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Siblings to a number of recent harness racing winners will be offered at the online Redcliffe Yearling Sale to be conducted by Darren Ebert and Co on Sunday, April 5, starting at 12 noon.   They include half-brothers to the dual Albion Park two-year-old winner and Changeover Classic placegetter Onlysbest (1:58.5), the multiple Albion Park winner Street Appeal, the Albion Park winners Celtic Cruza (1:56), Bangkok Bravado (1:56.2) and Grizzly Montana (1:59.1) and the recent Tasmanian victors Gotta Good Reason and Drifting Away.   There’s half-sisters to the Albion Park three-year-old winner Betterthanlego (1:55.7), Redcliffe winners Amaya Becomes and Molly Montana and the Marburg winner Dolittle Desley.   The catalogue lists close relatives to several metropolitan and overseas winners including Fifty Five Reborn, a 1:57.4 Gloucester Park three-year-old winner last Friday. Other winners are last Saturday night’s Albion Park winner Newport Dreamz (1:55.9), Corey William, a recent Albion Park and Redcliffe winner, Betting Man (Globe Derby Park) and the Yonkers, New York winner Million Dollar Gem (1:54.2).   Yearlings to be auctioned at Redcliffe are by sires that have produced Group winning two- year-old progeny in Australia and New Zealand this year. A Rocknroll Dance, who has three lots in the sale, ranks as the sire of the Shakamaker Classic winner Bar Room Banta; Heston Blue Chip (2 lots), is the sire of NSW Pink Bonnet winner Girl From Oz; Tintin In America (1 lot) left the WA Sales Classic winner Lady Jadore; Betterthancheddar (2 lots) figures as the sire of the Changeover Classic winner Sheza Bonny Sheila; and Western Terror (1 lot) is the sire of the Tasmanian Debutante Stakes winner Yeah Mate.   Graduates from the sale are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a two-year-old Sale Race Classic worth $100,000 in 2021 and a three-year-old Classic carrying a stake of $35,000 in 2022. They are also eligible for QBred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred.   To request a catalogue, phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or email or phone Redcliffe Harness Racing Club on (07) 3284 4550.   The online catalogue can be viewed at   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.   Crack colt by Alta Christiano A two-year-old to take high ranking in Western Australia was Mighty Ronaldo, one of the third crop sired by Alta Christiano, who is now at Luke Primmer’s stud at Young (NSW).   Having only his third start, he won the $25,000 Western Crown at Gloucester Park by open lengths in 1:59.3 and appears every bit as good as the Sandgropers rate him.   Mighty Ronaldo                                                        --Jodie Hallows photo   Mighty Ronaldo is out of Millwood’s Delight (1:57), by Bettor’s Delight from a useful racemare in Gliding By (1:57.4), by Vance Hanover from Significant, by Out To Win from the Scottish Command mare Black Watch, a top racemare and cups winner. This was the family founded by the NZ bred mare Regina.   From the Black Watch branch of it and to which Mighty Ronaldo belongs, others in Chicago Bull, Arden Rooney, Rocknroll Lincoln, Keayang Cullen, Katy Perry, Lauraelle, The Unicorn and Sovereign Hill – all Group 1 winners - also belong.       Siblings win in Victoria Two of Victoria’s most promising youngsters at present, and both winners last weekend, are Pacifico Dream and Momentslikethese.   Both bred by Harvey Kaplan and trained by Emma Stewart are out of Mint Julep, an unraced daughter of Presidential Ball and the champion racemare Jadah Rose (1:49.6).   Pacifico Dream                                                   --Stuart McCormick photo   Pacifico Dream, a three-year-old colt by Mach Three, won the Group 3 $40,000 Victoria Sires Classic at Melton and has won five of his 10 starts to date, while Momentslikethese, a two- year-old filly by Art Major, won impressively on debut at Maryborough.   Mint Julep, the dam of Pacifico Dream and Momentslikethese, was a half-sister to the former ‘Cups King’ Guaranteed 1:50.4 ($856,316), now at Goodtime Lodge stud in Victoria, and Jadahson 1:53.9 ($277,390).     Cruz in 1:49.9 Cruz, who hoisted a fresh lifetime record of 1:49.9 leading from end to end at Menangle, is an American Ideal gelding from the same family as that which produced a top NSW pacer in Yayas Hot Spot.     Cruz, who was bred in NZ by Helen Hayward, did most of his early racing in Victoria before transferring to Craig Cross’s Cobbitty barn in June 2019. He has now won 23 races and $210,407 in stakes.   A tough customer, Cruz is a six-year-old brother to the SA Golden Nursery winner Elijah (1:58.3) and the Gloucester Park winners Heavens Delight 1:55.9 ($105,697), Macheaven (1:55.8) and Ucanttakeitwithu (1:56.4), being out of a handy racemare in Close To Heaven (2:00.1), by the Abercrombie horse Dare You To, a world champion and Inter Dominion heat winner.   Close To Heaven, who won seven races and $55,428, left eight winners, six of whom took records of 2:00 or better. She was out of Spaxton Rebel (2:00), by Clever Innocence from Spaxton Hanover, by the Auckland and Hunter Cup winner Waitaki Hanover from the Young Charles mare Pretender, a half-sister to the NZ Oaks winner Local Lie.   Cruz was the first of two winners at Menangle sired by American Ideal, the other being The Texas Ranger who rated 1:57.4 over 2300 metres. American Ideal also figured as the damsire of a third winner, Makoa (by Art Major).       Won NZ Flying Stakes Copy That, who is proving himself a three-year-old of some worth in the Auckland area, tasted Group success in the $47,000 Vero Flying Stakes at Addington, beating a very good three-year-old in One Change (by Bettor’s Delight) and Minstrel (by Rocknroll Hanover).   Bought for a six figure amount as a late two-year-old, Copy That has now won eight races and been placed five times placed from 18 starts for $113,900 in stakes. Earlier in the season he won the Alabar 3YO Classic and was runner-up in the Sires’ Stakes Final and Northern Derby.   