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Catalogues for the Redcliffe Yearling Sale are now available with 76 yearlings listed to be sold at the Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 31 at 12 noon.   A strong selection of stallions are represented in the catalogue such as Bettor’s Delight, Somebeachsomewhere, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter, Roll With Joe, Well Said, Mr Feelgood, Grinfromeartoear, Changeover and Cammibest and the emerging sires Sweet Lou, Hurrikane Kingcole, Heston Blue Chip, Pet Rock, A Rocknroll Dance, Warrawee Needy, Sunshine Beach, He’s Watching and Follow The Stars.   The sale features half-brothers or half-sisters to a host of classic winners including Pub Blitz, Cha Ching Chaching, Smart As Camm Be, Bonnie Jujon, Wicked Style, Jack Malone, Celtic Cruza and Mathilda Diventa and progeny of the top racemares Too Smart For You, Catwalk Beauty, Cullen’s Jewel, Montana Tess, Bangkok Dancer and Riverboat Royce.   Yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a minimum $100,000 prizemoney for two-year-olds in 2020 and the 3YO Sale Classic in 2021.   They are also eligible for QBred, Vicbred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and NSW Breeders Challenge.   Catalogues are available from the auctioneer Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com, Garrard’s Horse &; Hound stores in every State and the Redcliffe and Albion Park tracks.     Peter Wharton  

The 2019 Allwood Stud Farm South Australian Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Harness Racing SA and SA BOTRA, will be held at the Magic Millions, Morphettvile on Sunday, starting at 12 noon. The sale will be preceded by the Mitavite Parade at 10am with renowned equine judge Tanya Chapman. The sale comprises 36 lots – 23 colts and 13 fillies - by 24 different stallions including the high-profile sires Bettor’s Delight, Somebeachsomewhere, Art Major and Captaintreacherous. Other well-known stallions include Rock N Roll Heaven, Western Terror, Roll With Joe, Four Starzzz Shark, Mr Feelgood, Shadow Play, A Rocknroll Dance, Auckland Reactor, Betterthancheddar, Changeover, Lincoln Royal and Village Jolt, and the exciting newcomers Heston Blue Chip, Follow The Stars, Hurrikane Kingcole and The Gold Ace. There’s close relatives to a string of top performers such as Stunin Cullen, Border Control, Fistfullofdollars, Gotanedge, Passions Delight, Village Of Dreams, Bella’s Delight, Saab, Endeared, Carvil’s Choice, Lauraella, Cornsilk, Ruffle My Feathers and many more. The sale includes entries from leading breeders in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia. Yearlings are eligible for the Group 1 $100,000 The Allwood to be held in February 2020. They are also eligible for the Southern Cross, Breeders Crown, Vicbred, NSW Breeders Challenge, Bathurst Gold Crown, Westbred and QBred. HRSA are accepting SAMOS vouchers valued up to $1600 for purchasers of fillies. Live streaming of the sale can be viewed on mobilerolling.net from noon. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at www.saharness.com   Peter Wharton  

