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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, dave@harasdestrotteurs.com.au. 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 dave@harasdestrotteurs.com.au  

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.

Haras des Trotteurs and Yabby Dam Farms are delighted to announce the arrival at their Ballarat stud of exciting new stallion En Solitaire, who is the first son of French siring phenomenon Ready Cash and will be available fresh to breeders in both Australia and New Zealand for the upcoming season. Yabby Dam Farms owner Pat Driscoll has bought a 50% share in the stallion with En Solitaire’s breeder Jean Pierre Dubois who stands Love You and a bevy of France’s top stallions at the prestigious Haras de la Brosse in Normandy. Breeders in Australia and New Zealand will this season be able to access the genetics of the French siring sensation Ready Cash who has dominated European trotting since with the likes of 15 time Group 1 winner Bold Eagle and Group one winners Readly Express, Bird Parker, Django Riff, Charly du Noyer, Cash Crowe, Brillantissime, Avila, Vash Top, Vamp Kronos and recent winner Traders. Bred on same cross as the sensational Bold Eagle and the Group winning new sires Atlas des Joudes and Cash And Go, En Solitaire represents the cutting edge of French breeding which is taking the trotting world by storm. Ready Cash, his sons Bold Eagle and Brillantissime and established sires Orlando Vici and Love You are in high demand in Scandinavian trotting powerhouses Sweden and Norway, producing horses which this year won the likes of trotting’s most prestigious race the Prix d’Amerique in France. En Solitaire is from a Love You sister to millionaire group one winning sire Kaisy Dream, and group winning sire Paisy Dream plus 15 other winners including two others who subsequently stood at stud in France. Sold for a big sum after showing outstanding ability as an early 2YO, En Solitaire suffered a serious injury in transit to his new owners and was returned to Haras de la Brosse and was subsequently, unable to stand up to training in time to take part in the rich age-group racing programme which ultimately decides French stallion careers. French racing opportunities are based solely on earnings, and En Solitaire lost a race against time in order to take part in the 4YO season and Haras de la Brosse reluctantly pulled the pin. En Solitiaire will however be put into training in Australia at Yabby Dam Racing’s adjacent stable at Cardigan under Anton Golino with a view of competing in Australasia if he is able to recover fully from his injury, but this will not affect his ability to serve mares during the upcoming season. En Solitaire is likely to provide a great outcross for New Zealand mares, bringing a powerful mix of the most modern bloodlines seen repeatedly in world class horses. EN SOLITAIRE carries the breed changing US stallion Speedy Somolli, and the highly influential French stallion Caprior doubled up in the maternal line, through the combination of his dam Daisy Chain and of course his sire, Love You who has been so successful with New Zealand mares. En Solitaire will stand alongside fellow European stallions, exciting Group winner Used To Me, is part owned by la Perrière and Love You entire Dreamcatcher, who is part-owned by French stud Haras des Rouges Terres. Like Haras des Trotteurs other resident stallions, all of EN SOLITAIRE's New Zealand foals are Vicbred eligible. The stud fees for all Haras des Trotteurs stallions will be announced in the near future. Harnesslink Media  

