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The plans of a three-year-old filly from Terang to tip out one of Australasia’s finest were given a boost when she drew gate two for Saturday night's $150,000 Nevele R  Victoria Oaks final.Matthew Craven’s pacer Im Wrongly Accused entered the Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks conversation with a dash down the sprint lane at Tabcorp Park Melton in Friday night’s heats, which secured the three-year-old a place in harness racing's Nevele R  Group 1 Oaks The performance has Im Wrongly Accused shaping as a threat to Mark Purdon’s all-conquering New Zealand All Stars stable, which already has the Victoria Derby in its keeping and is looking to add the Oaks via short-priced favourite A Piccadilly Princess. Purdon’s filly won the third and final heat, following on from Heavens Trend – out of Emma Stewart’s Smythes Creek stable – who won an enthralling duel with Dancingwithsierra in the first heat, while the second heat was snaffled by Im Wrongly Accused. RELIVE ALL THE RESULTS AND RACE REPLAYS The draw did few favours for Purdon, whose filly was slated for barrier 13. Heavens Trend drew barrier three and Gary Hoban's fancied runner Dancingwithsierra barrier 12. It all bodes for a ripping race on Saturday night, when Craven's pacer will hope to emulate last week's heat, when she got the perfect sit behind favourite Celebrity Guest - who has drawn barrier one - and surprised even her own trainer-driver with how sharply she finished off. “She has improved, but is still a little bit from being fit,” Craven said. “The scratching (All In Your Hands) helped and we were able to just put her out behind the favourite.” Driver Gavin Lang drove Celebrity Guest to a 47.7 lead time, 2.3 seconds slower than the other two heats, and eased through comfortable first (31.9s) and second (30.3) quarters before they started to stretch out to get home in 55 seconds. Once the sprint lane opened Craven eased off Celebrity Guest’s back and Im Wrongly Accused did the rest. “She probably finished off better than I thought she might have been able to. I was really pleased with the run,” he said. “She had a good run and got the chance to use her really nice speed. They went slow early and it was just ideal for her.” Craven said Im Wrongly Accused would have to continue her upward trend if she was to be in the finish. “She’s had to take a step up in the heats and will have to take a step up again for the final,” he said. Michael Howard  

A Piccadilly Princess took her chance in Friday's  harness racing Oaks heat at Tabcorp Park Melton and the result, an advance token to next Saturday night’s Nevele R Stud  Victoria Oaks Final. Mark Purdon’s Bettors Delight out of Hyde Park Royal filly was the fastest of the three heat winners, and her rivals might need a get out of jail free card, maybe in the shape of a poor barrier draw for the All Stars pacer, if they’re to upstage her in the big game. But despite the effortless nature of her heat win A Piccadilly Princess doesn’t have a monopoly on the final with Locals Heavens Trend and Dancingwithsierra, who ran one-two in their Oaks heat, to be major players, while Matthew Craven’s improving filly Im Wrongly Accused looms as a potential dark horse after her heat win. A Piccadilly Princess didn’t quite do it from start to finish on Friday night, crossed early by Flojos Gold before moving to the lead at the 1800m, but once in front she was unstoppable – her last 1200m divvied up by 29.5, 27.4 and 27.8 splits. Her winning time of 2:41.9 was the fastest of the three Oaks heats by .7 of a second, but the ease with which she got the job done – and her impressive Northern Oaks win recently in New Zealand – will have many punters pinning their hopes on the Purdon filly in next weekend’s $150,000 Group 1 final. Smythes Creek filly Heavens Trend won her Oaks heat in a gross time of 2:42.6 and a mile rate of 1:56.8. The Emma Stewart-trained daughter of Rock n Roll Heaven out of Trendsetter defeated another highly rated pacer in Dancingwithsierra in Friday night’s heats. Heavens Trend rolled past Dancingwithsierra early and the pair drew away in the straight with Dancingwithsierra making a late dive but Heavens Trend holding on by a half-neck. Both look live chances in the final. WATCH THE OAKS HEAT REPLAYS AND CHECK OUT THE RESULTS IN FULL DETAIL Im Wrongly Accused (Bettor's Delight out of Gross Misconduct) was the other heat winner, her winning time the slowest of the three qualifiers – 2:44.9 gross and 1:58.5 mile rate – but she sprinted sharply along the sprint lane and looked professional to topple Celebrity Guest. This heat actually produced the fastest final 800m (55secs) and trainer/driver Craven will be pleased with how his filly is progressing since joining his stable from New Zealand. Cody Winnell

