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CHESTER, PA - The Sir Lincoln mare Lincoln's Girl N came uncovered into a :55 last half and still was able to draw away from favored Glorious Nite to win the $17,000 pacing distaff harness racing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon in a career best 1:52.4. Jive Dancing A shot away from the gate to the lead, with Glorious Nite making a move at the :28.1 quarter to get the lead, and she got a breather to a :57.4 half. Dexter Dunn sent his "countrymate" first-over from third entering the backstretch, and the big battle was on with Glorious Nite retaining command through the 1:25.2 three-quarters, Lincoln's Girl N still coming up to her, and Jive Dancing A starting to get a bit loose in the pocket. In the stretch a 34-day layoff may have caught up with Glorious Nite, but Lincoln's Girl N was certainly strong in her own right, going by the leader to win by ¾ of a length, with Jive Dancing A holding third. Lincoln's Girl N is now 4-for-6 on these shores and looking headed for better things for trainer Josh Green, who is co-owner along with Richard Lombardo and David Kryway. The Kadabra gelding Smokee Mirrors closed valiantly from far back to miss just ¾ of a length in his last start, so today driver Corey Callahan tried the front end, and his trotter liked the trip just fine, taking a new mark of 1:55.4 in a 1½ length victory over Freshette Hanover. Andrew Harris conditions the winner for owner Robert Key. Tim Tetrick added four more wins on the Friday card, keeping his hot streak alive, but now we know his long period of recent success at Philly will end Sunday, for next week Tetrick has been invited to Finland - within four miles of the Arctic Circle -- to compete in a special tournament. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The winners of the three $15,000 featured races at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on the Tuesday twilight card all continued recent winning form with harness racing victories as the favorites in their respective contests. The one with the highest winning rate lately is the Sir Lincoln pacing mare Lincoln's Girl N, who remained undefeated in three U.S. starts while taking a new mark of 1:54.2 despite racing over a "good +2" track, with the temperatures a biting 21 degrees and blowing snow in the infield. To say that driver George Napolitano Jr. was "sitting chilly" in the sulky late would be correct in two senses, as the Kiwi won by herself, taking her fourth straight race counting her Down Under departure event. Trainer Josh Green co-owns the promising distaff with Richard Lombardo and David Kryway. Napolitano came back to win the trotting section of the tri-features with the Muscle Hill sophomore colt Night Hall, who used the Pocono Pike to edge by Grapple Hanover in 1:56.1, giving him victories in three of his last four and five of his last six. Ã…ke Svanstedt conditions the developing three-year-old for owner Peter Wilhelmsen. In the feature division for male pacers, A Stud Named Sam continued the recent turnaround in his fortunes by catching Bring The Thunder in a clocking of 1:53.1 for driver Tyler Buter. Unraced at two and opening his career with thirteen straight defeats, the gelded son of A Stud Named Sue has now won five of his last six starts for trainer Dirk Simpson and the Dirk Simpson Stable Inc. The long-memoried fans who recalled that Western Alumni had won on Opening Night here in 37 degrees while paying $61.00 got a bonanza on Tuesday's second-to-last card of the year, as the pacer again paid boxcars in cold weather with a $63.80 upset for driver Tom Jackson and owner/trainer Eddie Williams. Western Alumni joined A Bettor Beach as the only two horses to pay $50+ to win twice at the meet. The 2019 seasonal finale on Saturday will find George Napolitano Jr. (a five-time winner Tuesday) recognized for being Pocono's top driver in terms of wins and UDR (his sixth straight year of doing that particular double), Rich And Miserable acclaimed as the local Trotter of the Year, and patrons getting a Fan Appreciation Night gift of a hooded sweatshirt as supplies and sizes last. First race for Saturday's yearly windup is at 7 p.m. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

Queenslander Alistair Barnes is riding the crest of a wave at the moment, courtesy of a former Kiwi pacer destined for big things in harness racing. Barnes, a harness racing trainer-driver based at Marburg, admitted he is still “pinching himself” after watching his pacer Lincoln Road post his fifth consecutive win at Albion Park on Tuesday afternoon. “When I flew over to New Zealand to drive the horse he felt like a nice type, but he’s absolutely blossomed here after taking a little time to settle in,” he said. Lincoln Road (Lincoln Royal-Tania Tandias) is raced by newcomers to the sport in Cesare and Maria Di Gregorio, of Melbourne. It was a chance meeting while holidaying in Fiji that brought Barnes, his partner Cassie Saunders and the Di Gregorios together. “We met at a resort and Cesare and his grandson Dion were both keen to go on a deep-sea fishing trip – something that we had also wanted to do,” Barnes said. “Anyway, it was a complete disaster. It was blowing a gale, with big waves and rough seas. We didn’t catch a thing and even worse, Cassie got horribly sea sick,” he said. “On our return, the boat owner couldn’t go too close to the beach, so he dropped us all off in waist deep water and we had to battle along to eventually get back to the resort. “That was when we struck up a friendship. Cesare told us he had always wanted to own and race some horses but didn’t know how to get involved.” The new partnership had some fun with one of their first horses in Bet Im Special who has earnt around $14,000 and were then lucky enough to get onto Lincoln Road as part of a $60,000 deal including Auckland winner, Miss Blue Glory. Barnes said he has high hopes for Lincoln Road who he described as “the complete package”. “He is so versatile, and this combined with his unbelievable will to win makes him a bit special,” he said. “I have no doubts whatsoever that he’s going to go places.” The purple patch of winning form kicked off at Redcliffe on December 20 and four impressive victories at Albion Park have followed for the son of Lincoln Royal. Lincoln Road in full flight winning the Egmont Park Stud Pace at Albion Park on Tuesday afternoon Lincoln Royal was himself no slouch on the racetrack, competing under the name of Sir Lincoln (he was renamed in Australia to Lincoln Royal).  He won the Group One Auckland Cup in early 2012 and finished his career with 21 wins and 15 placings for over $660,000 from 57 starts. Sir Lincoln is by Mach Three, the sire of other notables in Auckland Reactor, Somebeachsomewhere and Fly Like An Eagle. In the breeding barn, Lincoln Royal has so far had 134 three and four-year-olds in NZ for 30 winners ($413,241), while in Australia he has 22 progeny on the ground for seven winners ($74,899). Two of his offspring in Aramiss and Abraham have been exported to North America with Aramiss having won nine for $83,318 and paced 1.53-1 on the half mile Yonkers Raceway. Barnes has been involved in harness racing for over 25 years but said nowadays he was happy to leave talented reinsmen sons Hayden and Brendan doing the bulk of the stable driving. “At the moment Hayden gets most of the drives, but if he’s unavailable Brendan, who is with Jack Butler at Logan Village, is next, and then it’s me – but only as a last resort,” he said laughing. But Barnes snr is probably playing down his capabilities as over the years he’s landed more than a few long shots, courtesy of some heady drives. “I suppose I learnt a bit when working in the USA and Canada, but I’m more than happy to be on the sidelines cheering for the boys,” he said. The Barnes team, with 17 in work at present, is prepared on a 70-acre property. “It’s a family affair with Cassie, Hayden and myself doing the training part. Cassie’s mum Gayle cleans the boxes, does the waters and all the other jobs that come with having a big team,” Barnes said. While he is excited by the potential of a 2yo Auckland Reactor filly related to smart Victorian based pacer Lochinvar Art (seven wins), and a 3yo, also sired by Auckland Reactor, and related to former top-liner Roman Ruler (14 wins from 34 starts), Barnes has another NZ trip in the pipeline. “Yes, I’m going back as soon as possible to try out a few more—-another one like Lincoln Road would be brilliant!” Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