The opportunities' keep on rolling in for the trotting ranks with the announcement today of the Haras des Trotteurs Waikato Trotting Oaks. To be held on May 17th at Cambridge Raceway, the $15,000 race comes hot off the success of the Haras des Trotteurs Southland Trotting Oaks held in March. The North Island opportunity was identified by Haras des Trotteurs and Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness Racing Club with numerous benefits for industry participants stemming from the May event. Cambridge Raceway CEO David Branch says 'we're thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to the North Island Trotting Ranks and to be working with Pat Driscoll, Dave Sanders and the Haras des Trotteurs Team. Pat's vision and passion for the trotting gait is phenomenal. This a brilliant racing opportunity for the owners and trainers of 3YO fillies. The timing of the race as the feature event on the final North Island qualifying opportunity for the Harness Jewels will only add to the excitement and interest." Haras des Trotteurs principal Pat Driscoll is well known for his love of the trotting gait throughout Australasia is second to none. Haras des Trotteurs is a multi-faceted major operation. Offering 11 trotting stallions to Australasian Breeders, including champion sire Love Lou and the exciting freshman Orlando Vici. Pat also breeds from one of the most impressive trotting broodmare bands around. The Ballarat based operation is also home to a highly successful training establishment. Cambridge Raceway are confident that this new event will attract strong numbers and "implore Trainers to nominate not only their Harness Jewels eligible fillies but those late bloomers. The more support this race has this year the bigger it will become in further years" added Branch. Sentiments echoed by trainers John and Joshua Dickie who will look to line up a couple of runners. "It's good to do something for the fillies and the timing is great. In the current programming it is hard for fillies to be placed away from the colts. The opportunity to earn those last minute dollars for the Jewels is great but also just giving the fillies their own opportunity is awesome. It's a race that has the potential to build into something major, well done to the club" The club recognises the efforts of NZ Breeders Association in promoting the increased racing opportunities for trotting fillies with the Hara des Trotteurs sponsored Oaks in Auckland, Southland and now Waikato. Dave Saunders of Haras Des Trotteurs had the following to say about the announcement; "Fillies of course are the broodmares of the future and to be able to give them the right opportunities to showcase their talents is how we develop the champions of tomorrow, which is what drives us all as breeders, owners and trainers and excites the fans and brings them to our great game. "With Down Under trotters once again invited back to the rich international races in Sweden and the United States, it really is an exciting time for this truly globally popular gait. "Haras des Trotteurs would like to thank the Waikato and Bay of Plenty club and Cambridge Raceway for the opportunity to continue our mission to breed and race world class trotters in Australia and New Zealand."   Haras De Trotteurs Waikato Oaks, $15,000 Thursday 17th May 2018. Nominations close - Monday 14th May 2018 More information: Cambridge Raceway - cambridgeraceway.co.nz | 07 827 5506 Haras De Trouttuers - www.harasdestrotteurs.com.au     Charlotte Mooney  Cambridge Raceway

Smart trotter Dark Horse won't race this season. The five year old mare was scratched from the Southern Lights at the Northern Southland meeting on Saturday after her trainer Nathan Williamson came back from the Winton Workouts to find her lame in the paddock. The injury was diagnosed on Friday as a hind suspensory injury.  "It's worse that it happened the day before her race. You spend three months working towards this race. It's very frustrating. She's like one of the family and I spend a lot of time with her," Williamson said when I spoke to him on Friday. Dark Horse was scanned today by local vet Brendon Bell, and a year away from racing was recommended. "She'll stay at home and be boxed for a while, re-scanned, do some hand walking and have a long slow build up. The vet sounded hopeful. I guess we'll aim at the Southern Lights next year." The Bacardi Lindy mare is raced on lease by the Griffins and Seafield Trotting Syndicate who have been eagerly awaiting her return to the racetrack as have all of the Southland Harness Racing fraternity. From her twenty race-day appearances Dark Horse has won nine races and banked $84,541. One of her attributes was her high speed and Williamson was certainly happy with her condition and buildup going into Saturday's feature. She last raced at Addington in the middle of November. Meanwhile he was very complimentary of Haras des Trotteurs for sponsoring the inaurgural Southland Trotting Oaks on Saturday. "I have a couple of nice two year old trotting fillies who will certainly be aimed at the race next season. It's good that it was supported by Northern trainers along with locals," he said.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

