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Breckon Farms, the model Ohaupo-based harness racing breeding establishment founded by Ken and Karen Breckon in 2007, is offering its largest and best quality draft ever at the NZB Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka on February 13 and 14. The consignment comprises 21 colts and 15 fillies by nine different stallions including champion sires Art Major (6 colts, 6 fillies), Bettor’s Delight (2 colts, 3 fillies) and Majestic Son (1 colt). There’s also stock by the emerging sires A Rocknroll Dance (3 colts), Father Patrick (1 colt, 2 fillies), Sweet Lou (2 colts), Betting Line (1 colt) and Always B Miki (1 filly) and five colts and three fillies from the first crop of the brilliant, young trotting sire What The Hill. Paul Campbell is joined today by Breckon Farms Nigel J Fahy to showcase their 2021 draft being offered up at this years NZB Standardbred sale. Nigel and Paul discuss some of thier draft that its littered with Group 1 descendants. Breckon Farms have one colt by A Rocknroll Dance in this sale. A Rocknroll Dance is the sire of multiple Group 1 winners from his debut crop in the Southern Hemisphere. He was the leading first season sire in North America, leading first season sire in New Zealand and leading first season sire in Australia! A Rocknroll Dance is a multiple Group 1 sire in Australia. Lot 59 Maybe Rocknroll Maybe Rocknroll is a half-brother to Sires Stakes 2yo heat placegetter Bettor Call Me. He is a bay colt bred on the golden cross of Rocknroll Hanover over Artsplace. He’s a son of the Meadowlands Pace winner and emerging young sire A Rocknroll Dance, the sire of Australia’s fastest ever two-year-old Bar Room Banta. The colt is a half-brother to the Sires’ Stakes 2YO heat placegetter Bettor Call Me. His dam is a half-sister to the dam of the NZ Derby placegetter Shandale and the Menangle winner Shandance, while his grand-dam is a daughter of the 2yo Pacing Filly of the Year Megaera. He’s very closely related to the current top Australian sprinter Cash N Flow and the Breeders Crown champion Katy Perry. Breckon Farms have one colt by Betting Line in this sale. In 2020 Betting Line ranked 4th among two-year-old Pacing Money Winning Sires with $1,403,573 earned and an amazing 93 starters form 119 foals. Betting Line's freshman performers was led by Abukabett Hanover p, 2, 1:50.3S $162,335 (12 starts-4-1-2) Winner of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Metro Elimination, Nassagweya Stakes and Champlain Stakes. It was a red letter day for Betting Line with his first two starters at the races this week in Australia - and both returning to scale winners! The outstanding son of Bettor's Delight couldn't have commenced his Australian siring career in a better way, with recent trial winner Comet Cruusader (Betting Line - Shimmering Star - Badlands Hanover) taking on the HRNSW 2YO Guaranteed Pace at Newcastle, and winning in strong style over the favourite in 1:56.6.  Lot 97 Havapunt Havapunt is a colt from a half-sister to 2yo Filly of the Year Elle Mac. A brown colt from the second crop of the Little Brown Jug winner, world champion and USA 3yo colt of the Year Betting Line. He’s out of the successful Mach Three mare Goodlookingbabe, a half-sister to the crack racemare Elle Mac, whose successes includes the Sires’ Stakes 2yo and 3yo Finals, Northern Oaks and Harness Jewels, and to the multiple Group 1 placegetter Miss Streisand. His grand-dam is a half-sister to the $340,000 earner Mark Dennis, the dual Winter Cup winner Waitfornoone, the Listed winner Fight Fire With Fire and to the dam of the dual South Breckon Farms have eight yearlings by What The Hill in this sale. What The Hill's first crop of yearlings have impressed harness racing breeders across the world, they are strong, great types and easy to handle. The first crop to the yearling sales in New Zealand are all the talk amoung breeders and trainers and potential buyers throughout the Country. On the race track, What The Hill was a star. As one of the fastest sons of Muscle Hill he took a career equaling record of 1.51.4 at his last start and accumulated $1,345,999 in stakes. Lot 67 Keep It Klassy Keep It Klassy is a sister-in-blood to Tailored Elegance. She is a filly from the first crop of the US 3yo Trotting Colt of the Year and Breeders Crown champion What The Hill. She’s a sister-in-blood to the NZ Sires’ Stakes 2yo Championship winner and 2yo Trotting Filly of the Year Tailored Elegance and the $150,000 earner Sertorious. Her dam Classic Armbro is a half-sister to the NSW Trotting Championship winner Sunny Elegant, the dam of the Bathurst Gold Coronet winner Pegasus Elegance. The filly’s grand-dam the outstanding racemare Merinai won the Rowe Cup and Dominion Handicap and was named NZ Horse of the Year and Trotter of the Year in 1997. The Sires’ Stakes winner Rosscoe and the Bill Collins Mile placegetter Pretty Sunday are other close relatives Lot 87 Bet N Win Bet N Win is a brother-in-blood to Yearling Sales 2yo Final placegetter Cheeky Babe. He is a colt from the first crop of the exciting, young Muscle Hill horse, the USA 3yo Trotter of the Year, What The Hill. His dam Factor The Odds is a half-sister to the Group winners and $100,000 earners Stress Factor, the 3yo Trotting Colt of the Year whose successes included the Victoria Derby and Breeders Crown 3yo Final, and the NZ three-year-old mile race record holder Prince Fearless, who won the Hambletonian Classic and Yearling Sales 2yo Trot. The grand-dam Fear Factor won the Sires Stakes 2yo Championship and NZ 2yo Trotting Stakes and was 2yo Filly Trotter of the Year. Lot 91 Ferdinand Ferdinand is a half-brother to the Group winning trotters Stress Factor and Prince Fearless. He is a bay colt from the first crop of the USA 3yo Trotter of the Year and millionaire What The Hill. He’s out of the Sires Stakes 2yo champion and 2yo Filly Trotter of the Year Fear Factor, the dam of five to race and four winners including the $100,000 earners Stress Factor, the 3yo Trotting Colt of the Year and winner of the Victoria Derby and Breeders Crown 3yo Final, Prince Fearless, who won the Hambletonian Classic and Yearling Sales 2yo Trot and set a NZ record as a 3yo, and the Sires Stakes 2yo Prelude winner Not About The Money. Lot 124 Hugh Hoofna Hugh Hoofna is a colt from a half-sister to Rock Tonight. He is a brown colt who is one of the initial crop of the US 3yo Trotter of the Year and Breeders Crown and Canadian Trotting Classic winner What The Hill. He’s the first foal of the winning Love You mare Loveonthelawn, a half-sister to six winners including the Melton and Gloucester Park winner of $130,000 Rock Tonight and the Group placegetters Lifeoftheparty and You Rock. His grand-dam Rock’n Rhonda won the North Island Breeders Stakes and Green Lane Cup and was a half-sister to the 2yo Trotter of the Year Go Right and to the dams of Take Gold (1:58.4) and Tart N Tights (2:00) Lot 127 Luby Lill Luby Lill is a half-sister to Tickle Me Pink and Luby Lou. She is boasting a 4x4 cross to Valley Victory, the filly is from the first crop of the Muscle Hill horse What The Hill, the winner of $1.2 million and the US 3yo Trotter of the Year. She’s a half-sister to the Group 1 winners Tickle Me Pink, the 2018 3yo Trotting Filly of the Year and whose successes included the 3yo Jewels and Sires’ Stakes 3yo Championship, and the NZ Derby and Oaks winner Luby Lou, the 2017 3yo Trotting Filly of the Year. Their dam the Andover Hall mare Luby Ann won four races and left two winners from two foals, the grand-dam left six foals for four winners and the third dam had nine foals for five winners. Harnesslink Media  

