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Talented four-year-old Summit Special, who was bred, raised and sold by Yirribee Pacing Stud, hoisted the fastest time of the night - 1:50.7 - when he overwhelmed his harness racing rivals in a $25,000 semi-final of the NSW Breeders Challenge at Menangle on Saturday night (June 22). Starting from the No. 5 gate, the gelding was third last at the end of the opening 800 in 54.3. Following a 28.3 third stanza Summit Special was tipped three deep and closed with a 28.1 final fraction to down the highly fancied Ignatius by 3.7 metres. The win sent his stake earnings over the $50,000 mark. Summit Special will contest the Group 1 $100,000 NSW Breeders Challenge Final at Menangle on Sunday afternoon (June 30). Summit Special is the fifth foal and third winner of Classic Counsel NZ (by In The Pocket), who is also the dam of the prolific Menangle and Albion Park victor Floyd Mayweather 1:53 ($326,492). Since producing Summit Special in 2014, Classic Counsel has left the three-year-old Im Rock Solid (6 placings) and a weanling filly by Warrawee Needy and is carrying a positive test to him. Meanwhile, another Yirribee sired and bred, Untythehood (Robin Hood-Aunty Jean), saluted for the eighth time overall and fifth time this season at Wagga on Friday (June 21). The five-year-old gelding rated a career-best 1:58.9 over 2270 metres. Yirribee Pacing Stud will this season offer an imposing roster of stallions in the Kiwi superstar Lazarus, former world record holder Warrawee Needy, Tintin In America, sire of the America's No. ranked racemare Shartin NZ, and the North America Cup and Adios winner Fear The Dragon.   Peter Wharton

Tactical Landing (3, 1:50.4), the fastest harness racing son of former champion trotter and now premier sire Muscle Hill (1:50.2), will be available to ‘Down Under’ breeders this season via frozen semen from Stallions Australasia. Not only was Tactical Landing a Breeders Crown champion – he won the three-year-old title last year – he was sired by a dual Breeders Crown champion, Muscle Hill, his dam, Southwind Serena 1:55.4 ($385,088) was a Breeders Crown champion at 3 and he ranks as a full brother to the Breeders Crown winner Mission Brief 1:50.4. Tactical Landing was a top racehorse in his own right, winning $812,300 from 16 starts – an excellent total in a brief career. As a three-year-old he won nine races and was four times placed from 14 starts for $810,800 and was one of the highest stakes-winning trotters in North America in 2018. Undoubtedly the highlight of his stellar three-year-old campaign was his front-end win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final at Pocono Downs, in which he defeated Met’s Hall and Crystal Fashion by open lengths in 1:52.2 on a sloppy track. Tactical Landing took his record of 1:50.4, winning a leg of the time-honoured Kentucky Futurity at Lexington and finished second in the $434,000 Final in a world record 1:50. He also captured a division of the $240,000 Bluegrass Stake in 1:51.2 at Lexington and an elimination of the $1.2 Hambletonian in 1:52.4 and was a strong third in the final. Tactical Landing closed out his campaign with a hard-hitting win in the $350,000 TVG Championship at The Meadowlands, sitting parked for the last half-mile and defeating 3YO Trotter of the Year Six Pack by 2-½ lengths in 1:51.8. An $800,000 yearling, Tactical Landing, a commanding individual, 16 hands, looks every inch the blood he represents. He is a son of the great Muscle Hill, the world’s leading living trotting sire and sire of sires, while his dam, Southwind Serena, is a daughter of arguably the greatest trotter of all-time, Italy’s Varenne. Southwind Serena has stamped herself as one of the finest broodmares of all-time. Besides Tactical Landing, she is also the dam of a dual world champion in Mission Brief, winner of 19 races and $1.5million and voted 2YO and 3YO Trotting Filly of the Year, Exemplar (1:53.2) and Earn Your Wings (1:54.8). The second dam, Spice On Ice (1:57.8) left five winners and is the grand-dam of the Kentucky Futurity winner Ice Attraction (1:50.2) and Canadian 2YO Filly Trotter of the Year The Ice Dutchess, while the third dam Spicy Bones produced six winners. Tactical Landing stood his first season at the prestige Southwind Farms in New Jersey this year. His service fee will be $16,500 including GST in Australia and $15,000 plus GST in New Zealand.   by Peter Wharton

