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Exciting Love You two-year-old colt Venerate overpowered his rivals to capture the $Can1,320,000 Mohawk Million, the richest trotting race ever held in Canada, at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night (September 26). Starting from the back row, the colt settled down third last before moving up to fifth at three-quarter pole. Angled four deep in the home stretch, Venerate let down with a brilliant finishing flourish to score by three-quarters of a length. Time for the flying mile was 1:53.4. Venerate became the richest two-year-old trotter in North America this year with earnings of $683,766, the result of four wins and two placings in seven starts. Love You sired a winning double at Addington, New Zealand on Friday night (September 25) with the three-year-olds Leaf Stride and Wanna Play With Me. Leaf Stride made it two for two with a last-stride win in the Haras Des Trotteurs Sires’ Stakes prelude, while Wanna Play With Me notched her third success from six starts. Quaker Jet, the richest son of Love You, was represented by his ninth winner from his first Australian crop of  24 foals when the three-year-old filly Imamaorijet overcame a difficult draw and a wide passage to salute at Kilmore. Imamaorijet was bred by Haras Des Trotteurs principal Pat Driscoll out of the Inter Dominion winning mare Sumthingaboutmaori. Meanwhile, Orlando Vici’s second crop son Red White An Bloom maintained his devastating form with a crushing win at Maryborough, his third from his last four attempts. In Europe, the French trotting champion Bold Eagle sired the winners of the two biggest races for three-year-old trotters in Sweden and the winner of the Norwegian Criterium. Brambling, a colt by Bold Eagle, led throughout in the $910,000 Svensk Travkriterium, run at Solvalla on Saturday (September 26), rating a slick 1:57.3 over 1.6 miles, with Henry Flyer Susi (also by Bold Eagle), third. Brambling is out of a mare by Muscle Hill. On the same card, the Bold Eagle filly Eagle Eye Sherry sprinted sharply after enjoying a pocket trip to capture the Svensk Travkriterium $635,000 Oaks. The mile rate for the 1.3 miles was 1:57.3. Eagle Eye Sherry is from a Credit winner mare. Bold Eagle was also represented by another two feature race winners in Europe on the weekend in High Flyer, who took out the Norwegian Criterium at Bjerke, making it five wins from seven starts, and Aetos Kronos, who won the Grand Prix de l’uet at Solvalla, Sweden. The frozen semen of Love You, Bold Eagle, Orlando Vici and Quaker Jet is available to breeders in Australia and New Zealand from Haras Des Trotteurs, Ballarat (Vic.).   by Peter Wharton

Changeover has made a great start with his progeny in the new New Zealand racing season. The Burwood Stud-based stallion has already left seven individual winners including three in the space of 72 hours last week – Jungle Gem (1:59.1, Cambridge Raceway), I’m Trouble (Invercargill) and a ‘new’ winner Rockngoodtime (Oamaru). In Australia, Changeover was represented by winners in three different States last week. Controversial NZ posted win No. 31 at Menangle to raise his stake tally to $246,266, Little Change won for the 13th time at Redcliffe and the three-year-old filly Changeup notched her fourth success from 10 starts at Globe Derby Park in a career-best 1:57.3. Changeover has sired 63 individual winners in Australia this season and they have amassed over $1.4 million in stakes. Jungle Gem winning at Cambridge.   By Peter Wharton

Venerate, a two-year-old colt by the great Love You, a member of the Haras Des Trotteurs’ frozen semen roster, tied the season’s mark of 1:51.8 when he led from end to end in the $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Championship Final at The Red Mile on Sunday (September 20). The time was only 0.2 outside the world record. A $90,000 yearling, Venerate, one of a crop of only six USA bred foals by Love You, has now banked $188,766 from three wins and two placings in six starts. Love You was also represented by the three-year-old filly Wanna Play With Me (ex Majestic Son mare), who produced a barnstorming finish from worse than midfield to post her second win from five outings at Addington. Beau Garcon and Just Believe, both members of Orlando’s Vici’s outstanding first crop and both bred by Haras Des Trotteurs principal Pat Driscoll, won at Horsham and Melton respectively last week.  Beau Garcon came off a 20 metre handicap to notch his sixth success this season, while Just Believe earned a new speed badge of 1:58.1 in winning for the sixth time from 16 starts. Orlando Vici’s first crop has produced an amazing 10 winners from 11 foals and they have won 43 races and $349,023 in prizemoney.     Peter Wharton

A resounding success in the $156,400 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday (September 18) sent He’s Watching brilliant son Tattoo Artist’s seasonal tally to $401,889 and he is now the second richest three-year-old colt in North America in 2020. Starting from the outside gate, the colt was sent straight to the top before handing up briefly in the second stanza and then recovering the lead. He was never again heading, scoring by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:50.2. Tattoo Artist boasts seven wins and a second from 10 starts this season. He has won four OSS Gold Finals and is clearly the leading pointscorer in his division. He’s Watching was also represented by a trio of winning three-year-old fillies in Canada over the weekend in She’s Magic (1:58), Panerai (1:58.8) and Lady To Watch (1:59.8). On the home front, He’s Watching’s stocks were given a terrific boost with a winning double at Echuca on Sunday (September 20). Hes Dan, a black two-year-old colt, overcame a difficult draw and a wide passage to notch his second win in as many starts, while the three-year-old Rambunctious led from end to end to post his fourth success this season. He’s Watching 1:46.8 ($1,116,450), a former USA 2YO Pacing Colt of the Year and world record holder, is now standing at the Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW) of Luke Primmer.     