The Shepparton Harness Racing Club is thrilled to announce a new sponsorship agreement with national General Insurance Broker, Ausure Insurance Brokers, and highly respected Goulburn Valley breeder Helen Head. For Ausure Insurance Brokers it is their first foray into Harness racing sponsorship. Ausure Insurance Brokers are the new naming right sponsors for the two-year-old colts and fillies classics to be conducted on Shepparton Cup night Saturday, January 18, 2014. These two events have been included in the program to replace the previous Lombo Series finals. One of the fastest growing insurance brokerage firms in Australia, Ausure Insurance Brokers is a privately owned organisation of motivated, creative insurance experts who collectively have expertise in all areas of business, equine, sporting and personal general insurance. Each Ausure Insurance Broking Office is owned and managed by individually selected authorised representatives who are positioned to provide localised and personal service. These brokers are backed by the financial strength and knowledge of the Ausure Insurance Broking network. Shepparton HRC chairman Chris Hazelman said that the club was indeed fortunate to have such a well-respected company sponsoring these two feature classics as it gave the club the scope to raise the stakes for the two events to $15,000. Each year the two-year-old features create enormous interest and have been an integral part of the Cup program. The club encourages all industry participants to look to Dennis Rebbeck (DPR Insurance Brokers – Euroa) or Lindsay Rankin (Ausure Insurance Brokers – Echuca) of the Ausure Insurance Brokers network for any of their personal or business insurance needs. The sponsorship agreement with Helen Head is inclusive of an open feature event for three-year-olds on Shepparton Cup night that will perpetuate the memory of her late husband, Graham Head. All industry participants will be well aware of the impact that Grenada Park Standardbreds has had within the breeding industry and it is very fitting that the event to be known as the Graham Head Memorial will be conducted at the club’s feature night of the year, Chris Hazelman said. Grenada Park principal Helen Head is thrilled to be sponsoring the Shepparton Harness Racing Club and the feature event for three-year-olds. The sponsorship allows the club to boost the stakes for that event to $15,000. Helen Head said that as a commercial yearling producer, Grenada Park Standardbreds aim to produce quality racing horses by maintaining a select band of quality broodmares, by utilizing the best commercial stallions, and then by carefully raising and conditioning their youngsters. “The majority of our horses are destined for the yearling sales; however we occasionally have yearlings or broken-in horses available for private sale,” Head said. Manna Lodge Farm, the home of Grenada Park Standardbreds, is in the heart of the Goulburn Valley, five minutes from the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital. Manna Lodge comprises approximately 300 acres, providing both irrigated and dry grazing for mares and foals. Facilities include floodlit foaling paddocks, sheltered sand yards for confinement of wet mares with foals at foot, steel yards and breeding barn with wet lab, stable complex and horse-walker. The Shepparton Harness Racing Club would like all breeders to consider the wonderful facilities and level of expertise available at Grenada Park when breeding or looking for your next superstar. By Peter Wharton
A New Zealand syndicate has completed the purchase in America of the three-year-old Rocknroll Hanover colt, Johny Rock, who will race in NZ and later do stud duties. Johny Rock, one of the top three-year-olds in commission in USA this year, is at present doing quarantine in Auckland and is expected to join the Christchurch stable of dual NZ Cup winning trainer Graham Court at the end of this month. The syndication was assisted by well known Christchurch identity Peter O’Rourke, principal of Stallions Australasia Pty Ltd. At the time of writing there was only one share remaining to be sold in the horse. “Shares were for a 1/25th ownership and many have purchased multiple shares. Ownership stretches from the deep south of NZ to the far reaches of WA,” O’Rourke said. “We are very excited to bring Johny Rock to NZ. We believe he will make his mark as a racehorse in NZ and being a son of Rocknroll Hanover, will be an outstanding addition to stallion ranks in the future,” he added. “He possessed brilliant gate speed and a perfect gait. He is a lovely individual, 15.3 hands with a strikingly defined muscular physique.” Johny Rock proved himself a brilliant pacer on his day, taking a record