Rock N Roll World (1:48.6), who is to stand his first season at Allwood Stud, Serpentine, of one of Australia’s leading breeders Bob Fowler, is one of the best bred sires to be imported to Australia in recent years. His service fee will be $4,000 including GST. He ranks as a brother to a top pacer and 1:50 sire in World Of Rocknroll (1:50.6) and a half to Captain Deo (1:50.4), being by Rocknroll Hanover from the US 2YO and 3YO Filly of the Year Worldly Beauty 1:49.6 ($1.9million), a sister to Worldly Treasure (1:53.2), the dam of last year’s leading American two-year-old sire Captaintreacherous 1:47.2 ($3.1million). Their dam, World Order (1:53), was a half-sister to the dam of one of Australia’s greatest sires in Art Major and to a leading sire in Perfect Art. Rocknroll Hanover, a champion sire in America, where he has sired the winners of almost $115million and has 77 in the 1:50 list, has also made an impact through his sons as sires in Australia. Closer to home, Rocknroll Hanover figures as the sire of this year’s WA Pacing Cup winner Rocknroll Lincoln, King Of Swing, winner of the 2018 WA Derby, and former top WA racemare Sheer Rocknroll. Not only is Rock N Roll World a youthful son of Rocknroll Hanover – he was foaled in 2012 – but on his distaff side he can claim equal distinctions. He is also a half-brother to World Of Her Own, the dam of four in 1:54 including Sir Richard Z Tam (1:50.2), and Worldly Deo, dam of Odds On Lauderdale (1:49.2). In the back removes of Rock N Roll World’s pedigree are sires of the calibre of Romeo Hanover, Nevele Romeo, Real Artist and so on. There is not a weak strain in any remove of Rock N Roll World’s family tree; his maternal line is one of the oldest and strongest in American breeding history. Rock N Roll World was a top racehorse himself, winning $712,737 from 18 wins and 27 placings in a career spanning four years. As a two-year-old, he won in 1:54.4 in a division of the Geers Stake, while at 3 he went in 1:50.6 winning the Adios Stake Consolation at The Meadows and was placed in the Tattersalls Pace, Art Rooney Pace, Reynolds Memorial, John Simpson Memorial and North America Cup Consolation. Rock N Roll World won twice in Invitational company at Hoosier Park as a five-year-old in a career-best 1:48.6 and 1:49.6, the latter defeating Breeders Crown champion Freaky Feet Pete ($1.5million). Rock N Roll World promises to make a real contribution to the breeding industry – as to be expected of one of his royal pedigree.   Peter Wharton  

The 2019 Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Company, will be held at the Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 31, starting at noon. The sale comprises 76 lots by 31 different stallions including champion stallions Bettor’s Delight, Somebeachsomewhere, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sweet Lou, Roll With Joe, Grinfromeartoear and Sportswriter. Other well-known stallions include Well Said, Mr Feelgood, Cammibest, A Rocknroll Dance, Sunshine Beach, Pet Rock, Hurrikane Kingcole, Heston Blue Chip, Auckland Reactor, Changeover, Betterthancheddar, For A Reason, Lanercost and the exciting first-crop sire Warrawee Needy. There’s close relatives to a string of top performers winners such as the Inter Dominion heat winner Im Pats Delight,  Constantlysideways 1:49.2 (USA), Heavens Trend, Pub Blitz, Broadways Best (Vic. Oaks), Major Kiss (Bathurst Gold Tiara), Garnet River (Tas. Derby), Little Peanut (Vic. Sapling Stakes), Bangkok Dancer (Paleface Adios Classic), the QBred Triad winners Smart As Camm Be, Viking Reign, Maximillion, Making Magic, Jack Malone, Misscilla, Catwalk Beauty, Wicked Style, Bronski On Fire and Bonnie Jujon, the Redcliffe Sales Classic victors Cha Ching Chaching, Mathilda Diventa, Couldntresist, Celtic Cruza, Dapper Bessie and Designer Style, and many more. Yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series carrying minimum prizemoney of $100,000 for two-year-olds in 2020 and the rich Redcliffe 3YO Sales Classic in 2021. They are also eligible for the Breeders Crown, the QBred Bonus Scheme, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred and the NSW Breeders Challenge. Catalogues are available from the auctioneer Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com, Garrard’s Horse & Hound stores in every State and the Redcliffe and Albion Park tracks. The electronic catalogue can be found here: http://www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au/yearlingsale2019.php    Peter Wharton

