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Changeover 1:53.4 ($2,404,473), New Zealand's richest ever harness racing stallion and the winner of 19 Group and Listed races, has left some smart two-year-olds from his first crop in both NZ and Australia. In his first season he produced 151 foals in New Zealand and he has been represented by 43 qualifiers and 28 starters from that crop, 13 of which won including Controversial (1:57.1), the winner of three races including a Queensland Breeders Crown heat, fellow Breeders Crown finalist Beaudiene Bill, Prince Of Pops 1:59.8 (3 wins), Change The Rulz, an Addington winner in 1:58.9; promising Victorian winner Big Spending Telf; and Cambio, who won the  Listed Yearling Sales Series NHT Final at its only start at Auckland. Another of Changeover's first NZ crop in Nuala, who is a filly from the Live Or Die mare Forever Blue, established an all aged track record at Oamaru, rating 1:58.8 for 2000 metres. At her first start on Australian soil Nuala blitzed her rivals at Pinjarra (WA), running her last 800 in 56.4 seconds. The Paul Kerr trained Oneover competed with real distinction in several of NZ's feature juvenile events and was placed third behind Alta Orlando in the Group 2 NZ Welcome Stakes. He looks like he will develop into a very nice three-year-old. Changeover was clearly NZ's leading first-season sire based on individual winners and stakemoney and he was the third leading overall sire of two-year-old winners. In Australia, Changeover produced 29 foals from his first crop racing as two-year-olds and he has achieved an excellent 44 percent winners-to-starters percentage ratio. With a 13.8 percent winners-to-foals strike rate, Changeover is second only to Sportswriter (19.4%) on the first-season percentage sires' list. Of nine foals to have raced, four have won and another two have been placed including the Vicbred Super Series and Home Grown Classic heat winner Licinia; the Albion Park winner Chang; Grace Campbell, a Launceston winner and runner-up in the Group 3 Evicus; and Glenferrie Boss, a 1:59.1 Victorian winner. Changeover, a son of champion sire In The Pocket and the Vance Hanover mare Chaangerr and from the maternal family of Chokin, Fly Like An Eagle and co, is lining up for his fifth season at Nevele R Stud, Christchurch. Courtesy Of Nevele R Stud

Nevele R Stud, one of Australasia's leading Standardbred Stud farms, is pleased to announce that Michael Taylor has joined the harness racing company as the new Australian Sales and Booking Co-ordinator. Michael brings to the role a vast amount of industry knowledge, enthusiasm and professionalism. He is a leading sponsor of trotting races in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia through his company Taylor Made Travel, and is also both an owner and breeder himself. His cites his 19-win mare Miss Adelade winning both the Queensland Trotter and Trotting Mare of the Year titles in 2010 as his highlight to date as an owner, and as a sponsor Arizona Blue's win over the colts in the Taylor Made Travel  NSW  Trotters Derby rates highly. Based in New South Wales, Michael will be responsible for assisting breeders with their bookings, taking  semen orders throughout the season and facilitating the distribution of frozen semen throughout Australia. "We're very much looking forward to Michael taking up the role as we believe he will be an integral part in providing our Australian clients with an exceptional level of customer service" stated Marketing and Sales Manager Nikki Reed. Michael joins Nevele R at an exciting time for the company, with Nevele R partnering with Alabar in an industry first to bring the beautifully credentialled $2.4 million winning son of Rocknroll Hanover, A Rocknroll Dance down-under this season. A Meadowlands Pace winner and the first two-year-old ever to record multiple sub 1:50 wins, A Rocknroll Dance has proven incredibly popular with breeders and is close to having his Australian book closed. The coming breeding season also sees the addition of the champion North American trotting sire Andover Hall to the Stud's frozen semen ranks. Andover Hall has been a sensation from the day his stock hit the tracks - with his remarkable first crop featuring the champion trotters Donato Hanover and Pampered Princess, along with Hambletonian runner up Adrian Chip and Hambletonian Oaks winner Danae. Michael looks forward to discussing Nevele R's stallions and services with breeders, and welcomes enquires. His contact details are: P: 02 4346 1781 M: 0410 565 244 F: 02 9045 0542 E:  