With New Zealand breeders having always been big sellers of their fillies and mares as racing stock for well over 100 years to both Australia and North America, a lot of the 'Blue Blood' breeding stock of New Zealand has ended up in other countries when they have finished their harness racing careers. One of the results of all those sales is that harness racing in New Zealand has a long history of maternal families that burn brightly for a short time before burning out Other maternal families seem to go on for generations producing quality over a long period which is partly driven in our view by the amount of New Zealand breeding stock resident off shore holding back the other maternal families from competing on a level playing field. The late Wayne Francis of Nevele R Stud fame was one of the first to try to bring a lot of those mares back to New Zealand with the formation of the Addington and Alexandra Park breeding partnerships in the 1980s . One of the first mares to be brought back via the partnerships was Van Glory. She was an outstanding racemare who found her way to Australia in the 1970s after a great race career in New Zealand. She raced and beat the best of her era such as Robalan and Young Quinn and had the breeding to match her ability, being a full sister to the outstanding age group filly in Bellajilly who won the New Zealand Derby in the early 1960s.  While failing to produce anything of her own ability at stud, the daughters and grand-daughters of Van Glory have been superb in the broodmare barn. The JR Skipper mare Broncroft Castle produced the brilliant Mon Poppy Day 1:56.4 ($318,,558) while the Holmes Hanover daughter in Vain Franco left the champion age group filly in Under Cover Lover 1:51.8 ($864,923) while a daughter of hers in Front Cover Lover produced the millionaire mare in Bettor Cover Lover 1:53.8 ($1061,534) The family continues to go from strength to strength and is well represented in the yearling sales catalogue each year. One filly who has both those champion mares close up in her pedigree is Lot 130  at this years Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on February 22nd. Named Pop Princess, the daughter of Mach Three is the sixth foal from the racewinning Presidential Ball mare from Under Cover Lover in Affairs Of State 2:00.1 ($50,811) Pop Princess is a full sister to the very smart Chachingchaching 1:56.6 ($118,064) and High Society Gal 1:57.7. Her dam Affairs Of State is a half sister to (My) Exotic Lover, the dam of last seasons talented New South Wales two year old in Match In Heaven 1:53.7 ($44,324) who ran second to Waikiki Beach in the $125,000 Breeders Challenge Final at Menangle. With two champion mares close up in the pedigree and a maternal family that continues to perform at the top level, Pop Princess would be a great addition to any breeders broodmare band. To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click here. Harnesslink Media  

Most harness racing followers have a 'Bucket List' of racedays they would like to experience in their lifetime.    Little Brown Jug Day is on most peoples lists as is Hambletonian Day but one that wouldn't find a place on most peoples list is the Christmas meeting at Westport on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.   However we have always rated it as a not to be missed meeting and being here today has just confirmed to us once again that this meeting is one out of the box.   A combination of the festive season, an extremely enthusiastic club and a township that is fully involved in the day and you have the recipe for a great day.   The first race for this years meeting drew a big field of fourteen but the race was as good as over soon after the start when the talented Bolting flew the start and grabbed the lead.   Driver Craig Thornley kept the four year old son of McArdle up to the mark in front and it was clear a long way out that he was the one to beat.   Although Windfall and John Dunn challenged gamely in the straight, Bolting always looked to have them covered in the last 200 metres with Bobby M and Robbie Close running on well for third.   The 2000 metres on the grass took 2:39.1 with closing sectionals of 60.1 and 30.   Craig Thornley was confident a fair way out he would hard to beat.   “Steve McRae always has them ready to run and once he found the front I was pretty confident.”   “I kept them running along at a reasonable rate which kept any mid race challenges away and even though Windfall got close, I always had him covered. I didnt even pull the sliding blinds,” Craig said.   Last year at the second day of this meeting, Bolting was a very difficult drive for Craig but all that  is well and truly behind him now.   “He is quite a big horse and was just weak and immature last year but he has matured in the last twelve months and this time in he is a sensible, tractable racehorse.   “Spreydon Lodge likes to turnover its racehorses and I think Bolting is for sale after the second day at Westport, Craig said.   On what he has shown in his brief career to date, Bolting looks like a horse with a good future in front of him.   Bolting     Harnesslink Media    

