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CHESTER, PA -- 2019 Harness Horse of the Year Shartin N qualified in 1:52.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia on Tuesday morning, with a :26.4 back quarter that showed her readiness for the rich season-ending harness racing events upcoming.   With the mare's regular driver Tim Tetrick at The Meadows for Keystone Classics stakes competition, trainer Jim King Jr., who himself has 3369 career sulky victories, guided the seven-year-old daughter of Tintin In America right to the front and rattled off fractions of :28.2, :57.3, and 1:25.3. He then let her speed on home in her first racetrack outing after winning the Artiscape Pace on August 16 at Tioga Downs..   King noted that the possibilities on the schedule of his mare, who is owned by his wife Jo Ann Looney-King, Richard Poillucci, and Tim Tetrick LLC, include the Dayton Distaff Derby, the Breeders Crown, and the TVG series.   Shartin N's entrymate in the high mares class, Soho Burning Love A, was also successful in a Philly qualifier, coming home in :27 in a 1:54.1 mile.   From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia        

Down Under harness racing driver wins 4 races at The Meadowlands early in his North American driving career. Todd McCarthy had a night to remember on Saturday night when driving at The Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. He steered home 4 winners from his full book of 13 drives on the night. McCarthy’s quick success in the states should be no surprise to anyone that has watched him drive in Sydney, Australia, where he was the top driver at Menangle Park for the last five years. His first win of the night came aboard the Katricia Adams trained A Major Omen in 1:52.2. He quickly backed up in the following race with Sombodyitreasure who made a mess of rivals to score in 1:49.4 for trainer Andrew Harris. His next win was with former Down Under pacer Flying Even Bettor N for top trainer Tony Alanga. It was a thrilling finish but the Down Under horse and driver came out best in a time of 1:51.2. This race was also a Down Under quinella with Mister Rebbily A finishing in second for Down Under trainer Tahnee Camilleri. McCarthy’s fourth win was with another Down Under pacer in The Bettormack N. The win made it a double for trainer Katricia Adams. McCarthy giving the son of Bettors Delight a beautiful trip throughout to get over top of leaders in 1:50.0 to win. Todd McCarthy also had three other placings on the night. One where he teamed up with Down Under trainer Shane Tritton and another with Down Under pacer Italian Delight N. When reflecting on the night McCarthy said, “I think for anyone in the harness racing industry, you look at America, The Meadowlands is the pinnacle. To crack one tonight and then to get a few more after that, it was pretty awesome.”. When asked how he would compare the American harness racing to the Australian harness racing he said, “The racing here is definitely faster and a little more aggressive, but so far it's been great and I'm really enjoying it." On the Saturday night of racing at the Meadowlands there were 34 Down Under horses racing.   Monday 7th September   Harrahs Philadelphia PA Quick Fun N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $12,000 Atomic Blast N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $11,200   Harrington Raceway DE Senor Macray A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $9,000   Plainridge Park MA Peternity Suit A – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $15,000   Saratoga Harness NY Lord Willoughby A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $4,800   The Meadows PA Blow A Cloud N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $5,400   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Never Mind N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $20,000   Tuesday 8th September     Harrington Raceway DE Betterthanamisus N – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $10,000 Anytime N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $13,500 Women In Gold N – Time: 1:57.2, Stake: $10,000   Running Aces Casino & Racetrack MN Quite A Delight N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $3,700   Yonkers Raceway NY Kimani N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $8,500   Wednesday 9th September     Batavia Downs NY Blacknsweet Adda A – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $6,000   Harrahs Philadelphia PA She’s Nun Bettor N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $12,800 January A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $5,600 Shezza Gnp N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $6,800   Northfield Park OH Lincs Tiger N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $3,400   Ocean Downs MD Our Jerry Lee N – Time: 1:58.3, Stake: $2,600   Yonkers Raceway NY Highview Conall N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $8,500 Beltane A – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $8,500   Waimac Attack N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $8,500   Thursday 10th September     Yonkers Raceway NY Miss Irish Rose N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $12,500 Soho Leviathan A – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $12,500 My Ruebe Star N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $22,000   Rideau Carleton Raceway CA   Rub Of The Green N – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $6,000     Friday 11th September       Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Never Say Never N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $18,000   Meadowlands NJ   Eden Paige N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $6,000 Dixie Star N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $10,000   Scioto Downs OH   Armabluechipboy N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $9,000   Grand River Raceway CA   Strong Enough N – Time: 1:57.3, Stake: $6,500   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Ivana Flybe N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $24,000     Saturday 12th September       Batavia Downs NY Polak A – Time: 1:55.2, Stake: $7,000 Harry Hoo N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $6,500 Mr Euroman N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $8,000   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN   Late Night Date A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $12,500   Meadowlands NJ   Flying Even Bettor  N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $14,000 The Bettormack  N – Time: 1:50.0, Stake: $12,500   Running Aces Casino & Racetrack MN   Hoo Nien A – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $8,500   Scarborough Downs ME   Midnight Dylan N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $4,200   Scioto Downs OH   Our Majordan A – Time: 1:49.3, Stake: $17,500 Stars Align A – Time: 1:48.4, Stake: $20,000 Funatthebeach N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $9,000   Tioga Downs NY   Bravo Tex N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $5,000   Yonkers Raceway NY   Leonidas A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $25,000 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Flamming Flutter N, 3rd Speed Man N   Kawartha Downs CA   Brigadierbronski A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $4,900     Sunday 13th September       Harrahs Philadelphia PA Robbie Burns N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $8,800 Vettel N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $10,000   Northfield Park OH   Supreme Mach N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $9,500 Flamboro Downs CA Pembrook Legacy N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $8,000   Click here for previous weeks articles   by Carter Dalgety