Echunga (SA) hobby breeder Mark Carey boasts a record that would make him the envy of many standardbred breeders in the country. Carey, who has nominated two prime lots in next Sunday’s Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale, has been breeding pacers and trotters for more than 30 years. “One of the first horses I bred was Kingsford. He won 30 races at Gloucester Park, Moonee Valley and Globe Derby Park and almost $175,000 in stakes,” the former Harness Racing SA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said. “One year I bred eight mares and got seven foals and they all raced winning nearly 100 races between them.” Undoubtedly the standout performer bred by Carey has been the Dream Away mare Repelem, a winner of 41 races including the Southern Cross 2YO and 3YO Finals, the Ian Daff Memorial and the Gawler Oaks and $266,346. Other winners from that vintage crop in 2007 included Zabreez (10 wins), a half-sister to Kingsford; Heza Showman (21 wins), Big Henry (13 wins), Perfect Bliss (5 wins) and Paua Art (3 wins). Repelem, one of 15 broodmares currently owned by Carey, is the dam of promising three-year-old Revolt, a $70,000 yearling who has won twice from only a few starts, and a Somebeachsomewhere yearling filly who fetched $50,000 at Sunday’s Australian Pacing Gold sale at Oaklands Junction. Carey is offering colts from the very successful racemares Holla (Lot 7) and Majeur Le Crest (Lot 11) at next Sunday’s auction at the Magic Millions, Morphettville. Holla, a Moonee Valley winner and Southern Cross 2YO Final placegetter who banked $71,000 for Carey, ranks as a half-sister to eight winners including the dual Southern Cross winner Endeared ($244,650), now the dam of the Vicbred Super Series champion Enrolled ($114,424) and The Dapper Don ($91,739). Holla herself is the dam of the thrice winner Look At The Stars. She is represented at the Sale by a colt by the NZ and Australian 2YO of the Year Follow The Stars, who was credited with his first juvenile winner from his initial crop in WA last Saturday. Majeur Le Crest, the winner of 10 races and runner-up to Beauty Secret in the Southern Cross 2YO Final, is represented by her second foal and first colt, a son of the USA 3YO Colt of the Year Heston Blue Chip, now making an impact with his first crop in North America. An Art Major mare, Majeur Le Crest is a half-sister to the dams of $100,000 winners Crusaders Crest and Boris Reigns and is closely related to the SA Golden Nursery winner Dont Tell William and the SA Derby placegetter Gowan Brae. “The colt belongs to a terrific maternal family that goes back to the Hall of Fame broodmare The Old Maid,” Mark said. The two lovely colts can be inspected at Mandy Pascoe’s Birdwood property. Catalogues for the sale are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at www.saharness.com     Peter Wharton

The success of the first racing crop of the former NZ and Australian 2YO Colt of the Year Follow The Stars is grist for the mill for the Port Pirie Harness Racing Club. The Club has nominated two superbly bred colts by the Art Major horse for Sunday’s Allwood Stud Farm South Australian Yearling Sale at the Magic Millions, Morphettville. “They’re both really nice types who have been very well reared. I like both of them. They are very easy to get along with,” preparer Pam Hayter, the partner of prominent trainer Lane Johnson, said. Follow The Stars, who stands at Allwood Stud Farm, Bullsbrook (WA), has sired a winner and five placegetters from seven two-year-old starters to date. The first of the Port Pirie consignment, Lot 5, is out of the Perfect Art mare Reign’s Daughter, whose dam, Viking Reign, was one of the best fillies ever produced in Queensland. She won 26 races including the QBred Triad twice and $132,125 in stakes and at the stud left nine including the Queensland Christmas Cup winner Monty Reign, Spirit Of Reign (Racing Minister’s Cup) and the $124,000 earner Maker Reign. The colt boasts a desirable 3x3 cross to Artsplace and carries the blood of top producer Perfect Profile on both sides of his pedigree. Lot 37 is a colt from the unraced Four Flash Pennies, a daughter of the outstanding NSW racemare of the 1990’s, Four Penny Dark. She won 31 races – 10 at Group/Listed level – including the Bathurst Gold Tiara, the NSW Sires Stakes 2YO and 4YO Finals, NSW Princess Mile and J. L. Raith Memorial and $300,174. Both colts are eligible for Vicbred, Southern Cross and The Allwood. Catalogues for the sale are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at www.saharness.com   Peter Wharton

When Triple Bella won the Kindergarten Stakes prelude, for two-year-old pacers, at Globe Derby Park on Monday, she became the second winner which had been sold at the 2018 Allwood Stud SA Yearling Sale. Triple Bella was sold for $8,000 at the sales to SA BOTRA member Robyn Kosmider, the partner of prominent owner Alan Tapp, and trainer Paul Smith. The Grinfromeartoear filly was donated by Alabar Bloodstock to SA BOTRA as part of the sponsorship of the 2018 Golden Nursery. Triple Bella is the fourth foal and third winner of Bella Caballo, a Safely Kept daughter of the multiple Listed winner Classic Cheval, the grand-dam of the 2012 SA Sale Graduate winner Wheres Jonny. Alabar have donated an Auckland Reactor filly out of WA Oaks winner Miss Holmes to BOTRA which will go under the hammer at Sundays sale she is catalogued as lot 3. Hesashark, who won a prelude of the Kindergarten on January 26, was the other winner from the sales. Shardonant (All Speed Hanover-Gripnrip), a winner on the same program as Triple Bella, was a graduate of the 2017 SA yearling sale. The 2019 Allwood Stud SA yearling sale commences at 12 noon this Sunday February 10 at Magic Millions complex with a parade of yearlings to precede the sale starting at 10am.   Peter Wharton

