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The 2020 Tasmanian Harness Sale, to be conducted by Tasracing, will be held at Carrick Park on Saturday. The sale comprises 17 lots by 12 different sires including leading stallions Rock N Roll Heaven, Sweet Lou, Modern Art, Metropolitan and Well Said and emerging sires Sunshine Beach, Hurrikane Kingcole, Major Bronski and Caribbean Blaster. The sale features youngsters from the first crop of the highly credentialled sires Racing Hill, Betting Line and Guaranteed. There’s full or half-sisters to the Group winner Modern Ruler, the Mother Of Pearl and Matron winner Angel Or Demon and the promising Van Der Poel and close relatives to a string of top performers such as Lombo Pocket Watch, Devendra, Pachacuti, Foxfighter, Punt Road Disco, Celtic Ross, Strezlecki Lady, Purple Haze and Kohanah. Yearlings are eligible for Tasbred, Vicbred and NSW Breeders Challenge. Horses sold at the sale will be eligible to compete for a $5,000 bonus on three selected two-year-old races in the 2020/21 season. For further information or the on-line catalogue visit www.tasracingcorporate.com.au Peter Wharton

The first harness racing skewbald ever to be offered at public auction in Australia will be sold at the 2020 Tasmanian Harness Sale at Carrick Park on Saturday, February 15. The leggy filly is one of the three-strong draft of Kerrie Hymers, of Tourello Standardbreds, Sheffield and is listed as Lot 21 in the catalogue. By the 1:47 Somebeachsomewhere horse Sunshine Beach, whose first crop has enjoyed a good measure of success, the filly looks certain to attract plenty of attention from buyers. The other Sunshine Beach filly is Lot 8, a neat, compact miss from one of New Zealand’s most successful maternal families. Her dam, Danamite Lass (by Art Major), won three races at Menangle, earned $60,348 in stakes and took a mile mark of 1:55.9 and at the stud has left one previous foal, the two-year-old Auckland Lass, who is in full work in Mildura. The grand-dam, Dana Bromac 2:00.8 (8 wins), ranks as a sister to the Group 2 winner and multiple Group placegetter Pascale Bromac 1:57.1 ($96,193), the dam of the dual Melton winner Pepe Bromac 1:54.3 ($101,933). The third of the Tourello Standardbreds’ consignment is Lot 9, a big, strong chestnut colt by the consistent siring source Metropolitan. He’s the second foal of the skewbald mare Denzel Prada, a member of the same family as the Melbourne Pacing Cup winner Dillon Titian, the crack racemare Jolie Hanover and the precocious juvenile Risky Red (NSW Tatlow). For a pre-sale inspection phone Kerrie Hymers on 0412 287 024. The on-line catalogue, with photos of the yearlings, can be viewed at tasracingcorporate.com.au  Peter Wharton

The first progeny of exciting, young harness racing sires Betting Line, Racing Hill and Guaranteed underpin the 2020 Tasmanian Yearling Sale, to be held at Carrick Park on Saturday, February 15. Betting Line, the 2016 Little Brown Jug and North America Cup winner, has a single entry, Lot 20, a filly out of Western Cheater, a Western Terror mare from the family of Risen Star, Punt Road Disco, Vande Velde and Vinokourov. Racing Hill, the USA Breeders Crown 3YO champion, and the colonial bred Guaranteed, a four-time Group 1 winner, are represented by colts as Lots 1 and 10 respectively, both bred by northern breeder Shane Hawes. The Racing Hill colt is the first produce of the Granny Smith winner Ark Breeze, a half-sister to four winners including Drifting West (Tas. Sires Produce) and Frankie Falzoni, while the Guaranteed colt is out of the Shadow Play mare Flightofthedragon, whose dam, Penny’s Dragon, won eight races including the Matron Stakes. Of the 18 lots in the catalogue, 13 different sires are represented. Rock N Roll Heaven, the sire of the Ballarat Cup winner A G’s White Socks and champion filly Shez All Rock, has the biggest entry with three lots. World champion Sunshine Beach has two fillies nominated, one a lovely skewbald filly and the other from a star-studded New Zealand family. Sweet Lou and the defunct Hurrikane Kingcole, the leading first crop sires in Australia last season, both have single entries. Other well credentialled sires are Well Said, Modern Art, Metropolitan, Tell All, Village Jolt, Sutter Hanover, Major Bronski and Caribbean Blaster. The on-line catalogue, with photos of the yearlings, can be viewed here.  Peter Wharton