The highly promising – and popular – young sire, Sir Lincoln is to stand at Alabar’s Auckland Farm. With Barra Equine stepping back from standing harness racing stallions, a new home for Sir Lincoln was needed. Given Sir Lincoln (or Lincoln Royal as he is known in Australia) has made such an encouraging start to his siring career, Alabar are delighted to have been approached about standing him. John Street proprietor of Lincoln Farms quoted “We are happy to see Sir Lincoln teaming up with a quality stud such as Alabar. Sir Lincoln was such a great horse for Lincoln Farms, winning the Auckland Cup and at Jewels level from difficult draws. With his first crop of two-year-olds showing ability on both sides of the Tasman we are excited about his future at stud. He thoroughly deserves the opportunity a major stud like Alabar can give him.” In New Zealand, Sir Lincoln currently has 19 qualifiers to date from his first crop of two-year-olds. Of these 7 have already raced. These are numbers that put Sir Lincoln up amongst the leading sires. So far to date he has also had four individual second placegetters on race day including Aramis who went down by a nose at Alexandra Park last Friday. However, it is in Australia that Sir Lincoln (Lincoln Royal) has made the biggest early breakthroughs with two of his two-year-old fillies winning at Globe Derby - both on debut. Firstly, it was Our Royal Lady winning the SA Sapling Stakes and this was followed shortly after with Tell Me Why winning a prelude of the SA Golden Nursery. Interestingly, both fillies are out of mares by Live Or Die. Our Royal Lady Tell Me Why Sir Lincoln is certainly bred to be a sire being by Mach Three out of a Beach Towel mare who is in turn out of a Cam Fella mare. This is the exact same lineage as the great Somebeachsomewhere. Rounding off his siring pedigree is the fact that he is closely related to the champion sire, Fake Left. As a racehorse, Sir Lincoln burst into the limelight in winning the NZ Sires Stakes 3yo Open Final on NZ Cup Day at Addington after being three wide then parked. He also won the Jewels that season to secure the title of NZ Three-Year-Old Pacing colt of the Year. Sir Lincoln went on to set a New Zealand record for 1700 metres and cemented his credentials as a sire in downing Terror To Love to win the Auckland Cup. Sir Lincoln - Auckland Cup In Australia (racing as Lincoln Royal) he won a heat and placed second in the final of the Victoria Derby and was second (by the barest of margins) in the NSW Golden Mile won in 1:51.4. Sir Lincoln has been extremely well supported by breeders since retiring to stud and – in a sure sign that his first progeny are making the right moves – he served his biggest book to date (over 200 mares) in his fourth year at stud last season. Sir Lincoln stands poised on the edge of what is looking like a very successful siring career. Harnesslink Media

A decision taken just over 12 months ago returned a major dividend when Our Royal Lady made a harness racing winning debut in the 2017 Trotsguide.Com.Au SA Sapling Stakes (1800m) at Globe Derby Park. Trained by Alan Cronin and driven by Ken Rogers, Our Royal Lady finished brilliantly to score a short half-head win from The Fifth Ace ($10.50) with Bulletproof Boy ($40.10), five metres away third. Cronin, who trains at Monarto, south of Adelaide, regularly has a small team in work but just over 12 months ago had a discussion with longtime stable client Greg Moy. A former Ballarat Harness Racing Club president, Mr Moy now resides at Glenelg in South Australia. “We have had good success with the likes of Try Some Magic, Jakkara Magic and Burning Desire but they were coming to the end of their racing lives,” Cronin said. “Greg asked me if I would like to have a go with a few two-year-olds and I accepted the challenge. “Consequently, we haven’t been to the races for quite a while but tonight has made the break worthwhile. “Greg went to yearling sales last year to pick out a few horses but ironically found Our Royal Lady in a paddock. “He went to look at yearlings which were going to the sales and saw this filly in a paddock, asked about her, and purchased her on the spot.” Cronin said the filly had always shown ability. “She is still a bit immature but should continue to improve with racing and will be even better suited over trips such as 2230m.” Our Royal Lady had trialled well in preparation for the Sapling Stakes and punters were happy to make her a strong favourite. Rogers had her away well from gate one and took the trail behind Paris Scene which began quickly from gate four. Don’t Tell William also got away quickly from gate nine and driver Lisa Ryan took him to the spot outside the lead resulting in 31.4 and 30.8 for the first two quarters which ensured Our Royal Lady remained comfortable third on the fence. Ryan Hryhorec, on the Ray Holberton-trained The Fifth Ace, sprinted sharply coming off the back and dashed to what looked to be a winning break in the home straight. When Don’t Tell William began to tire, Rogers took Our Royal Lady off the fence but gave her about 50 metres to keep balanced before asking her to take out after The Fifth Ace. “I did think I might have left it a bit late,” Rogers said. “The filly sprinted brilliantly once I asked her for an effort and on the line I wasn’t sure she had arrived but I was delighted when her number went up. “With the good tempo she settled beautifully but because she is still learning I was careful not to push her out of her stride when I came off the inside. She has a lot of upside.” Cronin added that he need to thank fellow trainer Lance Holberton. “Lance has been fantastic. Whenever I have had an issue, Lance has been only too ready to help out with information when I’ve given him a call.” The Sapling Stakes has been a feature two-year-old race in South Australia for many years with some champion winners, including Inter Dominion winner Richmond Lass, but sadly had only been able to be run once in the past three years through insufficient nominations. The 2017 version was a wonderful race with an exciting finish and hopefully the Sapling Stakes has regained its prestige of past years and won’t suffer again going forward. Our Royal Lady is the first winner for the son of Mach Three, Sir Lincoln or in Australia called Lincoln Royal. The Auckland Cup winner Sir Lincoln has a small crop of just 19 two-year-olds in Australia so his effort to leave a Sapling Stakes winner and a filly at that is impressive. Our Royal Lady was one of only three fillies in the race. Graham Fischer

