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After seeing Katy Perry roar at her Australian debut at Melton on Saturday night, the local two-year-old fillies' Breeders Crown contingent must be a tad jittery. At her most recent start before the weekend's Tatlow Stakes win at Tabcorp Park, Katy Perry came in second behind Joanne’s A Delight in a Breeders Crown heat in New Zealand. Joanne’s A Delight is headed Down Under along with another filly in Linda Lovegrace to contest the Breeders Crown. They finished second and third behind Supersonic Miss on Harness Jewels Day and were considered ahead of Katy Perry in Breeders Crown pecking order before Saturday night. So the Aussies it would seem might need to find a few metres. Katy Perry defeated highly rated Soho Tokyo by 2.5 metres on Saturday night, working to the lead early despite a back-row draw and comfortably holding off all late challengers. But who's to say Australia's leading Crown contender has already been seen? Maybe there’s a yet-to-race filly capable of grabbing headlines between now and Breeders Crown finals. Watch this space. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

Harness racing can be a cruel game at times with some horses forever seeming to have bad luck. The Bucket List would have to be near the front of that queue in the last twelve months with a run of bad luck you wouldn't wish on anybody. After The Bucket List had won four of his first seven starts, he was thrown in the deep end against the best of his age group at three. While he performed really well, it was a steep learning curve for the Christian Cullen entire and seem to shake his confidence for a while. A nice run for second behind Pass Them By 1:53.6 ($175,081), beaten a ½ neck in a 1:57.3 mile rate over 2200 meters convinced trainer Geoff Small to send The Bucket List to Ashburton for the 3 year old Harness Jewels. Although never a winning chance in a race run in 1:50.6, The Bucket List went super to run 1:52.1, beating home two very smart horses in Franco Nelson 1:53.1 ($425,446) and Elios 1:55 ($213,676) in the process. Reappearing at Alexandra Park in January 2014, The Bucket List looked ready to fulfill his early potential with a brilliant win, coming from last at the 500 meter mark to beat a field containing Ideal Belle 1:52.2 (pl) ($176,409)  Maxim 1:56.6 $396,913) and Sky Major 1:52 ($411,002). He paced the 2200 meters in a brilliant 2:39.4, a mile rate of 1:56.6 with closing sectionals of 56.7 and 28.3 and looked set for a huge season. But from that point on, The Bucket List has hit one brick wall after another. Renowned for having a lethal sprint if saved for one run, the Bucket List has had a succession of runs where he was late getting clear, blocked for a run or pushed back at the wrong time. The luck had to change eventually and last night at Alexandra Park, The Bucket List got the kind of run he has been seeking for a while now. Leading early in the 2700 meters stand, driver Philip Butcher took a trail after 400 meters and soon after was three back on the inner as the smart 3 year old Regulus went to the front. Thats where he stayed until they turned for home where he angled for a run up the passing lane and burst through late to win going away by two lengths. He paced the 2700 from a stand in 3:27.8, a mile rate of 2:03.8 with smart closing sectionals of 56.7 and 27.6. It was his sixth lifetime win coupled with twelve placings which has seen him bank $76,945 in stakes to date. Now that his luck has turned, it wouldn't surprise anyone if The Bucket List strung a few wins together in the next few weeks. Harnesslink media  

Over a long period now, New Zealand bred horses have enjoyed great success in the major harness racing age and group classics in Western Australia. Already this season in Western Australia, the New Zealand bred Three Blind Mice 1:56.7 ($161,891) has taken out the Western Australian Derby while the New Zealand bred filly Libertybelle Midfrew 1:56.1 ($261,267) was way too good in the West Australian Oaks. Last night (Friday 18th July) at Gloucester Park in the $125,000 Premier Suzuki Golden Slipper for two year olds, it was the recent New Zealand import Beaudiene Boaz who reinforced that Kiwi dominance with a outstanding performance to win convincingly over all the best two year olds in Western Australia. Wide early from barrier five and then checked by The Odd Lover, Gary Hall (Jnr)sent Beaudiene Boaz around to the death seat outside the leader Major Reality after 500 meters. With a lap to go Gary Hall (Jnr) really applied some pressure to the leader with a 28.5 quarter down the back straight before shooting clear at the 400 for an emphatic victory. Two New Zealand breds filled the minor placings with Mister Ardee finishing well for second and Major Reality battling on well for third. Beaudiene Boaz paced the 2130 meters in a smart 2:35.3, a mile rate of 1:57.3 with closing sectionals of 56.1 and 27.6. It was the second major win of the season for Beaudiene Boaz who scored a stunning win in the $150,000 Harness Jewels for two year old colts and geldings at Cambridge in New Zealand in a very quick 1:54 for the mile on the 1000 metre circuit. Bought at last years yearling sales for $62,000 by Ray Green on behalf of Lincoln Farms, Beaudiene Boaz was sold to clients of leading Western Australian trainer Gary Hall after his Harness Jewels win. A son of the Nevele R based sire Badlands Hanover, Beaudiene Boaz is a full sister to the former outstanding filly Beaudiene Bad Babe 1:55.7 ($404,898) who was also a Harness Jewels winner during her career. Judging by the ease of last nights win Beaudiene Boaz looks to be set for a huge future in Western Australia. Beaudiene Boaz Clint Hall on Beaudiene Boaz Harnesslink media    