Nevele R Stud and Spreydon Lodge are pleased to announce the appointment of Ged Mooar to the role of General Manager. Ged has extensive experience in the breeding, harness racing and Standardbred industry. He is currently the Marketing and Commercial Manager at Addington Raceway & Events Centre, a role he begun in August 2011 and previous to that he was the Sales and Marketing Manager at Nevele R Stud for four years. With widespread knowledge and involvement in the industry Ged will be known to many in the breeding and racing fraternity and will oversee and direct operations, marketing, sales and development at both organisations. We welcome Ged on board and look forward to him starting with us on Monday 1 February 2016.  

Services to former New Zealand champion Changeover and trotting sire Great Success will go up for auction to aid victims of this week’s horrific bushfires in South Australia. The special fundraising effort is being co-ordinated by the SA Breeders, Owners, Trainers and Reinspersons Association. Nevele R Stud has donated a service to Changeover, while well known breeder-owner Michael Taylor has donated a service to Great Success, who stands at Niota Bloodstock, near Shepparton. Bids for both stallions can be lodged with Botra vice-president Lois Randall on email sabotra@hotmail.com or phone 0402 978 424. A client of HarnessBred.com has opened the bidding at $2500 for Changeover. Donations of non-perishable goods for fire victims and their livestock can be delivered to the Botra Room at Globe Derby Park between 10am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday and for the first three races on Saturday night.   Gary Newton   SA BOTRA Magazine Editor & SA Harness.com  

The best chance for a southern hemisphere bred son of the champion sire Bettors Delight to make it at stud down under would appear to Harnesslink to be Gold Ace. A great looking entire who was able to mix it with the best in the age group classics in New Zealand, Gold Ace went on to win the Golden Nugget in Perth at four before winning the $150,000 New Zealand Free For All as an older horse He then went back to Australia where he won the Cranbourne and Shepparton Cups and was placed behind Christen Me in a Hunter Cup before finishing a great second to Adore Me back in New Zealand in 1:51.8 as he wound down a wonderful career. Purchased out of the 2009 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale for $27,000 by the Graeme Rogerson - Steven Reid training partnership, Gold Ace is bred on the hugely successful Bettors Delight - In The Pocket cross which has had so much success in Australasia. Gold Ace's dam was Hill Of Gold  and she has certainly been that for her owner A handy race mare for Geoff Small, Hill of Gold has excelled in the broodmare paddock. Apart from Gold Ace she has also produced the very smart race mare Gold Elite 1:57.3 ($70,037) and Strike The Gold 1:55.8 ($63,721) who raced in the classics last year against Have Faith In Me and Follow The Stars. Her last yearling to go through the sales ring in 2014 was Dark Energy, a full brother to Gold Ace who made $75,000. Hill Of Gold is closely related to the brilliant juvenile Smiling Shard 1:53.7 ($1,178,793), Sly Flyin 1:53.6 ($911,689) and Kiwi Ingenuity 1:52.1 ($523,200) so the family has been having a great run in the last twenty years. Gold Ace made his race track debut at Forbury Park in March 2010 as a two year old and while not dominant at that age, he did produce several smart performances. We think his best run was when he won the  $30,000 Sires Stakes Consolation at Addington. All up at two, Gold Ace won $23,740 but when he reappeared at three he was a different horse. Now trained solely by Steven Reid,  Gold Ace was at his best at three,winning 10 races including the $253,000 PGG Sales Race, $200,000 NZ Derby, $165,000 NZ Sires Stakes Final and the $150,000 Harness Jewels. All up he won over $500,000 at three in a season which was notable for his clashes with another rising star,Terror To Love. The pair met six times at three with Gold Ace winning four and dead-heating in another so even though there was not much in it on the track, Gold Ace was too strong in most of their meetings and was named three year old of the year. Never one to miss a challenge, Steven Reid set Gold Ace for the A$175,000 Golden Nugget final at Perth early in his four year old season in which he duly obliged. Staying with the Halls in Perth, Gold Ace so impressed Gary Hall sen that he made a A$1,000,000 offer for the entire but the owners said no. For the rest of his four year old season, Gold Ace had the appearance of a horse that just hadn't got over that big trip to Perth. He won the $40,000 Superstars final at Addington over Terror To Love and was placed in both the Noel Taylor Mile and the NZ Messenger but just seemed half a length down on what he had been previously. At five the highlight of the season was the win in the $150,000 NZ FFA at Addington over Terror To Love and a great second to Christen Me in the $100,00 Noel Taylor Mile. From there Steven and the owners moved Gold Ace to the McCarthy barn in Sydney where over the next 14 months he won over $250,000 with his best wins coming in the $100,000 Cranbourne Cup and $50,000 Shepparton Cup while he was also a great third to Christen Me in the $400,000 AG Hunter Cup. Brought back to New Zealand as a seven year old as he wound down before heading to the stallion barn, Gold Ace produced one of career best runs at the 1000 metres Cambridge Raceway. Sent forward from the gate by driver Todd Mitchell, Gold Ace tried to run them off their feet over the mile and it took the champion mare Adore Me to grab him late in a new track record to defeat him. Gold Ace was timed in 1:51.8 which is his best recorded time and he did it at start 67. So when you look at Gold Ace you see a horse who is by a champion sire in Bettors Delight from a top maternal family, who raced for six seasons, earned just under one and a quarter million dollars and was still trucking as good at the end of his career as he was at the start. The bonus is when you look at the individual in the flesh as Gold Ace is letting down into one magnificent looking entire. Standing at the outstanding Nevele R Stud in Christchurch, Gold Ace will be given every opportunity to prove that he can make it as a sire and it would surprise us if he didn't make his mark.  Harnesslink Media

