principal Pat Driscoll including mares bred in North America, France, New Zealand and Australia. The two American-bred mares were the Credit Winner mare Pizza Queen Tr 1:58.2 ($128,715), a winner of 10 races including the NSW Trotters Oaks and Freestone Cup, and Continentallady (Tr 1:58.7), a Melton winning daughter of Hambletonian winner Continentalvictory Tr 1:52.2 ($1.6m). Three French-bred mares were also joined with Volstead in 2019. They were Dream Island, a half-sister to multiple European Group winner Infinitif; Falaise Madrik, a half to dual French Group 1 winner and successful sire The Best Madrik; and the young Texas Charm mare Fille D’un Soir. Courcheval Tr 1:56.5 ($105,878) and Parisian Amore Tr 1:59.7 ($55,670), a pair of well performed daughters of the great Love You, the Group 3 winner Ima Bourbon Girl Tr 1:57.8 ($66,160) and the SA Trotters Derby winner Amarula were among seven NZ mares owned by Driscoll with positive tests to Volstead. The others were Aspiring Love, a half-sister to NZ 2YO and 3YO Trotter of the Year Royal Aspirations ($313,775) and Breeders Crown 3YO champion Triumphant Monarch; Another Play, dam of the Breeders Crown 4YO Final winner Majestic Player Tr 1:53.4 ($126,035) now in the USA with a record of 1:52.3 (6 wins from 7 starts); and the Lightfoot Laurels and Howe Cup victor Cyclone Jeter Tr 1:58.4 ($74,874), a half to Group winners Glenferrie Typhoon ($548,709), Cyclone Jake and Cyclone U Bolt. The contingent of locally bred mares are headlined by La Biscuit, a nine-win daughter of Australian and NZ Trotting Mare of the Year La Coocaracha and dam of Royal Treat (Vicbred Platinum Homegrown 2YO Classic) and Nieta (Vicbred and Breeders Crown 3YO Silver); and Ready To Shine, a Ready Cash daughter of the Victoria Oaks and Cochran Cup winner Adella’s Dash, dam of SA Derby winner Glenferrie Dream Tr 1:52.8 ($321,768) and multiple Group winner Glenferrie Burn Tr 1:55.5 ($234,430). Other Australian bred mares include Duchess Ella Tr 1:57.2 (14 wins and $126,934), the Shepparton Cup winner Purplepeopleeater ($92,063), Bouttemont, a Ready Cash half to Vicbred 4YO champion Vincennes Tr 1:56.3 ($266,811), and Orne, a daughter of multiple Group winner Sassy Pinevale. Val Gardena (by Kadabra) and Heavenly Sister (by Majestic Son), a pair of all-American bred, Victorian trained mare, complete the lineup. Val Gardena won 12 races including the Breeders Crown 4YO series, took a record of 1:59.9 and earned $122,280 in stakes, while Heavenly Sister Tr 1:56.5 ($129,745) numbered the Freestone Cup among her 11 successes. In North America Volstead has bred some outstanding mares to date this year including the Dream Vacation mare Turquoise Sweetie the dam of Barn Girl (66 wins, 1:52.3h, $862,202), the Dream Vacation mare Soho DK 1:52, the fastest mare ever in Denmark, with earnings of $1.7m Euros, the Credit Winner mare Nutmegs Winner, dam of Rising MVP ($259,497), the Donato Hanover mare Jezzys Legacy (1:54.1, $164,000) who sold for US$150,000 at the Meadowlands Mixed Sale this year. The dam of Jezzys Legacy is the Gredit Winner mare Jezzy ($834,491). These are just a handful of the known super bred mares that have been served by Volstead this current breeding season in North America. Peter Wharton