of 1:48 on a five furlongs track and winning almost $400,000 in stakes. As a two-year-old Johny Rock raced on 10 occasions for four wins and four placings, earning $151,241. His most important success was the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship at The Meadowlands, in which he took his two-year-old record of 1:51.2. He also won a heat of the New Jersey Sire Stakes and finished runner-up to Captaintreacherous in a heat of the Metro Pace and second in the $71,000 Geers Stake. While at three he won a further five races including the $200,000 Battle of Brandywine Consolation in 1:48.6, the $39,000 John Simpson Memorial, a prep for the New Jersey Classic and a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes (2nd in final beaten a neck). He bankrolled $246,757 as a three-year-old racing against the likes of Captaintreacherous, Rockin Amadeus, Wake Up Peter, Resistance Futile and other stars. All told, Johny Rock had 25 starts for the splendid record of nine wins, seven seconds and a third for $397,998. A $60,000 yearling at the Lexington sale, Johny Rock is a son of Rocknroll Hanover (1:48.6), world champion racehorse and sire, and Soggy Britches (1:50.4), a $200,000 winning daughter of the Woodrow Wilson winner Allamerican Ingot (1:50.6) and Soggy Dragon (1:55), by Dragon’s Lair from the French Chef mare Soggy. Johny Rock is a member of the same family as the Cane Pace winner Smog, the Jugette winner Watering Can, Die Lute (1:49.6), Gehrig ($874,387), Ryan’s Miracle (1:50.8) and Sprinkler, a leading sire of three-year-olds in Australia. by Peter Wharton
The Alabar Blue Ribbon Yearling and Broodmare Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd at 1pm next Sunday at Alabar Bloodstock’s Echuca property. The sale will be preceded by a parade of Alabar stallions at 11am. Ninety-five quality lots will go under the hammer including broodmares, yearlings, two-year-olds and the stallion P B Bullville. Among the offering are the class racemares Uncork, Libra Jaccka and Glacier Bay – all classic-winning juveniles – as well as Machinegun Molly, Cunning Kate, Dame Rainbow and Signyourlifeaway and trotters Kim’s Fantasy, Speedy Naomi and Pocket Fantasy. The 27-strong yearling contingent includes youngsters by well credentialled sires such as Shadow Play, Art Official, Major In Art, Grinfromeartoear, Santanna Blue Chip, Kenneth J, Tell All and Skyvalley. The offering includes a Grinfromeartoear half-brother to the Victoria Spring Championship winner Crimson Knight, a Santanna Blue Chip grandson of Majestic Tess (Breeders Plate), a Kenneth J half-brother to the Inter Dominion heat winner Faking It, an Allamerican Ingot colt out of a half-sister to Wally Walton and a Safari filly out of the Bathurst Gold Tiara winner Donna Lombo. The yearlings are eligible for Vicbred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and other rich stakes series. All attendees registering to bid at the sale will go into a draw for a free service to a choice of Alabar Bloodstock stallions Grinfromeartoear, Auckland Reactor, Elsu, Gotta Go Cullect, Smiling Shard and Great Success. The online catalogue for the Alabar Blue Ribbon sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or the office on (02) 6884 8355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org By Peter Wharton
Sisters to a multitude of Group and classic winners and a smattering of top racemares adorn the catalogue for the Alabar Blue Ribbon Yearling and Broodmare Sale, to be held on Sunday, October 6 at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca. The sale comprises 95 lots - including 65 broodmares, most of which are carrying positive tests to some of the world's leading stallions. The list includes sires the calibre of Mach Three, Art Major, Shadow Play, Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Live Or Die, Grinfromeartoear, Armbro Operative, Village Jasper, Mister Big, Mr Feelgood and others. Uncork, Libra Jaccka and Glacier Bay, all classic-winning juveniles, are part of a strong contingent of quality racemares catalogued that also includes Machinegun Molly, Cunning Kate, Dame Rainbow, Dontsayawordbut, Our Vanessa and Signyourlifeaway and trotters Kim's Fantasy, Speedy Naomi and Pocket Fantasy. Among the offering are sisters/half-sisters to the Derby winners Bella's Boy (Vic.), Robust Rock (SA) and Bo Jasper (Tas.), a half-sister to the Vicbred champion Master Maori and a sister to the SA Oaks winner Gem Of Reibey. There's sisters to former 2YO of the year Lombo Skyrider and 3YO Filly of the year Nemeeshar and half-sisters to Grand Circuit stars Wally Walton and Hexus and to the top NZ juvenile After The Reckoning. Sparkles A Plenty, the dam of the former darling of Albion Park, Sparkling Melody, and who carries a positive to Sportswriter, will also create plenty of interest. The sale will begin at 1pm and will be preceded by a parade of Alabar stallions at 11am. The online catalogue for the Alabar sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or the office on (02) 6884 8355 or email email@example.com By Peter Wharton
