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  • We're guessing that if, in early May, a hundred pundits had been asked to nominate a list of Sires that would dominate the TAB Statewide Regional Championship Final (May 25th, at Menangle) - bearing in mind that it is a Series for 4yo+ horses, Australian-bred, NSW-trained, and up to NR70 at the time of the original Regional Heats - the likes of ART MAJOR / B... Dominant Sires - A Myth Skewered 24th May 2024 We're guessing that if, in early May, a hundred pundits had been asked to nominate a list of Sires that would dominate the TAB Statewide Regional Championship Final (May 25th, at Menangle) - bearing in mind that it is a Series for 4yo+ horses, Australian-bred, NSW-trained, and up to NR70 at the time of the original Regional Heats - the likes of ART MAJOR / B... ... more
  • Each year NSW's TAB Regional Championships provide a great opportunity to take a look at the Standardbred Breeding Industry in Australia, albeit through the rear-view mirror -- as it is a Series restricted to Australian-bred horses exclusively / up to NR 70 / and 4-yo+. And, once again, our in-depth analysis clearly shows that diversity is achievable; age n... Breeding Diversity in the Rearview Mirror 18th May 2024 Each year NSW's TAB Regional Championships provide a great opportunity to take a look at the Standardbred Breeding Industry in Australia, albeit through the rear-view mirror -- as it is a Series restricted to Australian-bred horses exclusively / up to NR 70 / and 4-yo+. And, once again, our in-depth analysis clearly shows that diversity is achievable; age n... ... more
  • Whilst much has been written about debut stallion POSTER BOY having three (3) through into this weekend's NUTRIEN 2-YO Colts & Geldings Sales Series FINAL at Melton, to consider this race in isolation only serves to overlook an even more amazing statistic -- namely the domination of Somebeachsomewhere-line stallions in these 2-YO ranks! Of the twenty-six (2... NUTRIEN Sales Series 2-YO FINALS (2024) 19th April 2024 Whilst much has been written about debut stallion POSTER BOY having three (3) through into this weekend's NUTRIEN 2-YO Colts & Geldings Sales Series FINAL at Melton, to consider this race in isolation only serves to overlook an even more amazing statistic -- namely the domination of Somebeachsomewhere-line stallions in these 2-YO ranks! Of the twenty-six (2... ... more
  • As we close in on the final Yearling Sale for 2024 - namely NUTRIEN Melbourne on Sunday, April 14 - we thought that it would be worthwhile to review the sales statistics thus far based on consolidated data from the following eight previously conducted 2024 Sales:
APG Gold Coast / APG Melbourne / APG Perth / APG Sydney
NUTRIEN Bathurst NSW / NUTRIEN Brisban... 2024 Yearling Sales - Reviewed 10th April 2024 As we close in on the final Yearling Sale for 2024 - namely NUTRIEN Melbourne on Sunday, April 14 - we thought that it would be worthwhile to review the sales statistics thus far based on consolidated data from the following eight previously conducted 2024 Sales: APG Gold Coast / APG Melbourne / APG Perth / APG Sydney NUTRIEN Bathurst NSW / NUTRIEN Brisban... ... more
  • BITTERSWEET's stunning performance in the GOLD TIARA last Saturday evening (30/03/24), made it three on the trot for sire CAPTAINTREACHEROUS ... following on from Jewel Melody's win in 2022, and Lux Aeterna in 2023. Never before have we seen a sire dominate this 2-year-old iFllies Classic in such a manner! Whilst we have had back-to-back siring victories i... Captaintreacherous - Stand Tall ! 2nd April 2024 BITTERSWEET's stunning performance in the GOLD TIARA last Saturday evening (30/03/24), made it three on the trot for sire CAPTAINTREACHEROUS ... following on from Jewel Melody's win in 2022, and Lux Aeterna in 2023. Never before have we seen a sire dominate this 2-year-old iFllies Classic in such a manner! Whilst we have had back-to-back siring victories i... ... more
  • HRNZ's recent Annual General Meeting (Saturday 14 October) unanimously adopted a resolution that will see the introduction of new Regional and National Consultation Forums - together with a new, merit- and skills-based appointment process for the selection of the HRNZ Directors. These ground-breaking changes were moved by the NZ Standardbred Breeders Associ... 'Change' is afoot in New Zealand 28th October 2023 HRNZ's recent Annual General Meeting (Saturday 14 October) unanimously adopted a resolution that will see the introduction of new Regional and National Consultation Forums - together with a new, merit- and skills-based appointment process for the selection of the HRNZ Directors. These ground-breaking changes were moved by the NZ Standardbred Breeders Associ... ... more
  • SURELY YOU GEST? The Altrenogest Chronicles - presented as The Lores of Nature ! 9th October 2023 SURELY YOU GEST? The Altrenogest Chronicles - presented as "A Brief History of Time" culminating in "The Great Paradox" and "The Butterfly Effect" ... make for fascinating, albeit depressing reading. ... more
  • This week (Sept. 19 - 22) we see the first round of heats for the NSW Breeders Challenge 'Major Series' for 2023 -- but a review of the nominations for the 3-year old Series highlights a desperately worrying trend: A LACK OF YOUNG HORSES! With just 98 nominations across both sexes, spread across four tracks (Menangle Park / Bathurst / Riverina / and Newca... Where are our 3 year olds?? 20th September 2023 This week (Sept. 19 - 22) we see the first round of heats for the NSW Breeders Challenge 'Major Series' for 2023 -- but a review of the nominations for the 3-year old Series highlights a desperately worrying trend: A LACK OF YOUNG HORSES! With just 98 nominations across both sexes, spread across four tracks (Menangle Park / Bathurst / Riverina / and Newca... ... more
