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With the Australian Pacing Gold Sales over for another year, attention now turns to other harness racing Yearling Sales still to be run and the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale is the next cab off the rank. When looking at the catalogue for the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling sale this year one is immediately struck by the number of lots that wouldn't be out of place in any yearling sale in Australasia. Pride of place amongst those blue blood lots in our opinion goes to Lot 98 which is offered on behalf of well known New South Wales breeder and yearling sales vendor Scott Robertson. A filly by Cam's Card Shark son Roll With Joe 1:48.4 ($1,805,102), Lot 98 is the first live foal from the very smart Rocknroll Hanover raceamare in Our Santa Catalina 1:55.6 ($78,160). Our Santa Catalina is a daughter of the imported North American mare San Sophia 1:52.6 ($86,164) who has left seven winners from eight foals including such standouts as: * Private Joke 1:52.2 ($153,265) * Raging Bull 1:56.6 ($115,581) * San Rafaella 1:52.3 ($76,605) Leading West Australian trainer Greg Bond paid $62,500 for a Somebeachsomewhere colt from San Sophia at the Sydney leg of this years Australian Pacing Gold series  Raging Bull, a son of Christian Cullen made $85,000 at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale at Christchurch and looked a star in the making with five wins and five seconds from just ten starts before injury halted his career and he is now being given his chance at stud by New Zealand breeders while a Christian Cullen colt from the half sister San Rafaella made $55,000 at the same sale this year. San Sophia is a full sister to the world champion racemare Galleria 1:49.2 ($1,814,453) who was undefeated at two and three and retired to stud the richest and fastest mare of all time. Galleria has since produced the brilliant Gallie Bythe Beach 1:49 ($581,978) while another full sister to San Sophia and Galleria in National Gallery has produced Traceur Hanover 2, 1:50.6 ($425,333) who won the 2014 Breeders Crown in North America. This has been a great colt and fillies family over a long period of time in North America and is also now firmly established as a highly commercial family in New Zealand. To have a colt by one of the big up and comers on the North American siring scene in Roll With Joe from a very smart daughter of San Sophia is a real coup for the Bathurst Gold Crown sale and barring accidents, Lot 98 should top the sale. To view the Catalogue click here. Harnesslink Media

Even though Saturday's Australian Pacing Gold Sale at Sydney was a disappointment to many harness racing vendors with the drop in the average price especially amongst the colts, leading commercial vendors Scott and Kathy Robertson weren't amongst them. In the context of a sale that went backwards overall, Scott and Kathy made a big statement with a lovely draft of well bred, beautifully prepared yearlings that were keenly sought after by the buyer's bench.  Harnesslink sat down with Scott at the end of the Sydney sale on Saturday to learn more about the couple who have had such an impact on the breeding scene in Sydney. Harnesslink - When did you first get involved in the breeding industry in New South Wales. Scott - We only got into the breeding industry five or six years ago to be honest. We invested in a lovely property and thought we knew what we were doing but it has been a steep learning curve from then to where we are today. In the early days we had our butt handed to us a few times at the sales but you soon learn that it is not what you think is important, it what the market thinks that is critical. Once we got that sorted, we started to make a lot of progress. Harnesslink - You are very focussed on the feeding regimes for all your yearlings Scott - We firmly believe that the feeding regime that we use with our yearlings is what separates them from the competition. We sold nine at the sales last year and seven have made it to the track at either races or trials at two and we are convinced our feeding regime is a big part of that success. We spare no expense in growing that yearling through to the yearling sales and are convinced that our feeding programme is the key to how our yearlings perform and their longevity as racehorses. We believe it is the most important part of the jigsaw of what makes a successful racehorse. Harnesslink - What are things you look for in a mare for your broodmare band. Scott - Our aim long term is for all mares to be black print mares both on the track and in the breeding barn if possible. It is not always achievable but it remains the aim for mares we buy If you are targeting the top end of the market like we are then the mares need to be of the highest quality. We are aiming at this stage to keep the number around ten for the foreseeable future. We have both Northern Velocity 1:58.9 ($149,449) and Classical Art 1:54.5 ($91,578) set to join our broodmare band in the future and they are both high quality well performed mares that would be a welcome addition to anyone's broodmare band. Harnesslink - What stallions did you use in the last breeding season Scott - We covered nine mares last season and six of those went to the champion sire in Bettor's Delight with one each to Art Major, Mach Three and American Ideal. If you want to sell at the top end of the market, the stallions you use need to be the best available. Harnesslink  -  Do you take many home from the sales? Scott - No, that is the last thing we want to do. Our yearlings are here to be sold and the buyers need to have the confidence that you a genuine seller. I am always open to negotiation on any of our yearlings that are passed in below their reserve price on the day and can usually get a deal done. Harnesslink - No thoughts of expansion down the track Scott - The five year plan which we have just started has us buying more land at the end of that period and expanding our broodmare band towards twenty. My son is very keen on the industry and that long term expansion is to accommodate him joining the operation on a full time basis. Harnesslink - Thanks for your time Scott and we will touch base in the future to see how things are going. Harnesslink Media

