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HRNSW Announces Amendment to Breed NSW Payment Structure.

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) is thrilled to announce a significant amendment to the Breed NSW payment structure, a collaborative effort undertaken in partnership with Harness Breeders NSW. 

This adjustment is poised to enhance liquidity within the market, providing breeders with the means to reinvest capital into the breeding industry during the current and upcoming season(s).

In alignment with HRNSW’s soon-to-be-announced Strategic Plan, this change reflects the organisation’s dedication to fostering a robust breeding ecosystem in the state. By streamlining the payment process, this modification allows breeders to claim the Breed NSW Live Foal Payment before the microchipping process, making it more efficient and accessible for all parties involved.

Maintaining the highest standards of integrity remains a top priority for HRNSW. To ensure that integrity measures are upheld, a comprehensive verification and notification system has been put in place, safeguarding the integrity of our breeding programs.

Peter Buckman, CEO of HRNSW, expressed his gratitude to the Harness Breeders NSW Association for their collaboration in making this transformative change possible. Together, they are committed to strengthening the breeding industry in the region and providing breeders, owners, and stakeholders with enhanced opportunities for success.

This amendment signifies HRNSW’s commitment to proactive initiatives aimed at fostering growth and resilience within the industry. It is a crucial step in the journey towards achieving the goals outlined in the forthcoming Strategic Plan.

HRNSW invites all stakeholders, breeders, and industry enthusiasts to embrace this positive change, which galvanises a bright future for the breeding industry in NSW. The Updated Breed NSW Terms and Conditions can be accessed here.






Night one of ID23 warp-up.

Night one of ID23 wrap -up.

It was first blood to Queensland in heat one of ID23 Pacers division when to local Future Assured (Always B Miki) who worked to the top and controlled the race from that point in a mile rate of a slick mile rate of 1:51.9. 

Victoria claimed heat two via Better Eclipse (Betterthancheddar) the 2022 Chariots of Fire winner was driven with confidence by Greg Sugars who elected to go forward at the bell to sit outside the leader Captain Shuffles, Sugars controlled the race from that point. 

Local star Leap To Fame (Bettor’s Delight) confirmed his favouritism for the final with a easy win in Heat Three in a mile race of 1:51.0. 

After Leap To Fame’s victory all eyes was on his half-brother Swayzee (Rock N Roll Heaven) to see if he could match the deeds of half sibling and after Cameron Hart sent the five-year-old to the front a lap out the race was all but over in a mile rate of 1:52.5. 

In the Trotters heats Ollivici (Orlando Vici) sat behind leader and favourite Mufasa Metro driver Chris Lang came away from the leaders back at the top of the straight to win by

Heat two saw the upset of the night when Plymouth Chubb (Majestic Son) overhaul 1.10 chance Queen Elida in the home straight to win. Plymouth Chubb won by four meters.

Defending champion Just Believe (Orlando Vici) effortless win in the Heat Three confirmed his place at the head of the market for the final on the December 16, 

The second round of heats is Tuesday night December 5.

Just Believe

ID23 starts tonight- Paleface won 8 heats but never a final.

The Temora Tornado-Paleface Adios dominated Inters heats.

By David Aldred

Paleface Adios never won Australasia’s biggest pacing championship series, the Inter Dominion, but he did win 8 heats of the event including three at the age of 7 years at Albion Park in 1977.

Tassie-bred NZér, Stanley Rio, and company had his measure in the Grand Final that year but there was no doubt that Colin and Shirley Pike’s “Temora Tornado” was the series `biggest drawcard.

At Albion Park, which was then a slightly banked right-handed track and the downfall of many a good southern horse, the Brisbane track held no fears for Paleface Adios. He won twenty-two races there and his 1.57.6 mile at the circuit made him the fastest to race in Queensland at the time. In typical Aussie lingo, the champion’s name was often shortened to Paleface – and when he was spoken of everyone knew exactly who you were talking about. There was no Maroons Vs Blues when it came to Paleface, locals accepted the southerner with the idolatry no better illustrated than at the ’77 ID Grand Final. Winning all the qualifiers, fans flocked trackside for his arrival. Paleface was led onto the track by a chestnut Shetland pony, big white splash blaze and all, pulling a mini gig with the driver wearing Pike’s famous white, pink diamond & blue sleeves silks.

Paleface and his pal received a bigger applause than the Governor who arrived at the same time. Stipe, Jack Gregg was generous in his 15m handicaps for Paleface Adios, Don’t Retreat, Pure Steel & Royal Force, but everyone knew that Steelo (Pure Steel) was not suited around “The Creek” and the speed turned on by the front markers Sporting Son and the ultimate winner Stanley Rio gave them no chance in the Final anyway.

Three years later Paleface, now ten was applauded by all horse fans when he won his 100th race, the Cranbourne Cup in Victoria. Paleface’s century was achieved on tracks from Perth to Brisbane and he became the first pacer in Australia to top prize levels of $250k, $300k, $350k, and $400k, at one time holding the world record for 1000m set at a Hawkesbury time trial. Racing from 1972– 81 from the age of two to eleven, Paleface Adios (Deep Adios–Rayjen) won 108 races and more than $500,000.