Champion harness racing driver Ricky May notched up his third season century in succession when winning aboard the Dave Anderson trained Abbey Cullen at Addington last night. The win was May’s third for the night after good mate Mark Jones put him on Zakspatrol and Sabellian in order to help him reach the milestone. Both 3YO pacers were winners of their two-horse Breeders Crown heats. However, Zakspatrol was actually a narrow second and was a promoted winner after Artismee was relegated for galloping over the line. Driven positively by May, Abbey Cullen held up from her ace alley before undergoing a mid-race attack from Smart Alex. She then kicked strongly in the straight to hold off a late bid from Smart Alex who was able to drop into the trail when the mid-race speed went on. Hikoi finished a further a one and a quarter lengths away in third. The win was the Christian Cullen mares first from fourteen starts. It was also the first time May has taken the reins behind the four-year-old. May then went on to notch up his 101st win  for the season, and fourth for the night,  when winning aboard the smart Brendon Hill trained pacer Dalton Bromac, who looked back to the horse that we saw in his South Island debut two starts back. After missing away from the standing start, May worked Dalton Bromac into the race three-wide before taking a one-one sit down the back straight. He then worked the gelding into the clear rounding the final bend, with the three-year-old letting down strongly for a comprehensive win despite not running straight. Robbie Close, who has been the caretaker trainer of the gelding during the week, said that he believes Dalton Bromac is a better horse when coming from behind, which may be the reason he was slightly disappointing when a well beaten third after leading up in his second start in the south. “He is still pretty green and I think he is a better horse when he is chasing,” revealed Close. “I also think the 2600 metre trips suit him as he is a very good stayer and can follow pace,” he added. The season century tops off what has been another tremendous innings for May. Not only did he notch up his seventh New Zealand Cup victory but he was also victorious in the Auckland Cup. His emphatic win aboard Monbet in the Harness Jewels 2YO Ruby, which gave long-time supporters Greg & Nina Hope their first Group One win in New Zealand, was another one of his highlights. Meanwhile, Robert Dunn is now just two wins shy of training 100 winners in a season for the first time after winning a heat of the Golden Girls with Westburn Warrior. His tally could have been 99 had Artismee not been relegated. By Mitchell Robertson

Harness Jewels winner Beaudine Boaz is set to make his Australian debut in the $125,000 Group One Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Saturday. And if his recent Byford trial where he mile rated 1:58.6 on his way to an impressive win is anything to go by he will take all sorts of beating. The Badlands Hanover colt dashed his last half in 56.4 in his trial and impressed driver Gary Hall Jnr, who bypassed the opportunity to drive Im Themightyquinn in Queensland in order to handle the 2YO Emerald winner in his main hit-out before Saturday’s prestigious two-year-old event.  Beaudiene Boaz, who is a half-brother to top mare Beaudiene Bad Babe, is just one of a few expensive purchases made by clients of the Gary Hall Snr stable in recent months.  Other classy New Zealand juveniles they have snapped up included high priced fillies Nuala and Giuliana Rancic. Meanwhile, impressive debut juvenile winner Connoisseur, who was purchased out off the barn of John and Joshua Dickie by clients of  Greg Bond for a large six-figure sum, will miss the Golden Slipper, with his new connections opting to spell him before bringing him back for early three-year-old racing. Rycroft, an Elsu two-year-old who was also very impressive when winning his debut for Tony Herlihy at Alexandra Park a fortnight ago, is also in Perth after being secured for big money. He has joined the stable of Mike Reed, who has enjoyed tremendious success with former kiwi filly Libertybelle Midfrew this season. Rycroft, like Connoisseur, will now be spelled and will therefore miss this weekend’s two-year-old feature. By Mitchell Robertson