One of the better two year old harness racing fillies of this season in Northern Velocity has been sold to prominent Australian harness racing enthusiast Scott Robertson and his wife Kathy. Northern Velocity raced at the highest level all season with wins in the $146,250 Sales Race at Addington as well as the $25,000 Leonard Memorial Stakes at Addington and the $25,000 Caduceus Club Classic at Invercargill. She faced the starter eight times during the season for three wins and two placings for a healthy stake haul of $140.560. With the All Star barn having the two other high class two year old fillies in the stable in Dream About Me and Arden's Choice, they made the decision to sell Northern Velocity after the Harness Jewels. A daughter of Mach Three, Northern Velocity is a half sister to the outstanding pacer Pembrook Benny 1:53.6 ($907,890) and was purchased from the 2014 New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch for $72,500 by Mark Purdon. While Northern Velocity has been sold to Australian interests she won't be lost to the New Zealand scene just yet as new part owner Scott Robertson explains. " I have moved her to the Mark Jones barn with a view to her spending a big part of her three year old season in New Zealand." " The big aim will be the Sales Race again but apart from that I am more than happy to leave it up to Mark where she races." " At some point she will head over here to my trainer Steve Maguire," Scott said when speaking to Harnesslink this week. Scott is slowly building up a small but select broodmare band with the aim of concentrating on the top end of the market at the yearling sales and Northern Velocity will join that broodmare band when she has finished racing. Some smart mares have already been purchased such as * Joyfuljoy (NZ) 1:51.6 ($480,442) who has produced a lovely Rock N Roll Heaven filly to date. *Rockahula Baby - An Artsplace mare from a three quarter sister to Rocknroll Hanover 1:48.6 ($3,069,093) *Glenferrie Diva 1:58 - A Christian Cullen half sister to the very smart Foreclosure 1:48.8 ($807,746) *Magic Maddy Lombo - The dam already of Suave Stuey Lombo 1:49.6 ($566,512), Miss Trickin Lombo 1:53.3 ($230,312) and this years smart two year old filly Soho Maleleine 1:58 ($47,973) *Snug Harbour - A Bettor's Delight mare from  a full sister to Courage Under Fire 1:54.2 ($1,485,629) *The Baggy Green 1:57 ($108,700) - A very smart Art Major daughter of the brilliant racemare Lady Waratah 1:59.5 ($564,770) Scott has set his sights on having a small select broodmare band. " Somewhere around the ten to twelve mark is what I an aiming at." " I plan to sell everything in the first instance but as we get established I would prefer to sell the colts at the sales and retain the fillies where possible," Scott said It has been an ambitious project by Scott and Kathy but with the class of mares they already have and others of the class of Northern Velocity to still join the elite broodmare band, the future looks pretty bright for these standardbred breeders. Harnesslink Media

Global Stallion Management (GSM) might be less than two years old, but already the Australian-based company is bringing the Northern and Southern Hemisphere harness racing worlds closer together.

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