The royally bred Luby Lou trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen won the first ever Southland Trotting Oaks at Ascot Park today. The race was sponsored by Haras des Trotteurs. “She trotted pretty fluently and was happy, so that was the main thing. I’ve driven her in three of her trials this preparation so I’ve had a bit to do with her, that always helps. Marks done a super job with her,” said winning driver Tim Williams. By Muscle Hill, the three year old filly is raced by Breckon Farms - Six of the Best Syndicate. She's the first foal out of the Andover Hall mare Luby Ann which won four races from eighteen starts for Mark Purdon. In one of her wins she beat the mighty Stent at Ashburton. Tim Williams talking to Trackside presenter Jason Teaz, Stable Manager Michelle Neilson, Northern Southland President Bill McDonald and Dave Sanders from Haras des Trotteurs  - Photo Bruce Stewart.    In today's trotting features for three year old fillies, Williams took Luby Lou straight to the top with favourite Renezmae hard on his back. At the end of the 2200 metres only five runners were in with a show of winning and Luby Lou proved too dominant beating Renezmae by a length and a quarter.  “She was happy in front and she’s got a bit of quality.” The winning time of 2-47.9 was a new track record. The previous record of 2-50.2 was jointly held by Kumbya (2006) and Avenge (2001). Bruce Stewart Southland harness racing    

A new trotting race for three year old fillies has been programmed in March - a first for Southland. Sponsored by Haras des Trotteurs, the $20,000 Southland Trotting Oaks will be run over 2200 metres from behind the mobile at the Northern Southland Trotting Club meeting at Ascot Park on Saturday 10th March. The race is two weeks prior to the Group Two New Zealand Trotting Oaks. "Southland is a good fit for the race. It's a very strong standardbred nursery. Pat (Haras des Trotteurs principle Pat Driscoll) was very keen to develop and support fillies races. You also get good support as a sponsor in Southland. They appreciated your support and you tend to get that back more so than other centres. I've dealt with Bill McDonald (President of the Northern Southland TC) previously and he's very big on making sure the sponsors get values for their sponsorship," said Haras des Trotteurs General Manager Jonathan McNeil.     The race will also be actively promoted by the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders who are keen to promote what has become the 'growing gait' in New Zealand harness. McNeil says there are other initatives which make trotting a significant part of the future of the industry here. "The main focus of the operation is to grow the fillies races. We're involved in the trotting side of the Sires Stakes now. A part of that agreement was that the Sires Stakes Board look at developing a trotting fillies series for the Sires Stakes."   He says that there are about 200-250 trotting fillies bred every year and if owners are presented with races like the Southland Trotting Oaks, then that will help grow the industry. "If we can develop our trotting horses to a higher level and go forward it opens up a bit of a market. It's a long way from that at the moment but if we could produce the same world class trotters as we do pacers it would be great." He says the Australians are also looking at ways to generate strong overseas revenue from trotting.  "Every Monday night at Melton they make the last races trotting races. They're beamed into France lunch time Sunday. There's a million dollar turnover on those races from France. From a Haras de Trottuers point of view, once we start getting more horses with French sire lines, the French are going to recognise the pedigrees so you'll end up growing the market." Haras des Trotteurs Principal Pat Driscoll is also keen to look at sending young trotting fillies over to New Zealand to help support the cause.  "He's not afraid to send them over there and race them but only if it works. Right horses at the right time. You can't just go over there for one race. You need a few options if you have a bad day." Hara des Trotteurs stand eleven trotting stallions and the one McNeil is most excited about is Used To Me the first French Group winner to stand in Australasia. He only has a small first season crop but they look very promising.  "He had two starts here in Australia as well for two wins. Of this twenty two years old Anton's (Yabby Dam Farms trainer Anton Golino) best two year old fillies are both by Used To Me. So we're really excited about that. Potentially this horse has got a lot of up side. He stands in the flesh here and we shipped him to New Zealand just to get him up and running."  Orlanda Vici is another French stallion McNeil is excited about. "His oldest New Zealand progeny have just turned two. The people that've got them are really liking them. There's only a few." So things are in place for the Southland Trotting Oaks to begin another chapter in the Southern Harness story.   Oamaru trainer Phil Williamson is one who should be keen to support the event. He has four qualified or race winners that are eligible to start - Kenny's Dream, Majestic Galleon, South Park and Our Foxy Lady.  And as for the day - it's added to an already mouth watering day of harness racing with other races including the three Group Three races - Southern Lights, Caduceus Club of Southland Two Year Old Fillies Mobile and Yaldhurst Hotel Northern Southland Cup. There's also the Super Nuggets Finals worth $20,000. Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing 

