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Exciting times for Macca Lodge with the arrival today of beautifully bred French stallion En Solitaire, which will stand at the Northern Southland stud for the upcoming season.   “Gee he’s a good looking bugger,” said a delighted Brent McIntyre, as the horse got off the float after his journey from Haras des Trotteurs, in Cardigan (Ballarat), on whose behalf Macca Lodge is standing the horse.   “He’s a real eye-catcher and he’s already attracting a good bit of interest with breeders here.”   En Solitaire, is the first son of super sire Ready Cash to stand in New Zealand and is available to New Zealand breeders for NZ $1500 +GST Pay by March 30 or $2000 + gst (POLF).   Bred on the same Ready Cash-Love You cross as Bold Eagle, sensational 4YO Face Time Bourbon (13 wins from 15 starts), plus three other group winning stallions, Fabulous Wood, Cash And Go and Atlas De Joudes, En Solitaire is from an outstanding sire producing French family.   His dam is a Love You sister to 15 winners, including millionaire Group one winning and producing sire Kaisy Dream.   It is an outstanding pedigree looks a great outcross for New Zealand mares.   En Solitaire was unraced due to injury, and served a small crop of mares in Australia last year, after being imported from France.     https://www.harasdestrotteurs.com.au/en-solitaire

The Inspection Day for the 2019 Alabar NZ weanling draft is being held on their farm at 480 Seagrove Road, Waiau Pa this Sunday, 14 April from 1pm to 3pm. All are welcome. The draft will be selling at the NZB Standardbred All Aged Sale at Karaka on 6 May. There will also be a further opportunity to inspect the weanlings at Karaka the day before the sale where an Open Day is being held between 1pm and 4pm. The Alabar draft totals 57 weanlings and features: -  5 weanlings from the first crop of Always B MIki (1:46, a dual Breeders Crown winner and the fastest horse ever). Miki himself is a tall and athletic horse and his first weanlings are a credit to him. This debut offering by one of the all-time racing greats is sure to be well sought after Lot 135 Always B Miki - Pacific Glory filly - 4 weanlings by Art Major (incl a full-brother to Alta Maestro and a daughter of Annie Morva, 1:52.9) Lot 179 Art Major - Alta Camilla colt - 5 weanlings by Majestic Son, the leading trotting sire in both New Zealand and Australia for the last two seasons - and the only weanling ever to sell in NZ by champion US trotting sire Kadabra Lot 206 Kadabra - Cyclone Emily filly - The last ever weanling by the great Mach Three Lot 152 Mach Three - Samantha Chloe filly   - weanlings by He’s Watching and Sunshine Beach who are doing excellent jobs with their debut two-year-old crops leaving multiple winners and, in He’s Watching’s case, the stakes placed Eagle Watch and Cassius Bromac in New Zealand - the only Southern Hemisphere crop by the US 3yo Breeders Crown winner, Racing Hill (being the greatest son of Roll With Joe, a top sire who is no longer available to New Zealand breeders, is sure to be something that will grab the attention of buyers) - 3 weanlings by Peak who has currently left four two-year-old trotting winners in Australasia this season – more than any other sire. The draft represents an excellent opportunity for investors and pin-hookers alike, in that it features not only the full foal crop of Alabar NZ Ltd but also that of the highly prominent commercial breeders Alta Breeding Co Ltd.   Graeme Henley General Manager Alabar (NZ) Ltd

19 December. This is a totally new concept for the harness racing industry. Harness 5000 is a race limited to the progeny of sire’s who stood at an advertised fee of $5,000 or less (see guideline list below of eligible Pacing Sires). Eligibility is for those 3YO pacers who were nominated for the NZ Sires’ Stakes #31 as foals or the NZ Yearling Sales Series #23. Where any horse was not nominated, if their sire was nominated for Sires’ Stakes a late entry fee of $1,000 plus GST may be payable. If the sire wasn’t nominated either the late entry fee is $2,000 plus GST. Artificial insemination and transport of chilled semen allow our leading Sires to serve large books of mares. While this is great for them commercially it makes it harder for others to break into that domain. This race is about an opportunity for the progeny of those other stallions. We are greatly indebted to The Met, HRNZ and the NZ Sires’ Stakes Board for seeing the need and jointly funding this new initiative. Stallions (Sires’ Stakes eligible) Artiscape                           Major In Art Attorney General             Ohoka Arizona Auckland Reactor           Pacific Fella Badlands Hanover          Panpacificflight Changeover                     P Forty Seven Charles Bronson             Pay Me Christian Christian Fire                    Red River Hanover Elsu                                    Righteous Hanover Extreme Three                  Riverboat King Flashing Red                    Royal Mattjesty Four Starzzz Shark          Safari Gotta Go Cullect               Sands A Flyin Gotta Go Cullen               Santanna Blue Chip Holmes Hanover             Shadow Play Julius Caesar                   Stonebridge Regal Justa Tiger Klondike Kid Washington VC Live Or Die Bruce Barlass                              Ged Mooar PGG Wrightson                            Addington