Lex and Heather Williams have built a movie theatre, run an opera house, bred champion sheep, bought a yearling that appeared twice in the sales ring then went on to win a million dollars, and owned a mare that’s left foals that have collectively won over one hundred races. A lot of achievements in their fifty years of married life. And looking at the racing calendar both on and off the track there are more possibilities in store in the next few months. With the Harness Awards coming up shortly, two horses bred by the Williams – Cracker Hill and Ultimate Stride, have been nominated for the Three Year Old Trotting Colt or Gelding of the Year. Whilst One Apollo, also bred by the couple, is a nomination for Four Year Old Trotting Entire or Gelding of the Year. The Williams have shares in both Cracker Hill and One Apollo. Cornerstone to the couples breeding operation are trotting mare One Over Kenny and In The Pocket pacing matron, Fleet’s Pocket. Between them they have left the winners of one hundred and fifty four races with Fleet’s Pocket accounting for one hundred and seven of those. Most of their horses have the words ‘One’ or ‘Flying’ in them. Neither Lex nor Heather came from a racing background but Lex, who was born in Lawrence, spent a bit of time at Forbury Park. “My father (Tom) was a great gambler and a regular at Forbury Park. We used to go with him all the time. He never owned a horse but he loved his trotting.” And keen to impress Heather, Lex choose a night at the trots as a starting point for their relationship. “Heather and I had our first date at Forbury about fifty years ago. I remember telling her that one day I would own a horse.” In those days pacers like Intrepid, Garcon Roux, Stella Frost, Chequer Board and Manaroa were racing at Forbury. The trotters included Johnny Fling, Philemon, Precocious and Tony Bear. Married in 1970 Lex and Heather initially farmed at Lawrence before moving to Waimate where they spent thirty seven years running a stud sheep and beef farm. Originally 600 acres, the farm was reduced down to 140 acres when the Williams sold to an expanding dairy industry. “The lot that was left had a lot of hills on it and I think it was a great thing for developing yearlings. We bred South Suffolk and Texel sheep and won the National Lamb Competition in 1992 with three cross bred lambs from our own stud. Conformation was my thing. I did a lot of eye muscle measuring. The yield that they gave, blew the others out of the water. The meat to bone ratio was way higher they anyone else. That’s what helped me when I was buying horses. I was a great one on the muscling.” In 2002 they went to the yearling sales and bought Fleet’s Pocket and Galleons Memory (Albert Albert – Galleons Beauty). Galleons Memory qualified for Oamaru trainer Phil Williamson but never raced. She was from the same family as Chokin while Fleet’s Pocket trained by Tim Butt raced four times for a best placing of fifth at Greymouth. “We mated her as a three year old.” Of her first fifteen foals two year old and older, twelve have qualified with eleven winning races. Her first foal by Badlands Hanover ran four seconds in New Zealand before winning four races in Australia and that started her stunning career as a broodmare, in which she’s left the winners of 107 races. Her biggest winner has been Mighty Flying Thomas which won twenty four races. Her first twelve foals have qualified and nine have won races. Other mares that I can recall to leave winners of over one hundred races are: Loyal Trick (128), Belladonna (115), and Significant (104). The following year Lex and Heather went back to the sales and bought One Over Kenny under interesting circumstances. “We wanted to buy a trotter that year. Phil Williamson sorted One Over Kenny out – $20,000 was our budget. We got to twenty and the auctioneer said he’d take a half ($500) but he took a $1,000 from the next bidder. When the sales staff went to get the buyer’s signature he said oh no it was only twenty and a half.” The auctioneer then decided to bring the yearling back into the ring three lots later. “Heather said ‘why you don’t put in another bid.’ The other guy went to twenty and half and I went to twenty one. He said bugger you and pulled out and they knocked her down to me. We’ve spoken to the guy a few times since. It was his trainer that was more gutted about it.” One Over Kenny had a brilliant career as a race horse. Not only did she win thirty two races and won over a million dollars she was also named New Zealand Three Year Old Trotting Filly of the Year in the 2004/2005 season and Five Year Old and Older Trotting Mare of the Year in 2006/2007 and again in 2008/2009. She won seventeen Group or Listed races. In New Zealand she won nineteen races for Phil Williamson and seven for Tony Herlihy. Fifteen of her twenty six wins were at Alexandra Park. She won the Rowe Cup twice – in 2007 and 2009. One Over Kenny also won the six races in Australia winning just shy of a quarter of a million dollars there. One Over Kenny in action                                      – Photo Race Images Her biggest win was in the Group One Australasian Trotters Championship but Williams has a special spot for the VHRC The Holmfield which she won as a three year old in 2005. Her son One Over Da Moon won the same race in 2014. “I’d love to go back for The Holmfield with another one from the family. Timing hasn’t worked out at this stage,” Lex says. In recent years the Williams have bought into some of the best New Zealand trotting lines in purchasing Petite Sunset, Anna Castleton, Leithe Ellen and Landora’s Pearl. “I love my trotting so I said I’d like a mare out of the best families in the country. The trotters have a natural gait which appeals to me more than the pacer.” Petite Sunset which died in 2013 was a Sundon daughter of thirty five race winning mare Pride of Petite who won $811,816. Her dam was globetrotting mare Petite Evander. She won twenty one races in New Zealand and twenty six in America where she won $713,923. She also raced successfully in Europe. Lex and Heather bred two foals out of Petite Sunset including Petite One which won seven races for Greg and Nina Hope. She was bought by Taffy Limited in 2018. Petite One winning at Addington                                     – Photo Race Images Anna Castleton bred by the late Lachie Marshall is also from one of the best trotting families. Her third dam Castleton’s Queen left Sir Castleton (44 wins) and 1975 Interdominion Trotting Champion Castleton’s Pride (11 wins).  The Williams bred eight foals out of the mare before she died in 2018. Her best foal was her last, One Apollo. Leithe Ellen by Muscle Yankee, is a half-sister to twenty eight race winner The Fiery Ginga. The Williams bred a number of foals out of Leithe Ellen without too much success before selling her two years ago. Leithe Ellen’s three year old daughter Light Of Da Moon has had one start for Robbie Holmes. Landora’s Pearl by Earl was another well bred mare the Williams bought and bred from. She’s a granddaughter of Landora’s Pride the winner of thirty four races including the 1987 Rowe Cup and 1988 Dominion Handicap. Landora’s Pearl’s best winner in New Zealand so far has been Da Moon’s Mission which has won two races for Otago trainer Graeme Anderson. Landora’s Pearl is now owned by the estate of CJ Roberts. The Williams started taking yearlings to the sales in 2005 and as a breeder Lex is particularly interested in the dam side of pedigrees. “Most stallions are well bred. The maternal lines of the stallion and your own mare are important. When you look at the Angus Hall breed and his dam Amour Angus it’s absolutely staggering. She must have been the greatest mare ever.” As a yearling Cracker Hill went through the sales ring in 2018 but failed to reach his reserve. “We ended by syndicating him and we got Gary Preston to look after the group because I was looking after six other syndicates at that stage.” Trained by Brad Williamson he’s been one of the rising stars in the trotting gait and he has a couple of big assignments coming up next month in Auckland – the $85,000 Listed PGG Wrightson New Zealand Yearling Sales Three Year Old Trot on the 9th October and the $50,000 Group Two Haras des Trotteurs Sires Stakes Three Year Old Championship on the 23rd October. Cracker Hill                                                     – Photo Bruce Stewart Outside of Cracker Hill the couple have some other promising types. They bred One Apollo and also retained a share in the talented trotter. He’s one of the first foals by their stallion One Over Da Moon (Majestic Son – One Over Kenny). One Apollo has won seven races from just twenty eight starts including the Group Three Four and Five Year Old Trotting Championship at Addington last season. He’s trained by Brent White. “Being by our own stallion there’s a special attraction to him. Brent’s always had a very high opinion of him. He’s tried to look after him because he’s aiming at the Dominion this year.” Another trotter with White is Samanthas Moon. She’s also by One Over Da Moon out of Eyrewell Pegasus. “Brent’s very upbeat about her. We borrowed the mare. He’s excited about her but he said he’ll just have to take his time and that we won’t see her until Christmas.” Although they have sold Juneamy Castleton the dam of Cracker Hill, they’ve retained one of her daughters in Oneamy Vici who is due to have her first foal. By Orlando Vici, she qualified at Rangiora for trainer Robbie Holmes but never raced. “She was going to be a nice racehorse but got injured. She’s having her first foal to One Over Da Moon. They’re closely related because Juneamy Castleton is by Majestic Son and so is One Over Da Moon. I used to do that type of breeding when I was breeding sheep dogs. We called it two by two. It’s going to be interesting. It’s as close as you want to get.” At stud One Over Da Moon has left seventeen foals. Four have qualified with One Apollo (7) and Da Moon’s Mission (2) being his first two winners. Although initially hesitant around horses particularly young stock, Heather soon found a way of managing the youngsters that works for her. “She’s a good stock lady. She was a good trainer of dogs and became very very good at handling the foals. In the last few years we never had to break them because they were so quiet. She said there’s got to be an easier way than tying them up and having flank ropes on them so she read the Horse Whispers books. You have to start on them (the foals) when they’re very young. It became a trust thing between her and the foals. We got a lot of accolades from the trainers who said our horses were so easy to break in.” Outside of racing the couple were also in the entertainment game for sixteen years. “We ran a movie theatre for the Waimate community for five years and leased the Opera House in Oamaru for ten years before building a three cinema complex in Oamaru which we managed for two to three years.” Lex said it was a big part of the couple’s life and provided them with some entertaining moments. “We managed all the live shows that travelled through, acts like Charlie Pride and Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson. I got a licence when he (Wilson) was there and I sold 800 cans of Speights. There were 400 people at the concert. Kevin liked it when they were enjoying themselves. It took us all day to clean up the next day.” On the racing administration front Lex was President for the Waimate Trotting Club for ten years and filled in as Chairman of Forbury Park for a short period. He plans to get back into racing administration in the future. The couple have three sons; Stacey and Nigel who reside in Western Australia and Bradley who farms at Milburn just north of Milton. All three have a share in the One Over Da Skye’s (Majestic Son – One Over Kenny) yet to be born foal by Love You. One Over The Skye won four races for Greg and Nina Hope. “When we sell that at the sales they’ll be there to get their share (laughter).” These days the William’s mares are spread around stud farms in the south and their yearlings are prepared at Winton by Julie Baynes. She’s currently preparing a half-brother to Ultimate Stride by Majestic Son and an Art Major colt out of Fleet’s Pocket. With a new house that’s just weeks away from being lived in overlooking Ocean View Beach I suspect there’s already space allocated for the many racing photos the couple have collected over the years and extra room for those that are still to come. Reminiscing over racing photos and watching the sea roll in has got to be the prefect mix. The Williams mares and racing team Mares: One Over Kenny (Sundon – Frances Jay Bee) – in foal to En Solitaire Fleet’s Pocket (In the Pocket – Fleet Vance) – in foal to Sweet Lou One Over Da Stars (Love You – One Over Kenny) – Andover Hall One Over Da Skye (Majestic Son – One Over Kenny) – Love You Muscle Girl (Muscle Hill – Anreca Hest) – One Over Da Moon Oneamy Vici (Orlando Vici – Juneamy Castleton) – One Over Da Moon A Glass Of Tanqueray (Raffaello Ambrosia – Springfield Tiz) – One Over Da Moon Racing Team: One Apollo (Five Year Old Gelding by One Over Da Moon out of Anna Castleton) Cracker Hill (Four Year Old Gelding by Muscle Hill out of Juneamy Castleton) One Over Da Son (Five Year Old Gelding by Muscle Hill out of One Over Kenny) Da Moons Mission (Five Year Old Gelding by One Over Da Moon out of Landora’s Pride) Samantha’s Moon (Three Year Old Filly by One Over Da Moon out of Eyrewell Pegasus) Bev K’s One (Four Year Old mare by Love You out of Petite One) Flying Heathers One (Three Year Old Bettor’s Delight Filly out of Fleet’s Pocket) One Over All (Three Year Old Angus Hall gelding out of One Over Kenny) Light Of Da Moon (Three Year Old Filly by One Over Da Moon out of Leithe Ellen) You Fly With Me (Three Year Old Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Flying With Mrs Williams) Gotta Elect Bill (Two Year old Auckland Reactor colt out of Gotta Elect Neil)   Bruce Stewart