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 Close relatives win at Bendigo Two of Victoria’s star youngsters at present, and both winners at the Bendigo midweek meeting who promise to be a force in the upcoming classics, are Treachery and Roquefort Cheese. Both bred by Peter Gleeson are members of the same maternal family. Treachery, a two-year-old filly bred by Gleeson in partnership with Bruce and Craig Cameron, is by Captaintreacherous from the thrice Group winner Lovelist (1:53.2), by Always A Virgin from Lifeline, by Classic Garry from Larrakeyah Lady. Roquefort Cheese, a three-year-old Betterthancheddar filly, is out of Feel The Magic (1:59.6), by Fully Loaded from the What’s Next mare Dreams, a half-sister to Lifeline, the grand-dam of Treachery. This is the family which produced such winners as Ride High (1:48), a Breeders Crown champion and rated the best pacer in Australia today, the A. G. Hunter Cup winner Safe And Sound, Major Secret (NSW Derby), Beauty Secret (Vic. Oaks), The Good Times, Out To Play and so on. Star four-year-old by Well Said A bright future is being predicted for the Well Said four-year-old The Buckeye Bullet, whose success at Gloucester Park last Friday was his seventh winning run from his last nine starts. He ranks as a half-brother to a capable pacer and Melton Cup winner in Toulouse Lautrec 1:53.1 ($257,126) and the SA Sires Produce winner Lady Taras Bulba (1:55.1), who, in turn, is the dam of Lady Flora 1:57.7 (4 wins).   Their dam, Titan Bloss (1:59.9), a Son Of Afella mare from Young Royalty, by Lordship from Pruedence, has proved a most successful broodmare. She is also the dam of the Harold Park winner Tinship (1:55.9), Tagataese 2:00.4 (5 NZ wins) and the Perth winner Tour King (2:00.8). Titan Bloss, who won five races, was a half-sister to the good Harold Park winner Titan Vic, Titan Sioux (9 wins) and to the Lumber Dream mare Titan Crest, dam of the Gore Cup and Moonee Valley winner Titan Abel. Treble for breeders Prominent New South Wales breeders the Xerri family, trading as Sloy’s Company, had a red-letter night at the recent Penrith meeting with a winning treble. They were the three-year-olds Smoothe Style (Bettor’s Delight-Miss Brazilian) and Flying Scribe (Sportswriter-Jet’s Girl) and the five-year-old Jay’s Cash (American Ideal-Far Apart). Smoothe Style is one of four winners produced by the Mach Three mare Miss Brazilian this season, the others being Let’s Go To Brazil, Benicio and Mister Brazil. Flying Scribe ranks as a half-brother to the promising Victorian stayer Struve (9 wins from 17 starts), while Jay’s Cash is a half-brother to recent winners in Backintown and Far Out Bro. Tasmanian Sweepstakes winning line Paul Hill, who brought out classy juveniles in Feelin Dusty, Chica Bella and Hillview Jake, has a top two-year-old in Rocknovertime racing at present. He downed a smart field in a heat of the Tasmanian Sweepstakes at Hobart last Sunday and has now won two of his three outings by a combined margin of 42 metres. Rocknovertime ranks as a half-brother to the Sweepstakes winner Chica Bella (1:58.7) and Cesta La Vie (2:00.5), being a gelding by the Rocknroll Hanover horse Rock N Roll Heaven from Time Moves On, by Time Stands Still from Evening Jay, by Cognac Hanover from Jay Firth, by Bye And Large. This is the family that left a top flight juvenile in Hillview Jake 1:57.8 ($107,045), who won six races as a two-year-old including the Dandy Patch, Sweepstakes, Golden Slipper and Breeders Plate. Well related three-year-old Amelia Rose, who easily accounted for older rivals at Terang, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when she finished second to Maajida in the Vicbred Super Series final. She has opened her three-year-old season on a winning note – she has won four and been twice placed from her last seven starts – and will be well in line for the major juvenile classics. Amelia Rose is a filly by the Artsplace horse Art Major from Bennies Daughter, the dam of an earlier winner in Sporty Ben. Bennies Daughter ranks as a half-sister to the Bathurst Gold Crown winners Soho Valencia and Yrubla and the Victoria Oaks winner Niki No No, being by Falcon Seelster from Benelise, by Vintner from Dorrie’s Daughter, by Keystone Scotch. A half-brother to Bennies Daughter in Majordan (by Art Major) was a winner in 1:49.6 at Scioto Downs, Ohio on the same night that Amelia Rose won at Terang. Both were bred by Benstud Standardbreds, who bred a second sub 1:50 winner at Scioto Downs in Stars Align (also by Art Major), who won in 1:48.8. The feat of breeding two sub 1:50 winners on the same card in North America is believed to be a first for Australian breeding.  Albion Park winner from good broodmare Dina Bolt, a Bettor’s Delight three-year-old and a double winner at Albion Park recently, is out of Pullover Brown, a triple Oaks winner with a record of 1:56.7, who is proving a successful broodmare. Pullover Brown is also the dam of In Runaway Bay, a Melton and Menangle winner who later took a mark of 1:52.6 in America, and Dina Brown (1:57.4), winner of the NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Graduette. Pullover Brown was an Armbro Operative mare from Dinavinetto, by Fitch II from Precious Dina, by Mercedes from the Estes Minbar mare Precious Nandina. She was a sister to the exported Montecito 1:49.4 ($522,723) and a half-sister to Im Against The Wind (1:59), dam of the Cobram Cup and US winner Pass Them By 1:51.8 ($419,261), Neon Sky 1:53 ($158,481), Irak M Up (1:56) and the Melton winner Like A Wildfire (1:54.3). Other members of this family, which was founded in Australia by the Ajax mare Lady Ajax, were the Auckland Cup winner Flight South (1:56.3), Whittaker (1:50), the Inter Dominion heat winner Where Eagles Dare (1:51.8) and Three Jewels (1:57.6). Dina Bolt Son of Beach Shack A two-year-old to make a good impression in Victoria this week was Sayitaintso Joe, who was bred and is raced by Brendan and Anne James and trained by Michael Stanley. He won at second start at Ballarat in the smart time of 1:59.5 and looks every inch the blood he represents. A gelding by Roll With Joe, he is out of a fine racemare in Beach Shack 1:53.2 ($148,702) and the first of her produce to race.  