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Harness Racing South Australia Stewards today conducted a hearing into an adverse test result returned by RAP ARTIST following a pre-race urine test taken from the gelding on Saturday 7th January 2017. The particulars being that the sample taken from RAP ARTIST was shown to contain Cobalt at a mass concentration greater than the permissible tolerance. Mr Billinger admitted a breach of Rule (AHHR) 190(1) which states “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” After considering submissions on penalty put to the Stewards by Mr Billinger’s advocate, Mr R Fewings, and after having regard to all other factors, including that this was Mr Billinger’s second breach of the presentation rule, the finding was that Mr Billinger be disqualified for a period of eighteen (18) months and that, following the expiration of his disqualification, he be prohibited from holding a trainer’s licence for a further eighteen months.  Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, RAP ARTIST was disqualified from second placing in Race 6 at Globe Derby on 7th January 2017 and Stewards directed that the placing’s be amended accordingly. Ross Neal Chairman of Stewards HARNESS RACING SOUTH AUSTRALIA

South Australian husband-and-wife Trevor and Christine Scadden have been breeding standardbreds for more than 50 years and continue to have an incredible winning strike rate. Their first horse, Uncle Remus was a Group 2 winner back in the 1970s, and on Saturday, Saphirique, which they bred, took out the Group 2 UBETSouthern Cross Two-Year-Old Fillies final (1800m) at Globe Derby Park. Saphirique is owned in the United States by Marc Hanover and Gordon Banks and is trained in Victoria by Nicole Molander. Driven by champion reinsman Gavin Lang, Saphirique ($2.40 fav), sat outside the speed for the last lap before drawing clear in the home straight to score by 2-1/2 metres from Rigaleto Pegasus ($5.30) with Girls In Charge ($99.30), a metre away third. Coming from the inside of the second row, Lang took advantage of a first turn scrimmage which put the well backed $2.60 chance Strelitzia out of the race to come off the fence band put his filly into the running line. Molander said the filly had been very tired when she returned home and would go for a break. “She has done a great job in her first preparation and won a Group 2 race and I’m sure she will come back a lot stronger as a three-year-old,” Molander said. “She’s won four races from 11 starts and collected more than $67,000 in stakes so we couldn’t ask for more.” Molander revealed she only recently met the owners Messrs Banks and Hanover for the first time. “They came down to Australia via New Zealand to look at their investments and took in a couple of meetings but had to go home before the Southern Cross series. “I have five of their horses in training and another five yearlings coming through.” Molander paid tribute to star SA trainer-driver Danielle Hill, and her family. “It is wonderful to have struck up a working relationship with Dani. She took Saphirique home after the semi and looked after her for me for the final. “We sent Breach The Beach over earlier in the year to gain some confidence and he won a Gawler Derby for Dani before he was sold. “Dani does a wonderful job and I will certainly look at the option of sending horses across to gain experience and develop a winning attitude.” Trevor Scadden revealed he had a yearling full sister to Saphirique which would go to the sales next year. by Graham Fischer

News harness racing is returning to the Wayville Show­grounds has created discussion about some of South Australia’s stars of the 1950s. Three SA horses, which made their name around the tight Wayville circuit, won Australasia’s greatest race the Inter-Dominion for three years straight from 1957. Port Pirie pacer Radiant Venture, driven by Frank “Digger” Connor won at Gloucester Park in Perth in 1957, Free Hall was successful at Wayville in 1958 for trainer-driver Bill Shinn, then Young Pedro saluted at the Melbourne Showgrounds in 1959 for Leo Hunt. Reprinted with permission of The Yorke Peninsula Country Times

