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

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

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.   Double Expresso top WA three-year-old filly   There was never much doubt that Double Expresso 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 $50,000 Dainty’s Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park.   Actually she was a class above her rivals, and was not seriously tested in running out the 2130 metres in a 1:56 mile rate.   From 12 starts Double Expresso has won nine and been three times placed for $214,579 in stakes   By the world champion Sweet Lou, and one of his first crop, Double Expresso is out of Here For The Money, by Rich And Spoilt (a Group 1 winner and son of Million To One) from Regal Castle, by Safely Kept from Duel Queen, by Seahawk Hanover.   Double Expresso                                                              --Scott Hamilton photo   Here For The Money, a winner of seven races and $81,874, is also the dam of this season’s WA Golden Nugget winner Shockwave 1:54 ($298,704).   This is the family which produced such winners as Kingstar, Chariot King, Emjayem Grand (1:49.6), Its Only Rocknroll, Duel Prince and others.   Double Expresso was bred by Kevin and Annette Charles.       ‘Beach’ colt wins Premiere   The Premiere Stakes, the first classic race for two-year-olds in Victoria, and run at Melton, was won in cavalier fashion by Soho Lanikai, a colt by Somebeachsomewhere from the smart racemare Obahma Joy (by American Ideal), who took a mile record of 1:53.2 at Menangle.   After sitting parked most of the trip, the colt careered away in the closing stages to win untouched by 65 metres – one of the biggest margins ever put up by a juvenile in this country.     Obahma Joy, the dam of Soho Lanikai, won 12 races including the NSW Breeders Challenge 4YO Final and $180,618 in stakes and at the stud has produced three foals of racing age for three winners - all inside 2:00.   By American Ideal, Obahma Joy was a half-sister to the APG Final placegetter Kingofthestars 1:55.9 ($111,139) and Make Mine Joe (1:56.3), being out of Kirrilee Joy, by Safely Kept from the Fake Left mare Intrude, dam of the champion racemare Make Mine Cullen.   Bettorthanyou, a half-sister to Kirrilee Joy, ranks as the dam of the recent Echuca Pacing Cup and Pure Steel winner Sicario.   Soho Lanikai, who is raced by Robert Watson and trained by Michael Stanley, looks a top colt.     Cup winner by Western Ideal   Pat Stanley, who won the $60,000 South Australian Pacing Cup – Rackemup Tigerpie, Somewhere Secret and Stroke Of Luck filled the placings behind him – has made smart progress through the classes.   He is a grand stayer and one of the best of the Australasian stock of the Western Hanover horse Western Ideal, who sired top pacers of the calibre of Rocknroll Hanover, Vintage Master, Always A Virgin and others in America.   Pat Stanley is a five-year-old gelding from Jaz Tanner, by Artiscape from Sly And Stylish, by New York Motoring from Sly Soky, by Soky’s Atom from Sly Tabella, by Saigon – a pedigree with some real background with a strong staying influence behind it.     This has been one of the most successful branches of the Harold’s Rest family, Sly And Stylish being a half-sister to the NZ Free-for-all winner Sly Flyin 1:53.6 ($903,705) and to Sly Shard, a capable racemare who has produced an outstanding family of winners including the millionaire Smiling Shard and the Casey Classic winner Mach Shard.       First Australian winner for ‘Captain’   Captaintreacherous, the former USA 2YO and 3YO of the Year and now leading sire, was credited with his first Australian winner when the two-year-old Captain Braveheart won on debut in 1:53.3 at Menangle.   The colt had shown up impressively in several trials at Menangle recently.     Bred by Lauriston Bloodstock, Captain Braveheart is the third foal and winner out of Scottish Glamour NZ (1:55.9), the dam also of last year’s Leeton Breeders Plate winner The Tiger Army (1:59.1).   Since producing Captain Braveheart in 2017, Scottish Glamour has left a filly foal by Yankee Rockstar but failed to get into foal this season.   In New Zealand, Captaintreacherous has sired the Young Guns heat winners It’s All About Faith (1:56.4) and Platinum Stride from three starters.     