With colonial bred stallions now starting to make an impact on the racing scene in no uncertain manner, King Of Swing, who is standing at Cobbitty Equine Farm in NSW, and Colt Thirty One (Egmont Park Stud, Queensland) head up an impressive lineup of ‘new’ stallions for the 2022/23 stud season.
Both were in the top bracket as racehorses, are members of America’s most successful sirelines and belong to the best maternal families in the New Zealand stud book.
They will be joined by the USA Breeders Crown champions Dancin Lou and Century Farroh and the world champion three-year-old Cattlewash as newcomers to the ‘down under’ breeding scene. Dancing Lou and Cattlewash are part of the Trump Bloodstock roster in Queensland, while Century Farroh joins the select sire list at Llowalong Farms in northern Victoria.
The American-bred trotter On A Streak, also a Breeders Crown winner, has been purchased by Haras Des Trotteurs in Victoria and will stand alongside King Of Swing, McWicked, Capt Midnight, Bling It On and co at Cobbitty Equine.
Another newcomer to the Trump Bloodstock team is the fast Muscle Hill import Muscle M Up (1:51.4).
Huntsville, the leading first crop two-year-old sire in both hemispheres, returns to Australia after a three-year hiatus and will join Luke and Belinda McCarthy’s establishment on the southern outskirts of Sydney.
Raging Bull, the sire of this year’s WA Pacing Cup winner Wildwest, will be standing in Victoria for the first time at Llowalong Farms after beginning his stud career on NZ’s South Island.
I have detailed below a summary of the ‘new’ stallions available in Australia via fresh or frozen semen.
KING OF SWING NZ
Sire: Rocknroll Hanover USA
Sireline: Western Hanover
Dam: Twist And Twirl NZ, by Artsplace
Family: Jessie Pepper
Best Mile Rate: 1:47.9
Bred by Breckon Farms, King Of Swing began his career as a two-year-old in NZ, winning six of his eight starts including the Breeders Crown at Melton. Sold to WA interests as an early three-year-old, he numbered the WA Derby among his five successes.
King Of Swing really came into his own as a five-year-old in the 2019/20 season. He won seven races including the A. G. Hunter Cup, Miracle Mile and Allied Express Sprint and $959,226.
The following season he won 11 of his 16 starts for $958,190 headed up by wins in the Miracle Mile, Blacks A Fake and Schweppes Sprint, while in his final season he banked $1,009,700 from eight wins and a placing in 10 starts. His wins included the Miracle Mile for a record third time, the A. G. Hunter Cup (for the second time) and three heats of the Inter Dominion.
In all, King Of Swing won 44 races with 18 placings from 82 starts for $3,390,546. He was twice Australian Horse of the Year, Grand Circuit Champion, Australian Pacer of the Year and NSW Horse of the Year.
The richest son of the great Rocknroll Hanover, King Of Swing was out of a top racemare in Twist And Twirl, the winner of seven races and $297,753 including the NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Championship and Great Northern Oaks.
At the stud Twist And Twirl has left four winners from five foals to date including the dual Oaks and seven-time Group 1 winner Bettor Twist and was acclaimed as the NZ Pacing Broodmare of the Year in 2021.
COLT THIRTY ONE
Sire: Mach Three Ca
Sireline: Direct Scooter
Dam: Charm Personified, by Perfect Art USA
Family: Lady Antrim
Best Mile Rate: 1:51.2
Colt Thirty One, who is still racing, has been Queensland’s premier pacer for a number of years. As a two-year-old he won seven of his 11 starts including the QBred Triad, while at three he totted up 12 successes including the Victoria Derby (beating Poster Boy), Redcliffe Derby, the QBred Triad and a heat of the NSW Derby.
As a four-year-old Colt Thirty One amassed $320,338 from 13 wins and three placings headed up by Group successes in the Blacks A Fake, Queensland Cup and the QBred Triad.