Weanlings by the well credentialled sires Shadow Play, Art Official, Major In Art, Grinfromeartoear, Tell All and Skyvalley will go up for auction at the Alabar Blue Ribbon Yearling and Broodmare Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on Sunday, October 6 at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca. A total of 27 yearlings have been nominated including four by both Major In Art and Santanna Blue Chip and two by Shadow Play and Art Official. The offering includes a half-brother by Grinfromeartoear to the Spring Championship winner Crimson Knight, a Santanna Blue Chip grandson of Majestic Tess (Breeders Plate), a Kenneth J half-brother to the Inter Dominion heat winner Faking It, an Allamerican Ingot colt out of a half-sister to Wally Walton, a Safari filly out of the Bathurst Gold Tiara winner Donna Lombo, Shadow Play and Major In Art fillies both closely related to Rocknrolla. There’s yearling colts and fillies from the families of ‘black type’ performers Alta Christiano, Saint Flash, Hilarious Guest, Her Sparky Self, Gotanedge, Six Oclock Rock and Newsbreaker. The sale also features broodmares in-foal to leading sires such as Art Major, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, Armbro Operative, Live Or Die, Shadow Play, Mr Feelgood, Sportswriter, Village Jasper, Roll With Joe, Mister Big and Grinfromeartoear. The online catalogue for the Alabar Blue Ribbon sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or the office on (02) 6884 8355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Peter Wharton
Ninety-five nominations have been received for the 2013 Alabar Blue Ribbon Yearling and Broodmare Sale, which will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on Sunday, October 6 at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca. The online catalogue for the Alabar sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hardcopy catalogues can be requested from Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or the office on (02) 6884 8355 or email email@example.com A strong selection of stallions are represented in the catalogue such as Major In Art (4 lots), Santanna Blue Chip (4), Shadow Play (2), Allamerican Ingot (2), Art Official, Grinfromeartoear and Tell All. Broodmares are in foal to highly credentialled stallions including Mach Three, Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, Shadow Play, Sportswriter, Armbro Operative, Village Jasper, Live Or Die, Four Starzzz Shark, Grinfromeartoear and Mister Big. Among the broodmare contingent are the Group or Listed winning racemares Uncork, Libra Jaccka, Glacier Bay, Kims Fantasy and Speedy Naomi. The sale will begin at 1pm and will be preceded by a parade of Alabar stallions at 11am. By Peter Wharton
Muscle Hill and Lucky Chucky, two of the greatest trotters raced in America in the last decade, will be available to breeders in New Zealand and Australia via frozen semen this season. The deal has been secured by Stallions Australasia Ltd, a new company conducted by well known Christchurch harness identity Peter O’Rourke and Adelaide breeder-owner David Shammall. “We are delighted to bring to ‘Down Under’ breeders the semen of these brilliant, young trotting stallions. They represent the future of the breeding of square-gaiters on a worldwide scale,” O’Rourke said. Muscle Hill (3, 1:50.2), the fastest son of thrice premier sire Muscles Yankee, is the greatest stake winning trotter ever offered to Australasian breeders. He won a total of $3,273,342. Beaten at his debut, Muscle Hill won the last 20 of the 21 races in which he competed, setting two world records and a string of stakes and track records. As a two-year-old he won eight of his nine starts for $817,301 including the $700,000 Breeders Crown in a world record 1:53.6, $500,000 Peter Haughton Memorial, New Jersey Sire Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes, International Stallion Stakes and the Simpson Memorial and was named USA 2YO Trotter of the Year. He took his record of 1:50.2 at three years, winning the $1.5-million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands by six lengths. He also captured the $617,000 Breeders Crown at Woodbine, $540,000 World Trotting Derby, $1-million Canadian Trotting Classic and Kentucky Futurity, netting $2,456,041 – a season’s record for a trotter or pacer. Undefeated