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In our prominent harness racing stallion series we have reviewed American Ideal,  Art Major, Bettors Delight, Christian Cullen and Courage Under Fire so far and today we have produced an in depth review for Mach Three. Enjoy the read. BREEDING - By the great sire Matts Scooter (sire of over $76 million in stakes with Mach Three his richest son) from the Abercrombie mare All Included (Dam of 12 foals for 9 winners of $3,469,221) All Included left two full brothers to Mach Three, Extreme Three ($336,192) now standing at stud in New Zealand and Omar Khayam ($263,848) now standing at stud in Canada. Mach Three's pedigree is not what you would call a blue blood pedigree but that is becoming common today with a lot of the great sires at stud. Today, brilliance on the race track counts for as much as any pedigree when deciding on a stallion for your mare. RACE RECORD - Was a very good two and three year old with exceptional gait and speed. He faced the starter just 27 times for 18 wins and 6 placings, taking a track record at The Meadowlands of 1:49 in the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace and a track record on a half mile track of 1:51.1 in a heat of the Little Brown Jug on his way to earning a total of $2,376,700. This crop of 3yr olds were exceptional, in fact it was one of the greatest crops on record. In The Meadowlands Pace Mach Three beat home in order of finish McArdle ($2,602,694), Allamerican Ingot ($1,238,935), Mini Me ($1,186,376), Pacific Titan ($886,446), Royal Mattjesty ($1,840,681), Three Olives ($1,086,795), Brads Gold ($703,206), Million Dollar Cam ($969,792) and Yankee Sensation ($371,689). Other great horses that raced with Mach Three as 2 and 3yr olds were Art Major ($3,273,317), Red River Hanover ($1,394,626), Ashlee's Big Guy ($1,009,523) and Life is a Cabaret ($869,280). Ten of these horses are sires now at stud. That is a group of great horses!!! Mach Three was purchased by Joe Muscara for US$2,250,000 as an early 3yr old NORTH AMERICAN STUD CAREER - Has stood in Canada for all his stud career at Tara Hills stud. His service fee has been $7,500 right from day one and has never changed to date. He served good numbers in most years at stud in Canada starting in 2003 with 195, 123, 94, 81, 187, 225, 169, 149, 157, 172 and 158 in 2013. His first crop left the good horse Jeremys Successor 1:48.3 ($867,235), Mach You And Me 1:50.2 ($800,819), Canadette 1:51 ($449,634), In The Irons 1:50.3 ($553,193) and Test Flight 1:50.4 ($502,802). This crop have stakes of $15,500,000 with average earnings per starter of $139,361. Another feature of Mach Three's progeny is that they keep racing or have long race careers as in this first crop alone there have been 42 horses that have had over 100 starts and 7 have had over 200 starts lifetime. His second crop left the sensational and spectacular Somebeachsomewhere 1:46.4 ($3,328,755) regarded as possibly the greatest race horse ever seen winning 20 of 21 starts as a 2 and 3yr old and now dominating as a sire from his first two crops at stud. With just those crops on the track he is reshaping the breeding Industry in the Northern Hemisphere. His book is full and closed for 2014 at $30,000 and that tells the real story. Not only did Mach Three leave Somebeachsomewhere from this crop he also left Believeinbruiser an average racehorse winning just $249,654 but he served a few mares at stud and left one of the best 2yr olds in Canada in 2013 called Bugger Bruiser 1:50.3 ($226,730). His third crop with just 52 foals he left Shipps Xpectancy 1:49.1 ($587,668) and Smashbox 1:51.4 ($437,270). His fourth crop of just 46 foals he left the very good Mach Dreamer 1:49.1 ($864,312). His next crop of 124 foals he left the top mare Monkey On My Wheel 1:49.3 ($1,334,394) plus the very fast racehorse in Camaes Fellow 1:47.3 ($819,870). His 2009 crop of 138 foals has produced Machapelo 1:51.3 ($565,838), I Found My Beach 1:50.2 ($524,079) and Mach A Wish 1:50.2 ($430,770). His next crop of 107 foals produced Mach Pride 1:50 ($517,539) and Mach It So 1:49.1 ($395,968). His 2013 2yr olds produced The Metro Pace winner in Boomboom Ballykeel 1:50.4 ($389,702) and the very good Three Of Clubs 1:53.4h ($206,617). US statistics Eligible to race 3yr old and older - 767 Winners - 533 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 69% $100,000 plus - 174 $1,000,000 plus - 2 Sub 1:50 - 17 Average earnings per starter - $97,075 Average earnings per eligible horse - $78.090 Total earnings to date - $59,895,579 AUSTRALIAN STUD CAREER - Mach Three has never had big crops in Australia. Starting in the 2005 season he had 15, 42, 44, 31, 44, 50, and 50 now 3yr old or older on the ground that is just 286. He has produced some outstanding colts and fillies from those small crops. His colts are headed by the brilliant age group star Captain Joy 1:51.4 ($1,004,771) as well as such smart types as Fly Like An Eagle 1:54.6 ($740,174)  super star Majestic Mach 1:54.7 ($611,969) winner of 26 of his 29 starts to date and Mach Wiper 1:54.1 ($280,716). Coupled with fillies of the class of Shake It Mama 1:54.7 ($254,568) and Rosa Mach 1:56.2 ($237,237) he has a great record so far in Australia. Australian statistics Foals 3yr old and older -  286 Winners - 151 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 53% $100,000 plus - 22 $1,000,000 plus -  1  Average earnings per starter - $46,743 Average earnings per eligible horse - $32,687 Total earnings to date - $9,348,653 NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD - His record in NZ is outstanding and overall probably the best of the countries he has stood in. His ability to leave good numbers of outstanding colts and fillies with in the main small crops early in his career has earned him the much larger books he has been serving the last few years. From his first crop came two millionaires, the champion Auckland Reactor 1:51.4 ($1,837,043) and Mysta Magical Mach 1:52.2 ($1,241,941), plus the ill fated Fiery Falcon 1:54.6 ($588,106), Macraider 1:48.4 ($771,433), Trigirl Brigade 1:52.3p ($143,710), Torias Secret 1:52.3 ($175,054), Sammy Maguire 1:57 ($199,354) and Muscle Beach 1:56.6 ($200,850). He produced from his second crop the fast mare Joyfuljoy 1:51.3 ($480,412), Scotty Mach 1:49.4 ($257,270) and Hes My Hero 1:54.3 ($221,903). His next crop was another great one with the likes of Sir Lincoln 1:54 ($663,601) and now standing at stud, Russley Rascal 1:53.3h ($707,656), Mah Sish 1:55.4 ($771,786), Devil Dodger 1:53.3 ($537,926), Mach Banner 1:57.6 ($225,565) Millwood Meg 1:53.5 ($336,795) and Kotare Mach 1:53.1 ($260,308).  The 2007 crop of just 18 foals he still produced a top horse like Mustang Mach 1:55.2 ($349,547) plus Mach Alert 1:50.9 ($394,944), Precious Mach 1:57.9 ($86,179), Mactavish 1:52.9 ($168,101) and Collectable 1:58.2 ($112,108). His next crop left the good mares Here We Go Again 1:55.6 ($132,457) and Three Jewels 1:57.6 ($81,037) while his current 4yr olds of note are Safedra 1:56.3 ($111,848), Mighty Fling Mac 1:58 ($113,879), Cyamach ($125,992), Sir Eric 1:52.5 ($69,000) and the promising Kotare Mahal 1:58.4. His current 3yr olds are led by the fillies Venus Serena 1:54.7 ($330,746), Te Amo Bromac 1:57.9 ($106,836), Pricilla's Girl 1:58.9 ($44,635), Luminesce 1:57.6 ($27,610) and Lincolns Megastar 1:57.1 ($42,024). His 3yr old colts that stand out are Cyclone Prince 1:57.1 ($108,064), Regulus 1:57.5 ($89,376) and the promising Machtu who has won his last 4 straight and he has already produced a winning 2yr old this season in Chachingcharching. New Zealand statistics 3yr old and older - 686 Starters - 378 Winners - 331 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 48% $100,000 plus - 21 (29 in Australia) 50 $1,000,000 plus - 2 Average earnings per starter - $30,313 Average earnings per eligible horse - $16,703 Total earnings to date - $11,458,573 POSITIVES - Right throughout his career he has shown the ability to leave that exceptional horse who are as dominant on the racetrack as he was. His champion son Somebeachsomewhere 1:46.4 ($3,328,755) is the hottest sire in the world right now and his Southern Hemisphere champion in Auckland Reactor 1:51.4 ($1,837,043) is being given his chance to follow suit with him serving a huge book in his first season at stud. NEGATIVES - Some of his progeny has a reputation for becoming "hot" at times like most of the Direct Scooter line stallions, his sons and grandsons are known for the same thing. Mach Three's fertility has been an issue at times. Since coming under the management of Alabar his numbers seemed to have picked up and are now heading towards the industry average of 70%. OVERVIEW - One of the few sires who is able to leave one as good or better than himself (A special one) both on the track and at stud. Somebeachsomewhere is reshaping the North American breeding industry with his complete dominance of his stock on the race track. Auckland Reactor is being given the same opportunity at stud in Australasia. All in all, just a great sire OVERALL RATING - 9/10 JC A Sire review - American Ideal A Sire review - Art Major A Stallion review - Bettors Delight A Stallion review - Christian Cullen A Stallion review - Courage Under Fire Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we are running a series of reviews on our more prominent harness racing sires. As they say in racing you can criticize some ones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. The above PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them.  (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia)  And here is "The forgotten sires series" This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink have already completed with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever Brylin Boyz - Potential fulfilled    