Beach Shack, a Listed winner at Melton, is by Somebeachsomewhere from the grand producer Arty Alice NZ, by Artiscape from the Bo Scot’s Blue Chip mare Pleasant Franco, dam of the great Christian Cullen. Besides Beach Shack, Arty Alice is also the dam of Rockstar Angel 1:51 $406,258), a multiple Group winner at Melton and now competing successfully in America, Angel Of Arts 1:55.5 ($100,600), Earth Angel (1:54.7) and Tarin Kowt (1:56), all metropolitan winners. Andover Sun bred to be top trotter Andover Sun, who won his fourth race from his last six starts at Melton last weekend, is a three-year-old trotter expected to graduate far beyond his present rating. A member of John and Maree Caldow’s Melton team, he has a good deal more in his favour on the score of blood than most. By Andover Hall, who sired the Group 1 winners Jaxnme and Is That A Bid and is a brother to champion sires Angus Hall and Broadway Hall, Andover Sun is out of the Sundon mare Solar Flash (Tr 2:01), who also produced this season’s two-year-old winner Sangreal. Solar Flash, who was only lightly raced, was out of Flash And Flair, by S J’s Photo from a fine racemare in Fiona’s Flair, whose 15 successes included the E. B. Cochran Cup and a string of country cups. Besides Solar Flash, Flash And Flair was also the dam of the Vicbred and Breeders Crown finalist Our Flash Girl, a winner of six races and The Summer Cat (4 wins to date) and the grand-dam of recent winner Pickles Magee. Flash And Flair was a sister to a top trotter in A Touch Of Flair Tr 1:52.6 ($569,197) and a half-sister to the high class trotters Down Under Muscles Tr 2:01.1 ($216,925), now a successful sire, Son Of Flair Tr 1:56.2 ($257,909) and Mighty Maori Tr 1:55.2 ($256,305), all Group winners. In all, Fiona’s Flair’s progeny won 130 races and a staggering $1.35 million in stakes. In the back removes of Andover Sun’s pedigree are pacers of the calibre of the Breeders Crown and Vicbred champion Oscar Le Vant, Lynmont (Victoria and SA Oaks), Danny Strike, Bubba’s A Fake (Tas. Granny Smith) and Barkurrei. For all that, strains of Sundon, S J’s Photo and Super Bowl would tend to give an influence in later removes producing trotters of the calibre of Andover Sun. Andover Sun Crack colt by Bettor’s Delight A top colt in Victoria this season – he has won five and been placed once in six starts – is Soho Bollinger, a close relative of the former top NZ sprinter The Suleiman. Bred by Robert Watson, who also races him, Soho Bollinger is a colt by Bettor’s Delight from Soho Champagne, by Artsplace from Miss Maddy Jay, by In The Pocket from Highland Park 1:58.5 ($173,032), a winner of 11 races including the Queen of the Pacific and NZ Yearling Sales 3YO Series. Soho Champagne, the dam of Soho Bollinger, left earlier winners in Soho Angel 1:53.3 ($168,430), whose 10 successes included the Tatlow Memorial, and Soho All Shook Up (1:56.8), who are both being bred from. The family descends through mares by Tuapeka Knight, Armbro Hurricane, Lordship, Young Charles, Red Shadow and Logan Pointer to Prudish (by Principal), foaled in NZ in 1903. Other members of this family have been The Cornishman (Gawler Cup), The Phoenician (Vic. E. K. Bray Country Clubs Cup), Black And Tan (NZ Franklin Nursery) and the NZ country cup winners Saucy Jack, Ginger Megs and Master Michael. Ninth winner from broodmare When the Mr Feelgood two-year-old Ringos A Star won at the Redcliffe midweek meeting, he credited his dam Rhapsody In Red with her ninth individual winner. Ringos A Star, who overcame a chequered passage to win, had shown good placed form in the Brisbane area. Others from Rhapsody In Red to win have been the Group winners Red Charmer (1:55.2), Rani Major (1:55.7), Raring To Go (1:56.1) and Rich Heritage (1:56.3) and the handy performers Reds Good To Go (1:55.4), Reds Jet Star (1:55.6), Caesar Rules, Red Hot And Ready and now Ringos A Star. Rhapsody In Red is a Fake Left mare from Charming Reminder, by Vanston Hanover from the Tempest Hanover mare Call Girl, who established a great winning line for prominent Queensland breeder-owner Kevin Seymour. She left a top racemare in Goldrush Girl (TT1:55.3) and Destiny Calls, a winner of 19 races.   Peter Wharton