Birdwood horsewoman Mandy Pascoe is a dab hand at preparing yearlings for the annual sales. A member of one of South Australia’s best known trotting families, Mandy has won awards for Best Presented Colt and Filly at the Tasmanian yearling sales and has won plaudits from keen judges for her preparation of yearlings in Melbourne and Adelaide. “I’ve always been very passionate about the breeding side of the Industry,” Mandy said. “I love watching the youngsters transition from a gangly foal into a mature racehorse.  I get a lot of satisfaction from the yearlings, too.” Mandy and her husband, Scott, conduct Ningana Park, an 80 acre training and breeding property at Birdwood in the Adelaide hills which formerly played host to the successful stallions Bad Bert, Tibet, Kawartha Robust, Vanston Hanover, Slug Of Jin and Aberdeen. Nowadays Scott, who has trained and driven more than 500 winners including the SA Horse of the Year and Victoria Ladyship Cup winner Carvil’s Choice, Aberdeen, Awesome Garry and China Blue, is training only a small team as well as breeding from three broodmares. The couple’s oldest daughter, Samantha, 21, is a successful junior driver with three winners and 26 placings from only 70 drives, while her sister, Jessica, 17, is a devotee of Western riding. Mandy has been involved with horses for most of her life, having started driving trackwork and helping out at the stables of Marshall Steer and Barry Forrest at the weekends and during school holidays. While Mandy still helps Scott with their racing team, she has been heavily involved with preparing five well-bred yearlings – four colts and a filly - for the Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale over the last two months. “I’m very happy with all of them. It’s quite a nice draft; there’s something there for everybody,” Mandy said. Mandy is preparing two colts for former Harness Racing SA boss Mark Carey. “The colt out of Holla has a huge amount of presence. He’s a very classy individual,” Mandy said. “The one of Majeur Le Crest is really well developed with heaps of topside. He’s the complete package.” The Holla colt, by the former NZ and Australian 2YO of the Year Follow The Stars, is Lot 7, while the Majeur Le Crest colt, by the USA 3YO Colt of the Year Heston Blue Chip, is Lot 11. She has two colts from prominent Gosford (NSW) breeder-owner Michael Taylor in her yearling barn. “The colt out of Tiabamba is a big, rangy fellow, while the colt from Spirit Of Fun is really long striding with a great action and a good attitude,” Mandy said. The Tiabamba colt (Lot 2) is by last season’s leading first crop sire A Rocknroll Dance, and the Spirit Of Fun colt (Lot 33) is a product of champion sire Rock N Roll Heaven. Mandy is also preparing a filly by Million Dollar Cam from the successful Safely Kept mare Kiss Me Monty for Adelaide enthusiast Jack Panagiotou. “She’s a very strong, well developed and mature filly,” Mandy stated. The five yearlings are all eligible for The Allwood, Southern Cross and Vicbred. The 2019 Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale will be held -on Sunday, February 10, starting at 12 noon at the Magic Millions complex, Morphettville. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at   http://www.saharnessracing.com/site/2019-allwood-stud-farm-sa-yearling-sale/ , and www.saharness.com Peter Wharton

The results of last Saturday night’s racing at Globe Derby Park has given the upcoming Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale a terrific shot-in-the-arm. Firstly, the two-year-old gelding Hesashark, who sat parked before winning the Kindergarten Stakes Prelude on debut, is a product of last year’s SA Yearling Sale. Bred by Ian and Judi Slater, of Goodtime Lodge, near Colac, Victoria, the Shadyshark Hanover gelding was knocked down for $10,000 to a Port Pirie syndicate. Earlier in the night, the Well Said gelding That Said led throughout to win the Port Pirie Harness Racing Club/SA Botra Pacing Cup Final. A For A Reason half-brother to That Said will be offered by Geoff Easom’s Wyndown Stud as Lot 6 at this year’s sale, being out of Murgatroyd, the dam of six sub 2:00 winners from six starters. The 2019 Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale will be conducted on Sunday, February 10, starting at 12 noon at the Magic Millions complex, Morphettville. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at   www.saharness.com or at http://www.saharnessracing.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Reduced-size-file-catalogue.pdf Peter Wharton

