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It’s this time of year that we are all having fun and are filled with anticipation in trying to work out what stallions will be available for the up and coming breeding season in both AUS & NZ. At the same time, these discussions must drive the studs nuts, especially this site. So, if I have got any of the below wrong, l do apologise in advance – however, I’m confident we are on the money.

1.       Back on the 16th March we ran the story about the race for Always B Miki between Alabar and Pepper Tree Farms ( http://www.harnessbred.com/always-b-miki-to-stand-in-ausnz/ ). What we can confirm from a very sound and reliable source is that Pepper Tree Farms are no longer a chance of securing the rights to this very fast horse. In the upcoming weeks, Alabar will be announcing this signing, in what l see as a good move, his semen will be available fresh/chilled. Unfortunately, this trend of standing stallions in NZ in my opinion really does restrict the ability of mares owners in Australia to trade, buy and sell pregnant mares. This is a major issue that never gets mentioned outside of this network. No longer can this be over looked and Victoria needs to pull its socks up in this area. NSW and WA have a far more effective system on dealing with these matters. Please note, this restriction is for all stallions standing in NZ  or any frozen Stallion in Australia apart from those who base their semen in NSW. This is just another policy that puts the mare owner last and it has got to stop.

2.       In what l would call another blow to the breeding industry, Lincoln Farms will not be standing a stallion this year. They have been a delight to deal with for many people and they will be missed greatly. None more so than harnessbred.com. This NZ base organisation was developed by John and Lynne Street along with long-time friends Erin and the late Graham Blackburn. Danny Boyle has be the driving force on the sales front for some years and we wish him and all the connections of Lincoln Farms the very best into the future. Sir Lincoln or Lincoln Royal to sum will become part of the Alabar Line up in 2017/18 again he will be base in NZ.

3.       Again, poor old Alabar are front and centre on our 3rd stallion whose name is getting thrown around; Racing Hill. This son of Roll With Joe has won $1,727,692 on the track & is reported to be heading our way. At 15.3 hands and with a very solid 3yo career on the track with victories in the Hempt, the Adios elimination and final, the Messenger, the Tattersalls and the Breeders Crown Championship, he will attract interest from breeders in both AUS and NZ.

Racing Hill currently is standing at Hickory Lane Stud in NA at fee of $6,000 and, while l can’t tell if his book was full this year, l will be watching very closely to see if he lands in AUS or NZ (my money is on NZ at this stage).

Now, for those of you who know me well, it will come as no surprise that American Ideal should get a mention here. He is not only the broodmare sire of Racing Hill, but also the sire of 2 outstanding son’s in, Heston Blue Chip $1779,773 and Hes Watching $1,129,215 both at stud down here – this is a very special achievement. If you can’t understand how hard this is, please see below the leading broodmare credits for our leading stallions:

We do have more developing stories around what’s likely to happen with other stallions this year (one high profile stallion that may stay back in NA ) however more on that a little later.


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