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There have been a lot of great trotting stallions over the lifetime of harness racing in Australasia but there has never been one as good as Sundon. Right from the time he first went to the stallion barn, Sundon has cast a huge shadow over all the other trotting sires available in Australasia. In the last few years many have been quick to suggest that his time has passed and that the new boys on the block were ready to assume the mantle of “king”of the trotting sires. Well judging by the results the 28 year old son of Arndon has achieved this season in both Australia and New Zealand, the obiturary may be a bit premature. His stats in New Zealand are as compelling as ever. Not only has he topped the stallion sires list again for trotters but Sundon has all but won the broodmare title for allcomers this season. His broodmares have produced the winners of $2,259,369 to date  this season to place him second only to In The Pocket, a fantastic achievement for a trotting stallion. He is a staggering $1,751,754 ahead of his nearest trotting rival on the broodmare stakes won list. In Australia Sundon has yet again topped the trotting sires list and the broodmare sires list as well. AUSTRALIA  1st sires list             2nd sires list          1st Broodmare list          2nd Broodmare list    Sundon                       Earl                           Sundon                              Aereus  $1,120,540                $764,926                   $1,615,601                      $437,689 As you see he is still number one by a fair margin as a sire and is completely dominant as a broodmare sire in Australia. NEW ZEALAND 1st sires list             2nd sires list          1st Broodmare list          2nd Broodmare list   Sundon                      Monarchy                     Sundon                        Chiola Hanover   $1,506,904              $1,035,930                   $2,259,369                        $507,575 Again he is still nearly half a million clear on the sires list but is a huge $1,751,794 ahead of Chiola Hanover on the broodmare sires list. And just to reinforce that he still has the ability to sire that smart young horse, Sundon has sired Australia's best 2 year old trotter this season in Eljaykay Phoenix ($110,569). All in all another great season for the greatest trotting sire to have ever stood in Australasia. Harnesslink media

Brilliant trotter Eljaykay Phoenix is this year’s Seelite Windows and Doors Redwood Classic champion. The son of Sundon from the all-conquering David Aiken yard made it six wins from seven starts in the $50,505 Group 1 event on Sunday at Maryborough. Runner-up My Arya made a race of it though, the New Zealand two-year-old champ getting within a neck of Eljaykay Phoenix at the end of the 2190m journey. The pair finished 12.5m clear of third placegetter Endsino and will both be leading contenders come Breeders Crown finals time next month. Sunday’s victory was junior driver Josh Aiken’s second Group 1 triumph after he won on Eljaykay Phoenix in the Vicbred Super Series final recently for his first. Eljaykay Phoenix worked to the lead early in the Redwood before coming home in a last half-mile of 58.7secs. My Arya and Mark Purdon used the sprint lane to close on the winner late, while Endsino for Andy and Kate Gath worekd home strongly for third after travelling three back the markers. Fabrication finished fourth and Sheza Amason finished fifth. The well-backed Twice As Much had a day to forget, galloping twice in running to finish tailed off last. Eljaykay Phoenix By Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

It must be hard at the moment for harness racing owners Lex and Heather Williams to stop smiling as their golden run continues on both sides of the Tasman. Last night at Melton One Over Da Moon won again  for trainer driver Chris Lang in a 2:00.8 mile rate for 1720 meters as he continued his preparation for the Victorian Trotting Derby. That was the icing on the cake after their Angus Hall two year old trotting filly Petite One gave a handy field of older trotters a start and a beating on debut at Addington last night. Dropping out to last early from her bad draw, Petite One was sent forward three wide by her trainer driver Mark Purdon with 1200 meters to run before eventually getting up outside the leader Strathfield Son with 700 meters to run. From there she sprinted strongly once they turned for home, putting the issue beyond doubt in a few strides. Mark Purdon hardly moved in the bike as Petite One went to the line with plenty in reserve. Petite One covered the 1950 meters in 2;30 with closing sectionals of 60.4 and 29.5 , an impressive run in the bitterly cold conditions. When you look at the pedigree of Petite One it is little wonder she is so talented. Not only is she by the great Canadian trotting sire Angus Hall but her dam is the very talented Sundon mare Petite Sunset (7 wins)($115,070) and her grand-dam is none other than the champion trotting mare Pride Of Petite (35 wins) ($811,816). The manner of Petite One's victory last night would suggest that it might not be the last time she brings a smile to Lex and Heather's faces. Petite One One Over Da Moon winning last night in Melbourne Harnesslink media    