White Star Lodge, which was originally founded in Western Australia in 2010 and is now firmly established at Two Wells, situated on the northern outskirts of Adelaide, is one of the leading breeding and training complexes in South Australia. The 40 acre property is conducted by Maria Petricevich, a member of a well known WA pacing family, and her partner, Shane Loone, one of the leading trainers at Globe Derby Park. Maria is a granddaughter of Joe Petricevich, who trained Beau Travis to win the WA Pacing Cup in 1961, and a cousin of Paula Petricevich, a successful hobby trainer in Perth and Kody Charles, a well known WA breeder-owner and founder of the successful WA breeding operation known as KTC Bloodstock. Maria and Shane are offering their second draft of yearlings at the 2019 Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale, to be held on Sunday, February 10 at the Magic Millions complex, Morphettville. Their five strong consignment – two colts and three fillies – is easily the largest of the 23 individual vendors represented at the sale. “Overall, we are delighted with our draft of yearlings. They are really settling well into their preparation and will be in great order for purchasers on sale day. They are all well fed and are well grown,” Maria said. The first of the White Star Lodge draft is Lot 1, a brown colt from the second crop of the NZ 3YO Colt of the Year The Gold Ace out of the Group 1 placegetter French Fashion. A half-brother to the homebred SA Sale Graduate Pace runner-up Style Queen, the colt is closely related to the WA Diamond Classic winner Cool Adda, the former top WA juvenile Whitby Tolez and a string of classic and cup winners. “He’s a nice, strong, well conformed colt with a good attitude,” Maria said. Lot 9, a daughter of exciting, young sire Hurrikane Kingcole and the Mr Feelgood mare My Names Molly, belongs to the family of top pacers such as Majestic Mach, Masked Crusader, Masterson and new Australasian three-year-old mile record holder Muscle Factory (1:49.6). “She’s a nice filly whose got a bit of spark,” she said. The third of the White Star draft is Lot 25, a lovely, rich bay filly that ranks as a half-sister to the good Globe Derby winner White Star Stephie. She’s by the Rocknroll Hanover horse BG’s Folly. Next is Lot 32, a Hurrikane Kingcole filly out of the sub 2:00 Falcon Seelster mare Venus Lindenny, and from a ‘black type’ family which includes the Inter Dominion heat winner Anvil’s Star, Ima Rocket Star (2nd Chariots of Fire) and the WA Cup winner Our Ian Mac. “She’s a beautiful, strong filly who you can’t fault,” Maria stated. The final one of the draft is Lot 34, a strong, athletic colt by the Victoria and SA Cup winner Caribbean Blaster out of a 1:57 Major In Art mare from a powerful NSW family. Boasting a 4 x 4 cross to the top race and broodmare Willing Whiz, the colt hails from the same tribe as Group winners Caribbean Blaster, Charlaval, Rohan Home, Protikori, and many others. “We aim to breed quality yearlings at an affordable price. Not everyone can afford Bettor’s Delight, Art Major or Somebeachsomewhere service fees. We carefully select strong mares from proven producing families. The family must frequently leave above average performers,” Maria said. “Shane likes to delve into the breeding crosses and niches. We thoroughly research to find the right stallion to add value to the mare’s bloodlines. Proven crosses and that injection of a certain horse into the pedigree at the right spot are a great way to start. “We give the new stallions a chance if they offer the right mixture for our mares. If they are well bred and have shown it on the track, there is a good chance they can make it as a stallion in this tough world. Half the trick is sending the right mare to them. “There are no real rules to breeding, but using proven families and crosses have shown to work. From there we give our mares and future foals the best of what they need and we hope to breed someone’s next champion,” Maria added. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at www.saharness.com Peter Wharton

