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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.   Alta Orlando in 1:50   Alta Orlando, who dive-bombed his rivals to win the Group 1 $100,000 Schweppes Sprint in 1:50 at Menangle and is one of the leading fancies for tomorrow night’s Miracle Mile, was bred in New Zealand out of an Australian-bred mare.   By Courage Under Fire, the eight-year-old gelding is out of the Totally Western mare La Joconde 1:59 ($153,285), a Group winner and placegetter at three years, and is her first foal.   Others from La Joconde have been Alta Shelby (1:50.6), a winner in NZ and America, Myeyesadoreya (1:54.8) and Alta Dream Lover, who won twice at the NSW provincials last season.   La Joconde, who won seven races, was a half-sister to six winners including a capable racemare in Liberty Lights 1:55.2 ($153,206), being out of the Torado Hanover mare Partisan (2:00.7), a sister to a top pacer and cups winner in Sir Reilly 1:57.1 ($226,743).   Partisan was out of Meadow Leigh, by Meadow Vance from Ultra Girl, by U Scott from the Inter Dominion champion Parisienne, who founded one of the greatest families in the NZ stud book.   From the Ultra Girl branch of it and to which Alta Orlando belongs, others in the Kilmore Cup winner Riverlea Jack ($471,855), Riverlea Bay, Meet Me In Paris, Stormy Day, Tawarri, Le Ruisseau (Vic. Oaks), Joueur and the Inter Dominion trotting heat winner Prince Kid belong.       Ladyship Mile winner’s breeding background   Bettor’s Heart, who scored a nail-biting win in the $200,000 Ladyship Mile in a stunning 1:49.7, is a six-year-old mare by Bettor’s Delight from Valiant Heart, a top racemare who won several at Moonee Valley and later took a record of 1:50.6 in North America.   She is a member of an old-time New Zealand family, which was represented by a feature winner at Invercargill recently in Amore Lancome.   Valiant Heart was a Soky’s Atom mare from Margaret Fields, by Smooth Fella from Kindalla, by Armbro Del from Kinsella, a mare by U Scott. Kinsella, a sister to the former NZ mile record holder Orbiter, was the dam of a useful pacer in Morpheus (1:59.2), who won eight races, and also of Dalestar, a winner in NZ and America.   Kindalla, an Armbro Del mare from Kinsella, left the NZ 2YO and 4YO of the Year Montana Vance 1:57.6 ($357,272) and ranks as the third dam of the Bankstown Cup winner Ben Junior 1:56.3 ($128,519).   Mavella, a Bachelor Hanover half-sister to Kindalla, was responsible for a most successful branch of this family including the good Harold Park winner Who Ho Tommy ($155,007), the Menangle and Albion Park winner Bradness Eldefuego (1:52.7) and Johnny Low (Townsville Cup).   NSW Oaks winner   The Canterbury filly Stylish Memphis, who staked a claim for being the best three-year-old filly of the season when she won the $200,000 NSW Oaks at Menangle, is a member of one of NZ’s top ranking maternal families.   Stylish Memphis, who has now won six races and $228,777, is a filly by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Bettor’s Delight and is third winner of the blue riband classic sired by the Woodlands Stud flagship.   Bettor’s Delight also sired the runner-up, Its Beaujolais.     Stylish Memphis is out of Memphis Melody (2:00.1), a Badlands Hanover mare who left earlier winners in Delightful Memphis 1:51.4 ($507,811), winner of the Leonard Memorial and Winton Cup, Harley Earl 1:55.3 ($146,184) and Memphis Tennessee (NZ Southern Supremacy 3YO).   The next dam, Ok Deb (1:58.1), a winner of nine races including a Victoria Oaks heat, was by Ok Bye from Deborah Dundee, the dam of the top racemare Adios Dream and grand-dam of the mighty Courage Under Fire. Dapper Dana, a smart Tasmanian pacer, is another member of the immediate family.     Trebles at Melton   Pat Driscoll, principal of Yabby Dam Farms and Haras Des Trotteurs, and the champion sire Muscle Hill both landed winning trebles at the all-trotters meeting at Melton.   Driscoll bred and races the Group 1 winners Dance Craze (Australian Trotting Grand Prix) and Im Ready Jet (Need For Speed Princess Final) and was the breeder of Just Believe, while his Ballarat property is the semen base for Im Ready Jet’s sire Quaker Jet, Orlando Vici (sire of Just Believe) and Love You (sire of Il Parata).   Muscle Hill, whose progeny banked $104,760 on the night, led in the Group 1 winners Dance Craze and Elite Stride (Need For Speed Prince Final) and the Group 3 victor Bullion Lady (Breed For Speed Silver Series Final).   Driscoll also bred and races the very smart racemare Pretty Majestic, who captured the Group 3 Northern Trotting Stakes at Auckland the previous night.     Crack colt by Artspeak   A two-year-old to take high ranking in Western Australia is Talks Up A Storm, one of the first crop sired by the US 2YO Colt of the Year Artspeak, who stood at Empire Stallions and is now at Winbak Stud in Canada.   The gelding has won at his only two appearances to date for $66,085. He won the Group 1 $100,000 WA Sales Classic Final for colts and geldings in a race record 1:56.2 and appears every bit as good as the Sandgropers rate him.     Talks Up A Storm is the first foal of the good Gloucester Park winner Typhoon Tan 1:54.4 ($141,722), a NZ bred mare by Live Or Die from Belle Mystique, by Mystical Shark and tracing back to the noted ancestress Purple Patch.     Tintin In America quinella   The Group 1 $100,000 WA Sales Classic Final for two-year-old fillies, run at Gloucester Park, was a triumph for Tintin In America as the sire of the winner Lady Jadore and runner-up Adore Me Some More – rather a notable siring feat.   Tintin In America, the sire of 2019 USA Horse of the Year Shartin, has only 10 foals from his current crop of two-year-olds and already three have raced for a winner and two placegetters.     Lady Jadore, who is undefeated in three starts, is out of Ima High Rolla (2:01.6), who won the WA Sales Classic for three-year-olds in 2008. She ranks as a half-sister to the WA Oaks heat winner Fluent Style (2:00.1), being by Kinney Hanover (son of No Nukes) out of Corniche Trunkey, by Wellwood Hanover from the champion racemare Ferrari Trunkey 1:56.6 ($267,527).   This is the immediate family of the WA Derby and Sales Classic winner Trunkey Maseratti 1:56.4 ($273,457), Bettor Reward 1:52.7 ($243,565), winner of the Westbred 3YO Classic, Destined To Rule 1:57.5 ($143,587), Trunkey Daydream (WA Country Derby) and others.   Lady Jadore and Adore Me Some More were both bred by prominent Perth breeder and studmaster John Coffey.     