From Derby winning family   Mach Dan, winner of the $30,000 South Australian Derby at Globe Derby Park and winner of five of his eight lifetime starts, has the breeding to develop into a top class colt. He is by Mach Three from Bettor Give It NZ, by Bettor’s Delight from Giveitawhirlgirl, and is related to some top Australian pacers.   Mach Dan was bred by Shannon and Meaghan Nixon, of Bacchus Marsh (Vic.), and is the second foal of Bettor Give It (1:57.4), a dual Listed winner of almost $140,000 in stakes.   Bettor Give It ranks as a half-sister to a fine racemare and NZ Sires Stakes champion in Twist And Twirl 1:56 ($283,258), the dam of the WA Derby and recent A. G. Hunter Cup winner King Of Swing 1:48.7 ($793,196).       Tenth winner from broodmare   When the Mach Three three-year-old Bonski Macarena won at Albion Park last Friday, she credited her dam Bronski Gorgeous with her tenth individual winner.   Bronski Macarena had previously been placed on four occasions at the Brisbane headquarters’ track.   Others from Bronski Gorgeous to win have been Admiral Bronski 1:51.6 ($294,362), a very smart three-year-old, Brigadier Bronski 1:51 (265,932), the Group 2 winner General Bronski 1:53.7 ($160,729), Major Bronski (Vic. Derby heat and sire), Bronski Mackenzie (1:53.2),   Sombronskisomwhere (1:54.4), Private Bronski (1:55), Breeze On Bronski (1:56.8), La Pistola and now Bronski Macarena.   Bronski Gorgeous, who is now in her 20 th year, has since produced a yearling colt by Somebeachsomewhere and has a positive test to Sweet Lou.   A top racemare in her own right, Bronski Gorgeous ranked as a half-sister to the Derby and cups winner Sir Galvinator 1:56.8 ($516,723) and Esprit De Kayjay 1:51.6 ($586,976), being out of Promise, by Land Grant from the noted producer Blythbank Del.     Tenth on end   Ryley Major won his tenth race on end in the $25,000 Hobart Pacing Cup, one of the feature events on the Tasmanian calendar. He is by the Artsplace horse, Art Major, sire of the one- time fastest ever NZ bred pacer, My Field Marshal.   Ryley Major is out of a top flight racemare in Shez Rylemak 1:56.2 ($270,688), by Totally Western from Rosary, a Granny Smith winner by Ticket To Heaven from Rosewood Treasure, by Out To Win from the Bachelor Hanover mare Rosewill Rosary was a half-sister to the Matron winner Rosewood Robust and a member of the same family as the Auckland Cup winner Burlington Bertie and Good Chase (NZ Derby and sire).   Ryley Major                                                photo   Ryley Major is a member of Rohan Hillier’s team.     First winner for Bonavista Bay   Bonavista Bay, a multiple Group 1 winning son of Rustler Hanover from a smart racemare in Our Lady Rena, by Troublemaker, and who is now at the stud in Western Australia, was represented by his first winner when the three-year-old gelding Bonavista Boy was successful recently at Melton.   He led throughout and scored by open lengths in a 1:54.2 rate over 1720 metres.   Before going to WA, where he stands at Spurrs Stud, Wagin, Bonavista Bay was only lightly used at the stud in Victoria and he has had very few runners.   Bonavista Boy, a half-brother to winners in Franco Jolto (1:56.9) and Franco Brien, is a well developed gelding and promises to be a very good stayer.   Their dam, Bianca Jasper, was a Village Jasper mare from Our Lady Bianca (by Classic Garry), who left several useful winners including Serenas A Hit 2:00.4 (Moonee Valley) and Compare Bianca (1:58.7).       Breeders land treble   South Australian breeders Peter and Lesley Medhurst led in three winners at their home track Mount Gambier on Tuesday. And they came within a nose of completing a quadrella.   Their winners, Crown Royale, Pebble Sands and Sea Lover, all belong to the same family, that tracing back to the Kentucky mare Roses In Paris.   A smart racemare in her own right, Roses In Paris, who took a mark of 1:58.9, left 12 winners from 13 foals, three of which won at Group level in Pete’s Elect 1:51.6 ($118,085),   Thorninmyside 1:58.9 ($160,666) and King Grin 1:56.7 ($132,436).     Tasmanian yearling sale on Saturday   A total of 21 yearlings have been nominated for the Tasmanian Harness Sale to be held at Carrick Park, near Launceston, on Saturday.     The draft includes youngsters by the well-credentialled sires Rock N Roll Heaven, Sweet Lou, Racing Hill, Betting Line, Well Said, Sunshine Beach, Modern Art and the ill-fated Hurrikane Kingcole.   The on-line catalogue with photos of the yearlings can be viewed at       By Peter Wharton

