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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 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 or on the Harness Racing Victoria website   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 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    Pedigrees can be downloaded from the website  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 Pedigrees can be downloaded from the website  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 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  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 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  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 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     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

The Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be held at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, starting at 10.30am. An integral part of the annual Bathurst carnival, the sale comprises 208 lots by 57 sires, including champion stallions Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Mach Three, Somebeachsomewhere, Rocknroll Hanover and Falcon Seelster. Other well-known stallions include Sportswriter, Rock N Roll Heaven, American Ideal, Courage Under Fire, Roll With Joe, Artistic Fella, Four Starzzz Shark, Grinfromeartoear, Modern Art, Art Official, Blissfull Hall, Major In Art and Changeover. There are close relatives to a string of top performers such as Beautide, Lennytheshark, Suave Stuey Lombo, Fly Like An Eagle, Emmas Only, McRaes Mate, Lombo Pocket Watch and Kept For Pleasure. The sale includes entries from leading breeders in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. Yearlings are eligible for the Breeders’ Crown, NSW Breeders’ Challenge, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred and Sales Graduate Pace. The online catalogue for the Bathurst sale can be viewed at  Hard copy catalogues can be requested from or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on phone (02) 6333 5000. PETER WHARTON

There are 61 yearlings nominated for this Sunday’s Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale which are eligible for the $7.3million Vicbred scheme, the richest racing and breeding incentive program in Australasia. The offering includes colts and fillies by 25 different stallions. Village Jolt, the 2004 USA and Canadian Two-Year-Old of the Year, and Major In Art, the 2008 USA Two-Year-Old of the Year,  have the biggest draft with seven lots each. Four Starzzz Shark and Modern Art, both Empire Stallions’ studmates of Village Jolt, have six and five entries. Blissfull Hall and Stonebridge Regal have three nominations, while Alabar’s flagship Art Major, Somebeachsomewhere, Rocknroll Hanover, Roll With Joe, Courage Under Fire, Sportswriter, Grinfromeartoear, Artistic Fella, Tell All and Julius Caesar are all dually represented. Sires with single entries are Bettor’s Delight, Rock N Roll Heaven, Shadow Play, Art Official, Changeover, Dawn Ofa New Day, Shadyshark Hanover, Allamerican Ingot and Bacardi Lindy. There’s Vicbred eligible siblings to a string of classic and metropolitan winners including Lively Exit, Franco Jamar, Miss Artistic Tara, Albercross, Dee Devito, Lombo Kotakinabulu and Master Maori and yearlings from the top racemares My Cherie, Miss Trickin Lombo and Howard’s Dilemma. The yearlings are also eligible for the Breeders’ Crown, NSW Breeders’ Challenge, Bathurst Gold Crown and Sales Graduate Pace. The online catalogue for the Bathurst sale can be viewed at  Hard copy catalogues can be requested from or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on phone (02) 6333 5000. The Vicbred eligible yearlings are: 9 Tell All Soaring Franco Falcon Seelster Filly Jane Hearn 12 Four Starzzz Shark Springtime Sally Safely Kept Colt Jane Hearn 14 Dawn Ofa New Day Art Express Art Major Colt Brooklyn Lodge 19 Shadyshark Hanover My Cherie Torado Hanover Colt A & E Davis 22 Somebeachsomewhere Miss Trickin Lombo Blissfull Hall Colt D & F Micallef 25 Art Major Universal Courage Courage Under Fire Colt Cassandra Hampton 33 Julius Caesar Camrose Camluck Colt Regal Farm 38 Grinfromeartoear Jaguar Smooth Jaguar Spur Colt Jane Hearn 43 Village Jolt Tall And Tanned Beach Towel Colt Brooklyn Lodge 50 Modern Art Bonnie Bettor Bettor's Delight Filly Brooklyn Lodge 51 Changeover Feelingoodwaseasy Live Or Die Colt Brian Gourley 63 Major In Art Bonny Brand Armbro Operative Filly Brooklyn Lodge 69 Modern Art Angola Albert Albert Filly Albert Davis 74 Art Major Conrod Bent Panorama Filly Brooklyn Lodge 79 Modern Art Excuses Again Deal Direct Filly Brooklyn Lodge 80 Bettor's Delight Afalcons Dash Falcon Seelster Colt Brian Gourley 84 Major In Art Dream Saver In The Pocket Colt Josh Turnbull 85 Artistic Fella Lombo Laser Flash Modern Art Colt D & F Micallef 86 Tell All Lombo Luvbird Panorama Colt Jane Hearn 89 Four Starzzz Shark Lose The Blues Modern Art Filly Brooklyn Lodge 90 Art Official My Elegant Mee Christian Cullen Colt D & F Micallef 95 Village Jolt Maddie Pickone Live Or Die Filly Brooklyn Lodge 97 Allamerican Ingot So Gorgeous In The Pocket Filly A & E Davis 99 Major In Art Papeete Pacific Rocket Filly Jane Hearn 100 Four Starzzz Shark The Magic Of Life Live Or Die Filly Paul Carmody 100A Somebeachsomewhere Scented Village Jasper Colt Colin Duncan 102 Blissfull Hall Howards Dilemma Pacific Fella Filly Albert Davis 105 Blissfull Hall Proud Trick Falcon Seelster Colt Bob & Jan Steen 106 Major In Art Wall Of Silence Die Laughin Filly Brooklyn Lodge 111 Modern Art Regal Arma Davids Pass Filly Regal Farm 114 Sportswriter Lombo Brite Eyes Life Sign Colt Jane Hearn 117 Artistic Fella Corella Magic Ultimate Falcon Filly Jane Hearn 118 Julius Caesar Ubettorwatchout Falcon Seelster Colt Regal Farm Lot # Sire Dam Dam Sire Gender Preparer 120 Modern Art Avonali Toliver Hanover Colt Brooklyn Lodge 123 Bacardi Lindy Maorimoon Entrepreneur Colt Roy Spencer 124 Courage Under Fire Left Town Fake Left Colt Jane Hearn 125 Roll With Joe Frances Lombo Perfect Art Filly Jane Hearn 128 Village Jolt Innocent Jasper Village Jasper Colt Brooklyn Lodge 130 Major In Art Trojan Fire Bettor's Delight Colt Jane Hearn 133A Stonebridge Regal Prima Bella Donna Safely Kept Filly Scott Robertson 134 Four Starzzz Shark Angel Of Music Safely Kept Filly Jane Hearn 140 Village Jolt And Louise Safely Kept Colt Brooklyn Lodge 142 Grinfromeartoear Razar Orn Safely Kept Filly A & E Davis 143 Roll With Joe Regal Anonamiss Falcon Seelster Filly Regal Farm 146 Four Starzzz Shark Miss Art Art Major Colt Josh Turnbull 147 Shadow Play Modern Oro Modern Art Filly Calderwood Farm 150 Sportswriter Foxy Capri Walton Hanover Filly Ian Chambers 151 Major In Art Outback Sage Safely Kept Filly Brooklyn Lodge 153 Major In Art Soho Persephone Armbro Operative Filly Aaron Day 159 Rocknroll Hanover Jamel Franco Falcon Seelster Filly Bolnora Breeding & Racing 160 Village Jolt Lizzie Sheffield Life Sign Filly Jane Hearn 162 Rocknroll Hanover Pearl Beach Jennas Beach Boy Filly Brooklyn Lodge 163 Courage Under Fire Savannah Lombo Chandon Filly Denis Howe 174 Village Jolt Wicker Bella Silent Spring Filly Brooklyn Lodge 178 Four Starzzz Shark Taralinger DM Dilinger Colt Brooklyn Lodge 181 Blissfull Hall Seductress Panorama Colt Albert Davis 182 Stonebridge Regal Smooth Goldwood Legacy Of Power Colt Regal Farm 188 Rock N Roll Heaven Lombo Mona Lisa Perfect Art Filly D & F Micallef 193 Stonebridge Regal Alyceeforall Armbro Operative Filly Brooklyn Lodge 199 Village Jolt Perfect Thoughts Falcon Seelster Colt Cameron Maggs PETER WHARTON

