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Former New Zealand champion Changeover sired 108 individual winners and progeny earnings of $2,152,914 in the closing harness racing season, and has now left the winners of more than $1 million in five consecutive seasons. In all, Changeover’s stock have earned a massive $13,607,544 in stakemoney in NZ, Australia and North America. Changeover sired six winners on the last two days of the season. Convert Denario NZ won the Free-for-all at Gloucester in 1:57.4, Motu Gatecrasher NZ scored in 1:54.1 at Menangle, Platinum Revolution NZ made it seven from eight this season at Newcastle in 1:53.4, Rakasinc NZ notched his seventh win for the season at Northam  in 1:57.7, Dragontown scored at Mildura and Smoken Shazza won at Cambridge Raceway, NZ. Changeover stands at Burwood Stud, located on Queensland’s lush Darling Downs, for the modest fee of $1,650 including GST. By Peter Wharton

The Aldebaran Park bred and raised Aldebaran Ursula and Aldebaran Selena are the two richest, fastest and winningest two-year-old trotting fillies for the 2019/20 season to date. Aldebaran Ursula (by YIELD BOKO Se) has won three of her five starts including three heats of the NSW Foundation Series, earned $16,220 and established a new Australian mile record for one her age, gait and sex of 1:59.1 at Menangle. Meanwhile, Aldebaran Selena has won three races including a heat and the Final of the inaugural Queensland Springboard Series (Listed) at Albion Park and $15,187. Aldebaran Park’s reputation as one of the leaders in the production of quality trotting stock was further reinforced in August with eight individual winners bred or raced by the Nagambie facility. The list is headed up by Aldebaran Tess NZ, who completed a winning hat trick at Ballarat, the 1:58 Menangle winner Hotjane Bling (by EILEAN DONON USA) and the dual Terang victor ALDEBARAN ROCKY (by EILEAN DONON USA). Other Aldebaran Park bred or owned winners were the three-year-old filly Aldebaran Belle NZ, Aldebaran Sundown (by SKYVALLEY NZ), Aldebaran Crescent and Kyvalley Kyrie. Our resident stallion SKYVALLEY NZ led in seven individual winners for the month to advance his seasonal tally to 30. He sired the winners of $832,692 in prizemoney and was again clearly the leading colonial bred sire in 2019/20. Besides Aldebaran Sundown, SKYVALLEY NZ was represented by Nerveracking, who has now won five of her past six starts, the metropolitan winners Orlando’s Princess (Melton), Skyline (Albion Park) and Gap Year (Gloucester Park), the three-year-old filly Daring Angel and the Invercargill, New Zealand winner Spotlight The Valley NZ (Tr 2:02.1  - $89,984). Godofthunder, a five-year-old gelding and one of the first crop of our frozen sire YIELD BOKO Se, posted his eighth win and took his earnings to beyond $50,000 at Globe Derby Park recently. From his initial crop of 15 foals, YIELD BOKO Se has left seven starters and six winners. On the international front, the Aldebaran Park-owned Aldebaran Revani USA and part- owned Syrinx Minx USA are both competing strongly in the rich Pennsylvania Sires Stake and Stallion Series program, while the three-year-old filly Kela Hale Boko Se, owned by Aldebaran Park and trained from Menhammar Stuteri in Sweden, is now being readied to qualify at the famous Solvalla racetrack – the home of the Elitloppet in Stockholm. Sermon USA, a three-year-old full brother to Aldebaran Park’s exciting, young sire ALDEBARAN EAGLE USA, captured a division of the Kentucky Commonwealth Series at The Red Mile in 1:54.   by Peter Wharton

Auckland Reactor sired a winning double in the first two races at the Hobart twilight meeting on Sunday (August 30). Nine Diamonds, a three-year-old filly, stormed home from midfield to win by 22 metres with a last 800 in 58.6. It was the filly's third harness racing success from her last four starts. Thirty minutes later Cinocal Jamane led from end to end to notch her maiden success. Another 'new' winner for Auckland Reactor was Mighty Reactor, who rallied strongly after being pocketed to win at the last Addington Winter meeting. In Western Australia, Nuclear Poker overcame a wide passage to complete back-to-back wins at Northam. He has now won four races. Auckland Reactor has sired 89 individual winners in Australia this season and progeny earnings of $1.3 million.   Peter Wharton