Arya’s much talked about and unjust Harness Jewels Day disqualification may cost her more than just prize money. In the wash-up, it may also cost her Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year honours, something that would have added value to her broodmare career once her racing days are over. If Arya had her 2YO Ruby second on her résumé , she would have got my vote and I am confident she would have been awarded 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year. Because of her disqualification, I instead opted for her stablemate Wanna Play on the back of her super impressive win in the Group Two Sires’ Stakes Championship where she completely dominated a high class field which included Arya, who finished four and a half lengths away in second place. Luckily, Wanna Play is also owned by Trevor Casey and trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, so whichever way the decision swings Casey will still have his hands on the trophy come awards night. But circumstances could have been a lot worse had that alleged disqualification debacle denied someone their chance in the spotlight come August 9. Other tricky divisions include the two-year-old fillies, where Supersonic Miss, Linda Lovegrace and Joanne’s A Delight all look a chance of bringing home Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year honours. I have no doubt Supersonic Miss was the best two-year-old filly in New Zealand this season and, had she won the Australian Pacing Gold final in which she was a tragedy beaten, she would have been a shoe in. But, the fact of the matter is, she didn’t. So now, what we have to decide is do her stunning wins in the American Ideal Leonard Memorial (Gr3), APG Semi-Final, and the Group One 2YO Diamond, make her a more deserving winner than Linda Lovegrace and Joanne’s A Delight who both won Group One races and performed with distinction throughout the season? By Mitchell Robertson

The 2014 Breeders Crown series heads to Cambridge and Addington this Thursday and Friday before Tasmanian tracks Launceston and Hobart take centre stage on Sunday and Monday. In the two-year-old fillies’ heat at Cambridge Dexter Dunn will drive highly rated Katy Perry, while Anthony Butt will partner with Harness Jewels placegetter Joanne’s A Delight. Cyclone Kate, which also contested the Jewels, rounds out the three-horse field. Despite just the three runners contesting the race, it promises to be an enthralling duel. Addington on Saturday will see Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained duo Linda Lovegrace and superstar Follow The Stars in action in Breeders Crown heats. On Sunday the spotlight turns to Launceston in Tasmania for the running of two two-year-old heats (one for the fillies and one for colts and geldings), while Hobart will host two three-year-old pacers’ heats on Monday night. Earlier this month Controversial made it three wins from three Australian starts when he won at Albion Park in his two-year-old colts and geldings Breeders Crown heat. Controversial, driven by Lauren Panella for Shane Tritton, led and ran a 1:57.1 mile rate (after a lead time of 39secs) to score by 6.1m over Major Coup. Only two fillies contested the two-year-old fillies’ heat at Albion Park on the same day, with Grant Dixon trained-and-driven Feel The Faith 11.4m too good for Acer Animus in a mile rate of 2:03.4 after a lead time of 40.5secs. By  Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

The all conquering Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen training partnership are about to get serious with their assault on this years harness racing Breeders Crown. All up it looks like they will have seven representatives trying to qualify for finals day and everyone of them has the credentials to suggest they will get there. Two-year-old trotting fillies Arya and Wanna Play look taylor made for the two year old trotters division. Arya has impeccable manners and comes off a last start second in better than 1:57 in the Harness Jewels only to be disqualified post race, while Wanna Play is a brillaint stayer with a very high crusing speed. The two 2 year old pacing fillies in Supersonic Miss and Linda Lovegrace both look capable of carrying off the major prize on finals day. They finished first and second in the Harness Jewels in a tick over 1:54 and there was a lot of merit in both their runs. The super talented 2 year old, Follow The Stars looks very hard to hold out in the 2 year old colts and gelding division and he will have support in the form of Kept Under Wraps and Iceobar who would both have to have runners chances. The last of the stable's runners is Messini who has been racing out of the Brent Lilley barn during the recently completed Vicbred series which he went through undefeated with a stunning win in last Saturday night's final. Overall it is a very strong group who should acquit themselves really well. Arya - 7 starts for 3 wins and 3 placings for stakes of $36,788. Best time of 2:01.1 Wanna Play - 9 starts for  2 wis and 4 placings for stakes of 50,771 . Best time of 1:58.9  Supersonic Miss -  6 starts for 4 wins and 1 placing for stakes of $137,128.  Best time of 1:54.1 Linda Lovegrace - 8 starts for 3 wins and 4 placings for stakes of $122,789.  Best time of 1:54.4 pl Follow The Stars - 7 starts for 6 wins for stakes of $263,710. Best time of 1:53.8 Kept Under Wraps - 4 starts for 2 wins and 1 placing for stakes of $40,855. Best time of 1:57.2 Iceobar - 9 starts for 3 wins and 2 placings for stakes of $33,580.  Best time of 1:58.1 Messini - 24 starts for 10 wins and 7 placings for stakes of $207,306. Best m/r of 1:55.9  (2240m) Harnesslink media

