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We need something like this to get people interested in Breeding.

Breeding needs young people to get involved.


Now, before you all go, say that some studs have stallion parades.

Yes, I’ve seen some studs hosting stallion parades. But how many are actively engaging and showcasing their stallions to secure bookings? This is not just a marketing strategy, but a way to highlight the unique contributions of each stallion and the breeders and trainers behind them. It’s time for us to step up and actively participate in the industry we love.

The world is rapidly evolving. Breeders, our pillars, are aging, reducing their involvement, and even leaving us. The need for young blood in all three crucial areas-ownership, training, and breeding-has never been more pressing.

Imagine the possibilities if we could showcase the multifaceted aspects of breeding, such as collection, to these syndicate groups. By inviting them to bring their clients to an open day, we could ignite a spark of interest in the younger generation, potentially revitalising our industry.

Other avenue’s in harness racing, which is ripe with opportunities for young breeders. However, it’s crucial that we catch up in terms of education and breeding opportunities.

Our thoroughbred cousins do this well with scholarships and programs that allow young people to enter the breeding industry, like Fast Start. By providing similar resources in harness racing, we can empower and inform the next generation of breeders.

Harness Racing Australia collects levies on shuttle stallions and frozen seamen that they put towards one race, which has caused studmasters and breeders alike to complain. However, I’m sure the noise would settle down if this money was used to promote breeding scholarships.

Government funding would also be available to promote such programs.

With breeders, we have foals, racing stock, and turnover. It’s that simple.

Without them, we have none.

Nutrien is about to launch its Winter Wollies online sale, with over 100 lots. I’m sure there will be some lovely broodmares in that sale, even some already in foal. That’s an excellent place to start if you want to get involved.

John Coffey new HBV President.

John Coffey to head HBV

Newly elected Harness Breeders Victoria chairman John Coffey, one of the most respected figures in harness racing in this country, has viewed his concerns regarding issues confronting the breeding industry.

“I refer firstly to the 11 per cent drop in the number of mares bred in Australia by chilled or frozen semen last season compared to the year before,” Coffey said. “Victoria and NSW, where an estimated two-thirds of the broodmare herd is based, have borne the brunt of the reduction.”

The number of services in the country in the closing season was 4284, which represents a drop of 530 from the previous year.

“Secondly, the yearling sales for the last two years have been hard work with poor clearance rates, particularly this year,” he said. “Sure, there have been a few high-priced yearlings, but the middle market for yearlings has gone out the back door. Consequently, the majority of breeders who are consigning yearlings to the sales are losing money.”

Coffey said the National Ratings System was “discouraging people from buying yearlings to race as two and three-year-olds”, instead believing “the incentive with the system is to race older horses”.

Coffey said he thought it was the owner-breeders who were being impacted more than the commercial breeders.

“It is not impacting the breeders at the top end,” he said. “We need to find what issues are hindering people from breeding.”

Coffey called on the industry’s leaders to act with urgency.

“The board of Harness Breeders Victoria is committed to looking after the interests of the small breeders.”

Joining John Coffey as new committee members Harness Breeders Victoria Pat Driscoll, Lorraine Barnes and Dr Hugh Cathels. They join Clyde Little (secretary), Maurice Hanrahan (treasurer), Ian Stanley, Jess Tubbs and Sally McPherson

Story by Peter Wharton

John Coffey with WASBA President Jeanine Diederich

David Rawlings inducted into the Hall of Fame.

David Rawlings, a true legend of the sport, was rightfully inducted into the prestigious Tasmanian Harness Racings Hall of Fame at the Tasmanian Harness Awards ceremony held in Hobart on April 12.

Rawlings’ journey in the sport has been nothing short of remarkable. From being an owner, breeder, trainer, driver, to an administrator, his passion and dedication have been unwavering since the early 1970s.

He then purchased a mare named Liza Storm, who won her first three starts for Rawlings before injury forced her to retire to stud.

Her first foal a colt by King Kellanie raced as Thorate who won 70 races, including the 1990 Inter-dominion, under the care of leading New South Wales trainer Brian Hancock

Rawlings’ mare, Liza Storm, stands as a testament to his breeding prowess. Her offspring, Stormrate and Adorate, were not just prolific winners but also a source of pride for the Australian harness racing community.

She was awarded the Australian Broodmare of The Year by the AHRC three times: 1988 (tie with Sally Alla), 1989, and 1990.