Former New Zealand 4YO of the Year Tintin In America, who is now standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), took the siring honours at the final Winter Meeting at Addington Raceway on Sunday (August 30). The champion son of McArdle led in a winning double with two members of his first crop, Claus and Terrier, the former posting his sixth success and the latter his fourth. Tintin In America was also represented by the three-year-old filly Smooth Rye, who came from worse than midfield to notch her third win at Pinjarra. Million Dollar Cam claimed a winning double at the Bathurst midweek meeting with the three-year-old Pat McGarry (1:56.7), who was bred by Yirribee Stud, and Bill Shannon (1:59.7). Highly promising three-year-old filly Didn’t I, a winner in 1:57.2 at Kimore and now the winner of four of her last five, and Arrived Late (1:59, Summerside Rcaeway, Canada) were other recent winners sired by Million Dollar Cam. The Renaissance Man two-year-old colt Artful Jack continues to fly the flag for his sire in NSW. The colt scored a runaway success in 1:59.6 at Tamworth to complete a winning hat trick. Another Yirribee Stud-bred winner was Mach Angelo, who emerged successful for the sixth time at Penrith.   By Peter Wharton

Auckland Reactor, who is enjoying a boom year with his progeny, sired five harness racing winners on the one day on Thursday (August 27). The haul included a winning double at Cambridge Raceway, New Zealand and winners in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. The Banker, who came from last to dead-heat in 1:59.9, and the trotter As Free As Air, who sat parked for the majority of the trip, rang up number one for Auckland Reactor at Cambridge. The three-year-olds Maxactor and Mac Stubborn scored at Horsham and Tamworth resepectively. Maxactor was particularly impressive, racing without cover from the get go before notching his third success. Admiral, a NZ bred son of Auckland Reactor, completed the quintet, winning for the seventh time at Redcliffe. Auckland Reactor is standing this season at the St Fort stud, Moama (NSW), of multiple Group 1 winning horseman Tony Peacock. Peter Wharton

2020 is a red-letter year for one of South Australia’s true all-round horsewomen, Lee-Ann Pangrazio. It marks a 50 year anniversary in harness racing for the owner of Bolnora Breeding and Racing who has been a successful studmaster, breeder, owner, trainer, driver, yearling sale vendor and official. And, Lee-Ann’s enthusiasm for the sport is as strong now as when she first started out in the 1970’s. “I still get a buzz out of getting up in the morning and watching the new foals playing in the paddock with their dams,” Lee-Ann said. She has scaled down the business somewhat in the last few years with only 25 resident mares as well as mares being shipped in for the breeding season.  “Bolnora is now more a boutique farm. At one stage we had up to 160 mares on the property,” she said. Another source of great enjoyment for Lee-Ann is watching the exploits of her daughter, Katie, a successful driver, and her son, Andrew, a veterinary surgeon. “Katie works for Jill Neilson in the mornings and helps out at our farm in the afternoons,” Lee-Ann said. “She helps out with the breaking-in and training and general farm work.” Pangrazio, who was recognised for her contribution to South Australian breeding industry by BOTRA in 2005, is a pioneer of the sport. “Bolnora was the first stud in SA to introduce artificial insemination in 1997,” she stated. Lee-Ann herself comes from good equine stock.  “Mum used to ride showjumpers and crosscountry horses. She was still competing in shows until she was in her 40’s. “I rode ponies from a child through to my teenage years,” Lee-Ann said. Lee-Ann grew up on a dairy farm, firstly at Jervois and later at Virginia. The Pangrazio family became involved in trotting when they bought Len Sugars’ house and stables at Klemzig and Sugars bought their farm at Virginia. Lee-Ann and her ex-husband, Peter Lobb, established Bolnora as a training and breeding facility in 1993. “Effilo Adios, Long Tan Rob and Simply Two were a few of the best winners we trained,” Lee-Ann said. The 186 acre property, located at Dublin on the Adelaide Plains, has been the birthplace of numerous top flight performers down through the years. The list includes the SA Breeders Plate and triple Southern Cross winner Hes A Corka, his Oaks-winning sister Saved A Corka and half-sister Whatacorka (dam of Come On Frank), the multiple cups winner Scruffy Murphy and the SA Golden Nursery winner Fibber Magee. Among the horses bred and sold by Bolnora at the SA yearling sales have been the siblings Mandy Kriden, Responder and Takemepitchamister and the good Melton winner Amazing Kano. Lookin Fresh, a smart three-year-old winner at Bendigo in June, was bred at Bolnora and sold privately. “Mandy Kriden and Responder both won over $100,000, while Amazing Kano earned in excess of $70,000,” Lee-Ann said. Lee-Ann serves as treasurer of the SA BOTRA where she has been a committee member for several years. She also stands the Safe And Sound horse Sound System at Bolnora. The Tyler B import Miles McCool and the royally bred colonial horse Our El Fuego were others to do stud duties at Bolnora.   by Peter Wharton Reprinted with permission from Australian Standardbred Breeders Association website

