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The first ‘down under’ crop of the dual world champion Hes Watching (1:46.8), now standing at Luke Primmer’s Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW), continues to take all before them. Experia, a New Zealand-bred three-year-old, sat parked before posting a career-best 1:51.3 winning effort at Menangle on Saturday night (December 12). It was the brown gelding’s fifth success and third at the Sydney headquarters’ track. Magnifico To Watch and Watchmylips, both members of Hes Watching’s initial Australian crop, emerged successful at Penrith and Hobart respectively last weekend. Magnifico To Watch, who rated 1:57.5, has now won four of his last five starts, while Watchmylips (1:59.2) has won five of his nine lifetime outings. A pair of ‘new’ winners by Hes Watching recently were Foxy Patron, a three-year-old filly who won by 17 metres at Temora, and Makwala, who outstayed his rivals over 2600 metres at Addington. Hes Watching was also represented by the fast North American three-year-old winners Night Watchman (1:56.6) and Applecorp Hanover (1:56.8). From 57 foals in his first Australian crop, Hes Watching has had 35 starters for 21 winners and five placegetters.     by Peter Wharton

Gina Tarantella, a NSW bred daughter of Yirribee Pacing Stud sire Million Dollar Cam, is taking all before her in Queensland. The four-year-old has won four races on end by a combined margin of 130 metres in the space of 17 days! Million Dollar Cam was also represented by the 1:57 Penrith winner Whatta Conk and the Canberra winner Little Pom. Other members of the Yirribee Stud sire roster in Tintin In America, Warrawee Needy and Lombo Pocket Watch also produced winners last week. Tintin In America sired a ‘new’ winner in Nerano (Manawatu, NZ), Warrawee Needy was represented by the Canadian three-year-old filly Wine Tyme, while Lombo Pocket Watch led in the 1:53.4 Menangle winner Timely Sovereign.   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 Pacifico Dream is top three-year-old A top colt in Victoria this season – he has won eight races and been twice placed in 14 starts for $137,630 – is Pacifico Dream, a close relative of Guaranteed. He gave a taste of his class with a dominant win in the Group 3 VHRC Caduceus 3YO Cup at Melton last Saturday. Earlier in the season he won the VHRC Sires Classic at Melton and the Central Victorian Pacing Championship at Wedderburn. Pacifico Dream has a background of blood to back up his claims to further promotion, being by Mach Three out of the unraced Mint Julep, by Presidential Ball from Australia’s first sub 1:50 mare Jadah Rose 1:49.6 ($465,424). Pacifico Dream                  -- Stuart McCormick photo Jadah Rose became the dam of Guaranteed 1:50.4 ($856,316), now at the stud in Victoria, and the prolific Melton winner Jadahson 1:53.9 ($277,390). Pacifico Dream ranks as a half-brother to Momentslikethese, who finished second in the Victoria Youthful Stakes on the same night, and Sharing The Love (1:58.4).   Breeding of WA Pacing Cup winner Vultan Tin, the upset winner of the WA Pacing Cup and now the winner of more than $860,000, is an eight-year-old gelding by the Western Ideal horse Dawn Ofa New Day (now at the stud in Tasmania) from Ellevarrac, who took a record of 1:59.3. Vultan Tin winning the WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park     - Paceway Photos Ellevarrac was a Pacific Fella mare from Carravelle, a Group placegetter by Armbro Intercept (son of Direct Scooter) from Toy Shop, by Windshield Wiper from Leroy’s Toy, by Kentucky from the Grand Monarch mare Grand Hisperia, dam of the Victoria Emerald 2YO Classic winner Western Circle and the dual-gaited Chief Guy. The family traces back to the Rapid Bay (thoroughbred) mare Town’s Minnie, who was foaled in NSW in the 1870’s and founded an outstanding tribe of winners. She left only three foals including Truth (by Honesty), a winner in 2:18.8. Truth’s branch of the family contributed such winners as the dual A. G. Hunter Cup winner and sire Sheffield Globe, King Frost (Vic. Winfield Cup), Popular Port (Kilmore Cup), Mark Radium (Moonee Valley Cup), Bold Alabar (Mildura Cup), Hanover Schell (NSW Waratah), Acropolis (NZ Great Northern Derby) and the Rowe Cup winner Ritch Hill. Vultan Tin was bred and is raced and trained by Phil Costello.   Southern Cross winner by Restrepo Urbadboy, who downed the top three-year-olds in South Australia in the $50,000 Southern Cross Final at Globe Derby Park, is proving a splendid advertisement for the Art Major horse Restrepo, who stands at Goodtime Lodge, Colac in western Victoria. Urbadboy has not been the most reliable, but has proved himself a young pacer of great ability. He has now won seven races and $55,780 in stakes. By Restrepo, and one of his first crop of the former ‘Cups King’, Urbadboy is out of Dulcie’s Dilemma (1:58.7), by Jet Laag (grey son of Laag) from Dazzling Dulcie, by What’s Next from the Classic Garry mare Winger, who left the Bathurst Gold Chalice winner Northern Frontier 1:56.6 ($136,248) and Swooper, dam of Riley Run (1:55.7), a winner of 41 races and $188,163.   Siblings win Two of Australia’s most talented mares at present, and both winners at the weekend, are Waltzingwithsierra (by Always A Virgin) and Rockingwithsierra (by Sportswriter). Both bred by Kay and Craig Hoban, are out of Sierra Tango, a handy racemare herself, and who has left other winners in Tangoingwithsierra 1:53.1 ($174,130) and Dancingwithsierra 1:54.3 ($161,544), both multiple Group winners. Sierra Tango is by the Jate Lobell horse Village Jasper from a fine racemare in Twinkletoes 1:57.3 ($159,135), by Tip Top Prince (Vic. Legends and Italian Cup winner) from Merry Dance, by Victory Sarnel.   Youthful Stakes to Drain The Swamp Drain The Swamp is proving himself a two-year-old of some worth in Victoria and last weekend he numbered the Youthful Stakes among his successes, beating Three Summas’ brother Spring In His Step. Drain The Swamp was an Australian Pacing Gold purchase in 2019 at Melbourne, and is a colt by the Mach Three horse Somebeachsomewhere from the Bettor’s Delight mare Vickymurphy, the dam also of Masterkova (1:55.7). Drain The Swamp                      --Stuart McCormick photo   Vicky Hanover NZ, the dam of Vickymurphy, was one of the gems of the Australian stud book. She left nine individual winners, four of whom took records of better than 2:00, including the dual Vicbred champion Dee En Ay Macray 1:57.5 ($254,140), the APG winner Same Old Macray 1:58.2 ($302,375) and Bomber Macray 1:53.2 ($224,540). Vicky Hanover was by Vance Hanover (son of Albatross) from the noted producer Pat Hanover, by Emory Hanover from Plead, by Flying Song from the Jack Potts mare Bonny Potts, whose family is widely and successfully spread today. The Inter Dominion champion Mark Hanover, Mark Roy (NZ Derby), Safin (Harness Jewels),  Foreclosure (1:48.8), the top Queensland mare Joyable, My Surdon, Motu Gatecrasher (1:51.6), Carpenter’s Daughter (Breeders Crown) and others all belong to Plead’s branch of the family. Drain The Swamp was bred by Dennis and Brenda Bice, of Yorkshire Park Standardbreds, Emu Creek (Vic.).   Artillery’s breeding background When he won the $50,000 Southern Cross Final at Globe Derby Park recently, Artillery scored his sixth success, and he is entitled to be rated the season’s top two-year-old colt in SA. Earlier in the season, Artillery won the Lordship Stakes and finished second in the Golden Nursery. From 10 starts, he has won six times and been four times placed for $48,385 in stakes. Artillery ranks as a brother to a capable pacer and SA St Leger winner in Culture King 1:53 ($123,791), being a gelding by the Artsplace horse, Art Major, from the dual NSW Sires Stakes finalist Tessace, by Aces N Sevens from Tessa Franco (1:59.2), by Holmes Hanover from the Nero’s B B mare Tenisha. Tessace, the dam of Artillery, took a record of 1:56.6, won 19 races and earned $97,935 and was an above average mare. She was a half-sister to the Moonee Valley winner Mascarpone (1:58.8), who won six races and became the dam of Big Time Hustler (1:56.1), the winner of nine races to date.  Another half-sister in Vantessa left the prolific Albion Park victor The Next Star 1:56.4 ($102,736). This family has consistently produced a number of good winners over the years. A close relative of Artillery in WA is In The Perfect Storm 1:53.8 ($227,128), a Group 3 winner at Gloucester Park. In The Perfect Storm’s dam, Tenisha, is the third dam of Artillery.   Diego on top Diego, a winner at the Cup meeting at Gloucester Park and who is undefeated in three starts on Australian soil, is one of the most promising four-year-olds in WA at present. He is a Bettor’s Delight gelding from the Christian Cullen mare Sakura, dam of earlier winners in Mister Bushido 1:55.4 ($164,175) and The Bachelor (1:52). Sakura, who was only lightly raced, was a half-sister to the Australian winners Capri (1:57.8) and Misaki (1:58.9A), being out of Mika (2:01.3), by What’s Next from Wakana, by Soky’s Atom from the Lordship mare Deidre Ann, a half-sister to the NZ Listed winner Carbine. This is the family which produced such winners as the Miracle Mile winner My Field Marshal 1:46.9 ($1.4 million), the dual Oaks winner Foreal 1:55.8 ($623,872), the NZ 2YO of the Year Bogan Fella 1:53 ($701,358), Regal Dash (Bendigo Cup), Im Rocknroll Magic (1:51.2) and Madiba Magic (1:51.4).   Leading sire’s absence a loss Feature racing at the weekend further demonstrated the loss of Somebeachsomewhere to breeders. With only a few representatives racing, he sired the winners of the two divisions of the Victoria Youthful Stakes at Melton in Drain The Swamp (colt) and Beach Music (filly) and the winner of the VHRC Caduceus Classic, Sicario. And in Adelaide, Sir Roman, a three-year-old gelding, took out the Southern Cross Consolation.  In all, Somebeachsomewhere progeny has earned more than $4.9 million in Australia this season.   Honolua Bay shows promise A star three-year-old in Victoria so far this season is Honolua Bay, who was bred and is raced by Bill and Anne Anderson and trained by David Aiken. The gelding has won four of his five starts including a 1:53.6 effort at Shepparton and is being regarded as a genuine candidate for the Vicbred Super Series. He is a Somebeachsomewhere gelding from a capable racemare in National Gallery (1:54.4), by Artsplace from Lil’s Dream, by Smooth Fella from Miss Denover, by Boyden Hanover from the Armbro Del mare Ar Miss, an Oaks winner, who has founded an outstanding family of winners. Others from National Gallery have been the Listed winner Rocknroll Icon 1:53 (136,883), Mach Up (1:55.1) and the Vicbred Final placegetter Looking Fabulous (1:56).   Well related youngster Miss Boudica, who broke maiden ranks at only her third start at Gloucester Park recently, is a two-year-old half-sister by Mach Three to the Victorian Winter Championship and Traralgon Cup winner Bettor Rock On (1:50). Bettor Rock On, a Bettor’s Delight gelding, was sold to America and has won 40 races and $538,789 in stakes. Their dam, Our Jingle Belle Rock, a Caprock mare from Belle Glade, by Clever Innocence from Florida, has proved a most successful broodmare. She is also the dam of the NZ Westport Cup winner J D Fortune (1:58.2), the Perth winner Snowballs A Flyin (1:59.6) and the Menangle winner Losta Armbro (1:56.7). Our Jingle Belle Rock was not of much account herself but she was a half-sister to the champion racemare The Sparks A Flyin 1:52 ($510,133), dam of the multiple Group winners Bettor’s Fire 1:50.2 ($1 million) and My Alpha Rock 1:49.5 ($241,388), the Victoria Derby heat winner Art Union 1:55.6 ($208,913) and Safedra 1:56.3 (NZ Southland Oaks). This has been one of the most successful branches of the Brown Duchess family, Belle Glade being a sister to the Waikato Oaks winner Sweet Innocence and a half-sister to Head Above Water (4 NZ wins), Raging Glory (TT1:58.4) and to Boca Raton, an unraced mare who produced the WA Marathon and August Cup victor Ghost 1:51.4 ($171,789).   Close relatives win in Hobart The two-year-olds Helikaon and Sharmey, who won by wide margins on the same card at Hobart, are both by Rock N Roll Heaven from the same maternal family. Helikaon, who has now won three races, is a gelding out of the Group 1 winner Dazed And Confused 1:56.8 ($172,444), by Troublemaker from Melissa Charm (2:00), by Walton Hanover from the Nero’s B B mare Melanie (2:00.5), a winner of 11 races including the NSW Queen of the Paceway at Harold Park. Sharmey, a winner in consecutive appearances, is a black gelding from the dual Vicbred finalist Glory Daze (1:55.7), a Bettor’s Delight daughter of Dazed And Confused. Others from Dazed And Confused were the Vicbred Platinum Home Grown winners Roll With It 1:53.9 ($123,028) and Marylebone (1:57) and Trouble Looming (1:55.6). by Peter Wharton

