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A MASSIVE performance in defeat coupled with an almost perfect season will see Patrickthepiranha’s younger sibling attract plenty of attention during Sunday’s Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Perth. Winner of his first seven starts for the term, Patrickthepiranha finished third at Gloucester Park yesterday in what was an impressive run after dragging a flat tyre. By highly-successful sire Four Starzzz Shark, Patrickthepiranha is from Thats The Spirit which boasts a perfect record from four starters. Thats The Spirit’s latest offering is a colt by Rock N Roll Heaven, which is set to enter the ring as Lot 620. The family includes Il Vicolo, Gotta Go Cullen, Stunin Cullen, Chilli Palmer, Veste, Jinni’s Fantasy, Fake Spirit and Niketia. Also an APG graduate, Patrickthepiranha is being primed for next week’s Sales Series Final by trainer Colin Brown, who played a role in naming the gelding. “The boys were at the stable one morning talking about Lennytheshark,” Brown explained. “Lenny, which is also by Four Starzzz Shark, had just run an enormous race the night before and they were crowing about him. “This bloke’s stable name at the breeder’s place was Patrick and as a throwaway line I said ‘don’t worry about Lennytheshark we’ve got Patrickthepiranha’. “The boys loved it and went with it. So I guess in some way he is named after Lenny!””   APG Media

After yesterday’s Ladbrokes Sydney Sale, harness racing Australian Pacing Gold has enough hit records to rival The Beatles. In what has been a stellar year for breeders and buyers, the third round of APG Sales for 2019 has once again reached record heights – following the trends set in Brisbane and Melbourne. With a tremendous depth in quality yearlings on offer, the first two sales resulted in a sales average increase, a rise in gross turnover and clearance rates boosted! As fantastic as that has been for all involved, figures from Sydney are phenomenal. With a sales average of $28,628, the 2015 Sydney record was broken as was the gross sales amount, which was beaten by a quarter of a million dollars! The day saw 184 yearlings pass through the ring with the clearance rate all but eclipsing the 2014 record when 156 were presented. “Obviously, we’re delighted with the results from yesterday’s sale, particularly the strong clearance rate, with 87 per cent of yearlings having already found new homes,” APG General Manager David Boydell said. “What was really pleasing was that the gains were not restricted to the top end horses.  Whilst the overall sales average was up by 23 per cent, the sales average for the bottom quartile of horses was up by 21 per cent, whilst the next quartile was also up by over 19 per cent, which I think is indicative of a healthy industry.” As for the top end, seven yearlings fetched bids of $100,000 or more – with four by Bettors Delight! A colt by Bettors Delight from Freedom Is was knocked down to the Jewel Syndicate for $130,000, while one of his daughters from Left For Me was the top priced filly at $110,000. Emilio Rosati matched the $130,000 bid as the highest price for the day when he purchased a colt by Captaintreacherous from Sweet As Reign. Captaintreacherous also had a filly from Golden Showgirl sold for $100,000. Somebeachsomewhere – sire of Captaintreacherous – was the only other stallion to reach the $100,000 mark when he daughter from Bettorthanyou was purchased for that amount. “We’re really appreciative of the way buyers supported both APG and our hard working breeders yesterday, and look forward to hearing their stories of how the horses progress over the coming years,” Boydell said. “For buyers who missed out in Sydney, there are still passed-in lots available online, or if buyers are interested in attending either of our Perth or Trotting Sales this weekend, we encourage them to call us on 03 5275 1999 to discuss any travel arrangements that may be available.” APG Media

