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The four-year-old Hateitwhenyourrite, one of the first crop of the USA 2YO and 3YO Trotter of the Year Lucky Chucky, was a most impressive winner at Shepparton on Wednesday night (April 29). The gelding led for the last 1400 metres and won by almost a length. Bred, raced and trained by the Abrahams family, Hateitwhenyourrite is the second foal and first winner out of the Straphanger mare Adhesive. Lucky Chucky has sired seven individual winners and two placegetters from 10 starters from 14 Australian bred foals to date. In New Zealand, Lucky Chucky has been represented by seven winners including the NZ 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year Aoraki and the Listed winner Get Lucky from 22 foals three-year-old and older. Muscle Hill's brilliant three-year-old son Elite Stride continues to take all before him in Australia. The colt made it five wins on end when he effortlessly captured a NSW Trotters Foundation heat at Menangle recently in 1:56.3 including the last 800 in 57.8! All The Muscles, a four-year-old by Muscle Hill, resumed from a nine months spell with a smart front-end win at Shepparton last Sunday (April 26). The gelding has won five of his 13 starts to date. Lucky Chucky and Muscle Hill are part of the star-studded Stallions Australasia frozen sire roster.   By Peter Wharton

Burwood Stud's flagship sire Changeover took the siring honours at the Anzac Day meeting at Menangle with a winning double. Princess Danica, a New Zealand bred three-year-old filly, sprinted brilliantly from midfield to hoist a new lifetime record of 1:52.5, while Motu Gatecrasher NZ took full advantage of a soft trip to post his 16th success and send his stake tally over the $175,000 mark. The previous night the Changeover mare Kotiro NZ led her rivals a merry dance at Albion Park, stopping the clock in a career-best 1:54.6. It was her fifth lifetime success. Other recent Changeover winners were the three-year-old Just Ralph (Shepparton), Couldntellya NZ (1:59, Redcliffe) and Final Over NZ (1:59.7, Globe Derby Park). Changeover has sired 89 individual winners in Australia and NZ this season to date and they have amassed earnings of $1.46 million.   By Peter Wharton

