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Promising Tintin In America youngster Mahomes made it two harness racing wins from two starts when he led most of the way in an APG Bullion heat at Menangle on Tuesday (April 13). The gelding clocked a career-best 1:54.5 for the flying mile with the last 800 in 56.3 seconds. Watch the race replay click here! Warrawee Needy was represented by a ‘new’ two-year-old winner in Inspector Callahan, who rated a slick 1:56.4 at Wagga, as well as the three-year-old filly Rusty El, a winner in 1:58.4 at Wagga, and the North American winner Deprived (1:57.6). Other recent Tintin In America winners have been Wotdidusaaay, who won his eighth race at Melton, and Knockawarwon NZ, who notched his second win from four outings at Newcastle. Three-time NSW Sire of the Year Million Dollar Cam produced the North American winners Sure Please (1:56.8) and Milliondollardad (1:58.2) along with the Parkes (NSW) victor Deal Breaker. Renaissance Man continues to churn out the winners with the three-year-old Mister Ridgewell leading from end to end in a career-best 1:57.7 at the Gloucester Park midweek meeting and Trittrittbangbang notching win No. 7 at Cranbourne. Mister Ridgewell has won three of his five lifetime outings. The North America Cup winner Fear The Dragon had a colt sell at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Yearling Sale for $67,000. Tintin In America, Warrawee Needy, Million Dollar Cam, Renaissance Man and Fear The Dragon are members of the Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster.   By Peter Wharton

Highly promising Changeover gelding Stinger Lindenny NZ posted his fourth harness racing win from his last five starts at Albion Park on Saturday night (April 10). The five-year-old led from go to whoa in 1:56.8 rate over 2138 metres with the last 800 in 57.2. Watch the race replay click here! On the same night the Changeover mare La Bella Vita NZ made it three wins from four starts this year when she won in 1:54.3 at Menangle. The three-year-old filly Foxy Rose (Northam), Aqua Cruiser (Redcliffe) and Whereyagoinbabe (Maitland) were other recent Australian winners sired by Changeover. In New Zealand, Changeover was represented by the ‘new’ winners Northview Peg (Invercargill) and Dalness First (Methven) and the Manawatu winner Ticking Over, while Franco Totem, a NZ bred gelding, won again at The Meadowlands, New Jersey in a slick 1:50.4. Changeover stands at the Burwood Stud, Pittsworth, Queensland, of the Denning family.   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. Wolf Stride’s Wagga triumph Wolf Stride achieved yet another moment of glory in a brilliant season when he downed a star-studded field in the $100,000 Riverina Championship Final at Wagga. His superlative success in the Group 1 after being required to overcome a difficult barrier draw and a torrid passage, boosted his seasonal earnings to $349,430, behind only King Of Swing and Lochinvar Lad. Earlier in the year the Rock N Roll Heaven five-year-old gelding annexed the Allied Express NSW Sprint (in 1:49.1), the Bendigo and Terang Cups and the City of Melton Plate and finished third in the Miracle Mile and Ballarat Cup. The winner of $508,950 lifetime, Wolf Stride is out of the Breeders Crown champion Lilac Stride 1:54.4 ($276,140), an Art Major mare who is also the dam of the Group 3 winner Cherry Stride 1:51.2 (129,830). Lilac Stride was out of the Harold Park winner Labretta Franco (1:58.5), by Falcon Seelster from Looks The Part, by Nero’s B B from Living Doll, by Live Or Die. Labretta Franco, the dam of five sub 2:00 winners, was a sister to the NZ Group 2 winner Lewinsky Franco 1:51.4 ($172,980) and the exported Franco Looker (1:53.2) and a half-sister to the NZ Group 3 winner Let Loose and the WA Caduceus Club 3YO Classic winner Franco Look Alike. Wolf Stride was bred and is raced by Sydney enthusiasts Emilio and Mary Rosati.   WA Easter Cup winner   Leap Of Faith, who took out the $50,000 WA Easter Cup, main race of the Gloucester Park Good Friday meeting, is a McArdle mare from the same family as that which produced a top WA pacer in Our Max Phactor. Leap Of Faith – winning WA Easter Cup at Gloucester Park      – Daryl Hallows Photo   Leap Of Faith, who won her first five starts in WA as a four-year-old last season and has now won seven races, has a wealth of breeding on her dam’s side, being out of the Live Or Die mare Faith Philly, a member of the prolific Dusky Morn tribe. Faith Philly, who was only lightly raced, was a half-sister to the WA The Kersley winner Our Max Phactor 1:49.6 ($438,339), the Bathurst Gold Tiara and NSW Pink Bonnet winner My Sweetchilliphilly 1:52.1 ($122,440) and the Gloucester Park winner The Oyster Bar 1:57.1 ($142,184). Their dam, Tact Philly, was a half-sister to the glamour filly Classical 1:57.7, the winner of five and $291,590 in stakes, being out of Class Act (2:02.7), a Smooth Fella mare who was also the dam of The Lead 1:52 ($158,145) and the recent Newcastle winner Cant Explain It (1:56.3) and grand-dam of Mongolian Cavalry (1:53.2), Strawb’s Ideal Act (1:54.5) and Selling The Dream (1:55). This has been one of New Zealand’s most successful families over a long period. From the Class Act branch of it and to which Leap Of Faith belongs, others in the Australian Pacing Gold winner Park Life 1:53.2 ($188,571), the Bendigo Cup victor My Kiwi Mate 1:52.2 ($360,632), My Kiwi Lady 1:51.6 and A Bettor Act 1:55.7 (NZ Diamond Creek Farm Classic) are also members.   By Union Guy Ruby Wingate is proving herself a three-year-old of some worth in Victoria and over the Easter period she numbered the $50,000 Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic among her successes. Ruby Wingate – winning Vicbred Home Grown Classic at Melton    – Stuart McCormick Photo She is a filly by the deceased Western Hanover horse Union Guy from Albert’s Belle, an Albert Albert mare who produced earlier winners in Union Belle (1:55.6), Impressive Guy (1:54.3) and Wingate Guy, all fully related to Ruby Wingate. Albert’s Belle, who was unraced, was out of the American bred Sachet Hanover, an Albatross mare who left five winners including the Moonee Valley winner Youcansaythatagain. Ruby Wingate was bred by Allan Stephens, of Allendale, near Ballarat.   Inter City Pace winner from good racemare Im Quick As Fire, a Bettor’s Delight six-year-old and a winner of the time-honoured Inter City Pace at Maitland, is out of Queen Of Fire, a capable racemare with a record of 1:57.1 who is proving a successful broodmare. Queen Of Fire is also the dam of Bettor Under Fire (1:59.8), a winner of six races in NZ and NSW. Queen Of Fire was a Courage Under Fire mare from Penultimate, by What’s Next from Dream Chaser, by Classic Garry from Dreamwood, by Lumber Dream from Madame Han, who established a great winning line for Victorian breeders Helen and the late Graham Head. Queen Of Fire was a half-sister to the top Tasmanian juvenile Majestic Emperor 1:58.1 ($186,378), to Major Mac (1:59.2) and to the Village Jasper mare Twisted Jasper (2:00.2), dam of Machtwister 1:54.4 (winner of 30 races and $135,893). Their dam, Penultimate, was unraced, but she left seven winners. She was a half-sister to Detroit Dan 1:56.8 ($118,639), Mister Motown (1:59.2, who won 17) and Star Chaser 2:01.1 (7 wins), who, in turn, was the dam of the ‘Cups King’ Safari 1:55.7 ($535,445), the Vicbred 2YO champion Our Maid Marianne 1:57.9 ($110,338), Astronaut 1:53.4 ($264,177) and Major Frank 1:52.8 ($119,028). Other members of this family, which was founded in America by the John Nelson mare Agnes, were the Derby winner Garnet River (1:50), Dont Hold Back (VIcbred 3YO Final), Zeuss Bromac, Gemfire, Vancouver Mac and others. Im Quick As Fire was bred by Melbourne breeders Merv and Meg Butterworth.         