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The Stallions Australasia sires Muscle Hill, Trixton and Royalty For Life made a clean sweep of the three trotting features at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Canada on Saturday night (September 14). The Muscle Hill three-year-old colt Green Manalishi S captured the $C605,000 Canadian Trotting Classic, Trixton’s three-year-old daughter Evident Beauty captured the $C376,000 Elegantimage in 1:53, while the Royalty For Life two-year-old gelding HP Royal Theo outmuscled his rivals in the $C370,000 William Wellwood Memorial in a career-best 1:54.4. Green Manalishi S led from the outset and maintained a solid tempo to win by half a length in 1:52.8. It was his 10th success and pushed his stake earnings over the $1 million plateau. Evident Beauty overcame a post position 10, settled midfield on the outer and powered home to score a half-length victory. The Trixton fillies When Dovescry and Princess Deo finished third and fourth respectively. Evidenty Beauty has won nine races and $666,898. While HP Royal Theo, having only his sixth start, was midfield early before moving forward into the one-out in the second stanza. Angled three deep on the home turn, HP Royal Theo unleashed a 28.4 final quarter to score by 1-3/4 lengths.   By Peter Wharton

Former 2YO and 3YO of the Year Lombo Pocket Watch, who is part of the select Yirribee Pacing Stud roster, has made a solid start to the new harness racing season. Lombo Pocket Watch sired a winning double at Wagga on Saturday night (September 7) with the Yirribee Stud owned Mighty Moke Lombo (1:56.2) and The Clock Winder. The champion grey was also represented by the runaway Yarra Valley victor Montenero (1:59.2) and the Cowra winner Watchoutnexttime. Million Dollar Cam, whose stock has been firing on all cylinders recently, took the siring honours at Bathurst with a winning double - Bill Shannon (1:58.6) and Enk Spot Shannon (1:58.9). He also left the Wagga winner Wongalea Charli. Hudsen and Mad Robber, a pair of pacers bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud, won on either side of the country last week. Hudsen made it seven out of 12 with his career-best 1:58 effort at Ballarat, while Mad Robber posted win No 14 at Gloucester Park on Friday (September 6). Lombo Pocket Watch and Million Dollar Cam will be joined by champion Australasian bred pacers Lazarus, Lennytheshark and Caribbean Blaster and the brilliantly performed Americans Warrawee Needy and Fear The Dragon at Yirribee Pacing Stud in the 2019/20 stud season.   By Peter Wharton

The Yirribee Pacing Stud bred and owned Million Dollar Gem has been sold to continue her racetrack career at Yonkers Raceway, New York.    A daughter of Million Dollar Cam, the six-year-old won 17 races including the NSW Breeders Challenge Regional Final, $110,290 in stakes and took a mile mark of 1:53.2.   The deal was clinched by leading New Zealand bloodstock agent John Curtin, of JC International.   Mad Robber, another bred by Yirribee, posted his 13th win at Glooucester Park last Friday and sent his stake tally over the $100,000 mark.   Lombo Pocket Watch's son Folsom Prison picked up his third win at Gloucester Park on August 27, rating 1:58.8 over 2130 metres.   Million Dollar Cam and Lombo Pocket Watch are part of the powerful Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster for the 2019/20 season. The roster also includes Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Fear The Dragon, Warrawee Needy and Caribbean Blaster. By Peter Wharton

Yirribee Pacing Stud sire Tintin In America's bonny daughter Shartin N cemented her position as the No 1 harness racing mare in North America when she led throughout in the $US137,000 Artiscape in 1:49.1 at Tioga Downs, New York. It was her 13th win from 14 starts this year which includes her eighth Stakes success. She has banked $US857,052 in 2019. Former Canadian 2YO of the Year Warrawee Needy is leaving some smart youngsters in Canada this year. They include the filly Capistrano (1:53.8) and the gelding Noch Ten (1:55). Million Dollar Cam, the Little Brown Jug champion, left two fast winners in NSW in the three-year-old Kyle Shannon (1:59.5, Bathurst) and Chubbs (1:57.2, Wagga). Caribbean Blaster sired a 'new' three-year-old winner In Caribbean Rocket and has now left 16 individual three-year-old winners to date this season, while Lombo Pocket Watch's son Mighty Moke Lombo won in a career-best 1:55.7 at Young. A pair of Yirribee Pacing Stud bred winners for the week were the three-year-old Hudsen, who notched his sixth win from 11 starts at Ballarat, and the Tamworth winner For Me. Tintin In America, Warrawee Needy, Million Dollar Cam, Caribbean Blaster and Lombo Pocket Watch are part of the powerful Yirribee Stud sire roster which also includes Lazarus, Lennytheshark and Fear The Dragon. By Peter Wharton          