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound. Golden Easter Egg winner The Camden filly Our Antonio Rose, who downed a top field in the $30,600 Golden Easter Egg at Menangle, is a member of one of New Zealand’s top ranking standardbred families. Our Antonio Rose, who has won six of her nine starts, is a filly by the Artsplace horse Sportswriter, who stood his early seasons at the stud in NSW and has been located at Alabar Bloodstock in NZ and Victoria since 2016. Sportswriter has been most successful in Australia. His stock include the top NSW pacer Uncle Sam, runner-up in the Inter Dominion Final and A. G. Hunter Cup, the 2YO Colt of the Year Lumineer and the glamour filly Niki No No. Our Antonio Rose has a good deal in her favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Sportswriter, she is out of the Courage Under Fire mare The Coldstream, the dam of the NSW Breeders Challenge 4YO Final winner Black Silhouette 1:51 ($162,035), the Menangle winner Ray’s Choice 1:50.5 ($122,329) and Jacks At The Beach (1:55.1), a prolific winner at Albion Park. The Coldstream is a sister to the dual Derby winner Lanercost 1:52.5 ($509,121) and Ohoka Darcy 1:56.1 ($141,751) and a half-sister to the Melton and Menangle winner Ballochbuie 1:53.5 ($154,235), the Gloucester Park winner Get Outta Eyre 1:52 ($123,270) and to the Sands A Flyin mare Hawthorne, dam of Our Missionary Man 1:53 ($210,958). Their dam, Lanoch, was by New York Motoring from Heathland, by Vance Hanover from Cotswold, by Scottish Hanover from the Garrison Hanover mare Heathmont, who really established the Bright Alice family to real purpose.  Champion Australian two-year-old Stroma, Monifieth (1:50.5), Charlotte Brew (Vic. Oaks), Montana Falcon (NSW Sapling), the current top Tasmanian pacer Cool Water Paddy and others all belong to Heathmount’s branch of the family.   Gloucester Park double winner   Good Times Ahead, who won twice at Gloucester Park recently and has worked his way down to an NR 81 mark, is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a seven-year-old half-brother by Mach Three to the top Tasmanian stayer Full Speed Ahead 1:57.1 ($112,126) and the Menangle winner Feel The Burn (1:52). Their dam, Maheer Princess (1:58.8), was a Christian Cullen mare out of the former NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Fern Glen 1:59 ($125,235), who proved a most successful broodmare. She is also the dam of the WA Pacing Cup and NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Final winner Maheer Lord 1:53 ($515,470), Lavros Glen 1:54.4 ($122,984), the exported Maheer Maid (1:55.8) and Maheer Glen, the dam of the prolific Victorian cups winner Ideal Success 1:54.4 ($217,459). This has been one of the most successful branches of the Precision family. It includes the Miracle Mile winner Lucky Creed (1:59), who won a record 24 consecutive races, the Inter Dominion Consolation winner Cyamach (1:50.8), Johnny Be Cool (1:49.8), Bel Cardo Master, El Cadeau (SA Oaks) and the top trotters Flakey Jake and Tamra Nightingale.    Well related three-year-old Sports Package, who won the WA Country Oaks at Bunbury, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when she finished second to Double Expresso in a Westbred race. She has opened her three-year-old season on a winning note and will be well in line for the major juvenile classics. She is a filly by the Artsplace horse Sportswriter from Ultimate Package (2:01.8), the best of whose several progeny has been the WA Diamond Classic winner Cimnorene 1:55.9 ($117,191). Ultimate Package ranks as a half-sister to the Gloucester Park winners Flight Mode (1:57.8) and Pacific Invader, being by Northern Luck from Saabrina (2:00.7), by Classic Garry from Soky’s Number, a Soky’s Atom mare who established a great winning line for Goulburn Valley breeders Brian and Marilyn Gourley. She left the WA Derby winners Saab and Talladega and a top flight filly in Saabella, all Group 1 winners and siblings of Saabrina.  Up and coming stars Two of Australia’s star pacers at present, and both recent winners and who both look certain to take a tight mark, are Fame Assured and Struve. Both belong to the same sire line and are from the same maternal family. Fame Assured, a winner in 1:50.8 at Menangle and the winner of 20 races overall and $207,983 in stakes, is a five-year-old Mach Three mare out of Faith Prevails (1:58.1), by Fake Left from the top Queensland filly Girl From Ipanema (1:57.6), by Vanston Hanover from the Oaks winner Goldrush Girl TT1:55.3 ($151,619). Struve, a four-year-old gelding by Courage Under Fire, is out of the Jereme’s Jet mare Jet’s Girl, a half-sister to Fame Assured. Struve has won six of his 12 starts including the Reg Withers 3YO Classic at Kilmore. Faith Prevails, who won four races at Albion Park, left others in the QBred Triad 3YO Final winner Frankie Rocks 1:52.2 ($245,862), the multiple Group placegetter Feel The Faith 1:53.1 ($171,323), the promising filly Fearless Faith (1:55.5) and French Charm, the dam of this week’s impressive Albion Park juvenile winner Frontliner (1:58.1). This family has consistently produced a number of good winners over the years. A full brother to Faith Prevails is Famous Forever, a successful colonial sire, while two half-sisters to her in Guitarzan 1:56.9 ($216,956) and Forever After 1:56.2 ($172,808) both won numerous classics in Queensland.   From top racemare A star two-year-old in Victoria so far this season is Keayang Kamikaze, who is raced by the Craven family and trained by Margaret Lee. A colt by Bettor’s Delight, he is out of a top flight racemare in Libertybelle Midfrew 1:53.9 ($640,497) and the first of her produce to win. He scored at Terang in 1:58.6 after finishing runner-up in the Shakamaker Classic at Melton on debut.  Watch Keayang Kamikaze win at Terang. Keayang Kamikaze looks a two-year-old with the potential one would expect of his breeding.  Close relatives win at Stawell Gus An Maori and Maori Amour, who both won on the same card at Stawell recently, both belong to the same branch of the prized Maori Miss tribe. Gus An Maori, who has won 10 races and $60,606 in stakes, is an eight-year-old Angus Hall gelding from the Inter Dominion trotting champion Sumthingaboutmaori, while Maori Amour, a six-year-old Majestic Son mare, is out of Maori Daunou, a daughter of Sumthingaboutmaori. Watch Maori Amour win at Stawell. By the American sire Pine Chip, Sumthingaboutmaori was out of Maori Princess, a top flight trotting mare by Entrepreneur from Maori Trump (dam of Noopy Kiosk), by Overtrick from the Grand Monarch mare Maori Miss, who established a great winning line for the late Ric Healy, of Marnoo in Victoria’s western district.   Come On Frank’s half-brother Whatabro, a three-year-old half-brother to former top South Australian pacer Come On Frank, is making smart progress through the classes. The gelding won twice at Globe Derby Park this week. By the Cam’s Card Shark horse Four Starzzz Shark, Whatabro is out of Whatacorka (2:02.4), by What’s Next from a fine racemare in Uncork (1:59.9), by Tuapeka Knight from the Adios Vic mare, Tales Of Tabella, a daughter of Kerry Tales, the dam of Armchair Ride (SA Golden Nursery) and the grand-dam of a high class pacer in Gotanedge, the SA Derby winner Robust Rock, Albert Terrill (Bathurst Gold Crown) and others. Kerry Tales was a half-sister to the SA Guineas winner Jennifer Robyn and a member of the same family as the Victoria Cup winner Bag Limit, Pelicanrama (2YO of the Year) and the WA Golden Nugget winner Yarracoola.   Widely travelled trotter A trotter who was bred in Victoria, is owned is Western Australia and who began his career in NZ, recently won his third race on end at Kilmore. He is the Majestic Son gelding Storm Cloud, bred by Pauleen Thomson, raced by the Howlett family and originally trained in NZ by Brent Mangos. Now prepared by Brent Lilley, Storm Cloud has only been sparingly raced and from eight starts he has won four times – at Kilmore by 16 metres and at Pinjarra by 14 metres – and been twice placed. Storm Cloud is a five-year-old gelding by Majestic Son (a to-ranking trotter by Angus Hall) and is out of Cloud Chaser Tr 2:01.5 (8 wins), a Wind Cries Maori mare who left the multiple Group 1 winner Cruisin Around Tr 1:57.5 ($259,372) and Livin The Life (3 wins).   By Auckland Reactor Reactor Now equalled the Kilmore track record held by Bitobliss recently when he paced 1690 metres in 1:59, a mile rate of 1:53.4. He is a good looking four-year-old by Auckland Reactor (a Grand Circuit winner and son of Mach Three) from the Western Ideal mare Who’s Sorry Now, dam of the Gloucester Park winner Jack William 1:55.2 ($95,182) and Bettor Be Sorry (1:54.5), who was undefeated in four starts last season. Reactor Now has not raced a great deal. He did not race as a two-year-old, won two out of four at three years, and has won three of his four outings this season.   The Dude impresses The Dude, who has won five races in quick time this season, and who hoisted a fresh lifetime mark of 1:53.3 at Melton last Saturday, is regarded as one of the most exciting pacers in Victoria.  The Dude                                                       --Stuart McCormick photo   The Dude is a five-year-old sired by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Bettor’s Delight, and one of three winners left by him at the Melton meeting. He ranks as a full brother to the thrice Albion Park winner Itz My Generation (1:54.4), being out of A New Sensation, by Christian Cullen from the noted producer Radiant Guest, by Vance Hanover from She’s The Best, a daughter of the champion NZ racemare Hilarious Guest. A New Sensation, dam of The Dude, was a half-sister to Village Hero (1:50.6), a feature race winner in NZ and Canada, the Harold Park free-for-all winner He’s My Hero (1:54.3), Fake Rose (1:57.8) and the NZ country cup winners Explosive Art and Secret Guest. The Dude is a member of Andy and Kate Gath’s team.   First winner for Im Stately The Majestic Son horse, Im Stately, an outstanding juvenile trotter and now at Loddon Valley Stud near Bendigo, was represented by his first winner when Dynamic Diesel was successfully recently at Bendigo. Im Stately   Dynamic Diesel had been placed in two of his four starts as a three-year-old this season. Raced and trained by his breeder Shane Hall, Dynamic Diesel is out of the Our Sir Vancelot mare, Hilltown Ashley, who left earlier winners in Iona Spider Tr 1:59.6 ($87,570) and Hilltown Yankee (5 wins). Hilltown Ashley is a half-brother to the 2004 Trotter of the Year Sammy Do Good Tr 1:58.3 ($314,580) and to Kellybrooke (8 wins), the dam of seven winners at the diagonal gait including the cups winner El Paco Tr 1:55.5 ($292,668). A half-sister to Im Stately in the three-year-old Venkman (by Wishing Stone) was a very impressive winner at Shepparton last week.   by Peter Wharton

