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When the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale kicks off next April at Oaklands Junction it will mark a significant milestone for respected Shepparton breeder Helen Head. It will be the 31st consecutive year that the nonagenarian owner of ‘Grenada Park’ has been a vendor at the Victorian sales. Helen and her late husband, Graham, a leading international dog judge and a board member of the Victorian Trotting Control Board, began their involvement with the yearling sales in 1990 when they put through their first draft at an auction conducted by John Aughey at the Melbourne Showgrounds.  A strapping colt by Glen Almahurst out of Lady Raglan named Malabar was knocked down by the pair for a modest $3,000 and he ended up banking $82,176 from 13 wins including a Hobart Pacing Cup. He became the first of countless winners bred and offered at the sales by the 2007 Victorian Breeders of the Year, whose record of success reads like a classics’ date book. Though Malabar’s dam Lady Raglan was to claim a Victorian Broodmare of the Year award, the source of the majority of winners bred by the Head’s over four generations has been the New Zealand-bred Bachelor Hanover mare Madame Han. Madame Han left 18 foals, 10 of which were winners and five were winner-producers. Seven of her progeny were successful on metropolitan tracks including the Moonee Valley winners Chipmunk, Easy Mark, Cocky Benz, Gold Mistress, Moonshine Mistress and Botlar. Among Madame Han’s descendants are pacers the calibre of Safari 1:55.7 ($535,445), the Victorian ‘Cups King’, the Derby winners Garnet River 1:50 ($555,822) and Astronaut 1:53.4 ($264,177), the Vicbred champion Our Maid Marianne, Queen Of Fire (Devonport Cup), the Tatlow winners Gemfire and The Godine Machine, Shine Of Hollywood, the top Tasmanian juvenile Vancouver Mac, and many others. Star Chaser, a great granddaughter of Madame Han and the dam of four $100,000 earners, won the Victorian Broodmare of the Year award in 2007. Other top performers bred off Grenada Park down through the years have been the outstanding racemare Tell Me Tales 1:49.3 ($360,870), former 2YO of the Year The Storm Inside 1:50.7 ($311,125), who was undefeated in his first 11 starts, the SA Derby winner Lively Exit, Indigenous (Tas. Oaks), Holly’s Miss Molly, the winner of 37 races and $274,676, Mabo and Singasongasixpence (VHRC 3YO Cup). In all, 29 of the Head breed have won more than $100,000 in stake earnings. There have also been more than 30 sub two-minute performers including two in the 1:50 list. Helen said the most outstanding colts that she has bred are Safari, Garnet River and The Storm Inside, while the best filly is undoubtedly Tell Me Tales. “I’m looking forward to seeing the first foal out of Tell Me Tales hit the ground in 2021,” she said. “It is just exciting to see any of them you have bred win. It gives you a real kick.” And, Helen is hoping she will get a few more kicks before she bows out of the breeding game! She is planning to breed from eight of her select broodmare band this season and has nominated four youngsters for the 2021 round of yearling sales including two at the Nutrien Equine sale – both out of American-bred mares from top families. They are a Betting Line half-sister to The Storm Inside and four other sub two-minute winners and a Pet Rock colt from the dam of the brilliant but ill-fated Fast Flyer and the Bathurst Gold Tiara heat winner Dangerous Hand. On the score of breeding, both yearlings look certain to uphold the proud record of ‘Grenada Park’ in Victorian standardbred breeding.   By Peter Wharton

The Ready Cash horse Brillantissime, a thrice Group 1 winner in Italy and the leading first crop sire in France last year, was represented by his first Australian winner when the three-year-old filly Hopeful Beauty was successful at Charlton on Monday (August 17). After sitting parked throughout, the filly surged to the front in the closing stages to win by almost a length under a hold. Hopeful Beauty had been placed at Bendigo at her only previous start. She is a very smart youngster. Bought as a yearling in France by Haras Des Trotteurs principal Pat Driscoll, is the first of the royally-bred Brillantissime’s stock to race ‘down under’. The frozen semen of Brillantissime is available to Australian and NZ breeders through Haras Des Trotteurs, Ballarat (Vic.) for the first time this season. Pat Driscoll said: “We only have a very small amount of Brillantissime in Australia for this current season (already fully booked). However, agreement has been reached with Haras De Bouttemont in France (also the home of Ready Cash and five other siring sons of Ready Cash), to have a more commercial amount of Brillantisssime’s frozen semen for next season in both Australia and New Zealand.” Love You and Quaker Jet, both members of the Haras Des Trotteurs frozen semen roster, left important winners on consecutive days in Victoria recently. Love You led in the trifecta in the two-year-old trot at Ballarat with Tictok (1st), Hi Ho Kyvalley (2nd) and Kyvalley Hiphop (3rd) and has now left four individual two-year-old winners from his first commercial crop. Meanwhile, Quaker Jet’s bonny three-year-old daughter Electrojet, who was bred by Yabby Dam Farms, made it three wins from her last six starts with an end-to-end success at Melton. Another recent Yabby Dam Farms-bred winner was Agent Maori, who posted his 14th lifetime success at Menangle. He has now earned in excess of $120,000. In further news from Haras Des Trotteurs, the Cantab Hall horse Volstead has returned to Victoria after serving a full book of 140 mares in his first season in Ohio. A Group 1 winner in Sweden, Volstead covered 74 mares in Australia and 24 in New Zealand last year.     by Peter Wharton

The He’s Watching gelding Hes Sweet firmly established himself as one of Queenland’s leading two-year-olds when he won the Group 1 $104,200 Albion Park Gold Final on Saturday night (August 15). The Albion Park Gold was also a notable score for the second season sire He’s Watching as both Hes Sweet and the third placegetter Chamonix were sired by the American Ideal horse, who has had the amazing score of having sired 24 individual harness racing winners from 49 starters from his first two crops. Furthermore, of 57 foals from his first crop, 32 have raced and 18 are winners and three have been placed. This represents a 31 percent winners-to-foals ratio and a 56 percent winners-to-starters record. The three-year-old filly Blockjorg, one of his initial crop, has won twice at Group level in Western Australia and was a very impressive winner at Gloucester Park in 1:56.6 last weekend. In North America, He’s Watching’s progeny includes the standout three-year-old colt Tattoo Artist (1:48.4), Canada’s fastest horse this year and one of the leading contenders for the forthcoming $1 million North America Cup. He’s Watching (1:46.8), a dual world champion, is now standing at Luke Primmer’s Tipperary Equine, Young (NSW) where he has attracted widespread interest from broodmare owners.   by Peter Wharton