The Harness Racing South Australian Board are delighted to announce that the Trots are returning to the Wayville Showgrounds on Friday 27 October 2017. This will be the first race meeting at a Wayville meeting since 1973. Home to the South Australian harness racing from 1925 to 1973, the Wayville Track was described as racing in a coliseum. Especially during the 1950s and 60s, crowds flocked to the track in the halcyon days of the sport with names such as Webster, Holberton, Messenger and Shinn being household names. Wayville was also the scene of some of harness racing greatest ever moments including the 1963 Inter Dominion won by New Zealand champion Cardigan Bay before a record crowd of 45,000 people. Cardigan Bay was the first horse to win $1 million in prizemoney. In addition, Wayville hosted countless memorable South Australian Cups featuring outstanding horses including SA champion, Minuteman. With Wayville’s proximity to the city and excellent public transport options, the HRSA Board is expecting a massive crowd in attendance with a great night of racing and entertainment with a back to the 70s retro theme.  Planning for the race meeting is well underway and the race meeting also has been endorsed by UBET and Sky Racing and final regulatory approval from the Independent Gambling Authority is anticipated expected within the coming weeks.  More information John Lewis, HRSA CEO Ph:  0417 855 300

Champion harness racing reinsman Greg Sugars returned to South Australia on Friday night and left with the first prize of the Elders Insurance Drivers Invitation from the Port Pirie meeting. Sugars landed only one winner – Ultimate Won for Port Pirie trainer Lyndon Hall – but with consistency, was able to grab a win with a third place on Weaponry in the sixth and final heat. He picked up seven points to go to 44 points while hometown favourite Kate Gath only picked up two points on Timansi to finish with 41. Ken Rogers was back in third on 37 points. Sugars, who was a leading driver at Port Pirie early in his career before moving to Victoria, said he was delighted with the win. “It was great that I was able to accept the invitation to drive in the series and to win was a bonus,” Sugars said. “The Elders Insurance Drivers Invitation has been a popular event ever since I took up driving and to take part and win is great. Sugars upset hometown heroine Kate Gath who always drives well at Port Pirie and was a co-winner of the Invitation in 2013 with Ryan Hryhorec and was outright winner in 2016. Heat one of the Elders Insurance Invitation went to Hez Declan, driven by Ken Rogers for Port Pirie trainer Michael Dennis. An $11.80 chance, Hez Declan scored by a head from Wills ($7), driven by Michael Bellman, with Pure Theatre ($2.90 fav), partnered by Wayne Hill 6-1/2 metres away third. The ‘Queen of Port Pirie’ Kate Gath scored an all-the-way win for trainer Tyson Linke on Reil Quick ($7.40) in heat two. Reil Quick scored easily by 6-1/2 metres from Sir Julian ($7.10), driven by Leah Harvey, with Hes Just Rusty ($9.60), partnered by Danielle Hill, 2-1/2 metres away third. Linke said he had recently freshened the six-year-old mare and believed she would continue to hold her winning form. An aggressive Sugars went forward on Ultimate Won ($17) in heat three to grab the lead from gate four and battled on strongly to score a metre win from Flaming Sheffield ($22.50), driven by Lance Justice while Wayne Hill had little luck on the $1.40 favourite Live For Peace which was a metre away third. Ultimate Won is trained by Lyndon Hall who said he was confident the three-year-old would continue to improve. Reinsman Ken Rogers landed a winning double, as did trainer Tyson Linke, when Queen of Sharkz ($1.20 fav) scored a brilliant 27-1/2 metre win in heat four of the Elders Insurance Invitation series. The four-year-old mare landed her fourth successive victory in defeating Habanero ($11.30), driven by Greg Sugars, with Coast Patrol ($14.90), partnered by Leah Harvey, four metres away third. Kath Gath landed a driving double when Big Behemoth ($1.30 fav) scored an easy all-the-way win in heat five. Trained by Leah Harvey in Kadina, Big Behemoth scored by eight metres from Little Miss Piggy ($9.40), driven by Wayne Hill, with Michael Bellman third on Timeless Jasper ($22.90), a neck away. Teenage reinsman Jayden Brewin got a late call up to the series replacing Ryan Hryhorec who had to withdraw through family issues and made the most of the opportunity with a half-neck win on Marzzz Barzzz Bazz ($3.20) for Kadina trainer Mick Darling. Manonthemoon ($4.40) finished strongly to finish second for driver Leah Harvey with Weaponry ($3.90), driven by Greg Sugars, 1-1/2 metres away third. Final points score was: Greg Sugars 44; Kate Gath 41; Ken Rogers 37; Wayne Hill, Leah Harvey 33; Danielle Hill 29; Jayden Brewin 28; Michael Bellman 27; Lance Justice 25; Aaron Bain 15. Graham Fischer

