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Sidelined superstar pacer Ride High may have run his last race. That’s the opinion of his owner-breeder Peter Gleeson, who is already progressing plans for one of the most gifted pacer’s of the modern era to “serve a full book of mares” at stud later this year. “I hope I’m wrong, but I fear the worst,” he said. “He’s now had problems with both front tendons 18 months apart. I’ve been involved with horses for a long time, I’ve told my family and I’m bracing myself for the fact he won’t race again.” Ride High suffered just his second defeat in 18 starts when fifth at his most recent run in the Group 2 Smoken Up Sprint at Melton on October 3, last year. He was subsequently found to have injured a tendon. “I went out and saw him a week or so back and he’s big, really big. Clayton and Emma’s water-walker has been out of action for the past month or so and he hasn’t done much, so he’s put on plenty of weight. “I hope I’m wrong, but it’s a long way back from here. He’s months away from racing even if everything went right from here. “It’s that last month or so, when they really have to put the pressure on him which worries me the most. “He’s a big, heavy horse and 65 per cent of their weight goes through their front legs.” Gleeson did a deal with Alan Galloway and Alabar Stud to buy half the horse for stud duties before his latest injury and all concerned are mindful of the looming breeding season. “I’ve spoken to Alan who says we can juggle stud with still trying to get back to the races. I ran that by Clayton (Tonkin) a week or so back and he’s onboard. We all agree we can’t risk missing another breeding season with him,” Gleeson said. Galloway, a giant of the international breeding industry, said Ride High is one of fastest and most talented pacers he’s seen in the world. “I simply had to buy into him. Let’s hope he gets back to the races to show just how good he is, but, either way, he’s going to be in huge demand as a stallion – here, in NZ and in the US,” he said. By Adam Hamilton for racenet.com.au

Alabar will present a draft of 31 yearlings on behalf of clients and ourselves at this weekend’s Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at the Oaklands Sales Complex. The draft represents an amazing amount of quality ranging from siblings to stars through to the first of second foals of outstanding racemares. Siblings to Shez All Rock (pictured), Make Mine Cullen, Cover Of Darkness and Excel Stride, to name but a few, will be on offer. While buyers will also have the opportunity to secure the first yearlings offered at auction from Arms Of An Angel 1:49.5, Illawong Helios (Vic Trotters Derby – Gr.1) and Illawong Shimmer (Vicbred Platinum Homegrown Classic – Gr.1). We are particularly excited about the debut crop of Vincent. They have been very well received at auctions around Australia and New Zealand selling up to $215,000. We will offer three by this exciting stallion including a powerful colt out of stake winning mare Our Santa Catalina who is bred to Northern Hemisphere time. To view photos and videos of each yearling please click here. This draft features a yearling for everyone and we encourage all buyers to come find your next star in Barn F at the Oaklands Sales Complex.   Alabar at The Barn

The impact of the first crop of Always B Miki harness racing two-year-olds in North America is highlighted by the recent 2020 US Horse of the Year voting. In the two-year-old male pacers’ division, only three colts received votes – all three were sons of Always B Miki. The title of US Two-Year-Old Male Pacer of the Year went to the unbeaten Perfect Sting, runner up was North America’s richest two-year-old colt in Southwind Gendry and the only other colt to receive votes was the $379,000 Governors Cup winner Always A Miki. A clean sweep for progeny of Always B Miki. The Always B Miki yearlings are sure to be sought after at the upcoming 2021 National Standardbred Sales in Auckland and Christchurch. One great example is Miki Bennett, Lot 114, an Always B Miki colt out of Lady Dancer (Christian Cullen). Miki Bennett, Lot 114 Lady Dancer was a class racemare winning 7 races from only 21 starts, including two victories in Nevele R 3yo Fillies heats. Lady Dancer has already left Come Dance With Me (12 wins, $110,299, 1:54.4), in addition to two other winners. Lady Dancer is out of Jodi Vance (Group 3 winner), making her a half-sister to the almighty Surprise Package (1:52.4 USA, $848,679), Great Western (1:51.6 USA) and Group 2 Cardigan Bay Stakes winner Ivecomealongway. Interestingly Always B Miki contains no Direct Scooter or Cam Fella in his pedigree, meaning he is able to be out-crossed with a huge amount of mares in the southern hemisphere. The Cam Fella outcross is successful in North America, with the Always B Miki sensations Perfect Sting and Southwind Gendry from Bettors Delight and Cams Card Shark mares respectively. The Direct Scooter outcross is also very successful with the Governors Cup winner Always A Miki from a Somebeachsomewhere mare. The Direct Scooter cross is observed in Miki Bennett as he is out of a Christian Cullen mare. A beautiful bodied colt with excellent angles and muscular definition, these impressive looks have translated into a very easy mover.  Miki Bennett is part of the quality Alabar yearling consignment featuring four colts by Always B Miki and one colt by Vincent. Harnesslink Media