A total of 23 harness racing two-year-olds – 21 pacers and two trotters – including two from New Zealand - have been nominated for the inaugural Nutrien Equine Ready To Run Sale to be held in November. The online sale will be conducted from 10am on Friday, November 20 until 4pm on Sunday, November 22 coinciding with the Breeders Crown Finals weekend at Melton. Horses will be ‘breezed up’ at Menangle on Sunday, November 1, Shepparton on Wednesday, November 4 and in NZ’s South Island at a track and date to be confirmed. Nutrien Equine standardbred manager Mark Barton said: “The sale will offer another opportunity for breeders of young horses to sell their stock besides the yearling sales. “Lochinvar Art is one of the products of the ready-to-run concept.” Many of Australasia’s leading trainers and breeders have thrown their weight behind the sale including Luke McCarthy, Rickie Alchin, Mark Jones (NZ), Benstud Standardbreds, Lauriston Bloodstock, Nick Hooper, Paul Graydon, Reibey Farm and Rhiannon Park. Fifteen sires will be represented at the sale including stock by established sires such as Art Major, American Ideal, Rock N Roll Heaven, Well Said, Sportswriter, Western Terror, Shadow Play, Betterthancheddar, Sir Lincoln, For A Reason and Love You and emerging sires in Betting Line, Heston Blue Chip, Bling It On and Cardigan Boko. A Well Said-Bettor Abs 2YO filly in the Sale The entry includes half-brothers to the Melton Mares Championship winner Sophies Ideal 1:53.5 ($150,979), Islay 1:52.8 ($218,117), Valbonne (1:55.4) and promising trotter Mar Pacifico and half-sisters to the Breeders Crown champion All Eyes On Us 1:51.4 ($307,515), the prolific Albion Park winner Tennyson Bromac 1:53.4 ($139,837) and Spy Major (1:53.9) and close relatives of the Group 1 winners Gotta Go Cullen, Happy Asset, Lombo Skyrider, Awesome Armbro, Philadelphia Man and Tandia’s Courage. A Heston Blue Chip 2YO gelding in the sale Pedigrees and pre-registration details will be available in early October. For further information visit www.nutrienequine.com.au Peter Wharton  

The first crop of harness racing dual world champion He’s Watching 1:46.8 ($1,129,215) continue to make their presence felt in North America. In his first season He’s Watching left 77 foals, and of these he has 61 starters for 42 winners with 35 in 2:00 and 12 in 1:55 and they have amassed $1,356,695, an average of $22,240 per starter. From his initial crop he has sired a top colt in Tattoo Artist 1:48.4 ($525,129), the winner of three Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Final and Simcoe Stakes and one of this year’s star three-year-olds, and a smart filly in Rose Run Victoria 1:51.4 ($72,414), an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Final winner. Examiner Hanover 1:52.4 ($153,092), an OSS Gold winner at 2, Kat 1:54 ($104,168), Night Watchman (1:51.2) and One For Julius (1:51.8) have been other winners from He’s Watching’s first American crop. In Australia He’s Watching has been represented by 28 winners from 55 starters including the WA Diamond Classic winner Blockjorg 1:55.5 ($114,723), the George Croxford Tribute winner Private Eye (1:54.6) and Hes Sweet 1:54.7 (APG Brisbane Graduette 2YO) While, in New Zealand, He’s Watching’s first two crops have produced smart performers in Heslookingatyou, a winner in 1:54.6 in America, Watch Me Now (1:53.3) and Pocket Watch (1:53). He’s Watching is now standing at Luke Primmer’s Tipperary Equine, Young (NSW) at a fee of $2,500 including GST. Peter Wharton  

Love You’s son Quaker Jet, a multiple Group 1 winner in France and whose frozen semen is available to ‘down under’ breeders from the Victorian-based Haras Des Trotteurs, has bounded to the forefront as one of Australia’s most successful trotting sires in recent months. His oldest stock are three-year-olds, and this season he has been represented by one of Australia’s outstanding young trotters in Im Ready Jet Tr 1:55.6 ($100,940), who won the Group 1 $60,000 Need For Speed Princess at Melton in February and earlier had captured the $100,000 Breeders Crown as a two-year-old. Cracker Jet, a winner of four races this season, Dizzysjet, a winner in 1:56.1 at Menangle last week, the dual Melton winner Electrojet (Tr 1:59.3), Im Hector, From The Swamp, La Serena and Quake Proof, a winner at Ballarat on Wednesday (September 16), have been other winners from Quaker Jet’s first Australian crop. Actually, Quaker Jet has made a spectacular start as a sire in Australia. In his first season he left 24 foals, and of these he has had 14 to the races for eight winners and four placegetters.  In New Zealand, Quaker Jet’s first crop of 10 foals has produced three winners including recent Cambridge winner Expensive Crumpet and a qualifier from four starters. Love You, the champion sire of Quaker Jet, has the outstanding four-year-old Ultimate Stride carrying the flag for him in NZ. The chestnut entire, a dual Group 1 winner at two, stretched his winning sequence to seven and made it nine wins from 13 starts when he led most of the way at Addington, carving out his last 800 in 57.8 and 400 in 28.2. Meanwhile, Majestic Player, who was bred by Haras Des Trotteurs principal Pat Driscoll, maintained his devastating form when he won a $40,000 Open at Scioto Downs, Ohio in 1:51.6. The five-year-old gelding, who is the fastest ever Australian-bred trotter, has now won 12 of his 15 starts in North America and $US138,950 in stakes.   By Peter Wharton

Doreen (Victoria) couple John and Christine Yeomans have established a solid reputation over four decades for breeding and racing quality standardbred stock, particularly pacing fillies and mares. The list of top performers bred at their Homestead Farm reads like a classics’ date book and includes Life Inthefastlane (Queen of the Pacific and Vic. Youthful Stakes), Im Smouldering (Vicbred 3YO Final and Tatlow Memorial), Racy Rita (Victoria Oaks), Vansumic (NSW Ladyship Mile) and Yes I Can (Vic. Youthful Stakes). “Racy Rita probably put us on the map,” John said. “But Life Inthefastlane gave us our biggest thrill when she won the Queen of the Pacific after almost dying from a colic attack 12 months earlier.” Other smart types raced and trained by John and Christine have been the Vicbred champion and Oceania El Dorado winner Gigi, Indigenous (Tasmanian Oaks and Vic. Gold Chalice), Gold Cygnet (Galaxy Grand Slam 2YO), the Moonee Valley Cup winner Relentless Pursuit, Etoile (APG 2YO Final), Jaydare (Tatlow Memorial) and Makeyourownluck (winner of $221,952). John estimates that he has trained more than 350 winners. “We’ve been lucky to have bred or raced 12 Group 1 