A colt by the Western Ideal horse American Ideal (now at the stud in Victoria), Copy That is from the Live Or Die mare Lively Nights 1:57.4 (7 wins), and the first of her produce to race.   She was out of White Nights (dam of three in 2:00), by Road Machine from B G Star, by Butler B G from the Mercedes mare Proud Star, a half-sister to the Cardigan Bay Stakes winner Top Vance.   This is the immediate family of Christopher Vance and Luxury Liner, both NZ Cup winners, Surprise Package (A. G. Hunter Cup), Napoleon and this year’s WA Pacing Cup winner Mighty Conqueror.       Eighth winner from broodmare When the American Ideal three-year-old The Code Breaker won at Northam last Saturday, he credited his dam Alldatglittersisgold with her eighth individual winner. The Code Breaker, who cost $72,500 as a yearling, had been placed at its previous outing four days earlier.   Others from Alldatglitterisgold to win have been the Hunter Cup and Victoria Cup winner Bling It On 1:50.2 ($1.8 million), the Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling 1:50.5 ($854,490), Bletchley Park 1:53.6 ($186,200), Hectic 1:56.7 ($97,745), Show Me The Bling (1:53.1), Blingittothemax (1:55.3), My Apache Gold and now The Code Breaker.   Alldatglittersisgold, who is now in her 20 th year, has since produced a yearling colt by American Ideal and a weanling colt by him.   A dual Broodmare of the Year, Alldatglittersisgold was a Caprock mare from Glitter, by Lordship from Sandra Del, by Armbro Del from Mist Ahead, who founded a very strong branch of the Wild Lass family.     Grandson of Oaxaca Lass A bright future is being predicted for the American Ideal six-year-old Kardesler NZ, whose success at Cobram last week was his third winning run from five starts on Australian soil.   He has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by American Ideal, Kardesler is out of the Presidential Ball mare Kusadasi, a daughter of the champion racemare Oaxaca Lass (by Holmes Hanover). Oaxaca Lass, who won four Group 1 races and $426,585 in stakes, became the dam of winners in Condrieu 1:51.5 ($269,520), a multiple Listed winner in Australia, the top Tasmanian pacer Illegal Immigrant 1:55.2 ($143,836), Intrepid Traveller (1:54.8) and Weka Lass, the dam of the talented Victorian racemare Reciprocity 1:53 ($158,400).   The family traces back through mares by Ok Bye, Smooth Fella, Garrison Hanover, Light Brigade and Grattan Loyal to the noted foundation mare Tondeleyo. Recent winners from this family include the NSW Ladyship Mile winner Bettor’s Heart, Krug (Cardigan Bay Stakes), Micton Mouse (Tas. Derby), Be Jacks Legend (Cambridge Futurity) and the Breeders Crown champion Wrapper’s Delight.       SA Oaks winner’s breeding background Final Peace, who won her fourth race in the South Australian Oaks at Globe Derby Park, is by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Village Jolt, sire of a top racemare in Keayang Ebonyrose.   Final Peace is out of Peaces Of You (1:57.2), a winner of 12 races and $97,791, and is her only foal. By Peace Of Art (a 1:52 son of Artsplace), Peaces Of You was a half-sister to Forever And A Day 1:57.6 ($10 wins) and a member of the same family as the Derby winners in Carol Dillon and Exemplify (trotter) and a smart racemare in Lady Belladonna. Final Peace is a member of David Murphy’s Ballarat team.     Renaissance Man for Riverina The Art Major horse Renaissance Man has been relocated to the Riverina where he is to do stud duty. He will stand at Yirribee Pacing Stud where Lazarus, Tintin In America, Lennytheshark, Million Dollar Cam and Fear The Dragon head a select sire list.   Renaissance Man has been lightly used at the stud in Western Australia since he finished racing, and the oldest of his stock are currently racing as four-year-olds. From his first crop of 27 foals, 11 have raced and nine have been successful including the WA Country Oaks winner My Prayer 1:58.4 ($81,617), the Gloucester Park winner Yo Te Amo Haitch, Ourboybart (1:57.8), the Melton three-year-old winner Disclosure (1:56.5) and Another Snag (1:55.1)     His second crop includes the Westbred 2YO Classic winner Fifty Five Reborn (1:57.9) and the Group 2 placegetter Missbillynotsilly (1:58.6) and Medieval Man (1:58.8).   A particularly well bred horse, Renaissance Man is by Art Major from a smart racemare in My Ami Lee, the dam also of good winners in Louvre 1:54.5 ($402,665), the Oaks winner Miss Hazel 1:57 ($310,063) and My General Lee 1:52.2 ($261,897).   My Ami Lee was by Safely Kept from Cosmophylla, by Thor Hanover from the Entrepreneur mare Calophylla, who established a good winning family.   Renaissance Man proved himself a brilliant pacer on his day, taking a mile record of 1:53.1 and winning 18 races including the NSW Sires Stakes 2YO Final, the Victoria Youthful Stakes and the SA Derby. He finished up with a stake tally of $297,904.     Broodmare double Former pacing queen Foreal left important winners on either side of the Tasman last Saturday.   Im Field Marshal (by Art Major) won in Free-for-all company in 1:51.1 at Menangle, while his three-year-old brother Forsure registered his first success in 1:56.2 at Winton.   Forsure winning at Winton   Foreal, an Inter Dominion and dual Oaks winner, left earlier winners in Im Rocknroll Magic (1:51.1), a multiple Menangle winner, and the exported Madiba (1:51.4).     Half-brother to Terror To Love The four-year-old Well Said Love, who won at the opening day of the Forbury Park club’s meeting at Wingatui, ranks as a half-brother to the triple NZ Cup winner and dual Horse of the Year Terror To Love, now making a name for himself as a sire.     Bred and part-owned by Terry McDonald, Well Said Love, by the Western Hanover horse Well Said, is out of Love To Live, a Live Or Die mare from Michael’s Magic, by Michael Jonathan (son of Albatross) from the Tarport Coulter mare Dream Star.   