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Reigning champion Mah Sish has timed his form renewal perfectly ahead of an  attempt to defend his Group 1 Del-Re National Food Group AG Hunter Cup crown on Saturday night, leading all the way to win The Pure Steel at Ballarat at the weekend. The seven-year-old gave nothing else a chance from the stand-start, defeating highly-rated runner-up Im Corzin Terror and third placegetter Jadahson in the $20,000, 2710m race. Trained and driven by Hunter Cup kings Tim and Anthony Butt, who have previously won the prestigious race seven times (Blossom Lady in 1994 and 95, Mr D G in 2004, Mr Feelgood in 2009, Stunin Cullen in 2011, Choise Achiever in 2012 and Mah Sish last year), the Kiwi pacer has been thrust back into the spotlight with punters and bookmakers and is sure to be a key player in the annual classic at Melton’s Tabcorp Park. This time in Mah Sish had shown only glimpses of his best before the weekend, with a second placing behind Smoken Up at Ballarat on Boxing Day and a third in the SEW-Eurodrive Popular Alm at Melton in November. On the whole, he had been fairly disappointing with below-par efforts in the Victoria Cup and the Cranbourne Cup. In April last year he finished well down the track in the Miracle Mile and the Cordina Sprint in Sydney, leaving punters scratching their heads about the son of Mach Three’s future. But, like a Bart Cummings galloper heading into a Melbourne Cup in the world of gallops, the Butts have Mah Sish firing on all cylinders once again. Why would we ever doubt them? MAH SISH Age: 7 Best wins: AG Hunter Cup, Inter Dominion Heat, Ballarat Cup, The Pure Steel. Best traits: Ultra-tough, proven from the stand. Can he win the Hunter Cup? He’s from the Butt stable, so yes. Also, his Pure Steel win was gutsy. He’s back.   By Cody Winnell (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)  

