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Mick Lombardo has been involved as an owner, breeder and administrator since 1975 when he bought the Garry Rowan colt Yam Seng from the horse’s Victorian breeder Kevin Newbound. Yam Seng became Mick’s first winner when successful at Northam on 5th November 1977 for trainer Kevin Keys and driver Barry Street. Born on 17th April 1937, Mick Lombardo was first exposed to harness racing at the Richmond Raceway track in Fremantle in the 1950s as a teenager. His father Vince had jumped ship off the coast of Bunbury in 1929 after a journey from Siciliy and began to work as a fisherman. Mick joined his father in fishing for crayfish and then moved to trawlers fishing the Indian Ocean before he took a punt and built his first fishing boat in 1962. The steel boat was regarded as the best in Western Australia at the time and Mick contracted to carry out some seismic work off the North West Shelf. “We set off bombs in the ocean every three minutes while the seismic signals were recorded back at the American base at Exmouth”, he recalled some years later. In 1969 he began a ship-building business and for the next 25 years Lombardo ships were used by the Americans for off-shore exploration and by the oil industry for their work in Bass Strait. At their peak the Lombardo companies employed more than 1500 people throughout Australia and South East Asia and one of Mick’s boats was the first to fish for prawns in the Gulf of Carpentaria. In the early 1970s Mick and a partner purchased some 325 acres in the Margaret River region for the purpose of commercial marron farming and with the development of Mick’s passion for harness racing Notable Breeding Farms became the first home for his horse breeding operation. A decade later Mick purchased a property at Congupna near Shepparton in Victoria and established Concorde Park where his first stud stallion was Northern Lights. By 1998 he employed seven full-time staff to handle his harness racing business which at that time had 96 broodmares. He sold most of the colts he bred and kept a select band of fillies for broodmare purposes after their racing careers had finished. Mick has reduced his numbers of broodmares in recent years but the statistics relating to his contribution to the breeding of Standardbreds in Australia are worth noting. Under various banners Mick Lombardo has bred some 1440 foals of which 962 (67%) have raced and 626 (44%) have won. Those 1440 foals have had a total of 33,379 starts and won 4261 races and been placed a further 7502 times and earned total stakes of some $32,620,894. His famous White, red Maltese Cross colours derived from Mick’s football team South Fremantle with the red Maltese cross being the symbol given by the American Bureau of Shipping to the best and safest of ships. Mick Lombardo – Administrator Mick Lombardo became a member of the WA Trotting Association (Gloucester Park Harness Racing) in 1976 and served Gloucester Park as a member of committee for a total of 12 years (1984 – 1991) and (1998 – 2003) and was President between 1989 and 1991. He was made a Life Member of Gloucester Park in 1991. He represented Western Australia on the Australian Harness Racing Council (now Harness Racing Australia) for a total of six years and was chairman of the National Body between 2002 and 2004. He also represented Australia at the World Trotting Conference and was made a Life Member of the World Trotting Conference in 2009 in Norway. His contribution to Australian Harness Racing has been recognized twice with a Distinguished National Service Award in 2001 and in 2015 Mick Lombardo became just the eighth individual to be presented with the nation’s top award the J P Stratton Award for Significant Achievement, Leadership, Distinction, Eminence, Repute, Renown, Foresight, Initiative, Innovation, Creativity on an International or National Basis over a significant period of time. In 2011 Mick Lombardo was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to the Australian harness racing industry and his contribution as a breeder, owner and administrator. In announcing the award comment was made that “Mick is passionate about harness racing, the development of the Standardbred breed, animal welfare and the people who are involved in the industry”. Horses bred by Mick Lombardo have won a number of National Awards as set out below 2006 Lombo Pocket Watch – Australian Harness Horse of the Year 2004 Lombo La Fe Fe – Australian Aged Pacing Mare of the Year 2001 Lombo Rapida – Australian Aged Pacing Mare of the Year 2000 Tailamade Lombo – Australian Aged Pacing Mare of the Year 1999 Tailamade Lombo – Australian Aged Pacing Mare of the Year 1998 Concorde Lombo – Australian Aged Pacing Mare of the Year 2007 Lombo Pocket Watch – Australian 3yo Pacer of the Year    2007 Lombo Pocket Watch – Australian 3yo Colt Pacer of the Year         1998 Tailamade Lombo – Australian 3yo Pacer of the Year 1998 Tailamade Lombo – Australian 3yo Filly Pacer of the Year 1997 Concorde Lombo – Australian 3yo Filly Pacer of the Year 1992 Misty Maiden  – Australian 3yo Pacer of the Year 2010 Aussie Made Lombo – Australian 2yo Filly Pacer of the Year 2006 Lombo Pocket Watch – Australian 2yo Pacer of the Year 2006 Lombo Pocket Watch – Australian 2yo Colt Pacer of the Year 2002 Lombo La Fe Fe – Australian 2yo Pacer of the Year 2002 Lombo La Fe Fe – Australian 2yo Filly Pacer of the Year 2001 Lombo Skyrider – Australian 2yo Pacer of the Year 2001 Lombo Skyrider – Australian 2yo Colt Pacer of the Year 2001 Espeshlimade Lombo – Australian 2yo Filly Pacer of the Year 1998 Lombo Rapida – Australian 2yo Filly Pacer of the Year 1997 Tailamade Lombo – Australian 2yo Filly Pacer of the Year 1986 Mazzini Magic – Australian 2yo Pacer of the Year 2010 Tailamade Lombo – Australian Broodmare of the Year 2006 Misty Maiden – Australian Broodmare of the Year Alan Parker

