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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

An exceptionally strong line-up of race winning and winner producing mares augurs well for the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Melton on Sunday. Of the 46 lots to be presented, 23 are from winners, with 18 from successful broodmares, including a host of ‘black type’ performers. Heading the list are the dams are the Trotters’ Oaks winners Maori’s Dream (Vic) and Queen’s Rhapsody (NSW), The Redwood winner Elusive Charm, the NZ Jewels runner-up Gladys Emanuel and the HRI Gold Bracelet and Breeders’ Crown runner-up Aldebaran Maori. The Group race placegetters Flaming Action, Aldebaranfavourite, Countessa Hest, Arnika’s Pride and Redwood Consolation winner Aldebaran Breeze also have yearlings in the sale. While metropolitan winning racemares represented include Calder Fury, Speedy Naomi, Im Mumbo Jumbo, Mystic Jewel and Strapon. The catalogue comprises the dams of 31 winners, which have amassed more than 160 wins, including dual Oaks and Vicbred champion Claudys Princess, Calder Sensation, Aldebaran Maori, Pride Of Sundon, Val Gardena, Atego Lilly, Bohemian Queen and last Sunday’s Kapunda Cup winner Nico Serrano. There are yearlings closely-related to Inter Dominion champions Sumthingaboutmaori and Our Real Force, and other top trotters such as Kyvalley Road, Blitzthemcalder, Galleon’s Assassin, The Fiery Ginga, Sunny Elegant, Mister Castelton, Merinai and Noopy Kiosk to name a few. Interestingly, no less than 10 yearlings hail from the famous tribe founded by Maori Miss, while 15 are from the New Zealand-bred dams and two from American-bred mares. For a copy of the catalogue visit Harness Racing Victoria during office hours, Tabcorp Park Melton, your local country club or email Pedigrees are available at PETER WHARTON

Catalogues for the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Company at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 22, are now available. An integral part of the annual Bathurst Gold Crown carnival, the sale features 207 quality lots from leading breeders and studmasters in New South Wales and Victoria. 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. All yearlings nominated for the sale may be eligible for the Sales Graduate races with $15,000 Finals for two-year-old colts and fillies to be run at Bathurst in February/March 2016. They are also eligible for the NSW Breeders’ Challenge, Breeders’ Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred and the Breeders’ Challenge Blue Series. For a copy of the catalogue send an email to  Catalogues are also available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. Pedigrees are available on the website Click on the Bathurst Gold Crown yearling sale link. PETER WHARTON

The cross of Somebeachsomewhere over a harness racing mare by Bettor’s Delight is one of the most potent in North America today. Ultimate Beachboy 1:48.6 ($313,880), Bahama Blue 1:51 ($141,658), Tempster Hanover 1:50.4 ($134,749) and Misssomebeach Blue 1:52.6 ($121,800) are just a few examples of this ‘magical’ mating. There’s only one yearling in the Australian Pacing Gold sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday carrying this cross of blood. It is Lot 118, a strongly built, long striding bay colt by Somebeachsomewhere from Molly’s Lucky Star, an American-bred daughter of Bettor’s Delight. The youngster of part of the powerful draft of Bruce Edward’s Durham Park Standardbreds, Durham Lead, near Ballarat, being offered at the sale. He is the second foal and the first colt out of the imported Molly’s Lucky Star, who won 15 races, earned $96,700 and took a mark of 1:54.4.  A half-sister to three $100,000 winners and seven sub 1:56 performers, Molly’s Lucky Star hails from the immediate family of world record holder and successful sire Pacific Fella 1:48.4 ($1,064,631), Pacific Renegade 1:49.2 ($746,247) and Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion Doubleshotascotch 1:51 ($692,491). The Somebeachsomewhere colt is eligible for Breeders Crown, Vicbred and Vicbred Platinum. A photo, video and pedigree of the colt is available at By Peter Wharton

The Holmes Hanover matron Gabrielle Bromac may not have made a great impression on the racetrack, but she is more than making up for it in the breeding barn. The New Zealand-bred mare has produced six foals of racing age and four starters, of whom three have emerged successful, with two inside 1:57. In fact, two of her progeny, Midnight Lights (by Art Major) and Giannis Bromac (Live Or Die), won on the same night at Cranbourne and Bathurst earlier this month! Giannis Bromac has won nine races and $44,482 in stakes and holds a record of 1:56.7, while Midnight Lights has won twice and has gone in 1:56.8. Another of Gabrielle Bromac’s progeny, Gloria Bromac (by Live Or Die), was a winner in Tasmania and is now being bred from. Gabrielle Bromac’s seventh foal, a lovely bay filly by the great Bettor’s Delight, is being offered as Lot 44 at the Australian Pacing Gold Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday. The youngster is part of the 13-strong consignment of Durham Park Standardbreds at the auction. On her dam’s side, the filly has something in her favour on the score of blood. Gabrielle Bromac ranks as a half-sister to the top racemare Gilt Bromac 1:55.4 ($199,069), the Gloucester Park winners Gary Bromac 1:58.1 ($125,025) and Golden Bromac 1:56.8 ($66,019) and Guapo Bromac 1:59.2. Their dam, Gilt Laughter, left six winners and the third dam, Oakvale, produced three including the good Perth winner Lakevale Boy 1:57. The Bettor’s Delight filly is eligible for Breeders Crown, Vicbred and Vicbred Platinum. A photo, video and pedigree of the filly is available at PETER WHARTON

