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Soho Burning Love became the latest harness racing winner for Auckland Reactor when winning her Bathurst Gold Tiara Silver Consolation last night. Showing a good turn of foot, the two year old filly finished the race off strongly to win by two lengths. On the same program, fellow Auckland Reactor two year old Ezy Ryder ran a nice race to finish second. Soho Burning Love is from the Western Terror mare Soho Bordeaux out of the Perfect Art mare Lombo Portrait. Soho Burning Love was bred by Robert Watson and is owned by him. She is trained by Jane Davies and was driven by Amanda Turnbull. Soho Burning Love Soho Burning Love is the fourth individual winner to date by Auckland Reactor (two girls and two boys), the others are Gotta React (from the Live Or Die mare Gotcha), Ezy Ryder (from the Armbro Operative mare Miss Feelgood) and the Sire Stakes heat winner in New Zealand Miss Ethel Sunshine (from the McArdle mare Miss Sunshine). The Auckland Reactor’s have also been active at trials with impressive performances on both sides of the Tasman this week. At Ashburton on Tuesday the unraced Jazzy Star (from the Village Jasper mare Shikaka) qualified by defeating the highly regarded Cole Porter with a last half of 57.9! This is extremely notable given Cole Porter is this season’s NZ Sapling Stakes winner who paced it's mile in 1:53.9! While back in Australia last night King Hurra (from the Panorama mare Aldebaran) showed great speed to lead and win his first time at any trials at Newcastle. With plenty of other good reports emanating from trainers in both Australia and New Zealand it is a really exciting time for Auckland Reactor. It is easy to see why Auckland Reactor was so well supported in the past stud season, his fourth season at stud traditionally a very hard year to get numbers, having bred 95 mares in New Zealand and 150 in Australia a total of 245. Harnesslink Media

The Auckland Reactor two-year-old filly, Miss Ethel Sunshine could hardly have been more impressive in her harness racing debut performance. On Thursday night at Addington she was simply too good for a strong field in the first heat of the Magness Benrow NZ Sires Stakes for two-year-fillies. She is now qualified for the Group 1 final to be held at Auckland on 28 April. The result may have come a day or so late to have an effect on the New Zealand yearling sales but, none the less, it was a hugely significant win in the burgeoning siring career of Auckland Reactor. Working to the front early, the daughter of Auckland Reactor skipped clear turning for home and found the line strongly to win by four lengths. She paced the 1950m journey in a 1:59.4 mile rate with a 57.4 last 800m and 28.9 final quarter. Bred and raced by John and Gaylene Tate of Christchurch, Miss Ethel Sunshine is from the race winning McArdle mare Miss Sunshine, a half-sister to the good performers Alberto Contador (second in the NZ Jewels as a two-year-old and now a 1:50.8 winner in USA) and Albuquerque (8 NZ wins). This is the family of the former outstanding filly Oaxaca Lass. Trained by Mark Smolenski and driven to Dexter Dunn, the daughter of Auckland Reactor will now be aimed at next weekend’s Group 3 NZ Leonard Memorial at Addington. Auckland Reactor already has 18 qualifiers to date and has five individual two-year-olds racing throughout Australia over this weekend. This augurs well for the siring future for Auckland Reactor. Especially so when it is remembered that he himself didn’t commence his race career until September as a three-year-old. A race he won – along with his next sixteen in a row! Miss Ethel Sunshine

The trial winners are continuing thick and fast for Auckland Reactor as his progeny start to get serious on the harness racing track. Ezy Ryder was impressive when winning his trial at Shepparton on Tuesday. Going straight to the front, the long striding two year old ran home in 58.2 to win by four lengths. At Bunbury on Wednesday night sons of Auckland Reactor won both two year old trials. Orphan Reactor rated a slick 2:00.2 while Gold River took out the educational trial. In New Zealand, Red Reactor was a two length winner at Cambridge last night. The Sean McCaffrey and Ross Paynter trained horse remains undefeated at trials/workouts. At Rangiora, Blue Blazer won his workout in impressive fashion. The promising two year old ran home in 57.8 and 28.2 to win by a neck. He is still learning his craft but is clearly showing he has ability. Five two year old trial/workout winners in the space of a few days is clearly a great sign for the future of Auckland Reactor as a stallion. Here is the trial of Ezy Rider winning at Shepparton Trials With the PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales on next week it is worth noting that Auckland Reactor will be represented by 23 well bred yearlings including half relations to stakes winners such as Our Sixpence $613,997, Isaiah $589,667, Threepence $253,306, Hip Hop Anvil $267,274, Aztec Bromac $183,740, Selkie $92,831, etc. Don’t miss out on securing one of them as they could be a lot more expensive next year! Breckon Farms have one outstanding colt by Auckland Reactor at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale next Monday the 20th of February at Karaka. Lot 133 – Kid Granite (bay colt, Auckland Reactor / Georgia’s Jury) Kid Granite is the second foal from the Group 1 placed mare Georgia's Jury ($59,871) who is a half-sister to Raesawinner ($107,852) and Van Mara ($41,455). This is the family of Mister Livan ($96,985), Van Esteem ($59,211), Dominus (1.51m, 38 wins $262,461), Cumbria Warrior (24 wins 35 places $105,649), Bhagwan ($117,562) and multiple Group 2 & 3 winner and Group 1 placed Easy On The Eye (1.50.7m, 19 wins 23 places $517,860). Harnesslink Media