Crack colt by A Rocknroll Dance A two-year-old to take high ranking in Victoria this year is Solesseo Matuca, a product of the Rocknroll Hanover horse A Rocknroll Dance, who stands at Alabar Bloodstock’s Echuca property. Solesseo Matuca – winning Shakamaker Classic at Melton         – Stuart McCormick Photo   He has won four races and been twice placed from six starts for $30,300. He won the Shakamaker Classic at Melton in the smart time of 1:55.5 and appears every bit as good as the Victorians rate himn. Solesseo Matuca, who was bred by the late Ken Griffey, is out of a useful racemare in  Princess Dilinger (1:58.2), the best of whose several progeny have been the Youthful Stakes and VHRC 3YO Cup winner Youaremy Sunshine 1:53.8 ($139,500) and Top The Ace 1:55.2 ($107,171). Princess Dilinger ranks as a half-sister to the Melton winner Chirpy Chuckles (1:54.8), being by D M Dilinger from Kylie’s Reason, by Muckalee Strike from Jazz Band, by Jazzy Spark from Smooth Light, a daughter of the Victoria Oaks winner Tail Light. Princess Dilinger was 15 when she left Solesseo Matuca.   Scooterwillrev wins Tasmanian Easter Cup Most important race of the Tasmanian autumn calendar, the $75,000 Easter Cup at Launceston, was won by the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Scooterwillrev, who downed Ryler Major in a photo finish. Scooterwillrev, who was bought for $42,000 as a yearling, has now won 27 races and $235,885 in stakes. He was a brilliant juvenile winning his first six starts including the Crystal Stakes and a Breeders Crown heat, won the Tasmanian Derby as a three-year-old and the Danbury Park Cup at five. By a champion sire in Somebeachsomewhere, he is out of a top broodmare in Karamea Toastime, dam of Australia’s first sub 1:50 mare Jadah Rose 1:49.6 ($465,424), who became the dam of the top Victorian stayer Guaranteed 1:50.4 ($856,316), now standing stud in Victoria, the cups winner Jadahson 1:53.9 ($277,390) and the grand-dam of last year’s outstanding three-year-old Pacifico Dream 1:51 ($251,430). Others from Karamea Toastime were the Melton and Menangle winner Timeseel 1:52.7 ($169,530), the top Tasmanian juvenile Karalta Shine 1:52.6 ($168,973) and Elegant Outlook, dam of this year’s King Island Cup winner Karalta Cruise. Karamea Toastime, who was unraced, was an Armbro Aussie mare from Toast To Missy, an American bred mare by the Bret Hanover who left five winners in Australia including the good Harold Park winner Clickety Clix.   First foal for Maori Time Maori Time, the fastest trotting mare ever bred in Australasia with a record of 1:51.5, foaled a colt by the Prix d’Amerique winner Readly Express at Menhammar Stuteri, one of Sweden’s largest and most successful breeding and training farms, last week. The foal was jointly bred by Fred and Elizabeth Crews, Duncan McPherson, of Aldebaran Park and Menhammar Stuteri. Maori Time won 24 races including four Group 1’s and $421,700 in stakes in her stellar racetrack career. She will be served by Readly Express again this season.   Unconditional is well bred Unconditional, who won at Gloucester Park on Good Friday beating a top rated filly in Black Jack Baby, has now won now four races and looks to be well in line for the forthcoming classics. She ranks as a three-year-old sister by Bettor’s Delight to the brilliant racemare Delightful Offer 1:51.4 ($336,928), now racing successfully in North America. Unconditional – winning at Gloucester Park      – Daryl Hallows Photo Their dam, Dream Offer, was a Dream Away mare from New Offer (1:58.3), by Surmo Hanover from Maria Abbe, has proved a most successful broodmare. She is also the dam of the top Australian pacer Cant Refuse 1:54.5 ($288,733), Our Bettor Dream 1:57.3 ($224,334), Bettor Offer 1:53 ($207,614) and Ultimate Offer (1:54.1), all metropolitan winners. Dream Offer won only once but she was a half-sister to Bella Who (2:00.3), who won three, and to the Frugal Gourmet mare Tightas, dam of the exported Lislight (1:50.8) and Aces N Eights (1:57.4, winner of 11 NZ races).   Up-and-coming trotter One of the most promising trotters racing in Victoria is Justamollyarcher, bred in NZ and trained by Andy Gath. An eight-year-old, Justamollyarcher has raced only twice in Australia for impressive wins in the heat and final of the Colin Redwood Memorial VSTA Trotters Handicap at Melton. Justamollyarcher – winning VSTA Trotters Handicap Final at Melton       – Stuart McCormick Photo   Justamollyarcher has a background of trotting blood second to none. His sire, Angus Hall, has left the great trotting sire Majestic Son, and other top trotters in My Arya, Endsino, Missaandei, Une Belle Allure and Kyvalley Clichy. His dam, Justa Kiwi Girl, a useful trotter herself, is by Gee Whiz II, the leading sire of trotters in NZ for many years. Justamollyarcher ranks as a half-brother to Justakiwiboy (4 wins) and Millwood Munchin (3 wins), the dam of Milly An Eyre, a double winner in Victoria this year.     by Peter Wharton

World champion Warrawee Needy, who stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga, was credited with his 14th individual winner from his first crop when the three-year-old Hurricane Hussler emerged successful at its second harness racing start at Maryborough recently. The Grogfather, another of Warrawee Needy’s initial crop, won twice at Bathurst in the space of a week, rating 1:54.1 and 1:55.6. Warrawee Needy boasts a 30 percent winner-to-foals strike rate with his first Australian stock. Tintin In America, the companion sire to Warrawee Needy at Yirribee, left winners in three different countries last week. Nimah Franco NZ scored her 10th win at Albion Park in 1:57.4, Onesmartfella won for the fourth time at Wyndham, New Zealand, while Kiwi Tintin NZ was successful at Saratoga Raceway, New York in 1:56.4. Renaissance Man, the latest addition to the Yirribee Stud sire roster, left winners in either side of the country. The smart Trittrittbangbang posted his sixth win and earned a new speed badge of 1:56.2 at Kilmore, while Addisyn notched her third success from her last four starts at Collie (WA). To round out another big week, Spirited, a daughter of thrice NSW Sire of the Year Million Dollar Cam, posted win No. 5 at Albury.     by Peter Wharton