Well Said Love is the twelfth foal of Love To Live, whose family includes the good Australian winners Bad All Over 1:56.3 ($126,444) and Cee J P (1:57.8) and the NZ winner Mach’s Love (1:58), the dam of recent Menangle three-year-old winner and Simpson Sprint runner-up Mach Da Vinci (1:51.3).   An unraced daughter of Love To Live in Spred It Round (by Soky’s Atom) became the dam of the prolific Gloucester Park winner Bad Round 1:56.8 ($162,165).     By Ready Cash Always Ready, a four-year-old by the French horse Ready Cash from the Yankee Paco mare Class Of Her Own (a half-sister to a champion trotter in Let Me Thru), was one of the best his age at two but did not race last season.   But the Ready Cash entire has proved himself to some purpose in his four-year-old racing, winning twice at Ballarat – both by wide margins - from his only two attempts.   Always Ready has won six of his 10 lifetime starts for $107,880 in stakes and holds a mark of 2:00.6. He is a very good young trotter.       by Peter Wharton

Muscle Hill sired Group/Listed winners on either side of the Tasman last Friday (March 20). Star three-year-old filly Vacation Hill, after being eighth at the bell and three deep for the last 700 metres, proved too strong in the Group 2 $50,000 NZ Trotting Oaks at Addington. Tailored Elegance (by Muscle Hill) was a close third. The mile rate was 1:59.7 - the last 800 in a stunning 57.9 and 400 in 28.5. Vacation Hill has won two races and been five times placed from 12 starts for $41,622 in stakes. Bred by Bruce Hutton, the filly is out of the Dream Vacation mare Vacanza Tr 1:59.8 (5 wins) and her first produce to race. Vacation Hill winning at Addington Elite Stride, a three-year-old colt by Muscle Hill, blitzed his opposition in the Gold Coronet at Bathurst. After settling down third, the brilliant colt was sent to the top in the back straight and won as he liked by 12 metres. Fox Trot Hill (by Muscle Hill) finished third. The mile rate was 1:58.1 with the last two fractions in 28.8 and 28.9. Elite Stride winning at Bathurst The winner of four of his five starts, Elite Stride was bred and is raced by Emilio and Mary Rosati and is the first foal of the American-bred mare Real Babe USA Tr 1:52.4 ($386,103). He is a really good youngster. Muscle Hill is one of the strong Stallions Australasia frozen semen roster.   By Peter Wharton

Many of Queensland’s best known harness racing breeders have thrown their support behind the Redcliffe Yearling Sale to be conducted by Darren Ebert and Co at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, April 5.   Burwood Stud, who have bred, prepared or stood the sire of the seven of the eleven Garrard’s Redcliffe Sales Classic 2YO winners, has the biggest draft with 13.   The consignment includes eight yearlings by Changeover, the sire of 2016 Redcliffe Sales Classic winner Change Of Heart, and one by Cammibest, the sire of five Sales Classic winners.   The Garrard family, who sponsor the Redcliffe sale-race series through Garrards Horse & Hound, has nominated seven lots highlighted by two colts from the last ‘down under’ crop of the influential American sire Artsplace. They are a half-brother to the NSW Derby placegetter R Eleven and a colt from the same family as champion racemare Ameretto and the WA Pacing Cup winner Hilarion Star.   The Garrard’s are also offering three colts and two fillies by highly successful sire Changeover.   Alf Laspina, the breeder of the 2018 Sales Classic winner Regulus, has nominated a Western Terror colt out of Soeur De Lyse (1:55.9), while Martine Dwyer, the breeder of the 2015 Sales Classic winner Leos Best, is offering a Hes Watching half-sister to the Group 1 star.   Other successful breeders with multiple representation are Shawn Grimsey, Neil Badcock, Stephen Dux, Kylee Rasmussen, George Michael, Dale Belford, Jeff Briggs and Bev Massam.   Graduates from the sale are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a two-year-old Sale Race Classic worth $100,000 in 2021 and a three-year-old Classic carrying a stake of $35,000 in 2022. They are also eligible for QBred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred.   To request a catalogue, phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or email or phone Redcliffe Harness Racing Club on (07) 3284 4550.   The online catalogue can be viewed at     by Peter Wharton

The Bettor’s Delight filly Delightful Gem NZ produced the top price of $34,000 at the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale conducted by Graeme Board and Co on Sunday.   The filly was offered by Northern Rivers Equine, Kyabram (Vic.) and was knocked down to high profile Sydney owners Emilio and Mary Rosati. She is out of the Art Major mare Diamond Like, a half-sister to the Queensland Premier’s Cup winner Smiling Armada 1:54.7 ($109,788) and to the dam of the NZ Jewels winner Pembrook’s Delight 1:54.7 ($137,477).   Northern Rivers Equine, who presented their first ever draft at Bathurst, sold the two highest priced lots at the sale. They received $30,000 for the Sweet Lou colt Sweet Emmylou NZ, a half-brother to winner the Menangle Its Inevitable 1:54.1 ($90,490) and the NSW Sapling placegetter He’s Bettor (1:54.7).   The colt was bought by Lithgow enthusiast Peter Berrell.   A total of 71 of the 92 lots catalogued sold for a gross of $716,318. The 39 colts sold averaged $10,666 and 32 fillies averaged $9,676.   Peter Wharton

Burwood Stud (Queensland) flagship sire Changeover sired four New Zealand winners last weekend. Dress Sense, a four-year-old gelding, kicked proceedings off winning at Cambridge Raceway in 1:59 over 2200 metres and is undefeated in two outings. La Bella Vista, Smoken Shazza and Szybka Lane, a trio of four-year-old Changeover mares, won at Addington, Alexandra Park and Waimate respectively. La Bella Vista won in a career-best 1:56.7, Smoken Shazza recorded a new lifetime mark of 1:56.9 and Szybka Lane completed back-to-back successes. Meanwhile, Quick Changeover posted his sixth lifetime win, overcoming a wide passage to win at Launceston on Sunday night (March 22). The gelding rated 2:00 for 2200 metres, the last 800 in 57.6. Changeover has left 87 winners in Australia and NZ to date this season and they have amassed $1.34 million in stakemoney.   By Peter Wharton