Talented Hes Watching three-year-old Belladonna Girl completed a clean sweep of the Southern Cross Series at Globe Derby Park when she captured the Group 2 $50,000 Final on Saturday night (December 5). The filly led from the outset and won effortlessly by 10 metres in a 2:00.6 rate for 2230 metres with the last two sectionals in 28.6 and 29.3. She has now won five races and $54,395 in stakes. On the same card the Hes Watching two-year-old Mostpeculiarmumma took out the Southern Cross Consolation to post her third success from her last five attempts. Another impressive youngster by Hes Watching is Major Bracken, who won his second race from three starts at Bathurst, scoring in runaway fashion in a career-best 1:58.6. Hes Watching was represented by eight individual three-year-old winners in three different countries in the first week of December. He scored a double at Penrith with Magnifico To Watch (1:56.8), who notched his sixth win for the season, and Watching You Dream (1:58.8) and a ‘new’ winner in Trois Fontaine (Narrogin, WA). In North America, Hes Watching’s winners included the three-year-olds He’s Swift (1:55.8), Illbewatchingu (1:56.6), Happy Looker (1:58.6), Saulsbrook Flashy (1:59) and Lady To Watch (2:00.2). Hes Watching is standing this season at Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW) of Luke Primmer for the value fee of $2,500 including GST.     by Peter Wharton

The French stallion Used To Me, a fine trotter in Europe and Australia and now at Haras Des Trotteurs’ stud near Ballarat (Vic.), has been represented by some promising two-year-olds this season. Used To Me, who took a record of 1:59.1 and won almost $650,000 in stakes, has not had many chances at the stud, but he has sired a smart filly in Imsettogo (Tr 1:59.5), the winner of $102,615, and a top two-year-old in Dont Care, who has won three races and finished a creditable second in the Breeders Crown. My Used To Me, who won three races in succession in Adelaide, She Sailz, a winner on the all-trotting card at Bendigo, and Surprise To Me have been other recent two-year-old winners by Used To Me. Used To Me is one of several stallions on the Haras Des Trotteurs’ roster to experience success with their progeny during the last fortnight. Quaker Jet, the richest son of the great Love You, was represented by two three-year-old winners last week in Im Ready Jet, who came from last to win the Scotch Notch Trot at Bendigo, and Imamaorijet, who won for the second time at Terang. Im Ready Jet tramped the mile in a sparkling 1:56 highlighted by a last 800 metres in 56.4 (28.7 and 27.7) racing three deep! Quaker Jet boasts the amazing score of having sired 11 winners from 17 starters in Australia at an average of almost $21,000 per starter. The Best Madrik, a multiple Group 1 winning son of Coktail Yet, sired the recent Cranbourne winner in the three-year-old filly Megeve, one of his sire’s four winners from four Australian-bred starters to date. Coktail Jet’s champion sire Love You was represented by a ‘new’ winner in the three-year-old Celebration Stride, a winner on debut at Invercargill, and others in Gentleman Sir (winner of $109,771) and Littlebitoflove (Cambridge Raceway, NZ). Finally, Orlando Storm, a four-year-old mare and one of the brilliant first crop of Orlando Vici, won for the fifth time at Canberra. Orlando Vici has left 10 winners and a placegetter from 11 foals in his initial crop.   by Peter Wharton

