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Trixton produced the winners of both finals of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies at The Meadowlands on Friday night (July 3). Competing in the $160,000 final, Ab’sattitudexpress took full advantage of a box seat trail to score by 1-3/4 lengths in a new lifetime mark of 1:52.4. The filly has won four of her six starts and $111,000 in stakes. Play Trix On Me, who started from the outside gate, settled down second last before storming home to win the $128,000 final in 1:53.6. A dual NYSS champion, the filly has won seven out of nine for $204,850. Brilliant Royalty For Life filly Warrawee Vicky, last year’s Ontario Sires Stakes two-year-old points leader, returned to the winning list in a $73,067 division of the OSS Gold Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday night (July 2). The filly led from go to whoa in 1:54.4. Trixton has jumped to the top of this year’s North American 3YO trotting sires’ premiership, while Royalty For Life is sixth. The Trixton two-year-old colt Utopia made an auspicious debut at Shepparton on Thursday (July 2), winning by an amazing 82.5 metres at a track record 2:02.6 rate. Bred by Nick Hooper and Paul Graydon, the colt is out of a Muscles Yankee mare, Gluteus Maximus, and thus carries a 3x2 cross to Muscles Yankee. Watch the replay here. Lucky Chucky took the siring honours at Albion Park on Friday night (July 3) with a winning double. Aurora, a three-year-old filly, won a heat of the Springboard Series to make it four on end, while The Reaper, a four-year-old gelding, overcame a 30 metre handicap to post win No. 6. To complete a big week, the Wishing Stone four-year-old Phoebe Onyx notched his fourth success at Addington, New Zealand on Friday night (July 3), carving out a last 800 in 58.7. Trixton, Royalty For Life, Lucky Chucky and Wishing Stone are members of the Stallions Australasia frozen semen roster.   By Peter Wharton

The first weekend of July proved a red-letter one for emerging, young sire He’s Watching. His sensational three-year-old son Tattoo Artist set a Canadian season’s mark of 1:48.4 winning the $107,200 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday (July 4). The colt was sent straight to the top from the No. 8 gate and was never headed, scoring by three lengths with the last quarter in 26.8. It was his third win from four tries this year. Another He’s Watching colt, Examiner Hanover, finished runner-up in 1:50 in the $106,400 OSS Gold division. The following day He’s Watching’s brilliant three-year-old daughter Watch My Speed overwhelmed her rivals in 1:56.4 in the time-honoured $64,700 Kin Pace at Clinton Raceway, Canada. The New Zealand bred three-year-old filly Hereslooknatyou won at her first attempt in the northern hemisphere at Saratoga, New York in 1:57.6, while the colt He’s Got A Vendetta scored in 1:57.6 at Kawartha Downs, Canada. He’s Watching produced two ‘new’ winners at the Redcliffe meeting in the two-year-old filly Joy Maketr and the three-year-old gelding Illbewatching (1:57.9). Topzavski, a He’s Watching three-year-old, tasted success for the fifth time at Mildura. He’s Watching 3, 1:46.8 ($1.1 million) is standing this season at Luke Primmer’s Tipperary Equine, Young (NSW).   By Peter Wharton

Tintin In America’s bonny daughter Shartin continued her devastating form with an effortless win in 1:52 in a $33,000 Open at Yonkers, New York last weekend. She has now won 43 of her 58 starts and more than $US2.2 million. Promising three-year-old Boston Busker, who scored his maiden success at a 1:55.7 rate at Wagga, and Bid For Red, who won for the ninth time at Parkes, were other recent winners sired by Tintin In America. Renaissance Man, the latest addition to the Yirribee Pacing Stud team, was represented by a pair of very impressive winners in Western Australia at the weekend. Fifty Five Reborn, a three-year-old filly, won in 1:57.9 at Gloucester Park and has now banked over $80,000, while the four-year-old Yo Te Amo Haitch posted a career-best 1:59 winning for the fourth time at Northam. Million Dollar Cam produced winners in both hemispheres last week. Camstar Road took a new lifetime mark of 1:59.3 at Shepparton, while Eastend Eddie won in 1:56.8 at Harrington Raceway, Delaware. To complete a very successful week, The Clock Winder (by Lombo Pocket Watch) recorded his fifth success at Wagga in a career-best 1:58.1. Tintin In America, Renaissance Man, Million Dollar Cam and Lombo Pocket Watch are all members of the Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster for the 2020/21 season. They will be joined by the champion colonial bred performers Lazarus and Lennytheshark and the top flight American import Fear The Dragon.   by Peter Wharton

One of Queensland’s most exciting two-year-olds, Uncle Shank, is to go up for sale at the Mixed Standardbred Online Auction, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co from July 17 to 19. Uncle Shank, who was successful on debut in 1:57.6 at Albion Park and finished a close fourth in the QBred Breeders Classic, is eligible for the QBred race series with a $100,000 Final on July 27. The Warrawee Needy colt and his dam, Presidential Night, and Gotta Go Cullect yearling half-sister are also among the entries. Other racehorses include the QBred Breeders Classic 2YO Final winner Amaya Becomes, recent Albion Park winner Feel The Reign and Doolittle Di, a younger sister to Queensland’s leading three-year-old Governor Jujon. There’s four weanlings in the sale including two colts by the world champion trotter Sebastian K and a filly by the fastest two-year-old trotter ever to stand ‘down under’, Centurion ATM.  The sale has attracted several untried stock including yearlings, two-year-olds and three-year-olds. Bidding will open on Friday, July 17 at 10am and close on Sunday, July 19 at 4pm. Bids can be registered by logging onto the website and following the link to Elite Auctions. Further information from Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email   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   Black Jack Baby is WA’s best When she won the $80,000 Westbred Classic at Gloucester Park last Friday, Black Jack Baby scored her seventh success, and she is entitled to be rated as this season’s top two-year-old filly in Western Australia. Earlier in the season, she won the Westsired 2YO Classic. From eight starts, she has won seven times and been once placed for $100,511 in stakes.  