Fly Like An Eagle was back "home'' last Monday resuming with All Stars in a bid to go one better than his second in the New Zealand Cup in November. Since being sold out of the stable earlier this year Fly Like An Eagle has largely been with Tony Herlihy but his form deteriorated as his long season wore on. The Mach Three star had a busy winter and spring as a four year old leading up to his great Cup bid and then continued a campaign in Australia and in the north. It was all too much so now he is back where he started his wonderful career. Winning the two year old male Jewels a Derby and just being beaten in the New Zealand Cup the next season is rare. The one to get close was Highview Tommy, now at stud though he did not win a Derby, Fly Like An Eagle  is one of at least five horses All Stars could have headed for Cup honours. Other possible contenders HANDS CHRISTIAN resumed hoppling last week. He is recovering from successive tendon injuries with all that implies but so far is so good. ADORE ME is back in work after a five week break following the Jewels. ARDEN ROONEY's staying efforts as a  four year old has earned him a possible Cup start. Mark and Natalie have always considered the top staying races would be his forte. SMOLDA is back in work at Rolleston and will probably appear around September/October also. He seems 100 per cent In the wings still is DIDJAMAKEM BOLT pre-training across the Tasman but at this stage he is not a Cup contender. It does not seem likely Mark and Natalie will again have a four year old in Cup contention as ISAIAH probably the most likely contender has so far had superior form at shorter distances.  But the list is far from set in concrete with several months to go before the big race. Normally however the All Star decisions on Cup runners are made by this time of the year. BORDER CONTROL SIDELINED Missing from the list of NZ Cup propositions for All Stars stable is the tough BORDER CONTROL a tough stayer seemingly born for a race like the Cup But unfortunately a leg problem has proven more extensive than originally thought and the decision has been made to put the Australasian three year old record holder over the mile out for a long spell. Border Ctontrol has been a tough fighter all through his career his win in the NZ Derby and wonderful performance in the Harness Jewels 3yo in 1.50.6 stamped him as one of the best in the business.This season  has not gone his way but a 53.9 800m at Addington reminded everyone how good he was. Hopefully he will be back better than ever next year. By David McCarthy (ALL STARS RACING STABLES)

In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s great new newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance.  Just click here and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. This past week’s newsletter contains the following feature stories: Somebeachsomewhere – It is becoming harder and harder to ignore the difference in performance that the sons and daughters of Somebeachsomewhere deliver in the Southern hemisphere compared to their record breaking feats in the Northern Hemisphere. What was the big rush at Pocono Downs Saturday? – Read about how great the Sun Stakes were at Pocono Downs this past weekend yet why did track management run the races off so fast like the building was on fire? Vindication regarding Arya disqualification? – The Judicial Control Authority in New Zealand now promises to do a thorough investigation into the questionable decision on Harness Jewels Day. How fast can Sebastian K really go? – The trotters in North American can no longer keep up with Sebastian K. What if the other top trotters from Europe were to come here and race? Grinfromeartoear Stallion Report/Review – Has he been as good in the sack as he was on the track? Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).