The results of harness racing along the eastern seaboard this week further cemented Yirribee Pacing Stud's reputation as one of the leading standardbred nurseries in the country. The Wagga based stud bred no less than six winners for the week - three in NSW, two in Victoria and one in Queensland. The haul included a winning double at Wagga with Million Dollar Gem (1:58.7, by Million Dollar Cam) and the three-year-old Nobbys Clock (1:57.6, by Lombo Pocket Watch). Weona Luke (1:54, Menangle), Offthetopofmyhead (1:56.2, Albion Park), the three-year-old Hudsen (Cranbourne) and Racene (Mildura) were other winners bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud. Besides Nobbys Clock, Lombo Pocket Watchalso sired the 1:56.5 Bathurst winner Watchoutnexttime and a 'new' winner Ifbutzandmaybes (Hobart). Tintin In America left important winners on both sides of the Tasman in Gods Spirit NZ, an impressive end-to-end winner in 1:52.5 at Menangle, and Ella Jaccka, who notched her fourth win at Gore, New Zealand. To complete another busy week, the talented Caribbean Blaster three-year-old Blaster Ranger posted win No. 7 at Wagga last Friday (August 9). Tintin In America, Million Dollar Cam, Caribbean Blaster and Lombo Pocket Watch are part of an imposing Yirribee Pacing Stud roster for the 2019/20 season which also includes champion Ausralasian pacers Lazarus and Lennytheshark and the top flight American performers Fear The Dragon and Warrawee Needy.   By Peter Wharton

Tintin In America's brilliant daughter Shartin hoisted a fresh world record for a female pacer on a mile track of 1:46.8 when she captured the $US183,500 Lady Liberty at The Meadowlands on Saturday (August 3). Sent to the top from the outset, the five-year-old carved out fractions of 26, 27.8, 27.2 and 25.8 in her historic mile. She won by three lengths. Shartin has won 12 of her 12 starts this year for $US742,927 in stakes. Her lifetime tally stands at $US1,872,280. Tintin In America was also represented by the Echuca winner on Thursday night (August 1) in Castafiore. The YIrribee Pacing Stud bred youngster Chasing The Wind, the winner of the Group 2 NSW Breeders Challenge True Final at its first start, made it two for two at Bathurst on Wednesday (July 31), rating 1:57.9 over 1730 metres. Yirribee landed a double at Leeton on Tuesday (July 29) with the Million Dollar Cam three-year-old Kyalla Playboy and the homebred four-year-old King Fisher. The latter won again at Wagga on Sunday (August 4) in a career-best 1:56.6. Tintin In America and Million Dollar Cam are part of the Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster which also includes Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Fear The Dragon, Caribbean Blaster and Warrawee Needy.   By Peter Wharton

Former pacing superstar Lazarus has met with widespread support from broodmare owners for his first ‘Down Under’ season at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW).   The $4.1 million, 15-time Group 1 winning son of Bettor’s Delight who was twice voted NZ Horse of the Year has already 125 bookings to date from breeders in all Australian states and both islands of New Zealand.   “We are extremely happy with the bookings from all States. We have 125 booked in at the moment with quite a few more in the pipeline,” Yirribee manager Dianne Sutherland said.   Among the list of high profile mares booked to Lazarus in Australia are the 2002 2YO of the Year Lombo La Fe Fe, the NSW Ladyship Mile winner Vansumic, Miss Trickin Lombo (Vic. Silver Chalice), Ocean Diva (1:51.1), Gilt Bromac NZ (Vic. Gold Chalice), Rarifield Air USA (sister to Rocknroll Hanover), National Gallery (dam of Rocknroll Icon), Texan Cowgirl (dam of Aussie Reactor 1:50.6, $616,425), Magic Maddy Lombo (dam of three $100,000 winners), Eyes Of Courage (dam of Ameretto $565,419), Very Chic (Shakamaker Classic) and The Blue Lotus NZ (1:56.6).   Lazarus served almost a full book of mares in his first season at the prestige Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey earlier this year. They included the double millionairesses Worldly Beauty and Rocklamation, Artistic Vision (dam of Rock N Roll Heaven), Odds On Stephanie (sister to Captaintreacherous) and Artstopper (dam of Always B Miki).     By Peter Wharton

