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Hearts are full with optimism and hope that future stars and potentially sires are in new hands and ready to embark on harness racing careers following the weekend’s first Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale. More than $6.3 million passed hands across 203 lot sales at Oaklands Junction, of which 77 per cent were pacers and 23 per cent trotters, achieving a 75.46 per cent clearance rate and a $31,355 sales average. It was a satisfying result for Nutrien Equine’s Mark Barton, who caught up with Gareth Hall and Adam Hamilton for a post sale analysis (video below). “A lot of money changed hands, it’s a busy couple of days, but we’re really pleased with the way we’ve been received by the market and the industry as a whole,” Barton said. “Some really good highlights and a solid day.” The headlines belonged to lot 107, which was offered by Benstud Standardbreds, Peter and Zillla O’Shea and John McGeechan, who earlier purchased Our Golden Goddess off Merv Butterworth at the end of a brilliant racing career that produced 17 wins from 29 starts and almost $450,000 in stakes. Their investment quickly paid off, with her first colt – by Bettors Delight – fetching a sales topping $180,000, having been snapped up by renowned Melbourne owner Jean Feiss. The colt will race for Hayden Cullen, now the trainer of what was previously Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s All Star Stables, who had long raced Feiss’ talented brood. “When I got the book he was a lovely pedigree. Yesterday was the first time I had seen him and I liked him,” Feiss said. She said a big draw was that the colt was also eligible for New Zealand’s sires stakes. Leigh and Alison Miles produced the top priced filly, with their lot by Captain Treacherous out of You Ask Ally attracting a bid of $115,000. You Ask Ally is an unraced Sportswriter mare whose dam was Amarillen, making her a half-sister to Villagem ($626,585), Miss Graceland ($244,658), Nostra Beach ($266,190) and the brilliant broodmare Pixel Perfect, who in turn has produced the likes Soho Tribeca ($1,103,854) and Carlas Pixel ($480,128). While the pacing sales topper looks set to head across the Tasman, the trotting sales topper may well be enjoyed for generations to come in Victoria, with plans for not only a racing but sire career. Alabar shelled out $170,000 for lot 177, who was a Father Patrick colt out of Une Belle Allure. Raced and bred from by Pat Driscoll’s Yabby Dam Farms, Une Belle Allure amassed $176,810 across her 25-start career, including a dynamic three-year-old season that captured four Group 1s. Alabar General Manager Brett Coffey said the colt cost “a lot of money, but we loved him”. Coffey said he viewed the yearling with Andy Gath, who will train him, “and he was a standout to us”. “Looked over him a couple of times since, a few times here, and (Alabar owner) Alan (Galloway) looked at him yesterday, and he’s just got a lot of presence about him. His looks match his page and that was important to us. “Not many fillies win Derbies and (Une Belle Allure) won a Derby, she won numerous other races, (she's) by Angus Hall out of a French family – a lot of nice things there, a lot of boxes being ticked. “All credit to Pat and his team. They’ve done a terrific job with their horses. This guy we thought was the best, so we went pretty hard on him and ended up getting him. “Hopefully Andy can win some Group 1s with him and then he can retire to Alabar and stand at stud. That’s the plan anyway.” CLICK HERE FOR THE SALES RESULTS CLICK BELOW TO WATCH NUTRIEN EQUINE'S SALES WRAP   Harness Racing Victoria

The top lot of Australia’s inaugural Nutrien Yearling Sale is heading to NZ. The Victorian-based Jean Feiss broke her recent trend to buy exclusively at the NZ yearling sales when she splurged $180,000 on a Bettors Delight colt out of former star Kiwi filly Our Golden Goddess yesterday (Sunday). “He’s the first yearling I’ve bought in Australia since Sicario five years ago,” Feiss said. “He’s already booked to fly across to NZ to Hayden (Cullen). “I really liked this colt and the clincher was the fact he’d been paid-up for the NZ Sires Stakes. I’d urge everyone to pay-up for as many of those futurity races as possible.” The now Victorian-based Nathan Purdon took home four yearlings, including the $90,000 Bettors Delight-Miss Hazel colt. Former Kiwi, now Victorian-based Tim Butt, splurged on six yearlings, including $90,000 for a trotting colt by Quaker Jet out of Glenferrie Burn offered by Yabby Dams. The trotting flavour at the sale was very strong and headlined by Alabar Farms paying $170,000 for a colt by Father Patrick out of Victoria Trotting Oaks and Derby winning mare Une Belle Allure. “We’ve had a long association with Andy Gath and we think he’s the best trainer of trotters in Australia, so that’s where he’s headed,” Alabar’s Brett Coffey said. Another to turn heads was trainer Matty Craven paying $110,000 for an Art Major colt out of former brilliant Kiwi-bred mare Arms Of An Angel (by Elsu). Across the two days of the Nutrien sale, 269 lots were offered, 205 for a clearance rate of 77.07 per cent. Sales totalled $6,400,000 at an average of $31,219.   by Adam Hamilton