The French stallion Orlando Vici, a winner of nine Group races and now a leading sire in France and Sweden, has the joint highest entry with three harness racing runners in this year’s Elitloppet, to be contested at Solvalla, Sweden on Sunday night (May 31). Orlando Vici’s three contestants in the ‘Sprint World Championship of Trotting’ are Chief Orlando, a seven-year-old Norwegian bred gelding, the brilliant Norwegian bred, Danish owned seven-year-old gelding Looking Superb, and the fast Swedish seven-year-old entire Racing Mange. Chief Orlando (barrier 5) and Looking Superb (7) will contest the first heat, while Racing Mange will start from the No. 6 gate in the second elimination. The three are all expected to be well in line for a Grand Final berth. Looking Superb captured the Prix Tenor de Baune in 2018 and the Prix de L’Atlantique in 2019 and finished runner-up to Belina Josselyn in the 2019 Grand Prix d’Amerique; Racing Mange has won Group races in Sweden, Denmark and Finland and is the fastest trotter in Sweden this year, while Chief Orlando has won at Group level in Finland and was narrowly beaten in last year’s Sweden Cup. Racing Mange is the fastest trotter in Sweden this year Besides his successes at the stud in Europe, Orlando Vici has made a spectacular start as a sire in Australia. In his first season he left 11 foals – now four-year-olds - and all 11 have raced, and 10 are winners.  They include the NSW Trotters Derby winner Xebec (Tr 1:58), Beau Garcon, winner of the Breeders Crown 2YO Silver), Deneuve Star (Tr 1:56.6), Just Believe Tr 1:59 (Vicbred 3YO Silver), Belltopperboy (Tr 1:59.2), the Melton winners Montpellier (Tr 1:59.8) and Brandlo Prince, and Orlando Storm (Maryborough Oaks). Orlando Vici’s frozen semen is available to breeders in Australia and New Zealand from Haras Des Trotteurs, where Love You, Quaker Jet and Volstead head a select sire list. By Peter Wharton

Former international trotting star Volstead, who recently commenced stud duties at Dublin Valley Farm in Ohio, has served more than 100 mares in his first season at stud in Australasia. Standing at Haras Des Trotteurs’ property at Ballarat in Victoria, Volstead’s excellent fertility has enabled sufficient frozen semen to be stored for export to Europe to meet an expected high demand there. The Group 1 winning son of Cantab Hall has proven very popular with ‘down under’ breeders, especially those looking for the same sireline as Father Patrick. Breeders include Duncan McPherson of Aldebaran Park who has sent Sundonna (the dam of Maori Time) among a quartet of richly bred mares, while renowned French breeder Jean Dubois, has sent his Group winning mare My Tribeca to Volstead’s court. In New Zealand, David and Catherine Butt’s five-time Group 1 winner Habibti, was recently served by Volstead while the breeder of the new Inter Dominion champion Winterfell, Trevor Casey has sent a handful of mares to the stallion including four-time Group 1 winner Arya and last season’s Breeders Crown winner Show Gait while the half-sister to Stent and Arya, Rae Galleon and her nine-win daughter Daenerys Stormborn were also bred to him. Volstead and Örjan Kihlström after victory in the Sweden Cup Also in Australia, the former Casey bred Needle, the half-sister to Inder Dominion champion Winterfell was also served by Volstead as was the dam of Great Southern Star winner Sparkling Success, Diamond Insitu. Other top Australian producers served by Volstead include Karaka Tooth, the dam of star trotter Red Hot Tooth, as were the dams of Group 1 winners Fabrication and Aldebaran Eve. Group 1 winner Right Interest, dam of Group 1 winner Aimforthemoon, multiple Group winner Maorisfavouritesun’s dam Maori Daunou, 15-win Group placed mare Prettylilangeleyes, Group 3 winner Natural, Group 1 placed Four Lillies, Group 1 placed 13-win mare Suelaurian and eight-win mare Brochel Bow were also served in Australia. An outstanding and imposing (16 hands) individual, Volstead was bred in the USA and became an International Champion. Pat Driscoll, of Yabby Dam Farms, sent Group 2 matriarch and La Coocaracha winner Arboe, Group winner Ima Bourbon Girl, Group placed Ballyronan and royally bred French mare Dream Island were also served by Volstead. Other mares served by Volstead in NZ included the Group 3 winner Princess Mackendon, I Got Rhythm, a seven-win daughter of Allegro Agitato, Blue Jacket, the dam of Foot Tapper and Glenferrie Sunbird, The Earth Moved, a six-win mare from the family of Monbet, Lara Lass, a Sundon full sister to dam of Sundee’s Son, and Gemstone, the dam of rising star Woodstone. In North America Volstead has started breeding mares already at Dublin Valley Farm and owner Robert Hersberger says that the semen is exceptional and it looks like he could breed up to 20 mares a day. Robert Hersberger says that his book is nearing full and closed and advises breeders to confirm their bookings as soon as possible. Volstead is a European Group 1 winning stallion. He was a winner of 23 races, including the prestigious Sweden Cup, defeating top horses such as Elitloppet winners Ringostarr Treb and Magic Tonight on multiple occasions. Volstead is by Cantab Hall, now a proven sire of sires including Father Patrick, Uncle Peter, My MVP and Explosive Matter. To view a full pedigree of Volstead click on this link. Volstead winning The Sweden Cup Final Peter Wharton