One of the most pressing issues for people involved in the harness racing industry in New Zealand is what are we going to do to address the continuing decline in the number of mares bred. Many participants in the industry have a various rationale for the reasons for the decline which has seen the  number of mares bred last breeding season drop back to levels last experienced in the late 1960s. On the racing side of the industry a lot of time and effort has gone into getting better utilization of our racing stock and progress has been made. Our two major clubs have made great strides in recent times with regards to stake levels and returns to the industry. However on the breeding side of the industry the core issue for breeders of affordability continues to languish in the too hard basket. The chances of the average New Zealand breeder returning a profit on their foal/foals has continued to decline over the last 20 years as costs have risen far quicker than returns. The commercial side of the breeding industry has held up reasonably well to a point but the hobby breeder who sends one or two mares to stud each year are starting to resemble 21st century moas. The reason that it is so important to keep numbers up overall is the position of harness racing in the New Zealand gambling market. At present we have a market share around the 29% mark, down from a high of 32% in the not to distant past. Greyhound racing continues to grow its market share and with its low cost structure and overheads and ability to stage wall to wall racing it presents a major challenge to the long term health of harness racing in New Zealand. To see off that challenge, harness racing needs to continue to have a presence in as much of rural and provincial New Zealand as possible.  The way the breeding numbers are heading, harness racing is going to have enormous difficulty maintaining some of the current meetings held outside of Auckland and Christchurch. We haven't even got to the significantly smaller crops that are coming through the system and yet we are struggling to card even eight races on some recent programs. Harness Racing New Zealand is being extremely creative in trying to frame races to fill the shortfall but that job is just going to get more and more difficult as the smaller crops come on stream. Several industry participants have put forward suggestions to try to turn around the breeding decline and while there was merit in all of the ones we have seen, none in our view were going to stop the decline. In our view we need something tangible that the breeder can see is going to help their bottom line if we are to encourage breeders to continue to send their mares to stud. The idea of a breeders payment every time a racehorse wins a race has been around for ages and in our view is an option whose time has come. We envisage a standardbred breeding fund operated and controlled through Harness Racing New Zealand. Every time a race is held in New Zealand, a breeding credit of $500 will be added to the standardbred breeding account held by Harness Racing New Zealand of the breeder of that winner. Every breeding season, breeders will be able to offset stud fees they owe against money held in their standardbred breeding account at Harness Racing New Zealand. Promient breeders we spoke to thought the idea had merit but how do you fund the proposal without hurting the stakes side of the equation. The closer we studied the available data surrounding the breeding industry in New Zealand, the more convinced we became that a funding model sustained by the studs was the way to go. The first thing that strikes you when looking at the stud scene in New Zealand is the domination of our market by overseas interests.  In the last breeding season, 77% of the stallions available to New Zealand breeders were owned by foreign interests and thats where most of the income from those stallions ends up, offshore. By our calculations, close to $10,000,000 was sucked out of our industry last year by overseas owned stallions and going by the list of stallions available this season, that figure will continue to grow. So we think a breeding levy is justified but setting the rate and how it would operate are not clear cut. We looked at several overseas examples, both here in Australasia and in Europe and have settled on the "Kiwi" model we think best serves New Zealand's harness racing industry. The formulae is simple: Every mare with a positive 42 day test attracts a breeding levy of 5% of the advertised stud fee which is payable by the stallion owner to Harness Racing New Zealand by May 1st each year after every breeding season.   There are a lot of questions around whether the breeding fund should be universal or not or should there be a limit on how much a breeder can accrue in one season but they are all solvable. Could this proposal be the answer to the decline in our breeding numbers is a question for industry participants to answer. What no one should lose sight of is the status quo or tinkering around the edges hasn't worked and time is quickly running out to reverse the slide.. Action is long overdue to support  the remaining breeders and the clock is ticking. J.C

Last week was a bit quieter for the ring-around with just Matthew Williamson, Ricky May, Ken Barron, David Butt, and Tony Herlihy tipping out winners. Hopefully we can top that performance this week Cambridge - Thursday Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink): Present Arms - race three. Josh Dickie: Rates juvenile Monterey Jack as good each-way prospect in the sixth race on the card. Alexandra Park - Friday Scott Phelan: Thinks Cyamach, who was an impressive last start winner, can repeat the dose in the fifth race on the card. Steve Richardson (T.A.B): Has opted for Ace Moment in the fourth event. Addington - Friday Craig Thornley: Thinks capabale type Al's Courage will measure up well in what is a very strong line-up - race seven. Samantha Ottley: Would love to win the Darren DeFilippi Memorial and thinks she can with Jayceekay - race seven. Ricky May: Has opted for Dalton Bromac who was super impressive when winning his South Island debut. - race eight. Anthony Butt:  Rates Gotta Go Artelect as a good each-way chance in the same event. Blair Orange: Has opted for Franco Tevez, who finished third last start, in the ninth event at Addington. Oamaru - Sunday Matthew Williamson: Has opted for Monnay, who has been herculean when overcoming back handicaps to win his last two starts. He will attempt to do that again in race five. Mark Jones and Jonny Cox: Both think smart filly Goodness Gracious Me, who was super at the recent Motukarara workouts, will prove very hard to beat in the seventh race. Nathan Williamson: Has selected capable three-year-old Onedin Mach, who races well when in a fresh state. He will take all sorts of beating in the ninth race.        

