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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      

Just as an announcement that a shipment of Dream Vacation frozen semen has become available once again to Australasian harness racing breeders we thought it is timely to look at the background of this son of Pine Chip. Dream Vacation achieved international recognition finishing second to the world champion Varenne in a then all time record 1:51 Breeders Crown encounter at The Meadowlands. Dream Vacation personifies the term “stallions pedigree” being a son of the World Champion Pine Chip from a full sister to Valley Victory’s brilliant son Victory Dream sire of the all time fastest Hambletonian champion Self Possessed. Pine Chip (1:51) was available in Australasia for six seasons but only covered 21 mares in NZ and just four in Australia. He did produce the champion Somrthingaboutmaori ($461,000) in Australia but nothing else of real class. So when Dream Vacation a son of Pine Chip was offered to Australasian breeders via frozen semen the response was very low key to put it mildly. Taking a time of 1:52 and winning stake money of $616,000, Dream Vacation was not in the same class as his sire as a racehorse but was a quality individual nonetheless. His record at stud in North America shows he was a talented sire and makes good reading remembering that Dream Vacation only stood at stud for five seasons in the US as he was exported to Sweden in 2007.  US stakes won - $25,495,000    Winners - 265     Sub 1:55 winners - 43    Sub 1;53 winners - 7  As a broodmare sire Dream Vacation has achieved a rarity having already produced the 2012 "Horse Of The Year" in Chapter Seven (now at stud) the equal fastest trotter on the Planet at 1:50.1 ($1,954,966). Okay, Dream Vacation was made available to Australasian breeders for over 10 years, but numbers of mares served were never very large. In New Zealand Dream Vacation has only 84 registered foals, three- year-old or older. The statistics for those 84 are nothing short of amazing. Starters - 66 which is 78% of his live foals.  Winners - 52  which is 62% of his live foals   Stakes won - $2,451,000 Winners include such stars as Stent $242,000, Leighton Hest $205,000, Cyclone U Bolt $192,000,   Real Deal Yankee $175,000, Dream Merchant $159,000, Boizel $148,000 and Great Getaway $117,000. In Australia he has just 29 foals three years or older for 21 winners including such handy trotters such as Dougie $89,000, King Kong Cooma $89,000, Likeaplayboy $88,000, Alderbaran Maori $74,000 and Maori Vacation $74,000  Right from the start , Dream Vacation has excelled at stud in Australasia. A lot of stallions have issues with their frozen semen not being as productive as their fresh semen. Not Dream Vacation. He has become the flag bearer for frozen semen in Australasia. As noted his frozen semen has just become available again at Nevele R stud and as a result Dream Vacation should serve books of mares more in keeping with his outstanding stud record to date in Australasia. JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues?