Black Jack Baby                                                               --Jodie Hallows photo   One of the second crop sired by the NZ and Australian 2YO of the Year Follow The Stars (son of Art Major), Black Jack Baby is out of the McArdle mare What A Card NZ (1:58.8), a half-sister to the prolific Perth winners Dundee Three 1:55.1 ($246,018) and Scruncher 1:54.9 ($137,002) and the Menangle winner BG Three 1:56.1 ($163,639). Their dam, Lady Butler, was unraced but she produced nine winners. She was a Butler B G mare from Deborah Lobell, a half-sister to the glamour NZ filly Adios Dream 1:58.4 ($167,597) and the Victoria Oaks heat winner OK Deb (1:58.1), the grand-dam of this season’s standout three-year-old filly Stylish Memphis 1:53.8 ($228,778). Another half-sister, Advance Debra, a NZ Sires Stakes 2YO champion, was the dam of the mighty Courage Under Fire, Christian Fire and the cups winner Advance Attack, the sire of the 2017 Westbred Classic victor Cott Beach.   Redcliffe Sales Classic to Manila Playboy Manila Playboy, the season’s latest two-year-old classic winner, in outstaying a handy field in the $100,750 Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Final, gives the impression that he could develop into one of next season’s top three-year-olds. Manila Playboy                                                      --Dan Costello photo   Failing to reach the reserve when offered at the 2019 Redcliffe Yearling Sale, Manila Playboy is a well developed gelding by Pet Rock from the Paleface Adios Classic winner Bangkok Dancer (1:56.4), the dam also of the Albion Park winners Bangkok Bravado (1:55.5) and three-year-old Cheesandkisses (1:58). Their dam, Bangkok Dancer, is a P B Bullville mare from Killarney Beauty, by Caroldon Lehigh from Killarney Betty, by Stormyway. It is an interesting fact that there is a triple strain of Axworthy blood in Killarney Beauty (grand-dam of Manila Playboy), through both Caroldon Lehigh and Stormyway. Bangkok Dancer is a half-sister to Perfect Pegasus 1:55.7 ($150,702), the winner of 29 races including the Paleface Adios Classic, and the prolific Albion Park victor Courageous Cam 1:56 ($104,154). A top Brisbane free-for-aller from an earlier decade in Manila Lover Boy belongs to this family. He won 48 races including twelve at Albion Park and one at Harold Park.     They trace to the Bell Aurore family Give Us A Wave, the winner of the $80,000 Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park, and Zennart NZ, who scored at Menangle and won his way back to a NR111 mark, are both members of the noted family founded by the Bellman mare Bell Aurore.  Give Us A Wave                                                     --Jodie Hallows photo Give Us A Wave, who defeated a useful field in the Westbred, could well train on to become one of next season’s top two-year-olds.  By Mach Three, Give Us A Wave ranks as a half-brother to the WA Sires Stakes champions Truckers Ruffnut 1:56 ($249,770) and Tuxedo Tour 1:53.9 ($194,596), being out of the Safely Kept mare Royal Tour. He is her eleventh foal and eighth winner. Royal Tour, who was unraced, was out of Zenagain, by Soky’s Atom from the grand producer Zenover (by Bachelor Hanover), the dam of NZ 2YO of the Year Motoring Magic 1:57.5 ($366,395), Interchange ($116,495) and top juvenile trotter in Zebec. Zennart, who has won 14 races to date and $156,132, is an eight-year-old Art Major entire from the Holmes Hanover mare Zena Hanover, who left others in Highview Ember 1:53.3 ($122,798) and Zena’s Art 1:55.8 ($100,298). Zena Hanover was a half-sister to six winners including the NSW Star Trek winner Zena Zara, being out Zentua, by Tuapeka Knight from the trotting mare Now And Zen, a half-sister to Zenagain, the second dam of Give Us A Wave.  Champion NZ pacer Elsu, Tintin In America (Harness Jewels 3YO and 4YO), Copper Beach, the dual Oaks winner De Lovely, Albert Jaccka, Revonez (NZ 2YO Ch’ship), Jack Farthing (1:50.6) and others all belong to Zenover’s branch of the family.   Won Frith Stakes The Camden mare Black Silhouette, who hoisted a fresh lifetime mark of 1:50.5 when she won the Group 3 Frith Stakes at Menangle, is a member of one of NZ’s top ranking standardbred families. Black Silhouette, who has won 15 races and $178,615 in stakes, is a five-year-old by the Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play, who stood at Alabar Bloodstock in Victoria and has since returned to North America. Shadow Play has been most successful in Australia. His stock include the Victorian ‘Cups King’ Shadow Sax, a winner of three Group 1 races, Our Triple Play and Callmequeenbee. Black Silhouette is a half-sister to Ray’s Choice 1:50.5 ($123,929) and the Golden Easter Egg winner Our Antonio Rose, being out of The Coldstream, by Courage Under Fire from Lanoch, a NZ bred mare by New York Motoring from the Vance Hanover mare Heathland and tracing to the taproot Bright Alice. Lanoch was the dam of a top ranking pacer in Lanercost (1:52.5), a dual Derby winner of $509,121, Ballochbuuie 1:53.5 ($154,235), Ohoka Darcy 1:56.1 ($141,751), Get Outta Eyre 1:52 ($123,270) and the Sands A Flyin mare Hawthorne, dam of Our Missionary Man 1:53 ($214,978). At the last APG Sydney sale a gelding by Somebeachsomewhere from The Coldstream was purchased by Paul Fitzpatrick for $47,500.   Albion Park winners closely related The three-year-olds Good As It Gets and Signor Jujon – both by Mr Feelgood - and the two-year-old Frontliner (by Captaintreacherous), who all won on the same night at Albion Park recently, are members of the same family. All bred by Kevin and Kaye Seymour they trace back to the King Creed mare Browngate Girl, the dam of six individual winners and the founder of a great winning line of classic and cup winners. Good As It Gets, who has won his last three starts, is out the champion racemare Good Lookin Girl 1:53.7 ($361,445), by Perfect Art from the Oaks winner Goldrush Girl TT1:55.3 ($151,619), by Transport Chip from the Tempest Hanover mare Call Girl. The winner of three races to date, Signor Jujon is from the P B Bullville mare Red Red Robin whose dam, Red River Queen (by Riverboat King), is a grand-daughter of Call Girl. Frontliner, the winner of three of his seven starts, is out of French Charm, by Art Major from the noted producer Faith Prevails (1:58.1), a Fake Left mare from the multiple Group winner Girl From Ipanema (1:57.6), a half-sister to Good Lookin Girl, the dam of Good As It Gets.   A star from One Dream A star four-year-old in Queensland so far this season Sole Ambition, who was bred by Jill Smolenski and owned by Tumby Park. Sole Ambition                                                       --Dan Costello photo A gelding by Bettor’s Delight, he is out of a champion racemare in One Dream 1:56.7 ($846,467) and the third of her produce to win. He won the Redcliffe Gold Cup last Saturday and looks a four-year-old with the potential one would expect of his breeding.   