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This Gawn going from strength to strength – 2023 Melbourne Yearling Sale

Melbourne AFL star Max Gawn is on the sidelines for a number of weeks after surffering an injury in the opening game of the 2023 season.

His Standardbred namesake Gawn continues to go from strength to strength and on Wednesday night at Bendigo he took out a heat of the Vicbred Home Grown Classic.

Gawn, a son of Captaintreacherous, lowered his best time to 1:55.9 on Wednesday night and has now won two of his three starts in races.

Lot 512 in this weekend’s Nutrien Yearling Sale is a colt by Bettors Delight and is the first foal from a half-sister to Gawn in Annalise.

Annalise is a full-sister to Goodtime Grace 1:54.6 and a three-quarter sister to the smart Somebeachsomewhere mare Petillante 3,1:53.4 $183,640 which won at Group Three level as a 3yo and was runner-up in a Victoria Oaks.

Lot 512 is being offered by Benstud Standardbreds and they will be more than happy to parade this Bettors Delight colt for you on the weekend.

Inspections all day today and join us for the Woodlands Parade at 12 Noon.


In 2022 Downbytheseaside was the Leading Money Winning Sire of 3yos in North America – 2023 MELBOURNE YEARLING SALE NEWS

More often than not what happens in North American harness racing is reflected in Southern Hemisphere harness racing.

Every so often there is a statistic which seems out of the ordinary in that it isn’t reflected immediately in the other hemisphere.

In 2022 Downbytheseaside was the Leading Money Winning Sire of 3yos in North America with his 117 3yo foals producing 93 starters which collectively earned $6,541,967 and he finished well clear of Captaintreacherous whose 103 foals produced 66 starters which earned $5,877,068.

Downbytheseaside has produced three millionaires from his 2022 USA 3yos in Pebble Beach p,3,1:48.2 $1,720,875, Bythemissal p,3,1:48.6 $1,168,925 and the filly Sea Silk p,3,1:48.6 $1,061,154.

With his second Southern Hemisphere crop hitting the racetrack this season as 2yos he has added five 2yo winners this season to his siring record in Australia.

The unbeaten Western Australian colt Waverider won the $100,000 WA Sales Classic eased down by 25 metres rating 1:55.4 for the 1730 metres.

Another West Australian bred son in Off The Charts has won twice this season as a 2yo and finished fourth in the WA Sales Classic.

His New Zealand bred son Sinbad was a good third in last week’s $137,000 Group One Northern Derby at Alexandra Park behind Merlin and Son Of Mac.

His Kiwi bred filly Aardiebytheseaside was twice placed at Group One level as a 2yo and won three times in her first season of racing on her way to earnings of $64,890.

There are five yearlings by Downbytheseaside in the Nutrien Melbourne Yearling Sale this weekend and Lot 527 is interesting in that it is out of a mare by Badlands Hanover – a son of Western Hanover.

Two of Downbytheseaside’s USA millionaires are out of mares by sons of Western Hanover. Pebble Beach is out of a Western Ideal mare while Bythemissal is from a mare by Western Terror.

Lot 441 is also of particular interest to pedigree buffs in that it is out of the Sportswriter mare Sporty Max.

Sportswriter’s dam Precious Beauty is a half-sister to Special Beauty which is the grand-dam of Downbytheseaside.

The other two Melbourne lots by Downbytheseaside are 426 and 662.

THANK YOU to Alan Parker for these great insights and updated pedigrees each week. Amazing work.

Time to get yourself ready for the sale!


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