Buyers at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday looking for a trotter with star potential should not go past Lot 174. The only nomination from Lang Bloodstock, of Chris and Haley Lang, the bay colt, by the French champion Orlando Vici out of the New Zealand mare Top Of The Anvils. has everything – he looks the part, he’s a natural trotter and has a great pedigree. His sire, Orlando Vici, a prolific winner on the European Grand Circuit, has had the amazing score of having sired 10 individual winners from his first Australian crop of 11 foals. His progeny include the NSW Derby winner Xebec, the Vicbred Final placegetter Brandlo Prince, Beau Garcon (Breeders Crown 2YO Silver), Deneuve Star, Adelle, Just Believe (Vicbred 3YO Silver) and Orlando Storm. On his dam’s side, the colt has winners and ‘black type’ all down his pedigree page. There’s an Inter Dominion champion, an Oaks winner, a Bill Collins Sprint victor, a NZ Trotting Free-for-all winner and a NZ 2YO Colt and Filly Trotter of the Year. Top Of The Anvils, the colt’s dam, left the multiple Group placegetter Parisian Amore (1:59.7) and the Vicbred Homegrown Classic heat winner Saint Germain with her first two foals.  She is a half-sister to a fine trotter and Oaks placegetter in Courchevel, the NZ Oaks winner and Breeders Crown placegetter Chevron Express and the NZ Sales Classic victor Thebestlove. The colt’s grand-dam, the NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Kathy Galleon, was a half-sister to six winners including a champion trotter in Galleon’s Sunset, a winner of 14 races and $343,849 including the 2008 Inter Dominion Grand Final, and the NZ 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year The Ultimate Galleon. In the back removes of the colt’s pedigree are trotters of the calibre of Last Sunset (NZ Trotting Free-for-all and two ID heats), Real Deal Yankee (NZ Hambletonian), Great Getaway and Tricky Ric.   Furthermore, Last Sunset figures as the sire of the former top racemare She’s An Image, the dam of an Andover Hall colt offered by Lang Bloodstock at last year’s APTS sale which fetched the equal highest price of $55,000. Interestingly, the colt’s family is crossing particularly well with stallions boasting European blood. Parisian Amore, Saint Germain, Courchevel and Thebestlove were all sired by European stallions as is the case with Lot 174, a son of Orlando Vici. “You can’t fault him. He’s a well grown, muscular colt and he’s very correct,” Chris Lang said. To arrange an inspection and for further information phone Haley Lang on 0436 475 659.   by Peter Wharton

Prior to a leg injury in his last start Ride High was widely acclaimed as the best pacer in Australia. So much so that he was purchased for what is believed to be a record price for a ‘Down Under’ pacer.  “He’s the best I’ve seen, anywhere, and that includes horses like Niatross and Nihilator,” Alan Galloway, proprietor of Alabar Bloodstock, said. The son of Art Major had taken all before him in a sensational 12-month period winning eleven wins on the bounce including the Breeders Crown 3YO Final (beating Poster Boy), the Victorian 4YO & 5YO Championship and several free-for-alls at Melton. In all, Ride High has won 16 of his 18 starts to date and $289,427 in stakes and holds a mile record of 1:49. Last June he clocked the fastest ever last 800 metres at Melton in a stunning 52.7 seconds. Impressing further is his next level speed and ability to finish off races in 25 second quarters.   A rare opportunity to purchase a three-quarter brother-in-blood to Ride High is in the making in Lot 240 at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, April 11. The classy Art Major colt is out of the 2016 Victorian Broodmare of the Year Celebrity Ball, whose daughter, All The Magic, ranks as the dam of Ride High. All The Magic is also the dam of the Breeders Crown and Vicbred Super Series champion Rocknroll Magic 1:54.5 ($466,183), the Group winner Always Fast 1:52.8 ($117,960) and All A Breeze (1:55.2) from only five foals of racing age. Celebrity Ball, the dam of Lot 240, has been one of the gems of the Australian stud book.  She is the dam of six individual winners – all in better than 2:00 - including the Group winner and Vicbred placegetter Starburst Girl 1:53.6 ($143,670), the Victoria Sapling Stakes, Golden Nursery and Southern Cross 2YO Final winner Our Celebrity 1:55.1 ($130,019) and the dual Oaks placegetter Celebrity Guest (1:55.2). One of Celebrity Ball’s daughters, the Art Major mare Celebrity Lass (1:57.6), left last year’s SA BOTRA 2YO Pace winner and Southern Cross placegetter Celebrity Chef (1:58.2).  It is worth noting that Art Major is ‘clicking’ well with members of the family of Australian Broodmare of the Year Larrakeyah Lady, whose family today is one of the best in the Australian stud book.  Besides Ride High, Art Major over daughters and granddaughters of Larrakeyah Lady have produced the Miracle Mile contestant Out To Play (Vicbred 3YO Final), Major Secret (NSW Derby), Major Times (Bunbury Cup), the Southern Cross winners That’s Perfect and Perfect Look, Perfect Major (WA Preux Chevalier), Starburst Girl (Vic. Silver Chalice), He’s Magic Red and many more. For further information phone Richard Camilleri, of Alphastud on 0417 227 768.     by Peter Wharton

The Love You gelding Highgrove firmly established himself as the top New Zealand two-year-old trotter of the season when he won the NZ Trotting Stakes at Addington recently. After breaking soon after the start, the gelding was spotting the leaders a conservative 50 metres and his chance could have been written off. But Highgrove tacked onto the field, reached the front on the home turn and marched away to win by 4-3/4 lengths, clocking 59.3 for the last 800. Wy Fi, also by Love You, finshed third. Highgrove, who is unbeaten in three attempts, is the third winner of the Group 3 sired by Love You, joining Habibti (2012) and Habibi Inta (2016). Love You produced six winners for the week including two ‘new’ winners in the three-year-olds King Of Love (Addington) and Jasinova (Auckland). Other recent winners sired by Love You have been the three-year-olds Sweet On You (Shepparton) and Central Otago (Bendigo) and the four-year-old The Big Bird (Auckland). Highgrove winning at Addington Beau Garcon, a five-year-old gelding by Orlando Vici and one of his amazing first crop, wrote his name into the history books when he won the last trotting race to be held in Tasmania at Hobart. The gelding has now won 10 races and $63,330 in stakes. Night Whisperer, a four-year-old gelding from the first crop of Love You’s great son, Quaker Jet, notched his third success from five starts this year when he outfinished his rivals at Melton. Love You, Orlando Vici and Quaker Jet are all members of the star-studded Haras Des Trotteurs’s sire roster.     by Peter Wharton

