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The highly successful young sire He’s Watching has bounded to the forefront of this year’s rich Ontario Sires Stakes program. The American Ideal horse is in fourth position on the stakemoney list with $280,636, due mainly to the deeds of his brilliant three-year-old son Tattoo Artist, who captured his second $104,800 OSS Gold series win at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:49.2 last Saturday, and his outstanding daughter Rose Run Victoria, an OSS Gold champion. Tattoo Artist, the winner of his last four straight and a genuine candidate for the $1 million North America Cup in August, is on top of OSS leaderboards for both prizemoney and points, while Rose Run Victoria is second in her division. Tattoo Artist                                   --New Image Media Meanwhile, Watch My Beverage, a two-year-old gelding by He’s Watching, won a heat of the OSS Grassroots series in 1:54 at Woodbine Mohawk. Other North American three-year-old winners by He’s Watching last week included Ozzie Young (1:54), Retour Au Jeu (1:56), Lil Screamer (1:56.2), Kendall’s Cousin (1:56.4), Watch Me Boogie (1:57.8) and Up To Spec. Overall, He’s Watching’s first crop of three-year-olds have earned $358,709 this year from a foal crop of 77. He’s Watching is standing this season at Tipperary Equine stud, Young, of leading NSW studmaster Luke Primmer and has already attracted plenty of interest from broodmare owners.     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   Fastest Australian bred pacer The seven-year-old Majordan became the fastest ever Australian bred pacer when he won the $123,100 William Haughton Memorial Consolation in a blistering 1:47.6 at Meadowlands, New Jersey last Saturday. Majordan, who won six races at Menangle in 1:50 or better – he won in 1:48.9 in 2018 – before being shipped to America in March – is a member of the same family as the former Australian female mile record holder Landcliffe (1:56.8). Bred by Benstud Standardbreds, Majordan ranks as a brother to the Bathurst Gold Crown winner Soho Valencia 1:55.1 ($332,782) and Wardan Express 1:53.2 ($211,988) and a half-brother to a top racemare and Victoria Oaks winner in Niki No No 1:55.6 ($294,455) and the Bathurst Crown victor Yrubla. Their dam, Benelise (1:59), a winner of eight races, was a sister to Darveniza (6 wins), being by Vintner (son of Storm Damage) from Dorrie’s Daughter, by Keystone Scotch from the Lyss Hanover mare Dora Sue, dam of the good Moonee Valley Dorries Son (TT1:56).  This family was founded in Victoria by Kitty Fish (189-), by the thoroughbred Young Flying Fish. Other winners from it include Diamond Debutante and Ladyzain, both Vicbred champions, Jamyan Prince (City of Melton Plate), Ardcliffe (WA Christmas Cup) and Dalecliffe (WA Derby heat).   Star of Brisbane carnival Cruz, a son of the American sire, American Ideal, now at Northern Rivers Equine in Victoria, is the star of the Brisbane winter carnival. He won on each night – over a sprint trip in the Wondai’s Mate Open and over 2138 metres in the Mr Feelgood Open. His winning run over 1660 metres in a 1:50.4 rate clipped 0.1 off Im Themightyquinn’s track record. Cruz                                      --Dan Costello photo Cruz is closely related to a real speed merchant in Yayas Hot Spot (1:50.9), who won 26 races in Australia and $605,192 in stakes, and is now racing successfully in North America. Cruz is by American Ideal from Close To Heaven, by Dare You To, an Abercrombie horse who equalled the world record for a half-mile track, won at the top level in America and later captured a heat of the 1991 Inter Dominion at Auckland in 1:56. Close To Heaven, who won seven races and took a mark of 2:00.1, became the dam of eight winners – six in 2:00 – including the Gloucester Park winners Heavens Delight 1:55.9 ($105,697), Macheaven (1:55.8) and Ucanttakeitwithu (1:56.4), Queen Of Heaven 1:53.6 (USA) and the Moonee Valley victor Elijah (1:58.4). Close To Heaven was out of Spaxton Rebel (2:00), by Clever Innocence from Spaxton Hanover, a mare by Waitaki Hanover, winner of the A. G. Hunter Cup and Auckland Cup.   Group winner by Panspacificflight Little Rascal, who won the Group 3 Garrards Rewards Pace at Menangle – Lexus With A View, Alta Orlando and Pocket Of Terror filled the placings behind him – continues to prove himself in the top bracket among NSW pacers. He is a grand stayer and the best Australasian-bred performer left by The Panderosa horse Panspacificflight, who sired a top racemare in Reciprocity, Last Flight In, Wattlebank Flyer and others. Little Rascal is an eight-year-old gelding from Evita Franco, by Live Or Die from Emily Franco by Nero’s B B from Eastwood Jubilee, by Bachelor Star from Viva Reine, by Fallacy – a pedigree with some real background with a strong staying influence behind it. The dual Derby winner Franco Enforce 1:50.6 ($593,738), a top flight Western Australian juvenile in Franco Edward, Artemis Belle (WA Oaks) and the NZ Messenger winner Franco Emirate also belong to this family.   Major Occasion in 1:48.2 Major Occasion has joined the growing list of Australian bred horses to enter the 1:50 list in America. She recorded 1:48.2 when she was successful in the $172,850 Dorothy Haughton Memorial at Meadowlands, defeating the NZ bred Shartin and the Australian bred Soho Burning Love. Major Occasion                                     Lisa photo By the Artsplace horse, Art Major – a champion pacer and sire – Major Occasion is from Fake Occasion (2:00.3), by Fake Left from Regal Occasion, by the Bachelor Hanover horse Noodlum, a dual Derby winner and one of the finest pacers bred in NZ. Fake Occasion, who was bred in NZ, won six races in WA including the Group 3 Race For Roses.   