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More than half of the top 20 stallions on the current national Sires’ premiership have harness racing progeny in the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be held on Sunday, March 19 starting at 11am at the Bathurst Showground. Art Major, second on the list, has seven nominations (3 colts and 4 fillies), the third placed Courage Under Fire has a filly, while Grinfromeartoear, sixth on the table, has three (2 colts and a filly). Other Top Ten stallions with entries are Sportswriter with 13 (6 colts and 7 fillies), Rock N Roll Heaven seven (5 colts and 2 fillies), Four Starzzz Shark four (2 colts and 2 fillies), Modern Art (2 colts), Live Or Die (a filly), McArdle (a filly) and Badlands Hanover (a colt). There are 35 different stallions with stock listed in the catalogue. Other established sires with multiple representation include Million Dollar Cam seven lots (3 colts and 4 fillies), Lombo Pocket Watch six (2 colts and 4 fillies), Western Terror four (a colt and 3 fillies), Mr Feelgood four (a colt and 3 fillies), Always A Virgin three (a colt and 2 fillies), Artistic Fella (2 colts), Shadow Play (2 fillies) and Changeover two (a colt and a filly). The first-season sire Shoobee’s Place, a 1:49 winning son of Artsplace who stands at Paul Carmody’s Lochend Stud, has the biggest draft at the sale with 13 (6 colts and 7 fillies). Exciting, young sires with their first crop racing as two-year-olds this year are Auckland Reactor nine lots (4 colts and 5 fillies), Betterthancheddar (3 fillies) and Smiling Shard (a colt and a filly). Besides Shoobee’s Place, other rookie sires represented are Caribbean Blaster 10 lots (4 colts and 6 fillies), Peter Rock eight (3 colts and 5 fillies), Alta Christiano six (5 colts and a filly) and A Rocknroll Dance four (a colt and 3 fillies). For a copy of the catalogue send an email to graemeboard56@gmail.com or an SMS to Graeme Board on 0408 636 273. Catalogues are also available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. Pedigrees are available on the website www.graemeboard.com  Click on the Bathurst Gold Crown yearling sale link. Peter Wharton

Catalogues for the harness racing 2017 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board and Company at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 19, are now available. A key component of the annual Bathurst Gold Crown, the sale features 133 superbly bred yearlings from leading breeders in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. The sale has attracted youngsters by many of Australia’s leading sires including Art Major, Four Starzzz Shark, Courage Under Fire, Rock N Roll Heaven, Grinfromeartoear, Sportswriter, Live Or Die, Changeover, Modern Art, Western Terror, McArdle, Holmes Hanover and Blissfull Hall. There’s also stock being offered by the promising sires Roll With Joe, Betterthancheddar, Auckland Reactor, Smiling Shard and Major Bronski. The first Australian crop of the former top American horses A Rocknroll Dance, Pet Rock and Shoobees Place and the colonial bred stallions Caribbean Blaster and Alta Christiano will add interest to the sale. All yearlings nominated for the sale may be eligible for the Sales Graduate races with $19,000 finals for two-year-old colts and fillies to be run at Bathurst in March 2018. They are also eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum, NSW Breeders Blue Series and the SA Southern Cross. For a copy of the catalogue send an email to graemeboard56@gmail.com or an SMS to Graeme Board on 0408 636 273. Catalogues are also available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. Pedigrees are available on the website www.graemeboard.com   Bathurst Gold Crown yearling sale link. Peter Wharton

The 2017 Harnessbred.com Yearling Sale will be held at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, starting at 4.30pm. A parade of the harness racing yearlings will precede the sale at 3pm. The sale comprises 26 lots by 15 different sires including high profile stallions Mach Three, Roll With Joe, Falcon Seelster, Blissfull Hall, Changeover and Art Official and exciting newcomers Auckland Reactor, A Rocknroll Dance, Betterthancheddar, All Speed Hanover, Alta Christiano and Smiling Shard. There’s close relatives to a string of top performers such as The Falcon Strike, Arden Rooney, Blossom Lady, Lombo Pocket Watch, Lombo La Fe Fe, Scruffy Murphy, Penny Veejay, Jasmarilla and What’s Emma Got. Yearlings are eligible for the Breeders Crown, Southern Cross, Vicbred, Bathurst Gold Crown, Westbred and SA Sales Classic. An auction of racing and breeding stock will follow the sale of yearlings. The online catalogue for the SA Yearling Sale sale can be viewed here.  Phone bidding will be accepted please contact Lois Randall of SA Botra on 0402 978 424 or email sabotra@hotmail.com  prior to the commencement of the sale.   Peter Wharton

