In what will be my last article until June, it is fitting to look forward to the great Harness Jewels raceday, that is shaping to be a boomer.
This year the nine Group 1 day of racing is to be staged at the Cambridge Raceway and is set to be held on Saturday, the 2nd June.
In what is shaping to be an incredible feat, all of the Breckon Farms three Syndicates are looking likely to have runners on the prestigious day.
The Breckon Farms – The Top Ten Syndicate mare Partyon, is currently racing in Australia, but is all set to return home and attempt to add to her 2-year-old title.
She is currently ranked at No.6, although officially she is still showing as being exported, which of course is correct, as she crossed the Tasman in January to commence a racing campaign there but is scheduled to return after having her last race is Australia on the 19th May.
Currently racing in Melbourne, she has bounced back to her best form, after falling foul of a virus during her stay in Sydney. For her racing in Melbourne she was transferred to the stable of Dean Braun, who is currently doing a magnificent job with the classy mare and is two-from-two with her since she has been in his care. She won the Group 3 Allied Express Jodie’s Babe on the 24th March in good time, then won again on the 7th April, where in an excellent performance she came from a 2nd Row draw to sit parked and dominate an old arch rival in Miss Graceland, to win again in a slightly quicker Mile Rate of 1.53.3, winning comfortably by 6.8m. Dean Braun is in awe of Partyon and rates her very highly, doing a great job with her and looking to extend the winning streak this Saturday, where Partyon is once again to race at Melton.
After this race, Partyon will be set to race in her main aim while in Victoria this campaign, a Mares Triple Crown Series. This starts with the Group 3 $30,000 Alabar Make Mine Cullen, on the 5th May, then the Group 3 $30,000 Alabar Angelique Club Cup, on the 12th May, with the Final being the Group 1 $100,000 Benstud Queen Of The Pacific, on the 19th May, all of which are at Tabcorp Park Melton, after which she heads back home for her possible swansong in the Group 1 $150,000 Harness Jewels 4YO Diamond.
The super star 3-year-old trotting filly Luby Lou, raced by the Breckon Farms – Six of the Best Syndicate, is sitting well clear at No.1 on the Leaderboard for the Group 1 $125,000 Harness Jewels 3YO Ruby. She currently has $90,500 in stakes, which is more than three times her nearest rival. She has had four starts this season, for three wins, including the inaugural Southland Oaks in Track Record time, the Group 2 NZ Trotting Oaks and then completed a very rare double by taking out the Group 1 NZ Trotting Derby, against the boys, in very fast time and now has certainly stamped herself as the leading 3YO Trotter in New Zealand; male or female.
Luby Lou was to continue racing again this Friday (20th April), but unfortunately has suffered a paddock accident during the week that will see her miss the Group 2 Sires Stakes 3YO Trotters Champs this week, as well as the Group 1 Northern Trotting Derby next week. It is hoped that she will be back for the Group 3 Northern Trotting Oaks on the 11th May, as she heads towards her shot at glory in the Harness Jewels.
In the 2-year-old ranks, the Breckon Farms – The Perfect Ten Syndicate has both gaits covered, with their pacing filly Bubbled Up currently sitting at No.5 on the Leaderboard for the Group 1 $150,000 Harness Jewels 2YO Diamond. She has had three career starts to date, for two good 2nd placings and is racing tomorrow night (20th April) at Alexandra Park in the Group 1 Caduceus Club Fillies Classic where she is currently the second favourite. After this race Bubbled Up is set to contest the Group 1 NZ Sires Stakes Fillies Champs on the 27th April at Alexandra Park, before making her way to the Jewels.
The 2-year-old trotting filly Tickle Me Pink, also raced by the Breckon Farms – The Perfect Ten Syndicate, is set to take her place in the Group 1 $125,000 Harness Jewels 2YO Ruby, currently ranked at No.3 on the Leaderboard, having had just the two starts for two wins to date. She is royally bred and is indeed a full-sister to Luby Lou, being by Muscle Hill out of Luby Ann. Tickle Me Pink has had a brief freshen-up and is set to attend the workouts this Saturday (21st April) in preparation for a resumption of her racing career in the Cambridge 2YO Trotting Stakes on the 25th April, then possibly a trip south for the Group 2 NZ Sires Stakes 2YO Trotting Championship at Addington on the 18th May, before returning to Cambridge for the Jewels.
