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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

Tintin In America, a harness racing Group winner as a two, three and four-year-old in New Zealand, was represented by his first Group winner from his initial crop when Zee Dana captured the Group 3 $30,600 Garrards Horse and Hound Ready To Run Graduate Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night (August 15). A dominant favourite, the NZ bred youngster began like a rocket from the No 6 gate to assume role from the outset. After a leisurely middle half, Zee Dana peeled off fractions of 27.6 and 27.6 to easily keep his rivals at bay. The mile rate for the 2300 metres was 1:59.3. The win extended the gelding’s record to five starts for four wins and a second for $38,293 in stakes. He holds a mark of 1:57.3. Zee Dana was the fastest triallist at the Ready To Run Trialling Sale last December and changed hands for a super $71,000. Bred by David Kennedy, Zee Dana is out of the winning Dream Away mare Zwish (2:02.4), who left earlier winners in Phil Monty (1:54.6), a winner of nine races in Victoria, and Dana Dawn 2:01.1. He is a member of the noted Black Watch family whose descendants include Arden Rooney, Katy Perry, Reba Lord, Sovereign Hill, Laurella, Alta Christiano and The Unicorn. Tintin In America has already sired five individual two-year-old winners from his first small crop including the South Australian Kindergarten Stakes winner Just Wantano (2:00.7) and the Group placegetters Dame Puissant (1:59.6) and Aussie Vista (2:01.1). Zee Dana By Peter Wharton

Stonebridge Regal (1:48.2), the first son of former champion pacer Artsplace to become available to breeders in Tasmania, will stand the coming season at Elderslie Horse Care and Spelling, conducted by Sue Streit, Elderslie, near Brighton for a fee of $1,750. The Elderslie property has been developed into one of the most up-to-date breeding nurseries on the Island, and Stonebridge Regal looks certain to play a real part in placing it on the Standardbred breeding map. Stonebridge Regal, a striking bay horse, foaled in 2002 has his oldest stock racing as four-year-olds and from his first two crops he has to date sired 36 individual winners. This season he has been represented by 30 winners of 79 races - including 10 three-year-olds - headed up by the Menangle winners Hez A Dude (1:54.6) and Del Piero (1:56.1), the Breeders Crown finalist Regal Ambition (1:58.1), the Vicbred heat winner Whenmechief 1:59.5 (8 wins) and the Bathurst Gold Tiara winner Regal Ashes (1:58.7). Despite having only previously stood on the mainland, Stonebridge Regal has achieved a tremendous strike rate of winners-to-foals from only a handful of mares bred in Tasmania. Karalta Dazzler, the winner of eight races and $56,936 in stakes, Tania Maree (9 wins and $44,370), Jane Grant (5 wins),  Regal Idea (6 wins) and the Bandbox heat winner Ark Breeze (2 wins) have been Tasmanian winners by Stonebridge Regal from his first crops. Stonebridge Regal, who was first at the stud in Canada, has total progeny earnings of more than $8-million in four countries – USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. In America his stock have earned $7-million with one in 1:50, 44 in 1:55 and 21 $100,000 winners including the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold champions Gallant Seelster 1:50.4 ($244,419) and Right On Molly 1:53.4 ($179,025). While his NZ crops have produced the recent winners Shes Got Issues 1:58.3, whose eight successes include the NSW Golden Easter Egg, Wee Jimmy 1:58.5 (Albion Park), Our Braxton (1:59.9), Black Regal Princess (1:59.5), Diamond King (unbeaten in 2 starts) and Moon Angel (3 wins). Stonebridge Regal was a top racehorse himself, winning in excess of $1-million, and he recorded five sub 1:50 race-winning miles. His most important successes were the Diplomat Series, the North America Cup elimination (2nd in Final) and the Meadowlands Pace elimination, in which he defeated Rocknroll Hanover in 1:49.6. On the score of blood Stonerbridge Regal lacks nothing. His sire Artsplace (1:49.4) was a champion with stake earnings of $3,085,083 and has been one of America’s top sires for some time. Lady Joanna (1:53.6), the dam of Stonebridge Regal, is one of only a few mares to leave two sub 1:50 performers in Stonebridge Regal (1:48.2) and Lease On Life (1:48.2). In all, Lady Joanna is the dam of 12 foals, 11 starters and eight individual winners. The first three dams of Stonebridge Regal left 24 winners between them. Transported semen for Stonebridge Regal is available throughout Australia. For further information contact Sue Streit on (03) 6268 5213 or 0409 104 718. Hez A Dude winning at Menangle By Peter Wharton

