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Yirribee Pacing Stud’s world champion sire Warrawee Needy was credited with his fourth harness racing winner from his first Australian crop when the two-year-old The Mountain emerged successful at only its second start at Wagga. After settling down near last, the gelding looped the field in the middle stages to race upsides with the leader and then powered away to win by six metres. The mile rate was 1:58.1 over 1740 metres with the last 800 in a slick 57.6. Warrawee Needy has sired four winners and three placegetters from seven starters to date. Uncle Shank, a Queensland owned and trained colt by Warrawee Needy, has won twice and been second in 1:55 in three trials at Albion Park recently. The Mountain, who is owned, trained and driven by Brett Woodhouse, was one of three winners bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud on the day. The two-year-old Fly Like An Eagle gelding Eagle Commander (1:59.2) and three-year-old Fly Like An Eagle gelding Chasing The Wind (1:57.8) both saluted at Bathurst. Actually, Yirribee Pacing Stud bred eight individual winners for the week! They included the Wagga winners King Fisher (1:58.7), Sweet Sangria (1:59.4) and All Good, Hes An Artist (1:59.4, Cranbourne) and the very promising Romero (by Million Dollar Cam), a runaway winner at Stawell in 1:58.7. Another son of Million Dollar Cam in Camroller notched his 13th win and pushed his earnings over the $70,000 mark with a brilliant win at Albion Park. By Peter Wharton    

The Redcliffe Yearling Sale, whose graduates include boom Queensland pacers Leo’s Best and Governor Jujon, will be conducted online by Darren Ebert and Co on Sunday starting at 12 noon.   The 66 lots to go under the hammer are by 26 sires such as leading lights Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter, Hurrikane Kingcole, Mr Feelgood, Courage Under Fire, Well Said, Changeover, Western Terror and Cammibest.   A feature of the sale will be two colts from the last crop of the great Artsplace and youngsters from the first crop of the top American imports Always B Miki and Racing Hill and champion colonial bred pacer Guaranteed.   Graduates from the sale are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series with a two-year-old Sale Race Classic worth $100,000 in 2021 and a three-year-old Classic carrying a purse of $35,000 in 2022.   They are also eligible for QBred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred.   Bidders should register here   Photos, videos and a brief description of the yearlings are now available click here.   Prospective buyers who are unable to log on to the above websites should phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or Rebecca Ebert 0404 050 483 to either help organise it or to register for phone bidding.   The online catalogue can be viewed at www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au   Peter Wharton

The death of the New Zealand bred harness racing stallion Alta Christiano was an immense blow to the Australian breeding industry.   Alta Christiano died as the result of a colic attack at Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW) last weekend.   The top pacer and sire had just completed his busiest ever season, covering in excess of 160 mares.   “We had already received advanced bookings for 40 mares for next season,” Tipperary Equine studmaster Luke Primmer said.   In a career interrupted by injury, Alta Christian won 13 of his 18 starts and $309,163 in stakes.   He won four races at two years, including the NZ Kindergarten Stakes and NZ Yearling Sales Graduate at Addington.   Among his three wins as a three-year-old were the $200,000 WA Derby and the Western Gateway in a track record 1:55.4 for 2130 metres.   Alta Christiano won six of his seven starts at four including The Johnson, a Listed race.   From his first crop he produced the talented Im Sir Blake, winner of the Northern Region Championship in Victoria and Mildura Guineas, the WA Country Derby winner Fake News and While They Pray (11 wins).   Alta Christiano’s second crop now racing as three-year-olds includes the Battle of Bunbury winner Al Guerrero and Will The Wizard (Queensland Breeders Classic 2YO), while among his current batch of two-year-olds is the Western Crown winner Mighty Ronaldo.   He has sired 48 individual winners from 66 starters and they have amassed $1.17 million. In the current season he has left 40 winners to date.   by Peter Wharton