Tintin In America and Lombo Pocket Watch, both members of the Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster, landed harness racing winners on the same night at Gloucester Park on April 14. Middlepage, a three-year-old colt by Tintin In America, completed back-to-back wins with an 11 metre romp, while Lombo Pocket Watch’s son Folsom Prison notched his fifth lifetime success. Tintin In America was represented by a ‘new’ winner at Newcastle in Topsky and now has a 50 percent winners-to-starters ratio from his Australian crops. World champion Warrawee Needy was credited with his sixth two-year-old winner in Uncle Shank, a most impressive winner in 1:57.6 at Albion Park. Warrawee Needy is the second leading first crop sire on percentage of winners-to-foals this season. Our new stallion Renaissance Man left another winner in Ourboybart, an end to end winner in 1:59.2 at Pinjarra and now the winner of five races. Other stud sired winners included Timely Sovereign (by Lombo Pocket Watch), who won in a career-best 1:56.1 at Menangle, and Romero (by Million Dollar Cam), a winner at Stawell and now unbeaten in two starts in Victoria. Romero was one of three winners bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud last week. The others were the three-year-old Chasing The Wind, who recorded his fourth win from nine starts at Bathurst, and Offthetopofmyhead, a winner in 1:58.9 at Penrith.   by Peter Wharton