A sale of well-bred harness racing yearlings will be conducted at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, February 12, starting at 4.30pm. Sponsored by Harnessbred.com, the SA BOTRA Yearling sale features yearlings by the great Falcon Seelster, recently deceased champion sire Mach Three, last year’s leading first crop sire Roll With Joe and established sires in Changeover, Blissfull Hall, Art Official and Million Dollar Cam. Well credentialed newcomers represented in the sale include A Rocknroll Dance, Auckland Reactor, Betterthancheddar, All Speed Hanover, Alta Christiano and Smiling Shard. The offering includes progeny of the Southern Cross winner Phyl Crocker, the Golden Nursery winner Concorde Crest and the WA Sales Classic winner Ima High Rolla and close relatives to horses the calibre of The Falcon Strike, Arden Rooney, Lombo Pocket Watch, Lombo La Fe Fe, Blossom Lady and SA stars Scruffy Murphy, What’s Emma Got and Wroxton Playboy. A pre-sale parade of yearlings will be held at 3pm. An auction of mixed racing and breeding stock will follow the main sale. Catalogues are available on line at http://www.harnessbred.com/yearling-sale-2017/ or pick up a hard copy from Harness Racing SA, Globe Derby Park and all SA country clubs or from Lois Randall of SA BOTRA on 0402 978 424 or email sabotra@hotmail.com By Peter Wharton

An Auckland Reactor half-sister to last season’s unbeaten youngster Wroxton Steel will be part of the two-pronged consignment of Angle Vale harness racing horseman Andrew Smith at next year’s Harnessbred.com South Australian Yearling Sale. The leggy filly is out of the successful Aces N Sevens mare Lombo Viva Lamore, whose dam, Gypsy Rose Lombo, ranks as a half-sister to arguably Australia’s greatest-ever juvenile, Lombo Pocket Watch. Misty Maiden, the third dam of the filly, totted up 12 wins including the Australian Derby and Oceania El Dorado and $245,449 in stakes was one of the best racemares of her era. A daughter of champion sire and broodmare sire Windshield Wiper, Misty Maiden became the dam of nine individual winners and was acclaimed the Broodmare of the Year in 2006. The second half of the draft is a strapping colt from the first crop of the royally-bred well-performed American import A Rocknroll Dance 1:47.4 ($2.4-million). This Rocknroll Hanover son from the family of Western Hanover, Walton Hanover and Modern Art notched 17 wins including the Meadowlands Pace, Governor’s Cup and Canadian Pacing Derby. Offered by Smith and Barry Godfrey, the colt is a half to the eight-time winner Wroxton Playboy, being out of Party Time Girl, a Presidential Ball half-sister to the prolific Victorian winners The Good Guy ($175,615) and Trouble No More ($158,398). Both yearlings were bred by the late Alison Stevens. For further information contact Lois Randall on phone 0402 978 424 or log onto http://www.harnessbred.com/yearling-sale-2017/ By Peter Wharton

When the Major In Art gelding Wroxton Steel won impressively on debut in 1:59.4 at Globe Derby Park on August 5, he became the third harness racing two-year-old winner which had been sold at the 2015 South Australian Yearling Sale. Wroxton Steel, who won in runaway fashion by 23 metres, was bred by the late Alison Stevens and is the fourth foal and first winner out of the race-winning Aces N Sevens mare Lombo Viva Lamore. Arm A Princess (Art Major-Arm A Corka) and Ramsey’s Hope (Cullen’s Hope-Rhonda Ramsey) were other winners from the sale. Amazingly from just 12 pacing yearlings to go through the sale, six have raced and three are winners. Entry forms for the 2017 Harnessbred.com Yearling Sale are now available from the SA BOTRA office at Globe Derby Park or call Lois Randall on 0402 978 424. They can also be downloaded from http://www.saharness.com/2017-harnessbredcom-yearling-sale.html Entries will close at 5pm on November 1. The sale will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Globe Derby Park and will feature a non-sales section. A Sales Graduation race will be conducted in June 2018 with prizemoney of at least $10,000 depending on the number of entries. Already a number of leading breeders have thrown their support behind SA BOTRA including Sydneysider Michael Taylor who has nominated a Mr Feelgood yearling colt out of the former multiple Adelaide winner Tiabamba. By Peter Wharton