Cyclone Banner on top Cyclone Banner, the convincing winner of the Group 3 Garrard’s Horse & Hound The Chandon at Gloucester Park, is one of the best four-year-olds in WA at present. He has won 10 races and more than $80,000 in stakes since being purchased from NZ 15 months ago. By the Cam’s Card Shark horse Bettor’s Delight (who sired five winners on the program), he is out of the McArdle mare When You’re Hot, a half-sister to the South Australian Pacing Cup winner and dual Inter Dominion Final placegetter Flaming Flutter 1:49.2 ($814,235), Two Times Bettor 1:53.6 ($158,770) and Mister Whittaker (1:54.9). When You’re Hot, who was unraced, left other winners in Zahven Banner (1:50.8), a recent winner at Menangle, Hurricane Banner (6 NZ wins) and the three-year-old Typhoon Banner (1:59.6). Others members of this family include the glamour NZ filly Elle Mac, Mark Dennis (Gawler Cup twice), Pacific Warrior, the dual NZ Winter Cup victor Waitfornoone, and the cup class pacers St Barts and Fight Fire With Fire.   Meadowlands Pace winner Tall Dark Stranger, who won the $636,650 Meadowlands Pace, the signature event for pacers at Meadowlands, New Jersey, is a Bettor’s Delight colt from the same family as that which produced a champion pacer and sire in Sportswriter. Tall Dark Stranger, who was a $330,000 Lexington Yearling sale purchase, won the Breeders Crown and Metro Pace as a two-year-old and from 12 lifetime starts he has won 11 with a placing for $1,054,299 in stakes. Precocious Beauty 1:50.2 ($838,004), the world champion dam of Tall Dark Stranger, ranks as a three-quarter sister to Sportswriter, being out of Precious Beauty 1:53.6 ($112,842), by Jate Lobell from Dominque Semalu (1:56.4), by Big Towner. Downbytheseaside, a world champion juvenile and 3YO Colt of the Year and who stands alongside Tall Dark Stranger’s sire, Bettor’s Delight, at Woodlands, is also a member of this family. Bettor’s Delight is the sire of the last two Meadowlands Pace winners in Best In Show and Tall Dark Stranger.   Ninth winner from broodmare When the Rock N Roll Heaven two-year-old Fast Tracker won at the Albion Park midweek meeting, he credited his dam Faith Prevails with her ninth individual winner. Fast Tracker, bred and raced by Kevin and Kaye Seymour, had shown good placed form in the Brisbane area. Others from Faith Prevails to win have been the top racemare Fame Assured (1:50.8), Frankie Rocks (1:52.2), a QBred Triad winner now racing in America, Feel The Faith (1:53.1), Fearless Faith (1:55.5), Ipanema Beach (1:59.2), Jets Girl, French Charm, Favourite Miss and now Fast Tracker. Faith Prevails, who is now in her 18th year, has since produced a weanling filly by Gotta Go Cullect. Faith Prevails (1:58.1) is a Fake Left mare from Girl From Ipanema (1:57.6), by Vanston Hanover from the Oaks winner Goldrush Girl (TT1:55.3). This is the family which produced the Derby winner Colt Thirty One, the dual Oaks winner Cherry Cheer and a string of top ranking pacers tracing back to Call Girl.    Up-and-coming trotter One of the most promising trotters racing in Queensland is Aurora, bred by Sydney horseman Eddy Bidder. A three-year-old, Aurora is in her first season of racing, but from eight starts she has won six and been twice placed. Aurora has a background of trotting blood second to none. Her sire, Lucky Chucky, has left the crack American trotting colt, Dog Gone Lucky, and other Stakes winning trotters in Lucky Ava, Non Stick and Gabe The Bear Dean. Her dam, Sheer Illusion, is by Sundon, the leading sire of trotters for many years.  Aurora                                  --Dan Costello photo   Aurora ranks as a half-sister to the Victorian winner Allanon, who has been twice placed at Melton recently. Sheer Illusion (Tr 1:57.3), a useful trotter herself, was a half-sister to another winner at the trotting gait in Balmoral Boy Tr 1:56.4 ($125,459), being out of the capable racemare Janover Hanover Tr 2:01.6 ($91,198), by Chiola Cola from Springfield Lauren, by Armbro Invasion from the Game Pride mare Elgin’s Pride. The family, which traces to the Vancleve mare Verity, produced a top young trotter in Conquer All (Tr 1:58.9), who won 19 races including The Holmfield, and other good trotters in The Bohemian, a dual Trotters Derby winner, War Spirit (Breeders Crown 3YO), Cee Ar (Rowe Cup) and Running On Time.   Penny Bobbins is well bred Penny Bobbins, who won her fifth race at Melton recently, is a five-year-old mare expected to make rapid progress through the classes. Bred by Greg, Jack and Kath Fusinato, she has a great deal more in her favour on the score of blood than most. By Changeover, who sired 1:50 performers in Risk, Glengarry Knight and Franco Totem, Penny Bobbins is out of the Safely Kept mare Cyclone Dora whose dam, Hot Torado, the dam of seven winners, really established the Trix Pointer tribe in Australia to some purpose. Hot Torado was the dam of the Horsham Cup winner Cyclone George 1:56.6 ($164,595) and the Moonee Valley winner Cyclone Force (1:57.6) and the second dam of the Victoria Ladysship Cup winner Jazzam 1:53.6 ($231,415), Maywyn’s Storm 1:54.2 ($165,925) and Most Happy Cullen (1:52). Penny Bobbins ranks as a sister to the Menangle and Albion Park winner Change Of Mind 1:51.1 ($198,216) and a half-sister to the promising Cyclone Jim (1:55.3).   Siring feat by Bettor’s Delight Rather a notable siring feat was credited to the Cam’s Card Shark horse Bettor’s Delight at Gloucester Park last weekend, when he sired five winners on the nine-race card, The Woodlands Stud flagship’s winners were the NZ bred Chicago Bull, Ultimate Offer, Cyclone Banner and Forgotten Highway and the locally bred three-year-old filly Stars Of Diamonds. Furthermore, Bettor’s Delight figured as the damsire of another winner Fake News (by Alta Christiano).   by Peter Wharton