When Christchurch harness racing buff Peter O’Rourke was offered the role as booking agent in New Zealand for the mighty Lazarus he didn’t need to think twice about accepting the position. “How could you not want to be involved with the past pacer I’ve ever seen?” Peter said. Lazarus, the dual NZ Horse of the Year and Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile hero who is lining up for his first season at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), is gaining widespread interest from Kiwi broodmare owners, according to Peter. “I’ve already had more than 40 confirmed bookings to him in New Zealand,” he said. O’Rourke is unquestionably one of the best known and most respected figures in Harness Racing breeding and racing - on either side of the ditch. His secondment to the Lazarus team adds yet another string to his bow. O’Rourke’s involvement in the sport began way back in January 1977. “Bob McArdle wanted me to give him a hand with his bloodstock business,” Peter recalls. “And I stayed for 23 years!” Peter, whose working life began as a high school teacher in Melbourne, was appointed as manager of the fledgling Nevele R Stud, near Christchurch in 1977. Peter O'Rourke “When I first started the three horses standing on the property were Timely Knight, Nevele Romeo and the trotter Gerry Mir,” Peter said. “Holmes Hanover, Live Or Die and Falcon Seelster were the three best sires to stand at Nevele R during my time.” The exalted trio won more than 20 NZ Sire Premiership between them. In 1999 Peter became the marketing manager of the late Wayne Francis’ Spreydon Lodge, the home of the ‘Franco’ breed, as well as general manager of Nevele R Stud Limited. “I sold more than 100 ‘Franco’ horses to both Australia and NZ including derby and oaks winners, two Australian Pacing Championship winners, a Chariots Of Fire winner and a Golden Nugget winner,” he stated. Some of the best horses sold by Peter include the NSW Oaks winners Scent and Shrub, Madam Steward (Queensland Oaks), the Chariots winner Kentuckiana, the Australian Pacing Championship winners Swapzee Bromac and Atitagian and the cup class pacer Our Ian Mac. One of his most expensive sales was the Boyden Hanover gelding Swapzee Bromac. “I purchased Swapzee Bromac as a foal off Bob McArdle and later sold him to clients of Perth trainer Trevor Warwick,” he said. “He went on to win more than $200,000 before being sold to USA for $100,000 plus.” In 2013 O’Rourke joined forces with well known Adelaide harness identity and good mate David Shammall to establish Stallions Australasia, which transports frozen semen for elite trotting sires from North America. “Unlike their pacing counterparts, the top trotting sires don’t ever shuttle to Australia or NZ,” Peter stated. ”So we identified a niche market for the trotters.” The Stallions Australasia roster includes the world’s No. 1 trotting sire Muscle Hill and his brilliant, young sons Trixton, Southwind Frank and Tactical Landing. Peter said the best horse he ever raced was Michele Bromac (Besta Fella-Milne Bay), who won 11 races including two heats of the Nevele R Fillies Series and finished second in the final and third in the NZ Oaks. He also tasted success recently with the three-year-old Artsplace gelding Arts Dash. “He had three starts for us for a win, a second and fifth before we sold him to Victoria where he won on debut at Geelong last week,” Peter said. Married to Sue, and the father of two children and grandfather of Lulu, 7, and Harry, 5, the 68 years-old O’Rourke still really enjoys harness racing. “I love the industry and I want to stay involved for a few more years yet,” he stated. By Peter Wharton

