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Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound Star four-year-old by Shadow Play To Fast To Serious, a winner of the Westbred 2YO Classic and recently winner of the Group 3 Im Themightyquinn, is one of the best four-year-olds in WA at present. He has won $131,737 in stakes, a worthwhile return for the $10,000 paid for him as a yearling. By The Panderosa horse Shadow Play (a leading sire in Victoria and now at the stud in America), he is out of the multiple Gloucester Park winner Smile With Me (1:57.7), by a top colt pacer in McArdle (son of Falcon Seelster) from Luscious Franco, by Badlands Hanover from Looks The Part. To Fast To Serious                     --Jodie Hallows photo To Fast To Serious is the best winner from this family in recent years but in an earlier decade it produced a top Queensland pacer in Franco Liberty, who won 25 races.   Sahara Tiger is tops Sahara Tiger, who won in metropolitan company last weekend at Melton, after appearing to be hopelessly out of it at one stage, has now won 11 races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a four-year-old half-brother by Art Major to the APG 2YO Championship winner Sahara Sirocco (1:53.8). Sahara Tiger                       --Stuart McCormick photo Sahara Sirocco, a Courage Under colt, has won five of his nine starts this season and was placed in a Breeders Crown heat recently. Their dam, Sahara Miss, a Village Jasper mare from Macrandra, by Classic Garry from Melanie, has proved a most successful broodmare. Besides Sahara Tiger and Sahara Sirocco, others of her progeny have been the Vicbred Platinum Homegrown 2YO Classic winner Starofsahara (1:56.2) and the APG heat winner Sahara Sunrise, dam of promising youngster Sahara Storm (1:58.1). Sahara Miss, who won 13 races and took a mile record of 1:54.4, was a half-sister to the Bathurst Gold Tiara winner and Vicbred champion Distant Memory 1:55.1 ($173,155), dam of the Group 2 winner Hows The Memory 1:50.1 ($154,424), and others in Joannie Pony (1:57.5), winner of 13 races, The Reverend Black (1:57.2) and Senor Banderas (1:58.6), who won 10. This has been one of the most successful branches of the Bessie B family, Macrandra being a half-sister to the Harold Park winner Mel Cee (1:59.7) and to Melissa Charm, a capable racemare who has produced an outstanding family of winners in Victoria, including Dazed And Confused 1:56.8 ($172,444) and Roll With It 1:53.9 ($123,028), both Group winners.   Siblings win at Globe Derby It was no mean feat for the siblings Dancing Finn and Regal Lager to win on the same card at Globe Derby Park last Saturday. Dancing Finn is by the Rocknroll Hanover horse A Rocknroll Dance, while Regal Lager is by the Artsplace horse Stonebridge Regal. Anna Finn, the dam of Dancing Finn and Regal Lager, was out of Angel In New York, an unraced mare by New York Motoring. Besides Anna Finn, she was also the dam of Sand Hill 1:51.6 ($319,168), the Gloucester Park winner Duncan Finn and the NSW Linden Huntly Little Memorial winner Our Molly Finn (1:58.5), who, in turn, is the dam of the good Melton winner Mollywood (1:56.2). Other members of this family have been Gifted Angel (NSW Renshaw Cup), the NSW Mount Eden Championship winner Vladimir The Great and the Gloucester Park winner White Eagle.   Well related three-year-old A three-year-old filly to make a good impression in WA is Star Fromthepalace, one of the first crop sired by former crack youngster Follow The Stars, who is now at the stud in Victoria. Star Fromthepalace has won nine two and three-year-old races and been twice placed at Group level for $108,306 in stakes. She won at Gloucester Park last Friday in the smart time of 1:57.3, and is a three-year-old expected to graduate far beyond her present rating. She is a filly by the Art Major horse, Follow The Stars, out of From The Palace, the best of whose several progeny has been Troopingofthecolour (1:55.8). From The Palace ranks as a half-sister to a useful racemare in All Over Tan (1:58.1), being by Royal Mattjesty from Lady Mulan, by Pacific Fella from Mulan NZ, by Falcon Seelster. Star Fromthepalace was bred and is raced by Bob Fowler, of Allwood Stud Farm.   Silver Chalice winner Miss McGonagall, winner of the Garrard’s Silver Chalice at Melton, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the pacing females. The winner of 10 races and $121,615 in stakes, she is a member one of New Zealand’s most successful families, being a four-year-old Modern Art mare from a capable racemare in Fleur Delacour (1:57.4), dam also of Isabelle Delacour (1:54.3), who won 10. Miss McGonagall                               --Stuart McCormick photo Fleur Delacour, a Moonee Valley winner, ranks as a half-sister to the smart trotter Its Not Dark Yet (22 wins and $176,838), Dustndiesel (10 trotting wins) and the pacer Brown Direct (6 wins). Their dam, Agincourt, was by the WA pacing standout Pure Steel from the Springflex mare Jane Flex, a half-sister to the Inter Dominion trotting champion Bay Johnny and a top flight NSW pacer in Toliver Bay. Jane Flex, who left six winners, was out of Snow Jane, by U Scott from Pleasure Bay, the grand-dam of harness racing first million dollar winner, Cardigan Bay.   Won Globe Derby One of the major three-year-old classics of the Tasmanian calendar, the $50,000 Globe Derby, was won by Kohanah, a colt by Sweet Lou from Benediction, by Bettor’s Delight. Kohanah belongs to one of Tasmania’s leading maternal families, that tracing to the What’s Next mare Draw Card, who established a great winning line for the Rattray family. She left nine winners including a cup class mare in Queen Carey (1:56.3) and high class colts in King Carey (1:57.1), Bettor Draw (1:51.9) and Diva’s Delight (1:53.5), all $100,000 winners. Queen Carey, who won 18 races, became the dam of the dual Inter Dominion heat winner and WA Pacing Cup placegetter Devendra 1:52 ($483,544), Estevao (1:55.2) and Benediction (1:57.8), the winner of 19 races and $161,235 including the Tasmanian Sweepstakes, Evicus and Hobart Pacing Cup. Among others from the Draw Card family have been the Granny Smith winner Faithful Gabby 1:57.3 ($101,914), Public Persecution (Bandbox Stakes), Hafter (winner of 14), Double Dee (1:56), Guenevereslancelot (Tas. Crystal Stakes) and the Evicus and Tasmanian Sweepstakes winner Fawzia.   