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  • Harness Racing Australia (HRA) recently announced that - following Time to suspend disbelief! 24th June 2022 Harness Racing Australia (HRA) recently announced that - following "consultations" - they intend to introduce changes to The Australian Trotting Stud Book most notably with respect to "the process of application, approval, and fees associated with Registering (of) Stallions in the Stud Book". And, as part of this Advice Notice, we are told - or led to belie... ... more
  • A big shout-out to the dynamic Australian duo of Todd McCarthy and Noel Daley, for taking out today's North American Cup in Ontario CA, with the Downbytheseaside entire PEBBLE BEACH. After reaching the top at the halfway point, Pebble Beach never looked like relinquishing the race, and came away to win by 3 lengths from Beach Glass in 1:50.0 dead. Congratulations !! 19th June 2022 A big shout-out to the dynamic Australian duo of Todd McCarthy and Noel Daley, for taking out today's North American Cup in Ontario CA, with the Downbytheseaside entire PEBBLE BEACH. After reaching the top at the halfway point, Pebble Beach never looked like relinquishing the race, and came away to win by 3 lengths from Beach Glass in 1:50.0 dead. ... more
  • You will, of course, remember that one of the 'compelling reasons' HRA offered for the introduction of a Shuttle / Import Semen Stallion Tax -- as outlined in their press release dated May 10, 2021 -- was that:
WHAT ?? Please tell me it isn't so ... 3rd June 2022 You will, of course, remember that one of the 'compelling reasons' HRA offered for the introduction of a Shuttle / Import Semen Stallion Tax -- as outlined in their press release dated May 10, 2021 -- was that: "International Stallions claimed almost 70-cents in every dollar spent on service fees in Australia in the 2020/21 season". ... more
  • THE EUREKA!? It scarcely passes muster, when stacked up against things like The Miracle Mile or Chariots of Fire, you'd have to say. They just don't make 'em like they used to, it seems. BUT, thanks to The Breeders Voice man on the inside (aka Fly-on-the-Wall) we can provide you with a sneak look at the minutes of HRA's Executive Meeting when they settled ... WHAT'S IN A NAME? A lot we would suggest. 30th May 2022 THE EUREKA!? It scarcely passes muster, when stacked up against things like The Miracle Mile or Chariots of Fire, you'd have to say. They just don't make 'em like they used to, it seems. BUT, thanks to The Breeders Voice man on the inside (aka Fly-on-the-Wall) we can provide you with a sneak look at the minutes of HRA's Executive Meeting when they settled ... ... more
  • The promoters of, and apologists for, HRA's indulgent Slot Race THE EUREKA! are certainly coming out with evermore fabulous claims each and every day. [We are of course using 'fabulous' in its original sense - namely: celebrated in fable / rich in myths.] So much so, one really has to wonder whether they can hear themselves? CAN THEY HEAR THEMSELVES ...? 25th May 2022 The promoters of, and apologists for, HRA's indulgent Slot Race THE EUREKA! are certainly coming out with evermore fabulous claims each and every day. [We are of course using 'fabulous' in its original sense - namely: celebrated in fable / rich in myths.] So much so, one really has to wonder whether they can hear themselves? ... more
  • This is a question that certainly needs answering ... as they're sure as hell are not sitting on the Executive of Harness Racing Australia! Back in the early 1960s, when Australian Harness Racing was just beginning to 'experiment' with mobile barrier race starts and mile racing, a gentleman by the name of Len Smith was Chairman of Stewards, and Chief Handic... WHERE ARE OUR VISIONARIES ...? 17th May 2022 This is a question that certainly needs answering ... as they're sure as hell are not sitting on the Executive of Harness Racing Australia! Back in the early 1960s, when Australian Harness Racing was just beginning to 'experiment' with mobile barrier race starts and mile racing, a gentleman by the name of Len Smith was Chairman of Stewards, and Chief Handic... ... more
  • Like so many governing bodies, HRA seems to think that just by shaking the tree money will fall into their lap (that's why they all love taxation so much). And once HRA got it into their head that a TAX on Stallion Services was The Eureka! COUNTING THE COST 11th May 2022 Like so many governing bodies, HRA seems to think that just by shaking the tree money will fall into their lap (that's why they all love taxation so much). And once HRA got it into their head that a TAX on Stallion Services was "a good idea" there was simply no stopping them - completely ignoring the fact that this particular 'tree' was already almost bare. ... ... more
  • There is certainly a delicious irony in HRA having chosen EUREKA as the name of their indulgent Slot Race! History tells us that back in 1854 miners in the Victorian Gold Fields of Ballarat entered into a prolonged period of 'civil disobedience' brought on by the Colonial Authority levying Miners' Licences; and today, Harness Breeders, not only in Victoria ... EUREKA! - Part 2 26th April 2022 There is certainly a delicious irony in HRA having chosen EUREKA as the name of their indulgent Slot Race! History tells us that back in 1854 miners in the Victorian Gold Fields of Ballarat entered into a prolonged period of 'civil disobedience' brought on by the Colonial Authority levying Miners' Licences; and today, Harness Breeders, not only in Victoria ... ... more