Many of the leading breeders and studmasters from New South Wales and Victoria have thrown their weight behind the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be conducted by Graeme Board & Company at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 22. Yirribee Pacing Stud and Golden Gait Stud, two of NSW’s best known breeding establishments, have entered 27 and 22 lots respectively in the sale. While Brooklyn Lodge, conducted by very successful breeders Doug and Janet Moore, has the largest draft with 29 lots. Other high profile NSW breeders with strong representation include Mimosa Banks Stud (nine lots), Dennis Howe (seven), Medowie Lodge (six), Sutton Lodge (six), Rosswood Stud (six), Calderwood Farm (five), Killarney Farms (five), Ashdon Valley Racing (five) and David and Rachel Micallef (five). A total of 35 lots have been nominated by Victorian breeders. Those with multiple entries are John Nalder and Jane Hearn (six), Helen Head (five), Graeme and Terry Gourley (five), Regal Farm (five), Kevin Newbound (three), Albert Davis (three) and Brian and Marilyn Gourley (two), Lombo Standardbreds, owned by leading West Australian identity Mick Lombardo, has a three-strong draft in the sale. Progeny of most of Australasia’s champion sires will go up for auction, including Art Major, Bettor’s Delight, Mach Three, American Ideal, Somebeachsomewhere, Falcon Seelster, Live Or Die and Rocknroll Hanover. There’s also stock being offered by the promising sires Sportswriter, Rock N Roll Heaven, Always A Virgin, Shadow Play, Art Official, Artistic Fella, Changeover, Mister Big and Million Dollar Cam. The first Australian crops of former American pacing standouts in Roll With Joe, Big Jim, If I Can Dream, Gothic Dream and Shadyshark Hanover and the colonial-bred champion For A Reason will add interest to the sale. The sale has attracted 208 lots and they are eligible for the Breeders’ Crown, NSW Breeders’ Challenge, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred. Yearlings will also be eligible for the Sales Graduate Pace with $16,000 Finals for two-year-old colts and fillies in February/March 2016, providing payment ($110) is lodged on sale day. The online catalogue for the Bathurst sale can be viewed at  Hard copy catalogues can be requested from or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on phone (02) 6333 5000. 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  Hard copy catalogues can be requested from or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on phone (02) 6333 5000. PETER WHARTON

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