Auckland Reactor is on the board as a sire after Gotta React took the honors in the two year old race at the Kilmore harness racing meeting last night. Showing plenty of determination and heart, Gotta React made up late ground in the home straight and won by a half head with the plugs still in. Trained by Leigh Miles for South Australian trainer Scott Ewen and breeder Charles Okmasich and driven by Greg Sugars, Gotta React is the first foal of the Live Or Die mare Gotcha who is out of the Vance Hanover mare Harp. Charles Okmasich and his family made the long trip over from South Australia to watch Gotta React win at his first start.  Gotta React is now on his way back to race in South Australia and to be trained by Scott Ewen and will possibly be a starter in the Kindergarten series at Globe Derby Park. On the other side of the Tasman,‚Äč Auckland Reactor was represented by a very impressive qualifier last week at Addington. Miss Ethel Sunshine defeated some nice two-year-olds in exciting fashion. The progressive daughter of Auckland Reactor made a midrace move to take the lead and then proceeded to sprint home in 57.9 and win easily. She will now head towards the New Zealand Sires Stakes. With plenty of qualifiers already, the winners will continue to flow for Auckland Reactor in the months to come.

A son of Auckland Reactor who should be familiar to regular readers of the Alabar website and social media channels scored an impressive win at the Bendigo trials earlier last week. You Ninety Two faced the breeze the entire trip and despite doing all the work he hit the line hard to win. He cut out the final half and quarter in 60.4 and 29.9. You Ninety Two should be familiar to Alabar readers as he was one of the award winners in the Auckland Reactor Foal Photo competition back in 2014. As you can see in the picture he was a great looking foal. Bred by Peter Salathiel, Your Ninety Two is out of the Elsu mare Numismatic. While unraced Numismatic is a half sister to five winners including the very good mares Giggling Girl $136,219 and Aye Tee Em $117,865. Being out of an Elsu mare, You Ninety Two is bred on the successful Direct Scooter line / Falcon Seelster line cross and also of interest is that he carries a 3 x 4 cross to Soky's Atom. On speaking to Peter Salathiel today he informed us that he is really pleased with You Ninety Two as the Bendigo trial last week was the first time he had taken the horse to any workout or trial and what he did winning that trial parked out was on his sheer ability. Peter says You Ninety Two is not a big horse but is well put together. You Ninety Two went around again on Sunday just gone at Bendigo trials against all ages and ran a very good closing third without any pressure. The mile rate was a very good 1:58.7 over 1650 metres, last mile in 1:58.4 and You Ninety Two was making good ground up over the final stages and was the first two-year-old home. Peter was so impressed with the run that he is planning to start You Ninety Two on the 28th of January at Ballarat in a $10,000 two-year-old race. How did You Ninety Two get his name? Well Peter told us that You Ninety Two is the name of Uranium. 92 is the number of Uranium on the periodic table of Elements. This is real interesting as You Ninety Two's grandmother is called Atomic Fusion and Auckland Reactor's mother is called Atomic Lass. You Ninety Two

Harness racing could have another star if looks are anything to go by. Chase Auckland a 2yo colt by Auckland Reactor is in work with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen and has been doing everything asked of him at this early stage.   Trainer Mark Purdon says "Chase Auckland has the makings of a nice horse and is well gaited" Mark said "when he hits the trials and workouts then we will get a better idea of where he is at but at this stage I am happy with him" Stable foreman Duane Marfisi who left for Canada recently liked the colt a lot and was keen on purchasing a share in the horse. Duane said " He is a lovely pacer, big and strong with a great attitude". Chase Auckland was purchased at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sales for $45,000 for the Alabar Racing Syndicate. The colt is a big athletic looking type with a lot of his father's attributes including a placid nature. He is currently the only foal out of the racemare Delicata. Delicata won 2 races at Cambridge when trained by Derek Balle and Owen Gillies. Many of the Alabar Racing Syndicate 2016 who race Chase Auckland were at Allstars Racing Stables yesterday to watch the horse in work. Mark Purdon and Chase Auckland with members of the Alabar Racing Syndicate Syndicate manager Ivan Behrnes says "the Alabar Racing Syndicate 2016 is a good low cost and enjoyable way to race horses with some of the leading trainers in New Zealand including Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen". Ringside is another promising Auckland Reactor sales purchase for the syndicate doing his early preparations with Tim Trathen  before returning to All Stars while they also have Charlie Mach (Mach Three-Unrehearsed) with Geoff Small and Tempest Bromac (Auckland Reactor filly from Tasmcmanian) with Nathan Williamson, showing promise.  The Alabar Racing Syndicate....More information..   Harnesslink Media  