In our prominent harness racing stallion series we have reviewed American Ideal,  Art Major, Bettors Delight, Christian Cullen, Courage Under Fire and Mach Three so far and today we have produced an in depth review for Western Terror. Enjoy the read. BREEDING - A real blue blood which ever way you look at it. By the champion sire in Western Hanover, he is from the good Artsplace race mare in Arterra 1:53.2 ($161,976). She is a full sister to the outstanding racehorse and now sire in Artiscape 1:49.3z ($1,469,461) and Strike A Balance 1:55.4 ($121,428) dam of the outstanding Strike An Attitude 1:48.4 ($1,008,898). Apart from Western Terror, Anterra has also produced the brilliant If I Can Dream 1:49.4 ($2,038,153). The grand dam is none other than the brilliant race mare (41 wins) and broodmare in Delinquent Account 1:51.4 ($1,038,997).   RACE RECORD - Western Terror faced the starter just 34 times in his career for the creditable record of 10 wins and 12 placings for stake earnings of $1,289,422. As a 2yo he only had two wins from ten starts and a best winning time of a rather pedestrian 1:54.2, but he went supersonic at three, taking a mark of 1:48.3. He took a few starts as a 3yo before hitting form for trainer Scott Forbes. In his fourth start as a 3yo and in the first division of the North American Cup Western Terror  won in 1:51 beating a New Zealand import in Village Hero N. He finished fourth in the final to Mantacular ($1,318,096). He was then transferred to the Brett Pelling stable and it took him another six starts before he won another race and that was a dead-heat (with Timesareachanging) in the Cane Pace final at Freehold in 1:52.3. It should be noted that the worlds fastest horse Holborn Hanover 1:46.4 ($2,164,802) finished fourth, some distance behind Western Terror in this race the Cane Pace Final. He then went on to win a heat of The Little Brown Jug (Second in the final), The Bluegrass stakes and then he took his record of 1:48.3 in The Tattersalls at The Red Mile (In that race Western Terror once again beat Holborn Hanover). He then went on to win The Breeders Crown Final and The Windy City Pace. He retired at the end of his 3yo career.  AMERICAN STUD RECORD - Due in large part to the massive support he received from his now infamous owner David Brooks when he went to stud, Western Terror served big books of mares starting in the 2005 season in Ontario, Canada with 190 mares served. He then stood another year in Canada serving 158 mares. In 2007 Western Terror was moved to New York to stand where he served his smallest ever book of 106 mares (Still a good number) before moving again to Pennsylvania where he has served books of 140, 248, 188, 145, and 152 in 2012. With these numbers served he was given the best start any stallion could have possibly have had. It paid off as he got the desired results. What immediately stands out when looking at his stud record is what a great filly sire he has been. His five top earners are millionaires and are all fillies. Interestingly all have won more than their sire did on the track. They are headed by the brilliant Western Silk 1:50.1s (($1,729,708), Economy Terror 1:49 ($1,589,139), Shacked Up 1:49.4 ($1,466,978), Yellow Diamond 1:49.4 ($1,387,013) and Drop The Ball 1:48.2 ($1,309,174). His best colt to date is his other millionaire in Up the Credit 1:48.3 ($1,293,408) winner of the North American Cup. Up The Credit is being given his chance at stud. US statistics Eligible to race 3yr old and older - 679 Winners - 396 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 58% $100,000 plus - 103 $1,000,000 plus - 6 Sub 1:50 - 18 Average earnings per starter - $82,710 Average earnings per eligible horse - $54,047 Total earnings to date - $42,264,737 AUSTRALIAN STUD RECORD - Was available to Australian breeders for just three years starting in the 2006/2007 season producing just 53, 67 and 62 foals (182) for Alabar. He was brought back to Australia for the current season by Empire. It will be interesting to see what numbers he serves this year. His first three crops are now 5, 6 and 7yos in Australia. In his first crop he left Lovable Larrikin 1:53.7 ($141,468) and Terrifying 1:55.3 ($129,067). His second crop produced the good fillies Vertigal 1:55.8 ($317,380) and Arch On Fire 1:56.6 ($130,532). He also left One Eyed Terror 1:56.3 ($148,689), Lightning Joy ($128,875) and Blazing Terror 1:56.5 ($122,119). His 2008 crop produced Terror Time 1:55.1 ($221,760) and Western Rockstar 1:57.3 ($119,385). Australian statistics Foals 3yr old and older -  182 Winners - 89 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 48% $100,000 plus - 9 $1,000,000 plus -  0 Average earnings per starter - $35,359 Average earnings per eligible horse - $22,731 Total earnings to date - $4,137,060 NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD - Was also only available to NZ breeders for the same three years as in Australia. In that time he produced 169 live foals in New Zealand for 73 winners with the standout being the champion entire Terror To Love 1:51 ($1,970,936) who in November became only the third horse in history to win three New Zealand Cups in a row. However he is the only one of those 169 foals to win over $100,000 in New Zealand with his next biggest earners being Chechnya at $53,000 and Corzin Terror at $35,000. (NOTE: When you take the stake earnings of Terror To Love $1,970,936 off his stakes earned in NZ it leaves a total of just $514,056 earned by his other 168 foals an average of just $3,059)). One has to take into consideration that he produced two horses in New Zealand that were big winners in Australia and they are the Miracle Mlle winner and tremendous mare Baby Bling 1:50.5 ($801,178) and good open class horse Terrorway 1:52.6 ($385,709). New Zealand statistics 3yr old and older - 169 Starters - 88 Winners - 73 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 43% $100,000 plus - 1 (8 in Australia)  $1,000,000 plus - 1 Average earnings per starter - $28,238 Average earnings per eligible horse - $14,704 Total earnings to date - $2,484,992 POSITIVES - A proven filly sire who has left a top filly or mare in Canada, the US and in New Zealand (racing in Australia). He has left several horses who have won more than he did on the track which is always desirable in a sire. Can leave that exceptional horse which can dominate his rivals on the track. NEGATIVES  - If you don't get the exceptional one which 99% of breeders don't you are left in the main with an average performer. He has a creditable North American record but his Australasian record is not so hot. In North American he is still behind on just about every indicator when compared against the likes of Bettors Delight, Art Major, and company. OVERVIEW - The stud stats in the two hemispheres are like chalk and cheese. While he has a creditable but not exceptional record in North America, his Australasian stats are way short of the necessary standard required to be a genuine top stallion for Australasian breeders. With the standard of stallions available increasing every season, Western Terror may already be past his use by date for most Breeders. OVERALL RATING  5/10 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 A Stallion review - Mach Three 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 a bygone era – the Shepparton Gold Cup was one of the most sought after prizes in Victorian provincial harness racing. Champions the calibre of Raiarmagh Pool, Bold David, Just Too Good, Royal Gaze, Popular Alm and Quite Famous just to name a few not only contested the race, but etched their name into the record books by winning in front of capacity crowds, while in more recent times horses such as Sokyola, Sting Lika Bee and Mr Feelgood have greeted the judge. The race appeared to lose its identity for a period of time, but is now back to where it once belonged and a terrific field lined up at the Kialla Racing Complex on Saturday January 18 for the 2014 version – a Group 2 event for M0 or better class horses over 2690 metres sponsored by Neatline Homes– the victor being Cranbourne Cup winner Gold Ace for NSW based Belinda and Luke McCarthy. In what was one of the most exciting cups this season, Smudge Bromac one of three David Aiken trained runners handed up to Bitobliss (20 metres) shortly after the start, with The Gold Ace (20 metres) circling to race in the open being followed up by the phenomenal Smoken Up (30 metres) who assumed control mid-race. While all this was going on, Restrepo (10 metres) was enjoying the run of the race just off the speed. The favourite Bendigo Cup winner Im Corzin Terror was slowly away from 10 metres settling closer to last than first, while Scandalman having his first try from the tapes missed away hopelessly and was tailed off. When Luke McCarthy put his foot to the floor with The Gold Ace in an effort to cross Smoken Up in the last lap, the tempo was hectic and it appeared that the likes of Bitobliss and Restrepo could fight out the finish, however it was Smoken Up showing his “never say die” attitude holding a slender margin all the way up the running only to be bloused in the last stride by a game The Gold Ace, with Restrepo third – the sectional times for the last mile being 30, 32, 27.3 and 28.3 seconds – the margins being a head by a half neck in a mile rate of 2-00.6. A prolific winning intact son of Bettors Delight and Hill Of Gold, The Gold Ace has raced only 52 times for 20 wins and 12 placings and in all probability will now go straight into the A.G. Hunter Cup in two weeks time. by Len Baker for Harness Racing Victoria