Princess Tiffany’s battles with the boys appear over for now And that will see the high-class mare jump on a plane to Victoria in a few weeks so she can race her own sex more regularly. She isn’t the only All Stars big name heading that way either, with Another Masterpiece also crossing the Tasman. Co-trainer Mark Purdon, after consulting with Princess Tiffany’s owners, has decided Victoria is the best place for the five-year-old after another brave but almost fruitless performance at Addington last Friday night. After being slow away Princess Tiffany did a huge job to finish fifth but showed once again that she is not placed to her best advantage against the older iron men of pacing. In fact, in a 32-start career that has resulted in 18 wins and 9 placings, she has never beaten the boys in a big race. “It is just too hard for her having to race these very good open class horses every week,” says Purdon. “It would be ok if there was a mares race every month but there isn’t and she only gets to race her own sex three or four times a year here. “So she can head to Victoria where they have three mares races for her next month, including the Queen of the Pacific. “She will leave in two weeks and join Dean Braun and we will decide after those races whether she stays there longer or comes back.” Princess Tiffany could well return as she would have two mares races including the Queen Of Hearts at Alexandra Park in December and two more at Addington in the New Year. With a sub 1:50 time next to her name already, recorded at Menangle in February, the pressure is off her to return there again, even though the Ladyship Mile could be a big incentive. Another Masterpiece is somewhat in the same boat at Princess Tiffany, which is why he will find himself heading the same way. He was fourth behind Classie Brigade at Addington last Friday and is always a place chance at group one level without suggesting he is going to beat the likes of Self Assured or Copy That at the highest level any time soon. So he will head to Auckland this week, race at Alexandra Park on September 25 and then fly to Melbourne the week after to join the Jess Tubbs stable. That means he could be there in time for the Victoria Cup on October 10 if he was to make the hot shot field but he looks a horse who would have a myriad of options in Victoria.   Michael Guerin

