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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

Harness Racing South Australia has thrown its weight behind the rejuvenated SA BOTRA Yearling and Mixed Sale. After a several-year hiatus, the sale is back due to popular demand and will be conducted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Globe Derby. As an enticement for all potential buyers, HRSA has donated four $1000 vouchers to be used towards the purchase of a yearling at the sale. Connections of all runners in the South Australian Cup, Derby and Oaks will be eligible for a voucher. The three popular features are scheduled to be run during the Cup Carnival on January 3 and 10. A random draw will be conducted for the first three vouchers. The remaining voucher will be won by a member of the public attending the Cup program on January 10. BOTRA vice-president Lois Randall said: “on behalf of BOTRA we would like to thank Harness Racing SA for its support of the sale” PETER WHARTON

The brilliant Muscle Hill filly Jolene Jolene equalled the world record for harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies on a mile track of 1:52.2 held by Mission Brief (also by Muscle Hill) when she captured an $84,250 division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile last Thursday (September 25). Jolene Jolene, who led from the half-way mark, made it four wins and three placings from eight starts and increased her stakes tally to $207,527. In fact, Muscle Hill is the sire of four of the fastest 12 two-year-olds in 2014 and four of the fastest 12 three-year-olds from his first two crops of 81 and 82 foals. Meanwhile, Southwind Stryker, a two-year-old Muscle Hill colt, won his $78,400 division of the Bluegrass Stakes on Friday (September 26) in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.8. Jolene Jolene and Mission Brief are the co-fastest juvenile trotters in 2014, while Southwind Stryker is the equal second fastest juvenile male trotter.  SS Poseidon, another Muscle Hill youngster, posted his second win in the $40,000 Harold Dancer Trot at Freehold on Thursday(September 25), while Odds On Amethyst, a Muscle Hill three-year-old gelding, earned a new speed badge of 1:52.2 winning at The Red Mile on Friday (September 27). Muscle Hill is currently ranked third on both the 2YO and 3YO Sire premierships and is the leading North American-based sire of two and three-year-olds available 'Down Under'. From only two crops of racing age Muscle Hill has produced 20 in the 1:55 list, 14 $100,000 winners and four world champions. Lucky Chucky, the Stallions Australasia studmate of Muscle Hill, is the second leading first-crop sire in 2014 and ninth on the overall two-year-old list ahead of great sires such as Andover Hall, Credit Winner, S J's Caviar and Muscles Yankee. An established 1:55 sire, Lucky Chucky's four fastest two-year-olds include two fillies and two colts and his richest include two fillies and three colts. Lucky Chucky has averaged 110 mares per season to date and this season he served 105 mares standing at Winbak Farm, New York for a fee of US$7,500.. Peter Wharton  

South Australia’s BOTRA has set a date for its harness racing Yearling and Mixed Sale. To be staged at Globe Derby, the popular event is scheduled to be conducted on Wednesday, February 11, beginning at 5pm. Yearlings will be paraded from 4.15pm, giving prospective buyers plenty of time to inspect their choices before the sale kicks off. A mixed sale will immediately follow the sale of yearlings. Yearlings nominated for the sale are eligible for a $1000 first win bonus, which runs until the end of their three-year-old season. Entry is $125 per nomination, with noms closing on Friday, November 7. Accommodation for horses which come from interstate, or outer areas, is available on request.  For further information contact SA BOTRA’s Lois Randall on 0402 978 424. PETER WHARTON