The Southern Hemisphere's largest standardbred stud farm, Alabar, are standing some of the finest harness racing stallions in the world but one of those stallions, Always B Miki seems to have hit the jackpot. Always B Miki has a total of 112 two-year-olds with 53 starters and 23 race winners with just on $2 million in earnings to date. His service fee in the USA was at $12,500 in 2020 and has been announced at the same price for 2021. Down Under his service fee is just $7,000 this season and appears to be a real bargain. His first crop to the races has produced to date an outstanding group of top two-year-olds including five $100,000 plus winners, three colts and two fillies. The amazing thing about Always B Miki is that he has shown he can leave champion horses with his first crop, something all breeders pray and hope for. Always B Miki has the two richest pacing two-year-olds in North America, Southwind Gendry $583,069 (13 starts 10 wins) and the unbeaten Perfect Sting $534,300 (10 starts 10 wins). His other $100,000 plus winners are the colt Always A Miki $147,708 (11 starts 3 wins) and the two fillies JK Alwaysbalady $214,407 (9 starts 2 wins) and Grace Hill $210,947 (7 starts 4 wins). It is interesting to note what dam-sires these Always B Miki five two-year-olds were out of; Southwind Gendry is out of a Cams Card Shark mare Gamblers Passion p3, 1:50.4 ($123,100) Perfect Sting is out of a Bettors Delight mare Shebestingin p3, 1:47 ($760,038) JK Alwaysbalady is out of a Art Major mare JK Shesalady p2, 1:50.1 ($972,730) Grace Hill is out of a Western Terror mare Western Silk p3, 1:50.1 ($1,729,708) Always A Miki is out of a Somebeachsomewhere mare Beach Gal p3, 1:49.3 ($506,170) Southwind Gendry There is no doubt that Always B Miki is having a sensational first crop to the races. It remains to be seen just how much of an impact he is going to make on the breeding scene long term! Harnesslink Media

Alabar and Nevele R Stud are excited to announce that Ultimate Machete will be relocating to Alabar Australia for the 2020/21 season. The recently announced changes to the Vicbred First Win Bonus are a major reason for the move. “With the Vicbred First Win Bonus increasing to $12,000 for the progeny of Australian and New Zealand bred stallions standing in Victoria it seemed only logical to shift Ultimate Machete to our Victorian farm,” stated Alabar Australia General Manager Brett Coffey. “This is a great initiative by Harness Racing Victoria. It will mean that horses by these locally bred stallions standing in Victoria will earn their connections close to $16,000 for their debut win in a country front race in Victoria,” Coffey went on to say. Vincent and The Storm Inside are other Victorian based Alabar stallions whose progeny will be eligible for this VicBred Pure Bonus. Ultimate Machete is a four time Group One winning son of Bettors Delight and a full brother to newly crowned NZ Horse Of The Year Ultimate Sniper. He set multiple NZ records as a three and four year old on his way to be earning end of season awards for both those seasons. His wins in the NZ Sires Stakes 3yo Final (after being three wide) and the NZ free-for-all (after sitting outside Tiger Tara) are two of the most memorable wins in NZ racing in recent years. His pedigree indicates he is a great choice for many Australian mares including those by Artsplace and Direct Scooter line stallions. A big, powerful individual, Ultimate Machete stood his debut season at the Alabar New Zealand property where he served over 120 mares. His first foals are hitting the ground this season and the early indications are that they are attractive foals with size and type. Ultimate Machete will be available in Australia from October 2nd and is standing for a stud fee of $2,500 plus GST. His semen will also continue to be available to NZ breeders.