The 2020 Tasmanian Harness Sale, to be conducted by Tasracing, will be held at Carrick Park on Saturday. The sale comprises 17 lots by 12 different sires including leading stallions Rock N Roll Heaven, Sweet Lou, Modern Art, Metropolitan and Well Said and emerging sires Sunshine Beach, Hurrikane Kingcole, Major Bronski and Caribbean Blaster. The sale features youngsters from the first crop of the highly credentialled sires Racing Hill, Betting Line and Guaranteed. There’s full or half-sisters to the Group winner Modern Ruler, the Mother Of Pearl and Matron winner Angel Or Demon and the promising Van Der Poel and close relatives to a string of top performers such as Lombo Pocket Watch, Devendra, Pachacuti, Foxfighter, Punt Road Disco, Celtic Ross, Strezlecki Lady, Purple Haze and Kohanah. Yearlings are eligible for Tasbred, Vicbred and NSW Breeders Challenge. Horses sold at the sale will be eligible to compete for a $5,000 bonus on three selected two-year-old races in the 2020/21 season. For further information or the on-line catalogue visit Peter Wharton

The results of recent racing in Tasmania has provided a fillip for the Tasmanian Harness Sale, to be held at Carrick Park on Saturday. There’s been a swag of winners with close relatives in the sale including Frankie Falzonie, a winner at Devonport and Elwick, and his half-brother Ark Fury (Launceston). The pair are half-brothers to the Granny Smith winner Ark Breeze, the dam of Lot 1, a Racing Hill colt. Kohanah, one of the State’s most outstanding three-year-olds and a double winner at Elwick recently, and Fowsands, a winner at Kilmore, are both closely related to Lot 13, a Well Said gelding out of Itz Gemmas Delight. Kohanah has won six of his nine starts to date including the Tasmanian Sweepstakes and Golden Slipper. The smart mare Bremusa, who won at Launceston and Elwick recently, features in the second remove of the pedigree of Lot 19, a Rock N Roll Heaven filly out of Vishpala. Rock N Roll Heaven, who is in fifth position on the sires’ list, is the sire of the Ballarat Cup winner A G’s White Socks and the Blacks A Fake victor Let It Ride (1:49.4). He is represented by three lots in the sale. Sweet Lou, the sire of Group 1 winning fillies Double Expresso (WA) and Sweet On Me (NZ), has a single entry in Lot 14, while Modern Art, the sire of the Victorian 4YO Bonanza winner Lochinvar Art (1:48.6), is represented by Lot 15. The ill-fated Hurrikane Kingcole, the sire of the VHRC 3YO Classic winner and Victoria Derby fourth placegetter Youaremy Sunshine, has Lot 16 in the catalogue. Sunshine Beach, one of this season’s leading three-year-old sires, has two fillies in the sale – Lots 8 and 21. The on-line catalogue, with photos of the yearlings, can be viewed here.   By Peter Wharton for

Former international trotting star Volstead, who recently commenced stud duties at Dublin Valley Farm in Ohio, has served more than 100 mares in his first season at stud in Australasia. Standing at Haras Des Trotteurs’ property at Ballarat in Victoria, Volstead’s excellent fertility has enabled sufficient frozen semen to be stored for export to Europe to meet an expected high demand there. The Group 1 winning son of Cantab Hall has proven very popular with ‘down under’ breeders, especially those looking for the same sireline as Father Patrick. Breeders include Duncan McPherson of Aldebaran Park who has sent Sundonna (the dam of Maori Time) among a quartet of richly bred mares, while renowned French breeder Jean Dubois, has sent his Group winning mare My Tribeca to Volstead’s court. In New Zealand, David and Catherine Butt’s five-time Group 1 winner Habibti, was recently served by Volstead while the breeder of the new Inter Dominion champion Winterfell, Trevor Casey has sent a handful of mares to the stallion including four-time Group 1 winner Arya and last season’s Breeders Crown winner Show Gait while the half-sister to Stent and Arya, Rae Galleon and her nine-win daughter Daenerys Stormborn were also bred to him. Volstead and Örjan Kihlström after victory in the Sweden Cup Also in Australia, the former Casey bred Needle, the half-sister to Inder Dominion champion Winterfell was also served by Volstead as was the dam of Great Southern Star winner Sparkling Success, Diamond Insitu. Other top Australian producers served by Volstead include Karaka Tooth, the dam of star trotter Red Hot Tooth, as were the dams of Group 1 winners Fabrication and Aldebaran Eve. Group 1 winner Right Interest, dam of Group 1 winner Aimforthemoon, multiple Group winner Maorisfavouritesun’s dam Maori Daunou, 15-win Group placed mare Prettylilangeleyes, Group 3 winner Natural, Group 1 placed Four Lillies, Group 1 placed 13-win mare Suelaurian and eight-win mare Brochel Bow were also served in Australia. An outstanding and imposing (16 hands) individual, Volstead was bred in the USA and became an International Champion. Pat Driscoll, of Yabby Dam Farms, sent Group 2 matriarch and La Coocaracha winner Arboe, Group winner Ima Bourbon Girl, Group placed Ballyronan and royally bred French mare Dream Island were also served by Volstead. Other mares served by Volstead in NZ included the Group 3 winner Princess Mackendon, I Got Rhythm, a seven-win daughter of Allegro Agitato, Blue Jacket, the dam of Foot Tapper and Glenferrie Sunbird, The Earth Moved, a six-win mare from the family of Monbet, Lara Lass, a Sundon full sister to dam of Sundee’s Son, and Gemstone, the dam of rising star Woodstone. In North America Volstead has started breeding mares already at Dublin Valley Farm and owner Robert Hersberger says that the semen is exceptional and it looks like he could breed up to 20 mares a day. Robert Hersberger says that his book is nearing full and closed and advises breeders to confirm their bookings as soon as possible. Volstead is a European Group 1 winning stallion. He was a winner of 23 races, including the prestigious Sweden Cup, defeating top horses such as Elitloppet winners Ringostarr Treb and Magic Tonight on multiple occasions. Volstead is by Cantab Hall, now a proven sire of sires including Father Patrick, Uncle Peter, My MVP and Explosive Matter. To view a full pedigree of Volstead click on this link. Volstead winning The Sweden Cup Final Peter Wharton