The Ballarat-based stud Haras Des Trotteurs enjoyed spectacular success in two continents last weekend.  Firstly, the homebred five-year-old gelding Majestic Player became the fastest Australasian bred trotter of all-time when he came from last to win a $US15,000 Open at Hoosier Park, Indiana in a track record equalling 1:51.2. It was his ninth win on end and his 10th from 11 starts on American soil and boosted his stake tally to over $US220,000. Orlando Vici, a member of Haras Des Trotteurs’ frozen semen roster, figured as the sire of the record-breaking winner of the prestigious Group 1 St Michel Ajo at the five furlong Mikkeli track in Finland in Next Direction. The gelding led from the outset and won by three lengths in a blistering 1:50.8. Orlando Vici was also represented by a pair of Victorian winners in the two-year-old colt Rohann and the four-year-old Orlando Jolt NZ. Both bred and raced by Yabby Dam Farms were successful at Bendigo and Stawell respectively. Orlando Vici has the amazing score of 12 winners from 14 Australian-bred starters to date. Ready Cash, the dual Prix d’Amerique winner and the leading sire in France for the last four years, produced the winners of both $US142,250 divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial for three-year-old colts at Meadowlands in Ready For Moni (1:51.8) and Back Of The Neck (1:52). Ready Cash, whose semen is also available at Haras Des Trotteurs, is also the sire of the highly promising mare Cash Lover, who made it four in a row at Bendigo recently. The Yabby Dam Farms’ bred mare has now won five of her 11 lifetime starts. Other recent Haras Des Trotteurs-stud winners were the two-year-old filly Wanna Play With Me (by Love You), who tasted success at her second start at Addington, and the talented three-year-old filly Right Moves (by The Best Madrik), a winner in a career-best 1:58 at Menangle.   by Peter Wharton

He’s Watching, the 2014 Meadowlands Pace winner and world champion two-year-old, sired his second Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division winner this year when the three-year-old filly Rose Run Victoria rallied strongly from midfield to capture the $107,200 feature at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday (July 17). The time was a new lifetime mark of 1:51.4. The former Kiwi three-year-old filly Hereslooknatyou NZ, one of He’s Watching’s first ‘down under’ crop, made it three for three in North America when she scored at Saratoga, New York in 1:54.6. One For Julius, a winner at Woodbine in 1:51.8, was one of five three-year-old winners sired by He’s Watching in Canada for the week. Other winners were Retour Au Jeu (1:56), Private Scott (1:56.6) and Saulsbrook Flashy (1:57.6). In Australia, Icantsee became the 18th individual winner from He’s Watching’s first crop when he emerged successful at Young. He now boasts an excellent 32 percent winners-to-foals ratio from his three-year-old crop.   by Peter Wharton

Changeover, the former Kiwi superstar who now stands at Burwood Stud near Brisbane, left metropolitan winners in four different States and in North America last week. Leading the vanguard for Changeover was the NZ bred Franco Totem, who won in 1:50.8 at the big Meadowlands Pace meeting on Saturday night (July 18). The Charging Moa, another Kiwi bred, scored in 1:52.8 at Tioga Downs, New York. On the home front, Notorious NZ won in a career-best 1:54 at Albion Park, Controversial NZ notched his 29th success at Menangle, Penny Bobbins scored at Melton and the three-year-old filly Ceebreez posted her first win at Globe Derby Park. Changeover has sired 104 individual winners this season worldwide and progeny earnings of $1,968,284.   By Peter Wharton

Renaissance Man, the latest addition to the Yirribee Pacing Stud roster, continues to churn out the winners in Western Australia, where his first crops are racing. Yo Te Amo Haitch, a four-year-old mare and one of his initial crop, won at Gloucester Park in a career-best 1:57, while the two-year-old Arma Einstein notched his first win at Pinjarra at a 1:58.8 rate. Tintin In America’s son The Bull Pen NZ led from end to end at Stawell, his third win from seven outings in Australia and his eighth lifetime success. World champion Warrawee Needy was credited with his ninth individual two-year-old winner from only 47 foals when the filly Cash Queen emerged successful at Bathurst, while Deprived won in 1:53.6 at Northfield Park, Ohio. Million Dollar Cam was represented by winners in Canada and NSW in Atomic Million Am (1:52.6, Rideau Carleton Raceway) and Neville Shannon (Tamworth), while the Yirribee Pacing Stud bred and owned Nobby’s Clock flew the flag for Lombo Pocket Watch  in posting win No. 8 at Wagga. Another Yirribee Stud bred, Snoop Stride, notched his 23rd success and earned a new speed badge of 1:55.7 at Albion Park.   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   Jenden Strike’s family background Jenden Strike, who won the $50,660 Changeover South East Oaks at Albion Park, is a NSW bred filly with an interesting and successful family background. Bred by Allan Stapley, of Penrith she was got by Betterthancheddar from Lucky Jenden, a NSW bred mare by the Camluck horse Ifihadyourluck. Jenden Strike, who holds a record of 1:50.8, has run up a tidy score of six successes and three placings from 12 starts for $66,729 in stakes. Jenden Strike                                            --Dan Costello photo Jenden Strike’s dam, Lucky Jenden, was a race-winning mare by Ifihadyourluck, a Canadian 2YO Breeders Championship winner from the Jane Hunt family, a who proved a successful sire in NSW. Lucky Jenden was out of a capable racemare in Whata Jenden, who won twice at Harold Park and became the dam of winners in Our Jenden (2:01.9, the winner of 10 races), Press The Tempo (2:02) and Westburnjen (2:00.3), who, in turn, left the Young Oaks winner Dream Runna. Whata Jenden was a What’s Next mare from Deep Jenden, by Deep Adios from Jenden Miss, by Bachelor Hanover. Besides Whata Jenden, Deep Jenden, who was unraced, left the Harold Park winners Fondorama (2:00.7) and Macden (2:00.1) and others in Jenetix and Symmons Plains. Another daughter of Deep Jenden was Deep Embrace, who won twice at Harold Park and took a record of 2:01.2 and the stud proved a prolific broodmare. She became the dam of seven individual winners including the Harold Park victor Toporama (1:58.8) and the second dam of Tulhurst Ace 1:52.4 ($210,364) and Tulhurst Courage 1:54.6 ($105,134). This is the family which produced such winners as the dual Derby winner The Court Owl, Sensational Gabby 1:52.4 (WA Oaks), Speak No Evil 1:50.9 (Breeders Crown 3YO Final), Musical Delight (APG Final), Keayang Hanover and Kliklite.   