A decade ago Skyvalley was wowing Victorian trotsgoers with his blinding speed and herculean strength in a 47-start harness racing career highlighted by two Breeders Crown successes, a host of Group 1 wins and a string a track and race records. The Muscles Yankee horse is now making his mark in the breeding barn, having sired 89 individual winners and progeny earnings of more than $4.6 million including dual Trotter of the Year Tornado Valley, the top racemare Pink Galahs, Sky Petite, Kyvalley Finn and Aldebaran Eve. He has been runner-up on the All Aged sires’ list behind Majestic Son for the last two years and is the leading colonial bred stallion. Skyvalley has a single entry in the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on Saturday, April 10. It is Lot 38, a filly out of the Majestic Son filly Kool Kelly and her second foal. Her first, a two-year-old filly by Used To Me, is currently being broken in and is bound for the Andy Gath stable. Lot 38 Skyvalley filly out of Kool Kelly                  –Nikkita Ross Photo   The filly is being offered by Balliang East enthusiast Darren Aitken and Bendigo horseman Graham McDermott and is being prepared by Monique Burnett. “She’s a lovely athletic, intelligent filly whose a natural paddock trotter,” Aitken said. On the score of blood, the filly lacks nothing. Apart from being by Skyvalley, she is out of a half-sister to a fine racemare in Elegant Image, who won 22 races including eight at Group level, earned $414,829 in stakes and took a record of 1:55.2, the Melton winner Rory McHinson and recent winner Highland Hill. Their dam, Whitney Grace, was the winner of 12 races and a member of one of New Zealand’s most successful families of trotters. A close relative of Whitney Grace in No Republic, also by Skyvalley, has won eight races to date. The most distinguished member of this family was a champion NZ trotter in No Response, who won 24 races and $134,890 in stakes including the Inter Dominion Grand Final, Rowe Cup and NZ National Trot twice. For an inspection and further information phone Monique Burnett on 0499 084 095.     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. Up and coming youngsters Two of Australia’s star three-year-olds at present, and both recent winners who promise to be a force in the forthcoming classics, are Lochinvar Chief and Seb’s Choice. Both are members of the same family and both are graduates of the Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Melbourne in 2019. Lochinvar Chief, who won the Bathurst Gold Chalice Consolation and has now won five of his 12 starts, is a gelding by Captaintreacherous from the unraced Always A Target, by Always A Virgin from Alta Calypso (1:59.4), a Moonee Valley winner by Village Jasper from the American-bred Ballie Hanover (1:56.6), a mare imported to New Zealand in the late 1990’s. Alta Calypso was the dam of a top ranking pacer in Milly Perez (1:52.7), a winner of 19 races and $343,882 including the Vicbred 4YO Final and Mildura Cup, Changing Code (1:53.9, the winner of 16 races and $129,516), Thomas Burns (1:55.1, who won eight) and the Melton winner Seb’s Choice (1:57.6). Another daughter of Alta Calypso was Charissa Tee (1:58), who ranks as the dam of the exciting three-year-old Patsbeachstorm 1:53.4 ($166,000), the winner of six of his eight starts including the heat and final of the NSW Derby. Others from this fine family included the prolific Cups winners Five Star Anvil 1:51.5 ($779,733) and Let’s Elope 1:55.3 ($552,013, the exported Gold Class (1:51), Ultimate Desire (1:52.6) and Millview Sarah (NZ Northland Cup).   Bathurst Gold Chalice winner Winner of the Breeders Crown Silver as a two-year-old last season, Idyllic downed the top three-year-olds in the $100,000 Gold Chalice at Bathurst, including a top ranking three-year-old in Tasty Delight, who finished third. Idyllic                     --Stuart McCormick Photo   Idyllic was an Australian Pacing Gold purchase in 2019 in Melbourne, and is a colt by the Mach Three horse Somebeachsomewhere out of the American-bred Ideal Priority, by Western Ideal from the imported Artsplace mare Priority Overnite. Ideal Priority, who took a record of 1:54.6 in America, was shipped to Australia by Ballarat breeder Bruce Edward and from five live foals, she has produced four winners – all inside 2:00 – including a champion racemare in Petacular 1:55.6 ($454,083), a full sister to Idyllic. Ideal Priority is a half-sister to Itcan Happen (1:55) and Uncle Peter (1:54.6), both feature race winners on the NSW provincial circuit.   Extradite tops $100,000 mark A bright future is being predicted for the Washington VC six-year-old Extradite, whose success in the Group 3 The Clarke at Gloucester Park was his fourth winning run from six starts this year. Extradite winning at Gloucester Park           --Daryl Hallows, Paceway Photos He has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Washington VC, a 1:52 winning son of Presidential Ball, Extradite is out of the Falcon Seelster mare Falcon Del, a half-sister to a top NZ pacer in Harnett’s Creek 1:57.7 ($291,623), being out of Kahu Del, by Armbro Del from Tee Kahu, by Tuft from the Fallacy mare Kahu, who established a fine family of trotters in NZ. It includes the Derby winners King Charlie and Shezoneoftheboyz, the Vicbred two-year-old champion Jaxnme, Le Duc (NZ Hambletonian) and others such as Sunset Tour (1:55.7), Jilliby Babavska (1:57.6) and Prince Eddie.     Wainui Creek, who annexed the $50,000 WA Empress Stakes on the same night as Extradite won, is also a member of this family. She is a five-year-old Bettor’s Delight mare from the Christian Cullen mare Christian Creek, a half-sister to Falcon Del, the dam of Extradite. Wainui Creek winning at Gloucester Park           --Daryl Hallows, Paceway Photos   Mister Rea is some youngster When he won the $100,000 Gold Crown at Bathurst last Saturday, Mister Rea scored his fourth success from as many starts, and he is entitled to be rated this year’s top two-year-old pacer so far. Earlier in the month, Mister Rea won the NSW Sapling Stakes at Menangle. Mister Rea ranks as a half-brother to the capable pacers Jesszz Reflection (1:56.9) and Glenburn Anna, being a colt by the Rocknroll Hanover horse Pet Rock, from Just Glenburn (1:59), by Village Jasper from Glenburn Smoothie (1:59.8), by Smooth Fella, from Directa’s Special, by Hilarious Way from the UK mare Saunders Directa. Just Glenburn, a winner of 17 races, was a sister to Glenburn Addy 1:58.5 (15 wins) and a half-sister to the Harold Park winner Glenburn’s Pan 1:58 ($103,646), the Albion Park victor Glenburn’s Fella (1:56.7) and Glenburn Cheeky (1:59.2). Mister Rea was bred and is part-owned and trained by noted Riverina horseman Raymond Walker.   Blue blooded filly Just Hope, who won the $100,000 Gold Tiara Final at the Bathurst Gold Crown carnival, is two-year-old filly who can claim some worthwhile blood. By Bettor’s Delight, she is the first foal of the Art Major mare Queen Of Pop 1:55.6 ($204,527), an Australian Pacing Gold winner whose dam, Top Tempo NZ 1:56.5 ($225,513) was also a Group winning two-year-old. She became the dam of a string of winners including the Breeders Crown and Vicbred champion Speak No Evil 1:50.9 ($354,300), the APG winner Musical Delight 1:53.1 ($248,910), That’s How Weroll 1:52.9 ($126,991) and Countdown 1:53.1 ($135,410). Top Tempo was a three-quarter sister to the Reefton Cup victor McKay 1:55.7 ($236,445), being by In The Pocket out of a fine racemare in Kliklite 1:56.7 ($156,213), a dual NZ Winter Cup winner. Just Hope was bred by Bill and Anne Anderson, of Lauriston Bloodstock.   