Captaintreacherous p2, 1:49.2; p3, 1:47.1 ($3,148,657), both the richest and fastest son of champion harness racing sire Somebeachsomewhere, will be available to ‘Down Under’ breeders this season via frozen semen from Empire Stallions in Victoria. A magnificent individual standing 16.1 hands, World Champion Captaintreacherous is without question one of the best-bred, best-performed sires ever to be available in the Southern Hemisphere. Captaintreacherous may have been a $250,000 yearling purchase, but the price turned out to be a bargain as he earned $3.14 million winning 23 races during his sensational race career. This brilliant, young stallion stands at the famed Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania where he has served two consecutive full books of the best mares in North America. He was named the US and Canadian 2YO of the Year and 3YO of the Year in 2012 & 2013 and he is the only horse besides Niatross and Bret Hanover to accomplish back-to-back All-Age Pacer of the Year awards at both 2 and 3. As a two-year-old Captaintreacherous won eight of his 10 starts for $918,253 and gained immortality as the first juvenile of all-time to post four sub 1:50 winning miles. He took his two-year-old record of 1:49.2 equalling the stakes record in the $1-million Metro Pace at Mohawk Raceway in which he defeated Apprentice Hanover and Odds On Equulus after being 8 lengths back at the 800 metre pole. He also won an elimination of the Metro in 1:49.3 the previous week. His other notable victories at 2 were the $309,050 Woodrow Wilson in 1:49.3 by an impressive 10-1/4 lengths in a stakes and track record, the $109,206 Nassagaweya in 1:51.3, divisions of the Bluegrass (1:51.3) and International Stallion Stake (1:50.3) and an elimination of the Breeders Crown in 1:50 by 3-3/4 lengths. As a three-year-old Captaintreacherous was in a class of his own. This superstar won 13 of his 16 starts and banked a massive $2,055,033, winning the four richest events on the race calendar – the $1 Million North America Cup in 1:48.3, the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace in 1:48.1 by 3-1/4 lengths, the $500,000 Breeders Crown in 1:49.2 and the $500,000 Hempt Memorial in 1:49.2. The ‘Captain’ also captured the $360,000 Cane Pace in 1:49.2, the $256,000 American National in 1:49, the $215,500 Tattersall’s Pace in 1:47.2 and a $95,500 division of the  Bluegrass at Lexington in a sizzling lifetime mark of 1:47.1. Trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Tim Tetrick, Captaintreacherous is one of only a handful of horses to amass earnings of over $2 million in a single season and over $3 million lifetime. With only 4 crops of racing age, the Captain’s sire Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.4), has proven himself as one of the most influential sires in the pacing world today. In North America Beach is already the sire of 32 in 1:50, 131 winners of over $100,000, 4 Millionaires, winners of over $45 Million, numerous World Champions and is a leading sire of both 2 & 3 year-olds in North America and Australia. Worldly Treasure (2, 1:53.1), the dam of Captaintreacherous, is a 100% producer by Artsplace and is a full sister to the World Champion racemare Worldly Beauty (1:49.3), winner of $1.9-million and the 2YO and 3YO Filly of her year. Worldly Treasure is out of World Order 1:53 (dam of seven in 2:00), by Nihilator from Rodine Hanover, by Big Towner. This is the family of successful sires Art Major, Perfect Art, Romeo Hanover, etc. Dr Bridgette Jablonsky, the farm manager of Hanover, said: “The ‘Captain’ has it all, great performance on the racetrack, great courage, a fantastic pedigree and perhaps most important of all, he’s gorgeous and correct. He is passing these traits on to his first crop of foals who are just absolutely stunning.” His frozen semen is available in Australia for $10,000 including GST and in New Zealand $10,000 plus GST, payable by April 1, 2017. By Peter Wharton