By Jonny Turner    Junior driver Mark Hurrell’s chances in the squaregaiting events at Ascot Park on Wednesday look hot to trot. The Waikouaiti reinsman will drive last start runners-up Count Eyre and Sage Trouble, who bring excellent formlines to their assignments. There is hardly any better form in New Zealand’s lower trotting grades at the moment than running second to rising star Bitamuscle. If Count Eyre can repeat his last start effort of getting within two and a half lengths of the promising Paul Nairn trained colt he should be very hard to beat in race 6. “I thought if he could step and run along a wee bit, on his form he should be pretty hard to beat,” Hurrell said. “I haven’t driven him before, so stepping him is going to be the biggest thing.” “But I would say if I could step him away he will be a great chance.” Count Eyre will have a 10m advantage over his main rival, Rydgemont Milly when he starts from the front row in Wednesday’s 2200m event. Rydgemont Milly comes in to the race after overcoming a 10m handicap to beat a similar field at Ascot Park two weeks ago. Hurrell will drive Sage Trouble following her excellent second behind Jaguar Bay at Winton last week. The first two finished more than seven lengths in front of the third placed South Park, who starts alongside Sage Trouble in race 3. Hurrell is hopeful with a quicker getaway this week, Sage Trouble can go one better. “It was quite a good run last week, I thought.” “She didn’t have much luck early in the race and the first two streeted the rest.” “I would say if we could step and keep handy and stay in front of the main ones she would be tough to beat.” Sage Trouble starts from the 30m mark in race 3, with only two horses in front of her on the front line. Hurrell also drives Bettathanraza in race 4 following her last start fourth behind Wattlebank Lass at Ascot Park two weeks ago. “It wasn’t a bad effort last time, but she is pretty green and still has a bit to learn.” “She is a place chance in that race.” Tad Lincoln looks a outside hope for Hurrell in race 3 as does Sagwitch in race 8. If he is on his game, the latter has the ability feature in what is set to be a hotly contested 2200m event. Race 8 sees an exciting clash between up and comers Watch Me Now and Maximus Prost and established middle grade horses Burnham Boy and Nota Bene Denario. Maximus Prost and Nota Bene Denario both come in to the event after producing excellent last start wins on the track. Burnham Boy brings a last start fifth in a good field at Addington to the race after running third behind Robyns Playboy in track record time in his previous run. Watch Me Now will start for the first time on Wednesday since putting together back to back wins at Wyndham in February. The 4yr-old, who ran a 1.53.5 mile (1609m) in the first of those victories, has had three post-lockdown workouts to prepare for her return to racing. She won the first before running third behind Bridesdale Robyn in her next. Watch Me Now was second behind Pearl Harbour in her latest public appearance at the Winton workouts two weeks ago. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Inter Dominion champion Ultimate Sniper has been named Horse of the Year at the NZB Standardbred Harness Racing Awards.  The classy son of Bettor’s Delight took out the top gong by the narrowest of margins, winning 11 votes to Amazing Dream’s 10.   Undefeated in the Inter Dominion heats and final, Ultimate Sniper won six races during the season, accruing $349,100 in stakes.  At a ceremony limited to 100 people at Addington Raceway because of COVID-19 restrictions Amazing Dream had earlier won the 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year for a season that netted eight wins from nine starts, including the 2020 Northern Derby. Beating  Copy That and One Change she was the first filly to win the Northern Derby since Ripper’s Delight in 1975.  Winterfell was the night’s big winner in the trotting ranks, voted Trotter of the Year after his win, among others, in the Inter Dominion Grand final. Of the other trotting awards it was father versus son in the 3YO Trotting Colt or Gelding  category. And the voters couldn’t separate Ultimate Stride trained by Phil Williamson and Cracker Hill trained by his son Brad. They got 11 votes each.  Ultimate Stride won five from five for the season (three of them in Australia) while Cracker Hill won six from eight, including the Hambletonian Three-Year-Old classic at Ashburton.   Blair Orange, who won the New Zealand Cup with 5YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year Cruz Bromac, won his third drivers’ premiership in a row. He had 219 wins for the season, despite the COVID-19 interruption.   While the All Stars (Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen) trained the star individuals of the season – Ultimate Sniper, Amazing Dream and Winterfell -  the Trainer of the Year was Robert Dunn. It is his first premiership after a season that saw him train 95 wins, 14 ahead of the All Stars.  Ricky May’s return to the racetrack was judged the People’s Choice Best Moment of the Season. In January he collapsed to the track while driving A G’s White Socks in the Omakau Cup and had to be revived. He was at tonight’s ceremony and received his trophy to a generous round of applause.  For a full list of winners can be viewed here   Harness Racing New Zealand

Ahead of the upcoming Million Dollar Spring and New Zealand Cup week, Harness Racing New Zealand has been encouraged by its latest turnover figures. “We have just had the strongest four meetings since lockdown and our weekly total was the best by over half a million dollars,” says HRNZ Racing and Marketing Manager Darrin Williams. For Winton and Cambridge (Thursday), Addington (Friday), and Methven(Sunday) total turnover exceeded $3.9m. Both Winton and Cambridge topped $700,000 with Addington on Friday at $1.13m and Methven’s opening grass track meeting of the season at $1.28m. “Methven had the largest fields of the four, and that figure represents turnover of $7,318 per starter, with Addington at $10,413. They are great numbers for us,” says Williams. This week there are five harness meetings, the most since lockdown, with two of the highlights being the Sires’ Stakes Final at Alexandra Park on Friday and the Hannon Memorial at Oamaru on Sunday. “We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves,” says Williams, “but the signs are encouraging and people are obviously enjoying the racing right now even though there have been no crowds because of Covid.” “And then in the weeks ahead we have some great racing lined up, the Harness Million and Sires’ Stakes Races and then Cup week - there is a lot to look forward to.”   HRNZ