THE 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Company, will be held at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 24, starting at 11am. The sale comprises 120 lots by 43 different stallions including champion stallions Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Somebeachsomewhere, Captaintreacherous, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven and American Ideal. Other well-known stallions include Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Courage Under Fire, Four Starzzz Shark, A Rocknroll Dance, Warrawee Needy, Artspeak, Heston Blue Chip, Sunshine Beach, Mr Feelgood, Western Terror, Auckland Reactor, Betterthancheddar, Pet Rock, Shoobee’s Place, For A Reason and Changeover. There’s close relatives to a string of top performers such as Jilliby Kung Fu, Vincent, Dont Hold Back, Elect To Live, For A Reason, Chariot King, Makes Every Scents, Rosa Mach, Vertigal, Sir Galvinator, All Eyes On Me, Shoobee Doo and many more. The sale includes entries from leading breeders in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Yearlings are eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, NSW Breeders Blue, Vicbred and Vicbred Platinum. Catalogues are available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. The online catalogue can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com. Click on 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale   PETER WHARTON

The results of recent racing around Australia has provided a fillip for the Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 31. There’s been a host of winners with siblings in the sale including a half-brother to last year’s QBred 2YO Triad and QBred Breeders classic winner Smart As Camm Be and NSW provincial victor Too Good For You. The catalogue has also listed half-brothers or sisters to the Albion Park three-year-old winners Goddess Jujon (1:57.6), Dattitude (1:59) and Hipstar, the Albion Park winner Werelivingthedream (1:54.3), the Redcliffe winners Bonnie Jujon, Signorina Dujon, Celtic Cruza, Our Doug, Datsgood, Willsintown and Always A Jewel and the WA country victor Baron Jujon. It also features close relatives of top pacers such as Im Pats Delight (Shepparton Gold Cup and Interdom heat), Heavens Trend, the Miracle Mile winner Franco Tiger, Blossom Lady, Centenario, Foreclosure (1:48.8), I Am Sam, Dont Hold Back, Broadway’s Best, Lombo Skyrider and many more. Yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a minimum stake of $100,000 for two-year-olds in 2020 and the rich 3YO Sale Classic in 2021. They are also eligible for the Breeders Crown, the QBred Bonus Scheme, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred and the NSW Breeders Challenge. Catalogues are available from the auctioneer Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com, Garrard’s Horse & Hound stores in every State and the Redcliffe and Albion Park tracks. The electronic catalogue can be found here: http://www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au/yearlingsale2019.php  Peter Wharton

THE 2018/19 racing season is now in full swing and yearlings catalogued for the upcoming Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale were huge beneficiaries through the deeds of their winning siblings and exceptional sires. Siblings to several recent winners are set to be offered at Bathurst, including a half-sister to the 1:59.5 Newcastle three-year-old winner and Group placegetter Brooklyns Best. Other recent winners with half-brothers or sisters in the sale include Futurist, Beach Boy Adios, La Player (1:57.9), the three-year-old Lord Denzel (1:56.7) and Milliondollardream. Yearlings to be auctioned at Bathurst are by sires that have produced Group winning two-year-old progeny in Australia and New Zealand this year. Art Major, who has three lots in the sale, ranks as the sire of the WA Sales Classic winner Major Martini and the Allied Express 2YO Classic victor Summertime, Bettor’s Delight (2 lots) figures as the sire of the NZ Young Guns winner Smooth Deal, Sportswriter (3 lots) is the sire of the MIA Breeders Plate winner The Tiger Army, Mach Three (1 lot) has left the NSW Sapling Stakes winner Mach Dan, Heston Blue Chip (5 lots) is represented by the NSW Pink Bonnet victor Eye Can Run and Sunshine Beach (3 lots) has sired Ozzie Battler, winner of the Victoria Sapling Stakes and Premiere Stakes. The sale has been further boosted by three entries from Doug and Janet Moore’s Brooklyn Lodge, Aberdeen. They include a He’s Watching colt out of a 1:53 half-sister to the outstanding WA juvenile Jack Mac, a Mach Three filly from the Bathurst Sales Graduate winner Allnight Kiss (1:56.4) and an Art Major filly from Toolijooa Dawn (1:55.1). The Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be held at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 24, starting at 11am. Pedigrees can be viewed online at www.graemeboard.com. Click on 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale Catalogues can be requested from auctioneers Graeme Board & Company on phone 0408 636 273 or email gboard@bobberry.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club   Peter Wharton