Up and coming stars - Two emerging young harness racing horses to win features races last weekend were Perfect Major, from Perth, and the Victorian pacer Somewhere Secret, who are both members of the same family. Perfect Major, who won the Group 2 $50,000 RWWA Cup at Gloucester Park, beating Chicago Bull, and has won five of his seven starts since shipping to WA, is a four-year-old gelding by the champion sire Art Major. Perfect Major looks certain to take a tight mark and as a stayer he has a bright future. He ranks as a brother to the Southern Cross winners That’s Perfect and Perfect Look and a half-sister to promising filly Rogue Wave, being out of Perfect Life (1:58), by Live Or Die from Secret Life. Somewhere Secret, who captured the Claiming Masters at Melton, has won 13 races including nine this season. He is a six-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere from the Safely Kept mare Secret Life (1:58.6), the dam of the NSW Derby winner Major Secret 1:55.1 ($464,872), now at the stud in SA, the Victoria Oaks and Breeders Crown champion Beauty Secret 1:52.4 ($425,921) and Perfect Life, the dam of Perfect Major. This family has consistently produced a number of classic winners over the years. A close relative of Perfect Major and Somewhere Secret in Victoria is the Vicbred champion Out To Play, also by Art Major. Out To Play’s dam Play Ball, is a half-sister to Somewhere Secret and Perfect Life. Majestuoso bred to be a top trotter One of the most outstanding young trotters racing in Victoria is Majestuoso, a NZ bred gelding trained by Andy Gath. A four-year-old, Majestuoso downed the top trotters in commission in the $50,000 Australasian Trotting Championship last Saturday night, one of the season’s major features for square-gaiters. As a three-year he captured the Victoria Derby and The Holmfield and finished third in the Breeders Crown. Majestuoso is a member of the same family as an earlier top Kiwi trotter in Easton Light, who won 36 races and was 59 times placed for $130,420 in stakes. He won the Dominion Handicap and NZ Trotting Free-for-all twice. Majestuoso is by Majestic Son from Rosemaryz Luck, by Monarchy, a Balanced Image horse and a brother to the USA Breeders Crown champion Duke Of York. Rosemaryz Luck, who was only lightly raced, was out of Howz Lucky (2:00.3), winner of five races and by Sundon from Great Memories, by Great Heights (son of Great Evander) from Mighty Mir, by Gerry Mir, a dual-gaited son of Rodney. Rosemaryz Luck was a half-sister to nine trotting winners including Tuiz Luck (1:58.4) and the Australian winners Lanez Luck and Primz Luck. Majestuoso was bred by Alabar Bloodstock. Majestuoso winning at Melton last Saturday Group success for Enchanted Stride Enchanted Stride, winner of the Group 3 Vicbred Platinum Pace at Melton, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the female pacers. She is a member of one of New Zealand’s most successful families, being a four-year-old Bettor’s Delight mare from a useful racemare in Lenola Stride (1:53.7), a Christian Cullen mare half-sister to the NZ 2YO Colt of the Year Krug 1:54.4 ($253,420), the winner of nine races to date, the exported Prince McArdle (1:49.6), Jay Dub (1:57.6) and the trotter Champagne Prince (10 wins). Their dam, Champagne Princess 1:56.9 ($143,484), won 12 races including the Southland Oaks and left five winners. A full sister to Champagne Princess in the unraced Champagne N Diamonds figures as the dam of the prolific Gloucester Park winner McArdle’s Gem 1:56 ($140,280), Sparkling 1:56.4 (Melton) and the three-year-old American Colt 1:59.2 (five wins to date). Champagne Princess was a Soky’s Atom mare from Champagne Royal (1:59.7), by Smooth Fella from the Lordship mare Regal Guest (1:58.2), a half-sister to a champion racemare in Hilarious Guest. Other members of this family, which was founded in North America by the imported mare Estella Amos, were the Harness Jewels winners Lancome 1:54.9, Jack’s Legend (1:49) and Fiery Falcon (1:54.6), Lumos (1:50.9), The Phantom’s Guest (1:53), Lightning Magic (1:55), In Monaco (Shepparton Gold Cup) and others. Enchanted Stride winning at Melton last Saturday Balcatherine top WA mare Balcatherine, a good looking American Ideal mare, is rated Western Australia’s top female pacer of the season, particularly after her success in the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic, one of the season’s major features. She has won six and been three times placed from 12 starts for $148,664 in stakes. Balcatherine has not raced a great deal. She did not race as a two-year-old, while at three she raced on only five occasions for three wins and a placing. Balcatherine ranks as a half-sister to the metropolitan winners Glenisla (1:54.8), Levi Jade (1:55) and Tyler Bromac (1:58.7), being a four-year-old by the Western Ideal horse American Ideal from Touche Franco (2:07.7), by Holmes Hanover from the American-bred mare Trilogy Franco. Touche Franco, a three-year-old winner in NZ, was a half-sister to the Menangle and Albion Park winner Franco Talon (1:57) and to the Badlands Hanover mare Triple Franco, dam of the good Albion Park winner Speedie McArdle (1:54.6) and the Melton winner Our Warwick Lad (1:55.6). Another daughter of Trilogy Franco was Twice Again Franco, a sister to Touche Franco, who figures as the dam of the Perth winner Nomore Mr Niceguy (1:57.4), Showtime Prince (1:58.6) and others. Trilogy Franco, a lightly raced placegetter in NZ, was by Jate Lobell from Tropez Lobell, by Storm Damage from the champion Albatross mare Three Diamonds, whose family today is one of the best in the American stud book. It includes the Little Brown Jug winner and highly successful sire Life Sign (1:50.6), the millionairesses Eternal Camnation (1:49.4), Caviart Ally (1:48) and American Jewel (1:48.4), the 2019 USA 3YO Colt of the Year Bettor’s Wish (1:47.6), the Breeders Crown champions Luck Be Withyou (1:47.8) and All Speed Hanover (1:49.8), and American Ideal (1:47.8), the sire of Balcatherine. Balcatherine was bred by Macca Lodge, of Brent and Sheree McIntyre, Gore, in NZ’s Southland district. Well related three-year-old Torque Onetwothree, a Hurrikane Kingcole three-year-old and a winner of the Group 3 Garrard’s QBred For Life at Albion Park, is out of Torque In Motion, a top racemare with a record of 1:52.5, who is proving a successful broodmare. Torque In Motion is also the dam of Justalittle Torque 1:51.6 ($146,894), a Listed winner at Albion Park, Torque Is My Girl (1:56.2) and the two-year-old Let’s Torque A Deal (1:56.8). Torque In Motion is a P B Bullville mare from Ella Palms, by Speed King from Thelma Palms, by Palm’s Romeo from the Password mare Thelma Pass. Torque In Motion is a half-sister to the Albion Park winners My Secret Torque (1:55.4), Its All Torque (1:57.4) and Torque Of Page (1:57.8). Their dam, Ella Palms, was only lightly raced but she left four winners. She was a half-sister to a grand warrior in Turbo Torque (1:54), a winner of 73 races and ($369,914), and to the Albert Albert mare Leica Torque, dam of the Menangle winner Torque Lively (1:52), who won 14 races, and Torque Feels Good (1:56.2). Torque Onetwothree was bred and is raced by Queensland enthusiast Ian Corazzol. Torque Onetwothree Fifth on end Sir Lucas won his fifth race on end in a heat of the Southern Cross, for three-year-old colts and geldings, at Globe Derby Park last Saturday. The chestnut has won 10 races so far this season. Sir Lucas is by the Christian Cullen horse, Cullen’s Legacy, a Harold Park and Globe Derby winner a decade ago. Sir Lucas is out of Metrorama (1:57.9), a winner of 10 races and by Metropolitan from Jessicarama, by Panorama from the Kawartha Robust mare, Dusty Squaw (six trotting wins), a daughter of Dusty Princess, the dam of the Moonee Valley winner Ayr Rowan, Prince Halayr (Globe Derby Park) and others. Dusty Princess was a half-sister to the Globe Derby winner Big Dough and a member of the same family as the SA Sapling Stakes winner Captain Rama. A star from Lagoon Lady A star three-year-old in Victoria so far this season is Soextra, who was bred and is raced by Western District identity Richard Matthews. A gelding by Bettor’s Delight, he is out of a fine racemare in Lagoon Lady 1:57.3 ($203,183) and the fourth of her produce to win. He won the Group 3 Breeders Crown Silver at Bendigo and looks a three-year-old with the potential one would expect of his breeding. Trotting yearling sale produces winners When Utopia won the Group 3 Breeders Crown Silver, for two-year-old trotters, at Bendigo recently, he became the 13th winner which had been sold at the 2019 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale. Utopia was sold for $30,000 at the sales to Tom Hogan, who syndicated the Trixton colt. Aldebaran Ursula, the fastest two-year-old trotter ever in Australasia, Sweet On You, Dont Care, Aldebaran Zeuss, Illawong Moonbeam, Eva’s Image, Aldebaran Selena, Bromwich, Quick Quaker, Sunsup, Maestro and My Mate Yankee are other winners from the sale. Petacular’s brother Idyllic, a brother to the former glamour racemare Petacular, is proving himself a two-year-old of some worth in Victoria. He won the Group 3 Breeders Crown Silver at Bendigo and was placed in the Victoria Sapling Stakes and Bathurst Gold Crown earlier in the year. Idyllic was an Australian Pacing Gold purchase in 2019 in Melbourne, and is a colt by the Mach Three horse Somebeachsomewhere from the American-bred Ideal Priority (1:54.6), by Western Ideal from Priority Overnite, dam of the metropolitan winners Uncle Peter (1:54.6) and Itcan Happen (1:55). Death of celebrated broodmare Maori Acacia, whose death is reported, was one of the most successful trotting broodmares in the past decade. She was aged 26. She was the dam of nine winners including the Group 1 winning trotters Skye Rocket (Vic. Trotters Oaks and Vicbred 4YO Final) and the Wagon Apollo mare Aftanoondelite (SA Trotters Derby and Oaks). Others from Maori Acacia were the Vicbred heat winner Posseidon (1:59.8), Nerveracking and the CR Commando mare Sparks Ignite (TT1:56.5), who, in turn, is the dam of the Vicbred 2YO Final winner Powderkeg and Muscle Hillbilly 1:55.3 (SA Parker Classic). Another daughter of Maori Acacia was the Sundon mare Sundonna, who became the dam of Austrasia’s fastest ever trotting mare in Maori Time 1:51.5 ($421,301), winner of 12 Group races, and the cup class trotters Maori Law (1:58.7) and Happy Maori (1:59.6). A half-sister to the Derby winners Noopy Kiosk and Tennotrump, both successful sires, Maori Acacia was got by Smooth Fella from the Broodmare of the Year Maori Trump, by Overtrick from the noted producer Maori Miss. Maori Acacia was owned and bred from by Geoff Easom, of Wyndown Stud, One Tree Hill, near Adelaide. Mr Easom has retained five daughters of Maori Acacia for breeding in Aftanoondelite, Sparks Ignite, Maori Mischief, Nervracking and a two-year-old Peak filly currently in work. Peter Wharton

