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The lightly raced three-year-old Dollarsign became the latest winner for the harness racing Little Brown Jug champion Million Dollar Cam when he emerged successful in 1:57 at Menangle. The gelding tramped his last 800 in 55.9. Former NSW three-year-old filly Didnt I won at her second start in Victoria, leading from end to end at Bendigo at a 1:59.7 rate. She has won five races and $40,000 in stakes. Million Dollar Cam was also represented by the Canadian winners Atomic Million AM (1:53.4) and Vegas Rich (2:00.8). World champion Warrawee Needy was credited with three-year-old winners in USA and Canada over the weekend. Needless To Say, a gelding, won in 1:56 flat at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania, while Wine Tyme, a filly, scored in 1:58.6 at Hiawatha Horse Park. Ourboybart continued the amazing run of Yirribee Pacing Stud's new sire Renaissance Man when he saluted the judge at a 1:55.1 rate at Pinjarra. Million Dollar Cam, Warrawee Needy and Renaissance stand at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga where Lazarus, Fear The Dragon, Tintin In America and Lennytheshark head a select sire list. By Peter Wharton

Former pacing standout Renaissance Man (Art Major), a recent addition to the Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster, was credited with his first Group 1 winner when the harness racing  three-year-old Longreach Bay led from end-to-end in the $80,000 Westbred Classic at Gloucester Park. It was the gelding's fifth win from only 10 starts and his third in a row. Renaissance Man was represented by a second winner at Gloucester Park in the four-year-old Another Snag. Reigning USA Horse of the Year Shartin won a qualifier in 1:51 at Harrah's Philadelphia and the Tintin In America mare looks to be well in line for all the major mare's classics. Tintin In America also left a 'new' winner in the three-year-old Smooth Rye at Pinjarra (WA). Warrawee Needy's three-year-olds have been firing on all cyclinders in Canada this month. Noch Ten won in 1:52.6 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, while Frownie's Miracle (1:59.6) and White High Heels also emerged successful. Million Dollar Cam, who is enjoying a fine season, left winners at Buffalo Raceway, New York in Sur Please (1:58) and Wagga in the three-year-old Olinsky (1:59.2), while the Lombo Pocket Watch gelding Timely Sovereign maintained his recent devastating form with a 1:53.1 triumph at Menangle. By Peter Wharton

The Art Major horse Renaissance Man, a new harness racing addition to the Yirribee Pacing Stud team, sired the winners of both $20,000 Westsired 3YO classics at Gloucester Park on Friday night (June 12). Longreach Bay, a three-year-old gelding, led from end to end in a career-best 1:56.1 and has now won four of his nine starts, while Fifty Five Reborn, a filly, was trapped wide early before working to the top and running out the 2130 metres in a new lifetime mark of 1:57.1. It was her sixth success. Former world champion Warrawee Needy was credited with his eighth individual winner from his first crop when the two-year-old filly Warra Downs saluted on debut in 1:59.3 at Bathurst. Warrawee Needy also produced winners at Dubbo in the two-year-old gelding The Grogfather (1:59.9) and Grand River Raceway, Canada with the three-year-old Fronnie's Miracle (1:58). Tintin In America sired fast winners in both hemispheres at the weekend. God's Spirit NZ won in 1:50.2 at The Meadowlands, New Jersey, while Topsky scored in a career-best 1:55 at Newcastle. The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam continues to rack up the winners. His latest haul included Plumpton Road (1:57.1, Wagga), the Yirribee Pacing Stud bred Allegretto (1:59.7, Bathurst), Neville Shannon (Tamworth) and the Redcliffe victors Camroller (1:58) and Getaloadathisgirl (1:59.8). By Peter Wharton