The votes have been tallied and the winners announced at the 2014 New Zealand Harness Racing  Awards in Christchurch. Tonight our industry celebrated the many successes of the exciting 2013/14 season. Below are the winners for 2014. Please note a total of 21 voting papers were received. PGG Wrightson 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year  SUPERSONIC MISS 14 Owners: Butterworth Racing Syndicate, K J Riseley, D M Riseley, MacLean Family Syndicate, Kaos Syndicate. (Joanne’s A Delight - 5, Linda Lovegrace - 2) Woodlands Stud 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year VENUS SERENA 21 Owner: R L Sandford, Mrs J A Sandford, G R Dunn Nevele R Stud 4YO & Older Pacing Mare of the Year ADORE ME 21 Owner: Charles Roberts, Paul Kenny, Mary Kenny. McMillan Equine Feeds 2YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year  FOLLOW THE STARS 20 Owners: Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, N Pilcher, G R Douglas, P J Creighton, Mrs M C Creighton (Alta Orlando - 1) Copthorne Commodore 3YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year TIGER TARA 17 Owner: R L Sandford, Mrs J A Sandford, J S Gould, G R Dunn (Locharburn - 3, Isaiah - 1) Christchurch Casino 4YO & Older Pacing Entire or Gelding of the Year TERROR TO LOVE 21 Owner: McDonald Bloodstock Limited (Terry McDonald) Alabar Stud Pacer of the Year TERROR TO LOVE 19 Owner: McDonald Bloodstock Limited (Terry McDonald) (Adore Me - 2) Trotters Crombie Lockwood 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year WANNA PLAY 14 Owner: Trevor Casey, Natalie Rasmussen (Arya - 6, Yagunnakissmeornot - 1) XCM 3YO Trotting Filly of the Year MAJESTIC TIME 21 Owners: J M Ward, Mrs P L Ward, Miss S L Ward, C M Ward Advanced Joinery 4YO & Older Trotting Mare of the Year SUPERBOWLCHEERLEADER 21 Owner: Mrs Sue Grainger, Studholme Bloodstock Limited Lone Star 2YO Trotting Colt or Gelding of the Year MONBET 20 Owners: Greg Hope, Mrs Nina Hope, Maurice Molloy (Prince Fearless - 1) The Caxton Press 3YO Trotting Colt or Gelding of the Year KING DENNY 21 Owner: Butterworth Racing Syndicate NRM 4YO & Older Trotting Entire & Gelding of the Year MASTER LAVROS 20 Owner: Kypros Kotzikas (Peak - 1) Lincoln Farms Trotter of the Year MASTER LAVROS 21 Owners: Kypros Kotzikas Harness Racing New Zealand Horse of the Year TERROR TO LOVE 19 Owner: McDonald Bloodstock Limited (Terry McDonald) (Adore Me - 2)

Luck plays a big part in harness racing. After two runs in New Zealand where she had absolutely no luck at all, Big Lucy showed tonight (26th July) in the Breeders Crown 2 year old filly heat at Ballarat why trainer Mark Purdon holds her in such high regard. After trialing outstandingly in Canterbury prior to her debut, Big Lucy was backed off the board in her first two starts in New Zealand but had no luck in the running on either occasion. But Mark Purdon knew her potential and even after those two runs, Big Lucy was on the plane to Melbourne for the Breeders Crown series. Drawing on the second line in tonights (Saturday 26th July) Breeders Crown heat, driver Chris Alford sent Big Lucy forward early when the favourite Luvumum went rough going into the first bend. Finding the front after 500 meters, Chris Alford let Big Lucy amble through to the 800 meters mark from where he upped the tempo. Big Lucy never looked out of second gear from there, cruising home a comfortable winner. Big Lucy paced the 2200 meters in 2:45.5, a mile rate of 2:01  with closing sectionals of 58.3 and 28.1. Big Lucy is yet another Australian bred horse to win for