Buyers at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday looking for a trotter with star potential should not go past Lot 174. The only nomination from Lang Bloodstock, of Chris and Haley Lang, the bay colt, by the French champion Orlando Vici out of the New Zealand mare Top Of The Anvils. has everything – he looks the part, he’s a natural trotter and has a great pedigree. His sire, Orlando Vici, a prolific winner on the European Grand Circuit, has had the amazing score of having sired 10 individual winners from his first Australian crop of 11 foals. His progeny include the NSW Derby winner Xebec, the Vicbred Final placegetter Brandlo Prince, Beau Garcon (Breeders Crown 2YO Silver), Deneuve Star, Adelle, Just Believe (Vicbred 3YO Silver) and Orlando Storm. On his dam’s side, the colt has winners and ‘black type’ all down his pedigree page. There’s an Inter Dominion champion, an Oaks winner, a Bill Collins Sprint victor, a NZ Trotting Free-for-all winner and a NZ 2YO Colt and Filly Trotter of the Year. Top Of The Anvils, the colt’s dam, left the multiple Group placegetter Parisian Amore (1:59.7) and the Vicbred Homegrown Classic heat winner Saint Germain with her first two foals.  She is a half-sister to a fine trotter and Oaks placegetter in Courchevel, the NZ Oaks winner and Breeders Crown placegetter Chevron Express and the NZ Sales Classic victor Thebestlove. The colt’s grand-dam, the NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Kathy Galleon, was a half-sister to six winners including a champion trotter in Galleon’s Sunset, a winner of 14 races and $343,849 including the 2008 Inter Dominion Grand Final, and the NZ 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year The Ultimate Galleon. In the back removes of the colt’s pedigree are trotters of the calibre of Last Sunset (NZ Trotting Free-for-all and two ID heats), Real Deal Yankee (NZ Hambletonian), Great Getaway and Tricky Ric.   Furthermore, Last Sunset figures as the sire of the former top racemare She’s An Image, the dam of an Andover Hall colt offered by Lang Bloodstock at last year’s APTS sale which fetched the equal highest price of $55,000. Interestingly, the colt’s family is crossing particularly well with stallions boasting European blood. Parisian Amore, Saint Germain, Courchevel and Thebestlove were all sired by European stallions as is the case with Lot 174, a son of Orlando Vici. “You can’t fault him. He’s a well grown, muscular colt and he’s very correct,” Chris Lang said. To arrange an inspection and for further information phone Haley Lang on 0436 475 659.   by Peter Wharton

Entries for the next gavelhouse.com standardbred auction are due online tomorrow by 7pm. This harness racing sale comes off the back of a successful 20 Lot auction that saw 15 Lots sell and a top price of $13,000 for two-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven filly Millwood Jesse. The catalogue will launch at 5pm on Thursday and bidding will run through until 7pm on Wednesday 14 April. Keen to learn more about selling online? Contact Cam Bray to discuss your options: 021 737 199    gavelhouse.com