Grand Prix winning line   Dance Craze, the brilliant winner of the Australian Trotting Grand Prix, emulated the deeds of her dam, former trotting queen La Coocaracha, who won the inaugural running of the Group 1 in 2001.   Dance Craze                                         --Stuart McCormick photo   Dance Craze is one of three Group winners thrown by La Coocaracha, the others being La Grange, who took a record of 1:54.2 in America, and the Breeders Crown and Vicbred champion Reina Danzante (Tr 1:57.1).   La Coocaracha also figures as the second dam of the Vicbred Platinum Homegrown winner Royal Treat, Nieta (Breeders Crown 3YO Silver), a useful pacer in Cocosfella (1:50.8) and the successful colonial sire Louey Louey Louey.     Brothers win in two countries   The siblings None Bettor and Abouttime both won within 24 hours in two different countries last weekend.   None Bettor (by Bettor’s Delight), the winner of a $US30,000 event at the Meadowlands, New Jersey in 1:50.8, has won 27 races and $445,233 and holds a mark of 1:48.8.   Abouttime (by Art Major), who resumed from a 20 month lay-off to score at Shepparton, has won three of his eight starts including the Victoria Sapling Stakes and a heat of the Bathurst Gold Crown.   Limerick Star (1:59.2), the dam of None Bettor and Abouttime, left an earlier winner in Rosie Oreilly (1:56.5A), an Australian Pacing Gold heat and semi-final winner.   By Christian Cullen, Limerick Star, who won three races in NZ, is out of Lil’s Dream (TT1:55.7), by Smooth Fella from the noted producer Miss Denover, by Boyden Hanover from the NZ Oaks winner Ar Miss.   This family has been bred from extensively in Australia by Bill and Anne Anderson, of Lauriston Bloodstock, and includes the former top juvenile Rocknroll Icon 1:53 ($131,403) and the Melton winner Mach Up (1:55.1), now racing successfully in America.     Grandson of Under Cover Lover   Vampiro, the convincing end-to-end winner of the $50,000 Pinjarra Cup, has now won 23 races and $515,924 in stakes and is rated one of the best pacers in Western Australia at the present.   Earlier in the season he won the Village Kid Sprint, J. P. Stratton Cup and Howard Porter Memorial.   Vampiro                                                 --Hamilton Content Creators photo   Vampiro is a six-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover from Fortune Lover, an unraced Artsplace mare from the In The Pocket mare Under Cover Lover 1:51.8 ($864,923), a champion racemare and triple Oaks winner.   At the stud Under Cover Lover left six winners and was the ancestress of horses the calibre of Match In Heaven 1:50.9 (NSW Renshaw Cup), the WA Derby winner Major Trojan, The Odd Lover (WA 4&5YO Championship) and Chachingchaching (NZ Sales Graduate 2YO).     Seventh winner from broodmare   When the Bettor’s Delight three-year-old Motu Tigers Eye won at his first start at Hamilton recently, he credit his dam Silksngems with her seventh individual winner.   Motu Tigers Eye, who was bred at George Timperley’s Motu Lodge Stud, Ohoka, is the eleventh foal of his dam.   Others from Silksngems to win have been Motu Crusader (1:52.9), the winner of four Group events and $361,343, Motu Meteor 1:55.4 ($252,295), a multiple cups winner in Victoria, Motu Treasure 1:55.9 ($191,566), Motu Living Gem, Recklaw’s Gem and Motu Pocket O’Jewels (2:00.3), dam of the NSW and WA Group winner Motu Premier 1:53 ($391,078).   Silksngems, who is now in her 22 nd year, has since produced a filly foal by Vincent.   Silksngems was a Falcon Seelster mare from a top racemare in This Time Franco 1:57.9 ($249,151), by Holmes Hanover from the noted producer Tango Franco. The NZ Oaks winner There’s A Franco, Franco Totem (1:50), Three Blind Mice, winner of the WA Derby, Ocean Ridge (WA Nights of Thunder), Norvic Nightowl and others belong to this fine family.   At the last national yearling sales a colt by Bettor’s Delight from Motu Pocket O’Jewels, a sister to Motu Tigers Eye, was purchased by WA buyer James Park for $120,000.   by Peter Wharton

SKYVALLEY’s champion son Tornado Valley, the reigning Trotter of the Year, was credited with his sixth Group 1 success when he captured the $50,000 Aldebaran Park The Knight Pistol at Melton.   It was the gelding’s 34 th win and sent his stake earnings over the $700,000 mark.   Tornado Valley was one of eight winners in February for SKYVALLEY, who has jumped into second position on the All Aged Sire list for 2019/20.   Kyvalley Finn picked up with second country cup when he overcame a 20 metre handicap to win the Ararat Trotters Cup, increasing his stake tally to almost $190,000, while star three-year-old filly Pink Galahs won a heat of the Need For Speed Princess Series in a career-best 1:59.2 at Bendigo.   Other SKYVALLEY winners in February have been My Skypocket and Myrtle Vale, who both emerged successful at Melton, Skyline NZ, a heat winner of the Trotters Championship at Albion Park, Nerveracking (Kapunda) and Cuchulaim (Wyndham, NZ). My Skypocket, the winner of $120,968, is one of a eleven of SKYVALLEY’s stock to top the $100,000 mark.   SKYVALLEY also picked up his first broodmare credit in the three-year-old Bacardi Bindi, a winner at Kilmore recently.   Aldebaran Leroy, who was bred, raised and sold by Aldebaran Park, notched his first racetrack success in runaway fashion at Melton, while Sun Swinger¸ a mare part-owned by us, posted her second win on the grass at Methven, New Zealand.   The Aldebaran Park bred and owned two-year-olds Aldebaran Zeus (Muscle Hill-Zoia Boko Swe) and Aldebaran Dianna (Father Patrick-Bromac Aldebaran) impressed at the trials at Melton recently with the former winning his trial by 42 metres and the latter a close second.   On the sales front, Aldebaran Alpha, a yearling colt bred by Aldebaran Park in partnership with Rosedale Farm, fetched the third highest price of $75,000 at the NZ Trotting Sale at Christchurch.     by Peter Wharton