Brothers win at Launceston It was no mean feat for the full brothers Stormy Sanz and Colby Sanz to win on the same night at the recent Launceston twilight meeting. Both are by the Bettor’s Delight horse Betterthancheddar (a promising sire of juveniles) and were bred and raced by Nathan and Sandra Bennett. Soho Summer, the dam of Stormy Sanz and Colby Sanz, was out of a capable racemare in Lombo Portrait, who took a record of 1:59.9 and earned $94,998. Besides Soho Summer, she was also the dam of Soho Monroe (1:57.4), a Gloucester Park winner at 2 and 3, Portly Mach (1:57.8) and to the Western Terror mare Soho Bordeaux, dam of Australia’s fastest ever female pacer Soho Burning Love (1:48.8) and Persimmon (1:50.2). Lombo Portrait was out a Breeders Crown and Oaks winner in Lombo Adreamin, who had a record of 1:56.8 and won 10 races at Moonee Valley. She was a half-sister to eight winners including Tosca Lombo 1:59.5 ($110,695) and Carbon Crest 1:59, who won 12.    Lost 50 metres – and won! Highlight of the Melton meeting last Saturday was turned on by the trotter Imsettogo, who broke soon after the start and gave the leaders 50 metres start. Imsettogo                                                                       --Stuart McCormick photo   With 1800 metres to run she was still 30 metres from the leaders, and her chance could have been written off. But Imsettogo joined the main body of the field, mounted a stomping run at the 600 metre mark to reach the front in the home straight and then careered away to win by 17 metres. Imsettogo’s performance was an amazing one in every respect. She is a daughter of the French bred horse Used To Me, a top trotter in his own right and who now stands at Haras Des Trotteurs, Ballarat (Vic.). Im Ready Set (Tr 1:56.6), the race-winning dam of Imsettogo, is a Monarchy mare out of Diedre’s Best (by Meadow Roydon), a half-sister to a fine straightout trotter in Diedre’s Pride. Other members of this family have been Conon Bridge and Hurricane Flyer, both Breeders Crown champions, the dual NZ Trotter of the Year Monbet, Sunny Ruby (Harness Jewels), Aldebaran Eve (Vicbred 3YO and 4YO Finals), Destiny Jones, Sunoflindenny and the successful sire Thanksgiving. Imsettogo ranks as a half-sister to last year’s Breeders Crown 2YO Final winner Im Ready Jet Tr 1:55.6 ($100,940).    Broodmare double The Christian Cullen mare Czarina Katerina left winners in both hemispheres last week. Stormont Star, a six-year-old gelding by For A Reason, won in Hobart, while Stormont Czar (by Bettor’s Delight) won in 1:52.2 at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania. Stormont Czar holds a mark of 1:50.8. Czarina Katerina has left four sub 2:00 winners from five starters including Bronski Belle (1:51.8), a prolific winner at Menangle. She is being bred from by Romsey horseman Geoff Dodd.   by Peter Wharton

The progeny of former USA 2YO Colt of the Year and dual harness racing world champion He’s Watching 1:46.4 fifths ($1.1 million) are firing on all cyclinders in both hemispheres! In Canada, the talented He’s Watching three-year-old Night Watchman showed he is genuine candidate for the $1 million North America Cup with his second straight win in 1:52.2 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. To watch the video replay of Night Watchman click here. A number of He’s Watching’s babies qualified in Canada over the weekend. They included Watch My Beverage (1:57.2), Always Watching (1:57.6), Sono Bella (1:58), Siri Blue Chip (1:58), Socrates Blue Chip (1:58.2) and Winsun Gaga (2:00). On the home front, the brilliant He’s Watching three-year-old Watchmylips led most of the way to score at Launceston, his fourth success from six lifetime starts. To watch the video replay of Watchmylips click here. Chamonix, a two-year-old by He’s Watching, overcame a difficult draw and a torrid passage to post his first win at Albion Park, rating 1:57.1 over 1660 metres. To watch the video replay click on this link He’s Watching is now standing at Tipperary Equine, Young (NSW) of well known studmaster Luke Primmer. To refresh your minds of just how fast this horse was, watch this video below of He's Watching winning The Meadowlands Pace in 1:46.4 still the fastest mile ever at The Meadowlands. He had explosive speed with Tim Tetrick declaring that he is the fastest horse he has ever sat behind. Remember also that when He's Watching won the Meadowlands Pace he was only one month into his three-year-old season as he was a very late foal been born in June of his year.   Peter Wharton

The smart Changeover gelding Motu Gatecrasher NZ pushed his stake tally to almost $200,000 when he led from end to end at Menangle on Saturday night (June 27). The gelding rated 1:54.5 over 2300 metres with the last 800 in 54.8 and 400 in a stunning 26.7 on the way to his 17th lifetime success. Kash Us Back, a four-year-old by Changeover, maintained his devastating form when he prevailed at Bathurst at a 1:56.2 rate. It was the gelding's seventh win this season and 11th lifetime. Other recent Changeover winners were Aqua Cruiser (Redcliffe), Adam Patron (Addington, NZ) and Franco Huntington (Invercargill, NZ). Changeover has sired 95 individual winners in Australia and NZ so far this season and progeny earnings of $1.72 million. By Peter Wharton

The lightly raced three-year-old Dollarsign became the latest winner for the harness racing Little Brown Jug champion Million Dollar Cam when he emerged successful in 1:57 at Menangle. The gelding tramped his last 800 in 55.9. Former NSW three-year-old filly Didnt I won at her second start in Victoria, leading from end to end at Bendigo at a 1:59.7 rate. She has won five races and $40,000 in stakes. Million Dollar Cam was also represented by the Canadian winners Atomic Million AM (1:53.4) and Vegas Rich (2:00.8). World champion Warrawee Needy was credited with three-year-old winners in USA and Canada over the weekend. Needless To Say, a gelding, won in 1:56 flat at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania, while Wine Tyme, a filly, scored in 1:58.6 at Hiawatha Horse Park. Ourboybart continued the amazing run of Yirribee Pacing Stud's new sire Renaissance Man when he saluted the judge at a 1:55.1 rate at Pinjarra. Million Dollar Cam, Warrawee Needy and Renaissance stand at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga where Lazarus, Fear The Dragon, Tintin In America and Lennytheshark head a select sire list. By Peter Wharton