Justalittle Torque on top The Mr Feelgood five-year-old Justalittle Torque, winner of the Queen of Hearts on the opening night of the Brisbane winter carnival, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the mares. She holds a mile record of 1:52.6 and boasts a bankroll of $123,236 from 14 wins and 19 placings. Justalittle Torque                                                    --Dan Costello photo She has a good deal in her favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Mr Feelgood, and one of his second commercial crop, Justalittle Torque is out of a top flight racemare in Torque In Motion 1:52.5 ($380,203), the winner of 19 races including the NSW Ladyship Mile, Queen of Hearts and Qbred 4YO Triad.  At the stud Torque In Motion, one of several good producing daughters of the Cam Fella line sire P B Bullville, has left winners in Torque Is My Girl (1:56.2), Torque Onetwothree (1:57.4) and Justalittle Torque with her first three progeny to race. Torque In Motion is out of the good producer Ella Palms, by Speed King (son of Able Bye Bye) from the Palm’s Romeo mare Thelma Palms (2:01.8), the dam of a top Queensland pacer in Turbo Torque 1:54 ($369,914) and the Albion Park winners Rapid Torque (1:58.2) and Torque About Westy and the grand-dam of the metropolitan winners Torque Lively (1:52) and Torque Feels Good (1:56.2). Justalittle Torque was bred and is raced by Queensland enthusiast Ian Corazzol.   Leading sire’s absence a loss Racing on Golden Slipper night at Gloucester Park further demonstrated the loss of Alta Christiano to breeders. With only a few representatives racing, he sired Mighty Ronaldo, the barnstorming winner of the Group 1 $100,000 WA Golden Slipper, While They Pray, who won the Lyn Norman Pace and looks one of the best young horses in the State, and the three-year-old Alta Blues, who finished a close second. In all, Alta Christiano has sired 53 individual winners to date this season and progeny earnings of more than $970,000. Mighty Ronaldo, who was bred by Trevor Lindsay, was knocked down for $22,000 to clients of Justin Prentice’s Boyanup stable at last year’s APG Perth sale. He has now earned $104,069 from three wins and three placings in nine starts. Mighty Ronaldo                                                       --Jodie Hallows photo Earlier in the season he won the $25,000 Western Crown, a Listed classic. Mighty Ronaldo is out of the thrice Gloucester Park winner Millwood’s Delight (1:57), by Bettor’s Delight from Gliding By (1:57.4), by Vance Hanover from Significant, by Out To Win from a grand racemare and NZ Sires Stakes champion in Black Watch (2:04.6), the winner of 14 races and whose family is widely and successfully spread today. Millwood’s Delight, the dam of Mighty Ronaldo, was a half-sister to the good NZ and US winner Raptorial 1:50.2 ($316,088), the Menangle and Gloucester Park winner Face Your Fears (1:58.6) and to the McArdle mare Shes Got It All (1:58.6), dam of the Vicbred Platinum Home Grown winner and NSW Derby placegetter Malcolm’s Rhythm 1:54.4 ($145,190) and Melton winner Be Major Threat (1:55). Another half-sister in Zwish (by Dream Away) ranks as the dam of the prolific Melton winner Phil Monty 1:54.3 ($129,971) and the brilliant but ill-fated Zee Dana (1:54.6).   Four for Foreal When the Captaintreacherous two-year-old filly Chablis fended off older, more experienced rivals on debut at Auckland recently, she credited her dam Foreal (by Washington VC) with her fourth winner this season. Others from Foreal to win this term have been My Field Marshall, who has won three at Menangle including the Group 3 Brian Hancock Free-for-all, the dual Menangle winner Surreal (1:52.9) and the three-year-old Forsure (1:56.2), who won twice at Invercargill recently. Foreal, who is being bred from by Syd Brown, was one of the top racemares of the early 2000’s, winning 18 races – six at Group level including two Oaks - and $664,800 in stakes.   Up-and-coming trotter One of the most promising trotters racing in Victoria is Pink Galahs, trained by Matthew Craven. A three-year-old, Pink Galahs is in her second season of racing, but from 13 starts she has won eight and been three times placed. Pink Galahs 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, Kyvalley Eve and Blue Sky Commander. Her dam, Sweetasay, is by Tennotrump, a Derby winner and successful sire. Pink Galahs                                      --Stuart McCormick photo Sweetasay (Tr 2:00.8), a dual Vicbred finalist, ranked as a sister to the thrice Globe Derby Park winner Sweetasis. Their dam, Maoridona NZ, was by Sundon from the top racemare Maori’s Glory Tr 2:02.9 ($109,366), by Red Coach Glory from Maori Mia, by Kentucky from the grand producer Maori Miss. The family, which traces to  the Lincoln Yet mare Dot, produced a champion trotter in Maori’s Idol, who won 40 races, including 24 on end, and other top trotters in Noopy Kiosk, a triple Vicbred champion, Danny Bouchea, Blitzthemcalder, Spidergirl and Maori Time.   Well related three-year-old The three-year-old La Puddie, who scored in runaway fashion at a 1:55 rate at the recent Ballarat midweek meeting, did not race as a two-year-old last season. But the Somebeachsomewhere gelding has proved himself to some purpose in his three-year-old racing with a win and two placings from five starts. La Puddie is the first foal of the Bettor’s Delight mare La Machane, who had a record of 1:54.6 and won 20 races and $335,268 in stakes. She was a half-sister to the Perth winner Aurelius (1:57.4), being out of Machane, by Die Laughing from Forest Flame, by Smooth Fella from the Garry Rowan mare Racist, and tracing eventually to the noted foundation mare Miss Tommy. Machane, who was unraced, was a half-sister to the Melton and US winner Liculia (1:55.8), Total Fire Ban (1:58.6), who won 10 races, and to the dam of the metropolitan winners Mister Chow 1:53.4 ($104,855) and Howards Dilemma.   Crack colt by Captaintreacherous A bright future is being predicted for the Captaintreacherous two-year-old Radar Stride, whose success at the midweek Menangle meeting was his second winning run from four starts. Bred by Joanne Andersen and Darren Stevens, the colt brought the equal highest price of $130,000 at last year’s Australian Pacing Gold Sydney sale. He was a grand type of yearling and has developed into a beautiful two-year-old.  