Renaissance Man, a multiple Group 1 winner himself and who is standing this season at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), was credited with his second Group harness racing winner when My Prayer took out the Group 3 $30,000 WASBA 4 and 5YO Mares Classic at Gloucester Park. Watch the video click here. My Prayer, who rallied strongly after gaining a late split, earned a new speed badge of 1:56.2 and increased her bankroll to over $100,000 when she eclipsed the best mares in commission in WA. Renaissance Man was also represented by a second winner from his first crop when Another Snag outfinished his rivals at Gloucester Park three nights earlier. The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam enjoyed another successful week with his progeny in both hemispheres. Itsonlyrocknroll, who was bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud, won in 1:54.6 at Saratoga, New York, while Doc’s Ronhenry, a double winner twice 1:58.6, and Buckshot Austin (1:59.4) both emerged successful in Canada. On the home front, Million Dollar Cam’s son Isntthatright (1:58.5) and daughter Getaloadathisgirl (1:58.7) scored at Wagga and Redcliffe respectively. Other Yirribee Stud-sired winners were the three-year-old filly Need Ur Opinion (by Warrawee Needy), who won in 1:52.2 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Canada, and Liberty Song (by Lombo Pocket Watch), who broke maiden ranks at Globe Derby Park. A second homebred winner for the week was the three-year-old filly Rolled In Gold, who won for the first time in 1:55.8 at Menangle. Renaissance Man, Million Dollar Cam, Warrawee Needy and Lombo Pocket Watch are members of the select Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster which includes the standout colonial bred pacers Lazarus and Lennytheshark and the brilliantly fast American horse Fear The Dragon.   by Peter Wharton

The Changeover gelding Rakasinc, who produced a dashing front end display to win at Northam on Saturday night (August 15), promises to make rapid progress through the classes. The five-year-old covered the 2190 metre at a 1:56.7 rate and was untroubled to score by 24 metres. It was his sixth success for the season and his eighth lifetime. Watch the race replay click here.  Bred in New Zealand, Rakasinc is out of the Son Of Afella mare Rakarach, the dam also of the WA Celebrity Mile winner Rakarebel 1:54.1 ($349,605) and the Group 3 Menangle winner Rakarazor 1:52.2 ($140,685). Other recent Changeover winners have been Reflectionsofmylife (1:59.7, Addington, NZ), Endless (1:56.6, Penrith) and a ‘new’ winner in Fleetmaster (Invercargill, NZ). Chnageover, who stands at Burwood Stud in Queensland’s Darling Downs, has left 98 individual winners in Australia and NZ to date this season and progeny earnings of almost $1.9 million.   by Peter Wharton

Brilliant Auckland Reactor four-year-old Reactor Now posted his eighth win for the season when he outstayed a strong harness racing field at Shepparton on Saturday night (August 15). Having his first start for six weeks, the gelding settled down near the rear before circling the field in the middle stages to go up to lead the outside division. Exploding to the front at the 500 metre mark, Reactor Now dug deep in the final stages to win by half a length. The mile for the 2190 metres was a sharp 1:55 with the last 800 in 56.7. Reactor Now boasts a lifetime record of 10 wins from 14 starts for $67,530 in stakes. To watch Reactor Now win his tenth race click here. Reactor Now put the exclamation mark on a red-letter weekend for Auckland Reactor. The former New Zealand superstar led in a winning double at Northam (WA) on the same night as Reactor Now's heroic performance. Hilo Tyson led from end-to-end to post his fourth success, while Richie Reactor sat parked throughout before notching his maiden win by 19 metres. Earlier in the day Red Reactor came from near last to hoist a new lifetime mark of 1:56.7 over 2200 metres at Cambridge Raceway, New Zealand. It was the gelding's seventh success and upped his bankroll to $81,732. On Sunday night, Auckland Reactor led in another two winners in Auckland Red, who made it four straight at Kilmore winning in a career-best 1:54.9, and Jackson Neptune (Launceston), making it six winners for Auckland Reactor in the space of 24 hours! Auckland Reactor was also represented by the three-year-old gelding Maxactor, a winner for the second time at Ballarat on Thursday night (August 13). Auckland Reactor, who is enjoying his best ever season, has sired 84 individual winners in Australia to date and progeny earnings of more than $1.3 million. For all the up-to-date information about Auckland Reactor, who is standing this season at the St Fort Stud, Moama (NSW), of leading studmaster Tony Peacock, visit the new website www.aucklandreactor.com 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 Balraj is Inter Dominion material Balraj, who has won his way back to a NR 93 mark and is regarded as Inter Dominion material of the highest order, is a four-year-old gelding by Art Major from Mahendra, a lightly raced mare who took a record of 2:01.6. He is her first foal. Balraj is a member of an old time New Zealand family, which was represented by a winner at Menangle in Pocket Of Terror on the same night as Balraj won. Balraj, who holds a record of 1:49.1, has won nine of his 13 starts on Australian soil. Mahendra is a Courage Under Fire mare from Ce’nedra, by Caprock from A Bel Air, by Bo Scot’s Blue Chip from Jascoe (9 wins), a mare by Armbro Hurricane. Jascoe was the dam of a useful pacer in Chummy (2:06.4), who won six races including the Greymouth Cup, and also of Bou Grattan, a Talk About Class gelding who won twice at Harold Park. Indrah, a sister to Mahendra, won seven races including the Roxburgh Cup and $90,993.   Will I Rocknroll is well bred Will I Rocknroll, who won his third race on end at Melton, has now won 10 races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a five-year-old half-brother by Rock N Roll Heaven to the smart NSW pacer Kash Us Back (1:54.9), the winner of eight races this season, and the Bathurst Gold Crown heat winner Kashed Up. Will I Rocknroll winning at Melton                                             – photo by Stuart McCormick   Their dam, Laughing Lilly (1:55.6), a Mach Three mare from Craigpaula (1:59.4), by Stand Together from Taurus Ali, was a useful racemare winning five including two at Menangle. She was a half-sister to the country cup winners Smoken Pump Action (1:54.5) and Russlands (1:58.2), Rebateable (1:56.8) and the NSW winner Frances Dances (1:59.7).  This has been one of the most successful branches of the Ruahine family, Craigpaula being a half-sister to Mossdale Cam 1:55.4 (USA) and the Albion Park winner Kanimarah Ali (1:58.7), who, in turn, left Fake Ali 1:53.4 ($128,740), a winner at Albion Park and North America. Mossdale Conner (1:49), winner of the NZ Taylor Memorial Mile and the Victorian Country Cups ‘King’ Keyafella are other members of this family.   