Apart from the breeders of the handful of multiple WA Pacing Cup winners only one breeder has managed to breed two winners of a WA Pacing Cup. Western Australian breeder Norm Duncan had a stud farm in Mills Road, Gosnells and while he stood a stallion or two he was basically a hobby breeder and owner. Duncan’s two Pacing Cup winners were Dark David in 1947 and David’s Reward in 1955 and were two of nine individual WA Cup starters that Norm Duncan bred. Those nine horses had a total of 18 starts in a WA Pacing Cup. Some idea of the enormity of Duncan’s WA Pacing Cup record as a breeder can be gauged from the fact that only J P Stratton comes close with eight individual Cup starters as a breeder with those horses having a total of 15 starts in the race. Stratton bred the winners of 1034 races in Western Australia of which just under half (503). were in the city. Norm Duncan bred the winners of 309 races in this State of which 205 (67%) were in the city. Modern day breeding legend Mick Lombardo is third on the list of breeders of WA Pacing Cup starters with seven individual starters of 13 starts courtesy of his Lombo Standardbreds breeding operation. Mr Lombardo was involved with two other Pacing Cup starters through other breeding entities. Norm Duncan was also prominent as an owner of WA Pacing Cup runners with 9 individual starters which had a total of 19 starts in the race between 1941 and 1960. While Duncan was the sole owner of his 19 starters in the race, modern day owner Beth Richardson heads the list with a share in the ownership of 20 Pacing Cup starters through 11 individual horses. The record for most individual starters in a WA Pacing Cup for an owner is held by Hall Of Fame trainer Cliff Clarke who owned 13 individual Pacing Cup runners which had a total of 17 starts in the race. Hall of Fame nominee Jim Hand had 12 individual starters in WA’s premier harness race and those horses amassed 15 starts in the race. Both of the WA Pacing Cup winners bred by Norm Duncan were sons of the stallion Storm Cloud which had been bred in Tasmania by Edgar Tatlow in 1930 and imported to WA in late 1934 by Jack Hallam. Storm Cloud had been through several owners and trainers winning 10 races in Perth before being purchased by Norm Duncan in 1939 and entering the stables of Arthur Hough. Storm Cloud was to mix racing and stud duties for a further five years winning a further 10 races including a heat of the 1941 WA Pacing Cup and the 1944 Stratton Cup at the age of 14 years. Storm Cloud sired a total of 33 individual winners in WA of which 20 were bred by Norm Duncan and six of his 33 winners started in a WA Pacing Cup. In addition to his two winners for Norm Duncan he also sired Huon Cloud which was runner-up in the 1943 WA Pacing Cup. Eleven of the 12 starters in the 2019 WA Pacing Cup are New Zealand bred with only Vultan Tin representing Australian (and West Australian) breeders. Starter Breeder Year    Sire Dam El Jacko NZ Kahukuri Bloodstock Ltd 2012  g Elsu NZ Exposay NZ Galactic Star NZ P T Cummings, D J Cummings, J M Davie 2012  g Bettors Delight USA Petras Star NZ Im Full Of Excuses NZ O Haines, I K Haines 2011 g Jeremes Jet USA Minnie Me NZ Maczaffair NZ Alabar (NZ) Ltd 2013 f Mach Three CA Presidential Affair NZ My Field Marshal NZ S A Brown, S B Brown 2011 c Art Major USA Foreal NZ Our Jimmy Johnstone NZ J K McRae 2008 g P Forty Seven USA Sammi Franco NZ Our Max Phactor NZ Breckon Bloodstock Limited 2012 g Art Major USA Tact Philly NZ Rocknroll Lincoln NZ Lincoln Farms Ltd 2013 c Rocknroll Hanover USA Preside Over NZ Runrunjimmydunn NZ J P Green, B Hughes, P G Hughes 2013 g American Ideal USA Delightful Paula NZ Saying Grace NZ The Daily Grind Syndicate 2013 g American Ideal USA Move Heaven Andearth NZ Vampiro NZ L W Ridge, M E Slagter 2013 g Rocknroll Hanover USA Fortune Lover NZ Vultan Tin P J Costello, D A Costello 2011 g Dawn Ofa New Day USA Ellevarrac     Alan Parker