Sisters to many Group and classic winners and a smattering of top racemares adorn the catalogue for the Shepparton Mixed Sale, to be held at the Shepparton Racing Complex on Sunday, September 6.   Yeronga Songbird, one of the greatest fillies ever produced in this country and the winner of $256,977, will go up for auction on the day. The dam of Vicbred Final placegetter Stormwarning and last-start Ballarat three-year-old winner Orbison Castle, the Classy Garry mare carries a positive test to Grinfromeartoear.   Other smart racemares listed in the catalogue are the Victoria Youthful Stakes winner and Oaks runner-up Vista Bella ($110,021), the NSW Oaks placegetter Lahaini, the Melbourne winners Kiss And Fly, Room With A View and Charlotte Two and the Mount Gambier Gold Cup winner Tarbert.   There’s half-sisters to a string of top performers including Sushi Sushi, Abettorpunt, Franco Tiger, Maggie’s Son, Stihletto, Ruffle My Feathers, Triple Vance, Nightn Georgia, Village Hero (1:50.6), Four Sisters, Master Maori and Chocolate Brownie.   Mares are in-foal to well credentialled sires such as Art Major, American Ideal, Sportswriter, Shadow Play, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, Betterthancheddar, A Rocknroll Dance, Western Terror, Blissfull Hall, Auckland Reactor, Caribbean Blaster and Majestic Son.   For a catalogue or further information contact Shepparton Harness Racing Club manager Ian McDonald on phone 0428 231 403 or email Shepparton@hrv.org.au    Pedigrees can be downloaded from the website www.sheppartonhrc.com.au  Click on the News link.   Pedigrees are also available on the Shepparton HRC Facebook page.   Peter Wharton

The McArdle horse Tintin In America, a top pacer of a few years ago and a dual Harness Jewels champion, is a young sire – he was foaled in 2005 – already well on the way to proving a success with his first racing crop. He stands at the renowned Nevele R Stud, Christchurch for a fee of $A2,255 including GST. Actually Tintin In America has made a very impressive start as a sire. In his first season in New Zealand he left 32 foals, and of these he had three winners and four qualifiers, while his first Australian crop of 15 foals has produced two winners from four starters. Overall, Tintin In America has achieved a 70 percent winners-to-starters strike rate with his initial racing crop. From his first crop he has sired a top colt in Zee Dana (1:57.3), who has won three of his first four starts including a heat of the Breeders Crown and is rated one of the star two-year-olds in Victoria this season, and a brilliant filly in Dame Puissant (1:59.6), who has won three races in the west this season.  Just Wantano (2:00.7), winner of the SA Kindergarten Stakes and a close fourth in the Vicbred Final, and Aussie Vista (2:01.1), a placegetter in the QBred Triad 2YO Final, have been other winners by Tintin In America from his first crop. Tintin In America was a top racehorse himself, winning more than $900,000, and he won five times at Group 1 level and established three NZ records from 1609 to 2700 metres. He won the NZ Sires Stakes Championship as a two-year-old, while at 3 he took his record of 1:53.2 winning the $200,000 Harness Jewels, in which he defeated Sleepy Tripp, Stunin Cullen and Highview Tommy.  Tintin In America also set a  track record 1:56.1 mile rate for 2240 metres winning the Group 1 $170,000 Breeders Crown Final at Melton. At four years Tintin In America bankrolled $519,355 from eight wins and three seconds from 13 starts and was subsequently accorded NZ 4YO of the Year honours. Among the many highlights of his stellar four-year-old campaign were his successes in the $200,000 Harness Jewels (in 1:54.1), $150,000 NZ Messenger (in 1:56.6) and $50,000 Cambridge 4YO Futurity and his close second (beaten half a neck) to Monkey King in the $500,000 Auckland Cup. Tintin In America belongs to one of the fastest moving families in the NZ stud book. His dam, Zenterfold 1:56.6,  not only left four sub 2:00 performers, but she is a half-sister to the Cup winners winner Zenad 1:55.4 ($201,272), Zensational 1:54.8 ($138,808) and Zenola Seelster 1:58.2 ($102,706). Zenterfold was by champion sire and broodmare sire in the great In The Pocket (1:49.6) and was out of Zenola Star (2:01), by New York Motoring (1:56.2) from Now And Zen, by Chiola Hanover from the great producer in Zenover, dam of Motoring Magic (1:57.5), Interchange and others. Zenover was also the grand-dam of Elsu 1:53.6 ($2-million), Inter Dominion winner and highly successful sire. As one of the best winning members of the Zenover family, there is good reason to expect Tintin In America to make a name for himself as a sire. Peter Wharton