Sir Lincoln raced 53 times in New Zealand for 20 wins in a harness racing career spanning from 2008 to 2013. He raced with distinction against the best horses in New Zealand and has a Jewels win and an Auckland Cup to his name, beating champion horse Terror To Love in the Auckland Cup in 2012. He also had 4 starts in Australia for 1 win and 2 seconds during his racing career.  In his first season at stud Sir Lincoln served over 100 mares and that first crop have just turned two. Many of those 2yos are starting to excite trainers on private tracks around New Zealand and I talked to Canterbury trainer Bruce Negus about a couple of his young Sir Lincolns that are impressing him at an early stage. Bruce said he has a 2yo colt by Sir Lincoln out of Eves Apple(Red River Hanover - Adam's dream) that he says has gone as good as anything else he has had at a similar stage of their career. On 1st August 2016 the day he turned two, the Eves Apple colt paced a quarter in 29.9 on his home track, a time that stacked up to horses the caliber of Ginger Man on his track at the same age. That colt is very good says Bruce, and has done every thing asked of him so far. Bruce has a couple of fillies that have also shown plenty early, including a filly he has a lot of time for from Sir Lincoln out of Graceandtemika(Courage Under Fire - Detach). That filly has paced 31.4 for a quarter and is also a well gaited filly. The other filly Bruce spoke highly of that has shown a lot of ability at this early stage is by Sir Lincoln out of the mare Monaveen(Sands A Flyin - Stronechrubie). One of the things Bruce likes about the stock of the Sir Lincolns is that they are so cleanly gaited. He said two of the above mares were bad knee knockers but the resulting Sir Lincoln foals have been well gaited and have shown none of the knee knocking tendency of the mares. Colin DeFilippi who has driven the young horses in work agrees and says their best assets are their gait as well as their speed. The colt in particular ran 29.9 but did it so easily and was very well mannered said Colin. Bruce thinks Sir Lincoln is great value as a sire from what he had seen of the foals on the ground so far and has another four of his mares going to Sir Lincoln this season. Sir Lincoln is standing at Lincoln Farms Sir Lincoln website   Harnesslink Media  

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

The harness racing yearling sales next week may not match their thoroughbred counterparts in the money department but it is still the highlight for the year for the breeding industry in New Zealand and creates a lot of interest on both sides of the Tasman in harness racing circles. All the hype and advertising gets put on hold as the buyers vote with their wallets as to what stock demand a premium and what stock don't. First year stallions always create a fair bit of interest as trainers and owners can view the progeny for the first time in the hustle and bustle of a yearling sale. One stallion this year that has created a fair bit of interest leading into next weeks sales is Sir Lincoln 1:54 ($650,,230) The son of Mach Three is a great looking individual himself and he is passing those good looks on to his stock if his progeny in the sales are anything to go by. Bred on the same cross as the leading sire in North America in Somebeachsomewhere 1:46.8 ($3,221,299), Sir Lincoln won 20 races in a brilliant racing career. The important thing to note here is that Mach Three is a proven sire of sires  with his son Somebeachsomewhere on top of the world and for Sir Lincoln to be bred on exactly the same cross is a big plus for the young stallion. Sir Lincoln was very well received by New Zealand breeders in year one at stud and as a result he has 86 yearlings on the ground. The quality of the mares he served is there as well when you have a look at the maternal families of the Sir Lincoln yearlings being offered at next week's sales. We thought we would highlight a few of the ones that really took our eye.  Lot 125 - Linc's Tiger The first foal  from a Real Desire daughter of the brilliant racemare Tigerish 1:56.5 ($491,957), Linc's Tiger has a great pedigree page just full of brilliant age group performers. Tigerish left seven winners including such standouts as Justa Tiger 1:57.1 ($155,449) and Tiger Turner ($79,070) (2 year old filly of the year) who at stud has left the 1:49.2 performer All Tiger ($496,107) and Tiger Tina 1:53.8 ($104,877) Linc's Tiger himself is a stunning looking yearling as you can see from the photo and a great advertisement for his young sire. Lot 342 - Linc's Bute The second foal from a full sister to the dual derby winner in Badlands Bute 1:56.6 ($338,365), Linc's Bute also has a pedigree page as good as it gets. The second dam Te Phyno has produced eight winners and she takes up a whole pedigree page on her own. Not only did Te Phyno leave a dual derby winner in Badlands Bute but she also produced a New Zealand Oaks winner in Caps Off 1:52 ($173,579) who is already the dam of six winners including such smart types as Captian Cullen 1:54.9 ($117,798) and Miss Madoff 1:56.9 ($118,308) Linc's Bute himself looks all class in the photos and the type that will get up and go early. Lot 461 - Liberal Arden The third foal from the Artsplace mare Ardenart who first two foals have both been winners in Rockahula Arden 1:58.5 and Designer Arden 2:1.1 Ardenart is a half sister to eight winners including such standouts as Fantastic Dream 1:53.2 ($233,879), Arden Banner 1:58.4 ($114,572), Arden's Heritage 1:52.2 ($100,449) and Arden's Tetrick 1:57.3 ($72,456) while a daughter in Achieve A Dream 2:1.5 has produced the former two year old filly of the year in Arden's Darlin 1:57.2 ($245,829) Great pedigree and Liberal Arden is just as impressive in the flesh as you can see from the photos. It is never easy in 2016 for colonial bred stallions like Sir Lincoln to make it in todays highly competitive stallion market but he has been given a great chance by New Zealand breeders with the quality of the mares he has covered and the resultant yearlings have certainly impressed a lot of the buyers who have been inspecting the yearlings in the last few weeks. His reception at next weeks sale will be watched with a lot of interest by New Zealand breeders. Harnesslink Media

It is a hard slog for any new sire to break into the stallion market in New Zealand these days with breeders having access to the best sires on the planet either trotting or pacing That is the mountain new sires face and if you are a colonial stallion, the mountain is even steeper. However lately in our regular conversations with breeders and trainers around the country, one new name that has come up quite a lot is that of  Sir Lincoln. The comments have been very positive and bode well for his future in the stallion ranks. The most common comment is what great types the Sir Lincoln's are and from individuals we have seen that would be a fair assessment. The oldest crop of Sir Lincoln are yearlings and number 83 in total in New Zealand and they are being broken in now and again the comments are very positive. Trainers such as Bruce Negus and Robert Anderson are just two of the many trainers to tell us they have been taken with their Sir Lincolns. Now of course the big test is how do they front up on raceday but that day is still over twelve months away. However a good guide to how they have been received in the market is how well patronized a stallion is in year three at stud. For most stallions it is a quiet year as breeders tend to wait to see how the first crop look and go. When we enquired today of Lincoln Farms about how Sir Lincoln's book of mares this season was shaping, marketing manager Danny Boyle was only to happy to provide the figures. " We have been thrilled with the support from breeders on both sides of the Tasman." " Sir Lincoln will serve his biggest book of mares to date which in year three is a really positive sign." "He has just over 100 mares in New Zealand and is in the early fifties in Australia, Danny said. Two Sir Lincoln colts did go through the weanling sale at Auckland in late May and both fetched very good money for weanlings. The colt from the Beach Towel mare Finiamo made $35,000 while the colt from the New York Motoring mare,Toast Of New York fetched $10,000 and as you can see with the photos accompanying this article they were great looking weanlings. Mach Three is already a proven sire of sires and in Sir Lincoln he has another son who is ticking all the boxes to date. Harnesslink Media  