The win of Lord Lombo at Narrogin on Saturday night brought up the 1000th win in Western Australia for the 11yo gelding’s harness racing breeder Lombo Standardbreds Pty Ltd. Owned by former WA Trotting Assocation President Mick Lombardo, the entity of Lombo Standardbreds Pty Ltd bred its first winner in WA when Smooth Sensation won at Pinjarra on 8th October 1990 for trainer Graham Tindale. Lombo Standardbreds Pty Ltd is just the fourth entity or individual to breed the winners of 1000 races in Western Australia joining Royalstar Pty Ltd, E A Dewar and Allwood Stud Farm in that select group. Of the total of 1000 wins, 410 have come in the city and only former WA Trotting Assocation President J P Stratton and Royalstar Pty Ltd have bred more winners of races held in Perth. Fourteen of the wins have been in Group One races including a Golden Nugget Championship with Lombo Pocket Watch and three WA Oaks courtesy of Tailamade Lombo, Lombo Rapida and Nevabend Lombo. Alan Parker

Victorian harness racing trainer David Miles is going back to Bathurst for the first time in more than a decade in an attempt to qualify a runner in the Gold Crown and Gold Tiara finals.  Miles last ventured to Bathurst in 2001 with talented pacer Wine Me Up, but a move to the new 1000-metre track has meant a return to the carnival. “Wine Me Up was a good horse, but he just didn’t handle the old track at all, so it turned me off and I didn’t even bother paying up for the carnival for a few years,” Miles said. “But with the move to the 1000-metre track it has changed things. “I’ve got Bold Comment Lombo in the Tiara and Time Keepa Lombo in the Crown and I think both of are nice horses.” As the names suggests, both are raced by well-known and respected owner Mick Lombardo. “Mick sent me six horses this season and these two are the first two to get to the track,” Miles said. “They are all nicely-bred stock and it is great to be training for Mick.” Two-year-old filly Bold Comment Lombo has raced once, which resulted in a third at Kilmore. “She is a very nice filly… she is a little bit fizzy, but is a bit above average too,” Miles said. “If she does everything right and has no bad luck then I would be very disappointed if she didn’t finish first or second in her heat that’s for sure.” Time Keepa Lombo was impressive on debut at Ballarat and will be looking to keep his unbeaten record intact when he steps out in his heat on Saturday night. “He was great at Ballarat,” Miles declared. “He’s by Lombo Pocket Watch and he is rangy and leggy, but like his dad he carries himself well and has a bit of a presence about him.” HRNSW Media