Changeover, the former Kiwi harness racing champion who is now standing at Burwood Stud in Queensland, sired winners in four different States and North America this week. The list was headed up by the New Zealand Notorious, who posted his sixth success at Albion Park  and ninth overall with his 1:56.5 winning effort last Friday (August 21). Changeover was also credited with a ‘new’ two-year-old winner in Justanextragrand (Pinjarra) and a pair of three-year-old winners in Yianni, a winner in 1:56.7 at Maryborough, and Change Up (1:59.4, Globe Derby Park). Other recent winners by Changeover include Paddington Central NZ (1:58.1, Shepparton), Little Change (1:59.5, Redcliffe) and in North America, Glenferrie Bronte NZ (1:51.4, Pocono Downs) and Bronze Over NZ (1:53, Yonkers). Changeover, who stands for a modest fee of $1,650, has sired 61 individual winners in Australia this season and they have won 176 races and $1,282,470 in stakes.   By Peter Wharton

Brilliant He’s Watching colt Tattoo Artist, the winner of three $100,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Finals this year, is among the leading fancies for the harness racing $1 million Pepsi North America Cup to be run at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday (August 29). The joint leader in the OSS pointscore standings, Tattoo Artist has won five of his seven starts this year for $139,345 in stakes and with a mark of 1:48.4 is the fastest pacer in Canada in 2020. He’s Watching is enjoying a boom season with his three-year-olds in North America. From a foal crop of 77, he has had 56 starters and they have amassed almost $500,000 in stakes. Leading the vanguard for He’s Watching last weekend was the New Zealand-bred three-year-old gelding Pocket Watch, who led from end to end in 1:53 at Harrah’s Philadelphia at his American debut. Other recent He’s Watching winners in North America have been Dontblvmejustwatch (1:54.2), Retour Au Jeu (1:55.8), Gucci Eyepatch (1:58.4) and Panerai (1:59.8). On the home front, Lester became He’s Watching’s seventh individual two-year-old winner at Shepparton. Of He’s Watching’s first Australian crop of 57 foals, 18 have been winners – an impressive 32 percent strike rate. He’s Watching is standing this season at Luke Primmer’s Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW). Peter Wharton

Tact Bess, a New Zealand-bred daughter of Auckland Reactor, posted a new lifetime mark of 1:54.5 when she outsprinted a smart field at Albion Park on Saturday night (August 22). Starting from the No. 2 gate, the five-year-old enjoyed a saloon passage behind the leader before being switched down onto the passing lane. She won by 1.7 metres. Driven by Isobel Ross for trainer Grant Dixon, Tact Bess clocked 55.9 for the last 800 metres. To watch the video replay click here Out of a mare by New York Motoring, Tact Bess has now won 11 races and $65,233 in stakes. Auckland Reactor sired a winning double at Bunbury two nights earlier with Nuclear Power (1:58.9) and Madam Of Mischief (2:00). Auckland Reactor, who stands at Tony Peacock’s St Fort stud, Moama (NSW), has left 87 individual winners in Australia this season and they have won 193 races and $1.36 million in stakes. Peter Wharton

