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Cash Lover's perfect preparation stretched to a fifth successive victory on Saturday night as she again stamped herself as one of the state's most promising trotters. Myrniong trainer Jess Tubbs has the daughter of Ready Cash airborne this time in and a dominant front-running success at Shepparton took her record to six wins from 12 career starts. Tubbs' husband Greg Sugars was at the controls and took the mare straight to the front where she was able to dictate terms over key rival C K Spur, who was forced to race on her outside for the 2190m trip. Cash Lover slipped clear of the field rounding the home turn and cruised in for an easy four-and-a-half metre triumph. "This prep she has sort of taken all before her and just got better with every run," Sugars said. "We tried to look after her for her first few runs as she was slowly stepping up in grade and (Saturday night) we had our main danger drawn to our outside, so we thought we better be a bit more positive and see if we could control things out in front. "We got good sectionals out in front, but she did it quite comfortably so I'm very pleased." Watch the video here. Sugars said there were no imminent major plans with the horse given the current regional racing structure, but hoped the Vicbred Super Series would be able to get up and going late in 2020. "We will just keep picking out races like this that are suitable and work our way through the grade," he said. "She is Vicbred, so if it eventuates that we can get that series up off the ground again, that's obviously where she will be aimed at later in the year." Bred by Yabby Dam Farms, Cash Lover is owned by Wayne Stewart, who bought the horse as a broodmare prospect and only decided to race her after she showed some ability in early training. The daughter of Lucky Love won one race during her first preparation and after galloping at her final start before a break in February, has gone on to score impressive wins in all five races this campaign. She has won at Melton, Ballarat (twice), Bendigo and now Shepparton to take her career prizemoney to over $30,000. It proved a good night at the office for Sugars, who backed up a race later with a superb winning drive aboard Kerryn Manning-trained Rupert Of Lincoln, who soared home from three-back the pegs to claim the Barastock Pace. Winning doubles also went the way of trainers Manning and David Miles and drivers Chris Alford and Jayden Barker. The brilliant return of David Moran's superstar Lochinvar Art stole the show on Saturday night, while Wobelee led and got the better of McLovin, and the long-odds win of Denis McIntyre-trained and Michael Bellman-driven Dot The Eye shocked many punters when he returned in excess of $90 in the last race of the evening.   HRV - Tim O'Connor

Champion European trotting sire Love You, whose semen is available ‘down under’ through Haras Des Trotteurs, Ballarat (Vic.), has unearthed another potential topliner in the two-year-old Sweet On You. Having only his second start, the chestnut gelding led from the outset and annihilated his opposition in the Yabby Dam Racing 2YO Trot at Bendigo on Monday (July 13). The winning margin was an astonishing 95 metres and the mile rate for the 2150 metres stand was 2:04.1 with the last mile in 2:01.4. Illawong Moonbeam, a Love You filly, finished second. On the same card the Yabby Dam Farm bred four-year-old Mataderos notched his second success, carving out his last 800 in 58.5 in scoring by 14 metres. Other recent Yabby Dam Farm bred winners have been Xebec, a four-year-old gelding by resident sire Orlando Vici who overcame a 30 metre handicap to win at Cambridge Raceway, New Zealand, and Cash Lover (by Ready Cash), who made it four wins from her last five outings at Ballarat. Ready Cash, a dual Prix d’Amerique winner, was also represented by the winner of the $44,650 Reynolds Memorial at The Meadowlands, New Jersey in the three-year-old colt Back Of The Neck (1:52). To complete a great week, Right Moves, a three-year-old filly by the French-bred Haras Des Trotteurs stallion The Best Madrik and a half-sister to Sweet On You, hoisted a new lifetime mark of 1:59.5 winning for the third time at Menangle.   Peter Wharton

