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The 2019 Allwood Stud Farm South Australian Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Harness Racing SA and SA BOTRA, will be held at the Magic Millions, Morphettvile on Sunday, starting at 12 noon. The sale will be preceded by the Mitavite Parade at 10am with renowned equine judge Tanya Chapman. The sale comprises 36 lots – 23 colts and 13 fillies - by 24 different stallions including the high-profile sires Bettor’s Delight, Somebeachsomewhere, Art Major and Captaintreacherous. Other well-known stallions include Rock N Roll Heaven, Western Terror, Roll With Joe, Four Starzzz Shark, Mr Feelgood, Shadow Play, A Rocknroll Dance, Auckland Reactor, Betterthancheddar, Changeover, Lincoln Royal and Village Jolt, and the exciting newcomers Heston Blue Chip, Follow The Stars, Hurrikane Kingcole and The Gold Ace. There’s close relatives to a string of top performers such as Stunin Cullen, Border Control, Fistfullofdollars, Gotanedge, Passions Delight, Village Of Dreams, Bella’s Delight, Saab, Endeared, Carvil’s Choice, Lauraella, Cornsilk, Ruffle My Feathers and many more. The sale includes entries from leading breeders in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia. Yearlings are eligible for the Group 1 $100,000 The Allwood to be held in February 2020. They are also eligible for the Southern Cross, Breeders Crown, Vicbred, NSW Breeders Challenge, Bathurst Gold Crown, Westbred and QBred. HRSA are accepting SAMOS vouchers valued up to $1600 for purchasers of fillies. Live streaming of the sale can be viewed on from noon. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at   Peter Wharton  

Terry Forster and Heather Lyttleton continue to pine for the trots and next month’s Australasian Premier Trotting Sale enables the retirees to fund their passion. The pair will be ever-present at the March 10 sale, offering two lots and continuing their affinity with the auction, where they have produced a sales topper and a prized purchase for owner Domenic Martello in Big Jack Hammer, winner of Saturday night’s Group 1 Hygain V L Dullard Cup. The win boosted Big Jack Hammer’s career stakes to $181,922, the third highest for a sale graduate behind Crusin Around ($209,642) and Endsino ($185,203), and was a second Group 1 for the gelding by The Pres out of Running Pinevale. “It was a real buzz and I had a few dollars on him as well, which pleased me,” Forster said. Now based in Queensland, the couple formerly operated Pinevale out of Bagshot north of Bendigo and maintain a handful of horses, a vocation funded in no small part by the sale. “The sale is a big part of it, it keeps the wheels turning,” Forster said. “The trotting is getting more competitive and stronger and stronger all the time. We still love the game, so we got others to watch over the horses.” In particular, Russell and Pauleine Thomson having been leading preparers for the Pinevale pair, including readying their two lots for this year’s sale, which returns to Inglis Salex Complex on March 10. Lot 22, by Love You out of Pinevale Ellason, is a chestnut colt who Forster said was “a really big boy and very strong”. “(Love You’s) very commercial and, as it turned out, he has the most in the sale, so obviously others think the same,” Forster said. Love You’s richest son Quaker Jet sired their other entrant, lot 33, who is out of Ruby Pinevale, a Skyvalley daughter of Pinevale Ellason. Ruby Pinevale, aged seven, last raced on July 1 2016 in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series four-year-old trot, where she finished seventh, just 8m share of the winner and a sale poster boy Endsino. The lots are a continuation of the couple’s breeding that stretches back to 1992 when they established their Pinevale property, inspired in part by Lyttleton’s successful ownership of the likes of 1989 Redwood Classic winner Kwik Kiwi. “We decided instead of buying a trotter we should breed our own,” Forster said. “We soon realised if you are going to breed you have to have really good mares, so we bought a couple from New Zealand and went from there.” Pinevale Ellason, now 17, was among their leading mares and had a successful racing career, amassing $72,300 in stakes including placing second in a 2008 Inter Dominion heat before a gallop proved costly in the final. Her progeny would include Duchess Ella ($126,934) and All Star Angus ($60,504), an Angus Hall colt who Mark Purdon snapped up for $28,000 at the 2014 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale. It was the sale’s second staging and the first the Pinevale team ventured into, having also been the year they listed lot 23. That colt was out of Running Pinevale, a winner of $100,618 including the 2004 Victoria Trotters Oaks, and by The Pres. He was snapped up for $22,000 and would become the aforementioned Big Jack Hammer. Since then Pinevale has been a regular fixture at the sale, returning in 2016 and producing the sale's topper, a colt by Majestic Son out of Pinevale Ellason who drew a bid of $47,000. He would become Kyvalley Frank, the Brent Lilley trained Need For Speed consolation winner and three-year-old Breeders Crown Silver trot placegetter who’s amassed $29,900 to date. In 2017 they produced a Majestic Son colt by Galleons Bliss who garnered a $20,000 bid and, now named Rigondeaux, is a lightly-raced three-year-old for young trots team Maddie Ray and Hayden Gray. Having been absent last year they return with two lots in 2019, maintaining their philosophy of keeping their fillies and selling their colts. The couple shares Graciella Pinevale with Rob Thompson and races three: Pinevale Minnaie, an unraced three-year-old filly with trainer Ross Graham, Pinevale Victoria, an unraced two-year-old filly with Chris Svanosio, and five-race winning Myrtle Vale, a five-year-old Skyvalley mare with a pacing bred dam (Valchelon) who they share with trainer Ivan Collison. It’s a racing class they hope will enjoy success on the track and then in the sale’s ring, enabling them to continue their trots devotion. “The trotting sale stands on its own now and was one of the best things that has happened to the trotting game,” Forster said. “Years gone by the people I mixed with all used to go to New Zealand to buy a trotter, now our trotters stand alone – they are as well bred as anything in New Zealand.” CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS YEAR’S LOTS AND FOR MORE SALE INFORMATION Michael Howard for Trots Media