As the sire of one of the greatest stallions ever to come to this country in Art Major and other champion sires in Grinfromeartoear, Sportswriter, Dream Away, Artiscape and Modern Art, Artsplace is without question one of the most influential harness racing sires in the history of the sport.   A former world champion juvenile, Artsplace, who topped the USA sire premiership on six occasions, died in America in 2006 aged 18 years. He sired more than 1,200 winners including 48 in the 1:50 list and 448 $100,000 earners and had total progeny earnings of $US170 million.   The last of the ‘down under’ bred progeny of Artsplace will go under the hammer at the online Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Darren Ebert and Co, on Sunday starting at 12 noon.   They are two superbly bred colts – one born in New Zealand and the other in Queensland – both being offered by Daren and Gayle Garrard, of Garrard’s Horse & Hound, the sponsors of the Redcliffe sale-race series.   The first of the Artsplace’s is Lot 18, R Eleven Art NZ, a half-brother to five sub 2:00 performers including the NSW Derby placegetter R Eleven (1:55.7), In Massachusetts 1:52.4 ($191,002) and recent Albion Park winner Street Appeal (1:53).   The colt hails from the same family as the Queensland pin-up pacer Destreos, the derby winner Franco Hat Trick, NZ 3YO of the Year Franco Heir and the Oaks winner Onassis Legacy.   The second colt, Lot 54 in the catalogue, is out of the Albion Park winner Couldntdecide (2:00.6), a half-sister to the prolific winner Livinthehighlife 1:53.9 ($127,811), and a member of the same tribe as that which produced top horses the calibre of Ameretto, Hilarion Star and Flashing Star.   Videos of both yearlings will be available to view by prospective purchasers prior to sale day.   Bidders should register now at https://elite.nextlot.com/public/user/new   Photos and videos of all yearlings are available at https://elite.nextlot.com/public/sales/87859/lots?per_page=100    Prospective buyers who are unable to do this online should contact Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or Rebecca Ebert 0404 050 483 to either help organise it or to register for phone bidding.   The online catalogue can be viewed at www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au   by Peter Wharton

The Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted on Sunday at 12 noon, will be a harness racing online auction with live streaming and bidding (with no time delay). Videos of yearlings will be available to view by prospective buyers prior to the sale.  Videos and a brief description of each yearling will also be shown as at bidding takes place. Bidders should register now here. Photos and videos of the yearlings are available here. Prospective buyers who are unable to do this online should contact Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or Rebecca Ebert 0404 050 483 to either help organise it or to register for phone bidding.  The sale has attracted 66 nominations by 26 different stallions. The online catalogue can be viewed here. Peter Wharton

The Art Major horse Renaissance Man, a Group winner as two, three and four years, and a good percentage sire with his first two crops racing in Western Australia, has joined the stallion strength at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga. With his oldest stock racing as four-year-olds, the former NSW Sires Stakes 2YO champion and SA Derby winner has left 16 winners from 25 foals and almost half his first two crops have raced. Renaissance Man was represented by a pair of smart three-year-old winners in WA last weekend in the filly Fifty Five Reborn and the gelding Goodonya Mate. Fifty Five Reborn outsprinted a handy field at Gloucester Park in a career-best 1:57.4 rate over 2130 metres, and has now won four of her 10 starts for almost $50,000 in stakes. While Goodonya Mate took full advantage of the passing lane to notch his maiden success at Pinjarra, rating 1:57.4 for 1684 metres. The world champion Warrawee Needy sired his third winner from seven starters in his first 'down under' crop when the two-year-old Warrawee Cruzin led from end to end in the Bathurst Gold Crown Bronze Consolation on Monday (March 30). The gelding, who was making only his third appearance, was the first leg of a winning double for Yirribee Pacing Stud. They also bred the other Gold Crown Bronze Consolation winner, Eagle Commander. Another recent Yirribee Pacing Stud bred winner was Dollarbill (by Million Dollar Cam), who posted his 20th win and lifted his stake tally to beyond $100,000 at Redcliffe.   First foals by Lazarus The first North American bred foals of the NZ champion Lazarus have arrived and are drawing great reviews. Worldly Beauty 1:49.6 ($1.9 million), a former USA 2YO and 3YO Filly of the Year, dropped a colt foal at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey. "This baby is beautifully bred, strong and handsome," Deo's farm manager Fidencio Cervantez said. Other prominent American breeders are glowing in their reports of the first Lazarus foals. Ken Weed, of Shadowbrook Farm, said:" Our two foals by Lazarus are stunning. They are smart, correct and very athletic. They travel across the field faster than their mothers can keep up!" Jess Smith, who bred a Lazarus colt from a close relative of Sanabelle Island, stated: "The colt is well conformed with great bone. His head and eye are sharp with a regal bearing."   By Peter Wharton