UP, UP and away (hopefully to the winners’ circle) is the best way to describe the results of last weekend’s Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Brisbane. With a tremendous depth in quality yearlings on offer, the sale’s average increased, gross turnover is up and interstate interest was at a level never seen before! The lots averaged $18,593 which represents an increase of eight per cent on the previous year, while gross turnover is up four per cent on 2018 – a figure which is set to rise during the coming fortnight as buyers purchase some of the lots which were passed in. New South Wales buyers were the most active with more than half the sold lots heading south. Prominent horseman Tim Butt purchased the top priced colt and filly for a combined total of $91,000. Butt parted with $55,000 for a son of Captaintreacherous and Forever Gold and $36,000 for Roll With Joe and Save Me Christian’s daughter. “The most pleasing aspect of Sunday’s Sale was our ability to attract interstate buyers,” APG General Manager David Boydell said. “They were all keen to take advantage of the additional earning opportunities available to Brisbane Sale horses courtesy of APG’s $100,000 Albion Park Sales Race and the outstanding QBred For Life bonus scheme. “Over 50 per cent of all sales were to New South Wales buyers, headed by the likes of Tim Butt, Robbie Morris, Josh Farrugia, Chris Frisby and Tumby Park, whilst Matt Craven was also active, purchasing one and missing out on a couple of others. “Overall, it was a really positive start to the sales season. There was good money available for quality horses, and this was reflected in both our sales averages and our gross turnover. “Looking forward to next year, we would like to look at ways to generate more buying activity from local owners and trainers, and we probably also need to work through a few issues with the reserves, because there were a few horses this year that had reserves on them that were higher than I’d like to see and which would have exceeded many buyers expectations.” A list of results, including a list of those passed and their reserves, is available on the APG website by clicking here Anyone wishing to place an offer on a passed in Lot can do so by clicking on the “Make An Offer” link on the results page, or by phoning John Coffey on 0418 500 211. APG Media

HAVING enjoyed a stellar 2017/18 season, Australian Pacing Gold purchases are ready for the new round of majors. Lead by Shez All Rock, APG stars captured an incredible 21 Group Ones last term. Making her debut at the beginning of the season, Shez All Rock became the southern hemisphere’s premier three-year-old filly by annexing four Group Ones. An $11,000 Melbourne buy, Shez All Rock boasts an impeccable record of 10 wins and a second from 11 starts for earnings of $426,350. Along with the top shelf wins, APG graduates secured 17 Group Twos. With the first pair of Group Twos of 2018/19 scheduled to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight, APG stock are again among the contenders. Successful in their heats, Malcolms Rhythm and Zoliver will be joined in the colts’ and geldings’ division of the Home Grown Classic by Catch A Moment and Explicit Castle, Malcolms Rhythm is the $2 favourite for trainer David Aiken from barrier four. In the fillies’ Final APG buys Divine Diva, Posh Accent, Siedra Caleb, Tiger Storm and Tina Calls will battle for bragging rights. Winner of her heat, Tiger Storm is the leading candidate of the quintet despite drawing the second row.   APG Media

AUSTRALIAN Pacing Gold purchases enjoyed a high rate of success during the 2017/18 season. From age-restricted events to open class majors, APG graduates were to the fore throughout Australasia. Lead by Shez All Rock, APG stars captured an incredible 21 Group Ones for the term. Making her debut at the beginning of the season, Shez All Rock became the southern hemisphere’s premier three-year-old filly by annexing four Group Ones. An $11,000 Melbourne buy, Shez All Rock boasts an impeccable record of 10 wins and a second from 11 starts for earnings of $426,350. Along with the top shelf wins, APG purchases secured 17 Group Twos. Rising star mare Carlas Pixel was among the Group Two winners thanks to her victory in last month’s Breeders’ Crown Four-Year-Old Championship. The Melton-based feature was an ideal compliment to her Group One Ladyship Mile triumph earlier in the year. Bought for $20,000 via APG’s Melbourne Sale, Carlas Pixel has bankrolled $389,828 as a result of 18 wins and 16 placings from 51 starts. APG Media

LAST week was another successful period for Australian Pacing Gold with seven Group One stars. Beginning with Menangle on the Sunday, APG welcomed three new Group One winners to its ever growing list. Goodtime Heaven, Miss Halfpenny and Hardhitter were a class above their opponents in New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge Finals. The time frame then ended with another four APG eligible Group One winners at Melton during the weekend. Triumphant in the $350,000 APG Final last May, boom colt Centenario added the Vicbred Super Series to his impressive tally. Driven by Chris Alford for trainer Emma Stewart, Centenario led home an APG quinella as his stablemate, Nostra Ideal, finished second. APG purchases then dominated the Final for four-year-old entires and geldings by filling the trifecta. In his first Group One win, Wrappers Delight proved too strong for Jilliby Kung Fu and Sirletic. Rounding out the quintet were another pair of Stewart-trained APG eligible youngsters, Poster Boy and Kualoa.   APG Media