the All Stars barn this season. Bought out of the Sydney leg of the Australian Pacing Gold sale last year for $20,000, Big Lucy is from the family imported into New Zealand from North America by Nevele R Stud. She is by noted filly sire Badlands Hanover from the McArdle mare Halcyon Franco and is her dams first foal. The grand dam is Huntress Hanover 1:58.2 who is a No Nukes half sister to the champion sire Holmes Hanover. The third dam is the champion Tar Heel mare Hazel Hanover (22 wins) who was 2 year old of her year in North America. It is a noted filly family and Big Lucy looks to have inherited all the family ability. Judging by tonights win, Big Lucy looms as a major threat in the Breeders Crown series. Big Lucy Harnesslink media

Nevele R Stud, in conjunction with EMP Invest Oy of Finland, is delighted to announce that one of the world's leading and most influential trotting stallions Andover Hall will be available to New Zealand and Australian breeders for the first time this coming breeding season. The youngest, and arguably the best, of the legendary triumvirate of Hall brothers - Angus Hall and Conway Hall being the other two - Andover Hall was a brilliant juvenile, winning eight of his nine starts at two which saw him crowned the Dan Patch and Nova 2-year-old trotting colt of the year in 2001. A natural two-year-old, legendary reinsman John Campbell had this to say about Andover Hall. “He was great-gaited and very athletic. It was unusual for a two-year-old to come to his speed as quickly as he did.” At three, Andover Hall set a then world record of 1:51.6 when winning the $550,000 World Trotting Derby at the Du Quoin State Fair in Illinois – defeating the likes of millionaire square-gaiters Like A Prayer, Chip Chip Hooray and Kadabra in the process. As good a racehorse as he was, it is unquestionably as a sire that Andover Hall has really made his mark. Incredibly popular with North American breeders from the day that he first went to stud at Hanover Shoe Farm, Andover Hall’s sensational first crop of foals included the champions Donato Hanover and Pampered Princess – whom both went on to claim the 2 and 3-year-old colt and filly trotter of the year titles and whom both contributed to him finishing his debut season as North America’s leading sire of two-year-old trotters – almost $850,000 clear of his nearest rival, his brother Conway Hall. Next season that phenomenal first crop would produce the Hambletonian winner (Donato Hanover), the Hambletonian runner-up (Adrian Chip), the Hambletonian Oaks winner (Danae) and the Elegantimage and Del Miller winner Pampered Princess. This exceptional group of youngsters, along with another very capable crop of 2-year-olds, saw Andover Hall become the Leading All Age Trotting Stallion with just two crops racing – something that very few stallions of either gait ever achieve. That incredible initial success saw his progeny sell up to $825,000 in the sales ring and his service fee rise at one point to $30,000.  Andover Hall remains one of North America’s leading trotting stallions with progeny earnings of over $53 million, six millionaires, 133 $100,000 earners and average earnings per starter of $97,000. He was the leading North American sire of 3-year-old trotters in 2013, courtesy of the outstanding Spider Blue Chip (winner of the Breeders Crown) and Creatine (winner of the Kentucky Futurity and Bluegrass Stakes), and also finished second on the All Age Trotting Sires Premiership. By Garland Lobell and out of the greatest trotting mare of the modern era Amour Angus (by Magna Force), Andover Hall is essentially an outcross sire and as such suitable for the majority of Australasia's trotting broodmare population, and should be a great match in particular for Sundon mares - with both his full brother Angus Hall and Angus Hall's son Majestic Son achieving tremendous success with daughters of Sundon to date. Andover Hall's service fee has been set at  NZ$7,500 + GST and AU$8,250 incl GST. For more information please visit Nevele R's website or phone 03 349 8627.  