Sweet Lou has made a stellar start to his harness racing stallion career down under, being crowned the leading first season sire in both New Zealand and Australia in the 2018/19 season and has continued to produced outstanding racehorses including a quinella in the first two-year-old race at Addington last week. His daughter’s Sweet On Me and Double Expresso were the two leading 2YO fillies in Australasia in his first crop produced. Top breakers and trainers have nothing but good things to say about natural gaits, attitude, temperament and willingness.  Sweet Lou presents commercial Australasian Breeders with quality bloodlines not currently available. He is a complete out-cross being by the son of Yankee Cruiser (Artiscape) out of Sweet Future (Falcon's Future) who is a USTA Hall of Fame inductee. His maternal line is one of USA's strongest with with his half brother being $2.7 million winner and World Champion Bettor Sweet (Bettor's Delight) and half sister 1.51.1 mare Sweet Paprika (Artiscape) Sweet Lou was a multiple world record holder and exceptional speed machine! In this race above Sweet Lou beat probably the richest field in history with combined earnings of $26,917,444. That is an average of $2,691,744 for each starter. This writer believes that it is possibly the richest field ever produced on the race track in one race. At New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka on Sunday, 14th of February there are 26 yearlings by Sweet Lou and in the Breckon Farms draft there are two colts. Lot 21 Shanghai Lou Shanghai Lou is from a sister to Group 1 Queensland Seymour Nursery Stakes winner Burnaholeinmypocket. He is a bay colt bred on the identical cross of the Harness Million winner Aladdin and Harness Jewels winner Sweet On Me, being by Sweet Lou from a Bettor’s Delight mare. He’s the first foal of a sister to the Group 1 and prolific Melton winner Burnaholeinmypocket and the Melton, Menangle and USA winner Positano and a half-sister to the Melton winner Fleshing. His third dam Flash Atom won the Group 3 North Island Standardbred Breeders Stakes and was the 4YO Pacing Mare of the Year. Lot 49 Mr President Mr President is a half-brother to four sub 2:00 winners. He is a bay colt by the world champion Sweet Lou, the sire of the classic winners Aladdin, Sweeto On Me, Virgil and Double Expresso. He’s a half-brother to six winners including the Yearling Sales 2YO North Island Graduate and Sires’ Stakes 2YO heat winner Chachingchaching, the 1:53 Menangle winner Giddy Heights, the Cardigan Bay Stakes place getter Smart Fortune who won last night in Australia (now with 6 wins and 21 placings for $64,500) and to the dam of the Perth winner Head Honcho. His dam the Presidential Ball mare Affairs Of State, a Group 1 place getter is a daughter of the triple Oaks winner and 2YO and 3YO Filly of the Year Under Cover Lover. Affairs Of State is a half-sister to the Yearling Sale Series 2YO Final winner My Exotic Lover, the dam of the multiple NSW Group winner Match In Heaven, and to the dams of the outstanding WA pacer Vampiro, the winner of seven Group races, the WA Derby winner Major Trojan, the WA 4 & 5YO Championship winner The Odd Lover and Our Classical Art.   Harnesslink Media            

Champion harness racing's stallion Bettor's Delight is now 23 years old and top sire Art Major is just one year younger at 22. These two stallions dominate the Australasian sires lists and once gone new stallions have to emerge or should emerge. Some highly promising young stallions are out there but to date breeders are still looking for the next hot commercial stallion to arrive in the flesh. Bettor's Delight needs no introduction and to date has completely dominated money winning sires lists throughout the world. In North America to date he has produced the winners of over $270 million!  That is right $270 million to date with an average of $129,521 per foal. He has 31 winners with over $1,000,000 in earnings and that is just in North America. In Australia Bettor's Delight has produced the winners of over $47 million with an average earnings per starter of $63,000. And in New Zealand Bettor's Delight has produced the winners of over $61 million to date including the mighty Lazarus with $4m to his credit.. Total earnings world-wide from Bettor's Delight progeny to date is a staggering $378 million the most of any stallion thoroughbred or standardbred in history. There is no comparison, no stallion even comes close and they are the facts. By the way, if you have forgot about who the sire of the dam of Bettor's Delight is, it is Armbro Emerson, yes Armbro Emerson, by Abercrombie from an Albatross mare. It such a laugh when you listen to some breeders and hear that they would not breed to such and such stallion because the stallion is out of a mare by a sire not well known. Or by a sire that is not well known!  Bettor's Delight winning the 2001 North America Cup XVIII Next to talk about is top sire Art Major who is now 22 years old. Once again Art Major needs no introduction as he is a top commercial stallion Down Under. Art Major has produced to date over $144 million in progeny earnings in North America. He has an average earnings per foal, old enough to race of $97,612 and has sired nine millionaires. In Australia he has done an exceptional job with progeny earnings of over $68 million with an average earnings per starter of just under $50,000. In New Zealand Art Major has sired the winners of over $17 million. Art Major has progeny earnings of $229 million worldwide. By the way Art Major is out of a Nihilator mare who in turn is out of a Big Towner mare. Art Major winning the 2003 Canadian Pacing Derby Final There are 25 yearlings by Bettor's Delight in the National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka on Sunday and 31 in the Sale in Christchurch next week. There are 19 yearlings by Art Major in the National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka and 41 in the Sale at Christchurch next week. In the Breckon Farms draft there are two colts an a filly by Bettor's Delight that we have not covered to date. Lot 2 Ok Boomer Ok Boomer pedigree combines both the champion sires Bettor's Delight and Art Major. Ok Boomer's dam a half-sister to mother of top Australian Grand Circuit pacer King Of Swing. Ok Boomer is a colt by the incomparable Bettor’s Delight out of the Art Major mare Reachforthetill, an unraced half-sister to the NZ Sires’ Stakes 3YO champion and Great Northern Oaks winner Twist And Twirl, the dam of the Miracle Mile and A. G. Hunter Cup winner King Of Swing and the Sires’ Stakes 2YO Final winner Bettor Twist. His dam is also a half-sister to the multiple NSW Group winner Feels Like Magic and to the $130,000 winning mare Bettor Give It, whose the dam of the NSW Sapling Stakes and SA Derby winner Mach Dan. Lot 101 Greater Good Greater Good is a sister to champion racemare Elle Mac. She is a bay filly bred on the identical cross as Lazarus, Chicago Bull, Ohoka Punter and Thefixer. She’s by the world’s leading stakewinning sire Bettor’s Delight from the Christian Cullen mare Goodlookinggirl, the dam of five foals to race for four winners headed up by the 2YO Filly of the Year and 4YO Mare of the Year and NZ record holder Elle Mac, the winner of 12 races and $607,000 including the Sires’ Stakes 2YO and 3YO Finals, Northern Oaks and Harness Jewels. She’s a half-sister to the Sires’ Stakes 2YO Final, Young Guns and Queensland Oaks placegetter Miss Streisand. Her dam is a half-sister to nine winners including the dual Winter Cup winner Waitfornoone, Mark Dennis, the winner of $340,000, the Listed winner Fight Fire With Fire and to the dam of the dual South Australian Cup winner and dual Inter Dominion Final placegetter Flaming Flutter (1:49.2) and the Alabar 3YO Classic winner Two Times Bettor. Lot 105 Bettor High Bettor High is a half-sister to 1:56.5 NSW winner Bita Banta. A filly by the incomparable Bettor’s Delight with a 3x4 cross to Cam Fella and a 4x4 cross to Abercrombie. She’s a half-sister to the NSW winner Bita Banta (1:56.5). Her dam the 1:57 winning Mach Three mare High Society Gal is a sister to the Yearling Sales 2YO North Island Graduate and Sires’ Stakes 2YO heat winner and Newcastle Mile placegetter Chachingchaching and a half-sister to the Menangle winner Giddy Heights (1:53.9, the Young Guns placegetter Smart Fortune and to the dam of the Perth winner Head Honcho (1:53.7). The grand-dam is a Group 1 placegetter who’s a half-sister to the Yearling Sales 2YO Final winner Exotic Lover and to the dam of the outstanding WA pacer Vampiro In the Breckon Farms draft in the National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka on Sunday they have five Art Major colts that we have not covered to date. Lot 42 Wild Willow Wild Willow is a colt from a NZ Sires Stakes Championship winner. A colt by the outstanding racehorse and sire Art Major. He’s the second foal of the Sires’ Stakes 3YO Championship winner, NSW Ladyship Mile placegetter and NZ record holder Willow, a half-sister to two sub 2:00 winners and to the dam of the prolific Albion Park winner Phantom Rockstar. The colt’s grand-dam Listen To The Rhythm won 15 races and $130,000 and was placed in the Breeders Crown 3YO Final. He’s closely related to the Australian Horse of the Year and Grand Circuit champion Atitagain, the Messenger winner Rain Again, Tricky Styx, who won the WA Diamond and Champagne Classics, and the WA Pearl Classic winner Go West U Terror. Lot 94 Capital Gains Capital Gains is an Art Major colt out of a sister to Elle Mac. A colt by the sire of the Miracle Mile winner Field Marshal, the Victoria Cup winner For A Reason and the champion racemare Princess Tiffany. His dam, Fellamongsttabeauty, is a Bettor’s Delight sister to the six-time Group 1 winner Elle Mac, the winner of $607,000, and a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 placegetter Miss Streisand. The grand-dam is a half-sister to four $100,000 earners including Mark Dennis, the dual Winter Cup winner Waitfornoone, Fight Fire With Fire and to the dam of the dual South Australian Cup winner and dual Inter Dominion Final placegetter Flaming Flutter (1:49.2), the winner of $820,000. Lot 109 Major Hulabaloo This colt is from the family of the great Rocknroll Hanover. He is a bay colt who carries a 2X3 cross to super sire Artsplace. A son of the great Art Major, the sire of the winners of more than $100 million, he’s from a powerful all-American family. He’s the second foal of Bettor’s Delight mare whose dam ranks as a half-sister to eight winners including the multiple NSW Group winner Blazin N Cullen. The colt’s third dam is a sister to top American racehorses and sires Red River Hanover, Richess Hanover, Rustler Hanover and Righteous Hanover and a half-sister to the Hall of Fame Immortal Rocknroll Hanover. Lot 130 Lydia's Art This colt is from a sister to the Jewels, Breeders Crown and Oaks winner Partyon and the dual Derby winner Line Up. He is a bay colt by the seven-time champion Australian two-year-old sire Art Major, the sire of the winners of more than $100 million and 16 in the 1:50 list. He’s the first colt form the Bettor’s Delight mare Lydia’s Delight, a full sister the 2YO Jewels, 2YO Breeders Crown, NSW and Northern Oaks and Queen Of Hearts winner Partyon, the NSW and Victoria Derby winner Line Up, the 1:53 Menangle winner Typhoon Stride and the Sires’ Stakes 2YO heat winner Ubettabelieveit. The colt is from the immediate family of the Group 3 winner Glenferrie Blade (1:52.8 and the Melton and Menangle winner High Rolling (1:51.8) Lot 133 Wolf Of Wall Street Wolf On Wall Street is a grandson of the NZ Oaks placegetter Angela’s Dream. Boasting a 2x4 cross to the incomparable Artsplace, this brown colt is by the champion racehorse, sire and broodmare sire Art Major. He’s the second foal of the 1:59 Bettor’s Delight mare Moving Money, a daughter of the Nevele R Fillies heat winner and NZ Oaks runner-up Angela’s Dream who’s a half-sister to seven sub 2:00 winners and three $100,000 earners including the NZ Sapling Stakes winner Jackson Street, the Gloucester Park winners Fifth Edition and Meet Me In Seattle and the Albion Park winner Brass Lantern. Harnesslink Media