The 2016 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be conducted by Graeme Board & Company at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, starting at 11am. The sale comprises 129 lots by 39 different sires including four-time leading juvenile sire Art Major and premiership-winning stallions in Sportswriter, Village Jasper, Armbro Operative and Aces N Sevens. Other well known stallions include Four Starzzz Shark, American Ideal, Courage Under Fire, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, Modern Art, Shadow Play, Elsu, Western Terror, Artistic Fella, Changeover, Million Dollar Cam and Always A Virgin. Adding interest to the sale will be the first-season sires represented for the first time including dual world champion We Will See ($2.5million), twice NZ Horse of the Year Auckland Reactor and former NZ 2YO of the Year Smiling Shard. The sale includes strong drafts from many of New South Wales’ most successful breeders, as well as leading vendors from Victoria and Western Australia. All yearlings sold on the day will be eligible for the Sales Graduate Pace for two-year-old colts and fillies to be held at Bathurst in February/March, carrying $18,000 finals.  Yearlings are also eligible for the Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, NSW Breeders Challenge and Breeders Challenge Blue. Furthermore, 31 yearlings have been paid up for the rich Vicbred Super Sires series. For a catalogue or further information email graemeboard56@gmail.com or send an SMS to Graeme Board on 0408 636 273. Pedigrees can be downloaded from www. graemeboard.com   Peter Wharton

Catalogues for the 2016 Shepparton Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Shepparton Harness Racing Club at their Kialla complex on Sunday, April 3, are now available. The sale has attracted 57 yearlings representing 21 different stallions . They include many of Australia’s leading sires such as Art Major, American Ideal, Four Starzzz Shark, Courage Under Fire, Grinfromeartoear, Modern Art, Sportswriter and Shadow Play. There’s also stock being offered by the up-and-coming sires Artistic Fella, Changeover, Shadyshark Hanover, Major In Art, Always A Virgin and Village Jolt. The first Australian crop of dual world champion Betterthancheddar and the outstanding New Zealand pacers New Zealand Auckland Reactor and Lincoln Royal will add interest to the sale. Many of the yearlings nominated for the sale are eligible for the Australian Pacing Gold sales-race series with $322,000 finals for two-year-old colts and fillies to be run in April/May 2017. They are also eligible for the Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum and NSW Breeders Challenge. For a copy of the catalogue send an email to shepparton@hrc.org.au or phone (03) 5823 1403 or 0428 231 403. Catalogues are also available from Australian Pacing Gold, Alabar Bloodstock, Melton and Victorian country tracks. Pedigrees are available on the website www.sheppartonhrc.com.au  Click on the Yearling Sale link here. Peter Wharton

An exceptionally strong line-up of race-winning mares and winner-producing mares augurs well for the harness racing 2016 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be conducted by Graeme Board & Company at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 20. Of the 129 lots to be presented, 83 are out of race-winners – including 35 sub 2:00 mares - and 71 are from winner-producers including a host of ‘black type’ performers. Heading the list of race-winning dams are the Oaks winners Scent 1:57.9 ($122,082) and My Cherie 1:59.8 ($338,265), Miss Nobilo, winner of the NSW Pink Bonnet, Lady Titian Lombo 1:59.4 (Edgar Tatlow), the WA Sires Stakes champion Edna Anne 1:55.4 ($105,811), the Vic. Harness Breeders Classic winners Our Santa Catalina (1:55.6) and Our Ladylight (1:56.7) and the QBred Triad victor Aldebaran 1:55.6 ($154,289). The classic heat winners Howard’s Dilemma ($75,806), Missflite, Eternal Love 1:58.4 ($83,067), Christy 1:59.4 ($87,943), Ciara 1:58.8, Cherry’s Angel, Lady Lara Lombo, Miss Zo Zo (1:57.1), Unspoiled, The Magic Of Life (1:58.8), Get A Haircut, Duchess Of Dubai (2:00), Golden Rule, Lombo Onahi and Venus Ace have yearlings listed for sale. Other metropolitan winning racemares represented include Deetroublemaker 1:56.6 ($118,936), The Peace Rose (1:55.4), Straight Left 1:56.6 ($83,738), Golden Bow (1:57.7), My Janes Cullen (1:57.6) and Krysta. The 71 winner-producing dams in the catalogue have left 184 individual winners between them. Scent, who has produced eight winners from 10 foals – including seven in 2:00, is undoubtedly the most prolific broodmare represented at the sale. Her progeny are headed up by the Group and Listed winners Makes Every Scents 1:55.1 ($202,625), winner of the Bathurst Gold Tiara, and Governor Art 1:58.6 ($189,250), winner of the NSW Edgar Tatlow. My Cherie, Get A Haircut and Pierry have all left seven winners. My Cherie’s progeny are headed up by Albercross 1:58.5 ($148,624); Get A Haircut is the dam of Allucan ($86,213) and Pierry has left three inside 2:00. Besides the abovementioned, there’s half-brothers or sisters to a swag of ‘black type’ performers in the sale including the NSW Sires Stakes champions Usane Flash and Muddy River, Nickle Miss (Tas. Oaks), Karloo Kix (NSW Chokin Championship), Speriamo (Redcliffe 2YO Sales Classic) and the $100,000 winners Lord Lombo, Goulburn Guy, Must Be Nice, Run Riley Run, Treuative and Strongbow Lombo. For a catalogue or further information email graemeboard56@gmail.com or send an SMS to Graeme Board on 0408 636 273. Pedigrees can be downloaded from www. graemeboard.com  Peter Wharton Graeme Board & Company  