Prior to a leg injury in his last start Ride High was widely acclaimed as the best pacer in Australia. So much so that he was purchased for what is believed to be a record price for a ‘Down Under’ pacer.  “He’s the best I’ve seen, anywhere, and that includes horses like Niatross and Nihilator,” Alan Galloway, proprietor of Alabar Bloodstock, said. The son of Art Major had taken all before him in a sensational 12-month period winning eleven wins on the bounce including the Breeders Crown 3YO Final (beating Poster Boy), the Victorian 4YO & 5YO Championship and several free-for-alls at Melton. In all, Ride High has won 16 of his 18 starts to date and $289,427 in stakes and holds a mile record of 1:49. Last June he clocked the fastest ever last 800 metres at Melton in a stunning 52.7 seconds. Impressing further is his next level speed and ability to finish off races in 25 second quarters.   A rare opportunity to purchase a three-quarter brother-in-blood to Ride High is in the making in Lot 240 at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, April 11. The classy Art Major colt is out of the 2016 Victorian Broodmare of the Year Celebrity Ball, whose daughter, All The Magic, ranks as the dam of Ride High. All The Magic is also the dam of the Breeders Crown and Vicbred Super Series champion Rocknroll Magic 1:54.5 ($466,183), the Group winner Always Fast 1:52.8 ($117,960) and All A Breeze (1:55.2) from only five foals of racing age. Celebrity Ball, the dam of Lot 240, has been one of the gems of the Australian stud book.  She is the dam of six individual winners – all in better than 2:00 - including the Group winner and Vicbred placegetter Starburst Girl 1:53.6 ($143,670), the Victoria Sapling Stakes, Golden Nursery and Southern Cross 2YO Final winner Our Celebrity 1:55.1 ($130,019) and the dual Oaks placegetter Celebrity Guest (1:55.2). One of Celebrity Ball’s daughters, the Art Major mare Celebrity Lass (1:57.6), left last year’s SA BOTRA 2YO Pace winner and Southern Cross placegetter Celebrity Chef (1:58.2).  It is worth noting that Art Major is ‘clicking’ well with members of the family of Australian Broodmare of the Year Larrakeyah Lady, whose family today is one of the best in the Australian stud book.  Besides Ride High, Art Major over daughters and granddaughters of Larrakeyah Lady have produced the Miracle Mile contestant Out To Play (Vicbred 3YO Final), Major Secret (NSW Derby), Major Times (Bunbury Cup), the Southern Cross winners That’s Perfect and Perfect Look, Perfect Major (WA Preux Chevalier), Starburst Girl (Vic. Silver Chalice), He’s Magic Red and many more. For further information phone Richard Camilleri, of Alphastud on 0417 227 768.     by Peter Wharton

A decade ago Skyvalley was wowing Victorian trotsgoers with his blinding speed and herculean strength in a 47-start harness racing career highlighted by two Breeders Crown successes, a host of Group 1 wins and a string a track and race records. The Muscles Yankee horse is now making his mark in the breeding barn, having sired 89 individual winners and progeny earnings of more than $4.6 million including dual Trotter of the Year Tornado Valley, the top racemare Pink Galahs, Sky Petite, Kyvalley Finn and Aldebaran Eve. He has been runner-up on the All Aged sires’ list behind Majestic Son for the last two years and is the leading colonial bred stallion. Skyvalley has a single entry in the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on Saturday, April 10. It is Lot 38, a filly out of the Majestic Son filly Kool Kelly and her second foal. Her first, a two-year-old filly by Used To Me, is currently being broken in and is bound for the Andy Gath stable. Lot 38 Skyvalley filly out of Kool Kelly                  –Nikkita Ross Photo   The filly is being offered by Balliang East enthusiast Darren Aitken and Bendigo horseman Graham McDermott and is being prepared by Monique Burnett. “She’s a lovely athletic, intelligent filly whose a natural paddock trotter,” Aitken said. On the score of blood, the filly lacks nothing. Apart from being by Skyvalley, she is out of a half-sister to a fine racemare in Elegant Image, who won 22 races including eight at Group level, earned $414,829 in stakes and took a record of 1:55.2, the Melton winner Rory McHinson and recent winner Highland Hill. Their dam, Whitney Grace, was the winner of 12 races and a member of one of New Zealand’s most successful families of trotters. A close relative of Whitney Grace in No Republic, also by Skyvalley, has won eight races to date. The most distinguished member of this family was a champion NZ trotter in No Response, who won 24 races and $134,890 in stakes including the Inter Dominion Grand Final, Rowe Cup and NZ National Trot twice. For an inspection and further information phone Monique Burnett on 0499 084 095.     by Peter Wharton