The barnstorming win of Timely Sovereign in a career-best 1:52.5 at Menangle on Friday night (June 5) gave a further boost to the stocks of the Yirribee Pacing Stud resident stallion Lombo Pocket Watch. It was the gelding’s 12th success and lifted his bankroll to almost $90,000. Nobbys Clock, another son of Lombo Pocket Watch, notched his third win from his last four attempts when he scored at Wagga in 1:56.1. The four-year-old was one of three winners bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud last week. The others were Mach Angelo, a winner in 1:59.5 at Penrith, and Snoop Stride (1:59.5, Parkes). Million Dollar Cam was represented by two winners in Bill Shannon (1:57.3, Bathurst) and Getaloadathisgirl (Redcliffe). Warrawee Needy’s first crop daughter Deprived made it two for two since the return to racing in North America, winning in 1:53 at Northfield Park, Ohio on Saturday (June 6).   by Peter Wharton

We can never get enough of our champion pacers. And while his shoes are yet to be filled ON the harness racing racetrack, Lazarus will make a welcome return to our shores to resume his “OFF TRACK” stud duties in a matter of weeks. Regarded by many as the best pacer to race in the Southern Hemisphere in the past decade or so, Lazarus has booked his ticket to return for another season of stud duties at the renowned Yirribee Stud in the Riverina. With his return flight confirmed, unlike last year, Lazarus will fly direct to Australia and will not be required to quarantine in New Zealand. This avoids two aircraft flights within a matter of weeks. IRT have now advised Club Menangle and Yirribee Stud of the following transport and quarantine dates: July 9: begin quarantine in North America July 26: flight to Melbourne July 28: arrive in Melbourne for quarantine August 11: release from quarantine. Star Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth turns 37 that day but harness racing fans probably won’t raise a toast to ‘Thor’ but will instead toast the mighty Lazarus that day. Club Menangle has already announced a reduced service fee for Lazarus in response to the financial crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Club Menangle CEO, Bruce Christison explained that given the state of the economy it was vital those involved in the industry did everything possible to ease the financial burden on breeders. As a result the 2020 service fee will begin at $8,000, a 20 per cent reduction on the previous year. There is a further discount of $2,000 for customers that booked a service fee to Lazarus last year. Yirribee Pacing Stud has confirmed that following the announcement of the Covid-19 Lazarus service fee initiative by Club Menangle, there had been plenty of early interest in bookings for 2020. “We have 20 bookings already in Australia and have fielded many telephone calls from New Zealand,” said Yirribee Stud principal, Rod Woodhouse. Success Stud at Young was among those to make an early call for clients seeking to book to the champ. Lazarus N - Simply Liz colt. Simply Liz ($136,194) is by Art Major and is the dam of 4 to race for 4 $100,000 plus winners Woodhouse indicated that the Yirribee Team were excited about the champ’s return: “Lazarus is a true gentleman and an absolute pleasure to have around,” said Woodhouse. “We received very good numbers from the Northern Hemisphere overnight. “Of the 57 mares with test results, they have 50 mares in foal, which means more than 87 per cent of the mares served were in foal.  “There is no doubt that if he throws his willingness to win and his temperament to his offspring, he will turn out to be a truly great sire.” Club Menangle  

Harness racing progeny of Yirribee Pacing Stud stallions won in three different countries last week. Tintin In America, the sire of world champion mare Shartin, produced a 'new' three-year-old winner in American Eyre at Invercargill, New Zealand and the talented The Bull Pen NZ, who scored at Stawell in a career-best 1:57.5. The multiple Group winning sire Renaissance Man, a recent addition to the Yirribee Stud roster, was represented by the Bunbury three-year-old winner Longreach Bay, who won in a lifetime best 1:57.6. Million Dollar Cam and Lombo Pocket Watch left winners at Wagga in the three-year-old Olinsky (1:59.1) and the Yirribee Stud bred and raced Nobby's Clock (1:53.6) respectively. To complete a big week, Deprived, a six-year-old daughter of former world champion Warrawee Needy, scored in 1:54 at Northfield Park, Ohio. By Peter Wharton