The name of John Coffey is synonymous with Alabar Bloodstock. After having been the General Manager for many years, John in recent years has taken a step back to allow his son Brett to take over the reins at Alabar. While he will continue to assist us and our clients with his pedigree consultancy, John has now decided to retire from Alabar. We’re proud of the reputation for excellent customer service Alabar has built and maintained over our long history. John’s personal integrity and the respect he holds in the industry has been a large part of this. His knowledge and contacts have also played an essential role in the acquisition of many of the stallions that have graced the Alabar roster. In the words of John Coffey … “When you look back over a life lived for a number of years, some events remain in your memory as life changing.     “That event occurred for me in 1986 when I took up employment with Alabar Bloodstock or the ‘A Team’ as it was referred to then.  “These past 30 or so years haven’t been a term of employment - they have been a wonderful lifestyle.     “To have been working side by side with people of the quality of Alan Galloway and Graeme Henley and the many terrific staff at Alabar has been a most rewarding experience.  “I am very pleased and proud that my son Brett has now taken over my role at Alabar.  “The time has arrived now though to continue the journey down a different road, albeit in the same Harness Racing Industry.” Things will not quite be the same at Alabar without John Coffey. He has certainly left an indelible mark. We really appreciate it John. All the best. Alabar Bloodstock

Few horses have impressed Mark Purdon as much as Vincent did. The son of Art Major won 16 of his 19 starts including harness racing victories in the NZ Derby, NSW Derby and Auckland Cup. Vincent was regarded as harness racing’s next superstar. He retired to stud at Alabar as the fastest ever three-year-old in the Southern Hemisphere – and has served magnificent books of mares. His first foals are now weanlings and a selection of these are selling in NZB Standardbred’s gavelhouse.com sale this month. A stunning individual himself, Vincent is certainly leaving his impressive physique in his foals. Alabar have nine weanlings by Vincent in their gavelhouse.com consignment – and they are an absolute credit to their sire. These weanlings are uniformly attractive, muscular types and are all great walkers. They are: Lot 5 (Kim Maguire) – an eye-catching three-quarter sister to Eamon Maguire, the winner of the NZ Jewels 4yo Emerald and NZ Messenger Ch’ship Lot 5 (Kim Maguire) Lot 21 (Nga Mihi Nui) – a precocious looking first colt from a race-winning mare closely related to a number of stakes performers incl Roman Gladiator (NSW Derby) Lot 39 (Russian Rocket) – a lovely moving half-sister to 4 in 2:00 incl the good mare Dynamite Denn Nee ($292,529) Lot 39 (Russian Rocket) Lot 44 (Sheza Monkee) – a filly that looks and carries herself like a colt. A half-sister to 2 in 2:00 and out of a full-sister to the great Monkey King (2 NZ Cups) Lot 44 (Sheza Monkee) Lot 62 (Twist N Shout) – a strong filly who’s out of a $100,000 winner and is a half-sister to a $100,000 winner (Harry Hoo) Lot 78 (Alta Serena) – a quality filly out of a mare that won multiple Gr1’s and over $500,000. A half-sister to Hughie Green ($259,671) Lot 80 (Anika Lindenny) – a strong filly from a race-winning Christian Cullen mare. The family of Nostra Villa (Aust 2yo Filly of the Year) Lot 103 (Delightful Lover) – a well-muscled half-sister to the promising Love The Blues (1:58.9). The family of Better Cover Lover (6 time Gr1 winner) Lot 121 (Honey To The Bee) – a sharp colt from a half-sister to Cincinnati Kid ($490,557) and to the dam of The Orange Agent (3 time NZ Filly/Mare of the Year)  “We’re really thrilled with the Vincent foals. “In doing the photos and videos it was just so obvious what attractive, well-muscled types they are and that they are such lovely fluent walkers. Some horses just have more quality about them – and they do.” Graeme Henley, Alabar NZ A view of the photos and videos of the Vincents on gavelhouse.com is an absolute must. The full Alabar consignment is now online on gavelhouse.com. Bidding starts on 20 May and closes 27 May. For further information contact Cam Bray at NZB Standardbred (cam.bray@nzb.co.nz, 021 737 199) or Graeme Henley at Alabar NZ (graeme@alabar.co.nz, 0274 870 901).