The Independent Review of South Australian Harness Racing by Brian Cunningham has been publicly released and a link to the document is here. Hard copies of the document will be available at the industry briefing to be held in the Jubilee Room at Globe Derby Park on Wednesday 26 April 2017 commencing at 6.00pm. More information John Lewis, HRSA CEO Ph:  0417 855 300

Part-owner Adam Cormack was despairing he had never won a race at Victor Harbor since moving to the town 10 years ago, but Al Bundy put it right with a brilliant harness racing win in the Rob’s Rural Services Victor Harbor Trotters Cup (2660m) on Easter Sunday. Perfectly driven by Jock Dunlop, Al Bundy ($3 fav) sprinted away from his rivals to score a 13-metre win from Natural ($7) with Gus Or Bust ($10.80), two metres away third. “I have to say it was an ambition to win a feature race at Victor Harbor, and Al Bundy has done it for us,” Cormack said. Bred in New Zealand, Al Bundy was purchased early in his career by father Terry, Adam and brother Ben and races for their AB&T Cormack Racing Pty Ltd. The Cormacks decided to bring the gelding to Australia at the end of last year after he had won eight races for them in New Zealand and was given to stable trainer Greg Norman who manages their harness property outside Two Wells, north of Adelaide. Al Bundy won his first two starts under Norman’s care before a second at Port Pirie, then a fourth at Mildura where he unfortunately locked wheels with a rival and had to drag it about 100 metres before getting clear. The trotter was handicapped off 50 metres on Sunday but a good beginning, then a trail from co-back marker Rejuvenation, saw Dunlop able to obtain a one-one trail for much of the race. With that perfect run, Dunlop was able to let the gelding sprint home coming off the back and Al Bundy trotted away from his rivals to win easily. “That was a perfect run for him,” Norman said, “there is no doubt he loves a sit-sprint race. “He has done a great job since coming into my stable. His handicap was just too tough the way the race was run at Pirie, then he had legitimate excuses at Mildura. “I’ll just keep looking at suitable races for him, maybe we will have to look interstate from time to time, but we will stay local when we can.” Adam Cormack said he had moved to Victor Harbor about 10 years ago but wasn’t in the town as much as he would like. “With my job (direct, O’Brien Meats) I do a lot of travelling and we also have a house in Adelaide. “With a new piggery near Snowtown (in SA’s mid-North), there is even more travelling but I make sure I’m home for the weekends at least – it is a beautiful area. “We haven’t had a lot of runners here at Victor Harbor but I wanted to win a race, preferably a feature, and Al Bundy has ticked that box today.” Graham Fischer