More than 60 percent of the dams represented in this year’s Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale on Sunday, March 22 are race-winning mares and 53 percent are winner-producing mares.   Of the 91 lots catalogued, 54 are out of race winners – including 38 sub 2:00 winners – while 48 of the dams are winner-producers and they have left 116 individual winners of 689 races between them.   Among the race-winning dams are the Group and Listed winners are the NSW Sires Stakes champions Kyalla Mary and La Saint, the Oaks winners Chip And Gale 1:52.6 ($563,343) and Second Dollar, Speriamo (Redcliffe 2YO Sale Classic), Merrywood Ruby (NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Regional Final), Our Ladylight (Vic. Harness Breeders 3YO Classic), Icy River (Bathurst Sale Graduate Pace), Light In Every Day (SA Ladyship Stakes) and the $100,000 winners Listen To The Rhythm, Annie Morva, Gloria Lombo and Bold Life.   The dams listed in the catalogue have left Group winners such as the dual Vicbred champion, Derby winner and 3YO of the Year Maffioso, Distant Memory (Bathurst Gold Tiara and Vicbred 2YO Final), No Ah Saint (NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Final), the NZ Sires Stakes 3YO champion My Willow and Courageousnquick (NSW Pink Bonnet and Vic.Sapling).   Other ‘black type’ performers include Saint William 1:51.2 ($798,759), Call Her Julie (SA Golden Nursery and Tas. George Johnson), the NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Regional Final winners Lord Merrywood and Merrywood Ruby, Lombo Leonardo (Tas. Youthful), Our Sam’s Home (Bathurst Sale Graduate Pace) and Call Me Hector (Tas. Golden Mile).   All catalogued yearlings are eligible for the Bathurst Sale Graduate Pace with heats and finals for colts and fillies to be conducted in April 2021. They are also eligible for the Bathurst Gold Crown, Breeders Crown and Sires Stakes schemes in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.   Pedigrees can be viewed online at www.graemeboard.com Click on 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale   For a hard copy of the catalogue or further information phone Graeme Board on 0408 636 273 or email gboard@bobberry.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club.     By Peter Wharton

Warrawee Needy (1:46.8), the former world champion and Canadian 2YO Colt of the Year who is now standing stud in New South Wales, Australia, was represented by his first Australian winner when the two-year-old filly Rockindownunder emerged successful at Bathurst (NSW) on Monday afternoon (March 2).   Coming from second last and racing wide throughout, the filly clocked a 1:59.5 mile rate over 1730 metres.   Thirty minutes later Warrawee Needy produced his second winner in the two-year-old gelding The Grogfather, an end-to-end winner in a 1:58 mile rate.   A first foal, Rockindownunder was purchased for a modest $17,500 at last year’s Australian Pacing Gold yearling sale in Sydney.   She is out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Rockin Lu Lu, an unraced half-sister to eight winners including the NSW and USA winner Saint William 1:51.2 ($798,759) and the NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Final winner and former national juvenile mile record holder No Ah Saint 1:54.3 ($232,035).   A graduate of the 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, The Grogfather is out of the six- win Rustler Hanover mare Satellite Star, the dam of earlier winners in Imthevillagestar 1:51.9 ($111,275), Star Play (1:55.2) and Sputnik (1:56.3).   The Grogfather winning at Bathurst   Warrawee Needy had 47 foals in his first crop and already five have raced for two winners and a placegetter.     Peter Wharton

A sensational 12 months with his stock on the racetrack and some spectacular results in the yearling sale arena have elevated Riverina breeder Jake Stockton into the top bracket of standardbred breeders in New South Wales. Horses out of Stockton’s broodmare band produced an amazing four Group 1, two Group and three Group 3 winners and two sub 1:50 performers. “Cruz Bromac won the NZ Cup, Len Smith Mile and three heats of the Inter Dominion, Be Happy Mach won the Breeders Crown, NSW Breeders Challenge and Edgar Tatlow and Picard took out the Hondo Grattan Sprint. Heza Thrill won in 1:49.2 in Canada, while Picard scored in 1:49.4 at Menangle,” Jake said. Stockton’s success on the racetrack spilled over to the yearling sales. At the Australian Pacing Gold sale in Melbourne last month, he sold a Courage Under Fire half-brother to Cruz Bromac for $122,500 – the second highest priced lot at the sale – and the Captaintreacherous-Giveusachance colt for $90,000. “He was the highest priced Courage Under Fire yearling ever sold at auction,” he said. Stockton, who hails from Alfredtown, just outside Wagga, is a third generation member of a prominent Riverina trotting family. His grandfather, Les Stockton, was a leading studmaster and breeder, while his late father, Wayne, was a successful hobby trainer. A stint at Bernie Kelly’s Wagga stables where he trained and drove numerous winners was also a valuable learning curve. “I won on Frith at her first race start, but I never got back on her again!” Jake said. “Bernie showed me the training side of things and taught me a few tricks about breeding. I thought that if was to learn the ropes from someone it may as well have been off the best. “My grandfather also helped me a lot.” A keen student of breeding, Jake started putting the building blocks into place for his boutique stud in the early 2000’s. His first foray into the breeding side was the unraced Windshield Wiper mare Mataranka Molly, whom he bought in foal to Panorama from Ross Simpson. The resultant foal was Rotkara Rama, a winner of 12 races including one at Harold Park. Mataranka Molly was then sent to the court of Mach Three. At the time Stockton was playing Australian Rules football for the Northern Jets in the Farrer League with the money he earned while ploying his trade on the footy field being used to fund his harness racing interests. “I got the money for the service fee to Mach Three from playing football,” Jake said. Mach Wiper, the product of the mating, ended up winning $280,000 including feature race wins at Melton, Menangle and Albion Park. Her next issue, Stirling William, has won 29 races and $216,000 and is still competing successfully. “Mataranka Molly was a 100 percent producer,” he said. “I later bought a mare from Ross Gange called Cypellocarpa and I bred Packnplenty out of her. He won 30 races and $170,000.” Stockton had begun to realise that purchasing broodmares at the top end and sending them to the leading stallions of the day was his pathway to success in the tough yearling sale market. His search for quality matrons led him to Victoria, both islands of NZ and NSW. Stockton currently has a dozen mares in-foal to leading lights such as Somebeachsomewhere, Captaintreacherous, Mach Three, Sweet Lou and Roll With Joe. Some of his broodmare herd are:  Crown Defender NZ – dam of Cruz Bromac 1:50.1 ($1 million)  Sabrina Bromac NZ – dam of eight in 2:00 including Cups King Smudge Bromac 1:53.2 ($460,958)  Behappysam NZ – dam of six winners including 2YO of the Year Be Happy Mach 1:52.7 ($344,935) and Heza Thrill 1:49.2 ($443,297)  Giveusachance NZ – half-siuster to Sokyola 1:54.6 ($1.8 million)  Esther’s Light - $111,000 winning dam of Picard 1:49.4 ($170,940) Jake has high expectations for two colts he has nominated for the APG Sydney sale on March 8. They are a Tintin In America half-brother to Picard (Lot 676) and a Badlands Hanover colt of Lorna Kelly, a 1:57 half-sister to Mcraes Mate, Greg Kelly, Albert Kelly, etc (Lot 727). It’s onwards and upwards for Jake Stockton!   By Peter Wharton Article reprinted with permission of the Australian Standardbred Breeders Association

