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Sisters to a multitude of Group and classic winners and a smattering of top racemares adorn the catalogue for the Alabar Blue Ribbon Yearling and Broodmare Sale, to be held on Sunday, October 6 at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca. The sale comprises 95 lots - including 65 broodmares, most of which are carrying positive tests to some of the world's leading stallions. The list includes sires the calibre of Mach Three, Art Major, Shadow Play, Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Live Or Die, Grinfromeartoear, Armbro Operative, Village Jasper, Mister Big, Mr Feelgood and others. Uncork, Libra Jaccka and Glacier Bay, all classic-winning juveniles, are part of a strong contingent of quality racemares catalogued that also includes Machinegun Molly, Cunning Kate, Dame Rainbow, Dontsayawordbut, Our Vanessa and Signyourlifeaway and trotters Kim's Fantasy, Speedy Naomi and Pocket Fantasy. Among the offering are sisters/half-sisters to the Derby winners Bella's Boy (Vic.), Robust Rock (SA) and Bo Jasper (Tas.), a half-sister to the Vicbred champion Master Maori and a sister to the SA Oaks winner Gem Of Reibey. There's sisters to former 2YO of the year Lombo Skyrider and 3YO Filly of the year Nemeeshar and half-sisters to Grand Circuit stars Wally Walton and Hexus and to the top NZ juvenile After The Reckoning. Sparkles A Plenty, the dam of the former darling of Albion Park, Sparkling Melody, and who carries a positive to Sportswriter, will also create plenty of interest. The sale will begin at 1pm and will be preceded by a parade of Alabar stallions at 11am. The online catalogue for the Alabar sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or the office on (02) 6884 8355 or email gboard@dcco.com.au By Peter Wharton  

Weanlings by the well credentialled sires Shadow Play, Art Official, Major In Art, Grinfromeartoear, Tell All and Skyvalley will go up for auction at the Alabar Blue Ribbon Yearling and Broodmare Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on Sunday, October 6 at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca. A total of 27 yearlings have been nominated including four by both Major In Art and Santanna Blue Chip and two by Shadow Play and Art Official. The offering includes a half-brother by Grinfromeartoear to the Spring Championship winner Crimson Knight, a Santanna Blue Chip grandson of Majestic Tess (Breeders Plate), a Kenneth J half-brother to the Inter Dominion heat winner Faking It, an Allamerican Ingot colt out of a half-sister to Wally Walton, a Safari filly out of the Bathurst Gold Tiara winner Donna Lombo, Shadow Play and Major In Art fillies both closely related to Rocknrolla. There’s yearling colts and fillies from the families of ‘black type’ performers Alta Christiano, Saint Flash, Hilarious Guest, Her Sparky Self, Gotanedge, Six Oclock Rock and Newsbreaker. The sale also features broodmares in-foal to leading sires such as Art Major, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, Armbro Operative, Live Or Die, Shadow Play, Mr Feelgood, Sportswriter, Village Jasper, Roll With Joe, Mister Big and Grinfromeartoear. The online catalogue for the Alabar Blue Ribbon sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or the office on (02) 6884 8355 or email gboard@dcco.com.au by Peter Wharton

Ninety-five nominations have been received for the 2013 Alabar Blue Ribbon Yearling and Broodmare Sale, which will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty  Ltd on Sunday, October 6 at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca.   The online catalogue for the Alabar sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hardcopy catalogues can be requested from Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or the office on (02) 6884 8355 or email gboard@dcco.com.au   A strong selection of stallions are represented in the catalogue such as Major In Art (4 lots), Santanna Blue Chip (4), Shadow Play (2), Allamerican Ingot (2), Art Official, Grinfromeartoear and Tell All.   Broodmares are in foal to highly credentialled stallions including Mach Three, Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, Shadow Play, Sportswriter, Armbro Operative, Village Jasper, Live Or Die, Four Starzzz Shark, Grinfromeartoear and Mister Big.   Among the broodmare contingent are the Group or Listed winning racemares Uncork, Libra Jaccka, Glacier Bay, Kims Fantasy and Speedy Naomi.   The sale will begin at 1pm and will be preceded by a parade of Alabar stallions at 11am.   By Peter Wharton