The 2019/20 season saw Colt Thirty One chalk a further 14 victories including the Queensland Cup, Popular Alm Free-for-all and the Swan Hill Cup.
Overall, Colt Thirty One recorded 49 wins – including 41 at Albion Park – and 34 placings from 112 starts for $1,060,194 in stakemoney. He was the winner of the Queensland Horse of the Year Award on a record three occasions.
Colt Thirty One is a Direct Scooter line horse – that which produced Somebeachsomewhere – from one of NZ’s premier families, and boasts three strong crosses of the blood of Albatross and two strains of Abercrombie.
Charm Personified, the dam of Colt Thirty One, is a member of the Lady Antrim tribe whose recent winners include Honolua Bay, rated one of the greatest pacers in Australia today, Spankem, Ohoka Punter, and so on.
Charm Personified, the dam of seven individual winners, was by Perfect Art (a brother to Art Major) from Charming Reminder, dam of six winners, by Vanston Hanover from Call Girl, dam of the Queensland Oaks winner Goldrush Girl.
Colt Thirty One is to stand stud at the property that he was foaled, Egmont Park, on Queensland’s Darling Downs, owned by Kevin and Kay Seymour.
DANCING LOU USA
Sire: Sweet Lou USA
Dam: Dancewiththebest, by Cambest
Family: Miss Duvall
Best Mile Rate: 1:47.4
A $140,000 yearling, Dancing Lou was one of the best three-year-olds of his year, winning 11 races including the $770,000 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park beating Captain Crunch and Bettor’s Wish, the $270,000 Tattersall’s Pace in 1:48.6 and a leg of the Kentucky Sires Championship.
Returning at four, he captured the $390,000 William Haughton Memorial in 1:47.4, a leg of the Graduate Series (third in final) and finished runner-up in the $540,000 Canadian Pacing Derby.
The fastest and richest son of Sweet Lou, Dancin Lou ranks as three-quarter brother to the world champion Dancin Yankee 1:47.4 ($2 million), being out of the Cambest mare Dancewiththebest (1:54.8), the dam of nine foals and eight winners including seven in 1:55 and five $100,000 earners.
The grand-dam Noble Marty (1:57.2) left 13 foals for 11 winners with nine in 1:55 and five $100,000 winners.
Dancin Lou has just completed his second season at the prestige Tara Hills Stud in Ontario.
Sire: Somebeachsomewhere USA
Sireline: Direct Scooter
Dam: Roadbet, by Bettor’s Delight USA
Family: Copeland Mare
Best Mile Rate: 1:46.8
A foal of 2017, Cattlewash competed in elite company throughout his three-year career, amassing $1,314,787 in only 43 starts.
As a two-year-old he won a $90,000 division of the Bluegrass Stake and several legs of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, finished second in the Matron and third in the Breeders Crown and Governor’s Cup.
Cattlewash equalled the world record for a three-year-old of 1:46.8 held by his own sire Somebeachsomewhere winning a division of the Bluegrass Stake at The Red Mile. His other notable performances at three included winning the $180,000 Matron in 1:48.6 and the $160,000 Monument Circle in 1:48.6 and finishing second in the Little Brown Jug and third in the Breeders Crown.
Returning at four, Cattlewash won the $250,000 Graduate Series in 1:47.2 and the $265,000 William Haughton Memorial in 1:47.6 and ran second (beaten a neck) in the Breeders Crown at The Meadowlands.
On the score of blood, Cattlewash lacks nothing. Apart from being by Somebeachsomewhere, and one of his last crop, he ranks as a half-brother to the 2021 USA 2YO Filly of the Year and Breeders Crown Niki Hill 1:50.4 ($904,557), being out of Road Bet (1:52), a sister to the winners of more than $3.6 million including Mypanmar (1:48.6).
CENTURY FARROH USA
Sire: Mach Three Ca
Sireline: Direct Scooter
Dam: Beachy Girl, by Real Desire USA
Family: Copeland Mare
Best Mile Rate: 1:49
A lightly raced winner at two, Century Farroh was the dominant three-year-old of his year in Canada, winning 12 of his 16 starts and $719,451 in stakes. Numbered among his successes were five Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Finals, Simcoe Stakes, Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and the North America Cup Consolation.