One of the men responsible for selling our elite yearlings at the up-coming sales loves the fact standardbred vendors are embracing technology to fill the void for potential buyers who can’t be there in person. And that has even extended to pre-sale endoscopic reports in what is a rarity for standardbred sales in this part of the world, which New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred’s James Jennings says is a very smart move. “Because the standardbreds are so clean winded 99 per cent of them come back great so the scoping is a really good move,” he offers. Endoscopic examination of the upper respiratory tract has been a common post-sale practice in thoroughbred sales since 1995 but even more common place these days are pre-sales examinations which are placed in a repository at the sales allowing vets to check horses airways for potential buyers before they bid. That and x-rays have become huge determinants of how thoroughbred yearlings sell but the harness racing industry has been far less demanding in those regards. Some would say, in the case of x-rays, that could be a good thing, some would say it is shooting in the dark. But in this new era when Australian buyers can’t be at the sales grounds because of travel restrictions, the more information vendors can supply the better and Jennings says three of the biggest preparers for the Karaka sale which starts at noon on Sunday have embraced that. “Woodlands, Breckon Farms and Logan Hollis and Shane Robertson have all taken pre-sale scopes and we think that is great,” says Jennings. “It provides even more info for potential buyers which might make them more comfortable, particularly if they are considering making a significant purchase. “And the real beauty of it is the standardbreds scope so well. 99.9 per cent of the time the scopes are great because as a breed they have big open airways and most of them scope as 1 or 2s (good airways with no expected breathing issues). “So we applaud vendors for doing it.” Logan Hollis, who prepares a very strong 15-horse draft for Karaka, says 13 of theirs have been scoped and it is just another level of professionalism as the standardbred industry tries to rise to the levels of the thoroughbred sales. “We had one owner who didn’t bother getting them done but we are happy to do them and provide buyers with some extra peace of mind,” says Hollis, who says he has his best ever draft. Jennings says vendors have excelled this year with the standards of their photos, video presentations and overall information for buyers, again crucial for the Australian market. “We have already had two of the biggest Australian buyers register and we expect plenty more.” One of those buyers, Jean Feiss, says she intends to buy New Zealand yearlings but as a very hands-on buyer she misses seeing them up close. “It is definitely different not being there,” laments Feiss. “You miss the atmosphere and knowing who you are bidding against as well as I usually see the horses at different stages in the months leading up to the sales. “So I really miss all that but I will be still looking to buy.” Jennings says for all the information available online for most yearlings going under the hammer next week, some buyers who can’t get to yearling tours and inspections have been going straight to the source. “A lot of people are using Facetime for real time inspections,” he explains. “I have been on the Southland yearling tour this week where there have been some stunning yearlings and a lot of people had their phones out and I thought they were videoing the horses. “But when you get closer you realise they are actually talking to somebody on Facetime and showing them the yearling at the same time. “So people are really embracing the technology which can only help come Sunday and next week.” The yearling parade for the Karaka sale starts at 1pm on Saturday with the first lot under the hammer at noon on Sunday before the sales heads to Canterbury on Monday.   By Michael Guerin

Highly promising harness racing three-year-old trotter Son Of Patrick by Father Patrick, made it four wins from nine starts, last three wins in a row, when winning at Cambridge on Friday. Son Of Patrick is from the first crop Down Under of the hot trotting sire Father Patrick. With just 28 live foals that are three-year-olds in New Zealand, Father Patrick is of to a flying start as a sire having now sired five winners todate. They including recent winners the Have No Fear, Desbois and La Reina Del Sir. In 2020, Father Patrick reached new milestones with millionaire and Breeders Crown winner Amigo Volo ($1,644,781) plus the debut syndication of the highly touted Greenshoe 1:49.4 ($1,387,376) who was syndicated for huge money and now stands at Hanover Shoe Farm for a service fee of $25,000. Greenshoe’s star studded full books continue to flatter Father Patrick as well as the emergence of top three-year-old fillies Crucial, Panem, and Sister Sledge. Father Patrick ended the year ranked #2 in overall earnings by 3 year olds, behind only Muscle Hill as well as #2 by average earnings per starter.  Father Patrick's first North American crop has stunning statistics with 44 foals born (for 26 winners) with average earnings of over $106,000 per foal born. Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm who stands Father Patrick says "We believe in the quality of his foal crops of 2020 and 2021. The stage is set for even more champion sons and daughters. His best-bred crop are due to foal in 2021 and I am personally confident in Father Patrick and what he has in the pipeline." Remember at last years sale at Lexington, Father Patrick sired the world record price for a Standardbred yearling at $1,1,00,000 for the full brother to harness racing trotting star Greenshoe, Hip No. 44 Maverick, shattered the record book Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.  Breckon Farms have three yearlings by Father Patrick that are selling a the New Zealand National Standardbred Sale at Karaka on the 14th of February. They have two fillies and one colt in this sale.  Lot 52 Lady Larni Lady Larni is from winning half-sister to Group winners High Gait and Twentyten. Lady Larni is a bay filly by the dual world champion and dual Breeders Crown winner Father Patrick, the sire of the quinella pair in last year’s Australian Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Final. She’s the second foal of the Angus Hall mare Alannah Hall, a Melton winning half-sister to the outstanding young trotters High Gait, winner of the Sires’ Stakes and Breeders Crown 2YO Finals and the Victoria Oaks, Twentyten, winner of the Sires’ Stakes 3YO Final, Breeders Crown 3YO and 4YO Finals and NSW Derby, Regal Love, a placegetter in four Group 1’s, and the NZ Oaks runner-up Girls On Film. Lot 56 Kiss My Pixel Kiss My Pixel is from the family of The Almighty Johnson and Frozen Funds. She is a brown filly by the world champion and USA 2YO and 3YO Colt Trotter of the Year Father Patrick, sire of 2019 USA Trotter of the Year Greenshoe and the Australasian Breeders Crown 2YO champion Sangreal. She’s from the Muscles Yankee mare Broadband, a half-sister to the Victorian winners Silicon Valley and Petite Love and the NZ Group 3 placegetter Cyberspace. Her dam is a sister to the NSW Oaks winner Frozen Funds, the dam of the $100,000 winner Maximiser, and a half-sister to the National Trot placegetter The Almighty Johnson, the Menangle winner Yogi Johnson and the Melton winner Jimbo Johnson. The filly boasts a 3x4 cross to Valley Victory, the sire of Muscles Yankee and the grandsire of Muscle Hill Lot 71 Patrick Swayze Patrick Swayze is a colt with a 3x4 cross to Valley Victory, the sire of Muscles Yankee. He is a bay colt by USA 2YO and 3YO Trotter of the Year and dual world champion Father Patrick, the sire of the Australian Breeders Crown 2YO winner Sangreal. He’s out of the Group 3 placegetter the Muscles Yankee mare Cyberspace, a half-sister to the 1:58 Victorian winner Silicon Valley. His third dam the 3YO Trotter of the Year Inda Bank left seven winners including the Group 1 placegetter The Almighty Johnson and the NSW Oaks winner Frozen Funds, the dam of the $100,000 earner Maximiser. Harnesslink Media