Bidding on the 20 Lots in the latest gavelhouse.com Standardbred auction will end from 7pm tonight, starting with Lot 1. As of this morning 8 Lots have their purple reserve met flags up. Following are some bidding tips to help you navigate the process.   Lot 1 will close from 7pm. If a bid is placed in the final 30 seconds, another 30 seconds is added onto the auction and to all subsequent Lots. This will keep happening until there are no further bids placed. If you are are outbid, you must type in the next bid amount, the site does not automatically update the bid amount for you. There is no benefit in letting auctions run down to the last second before bidding as the auction will just keep auto-extending until no further bids are placed. This practice increases your chances of missing out on horse.  gavelhouse.com cannot identify loss of online connection, a slow internet connection or browser issues at the user’s end. Even a slight loss of internet connection that may not be noticeable can interrupt the user’s browser in following the sale in real-time therefore setting up an auto-bid is the best way to ensure your bids are placed. Google Chrome or Safari are the recommended internet browsers. gavelhouse.com staff are able assist in actively supporting both buyers and vendors during the sale, if you need a hand with registration or bidding, we are available on phone +64 9 296 4436 or email  info@gavelhouse.com during our online auction to help. VIEW FULL CATALOGUE   gavelhouse.com  

An increase in prizemoney and status for the Garrard’s Redcliffe 3YO Sale Classic and the results of recent racing have given the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 28, a terrific boost. The stake for 3YO Sale Classic, to be staged in 2023, has been increased from $35,000 to $50,000 and will now be run as a Group 2 event. A number of recent Albion Park and Redcliffe winners have siblings in the sale. There’s half-brothers to Will The Wizard, Leos Best, Delightful Reason and Toanui Spirit, full sisters to Maretti and Moonan Nina and half-sisters to Cheesandkisses and Docta Feelgood. Tic Tact, the winner of three races in Victoria recently, also has a half-sister in the sale. New bidders can register at https://elite.nextlot.com/public/user/new  Those that registered last year do not need to re-register. To view the catalogue online visit www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au Catalogues are available from the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club and Garrard’s Horse and Hound outlets. For a printed catalogue phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com or phone Redcliffe Harness Racing Club on (07) 3284 4550.     by Peter Wharton

The 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, the sale which produced Our Uncle Sam and the Pink Bonnet winner Silk Cloud, will be conducted by Graeme Board and Company at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 21, starting at 11am. The sale has attracted 91 lots by 31 different sires including Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, American Ideal, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sweet Lou, Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Well Said, A Rocknroll Dance, Live Or Die, Warrawee Needy, Betting Line, Bling It On and Shoobee’s Place. The sale will showcase the first Australian crop of exciting, young sires in Huntsville, Vincent and Fear The Dragon. There’s siblings to a string of ‘black type’ performers including Dont Hold Back, Courageousnquick, Shes A Runa, My Willow, Perfectly Written, Shoobee Doo, Taylor’s Mill and many more. Two late entries for the sale seem certain to attract more than usual interest. They are Lot 43A, a Fear The Dragon colt out of the American-bred mare Heavenly Beauty 1:52 ($100,811). A half-brother to a 1:50.4 Meadowlands winner, the colt boasts a $900,000 earner, 10 $200,000 winners and 15 $100,000 winners on his pedigree page. Lot 5A, a bay colt by Live Or Die, is from the McArdle mare Reiki Franco, a three-quarter sister to Rondel Franco 1:51.6 ($684,003) and a close relative to the Group winners Im Pat’s Delight, Courageousnquick, The Bus and Saveapatrol. Yearlings are eligible to compete in the Sale Graduate Pace with separate divisions for colts and fillies in 2022. They are also eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, NSW Breeders Blue, Bathurst Gold Crown, Breeders Crown, Vicbred and QBred. The sale will be livestreamed on www.auctionsplus.com.au – click on Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale. Online bidding will also be available through this site but prior registration is required. The online catalogue is available at www.graemeboard.com   By Peter Wharton

The Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale has been a consistent source of harness racing winners around the country in the last few years. Undoubtedly the best performed sale graduate has been Our Uncle Sam, the winner of 22 races and $662,176 in stakes and runner-up in the Inter Dominion Grand Final and two Hunter Cups. Silk Cloud, winner of the recent NSW Pink Bonnet, and Lyrical Genius, who won the Young Derby last Friday, were others sold at the annual auction. Other winners from the sale include the NSW Breeders Challenge and Simpson Sprint winner Charlaval, Shoobee Doo (Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial), Lockton Luck, Goodtime Stride, Lagoon Stride, Sam’s Express, Meg’s Ferrari (NSW Inter City Pace), Fastestgirlintown and many more. The 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Co, will be held on Sunday, March 21 from 11am at the Gold Crown Paceway. The sale will be livestreamed on Sunday on www.auctionsplus.com.au - click on Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale.  Online bidding will also be available through this site but prior registration is required.  Catalogues are available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. To order a catalogue send an email to gboard@bobbery.com.au The online version is available at www.graemeboard.com   by Peter Wharton for Graeme Board & Co, auctioneers

The 2021 Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Harness Racing SA and SA BOTRA, will be held at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, March 14. The sale will follow the Hygain parade at 12 noon. The sale comprises 22 lots by 19 different stallions including the established sires Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Sweet Lou, Well Said, A Rocknroll Dance, Shadow Play, Grinfromeartoear, Betterthancheddar and Follow The Stars. Young, emerging sires represented include Betting Line, Downbytheseaside, Huntsville, Major Secret, Goodtime Sammy and Lennytheshark. There’s siblings to a host of handy pacers such as Amightyfinehorse, Jumping Jolt, Milliondollar Kiss, Kissed By A Shark, Artichoke, Style Queen, The Sneaky Fox and many more. Yearlings are eligible for the $50,000 Silver Salver sales graduate races for colts and fillies, the Southern Cross, Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum, Breeders Crown and the Bathurst Gold Crown. Furthermore, SA BOTRA is providing an additional $30,000 in cash bonus incentives with $15,000 to the first SA born filly and $15,000 to the first SA born colt/gelding. These incentives will be paid to the horse who finishes first past the post in the finals (a new RACE within the RACE format). All owners of participating horses must be fully paid up BOTRA members to receive these bonuses. SAMOS certificates valued at up to $1,600 can be used to purchase one of the seven fillies to go under the hammer. The online catalogue can be viewed at www.botra-sa.com.au/ 2021-online-silver-salver-yearling-sale-catalogue/ The sale will be streamed live on www.botra-sa.com.au starting with the parade from noon. Printed copies of the catalogue are available at Globe Derby Park and all country tracks in South Australia. For a catalogue or further information contact sale co-ordinator Gary Newton on phone 0402 978 424 or email saharness@y7mail.com     by Peter Wharton

Yearling sales in all States and countries give prospective owners the opportunity to purchase a life changing horse. However, when the door of opportunity is open we do need to step right in and make the most of those opportunities. On March 19, 2017 a huge opportunity presented itself at the Annual Bathurst Yearling Sale but was passed up by everyone in attendance that day. When Lot 17 waltzed into the ring that day, accompanied by Melanie Settree from Brooklyn Lodge, it did attract some small time bidding but departed the auction ring as a passed-in lot   -  with the bidding stalling at $9,000. He was a neat package for a December foal and his breeding was reasonable with his Ponder dam having won four races and $16,225, while his third dam had produced a $225,000 winner in Drunken Desire (1:51.8) and was a full sister to an exceptional filly called My Cherie 1:59.8 ($338,265). Well that missed opportunity, now a five-year-old entire, has a name of Lochinvar Art.  The bankroll now stands at $1,368,456 with plenty more to come. It is now well documented that the colt was sent to Menangle horseman Rickie Alchin to be broken in for his breeders Peter and Maureen Green and Dan Cordina. The colt showed plenty of spark when offered at the NSW Ready To Run Sale in December 2017.  Victorian horseman David Moran didn’t let the opportunity go begging and was the new owner when the hammer went down at around $28,000. David, who at that stage was building a nice stable of horses at his Shepparton base, found a willing and now delighted owner in Kevin Gordon. Lochinvar Art is now a well known name in Harness Racing circles in every State of Australia and in the future may be known throughout the world as one of the fastest horses on the planet. So on March 21 at the Bathurst track, opportunities will again present themselves when 91 yearlings will be offered, waiting for the auctioneer Graeme Board’s gavel to fall on many a bargain buy. Lochinvar Art is now a millionaire, on his way to a second million. There are 12 yearlings in this year’s catalogue who feature a millionaire on their pedigree page, so these lots might be a good starting point when compiling a shopping list. Lot 15  Betting Line-BBS Inspiration filly  Vendor: Rikki Cernovskis Lot 21  Huntsville-Perfecshon filly Vendor: Matt and Michael Leary Lot 23  Shoobees Place-Heavenly Scent colt Vendor: Lochend Stud/S. Carmody Lot 26  A Rocknroll Dance-Roxie Mattgregor colt   Vendor: Alison and Stephen Cooper Lot 43  Pet Rock-Aldebaran colt  Vendor: Adam Smith Lot 48  Sunshine Beach-High Rollin Babe colt   Vendor: Medowie Lodge Lot 60  Shadow Play-Tanamay colt   Vendor: Norman Valdez Lot 64  Warrawee Needy-Wandjina colt    Vendor: Yirribee Stud Lot 66  Shoobees Place-Patch Maguire colt   Vendor: Lochend Stud Lot 69  Huntsville-Gaea colt   Vendor: Brooklyn Lodge Lot 81  Four Starzzz Shark-My Sunday Girl filly  Vendor: Daniel Carmody Lot 84  Art Major-Gstaad filly   Vendor: Medowie Lodge The Sale commences at 11am on Sunday, March 21 at the Bathurst Harness Racing track. Catalogues are available from Graeme Board on 0408 636 273 and the Bathurst, Newcastle and Wagga clubs and the Garrard’s Store at Menangle.     by Peter Wharton