Catalogues for the Shepparton Mixed Stock Sale, to be held at the Shepparton racing complex on Sunday, September 6, are now available. The sale comprises 73 lots including broodmares, yearlings, two-year-olds, three-year-old and older racing stock and features a reduction of the racing and breeding stock of Colleen and Kevin Bamford’s Daisy Hill Breeding. The strong broodmare contingent is highlighted by former Australian 3YO Filly of the Year Yeronga Songbird, the multiple Group placegetter Vista Bella as well as several metropolitan-winning mares. Mares are in foal to high-profile sires including Art Major, Sportswriter, American Ideal, Rock N Roll Heaven, Shadow Play, Roll With Joe, Betterthancheddar, Grinfromeartoear, Blissfull Hall, Western Terror, Always A Virgin, Auckland Reactor, Alta Christiano, Caribbean Blaster and Majestic Son. There’s yearlings by well credentialled sires such as Mach Three, Shadow Play, Modern Art, Betterthancheddar, Big Jim, Artistic Fella, Auckland Reactor, Village Jolt and Majestic Son and two-year-olds by Somebeachsomewhere, Sportswriter, Courage Under Fire, Roll With Joe, Shadyshark Hanover and Badlands Hanover. For a catalogue or further information contact Shepparton Harness Racing Club manager Ian McDonald on phone 0428 231 403 or email Shepparton@hrv.org.au Pedigrees can be downloaded from the website www.sheppartonhrc.com.au  Click on this link. Pedigrees are also available on the Shepparton HRC Facebook page. By Peter Wharton

The forthcoming Soho Standardbreds Reduction Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Company at Toolern Vale on Sunday, July 26, has received a tremendous boost with several recent important winners related to stock listed in the catalogue. Ideal Tyson, one of this season’s leading Western Australian juveniles and the winner of eight of his nine appearances so far, has a very close relative in Lot 9. Soho Chelsea, a Breeders Crown heat winner at Launceston last Sunday, has a Rock N Roll Heaven weanling half-brother as Lot 52, while the Vicbred heat winner All Eyes On Us has a two-year-old half-brother, Soho Manhattan, as Lot 18. The Vicbred Final placegetter Niki No No’s classic-winning half-brother Soho Valencia is being offered as a stallion as Lot 27, while the dam of the dual Newcastle victor Soynwasabi will go up as Lot 5. Other recent Victorian provincial winners in Soho Tokyo (Lots 33 and 53), Sahara Bedouin (Lot 38), Ricimer ((Lot 1) and Valens (Lot 40) have close relative at the sale. For a copy of the catalogue send an email to graemeboard56@gmail.com or phone Peter Dow 0412 195 986. Catalogues are also available from Tamarin Park (Sue Markwell 0413 923 333). Pedigrees are available on the website www.graemeboard.com  Click on the Soho Standardbreds Reduction Sale link. Peter Wharton