Renaissance Man, who is standing his first season at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga this year, continues to churn out the winners from his first harness racing crops in Western Australia. The multiple Group 1 winning son of Art Major was represented by a pair of two-year-old winners in Mister Ridgewell, a most impressive winner at Gloucester Park, and Arma Einstein, who won in 1:57.1 at Pinjarra. Medieval Man, a three-year-old gelding, completed a winning double for Renaissance Man at Pinjarra, notching his third win from huis last five starts. Renaissance Man has left 20 individual winners from 33 starters at an average of $17,600 per starter. Reigning USA Horse of the Year Shartin became the richest aged female pacer in North America this year when she annexed the $129,000 The Artiscape in 1:48.8 at Tioga Downs, New York. The daughter of Tintin In America has amassed $282,519 from five wins and a second in six starts in 2020 and boasts a lifetime bankroll of $US2.39 million. Million Dollar Cam was represented by winners in three different countries last week. Promising mare Getaloadathisgirl led the vanguard with her third win from her last four outings at Albion Park, clocking a career-best 1:56.1. The Yirribee Stud bred Allegretto (Bathurst) and Seeknyoushallfind (Pinjarra) were other Australian winners sired by Million Dollar Cam, while Eastend Eddie (1:55.4) and Doc’s Ronhnery scored at Harrington Raceway, Delaware and Inverness Raceway, Canada respectively. Former world record holder Warrawee Needy left two winners in North America last week including the two-year-old filly Need To Know (1:59) and the three-year-old gelding Needless To Say (1:53.8).     By Peter Wharton