More than 70 percent of the dams represented in this year’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co on Sunday, March 31, are race winners. Of the 76 lots catalogues, 54 are out of race-winning dams with 41 taking a record of 2:00 or better. Yearlings are out of the Group/Listed winning racemares such as the Seymour Nursery and QBred 2YO Triad winner Catwalk Beauty ($156,566), Too Smart For You ($149,684, QLD 4YO Breeders Classic), the Paleface Adios Classic winner Bangkok Dancer, Cullen’s Jewel (QLD 3YO Breeders Classic and Redcliffe 3YO Sales Classic), Designer Style (Redcliffe 2YO Sales Classic) and the Redcliffe Oaks winner Montana Tess. Other well performed mares include the dual Queensland Rising Stars Championship winner Ideal Tact ($98,454), Young Desiree ($89,451), Blissfull Kisses ($72,358), Perfection On Ice (1:55.9), Dance Like A Dream (1:55.9), Suki Suki (1:55.3), Riverboat Royce, the Seymour Nursery heat winners Emma Montana and Three Jewels and the Queensland Oaks placegetter Kiana Frances. Almost 50 percent of the dams represented in the catalogue are winner-producing mares. They have left siblings to the QBred 2YO Triad and Queensland 2YO Breeders Classic winner Smart As Camm Be, Pub Blitz (winner of $362,963), Cha Ching Chaching, winner of the Queensland 2YO Breeders Classic and Redcliffe Yearling Sale Classic, the QBred 2YO Triad victor Jack Malone, Wicked Style (QBred 3YO Triad), Bonnie Jujon (QLD 2YO Breeders Classic and QBred 3YO Triad), Capitalize (QLD 2YO Breeders Classic) and the Redcliffe Sales Classic winners Celtic Cruza, Mathilda Diventa, Designer Style, Couldntresist and Dapper Bessie. Yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a minimum stake of $100,000 for two-year-olds in 2020 and the rich 3YO Sale Classic in 2021. They are also eligible for the Breeders Crown, the QBred Bonus Scheme, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred and the NSW Breeders Challenge. Catalogues are available from the auctioneer Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com, Garrard’s Horse & Hound stores in every State and the Redcliffe and Albion Park tracks. The electronic catalogue can be found here: http://www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au/yearlingsale2019.php    Peter Wharton

MORE than 75 percent of the dams represented in this year’s Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale on Sunday, March 24 are race-winning mares or winner-producing mares.  Of the 117 lots catalogued, 64 are out of race winners – including 36 sub 2:00 winners - while 61 of the dams are winner-producers and they have left 153 individual winners between them.             Among the race-winning dams are the Group and Listed winners Scent (NSW Oaks), Lourdes (Tas. Bandbox and George Johnson) and Modern Day (QSBA 2YO Breeders Classic), the feature race winners Hidden Gem (Qld Racing Minister’s Cup), Tanamay (Tas. Blue Bonnet), Light In Every Day (SA Ladyship) and the $100,000 winners Listen To The Rhythm, Rosalind, Motu Miss Lilli and Benazir Bhutto. The dams listed in the catalogue have left Group winners such as Dont Hold Back (Vicbred 3YO and Breeders Crown 4YO), Makes Every Scents (Bathurst Gold Tiara), Vertigal (NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO and 3YO), Rosa Mach (APG 2YO), My Willow (NZ Sires Stakes 3YO), Courageousnquick (NSW Pink Bonnet and Vic. Sapling), Get In The Groove (QBred 2YO Breeders Classic and QBred Triad 3YO) and Shoobee Doo (NSW Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial and Bathurst Sales Classic). Other ‘black type’ performers include Governor Art (NSW Edgar Tatlow), Nola Mayhem (Tas. Bandbox and Granny Smith), Nickle Miss (Tas. Oaks), Taylors Mill (NSW Breeders Challenge Regional 2YO), Meg’s Ferrari (NSW Inter City Pace), Run Wick (Tas. Golden Slipper), Lombo Leonardo (Tas. Youthful), Sams Express (Bathurst Sales Classic) and the $100,000 earners Sally Fletcher, Imthevillagestar (1:51.9), Lord Lombo, Padabing Stride, Beach Boy Adios and Must Be Nice. Yearlings are eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, NSW Breeders Blue, Vicbred and Vicbred Platinum. Pedigrees can be viewed online at www.graemeboard.com. Click on 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale Catalogues can be requested from auctioneers Graeme Board & Company on phone 0408 636 273 or email gboard@bobberry.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club.   Peter Wharton