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North American every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound.   Hunter Cup winner’s breeding background   King Of Swing advanced strong claims to being one of the best stayers in Australia today when he scored an end-to-end win in the time-honoured $500,000 A. G. Hunter Cup at Melton.   It was his third win from his past four starts. At his previous start he disposed of Ignatius and others in the Group 3 Perc Hall Free-for-all in 1:48.7 at Menangle, and before that he downed a handy field at Gloucester Park.   King Of Swing has not done a great deal of racing, having averaged 13 starts a season. In four seasons of racing King Of Swing has won 21 races and has been 12 times placed from 52 starts for $793,196.   King Of Swing winning the Hunter Cup                                      --Stuart McCormick photo   By the champion Western Ideal horse Rocknroll Hanover, he is out of a top flight racemare in Twist And Twirl 1:56 ($283,258), winner of the NZ Great Northern Oaks and NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Championship, by Artsplace from Giveitawhirlgirl, by Jenna’s Beach Boy from Impish, by Falcon Seelster from the El Patron mare Smarty Pants, dam of Smart Son 1:49.6 ($347,805) and the NZ 4YO and 5YO Championship winner Vanderel.   King Of Swing is a half-brother to the Addington two-year-old winner Extreme Stride (1:56.7) and is a member of the same family as pacers the calibre of Am Opulent (NZ Caduceus Club 2YO Classic), Feels Like Magic (NSW Shirley Turnbull Memorial), Bettor Give It (Vic. Blossom Lady and Jane Ellen) and Darkershadeofpale (1:51.6).     Group 3 to Sicario   Bought for $120,000 and now a winner of $374,745, Sicario gave a taste of his class when he outsprinted his rivals in the Group 3 $30,000 The Pure Steel at the Hunter Cup meeting at Melton. He has won Group races on both sides of the Tasman.   By the defunct Mach Three horse Somebeachsomewhere, Sicario is a five-year-old gelding out of Bettorthanyou, by Bettor’s Delight. Bettorthanyou left others in War Dan Apollo (1:53.9), a prolific winner at Albion Park, and Imperious (2:01.5). She was out of the noted producer Intrude, a Fake Left mare who established a great winning line for the late Roger Bazley.   Bettorthanyou was a lightly raced half-sister to a champion racemare in Make Mine Cullen 1:53 ($874,178), the winner of four Group 1’s, the Victoria Sapling winner Bella Joy 1:55.8 ($109,849), Rogers Passion 1:56.6 ($136,446), Billy Badlands 1:55.7 ($122,805) and Intrusive (1:56.5).   Several of Intrude’s daughters bred on with marked success. Bella Joy left seven sub 2:00 winners including the NSW Breeders Challenge winners Supersonic Miss 1:52.6 ($373,722) and Goodtime Heaven 1:52 ($234,017) and Jukebox Music 1:53.6 ($334,301).   The Village Jasper mare Meljoy left three winners including the Bathurst Gold Crown winner College Chapel, while Kirrilee Joy (by Safely Kept) produced five with winning records headed up by Obahma Joy 1:53.2 (NSW Breeders Challenge 4YO).       Albion Park treble for breeder   Brisbane breeders Kevin and Kay Seymour, trading as Solid Earth Pty Ltd, had a night out at Albion Park last Friday.   The couple bred three winners in four-year-old Cherrys The Best (by Mach Three) and the Hurrikane Kingcole sired three-year-olds Mister Cole and Fearless Faith.   Cherrys The Best and Fearless Faith both belong to the same family. Cherrys The Best, the winner of eight races and $62,331 in stakes, is out of Cherry Cheer 1:56.7 ($278,372), a dual Oaks winner by Fake Left from Charming Reminder, by Vanston Hanover from the Tempest Hanover mare Call Girl.   Fearless Faith, a winner of two races, ranks as a half-sister to seven winners including the QBred Triad winner Frankie Rocks 1:52.2 ($245,862), being out of Faith Prevails (1:58.1), by Fake Left from the noted producer Girl From Ipanema (1:57.6), by Vanston Hanover from the Oaks-winning Transport Chip mare Goldrush Girl, a half-sister to Charming Reminder, the grand-dam of Cherrys The Best.   Fearless Faith                                                       -Dan Costello photo                              A half-sister to Fearless Faith in Fame Assured (by Mach Three) scored in 1:50.8 at Menangle the following night.   Mister Cole, the winner of three, is a half-brother to the Paleface Adios Classic winner Miss Moneybags 1:56 (90,976), being out of Misty Forever, an unraced mare by the Fake Left horse Famous Forever, who won four of his five starts before injury halted a promising career.   Famous Forever met with a good measure of success as a sire with the champion Queensland mare Forever Gold 1:51.7 ($700,593), Too Smart For You (Aust. 2YO mile record holder) and Holy Camp Clive among the best of his progeny.     Victoria’s top two-year-old   A top two-year-old colt in Victoria this season – he is undefeated in three starts – Ultimate Exclusive, a close relation of the former South Australian idol Come On Frank.   