Haras des Trotteurs Principal Pat Driscoll is delighted with Australasian Harness Racing Breeders response to the stud’s shuttled international stallion Volstead and is particularly proud to be also exporting his frozen semen from Australia to Europe, which is a first for a trotting stallion Down Under. Volstead ‘s semen has been frozen at Haras des Trotteurs, quarantine stud facilities at Ballarat for export to Europe to meet demand there, before  the stallion returns to the US in late January. And the stallion’s excellent fertility has contributed to outstanding freezing results. Hopefully other studs can follow this practise said Driscoll, which has now overcome one of the biggest obstacles to shuttling top class trotting stallions Down Under. “Due to our relatively smaller books (for trotting stallions) we can fit in freezing of the stallion semen during the season, thus enabling the stallion to be available for the lucrative European market and therefore allowing the US to concentrate on the stallion’s market on their return to North America. “It also turns the New Zealand/Australia quarantine requirements from a negative into a positive.” Driscoll also acknowledged the excellent work of Dr Sarah Gray in this area and also paid tribute to the fine work currently being undertaken by the many top Specialist Equine vets and technicians in Australasia. Driscoll also paid tribute to the tireless work done by Geoff and Lorraine Barnes for the facilitation of the semen transport between the two countries, often under very difficult and trying circumstances. Volstead, the Group One winning son of Cantab Hall has proven very popular with breeders, especially those looking for the same sireline as Father Patrick in a chilled option. Breeders include Duncan McPherson of Aldebaran Park who has sent Sundonna (the dam of Maori Time) among a quartet of richly bred mares, while renowned French breeder Jean Dubois, has sent his Group winning mare My Tribeca to Volstead’s court. Habibti Habibti - Seen here winning the $80,000 Group One NZ Trotting Derby (against the boys) In New Zealand, Dave and Catherine Butt’s five time Group One winner Habibti, was recently served by Volstead while the breeder of the new Interdominion Champion Winterfell, Trevor Casey has sent a handful of mares to the stallion including four time Group One winner Arya and last season’s Breeders Crown winner Show Gait while the half-sister to Stent and Arya, Rae Galleon and her daughter nine win mare Daenerys Stormborn were also bred, the latter in Australia. Also in Australia, the former Casey bred Needle, the half-sister to Inderdominion champion Winterfell was also served by Volstead as was the dam of Great Southern Star winner Sparkling Success, Diamond Insitu. Volstead and Stefan Melander Other top Australian producers served by Volstead include Karaka Tooth, the dam of star trotter Red Hot Tooth, as was the dam of multiple Group 1 winner Fabrication, Figment and Group 1 winner Aldebaran Eve’s dam Aldebaran Dream, Group 1 winner Right Interest (dam of 4 winners incl Group 1 winner Aimforthemoon), multiple Group winner Maorisfavouritesun’s dam Maori Daunou, 15 win Group placed mare Prettylilangeleyes, Group 3 winner Natural, Group 1 placed Four Lillies, Group 1 placed, 13 win mare Suelaurian and 8-win mare Brochel Bow were also served in Australia. Driscoll’s Yabby Dam Farms sent Group 2 Matriarch and La Coocaracha winner Arboe, Group winner Ima Bourbon Girl, Group placed Ballyronan and royally bred French mare Dream Island among the mares served by Volstead. Back in New Zealand Volstead has served Group 3 winner Princess Mackendon, I Got Rhythm a 7 win daughter of Allegro Agitato and Blue Jacket, the dam of Foot Tapper and Glenferrie Sunbird. Princess Mackendon seen here winning at Auckland Greg and Nina Hope had The Earth Moved a 6 win mare from the family of Monbet served by Volstead, while Colin Hair sent Lara Lass a Sundon, full sister to dam of Sundees Son, and Gemstone, the dam of rising star Woodstone. Driscoll says that Volstead should serve more than 100 mares between the two countries, and with their quality should get a very good start to his career. Harnesslink Media