One of the most promising trotters racing in Victoria is Imsettogo, bred and raced by Yabby Dam Farms. A harness racing four-year-old, Imsettogo has won five of her last seven starts including a last-to-first effort at Melton on Friday night (June 5). Placed in the Victoria Oaks last season, Imsettogo is by the French bred sire Used To Me, and one of his first small ‘down under’ crop, out of a capable racemare in Im Ready Set Tr 1:56.6 ($69,031), the dam also of last year’s Breeders Crown 2YO champion Im Ready Jet Tr 1:55.6 ($100,940). Used To Me has not had many chances at the stud in Australia, but he has sired a smart trotter in Imsettogo, Chateuabriant, a Melton winner at 3 and a placegetter in the Group 3 Vicbred Silver, and this season’s two-year-old winners Surprise To Me and Dont Care. To watch the video replay of Imsettogo click here Quaker Jet, the richest son of the great Love You, sired two ‘new’ winners from his first Australasian crop in the three-year-old filly From The Swamp, a runaway winner at Shepparton, and the gelding Arc De Triomphe, who scored at his second attempt at Invercargill, NZ. Love You himself was represented by the promising Matua Tana, a double winner at Addington including a career-best 1:59.7 effort over 1980 metres on Friday night (June 5). Brandlo Prince, a member of the first crop of Orlando Vici and a thrilling winner at Kilmore, was one of four winners bred by Yabby Dam Farms in the first week of June. The others were Majestic Player, a former Breeders Crown champion who won in 1:52.6 and 1:53.2 at Scioto Downs, Ohio; the pacer Soundslikeart, an Addington winner in 1:59.2; and Imsettogo. To complete a good week, the three-year-old gelding Madrik, a first crop son of The Best Madrik, led from end to end at its debut over 2200 metres from the stand at Invercargill. Used To Me Peter Wharton

The dam of Sunday's 3yo winner Travel Bug is among harness racing mares still available in the second week of the first Annual Broodmare reduction sale at Haras des Trotteurs, Cardigan, Victoria. Travel Bug is from well related Sundon mare Tricia Powell, a close relation to group winners Amore Stride, Harriet of Mot and Earl of Mot who is still for sale alongside a bevy of black type mares. Also likely to appeal to discerning breeders is New Zealand champion Enghien’s half sister The Pink Diamond who won nine races in New Zealand and Australia. Group one placed Amarula is in foal to exciting French stallion Used To Me, which will be her first foal. Amarula, a Bacardi Lindy Mare out of Sundon mare Valley Of the Moon won the listed SA Trotters Derby, and was second in the Gp1 Victoria Trotters Oaks and third in the Victorian Trotters Derby. Also for sale is Group 1 placed Moyabamba as is NZ Trotting Oaks winner Commander Jewel. Group 1 winning Sundon mare Fiery Mountain Girl, in foal to Love You, is also being offered for sale by Yabby Dam Farms and is a great chance to acquire a foal bred on the same cross as champions Monbet and Enghien. This is a genuine broodmare reduction sale, due to an influx of retiring mares from Yabby Dam Farms’ racing arm, and a change of direction, meaning a number of beautifully bred mares from its broodmare band are available for sale online on its website, on a first come first served basis. Yabby Dam Farms plan to make this an annual reduction sale offering a wide mix of mares, unproven, proven, young and old broodmares. The aim is to suit all clients, from established breeders to new breeders wanting to get into the game, or those trying to get into that special family through an older mare. So here is a great chance to supplement your broodmare band from this wide mix of empty, in-foal and maiden mares which includes Group winners and good producers, from some of the southern hemisphere’s best families. Any questions please call Dave on +64 21 245 2584 or email dave@harasdestrotteurs.com.au  

A harness racing Group 1 winning Sundon mare Fiery Mountain Girl, in foal to Love You, is being offered for sale by Yabby Dam Farms as part of its first broodmare reduction sale. This is a great chance to acquire a foal bred on the same cross as champions Monbet and Enghien, other group one winners Habibti and Habibti Ivy, Jewels winners Habibi Inta and Paramount King and 100k earners Dieu de L’Amour, Lotalov and Paramount Queen to name a few. Group 1 placed Amarula is also for sale, in foal to exciting French stallion Used To Me as is Group 1 placed Moyabamba. Also in the draft is NZ Trotting Oaks winner Commander Jewel and The Pink Diamond, a half-sister to the aforementioned champion Enghien, This is a genuine broodmare reduction sale, due to an influx of retiring mares from Yabby Dam Farms’ racing arm, and a change of direction, meaning a number of beautifully bred mares from its broodmare band are available for sale online on its website, on a first come first served basis. Yabby Dam Farms plan to make this an annual reduction sale offering