Ultimate Exclusive is a colt by Art Major from the SA Oaks winner Saved A Corka (winner of $130,397), an Armbro Operative mare from Uncork NZ, by Tuapeka Knight from Tales Of Tabella, by Adios Vic from the Field Battery mare Kerry Tales, who really established this branch of the Linton family.   A smart racemare in her own right, Saved A Corka had a 100 percent record at stud – six winners from six starters. Besides Ultimate Exclusive, she is also the dam of a top flight juvenile in Aspiring Artist 1:52.7 ($170,307), the dual SA Southern Cross winner Rap Artist ($108,041), the SA Derby winner Major Exclusive (1:55) and Our Little Artist (who won 16).   Saved A Corka was a half-sister to 12 winners including the SA Sapling and dual Southern Cross winner Hes A Corka ($192,209), Streamliner (10 wins), Lochinvar Delight (8 wins) and the What’s Next mare Whatacorka (2:02.4), the dam of 2012 and 2014 SA Horse of the Year Come On Frank 1:52 ($404,650) and the second dam of the Breeders Crown 2YO Silver winner Night Spirit.   Arm A Corka, a full sister to Saved A Corka, left four winners headed up by the SA Ladyship and Mermaid Stakes winner Arm A Princess.         Brothers in top form   Two of NSW’s star pacers at present, and both recent winners who promise to be a force in the autumn racing at Menangle, are My Field Marshal and Surreal. My Field Marshal, the winner of the 2018 Miracle Mile in 1:46.9, was the NZ mile record holder at one time.   My Field Marshall winning at Menangle last Saturday   Both trained by Tim Butt are by Art Major from Foreal, a top racemare herself, and who has left other smart pacers in Madiba Magic 1:51.4 ($199,772) and Im Rocknroll Magic 1:51.2.   Foreal, an Inter Dominion heat and dual Oaks winner, was by the Presidential Hall horse Washington VC from Krystle by El Patron from Deidre Ann, by Lordship.         Blue blooded filly   La Reina Del Sur, who won the first two-year-old trotters race held in New Zealand at Addington recently, is a filly who can claim some worthwhile blood.   By Father Patrick, by Cantab Hall from Gala Dream, by Enjoy Lavec, she is out of the good Sundon mare Escapee Tr 1:57.4 ($263,115), a half-sister to the Inter Dominion champion Winterfell Tr 1:58.1 ($418,980), Needle Tr 1:57.4 ($122,481) and Caligula, a 1:56.2 winner at Menangle on Tuesday.   Father Patrick, the sire of La Reina Del Sur, had a record of 1:50.4, and was a dual winner of the Breeders Crown, a race also won by Cantab Hall, paternal grandsire of the Addington winner.         A star from Oaxaca Lass   One of the leading open class pacers in Tasmania at present is Illegal Immigrant, who was bred in New Zealand by Graham Pearson and is raced and trained by Troy Hillier.   A gelding by American Ideal, he is out of a champion racemare in Oaxaca Lass 1:55.8 ($426,585), a winner of four races at Group 1 level and who is proving a very good broodmare.   She has left 10 winners from 12 foals of racing age – five inside 2:00 – including a WA feature race winner in Condrieu 1:51.5 ($269,520), the Menangle winner Intrepid Traveller (1:54.8) and Weka Lass (2:01.5), a Badlands Hanover mare who is the dam of the top Victorian mare Reciprocity 1:53 ($158,400).   Illegal Immigrant won the Group 3 $30,000 Devonport Cup last weekend and looks a pacer with the potential one would expect of his breeding.       Six wins on end   The four-year-old Platinum Revolution is proving a splendid advertisement for the In The Pocket horse Chanegover, a grand pacer himself and who stood for a time at the stud in NZ.   He is now based at Burwood Stud in Queensland’s Darling Downs district.   Platinum Revolution is unbeaten in six appearances in NSW this season and has graduated to a NR70 mark in the process. She holds a record of 1:54.7.   Platinum Revolution winning her last start at Newcastle   Champagne Franco, the dam of Platinum Revolution, was a race-winning Falcon Seelster mare from Crusader Franco (TT1:56.8), by Badlands Hanover from the Tuapeka Knight mare Cherubic, a NZ Great Northern Oaks winner who became the dam of 10 winners including Franco Catapult 1:49.2 ($629,403) and Franco Conquest 1:53.4 ($265,935).       The Storm Inside retires   The Storm Inside, one of the top two-year-old pacers of his year, has finished racing because of an injury, and is to stand stud.   Now a six-year-old, the Rocknroll Hanover horse won his first 11 starts including the Australian Pacing Gold final, the Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial and Victoria Premiere Stakes.   The Storm Inside                  -Stuart McCormick photo   He was only sparingly raced after his juvenile season. The Storm Inside, a half-brother to a smart pacer in Stormed Out, is one of the last commercial crop of Rocknroll Hanover.   His dam, the American-bred mare Spirited Storm (1:59.2), was by Artsplace from Stormy Pursuit (TT1:53.2), a Storm Damage mare that ranked as a sister to Smile Upon, the dam of the highly successful sire Grinfromeartoear, and a half-sister to the leading NSW sire Panorama.     by Peter Wharton