Art Major is quite simply one of the greatest harness racing sires in the world today. He continually sires both high class fillies and colts. In North America he has sired the winners of over $145,000,000. In Australia he has sired the winners of over $68,000,000 and in New Zealand he has sired the winners of over $17,000,000 to date. Art Major is a seven time Australian Leading Juvenile Sire. Art Major set a new Australian 2yo prize money record with his first crop – and has been breaking his own record over and over again ever since. He is one of the world’s most commercial sires – a prolific sire of sales topping yearlings. Art Major continues to add to his incredible record and down under horses continue to show that they are as good as any in the world Major Occasion A pulled off an upset when defeating the best mares the US, or should we say the Southern Hemisphere, has to offer. The daughter of Art Major flew home to win the $172,850 Dorothy Haughton FFA over "Horse Of The Year" Shartin and the fastest mare ever bred in Australia Soho Burning Love. All three mares were bred in the Southern Hemisphere. Major Occasion A - $172,850 Dorothy Haughton FFA Art Major has sired the top North American mares Handsofmycookie ($1,408,428), Artimittateslife ($997,991), JK Shesalady 13 wins from 16 starts ($972,730), Swinging Beauty 1:49.4 ($893,740) and Precocious Beauty ($869,828) and in Australia he has sired the top mares Nostra Villa ($476,860), Lady Euthenia ($461,285), Major Occasion ($456,178), Our Golden Goddess ($442,410), Louvre ($402,665) and Quick Draft ($401,119). In New Zealand he has produced the very good mares Princess Tiffany ($943,262) and Fight For Glory ($403,492). At the New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale in the Breckon Farms draft at Karaka there are six sensational Art Major yearling fillies up for sale and they are from some of the best bred families in the stud book. Lot 24 - Sia Sia is a sister to last season’s smart juvenile Passion And Power. Sia is a bay filly bred on the same Art Major-Bettor’s Delight cross as Princess Tiffany, Shandale and the Derby winner Major Trojan. A sister to the good juvenile winner Passion And Power, she’s out of a daughter of Group 2 winner and Derby and Breeders Crown runner-up Hot Shoe Shuffle. Her dam ranks as a half-sister to seven winners including the Breeders Crown 2YO champion Glenferrie Shuffle, the Inter Dominion heat place getter Jivin Cullen, the Country Clubs Championship winner Joshua Mac and to the dam of the Australian Pacing Gold Final place getter Delightful Jazz. Lot 32 - Stumbling In Dam a half-sister to Twist And Twirl, dam of the great King Of Swing. Art Major filly who is the third foal of the Mach Three mare Spin To Win, a 1:59.3 place getter whose a half-sister to five winners including the Sires’ Stakes 3YO champion and Northern Oaks winner Twist And Twirl, she the dam of the Miracle Mile, A. G. Hunter Cup and Breeders Crown winner King Of Swing and the Sires’ Stakes 2YO Fillies Championship winner Bettor Twist. Spin To Win is also a half-sister to the Newcastle Cup and Shirley Turnbull Memorial winner Feels Like Magic and to the $130,000 Victorian mare Bettor Give It, the dam of the NSW Sapling and SA Derby winner Mach Dan. Lot 63 - Our Change Half-sister to dual Sires’ Stakes champion One Change. She’s an Art Major half-sister to the 2YO and 3YO Colt of the Year One Change, winner of the Sires’ Stakes Finals at 2 and 3 and the 2YO Harness Jewels, and to the Sires’ Stakes 2YO Final placegetter Renske B. Her dam is a half-sister to the NZ Cup and Derby winner and Breeders Crown champion Changeover, the prolific Perth winner Change Stride and Change Gear. The filly is closely related to the Jewels and Messenger winner Eamon Maguire, the Bathurst Gold Chalice winner Focus Stride and the dual Miracle Mile and Auckland Cup winner Chokin. Lot 75 - Hello Gorgeous Sister to the former WA cup class pacer Shandale. Bred on the same cross as Princess Tiffany, she’s by the champion juvenile sire Art Major from the Bettor’s Delight mare Deliughtful Dale, the dam of four sub 2:00 winners including the WA Stratton Cup winner and Inter Dominion heat place getter Shandale and the Menangle winner Shandance. Her third dam is the 2YO Filly of the Year Megaera. She’s closely related to the 1:49 NSW multiple Group winner Cash N Flow, the Interdom Consolation winner Reba Lord and the Yearling Sales Series 2YO winner The Reckoning. Lot 79 - Double Down Filly is closely related to dual Inter Dominion Final place getter Flaming Flutter. Bay filly by the sire of the winners of almost $200 million Art Major. She’s the second foal out of the 1:57 Bettor’s Delight mare Double Shot, a sister to four $100,000 earners including Mark Dennis, the winner of 47 races and $340,000, the dual Winter Cup winner Waitfornoone, Fight Fire With Fire and to the dams of the dual South Australian Cup winner Flaming Flutter (1:49.2), the winner of $820,000, and the Harness Jewels, dual Sires’ Stakes champion and 2YO Filly of the Year Elle Mac Lot 118 - Luvstruck Filly from the Caduceus Club Classic winner Linda Lovegrace. Bay filly by the seven-time Australian champion sire of two-year-olds Art Major. She’s the third foal of the Group 1 Caduceus Club Classic winner and Jewels, Breeders Crown and NZ Oaks place getter Linda Lovegrace, whose first foal Lovesomewhere is a winner. Linda Lovegrace ranks as a full sister to the Group 1 Young Guns and Group 3 Sapling Stakes winner Smooth Deal, the multiple Group place getter Gina Grace (1:51.8) and the Menangle winner Bettor Step Aside (1:54.5). The third dam Jessie Grace left 11 winners including five in 2:00 and three $100,000 earners including the WA Derby heat winner Pazam. Harnesslink Media