Word came today that one of the real pioneers of the Harness Racing Breeding Industry in Australia had passed away. Alan Playford Galloway died suddenly on Thursday 23rd January at his home in Coffs Harbour , NSW at the age of 92. It was Alan [Snr] and his wife Barbara that commenced the now famous world wide Breeding name of ALABAR  [a combination of the first three letters of their Christian names]. Alan was a rugged Aussie Rules footballer in his younger days in Adelaide playing at the highest level in the SANFL and representing his State. He also served in the SA Mounted Police Force for a number of years before taking early retirement and purchasing a dairy farm at Mt Barker in the Adelaide hills in the 1950’s. Along with the farm came a Standardbred broodmare, Stormy Princess and so Alan and Barbara quickly became Harness Racing participants. Stepping Chief, Trainer Hanover and Golden Adios were the first three stallions that Alan took under his wing and during this time three children arrived to join the Galloway clan  -  Julie [now deceased], Alan Jnr and Greer. Alan Jnr relocated the Alabar home to Echuca, Victoria in 1979 and the rest is history, as they say, with the ALABAR name and brand at the forefront of Standardbred breeding worldwide. Alan [Snr] never let his age slow him down  -  he loved fast cars , yachts , planes and had an uncanny knack of reading Harness Racing pedigrees. It was just two days before his passing that he circulated a list of Yearlings, recommending that his son Alan purchase at the Melbourne Yearling Sales on 2nd February. He was also planning on flying to Melbourne to watch the ALABAR syndicated horse Chase Auckland take on his rivals in the prestigious Hunter Cup. Alan was preceded in death by his daughter Julie and is survived by his wife Barbara , children Alan and Greer and grandchildren  Thomas and Brooke. A full obituary will follow next week. John Coffey

