A champion retires and a new star is born - March 2022

The month of March marked the retirement of Australia’s pre-eminent trotter Tornado Valley Nz and the arrival of a new Group 1 star in Mumpaysthebills.

Tornado Valley Nz, the greatest stake earning son of Aldebaran Park resident sire SKYVALLEY Nz and the ninth richest Australasian-bred trotter of all-time, bowed out after finishing third at Melton on 26th February 2022.

The 10-year-old won a total of 39 races – 10 at Group 1 level – with 37 placings from 112 starts for $1,033,977 in prizemoney.

His major successes were the 2018 Inter Dominion Grand Final and the 2020 and 2021 Great Southern Stars Final, all at Melton.

Mumpaysthebills, a three-year-old filly by SKYVALLEY Nz, took full advantage of a sweet trip to down a smart field in the Group 1 $50,000 Aldebaran Park Vicbred Platinum Homegrown Classic at Melton.Out of a Yankee Paco mare, the filly was bred and is raced by Brad, David and Barclay Barnes. It was her second success in seven starts.

Other recent SKYVALLEY Nz winners have been Scenic Sky T 1.58.2 – 17 wins - $162,430 (Menangle), Kyvalleyhoneybunny (Bendigo) and the Aldebaran Park bred Aldebaran Sundown (ex Aldebaran Sunset NZ), who overcame a 20 metre handicap at Pinjarra in Western Australia.

Aldebaran Park also bred the Shepparton trotting winner Abbie (Majestic Son-Aldebaran Peggie) and the Gloucester Park pacing victor Jaspervellabeach – 1.56.8 – 13 wins - $221,167 (Somebeachsomewhere USA - Aldebaran Bromac NZ).

Aldebaran Alissa Nz (Muscle Hill Usa – October Rain Nz) T 1.57.7 – 11 wins - $58,262.00, a five-year-old mare owned by Aldebaran Park, won twice at Globe Derby Park in South Australia for the month of March.

Rain Mist And Muscle Nz, owned by Aldebaran Park and trained by Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett, was named the New Zealand 4YO Trotting Mare of the Year for 2021. During the season the mare notched up five wins and six placings in 32 starts for $68,878 in stakes.

Meanwhile, Classy Spirit, a mare by EILEAN DONON Usa, who’s semen was available at Aldebaran Park over many seasons, chalked up her sixth success at Melton.

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