Champion European trotting sire Love You, whose frozen semen is available ‘down under’ via Haras Des Trotteurs, sired five winners in the space of six days in New Zealand and Australia. The haul was highlighted by a winning double at Addington with the two-year-old Summer Lovin, who beat the older horses by 10 lengths at his second start, and Matua Tana, who overcame a 20 metre handicap to post his sixth lifetime success. Brilliant three-year-old Ultimate Stride, the reigning Breeders Crown and Redwood champion, made it seven wins from 11 starts and took his bankroll to $154,225 in easily accounting for older rivals at Invercargill. Love You was credited with a second ‘new’ winner in the NZ bred Kyvalley Surfrider, who ended a frustrating run of minor placings at Bendigo, while promising youngster Maestro outfinished his opposition to notch his second win from five attempts at Kilmore. Yabby Dam Farms, owned by Haras Des Trotters principal Pat Driscoll, bred three winners for the week.  Heading the lineup was Majestic Player, who won in 1:53 at Hoosier Park, Indiana and has now won seven of his eight starts on American soil. The five-year-old gelding holds a mark of 1:52.6 and a $US171,855 bankroll. Other recent Yabby Dam Farm-bred winners were Cash Lover, a four-year-old by Ready Cash and one of the second crop of the dual Prix d’Amerique winner, and Dream Over. Cash Lover won by 12 metres at Melton and has won three of his eight starts so far, while Dream Over notched win No. 3 at Stawell.   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   Grand Circuit prospect One of the most exciting Grand Circuit candidates in Australia, particularly among the youthful brigade is Ride High, who has proved himself in the top flight and has won his way back to the verge of Victoria Cup class with a string of Melton successes. His latest winning run over 1720 metres from the mobile was a terrific performance. He led from the outset to win decisively at a 1:51.6 rate including a 52.7 final 800 metres – the fastest last half ever put up at the Victorian headquarters track. Ride High                                                           – Stuart McCormick photo A brilliant sprinter, Ride High is a five-year-old entire, being by Art Major from All The Magic, dam also of the Vicbred and Breeders Crown winner Rocknroll Magic 1:54.5 ($466,183) and Always Fast (1:54.5). All The Magic was sired by Live Or Die from Celebrity Ball, by Presidential Ball from the Windshield Wiper mare Larrakeyah Lady. This was the family founded by the American-bred mare Fanny Fern. From the Larrakeyah Lady branch of it and to which Ride High belongs, others in Safe And Sound (1:57), winner of the Hunter Cup, the Derby winner Major Secret (1:55.1), Beauty Secret, Lovelist (1:53.2), The Good Times, Starburst Girl and Out To Play (1:53.3) - all Group 1 winners – also belong.   Governor Jujon top Queensland three-year-old There was never much doubt that Governor Jujon was Queensland’s top rating three-year-old as he was the previous season at two years, and he duly confirmed his class by winning the Group 3 Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Final. Governor Jujon                                             --Dan Costello photo Actually he was a class above his rivals, and, despite sitting parked throughout, he ran out the 1780 metres at a 1:55.2 rate. His sire, Cammibest, has now sired three Redcliffe Yearling Sale 3YO Classic winners – Leo’s Best (2016), Dapper Bessie (2018) and Governor Jujon. He also left four Redcliffe 2YO Classic winners in Cha Ching Chaching, Mathilda Diventa, Leo’s Best and Governor Jujon. Governor Jujon is out of Fifth And Broadway (1:56.7), by Western Terror from Broadway Gal (1:59.3), by Muckalee Strike (a son of Strike Out) from Neshia, by Adover Rainbow from Trixie Charles, by Young Charles. Broadway Gal, the dam of seven sub 2:00 winners including Broadway’s Best 1:52.4 ($643,091) and Broadway Playboy 1:52 ($215,700), won 20 races and was a top racemare in her own right.   Westbred Classic winner The $80,000 Allwood Stud Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies, run at Gloucester Park, was won by Blue Chip Adda, and although Double Expresso, rated the top three-year-old of her year, failed to get into a place, this fact could not detract from the merit of Blue Chip Adda’s success. She came from eighth at the bell with a stomping finishing burst, running out the last 800 in 56.9 seconds. Blue Chip Adda                                          --Jodie Hallows photo   She has now won at her last three starts; Double Expresso has won five of her 12 starts this season. Blue Chip Adda, who was bred by the late Harry Capararo, of Adda Equine Stud, was knocked down for $16,000 at the 2018 Australian Pacing Gold Perth sale. She was a grand type of yearling and has developed into a beautiful three-year-old. Her sire, Heston Blue Chip, is one of the best performed sires to come to Australia, being by American Ideal, a grandson of Western Hanover. Heston Blue Chip had a record of 1:48 at three and was the leading American colt pacer of his year. His oldest stock in Australia are three-year-olds and include Eye Can Run (NSW Pink Bonnet), Celebrity Chef (SA Botra 2YO Filly Classic), Mustang Milly (1:55.7), Bring The Flave and others, and in America he sired 12 in 1:55 including Zero Tolerance 1:50.4 ($980,736). Adda Rising Star, the dam of Blue Adda, was a Rich And Spoilt mare from Starring Live NZ, by Live Or Die from Stardust, by Vance Hanover from Coma Berenices, a Group 3 winner by Smooth Fella. Adda Rising Star (1:58;1), who won 16 races and $184,608 in stakes, was a sister to Adda Shooting Star (2:01.2) and a half-sister to Rockinthebox (1:56), the winner of five races to date. The most distinguished members of this family were a top flight filly in Just Cala (1:55.4), winner of the Breeders Crown 3YO Final and Ian Daff Memorial, and the former classy NZ juvenile Sir Clive, whose successes included the Sapling Stakes and Kindergarten Stakes.   Mirragon on top Bought for $25,000 and now a winner of $112,620, Mirragon is rated one of the best three-year-olds in Victoria at present. Mirragon                                                    --Stuart McCormick photo By the Artsplace horse Art Major, Mirragon is out of the Mach Three mare The Waratah (1:57.9), and is her first produce to race. The Waratah was out of Waratah Way, by Tompkins Hanover (by Albatross) from Yankee Leanne, a Select Yankee mare from the prized Miss Tommy family. The Waratah was a half-sister to the former champion filly Lady Waratah 1:59.5 ($564,770), a dual Breeders Crown and Australian Pacing Gold winner and dam of The Baggy Green 1:57 ($10 8,700), the Tatlow Memorial winner Master Waratah 1:58.6 ($158,620) and to the Art Major mare Mattie Angel, dam of the Vicbred Platinum winner Gracie Angel (1:55.7). Their dam, Yankee Leanne, was a half-sister to a smart racemare in Wee Sister, winner of the NSW Challenge Stakes, Texas Ranger, Paul’s Chance and others. The Miss Tommy family had a terrific influence on Australian breeding through several branches.   