Breeding is such an inexact business that nothing can ever be taken for granted. One sire who this applies more than most is the great Artiscape.  In North America he was an absolute champion as a two and three year old on the track taking a mark of 1:49:3z on his way to winning $1,469,461. A measure of his quality was he ran 1 -2-3 in twenty five of his twenty six starts. And he took that kind of performance into the breeding barn when he went to stud. Right from the start he sired quality colts and fillies that were competitive with the best in North America. His stud statistics are outstanding. Stakes earned $89,648,000           Winners 834      Sub 1:55 - 404     Sub 1:50 - 30 He has eight millionaires (One Horse Of The Year, Rainbow Blue $1,600,000) including such standouts as Maltese Artist $2,340,000 Escape The Wind $2,129,000 Yankee Cruiser $1,457,000 and Rose Jewel $ 1,396,000. He also has sons showing up as sires with Yankee Cruiser already having progeny with stakes of $25,000,000 on the card including the brilliant Sweet Lou 1:47:4s $2,117,000 and Feelin Friskie who is 15th on the two year old sires list in 2013 and sixth on average earnings with just 35 foals.   In the 2001/2002 breeding season, Artiscape was made available to NZ breeders via frozen semen at Nevele R stud. Serving just 13 mares in his first year at a high service fee of $8,500. The next two seasons he bred 84 and 77 at the same fee.   For both the 2005 and the 2006 seasons he was shuttled to New Zealand and stood at Nevele R Stud. The number of mares he served in those two years was 56 and 43 which was in no small way a reflection of the performance of his first crops to hit the track in NZ. To say that his NZ stock under performed compared to their North American counterparts would be a massive understatement. From 218 foals in NZ he has left 90 winners but only two passed the $100,000 mark, Fight Fire With Fire ($151,657) and Steve McQueen ($179,835). So what is the reason for  the massive difference in results. The first three crops were all conceived in NZ via frozen semen could be the major contributing factor to his lack of success in NZ.. Some stallions such as Dream Vacation and Western Ideal seem to have no issue with frozen semen but some including Artiscape obviously don't have the same impact with frozen semen. Several sires have been available to NZ breeders via frozen semen whose results have been less than satisfactory but when available to breeders via fresh semen have produced a much better quality of stock. This leads one to the conclusion that frozen semen has to be evaluated on a sire by sire basis as it obviously doesn't work for some stallions. And Artiscape is definitely one of those. What all this has meant for NZ breeders is that Artiscape is poorly regarded in the marketplace which I feel has more to do with frozen semen in his case than his siring ability. It has meant that none of the commercial studs in NZ have stood sons or grandsons of Artiscape which is a real shame as they obviously have plenty to offer breeders going by the results in North America.  JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow

The fortunes of the injury prone harness racing stallion, Pay Me Christian are once again on the rise. This great looking son of Christian Cullen has more ups and downs than most but his small crop of 3yr olds currently racing in Canterbury give a hint of what might have been if he had been fertile enough to serve the large number of mares booked to go to him.   As a racehorse, Pay Me Christian had all the attributes of a top horse - Great presence and confirmation - Flawless gait - and blinding speed were all there in abundance. Displays of that speed were common, typified by his stunning win in the Newcastle mile in 1:52:8.   But due to a series of injuries, Pay Me Christian  never got close to fulfilling his potential on the racetrack.   Brought  into by Nevele R Stud whilst still racing, Pay Me Christian was retired prematurely due to his injuries and stood his initial seasons at the famous Canterbury stud.   And then his fertility became the issue. Unable to cope with a large book and having semen that didn't travel meant he stood just one and a half seasons at stud before he was withdrawn from commercial service.   Put back into work at Spreydon Lodge , he showed glimpses of his talent back on the track (2nd in 1:57mr over 2600m to Sammy Maguire) but failed to overcome all his issues.   A couple of starts in Australia followed before a second retirement from the track. He is now situated in NSW, and has 2 foals on the ground.   So Pay Me Christian really has had a roller coaster ride in the last few years and it hasn't finished yet.   His stock from his abbreviated stud career at Nevele R stud are now aged 3 and have been showing up at racetracks around Canterbury.   From a crop of just 27 foals he has had 8 qualifiers. Two of those in Ares(2:01.08 ) and Arma Augustus (2:01.03) won at 2 but it is a trio of 3yr old fillies who have really taken the eye. The Shakey Mistress (1:57.9) looks to have inherited all of her sires speed and Katie Kash and C A Penny have both looked way above average in recent trials and wont be long in winning races.   So despite all the adversity he has had to face on both the track and at stud, Pay Me Christian is starting to fashion a record at stud more in keeping with his potential.    JC   This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink will be doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia.   Elsu - Redemption awaits   McArdle - The quiet achiever   Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up!   Major In Art - Big and fast   Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion  

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.  