The adrenaline kicked in, the hand kept going up and Tom Hogan walked away the much-coveted sale topper, whose talented family inspired the late bidding frenzy. The hammer dropped at $130,000 on lot 229 at Sunday’s Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne sale, when 250 lots were offered and sales averaged $32,713, up 16 per cent on the 2018 staging. It was a full-brother to brilliant Victorian filly Petacular who prompted the bidding war, the Durham Park bred Somebeachsomewhere colt catching the eye of Hogan and Clayton Tonkin, partner of trainer Emma Stewart. “Breeding was the main thing,” Hogan said. “Clayton and I had look at him, walked him up many times with his farrier and vet, and then went back and had another look at him. They couldn’t fault him. “His breeding, he has great conformation, he’s a yearling but you could have passed him off as a two-year-old. He was the clear pick of the sale. Clayton had no hesitation in recommending him.” His full-sister, Petacular, sadly had to be euthanised in November 2017 after breaking a cannon bone while spelling, prematurely ending a career that yielded 19 wins and $454,083 in stakes for trainer-driver Michael Stanley. “Petacular and Miss Graceland had some battles but she was number one,” Hogan said. “If she didn’t break down she would still be number one. It’s unfortunate she is gone early, she was going to be a household name. “We went overboard (at the sale), but that can happen when you are waiting two and a half hours. The adrenalin gets you going. I’m hoping for a big two-year-old season, because the family and friends are not going to be happy with me if I’m wrong.” His partner, Sue Murray, will hold 20 per cent of the horse while her brothers-in-law and their three sons will also grab a slice, the first time the latter trio have ventured into trots ownership. Hogan said former Bulldogs footballer Mark Hunter, Maori Time’s owner Fred Crews, Darryl Edwards, Russell Condie and John Wilkins would also be among those sharing in the colt’s career. “I’ve been going for the last 10 or 12 years and buying horses at the APG for family and friends and fitting them in and they all get a kick out of it,” Hogan said. “I’m really happy. All of the owners are excited, in footy terms they’ve walked away with a number one draft pick.” For a more modest $35,000 Hogan also snapped up a Bettors Delight colt by The Waratah, having the previous year brought his half-brother, who was sired by Art Major. “His brother will trial in three weeks and he goes all right,” Hogan said. “He’s the pick of the two two-year-olds we bought last year.” Durham Park also delivered the sales topping filly courtesy of an Art Major yearling out of dam Hawiian Hottie, a full-sister to gun two-year-old Kualoa ($176,760), who fetched $120,000. They stole the headlines but there were many dreams pursued on Sunday as owners chased the next big thing only a day after watching Tiger Tara claim the Del-Re National A. G. Hunter Cup. A Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Dreams Of Heaven drew $95,000, with his new owners hoping a similar career to full-brother Menin Gate, winner of $574,758. David Moran and Laura Crossland’s in-form stable was prolific purchasing four, including a $70,000 Captaintreacherous colt out of Always Target, a half-sister to Milly Perez, and a $50,000 Rock N Roll Heaven colt out of Timely Loch. The latter is a half-sister to Just Irish Lock, the dam of Rock N Roll Heaven filly Shez All Rock ($426,350), who had a breathtaking three-year-old season. 2016-17 Victorian VHRSC owner of the year Danny Zavitsanos swelled his stable with two purchases, including snapping up a Durham Park filly for $40,000. She is by American Ideal out of Camluck dam Magic Z Tam, a half-brother to Tam Major ($125,500). He also topped the bidding at $50,000 for a two-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere, who was the second foal out of Repelem, a half-sister to three-year-old Revolt. Fellow owner Kevin Riseley has enjoyed plenty of good horses and was drawn to Alabar’s Bettors Delight filly, who he purchased for $30,000. She is the second foal out of lightly raced Maid For You Lombo, a Sportswriter mare who’s dam was none other than Tailamade Lombo, winner of $1.3 million The Go Racing Syndicate, which has the likes of Cant Refuse, Hectorjayjay and King Of Swing among its number, put the hand up for a Rock N Roll Heaven filly whose dam, Manellira, is out of Amarillen. The latter’s foals include Nostra Beach ($236,080), Miss Graceland ($224,458), Villagem ($626,585) and Pixel Perfect. While Pixel Perfect was unraced, all five of her foals produced six-figure stakes including Soho Tribecca ($1,103,374) and Carlas Pixel ($475,128). Justin Baker was again prolific at the sales, with his purchases including $80,000 for a Somebeachsomewhere filly out of Perfect Life. Part of Peter Gleeson and Bruce and Craig Cameron’s lines, the filly was a half-sister to two-time Southern Cross Series winner That’s Perfect. The dam, Perfect Life, is a half to Beauty Secret ($425,921) and Major Secret ($464,872). Barker also paid $75,000 for an American Ideal colt out of Smouldering Desire, with the dam a half-sister to Inter Dominion and Hunter Cup winner Smolda. Also prominent were New South Wales based trainers, with Tim Butt, Rickie Alchin, John McCarthy, Blake Fitzpatrick and James Rattray each snapping up lots sired by Captaintreacherous among their purchases. Rhiannon Park mare Slip Slop Slap produced reigning Victorian Horse of the Year Jilliby Kung Fu ($526,710) in 2012 and so her Captaintreacherous colt attracted $70,000. A key juvenile rival of Jilliby Kung Fu was Our Little General whose half-sister, Someone To Love, had A Rockndoll Dance colt sell for $44,000. Florida-based Victorian trots owner Marc Hanover and Gordon Banks purchased lots 130 ($41,000) and 135 ($78,000), the latter a Captaintreacherous colt out of The Baggy Green, a winner of $108,700 in race stakes, whose dam was multiple Breeders Crown winner Lady Waratah. The Kiwis were also prevalent. Mark Purdon snapped up a Bettors Delight colt, out of Arivee, for $45,000 and an Art Major filly, out of Almihata, for $25,000. And Cran Dalgety spent $60,000 on a Bettors Delight colt, out of Breeze On Bronski, and $70,000 on a Bettors Delight filly out of Glenferrie Diva, who is a half-sister to Foreclosure ($807,746).   Michael Howard for Trots Media