Daughter of Mainland Banner A star racemare in New South Wales so far this season is Island Banner, who is raced by Wagga couple Scott and Kath Robertson and trained by Craig Cross. A mare by Rock N Roll Heaven, she is out of a champion mare in Mainland Banner 1:55.1 ($684,579) and one of four $100,000 earners thrown by her. She has won twice at Menangle recently – including a 1:51.4 effort - and looks a five-year-old with the potential one would expect of her breeding. Mainland Banner, winner of the NZ Cup and Oaks, is now being from by Yirribee Pacing Stud, and has a two-year-old filly by Warrawee Needy and a yearling colt and weanling colt by him and is carrying a positive test to Warrawee Needy.   Half-brother to Cash N Flow Two of NSW’s star pacers at present, and both sub 1:50 winners who promise to be a force in open class in the winter racing at Menangle, are the half-brothers Pitch Perfect and Cash N Flow. Both are out of the In The Pocket mare Karen Donna, the dam also of the former glamour filly Katy Perry 1:51.1 ($517,733). Pitch Perfect, who won in a fresh lifetime mark of 1:49.8 at Menangle last week and has won 11 of his 22 starts, is a four-year-old gelding by Bettor’s Delight. Cash N Flow (by Mach Three), who is rated by experienced judges as the best pacer in NSW, has won his last seven outings at Menangle including three at Group level and three inside 1:50. Karen Donna, who was unraced, was out of the former top racemare Megaera 1:56.8 ($250,646), by Butler B G from the noted producer Aberfeldy, by Mark Lobell from Black Watch. This family has consistently produced a number of good winners over the years. They include the NZ Cup and Hunter Cup winner Arden Rooney, Rocknroll Lincoln, winner of the 2019 WA Pacing Cup, Keayang Cullen, Love Ina Chevy, Sovereign Hill, Reba Lord, and so on.   Firerockfireroll in form The most improved three-year-old in recent weeks is Firerockfireroll, from Emma Stewart’s Ballarat barn, and he is already being regarded as a strong candidate for the major summer classics. He has won at four of his last five appearances including two at Melton. He is a Courage Under Fire colt from a fine racemare in Rocknrolla 1:57.1 ($287,351), by Grinfromeartoear from Nightn Georgia (2:00.4), by Safely Kept from She’s Our Angel, by Classic Garry from the Glen Almahurst mare She’s Cool, a blind mare who has founded an outstanding family of winners. Others from Rocknrolla have been Somerocksomeroll (1:53.3), a Group 3 winner at Melton, and Bettorockbettoroll (1:56.1).   Zigzagzoo bred to be good trotter Zigzagzoo, an impressive winner at Melton last Saturday and who is now undefeated in two starts on Australian soil, is a three-year-old Majestic Son gelding from the same family as that which produced a champion NZ trotter in Vulcan. Zigzagzoo, who was bred by Alabar Bloodstock, was winless in eight attempts in his homeland, but he has shown up as a very useful trotter, and it was a handy field he beat at Melton. By Majestic Son, and one of the most successful crops of the Angus Hall horse, Zigzagzoo is out of the Pegasus Spur mare Letz Hope Tr 2:06 (6 NZ wins) and the first of her produce to race. Letz Hope is out of Early Surprise, by Earl from Hanover Whiz (Tr 2:05.8), a noted producer by Gee Whizz 11 from First Prize, by Jersey Hanover. Besides Early Surprise, Hanover Whiz was also the dam of Our Sunny Whiz Tr 2:02.7 ($348,781), a winner of 19 races including the Rowe Cup and dam of the top WA trotter Sunny’s Little Whiz Tr 1:57.4 ($150,140) and the Melton winner Sunny’s Little Jestic (Tr 1:58.8), and Minnie Whizdom, a NZ winner who left the promising, young square-gaiter Son Of A Whiz (Tr 1:58.8), who has won four races in Victoria this season.   First winner by Devilish Smile Devilish Smile, a well performed Grinfromeartoear horse from a top racemare in Counterfeit Girl, by Fake Left, and who is now at the stud in northern Victoria, was represented by his first winner when the three-year-old filly Lakey Lou was successful recently at Cranbourne. She had been placed on four occasions previously in the Gippsland region. Before going to Victoria, where his first crop are yearlings, Devilish Smile was only lightly used at the stud in Tasmania and he has had only a few starters. Lakey Lou, a sister-in-blood to the winner Return To Paris, is a well developed filly and promises to be a good stayer. Their dam, Hilton Dream (2:01.6), a Moonee Valley winner, was a Live Or Die mare from Estelle Bromac, by Caprock from Ester Bromac, by Surmo Hanover, is a member of the same family as Edna Bromac (Queen of the Pacific), Extra Bromac (Terang Cup), My Lucky Belle (1:51.8) and Eton Bromac.   Well related three-year-old The three-year-old Alta Blues, an impressive winner on debut at Pinjarra last Monday, is not short of rich relations. He is a gelding by the defunct Christian Cullen horse, Alta Christiano, from the Canadian-bred mare Child From The Sea (1:56.6), the best of whose several progeny has been Grande Anse 1:57.3 (7 wins). Child From The Sea ranks as a half-sister to a champion racehorse and sire in Somebeachsomewhere, being by Astreos from Where’s The Beach, by Beach Towel from Where’s Sarah, by Cam Fella. Child From the Sea was 14 when she left Alta Blues.   by Peter Wharton

The Auckland Reactor mare Soho Burning Love became the fastest harness racing mare ever bred in Australia when she clocked 1:48.4 (5ths) winning at The Meadowlands, New Jersey last Friday (June 19). The five-year-old, who was bred by Robert Watson, has earned more than $250,000. The win provided a timely boost for the Mach Three horse Auckland Reactor, a grand pacer himself and highly promising sire who now stands at Tony Peacock's property at Moama (NSW). Reactor Now, another of the Auckland Reactor stock, was an effortless all-the-way winner at Shepparton on the same night and graduated to a NR76 mark in the process. It was his sixth consecutive win and his eighth from only 11 lifetime starts. He is rated highly by respected horseman David Aiken, who trains him. Reactor Now To watch the video replay click here Soho Burning Love Auckland Reactor was represented by a pair of two-year-old filly winners at the weekend. Secret Reaction (Gloucester Park) and Bridwood Bella (Launceston) were both very impressive winners, the latter clocking 1:57.4 with the last 800 in 57.5. Secret Reaction To watch the video replay click here  Bridwood Bella To watch the video replay click here. Tact Bess, a New Zealand bred daughter of Auckland Reactor, came from last to post a new lifetime mark of 1:55.8 at Albion Park on Saturday night (June 20). A much underated stallion Auckland Reactor's oldest crop are just five-year-olds and he has produced 160 individual winners of $4.5 million to date and currently stands in third place on the New Zealand sires list of money winning sires for five-year-olds and older with just 156 foals. Compare that number of foals with the other stallions shown in this group below                                                                                          Total money won                     Starters               Foals By Peter Wharton