Highly capable trotter Sheemon kept his unbeaten four-year-old record intact, when coming with a whirlwind finish to down a handy field of trotters at Waterlea Raceway in Blenhiem. The win was Sheemon’s third since resuming in November and ninth in total. “He is a very nice wee trotter and I think he will work his way through to Open Class easy enough,” said driver Dexter Dunn.  “He isn’t far behind the other top four-year-old trotters like Royal Aspirations, Prime Power and Habibti,” he added. The Kevin Townley trained son of Monarchy and top mare Solar Fire will now head to Invercargill on Thursday for a two mile trot worth $20,000, where he will meet some very smart types including Springbank Sam, Phil’s Gift, Jag’s Invasion, and fellow age-group rival Royal Aspirations. The Northern Southland card at Invercargill on Thursday will also see New Zealand Cup champion Terror To Love do battle in the Group 3 Northern Southland Cup, where he will face the tough task of giving rising star Arden Rooney a 25 metre head start. By Mitchell Robertson

In our prominent harness racing stallion series we have reviewed American Ideal,  Art Major, Bettors Delight  and Christian Cullen so far and today we have produced an in depth review for Courage Under Fire. Enjoy the read. BREEDING - Another son of the Southern Hemisphere super sire In The Pocket  (As a stallion In The Pocket has been nothing short of sensational in New Zealand and is responsible for changing the breed in Australia and New Zealand. – becoming NZ’s Champion Sire in both 1998/99 and 2003/04 as well as being the Leading 2YO Sire five times and twice 3YO Sire of the Year. He is the sire of 3 NZ based millionaires and multiple Harness Horses of the Year). Courage Under Fire is from the Vance Hanover mare Advance Debra. She won the NZ Sires Stakes Final but was the only winner of any note in her family. The old saying about champions can come from anywhere certainly applies in this case. RACE RECORD - Arguably the best juvenile pacer to ever race in the Southern Hemisphere. He won his first 24 races and included in those were six derbies on both sides of the Tasman, a record which is unlikely to be ever broken. Small in stature, he was known as the "Pocket Rocket" and thrilled crowds with his displays of speed and stamina. Not as dominant as an older horse but he still wound up his racing career with the outstanding record of 41 wins and 4 placings from 56 starts, taking a time of 1:54.2 on his way to earning $1,551,000. AMERICAN STUD RECORD - Only has the very small number of just 17 horses that have been exported to America but they have done a stellar job so far. Headed by such smart types as the mare Itz Cherry Ripe ($526,727), Flem N Em 1:49.3 ($461,175) and Artic Fire ($341,008), his stock have garnered $3,735,535 to date. With such small numbers it is hard to draw any conclusions either way on his record in the USA.  Eligible to race - 17 Winners - 17 $100,000 plus - 13 $1,000,000 plus - 0 Sub 1:50 - 1 Average earnings - $219,737 Total earnings to date - $3,735,535 AUSTRALIAN STUD RECORD - Bred small numbers initially (foals; 15, 19, 29, 44, 15, 21, 64) as he was based in NZ  and there were issues with the transportation of his semen. Now based in Australia under the care of Alabar, he has served large books in the last three years (foals; 134, 100, 144). This is due in no small part to the record of NZ imports with 38 of them having won over $100,000 in Australia. The record of his Australian born stock is a lot less successful with Smolda ($512,888) standing head and shoulders over the other 341 sons and daughters he has in Australia. His next best performer after Smolda is Runnaway Fire ($228,061). What is really concerning is his percentages of winners to foals which are well off the pace of his major competitors. That may change now that he is under the influence of Alabar but it needs to and soon. Foals 3yr old and older - 341 Winners - 118 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 35% $100,000 plus - 13 $1,000,000 plus - 0 Average earnings per starter - $23,390 Average earnings per eligible horse - $14,129 Total earnings to date - $4,818,319 NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD - Right from the start he had huge support from breeders in NZ (foals; 151, 127, 186, 236) and that is reflected in the number of quality colts and fillies he has left in NZ. Colts of the class of Pembrook Benny ($787,745), Sleepy Tripp ($723,887), Lanercost ($506,324), Courage To Rule ($489,231), Choise Achiever ($502,095), Franco Jamar ($367,492) and Days Of Courage ($335,859) while his fillies included the likes of Lancome ($461,277) and Secret Potion ($285,312). His percentages in NZ are again a concern but at least he has some quality horses to showcase. Foals 3yr old and older - 950 Winners - 374 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 39& $100,000 plus - 16 (38 in Australia) $1,000,000,000 plus - 0 Average earnings per starter - $20,610 Average earnings per eligible horse - $10,413 Total earnings to date - $9,892,809 POSITIVES - Can leave top line two and three year olds who can go on to be competitive as older horses on the Grand Circuit. Leaves top class fillies as well as colts and they have a reputation for being very durable. NEGATIVES -  In both Australia and New Zealand his percentages are 15 to 20 points below what his major competitors are achieving in both countries. And he needs a few more quality individuals in Australia with Smolda his only real credit so far. OVERVIEW - This horse has all the credentials to be a leading sire but his record to date is one of under achievement. That may have more to do with his management in the recent past. He has changed ownership twice, countries and states and that makes it tougher for a stallion to excel. Now under the management of Alabar he will get the opportunity to turn those numbers around but it better happen in the next twelve months or so or he may find himself passed over for some of the new boys on the scene OVERALL RATING - 6/10 JC A Sire review - American Ideal A Sire review - Art Major A Stallion review - Bettors Delight A Stallion review - Christian Cullen Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we are running a series of reviews on our more prominent harness racing sires. As they say in racing you can criticize some ones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. The above PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them.  (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia)  And here is "The forgotten sires series" This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink have already completed with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever Brylin Boyz - Potential fulfilled