After a couple of unruly performances and some on the run gear changes made by harness racing trainer Darren Billinger Lombo Del Rosso appears set for a bright future.   The son of Four Stazzz Shark commenced his career back in March when he looked to be the winner on the home turn but fell after casting a shoe and in his comeback race at Betezy park Globe Derby he finshed third before embarking on a trip to Melbourne to try to qualify for the APG Finals.   In his heat he finished second before finishing down the track in the semis then did a good job to finish fourth in the consolation before returning to South Australia and winning first up at Port Pirie.   A good second to the unbeaten Hez The One in the BOTRA Golden Nursery heats saw him one of the main players going into the final on the last Saturday in May but after locking wheels on the first turn he was never a threat.   Billinger then took the big horse to Strathalbyn and he found the line well after doing some work in the final lap and not looking that comfortable on the small track.   Then at his second run in six days Lombo Del Rosso went back to headquarters on Saturday night to beat a small but quality field in the Nevele R Stud 2yo Pace.   Lombo Del Rosso is a son of Gloria Lombo who won 12 races and over $100,000 in prize money and she is a daughter of champion race mare Lombo Rapid who claimed the Chariots Of Fire in one of her 27 victories.   In the Free For All, Mildura pacer Timeless Era found the front and driver David Harding dictated terms running the first half of the last mile in 62.5 seconds before buzzing home in 56.5 giving odds on favourite Come On Frank little chance of running him down.   by Gary Newton  

The 2014 Reinswomens Challenge will be the feature at Betezy Park Globe Derby next Saturday with some of Australia's best talent named to represent their state. Amy Day, who will represent NSW, drove 48 last season, while exciting young 19-year-old Queenslander Narissa McMullen, who drove 96 winners, and Lola Weidemann (81 Wins in 2012/13) will don the Queensalnd colours.   Victoria is represented by Jodi Quinlan 86 wins, Ellen Tormey 75 winners, Rebbecca Bartley 47 wins, and Lisa Miles 46 wins.   The local talent includes top driver Danielle Hill, 94 wins last season, Leah Harvey 22 wins, and Gina Bell 15 wins, while Kerry Green is the reserve.   There is three races planned for the Invitation Reinswomens Challenge with the winner decided by points.   Also scheduled on the program is the running of the Nevele R Stud South Australian Oaks and the SA Heroine Stakes for mares.   Entry is by gold coin donation to Cancer Council of SA Pink Ribbon Appeal.   By Gary Newton    

Big weekend of Harness Racing in South Australia this week commencing with heats of the Mount Gambier Gold Cup preludes with eight of the horses from the preludes qualifying for the $12,000 Cup on January 25. The Cup is a standing start this year with for C1 to C5 class pacers under special handicapping conditions.   Also on the card is the $6,500 Mount Gambier Trotters Cup which has drawn a small be talented field including two runners from the Chris Lang stable in Lysenko who recently won a Monte race at Globe Derby and Andy's Favourite.   Action then swings to headquarters on Saturday night with the first appearance of the juvenile pacers in the Nevele R Stud 2yo Pace with seven runners lining up. Six of them are facing the starter for the first time with only Waitpinga Tiger, who raced out of his class at Victor Harbour on Boxing Day has graced the race track before.   The other race of interest will a heat of the SA Young Drivers Series with the state's best young talent on show.   Kupunda will host its first meeting of the season Sunday with a C5 and better Dash to be run over 980 meters. Included in this field is Mark Dennis who is coming off a start in the SA Cup last week.   The six event program commences at 5.23pm with the final race at 7.27pm.   Gary Newton      