With The Band, a New Zealand-bred daughter of Changeover, is proving one of the 'finds' of the season at Albion Park. The harness racing five-year-old won twice at the Brisbane headquarters' track recently and has emerged successful on eleven occasions this season. Our Friend and Notorious, a pair of NZ bred geldings by Changeover, were winners at Albion Park last week. The former hoisted a new lifetime mark of 1:53 scoring by 15 metres, while the latter recorded a career-best 1:55.3. Other recent Australian winners by Changeover were Rakasinc NZ (1:57.8, Pinjarra) and Soho Beijing (1:59.8, Wagga). In NZ, Changeover was represented by a 'new' winner in Reflectionsofmylife (Addington) and the Invercargill victors Dachy (1:58.8) and Deus Ex (1:59.5). Changeover, who stands at Burwood Stud in Queensland's Darling Downs, has left 94 individual winners to date this season in Australia and NZ and progeny earnings of almost $1.7 million. By Peter Wharton

Former pacing standout Renaissance Man (Art Major), a recent addition to the Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster, was credited with his first Group 1 winner when the harness racing  three-year-old Longreach Bay led from end-to-end in the $80,000 Westbred Classic at Gloucester Park. It was the gelding's fifth win from only 10 starts and his third in a row. Renaissance Man was represented by a second winner at Gloucester Park in the four-year-old Another Snag. Reigning USA Horse of the Year Shartin won a qualifier in 1:51 at Harrah's Philadelphia and the Tintin In America mare looks to be well in line for all the major mare's classics. Tintin In America also left a 'new' winner in the three-year-old Smooth Rye at Pinjarra (WA). Warrawee Needy's three-year-olds have been firing on all cyclinders in Canada this month. Noch Ten won in 1:52.6 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, while Frownie's Miracle (1:59.6) and White High Heels also emerged successful. Million Dollar Cam, who is enjoying a fine season, left winners at Buffalo Raceway, New York in Sur Please (1:58) and Wagga in the three-year-old Olinsky (1:59.2), while the Lombo Pocket Watch gelding Timely Sovereign maintained his recent devastating form with a 1:53.1 triumph at Menangle. 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   Jett Star unbeaten two-year-old Jett Star NZ, who is undefeated in four two-year-old starts, is rated one of Western Australia’s top juveniles, particularly after his success in the $100,000 Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park. A well developed youngster, possessing both speed and stamina, Jett Star is an easy going colt and is the first Pearl winner trained by Greg and Skye Bond, who brought out Galactic Star.  Jett Star                                    --Jodie Hallows   Bought for $30,000 and now the winner of $74,568, Jett Star, by the Cam’s Shark Shark horse Bettor’s Delight, is out of Steel The Light, who took a record of 2:00.4 and won seven races. She was a Falcon Seelster mare from Star Empress, a Queensland bred mare by Fake Left from the Mark Lobell mare Light Lobell, the dam of the Qbred Breeders 2YO Classic winner Lightfoot Lady (1:56.9). Star Empress, the grand-dam of Jett Star, won five races at Albion Park and $50,859 in stakes and became the dam of the exported American Empress 1:52.4 ($169,957) and Bad Boy Hughie (1:59.3). Bred by Woodlands Stud, Jett Star ranks as a brother to this year’s Addington three-year-old winner Steel The Show (1:59.2).   Won NSW Golden Mile Cash N Flow gave a further taste of his class when he easily won the Group 3 Woodlands Stud Golden Mile, one of the premier speed tests of the winter racing at Menangle. He was never really extended in running out the mile in 1:50.2, the last 800 in 54.4. By Mach Three, Cash N Flow ranks as a half-brother to the top NZ racemare Katy Perry 1:51.1 ($517,733), being out of Karen Donna, by In The Pocket from the Butler B G mare Megaera 1:56.8 ($250,646), a granddaughter of the noted producer Black Watch. Karen Donna was unraced but she left seven winners. She was a sister to Dale Elinor (TT1:57.7) and a half-sister to the NZ and US winner Penthouse Pete 1:54.2 ($119,538) and to the dam of the Junee Cup winner Rocking 1:53 ($107,879). Cash N Flow, who holds a record of 1:49.6, was bred by Ken and Karen Breckon, of Breckon Farms, Ohaupo.   Callmequeenbee on top Callmequeenbee, winner of the Ladyship Pace at Menangle last Saturday, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the mares. She holds a mile record of 1:51.5, and is a member of one of NZ’s most successful families, being a five-year-old Shadow Play mare from a handy racemare in Queen Of Courage (1:57.4), a Courage Under Fire mare who has also produced the Sydney winner Lettuce Go Pippa 1:53.4 ($95,314), now at the stud. Queen Of Courage was out of Gerwyn Queen, a good producer by Soky’s Atom from Queenwood, by Smooth Fella from Neatlee, by Dick Adios from the Garrison Hanover mare Kaput, a half-sister to a fine racemare in Ruth Again, who won several country cups in the 1950’s Gerwyn Queen produced the NZ country cups winner King Sands 1:51.2 ($232,135), the NSW winner King Courage (1:58.2), Steam Machine (2:02.6) and the Sands A Flyin mare Glamorous Queen, dam of the Gloucester Park winner I Courage (1:58.3).   