Horses trained in the vicinity of Ararat had a profitable night at the Ararat trot meeting held on Tuesday September 10, winning three of the eight races on the program. Ararat owner/trainer Daryl Crone’s handy 6-Y-0 Jet Laag/Signing Autographs gelding Wicked Subwoofer returned to the winners list, when successful in the Kathy McGrath Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2165 metres in a mile rate of 2-08.8. Driven by Bendigo based Neil McCallum, Wicked Subwoofer was sent forward from the 20 metre mark avoiding a few gallopers to park outside the pacemaker Family Decision. Proving to be the best stayer, Wicked Subwoofer was too strong at the finish for Family Decision, scoring by 3.1 metres, with Drop Us A Line (one/one) third after angling to the back of the leader on the home turn and using the sprint lane to be a metre away. Great Western’s Peter Manning very rarely misses a winner at Ararat and chalked up a double with Elsu/Hanover Chic gelding Eliseos Falcon taking the Joey Collins 3-Y-0 Pace over 1790 metres and 6-Y-0 Rustler Hanover/Cuddle Me Good gelding valentine Rustler the Barry Davidson Pace for C1 class over 2195 metres. Eliseos Falcon (Kerryn Manning) raced in the open for the first lap from outside the front row, before sliding past the well supported leader In The Trenches which appeared to want to turn off and run out in the back straight. Kicking clear on straightening, Eliseos Falcon making his third race appearance, held an 8.4 metre margin to the judge in defeating Casey Isabella which trailed the weakening leader in a rate of 2-01, Catch Me If You can (one/one) finished third. Valentino Rustler (Matt Craven) was also sent forward from gate four to sit outside his stablemate Garabaldi Union and in a punishing finish, was too strong for the 10-Y-0 Vinnies Jet which raced three wide solo for the final circuit, with Garabaldi Union holding down third. The mile rate 2-02.1. Mt Gambier trainer Barry Finnis and reinsman son Jayson snared the Presidents Pace for C2 class over 1790 metres with 5-Y-0 Grinfromeartoear/Maybe The One gelding Cheesy Grin which at one stage was touted as being the next big thing to came out of Mt Gambier. Gradually working back into form, Cheesy Grin making his 16th race appearance was able to stride to the lead from gate three shortly after the start and proceeded to lead his rivals a merry dance, winning by 1.8 metres in advance of Make A Fuss (one/one – three wide home turn) and Guvs Boy which trailed the winner, using the sprint lane to no avail. The mile rate 2-00.8. Seven year old Village Jasper/Any Danger gelding Arber formerly trained in the area at Armstrong by Brooke Hansen greeted the judge in the Brad Hunt Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2195 metres in a slick rate of 1-59. Now in the care of Tim Bolitho at Anakie in the Geelong district, Arber bred and raced by Sports Bookmaker Philip Nott was restrained from outside the front row by Gavin Lang to settle at the rear of the seven horse field, with Kerryn Manning’s Lucky Dave leading out from the pole before being restrained to allow stablemate Kickittochris to assume control. Held up for one final dash at the leaders, Arber finished hard out wide on turning to register a 1.2 metre victory over Kickittochris which had every chance even though Voce kept him honest. Peaces Of You ran home late from the rear to finish third. Note:   Two winners from Ararat’s programme ARBER (recent track record holder at Geelong) and WICKED SUBWOOFER are from the sisters Any Danger and Signing Autographs out of the grand mare of  Linda Suzanne. She being the dam also of good western district race horses, Off the Old $ 184, 000+ and Doyouwantitagain $109, 000.+. This is the family of Cute Van, sire of Vandeport. Videos of all races are attached Len Baker  