As a four-year-old, Century Farroh competed with real distinction against the top pacers on the Grand Circuit, earning $637,741. His major victories were the Dan Patch Invitational and the Breeders Crown, defeating $2 million earners Bettor’s Wish and This Is The Plan.
Century Farroh was named the Canadian 3YO Colt of the Year in 2019 and Canadian Horse of the Year in 2020.
Bred on a similar cross to the mighty Somebeachsomewhere, Century Farroh is a son of Mach Three and a member of one of North America’s leading maternal families. His dam, Beachy Girl (1:51), produced seven winners – all in 1:55 – and they amassed more than $2.4 million, while his grand-dam, Color Me Beachy (1:53.6) left nine winners including eight in 1:55.
Century Farroh arrived at Llowalong Farms in mid-August.
ON A STREAK USA
Sire: Cantab Hall
Sireline: Speedy Crown
Dam: Habit’s Best, by Muscles Yankee
Family: Lizzie Withespoon
Best Mile Rate: 1:52.8
A son of influential sire Cantab Hall, On A Streak burst onto the scene as a two-year-old in 2020, winning two of the most important classics on the North American trotting calendar, the $600,000 Breeders Crown in a stakes record 1:52.8 beating Hambletonian champion Captain Corey and the $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial.
On A Streak also recorded notable placings in the Valley Victory Trot, Mohawk Million and Champlain Stake.
He was subsequently named as the Canadian 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year.
With a record of 1:52.8 and a bankroll of $852,284 in his initial campaign, On A Streak is the richest and fastest two-year-old trotter ever to became available to ‘down under’ breeders.
On A Streak’s first three dams have produced 34 foals for 25 winners including 10 in 1:55. His dam, Habit’s Best, left four in the 1:55 list including Habitat 1:53 ($1.2 million), a prolific Stakes winner and the winner of the Canadian 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year award in 2014.
MUSCLE M UP USA
Sire: Muscle Hill USA
Sireline: Speedy Crown
Dam: Fashion Athena, by Broadway Hall
Best Mile Rate: 1:51.4
With a mile mark of 1:51.4, the Muscle Hill horse Muscle M Up, who will stand his first season at Trump Bloodstock in Queensland, is the fastest trotter ever to stand in this country.
The winner of a Pennsylvania Sires Stake division at two, Muscle M Up took a record of 1:54.8 at three.
As a four-year-old he raced against the top free-for-allers in America, taking his lifetime mark of 1:51.4 in a $50,000 leg of the Graduate Series at The Meadowlands.
An upstanding individual of 16 hands, Muscle M Up carries the blood of great sires such as Muscle Hill, Broadway Hall, Pine Chip, Balanced Image, Super Bowl and Speedy Crown.
Llowalong Farms stallion parade September 4th featuring shuttle stallion CENTURY FARROH plus Poster Boy, Raging Bull, Yankee Rockstar, Pastor Stephen(Tr), Mel Mara
Plus announcement of $100k bonus for four of their stallions Poster Boy, Yankee Rockstar, Lather Up and Raging Bull listen to video on right for full details and conditions.
This amazing bay stallion’s contribution to harness racing can be described as folklore.
A winner of 27 races in just 32 lifetime starts exemplifies his racing career.
An astonishing feature being that he won his first 20 starts in succession, acknowledged as a world record at the time.
Aachen’s Career record of 32 27-2-0. Wins at Wayville (8), Gawler (7), Port Pirie (3), Strathalbyn (3), Kapunda (3), Melbourne Showgrounds (1), Harold Park (1), Victor Harbor (1)
Aachen’s transition from a racing career to a stud career was just as impressive.
By another very successful sire Springfield Globe from Connenora
Springfield Globe was the son of the super sire Globe Derby.