Hes Watching three-year-old filly Belladonna Girl proved she is the one to beat in next Saturday’s Group 2 $50,000 Southern Cross Series Final at Globe Derby Park with a devastating win in her heat. Despite a difficult draw and a wide passage, Belladonna Girl soundly trounced her rivals by 24 metres in a 1:58.2 rate over 2230 metres with the closing 800 in 57.7. To watch the video replay click on this link A close fourth in the Breeders Crown Final, she has won three of her last six starts. Another talented three-year-old daughter of Hes Watching in Silent Rapture NZ made it four on the bounce on Australian soil when she scored in runaway fashion at Cobram, rating 1:59.1. Hes Watching was also represented by two winners in NSW last week in the two-year-old Major Bracken, who became his 14th individual juvenile winner, and the three-year-old filly Watching You Dream.  In North America, the NZ bred filly Hereslooknatyou posted her eighth success from 17 starts in her adopted country when she prevailed in 1:56.4 at Saratoga Raceway, New York. Other recent northern hemisphere winners by Hes Watching were the three-year-olds Illbewatchingu (1:57.4, Yonkers), Saulsbrook Flashy (1:58.8, Flamboro Downs), Panerai (1:59.6, Western Fair Raceway) and She’s Magic (2:00.6, Western Fair). Hes Watching stands at the Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW), of Luke Primmer.   Peter Wharton  

The harness racing world champion Warrawee Needy, whose first Australian crop has made a big impact, was represented by his tenth individual two-year-old winner when the filly Amander emerged successful at Redcliffe recently. To watch the video replay click on this link Warrawee Needy, who stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW) and whose book is filling rapidly this season, also a three-year-old winner in Canada in High Flyin Jamie. Million Dollar Cam, Warrawee Needy's Little Brown Jug winning studmate, enjoyed great success in the final week of November. Heading the vanguard was the highly promising Jamieson Steele, who came from near last to win in a career-best 1:52.7 at Melton. The gelding has now won eight races and more than $90,000 in stakes. Gina Tarantella, who won twice in Queensland by a combined margin of 94 metres, the dual Bathurst victor Enk Spot Shannon and Chubbs (Leeton) were other recent winners sired by Million Dollar Cam. Renaissance Man, who is standing his first season at Yirribee Stud, sired two winners on the same night in the three-year-old Trittrittbangbang (Geelong) and Catch Me Cougar (Bunbury). To round out a big week, Tintin In America's son Onesmartfella notched his second success at Invercargill, New Zealand. Peter Wharton