The export of harness racing horses to Australia and North America from New Zealand has been with us since the industry was established in New Zealand in the 19th century. There have been ebbs and flows in demand but the export market has never seriously affected  the standard of the New Zealand harness racing scene for very long. However the present market conditions are a "perfect storm" for New Zealand and have the potential to have a serious downside for the local industry. Firstly the North Americans are back buying our horses bigtime. A combination of the large drop in the value of the New Zealand dollar verses the greenback  and a big rise in prize money due to slot machine revenue has reinvigorated the market from the North American end. I can't fill the orders I currently have for the North American market due to the lack of quality horses available Secondly the Australians are not buying the lower graded horses in the numbers they were due to the import fees but they are certainly picking the eyes out of the middle market. Thirdly, the foal crops in New Zealand are continuing to fall to the point that even without those exports, we are going to have serious problems maintaining the race date structure we have. Add it all together and the future for a lot of clubs in New Zealand trying to fill their race fields is  bleak to put it mildly. The obvious solution to the problem is to breed more horses but for the last decade or two, the opposite has been happening on the New Zealand breeding scene. The major New Zealand studs are trying to pick up some of the slack by increasing the number of mares they are breeding inhouse and selling the resultant foals on as weanlings or yearlings. Nevele R Stud in Christchurch is in the process of upgrading its broodmare band and will again breed a large number of horses for the local market. " We have started selling at the weanling sale in the autumn and are looking to do more of that in the future," Nikki Reed told Harnesslink this week Woodlands Stud has seen an opportunity in the marketplace with supply being unable to keep up with demand. Consequently they are going to breed up to 130 mares this year which is a significant rise from the 40 odd of previous years. " The economic fundamentals of the exercise taking into account all the costs involved including service fees are strong and we are confident of making a nice profit on the venture or we wouldn't be doing it," Andrew Grierson told Harnesslink this week. Alabar Bloodstock is also aware of the shortage of horses and is breeding slightly more this year for the local market. They cover their mares with the established sires like Art Major and Mach Three along with the newer boys on the block like He's Watching. " We couldn't be happier with the bookings to date, with Art Major and Mach Three nearly full and He's Watching heading that way as well." " I think breeders are aware that this is He's Watching first book of mares anywhere in the world and that has helped along with the fact he went 1:46.4." " We have been selling the weanlings for a while and this has worked out well for us," Graeme Henley said when speaking to Harnesslink. So the studs are making an effort to raise the number of foals they produce but at the end of the day we need to entice the average breeder with his one or two mares back into the breeding business. The shortage of horses is not just a New Zealand problem but is one that is affecting the harness racing industry worldwide. There is no sign on the horizon of that changing so the old hoary chestnut of "there never being a better time to breed" might actually apply in New Zealand in 2015. JC

