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Harness racing prominent breeder-owner Pat Driscoll knocked down the three top-priced lots at the second Pryde’s EasiFeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale held at Tabcorp Park Melton on March 23. Driscoll, who trades as Yabby Dam Farms, pocketed a cool $119,000 for his three-strong draft including the sale topping colt at $41,000, a son of USA superstar Muscle Hill out of the Malabar Maple mare Calder Luck, a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 placegetter Calder Sensation, Calder Image and Bella Cheval. The handsome youngster was bought for a syndicate by John and Maree Caldow, who developed and trained Calder Sensation, a winner of 16 races and $142,762. An Angus Hall colt out of Maori’s Dream, the grand-dam of the top priced lot, realised the second highest price of $40,000. He was knocked down to Romsey trainer Chris Alford on behalf of stable clients Phil Walshe and Craig Nott. While another of the Muscle Hill progeny, a colt from the USA bred Let’s Be Happy, the dam of Bathurst Gold Coronet winner Verbier, was garnered by Christchurch trainer Tim Butt for $38,000. Two Angus Hall youngsters, one out of the Muscles Yankee mare Lindy’s Two Step (1:57.4) and the other from the useful Sundon mare Pinevale Ellason, realised $30,000 and $28,000 respectively. Majestic Son, a leading sire of juvenile trotters, had three head sell including a gelding out of the R C’s Dee Jay mare Howdoudo, the dam of Vicbred champion Split Image, which was haltered by Chris Lang Jnr for $30,000. Two Majestic Son colts out of strong New Zealand-bred mares from Harness Breeders Vic committeeman Gerard Moloney’s draft sold for $22,000 and $20,000. Former local champion Skyvalley was the sire of the highest priced filly Aldebaran Eve, out of the Victoria Oaks winner Aldebaran Dream, consigned by Aldebaran Park and sold for $18,000, while a Skyvalley colt from the 2YO and 3YO Trotter of the Year Jauriol realised $20,000. Running Pinevale, also a Victoria Oaks champion, was represented by her second foal, a colt by NZ-based import The Pres, who was knocked down for $22,000. Of the 36 lots offered, 31 were sold for an average price of $16,359, up almost 25 percent on last year. by Peter Wharton

 The 2014 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd at 11am on Sunday at the Bathurst Showground. The sale comprises 186 lots by 50 different sires including Australia’s champion sire Art Major, leading juvenile sire Courage Under Fire, former USA Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven and premier North American sire Rocknroll Hanover, along with leading first-crop stallions Sportswriter, Shadow Play, Always A Virgin, Changeover and Million Dollar Cam. Other well known stallions include American Ideal, Grinfromeartoear, McArdle, Armbro Operative, Live Or Die, Elsu, Four Starzzz Shark, Artistic Fella, Modern Art, Village Jasper, Tinted Cloud and Aces N Sevens. The catalogue includes yearlings out of Group winners including the Edgar Tatlow winners Katasopos and Lady Titian Lombo, the WA Oaks winner Onassis Legacy and Modern Day (QSBA Breeders Classic). Other Group heat or metropolitan winners include Jillette, Unspoiled, Ezy Lady, Ambre Solaire, Lite Energy, Nietta Lombo, Spirit Of Tara, Madusa Cam, Lombo Silhouette, Lockton Loaded, Love Nest, Touch Of Jerry and Dana Bromac. The majority of the yearlings are eligible for the $1.17-million NSW Breeders Challenge Race series for two, three and four-year-olds of both sexes. They are also eligible for rich futurity series such as the Australasian Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred and QBred. The online catalogue for the Bathurst sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on (02) 6884 8355 or email gboard@dcco.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on (02) 6333 5000. by Peter Wharton for Bathurst Gold Crown Sale