Dr Martin Hartnett, one of Victoria's most successful breeders and owners for over 40 years and whose horses carry the 'Illawong' moniker, has decided to reduce his racing and breeding stock. Martin and his wife, Kaye, will put 52 lots through the ring at their Nagambie property on Sunday, September 28, starting at 12.30pm. The offering includes broodmares, racing and young untried stock, rising two-year-olds, yearlings and stallion services. One of the most attractive lots will be the younger full sister to this year's Victoria Trotters Derby winner Illawong Helios (Majestic Son-Shining Sun). Other horses likely to command plenty of interest include last-start three-year-old winner Illawong Libby; Classy Sheila (dam of unbeaten Barimah 3, 1:55.8); Miss Astronomical (1/2 sister to Safari); Illawong Fabulous (dam of Illawong Fantasia); Myrina, the dam of last-start Melton winner Crazy Dave 1:55.5; Illawong Jewel, the mother of Royal Deviate 1:55.1 and Illawong Joyful 1:57.2; Illawong Phoebe (close relative of Pure Steel) and Thats A Shame (7 wins). The mares are in-foal to highly regarded sires such as Mach Three, Western Terror, Shadow Play, Auckland Reactor, Life Sign, Major In Art, Shadyshark Hanover and Tintin In America. The sale of horses will be preceded by an auction of harness, sulkies, rugs and other sundry items. For a catalogue or further information contact Graeme Board & Company representatives Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or Graeme Board 0408 636 273, email or visit the website by Peter Wharton

A reminder, as we close in on the end of season 2013/14, that for the first time Harness Racing Victoria will conduct just one industry awards night, the Gordon Rothacker Medal, including Horse of the Year, on October 8. ......................................................................   Breeders Crown The Australasian harness racing spotlight will be squarely on Tabcorp Park Melton this Sunday as the rich Breeders Crown series culminates with a $1.6m "Super Sunday". 10 Group 1 finals will be contested on what has become arguably the best day's racing on the harness racing calendar. The Breeders Crown is the real trans-Tasman battle, with New Zealand's best two, three and four-year-old horses heading across the ditch to take on the Australians. I particularly like the $297,000 two-year-old fillies' final with Kiwis Katy Perry, Cyclone Kate, Linda Lovegrace, Joannes A Delight and Big Lucy dominating the early fixed odds betting charts. But don't tell a couple of the Aussies that the Kiwis are set for an easy ride, as Mick Stanley (trainer of Soho Tokyo) and Rob Auber (owner of Niki No No) have both declared they're not running scared. Probably the battle that has punters salivating most is the rematch between three-year-old semi-final combatants Our Sky Major and Bling It On. Punters are also reminded of a $25,000 first four pool guarantee on all races at Tabcorp Park on Sunday thanks to the TAB. Super Sunday kicks off at 12.05pm, with 11 races to be contested. Ballarat HRV's thanks goes to President Greg Moy and CEO Paul Rowse for yet again doing a great job in hosting an important industry event, the Breeders Crown Semi Finals last Saturday (August 16). As always a job well done. .......................................................................................... Interesting Statistics (Season) Plenty of highlights this season as we near the end of another racing year: Chris Alford's drives earned over $1m for the second time in his career; Chris Alford, Greg Sugars and Gavin Lang have all driven over 200 winners nationally this season; David Aiken is the first trainer to have trained 50 winners in a season at Tabcorp Park. Next best is Lance Justice with 49 in 2010/11; David Aiken has also smashed the trainers stakes earned at Tabcorp Park in a season, currently sitting just under $1m. Speaking of Greg Sugars, if you click here you will see a nice segment featuring Greg with Jaimee Rogers from Tabcorp called "Behind the Moment" where Greg talks of his relationship with the great Sushi Sushi. ............................................................................................. Smoken Up We are building toward a big farewell for Lance Justice's champion Smoken Up's last ever run at Tabcorp Park on September 6. For the record, before his final run, he will have had 152 starts for 74 wins and career stakes of $3.6m Included in his 74 wins have been 21 wins at Tabcorp Park, from which he has earned $700,000. The horse to have won the most at Tabcorp Park is Make Mine Cullen with 29 wins at the new headquarters. The occasion is being generously supported by the State Government's Raceday Attraction Program and the Premier Dr Denis Napthine will be in attendance. ............................................................................................... Red Balloon Experience for Father's Day The State Government recently approved a grant for the promotion of a Mobile Barrier Ride and dining package offered through Red Balloon. Participating venues are offering a 25% discount ($165 down from $220) as part of Red Balloons Father's Day promotion which runs from August 18 to Father's Day on September 7, where people can purchase the package as a gift for use over the next 12 months. The Package includes the usual dining and drinks for two plus two mobile barrier rides. Click here for the link to the package on Red Balloon. ......................................................................................... Youth Policy People often associate the trots with an ageing demographic. It is pleasing to see that this is now becoming a myth as we see the rise to the top of our gun young drivers, who are knocking on the door of the likes of C Alford and G Lang. In recent months names such as Josh Aiken, Matt Craven, Jason Lee, Rebecca Bartley, Ellen Tormey, Glen Craven, Emmett Brosnan, Zac Phillips, Alex Ashwood, Josh Duggan and plenty of others have tasted regular success and are hot on the heels of more seasoned youngsters, such as Greg Sugars, Amy Tubbs and Nathan Jack. It is important for administrators to manage the business in such a way that this new generation of participants see a long term future in this great sport. ..................................................................................... Don Dove Since the last CEO News, HRV was saddened to hear of the passing of the one and only Don Dove. Below is copy penned by Len Baker following his funeral service at Kilmore: A large number of trainers, drivers, owners and harness racing people in general were in attendance at Kilmore's Trackside Tabaret on Tuesday July 29, to celebrate the life and times of iconic Victorian trainer/driver Don Dove who passed away in his adopted state Queensland on July 14, 2014 at the age of 86. The memorial service was conducted by the "Pacing Priest" Father Brian Glasheen and numerous stories were told during the service. Don was a legend of the sport and was associated with horses such as Kol's Idol, Monara's Image, Nelson's Report, Playalong, Amlin, Jaygo, Missing Charm, Jay Ar Ewing, Just Money and Victoria Derby winner Kelly Kid just to name a few, with his best being prolific winner Monara which finished second to Welcome Advice in the 1972 (Brisbane) Inter Dominion when driven by Neville Welsh. Originally training in Heatherton where he was based for many years in an area which was also home to G.D. (Dave) Wilson and several other trainers including Lloyd and Bruce Coram, the trio would conduct trials on a rotation basis at their property's each weekend prior to the formation of Southern Speedways where Don was a regular competitor at the weekend trials called by at one stage by Trackbred editor Peter Wharton. Dove then moved to Kilmore and further north to Avenel, before relocating to Queensland. A master reinsman with wonderful hands who was great in getting horses away from the tapes, there was no better driver at the head of the field in a trotting or pacing race than Don Dove. Harness Racing Victoria