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound.     Western Sonador shows promise   Riverina trainer Ellen Bartley, who trains the smart youngster Forever Yin, has another up- and-coming star in the four-year-old Western Sonador, who has won four times recently and is a likely qualifier for the rich NSW Regional Championships.   A fine stayer, Western Sonador was sired by the Western Hanover horse Western Terror, and one of his largest Australian crop. Western Terror has been most successful in this country. His stock include the top racemare Vertigal, Vicbred champion Pistol Abbey and Gumdrops.   Western Sonador is out of Refresh Me, by the colonial bred sire Classic Garry, from Ailsa, a Victorian bred mare by Muckalee Strike from Nicamond, by Nicotine Prince, a champion juvenile in the early 1970’s.   Refresh Me was the dam of a handy pacer in The Brazen Jasper (1:54.6), winner of 16 races and $93,828. Bridge Player, a sister to Refresh Me, was the dam of the ‘Cups King’ San Carlo 1:54.6 ($570,700) and others in Cullen’s Ace 1:58.9 ($128,539) and Magic Spark (1:57.4).   Nicamond was a half-sister to the prolific Moonee Valley winner Motolivia, being out of Margaret Brigade, by Bold Brigade from the Radiant Robert mare Atahua, the grand-dam of the top South Australian pacer Lerston Lad and the third dam of Vicbred champion Jettrail Lass.     WA Easter Cup winner   Beaten a nose in last year’s Easter Cup, As Happy As Larry became the latest member of the ‘$200,000 Club’ when he won the Group 3 $40,000 feature at Gloucester Park, rating 1:59.9 for the marathon 2900 metres trip.   As Happy As Larry                                         --Hamilton Content Creators photo   By the Die Laughing horse Live Or Die, As Happy As Larry is out of Smart Shelley, by the champion Australian sire Fake Left. Smart Shelley left others in Happy Heidi 1:57 (9 NZ wins) and Jazzy Jess. Smart Shelley was out of Smilen At Ya, by Talk About Class (by Niatross) from Donna Dear, a Sly Yankee mare from the noted First Water family.   Smilen At Ya was a half-sister to the good Perth winner Anvil James, Doncaster (Traralgon Cup), the Menangle winner Our Doubloon and to the Surmo Hanover mare Mighty Dear, dam of Giddyupandgobaby 1:56 (WA Golden Girls Mile) and the prolific Gloucester Park winner Lavros Cam (1:56.7).     Blue blooded colt   Drain The Swamp, who scored a runaway victory at only its second start at Melton, is a two-year-old colt who can claim some worthwhile blood.   By Somebeachsomewhere, he is out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Vickymurphy, whose dam, Vicky Hanover, ranked as a half-sister to Miss Clevedon, dam of the Inter Dominion champion Mark Hanover and NZ Derby winner Mark Roy.   Vicky Hanover, by Vance Hanover, left nine individual winners including the dual Vicbred champion Dee En Ay Macray 1:57.5 ($254,140), the Australian Pacing Gold winner Same Old Macray 1:58.2 ($302,375) and Bomber Macray 1:53.2 ($224,540).   Drain The Swamp was bred by Dennis and Brenda Bice, of Yorkshire Park Standardbreds, Emu Creek, near Bendigo.     Sweet Maddison unbeaten three-year-old   Perth three-year-old Sweet Maddison, is rated a top WA Oaks prospect. She won one race as a two-year-old and is unbeaten in five appearances as a three-year-old including two at Gloucester Park.   Sweet Maddison is a filly by Sweet Lou from the Bettor’s Delight mare Maddison’s Delight, who was also responsible for the two-year-old American Dealer, a winner of the recent Young Guns heat at Auckland in 1:56.9. She has since produced a yearling colt by Sweet Lou and a weanling colt by him and carries a positive test to Downbytheseaside.   American Dealer winning a Young Guns heat at Auckland in 1:56.9 Maddison’s Delight is a half-sister to two high class pacers in All U Need Is Faith 1:49.8 ($326,11) and Pacing Major 1:52 ($621,436), Our Amazing Art 1:57.4 ($165,363) and Grace Way (1:56.8), the dam of the VHRSC 3YO Cup winner Three Ways 1:54.1 ($219,949), Make Way 1:51.7 (Redcliffe Derby) and last week’s WA provincial winner Forgotten Highway (1:55.6).   Their dam, Pacing Grace (1:57.7), was an In The Pocket mare from Jessie Grace, one of the many grand producing daughters of a champion sire in Vance Hanover. She left eleven individual winners from 14 foals including the WA Derby heat winner Pazam 1:55.4 ($136,113), Nad 1:53.2 ($236,210), Chatham Grace 1:54.4 ($123,157) and others.     Egodan is well bred   The widely travelled gelding Egodan, a most impressive winner at the Melton Easter meeting, is not short of rich relations.   One of the first crop sired by Sportswriter (son of Artsplace), he is out of Full Pleasure (2:00.8), a Group 1 winning mare by Armbro Operative from Play The Field, by Kentucky from Saunders Sapphire, by Hilarious Way.   Egodan                                     --Stuart McCormick photo   Egodan ranks as a half-brother to the dual Oaks winner and Breeders Crown champion Kept For Pleasure 1:56 ($542,343), the dam of the dual Derby and Auckland Cup winner Vincent 1:50.2 ($598,803), now at Alabar Stud in Victoria, and the exported My Mackenzie 1:52.4 ($520,161).   Others from Full Pleasure include the WA Golden Nugget winner Nowitski 1:54 ($237,967), the prolific Menangle winner Don Boston 1:49.8 ($318,458) and the Albion Park free-for-all victor Lebron 1:52.9 ($250,550).   Full Pleasure was a half-sister to six winners including a smart racemare in Intoxicating (1:57.7), dam of the Group 1 two-year-old placegetter Jorg Is Best. This was the family founded by the American-bred mare Brenda. From the Saunders Sapphire branch of it and to which Egodan belongs, other top performers in Self Denial 1:57.6 (2YO Filly of the Year), the Vicbred champion Our Femme Fatale, Married To The Mob (NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO) and Mister Jay Cee 1:52.4 ($209,390) and other fine pacers belong.     Crack colt by Sunshine Beach   Watts Up Sunshine is proving himself a smart two-year-old – he has won two of his three starts to date – and could develop into one of the best his age this season. Trained by Rickie Alchin, he downed older, more experienced rivals at the Penrith midweek meeting, winning by open lengths with something in hand.     He is a colt by the Somebeachsomewhere horse, Sunshine Beach, from Cheeky Cheeky, the best of whose several progeny has been Watts Up Letsplay (2:00.9). Cheeky Cheeky ranked as a sister to the Menangle winner Roseart (1:56.3) and a half-sister to the Group 2 winner Left To Luck 1:57.8 ($85,848), being by Art Major from Rosie Maree, by Fake Left from the good Albion Park winner Bold Babe (1:59.8), by Speed King.     Star four-year-old by A Rocknroll Dance   A bright future is being predicted for the A Rocknroll Dance four-year-old The Bird Dance NZ, whose success at the Easter meeting at Gloucester Park was his ninth winning run in 10 starts on Australian soil.                                                           --Gloucester Park photo   He has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by A Rocknroll Dance, and one of his first crop, The Bird Dance is out of the Christian Cullen mare This Bird Has Flown, a half-sister to a smart pacer in Oh Jonny B Good 1:50.4 ($355,196), being out of Maikona (2:01.6), by Soky’s Atom from the Lordship mare Paperback Writer, whose family today is one of the best in the NZ stud book.   It includes classic winners in Lennon 1:52 ($519,846), Dizzy Miss Lizzy 1:52 ($270,266) and Glenferrie EJ (1:55.1) and others such as Crocket’s Cullen 1:51 ($330,820), Band On The Run (1:57.4), Bungalow Bill (1:51.6) and Our Lady Madonna (1:55.6).     Gold for Ghost Gum   Ghost Gum, who won the $25,550 Goldstrike Series Final, main race of the Marburg club’s season, is a grey Jet Laag gelding from the same family as that which produced the dual Inter Dominion champion Gammalite.   Ghost Gum, who took his stake earnings over the $100,000 plateau recently, is trained by Lola Weidemann and was bred by her sister, Julie. She is out of the Karalta Eagle mare Eagle Street (1:58.5), a sister to the Albion Park winner Streetem 1:57.9 ($116,354) and a half- sister to Street Blaze (17 wins).   Their dam, Return Street (2:00.9), was by Vintner (son of Storm Damage) from the Arrival mare Kyrie Eleison, whose dam, Furbish, was a half-sister to Gammalite, Australia’s first million dollar standardbred, the Victoria Derby winner Alphalite, Betalite, Omega Valley and a top ranking West Australian pacer in The Rogue.     Lost 50 metres – and won!   Highlight of the Bendigo club’s Easter meeting was turned on by the trotter Zarem, who began poorly and gave the leaders 50 metres start.   With a mile to run he was still 30 metres from the leaders, and his chance could have been written off. But Zarem joined the field at the bell, was tipped four wide on the home turn and reached the front in the closing stages. Zarem’s performance was an amazing one in every respect.   Watch the video here!   He is a son of the Conway Hall horse Wishing Stone, a top trotter himself and who was originally at the stud in America and is now located in Italy.   Broadacrossthebeam, the dam of Zarem, was a Keystone Salute mare from a fine straight- out trotter in Thunder Thighs, by Chiola Hanover from the Tuft mare Hayley Patricia, the second dam of cup class trotters in Exuberant, Posimistic, Got It Show It and Gluteus Maximus.     Broodmare double   The Bettor’s Delight mare Anna Finn NZ bookended the Easter Saturday meeting at Globe Derby Park.   Regal Scribe, a four-year-old gelding by Sportswriter, won the opening race in 1:58.7, while the two-year-old filly Dancing Finn (by A Rocknroll Dance) completed a hat trick in the last.   Anna Finn left earlier winners this season in Regal Lager (by Stonebridge Regal), who won three at Globe Derby, and Mo Chara (by Sportswriter), a winner in 1:57.5 at Bathurst.   Anna Finn ranks as a half-sister to the exported Sand Hill 1:51.6 ($319,168) and the NSW Linden Huntley Little Memorial winner Our Molly Finn (1:58.5), being by Bettor’s Delight from Angel In New York, by New York Motoring from Just Send Me An Angel, by Soky’s Atom.   This is the family of the NSW Renshaw Cup winner Gifted Angel, Vladimir The Great (NSW Mount Eden Championship, Mollywood 1:56.2 (Melton), the Gloucester Park winner White Eagle, and others.     Tony Bermingham passes   Queensland enthusiast Tony Bermingham, whose death is reported, was a successful hobby breeder and owner.   The best horse he was associated was the bonny Butler B G mare Penny The Pussycat.   Among her four wins as a two-year-old were the NSW Pink Bonnet and Queensland Paleface Adios Classic. She won five races at three years, including the J. L. Raith Memorial at Harold Park, and, in all, she totted up 17 wins from 32 starts and $85,571 in stakes.   At the stud Penny The Pussycat left eight winners including the Breeders Crown champion Marty Monkhouser 1:50.4 ($389,779), Just Watch Me, Gwenda Baker, Sylvester The Cat and Emm Harvey.     by Peter Wharton

Warrawee Needy, a former world champion and harness racing Canadian 'Two-year-old Colt of the Year' and who is now at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), was represented by his sixth individual two-year-old winner from his first crop when the debutant Uncle Shank was successful at Albion Park on Tuesday (April 14). Starting from inside the back row, the colt enjoyed the box seat trail behind the leader and, switched down onto the passing lane, sprinted sharply to win by 4.4 metres with something in hand. The mile rate was 1:57.8 over 1660 metres. He tramped his last 800 in a slick 57.1. Uncle Shank had previously shown up in several trials at Albion Park recently. He looks a very classy youngster. Bred by Mark Elmer and trained by Chantal Turpin, Uncle Shank is out of the Presidential Ball mare Presidential Night (2:00.7), the dam of the metropolitan winners Hedges Avenue (1:51.2) and Blue Suede Hooves ((1:56.4). Already a 1:55 sire in North America, Warrawee Needy has made a spectacular start as a sire in Australia, and has the distinction of siring four sub 2:00 two-year-olds from his initial crop. In his first season he left 47 foals, and of these he has eight to the races half way through their two-year-old season, and six are winners and two have been placed. By Peter Wharton