The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam, who stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), recently passed the $33 million mark in progeny earnings. The total includes $4 million in Australia. Million Dollar Cam was represented by three winners during the past week and has left 36 individual winners in Australia this season and more than $500,000 in stakes. Recent winners by Million Dollar Cam have been the Yirribee Stud bred gelding Sword And Shield, a winner at Redcliffe in 1:58.3, Isntthatright (1:57.6, Wagga) and the Bathurst winner The Girls Have It. Companion sire Lombo Pocket Watch also weighed in with two important winners last week. The Black Assassin outfinished his rivals at Menangle in 1:54.1 to record his 21st win, while Time Keepa Lombo captured the Riverina Region Championship Consolation at Wagga. A second Yirribee Stud winner for the week was the three-year-old gelding Immortal Bridge, who notched his first win going 1:57.9 at Wagga.   By Peter Wharton

The harness racing three-year-old Middlepage is proving a splendid advertisement for the McArdle horse Tintin In America, a grand pacer himself and who now stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW). Middle Page won his third race from his last five starts when he came from last before soundly trouncing his rivals at Gloucester Park on Sunday night (May 10). The mile rate of 1:55.9 over 1730 metres was almost four seconds inside his previous best. Watch the race click here. Tintin In America was also represented by the recent Bathurst winner Bid For Red (1:56.7) and now left 19 individual winners this season in Australia and New Zealand. Million Dollar Cam left 'new' winners on either side of the country last week in the three-year-old filly Auntie Millie (Bathurst) and the four-year-old Westernhouse (Bunbury). Nobbys Clock 1:57.6 (by Lombo Pocket Watch) and the three-year-old Kahliadenise Lombo, both bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud, were successful at Wagga and Penrith respectively.   By Peter Wharton

It is beyond doubt that one of New Zealand’s greatest harness racing exports is the standardbred stallion, Lazarus. His strength, stamina and speed – and sheer willingness to win – was equal to the best of the best of “All Blacks” forwards. During his Southern Hemisphere racing career, he entertained the crowds, broke the hearts of his competitors and endeared himself to not only racing tragics – but any sporting enthusiast who recognised a true champion. The handsome black stallion simply oozed class! His outstanding record and credentials were recognised in North America and he was subsequently purchased by Taylor Made Stallions to race in the United States and Canada - and then to undertake a career as a sire, post racing. Lazarus undertook his first North American season as a sire at Deo Volente Farms, New Jersey in 2019. The translation of the Latin “Deo Volente” to the English equivalent is “God Willing”. The Heavens must have been smiling on Lazarus as he received an outstanding book of mares and returned a fertility rate close to eighty per cent. Australia’s premier harness racing club – Club Menangle – subsequently purchased the Southern Hemisphere breeding rights to Lazarus.  Club Menangle is located in the heart of the birthplace of Australian merino breeding, the Macarthur region of New South Wales. Club Menangle and Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga Wagga NSW entered into a partnership to stand Lazarus at Wagga Wagga, the gateway to one of Australia’s premier agricultural regions, the historic Riverina. Lazarus winning his first USA start in the Dan Patch Stakes. After an extremely promising start to his Southern Hemisphere siring career, returns from services became varied, with hits and misses throughout the season. Shortly prior to his return to North America and following exhaustive investigation by veterinarians at Charles Sturt University, Goulburn Valley Equine, Sydney University and the University of Newcastle a subfertility issue was identified which appears to have been related to scrotal damage somewhere in his travels to Australia. Following his return to Deo Valente Farms for the 2020 North America breeding season, his semen production was returning to normal - as the veterinarians predicted. Early returns suggest an “in-foal” rate in the high eighties, in North America. Club Menangle and Yirribee Stud are excited by the early North American fertility rates and look forward to his return to the Southern Hemisphere in the Spring of 2020. Since shuttling back to North America, the world has been turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the lives of many and the serious economic damage being wrought across the globe. As an industry driven partner, Club Menangle recognises that broodmare owners will face serious financial challenges, post the outbreak of Covid-19. The Club has determined that it will support broodmare owners by providing a post Covid-19 bonus and implement a new Southern Hemisphere fee structure for Lazarus. Recognising the impact Covid-19 will have on economic activity and the use of scarce capital resources, the Club will play its part in harness racing’s recovery by reducing Lazarus’ service fee to $8,000, including GST. The revised Covid-19 service fee structure will also provide an additional bonus to broodmare owners who booked to Lazarus in 2019. This fee will apply to each booking made to Lazarus in 2019, whether semen was ordered or otherwise. The additional bonus available to those who booked to Lazarus in 2019 recognises the commitment broodmare owners made to one of the Southern Hemisphere’s greatest standardbred champions, last year. Some of whom chose to try on a number of occasions. The bonus will provide a further reduction to $6,000. Club Menangle intends to contact broodmare owners in Australia and New Zealand who made bookings to Lazarus last year to offer the reduced Covid-19 service fee. Club Menangle looks forward to the return of Lazarus this spring. Club Menangle