Aachen’s progeny include Richmond Lass, the last pacer to win an Interdominion Final at the Wayville circuit in 1969.
Richmond Lass defeated the South Australian champion Adios Court that evening.
I listened to that final and was inconsolable as Adios Court was one of my very favourite pacers.
Another person, who I could safely say was disappointed that Adios Court did not win that evening was a future BOTRA Life Member Jill Neilson.
Jill was a young lass who helped handle Adios Court for the family owned pacer.
Another of Aachen’s progeny was the brilliant Bylaw which ran second to Bold David in the 1970 final at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Bylaw was trained by Bob Norman and was driven by Dick Webster.
Another outstanding daughter of Aachen was Virgil Queen, the mare won 21 races for West Australian trainer Les Marriott including 15 metropolitan class victories with wins in a Mount Eden Sprint, Stratton Cup, Brennan Cup, August Cup and a famous Fremantle Members Mile when Virgil Queen dead-heated with Little William.
Aachen was born in 1952, and was bred by the legendary Edgar Tatlow.
Bob Norman, on a visit to Tatlow’s Derby Lodge bought the weanling and in due course named it Aachen
So why did Bob Norman name it Aachen ?
One could perhaps think it was named after the German town of the same name.
It is acknowledged he derived his name because of Bob’s ingenuity.
By naming it Aachen, with emphasis on the ‘Aa’ that it would be listed at the top of a sires list at some stage.
if that’s the case, Bob Norman was a Nostradamus back then as Aachen indeed made it big time as a sire.
An interesting breed was an Aachen x Petite Maid bay colt named Aaron, raced by C E Nesbitt.
Aaron a winner of 26 races, was a talented horse that that won a SA Sapling Stakes and a SA Breeders Plate.
That Mr Nesbitt should acquire the handsome looking Aaron is a case of deja vu of sorts.
When Aachen was striving for his 21st straight win at a meeting at Gawler in 1959, it was defeated narrowly by a pacer raced by Mr Nesbitt
The pacer that beat Aachen being Aaron’s mother Petite Maid!
The establishment has bred a host of champions and a proliferation prolific number of winners in that span.
Some of the Norman family involved at Allenby Lodge over the years include CH “Bob” Norman, who was the originator of the breeding establishment back in 1952. Whilst being a legendary breeder both locally and nationally in Australia, many would not know that he actually started training horses before his equally legendary trainer brother Reg Norman.
Subsequently, Reg became the sole trainer and Bob controlled the breeding side of one of the most formidable family operations in Australian harness racing.
After Bob’s death in late 1979, his son Hughie and daughter-in-law Lorraine took over the running of Allenby Lodge. Unfortunately, tragedy was to strike when Hughie was killed in a farm accident in early 1981, barely a year after his father had died.
Barry Gower, who had been promised “a couple of weeks work” by Bob in 1965, was by then a long-term employee and was able to take on the management of the property. It was at a crucial time, as Hughie and Lorraine’s children were still at school and little did anyone know, but a game changing stallion had also not long arrived.
That horse was Happy Talk, by the great USA sire Most Happy Fella. He was the last stallion imported to Australia by Bob Norman, but ironically he never got to see his final purchase, as flight delays saw Happy Talk arrive at Allenby Lodge ten days after Bob passed.
Hughie’s oldest son Stephen had expressed a desire to leave school nearly straight away to come and work on the property, but Lorraine urged him to see it out to end of year exams.
Having done that and after serving a few years of apprenticeship with Barry Gower, Stephen and his new wife Teresa became the latest and still currentproprietors of Allenby Lodge Stud.
Under the watch of Stephen, the very successful sires No Direction and Surmo Hanover were brought to the property, before a period of hiatus occurred due to a growing family.
As is well known, Allenby Lodge is back in the stallion game now with the richly bred and performed son of Art Major in Major Secret.
I will elaborate though on one of the very best Allenby Lodge sires, that being the magnificent Aachen.