So, the Breckon Farms Syndicates are set for a big day on the 2nd June, when their four horses line-up on the premier championship harness racing event of the year, going for Group 1 glory, where there is over $1.2 million in stakes to be won on the richest race day in New Zealand.
It is also interesting to note, that Breckon Farms bred, reared or owned horses, are set to make up a huge part of this prestigious day. They are:-
• Princess Tiffany (2f Art Major / Dancing Diamonds), ranked at No.1 with $66,300 and bred by Braeden & Caroline Whitelock
• Miss Streisand (2f A Rocknroll Dance / Goodlookinggirl), ranked at No.2 with $32,660 and bred by Breckon Farms
• Kayla Marie (2f Bettor’s Delight / Braeside Star), ranked at No.3 with $31,360 and bred by Braeden & Caroline Whitelock
• Bubbled Up (2f American Ideal / Speights Girl), ranked at No.5 with $11,300 and bred by Breckon Farms
• Fantasize (2f Art Major / Thebestamancanget), ranked at No.6 with $11,000 and bred by the Hardwood Breeding Syndicate
• Ruby Rose (2f Bettor’s Delight / Maid In Splendour), ranked at No.23 with $880 and bred by Breckon Farms
• Elle Mac (3f Bettor’s Delight / Goodlookinggirl), ranked at No.1 with $162,036 and bred by Breckon Farms
• Partyon (4m Bettor’s Delight / Beach Parade), currently listed as exported but actually ranked at No.6 with $40,500 and raced by the Breckon Farms – The Top Ten Syndicate
• Shezza GNP (4m Art Major / Dontdrinkthendrive), ranked at No.13 with $23,600 and bred by Breckon Farms
• Christanna (4m Rocknroll Hanover / Lauraella), ranked at No.19 with $20,376 and bred by Sandy & Jan Yarndley and raced by the Hardwood Breeding Syndicate
• Hot Off The Press (4m Bettor’s Delight / Classical), ranked at No.21 with $19,150 and bred by the Classical Syndicate
• Another Masterpiece (2c Bettor’s Delight / Elegant Art), ranked No.2 with $39,650 and raced by Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, Breckon Racing Syndicate, J A Gibbs MNZM, Mrs A Gibbs, G A Woodham, Mrs K J Woodham
• Zinny Mach (2g Mach Three / Zingara), ranked at No.14 with $4,560 and bred by Braeden & Caroline Whitelock
• Triple Eight (3g American Ideal / Slangevar), ranked at No.4 with $50,976 and bred by Plant Racing Ltd
• Funatthebeach (3c Somebeachsomewhere / Minnie Moose), ranked No.7 with $43,817 and bred by Braeden & Caroline Whitelock
• Spankem (3c Bettor’s Delight / Crushem), ranked at No.13 with $27,897 and raced by Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, Breckon Racing Syndicate, J A Gibbs MNZM, Mrs A Gibbs, G A Woodham, Mrs K J Woodham
• Diamonds N Cash (3g Rocknroll Hanover / Diamonds N Gold), ranked No.18 with $24,149 and bred by Breckon Farms and raced by the Breckon Racing Syndicate
• Tickle Me Pink (2f Muscle Hill / Luby Ann), ranked at No.3 with $9,020 and bred by Breckon Farms and raced by the Breckon Farms – The Perfect Ten Syndicate
• Luby Lou (3f Muscle Hill / Luby Ann), ranked at No.1 with $90,500 and bred by Breckon Farms and raced by the Breckon Farms – Six of the Best Syndicate
• Girls On Film (3f Muscle Hill / Regal Volo), ranked at No.4 with $28,928 and bred by Breckon Farms
• Stress Factor (3g Majestic Son / Fear Factor), ranked at No.5 with $26,600 and bred by Breckon Farms and raced by the Breckon Racing Syndicate
• Forget The Price Tag (3g Majestic Son / Yankeedoosie), ranked at No.24 with $9,080 and bred by Breckon Farms
• Sertorius (4g Muscles Yankee / Classic Armbro), ranked at No.4 with $32,653 and bred by Breckon Farms
What a great days racing is in store, so GOOD LUCK to the connections of all runners and in particular to all those Breckon Farms associated horses.