Volstead’s American owner Dean Miller is offering a very generous first season rebate of $1500 to Down Under Breeders. Mr Miller said that being Volstead’s very first season standing Down Under in the flesh, he was very keen to see that his international champion served a solid book of mares with Fresh Semen. Thanks to Dean’s generosity Down Under  breeders will pay the following for Volstead for this year’s breeding season.                                                                                                                          Australia         New Zealand Advertised Price (Pay by Mar 30)      5000                      5000  First season Rebate                         -1500                     -1500     Rebate  price (exc GST)                    3500                      3500 New Price (GST incl)                      $3850                    $4025   Victorian Square Trotters Association Members and New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Membership discounts still apply. Rebate price                                      3500                     3500 VSTA/NZB (10%)                               -350                      -350       Discount price                                    3150                     3150 GST                                                    10%                      15% VSTA/NZB Price                              $3465                    $3622.50   Multi mare discounts still apply based on 3 or more in-foal mares and would be the following: Reobate price                                   3500                     3500 MM Discount 20%                             -700                      -700       Discount Price                                  2800                     2800 GST                                                  10%                      15% Multi Mare Price                            $3080                     $3220 A Group 1 winner, Volstead, is a 1.51.5 US-bred son of leading sire of sires Cantab Hall, who is standing at Haras des Trotteurs, in Cardigan, Victoria. Volstead and Johnny Takter Volstead seen here winning The Sweden Cup

Haras des Trotteurs new resident sire Volstead is off to a flying start with the first three harness racing mares that he served all getting in foal on first insemination. And fitting for an international group winner, his first consorts also included an international mare and a group winner, in French mare Dream Island and Group winner Arboe. The other mare Ornee is an unraced daughter of Ready Cash, and the trio are among a dozen of Yabby Dam Farms best mares who will visit his court this breeding season. Volstead, a 1.51.5 son of Cantab Hall, is available throughout Australia and New Zealand in fresh semen form. Volstead is the first son of Cantab Hall to be available as a fresh semen option in the Southern Hemisphere. Cantab Hall has become an outstanding sire of sires with his outstanding son Father Patrick making a huge impression this year as sire of the top rated three-year-old, Greenshoe who trotted in sub 1:50 this last week at the Red Mile and became a millionaire in the process. A full-brother to Greenshoe sold today at Lexington for US$1,100,000 the first ever standardbred yearling to make over $1 million at Auction. An outstanding competitor in Sweden’s elite gold division Volstead raced out of the top Swedish barn of Stefan Melander and won 5.87M SEK from 23 of his 72 race starts including the Group 1 King’s Cup and the prestigious Sweden Cup, or Little Elitlopp, in 2017.

Haras des Trotteurs-bound Sweden Cup winner Volstead leaves for Australia tomorrow after spending his two week post-arrival quarantine at IRT’s Karaka (Auckland) facilities in New Zealand. The first son of Cantab Hall to stand at stud in the southern hemisphere looked relaxed and in wonderful condition as he nibbled on a carrot offered by IRT handler David Cudden who accompanied him from his new permanent residence in America after a stellar racing career in Sweden. New Zealand and Australian breeders will be the first to welcome Volstead foals for the US-bred stallion who raced out of top Swedish trainer Stephan Melander’s stable winning 23 of his 72 race starts. A very sound, versatile and exceptionally fast horse, Volstead won races in each year from age 3 until 7 and from distances ranging from a mile (where he took a record of 1.51.5 on a 1000m track) to 2640m competing  against some of the very best horses in the world. He won some of Sweden’s most prestigious races including the 4YO classic Group 1 King’s Cup and as a 6YO, the international Sweden Cup, and during his stellar career also competed in the famous Elitloppet against the likes of world superstars Timoko and Propulsion. Standing at Haras des Trotteurs at Cardigan (Ballarat), Victoria, Volstead’s chilled semen will be available throughout New Zealand and Australia with $500 discounts available to Victorian Square Trotters Association and New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association members. Enquiries to Dave Sanders, TEL +64 212 452 584.

Haras des Trotteurs and their line of French trotting sires won half the Breeders Crown heats at Maryborough this week. Leading the way was debutant sire Quaker Jet who set the ball rolling with an amazing trifecta in the opening race of the day. Despite a relatively small crop of just 24 2YOs, the son of Love You saw his daughters Im Ready Jet, Imamaorijet and Dizzysjet kick clear of the pack at the 400m mark and finish, one, two, three in the ABC 2YO Trotting Fillies First Heat. To watch this race click here. Two races later Love You’s latest star colt Ultimate Stride, a sale topper in New Zealand last year, carried the colours of Emilio and Mary Rosati to victory in the first of the ABC 2YO Colts and Geldings heat. The Redwood Classic winner made light work of his wide draw, sitting three wide early before taking over down the back straight. Given a breather by Anthony Butt, Ultimate Stride then turned up the wick at the 400m and proved far too strong for his rivals, clearing away for a most impressive win. To watch this race click here. All Cashed Up, by the leading French sire Ready Cash, was back to his best in the Breeders Crown 3YO Trotting Colts and Geldings first heat. All Cashed Up used his gate speed to lead from the gate, and set a quick tempo, kicking in the straight to hold off a fast finishing Victoria Trotting Derby winner Majestuoso to create a 3YO trotting record and the second fastest ever time (to Tornado Valley the week before), at the Maryborough track. To watch this race click here. His stablemate Xebec, by Orlando Vici, the fourth French sire to record a winner on the day, was then a convincing winner in the second heat, after making his bid 400m from home and staying on strongly to the line to win by 3,3m with 33m back to the third horse. To watch this race click here. Xebec was one of Orlando Vici’s first crop of 11 3YOs which has produced an astounding 9 winners, and which has the stallion placed second on the Australian 3YO Trotting rankings. His 3YO filly Orlando Storm also qualified for the finals with an eye-catching run for second behind Emerald Stride in the first 3YO fillies heat. Dave Sanders