in 12 starts at 3, Muscle Hill was the unaminous choice for Horse of the Year and 3YO Trotter of the Year in both USA and Canada. His first crop as two-year-olds this year is a splendid advertisement for him and they are making a real impact on the USA racing scene. In his first season he left 84 foals, and of these he had 48 to the races half way through their two-year-old season, and 27 are winners with 21 in 2:00. They have earned $540,574. His progeny include Hill I Am (1:55.8), winner of the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final in a stakes record, Pacific Winds K 1:55.4 (NJ Sires Stakes heat), Resolve 1:55.4, winner of the Kindergarten Classic in track record time, Chivaree Hanover 1:58.4 (Reynolds Memorial) Southwind Spirit 1:56.2 (Haughton elim. and Kindergarten Classic), Muscle On In 1:58.6 (Arden Downs) and the Historic Cup winner Cherry Hill Park (1:59). Muscle Hill served full books in his first season at the prestige Southwind Farms, New Jersey. His service fee in Australia will be $11,000 including GST. A son of the Hambletonian winner Windsong’s Legacy 1:53 ($1.7-million), and one of his last crop, Lucky Chucky dominated the juvenile trotting ranks in North America in 2009 and 2010. As a two-year-old he posted nine wins, two seconds and a third from 12 starts for earnings of $667,649 and was named USA 2YO Trotter of the Year. Lucky Chucky numbered among his successes the $450,000 Valley Victory, the $166,800 Matron Final, divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion Stakes and an elimination of the Breeders Crown. He also finished second in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Final at Woodbine and third in the $523,600 Peter Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands. Lucky Chucky took his mark of 1:50.8 when he won a Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile. His three-year-old season also included victories in the $1-million Canadian Trotting Classic and the $500,000 Colonial Trot – both in stakes and track records – as well as a gritty runner-up performance in the $1.5-million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands. In all, Lucky Chucky won 14 of his 23 starts for $2,099,973, of which $1,432,324 was earned at 3 years. He was subsequently named 3YO Trotter of the Year and Trotter of the Year. Lucky Chucky served 138 mares in his initial season at the stud in New Jersey. His first crop of yearlings will go to the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in October. They show all the quality of his sire and give every impression of being likely to develop early speed. He will be available in Australia for a fee of $5,500 including GST. For bookings and further information contact Peter O’Rourke on 0011 64 21 346 401, Greg Ryan 0419 791 434 or Gayle Garrard 0427 033 094. By Peter Wharton
Bonavista Bay, one of the best horses raced in this country in the last decade, will stand his first season at Warwick Stud, Tallygaroopna, near Shepparton, of Luke Primmer, alongside the American bred champion We Will See. They are a royally-bred pair of young sires. A brilliant pacer, who possessed undoubted speed and stamina, Bonavista Bay from the outset of his career displayed well above average ability. As a two-year-old he had three starts for a Terang win in 1:58.7 and one placing. Bonavista Bay won his first ten starts at 3 including the Group 3 $40,000 Victoria Sires Classic at Moonee Valley and heat and semi-final of the Australasian Breeders Crown at Melton. In the $170,000 Breeders Crown final Bonavista Bay started from the outside of the back row and was forced to work overtime punching the breeze outside Captain Joy in brutal sectionals. Despite his somewhat torrid passage, he exploded to the front on straightening and held on valiantly to beat all but Tintin In America. As a four-year-old Bonavista Bay really came into his own. From 13 starts he recorded six wins -- including four at Group level – and two seconds, netting $338,818 in stakes. He took his record of 1:56.3 at 4, winning the Group 1 $100,000 Vicbred 4YO Final over 2240 metres, in which he defeated Deadsetlucky and Villagem. Among his other successes were the big Group 1 four-year-old double in Western Australia the $175,000 Golden Nugget and the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park and the Group 2 $50,000 Melton Plate. He also finished a close second in the 2009 Kilmore Pacing Cup after leading for most of the marathon 3150 metres trip. Bonavista Bay was plagued by leg troubles for the remainder of his career and raced only twice after his grand four-year-old campaign before being retired as a seven-year-old last March. Had Bonavista Bay remained fully sound