Top Tasmanian three-year-old filly The Big Jim filly, Blame It On Me, firmly established herself as the top Tasmanian three-year-old filly of the season when she won $50,000 Bandbox at Launceston. The winner of the Sweepstakes Final and Belmont as a two-year-old, Blame It On Me fractured a hind leg earlier this year and was sidelined for almost nine months, but has recaptured her form and is now undefeated in four appearances since resuming. Blame It On Me is trained by southern Tasmanian horseman Doug Nettlefold, who also bred and part-owns her.  Blame It On Me is by the Western Ideal horse Big Jim (sire of Like A Wildfire, etc), from Shake Me Up, a lightly raced half-sister by Dream Away to the Tasmanian winners Just Dance Baby (six wins) and Baby Smiles (Crystal Stakes). Their dam, Shake Me Baby, was by Soky’s Atom from Rainbow Star, a half-sister by Midshipman to an Australian Derby winner in Newsbreaker 1:59.1 ($340,339) and to others in Tabac (2:00.6), Brother In Arms and Jazzbo, a successful broodmare in Australia. This is a long-established NZ family and an earlier top two-year-old belonging to it was Etoile, who won the Australian Pacing Gold Final at Moonee Valley in 1994.   From family of Lochinvar Art Petite Paree, a smart winner at the Albion Park midweek meeting, is a Western Terror mare from the same family as that which produced the champion Victorian pacer Lochinvar Art. A five-year-old, Petite Paree has only been sparingly raced but she has shown up as a very useful pacer, and it was a strong performance to win at Albion Park. Petite Paree’s dam Alive In Paris, was only a moderate, but she has left four winners from five foals including Art In Paris (1:56.2), a winner of 11 races, Pictures Of Paris (2:01.5) and the Ponder mare Ponder In Paris (1:56.5), who figures as the dam of Lochinvar Art.  By Live Or Die, Alive In Paris was out of Zora Paree, by Torado Hanover from the noted producer Paree Beauty (by Hilarious Way), the dam of My Cherie (Victoria Oaks and Sires Stakes 2YO), a high-class pacer in Kaboom and others.  Paree Beauty was a half-sister to Drastic Action (18 wins) and a member of the same family as Inter Dominion winners in Preux Chevalier and Parisienne.   Up-and-coming trotter One of the most promising trotters racing in Victoria is Cover Of Darkness, trained by Emma Stewart. A three-year-old, Cover Of Darkness is in his first season of racing, but from five starts he is undefeated. Cover Of Darkness                          --Stuart McCormick photo   Cover Of Darkness has a background of trotting blood second to none. His sire, Majestic Son, has left the outstanding Victorian gelding, Glenferrie Typhoon, and other top trotters in Majestic Man, One Over Da Moon, Majestic Player, Im Stately and Majestuoso. His dam, Illawong Moonshine, is by Yankee Spider, a son of champion American sire Muscles Yankee. Cover Of Darkness ranks as a half-brother to a promising young trotter in Illawong Moonbeam. Illawong Moonshine (1:58.1), a useful trotter herself, won 10 races and was a triple Vicbred finalist. She ranked as a sister to a champion trotting mare in Spidergirl and a half-sister to the Breeders Crown winner Illawong Armstrong and the talented Illawong Stardust. The family, which traces back to the Grand Monarch mare Maori Miss, produced a champion trotter in Maori’s Idol (1:59.3), who, at one stage, won 24 races on end, and other fine trotters in Sumthingaboutmaori, who won 31 races, including the Inter Dominion Final, Noopy Kiosk, Maori Time and Danny Bouchea.   Boost for SA yearling sale The 2021 SA Yearling Sale, to be held at Magic Millions in March, received a terrific boost with the results of racing at the Globe Derby Park on Monday. The Queen Of Heart, who won in 1:58.2, has a half-brother by Major Secret nominated for the sale by rookie breeders Michelle and Shane Collins. While So Jack, a winner on the same card, has a half-brother by Shadow Play being offered by Dr Richard Noble. The colt’s dam, So Deep, won the SA Oaks and finished second in the NSW Oaks.     by Peter Wharton

Former world champion He’s Watching sired three three-year-old winners in North America on the same day on Tuesday (November 10). Pocket Watch NZ started the ball rolling with a career-best 1:52 winning effort at Dover Downs, Delaware, his second win from four starts in his adopted country. Hereslooknatyou NZ, a three-year-old filly, win in 1:55.6 at Saratago Raceway, New York and Retour Au Jeu, a gelding, scored in 1:57 at Monticello Raceway, New York. Hereslooknatyou boasts the excellent scorecard of seven wins and four placings in 15 starts in North America. He’s Watching also produced two ‘new’ winners at Newcastle (NSW) in the two-year-old Miss Verstrappen NZ (1:58.9) and the three-year-old Ticktock Pocketwatch NZ (1:58.1) and has now sired 34 individual winners for the season – 13 two-year-olds and 21 three-year-olds (from a foal crop of 57). In New Zealand, He’s Watching left a pair of first crop winners in Star Watch, a winner by six lengths at Rangiora, and Eagle Watch, who scored for the third time at Cambridge Raceway. Eagle Watch winning at Cambridge He’s Watching, a 1:46.8, $1.1 million winning son of American Ideal, is standing this season at the incredible fee of $2,500 including GST at the Tipperary Equine stud, of Luke Primmer, Young (NSW).   By Peter Wharton