Siblings to last year’s outstanding classic winners Ideal For Real and Heavens Trend will spearhead the 12-strong draft being prepared by Durham Park for the Australian Pacing Gold sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, February 7. The American Ideal brother to Ideal For Real, winner of the NSW Derby, will be offered as Lot 99, while the Rock N Roll Heaven sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge winner, Victoria 2YO Filly of the Year and Australasian record holder  Heavens Trend will go under the hammer as Lot 109. Durham Park is also offering close relatives of crack American pacers Maltese Artist and Lyonssomewhere as Lots 156 and 195 respectively. Lot 156 is a Courage Under Fire filly out of the Artsplace mare Catapult (1:53.4), a half-sister to Lyonssomewhere (1:48.2), winner of the Cane Futurity and $562,968, while 195 is a Bettor’s Delight colt from a half-sister to the multi-millionaire and world champion Maltese Artist (1:48.6). The Durham Park consignment also includes close relatives of top horses such as 2015 NSW Breeders Challenge winner Luda, Soho Tokyo ($148,191), world champion and successful sire Pacific Fella, the multiple USA Stakes winner Sand Shooter (1:49.4), Life Is A Cabaret ($865,396) and Way Of Life ($240,910) and NZ 3YO of the Year Franco Heir. Durham Park has eight colts and four fillies in the Melbourne sale by leading sires Rock N Roll Heaven (3 lots), Courage Under Fire (3), Bettor’s Delight (2), American Ideal (2), Art Major and Western Terror, The Durham Park yearlings available for inspection at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca. Phone Kim Farnsworth on 0424 397 040 or Bruce Edward 0412 951 633 to arrange an appointment. Peter Wharton  