The McArdle horse Tintin In America, a top pacer of a few years ago and a dual Harness Jewels champion, is a young sire – he was foaled in 2005 – already well on the way to proving a success with his first racing crop. He stands at the renowned Nevele R Stud, Christchurch for a fee of $A2,255 including GST. Actually Tintin In America has made a very impressive start as a sire. In his first season in New Zealand he left 32 foals, and of these he had three winners and four qualifiers, while his first Australian crop of 15 foals has produced two winners from four starters. Overall, Tintin In America has achieved a 70 percent winners-to-starters strike rate with his initial racing crop. From his first crop he has sired a top colt in Zee Dana (1:57.3), who has won three of his first four starts including a heat of the Breeders Crown and is rated one of the star two-year-olds in Victoria this season, and a brilliant filly in Dame Puissant (1:59.6), who has won three races in the west this season.  Just Wantano (2:00.7), winner of the SA Kindergarten Stakes and a close fourth in the Vicbred Final, and Aussie Vista (2:01.1), a placegetter in the QBred Triad 2YO Final, have been other winners by Tintin In America from his first crop. Tintin In America was a top racehorse himself, winning more than $900,000, and he won five times at Group 1 level and established three NZ records from 1609 to 2700 metres. He won the NZ Sires Stakes Championship as a two-year-old, while at 3 he took his record of 1:53.2 winning the $200,000 Harness Jewels, in which he defeated Sleepy Tripp, Stunin Cullen and Highview Tommy.  Tintin In America also set a  track record 1:56.1 mile rate for 2240 metres winning the Group 1 $170,000 Breeders Crown Final at Melton. At four years Tintin In America bankrolled $519,355 from eight wins and three seconds from 13 starts and was subsequently accorded NZ 4YO of the Year honours. Among the many highlights of his stellar four-year-old campaign were his successes in the $200,000 Harness Jewels (in 1:54.1), $150,000 NZ Messenger (in 1:56.6) and $50,000 Cambridge 4YO Futurity and his close second (beaten half a neck) to Monkey King in the $500,000 Auckland Cup. Tintin In America belongs to one of the fastest moving families in the NZ stud book. His dam, Zenterfold 1:56.6,  not only left four sub 2:00 performers, but she is a half-sister to the Cup winners winner Zenad 1:55.4 ($201,272), Zensational 1:54.8 ($138,808) and Zenola Seelster 1:58.2 ($102,706). Zenterfold was by champion sire and broodmare sire in the great In The Pocket (1:49.6) and was out of Zenola Star (2:01), by New York Motoring (1:56.2) from Now And Zen, by Chiola Hanover from the great producer in Zenover, dam of Motoring Magic (1:57.5), Interchange and others. Zenover was also the grand-dam of Elsu 1:53.6 ($2-million), Inter Dominion winner and highly successful sire. As one of the best winning members of the Zenover family, there is good reason to expect Tintin In America to make a name for himself as a sire. Peter Wharton