Tough pacer Bettor Party picked up his third cup in South Australia with an impressive, and easy harness racing victory, in the 2017 UBET Victor Harbor Pacing Cup (2160m) before an excellent crowd on Easter Sunday. A well backed $3.10 favourite, Bettor Party came around the field to sit outside the leader before sprinting away at the top of the home straight to win untouched by seven metres. Driver Danielle Hill sat quiet over the final stages as the WA-owned pacer added the Victor Harbor Cup to his trophy collection alongside the Kadina and Gawler Cups. For trainer Les Harding it was his first Victor Harbor Cup win and he now puts Bettor Party in the top echelon of horses he has trained. Harding has always felt ill-fated Zanardi, a winner of 16 races in just over 12 months of racing for the stable was the best but acknowledges Bettor Party is really making an impression. The seven-year-old has now won five races from just 12 starts since coming into his stable from Western Australia where he is still owned. “To be honest David (son David Harding, stable foreman) deserves all the credit because I have never sat behind him,” Harding said. “We each have our own horses which we work and David took Bettor Party when he came into the stable.” Bettor Party came away quickly from gate six but driver Danielle Hill said she was a bit concerned when there was plenty of early speed. “I was out wide and there was plenty of pressure,” Hill said. “Fortunately, I was able to go forward along the back and get to the spot outside the leader (Oceans Predator). “He travelled really well and basically pulled his way to the front coming off the back and once in the home straight I knew he wouldn’t be caught.” Adam Cartwright ($3.40) came from last to grab second by a nose from Smiling Crest ($38.70). Bettor Party broke the track record rating 1:57.9 to better the previous best of 1:59.0 recorded by Glenferrie Hustler on December 26, 2013. The winner ran final quarters of 28.2 and 28.7 off the front making it impossible for Adam Cartwright to win after giving away a 30 metre start down the back straight. Harding said he would just look for local races for Bettor Party. “As well as he is going, it is a tough contract going to Victoria to take on their horses on their tracks,” he said. “We took him to Mildura for the Cup and he found it too tough taking on Major Crocker.” by Graham Fischer

Teenage reinsman Jayden Brewin celebrated his best night in the sulky landing a harness racing treble at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Brewin, 16, has been driving for only nine months, but is rapidly establishing himself as a rising star in the driving ranks in South Australia. He has 25 wins this season to sit sixth on the SA Drivers premiership. On Saturday night, he kicked off the treble with an all-the-way win on Destined To Take for trainer Adam Beshara, made it a double with another barrier to box on Kayangee for his trainer father Justin, then brought up the treble with a strong finish on Electric Mary, also trained by his father. Brewin demonstrated that a week can be a long time in harness racing. At Kapunda, on Sunday, March 12, found himself tipped from The Octagon in race two suffering facial abrasions which prevented him from taking the winning drives on Kayangee and Hardly A Grin later in the day. After obtaining a medical clearance during the week, Brewin experienced a night at Broken Hill on Friday night. His first drive was in the no race when a driver mistook the laps, then he finished sixth on Smooth Grin in the Cup. It definitely was an experience,” Brewin said. “I had never driven on such a tight track. “In the first drive, I was three-wide trying to go forward and the leader was going for home – a lap early. “Racing was really tight but it was part of my driving education.” On Saturday night, Brewin went to the lead from gate two on Destined To Take in the Trotsguide.Com.Au Pace (2230m) and had several drivers, including Danielle Hill on the $2.10 favourite Will I Am come alongside and ask if the lead was up for grabs. He replied in the negative, then slowed the tempo with a 32.5 second quarter and 30.0 third quarter before dashing home in 28. Brewin’s superb rating enabled Destined To Take ($4.20) to score a four metre win from Futurist ($3.20) with Will I Am nine metres away third. In the Deane Boehm Memorial (2230m) for the trotters, Brewin drove Kayangee which was going for its third straight win. A $2.20 favourite, Kayangee trotted away beautifully off 10 metres and lead throughout for a solid four metre win from Star Style ($6.50) with Hard Done By ($16.80), a similar margin away third. Electric Mary was a roughie at $22.10 to bring up Brewin’s treble in the Schweppes Australia Pace (1800m) but father Justin had the faith with a “small” all up on his son’s winners. Coming from gate eight, Brewin had Electric Mary trailing the leader Weaponry ($3.20) before coming wide in the home straight and the mare sprinted strongly to grab a 1-1/2 metre win from the front runner with Castle Under Fire ($44.20), 16 metres away third. Brewin said Electric Mary was a ‘special’ horse for him. “She was given to me as a birthday present last year to enable me to have enough trial drives to obtain my driver’s licence,” Brewin said. “She is a family-owned horse and tonight was her second win for us and getting a Saturday night victory was great. She also brought up my treble and a double with Dad. “Yep, a week can be a long time in harness racing.” Graham Fischer