The Auckland Reactor gelding Ian Raymond further underlined his potential when he demolished his harness racing opposition at Melton on Friday (August 21). Racing midfield most of the way, the five-year-old let down with an electrifying burst to win by 17.4 metres. He became the 86th individual winner sired by Auckland Reactor in Australia this season. Ian Raymond is the only foal out of a Village Jasper mare, Black Dress. To watch the replay click here. Earlier in the week, the Auckland Reactor gelding You Ninety Two sprinted sharply along the passing lane to bring up his third win from his past four starts. The mile rate for 2150 metres was 1:59.4, highlighted by a closing 800 in 56.9. To watch this replay click here. Auckland Reactor’s progeny has earned $1.34 million in Australia to date this term. To see the Auckland Reactor website click here 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 Notable siring feat The Group 1 $104,200 Albion Park Gold Final for two-year-olds was a triumph for He’s Watching as the sire of the winner Hes Sweet and the third placegetter Chamonix – rather a notable siring feat. He’s Watching’s oldest stock are three-year-olds, and they include Blockjorg (one the best fillies in WA), the unbeaten Private Eye, Star Hunter and the star Tasmanian Watchmylips. He’s Watching was one of the first sons of American Ideal imported to Australia, and his early crops have been most impressive. A second son of American Ideal in Heston Blue Chip has made rather a spectacular start as a sire, having been represented by two Group winners from his first crop. He’s Watching, who stands at Tipperary Equine, Young (NSW), is closely related to the Inter Dominion winner and sire Mr Feelgood, the ill-fated Queensland sire Rob Roy Mattgregor and Western Ideal, the grandsire of He’s Watching.   Smart As Camm Be is well bred A bright future is being predicted for the Cammibest four-year-old Smart As Camm Be, a dual QBred Triad winner whose success at Albion Park recently was her 13th from only 16 starts. Smart As Camm Be                                          --Dan Costello photo She has a good deal in her favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Cammibest, a millionaire son of Cambest, Smart As Camm Be is out of a champion racemare in Too Smart For You 1:55.2 ($149,684), by Famous Forever (a Fake Left horse from Girl From Ipanema) from the OK Bye mare Be OK (2:01.3), a half-sister to the top NZ racemare Its Ella 1:56.4 ($291,639). Too Smart For You, a former Australian two-year-old mile record holder, left earlier winners in Too God For You (1:57.5), a winner of 13 races, and Gest As Smart 1:55.3 (5 wins). She ranked as a half-sister to the Albion Park winner Little Okay (1:58). Just Ella, the dam of Too Smart For You, was by Son Of Afella from Exmoot, by Hi Lo’s Forbes from the Hal Tryax mare Tacwyn, a daughter of the prized matron Tactics, dam of seven winners including the multiple Derby winner Tactile and whose family is widely and successfully spread today.  Among others from the Tactics tribe have been the four-time Inter Dominion champion Blacks A Fake, Uncle Lile (NSW Tatlow), Tact Hayley’s Delight, Tact Tate (1:50.6), Royal Story (NSW Breeders Challenge), Taxing Times and many others.   Bao Nien shows promise Bao Nien, a smart end-to-end winner at Melton last weekend, has now won nine races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a four-year-old half-brother by Artistic Fella to a former brilliant youngster in Concealment (1:55.3), who won the Breeders Crown Silver. Bao Nien                                                               --Stuart McCormick photo   Bao Nien belongs to one of Australia’s top families, being by Artistic Fella from Trojan Fire, by Bettor’s Delight from the Tatlow Memorial winner Gemfire (2:00.5), by Torado Hanover from Gold Mistress, by Golden Money Maker from the Bachelor Hanover mare Madame Han, who established a great winning line for Helen and the late Graham Head. She left a very smart pacer in Chipmunk, winner of the Nyah Pacing Cup, the Moonee Valley winners Easymark, Cocky Benz, Gold Mistress, Moonshine Mistress and Botlar and the Gloucester Park winner Cam’s Torado. Bao Nien’s dam, Trojan Fire, was a half-sister to the Derby winner Garnet River, winner of $555,822 and who took a record of 1:50 in America, the NSW Tatlow winner The Godine Machine 1:58.5 ($107,295), the prolific Albion Park winner Western Blaze 1:53.7 ($171,220) and Zante Beach 1:59 ($115,160). Another half-sister to Trojan Fire was Braeview Express, who figures as the dam of the Vicbred and Breeders Crown winner Dont Hold Back 1:53.7 ($259,295), the exported Machiatto 1:51 ($139,709) and Braeview Bomber 1:55.8 ($110,667).   Group winner by Renaissance Man My Prayer, winner of the $30,000 WASBA 4 and 5YO Mares Classic at Gloucester Park, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the female pacers in Western Australia. She has won $116,242 in stakes, a worthwhile return for the $9,000 paid for her as a yearling. By the Art Major horse Renaissance Man, and one of his first crop, My Prayer is the member of an old time WA family, which was represented by last year’s WA 4YO Championship winner Theo Aviator. My Prayer’s dam, Mystery Oro, was by Mystical Prince from Orogenic, a noted producer by Captain Hook from Oro Travis, by Bintravis from the King Oro mare Wild Oro and tracing to the Ribbonwood mare Tartan Ribbons. Orogenic was the dam of a useful pacer in Levit To Travis 1:59.9 ($117,964) and of Madison Avenue (1:57.5), who won eight. The next dam, Oro Travis, left 10 individual winners and really established the family to some purpose. She produced two high class pacers in Vermilion (2:00.2), a winner of 14 races including a WA Derby heat and $111,748 in stakes, and Travis Arania, winner of the WA Sires Produce at 2 and 3. But the second generation of Oro Travis’s family has bred on with the same distinction as she did. She figures as the grand-dam of the dual Kilmore Cup winner and Inter Dominion placegetter Game Oro 1:58 ($244,920), the WA Pacing Cup heat winner Scanio 1:57.8 ($208,495), the WA Oaks winner Alfa Dyna (1:59), the WA Triple Crown 2YO winner Alfa Freeway 1:57.9 ($102,636), Bold Ruler (1:58.7) and Stylish Hooker ($92,232). My Prayer ranks as a half-sister to the good Gloucester Park winner Lovers Prayer (1:58), now being bred from in Perth.   