Breckon Farms have enjoyed many stellar moments in harness racing and last Friday was another one of those amazing occasions.
“The Farm” as it is often affectionately referred to, is involved in many aspects of the Harness Racing industry throughout Australasia and several of those were to the fore over the weekend.
Firstly, last Friday night (15th December) at Alexandra Park, winning and placing in races as owners, success of a Breckon Farms Syndicate horse, breeding winners, selling yearlings at the Sales that become successful racehorses, breeding and successfully racing horses in their own right, were all to the fore.
The scene was set when NZ 2YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year from last season, Spankem ran a creditable third in the Group 2 Alabar 3YO Classic. He is jointly owned by the Breckon Racing Syndicate, along with good friends Phil and Glenys Kennard, Jim and Anne Gibbs and G and K Woodham. For good measure, another runner, The Devils Own, who races in the same ownership finished in fourth placing.
Then the feature race of the night, the Group 1 Rosslands Queen Of Hearts, resulted in an extremely rare result, a deadheat for first in a Group 1 race. The Breckon Farms – The Top Ten Syndicate mare Partyon was first equal in this prestigious race, along with Jo’s Dream.
The last time that this happened is believed to be back in 1965, when Robin Dundee and Jay Ar deadheated for first in the Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final, where in an amazing mix up, Jay Ar was crowned the winner and paraded wearing the victory sash before the judge had finished examining the photo finish print and with much embarrassment, officials recalled Robin Dundee and irate driver Doody Townley back onto the track to share the limelight and of course the winner’s stake.
No such occurrence was to happen at Alexandra Park, where each set of connections was photographed with their respective horse and shared in the after-race speeches and presentations. Back in the Winners Circle, in a very touching gesture of goodwill, Ken Breckon announced that the connections of Jo’s Dream, that included the first-time Group 1 winning trainer Amanda Kiddie, could also have Partyon’s trophies for their cabinets, as the Breckon Farms Syndicate had already tasted Group 1 success on several occasions.
Then, two races later in the programme, in the Breckon Farms sponsored race, the Breckon Farms Young Guns Series (Heat 1), a 2-year-old colt that was bred by them and consigned through the 2017 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale, Smart Fortune, very fittingly won the event. Smart Fortune is by Art Major, out of Affairs Of State, and this win will surely give a great boost to very closely related yearlings in the 2018 Sales, in Lots 13, 51, 55 and 149.
In the very next race, the last on the programme, another Breckon Farms bred horse was victorious, but this one remains in the ownership of the Breckon Racing Syndicate. The royally bred, Stress Factor was the winner and this win is very timely to promote further closely related yearlings that are to be offered for sale at the Australasian Classic Sale on the 12th February, in Lots 123 and 127.
Then, also on the same night, across in Australia, Kenrick won at Ballarat bringing up win No.6 for breeder Biddlecombe Equine, having been bred at Breckon Farms, which will no doubt add to the interest in Lot 34 at the Sales, a half-brother and Rock Diamonds won at Gloucester Park, bringing up win No.12 and $187,669 in stakes, having also been bred on the farm by Braedon and Caroline Whitelock, creating further interest in Lot 106 at the Sales, who is a half-brother.
Breckon Farms bred horses were also to enjoy marked success on the following night (16th December), on both sides of the Tasman once again.
In New Zealand, also at Alexandra Park, at a rare back-to-back meeting at the venue, Stars Delight was to win for Wes and Jocelyn Boyle, with this mare having been bred at Breckon Farms.
On the same night, over at Melton in Victoria, Moonrock was to win the Group 3 Popular Alm FFA, in impressive fashion. He was bred at Breckon Farms for Rob Carr and Don Kirkbride and this Group 3 win will add further interest to the half-sister to be offered at the Sales in Lot 110.
Then the following day (17th December), at Rangiora, Diamonds N Cash notched up win No.2 from only four starts, for the Breckon Racing Syndicate, having also been bred by Breckon Farms. He is a half-brother to the Art Major filly to be offered as Lot 169 at the Sales.
In addition, over the weekend, there were many more placed horses that were also bred at Breckon Farms. These included, Hot Off The Press (3rd at Addington), Van Mara (3rd at Ballarat), Art I Special (2nd at Newcastle) and Raesawinner (3rd at Marburg).
All-in-all a huge weekend for Breckon Farms, doing what they know best, winning races. We offer our congratulations to all connections of all these winning horses.