Eleventh winner from broodmare When the Art Major three-year-old Mannho won at Newcastle recently, he credited his dam Full Pleasure with her eleventh individual winner. Mannho, bred by the Xerri family, had shown good placed form at the NSW provincials. Others from Full Pleasure to win have been the dual Oaks winner Kept For Pleasure 1:56 ($542,343), Don Boston 1:49.8 ($338,074), the WA Golden Nugget winner Nowitzski 1;54 ($237,967), Egodan 1:51.3 ($353,056), Lebron 1:52.9 ($250,550), It’s My Pleasure 1:55.9 ($142,275), Letsrockletsroll (1:54.1), Tiger Island (1:56.6), Lagoon Beach (1:57.4), Five Star Rocker and now Mannho. Full Pleasure, who is now in her 23rd year, has since produced a two-year-old gelding by Art Major and a yearling colt by Bettor’s Delight. Full Pleasure, a Vicbred champion at two, was an Armbro Operative half-sister to a useful racemare in Intoxicating (1:57.7), being out of Play The Field, by Kentucky from Saunders Sapphire, by Hilarious Way from the UK bred mare Saunders Directa. This is the family which produced such winners as Vincent (1:50.4), the champion filly Self Denial (1:57.6), Our Femme Fatale (1:55.3), Keep Rockin (1:52.8), Mackenzie (1:52.8) and Mister Jay Cee (1:52.8).   Siring feat to Village Jasper The Jate Lobell horse Village Jasper sired the dams of four of the eight pacing winners at Melton last Saturday. They were Flying Jo (by Mach Three), Villacci (by Modern Art), Seb’s Choice (by Bettor’s Delight) and Tangoingwithsierra (by Sportswriter). Seb’s Choice   --Stuart McCormick Photo Village Jasper, who twice headed the national money-winning sires’ list, has left the dams of the winners of more than $20 million in Australia.   Death of leading studmaster One of Victoria’s best known and popular standardbred studmasters, Ken Wills, of Girgarre West, near Shepparton, died last weekend, aged 67 years. He and his wife, Jan, conducted Niota Bloodstock which was established more than 20 years ago. Over the years they stood many stallions including Straphanger, Great Success, Yankee Spider, Centurion ATM and Kvintet Avenger. The dual Vicbred champion Plettonic, the Cups winning trotter Belts, the recent Melton winner Mornings and others in Frankntank, Gems and Straps all came out of Niota Bloodstock. Jan Wills plans to continue to operate the breeding and agistment complex.   Star trotter by Monkey Bones Funky Monkey, who won her fourth race from as many starts in a heat of the NSW Foundation Series at Menangle, is a four-year-old trotter expected to graduate far beyond her present rating. A member of KerryAnn Morris’s Menangle Park team, she has a good deal more in her favour on the score of blood than most. By the Andover Hall horse Monkey Bones, the sire of the Group winner Idle Bones and placegetter Overzealous, Funky Monkey is out of the Sundon mare Yukon Quest, whose dam was a useful trotter in Little Contessa (2:04.9, the winner of four races in NZ), was a Britewell mare who left trotters of the calibre of Irish Whisper 1:58.1 ($206,972), winner of the NZ National Trot and several Victorian country cups, the Albion Park winner Davey Mac (2:01.2), Heard The Whisper (2:00.3, who won seven) and Chinese Whisper (seven wins). Little Contessa ranked as a half-sister to eight winners including the Moonee Valley and Harold Park winner King Whiz 2:04.4 ($128,469) and the Dunedin Trotting Cup winner Prince Whiz (2:02.9), being out of Game Princess, by Game Pride from the Scotch Abbe mare Lady Rolleston. This was the family founded in NZ by the Jay Gould mare Leita (foaled in 1893). From the Lady Rolleston branch of it and to which Funky Monkey belongs, others in Lord Alias 2:03.2 ($115,940), winner of the NZ Trotting Stakes and Menangle Trotters Cup, and the Scotch Notch Memorial winner Rolleston Lad, and other smart NZ trotters in Monseigneur and Lord’s Invasion also belong.   Ballarat winner from good broodmare Narutac Prince, an Art Major three-year-old and a winner of a heat of the Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic at Ballarat, is out of O Narutac Bella, an American-bred mare with a record of 1:51.2, who is proving a successful broodmare in Australia. O Narutac Bella is also the dam of Turn It Up 1:52.1 ($492,312), a NZ Jewels and Easter Cup winner, and the sisters Treasure 1:54.9 ($161,402) and Perfect Sense 1:55.5 ($143,530), both classic winners. O Narutac Bella was a Western Ideal mare from Yankee Venice, by Life Sign from Yankee Velvet, by Direct Scooter from the Nero mare Adored Yankee, a sister to the successful sire Jef’s Emperor and a half-sister to the glamour USA filly Choice Yankee. O Narutac Bella has failed to produce since she foaled Narutac Prince in 2017 but she has a positive test to Bettor’s Delight.     by Peter Wharton

Warrawee Needy, the former world mile record holder who now stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga, was represented by two ‘new’ harness racing winners in the three-year-old fillies Warrawee Tina and Warrawee Honey. Warrawee Needy has left 13 individual winners from his first Australian crop of 47 foals – an almost 30 percent strike rate. In North America, Warrawee Needy sired recent winners in Needless To Say, a double winner at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania in 1:53 and 1:57.2, and High Flyin Jamie, who won at Western Fair Raceway, Canada in 1:58.2. Tintin In America picked up his second two-year-old credit this year when the debutant Mahomes led most of the way to crush his rivals in 1:54.7 at Menangle. Other recent winners by Tintin In America were Wotdidusaaay (1:58.5, Melton), Terrier (Addington, NZ) and Onesmartfella, a winner in 1:59.6 at Invercargill, NZ. Renaissance Man, who stock are flying on all fours, left the impressive Gloucester Park winner Addisyn (1:58.3), while the Million Dollar Cam mare Million Dollar Gem, who was bred and raised at Yirribee Pacing Stud, scored again in 1:58.4 at Buffalo Raceway, New York.   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.   Lavra Joe leading WA three-year-old When he won the $50,000 Western Gateway Pace last Friday Lavra Joe proved himself the top three-year-old in WA for the current season. It was his second Group success on end, and he soundly trounced the best three-year-olds in WA in the Western Gateway after being required to overcome a difficult barrier draw.  In 27 starts Lavra Joe has now won 15 and been seven times placed for $202,846 in stakes for cattle farmer Ray Jones, who part-owns the colt. Lavra Joe      --Daryl Hallows, Paceway Photos Bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, Lavra Joe is by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Roll With Joe out of the Gloucester Park winner Lavra Florence (1:57.5), by Live Or Die from the In The Pocket mare Florentine Star (TT2:00.3), a half-sister to the Bendigo Cup and Inter Dominion heat winner Anvil’s Star 1:54.8 ($470,115). Lavra Joe is the first foal of his dam.    Classic winners from same family Two of Victoria’s star young trotters at present, and both winners of the $50,000 Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic at Melton, are Central Otago and Perfect Polly, both lightly raced and with very little between them. Both trace to the Grand Monarch mare Maori Miss, a top racemare in her own right and who founded the leading trotting family in Australia today. Bred by Pat Driscoll, Central Otago is a three-year-old colt by the French sire Love You out of the Inter Dominion Trotting champion Sumthingaboutmaori 2:00.9 ($461,499), by Pine Chip from Maori Princess, a Group 1 winner by Entrepreneur from Maori Trump, by Overtrick from Maori Miss. Perfect Polly, who was bred and is raced by Richard Matthews, is a filly by Muscle Hill from the unraced Dream Vacation mare Dream Interest, who produced others in Keayang Yankee (1:55.4) and Keayang Majestic. Dream Interest ranks as a half-sister to the Vicbred trotting champion Master Maori and to the dams of the multiple Group 1 winners Spidergirl, Illawong Armstrong, Kinvara Sue and Pretty Majestic. The next dam, Maorimoon, was by Entrepreneur from Maori’s Glory, a triple Group 1 winner and by Red Coach Glory from the Kentucky mare Maori Mia, a half-sister to Maori Trump, the third dam of Central Otago. Central Otago and Perfect Polly promise to be a force in the major trotting classics later in the year.   