Warrawee Drinking, a two-year-old gelding by Warrawee Needy, became his sire's seventh individual juvenile winner from his first crop when he outfinished older, more experienced harness racing rivals at Bathurst. The youngster, who had been placed on four previous occasions, was bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud. The world champion Warrawee Needy has left seven winners and two placegetters from nine starters from a foal crop of 47. On the subject of two-year-olds, Adore Me Some More, a filly by Tintin In America, led from end to end in 1:59.4 at Pinjarra, her first race day success. Tintin In America was also represented by Topsky, a winner in 1:58.1 at Newcastle and undefeated in two attempts this season. The three-year-old filly Fifty Five Reborn is proving a splendid advertisement for new Yirribee Pacing Stud stallion Renaissance Man. The filly led throughout at Gloucester Park, rating 1:58.4 over 2130 metres with the last 800 in a slick 56.2. She has now won five races and more than $60,000 in stakes. Timely Sovereign, a gelding by Lombo Pocket Watch, notched his eleventh win and his third in the space of a fortnight at Penrith, while the Yirribee bred Romero (by Million Dollar Cam) maintained his unbeaten record in Victoria winning effortlessly in 1:58.6 at Stawell. Warrawee Drinking winning at Bathurst   By Peter Wharton

Tintin In America and Lombo Pocket Watch, both members of the Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster, landed harness racing winners on the same night at Gloucester Park on April 14. Middlepage, a three-year-old colt by Tintin In America, completed back-to-back wins with an 11 metre romp, while Lombo Pocket Watch’s son Folsom Prison notched his fifth lifetime success. Tintin In America was represented by a ‘new’ winner at Newcastle in Topsky and now has a 50 percent winners-to-starters ratio from his Australian crops. World champion Warrawee Needy was credited with his sixth two-year-old winner in Uncle Shank, a most impressive winner in 1:57.6 at Albion Park. Warrawee Needy is the second leading first crop sire on percentage of winners-to-foals this season. Our new stallion Renaissance Man left another winner in Ourboybart, an end to end winner in 1:59.2 at Pinjarra and now the winner of five races. Other stud sired winners included Timely Sovereign (by Lombo Pocket Watch), who won in a career-best 1:56.1 at Menangle, and Romero (by Million Dollar Cam), a winner at Stawell and now unbeaten in two starts in Victoria. Romero was one of three winners bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud last week. The others were the three-year-old Chasing The Wind, who recorded his fourth win from nine starts at Bathurst, and Offthetopofmyhead, a winner in 1:58.9 at Penrith.   by Peter Wharton