Kristie Hill has always wanted to campaign a horse at Alexandra Park and now thanks to her father Brian and enigmatic trotter Sunchita, she fulfilling that dream. Hill snr, who trains in Nelson, took Sunchita to Auckland and Kristie took over the reins a couple of days before the 6-year-old mare had her first race at Alexandra Park last Friday. Sent out a $3.40 second favourite and under the guidance and driving exploits of Tony Herlihy, the daughter of Sundon never looked like losing. Away well from her 10 metre handicap, Sunchita settled handy to the pace before Herlihy sent her forward to find the lead at the 500 metre mark from where she simply out-trotted her opponents – winning by 1 ½ lengths. It was Sunchita’s third consecutive win, fifth this season, and seventh in a career spanning 51 starts. She’s now banked $52,101. “She had to earn her trip up north and prove to us she was worthy of going up there and she did that at Nelson.’’ Hill senior said. “I have campaigned Single Lord and McShane up there before but this is the first time Kristie has been in Auckland with one of our team. “She has lots of friends up there and she always believed Sunchita would go well that way around because that’s the only way we train her back home.’’ He said Sunchita would have two more starts at Alexandra Park over the next two Fridays before returning home. The father and daughter combination both believe the often frustrating trotter has finally turned the corner and put it all together on the track. “If she keeps improving the way she is, well who knows she could start in the Dominion Handicap in November, I don’t want to get ahead of myself but that is the goal. “It’s every trainer’s dream to have a horse line up in either the Dominion or Rowe Cup.’’ Kristie is staying with Steve and Ann Phillips in Waiau Pa, while Sunchita is being stabled half an hour away at Bernie Hackett and Michelle Wallis’s Waiuku barn. “She loves being beach trained and the wet track on Friday would have suited her, she has really turned the corner now,’’ Kristie said. “We haven’t made too many changes to her gear. “Once upon a time she either finished first or last because of her tendency to gallop. “I think we can put her recent improvement down to maturity.’’ Hill, who is the former Education Manager for Harness Racing New Zealand, said the stakes at Alexandra Park also swayed their decision to bring Sunchita north. “The money on offer was too good to resist and I always wanted to bring her up here because I felt she would go better this way around. “It was a great performance first-up and a brilliant drive by a brilliant reinsman.’’ Hill is a graduation driver who has won 12 races since 1998. She has also placed 38 times from 293 starts for $93,897 in stakes. Two of those wins have come aboard Sunchita while Blair Orange and Jimmy Curtin have also won on her twice prior to Herlihy’s victory on Friday night. Hill said she wasn’t tempted to jump in the sulky and have a drive around Alexandra Park on this trip and was happy to leave the driving duties to Herlihy. “No I won’t be getting in the sulky when I’m up there, why would you put me in the sulky when one of the best drivers in the world can do the business?” Brian and Kristie own Sunchita and also bred her. She is the third of six foals (and most successful) out of Hills’ three-win Dancing Master mare, Carmenchita, who was also trained by Hill. By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)

This season has been a breakthrough one for the well known husband and wife harness racing training partnership of Jason and Megan Teaz. How much credit should go to Jason is debatable as he spends a good part of his time hundreds of kilometers away in Dunedin as the commentator for the Otago region for the Trackside channel and does a fine job of it to be fair. And Jason does commute on a regular basis. Meanwhile his wife Megan is based at Ohaupo in the Waikato training a small team that has a trotting bias. The stable star to date has been Mingara who won 6 in New Zealand with Megan the pilot for all six wins. With few opportunities in New Zealand at this time of year, her owners recently transferred Mingara to Sydney to take advantage of the good stakes on offer at Menangle Mingara did her part, winning first up last Saturday night for new trainer, Nicole Molander. So the Teazs needed a replacement for their stable star and if the win of King Of Cool last night at Cambridge is any guide, they may have a ready made one to take the step up. Sent out of the gate from seven by Megan, King Of Cool made the lead after 150 meters and then proceeded to turn the race into a procession from that point, cruising home  a very comfortable two and a half length winner. By the outstanding trotting sire Monarchy, King Of Cool is from the smart Sundon mare Cool Kahli who won seven on the track. This was the third win from just 14 starts for King of Cool who has been placed on five occasions as well. The ease of last nights win by King Of Cool must have given the husband and wife team plenty of confidence as they plan his immediate racing future. Harnesslink media  