Mega Alexander may only be in his second preparation with experienced horseman John Justice, but he has already made an impression on the Toolern Vale conditioner. A runner-up to Jaccka Clive on debut for the stable earlier this year suggested the ex-New South Wales and Queensland pacer was right back to the very best that saw him competing in races like the Hunter Cup. In two runs following, circumstances didn’t aid the now eight-year-old and following a minor break he returned to Tabcorp Park for the Minuteman Free For All two weeks ago. After getting back in the run he simply couldn’t find a clear path to the line and was held up for much of the straight. “He was terribly unlucky last time out but I don’t know if he is going to get much luck this week looking at the draw, it just looks a bit awkward again,” Justice said. “With Bitobliss in it you can’t say it’s a drop in class but with Smoken Up out there are probably less in it that are as good as him. “He’ll definitely have to fire out from barrier four, or five depending where he starts, because even though there is a bit of speed around him, over the short trip you certainly have to be going forward.” Broadways Best has drawn the pole with Im Barney Rubble in three (without the emergency) and Toulouse Lautrec the outside of the front line. Gate five  looks a less than inspiring proposition however if Justice’s steed can show some of the blistering gate speed he possessed earlier in his career then the race would change complexion vastly. Mega Alexander has been marked a $51 chance by HRV form expert Jason Bonnington however his trainer is confident he could have tested them in last week’s Free For All. “He’s certainly come back as good this preparation. I was a bit disappointed he didn’t get a run last week because I thought that race really suited him and the horse he beat home last week (Smudge Bromac) ended up winning that race,” Justice said. “In saying that, I still expect him to run a big race this week.” Cochran Cup placegetter Kasyanov will return to action in the True Roman Trotters Free For All and despite coming up well, Justice had a warning for punters. “He’s come back well but he will need the run. I don’t think he can win first-up but he should run a good race,” he said. “There’s a chance he could just improve a fraction but I’d say he will stay around the mark he was at so it’s all looking good at this stage.” Broadway At Her Best For Blacks A Fake The Blacks A Fake Free For All has a small but illustrious honour roll. Smoken Up is a two-time winner, Melpark Major crushed his rivals last year and Our Malabar and Decorated Jasper took the race at the peak of their powers. There has never been a mare win the race though, but that’s the task canny Gisborne trainer Shannon McLean has set his stable star Broadways Best. The conditions of the race couldn’t have suited the 2011 Ladyship Mile winner any better. Barriers were drawn based on prizemoney accrued in the last four starts and somewhat fortuitously, she hasn’t earned a single dollar. “On paper her form probably doesn’t look that great but the barriers draws have been against her, that’s probably all it’s been,” McLean said. “Getting the pole position this week will really help and hopefully we can see something good. “Daryl said if she gets clear she runs a clear second, if not pushes the winner (Bitobliss) which is good to hear but it didn’t help much after the race. Still, it was good to see her hit the line well in such a strong race.” Even though recent barriers haven’t suited the daughter of Village Jasper, the last time she started from one she was too good in the Melton City Council Sprint on Vicbred Super Series night. Similar circumstances have been presented this week with the option of taking the sit if the right rival is to test her early. In saying that, McLean is convinced the only way they will be headed is by choice. “I’d expect to be behind the leader at worst, she’ll be running the gate and trying to hold them out and then we can weigh up our options from there,” he said. “Going on her last run against Bitobliss and having no luck we think she is still right up to it; at his best he is a freak but we have the advantage at the draw this week.” And that last point could be the key. She is yet to face Bitobliss at his absolute top and it’s hard to argue that he will be just that at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday. But for Broadways Best there has been another career calling for almost 12 months, and that’s the breeding barn. The well bred mare will no doubt make her mark when she heads to stud however there is no rush to sweep her off the track. “Breeding-wise we are just going to let her tell us. I’m a big believer that they  are long time retired and she is still racing very well,” McLean said. “You spend your whole life trying to find a horse like this and now we have her so we might as well keep the ride going as long as we can.” by Blake Redden (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)  