Remember Four Trumps, the former top flight Harness Racing New South Wales youngster who captured the NSW Sires Stakes and Simpson Sprint and then went to America where he lowered his mark to 1:50.2? Well, Lot 5 in the Harnessbred.com South Australian Yearling Sale at Globe Derby Park on this Sunday, February 12, is very closely related to the $760,000 winner. A fine, athletic looking filly by the Art Major horse Art Official, she is out of the 1:59.6 Globe Derby winner Ivanka, a daughter of Trump Casino, the sire of Four Trumps, and is the first foal of her dam. Ivanka’s dam, Pass The Time, ranks as a winning half-sister to the dam of Four Trumps and to the NSW Sires Stakes placegetter, being out of the multiple Harold Park winner My Kellibee (1:58.7). The good Harold Park and Albion Park winner Kellis Express 1:53.2 ($207,564) is another member of the same family. The filly is a product of the Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace winner Art Official 1:47 ($2million), the sire of the flying Salty Robyn, the nominal favourite for the Chariots of Fire, and the Group placegetter Covert Beauty. The attractive youngster was bred on irrigated pastures in the Adelaide Hills by hobby horsewoman Danielle Helbers, who experienced her first success as an owner with Baby Bliss. She is also breeding from a Village Jasper mare, Jomeka, a member of the prized Larrakeyah Lady tribe. The filly is eligible for the Southern Cross, Breeders Crown, Vicbred and SA Sales Classic.  For details on the sale click here.  

The 2017 Harnessbred.com Yearling Sale will be held at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, starting at 4.30pm. A parade of the harness racing yearlings will precede the sale at 3pm. The sale comprises 26 lots by 15 different sires including high profile stallions Mach Three, Roll With Joe, Falcon Seelster, Blissfull Hall, Changeover and Art Official and exciting newcomers Auckland Reactor, A Rocknroll Dance, Betterthancheddar, All Speed Hanover, Alta Christiano and Smiling Shard. There’s close relatives to a string of top performers such as The Falcon Strike, Arden Rooney, Blossom Lady, Lombo Pocket Watch, Lombo La Fe Fe, Scruffy Murphy, Penny Veejay, Jasmarilla and What’s Emma Got. Yearlings are eligible for the Breeders Crown, Southern Cross, Vicbred, Bathurst Gold Crown, Westbred and SA Sales Classic. An auction of racing and breeding stock will follow the sale of yearlings. The online catalogue for the SA Yearling Sale sale can be viewed here.  Phone bidding will be accepted please contact Lois Randall of SA Botra on 0402 978 424 or email sabotra@hotmail.com  prior to the commencement of the sale.   Peter Wharton

Star South Australian trotter Rejuvenation lived up to his name with a sensational harness racing victory in the 2017 Fred Jones Trotters Cup (2645m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night. Trained by Ray Goble, at Grace Plains, the nine-year-old Rejuvenation ($2.40 fav) came off a 50-metre handicap to score a thrilling photo-finish head win from Bold Law ($6.70) with SA Trotters Cup hero Pocketfullofcash ($3.60), 3-1/2 metres away third. “It (Fred Jones Trotters Cup) is a race I wanted to win,” Goble said. “The race was created about five years ago, and because I drove a lot for Fred it was a race I put on the bucket list. “He was a wonderful man for harness racing, and in particular the squaregaiter, so the win is pretty special.” Goble said he felt Rejuvenation was going as well as at any stage of his career. “I’m not sure why because as horses get older you expect them to get progressively slower, but he is now running times better than at any time in his career and to come off 50 metres was a wonderful effort.” Driven by Danielle Hill, Rejuvenation settled last in the field of eight with co-backmarker Pocketfullofcash heading quickly around the field to sit parked outside the leader Tendaho. The staying event took shape when Bold Law, which had been one-out, one-back, came wide with 500 metres to travel to put pressure on the leaders with Hill trailing up on the eventual winner. Trainer-driver Paul Fidge asked Pocketfullofcash to go for home with 300 metres to travel and he dashed away with what looked to be a winning break but with 100 metres left to travel, he suddenly “hit the brick wall” and started to stop. Bold Law, under hard driving by Michael Smith, rallied and with Rejuvenation now alongside, the pair gathered in Pocketfullofcash with 50 metres to travel and the pair went stride for stride in the race to the post. On the line, Rejuvenation had his head in front of the gallant Bold Law. The gelding by Winds Cries Maori has been a wonderful performer in South Australia but paid the penalty for his wins by being virtually handicapped out of local racing and Goble sent her to Victoria for a campaign during the middle of last year. Even in Victoria, the star trotter found the handicaps against him according to Goble. “Even though he wasn’t as severely handicapped, the winners were running 57 second last halves making it impossible for those at the tail of the field to make ground. “His finishing positions show he was being well beaten but his own times were still quite good. “I brought him home for the SA features and he has been going really well and the Fred Jones win was very timely.” Goble said because the gelding came off 50 metres to win, an extra penalty would make it even harder to win going forward. The trainer said Rejuvenation would most likely have his next run in the 2017 Hambeltonian Trotters Cup (2645m) at the Gawler Gold Cup meeting at Globe Derby Park on Saturday, March 11. Graham Fischer