Some top class young sire prospects will be represented by their first crop of harness racing yearlings at the Tasmanian Standardbred Yearling and Mixed Sale on Wednesday, February 14 starting at 2pm. The Inveresk Showgrounds, Launceston will see the first local crop of the top flight American imports Sweet Lou and Hurrikane Kingcole. The former USA 2YO Colt of the Year and Aged Pacer of the Year and the winner of $3.4million, Sweet Lou 1:47 will be represented by a half-brother to the Group winner Modern Ruler 1:53.1 ($185,178). Hurrikane Kingcole 1:47.6 ($580,000), a world champion three-year-old, has a single lot on offer at Launceston, a filly out of a daughter of broodmare gem Barrington Lass, the dam of 15 winners. Pet Rock 1:47 ($1.9million), whose first American crop amassed in excess of $1million, is represented by a colt out of the multiple Group winning two-year-old Cloudy Delight (by Bettor’s Delight). Courage Under Fire and Tintin In America, a pair of champion racehorses and now making a mark in the breeding world, both singly represented at the auction. ‘Courage’ has a filly from the Granny Smith winner Tisu Holly, while Tintin In America, the sire of last year’s Oaks winner Shartin, has a gelding out of the very smart Village Jasper racemare Ima Merry Jasper. Betterthancheddar 1:48 ($1.6million), the sire of Australasian two-year-old fillies’ mile record holder Mysweetchilliphilly, has a filly out of the Evicus Stakes winner Cher Mon Amour, while the Governor’s Cup winner Sutter Hanover is represented by a half-sister to Jazzy Jane. The sire of classic winners Usain Jolt, Christmas Jolt and Mynameskenny, Village Jolt ($1.6million) has a gelding out of the 1:59 winner Sharni Mac Cailen nominated in the sale. Pedigrees for all sale entries are available in the catalogue  Peter Wharton

The Tasracing Harness Yearling Website Page will again be the vehicle for the promotion and sale of harness yearlings in 2016. This year vendors will receive increased editorial coverage for their entries through www.tasracing.com.au, www.harness.org.au, Facebook and other breeding related websites across Australia, as well as print and radio media. It is planned to provide editorial for every yearling nominated and every Vendor represented on the website page, thus providing maximum exposure for all yearlings. Buyers from previous Tasmanian yearling sales and Tasmanian buyers at interstate sales will be targeted together with all licensed personnel to encourage buyer interest in the website page. Prospective purchasers will be able to utilise Tasracing breeding incentives to purchase yearlings via the website page. The incentives that can be used are the Breeders Coupon and the Tasbred Owners Breeding Incentive (TOBI). Any yearling that is advertised on the website page, and has fulfilled all the conditions of the sale, will be eligible for a $2,000 first win bonus provided the win is achieved before the horse reaches five years of age. The $2,000 will be shared between the vendor and buyer with $1,000 for the vendor and $1,000 for the owner at the time the horse wins a race. All initial transfer details must be lodged with the Office of Racing Integrity no later than 30 April 2016 for the yearling to be eligible for the $2,000 first win bonus. Use of the Harness Yearling Website platform is subject to the full sale terms and conditions. Terms and conditions include: The page will be open from Friday 8 January 2016 to Friday 1 April 2016. Vendors are required to provide details of yearlings for sale to the Tasracing Harness Manager by Wednesday 30 December 2015. Details of a sale, including the sale price and the buyer(s), must be advised to Tasracing within one working day. The details will then be added to the website page. A sale is defined as a minimum of a 50% share in the yearling being transferred to a new owner(s). The new owner(s) cannot be family members or relatives of the vendor. Entries for the website page are now open and close on 30 December 2015. The contact details are k.neilson@tasracing.com.au or phone (03) 6212 9316 or 0418 309 538. The 2016 Tasracing Harness Yearling Website Page.

THE win of debutante two-year-old pacer Ryley Major at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night came as no surprise to his harness racing owner-trainer Rohan Hillier. Ryley Major delivered a very impressive performance at his first race start to score almost three metres from his stablemate Soho Shanghai with Spot Eight 20 metres astern in the $10,000 Tasmanian Yearling Sale Classic. Ryley Major is the first foal of Hiller's former star two and three-year-old filly Shez Ryleymak that went on to win 23 races and almost $300,000 in prize money including a Tasmanian Oaks and a $100,000 Group 1 Vicbred 2YO fillies final Classic. Shez Ryleymak also was named Tasmanian horse of the year at two and three years of age. "This win certainly didn't surprise me because he's so well bred and I would have been disappointed had he turned out to be no good," Hillier said. The gelding by Art Major recorded a mile rate of 1.59.4 and he ran home his last 800 metres in a slick 59.5 seconds which was what the trainer was expecting. Ryley Major is being aimed at the $20,000 2YO Sweepstakes series of which the final will be held in Hobart on May 17 and he will then target the Dandy Patch (stallion stakes) in July. Hillier also has an opinion of the runner-up. Soho Shanghai is also a nice horse but he's more of a stayer and doesn't have the speed of Ryley Major," he said.   Peter Staples  

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