Vicbred horses raced for $9.13million more stakemoney than other horses in Victoria during season 2017-18. Last season, Vicbred horses picked up $4.6m in Vicbred win bonuses, while a further $4.5m of stakemoney was paid out on Vicbred-only races. This week Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) launched its 2019 Vicbred Super Series campaign, with the key message “Why wouldn’t you be Vicbred”? HRV CEO David Martin said it was important for a fresh approach to the Vicbred Super Series, one which focuses on the breeders and industry participants. “A vibrant local breeding industry is crucial to the overall wellbeing of our industry as a whole and the Vicbred program is a critical component,” Mr Martin said. “Vicbred eligible horses race for extra stakemoney through races and bonuses, so it certainly makes sense to think locally and think Vicbred during breeding season. “HRV and Harness Breeders Victoria are working hard and in regular consultation to look at ways to stimulate the breeding industry and the Vicbred program as we confront the historical challenge of a worldwide downturn in harness foal numbers.” Imamenace, who caused a boilover winning the 2014 Vicbred Super Series 2YO Trotting Final   --Stuart McCormick photo A new naming rights partner has been signed for the pacing Vicbred Super Series this year, Alabar coming on board to join Aldebaran Park which sponsors the trotting races. “Alabar and Aldebaran Park have a deep appreciation and understanding of the breeding industry and the Vicbred program and we’re rapt they’re both on board with HRV to support this important race series,” HRV General Manager – Marketing Andrew English said. HRV today announced it will for the first time attach a $1500 breeding voucher to all 12 of this year’s Group 1 Vicbred Super Series finals. “When we announced the $1500 breeding vouchers for all fillies and mares’ races in May and June we said there would be more announcements on the way and this was one of those,” HRV General Manager – Racing Stephen Bell said. “Today’s announcement means a further $18,000 worth of breeding vouchers will be made available for Vicbred Super Series winning owners and breeders to reinvest in the local industry. “These vouchers are in addition to the $115,500 we committed to be reinvested to the industry through the May/June fillies and mares’ races.” This year’s VSS marketing campaign is centred on the Vicbred horse’s journey from foaling to racehorse to Vicbred champion. Explaining the concept, Mr English said: “Winning a Group 1 race is the dream and over the years the Vicbred Super Series has allowed stables big and small to taste top-level success. These are inspirational stories to tell; stories like Betty Hall and Immanence in recent years. This is what Vicbred is all about.” Flojos Gold, from Mildura, who won the 2015 2YO Vicbred Super Series Final   -Stuart McCormick photo July 5 and 6 will see two enormous nights of Vicbred Super Series action at Tabcorp Park Melton.  The Friday night will be all about the trotter as the finalists in the Aldebaran Park Vicbred Super Series battle it out for supremacy.  The following Saturday night is all about the pacers as the Alabar Vicbred Super Series draws to an exciting climax with a cocktail function in the Legends Room on-course. Importantly, connections (including breeders) of Vicbred finalists will be treated to an evening of entertainment unlike any other as the “corporate” function becomes a colourful Vicbred celebration in the Legends Dining Room.   HRV Trots Media Cody Winnell

Former top free-for-all harness racing pacer Savesomtimetodream is the 2019 Alabar HERO Series Champion. The 11-year-old Village Jasper gelding defeated 19 rivals to claim the state’s richest and most prestigious standardbred showing championship at Bendigo on Sunday. The Alabar HERO Series Final carried $1000 in prizemoney for the overall winner and was staged under the auspices of Victorian Agricultural Shows Limited’s prestigious Saddle Horse Championships. Savesomtimetodream was also named Best Newcomer, securing a $500 cheque. The Award recognised the best performed competitor less than two years off the track. Bred, trained and owned by the Rowse family at Ballarat, he retired from a six-and-a-half-year racing career on August 25, 2017, with $222,625 in stake earnings in his bankroll. The pacer notched 20 wins and 33 placings from 113 race starts, highlighted by successes in the Gunbower, Yarra Valley and Ararat Pacing Cups, and a semi-final of the Vicbred Super Series. In May 2018, he was recruited by Harness Racing Australia under the banner of There Is No Finish Line to feature in a Track To Hack project documenting the transition of a retired standardbred from racing to riding. The project included a series of on-line video diaries and regular features in Horse Deals magazine. HRA Animal Welfare Officer and accomplished show rider Kathleen Mullan oversaw the horse’s re-education – prior to joining her care, Savesomtimetodream had never had a saddle on his back. He was therefore the richest racehorse and least experienced riding horse in the HERO Series Final. A three-person panel, including licensed harness racing trainer Courtney Slater and SA guest  Holly Alcorn, adjudicated on the final, with just one point separating Savesomtimetodream and runner-up Maxwell Smart, who raced as Equity Wizzbang. The second place getter was also runner-up in 2018 after winning the inaugural Alabar HERO Series Final in 2017 for owner Eboni Knights. An Owner/Rider category, carrying $500 in prizemoney, was introduced for the first time this year.  It was won by Rebecca McGee riding Mighty Boy Lombo, a Northern Luck gelding who retired in 2013 after a moderate racing career in the NSW Riverina, which notched two wins from 28 starts. The Child’s Ridden Standardbred went to Double Art, an Artiscape gelding who failed to place in 13 race starts, who was ridden by Emily Barton. Maxwell Smart was the Champion Led Standardbred for Julie Knights and Rebecca Mackay was named Champion Rider in the Standardbred ring aboard Style Of Art, an unraced daughter of Kenneth J. The Best Presented Standardbred was Kelly Stuart-Mitchell’s Gowan Brae. The Alabar HERO Series would not be possible without the ongoing support of principal sponsor Alabar Bloodstock, and Victorian Agricultural Shows Limited. All pictures are by Belinda Richardson of Alabar Farms.