winners,” he said. In recognition for sustained excellence and achievement in the Breeding industry, the Yeomans were presented with the Ian Daff Memorial Award for Victorian Breeders of the Year in 2012 by Harness Breeders Victoria. The husband-and-wife team are also proud sponsors of Victorian trotting their company Yeomans Slate and Stone. John admits that his success has been largely due to a team effort. “Christine does most of the pedigree matching and we have great staff in Shane Gallagher and his wife Rachael Benns, who assist with the breeding, training and yearling preparation. Regular vendors at the Victorian yearling sales since the early 1980’s, John and Christine have sold colts such as Red Hot Major (WA Western Crown), Solid As A Rock ($163,530), Lanista ($107,415) and Badge Of Honour ($105,469) – all classics material – and fillies in the same class such as Vansumic ($268,649), one of the few mares to ever defeat Adore Me, and others. “We normally race the fillies that we breed and don’t keep many colts,” John stated. In a parting from tradition, the Yeomans have nominated two superbly bred fillies for the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale to be held at Oaklands Junction in April 2021. The draft comprises A Rocknroll Dance filly out of Im Smouldering, a multiple Group winning Bettor’s Delight mare from the grand producer Red Hot Rita, and a Rock With Joe filly from the Art Major mare Koori Art, a daughter of the Oaks winner Indigenous. “Indigenous’s offspring have earned more than $518,000, while Red Hot Rita’s progeny have banked $512,000,” John said. And, judging on their pedigrees and the Yeomans’ track record, the two youngsters are a realistic chance of adding their names to the Homestead Farm honour roll.   by Peter Wharton

Smart five-year-old gelding Rakasinc is proving a fine advertisement for his sire Changeover in Western Australia. The former Enzedder won twice in the space of six days including a convincing end to end triumph at Gloucester Park last Friday night (September 11) in a new lifetime harness racing mark of 1:55.6, and has now won nine races this season. Loch Ness Franco NZ, a four-year-old daughter of Changeover, scored by 20 metres at her first start on Australian soil at Hobart on Sunday night (September 13) and looks set to rapidly progress through the grades in Tasmania. Top three-year-old Yianni maintained his devastating form by crushing older rivals at Bendigo at a 1:56.7 rating over 2150 metres with the last 800 in 56.2. The gelding has won five out of eight this term. A pair of fast winners by Changeover recently were Our Friend NZ, a winner in 1:55.2 at Albion Park, and Kash Us Back (1:55.3, Bathurst). The latter has won nine races this season and 13 lifetime. Changeover was also represented by the five-year-old mare Been To Jenny’s, a winner on the grass track at Methven, New Zealand on Sunday (September 13). Changeover is now standing at Burwood Stud on Queensland’s Darling Downs for the modest fee of $1,650 including GST.   By Peter Wharton

Former Kiwi five-year-old Red Reactor tasted harness racing Group success at his second start on Australian soil in the Group 3 $30,600 Pace at Menangle on Saturday night (September 12). Given a perfect trip, the chestnut gelding rallied strongly with a 27.5 closing quarter to prevail in a five-way photo. The time for the flying mile was 1:50.9 – a new lifetime mark. The Auckland Reactor gelding has now won eight win and $99,313 in stakes. Watch the replay click here. One night earlier the Auckland Reactor mare Delightfulreaction overcame a 10 metre handicap to complete back-to-back wins at Gloucester Park. Locked in a zip-fastener pocket most of the way, the four-year-old sprinted sharply once gaining racing room to gain the verdict. It was her 12th success and lifted her stake tally to $169,164. Delightfulreaction had been twice placed at Group level earlier in the season. Auckland Reactor was also represented by the three-year-old Mac Stubborn, who notched his fourth win at Tamworth in a career-best 1:59.5. Auckland Reactor, a former champion racehorse, is now standing at the St Fort stud, of Tony Peacock, Moama, on the NSW-Victorian border.   Peter Wharton  

The progeny of exciting harness racing first season sires Huntsville, Downbytheseaside, Vincent and trotter What The Hill will be showcased at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Sale to be conducted at Oaklands Junction on April 10 and 11, 2021. The frozen semen stallions Fear The Dragon, Control The Moment, Centurion ATM, En Solitaire and Uniclove will also have their first progeny go up to auction. In all, there are nine pacing and trotting sires to be represented by their first crop at the sale. Huntsville 3, 1:47.8 ($1,802,162), a son of the great Somebeachsomewhere and the 2017 USA Broodmare of the Year Wild West Show, won 15 of his 25 starts including the Breeders Crown, Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace, equalled the world two-year-old record of 1:49 and was named the USA 2YO Pacing Colt of the Year. Huntsville has the largest representation among the ‘new’ sires with 11 lots - five colts and six fillies. They include colts from Sheeznot Perfect (dam of The Archduchess), LampedUSA (sister to Maestro Bellini), Four Zoe (half-sister to Mohegan Sun) and J K Luckbealady USA and fillies out of Hectic NZ (half-sister to Bling It On and Baby Bling), Magical Molly NZ (half-sister to Mysta Magical Mach) and the APG 2YO Consolation winner War Dan Bad Girl. Downbytheseaside 1:48.6 ($2,283,068), a world champion son of Somebeachsomewhere, was the top three-year-old in North America of his year, numbering among his 14 successes at that age the Messenger, Progress Pace and Carl Milstein Memorial. The brilliant, young stallion, who stands