Nevele R Stud in Canterbury must be over the moon with the results achieved by their first season sire, Changeover 1:53.4 ($2,426,765). The biggest stakes winning son of the great sire and now sire of sires, In The Pocket 1:49.3 ($1,537,473) has had a great debut season with his first crop of two year olds this year. With a crop of 151 eligible to race this season it was always expected that Changeover would have plenty of runners from this crop with the main question being how smart they would be. Early on they were a touch disappointing but as the season wore on they got better and better and by the end  of the season the doubters had been silenced. Of his colts to really step up, Oneover 1:56.5 plc ($19,383) was probably the pick of them even though he didn't win. Oneover went super when placed in a couple of the better two year old races and should develop into a lovely three year old next season. Another colt to show up was the dual winner Prince Of Pops 2:00.7 ($20,648) who also showed enough in top company to suggest a lot more wins were in store. Of his fillies Supriya 2:00.1 looked very smart in a handful of starts while Nuala 1:58.8 (2000 mts) created a big impression winning her debut and was subsequently sold to Western Australia for a six figure sum. Changeover has had seven winners in New  Zealand to date which places him third on the New Zealand sires list for individual two year olds winners in 2013/2014 season. Another five of that first crop have been sold to Australia and won on that side of the Tasman as well. They include the very smart Controversial 1:57.1 who is three for three so far this season while other winners include Mister Lennox 2:02.3  Spendthelot 2:02.1  Beaudiene Bill 2:03 and Big Spending Telf 2:00.7. A lot of the Changeovers were produced at the trials with 32 qualifying during the season which bodes well for their three year old seasons. Two of those to really impress at trials but who never raced at two were the fillies Atchoo 1:59.2 and Docey Doe 1:59.6 who judging by their qualifying runs both look to have big three year old seasons in front of them. All in all Nevele R Stud could not have expected better results than those that Changeover delivered this season. Changeover has 99 yearlings ready to step out as two year olds next season with another crop of 89 behind that while he served a large book of 142 last season. Judging by the results of this seasons two year olds, Changeover looks to have a big future as a sire. Prince Of Pops Harnesslink media

It would be fair to say that New Zealand harness racing breeders have never really taken to the brilliant Swedish racehorse and sire Revenue. A great racehorse in both Europe and North America, Revenue improved as he got older with his best season being when he was eight when he took his lifetime mark of 1:51.6 on his way to earning $937,968 that season. Retired to stud after that season having made $2,375,768 in lifetime earnings, Revenue wasn't exactly rushed by breeders in North America yet has still been able to wrack up some impressive numbers. But  the stock of Revenue didn't hit the ground running early on and he was moved back to Sweden  before the great Market Share 1:50.2 ($3,274,011) arrived along with such talented trotters as Hot Shot Blue Chip 1:51.2 ($1,202,702) and Break The Bank 1:51.3 ($1,104,630). As of today the stock of Revenue have earned $17,027, 695 in stakes in North America from just 328 foals with 32 in 1:55 His sons and daughters in Sweden have joined in with 82 winners to date for stakes in excess of  32,000,000 SEK. Available through frozen semen at Nevele R Stud, Revenue has just six 4 year olds on the ground in New Zealand. Of those six, four have qualified and three have been winners with Dead Cat Bounce (3 wins) ($19,569) and Revenue Maker (2 wins) ($15,496) both looking as though they haven't reached their mark yet. Revenue has just three 2 year olds in the current season with five yearlings and 13 weanlings waiting in the wings. It would be no great surprise to us if one of those still waiting to race did a “Market Share” and proved to New Zealanders what the rest of the world already knows; that Revenue is a high quality sire. Still available via frozen semen for the coming season at Nevele R at $5,000 on 42 day test or $6,000 on live foal, Revenue would seem great value on the strength of his siring record in both North America and Sweden. Revenue Harnesslink media

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  