He was a ‘Nellie Melba’ of trotting as he retired to stud several times only to be brought back to compete again at the top level. He raced champions, going head-to-head with Hondo Grattan, Pure Steel & Robalan and ran in the Miracle Mile 7 times, winning the biggest sprint invitation race in 1976.

His Gr1s were plentiful and included his Miracle Mile at Harold Park, two Sir Clive Uhr Championships (Albion Park) & Winfield Cup in Melbourne where in 1977 he defeated Pure Steel & Rip Van Winkle. Paleface Adios also won Cups at Harold Park including the Lord Mayor’s Cup twice.

He was twice runner-up in the AG Hunter Cup behind Royal Gaze & Pure Steel. Songs were written about him, and he has a life-size monument of his image erected in Pike’s hometown Temora. The champion died at his Temora home, on 11 December 1989. 

Story appeared in David Aldred’s linkein page.

Paleface Adios - Colin Pike.

Powderkeg holds the hopes of the South Aussie’s.

Powderkeg to shine for SA at ID23.

The ID23 Trotter division has drawn two big guns in Just Believe and Queen Elida, well according to the pre-post markets for the finals. The series brings together 23 of the best square gaiters from Queensland, Victoria, and New South Wales, with one sole entrant for South Australia in Powderkeg.

Bred by South Australian leading owner and breeder Geoff Easom, Powderkeg has won 13 races leading into the Inter-dominion heats including The Vicbred Super Series as a two-year-old The Southern Cross Final at three, The Breeders Crown as a four-year-old and this year the time honoured Gamel Pacing Cup in his home state.

By champion stallion Muscle Hill out of Sparks Ignite a C R Commando mare, Sparks Ignite has had 5 live foals 4 are multiple winners.

Sparks Ignite grand dam is Māori Trump is the dam of Noopy Kiosk ($320,999) and Tennotrump ($179,972).

Could, Powderkeg become the first South Australian bred trotter to make an Inter-dominion Trotting Grand Final since Viva La Fever who finished fourth to Uncle Petrika in the 2007 series held at Globe Derby.

Race 4: Tabcorp Park, Friday 5-7-2019 Aldebaran Park Vicbred Super Series (2YO Trotting Colts & Geldings) Final (Group 1) Winner: Powderkeg (1) Trainer: Lisa Miles; Driver: Lisa Miles Race Distance: 2,240 metres, Mile Rate: 2.01.4. Photography: Stuart McCormick

Bettors is Breeders Crown King.

Bettor's Delight is No. 1 Breeders Crown sire

By Peter Wharton

The Woodlands Stud flagship stallion Bettor’s Delight maintained his position at the top of the Breeders Crown sires’ premiership following the successes of champion three-year-old filly Major Delight and top four-year-old mare Fiamma in their respective Finals.

Bettor’s Delight has left 17 Breeders Crown champions, six more than his nearest rivals Art Major, Mach Three and Somebeachsomewhere on 11. Captaintreacherous vaulted to equal fifth with Christian Cullen on seven winners after the three-year-old colt Perfect Class and the four-year-old Catch A Wave emerged successful in their divisions.

Bettor’s Delight continues to lead the two and three-year-old fillies and four-year-old entires and geldings’ lists and is the joint leader with Art Major, Mach Three and Somebeachsomewhere on the three-year-old males’ table.

Mach Three is the leading sire of two-year-old colts and geldings, while Christian Cullen, Rock N Roll Heaven and Somebeachsomewhere share the honours in the four-year-old mares’ division.

On the trotting side, the Alabar Bloodstock colossus Majestic Son sits atop the Breeders Crown sire list with 12 winners, followed by Muscles Yankee (9) and Sundon (8).

Majestic Son continues to head the three-year-old colts and geldings’ section and is the joint leader on the two-year-old colts and geldings and four-year-old lists.

The American import Volstead sired the winners of both $100,000 Breeders Crown two-year-old Finals in Val Thorens and Nordic Reign and looks certain to make an impact on the Victorian square-gaiting scene in the future.

Young drivers to showcase skills in Queensland.

Australasian Young Drivers Series during Inters Final week.

The Australasian Young Drivers Championship showcasing the best young talent of drivers from Australia and across the ditch will compete in a 10 race series during the Inter-dominion Final week.

The series for drivers under twenty-five of age will be held at both Albion Park and Redcliffe commencing on Tuesday December 12 before the final heat on Saturday December 16.

This year’s lineup is Zev Meredith (New Zealand), Crystal Hackett (North Island-New Zealand), Sarah O’Reilly (South Island-New Zealand), Mitch Ford (Tasmania), Emily Suvaljko (Western Australia), Corey Johnson (South Australia), James Herbertson (Victoria), Angus Garrard and Leonard Cain (Queensland) and Josh Gallagher (New South Wales).

Kiwi’s O’Reilly, Hackett and West Aussie Suvaljiko all completed in last years series in Melbourne, O’Reilly took out the title in 2019, the series was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to Covid.

Drivers will accumulate points over a 10-race series, with the driver finishing the series with the most points declared the winner.

The series will be sponsored by local Queensland business 1EQUINE.



Leonard Cain (left) & Angus Garrard (right) show of their colours featuring sponsor 1Equine.