The first weanling filly by glamour New Zealand pacer Auckland Reactor ever to go up for public auction will spearhead a strong contingent of weanlings at the Soho Standardbreds Reduction Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Company at Tamarin Park, Toolern Vale on Sunday, July 26, starting at 12 noon. The filly is out of the Western Terror mare Soho Bordeaux, whose dam, Lombo Portrait (by Perfect Art) was placed in Group and Listed events in three States. The catalogue boasts three weanlings by Hall of Fame sire Somebeachsomewhere including a colt out of the former Australian 2YO of the Year Pelicanrama and a colt from the 1:57 Art Major mare Soho Winslet. One of the most attractive lots at the sale will be the colt by current leading two-year-old sire Rock N Roll Heaven out of the multiple Group and classics winner Cornsilk, the dam of five sub 1:58 winners headed up by the brilliant filly Delight Me. There’s a pair of Mach Three weanlings colts listed, one out of the million dollar winning Fake Left mare Miss Galvinator (1:50.6),  who is a half-sister to the great Fleur De Lil, and the other out of the Gloucester Park winner Hear No Secret. Sportswriter, whose first two crops are going great guns at the present, is represented by a filly from the immediate family of the Hunter Cup winner Arden Rooney and a colt out of the successful D M Dilinger mare Sheng Li. Champion sire Bettor’s Delight has a filly out of Lombo Silhouette, a Troublemaker mare closely related to Lombo Pocket Watch and Suave Stuey Lombo, while Roll With Joe, the USA 3YO of the Year and Meadowlands Pace winner, is represented by a colt from a winning Mach Three mare, Soho Nike. Other weanling colts are by successful sires Elsu, Blissfull Hall and the USA 2YO of the Year Village Jolt. For a copy of the catalogue send an email to graemeboard56@gmail.com or phone Peter Dow 0412 195 986. Catalogues are also available from Tamarin Park (Sue Markwell 0413 923 333). Pedigrees are available on the website www.graemeboard.com  Click on the Soho Standardbreds Reduction Sale link. Peter Wharton  

Cornsilk and Pelicanrama, two of the best mares ever raced in this country, head up a strong contingent of broodmares to be offered at the Soho Standardbreds Reduction Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Company at Tamarin Park, Toolern Vale on Sunday, July 26.   A dual Vicbred winner and Breeders Crown champion, Cornsilk ($555,046) is the dam of four sub 2:00 winners including the recent Victoria Gold Chalice winner and NSW Oaks runner-up Delight Me.   Pelicanrama, a former Australian 2YO of the Year and winner of a massive $730,271, has to date left five winners, two of which have earned more than $100,000 in Soho Tokyo and Soho Highroller.   Other classic-winning or placed mares listed in the catalogue are Generally Outspoken (WA Gold Bracelet), the WA Sales Classic winners Jupiters Darling and  Soho Cannes, the NZ Sales Graduette winner Luva Rum Ball, Lombo Portrait, Lombo Silhouette, Soho Monroe, Soho Nike, Schonbrunn, Country Change and Pinevale Spirit.   The dams of the $100,000 Club winners Greyhawk and Three Pints, Soho Monroe (two Breeders Crown heats) and others in Soho Daytona, Soho Wonder, Soho Shanghai, Triple Trent, Valens and Ricimer will also be offered.   There’s sisters or half-sisters to a host of top flight performers including Manifold Bay, Surprise Package, Lombo Skyrider, Uncle Wingnut, After The Reckoning, Fake Spirit, Secret Desire, Silver Lined Pocket, Mustang Fighter and Adayspay.   The mares have been served by highly credentialed stallions such as Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Mach Three, Sportswriter, Rock N Roll Heaven, Shadow Play, Roll With Joe, Betterthancheddar, Auckland Reactor, Caribbean Blaster, Alta Christiano and Blissfull Hall.   For a copy of the catalogue send an email to graemeboard56@gmail.com or phone Peter Dow 0412 195 986.   Catalogues are also available from Tamarin Park (Sue Markwell 0413 923 333).   Pedigrees are available on the website www.graemeboard.com     Click on the Soho Standardbreds Reduction Sale link.   Peter Wharton