An Auckland Reactor half-sister to last season’s unbeaten youngster Wroxton Steel will be part of the two-pronged consignment of Angle Vale harness racing horseman Andrew Smith at next year’s South Australian Yearling Sale. The leggy filly is out of the successful Aces N Sevens mare Lombo Viva Lamore, whose dam, Gypsy Rose Lombo, ranks as a half-sister to arguably Australia’s greatest-ever juvenile, Lombo Pocket Watch. Misty Maiden, the third dam of the filly, totted up 12 wins including the Australian Derby and Oceania El Dorado and $245,449 in stakes was one of the best racemares of her era. A daughter of champion sire and broodmare sire Windshield Wiper, Misty Maiden became the dam of nine individual winners and was acclaimed the Broodmare of the Year in 2006. The second half of the draft is a strapping colt from the first crop of the royally-bred well-performed American import A Rocknroll Dance 1:47.4 ($2.4-million). This Rocknroll Hanover son from the family of Western Hanover, Walton Hanover and Modern Art notched 17 wins including the Meadowlands Pace, Governor’s Cup and Canadian Pacing Derby. Offered by Smith and Barry Godfrey, the colt is a half to the eight-time winner Wroxton Playboy, being out of Party Time Girl, a Presidential Ball half-sister to the prolific Victorian winners The Good Guy ($175,615) and Trouble No More ($158,398). Both yearlings were bred by the late Alison Stevens. For further information contact Lois Randall on phone 0402 978 424 or log onto By Peter Wharton

Pukekohe horseman Derek Balle looks set for a nice juvenile season in 2016-2017 if last Saturday’s annual Franklin harness racing yearling parade is anything to go by. Yearling colt Cullen's Caviar (Christian Cullen – Callie O’Malley) was judged the top yearling at the Franklin Trotting Club’s track on Station Road. Balle cleaned up the two major prizes with stablemate, Bit Of A Tiger (Bettor’s Delight – Tigerswish colt) also judged the ‘Best-of-the-Rest’. Balle received an NRM voucher while the Cullen’s Caviar’s gelding’s owners received a McMillan Feeds voucher. Bit Of A Tiger’s efforts earned Balle a Dunstan voucher sponsored by North Island Standardbred Breeders Association. Balle said there wasn’t much between the two yearlings. “I couldn’t separate them at this early stage. They are both very nice horses and the pick of my yearlings so far,” Balle said. Cullen’s Caviar is owned by his breeders (D M J Verryt, P J Cowsill, Mrs P Cowsill, Miss K Verryt, Miss T Verryt, Mrs D Farrell) – the Syndicate that owned the colt’s dam – Callie O’Malley, who won five races for Balle. They also have a Bettor’s Delight weanling out of Callie O’Malley with Balle. The mare was served by Auckland Reactor in September. “Cullen’s Caviar is very well put together and a bit more mature than most I’ve had. He feels like a 2-year-old but probably not a Young Guns horse. He will more than likely front after Christmas if he keeps developing the way he has,” said Balle. He said Cullen’s Caviar had paced a mile in 2:20, a half in 65, and a quarter in 31. “I broke him in, and like a lot of Christian Cullens he took a while to gait up, but once he got the hang of it he took to it well. He’s been in work for 10 weeks and I’ll give him a break now,” said Balle. He said Bit of A Tiger was a nice little horse, who had eight week’s work since he was passed in at the this year’s Karaka Yearling Sales. His reserve prize of $60,000 wasn’t reached. “He will have his second prep in about a month. He should also make a 2-year-old, but after Christmas as well,” Balle said. Meanwhile the Steve Cornwall (Pukekohe) trained Monkey Bones - Immortal Beloved gelding, Tobruk, was judged the best trotter at the parade. He was also named the ‘Best-Turned-Out-Trotter. The Robert Dunn trained Monkey Princess (Christian Cullen – Sheza Monkey) was judged the best pacing filly and the Ray Green trained Yasmine Bromac (Sir Lincoln – Jasmine Bromac) was the 'Best-Turned-Out'. The Brent Mangos trained Culpeka (Mach Three – Tuapeka Maddy) was named the best pacing colt and gelding and Balle's Cullen’s Caviar, the 'Best-Turned-Out'. Two Lincoln Farms service fees to Sir Lincoln were won by the Paulette Scree trained Petite's Majestie / and Joe Powell. Twenty five yearlings (eight trotters, nine pacing fillies, and eight pacing colts and geldings) took part in the Parade. Franklin Park Yearling Parade results - Overall Yearling-of-the-Year - The Derek Balle trained Cullen's Caviar (Christian Cullen – Callie O’Malley colt). Owner received an NRM voucher and trainer received a McMillan Feeds voucher. Best-of-the-Rest: Dunstan voucher sponsored by North Island Standardbred Breeders Association – The Derek Balle trained Bit Of A Tiger (Bettor’s Delight – Tigerswish colt). Trotters: Veterinary Associates Equine & Farm $500.00 product – The Steve Cornwall trained Tobruk (Monkey Bones – Immortal Beloved gelding) 1; HR Fisken & Sons voucher - Sir George Bowen 2; The Stables Cafe voucher - Traveller Girl 3. Takanini Feeds Merit Award - Out Of The Box; Takanini Feeds Best Turned Out - Tobruk. Pacing Fillies: Pukekohe/Waiuku Vet Centre $500 Feed Voucher – The Robert Dunn trained Monkey Princess (Christian Cullen – Sheza Monkey) 1; H R Fisken & Sons Voucher - Tiger Swift 2; The Stables Cafe voucher - Bettathanapokeindeye 3; Takanini Feeds Merit Award – Eyes Blazing; Takanini Feeds Best Turned Out – The Ray Green trained Yasmine Bromac (Sir Lincoln – Jasmine Bromac). Pacing Colts: Vetpro $500.00 product prize – The Brent Mangos trained Culpeka (Mach Three – Tuapeka Maddy) 1; H R Fisken & Sons voucher – Lincoln Road; The Stables Cafe voucher - Bayardo 3; Takanini Feeds Merit Award – Diamonds N Cash; Takanini Feeds Best Turned Out – The Derek Balle trained Cullen’s Caviar. Others: Betavet Random Trainers Draw - Ray Green; Muang Thai Voucher Horse/Owner Random Draw – Diamonds N Cash (Breckon Racing Syndicate); The Stables Cafe Voucher = ‘Sam'; Two Lincoln Farms Service Fees to Sir Lincoln Horse/Owner Random Draw - the Paulette Scree trained Petite's Majestie / and Joe Powell. Every horse that entered received a halter.   Duane Ranger