The Cam’s Card Shark horse Million Dollar Cam, a Little Brown Jug winner and now at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga, has been represented by some promising two-year-olds from his first Australian crop. Million Dollar Cam, who took a record of 1:50.2 at 3 years and won almost $970,000 in stakes, has a foal crop of only 60 and already 14 have started and three have won and a further six have been placed. They include the impressive Tasmanian Debutante winner Karalta Impulse, the brilliant first-up Bathurst winner Ameretto and last Saturday’s runaway Albury victor Riley James. With 14 starters from 60 foals, Million Dollar Cam is off to a sensational start, being the leading NSW first-season percentage sire in that category, while he ranks second on a winners-to-foals percentage basis, according to the Harness Racing Australia computer on March 17. Eight of Million Dollar Cam’s second crop will go up for auction at the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale next Sunday afternoon at the Bathurst Showground as part of the 21-strong Yirribee Stud consignment. The draft includes a half-brother to the Linden Huntley Little winner Mighty River ($420,590), a half-brother to the NSW Sires Stakes 2YO champion Muddy River ($207,313), a half-brother to the $130,000 winner Itsokaytobefake (1:55.3) and a filly from the Albion Park winner Miss McBee. There’s also a colt from a Northern Lights daughter of the Victoria Oaks winner Shelly Lee and a colt out of a half-sister to the multiple Cups winner Royal Surprise ($229,879). In North America, Million Dollar Cam’s stock has earned more than $20-million to date and he has sired seven in the 1:50 list. By Peter Wharton (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

The commanding end-to-end win of Allnight Kiss in the $15,000 final of the Sale Graduate Race for two-year-old harness racing fillies at Bathurst on Wednesday night has given the forthcoming Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale a tremendous boost. Allnight Kiss, a filly by Modern Art, is the second foal out of the Aces N Sevens mare Sheb Ace, whose third foal, a colt by $4-million winner Mister Big, will go under the hammer as Lot 28 at the Bathurst sale. The first foal, Ultimate Ace, has won three races so far and holds a mark of 1:58. Only lightly raced, Allnight Kiss was bought for $21,000 by Golgong couple Gary and Marg Meredith at last year’s Bathurst sale. The Mister Big half-brother to Allnight Kiss is being offered by Wagga breeders Denis and Jo Howe, and is one of only two colts by the world’s richest pacing stallion to be presented at the sale. The Howe family’s five-prong consignment also includes a Courage Under Fire half-brother to this week’s impressive Cranbourne winner Soho Wonder. The Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling, comprising 186 lots by 50 different sires, will be held on Sunday, March 23 at the Bathurst Showground. The online catalogue for the Bathurst sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on (02) 6884 8355 or email gboard@dcco.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on (02) 6333 5000. by Peter Wharton

Many of Australasia’s leading stallions are represented in the catalogue for the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be conducted on Sunday, March 23 at the Bathurst Showground. The progeny of 50 different sires are listed including For A Reason’s sire Art Major (3 lots), Scandalman’s sire Live Or Die (4), Bling It On’s sire American Ideal (3), Villagem’s sire Village Jasper (5) and Smoken Up’s sire Tinted Cloud (5) and the leading juvenile sires Sportswriter (11), Always A Virgin (5), Artistic Fella (4), Jereme’s Jet (3) and Shadow Play (2). Eight of the top dozen Australasian-based sires as they currently stand on the Australian Sires’ Premiership table are represented in the catalogue. Shark Gesture leads the way on numbers for the first season sires with 10 catalogued entries. Other first season sires represented are Rock N Roll Heaven (4 lots), Lonestar Legend (1) and BG’s Folly (1). Aside from the first season sires the most represented sires in the sale are Passmaster Hanover (20 lots), Grinfromeartoear (13), Sportswriter (11), Flightpath (10), Four Starzzz Shark (9), Million Dollar Cam (8) and Courage Under Fire (8). Mister Big, the richest pacing stallion in history, has four lots, dual premiership-winning sire Armbro Operative (4) and three-time premier NSW sire Aces N Sevens (2). Rocknroll Hanover, the leading all-aged sire in North America in 2012, has a single entry in the sale. The online catalogue for the Bathurst sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on (02) 6884 8355 or email gboard@dcco.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on (02) 6333 5000.   By Peter Wharton  