David Aiken's promising two-year-old gelding Eljaykay Phoenix made it four wins from five starts with an impressive victory in the second heat of the Empire Stallions Super Series for trotters at Bendigo's Lord's Raceway last night. The $1.20 favourite rounded up its opposition 1100m out with Gavin Lang finding the top at the post with a lap to go. Lang released the brakes on the final turn and the son of Sundon sprinted away for a 9.9m victory. Black Valley (Robert Shellie/Rebecca Bartley held down second ahead of Bring the Action (Darren Gray/Doc Wilson). Eljaykay Phoenix trotted home the final quarter in 29.9secs for a 2:03.7 mile rate. The first foal of Maple Eve Phoenix (Malabar Maple) was narrowly beaten at its first race start then has gone undefeated at four starts since, winning twice at Melton. HRV Media

The footprint left on the harness racing industry in New Zealand by the brilliant Direct Scooter sire, In The Pocket continues to grow. Not only have his sons made their mark as sires with Christian Cullen and Courage Under Fire excelling in this role, and now Changeover is starting to make some impact with his first crop, but it is his daughters that have done just as well as broodmares. With just six weeks to go to the end of the season, In The Pocket holds a handy $280,000 lead on his nearest rival Falcon Seelster and appears certain to claim his second broodmare title in the last three years. And he has done that with broodmare numbers significantly less than his competition. In The Pocket had fertility issues for most of his stud career and ended up only leaving 1381 foals in his time at stud in New Zealand. Those In The Pocket foals managed to win $18,230,743 on the track and his daughters have already hit the $15,795,276 mark in the broodmare ranks with the promise of a lot more to come in the next few years. In the current season In The Pocket broodmares have not had any huge stake winners but just a steady stream of high quality winners. These are headed by Isaiah 1:54.6 ($241,778) while others to have had a good season include Sky Major 1:52.1 ($142,422), Linda Lovegrace 1:57.7 ($122,789)  Kate Perry 1:56.7 ($116,872) Willow 1:56.3 ($110,265 and Besotted 1:53.5 ($109,296). Isaiah (out of the In The Pocket mare EJ Becks) winning the sale series final The main threat to In The Pocket as the leading broodmare sire in the next couple of years may come from the champion trotting sire, Sundon. Sundon has made steady progress in the last three years and sits on earnings of $2,121,970 in the present season which is light years ahead of the next best in the trotting ranks, Chiola Hanover who has $499,420 on his card this season. With his large number of mares yet to go to stud or just beginning their broodmare careers, Sundon may yet achieve the notable feat of topping both the overall sires and broodmare sires list in his siring career. For a trotting sire like Sundon  to achieve the broodmare title would be the crowning glory to what has already been a stunning stud career. Harnesslink media  