One of the biggest stallion services incentives in New South Wales or Victoria has been finalised by Wagga's Yirribee Stud for its harness racing meeting next month. The deal was finalised yesterday with six of Yirribee's stallions having free services attached for races at Wagga on Friday night, September 27. It's the biggest single involvement by Yirribee for a race meeting and certainly one of the largest in the country with over $20,000 in services on offer as bonuses for winners. On top of prizemoney for the meeting, stallion services to former Inter Dominion and Little Brown Jug winner Mr Feelgood ($4950) and dual Australian sires of the year Village Jasper ($3300) and Armbro Operative ($3300) will be won. It's a huge coup for harness racing with the meeting expected to be inundated with quality nominations. Yirribee Stud principal Rod Woodhouse said it was a major bonus for owners and trainers to start their horses at the meeting. "The services are to some of the best stallions available and some owners will receive them as a bonus if their horse wins at Wagga that night," he said. "Mr Feelgood is one of the best pacers of all time and we are delighted to have him at Yirribee this season." Wagga Harness Racing Club Chief Executive Graeme White said it was a major offer from Yirribee and the owners of the stallions involved. "There will be some very fortunate owners receive these stallion services for no cost if their horse wins," he said. "Yirribee is one of the major studs in the business and Wagga would like to thank Rod Woodhouse for getting behind this meeting and making the services available." The free service to Mr Feelgood will be won by the connections of the winner of the Ian Walsh Memorial. Mr Walsh, who is the late president of the Wagga Harness Racing Club, and Woodhouse started Yirribee Stud some 25 years ago. "We want to acknowledge Ian's contribution to harness racing in Wagga and the region with a bonus that is fitting of the race," he said. The Ian Walsh Memorial was held last year with prizemoney of $8000 plus the service to Mr Feelgood on offer. Yirribee has also put up services to former star pacers Lanercost ($2970) and Lombo Pocket Watch ($2200) and Little Brown Jug winner, Million Dollar Cam ($3300). Yirribee will stand a record nine stallions this season.    Harness Racing New South Wales  

The Nyah Harness Racing Club held a terrific meeting at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Thursday June 27, with winners coming from far and wide.

Avenel harness racing trainer Wayne Potter enjoyed a happy night at Shepparton on Saturday, providing a stable double with exciting 4-Y-0 American Ideal/Elegant Falcon gelding Authorized taking the Fords Coach Travel / GV Plumbing Pace Final for C1 class over 1690 metres and American Ideal/Bring Her Back filly Sophies Ideal the Sherbourne Terrace Pacefor non winners over the same journey.

Globe Derby Award winning stallions Armbro Operative and Village Jasper will be standing the 2013/14 season in NSW.

The mandatory two meeting Thursday took place on May 16, with Shepparton harness racing in the afternoon and Bendigo at night.

Great Western sisters Michelle and Kerryn Manning took the honours at the Stawell harness racing fixture held on Wednesday May 8th, Michelle with a training and driving double - Wheatsheaf Avaball and Aheadofhistime and Kerryn with a driving double - Shandorlass and Paparazzi Snapshot.

Harness racing co-trainers Lisa and David Miles enjoyed a super Saturday, with 3-Y-0 Art Major/Lee Almahurst filly Thunder Fee and 4-Y-0 Badlands Hanover/Kellyarmbro mare Ourbellabro the 4th Heat of the E K Bray Country Cup at Bendigo for Lisa, while David snared both Semi-Finals of the rich Australian Pacing Gold Two Year Old Fillies at Albion Park Brisbane with Mindarie Priddy (Artistic Fella/Kellyarmbro) and Manellira (Art Major/Amarillen).

Bolinda harness racing trainer Paul Males was victorious with 7-Y-0 Brioso Hanover/All Fire N Ace mare Dusty Smiles in the True Value Solar Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres at Shepparton on Tuesday April 23.

The 2013 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd at 11am next Sunday at the Bathurst Showground. The sale is an integral part of the annual Bathurst Gold Crown harness racing carnival and has been the nursery of numerous 'black type' winners. One hundred and forty-six top quality lots will go under the hammer by 46 different sires.

Many of New South Wales’ leading harness racing breeders and studmasters have thrown their support behind the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be staged by Davidson Cameron & Co at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 24.

Many of New South Wales' leading harness racing breeders and studmasters have thrown their support behind the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be staged by Davidson Cameron & Co at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 24.

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