Did Hanress Racing owner Neil Pilcher have a wee inkling or was it yet another smart business move by Trevor Casey? A few days prior to Our Waikiki Beach’s first defeat in 20 starts at Menangle yesterday (Tuesday) Casey bought out Pilcher’s third share in the gifted 3-year-old. Casey now owns two thirds of Our Waikiki Beach with the remaining third owned by Cheryl Rasmussen of Australia. “Neil doesn’t want to travel around as much as he used to and I’m the opposite when I work allows. He’s had a lot of success in racing and I made an offer to him. “I wanted to keep the major shareholding in New Zealand,” Casey told Harness Racing New Zealand a few hours before Our Waikiki Beach’s shock 1.4 metre second behind outsider Ideal Situation in the $9,000 C91.3 FM Mobile for the C5-plus pacers. The $1.10 hot favourite and Luke McCarthy led into the straight but was overhauled 50m out. The winning time for the mile was 1:52.8 with 28.3, 28.9, 27.9, and 27.7 sectionals. It was also the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained bay’s first defeat in 13 starts on the track. He has recorded a 1:50.6 mile at Menangle. But Casey who travelled to Sydney to watch his pride and joy run, rated the Somebeachsomewhere gelding right up there with Lazarus and Stent as the best horses he has owned. “Mark and Natalie have always had a high opinion of this horse and he has reinforced that on the racetrack. He could be anything. People have told me he could easily go a sub 1:50 mile. There’s not much between him and Lazarus but just now I’d probably rate him second just behind Lazarus,” Casey said. “It’s amazing to think that I part-own two of the best 3-year-olds going around in Australasia,” he added. Casey and his co-owners paid $70,000 for Our Waikiki Beach at the Melbourne Sales, simply because they wanted to buy a well-bred Somebeachsomewhere gelding. The 55-year-old Christchurch businessman said the horse nicknamed ‘Barney’ would line up in a Breeder’s Crown heat in Sydney next week before heading to Melton for the Finals next month. Thereafter Casey said Our Waikiki Beach would spell for six weeks and then come back and tackle the big 4-year-old races in both Australia and at Alexandra Park. “The Chariots Of Fire, the Taylor Mile and the Messenger are races I’d like to see him start in but as always Mark and Natalie will make the final call. “They are very astute trainers and I back them in all they do. I’m guided by them,” said Casey. He said Our Waikiki Beach would not start in this year’s New Zealand Cup but fellow 3-year-old Lazarus would. “No we will be concentrating on the 4-year-old races with him next season. He will line up in a Cup one day but not next year. That is Lazarus’s target and at this stage of their respective careers he’s more the Cup horse,” said Casey. As for records Casey said enjoy them while you can. “They all get broken eventually. I just love seeing my horses win and if they happen to break records or run quick times, then that’s a bonus,” he said. Our Waikiki Beach has won four Group 1 races. As a 2-year-old he won the Australian Pacing Gold, the New South Wales Breeders Challenge and the Australasian Breeders Crown. This season he took out the rich New South Wales Derby. The gelding has won $674,221 in his career and there has never been a faster three year old in the Southern Hemisphere. Our Waikiki Beach equalled the time set by Border Control of 1:50.6 when he won a race at Menangle in February. Only six standardbreds have won more than 19 consecutive races in Australasia. San Simeon holds the record with a winning streak of 29. Lucky Creed, Maori’s Idol and Courage Under Fire won 24 races in a row while Aachen and Lyell Creek won 20. With his second placing on Tuesday Our Waikiki Beach joined Satinover, Hyperstat, Village Kid and Lombo Pocket Watch with 19 consecutive wins. Auckland Reactor won his first 17 races in a row. Duane Ranger