Group success for Techy’s Angel Techy’s Angel, the convincing winner of the Group 3 Jodie’s Babe at Melton, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the female pacers. She has eight of her 18 starts and $66,070 in stakes. Techy’s Angel is a member of one of NZ’s most successful winning families, being a four-year-old Alta Christiano mare from a handy racemare in Venus Williams (1:55.3), a Washington VC mare who left an earlier winner in My Porsche (1:59.3). Venus Williams was out of Mighty Dear, a noted producer by Surmo Hanover from Donna Dear, by Sly Yankee from the Young Charles mare Donna Charles, the dam of eight winners. Mighty Dear produced two smart performers in Giddyupandgobaby (1:56), a winner of 11 races including the WA Golden Girls Mile, and the Gloucester Park winner Lavros Cam (1:56.7), who won 12. Other members of this family, which was founded in NZ by the Prince Imperial mare Red Diamond, were cup class pacers in Don Domingo (1:51.8) and Ok Ado, The Phantom (Vic. 4YO Bonanza), As Happy As Larry (WA Easter Cup) and Country Ways (Geelong Cup). Techy’s Angel was bred and is part-owned by Goulburn Valley breeder Mario Cirillo.   Top filly by Fly Like An Eagle A top two-year-old filly in WA this year – she has won twice with a second in four starts – is Extraordinary Mary, a close relative of the former top WA stayer Buck The Odds. Extraordinary Mary     --Daryl Hallows, Paceway Photos Extraordinary Mary is a filly by Fly Like An Eagle (a Mach Three horse out of the Falcon Seelster mare Three Eagles) from Has The Looks, by Major In Art from the Die Laughing mare Marilyn’s Might, who proved a successful broodmare. Others from Marilyn’s Might were the Melton and Gloucester Park winner Might Be Luck 1:55 ($150,674), Marilyn Said (1:57.3) and the Perth winner Mister Mach (1:59.4). Marilyn’s Might was a half-sister to the Inter Dominion heat winner Buck The Odds 1:55.6 ($307,547) and the WA Sales Classic winner Ultimate Consumer (1:57), being by Die Laughing from Marilyn Ann, by Hilarion from Desann, a half-sister by the dual-gaited Gerry Mir to the NZ Messenger winner Josias 1:58.2 ($153,650) and the cup class pacers Elias and Mathias. Extraordinary Mary ranks as a half-sister to the Pearl placegetter Bettor Look and last season’s two-year-old winner Kissed By A Rose.   Kanena Provlima’s breeding background Kanena Provlima, who posted his first success in Victoria since being shipped from NSW at Melton, has now won 13 races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as five-year-old half-brother by A Rocknroll Dance to a capable pacer in Aphorism 1:52.6 ($108,456). Aphorism has already won twice at Menangle this year. Mes Ti Tsepi, the dam of Kanena Provlima and Aphorism, was an In The Pocket mare from Kalypso (2:00.8), by Safely Kept from Willing Greek, has proved a successful broodmare. She is also the dam of So Ami I (1:59.2) and last year’s juvenile winner Delightful Me. Mes Ti Tespi was not of much account herself but she was a half-sister to the Victoria and SA Pacing Cup winner Caribbean Blaster 1:52.6 ($1.1 million), now a successful sire), Protikori 1:59 ($212,109), the Caduceus Club 3YO Cup winner War Dan 1:50 ($195,673) and the Tasmanian Easter Cup victor Kalypson Kid 1:56.4 ($125,351). This has been one of the most successful branches of the Coon family, Kalypso being a half-sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge winners Grand Stride 1:52.4 ($324,658) and Sapphire Stride 1:52.2 ($134,115), the Tatlow Memorial winner Katasopos and the Moonee Valley winner and Group placegetter Arivee (1:59.3).   Leading sire dominates Bathurst Racing at the Bathurst Gold Crown carnival further emphasized the dominance of Captaintreacherous on this season’s two-year-old racing. The son of Somebeachsomewhere sired five winners on the first two nights including three heat winners of the Gold Crown in Nineteenth Man, Lightning Dan and Master Stride. The ‘Captain’ also produced the Gold Tiara heat winners Eye Can Fly and Captains Queen. Other Tiara heat winners were Martini Stride (by Somebeachsomewhere), Just Hope (by Bettor’s Delight) and Silk Cloud (by Shadow Play). Take Out (by Well Said), Im In Trouble (by Art Major) and Mister Rea (by Pet Rock) won the other Gold Crown divisions.   SA Sapling Stakes winner The Sapling Stakes, the first South Australian classic for two-year-olds and run at Globe Derby Park, was won easily by the debutant Major Lincoln. Major Lincoln was a SA Yearling Sale purchase in 2020, and is a gelding by the Artsplace horse Art Major from the capable racemare Lincoln Beach Girl (1:54.1), by Jenna’s Beach Boy from the Falcon Seelster mare Tell A Franco (1:59.4), dam of Tellmetoattack, who won the Bridgetown Cup the day after Major Lincoln won. Tell A Franco, who won five races in Victoria, was out of the El Patron mare Tango Franco, a half-sister to the champion pacer and Miracle Mile winner Franco Tiger TT1:53.9 ($991,387). Major Lincoln was bred by former Harness Breeders Victoria president Shannon Nixon and his wife Meaghan.   Blue blooded filly Beach Memories, a stunning debut winner at Kilmore recently, is a filly who can claim some worthwhile blood. By Somebeachsomewhere, she is out of a fine racemare in Distant Memory 1:55.1 ($173,155), who won six races as a two-year-old including the Vicbred Final and Bathurst Gold Tiara and became the dam of the Group winning mare Hows The Memory 1:50.1 ($154,424) and Delightful Angel (1:55.5). Distant Memory was one of the many grand producing daughters of a champion sire in Troublemaker, being out of a noted producer in Macrandra, by Classic Garry from Melanie (2:00.5), a Listed winner by Nero’s B B. Macrandra was the dam of 13 individual winners, seven of whom took records of 2:00 or better including a smart racemare in Sahara Miss (1:54.4), who, in turn, proved a top broodmare being the dam of the Group winners Sahara Sirocco (1:53.8) and Starofsahara (1:56.2). Beach Memories was bred by Denis and Jo Howe, of Wagga.   First winner by Kvintet Avenger The Love You horse Kvintet Avenger, who was bred in Finland and won several cups in Australia and who is now at the stud in Victoria, was represented by his first winner when the two-year-old filly Stingofawasp was successful recently at Maryborough. Stingofawasp had been placed at one of his two previous starts. Raced and trained by his breeder, Brad Angove, who also trained Sundon’s Courage, Stingofawasp is out of the Pegasus Spur mare Just Spur Me On, whose dam, Seren Kate (by Chiola Hanover), was a sister or half-sister to the dams of the top flight NZ trotters Romper Stomper and Romper’s Monarchy.   by Peter Wharton