In the last couple of years in Australasia, the influence of Angus Hall on the trotting half of the harness racing industry has really come to the fore. This son of Garland Lobell has had a brilliant stud career in the Northern Hemisphere with stakes won to date totalling $77,583,707. First up down under we had his biggest stakes winning son in Majestic Son taking all before him in both Australia and New Zealand. In the current season in New Zealand, Majestic Son will win both the two and three year old sires premiership for trotters while in Australia he leads the two year old section and is a close second in the three year old section. This season Angus Hall himself has small crops of two year olds via frozen semen in both Australia and New Zealand and with the season drawing to a close, he has already established himself as sire to be reckoned with. In New Zealand Angus Hall has had 18 two year olds to represent him this season. Arya would be the pick of them winning three races and $36,788 and only missing the money once in seven starts when she was controversially disqualified from second in the Harness Jewels when placed in under 1:57. Arya is headed for the Breeders Crown and on her record to date, would have to be a serious player. Springbank Eden ($5,642) also won this season while the ultra-impressive trialist Petite One 2:01.9 makes her race debut on Friday night at Addington and will be very tough to hold out. The stablemate of Petite One in Alannah Hall 2:02.1 has also trialled up stylishly while Sansa Stark has also qualified. Angus Hall presently sits third on the New Zealand sires list for two year old trotters. In Australia he has a first crop of just 15 two year olds and four have started to date for two winners including the smart Endsino ($9,645) who finished a close up third in the Group Two Tatlow Stakes and the recent winner Elegant Angus ($4,932). Angus Hall presently sits fifth on the Australian sires list for two year old trotters. With Angus Hall doing so well and his son Majestic Son excelling at the same time, the influence of Angus Hall on the trotting breed down under looks set to grow even larger in the years to come. Harnesslink media

There have been plenty of highs and a few lows in the debut season of the very smart harness racing  two year old, Mighty Flying Major. From his outstanding run on debut in the Sapling Stakes where he ran 1:54 when finishing a close second to Follow My Stars, to his galloping in the Harness Jewels where he scuttled amongst others, Follow My Stars, this son of Art Major has experienced all the highs and lows racing has to offer. For a while it seemed he always found one too good for himself, notching up four seconds in town hall company prior to the Jewels. Following the Jewels disaster, trainer Ken Barron decided to leave him in the North Island to race at Auckland and what an inspired decision that has turned out to be. Three starts have resulted in three wins, each one more impressive than the last. Last night at Auckland on a slushy track, he was three wide for the first 600 meters from his wide barrier draw of eight before working to the lead. From there he turned the race into a procession with driver Peter Ferguson hardly moving in the cart in the home straight as he cruised home 1 1/2 lengths clear of the competition. When one has a look at Mighty Flying Major's pedigree, you find one of the hottest commercial pedigrees in Australasia. Not only is he a half brother to such talented types as Flying Pocketlands 1:52.6 ($442,423) Mighty Flying Mac 1:58 ($127,484) and Mighty Flying Thomas 1:58.1 ($145,293) but Mighty Flying Major is also very closely related to Baby Bling 1:50.5 ($853,272) and Bling It On 1:51.7 ($565,210). Mighty Flying Mac always looked like a horse that would get better with time so his trainer Ken Barron must be looking forward to his three year old season with a lot of confidence. Mighty Flying Major Harnesslink media

The star of the champion sire Christian Cullen has started to dim a bit in recent years. The son of In The Pocket is having his 20th birthday shortly and many have started to look elsewhere for their  brood mares next consort. Issues around fertility also having affected him more in the last few years, his fertility rate hovering around the 60% mark for the last three years. That and his age have seen a drop off in support for  Christian Cullen who served  just 83 mares last year, his smallest book in over twelve years. The naysayers are out in force at the moment but anyone having an objective look at the current season will soon realise Christian Cullen still has a lot to offer. In the 5 year old+ age group we have the brilliant Christen Me who has won $547,549 this season on his way to becoming the grand circuit champion in Australasia. In the 4 year old age group we have Franco Nelson who has won $200,905 this season including the 4 year old Harness Jewels Diamond. In the 3 year old age group we have the outstanding Lochaburn who has won $256,067 and looks a shoe in for 3 year old colt/gelding of the year. Christian Cullen currently sits third overall on the sires list for 2013/2014 with earnings to date of $1,847,008 His overall numbers are mind boggling. His winners in Australasia number 930 with 145 of those have won in excess of $100,000. And his daughters are roaring up the brood mare charts in both Australia and New Zealand. Many astute judges rate Christian Cullen as the greatest stallion to have stood in the Southern hemisphere Anyone who has been around the industry long term will know that champion sires usually taper off slowly in their latter years but most seem able to produce one outstanding crop late in their siring careers. It should therefore surprise no one if one of Christian Cullen's last crops turns out to be one of his best. Click here to see a recent full review of Christian Cullen's siring ability.   Harnesslink media