Catalogues for the 2020 Tasmanian Harness Yearling Sale, to be held at Carrick Park on Saturday, February 15, are available from all racetracks, Tasracing and the Office of Racing Integrity. The sale has attracted 19 entries – seven colts, 11 fillies and one gelding – from many of Tasmania’s leading standardbred breeders. Sixteen different stallions are represented in the catalogue with Rock N Roll Heaven (3 lots) and Sunshine Beach (2) the only sires with multiple entries. The sale includes stock from the first crop of highly credentialled young stallions Betting Line, Racing Hill and Guaranteed. Other well-known sires represented are Well Said, Sweet Lou, Hurrikane Kingcole, Modern Art, Tell All, Village Jolt, Metropolitan, Sutter Hanover, Ifihadyourluck, Major Bronski and Caribbean Blaster. The on-line catalogue with photos of the majority of yearlings can be viewed here. ** Plase note: Lot 18 has been withdrawn from the sale.   Peter Wharton

Melissa Maine, the studmaster of Faithful Park stud, Latrobe, has been a strong supporter of the Tasmanian Harness sale for several years.   A member of a respected northern Tasmanian trotting family, Melissa is offering two superbly bred yearlings at this year’s sale to be held at Carrick Park on Saturday, February 15.   Both are the first foals out of well performed racemares.   Lot 13, a brown gelding by the former USA 3YO of the Year Well Said, the sire of Group 1 winners Speak No Evil and Lady De La Renta, is from the Bettor’s Delight mare Itz Gemmas Delight.   Raced and trained by Maine, Itz Gemmas Delight won 10 races and was placed in the Bandbox, Blue Bonnet and the Tasmanian 3YO Fillies Championship for $56,652 in stakes.   Furthermore, Itz Gemmas Delight is a member of the same family as the dual Inter Dominion heat winner Devendra 1:52 ($483,544), the Group winners Queen Carey, King Carey, Benediction and Faithful Gabby and Tasmania’s current star three-year-old Kohanah.   “He’s a well grown, athletic type with a lovely temperament,” Melissa said.   Her other offering is Lot 16, a neat, compact black filly by the ill-fated import Hurrikane Kingcole, Australia’s leading first crop sire last season and whose stock includes Youaremy Sunshine (Vic. Youthful and VHRC 3YO Cup) and the Group 1 placegetters Our Balou and Venus Jujon.   Lot 16 the Hurrikane Kingcole-Miss Ruthless filly   Miss Ruthless, the dam of the filly, totted up 11 wins in four States, earned $84,052 in stakes and took a mile record of 1:58.   She hails from the same tribe as the high class NSW pacer Tricky One ($204,513), the NSW Sires Stakes 2YO champion Flite Dynasty, the Tasmanian Derby runner-up Ellington and others.   The Well Said gelding is eligible for Tasbred and Vicbred, while the Hurrikane Kingcole filly has been nominated for Tasbred.   For a pre-sale inspection and further information phone Melissa Maine on 0439 338 145.   The on-line catalogue, with photos of the yearlings, can be viewed at     By Peter Wharton

Champion harness racing sire American Ideal produced three Cup winners in the space of a fortnight! Mighty Conqueror NZ started the ball rolling when he outfinished a top field in the Group 1 $450,000 WA Pacing Cup – the fifth leg of the Australasian Grand Circuit - at Gloucester Park on January 17.   The gelding became American Ideal’s third WA Cup winners in five years, joining Soho Tribeca (2018) and My Hard Copy (2015 and 2016). On February 1 Son Of A Tiger NZ took out the Group 3 $30,000 Northam Pacing Cup and the following night Illegal Immigrant NZ notched his most important success to date in the Group 3 $30,000 Devonport Cup.   American Ideal has climbed into fourth position on this season’s All Aged sire list with $2,061,475 (as at Feb. 2). He is also currently ranked fourth on the NZ sires’ list with $676,572 and finished third on the 2019 USA Sires’ premiership with a staggering $16million.   American Ideal, who has just completed his first Australian season at Northern Rivers Equine, was again among the most popular stallions in the southern Hemisphere. He served more than 200 Australian-based mares and 40 in New Zealand.   Northern Rivers Equine prepared 13 yearlings on behalf of clients Lauriston Bloodstock (Bill & Anne Anderson), Greg Fleming and Phil and Tracey Wade for the 2020 Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne sale.   Of the 12 that were offered, 11 were sold and one was passed-in. The 11 lots sold aggregated $405,000 with the top price of $85,000 being for the lovely Art Major-Sugarland colt consigned by Lauriston Bloodstock.     By Peter Wharton

Yirribee Pacing Stud's resident harness racing stallion Caribbean Blaster led in two 'new' winners in NSW over the weekend. Lutzys Dream, a three-year-old gelding bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud, won in 1:59.3 at Bathurst, while the four-year-old Flame Blaster won for the first time at Broken Hill. Caribbean Blaster has sired 27 winners from 54 starters to date including 14 individual winners this season. Lombo Pocket Watch also sired a 'new' winner in Sheeza Pony at the Mount Gambier Cup meeting. Other stud-sired winners were the three-year-old Wotdidusaaay (by Tintin In America), who won his fourth race from 10 starts at Charlton, and Camroller (by Million Dollar Cam), a 1:58.9 winner at Marburg, Queensland. By Peter Wharton