a wide mix of mares, unproven, proven, young and old broodmares. Yabby Dam Farms mares The aim is to suit all clients, from established breeders to new breeders wanting to get into the game, or those trying to get into that special family through an older mare. So here is a great chance to supplement your broodmare band from this wide mix of empty, in-foal and maiden mares which includes Group winners and good producers, from some of the southern hemisphere’s best families, some in foal to the likes of Love You, Orlando Vici and the farm’s exciting resident stallion Used To Me, whose progeny have hit the track running including a recent Gr1 runner-up. Broodmare sales enquiries please call Dave on +64 21 245 2584 or email dave@harasdestrotteurs.com.au

The incredible results of Yabby Dam Farms resident French harness racing sire Used To Me just continue to flow with two 2YO trial winners at Melton on Wednesday continuing his ability to produce exceptional returns from tiny numbers. Impressive wins by Abitofadreamer in a mixed field of 2 and 3-year-olds and Gerron in one of the two 2-year-old trots are made even more remarkable for the fact that his second crop numbers just four foals. And this is hot on the heels of the recent accomplishments of his first crop of just five foals which very recently produced impressive winner Chateaubriant at Melton and Imsettogo's black type performance when runner-up in the 2019 Group One Victorian Trotters Oaks. This first crop by the royally-bred Group winning French sire, also hit the track running as two year-olds. From five foals, one of which died in a training accident, three got to the races as 2YOs, including two finalists in the Australasian Breeders Crown, including Imsettogo. From one of France's great sire producing families,Used To Me stamps his foals with his great, conformation, beautiful temperament, and outstanding gait and they all just want to trot from day one. Used to Me himself won three times at Group level and was placed numerous times at the highest level against the very best French horses of his generation and won both of his Australian outings, when imported into Australia in late 2014 including the Group 3 Chris Howe Trotters Cup at Melton where he accounted for a field including well-performed group horse Kyvalley Blur. Yabby Dam Farms believe they have a gem on their hands and following excellent results after breaking in the first crop Used To Me served over a dozen of the farm's better mares which are now yearlings. But now, after seeing the quality of his progeny, Yabby Dam Farms are set to give Used To Me a court his royal French pedigree deserves, with some of the top mares in the broodmare band booked in to him this year, including Group winner Arboe   Dave Sanders

Belgian-born reinsman Sidney Van den Brande will soon feel like he's back home. After two years working with the powerful Ballarat harness racing stable of Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin, the 30-year-old is about to change scenery. He's accepted a job with prolific trotting trainer Anton Golino at Pat Driscoll's Yabby Dam Farms, at Cardigan - a move that will return Van den Brande to his harness racing roots. "Before coming out to Australia, I had only competed in trotting races in Belgium, France, Germany and Holland - I didn't drive pacers until I came to Australia. I'm excited at the opportunity to be back working again with them and Anton has an outstanding bunch," he said. "It probably sounds a little crazy, but I really have been missing the trotters. However, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time, firstly with David Aiken, of Avenel, and then more recently with Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin. "I knew nothing about pacers, but they were great and taught me a lot. And I drove some very good (pacing) horses with Emma and Clayton." Van den Brande has worked with leading trainers in the northern hemisphere but is quick to rate Australia as the best of the sport. He recently drove the 100th winner of his career - 52 of those being out here. Van den Brande said his interest in harness racing began when his older brother Nicky started helping out at a stable near the family home in Belgium. "Nicky seemed to spend a lot of time over there and the interest rubbed off onto me," Van den Brande said. "I remember the first time I was given the chance to drive a horse, I was very afraid. I was wearing shorts and the stones were flicking up onto my legs. It hurt a lot! "I was happy to just clean out the boxes and do other jobs. I had never considered