The second of the annual All Aged harness racing sales was held in Christchurch today (May 29th) and there were bargins galore throughout most of the sale. A handful of mares attracted the attention of some of the commericial breeders and studs but in the main they were struggling to get anything like the service fee for the stallion that the mares were in foal to. The two top lots price wise amongst the broodmares both sold for $23,000. Lot 111 was Delizioso, a full sister to Under Cover Lover who was in foal to the first season sire, A Rocknroll Dance. Consigned by Graham Pearson who raced Under Cover Lover, Delizioso was purchased by Woodlands Stud. The other mare to make $23,000 was Lot 135, Shesachristian who won $123,534 on the racetrack and is in foal to Bettors Delight. Consigned by Trevor Casey, she was knocked down to well known Canterbury breeder Don Bates Trevor Casey was also the vendor of Lot 127, Pita Pocket who has left three nice winners to date and was in foal to Art Major. She was also knocked down to Don Bates for $22,000. The only other mare to make more than ten thousand in the sale ring was Lot 131, Royal Gem who is a grand-daughter of Tandias Courage. Consigned by Lincoln Farms, Royal Gem was sold in foal to Sir Lincoln and was purchased by Charlie Roberts for $14,000. Woodlands Stud brought Lot 119, the racewinning mare Kamwood Bluechip for $2,000 with a Tintin In America colt on her and promptly offered the colt for sale later in the day where he made $2600. Quite a few mares didn't even attract a bid from the gallery which must be really disheartening for the vendors. When it became the weanlings turn to go through the sales ring, again there was plenty of bargins to be had with a lot of the weanlings making nothing close to their service fee. The only weanling to make more than $10,000 was Lot 161 which was a half brother by Majestic Son to this season's handy three year old trotter in One Yankee Hall. The dam Leithe Ellen is a Muscles Yankee half sister to the outstanding squaregaiter The Fiery Ginga so the weanling has plenty going for him breeding wise. He was consigned by the Williams from Waimate and purchased by Ian Hood of Ashburton. The second best price was $9300 for Lot 170 which is a Christian Cullen three quarter sister to the brilliant Stunnin Cullin. Consigned by Paul Renwick of Christchurch, she was purchased by Brent and Sheree McIntyre of Macca Lodge.   Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   101 Zest Philly B M Christian Cullen Zena Hanover Messrs. S. M. Elliffe Kaikohe & M. D. Habgood Auckland Not sold, Res $3,500     102 Ado's M C BL M Grant Our Wishes Sticky Two Step Trouble Lodge Methven Not sold, Res $500     103 Affectionate Lady B M Presidential Ball Love Me Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch MR W G CAMERON CHCH $250 104 Be Bee Pat B M Brylin Boyz Go Pat Messrs. J. P. Hunter Dunedin & D. M. Stumbles Ranfurly Not sold     105 Enchanter Franco BR M Badlands Hanover Emily Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR W G CAMERON CHCH $200 106 Bizzie Girl B M In The Pocket True Lies Mr. D. W. McDonald Rangiora WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $2,000 107 Crush B M Bettor's Delight Magnificent Yield Lincoln Farms Limited Kumeu Withdrawn     108 Exceptional Lass B M Rustler Hanover Rare Charm Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR KENNETH A DIXON as agent CHCH $300 109 Can't Teach That BL M Bettor's Delight Swinger Mr. K. R. Shadbolt Ladbrooks WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $1,500 110 Destiny In Motion B M In The Pocket L'Armour Messrs. I. M. & J. M. Taylor Halswell BEN WALDRON ASHBURTON $1,000 111 Delizioso B M In The Pocket Vain Franco Mr. G. J. Pearson Waipara WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $23,000 112 Freedom Reigns B M Live Or Die Mainland Reign Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Not sold, Res $1,000     113 Divine B M Christian Cullen Soky's Sunday Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks MRS M CARSON HELENSVILLE $2,200 114 Flying Nun C M Sundon Nun Du Plat Tobago Lodge West Melton Not sold, Res $3,500     115 Hershey Franco B M Falcon Seelster High Tops Hanover Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR W G CAMERON CHCH $300 116 Natural Iscape B M Artiscape Natural Holme Lincoln Farms Limited Kumeu WM & JA MCHUGH OAMARU $200 117 Harper B M Art Major Lils Dream Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch REGENCY WOOLS (NZ) LTD CHCH $2,000 118 Happy Golucky B M Cameleon Lumber Lie Mr. M. J. & Mrs. L. A. Dent Western Australia Not sold, Res $1,800     119 Kamwood Blue Chip B M Christian Cullen Kamwood Cameo Mr. A. K. Malcolm Ashburton WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $2,000 120 J D Pat B M Sundon Go Pat Messrs. J. P. Hunter Dunedin & D. M. Stumbles Ranfurly MR N P STEWART AMBERLEY $400 121 La Luciola B M Badlands Hanover Pacific South Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton DL & VA MITCHELL CHCH $4,300 122 Kamaria B M Falcon Seelster Tamarind Mr. G. A. Iggo Christchurch WM & JA MCHUGH OAMARU $500 123 Leryn Franco B M Lis Mara Lewinsky Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR G J CRABBE CHCH $300 124 Preside Over B M Presidential Ball Chevyover Lincoln Farms Limited Kumeu WM & JA MCHUGH OAMARU $200 125 Magic Flute B M Falcon Seelster Pipes Of Pan Mr. C. H. Stanbury Christchurch Not sold     126 Lets Appeal BR M Holmes Hanover Terrific Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR W G CAMERON CHCH $200 127 Pita Pocket B M In The Pocket Caps Off Mr. T. G. Casey Christchurch NORWEGIAN WOOD BREEDING LTD LEESTON $22,000 128 Lils Dream B M Smooth Fella Miss Denover Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch GEOFFERY BARNES AUSTRALIA $3,200 129 Princess Of Diamonds B M Christian Cullen Glamour Dream Glenbrook Park Standardbreds Mosgiel Withdrawn     130 Lonnie Franco B M Falcon Seelster Looks The Part Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $8,000 131 Royal Gem B M Christian Cullen Tania Tandias Lincoln Farms Limited Kumeu MR CJ ROBERTS PAPAKURA $14,000 132 Mauresmo BR M Falcon Seelster Vicario Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR CJ ROBERTS PAPAKURA $6,000 133 Sharapova B M Armbro Operative Money Back Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch CHRIS WALSH   $2,750 134 Monkey Bay B M Mach Three Tuapeka Vale Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch Not sold, Res $15,000     135 Shesachristian BR M Christian Cullen Achy Breaky Heart Messrs. T. G. Casey S. Hausler A. Doherty & Mrs. K. Doherty Christchurch NORWEGIAN WOOD BREEDING LTD LEESTON $23,000 136 Navigator Franco C M Live Or Die New Review Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Not sold     137 Soleil D'or BR M In The Pocket Corbie Mr. S. R. & Mrs. C. J. Baucke Invercargill KJ HAYCOCK TUAKAU $2,600 138 Nicky's Delight B M Artsplace Nicky's Dream Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $7,000 139 Tamarind B M Panorama Rafiki Mr. G. A. Iggo Christchurch Not sold, Res $6,000     140 Nostalgic Franco B M Rustler Hanover No Time Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton BERYL PEARS CAMBRIDGE $1,000 141 Tarseal Queen B M Bettor's Delight Arden's Queen Lincoln Farms Limited Kumeu WM & JA MCHUGH OAMARU $500 142 Nicky's Girl B M Holmes Hanover Nicky Michele Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton I H HOOD ASHBURTON $4,200 143 Tiz Tough B M Falcon Seelster Tizaway Tiz Mr. P. S. Fry Upper Moutere P YOUNG ASHBURTON $800 144 Raza Sharp B M Mach Three Gretna's Girl Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton G & JF MCMASTER CHCH $1,600 145 Tricky Girl BR M Bettor's Delight Annie Jay Mr. D. W. McDonald Rangiora MR CJ ROBERTS PAPAKURA $10,000 146 Nicky's Power B M Falcon Seelster Nicky's Dream Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $300 147 Una Bromac BL M Live Or Die Universal Kim Mr. T. G. Casey Christchurch NORWEGIAN WOOD BREEDING LTD LEESTON $8,000 148 Tarania Franco B M Live Or Die Tarantella Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Not sold     149 Unnamed B F Changeover Affectionate Lady Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch MR TJ & MRS AJ READMAN RANGIORA $600 150 Unnamed B F Changeover Arma Phoenix Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton G & MA SMITH ASHBURTON $2,000 Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   151 Unnamed BR F Superfast Stuart Wheels Areagogo Trouble Lodge Methven Not sold, Res $1,500     152 Unnamed B C Changeover Azula Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR RG DICKSON WESTPORT $2,200 153 Unnamed BR C Lis Mara Baby Doll Rufus Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton P WAKELIN & S NOBLE OXFORD $300 154 Unnamed BR C Changeover Cassie's Medley Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton PETERHEAD FARM LIMITED ASHBURTON $7,700 155 Unnamed B C Changeover Champagne N Diamonds Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Withdrawn     156 Unnamed B C Superfast Stuart Ippica Ado Trouble Lodge Methven MR DM HANNA RANGIORA $1,200 157 Unnamed B C Changeover David's Anvil Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR SR BAUCKE INVERCARGILL $800 158 Unnamed B C Lis Mara Ella Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR JC HAY ASHBURTON $2,300 159 Unnamed B C Lis Mara Exceptional Lass Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR D TAYLOR as agent CHCH $2,800 160 Unnamed B F Gotta Go Cullen Freedom Reigns Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR JC HAY ASHBURTON $500 161 Unnamed B C Majestic Son Leithe Ellen One Over Lodge Waimate I H HOOD ASHBURTON $15,000 162 Unnamed B F Changeover Hershey Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR KYLE CAMERON RANGIORA $500 163 Unnamed B C Changeover Honey Babe Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Withdrawn     164 Unnamed B F Changeover Joyful Holmes Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Not sold, Res $5,000     165 Unnamed B F American Ideal Kurahaupo Legend Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton JOHNNIE BUTCHER PUKEKOHE $7,600 166 Unnamed B F Shadow Play Regal Banner Mr. D. M. Moore Templeton PAUL BIELBY CHCH $3,000 167 Unnamed B C McArdle La Matrone Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Withdrawn     168 Unnamed B F McArdle Last Port Of Call Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton SHUTKOWSKI P'SHIP BLENHEIM $8,700 169 Unnamed C C Live Or Die Leryn Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton M SWAIN INVERCARGILL $2,200 170 Unnamed B F Christian Cullen Mauresmo Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton BD & SA MCINTYRE GORE $9,300 171 Unnamed B C Art Official Rachel's Cullen One Over Lodge Waimate Not sold, Res $4,000     172 Unnamed B C Christian Cullen Millenium Legend Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton DEAN BRAUN AUSTRALIA $6,700 173 Unnamed B C McArdle Monkey Bay Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch GARY BAMFORD   $3,200 174 Unnamed BR C Live Or Die Naples Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton DEAN BRAUN AUSTRALIA $1,300 175 Unnamed B C Live Or Die Neverland Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton SPRING HILL FARM DUNSANDEL $3,600 176 Unnamed B F Majestic Son Time Of Reckoning Mr. R. A. Butt Christchurch MR SCOTT G DICKSON MARTON $4,500 177 Unnamed C F Live Or Die Raza Sharp Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR A J MCCORD CHCH $1,200 178 Unnamed B F McArdle Sally Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton R STUART WAKEFIELD $3,700 179 Unnamed B F Changeover Spred It Round Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Not sold, Res $5,000     180 Unnamed B F Gotta Go Cullen Tarania Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton P WAKELIN & S NOBLE OXFORD $700 181 Mortician C C Monarchy Bred A Monster Ms. M. A. Caig Winton JASON L TEAZ OHAUPO $4,000 182 Zahara Zuri B C Santanna Blue Chip Zahara Bromac Messrs. C. A. D. A. & C. J. Vella NSW Withdrawn     183 Gotta Party Doll B F Gotta Go Cullect My Party Doll Ms. M. A. Caig Winton MR B WEAVER AMBERLEY $1,000 184 Bobby Short B C American Ideal Chanteur Mr. W. G. Cameron Weedons MR DAVID BECKINGSALE S/BRED CHRISTCHURCH $800 185 Unnamed B C McArdle Affectionate Lady Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch MR DAVID BECKINGSALE S/BRED CHRISTCHURCH $1,100 186 Pat The Monkey G C Monkey Bones Pat's Daughter Ms. M. A. Caig Winton WM & JA MCHUGH OAMARU $3,200 187 Unnamed BL C McArdle Lils Dream Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch RJ BUTT KAIAPOI $5,600 188 Hang On Suzie B F Great Success Suzie Castleton Ms. M. A. Caig Winton JULENE SILCOCK CHCH $600 189 Unnamed B F Monkey Bones Connie Goodin Mr. W. G. Cameron Weedons MATT VAN DER COLK   $400 190 Unnamed B C McArdle Monkey Bay Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch MA & LA HEADS EDENDALE $4,100 191 Sweet Jeweliette B F Monarchy Under The Sun Ms. M. A. Caig Winton MD & LT ALFELD CHCH $3,500 192 Unnamed B F Santanna Blue Chip This Time Christian Mr. W. G. Cameron Weedons Not sold     193 Bank Raider B G Falcon Seelster Fill The Purse Brosnan Standardbreds Syndicate Rangiora I H HOOD ASHBURTON $1,050 194 Unnamed B F Changeover Lils Dream Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch M SWAIN INVERCARGILL $2,400 195 Cam's Allure B F Gotta Go Cullen Charm Bracelet Mr. W. G. Cameron Weedons Not sold     196 One Night Stand C M Love You Sheez Speedy Mr. C. P. & Mrs. M. B. Iggo Kaiapoi S L MCCAFFREY CAMBRIDGE $2,500 197 Unnamed BR C Sands A Flyin Monkey Bay Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch SE & MA VALENTINE AUSTRALIA $5,200 198 Elite Magic B C Elsu Magic Marg Brosnan Standardbreds Syndicate Rangiora Not sold, Res $500     199 Exotic Desire B F Real Desire Exotic Maid Mr. W. G. Cameron Weedons B F BRICE CHCH $300 200 Art Of Imitation B F Art Official Navigator Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MA & LA HEADS EDENDALE $700 Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   201 Extreme Three B H Matt's Scooter All Included Mr. M. J. House West Melton Withdrawn     202 Hot Pants B M Majestic Son Dutch Annie Mr. T. G. Casey & Ms. N. C. Rasmussen Christchurch Withdrawn   Harnesslink Media        

