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10:29 PM 29 Apr 2021 NZST
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Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound.


Byron unbeaten two-year-old

My Ultimate Byron, who is being aimed at harness racing's NSW Breeders Challenge in the spring, won the $125,000 APG Gold Bullion Final to mark the close of his first campaign with a good deal to spare.

His winning sequence of three two-year-old starts by a combined margin of 48 metres makes him one of the best of his age, and he looks to be well in line for the remaining classics.

A well developed youngster, possessing both speed and stamina, My Ultimate Byron is a particularly easy going juvenile by the great Somebeachsomewhere, and is likely the best pacer to be trained by former Riverina horseman Jarrod Alchin. My Ultimate Byron’s earnings totalled $77,220.

My Ultimate Byron’s dam, Our Sleeping Beauty, was only a moderate, being by Bettor’s Delight from Bishop’s Dream, an unraced mare, and by the Artsplace horse Dream Away, a Meadowlands Pace winner.

Bishop’s Dream was a half-sister to two high class pacers in Devil Dodger 1:50.8 ($724,666) mand The Devil’s Own 1:48 ($293,495), being out of Bishop’s Blessing, by Live Or Die from the Soky’s Atom mare Atomic Lass, dam of the outstanding NZ pacer Auckland Reactor 1:52.9 ($1.7 million), now at the stud in NSW.

My Ultimate Byron won the $125,000 APG Gold Bullion Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night. Photo Club Menangle.


Brother to Poster Boy

Beach Villa, who won the Victoria Sapling Stakes for two-year-old colts and geldings, after leading and carving out his final four quarters in under 30 seconds, could develop into one of the best his age this year.

He has an all-American breeding background and one which has been most successful. By Somebeachsomewhere (son of Mach Three), he is out of the Artsplace mare Aston Villa (1:58.1), who won four races at the Victorian provincials.

At the stud Aston Villa, the 2019 Broodmare of the Year, has left six individual winners, five of whom took records of 1:56 or better including a champion colt in Poster Boy 1:49.1 ($803,310), the winner of five Group One’s and the 3YO of the Year in 2018.

Others from Aston Villa have been Yankee Rockstar 1:52.2 ($329,048), who won the Sapling Stakes in 2013, the Breeders Crown champion Born To Rocknroll 1:52.5 ($300,684), Zoliver (1:53.6) and Yankee Showgirl (1:56.5).

Aston Villa, bred in Canada by the Armstrong Brothers, was out of Villa Storm 1:53.2 ($328,817), a half-sister by Storm Damage to the top Canadian pacers Art’s Secret and Cam’s Secretary.

Beach Villa was bred and is raced by Bill and Anne Anderson, of Lauriston Bloodstock. Photo Stuart McCormick.


Champagne Classic winner

A two-year-old to take high ranking in Western Australia this year is Bushwacked, one of the third crop sired by Follow The Stars, who is now at Goulburn Valley Equine in Shepparton, Victoria.

Bushwacked has won three races with a second in eight starts for $50,553. He won the $50,000 Champagne Classic over 2130 metres in the smart mile rate of 1:57.2 and appears every bit as good as the Sandgropers rate him. He is out of Aleta Anvil (1:59.7), by In The Pocket from the American-bred Aleta Hanover, an Albatross mare from the same family as the top Canadian pacer High Ideal.

Aleta Anvil, who won six races including two at Gloucester Park, produced others in Warrior’s Code (1:55.6), Rapid Red River (2:00.2) and The Witness. She was a half-sister to Maiden America, the dam of the Australian winners Cashel Rohan (1:58.3) and Cashel Eclipse.

Aleta Anvil was 22 when she left Bushwacked.

West Australia's Bushwacked is one of the third crop sired by Follow The Stars. Photo Gloucester Park – Paceway Photos.


Heavens Showgirl’s breeding background

Heavens Showgirl, who won her fourth race from five starts in WA at Gloucester Park, is a five-year-old mare expected to graduate far beyond her present rating.

A member of Nathan Turvey’s Ravenswood team, she has a good deal more in her favour on the score of blood than most. By Rock N Roll Heaven, the sire of horses the calibre of Wolf Stride, Heaven Rocks and Expensive Ego, Heavens Showgirl is out of a useful racemare in Miss Deville with a record of 1:58.8, who is proving a successful broodmare. Miss Deville is also the dam of Knights Templar (1:55.1), a Group placegetter as a two-year-old, Misty Cullen (1:56.6) and Modern Ville (1:57.3).

Miss Deville is a D M Dilinger mare from the Moonee Valley winner Lauraville (2:00.8), by Hilarious Way from Gift Ray, by First Variety from Philray, by the Raider horse Raglo. Miss Deville is a half-sister to Jasville 1:59.7 (who won 12 races), to Nextville 1:59.1 (14 wins) and Stoneville (2:00.9), dam of Some Stone 1:57.3 (12 wins).

Heavens Showgirl was bred by the late Gordon and June Turner, from Victoria’s Gippsland district.

Heavens Showgirl won her fourth race from five starts in WA at Gloucester Park. Photo Gloucester Park – Paceway Photos.


Another star from Fususi

Captain’s Queen, who won the $125,000 APG Gold Bullion Final at Menangle, is a two-year-old sister-in-blood to a NSW Breeders Challenge winner in Soho Almasi 1:51.8 ($124,950).

They are out of a fine racemare in Fususi 1:59.2 ($180,305), by Village Jasper from Gold Sarn, by Muckalee Strike from Muma Sarn, by Caliburn, a son of Bullet Hanover.