Seventy six lots will be on offer at the Alabar Blue Ribbon Sale on Sunday April 24th and there promises to be a horse for every budget. Wrappers Delight has stamped himself as one of Australia’s best two year olds with two victories in as many starts to date including his last start win in a heat of the APG 2yo C&G Series. You will be able to purchase his mother, Charlotte Church, in foal to leading sire Mach Three at the sale. Another of the highlights will be Golden Showgirl 1:55.9 in foal to Art Major. The resultant foal will be a full sibling to the Group One winner Smooth Showgirl 1:52.3 - $210,149. Bruce Edward will be selling six lots including mares by Somebeachsomewhere, Rocknroll Hanover Art Major, Holmes Hanover and Badlands Hanover. Three of his mares will be sold with foals at foot. Jim Connolly will be selling three mares by the leading sires Pine Chip and Skyvalley. Included among these is a half sister to Australian Two and Three Year Old Trotter of the Year Kyvalley Road. Jack Munnerly has one entry and she is a half sister to the Group One winner Secret Desire and in foal to new season sire Heston Blue Chip. There will also be 20 weanlings on offer and these are by such stallions as Art Major, Mach Three, Shadow Play, ,Auckland Reactor Betterthancheddar as well as the first crop stallions Alta Christiano and Caribbean Blaster. This is a sale not to be missed. The sale will be held at Alabar Farm and begins at 1pm. The catalogue can be viewed online ( or please contact us for a hard copy – (03) 5859 2201 or  