Warrawee Needy, a former world champion and harness racing Canadian 'Two-year-old Colt of the Year' and who is now at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), was represented by his sixth individual two-year-old winner from his first crop when the debutant Uncle Shank was successful at Albion Park on Tuesday (April 14). Starting from inside the back row, the colt enjoyed the box seat trail behind the leader and, switched down onto the passing lane, sprinted sharply to win by 4.4 metres with something in hand. The mile rate was 1:57.8 over 1660 metres. He tramped his last 800 in a slick 57.1. Uncle Shank had previously shown up in several trials at Albion Park recently. He looks a very classy youngster. Bred by Mark Elmer and trained by Chantal Turpin, Uncle Shank is out of the Presidential Ball mare Presidential Night (2:00.7), the dam of the metropolitan winners Hedges Avenue (1:51.2) and Blue Suede Hooves ((1:56.4). Already a 1:55 sire in North America, Warrawee Needy has made a spectacular start as a sire in Australia, and has the distinction of siring four sub 2:00 two-year-olds from his initial crop. In his first season he left 47 foals, and of these he has eight to the races half way through their two-year-old season, and six are winners and two have been placed. By Peter Wharton

Yirribee Pacing Stud’s world champion sire Warrawee Needy was credited with his fourth harness racing winner from his first Australian crop when the two-year-old The Mountain emerged successful at only its second start at Wagga. After settling down near last, the gelding looped the field in the middle stages to race upsides with the leader and then powered away to win by six metres. The mile rate was 1:58.1 over 1740 metres with the last 800 in a slick 57.6. Warrawee Needy has sired four winners and three placegetters from seven starters to date. Uncle Shank, a Queensland owned and trained colt by Warrawee Needy, has won twice and been second in 1:55 in three trials at Albion Park recently. The Mountain, who is owned, trained and driven by Brett Woodhouse, was one of three winners bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud on the day. The two-year-old Fly Like An Eagle gelding Eagle Commander (1:59.2) and three-year-old Fly Like An Eagle gelding Chasing The Wind (1:57.8) both saluted at Bathurst. Actually, Yirribee Pacing Stud bred eight individual winners for the week! They included the Wagga winners King Fisher (1:58.7), Sweet Sangria (1:59.4) and All Good, Hes An Artist (1:59.4, Cranbourne) and the very promising Romero (by Million Dollar Cam), a runaway winner at Stawell in 1:58.7. Another son of Million Dollar Cam in Camroller notched his 13th win and pushed his earnings over the $70,000 mark with a brilliant win at Albion Park. By Peter Wharton    

Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga will offer 14 yearlings - the equal highest draft - at next Sunday's Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale. The consignment comprises two lots by champion USA mare Shartin's sire Tintin in America, three by the Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam, four by the Victoria Cup hero Caribbean Blaster, three by former champion juvenile Lombo Pocket Watch and one each by world champion Warrawee Needy and NZ 3YO of the Year Stunin Cullen. It includes a Million Dollar Cam colt from the NSW Oaks placegetter Eternal Love, a Caribbean Blaster colt out of the Bathurst Sales Classic winner Icy River, a Million Dollar Cam filly from the multiple Group placegetter Lombo Mona Lisa, a Warrawee Needy colt from a Mach Three half-sister to two $100,000 earners, and a Caribbean Blaster colt out of the Albion Park winner Swing With A Star (1:56.1). There's close relatives to the NSW Sires Stakes champions Muddy River and Conrod Straight, the Bathurst Gold Tiara winner Boa Vista Lombo, Dream About Me (NSW Breeders Plate), 3YO of the Year Sir Galvinator, the triple Oaks winner Concorde Lombo, Lord Lombo ($286,504), 2YO of the Year Lombo Skyrider (1:50) and the NSW Sires semi winner Outa Neutral. On the racetrack, the promising Lombo Pocket Watch gelding Watched From Above provided the highlight winning the HRNSW Reward Series Final at Bathurst. Other winners were Our Mista Halle (by Million Dollar Cam), a winner at Gloucester Park in 1:58.3, and the Yirribee Pacing Stud bred three-year-old filly Kahliadenise Lombo (1:56.2, Newcastle) and King Fisher (1:57.4, Leeton).   By Peter Wharton