Yirribee Pacing Stud landed a winning treble at its home track, the Riverina Paceway, Wagga last Friday. The stud's resident sire Lombo Pocket Watch produced winners in consecutive races in Nobbys Clock (1:54.9), bred and raced by Yirribee's Dianne Sutherland, and Mighty Moke Lombo (1:55.7), a gelding owned by Yirribee and trained by Rod Woodhouse. Jennas Romance, a daughter of Million Dollar Cam, became the stud's third winner on the day when she sprint-laned to her seventh success. Million Dollar Cam was also represented by the 2:00 Pinjarra (WA) winner Our Mista Kalle, while Lombo Pocket Watch's bonny daughter Call Her Julie won for the 21st time in Hobart on Friday night. Tintin In America took the siring honours at Rangiora, New Zealand on Sunday with a winning double via Only In America (2 wins from 3 starts) and His Royal Harness. Caribbean Blaster, whose first crop of three-year-olds are firing on all cylinders, left his 15th individual winner from his first crop when Cuzin Pat outstayed his rivals at Parkes on Sunday afternoon. Tintin In America, Caribbean Blaster, Million Dollar Cam and Lombo Pocket Watch are part of the Yirribee sire roster which also includes the Inter Dominion champions Lazarus and Lennytheshark, the North America Cup winner Fear The Dragon and the superfast Warrawee Needy.   By Peter Wharton

My Hard Copy, the richest New Zealand bred son of champion sire American Ideal, will stand his first season at the Highlight Lodge stud, Bullsbrook, of one of Western Australia’s leading studmasters Bill Hayes. He is a striking individual in every respect. My Hard Copy was a top racehorse, winning 27 races and being 22 times placed from 89 starts for $1,270,660 in stakes. He won the WA Pacing Cup in 2015 and 2016 and the 2018 Fremantle Pacing Cup, in which he defeated Lazarus, Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca. As a two-year-old he won in 2:00 as a two-year-old, while at 3 he won in 1:55.2 over 1730 metres at Gloucester Park. He took his record of 1:51.6 over 1609 metres at Bunbury, winning a heat of the 2015 Inter Dominion Championship, a record which still stands. Among his other successes were the Pinjarra Cup, Ray Duffy Memorial and numerous free- for-alls and he was placed in the 2016 A. G. Hunter Cup, Fremantle Cup, Cordina Chickens Sprint and Village Kid Sprint and qualified for the 2015 Inter Dominion and the 2016 Miracle Mile. A son of Western Ideal (sire of Rocknroll Hanover), from Lifetime Success, a sister to the Little Brown Jug winner Life Sign, My Hard Copy’s sire American Ideal was one of the best bred horses ever imported ‘down under’. He has been among the top bracket of sires in Australia and New Zealand for the past few years. It is fortunate that a son of American Ideal in a performed horse of My Hard Copy’s credentials is to be available to establish this male line. My Hard Copy is out of Readallaboutit, a lightly raced NZ bred mare who, besides My Hard Copy, left others in Our Front Page (1:58.1) and Press Release (1:59.5), both metropolitan winners. By Presidential Ball, a leading sire and broodmare sire, Readallaboutit was out of Natalia’s Joy, the dam of the Harold Park winner Money In The Pocket and the grand-dam of Secret Rendezvous (1:51), and the Gloucester Park winners Solomon Maguire (1:56.6) and Kenny Maguire (1:59.6). The family to which My Hard Copy belongs was established in North America, but has been extensively represented in Australia over three decades. It includes top pacers such as the dual Inter Dominion heat winner Run Oneover (1:50.8) and the WA Derby and Golden Nugget winner Manifold Bay. My Hard Copy is a quality young stallion with the bloodlines, racing performance and conformation to commend him to the most discriminating breeder. His brilliance, speed and courage have marked him as a real topliner. His introductory fee is $2,000 including GST and his progeny will be eligible for the double Westbred bonus. For further information phone studmaster Bill Hayes on 0413 257 675.   Peter Wharton