Burwood Stud, one of Queensland’s leading standardbred breeding nurseries, will have the largest representation at the Redcliffe Yearling Sale on Sunday, March 31 with a draft of 36. Their consignment includes large drafts by resident stallions Changeover, Cammibest and Lanercost as well as youngsters by the successful sires Somebeachsomewhere, Sweet Lou, Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Well Said, Pet Rock, Heston Blue Chip, A Rocknroll Dance, Hurrikane Kingcole, Warrawee Needy and Mr Feelgood. A feature of the Burwood draft is the last yearling from the noted producer Whisperette NZ, the dam of five winners including the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale 2YO Classic and QBred Breeders Classic winner Cha Ching Chaching. The cracking Cammibest filly is a full sister to Cha Ching Chaching. There’s half-brothers to the Redcliffe Sales Classic winners Pub Blitz, Smart As Camm Be and Designer Style, the QBred Triad winner Wicked Style, Rocknroll Classic (QBred Triad 2YO Cons.), Rocky Marciano ($191,289) and North Royal ($108,791) and half-sisters to the Redcliffe Sales Classic winners Mathilda Diventa, Celtic Cruza, Couldntresist and Dapper Bessie.  Yearlings are out of well performed racemares including Too Smart For You ($149,684), the Redcliffe Sales Classic winner Designer Style, Perfection On Ice (1:55.9), Riverboat Royce, Chastize (QBred Triad heat), Fifth And Broadway, Montana Tess (Redcliffe Oaks), Lara June Lombo, Bailey’s Fernco NZ (1:55.1), Kiana Frances NZ and Rowan Franco NZ. The Burwood Stud yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a minimum stake of $100,000 for two-year-olds in 2020 and the rich 3YO Sale Classic in 2021. Catalogues are available from the auctioneer Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com, Garrard’s Horse & Hound stores in every State and the Redcliffe and Albion Park tracks.   Peter Wharton

FIRST-season sires will be in the spotlight at this year’s Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be held at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 24. Former North American champion Captaintreacherous is the most famous name to appear in the list of new sires, with two yearlings to be offered on the day. Lot 68 is a bay filly, a half-sister to four winners including the Tasmanian Oaks winner Nickle Miss, nominated by Brian and Marilyn Gourley, River Murray Bloodstock, Cobram (Vic.). The second, Lot 117, is offered by Victoria’s Equine Reproduction Services - a bay colt out of the Artiscape mare Light In Every Day (1:53.2), a SA Ladyship winner and Breeders Crown placegetter. Another 'new boy' expected to make a big impact on the Australian stud scene is the USA 2YO Colt of the Year Artspeak, standing at Empire Stallions (Vic.). At the recent APG sale in Melbourne, seven Artspeak yearlings were sold to a top price of $25,000. His seven representatives in the Bathurst sale include a half-brother to Replaced Eye (1:52.5), a half-sister to Architecture (1:58.5), a half-sister to Soho Aphrodite (1:59.8) and five others in 2:00, a colt out of a daughter of Bathurst Gold Tiara winner The Kindly One and a filly out of a half-sister to the cup class pacer I Am Sam. Also on the first-season list is the Canadian champion Warrawee Needy, who has a single representative at the sale – Lot 97, a half-brother to the multiple Menangle winner Imthevillagestar (1:51.9). The sale will feature stock by perennial standout sires such as Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Somebeachsomewhere, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, American Ideal, Four Starzzz Shark, Sportswriter and Courage Under Fire and the emerging young sires He’s Watching, A Rocknroll Dance, Sunshine Beach, Auckland Reactor, Pet Rock, Betterthancheddar, Heston Blue Chip, Shoobee’s Place, Caribbean Blaster, Changeover, Lincoln Royal and Fly Like An Eagle.  Yearlings are eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, NSW Breeders Blue, Vicbred and Vicbred Platinum. Pedigrees can be viewed online at www.graemeboard.com. Click on 2019 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale Catalogues can be requested from auctioneers Graeme Board & Company on phone 0408 636 273 or email gboard@bobberry.com.auor the Bathurst Harness Racing Club.   Peter Wharton