This is the first of a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink will be doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires available in Australasia.   If there is one thing that can really hurt a young stallion early in his career it is that he is not achieving to the level that breeders thought he would. Not a failure as such but not setting the world on fire either.   Such is the fate that has befallen Elsu.   A champion racehorse who at his peak was unbeatable was sent to stud in 2005 with high hopes of doing at stud what he had done on the track.   Breeders flocked to the son of Falcon Seelster and initially his stock looked the goods.   From his first crop came Anvil's Best Ever ( $199,000) and Miss Elsie ($143,000) and everything looked on track. But from the time of his second crop hitting the tracks the wheels started to fall off the Elsu bandwagon.   When the 3yr olds didnt kick on as expected the knockers came out out in force. They were quickly tagged as good raceway type horses but not quite up to the age group classic races.   The number of mares covered dropped along with the service fee and the future didn't look that great.   This season with his oldest stock aged seven, Elsu is doing his best to make breeders have another look at him. With just a third of the season over he is currently sitting 4th on the 3 yr old sires list in NZ with 10 individual winners including such smart types as God Forbid--- Raesawinner-- Crimson Glory and Weedon's Express.   To his great credit Elsu is this season currently sitting fifth on the overall Australian Sires Premiership – behind only the super sires Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Christian Cullen and Mach Three – and well ahead of a raft of other highly commercial sires. He sired the winners of $1.9 million in Australia last season and is surely on target to improve on this and breakthrough the $2 million threshold.   And on que older horses such as Chilli Palmer beating the best 4 yr olds in Perth last week or Crackaheiny putting a winning sequence togrther in Canterbury are reinforceing the point that Elsu is far from a spent force as a sire.   His overall stats are better than you would think as well. Closing in on $4,000,000 in stakemoney with over 200 winners including 14 $100,000 winners Elsu has quite a tidy record developing.   Whilst Elsu may never meet the high expectations held for him when he first went to stud, he is sucessfully carving out a niche for himself in the stallion market and hopefully putting the lie to the critics who have written him off.     Stats on performers courtesy of HRNZ   Foal Age Colour Sex Best Mile Rates Mare Dam Sire Absolutely Adam 6 B G 2.04.5,S* & 2.04.2*AUS Zena Lee Camtastic(USA) Albie Al 6 BR G 2.03.2,S Nifty Nekey Holmes Hanover Ali Foyle 5 B G 2.01.4,D* Ruby Foyle Road Machine All Our Mate 6 B H 1.59.7*AUS All Our Princess Stampede Alongcomesdylan 5 B G 2.03.4Q,S* & 1.55.7*AUS Alongcomesjodi Armbro Operative Alta La Douce 7 B M 2.02.6Q,1M* & 2.02.8*AUS Sand Skipper Road Machine Alta Panache 7 B M 2.04.1,D* Right This Time Fake Left Anvils Best Ever 7 B H 1.56.4,S* Rosesrredviletsrblue In The Pocket Arnoux 7 BR G 1.58.3,D* & 1.56.3*AUS Margaux H In The Pocket Artsu 4 BL M 2.05.7,S* Holly Holmes Holmes Hanover Asbo 7 B H 1.57.4*AUS Star Rose OK Bye Ataahua Tiki 7 BR M 2.03.3,D Rangatira Cameleon Augustus Time 5 B G 2.11.3,D Swell Times In The Pocket Awesum Teddy 4 B G 1.58.4,S* Bonnie Deal Make A Deal Awohali 7 BR H 1.59.7,S* Impressive Poplar Nero's B B Bazza's Choice 6 BR G 2.06.9,S* Highfield's Delight Holmes Hanover Bella Arden 7 B M 1.57.3,1M* Winter Rose In The Pocket Black Mambo 7 BL G 2.03.6,D* & 1.58.9*AUS Charm Bracelet Holmes Hanover Blythcliffe 3 BR F 2.03.6,S* Classiealba Christian Cullen Boyd's Creek 7 BL M 2.03.8,S* Why Not Girl Smooth