Sweet As Reign (1:56.5), the Harold Park winning dam of Radar Stride, has left five sub 1:58 winners from six foals of racing age. Besides Radar Stride, she is also the dam of the Wangaratta Cup winner Shadow Reign 1:52.6 ($151,689), the NSW Breeders Challenge Regional 3YO winner Reigning Pepper (1:52.4), Ubiquitous (1:56) and Lettuce Reign (1:57.7). Sweet As Reign is carrying a positive test to Sweet Lou and is to be mated with Captain Crunch this season.   New 2YO trotting sensation Shepparton trainer Patrick Ryan, who has a grand record in producing star juvenile pacers and trotters, produced a grand two-year-old trotter at Bendigo last Monday in Sweet On You. Having only his second start, the gelding led from the outset and soundly trounced his rivals, scoring by an amazing 95 metres. He clocked his last mile in 2:01.4. By Love You, and one of the first commercial frozen crop of the champion European sire, he ranks as a half-brother to the recent double Menangle winner Right Moves (Tr 1:58), being out of top racemare Right Interest Tr 1:59.7($202,096), by Sundon from the Magnus Apollo mare Late Withdrawal. Right Interest, who won the NSW Derby and Oaks and Breeders Crown at three, is a half-sister to the champion square-gaiter of the Moonee Valley era in National Interest (Tr 2:02), a winner of 33 races and $350,863, the Breeders Crown winner Magic Interest Tr 2:04.7 ($142,063), the Derby winner Astrud and Global Interest, all Group or Listed winners. by Peter Wharton

Bidding for the Mixed Standardbred Online Auction - to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co - will commence at 10am on Friday July 17, and will close at 4pm on Sunday, July 19. The sale has attracted 21 entries including going and untried stock, three-year-olds, two-year-olds, weanlings and broodmares. The offering includes the last start 1:54.8 Albion Park winner Uncle Shank, one of the favourites for the upcoming Group 1 $100,000 QBRED Triad 2YO Final, and the 2019 QBRED Breeders Classic 2YO Final winner Amaya Becomes. Other entries include the Albion Park winner Feel The Reign, the recent Redcliffe winners Melton Max Gentle and Melton Lucky, and Doolittle Di, a younger sister to champion three-year-old Governor Jujon. There’s young stock by the successful sires Gotta Go Cullect, Boom Boom Hall, Quality Cam and Melton Gunna and the world acclaimed trotting sires Sebastian K and Centurion ATM, as well as the well-bred broodmares Presidential Night (dam of Uncle Shank) and Hiona Mountain NZ. Bids can be registered by logging onto the website and following the link to Elite Auctions. For more information, contact Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or via email. See the full list available at the Mixed Standardbred Online Auction here.   Peter Wharton for Darren Ebert & Co

Bonny He’s Watching three-year-old filly Blockjorg notched her second win at Group level and sent her stake earnings over the $100,000 mark when she downed a top field in the Group 3 Dainty’s Daughter Classic at Pinjarra (WA) on Monday (July 13). Starting from inside the back row, the filly enjoyed a sweet passage throughout and finished brilliantly along the passing lane with a flying 55.6 seconds last 800. It was her sixth success for the season and took her seasonal earnings to $80,988. Earlier in the season she won the Group 2 $50,000 Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park. Talented two-year-old Chamonix led in a He’s Watching quinella at Redcliffe last Thursday night (July 9) with He’s Sweet second. It was the gelding’s second win from his last three outings. Watchful Lady, a three-year-old filly by He’s Watching and one of his first crop, notched her second success in a career-best 1:59.6 at Penrith. Meanwhile, in North America, He’s Watching’s first two crops continue to take all before them. The two-year-old colt Saratoga Blue Chip took out a $23,150 division of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroot Series in 1:53.6 at its first start at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Canada, while the New Zealand-bred three-year-old filly Hereslookinatyou NZ remains undefeated in two attempts in America following her 1:56.2 winning effort at Saratoga Raceway, New York. Watch Ave (1:54.8, Georgian Downs) and Panerai (1:59.2, Hiawatha Horse Park) were other recent three-year-old winners by He’s Watching. He’s Watching (1:46.8), the world champion son of American Ideal, is standing this season at Tipperary Equine, of Luke Primmer, Young (NSW), and is already attracting plenty of attention from breeders.     by Peter Wharton

Champion European trotting sire Love You, whose semen is available ‘down under’ through Haras Des Trotteurs, Ballarat (Vic.), has unearthed another potential topliner in the two-year-old Sweet On You. Having only his second start, the chestnut gelding led from the outset and annihilated his opposition in the Yabby Dam Racing 2YO Trot at Bendigo on Monday (July 13). The winning margin was an astonishing 95 metres and the mile rate for the 2150 metres stand was 2:04.1 with the last mile in 2:01.4. Illawong Moonbeam, a Love You filly, finished second. On the same card the Yabby Dam Farm bred four-year-old Mataderos notched his second success, carving out his last 800 in 58.5 in scoring by 14 metres. Other recent Yabby Dam Farm bred winners have been Xebec, a four-year-old gelding by resident sire Orlando Vici who overcame a 30 metre handicap to win at Cambridge Raceway, New Zealand, and Cash Lover (by Ready Cash), who made it four wins from her last five outings at Ballarat. Ready Cash, a dual Prix d’Amerique winner, was also represented by the winner of the $44,650 Reynolds Memorial at The Meadowlands, New Jersey in the three-year-old colt Back Of The Neck (1:52). To complete a great week, Right Moves, a three-year-old filly by the French-bred Haras Des Trotteurs stallion The Best Madrik and a half-sister to Sweet On You, hoisted a new lifetime mark of 1:59.5 winning for the third time at Menangle.   Peter Wharton

Former Kiwi champion Changeover, who stands at Burwood Stud in Queensland, sired important winners in both hemispheres last week. Our Friend NZ led the charge on the home front, winning his sixth race at Albion Park at a 1:54.5 rate, while Aqua Cruiser (1:58.1) and Chang both rung up number one at Redcliffe. Changeover was also represented by a pair of Addington winners in Wee Ring The Changes (1:59.2) and the talented Adam Patron, while, in North America, Sudden Change NZ (1:54) and Bronze Over NZ (1:54.4) both saluted at Yonkers, New York. Adam Patron winning at Addington Changeover has left 95 individual winners to date this season in Australia and NZ and progeny earnings of almost $1.8 million.   By Peter Wharton