wanting to be a race driver." The enthusiastic Belgian said that after spending "quite a while" honing his driving skills, he competed in an event in Holland in 2006 for concession drivers only. "The trotter I was allocated was a winner of only one of his 105 starts and I remember my opposing drivers were laughing very loudly about my unlucky draw," he said. "I was 27/1 and the only one above 10/1. So away we went, and I had the last laugh by winning - officially by 25 metres. "Another memorable time was driving in Paris. It is every young kid's dream to drive there and win. I wasn't that lucky, but it was a thrill to compete there." Van den Brande said the experience of working and driving in Europe was invaluable. "I also worked in America, but never drove in a race. In a strange twist, when I was based in the States, so was Anton. I later moved to Sweden to gain more experience, and Anton did likewise at the same time. We never did meet up but now I'm working for him!" Van den Brande has scored 19 victories this season, likely to comfortably pass his 21 of last season and the 12 he scored in a sensational start to his Australian race driving career in 2016-17. "After joining Emma and Clayton, they gave me a chance and I drove eight consecutive winners in my first eight drives. I then had a second, and then another win. That was unbelievable. "My best win so far has been with Perfect Look. We won the SA Southern Cross 3yo fillies final in Adelaide in July 2017 - that was my first Group race success. "Later the same year I won the $50,000 Tasmania Cup with Major Secret. I guess that was special as well." He rates Melton and Bendigo as two of his favorite tracks. "It's very hard to win at Melton. But I have won three races there and it was in three weeks. I thought how easy is this? Then later reality kicked in! "Bendigo has a nice shape and a good vibe." Van den Brande said naming his favorite driver was easy because Chris Alford is such a champion of the sport. "I also admire the way Gavin Lang is so cool and gets a lot from the horses, while Luke McCarthy always seems to come out of nowhere and be there at the finish," he said. "The racing here is different to back home, but the biggest difference is the longer carts. I just find myself sitting a long way back, but I'm slowly adjusting. "My parents are elderly now and weren't ever interested in horses, but they seem to be enjoying what I do. They ring me all the time so I think they must like it." Van den Brande said that with his time spent with trotters, he hoped he could sometimes offer some positive ideas at his new stable. "But maybe not as Anton is most experienced and very talented! I just want to keep finding my way and don't expect to have too many drives because there's a few above me, but that's fine." Outside of harness racing, Van den Brande admits he has become an avid fan of Formula One racing. "I went down to Albert Park, Melbourne to watch it and got hooked," he said.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Ben Aubron is an integral part of the powerful Yabby Dam Racing operation in Cardigan, where the Frenchman plays a key role in the education of the yard's "babies" at the state-of-the-art stable and stud complex. And the 27-year-old was able to celebrate an extra special success on Saturday night when the one horse trained under his name saluted in the Club Menangle NSW Trotters Derby (2400m), when Xebec captured Group 2 glory at just his seventh run for Aubron. "To win a race like that ... we worked so hard to do this. We wake up in the morning dreaming about this, to win some big race like this," he said. "I think I've got a really nice horse." Picture: Ben Aubron salutes as Xebec claims Group 2 glory. Picture: Ashlea Brennan Photography. A far-reaching combination of nationalities helped achieve the triumph, with New Zealander Jack MacKinnon at the controls for the French trainer. MacKinnon settled Xebec back in the field for much of the trip and then capitalised on the early speed to run down front-runner and Yabby Dam rival All Cashed Up. In the end, Xebec raced clear to score by more than seven metres, with the Orlando Vici gelding rocketing home to pip All Cashed Up for second.  The win - at the bolter's price of $31 - came on the back of his maiden victory at Maryborough just a fortnight earlier. Xebec has now won two and placed in another two of his 10 career outings, the first three of which were for Yabby Dam's head trainer Anton Golino. Aubron said the plan was to now send the horse back to Menangle on May 25 for another Group 2, the Trots NSW 3YO Final. It's a further sign of doors opening for Aubron, who arrived in Australia close to five years ago primarily as a monte rider and joined Yabby Dam Racing after an initial stint with Craig Demmler. "It's really different from back home, the racing, but it's a really good country and good people," he said.   Tim O'Connor for Trots Media