at Woodlands Stud, has five colts from his initial crop in the sale. The draft includes progeny of Eily Lou Lou (half-sister to Gotta Go Cullen), Soho Moody Blue (half-sister to Sirletic) and the race-winning mares Soho New York, Bella Sainz and Illawong Joyful. Vincent 1:50.2 ($598,803), a son of Art Major and the Group 1 winner Kept For Pleasure, was a four-time Group 1 winner, 3YO of the Year and Australia’s fastest ever three-year-old. In a career cut short by injury, Vincent won 16 of his 19 starts including the NSW and New Zealand Derbies, NSW Breeders Challenge and the Auckland Cup. The young Alabar Bloodstock stallion has seven yearlings nominated for the sale. The offering includes a half-brother to Make Mine Cullen, a filly out of the Victoria Ladyship Cup winner Pembrook Caesar and colts from the race-winning mares Our Santa Catalina NZ, Shakeilah NZ and Mamselle Telf NZ. What The Hill Tr 3, 1:51.8 ($1,263,864), a son of supersire Muscle Hill from the family of Majestic Son, was the best three-year-old trotter of his year in North America, winning nine races and earning $948,178 including the Breeders Crown and Canadian Trotting Classic. A member of the Woodlands Stud roster, What The Hill has five entries headed up by a colt from the NZ Trotters Derby victor Shezoneoftheboyz, a half-sister to the Vicbred champion Vincennes, a filly from the Group placed Ballyronan NZ and a filly out of a half-sister to Kyvalley Clichy and Needabacardi. The frozen semen stallions Fear The Dragon and Control The Moment both have single representation. Fear The Dragon 1:48.8 ($1,578,547), the 2017 North America Cup and Adios Stake winner, has a half-brother to the Boort Pacing Cup winner Pay Rise, while Control The Moment 1:48.4 ($1,227,832), the Metro Pace and Meadowlands Pace winner and Canadian 2YO Colt of the Year, will be represented by a filly from Heavenly Scent, a half-sister to seven winners including the top Queensland filly Miss Moneybags. The French stallion En Solitaire, a son of the mighty Ready Cash, has two fillies – both out of Sundon mares - entered in the sale, one a half-sister to the dual Oaks winner and 3YO Filly Trotter of the Year Royal Charlotte, and the other a half-sister to the very promising Brandlo Prince. Centurion ATM Tr 1:53.4 ($731,374), a multiple Stakes-winning son of SJ’s Caviar, will be represented by a half-sister to former Australian trotting queen Claudy’s Princess, while Uniclove (Tr 1:54.1), a grandson of Coktail Jet and a multiple Group winner in France, has a filly from the French-bred mare Beautiful River, a $193,000 winning daughter of Quaker Jet. 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   Close relatives win  The talented three-year-old Yianni and Myzarmi, who won consecutive races at Bendigo recently, both belong to the same family. Yianni, who has won five of his seven starts this season and looks a genuine classics candidate, is a Changeover gelding out of the Jereme’s Jet mare Jodila (1:57.7), a daughter of Trudee (1:58), the Albert Albert dam of Myzarmi. Besides Jodila, Trudee, who won 21 races and $167,757, is also the dam of the Melton winner Jodan 1:52.9 ($147,129), Walkabout Creek (1:52.7), a winner at Menangle and Gloucester Park, and recent Redcliffe winner Gojoe (1:57.1). Trudee was out of the prolific broodmare Avonali, by Toliver Hanover from the NSW Golden Easter Egg winner Stormy Helen, by Stormyway from Helen’s Wish, by Blue Gamble. This is one of the fastest moving families in Australia today and recent winners from it include Goodtime Heaven 1:52 (247,487), Make Mine Heaven 1:53.2 ($130,690), Leonidas 1:51.1 ($156,485) and the Victoria Premiere Stakes winner Soho Lanikai (1:54), now standing at Goodtime Lodge, near Colac. Yianni ranks as a half-brother to the Victoria Sapling Stakes and Bathurst Gold Crown heat winner Ideal Dan (1:55.1).   Brother and sister Two smart performers at present, and both winners last weekend who promise to make further progress through the grades, are Justasec and Britney Jane. Justasec, a four-year-old gelding by Big Jim, posted his 10th win from only 15 starts at Gloucester Park, while Britney Jane (by Betterthancheddar) made it five wins from her past seven attempts at Newcastle. Both bred by Ross Simpson are out of Triple Sec, an unraced mare who left other winners in Our Triple Play 1:51 ($227,494), a winner of 15 races including the Queensland 4YO Championship, and Trijet (1:55). Triple Sec was by the Matt’s Scooter horse Mach Three from the Falcon Seelster mare Sagrantino, a half-sister to the former NZ 2YO of the Year and Auckland Cup winner Gotta Go Cullen 1:58.3 ($1.1 million) and the exported McGuigan 1:52.2 ($131,342) Their dam, Sparkling Burgundy (by Butler BG), who was also unraced, was a half-sister to the dual NZ Cup and triple Derby winner Il Vicolo 1:56.7 ($1.5 million) and a close relative of the top pacers Stunin Cullen ($1.3 million), Coburg (NZ 4YO Mare of the Year), Code Bailey (Bendigo Cup), Veste (NZ Caduceus Club 2YO Classic) and so on.   Alice Kay in top form Alice Kay is proving herself a three-year-old of some worth in Victoria and over the regionalised racing period has won twice and been twice placed at Melton. She showed ability as a two-year-old last season when she won the Youthful Stakes. Alice Kay                               --Stuart McCormick photo Bred, owned and trained by Adam Kelly, she is a filly by the Artsplace horse Art Major from Sandy Kay (1:56.2), by Courage Under Fire from My Prerogative (2:02.5), a classics placegetter by Soky’s Atom from the top racemare Mindpower TT1:58.9 ($137,410). Sandy Kay, the dam of Alice Kay, won seven races and was placed in the Vicbred 2YO Final and Tasmanian Oaks and was a talented filly in own right. She ranked as a half-sister to the Group 2 APG Consolation winner Soho Lexington (1:56.4), the dual Menangle winner Jerseylicious (1:56) and recent Victorian winner Gotonebettor. My Prerogative was a half-sister to the Listed winner Mindaman (1:57.6) and the Albion Park winner Mindseye (1:58.5), who, in turn, left Neverhaveiever (1:58.3) and Captainturbulence (1:58.8), both Brisbane winners.   