A reduction of the stock owned by prominent Queensland breeder and studmaster George Michael, of the Melton Stud, Toogoolawah, will underpin the Mixed Standardbred Online Auction, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co from July 17 to 19. The offering includes recent Redcliffe winners Melton Max Gentle and Melton Lucky, four two-year-old colts and a yearling colt by the Blissfull Hall horse Boom Boom Hall, a three-year-old colt and filly by the Camluck import Quality Cam (1:51.4) and a two-year-old colt by Melton Gunna. All are eligible for the rich QBred bonuses for two, three and four-year-olds. Another feature of the sale is brilliant youngster Uncle Shank, a runaway winner at a 1:54.8 rate at Albion Park last Saturday and now the winner of two of his three starts. The Warrawee Needy colt will be one of the leading fancies for the $100,000 QBred Triad Final later this month. Other entries include the 2019 QBred Breeders Classic 2YO Final winner Amaya Becomes, the Albion Park winners Feel The Reign and Captain Thunderbolt NZ, Doolittle Di, a younger sister to Queensland’s champion three-year-old Governor Jujon, and two weanling colts by the world champion trotter Sebastian K and a weanling filly by the brilliantly fast Centurion ATM. Bidding will open on Friday, July 17 at 10am and close on Sunday, July 19 at 4pm. Bids can be registered by logging on to the website and following the link to Elite Auctions. Further information from Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email   by Peter Wharton

Friday, July 10 was a red-letter night for one of New South Wales’s leading standardbred nurseries, Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga. The farm landed a winning treble with the homebred Warrawee Needy two-year-old colt The Mountain (1:57.1), the unbeaten Tintin In America three-year-old gelding Boston Busker (1:56.2) and the stud bred and owned three-year-old filly Bated Breath (1:58). Warrawee Needy, the former world champion, was also represented by the brilliant Albion Park juvenile winner Uncle Shank (1:54.8), the winner of two of his three starts, and the Canadian three-year-old victors Need Arocket (1:52.6), High Flyin Jamie and Ajknight. The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam left winners in three different states in the three-year-old filly Didnt I (1:57.6, Bendigo), Sword And Shield (Redcliffe) and the Yirribee Stud bred three-year-old gelding Dollarsign (Newcastle). Renaissance Man, a newcomer to Yirribee this season, led in the three-year-old winners Medieval Man (Pinjarra) and Apologize (1:58.6, Globe Derby Park) and the four-year-old Another Snag (Bunbury). Other stud-sired winners were The Bull Pen NZ 1:56.9 (by Tintin In America) and Taylors Watch 1:59.3 (by Lombo Pocket Watch). Besides The Mountain, Bated Breath and Dollarsign, Yirribee Pacing Stud bred a further two winners last week in the two-year-old filly Honey Chicken (Penrith) and Snoop Stride (1:56.1, Albion Park).   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 WA Gold Bracelet winner Just For Love, the season’s latest two-year-old classic winner, in beating a useful field in the $30,000 WA Gold Bracelet, gives the impression that she could develop into one of next season’s top three-year-olds. Sold for a modest $17,000 at the 2019 APG Perth sale, Just For Love is a strongly built filly by Mach Three from Harper Grace, who had a record of 1:55.5 and won three races at Gloucester Park and $47,185. Harper Grace is a Grinfromeartoear mare from Tiz Herself (2:01.4), by Exotic Earl from the Dale’s Gift mare Laurick’s Pride, who established a great winning line for Bendigo breeder Rick Hasty. She left 14 individual winners including the Vicbred 3YO champion Her Sparky Self 1:58.8 ($221,271), a sister to Tiz Herself, the Victorian country cups winners Robric Jonboy and Send Me A Dream and the Gawler Cup winner Robyn’s Boy, all $100,000 earners. Harper Grace is a half-sister to a top Victorian juvenile in Bus To Harland 1:55.6 ($317,869), the winner of 17 races including the APG Final, the Melton winners Majestic Cruiser (1:55.4) and Eljulio (1:55.9) and Jo Louleonie (2:00.6), who, in turn, is the dam of Magic In Her Moves 1:57.9 (7 wins to date). This is the family which produced Yejele Hammer, winner of last year’s Vicbred Super Series 2YO Colts Final, the SA Oaks winner Gem Of Reibey and the NSW Listed winner Katha Me Girl.   Its Back In The Day is cups material   Its Back In The Day, who won the East Versus West Pace Final at Melton and is regarded as cups material of the highest order, is a six-year-old gelding by Washington VC from Bragato, a lightly raced mare in NZ.  Its Back In The Day after winning at Melton with trainer John Nicholson   – Stuart McCormick photo   Its Back In The Day has won 11 of his 22 lifetime starts and $80,190. He is a member of an old-time family, which was represented by the winner of the Westbred 2YO Fillies Classic in Black Jack Baby a week earlier.  Bragato was an Ermis mare from Chipover (2:01.9), by Holmes Hanover from Lucky Chip, by Transport Chip from Luckyship, a mare by Lordship. Chipover was the dam of a useful pacer in Waterhorse (1:55), who won 11 races including Melton. Chipover was a sister to the NZ and US winner Yachi Da (1:55) and a half-sister to the Nelson Winter Cup winner Piper Heidsieck (1:53.4), Mr Williams 1:56.7 ($118,223) and also to Slangevar, a Cameleon mare who left a very smart pacer in Triple Eight 1:55.7 (231,201), the exported Prince Of Pops 1:51.6 ($177,086) and the Albion Park victor Cheers Kathy (1:54.7). In the back removes of Its Back In The Day’s pedigree are pacers of the calibre of Courage Under Fire, the Inter Dominion champion Vedette, Glenferrie Alexis, Hickstead and Mac De Stroyer (1:49.8) and trotters in the same class as Sundon’s Way, Idid It Myway, Any Old Way, Christine Maree, and others.   