Nevele R Stud is pleased to announce its 2015-16 stallion roster  and their service fees.  In good news for harness racing breeders the Stud’s flagship stallion Christian Cullen has had his fee reduced to $9,000, making the five-time champion NZ Pacing Stallion and sire of back-to-back Australasian Grand Circuit champ Christen Me terrific value for the coming season.  Cullen Breeding is to be applauded for making this wonderful stallion accessible to a wider range of breeders in 2015-16 and we hope he will be well supported. The majority of the remaining stallions’ fees remain unchanged from the previous season, aside from Nevele R stalwart Live Or Die, whose fee has been eased by $500.   The Stud has one exciting new addition in the form of Gold Ace – a champion 3-year-old and six-time Group 1 winning pacer, and of course Bettor’s Delight’s richest down-under entire. A beautifully bred and outstanding looking individual, we’re very positive about his future. The past season has seen some of the Nevele R’s younger sires, Tintin In America and Changeover, really start to make their mark and we’re looking forward to following the progress of their progeny in 2015-16. Tintin In America’s first crop have been quick out of the starting gates, literally, with the five-time Group 1 winning speed machine already the sire of a number of exciting youngsters including the unbeaten Ready2Run sales topping colt Zee Dana, the smart 2-win Victorian filly Just Wantano, who was a respectable fourth in the Group 1 Vicbred Super Series 2YO Fillies Final last weekend, and the promising 2-win WA juvenile Dame Puissant.  Changeover’s first crop 3-year-olds have continued to impress with the likes of Group Race winners Nuala, Mister Lennox and Sudden Change and the Victorian Oaks place-getter Glenferrie Bronte leading the way. He is currently one of Australia’s leading 3yo pacing sires by average earnings and to date the sire of 49 winners of almost $1 million in stakes.   The coming season will also see the arrival of the first foals of the world champion son of Rocknroll Hanover, A Rocknroll Dance – who was incredibly well supported by breeders last season, serving over 300 mares in NZ and Australia.    Stallion                                                   NZ Fee (+ GST)                            AUS Fee (incl. GST)   A Rocknroll Dance                                   $6,000                                               $6,000 Changeover                                              $4,000                                                 $4,400 Christian Cullen                                       $9,000                                                  N/A Gold Ace                                                    $3,000                                                 $3,300 Live Or Die                                                $2,500                                                 $2,750 McArdle                                                     $3,000                                                 $3,300 Tintin In America                                      $2,050                                                 $2,255 Andover Hall                                             $7,500                                                $8,250 Badlands Hanover                                  $2,000                                                 $2,200 CR Commando                                        $3,000                                                 N/A Dream Vacation                                       TBA                                                      N/A Muscles Yankee                                      $9,000                                                 $9,900 Revenue                                                    TBA                                                      N/A   For more info on the above stallions please visit nevelerstud.co.nz. Nevele R Stud

The harness racing breeding industry in Australasia has always been a hard place for young colonial stallions to establish themselves and with the advent of shuttle stallions and frozen semen it has become even harder in the last 15 years. One who is just starting out is Tintin In America 1:53.2 $934,305 who has two year olds on the track this season in both Australia and New Zealand. As you would expect in todays competitive market the son of McArdle has struggled to attract mares to his court and his crops to date have been small to put it mildly. In Australia Tintin In America has just 15 two year olds and has had three starters this season for two winners to date. The best of those is the smart filly Just Wantano who took out the $15,000 Kindergarten Stakes Final at Globe Derby in a 2:00.7 mile rate for the 1800 metres. Of note is that the other winner in Australia by Tintin In America in Aussie Vista is also a filly. In New Zealand where he stood at Nevele R Stud, Tintin In America has had 32 two year olds to represent him this season. He has had five qualifiers to date and one starter in New Zealand in American Flybye who won her only start to date. One of the qualifiers is Dame Puissant who qualified at Ashburton in December last year in 2:00.5 and is now in Perth, Western Australia. A nice second first up where the winner went 1:56.8, Dame Puissant won her only other start and looks very promising. Another one of the Kiwi bred two year olds to make his way to Australia is Zee Dana. Sold by Greg Payne at the Ready To Run sale last December at Menangle for a hefty $71,000, Zee Dana made his long awaited Australian debut at Bendigo yesterday from the Amanda Turnbull barn with Nathan Jack in the bike. Sent straight to the front by Nathan, Zee Dana just brained them by 27 metres in a 1:57.3 mile rate for the 1650 metres with closing sectionals of 56.8 and 28 and appeared to do it with plenty in reserve. So considering the number of mares he served and the quality of most of those mares, Tintin In America has made a good fist of his debut season with horses on the track. The way both his fillies and colts are going it wouldn't be a surprise if he served his biggest books in both Australia and New Zealand in the upcoming breeding season. Harnesslink Media