Catalogues for the Redcliffe Yearling Sale are now available with 76 yearlings listed to be sold at the Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 31 at 12 noon.   A strong selection of stallions are represented in the catalogue such as Bettor’s Delight, Somebeachsomewhere, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter, Roll With Joe, Well Said, Mr Feelgood, Grinfromeartoear, Changeover and Cammibest and the emerging sires Sweet Lou, Hurrikane Kingcole, Heston Blue Chip, Pet Rock, A Rocknroll Dance, Warrawee Needy, Sunshine Beach, He’s Watching and Follow The Stars.   The sale features half-brothers or half-sisters to a host of classic winners including Pub Blitz, Cha Ching Chaching, Smart As Camm Be, Bonnie Jujon, Wicked Style, Jack Malone, Celtic Cruza and Mathilda Diventa and progeny of the top racemares Too Smart For You, Catwalk Beauty, Cullen’s Jewel, Montana Tess, Bangkok Dancer and Riverboat Royce.   Yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a minimum $100,000 prizemoney for two-year-olds in 2020 and the 3YO Sale Classic in 2021.   They are also eligible for QBred, Vicbred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and NSW Breeders Challenge.   Catalogues are available from the auctioneer Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com, Garrard’s Horse &; Hound stores in every State and the Redcliffe and Albion Park tracks.     Peter Wharton  

The 2019 Allwood Stud Farm South Australian Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Harness Racing SA and SA BOTRA, will be held at the Magic Millions, Morphettvile on Sunday, starting at 12 noon. The sale will be preceded by the Mitavite Parade at 10am with renowned equine judge Tanya Chapman. The sale comprises 36 lots – 23 colts and 13 fillies - by 24 different stallions including the high-profile sires Bettor’s Delight, Somebeachsomewhere, Art Major and Captaintreacherous. Other well-known stallions include Rock N Roll Heaven, Western Terror, Roll With Joe, Four Starzzz Shark, Mr Feelgood, Shadow Play, A Rocknroll Dance, Auckland Reactor, Betterthancheddar, Changeover, Lincoln Royal and Village Jolt, and the exciting newcomers Heston Blue Chip, Follow The Stars, Hurrikane Kingcole and The Gold Ace. There’s close relatives to a string of top performers such as Stunin Cullen, Border Control, Fistfullofdollars, Gotanedge, Passions Delight, Village Of Dreams, Bella’s Delight, Saab, Endeared, Carvil’s Choice, Lauraella, Cornsilk, Ruffle My Feathers and many more. The sale includes entries from leading breeders in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia. Yearlings are eligible for the Group 1 $100,000 The Allwood to be held in February 2020. They are also eligible for the Southern Cross, Breeders Crown, Vicbred, NSW Breeders Challenge, Bathurst Gold Crown, Westbred and QBred. HRSA are accepting SAMOS vouchers valued up to $1600 for purchasers of fillies. Live streaming of the sale can be viewed on mobilerolling.net from noon. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at www.saharness.com   Peter Wharton  