Birdwood horsewoman Mandy Pascoe is a dab hand at preparing yearlings for the annual sales. A member of one of South Australia’s best known trotting families, Mandy has won awards for Best Presented Colt and Filly at the Tasmanian yearling sales and has won plaudits from keen judges for her preparation of yearlings in Melbourne and Adelaide. “I’ve always been very passionate about the breeding side of the Industry,” Mandy said. “I love watching the youngsters transition from a gangly foal into a mature racehorse.  I get a lot of satisfaction from the yearlings, too.” Mandy and her husband, Scott, conduct Ningana Park, an 80 acre training and breeding property at Birdwood in the Adelaide hills which formerly played host to the successful stallions Bad Bert, Tibet, Kawartha Robust, Vanston Hanover, Slug Of Jin and Aberdeen. Nowadays Scott, who has trained and driven more than 500 winners including the SA Horse of the Year and Victoria Ladyship Cup winner Carvil’s Choice, Aberdeen, Awesome Garry and China Blue, is training only a small team as well as breeding from three broodmares. The couple’s oldest daughter, Samantha, 21, is a successful junior driver with three winners and 26 placings from only 70 drives, while her sister, Jessica, 17, is a devotee of Western riding. Mandy has been involved with horses for most of her life, having started driving trackwork and helping out at the stables of Marshall Steer and Barry Forrest at the weekends and during school holidays. While Mandy still helps Scott with their racing team, she has been heavily involved with preparing five well-bred yearlings – four colts and a filly - for the Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale over the last two months. “I’m very happy with all of them. It’s quite a nice draft; there’s something there for everybody,” Mandy said. Mandy is preparing two colts for former Harness Racing SA boss Mark Carey. “The colt out of Holla has a huge amount of presence. He’s a very classy individual,” Mandy said. “The one of Majeur Le Crest is really well developed with heaps of topside. He’s the complete package.” The Holla colt, by the former NZ and Australian 2YO of the Year Follow The Stars, is Lot 7, while the Majeur Le Crest colt, by the USA 3YO Colt of the Year Heston Blue Chip, is Lot 11. She has two colts from prominent Gosford (NSW) breeder-owner Michael Taylor in her yearling barn. “The colt out of Tiabamba is a big, rangy fellow, while the colt from Spirit Of Fun is really long striding with a great action and a good attitude,” Mandy said. The Tiabamba colt (Lot 2) is by last season’s leading first crop sire A Rocknroll Dance, and the Spirit Of Fun colt (Lot 33) is a product of champion sire Rock N Roll Heaven. Mandy is also preparing a filly by Million Dollar Cam from the successful Safely Kept mare Kiss Me Monty for Adelaide enthusiast Jack Panagiotou. “She’s a very strong, well developed and mature filly,” Mandy stated. The five yearlings are all eligible for The Allwood, Southern Cross and Vicbred. The 2019 Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale will be held -on Sunday, February 10, starting at 12 noon at the Magic Millions complex, Morphettville. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at , and Peter Wharton