WA Marathon winner The NZ bred gelding Rebel With A Grin, a winner of eight races this season and recently the winner of the $25,000 Marathon at Gloucester Park, is one of the best four-year-olds in WA at present. Rebel With A Grin, who has now won 11 races, is by the Grinfromeartoear horse Smiling Shard, a Group 1 winner in Australia and NZ and now at the stud in Tasmania. Smiling Shard is out of the Panorama mare Sly Shard, the dam of winners of more than $1.7 million. This is a member of the noted Harold’s Rest tribe, which has produced a host of winners on both sides of the Tasman over the years and included the outstanding pacers The Gold Ace, Sly Flyin, Kiwi Ingenuity, and more recently, Governor Jujon, and the top trotter in Scotch Tar. On his dam’s side, Rebel With A Grin has something in his favour. His dam, Highview Chasue (1:57.5), by Elsu, is a daughter of the Christian Cullen mare Baptism Of Fire, who was a very successful broodmare. She became the dam of a string of winners including a fine stayer in Highview Tommy 1:55.2 ($990,015), now at the stud in the NSW Riverina, Highview Teejay 1:56.1 ($109,982), Highview Freddy (1:55.3) and Highview Chartom (1:57.5). Baptism Of Fire, who was unraced, was a three-quarter sister to the NSW winner Mainland Countess (1:57.1) and a half-sister to Lady Of Grace (1:57.8) and to Nuclear Reactor, dam of the Gloucester Park winner Pacific Fortune (1:59.3). In the back removes of Rebel With A Grin’s pedigree are pacers of the calibre of the thrice WA Pacing Cup winner The Falcon Strike, Simply Susational ($283,045), Better To Be Bad, Precious Fella ($311,520), Provocative Prince and Borowan.   Tinder Surprise unbeaten three-year-old Tinder Surprise, who stretched his unbeaten winning sequence to five at Ballarat, is a three-year-old gelding by the Bettor’s Delight horse Betterthancheddar, sire of a Grand Circuit pacer in Caviar Star. Bred in NZ by Melbourne breeder Harvey Kaplan, Tinder Surprise is out of the unraced Jet Spirit, the dam also of Blue Blazer 1:55.8 (9 wins to date). Jet Spirit ranks as a half-sister to the Listed winner Springsteen 1:54.7 (157,979), being by Jereme’s Jet from Holm’s Spirit (2:02.4), by Holmes Hanover from the noted producer Whata Spirit, by Whata Baron.  Holm’s Spirit was a half-sister to the NSW Oaks winner Fake Spirit 1:59.8 ($184,368), the top Queensland pacer That’s The Spirit 1:54.9 ($134,334), the exported Family Spirit 1:52.4 ($158,899), Happy Schnapps (10 wins) and Luva Rum Ball (NZ 2YO Sales Graduette). This is the family which produced the Group 1 winners Chilli Palmer (Vic. 4YO Bonanza) and Patrickthepiranha (Westbred 3YO Classic).   Siblings win in Victoria The half-brothers Cool Rocking Daddy (by A Rocknroll Dance) and Mamas New Dude (by Western Terror) won on consecutive nights at Shepparton and Bendigo respectively. Both are expected to graduate far beyond their present rating. Both bred by David Sheppard are the first two offspring of Shake It Mama, who proved herself in the top flight, taking a mile record of 1:54.7, winning 15 races and $257,588 in stakes including the Australian Oaks and Bathurst Gold Tiara. Shake It Mama, a Mach Three half-sister to the Tatlow Memorial winner Fususi 1:59.2 ($180,305), being out of Gold Sarn, a Moonee Valley winner by Muckalee Strike from Muma Sarn, by Caliburn, is a member of a family which has distinguished itself by the number of fine racemares it has produced. Lady Octavia 1:57.2 ($128,724), winner of the Tasmanian Oaks, and this year’s top two-year-old filly Soho Almasi are both members of the immediate family.   Hambo winner’s ‘down under’ breeding links Ramona Hill, the race record equalling winner of the $1 million Hambletonian, for three-year-old trotters run at Meadowlands, has close maternal breeding ties to Australia and New Zealand. Ramona Hill                                                                         --Jason Lisa photo   The champion Muscle Hill filly is out of the Lucky Chucky mare Lock Down Lindy, whose grand-dam, Celtic Contessa, is the dam of Australasia’s leading trotting sire Majestic Son. One of Celtic Contessa’s daughters, KT Cha Cha, a sister to Majestic Son, ranks as the dam of What The Hill, a former USA 3YO Trotter of the Year who is now standing at Woodlands Stud.   Smart youngster by Captaintreacherous A top two-year-old in NSW this season – he has won at Menangle in 1:55.3 and been three times placed from four starts – is Gordons Boy, a close relative of the cups winner Im Corzin Terror. Gordons Boy is a gelding by Captaintreacherous from the Menangle victor Corzan Effect (1:58.1), by Jereme’s Jet from Corzanello, who proved a great broodmare. Besides Corzan Effect, she is the dam of Im Corzin Terror 1:52.2 ($513,219), the metropolitan winners Corza Commotion (1:56.3) and For The Corz (1:59), Corzin Change (2:00.8) and All My Dreamz (2:00.8), who, in turn, left the smart Addington three-year-old winner Bettor My Dreamz (1:55.6). Bred by Janet Moore, of Brooklyn Lodge, Gordons Boy was knocked down for $26,000 at last year’s APG Sydney sales.   Christian Cullen influence at Gloucester Park The blood of former NZ pacing great Christian Cullen appeared in the pedigrees of six of the nine pacing winners at Gloucester Park last Friday (August 7). Christian Cullen Christian Cullen ranked as the sire of Just Rockon Bye and the damsire of Free-for-all winner Chicago Bull, Sangue Reale and Queen Shenandoah. He is also the grand-dam sire of the Marathon winner Rebel With A Grin and the grandsire of the impressive three-year-old winner Alta Blues (by Alta Christiano).   Well related three-year-old Kuzma, who won the Cliff Robins Memorial at Launceston, showed ability as a two-year-old season when he finished second in the Tasmanian Debutante Stakes. He has opened his three-year-old season on a winning note and will be well in line for the remaining classics. Kuzma is a gelding by the Bettor’s Delight horse Highview Tommy, from Avaricious, the best of whose several progeny has been Jocund (1:58.8), runner-up in the Dandy Patch. Avaracious ranked as a half-sister to the classic winners Barrington Belle (1:51.6), Alby Albert (1:57.1) and Barringtonboutique and to the Ticket To Heaven mare Gorse Bush, the dam of the Miracle Mile and dual Inter Dominion winner Beautide. Their dam, Barrington Lass, left 15 winners and shares the record with Lovely Lawn as the most prolific broodmare in Australian history.   Up-and-coming trotter One of the most promising trotters racing in Victoria is Nerveracking, trained by Romsey horsewoman Lisa Miles. A four-year-old, Nerveracking is in her first full season of racing, but from 21 starts she has won six and been three times placed. Bred and raced by Geoff Easom, Nerveracking has a background of trotting blood second to none. Her sire, Skyvalley, has left the great Australian trotter Tornado Valley, and other top trotters in Sky Petite, Kyvalley Finn, Fear Not, Aldebaran Eve and My Skypocket. Her dam, Maori Acacia, ranks as a half-sister to a champion trotter in Noopy Kiosk and the Derby winner Tennotrump. Maori Acacia is the dam of the Oaks winners Skye Rocket ($118,885) and Aftanoondelite, Sparks Ignite (Tr 1:56.5TT) and Posseidon (Tr 1:59.8) and the grand-dam of Australasia’s fastest ever trotting mare Maori Time Tr 1:51.5 ($421,301) and Maori Law Tr 1:58.7 ($163,464). The family, which traces to the Grand Monarch mare Maori Miss, produced a standout trotter in Maori’s Idol (Tr 1:59.3), who won 40 races, the Inter Dominion champion Sumthingaboutmaori, and other fine trotters in Danny Bouchea, Spidergirl and Blitzthemcalder.     by Peter Wharton  