Echunga (SA) hobby breeder Mark Carey boasts a record that would make him the envy of many standardbred breeders in the country. Carey, who has nominated two prime lots in next Sunday’s Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale, has been breeding pacers and trotters for more than 30 years. “One of the first horses I bred was Kingsford. He won 30 races at Gloucester Park, Moonee Valley and Globe Derby Park and almost $175,000 in stakes,” the former Harness Racing SA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said. “One year I bred eight mares and got seven foals and they all raced winning nearly 100 races between them.” Undoubtedly the standout performer bred by Carey has been the Dream Away mare Repelem, a winner of 41 races including the Southern Cross 2YO and 3YO Finals, the Ian Daff Memorial and the Gawler Oaks and $266,346. Other winners from that vintage crop in 2007 included Zabreez (10 wins), a half-sister to Kingsford; Heza Showman (21 wins), Big Henry (13 wins), Perfect Bliss (5 wins) and Paua Art (3 wins). Repelem, one of 15 broodmares currently owned by Carey, is the dam of promising three-year-old Revolt, a $70,000 yearling who has won twice from only a few starts, and a Somebeachsomewhere yearling filly who fetched $50,000 at Sunday’s Australian Pacing Gold sale at Oaklands Junction. Carey is offering colts from the very successful racemares Holla (Lot 7) and Majeur Le Crest (Lot 11) at next Sunday’s auction at the Magic Millions, Morphettville. Holla, a Moonee Valley winner and Southern Cross 2YO Final placegetter who banked $71,000 for Carey, ranks as a half-sister to eight winners including the dual Southern Cross winner Endeared ($244,650), now the dam of the Vicbred Super Series champion Enrolled ($114,424) and The Dapper Don ($91,739). Holla herself is the dam of the thrice winner Look At The Stars. She is represented at the Sale by a colt by the NZ and Australian 2YO of the Year Follow The Stars, who was credited with his first juvenile winner from his initial crop in WA last Saturday. Majeur Le Crest, the winner of 10 races and runner-up to Beauty Secret in the Southern Cross 2YO Final, is represented by her second foal and first colt, a son of the USA 3YO Colt of the Year Heston Blue Chip, now making an impact with his first crop in North America. An Art Major mare, Majeur Le Crest is a half-sister to the dams of $100,000 winners Crusaders Crest and Boris Reigns and is closely related to the SA Golden Nursery winner Dont Tell William and the SA Derby placegetter Gowan Brae. “The colt belongs to a terrific maternal family that goes back to the Hall of Fame broodmare The Old Maid,” Mark said. The two lovely colts can be inspected at Mandy Pascoe’s Birdwood property. Catalogues for the sale are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at www.saharness.com     Peter Wharton

The success of the first racing crop of the former NZ and Australian 2YO Colt of the Year Follow The Stars is grist for the mill for the Port Pirie Harness Racing Club. The Club has nominated two superbly bred colts by the Art Major horse for Sunday’s Allwood Stud Farm South Australian Yearling Sale at the Magic Millions, Morphettville. “They’re both really nice types who have been very well reared. I like both of them. They are very easy to get along with,” preparer Pam Hayter, the partner of prominent trainer Lane Johnson, said. Follow The Stars, who stands at Allwood Stud Farm, Bullsbrook (WA), has sired a winner and five placegetters from seven two-year-old starters to date. The first of the Port Pirie consignment, Lot 5, is out of the Perfect Art mare Reign’s Daughter, whose dam, Viking Reign, was one of the best fillies ever produced in Queensland. She won 26 races including the QBred Triad twice and $132,125 in stakes and at the stud left nine including the Queensland Christmas Cup winner Monty Reign, Spirit Of Reign (Racing Minister’s Cup) and the $124,000 earner Maker Reign. The colt boasts a desirable 3x3 cross to Artsplace and carries the blood of top producer Perfect Profile on both sides of his pedigree. Lot 37 is a colt from the unraced Four Flash Pennies, a daughter of the outstanding NSW racemare of the 1990’s, Four Penny Dark. She won 31 races – 10 at Group/Listed level – including the Bathurst Gold Tiara, the NSW Sires Stakes 2YO and 4YO Finals, NSW Princess Mile and J. L. Raith Memorial and $300,174. Both colts are eligible for Vicbred, Southern Cross and The Allwood. Catalogues for the sale are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at www.saharness.com   Peter Wharton

When Triple Bella won the Kindergarten Stakes prelude, for two-year-old pacers, at Globe Derby Park on Monday, she became the second winner which had been sold at the 2018 Allwood Stud SA Yearling Sale. Triple Bella was sold for $8,000 at the sales to SA BOTRA member Robyn Kosmider, the partner of prominent owner Alan Tapp, and trainer Paul Smith. The Grinfromeartoear filly was donated by Alabar Bloodstock to SA BOTRA as part of the sponsorship of the 2018 Golden Nursery. Triple Bella is the fourth foal and third winner of Bella Caballo, a Safely Kept daughter of the multiple Listed winner Classic Cheval, the grand-dam of the 2012 SA Sale Graduate winner Wheres Jonny. Alabar have donated an Auckland Reactor filly out of WA Oaks winner Miss Holmes to BOTRA which will go under the hammer at Sundays sale she is catalogued as lot 3. Hesashark, who won a prelude of the Kindergarten on January 26, was the other winner from the sales. Shardonant (All Speed Hanover-Gripnrip), a winner on the same program as Triple Bella, was a graduate of the 2017 SA yearling sale. The 2019 Allwood Stud SA yearling sale commences at 12 noon this Sunday February 10 at Magic Millions complex with a parade of yearlings to precede the sale starting at 10am.   Peter Wharton

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