Harness racings Nevele R Stud is delighted to announce that the recently retired Gold Ace will be joining the stallion ranks of the Prebbleton based farm this coming breeding season.   The richest Southern Hemisphere bred stallion by Bettor’s Delight (and his third highest Australasian stakes-winner overall behind Beautide and Adore Me), Gold Ace won 22 races, 16 at Group level, and more than $1.2 million in prize-money in a career that spanned six seasons.    A winner of the Yearling Sales Series Consolation at 2, it was as a 3-year-old that Gold Ace established himself as one of the best age group pacers of the past few decades, winning more than $500,000 in stakes and 10 of his 15 starts (placing in a further three), including the Sires Stakes Final, NZ Derby and Harness Jewels Emerald - a Group 1 classic race trifecta which is unmatched to date.     The Steven Reid trained NZ 3YO Pacer of the Year was also victorious that season in the Group 2 Elsu Classic and the Yearling Sales Series Open Pace, as well as dead-heating with arch rival Terror To Love, with whom he would have some epic battles over the years (for a score line of 7 wins apiece and a draw), in the Group 2 Flying Stakes.   At 4, Gold Ace targeted the rich Western Australian 4YO features, easily winning both the Group 1 Golden Nugget and the Group 2 WA 4YO Championship at his only two starts in the State, impressing leading WA trainer Gary Hall so much so that he offered connections $1 million to buy the brilliant son of Bettors Delight – comparing him favourably to stable star and one of the richest Southern Hemisphere pacers ever Im Themightyquinn.    That season also saw Gold Ace win the 4YO Superstars Championship and place in the Group 1 Easter Cup, Taylor Mile and Messenger Championship.    There were plenty more feature race wins at 5 and 6, with the handsome stallion taking out the Group 1 NZ Free-For-All in a track record 1:52.6 mile rate, the Group 2 Waikato Flying Mile in 1:53.3, the Group 3 Canterbury Classic, once again over Terror To Love, and when based at Belinda and Luke McCarthy's NSW stable the Group 1 Cranbourne Pacing Cup, Group 2 Shepparton and Kevin Newman Cups, as well as recording a terrific third to Christen Me in the 2013 Hunter Cup.   The current season has seen the durable pacer add a further two Group Race features to his impressive tally – winning the Founders Cup at Alexandra Park in a sensational 1,700m national record of 1:59.7 (the mile rate was an incredible 1:53.3!), along with the Summer Cup over the likes of NZ Trotting Cup runner up Franco Nelson. Gold Ace was also a superb second in 1:51.8 to Adore Me in the Group 2 Sky City Waikato Flying Mile in one of his last starts.    A stunning looking individual with flawless conformation Gold Ace possesses a pedigree to match his racetrack performance – being by Bettor’s Delight, a stallion that has rewritten the siring record books season after season, out of a winning In The Pocket mare who has also left the smart full siblings Gold Elite 1:57.3 ($70,037 6 wins) and Strike The Gold 1:55.8 ($63,221 4 wins).   The second dam Touch Of Gold (by Soky’s Atom) left numerous high class performers – Group 2 Elliot Futurity winner Seeking The Gold 1:50.4 ($252,458), Waikato Guineas winner Golden Son 1:54.8 ($86,585) and NZ Oaks place-getter Golden Charm 1:59.7 ($33,036) – the dam of Coppertone 1:50.4 ($119,076).   Gold Ace is from the same highly successful maternal family as Smiling Shard 1:53.7 ($1,178,793), Kiwi Ingenuity 1:52.1 ($523,200) and Sly Flyin 1:53.6 ($911,689).   His debut season fee has been set at $3,000 + GST (AU$3,300 incl GST) and he is included in both Nevele R's early bird and multiple mare discounts.   “Gold Ace ticks all the right boxes in terms of what we look for in a sire – he’s got performance, pedigree, impeccable looks and conformation, as well as an outstanding temperament and we’re really looking forward to his first season at stud; and expect him to be popular with breeders given that he’s not only the best performed local son of Bettor’s Delight but also an exceptional type” commented Nevele R Marketing Manager Nikki Reed.   For bookings and more information please visit www.nevelerstud.co.nz or contact the Nevele R office.