The Mustang and Rudi Sandel, a pair of three-year-old geldings by Changeover, are proving splendid advertisements for the Burwood Stud flagship sire. Both were very impressive winners during the Easter holiday harness racing. The Mustang led from end to end in 1:57.6 at Bathurst and has now won seven races – including five this season – and more than $40,000 in stakes. Rudi Sandel completed a winning hat trick when he stormed home from  midfield to win in 1:59 at Globe Derby Park. The Mustang is out of a mare by Falcon Seelster, while Rudi Sarnel is from a mare by McArdle, a son of Falcon Seelster. Changeover has sired 51 individual winners in Australia to date this season and they have amassed $870,000 in stakes.   By Peter Wharton

Former Canadian 2YO Colt of the Year Warrawee Needy, now based at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), was credited with his fifth harness racing winner from his first Australian crop when the two-year-old Menames Needy emerged successful at Wagga on Easter Day. Having only his fourth start, the gelding was second last on the home turn and disappointed for racing room but gained a needle eye opening and finished full of running to claim the thick end of the prize. Tintin In America, a studmate of Warrawee Needy at Yirribee, left a couple of very smart three-year-old winners on either side of the continent last weekend. Wotdidusaaay took full advantage of a perfect trip to outsprint his rivals at Melton in 1:58 over 2240 metres. It was his sixth win and sent his stake tally over the $30,000 mark. He looks a really good youngster. While Middlepage, a three-year-old colt, finished strongly after enjoying a box seat trail to post his first win at Gloucester Park. He rated 1:59.6 over 2130 metres. To complete a successful week Timely Sovereign, a son of Lombo Pocket Watch, notched win No. 9 and increased his earnings to almost $80,000 at Penrith.   By Peter Wharton

Woodlands Stud flagship stallion Bettor’s Delight is on target for a ninth consecutive Australian harness racing sires’ premiership. To April 10 the son of Cam’s Card Shark had progeny earnings of $6,852,392, almost $1.8 million ahead of the second placed Art Major ($5,059,805). Mach Three holds down third position with $4,162, 748, followed by American Ideal ($2,842,074), Rock N Roll Heaven ($2,706,856) and Rocknroll Hanover ($2,196,212). Bettor’s Delight is the leading sire on the All Aged list in every category – stakemoney, winners and races won. The biggest contributor’s to Bettor’s Delight’s tally have been the dual Derby winner Line Up ($238,800), the Victoria Oaks winner Dr Susan ($200,030), the NSW Oaks champion Stylish Memphis ($155,180), Bettor Enforce ($149,310) and the NSW Ladyship Mile victor Bettor’s Heart ($144,000). The leading colonial bred stallion is the deceased Courage Under Fire with $1,506,782. Courage Under Fire Bettor’s Delight is also the leading sire of three-year-olds in every section. First crop sire Captaintreacherous leads his own sire Somebeachsomewhere on the two-year-old stakemoney list. He is also the leading sire of winners (14) and races won (19). Majestic Son ($933,274) holds a commanding lead in the trotter’s only section from Skyvalley ($612,025). Bacardi Lindy ($456,643), Monarchy ($427,642) and Pegasus Spur ($370,061) round out the top five. Majestic Son’s biggest money-winners include Norquay, Ymbro Wasted and Gunning. Muscle Hill, the sire of the Need For Speed Prince and Bathurst Gold Coronet winner Elite Stride, is the premier sire of three-year-old trotters. His three-year-old stock have won $107,555 to date this season. By Peter Wharton