Jaccka Ted, a New Zealand bred son of Changeover, maintained his devastating harness racing form in SA when he sprinted sharply on the passing lane to win at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night (November 7). It was the four-year-old gelding’s third success from four outings in Australia and his fifth overall. Watch the race replay click here. Changeover was represented by a second winner at Globe Derby in the four-year-old mare Lillyshelaine. Notorious NZ, a gelding by Changeover, posted his seventh win for the season when he led from end to end in 1:54.4 at Albion Park. The former Kiwi mare Smoken Shazza emerged successful at her first start on Australian soil at Goulburn, while Our Georgina Rose made it two for two at Bendigo and Little Change chalked up win No. 14 at Redcliffe. Changeover rounded out a very successful first week in November with a pair of NZ winners in Rockngoodtime (Rangiora) and Ticking Over (Cambridge Raceway), while Darkershadeofpale NZ, a Group placegetter in NSW, won in 1:52.2 at The Meadowlands, New Jersey.   By Peter Wharton

Play Trix On Me and Spoiled Princess, a pair of three-year-olds by Trixton, won important races on the final night of American Grand Circuit racing at Hoosier Park, Indiana on Friday (November 6). Play Trix On Me, who finished a close second in the Breeders Crown, made amends in the $140,000 The Carl Erskine, zipping home in 27.4 to gain the verdict. The time for the flying mile was a career-best 1:53. Out of a Credit Winner mare, Play Trix On Me increased his bankroll to $555,943. Spoiled Princess rallied off cover to capture the $100,000 The Crossroads of America by a decisive 1-1/2 lengths in 1:52.4. From a mare by Broadway Hall, Spoiled Princess boasts lifetime earnings of $226,136. She holds a record of 1:51.2. Their successes helped vault Trixton into the Top Ten on the All Aged List with $3.29 million from only three racing crops. His three-year-olds have earned $2 million in 2020, placing him in fourth position. Overall, the progeny of the 2014 Hambletonian winner have earned more than $9 million with 34 in 1:55 and 27 $100,000 winners. Trixton is a member of the Stallions Australasia frozen semen roster.   By Peter Wharton

Boom AUCKLAND REACTOR three-year-old Willie Go West drew first blood in the Breeders Crown heats at Bendigo on Friday night (November 6), winning the opening harness racing heat in impressive style. Starting from the pole, the brown gelding pinged straight to the front, survived some early and midrace pressure and won by 3.2 metres. The mile rate for 2150 metres was a smart 1:54.6. He carved out the last two sectionals in 28.2 and 27.2. Watch the race replay click here. Willie Go West has now won four of his seven starts and $40,770 in stakes. Bred in New Zealand, he is out of Bettor Go, an unraced Bettor’s Delight mare.   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 Speak No Evil new pacing queen Speak No Evil, a daughter of the American sire, Well Said, whose frozen semen is available through Empire Stallions, was the star of the Mares’ Triple Crown at Melton. She won on the last two nights – the Group 3 Angelique Club Pace over 2240 metres and the Group 1 $100,000 Benstud Queen of the Pacific over 2760 metres, coming from third last at the bell and tramping her last 800 in 55.7 seconds. Speak No Evil                      --Stuart McCormick photo Bred and raced by Bill and Anne Anderson, Speak No Evil is out of the In The Pocket mare Top Tempo 1:56.5 ($225,513), who left eight winners – seven in 2:00 – and five $100,000 earners including the Australian Pacing gold winners Musical Delight 1:53.1 ($248,910) and Queen Of Pop 1:55.6 ($204,527), Countdown 1:53.1 ($134,270) and That’s How Weroll 1:52.9 ($107,324). Top Tempo is also the second dam of the Group placegetters Beach Music (1:56.3) and Young Rooster (1:58.3). Top Tempo was out of a top racemare in Kliklite 1:56.7 ($156,213), who produced two smart pacers pacers in McKay 1:55.7 ($236,445), a winner of 31 races, and Winewomenandsong (2:00.3), winner of the Tasmanian Breeders Plate.   Up and coming youngsters Two promising young horses to win at the final Gloucester Park October meeting were Arma Indie, a New Zealand bred mare, and the two-year-old filly American Arma. Both belong to the same family. Arma Indie, who has won 10 races and $160,000 in stakes, is a four-year-old mare by Well Said, and one of his third crop. Arma Indie looks certain to take a tight mark and as a stayer she has a bright future. She is out of Arma Courage (1:58.9), by Courage Under Fire from Arma Class (2:00.6), by Talk About Class from the noted producer Ar Miss. American Arma, who is rated by experienced judges as one of the top fillies in WA, was bred and is part-owned by Jim Currie, who raced her Group winning dam Arma Xpress 1:56.5 ($279,890).  American Rama looks to have terrific potential.  American Arma winning at Gloucester Park       -- photo by Daryl Hallows She is a two-year-old by American Ideal from the top racemare Arma Xpress 1:56.5 ($279,890), by Artiscape from the Holmes Hanover mare Arma Antoinette (2:01.4), a half-sister to Arma Courage, the dam of Arma Indie. This family has consistently produced a number of good winners over the years. A close relative of American Rama in Australia is Arma O’Rourke 1:56,7 (by Live Or Die), a winner of three at Gloucester Park. Arma ORourke’s dam, Trigg Beach, is a half-sister to Arma Xpress, the dam of American Arma.   Siring feat to Warrawee Needy Rather a notable siring feat was credited to the E Dee’s Cam horse Warrawee Needy at Menangle last Saturday, when he had three runners in a 10-horse field in the NSW Breeders Challenge True Blue Series for two-year-old colts and geldings. Warrawee Needy   Warrawee Drinking, a grand type of youngster, Mename’s Needy and The Mountain finished first, third and fourth respectively. Warrawee Needy’s oldest stock are two-year-olds, and they include Uncle Shank 1:54.8 (a top colt in Queensland), the Bathurst Gold Crown finalist Rockindownunder and The Grogfather. Warrawee Needy is the only son of E Dee’s Cam imported to Australia, and his first crop has been most impressive. Warrawee Needy, who stands stud in the Riverina, is a half-brother to a champion American filly in Warrawee Ubeaut 1:48.6 ($1.7 million).   