The punters loss at Addington last Friday will be Oamaru’s gain for the Hannon Memorial this Sunday. Because that is where New Zealand Cup favourite Self Assured heads to test out how he enjoys being off the unruly for the first time. The Auckland Cup winner cost punters a fortune when he galloped away in the Avon City Ford New Brighton Cup at Addington last Friday, losing all chance. It was the third time in a row he had missed away but was far worse than the first two, never getting into the race. Trainer Mark Purdon immediately put the five year-old on the unruly and sees whether he stays there or not for the New Zealand Cup in November will depend on his manners in coming starts. “He really galloped quite badly the other day so I think it is the best thing for now,” said Purdon. “But we don’t need to panic. He has three or four starts before the Cup and we can see how he is going away before we make a decision on whether he stays there.” The first of those will be the Hannon this Sunday, a race Self Assured was initially set to bypass but he will now contest since he didn’t have a race last Friday. That means he will clash with returning stablemate Spankem but one-time favourite Princess Tiffany is less likely to go there and her entire New Zealand Cup campaign could be in doubt. She has been brave but struggling against the boys and looks better off against her own sex than in a hard 3200m on Cup Day. But if Self Assured remains on the unruly that could affect his NZ Cup hopes as he is as good as a 10m handicap he could potentially end up giving away to the likes of Copy That and Spankem. Meanwhile, Purdon is happy with how second favourite It’s All About Faith has travelled north for the Sires’ Stakes Final at Alexandra Park this Friday, with today’s draw crucial for he and Krug because if either drew the second line that would almost certainly hand the other favouritism.   Michael Guerin

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    The Maroon Marauder has been knocking on the door for some time and his perseverance was finally rewarded at Methven on Sunday. The eight-year-old gelding had placed in six of his previous eight starts this preparation and his connections were delighted to score an elusive win in the Papanui Club Handicap Pace (2400m). The Maroon Marauder began well from his 10m handicap and driver Kimberly Butt was able to secure the parked position with her charge before handing up to Jimmy Cannon with a lap to go. Butt asked The Maroon Marauder to improve three-wide turning for home and he steadily made ground to capture the lead with 200m to go and went on to record a three-quarter of a length victory over Skippys Delight, with a further 1-1/4 length back to Iknow in third. Trainer Brad Mowbray was pleased to finally get a winning result with The Maroon Marauder this preparation. “It was a good reward for his consistency,” Mowbray said. “He wasn’t far off winning one and now he has finally got one. “They have been good, honest runs every week. He starts good from the stand and never puts in a bad one, so I love it when those horses win. They thoroughly deserve it.” Mowbray was also happy with a change in scenery with the season’s first grass meeting at Methven, although he doesn’t believe that was a major contributing factor to his gelding’s victory. “It’s always good to have a nice day out from the city.” Mowbray said. “It’s a bit of a shame they couldn’t get the crowd that they would have loved to have had (as a result of COVID-19 alert level 2 restrictions), but it’s good to get out and about again. “I don’t think he prefers one (track surface) over the other. It was just a well handicapped race and he was always going to be one of the better ones in it. “With his good beginnings he can make up ground pretty quickly.” Mowbray is now looking towards some cups targets with The Maroon Marauder. “He will just potter around now and I would like to get him to a country cup at some point,” he said. “I think he is good enough to win one of those races if he gets the right trip.”

Former Kiwi five-year-old Red Reactor tasted harness racing Group success at his second start on Australian soil in the Group 3 $30,600 Pace at Menangle on Saturday night (September 12). Given a perfect trip, the chestnut gelding rallied strongly with a 27.5 closing quarter to prevail in a five-way photo. The time for the flying mile was 1:50.9 – a new lifetime mark. The Auckland Reactor gelding has now won eight win and $99,313 in stakes. Watch the replay click here. One night earlier the Auckland Reactor mare Delightfulreaction overcame a 10 metre handicap to complete back-to-back wins at Gloucester Park. Locked in a zip-fastener pocket most of the way, the four-year-old sprinted sharply once gaining racing room to gain the verdict. It was her 12th success and lifted her stake tally to $169,164. Delightfulreaction had been twice placed at Group level earlier in the season. Auckland Reactor was also represented by the three-year-old Mac Stubborn, who notched his fourth win at Tamworth in a career-best 1:59.5. Auckland Reactor, a former champion racehorse, is now standing at the St Fort stud, of Tony Peacock, Moama, on the NSW-Victorian border.   Peter Wharton  

The Ride High express has rolled on with another astonishing performance, tearing home in 26.2 seconds on a rain-affected Terang track to leave jaws on the floor and rivals in his wake. In her first steer on Clayton Tonkin’s brilliant pacer, reinswoman Kate Gath lodged an 11th successive victory for Ride High, who cleared out to win the Christians Bus Gammalite Pace by 20 metres, hitting the line in a 1:53.8 mile rate that was just a clip outside the track record. Watch the race click here. “Wow, not sure what I was on then,” Gath told Trots Vision post-race. “That was the definition of horsepower.” Finishing in a 26.2-second final quarter to win comfortably ahead of Idealsomemagic, Gath said Ride High was as professional as he was brilliant. “He’s such a lovely horse, he just ambles along early, drops the bit, he pretty much just quickens himself when he needs to and when he does he just grabs the bit, puts his head down and wants to go,” Gath told Trots Vision. “Around that last corner I was low-flying. He was just doing it so easily and I was just basically there for the ride, hanging on. “Obviously everyone knows how good he is, but the feel he gives you because he just goes himself you don’t need to even really ask him. I haven’t driven a horse that’s given me the feel that he gave me tonight.” And that was despite things going a little off-script early, with stablemate and polemarker Out To Play galloping as the gates were released. Ride High, who started on Out To Play’s back, was unaffected, with Gath working straight into the running line and soon finding the front. “I was always coming one off so that wasn’t a problem,” Gath said. “He was so relaxed. I just had to tap him up a little bit to find the front, he was happy doing his own thing in front and as the race progressed he just quickened himself. He felt awesome.” It was a satisfying debut in the most prized chair in Australasian racing for Gath, with Ride High likely to only firm in the Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup market, with the $300,000 classic now less than a month away. “To get chosen by Clayton, (he and Emma Stewart) are just the best at what they do. I have so much respect for them, for him to say ‘drive my best horse’ is an absolute honour,” Gath said. “I just hope that he can continue. He’s just an excitement machine, he’s so relaxed early, he’s really all what you to have moving forward into the big races.”   HRV - Michael Howard