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound.     Treble for prominent breeders   Sahara Sirocco, Sahara Tiger and Sahara Storm, who emerged successful at the Cranbourne club’s twilight meeting, all belong the same family. The trio are all expected to graduate far beyond their present rating.   Sahara Sirocco, a three-year-old colt by Courage Under Fire, and the four-year-old Sahara Tiger (by Art Major) are both out of the Village Jasper mare Sahara Miss (1:54.4), a capable racemare who won three at Melton.   Sahara Storm, who is undefeated in two starts, is a two-year-old filly by Captaintreacherous from the Art Major mare Sahara Sunrise (1:59.9), a daughter of Sahara Miss, who left an earlier winner in Starofsahara (1:56.2), whose eight successes included the Vicbred Platinum Homegrown 2YO Classic.   The Sahara Miss tribe is being bred from by Harness Racing Victoria board member Peter Watkinson and Bruce Paul.     WA Derby winner’s family tree   Patronus Star, looks certain to uphold the good record of American Ideal’s stock.     Trained by Greg and Skye Bond, he won the $200,000 Western Australian Derby coming from worse than midfield and outfinishing a top field of three-year-olds. Patronus Star has not raced a great deal. He did not race as a two-year-old and from nine starts at three he has won four and been three times placed.   Patronus Star, by American Ideal, is out of the In The Pocket mare Star Command, the dam of others in Billies A Star 1:55.6 ($145,263), a prolific winner at Gloucester Park, the exported Heroic Star (1:57) and Perfect Circle.   Unraced, Star Command was a half-sister to the Bendigo Cup, NZ Flying Mile and Interdom heat winner Anvil’s Star 1:54.8 ($470,115) and the Harold Park winner Soky’s Special (1:57.8), being from Venetian Star, by Lordship from Star Nurse, by the NZ Derby winner Good Chase and tracing to the imported mare Norice.   Earlier WA Derby winners in Saab (1998) and his brother Talladega (2000) both belong to this family.     Cash N Flow in 1:49.6   Cash N Flow gave a further taste of his class when he easily won the $30,600 Multiquip Pace, a Group 3 race at Menangle in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.6. He was not in danger of defeat over the last 800 metres.     A seven-year-old gelding by Mach Three, he ranks as a half-sister to the champion racemare Katy Perry 1:51.1 ($517,733), being out of Karen Donna, an In The Pocket mare from a top flight juvenile in Megaera 1:56.8 ($250,646), by Butler B G from Aberfeldy, by Mark Lobell from the noted producer Black Watch.   Aberfeldy founded a good winning branch of this family.       Half-brothers win   It was no mean feat for the half-brothers Thats How Weroll and Do Not Surrender to win on consecutive nights at Albion Park and Shepparton recently. A half-sister in Well Said won in 1:50.9 at Menangle a few days earlier.   Thats How Weroll is a seven-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven, while Do Not Surrender is a three-year-old gelding by Bettor’s Delight.   Top Tempo, the dam of Thats How Weroll and Do Not Surrender, was one of the many grand producing daughters of a champion sire in In The Pocket (1:49.6), being out of the good racemare and producer Kliklite (1:56.7), by Holmes Hanover from Jessica Macfaber, by El Patron.   Top Tempo (1:56.5), the winner of 11 races and $225,513, was the dam of eight individual winners, three of whom won Group races in Speak No Evil 1:50.9 ($253,400), Queen Of Pop 1:55.6 ($204,527) and Musical Delight 1:53.1 ($248,910), who, in turn, is the dam of the multiple Group placegetter Young Rooster 1:58.3 (8 wins to date).   Top Tempo was a half-sister to a smart pacer in McKay 1:55.7 ($236,445), the Tasmanian Breeders Plate winner Winewomenandsong, Marlon Brando (2:01.1), and others.   A star from Petousa   A star four-year-old in Victoria so far this season is Our Road To Mecca, who was bred by Wayne Honan and trained by Freddy Taiba.   Our Road To Mecca                                 --Stuart McCormick photo   A mare by Art Major, she is out of a crack racemare in Petousa (1:57.3) and the fifth of her produce to win. She overcame a difficult draw and a torrid passage to down a strong field of mares at Melton last Saturday and looks certain to take a tight mark.   Petousa was a half-sister to the Breeders Crown champion and successful sire Flightpath 1:55.9 ($291,564) and the NSW Oaks and Breeders Challenge winner For Dear Life 1:55.8 ($322,331).   This family has consistent produced a number of good winners over the years. A close relative of Our Road To Mecca is Pelosi, last season’s top ranking two-year-old filly and the winner of seven of her nine starts to date.     Crack filly by A Rocknroll Dance   A two-year-old to take high ranking in South Australia is Dancing Finn, one of the third crop sired by A Rocknroll Dance, who is now at Nevele R Stud in Christchurch.   Dancing Finn has won two two-year-old races with a third from four starts for $15,664. She won the Sapling Stakes after racing wide throughout and appears every bit as good as the South Australians rate her.   She is out of Anna Finn NZ, an unraced Bettor’s Delight mare who was also responsible for Regal Lager 1:55.8 (22 wins), Regal Scribe (1:57.8) and recent Bathurst winner Mo Chara (1:57.5). Anna Finn is a half-sister to the exported Sand Hill 1:51.6 ($319,168), the NSW Linden Huntley Little Memorial winner Our Molly Finn (1:58.5), dam of the Melton winner Mollywood (1:56.2), and to the Beach Towel mare Shy Angel, dam of the NSW Mount Eden Championship winner Vladimir The Great (1:56.2).   Their dam, Angel In New York, also unraced, was a New York Motoring mare from Just Send Me An Angel, by Soky’s Atom from the American-bred mare Lindy’s Tabella, by Escort (son of Meadow Skipper) and tracing back to the world champion Adios Betty.     For higher Honours   Always An Honour, the winner of eight races this season and a most impressive winner at Gloucester Park last Friday, is one of the best four-year-olds in WA at present.   He has won 11 of his 22 lifetime starts to date and $83,107 in stakes. By the Artsplace horse Art Major, the gelding is out of the Village Jasper mare Shy Annie, the dam of the top Queensland pacer Alleluia 1:53.1 ($581,412) and Soldier Of Fortune (1:55).   Always An Honour belongs to an American family and one that has been most successful.   His grand-dam, Sudden Urge (1:53.6), a Stakes winning daughter of Albatross, ranked as a sister-in-blood to the world champion Trenton (1:51.6), being out of the Overtrick mare Tempted, who was imported to NZ in 1988.   Tempted, a half-sister to the millionairess Caressable (1:55.8) and Shirley’s Beau ($499,010), founded a strong branch of the Shy Ann family ‘down under’ including the WA Derby winner In The Force, Pure Power, Onlyforyou (NZ 2YO Filly of the Year), Only The Brave (Redcliffe Cup), Milliondollar Wave, and others.       From top family   Somewhere Secret, a very impressive winner at Melton recently and the winner of six races this season, is another member of the celebrated Larrakeyah Lady family.   Somewhere Secret                                                     --Stuart McCormick photo   By Somebeachsomewhere, he ranks as a half-brother to two high class pacers in Major Secret 1:55.1 ($464,872), a Derby winner now at the stud in SA, and Beauty Secret 1:52.4 ($425,921), being out of a handy racemare in Secret Life (1:58.6), by Safely Kept from Lifeline, by Classic Garry from Larrakeyah Lady.   Secret Life was a sister to the Moonee Valley winner Royal Crime 1:55.7 ($100,753) and a half-sister to the Southern Cross winner Punch Line (1:54.2), Don Alvaro (1:59.5) and the Breeders Crown champion Lovelist 1:53.2 ($222,889), who, in turn, is the dam of this year’s Group 1 Allwood winner Treachery.   Other recent winners from this fine family have been Ride High, Out To Play, Major Times, Always Fast, The Pantheist and Beachboy Butch.   Fifth on end   Edie Jaccka won her fifth race on end when she led throughout at Newcastle last Saturday.   She is by the In The Pocket horse Changeover, a grand pacer himself and who stands at Burwood Stud in Queensland.   Edie Jaccka is out of Esprit Jaccka (2:02.7), by Live Or Die from Elle Jaccka, by Falcon Seelster from the Lordship mare Empresso (2:01.4), a daughter of Lobella Rose, the dam of the New Brighton Cup winner OK Oscar (1:50.4).   Lobella Rose was a half-sister to the Whyalla Cup winner Our Hurry Back and a member of the same family as the world’s fastest ever mare Shartin (1:46.8) and the Miracle Mile winner Locarno.     Leading sire’s absence a loss   The results of racing during the past month have further demonstrated the loss of Alta Christiano to breeders.     With only three crops racing, he sired the Western Crown winner Mighty Ronaldo, the Gloucester Park victors La Suleiman, Fake News (1:52.7), While They Pray (1:55.6), Al Guerrero (1:55.3), Master Leighton and Aly Shar, the Melton winner Im Sir Blake (1:54.3) and Alta Downs.   In all, Alta Christiano has left 41 individual winners this season and they have won more than $580,000.     For Western Australia   The Bettor’s Delight horse, Caribbean Blaster, has been relocated to Western Australia, where he is to do stud duty at Mike Hackett’s Global Breeding Farms. Caribbean Blaster has stood at Yirribee Pacing Stud in the Riverina since he finished racing, and the oldest of his stock are currently four-year-olds. They include the Victoria Premiere Stakes winner Scheu Creek, Boulder City (Albion Park) and the recent Gloucester Park winner Caruba.     A superbly bred horse, Caribbean Blaster is by Bettor’s Delight from a handy racemare in Kalypso, the dam also of good winners in Protikori 1:59 ($212,109) and War Dan 1:52.4 ($174,173).   Kalypso was by Safely Kept from Willing Greek, by Golden Greek from the Group 1 winning mare Willing Whiz (1:57.5), who established a very successful family. Caribbean Blaster proved himself a top flight pacer on his day, winning 24 races including the Victoria Cup, SA Cup and Chariots of Fire, and amassing $1.1 million in stakes.       Last foal a winner   The four-year-old Squatter Shannon, who broke maiden ranks at Bathurst on Sunday, is the last foal of the Tyler B horse Miles McCool.     A brother to the Little Brown Jug winner Magical Mike, Miles McCool was a top racehorse in his own right, numbering the Adios, Fox Stakes and Jersey Cup among his nine successes. He sired more than 200 winners in NZ and Australia including the Franklin Cup winner Napoleon 1:50.2 ($605,833) and the NZ 3YO Flying Stakes winner Hunka Hickling.       by Peter Wharton