Fella Breezy River 6 BL M 2.02.3,D* & 1.57.7*AUS Chevyover Holmes Hanover Callie O'Malley 7 BR M 2.01.8,S* Precious Vance Vance Hanover Cape N Cutter 6 BL G 2.05.2Q,S & 1.59.3*AUS Rodeo Drive Pacific Rocket Carter's Rocket 5 B G 2.00.9,S* & 1.57.4*AUS Pocket Rose In The Pocket Chargedownking 5 B G 2.01.8,S* Bolting Lady Stampede Charlie Bubbles 7 BL H 1.59.8*AUS Minnelli Armbro Operative Chilli Palmer 4 B G 2.02.2Q,S* & 1.58*AUS Make It Hot Pacific Rocket Classieayr 6 B M 2.08.4,S Rose Ayr Noodlum Confused Superstar 7 B H 2.00.6T,1M* & 2.07.5T,S*AUS Pumpkin(AUS) My Handsome Fella Cool Customer 6 B G 2.08.1,D Armbro Ice Armbro Operative Cosmic Eclipse 5 BR M 2.03.6,S* & 1.57.7*AUS Cosmic Gem Camtastic(USA) Crackaheiny 4 BR G 1.57.4,S* Seetuit Christian Cullen Crimson Glory 3 BR F 2.00.9,S* Crimson Trail Spirit Of Zeus Dandownunder 5 BR H 2.01.8,S* Miss Operative Armbro Operative Datmymulligan 7 BL M 1.59.8,D* Bealey Corner Tyler's Best Dean Martin 3 BL G 2.02.3,S* Swell Times In The Pocket Devil Woman 7 BR M 2.09.1,S* Johnny's Doll Vance Hanover Diablo Storm 7 B G 1.59.9,S* & 1.54.6*AUS Cold Front Soky's Atom Don't Back Down 6 BR G 2.00.6,S* & 2.02.8*AUS Against The Wind D M Dilinger Double El 6 B G 2.04.4,S* El Som Smooth Fella Dougie Maguire 6 BR G 1.57.3,S* Lethal Mee In The Pocket Earthbound 3 BL G 2.03.9,S* Move Heaven Andearth Christian Cullen Eddie Boy 6 B G 2.06.1,D & 2.10.5T,Q,D Bonnie Deal Make A Deal Elbeau 4 BR G 2.08.4,S* Vamp Cameleon El Cabrera 5 B G 2.07.3Q,D & 1.57.5*AUS Howrightur Sands A Flyin El Capone 7 BL G 2.03,D* Ballymenna Badlands Hanover El Ferrari 4 BL G 2.00.6,D* Femme Ferrari Road Machine El Fox 7 B G 2.01.6,S* Foxy Mama Soky's Atom El Geez Su 7 BR M 2.04.6Q,S* & 2.10.9T,D El Geezs Safely Kept Eljoe 7 BL G 2.03.8,S* Rosie Franco Nero's B B Ella Sue 7 BL M 2.02.4Q,1M* & 1.57.2,S*AUS Donna's Gold Motu Mister Smooth Elle Of A Horse 5 BR M 1.58.1,1M* Perfect Paua Payson's Brother Ell Gringo 7 BR G 2.02.3Q,1M* & 1.59.8*AUS Contessa Vance Vance Hanover Ell Raisor 7 BL G 2.00.4,S* Affectionate Lady Presidential Ball Ell Susie 7 BL M 2.00.8,S* & 1.56.9*AUS Elle Mary Rose Village Jasper El Magic 7 BR M 1.58.6,S* & 1.56.3*AUS Believe In Magic In The Pocket El Pinot 7 BL G 2.03.4Q,1M* & 1.57.2*AUS Hello Sailor In The Pocket Elrama 5 B G 2.04.4Q,D* & 1.53.7*AUS Lourama Panorama(USA) Elsa 7 BR M 1.58,1M* & 1.56.2*AUS Champagne Party Soky's Atom El Salvador 7 BR G 2.03.5Q,S* & 1.58.4*AUS Excella Holmes Holmes Hanover Els Dream 4 B M 2.02,S* Shazza's Dream Pacific Rocket El Skipper 6 BL M 1.59.8,S* Love Connection Tight Connection Elsu Attack 6 BR G 2.01.7,S* Kotare Appeal Pacific Rocket Elsuccess 5 BR M 2.11.6,S* Sudden Success Butler B G Elsudoku 5 B H 1.59.4,S* Eliza Doolittle Soky's Atom El Suela 6 BR M 2.01.4,S* Elena Star Fake Left Elsu Sheila 7 B M 2.02.7Q,S* & 1.55.8*AUS Nora's Lily Mark Lobell Eltsunami 4 BL G 2.01.2Q,S* & 2.10.6T,S Rodeo Drive Pacific Rocket Elusive Flight 5 BR G 2.03.2,S* Seabreeze Hanover Holmes Hanover Elvis 6 B G 2.02.5,S* & 1.56.8*AUS Monivea Camtastic(USA) Elysium 7 BR M 2.00.6,S* Close To Heaven Dare You To El Zhar 7 BR G 2.01.9,D* & 1.59.1*AUS Marnie McGuire Camtastic(USA) Empathy 5 BL M 2.05.2Q,S* & 1.57.7*AUS Cocobana Artiscape Eres 7 B M 2.01.6,S* Toast Of The Ball Presidential Ball Ergo 6 B G 2.00.2,S* Poly Petite Soky's Atom Essene 6 BL H 1.59.7,S* & 1.58.7*AUS Star Of Tonight Road Machine Fiji Time 6 B M 2.03,S* Gigi Boone Gammalite Fire At Will 5 B G 2.02.7,S* & 1.53.9*AUS Pride Of The River Riverboat King Floyd Mayweather 6 B G 2.00.2,D* & 1.56*AUS Classic Counsel In The Pocket Fortunately 7 BR M 1.56.8,1M* Fortuno In The Pocket Franks Dilemma 7 BR G 2.07.6,D* Final Cheque Vance Hanover Galleons Prospect 7 B G 2.01,S* & 1.54.1*AUS Inverloch Armbro Operative G K Galleon 6 B G 2.03.6Q,D* & 1.57*AUS Inverloch Armbro Operative Glamazon 7 