Australian Pacing Gold purchase Atomic Red is predicted to have little trouble returning to the harness racing winners’ circle in Dubbo tomorrow night. Runner-up in the Carousel Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle a fortnight ago, Atomic Red won his previous start by 32 metres in 1:53.6. This time around the Steve Turnbull-trained entire is set to contest the Dubbo City Cup, where he has drawn to lead throughout from barrier three. As such the son of Rocknroll Hanover has been installed a $1.45 favourite. “It’s not a bad draw for him,” Turnbull said. “I reckon Amanda (Turnbull, driver) will let him run along at an even clip. “I wouldn’t say he is very speedy, but he is tough. His last three quarters when beaten were 27.8, 27.1 and 27.6 over 2300 metres. “When one his rivals are sitting right on him it can make him vulnerable.” Turnbull believes the biggest threat to that vulnerability is likely to come in the shape of veteran pacer Ultimate Art, which will begin from the outside of the second row. “Ultimate Art is the main danger,” Turnbull said. “He can sprint home pretty quickly and coming from back could give him that opportunity. “That said, Atomic Red is in great shape. He was doing bit of bucking around today, but think they may also have just been to keep warm!” APG Media

Soho Nolita’s dominant win in last Saturday’s $350,000 Ladbrokes APG 2yo Fillies Final in 1:53 set a new race record and established Soho Nolita as the hottest property in Australasian harness racing. A half-sister to millionaire superstar, Soho Tribeca, and this season’s Group One Ladyship Mile winner, Carlas Pixel, Soho Nolita has now stamped herself as both Australia’s leading two-year old filly and also as Australia’s most valuable future breeding prospect. Amazingly, Soho Nolita’s outstanding win in the $350,000 Ladbrokes APG Fillies Final may well not have happened under the previous series rules, which revolved around a heats & semi-finals format.  A rare off-night in the first-round heats saw Soho Nolita finish in fourth place, which would not have been enough to automatically qualify her for the semi-finals under the old format. However, this year’s format saw only the seven heat winners automatically advance to the final, with non-winners offered the opportunity to compete in repechages (one each in Victoria, NSW and Queensland) with the best placed repechage runners joining the heat winners in the final. Fortunately, Soho Nolita made up for her sub-par performance in her heat, blitzing the field in her repechage, before stamping her class in the final, working three wide during a sizzling first half in 55.6 seconds, but still having the strength to hold off challenges from Miss Halfpenny and Delightful Jazz, to score by 4.7 metres in a race record 1:53. APG would like to extend its congratulations to long time APG owner, vendor and buyer Rob Watson, and to trainer, Mick Stanley, who also trained the fourth placed filly, Single Tree Road. APGTV was on hand to capture the excitement of the night.  A highlights package of the final, and a wrap of the night is already available on the APG website by clicking here, with other clips profiling many of the other runners to be added over the next 24 hours.   David Boydell

A brief break before embarking on another harness racing Group One campaign is the plan with Soho Nolita. A brilliant winner of last night’s Australian Pacing Gold Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle, Soho Nolita will enjoy a short freshen-up before being aimed at the Vicbred Super Series. Heats of the futurity are scheduled to be conducted on June 19, with the semi-finals 10 days later, leading into the $125,000 decider on July 7. “She’ll have a little break now then it’s on to the Vicbred,” Stanley said. “Hopefully she can do as well in that as she has in the APG. “After that she will have another short break before we have a look at the Breeders’ Crown in August.” Driven by Stanley in the $328,000 APG Final, Soho Nolita was caught three-wide from barrier nine as Miss Halfpenny led from gate five. With Stanley pushing forward as the pacemaker covered the first half in 55.6 seconds, Soho Nolita dashed to the lead before cruising to a five-metre win from Miss Halfpenny, with Delightful Jazz a head away third. “That was a super run from her,” Stanley said. “She did plenty of work to find the front and won with a bit up her sleeve in 1:53 over the mile. “She missed a bit of work because of a foot abscess before her heat, so having to run in the repechage turned out to be a blessing in disguise as she was spot on for the Final. “I’ve thought all along she could be something special and everything she has done continues to make me think that will be the case.” Owned by Rob Watson, the daughter of Mach Three boasts three wins from four starts for earnings of $161,700. APG Media