Siblings to a number of recent harness racing winners will be offered at the online Redcliffe Yearling Sale to be conducted by Darren Ebert and Co on Sunday, April 5, starting at 12 noon.   They include half-brothers to the dual Albion Park two-year-old winner and Changeover Classic placegetter Onlysbest (1:58.5), the multiple Albion Park winner Street Appeal, the Albion Park winners Celtic Cruza (1:56), Bangkok Bravado (1:56.2) and Grizzly Montana (1:59.1) and the recent Tasmanian victors Gotta Good Reason and Drifting Away.   There’s half-sisters to the Albion Park three-year-old winner Betterthanlego (1:55.7), Redcliffe winners Amaya Becomes and Molly Montana and the Marburg winner Dolittle Desley.   The catalogue lists close relatives to several metropolitan and overseas winners including Fifty Five Reborn, a 1:57.4 Gloucester Park three-year-old winner last Friday. Other winners are last Saturday night’s Albion Park winner Newport Dreamz (1:55.9), Corey William, a recent Albion Park and Redcliffe winner, Betting Man (Globe Derby Park) and the Yonkers, New York winner Million Dollar Gem (1:54.2).   Yearlings to be auctioned at Redcliffe are by sires that have produced Group winning two- year-old progeny in Australia and New Zealand this year. A Rocknroll Dance, who has three lots in the sale, ranks as the sire of the Shakamaker Classic winner Bar Room Banta; Heston Blue Chip (2 lots), is the sire of NSW Pink Bonnet winner Girl From Oz; Tintin In America (1 lot) left the WA Sales Classic winner Lady Jadore; Betterthancheddar (2 lots) figures as the sire of the Changeover Classic winner Sheza Bonny Sheila; and Western Terror (1 lot) is the sire of the Tasmanian Debutante Stakes winner Yeah Mate.   Graduates from the sale are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a two-year-old Sale Race Classic worth $100,000 in 2021 and a three-year-old Classic carrying a stake of $35,000 in 2022. They are also eligible for QBred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred.   To request a catalogue, phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com or phone Redcliffe Harness Racing Club on (07) 3284 4550.   The online catalogue can be viewed at www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au   by Peter Wharton