The expectant foal crop in Australia standardbreds this season will be around 2,950. This represents the lowest figure since records were first kept by Harness Racing Australia in 1966/67.   As at April 3, 2020 the total foal crop in Australia numbered 2,876, according to Australian Standardbred breeders Association secretary Gary Newton.   The expectant final figure will be approximately 400 fewer foals than the previous season. It will be 50 percent down on the 2000/01 season when there were 6,382 foals born in Australia.   The largest ever foal crop in this country was 13,658 in the 1978/79.   There has been a continual downward spiral in number for 30 years.   Newton said:   “The foal numbers across Australia are in free-fall and it appears that the biggest decline is in the owner-breeder type that are leaving the industry.   “In 2011 the Australian Breeding Panel survey, headed by John Bagshaw, identified 29 percent of those surveyed claimed they would decrease the number of  mares they would look to get in foal. That number alarmingly increased to 54 percent in an ASBA survey conducted last year.”   “Costs and a level playing field are the two main reasons for the decline plus the average age of the breeder is 45 and rising,” Newton stated.   “We just don’t have young people coming into the game. It’s not sexy enough to attract them.”   The national foal crops have been:   Year             Foals 2017/18       3,335 2016/17       3,444 2015/16       3,641 2014/15       3,861 2013/14       3,867 2012/13       4,193 2011/12       4,517 2010/11       4,879 2009/10       5,345 2008/09       5,263 2007/08       5,055 2006/07       5,088 2005/06       6,024 2004/05       5,923 2003/04       6,079 2002/03       5,751 2001/02       6,379 2000/01       6,382   by Peter Wharton

The Woodlands Stud flagship Bettor’s Delight was clearly the top harness racing sire on average price at this year’s round of Australian Pacing Gold yearling sales. Of the 35 head offered by the great Cam’s Card Shark horse, 31 were sold for an average of $60,484. He had four of the seven yearlings to fetch $100,000 or more including the three highest priced colts and the leading filly at the Sydney auction. Art Major, who sired the highest priced yearling in Melbourne at $160,000, Courage Under Fire and Captaintreacherous were the only other sires with stock to reach six figures. The deceased Courage Under Fire’s had four progeny sell for an average of $53,125 to finish second on the list. Next was Captaintreacherous, who had 30 of his second crop sell for an average price of $51,200, followed by his own sire Somebeachsomewhere (21 sold - $41,976 average), Mach Three (2 - $35,000), Sweet Lou (18 - $33,778) and Art Major (38 - $33,237). Always B Miki was the leading first crop sire with 30 head sold for an average of $28,189, followed by Betting Line (34 – $24,632) and Racing Hill (7 - $8,429). Muscle Hill topped the trotting sire’s section with two lots averaging $52,500. Other trotting stallions with multiple sales included Andover Hall (2 - $42,500), Father Patrick (4 - $36,875), Love You (2 - $33,250), Creatine (2 - $25,000) and Majestic Son (8 - $20,938).   PACING SIRES Sire                                          No. Sold                      $Average Bettor’s Delight                       31                                60,484 Courage Under Fire*              4                                  53,125 Captaintreacherous                30                                51,200 Somebeachsomewhere*        21                                41,976 Mach Three*                          2                                  35,000 Sweet Lou                             18                                33,778 Art Major                                38                                33,237 Alta Christiano*                      8                                  29,875 Always B Miki                         30                                28,189 American Ideal                       29                                28,121 Tintin In America                    6                                  24,833 Betting Line                             34                                24,632 Rock N Roll Heaven                13                                21,077 Roll With Joe                           7                                  19,357 Fly Like An Eagle                     9                                  18,111 Shadow Play                           7                                  18,000 Rocknroll Hanover*                1                                  18,000 Badlands Hanover                 5                                  17,600 Sportswriter                            14                                17,357 Betterthancheddar                 6                                  17,083 Hurrikane Kingcole*               2                                  16,000 Rich And Spoilt*                      1                                  16,000 Western Terror                       5                                  15,600 Sunshine Beach                     15                                15,233 Warrawee Needy                    7                                  14,000 Four Starzzz Shark                 9                                  13,556 He’s Watching                         8                                  13,125 A Rocknroll Dance                  29                                12,586 Heston Blue Chip                    2                                  12,500 Changeover                             1                                  12,500 Caribbean Blaster                   1                                  11,000 Follow The Stars                    12                                10,958 Well Said                                 15                                10,800 Pet Rock                                  9                                  10,389 Guaranteed                             1                                  10,000 Racing Hill                               7                                  8,429 Grinfromeartoear*                   1                                  7,000 Renaissance Man                   1                                  7,000 Mr Feelgood                           1                                  6,000 Auckland Reactor                    5                                  5,400 Falcon Seelster*                      1                                  5,000   TROTTING SIRES Sire                                          No. Sold                      $Average Muscle Hill                              2                                  52,500 Trixton                                     1                                  51,000 Orlando Vici                            1                                  50,000 Andover Hall                           2                                  42,500 Father Patrick                         4                                  36,875 Love You                                  2                                  33,250 Creatine                                  2                                  25,000 Royalty For Life                       1                                  25,000 Majestic Son                           8                                  20,938 Cardigan Boko                        2                                  17,000             Muscle Mass                           1                                  14,000 Quaker Jet                               2                                  11,500 Lawman                                  1                                  11,000 Bacardi Lindy                          3                                  10,167 Aldebaran Eagle                     1                                  10,000 Kvintet Avenger                      1                                  10,000 Dreamcatcher                         3                                  9,667 Used To Me                             8                                  6,625 Sebastian K                              2                                  6,000 Skyvalley                                 2                                  6,000 Peak                                        1                                  4,000    *Deceased By Peter Wharton