Champion sire Love You left important winners in two States last week. Central Otago, a three-year-old colt, was a dashing end-to-end winner of the Group 1 $50,000 Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Final at Melton. The colt won as he liked with the heat winner Sweet On You completing a quinella in the Final. Watch the race replay click here! The mile rate for 1720 metres was 1:58.8 highlighted by a closing 800 in a slick 57.7. One night earlier, the Love You gelding Affaire De Cover, a Group 2 winner as two-year-old last season, was an effortless winner of the Bathurst Gold Coronet. Other recent Love You winners were the two-year-old Highgrove, who is unbeaten in two starts at Addington, New Zealand by a combined 12-1/2 lengths, and the three-year-olds Celebration Stride NZ (Maryborough) and Harbour Queen (Banks Peninsula, NZ). The promising Quaker Jet two-year-old filly Quik Barbie notched her first win in a NZ Sires’ Stakes prelude at Cambridge Raceway, scoring by 8-1/2 lengths. She will be one o fthe leading fancies for the $60,000 Trotting Championship Final at Addington on May 21. To complete a successful week, the Orlando Vici gelding Beau Garcon, a Group winner at two, posted his ninth success at Hobart on Friday night (March 19). Orlando Vici and Quaker Jet will both be strongly represented at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale on April 10 and 11.  Orlando Vic’s eight lots include a half-brother to the dual Vicbred champion  Always Ready 1:56 ($245,090) and fillies out of the Group winners Heavenly Sister 1:56.5 ($129,748) and Nieta (1:58.1) and K D Muscles 1:56.8 ($170,402). While Quaker Jet has a colt out of the multiple Group winner Glenferrie Burn 1:55.5 ($234,430) and a filly from the Breeders Crown champion Val Gardena 1:59.9 ($122,208).   by Peter Wharton

When Rakasinc NZ led throughout at Gloucester Park on Friday (March 19) he became the 21st member of the ‘$100,000 Club’ sired by former Kiiwi champion Changeover. Rakasinc, who carved out his last 800 in a stunning 55.4 seconds, has now won 13 races. Watch the race click here! On the same night, Stinger Lindenny NZ, a gelding by Changeover, led from end to end at Albion Park, rating a career-best 1:54.3 over 1660 metres highlighted by a 55 closing half. Other recent Changeover winners were Glengarry Knight NZ, who won in 1:52 at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania, Smoken Shazza NZ (Ouyen) and Endless, a 1:58.9 winner at Canberra. Changeover, the richest ever son of the great In The Pocket, stands at Burwood Stud, on Queensland’s Darling Downs.   By Peter Wharton

An increase in prizemoney and status for the Garrard’s Redcliffe 3YO Sale Classic and the results of recent racing have given the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 28, a terrific boost. The stake for 3YO Sale Classic, to be staged in 2023, has been increased from $35,000 to $50,000 and will now be run as a Group 2 event. A number of recent Albion Park and Redcliffe winners have siblings in the sale. There’s half-brothers to Will The Wizard, Leos Best, Delightful Reason and Toanui Spirit, full sisters to Maretti and Moonan Nina and half-sisters to Cheesandkisses and Docta Feelgood. Tic Tact, the winner of three races in Victoria recently, also has a half-sister in the sale. New bidders can register at  Those that registered last year do not need to re-register. To view the catalogue online visit Catalogues are available from the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club and Garrard’s Horse and Hound outlets. For a printed catalogue phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or email or phone Redcliffe Harness Racing Club on (07) 3284 4550.     by Peter Wharton

Renaissance Man, a former Group 1 winning two and three-year-old and who now stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), sired a winning double at the midweek Gloucester Park meeting. His winners were Medieval Man, who sat parked before winning in a career-best 1:58.2 over 2130 metres, and Longreach Bay, who led throughout with the final 800 in 56 seconds. Both are members of Renaissance Man’s second crop of 27 foals which has produced 17 starters, 10 winners and three placegetters. World champion Warrawee Needy sired his eleventh winner from his first Australian crop in the three-year-old filly Rusty El, a winner in 1:59 at her second start at Wagga. He was also represented by a winner in Canada in Farros Reign (1:57.8). Fellow Yirribee Stud sires Tintin In America and Million Dollar Cam were both represented by winners at Albion Park. Nimah Franco NZ, a daughter of Tintin In America, posted her ninth success and lifted her stake tally to beyond $75,000, while Kay Nora Shannon (by Million Dollar Cam) earned a new speed badge of 1:58.2 on the way to her third win this year.   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 Gloucester Park winners closely related Texas Tiger, who won the $50,000 4YO and 5YO Championship at Gloucester Park, and Suing You, a winner on the same night, are both members of the same family. Texas Tiger, who is undefeated in six starts in Western Australia, is a four-year-old American Ideal gelding out of the In The Pocket mare Tiger Dion (2:01.2), who produced others in the Gloucester Park winner Twoandahalf Tigers 1:56.4 ($170,761), Ida Tiger (1:55.5) and Urban Tiger (1:57.3). Texas Tiger winning at Gloucester Park                –Daryl Hallows, Paceway Photos   Tiger Dion, who won three races, was a sister-in-blood to the Breeders Crown champion All Tiger 1:49.2 ($496,107), being out of the former NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Tiger Turner, by Holmes Hanover from the Butler B G mare Tigerish 1:57 ($491,957), an outstanding racemare and dual Oaks winner. Suing You, a four-year-old mare by the deceased Alta Christiano, is from the Perth winner Tiger Su (1:56), an Elsu half-sister to Tiger Turner, the second dam of Texas Tiger. Suing You ranks as a half-sister to the Westbred 3YO Classic winner One Off Delight 1:54.2 ($237,931).   Tasmania Cup winner Bullys Delight, a Bettor’s Delight five-year-old and the winner of the $75,000 Tasmania Cup at Hobart, is out of Mi Coconut, a fine racemare and a Group 1 winner who is proving a successful broodmare.  Bullys Delight        Photo   Mi Coconut is also the dam of Kid Coconut 1:55 ($146,951), a prolific winner at Melton, and his half-brother Blisstar (1:58.8), a winner at Melton and Hobart. Mi Coconut was an Albert Albert mare from Milady 1:59.6 ($147,351), by Kotare Knight from Lucky Piece, by Aachen from the Meadow Vance mare Marana, a half-sister to the Kilmore Cup winner Free Vance. Mi Coconut was a half-sister to Milady Meg (2:00.8), winner of seven races including the Granny Smith, and Mi Mademoiselle (2:00.4), who won five. Their dam, Milady, a Bandbox and Granny Smith victor, was a half-sister to Family Revenge (2:02.1), dam of a top Tasmanian pacer in Armbros Revenge 1:53.4 ($291,006).   Mister Rea unbeaten two-year-old The Pet Rock colt Mister Rea firmly clinched his claim as the season’s top rating two-year-old in NSW when he won the Group 2 $50,000 Sapling Stakes at Menangle, and is now undefeated in two starts. Actually he was a class above his rivals, and, after being required to overcome a difficult draw and a wide passage, the colt careered away to prevail by four lengths in 1:52.1. A well developed youngster, possessing both speed and stamina, Mister Rea is the first Sapling Stakes winner trained by Riverina horseman Ray Walker, who brought out the cup class pacer Imastrongone.  