A USA Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year, a millionaire racehorse and sire and a son of a leading percentage sire are three bargain-priced stallions available to breeders in the Goulburn Valley for the first time this season.
Stunning stud: Leading sire Major In Art is now standing in Shepparton at the GV Equine Centre.
They are American imports Major In Art and Allamerican Ingot and the colonial-bred newcomer Bull Mattgregor and they are all standing at Goulburn Valley Equine Centre at Congupna.
The stud fee for Major In Art and Allamerican Ingot is $1100 including GST, while rookie sire Bull Mattgregor will stand for $550, representing huge value for broodmare owners.
Major In Art, who earned $896 060 and took a two-year-old record of 1:50.8, has been successful at stud in Australia, New Zealand and North America.
His oldest stock in Australia are eight-year-old and include country cups king Im The Boss ($223 533), winner of the Kilmore, Shepparton, Mildura and Cobram cups and the Kyabram-trained South Australian Derby winner Brallos Pass ($264 387), Lagoon Stride ($146 578), Major Sam ($137 781), Stroke Of Luck ($131 323), Goodtime Stride ($106 303), Lucky Lombo (100 455), The Culture (1:51.6) and the SA Golden Nursery winners The Big Show and Major Cruiser.
Allamerican Ingot, who raced only as a two and three-year-old earned $1 238 935 from nine wins including the $700 000 Woodrow Wilson in race record time and the $260 000 Messenger Stake, two of America’s time-honoured classics.
Based in Western Australia for most of his stud life, Allamerican Ingot can boast a 53 per cent starters-to-foals ratio and 57 per cent winners-to-starters from restricted stud chances.
Could it get even better during the next two weeks for David Aiken’s Avenel stables and Swedish reinswoman Kima Frenning?
Aiken’s stable stars Im The Boss and Wrappers Delight, fresh from wins last week, are eyeing off even bigger spoils during the next two Saturday nights.
Wrapper Delight contests the $50 000 Smoken Up Sprint at Melton tomorrow night and looks to be in the feature up to his ears after drawing barrier two.
The following week Im The Boss will line up in the $200 000 Victoria Cup.
In another daring drive Frenning took Im The Boss to the front early over the testing 2690 m journey in the Kilmore Cup last week and the seven-year-old was more than up to the challenge, comfortably fending off a talented field of rivals in the $70 000 time-honoured event.
Im The Boss was having his first run since June, but had encouraging trial form going into the race and Frenning was confident of a good showing.
Im The Boss has been a revelation since being claimed this time last year for $11 000 by the Stokie Racing Group.
In 23 starts under Aiken’s guidance he has chalked up seven wins, nine seconds and three thirds and more than $160 000 in stakemoney.
His wins have also included the Shepparton, Cobram, Warragul and Mildura cups.
Frenning also piloted Makes Every Scents to a win at the Kilmore Cup meeting and Aiken completed the training hat-trick when he piloted the talented trotting mare Aldebaran Crescent to victory in a heat of the Vicbred Platinum Mares Sprint Championship.
The Aiken-Frenning team struck again last Saturday night at Melton with Wrappers Delight.
First-up from his Breeders Crown triumph in late August Wrappers Delight breezed to the front at the start in the $10 000 C7 or better class race and with a 55.2 last half was able to hold off Love Ina Chevy to record his fourth win — there have also been three seconds — in seven starts for Aiken.
Aiken also produced the Gavin Lang-driven three-year-old Divine Diva to win at the meeting to complete a huge three days which produced five winners for the stable.
It went to script for Shepparton trainer Russell Jack in the $30 000 Canola Cup at Eugowra on Monday.
As expected the Jack-trained and David Moran-driven Three Summas was able to utilise his barrier two draw over the 2100 m trip on the tight circuit and led throughout to claim the Group Three feature.
The Amanda Turnbull-trained and driven Now Eye See ran a brave second, beaten 1.7 m, while Wendy Turnbull produced the third placegetter Walk On Kimmy, albeit a further 24 m astern.
Jack said it was close to a 12-hour haul from Shepparton to Eugowra and back and it was satisfying to get the result he had hoped for.
He has given Three Summas a few days off this week, but has no plans in concrete for any future targets for the pacer.
There wasn’t a more deserving winner at the Kilmore Cup meeting than the Shepparton-trained Winkanditsover. The seven-year-old son of Passmaster Hanover had finished second in his previous three runs and went one better at Kilmore, claiming his first metropolitan class race in style.
Trained by Steve Duffy and driven by Chris Alford Winkanditsover accounted for the heavily-supported favourite Diamonds N Cash and Cruz in what turned out to be a battle between the top three fancies in the 2180 m event.
Alford had to use up plenty of petrol early on Winkanditsover to take up the front running, but he was up to the challenge at the business end of the race.