Gavin Lang’s legion of fans found themselves in the winners’ queue three times at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night. The champion reinsman piloted The Good Times, Supaliner and Classy Western to wins on the nine-race card. Emma Stewart-trained The Good Times ($1.70) kicked things off with a bang for Lang, scoring a strong win in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Pace (2240m). Three-wide for a few strides early, Lang quickly slotted The Good Times one off the pegs back in the field as Mary Mon found the lead up front. Alina (Christopher Shinn) was first to pounce as the field swung for home with Mary Mon getting tired, but when Lang let The Good Times roll it was lights out, the five-year-old mare exploding clear for a 7.9m win in a rate of 1:57.0. Alina was plucky to hold on for second, with Union Belle getting third for Michael Bellman. Lang then combined with Riddells Creek trainer Adam Kelly aboard Supaliner ($4.40) to win the Alabar Pace over 1720m. Lance Justice-trained Magnificent Art found the front early, the heavily backed son of Art Major showing blistering gate speed. Travtiano also began well and was able to drop in behind Magnificent Art, but then he moved one off and allowed Supaliner to punch through and get first shot at the sprint lane at the finish. Magnificent Art had a good kick turning for home and gave Supaliner a perfect drag into the lane, the four-year-old Mach Three gelding relishing the opportunity once in clear air to draw away for a 4.4m win. Magnificent Art held on for second, while Peter Manning’s Boyz Torque continued getting closer to a win, running on well for third for Kerryn Manning. Lang’s third and final winner came in Race 8, the Woodlands Stud Pace over 1720m aboard Classy Western at odds of $15.90. Esbee Doubleyou led from gate two for driver John Caldow with pressure coming from Jason Lee and Arr En Special midrace. The even-money favourite Highview Conall followed the leader from pole for Amanda Turnbull, while Lang took Classy Western back to last off the widest draw on the front line. Turning for home Lang took Classy Western to the outside after making ground off the back, the son of Western Terror hitting top gear in the last 150m to score a 1.3m win over Scruffy Major, who ran on well for Greg Sugars, with Highview Conall pulling out just a fair run for third. Amanda Grieve took training honours for the meeting with a winning double, the Melton trainer preparing Magical Telf ($4.90 with Alex Ashwood in the cart) to win the TAB.COM.AU Pace over 2240m in 1:56.9 by 3.2m over hot favourite Cyrus (Matthew Craven) and La Machane (Sugars), and talented trotter Our Dreamlover to win the feature race of the night, the Seelite Windows and Doors Winter Trotters Cup Final over 2240m. Our Dreamlover ($1.90) with Greg Sugars aboard sat outside early leader Mister Gunsen, the pair setting a strong tempo in the Group 2 trotting race. Our Dreamlover had raced to the lead as the field headed towards the home turn, with Mister Gunsen struggling. Sunset Invasion was warming to its task and Brief Glance emerging from well back also. But nothing was going to catch Our Dreamlover, the son of Love You notching a 10th win at start No.24, while Brief Glance (Amy Tubbs) ran on strongly for second and Sunset Invasion (Jodi Quinlan) finished third. The winner’s mile rate was 1:59.6 and his winning margin 11.7m over the second horse. Bill and Simone Walker took out the Sky Racing Wagon Apollo Trotters Free For All over 2240m with six-year-old gelding Stoned I Am ($14.40). The son of Sundon enjoyed a soft run one out and one back midrace before peeling wide in the home straight to overrun race favourite Brunelleschi by a half-head. Brunelleschi had excuses, having to do the lion’s share of the work out wide on the last lap, while Aleppo Midas finished third for Kerryn Manning. Other winners on the program were This Is Your Life ($3) in the Tabcorp Park Melton Pace Final for trainer-driver George Schembri, Keayang Cullen ($1.60) for Marg Lee and Glen Craven in the 2Construct Young Pedro Free For All over 1720m and Our Eastwood Cullen ($4.40) in the Junction Hotel Claiming Pace for Craig Demmler and Jodi Quinlan. FAST FACTS FROM LAST NIGHT'S MELTON MEETING * Early quaddie paid $2190 on 6-1-6-8 * Quaddie paid $328.50 on 7-9-1-3 * Best mile rate for night was Classy Western 1:56.5 in Race 8 * Most wins by driver: 3 for Gavin Lang * Most wins by trainer: 2 for Amanda Grieve * Biggest first four: $3855.30 in Race 8 on 7-9-1-3 By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

Breeding wise Poppymalda has a lot to recommend her. By champion harness racing trotting sire Armbro Invasion, Pollymalda is from the Sundon mare In The Sun who is a full sister to the former standout trotter Sundowner Bay 18 wins ($259,856). In The Sun is also a half sister to the dam of the brilliant Enthusiast 1:59.5 ($90,585) who won 11 races as a two and three year old, Inspire 9 wins ($147,468) including the Group One Rowe Cup and Call You Later, 9 wins $73,174. The great race mare Framalda (22 wins) is another standout trotter close up in the pedigree. So it should be no surprise that Poppymalda looks to have inherited all of the family ability. Having just her second lifetime start last night at Forbury, she was sent out a short priced favourite even though she drew the outside of the second line. That was due in no small part to her huge run on debut where she lost a 100 meters early but still finished a close up sixth. Last night she settled last of the bunch before coming out with a round to go to work forward to the death. She remained there until they turned for home where she shot clear with driver Nathan Williamson sitting as quiet as a church mouse as she cruised to the line,an easy winner. The stock of Armbro Invasion are noted for getting better with age so Poppymalda looks to have a big future ahead of her if her first two runs are anything to go by. Poppymalda Harnesslink media