Yirribee Pacing Stud’s world champion sire Warrawee Needy was credited with his fourth harness racing winner from his first Australian crop when the two-year-old The Mountain emerged successful at only its second start at Wagga. After settling down near last, the gelding looped the field in the middle stages to race upsides with the leader and then powered away to win by six metres. The mile rate was 1:58.1 over 1740 metres with the last 800 in a slick 57.6. Warrawee Needy has sired four winners and three placegetters from seven starters to date. Uncle Shank, a Queensland owned and trained colt by Warrawee Needy, has won twice and been second in 1:55 in three trials at Albion Park recently. The Mountain, who is owned, trained and driven by Brett Woodhouse, was one of three winners bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud on the day. The two-year-old Fly Like An Eagle gelding Eagle Commander (1:59.2) and three-year-old Fly Like An Eagle gelding Chasing The Wind (1:57.8) both saluted at Bathurst. Actually, Yirribee Pacing Stud bred eight individual winners for the week! They included the Wagga winners King Fisher (1:58.7), Sweet Sangria (1:59.4) and All Good, Hes An Artist (1:59.4, Cranbourne) and the very promising Romero (by Million Dollar Cam), a runaway winner at Stawell in 1:58.7. Another son of Million Dollar Cam in Camroller notched his 13th win and pushed his earnings over the $70,000 mark with a brilliant win at Albion Park. By Peter Wharton    

The Redcliffe Yearling Sale, whose graduates include boom Queensland pacers Leo’s Best and Governor Jujon, will be conducted online by Darren Ebert and Co on Sunday starting at 12 noon.   The 66 lots to go under the hammer are by 26 sires such as leading lights Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter, Hurrikane Kingcole, Mr Feelgood, Courage Under Fire, Well Said, Changeover, Western Terror and Cammibest.   A feature of the sale will be two colts from the last crop of the great Artsplace and youngsters from the first crop of the top American imports Always B Miki and Racing Hill and champion colonial bred pacer Guaranteed.   Graduates from the sale are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series with a two-year-old Sale Race Classic worth $100,000 in 2021 and a three-year-old Classic carrying a purse of $35,000 in 2022.   They are also eligible for QBred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred.   Bidders should register here   Photos, videos and a brief description of the yearlings are now available click here.   Prospective buyers who are unable to log on to the above websites should phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or Rebecca Ebert 0404 050 483 to either help organise it or to register for phone bidding.   The online catalogue can be viewed at www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au   Peter Wharton

The death of the New Zealand bred harness racing stallion Alta Christiano was an immense blow to the Australian breeding industry.   Alta Christiano died as the result of a colic attack at Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW) last weekend.   The top pacer and sire had just completed his busiest ever season, covering in excess of 160 mares.   “We had already received advanced bookings for 40 mares for next season,” Tipperary Equine studmaster Luke Primmer said.   In a career interrupted by injury, Alta Christian won 13 of his 18 starts and $309,163 in stakes.   He won four races at two years, including the NZ Kindergarten Stakes and NZ Yearling Sales Graduate at Addington.   Among his three wins as a three-year-old were the $200,000 WA Derby and the Western Gateway in a track record 1:55.4 for 2130 metres.   Alta Christiano won six of his seven starts at four including The Johnson, a Listed race.   From his first crop he produced the talented Im Sir Blake, winner of the Northern Region Championship in Victoria and Mildura Guineas, the WA Country Derby winner Fake News and While They Pray (11 wins).   Alta Christiano’s second crop now racing as three-year-olds includes the Battle of Bunbury winner Al Guerrero and Will The Wizard (Queensland Breeders Classic 2YO), while among his current batch of two-year-olds is the Western Crown winner Mighty Ronaldo.   He has sired 48 individual winners from 66 starters and they have amassed $1.17 million. In the current season he has left 40 winners to date.   by Peter Wharton

As the sire of one of the greatest stallions ever to come to this country in Art Major and other champion sires in Grinfromeartoear, Sportswriter, Dream Away, Artiscape and Modern Art, Artsplace is without question one of the most influential harness racing sires in the history of the sport.   A former world champion juvenile, Artsplace, who topped the USA sire premiership on six occasions, died in America in 2006 aged 18 years. He sired more than 1,200 winners including 48 in the 1:50 list and 448 $100,000 earners and had total progeny earnings of $US170 million.   The last of the ‘down under’ bred progeny of Artsplace will go under the hammer at the online Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Darren Ebert and Co, on Sunday starting at 12 noon.   They are two superbly bred colts – one born in New Zealand and the other in Queensland – both being offered by Daren and Gayle Garrard, of Garrard’s Horse & Hound, the sponsors of the Redcliffe sale-race series.   The first of the Artsplace’s is Lot 18, R Eleven Art NZ, a half-brother to five sub 2:00 performers including the NSW Derby placegetter R Eleven (1:55.7), In Massachusetts 1:52.4 ($191,002) and recent Albion Park winner Street Appeal (1:53).   The colt hails from the same family as the Queensland pin-up pacer Destreos, the derby winner Franco Hat Trick, NZ 3YO of the Year Franco Heir and the Oaks winner Onassis Legacy.   The second colt, Lot 54 in the catalogue, is out of the Albion Park winner Couldntdecide (2:00.6), a half-sister to the prolific winner Livinthehighlife 1:53.9 ($127,811), and a member of the same tribe as that which produced top horses the calibre of Ameretto, Hilarion Star and Flashing Star.   Videos of both yearlings will be available to view by prospective purchasers prior to sale day.   Bidders should register now at https://elite.nextlot.com/public/user/new   Photos and videos of all yearlings are available at https://elite.nextlot.com/public/sales/87859/lots?per_page=100    Prospective buyers who are unable to do this online should contact Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or Rebecca Ebert 0404 050 483 to either help organise it or to register for phone bidding.   The online catalogue can be viewed at www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au   by Peter Wharton

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