The six-year-old mare Havana Magic, who was bred in Victoria by Pat Driscoll’s Yabby Dam Farms, is the leading trotter in Queensland for the 2019/20 harness racing season. Her end-to-end triumph at Albion Park last Saturday (August 8) was her ninth success for the season and her second in the space of just four days. The winner of $64,252, Havana Magic is the second foal out of the Kadabra mare Pepperell Magic, a half-sister to the Victoria Trotters Oaks winner Adella’s Dash, dam of the Group winners Glenferrie Dreamer and Glenferrie Burn. Havana Magic, a half-sister to Group 2 winner All Cashed Up, is one of six winners bred by Yabby Dam Farms during the last fortnight. Majestic Player, bred and formerly raced in Victoria by Driscoll, has taken American trotting by storm since being exported last year. The five-year-old gelding stretched his winning sequence to 10 and took his USA earnings to beyond $100,000 when he won an $US18,000 Open in 1:51.8 at Hoosier Park, Indiana on August 1.  In further American news, Ready Cash, whose leading son Bold Eagle and Group winning sons Brilliantissime and En Solitaire (NZ only) are all available for this season from Haras Des Trotteurs, sired the placegetters Ready For Moni (2nd) and Back Of The Neck (3rd) in the record equalling $1 million Hambletonian. The pair are members of a crop of seven foals in America sired by the French champion. Imsettogo, a four-year-old and one of the first crop of resident stallion Used To Me, continues to fly the flag for her sire, winning for the seventh time this season at Ballarat from the front end and clocking the last 800 in a blazing 56.7. The French stallion Orlando Vici, another of the Haras Des Trotteurs frozen semen roster, produced the runaway 1:57.6 Menangle winner Adelle NZ and the homebred Orlando Jolt, who completed back-to-back successes at Stawell. The pair are from Orlando Vici’s initial Australasian crop of 19 foals, 14 of which have been successful! Brilliant Love You colt Eurokash, a double winner at two, opened his three-year-old campaign in style with a dashing come-from-behind winning effort at Addington. Other Yabby Dam Farm-bred winners were Petite Love (Cranbourne) and the pacer Live For Peace (Launceston).   by Peter Wharton

The American import He’s Watching (1:46.4), a former world champion and who now stands at Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW), sired winners in four different countries in the last fortnight! The two-year-old Chamonix, one of his second Australian crop, led the vanguard with his fighting win in the APG Brisbane Sales Graduate heat at Albion Park, his third success from 10 starts. The gelding will be among the leading fancies for the Group 1 $100,000 Final on Saturday night. To watch the replay of Chamonix winning click here. Another recent Australian-bred winner by He’s Watching was the three-year-old Illbewatching, a 1:58.8 winner at Redcliffe. He’s Watching has the amazing score of having sired 18 individual winners from 57 foals in his first Australian crop – a 30 percent strike rate. In New Zealand, He’s Watching was represented by the recent three-year-old winners Sophia Bromac (Addington) and Miss Impression (Invercargill). Hereslookinatyou, a NZ bred three-year-old filly, made it four wins from five starts in America when she scored at in 1:57.2 at Saratoga, New York. Other recent winners by He’s Watching in North America have been the two-year-old colt Saratoga Blue Chip (1:53.2) and the three-year-olds Kendall’s Cousin (1:55.4), Baywatching (1:55.6), Watch Me Boogie (1:55.8 and 1:56), Kat (1:56), Lil Screamer (1:58) and Shesaprivatedancer (1:59.8). Peter Wharton

An exceptionally strong draft of harness racing yearlings has been nominated for the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Sale including siblings to the likes of Hunter Cup, Miracle Mile, Derby, Oaks, Vicbred Super Series and Breeders Crown winners. In total, 300 lots will go under the hammer at the sale, which will run over two days on April 10 and 11, 2021 at the plush new Oaklands Junction complex.  Of the 237 pacers listed, 136 are colts and 101 are fillies, while the 62 trotters comprise 28 colts and 34 fillies. The sale features progeny of 30 Group 1 race-winning mares and 32 Group 1 winner-producing mares. There are 54 sires represented in the catalogue including champion sires such as Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Somebeachsomewhere, American Ideal, Rocknroll Hanover, Rock N Roll Heaven,  Four Starzzz Shark, Western Ideal, Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, and emerging sires in Captaintreacherous, Sweet Lou, Betting Line, Always B Miki, A Rocknroll Dance and He’s Watching. Leading trotting sires in Majestic Love, Love You, Father Patrick, Muscle Mass, Angus Hall and Quaker Jet all have progeny listed for sale. Nine first season sires will also be represented at the Nutrien Equine sale including the pacers Huntsville, Downbytheseaside, Fear The Dragon, Vincent and Control The Moment and the trotters What The Hill, Centurion ATM, En Solitaire and Uniclove. “We are thrilled by not only the total numbers committed to our inaugural sale, but also the quality of the horses, with such strong mare families represented in the sale,” Nutrien Equine sales manager Mark Barton said. “The decision made to breed these young horses is a two-year commitment made by the breeder and its now our privilege to offer these magnificent young horses to the sport of harness racing! “Our team is really excited about this catalogue and can’t wait until April.” Pacers are eligible for heats and separate $175,000 finals for two-year-old colts and geldings in NSW in 2022. Trotters can compete in a $50,000 final for two-year-olds in NSW in 2022 and $125,000 finals for three-year-olds of both sexes in 2023.  The three-year-old finals, which are jointly sponsored by Haras Des Trotteurs, will be the richest age trotting classics ever held in the southern hemisphere. The breakdown of sires are: PACERS Sire                                          Colts    Fillies   Total Art Major                                17        14        31 American Ideal                        16        11        27 Betting Line                             15        7          22 Sweet Lou                               14        6          20 Always B Miki                         10        9          19 Captaintreacherous                8          10        18 Huntsville                                5          6          11 Bettor’s Delight                       6          4          10 Rock N Roll Heaven                 4          5          9 A Rocknroll Dance                   4          3          7 He’s Watching                         3          4          7 Roll With Joe                           2          5          7 Vincent                                    5          2          7 Well Said                                 3          4          7 Downbytheseaside                  5          -           5 Sunshine Beach                       3          1          4 Somebeachsomewhere          2          1          3 Auckland Reactor                    1          1          2 Four Starzzz Shark                   1          1          2 Genuwine                                1          1          2 Rocknroll Hanover                  1          1          2 Shadow