A belief in the direction that the Auckland Trotting Club is taking; and the future of the Franklin Training track; were two major reasons why John Street is relocating Lincoln Farm’s harness racing business from Kumeu to Pukekohe. Street recently bought the National Bloodstock property on Golding Road right adjacent to the Franklin track. He is currently spending another $500,000 upgrading the property into a racing stable. “It’s going to take a couple of months before we can move in because hardly anything has been done on the place for 20 years,'' Street said. “But I’ve got six contractors working on site now. The place has up to 60 horse boxes, so we are able to relocate all 30 of our harness horses. "This also includes 21 rising 2-year-olds. "It took a bit of time planning and negotiating but we are pleased with the purchase.'' Street said the Lincoln Farms in Kumeu would continue to house broodmares and stallions. “The property hasn’t sold yet but we are in no hurry, it is serving a very good purpose now." Street said his team could now just walk through to the Franklin track rather than the current situation where they had to be transported into Kumeu or Alexandra Park to work. “The Franklin track is in a much better state and is regularly maintained, the boys do a good job out there and I believe it will be improved even more to make it the Auckland Trotting Club’s major training centre. “The Auckland Club is doing a good job and I want to support them as much as possible. "We both see Pukekohe as the training centre of the future and personally for us the best place to further our success. “Ray (Green - trainer) and all the staff will relocate, it will be the same team with Simon Lawson, Maurice McKendry, and Zac Butcher being used as our drivers." The 69-year-old Auckland businessman who sold his Pak Save Supermarket last year, said he was now spending his retirement developing his thoroughbred and standardbred enterprises. “We are looking to have 10 per cent of our gallopers race with our trainer Lisa Latta in Singapore, and we will continue to promote our popular harness racing syndicates as well. “We have virtually sold Beaudiene Boaz to Gary Hall in Perth and the boys in that syndicate invested about $10,000 and made $40,000 each on him.” “Ian Middleton is overseeing 10 syndicates for us now, and we have got lots of people, especially South Islanders keen to get in. "I think people are realising now that we don’t keep the horse unless we make money." Street said he enjoyed syndicating standardbreds – simply because they were not difficult to sell on. “They are also easy to sell to Australia for a good price if they have or have not met their grade here,” he added. Meanwhile, Street said it was unlikely he would be relocating to Pukekohe. “I am very happy here in Half Moon Bay. Lincoln Farms was the brainchild of Street and his late great mate Graham Blackburn. The company has been in operation for more than three decades having commenced modestly with two horses in 1985 and has now won well in excess of than 300 races and millions in stakes money. Their greatest victory came via Sir Lincoln in the 2012 Auckland Cup. Their most tightly assessed horse is 14-win recent Taylor Mile winner, Besotted. Lincoln Farms has won numerous age races, the most recent of them being Group $150,000 Emerald 2yo Colts and geldings Jewels winner, Beaudiene Boaz. By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)