Being a direct descendant of one of an exclusive harness racing group of broodmare centurions, who have produced the winners of over 100 races, is surely a feat in itself. Unsung heroine Chaangerr (Vance Hanover / Nell’s Pride) achieved this rare feat some time ago and ranks fifth on the all-time list of New Zealand centurion broodmares. In fact, she has produced 11 individual winners, who between them have won an incredible 129 races. What is just as amazing is that her progeny have amassed stake earnings of over $3.25 million; the highest of any of the mares above her on the centurion list. For good measure, she is also the granddam of the winners of over $1.3 million in stakes. The two fillies out of Chaangerr retained by the breeders Rob Carr and Don Kirkbride for breeding, have been Changedown (Falcon Seelster / Chaangerr), who in her first eight foals has only produced one colt, with that colt being One Change and now Super Change (Mach Three / Chaangerr) who has produced their second colt at her first attempt. Lot 36 in the NZ National Standardbred Yearling Sale, at Karaka on 14 February, in the  Breckon Farms draft is the first foal from the modest winner Super Change, who is the last foal of her dam, a winning racemare of some repute herself, having won six races including the NI Breeders Stakes and was the 1995 NZ 4YO Pacing Mare of the Year. This yearling colt is very closely related to one of New Zealand's best pacers of the modern era in 9-time Group 1 winner Chokin (a full-brother to Chaangerr), whose wins included the NZ Trotting Cup, NZ Free-For-All, two Auckland Cups, two Miracle Miles, Victoria Cup, 2YO Young Guns Final, NZ 2YO Championship, 2YO & 3YO NZ Sires Stakes Finals and who is one of two millionaire pacers close up in this pedigree. Lot 36 Changealot The other is Changeover, a six-time Group 1 winner, whose wins included the NZ Trotting Cup in a world record time of 3:56.4, 3YO NZ Sires Stakes Final, Great Northern Derby, NZ Derby, Taylor Mile, Len Smith Mile, 3YO (Listed) & 4YO Harness Jewels – to be the first dual Jewels winner, 3YO Australasian Breeders Crown Final and is now a successful sire. Change Stride is a 1:50 winner in North America and is Chaangerr’s second winningest progeny, while Change Gear has 22 wins.  Another close relative is the juvenile star of the last two seasons, One Change, being 2019 NZ 2YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year and joint 2020 NZ 3YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year and in the process winning three Group 1 races in the 2YO Harness Jewels and 2YO & 3YO NZ Sires Stakes Finals. Chaangerr is also the third dam of NZ Messenger Championship and 4YO Harness Jewels winner Eamon Maguire, so in just two generations of this pedigree there are three individual Harness Jewels winners and another close relative in Fly Like An Eagle was a winner of the 2YO Harness Jewels of his year. Lot 36, aptly named Changealot, is truly a knight in shining armour. He is by leading sire Art Major, who is the sire of a Miracle Mile winner in Field Marshal and is an eight-time Harness Jewels winning sire, including being the sire of the only 3-time Harness Jewels winner Sky Major. So, Changealot has a pedigree fit for a king and has certainly got everything going for him, in his quest to continue the family destiny. Harnesslink Media  

He's Watching is creating a real buzz among the harness racing sire ranks at the moment. With only moderate size crops to the races in New Zealand, Australia and Canada and the fact that he stood in New Zealand before standing in Canada, has made it a little frustrating for the breeders to understand the results of his progeny. Hes Watching's first crop to the races were in New Zealand. His first crop in North America were six months behind New Zealand.. Hes Watching's outstanding son Tattoo Artist was last night voted Canada’s Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. The son of He's Watching was a winner of eight of his17 starts and more than $666,000 last season with victories in five Ontario Sires Stakes events and a division of the Simcoe Stakes. One of his finest performances was a finishing runner-up in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup to Horse Of The Year "Tall Dark Stranger" 1:47.1 ($2,365,549). If any stallion sired a three-year-old colt of the year from their first crop to the races, then Down Under breeders would normally send their best mares to that stallion in droves. The emphasis today with breeders seems to be to just listen to the major studs with their views on their own stallions and the breeders seem to just go along with them instead of doing their homework as He's Watching is producing fast, promising horses to date. With only two crops racing, He's Watching has made a spectacular start as a sire in Australia. In his first season he left 57 foals, and of these 37 to the races through their three-year-old season, and 23 are winners. Of 65 foals in his second crop, he had 28 starters, of which 14 were winners and seven were placed. From his first crop He's Watching sired a top colt in Private Eye (1:50.3), who won his first four starts and was one of the star two-year-olds of his season, and talented fillies in Blockjorg (1:55.5), winner of the WA Diamond Classic, and Belladonna Girl (1:57.1), the SA Southern Cross 3YO Final winner. Hes Sweet (APG Brisbane Sale Graduate), the Tontine winner Jilliby Selwood, Magnifico To Watch, the dual Group 1 placegetter Chamonix and Mostpeculiarmumma (SA Ladyship) have been other Australian winners by He's Watching from his first crops. In all, He's Watching has sired 38 winners from 66 Australian-bred starters and they have amassed $892,742 in stakes through the end of January. In New Zealand He's Watching has sired the rising star mare Watch Me Now 1:53.3 ($67,000) six wins from 14 starts, Experia 1:51.3 with six wins to date, Eagle Watch five wins ($61,000), Hereslookingatyou 10 wins ($50,000) and Pocket Watch 1:52. At the National Standardbred Yearling Sale in New Zealand there are only nine yearlings by He's Watching (5 colts and 4 fillies), and they could be the bargains of the year. In the Northern Sale there is only one colt by He's Watching Lot 126 Blaze A Trail bred on the same cross as the smart mare Watch Me Now 1:53.3 ($67,000) six wins from 14 starts, being by He's Watching from a Mach Three mare. In the Christchurch sale He's Watching has four fillies and four colts entered. Lot 255 Ultimate Girl a filly out of the Christian Cullen mare Ultimate Cullen. Lot 303 Riviera De Levante a colt out of the Christian Cullen mare Camolgi Cam. Lot 334 Teddy Roosevelt a colt out of the race-winning Falcon Seelster mare Eleanor Roosevelt Lot 334 Teddy Roosevelt Lot 347 Frisky Styx a colt out of the In The Pocket mare Free As A Bird. Lot 399 Twilight Bonnie a filly out of the Lis Mara mare Lottie Franco. Lot 408 Alto Alentejo a filly out of the Christian Cullen mare Marvao Cam. Lot 416 Chosen a filly out of the Falcon Seelster mare Motu Ironlady. Lot 425 He's Never Been Beta a colt out of the Bettor's Delight mare Never Been Bettor. Lot 425 He's Never Been Beta a colt out of the Bettor's Delight mare Never Been Bettor. Lot 425 He's Never Been Beta   Harnesslink Media

For a horse to succeed in Australasia, it must be as tough as it is fast. For a harness racing stallion to be highly successful he must be able to produce offspring with both these attributes. He must also arrive at a time when his pedigree complements the majority of the broodmare population. Bettors Delight was a blazingly quick racehorse, but his timely injection of toughness into our breed is most likely what has made him a game changing sire. The outstanding success of the Bettors Delight - Christian Cullen cross is largely a result of the toughness of Bettors Delight combining with the high speed of Christian Cullen. Fake Left is another dominant sire in Australasia who provided a well-timed injection of toughness. Fake Left was a very good racehorse but not as dominant on the track as the sires of today. However, Fake Left did win the Little Brown Jug, the toughest race in North America requiring the horse to race in two separate mile races in one day. Always B Miki, with both speed and toughness and no Cam Fella or Direct Scooter blood in his pedigree, looks to be the perfect stallion prospect at the perfect time. As well as being the equal fastest horse of all time, Always B Miki showed extreme toughness on the track. His toughness is best showcased in his many battles against Wiggleitjiggleit. This next video is an amazing run by Always B Miki sitting parked out the trip and beating Wiggleitjiggleit 1:47.2 ($4,091,164) Always B Miki has had an outstanding start to his siring career with his first two-year-olds in North America, finishing third in money winnings behind only Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous. His progeny have already shown the shown the pedigree crosses, versatility, speed and toughness to indicate they will be ideal for our racing. Early Indications are also positive with the first crop of Always B Miki in the Southern Hemisphere with impressive trial and workout winners in both countries. Most notably, The Miki Taker (Always B Miki – Topless Beach Girl) was very impressive winning a mid-January Pinjarra trial in 1:58.8. Two colts selling in the 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale appear to have pedigrees that enhance that magical combination of speed and toughness. Lot 82 is Luka Doncic, an Always B Miki colt out of Cougar Bromac (Art Major). Cougar Bromac was a quality racemare winning 9 races and placing in 11 for career earnings of over $50,000. As tough as she was talented, Cougar Bromac raced 13 times as a two-year-old and over 50 times in her three seasons of racing. Cougar Bromac is out of Congo Breeze (1:52.8 USA), a warhorse in her own right who raced over 58 times predominantly in North America. The family toughness appears to have been passed down to this colt who carries a very powerful frame. Well-proportioned and an excellent mover, look for this colt to have the smooth action synonymous with Always B Miki and observed with his outstanding first two-year-old crop who raced in North America. Always B Miki has already sired the top two-year-old filly JK Alwaysbalady when crossed with a daughter of Art Major. Luka Doncic is named after the NBA Basketballer from Slovenia universally regarded as the best young player in the game.   Lot 54 is Miki Rourke, an athletic Always B Miki colt out of Yankee Dream (Dream Away). Yankee Dream was an outstanding racemare earning over $250,000 racing in both New Zealand and Australia. The highlight of her career came as a two-year-old when she defeated a strong field to win the Group 1 NZ Sires Stakes Fillies Championship. Yankee Dream continued to be a factor in group level mares racing through the age groups including finishing 2nd in the Harness Jewels 4yo Diamond behind Lancome. As a producer, Yankee Dream has left the talented Bettorstartdreaming who has won 6 races in a career best of 1:54.8. Included in these wins is a heat of the NZ Sires Stakes 3yo Championship and victories against open class company at Alexandra Park. Lot 54 is Miki Rourke Yankee Dream is also a half-sister to the ill-fated Detroit Lily who won 7 races from 18 starts in Australia, including finishing 2nd in the WA Oaks. Dream Away, the sire of Yankee Dream has proven himself to be a prolific broodmare sire in Australasia, with the great Dream About Me, Christen Me and Tiger Tara all out of Dream Away mares. Both Luka Doncic and Miki Rourke are part of the quality Alabar yearling consignment featuring four colts by Always B Miki and one colt by Vincent. Harnesslink Media