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    

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

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

In life, everything happens for a reason. Just ask Luke McCarthy….that’s his mantra. McCarthy and his trusty pacer For A Reason combined to win tonight’s (Saturday) Gr.1 $400,00 SEW Eurodrive Victoria Cup at TABCORP Park, Melton defeating Caribbean Blaster and Christen Me in the 2240m classic. The victory of For A Reason completes a meteoric rise to the top – Again! Purchased as a yearling at the Sydney Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sale, the Art Major – Left For Me colt was quickly dubbed as ‘Frank’ by McCarthy, in honor of the world famous crooner Frank Sinatra. McCarthy wanted his prized colt to be the best, so he named him after the best. Although, there are times when McCarthy believes he carries on more like Frank Ricard, the character played by Will Ferrell in the 2003 hit movie Old School. From the very beginning, For A Reason lived up to the hype and quickly demonstrated he was a superstar in the making with a stunning rookie term. Returning as a three-year-old, For A Reason claimed four Derby classics and stamped himself as a genuine Grand Circuit player in the making but his career was about to be turned upside down. It was during his four-year-old term where injury struck and McCarthy was forced to retire his star pacer. For A Reason spent two years away from the track where he stood as a commercial stallion and covered around 45 mares before plans were put into place to bring him back to the racetrack. It was bold gamble at the time, but one that has certainly paid dividends. As expected, the early speed was frantic with The Gold Ace and Smoken Up going to war from the start. The lead time was covered in 43 seconds. Any chance of an easy lead for The Gold Ace evaporated quickly as Smoken Up continued to apply strong pressure on his outside. The Gold Ace and Smoken Up continued to roll with the first half posted in 30.6 and 29.8 seconds. The winning move in the race came from McCarthy at the 1200m marker as he tipped to the outside forcing Caribbean Blaster to go in front of him and therefore present For A Reason with the perfect three-wide cart. Entering the back straight, The Gold Ace and Smoken Up were joined by Caribbean Blaster and the third quarter was reached in 27.8 seconds. As they straightened, Caribbean Blaster quickly raced to The Gold Ace who fought off Smoken Up while For A Reason chimed in perfectly. For A Reason quickly gained the upper hand from Caribbean Blaster with Christen Me and Beautide both finishing hard out wider on the track. The last quarter was timed in 27.2 seconds. The mile rate was 1;53.8 – just 0.1 outside of the race record set by Caribbean Blaster when successful last year. “That was a super race; the pace was on from the start and I was lucky enough to get the right horse to follow.” McCarthy said. “I’m really proud of my horse, I’ve had him since he was a baby and to come back and win a great race like this after two years off the scene and at only his sixth run back is unbelievable - awesome.” McCarthy added. The victory provides McCarthy with his second success in the feature after scoring back in 2010 with former North American pacer Mr Feelgood. For trainer Belinda, the victory is her second on the Grand Circuit calendar this season after taking out the Gr.1 $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship back in October at Albion Park with Ideal Scott. By Chris Barsby (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