B M 2.04.2Q,S* & 1.58.9*AUS Jaguette Jaguar Spur Glenlochar 6 BR G 1.56.3,S* Lauriston Supreme Badlands Hanover God Forbid 3 BR F 1.59,S* Hurricane Dancer Christian Cullen Golden Bloom 6 BR G 2.10.1,S* Rose Gold Butler's Reward Go Like El 7 BL G 2.03.6Q,D* & 1.59.8*AUS Phantom Menace Holmes Hanover Hey Jude 5 B M 2.06.1Q,S* & 1.56.7*AUS In The Road In The Pocket Hezahotdude 4 BR G 2.06.1,S Ashley Belle The Panderosa Highview Chartom 7 BL M 1.57.5,S* Baptism Of Fire Christian Cullen Highview Chasue 6 BL M 1.57.5,1M* Baptism Of Fire Christian Cullen Highview Oban 5 BL H 1.57.5*AUS Zentua Tuapeka Knight Highview Phantom 7 BL G 2.00.7,S* Star Traveller Christian Cullen Hitmewithyabestshot 7 BR H 2.01.7*AUS Simunye Holmes Hanover Hollywood Sue 7 B M 2.01.3,D* Hollywood Rose Butler B G Hot Ripple 7 BL G 2.02.3,D* & 1.57.8*AUS Cool Ripple Miles McCool Hunua Honey 6 BR M 1.59.3,S* Tapestry Albert Albert I'm Dreamin 7 BL G 2.02Q,D* & 1.55.8,1MUSA Nothin But A Dreamer In The Pocket Independent Anvil 4 B G 2.04.4,S* Miss Mighty Butler B G Indian Brave 7 BR H 1.56.5*AUS Butler's Hope Butler B G In The Living Years 6 B M 1.58,S* Lite Pandora Badlands Hanover Itz Mister Ku 7 BR G 2.04.3Q,D* & 2.00.7*AUS Itz Got The Giggles Christian Cullen Jacuzzisuzzi 6 BR M 2.02.7,S* & 2.00.7*AUS Jacuzzi Soky's Atom Jensen 5 BR G 2.06.2Q,1M* & 2.02.2*AUS Sheza Lady Whiteland Trouble Junkyard Su 6 B M 2.08.4,S* Our Tania Son Of Afella Kath And Kim 7 BR M 1.54.2*AUS All Eyes On Me Fake Left Kotabharu 5 B G 2.02.8,S* Star Of Astreos Astreos Kubla Khan 6 B G 2.10.6,S* Perfect Parcel Soky's Atom Ladylight 7 B M 2.06.5Q,D & 1.56.7*AUS Tuapeka Melinque Soky's Atom Lady Of Eyre 4 BL M 2.02.1,S* Lady Of Liberty Nero's B B Lake View 6 BL G 2.02.2,S* Flit By Pass With Care Leave Mealone 7 BR M 2.01.6,S* & 1.56.8*AUS Kitty Malone Jaguar Spur Leroy Brogden 6 B G 1.59.5,D* Leterluce Soky's Atom Lewy Risk 4 B G 1.57.6,S* Kind Of Fun Road Machine Liam Sienna 4 B G 1.57.9,1M* Whata Breeze Sands A Flyin Lindennys Buttercup 4 B M 2.08.7,S Talent Hanover Albatross Little Monkey 6 B M 2.00.9,S* Soky's Colleen Soky's Atom Liza With A Z 6 B M 2.03.8,S* & 1.59.4*AUS Minnelli Armbro Operative Lofty Brogden 4 B G 2.04.3,D* Leterluce Soky's Atom Love In The Dark 5 BR M 1.59.3,S* Myte Be Mee What's Next Lucie Boshier 6 BR M 2.04.1,D & 1.54.6*AUS Well Dressed Poplar OK Bye Lucy's Rocket 7 B M 2.01.4,S* & 1.58.7*AUS Emma's Rocket Britewell Mac's Choice 4 BL G 2.07Q,D & 1.58.5*AUS Sunglass Tinted Cloud Macy Star 7 B M 2.11.8,S* & 2.12.5T,Q,S Macy Gray In The Pocket Macy Supreme 5 B M 2.02.9,S* & 1.54.4*AUS Macy Gray In The Pocket Maky Do Dah 7 BL M 2.08.2,S* Rare Treasure Beach Towel Mareta 6 B M 2.02.3,S* Rush Machine Road Machine Marlon Brando 7 BL G 2.04.4Q,S* & 2.01.1*AUS Kliklite Holmes Hanover Matai Denny 7 BL G 2.07.3Q,D* & 1.59.5*AUS Matai Grace Soky's Atom Matai Mies 7 BL M 2.00,S* Matai Marlene Holmes Hanover Me's Elsu 6 BR H 2.06.2*AUS One For Me Soky's Atom Mhai Elsu 6 B M 1.57.6,S* Mhairi Presidential Ball Migisi 7 BR G 2.11.4,D* Terri Franco Holmes Hanover Miss Elsie 6 BR M 1.55.3,1M* Soky's Rose Soky's Atom Mont Ventoux 7 BR G 1.59.5,S* White Nights Road Machine Mossdale Bill 4 B G 2.06.7Q,D* & 1.58.6*AUS Mossdale Maggie Soky's Atom Nic Mac Willy 4 BR G 2.05,D Nantuckett Nero's B B Night Emberz 6 BR M 2.04.4,D* Night Of Passion Sands A Flyin Ophiuchus 7 BR G 2.02.4,S* & 1.55,1MUSA Kiwi Breeze Armbro Operative Our Boy Su 7 B G 1.59.2,S* & 1.56.8*AUS Star Fleet OK Bye Pontiac 3 B G 2.00.6,S* Tapestry Albert Albert Powerhouse 7 B G 2.13,S* Luck Be A Lady Holmes Hanover Praze An Beeble 6 B G 2.01.1,S* & 1.55.4*AUS Star Rainbow Tuapeka Knight Press On 5 BL G 1.59.8,S* Rippling Speed Admiral Halsey Quick And Snappy 7 B G 2.06.7Q,S* & 2.05.4*AUS Heather Laurique Holmes Hanover Raesawinner 3 B G 2.00.8,S* Van Seraa Christian Cullen Ralph 6 BR G 