Seventy percent of the mares represented in the 2020 Redcliffe Yearling Sale catalogue are harness racing winners and 47 percent are winner-producing mares. They have left 72 winners of 445 races between them including seven individual Group and Listed winners and 11 Group/Listed placegetters. Among the race-winning dams are the Group/Listed winners Bangkok Dancer (Qld Paleface Adios Classic) and Montana Tess (Redcliffe Oaks), Macy Supreme (NSW Country Series) and placegetters Three Jewels, Il Cavalino, Jenzajet and Lindrell. Other well performed mares include Shootforthestarzzz (Bathurst Gold Tiara heat), the Australian Pacing Gold heat winners Young Desiree and All Starzzz Shark, Rapt In Red (Qld Breeders Classic semi), Candyliscious (1:53.1), Miss Art Ranger (1:55), Soeur De Lyse (1:55.9) and Rowan Franco (1:56.2). The dams listed in the catalogue have left Group/Listed winners such as the dual Queensland Triad and Redcliffe Sales Classic champion Leos Best, Wicked Style (Queensland Triad and Seymour Nursery), the Queensland Breeders Classic victors Amaya Becomes,  Capitalize and Third Strike and the Redcliffe Sales Classic winners Celtic Cruza and Designer Style. Other ‘black type’ performers include the NSW Derby placegetter R Eleven, In Massachusetts 1:52.4 ($191,002), North Royal ($108,791), Hedges Avenue (1:51.2), Covert Beauty (2nd Queensland Breeders Classic), Gotta Good Reason (NSW Breeders Challenge heat), Pale Bear Boo (Albion Park Gold heat), Gangnam Dancer (2nd NSW Sapling), Drifting Away (2nd Triad) and the Redcliffe Sales Classic placegetters Izzy Ours and Ruhtrebo. The sale will be conducted by Darren Ebert and Company at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, April 5, starting at 12 noon. Graduates from the sale are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a two-year-old Sale Race Classic worth $100,000 in 2021 and a three-year-old Classic carrying a stake of $35,000 in 2022. They are also eligible for QBred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred. To request a catalogue, phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or email or phone Redcliffe Harness Racing Club on (07) 3284 4550. The online catalogue can be viewed at Peter Wharton

The 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Company, will be held at the Gold Crown Paceway, Bathurst on Sunday, March 22, starting at 11am.   The sale comprises 92 lots by 37 different stallions including champion sires Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, American Ideal, Sportswriter, Well Said, Roll With Joe, Modern Art and Western Terror.   Emerging sires Sweet Lou, Always B Miki, A Rocknroll Dance, Betting Line, Warrawee Needy, Shoobees Place, Tintin In America, Bling It On, Heston Blue Chip, He’s Watching, For A Reason, Sunshine Beach, Pet Rock and Changeover are represented at the sale.   There’s close relatives to a string of top performers such as Beautide, Mighty Conqueror, Phoenix Prince, Hurricane Harley, Lombo Pocket Watch, Vincent, Sir Galvinator, Stunin Cullen, Ameretto, Petacular, Majestic Mach and many more.   Live streaming of the sale will be available Bathurst Harness Racing Club’s Facebook page.   Pedigrees can be viewed online at Click on 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale   For a hard copy of the catalogue or further information phone Graeme Board on 0408 636   273 or email or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club.     by Peter Wharton

Mighty Conqueror has provided a massive boost to next Sunday’s Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale with a thrilling win in the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park in January.   The New Zealand bred Mighty Conqueror is now the winner of $485,838 and his gave his Bathurst sale bound close relative, a Shoobees Place filly (Lot 58), a perfectly timed pedigree update.   Hows The Memory, a winner of the Group 2 $50,000 Sibelia Stakes in 1:51.2, and recent Cranbourne winners Sahara Sirocco and Sahara Tiger are closely related to Lot 81, a Roll With Joe colt out of the smart racemare Macrandra.   Hurricane Harley, winner of the Group 2 $50,000 Paleface Adios Stakes at Menangle, is out of a daughter of Lot 70, the Well Said-Lindsey Leigh USA filly, while this season’s Victorian cups king Phoenix Prince belongs to the immediate family of Lot 82.   Half-brothers to a number of sale entries have been successful in NSW and Victoria recently.   Call Me Hector, a winner at Melton in 1:55.2, has a sibling as Lot 3; Rizardo, a double winner at Newcastle, is a half-brother to Lot 92; Illawong Mustang, who won at Ballarat in 1:56.8 and Cranbourne, is a half-brother to Loy 87; the Temora victor Our Sams Home has a half- brother in Lot 35; and the NSW provincial winners King Fisher, Lutzys Dream and A True Sensation are all half-brothers to Lot 68.   Pedigrees for all yearlings can be viewed online at Click on 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale   For a hard copy of the catalogue or further information phone Graeme Board on 0408 636 273 or email or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club.     by Peter Wharton