The announcement of Tintin In America’s daughter Shartin as the 2019 USA Horse of the Year and the strong early showing of world champion Warrawee Needy’s first Australian crop look certain to create interest in the Yirribee Pacing Stud harness racing draft at the Australian Pacing Gold sale at Inglis’ Riverside Stables on Sunday, March 8. The Wagga-based standardbred nursery is offering three colts and two fillies by NZ superstar Tintin In America and three colts and five fillies by Warrawee Needy 1:46.8 ($1.2 million) as part of its 22 strong consignment. The Tintin In America offering includes colts from Elisabeth Kelly, a half-sister to Macraes Mate, Greg Kelly, etc; Weona Sassy, a half-sister to Interdom champion Weona Warrior; and Be Leave NZ (1:53.9) and fillies out of Shez Ryans, a half-sister to Derby and APG winner Emmas Only; and Prestigious Lombo, a daughter of millionaires Tailamade Lombo. Heading the Warrawee Needy draft are a colt from the NSW Golden Mile and Lord Mayor’s Cup winner Jamin (1:55.9) as well as fillies out of the multiple Group 1 placegetter Bettor Dreams NZ (1:54.6), the Canadian-bred mare Warrawee Flare (1:50.6), a half-sister to Sunshine Beach; the Pink Bonnet placegetter Artista Lombo (1:58.1) and Classic Counsel NZ, the dam of Floyd Mayweather ($326,492). The Yirribee consignment also includes yearlings by champion sires Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, American Ideal, Sweet Lou and Courage Under Fire and emerging sire Caribbean Blaster. There’s a Bettor’s Delight colt from Lettucereason ($180,073), a full sister to million dollar winner and successful sire For A Reason and a Bettor’s Delight sister to the Breeders Crown and Vicbred champion Wrappers Delight 1:51.1 ($414,224) – both from Yirribee client, Redbank Lodge Standardbreds. Lot 593 - Courage Under Fire- Very Chic NZ Other well bred yearlings include an Art Major sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Final winner Bamako Mali and multiple Group 1 placegetter Sheezallattitude; a Courage Under Fire colt out of the top racemare Very Chic ($217,166); an American Ideal colt out of a half-sister to Chariots Of Fire winner Villagem; a Sweet Lou filly from a daughter of 2YO of the Year Lombo La Fe Fe; and a Caribbean Blaster filly from the 2YO Filly of the Year and APG winner Espleshlimade Lombo. 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.   Lochinvar Art on top Lochinvar Art, a good looking Modern Art entire, is rated Australasia’s top four-year-old to date this season, particularly after his success in the Chariots Of Fire, one of the season’s major four-year-old classics. He has won three of his five starts this season and 15 out of 33 lifetime starts and holds a mark of 1:48.6 in winning the Victorian 4YO Bonanza at Melton. Lochinvar Art has won $505,796 in stakes, a worthwhile return for the $29,000 paid for him as a yearling. By the Artsplace horse Modern Art, who is now standing at the Lochend Stud in NSW, he is out of Ponder In Paris, by a world champion in Ponder (a son of The Panderosa) from Alive In Paris, by Live Or Die from Zora Paree, by Torado Hanover from Paree Beauty. Lochinvar Art is the best winner from this family in recent years but in an earlier decade it produced a top filly is My Cherie, who won the Victoria Oaks, Oceania El Dorado and Victoria Sires Stakes 2YO Final.   Gloucester Park winners closely related Handsandwheels and Iceenothink, who won on the same card at Gloucester Park last Friday, both belong to the same family. Handsandwheels, who led throughout in the Group 2 $50,000 RWWA Cup, is a six-year-old Mach Three entire out of Benjor Maddy Lombo (2:01.8), by Perfect Art from Magic Maddy Lombo, by Classic Garry from the Windshield Wiper mare Misty Maiden, the first filly to win the Australian Derby. While, Iceenothink is a seven-year-old gelding by Art Major from Decethreelombo, a sister to Magic Maddy Lombo, the grand-dam of Handsandwheels. Handsandwheels                                                   --Scott Hamilton Photo Decthreelombo, the dam of Iceenothink, has been one of the gems of the Australian stud book. She is the dam of eleven individual winners, seven of whom took records of better than 2:00, including former 2YO of the Year Lombo Skyrider (1:50) – her first foal – Lombo Cloud Nine (1:55.3) and Lombo Silhouette (1:58.4) and the Jet Laag mare Flylika Byrd Lombo (1:59.8), the dam of Lady De La Renta 1:49.4 ($306,529), a classics winner in Perth and now racing successfully in America.   Our Princess Tiffany in 1:49.9 Our Princess Tiffany gave a further taste of her class when she comfortably won the $50,000 Robin Dundee Stakes, the main lead-up event to the NSW Ladyship Mile at Menangle. Despite sitting parked for the last 600 metres, she clocked a lifetime best of 1:49.9 in the Group 2 mile – the last two fractions in 27.6 and 27. Bred by Braeden and Caroline Whitelock, of Palmerston North, she was got by Art Major from Dancing Diamonds, a Bettor’s Delight mare who took a record of 1:57.7, won nine races and $343,276 in stakes. Our Princess Tiffany is her first foal. Her second issue, Rock Diamonds (by Rocknroll Hanover), won three races at Group level in Western Australia and later took a mark of 1:50 in America. Dancing Diamonds was a full sister to a top WA pacer in Ohoka’s Bondy 1:53.6 ($388,148) and the Menangle winner Elderberry Stride (1:51.7) and a half-brother to the WA Marathon victor Code Red 1:55.1 ($132,639) and Sir Major Stride (1:52.2). Their dam, Asabella, was by In The Pocket from Mio Bellisimo, by Smooth Fella from Krina Bella, by Lordship from Bellajily, a NZ Derby winner by Van Dieman from the Doral’s Derby mare Malabella. This was the family founded by the Jewel Chimes mare Krina, the winner of the Nelson Cup and dam of seven winners from eight foals. From the Malabella branch of it and to which Our Princess Tiffany belongs, others in the dual NZ Sires Stakes champion and Kaikoura Cup winner Imagine That, Jovial Jenie (NZ Franklin Cup),  Happy Hazel (NZ 3YO Filly of the Year), Miss Sangrial (WA Empress Stakes), last year’s Australian 2YO of the Year Be Happy Mach and other fine pacers belong.   