New South Wales harness racing trainer Belinda McCarthy has three runners in this year's $500,000 Hunter Cup field, with Blacks A Fake, Miracle Mile and reigning Hunter Cup champion King Of Swing her stable's headline act. $500,000 2021 Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup Final Field 1) Triple Eight (1:55.4) by American Ideal - 54 starts, 12 wins, 8 seconds, 14 thirds for $291,388 in earnings. 2) Alta Orlando (1:49.8) by Courage Under Fire - 85 starts, 18 wins, 17 seconds, 14 thirds for $669,927 in earnings. 3) Sirletic 1st EM (1:53.7) by Rocknroll Hanover - 32 starts, 13 wins, 9 seconds, 4 thirds for  $160,533 in earnings. 4) Fourbigmen (1:52.6) by Mach Three - 49 starts, 15 wins, 4 seconds, 12 thirds for $233,750 in earnings. 5) Bettor Be The Bomb (1:54.2) by Bettor's Delight - 93 starts, 15 wins, 14 seconds, 12 thirds for $165,910 in earnings 6) Our Uncle Sam (1:52.3) by Sportswriter - 97 starts, 22 wins, 16 seconds, 7 thirds for $653,676in earnings. 7) Somewhere Secret (1:53.8) by Somebeachsomewhere - 36 starts, 14 wins, 1 second, 6 thirds for $133,047 in earnings. 8) Out To Play (1:53.3) by Art Major - 28 starts, 12 wins, 6 seconds, 4 thirds for  $253,427 in earnings. 9) Lochinvar Art (1:48.6) by Modern Art - 49 starts, 27 wins, 14 seconds, 5 thirds for $1,083,456 in earnings. 10) Star Galleria (1:52.9) by Art Major - 56 starts, 15 wins, 10 seconds, 5 thirds for $416,407 in earnings. 11) Wolf Stride (1:51.3) by Rock N Roll Heaven - 25 starts, 12 wins, 2 seconds, 7 thirds for $212,820 in earnings. 12) King Of Swing (1:48) by Rocknroll Hanover - 63 starts, 31 wins, 10 seconds, 4 thirds for $1,631,336 in earnings. 13) Malcolms Rhythm (1:52.9) by Art Major - 37 starts, 9 wins, 10 seconds, 6 thirds for $188,520 in earnings. King Of Swing was the 2019/20 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit champion following his brilliant display in the final leg of the season, the Gr.1 $175,660 TAB Blacks A Fake at Albion Park in early December Following victories in the Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile earlier last year, the star pacer held an insurmountable lead going into the Queensland feature, but connections were keen to put an exclamation mark against his name. And that they did. Starting as a dominant favourite, King Of Swing ($1.50) completely dominated his rivals when racing clear of Colt Thirty One and Turn It Up in the 2680m feature under a rain-soaked skyline. To watch this race click on this link “It’s a great way to be crowned Grand Circuit champion, he’s been awesome all year and winning this title as a stallion is a big thing for connections,” McCarthy said. “He’s such a smart horse, he’s part human and has a great demeanor. He handled the trip up really well and took in the new surroundings like he’d been here before, it’s a real thrill to be part of his team.” King Of Swing has had two starts back in January for two wins and is on target for this weeks clash with Lochinvar Art in the $500,000 Hunter Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton this weekend. At the New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale on the 14th February at Karaka, Breckon Farms are presenting three colts and two fillies all closely related to King Of Swing. In fact Lot 39 Twist Like This is a half brother to King Of Swing by A Rocknroll Dance. LOT 39 - TWIST LIKE THIS (Photo taken early December) Lot 39 Twist Like This is a brown colt by A Rocknroll Dance, the sire of Australia’s fastest ever two-year-old Bar Room Banta and the classic winners No Win No Feed, Its Rock N Roll and Keayang Jackie. He’s a half-brother to the great Australian pacer King Of Swing, the winner of the Miracle Mile, A. G. Hunter Cup and Breeders Crown and $1.6 million, and the Sires’ Stakes 2YO Fillies Championship winner Bettor Twist. Their dam is the outstanding racemare, Twist And Twirl, the Sires’ Stakes 3YO champion and Northern Oaks winner whose a sister to the Newcastle Cup and Shirley Turnbull Memorial winner Feels Like Magic and a half-sister to the dam of the NSW Sapling and SA Derby winner Mach Dan. LOT 7 - BETTOR HEIST Lot 7 - Bettor Heist's dam is a half-sister to mother of top Australian Grand Circuit pacer King Of Swing. A colt by the incomparable Bettor’s Delight out of the Art Major mare Reachforthetill, an unraced half-sister to the NZ Sires’ Stakes 3YO champion and Great Northern Oaks winner Twist And Twirl, the dam of the Miracle Mile and A. G. Hunter Cup winner King Of Swing and the Sires’ Stakes 2YO Final winner Bettor Twist. His dam is also a half-sister to the multiple NSW Group winner Feels Like Magic and to the $130,000 winning mare Bettor Give It, whose the dam of the NSW Sapling Stakes and SA Derby winner Mach Dan. LOT 28 - HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS (Photo taken early December) Lot 28 - Hollywoods Nights is from winning half-sister to Sires Stakes champion Twist And Twirl. She is a bay filly from the second crop of the world’s ever fastest pacer and the leading first crop two-year-old sire in 2020 in Always B Miki. Her dam Spandau Ballet is a 1:58 winning half-sister to five winners including the Sires’ Stakes 3YO champion and Northern Oaks winner Twist And Twirl, she the dam of the Miracle Mile, A. G. Hunter Cup and Breeders Crown winner King Of Swing and the Sires’ Stakes 2YO Fillies Championship winner Bettor Twist. Spandau Ballet is also a half-sister to the Newcastle Cup and Shirley Turnbull Memorial winner Feels Like Magic and to the $130,000 winning Victorian mare Bettor Give It, the dam of the NSW Sapling and SA Derby winner Mach Dan. LOT 32 - STUMBLIN IN (Photo taken early December) Dam a half-sister to Twist And Twirl, dam of the great King Of Swing. Lot 32 Stumblin In is a Art Major filly who is the third foal of the Mach Three mare Spin To Win, a 1:59.3 placegetter whose a half-sister to five winners including the Sires’ Stakes 3YO champion and Northern Oaks winner Twist And Twirl, she the dam of the Miracle Mile, A. G. Hunter Cup and Breeders Crown winner King Of Swing and the Sires’ Stakes 2YO Fillies Championship winner Bettor Twist. Spin To Win is also a half-sister to the Newcastle Cup and Shirley Turnbull Memorial winner Feels Like Magic and to the $130,000 Victorian mare Bettor Give It, the dam of the NSW Sapling and SA Derby winner Mach Dan. LOT 83-  DOUBLE TIME (Photo taken early December) A colt very closely related to the top Australian pacer King Of Swing. Lot 83 - Double Time is a colt with a 4x4 cross to Albatross, he’s by A Rocknroll Dance, the sire of Australia’s fastest ever juvenile Bar Room Banta and the classic winners No Win No Feed, Its Rock And Roll and Miss Streisand. He’s the first foal of the Artsplace filly Double Twist, a sister to the Sires’ Stakes 3YO champion and Northern Oaks winner Twist And Twirl, she the dam of the Miracle Mile, A. G. Hunter Cup and Breeders Crown winner King Of Swing and the Sires’ Stakes 2YO Fillies Championship winner Bettor Twist, and to the Newcastle Cup and Shirley Turnbull Memorial winner Feels Like Magic. Double Twist is a half-sister to the dual Listed winner Bettor Give It, winner of $130,000 and now the dam of the NSW Sapling and SA Derby winner Mach Dan. Harnesslink Media