Adelaide baker and hobby breeder Jack Panagiotou will have mixed feelings when his Roll With Joe colt enters the sale ring at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, March 14. Lot 5 in the Silver Salver South Australian Yearling Sale, the grand looking youngster is the last foal out of Jack’s successful race and broodmare Kiss Me Monty. “I bought her at the SA sales at Morphettville in 2000. She was the first horse I ever raced,” Jack, who formerly trained and drove her, said. At the stud, Kiss Me Monty has produced eight foals of racing age for four winners and two placegetters. They include Milliondollar Kiss, a heat winner of last year’s Allwood and third in the $100,000 Final, Montana’s Jet (1:55.7), a winner of 11 races, the Southern Cross 2YO heat winner Kissed By A Shark and Bad Boy Blues, a placegetter in the Sale Graduate race. Rustlin A Kiss, an unraced daughter of Kiss Me Monty, ranks as the dam of the good Melton winners Whats In The Esky 1:53.1 ($100,933) and Goodtime Rusty 1:54.3 ($91,963). Jack has retained the ownership of three of Kiss Me Monty’s daughters, Milliondollar Kiss, Kiss And Grin and the two-year-old Betterthan A Kiss, who won a trial at Mount Gambier recently. The colt is heavily staked for his two, three and four-year-old racing. Besides the $50,000 Sale Graduate race, he has been nominated for the Southern Cross, Vicbred, Vicbred Platinum and Breeders Crown. He is being prepared by Mandy Pascoe, of Ningana Park, Birdwood. The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at www.saharness.com Printed copies are available at Globe Derby Park and all country tracks in South Australia and Garrard’s Horse & Hound, Melton. For a catalogue or further information contact Gary Newton on phone 0402 978 424 or email saharness@y7mail.com   Peter Wharton

Many of New South Wales’ most successful breeders have thrown their weight behind the 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Co at the Gold Crown Paceway on Sunday, March 21. Heading the list of vendors is Janet and Doug Moore and Ben and Melanie Settree’s Brooklyn Lodge, who are offering 16 yearlings including a half-sister to the Bathurst Gold Bracelet placegetter Brooklyns Best, a half-brother to the Gold Chalice heat winner Brads Luck, a half-sister to the Gold Tiara runner-up Bella Jam Jam, a filly out of the prolific Menangle winner Miss Artistic Tara (1:52.3) and a colt from the Breeders Challenge Regional 2YO Final winner Whispering Lass. Maitland studmaster-breeder Paul Carmody, of Lochend Stud, has a draft of 15 including a dozen by the Artsplace horse Shoobee’s Place, the sire of the classic winners Shoobee Doo, Katchar Shoobee and Merrywood Lynn. Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga has entered 10 yearlings by seven different sires including three by last season’s leading NSW first-crop sire Warrawee Needy and fillies by Sweet Lou and Tintin In America. Young breeders David and Rachel Micallef have a four-strong consignment – all out of race-winning mares, while the Dumesny brothers Tony, Bruce and John, are all represented at the sale. Golden Gait Stud, of Wayne and Anne Lamb, and Darren Reay’s Medowie Lodge and Gunning breeder Rikki Cernovskis have all nominated three yearlings.  Other well known breeders with entries include Denis and Jo Howe, Elite Bloodstock, Graeme Gourley, Nathan Varcoe, Matt and Michael Leary, Margot Lennox and John Coffey’s Patrician Park. The sale will be livestreamed with online bidding available. Hard copy catalogues are available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. To order a catalogue send an email to gboard@bobbery.com.au The online catalogue can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com  Click on 2021 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale.   by Peter Wharton