The dam of Sunday's 3yo winner Travel Bug is among harness racing mares still available in the second week of the first Annual Broodmare reduction sale at Haras des Trotteurs, Cardigan, Victoria. Travel Bug is from well related Sundon mare Tricia Powell, a close relation to group winners Amore Stride, Harriet of Mot and Earl of Mot who is still for sale alongside a bevy of black type mares. Also likely to appeal to discerning breeders is New Zealand champion Enghien’s half sister The Pink Diamond who won nine races in New Zealand and Australia. Group one placed Amarula is in foal to exciting French stallion Used To Me, which will be her first foal. Amarula, a Bacardi Lindy Mare out of Sundon mare Valley Of the Moon won the listed SA Trotters Derby, and was second in the Gp1 Victoria Trotters Oaks and third in the Victorian Trotters Derby. Also for sale is Group 1 placed Moyabamba as is NZ Trotting Oaks winner Commander Jewel. Group 1 winning Sundon mare Fiery Mountain Girl, in foal to Love You, is also being offered for sale by Yabby Dam Farms and is a great chance to acquire a foal bred on the same cross as champions Monbet and Enghien. This is a genuine broodmare reduction sale, due to an influx of retiring mares from Yabby Dam Farms’ racing arm, and a change of direction, meaning a number of beautifully bred mares from its broodmare band are available for sale online on its website, on a first come first served basis. Yabby Dam Farms plan to make this an annual reduction sale offering a wide mix of mares, unproven, proven, young and old broodmares. The aim is to suit all clients, from established breeders to new breeders wanting to get into the game, or those trying to get into that special family through an older mare. So here is a great chance to supplement your broodmare band from this wide mix of empty, in-foal and maiden mares which includes Group winners and good producers, from some of the southern hemisphere’s best families. Any questions please call Dave on +64 21 245 2584 or email  

Yabby Dam Farms and Haras des Trotteurs will be offering this striking chestnut colt who will be going under the hammer as Lot 14 of the APTS on March 10 with all proceeds going to the Terang Harness Racing Club stable upgrade at Dalvui Raceway. The Terang Harness Owners, Trainers and Supporters Group has been fundraising $2M for about four years to build a new stabling facility. With APTS also waiving its fees from the sale of Lot 14, the only money from the purchase not going to the Terang Harness Raing Club fund will be GST. By Haras des Trotteurs successful French sire Used To Me out of My Dreamweaver, the well-bred colt is the fifth foal with all of his four elder siblings being winners. These include the 10-win mare My Chimera (T1.55.6,$63,360) who had two wins at 3, six metropolitan wins and a second placing in a Need For Speed heat, running fourth in the Gp1 final. Another half-sister to the colt, Cadenas Amour (TR1.58.3, $16, 970) has won three of her 17 starts with 4 placings, including a win at 3 and also ran 4th in a Breeders Crown heat. His 2YO older half-brother Dream Over has also had a win in his first three juvenile starts. His dam My Dreamweaver won 4 races and placed 10 times taking a time of 1.57.8TT. A New Zealand bred mare with pure American bloodlines, she is by Lindy Lane out of the imported mare Dreamlands Nancy. My Dreamweaver is a half to Gp2 winner Our Dreamlover (Love You) (TR1.59.6, $159,017) who won 16 races, including 9 at 3 and was the winner of a repechage of the Breeders Crown, and was also second in the Gp1 Vic Derby and third in the Gp2 Breeders Crown. As an aged horse he won the Gp2 Queensland Cup. My Dreamweaver is also a half to Ararat Cup winner Crown Dream (Tr1.59.7, $50,140) who won nine races, including two at 2, and five other winners. Lot 14 is eligible for the Vicbred $7000 First Win Bonus, Vicbred Platinum and Breeders Crown.

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