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound.   Crack colt by Alta Christiano A two-year-old to take high ranking in Western Australia was Mighty Ronaldo, one of the third crop sired by Alta Christiano, who is now at Luke Primmer’s stud at Young (NSW).   Having only his third start, he won the $25,000 Western Crown at Gloucester Park by open lengths in 1:59.3 and appears every bit as good as the Sandgropers rate him.   Mighty Ronaldo                                                        --Jodie Hallows photo   Mighty Ronaldo is out of Millwood’s Delight (1:57), by Bettor’s Delight from a useful racemare in Gliding By (1:57.4), by Vance Hanover from Significant, by Out To Win from the Scottish Command mare Black Watch, a top racemare and cups winner. This was the family founded by the NZ bred mare Regina.   From the Black Watch branch of it and to which Mighty Ronaldo belongs, others in Chicago Bull, Arden Rooney, Rocknroll Lincoln, Keayang Cullen, Katy Perry, Lauraelle, The Unicorn and Sovereign Hill – all Group 1 winners - also belong.       Siblings win in Victoria Two of Victoria’s most promising youngsters at present, and both winners last weekend, are Pacifico Dream and Momentslikethese.   Both bred by Harvey Kaplan and trained by Emma Stewart are out of Mint Julep, an unraced daughter of Presidential Ball and the champion racemare Jadah Rose (1:49.6).   Pacifico Dream                                                   --Stuart McCormick photo   Pacifico Dream, a three-year-old colt by Mach Three, won the Group 3 $40,000 Victoria Sires Classic at Melton and has won five of his 10 starts to date, while Momentslikethese, a two- year-old filly by Art Major, won impressively on debut at Maryborough.   Mint Julep, the dam of Pacifico Dream and Momentslikethese, was a half-sister to the former ‘Cups King’ Guaranteed 1:50.4 ($856,316), now at Goodtime Lodge stud in Victoria, and Jadahson 1:53.9 ($277,390).     Cruz in 1:49.9 Cruz, who hoisted a fresh lifetime record of 1:49.9 leading from end to end at Menangle, is an American Ideal gelding from the same family as that which produced a top NSW pacer in Yayas Hot Spot.     Cruz, who was bred in NZ by Helen Hayward, did most of his early racing in Victoria before transferring to Craig Cross’s Cobbitty barn in June 2019. He has now won 23 races and $210,407 in stakes.   A tough customer, Cruz is a six-year-old brother to the SA Golden Nursery winner Elijah (1:58.3) and the Gloucester Park winners Heavens Delight 1:55.9 ($105,697), Macheaven (1:55.8) and Ucanttakeitwithu (1:56.4), being out of a handy racemare in Close To Heaven (2:00.1), by the Abercrombie horse Dare You To, a world champion and Inter Dominion heat winner.   Close To Heaven, who won seven races and $55,428, left eight winners, six of whom took records of 2:00 or better. She was out of Spaxton Rebel (2:00), by Clever Innocence from Spaxton Hanover, by the Auckland and Hunter Cup winner Waitaki Hanover from the Young Charles mare Pretender, a half-sister to the NZ Oaks winner Local Lie.   Cruz was the first of two winners at Menangle sired by American Ideal, the other being The Texas Ranger who rated 1:57.4 over 2300 metres. American Ideal also figured as the damsire of a third winner, Makoa (by Art Major).       Won NZ Flying Stakes Copy That, who is proving himself a three-year-old of some worth in the Auckland area, tasted Group success in the $47,000 Vero Flying Stakes at Addington, beating a very good three-year-old in One Change (by Bettor’s Delight) and Minstrel (by Rocknroll Hanover).   Bought for a six figure amount as a late two-year-old, Copy That has now won eight races and been placed five times placed from 18 starts for $113,900 in stakes. Earlier in the season he won the Alabar 3YO Classic and was runner-up in the Sires’ Stakes Final and Northern Derby.   A colt by the Western Ideal horse American Ideal (now at the stud in Victoria), Copy That is from the Live Or Die mare Lively Nights 1:57.4 (7 wins), and the first of her produce to race.   She was out of White Nights (dam of three in 2:00), by Road Machine from B G Star, by Butler B G from the Mercedes mare Proud Star, a half-sister to the Cardigan Bay Stakes winner Top Vance.   This is the immediate family of Christopher Vance and Luxury Liner, both NZ Cup winners, Surprise Package (A. G. Hunter Cup), Napoleon and this year’s WA Pacing Cup winner Mighty Conqueror.       Eighth winner from broodmare When the American Ideal three-year-old The Code Breaker won at Northam last Saturday, he credited his dam Alldatglittersisgold with her eighth individual winner. The Code Breaker, who cost $72,500 as a yearling, had been placed at its previous outing four days earlier.   Others from Alldatglitterisgold to win have been the Hunter Cup and Victoria Cup winner Bling It On 1:50.2 ($1.8 million), the Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling 1:50.5 ($854,490), Bletchley Park 1:53.6 ($186,200), Hectic 1:56.7 ($97,745), Show Me The Bling (1:53.1), Blingittothemax (1:55.3), My Apache Gold and now The Code Breaker.   Alldatglittersisgold, who is now in her 20 th year, has since produced a yearling colt by American Ideal and a weanling colt by him.   A dual Broodmare of the Year, Alldatglittersisgold was a Caprock mare from Glitter, by Lordship from Sandra Del, by Armbro Del from Mist Ahead, who founded a very strong branch of the Wild Lass family.     Grandson of Oaxaca Lass A bright future is being predicted for the American Ideal six-year-old Kardesler NZ, whose success at Cobram last week was his third winning run from five starts on Australian soil.   He has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by American Ideal, Kardesler is out of the Presidential Ball mare Kusadasi, a daughter of the champion racemare Oaxaca Lass (by Holmes Hanover). Oaxaca Lass, who won four Group 1 races and $426,585 in stakes, became the dam of winners in Condrieu 1:51.5 ($269,520), a multiple Listed winner in Australia, the top Tasmanian pacer Illegal Immigrant 1:55.2 ($143,836), Intrepid Traveller (1:54.8) and Weka Lass, the dam of the talented Victorian racemare Reciprocity 1:53 ($158,400).   The family traces back through mares by Ok Bye, Smooth Fella, Garrison Hanover, Light Brigade and Grattan Loyal to the noted foundation mare Tondeleyo. Recent winners from this family include the NSW Ladyship Mile winner Bettor’s Heart, Krug (Cardigan Bay Stakes), Micton Mouse (Tas. Derby), Be Jacks Legend (Cambridge Futurity) and the Breeders Crown champion Wrapper’s Delight.       SA Oaks winner’s breeding background Final Peace, who won her fourth race in the South Australian Oaks at Globe Derby Park, is by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Village Jolt, sire of a top racemare in Keayang Ebonyrose.   Final Peace is out of Peaces Of You (1:57.2), a winner of 12 races and $97,791, and is her only foal. By Peace Of Art (a 1:52 son of Artsplace), Peaces Of You was a half-sister to Forever And A Day 1:57.6 ($10 wins) and a member of the same family as the Derby winners in Carol Dillon and Exemplify (trotter) and a smart racemare in Lady Belladonna. Final Peace is a member of David Murphy’s Ballarat team.     Renaissance Man for Riverina The Art Major horse Renaissance Man has been relocated to the Riverina where he is to do stud duty. He will stand at Yirribee Pacing Stud where Lazarus, Tintin In America, Lennytheshark, Million Dollar Cam and Fear The Dragon head a select sire list.   Renaissance Man has been lightly used at the stud in Western Australia since he finished racing, and the oldest of his stock are currently racing as four-year-olds. From his first crop of 27 foals, 11 have raced and nine have been successful including the WA Country Oaks winner My Prayer 1:58.4 ($81,617), the Gloucester Park winner Yo Te Amo Haitch, Ourboybart (1:57.8), the Melton three-year-old winner Disclosure (1:56.5) and Another Snag (1:55.1)     His second crop includes the Westbred 2YO Classic winner Fifty Five Reborn (1:57.9) and the Group 2 placegetter Missbillynotsilly (1:58.6) and Medieval Man (1:58.8).   A particularly well bred horse, Renaissance Man is by Art Major from a smart racemare in My Ami Lee, the dam also of good winners in Louvre 1:54.5 ($402,665), the Oaks winner Miss Hazel 1:57 ($310,063) and My General Lee 1:52.2 ($261,897).   My Ami Lee was by Safely Kept from Cosmophylla, by Thor Hanover from the Entrepreneur mare Calophylla, who established a good winning family.   Renaissance Man proved himself a brilliant pacer on his day, taking a mile record of 1:53.1 and winning 18 races including the NSW Sires Stakes 2YO Final, the Victoria Youthful Stakes and the SA Derby. He finished up with a stake tally of $297,904.     Broodmare double Former pacing queen Foreal left important winners on either side of the Tasman last Saturday.   Im Field Marshal (by Art Major) won in Free-for-all company in 1:51.1 at Menangle, while his three-year-old brother Forsure registered his first success in 1:56.2 at Winton.   Forsure winning at Winton   Foreal, an Inter Dominion and dual Oaks winner, left earlier winners in Im Rocknroll Magic (1:51.1), a multiple Menangle winner, and the exported Madiba (1:51.4).     Half-brother to Terror To Love The four-year-old Well Said Love, who won at the opening day of the Forbury Park club’s meeting at Wingatui, ranks as a half-brother to the triple NZ Cup winner and dual Horse of the Year Terror To Love, now making a name for himself as a sire.     Bred and part-owned by Terry McDonald, Well Said Love, by the Western Hanover horse Well Said, is out of Love To Live, a Live Or Die mare from Michael’s Magic, by Michael Jonathan (son of Albatross) from the Tarport Coulter mare Dream Star.   Well Said Love is the twelfth foal of Love To Live, whose family includes the good Australian winners Bad All Over 1:56.3 ($126,444) and Cee J P (1:57.8) and the NZ winner Mach’s Love (1:58), the dam of recent Menangle three-year-old winner and Simpson Sprint runner-up Mach Da Vinci (1:51.3).   An unraced daughter of Love To Live in Spred It Round (by Soky’s Atom) became the dam of the prolific Gloucester Park winner Bad Round 1:56.8 ($162,165).     By Ready Cash Always Ready, a four-year-old by the French horse Ready Cash from the Yankee Paco mare Class Of Her Own (a half-sister to a champion trotter in Let Me Thru), was one of the best his age at two but did not race last season.   But the Ready Cash entire has proved himself to some purpose in his four-year-old racing, winning twice at Ballarat – both by wide margins - from his only two attempts.   Always Ready has won six of his 10 lifetime starts for $107,880 in stakes and holds a mark of 2:00.6. He is a very good young trotter.       by Peter Wharton