APG is delighted to announce that highly respected industry figure, John Coffey, will join the APG team in the newly created role of Customer Relations and Business Development Manager, effective immediately. An extremely valuable addition to the APG team, John will also maintain his current role at Alabar. In his new position, John will play an integral role in APG’s strategy to strengthen its relationships with existing vendors and buyers, as well as helping to design and implement initiatives aimed at encouraging new owners to invest in APG yearlings. APG’s General Manager, David Boydell, commented “I’m really excited to welcome John to the APG team.  Throughout his career, John has developed a well-earned reputation for honesty, integrity and customer service, which should make him a perfect fit for the new role.  “As soon as John settles in, his first task will be to contact vendors of the 250 or so entries for our 2019 Melbourne sale, so he can arrange a time to inspect their yearlings, as these inspections will play an important role in our selection process for the upcoming sales”. John Coffey expressed his excitement about his new role, saying “I’m looking forward to this new position , which will compliment my current role at Alabar, and thank APG for the opportunity.  The Industry certainly needs an influx of new owners so this will be a challenge to embrace“. APG Media

Harness Breeders Victoria (HBV) and Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) are delighted to announce the inaugural Central Victorian Premier Stud Tour on Sunday 16 September 2018. Members of both breeding associations and guests are invited to embark on a unique tour of Swettenham Stud, one of Victoria's leading thoroughbred breeding facilities, and Alabar Farms, the largest standardbred stud in the Southern hemisphere. The exciting journey will make its first stop at Nagambie's Swettenham Stud where guests will be greeted by stud proprietor Adam Sangster. He will lead a tour of the magnificent property and present his six-pronged stallion roster; including new sire and world Group 1 star Highland Reel as well as Americain, Puissance De Lune, Rebel Dane, Toronado and Trust In A Gust. Following the fine hospitality at Swettenham, guests will be greeted with a welcome drink, and treated to a two-course lunch at La Penelope's at the picturesque Kirwan Bridge Estate Vinery, then travel to Koyuga's Alabar Farm, a short distance from Echuca. Since its inception in the 1950s, Alabar has steadily grown to become a front-runner in the global standardbred breeding industry. Stallions that have called the breeding barns of Alabar home have an impeccable record. They have won 16 Globe Derby Awards for Leading Juvenile Stallion, 15 Globe Derby Awards for Leading Stallion (by individual winners), and 8 Globe Derby Awards for Leading Stallion (by prizemoney). Meanwhile, the current Alabar stallion roster has sired progeny which have collectively won a staggering $205 million. Tour guests will observe a semen collection and lab demonstration, followed by a stallion parade of the Alabar residents. Tickets must be paid for with booking and are strictly limited - don't miss out! BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW If you have guests who wish to take advantage of membership pricing, don't forget to inlcude a membership form (for HBV) or complete an online application (for TBV). Alabar Bloodstock General Manager Brett Coffey noted that the tour is in essence a celebration of Victoria's vibrant horse breeding industry. "Victoria is one of the best places to breed horses anywhere in the world and this opportunity to go behind the scenes at two leading farms is one not to be missed," Coffey said. "Whether you are more into thoroughbreds or standardbreds, we are all horse lovers and this cross-code stud tour is a really exciting promotion," he said. "The joint stud tour is an outstanding initiative, and Swettenham Stud applauds the work of HBV and TBV to offer this opportunity to our breeding communities," Adam Sangster said. "It is a great honour for Swettenham to be the very first stop of the tour in its very first year. Our stallions will be ready and waiting to welcome everyone and give them a great show."   Harness Racing Victoria  