Former New Zealand harness racing champion Changeover has jumped into fourth position on this season’s NZ 3YO Sires premiership with 12 individual winners following a double last weekend. Prince Of Pops, a winner of three races as a two-year-old, posted his first success for the new season at Auckland on Friday night. Starting from barrier 13, the gelding launched a three-wide bid at the 1000 metre mark, circling the entire field in the space of a few hundred metres. He posted a new lifetime mark of 1:58.6 for 2200 metres, covering the last 800 in a blazing 56.7 and 400 in 28.4. The gelding is out of a winning daughter of Cameleon. The following day Cool Changes, having only his second start, produced a stomping finishing run down the outside to score in 1:59.6 for 2200 metres at Invercargill. Out of a winning daughter of Sands A Flyin, Cool Changes is prepared by Nathan Williamson. Changeover, who stands at Nevele R Stud, has sired 22 individual NZ bred winners and five Australian bred winners to date. By Peter Wharton

As the winner of the prestigious Cane Futurity, an elimination of the North America Cup and $410,892 in stakes, Lyonssomewhere (1:49.8) ranked among the top three-year-old colts in the US last year. The Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne sale catalogue boasts a very close relative to the American star in Lot 16, a colt by the champion racehorse and now sensational sire Somebeachsomewhere. Part of the Durham Park draft, of Bruce Edward, the colt is the first foal from the Artsplace mare Catapult, a winning half-sister to the Cane Futurity winner and three others inside 1:54. Their dam, Miss Kitty Hanover, was an outstanding race mare, bankrolling more than $460,000 and holding a mark of 1:51.2. Catapult, the dam of Lot 16, was no slouch as a race mare either. She won four races as a three-year-old, including two legs of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (3rd in Final), banked $50,657 and took a record of 1:53.8. Furthermore, Catapult, on her dam’s side boasts the blood of Artsplace, Western Hanover and Bret Hanover, all champion sires and broodmare sires. The Somebeachsomewhere-Artsplace cross has produced top horses such as USA 2YO and 3YO of the Year Captaintreacherous 1:47.2 ($3.1million), the world champions Sunshine Beach 1:47.8 and Gallie Bythebeach 1:49, Sandbetweenurtoes 1:49.2 (Mistletoe Shalee) and So Surreal 1:49.8. According to Edward, the Somebeachsomewhere youngster is “a standout faultless colt, superbly put together and a smooth, effortless mover.” A photo, video and pedigree of the colt is available at PETER WHARTON

The cross of Rocknroll Hanover over a an Artsplace mare is regarded as the classic harness racing breeding cross in North America today. The 2010 USA Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven, world champion Pet Rock, super racemares Put On A Show and Rocklamation and millionaire pacers Ticket To Rock and Rock N Soul are only a few examples of this magical cross. At next month’s Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne Sale, there are four yearlings bred on the identical cross. One of the quartet, Lot 15, a grand looking Rocknoll Hanover colt from the Durham Park draft of Bruce Edward, has an added appeal boasting the best American blood on both sides of his pedigree. Apart from being by Rocknroll Hanover, and one of his second major crop in Australia, the colt is out of $163,000 winner Career Artist 1:52.6, the winner of 15 races including the prestigious Adioo Volo Stake. Career Artist is also the dam of Artprize 1:54.2, the winner of her first three starts as a two-year-old in America. Career Success, the grand-dam of the colt, took a record of 1:52.2 and bankrolled $459,000 and at the stud became the dam four in 1:53 from five foals, while the third dam, Lexus Spur produced seven individual winners, four of whom took records of better than 1:54. A photo, video and pedigree of the colt is available at PETER WHARTON