The Goulburn Valley-based Northern Rivers Equine will present their first draft at the 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale with a terrific selection of seven yearlings by a wide range of popular sires.   The consignment of six fillies and a colt were specifically selected on pedigree and type in Auckland last May and represent the top maternal families in New Zealand and Australia today.   They are by some of the world’s greatest sires including Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, American Ideal, Mach Three and Sweet Lou as well as up-and-coming NZ stallion Highview Tommy.   The families to which the yearlings belong have produced top horses the calibre of Code Bailey, the dual WA Cup winner Chicago Bull, Hunter Cup winner Stunin Cullen, Cash N Flow and the champion NZ racemares Tigerish, The Orange Agent and Lauraella.   The first two of the Northern Rivers’ draft to enter the ring are the superbly bred American Ideal fillies Ideal Energy NZ (Lot 19) and French Racket NZ (Lot 39). Ideal Energy NZ, a long barrelled, athletic filly, is from an Artsplace mare that left the Terang Guineas and Mount Gambier Gold Cup winner Iam Erik. The filly is closely related to Time Flies ($624,230), the WA Oaks placegetter Dame Puissant and Floyd Mayweather ($326,285).   French Racket NZ, a strong, athletic type, is out of a daughter of the broodmare gem Vicario, the dam of nine winners including the NZ 3YO Colt of the Year, Hunter Cup winner and successful sire Stunin Cullen and the NZ 4YO Mare of the Year Coburg. This season’s top NZ juvenile It’s All About Faith (1:56.4) is also a member of this fine family.   Next, is Delightful Gem NZ (Lot 59), a powerful bay filly bred the very successful Bettor’s Delight-Art Major cross. Her dam, Diamond Like NZ, ranks as a half-sister to the Queensland Premier’s Cup winner Smiling Armada and to the dam of the NZ Jewels winner Pembrook’s Delight.   Tiger Tommy NZ (Lot 69) is a stunning filly by the former NZ 2YO of the Year Highview Tommy out of a daughter of the champion NZ racemare Tigerish ($491,957), the dam of seven winners including the NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Tiger Turner and grand-dam of the Group winner All Tiger 1:49.2 ($514,726). This is the family of the recent Northam Cup winner Son Of A Tiger, the Group 1 Westbred Classic winner One Off Delight, Tiger Swift and so on.   Lot 75, Sweet Emmylou NZ, the only Sweet Lou colt in the sale, ranks as a half-brother to the Menangle winner Its Inevitable and the NSW Sapling placegetter He’s Bettor. The colt’s second dam, Matter Of Time, is a half-sister to six sub 2:00 performers and to the dam of Inter Dominion heat winner Cincinnati Kid ($499,495) and is closely related to the six-time Group 1 winner The Orange Agent ($746,423).   The only Art Major filly at the sale is Major Annie NZ (Lot 83), who is the second foal of the Group 2 NZ Ladyship Stakes runner-up Annie Morva (1:52.9). The classy filly hails from a strong family which includes the exported Elliesjet (1:51.8), Bet Out Of Ell and Magie Lilly Rose (1:54.2).   Completing the Northern Rivers entry is Mach’s Last NZ (Lot 90), a correct, good bodied filly from the last crop of Mach Three and his only representative in the sale. A member of the noted Black Watch tribe, the filly is closely related to the NZ Young Guns heat winner Im Meticulous (1:55.6), the dual Oaks winner Lauraelle ($699,946) and the Group two and three-year-old placegetter Express Stride (1:49).   For a pre-sale inspection and further information phone Dr Kath McIntosh on (03) 5852 2845 or 0427 497 429 or visit the website     by Peter Wharton

Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga will offer 14 yearlings - the equal highest draft - at next Sunday's Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale. The consignment comprises two lots by champion USA mare Shartin's sire Tintin in America, three by the Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam, four by the Victoria Cup hero Caribbean Blaster, three by former champion juvenile Lombo Pocket Watch and one each by world champion Warrawee Needy and NZ 3YO of the Year Stunin Cullen. It includes a Million Dollar Cam colt from the NSW Oaks placegetter Eternal Love, a Caribbean Blaster colt out of the Bathurst Sales Classic winner Icy River, a Million Dollar Cam filly from the multiple Group placegetter Lombo Mona Lisa, a Warrawee Needy colt from a Mach Three half-sister to two $100,000 earners, and a Caribbean Blaster colt out of the Albion Park winner Swing With A Star (1:56.1). There's close relatives to the NSW Sires Stakes champions Muddy River and Conrod Straight, the Bathurst Gold Tiara winner Boa Vista Lombo, Dream About Me (NSW Breeders Plate), 3YO of the Year Sir Galvinator, the triple Oaks winner Concorde Lombo, Lord Lombo ($286,504), 2YO of the Year Lombo Skyrider (1:50) and the NSW Sires semi winner Outa Neutral. On the racetrack, the promising Lombo Pocket Watch gelding Watched From Above provided the highlight winning the HRNSW Reward Series Final at Bathurst. Other winners were Our Mista Halle (by Million Dollar Cam), a winner at Gloucester Park in 1:58.3, and the Yirribee Pacing Stud bred three-year-old filly Kahliadenise Lombo (1:56.2, Newcastle) and King Fisher (1:57.4, Leeton).   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. Breeding of Miracle Mile winner When he won the $1 million Miracle Mile last weekend King Of Swing proved himself the top pacer of the current season. It was his fourth success on end, and he safely held the best open class pacers in Australasia in the Miracle Mile after working to the front in the middle stages and running out the 1609 metres in a stunning 1:48. In 14 starts this season King Of Swing has now won five and been five times placed for $932,186 in stakes. Bred by Breckon Farms, in New Zealand’s Waikato district, he was got by Rocknroll Hanover from Twist And Twirl, an Artsplace mare who took a record of 1:56, won seven races including the NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Championship and Great Northern Oaks and $283,258. King Of Swing is her first foal. Twist And Twirl was out of Giveitawhirlgirl, a lightly raced mare who became the dam of six winners including Feels Like Magic 1:51 ($261,728), a good winner in NZ, NSW and