Great Success (Tr 1:51.4TT), the fastest trotter ever to be imported to the southern hemisphere and now a highly regarded sire, is to stand in Victoria this season after being based in New Zealand for the last four seasons. He will stand at Niota Bloodstock, Girgarre, near Shepparton, of Ken and Jan Wills, for a fee of $1600 including GST. Great Success has been bought by Michael Taylor, a prominent NSW square-gaiting breeder-owner and sponsor, and Ararat horseman Gary Hull. The brilliant, young stallion - he was foaled in 2004 - is already well on the way to proving a success with his first small crops racing. And, with his biggest crops still to represent him, Great Success is poised to make an impact in the trotting field into the future. In his first season Great Success left 71 foals, and of these he had 29 to the races half-way through their four-year-old season, and 13 were winners, six were placed and a further seven qualified. From his first crop he sired a top colt in Roy Hobbs (Tr 2:00.2), who has won four of his 12 starts and was one of the star three-year-olds of his season, and others in Jeter Tr 2:02.9 (3 wins this term) , Senitas Success Tr 2:03.5 (6 wins) and Buff Orpington. While, his second crop now racing as three-year-olds, has already produced nine winners including Trouble Rieu, a heat winner and runner-up in the final of the NZ 2YO Trotting Championship, One Two Kenny (2 wins from 4 NZ starts), Boundary Row, a dual SA classic-winning two-year-old, and the Vicbred Final and Tatlow placegetter Edge Hill. Great Success competed with real distinction against the best trotters in commission. As a two-year-old he won in 1:56.2, winning a division of the Review Stake at Springfield, while he also captured divisions of the John Simpson Memorial and Hayes Stake and finished runner-up in the Bluegrass Stake and International Stallion Stake. The highlight of his career came as a three-year-old winning an elimination and Final of the $220,000 Matron Stake at Dover Downs in 1:55.4. He took his record of 1:51.4 at three years in a time trial at Lexington, trotting his last half in a blazing 55 seconds. Great Success had only 32 starts, winning six times with 10 placings and running up a stake score of $400,341 - an excellent total in a brief career. Great Success is the first son of Hambletonian winner Self Possessed (Tr 1:51.6) to do stud duty in the southern hemisphere. Self Possessed hit the siring headlines when he left the mighty Cantab Hall (Tr 1:54), who in turn has sired the world record holders Father Patrick (Tr 1:50.4) and Uncle Peter (Tr 1:50.6). Great Success, on his dam's side has a pedigree to match that of his sire line. He is out of Victory Please, the dam also of the Stakes winning Pleasing Lady (Tr 1:56) and Azur (Tr 1:54.6), being by Mr Vic (Tr 1:54.4) from Caviar Please, by Royal Prestige (Tr 1:55.2), a former USA Trotter of the Year. He boasts a 3x3 cross to Valley Victory (sire of Muscles Yankee) and carries multiple strains of the blood of influential sires Speedy Crown and Star's Pride. His pedigree also contains three doses of the blood of noted speed influence Speedy Somolli. Great Success is a young stallion with the bloodlines, racing performance and conformation to commend him to the most discriminating breeder. He should add interest to the ranks of Victorian trotting sires. by Peter Wharton