Muscle Hill sired Group/Listed winners on either side of the Tasman last Friday (March 20). Star three-year-old filly Vacation Hill, after being eighth at the bell and three deep for the last 700 metres, proved too strong in the Group 2 $50,000 NZ Trotting Oaks at Addington. Tailored Elegance (by Muscle Hill) was a close third. The mile rate was 1:59.7 - the last 800 in a stunning 57.9 and 400 in 28.5. Vacation Hill has won two races and been five times placed from 12 starts for $41,622 in stakes. Bred by Bruce Hutton, the filly is out of the Dream Vacation mare Vacanza Tr 1:59.8 (5 wins) and her first produce to race. Vacation Hill winning at Addington Elite Stride, a three-year-old colt by Muscle Hill, blitzed his opposition in the Gold Coronet at Bathurst. After settling down third, the brilliant colt was sent to the top in the back straight and won as he liked by 12 metres. Fox Trot Hill (by Muscle Hill) finished third. The mile rate was 1:58.1 with the last two fractions in 28.8 and 28.9. Elite Stride winning at Bathurst The winner of four of his five starts, Elite Stride was bred and is raced by Emilio and Mary Rosati and is the first foal of the American-bred mare Real Babe USA Tr 1:52.4 ($386,103). He is a really good youngster. Muscle Hill is one of the strong Stallions Australasia frozen semen roster.   By Peter Wharton