When she won the $300,000 Breeders Crown at Melton last Saturday, Ladies In Red scored her seventh success from seven starts, and she is entitled to be rated as the season’s top two-year-old filly. Earlier in the season, she won the Tatlow Stakes and the Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic at Melton. Ladies In Red’s two-year-old earnings totalled $227,490. Ladies In Red ranks as a sister to the Derby winner and dual Breeders Crown champion Our Little General 1:49.8 ($712,852) and a half-sister to the good Melton winner Kasbah Kid 1:53.1 ($185,520), being a filly by the Matt’s Scooter horse, Mach Three, from the American-bred mare Kabbalah Karen B 1:52.8 ($285,098), by Western Terror from Mib Hanover (1:55.6), by Tyler B. Mib Hanover was a most successful broodmare, being also the dam of the Dan Patch winner Cammibest 1:50 ($1 million), a successful sire in Queensland, It’s That Time (1:49.4), Tomy Terror (1:50.4), Only The Best (1:50.8) and Marietta Hall (1:51.2), all Stakes winners in America. Ladies In Red was bred and is raced by Melbourne breeders Bill and Anne Anderson. The Pantheist is tops The Pantheist, who won the $200,000 Breeders Crown for three-year-old fillies at Melton, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when she finished second to Jemstone in the Vicbred semi-final. She has maintained her form in her three-year-old racing with six wins and three seconds in 10 starts. She is a filly by the Cam’s Card Shark horse, Bettor’s Delight, from the smart racemare Paintball 1:54.4 ($100,508), who left others in Holi Starzzz (1:56.1), a finalist in the 2YO Breeders Crown, and Ballterra. Paintball ranks as a sister to a grand pacer and Vicbred champion in Out To Play, being by Art Major from Play Ball, by Presidential Ball from Secret Life, by Safely Kept. This is the family which produced such winners as Ride High (1:49), the A. G. Hunter Cup winner Safe And Sound, the Breeders Crown champions Rocknroll Magic, Lovelist and Beauty Secret, Major Secret (NSW Derby) and The Good Times. The Pantheist Major Moth leading Victorian two-year-old When he won the $300,000 Breeders Crown last Saturday Major Moth proved himself the top Victorian two-year-old colt of the current season. It was his third success on end, and he outsprinted the best youngsters in the country after enjoying a saloon passage. In six starts Major Moth has now won four and been once placed for $175,565 in stakes for Maryborough breeders Len and Irene Parker, who also race the colt. By the Artsplace horse Art Major, he is out of a capable racemare in Macy Lila (1:58.6) and the second of her produce to race. Macy Lila, who won seven races and was a Vicbred finalist at 3, is a Presidential Ball mare from Majestic Moth (2:01.9), by Riverlea Jack (Group winning son of Bravado Hanover) from Mystic Moth, by Jerry Adios from the Kudos mare Moon Moth, who established a great winning line for the Parker family. Moon Moth, a Melbourne Showgrounds winner, left three winners including Mighty Moth (10 wins) and the unraced Mystic Moth, the third dam of Major Moth. Mystic Moth figured as the dam of Majestic Moth (11 wins) and the grand-dam of the high class juveniles Lively Moth 1:53.1 ($232,585) and Flying Moth 1:53.1 ($123,355). Major Moth was one of two Breeders Crown champions that can trace their origins back to the famed Adelaide Hill stud, Huntly, near Bendigo of Robert Matchett and Bob Crowe. Moon Moth was a granddaughter of the Great Derby mare Raywood Derby, who was from a Tennessee Direct mare from Victoria, by All Style, who were all owned by the Matchett’s. The Father Patrick filly Sangreal, winner of the two-year-old trotting fillies’ Breeders Crown, traces back to Lady Venture, a mare by the imported Directway, who also stood at Adelaide Hill stud. Major Moth Breeders Crown winner by Majestic Son Watts Up Majestic, a brilliant young trotter by Majestic Son from Rainbow Maori (a member of the same maternal line as the Inter Dominion champion Bay Johnny), notched his most important success when he won the $100,000 Breeders Crown at Melton. Watts Up Majestic is trained by Chris Svanosio and owned by Sydneysider Bradley Watts, who bred him.  By Majestic Son, who sired the Breeders Crown three-year-old winner Cover Of Darkness on the same night, Watts Up Majestic is out of the Maori’s Idol mare Rainbow Maori, who left other trotting winners in Rainbow Jay Jay (1:59.2, 14 wins) and Watts Up Maori (1:58.6). Rainbow Maori was out of the Harold Park winner Diamond Ski, who ranked as a half-sister to a NSW Carousel winner in Apre Ski. Rainbow Maori was 21 when she left Watts Up Majestic. Wolf Stride is Cups material Wolf Stride, who won the $60,000 Breeders Crown Graduate Free-for-all and is regarded as Grand Circuit material of the highest order, is a four-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven from Lilac Stride, a Breeders Crown winner who took a record of 1:54.4. He is a member of an old time family, which was represented by a winner at Gloucester Park in To Fast To Serious on the same night as Wolf Stride won.  Lilac Stride was an Art Major mare from Labretta Franco (1:58.5), by Falcon Seelster from Looks The Part, by Nero’s B B from Living Doll, by Lordship. Labretta Franco was the dam of a useful pacer in Gypsy Stride (1:54.9), who won five races and also of Always A Stride (1:55.1), a brother to Lilac Stride who won three. Miss Labretta, an Artiscape mare from Labretta Franco, left the NSW winners Four Starz Stride (1:54.4) and Yaya’s Hot Heart (1:54.8). Wolf Stride ranks as a three-quarter brother to the Group 3 winner Cherry Stride 1:51.2 ($129,830). Wolf Stride Star trotter by Imperial Count A four-year-old mare to take high ranking in Victoria is Keayang Livana, one of the first commercial crop sired by Imperial Count, who is now at the stud in New Zealand. Keayang Livana has won seven four-year-old races and been four times placed for $58,830, a worthwhile return for the $8,500 paid for her as a yearling. She won the Group 2 Breeders Crown Championship in the smart time of 2:00, and appears every bit as good as the Victorians rate her.  She is out of Poignant, by Sundon from a useful racemare in Be Positive, by Game Pride (son of Hickory Pride) and tracing back to the NZ mare Mavis Wood. Poignant was a half-sister to the cups winning trotters Posimistic 2:01 ($136,043), Exuberant (15 wins and $108,205) and Got It Show It. Keayang Livana was bred by former leading Goulburn Valley studmaster Kevin Newbound. Leonidas in 1:48 The Mach Three four-year-old Leonidas became the second Australian bred pacer to hoist a 1:48 record when he won the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway, Maryland recently. Leonidas, who won his way back to a NR111 mark in Australia – his last success was at Bendigo in June when awaiting shipment – and in America he has run up an outstanding score. From nine starts he has won five and been three times placed for $US103,310 in stakes. Raced in Australia by the Roger Bazley Syndicate, who also bred him, he is a four-year-old gelding by Mach Three from Roger’s Joy (1:58.1), a daughter of Bella Joy 1:55.8 ($109,849), dam of Group 1 winners in Supersonic Miss 1:52.6 ($373,722) and Goodtime Heaven 1:52 ($284,087) and others in Jukebox Music 1:53.6 ($334,301) and Bella Shine (1:55.5). Bella Shine, a Bettor’s Delight mare, won eight races in NSW and became the dam of Shineonucrazy Diamond, who took a mile mark of 1:50 in America, and the recent Albion Park winner Major Mucha (1:54.7). Bella Joy was out of Intrude, a noted producer by Fake Left from Avonali, by Toliver Hanover from Stormy Helen, by Stormyway and tracing to the taproot Buckland’s Mare (by Vancleve). Intrude produced a champion racemare in Make Mine Cullen (1:53, winner of 40 races and $874,178) and others in Roger’s Passion 1:56.6 ($136,446), Billy Badlands 1:55.7 ($122,805) and Intrusive (1:56.5). But the second generation of Intrude’s family has bred on with the same distinction as she did. She figures as the grand-dam of the SA Pacing Cup winner Sicario 1:53.8 ($435,825),     College Chapel (Bathurst Gold Crown), the NSW Breeders Challenge winner Obahma Joy 1:53.2 ($180,618), Make Mine Heaven (Young Cup) and Kingofthestars 1:53.5 ($134,414). Raider Stakes winner The Group 2 $50,000 Raider Stakes, one of Tasmania’s major four-year-old classics of the season, was won by Pardoe Plugga, a gelding by Western Edition from Hotline. Pardoe Plugga, who was making only his third appearance at Devonport, belongs to one of Australasia’s most successful classic winning families, that founded by the American bred mare Trix Pointer (2:09.4), by Demonio. Pardoe Plugga’s dam, Hotline, was by a crack Riverina youngster in River Khan (2:00.8, who traces back to the American bred mare Her Ladyship, by Abbedale), from Scepticism, by Safely Kept from the Young Dancer mare Queen Of The Fairies, dam of a useful trotter in Figment (2:06.1), who, in turn, left the Australasian Trotting Championship and Vicbred winner Fabrication 1:58.2 ($205,580). Queen Of The Fairies was a half-sister to the Derby winner Doubter, the top filly Precise and the unraced Hot Foot, who established one of the leading families in Australia today. Well related three-year-old Cant Top This, who won at Ballarat recently, leading throughout and scoring by the staggering margin of 50 metres, has now won three races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a three-year-old half-brother by Rock N Roll Heaven to a brilliant but unsound pacer in Ideal For Real 1:54.4 ($324,600). Ideal For Real, an American Ideal horse, won 13 races including the NSW Derby and Vicbred Super Series, and had he been 100 percent sound there is no saying the form he may have produced.  Their dam, the American-bred Tamara Hall, a Real Desire mare from the Canadian 2YO Filly of the Year Tabloid (1:53.6), by No Nukes from the Albatross mare Next Chapter, has proved a most successful broodmare. Besides Ideal For Real and Cant Top This, others of her progeny have been The Deal 1:59.2 (8 wins), Cowgirlsnlace and recent two-year-old winner Dream The Dream (1:56.5). Unraced, Tamara Hall was a half-sister to The Globe 1:50.6 ($772,462), who stood stud in Queensland, the US Pacing Championship winner BJ’s Whirlwind (1:49.2) and True Blue Hall (1:49.2). Eighth winner from broodmare When the Captaintreacherous two-year-old Captain Wilson won in runaway fashion at Warragul last weekend, he credited his dam Saabette with her eighth individual winner. Captain Wilson, one of the first crop by Captaintreacherous, had finished on the heels of the placegetters at his previous four attempts. Others from Saabette to win have been Lierre Noir (1:54.4), a Group 3 winner at Melton, the dual Tamworth Cup winner Gottashopearly (1:53.1), Bettor’s Ace 1:56 (WA Champagne Classic), Plan Ce (1:53.6), Gozo Beach (1:55.2), Aces Running (1:58.9), Alashell and now Captain Wilson. Saabette, who is now in her 20th year, has since produced a yearling colt by Betting Line. Saabette (1:56.2) is a Classic Garry mare from the noted producer Soky’s Number (by Soky’s Atom), the dam of the WA Pacing Cup and Derby winner Saab, former 2YO of the Year Talladega, Saabella (Vicbred 4YO) and so on.  Peter Wharton