UP, UP and away (hopefully to the winners’ circle) is the best way to describe the results of last weekend’s Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Brisbane. With a tremendous depth in quality yearlings on offer, the sale’s average increased, gross turnover is up and interstate interest was at a level never seen before! The lots averaged $18,593 which represents an increase of eight per cent on the previous year, while gross turnover is up four per cent on 2018 – a figure which is set to rise during the coming fortnight as buyers purchase some of the lots which were passed in. New South Wales buyers were the most active with more than half the sold lots heading south. Prominent horseman Tim Butt purchased the top priced colt and filly for a combined total of $91,000. Butt parted with $55,000 for a son of Captaintreacherous and Forever Gold and $36,000 for Roll With Joe and Save Me Christian’s daughter. “The most pleasing aspect of Sunday’s Sale was our ability to attract interstate buyers,” APG General Manager David Boydell said. “They were all keen to take advantage of the additional earning opportunities available to Brisbane Sale horses courtesy of APG’s $100,000 Albion Park Sales Race and the outstanding QBred For Life bonus scheme. “Over 50 per cent of all sales were to New South Wales buyers, headed by the likes of Tim Butt, Robbie Morris, Josh Farrugia, Chris Frisby and Tumby Park, whilst Matt Craven was also active, purchasing one and missing out on a couple of others. “Overall, it was a really positive start to the sales season. There was good money available for quality horses, and this was reflected in both our sales averages and our gross turnover. “Looking forward to next year, we would like to look at ways to generate more buying activity from local owners and trainers, and we probably also need to work through a few issues with the reserves, because there were a few horses this year that had reserves on them that were higher than I’d like to see and which would have exceeded many buyers expectations.” A list of results, including a list of those passed and their reserves, is available on the APG website by clicking here Anyone wishing to place an offer on a passed in Lot can do so by clicking on the “Make An Offer” link on the results page, or by phoning John Coffey on 0418 500 211. APG Media

January select mixed harness racing sale just completed at The Meadowlands saw the top price of $152,000 paid for Lot 110, Southwind Tesla, a Chapter Seven mare that was bought by Atlantic Trot, Inc as Agent, the consignor Preferred Equine, Inc. was the seller. Other $100,000 plus sales were; Lot 118, Babes Dig Me sold to Rich Banca for $120,000         Babes Dig Me Lot 120, Captain Deo going to William Hart for $115,000 Captain Deo Lot 152, Clouseau Hanover to Thomas Pollack for $112,000 Lot 160, Maroma Beach to Adriano Sorella for $140,000 Lot 168, The Wayfaring Man to Allard Racing, Inc. $100,000 The Wayfaring Man  For full results click here.

Harness racing entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale close Wednesday Jan 16! The one day sale takes place on Tues, Feb.12 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. Take a break and join horsemen from 27 states and Canada as they converge at this 56th annual event to replenish their racehorses, look for young prospects, pick up broodmares, and sort through yearlings. Visit to enter or to order a catalogue.  

The Annual Australian Yearling Sales are about to commence and Sunday 27th January will see the first of them   -  The APG Brisbane Sale at Albion Park. Queensland breeders Lindsay and Mary Vagg have been churning out winner after winner from their Southbrook property and this year they offer a beautiful draft of five Yearlings   -   2 Colts and 3 Fillies. Significantly they are all sired by stallions who are either Sons or Grandsons of the great Western Ideal , who has just been retired from Stud duties by Hanover Farm. Western Ideal , whose dam Leah Almahurst was a millionaire on the racetrack , has sired the winners of over $125 million.    He is now becoming a well recognized Sire of Sires  with sons such as Rocknroll Hanover ,  American Ideal , Always A Virgin and to a lesser degree Big Jim featuring prominently on Leading Sires Lists in both Hemispheres. “ I think the Western Ideal sireline will carry us into success in breeding over the next few years “   said Lindsay recently when discussing his draft.    “ And those who have Cams Card Shark on their dams side  , such as  Heston Blue Chip  and A Rocknroll Dance should be well suited to the Australian bred mares “. “ Artspeak is the equal fastest son of Western Ideal and was a USTA Two Year Old of the Year so I was keen to breed two of my mares to him also. “ “ The two Artspeak yearlings are very , very athletic looking horses   -  one from an Art Major mare and one from a Bettors Delight mare , so I would expect both of them to be ready made two year olds. “ Lindsay’s opening Lot is a Heston Blue Chip colt and a half brother to the Menangle flying machine Better Bet Black.   This speedster won 29 races and took a record of 1.51.6 but he was responsible for so many of the fastest miles clocked on the Menangle surface with his ability to fly the gate and peel of a 25 to 26 second opening quarter. “ This guy is a better type than Better Bet Black and has a glorious temperament . “   said Lindsay Lot 22 is a big strong and lovely filly by A Rocknroll Dance from a Modern Art mare. “ I bred this filly purposely this way to get the 3 x 4 cross to the mare  Wendymae Hanover  , who of course is the dam of Western Hanover “  said Lindsay when discussing this filly. This Lot 22 is bred on the same cross as the exciting 2 year old from last season   Whereyabinboppin. Lot 34 , a colt by Heston Blue Chip from Our Sweet Victree  also has a double cross of a highly influential mare   -   in this instance Three Diamonds , who was the “ darling “ of the USA racetracks in the early 1980’s. Lindsay and Mary Vagg hav a track record of breeding outstanding horses , particularly Colts and Fillies who earn serious money in their Two and Three year old seasons. You cannot help think that the Vagg’s are on the right track with their choice of the Western Ideal sireline Stallions.    For potential purchasers you have rock solid foundations to build your “ castle “ on.   John Coffey