  • Legend has it that 2,000 years ago Archimedes ran through the streets of Syracuse shouting EUREKA! - Part 1 19th April 2022 Legend has it that 2,000 years ago Archimedes ran through the streets of Syracuse shouting "Eureka" ... meaning "I have found it" (from the Greek eu¿¿¿a). A great thinker, and mathematician, Archimedes believed he had discovered a means of differentiating gold from silver using the displacement of water. Today we have the great thinkers at HRA also shouti... ... more
  • Focus of the next three days centres on BATHURST, in NSW's Central West, for 3 very good reasons. Firstly, the heats of the 2-YO 'Gold Crown' Series on Friday evening. Then the Bathurst Yearling Sale on Sunday March 20; and most importantly a fundraiser The Breeders Voice is conducting in conjunction with Bathurst Harness Racing Club in support of Josh Po... BATHURST 'Gold Crown' YEARLING SALE - 2022 18th March 2022 Focus of the next three days centres on BATHURST, in NSW's Central West, for 3 very good reasons. Firstly, the heats of the 2-YO 'Gold Crown' Series on Friday evening. Then the Bathurst Yearling Sale on Sunday March 20; and most importantly a fundraiser The Breeders Voice is conducting in conjunction with Bathurst Harness Racing Club in support of Josh Po... ... more
  • 'That's A Wrap' - SYDNEY YEARLING SALES 2022 10th March 2022 "WORK HARD - DREAM BIG" pretty much sums up each and every vendor at any Yearling Sale - and that was certainly the case at the Sydney's 2022 NUTRIEN Sale (February 20) and the subsequent APG Sale (March 6)! Beautifully presented lots, returning fantastic results, was the order of the day for our Breeders Voice members - with these vendors comfortably beati... ... more
  • The focus in the Yearling Sale World returns to the Inglis 'Riverside' Sales Complex at Warwick Farm this weekend (Sunday, March 6th) for the 2022 APG SYDNEY Yearling Sales. And there we will see members of The Breeders Voice presenting THIRTY-SEVEN quality lots - and if there isn't a couple of Group 1 performers amongst this draft I will be very surprised i... Members' APG SYDNEY Yearling Sale Lots 5th March 2022 The focus in the Yearling Sale World returns to the Inglis 'Riverside' Sales Complex at Warwick Farm this weekend (Sunday, March 6th) for the 2022 APG SYDNEY Yearling Sales. And there we will see members of The Breeders Voice presenting THIRTY-SEVEN quality lots - and if there isn't a couple of Group 1 performers amongst this draft I will be very surprised i... ... more
  • Even if the qualifying race format for selection of the Miracle Mile Field has robbed this premier race on the Grand Circuit Calendar of the intrigue and controversy - that occurred under the 'Invitational System' of yesteryear - there is plenty of excitement building around the 2022 edition of the great race! Can King of Swing make it three in a row? Can ... MIRACLE MILE 2022 4th March 2022 Even if the qualifying race format for selection of the Miracle Mile Field has robbed this premier race on the Grand Circuit Calendar of the intrigue and controversy - that occurred under the 'Invitational System' of yesteryear - there is plenty of excitement building around the 2022 edition of the great race! Can King of Swing make it three in a row? Can ... ... more
  • Once again a big round of applause to our Breeders Voice members - following their 93% clearance rate, and a Sale Price average of $ 22,642 at the PERTH APG YEARLING SALE last weekend (Feb. 27). 15 quality lots offered for 14 sold, is a great result! And, yet again, just like at the NUTRIEN Sydney Sale the week before, it was an early lot that failed to r... APG PERTH SALE RESULTS 2nd March 2022 Once again a big round of applause to our Breeders Voice members - following their 93% clearance rate, and a Sale Price average of $ 22,642 at the PERTH APG YEARLING SALE last weekend (Feb. 27). 15 quality lots offered for 14 sold, is a great result! And, yet again, just like at the NUTRIEN Sydney Sale the week before, it was an early lot that failed to r... ... more
  • Following the resounding success of the NUTRIEN Yearling Sale in SYDNEY last weekend (Feb. 20) -- where members of The Breeders Voice sold 16 quality lots for an average of $ 42,000, and with a 94% clearance rate -- attention now turns to PERTH WA where our members are offering a total of 15 lots as part of the APG Yearling Sale on Sunday, February 27. Members' APG PERTH Yearling Sale Lots 26th February 2022 Following the resounding success of the NUTRIEN Yearling Sale in SYDNEY last weekend (Feb. 20) -- where members of The Breeders Voice sold 16 quality lots for an average of $ 42,000, and with a 94% clearance rate -- attention now turns to PERTH WA where our members are offering a total of 15 lots as part of the APG Yearling Sale on Sunday, February 27. ... more
  • With excitement mounting as NUTRIEN's inaugural Yearling Sale in NSW approaches -- The Breeders' Voice takes time out to profile the specific lots that are being offered for sale by our members.