America, Spandau Ballet (1:58.9), Flying Loose, Double Twist and a fine racemare in Bettor Give It 1:57.4 ($138,061), who, in turn, is the dam of this year’s SA Derby winner Mach Dan (1:52.9). Giveitawhirlgirl was Jenna’s Beach Boy mare from Impish, by Falcon Seelster from Smarty Pants, by El Patron. Besides Giveitawhirlgirl, Impish, who won in 1:54.9, left a good racemare in The Fascinator 1:53.9 ($155,162), My West End Girl (2:01.1, who won 10 races), Simon (1:55.9, winner of four), Crackabella (1:56.7), I Know The Rules (1:57.7) and also Imprint (1:58.4), a Life Sign mare who became the dam of winners in Am Opulent 1:54.9 ($269,515), the winner of 18 races including the NZ Caduceus Club 2YO Classic, the NZ Southland Oaks winner Dibaba 1:51.6 ($127,759), Idealindiamonds (1:56.2) and Carbon Zero (1:55.8). King Of Swing carries three strong strains of the blood of Abercrombie, two each of Albatross and Most Happy Fella and a dose of Lordship and U Scott.   Up and coming youngsters Two smart young pacers to win classic races at the weekend were Krug, who won the $96,000 Cardigan Bay Stakes at Auckland, and Tasty Delight, who captured the $50,000 NSW Sapling Stakes at Menangle. Both were sired by Bettor’s Delight, again the leading sire in Australasia. Krug has won three of his four starts including two at Group level. He ranks as a half-brother to Prince McArdle (1:57.5), being out of the Southland Oaks winner Champagne Princess 1:56.9 ($143,484), by Soky’s Atom from Champagne Royal, by Smooth Fella from Regal Guest, by Lordship from New Guest. This family has consistently produced a number of good winners over the years. A close relative of Krug in Australia is the Tasmanian Oaks winner Enchanted Stride, also by Bettor’s Delight. Enchanted Stride’s dam, Lenola Stride (1:53.7), is a Christian Cullen half-sister to Krug. Tasty Delight, who outfinished his rivals in the Group 2 Sapling in 1:52.4, was bred in NZ by Croon Bloodstock and is raced by Charlie Cordina. Tasty Delight looks to have terrific potential. He is a two-year-old gelding by Bettor’s Delight from the American mare Gentle Audrey, dam of a top USA pacer of a few years back in Jeremy’s Successor 1:48.6 ($889,435). Gentle Audrey was an Artsplace mare from the US Breeders Crown champion and millionairess Caressable 1:55.8, a Niatross mare from the noted Shy Ann family.   A Star from Vertigal A smart young pacer in NSW this season is Star Major, bred by Brooklyn Lodge, Adrian Molloy and Ben Astill and trained by James Rattray. A gelding by Art Major, he is out of a crack racemare in Vertigal 1:55.8 ($317,380) and the third of her produce to race. He won in 1:53.4 at Menangle last week following three minor placings at Sydney headquarters and looks a four-year-old with the potential one would expect of his breeding. A Victor, a winner of 10 races and $55,485 in stakes, is also out of Vertigal.   Beat Petacular’s brother Ideal Dan proved too seasoned for his two-year-old rivals in the Victoria Sapling Stakes at Melton. He led from end to end and at the line had a length to spare over Petacular’s brother Idyllic, who made up a lot of ground from the 600 metres. Ideal Dan was bred and is raced by prominent Melbourne owner Danny Zavitsanos. A colt by American Ideal, Ideal Dan is out of a useful racemare in Jodila (1:57.5), a Jereme’s Jet who ranked as a half-sister to the Melton winner Jodan 1:52.9 ($146,769) and the Menangle winner Walkabout Creek (1:52.7). Their dam, Trudee 1:58 ($167,757), a prolific winner at Harold Park, was by Albert Albert from the noted producer Avonali, by Toliver Hanover. This is the family that left a grand racemare in Make Mine Cullen, the cups winner Sicario, Whirily School, Leonidas and recent two-year-old classic winner Soho Lanikai.   First two-year-old trotting winner Aldebaran Zeus, the season’s first two-year-old trotting winner, in beating a useful field at Bendigo, gives the impression he could develop into one of the best of his age and gait. Aldebaran Zeus winning at Bendigo                         – Claire Weston photo Failing to reach the reserve when offered at the 2019 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale, Aldebaran Zeus is a well developed colt by Muscle Hill from the Swedish bred mare Zoia Boko (by Viking Kronos), a sister to the dual Swedish Breeders Crown champion Yield Boko, the sire of recent Gawler Hambletonian winner Godofthunder. Their dam, Ouzo Boko, was a Victory Dream mare from Chatty Hanover, by Super Bowl from Chickasaw, by Speedy Crown. It is an interesting fact that there is a double strain of Star’s Pride in Chatty Hanover (third dam of Aldebaran Zeus), through both Super Bowl and Somolli, his fifth dam. Somolli was the dam of the Hambletonian winner Speedy Somolli, the sire of Grant Our Wishes, who has had a fine score of trotting winners in New Zealand.   Major Martini top WA 3YO colt There was never much doubt that Major Martini was the season’s top rating three-year-old colt in Western Australia as he was the previous season at two years, and he duly confirmed his class by winning the $50,000 WA Sales Classic. Actually he was a class above his rivals, and was not seriously tested in running out the 2130 metres in 2:34.3, a mile rate of 1:56.6. Major Martini wins WA 3YO Sales Classic at Gloucester Park   – Jodie Hallows photo Bred by Steve Johnson, Major Martini is by Art Major from Gaetana Nicole, by Sutter Hanover from Hold Tight, by Embrace Me from a top racemare in Stormy Port, dam of the dual Derby winner Albuquerque. Gaetana Nicole, the dam of Major Martini, was a half-sister to the WA Sales Classic 2YO winner Fake Embrace 1:53.4 ($240,249), Go By Jet ($91,746) and the Golden Greek mare Like A Dame (2:02), dam of the WA pacing standout David Hercules 1:52.7 ($1.2 million) and the metropolitan winners Hugh Victor 1:54.9 ($144,034) and Kerrin Joseph 1:53.8 ($111,849). Other daughters of Hold Tight to breed on with marked successes were Hotniten Georgia and Endless Journey. Hotniten Georgia (by Albert Albert) left the WA Sires Stakes 2YO champion Supreme Royalty, while Endless Journey (by Die Laughing) produced the WA Pearl winner Isaiah Artois ($117,351) and Mandy Joan (1:57.3), winner of the WA Dainty’s Daughter.   