Shartin, a New Zealand bred harness racing daughter of Tintin In America, who stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, became the highest stake earner in America this year when she captured the $179,550 Golden Girls at The Meadowlands on Saturday (July 13). The win advanced her stake tally in 2019 to $605,765, the result of 10 wins from 11 starts. She has now won nine races on end and has 36 wins from 48 lifetime starts. One week earlier Shartin won the $30,000 Great Northeast Series in 1:49 under a hold at Harrah's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tintin In America was also represented by a 'new' winner, Only In America, who won at his second start at Ashburton, New Zealand. Chasing The Wind, a two-year-old gelding bred and raised at Yirribee Pacing Stud, made a triumphant debut at Menangle on Saturday (July 13), winning the Group 2 $50,000 NSW Breeders Challenge True Blue Final. After enjoying a sweet trip, the gelding finished full of running to win in 1:53.5. Another 'new' winner bred by Yirribee was the four-year-old King Fisher who won for the first time at Cobram in 1:59.1. Million Dollar Cam landed at winning double at Dubbo on Sunday (July 14) with the three-year-olds Romero (1:59.6) and Getaloadathisgirl, and a 'new' winner at Pinjarra in Our Mista Kalle, a 1:55.9 winner at his second outing. Tintin In America and Million Dollar Cam will be standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud this season alongside Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Fear The Dragon, Caribbean Blaster and Lombo Pocket Watch.   Peter Wharton

Former champion pacer Lennytheshark is to do stud duty at one of New South Wales’ leading studs – the Yirribee Pacing Stud - where Lazarus, Warrawee Needy and Fear The Dragon head a select sire list.   Lennytheshark, who took a mile record of 1:49.2, earned stakes in excess of $3-million, of which he won $2.45-million in his last three seasons. He won a remarkable 23 Group races including seven at Group 1 level.   Lennytheshark was a champion juvenile pacer in his own right. At 2 he won a heat of the Vicbred Super Series (3 rd in Final) and a semi-final of the Breeders Crown, while at 3 his major successes were the $200,000 NSW Derby, a heat of the Victoria Derby and semi-final of the Vicbred Super Series.   As a four-year-old ‘Lenny’ was undefeated in six starts including a clean sweep of the Vicbred Series and the Victorian 4YO and 5YO Championship.   However, Lennytheshark really stamped himself as the leading pacer in the country as an aged horse.   His list of major race victories included the 2016 $1.3-million Inter Dominion Grand Final, the 2016 and 2017 Victoria Cups, the 2017 Kilmore Cup and the 2017 Miracle Mile in which he took his lifetime mark of 1:49.2, defeating Lazarus, Smolda and Our Waikiki Beach.   A versatile performer, ‘Lenny’ won from the front end, sitting parked or coming from behind and won on all-sized tracks from 1600 to 3200 metres.   In all, ‘Lenny’, a true champion of champions, recorded 39 wins and 33 placings from 82 starts for $3,007,585 – an average of $36,600 per start!   On the score of blood Lennytheshark lacks nothing. His sire Four Starzzz Shark (1:47.8) was a champion with stake earnings of $2,758,648 and has been one of Australia’s top sires for some time.   He figures as the sire of two of Australia’s greatest pacers in Lennytheshark and Frith ($1.1-million).   Botswana, the dam of Lennytheshark, was the winner of the Broodmare of the Year award in 2016. She is the dam of five individual winners, four of whom took records of better than 1:58, including Led Suitcase ($261,395), a Breeders Crown champion, and Blissfull Boy ($241,970).   Botswana (2:00.7) was by Albert Albert from the noted producer Lourenco Marques, by Thor Hanover from Mozambique (dam of 6 winners) and tracing to Miss Tommy, who founded one of the greatest sources of speed of any Australian Stud Book family.   Classic Garry, a Garry Rowan horse who became a leading sire and broodmare sire, is a member of this family.   A commanding individual standing 15.3 hands with outstanding conformation and an excellent temperament, Lennytheshark is certain to add interest to the NSW breeding scene.   His service fee is $2,750 including GST with discounts for multiple mares.     Peter Wharton

Former Grand Circuit winner Caribbean Blaster increased his tally of harness racing winners from his initial crop to 14 with the three-year-olds Caruba (1:59, Pinjarra) and Tropical Storm (Leeton). Caribbean Blaster has left 18 individual winners to date. Companion sire Million Dollar Cam was represented by the fastest winner of the day at Parkes on Sunday in Tulhurst Cash, who hoisted a fresh lifetime mark of 1:56.4. Caribbean Blaster and Million Dollar Cam will be joined by the mighty Lazarus, Tintin In America and frozen sire Fear The Dragon at Yirribee Pacing Stud in the upcoming season. Yirribee Stud bred four winners for the week including the three-year-old Hes An Artist, a 1:57.9 winner at Cranbourne, The Summercat (Horsham), Hooded Angel (1:55.7, Newcastle) and Conrod Kenze (1:59.9, Leeton).   By Peter Wharton  