Be assured, there is a lot to like about what is on offer from your fellow members ... and we recommend that you check back often, as additional images and videos... Members' NUTRIEN Yearling Sale Lots - Part 1 (Sydney) 10th February 2022 With excitement mounting as NUTRIEN's inaugural Yearling Sale in NSW approaches -- The Breeders' Voice takes time out to profile the specific lots that are being offered for sale by our members. Be assured, there is a lot to like about what is on offer from your fellow members ... and we recommend that you check back often, as additional images and videos... ... more
  • After three exciting nights of heats - at Menagle Park, Bathurst, and Newcastle - the composition of the 2021 InterDominion FINALS for both the Pacing and Trotting Championships is now known, and an enticing night awaits trotting enthusiasts across Australasia this coming Saturday night, December 11. Definitely a night not to be missed ... InterDominion 2021 6th December 2021 After three exciting nights of heats - at Menagle Park, Bathurst, and Newcastle - the composition of the 2021 InterDominion FINALS for both the Pacing and Trotting Championships is now known, and an enticing night awaits trotting enthusiasts across Australasia this coming Saturday night, December 11. Definitely a night not to be missed ... ... more
  • HRA's latest plans, as outlined in their recent 'Advance Australia' Breeders' Presentation have us gravely concerned. How else is one to interpret their delusional reliance on a 'Stallion Service Tax' and a 'Redistribution of Prizemoney' as cornerstones of their proposal to underwrite a Slot Race ('The Pinnacle') to the tune of 1.5 million dollars? 
Tal... BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID! 8th November 2021 HRA's latest plans, as outlined in their recent 'Advance Australia' Breeders' Presentation have us gravely concerned. How else is one to interpret their delusional reliance on a 'Stallion Service Tax' and a 'Redistribution of Prizemoney' as cornerstones of their proposal to underwrite a Slot Race ('The Pinnacle') to the tune of 1.5 million dollars? Tal... ... more
  • That HRA's Stallion Levy (Tax) is well and truly back on the agenda! Never one to give up on a bad idea, this direct tax on breeders has been off at 'marketing' [their polish-a-turd department] so it could be re-released (on October 29) in a glossy new suit entitled Did You Know ...? 5th November 2021 That HRA's Stallion Levy (Tax) is well and truly back on the agenda! Never one to give up on a bad idea, this direct tax on breeders has been off at 'marketing' [their polish-a-turd department] so it could be re-released (on October 29) in a glossy new suit entitled "Advance Australia" Concept Paper. You should definitely take the time to read this discuss... ... more
  • With the conclusion of the semi-finals of the NSW Breeders Challenge 3-YO 'Major Series' last Saturday, it is interesting to take a look at which stallions dominate in terms of representatives in the G.1 Finals, which are to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday, October 30. There are two major 'players', each with four runners through to the fi... NSW Breeders Challenge 3-YO Finals 24th October 2021 With the conclusion of the semi-finals of the NSW Breeders Challenge 3-YO 'Major Series' last Saturday, it is interesting to take a look at which stallions dominate in terms of representatives in the G.1 Finals, which are to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday, October 30. There are two major 'players', each with four runners through to the fi... ... more