The 2019 Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale, to be held on Sunday, February 10 at the Magic Millions Complex, Morphettville, has attracted excellent support from local breeders. Of the 37 lots catalogued, 23 are locally bred representing 14 individual breeders and stud farms. White Star Lodge, of Two Wells, has the largest draft with five lots including two fillies (Lots 9 and 32) from the second crop of the brilliantly fast American import Hurrikane Kingcole (1:47.6). They are also offering colts by Caribbean Blaster (Lot 34) and The Gold Ace NZ (Lot 1) and a filly by BG’s Folly (Lot 25). Former Harness Racing SA chairman Mark Carey has entered two superbly bred colts, both out of Southern Cross 2YO Final placegetters. Lot 7, by the Australian and NZ 2YO of the Year Follow The Stars, is out of Holla (1:59.1), while Lot 11, by the USA 3YO Colt of the Year Heston Blue Chip, is from the Art Major mare Majeur Le Crest (1:57.6). Allenby Lodge, of Steve and Tess Norman, Kapunda, has a two-prong entry including a Roll With Joe colt from the Christian Cullen mare Watch Me Glitter (Lot 28). The other colt, Lot 8, is by Lennytheshark’s sire Four Starzzz Shark out of mare from the noted ‘Bonus’ family of the late Ron Pocock. Crystal Brook breeder Rosstyn Taylor and Kenton Valley horsewoman Danielle Helbers are also dually represented at the sale. Taylor has entered two colts, one by Shadow Play from the family of Cornsilk and Delight Me as Lot 18, and the other by Follow The Stars from the 14-win mare Shaylah (Lot 12). The Helbers’ consignment comprises a Changeover colt from the famed Hot Foot tribe as Lot 27 and a Betterthancheddar colt from the family of Sly Flyin and Smiling Shard (Lot 23). The Port Pirie Harness Racing Club has nominated a pair of Follow The Stars colts, one out of a daughter of former glamour racemare Four Penny Dark (Lot 37) and the other from a daughter of the multiple Group winner Viking Reign (Lot 5). Local breeders with single entries include Geoff Easom (Wyndown Stud), who is offering a half-brother to five 2:00 winners, Jason Bussenschutt, who has entered a half-sister to Fistfullofdollars, Gary Newton (a Lincoln Royal colt from the family of Gotanedge), Paul Cavallaro and Naz Sergi, Gary and Marlene Fryar, Heath Posgate and Jack Panagiotou. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle and HRSA Office.   Peter Wharton

More than 70 percent of the dams represented in the 2019 Allwood Stud Farm South Australian Yearling Sale catalogue are harness racing winners, while 40 percent of the dams have produced winners in 2:00 or better.   The list of successful racemares with progeny in the sale includes the Breeders Crown champion Passions Promise, the WA Oaks winner Miss Holmes, the dual SA Heroine Stakes winner Perfect Lignum, Contrapan USA, a 1:55 Stakes winner at three, the NSW Teeny Teeny Stakes winner Cruiser Franco, the Moonee Valley winner Holla and the Queensland Rising Stars Championship victor Armazem.    Other smart racemares include the Southern Cross runner-up Majeur Le Crest, Rivergum Magic (13 wins), the WA Sales Classic placegetters French Fashion and Burn The Boys, Danamite Lass (15 wins) and Shaylah (14 wins).   The 17 winner-producing dams have left 37 individual winners between them. They include the Australasian three-year-old mile record holder Border Control, the multiple USA Stakes winner and sire Chasin Racin, the SA Oaks winner Passions Delight, the Southern Cross winner Fistfullofdollars, Big Gun Johnny (Breeders Crown 3YO Silver), The Culture (1:51.6), the APG heat winners Single Tree Road and Sea Hawke, Justcallmejules (SA Sales Graduate Pace) and the Southern Cross 2YO runner-up Android.   Siblings to the dams of catalogued entries are the Australian Derby winner Village Of Dreams, the NZ 3YO of the Year Stunin Cullen, the Australian 3YO Filly of the Year Bellas Delight, the Southern Cross Final winners Terrific Son, Ruffle My Feathers and Endeared, the Ballarat Cup winner You Wish, Maximillion (QBred 4YO Triad), the Horsham Cup victor Cyclone George, Motor Smoker (Vic. Shakamaker Classic), The Legends placegetter Just Callme Cullen and the WA juvenile classic winners Bettors Ace and Play The Boys.   The sale will be held at noon on Sunday, February 10 at the Magic Millions Complex, Morphettville.   Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton ands Tabcorp Park Menangle.   By Peter Wharton