Frith’s sister An interesting member of Craig Cross’s Cobbitty team is the five-year-old Molly Kelly, a full sister to the champion racemare and million dollar winner Frith. Molly Kelly, who did most of her early racing in Victoria and the Riverina, is undefeated in two starts for Cross at Menangle – 1:52.6 and 1:53.6 – and looks capable of taking a mark far beyond her present rating. She has won 17 races to date and $313,344 in stakes. Molly Kelly, by Four Starzzz Shark, is out of Jackie Kelly (2:01.6), by Albert Albert from the outstanding racemare and broodmare Miss Paula 1:59.5 ($159,395), by Tompkins Hanover from the Richmond mare Rich Sister, and tracing back to the noted foundation mare Miss Tommy. Jackie Kelly, who won three races, ranks as a sister to the Derby winner Albert Kelly 1:57.2 ($322,320) and the Vicbred champion McRaes Mate 1:51.8 ($482,053) and a half-sister to the Derby and APG winner Greg Kelly 1:56.4 ($345,150) and Macca Kelly 1:51.1 ($311,397).   Brothers win in two States It was no mean feat for the full brothers Im Compliant and Comply Or Die to win on the same night in two different States last weekend. Im Compliant scored at Newcastle and Comply Or Die at Albion Park. Both are by the Die Laughing horse Live Or Die (a champion sire in NZ and Australia). Mood Indigo, the dam of Im Compliant and Comply Or Die, was out of Trixster, a Holmes Hanover mare from Big Song, by Nevele Bigshot. Besides Mood Indigo, Trixster was the dam of the exported Tawny Reserve 1:52.4 ($254,159), Ok Toddy (1:54.2) and Corrigal (1:56.2) and Itsa Trick (1:59.2), dam of the recent Melton winner Shesa Tricky Bridge 1:55.2 ($101,631). Trixster was a half-sister to the SA Sires Produce winner Big Shot Franco (1:55.6), the Moonee Valley winner Breakdance and the Nero’s B B mare Bold Note, dam of eight winners and grand-dam of the Menangle winner Major Escape 1:53.4 ($140,264).   by Peter Wharton

The progeny of exciting first crop harness racing sires Always B Miki, Racing Hill and Guaranteed will be showcased at the Redcliffe Yearling Sale to be conducted by Darren Ebert and Company at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, April 5. Always B Miki (1:46), the world’s fastest ever pacer, Racing Hill (1:48.8), one of the best three-year-olds of his era, and the local Grand Circuit star Guarantee are all singly represented in the sale. The 66 lots catalogued represent 26 different sires. Changeover, the Burwood Stud flagship stallion and the sire of the 2016 Redcliffe Sales Classic winner Heart Of Change, has easily the biggest draft with 18 nominations. Other leading lights with multiple representation include Rock N Roll Heaven, Hurrikane Kingcole, Artsplace, Mr Feelgood, A Rocknroll Dance, Well Said, Heston Blue Chip, Pet Rock, Gotta Go Cullect, Betterthancheddar, He’s Watching and Cammibest, the sire of a record four Redcliffe Sales Classic 2YO winners. The highly successful sires Courage Under Fire, Sportswriter, Western Terror, Tintin In America, Auckland Reactor and For A Reason all have one yearling in the sale. Graduates from the sale are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a two-year-old Sale Race Classic worth $100,000 in 2021 and a three-year-old Classic carrying a stake of $35,000 in 2022. They are also eligible for QBred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred. To request a catalogue, phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or email or phone Redcliffe Harness Racing Club on (07) 3284 4550. The online catalogue can be viewed at Peter Wharton

Many of the most successful harness racing breeders in NSW and Victoria have thrown their weight behind the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be conducted by Graeme Board and Company on Sunday, March 22. The sale has attracted large drafts from Lochend Stud (14 lots), Yirribee Pacing Stud (12), Golden Gait Stud (7), Medowie Lodge (5), Parkes breeder Tony Dumesny (5) and leading Goulburn Valley stud Northern Rivers Equine (7). Lochend Stud, conducted by Paul Carmody, has nominated 10 progeny of resident stallion Shoobees Place including colts from Bettors Package 1:55 ($82,835), Heavenly Smile (1:55.6), Immortal Jet (1:56.4) and the APG heat winner The Magic Of Life and fillies from Our Planet Princess NZ (1:54.9) and Please Don’t Talk NZ (1:56.5). The Lochend consignment also comprises a Well Said half-brother to the NSW Pink Bonnet and Victoria Sapling Stakes winner Courageousnquick, a Well Said half-brother to the NZ Sires Stakes 3YO champion My Willow, a Well Said half-sister to the Derby winner and 3YO of the Year Maffioso and a Roll With Joe sister to the Bathurst Sale Graduate Pace winner Our Sams Home. The Yirribee Pacing Stud draft comprises yearlings by the resident sires Tintin In America, Warrawee Needy, Million Dollar Cam, Caribbean Blaster and Lombo Pocket Watch. There’s a Warrawee Needy colt from a half-sister to the NSW Sires Stakes semi-final winner Outa Neutral, a Tintin In America filly out of a half-sister to the NSW Breeders Plate winner Dream About Me, a Million Dollar Cam colt from the NSW Oaks placegetter Eternal Love, a Caribbean Blaster colt from the Bathurst Sales Graduate Pace winner Icy River and a Million Dollar Cam three-quarter sister to the top Tasmanian juvenile Lombo Leonardo. The Golden Gait Stud offering includes four youngsters from the first crop of champion pacer Bling It On. There’s a colt out of a half-sister to Dynamite Denn Nee ($292,527), a filly from a half-sister to 2YO and 3YO of the Year Majestic Mach ($796,397), a filly out of Nuclear Reality NZ (1:54.6) and a filly out of a half-sister to Breeders Crown champion Muscle Beach. A Pet