Many of Queensland’s best known harness racing breeders have thrown their support behind the Redcliffe Yearling Sale to be conducted by Darren Ebert and Co at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, April 5.   Burwood Stud, who have bred, prepared or stood the sire of the seven of the eleven Garrard’s Redcliffe Sales Classic 2YO winners, has the biggest draft with 13.   The consignment includes eight yearlings by Changeover, the sire of 2016 Redcliffe Sales Classic winner Change Of Heart, and one by Cammibest, the sire of five Sales Classic winners.   The Garrard family, who sponsor the Redcliffe sale-race series through Garrards Horse & Hound, has nominated seven lots highlighted by two colts from the last ‘down under’ crop of the influential American sire Artsplace. They are a half-brother to the NSW Derby placegetter R Eleven and a colt from the same family as champion racemare Ameretto and the WA Pacing Cup winner Hilarion Star.   The Garrard’s are also offering three colts and two fillies by highly successful sire Changeover.   Alf Laspina, the breeder of the 2018 Sales Classic winner Regulus, has nominated a Western Terror colt out of Soeur De Lyse (1:55.9), while Martine Dwyer, the breeder of the 2015 Sales Classic winner Leos Best, is offering a Hes Watching half-sister to the Group 1 star.   Other successful breeders with multiple representation are Shawn Grimsey, Neil Badcock, Stephen Dux, Kylee Rasmussen, George Michael, Dale Belford, Jeff Briggs and Bev Massam.   Graduates from the sale are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a two-year-old Sale Race Classic worth $100,000 in 2021 and a three-year-old Classic carrying a stake of $35,000 in 2022. They are also eligible for QBred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred.   To request a catalogue, phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com or phone Redcliffe Harness Racing Club on (07) 3284 4550.   The online catalogue can be viewed at www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au     by Peter Wharton

The Bettor’s Delight filly Delightful Gem NZ produced the top price of $34,000 at the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale conducted by Graeme Board and Co on Sunday.   The filly was offered by Northern Rivers Equine, Kyabram (Vic.) and was knocked down to high profile Sydney owners Emilio and Mary Rosati. She is out of the Art Major mare Diamond Like, a half-sister to the Queensland Premier’s Cup winner Smiling Armada 1:54.7 ($109,788) and to the dam of the NZ Jewels winner Pembrook’s Delight 1:54.7 ($137,477).   Northern Rivers Equine, who presented their first ever draft at Bathurst, sold the two highest priced lots at the sale. They received $30,000 for the Sweet Lou colt Sweet Emmylou NZ, a half-brother to winner the Menangle Its Inevitable 1:54.1 ($90,490) and the NSW Sapling placegetter He’s Bettor (1:54.7).   The colt was bought by Lithgow enthusiast Peter Berrell.   A total of 71 of the 92 lots catalogued sold for a gross of $716,318. The 39 colts sold averaged $10,666 and 32 fillies averaged $9,676.   Peter Wharton

Burwood Stud (Queensland) flagship sire Changeover sired four New Zealand winners last weekend. Dress Sense, a four-year-old gelding, kicked proceedings off winning at Cambridge Raceway in 1:59 over 2200 metres and is undefeated in two outings. La Bella Vista, Smoken Shazza and Szybka Lane, a trio of four-year-old Changeover mares, won at Addington, Alexandra Park and Waimate respectively. La Bella Vista won in a career-best 1:56.7, Smoken Shazza recorded a new lifetime mark of 1:56.9 and Szybka Lane completed back-to-back successes. Meanwhile, Quick Changeover posted his sixth lifetime win, overcoming a wide passage to win at Launceston on Sunday night (March 22). The gelding rated 2:00 for 2200 metres, the last 800 in 57.6. Changeover has left 87 winners in Australia and NZ to date this season and they have amassed $1.34 million in stakemoney.   By Peter Wharton