Harness Racing South Australia, in conjunction with UBET, have joined the Australia-wide ‘Team Teal’ raising funds for Ovarian Cancer research. Beginning at Globe Derby Park tomorrow night, female drivers will wear teal pants to promote an awareness and raise funds for Ovarian Cancer research for the Women’s Cancer Foundation. The SA Reinswomen will be supported by the Clerks of the Course who will wear custom-made teal silk shirts while the female pony trot drivers will also don the teal pants to raise awareness. Harness Racing South Australia will donate $100 for every female driver win in South Australia during the campaign and that figure will be matched by UBET. It is anticipated around $6000 could be raised in South Australia during the six weeks. All of SA’s reinswomen were delighted to be involved in such an important cause‚Äč. Foundation Manager Nicole Stockton said the campaign was increasingly being embraced by the wider harness racing community with additional fundraising coming from other areas. Ms Stockton said the support of corporate and community partners was vital to the Women’s Cancer Foundation achieving success, and it was important that the Foundation continue to find new avenues to create awareness and raise funds to achieve the goal to make clinical research possible. “The ‘Teal Pants’ campaign is a great opportunity for Women’s Cancer Foundation and Harness Racing South Australia to create a mutually beneficial partnership. “Our cause is impactful and important as gynaecological cancers affect our mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, wives and friends.” 2 out of 3 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will not survive their disease. Please help us turn the tide on ovarian cancer... Graham Fischer Fields for Globe Derby Park, Friday 03 February 2017 Form guide for Globe Derby Park, Friday 03 February 2017

Harness racing owners-breeders Des and Lyn Farrow were delighted that Moonlite Frolic was able to break through at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night. The win kept alive the fact that all foals from the family of his former champion filly No Frolicking have been able to win a race. Backed from $7 into $3.30, Moonlite Frolic, driven by Mark Billinger, took an early trail behind Rowan Rosie before coming off her back around the home turn then sprinting to a one metre victory in the Lion Dairy & Drinks Pace (2230m). Rowan Rosie ($8.50) held on for second, 6-1/2 metres in front of Murdocks River ($54.60). “The family has had 125 wins,” Des Farrow said. “We bred Moonlite Frolic out of our mare Evening Frolic and because I was cutting back on training, leased the filly out to Stephen Grace. “When the lease ran out we decided to put her up for sale but she didn’t attract a bid.” Lyn Farrow said it was at this point she spoke up. “I said to Des to put her back in work himself to keep him active – it was a no discussion situation,” Lyn said. It was a lifestyle decision because the Farrows have been hobby breeder-owner-trainers for several decades but the mare’s win on Saturday was their first for more than two years, the last being the ill-fated King Roman who scored on debut in January, 2015. Moonlite Frolic was having her fifth start for the Farrows on Saturday night. Trainer-driver Peter Borrelli was keen to lead from gate three on Rowan Rosie and once in front set a pedestrian speed with 33.8 and 32.2 first quarters before stepping up to 29.5 but Moonlite Frolic was able to sprint home in 28.3 and claim victory. The Farrows have had wonderful success stemming from their champion mare No Frolicking which won the 1996 SA Derby and SA Oaks and also ran third in the Victoria Oaks. She had six foals to race and all were winners and the females of the family have bred on producing winners. Farrow said he had two filly foals coming through to keep the family going. They are out of the mare Frolicwithasmile, a daughter of No Frolicking. Graham Fischer