The “Trots” returned to the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Thursday September 12, when the Nyah HRC stages a compact seven event harness racing card. The theme for the night was excitement after a thrilling dead-heat was signalled in the opening event on the program – the Nevele R Stud Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres between Stonethachristian and Nuggetpan. Stonethachristian’s performance was gigantic, as he race three wide for almost the entire journey from gate six before joining the pacemaker and favourite Bazzas Art approaching the home turn. Surging clear in the straight with Nuggetpan in hot pursuit after following him throughout, the pair hit the wire in unison with the judge unable to declare an outright winner. A 5-Y-0 gelded son of Christian Cullen and Life Of Perfection trained by Mark Thompson in Rochester and driven by Michael Bellman, Stonethachristian recorded his 5th victory in 46 outings, while Nuggetpan a lightly raced 6-Y-0 gelding by The Wrath Of Pan from Fly Home trained at Pyramid Hill by Andrew Grogan with Brian Gath in the sulky was making only his third appearance at the races. The Reverend Black (three back the markers) finished third after being wide on the final bend. The mile rate being a brilliant 1-55.9. The Morley Park Stud Pace for C1 class was taken out by Merbein South owner/trainer Jason McGinty’s Kiwi bred 8-Y-0 Live Or Die/Andos Prospect gelding Gone Cruzin in a rate of 2-00.4. Driven by Nathan Jack, Gone Cruzin starting inside the second row enjoyed a cosy passage trailing the poleline leader Macray Divale, before using the sprint lane to score from Woodlea Cosmos (one/three – three wide last lap), with Los Bravos (three back the markers) third after also using the sprint lane. It was an all Mildura trifecta. It was another tight finish in the Global Stallions Pace for C0 class (mares), with Stanhope trainer/driver Gary Pekin’s 4-Y-0 daughter of Grinfromeartoear and Illawong Fabulous Illawong Fantasia greeting the judge. Despite spending all of the race parked outside the leader and favourite Carbon Cate (gate three) drawn inside her, Illawong Fantasia raced by wife Jane prevailed by a nose in a tricky finish over the fast finishing My Lishi (six wide home turn) from last in a mile rate of 1-59.8. Haryda Hanover finished third from three back in the moving line. Strathfieldsaye brothers Glenn and Daryl Douglas who usually win a race or two at most Nyah meetings, landed the Alabar Bloodstock Pace for C4 to C6 class over 2240 metres with 6-Y-0 Live Or Die/Kutas Lass gelding Itsnewstome in a rate of 2-00.2. Restrained from outside the front line at the start to settle at the tail of the field with the stablemate and favourite Run Forrest leading from gate three, Daryl sent Itsnewstome forward approaching the home straight on the first occasion to surprisingly be handed the front running on a platter. After an easy time, Itsnewstome kicked away on the home turn with Run Forrest using the sprint line to issue a half hearted challenge, so much so that Shelby Cruzin (three back the markers) was able to also use the sprint lane to dead-heat for second, with Itsnewstome scoring by 1.8 metres. On returning to the all clear, an interesting protest was lodged by both placegetters against each other which was subsequently dismissed. Glenn Douglas was again a winner when honest 6-Y-0 Flight N Irish/Blueberry Kris gelding Patos Wallet snared the Woodlands Stud Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres. Taking a concession for Bolinda based Josh Duggan, Patos Wallet starting from the extreme draw possied three back in the moving line, with Luke Watson’s East West Star leading from gate three. Easing three wide solo in the final circuit, Patos Wallet surged clear on the home turn, winning by 1.4 metres in advance of Wrinkle Knutt (one/three), with Lerrad Maharg (three back the markers – four wide home turn) running home late for third. The mile rate 1-58.4. It was Patos Wallet’s 5th victory in 47 outings. On what was a great night for the Mildura McGinty’s, former Kiwi gelding Cyclone Mach was successful in the Warwick Stud Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres in a rate of 1-57.1. Trained by Brian (Jason’s father), Cyclone Mach driven by Michael Bellman was taken back from outside the front row to settle at the rear. Sent forward three wide uncovered in the last lap, Cyclone Mach ran to the wire in impressive fashion to score by 4.2 metres from the heavily supported leader Who Broke Our Halo (gate five), with Primo Tapia (gate six) a game third after racing in the open. The Goodtime Lodge Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1609 metres concluded the meeting and the long odds-on favourite Spokewoman was an easy winner in 1-58. Prepared at Mildura by last season’s state leading trainer Shayne Cramp, Spokewoman (gate two) driven by Nathan Jack crossed the pacemaker Lycoming Racer inside her at the bell, before coasting to the wire 6.9 metres in advance of Joe Costa’s Life Of Ted (one/two) and Elle Jasper along the sprint lane from three back the markers. *** The next Nyah meeting will be Cup Night on Saturday October 19. Len Baker    