Changeover, whose harness racing progeny has topped the $10 million mark, left eleven individual winners in Australia and New Zealand in the last week of January. Undoubtedly the two star performers were Platinum Revolution NZ, who made it six for six this season with her 1:55.1 effort at Newcastle, With The Band NZ who notched her third win from as many starts in Australia at Albion Park (1:56.8) and Allwoods Treaty, a winner at Gloucester Park in a career-best 1:57.1. Changeover led in a winning treble at Geraldine, NZ last Saturday including two 'new' winners in Lilac Change and Auchtercairn and the repeat winner La Bella Vita (1:57.5) and a double at Bathurst on Sunday with the three-year-old The Mustang (1:56.8) and Kash Us Back (1:57.4). Other recent Changeover winners have been Raani (1:56.9, Charlton), Presidentialchange (Stawell) and Dachy (1:56.1, Wyndham, NZ). Peter Wharton        

The first harness racing skewbald ever to be offered at public auction in Australia will be sold at the 2020 Tasmanian Harness Sale at Carrick Park on Saturday, February 15. The leggy filly is one of the three-strong draft of Kerrie Hymers, of Tourello Standardbreds, Sheffield and is listed as Lot 21 in the catalogue. By the 1:47 Somebeachsomewhere horse Sunshine Beach, whose first crop has enjoyed a good measure of success, the filly looks certain to attract plenty of attention from buyers. The other Sunshine Beach filly is Lot 8, a neat, compact miss from one of New Zealand’s most successful maternal families. Her dam, Danamite Lass (by Art Major), won three races at Menangle, earned $60,348 in stakes and took a mile mark of 1:55.9 and at the stud has left one previous foal, the two-year-old Auckland Lass, who is in full work in Mildura. The grand-dam, Dana Bromac 2:00.8 (8 wins), ranks as a sister to the Group 2 winner and multiple Group placegetter Pascale Bromac 1:57.1 ($96,193), the dam of the dual Melton winner Pepe Bromac 1:54.3 ($101,933). The third of the Tourello Standardbreds’ consignment is Lot 9, a big, strong chestnut colt by the consistent siring source Metropolitan. He’s the second foal of the skewbald mare Denzel Prada, a member of the same family as the Melbourne Pacing Cup winner Dillon Titian, the crack racemare Jolie Hanover and the precocious juvenile Risky Red (NSW Tatlow). For a pre-sale inspection phone Kerrie Hymers on 0412 287 024. The on-line catalogue, with photos of the yearlings, can be viewed at  Peter Wharton

Benstud Standardbreds, Harvey Kaplan, Shannon Nixon and Greg Fusinato, four of the biggest harness racing players in Victorian standardbred breeding, have thrown their weight behind the 2020 Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale, to be held at the Magic Millions Complex on Sunday, March 15. The Victorian contingent is expected to be a real force at the sale. Benstud, who conduct breeding and agistment properties in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley and Goulburn (NSW) and who topped last year’s auction with a Captaintreacherous colt out of the Rock N Roll Heaven mare Lastovo at $37,000, will offer a four-prong consignment for the sale. The draft includes an Art Major half-brother to the sales topping youngster who is reportedly showing plenty of promise in his early training with Tim Butt in Sydney. It is Lot 17. Benstud is also selling a lovely Captaintreacherous filly of the Art Major mare  Eily Lou Lou as Lot 19 and, in partnership with prominent NSW breeders Danny and Christie Rothwell, a big, strong colt by Roll With Joe out of Clevedon Betty as Lot 9. Eily Lou Lou, the dam of the ‘Captain’ filly, is a half-sister to the millionaire pacer Gotta Go Cullen and is closely related to the dual NZ Cup winner Il Vicolo, the A. G. Hunter Cup winner Stunin Cullen and last year’s Inter Dominion finalist Our Triple Play. While Clevedon Betty, a 1:57 Art Major mare, is a daughter of the prolific Harold Park winner Winmara Lass ($114,308), the dam of five sub 2:00 winners. Harvey Kaplan, the 2012/13 Victorian Breeder of the Year and the breeder of Bling It On, Baby Bling and many others, is offering a well grown Rock N Roll Heaven filly from the Victoria Youthful Stakes winner Fon Design, a full sister to the 2YO of the Year Cuttheattitude ($410,568). She is Lot 24. Bacchus Marsh breeder Shannon Nixon, a former president of Harness Breeders Victoria and the breeder of Group winners such as Phoenix Prince, Our Femme Fatale, Whirily School, has nominated two Art Major colts for the sale. The first is a big, strong colt out of The Stunning One (1:58.9), a winning half-sister to six winners including this season’s multiple Country Cups winner Phoenix Prince and the Tontine victor Goonly. Lot 25 is his dam’s first offspring. The other colt from the Nixon draft is Lot 12, a colt from the Dainty’s Daughter Classic winner Lincoln Beach Girl, a close relative of the recent WA Nights Of Thunder winner Ocean Ridge, Franco Totem (1:50) and Three Blind Mice (WA Derby). Warragul enthusiast Greg Fusinato, the breeder of former champion juvenile Our Waikiki Beach, will present his first ever draft at the Adelaide sale. Lot 11, a nuggety Pet Rock filly, is out of Fusinato’s noted producer Cyclone Dora, a Safely Kept mare from the family of Ride High, Safe And Sound, Massarua and Major Secret. Cyclone Dora, the dam of the filly, has a 100 percent record at stud with three winners from three starters including the recent double Albion Park winner Change Of Mind 1:51.1 ($173,824). The other Fusinato entry is Lot 27, a nice Sweet Lou filly from the dam of the Vicbred Super Series Bronze and Silke Plate winner Lochinvar Hugo and from the same family as last year’s top juvenile The Tiger Army, the multiple Group 1 placegetter Twist N Shout and Harry Hoo (WA Pure Steel). Portland horseman Heath Bourke will offer two Well Said colts as part of his second draft at the Magic Millions complex on March 15. Lot 21 is the second foal of the unraced Nimbosa, an Armbro Operative mare from the family of the NZ 3YO of the Year Pay Me Christian and the former pacing queen On Credit. “He’s a beautiful colt who looks a readymade two-year-old,” Bourke said. “He’s the best looking colt from my entire draft.” Bourke has also nominated a colt out of the winning Beach Towel mare Miss Gidget as Lot 1. A September foal, the neat, compact youngster is closely related to the outstanding Western Australian pacer Zakara and Im A Peregrine (WA Christmas Gift). By Peter Wharton  