What The Hill's first crop of yearlings have impressed harness racing breeders across the world, they are strong, great types and easy to handle. The first crop to the yearling sales in New Zealand are all the talk amoung breeders and trainers and potential buyers throughout the Country. On the race track, What The Hill was a star. As one of the fastest sons of Muscle Hill he took a career equaling record of 1.51.4 at his last start and accumulated $1,345,999 in stakes. His racetrack accomplishments include: As a 2YO he took a 1.54.4 mark and banked $335,397. He won the prestigious Peter Haughton Memorial and the final of the New Jersey Sires Stakes. At 3, he banked $1,010,602 in purses and was the clear stand out trotter of his year. He won the $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic in a Stakes record 1:51.4, he won his elimination and final of the Breeders Crown and he defeated the open class trotters in the final of the TVG, defeating 2015 Trotter of The Year Pinkman ($2,791,114) and Crazy Wow ($2,269,135), this was his career equaling best time - 1.51.4! What The Hill He also won the $1 million Hambletonian in 1.52.3 before getting disqualified for apparent interference up the straight. His maternal family includes millionaire and top sire Majestic Son, Ramerizi a $430,000 earner who was older trotting mare of her year, Mistreizi who won over $570,000 and was a World champion and Double  Lindy who was a 1.53 winner that earned over $250,000. His sire the great Muscle Hill dominated money winning lists throughout North America in 2020. Muscle Hill was the leading money winning sire on all lists in 2020, the two-year-old, three-year-old and all-aged lists. In New Zealand at The National Standardbred Yearling Sale, What The Hill is represented by 16 yearlings from his first crop (7 fillies, 9 colts) in the Northern Sale at Karaka, and 9 yearlings (3 fillies, 6 colts) at the Southern Sale in Christchurch. This writer has inspected them all and in this review we take a look at a very special filly Lot 10 called Regal Girl and a sensational colt Lot 14 called Regal Hill from the Breckon Farms draft. These two yearlings are closely related as you will see. Lot 10 - Regal Girl Regal Girl is from a half-sister to multiple Group winning trotters High Gait and Twentyten. This bay filly is from the first crop of the USA 3yo Trotting Colt of the Year What The Hill. She’s the first foal out of the Harness Jewels, Oaks, Breeders Crown and Redwood placegetter, the Love You mare Regal Love, whose a half-sister to five winners including the Group winners High Gait, the NZ and Australian 2yo and 3yo Trotting Filly of the Year and winner of the Sires’ Stakes 2yo Final, NZ Trotting Stakes, Breeders Crown 2yo Final, Victoria Oaks and The Redwood. Her dam, Regal Love, is also a half-sister to the Australian 3YO Trotter of the Year Twentyten, the Sires’ Stakes 3yo champion and winner of the Breeders Crown 3yo and 4yo Finals and NSW Derby and the Oaks placegetter Girls On Film. Lot 14 - Regal Hill Regal Hill is a half-brother to multiple Group winners High Gait and Twentyten. He is a bay colt from the first crop of the young Muscle Hill horse What The Hill, the USA 3yo Trotter of the Year and Breeders Crown champion. He’s a half-brother to six winners including the NZ and Australian 2yo and 3yo Trotting Filly of the Year High Gait, winner of six Group races including the Sires’ Stakes 2yo Final, NZ Trotting Stakes, Breeders Crown 2yo Final, Victoria Oaks and The Redwood, the Australian 3yo Trotter of the Year Twentyten, winner of the Sires’ Stakes 3yo Final, the Breeders Crown 3yo and 4yo Finals and the NSW Derby and the Group placegetters Regal Love and Girls On Film. Harnesslink Media  

The impact of the first crop of Always B Miki harness racing two-year-olds in North America is highlighted by the recent 2020 US Horse of the Year voting. In the two-year-old male pacers’ division, only three colts received votes – all three were sons of Always B Miki. The title of US Two-Year-Old Male Pacer of the Year went to the unbeaten Perfect Sting, runner up was North America’s richest two-year-old colt in Southwind Gendry and the only other colt to receive votes was the $379,000 Governors Cup winner Always A Miki. A clean sweep for progeny of Always B Miki. The Always B Miki yearlings are sure to be sought after at the upcoming 2021 National Standardbred Sales in Auckland and Christchurch. One great example is Miki Bennett, Lot 114, an Always B Miki colt out of Lady Dancer (Christian Cullen). Miki Bennett, Lot 114 Lady Dancer was a class racemare winning 7 races from only 21 starts, including two victories in Nevele R 3yo Fillies heats. Lady Dancer has already left Come Dance With Me (12 wins, $110,299, 1:54.4), in addition to two other winners. Lady Dancer is out of Jodi Vance (Group 3 winner), making her a half-sister to the almighty Surprise Package (1:52.4 USA, $848,679), Great Western (1:51.6 USA) and Group 2 Cardigan Bay Stakes winner Ivecomealongway. Interestingly Always B Miki contains no Direct Scooter or Cam Fella in his pedigree, meaning he is able to be out-crossed with a huge amount of mares in the southern hemisphere. The Cam Fella outcross is successful in North America, with the Always B Miki sensations Perfect Sting and Southwind Gendry from Bettors Delight and Cams Card Shark mares respectively. The Direct Scooter outcross is also very successful with the Governors Cup winner Always A Miki from a Somebeachsomewhere mare. The Direct Scooter cross is observed in Miki Bennett as he is out of a Christian Cullen mare. A beautiful bodied colt with excellent angles and muscular definition, these impressive looks have translated into a very easy mover.  Miki Bennett is part of the quality Alabar yearling consignment featuring four colts by Always B Miki and one colt by Vincent. Harnesslink Media

There could be some bigger fish to fry on the horizon for One Change after his last two harness racing victories including his dominant display in the Christmas Cup at Albion Park in Brisbane, Australia,  over the 2680m trip when scoring in strong time (1:54.6 mr over 2680 meters) over the super Mach Three stallion Colt Thirty One 1:51.2 ($988,831). To watch this race click on this link. In his first start as a four-year-old last Saturday night One Change (Bettor's Delight - Changedown - Falcon Seelster) proved once again that he will be a real force to be reckoned with against all-comers over the next few months. Starting from the second row post 12, One Change moved quickly up three wide to sit parked-out and from that point on he was just too good winning by two meters to take his 15th lifetime victory from his 25 starts. To watch this video replay click on this link. One Change the former top 2yo and 3yo Colt of the Year in New Zealand enhanced his lifetime record to 25 starts, 15 wins, 5 seconds and 4 thirds now with $585,612 in earnings.      One Change has a half-sister by Art Major entered in the New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka on the 14th of February.  One of the outstanding and best ever Breckon Farms draft this filly is selling as lot 63 called Our Change. Lot 63 -  Our Change Lot 63 -  Our Change Our Change is a half-sister to dual Sires’ Stakes champion One Change. She’s an Art Major half-sister to the 2yo and 3yo Colt of the Year One Change, winner of the Sires’ Stakes Finals at 2 and 3 and the 2yo Harness Jewels, and to the Sires’ Stakes 2YO Final placegetter Renske B. Her dam is a half-sister to the NZ Cup and Derby winner and Breeders Crown champion Changeover, the prolific Perth winner Change Stride and Change Gear. Changeover winning the $1,200,000 New Zealand Cup in 2008 The filly is closely related to the Jewels and Messenger winner Eamon Maguire, the Bathurst Gold Chalice winner Focus Stride and the dual Miracle Mile and Auckland Cup winner Chokin. Lot 63 - Our Change