NZ Sapling Stakes trifecta The Group 3 NZ Sapling Stakes was a triumph for Bettor’s Delight as the sire of Krug first, First Class second, Boyshavtime third and Nevada fourth – rather a notable siring feat. Krug, who has won two of his three starts so far, ranks as a half-brother to the Menangle winner Lenola Stride (1:53.7) and the recent Strathalbyn Trotters Cup winner Champagne Prince, being out of Champagne Princess 1:56.9 ($143,484), an Oaks winner by Soky’s Atom from Champagne Royal, by Smooth Fella from the Lordship mare Regal Guest, a half-sister to the 1981 NZ Sapling Stakes winner Hilarious Guest.   New two-year-old sensation Ballarat trainer Michael Stanley, who has a grand record in producing star juvenile pacers, produced an outstanding two-year-old filly at Melton last Saturday in Soho Almasi. Having her first start, the filly was not really extended in running out the 1720 metres in a 1:56.3 rate, the last 800 in 56.9 and the final quarter in 28.5, figures that she could have sharply improved. Soho Almasi never out of second gear                         --Stuart McCormick photo By Mach Three, and one of the last commercial crop of the Matt’s Scooter horse who died in New Zealand three years ago, Soho Almasi is out of Fususi (1:59.2), a fine racemare by Village Jasper from the Muckalee Strike mare Gold Sarn, the dam of the Australian Oaks and Bathurst Gold Tiara winner Shake It Mama 1:54.7 ($257,588). Shake It Mama, who won 15 races, figures as the dam of Mamas New Dude, a Western Terror gelding who won in a career-best 1:55.4 on the same card as Soho Almasi.   Ignatius’ brother wins Cup Goggo Gee Gee, a full brother-in-blood to former champion juvenile Ignatius, scored his most important win to date when  in the Burnie Cup last Sunday. The seven-year-old gelding has now won 16 races and $132,210 in stakes. Goggo Gee Gee belongs to one of Tasmania’s top families, being by Bettor’s Delight from a fine racemare in Ashkalini 2:00.2 (124,338), by Art Major from Gorse Bush, by Ticket To Heaven from the Holly Sand mare Barrington Lass, who established a great winning line for the Rattray family. She left 15 individual winners. Ashkalini, who won twice at Group level, was a half-sister to the dual Inter Dominion champion and Miracle Mile winner Beautide 1:50.2 ($2.1 million), the Granny Smith winner Death And Taxes 1:58.1 ($125,300) and Acutabovetherest (1:57.1).   Keayang Liberty’s family background Keayang Liberty, the convincing winner of the Ian Daff Memorial at Melton, is a four-year mare expected to graduate far beyond her present rating. It was her third win from her last four starts. At her previous start she easily disposed of a handy lineup at the Terang Cup meeting. Keayang Liberty                                            --Stuart McCormick photo Keayang Liberty has not done a great deal of racing, having only nine starts in three seasons of racing. By the Rocknroll Hanover horse Rock N Roll Heaven, she is out of Secret Twirl (2:00.4), a useful racemare by Albert Albert from Aotearoa, by Booth Hanover from Lady Kyamba, by Most Chance. Keayang Liberty is a half-sister to Keayang Ebonyrose 1:53.9 ($116,382), winner of the Melton Mares Championship, and Keayang Falcon 1:58 (9 wins). She was bred and is part-owned and trained by renowned Victorian Western districts horsewoman Margaret Lee.   Private Eye looks promising Private Eye is proving himself a smart three-year-old – he is unbeaten in two appearances to date including a track record-breaking win in the $25,000 George Croxford Tribute at Gunbower - and could develop into one of the best his age this season. A gelding by the American Ideal horse He’s Watching, and one of his first crop, he is out of a classic winner Oh Eye See 1:54.5 ($101,705), who ranked as a sister to a top juvenile in Two Eye See 1:52.4 ($306,703) and a half-sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge winners Eye See Diamonds 1:51.6 ($284,875) and Hardhitter 1:51.4 ($175,430) and the Fake Left mare Zoeyzoey, dam of the Goulburn Sapling winner Seeuinnashville (1:53.5). Freddie (left) and Sam Taiba with Private Eye Their dam, Grace Robinson, a daughter of Perfect Art and 2YO of the Year Jasmarilla, was unraced she left was the dam of nine sub 2:00 winners and three Group 1 winners.   Victorian trotter has strong bloodlines Montpellier, who hoisted a fresh track record at the Ararat Cup meeting recently, is an Orlando Vici gelding from the same family as that which produced a champion New Zealand trotter in Lyell Creek. Montpellier, a Breeders Crown finalist at two, has shown up as a very useful trotter, and has won four races and been five times placed from 20 starts. The gelding was one of the first crop of Orlando Vici, a French stallion who has made rather a spectacular start as a sire in Australia. In his first season he left 11 foals, and all have raced and 10 have been successful including the NSW Trotters Derby winner Xebec, Orlando Storm (Maryborough Oaks) and this week’s winners Just Believe (Melton) and Deneuve Star (1:56.6, Menangle). Bred and raced by Pat Driscoll, Montpellier promises to be the cream of the crop.   Centenario dies Centenario, whose death is reported, was a champion two and three-year-old pacer. The American Ideal colt won eight races at two years, including the Australian Pacing Gold, Vicbred Super Series and Shakamaker Classic, and was named 2YO Colt of the Year. Centenario              --Stuart McCormick photo  Among his three wins as a three-year-old was a heat of the NSW Derby and the Holloway Classic at Ballarat. Centenario was bought as a yearling for $115,000 by Tim Bunning from his breeder Benstud Standardbreds, and was raced throughout his career by a syndicate of high profile owners.   by Peter Wharton