On 1 June - the day before the Jewels at Cambridge - Alabar will consign 58 weanlings for sale at the PGG Wrightson All Age Sale at Karaka. The draft oozes quality - something that has been well and truly underlined by recent feature racing. The Group 1 NZ Messenger Championship run at Alexandra Park last Friday was an outstanding contest. Two tremendous four-year-olds fighting to the line with Eamon Maguire getting the decision over Star Galleria. Both are sons of champion sire Art Major and both are rising stars of New Zealand harness racing. Alabar's consignment not only features three weanlings by the champion sire Art Major but one of them is a standout full-brother to Star Galleria (1:54.1, 10 wins, $195,525). What's more, an athletic half-brother to the NZ Messenger winner Eamon Maguire (1:55.8, 10 wins, $166,265) headlines the nine weanlings Alabar are presenting by Auckland Reactor - the sire of the sensational three-year-old Chase Auckland. Alabar's trotting sire, Majestic Son is having a breakout season highlighted by him siring the winning quinella in the NZ Sires Stakes Final for the three-year-old trotters and the winning trifecta in the Group 1 Northern Trotting Derby in recent weeks. These results have seen Majestic Son surge to the lead in the NZ Trotting Sires Premiership. Alabar are consigning eight Majestic Son weanlings from some of the best trotting families in New Zealand to the sale. The late, great Mach Three is also having another wonderful season - especially with his two-year-olds in Australia. Not only is he leading the Two-Year-Old Sires Premiership there but in College Chapel and Soho Nolita he quite possibly has both the best colt and filly in the freshman class in Australia. The Alabar consignment includes eleven Mach Three weanlings from the last crop sired by Mach Three before he tragically passed away. This is an opportunity never to be repeated. Other highlights in the consignment include a Rock N Roll Heaven half-sister to the tremendous West Australian filly Maczaffair (WA Oaks $347,898), four weanlings by the proven sire Sportswriter and strong representations by the exciting young sires He's Watching (nine weanlings) and Sunshine Beach (five weanlings). The full consignment will be available for viewing on farm at Alabar at their inspection day between 1pm and 3pm on Sunday 20 May and also onsite at the Karaka Sales Centre from 1pm Thursday 31 May. Full details of the draft are available from Alabar (alabar.co.nz or Graeme Henley, 09 232 1800) and PGG Wrightson (standardbred.co.nz or Rachel Deegan, 03 372 0967). Harnesslink Media  

A trots standardbred who never quite made it to the race track has claimed the Alabar HERO Series title in a watershed day for the life after a harness racing venture. Paragon Minda, a 2010 By Xample gelding out of Minda Luck, turned her 2017 honour of being Best Newcomer into Overall Winner in the 2018 series, which had its final at Bendigo on Sunday. The richest and most sought-after standardbred showing competition in Victoria was lauded by the Victorian Agricultural Society for peaking interest in the event, having produced the biggest class of the prestigious two-day staging. Some 25 entrants, of which eight had been rehomed through the HERO program, presented before the three-person judging panel, which included leading trots trainer-driver Kerryn Manning. “Yesterday's event was an extraordinary success and a wonderful promotion for standardbred life after racing,” HERO manager Tanya McDermott said. “The camaraderie among competitors was a highlight and the blossoming partnership between HERO and the Victorian Agricultural Society is very exciting.” Sponsored by Alabar and supported by the Angelique Club, the event gifted $1000 to the Overall Winner, $500 to the Runner-Up and $500 to the Best Newcomer (retired within the previous two years). Winner Paragon Minda was one of three finalists for Goulburn Valley standardbred devotee Rachel Stephenson, with Rebecca Farran the winning rider. “I was lucky enough for my gelding to win this fabulous award this year,” Ms Stephenson said. “I truly enjoyed every moment. “I want to thank the riders and congratulate them for the level of sportsmanship they all displayed. It honestly felt like a big group of friends catching up and supporting each other. The atmosphere was amazing.” 2017 winner Equity Wizzbang, show name Maxwell Smart, finished runner-up this year for owner Eboni Knights and rider Mel Lampard, while Best Newcomer was captured by Squiggymaguire for South Australian owner/rider Lesa van Uitert. A 2009 son of Our Sir Vancelot, Squiggymaguire won three of 53 starts for trainer Brad Costello before being placed with Lesa via the HRV HERO Program. For more details about the HERO program go to www.hrvhero.com.au.