By Shoobee’s Place Shoobee’s Place, a well performed Artsplace horse from a smart racemare in Shoobeedobeedo, by Jate Lobell, and who is now at the stud in WA, was recently represented by two Group winners at Menangle. Merrywood Lynn, a two-year-old filly, and Katchar Shoobee, a three-year-old gelding, won their respective $50,000 NSW Breeders Challenge True Blue Series. Both are out of Artsplace line mares, Merrywood Lynn being from the unraced Just Lola (by Art Major) and Katchar Shoobee from Lavish Art, a 1:56.9 daughter of Modern Art.  Katchar Shoobee, a brother to the Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial winner Shoobee Doo 1:53.6 ($127,270), is a well developed gelding and promises to be a very good stayer. Their dam, Lavish Art, was a Modern Art mare from Lavish Franco, by Soky’s Atom from Lady Barbara, by Lordship, is a member of a family which has distinguished itself by the number of fine stayers it has produced.  Before going to WA, Shoobee’s Place produced a number of useful sorts from restricted stud chances in NSW.   Redwood winner by Muscle Mass Mexicana, who won Redwood Classic – Illawong Barmah, Aldebaran Zeus and Aldebaran Ursula filled the placings behind her – scored her third success, and she is regarded as one of the best young trotters in New Zealand. Mexicana                                -Stuart McCormick photo   She is a grand stayer and one of the best fillies left by the Muscles Yankee horse Muscle Mass, who sired top trotters of the calibre of Massive Metro, Custodian, Illawong Byron and others. Mexicana is a two-year-old filly from Pocaro Tr 1:57.5 ($232,773), by Sundon from Niamey, a noted producer by Chiola Hanover from Game Flyer, by Game Pride – a pedigree with some real background with a strong staying influence behind it. Besides Mexicana, Pocaro is also the dam of the Harness Jewels winner Missandei Tr 1:59.3 ($177,259), King’s Landing Tr 2:00.9 (5 wins) and Westeros (3 wins). Pocaro, a multiple Group winner at three, is a sister to two high class trotters in Springbank Sam Tr 1:55.2 ($545,702) and Sun Of Anarchy Tr 1:58.2 ($281,581) and a half-sister to recent Goulburn winner Arnold (Tr 1:59.7) and Daenery’s Targareyen Tr 1:58.2 ($143,723), winner of The Redwood in 2013. Mexicana was bred and is part-owned by Christchurch enthusiast Trevor Casey.   Beat Chicago Bull’s brother Major Meister is proving himself a three-year-old of some worth in Victoria and during October he numbered The Graduate among his successes, beating Chicago Bull’s brother Perfect Stride, who was forced wide throughout. Major Meister                                     --Stuart McCormick photo Bred in NZ’s Southland by Tom Kilkelly, who part-owns him, Major Meister is a colt by the Artsplace horse Art Major from a capable racemare in Lite Jagermeister (1:56.3), by In The Pocket from the Holmes Hanover mare Lite Jade, a sister to the cup class pacer Kliklite 1:56.7 ($156,213). Lite Jagermeister, who won three races at Melton, was a half-sister to the NZ winners Dangerous (1:59.9) and Pele and to the Mystical Shark mare Lite Jewel, dam of the outstanding WA mare Sensational Gabby 1:52.4 ($791,681). Major Meister is a member of an old time NZ family, which was represented by second winner on the night in Speak No Evil, winner of the Queen of the Pacific.   Bettor Twist’s Championship Bettor Twist, who won the NZ Sires Stakes Fillies Championship, after sitting parked most of the way, has now won three races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in her class. She ranks as a three-year-old half-sister by Bettor’s Delight to the Miracle Mile and A. G. Hunter Cup winner King Of Swing 1:48 ($1.4 million). Bettor Twist winning at Alexandra Park in 1-52.1 Their dam, Twist And Twirl (1:56), an Artsplace mare from Giveitawhirlgirl, by Jenna’s Beach Boy from Impish, has proved a most successful broodmare. Besides Bettor Twist and King Of Swing, she is also the dam of the Addington two-year-old winner Extreme Stride (1:56.7). Twist And Twirl was a top racemare in her own right. She won seven races and $283,258 in stakes including the Great Northern Oaks and NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Championship. This has been one of the most successful branches of the Jessie Pepper family, Twist And Twirl being a sister to the NSW Shirley Turnbull Memorial winner Feels Like Magic 1:51 ($261,728) and a half-sister to the Blossom Lady and Jane Ellen winner Bettor Give It 1:57.4 ($138,061), dam of this year’s NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO and SA Derby victor Mach Dan 1:51.7 ($177,892).   Breeders Crown winner’s Aussie relations Sandbetweenmytoes, the winner of the $500,000 Breeders Crown for three-year-old colts and geldings at Hoosier Park, has strong breeding links to Australia. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding is out of the Artsplace mare Galleria, a sister to San Sophia (1:52.6), the dam of eight inside 2:00 including the SA Golden Nursery winner Hilltop Sophia, Raging Bull (1;56.6), now at the stud in NZ, Thisbeachrighthere (1:50.8) and Our Santa Catalina (1:55.6). Peaky Sneaky, who won the $500,000 Breeders Crown for three-year-old fillies, is a Bettor’s Delight filly from World Of Rock, a Rocknroll Hanover half-sister to the US 2YO and 3YO Filly of the Year Worldly Beauty 1:49.6 ($1.9 million), dam of Rock N Roll World (1:48.6), who is standing his second season in Victoria. This is the family which produced the highly successful sires Captaintreacherous, Art Major, Perfect Art and American Ideal.     by Peter Wharton