Soho Burning Love in 1:48.2 Soho Burning Love, who became the fastest ever Australian bred pacer when she clocked 1:48.2 at The Meadowlands last Saturday, is a West Australian bred mare with an interesting and successful family background. Bred by Robert Watson, of Perth she was got by Auckland Reactor from Soho Bordeaux, a mare by the Western Hanover horse Western Terror. Soho Burning Love, who took a record of 1:52.6 as a three-year-old, ran up the tidy score of 12 successes and 16 placings from 43 starts in Australia. Soho Burning Love’s dam, Soho Bordeaux, was a lightly raced mare by Western Terror, a Breeders Crown winner from the Medio family, and who proved a successful sire in both NZ and Australia. Soho Bordeaux is out of a capable racemare in Lombo Portrait, who took a mark of 1:59.9, won 14 races and $94,998 in stakes and became the dam of winners in Soho Monroe (1:57.4, the winner of eight races), Portly Mach (1:57.8) and I Am Posh, and the non-winning Soho Summer, dam of the Tasmanian classic winners Sunny Sanz and Colby Sanz. Lombo Portrait was a Perfect Art mare from the Group 1 winner Lombo Adreamin (1:56.8), by Classic Garry from the good producer My Image NZ, by Windshield Wiper and tracing back through top sires in Overtrick, Light Brigade and U Scott to the Inter Dominion winner Parisienne.  Lombo Adreamin, an Oaks and Breeders Crown winner, was a half-sister to eight winners including the smart racemare Tosca Lombo 1:59.5 ($110,695), Dominate Line (1:57.3), Lombo Pied Piper (1:58) and Carbon Crest (1:59). Persimmon, a half-brother to Soho Burning Love and a NSW Inter City Pacer winner, won in 1:50.2 at The Meadowlands recently and a Captaintreacherous half-brother has been nominated for the 2021 APG Sydney sale. Soho Bordeaux, who is now being bred from by Dubbo breeder Robert Ross, is carrying a positive test to Art Major.   Up and coming youngsters Two of Victoria’s star three-year-old trotters at present, and both recent winners who promise to be a force in the upcoming classics, are the close relatives Illawong Stardust and Cover Of Darkness. Both bred by Martin and Kaye Hartnett are by Muscle Hill and Majestic Son respectively.  Illawong Stardust, a placegetter in last year’s Breeders Crown, is out of the Sundon mare Lunar Landing, who left the outstanding square-gaiters Spidergirl Tr 1:56.8 ($317,657) and Illawong Armstrong Tr 1:56 ($230,652), both Breeders Crown champions. Illawong Moonshine Tr 1:58.1 (10 wins), a sister to Spidergirl, ranks as the dam of Cover Of Darkness, who is unbeaten in three attempts so far, and the two-year-old winner Illawong Moonbeam. Lunar Landing was by the Arndon horse Sundon (13 times leading trotting sire) from Maorimoon, by Entrepreneur from the Red Coach Glory mare Maori’s Glory, a granddaughter of Maori Miss, who founded the greatest family of trotters in Australia today.   Illegal Immigrant on top  Illegal Immigrant, who overcame a 20 metre handicap to win at Launceston, has now won 19 races and is rated as one of Tasmania’s top stayers.  Illegal Immigrant                                                --Peter Staples photo   He ranks as a seven-year-old half-brother by American Ideal to the prolific Perth winner Condrieu 1:51.5 ($269,520), the Albion Park winner Intrepid Traveller (1:54.8) and to Weka Lass (2:01.5), the dam of the top flight Victorian mare Reciprocity 1:53 ($158,400). Their dam, Oaxaca Lass, had a record of 1:55.8, won 19 races and $426,585 in stakes and was one of NZ’s most outstanding racemares of her time. She was by Holmes Hanover from Ismay, by Ok Bye from Catarina, by Smooth Fella from Cedar Myth, by the NZ Cup winner True Averil and tracing to the noted taproot Tondeleyo. Oaxaca Lass was a sister to the good NZ and US winner Another Homer 1:52.2 ($243,116) and a half-sister to Ides Of May (by Albert Albert), the dam of the Ian Daff Memorial winner Victoria May, who took her record of 1:51 in America, and U May Cullect (1:52.2). Another half-sister, On The Prowl (by Jaguar Spur), became the dam of the Listed Menangle winner Midnight Prowler 1:53.6 ($129,253) and recent Albion Park winners The Doorman (1:53.2) and The Cruise Missile (1:54.2).   Brothers win at Shepparton The unusual feat of full brothers winning on the same program was recorded at Shepparton recently with the three-year-old Kyvalley Senator and the four-year-old Kyvalley Chief. Both are by the Muscles Yankee horse Muscle Hill (the top sire of straightout trotters). Love Ya Doosie, the dam of Kyvalley Senator and Kyvalley Chief, was out of a capable trotter in Sheezadoosie, who had a record of 2:04.2 and won seven. Besides Love Ya Doosie, she was also the dam of the dual Inter Dominion Trotting champion and NZ Trotter of the Year I Can Doosit Tr 1:55.5 ($1.3million) and the Group winner Sno’s Big Boy Tr 1:58.4 ($215,308). Love Ya Doosie was out of the American-bred mare Becalm Lobell (Tr 2:06.3), the dam of nine winners including a smart NZ trotter in Golden Blend Tr 1:55 ($305,911), Dipendra (Tr 1:58.8) and the Dream Vacation mare Big O E (Tr 2:07.2), who, in turn, left the Breeders Crown 4YO Final Aldebaran Ay M (Tr 1:58.8) and Aldebaran Southland (12 wins).   Blue blooded filly Lillies, who broke maiden ranks at the Albion Park midweek meeting, is a two-year-old filly who can claim some worthwhile blood. By Roll With Joe, by Cam’s Card Shark from Classic Wish, by Armbro Emerson, she is out of the Christian Cullen mare Save Me Christian (1:57), a half-sister to the million dollar winners Miss Galvinator (1:50.6) and Fleur De Lil (1:51.4), Our Galvinator 1:51.4 ($643,243) and Epaulette 1:50.6 ($376,775). Their dam, French Flair (2:00.6), won 14 races and was the dam of eight winners. Others from French Flair have been Living It On (2:01.2), Parisian Pearl and Flair For Life, the dam of recent Melton winner American Zest 1:53.8 ($118,853). Lillies ranks as a half-sister to the good Menangle and Albion Park winner Fortyeighthenson 1:54.5 (121,159).   