Breeding Authority Peter Wharton brings all the breeding harness racing news from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday, brought to you by Garrard’s horse and dog.
Thunder Nights Winner
A horse bought for a whopping $20,000 at the 2019 Australian Pacing Gold sale in Perth won its first group race – the $50,000 Night of Thunder final – held at Gloucester Park last Friday.
It was the child of four years mach three the Machnificent set, which has a wealth of breeding on its mother’s side, being out of the mare Northern Luck Honorable Daughter, a member of the prolific Lady Agnes family.
Honorable Daughter, who was only lightly raced, was a half-sister to Gloucester Park winner and group placegetter Hermattjesty Mulan (1:58.8) and Dainty’s Daughter Country Classic winner Charged To The Max.
Their dam, Mulan, was a half-sister to a champion pacemaker and lead sire in Changeover 1:53.4 ($2.3m) and Change Stride 1:50 ($505,133), being out of Chaangerr (1:58.7), who won six races, and was also the dam of Change Gear 1:52.8 ($190,884) and grandmother of two-time NZ Sires Stakes Championship winner One Change 1: 51 ($608,105), a pacer capable of Jonah Jones 1:52.8 ($211,079) and Joey Maguire.
A champion pacer in Chokin belongs to this family. He has won 34 races including the Miracle Mile and the Auckland Cup twice, the NZ Cup, NZ Free-for-all and Victoria Cup and $1.8 million in stakes.
Machnificent was bred by Allwood Stud Farm, from one of WA’s leading stud masters, Bob Fowler.
Captain Ravishing review
Captain Ravishing broke Melton’s three-year record by scoring 1:52.5 from 1,720 yards when blitzing a field of three-year-olds last weekend.
Captain Ravishing is a great colt type by Traitor Captain out of Sportswriter mare Ravishing Girl (1:57.1), dam of a Group-winning pacer in Let’s Get Rockin (1:54.1), winner of five races to date.
Proceeds from the Australian Pacing Gold 2020 sale in Sydney, Captain Ravishing won his only two appearances. His dam, Ravishing Girl, is a half-sister to VHRSC 3YO Cup winner Tsunami Sloy (1:55.5), NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Regional winner Aussieaussiestride (1:55.2) and Surfer Dude (1:57.8).
The next dam, Ravaged, was by Safely Kept from top breeder Cosmophylla, by Thor Hanover from Calophylla, by Entrepreneur from mare Stormyway Racol. It is the family that has produced mares such as Louvre, Miss Hazel, Gumdrops – all Group 1 winners – and colts of the same class such as Renaissance Man, Prince Benji, My General Lee and others.
Be my rose in 1:51.6
Former New Zealander Be My Rose, who won in 1:51.6 on her Australian debut at Menangle, is a American ideal mare from the same family as that which produced the best pacer WA Chicago Bull, winner at Gloucester Park 24 hours earlier.
At age five, Be My Rose didn’t make many runs, having only had 16 starts for five wins and two places for $44,064 in wagers.
Be My Rose’s mother, Better Rose, comes from a renowned family. She was by Bettor’s Delight from Milagro, by Dream Away from Aberfeldy, by Mark Lobell from the Scottish Command mare Black Watch and ultimately tracing back to taproot Regina.
Regina founded one of New Zealand’s largest rhythm families. It included winners such as NZ Cup winners Il Vicolo, Arden Rooney, Trusty Scot and Garry Dillon, WA Pacing Cup winners Chicago Bull and Rocknroll Lincoln, Cash N Flow, Our Triple Play, Katy Perry, the neo – two-year-old girl from Zealand. mile record holder Franco Indie (1:51.9), Alta Christiano and many more.
Be My Rose was bred and is raced by champion rider Barry Purdon and his wife, Katrina.
APG Gold Coast Sale Sunday
Australia’s Pacing Gold Sale, to be held at Magic Millions, Gold Coast, on Sunday kicks off the round of yearling sales for 2022. Entry totals 92 yearlings and breeders from Brisbane to Perth are represented.
Yearlings include royal-bred youngsters with top class mares such as Bronski Gorgeous, Courageous Annie, Petousa, Dont Fall For Me, Get In The Groove, Muscle Beach, Too Smart For You, New York Fashion, Secret Desire, Mathilda Diventa, Annika Magic and others.
A feature of the sale will be the New Zealand superstar’s first harvests Lazarus, exciting import from USA world of rock’n’roll, the best Kiwi pacers Ohoka Gambler and Ultimate Machete, local A good opportunity and trotting bulls Volstead, Help is on the way and High and fast.
Established Bulls The pleasure of the bettor, Art major, American ideal, Somewhere, Traitor Captain, Rock’n’roll paradise, Sweet Lou, Ride with Joe, A rock’n’roll dance, Mr Feelgood and majestic son and promising bulls in Always B Miki, At the seaside, bet line and turn it on are all represented in the catalog.