The stocks of the American-bred, European-trained Group 1 star Volstead Tr 1:51.5 ($773,903), the only chilled son of world champion Cantab Hall available to Australasian breeders, have received a terrific boost with the results of Breeders Crown racing in the US last weekend. Cantab Hall sired the winners of both $600,000 two-year-old trotting finals in On A Streak (colt) and Lady Chaos (filly), while his champion son Father Patrick produced the winner of the $500,000 final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in Amigo Volo. Volstead, who is located at Haras Des Trotteurs, Cardigan (near Ballarat), is proving one of the most popular stallions among trotting broodmare owners in both Australia and New Zealand. Last year he served 74 mares including a number of ‘black type’ winner and winner-producing mares. “His first crop of foals are delighting the breeders with him stamping his foals with his athletic type and with numerous breeders re-booking this season after their foals are hitting the ground,” Louise Toulmin, General Manager of Haras Des Trotteurs, said. “Yabby Dam Farms are supporting him again with bookings for mares the calibre of Amore De Frere, Another Player, Glenferrie Unixa, Im Ready Set, Sassy Pinevale, Egee Money, Arboe and Beautiful River.” Another three members of the Haras Des Trotteurs’ sire roster in Orlando Vici, Quaker Jet and Love You, were all represented by winners in Victoria this week. Beau Garcon, a four-year-old gelding and one of the first crop of Orlando Vici, won for the seventh time this season at Terang, coming off a 30 metre handicap to win by 4.5 metres. Im Ready Jet ($112,270), the richest Australian-bred progeny of Quaker Jet, posted her seventh success from only 14 starts when she captured the Gold Bracelet at Maryborough’s Redwood carnival in a sparkling 1:56.8. While Queen Elida, a NZ bred two-year-old filly by Love You, was a most impressive winner at Ballarat, clocking 58.6 for her last 800 metres after sitting parked and soundly trouncing older, more experienced rivals.   by Peter Wharton

A winning double at the Bathurst midweek meeting put the exclamation mark on another big week for emerging sire He’s Watching, who also sired winners in USA, Canada and New Zealand. The two-year-old Ulanbaatar (1:57.6) and the three-year-old Experia NZ, an end to end winner in 1:58.2, notched their second and third wins respectively at Bathurst. The former Kiwi three-year-old Hereslooknatyou scored back-to-back successes at Saratoga Raceway, New York in 1:57 and 1:57.6 and has now won six races with four placings in 14 starts in America. Other recent North American winners by He’s Watching in North America were the two-year-old filly Dabarndawgswatchin, who won a Harvest Series leg in 1:54.6 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and the three-year-old filly Gucci Eyepatch (1:59.2), while the top three-year-old colt Tattoo Artist finished second in 1:49.8 in the $60,000 The Pegasus at Hoosier Park, Indiana. On the home front, Silent Rapture, a NZ bred three-year-old filly by He’s Watching, made it two for two in Australia with a 1:56.4 win at Wagga, while She’s Tough notched her second win on the grass at Methven, NZ. He’s Watching, whose three-year-olds have banked $1.1 million in America this year, is standing his first season at Luke Primmer’s Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW).     by Peter Wharton

Horses are urgently needed to fulfill opportunities for the racing of trotters in Tasmania. Trotting events are held in Tasmania twice a month from standing and mobile starts with good prizemoney courtesy of the sponsorship of Aldebaran Park stud. Horses must be in work and sound. Lease deals can be arranged with professional trainers through Peter Wharton on phone 0409 192 532.   Peter Wharton

World champion Warrawee Needy (1:46.8), who stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga, was represented by his first Group winner when the two-year-old Warrawee Drinking scored a thrilling last-stride success in the Group 2 $50,000 NSW Breeders Challenge True Blue Series at Menangle. Warrawee Drinking, who was bred by Yirribee, earned a new speed badge of 1:54 in posting his third win from 14 starts. Warrawee Needy had three runners in the 10-horse field and they finished first (Warrawee Drinking), third (Menames Needy) and fourth (The Mountain). Watch the race replay click here. Warrawee Needy has sired nine two-year-old winners from 18 starters from his first crop of 47 foals, giving him an amazing 50 percent winners-to-starters strike rate. Yirribee Pacing Stud provided a double at Wagga with the three-year-old Boston Busker (by Tintin In America) and Spirited (by Million Dollar Cam) winning in 1:57.4 and 1:58.5 respectively. Million Dollar Cam was also represented by a winner in Canada in Mighty Mouse.     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 Maajida top Victorian 3YO filly There was never much doubt that Maajida was the season’s top rating three-year-old filly as she was the previous season at two years, and she duly confirmed her class by winning the Argent Classic at Melton. Actually she was a class above her rivals, coming from third last and wide at the bell and tramping her last 800 metres in 57.4 seconds. Maajida                             --Stuart McCormick photo In 17 starts Maajida has now won 12 and been three times placed for $356,900 in stakes for breeder-owners Les, Steve, Gary and Ian Johnson, of The Rock (NSW). By Somebeachsomewhere, she is out of the Menangle winner Arterial Way (1:55.8), by Art Major from Bettor Motoring 1:58 (NSW Princess Mile winner), by New York Motoring from Better Yet, by Nat Lobell from the top racemare Bright Highland, by U Scott. Arterial Way, the dam of four winners, was a half-sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge and Bathurst Gold Bracelet winner New York Fashion 1:56.1 ($173,861) and the good metropolitan winners Virage 1:53.7 ($158,079), Motor Holmes 1:56.9 ($108,160) and Points North (1:56.9).   