Three wins in a week! The Elsu four-year-old Areuohkay won three races at Globe Derby Park in the space of a week. The gelding, who commenced racing as a two-year-old and had been winless from 36 attempts before breaking through in May, has now won four races. Bred by former AFL footballer Jeff Hogg, Areuohkay is out of the unraced Armbro Operative mare Jagged Lady, a sister to the South Australian Derby winner Jagged Knight 1:55.8 ($185,912). Their dam, Royal Franco (by Holmes Hanover), left four winners and was a granddaughter of the broodmare gem Roydon Dream, the dam of the high class NZ pacers in Roydon Glen and Roydon Scott.   Broodmare double The Talk About Class mare Lady Joy, a former Australian Broodmare of the Year, left winners on consecutive nights in Canada recently. General Joy, a six-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, won at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:51.6, while his younger brother Premier Joy scored at Grand River Raceway in 1:53.8. Premier Joy won again at Grand River in 1:54. Lady Joy is the dam of eight winners - all inside 2:00 – from 11 foals of racing age and they have amassed more than $1.8 million in prizemoney. The best of her progeny is the triple Derby winner and two-year-old mile record holder Captain Joy 1:51.4.   by Peter Wharton  

Buyers looking to take advantage of the increased opportunities for young trotting stock will find a couple of gems at the Mixed Standardbred Online Auction, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co from July 17 to 19. The offering includes two weanling colts by the world champion square-gaiter Sebastian K Tr 1:49 ($2.9 million), one out of the American-bred Jessie Bessie and the other from the Love You mare Feona Joy NZ. A weanling filly from the first crop of the former top American juvenile Centurion ATM Tr 1:53.4 ($731,374) from Lucky Love NZ (by Love You) will also go up for auction.  There’s a wide selection of pacers for sale as well including racehorses, young untried stock, yearlings, weanlings and broodmares.  The list of going stock is headed up by last year’s QBred Breeders Classic 2YO Final winner Amaya Becomes, the Albion Park winners Uncle Shank, Feel The Reign and Captain Thunderbolt NZ, today’s Redcliffe winner Melton Max Gentle, and Doolittle Di, a younger sister to Queensland’s champion three-year-old Governor Jujon. Other two and three-year-olds are by highly promising young sires such as Boom Boom Hall, Quality Cam and Melton Gunna. The broodmare contingent includes the Presidential Ball mare Presidential Night, the dam of three in 2:00 including Uncle Shank and Hedges Avenue, the Ultimate Falcon mare Flirt Takes Flight, a half-sister to six winners, and the successful Chiola Hanover mare Hiona Mountain NZ, who is carrying a positive test to Sebastian K. Bidding will open on Friday, July 17 at 10am and close on Sunday, July 19 at 4pm. Bids can be registered by logging on to the website and following the link to Elite Auctions. Further information from Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email   by Peter Wharton

Former Victorian Horse of the Year Jilliby Kung Fu, who will stand his first commercial season at Marg Lee’s Jilliby Lodge, Terang following two seasons as a private sire, is without question one of the best performed, best-bred colonial stallions to become available to breeders.  His first crop, now weanlings, show all the quality of their sire and give every impression of being likely to develop early speed. “They are nice types with a great temperament and come to hand quickly,” Marg Lee said. Jilliby Kung Fu had only 34 starts as a two, three and four-year-old, winning 16 times and being 12 times placed and running up a stake score of $529,710 – an average of $15,580    per start. But for his injury in a paddock accident as a five-year-old, there would have been no doubt that Jilliby Kung Fu would have been one of the stars of Grand Circuit racing. Jilliby Kung Fu, who commenced his career as a two-year-old in the 2015/16 season, won five races that term including the Group 2 $50,000 APG Consolation Final in a 1:55.6 rate and a heat and semi-final of the Vicbred Super Series. As a three-year-old he captured the Group 1 $120,000 Vicbred Final in 1:55 and was beaten a head by Our Little General when runner-up in the $190,000 Breeders Crown Final and second in a Victoria Derby heat. Jilliby Kung Fu was the top stake earning four-year-old of 2018 racing against a vintage crop. Among his five successes at four were the $200,000 Chariots Of Fire, defeating Let It Ride and Atomic Red in a race equalling record 1:48.8, the $100,000 Victorian 4YO Bonanza after sitting parked throughout in 1:51.9 and a semi-final of the Vicbred Super Series. “Horses don’t do what he did in the Bonanza. He’s the best horse we’ve ever had,” Lee stated. He also finished a head second in 1:46.9 to My Field Marshal in the fastest ever Miracle Mile and second to Wrapper’s Delight in the $125,000 Vicbred Final and finished up with a seasonal tally of $332,790. A brilliant sprinter and a genuine racehorse, Jilliby Kung Fu met and defeated the best horses of his era including Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Tiger Tara, Soho Tribeca and Our Uncle Sam. A commanding bay horse, foaled in 2013, Jilliby Kung Fu is the fastest son of former champion pacer Four Starzzz Shark (1:47.8) to do stud duty in this country. Four Starzzz Shark hit the siring headlines when he left the mighty Lennytheshark (1:49.2), the Horse of the Year and Grand Circuit champion, and the millionairess Frith. On his dam’s side Jilliby Kung Fu comes from a family which has made a real impact on the Australian breeding scene. His dam Slip Slop Slap has left eight winners from nine foals of racing age including six in 2:00 or better and progeny earnings of $840,000. By Perfect Art, Slip Slop Slap is a half-sister to the Victoria Gold Chalice winner Lombo Mondoluce 2:00.4 ($145,675), being out of the top racemare and Oaks winner Slaps 2:00.2 ($142,344), by Tuapeka Knight from the American-bred mare Tabella Ace, the dam of three $100,000 earners including Riwaka Rocket (1:56). This is the family of the champion racemare Jadah Rose (1:49.6), the prolific cups winner Guaranteed and current top Victorian three-year-old Pacifico Dream. His introductory service fee is $2,200 including GST.   by Peter Wharton

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