Haras des Trotteurs (HDT), are pleased to announce Jonathan McNeill as General Manager Haras des Trotteus Australia and New Zealand. Jonathan will be responsible for all HDT breeding in addition to overseeing all of HDT Australia and New Zealand operations. In addition HDT welcomes Karen Starr. Karen has joined HDT following a career in airline administration. Her new role will include Office Manager, and semen controller. Both Jonathan and Karen will be based at the farm in Ballarat in Victoria. Michael Taylor continues with HDT as Sales Coordinator for Australia. Peter Dow also continues with the operation. Whilst Dave Sanders continues heading NZ sales. HDT are pleased to announce the following stallions for 2017                                                                         Aus$ (incl. GST)              NZ Love You                                                          Private                       $8000+GST Orlando Vici                                                    $8800                          $8000+GST Quaker Jet                                                       $5500                         $6000+GST Sam Bourbon                                                   $4400                        $4000+GST The Best Madrik                                             $4400                          $4000+GST Use To Me                                                       $2750                          $2500+GST Village Mystic                                                  Private                         $6000+GST Please note at this stage HDT in Australia, is taking expressions of interest for both Love You and Village Mystic, and will confirm the booking in mid September once the quantity of semen available is confirmed. HDT is also pleased to announce that Love You service fee will be held at last years value of $8800 regardless of the quantity available. Early registration of interest will allow HDT to best manage available semen and allow speedy booking confirmation to breeders and the dispatchment of the semen to selected semen bases, once semen quantity is confirmed in early September.

The return of Tee Cee Bee Macray highlights Saturday night’s Tabcorp Park Melton harness racing program. The Alan Tubbs-trained five-year-old contests the Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Pace over 2240 metres, first-up since an unlucky second to arch rival Ideal For Real in the Breckon Farms Breeders Crown Final. The Aldebaran Park Trot features K D Muscles, who is in terrific form but will face a stiff test against The Boss Man, who was terrific in defeat last weekend. But the most enthralling news story on the card could be the booking of Jean-Etienne Dubois to pilot Italian bred My Tribeca in the Benstud Standardbreds Trot. Dubois bred the five-year-old Goetmals Wood-Image mare and races her in the stables of Cardigan’s Anton Golino. The Frenchman has won 1500 races as a trainer and has more than 1200 victories in the cart and in saddle in mounted events. His biggest success came in 1996 when he trained and drove Coktail Jet to win the world’s biggest race, the Prix d’Amérique for legendary French thoroughbred and trotting owner Daniel Wildenstein. “It’s pretty exciting,” Golino said. “He is a great driver who has won an Elitloppet, a Prix d’Amérique, his won just about every major race in Europe and has trained multiple champions including Coktail Jet but also had Quaker Jet and The Best Madrik, who stand at Haras des Trotteurs. “I’ve asked him a couple of times if he would come down and drive and he was never really interested and recently he said I’ll come down and we’ll see how it goes. I’m not sure if he’ll continue to drive her (My Tribeca) after this but we’ll see what happens … it’s a privilege to have him drive her.” It will be Dubois’s first Australian drive. Golino’s association with the Dubois family is well documented. During his stint in France he worked for Dubois’ father, Jean-Pierre Dubois. “Pat (Driscoll) and Jean-Étienne Dubois are great friends and through the stallions such as Love You and the horse we had out here last year, Used To Me, we’ve become good friends and it’s been a great opportunity, and also for breeding in this country,” Golino said. My Tribeca goes into Saturday night’s contest off a down-the-track result after galloping last week. “She was a bit stirred up and a bit fresh and drawing on the inside didn’t help her. It’s better if she has horses either side of her.” The first of nine races on Saturday kicks off at 6:30pm. by Luke Humphreys Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 03 December 2016 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 03 December 2016