Rawlings was a trainer-driver from 1975 to 2000. When he was elected to the Harness Racing Tasmania (HRT) Board in 2001, he was required to hand in his licenses. He remained on the HRT Board until it was disbanded in 2009 when Tasracing became the new governing body.

His stint on the North West Tasmania Light Harness Association committee was for almost 20 years and he was a committee member of the Tasmanian Standardbred Breeders Association for the short time that it existed.

Rawlings’ involvement with the Burnie Harness Racing Club (BHRC) started in 1976. Through hard work and dedication, Rawlings and his family have seen a small country club grow into one of the progressive country clubs not only in Tasmania but nationally, an accolade it holds today.


David Rawlings
Thorate Winning the Newcastle Cup

Peter Wharton looks at the Breeding of the Nullarbor runners.

Peter Wharton looks the breeding of all the Nullarbor Runners.


Slot held by Regency Food.

Bred in Victoria by Benstud Standardbreds and Peter and Zilla O’Shea, Catch A Wave is a five-year-old gelding by super sire Captaintreacherous.

He’s the third foal of the Christian Cullen mare Copagoodone, the dam also of the Listed winner Yambukian and Bettor Copagoodone, both $100,000 earners.

Purchased  for $82,000 at the APG Melbourne sale in 2020, Catch A Wave has banked a whopping $1.3million, including six Group 1 wins


Slot held by Aaron Bain Racing & Summit Bloodstock

Bred in New Zealand by Trevor Casey, Spirit Of St Louis is a seven-year-old gelding by Sweet Lou and one of the first crops of that shuttle stallion out of the 1:56 Art Major mare Spirit Of Art.

Spirit Of St Louis is the second foal of his dam who left other winners in the WA Oaks winner: Dracarys, El Chema, and Azor Ahai. Spirit Of St Louis has won nine Group races, including two Group 1 and $1.4million in stakes


Slot held by Ladbrokes

Bred in WA by Steve Johnson, Never Ending is a four-year-old gelding by Sweet Lou from the Die Laughing mare Endless Journey.

He’s the seventh foal and fifth winner of his dam, who left others in the Pearl winner Isaiah Artois and the $100,000 earners Mandy Joan and Dibaba.

Never Ending was a $75,000 buy at the APG Perth sale in 2021. He has won 14 of his 17 starts and earned $528,065.




Slot held by Team Bond

Bred in New Zealand, Minstrel is a seven-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover from the Mach Three mare Ovaride, the dam of four winners – all inside 2 minutes. He is the third foal of his dam.

Minstrel has won 24 races, including the Golden Nugget and Fremantle Cup, and has banked almost $836,000.


Slot held by Gary Hall Snr. & Steve Waters NZ

Bred in New Zealand by the Miracle Lodge Syndicate, Jumpingjackmac is a six-year-old Mach Three gelding from the New Zealand Southland Oaks winner Jumpforjoy, the dam of five sub 2-minute winners from five foals of racing age.  Jumpingjackmac is her third foal.

The Gelding trained by Gary Hall senior has won 18 races to date and just over $737,000, including the Christmas Gift, the Brennan Cup, and just recently, the Bunbury Pacing Cup.


Slot held by Jeavons Racing   

Bred by prominent Perth breeder Trevor Lindsay, Swingband is a five-year-old gelding by Alta Christiano from the dual Listed Bettor’s Delight winning mare Bettor’s Gem, and this is her first foal.

Swingband was a $70,000 purchase at the APG Perth sale in 2020; Swingband has recorded 13 successes, including four in Group company and nine placings from 31 starts for $245,179 in stakes.


Slot Held by JP Pacing.

Another of the Trevor Lindsay breeds, Mighty Ronaldo, is a six-year-old Alta Christiano gelding from the fast Bettor’s Delight mare Millwood’s Delight and is her third foal and second winner. Bought for a modest $22,000 at the APG Perth sale in 2019, Mighty Ronaldo has banked $730,948 from 13 wins, including the Fremantle Cup, WA Derby, and Golden Slipper.


Slot Held by TABtouch

Bred by champion Kiwi breeder Ken Breckon, Hot And Treacherous is a six-year-old gelding by Captaintreacherous and one of the first crop of the champion American sire. He’s the second foal of the Bettor’s Delight mare Hothooves, the dam of the former smart NZ juvenile Major Hot and the Perth winner Hotfoot It, both $100,000 earners. Hot And Treacherous has won 17 races, including four Group/Listed events in NZ and $414,295.