In our prominant harness racing sire series we have reviewed American Ideal and Art Major so far and today we have produced an in depth review for Bettors Delight. Enjoy the read. BREEDING - By the great sire Cams Card Shark, he is out of the averagely bred Armbro Emerson mare in Classic Wish. But that is the only thing that is average about this mare. Taking a record of 1:52 on her way to earning $436,273 makes good reading but it is her record at stud which places her up with the all time brood mare greats. Apart from Bettors Delight p3,1:49.4 ($2,581,461) she has left Roll With Joe p3,1:48.2 ($1,799,250) now at stud, No Pan Intended p3,1:50.3 ($1,613,180) now sire of over $28,000,000 in stakes, and Classic Rocknroll p3,1:50.1h ($780,210). Her 10 winners to date have produced total stakes of $7,445,000 a massive effort for any brood mare in history. The other feature for Classic Wish is that her progeny at the sales have always sold for big money as the following list shows; 1998 Bettors Delight  by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 59)                      $65,000 1999 No Wishes by No Nukes (Harrisburg lot 186)                                        $100,000 2000 No Pan Intended by Pacific Fella (Tattersalls lot 50)                             $150,000 2001 Western Wish by Western Hanover (Tattersalls lot 40)                           $70,000 2002 Wishforall Fullhouse by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 229)         $310,000 2003 Classic Card Shark by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 119)            $240,000 2005 Classic Star by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 78)                            $130,000 2006 Regal Wish by Cams Card Shark (Lexington Select lot 82)                     $70,000 2007 Classic Rock Nroll by Rocknroll Hanover (Winbak Farm lot 60)            $180,000 2008 Roll With Joe by Cams Card Shark (Lexington Select lot 81)                 $100,000 2009 Rocknroll Wishes by Rocknroll Hanover (Harrisburg lot 112)                   $40,000 2011 Classics Greatwish by Somebeachsomewhere (Harrisburg lot 131)   $185,000 RACE RECORD - Started just twenty six times for 15 wins and 7 placings for $2,581,461 in stakes, racing just at two and three. Took a mark of 1:51.3s at two which he reduced to 1:49.4 at three. He won the $871,475 Breeders Crown as a  2yr old  and the $1,148,500 North American Cup and $348,867 Little Brown Jug as a 3yr old.  AMERICAN STUD RECORD - Very hard to do it justice really.There are too many crops to review individually but right from his first crop he has stamped himself as one of the all time greats. What has really set him apart from his competition is his ability to sire such great fillies and mares. His very first crop born in 2003 produced his richest performer the sensational mare Darlins Delight p4,1:49.1 ($3,024,304). He had 114 foals born that year,107 have raced for 92 winners and that crop has earned $16,327,315 to date. His second crop once again produced a mare that was his highest stake earner of the year, the champion mare Southwind Tempo 1:48.2 ($2,445,541) and to top that year off he produced another mare that made a million, Symphony In Motion 1:49 ($1,065,949). Besides those two mares he left two other millionaires that year in Kenneth J and Forensic Z Tam. Four millionaires from one crop - That is incredible. That crop has 111 foals for 95 winners of $21,000,000 to date. His third crop in 2005 produced just 87 foals but once again Bettors Delight showed just how good he is by producing the outstanding gelding Bettor Sweet 1:47.2 ($2,816,287) his only $1 million plus winner from that crop. The 2006 crop had just the 89 foals for 75 winners of $12,398,000 in stakes with no millionaires to date. Then the 2007 crop produces his next millionaire in Hulas Z Tam 1:52.2h ($1,016,860) racing almost entirely in New York state. One must remember that New York State has the most money for racing any where in North America. Therefore there is a big advantage for stallions standing in New York State. The three stallions that we have profiled to date American Ideal, Art Major and Bettors Delight have all stood at stud in New York State and have completely dominated the breeding Industry in that state. After 10 seasons standing in New York State Bettors Delight was moved to stand in Canada in 2012 before moving again to stand in Pennsylvania in 2013. Never the less we move on to Bettors Delight 2008 crop and you will not believe it he does it again producing two millionaires, his best colt to date in Betterthancheddar 1:48 ($1,636,086) and the champion 3yr old filly See You At Peelers who had just the 31 starts for 26 wins and $1,566,900 in stakes. That 2008 crop has 134 foals, 121 have raced for 99 winners for a total stakes of $13,635,886. The 2009 crop has no millionaires as yet but they are only 4yr olds and I am betting that two of them will be millionaires in the not to distant future as both Dynamic Youth 1:48.1 ($847,878) and Bettors Edge 1:49 ($756,301) are both top end racehorses and they finished 1st and 2nd in a feature race just last night at The Meadowlands (4th of January) with Bettors Edge winning this time round. His 2010 crop (3yr olds in 2013) has produced the outstanding Vegas Vacation and yes you guessed it, another millionaire at $1,071,788. The 2011 crop of 2yr olds by Bettors Delight has been by his standing a very average crop with his richest earner Delightful Dragon earning just $227,329 for the year. All in all Bettors Delight has produced millionaires in six of his nine crops to the races so far in a siring career in North America that one could only dream off. He has a stunning and outstanding record that would be hard to duplicate anywhere. US statistics Eligible to race - 973 Winners - 706 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 72% $1,000,000+ 10 Sub 1:50 - 45 Average earnings per starter - $126,831 Average earnings per eligible horse - $107,670 Total earnings to date - $104,762,708 AUSTRALIAN STUD RECORD -  It started with four small crops via frozen semen which totaled just 30 foals of which 21 were winners including such smart types as Emjayem Grand 1:49.6 ($420,157) Vegas Bound 1:52.5 ($334,589) and Roman Stride 1:53.7 ($261,513). His first crop via fresh semen in the 2007 / 2008 season was his biggest to date in Australia and numbered 117 foals of which 67 have been winners including such top liners as Caribbean Blaster 1:52.6 ($939,208), Beautide 1:50.2 ($803,437), Aussie Made Lombo 1:55.1 ($578,456), Suave Stuey Lombo 1:51.8 ($323,394) and Abettorpunt 1:54.9 ($306,255). His next three crops have produced just 216 live foals (80, 80 and 56) of which 111 have been winners including the outstanding Border Control 1:50.6, (a NZ record) with stakes of $405,558 in Australia and New Zealand combined, Im Smouldering 1:55.8 ($249,688), L Machane 1:54.6 ($317,760), Musical Delight 1:53.1 ($243,188), Waldenburg 1:53.8 ($198,848 and Caesar Augustus 1:54.5 ($166,923). Has not done as well as his North American competitors as a sire of fillies and mares in Australia. Still he has left the brilliant Aussie Made Lombo 1:55.1 ($578,456), Bellas Delight 1:54.8 ($376,035), L Machane 1:54.6 ($317,760) and Im Smouldering 1:55.8 ($249,688) to date. Australian statistics Foals 3yr old and older - 363 Winners - 197 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 54% $100,000 plus - 24  $1,000,000, plus - 0 Average earnings per starter - $46,097 Average earnings per eligible horse - $33,636 Total earnings to date - $11,846,986 NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD - Bettors Delight started breeding mares in New Zealand via frozen semen in 2003 with several small crops (13, 6, 25 and 7) which totaled just 51 foals. That group produced 24 winners including Highview Tommy ($1,021,904) and Bettors Strike ($890,201). He has four crops in NZ via fresh semen (261, 127, 243 and 117) and has been dominant from day one with his larger crops. His standouts include such horses as Gold Ace ($1,028,621), Bit Of A Legend ($640,178), Five Card Draw ($347,021) and Ohoka Punter ($478,402), Percy The Punter ($241,611), Texican ($282,707) and the unbeaten 3yr old this year in Tiger Tara ($132,200). Like in the US it is as a sire of fillies that he has excelled in NZ. Three champions in Bettor Cover Lover ($1,061,534), Carabella ($693,615) and the sensational Adore Me ($582,976) are all as durable as they are fast.  Other very good fillies are Dancing Diamonds ($343,276), Ardens Darlin ($245,829) and Donegals Delight ($205,428). Foals 3yr old and older - 799 Winners - 391 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 49% $100,000 plus - 29  (+26 in Australia) Total - 55 $1,000,000 plus - 3 Average earnings per starter - $32,214 Average earnings per eligible horse - $19,272 Total earnings to date - $15,398,520 POSITIVES - Has left great fillies and mares especially in the US and New Zealand. His progeny can run at two and carry on as older horses onto the Grand Circuit and are just very good race horses durable and good allrounders. He has a decent record as a percentage sire especially in the US. He is known for his great fertility and is still breeding huge crops even at the age of 16 years old in New Zealand and Australia. Not many stallions can keep producing millionaires year after year but that is what Bettors Delight has done. In 2013 Bettor's Delight was the leading money winning pacing stallion in the NY Sire Stakes program as well as the leading All age money winning stallion in North America. NEGATIVES - With such large numbers on the ground now world wide Bettors Delight has seen a drop off in his yearling sale prices in the US and no doubt the same will happen in Australia and New Zealand as he continues to breed large books of mares. Bettors Delight is just a little fellow and I mean real small in size and he leaves a lot of small foals which has not helped him at the yearling sales. Although he has left great fillies in the US and in New Zealand he has failed to leave any colt that was anywhere near as good as himself with his richest colts Betterthancheddar 1:48 ($1,636,086) and Kenneth J 1:49.2 ($1,592,755) only just able to command enough respect to stand at stud anywhere in the world today. Now one must remember that he has ten crops in North America and eight crops in Australia and New Zealand with a staggering 2,135 foals that are now 3yrs old or older with total stake earnings of $132,008,214. With these huge numbers on the ground he has still failed to leave that very special colt, anywhere in the world to date.  OVERVIEW - Just an incredible racehorse sire anywhere he has stood at stud. Unbelievable ability to sire great fillies and mares sets him apart from all his competition. A tremendously fertile stallion and being from such a great brood mare and leaving such great fillies and mares bodes well for his future as a brood mare sire. Has to be a very big question mark over him ever being a sire of sires! With his richest colt to date, Betterthancheddar, standing at Alabar in New Zealand for the first time this 2013/2014 breeding season, one would hope that that he may fill a much needed void for this great son of Cams Card Shark.. OVERALL RATING - 9 / 10  JC A Sire review - American Ideal A Sire review - Art Major Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we are running a series of reviews on our more prominent harness racing sires. As they say in racing you can criticize some ones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. The above PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them.  (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia)  And here is "The forgotten sires series" This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink have already completed with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever Brylin Boyz - Potential fulfilled

Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we have decided to run a series of reviews on our more prominent sires. As they say in racing you can criticise someones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. These PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them. (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and for Down Under the official organisations of New Zealand and Australia) Enjoy the read. In this series we start with "AMERICAN IDEAL" BREEDING - By Western Ideal from a good race winning Matts Scooter daughter of the super race mare and world champion Three Diamonds so about as mainstream as you can get in 2013. Western Ideal is fast becoming a sire of sires and American Ideal is one of his best. American Ideal was sold as a yearling at the Tattersalls Sale at Kentucky in 2003 as lot 142 for $72,000. RACE RECORD - Won four of seven at two but no star earning just $29,800 and going 1:55.2f. At three he really shone through, winning ten of twenty-two with stakes of $855,928 and taking his lifetime mark and a world record at that time of 1:47:4m at The Red Mile, Lexington  Noted for his great gait and for having blinding speed. AMERICAN STUD RECORD - At the end of the 2013 season he had had four crops to race and he has quickly risen to the upper levels of North American sires. From his first crop came the brilliant Idyllic p1:50f, $1,313,241. From his second crop which has been his best to date has come three millionaires including the brilliant American Jewel p1:48.2s, $1,834,823, Heston Blue Chip $1,563,273 p1:48f (Dover Downs) and Romantic Moment $1,077,352 p1:50.1f (Chester). These horses put American Ideal on the map worldwide. His third crop was his least successful to date with only the Adios and Tattersalls Pace winner Sunfire Blue Chip showing real class in winning $740,374, and taking a time of 1:48.3f at Pocono Downs. His fourth crop this year was headlined by the brilliant two-year-old He's Watching 1:50f (Tioga Downs) who is unbeaten in eight starts to date having recorded five track records and two world records along the way and looks a monty for USTA two year old of the year in 2013. US statistics Eligible to race - 401 Winners - 271 $1,000,000+  4 $100,000+  55 Sub 1;50 - 6   Average earnings per starter $72,140 Average earning per eligible horse - $57,568 Total earnings to date $23,084,873 AUSTRALIAN STUD RECORD - Only has 96 horses three years and older in Australia but even so his record is slightly disappointing. He has left 39 winners to date headlined by last seasons brilliant two year old in Bling It On $404,713 but only Obahma Joy $132,308 has joined in the $100,000 club which is less than "ideal" Australian statistics 3yr old and older 96       Winners 39     $100,000+  2     $1,000,000+ 0 Average earnings per starter - $22,930 Average earning per eligible horse - $13,853 Total earnings to date $1,329,959 NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD - He has 173 3yr olds or older on the ground in New Zealand and like Australia the record is slightly disappointing. His best performer has been the outstanding Ideal Scott $749,214 who has performed to the highest level on both sides of the Tasman whilst Besotted $175,827  has also performed to a high level.. But they are the only $100,000 winners so far from his three crops to race here and that needs to change with much larger crops set to hit the tracks in the next three years. New Zealand statistics 3yr old and older - 173      Winners - 48       $100,000+ 2       $1,000,000+ 0  Average earnings per starter - $20,386 Average earning per eligible horse - $7,895 Total earnings to date $1,365,869 POSITIVES - Leaves great gaited and well conformed horses in the main. His stock are noted for having inherited the high speed of their sire. Has shown he can leave top quality two and three year olds in any country where he has stood. A great fillies sire with three of his four millionaires being fillies. NEGATIVES - His percentages right across the board are way off the pace of his siring competition. Shown he can leave top horses but there is no middle strata to his siring record, especially Down Under. Really needs more competitors on the grand circuit to show he is not just an early speed sire. OVERVIEW - Great siring record in North America and in high demand up there with his stud fee increased in 2014 to $10,000 and already fully booked. Yet to hit anywhere near the same heights in Australasia with his percentages way off the pace set by his siring competition.He has much larger crops coming on stream in New Zealand in the next three years and those dreaded percentages would need to improve markedly or breeders Down Under will leave him as quick as they have flooded to him. Overall rating - 6/10 JC The previous series that Harnesslink recently ran. This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever Brylin Boyz - Potential fulfilled