Seventy percent of the mares represented in the 2020 Redcliffe Yearling Sale catalogue are harness racing winners and 47 percent are winner-producing mares. They have left 72 winners of 445 races between them including seven individual Group and Listed winners and 11 Group/Listed placegetters. Among the race-winning dams are the Group/Listed winners Bangkok Dancer (Qld Paleface Adios Classic) and Montana Tess (Redcliffe Oaks), Macy Supreme (NSW Country Series) and placegetters Three Jewels, Il Cavalino, Jenzajet and Lindrell. Other well performed mares include Shootforthestarzzz (Bathurst Gold Tiara heat), the Australian Pacing Gold heat winners Young Desiree and All Starzzz Shark, Rapt In Red (Qld Breeders Classic semi), Candyliscious (1:53.1), Miss Art Ranger (1:55), Soeur De Lyse (1:55.9) and Rowan Franco (1:56.2). The dams listed in the catalogue have left Group/Listed winners such as the dual Queensland Triad and Redcliffe Sales Classic champion Leos Best, Wicked Style (Queensland Triad and Seymour Nursery), the Queensland Breeders Classic victors Amaya Becomes,  Capitalize and Third Strike and the Redcliffe Sales Classic winners Celtic Cruza and Designer Style. Other ‘black type’ performers include the NSW Derby placegetter R Eleven, In Massachusetts 1:52.4 ($191,002), North Royal ($108,791), Hedges Avenue (1:51.2), Covert Beauty (2nd Queensland Breeders Classic), Gotta Good Reason (NSW Breeders Challenge heat), Pale Bear Boo (Albion Park Gold heat), Gangnam Dancer (2nd NSW Sapling), Drifting Away (2nd Triad) and the Redcliffe Sales Classic placegetters Izzy Ours and Ruhtrebo. The sale will be conducted by Darren Ebert and Company at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, April 5, starting at 12 noon. Graduates from the sale are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a two-year-old Sale Race Classic worth $100,000 in 2021 and a three-year-old Classic carrying a stake of $35,000 in 2022. They are also eligible for QBred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred. To request a catalogue, phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com or phone Redcliffe Harness Racing Club on (07) 3284 4550. The online catalogue can be viewed at www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au Peter Wharton

The 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Company, will be held at the Gold Crown Paceway, Bathurst on Sunday, March 22, starting at 11am.   The sale comprises 92 lots by 37 different stallions including champion sires Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, American Ideal, Sportswriter, Well Said, Roll With Joe, Modern Art and Western Terror.   Emerging sires Sweet Lou, Always B Miki, A Rocknroll Dance, Betting Line, Warrawee Needy, Shoobees Place, Tintin In America, Bling It On, Heston Blue Chip, He’s Watching, For A Reason, Sunshine Beach, Pet Rock and Changeover are represented at the sale.   There’s close relatives to a string of top performers such as Beautide, Mighty Conqueror, Phoenix Prince, Hurricane Harley, Lombo Pocket Watch, Vincent, Sir Galvinator, Stunin Cullen, Ameretto, Petacular, Majestic Mach and many more.   Live streaming of the sale will be available Bathurst Harness Racing Club’s Facebook page.   Pedigrees can be viewed online at www.graemeboard.com Click on 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale   For a hard copy of the catalogue or further information phone Graeme Board on 0408 636   273 or email gboard@bobberry.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club.     by Peter Wharton

Mighty Conqueror has provided a massive boost to next Sunday’s Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale with a thrilling win in the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park in January.   The New Zealand bred Mighty Conqueror is now the winner of $485,838 and his gave his Bathurst sale bound close relative, a Shoobees Place filly (Lot 58), a perfectly timed pedigree update.   Hows The Memory, a winner of the Group 2 $50,000 Sibelia Stakes in 1:51.2, and recent Cranbourne winners Sahara Sirocco and Sahara Tiger are closely related to Lot 81, a Roll With Joe colt out of the smart racemare Macrandra.   Hurricane Harley, winner of the Group 2 $50,000 Paleface Adios Stakes at Menangle, is out of a daughter of Lot 70, the Well Said-Lindsey Leigh USA filly, while this season’s Victorian cups king Phoenix Prince belongs to the immediate family of Lot 82.   Half-brothers to a number of sale entries have been successful in NSW and Victoria recently.   Call Me Hector, a winner at Melton in 1:55.2, has a sibling as Lot 3; Rizardo, a double winner at Newcastle, is a half-brother to Lot 92; Illawong Mustang, who won at Ballarat in 1:56.8 and Cranbourne, is a half-brother to Loy 87; the Temora victor Our Sams Home has a half- brother in Lot 35; and the NSW provincial winners King Fisher, Lutzys Dream and A True Sensation are all half-brothers to Lot 68.   Pedigrees for all yearlings can be viewed online at www.graemeboard.com Click on 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale   For a hard copy of the catalogue or further information phone Graeme Board on 0408 636 273 or email gboard@bobberry.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club.     by Peter Wharton