A half-brother to the harness racing Breeders Crown champion Hurricane Harley and half-sisters to the APG Final and Breeders Crown winner Follow The Stars and the Victoria Derby and dual Breeders Crown champion Our Little General will spearhead the Northern Rivers Equine draft at the Australian Pacing Gold sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, February 2. Northern Rivers Equine, Kyabram, the home of American Ideal, Mel Mara and Yankee Rockstar, will present 13 yearlings – four colts and nine fillies – on behalf of clients Lauriston Bloodstock, Greg Fleming and Phil and Tracey Wade. Bill and Anne Anderson’s Lauriston Bloodstock, the dual Victorian Breeders of the Year and whose stock have won 25 Group 1 races to date, have nominated eight superbly bred yearlings – two colts and six fillies. Their consignment includes a Somebeachsomewhere colt from the APG Final winner Musical Delight (Lot 171); a Bettor’s Delight half-sister to Our Little General and Kasbah Kid (Lot 153); an Art Major half-brother to Hurricane Harley and Mango Stride (1:50.9) as Lot 230; a Captaintreacherous half-sister to Follow The Stars and APG runner-up Stefsbest (Lot 222); an Art Major sister to the Victoria Sapling winner Abouttime and half-sister to the speedy None Bettor (1:48.8) as Lot 158; a Sweet Lou filly out of the Breeders Crown champion Glenferrie Shuffle (Lot 122); a Bettor’s Delight half-sister to three in 1:56 including Rocknroll Icon (Lot 189); and an American Ideal filly from the Group 3 placegetter Artistic Angel (Lot 73). Swan Hill breeder-owner Greg Fleming, who bred and raced the former top racemare Helen’s Bonus, is selling at the APG for the first time. Fleming has nominated two progeny of the champion American juvenile and now leading sire Captaintreacherous. Lot 127 is a colt out of the McArdle mare Glitterazzi, a half-sister to millionaire pacer Bling It On and the Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling, while Lot 68 is a filly from the prolific WA and USA winner Arctic Fire, a half-sister to the NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Classy Filly. Kyabram breeders Phil and Tracey Wade, who bred, raised and sold the Group placegetter Dee Double You at the 2017 APG sale, have a three-prong draft at this year’s sale. They are offering a grand looking filly from the first crop of world champion Always B Miki that is a half-sister to Dee Double You and hails from the family of crack racemares Louvre and Miss Hazel, as Lot 148. The Wade’s other two yearlings are both by A G’s White Socks’ sire, the great Rock N Roll Heaven. Lot 204 is a half-brother to Philtra Phella, a winner of 20 races in Victoria and Tasmania and almost $100,000, while Lot 235 is a daughter of the Somebeachsomewhere mare Somesorta Philtra, a half-sister to Dee Double You. For an inspection of the Northern Rivers Equine draft phone Kath McIntosh on 0427 497 429 or (03) 5852 2845. Peter Wharton  

The Yirribee Pacing Stud resident stallions Tintin In America and Million Dollar Cam both led in harness racing winners at Yonkers, New York last Friday night (January 24). Tintin In America was represented by the five-year-old Titanium, who won a $US14,500 race in 1:55.8, while Million Dollar Cam’s six-year-old daughter Million Dollar Gem, who was bred by Yirribee, took out a $US22,000 event in 1:54.2. On the same night Yirribee landed a double at Leeton with the homebred and owned Nobbys Clock (by Lombo Pocket Watch) and Chubbs (by Million Dollar Cam). A further pair of Yirribee Stud bred winners recently were Mach Angelo (Bankstown) and A True Sensation (Parkes). To complete a busy week, Tintin In America’s three-year-old son Wotdidusaaay notched his third win and posted a career-best 1:56.1 at Melton.   By Peter Wharton

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