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits the grass track at Methven today with a twelve race program starting at 11:40am and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Methven. Methven  Sunday 10th  September 2020   Race 1 Test The Boundaries big trial win on the track last week and unlucky first start. Good winning claims if he trots all the way.…… Hang On Suzie she ran some ok races last campaign and getting fitter. Can run top three at big odds with a cart into the race at the right time.… Queen Of Strathfield has been in great form at his last few and looks a good chance of placing again here. Aldebaran Heather running on ok at last weeks Methven trials and decent draw. Can upset with a good run in transit Selections:  Test The Boundaries (6),   Hang On Suzie (14),   Queen Of Strathfield (8),    Aldebaran Heather (2)   Race 2 Mark Dunnett easy win at the Methven trials last weeks and top driver booked. Will be hard to beat here……. White Shark has ability and will be stronger now. Good chance at big odds in this field…… Verstappen has impressed at workouts and money will come for him I think. Good winning chance…… Manjimup ok on the track at the trials and draw suits. One for longer odds. Selections:  Mark Dunnett (6),   White Shark (9),   Verstappen (4),   Manjimup (5)   Race 3 Ticking Over good second on the track at the trials but tricky draw. Major player in this field if she is handy turning for home.….. President Pat coming in fresh but always trials ok on the track. Good upset hope in this ….. Silent Shadow always a chance in these grass track races but draw not great. One for longer odds …… For Today likely to show something from the draw and has gone ok on grass. Winning claims Selections:  Ticking Over (11),   President Pat (7),   Silent Shadow (12),  For Today (2)   Race 4 Kusanova good finish at the Methven trials and stable looks ready to go. Tote the guide but top winning chance….. The Black Shadow grass will suit and ok last start. Has to be a good chance in this field…..               Loyalist stable gets a lot of winners at Methven and this looks an ideal race for him. Can win…. Art Collector gets a tidy draw which should suit here. Place claims best in this field. Selections:   Kusanova (6),   The Black Shadow (8),   Art Collector (1),   Loyalist (5)   Race 5 Play Dough might start favourite here after his eye-catching trial on the. Should go close if he steps away cleanly …… DD's Super Stuart another who trialled well here last week.Top three player and over the odds … One Over Dover another who will appreciate the grass and who has been racing well without luck. No surprise to see a good showing here but will need to bring his manners… Crazy N Love tricky draw but big on ability and respect the stable on the track. Include Selections:  Play Dough (4),   DD's Super Stuart (15),   Crazy N Love  (17),   One Over Dover (14)   Race 6 Dismara good at trials here last weekend. Money will come for him and is should lead and go close….. Mordecai a bit disappointing last start but well placed here and fence run suits. Can run top three…… Swap Over has been looking for a good draw and grass suits. Could stick on for a place at decent odds.… Highland Reign  runs some good races on grass and could surprise at big money here Selections:  Dismara (3),   Mordecai (11),   Swap Over (1),    Highland Reign  (5)   Race 7 I Am Adaline good win last start and draw the only worry. Can win with a cart into the race before the home turn.……. Champagneandwine  going ok and has won on the track before. Liked at good money.… Better Fly tough draw to overcome but likely to lead them up here. Can win.….. Four Starzzz Shiraz  getting fitter and has run some good races recently but place chances look best in this field. Selections:  Champagneandwine  (5),   Better Fly (6),   I Am Adaline (9),  Four Starzzz Shiraz  (1)   Race 8 John James Preston  massive run at Methven trials and should be running top three here with manners……. Cheapcheap has performed well at workouts here in the past. Good winning claims if he can find the front and then trail.… Justace strikes a good draw and should get a cosy run on the fence. Place claims if he can trail all the way….. Cristiano Buccini coming in fresh but big trial win here. Include Selections:  John James Preston  (4),   Cristiano Buccini (10),   Cheapcheap (3),  Justace (1)   Race 9 Ashes To Ashes beat a tidy trials field here last weekend.  Normally steps ok and should be hard to beat……. Canardly Remember he has raced well on grass in the past and good chance of running in top three here at bolters odds..… Sister's Delight getting fitter and a top three finish looks on the cards here after her workout placing last weekend. Include….. Voodoo Priestess she looked a run short last start but has ability. Could provide an upset at even from the tricky draw. Selections:  Ashes To Ashes (2),   Canardly Remember (4),   Sister's Delight (15)    Voodoo Priestess (14)   Race 10 Chief Of Staff unlucky last start but change of driver. Should be very hard to roll here if he can get near the lead early……. Gil Favor decent effort last start and has won both starts here. Winning claims and opened way over the odds.… Grand Princess forgive last start seventh. Tough field but can place at good odds….. Alvira Hest great draw and top driver booked. If she can lead early she is a major player here at long odds. Selections:  Chief Of Staff (9),   Gil Favor (17),   Grand Princess (6)    Alvira Hest (3)   Race 11 Clive coming in fresh and change of driver. If he can get handy midrace then he is a big winning chance……. Guido Da Siena decent effort last start and likely to lead early here. Winning claims at good odds.… Claus racing out of his skin and grass suits. Tough field but can win at good odds….. Iknow   has been freshened up and drawn well. Stable can get them ready and he is a major player here. Selections:  Clive (14),   Iknow   (5),   Guido Da Siena (8)    Claus (6)   Race 12 Midfrew Luisianabeau disappointing last start but grass will suit. Should be very hard to roll here if he land near the lead early……. Barkley freshened up and trial here was ok. Paying great money and is a top three chance … Johnny Mac been racing in Auckland and is big on ability. Tough field but can win with top driver booked….. Duastar terrible draw but grass suits and she has a big finish. Outside place chance here Selections:  Barkley (15),   Johnny Mac (12),   Midfrew Luisianabeau (2)    Duastar (16)   Harnesslink Media