New sire for Victoria The Somebeachsomewhere horse Soho Lanikai is to do stud duty at one of Victoria’s top studs – Goodtime Lodge, Colac – where Guaranteed (1:50.4) and Jilliby King Fu (1:48.8) head a select sire list. Soho Lanikai                                                             --Stuart McCormick photo Soho Lanikai had only one start as a two-year-old in February, spreadeagling his rivals in the Victoria Premiere Stakes at Melton at a 1:54 rate over 1720 metres. A particularly well bred horse, Soho Lanikai is by Somebeachsomewhere from a top racemare in Obahma Joy 1:53.2 ($180,618), the dam also of good winners in Major Obahma (1:56.5) and the ill-fated Mirissa Beach (1:58.1). A Group 1 winner, Obahma Joy was by American Ideal from Kirrilee Joy, by Safely Kept from the Fake Left mare Intrude, who established a good winning family. Intrude was the dam of the outstanding racemare Make Mine Cullen 1:53 ($874,178) and the classic winners Bella Joy 1:55.8 ($109,849) and Roger’s Passion 1:56.6 ($136,446). She was the second dam of pacers the calibre of Sicario 1:53.8 ($427,125), Supersonic Miss 1:52.6 ($373,722), Jukebox Music 1:53.6 ($334,301), Goodtime Heaven 1:52 ($236,087) and College Chapel 1:52.6, all Group 1 winners. Soho Lanikai will stand for a service fee of $1,650.   Smart filly by Alta Christiano A Victorian two-year-old to make a good impression has been Eva Mateo, a bay filly by Alta Christiano from Lady Lucy Lou, by Armbro Operative, who has won two races and been three times placed from five starts. She is one of the third crop of the defunct Christian Cullen horse Alta Christiano, who also sired a smart two-year-old colt in Mighty Ronaldo, who won three races including the WA Golden Slipper. Eva Mateo’s dam, Lady Lucy Lou, an Auckland three-year-old winner in  1:57.8, was by Armbro Operative from Lady Sistine (2:00.7), by Soky’s Atom from the Lumber Dream mare Lucy Lumber, dam of the NZ Easter Cup winner Insutcha 1:58.8 ($363,541) and the NZ Oaks winner Iman 1:56.6 ($105,855). Eva Mateo ranks as a half-sister to the Victoria Silver Vase victor Afro Samurai (1:55.5), the Albion Park winners Night Ninja (1:55.5) and Mr Bosley (1:57.1) and the Victorian winner Our Shanghai Noon (1:57.1). Eva Mateo was bred and is raced by Brisbane couple Dr Pat and Rhonda Aldons.   Closely related to Terror To Love Mach Da Vinci, a double winner at Menangle earlier this month, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when he won a heat of the NZ Young Guns at Auckland. He has continued his consistent form in his three-year-old season – he has won six and been four times placed – and will be well in line for the remaining juvenile classics. Mach Da Vinci is a colt by the Artsplace horse Art Major from Mach’s Love (1:58), the dam also of the six-time NZ winner Stun Gun (1:56.4). Mach’s Love ranks as a half-sister to a grand pacer and thrice NZ Cup winner in Terror To Love, being by Mach Three from Love To Live, by Live Or Die from Michael’s Magic, by Michael Jonathan.    First winner by Johny Rock The Rocknroll Hanover horse Johny Rock, a Stakes-winning three-year-old in America and later a winner at Menangle and now at the stud in Christchurch, was represented by his first winner when Steph’s Boy was successful recently at Addington. Having only his third start, Steph’s Boy sprinted sharply along the passing lane at a 1:57 rate over 1980 metres. Bred by Terry McDonald, Steph’s Boy is out of the McArdle mare, Have A Look, whose dam, Private Encounters was by Presidential Ball from the Soky’s Atom mare Lavish, who left several useful winners including a top class racemare in Pacific Playgirl (1:51.8), the dam of the recent Victorian winner Rock On Playboy.   He Aint Fakin in 1:52.7 He Aint Fakin, who came within a tenth of a second of the Albion Park two-year-old record with his 1:52.7 winning effort last Friday, is an Art Major gelding from the same family as that which produced a champion pacer in Blacks A Fake. He Aint Fakin                                                                --Dan Costello photo The winner of two of his five starts and a finalist in the Bathurst Gold Crown, He Aint Fakin is out of the Fake Left mare She Aint Fakin, who left others in Mondo Sports 1:55.6 (15 wins), Uroc Skinny Jeans (1:56.7) and Fake Art (1:59.9). She Aint Fakin, who was only lightly raced, was a sister to the four-time Inter Dominion  hero Blacks A Fake, being out of Colada Hanover (2:01.9), by Vanston Hanover from Pina Colada, by H T Luca from the Young Charles mare Young Charlene. He Aint Fakin looks a two-year-old with the potential one would expect of his breeding.   New website Former champion NZ pacer and successful sire Auckland Reactor, who is now standing at Tony Peacock’s St Fort Stud, Moama (NSW), has a new website The site feature news and details of Auckland Reactor’s progeny and his outstanding race record.     By Peter Wharton

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

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

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

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

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