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Nevele R Stud, in conjunction with Ian Dobson, is thrilled to announce that champion stallion Christian Cullen and exciting young sire Gotta Go Cullen are to stand at Nevele R in the 2013-14 season.

Over the last few days, we've all remembered how special Anzac Day is to us and our friends across the Tasman. From a harness racing perspective, Christian Cullen has been taking us down memory lane himself – reminding us why he's one of the greatest stallions ever!

After a relatively slow start to the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch today (Wednesday February 20) - Lot 33 Ohoka Hall - sparked up the harness racing sale when a bidding war resulted in the grandson of Landora's Pride ($426,867) selling for $127,500.

Wai-Eyre Farm harness racing stallion Ohoka Arizona sired his first winner when 2yo Commanchi Chief was successful in the Kindergarten Stakes prelude run in South Australia at Friday's (February 1) Port Pirie meeting.

All but one of Wai-Eyre Farm's stallions will be available at the same stud fee as it was last season. The only change lies with the leading Canterbury stud's flagship sire himself, Christian Cullen, who heads into the 2012/13 harness racing season with a $12,000 price tag.

Global Stallion Management (GSM) might be less than two years old, but already the Australian-based company is bringing the Northern and Southern Hemisphere harness racing worlds closer together.

Shark Gesture 1:48.2 ($2,818,021), the richest son of former champion pacer and now leading harness racing sire of sires, Cam's Card Shark, will stand his first season in New Zealand at Wai Eyre Farm, near Christchurch this year. The deal was completed by the Australian-based company Global Stallion Management, and the brilliant, young stallion will stand alongside Christian Cullen and another of the GSM Team, Stonebridge Regal at the prestige Canterbury nursery. His service fee will be $4,500 plus GST.

Harness racing super sire in the making "Bettors Delight" looks set (in the current 2010/2011 breeding season) to challenge his own record of 546 mares that he bred in the 2006/2007 breeding season. That year he bred 345 in New Zealand and 201 in Australia.

Harness racing in New Zealand is in mourning today (Tuesday September 21) with the loss of well known and respected harness racing identity Dave Carville who died suddenly this morning as a result of a suspected heart attack (yet to be confirmed).

In The Pocket, the stallion bred by Brittany Farms in the USA who came to New Zealand in 1993 and revolutionised our harness racing breed has died. The outstanding son of Direct Scooter and Black Jade who won $1,537,473 on the race track in the US pacing 1.53.8 as a two-year-old, was put down at Wai Eyre Farm in North Canterbury and is buried there.

Experienced South Auckland horseman, Rob Saunders, has joined Harnesslink.com to assist with various harness racing projects. The first venture Rob will be involved with is working with studs and stallion owners so that they can take advantage of the huge fan base the site has.

Harness racing television personality Justin Le Lievre has been appointed stallion sales manager for the Canterbury based stud - Wai Eyre Farm. The Trackside TV presenter started his new position this week. He will continue to work on television.

Harness racing's premier 'Down Under' stallions have had no problems filling their respective books for 2009-2010, while lesser priced stallions are also holding their own just half a month into the new breeding season. In fact when Harnesslink contacted several Stud Farms this week there was an air of both confidence and optimism amongst breeders - in spite of the dubious state of the world-wide financial market.

This year's Interdominion Grand Final winner, Mr Feelgood will be back harness racing at Addington Raceway in just over a fortnight, according to a David BRUCE report in today's Otago Daily Times. The Tim Butt and Phil Anderson trained former American pacer is primed to make it an Interdominion-New Zealand Cup double - that is if he can keep out likely Cup favourite, Auckland Reactor.

Talented juvenile pacer Mapua Legend served notice of his readiness for the prestigious New Zealand Sapling Stakes at Ashburton on 7 February with another polished success at Addington tonight Friday 23 January.

Changeover looked every inch a New Zealand Cup winner when he easily justified favouritism in the $25,000 Spring Cup Free For All Pace (2200 metres) at Alexandra Park tonight Friday 26 September.

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