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today announced an exciting partnership with Alabar Bloodstock, which has joined the Trots Media team as official digital content partner. "We are stoked. Alabar has always had a strong understanding of the value associated with embracing quality digital and social media content, and it is great to have them on board as our Trots Media digital partner," HRV Media and Communications Manager Cody Winnell said. "We are proud of the content our team produces across our digital and social media platforms and we have plans to really take it up another notch in the next 12 months. To have a passionate industry brand like Alabar powering Trots Media for that digital ride is fantastic." Alabar General Manager Brett Coffey said the longstanding breeding industry leader was passionate about promoting the industry through modern media platforms. "The importance of quality content to promote the industry to a wider audience cannot be understated," Mr Coffey said. "Alabar Bloodstock is excited to be joining HRV's Trots Media team as digital partner as it is an area of promotion that this industry needs to continue to embrace in a huge way. "We feel this industry has so many great stories to tell and it is integral we present them in a way that reaches as many new people as possible, while also engaging the current trots fans like never before." Meanwhile, Trots Media today also revealed Larni Salathiel would host a new digital show focused on all aspects of ownership in the trots, OTM TV (Own the Moment TV). "Standardbreds are just the most beautiful breed. I've been around them all my life and so I'm really excited to be promoting the Own the Moment message," Salathiel said. OTM TV will air across Trots Media digital channels with episodes to be promoted monthly. Read online here.  Larni Salathiel OTM TV here.  Cody Winnell [Harness Racing Victoria]

Long-time trots participant Ian Stanley wants to publicly thank all who have helped his family after his daughter, Aleisha, was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I’ve witnessed how generous people are firsthand,” Stanley said. “It’s just been amazing the response of all the community and we are very thankful.” Aleisha, 33, was diagnosed with aggressive stage-three breast cancer four months ago and she is currently undergoing chemotherapy every three weeks. The mother of three will then undergo surgery. Her husband, Daniel, will need to take time off from work to help with their three children, daughters Jordan, 12, and Lacey, 4, and son Tyler, just 22 months. To assist Aleisha and her family, who live in Woolsthorpe, 25km from Warrnambool in Victoria’s south-west, the local community and some incredibly generous trots people have dug deep and donated items to be auctioned off for charity. Ian Stanley said he and his wife Mavis wanted to thank all of the people and businesses for their “incredible generosity”, making special mention of Garrards Horse and Hound for donating a Meteor Sulky and Alabar for donating a service to star stallion Grinfromeartoear, both to raise funds for the young family.  Stanley also said that Wheatsheaf Hotel manager, also a local trots trainer, Darren Cole and another local participant in Marg Lee have been “incredibly supportive” and have helped put together a special family day at the Wheatsheaf (96 High St, Terang) on Sunday August 13 from 11am until 5pm, where an enormous amount of goods and services will be auctioned. One of the headline items for the auction is a 2016 official Geelong Football Club jumper, personally hand signed by AFL superstar and reigning Brownlow medallist Patrick Dangerfield. “Just about every business in Warrnambool has donated something. It’s absolutely amazing the generosity of the community,” Stanley said. “… Also just so many others I can't name them all, but Goodtime Lodge and local harness clubs, it’s just a wonderful industry like that and we saw this firsthand. And for people to back up and support young Connor (Clarke) in his battle also, I just want to thank everyone.” A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help Aleisha and her family on their cancer journey. If you are in a position to support the campaign you can access it by clicking here. Details on the Wheatsheaf Hotel fundraiser are also linked to the GoFundMe campaign.   Trots Media

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