23-year-old harness racing reinsman Simon Lawson nailed his first Group One driving success when steering Besotted to a New Zealand record victory in tonight’s $100,000 Group One Taylor Mile at Alexandra Park. After making the most of his inside alley and holding the lead early, Lawson took a trail behind second favourite Elios. Besotted then powered up the sprint lane in the homestretch to win by ¾ of a length over Elios, while champion mare Adore Me endured a torrid trip and was close-up in third. Besotted upset the apple cart winning at staggering odds of $42. “He had actually been going very good races from bad barriers. I was absolutely thrilled with him last start,” advised an excited Lawson. “I decided I may as well make the most of the draw and was only ever going to hand up to Elios or Adore Me. In the end it worked out perfectly,” he enthused. Lawson was full of praise for Besotted’s trainer Ray Green as well as his owner, John Street of Lincoln Farms. “Ray always has his horses perfectly prepared. I don’t think I have ever driven a horse for him that has gone no good,” said Lawson “And it is overwhelming for a man of John Street’s stature to put his faith in a young fella like me in a big race like this one,” he added. Besotted, who is a five-year-old son of American Ideal, paced the 1700 metres in a New Zealand record time of 2.00.0 (1-53.5), which ironically shaved 0.5 seconds off the previous record held by his former stablemate Sir Lincoln. Besotted has now won 14 races and stakes close to $250,000. By Mitchell Robertson    

The flagships of the Division are the Australasian Classic and New Zealand Premier Yearling Sales held in Auckland Monday 17th February and Christchurch Tuesday and Wednesday 18th and 19th of February. Billed as the “Sale of the Stars” their graduates include seven modern day New Zealand Cup winners, thirty two Harness Jewels winners and thirty one Australasian Breeders Crown winners. Unity under the PGG Wrightson organisation has been a major benefit to the sales. Especially in producing a top quality catalogue, funding a very successful inward buyer scheme and the $1 million Sales Race Series now in its 24th year. Harnesslink is running a short series on some of the yearlings on offer. Lot 31 Premier sale - FREEDOM FIGHTER SIRE - Courage Under Fire was the best juvenile pacer to ever race in Australasia, winning his first 24 starts. He won six Derbies at three, a record that is unlikely to be matched let alone beaten. At stud he has done an outstanding job leaving such brilliant horses as Pembrook Benny ($839,232), Sleepy Tripp ($736,985), Lanercost ($506,102), Choise Achiever ($504,983) and Smolda ($461,307) to name just a few. They have that rare ability to excel at two and three yet go on to succeed as older horses on the Grand Circuit. DAM - Rafiki (2:00.8) is a race winning daughter of New York Motoring  who has lived up to her pedigree in the broodmare barn. She is already the dam of six winners including the very smart filly, Amboseli 1:58.7 ($71,645) and her full brother in Huey Hewitt ($71,000) as well as the recent Addington winner in Mashika 1:56.1. A race winning daughter in Tamarind has already left the talented mate Tamanisha (1;54.1) and Here's Shifty (4 NZ Wins). The grand-dam is the brilliant two year old of her year in Kisumu (1:57.4pl) who won the New Zealand Sires Stakes for fillies at two. At stud she has produced six winners including the standout filly of her year in Turkana (1:57.1) who won the Nevele R Fillies Final as well as the New Zealand and Queensland Oaks. The third dam Kinshasha left six winners and is a full sister to the champion broodmare, Sakuntala. OVERVIEW - A smart looking type from a top producing mare, this colt is from the the top juvenile producing family in the New Zealand stud book. Made famous by the full sister to Kinshasha in Sakuntala, it continues to produce juveniles capable of winning the age group classics. This colt has all the attributes to follow in the foot steps of his illustrious relatives. Catalogue pedigree. Lot 80 Premier sale - THE ACTOR SIRE - Mach Three is one of the elite sires where ever he stands and continues to leave quality racehorses world wide. Getting close to $100,000,000 in earnings world wide, his stock can get up and run at two and still be flying at five on the Grand Circuit. His standout colts in New Zealand include the champion Auckland Reactor ($1,837,043), Magical Mach ($1,238,943), Mah Sish ($747,331) and Sir Lincoln ($650,229) to name just a few. With a percentage of winners to foals of close to 60%, he ticks every box as a sire. DAM - The Actress (1:59.1) is a race winning daughter of Elsu from the top producing Soky's Atom broodmare Stage Talent who has left five winners from six foals to date, all in better than 2:00. Those winners include the very smart 3/4 sister to The Actor in Collectable (p2 1:58,2) who won three times at two on her way to winning $111,038, About Ambition (1:55.8) $88,478 and Slippery Mackenzie (1:57.3) $95,805. The third dam Stage Queen has left six winners including Dash For Cash (1:54) and her daughters have left such speedy types as Lucky Voodoo (1:54.4) and Estlers Light (1:54.3). She is a full sister to the brilliant Defoe (1:53)  $423,272 and a half sister to the dam of Silver Lined Pocket (1:50.2)  $307,838. OVERVIEW - This Mach Three colt is a 3/4 brother to top two year old filly in Collectable from a race winning Elsu daughter of the top broodmare Stage Talent. Direct Scooter line stallions have always crossed well with this family with Silver Lined Pocket and the the brilliant filly Secret Potion ($285,000) just two by that sire line to excel that are close up in this colt's pedigree. Catalogue pedigree. LOT 197 Premier sale - Handsome Hero SIRE - Courage Under Fire was the best juvenile pacer to ever race in Australasia, winning his first 24 starts. He won six Derbies at three, a record that is unlikely to be matched let alone beaten. At stud he has done an outstanding job leaving such brilliant horses as Pembrook Benny ($839,232), Sleepy Tripp ($736,985), Lanercost ($506,102), Choise Achiever ($504,983) and Smolda ($461,307) to name just a few. They have that rare ability to excel at two and three yet go on to succeed as older horses on the Grand Circuit. DAM - this is the third foal of Famous Lover who is a 1:56.1 daughter of boom broodmare sire, Dream Away. She won $30,743 in a brief career and is a half sister to four winners including the smart Flashbang (1:55). The first foal of Famous Lover is the speedy Santanna Blue Chip filly in Call Me Yours who ran second at her one New Zealand start before being exported to Australia. The grand-dam Susan Who ($33,075, 1:59.7f) has left four winners to date with two in 2:00. The third dam Socialite left three winners and her daughters and grand-daughters have left such smart types as At Your Service ($210,261), Greek to Me ($138,467) and Lionsixchristiansnil ($63,686). Socialite was a half to three outstanding pacers in Sassenach (12 wins) Stampede (11 wins) and Ryal (9 wins) who were all grand circuit level pacers. OVERVIEW - A lovely colt from a 1:56.1 mare whose first foal Call Me Yours has looked smart in her brief career to date. This is the branch of the Edith family that produced three cup class pacers in Sassenach, Stampede and Ryal and this colt would seem well placed to add to the legacy of this family. Catalogue pedigree. JC  