Time is running out for those considering entering horses in the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale, as the deadline for Tattersalls flagship harness racing auction is Monday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. Consignors can enter online at or by calling the sales office at (914) 773-7777. The sale will be held on its customary day on the calendar--Martin Luther King Jr. Day--which this year falls on Monday, Jan. 21. "I urge our sellers to try and make the main catalog. Theres a big extra benefit in having their horses in front of potential buyers for a longer period of time," said sale manager David Reid. Last years January sale, the companys largest venue, grossed more than $6.6-million, which represented an increase of 6.5 percent over the previous year. The average of $30,290 was up as well, 12.2 percent over 2017. The sale-topper, Miso Fast, made $250,000, while six others sold for $100,000 or more. One of the largest crowds in sale history was in attendance, with horses sold to a deep bench of buyers from the U.S., Canada and Europe. Reid said recent sales point to the fact that there has been no letup in top prices for quality horses. Top-level racehorses that are ready to drop in the box, along with fashionably-bred fillies with stakes credentials, still top the charts. There are just not enough of those out there to satisfy a continually growing demand." Tattersalls Sales Co.

Looks what has arrived in the post today! Yes it is the first harness racing catalogue produced by New Zealand Bloodstock for the New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale. What a refreshing and outstanding catalogue it is, well done to New Zealand Bloodstock. A new era has arrived for the harness racing sales sector in New Zealand. A strong contingent of 31 of the best harness racing sires available to the New Zealand breeding industry are set to feature throughout the upcoming New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale. Pacing Sires Set to Delight Champion Sire Bettors Delight continued to deliver outstanding results on the racetrack last season earning the title of Leading Pacing Sire for the seventh consecutive year on the local scene. His major contributors featured New Zealand Horse of the Year Lazarus (NZ), Elle Mac (NZ), Ultimate Machete (NZ), Another Masterpiece (NZ), Jesse Duke (NZ), Pats Delight (NZ) and Sheriff (NZ). With 200 individual winners scoring 392 races in New Zealand, they collectively earned just under $7 million in prizemoney. It was a similar trend in Australia with a new record of 400 individual winners for a new record of just under $12 million in prizemoney which completed Bettors Delight pre-eminence in Australasia and the Leading Pacing Sire for the seventh consecutive year in Australia. The records continue to the sale ring with 118 yearlings by Bettors Delight catalogued for the Sale a record offering in itself. He has 36 lots in Auckland and 82 lots in Christchurch. In a massive American influence, the first seven sires at the top of the 2YO Pacing Sires’ List in America this season to date will all be represented at the Sale in 2019. Art Major, the sire of 11 individual winners who have earned $1 million or more, will be represented by a total of 56 yearlings. Last year’s Leading 2YO and 3YO Pacing Sire, and Overall Leading Pacing Sire with earnings of more than US$23 million,Somebeachsomewhere, will have 25 yearlings offered at the Sale. With an equal US$3 million in earnings to date in America, Leading 2YO Pacing Sire Captaintreacherous will be represented by his first New Zealand progeny with 15 lots catalogued. Sitting in close contention to Captaintreacherous, Sweet Lou’s progeny have earned more than US$3 million in prizemoney to date to place him second on the Leading 2YO Pacing Sires’ List. He will have 13 yearlings on offer at the Sale. Other pacing sires of note include American Ideal (23 lots catalogued), Sportswriter (17), Rock N Roll Heaven (15), Mach Three (13 - the last of his commercial crop to go through the ring), A Rocknroll Dance (11), He’s Watching (10), Roll With Joe (six), Auckland Reactor (five), Terror to Love (three) and Sunshine Beach (two). Need for Trotting Speed The straight-out trotter has made huge strides in recent seasons and the 2019 National Yearling Sale is set to step up with a tremendous line-up and atmosphere. Enhance Your Clam (NZ), Winterfell (NZ) and Valloria (NZ) were the leading performers for the 2017-18 Leading Sire of Trotters in both New Zealand and Australia, Majestic Son. With 56 individual winners in New Zealand and another 56 individual winners in Australia, his progeny earned just under $1.4 million and $1.6 million in prizemoney respectively. There will be eight of Majestic Son’s progeny catalogued in February – one lot in Auckland and seven lots in Christchurch. Muscle Hill, who is widely regarded as the greatest trotter of the modern era, is heading for his third consecutive Trotting Sires Premiership in America with his progeny in the southern hemisphere also performing at the elite level. There will be six of his yearlings available to secure at the upcoming Sale. Twice-crowned New Zealand Leading Sire of Trotters, with progeny like Monbet (NZ), Great Things Happen (NZ) and Enghein (NZ), the first commercial crop in New Zealand from Love You will be on offer at the Sale with 16 yearlings catalogued. Muscle Mass was the world champion trotter as a two-year-old and has passed on his speed to many of his progeny including Custodian (NZ) and Heavyweight Hero (NZ). He will be represented by 12 yearlings at the Sale. The fastest son of Champion Sire Cantab Hall, Father Patrick, will offer his first southern hemisphere crop at the upcoming Christchurch Sale with a draft of seven yearlings. The sire of Australasia’s fastest trotter in Maori Time, and the likes of Speeding Spur (NZ), Pegasus Spur will have an offering of four yearlings in February. Other trotting sires of note include Angus Hall (three lots catalogued), Quaker Jet (three), Andover Hall (two), Peak (two), Bacardi Lindy (one), Master Glide (one), Orlando Vici (one),Sebastian K (one), Trixton (one) and Windsong Espoir (one). Auckland Sale at Karaka – click here to view catalogue Day 1 will commence on Sunday 17 February with parades of trotting and pacing yearlings from 2.30pm. Day 2 will see the first of the yearlings going under the hammer with sale of 145 Trotters and Pacers commencing at 10.30am. Christchurch Sale at Canterbury Agricultural Park – click here to view catalogue Day 3 will kick-off on Tuesday 19 with parades of Trotters from 11.00am and parades of Fillies and Colts from 11.45am. Selling will then commence at 4.00pm with 50 Trotters. Wednesday 20 will see the final yearlings go through the ring with the sale of 206 Pacers from 10.00am.