Winkanditsover is owned and raced by Kyabram sporting identities Peter Hall, Rob Whitford and John Lilford who also bred the pacer who has been a good moneyspinner, winning nine of his 35 starts with 17 placings for more than $61 000.
Winkanditsover tackles a M1 Only class race at Melton tomorrow night.
Abbey Turnbull reined home her sixth winner when Causenfriction won at Kilmore last week.
And at odds of 30/1 it was the longest priced winner Turnbull has experienced while in the sulky.
A five-year-old Mach Three mare trained by Turnbull’s father Craig at Tatura, Causenfriction was given the run of the race from barrier one.
In her third drive on Causenfriction Turnbull tracked the pacemaker Goodtime Junior and then sprinted to victory over that pacer along the sprint lane.
Causenfriction had finished closeup in her previous three runs since winning at Shepparton on August 14 and her latest win takes her tally to three from 27 starts.
A 10 out of 10 drive from Bec Bartley resulted in talented pacer Herehecomes completing back-toback wins and achieving a prizemoney milestone at Shepparton last Friday night.
The Steve O’Donoghue-trained six-year-old son of Art Major had scored at Echuca on his return to racing in August after a five-month break and was most impressive in producing his latest win courtesy of the perfect Bartley drive.
From a tricky back row draw Bartley always had Herehecomes in a winning position, pushing him early into a one-one sit before launching to an effortless win coming off the back straight.
It was Herehecomes’ 10th win and took his prizemoney to more than $100 000.
The O’Donoghue-Bartley team went within a whisker of a double at the meeting when She Keeps Coming was pipped by a short half head by Dansbro in a C2-C3 class race.
Seven-year-old Gotta Go Collect gelding Bring The Action hasn’t won out of turn in his 47 starts, but it was his turn again last week at Shepparton.
Although getting the wobbles up near the finishing line he was able to hold off the outsider Illawong Red and favourite Popcorn Sutton to hoist his fourth win.
Trained and driven by Tatura horseman Tony Barresi, Bring The Action posted a more than respectable PB 2:02.7 mile rate over the 2190 m trip and broke a run of 25 starts away from the winner’s circle.
Rochester-trained pacer Dunrobbin has wasted no time in getting onto the winners’ list.
Having only his third start the Mark Thompson-prepared and Todd Matthews-driven four-year-old recorded one of the easiest and most impressive wins of the night at Shepparton last week, claiming the honours in a C0 Only over the 2190 m trip .
It was a notable training feat by Thompson who was producing the pacer off a six months spell.
Matthews eased the pacer to near the rear of the field, but when he released the brakes in the back Dunrobbin pulled out some slick sectionals to mow down his rivals in what would have to be interpreted as a sign of bigger and better things to come.
Dunrobbin is by the Western Hanover sire We Will See You out of the Live Or Die mare Rayannes Phoenix who has had two foals.
Matthews had a good night, completing a driving double on a pacer he trains — Rebeccas Copy — who ran down the long odds-on favourite Mac The Knife in a C1 class event.
Although unplaced in his five starts, Barmah-trained Apache Wind duly justified why he had his share of admirers in a C1 Only class race at Shepparton last week.
The Mal Whiteford-trained and driven four-year-old son of Four Starzzz Shark was sent out an equal $4 second favourite and delivered in style, accounting for the $3.10 favourite Reincarnate and Blue Chip Madam.
Whiteford weaved Apache Wind from three back on the pegs to storm over his rivals near the finishing line.
Apache Wind is out of the Albert Albert mare, Kamwood Elsie, who has been a shy breeder and has produced only one other foal, Kamwood Johnny, who is also a winner.
One of the toughest wins of the night at Shepparton last week was produced by the Laura Crossland-trained and driven Elianna Franco.
Settling at the tail of the field, Elianna Franco was sent three wide for the final lap, but was more than up to the challenge and after surging to the front in the home stretch doggedly fended off all rivals to notch her third win.
A four-year-old Mach Three mare, Elianna Franco has now had the nine starts for Crossland for two wins and three minor placings.
Leading up to her latest win Elianna Franco had been placed twice at Shepparton and that was good enough for punters to send her out a $2 favourite.
Merrigum trainer Brad Aylett is thoroughly enjoying his weekly trips to Wagga with his pacer Four Shotzzz.
In his last three trips to the Riverina Four Shotzzz has done the right thing by his trainer with his latest win coming at last Friday night’s meeting.
Driven by leading Riverina reinsman Blake Jones, Four Shotzzz had to win tough, racing three deep the last lap, but was still too good for his rivals.
Before his latest win on the Wagga circuit Four Shotzzz had been successful at his previous two trips there. Before that he had won at Leeton.
And he will try to improve that record when he goes around again at Wagga tonight.