Lightly-raced seven-year-old Hokonui Ben emerged as a leading candidate for the rich Cup events at Gloucester Park in January when he outclassed his eight rivals in the $60,000 group 2 Retravision Village Kid Sprint on Friday night. Having only his 48th start, Hokonui Ben, hot favourite at 7/4 on from the coveted No. 1 barrier, survived early pressure applied by Sneakyn Down Under and a flying first quarter of the final mile in 27.2sec. to go on and defeat the fast-finishing 8/1 chance David Hercules by just over two lengths, rating 1.54.3 over the 1730m journey. Hokonui Ben's effortless victory was the high spot on a wonderful night for champion trainer Gary Hall sen. and his son Gary. Hall sen. equalled his best performance at Gloucester Park by preparing six winners on the ten-event program, while Hall jun. drove five winners. Hall sen., who trained five winners the previous Friday night, was a notable absentee on Friday night. He is enjoying a brief holiday in New Zealand with his wife Karen and is also taking the opportunity to cast his eye over some yearlings. Hall jun. praised Hokonui Ben and predicted that the Washington VC gelding would be a major player in the $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup on January 10 and the $400,000 Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup the following Friday night. "He's gone huge tonight and if he gets a good draw in some of the big races coming up he's going to be very hard to beat," he declared. "On paper it looked that we would have an easy lead, without too much trouble, but I really had to gas him early. "It was a lot harder than we wanted. It was a bit concerning, but we got away with a quiet half (with the second and third 400m sections of the final mile in 30.1sec. and 29.1sec.). But then he wanted to fight me, so full credit to the horse. He found plenty when he needed to. "I knew that after the first quarter that David Hercules was right in the race. And I just had to wait until he pulled out before we got going. He got to us on the bend and got close to us, and when he went four wide I just had to go for home and hope that I was good enough to hold those horses on the fence at bay." David Hercules, who started from the outside of the front line and raced in seventh position in the one-wide line before following the three-wide run of Livingontheinterest approaching the bell. David Hercules charged home, four wide, in the home straight to be an excellent second, with the final quarter taking 28.5sec. Toretto, a stablemate of the winner and a 12/1 chance, enjoyed the run of the race behind the pacemaking Hokonui Ben before running home solidly to be a half-head behind David Hercules in third place. Lord Lombo (50/1) was eighth at the bell before running home strongly along the pegs to be fourth. Dasher VC (16/1) ruined his chances when he broke into a gallop and almost fell soon after the start. Hokonui Ben had 24 starts in New Zealand for six wins and five placings and then his Queensland owner Jeroen Nieuwenburg sent him to Western Australia in April 2012 to be trained by Hall sen. But then a hairline fracture in his near hind leg kept Hokonui ben on the sidelines until he made his Australian debut when an unlucky second to Vital Equalizer at Gloucester Park in late October 2012. Hokonui Ben then won at his next four starts, including the Navy Cup at Gloucester Park and the Bunbury Cup. He now has raced 24 times in WA for ten wins, eight seconds and a third to take his career record to 48 starts for 16 wins, 14 placings and $281,339 in prizemoney. He is the first foal out of Jane Halsey, who had 15 starts in New Zealand for one third placings and stakes of $413. REFORMED SOHO REDFORD HAS COME A LONG WAY Reformed pacer Soho Redford gave promise of better things to come when he gave a bold frontrunning display to win the $25,000 The West Australian Coulson final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Produced in great shape by Wanneroo trainer Tonia Stampalia, the Mach Three four-year-old horse made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier and simply carried too many guns for his 11 rivals, scoring by a length from the fast-finishing 20/1 chance Heez Orl Black, with 1m to Bettors Ace (12/1), after that pacer had enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail. Soho Redford, a noted frontrunner who had won by four lengths at Northam at his previous outing, was heavily supported and started at 5/4 on. Im Terrific quickly moved into the breeze and Strampalia paved the way for victory when was able to settle Soho Redford and get him to stroll over the lead time in 37.8sec. and the first 400m section of the final mile in 30.6sec. Stampalia increased the tempo and Soho Redford dashed over the next three sections in 29.4sec., 28.8sec. and 29.7sec. He rated 1.58.1 over the 2130m and took his record to 35 starts for eight wins and eight placings for earnings of $59,687 for breeder Rob Watson, who races the horse in partnership with two syndicates. Soho Redford's dam The Dream Bet did not race, but her dam Better Bet earned $96,018 from eight wins and 18 placings from 39 starts. "He has come a long way in 12 months," Vance Stampalia said. "When we first got him he was a bit of a head case. But now you can do anything with him and he's actually a treat to drive. We used to fight a lot, but now we're good mates. Tonia keeps him fresh in the mind with a lot of swimming in the pool." CLASSIC AMERICAN IS DEVELOPING INTO A WA DERBY PROSPECT Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has no regrets that he convinced several stable clients to outlay $70,000 to purchase Classic American after the colt had scored a runaway victory at his New Zealand debut six months ago. Classic American is living up to Hall's expectations and is showing all the signs of developing into a good prospect for the rich WA Derby next year. Driven confidently by Gary Hall jun., Classic American overcame the significant disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier on the front line to record an impressive victory in the 1730m Electrolux Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 5/4 on favourite was restrained to the rear before he sustained a powerful three and four-wide burst over the final 900m to beat the fast-finishing Mister Jadore by a length at a 1.57.8 rate after sprinting over the final 800m in 57.6sec. This improved Classic American's record in WA to three wins and a second from four starts. Polemarker Zacharia (13/2) set the pace from Macon Georgia (breeze), Crimson Floyd (behind the leader) and Major Rush (one-out and one-back). Classic American was in fifth position when Hall jun. switched him four wide 300m from home. The colt raced greenly and veered inwards rounding the home turn before bursting to the front 90m from the post. Hall jun. was driving Classic American for the first time and was suitably impressed, saying: "He's a classy animal. When he arrived we thought he had great speed. But it's always a question when they get to the races, and now he's shown that as well. Initially, we thought he was going to be just below the top ones, but the way he is going and with natural improvement with racing, he's going to be right up there." Kim Prentice had driven Classic American at his first three WA starts for a first-up second to Calais and two easy wins. The colt had raced in the breeze in those three outings. Hall jun. said that he considered racing without cover was far from ideal for Classic American and therefore he restrained the colt to the rear on Friday night and saved him for a last-lap effort. "I knew he is a pretty good horse because, at home, his speed is exceptional, and he got to show that tonight," he said. "He was a bit of a handful on the last bend when he wanted to get in really badly. So we will have to do something to sort that out." Classic American was favourite at 5/2 on for his only appearance in New Zealand, in a 2200m mobile event at Cambridge on June 27 this year when he charged to the front after 500m in a field of six, set a slow pace and sprinted the final 400m in 28.5sec. to win by seven and a half lengths at a 2.2.5 rate. He arrived in WA early in August. His dam Classic Vicolo was retired in 2007 after failing to be placed in ten starts. FAMOUS ALCHEMIST SETS THE PATTERN FROM THE INSIDE BARRIER New Zealand-bred five-year-old Famous Alchemist took full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park when she set the pace and scored a convincing win over Maggies Mystery and Elsu Sheila in the 2130m The West Australian Pace on Friday night. She was the first of five winners to start from the inside barrier and lead throughout in the nine mobile events on the program. The four other pacers who started from the No. 1 barrier recorded three seconds and a third placing. Famous Alchemist, who went into the race with a losing sequence of seven, was a firm 6/4 on favourite, with star mare Leda McNally second fancy at 11/4 from the outside of the back line in the 2130m event. Gary Hall jun. was able to get Famous Alchemist to coast through the lead time in 38.4sec. and the first quarter of the final mile in 30.1sec. before reeling off the next three 400m sections in 29.5sec., 28sec. and 28.5sec. She recorded a slick rate of 1.56.7. Maggies Mystery, from the inside of the back line, ran home solidly into second place, with 118/1 outsider Elsu Sheila running on gamely from three back on the pegs to be third, just ahead of Sensational Gabby, who fought on from sixth at the bell. "She has been ever so consistent and is a quality mare," said Hall. "It looked on paper that we were going to get the perfect run. She fought me a bit for the first half of the final mile and I was a little bit concerned that she wouldn't be able to punch out quick closing sectionals because she had pulled a little bit. "But she did it quite comfortably and I probably eased up on her too early, half way up the straight, and she took advantage of me (by switching off)." Famous Alchemist, owned by Karen Hall, wife of leading trainer Gary Hall sen., won at five of her 17 New Zealand starts and now has raced 17 times in WA for six wins and six placings. She has amassed $215,109 from her 11 wins and 11 placings from just 34 starts. She showed early promise and as a two-year-old at Alexandra Park in April and May 2011she finished second to Dancing Diamonds ibn a $195,000 classic for fillies and was third in a three-way photo finish behind O Baby and Cowgirls And Indians in a group 1 $156,400Two-Year-Old Fillies Championship. BUTCHER FORMS A STRONG ALLIANCE WITH MY HARD COPY Young New Zealand reinsman Shane Butcher continued his successful association with My Hard Copy when he drove the New Zealand-bred four-year-old to an impressive all-the-way victory in the first heat of The West Australian Nights of Thunder at Gloucester Park on Friday night. My Hard Copy was not extended in leading from the No. 1 barrier and then setting a brisk pace to win by one and a half lengths from The Feather Foot, with a neck to Glenferrie Hood. He rated 1.54.6, the fastest of the heat winners. Polak and Courage Tells won the other heats, with each pacer rating 1.54.9 over the 1730m sprint. My Hard Copy, who had run home solidly to be fifth behind Nowitzki in the Golden Nugget Classic at his previous outing, was favourite at 10/9 on, with his stablemate Northview Punter second fancy at 5/2 from the wide barrier, No. 8, with nine runners across one line. Butcher gave his rivals little chance by setting a fast pace, with the last mile sectionals in 29sec., 29.2sec., 28.3sec. and 28.5sec. My Hard Copy dashed away from the opposition in the closing stages to win by one and a half lengths from The Feather Foot (who ran on from three back on the pegs). Glenferrie Hood finished third after trailing the pacemaker and Copagrin was fourth after enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Northview Punter raced at the rear before Gary hall jun. sent him forward, three wide, with 870m to travel. But the four-year-old failed to make any impression on his rivals and finished last. "My Hard Copy has been racing against the best and has been running good races from bad draws," Butt said. "In The Golden Nugget he drew seven and I was lucky enough to get a good run and finish close to them. He definitely loves the mile and is a good frontrunner. From No. 1 tonight I thought he was a good chance. There's not much of the little horse, but he gives it his all every time he goes out. "Every time you ask him, he keeps giving as much as he can. He is such a genuine horse and races so well. He never takes it out of himself. He doesn't overrace or anything like that. He's a gentleman to drive." My Hard Copy had 16 starts in New Zealand for three wins and eight placings before starting six times in Victoria for two wins and two placings. His 12 WA starts for trainer Gary Hall sen. have produced five wins and two placings and he now has earned $101,993 from ten wins and 12 placings from 34 starts. BROWN SETS ERSKINE RANGE FOR SAN SIMEON CHAMPIONSHIP Banjup trainer Colin Brown is setting Erskine Range for the $50,000 San Simeon Championship on January 24 after driving the promising four-year-old to a narrow victory in the 2130m Retravision As Local As You Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And after Erskine Range contests that feature event Brown plans to send the gelding for a spell, with high hopes that he will resume an even better performer during his next campaign. Heats of the San Simeon Championship, restricted to M0-class pacers, will be run on January 17. Erskine Range was favourite at 5/4 on for Friday night's event in which he was smartest to begin from the No. 3 barrier, but had to work hard to get to the front after 270m. Brown then got the gelding to relax and he went through the lead time in a comfortable 38.5sec. before strolling over the first 400m section of the final mile in a dawdling 31.9sec. Rank outsider Tuxedo raced in the breeze and polemarker Veitchy enjoyed a perfect passage behind the pacemaker. Erskine Range sped over the third quarter in 28.3sec. before a final section in 29.3sec. He just held on to beat 18/1 chance Veitchy by a head, rating 1.58.7. Sparkling Seelster, seventh on the pegs at the bell, rattled home to be a close third, with Borntobeanartist finishing strongly from last in the middle stages to be fourth. Tuxedo was checked on the home turn and broke into a gallop before finishing last. The stewards suspended Michael Robinson for 19 days for allowing Veitchy to shift out and check Tuxedo. Brown said that he would set Erskine Range for the san Simeon, even though he was slightly disappointed at the chestnut's performance. "I actually thought that he might have let down better than that, considering the early sectionals," he said. "But a win is a win. However, I would have liked him to have let down a bit better. He came to my stable a little bit speedy and a little bit mad and when we settled him down he has gone the other way a little bit too much." The Victorian-bred Erskine Range is owned by Jim Currie and is by Canadian stallion Four Starzzz Shark. He is the second foal out of South Australian-bred mare Living Hei, who was retired after only one start, when seventh at Bendigo in March 2007. Living Hei's first foal is five-year-old mare Im Living The Dream, who has had 53 starts for nine wins, 16 placings and $95,972. Erskine Range, who is related to WA winners Our mac Attack (16 wins), Chanoine (nine), Princess Tenille (two) and Tara Village (13), has earned $40,797 from eight wins and two placings from 22 starts. FLYING START PAVES THE WAY FOR POLAK'S UPSET VICTORY A plan devised by trainer Mike Reed and reinsman Shannon Suvaljko to surprise the opposition by setting Polak alight from the No. 6 barrier at the start of the second heat of The West Australian Nights of Thunder at Gloucester Park on Friday night paid handsome dividends when the five-year-old carried too many guns for his seven rivals. Most pundits agreed that polemarker and 2/1 on favourite Silent Prowl would set the pace and prove hard to beat. But Suvaljko got Polak, a 13/1 chance, away with dazzling speed to burst straight past Silent Prowl. Polak then set a fast pace, reeling off quarters in 28.5sec., 29.9sec., 28.3sec. and 28.6sec. to beat Silent Prowl by just over a length at a 1.54.9 rate over the 1730m. Silent Prowl got off the pegs behind Polak in the home straight and finished fast. Xupan Three, who raced three back on the pegs, was 2m away in third place. "All the speed underneath wasn't that quick, except for the one (Silent Prowl)," Suvaljko explained after the race. "So our plan was just to time the gate and get him out as fast as he can. And he really came out of the gate at a hundred miles an hour, and once he got to the front he was always going to be the one to beat. He can run really good times in front and we'll be hoping for a favourable barrier in the final." Polak, who ended a losing sequence of seven, has amassed $160,555 from 15 wins and 15 placings from 51 starts. He is a full-brother to Schinzig Buller, who has raced 52 times for 11 wins, 12 placings and $289,452 in prizemoney. Schinzig Buller's most notable victory was when he defeated Mysta Magical Mach and Im Themightyquinn in the Golden Nugget in November 2008. COURAGE TELLS HOLDS ON AFTER SETTING THE PACE Well-travelled New Zealand-bred six-year-old Courage Tells maintained his splendid form for Hopeland trainer Colin Joss when he set the pace and held on to win the third heat of The West Australian Nights of Thunder at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Favourite at 10/9 on from the prized No. 1 barrier, Courage Tells bowled along in front for Morgan Woodley and beat the 7/2 second fancy Smokey The Bandit by a head at a 1.54.9 rate over the 1730m. Rowchester, third favourite at 4/1, fought on to be third after enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Smokey The Bandit trailed Courage Tells all the way and got clear in the closing stages. He flashed home, but just failed to overhaul the leader. Woodley said that Courage Tells was better suited as a sit-sprinter, but he did not want to sacrifice the advantage of the No. 1 barrier over the sprint trip. "He's a nice type of horse and I think you see the best of him in a sit and sprint capacity," he said. "That's his best asset, his let-down speed. However, this is such a leader-biased track that you've got to stay there (in front). He has certainly got a lot more wins ahead of him." Courage Tells won twice from three starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand and then had 58 starts in Victoria and New South Wales for another 15 victories. He has had 11 starts in WA for three wins and four placings and now has earned $126,830 from 20 wins and 24 placings from 72 starts. NEW TACTICS SUIT PRINCE EDDIE --- AND NOW FOR THE TROTTERS CUP New Zealand-bred five-year-old Prince Eddie earned a crack at the $30,000 Trotters Cup at Gloucester Park next Friday night when he was on his best behaviour and produced a brilliant late burst of speed to get up and score a narrow victory in the 2503m Fisher and Paykel Handicap on Friday night. Trained by Gary Hall sen. and driven by Gary Hall jun., Prince Eddie, second fancy at 3/1, trailed the pacemaker and 11/4 favourite The Beau Brummell and did not look likely to succeed when he was in fourth position just 60m from the post. But Hall called on the Monarchy gelding for a special effort and he responded grandly, sprinting fast to get up and snatch victory by a neck from Hot Holiday, the third favourite at 4/1 who started from 30m and raced without cover over the final 1500m. A nose away in third place was the Beau Brummell. After a slow early pace, the final 800m was covered in 59.2sec. and the winner rated 2.9.2. Hall jun. said it was pleasing that Prince Eddie was showing form leading into the Trotters Cup. "Originally we thought he would be a good frontrunner, but we are now driving him in the field and keeping him for a late burst," Hall said. "Everything has been turned upside down after he had led in a couple of races and then folded up. Now we know that when we drive him this way (with a sit) that he can beat the good ones." This was Prince Eddie's second win from six WA starts after he had won once from eight New Zealand starts and four times from seven outings in New South Wales. He has earned $43,491. Prince Eddie is out of Hands And Heels, who finished tenth at her only start, at Addington in May 2002. He is a full-brother to King Charlie (67 starts for 15 wins, 14 placings and $238,291) and Shezoneoftheboyz (13 starts for eight wins, one placings and $91,849). BRENNAN TO TRAIN THIS TIME DYLAN FOR RIDLEY Serpentine horseman Michel Brennan will train This Time Dylan after the gelding was claimed for $20,000 by Brian Ridley at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This Time Dylan, a New Zealand-bred eight-year-old, has been in outstanding form for leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and he kept up the good work when he stormed home from the rear to score an effortless win in the 2536m Retravision.com.au Claiming Pace. This Time Dylan, a chunky little son of Dream Away, is the leader in the Pacer of the Year award with seven wins, three seconds and a third in the first four months of the season. He has competed in claiming races at each of his past six starts for three wins and three seconds to take his career record to 37 starts for 13 wins, nine placings and $112,125. He is now on an M6 mark. Shardons Rocket (3/1) dashed to the front after 500m in Friday night's event and Gary Hall jun. was content to keep This Time Dylan in sixth place in the field of seven before starting a three-wide move 600m from home. This Time Dylan burst to the front at the 4o00m mark and raced away to beat Talk It Up by three lengths, with Shardons Rocket a wilting third. Ridley is hoping that This Time Dylan proves to be an even better success than the previous horse he claimed from the Hall stable --- Rakarebel. Ridley outlaid $10,000 to claim Rakarebel early last May, and in ten starts for Brennan Rakarebel won once and was placed four times for earnings of $18,550. And then Ridley received $20,000 when Rakarebel was claimed in July by eastern states owners. Rakarebel has continued his career in New South Wales and Victoria where he has had 11 starts for seven third placings. Talk It Up was claimed by a syndicate headed by Laurie Kennedy and the evergreen nine-year-old will be prepared by Wanneroo trainer Barry Morrison. by Ken Casellas  