Mel Mara 1:47 ($1,028,397), a world champion racehorse and conqueror of the world’s two fastest harness racing pacers Always B Miki (1:46) and McWicked (1:46.2) and the outstanding Sweet Lou (1:47), will be standing his introductory season at Northern Rivers Equine Veterinary Clinic, Kyabram, near Shepparton, of Dr Kath McIntosh. His will stand for a fee of $2,500 including GST in Australia and $2,500 plus GST in New Zealand. Mel Mara’s record speaks for itself and entitles him to the claim of being one of the best performed stallions ever offered for service in Australia. A real speed merchant, Mel Mara paced a winning mile in 1:47 on a mile track and 1:47.2 on a five-eighths track and was race-timed between 1:47 and 1:47.4 on five occasions. He paced six winning miles in sub 1:49 and 15 in 1:50 or better and is one of only two horses ever to record six final quarters in better than 26 seconds. In all, Mel Mara won 26 races and was placed on 27 occasions for $1,028,397 in stakes. He took his record of 1:47, winning in Free-for-all company at The Meadowlands, in which he comfortably defeated the two fastest horses in history, Always B Miki and McWicked, leading from the outset and carving out the last half in a sensational 52.4 with a last quarter in 25.4. The time equalled the world record for an older pacing stallion on a mile track and was only a tick outside the all-time world mark. Mel Mara defeating the two fastest horses in history, Always B Miki 1:46 and McWicked 1:46.3 Mel Mara in a  world record 1 47, last quarter in 25 4 A winner in 1:52 as a two-year-old, Mel Mara competed against one of the greatest ever crops of three-year-olds, winning four races with four placings for $339,080 in stakes. The highlight of his sophomore season was his brilliant come-from-behind win in the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series Final in 1:51.8, beating the Little Brown Jug winner Michael’s Power 1:48.1 ($1.9m) and Warrawee Needy 1:46.4 ($1.2m). He also won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile, sitting parked throughout in 1:49.4 with the last quarter in 26.1, and finished runner-up in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final, John Simpson Memorial and a Breeders Crown elimination. Mel Mara later competed with real distinction against the leading open class pacers in North America. He won two eliminations of the Ben Franklin at Pocono Downs and finished a neck second in the $500,000 Final and third in the $116,000 Allerage Farm Pace in 1:48.2 at The Red Mile. The list of champion pacers that Mel Mara met and defeated reads like a classics date book. They include Always B Miki 1:46 ($2.8m), Sweet Lou 1:47 ($3.4m), McWicked 1:46.2 ($4.1m), Foiled Again 1:48 ($7.6m), Clear Vision 1:48.2 ($2.7m), Michael’s Power 1:48.1 ($1.9m), Warrawee Needy 1:46.4 ($1.2m), Bolt The Duer 1:47.4 ($1.8m) and Rockin Ron 1:47.2 ($1.6m), to name only a few. A commanding individual, 16 hands, foaled in 2009, Mel Mara is the fastest and richest son of former champion pacer Lis Mara 1:47.3 ($2.1m) and as a representative of the famed Cam Fella sire line his influence promises to be widely exerted. M L Revrac, the dam of Mel Mara, is a member of one of America’s greatest families – that tracing to Jessie Pepper – a tribe noted for producing top racehorses and leading sires. M L Revrac, dam of four winners (three in 1:55), is by the great Matt’s Scooter, sire of Mach Three among others, from Just Peachy, dam of six winners with two in 1:55, by Nihilator from the Stakes-winning mare Peach Bottom 1:55.3 ($348,609), from the outstanding matron Gidget Lobell, the dam of seven winners including the great No Nukes. Others from this branch of the Jessie Pepper family have been Rock N Roll Heaven 1:47.3 ($2.7m), the Canadian champion Silent Swing 1:48.4 ($2m), Clear Vision 1:48.2 ($2.7m), the Adios Stake winner Armbro Animate 1:50.1 ($1.2m) and Survivor Gold 1:51 ($897,929). For bookings, a test mating or further information contact Dr Kath McIntosh at Northern Rivers Equine Veterinary Clinic on phone 0427 497 429 or (03) 5852 2845 or visit the website www.nrequine.com.au Peter Wharton