Play                            2          -           2 Sportswriter                            1          1          2 Tintin In America                    1          1          2 Bitobliss                                   1          -           1 Bling It On                               1          -           1 Fear The Dragon                     1          -           1 Goodtime Sammy                   1          -           1 Pet Rock                                  1          -           1 Western Ideal                         1          -           1 Control The Moment              -           1          1 Major In Art                            -           1          1 Yankee Rockstar                     -           1          1   TROTTERS Sire                                          Colts    Fillies   Total Orlando Vici                            1          6          7 Used To Me                             6          1          7 Father Patrick                         4          2          6 Muscle Mass                           2          3          5 What The Hill                          1          4          5 Creatine                                  2          2          4 Majestic Son                            2          2          4 Bacardi Lindy                          1          2          3 Quaker Jet                               2          1          3 Wishing Stone                         2          1          3 En Solitaire                              -           2          2 Love You                                  -           2          2 Tennotrump                            1          1          2 Trixton                                     -           2          2 Angus Hall                               1          -           1 Dreamcatcher                         1          -           1 Dream Vacation                      1          -           1 Pegasus Spur                           1          -           1 Centurion ATM                       -           1          1 Skyvalley                                 -           1          1 Uniclove                                  -           1          1   by Peter Wharton

Riverina youngster The Mountain is proving a great advertisement for the former world champion Warrawee Needy, who is now standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW). The Yirribee Stud-bred two-year-old gelding notched his third win from just four starts when he soundly trounced his opposition at Leeton last Tuesday (August 4).  Warrawee Needy, who was also represented by the Canadian winner Ajknight (1:58.8) recently, is the second leading first-season sire in Australia with nine individual winners from 14 starters. Tintin In America’s champion daughter Shartin N captured her third consecutive Lady Liberty at Meadowlands, New Jersey on Saturday (August 8), leading for the last 1000 metres in the $177,100 mare’s feature and stopping the teletimer at 1:48.4. It was her 38th success from 45 starts in America and boosted her earnings to more than $US2.33 million. Renaissance Man, who has joined the Yirribee stallion roster for the 2020/21 season, was represented by the two-year-old colt Artful Jack, an end to end winner in a career-best 1:57.8 at Newcastle, and the three-year-old colt Apologize, who scored twice at Globe Derby Park by a combined margin of 17 metres. Not to be outdone, Million Dollar Cam led in winners at Dubbo with the two-year-old filly Southern Millions and at Redcliffe with Sword And Shield, one of three Yirribee Pacing Stud-bred winners for the week. Snoop Stride, who posted win No. 24 at Albion Park on Friday (August 7), and The Mountain were the other two Yirribee-bred winners.   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   Justice Served’s breeding background Justice Served, who is proving one of the stars of regional racing in Victoria, is a five-year-old gelding expected to graduate far beyond his present rating. He has won $61,180 in stakes, a worthwhile return for the $16,000 paid for him as a yearling. By Rock N Roll Heaven, and one of the third crop of the Rocknroll Hanover horse, Justice Served is out of the Aces N Sevens mare Keepers Daughter, whose dam was a champion juvenile in Pelicanrama 1:53.4 ($730,271), the winner of a record 18 races at two, a Panorama mare who left the high class WA pacers Soho Highroller 1:51.4 ($187,531), Soho Tokyo 1:54.2 ($176,316) and Soho Leviathan (1:54). Justice Served (John Justice up) winning at Melton – photo by Stuart McCormick   Pelicanrama was out of the noted producer Beauteous, who ranks as a half-sister to the Victoria Cup and Derby winner Bag Limit, being by Globe Score (a son of Sheffield Globe) from Royal Blend, by Golden Adios from the Grand Scott mare Jennifer Scott. This was the family founded by the NZ bred mare Linton. From the Jennifer Scott branch of it and to which Justice Served belongs, others in Come On Frank 1:52 ($404,650), Mustang Fighter, Yarracoola (WA Golden Nugget), Albert Terrill (Bathurst Gold Crown), Gotanedge, Armchair Ride, Hes A Corka, Jilliby Generator (1:49.8) and fine trotters in Storm Blazer and Chuck Wagon also belong.   While They Pray top four-year-old While They Pray, winner of the Manea Classic at Bunbury and recently The Kerry Clarke 4 and 5YO Classic at Gloucester Park, is one of the best four-year-olds in Western Australia at present. He has now won eight and been five times placed from 15 starts this season. In the Kerry Clarke, he was never really extended in running out the 2100 metres at a 1:56.4 rate, the last 800 in 56.7 and the final quarter in 28.2, figures which he could have sharply improved. While They Pray                                        ---photo Hamilton Content Creators   While They Pray has an all-NZ breeding background and one which has been most successful. By the Christian Cullen horse Alta Christiano, who died earlier this year when at the height of his stud career, he is out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Slick Bird (1:55.7), who won a string of races in Perth including a WA Oaks heat.  Slick Bird, who was bred in Christchurch, is also the dam of the Dainty’s Daughter Classic winner Slick Artist 1:52.2 ($175,670), now racing successfully in America. She was a sister to the NZ Southland Oaks winner Smokin Byrd (1:55.1) and a half-sister to the good Australian winners Whos Escaped 1:52.7 ($127,377) and High Courage 1:53.4 ($143,950), being out of Who’s The Bird (2:01.7), by Falcon Seelster from the Golden Greek mare Donna Who, the glamour Queensland filly in the early 1990’s. Donna Who won 19 races including the Australian Pacing Gold and Redcliffe Breeders Crown, took a record of 1:57.1 and earned $244,668 and at the stud left Mr Whoudini, a winner of 18 races and $149,933, Wholigan (1:57.2) and Whola Dancer (2:00.9).   Weekend winners closely related Zahven Banner and Flaming Flutter, who won at Menangle and Yonkers, New York respectively in the identical time of 1:51.8 last weekend, are members of the same family.  Flaming Flutter, a 10-year-old gelding, is out of the In The Pocket mare Twice As Hot, while Zahven Banner, a six-year-old, is from When You’re Hot, a McArdle daughter of Twice As Hot. Both bred in NZ are by Bettor’s Delight, the leading sire in Australia and NZ. Zahven Banner ranks as a brother to Cyclone Banner and the three-year-old Typhoon Banner, both good winners in WA this year.   