Nothing succeeds like success and harness racing winners are forming a solid base for the resurgent South Australian standardbred yearling sale. Once a strong breeding base, South Australia had been on the decline in the early 2000s and for five years no sale was held in the state. Up stepped the South Australian Breeder Owners Trainers and Reinspersons Association and in 2015 the organisation gathered together a modest 14 yearlings to go under the hammer. From that group, there has already been four winners including the very promising Takemepitchamister which ran in the 2017 SA Derby at only its fifth start. Also in the honour roll from that sale are the exciting Ladyship Stakes winner Arm A Princess which had her career halted by an horrific accident at Melton and the talented Wroxton Steel, a brilliant winner of his first two starts. To complete four winners from the first sale is Ramseys Hope which also ran second in the Lordship Stakes. Four others, Breezin Chippers, Bella Sophia, Spoilt Swaffham and Golden Cullen, have already made it to the racetrack. Takemepitchamister, which cost just $3500, is owned by outstanding photographer Barry O’Brien and Aussie Rules football legend Barrie Robran, and is trained by Toby Ryan and won its first three starts and looks among the best three-year-olds in South Australia. Arm A Princess, trained by Lance Holberton, had four wins and four placings from 11 times, including a Ladyship Stakes win, but had her career halted by an accident at Melton. It was touch and go whether she would survive, but has, and connections are hoping she might eventually stand up to another preparation. BOTRA’s infectious enthusiasm to reinvigorate the local breeding industry has seen interest from around Australia for its, now annual, yearling sale. This year 26 yearlings form the catalogue which will go under the hammer on Sunday, February 12 at Globe Derby Park. Harness Racing South Australia has also increased its backing of the sale. Also, any yearling sold at the sale, which has not been entered for the Southern Cross racing series prior to the sale, can be made eligible at a discounted price of $275 (normally $600), subject to the relevant eligibility criteria. Graham Fischer

A sale of well-bred harness racing yearlings will be conducted at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, February 12, starting at 4.30pm. Sponsored by Harnessbred.com, the SA BOTRA Yearling sale features yearlings by the great Falcon Seelster, recently deceased champion sire Mach Three, last year’s leading first crop sire Roll With Joe and established sires in Changeover, Blissfull Hall, Art Official and Million Dollar Cam. Well credentialed newcomers represented in the sale include A Rocknroll Dance, Auckland Reactor, Betterthancheddar, All Speed Hanover, Alta Christiano and Smiling Shard. The offering includes progeny of the Southern Cross winner Phyl Crocker, the Golden Nursery winner Concorde Crest and the WA Sales Classic winner Ima High Rolla and close relatives to horses the calibre of The Falcon Strike, Arden Rooney, Lombo Pocket Watch, Lombo La Fe Fe, Blossom Lady and SA stars Scruffy Murphy, What’s Emma Got and Wroxton Playboy. A pre-sale parade of yearlings will be held at 3pm. An auction of mixed racing and breeding stock will follow the main sale. Catalogues are available on line at http://www.harnessbred.com/yearling-sale-2017/ or pick up a hard copy from Harness Racing SA, Globe Derby Park and all SA country clubs or from Lois Randall of SA BOTRA on 0402 978 424 or email sabotra@hotmail.com By Peter Wharton

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