  • Do you remember how, when first floating the concept of a Stallion Registration Levy as a means of underwriting Exposing the Lies - Part 1 29th August 2023 Do you remember how, when first floating the concept of a Stallion Registration Levy as a means of underwriting "the world's richest harness race", Harness Racing Australia blithely claimed it was simply analogous to any other Agricultural or Livestock Levy? Well - surprise, surprise - they LIED! ... more
  •  A big shout-out to SWEET LOU following the running of the 40th PEPSI North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Ontario, Canada last weekend. Not only did he sire three of the ten qualifiers for this prestigious event - in ITS MY SHOW, CONFEDERATE, and AMMO - but he delivered the race quinella thanks to Its My Show finishing a head to the good of the fast-... Stunning SWEET LOU Quinella 23rd June 2023 A big shout-out to SWEET LOU following the running of the 40th PEPSI North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Ontario, Canada last weekend. Not only did he sire three of the ten qualifiers for this prestigious event - in ITS MY SHOW, CONFEDERATE, and AMMO - but he delivered the race quinella thanks to Its My Show finishing a head to the good of the fast-... ... more
  • Today (March 29, 2023) the Minister for Racing in Tasmania (Ms Madeleine Ogilvie) announced that Mr Ray Murrihy shall chair an independent review into Integrity, and Animal Welfare, within the Tasmanian Harness Racing Industry - which is certainly a welcome step in the right direction. But, we ask, why did it necessitate an ABC Television exposé to bring ab... Some Progress - at last ! 29th March 2023 Today (March 29, 2023) the Minister for Racing in Tasmania (Ms Madeleine Ogilvie) announced that Mr Ray Murrihy shall chair an independent review into Integrity, and Animal Welfare, within the Tasmanian Harness Racing Industry - which is certainly a welcome step in the right direction. But, we ask, why did it necessitate an ABC Television exposé to bring ab... ... more
  • Harness Racing NSW sagely wrote in their 2021/22 Season Happy New Year - NOT ! 5th January 2023 Harness Racing NSW sagely wrote in their 2021/22 Season "Breeding Report": "The effects of the continual decreases in live foals will most likely take five (5) to seven (7) years to be realised in the horse population, however if foal numbers continue to drop then the current number of meetings and races in NSW may not be able to be maintained". Well, what... ... more
  • So here we are, a full week past the HRA-imposed 31st October 2022 Deadline for the mandatory Registration of Stallions -- as per their June 16, 2022 edict -- and we have the situation where more than THIRTY popular, and widely advertised stallions that are STILL NOT REGISTERED! So can we anticipate that, in twelve months time, we will have hundreds of foals... HRA, It's Your Move ... 7th November 2022 So here we are, a full week past the HRA-imposed 31st October 2022 Deadline for the mandatory Registration of Stallions -- as per their June 16, 2022 edict -- and we have the situation where more than THIRTY popular, and widely advertised stallions that are STILL NOT REGISTERED! So can we anticipate that, in twelve months time, we will have hundreds of foals... ... more
  • HRA, can't you get anything right?
OK, we understand that the studs have to REGISTER each and every stallion 'standing' in Australia in the 2022/23 season, online, (https://www.harness.org.au/owners-breeders/landing-page-register-your-stallion/) this being part of your new, revenue-raising 'Stallion Registration Fee' regime.
But why on earth isn't this... An Utter Shambles 19th October 2022 HRA, can't you get anything right? OK, we understand that the studs have to REGISTER each and every stallion 'standing' in Australia in the 2022/23 season, online, (https://www.harness.org.au/owners-breeders/landing-page-register-your-stallion/) this being part of your new, revenue-raising 'Stallion Registration Fee' regime. But why on earth isn't this... ... more
  • In October 2021, Harness Racing Australia released a puff-piece entitled The Selling The Lies ... 6th October 2022 In October 2021, Harness Racing Australia released a puff-piece entitled The "Advance Australia" Concept Paper, which was, in effect, a precursor to their announcement of The 'TAB Eureka' Slot Race - and their plan to tax local breeders in order to underwrite this race, and their unfettered desire to spruik 'the world's richest harness race'. It is worth re... ... more
  • For months now, The Breeders Voice Inc. - together with a high-profile delegation of breeders and stud owners - has been seeking a meeting with the Board of Harness Racing NSW in order to better understand their blind support of HRA's Stallion Levy / Stallion Registration Fee (as a means of underwriting The Eureka! Slot Race), and hopefully have them rescin... Meeting Request DENIED ! 20th August 2022 For months now, The Breeders Voice Inc. - together with a high-profile delegation of breeders and stud owners - has been seeking a meeting with the Board of Harness Racing NSW in order to better understand their blind support of HRA's Stallion Levy / Stallion Registration Fee (as a means of underwriting The Eureka! Slot Race), and hopefully have them rescin... ... more
  • Earlier this month (August 3rd to be precise) The Breeders Voice Inc. wrote to HRA Chair Mr. Graeme Campbell requesting answers to four very simple questions that we had concerning the HRA Executives' vote in favour of a Stallion Levy (new Stallion Registration Fees). You can read this letter via our website ... A RESPONSE, BUT NO ANSWERS ... naturally! 11th August 2022 Earlier this month (August 3rd to be precise) The Breeders Voice Inc. wrote to HRA Chair Mr. Graeme Campbell requesting answers to four very simple questions that we had concerning the HRA Executives' vote in favour of a Stallion Levy (new Stallion Registration Fees). You can read this letter via our website ... ... more
  • 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