All Cashed Up has been confirmed as the most recent Australian horse to be invited to compete in the IRT Harness Jewels at Addington Raceway on Saturday 1 June.   Following the announcement last week that Majestic Player will represent Anton Golino and Yabby Dam Farms in the 4yo Ruby, stablemate All Cashed Up will line up in the 3yo Ruby in the Green Harness Jewels colours also.   All Cashed Up is a son of Ready Kash and has won four of 13 career starts.   He was a brave third in Saturday night’s NSW Trotting Derby despite being attacked for the first half of the race when in front. He went down fighting and was not far off the winner despite working overtime early on in the race.   “He’s a tough bugger,” said Golino. “He’s a typical son of Ready Kash he has a little bit of a crazy streak to him but I think that’s what makes him good.”   Golino reported the horse has pulled up well and has come through Saturday night’s race in good order. (Full information can be found in the interview attached)   All Cashed Up is owned by Pat Driscoll of Yabby Dams Racing, which is an exclusive trotting focused farm, following European training styles and focusing on the best trotting bloodlines worldwide.   This is reflected in the breeding of All Cashed Up, being by Ready Kash out of a Kadabra mare.       Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

EMERGING speedster Majestic Player looks set to become the second Harness Jewels contestant for the giant Yabby Dams operation. Trainer Anton Golino took Dance Craze across to Cambridge for last year’s 4YO Jewels trot and would’ve gone close to winning with any luck. She’s since returned home, gone to another level with wins in the Great Southern Star and other features and shown the NZ trip was the making of her. Maybe Golino thinks it could be the same with Majestic Player, who made it 13 wins from just 25 starts when he won untouched in a 1min54.8sec mile at Menangle last night. Jewels recruiter Darrin Williams made it clear Majestic Player and Drop The Hammer – who ran fourth last night – were racing against each other for the Jewels invite. Majestic Player’s gate speed is lethal and he used it to lead and win as he liked last night. That gate speed will be huge with a kind draw at Addington on June 1. Golino said a Jewels trip was “very likely as long as he comes through this well.”   HRNZ

Yabby Dam Farms and Haras des Trotteurs will be offering this striking chestnut colt who will be going under the hammer as Lot 14 of the APTS on March 10 with all proceeds going to the Terang Harness Racing Club stable upgrade at Dalvui Raceway. The Terang Harness Owners, Trainers and Supporters Group has been fundraising $2M for about four years to build a new stabling facility. With APTS also waiving its fees from the sale of Lot 14, the only money from the purchase not going to the Terang Harness Raing Club fund will be GST. By Haras des Trotteurs successful French sire Used To Me out of My Dreamweaver, the well-bred colt is the fifth foal with all of his four elder siblings being winners. These include the 10-win mare My Chimera (T1.55.6,$63,360) who had two wins at 3, six metropolitan wins and a second placing in a Need For Speed heat, running fourth in the Gp1 final. Another half-sister to the colt, Cadenas Amour (TR1.58.3, $16, 970) has won three of her 17 starts with 4 placings, including a win at 3 and also ran 4th in a Breeders Crown heat. His 2YO older half-brother Dream Over has also had a win in his first three juvenile starts. His dam My Dreamweaver won 4 races and placed 10 times taking a time of 1.57.8TT. A New Zealand bred mare with pure American bloodlines, she is by Lindy Lane out of the imported mare Dreamlands Nancy. My Dreamweaver is a half to Gp2 winner Our Dreamlover (Love You) (TR1.59.6, $159,017) who won 16 races, including 9 at 3 and was the winner of a repechage of the Breeders Crown, and was also second in the Gp1 Vic Derby and third in the Gp2 Breeders Crown. As an aged horse he won the Gp2 Queensland Cup. My Dreamweaver is also a half to Ararat Cup winner Crown Dream (Tr1.59.7, $50,140) who won nine races, including two at 2, and five other winners. Lot 14 is eligible for the Vicbred $7000 First Win Bonus, Vicbred Platinum and Breeders Crown.