Artesian, the sire of one of Australia's leading pacers David Hercules ($820,304), conqueror of the great Im Themightyquinn recently, and of Tasmanian's premier mare Laterron, will stand at the Elderslie (near Brighton) property of Sue and Hans Streit this season. He is without question one of the most proved sires available to breeders in Tasmania. Artesian, who was first at the stud in Canada, where he sired the winners of over $2million and 10 in the 1:55 list, has enjoyed a good measure of success with his first crops on the mainland. Besides David Hercules, a dual Vicbred champion and Breeders Crown winner, and the Golden Mile winner Latteron ($137,090), Artesian has sired some smart pacers, both colts and fillies, many of whom have distinguished themselves as two and three-year-olds. Among his winners have been a Vicbred final winner in Hexham Heartbeat ($120,079), Daisy Adele, winner of the Tasmanian Yearling Sale Classic and Belmont, Inchbyinch (Tas. Crystal Stakes), Jazzy Jane (Tas. Debutante) and the classic-winning West Australian mares Maggie's Mystery 1:53.8 ($149,154) and Hoylake's First Lady ($114,462). Actually, Artesian's percentage of winners to starters rates him highly. Artesian, who had a record of 1:49.4 and a bankroll of $987,884, won in good company in America. Numbered among his major successes were the $250,000 New Jersey Classic, $275,000 Berry's Creek Pace and divisions of the New Jersey Sires Stake, New Jersey Futurity and Reynolds Stake, while he finished a close second in the $1.5million North America Cup. Artesian is one of the most stylishly bred horses at the stud in Australia. By the Artsplace horse Artiscape, sire of two of America's greatest racehorses in Maltese Artist ($2.3m) and Rainbow Blue ($1.4m), he is out of the Falcon Seelster mare Hula Dancer, who holds the unique distinction of producing sub 1:50 full brothers in Maltese Artist (1:48.6) and Artesian (1:49.4). In all, Hula Dancer left 11 foals, seven winners with two in 1:50, three in 1:55 and progeny earnings of a staggering $3.3million. Hawaiian Ty, the dam of Hula Dancer, produced 12 winners in 2:00, six of whom took records of better than 1:55. This is the family of Betty G, one of the gems of the American stud book and ancestress of Cognac Hanover, the leading sire in Tasmania in the 1990's. A 1:52 sire and classic-winning sire of Artesian's breeding could make an interesting and valued contribution to Tasmanian pedigrees. In Australia this season Artesian has had 84 runners of which 40 were individual winners - six in better than 1:57 - for almost $700,000 in stakes. Artesian will stand for a fee of $1650 including GST. For bookings and further information phone Sue Streit on (03) 6268 5213 or 0409 104 718 or visit the website by Peter Wharton

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