Lost 100 metres – and won! The highlight of the Stawell meeting last weekend was turned on by the trotter Fremarkspoetry, who broke in the score-up and again in the first lap and gave the leaders 100 metres start. With 1200 metres to run she was still 50 metres from the leaders, and her chance could have been written off. But Fremarkspoetry joined the field at the 1000 metre mark, reached the front on the home turn and finally held off all comers. Watch the replay click here. Freemarkpoetry’s performance was an amazing one in every respect. She is a daughter of the Angus Hall horse Majestic Son, a top trotter himself and who has been the leading sire in both NZ and Australia for the past five years. A Poem Kept, the dam of Fremarkspoetry, was a Safely Kept mare from the noted producer Easy Find, by Speed Supreme from Boorcan, by Killarney Scott from the Good Report mare Daw Den Dor. A Poem Kept was a half-sister to the cup class trotters Con’s Poem, Poet’s Corner and Poetic Device and to the dams of Savannah Way and Downunder Barkers, both Melton winners.   Brother to Tiger Tara Stingray Tara, a most impressive winner at the Bendigo midweek meeting, when making his first appearance on Australian soil, has now won four races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a four-year-old brother by Bettor’s Delight to the former champion pacer Tiger Tara (1:49.8), now standing his first public season at Medowie Lodge, near Newcastle. Stingray Tara winning a race at Gore in NZ                 --Bruce Stewart photo   Tiger Tara, who won 21 Group races and $2.3 million in stakes, had previously stood two light seasons at stud during a break from competition and his oldest stock are rising two-year-olds. Their dam, Tara Gold, a Dream Away mare from Atomic Gold, by Soky’s Atom from Vita Gold, has proved a most successful broodmare. She is also the dam of the good NZ winners Tara Tutaia (1:58.3), Turbo Tara, Rock Of Tara, Yankee Tara, and in all, has left six winners from six live foals. Tara Gold did not race but she was a half-sister to the high class pacers Power Of Tara 1:50.6 ($846,608), winner of 31 races including the Fremantle Cup, and A G’s White Socks 1:52.7 ($519,941), whose 12 successes include the Ballarat Cup, NZ Easter Cup and two heats of the Inter Dominion. This has been one of the most successful branches of the Dolly (by Young Irvington) family, Atomic Gold being a half-sister to the NZ Easter Cup and Victoria Italian Cup winner Matthew Lee ($218,850) and the top South Australian pacer Home For Gold ($158,643) and to Mystic Gold (1:59.3), a capable racemare who has produced an outstanding family of winners in NZ including the Bendigo Cup winner Sammy Maguire (1:57), Lachie Maguire 1:50.4 ($443,957), Mikey Maguire 1:56 (Rangiora Winter Cup) and JB Maguire (1:54.5).   Addington winner bred in Victoria The four-year-old Jawbreaker, who broke maiden ranks at Addington last Friday, was bred in Victoria by Glenn Taylor and is a member of one of Australia’s most successful families. Jawbreaker was an Australian Pacing Gold purchase in 2018 at Melbourne, and is a colt by the Artsplace horse Art Major out of the Presidential Ball mare Eye Like Candy (1:55.8), whose dam was a smart pacer in Arivee (1:59.3, the winner of 13 races), was a Safely Kept mare who left four winners including the Vicbred finalist Im Very Willing (1:59). Arivee was out of the prolific producer Willing Greek, who ranked as a half-sister to the Hondo Grattan Sprint winner Zaneden 1:56.6 ($123,500), the NSW Princess Mile winner Sanctum (1:58.7) and the multiple Group placegetter Heezgotattitude 1:56.8 ($157,987). This was the family founded by McPaul’s Huon B mare in NSW in the early 1900’s. From the Willing Greek branch of it and to which Jawbreaker belongs, others in Caribbean Blaster 1:52.6 (Victoria Cup and Chariots of Fire winner), Grand Stride 1:52.4 (NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Final), Copper Coast (Paleface Adios Classic), Katasopos (Tatlow Memorial),   Protikori ($212,109) and other fine pacers belong.   Sonny Weaver shows promise A top colt in Victoria this season – he has won four and been six times placed in 14 starts – is Sonny Weaver, a close relative of the former top Kiwi juvenile Kotare Mach. Bred in NZ by Kevin James, Sonny Weaver is a three-year-old colt by Sunshine Beach from the Falcon Seelster mare Kotare Yedo, dam of an earlier winner in Kotare Cullen (1:55), whose six successes included the NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Graduette. Kotare Yedo, who was unraced, is a half-sister to the exported Kotare Yarra 1:51 ($186,327) and the Melton and Albion Park winner Kotare York 1:54.6 ($130,534), being out of Kotare Yoyo, by Presidential Ball from Extra B G, by Butler B G from Tanisa Vance, a Vance Hanover mare who traces back to Desilu, the dam of the NZ glamour mare of the 1980’s, Delightful Lady. Kotare Yoyo, the second dam of Sonny Weaver, was a half-sister to the Welcome Stakes winner Kotare Mach 1:53 ($268,138) and Kotare Yael, a winner of seven in NZ and who later took a mark of 1:50.2 in America, and to the Camtastic mare Kotare Yalta, who became the dam of the Victorian cups winner Kotare Roland 1:54.7 ($239,935).   