Such is the depth in tonight’s Australian Pacing Gold Final the rank outsider will head into the harness racing feature with a near-perfect record. Boasting two wins and a second from three starts, Thats Bettor earned a berth in the Tabcorp Park Menangle-based Group One by securing her heat. Rating 1:58.9 over 1660 metres around Albion Park in qualifier, the Shannon Price-trained filly is listed at $34. Thats Bettor’s defeat was behind her APG Final rival, Miss Moneybags, which is the second lowest runner in the market at $26. “I’m a bit surprised about that, but I suppose she is a Queenslander,” Price said. “She did run a quick last half in her heat even though didn’t win in 1:53 like the interstaters.” Drawn barrier four in the $328,000 decider, Thats Bettor moves into three once the emergency is taken out, with Price stating the daughter of Bettors Delight is in peak condition for the pending assignment. “She’s feeling great…I couldn’t be happier with her,” Price said. “Her work has been terrific and she had a nice trial before we left. “Since she got to Sydney she has settled in, eaten up and is ready to go. “The draw is handy so hopefully she can get a good trail from there.” Citing Soho Interceptor and Soho Nolita as the pair to beat, Price considers Kualoa as the one most likely to upset the pair. Soho Interceptor and Soho Nolita have drawn alongside each other in gates 10 and 11, with Kualoa to begin from five. “Soho Interceptor and Soho Nolita are the top two, but they have drawn out wide,” Price said. “Kualoa has only had the one start, which was her heat, but Emma (Stewart, trainer) is bound to have her in perfect shape.”  APG Media

Just a week after breaking his metropolitan maiden, Victorian harness racing driver Ryan Duffy is looking to enjoy the thrill of Group One glory. Obtaining his metropolitan driver’s licence just three weeks ago, the 22-year-old registered his initial city win at his second drive at Tabcorp Park Melton last weekend. Trained by Keith Cotchin, Hes Okey Dokey caused an upset by scoring at $18.90 on the tote. “I only got my metro licence earlier this month and to win with my second drive is great,” Duffy said. “It’s a big thrill to win in town and I can’t thank Keith enough for giving me the drive.” Fast forward to Saturday night and Duffy – son of respected horseman, Steven – will partner Single Tree Road in the Australian Pacing Gold Final at Menangle. Successful in her heat, which doubled as her debut, Single Tree Road has drawn barrier seven, but slots into six with the removal of the emergency. The Michael Stanley-trained filly won her qualifier from gate six when driven by trainer Chris Alford. “It’s pretty exciting to be driving in a Group One,” Duffy said. “It would be a dream result if she won. “The draw makes it awkward for her against so many top fillies, but she has been working well and is in with a chance with the right run.” Stanley also has Soho Nolita in the $328,000 feature, with the daughter of Mach Three facing a daunting task after drawing 11. Soho Nolita, to be driven by Stanley, will begin from nine once the emergencies are taken out of the equation. A gallant fourth in her heat after racing in the ‘death seat’, Soho Nolita then backed up a week later to capture her repechage. “She goes along very well, but the draw has made life pretty difficult for her,” Stanley said. “Her run in the heat when she was a little wayward was full of merit, then she did it pretty easily in her repechage. “Her work since has been spot on, as has Single Tree Road, but she’s going to need some luck from a wide draw over mile.” Soho Nolita is owned by Robert Watson, who also races Soho Interceptor, which has drawn 10 for local trainer Craig Cross. Winner of last month’s $100,000 Sales Classic at Gloucester Park when prepared by Glenn Elliott, Soho Interceptor was transferred to Cross for the APG series. The daughter of Art Major gained her berth in the rich decider by claiming her heat in 1:55.9. Australian Pacing Gold