One of the shocks that hit the harness racing industry in Victoria late last year was the fire that engulfed the well known Durham Park Standardbred nursery. Even though all the buildings and fences were burnt to the ground, by some miraculous luck, not one horse lost their life in the inferno that swept over the property. Proprietors Bruce and Vicki Edward were swamped with offers from within the industry with Alabar Bloodstock especially prominent, offering free grazing for all the stock and facilities at Alabar Stud from which the couple could have their yearlings prepared for this years Australian Pacing Gold at Oaklands Junction on February 7th. Durham Park has twelve yearlings catalogued this year and it presents an opportunity for Bruce and Vicki to get back to doing what they are best at which is selling yearlings with a truly international pedigree into the Australasian market. Seven of the twelve yearlings being offered at Oakland by Bruce and Vicki are from mares imported from North America and the star of the show is undoubtedly Lot 99. A son of American Ideal, he is a full brother to last seasons brilliant three year old Ideal For Real 1:55.8 ($182,485) and looks a potential sale topper for the Edwards. Others with a North American maternal family that have plenty to recommend them include Lot 41 - A Western Terror colt from the Bettor’s Delight mare Molly’s Lucky Star 1:54.2 ($96,700) who is from a half sister to the successful sire Pacific Fella 1:48.2 ($1,064,631) Lot 48 - A colt by  Courage Under Fire from the very quick Western Ideal mare in O Narutac Bella 1:51.2 ($154,536) Lot 156 - A filly by Courage Under Fire from the Artsplace mare Catapult 1:53.4 a half-sister to the Cane Futurity winner Lyonssomewhere 1:48.2 ($571,148) from the talented mare in Miss Kitty Hanover 1:51.1 ($461,684) Lot 175 - Another Bettor’s Delight colt out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Diva DeVie USA, who is a  half-sister to the Stakes winner Sand Shooter 3, 1:49.4 ($471,957). Lot 188 - an Art Major filly from the Stakes-winning mare Garden Gate Tina Ca 1:53.2 ($146,804) who is from a half sister to Life Is A Cabaret 1:50.2 ($869,280). Lot 195 -  a colt by sire sensation Bettor’s Delight  from a daughter of American Ideal in Hawaiian Hottie USA (3, 1:55.2). The colt’s dam ranks as a half-sister to world champion and multi-millionaire Maltese Artist 1:48.6 ($2,340,872) and Artesian 1:49.2 ($987,884) The Durham Park yearlings are available for inspection at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca. The chances of those twelve yearlings being sold at this years Australian Pacing Gold sale when the fire swept through Durham Park in December would have been next to zero but with the help of a lot of people within the industry it is now a reality. To view the twelve yearlings, you can do so by contacting either Kim Farnsworth on 0424 397 040 or Bruce Edward on 0412 951 633  To view the Catalogue click here. Harnesslink Media

The first Australian born progeny of New Zealand harness racing champions Auckland Reactor and Lincoln Royal (Sir Lincoln) will add an extra dimension to the Harnessbred.com South Australian Yearling Sale to be held at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, February 21. Auckland Reactor, twice NZ Horse of the Year, will be represented by a filly out of the Globe Derby winner Rivergum Magic, while Lincoln Royal, the NZ 3YO of the Year, has a half-sister to Caroline Bay (8 wins). Art Major, Australia’s No 1 juvenile sire, has two fillies nominated for the sale, one the first foal of Dungeon Queen (16 wins), a half-sister to the classic winner Android, and the other from a winning half-sister to three winners. Another NZ superstar, Changeover, is represented by a colt from a successful Art Major mare, while Four Starzzz Shark, the sire of Inter Dominion champion Lennytheshark, has a filly out of a 1:58.6 Artiscape mare. Promising sire Artistic Fella’s single entry is a half-sister to last year’s Southern Cross 2YO Final runner-up Rockfromcork, being out of the well-related Armbro Operative mare Arm A Corka. The established sires Blissfull Hall, Grinfromeartoear and Julius Caesar all have single nominations, while another newcomer, Heart Space (a NZ bred son of Artsplace), also has one entry. The sale will be held at Globe Derby Sunday February 21 commencing at 11am printed catalogues will be available first week in January. By Peter Wharton

A strong catalogue of quality bred harness racing youngsters is anticipated for the inaugural Shepparton Harness Racing Club’s Yearling Sale to be held at their Kialla racing complex on Sunday, March 6, 2016. Following on from the success of the Mixed Sale in September, the club is understandably upbeat about the forthcoming yearling sale, particularly as a high percentage of the entries will be Australian Pacing Gold eligible. The sale is open to pacing and trotting bred yearlings. Entries close with the Shepparton HRC on December 6. “We are expecting good quality entries and strong numbers for the sale,” Shepparton HRC board member and sale co-ordinator Ian Chambers said. “We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from Australian Pacing Gold.” APG yearlings offered at Shepparton will be eligible for $350,000 Sales races for two-year-old colts and fillies in 2017. Vendors wishing to nominate their yearling for the APG section of the Shepparton sale have until October 31 to lodge their entry with the APG office. The sale will be conducted the day after the Group 1 Cranbourne Pacing Cup and is expected to attract buyers from throughout Victoria and the Riverina. The club will arrange overnight stabling and accommodation for vendors. The sale will have live streaming with a provision for phone bidding (subject to conditions). The Goulburn Valley is the heart of the Standardbred breeding industry in Victoria and has been the birthplace of countless top class racehorses down through the years. For further information contact Shepparton Harness Racing Club manager Ian McDonald on phone 0428 231 403 or (03) 5823 1403 or email shepparton@hrv.org.au By Peter Wharton