Rackemup Tigerpie Surpasses $200,000
Rackemup Tigerpie, who won the Group 3 Hamilton Pacing Cup and is now the winner of $204,795 in stakes, is a seven-year-old gelding by Rock’n’roll paradise of unrun Victoria Street.
He is a member of an old Victorian family, which was represented by a placegetter on the same program in Hamilton in Surfsup Tigerpie.
Victoria Street was an Albert Albert mare of Esperia Lee, by Keystone Scotch of Game Hope, by Black Gamecock of Sand Lass, a mare by Brahman. Sand Lass was the dam of an excellent racing mare at Lassken, who won 25 races including the Victorian Mares Championship and Skyring Boy (45 wins).
Game Hope, a Black Gamecock mare from Sand Lass, left a string of winners including Moonee Valley winner Silver Mint and Esperia Lee, who became the dam of Melton and Menangle winner Sandler 1:55.9 ($125,101 ) and Rackemup Tigerpie’s grandmother.
Bred and raced by Ian Stanley, Rackemup Tigerpie is the half-brother of Tasmanian Oaks winner and George Johnson, Blucolla Tigerpie 1:53.8 ($212,507), Tasmanian smart pacer Willbe Doc 1:55.3 ($115,078) and by Thebackpagescribe (1:54.7).
Cup winner by Sportswriter
Lip Reader, who won the $40,000 Devonport Cup – Ryley Major and Resurgent Storm filled the leaderboard behind him – is considered one of Tasmania’s top running guards.
He is a great stayer and one of the best descendants left by the Artsplace horse. sports editor which spawned top point guards of the caliber of Our Uncle Sam, Niki No No, Egodan and others.
Lip Reader is a seven-year-old gelding from Strike Line, by Albert Albert (son of Abercrombie) from top producer Picket Line, by Entrepreneur from Kalitara, by Good Chase from Hindu Star, by Brahman – a pedigree with real experience with a strong lingering influence behind it.
Kalitara was a half-sister to Inter Dominion round winner Canis Minor and Sakuntala (by Armbro Del), dam of two-time Derby winner Brad Adios and racing champion Tuapeka Star, who in turn left the NZ Cup and Miracle Mile winner Iraklis, a top flight juvenile at Ermis, Blue And Royal (NSW Carousel) and Braeside Seel Star.
From Star Trek to Surf Ace
A bright future is predicted for the Somewhere Four-year-old Surf Ace, who won the Star Trek final in Bathurst, was his second winning run in as many starts this season.
He has a lot in his favor on the blood score. As well as being by Somebeachsomewhere, Surf Ace is out of In The Pocket mare Henin Hardenne, a half-sister to AG Hunter Cup winner Stunin Cullen and a fine race mare in Coburg, being out of Vicario, by Soky’s Atom from the Noodlum Burgundy Lass mare, which established a very successful branch of the Regina family.
Burgundy Lass left two-time NZ Cup winner Il Vicolo and was the ancestor of winners such as Gotta Go Cullen (Auckland Cup and NSW Derby), It’s All About Faith (NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Final), Veste (NZ Caduceus Club Classic), Code Bailey (Bendigo Cup), Our Triple Play (1:51), Match Point (1:51.6) and Uncle Jord (1:51.1).
Surf Ace was bred and part owned by Swan Hill enthusiast Gerard Moloney.
Ftwo-year-old first winner
the bet line The Bet On The River colt recently won the first two-year-old race of the season at Pinjarra.
Bet On The River was a 2021 Pacing Gold Australian purchase from Perth, and is a colt of Firth Of Tay (2:01.1), by Live Or Die of Raisin Toast, a practical race mare by Satan Commands of Matai Princess, by New York Motoring from the mare El Patron Matai Bromac.
This family has produced some useful stimulators over the years including the exceptional New Zealand juvenile Matai Mackenzie, Angelina Jolie (NZ Delightful Lady Classic), Matt Damon (Akaroa Cup) and Helena Jet.
Bet On The River was brought up by Victorian enthusiast David Anderson.
Captain Wilson is promising
Captain Wilson, winner of the Shepparton Cup meeting, is the four-year-old half-brother of a Group 3 winner at Lierre Noir 1:54.4 ($131,629), the two-time Tamworth Cup winner Gottashopearly 1 :53.1 ($158,401), the Gloucester Park winner Bettor’s Ace 1:56 ($182,155) and the Melton Plan Ce winner (1:53.6).
They are out of a capable race mare in Saabette (1:56.2), by Victorian Classic horse Garry and Soky’s Number, by Soky’s Atom of Abekas, by Armbro Del.
Soky’s Number was a most successful broodmare, being also the dam of WA Pacing Cup and Saab Derby winner Talladega (2yo colt of the year), champion Vicbred Saabella, Soky Jo and Saabrina. She was a half-sister to Victoria Breeders Plate winner Sekan Hanover and Catz N Ratz, the mother of 2016 WA Nights of Thunder winner Mohegan Sun.
Captain Wilson was raised by Brian and Marilyn Gourley and Vic McFarlane.
By Peter Wharton for Harnesslink