OUR Uncle Sam, the surprise packet of the Melbourne Inter Dominion Championships and who finished runner-up in the Grand Final, has provided a timely boost for the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale. The Sportswriter gelding, who has banked $236,876 from 16 wins and 11 placings in 53 starts, was knocked down for a modest $3,500 at the 2015 Bathurst sale. Bred in Victoria by Neville Ismaili, of Ashdon Valley Racing, Undera, Our Uncle Sam is out of the lightly raced Rooftop Fairy, a Village Jasper half-sister to eight winners including the Northern Region Championship winner Smoothers ($107,065). Our Uncle Sam is the third foal and the only progeny of Rooftop Fairy to have raced so far. The 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be conducted by Graeme Board & Company at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 24 and has attracted more than 115 nominations.   Peter Wharton

Winning classic races is nothing new for the popular Hartwig harness racing family in Adelaide. Bill Hartwig, the patriarch of the family, achieved great success with the New York Motoring entire, Diamond Blue Chip in the 1990’s, winning the 1993 South Australian Derby, the 1994 SA Veterinary Surgeon’s Cup and Christmas Cup and a heat of the Victoria Sires Stakes and $136,122 in stakes. While Bill and his sons Chris and Scott were part of the syndicate that raced the smart performers Jasper County (15 wins and $124,268), Earl Nugent NZ, the winner of 18 races including the Mildura Guineas, General Stoneridge (13 wins) and Galaxy Ruler, who won 31 races, including nine at Harold Park and the 2002 SA Christmas Cup and $146,972. Chris Hartwig later became chairman of Harness Racing South Australia, serving from October 2016 until May this year, before stepping down to take up a managerial role in private enterprise. He is still a Board Director of HRSA. The family remains actively involved in the ownership of pacers. They are currently racing Bella Mystique, a Falcon Seelster three-year-old filly in the Justin Brewin barn. The Hartwigs outlaid $52,500 for two superbly bred yearlings at this year’s Allwood Stud Farm SA Sale at Morphettville and both are eligible for the Group 1 $100,000 The Allwood to be held at Globe Derby Park in June 2019. “It would be great to win the only Group 1 race in South Australia,” Chris Hartwig said. “The feedback we have had about both youngsters so far has been good.” “We love racing the young horses.” The family bought the Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Morgan Abby for $36,000. It was the highest price paid for a yearling colt at the sale by SA interests, and the Western Terror-Bute Sister NZ filly for $16,500 was  the second highest priced filly. The colt’s dam, Morgan Abby, a $118,050 earner with a three-year-old record of 1:55.7, has already left three winners from four foals of racing age. She ranks as a half-sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Final winner, Its Only Rocknroll 1:53.2 ($309,432) and the Breeders Crown 2YO Silver winner, Lynniemach (2:00) and belongs to the immediate family of KIngstar, Chariot King, Emjayem Grand, Gold King, Royal Chef, Duel Prince and so on. The colt is on his third preparation with Globe Derby trainer David Harding. Harding said: “He’s a nice, big, strong colt. He’s doing everything right at this stage. I think he’ll make the grade as a two-year-old.” The filly, who is a half-sister to four sub 2:00 winners, is a sibling to the NZ and Great Northern Derby winner Badlands Bute 1:56.6 ($338,365) and the NZ Oaks winner Caps Off 1:52.4 ($135,197) and to the dam of Group 3 winner, Hemisphere. She was broken in by Lane Johnson and is on her third prep with Dani Hill. Hill said: “She’s a well put together filly and a nice pacer. I can see no reason why she won’t make the grade as a two-year-old.” Chris Hartwig’s wife, Kylie, is the owner of an Art Major filly out of the McArdle mare Lucilla Franco NZ which she bought privately as a yearling in Victoria. The filly is a half-sister to the SA Kindergarten Trophy and Mount Gambier Derby victor, Bayview Harbour. With three two-year-olds in training, the Hartwig’s are understandably optimistic about the future. Bring on the baby races! Peter Wharton