Addington are excited to announce their new harness racing business partner - Haras des Trotteurs will have exclusive naming rights to the Group One Dominion Handicap Trot. Pat Driscoll, Principal of Haras des Trotteurs is thrilled to be starting a partnership with Addington. "Haras des Trotteurs is privileged to be associated with Addington by sponsorship of such a time honoured event as the Dominion Trot. We are delighted and privileged that in conjunction with this sponsorship we will also be associated with a number of other domestic trotting races which will be confirmed throughout the year. At Haras des Trotteurs we are committed to breeding world class trotters in New Zealand and Australia." Addington’s Racing Manager Brian Rabbitt is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 season will see a stake increase for the richest trotting race in New Zealand.  “The increase from $250,000 to $260,000 for this prestigious race is in recognition of its status as the premier race for trotters within New Zealand.” 2016 will see the continuation of the highly successful ranking system for the Dominion that was introduced last year for the first time to determine the field.  The Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Trot will be held on Show Day Friday, 11 November 2016. Keryn McElroy  

Haras des Trotteurs Australasia is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Taylor to the role of Semen Controller/Office Manager with the harness racing company. Michael brings a great knowledge of the industry through his long-time association with the sport as a trotting owner-breeder and devotee and is an experienced stud sales/administrator and the owner of an established travel business. Also joining Haras des Trotteurs is Geoff Barnes who brings a great wealth of experience to the team. Another well established owner-breeder who is also well known around the industry as being responsible, with his wife Lorraine, for ensuring transport for chilled semen throughout Australasia. Dave Sanders will continue to act as the company’s New Zealand representative and will also serve as the company’s pedigree consultant. Dave is a lifelong fan of horse racing, taking a particular interest in the breeding and pedigrees of trotters and has been lucky enough to indulge his passion on a professional basis in a 30 year-plus career as a sports and racing journalist. Well known Victorian harness racing indentity and all round nice guy Peter Dow will continue to bring his intimate knowledge of the Australian scene to his sales role with company. NSW harness breeding enthusiast Jo Andersen a former president of Harness Breeders NSW, will continue in her sales role but will also assume new responsibilities as Horse Sales/Shares/rehoming manager in line with Haras des Trotteurs business direction. Not many people realise that Jo is one of the biggest rehomers in Australia, having rehomed dozens of horses at her own expense and brings her passion for this cause, which is strongly supported by Haras des Trotteurs. Haras des Trotteurs is also  pleased to announce its service fees for the new season. The World’s leading trotting sire Love You will be available for the first time to a limited book for an introductory price of $8800 in Australia while the sire of Monbet (8 Group 1 wins) will also be available in New Zealand for a highly competitive $8000+ GST in New Zealand. Similarly French rising star Sam Bourbon will also be available for the first time to Australians at the price of $3850 and to New Zealand for $3500+GST, a slight increase reflecting his rapidly growing stature in the sport in France. Similarly Repeat Love, who is available only in New Zealand, has had his fee increased to $3500+GST which reflects his fast rise up the stallion ranks, being one of the top sires from one of the greatest crops in French racing history, which includes Ready Cash. Quaker Jet will once again be available at $5500 in Australia and $5000+GST in New Zealand. Orlando Vici will only be available in Australia, where he is available for $7700, while The Best Madrik will be available in both countries, in Australia at $4950 and in New Zealand at $4500 + GST. Haras des Trotteurs resident stallion Used To Me, a Group II winning French semi-classic winner will once again by available in chilled form to Australian breeders at a price of $2750. In a new initiative for current members of the Victorian Square Trotters Association and the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association, Haras des Trotteurs will be offering a $500 discount off the following sires. In Australia, Victorian Squaregaiters Association members can get a $500 discount for Sam Bourbon The Best Madrik and Used To Me service fees. In New Zealand, paid up members of the NZ Standardbred Breeders Association can get $500 off the services of Sam Bourbon, The Best Madrik and Repeat Love. IN SUMMARY HARAS DES TROTTEURS - Staff announcements 2016 SEMEN CONTROLLER/OFFICE MANAGER - Michael Taylor SALES AUSTRALIA - Michael Taylor, Geoff Barnes, Jo Andersen, Peter Dow SALES NEW ZEALAND - Dave Sanders HORSE SALES/SHARES/REHOMING - Jo Andersen PEDIGREES AUSTRALASIA - Dave Sanders PRINCIPAL - Pat Driscoll HARAS DES TROTTEURS SERVICE FEES 2016                         Australia (GST incl)     New Zealand Love You                           8800                8000+GST Orlando Vici                     7700 Dream Vacation                                        6000+GST Quaker Jet                         5500               5000+GST The Best Madrik               4950               4500+GST Repeat Love                                             3500+GST Sam Bourbon                   3850               3500+GST Used To Me                      2750               2500+GST