Here is the latest harness racing two-year-old money winning sires list in North America and at Harnesslink we will keep you up to date every Friday, New Zealand and Australian time with the actual statistics. Again this week we include the list of average earnings of the top 20 stallions that show an interesting comparison. For breeders down under this is an important time for deciding on what stallion they need to breed their mare to this coming season. The new first season sires are well on their way to giving some indication of what chance they have of competing with the established sires. From a breeders point of view they need the facts rather than the bluster from the Stallion Owners as to what they breed to this coming season is going to impact their financial situation in three years time. A number of big two-year-old races were held this last week in Ohio and Pennsylvania with the Well Said daughter Summer Touch (Real Touch - Real Desire) winning the $300,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final taking her record to 6 starts for 5 wins and a second with $255,000 in the Bank and the Always B Miki  gelding Southwind Gendry (Gamblers Passion - Cams Card Shark) winning the $253,000 PASS Championship Final taking his record to 6 starts for 4 wins with $217,500 in the bank. Both of these horses are the top earners for their sire to date. This coming week we see the New York Sire Stakes Final at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday night go for $225,000 each and that will no doubt boost the sires American Ideal (4), Roll With Joe (4), So Sureal (2) and Art Major (6) who are resident stallions in that State. For the full card for these finals click here. In Canada this week we have two divisions of the $86,664 Champlain Stakes for fillies and one division of the $93,759 Champlain Stakes for the colts and geldings. The statistics are freely available on the Standardbred Canada site daily. Leading Money Winning Sires - 2 Year Old Pace (2020) - 11th September 2020 SIRE                                                   Starters      Foals       Winners     Money won CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 65 110 31 $1,464,487 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 80 116 39 $1,330,979 BETTORS DELIGHT 47 121 16 $886,837 AMERICAN IDEAL 60 113 27 $869,331 SHADOW PLAY 39 91 17 $860,175 ALWAYS B MIKI 49 112 15 $837,905 WELL SAID 47 71 21 $836,934 BETTING LINE 75 119 29 $814,479 SUNSHINE BEACH 49 143 17 $625,411 ART MAJOR 40 69 12 $622,378 SWEET LOU 42 84 15 $613,835 SPORTSWRITER 67 137 24 $603,706 MCARDLE 30 48 10 $579,477 RACING HILL 53 93 23 $566,867 JK ENDOFANERA 52 88 22 $522,929 ROLL WITH JOE 47 71 19 $483,933 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 58 102 31 $469,243 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 46 102 10 $408,698 PET ROCK 51 83 26 $376,419 ROCKIN IMAGE 61 96 23 $297,864 It is important to note that five of the stallions listed in bold type stand in the state of Pennsylvania, probably the toughest of all competing states standing stallions in North America. The stallions in italics above are stallions standing in Canada where they have no stallion limits. Leading Sires by Average Earnings - 2 Year Old Pace (2020) 11th September 2018 Starters Average Sire Foals in 2020 Money per Starter ==== ===== ======== ===== =========== CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 110 65 $1,464,487 $22,530 BRING ON THE BEACH 15 8 $176,514 $22,064 SHADOW PLAY 91 39 $860,175 $22,055 MCARDLE 48 30 $579,477 $19,315 BETTORS DELIGHT 121 47 $886,837 $18,868 WELL SAID 71 47 $836,394 $17,795 ALWAYS B MIKI 112 49 $837,905 $17,100 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 116 80 $1,330,979 $16,637 BIG JIM 47 11 $172,940 $15,721 ART MAJOR 69 40 $622,378 $15,559 SWEET LOU 84 42 $613,835 $14,615 AMERICAN IDEAL 113 60 $869,331 $14,488 SUNSHINE BEACH 144 49 $625,411 $12,763 MR APPLES 19 13 $165,638 $12,741 ROCKIN AMADEUS 37 20 $248,121 $12,406 CONTROL THE MOMENT 44 22 $269,612 $12,255 PANTHER HANOVER 23 7 $77,166 $11,023 BETTING LINE 119 75 $814,479 $10,859 RACING HILL 93 53 $566,867 $10,695 WESTERN VINTAGE 17 9 $94,741 $10,526

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Regally-bred gelding Five Wise Men will make his much awaited debut in the Agstaff Trot (2400m) at Methven on Sunday. The three-year-old trotter is a son of Muscle Hill and Group One performer Harriet Hughes, and a half-brother to 15-win mare Harriet Of Mot and Group Three performer Muscles Galore. He pleased trainers Craig and Aimee Edmonds with his trial win over 2600m earlier this month and they are hoping for a bold showing on the grass from the gelding. “It was a nice trial win, but he can get a touch keen at times,” Aimee Edmonds said. “When he is at the races and going a bit quicker hopefully he will learn to relax. “Trials and workouts are a little bit different to race day, so he needs to take that step, but everything he is doing at the moment is positive. “He is new to the races and is learning, but as long as he does everything right on Sunday he shouldn’t be too far away. “He seems to be doing everything right and he is bred to run.” Five Wise Men was bred and is part-owned by Ivan McNicholl who has been a great supporter of the Edmonds’. His broodmare gem Eilish Mac has been a great source of quality square-gaiters for Craig and subsequently Aimee, which have included the likes of Group Two winner Ella Powell and top-class trotter Earl of Mot. Edmonds also prepared Amore Stride for the yearling sales in 2010 where he was purchased by Emilio and Maria Rosatti for $140,000. With a growing family, Edmonds has taken a more hands-off approach in the training partnership of late, but she is still enjoying watching their small team line-up on race day. “I am pregnant and I am looking after my son, so I just go out when Dad needs me,” she said. “He has got about three in work and a couple of young ones, so he is kept busy doing that and shoeing Robert Dunn’s trotters.”