This outstanding son of the great Artsplace has rightly earned himself a reputation as a champion racehorse who has gone on to be a champion sire. As a sire he has done it in both hemispheres which makes the achievement even more impressive. Racing as just a two and three year old, Grinfromeartoear was a star from the start. Raking in over $735,000 from just nine starts at two, he went on to win over a million at three and ended his career having won $1,760,000 and taking a time of 1:50:1 USA. He went to stud at four and quickly made a name for himself as a sire whose stock processed that great intangible, the will to win. His sons and daughters became renowned for lifting and winning when appearing to be beaten in the home stretch. His American stock have performed right from the start and to date have won over $46,000,000. His 487 winners with 14 in 1:50 include the incomparable Mister Big $4,143,000  who is still the biggest stake earning pacing sire on the planet, Not Enough $1,387,000, Transcending $861,000, Tiz To Dream $702,000 to name just a few of the others that have built his reputation. In Australia he has left 245 winners including the great import Mr Feelgood $3,366,000 who has proven you can win at the highest level in both hemispheres. Others such as Make Me Smile $517,000  Rocknrolla $287,000  Devilish Smile $277,000 and Grinjarra $248,000 have been worthy representatives in Australia. In New Zealand he has left 73 winners with the outstanding juvenile Smiling Shard $1,089,000 his best performer to date. Pure Power $294,000, Pass Them By $133,000, Smiling Star $105,000 and Charge Forward $104,000 have all raced in Free For All class in NZ in the last three years. All up he has left 805 winners worldwide for stakes in excess of $56,000,000 with over $10,000,000 of that earned in Australasia. One of his most lasting achievements is that of having left a millionaire in North America, Australia and New Zealand. He can truly call himself one of the all time greats - The sire who leaves them as tough as they 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

Washington VC is one of the best performing stallions available to NZ breeders but seldom gets the accolades or mares his record suggests he should. As a racehorse he was smart without being a standout. Going US1:52:3 and earning $560,000 is not the record of a champion. He is a son of Presidential Ball who earned over $3,000,000 and also stood in NZ.  At stud however Washington VC has a far superior record to Presidential Ball. When you try to ascertain how the inferior racehorse is the far superior sire, you are drawn to the dam side of Washington VC. He is from a full sister to the brilliant Dexter Nukes who was renowned for leaving great gaited and wickedly quick stock, traits which Washington VC is also known for.  Imported to NZ by Keith Norman and syndicated  amongst a group including noted yearling sales vendor  Brian West, Washington VC was based in Southland at Norman's stud. Right from the start he has had issues with his semen traveling which has resulted in mares having to be served on farm which has meant he hasn't had access to a lot of the commercial mares in NZ, especially from the North Island. That has not stopped him from establishing a fantastic record of leaving top quality stock who are both quick and durable. The limestone country in Southland has always had a reputation for producing stock who handle the ravages of hard racing better than most and the stock of Washington VC are no exception. His flag bearer is the superstar I'm The Mightyquinn ($4,377,000) and he would have to rate up there with the best horses produced in the Southern Hemisphere. Horses of the caliber of Dasher VC ($630,000)  Foreal ($623,000)   Georgetown ($610,000)   I'm Victorious ($540,000) are prime examples of the kind of stock he leaves. His American record is outstanding. He only has 11 horses to have been exported there, all have won with 10 earning $100,00 plus for total earnings of $3,067,000. His stock to have excelled include Report For Duty ($847,000)  Steuban ($382,000)  VC Atom ($376,000) and Ruling VC ($266,000). As with a lot of NZ sires a big proportion of his stock are exported but he has still managed to leave over 255 winners in NZ with 148 in 2:00 including such smart types as It's Ella ($291,000) and Vice Chairman, whose wins at the recent NZ cup meeting stamped him as a grand circuit star in the making.  All things considered Washington VC has a stud record the equal of any. If his semen would travel his book would double overnight. Which makes what he has achieved from his Southland base so notable.  Traveling mares to studs doesn't  happen much these days but in the case of Washington VC it is definitely worth the trouble. 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