Restrepo, one of the most brilliant sons of champion sire Art Major, is to stand stud this harness racing season at the Goodtime Lodge stud, of Ian and Judi Slater, at Elliminiyt, near Colac, in Victoria’s western district. He boasts stud credentials second to none. His service fee will be $2,200 including GST. Restrepo was a top flight pacer and a most genuine racehorse winning 18 races with 10 placings from 46 starts, earning $507,018. A champion juvenile at two and three, Restrepo won seven of his first nine starts including the Victoria Sapling Stakes, Shakamaker Classic and a heat of the Victoria Derby. As a four-year-old he won six races including the 4YO Bonanza, defeating Smolda in a career best 1:52.4 over 1720 metres and the Central Victorian Pacing Championship and was placed in the Chariots of Fire and Vicbred Final. The following season as a five-year-old Restrepo really came into his own. He earned $303,531 highlighted by successes in the $175,000 Ballarat Cup, the $100,000 Coca Cola Sprint (in 1:54.5) and the $50,000 Legends (in 1:52.8). He was also placed in the Kilmore and Shepparton Cups and a heat of the Inter Dominion (5th in Final) and qualified for the 2013 Miracle Mile. Despite being hampered by a knee injury, Restrepo resumed racing at six years, winning the Hamilton Cup from a 30 metre handicap at the expense of eventual Hunter Cup winner Arden Rooney. Co-trainer Clayton Tonkin said: “Restrepo had absolute sheer speed and a beautiful gait as a youngster. He is a grand looking individual. I’ll be supporting him with some of our own mares this season.” Blessed with all the attributes necessary for stallion greatness, Restrepo carries an impeccable pedigree made up of champion sires, champion racehorses and champion broodmares. His sire, Art Major 1:48.8, has been the leading sire of two-year-olds for the last four years and his dam’s sire D M Dilinger 1:49.6 is the sire of sensational USA mare Moving Pictures 1:49.6, and the damsire of Breeders Crown champion Major Crocket. Art Major’s sons are breeding on and they include Art Official, sire of Let’s Drink On It 1:48.6, winner of a Little Brown Jug heat, and this year’s NSW Tatlow winner Salty Robyn. Restrepo’s grand-dam Cerebrano (by Lordship) is one of the gems of the Australian trotting stud book. She is the dam of 10 individual winners – three in 2:00 – including a dual Oaks winner and Australian 3YO Filly and Aged Mare of the Year in Innocent Eyes 1:57.6 ($421,875). Tracing to a noted foundation mare in Topsy, Restrepo’s distaff side boasts the blood of  revered sires such as Lordship, Lumber Dream, Out To Win, U Scott and Dillon Hall. By Peter Wharton

A feature of the catalogue for the upcoming Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale is the high percentage of winning and winner-producing dams represented in the sale. Part of the Bathurst Crown festivities, the sale is scheduled for Sunday, March 22 at the Bathurst Showground. More than 50 per cent of the 208 lots catalogued are from race-winning dams, while 50 per cent are from winner-producers. The catalogue includes yearlings from Group winners including Miss Trickin Lombo (Silver Chalice), Miss Nobilo (Pink Bonnet), My Cherie (Victoria Oaks, Vicbred Final and El Dorado), Aldebaran (QBred Triad) and the $400,000 USA winner, Hanover Chance. Other Group heat or metropolitan winners include Kyallarama, Tully Belle, Howard’s Dilemma, Missdemanding, Wicked Weapon, Shes Ezy, Conrod Bent, The Magic Of Life, Art Of Perfection, Golden Bow, Totally Radical, Set To Shine and Nickalongtheground. The 208 dams have left nearly 270 winners between them, including the Cordina Sprint winner Franco Jamar, dual Derby winner Lively Exit, NSW Sires Stakes 2YO champions Usane Flash and Muddy River, Four Trumps, which won the Simpson Memorial) Linden Huntley Memorial winners Dee Devito and Mighty River, QBred Triad winners Tipsy Tollgater and Hezarealgem, Holly’s Miss Molly (SA Mermaid) and Radical Calza (The Lombo). There are yearlings from half-sisters to a swag of Grand Circuit and Group One performers such as Beautide, Suave Stuey Lombo, Sting Lika Bee, Emmas Only, Blossom Lady, Just An Excuse, Robin Hood, Full Pleasure, Kathryn Dancer, Defoe, Dance Of Life, Garnet River, Cuttheattitude, Ima Spicey Lombo and many more. The online catalogue for the Bathurst sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com.  Hard copy catalogues can be requested from graemeboard56@gmail.com or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on phone (02) 6333 5000. PETER WHARTON

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