Three harness racing trotting winners on two continents in one day. That was the remarkable achievement of progeny from Yabby Dam Farms’ former Australasian Grand Circuit champion mare La Coocaracha this week. First out of the blocks at Bendigo was La Coocaracha son Mataderos, a 3YO Dream Vacation colt who was driven by Yabby Dam Racing’s Finnish track driver Anti Ruokenon in his first ever Australian race start. Trained by Anton Golino, and rated in front to perfection by Ruokenon, Mataderos cleared out to win by 8.5m to record his first win in impressive fashion, and also give the young Finn the perfect start to his Australian race driving career. To watch the video replay of this race click on this link. The Golino stable’s star Dance Craze was the next up for La Coocaracha, competing in the first heat of the Lynn McPherson Breed for Speed Gold Series after her stunning win in the Great Southern Star. Glen Craven patiently drove the 5YO mare at the back of the field before unleashing a brilliant burst of speed in the home straight to claim the victory, the mare’s 16th in 26 starts. To watch the video replay of this race click on this link. And then as the day turned night at the famous Yonkers track in North America, La Grange A won impressively in 1.56.3 on his American debut in a $20,000 conditioned event. Despite the dreaded eight pole, driver Yannick Gingras using his charge’s gate speed to get to the lead early and proved too strong for this conditioned field. La Grange, was sold in December through JC International’s John Curtin to Renee Spahr, and is a full brother to Dance Craze being a son of Muscle Hill out of La Coocaracha.  Like his two siblings, he was bred by Yabby Dam Farms and Haras des Trotteurs in Cardigan, Victoria and was a Group 2 winner during his 2- and 3-year-old seasons in Australia.  A November 2014 foal, La Grange is still a 4-year-old by Australian time, but is a 5-year-old in the U.S. because of the different breeding calendars and has now won seven of his 23 career races.     “He’s a nice horse,” trainer Per Engblom, told the US Trotting Association website prior to the race.  “From the way he feels when we’re training, that he’s a very strong horse. He can take a lot of air. He’s very clean gaited; I just hope he’s fast enough. He’s more of a grinder than a speed horse, but I think he’s OK.” Engblom’s feelings as it turned out were spot on.  “Hopefully we can get him into the Meadowlands in a class where he fits so we can get started there. He’s basically missing his 4-year-old year, so it’s going to be a big transition. We’ll see how he handles it. He was maybe a notch below the best ones Down Under, but he’s a real good horse. La Grange Is yet another product of the blossoming Australian trotting breeding program, which is now showing that it can produce trotters that can be competitive on the international stage, a path that has been successfully blazed by Down Under pacers for several years. Last year, another Muscle Hill colt Aldebaranwalkabout won two races, including a division of the Bluegrass Stakes, for owner and breeder Duncan McPherson’s Aldebaran Park Inc. Engblom also told the US Trotting website will point La Grange toward several upcoming series for older trotters and also made the stallion eligible to some stakes races. “I don’t know if he’s going to be ready for the early stakes, but by this fall I wouldn’t be surprised if he is,” Engblom said. “He’s got a series at Pocono, then we’ll see. We’ll see if he develops. He’s a big horse, so I think he’s going to be better with age. I think he’ll be OK.” Back at Yabby Dam Farms and Haras des Trotteurs in Australia, La Coocaracha is proving to be every bit the champion in the broodmare paddock as she was on the track.  She is also the dam of former Group one winner Reine Danzante (now in foal to Muscle Mass) while  a yearling colt by Andover Hall is breaking in beautifully and she also has a lovely filly by French sire Quaker Jet. Meanwhile La Coocaracha’s  9-win daughter La Biscuit is also the dam of a Group one winner in Royal Treat. The results are also in line with Yabby Dam Farms/Haras des Trotteurs mission to breed world class trotters while also continuing fellow breeder Duncan McPherson’s long stated ambition to internationalise trotting. Note: Yearling buyers should take notice of Lot 8, at the APTS Sale in Melbourne on March the 10th, a Dream Vacation colt from Meridith Castle, a half-sister to La Coocaracha, who has already produced Iona Grinner a trotting winner of over $217,000 and has a time of 1:55.1.   Harnesslink Media  