In a major move New Zealand Bloodstock, a leading thoroughbred auction sales, air freight and insurance company, announces plans to expand into the standardbred market offering a full complement of auction sales and ancillary services. It’s a significant development that will see the New Zealand Standardbred industry benefit from NZB’s existing business capabilities, world renowned brand, and top class service levels. To be run as a division of New Zealand Bloodstock, NZB Standardbred plans to deliver a comprehensive sales calendar, diverse range of complimentary services, and market-leadingpromotional activity in a welcomed move for the New Zealand Standardbred industry. “Over the last several months we have had numerous leading industry players suggesting and encouraging us to enter the Standardbred industry,” commented NZB managing director Andrew Seabrook. “It’s a big challenge and may take a little time, but I truly believe we can help take this industry to another level. The staff and I are really excited about being able to better service this market.” Standardbred vendors and buyers can expect to see a number of enhancements under the NZB umbrella including access to a range of bloodstock, finance, air freight and insurance services, along with increased promotion to domestic and international markets. Harness Racing New Zealand Chairman and Canterbury breeder, Ken Spicer, welcomed the news. “New players entering the harness racing industry can only be beneficial.” “New Zealand Bloodstock has a wealth of experience and a worldwide reputation as a leading bloodstock company. Their experience with other arms of their business, such as insurance, air freight and finance can only be of additional value." “I applaud their decision to spread their wings and enter the Standardbred industry.” The first standardbred sales to take place under the NZB Standardbred banner will be the 2019 New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sales in February, with sale sessions to be held at both Christchurch and Karaka. About New Zealand Bloodstock New Zealand Bloodstock is a leader in bloodstock auctions, private sales and supporting services tothe thoroughbred market. Since 1995, New Zealand Bloodstock has provided auction sales, bloodstock, insurance, finance and airfreight services to customers worldwide. New Zealand Bloodstock is a privately-owned business based at Karaka with representation throughout New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, Europe and North America. For more information contact us on +64 9 298 0055,, or visit us online at   