2.00.9,S* Beris's Vicki Smooth Fella Reservation Road 5 BL G 2.04.9Q,S* & 1.53.9*AUS Believe In Magic In The Pocket Royal Sue 4 B M 2.01.3,D* Cadillac Queen Cadillac Russian Alsu 6 BL M 2.02.9,D* & 2.08.8T,Q,S Tall Blonde Road Machine Sachin Arden 5 BR G 1.58.9,D* Madam Maroussia Artiscape Sacre Bleu 6 B M 2.06.1Q,S & 2.01.2*AUS Irene's Van Dyke Christian Cullen Satu 4 B G 2.01.7,S* Swell Times In The Pocket Saucy El 3 BR G 1.59.8,S* Saucy Operator Armbro Operative Scarrymcleary 6 BL G 1.58.1,S* & 1.52.3*AUS Ballymenna Badlands Hanover Scottish Dancer 5 B M 2.00.6Q,1M* & 2.05.1*AUS Sly Mover Soky's Atom Scottish Glamour 6 B M 1.56.1*AUS Scottish Flyer In The Pocket Sensation Elle 5 BR M 2.09.5,S* Xinran Badlands Hanover Serve It Up 6 BR H 2.00*AUS Pocket The Bet In The Pocket Seth 6 B G 2.04.8,S* Insar Dare You To Shady Su 7 B G 2.00.7,S* & 1.57.2*AUS Homin The Shade Holmes Hanover Shannara 7 BR M 1.58.9,S* Chloe Hanover Holmes Hanover Shardon's Pearl 4 B M 2.03.5,S* Shardon's Way Payson's Brother Shezanelsu 5 BR M 2.01.5,S* & 1.58.3,S*AUS Shezanoperator Armbro Operative Show Time 6 BR G 2.07.3Q,S* & 1.59.1*AUS Brain Power Holmes Hanover Simply Susational 3 B C 1.59.9,S* Simply Scrumlicious Perfect Art Sioux Chief 6 B G 2.08.6Q,D & 1.57.9*AUS Indiana Babe Island Fantasy Sirocco 6 B G 2.06.1,S* She's Got The Power Save Fuel Sky Pilot 7 B G 2.02.6,D* Minnie Me Holmes Hanover Soak It Up 6 BR H 1.58.5,D* Warm Soak Soky's Atom Somnio Denario 4 B M 1.57.9,1M* Highview Dream Safely Kept Southern Diva 7 B M 2.01.8,D* & 2.00.6*AUS Divine Lavra In The Pocket Spendit 7 B G 2.03.3,S* & 2.03.2*AUS Karen Donna In The Pocket Storm Attack 7 B G 2.08.9,D* Tenisha Nero's B B Stormy Sirocco 7 B G 1.58.4,S* & 1.55.2*AUS Soky's Colleen Soky's Atom Stylish Soiree 7 B M 1.54,1MUSA Fake Cash Fake Left Sue Anna 7 BR M 2.08.1,D Kellyanna Michael Jonathan Sue Dinka 6 BR M 2.01.2,S* & 1.53.9*AUS Liminka Noodlum Su El 7 B M 1.59,S* Maid To Order Walton Hanover Summerhill Jack 6 BR G 2.01.1,S* Tina Banner Sir Vancelot Super Party 6 B M 2.06.5Q,D & 2.02.7*AUS Party Party Mister Hanover II Supreme Genes 5 BR G 2.05.4,D Blue Genes In The Pocket Susie Darlin 6 BL M 2.00.1,S* Miss Operative Armbro Operative Suthepocket 7 BL G 2.06.1,S* Tuapeka Pocket In The Pocket Tadita 7 B M 2.04.1,S* Star Rainbow Tuapeka Knight Takeiteasyonme 7 B M 2.00.9,S* & 1.58.3*AUS Come Away With Me Presidential Ball Takeover Brown 7 BR G 2.04.2,S* Pullover Brown Armbro Operative Thats My Money Honey 4 BR M 2.08,D That's My Franco OK Bye The Actress 7 BL M 1.59.1,S* Stage Talent Soky's Atom The Black Lord 6 BL G 2.03.4,S & 1.59.1*AUS Visa Girl Miles McCool Tiger Su 6 B M 2.02.7,S* & 1.56*AUS Tigerish Butler B G Toddy 7 BL G 2.02.4,S* & 2.00.1*AUS Lyndall In The Pocket Tout Noir 3 BL G 2.07.3T,S Strapless Straphanger Troia 7 BR M 2.03.1,S* Millennium's First Soky's Atom Tyler Maguire 6 B M 2.00.3,S* Steady Niatross Niatross Underwood Road 7 BR G 1.58.9,S* Sweet Deceit Barnett Hanover Valiant Sue 7 B M 2.00.5,S* & 1.57.3*AUS Valiant Fields In The Pocket Val Vili 5 B M 2.12.5,S* Valjan Knight And Deigh Viewfield Apache 5 B G 1.59.6,D* Viewfield Atom Soky's Atom   Visigoth 7 BL G 2.07.1Q,S & 2.01.7*AUS Glenfruin Cameleon Vokai 7 B G 2.00.6,S* & 1.54.2*AUS Rush Machine Road Machine Watch This Spot 3 BR G 1.59.8Q,1M* & 2.00.5*AUS Prima Bella Mach Three Wee Brother 7 B G 2.00.1,D* Wee Sister Holmes Hanover Weedon's Express 3 BR G 2.00.2,S* My Barbie Doll In The Pocket Westburn Splendour 7 BR M 2.04.9,D Westburn Babe Soky's Atom Whiteout 3 B F 2.01,1M* Whitewash Christian Cullen Who Else 7 BL G 2.06.5Q,S* & 2.09.6T,D & 2.06.1T*AUS Roxy O'Neill Jenna's Beach Boy Winter Warrior 5 BL G 2.19.1,S* September Morn Holmes Hanover Woodlea Sioux 7 B G 2.05.3,D Tokorangi Franco Nero's B B Zara P 6 BL M 1.59.2,D* & 1.58.6*AUS Legendary Value Butler B G                 