When Northern Terror won the Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale Pace, for two-year-olds, at Globe Derby Park on February 22, he became the second winner which had been sold at the 2019 yearling sales.  Northern Terror was sold for $5,000 at the sale to Dale Afford, of Port Pirie. He bought Hesahark for $10,000 at the 2018 sale and he has won $35,162 (to February 24) from seven wins and four placings in 13 starts.  A gelding by Western Terror (son of Western Hanover), he is out of Sunday Rose, an unraced mare by Holmes Hanover from the Limited Partner mare Donna’s Partner, and tracing eventually to Lucia’s Maid who founded a strong branch of the prized Lady Ostic family. Northern Terror was bred and raised by Portland horseman Heath Bourke, who has nominated two colts – both by Well Said – for the 2020 Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale at Magic Millions on Sunday, March 15.   Lot 1 being a colt from Miss Gidget and Lot 21, a colt from Nimbosa. Sheshell Rock, a very impressive winner on debut at Bendigo rating 1:57.1, was the other winner from the SA sales.   Sheshell Rock, which was offered by Harshell Investments Pty Ltd, is a daughter of A RockRoll Dance from Alashell, and changed hands at last year’s sale for $18,000.   Peter Wharton

Changeover took the siring honours at Albion Park last Friday night (February 21) with a winning double with a pacer and a trotter. With The Band NZ, a five-year-old mare, sliced two seconds off her lifetime mark with a 1:53.9 win, her fifth success from 10 starts this season. Heart Of Change NZ, bred and raced by Chris Garrard, completed the double coming off a 30 metre handicap to capture a heat of the McNeill Trotters Championship. Changeover led in two new winners in Dress Sense (Cambridge Raceway, NZ) and Bar Naar Naar (Swan Hill). Other recent Changeover winners were Allwoods Treaty (1:59, Gloucester Park), the three-year-old The Mustang (1:57.6, Bathurst), who has won four this season, and Woodlea Ragnar NZ (Albany). Changeover has sired 81 individual winners in Australia and New Zealand to date this season and they have amassed $1.15 million in stakemoney.   By Peter Wharton

Yirribee Pacing Stud's champion sire Tintin In America had a red-letter week with winners in North America, New Zealand and Australia. In America, Tintin In America's bonny daughter Shartin NZ, the Aged Pacing Mare of the Year in 2018 and 2019, indicated she was on song for another successful campaign by winning a qualifying trial in 1:51.4 at Dover Downs, Delaware. Lady Jadore, a two-year-old filly by Tintin In America, was a most impressive winner on debut in a heat of the WA 2YO Sales Classic at Gloucester Park, leading throughout in a 2:00 mile rate with the last 800 in 57.4. Other recent Tintin In America winners were Andrew Jay (1:57.7, Redcliffe) and Claus, who completed a hat trick at Ashburton, NZ. Caribbean Blaster took the siring honours at Parkes on Sunday night (February 23) with a winning double with the three-year-old The Handsome One and Caribbean Jack (1:58.5). Caribbean Blaster was also represented by Onahi Delight (1:57.1, Newcastle), Caruba (Collie, WA) and Flame Blaster (Broken Hill), all members of his first crop of four-year-olds which has produced 36 starters and 20 winners from 70 foals. Camroller, one of the second crop of Million Dollar Cam, was the headline act for his sire, winning in a career-best 1:54.6 at Albion Park. Other recent Million Dollar Cam winners were Dollarbill (1:58.4, Redcliffe) and Plumpton Road (Young). To complete a huge week, Yirribee Pacing Stud bred a pair of winners in Snoop Stride, who won his 20th race at Young), and a 'new' winner, Im Rock Solid (Parkes).   By Peter Wharton

Over the past decade the Judd family and the team at Benstud Standardbreds have established a great reputation for producing quality youngsters with a 100 percent clearance rate and total sales of $861,500 at the recent Australian Pacing Gold sale in Melbourne starting their year on a high.   Benstud Standardbreds prepared 13 yearlings at this year’s pacer’s sale at Oaklands Junction and every one changed hands, averaging out at a whopping $66,200 per head.   Of the top nine lots sold, six were from the Benstud Standardbreds’ consignment including the top priced lot at $160,000, an Art Major colt out of Mint Julep offered by Melbourne enthusiast and long-time Benstud client Harvey Kaplan.   “It’s the first time Harvey has ever had the sales topper,” Craig Judd said.   “Overall, it was our best ever sale.”   Benstud Standardbreds has now switched its focus firmly on the APG Sydney sale on Sunday, March 8 at Warwick Farm.   They will present 28 superbly bred yearlings – one of the largest drafts at the sale – comprising 20 colts and eight fillies.   The consignment boasts stock by most of the world’s leading sires including Captaintreacherous (2 lots), Bettor’s Delight (3), Art Major (3), Somebeachsomewhere (3), Always B Miki (5), Sweet Lou (3), Betting Line (3), Roll With Joe (2) and American Ideal, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter and Western Terror one each.   The highlights of the Benstud draft include:    Bettor’s Delight half-brother to Blazin N Cullen ($567,312) and whose dam is a sister to Rocknroll Hanover (Lot 553)  Always B Miki colt very closely related to Lazarus (Lot 700)  Sweet Lou colt from half-sister to Derby winner Our Little General, $662,595 (Lot 569)  Bettor’s Delight filly out of half-sister to Lazarus (Lot 646)  Somebeachsomewhere colt from a daughter of 2YO of the Year Self Denial (Lot 513)  Rock N Roll Heaven colt from Group winning half-sister to Pembrook Benny, $898,103 (Lot 565)  Bettor’s Delight colt out of dual NSW Breeders Challenge winner Louvre (Lot 725)  Somebeachsomewhere colt out of the NSW Oaks winner Miss Hazel (dam of 3 in 1:55)  Captaintreacherous filly from half-sister to Breeders Crown champion Bellas Delight (Lot 632)  Always B Miki colt from half-sister to dam of 3YO of the Year Menin Gate (Lot 62)  Art Major colt out of multiple Group winner Ima Spicey Lombo (Lot 704)  Western Terror colt out of half-sister to Bling It On and Baby Bling (Lot 692)   For further information and pre-sale inspection of the Benstud Standardbreds’ draft for the APG Sydney sale contact Craig Judd on 0458 658 273.   Peter Wharton