throughout his career, there is no saying what form he might have proved capable of developing. In all, he had 31 starts for 17 wins and six placings and a bankroll of $503,299. Mike Reed, who trained him in WA, said: “Bonavista Bay was a champion. The best horse I've ever put a bridle on.” Media identity Adam Hamilton said: “For sheer talent and strength Bonavista Bay was up with the best. Only injury stopped him becoming one of the all-time greats.” A commanding brown horse, foaled in 2005, Bonavista Bay is the richest son of former champion pacer and a three-quarter brother to Rocknroll Hanover in Rustler Hanover (1:51) outside America, and as a representative of the famed Western Hanover sire line his influence promises to be widely exerted. He is also a member of one of Australia’s greatest winning families that founded by Teeny Rena which has produced top racehorses and leading sires. His dam, Our Lady Rena (2:00.5), a classic winner herself at 3, ranks as a half-sister to the standout pacer Our Sir Vancelot (1:55.4), winner of three Inter Dominion Grand Finals, two WA Pacing Cups, the Miracle Mile and twice Horse of the Year and Grand Circuit Champion. At the stud Our Sir Vancelot has left 217 individual winners to date for progeny earnings of more than $8.6-million. Teeny Teeny, the grand-dam of Bonavista Bay, was named Broodmare of the Year in 1997 and 1998. Other close relatives include Jikk Adios (Aust. Pacing Championship), the former national mile record holder Quantum Lobell (1:53.1), Elite Rena (Vic. Oaks), Vegas Bound (1:52.5) and Artifactor. Bonavista Bay will stand for the realistic service fee of $1,950 including GST (discounts will apply) and his progeny will be eligible for the Breeders Crown, Vicbred, NSW Breeders Challenge and the Bathurst Gold Crown. Peter Wharton
The Soho Standardbreds Annual Weanling and Mares In Foal Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd at 12.30am next Sunday at Tamarin Park, Toolern Vale. Fifty-five quality lots will go under the hammer including broodmares, weanlings, two and three-year-olds and stallion services. Among the offering are the top class racemares Miss Galvinator, Lourdes, Cornsilk, Pelicanrama, Glitzy Miss, Dream Royale, Never Doubt Me and Lombo Silhoeutte. The 28-strong weanling section includes stock by well credentialled sires such as Art Major, Mach Three, Bettor's Delight, Courage Under Fire, Four Starzzz Shark and Grinfromeartoear. The weanlings are eligible for Vicbred, Breeders Crown and Bathurst Gold Crown. Another feature of the sale will be stallion services to the fully-booked Courage Under Fire (3) and promising first-crop sire Major In Art (6). The online catalogue for the Soho Standardbreds sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or the office on (02) 6884 8355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org By Peter Wharton
Harness racing weanlings by champion sires Art Major, Bettor's Delight, Mach Three and Courage Under Fire will go up for auction at the Soho Standardbreds Weanling and Mares In Foal Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on Sunday, July 28 at Tamarin Park, Toolern Vale.
Pelicanrama, Miss Galvinator, Lourdes and Cornsilk, four of the best harness racing mares ever raced in this country, will go up for auction at the Soho Standardbreds Weanling and Mares In Foal Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on Sunday, July 28 at Tamarin Park, Toolern Vale.
We Will See 1:47.4 ($2,549,409), one of the fastest and richest sons of the great Western Hanover, will begin his stud career at the Warwick Stud, Shepparton, of Jack and Luke Primmer in the 2013/14 season.
As the sire of the winners in excess of $12-million, Red River Hanover, who is slated to stand the coming season at the Karobeer Lodge, of Karleigh Raymount, Goulburn, is without question one of the most proved harness racing sires available to breeders in New South Wales.
Western Edition, a 1:51 siring son of the great Western Hanover, will stand this season at the Goodtime Lodge stud of Ian and Judi Slater, Elliminiyt, near Colac, alongside a second American import Artesian.
The 2013 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd at 11am next Sunday at the Bathurst Showground. The sale is an integral part of the annual Bathurst Gold Crown harness racing carnival and has been the nursery of numerous 'black type' winners. One hundred and forty-six top quality lots will go under the hammer by 46 different sires.
The first Australian crop of the Little Brown Jug and Adios winner Million Dollar Cam 3, 1:50.4 ($969,792) seem certain to attract plenty of interest at next Sunday's Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale at the Bathurst Showground.