Muma Sarn was a most successful broodmare, being also the dam of Muma’s Little Girl (1:59.9), How Is He (1:59.7), Gold Sarn and My Mate Leigh. Fususi is a half-sister to the Australian Oaks winner Shake It Mama 1:54.7 ($257,588) and to Pyrites (1:57.9), the dam of Bettor Be Gold (1:52.8) and Golden Year (1:54.6).

Star four-year-old by A Rocknroll Dance

Chubby Checker, who has won four races from as many starts at Menangle, and has graduated to a NR75 mark, is regarded as one of the best young stayers in NSW.

Chubby Checker is a four-year-old gelding by the Rocknroll Hanover horse A Rocknroll Dance, who has sired numerous top performers including No Win No Feed, Its Rock And Roll, Bar Room Banta, Whereyabinboppin and others. He is out of a former smart racemare in Just Gorgeous (1:59.7), a Washington VC mare from the same family as the 2YO Filly of the Year Maajida.

Just Gorgeous, a Group winner at two, ranks as a half-sister to the NZ winner I’m Watching You, being out of I’m Gorgeous (2:01), by Peace Of Art from the Soky’s Atom mare Moonshaker, dam of the Harvey Cup winner Galactic Galleon 1:52.2 ($449,371).

In the back removes of Chubby Checker’s pedigree are pacers of the calibre of the NZ Cup winner Gracious Knight, King Alba (NZ Flying Stakes), Black Cam 1:52.2 (Popular Alm FFA), and Alta Leonie (NZ Stratford Cup).


Well related three-year-old

Sayitaintso Joe, a most impressive winner at Ballarat recently, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when he qualified for the Breeders Crown semi-final.

He has opened his three-year-old season on a winning note and will be well in line for the major classics at the end of the year.

He is a gelding by the Cam’s Card Shark horse, Roll With Joe, from the Group winner Beach Shack 1:53.3 ($148,702), a half-sister to a top flight racemare in Rockstar Angel 1:51 ($438,053). Their dam, Arty Alice (by Artiscape), ranks as a half-sister to the mighty Christian Cullen and the Auckland Cup winner Kate’s First.

Sayitaintso Joe was bred and is raced by Brendan and Anne James, of Ballarat.

Won SA Oaks

The Victorian filly, Alien’s Exist, who firmly clinched her claim to being one of the best three-year-old fillies of the season when she won the South Australian Oaks at Globe Derby Park, is a member of one of NZ’s top ranking standardbred families.

Alien’s Exist, who has now won four races, is a filly by the In The Pocket horse Courage Under Fire, who also sired the dam of the runner-up Doug’s Babe (by Western Terror).

Courage Under Fire has been most successful in Australia. His stock include the Inter Dominion champion Smolda, Alta Orlando, Turn It Up and Carla’s Pixel.

Alien’s Exist is out of the smart racemare Low Velocity 1:56.8 ($121,993), by the Artsplace horse Fully Loaded from Claire Lane (1:59.1), a NZ bred mare by New York Motoring from Claire Vision, by Windshield Wiper and tracing to the taproot Lutie Rodgers (by the thoroughbred Cannon’s Whip colt).

Claire Lane was the dam of a top Queensland pacer in Presidential Lane (1:55.3), winner of 14 races including the Gold Coast Derby and $142,411, and the Albion Park winner Claire Jasper (1:58).

Claire Vision was a half-sister to What’s Fair, a What’s Next mare who left the smart Tasmanian pacer Whata Dragon. Polly Put Kettleon (also by Courage Under Fire), who won the Norman Memorial on the same night as Alien’s Exist won, is another member of the Lutie Rodgers tribe.


Siblings win at Albion Park

It was no mean feat for the siblings Manila Playboy (by Pet Rock) and Cheesandkisses (by Betterthancheddar) to win on the same card at Albion Park recently. Manila Boy, a three-year-old gelding, has won five of his 11 starts to date, while Cheesandkisses, a four-year-old mare, has won four.

Bangkok Dancer, the dam of Manila Playboy and Cheesandkisses, won 11 races including the Paleface Adios Classic and took a record of 1:56.4 and was a smart racemare in her own right. She was a half-sister to the Albion Park winners Perfect Pegasus 1:55.7 ($150,702) and Courageous Cam 1:56 ($104,154), being out of Killarney Beauty, by Caroldon Lehigh from Killarney Betty, by Stormyway.

A top Brisbane free-for-aller from an earlier decade in Manila Lover Boy belongs to this family. He won 48 races including 12 at Albion Park and one at Harold Park.

Victorian trotter has strong bloodlines

Hatchback, the winner of the recent Bendigo Trotters Cup and earlier the runner-up in the Mildura Cup, is a five-year-old trotter of some potential.

He has won $87,875 in stakes, a worthwhile return for the $23,000 paid for him at the 2015 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale in Melbourne. By the Garland Lobell horse Angus Hall (whose frozen crops ‘down under’ have been most impressive and have run up a particularly good record), he is out of a champion racemare in Jauriol 1:59.9 ($248,824), a winner of 22 races including the Victoria and NSW Oaks, the NSW Derby and The Redwood.

Jauriol was by Wagon Apollo, also a champion trotter, and from New Karamboo, by Keystone Gondola from New Everest, by Mt Everest from the Apepa mare Newry Star, the grand-dam of the Victorian country cups winner Rockey.

Hatchback ranks as a brother to the dual Vicbred champion Endsino 1:58.1 ($185,203), now at the stud, and a half-brother to the smart SA square-gaiters Skyflyer and Joekenn.


Peter Wharton

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