Harness racing buyers at this years All Aged sale in Canterbury held the upper hand right from the opening lot. Most of the broodmares for sale had foals at foot by such well-established sires such as Badlands Hanover and McArdle but most failed to even make four figures. Lockerup, the aged dam of champion trotter Sovereignty $678,321 made $5,000 in foal to Monarchy but most struggled to attract interest. Good examples of that lack of interest would be mares such as: Keepalert - A Life Sign half sister to Mach Alert $394,945 with a Changeover filly at foot made a paltry $400 High Tops Hanover - A mare by Western Hanover from a Big Towner half sister to Holmes Hanover with a filly by Tintin in America at foot fetched just $700 Cullen Katching - A striking young  mare by Christian Cullen from a Western Hanover half sister to seven winners including Pacific Flight 1:51 $562,345 and The Unicorn 1:56.7 $488,524, who was not in foal sold for a touch more at $1100. The weanlings were much more in demand. Top price went to the stunning McArdle colt from the 13 win mare Lady Toddy who is already the dam of four in 1;58. He fetched healthy $15,500 which in the context of the sale was a great result for the vendors, Nevele R Stud. Other weanlings to attract interest included *Changeover / Last Port Of Call  colt--$8100 *Monarchy / Lockerup  colt--$6400 * Vintage Master / Joyful Holmes  colt $6200 *Vintage Master / Supreme Classie  colt $4600 *Dali / Tammy Franco  colt $4500 For full results click here. The North Island leg of the All Aged sale will be held at Karaka on May 30th, The day before the Harness Jewels at Cambridge. Harnesslink media

For the first time in the Stud’s history, Nevele R is selling its entire 2013 foal crop through the PGG Wrightson Christchurch Weanling & All Age Sale on May 15. Nevele R and its sister company Spreydon Lodge will be offering almost 30 well handled weanlings,  21 broodmares with well-grown foals at foot and a handful of untried yearlings between them. A wide range of Nevele R's stallions are represented with the proven sire Badlands Hanover being well-represented with 8 weanlings,  leading percentage sires McArdle and Lis Mara with 3 and 4 respectively, five-time Group 1 winner Tintin In  America with 2, and champion pacer and promising first season sire Changeover and trotting sire Continentalman with one each. However the stallion with the most weanlings on offer is the beautifully credentialled son of Western Ideal,  Vintage Master 1:48.2f $2,160,953, with 10 youngsters (5 colts/5 fillies) catalogued. An outstanding racehorse, Vintage Master won over $1.3 million as a 3YO, set multiple world records as a 4yo and recorded sub 1:50 wins for four consecutive seasons. As well as his terrific racetrack stats, Vintage Master also boasts a superb maternal pedigree with his second dam a full sister to the great Silk Stockings. His sire Western Ideal has done a terrific job to date in NZ with his first crop of just 9 foals producing the Group 1 placed and multiple Invercargill track record holder Raksdeal 1:54.9 ($79,255 5 wins), Ideal Power 1:56.4 ($57,695 4 wins including two Nevele R Fillies Series heats), Jango Fett 1:55.8 ($29,107 5 wins) and Gentle Western 1:55 ($17,000 3 wins). Other sire sons of Western Ideal include the likes of Rocknroll Hanover and American Ideal who have both been very successful to date in NZ. Highlights of the Nevele R weanling draft include a stunning McArdle colt out of the Group 1 winning mare Lady Toddy (Lot 64), a strong looking Changeover colt out of a winning daughter of Broodmare Excellence Award winner Port Medley (Lot 66), colts from the immediate family of Excel Stride (Lot 52) and Ohoka Punter (Lot 53), a striking Vintage Master colt out of a half sister to NZ Free For All winner Waipawa Lad (Lot 62), as well as close relatives to the Group 1 winners Badlands Jewel and Bold Cruiser and NZ's fastest ever time triallist Christy Breanna 1:51.7 (Lots 61 & 65). There are some quality lots amongst  the broodmares on offer as well with a half sister to the Group 1 winners This Time Franco and There's A Franco (Lot 9), a Western Hanover mare from the family of Holmes Hanover (Lot 25) and a half sister to the former Group 1 GN Oaks winner OK Rock (Lot 37) entered. All the mares on offer have foals at foot with the foals by the likes of Changeover (4), Badlands Hanover (7), McArdle (4), Vintage Master (2), Live Or Die (1), Lis Mara (1), Tintin In America (1) and CR Commando (1). Pictures of the weanlings can be viewed at  and the broodmares at The sale is next Thursday, May 15, at the Canterbury Agricultural Park, starting at 1pm. by Nikki Reed, for Nevele R Stud