Im Ready Jet, a three-year-old harness racing filly by the Haras Des Trotteurs stallion Quaker Jet, and one of his first Australian crop, captured her second Breeders Crown title when she won the $80,000 Group 1 at Melton on Saturday night (November 21). Starting from inside the back row, Im Ready Jet slotted into the one, one trail in the early part before exploding to the front with 1300 metres to go. Despite being pressured in the last lap, the filly pulled out plenty in the home straight to land the thick end of the prize. The mile rate for the 2240 metres was a brilliant 1:57.2 with the final three sectionals in 28.7, 29.2 and 29.1. To watch the video replay click here Im Ready Jet ($153,870) is the richest of the 10 winners from Quaker Jet’s initial crop of 24 foals, 15 of which have raced. Cracker Jet, also sired by Quaker Jet, finished third in the Breeders Crown for three-year-olds colts and geldings. Orlando Vici, whose first Australian crop has made a huge impact, was represented by the Breeders Crown Final placegetters in Red White An Bloom (2nd – 3YO C&G) and Brandlo Prince (3rd – 4YO E&G). Dont Care, a two-year-old gelding by Used To Me, finished a brave second in his $100,000 Final. Used To Me was also represented by the two-year-old My Used To Me, who scored back-to-back successes at Globe Derby Park recently. Meanwhile, Love You, the sire of Quaker Jet, also led in a ‘new’ winner in Thank You, who scored at Manawatu Raceway, New Zealand. Brillantissime, a multiple Group winning son of the great Ready Cash, and who has been fully booked in his first season at Haras Des Trotteurs, was represented by the French-bred three-year-old filly Hopeful Beauty, a runaway winner at Charlton. Quaker Jet, Used To Me, Love You, Orlando Vici and Brillantissime are all members of the Haras Des Trotteurs sire roster for the 2020/21 season. Peter Wharton

Plunge Blue Chip, who began her career as a two-year-old, was a harness racing champion of her era. Now retired to the breeding shed she was the first three-year-old trotter to go inside 1:50 and the fastest ever trotter on a half-mile track (1:51.3). One of only six female trotters in history to win a race in faster than 1:50, Plunge Blue Chip (1:49.4), along with her great adversary, Manchego, are the only two trotting mares to achieve the feat more than once. She also clocked 1:49.1 when a close second in The Allerage. It can rightly be claimed of Plunge Blue Chip that she is one of the best bred and best performed trotting mares in the last decade. As a two-year-old she won nine of her 10 outings and $404,690 in stakes including the $420,750 Goldsmith Maid in 1:53.1 at The Meadowlands and the $173,000 Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. She took her record of 1:49.4 at three years, winning a $128,500 division of the Delvin Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands, in which she defeated Manchego ($2,857,315). The time equalled the fastest trotting mile ever put up at the Big M and tied the season’s record. The Delvin Miller Memorial Plunge Blue Chip equalled her world record 1:49.4 performance in winning a Kentucky Futurity elimination at The Red Mile, defeating Atlanta and Manchego. Among her other successes at three were the $129,000 Hudson Filly Trot in 1:53.1 – the fastest trotting mile in Yonkers history when set – and the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes Final, while she recorded notable placings in the Breeders Crown, Hambletonian Oaks and Zweig Memorial. Plunge Blue Chip won the Miss Versatility Series, run at Delaware’s half-mile track, in 1:52.1 at four and in a world record 1:51.3 at five, in which she matched her world record-breaking effort in the $133,000 Joie De Vie at Tioga Downs a month earlier. Plunge Blue Chip winning the Miss Versatility Series Plunge Blue Chip nabbed her richest win of the year at her final start in the $140,000 TVG Free-for-all in a stake record-equalling 1:51.4 at The Meadowlands, brushing home in 27.1 to score by 1-1/2 lengths. In all, Plunge Blue Chip recorded 23 wins and 19 placings in 48 starts and finished up with a stake tally of $1,596,841 – an average of $33,268 per start.  Among the top trotters she met and defeated were Hannelore Hanover ($3,069,857), Atlanta ($2,859,610), Manchego ($2,857,315) and Emoticon Hanover ($2,044,663). “She can do everything. She can leave fast, she never breaks, and she is strong. She is always fighting to the wire,” trainer and part-owner Ake Svanstedt said. On the score of blood Plunge Blue Chip lacks nothing. Her sire Muscle Mass (1:53.4) was a champion with stake earnings of $229,000 and has been one of America’s top sires for some time. He figures as the sire of two of America’s greatest trotters in Six Pack 1:49.1 ($1,973,661) and Plunge Blue Chip 1:49.4 ($1,596,841) and, in all, he sired 90 in the 1:55 list, 137 $100,000 earners and the winners of more than $43 million. Plunge Blue Chip belongs to a noted female line, her dam Dunk The Donato being by Donato Hanover (1:50.1), Hambletonian winner and champion sire and broodmare sire from Irene’s Lucky Lady (1:54.3), by Winky’s Pine (1:55.2 son of Pine Chip) from Meadowbranch Irene, by Meadow Road (1:54.2), Swedish Horse of the Year and Elitlopp winner. Dunk The Donato, the dam of Plunge Blue Chip, is proving a successful broodmare. She is also the dam of Splash Blue Chip (1:58.3), who was placed in this year’s Breeders Crown 2YO Final, and Naco Blue Chip (1:57.3). Her grand-dam, Irene’s Lucky Lady, a winner of $138,117, ranked as a half-sister to the USA Trotter of the Year and dual Breeders Crown champion Mr Muscleman 1:51.1 ($4,032,206), the winner of a world record 30 races in 1:55 or faster. Lady Chaos (1:53.1), the winner of the recent Breeders Crown 2YO Filly Trot and Kentucky Sire Stakes and $560,803 in stakes, is a member of the same family as Plunge Blue Chip. Plunge Blue Chip can boast two strains of Valley Victory, the sire of the great Muscles Yankee, on the top side of her pedigree, while champion sires such as Andover Hall, Pine Chip, Donerail and Nevele Pride appear on the distaff side. Peter Wharton

A winning double a Manawatu Raceway, New Zealand, a 1:51.8 winner in North America and a Gloucester Park winner were the highlights of a busy harness racing week for Burwood Stud’s flagship stallion Changeover. The former Kiwi champion led in eleven individual winners for the week in three different countries! Boilover, a debut winner by an amazing 15 lengths, and About Turn ($70,000) provided a winning double for Changeover at Manawatu, while Glengarry Knight NZ (1:51.8) and Risk NZ (1:53.8) won at Dover Downs, Delaware and Pompano Park, Florida respectively. Talkerup, a NZ bred daughter of Changeover, sat parked throughout before notching her 13th success and increasing her stake tally to $175,000 at Gloucester Park, while Change Of Address posted win No.8 at Bunbury. Changeover was represented by three winners in Victoria in Change The Print NZ, who made it six wins from nine starts this season with his 1:54.7 effort at Ballarat, Awayovernight NZ and the two-year-old trotting gelding Bullapark Beno. A further two NZ winners sired by Changeover were Deus Ex (Winton) and Pete’s Dash (Oamaru). Changeover has already produced 16 individual winners of more than $200,000 in stakes in NZ this season and is ranked sixth on the All Aged list.   By Peter Wharton