Don’t be surprised to see the trotting ranks bolstered at the APG Yearling Sales in Brisbane in the next few years. In 2018 Racing Queensland and international breeders, Haras de Trotteurs, have joined forces to stimulate the breeding of trotters in Queensland. Haras de Trotteurs and Yabby Dam Farms principal, Pat Driscoll, said the partnership gave participants the chance to win and take ownership of one of 14 well-bred broodmares.  “The offer was open to breeders, trainers, owners and trotting enthusiasts, who wanted to includes the ownership of a mare, with a free service to one of Haras des Trotteurs’ stallions for the first year. “The winners could have gone to any stallion but we were offering the free service to Used To Me, Dream Catcher, and En Solitaire,” Driscoll said. One such new owner(s) was delighted couple Brian McCall and Rachel Beaton. “This is a fantastic concept and those who organised it need to be applauded. We drew out Madam Commander (Majestic Son – Commander Jewel, NZ) and she is a lovely mare. “When the idea was first mooted we thought the mares would be old horses coming to the end of their breeding careers, but this couldn’t be further from the truth,” McCall said. “Madam Commander is just four and has huge breeding potential,” added the Queensland trainer and APG auction spotter. He said he put the mare to Haras de Trotteur's French stallion, Used To Me (Nuage De Lait – North Lane) twice this breeding season, but her cycles weren’t compatible. He said he would keep her fit until the next breeding season and likely head back to Used To Me again. “I liked the pedigree match-up,” McCall said. Driscoll said the concept was a ‘no brainer’. “I personally love trotters and wanted to provide a more solid base for them here in Queensland. They are a much more majestic animal than pacers. “Trotting is international whereas pacing seems to only be run in Australasia and North America. There is huge potential to be had here in Queensland,” Driscoll said. He said each mare that was offered must remain in Queensland for at least the initial breeding season to ensure offspring are QBRED eligible - with a minimum expectation that the foal’s first race start be in Queensland. “The new owner must also fund transport costs to Queensland for both the mare and semen,” Driscoll said. He also paid a tribute to fellow supporters of the concept - prominent trotting owner Jeroen Nieuwenburg and Racing Queensland. Racing Queensland Harness Development Strategy Manager, David Brick, said the generous offer would be a major stimulant to the local ranks. “Many thanks must go to Pat for this generous offer to help stimulate breeding in Queensland, and to Jeroen, who has been pivotal in helping to get it off the ground,” he said. Mr Driscoll said he was a passionate supporter of the trotting gait and hoped the initiative will kick start the breeding of trotters in Queensland and lead to the introduction of two-year-old trotting races in the state. Brick said the trotting gait had experienced a resurgence in recent years, driven largely by international wagering returns, and Australian breeders being able to access the best international breeding lines. He added a number of initiatives will be introduced in the coming season to grow racing opportunities for trotters, including enhancements to last year’s Winter Carnival program through the $20,000 Haras des Trotteurs Marathon and the $15,000 Haras des Trotteurs Mobile joining the $30,000 Seelite Windows and Doors Queensland Trotters Cup. “There will also be the new QBRED trotters features in 2018/19, and the introduction of a juvenile trotters series similar to the Foundation Series established in New South Wales,” Brick said. The ballot was drawn publically at Albion Park on Saturday July 7. The 14 new owners (with mares) are: John Edmunds (Bartali), Alex Cain (Bella Sorella), Gerard Maloney (Bigonluck), Gary and Jodey Whittaker (Calder Luck), Graydon McCoombes (Ella Galleon), Ken Wills (Eilish Monarch), Paul Morris (Fiona Jay),  Anthony Perkins (Lucky Love), Rachel Beaton (Madam Commander), Heather Warl (Majestic Elsa), Colin Knox (Mya Grace), Gary Chequer (My Dreamweaver), Rob Plunkett and Shane McConnell (Parisian Dancer), and Shane McConnell (Yankee Duchess).   By Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Yabby Dam racing's Beau Garcon's strong win in the Group 3 Breeders Crown 2YO Silver Trot was the icing on the cake for his sire Orlando Vici's impressive first season crop Down Under. With big race driver Anthony Butt in the sulky, Beau Garcon, took over the lead a lap out, stared down race favourite Alpha Male's challenge, and when he broke under pressure down the back straight, strode away from the field to win easing up to win by 14 metres from Yabby Dam Racing stablemate Hallaboutme. Trained by Anton Golino at Cardigan, Beau Garcon was Orlando Vici's third individual winner, from an Australian crop of 11 foals, with no less than six making the races, and, with his only New Zealand colt included, four making the Breeders Crown finals last weekend.  Trainer Anton Golino and Driver Anthony Butt, pictured with Beau Garçon Orlando Vici has been a standout sire in Europe, a consistent top ten stallion in France and a top five stallion in Sweden, whose progeny have won age-group black type in six nations and whose durability, is shown by his veteran son Un Mec d'Heripre capturing the Cagnes-sur-Mer GP des Alpes-Maritimes in the past week at the age of 10. Beau Garcon is a product of all- French breeding, with his imported dam Glenferrie Unixa having produced group winners with her first two foals, her previous offspring being the multi-Group one winning filly Une Belle Allure, who completed the Victoria Trotters Derby and Oaks double last season.   Dave Sanders  