Paul Fitzpatrick has a fine record in the Nevele R Stud Newcastle Oaks having won the event three times in its ten year history. He has won the race with Village Swinger in 2004 with Blake in the sulky, Protikori won it in 2006 and she also won the Derby that year and I'm Insatiable won in 2010. Fitzpatrick has two very good chances to win on Friday night with Ocean Diva with Blake in the sulky and My Sweet Pawsha for Gavin. Nevele R Stud has sponsored the Newcastle Oaks for ten years straight. "Like our Derby sponsor, Mark Colin packaging, Nevele R Stud has been the only sponsor of the Newcastle Oaks since we reintroduced the race in 1994," said Newcastle CEO Ross Gigg. "Their support has been fantastic and I'm sure most people around the country side know Nevele R Corner at Newcastle which is at the 400 metres mark." It's very even field of three year old fillies. Two horses will fly the flag for the locals in Mother Kym for trainer Shane Tritton and Gee Tee Wage for Gerry Osborn. Thirty people will attend the Paceway on Friday night as guests of Nevele R Stud. The Nevele R Stud Newcastle Oaks will start at 8.15pm and is the first leg of the quadrella. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Tasmania’s harness racing raids on the mainland of late have been swift and decisive. And trainer Dick Eaves, whose filly Barynya tasted Group 1 success at Melton’s Tabcorp Park last Friday night in the Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks, hopes the Apple Isle’s imposing recent form can stand up for at least another few months as he targets Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series and Breeders Crown riches. Barynya, a Blissful Hall filly, upstaged hot favourite Nike Franco (fourth) and David Miles’ rising star Mindarie Priddy (second) to capture the $101,047 winner’s cheque in the Oaks. The triumph was another boon for Tasmanian harness racing after Beautide’s successes in the Inter Dominion, Miracle Mile and Len Smith Mile. Eaves, 69, described Barynya’s win as a career highlight and heaped praise on driver Rohan Hillier, who, he said, had played a key role in teaching the filly to race. “Rohan has just been unbelievable with her. He’s done a top job turning her into a racehorse on the track,” he said. “The other night the only thing that concerned me a little bit was getting into the passing lane as she’d never gone left. I did a lot of work with her during the week and I just said to him ‘make sure you don’t jerk her in there too hard’. He did a pretty good job.” Barynya is enjoying a freshen up in the paddock this week before hitting top gear once again in the lead-up to the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series starting next month. Eaves will be hoping his star filly has adapted to travel better than she did in the lead-up to the Victoria Oaks heats, when she became dehydrated on the trip to Victoria. “She was meant to be travelling over with some other horses but they didn’t turn up so she ended up making the trip over on her own,” Eaves said. “When she’s travelling on her own she just paws and digs. I think she just sweated out all the way.” But if she can put those travel issues behind her, and Friday night’s win suggests she has, the Tassie flyer looks set to take Eaves and connections on a thrilling journey. “It’s going to be an enjoyable ride,” he said. Meanwhile, Mark Purdon’s star two-year-old Follow The Stars kept his unblemished record intact last Friday with a sizzling 13.6m win in the Group 1 Australian Pacing Gold 2YO Colts and Geldings Final. The Art Major colt sat outside early leader Mach Doro before obliterating his rivals from the 400m point, romping clear in the home straight for the easiest of wins in a mile rate of 1:54.1. Follow The Stars boasts six wins from six starts. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Tomorrow night’s (Friday 2nd May) Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks night at Tabcorp Park Melton is set to exceed all expectations with potentially one of the best ever harness racing fields assembled for the Group 1 classic. And on a night where punters are readying themselves to dive in, the racing across the 10 event program is littered with quality as the squaregaiters compete in the Group 3 Uncle Petrika FFA. The juveniles get a chance to put their name up in lights with the $322,000 APG Final for the two-year-old colts and geldings which sees Mark Purdon have a stranglehold on the markets. The E K Bray Country Clubs Final is set to unleash some of Victoria’s rising stars from all across the state while the HBV Silver Chalice brings together the best four-year-old mares in work. Whichever way you look at it, things are hotting up at Melbourne home of Metropolitan trotting and with free entry each and every week there aren’t many better ways to kick off a weekend of frivolity. All the action will be covered live on Sky 1 (519) and on RSN ( To view the fields for simply click here or visit Good Form to get all the good oil on the meeting. Harness Racing Australia