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound Breeding of NZ Cup winner Self Assured, who won the NZ Trotting Cup, main race of the NZ Cup carnival at Addington, is a Bettor’s Delight gelding from the same family as that which produced the dual NZ Cup winner Lazarus. Self Assured, who was an Auckland Cup winner as a four-year-old, has only been sparingly raced, but he has shown up as a brilliant pacer, and it was a top field he beat at Addington. Bred by Wellington businessman Reg Caldow, the five-year-old gelding is out of Star Of Venus (TT1:53), by Christian Cullen from Starlitnight, by Tuapeka Knight from the Soky’s Atom mare Star Of Bethlehem.  Lazarus, also sired by Bettor’s Delight, is from the Christian Cullen mare, Bethany, whose dam, Spirit Of Beth is a sister to Star Of Bethlehem, the third dam of Self Assured.   Aussie winners at NZ Cup carnival Two promising young horses to win at the NZ Cup carnival were the three-year-old Riveered and the four-year-old Jawbreaker, both very closely related and both bred in Victoria by Glenn Taylor. Riveered, who has won two of his last four starts, is a striking colt by Bettor’s Delight out of a capable racemare in Arivee (1:59.3), by Safely Kept from Willing Greek, by Golden Greek (a free-legged son of Abercrombie) from a fine racemare in Willing Whiz, by Armbro Whiz. Arivee, who won 13 races and $83,953, left earlier winners in Fighting Fire (1:53.9), Im Very Willing (1:59) and the Presidential Ball mare Eye Like Candy (1:55.8), the dam of Jawbreaker (by Art Major), who has won two. Arivee ranks as a sister to Kalypso (2:00.8), who became the dam of the Victoria Cup winner Caribbean Blaster and the exported War Dan (1:50), and a half-sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge winners Grand Stride 1:52.4 ($324,658) and Sapphire Stride 1:52.2 ($134,115). This family has had an association of some 110 years in Australia, and it has been responsible for a long line of winners such as the Fremantle Cup and Inter Dominion heat winner Willadios, Charlaval (NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO), Rohan Home (Breeders Crown Open), Zaneden (NSW Hondo Grattan Sprint), Katasopos (Tatlow Memorial), Lachlan Missie (Queensland Oaks) and The Night Pearl (SA Derby).   Brother to My Hard Copy Copy N Pace, who won the opening race at Gloucester Park, after racing wide most of the way, has now won six races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a three-year-old brother by American Ideal to the dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy 1:51.6 ($1.2 million), now at the stud in WA. Copy N Pace                                   --Jodie Hallows photo Their dam, Readallaboutit, a Presidential Ball mare from Natalia’s Joy (2:00.6), by Butler B G from the American-bred Natalia Lobell, has proved a most successful broodmare. Besides My Hard Copy and Copy N Pace, others of her progeny have been the Group 3 winner My Carbon Copy 1:54.6 ($116,468), Our Front Page (1:58.1) and Press Release (1:59.5). Readallaboutit was not of much account herself but she was a half-sister to Money In The Pocket (1:58.8, 10 wins) and to the dam of Secret Rendezvous 1:51 ($109,772) and the Presidential Ball mare Presidential Belle (1:57.6), who, in turn, is the dam of the dual Inter Dominion heat winner Run Oneover 1:50.8 ($584,119). This has been one of the most successful branches of the Lettie family, Natalia’s Joy being a half-sister to the dam of the former Australian 3YO of the Year and Chariots of Fire winner Manifold Bay 1:58.1 ($538,604).   Techy’s Angel is tops The most improved three-year-old in recent weeks is Techy’s Angel, from Emma Stewart’s Ballarat stable, and she will be among the leading fancies for tomorrow night’s $200,000 Breeders Crown Final. She won a semi-final last weekend in a new lifetime mark of 1:55.5 for 2240 metres after being required to overcome a difficult barrier. Techy’s Angel                            --Stuart McCormick photo The winner of six races, Techy’s Angel is a grand type of filly by the defunct Alta Christiano (a Derby winner and son of Christian Cullen) from a capable racemare in Venus Williams (1:55.3), a half-sister by Washington VC to Giddyupandgobaby 1:56 (WA Golden Girls Mile) and the metropolitan winners Lavros Cam (1:56.7) and Motoring With Marty. Mighty Dear (2:00.6), the second dam of Techy’s Angel, was a sister to the Traralgon Cup winner Doncaster and a half-sister to Major Rae (1:58), Cut The Cake (1:58.4) and to the Noodlum mare Dear Donna, dam of OK Ado 1:54.1 (Invercargill and Timaru Cups). Techy’s Angel was bred and is raced by Goulburn Valley breeder Mario Cirillo.   Zeuss Bromac’s maternal line The three-year-old Zeuss Bromac, who won a semi-final of the Breeders Crown, was bred and originally raced in NZ but has a breeding background with deep roots in Victoria. By Bettor’s Delight, he is out of the Mach Three mare Zeta Bromac (1:55.5), who won five races, including a Breeders Crown heat in the North Island. Zeta Bromac, who was bred in Canterbury, was out of Zante Beach, by Fake Left from the Tatlow winner Gemfire, by Torado Hanover from Gold Mistress, by Golden Money Maker from Madame Han, who established a great winning line for Helen and the late Graham Head. She left the Nyah Cup winner Chipmunk and five Moonee Valley winners including Easymark, Good Mistress and Cocky Benz. Zeuss Bromac            --Stuart McCormick photo                      Zante Beach, who won 16 races and $115,160 in stakes and took a record of 1:59, became the dam of the exported My Zach Bromac (1:52), the NSW Country Series winner Zorro Bromac (1:56.6) and recent Gloucester Park three-year-old winner Savvy Bromac (1:57.9), a sister to Zeta Bromac. Zante Beach was a half-sister to the Derby winner Garnet River 1:50 ($555,822), the NSW Tatlow winner The Godine Machine (1:58.5), Mota Mate (SA Sires Produce) and Western Blaze (1:53.7 (a winner of 25 races and $171,220).   Let’s Katchmeifucan in 1:51.8 Let’s Katchmeifucan gave a taste of his class when he easily won the Group 3 $30,600 Pace, the main event at the weekend meeting at Menangle running out the 1609 metres in a sparkling 1:51.8. He was not in danger of defeat over the last 800 metres. By Panspacificflight, a son of The Panderosa, Let’s Katchmeifucan is out of the McArdle mare McKenzie Jaccka (1:59), whose dam, Marianna Jaccka (1:59.9), was by Holmes Hanover from the Admiral Halsey mare Miss Priscilla, a half-sister to the NZ Oaks winner Josephine Bret. McKenzie Jaccka left a capable pacer in Fairy Tinkabell (1:51.6), a winner at Menangle earlier this year. Panspacificflight, the sire of Let’s Katchmeifucan, has produced the Group 1 winner Arden’s Choice, Little Rascal (1:50.2), Last Flight In (1:52), Wattlebank Flyer and Wick (1:51) from his NZ crops, and in America, has left nine in the 1:50 list.   Granny Smith winner The Brighton mare Still Hungover, who firmly clinched her claim to being the best four-year-old mare in Tasmania when she won the $50,000 Granny Smith at Devonport, is a member of one of Tasmania’s top ranking standardbred families. Still Hungover, who has now won 10 races and $110,654, is a mare by the Dragon Again horse Sutter Hanover, who stood his early seasons at the stud in Victoria and has been located at Elderslie near Hobart while at the stud in Tasmania. Sutter Hanover has enjoyed moderate success from restricted stud chances. His stock include the top WA filly Blacknsweet Adda and the smart Tasmanian pacer Fortino. Still Hungover is out of Crystal Still, by the Canadian bred sire Time Stands Still, from Crystal Gold, a Tasmanian bred mare by the A. G. Hunter Cup winner Golden Alley from Golden Mood, by Light Mood from Brown Cobber, by Cobber O’Mine and tracing to the taproot Blue Eyes. Crystal Gold was the dam of a top ranking pacer in Simply Electric 1:58.4 ($248,664), winner of 38 races including the Hobart Pacing Cup and the Tasmanian Gold Mile twice, and Seddon Mitch (1:58), who won the Globe Derby Stakes. Clear Gold, a sister to Crystal Gold, won 18 races including the Tasmanian Sires Produce and St Mary’s Cup. The champion Tasmanian mare Jane Ellen, a triple Oaks winner, is a member of this family.   From family of Donna Who Sweet Louise, who won a semi-final of the Breeders Crown at Melton, is a Sweet Lou filly from the same family as that which produced a top Queensland racemare in Donna Who. Sweet Louise                          --Stuart McCormick photo   Sweet Louise, who won a heat of the Crown at Bendigo, has only been sparingly raced, but she has shown up as a very useful pacer, and it was a strong field she beat at Melton. She has a good deal in her favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Sweet Lou, and one of his second crop, Sweet Louise is out of the Modern Art mare Artistic Dancer, who has proved a very successful broodmare. Others of her progeny have been Plain Baby (1:57), Black Derby (1:56) and Dance Of Fire (1:57.4). Artistic Dancer, who was unraced, from the NZ bred mare Whola Dancer (2:00.9), a good winner at Globe Derby Park, by Holmes Hanover from Donna Who (1:57.1), a winner of 19 races and $244,668 in stakes including the APG Final. At the stud Donna Who became the dam of five winners including Wholigan (1:57.2) and is the grand-dam of the Southland Oaks winner Smokin Bird (1:55.1), High Courage 1:53.2 ($143,950), the Menangle winner Whos Escaped 1:52.7 ($127,377) and the Bettor’s Delight mare Slick Bird (1:55.7), the dam of the high class WA pacers Slick Artist 1:52.2 ($204,557) and While They Pray 1:54.7 ($120,088). Sweet Louise was bred and is raced by Melbourne enthusiast John Dorrington.   Victorian trotter has strong bloodlines Peregrine Phoenix, who won her fourth race from her last five starts at the Geelong midweek meeting, is a four-year-old trotter of some potential. A member of Chris Svanosio’s Romsey team, she has a good deal more in her favour on the score of blood than most. By Muscle Hill, who sired top trotters in Dance Craze and Elite Stride, Peregrine Phoenix is out of the Malabar Maple mare Maple Eve Phoenix whose dam,  Dodo Rocket, was a Wagon Apollo mare who left trotters of the calibre of Princess Phoenix (1:55.5), the winner of 12 races including the Vicbred 2YO Final, and Hadrian’s Phoenix (2:00), who won five. Dodo Rocket was out of a good producer in Jolabyrd, who ranked as a sister to the cups winning trotter Joseph Boppard and a half-sister to the Moonee Valley winners Supreme Gent and Kinnoul. Peregrine Phoenix is a half-sister to the former brilliant juvenile trotter Eljaykay Phoenix 1:58.6 ($256,877), who won five Group races.    Three winners from the same family The three-year-olds Dance Class and Star Rocker and the six-year-old Somewhere Secret, who all won at the recent Kilmore meeting, are all members of the same family. Dance Class, a filly by A Rocknroll Dance, ranks as a half-sister to the Vicbred champion Out To Play 1:53.3 ($215,627), Paintball 1:54.4 ($100,508) and Stay And Play (1:55.5), being out the Presidential Ball mare, Play Ball, whose dam, Secret Life, is the dam of Somewhere Secret (by Somebeachsomewhere). Star Rocker, a son of A Rocknroll Dance, is from the Silver Chalice winner Starburst Girl 1:53.6 ($143,670), an Art Major mare from Celebrity Ball, by Presidential Ball from the noted producer Larrakeyah Lady, the third dam of Somewhere Secret and the fourth dam of Dance Class. Other members of the immediately family have been the Victoria Oaks and Breeders Crown winner Beauty Secret, Major Secret (NSW Derby), the dual Southern Cross winner That’s Perfect, Perfect Major (WA The Preux Chevalier) and the smart two-year-old Rogue Wave.   by Peter Wharton