American-bred harness racing mares imported to Australia over the years have had a massive influence on the local racing and breeding scene. A cursory glance at the stud book will show top pacers in Follow The Stars, Sting Lika Bee, Maffioso, Desperate Comment, Border Patrol, Nearea Franco and Sushi Sushi, along with trotters Cold Sister, Tsonga and Our Dreamlover, are among several of Australasia’s leading performers from USA mares and that’s just naming a select few! Victorian breeder-owner Bruce Edward, the principal of Durham Park, has been an active buyer of American-bred stock for the past decade, securing up to a dozen mares and fillies from the ‘Land of the Stars and Stripes’. And, at the Australian Pacing Gold Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, February 1 Durham Park will be presenting one of the biggest drafts at the sale – 13 lot – seven of which are from mares Edward imported from North America. Topping the bill is Lot 122, a filly by Rocknroll Hanover 1:49.6 which is the first Australian foal out of the fastest ever Australasian born female, My Double Dream. My Double Dream, 1:49.4 ($638,870), is a Stakes winner in the US and was runner-up in the Breeders’ Crown behind world champion Moving Pictures. Boasting the fastest speed inheritance of any yearling ever presented for sale in Australia, the filly has huge residual value as a broodmare particularly given the sad demise of Rocknroll Hanover. Lots 15 and 16 are both royally-bred colts from Artplace mares, the former boasting a golden cross to Rocknroll Hanover and the latter to the equally exciting Somebeachsomewhere. Lot 16 is a colt from Catapult USA 3, 1:53.4, a half-sister to last year’s Cane Futurity winner Lyonssomewhere 3, 1:49.4 ($386,012), while Lot 15 is from the Adioo Volo Stakes winner Career Artist 1:52.6 ($163,881). Another interesting youngster is Lot 32, a Bettors Delight filly from the Rocknroll Hanover mare Diva De Vie, and possibly the first yearling ever offered in Australia from a daughter of the deceased champion sire. The Durham Park consignment includes two Art Major colts from race-winning USA mares, one from Hawiian Hottie (Lot 53), a half-sister to world champion Maltese Artist and Artesian, and the other from Magic T Zam (Lot 105), as well as a Somebeachsomewhere colt out of the 1:54 Bettor’s Delight mare Molly’s Lucky Star USA (Lot 118), a close relative of world champion Pacific Fella. Another Art Major is Lot 107, an athletic looking colt which is out of a daughter of the New South Wales Sires’ Stake champion Miss Chevious. The offering also includes a colt by Courage Under Fire out of a daughter of Pelicanrama (Lot 74), a Mr Feelgood filly from the triple Group One winner Trend Setter (Lot 192), well-bred colts by Mach Three (Lot 88) and Shadyshark Hanover (Lot 35) and a Bettors Delight filly from a half-sister to Gilt Bromac (Lot 44). A parade of the entire Durham Park draft, along with an inspection of the new season foals, broodmares and the farm’s facilities, will be held at an Open Day on the property on Sunday, January 25 starting at 11am, followed by lunch and refreshments. As a special incentive for attendees on Open Day, Durham Park is offering a 10 percent discount off any yearling purchased at the sale. Furthermore, Durham Park has offered to take delivery of your yearling after the sale and return it to the farm with two months free agistment. All Durham Park yearlings are eligible for the Breeders’ Crown, Vicbred and Platinum series. Pedigrees, videos and photos of all youngsters are available at PETER WHARTON

There are only 10 yearlings in the Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne sale catalogue out of harness racing mares imported from North America. And six belong to the 13-strong consignment of Durham Park Standardbreds conducted by Bruce Edward. Lot 53, an exceptional tall, athletic colt and a beautiful mover with an intelligent attitude, is not only the first foal from America-bred mare, Hawiian Hottie, he's a product of champion USA and Australian sire Art Major. Hawiian Hottie is a half-sister to the world champion Maltese Artist 1:48.6, the winner of a massive $2.32million, and to the exported Artesian 1:49.4 ($878,049), sire of Australia's latest millionaire David Hercules. Hawiian Hottie, by top sire American Ideal, took a record of 1:55.2 at 3 before being injured and exported to Australia. The colt is bred on the same cross that produced the American stakes winners in Darena Hanover (Little Brown Jugette), Galimony (Empire Classic), Escape The News, Thomas J, Instant Respect and others. PETER WHARTON

The very best of the 2013-14 harness racing season’s breeding achievements will be recognised at the Metro Printing Victorian Breeders’ Awards Night on Saturday, November 22. The popular event will be held in the Winning Post Room of the Shepparton Harness Racing Complex. A highlight this year will be the awarding of the International Racehorse Transport Australian Broodmare of the Year – already announced - to Alldatglittersisgold by Harness Racing Australia. This is the mare’s second consecutive Winona Award and in recent years she has been bred to by a partnership including Harshell Investments, managed by HBV member, Harvey Kaplan. Also being awarded at this year’s VBAN is the Nevele R Victorian Pacing Broodmare of the Year, the Niota Bloodstock Victorian Trotting Broodmare of the Year (a new addition to the awards schedule), the Benstud Standardbreds Ian Daff Memorial Victorian Breeder of the Year and the Pryde’s EasiFeeds Victorian Sire of the Year. The dinner is always well attended and this year’s shift to a regional venue in the heart of Standardbred breeding country will ensure a good representation from Victorian breeders but also harness racing fans generally. Tickets are now on sale at $60, which includes a welcome drinks package and three-course meal. Tickets may be purchased by the general public using the booking form available on the Harness Breeders Victoria website or Facebook Page. An optional tour program has been offered in 2014 with Empire Stallions stud, Alabar Bloodstock stud and retired racehorse retraining facility, Raising The Standards opening their gates to visitors across the weekend. Awards are also given for Group 1 winners, including Vicbred champions, Juvenile & Broodmare Sires of the Year, and 2YO, 3YO & Open Age Pacing & Trotting Champions. Time excellence pins are presented to member-bred, Vicbred horses who recorded an exceptional time throughout the season. PETER WHARTON

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