Champion pacer Changeover has sired the first official NZ 2-year-old qualifier of the season with the David Mitchell trained filly Carisma winning a qualifying trial by six lengths at Oamaru on the 7th of September, running home in 59.3 seconds. The precocious youngster is from the first crop of Changeover, who remains NZ’s highest ever stakes winning entire with earnings of more than $2.4 million, six Group 1’s and two Listed Harness Jewels Emeralds to his credit.   Bred by Nevele R, Carisma is out of the broodmare gem Joyrock (by Caprock), dam of six winners from seven foals of racing age, including the Group 1 NZ Free For All winner and $500,000 earner Waipawa Lad. The feedback that we’ve had on his first crop progeny has been nothing short of sensational to date with breeders, breakers and trainers all delighted with his stock and phrases such as “the best  I’ve ever broken in”, “something special”, “beautifully gaited”, “terrific temperaments”, “can’t fault them” and “has the x-factor” being regularly bandied about.    Having served almost 600 mares in his first three seasons and been very warmly received at the Yearling Sales in February, Changeover will have every opportunity to succeed at stud and given that the only other millionaire sons of In The Pocket down-under happen to be the siring phenoms Christian Cullen and Courage Under Fire we have every confidence that he will.  In terms of suitable broodmares for him, anything by a No Nukes line sire is going to a be a terrific match, with a good proportion of the 2yo’s being tipped out by their trainers as being their best Changeover, being out of Badlands Hanover and Live Or Die mares. Other mares bred this way include daughters of Union Guy, Caprock, Red River Hanover, Rustler Hanover and Village Jasper. Falcon Seelster mares and mares by his sire sons McArdle and Elsu are also a good option, with the filly Mighty Medley, out of a McArdle mare, an August workout winner at Winton when still a yearling. Like with other Direct Scooter line stallions, mares by Albatross (Holmes Hanover, Soky’s Hanover) and Cam Fella line sires (Bettor’s Delight, Washington VC, Presidential Ball) should also suit.  

Former champion pacer and now star harness racing sire, Somebeachsomewhere, will not be shuttling down under this season.

Greatness is never boring. Auckland Reactor’s name is certainly attached to a number of the greatest moments in recent harness racing history – and he is most definitely not boring.

It's the harness racing news that trotting breeders have been wanting to hear – after an absence of two years, Majestic Son is returning to stand in New Zealand.

Nevele R Stud, in conjunction with Ian Dobson, is thrilled to announce that champion stallion Christian Cullen and exciting young sire Gotta Go Cullen are to stand at Nevele R in the 2013-14 season.

West Melton conditioner Geoff Dunn trained his first Group One winner at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday April 19) while his nephew John drove his second when scoring with Venus Serena in the Group One $110,000 Caduceus Club Pace.

Long-serving Nevele R Stud Master Kevin Roberson is calling it a day, and on the 1st of April will move back to Australia. The highly competent harness racing horseman has spent 25 years at the South Islands biggest standardbred stud farm, and over this time has served approximately 15,000 mares.

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