The first crop of yearlings by the harness racing superstar Auckland Reactor have hit the yearling sales throughout Australasia over the last six weeks and have been very well received by buyers on both sides of the Tasman. Mark Purdon has no sentimentality at all when it comes to buying horses, often overlooking close relatives of horses that have been superstars for the All Stars barn. Therefore to see Mark purchase three Auckland Reactors at the yearling sales in New Zealand was a very positive endorsement of the son of Mach Three as Mark Purdon is widely regarded as the best judge in the yearling sales market in Australasia. Today at the Bathurst Gold Crown Sale at the Bathurst Showgrounds, Auckland Reactor has three yearlings for sale and we will do a quick review of all of them. LOT 75 - Colt by Auckland Reactor from The Warp Legacy by Legacy Of Power The dam is a half sister to a former topliner in The Warp Drive 1:56.7 ($464,971) and she is from a very strong New Zealand family in Norice. This branch of the Norice family has been incredibly strong over the last 40 years and continues to produce elite level juveniles season after season who go on to be stars as aged horses. Two of the latest would be Caesars Folly 1:52.4 ($350,335) and O' Baby 1:54.8 ($333,034) and another three year old close up in this pedigree in Code Black 1:54.8 ($79,082) looks to have a very bright future. LOT 76  - A colt by Auckland Reactor from the Northern Lights mare in Lady Lara Lombo($51,120) The dam Lady Lara Lombo already has already produced three winners including  Lord Lombo1:56 ($211,961) and she is a half sister to ten winners including the outstanding Lombo Skyrider 1:50 ($841,611) The third dam is none other than the former Australian Broodmare Of The Year in Misty Maiden who is the dam of course of Lombo Pocket Watch 1:53.6 ($1,522,638) and the grand-dam of Suave Stuey Lombo 1:49.6 ($598,332) As a maternal family on a pedigree page it just doesn't read any better than Lot 76 and he should be keenly sought after by buyers. LOT 77  -  A colt by Auckland Reactor from the Panorama mare Aldebaran 1:55.6 ($154,289) The first foal from Aldebaran in The Hairy Huntsman 2:00.8 has already won three races to date so the mare is on her way in the broodmare barn. Aldebaran was a high class racemare in her own right and was a half sister to another speedy mare who raced in Queensland in Rodandthe Nights 1:55.4 The third dam Casino Wiper produced another very talented type in Play The Line 1:56.8 ($133,360) who won the Queensland Triad at four (Group 2). His pedigree page is not in the same league as that of Lot 76 but it has shown the ability to leave $100,000 winners which is a big plus. There are two other yearlings by first season sires in the Bathurst Gold Sale. LOT 119  -  A filly by We Will See 1:47.4 ($2,553,948) from the Artiscape mare I'M Off Limits. I'm Off Limits only has four foals old enough to race and has produced three winners to date including the high class race filly in Sally Fletcher 1:56.1 ($92,690) The grand dam Miss Burnside comes from a prolific New Zealand family which is noted for producing elite level fillies and mares. As you can see on the pedigree page another elite level filly in Carpenters Daughter 1:56.1 ($293,378) is closely related to Lot 119 LOT 28 -  A colt by Smiling Shard from the race winning Sports Town mare in Mylady Tess This colt is only the second foal produced by Mylady Tess who is a half sister to nine winners including such standout types as Heathbern Diamond 1:55.4 ($201,830), Turbo Tyson 1:56.4 ($143,527) and Mac Strike 2:00.6 ($126,195) to name just three. With all those winners up close in his pedigree, you would imagine that lot 28 has a big chance of adding to the great record his maternal family have established in the last 25 years Harnesslink Media

The last leg of this years Australian Pacing Gold Sales Series will be held at the Albion Park Sales Complex in Brisbane on Sunday, starting at 11am and even though there are only fifty lots on offer, there is a real depth to the lots catalogued. A lot of the lots wouldn't be out of place at any sale in Australasia such is the strength of their pedigrees and we have decided to highlight a handful just to prove our point. Lot 415  -  Colt by Art Major from Courageous Annie 1:52.6 ($201,551) This is the first foal from the brilliant Courage Under Fire racemare Courageous Annie who took a lifetime mark of 1:52.6. on her way to winning 15 of her 27 starts. Courageous Annie was a $105,000 purchase at the New Zealand Ready To Run sale of her year which gives you a good idea of her value in the incredibly strong New Zealand market. This colt would attract attention where ever he was offered for sale in Australasia and to have him in the Brisbane catalogue is a big coup for the auctioneers. Lot 417  -  Colt by Christian Cullen from English Elegance 1:53.2 ($174,923) English Elegance was a top two and three year old filly in New Zealand as her record shows and she has done even better in the broodmare barn. Her first six foals have all been winners and all in better than 1:58.4, the whole six of them. Those winners include such smart types as Elegant Christian 1:53.9 ($219,389) who has won 14 from 25 to date and is a full brother to the colt being offered on Sunday. Other winners from English Elegance include Major Moment 1:54.2 ($149,983) and the mare Meet Me In Mayfair 1:58.4($45,793) whose first foal made $37,000 at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on February 22nd  Lot 424  -  Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven from Sassi (NZ) A half brother to four winners including such talented horses as Mark Anthony 1:54.6 ($190,600) and Assassinator 1:55.9 ($96,303), this colt is from a half sister six winners including the champion New Zealand age group performer in Roman Gladiator 1:55.8 ($424,516) and ill fated Scorching 1:57.9 ($117,138). It is a highly sought after New Zealand family with a reputation for producing high class juveniles. The grand dam of this colt  in Assisi was the star two year old filly of her year in New Zealand and has done a huge job in the broodmare paddock. Lot 426  -  Colt by Bettor's Delight from Joyous Times 1:57.9 ($88,824) A Bettor's Delight colt who is the first foal from a quality race winning mare is going to get the buyers bench active anywhere in the harness racing world and here will be no different. The bonus is the rest of the family on the pedigree page is very strong with such standouts as Joy's A Babe 1:55.1 ($221,504), Jaccamo 1:53.3 ($281,471) and Son Of Fortune 1:58.2 ($118,537) all close up in this colts pedigree. When you look at his photo on the APG site, you can quickly see what a classy individual he is and in our opinion he is an early short priced favourite to top the sale on Sunday. Lot 432  -  Colt by Auckland Reactor from Medium Strip This is a colt from the first crop by the champion son of Mach Three in Auckland Reactor from a half sister to one of the best racemares of all time in Queensland in Forever Gold 1:51.7 ($700,593). Drop Dead Gorgeous 1:54.4 ($345,836) and The Red October 1:57.8 ($175,639) are close up in the pedigree so plenty of depth there as well. At the recent New Zealand sales, several of the leading trainers outlaid good money for yearlings from the first crop by Auckland Reactor. Mark Purdon lead the way with three yearlings including the colt, Chase Auckland for $45,000 but he had plenty of company with Brent Mangos, Greg Payne, Sean McCaffrey and Nathan Williamson also taking an Auckland Reactor home which bodes very well for his future as a stallion. We could carry on here for quite a while reviewing these yearlings in the Brisbane sale such is the depth this year. We think it is the best overall catalogue we have seen in Brisbane for a long time and judging by all the photos of the yearlings we have looked at on the APG site, the stock are in wonderful order heading into Sunday's sale. Harnesslink Media