A North Island campaign now beckons for the highly capable Brian Hill trained trotting mare Sunchita, who was victorious on both days of the Nelson Winter Meeting. “There is a $15,000 race for her at Alexandra Park on the 27th of June so we will look at kicking of her campaign there,” said Sunchita’s co-owner, Kristie Hill. “She always works the Alexandra Park way round and handles it very well so going right-handed won’t be a problem,” she added. Sunchita has always possessed immense ability, but has been a heart-break on many occasions, throwing away multiple races with late gallops and poor manners. However, the six-year-old daughter of Sundon has really clicked of late, and finished second behind smart types Doctor Bones and Kincaslough, before notching up her Nelson double. “We watched all her replays and noticed that she always chucked her head in the air before she galloped so we have put an under-check on her and that really seems to have helped,” advised Hill. “We have also played around with her shoeing a bit,” she added. Hill said it was a big thrill for her and her father to win on both days at their local meeting. “I’m thrilled for dad (Brian) as she really has caused us a few headaches and heartbreaks,” she added. Sunchita, who is a daughter 3-win pacing bred mare Carmenchita, has now won six of her 50 starts and looks set to add to that record in the near-future. Hill said she is planning on stabling Sunchita at Michelle Wallis’s Waiuku Stable during her northern sojourn. “I think staying and Michelle and Bernie’s would be a great option as she enjoys beach work,” concluded Hill. By Mitchell Robertson  

Dancing Master broodmare Carmenchita achieved a rare feat when two of her progeny were successful on the same 12-race card at Nelson yesterday. And while this does happen from time to time, the fact that one of Carmenchita’s progeny won as a trotter and the other as a pacer makes it particularly rare. In fact, it may have never been done in this country before?   Kicking off proceedings for Carmenchita was talented but sometimes enigmatic Sundon trotting mare Sunchita, who was on her best behaviour when notching up her fifth career win in a super time of 3-04.3 for 2400 metre standing start journey. Her older pacing half-sister Maddison Hill wasn’t prepared to be outdone by her little sister and came with a well timed run to win the eleventh race for driver Terry Chmiel and trainer Chris Chalmers. Both mares were bred by local Nelson trainer Brian Hill, who trains Sunchita and co-owns both mares along with his daughter, Kristie. Carmenchita has had four foals to the races for four winners, two of them trotters and two of them pacers. Sunny Bill, a well-named Sundon two-year-old trotting colt is the next cab of the ranks. By Mitchell Robertson

David Aiken has his stable firing on all cylinders. The Avenel harness racing trainer had four winners at Tabcorp Park Melton last night, with son Joshua Aiken steering three of them. Aiken, who leads the Victorian metropolitan trainers’ premiership by six wins, enjoyed success with in-form trotter Spidergirl in the Glenferrie Farm Kahdon Trot (Group 2) over 2240m with Chris Alford in the cart, before son Joshua drove Aiken's next three winners – Cold Major in the Dimattinas Restaurant Italian Cup over 2240m, rising star Elljaykay Phoenix in the 2240m Group 2 Blue Train Café Tatlow Stakes for 2YO Trotters, and Smudge Bromac in the Tabcorp Park Melton Claiming Pace over 1720m to finish the program. Eljaykay Phoenix looked pretty special winning the Tatlow, the son of Sundon sitting one off the fence outside the leader before kicking away for a 7.9m triumph in a mile rate of 2:03.6. Glintintheeye ran second for Brent Lilley and Chris Alford, while Endsino made up ground late to run third. Meanwhile, the Empire Stallions Vicbred Championship Final over 2240m went to Cyrus, who left his rivals with achy breaky hearts – scoring a 14.4m triumph. Trained in Wallington by Neville Henderson, Cyrus’s driver Matthew Craven made his move midrace and ran to the lead before running the competition off its legs in a mile rate of 1:55.7. Must Be Nice finished second for Greg Sugars, while Three Pints was third for Alison Chisholm. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