The Auckland Trotting Club is pleased to announce the following bonuses for Owners and Breeders on Friday Night (30th August).   Glenferrie Farms are kindly donating a service fee for Tintin In America to the winning owners of both of their sponsored races (races 1 & 9). Five time Group One winner Tintin In America is standing at Nevele R Stud for a fee of $2250 +GST.   The Auckland Trotting Club is also offering a service to Tintin in America for tender (any collection, transport or other associated costs are not included). Tenders should be forwarded in writing to the following address before 5pm Friday 6th September 2013;   Auckland Trotting Club PO Box 26021 Epsom Auckland 1344   (Please note highest or any tender not necessarily accepted)   As a bonus for Breeders, the winning Breeder of the ‘Equibreed NZ Mobile Pace’ will receive a $500 Equibreed voucher to be used towards a breeding programme.   Friday night will also see the annual running of the Island Of Origin Drivers Series with 12 of New Zealand’s leading drivers competing.   David Branch

Harness Racing SA has announced that they will run a stallion tender in  conjunction with Glenferrie Farms and they are offering  FOUR (4) services from leading stallion, Tintin In America,  who stands at  Nevele R Stud,  in New Zealand. The  services  are to be sold by tender. Tintin In America is by McArdle from the In The Pocket mare Zenterfold. He won five Group 1 races during his career including the 2009 3yo Breeders Crown at Melton,   he also won the Harness Jewells as a 3 & 4 year old. Tenders for all four services close at HRSA offices at 5pm  on September 2nd and must be on official tender form found here.  Victorian trainer reinsmen Glen Douglas made a hit and run raid to Betezy Park Globe Derby on Saturday night and went home with a double, Jordylan and Gohardorgohome both saluted for Douglas. He also had Itsnewstome finish second to Hilltop Raider in the opening event and Spersub a gallant third to Turnover,   Mount Gambier held their annual dinner and stallion auction at the Comfort Inn Silver Birch last week and as usual the night was a great success with services to Julius Caesar, BG’s Folly being scooped up by Western Australian breeders  and one lucky NSW breeder was successful in securing the Alabar new boy Smiling Shard service. Other stallions offered where Union Guy and Western Edition who has relocated to Ian and Judi Slater’s Goodtime Lodge near Colac. Mount Gambier president Phil Wood said” the night was successful but we still have services to Lawman and Ambro Variable still for sale” and if anyone is interested contact Phil Wood on 0407609206. Wood also said” the club contributes some $60,000 toward prize money each year and this fund raiser along with sponsorship goes towards that  target.” He added  Harness Racing Victoria has also included Mount Gambier in four heats of a R0 series in which the finals will be run at Hamilton and Horsham, so those events are likely to attract Victorian visitors.  Mount Gambier season kicks off on December 8th. Gary Newton  

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

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.

Located in Prebbleton, Nevele R Stud comprises of over 500 acres of quality pasture and currently stands eight harness racing stallions, including Changeover, McArdle and Live Or Die.

Nevele R Stud is thrilled to announce that world champion pacer and double millionaire Vintage Master (p4, 1:48.2f $2,160,953) will be joining Nevele R's on-farm stallion ranks this coming breeding season.

World champion pacer Lis Mara sired his first New Zealand harness racing winner over the weekend with the smart juvenile Seven Point One taking out an $18,000 heat of the Magness Benrow Sires Stakes 2YO Fillies Series (1,950m) at Addington Raceway on Friday evening.

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