It is easy to understand why premier harness racing trainer Emma Stewart has a high opinion of Centenario. Not only is the two-year-old unbeaten from three starts, he has won in impressive fashion, including at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight. After racing in the ‘death seat’, Centenario staved off a late challenge to capture the Shakamaker Classic, much to Stewart’s delight. “He’s a very nice colt,” Stewart said. “We’ve been more than happy with everything he has done so far.” With Chris Alford in the cart, Centenario was caught outside his stablemate, Fourbigmen, which led from barrier three. Forging his way to the front at the top of the home straight, the son of American Ideal dug deep to score by a head from Major Exclusive, with Fourbigmen 11 metres away third. Owned by a large syndicate, Centenario rated 1:56.3 over 1720 metres. “He sat in the breeze at his last start too when he won well and he showed he can’t keep finding tonight,” Stewart said. “He’s also won leading and can come off the speed…there is plenty of upside to him.” An Australian Pacing Gold purchase – as are the placegetters – Centenario will be aimed at the rich APG race series. The series starts with heats at Pinjarra on Monday, followed by Albion Park and Menangle on April 10 and Melton on April 13. Should all go according to plan, Centenario will then contest the $350,000 Final at Melton on May 5. APG Media

Australian Pacing Gold graduate Waikiki Beach made a winning debut in America earlier today. Proving too slick for his opposition, the former outstanding harness racing youngster stopped the clock in 1:51.8 after sitting first over at Pompano Park. Prepared by New Zealand-based couple Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen during his ‘Down Under’ career, Waikiki Beach was sold to American interests last November. Before heading across the equator, the son of Somebeachsomewhere won 23 of his 38 starts, with seven placings and $970,676 also to his credit. During a rampaging two and three-year-old campaign, Waikiki Beach registered 20 wins and a second from 21 starts, with his victories including the APG Final, New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge, New South Wales Derby and two Breeders’ Crowns – all Group Ones. Waikiki Beach also finished second in last season’s Chariots Of Fire and fourth in the Miracle Mile at his Grand Circuit debut. Waikiki Beach is from former handy mare, Cyclone Betty, which has two winners from two starters. Cyclone Betty's second foal – also a son – has won four of his six starts, with a second also in the mix. Her third foal – a colt by Rock N Roll Heaven – will enter the ring as Lot 89 during Sunday’s Melbourne Ladbrokes APG Sale. APG Media