One hundred and eighty-seven nominations have been received for the 2014 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, which will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on Sunday, March 23 at the Bathurst Showground. The online catalogue for the Bathurst sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Davidson Cameron on (02) 6884 8355 or email gboard@dcco.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on (02) 6333 5000. A strong selection of stallions are represented in the catalogue such as Sportswriter (11 lots), Courage Under Fire (8), Art Major (3), Grinfromeartoear (13), Four Starzzz Shark (9), Live Or Die (4), Million Dollar Cam (8), Passmaster Hanover (20), Flightpath (10), American Ideal (3) and the first season sires Shark Gesture (10) and Rock N Roll Heaven (4). The sale features yearlings from Group, Listed or metropolitan winners such as the Tatlow Memorial winners Katasopos and Lady Titian Lombo, Ambre Solaire, Nietta Lombo, Jillette, Lombo Silhouette, Spirit of Tara, Western Luv Bug USA, Lockton Loaded, Madusa Cam, Lite Energy, Love Nest, Ciara, Touch Of Jerry, Unspoiled, Dana Bromac, Sixteen Carat, Call The Marshall, Sokys Secret and many more. The sale will begin at 11am. By Peter Wharton  

The Tasmania Premier Harness Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd and Tasracing at 6pm next Friday at Inveresk Showground, Launceston. The sale comprises 39 lots by 17 different sires including Australia’s leading juvenile sire Art Major and the champion North American sire Rocknroll Hanover. Other well known stallions include Courage Under Fire, Shadow Play, Elsu, Four Starzzz Shark, Julius Caesar, Mister Big, Major In Art, Tiz A Masterpiece, Stonebridge Regal and JR Mint.   The offering includes the first foal of the Vicbred 2YO champion and Tasmanian Oaks winner Shez Ryleymak and a colt closely related to the Miracle Mile winner and nominal Inter Dominion favourite Beautide. Besides Shez Ryleymak, the progeny of Group and classic winners Cam River, Mon Poppy Mary, Laconic, Cullens Angel (1:54.8), Thabela Brioso, El Jays Belle, Pennys Dragon and Whata Dragon are listed to go under the hammer. There’s half-brothers and sisters to top performers such as Abbreviated (Vic. Youthful), Cat Bay (Globe Derby Stakes), Cullens Angel (Granny Smith), Daisy Adele, Black Centurian, Prisoner, Laconic Jamane, El Jays Belle, Cruisin Fella and Melolyn. All yearlings presented for sale will be eligible to compete in $10,000 Yearling Sale Classics for two and three-year-olds of both sexes. They will also be eligible for a $2,000 Tasbred win bonus for each of their first two race wins as both as a two and three-year-old. Furthermore, the youngsters are eligible for a one-off $2,000 First Win Bonus for their first race win anywhere in Australia before reaching four years of age. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K.Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com . by Peter Wharton

Many of Tasmanian’s leading breeders and studmasters have thrown their support behind the Tasmanian Premier Yearling Sale to be held on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston. Lyndon and Gail Menegon’s Big Park stud, Karoola has the biggest draft with eight lots including two by highly promising sire Major In Art and five by the royally bred Tiz A Masterpiece. The consignment includes half-brothers to the dual Melton winner Cruisin Fella and the Bathurst Tiara heat winner Dakota Hanover and a filly out of the Belmont winner El Jays Belle. Strezlecki Lodge, Windemere, conducted by Brooke Hammond, will offer six yearlings – by five different sires. The pick of the draft appears to be the Rocknroll Hanover colt out of a strong New Zealand family which includes Charleys Dream (Tas. Golden Mile), Village Hero and so on. The Hammond clan will also offer a Stonebridge Regal filly out of the Bandbox Stakes winner Cam River, the dam of Cat Bay (Globe Derby Stakes), and a JR Mint brother to Sales Classic winner Prisoner. The Jetsonville Park Syndicate, who imported JR Mint from America, has entered five yearlings – four fillies and a colt – by the 1:49 $920,000 winning son of Northern Luck. The draft includes a daughter of the Evicus Stakes winner Mon Poppy Mary, whose first foal in Black Centurian took out the Sales Classic. Prominent Devonport breeder and owner Mick Maxfield has nominated two lots, one a colt by champion sire Art Major from a good winning NZ mare and the other an Elsu filly out of a half-sister to the Victoria Sires Classic winner Romeo Castle. Briighton breeder Peter Walker’s four-strong entry includes a pair of fillies by Art Major, one of out Ticket To Angel and the other from her Granny Smith winning daughter Cullens Angel. He will also offer fillies by Shadow Play and Jeremes Jet, both out of winning Resurgent Dragon mares. A Mister Big filly out of the immediate family of Miracle Mile hero Beautide will spearhead the three-strong draft of the Harford-based Paine family. The well made filly is out of Atlarak, a half-sister to Gorse Bush, the dam of Beautide. Brighton studmaster Sue Streit has nominated a colt and a filly by resident stallion Mountain Glory, a former Tasmanian Horse of the Year. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com by Peter Wharton