The first of the Auckland Reactor yearlings to be sold in New Zealand went through the sales ring at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka this morning. The first one through was Lot 7 named Chase Auckland and he was offered on account of Tony and Anne Parker, the breeders of Auckland Reactor. Chase Auckland had created quite a stir pre sale with many of the buyers who inspected him rating him in the top handful of colts in the whole sale. A lot of nervous moments as you would expect from the Alabar Stud and  JC International  representatives present as they waited to see how the buyers bench received their new stallion. Well they needn't have worried in the least as the buyers threw caution to the wind and when the dust had settled, Chase Auckland had found a new home with Auckland Reactor's former trainer Mark Purdon. It was a huge boost for the connections of Auckland Reactor to have the best judge in the yearling sales business in Mark Purdon purchase the first colt that was sold in New Zealand. Chase Auckland had plenty to recommend him on the pedigree page being the first foal from the race winning Falcon Seelster mare Delicata who is a half sister to the outsanding two and three year old Hug The Wind 1:52.6 ($311,203) and a half sister to the dam of the star Western Australian three year old Sprinter 1:54 ($183,340). The Australasian Classic sale has started really strongly this year with plenty of $60,000 - $75,000 yearlings changing hands and if that early trend continues, the vendors look to be in for a very profitable day. Harnesslink Media  

Every year as the yearling sales approach, the Harnesslink staff have always have a discussion pre sale about who they think could be one of the "sleepers" of the sale that year. It has always been an interesting exercise in the past but one that we have taken a lot more seriously this year. We have come up with half a dozen candidates at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on February 22nd who we think may slip under the buyers guard due to a variety of circumstances and we have found it hard to separate them. In the end we decided to highlight one of the fillies that really took our eye but who we also thought may struggle to reach her value. Lot 101 is Willshewin, a filly by Auckland Reactor from the three win In The Pocket mare in Willowbrook. She is the third foal from her dam whose oldest foal is the three year old Will Desire who has already won a race from a handful of starts. The grand dam Birchbrook has produced four winners from just six foals including Charger 1:59.3 ($51,167) but he is  the only colt of racing age she has produced to date which is never helpful. The third dam is the very successful broodmare in Going Royce who has produced eleven winners from just twelve foals including the outstanding pacer Tribute 1:54.8 ($587,772) and is the grand dam of the rising Victorian star Mundaka 1:54.8 ($145,713) It has been a very successful family over a long period of time but in our opinion the lack of colts from the first two dams has hurt Willowbrook in the sales arena. However we were quite taken with the Willshewin photos and think she is a lovely filly. Like a lot of the Auckland Reactors she is nicely put together, she has got a bit of size about her and all the early reports that we have had from the breakers on the Auckland Reactors have been excellent. So we came to the conclusion that Willshewin had a lot more to offer than it appears at first glance. Weather the buyers see it like that, we will know on February 22nd at Karaka. Harnesslink Media