Prompted by recent rumors concerning NZ Bloodstock's likely purchase of PGG Wrightson's harness racing auction business, and in light of our diminishing equine population (breeding down another 250 mares this year, rapidly approaching only 2,000 mares bred annually) and general lack of enticing prize money at offer, it is time for our Industry to take over ownership of its yearling and related auctions! Even in this depressed environment, yearling/weanling/broodmare Auction Sales exceed $11 million dollars annually, generating in excess of $1.1 million of gross income to PGG Wrightson. Think of how wonderful it would be if that money were made available to lift both overnight and stake purses! Why utilize an outside Auction house to do - and make money from - what we can do just as well ourselves? With a little creative use of existing facilities both Alexandra Park and Addington could hold the sales at their racetracks! Obviously, temporary stalls would need to be rented, some overheads incurred, vendor payouts and cataloging to be managed, and auctioneers to be rented for the sales - but it is hard to imagine that the financial windfall to harness racing would be far from $1 million annually! Additionally, if the sales were well handled, food and drink income for the sales days would be substantial! It would also tie in well with special race nights created to take advantage of the crowds that would already be on track for the sales! While PGG and NZ Bloodstock would have us believe that their expertise is vital, there is really very little to that bravado! The sales are self drawing, our industry can handle the operation, personnel overheads need not be high (there is certainly no need to inspect yearlings as foal numbers no longer require culling for the sales), and - while Karaka is a lovely venue - it is an unnecessary extravagance considering how nicely the $1million dollars at hand would benefit our racing product! Given Alexandra Park's bright economic future, they, alone, if necessary, could put on these sales. And combined with support from major Breeders/stud farms/consigned like Woodlands, Breckon, and Alabar, they could create an innovative new series and stakes benefiting 2 and 3 year olds! In this time of general doom and gloom in harness racing, this proactive approach would provide a breath of fresh air, utilize common sense, and give the Industry we love some forward momentum!!! Come on Alexandra Park and Addington, come on NZ Breeders, and let's MAKE this happen. Let's take our own horse by the reins! Harnesslink Media

The Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale, conducted by Tattersalls, is scheduled for Sunday, April 29 in the harness racing track's race paddock.   Entries are now being accepted, and may be sent by using the form on the Tattersalls website,, or by calling the sales company office at (914) 773-7777. The main catalog will close April 6.   In making the announcement, sale manager David Reid said this year's sale is scheduled nearly two weeks earlier than last year, to better coincide with the opening of 2018 race meets at Harrah's Philadelphia, Pocono, Hoosier Park, and others.   "With all the big meets starting up, and purses strong as ever, buyers will be searching high and low for quality racehorses ready to drop in the box. Sellers should be extremely well rewarded if they're willing to step forward with that quality," Reid said.   Last year's Spring Mixed posted the highest average in the sale's history and was led by top-seller Rock N Roll World ($165,000), who went on to win invitationals and compete in FFA classics like the Breeders Crown, Ben Franklin and William Haughton Memorial.   Consignors are reminded that Tattersalls has adjusted its entry deadlines much closer to sale time, to lessen outs and to publish a more accurate and up-to-date main catalog. With that said, Reid urges consignors not to delay in submitting their entries.   Tattersalls Sales Co.  

The $55,000 Australian record for a trotting yearling sold at auction is expected to be surpassed at this year's Pryde's EasiFeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale to be held at Tabcorp Park Melton on Sunday March 11. A full-brother to the new Australasian mile record holder, Maori Time (Tr 1:51.5), Aldebaran Stephan will go under the hammer as Lot 55. Maori Time blitzed her rivals in the weekend's Group 1 Trotters Mile at Menangle for Brent Lilley and Todd McCarthy, taking her stake earnings to $419,801 and delivering connections a third Group 1. Lot 55 is the lynchpin of a 12-strong Aldebaran Park consignment, of Duncan McPherson, Nagambie. The grand looking colt is out of 2016-17 Victorian Broodmare of the Year Sundonna, a member of the famous Maori Miss tribe. Read the full story on the 2018 Pryde's EasiFeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale at<> Get the latest on all the yearlings in the catalogue by visiting the 2018 Pryde's EasiFeed APTS website<> today   CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Several top class young sire prospects will be represented by their first crop of yearlings at the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale on Sunday, March 25 starting at 11am. The Bathurst Showground will see the first local crop of the top flight North American racehorses He’s Watching, Heston Blue Chip and Sunshine Beach, along with a pair of highly decorated colonial bred stallions in Fly Like An Eagle and Follow The Stars. A former USA 2YO of the Year and the equal fastest racehorse of all-time, He’s Watching (3, 1:46.8) will be represented by a filly out of the Queen of the Pacific winner Artificial and a half-sister to the Breeders Crown champion Passion’s Promise. Heston Blue Chip 3, 1:48 ($1.7million), a former USA 3YO Colt of the Year and Breeders Crown winner, has eight entries highlighted by a colt out of the flying Lourdes 1:51.4 ($394,614), a half-brother to the Group 2 winner Perfectly Written and a half-sister to Miss Artistic Tara (1:52.3). Sunshine Beach 3, 1:47.8 ($977,438), whose first American crop averaged $84,000 at the Lexington sale, has a single lot on offer at Bathurst, a colt from the $100,000 winning mare Gloria Lombo. Fly Like An Eagle, a former NZ 2YO of the Year and NZ Cup runner-up, will be represented by three colts and five fillies, including a half-sister to the MIA Breeders Plate winner Paddy OSullivan and a half-sister to Lettucefib 1:51.4 ($176,222) and Veracity Red ($168,250). While Follow The Stars, the NZ and Australian 2YO Colt of the Year, has a filly out of a half-sister to the Inter Dominion heat winner and Victoria Cup placegetter Facta Non Verba ($532,035). Established sires with multiple entries include Art Major (5 lots), Roll With Joe (5), Mr Feelgood (5), Rock N Roll Heaven (3), Four Starzzz Shark (3), Modern Art (3), Sportswriter (3), Western Terror (3) and Courage Under Fire (2). Emerging, young sires include Shoobee’s Place (10 lots), Pet Rock (7), A Rocknroll Dance (6), Auckland Reactor (6), Caribbean Blaster (6), Betterthancheddar (4), Alta Christiano (4), Pedigrees for all sales entries are now available online at For a hard copy of the catalogue or further information phone Graeme Board on 0408 636 273 or email Peter Wharton