Prominent breeders from most states have thrown their weight behind the 2019 Shepparton Mixed Stock Sale to be held at the Shepparton Harness Racing Club’s Kialla complex on Sunday, July 14 at 12 noon.   The sale comprises 67 well bred lots – 47 pacers and 20 trotters - including weanlings, broodmares, two and three-year-olds and tried and untried stock with strong consignments from two of the country’s most successful breeders, Robert Watson and Duncan McPherson.   Of the 16 weanlings going up for auction three are by the great American Ideal, two by A Rocknroll Dance and Sunshine Beach with single entries by high profile sires including Sweet Lou, Betting Line, Heston Blue Chip, Auckland Reactor and Majestic Son.   The weanling section includes A Rocknroll Dance half-sister to the outstanding pacer Shadow Sax, a Heston Blue Chip half-brother to the dual Listed winner Sophies Ideal, a Sweet Lou colt out the $120,000 winner So Shesachristian, a Betting Line half-sister to the good Gloucester Park winner Soho Changeling and A Rocknroll Dance filly closely related to Mother Courage.   Among the mixed stock listed in the catalogue are Jamm Kiss NZ (1:57.1), a Somebeachsomewhere two-year-old half-sister to The Graduate winner Stars Align (1:50.4), an unraced three-year-old half-brother to the dual Group winner Lombo Kotakinabalu, a three-year-old half-sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge winner Shezallapples and an American Ideal two-year-old half-brother to Soho Changeling.   There’s 30 broodmares in the sale highlighted by the millionairess Miss Galvinator, Our Awesome Lover, a sister to Under Cover Lover; Frances Lombo, dam of Lombo Kotakinabalu; Lethal Mee NZ, dam of NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Susie Maguire; the $130,000 winning trotter Countessa Hest NZ, Mossdale Gabby (Tas. Mother of Pearl), Aspenglow USA, the mother of cups winner Cold Sister; Ushaka Bromac NZ (winner of $144,000) and Sundons Babe NZ, a daughter of NZ Trotter of the Year Merinai.   Broodmares are in foal to well credentialled sires such as Sportswriter, Four Starzzz Shark, Pet Rock, Sunshine Beach, Hes Watching, Tintin In America, Auckland Reactor, Yankee Rockstar and Aldebaran Eagle.   Catalogues are available from Melton and most Victorian country clubs.   To request a catalogue email shepparton@hrv.org.au or phone Shepparton club manager Ian McDonald on 0428 231 403.   by Peter Wharton

The American horse Warrawee Needy, a former world harness racing champion and Canadian 2YO of the Year and now standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), promises to burst into prominence when the first of his stock races as two-year-olds in North America this year. In Canada, where his first crop is located, they are showing marked ability. Noch Ten, a two-year-old gelding, hoisted the fastest time for a juvenile in Canada in 2019 when he went in 1:55 in a qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park recently. Need Ur Opinion, a Warrawee Needy filly, won a qualifier in 1:58.8, while the colt Farros Reign was placed in 1:57.8. Warrawee Needy's Yirribee studmate Tintin In America, the sire of the champion mare Shartin, ranked No. 1 in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll this year, left winners in two different States this week. The three-year-old filly Tiseh Selina notched her second win at Globe Derby Park, while Cavalry Call (1:58.5) won for the 10th time at Pinjarra (WA). Million Dollar Cam's son Cams A Million won in a career-best 1:56.9 at Newcastle last Friday night to complete a double for Yirribee Pacing Stud sires. Earlier in the night, Robbiewillmakeit (by Robin Hood) won in 1:56.7 and pushed his stake earnings over the $100,000 mark. Caribbean Blaster, who has left 12 individual three-year-old winners this season, was represented by the three-year-old Onahi Delight, who posted win No. 3 at Tamworth. Hooded Angel (by Robin Hood) and Kiss Cam (by Million Dollar Cam), a couple of Yirribee Stud bred geldings, saluted at Penrith and Redcliffe respectively last weekend. Warrawee Needy, Tintin In America, Caribbean Blaster, Million Dollar Cam will be joined by former champion En Zedder Lazarus at Yirribee Pacing Stud in the 2019/20 season.   By Peter Wharton

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