Royalty For Life Tr 3, 1:51.6 ($1,620,166), the 2013 Hambletonian champion, Canadian Trotting Classic winner and USA 3YO Trotting Colt of the Year, will be available for breeders in Australia and New Zealand for the first time this year. He is a striking individual in every respect. The frozen semen of the exciting, young sire – he was foaled in 2010 – is available through Stallions Australasia Pty Ltd whose lineup includes former champion racehorse and now highly successful sire Muscle Hill and international trotting star Wishing Stone. Royalty For Life recently completed his first northern hemisphere season at the prestige Tara Hills Stud, Ontario where he was fully booked for a fee of $6,000. His service fee in Australia will be $4,950 incl. GST and in NZ $4,500 plus GST. Royalty For Life raced only at 2 and 3 years, compiling the excellent record of 14 wins and seven placings from 30 starts for $1,620,166 – an average of $54,000 per start! As a two-year-old he displayed tremendous early speed, winning seven and being four times placed from 14 starts. He captured the $328,000 International Stallion Stakes at Lexington in 1:54.4, five New Jersey Sire Stakes event and finished runner-up in both the elimination and $600,000 final of the Breeders Crown. Royalty For Life really came into his own as a three-year-old, winning seven of his 14 starts and a whopping $1,277,130 in stakes. His victories included the $1.2-million Hambletonian in straight heats of 1:52 and 1:52.2, the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic in a stakes record equalling 1:54.4, the $360,000 Zweig Memorial, the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial in 1:52 and an elimination of the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity. Champion USA driver Brian Sears, who handled Royalty For Life in all his major triumphs was high in his praise for the horse “He’s a beautiful horse, he just covers the ground." "He lets you know when he’s good." "He’s just so talented," Brian said. Royalty For Life is a most interestingly bred horse. He is the richest son of the former top young trotter RC Royalty (Tr 3, 1:55.2), one of the best of the progeny left by the champion American sire Credit Winner (Tr 1:54). Sons of Credit Winner are now coming to the forefront as sires in America such as Chocolatier and Crazed. Bourbon N Grits, the dam of Royalty For Life, has left three winners from four foals, while the grand-dam, Texas Winner ($128,323), produced six winners from six foals and the third dam, Texas Starlette, nine winners from 14 foals. Royalty For Life is a Super Bowl line horse – that which produced the leading Australian trotting sire RC’s Dee Jay – from a prolific winning family of trotters, and boasts a 3x3 cross to American Winner and three strains of Super Bowl blood. He should prove an ideal outcross to the host of mares by Sundon, Earl, Armbro Invasion, Dream Vacation, Keystone Salute and others. For further information contact Stallions Australasia manager Peter O’Rourke on phone 0011 64 21 346 401. Peter Wharton

The Shepparton Mixed Stock Sale will be conducted by the Shepparton Harness Racing Club at 1pm next Sunday at their Kialla complex.   Seventy-three quality lots will go under the hammer including yearlings by champion sires, going two-year-olds, three-year-olds, older racing stock and well-bred broodmares in-foal to the world’s leading stallions.   Several two-year-olds included in the catalogue will be trialled on the track from 10am.    Yearlings sold on the day can be made eligible to the Australian Pacing Gold subject to APG conditions.   An auction of services to former NZ Horse of the Year Auckland Reactor and the well credentialled trotting sires Peak and Great Success will be held during the sale.   A complimentary breakfast will be served from 8.30 to 9.30am with full catering on the day. A Happy Hour will be conducted between 12 noon and 1pm.   Live streaming of the sale can be viewed from 1pm via the Shepparton HRC website www.sheppartonhrc.com.au or on the Harness Racing Victoria website   www.harness.org.au/vic   Phone bidding is available subject to buyer registration prior to sale day.   For a catalogue or further information contact Ian McDonald on phone 0428 231 403 or email shepparton@hrv.org.au or Ian Chambers on phone 0409 171 154.   Pedigrees can be downloaded from the Club’s website. Click on the News link.   Pedigrees are also available on the Shepparton HRC Facebook page.     Peter Wharton

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