Chris Lang's standing as king of the trotters remains well and truly intact after victory in last night’s Group 2 VHRSC Holmfield at Tabcorp Park Melton. The Nagambie trainer-driver guided his newest stable gun One Over Da Moon to a 2.4m win in the 1720m race for three-year-old trotters, the winning mile rate of 1:59.4 the fastest of the colt’s career so far. Formerly trained in New Zealand by Paul Nairn, One Over Da Moon – a New Zealand Harness Jewels champion as a two-year-old who galloped out of contention in the three-year-old Jewels ranks last month – was back to his best last night. The winner started at $3.70 on the tote after the majority of punters sided with last-start New South Wales Trotters Derby winner Our Twentyten as their top Holmfield pick, backing him into $1.70. Off the back straight, favourite punters might have been forgiven for heading to the queue early as Our Twentyten whizzed past early pacemaker Asdenro, which had given a bold sight. But just 200m later things had changed dramatically. Turning for home Our Twentyten was gone, dropping back through the field dramatically in the home straight to wind up last. Guiltless rattled home to run second for Daryl Douglas, while Our Twentyten’s stablemate Daenerys Targaryen, driven by Greg Sugars, used the sprint lane to finish third, ahead of a bold Asdenro, which kept on kicking to run fourth for Haydon Gray. Another trotter it might pay to keep an eye on out of the race is Spidergrace, which lost considerable ground when it galloped approaching the home turn before balancing up once more and making up many lengths in the straight to beat two home. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

When attempting to back a winner at Alexandra Park on Friday, look for horses that competed well, or even adequately, in the Harness Jewels at Cambridge on May 31st. The first race sees a field that is stacked with fillies and mares that competed in the Jewels and they look set to dominant the event. Heading the line-up is Te Amo Bromac, who is now in the barn of Barry Purdon. She was very good when finishing sixth in the 3YO Diamond after starting from a wide second-line barrier and looks the one they all have to beat. Jewels contestants Christy Breanna and Royal Counsel look the next best, while Saharazona could be the one to spice things up. Monseigner, who nearly pulled off the biggest boilover in Jewels history when finishing second behind King Denny in the 3YO Ruby, could very well win the second race if he brings his manners, while Imnotquitesure, who finished ninth in the same event, shouldn’t be far from the action. However, if Lucky Fortune, who actually contested the Harness Jewels at Ashburton last year, gets around safely, that pair could be left to pick up the crumbs. Ballyronan, Astral Traveller, and Princess Sophia, who all drop back from the 4YO Ruby, should all be in the fight in race five, while Cyclone Prince heads a strong Jewels brigade, including Rocknroll Arden and Whisper Jet, in the sixth event. Others worth putting the ring around on Friday are The Fascinator, Lancewood Lizzie, and Norvic Nightowl, who all finished in top-four posisition at last month’s 1.2 million-dollar raceday, while Jewels villain Mighty Flying Major should reign supreme over 2YO Emerald runner-up, Bettor Spirits, in the final race on at the card Alexandra Park on Friday. By Mitchell Robertson

Harness Jewels 2YO Emerald winner Beaudiene Boaz is the latest classy two-year-old that has been purchased into the stable of leading Perth trainer, Gary Hall Snr. The Badlands Hanover colt, who was trained by Ray Green, is the third pricey two-year-old that has been bought by Hall in the last month. The other two are smart fillies Nuala and Giuliana Rancic, who were both snapped up by Hall Snr after making impressive winning debuts. Nuala, who is a daughter of Changeover and smart mare Forever Blue, was purchased out of the stable of Greg and Nina Hope for a six figure sum, while American Ideal filly Giuliana Rancic also fetched good money for her co-trainer-owner, Josh Dickie. Other two-year-olds that have been snapped up by the huge Perth market this season include Ardee, who is set to debut in WA tonight, and Assassinator, who finished a narrow second in his Australian debut at Pinjarra yesterday behind another ex-Kiwi two-year-old in Arturus. Meanwhile, classy two-year-old Smoke N Santanna, who has been the subject of a couple of big offers this season, was humanely put down last week after breaking a leg in a paddock accident while spelling. “It’s a real shame as he was a very nice horse who was going to come back even better at three,” said Ricky May, who drove the son of Santanna Blue Chip and Smoke N Mirrors to win his last at Addington. “Mark (Jones-trainer) had a big opinion of the horse and was keen to keep racing him in order to try and pick up some more penalty-free wins, but the owners wanted to look after him and spell him and then something unfortunate like this has gone and happened.” “It’s just goes to show that sometimes you are better to take the opportunities while they are there as racing can be a really cruel game at time but you never expect something like this to happen. “It only ever happens to the good ones,” he concluded. By Mitchell Robertson

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