Star trotter by Majestic Son Homonym, a brilliant straightout trotter by Majestic Son from A Touch Of Sun (a member of the same maternal line as the champion Sundon), emerged as a genuine classics contender when she won twice at Ballarat recently. Bred in New Zealand by Victorian breeder Harvey Kaplan, Homonym is co-owned and trained by Richard Brosnan, who was associated with the Inter Dominion Trotting Final winner No Response. A Touch Of Sun, who won five races, is also the dam of the dual Derby and Harness Jewels winner King Denny Tr 1:55.9 ($298,914), now racing in Victoria, Sarah Lindenny (10 wins) and the Albion Park winner My Thunder Maker. By the Valley Victory horse Simon Roydon, A Touch Of Sun was out of the American-bred Sungait Song, the dam of the great Sundon, the Victoria Oaks winner Sunning and a top NZ trotter in Sungait Reb (Tr 1:57.2) and the grand-dam of dual Derby winner Solar Fire, the exported Flight Of The Kiwi (Tr 1:53.4), Outpunch Enchanter (Tr 1:59.7), Burano, Likeaplayboy, and others.  Sheemon, the winner of four Group 1 races and $548,064, and the Breeders Crown champion Show Gait, are other members of this family.   Seeuinnashville shows promise Seeuinnashville, who has now won three of his last six starts at Menangle, promises to make rapid progress through the classes. A five-year-old Mach Three gelding, he is out of Zoeyzoey, who was by Fake Left from the broodmare gem Grace Robinson, by Perfect Art from the Tarport Low mare Jasmarilla, a former Australian juvenile mile record holder and the best filly of her era. Zoeyzoey, who was unraced, ranks as a half-sister to the Seymour Nursery winner Two Eye See 1:52.4 ($306,703), the NSW Breeders Challenge winners Eye See Diamonds 1:51.6 ($284,875) and Hardhitter 1:51.4 ($175,430), Oh Eye See 1:54.5 ($101,705) and to Eye Betta Fly, the dam of the Pink Bonnet victor Eye Can Run (1:54.2). Seeuninnashville, who was bred by  Gisborne couple Ian and Kath Sutherland, won the Goulburn Sapling Stakes and finished runner-up in the APG Consolation as a two-year-old.    Smart filly’s 10th win The three-year-old Weewah, who won her 10th race at the Gloucester Park midweek meeting, is by the Cam’s Card Shark horse, Bettor’s Delight, sire of this season’s top filly Dr Susan. Weewah is out of Its My Style (1:56.2), by McArdle from Simply Devine, by In The Pocket from the Nero’s B B mare Awfully Nice, a daughter of Dream Bel, the dam of Defoe (Taylor Mile and Queensland Sunshine Sprint), a high class pacer in All Systems Go and others. Weewah is a sister to the NSW Carousel winner The Black Prince 1:51 ($230,240), Im Stylish 1:56.8 (WA Western Crown) and The Moonshadow (1:51.2), a winner at Yonkers, New York recently.   The Shallows on top in Tassie The Shallows, who has won eight of his 10 starts this season, and has graduated to a NR79 mark, is regarded as one of the best young pacers in Tasmania. The Shallows is a four-year-old sired by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Shadyshark Hanover, who stood several years in Victoria before returning to America. He is out of the unraced Exotic Angel, a Grinfromeartoear mare from the Australian Pacing Gold winner Exotic Strike, who established a great winning line for western Victorian breeder Ian Stanley. She left a capable racemare in Striking Spirit (1:58.4), dam of The Graduate winner Spiritwriter (1:53.1), and Smiley Ella (2:00.2), a sister to Exotic Angel, who became the dam of the speed merchant Ellas Puppeteer, who set a Victorian mile record of 1:52.8 in 2015.   Well related three-year-old Youaremy Sunshine is proving himself a three-year-old of some worth in Victoria and at his first start for almost five months he comfortably defeated older rivals from the front end at Bendigo, clocking 54.4 for his last 800 metres. Earlier in the season he won the VHRC 3YO Classic at Melton and finished a creditable fourth in the Victoria Derby. He is a colt by the deceased Cam’s Card Shark horse Hurrikane Kingcole from the Moonee Valley winner Princess Dilinger (1:58.2), who left others in Top The Ace 1:55.2 ($105,181), Shadow Of Fortune (1:55.7) and Idle Times (1:57.6). Princess Dilinger ranks as a half-sister to a smart pacer in Chirpy Chuckles (1:54.8), being by D M Dilinger from Kylie’s Reason, by Muckalee Strike from Jazz Band, by Jazzy Spark.  Youaremy Sunshine was bred and is part-owned by central Victorian identity Ken Griffey.   Breeding of Adios winner Catch The Fire, the winner of the $375,000 Adios, a three-year-old classic run at The Meadows, Pennsylvania, is a Captaintreacherous colt from the same family as the champion sires Rocknroll Hanover, Grinfromeartoear, Panorama and Safely Kept. He has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Captaintreacherous, and one of his second crop, Catch The Fire is out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Dream Outloud (1:55.8), a half-sister to a fine racemare in Lifesliltreasure (1:51.4), dam of the outstanding colt pacer Control The Moment 1:48.4 ($1 million). Their dam, Treasure For Trish (1:54.6), was by Jate Lobell from the Sonsam mare Sonspree, and tracing to the Ensign Hanover mare Golden Miss, whose family today is one of the best in the American stud book. The Adios winners Strike Out (1972) and Cactus Creek (2006) are also members of this tribe.   From family of Lazarus Lamandier, a most impressive winner on debut at the Terang midweek meeting, is a two-year-old colt who can claim some worthwhile blood. A $70,000 yearling, he is by Somebeachsomewhere from the Art Major mare Champagne Dreams (1:55.6), whose dam, Bethany, ranks as the dam of the great NZ pacer Lazarus 1:48.8, who is now standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga. Bethany was by Christian Cullen out of the Soky’s Atom mare Spirit Of Beth, a sister to the NZ Sires Stakes champion Spirit Of Zeus 1:57.8 ($243,472), the NZ Kindergarten Stakes winner Karmic Reward (1:58.6) and to Star Of Bethlehem, dam of Stars And Stripes 1:51.2 ($796,528), winner of 40 races including four Derbies, and the top flight juvenile Light And Sound 1:50.4 ($560,833).   By Peter Wharton  