In our prominent harness racing stallion series we have reviewed American Ideal,  Art Major, Bettors Delight, Christian Cullen and Courage Under Fire so far and today we have produced an in depth review for Mach Three. Enjoy the read. BREEDING - By the great sire Matts Scooter (sire of over $76 million in stakes with Mach Three his richest son) from the Abercrombie mare All Included (Dam of 12 foals for 9 winners of $3,469,221) All Included left two full brothers to Mach Three, Extreme Three ($336,192) now standing at stud in New Zealand and Omar Khayam ($263,848) now standing at stud in Canada. Mach Three's pedigree is not what you would call a blue blood pedigree but that is becoming common today with a lot of the great sires at stud. Today, brilliance on the race track counts for as much as any pedigree when deciding on a stallion for your mare. RACE RECORD - Was a very good two and three year old with exceptional gait and speed. He faced the starter just 27 times for 18 wins and 6 placings, taking a track record at The Meadowlands of 1:49 in the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace and a track record on a half mile track of 1:51.1 in a heat of the Little Brown Jug on his way to earning a total of $2,376,700. This crop of 3yr olds were exceptional, in fact it was one of the greatest crops on record. In The Meadowlands Pace Mach Three beat home in order of finish McArdle ($2,602,694), Allamerican Ingot ($1,238,935), Mini Me ($1,186,376), Pacific Titan ($886,446), Royal Mattjesty ($1,840,681), Three Olives ($1,086,795), Brads Gold ($703,206), Million Dollar Cam ($969,792) and Yankee Sensation ($371,689). Other great horses that raced with Mach Three as 2 and 3yr olds were Art Major ($3,273,317), Red River Hanover ($1,394,626), Ashlee's Big Guy ($1,009,523) and Life is a Cabaret ($869,280). Ten of these horses are sires now at stud. That is a group of great horses!!! Mach Three was purchased by Joe Muscara for US$2,250,000 as an early 3yr old NORTH AMERICAN STUD CAREER - Has stood in Canada for all his stud career at Tara Hills stud. His service fee has been $7,500 right from day one and has never changed to date. He served good numbers in most years at stud in Canada starting in 2003 with 195, 123, 94, 81, 187, 225, 169, 149, 157, 172 and 158 in 2013. His first crop left the good horse Jeremys Successor 1:48.3 ($867,235), Mach You And Me 1:50.2 ($800,819), Canadette 1:51 ($449,634), In The Irons 1:50.3 ($553,193) and Test Flight 1:50.4 ($502,802). This crop have stakes of $15,500,000 with average earnings per starter of $139,361. Another feature of Mach Three's progeny is that they keep racing or have long race careers as in this first crop alone there have been 42 horses that have had over 100 starts and 7 have had over 200 starts lifetime. His second crop left the sensational and spectacular Somebeachsomewhere 1:46.4 ($3,328,755) regarded as possibly the greatest race horse ever seen winning 20 of 21 starts as a 2 and 3yr old and now dominating as a sire from his first two crops at stud. With just those crops on the track he is reshaping the breeding Industry in the Northern Hemisphere. His book is full and closed for 2014 at $30,000 and that tells the real story. Not only did Mach Three leave Somebeachsomewhere from this crop he also left Believeinbruiser an average racehorse winning just $249,654 but he served a few mares at stud and left one of the best 2yr olds in Canada in 2013 called Bugger Bruiser 1:50.3 ($226,730). His third crop with just 52 foals he left Shipps Xpectancy 1:49.1 ($587,668) and Smashbox 1:51.4 ($437,270). His fourth crop of just 46 foals he left the very good Mach Dreamer 1:49.1 ($864,312). His next crop of 124 foals he left the top mare Monkey On My Wheel 1:49.3 ($1,334,394) plus the very fast racehorse in Camaes Fellow 1:47.3 ($819,870). His 2009 crop of 138 foals has produced Machapelo 1:51.3 ($565,838), I Found My Beach 1:50.2 ($524,079) and Mach A Wish 1:50.2 ($430,770). His next crop of 107 foals produced Mach Pride 1:50 ($517,539) and Mach It So 1:49.1 ($395,968). His 2013 2yr olds produced The Metro Pace winner in Boomboom Ballykeel 1:50.4 ($389,702) and the very good Three Of Clubs 1:53.4h ($206,617). US statistics Eligible to race 3yr old and older - 767 Winners - 533 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 69% $100,000 plus - 174 $1,000,000 plus - 2 Sub 1:50 - 17 Average earnings per starter - $97,075 Average earnings per eligible horse - $78.090 Total earnings to date - $59,895,579 AUSTRALIAN STUD CAREER - Mach Three has never had big crops in Australia. Starting in the 2005 season he had 15, 42, 44, 31, 44, 50, and 50 now 3yr old or older on the ground that is just 286. He has produced some outstanding colts and fillies from those small crops. His colts are headed by the brilliant age group star Captain Joy 1:51.4 ($1,004,771) as well as such smart types as Fly Like An Eagle 1:54.6 ($740,174)  super star Majestic Mach 1:54.7 ($611,969) winner of 26 of his 29 starts to date and Mach Wiper 1:54.1 ($280,716). Coupled with fillies of the class of Shake It Mama 1:54.7 ($254,568) and Rosa Mach 1:56.2 ($237,237) he has a great record so far in Australia. Australian statistics Foals 3yr old and older -  286 Winners - 151 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 53% $100,000 plus - 22 $1,000,000 plus -  1  Average earnings per starter - $46,743 Average earnings per eligible horse - $32,687 Total earnings to date - $9,348,653 NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD - His record in NZ is outstanding and overall probably the best of the countries he has stood in. His ability to leave good numbers of outstanding colts and fillies with in the main small crops early in his career has earned him the much larger books he has been serving the last few years. From his first crop came two millionaires, the champion Auckland Reactor 1:51.4 ($1,837,043) and Mysta Magical Mach 1:52.2 ($1,241,941), plus the ill fated Fiery Falcon 1:54.6 ($588,106), Macraider 1:48.4 ($771,433), Trigirl Brigade 1:52.3p ($143,710), Torias Secret 1:52.3 ($175,054), Sammy Maguire 1:57 ($199,354) and Muscle Beach 1:56.6 ($200,850). He produced from his second crop the fast mare Joyfuljoy 1:51.3 ($480,412), Scotty Mach 1:49.4 ($257,270) and Hes My Hero 1:54.3 ($221,903). His next crop was another great one with the likes of Sir Lincoln 1:54 ($663,601) and now standing at stud, Russley Rascal 1:53.3h ($707,656), Mah Sish 1:55.4 ($771,786), Devil Dodger 1:53.3 ($537,926), Mach Banner 1:57.6 ($225,565) Millwood Meg 1:53.5 ($336,795) and Kotare Mach 1:53.1 ($260,308).  The 2007 crop of just 18 foals he still produced a top horse like Mustang Mach 1:55.2 ($349,547) plus Mach Alert 1:50.9 ($394,944), Precious Mach 1:57.9 ($86,179), Mactavish 1:52.9 ($168,101) and Collectable 1:58.2 ($112,108). His next crop left the good mares Here We Go Again 1:55.6 ($132,457) and Three Jewels 1:57.6 ($81,037) while his current 4yr olds of note are Safedra 1:56.3 ($111,848), Mighty Fling Mac 1:58 ($113,879), Cyamach ($125,992), Sir Eric 1:52.5 ($69,000) and the promising Kotare Mahal 1:58.4. His current 3yr olds are led by the fillies Venus Serena 1:54.7 ($330,746), Te Amo Bromac 1:57.9 ($106,836), Pricilla's Girl 1:58.9 ($44,635), Luminesce 1:57.6 ($27,610) and Lincolns Megastar 1:57.1 ($42,024). His 3yr old colts that stand out are Cyclone Prince 1:57.1 ($108,064), Regulus 1:57.5 ($89,376) and the promising Machtu who has won his last 4 straight and he has already produced a winning 2yr old this season in Chachingcharching. New Zealand statistics 3yr old and older - 686 Starters - 378 Winners - 331 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 48% $100,000 plus - 21 (29 in Australia) 50 $1,000,000 plus - 2 Average earnings per starter - $30,313 Average earnings per eligible horse - $16,703 Total earnings to date - $11,458,573 POSITIVES - Right throughout his career he has shown the ability to leave that exceptional horse who are as dominant on the racetrack as he was. His champion son Somebeachsomewhere 1:46.4 ($3,328,755) is the hottest sire in the world right now and his Southern Hemisphere champion in Auckland Reactor 1:51.4 ($1,837,043) is being given his chance to follow suit with him serving a huge book in his first season at stud. NEGATIVES - Some of his progeny has a reputation for becoming "hot" at times like most of the Direct Scooter line stallions, his sons and grandsons are known for the same thing. Mach Three's fertility has been an issue at times. Since coming under the management of Alabar his numbers seemed to have picked up and are now heading towards the industry average of 70%. OVERVIEW - One of the few sires who is able to leave one as good or better than himself (A special one) both on the track and at stud. Somebeachsomewhere is reshaping the North American breeding industry with his complete dominance of his stock on the race track. Auckland Reactor is being given the same opportunity at stud in Australasia. All in all, just a great sire OVERALL RATING - 9/10 JC A Sire review - American Ideal A Sire review - Art Major A Stallion review - Bettors Delight A Stallion review - Christian Cullen A Stallion review - Courage Under Fire Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we are running a series of reviews on our more prominent harness racing sires. As they say in racing you can criticize some ones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. The above PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them.  (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia)  And here is "The forgotten sires series" This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink have already completed with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever Brylin Boyz - Potential fulfilled    