Major Secret, a Group winner in three States and one of the best performed sons of supersire Art Major, will stand at one of South Australia’s best known breeding establishments, Allenby Lodge Stud for proprietors Steve and Teresa Norman this season. His service fee is $1,500 including GST. Major Secret was a top racehorse from a juvenile through to cup class, winning in Group and Listed company from two to seven years. From only 53 starts he recorded 22 wins and 15 placings, for earnings of $464,872 – an impressive total for a brief career. He ran second in the $54,000 Southern Cross 2YO Final at only his second start and won the $50,000 Tasmania Cup in Hobart in one of his final outings before succumbing to a fetlock injury. As a two-year-old Major Secret won five of his nine starts, highlighted by a win in the $100,000 Vicbred Super Series Final, defeating Hectorjayjay, Messini and co. His other successes at 2 included a heat of the Australian Breeders Crown (5th in the final) and heats of the Vicbred and Southern Cross. At three he crowned his career with a world record-breaking win in the $200,000 NSW Derby, covering the 2400 metres journey in 2:52.4, a mile rate of 1:55.6 while leaving Bling It On, Isaiah and Major Crocker in his wake. He also picked up another Vicbred heat and finished third in a Victoria Derby heat. Following a nine month let-up, Major Secret made a clean sweep of the time-honoured Central Victorian Championship before embarking on a highly successful open age career. Possessed of strength and stamina, the entire showed his liking for long distances, winning the $70,000 Horsham Cup in a 1:55.7 rate over 2700 metres to smash the track record by an amazing 2.4 seconds, the Geelong Cup (2570m), the Italian Cup (2240m) at Melton and Tasmania Cup (2579m). A magnificent individual, Major Secret is also quality young horse bred on a classic cross of blood – that of Art Major his sire and Safely Kept his maternal sire. Art Major, sire of Major Secret, is Australia’s leading sire and broodmare sire of two-year-olds. A champion pacer himself, with a record of 1:48.8, Art Major was the USA and Canada 3YO Pacing Colt of the Year and Aged Pacing Male of the Year and ran up a then record tally of $3,273,217 to the end of his four-year-old racing. On his dam’s side, Major Secret belongs to a family which has distinguished itself by the number of fine juveniles it has produced. His own dam, Secret Life (1:58.6), a winner at Moonee Valley and Gloucester Park, has thrown seven winners from seven foals, five of whom took records of better than 2:00, including a crack racemare in Beauty Secret 1:52.4 ($425,921), Vanderley (1:54.2) and Perfect Life (1:58). Secret Life is also the grand-dam of the Southern Cross Final winners That’s Perfect (1:56.6) and Perfect Look (1:53), the Melton winner Striking Beauty (1:54.7), and others in Seaside Beauty (1:55.7), Paintball (1:54.4) and Stay And Play (1:55.5). Secret Life ranked as a half-sister to the Southern Cross winners Lovelist 1:53.2 ($222,889)  Punch Line (1:54.2) and Royal Crime 1:55.7 ($100,753), being out of Lifeline, by Classic Garry from the broodmare gem Larrakeyah Lady (by Windshield Wiper). Larrakeyah Lady, a Group 1 winner herself, became the dam of nine individual winners including the A. G. Hunter Cup and SA Cup winner Safe And Sound ($990,006), Gold Rocket ($393,387), Massarua ($282,692) and The Good Times ($201,024), all top performers. Rocknroll Magic, a Vicbred and Breeders Crown champion, Exciteusinthecity, Starburst Girl, Ample Power and a capable young pacer in Ride High are a line up of smart performers from the same family as Major Secret. The Larrakeyah Lady tribe is one of the most highly prized in Australia today. Major Secret is a young stallion with the bloodlines, racing performance and conformation to commend him to the most discriminating breeder anywhere in Australia and his acquisition by Allenby Lodge ranks as one of the greatest boosts to the SA breeding scene for many years. Peter Wharton