Always Ready rewrote Maryborough's record books with a blistering run in the final Breeders Crown heat, setting the stage for a ripping finals night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Thursday's heats at Maryborough narrowed the Breeders Crown contenders for the prized finals on August 25, with $90,000 up for grabs in the two-year-old classes and $75,000 in the three-year-olds. None were more impressive than Yabby Dam Farms trotter Always Ready, with the Vicbred and Tatlow Stakes winner and Redwood Classic runner-up stopping the clock at a 2:00.8 mile rate, cutting a second off Wobelee's two-year-old track record. That was the eighth of the days heats and provided a clearer picture of who would contest the Crown finals, though final fields will not be declared until the commencement of tomorrow night's meeting at Bendigo in line with the pacing finals. Below are the fields as they stand ahead of the barrier draws, which will feature as part of the festivities for tomorrow's pacing semi-finals at Lords Raceway. The draws will be streamed live at www.thetrots.com.au in a special barrier draw telecast hosted by Rob Auber and Craig Rail. Tune in from 5pm. For more details click here. Yabby Dam Racing Breeders Crown 3YO trottting fillies final: Drawn on Trots Live after race 3 (6.02pm) on Saturday night at Bendigo. CADENAS DAMOUR NZ DI LI HADES SKY MAR PACIFICO MEADOW VALLEY SKY MOONLIGHT DREAM MOONSHINE LINDA OUR SHOW GAIT NZ PARISIAN OPERA PRETTY MAJESTIC THE GREAT REDEEMER NZ WILKES BARRE ALEPPO JEWEL (1st Em) Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown 2YO trotting fillies final: Drawn on Trots Live after race 4 (6.34pm) on Saturday night at Bendigo. COMMAND ME DENEUVE STAR EMERALD STRIDE GATESYS ALLEY GEORGIAS PRIDE IMSETTOGO MY LITTLE COMET ORLANDO STORM SLEEPEE SO TICKLE ME PINK NZ STARLIGHT RED WALKABOUT SUNRISE DELAROSE (1st Em) Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown 3YO trottings colts and geldings final: Drawn on Trots Live after race 5 (7.02pm) on Saturday night at Bendigo. ALDEBARAN PETE ALDEBARAN WILLO NZ ANYWHERE HUGO FIELDS OF KYVALLEY IMPERIAL WHIZ NZ KYVALLEY FINN LA GRANGE MAJESTIC COURTNEY NZ MAJESTIC PLAYER NEXTA NUNN STRESS FACTOR NZ WHIZZBANG DAN DELLSUN (1st Em) Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown two-year-old trotting fillies final: Drawn on Trots Live after race 6 (7.30pm) on Saturday night at Bendigo. ALDEBARAN ROCKY ALWAYS READY ARCHLEO CALIGULA NZ DREAM MASTAR JILLIBY BULLDOG KYVALLEY CLICHY MAJESTUOSO NZ MONTPELLIER ONEOFTHECLAN ORLANDO JOLT NZ XEBEC GLAD ALL OVER CRITICAL ADVANTAGE (1st Em) Michael Howard Trots Media

French super stallion Ready Cash scored his first group one successes in Australia with Always Ready winning the Vicbred Super Series 2YO Colts and Geldings Final and followed that up with a group one placing with 2YO filly Par Ici. Bearing the stamp of Ready Cash in both looks and action Always Ready kicked the Vicbred Super Series finals off with an all the way win in the 2YO Colts after fighting hard to get to the lead, controlling the tempo and then impressively kicking away from the field from the 600m mark. Later in the evening Ready Cash filly Par Ici was shuffled back on the inside rail, but finished on gamely to pick up a third placing in the Group one Vibred Super Series 2YO Fillies Final. Anton Golino trains the pair at Yabby Dam Farms in Cardigan, Victoria. Yabby Dam Farms proprietor Pat Driscoll secured a small amount of Ready Cash frozen semen before his sons and daughters created a storm on the track through the likes of Prix d’Amerique winners Bold Eagle and Readly Express and multiple group one winners Brillantissime and Bird Parker. Anton and Always Ready The winner of 40 races, 8 at Group one level including two Prix de Amerique, Ready Cash has topped the French sires premiership in each of the six crops he has sired. And his son Brillantissime has just began his stud career in sensational fashion leading the French qualifiers with 22 qualifiers already with Love You and Ready Cash superstar Bold Eagle joint second on 12. Bold Eagle is out of a Love You mare. Ready Cash himself Is joint fourth on the table with 10 qualifers, while Bird Parker another son of Ready Cash has 9 qualifiers.  Yabby Dam Farms and Haras des Trotteurs are standing the first son of Ready Cash in New Zealand this year, in En Solitaire, who is bred on the same cross as Bold Eagle.   Dave Sanders

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