Soho Almasi is some youngster Soho Almasi broke the Australasian two-year-old fillies’ mile record when she won the $125,000 NSW Breeders Challenge Final at Menangle last Saturday. Her time of 1:51.8 was one-fifth of a second inside the previous mark held by Arma Renegade. Soho Almasi, who has won five of her six starts and $110,550 in stakes, is a filly by the deceased Matt’s Scooter horse Mach Three, a champion sire in both America and Australasia. On her dam’s side, Soho Almasi belongs to a family which has distinguished itself by the number of fine fillies it has produced. Soho Almasi                                   --Stuart McCormick photo Fususi, the dam of Soho Almasi, won 11 races as a two and three-year-old including the Tatlow Stakes and heats of the Breeders Crown and Vicbred and at the stud has produced three winners from five foals of racing age. Fususi ranks as a half-sister to a top flight filly and Australian Oaks winner in Shake It Mama 1:54.7 ($257,588), being by Village Jasper from the Moonee Valley winner Gold Sarn, by Muckalee Strike from the Caliburn mare Muma Sarn, dam of Muma’s Little Girl 1:59.9 (10 wins) and grand-dam of the Tasmanian Oaks winner Lady Octavia 1:57.2 ($128,724). Soho Almasi was bred by well known Goulburn breeder Mathew Day.   Well related three-year-old Winner of the NSW Sapling Stakes as a two-year-old last season, Mach Dan downed the top three-year-olds in the $125,000 NSW Breeders Challenge at Menangle in a new lifetime mark of 1:51.7. Purchased as a yearling for $100,000, the gelding has banked $177,892 from seven wins and six placings in 16 starts. Bred by Shannon and Meaghan Nixon, Mach Dan is by the Matt’s Scooter horse Mach Three (sire of Auckland Reactor, etc), from the Bettor’s Delight mare Bettor Give It NZ, who took a record of 1:57.4 and earned $138,061, and is the first of her produce to race. Bettor Give It ranks as a half-sister to the dual Group 1 winner Twist And Twirl 1:56 ($283,258), dam of reigning Grand Circuit champion and Miracle Mile and Hunter Cup winner King Of Swing 1:48 ($1.4 million), and to the Group 3 winner Feels Like Magic 1:51 ($261,728) and others in Spandau Ballet (1:58.9) and Flying Loose (1:59.5). Their dam, Giveitawhirlgirl, was by Jenna’s Beach Boy from Impish (1:54.9), by Falcon Seelster from the noted producer Smarty Pants (1:58.6), by El Patron from the Lordship mare Smart Doll. This is a long established NZ family and an earlier top juvenile belonging to it was Am Opulent, winner of the NZ Caduceus Club Classic and a multiple Group placegetter in Perth.   NSW Breeders Challenge double Pelosi became only the third filly to win two NSW Breeders Challenge titles when she won the $125,000 three-year-old final at Menangle last weekend. Pelosi, who is raced by her breeder Wayne Honan, was sired by American Ideal from the Life Sign mare, For Dear Life 1:55.8 ($322,331), who won the Breeders Challenge 2YO series in 2008. For Dear Life ranked as a half-sister to two high class juveniles in Flightpath 1:55.9 ($291,564) and Petousa 1:57.3 ($180,217), being out of the fine racemare Express Post (1:57.6), by Stature from the Monarch Hanover mare Irish Mail. Express Post was a half-sister to a capable racemare in Postmark, dam of the Breeders Challenge 2YO Regional Final winner Major Post 1:52.6 ($177,026) and the multiple Group placegetter Missing Letters 1:53.7 ($123,410).   Speak No Evil nears $300,000 Speak No Evil, winner of the Group 3 Angelique Club Cup at Melton last Friday, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the mares. She holds a record of 1:50.9 and has won 15 races and $297,300 in stakes. Speak No Evil            --Stuart McCormick photo    Speak No Evil is a member of one of New Zealand’s most successful families, being a five-year-old Well Said mare from a fine racemare in Top Tempo 1:56.5 ($225,513), an In The Pocket mare who has produced others in the Australia Pacing Gold winners Musical Delight 1:53.1 ($248,910) and Queen Of Pop 1:55.6 ($204,527), Countdown 1:53.1 ($134,270) and That’s How Weroll 1:52.9 ($107,324). Top Tempo was out of Kliklite (1:56.7), a cup class pacer by Holmes Hanover from Jessica MacFaber, by El Patron from Jill MacFaber, a Lopez Hanover mare from the noted Logan Princess family. Kliklite produced two smart pacers in McKay 1:55.7 ($236,445), a winner of 31 races, and Winewomenandsong (2:00.3), who won six including the Tasmanian Breeders Plate. Others from Kliklite were Better Klik (1:57.9), Millwood Charlie (1:59.8) and the Victorian winner Marlon Brando. Speak No Evil was bred and is raced by Bill and Anne Anderson, of Lauriston Bloodstock.   Won Evicus Stakes Melnrowley, a good looking Heston Blue Chip filly, is rated Tasmania’s top two-year-old filly this season, particularly after her success in the $50,000 Evicus, one of the season’s major juvenile classics. She has won five of her six starts. In the Evicus, she was never really extended in running out the 1609 metres in 1:57.6, the last 800 in 59.4 and the final 400 in 29.5, figures which she could have easily improved. She is a two-year-old by Heston Blue Chip, sire of a top filly in Eye Can Run, out of Tania Maree (2:00.8), dam also of Mister Gently (2:00.6), winner of the 2019 North West Plate at Devonport. Tania Maree, who won nine races, ranks as a half-sister to the Tasmanian Golden Slipper winner Mister Tehaych 2:00 ($113,272) and the Belmont winner Brookwillrock, being by Stonebridge Regal from Gallavance, by The Unicorn from Patro Gal, by a NSW Derby winner in Gyro (a Meadow Vance horse who later proved a successful sire) from the Victoria Oaks winner Ashputtel. An interesting feature of Melnrowley’s pedigree is that is combines several lines of rather noted colonial-bred blood through The Unicorn, Gyro and Swift Glade, all smart racehorses. Melnrowley was bred and is part-owned and trained by Stowport horseman Craig Hayes.   