Australian Pacing Gold eligible youngster Colt Thirty One has registered his second harness racing Group One victory. Triumphant in last season’s Qbred Final at Albion Park, Colt Thirty One upstaged a super field in tonight’s $200,000 Victoria Derby at Melton. Trained and driven by Grant Dixon, the son of Mach Three overcame a second row draw to beat fellow APG eligible three-year-old Poster Boy by a metre. “I couldn’t be happier with him,” Dixon said. “He had no luck when third here in the Breeders’ Crown last season, so to come back and win the Derby is fantastic. “We’ve always had a big opinion of him and his record speaks for itself.” Thrilled with the colt’s performance, Dixon has extended his interstate campaign to include next month’s New South Wales Derby at Menangle. “I will give him a light week now as we go to Sydney for the Derby,” Dixon said. Stretching his record to 10 wins and three placings from 15 starts, Colt Thirty One rated 1:54.2 over 2240 metres, slashing nine-tenths of a second off Lazarus’ race record set in 2016. 7 9:32pm VHRSC VICTORIA DERBY FINAL (GROUP 1) 2240M $200,000 3YO. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 COLT THIRTY ONE      Sr3 11 Grant Dixon Grant Dixon   $ 19.60   PRU 6 INC SWAB   BAY COLT 3 by MACH THREE CA out of CHARM PERSONIFIED (PERFECT ART USA)  Owner(s): Solid Earth Pty Ltd  Breeder(s): Solid Earth Pty Ltd 2 POSTER BOY      Fr7 7 Emma Stewart Chris Alford 1.20 $ 4.40   PRS RAS W2 3WLT SWAB 3 THE DEVILS OWN NZ      Sr5 13 Mark Purdon Natalie Rasmussen 4.70 $ 35.40   PRU W1 3WL 4 SPANKEM NZ      Fr4 4 Mark Purdon Mark Purdon 6.70 $ 5.90   PRS GS L SLM 3 HUE USL D/F 5 MARAETAI      Fr3 3 Emma Stewart Nathan Jack 9.90 $ 8.80   PRS GS L SLE 5 HUE 6 LUMINEER      Fr6 6 Ange McDowall Jason Lee 11.40 $ 2.00 fav  PRS 3WET L 1 QUER 7 MAJOR TIMES      Sr1 8 Emma Stewart Gavin Lang 11.70 $ 30.80   PRU HO INC 8 HUE 8 THE BROOKLYN BRAWLER NZ      Sr2 10 Phillip Walters Phillip Walters 21.50 $ 154.00   PRS 3WM 2 9 TAM MAJOR      Fr2 2 Emma Stewart Rodney Petroff 22.40 $ 315.00   GS 4 10 LITTLE PEANUT      Sr4 12 Jess Tubbs Greg Sugars 24.10 $ 102.00   PRU 10 3WLT 11 CORZIN CHANGE NZ      Fr5 5 Emma Stewart Mark Pitt 91.90 $ 365.00   3WE 7 TIRE LCRT r CODE BAILEY NZ      Fr1 1 Margaret Lee Glen Craven   $ 19.00     Scratchings   YANKEE ROLLER 9 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 2:39:0 Mile Rate: 1:54:2 Lead Time: 43.1 First Quarter: 29.7 Second Quarter: 30.6 Third Quarter: 27.9 Fourth Quarter: 27.7 Margins: 1.2m x 3.6m   APG Media

Australian Pacing Gold has kicked off tonight’s (Saturday 27th of January) stellar Tabcorp Park Melton program on a high, winning the first Group One of the harness racing program. Leading throughout from the pole, Our Golden Goddess proved too slick for her rivals on her way to victory in the Ladyship Cup. Stretching her winning streak to five, the five-year-old rated 1:53.3 over 1720 metres for trainer-driver Kerryn Manning. Our Golden Goddess was purchased, and is owned, by Merv and Meg Butterworth, who selected the mare at the 2014 APG’s Melbourne Sale. To be given a few easy days, Our Golden Goddess will then be targeted at next month’s Ladyship Mile at Menangle. “I’m not sure what there is between now and then, but we’ll be heading to the Ladyship Mile,” Butterworth said. “I know she will have a few easy days, then start working towards the Mile.” The multiple feature race winner is by Art Major from Localize, with the dam presented in next week’s Ladbrokes APG Melbourne Sale by another daughter also by Art Major. APG Media  

Australian Pacing Gold graduate Yankee Roller may be given the opportunity to take on the best of his age next week. Having maintained his perfect record by capturing the $30,000 South Australian Derby at Globe Derby last night, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven is in line to contest heats of Victoria’s Blue Riband. Qualifies of the classic are scheduled to be held as part of the Ballarat Cup program next Saturday. Pleased with the three-year-old’s latest triumph, trainer Emma Stewart will decide Yankee Roller’s immediate future upon his return to her Victorian stable. “He’s a very nice type, which is still on the improve,” Stewart said. “He’s only had five starts, so is still learning what it’s all about. “I’ve got a reasonable opinion of him and expect him to improve with racing, but haven’t really decided whether he will be thrown into the deep end against the more seasoned three-year-olds. “The ability is certainly there, but I will make a decision after he gets home and see how he has handled the trip.” Driven by Gavin Lang during his latest win, Yankee Roller overcame his second row draw to account for The Brooklyn Brawler, which as gallant after facing the breeze, and No Alabi to complete a trifecta for the raiders. Covering the last half in 59 seconds, the gelding rated 2:00 over 2230 metres. With the win Yankee Roller remains unbeaten with five starts for five wins to date with $58,082 in the bank. Yankee Roller APG Media  

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