Siring feat to Renaissance Man Rather a notable siring feat was credited to the Art Major horse Renaissance Man at Gloucester Park on Friday, when he sired the winners of both $20,000 Westsired 3YO Classics in Longreach Bay and Fifty Five Reborn. Another of his progeny, Missbillynotsilly, finished third in her division. Fifty Five Reborn, a good type of filly, is out of Arma Fifty Five, a Bettor’s Delight mare out of Arma Xceptional (1:57.9), a half-sister to the former top juvenile Arma Xpress 1:56.5 ($279,890), who won seven Group/Listed races as a two-year-old, and to Arma Xcellent, dam of the Ashburton Winter Cup winner Sans Le Sou (1:56). Longreach Bay, who has won three races this season, ranks as a half-brother to the WA Champagne Classic winner Cott Beach 1:54.9 ($275,902), being out of the dual Gloucester Park winner Back In The Black (1:58.1), by Armbro Operative from Black And Blue 1:57.2 ($212,495), an outstanding racemare in the early 2000’s whose 17 successes included the WA Sires Stakes 3YO and 4YO Finals and the Battle of Bunbury. Longreach Bay                                                                     Jodie Hallows photo   By Northern Lights (son of No Nukes), Black And Blue was a half-sister to a cup class pacer in No Blue Manna 1:56.6 ($628,157) and the classic winners Baby Blues 1:56.3 ($115,032) and Sacre Blue (1:57.5). Renaissance Man’s oldest stock are four-year-olds, and they include My Prayer (WA Country Oaks), Ourboybart (1:57.8), the Melton winner Disclosure (1:56.5), Yo Te Amo Haitch (Gloucester Park) and the Listed placegetter Catch Me Cougar. Renaissance Man, who was first at the stud in WA, is now standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW).   Whereyabinboppin in 1:50.6 Whereyabinboppin looks certain to uphold the good record of A Rocknroll Dance’s stock. Bred and part-owned by Troy Saddler, the four-year-old gelding won in 1:50.6 at Menangle recently despite being required to sit parked for the mile. Whereyabinboppin has not raced a great deal. He won his first three starts as a two-year-old, was unbeaten in two attempts at three and has won four of five this season. By the Rocknroll Hanover horse A Rocknroll Dance, and a member of the first crop, Whereyabinboppin is out of the Modern Art mare Whereyawheeliebin, who took a record of 2:00.3 and won five races. She was a half-sister to the prolific Gloucester Park and US winner Jezal Theory 1:52.4 ($226,578), the Albion Park winner Skippy Saddler (1:53.6) and the Menangle victor Boundtobemad (1:55.4). Their dam, Dynasty Bound (2:00.7), was by Fortitude Hanover (grandson of Most Happy Fella) from Devoted To You, by Tarport Bill from Ivy Barb, by Blazing Globe, and tracing to the Huon Junior mare May C. Whereyabinboppin is the best winner from this family in recent years but in an earlier decade it produced a champion juvenile in Three Stooges, who won 17 races including the Bathurst Gold Crown and NSW Breeders Plate.   Grandson of La Coocaracha Cocosfella, who has won four races in quick time at Melton recently, is a five-year-old gelding expected to graduate far beyond his present rating. Cocosfella                                              -Stuart McCormick photo   Bred by Doug Nalder, of Maryborough, he has a good deal more in his favour on the score of blood than most. By Artistic Fella, who sired the top ranking youngsters Mindarie Priddy and Artistic Flite, Cocosfella is out of the Christian Cullen mare Coco Cullen (1:58.9) whose dam was an outstanding trotter in La Coocaracha Tr 1:58.5 ($428,911), a winner at Group 1 level on both sides of the Tasman. By Safely Kept, La Cooraracha became the dam of Dance Craze Tr 1:55.6 ($478,510),a winner of 21 races and rated the best trotting mare in Australia today, the exported La Grange Tr 1:54.2 ($163,350), the Breeders Crown champion Reina Danzante (Tr 1:57.1) and the CR Commando mare La Biscuit (9 wins), who left the Vicbred Platinum Homegrown 2YO Classic winner Royal Treat and the Group 3 winner Nieta (Tr 1:58.1). La Coocaracha ranked as a sister to the Mildura Guineas winner Rivertalk (2:00) and a half-sister to the smart pacer in Blake Castle 1:53.2 ($265,498), being out the unraced Poetry, by Kentucky from the Royal Dollar mare Morley Dollar, a half-sister to the handy racemare in Paula Morley (2:01.8), the ancestress to ‘black type’ performers Bamako Mali (NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO), Redbank Blaze (1:51.2), Sheezallattitude (Aust. Pacing Gold) and Art Series (Bathurst God Bracelet).   Fifth win on end A bright future is being predicted for the Bettor’s Delight four-year-old Enchanted Stride, whose success at Cranbourne last Sunday was her fifth from seven attempts this season.  She is a member of an old time NZ family, which was represented by the winner of this year’s NSW Ladyship Mile Bettor’s Heart (1:49.7) and the NZ Robin Dundee Crown winner Amore Lancome. By Bettor’s Delight, Enchanted Stride is out of the Christian Cullen mare Lenola Stride (1:53.7), a half-sister to this year’s top NZ juvenile Krug (1:56), being out of a fine racemare in Champagne Princess 1:56.9 ($143,484), by Soky’s Atom from Champagne Royal (1:59.7), by Smooth Fella from the Lordship mare Regal Guest (1:58.2), a half-sister to the NZ Derby and Oaks winner Hilarious Guest. This is the family which produced such winners as Be Jack’s Legend  (1:51.8) and Lancome, both winners of the Harness Jewels, Joanne’s A Delight (NZ Sires Stakes 2YO C’ship), Estella Rose, and a host of winners in Australia including Lumos (1:50.9) and In Monaco.   Up and coming youngsters Two of Australia’s star trotters at present, and both recent winners are Im Hector, who won the SA Trotters Derby, and the Victorian trotter Brandlo Prince, who scored by open lengths at Shepparton. Both belong to the same family. Im Hector, who won his second race from only a handful of starts, is a three-year-old gelding by the French champion Quaker Jet, and one of his first crop. He is out of the Melton winner Queen’s Vacation (Tr 2:00.9), by Dream Vacation from a fine racemare in Queen’s Rhapsody (by Gee Whizz 11), a winner of 17 races including the NSW Trotters Oaks and Menangle Cup. Brando Prince, a winner of seven races so far, is by the French sire Orlando Vici from the Sundon mare Bohemian Queen, a half-sister to Queen’s Vacation. Others from Queen’s Rhapsody, a half-sister to the top NZ trotter Let’s Get Serious Tr 1:52.4 ($656,652), were the good Melton winners Mister Oz Tr 1:58.7 ($99,281) and Parisian Opera (Tr 1:57.5) and The Debater, a winner at Pinjarra (WA) last month.   Melton winner from good racemare Bullys Delight, a Bettor’s Delight five-year-old and a recent winner at Melton, is out of Mi Coconut, a capable racemare with a record of 1:56.1 who is proving a successful broodmare. She is also the dam of Kid Coconut 1:55 ($146,951), a winner of 18 races, Blisstar (1:58.8), Ilikemillie (1:57.2) and Queen Of Diamonds (1:57), all Melton winners.  Mi Coconut won 18 races and $192,172 in stakes including the Queen of the Pacific and was one of the best racemares of the Moonee Valley era. She was an Albert Albert mare from the top racemare Milady 1:59.6 ($147,351), by Kotare Knight from Lucky Piece, by Aachen from Marana, by Meadow Vance. Mi Coconut was a half-sister to the Granny Smith winner Milady Meg (2:00.8) and to Mi Mademoiselle (2:00.4), who won five races and left Mi Ju Dan (1:58.1) and the Granny Smith placegetter Mi Makarova. Their dam, Milady, a winner in top company in Victoria and Tasmania, was a half-sister to Family Revenge 2:02.1 (5 wins), who, in turn, left the high class Tasmanian pacer Armbro’s Revenge 1:53.4 ($291,006). Other members of this family, which was founded in NZ by the imported mare Berthabell, were Free Vance (Kilmore Cup), Wouldn’t It Be (Qbred Triad 3YO and 4YO) and a fine trotter in Bonbillie Fella.   