The second annual Australasian Premier Trotting Sale, sponsored by Pryde’s EasiFeed, will be held on Sunday, March 23 at Tabcorp Park Melton, the day following the running of the Group 1 $400,000 Great Southern Star. The sale has attracted 44 nominations – up from 40 last year – and will feature the cream of the crop of Australia's trotting yearlings. And, to give the sale a truly international flavour, 40 percent of the catalogue are out of overseas mares – three USA, 14 NZ and one Europe. Duncan McPherson, a Director of the sales company, said: “The sale represents an opportunity for purchasers to buy at any level of the market. With 18 stallions represented there’s a horse in the sale for every pocket. Never before in Australia has such an offering and variety of yearlings been made available to the Harness industry. “Full credit goes to the vendors of the yearlings who have shown great faith not only in the sale but also in the initiatives taken by Harness Racing Victoria in its efforts to internationalise and globalise the Trotter.” A feature of the sale will be the first Australian crop of former USA superstar and now siring sensation Muscle Hill. He will be represented by two colts, one out of a half-sister to Calder Sensation and to the dam of Blitzthemcalder, and the other from the American-bred Let’s Be Happy, the mother of Vicbred heat winner Verbier. Muscles Yankee, the sire of Muscle Hill, has a single entry, a filly out of the multiple Group 1 winner Adella’s Dash, dam of the SA Trotters Derby winner Glenferrie Dreamer. Muscles Yankee’s highest stakes earning entire son ‘Down Under’, Skyvalley ($322,675), has by far the biggest draft with seven fillies and two colts. The top picks could be the colt out of former top racemare Jauriol, the colt from the sister to Swedish star Yield Boko and fillies out of Aldebaran Dream (Vic. Trotters Oaks) and the Muscles Yankee mare Charming Yankee. Besides Muscles Yankee and his sons, the catalogue boasts stock by established sires such as Angus Hall, Majestic Son, Pegasus Spur, Monarchy and Conch Deville and the exciting newcomers Bacardi Lindy, Federal Flex, Great Success, Lawman, Armbro Variable, The Pres, Bad Boy Truscott, Tennotrump, Aldebaran Yankee and Zooma. Angus Hall, one of America’s most successful sires of all-time, has four nominations including a gelding from the 1:57 $150,000 winning Muscles Yankee mare Lindy’s Two Step, two colts out of mares from the wonderful Maori Miss tribe and a colt from the classics-winning Pinevale Ellason. Another sire with a strong representation at the sale is Majestic Son, last year’s leading sire of two-year-old trotters. His five entries include a half-brother to the Vicbred champion Split Image, a colt out of a half-sister to Skyvalley and Allegro Agitato, a half-brother to the Derby placegetter Our Dreamlover and a filly out of a half-sister to the cup class trotter Danny Cash. While Pegasus Spur, the sire of three Breeders Crown champions, has fillies out of Shez Allrighty ($85,431), Kyvalley Bling (family of Kyvalley Road) and the Muscles Yankee mare Aldebaran Honey and a colt out of Maori Sunshine (Lightfoot Laurels). Other well performed racemares with progeny in the sale include the Trotters Oaks winner Running Pinevale, Speedy Naomi ($77,316), Aldebaran Maori ($74,581), Cloud Chaser (VSTA Cup), Poppy, Strike Destroyer, Enjoy A Champers and the Breeders Crown placegetter Pocket Fantasy. There’s a sister to the dual Vicbred champion Brunelleschi and close relatives to a swag of Group and Cup winning trotters including Galleon’s Assassin, Merinai, Spidergirl, Danny Bouchea, Stoned I Am, National Interest, My Missindependent, Jazz Legend and Tucumcari. All prospective purchasers should note that the $7,000 Vicbred First Win bonus is applicable to Vicbred eligible horses as is Breeders Crown and Need For Speed Series. All purchasers are encouraged to become members of the Victorian Harness Racing Sports Club as owners bonuses are available to all those horses owned by members in selected events during their racing careers. The online catalogue for the Australasian Premier Trotting sale can be viewed at www.austrottingsale.com.au Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Harness Racing Victoria on phone 8378 0200 in early February. by Peter Wharton