The leading harness racing breeders and studmasters in New South Wales and Victoria have thrown their support behind the 2018 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be held on Sunday March 25 at the Bathurst Showground. The first of 120 lots will go through the ring at 11am. The Wagga-based Yirribee Pacing Stud has by the largest representation with 23 lots including five by exciting first crop sire Fly Like An Eagle and four by Caribbean Blaster, who has already left three winners from his initial two-year-old crop. Brooklyn Lodge Stud, of Doug and Janet Moore, Aberdeen, has entered 17 youngsters by 12 different stallions. Their draft is headed up by a Modern Art full sister to the Queensland Paleface Adios Classic winner Copper Coast, a Rocknroll Dance half-sister to the Breeders Crown champion Magic Operative and a He’s Watching half-sister to the Breeders Crown 2YO winner Passions Promise. Paul Carmody’s Lochend Stud, Maitland has a draft of 13, of which 10 are by the fast Artsplace import Shoobee’s Place, the sire of recent Penrith two-year-old winner Tsunami Charlie. The eight-strong consignment of Golden Gait Stud, Canowindra includes For A Reason half-sisters to the NSW Sires Stakes 2YO champion Usane Flash and Group winner Soho Lennon. Members of the Dumesny family will offer eight youngsters spearheaded by a Sunshine Beach colt out the $100,000 winner Gloria Lombo and an Art Major filly from a daughter of the Australian Broodmare of the Year Ark Maree. Medowie Lodge, Mimosa Banks Stud and Redbank Lodge Standardbreds, all long-time supporters of the Bathurst sale, each have four entries, along with first-time vendors Alex Smith and Russell Woods, of Harrington Park. The Gourley brothers, Brian and Graeme, head up a strong representation from ‘south of the border’. Graeme Gourley’s three entries include a He’s Watch filly from the Queen of the Pacific winner Artificial, while Brian’s draft is highlighted by a Changeover granddaughter of the Pink Bonnet winner Kirlian. Other Victorian vendors are Neville Cranston’s Regal Farm (3 lots) and Colin and Lauretta Duncan, Robert Rothacker and Dunromin Standardbreds (Jane Hearn) with two apiece and Clinton and Joelene McSwain (1). Peter Wharton

The 117 lot catalogue for the 2018 harness racing Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale is now available online at www.graemeboard.com The sale will be conducted at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 25 starting at 11m, comprising the progeny of 38 different stallions. The sale includes youngsters by top sires such as Art Major, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, Four Starzzz Shark, Sportswriter, Auckland Reactor, Mr Feelgood, Modern Art, Grinfromeartoear, Western Terror and Courage Under Fire. Among the ‘new’ stallions represented are A Rocknroll Dance, Pet Rock, Well Said, He’s Watching, Heston Blue Chip, Shoobee’s Place, Betterthancheddar, Caribbean Blaster, Fly Like An Eagle and Alta Christiano. Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Graeme Board on 0408 636 273 or email gboard@bbobberry.com.au Peter Wharton

Some top class young sire prospects will be represented by their first crop of harness racing yearlings at the Tasmanian Standardbred Yearling and Mixed Sale on Wednesday, February 14 starting at 2pm. The Inveresk Showgrounds, Launceston will see the first local crop of the top flight American imports Sweet Lou and Hurrikane Kingcole. The former USA 2YO Colt of the Year and Aged Pacer of the Year and the winner of $3.4million, Sweet Lou 1:47 will be represented by a half-brother to the Group winner Modern Ruler 1:53.1 ($185,178). Hurrikane Kingcole 1:47.6 ($580,000), a world champion three-year-old, has a single lot on offer at Launceston, a filly out of a daughter of broodmare gem Barrington Lass, the dam of 15 winners. Pet Rock 1:47 ($1.9million), whose first American crop amassed in excess of $1million, is represented by a colt out of the multiple Group winning two-year-old Cloudy Delight (by Bettor’s Delight). Courage Under Fire and Tintin In America, a pair of champion racehorses and now making a mark in the breeding world, both singly represented at the auction. ‘Courage’ has a filly from the Granny Smith winner Tisu Holly, while Tintin In America, the sire of last year’s Oaks winner Shartin, has a gelding out of the very smart Village Jasper racemare Ima Merry Jasper. Betterthancheddar 1:48 ($1.6million), the sire of Australasian two-year-old fillies’ mile record holder Mysweetchilliphilly, has a filly out of the Evicus Stakes winner Cher Mon Amour, while the Governor’s Cup winner Sutter Hanover is represented by a half-sister to Jazzy Jane. The sire of classic winners Usain Jolt, Christmas Jolt and Mynameskenny, Village Jolt ($1.6million) has a gelding out of the 1:59 winner Sharni Mac Cailen nominated in the sale. Pedigrees for all sale entries are available in the catalogue  Peter Wharton

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