This has been a breakout year for Love You’s full brother Repeat Love whose stocks have never been higher in French trotting. As well as producing a good percentage of qualifiers, a top stallion must show he can produce progeny that compete at the highest level, and on both counts Repeat Love has delivered, as reflected by his French stud fee and the demand for his services. For Repeat Love's progeny have just turned five, the final year of age group racing in France, and the point where the future for most stallions is determined – and that is reflected by his price. And Repeat Love's stud fee of €8000 puts him in the upper end of the scale in the highly competitive French market, where more than 500 stallions vie for their share of the 17,000 registered mares. His fee is the same as Prix d'Amerique winner Up And Quick and the highly respected  stallion Niky and higher than current top 15 stallions Look de Star, Magnificent Rodney, Gazoulis, Offshore Dream and Oiseau de Feux. With Repeat Love's first crop, now 5YOs which includes the likes of €100,000 earners and the Group placed Brindille de Mai and Bodeguita, he lies  14th on money earned and 12th on the list of qualifiers with 50 from 76 foals or 65.8% (just behind is illustrious brother Love You  with 51 from 73). With Repeat Love’s second French crop, which are now 4YOs, he has risen to eighth on the money list and 12th on qualifiers with another 50 already earning their ticket from 79 foals. In the past fortnight six of Repeat Love's  progeny have collected cheques at  Vincennes famed Winter Meeting, which equates to an Australian major Metropolitan meeting or a Premier night in New Zealand (France being under a centralised system). Cuise La Motte has been racing against the very top of her age group, competing in the Group I Prix de Vincennes monte and a string of Group II races in the bike, and has been placed second twice and third at the elite level. In her last start she was sixth to boom 3YO Ready Cash colt Traders in the Prix de Chateau Chinon, a race which also included Capucine de Nacre, another by Repeat Love who was having her first start since running third in the Group I Criterium des Jeunes last February and who raced in the Group III Prix du Riberac last night. Another exciting prospect is Cloane du Vivier, a just turned 4YO mare who is with one of France’s top stables, that of Sebastien Guarato, and has won her last two starts at Vincennes, making it 6 wins in just 8 career starts. A member of the famed R generation, Repeat Love therefore spent his injury shortened racing career  competing among one of the greatest crops in the history of French trotting which includes the likes of Prix d’Amerique winners Ready Cash and Royal Dream, Prix du Cornulier winner Roxane Griff, multi group one winners Rapide Lebel, Roi du Lupin, Roc Meslois and many more.  Despite such stiff competition Repeat Love won seven out of his 19 starts including four  Group races, finishing his career at four with earnings of  €290,680. As a budget alternative to Love You,  it is fair to day that Repeat Love did not initally attract the top end of the mares in New Zealand, indeed his first crop of just six foals came from mares which had never produced a winner, and  from them he has produced two qualifiers to date. His second crop of just three foals included only one from a winning producing mare, the result being the promising Louis Moss, a recent impressive trial winner who is with the Tim Butt stable But in the past two seasons with his famous brother unavailable, Repeat Love did get his chance with some very nice mares, and judging by the French performances,  it may well prove to have been a very sound investment indeed. At a stud fee of NZ3000 + gst, he represents remarkable value for a sought after, proven French sire. Haras des Trotteurs

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