A unique opportunity to buy into Tasmania’s fastest moving maternal family awaits prospective purchasers at the Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale to be held on Friday, February 14 at Inveresk Showground, Launceston. The filly, Lot 10 in the sale, is by Mister Big out of Atlarak, a daughter of the grand producing Holly Sand mare Barrington Lass, who traces back to a noted foundation mare in Black Annie. She is part of the two-strong draft being offered by Harford, near Devonport breeder Susan Maine, who keeps a small band of broodmares on the north-western Tasmanian property owned by her husband, Tim. Barrington Lass, the grand-dam of the filly, is the joint leading winner-producing mare of all-time with 15 individual winners including six ‘black type’ performers. Her stock has won 175 races and an amazing $950,000 in prizemoney to date and includes Alby Albert, Barrington Belle, Bar Ron and Barringtonboutique. Another of Barrington Lass’s offspring, Gorse Bush, one of her five winner-producing daughters, figures as the dam of last year’s Miracle Mile winner Beautide 1:50.2 ($803,437). Atlarak, who injured a fetlock and was not raced, is a half-sister to Gorse Bush and the Mister Big filly is her first offspring. “She’s a nice type, black in colour and good sized,” Susan Maine said. Other winners from the immediate family include Chip And Gale 1:52.6 ($517,000), Bar Ron Boy, Biggernbettermax, Laterron, Ashkalini and Death And Taxes. The filly is believed to the first of this wonderful family of champion horseman Barrie Rattray ever to be offered by public auction in Tasmania. She is one of only two lots represented by Mister Big 1:47.4, the winner of a record $4-million, at the sale. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com by Peter Wharton

A feature of the catalogue for the Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale to be held on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston is the high percentage of winning and winner-producing dams represented in the sale. Seventy percent of the 39 lots are out of race-winning dams, while 40 percent are from winner-producers. The catalogue includes yearlings out of several Group winners highlighted by an Art Major colt out of the Vicbred 2YO champion and Tasmania Oaks winner Shez Ryleymak 1:56.2 ($270,688). Other Group or classic winners include the Evicus winners Cam River and Mon Poppy Mary, the Australian Pacing Gold champion Laconic, the Granny Smith victor Cullens Angel (1:54.8), the Belmont winners Thabela Brioso and El Jays Belle, Pennys Dragon (Matron Stakes) and Whata Dragon (Fillies Bracelet). The 39 dams represented have left 35 winners between them including the Victoria Youthful winner Abbreviated, Cat Bay (Globe Derby Stakes), Cullens Angel (Granny Smith), the Tasmanian Sales Classic winners Daisy Adele, Black Centurian, Prisoner and Laconic Jamane, El Jays Belle (Belmont), Cruisin Fella 1:56.6 (Melb.) and Melolyn (1:57.3). For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K.Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the Tasmanian sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com By Peter Wharton

Many of Australasia’s leading stallions will be represented in the catalogue for the Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale to be conducted on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston. Art Major, Australia’s premier juvenile sire for the last few years, has four yearlings nominated for the sale, while the deceased Rocknoll Hanover, a champion sire in North America, has a single entry. The Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play, the sire of unbeaten Victorian youngster Spot Ona Shadow, will be represented by a filly. The sale has attracted entries by 17 different stallions. The ‘Top Ten’ stallions Courage Under Fire (2 lots) and Elsu are both represented, along with up-and-coming sires Major in Art (3), Mister Big (2), Stonebridge Regal (2), Four Starzzz Shark, Jeremes Jet and Julius Caesar. BG’s Folly, a 1:49 son of Rocknroll Hanover, is the only first crop sire at the sale. He has a half-brother to Cruisin Fella as Lot 28. JR Mint (8 lots) and Tiz A Masterpiece (6) have the biggest drafts in the sale. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the Tasmanian sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com. by Peter Wharton 