Exciting three-year-old trotter Fox Trot Hill is proving herself a three-year-old of some worth in NSW and during June has won twice at Menangle in 1:57.3 and 1:57.5.   She is a filly by the Muscles Yankee horse, Muscle Hill, from Sheza Cop, the best of whose several progeny have been the dual Derby winner Arizona Blue Tr 1:56.9 ($236,465) and the Menangle winner Chalcis Tr 1:59.3 ($92,770). Sheza Cop, who won 12 races, ranks as a sister to the SA Derby winner Ima Cop Too and The Kesytone Cop (26 wins and $89,853), being by Keystone Gondola from Arctic Fox, by North Pole from All Aflame, by Scottish Brigade. Sheza Cop was 23 when she left Fox Trot Hill.   SA Yearling Sale entries Nominations are being invited for the 2021 SA Yearling Sale, to be held at the Magic Millions Complex, Morphettville in March. The sale will be limited to 35 yearlings with catalogued lots being eligible for the 2022 $100,000 Group 1 2YO Classic.  Entry blanks are available from Harness Racing SA. Entries close on July 24. The SA sale graduates Major Reason and The Queen Of Heart both saluted on the same night at Globe Derby Park this week.      by Peter Wharton

Highview Tommy, a former NZ harness racing 2yo of the Year and outstanding free-for-aller, will stand his first Australian season at the Yanko Lodge stud, Leeton (NSW), of the well known Diebert family. His service fee is $3,000 including all costs – veterinary, agistment and handling. Highview Tommy, who began his stud career at Woodlands Stud, near Auckland where his oldest stock are only four-year-olds, has sired some useful sorts on both sides of the Tasman from restricted stud chances. They include the promising Matamua (1:55.8), a winner of six races in NSW, the Tasmanian juvenile winner Kuzma, the dual Cambridge (NZ) winner Tommy Tukaa (1:59.1) and the Addington winner Refine (2:00). One of New Zealand’s leading two-year-olds and the winner of $411,020 in stakes as a two and three-year-old, Highview Tommy later competed with real distinction in town hall company, winning 17 races with 27 placings and running up a stake score of $1,021,904.  A lion-hearted performer winning over all distances from 1609 to 3200 metres, Highview Tommy numbered included among his victories the NZ Harness Jewels, Welcome Stakes, Ballarat Cup, Franklin Cup, Invercargill Cup, The Pure Steel, Inter Dominion Consolation, NZ Superstars 4YO Championship and Southern Supremacy Stakes. He competed four times in the NZ Cup, finishing second in 2012 and third in 2011. His other notable placings were in the NZ Sires Stakes 2YO Championship, Cardigan Bay Stakes, Kaikoura Cup, Franklin Cup, NZ Summer Cup and Cambridge Futurity. In all, Highview Tommy won on eight occasions at Group level. His record speaks for itself and entitles him to the claim of being one of the best performed stallions to come to the Riverina region. Highview Tommy is a quality individual bred on a classic cross of blood – that of Bettor’s Delight his sire and Christian Cullen his maternal sire.  Bettor’s Delight, sire of Highview Tommy, has been Australia and New Zealand’s leading sire for almost a decade. His dam, Baptism Of Fire, was one of the grand producing daughters of a champion sire in Christian Cullen, being out of the noted producer Lady’s Day (1:59.8), by Smooth Fella from the NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Lady Alba. There is ‘black type’ in every remove of Highview Tommy’s family with his first four dams producing 26 winners from 31 starters with 17 in 2:00. Peter Wharton

The Artsplace horse Shoobees Place 1:49.2 ($787,271), who stood his first six seasons at stud in NSW, is a young harness racing sire already well on the way to proving a success with his first small crops racing. He is now standing in Western Australia at Spurrs Stud, Wagin, of prominent breeder-owner Kevin Spurr, alongside multiple Group 1 winner Bonavista Bay. His service fee is $2,000. Actually, Shoobees Place has made an excellent start as a sire. In his first season he left 30 foals, and of these he had 18 to the races half way through their four-year-old season, and 11 were winners and three have been placed. Of 13 three-year-old starters, five were winners and three were placed, while his current crop of two-year-olds includes the highly promising filly Merrywood Lynn, a last start Penrith winner. From his first crop he sired a top colt in Shoobee Doo 1:54.5 ($109,590), who won five of his first eight starts and was one of the star two-year-olds of his season, and a smart filly in My Mels Place (1:57.3). Kathachar Shoobee (1:53.7), a double Menangle winner recently and runner-up in the $50,000 Breeders Challenge True Blue Final, Tsunami Charlie (1:55.3), Mister Armstrong and Shoobees Charm have been other NSW winners by Shoobees Place from his first crops. Shoobees Place was a top racehorse himself, winning close to $800,000, and he took a record of 1:52 as a two-year-old and 1:49.4 at three. On the score of blood Shoobees Place has something in his favour. His sire Artsplace (1:49.4) was a champion with stake earnings of $3,085,083 and has been one of America’s top sires and grandsires for some time. He figures as the sire of three of America’s greatest pacers in Art Major (1:48.8), Sportswriter (1:48.6) and Glowing Report (1:49.4). Shoobeedobeedo 1:52.8 ($308,481), the multiple Stakes winning dam of Shoobees Place, was one of the many grand producing daughters of a champion sire in Jate Lobell (1:51.4), being out of Shoobeedoaday, by Life Sign from the broodmare gem Blue Horizon, by Meadow Skipper. One of Blue Horizon’s sons, Panorama (1:53.4), was a 1:50 sire in America and exported to Australia he was a stud success in NSW, the million dollar winner Karloo Mick (1:54.2) being one of his gets. Blue Horizon was also the grand-dam of the champion colt pacer and sire Grinfromeartoear (1:50.2). This is the family founded by Golden Miss which produced one of Australia’s leading sires and broodmare sires in Safely Kept (1:52.4). Shoobees Place is an Abercrombie line horse – that which produced Art Major – from one of the world’s top families, and boasts four strong crosses of the blood of Meadow Skipper. He should prove an ideal outcross to mares boasting Cam Fella, Direct Scooter and Western Hanover blood and others. Peter Wharton

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