In a ground-breaking arrangement, the two most time-honoured stud farms in New Zealand and Australia are partnering on a stallion – and will be partnering on more in the future. The stallion with the honour of consummating this relationship is the multiple World Record holder and Meadowlands Pace winner, A Rocknroll Dance – the first horse ever to record multiple sub-1:50 wins as a two-year-old and the only horse ever to win three consecutive races in sub-1:48. A $2.4 million winning son of Rocknroll Hanover, A Rocknroll Dance will stand at Nevele R in Canterbury with Alabar coordinating the marketing throughout New Zealand and Australia. Commercial breeders will no doubt gain great confidence from this arrangement as it should ensure A Rocknroll Dance an outstanding book of mares and give him the firepower to make a real impact at the sales and beyond. The participants in this deal make no secret of the significance they attach to it. Helena Francis, daughter of the late Wayne Francis and now managing director of Nevele R Stud: “Nevele R Stud has a proud history over the years of bringing to the breeders outstanding stallions. “By partnering with Alabar we see this as a means of ensuring that top stallions are available to our breeders. “We are looking forward to the opportunities that will arise from this relationship.” Graeme Henley from Alabar: “This is the way of the future. We’ll also be partnering on future deals. Both Nevele R and ourselves are committed to accessing the very best stallions for our breeders – to achieve this we need to not only work together and but also alongside the major farms in North America. “We wanted the first stallion we stood together to be the absolute best available – there’s no doubt A Rocknroll Dance is a very special horse.” Adam Bowden (principal of Diamond Creek Farm, the managers of A Rocknroll Dance, the owners of the most elite broodmare band in harness racing and a burgeoning force in the North America stud scene): “We believed in A Rocknroll Dance as a racehorse, we believe in him as a stallion, and we believe the combination of forces between Nevele R and Alabar in the Southern Hemisphere only begins to scratch the surface of what the future will hold. A stallion with his looks, pedigree and race record are a rare combination and combined with the success of Northern and Southern Hemisphere powerhouses Diamond Creek Farm, Nevele R Stud, and Alabar Farms, the sky is the limit.” A Rocknroll Dance is currently serving a full book in his first season at Diamond Creek’s Pennsylvania farm. His book is one of the best books afforded to a new stallion and includes the likes of one of the greatest fillies of recent times See You At Peelers ($1,573,260), the $2.6 million winner Loyal Opposition, the millionaire Tidewaterdragonfly, the brilliant filly Isabella Blue Chip (p,2,1:51.4, $792,069) and Wheres The Beach (the dam of none other than the great Somebeachsomewhere). Interestingly for the breeders of Australasia, both See You At Peelers and Isabella Blue Chip are by Bettor’s Delight. A Rocknroll Dance earned this tremendous support with a race career that was glittered with highlights. He was the richest two-year-old of his year and equalled the world record at that age. As a three-year-old he not only won the Meadowlands Pace but also the $500,000 Battle of Brandywine - in identical times of 1:48.2. As a four-year-old he was a monster, setting world records on both five-eighths (1:47.8) and half-mile tracks (1:49.2). His outstanding achievement of three consecutive sub-1:48 wins was recorded in winning an invitational at Pocono Downs (1:47.8) and the elimination and final of the $651,000 Canadian Pacing Derby (1:47.6 and 1:47.4). He is one of only three pacers in history to win in sub-1:50 at two, three and four. A horse who could lead or power over the opposition at the finish, he paced eleven sub-27 last quarters – fastest 25.4 and four sub-27 first quarters (when leading) – the fastest in 25.2. He defeated twelve millionaires, incl Foiled Again $6,089,210, Sweet Lou $2,133,011, Golden Receiver $2,130,368, Pet Rock $1,985,820, Atochia $1,793,594, Clear Vision $1,791,052, Bolt The Duer $1,724,645, etc. Bred in the purple, his dam is a half sister to the champion sire Western Hanover. This is an outstanding siring family with no less than eight sires of $100,000 winners in his first four dams. Intriguingly, he carries a 4 x 2 cross to the outstanding broodmare Wendymae Hanover. His fee is set at NZ$6,000 (plus GST) in New Zealand and AUS$6,000 (incl GST) in Australia. In a win for breeders he will be included in both the Nevele R and Alabar multiple mare discount schemes. Courtesy of Alabar Stud

