The Australasian Breeders Crown Finals day is all set to explode, on “Super Sunday” as it is dubbed, at Tabcorp Park Melton in Victoria.
A remarkable 28 (plus two Emergency 1 horses) New Zealand bred horses are set to compete in Finals and Championships of the series, in the “Race to Royalty” as it is now branded, that are to be staged this Sunday, the 27th August.
This year there are 9 New Zealand trained runners that are surely to be very competitive in their respective races; a huge achievement and one that augers well for a big day for the Kiwis.
These likely favoured runners are Our Renezmae (2YO Trotting Fillies), Partyon (3YO Fillies), Our Bettor Joy (2YO Fillies), Our Angel Of Harlem (2YO Fillies), The More The Better (3YO C&G), King Of Swing (2YO C&G), Sicario (2YO C&G), Master Moonlite (2YO C&G) and Chevron Express (3YO Trotting Fillies).
Adding to the achievements for the carnival, is the fact that Breckon Farms have 6 horses featuring in Finals and Championships that were bred on the farm and/or are owned by them. These are Partyon (3YO Fillies Final), Code Black and Moonrock (4YO E&G Championship), Rock Diamonds (3YO C&G Final), King Of Swing (2YO C&G Final) and Just Rockon Bye (4YO Mares Championship).
The Breckon Farms – The Top Ten Syndicate once again has Partyon racing on Finals day for them and will be the only one to don the Breckon Farms silks with the ‘B’ logo prominent, after Breckon Farms Syndicates had three runners last year.
Partyon (Bettor’s Delight / Beach Parade, 19-14-0-1 $526,806), who has only ever been beaten once on Australian soil, is a defending Champion having won the 2-year-old edition last year and is one of only three runners from the all-conquering Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen All Stars Stable in this year’s event.
In the Group 1 Age Group races, as well as Partyon, there is only one other defending Finals Champion and that is Our Little General in the 3YO C&G Final, after he won the 2016 2YO C&G Final. Rocknroll Magic is a 2016 3YO Fillies Final winner who returns this year to defend her title in the Group 2 4YO Mares Championship.
The exciting day of racing will commence with the Group 1 $90,000 ALDEBARAN PARK BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 20 (2YO TROTTING COLTS & GELDINGS) FINAL featuring Wobelee who has won his last 9 straight and the NZ bred One Muscle Hill who can’t be discounted.
Next on the programme is the Group 1 $90,000 ALDEBARAN PARK BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 20 (2YO TROTTING FILLIES) FINAL featuring the Kiwi owned and trained Our Renezmae who is likely to be sent out favourite from the ace draw. She will be driven by leading NZ driver Dexter Dunn who is just back from finishing in 4th placing overall when defending his title at the World Drivers Championship in Canada.
Race 3 is the Group 1 $65,000 WOODLANDS STUD BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 19 (3YO TROTTING COLTS & GELDINGS) FINAL which is an even affair with Jilliby Babavska having won his last three but has a 2nd Row draw to overcome, the very consistent Empire Bay who is also off the 2nd Row, as well as ex-pat Kiwi War Spirit but he has drawn the outside Front Row barrier and NZ bred The Male Model who has won two this season and has the draw to be competitive.
Race 4 is the first of the pacing Finals and is the Group 1 $190,000 WOODLANDS STUD BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 19 (3YO FILLIES) FINAL featuring old foes Petacular, drawn nicely at No.3 and Partyon (driver Luke McCarthy), her conqueror in last year’s Final, who has drawn No.2 on the 2nd Row. It looks set to be a battle between the two.
The next on the card is the Group 2 $50,000 HYGAIN BREEDERS CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (4YO ENTIRES & GELDINGS) in which there is a lot of exposed form, with the NZ bred and owned runner Moonrock (driver Anthony Butt) shaping as the one to beat having notched up two convincing wins in his last two starts, following on from three good placings in the Vicbred Super Series.
Race 6 is the Group 1 $285,000 ALWAYS B MIKI BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 20 (2YO FILLIES) FINAL and features the NZ bred star filly My Sweetchilliphilly who has won 5-from-6 and created a huge impression to date, but she won’t have it all her own way having a 2nd Row draw and Kiwi bred, owned and trained filly Our Bettor Joy to contend with, with her having drawn nicely at No.2 and won a Heat and a Semi-Final in her two Australian starts to date, as well as being driven by Dexter Dunn. Nostra Villa who had a 7-race winning streak ended when beaten by Our Bettor Joy in her Semi-Final can also not be discounted despite her 2nd Row draw.
Race 7 is the Group 1 $190,000 IRT BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 19 (3YO COLTS & GELDINGS) FINAL features the NZ star The More The Better (driver Luke McCarthy) drawn the ace, who is part-owner by racing legend Roy Purdon and has swept all before him on his Australian campaign, other than his last-start victor Our Little General, the defending Champion who has also draw well at No.3, to set up what should be a very competitive race. Ex-pat Kiwi Motu Meteor, now trained by Kerryn Manning, will also command respect after his comfortable Semi-Final win last week having overcome a tricky draw to do so.
The next is the Group 1 $285,000 WOODLANDS STUD BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 20 (2YO COLTS & GELDINGS) FINAL featuring three NZ trained runners in King Of Swing (driver David Butcher), Sicario (Luke McCarthy) and Master Moonlite (Dexter Dunn), who look like doing battle with the two Australian stars Colt Thirty One and Poster Boy, so it should be an intriguing battle.
The last of the Group 1 Finals on the day is the $65,000 YABBY DAM RACING BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 19 (3YO TROTTING FILLIES) FINAL that features the Kiwi contender Chevron Express (driver Dexter Dunn) who has been a little off-colour recently, so here’s hoping she can overcome this setback, as she will need to be on her game to beat consistent and highly rated Une Belle Allure, who has drawn No.1 on the 2nd Row.
Race 10, the final race on the big day, is the Group 2 $50,000 NEVELE R STUD BREEDERS CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (4YO MARES) features the defending 3YO Final winner from last year in Rocknroll Magic, who was run down into 4th placing in the Graduate last week and has a 2nd Row draw to overcome, while Breckon Farms bred Just Rockon Bye, who finished a good 2nd placing in that Graduate, has drawn the ace and looks a good chance of capitalising on that.
So, the Kiwi dominance looks a good chance to continue and we can look forward to an extremely thrilling days racing, as always, at the Breeders Crown Finals.
According to the TAB Trackside TV schedule, races 1-6 will be shown live on Trackside 1 (Sky TV Channel 62) and races 7-10 will be aired on Trackside 2 (Sky TV Channel 63).
Breckon Farms wish all participants the very best of luck in their quest for Breeders Crown glory and of course especially all Breckon Farms bred runners and the Breckon Farms – The Top Ten Syndicate charge Partyon.