Mister Rea’s dam, Just Glenburn (1:59), was a Harold Park winner, being by Village Jasper from Glenburn Smoothie (1:59.8), a winner of three, and by the Most Happy Fella horse Smooth Fella, sire of a fine racemare in Smooth Sensation (winner of $249,419), dam of the Group winner Lombo Serene. Glenburn Smoothie was out of Directa’s Special, by Hilarious Way from the UK mare Saunders Directa, by Holly Sand, a leading sire for many years in Tasmania. This is the family which produced winners such as Vincent, Self Denial, Full Pleasure, Kept for Pleasure, Nowitzki, Our Femme Fatale and others.   Oaks winner by The Gold Ace Annerie, winner of the Tasmanian Oaks at Hobart at her first start on Australian soil, could develop into one of the best her age this year. By the Bettor’s Delight horse The Gold Ace – a grand pacer and Derby winner himself – Annerie is from Feyonce, by Changeover (a son of In The Pocket) from My Khan, by the Meadow Skipper horse Genghis Khan, winner of the inaugural World Cup at The Meadowlands and one-time world mile record holder. This family has produced some useful pacers over the years. Feyonce is a half-sister to the Harness Jewels winner Safin 1:55.3 ($246,810), the exported Kodan (1:52.4) and Drell (1:55.4) and the Harold Park winner Our Kumar (1:56). Annerie has strong claims of colonial blood but she is none the worse for it.   Matai Geordie’s breeding background The Washington VC gelding Matai Geordie, whose success at Gloucester Park recently was his fourth winning run in WA from six starts, is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Washington VC (sire of Im Themightyquinn), Matai Geordie is out of the Christian Cullen mare Matai Princess, a half-sister to the Menangle winner Matai Dream Away (1:57.1), being out of the B G’s Bunny mare Matai Gigi, who is a half-sister to the Queensland Governor’s Cup winner Matai B B C 1:56.1 ($143,485). The family descends through mares by the leading stallions Neros’ BB, Tempest Hanover, Flying Song and Josedale Grattan to the Harold Rothschild mare First Water, a daughter of the noted foundation mare Red Diamond. From the First Water branch of it and to which Matai Geordie belongs, top flight pacers such as Blacks A Fake, Tactile, Noodlum, Viking Water and others belong.   Won Go Girlfriend Semi Sensation, who won the Group 3 Go Girlfriend at Menangle, leading from end to end in a fresh lifetime mark of 1:52.4, is by the Grinfromeartoear horse Mr Feelgood, sire of a top racemare in Charming Allie. Semi Sensation is out of Left Laughing (2:00.7), by Fake Left from the Hilarious Way mare Peals Of Laughter, a daughter of Burgundy Belle, the dam of the Harold Park free-for-all winner Saint Albans, a smart juvenile in Star Of Alban and others. Semi Sensation is a sister-in-blood to Happyever Laughter 1:53.2 ($113,583), a winner of 13 races.   Well related three-year-old Alby Two Chains, who won the Tasmanian Guineas-Derby double at Hobart, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when he won two of his starts. He has opened his three-year-old season on a winning note and will be well in line for the major classics on the mainland. Bought at the APG Melbourne sale in 2019 for $70,000, Alby Two Chains is a colt by the Somebeachsomewhere horse, Captaintreacherous, from Slip Slop Slap, the best of whose several progeny has been the thrice Group 1 winner Jilliby Kung Fu (1:48.8), now at the stud in Victoria. Slip Slop Slap ranks as a half-sister to a capable racemare and Victoria Gold Chalice winner in Lombo Mondoluce, being by Perfect Art from the SA Oaks winner Slaps, by Tuapeka Knight from the American-bred mare Tabella Ace, by Slapstick. Slip Slop Slap was 15 when she left Alby Two Chains.   Fourth win on end Highway To Heaven, winner of the Mount Gambier Gold Cup and five days earlier a winner at Horsham, is one of the most promising four-year-olds in Victoria at present. The gelding has won at four of his five appearances in Australia for $22,000 in stakes. By the In The Pocket horse Christian Cullen, he is out of Last Port Of Call, by a champion sire in Live Or Die from Port Medley, by Meddlesome from Sea Dream. Last Port Of Call, the dam of Highway To Heaven, won only once race but she was a half-sister to 11 winners -  five in 2:00 – including two high class WA pacers in Lively Medley 1:54.6 ($131,055), winner of the Mount Eden Sprint and WA 4 &5YO Championship, and Falcon’s Medley 1:55.1 ($186,312). Highway To Heaven was bred by Nevele R Stud, Christchurch.   Sire for South Australia The Christian Cullen horse Gotta Go Cullect has been relocated to South Australia where he is to do stud duty at Mario Borg’s property at Sampson Flat, near Gawler. Gotta Go Cullect in winning action   Gotta Go Cullect was first at the stud in New Zealand before doing a term at Egmont Park Stud in Queensland. His current crop of two-year-olds are grand individuals and those in work have shown marked promise. His stock include the top WA racemare Gotta Go Gabbana, Al Raza (winner of $445,000), the Queensland Oaks winner Nek Time, Come Cullect (NSW Ranji Bill), Gotta Go Henry, He’s Okey Dokey and Sparkling Cullect. A particularly well bred horse, Gotta Go Cullect is by Christian Cullen from a champion racemare in Elect To Live, the dam also of the Harness Jewels winner Gotta Go Harmony. Elect To Live was by Live Or Die from Lopez Elect, by Lopez Hanover from Ruling Miss, by Card Shark from the Brahman mare Ruling Caste, who established a strong winning branch of the Norice tribe. Gotta Go Cullect proved himself a brilliant pacer on his day, taking a NZ record of 1:57 beating Highview Tommy and Tintin In America in the Cardigan Bay Stakes.   Blue blooded youngster Lightning Dan, a very impressive winner on debut at Horsham recently, is a two-year-old colt who can claim some worthwhile blood. By Captaintreacherous, by Somebeachsomewhere from Worldly Treasure, by Artsplace, he is out of the Art Major mare Beninjurd, whose dam, My Liberty Belle (1:57.5), left a brilliant pacer and dual Inter Dominion heat winner in Philadelphia Man 1:52.6 ($559,135). Beninjurd, who was unraced, ranks as the dam of the outstanding juvenile pacers Centenario 1:53.4 ($332,520) and Tough Tilly 1:54.9 ($191,040), both Vicbred champions, and the top Tasmanian pacer Somedan 1:55.9 ($131,690).   First winner for Dreamcatcher The Love You horse, Dreamcatcher, who was bred in Sweden and raced in Victoria, was represented by his first winner from his first small crop when the two-year-old Eds Dream emerged successful at Melton recently. Having only his second start, the colt led from the outset, and, after a brief mistake in the last lap, recovered his gait and marched away for a half-length win.  Bred by Pat Driscoll, Eds Dream ranks as a half-brother to the Group/Listed winners My Valerie 1:54.8 ($132,655) and Parisian Chic (1:58.8), being out of Xena Hest, by Pine Chip from the Inter Dominion Consolation winner Amy Hest, by Game Pride. Dreamcatcher will stand his first public season at stud at Driscoll’s Haras Des Trotteurs’ property near Ballarat next spring.   by Peter Wharton

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