Nevele R Stud has had a major influence on harness racing in the Southern Hemisphere since its inception over 40 years ago and that influence continues to this day. From Live Or Die to Holmes Hanover to anyone of another half a dozen stallions they have stood, a lot of pedigrees in New Zealand have a Nevele R influence.  The up coming sales have a lot of yearlings whose maternal families are almost completely Nevele R Products and one of those is Lot 97 at the Australasian Classic sale in Auckland. Named Got The Music In You, she is a daughter of of the champion sire Rocknroll Hanover from the outstanding Caprock mare OK Rock 1:56.1 ($168,529) who won the Great Northern Oaks and the New South Wales Oaks on her way to the New Zealand 1999 three year old filly of the year title. At stud OK Rock has left the very talented Big Dog 1:58.7 ($206,682) as well as Burning Cash 1:53 ($40,555) and the talented filly Mohua 1:57.3 ($75,016) A half sister to OK Rock in the Live Or Die mare Lets Scoot Franco 1:56.6 is the dam of the southern superstar Franco Ledger 1:53.7 ($487,982). The grand dam of Got The Music In You is the OK Bye mare Looks Ok who has left five winners to date including OK Galleon 1:53.7 ($125,490) The third dam is the former outstanding racemare Lancia (10 wins) who went to open class in New Zealand in the late 1970s. The winners tracing back to her are too numerous to mention but include such standouts as Late Bid 1:57.1 ($506,413) Ohoka Arizona 1:56.2 ($273,499) and Franco Lotsmore 1:56.8 ($271,403). One thing about Got Music In You is certain and that is her residual value when she retires from the track will be significant. Harnesslink Media  

Former New Zealand harness racing champion Changeover has jumped into fourth position on this season’s NZ 3YO Sires premiership with 12 individual winners following a double last weekend. Prince Of Pops, a winner of three races as a two-year-old, posted his first success for the new season at Auckland on Friday night. Starting from barrier 13, the gelding launched a three-wide bid at the 1000 metre mark, circling the entire field in the space of a few hundred metres. He posted a new lifetime mark of 1:58.6 for 2200 metres, covering the last 800 in a blazing 56.7 and 400 in 28.4. The gelding is out of a winning daughter of Cameleon. The following day Cool Changes, having only his second start, produced a stomping finishing run down the outside to score in 1:59.6 for 2200 metres at Invercargill. Out of a winning daughter of Sands A Flyin, Cool Changes is prepared by Nathan Williamson. Changeover, who stands at Nevele R Stud, has sired 22 individual NZ bred winners and five Australian bred winners to date. By Peter Wharton

Unbeaten filly Nuala is proving a splendid advertisement for the Nevele R Stud stallion Changeover in Australia. Winner of her only appearance in New Zealand rating a track record 1:58.8 for 2000 metres at Oamaru, has had one start for premier Western Australian trainer Gary Hall…which she won in impressive style. Beginning from the back row, the three-year-old worked to the front during the middle stages and proceeded to run her rivals ragged, rating 2:00.3 for the 2185 metres. Nuala tramped her last half in 56.4 seconds under a hold by driver Clint Hall. Hall has since described the youngster as “the best filly I’ve ever had.” “She’s outstanding. She’s got speed, strength, she’s got everything,” Hall declared. Having been sent for a spell, Nuala will be targeted towards the $150,000 WA Oaks later in the season, with several eastern state classics also on the agenda. “I wouldn’t be frightened to send a mare to Changeover,” Hall said. Changeover has also been represented by recent Victorian winners Big Spending Telf and Glenferrie Boss, with both expected to make their way through the grades with ease. Meanwhile, Carisma, another three-year-old filly, became the 19th winner from Changeover's first crop when she scored on the grass at Motukarara. Changeover needs no introduction having won 29 of his 66 starts for earnings of $2,426,765. A brilliant juvenile, Changeover developed into a star open class performer, which was successful at the highest level. PAUL COURTS

Dubbo Harness Racing Club has announced the line-up for its stallion service auction. Thanks to the generosity of some of New South Wales’, Victoria’s and New Zealand’s leading breeding establishments, the club has secured services to several outstanding stallions. On offer are Shadyshark Hanover thanks to Goodtime Lodge, Art Official or Auckland Reactor courtesy of Alabar, Live Or Die and Mcardle from Nevele R Stud, Robin Hood via Yirribee and American Ideal, which resides at Woodlands Stud. All money raised goes directly into prizemoney, which has seen events such as the club’s flagship feature - Red Ochre Mares’ Classic – elevated to Group status. The tender opens on Monday, September 9 and closes at 5pm on Monday, September 16, 2014. Bids can be placed via the club’s site www.dubboharnessclub.com.au and clicking on ‘Trading Ring’ or by contacting Brett Wrigley on 0407 995 930 and Lester Hoy on 0457 647 919. The club has extended a “huge thank you” to the studs for their generosity, which is a driving force behind the growth of the local industry. PAUL COURTS

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