It is not often these days with the availability of the top North American harness racing stallions down under that a lightly raced colonial stallion is given a shot at stud.  Several of the out and out New Zealand bred champions such as Changeover 1:53.4 ($2,426,654), Auckland Reactor 1:51.4 ($1,837,042) and Terror To Love 1:51 ($2,429,618) are being given every chance to prove themselves against their North American counterparts which makes sense as they were outstanding racehorses on the track. One colonial stallion who is also being given a chance at stud by New Zealand breeders is the very lightly raced son of Christian Cullen in Raging Bull 1:56.6 ($115,586) Raging Bull only faced the starter ten times in an injury plagued career for five wins and five seconds. Those five seconds were behind just three horses. Smolda 1:50.6 ($1,295,334), Ideal Scott 1:52.8 ($757,014) and Christen Me 1:49.1 ($2,325,592) are three of the best horses to have raced in Australasia in the last decade so Raging Bull certainly kept good company on the track. An $85,000 purchase at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, Raging Bull has a pedigree that screams 'Blue Blood' in spades. Raging Bull is a son of the champion New Zealand sire Christian Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,249,150) who has sired the winners of over $87,000,000 worldwide while standing in New Zealand which is a fantastic achievement. The dam of Raging Bull is the imported North American mare San Sophia 1:52.6 ($91,481) who has produced two in 1:53 including Private Joke 1:52.1 ($154,792). The daughter of Artsplace is a full sister to the champion North American mare Galleria 1:49.1 ($1,814,453) who has already produced Gallie By The Beach 1:49 ($686,165) and Western Gallie 1:51.2 ($334,233) while another full sister to San Sophia in National Gallery has produced Smithsonian 1:48.4 ($508,230) and Lorrie Please 1:50.2 ($558,774). So while he was lightly raced in New Zealand, he did tick a lot of boxes for breeders looking for value. Raging Bull served 32 mares in his first season at stud for 29 live foals which are currently yearlings. Two of his yearling colts have made it into this years New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch and both have plenty to recommend them on both pedigree and type. Both are being offered by Robert Famularo of Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd and both have mouth watering pedigrees behind them. Lot 264 is named Getarattleon and is the second foal from the Sands A Flyin mare Lady Moonlight. The first foal is the Santana Blue Chip two year old colt Blue Moon Rising who won the $31,000 New South Wales Sapling Stakes (Group3) at Menangle recently in 1:54.9 and is two from two in Australia to date. Lady Moonlight is from the 1:54.4 mare Sirius Flight who is the dam of Malak Uswaad 1:49.4 ($637,242) and Timeless Perfection 1:56.9 while the third dam is the former champion two and three year old filly in Pacific Flight 1:51.2 ($562,345). It is a stunning pedigree and with Blue Moon Rising going so well, there should be plenty of interest in Getarattleon. The second of the yearlings to be offered is Lot 412 and the colt is named Boy George. Boy George is the first foal from Soul Sister, a Presidential Ball half sister to the former champion three year old filly in Carabella 1:55.2 ($693,617) This is an outstanding North American family with such standouts as Athena Blue Chip 1:50.6 ($457,118) and Art's Chip 1:49.6 ($726,999) close up in Boy George's pedigree. Both colts are lovely types as well so their reception by buyers at Christchurch will be watched closely by a lot of breeders to see if a lightly raced colonial stallion can still make it in todays highly commercial market. Harnesslink Media

Studholme Park proprietor Brian West has been in the commercial breeding industry longer than most active breeders in the New Zealand market and is forever facing the dilemma of weather to support new sires in their initial years at stud. Brian's lives and dies financially on returns from each years yearlings sales and the progeny he sells need to be attractive to the marketplace on both a breeding and physical front. Hence Brian will have his share of the Bettor's Delights and Art Majors and Love You's throughout his offerings and with his proven record of producing quality two and three year olds, his stock are always in huge demand each year. It is not very often that Studholme Park will take a financial punt on a new stallion in the market. They will breed the odd mare to a new stallion if the breeding matchups suggest but very rarely in any numbers as the potential downside if you get it wrong are significant. This year however Brian has changed tack and will consign five yearlings by the first season sire Auckland Reactor at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale at Christchurch and as the sales rapidly approach, Brian is more than comfortable with the stock he will offer. " I couldn't be happier with the Auckland Reactor's heading into the sale at Christchurch." " The more I have done with them during the sales preparation, the happier I have been with my decision to support him in such numbers in his initial years." " They have great attitudes and are with you the whole way and that makes such a difference with young horses." " I have been lucky enough to breed a lot of top horses over the years and you pick up the attributes that set them apart from the rest and I have seen a lot of those attributes in the Auckland Reactors I am preparing for this sale, " Brian said. As any vendor is loath to do, Brian is reluctant to single out any one individual but it quickly becomes apparent talking to him that Lot 512, Please Shuddup, a colt from the Christian Cullen mare Blah Blah Blah has really made an impression on Brian. " He is one of those colts that impresses you from the first time you do anything with him." " He handles everything new like he has been doing it all his life and nothing appears to ruffle him." " Right from day one here he has stood out from the bunch and I have a lot of time for him," Brian said. Having the five Auckland Reactors in this years sale, you would think Brian may have taken a wait and see approach before recommitting to the stallion with more mares but Brian again sent half a dozen mares to Auckland Reactor in the last breeding season. " With the five I have prepared here, I struggle to see how he won't make it as a sire." " I haven't got one I don't like in the five and I am as confident as you can be that I have made the right call here," Brian said. With leading breeders like Brian West in his corner, Auckland Reactor is being given every opportunity to establish himself in the stallion marketplace. Harnesslink Media

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