This unraced son of champion trotting sire, Balanced Image and the Hall Of Fame brood mare, Lou Macs Glory has always struggled for patronage at stud and has always lacked those quality mares that can help make a stallion. Bred by Tara Hills stud farm in Canada, he is a full brother to the champion Glory's Comet $2,057,695 as well as three other winners. Lou Macs Glory left 15 foals in total for nine winners of $3,242,487 in stakes. Injury prevented Brylin Boyz from racing but he had showed so much potential in training, was bred in the purple and was such a great type, that Tara Hills decided to cover a few mares of their own and look for a place to stand him where he could get a shot at being a stallion. Hence his arrival at Bon Accord farm in Canterbury, NZ. Within a couple of seasons he had being purchased by Michael and Diane Heenan of Trouble Lodge at Methven and he stood the rest of his time in NZ at their property. It was here that he was to have most of his success. Not long after being purchased by the Heenans, his stock from the initial matings in Canada hit the track and showed plenty of promise with his winners including such smart types as Marcliff Victoria $167,000, Mikie Will $89,000, Call To Order $89,000 and Herecomes The Boyz $75,000. And that initial success was carried on by his Australasian stock. From his first crop came Awesome Imace $169,000 and he was quickly followed by such talented types as Springfield Hero $94,000, Featherflight $85,000, Extasia $77,000, Zealous Lady $73,00 and Lanez Luck $52,000 among his 64 winners. Progeny exported to Australia have compiled a good record with Makati Maximus $109,000, Brylin Crescent $73,000, Heza Boy Star $57,000 and Springfield Barry $46,000 all flying the flag for him on that side of the Tasman. Without doubt the best horse sired by Brylin Boyz is Shezoneoftheboyz $76,000. The dominant three year old of her year in NZ , her career was curtailed by injury before it really got started and robbed Brylin Boyz of that star flag bearer that all stallions need. Still his major impediment to greater success has always been his lack of mares each year and just as importantly, the quality of those mares. Which has been a real shame as the one thing that really stands out when you look at his stud record is his ability to lift mares. Most of his winners are the best foal that their dam has produced. Recently sold to Queensland, Brylin Boyz has more than fulfilled the potential Tara Hills saw in him all those years ago. With his impeccable bloodlines and great confirmation, his daughters should leave an even bigger impression on the NZ trotting scene in the years to come. JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever

One of the sires who regularly makes the sires list in both North America and Australasia is the proven son of Western Hanover in Badlands Hanover. Earning $756,00 in his race career, he took his mark of 1:50 at two at Colonial Downs which as a one turn track had a speed rating 2-3 seconds quicker than anywhere else at the time. So there were doubts about the significance of the time because of where it was taken. However any doubts about his credentials as a sire have been long put to bed by his outstanding record at stud. North America - Stakes Won  $49,778,000   Winners 525    Sub 1;53 - 97    Sub 1:50 - 10   His winners include such standouts as Tug River Princess, $1,858,219 (1:49:3)  Badlands Nitro, $1,605,608 (1:50)  Mr Wiggles, $1,195,099 (1:49.1) Delmarvalous $905,691 (1:48.2). His NZ record is no less significant. To date he has sired 349 winners including the derby winner Badlands Bute $311,000 along with such talented types as Highview Badlands $142,000,  Ohoka Rebel $132,000 and Cast Adrift $104,000. But it is as a sire of fillies/mares that Badlands Hanover has really made his mark as a sire in NZ. How is this for a list of his super impressive filly/mare winners in NZ. Nearea Franco $439,000, Beaudine Bad Babe $404,000, Western Dream $328,000, Flying Pocketlands $255,000,  Natal Franco $117,000 and Belletti $109,000. Total stakes earnings for Badlands Hanover are in excess of $8,190,000 which is a great achievement with stake money at the level it is in NZ. In Australia he has sired 86 winners who have won more than $3,250,000 including the age group star Chariot King $489,000. Several NZ imports such as Sneakyn Down Under $ 450,000 have kept his name in the spotlight but one import in particular has done an incredible job and that of course is the iron horse, Washakie $1,810,000 1:50.  He continues to perform at the highest level long after many of his former age group rivals have since retired All up worldwide, Badlands Hanover's stock have won in excess of $60,000,000 and he is quickly closing in on 1000 winners. Overtaken in many breeders eyes by some the high profile imports of the last few years, Badlands Hanovers record shows that at a $ 3,000+gst service fee, he is outstanding value in today's breeding marketplace.   JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar  

This great looking son of Balanced Image, one of the all time great trotting sires in North America is slowly but surely gaining the respect from breeders that his record says he deserves. Even though Monarchy won 11 races and took a mark of 1:56:2, you wouldn't say he was a star on the track. What he did have was great looks - gait - -and a lovely pedigree. At the time he was imported, no sons of the  leading trotting sire in the world at the time in Balanced Image were at stud in NZ. He was imported by Roydon Lodge to stand alongside their champion trotting sire Sundon. And there was the greatest hurdle that Monarchy had to face. Sundon got the larger books and by far the better quality mares and as a result Monarchy struggled to establish himself in his initial years at stud. In his first four years he served just 129 mares.   So it was up to those initial small crops to establish Monarchy as a sire. With the arrival of Sovereignty as a three year old, Monarchy showed that he could produce those top of the line trotters that every breeder is searching for. And Sovereignty went on with it as a older horse with his stakes earnings now in excess of $716,000. Numerous top liners followed in the form of Stylish Monarch $492,000  King Charlie $236.000  Prince Harry $113,000 and Kylie Ree $112,000. Sundon was still king but Monarchy was closing the gap. And with his first crop of any size which raced as three-year-olds last season, Monarchy has truly arrived. He produced three horses from that crop who earn't in excess of $100,000 by the end of their three year old season which is an outstanding achievement with the lack of opportunities and stakes for young trotters in NZ compared to their pacing counterparts. Royal Aspirations $229,000  Prime Power $125,000 and Sheemon $118,000 have flown the flag for Monarchy with real style. The three of them have started their four year old campaigns as they finished their three year old campaigns with each of them recording outstanding wins recently. Sheemon opening his season by smashing the track record at Timaru followed by Royal Aspirations winning his first start for the season by six lengths over The Fiery Ginga and company at Geraldine and Prime Power is unbeaten in three this season, his last win at Auckland over two of the better open class trotters in NZ in  Stent and Boizel. All three look headed for the grand circuit in a hurry. And being by a son of Balanced Image is a bonus as it is sire line that is renowned for leaving stock that get better with age. With total stakes closing in on $4,000,000, Monarchy is at last throwing off that shadow that Sundon has cast  on him for so long. JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood  

The first thing that strikes you when you take a close look at the credentials of Bacardi Lindy is how beautifully bred he is. By one of the all-time great sires and now sire of sires in SJ’s Photo, Bacardi Lindy is the first foal from the brilliant Valley Victory mare in Rum Boogie a USTA 2 Year Old filly of her year (T3 1:55 $900,000). Sold at Tattersall’s for $115,000 as a yearling, he was followed through the ring by the next three foals of Rum Boogie who all made over $100,000 with one Lindys Chosen One making $235,000. Troubled throughout his racing career by an injury sustained as a yearling, he still managed to take a best time of US1:52,4 and earn in excess of $200,000 in a short racetrack career. Imported down under straight off the racetrack by Ross Simpson from Karamea Farms, he served good books in his first two seasons at stud which resulted in foal crops of 48 and 28. At this time Ross Simpson decided to relocate to Canterbury in NZ and took Bacardi Lindy with him. Standing at the famous Roydon Lodge alongside the two leading trotting sires in NZ in Sundon and Monarchy made getting mares very difficult for the unproven sire. In his first year in NZ he served 25 and 13 in Australia, while in his second he served just 13 in NZ and 12 in Australia.  At this point, with his stock starting to show up in Australia, Bacardi Lindy was relocated to Morley Park in Victoria and with the success that his first two crops have had, it was a wise move. With his oldest crop just turned four, he has already had 17 starters from that crop including such smart trotters as The Boss Man ($48,000) Bellmac Kody ($35,000) Basil Knight ($20,000) and Lochaber ($17,000). And from his second smaller crop of now 3 year-olds (28) he has had eight starters including the very smart Claudys Princess ($51,000) who won 3 of 5 as a 2 year-old including a defeat of the New Zealand two-year-old of the year Daenerys Targaryen in a Breeders Crown heat at Maryborough, also the promising Barefoot Sally who has had two wins from two starts this season.  Bacardi Lindy’s promising start to his siring career has been recognised by Australian breeders last season by attracting a book of 91 mares, the most of any Trotting stallion in Australia by 46 mares. Taking everything into account, Bacardi Lindy has made a very promising start to his siring career and the future looks bright for this speedy BLUE BLOOD. JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire

The Bendigo trotting fixture held on Thursday November 28 belonged to the Goulburn Valley and Bendigo area who provided five of the eight winners on program, with Bunbartha horseman John Newberry taking the honours after providing a stable double. First to come along was talented Earl/Shine On Alisha six year old gelding Just Call Me Earl in the CV Batteries Strath Village Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2150 metres. Starting from a 20 metre equal backmark, Just Call Me Earl bided his time mid-field with Man Of The World (barrier four) working to the front after travelling a couple of hundred metres. Easing three wide in the final circuit, Newberry in what was “the drive of the night” switched Just Call Me Earl down to the sprint lane, before finishing strongly to defeat Man Of The World and Jusamirel which raced rough on more than one occasion. The mile rate 2-05.1. Raced by the Newberry family, Just Call Me Earl has fronted the starter on 63 occasions for nine wins. Leg two came about when lightly raced four year old Monarchy/Shine On Alisha gelding The Majestic scored in the Freedom Tanks Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 1650 metres in a mile rate 2-02.2. A surprisingly short priced even money favourite, The Majestic (gate two) settled three back in the moving line and driven with the patience of Jobe, was taken four wide on the final bend before putting the race away with ease, defeating Brother Of Sonoko and Ballan Road which led. Echuca/Moama trainer Shane Gilligan four year old Northern Luck/Soap Box mare Mary Mon returned to form when successful in the Bendigo Cup Eve Cocktail Party 10 January Pace for C2 class over 1650 metres. Taking a concession, Mary Mon driven by son Tom was restrained to the rear of the field from gate six prior to gaining a three wide trail in the last lap on the back of both Johnny Tee and Flyin Indi Air. Despite making the home turn very wide, Mary Mon a half sister to the smart juvenile Lady Belladonna finished all over the top of her rivals to score from Flying Indi Air and Johnny Tee in a rate of 1-57. Charlton’s Mark Boyle has Blissful Hall/Lensmare six year old gelding Xbolt racing at the top of his game, landing the Christmas @ Lord’s Raceway 12 December Pace for C0 class over 1650 metres. With Neil McCallumin the sulky, Xbolt began swiftly from gate five to lead throughout in a rate of 1-58.6, defeating The Muse which raced outside him, with the hot favourite Heathbern Star running on late when extricated clear of a pocket three back the markers to finish third. Shelbourne trainer Larry Eastman’s above average Northern Luck/Decethree Lombo five year old mare Lombo Cloud Nine treated her rivals with contempt in the N.Y.E Party @ Lord’s Raceway 31 December Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2150 metres with Chris Alford in the sulky. Sent forward from outside the front row to settle three back in the moving line, Alford was off and running in the back straight on the first occasion to be surprisingly handed the lead on a platter from the last start Ballarat winner Tere T. Travelling under double wraps for the rest of the journey, Lombo Cloud Nine coasted to the wire 6 metres in advance of Tere T and Nimble Jack (three back the markers) in a rate of 2-00.2 to record her 10th victory in 42 starts. Astute Avenel trainer/driver Ian Mongomery provided a smart first starter by the name of Captain Under Fire to blitz his rivals in the Bendigo Bank 3-Y-0 Pace over 2150 metres, leading throughout from the pole in accounting for Notjustanothalombo (three back the markers) by 22.7 metres in a rate of 2-00.9. Braeview Bomber finished third after racing in the open. Bolinda trainer/driver Lisa Miles also provided a winner on debut when four year old Four Starzzz Shark/Sassy Stoneridge mare Denim Npearls greeted the judge in the Victorian Equine Group Pace for C0 class over 1650 metres. Taken back from gate two as the start was effected, Denim Npearls possied three back in the moving line, before unleashing a powerful burst out wide on straightening to impressively gain the day over Majestic Swan which led and Imsosweetaboucha which followed the winner home in the final circuit. The mile rate 1-58.7. By Len Baker          