The Bold Eagle filly Eagle Eye Sherry firmly clinched her claim to being the best three-year-old filly of the season in Sweden when she won the $360,000 Swedish Breeders Crown Final at Sundbyholm racetrack. Starting from the pole, the filly dominated the classic leading from the outset and running out the 1-5/16th mile trip in a 1:56.4 mile rate. Earlier in the season Eagle Eye Sherry captured the $600,000 Swedish Oaks at Solvalla. Love You, a leading member of the Haras Des Trotteurs’ sire roster, sired important winners on both sides of the Tasman recently.  The bonny Love You two-year-old filly Queen Elida NZ took out a heat of the Breeders Crown at Maryborough, her second success from three starts on Australian spoil, while comeback trotter Dreamcatcher, who will stand at Haras Des Trotteurs in 2021, completed back-to-back successes at Kilmore. To round out a big weekend for Love You, his three-year-old daughter Wanna Snuggle was a dashing end-to-end winner by 5-1/2 lengths at Alexandra Park, Auckland. Wanna Snuggle provided the second leg of a winning double for Haras Des Trotteurs at Auckland’s ‘ribbon of light’ with the Quaker Jet mare Expensive Crumpet notching her third success on the back of a flying 57.9 seconds closing half. Haras Des Trotteurs’ emerging, young sire Used To Me was represented by the impressive Breeders Crown two-year-old heat winner Dont Care, who posted his second win from seven starts. The gelding is a member of Used To Me’s third crop which also produced the Melton two-year-old winner Surprise To Me. Orlando Storm, a four-year-old mare and one of the brilliant first crop of Orlando Vici, won her fourth race at Canberra. Orlando Vici has left 10 winners and a placegetter from 11 foals from his first racing crop.     by Peter Wharton

Changeover, the former Kiwi champion who now stands at Burwood Stud in Queensland, was represented by winners in both hemispheres last week. Darkershadeofpale and Glenferrie Bronte, a pair of New Zealand-bred daughters of Changeover, won at Harrah’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Freehold Raceway, New Jersey respectively. The former won 1:53 and the latter in 1:58.2. Notorious, a NZ bred son of Changeover, posted his seventh win at Albion Park and his eleventh lifetime success on Thursday night (November 12). The gelding clocked 1:54.6 over 1660 metres with the closing 800 in 56.1. Promising three-year-old Rudi Sarnel made it five wins from nine lifetime outings at Port Pirie, while Lock It In Eddie won for the second time at Winton in NZ’s Southland region. Changeover has left 68 individual winners in Australia so far this season and progeny earnings of $1.66 million.   By Peter Wharton

The Yirribee Pacing Stud stallions enjoyed spectacular success both on and off the racetrack in the last fortnight. Tintin In America, the sire of reigning USA Horse of the Year Shartin, left winners in three different States headed up by the Albion Park winner Nimah Franco NZ (1:54.8) and the Gloucester Park victor Cavalry Call (1:57.8). The three-year-olds Boston Busker, a winner in a career-best 1:55.4 at Penrith, and Destiny Jane (1:59.4, Redcliffe) were other recent winners sired by Tintin In America. Ultra-consistent sire Million Dollar Cam produced six individual winners across USA, Canada and Australia. The list included Young Cambo, a runaway winner in 1:58.3 at the Blayney Cup meeting, Westernhouse (Bunbury), Seeknyoushallfind (Pinjarra) and the North American winners Its Only Rocknroll, who was bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud and won in 1:52.6 at Pocono Downs, Atomic Million Cam (1:55.6) and Justa Camilion (1:59.2). Warrawee Needy, the former world mile record holder, was represented by a winner at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the three-year-old Elroy Shiner (1:54). Fear The Dragon, whose frozen semen is available at Yirribee, left a couple of high priced yearlings at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Maryland. Twin B Slayer, a colt, fetched $125,000, while the filly Mayport Dragonfly was sold for $92,000. Fear The Dragon had four yearlings sell for an average price of $74,000.   By Peter Wharton

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