The Barry Purdon trained Ideal Belle has powered into contention for the upcoming three-year-old fillies features with a brilliant New Zealand record-breaking win in the last heat of the Alabar Sires Stakes at Alexandra Park last night. After a few nervous moments when Ideal Belle paced roughly in behind the leader, driver Tony Herlihy settled the American Ideal half-sister to Five Card Draw in the trail, before coming to the outside in the straight to out finish Raksdeal (Clark Barron), who was super in second after setting up the break-neck speed. Ideal Belle paced the 1700 metre journey in a blistering 2-00.4 (mile rate: 1-54.0), which not only smashed the Three-Year-Old fillies record by a second, but also shaved 0.1 of a second off Sir Lincoln’s all-comers New Zealand record. The runs of Ideal Belle and Raksdeal set up for what should be a brilliant four-way clash between those two fillies and Venus Serena and Libertybelle Midfrew on New Years Eve. By Mitchell Robertson  

Wyndham trainer Greg Hunter produced a huge training performance to win with two fresh-up runners at today’s Riverton Trotting Club meeting at Ascot Park. The first of those winners was Press On, who upset at odds of $29.60 in the $15,000 Sir Lincoln Riverton Cup. Press On, a five-year-old son of Elsu, was given a soft run on the inside by driver Dexter Dunn before diving up the inside to claim favourite Comply Or Die in the shadows of the post. Press on, who was now won four races, is also co-owned and bred by Hunter. The second runner to carry Hunter’s Blue, Pink and Grey colours to victory was Twilight Franco, who was hugely impressive, winning for Clark Barron by three lenghts. It was the four-year-old’s third win at just her sixth start. Her only time out of the money to date resulted in a seventh to Safedra in the Southland Oaks. Other impressive winners at the meeting were Raksdeal, who blitzed her rivals by 7 & ¾ lengths, and Experiment, who made it three wins in concession when easily accounting for his rivals. It is likely the latter will make an appearance at next week’s New Zealand Cup meeting. Meanwhile, Awesome Arden, who was claimed for just $2000 after finishing second in a heat of the maiden ‘Claim it and Race it’ series on October 20, showed just how effective claiming races can be by winning today and pulling in $3,685 for his new owners and trainer Brent Shirley. There will be a further two claiming races staged in the South next week, so if you see a horse you like – get some mates together, form a syndicate, put in a claim, and have some fun! By Mitchell Robertson

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