Real Desire is one of those stallions that has just as many knockers as admirers when you judge his stud career.  As a racehorse he was on a par with the very best horses ever. Starting 40 times , he won 25 and was placed 13 times in a stellar career, earning $3,233,000 and taking a time of US1;48:2. A record few have matched.   So when he went to stud it was expected by breeders that the son of Life Sign would be just as big a star at stud as he had been on the track. And while he has done a great job at stud, he hasn't lived up to those expectations in the eyes of many breeders.   The perception in the marketplace was he had underachieved and we know perception quickly becomes fact with breeders.    Stud stats are a great way of cutting through all the hype and give a very different view of Real Desire than that held by a lot of breeders.   USA - Stakes won - $41,233,000              Winners - 446               $100,000 earners - 120             Sub 1:50 - 26                                 Sub 1:53 - 136                $500,000 earners - 11   Including such standouts as Tell All $ 1,568,000 and Razzle Dazzle $1,005,000.   A notable winner this year was Little Brown Jug elimination winner Resistance Futile (1:49:3 $238,000 at 3) who is from a daughter of high class NZ mare, Tupelo Rose.   Australia - Stakes won $1,553,000 (from two crops)                Winners - 53   From a first crop of 83 now 5yr olds, he has left 44 winners including such smart types as Secret Diary($ 88,000) Desirable Guy ($88,000) -  All I Want ($79,000) - Real hammer ($76,000) amongst a host of good performers. From his second crop now 4yr olds he has already left the talented Hezarealgem ($93,000)   New Zealand---Stakes won ($1,532,000)                   Winners - 62   His oldest are 5yr olds but he has no 4yr olds with his second crop being 3yr olds.    He has left such talented horses such as Let's Elope ($273,000)  and Cowgirls N Indians ($375,323) who were leading 2yr olds from his first crop along with Freespin ($70,000) - Secret Desire ($63,000) Speed and Desire ($61,000) and one of NZs leading young trotters in Realmein ($81,000).   Anyway you look at it, it is a great record and one that is contrary to the view of him held by many breeders.   He is the real deal.   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    

This speedy son of the great Andover Hall continues to make a good impression in the trotting siring ranks in Australasia. Racing as just a two and three-year-old, Monkey Bones won six and was placed seven times from just 22 starts. Going 1:57:6 at two and 1:56 :6 at three on his way to earning over $230,000 in his very short career, Monkey Bones was purchased by prominent and well respected Canterbury stallion owner, Noel Kennard. Ensconced at Wai-Eyre stud farm , this beautifully bred son of Andover Hall was was well received by breeders with his initial crops of 35 and 23 giving him an opportunity to show his worth. With his first crop just turned four, Monkey Bones is well on his way to being a successful sire. He has already had 14 qualifiers in NZ and several look way above average. Doctor Bones (4 wins) would be the best of them to date , showing real talent when competing against Blitzemcalder and Habibti in the three-year-old classics last season. Millicent (4 wins) and Bonechip (3 wins and 3rd in Breeders Crown 2yr old trot) are two others to have looked very promising with Bonechip recently moving to the barn of Mark Purdon. With just four live foals old enough to race in Australia, he is the sire of the smart 2yr old of last season in Four Lillies who won four of nine in her debut season on her way to earning $24,000 And it is no wonder his stock can run when you take a closer look at his breeding. By the great sire Andover Hall who has left $50,000,000 worth of winners, with six millionaires including the sensational Donato Hanover (1:50:8 $3,058,000). the dam of Monkey Bones is the speedy Valley Victory mare in Milestone Hanover (1:57:3) who is a half sister to the outstanding racehorse, No Monet Hanover (1:55:2 $750,000). So it is a pedigree full of speed and class. With his first crop showing up so well, Monkey Bones served his largest book to date last year when he covered 50 mares. When you consider that only 600 trotting mares are bred in NZ each year, you can see that Monkey Bones has come of age as a sire. 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    

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