The Goulburn Valley-based Northern Rivers Equine will present their first draft at the 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale with a terrific selection of seven yearlings by a wide range of popular sires.   The consignment of six fillies and a colt were specifically selected on pedigree and type in Auckland last May and represent the top maternal families in New Zealand and Australia today.   They are by some of the world’s greatest sires including Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, American Ideal, Mach Three and Sweet Lou as well as up-and-coming NZ stallion Highview Tommy.   The families to which the yearlings belong have produced top horses the calibre of Code Bailey, the dual WA Cup winner Chicago Bull, Hunter Cup winner Stunin Cullen, Cash N Flow and the champion NZ racemares Tigerish, The Orange Agent and Lauraella.   The first two of the Northern Rivers’ draft to enter the ring are the superbly bred American Ideal fillies Ideal Energy NZ (Lot 19) and French Racket NZ (Lot 39). Ideal Energy NZ, a long barrelled, athletic filly, is from an Artsplace mare that left the Terang Guineas and Mount Gambier Gold Cup winner Iam Erik. The filly is closely related to Time Flies ($624,230), the WA Oaks placegetter Dame Puissant and Floyd Mayweather ($326,285).   French Racket NZ, a strong, athletic type, is out of a daughter of the broodmare gem Vicario, the dam of nine winners including the NZ 3YO Colt of the Year, Hunter Cup winner and successful sire Stunin Cullen and the NZ 4YO Mare of the Year Coburg. This season’s top NZ juvenile It’s All About Faith (1:56.4) is also a member of this fine family.   Next, is Delightful Gem NZ (Lot 59), a powerful bay filly bred the very successful Bettor’s Delight-Art Major cross. Her dam, Diamond Like NZ, ranks as a half-sister to the Queensland Premier’s Cup winner Smiling Armada and to the dam of the NZ Jewels winner Pembrook’s Delight.   Tiger Tommy NZ (Lot 69) is a stunning filly by the former NZ 2YO of the Year Highview Tommy out of a daughter of the champion NZ racemare Tigerish ($491,957), the dam of seven winners including the NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Tiger Turner and grand-dam of the Group winner All Tiger 1:49.2 ($514,726). This is the family of the recent Northam Cup winner Son Of A Tiger, the Group 1 Westbred Classic winner One Off Delight, Tiger Swift and so on.   Lot 75, Sweet Emmylou NZ, the only Sweet Lou colt in the sale, ranks as a half-brother to the Menangle winner Its Inevitable and the NSW Sapling placegetter He’s Bettor. The colt’s second dam, Matter Of Time, is a half-sister to six sub 2:00 performers and to the dam of Inter Dominion heat winner Cincinnati Kid ($499,495) and is closely related to the six-time Group 1 winner The Orange Agent ($746,423).   The only Art Major filly at the sale is Major Annie NZ (Lot 83), who is the second foal of the Group 2 NZ Ladyship Stakes runner-up Annie Morva (1:52.9). The classy filly hails from a strong family which includes the exported Elliesjet (1:51.8), Bet Out Of Ell and Magie Lilly Rose (1:54.2).   Completing the Northern Rivers entry is Mach’s Last NZ (Lot 90), a correct, good bodied filly from the last crop of Mach Three and his only representative in the sale. A member of the noted Black Watch tribe, the filly is closely related to the NZ Young Guns heat winner Im Meticulous (1:55.6), the dual Oaks winner Lauraelle ($699,946) and the Group two and three-year-old placegetter Express Stride (1:49).   For a pre-sale inspection and further information phone Dr Kath McIntosh on (03) 5852 2845 or 0427 497 429 or visit the website www.nrequine.com.au     by Peter Wharton

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