Yearlings by harness racing freshman sires Vincent, What The Hill and Downbytheseaside will go under the hammer for the first time in New Zealand at NZB Standardbred’s 2021 National Yearling Sale in Auckland and Christchurch. Buyers will have plenty of opportunities to get their hands on the progeny of the three former racetrack stars, with a standout line up of 59 of their yearlings catalogued for sale. With an incredible collection of accolades from around the world behind them and now having left outstanding types, anticipation is building ahead of Vincent, What The Hill and Downbytheseaside’s first yearlings hitting the sales ring. The Pacing Prince Vincent Vincent’s stock have captured the attention of the breeding industry since his first foals hit the ground in Australasia.  Strong, muscular and athletic types, the stallion’s progeny look every bit the standout prospect their sire was when he sold for A$130,000. A stunning pacing machine, the former Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained entire had his career cut short just as he was set to dominate Australasia’s Grand Circuit races. But not before he won four Group One races in the New Zealand Derby, New South Wales Derby, New South Wales Breeders Challenge and Auckland Cup. With his blueblood pedigree, being by champion sire Art Major, from an eight-time Group One winner in Kept For Pleasure, Vincent’s progeny were destined for the sales ring. If the demand in his first public offerings at weanling and mixed bloodstock sales are anything to go by, buyers will be eager to snap up Vincent’s yearlings at the NZB Standardbred’s National Yearling Sale. Three yearlings by Vincent are catalogued to sell at Karaka on 13 and 14 of February. A bumper selection of 21 have been nominated to go under the hammer in Christchurch on 15, 16 & 17 of February. Somebeachsomewhere’s Speedster Son Downbytheseaside Former North American star racehorse Downbytheseaside will be out to continue his strong momentum in New Zealand at the 2021 National Yearling Sale.  Progeny of the son of late champion racehorse and sire Somebeachsomewhere were in hot demand in his first public offering in this country at NZB Standardbred’s 2020 All Age Sale. Bidders sent a clear signal that they were impressed by what they saw in both the pedigrees and physique of Downbytheseaside’s stock as they made up three of the sale’s top-four prices. And buyers clearly saw some of the traits that made the freshman sire a star North American racehorse. A US$2,000,000 earner and Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Of The Year winner, with a lifetime mark of 1:48.6, Downbytheside was a dominant force in age-group racing. An early running two-year-old, winning eight of his 13 starts, he collected big wins across North America in a standout three-year-old year banking US$1,600,000 in stakes. A select group of 10 Downbytheseaside yearlings have been catalogued to sell at NZB Standardbred’s 2021 National Yearling Sale. Three will go through the sales ring at Karaka with a further seven to be offered in Christchurch. The Squaregaiting Star What The Hill An injection of new trotting blood will also hit the sales ring at this year’s NZB Standardbred’s National Yearling Sale.  Another North American star, another Dan Patch Three-Year-Old of the Year award winner and a stablemate of Downbytheseaside at Woodlands Stud, What The Hill will make his debut in both the Karaka and Christchurch sale rings. A star on the track, What The Hill banked US$1,200,000 and took a lifetime mark of 1:51.8 before being retired at the end of his brilliant three-year-old season. Being a son of superstar stallion Muscle Hill, What The Hill was always going to be in hot demand as a stallion. That was certainly the case in Australasia where he served a book of more than 100 mares in his first season. A selection of 25 of the resulting progeny will be offered at NZB Standardbred’s 2021 National Yearling Sale. 16 of those are catalogued to go through the Karaka sales ring with a further nine to go under the hammer in Christchurch. A further two freshman sires will also debut at this year’s yearling sale. Southwind Frank and Aldebaran Eagle are both represented by one lot each in the sale catalogue. All yearlings by both new and established sires at the NZB Standardbred 2021 National Yearling Sale are eligible to be nominated for the lucrative NZB Standardbred Harness Million Sale Race Series. Buyers can purchase confidently with all yearlings available to inspect during on-farm parades. NZB Standardbred and New Zealand based-agents and trainers will be available to inspect on behalf of prior to the Sale and on the grounds at the Karaka Sales Centre and Canterbury Agricultural Park. International buyers are encouraged to participate via NZB’s new user-friendly online bidding platform, while all New Zealand-based buyers and agents are welcome to attend the physical Sale sessions in person in Auckland and Christchurch. View the full catalogue online here.  For more information, or to get in touch with one of the NZB Standardbred team members call +64 21 939 950 or email rachel.deegan@nzb.co.nz 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale Calendar Auckland Parade at Karaka: Saturday 13 February 2021, 1PM (NZT) Auckland Sale of Pacers & Trotters: Sunday 14 February 2021, 12PM (NZT) Christchurch Parade & Sale of Trotters: Monday 15 February 2021, 1PM (NZT) Christchurch Sale of Pacers: Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 February 2021, 1PM (NZT)

There is very little one can say about the harness racing champion stallion Bettor's Delight these days but to refresh your minds on how this stallion is still firing on all fours we need to take a look at what some of his progeny did this last season around the world. Latest statistics from North America on Bettor's Delight show that his average earnings per starter has reached US$160,600, per eligible horse and $129,421 and per foal eligible to race. An amazing statistic for any stallion and one impossible to match. Let us just look at a couple of mares by Bettor's Delight that performed in the elite end of racing throughout the world over the last several months.. The third richest daughter of super sire Bettor's Delight in North America is the sensational Caviart Ally 1:48 ($2,113,506) conqueror of world champion mare Shartin N at her last start in November at Yonkers in the $100,000 Matchmaker Final. In Australia an imported daughter of Bettor's Delight from New Zealand, Bettor Enforce, has dominated the mares events over the last few months with 13 wins and $259,000 in the bank with a record of 1:48.9. In New Zealand what can we say watching the Woodlands Stud $200,000 Group 1 Auckland Cup when the only mare in the race, the Bettor's Delight mare Amazing Dream downs the Miracle Mile winner Spankem (1:47.7) and in doing so took her record to 17 wins with $849,915 in the bank. Amazing Dream Here is your chance to buy into another daughter of Bettor's Delight at the New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka on the 14th of February. Lot 112 Mamacita is one of only three fillies by Bettor's Delight in the Breckon Farms draft this year. Lot 112 - Mamacita Mamacita is a full sister to the Group 1 winner Burnaholeinmypocket whose bred on a golden cross. A brown filly by the world’s leading sire Bettor’s Delight from the Christian Cullen mare Kelly Maguire, she carries a 4x4 cross to the mighty Albatross. She’s a sister to the Group 1 Queensland 3YO and Melton Free-for-all winner Burnaholeinmypocket, the winner of $260,000, and the Melton, Menangle and USA winner Positano (1:50.4) and a half-sister to the Melton winner Fleshing. Her second dam, the 4YO Mare of the Year Flash Atom, won 28 races in USA and NZ and $216,000 including the Group 3 North Island Breeders Stakes. Lot 112 - Mamacita   Harnesslink Media

On a recent trip to Alabar to view the harness racing yearlings they are preparing for the upcoming sale there was one yearling that really caught my eye.   It was Lot 9 at the 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale is called Miki Dickinson, an Always B Miki colt out of Princess Arts (Art Major).   Princess Arts was a talented racemare winning seven races from just 24 starts in a best time of 1:55.9.   Only a young broodmare, Princess Arts has already left Alta Endeavour, a talented individual who has won 2 races from 10 starts, and Alta Wiseguy, who raced in Group 1 class as both a 2yo and 3yo. Princess Arts is out of Natal Franco (Badlands Hanover), an excellent racemare in her own right who won 7 races and over $100,000, showing an excellent maternal line in the pedigree. Always B Miki has had an outstanding start to his siring career with his first 2yo's in North America highlighted by the undefeated, US 2yo of the Year Perfect Sting and also Southwind Gendry, the best two 2yo colts in North America last season. Keep an eye out for these colts in the North American 3yo feature races this season. Perfect Sting by Always B Miki Southwind Gendry by Always B Miki Horses from Art Major sired mares have had huge success in both hemispheres, with Art Major being the broodmare sire of many great horses including Soho Tribeca and the 2020 US Horse of the Year, Tall Dark Stranger. Always B Miki crossing with an Art Major mare has already had success, with JK Alwaysbalady one of the leading 2yo fillies in North America last season. A very athletic looking individual, Miki Dickinson looks every bit a horse which will get up and race early. Miki Dickinson is part of the quality Alabar yearling consignment featuring four colts by Always B Miki and one colt by Vincent.  

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