Purchasers at next month’s Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale in Launceston will be eligible for a range of rich incentives should their purchase win as a two, three or four-year-old. All horses in the sale are eligible for a $2,000 Tasbred win bonus for each of their first two race wins as both as a two and three-year-old. If a horse does not win at two and three a $2,000 bonus will be paid for their first win as a four-year-old or older. Tasbred win bonuses apply only to races conducted in Tasmania. A total of $280,000 is paid out to breeders and owners in the Tasbred Bonus scheme each year. Furthermore, yearlings presented at the sale will be eligible for a one off $2,000 First Win Bonus for their first race win anywhere in Australia before reaching four years of age. As an added incentive, all horses presented for sale will be eligible to compete in $10,000 Yearling Sale Classics for two and three-year-olds of both sexes. The 2014 Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale will be conducted on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston. The sale has attracted 39 entries – all eligible for the Tasbred scheme – including youngsters by Art Major, Rocknroll Hanover, Shadow Play, Courage Under Fire, Mister Big, Elsu and Four Starzzz Shark. An additional entry is a filly by the Artsplace horse Art Colony out of the New York Motoring mare Motoring Rivers, a half-sister to the Hobart Cup winner Purple Haze and a close relative of Miracle Mile hero Beautide. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the Tasmanian sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com By Peter Wharton 

The win of Rich Virgin in the $25,000 final of the MIA Breeders Plate at Leeton on New Year’s Day will give the forthcoming Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale a terrific boost. Rich Virgin, who led from go to whoa in the time-honoured classic at only his third start, was sold at last year’s Bathurst sale for a modest $6,700. The gelding was bred by Tony Dumesny, a prominent NSW breeder and long-time supporter of Bathurst. Rich Virgin is the first Australian starter of the Cane and Messenger winner Always A Virgin 1:48.8 ($1.13million), who stands at Pepper Tree Farm, Cowra (NSW), of Rob and Julie Vandyke. Always A Virgin’s companion sire, Sportswriter, left the second and third placegetters, Making Headlines and Sports Chaton. The 2014 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 23. Submitted by Peter Wharton

The results of the holiday racing in Tasmania have given a terrific boost for the upcoming Tasmania Premier Harness Yearling Sale. Guys Delight, who won the consolation of the Eric Reece Memorial at Hobart, is represented by a full sister as Lot 25, while Black Centurian, a winner at Devonport on Boxing Day, also has a sister in Lot 11. Both are sired by the 1:49 $900,000 winner JR Mint and are part of the five-strong Jetsonville Park Syndicate draft. Meanwhile, Good Beginnings, who won its third race at Hobart last Sunday, has a Major In Art half-brother in the sale as Lot 5 along with a very close relative in Lot 9, a Tiz A Masterpiece-El Jays Belle filly. Both youngsters will be offered by Big Park Stud, Karoola, of Lyndon and Gail Menegon, who have nominated eight for the sale - easily the largest draft. The Tasmanian Yearling Sale will be held at the Inveresk Show ground, Launceston on Friday, February 14, starting at 6pm. For a catalogue or further information phone Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com

Thirty-eight nominations have been received for the 2014 Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale, which will be conducted by Tasracing and Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston. The online catalogue for the Tasmanian sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com  Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. Neilson@tasracing.com.au or Davidson Cameron on (02) 6884 8355. A strong selection of stallions are represented in the catalogue such as Art Major (4 lots), Courage Under Fire (2), Rocknroll Hanover, Shadow Play, Mister Big (2), Major In Art (3), JR Mint (8), Tiz A Masterpiece (6), Four Starzzz Shark and Elsu. The sale features a very close relative of Miracle Mile hero Beautide, half-brothers or sisters to the classic winners Cat Bay, Black Centurian, Abbreviated, Prisoner, Daisy Adele and El Jays Belle and the first foals of top racemares in Shez Ryleymak, Cullens Angel and Thabela Brioso. The sale will begin at 6pm and will be preceded by a parade of yearlings. by Peter Wharton

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