Perfect Major’s maternal line Perfect Major, who won the Group 3 Preux Chevalier, main event at Gloucester Park last weekend, is an Art Major gelding from the same family as that which produced a top Victorian pacer in Riding High. Perfect Major – Gloucester Park – by Daryl Hollows, Paceway Photos   Perfect Major, a Victoria Derby heat and Southern Cross Final placegetter, has only been sparingly raced but he has shown up as a very useful pacer, and it was a strong field he beat at Gloucester Park. He is a four-year-old by Art Major from Perfect Life (1:58), dam of the Southern Cross winners That’s Perfect 1:53.8 ($122,320) and Perfect Look (1:53) and the talented youngster Rogue Wave (1:53.9). Perfect Life is a Live Or Die mare from Secret Life, a Safely Kept mare from the noted Larrakeyah Lady tribe.   Smart four-year-old A bright future is being predicted for the Art Major four-year-old Catch A Moment, whose success at Melton recently was his sixth from 10 starts this season. Catch A Moment                --Stuart McCormick photo    A $75,000 yearling, he has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Art Major, and one of his second largest crop, Catch A Moment is out of the Iraklis mare Quick Comment (2:00), a half-sister to the Gloucester Park winner Dav Ed Ash (1:57.4) and Tasmanian Prince of Pace victor Dee Dee Sharp, being out of Ray Of Gladness, by What’s Next from Gladness, by Windshield Wiper from the Bravado Hanover mare First Blood, who founded a strong winning branch of the Starland family. It includes a champion racemare in Concorde Lombo 1:58.4 ($550,451), Bancoora Next (Bendigo Cup), Lombo Alliance (1:55.5), Lombo Air Express (NSW Sapling), Mon Supremo (WA Pearl), Touch Of Pearl (1:57.2) and Quick Draft 1:53 ($401,199), a sister to Catch A Moment.   Classic winning line The Dandy Patch winner, Agouda Ruler, is a son of the Bettor’s Delight horse Betterthancheddar, a top racehorse himself and sire of earlier Dandy Patch winners in Resurgent Storm (2018) and Colby Sanz (2019). Agouda Ruler’s Dandy Patch win was his sixth success from 12 starts. He is a very smart youngster. Agouda Ruler is out of the Jet Laag mare High Flying Ruler (2:00), a winner of eight races including the Tasmanian Oaks and 3YO Filly Championship. The grand-dam, Northern Ruler (2:00), a Coastal Pacing Thousand winner, is also the dam of the Belmont winner Spirited Ruler and the dual Tasmanian Sires Stakes finalist Flashy Ruler (2:00.6).   My Mdina is well bred My Mdina, who has won five of her last eight starts, and has graduated to a NR81 mark, is regarded as one of the best young trotters in WA. She is a five-year-old by the Balanced Image horse Monarchy, who has been a leading sire of trotters in NZ for many years. She is out of a race-winning mare in Maysoon (Tr 2:06.6), a Sundon mare from the same family as the champion square-gaiter Vulcan. Maysoon, who won two races, also figures as the dam of the NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Classique winner Chloe Rose (Tr 1:59.6) and Imran Khan (7 trotting wins to date). Maysoon is a sister to the high class trotters Genius Tr 2:02.9 ($214,523) and Noam Tr 1:56.6 ($158,267) and to unraced Epona, who distinguished herself as the dam of one of NZ’s finest trotters in Vulcan Tr 1:55.9 ($918,744), who won 20 races, 12 of which were in Victoria and Lotsa Speed Tr 1:56.6 ($137,985), and the grand-dam of the top juvenile Custodian Tr 1:58.1 ($177,233). Another sister to Maysoon in Sundon’s Prize (Tr 2:09.8) left the NZ Yearling Sales Series winner Dream Machine Tr 1:57.6 ($159,453). Other members of this family have been Sassy Pants Tr 1:55.6 (NSW La Coocaracha), Princess Mackendon (NZ Great Northern Breeders Stakes), Thanesan Tr 2:00.4 ($136,357) and Invictus.     by Peter Wharton

A range of initiatives from the Harness Racing SA Board to increase returns to those actively participating in the South Australian industry has been one of the triggers to an expected hike in foal numbers in the State. They include the recent introduction of ‘Super Saturday’ race meetings which are restricted to horses who have resided in SA for a prescribed period and promulgated changes to the SA Southern Cross Racing and Breeding Incentive Scheme with eligibility restricted to those active in the breeding sector in the state. Harness Racing SA CEO Ross Neal stated: “The changes that have been made, and that will continue to be made are singular of purpose, which is to put a greater share of SA generated revenue back in the pockets of those actively contributing to harness racing in the state.”  “The changes being made to the Southern Cross Scheme will clearly reward those investing in breeding standardbreds in the state,” he added. Mr Neal said that “the Board’s objectives are to grow our breeding numbers in the state and lessen the reliance on interstate acquisitions.” The changes mooted to the racing and breeding sectors have been welcomed by key industry participants. Steve Norman, the studmaster and owner of Allenby Lodge stud, said: “The appetite for breeding in SA is coming back. We already have 20 mares booked to Major Secret and we expect that he will cover around 30 mares this season.” Norman said that he was impressed with the first foals of the former NSW Derby and Vicbred champion. “We have a couple of cracking weanlings by him. They would be standouts in any group.” Lee-Ann Pangrazio, who conducts Bolnora Stud, Dublin, the home of Sound System, anticipates having up to 35 mares on her property. Lee-Ann Pangrazio, manager of Bolnora Stud “It’s the first time I’ve had those numbers for a few years. I have six mares booked already to Ohoka Punter from BOTRA members taking up the free service offer from Egmont Park.” Garry and Marlene Fryar, who operate Rivergum Lodge, Buchfelde, one of the largest semen bases in SA, said their clients were breeding to better quality stallions this season. Gary and Marlene Fryar, owners of well-known semen base Rivergum Lodge White Star Lodge studmaster Shane Loone, who stands Smoken Up’s sire Tinted Cloud, said the veteran sire served 34 mares last season and 30 were in foal. “His owner Bob Fowler gave us the horse to encourage new breeders to breed to a proven stallion,” Loone stated. Loone advocated a later start to the stud season citing that mares cycle better in the warmer weather and breeding later would help keep the costs down for broodmare owners. Gary Newton, the acting president of SA BOTRA, said: “It’s great we have some confidence here in SA considering the COVID situation any increase in foal numbers would be wonderful. I’m hoping for at least a 10 per cent increase.  “BOTRA with thanks to Kevin and Kay Seymour have around 23 bookings to four-time Group 1 winner Ohoka Punter, all to SA mares. “Hopefully changes to the Southern Cross scheme will benefit and encourage broodmare owners to breed into the future and encourage studmasters to look at increasing our stallions based here in SA.” There are seven stallions registered for stud duties in SA this season. The lineup has been bolstered by Christian Cullen’s millionaire son Gotta Go Cullen, who is now standing at the Howard Stud, Glencoe, of Greg Howard alongside Cullen’s Hope. Gotta Go Cullen has left 40 individual winners in New Zealand and Australia including Oh I Am The One, Chantrey, Royal Counsel, Major League and Pay Me Interest. Other sires are Cullen’s Legacy (Borg Racing), Alzona (Majestic Lodge), Major Secret (Allenby Lodge), Sound System (Bolnora Stud) and Tinted Cloud (White Star Lodge).      by Peter Wharton

Franco Totem, a New Zealand bred gelding by Changeover, lowered his lifetime mark to 1:49.8 when he won a $US14,000 Conditioned Pace at The Meadowlands, New Jersey last Saturday night (October 24). The success was the highlight of another huge week for the Burwood Stud, Queensland-based sire. The three-year-old Princess Danica NZ won at Bathurst (1:57.9) and Young (1:58.2) in the space of six days and has now won four of her nine starts on Australian soil. Another three-year-old, The Mustang, completed a hat trick at Bathurst and took his season’s tally to eight wins. Changeover was represented by the metropolitan winners Paddington Central NZ (1:57, Melton) and Couldntellya NZ (1:58.3, Albion Park), as well as a ‘new’ winner in El Banco (1:57.4, Ballarat) and the Dunedin, NZ winner Fleetmaster (1:59.8).   By Peter Wharton

When the promising Elandee Youandme won effortlessly at Shepparton on Monday (October 26) he became the 19th individual three-year-old winner from the first Australian crop of former world champion He's Watching. A $1.1 million winner, He's Watching produced 57 foals in his first crop and of these 33 have raced and 19 have emerged successful - a 33 percent winners-to-foals strike rate. Private Eye, winner of a semi-final of the NSW Breeders Challenge in 1:50.3, Silent Rapture NZ, who won by 44 metres at his Aussie debut at Albury, and Belladonna Girl (1:57.1, Stawell) have been other recent three-year-old winners sired by He's Watching. He's Watching by also represented by two 'new' winners in the two-year-old filly Covered Kylie (1:56.6, Charlton) and the four-year-old Hezacrocwatcher, who won on debut in 1:58.5 at Cambridge Raceway, New Zealand. Hezacrocwatcher winning at Cambridge In North America, He's Watching has left a string of winners in the past week including the two-year-old Dabarndawgswatching, who won a leg of the Harvest Series in 1:56.6 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and the three-year-olds Watchful Eye (1:52.6 and 1:54), Baywatching (1:56.2) and Dagger Watch (1:59.6). He’s Watching is now standing at Luke Primmer’s Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW), for a fee of $2,500 including GST.   By Peter Wharton

A fresh Australian mile record for a two-year-old trotting colt was established by the Love You colt Affaire De Cover of 1:59 – bettering the previous record of 1:59.6 held by Blitzthemcalder by 3/5th of a second – when he won the $30,000 Trot NSW Final at Menangle. Affaire De Cover, who registered his first success, clocked quarters of 29.7, 30.4, 30.5 and 28.4 on the rainsodden track. Watch the race replay click here! Bred and raced by Tim Cregan, the colt is the fourth winner out of the Live Or Die mare Nigella Bites NZ, who won twice as a pacer at three years. Another ‘new’ two-year-old winner by Love You was the filly Amour Maternal, bred and owned by Haras Des Trotteurs’ principal Pat Driscoll, who won at her third start at the all-trotters meeting at Maryborough. Love You was also represented by the Dunedin, New Zealand winner Bev K’s One, while Andoverlov, a winner at the Ashburton Flying Stakes meeting, is from a mare by Love You. Love You is a member of the powerful Haras Des Trotteurs sire roster for the 2020/21 season.     by Peter Wharton

Talented Riverina youngster The Mountain is proving a fine advertisement for the world champion pacer Warrawee Needy, who is standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW). The gelding, who was bred by Yirribee, notched his fifth win from eight starts when he sat parked against older rivals at Albury recently. The Mountain is one of nine winners from 18 starters and 47 foals in Warrawee Needy’s first Australian crop. Destiny Jane, a three-year-old daughter of Tintin In America, a Yirribee studmate of Warrawee Needy, posted her maiden success in scintillating fashion at Albion Park. Leading from the outset, the filly won by 22 metres in a 1:57.9 rate over 1660 metres. Goodonya Mate, a three-year-old gelding by new Yirribee sire Renaissance Man, reeled off a flying 56.7 seconds last 800 to notch his second success at Pinjarra. Renaissance Man has been represented by nine individual winners from his second crop of 27 foals. Yirribee Stud’s Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam left winners in NSW and Canada last week. Young Cambo, who was bred by Yirribee, won for the sixth time at Parkes, while Arrived Late scored in 1:57.2 at Summerside Raceway, Prince Edward Island.     by Peter Wharton

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