First Aussie winner The Somebeachsomewhere horse, Net Ten EOM, a 1:49 winner in America and now at the stud in New Zealand, was represented by his first winner in Australia when the three-year-old The Big Yin was successful recently at Kilmore. The Big Yin had been placed in his only two starts since being imported from NZ’s deep south Bred by Macca Lodge, who stand Net Ten EOM at their stud, The Big Yin is out of the Falcon Seelster mare, C J Galleon, whose dam, Nice Touch was by OK Bye from the El Patron mare No Regrets, who left several useful winners including a top class pacer in No Equal, a Victoria Cup Consolation winner.   Up-and-coming trotter One of the most promising trotters racing in Victoria is Rules Dont Apply, trained by Bendigo horseman Anthony Crossland. A three-year-old, Rules Dont Apply is in his second season of racing, but from 10 starts he has won four – including his last three on end - and been once placed. Rules Dont Apply has a background of trotting blood second to none. His sire, Muscle Hill, has left the great Australian trotting mare Dance Craze and top trotters in America in Marion Marauder, Resolve, Ariana G, Manchego, Mission Brief and Southwind Frank. His dam, Abandoned Annie, is by Continentalman, a leading sire of trotters in NZ.   Rules Dont Apply ranks as a half-brother to a promising trotter in Bro Creed, who has won four races this season. Abandoned Annie, who won the Redwood Consolation, is a half-sister to the Vicbred champion and Lyn McPherson Memorial winner I Am Pegasus Tr 1:55.8 ($125,160). Their dam, Ginger Gem, was by Keystone Salute from the R C’s Dee Jay mare Styx, the dam of a champion trotting filly in Zesta (Tr 2:01.6), who won 13 races and at one stage won 12 on end including the Victoria Derby and Oaks, and other good square-gaiters in River Red, who won 28 races, Nica Macdonon (1:58.9) and the Oaks winner Adhesive, and the unraced Zooma, a useful sire of trotters.     by Peter Wharton

The first foal of the American-bred Swedish Group 1 winner Volstead has been born at Haras des Trotteurs harness racing stud, Cardigan, near Ballarat in Victoria. It is a lovely filly out of the NSW Country Trotters Oaks winner and multiple Group placegetter Duchess Ella Tr 1:57.2 ($126,934), a daughter of the Balance Image horse Earl. Volstead (Tr 1;51.5), a $716,000 winning son of the great Cantab Hall, is standing his second season at Haras des Trotteurs this year. Haras des Trotteurs had the privilege of launching his stud career on Australia soil last season. He left 56 mares in foal in Australia and 27 in New Zealand in his first season. We are delighted to see his first foals – his first anywhere in the world - from that crop now on the ground says Haras des Trotteurs Owner Pat Driscol Volstead filly out of Orne Volstead returns as a shuttle stallion after his first stint at stud in the United States. Being on the ground in Australia means Volstead is the only son of Cantab Hall with chilled semen available to breeders in Australia and New Zealand. Volstead was a top class performer on the track in Europe, with a career-best 1:51.5 in a racing career of 23 wins, and having him in Victoria provides breeders with a rare opportunity to add the influence of Cantab Hall to their bloodlines. The United States-bred Cantab Hall (1:54, $US1.44m) was a star on the track from the outset, being voted the USTA trotter of the year as a 2yo. He was then an immediate success at stud, being the leading sire of 2yo trotters with his first crop in the US. Cantab Hall has gone on since to at one stage being the leading money-winning trotting sire for three consecutive years (2012-13-14), and again in 2016 and 2017. As well as producing numerous outstanding performers, the Hall of Famer has also developed into a sire of sires. Father Patrick is his richest earning foal, having tallied up $US2.56m in stakes in an illustrious career, and is now a leading sire in the US.   Volstead stood his first northern hemisphere season at Dublin Valley Farm in Ohio this year. Peter Wharton

Atomic Blast, a four-year-old son of Auckland Reactor, earned a new speed badge of 1:52.6 winning at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Monday (September 7). The gelding led from the outset carving out fractions of 27.2, 28.6, 28 and 28.8. It was his second success from four starts in America and his third win from seven lifetime starts. He had earlier won in 1:52.8 at Pocono Downs. Atomic Blast is the first foal of the Christian Cullen mare Caroline’s Cullen (1:51.4), who won 10 races in NZ and Australia and a further 17 in North America and finished up with a stake tally of $450,140. She was imported back to NZ at the end of her racetrack career by well known Auckland standardbred agent and breeder John Curtin. Atomic Blast winning in 1:52.6 at Harrah’s Philadelphia Auckland Reactor was also represented by the Globe Derby winner Carter Mayson, a four-year-old and one of his second Australian crop, who won in a career-best 1:56.4. The gelding has now won five races and $25,000 in stakes. Auckland Reactor is now standing at Tony Peacock’s St Fort stud, Moama (NSW), on the Murray River.   by Peter Wharton  

Flawless Country, a two-year-old filly and one of the first crop of former USA and Canadian 2YO Trotter of the Year Southwind Frank, notched her second major Stakes success when she won the $253,000 final of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship at Pocono Downs on Saturday (September 5). After enjoying a pocket trip, the filly kicked into top gear in the home straight to win in 1:54.6. It was her fourth straight win and her season’s earnings of $263,496 is the benchmark for her age, sex and gait. A $100,000 yearling, Flawless Country is out of a Donato Hanover mare. The win vaulted Southwind Frank into second position on the USA first season sires’ list from a crop of only 49 foals. Southwind Frank is part of the select Stallions Australasia frozen semen sire roster.   By Peter Wharton

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