Since 2003 the Australasian Breeders Crown Finals have been staged on a Sunday and were affectionately dubbed “Super Sunday” each year as the great day of racing built an amazing following, but this year sees a return to earlier days when the event was staged on a Saturday night.
It is an excellent concept and provides thrilling competition and great rivalry especially between New Zealand and Australia. One of the very positive aspects of the whole series, is that it gives tangible recognition to the breeders of successful horses on what is now to be dubbed “Super Saturday”, an aspect that is sadly missing in many other prestigious races and series run in the Harness Racing industry of both countries.
Over recent years, the Breckon Farms have established an amazing record at this prestigious Finals Day and their Syndicates racing mainly farm-bred fillies had no less than three starters in the Finals three years ago, another three two years ago and then another one again last year.
Of course, the Breckon Farms Syndicates have certainly had their share of wins in this series, with it all starting back in 2014 when the first established Breckon Farms – The Good Sports Syndicate had Linda Lovegrace make the Group 1 2YO Fillies Final, but unfortunately, she finished back in the field.
Then in 2015 High Gait took out the Group 1 2YO Trotting Fillies Final, as well as Linda Lovegrace finishing 3rd in her Group 1 3YO Pacing Fillies Final.
In 2016 there were two 2nd placings by High Gait in the Group 1 3YO Trotting Fillies Final and Regal Love in the Group 1 2YO Trotting Fillies Final and a very exciting win by Partyon in the Group 1 2YO Pacing Fillies Final.
Last year (2017) there was just the one representative in Partyon in the Group 1 3YO Pacing Fillies Final where she finished a very gallant 3rd placing after a tough run and after having won her Semi-Final.
Over the years Breckon Farms has also bred many Breeders Crown Champions and recent winners have been Katy Perry in the 2014 2YO Fillies Final, King Of Swing in the 2017 2YO Colts & Geldings Final and of course High Gait as documented above, as well as the farm-bred Glenferrie Shuffle in the 2YO Fillies Final and Miss Moonlite in the 4YO Mares Final both in 2012.
This year, unfortunately the Breckon Farms Syndicates don’t have a runner in the Finals, after their early favourite for the 2YO Trotting Fillies Final had to be withdrawn due to poor health, however Breckon Farms-bred or part-owned horses do feature predominantly in the night’s card.
So, at Tabcorp Park in Melton, Victoria, this Saturday night, the 25th August, “Super Saturday” will be staged. On a night’s racing that is the highlight of the racing calendar for juvenile trotters and pacers in Australia and that will showcase the best of the best from both Australia and New Zealand, there are 8 Group 1 and 2 Group 2 races on the programme and $1,420,000 in stakes on offer.
The Breckon Farms-bred runners to feature on the night will be Stress Factor in Race 1, the $70,000 Group 1 Woodlands Stud 3YO Trotting Colts & Geldings Final, bred by Breckon Farms and currently the second favourite for this race after being unbeaten in 2-starts in Australia including a last-start win in the Group 1 Victoria Trotters Derby and comes up with a handy draw here so should prove stern opposition for the Australian favourite Majestic Player.
In Race 4, the $290,000 Group 1 Always B Miki Alabar 2YO Fillies Final are Our Princess Tiffany, bred at Breckon Farms by Braeden and Caroline Whitelock, who is unbeaten in 8-starts with the last 2 in Australia including her last-start win in her Semi Final and despite her wide draw at No.6 she has been installed a hot odds-on favourite and she should be the one to beat and Miss Streisand, who was bred by Breckon Farms and who is also unbeaten in 2-starts in Australia including a last-start win in her Semi Final so despite her 2nd Row draw she too looms as a big threat and at good odds too.
Race 6 is the Group 2 $50,000 Hygain 4YO Entires & Geldings Championship and features Our Positano, bred by Breckon Farms and who has been racing well in NSW since arriving in Australia in April and was an impressive last-start winner at Menangle, so with the ace draw here should get her chance at good odds.
In Race 7, the Group 1 $195,000 IRT 3YO Colts & Geldings Final is Diamonds N Cash, also bred by Breckon Farms, who has won one in 3 appearances since arriving in Australia and didn’t get much of a go when finishing 6th in his Semi Final, but will need to be at his best in this field stacked with Aussie talent, which his TAB odds of $81 demonstrate.
Race 11 is the $20,000 Always B Miki Alabar Graduate Cup and features Just Rockon Bye, bred by Breckon Farms, who didn’t get much luck in the Breckon Farms-sponsored Mares Graduate last week at Bendigo but with the ace draw here should get her chance and Van Mara, bred at Breckon Farms by Biddlecombe Equine, who was a good 3rd from the inside 2nd Row draw last-start after being a good winner on the course the previous start and should be hard to beat in this, which his $2.25 favourite odds reflect.
Back in Race 5, the Group 1 $290,000 Woodlands Stud 2YO Colts & Geldings Final is Im Anothermasterpiece, who is part-owned by the Breckon Racing Syndicate along with Glenys & Phil Kennard, Jim & Ann Gibbs and Garry & Kerry Woodham and who finished 2nd in his Semi Final to leading Australian Centenario and once again the Aussie has drawn the Front Row while the Kiwi has the “visitors draw” (2nd Row) so it won’t be easy, but he is capable of taking this out at what is currently respectable $6 odds.
Races 1 & 11 are scheduled to be shown live on TAB Trackside 2 (Channel 63) here in New Zealand, while all other races, 2 through 10 are scheduled to be aired live on TAB Trackside 1 (Channel 62), so there will be some great watching and exciting racing to view.
We would like to wish all competitors the very best of luck and particularly our best wishes are given to all Breckon Farm-bred and owned horses.
GOOD LUCK for your big night under the lights at Melton on “Super Saturday” !!!