The catalogue for the 2020 Redcliffe Yearling Sale – the sale that has produced the NSW Simpson Sprint winner Governor Jujon and the multiple Group winner Leos Best – is now available online and in hard copy.   In total, 66 yearlings have been catalogued for the sale to be conducted by Darren Ebert and Company at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, April 5 at 12 noon.   Progeny of 26 sires such as leading lights Artsplace, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter, Hurrikane Kingcole, Well Said, Mr Feelgood, Changeover, Courage Under Fire, Western Terror and Cammibest are represented as well as stock of first season sires of the calibre of Always B Miki, Racing Hill and Guaranteed.   Graduates from the sale are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a two-year-old Sale Race Classic worth $100,000 in 2021 and a three-year-old Classic carrying a stake of $35,000 in 2022.   They are also eligible for QBred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred.   To request a catalogue, phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com or phone Redcliffe Harness Racing Club on (07) 3284 4550.   The online catalogue can be viewed at www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au     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.   Chicago Bull’s brother   Perfect Stride is proving himself a three-year-old of some worth in NSW and on the opening night of the Carnival of Miracles at Menangle he defeated the Victoria Derby winner Line Up and runner-up Governor Jujon.   From 17 starts he has won six times and been placed on eight occasions for $116,685 in stakes.   Perfect Stride                                                         --Stuart McCormick photo   Perfect Stride was a $190,000 purchase at the National Yearling Sale in 2018 at Christchurch, and is a colt by Cam’s Card Shark horse Bettor’s Delight from the Christian Cullen mare Chicago Blues (1:58.1), the dam of champion West Australian pacer Chicago Bull 1:51.6 ($1.7 million) and Rockabilly Blues 1:55.6 (4 NZ wins).     A star from Distant Memory   One of the best mares in NSW so far this season is Hows The Memory, who was bred and is raced by Wagga couple Denis and Jo Howe and trained by Craig Cross.   Distant Memory                                                       --Stuart McCormick photo   A five-year-old by Mach Three, she is out of a top flight racemare in Distant Memory 1:55.1 ($173,155) and the first of her progeny to race. Her second issue, the three-year-old Delightful Angel, scored in 1:57.7 at Penrith earlier this month.   Hows The Memory won the Group 2 $50,000 Garrard’s Sibelia Stakes at Menangle last Saturday in a career-best 1:51.2 and looks a mare with the potential one would expect of her breeding. She has won 13 races to date and $116,224 in stakes.   A Somebeachsomewhere three-quarter sister-in-blood to Hows The Memory will go under the hammer as Lot 663 at the Australian Pacing Gold Sydney sale on March 8.     Pacifico Dream on top   Ballarat trainer Emma Stewart has another up-and-coming star in Pacifico Dream, who soundly trounced older, more experienced rivals in the Central Victorian Pacing Championship at Wedderburn and is a likely contender for the NSW Derby.   Despite sitting parked throughout, the colt won by open lengths and slashed 0.7 off the track record.   Pacifico Dream has a wealth of blood to back up his claims for further promotion, being by Mach Three from Mint Julep, by Presidential Ball from the champion racemare Jadah Rose, who later competed successfully in America taking a then Australian record of 1:49.6.   At the stud Jadah Rose has produced five winners including a dual Vicbred champion and Grand Circuit winner in Guaranteed 1:50.4 ($856,316), now at Goodtime Lodge stud in Victoria, and a capable pacer in Jadahson 1:53.9 ($277,390).   Jadaah Rose, who won $465,424, was by Totally Ruthless (son of Walton Hanover) from the noted producer Karamea Toastime, by Armbro Aussie from the American-bred mare Toast To Missy.       Broodmare treble   The Christian Cullen mare Mainland Banner, the former NZ Cup and Oaks winner, left three winners in two different countries on the same day.   Island Banner, a five-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven mare, and Bustling Barney, a six-year-old Bettor’s Delight gelding, scored at Menangle (in 1:51.4) and Young respectively, while Return To Sender, a nine-year-old Mach Three gelding, won in 1:55.8 at Miami Valley Raceway, Ohio.   Mainland Banner, who is rising 19 years, threw other winners in the NZ Harness Jewels and Victoria Ladyship Cup winner Rocker Band 1:51.8 ($360,354) and the Menangle winner Stunin Banner 1:56.2 ($128,134).   Mainland Banner            --Race Images photo   Since producing Island Banner in 2014, she has left a two-year-old filly by the fast Yirribee Stud import Warrawee Needy and yearling colt and colt foal by him.     Promising three-year-old trotter   The Best Dream is proving herself a smart three-year-old trotter – she has won twice and has been placed four times in eight starts to date – and could develop into one of the best her age this season.   A filly by the French stallion The Best Madrik (son of Coktail Jet), she is out of the Muscles Yankee mare Lasting Beauty, who ranks as a half-sister to a standout trotter in National Interest (33 wins and $350,863), the Derby winner Astrud and the Breeders Crown winners Magic Interest ($142,063) and Right Interest Tr 1:59.7 ($202,096), the dam of Group 1 winner Aimforthemoon (Tr 1:59.3).   Their dam, the unraced Late Withdrawal, was a pacing bred mare by Magnus Apollo, a Tar Heel horse who left several useful trotters including the Moonee Valley winner Bright Apollo and was the maternal sire of a champion trotter and later successful sire in Wagon Apollo.   Late Withdrawal was out of Bay Goola, a mare by Scottish Bret (sire of Scotch Notch) from the Gay Reveler mare Goola’s Pride, the dam of eleven winners including a top flight pacer in Opera House.   The Best Dream was bred and is raced by retired Melbourne businessman Kevin Riseley.       Brothers win at Albany   It was no mean feat for the full brothers My Carbon Copy and Copy N Pace to win on the same card at Albany (WA) recently.   Both are by the Western Ideal horse American Ideal, a leading sire in both hemispheres.   Readallaboutit, the dam of My Carbon Copy and Copy N Pace, also ranks as the dam of the million dollar winner My Hard Copy. He won 27 races including the WA Pacing Cup twice, the Fremantle Cup and a heat of the Inter Dominion.   My Hard Copy                         --Jodie hallows photo   Readallaboutit, who was only lightly raced, was by Presidential Ball from a classic-winning mare in Natalia’s Joy (2:00.6), by Butler B G from the American-bred mare Natalia Lobell, the grand-dam of the former 3YO of the Year and Chariots Of Fire winner Manifold Bay.   Other members of this family have been the dual Inter Dominion heat winner Run Oneover 1:50.8 ($577,363), Miss Nickels (NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Regional Final), the prolific Albion Park winner Outlaw Fella 1:53.2 ($150,582) and Secret Rendezvous 1:51 ($109,772).     