Smart types Libertybelle Midfrew and Sheemon both look set for big seasons after not only winning in emphatic style at Timaru’s Phar Lap raceway today, but also posting track records in the process. Getting the wheels rolling, or in this case the records, was the Nigel McGrath trained Libertybelle Midfrew, who looks to have come back bigger and better than ever. Sent forward by driver Matthew Williamson, Libertybelle Midfrew, who was victorious in last season’s 2YO Fillies Yearling Sales Series, worked hard to find the front before getting no peace in the van. However, she still had the audacity to race away from her rivals to win by six lenghts in a super time of 2-25.9 (1-57.3), a new track record for the 2000m journey at Timaru. The three-year-old daughter of Christian Cullen will now head north to Auckland for premier racing in December, where she will be joined by her half sister, Lulli Midfrew, who is also owned by John & Rebecca Mooney. While Libertybelle Midfrew was highly impressive, so was Sheemon who recorded a time of 3-16.5, eclipsing the previous track record by an unbelievable eights seconds. The Kevin Townley trained son of Monarchy was driven by Brett Thomas in a junior drivers’ event meaning that, unfortunately for those who also have C3 trotters in the country, the win came bearing no penalty. By Mitchell Robertson

Last season’s 3YO Trotting Jewels champion Prime Power produced a faultless performance to win his resumption at Alexandra Park tonight. Although, punters who took the $1.50 shorts did have a few anxious moments prior to the start. “He was a ball of adrenalin before the start and was rearing up in the air but as soon as the tapes went back he trotted away like a stag,” said trainer-driver Todd Mitchell. Once underway, the race became nothing more than a procession, with the speedy son of Monarchy powering away over the concluding stages to win by an ever increasing margin of nine lengths over Torbjorn and Yogi Johnson. “He seems to have come back as good, if not better than ever,” confirmed Mitchell. Prime Power, who is owned by Brian Macey, trotted the 2700m standing start journey in 3-34.4, reeling off tidy sectionals of 59.5 and 28.7. He looks a horse to follow during the upcoming Auckland carnival. Meanwhile, River Polka also impressed in her fresh-up run, dive-bombing the leaders late to win the Franklin Cup Prelude. The American Ideal four-year-old, who has now won seven races from just 15 starts, is likely to contest some of the feature mares’ races next month, including the Group One Queen Of Hearts. By Mitchell Robertson        

Don’t expect last Friday’s Addington feature trot winner – Phil’s Gift – to line up in the Group One $200,000 Dominion Trot on Show Day (November 15). Trainer Murray Tapper said he preferred to start the Sundon gelding in the Free-For-All on Cup Day (November 12). “I’ll talk to the owners again but they know how I feel. I’d rather start him in the shorter race on Cup Day than I would the Dominion. “There’s no way he could back up in three days for both. He’s not that type of horse. Racing can take a lot out of him and he can take some time to recover. The 3200m is a bit far for him at this stage,” Tapper said. “I think he would be a better Dominion horse in 13 months,” added the Timaru horseman. Tapper said the 6-year-old bay had to be driven with a sit and that’s exactly what Ricky May did on Friday. “He has won in front before but as he’s gone through the grades it’s got harder, and I’ve now trained him to have one sprint at them. “It’s a tougher class opposition now and I’ve had to adjust my trainer because of that. He’s got a very good sprint when saved for the run. That was evident on Friday,” Tapper said. May had Phil’s Gift second last early and swinging for home were still in that position with favourite Escapee snookered last on the markers. They both flew down the outer with Phil’s Gift hanging on to beat Escapee and Mark Purdon by half a head. Raydon and David Butt were 2-1/2 lengths back in third. They won the $7,500, C3 and faster trot in 3:23.2. Mile rate for the 2600m stand: 2:05.7. Last 800m: 59.8. Last 400m: 28.9. Phil’s Gift started from the 40m back-mark and was the $5.80 third favourite. That was his ninth win in 33 starts and he’s also placed eight times for $76,997. Tapper paid $16,000 for him at the Christchurch yearling sales. He said he was easily the best of the 12 horses he had in work at Levels in South Canterbury, but said Phil’s Gift had some way to go to surpassing the best trotter he’s trained – the recently retired Stylish Monarch, and Group One winning 10-year-old son of Monarchy, who has won 17 races and $500,620. “Phil’s Gift has more speed but Stylish Monarch is a tougher grinder who can churn out solid quarters. “We’ll see exactly where Phil’s Gift is at when he lines up on Cup Day. He would make a good Australian horse and that could be an option down the track but for now it’s all about progressing through to compete with the best,” the 50-year-old said. Phil’s Gift is owned by K.P. Tapper, R.L.P. Scott, P.F. Parker, and M. L. Hynes. He was bred by Colin and Rona McKay. He is the seventh foal of eight out of the one-win Speedy Summit mare, Ilona Del. Phil’s Gift’s full sister (and fourth foal), Jasmyn’s Gift won 17 races, including the Group One New Zealand Trotting Championship and New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All. Phil’s Gift’s biggest win to date was the $25,000 Group Three Glenferrie Farm Trotters Championship in March. Friday’s win was his second race back since finishing fifth behind Charlemagne in the Harness Jewels final at Ashburton in June. Exciting trotter Experiment heading to Addington Exciting Southland trotter, Experiment will head to Addington Raceway to compete in two mid-graded races on Cup and Show Day. The 5-year-old Sundon mare confirmed the trip north when notching up her third win in a row and fourth in five starts this season at the Riverton Trotting Club’s meeting on Sunday (November 3). The Tony Barron trained Experiment blitzed her opposition with an effortless front-running display in the in the $8,000 Never Cleaver Fishing discretionary for the C1 and faster trotters. She has also won at the Wairio, Gore, and Forbury Park meetings this season, after racing 12 times in 2012-2013 for just two placings. Errol Forde (72) owns Experiment with his partner Jan Hawthorn (68). The retired Makarewa resident said now that his mare had turned the corner she would definitely now be heading to Christchurch. “I’m still on a high. I’ve had horses since the 1980s but never had one this good. I would never have ever thought I’d have a horse good enough to win three races in a row. “She will now head north and take on some of the best in her grade. One day, maybe two years, I’d like to think she could make a Dominion horse. That is one race I’d really like to win,” Forde said. He said Experiment had been a work in progress and it now appeared that Barron had ironed out most of her issues. “We had a bit of trouble with her early on. She had a few bad habits, but with training, time and age she has developed into a nice trotter. “We are hoping she will go on with it now she has won four races,” Forde said. Brent Barclay got Experiment away quickly from her 10m handicap on Sunday and then when they hit the front at the 2000m, the race was for second. Experiment simply out-trotted her 12 opponents, stopping the clock in 3:34.8 (2700m stand) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 60 and 28.9. Her winning mile rate was 2:08. She was the $3.60 favourite. Forde and Hawthorn have two-and-a-half years left on their four-year lease. Then then have right of purchase from breeder Michael House. “She’s still got plenty of time and there’s plenty of improvement left in her yet,” said Forde who does a bit of work with his pride and joy. Forde, who worked in the engineering trade, retired to Makarewa from Nightcaps and assisted Ron Barron there before he retired. “Ron asked me if I wanted to buy Experiment and it all went from there. That’s how Tony ended up with her,” Forde said. He said Experiment’s racing future would not be decided until after her race on Show Day. “That’s when we will sit down and plan her racing. Auckland could be an option over Christmas because Tony has campaigned horses up there before. “I’ve never had a horse good enough to race up there. It is a possibility, but like I said it all depends how she fronts up in Christchurch,” Forde said. Experiment has now won just under $20,000 from her 18 starts, which includes four wins and three placings. By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand)

They won the New Zealand Cup with Homin Hosed in 1999 and now some 14 years later Todd Mitchell has combined with Prime Power and Bryan and Marilyn Macey to claim their first Harness Jewels title.

What a difference a week can make in harness racing. Last week after virtually pulling himself into the ground, Royal Aspirations finished 82.4 metres behind Blitzthemcalder in the Great Northern Trotting Derby.

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