Bathurst Harness Racing Club this week announced that well-known and respected breeding figure John Coffey has accepted the club's invitation to be the 2014 Bathurst Gold Crown Honouree. In making the announcement, the club's president Mark Collins stated," John Coffey is one of the most humble and unassuming people that I have met in harness racing." However, under that quite and modest persona hides a man with drive and passion for this Industry and in particular the breeding side" Collins added. "For John Coffey to be recognized as this year's Honouree is testimony to his contribution to the Industry and we are extremely honoured that he has accepted our invitation" Collins said John becomes the twenty-fifth identity, but just the second from Western Australia, after Mick Lombardo in 1999, to be awarded Bathurst's "baggy green". Gold Crown Honourees make up a select group that encompasses all aspects of the sport. There are trainer-drivers, like inaugural winner in 1990 Jim Caffyn; administrators, such as Ken Dyer in 1997; media personalities, like John Tapp in the Bicentennial Year; breeders, like 2004 recipient Bob McArdle, and families, such as the Fitzpatricks in 2009. A long-time administrator and successful studmaster and breeder in his home state, John served a number of years as assistant to Alan Galloway at Echuca-based Alabar Bloodstock, before returning there in 1996 as General Manager , a role he filled for 17 years. He's regarded as one of the foremost breeding authorities in the Southern Hemisphere. Annual visits to North America, to keep abreast of racing and breeding developments there, have enabled him to acquire some outstanding sires for down-under breeders. He's equally well-regarded in that part of the world as he is here at home. John Coffey is widely respected for being ethical, genuine and highly personable. He is generous with his time and knowledge, and motivated to serve the sport, as shown by his involvement with the Leigh Plunkett Foundation. John has become a familiar, welcome figure in New South Wales, and particularly Bathurst, in recent years. He's been instrumental in Alabar's sponsorship of the Breeders Challenge and Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival, and the connection with Yirribee Pacing Stud in the Riverina, as well as conducting highly-informative breeding information nights for both Alabar and Bred In The Blue. John Coffey will be inducted at the Honouree's Dinner, hosted by the Mayor of Bathurst, at the Bathurst RSL Club on Tueday, March 25, during Gold Crown Week. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Semen that was collected 14 years ago provided the late American harness racing stallion - Troublemaker - with his last ever victory at Canberra on Monday night February 11th.

Catalogues for the Goulburn Valley Broodmare and Weanling Sale, to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd at Concorde Park, Congupna, near Shepparton, on Sunday, April 22, are now available.

Lombo Pocket Watch (1:53.6), the winner of 41 of his 64 starts and $1.45 million has left his first winner. Magic Moment Lombo ironically won the first 2yo fillies heat of 'The Lombo' Series at the Shepparton Harness Racing Club's meeting on Tuesday (January 10).

The Lombo, the signature race for two-year-old colt and filly pacers at Shepparton, will branch out as from the 2013 harness racing series to cater for two-year-old trotters. The brainchild of leviathan breeder and owner Mick Lombardo, The Lombo was inaugurated in 2007 and has become a highly sought after event, especially by trainers with early developing juveniles.

Star Western Australian pacer Has The Answers goes into tonight's (Friday June 1) Gloucester Park harness racing meeting with career earnings of $982,309 from 59 wins in 173 starts over seven seasons of racing commencing as a 2yo on New Year's Eve 2004 at Bunbury when he finished 4th.

One of the stalwarts of the Australian harness racing industry, Mr Michele (Mick) Lombardo, has been been recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours, released today. Mr Lombardo, of Bicton, Western Australia, has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) "for service to the harness racing industry".

Brilliant mare Ima Spicey Lombo is a sprint specialist and she should maintain her crown as WA's Pacing Queen by winning the $35,000 WASBA Breeders Pace over 1700m at Gloucester Park on Friday night (May 27). A victory would give champion reinsman Chris Lewis his fifth success in this feature harness racing event, following wins with Tareena Bright (1985), Armbro Lucy (1993), Twinkle Paige (1997) and Meggie Dear (2001).

Heats of the harness racing juvenile classic - The Lombo were held at Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley on Wednesday (January 12) and as expected, prolific breeder Mick Lombardo had a plethora of entries - four in the colts & geldings division and three in the fillies.

Concorde Lombo, Misty Maiden and Lombo Rapida, a trio of Australia's most decorated harness racing mares, will go up for auction at the Concorde Park Reduction Sale to be held at Concorde Park stud, Congupna, near Shepparton, on Sunday (July 4).

Mick Lombardo's Lombo Standardbreds has a draft of a dozen youngsters at the auction to be conducted by Gloucester Standardbreds. Mick Lombardo, Australia's most successful harness racing breeder and owner, returns to the Western Australian yearling sale arena for the first time in three years at the Belmont sale on Sunday, February 14.

Mick Lombardo, Australia's largest and most successful breeder, was named the Ian Daff Memorial Breeder of the Year for 2008/09 at the Harness Racing Breeders annual Gala Dinner and Presentation Night at Tabcorp Park last Friday.

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