Sundees Son shot back to the top of New Zealand’s trotting ranks on a big night for trainer Robert Dunn when bolting in to win his second consecutive Ordeal Trotting Cup on Friday. The multiple group 1 winner unleashed sensational closing sectionals to leave a top class line up strung out all around the Addington track when taking out the group 3 feature for driver John Dunn. Sundees Son’s five and a half-length demolition job ended a frustrating year for the Dunns and owners Colin and Nancy Hair. After establishing himself as the country’s top trotter two seasons ago with a hat-trick of group 1 wins in the Anzac Cup, Rowe Cup and Harness Jewels, things went pear shaped for Sundees Son after his win in last season’s Ordeal Cup. “He has always had a few niggling problems and we have always had to give him small breaks here and there,” Robert Dunn said. “But last season he just wasn’t himself and we put him in the paddock.” “He is a horse that tells us when he really is right.” “When you drive him you can tell he is in the zone and when he is, he is just unreal.” After making a mistake in his first run back this season, the 6yr-old trotter showed he was feeling somewhere near his best with a brilliant Rangiora trial win last week. Robert Dunn said the credit for resurrecting Sundees Son career should go to his son and South Island stable manager, John, together with his father in law Craig Edmonds. “Craig loves the horse and he drives him a lot in his work.” The challenge for the Dunn team now is to keep Sundees Son at his mental and physical best while getting him fit enough for his big target – the Dominion. “We just have to space his races now so he doesn’t have any niggling problems,” Robert Dunn said. “And it will take some work.” “We will have to keep racing him, we can’t wrap him up in cotton wool, the Dominion is over two miles [3200m].” “So, we will put a plan in place to get him 100% right on November the 13th.” Sundees Son scorched his last 800m in 55.9sec, which was the fastest last 800m of all of Friday night’s races bar one. The fastest came when the Dunn trained Classie Brigade reeled off a scintillating 54.6sec split when holding out a late bid from runner-up Di Caprio to win the New Brighton Cup. The 8yr-old’s victory in the 2600m group 3 feature was reward for his three excellent placings behind Self Assured this season. Though he was hardly in doubt of missing a start, the win guaranteed Classie Brigade entry in to New Zealand’s most famed race on the second Tuesday in November. And with that will come a chance for redemption. “It was a great win, he has got great manners and he is a genuine New Zealand Cup chance,” Dunn said. “He could have won it last year, he ran in to a dead end behind Spankem, he had check off his wheels and come back around Cruz Bromac again.” “But, that is the way racing is and he is a cup winning chance this year, for sure.” While Classie Brigade, who led easily after just 100m, has clearly got his standing start manners in check, the New Zealand Cup favourite Self Assured has not. The red hot New Brighton Cup favourite took no part in Friday night’s pacing feature when galloping wildly at the start. Trainer-driver Mark Purdon requested the 5yr-old be put on the unruly for future standing starts after his wayward display. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

The progeny of exciting harness racing first season sires Huntsville, Downbytheseaside, Vincent and trotter What The Hill will be showcased at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Sale to be conducted at Oaklands Junction on April 10 and 11, 2021. The frozen semen stallions Fear The Dragon, Control The Moment, Centurion ATM, En Solitaire and Uniclove will also have their first progeny go up to auction. In all, there are nine pacing and trotting sires to be represented by their first crop at the sale. Huntsville 3, 1:47.8 ($1,802,162), a son of the great Somebeachsomewhere and the 2017 USA Broodmare of the Year Wild West Show, won 15 of his 25 starts including the Breeders Crown, Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace, equalled the world two-year-old record of 1:49 and was named the USA 2YO Pacing Colt of the Year. Huntsville has the largest representation among the ‘new’ sires with 11 lots - five colts and six fillies. They include colts from Sheeznot Perfect (dam of The Archduchess), LampedUSA (sister to Maestro Bellini), Four Zoe (half-sister to Mohegan Sun) and J K Luckbealady USA and fillies out of Hectic NZ (half-sister to Bling It On and Baby Bling), Magical Molly NZ (half-sister to Mysta Magical Mach) and the APG 2YO Consolation winner War Dan Bad Girl. Downbytheseaside 1:48.6 ($2,283,068), a world champion son of Somebeachsomewhere, was the top three-year-old in North America of his year, numbering among his 14 successes at that age the Messenger, Progress Pace and Carl Milstein Memorial. The brilliant, young stallion, who stands at Woodlands Stud, has five colts from his initial crop in the sale. The draft includes progeny of Eily Lou Lou (half-sister to Gotta Go Cullen), Soho Moody Blue (half-sister to Sirletic) and the race-winning mares Soho New York, Bella Sainz and Illawong Joyful. Vincent 1:50.2 ($598,803), a son of Art Major and the Group 1 winner Kept For Pleasure, was a four-time Group 1 winner, 3YO of the Year and Australia’s fastest ever three-year-old. In a career cut short by injury, Vincent won 16 of his 19 starts including the NSW and New Zealand Derbies, NSW Breeders Challenge and the Auckland Cup. The young Alabar Bloodstock stallion has seven yearlings nominated for the sale. The offering includes a half-brother to Make Mine Cullen, a filly out of the Victoria Ladyship Cup winner Pembrook Caesar and colts from the race-winning mares Our Santa Catalina NZ, Shakeilah NZ and Mamselle Telf NZ. What The Hill Tr 3, 1:51.8 ($1,263,864), a son of supersire Muscle Hill from the family of Majestic Son, was the best three-year-old trotter of his year in North America, winning nine races and earning $948,178 including the Breeders Crown and Canadian Trotting Classic. A member of the Woodlands Stud roster, What The Hill has five entries headed up by a colt from the NZ Trotters Derby victor Shezoneoftheboyz, a half-sister to the Vicbred champion Vincennes, a filly from the Group placed Ballyronan NZ and a filly out of a half-sister to Kyvalley Clichy and Needabacardi. The frozen semen stallions Fear The Dragon and Control The Moment both have single representation. Fear The Dragon 1:48.8 ($1,578,547), the 2017 North America Cup and Adios Stake winner, has a half-brother to the Boort Pacing Cup winner Pay Rise, while Control The Moment 1:48.4 ($1,227,832), the Metro Pace and Meadowlands Pace winner and Canadian 2YO Colt of the Year, will be represented by a filly from Heavenly Scent, a half-sister to seven winners including the top Queensland filly Miss Moneybags. The French stallion En Solitaire, a son of the mighty Ready Cash, has two fillies – both out of Sundon mares - entered in the sale, one a half-sister to the dual Oaks winner and 3YO Filly Trotter of the Year Royal Charlotte, and the other a half-sister to the very promising Brandlo Prince. Centurion ATM Tr 1:53.4 ($731,374), a multiple Stakes-winning son of SJ’s Caviar, will be represented by a half-sister to former Australian trotting queen Claudy’s Princess, while Uniclove (Tr 1:54.1), a grandson of Coktail Jet and a multiple Group winner in France, has a filly from the French-bred mare Beautiful River, a $193,000 winning daughter of Quaker Jet. Peter Wharton  

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