Rock filly from the NSW Sires Stakes champion and Tasmanian Oaks winner Second Dollar completes the Gold Gait consignment. A Sweet Lou filly from the same family as the dual QBred Triad winner Dunromin and Terronara Lad (QLD Paleface Adios Classic) heads up the five strong draft of Darren Reay’s Medowie Lodge. Others from Medowie include a Betting Line colt from a granddaughter of dual Broodmare of the Year Soky’s Number and a Changeover filly from the five-win Fake Left mare Go Right Babe. Tony Dumesny’s offering includes a Bling It On colt out of the NSW Sires Stakes 2YO champion Kyalla Mary ($102,995), a Four Starzzzz Shark filly from the Redcliffe Oaks and Sales Classic victor Speriamo ($155,342), a grey A Rocknroll Dance filly from Gloria Lombo ($104,074) and an American Ideal colt out of a half-sister to Atomic Ark ($435,113), Derby winner Arkamigo, and so on. Northern Rivers first draft for the Bathurst sale comprises a colt and six fillies, all bred in New Zealand. The consignment includes Delightful Gem, a Bettor’s Delight filly out of a half-sister to the Queensland Premier’s Cup winner Smiling Armada; Major Annie, an Art Major filly from the brilliant Annie Morva NZ 1:52.9 ($146,823); French Racket, an American Ideal filly closely related to the Hunter Cup winner Stunin Cullen; Sweet Emmylou, a Sweet Lou half-brother to the NSW Sapling placegetter Hes Bettor; and Mach’s Last, a filly from the final crop of the great Mach Three. All yearlings are eligible for the Bathurst Sale Graduate Pace with heats and finals for colts and fillies to be conducted in April 2021. They are also eligible for the Bathurst Gold Crown, Breeders Crown and Sires Stakes schemes in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. Pedigrees can be viewed online at  Click on 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale For a hard copy of the catalogue or further information phone Graeme Board on 0408 636 273 or email or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. By Peter Wharton Graeme Board & Co auctioneers

Promising Million Dollar Cam two-year-old filly Milliondollar Kiss charged home from worse than midfield to notch her maiden success in a heat of The Allwood at Globe Derby Park. Reigning US Horse of the Year Shartin was the headline act of a huge week for her sire Tintin In America, who left winners in three different countries. Having her first start for the year, Shartin was a conspicuous last at the three-quarter pole before storming home late to win a $US50,000 Mares Invitational at Dover Downs, Delaware. She clocked 1:50 for the mile with the last two quarters in 27 and 27.8. Other Tintin In America winners were the three-year-olds Wotdisusaay (1:56.8, Ballarat) and Common Courtesy (1:58.8, Wangaratta), Andrew Jay (1:58.3, Redcliffe) and the Dunedin, New Zealand winner Bella Sara. Caribbean Blaster was represented by a pair of winners in the West in All The Bells (1:59.5), who is undefeated in two starts this season, and Caruba, the winner of three of her last four. Both are members of Caribbean Blaster’s first crop. A True Sensation, a mare bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud, won her second race at Bathurst. Yirribee Pacing  Stud sold 15 of the 16 lots presented at the Australian Pacing Gold sale at Warwick Farm with the highlight being the Courage Under Fire-Very Chic NZ colt sold to Barry Purdon for $50,000.   By Peter Wharton

Aldebaran Park, the Victorian-based standardbred breeding establishment specialising in trotting stock, will break new ground for Australian harness racing in North America this year. The trotting filly Aldebaran Boko, who was bred and raised at Aldebaran Park, will be offered at the famed Lexington Selected Yearling Sale during Red Mile Week starting on October 6. She is the first Australian bred standardbred – pacer or trotter – ever to be sold at a USA yearling sale. The filly is a daughter of former world champion racehorse and USA 2YO and 3YO Trotter of the Year - Father Patrick Tr 3, 1:50.4 ($2.5 million), whose first two crops have earned $7.5 million including an outstanding colt in Greenshoe Tr 3, 1:49.8 ($1.3 million), last year’s USA Trotter of the Year, and a top filly in Sister Sledge Tr 2, 1:53.2 ($555,313). Endsino – the dam of the filly, won 11 races including four at Group level, earned $185,203 in stakes and took a mile record of 1:58.1 as a three-year-old and was in the top flight of juveniles - both colts and fillies - of her era. Endsino is bred ‘in the purple’, being by the great Angus Hall from Jauriol Tr 1:59.9, a Group 1 winner and a former Australian 2YO and 3YO Trotter of the Year and the winner of 22 races – including seven at two years  - and $248,824 in stakemoney. The Father Patrick filly is the first foal of Endsino and one of the second ‘down under’ crop of Father Patrick. She has since produced a colt foal by the American-bred Aldebaran Eagle Tr 3, 1:52.2 ($240,926). She was bred by Aldebaran Park and sold as a weanling to John Bootsman, principal of Boko Farms, Holland, the leading breeder in Sweden in 2020 to date this season and a regular visitor and purchaser of Aldebaran Park juvenile yearlings and weanlings. Aldebaran Park principal Duncan McPherson OAM said the filly promises to strike another blow in his quest for internationalization and globalization of the trotter in Australia. “It will be a very interesting to see how the filly shapes up in the Sales arena against the best the USA has to offer - we are keen to show the Northern Hemisphere that Aldebaran Park Australia and indeed Southern Hemisphere breeders can produce top quality trotting yearlings here in Australia thus providing greater opportunities for breeders and purchasers the world over,” McPherson said. The filly will be prepared for the Lexington Sale by the renowned Hunterton Farm in Kentucky, managed by Steve and Cindy Stewart. By Peter Wharton

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