The latest gavelhouse.com Standardbred harness racing auction is online now with six lots and all bar one unreserved. Buyers interested in bidding on and inspecting Lots should take into account the curent COVID-19 Alert Levels in the area the horse is located and respect each farm's safe practice measures.  VIEW FULL CATALOGUE Lot 5 - BLESS ME FATHER  A four-year-old maiden who has had three race starts for a fifth at Cambridge. By Rock N Roll Heaven, he is the first to race from the black-print winning Mach Three mare Annie Morva and is reported to have good manners. Stands at approximately 15.3hh. Photo and race replay on listing page. Sire: Rock N Roll Heaven Dam: Annie Morva Seller: scots1 Location: Papakura VIEW ONLINE Following are some bidding tips to help you navigate the process. Lot 1 will close from 7pm. If a bid is placed in the final 30 seconds, another 30 seconds is added onto the auction and to all subsequent Lots. This will keep happening until there are no further bids placed. If you are are outbid, you must type in the next bid amount, the site does not automatically update the bid amount for you. There is no benefit in letting auctions run down to the last second before bidding as the auction will just keep auto-extending until no further bids are placed. This practice increases your chances of missing out on horse.  gavelhouse.com cannot identify loss of online connection, a slow internet connection or browser issues at the user’s end. Even a slight loss of internet connection that may not be noticeable can interrupt the user’s browser in following the sale in real-time therefore setting up an auto-bid is the best way to ensure your bids are placed. Google Chrome or Safari are the recommended internet browsers. gavelhouse.com staff are able assist in actively supporting both buyers and vendors during the sale, if you need a hand with registration or bidding, we are available on phone +64 9 296 4436 or email    info@gavelhouse.com during our online auction to help.   gavelhouse.com

North Wagga (NSW) couple Denis and Jo Howe, the breeders for former glamour racemare Distant Memory, is offering a three-strong consignment at the Australian Pacing Gold Sydney sale at Warwick Farm on Sunday (March 7). The trio – all grand looking colts – with two by the boom American import Sweet Lou and one by Captaintreacherous, Australia’s leading first crop sire in 2020. The first of the Mataranka Park Standardbreds’ draft is Lot 619, a Sweet Lou colt out of the Sportswriter mare Big Bang Molly, whose first foal, Smaltese, is the favourite for the Group 2 $50,000 Sapling Stakes at Menangle. Big Bang Molly, who was only lightly raced, ranks as a half-sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge and Breeders Crown heat winner Brick Top 1:53.4 ($109,027), their dam, Machinegun Molly 1:58.2 ($101,375), being a heat winner of the Victoria Oaks, Vicbred and APG. Lot 652, a bay Captaintreacherous colt, is from a Rocknroll Hanover sister to the American classics winner and successful sire Foreclosure (1:48.8), the winner of 15 races and $807,746 in stakes. The colt’s grand-dam, Pleasing Package, took a record of 1:50.4, won 38 races and $359,380 and was one of the best daughters of Fake Left. Completing the Mataranka Park draft is Lot 726, a colt by Sweet Lou out of the NZ 4YO Championship winner and Harness Jewels placegetter The Crystal Star 1:49.8 ($148,406). The colt is a half-brother to three sub 1:59 performers including the 2019 APG Brisbane APG Championship winner My Ultimate Star (1:53.8) and a member of the same family as the Bendigo Cup and Inter Dominion heat winner Anvil’s Star, the WA Derby winner Patronus Star and last year’s crack WA juvenile Lavra Joe. For further information phone Denis Howe on 0418 692 273.     by Peter Wharton

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