Broke Bendigo track record   Belittled, who hoisted a new track record of 1:51.9 at Bendigo last week, is a Western Terror gelding from the same family as that which produced a top New Zealand pacer in Iraklis.   Bred, part-owned and trained by Maree Campbell, of Maiden Gully, the four-year-old has only been sparingly raced but he has shown up as a very useful pacer.   By Western Terror, Belittled is out of Ah Dinnae Ken, by Art Major from the NZ bred mare Braeside Dream, by Soky’s Atom from the outstanding racemare Tuapeka Star, who established a great winning line for the Cummings family in NZ.   Tuapeka Star was the dam of the NZ Cup and Miracle Mile winner and sire Iraklis 1:54.2 ($1million), a top Kiwi juvenile in Ermis 1:57.6 ($191,568), the NSW Carousel winner Blue And Royal 1:51.6 ($235,856) and the talented Victorian pacer Braeside Seel Star 1:58.7 ($169,541).   NZ Cup winner Iraklis   Lavros Star, a dual Derby and NZ 3YO Championship winner, Galactic Star, winner of two Inter Dominion heats, Its Written In The Stars, Caesar’s Folly and the NZ Sires Stakes 2YO champions O Baby and Kayla Marie, and others, all trace directly to Tuapeka Star.     Well related three-year-old   Bettor Back Louey, a three-year-old colt who broke maiden ranks at his fourth attempt at Penrith recently, has the breeding to develop into a top class pacer. He is by Bettor’s Delight from Luda, by Christian Cullen from Come Together, by Western Hanover from Miss Chevious.   The first three dams of Bettor Back Louey won 38 races between them including three Group events.   Luda, his first dam, won 13 races including the NSW Breeders Challenge 4YO Final and $216,653 in stakes and took a mile record of 1:52.5, Come Together won 11 and went in 1:58.5, while his third dam, Miss Chevious, won 14 including the NSW Sires Stakes 2YO Final.   Come Together was the dam of four winners including the Menangle winner Nothin Bettor (1:56) and is the second dam of Hot Rod Heaven 1:52.6 (11 wins to date) and the promising Backintown (1:53.8).   Miss Chevious left five winners including the Harold Park and Menangle winner Hold The Aces 1:56.8 ($136,448) and founded a strong branch of the noted Rawene tribe. Other ‘black type’ performers belonging to it have been Astride 1:53.6 $194,960), winner of the Bathurst Gold Crown, Spicy Stride 1:52.8 ($184,635), winner of the NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Final, and the recent Melton winner Steel Screens (1:53.7).       Won Albury Cup   The Crimson Prince, bred in New Zealand and trained by Amanda Turnbull, won the Albury Pacers Cup last Friday and has now won seven of his starts on Australian soil. He has won four races this season and looks ready to graduate far beyond his present rating.   The Crimson Prince, one of the second crop sired by Betterthancheddar, is a four-year-old from the Spirit Of Zeus mare Crimson Trail, a four-win mare who left others in Chain Reaction (1:57.1), who has won three races this year, Crimson Glory (2:00.9) and a smart racemare in Sudden Change (1:51.4), who won nine in Australia including the Tasmanian Oaks. She is now racing in America where she has increased her stake tally to $325,000.   Sudden Change winning the Tasmanian Oaks   Crimson Trail was a half-sister to a cups class pacer in Our Chain Of Command 1:55.4 ($297,094), being out of Cam’s Key (2:06.4), by Cam’s Trickster from the Keystone Provider mare Keyword (2:06.9), and tracing eventually to the noted foundation mare Purple Patch.   by Peter Wharton

Yirribee Pacing Stud bred harness racing winners in NSW, Queensland and North America last week. Lutzys Dream, a three-year-old gelding by Caribbean Blaster, won for the second time at Bathurst, while Dollarbill (by Million Dollar Cam)) won his 18th lifetime race at Redcliffe. In America, the Yirribee Stud bred Its Only Rocknroll (by Million Dollar Cam) won in 1:52.6 at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania to lift his stakemoney beyond the $400,000 mark. Other recent Yirribee-sired winners have been Navajo Outawagga (by Million Dollar Cam), who notched her first win at Albany, and the Yirribee Stud owned Time Keepa Lombo (by Lombo Pocket Watch), who scored in 1:55.8 at Wagga. Our brilliant, young sire Warrawee Needy was represented by his first Australian starter from his first crop in the two-year-old filly Rockindownunder, who finished a close fourth in 1:53.3 at Menangle.   By Peter Wharton

Presidentialchange, a five-year-old Changeover gelding, came from absolute last at the 500 metre mark to quash his harness racing rivals in the time-honoured Calder Pacing Cup at Wedderburn on Sunday. The gelding hoisted a fresh lifetime record of 1:58.2 in posting his fifth success. Changeover, who stands at Burwood Stud near Brisbane, left winners in three different States and three countries during the past week. Other recent Changeover winners were the three-year-old Yianni (1:56.2, Ballarat), Immortal Change NZ (Tamworth), Stinger Lindenny (Palmerston North, NZ), Glengarry Knight NZ (1:52.6, Dover Downs, USA) and the trotter Heart Of Change NZ, who came off a 40 metre handicap to win at Albion Park. Changeover has sired 85 individual winners to date this season and they have amassed $1.2 million in prizemoney.   By Peter Wharton

The catalogue for the 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale – the harness racing sale that has produced the Inter Dominion and Hunter Cup runner-up Our Uncle Sam and numerous classic winners in recent years – is now available online and in hard copy. In total, 91 yearlings have been catalogued for the sale to be conducted by Graeme Board and Company at Bathurst Harness Racing Club on Sunday, March 22 at 11am. Progeny of 36 sires such as leading lights Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Mach Three, American Ideal, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, Sportswriter and Sweet Lou are included as well as progeny of first season sires of the calibre of Always B Miki, Betting Line and Bling It On. All yearlings catalogued are eligible for entry into the Bathurst Sale Graduate race with heat and finals for colts and fillies in April 2021. They are also eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, NSW Breeders Blue, Bathurst Gold Crown, Breeders Crown, Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum, QBred and SA Southern Cross. To request a catalogue, email gboard@bobbery.com.au or call or text Graeme Board on 0408 636 273. The online catalogue can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Peter Wharton For Graeme Board & Company    

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