By their normally high standards, brothers Tim and Anthony Butt have been relatively quiet of late. With 29 wins on the board, Premier Stables is on track to record another solid season of racing, but will be relying on some good performances late in the season to push towards to a tidy season tally. That required surge should begin tomorrow with an imposing four-team line up at Nelson – all of whom look set to feature in their respective assignments. And there is an added extra incentive to do well too. The Butts’ lost a valued part of their family this morning (Thursday) when Berry Butt passed away. The wife of the late Wes Butt, who was the matriarch of what has become one of harness racing’s most successful names, Berry was aged 92. “She had a wonderful innings,’’ Anthony Butt said. With sentiment as his main drive for success, Butt seemed eager to honour his grandmother in an appropriate fashion today when he steps onto the Richmond Park track at Nelson. “We have set this team for the meeting and they trialled really well last week,’’ he said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if any of them won to be honest – I think they are all capable.’’ Two of the four runners – Gregory R and Motu Prince Of Peru – are established up and coming stars while the others are relative unknowns aside from their recent performances at trials and workouts. Maiden trotter Pristine is one Butt has plenty of time and a win in the opening race wouldn’t come as a surprise. “If she was to trot the whole way I would like to think she would probably win it. “But you can’t go guaranteeing things like that with a maiden trotter when they are on debut. “She’s going to be alright though.’’ The stables second debutant, Gotta Go Artelect, has plenty of breeding on his side and looks to have inherited a good slice of the family ability. Out of former brilliant pacer, Elect To Live, the Art Major three-year-old has impressed his driver. “He’s just got better and better every time we have taken him away from home. “In time he will become a very nice horse.’’ Butt rated Gregory R as the best of the team’s chances today and held no reservations about his 30 metre handicap. The Sundon gelding has picked up two wins at Premier meetings this season and appears to be a lot more tractable than normal. “I’ve been really impressed with him, he’s grown up a lot this time in and is trotting really well. “I would expect him to be really hard to beat, even off the 30 metres, because he is beginning so quickly. “And Motu Prince Of Peru trialled really well last week, he had bone chips removed last year and we have stopped mollycoddling him at home which seems to have woken him up a bit. “He’s going really well.’’ The stable will also be represented in the North Island when Princess Sophia and Astral Traveller race at Alexandra Park. Butt said both were far from disgraced in their Jewels assignments last week and expected Princess Sophia to turn in a tidy performance this week. By Matt Markham (Harness Racing New Zealand)

It is not very often that harness racing trials in winter unearth a really nice horse but thats what happened today at the Banks Peninsula Trotting Club trials at Motukaraara. There were only three horses entered in the qualifying trot but that didn't stop the three year old Sundon gelding, Sunny Pride from showing great manners and a big motor. Running along from the outset he stopped the clock for the 2600 meters stand at 3:25.8, a mile rate of 2:07.3, finishing 39 lengths in front of the runner up and a whopping 15.7 seconds inside the required time. It is the fastest time recorded in a qualifying race for trotters since the all weather track was first opened.. When you have a look at his maternal pedigree you soon understand why he can run like he did today. He is the second foal from a daughter of the smart trotting mare Doncella (4 wins) who left such talented types as New Year Whiz (7 wins), Fizz Pop Bang (6 wins) and Whatariskybizniz (5 wins) Doncella was a half sister to the very speedy Flame Up 1:55.8 (8 wins) It is a family that Murray Edmonds has had a lot of success with over the years and if today's run is any guide then it won't be long before the family has its next smart trotter. Harnesslink Media