In what is a fresh approach and a new strategy, Nevele R Stud has entered 30 weanlings, everything they bred, in the Christchurch Mixed Sales to be held on Thursday 15 May. The Stud has for decades either privately sold or just leased from the paddock their weanlings.  Marketing and Sales Manager, Nikki Read, and Studmaster, Jill Smolenski, both see the different attitude to its own breeding program as a far better move for the Stud’s future operations and role in the industry. Far from it being a reduction, Nevele R want the production of quality weanlings and yearlings for the market to become an ongoing part of the Stud’s annual set up. Plans were released in the “Press” this week for the subdivision of the late Wayne Francis’ Spreydon Lodge.  So part of the change in focus is about establishing Spreydon onto a piece of the Nevele R property and then incorporating and streamlining some of the operations. PGG Wrightson’s Peter Lagan said it is great to see the Studs stepping up.  “Breeding is a time consuming process and requires land, both of them costly.  The irony is that while our breeding numbers diminish the demand for stock on the ground is growing.  The Studs to my mind are ideally set up to breed”. Alabar Stud has entered 42 and Woodlands 27 weanlings in the Auckland All Age Sale which is being held this year on Friday 30 May, the day before the Jewels at Cambridge. “The trainers seem to welcome the opportunity to put their hands on something that’s already on the ground.  We are delighted to be cataloguing over 100 weanlings in May.” Footnote: Linda Lovegrace who won the Sires’ Stakes 2yo Fillies last week was yet another weanling purchase from the All Age Sales Harness Racing New Zealand

Don't get too carried away with the royally bred Bettor Think Twice when assessing chances for Friday night's PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Series 2yo Fillies Graduette at Addington Raceway - Click here to view the field. Trainer Cran Dalgety said he was treating the night's richest race as a $18,500 trial, and believed the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained Fight For Glory had the race all parcelled up. "My girl is as green as what I am, and like me needs a bit of time. She's not race hardened enough yet but hopefully come the Jewels Final she will be fizzing," the West Melton horseman said. "I can't see any of them beating Fight For Glory," he added. The $78,000 purchase at last year's New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch is the first of three Bettor's Delight foals out of the three-win Christian Cullen - Inspiring Dash mare, Rona Lorraine . She won the Group One Nevele R Stud Caduceus Club 2yo Fillies Classic, and also won Friday's Sales Series Graduette race - both in 2008. "It would be nice to pick up some crumbs behind Mark's horse, but after a few Sires Stakes heats and more race experience I think she will develop into a nice filly," Dalgety said. Bettor Think Twice, who will be driven by Dexter Dunn, has drawn two - one outside the favourite. With two races under her belt Fight For Glory is the most experienced pacer in the six-horse field. She won her only start at Addington, when making her debut as a $1.60 favourite on February 14. The Art Major filly then finished a neck second behind stablemate, Supersonic Miss and Blair Orange at the Cheviot meeting on March 2. The best of the rest appears to be the last start workout winner (mile rate: 2:04.5), the Nigel McGrath trained and Anthony Butt driven Joanne's A Delight. By Duane Ranger *Supersonic Miss, who beat Fight For Glory on debut, has had a setback which could affect the chances of an Australian campaign next month. The impressive Leonard Memorial winner did herself a mischief rolling her her box. She had been on the short list to go to Australia with Follow The Stars but no that could be in doubt. At this stage there is no substitute though Mark and Natalie have not ruled out a travelling companion for Follow The Stars.

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