The announcement of Tintin In America’s daughter Shartin as the 2019 USA Horse of the Year and the strong early showing of world champion Warrawee Needy’s first Australian crop look certain to create interest in the Yirribee Pacing Stud harness racing draft at the Australian Pacing Gold sale at Inglis’ Riverside Stables on Sunday, March 8. The Wagga-based standardbred nursery is offering three colts and two fillies by NZ superstar Tintin In America and three colts and five fillies by Warrawee Needy 1:46.8 ($1.2 million) as part of its 22 strong consignment. The Tintin In America offering includes colts from Elisabeth Kelly, a half-sister to Macraes Mate, Greg Kelly, etc; Weona Sassy, a half-sister to Interdom champion Weona Warrior; and Be Leave NZ (1:53.9) and fillies out of Shez Ryans, a half-sister to Derby and APG winner Emmas Only; and Prestigious Lombo, a daughter of millionaires Tailamade Lombo. Heading the Warrawee Needy draft are a colt from the NSW Golden Mile and Lord Mayor’s Cup winner Jamin (1:55.9) as well as fillies out of the multiple Group 1 placegetter Bettor Dreams NZ (1:54.6), the Canadian-bred mare Warrawee Flare (1:50.6), a half-sister to Sunshine Beach; the Pink Bonnet placegetter Artista Lombo (1:58.1) and Classic Counsel NZ, the dam of Floyd Mayweather ($326,492). The Yirribee consignment also includes yearlings by champion sires Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, American Ideal, Sweet Lou and Courage Under Fire and emerging sire Caribbean Blaster. There’s a Bettor’s Delight colt from Lettucereason ($180,073), a full sister to million dollar winner and successful sire For A Reason and a Bettor’s Delight sister to the Breeders Crown and Vicbred champion Wrappers Delight 1:51.1 ($414,224) – both from Yirribee client, Redbank Lodge Standardbreds. Lot 593 - Courage Under Fire- Very Chic NZ Other well bred yearlings include an Art Major sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Final winner Bamako Mali and multiple Group 1 placegetter Sheezallattitude; a Courage Under Fire colt out of the top racemare Very Chic ($217,166); an American Ideal colt out of a half-sister to Chariots Of Fire winner Villagem; a Sweet Lou filly from a daughter of 2YO of the Year Lombo La Fe Fe; and a Caribbean Blaster filly from the 2YO Filly of the Year and APG winner Espleshlimade Lombo. Peter Wharton

Yirribee Pacing Stud's champion sire Tintin In America had a red-letter week with winners in North America, New Zealand and Australia. In America, Tintin In America's bonny daughter Shartin NZ, the Aged Pacing Mare of the Year in 2018 and 2019, indicated she was on song for another successful campaign by winning a qualifying trial in 1:51.4 at Dover Downs, Delaware. Lady Jadore, a two-year-old filly by Tintin In America, was a most impressive winner on debut in a heat of the WA 2YO Sales Classic at Gloucester Park, leading throughout in a 2:00 mile rate with the last 800 in 57.4. Other recent Tintin In America winners were Andrew Jay (1:57.7, Redcliffe) and Claus, who completed a hat trick at Ashburton, NZ. Caribbean Blaster took the siring honours at Parkes on Sunday night (February 23) with a winning double with the three-year-old The Handsome One and Caribbean Jack (1:58.5). Caribbean Blaster was also represented by Onahi Delight (1:57.1, Newcastle), Caruba (Collie, WA) and Flame Blaster (Broken Hill), all members of his first crop of four-year-olds which has produced 36 starters and 20 winners from 70 foals. Camroller, one of the second crop of Million Dollar Cam, was the headline act for his sire, winning in a career-best 1:54.6 at Albion Park. Other recent Million Dollar Cam winners were Dollarbill (1:58.4, Redcliffe) and Plumpton Road (Young). To complete a huge week, Yirribee Pacing Stud bred a pair of winners in Snoop Stride, who won his 20th race at Young), and a 'new' winner, Im Rock Solid (Parkes).   By Peter Wharton

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