With the Harness Jewels nearly upon us, the top twenty in each division are listed as nominations on the Harness Racing New Zealand website. It is from these nominations that the final fields will be selected. We thought an evaluation of the sires represented might be an interesting project so here goes. 2 YR OLD TROT - Surprisingly the sire with the most representatives in this division is the champion sire Sundon with five and this is from just 48 live foals. To all intents and purposes his influence is on the wane but maybe not as much as we think. As you would expect Majestic Son (23 live foals) and Love You (21 live foals) are both well represented with three a piece while Monarchy (74 live foals) and first season sire Bacardi Lindy (25 live foals) both have two. 3 YR OLD TROT - Monarchy and Majestic Son hold a big hand here with four eligible horses each. Of the other sires, four have two eligible with the interesting one being Muscle Mass whose crop of foals that year numbered just five. 4 YR OLD TROT - One sire is completely dominant in this division and that is the Balanced Image sire, Monarchy who has seven eligible including all the favoured runners. Love You with three eligible and Sundon and Monkey Bones with two eligible are the only other sires to have more than one runner nominated. 2 YR OLD FILLIES - Bettors Delight has really stamped his mark on this division with seven horses eligible while Art Major with four and Mach Three with three are the next best. Next in line are Changeover and American Ideal with two each. The ability of Art Major to have four eligible from a 2 yr old crop just 40% the size of that of Bettors Delight is a notable achievement. 3 YR OLD FILLIES - This is undoubtedly the most even division with Art Major, Christian Cullen, Mach Three and American Ideal all having three eligible. The surprise is that noted filly sire Bettors Delight has just two the two eligible fillies while no other sire has more than one. 4 YR OLD MARES - As most would expect, Bettors Delight has the most eligible mares with five while Mach Three was the next best with three. Falcon Seelster and Jeremes Jet both have two eligible while eight other stallions each have one eligible. 2 YR OLD COLTS - There was a real turn up in this division with Art Major being dominant with seven horses eligible trumping Bettors Delight who has four even though the two year crop of Art Major numbers just 87 alongside the 234 of Bettors Delight. Mach Three with two eligible was the only other stallion to have more than one eligible. 3YR OLD COLTS - Three stallions dominated this division with Mach Three with five eligible on top. Art Major with four and Bettors Delight with three were the next best while American Ideal and Badlands Hanover both have two eligible. 4YR OLD COLTS - This division is a Bettors Delight show with the leading sire having a huge eight of the eligible horses. The rest are headed by Mach Three with four, Elsu with three and Christian Cullen with two. Overview TROTTING DIVISIONS - With regards to the trotting divisions it is becoming more apparent by the day that Monarchy, Majestic Son and Love You are in a battle to assume Sundon's crown as the premier trotting stallion. Monarchy has an edge at present due to having more crops on the ground but is under real pressure, especially from Majestic Son. PACING DIVISIONS - Bettors Delight continues to be prominent in all pacing divisions but is not as dominant as he once was. For Art Major to have seven colts and four fillies eligible from a crop of just 85 2yr olds foals is a great result and couple that with Mach Three leading the three year old divisions with five colts and three fillies and the Bettors Delight grip on this series is  loosening. Harnesslink media

Lovers of the squaregaiter will be enthralled by Wednesday’s meeting at Maryborough – home of The Redwood, when six of the nine races on the program are for trotters.  With Redwood Day (July 20) not all that far away, the program will feature four races for the Two Year Olds – two heats for Fillies and Two for the Colts & Geldings of the $10,325 Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic over 1690 metres, with some beautifully bred youngsters facing the starter for the first time.  No doubt connections will be eagerly looking forward to participating in the big race should they perform admirably.   Heats of the $7,505 Glenferrie Farm Sweetheart Trotters Mobile for four and five year olds - T0 Only and T1 to T3 class over 2190 metres will also be an attraction on the day.  The T1 to T3 class sees Dizzyinterest, Pride Of Sundon, Frances Annie, Rosemma and I Dreamt It all do battle in an interesting contest which is race eight on the program – last leg of the Quaddie.  Racing commences at 12.22pm.  At Ballarat on Wednesday evening, race seven – the Brett Knight Pace for C6 & C7 class over 2200 metres which is the third leg of the Quaddie and second leg of the Daily Double highlight’s the meeting.  Here we see a clash of the Emma Stewart pair Johnny Quid and Hes Kinky doing battle against former stablemate Fearless Leader and Andy Gath’s Quadentate, plus Narra Operative which returned to form when a huge second at Tabcorp Park Melton last Friday.  By Len Baker (Harness Racing Australia)  

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