The progeny of Derby winner Renaissance Man, a newcomer to the Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster, are firing on all four cylinders recently. Star three-year-old filly Fifty Five Reborn sat without cover before defeating a strong field at Gloucester Park last Friday (July 31), rating 1:57.3 over 2130 metres with the last 800 in 57.2. It was her eighth lifetime success and took her career earnings beyond the $90,000 mark. Renaissance Man was also represented by a ‘new’ two-year-old winner in Artful Jack (1:59.2, Newcastle), while the three-year-old Medieval Man won for the fourth time this season at Pinjarra. Renaissance Man has now sired 19 individual winners from 31 starters and boasts an average of $17,200 per starter! Whatta Conk, a gelding by Million Dollar Cam, put the exclamation mark on another busy week for his sire when he won in a career-best 1:53.5 at the Menangle midweek meeting. It was his sixth lifetime success. Plumpton Road (1:59.6, Wagga), Neville Shannon (1:58.6, Tamworth), Getaloadathisgirl (Redcliffe) and at the American pacer Eastend Eddie (1:56.8) were other recent winners sired by Million Dollar Cam. Warrawee Needy, Australia’s second leading first season sire in 2019/20, was represented by the smart Wagga two-year-old winner Menames Needy (1:58.7) and a pair of Canadian three-year-old winners in Frownie’s Miracle (1:57) and Wine Tyme (1:59.4). Meanwhile, Tintin In America, the sire of reigning USA Horse of the Year and world champion racemare Shartin, led in the ‘new’ Globe Derby Park three-year-old winner Tinhorn (1:59.9) and the Saratoga, New York victor Kiwi Tintin NZ (1:56.4). To complete a big week for Yirribee Pacing Stud, the champion Lombo Pocket Watch provided the third leg of a study treble at Wagga with The Clock Winder (1:59.7).   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   Big Wheels leading Queensland two-year-old When he won the $100,550 QBred Triad Final last Saturday Big Wheels proved himself the top Queensland two-year-old of the season. Earlier in the season the gelding won the QBred Breeders Classic and from seven starts he has now won three and been three times placed for $78,845 in stakes for breeder-owner John Polson, of Taree (NSW). Big Wheels                                                     --Dan Costello photo   Big Wheels is by the Rocknroll Hanover horse A Rocknroll Dance (sire of No Win No Feed) from Washington Lass NZ, who took a record of 1:55.6 and won nine races. She left an earlier winner in Blacksadance (1:52.8), a winner of six and a placegetter in the recent South-East Derby. Washington Lass was by Washington VC (1:52 son of Presidential Ball) from Supreme Duchess, by Son Of Afella from Sparkle Bret (2:08.6), a half-sister by Knowing Bret to the good Perth winner Hillas Esquire. This is a long-established South Island family and an earlier top pacer belonging to it was Viking Water, who won numerous races at Harold Park in the 1960’s.   QBred Triad winning line The Group 1 QBred Triad 2YO Fillies’ Final winner, Jasper, is a Mach Three half-sister to Joys A Babe, who won the 4YO Triad a few years earlier, and is closely related to other Triad winners in Catwalk Beauty, Attack Life and A Good Chance. Jasper                                                      --Dan Costello photo   Both bred by Kevin and Kay Seymour, Jasper and Joys A Babe are out of the top racemare Joy To Behold (1:56.2), who left others in Jakes A Joy (1:54.1), Kwasii (1:56.6), Joyous Times (1:57.9), Spread The Joy and Johnny Come Lately. By Fake Left, Joy To Behold is out of Sweet Mover (2:01.8), by Rip Van Winkle from Naivasha, by the NZ Derby winner Willie Win from the Brahman mare Hindu Star and tracing eventually back to the American-bred Norice, who founded one of NZ’s best winning families and one that is widely successfully represented today. Sweet Mover, an Albion Park winner herself, was the dam of 10 winners, six of whom took records of 2:00 or faster. Besides Joy To Behold, Sweet Mover is also the dam of Son Of Fortune 1:58.3 ($118,537), a dual Group winner in Queensland, the exported Jaccamo 1:53.6 ($281,471) and the Albion Park winners Saldivar 1:57.6 ($101,070) and Slick Style (1:59.2). An unraced daughter of Sweet Mover in Down The Catwalk (by Vanston Hanover) became the dam of the Triad winners Catwalk Beauty 1:58.2 ($156,566) and Attack Life 1:57.7 ($132,832) and others in Moi Attack (9 wins) and the Perfect Art mare Chance The Walk (1:57), a winner of 13 races and who, in turn, left the Triad and Queensland Breeders Classic winner A Good Chance 1:51.9 ($260,007) and recent Redcliffe winner Chanceless Century.   John Higgins Memorial winner Gifted as an unraced two-year-old and now a winner of $83,733, One For Dave Andme became the latest WA Group winner when he won $30,000 John Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park, rating 1:55.7 over 2130 metres. By the Grinfromeartoear horse Smiling Shard (now in Tasmania), One For Dave Andme is out of a smart racemare in Another One For Me 1:56.3 ($154,565), by the American-bred horse Armbro Operative.  Another One For Me, whose 13 successes included the WA Lord Mayor’s Cup, was a half-sister to the prolific NZ and US winner Ann Other Porsche 1:51.6 ($489,192), who became the dam of the Albion Park winner Red Terror (1:55.3) and grand-dam of the NZ Winter Cup winner Billy Badger 1:50 ($188,637), Stars Tonight 1:56.7 ($100,583) and Need You Now (1:55). The next dam, Ann Other Vance (2:00.5), was by Vance Hanover from the noted producer Wee Ann, by Lumber Dream from the U Scott mare Forenoon, a half-sister to Blankets, the dam of the mighty Mount Eden. In the back removes of One For Dave Andme’s pedigree are pacers of the calibre of Impressionist (WA Golden Nugget), Soho Wall Street (1:49.6), Rapid Vance, Our Angel Of Harlem (WA Dainty’s Daughter) and trotters in the same class such as Into The Unknown (Tr 1:56.5) and Bonito.   Well related three-year-old Alta Blues, a three-year-old by Alta Christiano from Child By The Sea (a half-sister by Astreos to a champion pacer in Somebeachsomewhere), did not race as a two-year-old last season. But the Alta Christiano gelding has proved himself to some purpose in his three-year-old racing, and he won at Gloucester Park last Friday at a 1:55.7 rate over 2130 metres.  It was Alta Blues’ second success from only five starts and his 1:55.7 clocking was put up when he had nothing in his favour, being trapped wide for a good portion and being several lengths from the leaders at one stage. He is a very good youngster. Child From The Sea, the dam of Alta Blues, won seven races and took a mile record of 1:56.6 in North America and, at the stud has left three winners including the Wagga Oaks victor Grande Anse (1:57.3).   Tasmanian sale produces winners When Stepping Stones outfinished her rivals at Hobart last Friday, she became the second winner which had been sold at the 2019 Tasmanian Yearling Sale. Stepping Stones, a filly by the Artsplace horse Stonebridge Regal, was sold for $4,500 at the sale to Broadmarsh horseman Heath Woods. Written In Silk (Sportswriter-Mon Soie), bought for $20,000 and a winner at Launceston in March, is the other winner from the sale. Bred by Elderslie studmaster Sue Streit, Stepping Stones is out of the top racemare Step Up And Play, and the first of her produce to win. Step Up And Play, who won 12 races and $70,937 including the Tasmanian Golden Slipper and Mother of Pearl, is by Peace Of Art from Harmonia, by Golden Greek from the Perfect Blue Chip mare Ima Blue Chip, the dam of eight winners including the Blue Bonnet winner Lambretta and grand-dam of the former top Tasmanian juvenile Ima Miss Molly and the Breeders Plate winner Nitro Blue. Stepping Stones can claim three strong strains of Abercrombie blood through her sire, Stonebridge Regal, damsire Peace Of Art and grand-dam sire Golden Greek.   Star trotter by Ready Cash One of the most capable young trotters racing in Victoria at present is Cash Lover, who is quickly working her way to the top flight. She has now won at six of her last seven appearances.                                                                                                    --HRV photo   Cash Lover has a wealth of blood to back up her claims to further promotion, being by the French champion Ready Cash from Lucky Love, by Love You from All Sunny, by Sundon from the Speed In Action mare All Action Gal, who established a great winning line for Roydon Lodge Stud, Christchurch. Lucky Love, who was unraced, ranks as a half-sister to the dual Menangle winner All Action Man (Tr 1:58.8), Sun Prince (Tr 2:07) and to Sunny Sierra, a Sierra Kosmos mare who is the dam of the top Queensland trotter Southern Alps Tr 1:59.9 ($106,544 to date). All Sunny was a sister to cup class trotters in All Action Sun Tr 1:55.6 ($314,784), Solar Active ($180,639), Sunny Action ($180,173) and All Sundon Tr 1:55.1 ($240,442) and the unraced Roydon Action, the dam of the country cups winners All Royal Gal Tr 1:57.2 ($172,116) and Action Kosmos ($123,234). Cash Lover was bred by Yabby Dam Farms principal Pat Driscoll.   Further Group success for Bettor Enforce Bettor Enforce, winner of the Group 3 Ladyship Pace at Menangle, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the mares. She holds a mile record of 1:48.9 and has earned $232,469 in stakes. Watch Bettor Enforce win the Group 3 Ladyship Pace at Menangle Bred by Invercargill identity Ben Calder, Bettor Enforce is a seven-year-old Bettor’s Delight mare from the Falcon Seelster mare Their Excuse (TT1:59), dam also of The Paua Diver (1:56), who won two. Their Excuse was out of Last Excuse, by Live Or Die from the Smooth Fella mare My Excuse. A champion pacer in Just An Excuse (1:55.6), a winner of 17 races and $1 million in stakes including two NZ Cups, belongs to this family which has produced others in Mach’s Gladiator (1:57.5) and Excuse Maker, both minor cup winners in NZ. The family has also been successfully represented in Australia where it has produced such winners as the dual Vicbred champion Tell Me Tales (1:49.3), Mojo Major (1:53.3) and Talamahara (1:53.9).   From family of Sokyola Soho Brandenburg, an impressive two-year-old winner at the Shepparton midweek meeting, is a Bettor’s Delight colt from the same family as that which produced the dual Miracle Mile winner Sokyola. Bred and owned by Robert Watson, Soho Brandenburg is out of a capable racemare in Soho Berlin 1:56.4, and the first of her produce to race. Soho Berlin, who won nine races including the Vicbred 4YO Silver, was a three-quarter sister to the prolific Albion Park winner Any Chance 1:53.5 ($138,032), being by Somebeachsomwhere from Giveusachance (1:55.6), a Melton winner by Live Or Die from Maudola, by Chiola Hanover from the Lumber Dream mare Maudey, and tracing to the taproot Norice. Only lightly raced, Maudola figured as the dam of the champion Sokyola, who won a record 29 races at Moonee Valley including the Victoria Cup and The Legends twice, and others in the Harold Park winner Holmes Dean (2:00), Julia Jones (2:00.8) and Jackieola, a sister to Sokyola, who left the useful sorts Spunkyola (1:55.6), Sassyola (1:56.5) and Smokenola.   Broodmare double The Mach Three mare Miss Brazilian produced a two State double last Saturday with Benicio (Menangle) and Mister Brazil (Albion Park). Both bred by Sloy’s Company are by Rock N Roll Heaven and Sportswriter respectively. Benicio, a seven-year-old gelding, has won 17 races and $177,102 in stakes, while Mister Brazil, an eight-year-old, has won 15 races and $207,916. Other winners from Miss Brazilian have been Lets Go To Brazil, winner of the NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Blue series, Handsome Major, Misterriodejaneiro, Brazilian Rocker and Smoothe Style. Miss Brazilian ranks as a half-sister to the high class racemares Louvre 1:54.5 ($402,665) and Miss Hazel 1:57 ($310,063) and the Derby winner Renaissance Man 1:53.1 ($297,904), being by Mach Three from My Ami Lee, by Safely Kept from Cosmophylla, by Thor Hanover from  the Entrepreneur mare Calophylla. This is the family of top pacers the calibre of Gumdrops (Vic. Queen of the Pacific), My General Lee (Treuer Memorial), Prince Benji 1:55.3 ($255,998), Fourwing Sweepa (O’Shea Guineas), Christian Sloy, and others.   Peter Wharton  

Saturday, July 25 proved a red-letter day for prominent Ballarat trotting breeding establishment, Haras Des Trotteurs, which produced a Group winner in Queensland and a winning double at the Shepparton metropolitan meeting. The widely travelled Il Pirata NZ, a gelding by Love You, notched his 13th success and his first at Group level when he outfinished a strong lineup in the Group 3 $25,770 Queensland Trotters Cup at Albion Park. The $14,900 winner’s cheque boosted his lifetime stake tally to $172,276. Earlier in the night, the highly promising young trotters Cash Lover (by Ready Cash) and Cracker Jet (by Quaker Jet) both greeted the judge at Shepparton.  Cash Lover, a four-year-old mare bred by Haras Des Trotteurs principal Pat Driscoll, made it five straight with a convincing front-end win, while the three-year-old Cracker Jet completed a hat trick following a barnstorming finishing burst from midfield. Cash Lover was one of three winners bred by Yabby Dam Farms for the week. The others were Beau Garcon (by Orlando Vici), who posted his fifth win at Shepparton, and Mataderos, who completed back-to-back successes at Terang. Meanwhile, Afterburner, a three-year-old gelding by The Best Madrik, was a very impressive winner at Invercargill, New Zealand, carving out the last 800 in 59.5 and 400 in 28.9 under a hold. Love You, Quaker Jet, Orlando Vici, The Best Madrik and Ready Cash’s sons Bold Eagle and Brillantissime are all members of Haras Des Trotteurs’ frozen semen roster in the coming season.   by Peter Wharton

Tintin In America’s champion daughter Shartin put an exclamation mark on her 2020 campaign when she smashed her own all-age track record in winning the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace at Plainridge Park, Massachusetts on Sunday (July 25). Shartin stopped the teletimer in 1:48.2, only 0.2 outside the world record for an aged pacing mare over a five-eighths track which she jointly co-owns. It was her 44th success and increased her stake tally to $2,244,946. Another New Zealand-bred Tintin In America winner was Kiwi Tintin, who scored in 1:56 at Saratoga Raceway, New York. World champion Warrawee Needy, a studmate of Tintin In America at Yirribee Pacing Stud, continues to churn out the winners in North America. The two-year-old filly Need To Know (1:52) and three-year-old colt PLD Needy (1:59.2) won at Charlottetown Driving Park and Hippodrome 3R respectively last week. Million Dollar Cam’s exciting three-year-old daughter Didnt I completed a hat trick and made it five out of eight this season when she led from end-to-end in 1:56.9 at Shepparton, while Jamieson Steele won for the seventh time, clocking 1:55.2 at the same track. Renaissance Man, who is standing his first season at Yirribee, was represented by another winner from his second Western Australian crop in the three-year-old Sukhovey Windman. Renaissance Man has sired eight individual winners from 27 foals – a creditable 30 percent winners-to-foals ratio. A pair of Yirribee Pacing Stud bred winners recently were Louth Park Watch (by Lombo Pocket Watch), who saluted in a career-best 1:57.8 at Newcastle, and the two-year-old Eagle Commander (1:58.7, Bathurst).   Peter Wharton

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