Slot Held by RAM Racing Syndicate

Bred by leading Perth breeders Kevin and Annette Charles, Lavra Joe is a six-year-old Roll With Joe gelding out of the 1:57 Live Or Die mare Lavra Florence and is her first foal. Passed in at the APG Perth sale in 2019 after failing to make his reserve of $25,000, Lavra Joe has won 33 races and $644,883, including 11 Group races as a two, three, and four-year-old.


Slot Held by Swandoo Harness Racing

New Zealand bred by champion sire Bettors Delight out of a Falcon Steelster mare Falcons Flybye who has already produced Alotbettor $658,852,He can Fly $377,768.

Blitzembye has won 17 races for $228,448 and a best mile rate of 1.54.9


Progeny of broodmares, Anna Finn and Steam Washed, continue to shine.

More winners for esteemed broodmares.

South Australia’s esteemed broodmares, Anna Finn and Steam Washed, continue to shine at Globe Derby when two their progeny saluted.

Yesterday, Anna Finn’s sixth winner from seven foals, the promising two-year-old Art Regal (Art Major), triumphed in the Kindergarten heat, a testament to her breeding prowess.

Anna Finn’s other winners are recent winner Dancing Finn, who scored her 24th victory at Victor Harbor on Easter Sunday Regal Lager (24 wins), Mo Chara (6 wins), Regal Scribe (17 wins), Alana Miki (2 wins) and Ata Rangi has had one start for a second placing at Cranbourne earlier this month.

Anna Finn the 2022 South Australian Broodmare of the Year was purchased by Lance Holberton and Rob Carnow from her original owner New Zealander Keith Stanley.

While on the same program, All Steamed Up (Always Be Miki) scored another win for his dam, Group 1 Steamed Washed. She has become a blue hen of the Studbook for her owners, Bob and Zita Moloney, and has a 100 percent record as a broodmare.

Steam Cleaned is the dam of Steam Cleaned, which has 24 wins to date, Better Steam Ahead (5 wins), Miki Steamed Home (2 wins), all of which have broken the two-minute barrier, and Bizzie Lizzie, a two-year-old who won the first round of heats of the Kindergarten.

The Moloneys sold a Captain Crunch colt out of Steamed Washed at the South Australian yearling Sale. Steamed Washed has a weanling filly by Art Major.

2YO ART REGAL becomes the latest winner for his dam Anna Finn.
Always Steamed Up goes for home to score another win.

Edger Tatlow Medal to Karen Dornauf.

Karen Dornauf wins the Edgar Tatlow Medal.

By Gary Newton

The Edgar Tatlow Medal recognises an individual who has contributed to the Tasmanian Harness Racing Industry. The contribution may have been in training, driving, ownership, administration, breeding, or other harness-related activity.

This year’s medal was awarded to Karen Dornauf, who also took out the BOTRA Volunteer of the Year award, both announced at the Tasmanian Horse of the Year and Hall Of Fame dinner in Hobart on Friday, 12th April.

Karen Dornauf, the recipient of this year’s Edgar Tatlow Medal, hails from a rich harness-racing lineage. She is the granddaughter of the late Harry Hazelwood, a renowned figure in the industry who trained the illustrious Golden Alley, a horse that triumphed in every major race in Tasmania and even clinched the Hunter Cup in Victoria.

Even in her teenage years, Karen Dornauf’s talent and dedication were evident. She proudly represented Tasmania, participating twice in the prestigious Invitational Female Driver races.

As an owner and breeder, her best horse was the superstar mare Jane Ellen.

After joining the Carrick Park Pacing Club committee in 2009, she has made a significant contribution to the success and growth of the northern club.

Karen has overseen the establishment of the Tasmanian Harness Racing Museum based on the track at Carrick. The museum has become a must-visit for any harness racing enthusiast.

She also resurrected the Tasmanian Mini Trots, which had been lost to the industry for some 20 years.

Dornauf joins the long list of Edger Tatlow Medal winners since its inception in 2001. Doug Martin won the award.


Karen Dornauf holds a trophy at the Tasmanian Harness Racing Museum. Photo Courtesy of The Examiner