Winton breeders John and Katrina Price produced a sale topper at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sales in Christchurch today (Wednesday). Their Bettor's Delight colt Chicago Cub reached $190,000 before the hammer dropped on the full brother to West Australian pacer and multiple Group winner Chicago Bull. He was bought by Emilio and Mary Rosati under the E&M Stride banner.  Prior to heading to Christchurch the Prices thought they had a nice colt to present but the interest went to another level once the prospective buyers started to view the colt.  Katrina commented "Yesterday and this morning there was a lot of interest. He was in and out of the box and we did have every major buyer come and look at him. There had been a lot of positive comments and we didn't really know where he was going to go (pricewise). It was more than we wildly expected. All the potential buyers said the same thing - that he was just a lovely colt. They all loved his walk. He's got this lovely rolling walk. To be fair he didn't have any faults. He was so correct and a nice size." Price says Chicago Cub is darker in colour and a bit bigger than his older brother. "He's not a big horse this fella but he's physically a lot stronger. But temperament wise, very similar. They were both lovely horses to work with and wanted to please. Both laidback and knew how to look after themselves. We drove up there and all he wanted to do was eat, drink and sleep. Bull was the same. He was like a family pet. The kids absolutely loved him and this fella, even though he was a colt, was the same at home."  Katrina prepared the colt and lead him into the ring and says she wasn't sure early on where the bids were coming from but once the numbers started to rise she knew who was vying to buy him.  "You've got your mind on other things but at the end I thought it was between Barry Purdon and Emilio and that ended up being the case." The Rosatis generally rename their horses using the word 'Stride' and Katrina says this will be the case with Chicago Cub.  It was the second year in the row that the Rosatis have purchased the top lot at the Christchurch sale. They paid the same price - $190,000 for Franco Stallone last year. He was renamed Puntarno Stride.  As for Chicago Cub's mother Chicago Blues; she had a full brother to Chicago Bull and Chicago Cub but unfortunately it was born dead.  The Prices have ventured to the sales a few times in the last ten years and today's experience has reinforced their belief that buyers have become very choosey.  "One thing we've learned today and in past years is that they've got to be the complete package. They've got to have the page (pedigree page) and the individual. We'll only take the ones that are nice individuals otherwise we'll get them up and running ourselves and do what we've done all along."  It was another good sale for Southern Bred Southern Reared horses with five of the top ten lots sold being promoted under that brand or having some southern connection.  "It's been a good result for Southern Bred Southern Reared. Lex and Heather Williams have come under the SBSR banner. They topped the trotters and sold a couple of good ones today, so they had a great sale. Michelle Caig had the second top trotter. The second top pacer today was out of Beaudiene Bad Babe so it had it roots down our way too." Kauana Kid (Bettors Delight - Beauidene Bad Babe) was offered by Taffy Limited of Winton and was sold to Barry Purdon for $125,000 while Lex and Heather Williams Bettor's Delight colt out of Flying Mrs Williams was bought by the Kennards for $90,000. The top four fillies at the Christchurch sale had southern connections as well. The top two fillies were Perfect Beauty (Bettor's Delight out of Nitouche Franco) offered by Southlanders Noel and Diane Cournane and Porscha (Bettor's Delight - De Lovely) sold by Taffy Limited of Winton. The next top two fillies were Amazing Dream (Bettor's Delight - Christian Dreamer) - Vin and Daphne Devery $77,500 and Born To Be Bettor - Vin and Daphne Devery and Alan and Phillipa Blackler which sold for $72,500. "We've had a moment in the sun today and it'll be someone else's turn next time won't it," said Katrina.  "He'll have a name change and be called something Stride. Mary, Emilio's wife, wanted him to stay in New Zealand so he's going to be racing out of the Ray Green barn. Ray was one of the trainers that really liked him and wanted to buy him as well so it was a win win for him."  The Prices are naturally thrilled Chicago Cub will be staying in New Zealand as they'll be able to watch him develop into a young racehorse.  "I hope he does a great job and they get all the success they deserve."    Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

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