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Invest In Ourselves Initiative 2021

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The Irish Harness Racing Association is pleased to announce a breeding program for 2021 that will not only improve the quality of the breed but will also enhance purses for races designated for young pacers. Hanover Shoe Farms, Winbak Farms and Bill Donovan are donating breedings to three outstanding American stallions, where the proceeds of these will be primarily used to supplement purses for 2 and 3 year old races.

The IHRA will use up to 90% of the revenue directly received from the coverings and this will be invested into premium fixtures with feature juvenile races in the 2021 racing season and in addition a progeny purse will be created for all offspring born through this scheme from 2024.

It is a breeding scheme which will help members primarily strengthen the breed of the pacer in Ireland, improve our members competitiveness on the race track in years to come and help connections receive larger purses for their juvenile progeny.

The stallions available under this “Invest In Ourselves Initiative” are Betting Line, Heston Blue Chip & Cattlewash.   

The IHRA would like to thank all stallion owners for their amazing American generosity towards this scheme, a relationship that has grown for many years now and strengthened in the time being. We look forward to working with the connections in the years ahead to better this scheme to further develop the objectives as mentioned above.

Betting Line, a son of the great Bettor’s Delight, had an auspicious start to his stallion career with a higher percentage of his foals making the races (94 of 118) and taking records of 1:55 or faster (24) than any other first year sire.  In Ireland, the Betting Line son Bequest won two of the Irish Two Year Old Colt Juvenile Series Eliminations.  Betting Line was a phenomenal racehorse, winning $2,238,518 and taking a record of p,3, 1:47.2f.  Of his many stakes victories, his 8 length romp in the final of the Little Brown Jug is the most memorable. 

For more information on Betting Line’s performance history, breeding lines etc, please click on the link below: 

Hanover Shoe Farms | Betting Line (

USTA Stallion Registry – Betting Line

Heston Blue Chip, from limited opportunity has shown tremendous potential, siring among others, the powerful filly, Zero Tolerance p,3,1:50.2f ($980,736).  With only 81 foals in his first three crops, 18 of Heston’s foals have taken records of 1:55 or faster.  A son of the prolific sire, American Ideal, Heston hails from one of the hottest maternal families in racing, that includes the great mare, Kissininthesand p,3,1:47.4 ($1,852,427).  As a racehorse, Heston won over half of his starts and $1,779,373.  His most memorable victory was winning the Breeders Crown 3 Year Old Colt Pace defeating Sweet Lou.

For more information on Heston Blue Chip’s performance history, breeding lines etc, please click on the link below: 

USTA Stallion Registry – Heston Blue Chip

Winbak Farm

Cattlewash is a son of the great Somebeachsomewhere who equaled his sire’s record as the as the fastest 3 year old pacer ever when he won in 1:46.4 at The Red Mile, in October.  Somebeachsomewhere stands above all other pacing stallions as arguably the greatest ever.  It is thought by many his son Cattlewash resembles him more than any of his other progeny.  Cattlewash is being bred to a limited number of mares in 2021, while he continues in training while prepping for his four year old campaign.


For more information on Cattlewash’s performance history, breeding lines etc, please click on the link below: 

Walnridge Farm

USTA Stallion Registry – Cattlewash

Breedings to these stallions will be limited to six each for Betting Line and Heston Blue Chip, while twelve breedings will be offered to Cattlewash.  Individual mares will need to be nominated to each stallion’s book.  In the event there are more nominations than breedings available, the breedings will be awarded by draw in a lottery system.  The stallion owners reserve the right to reject any nomination based on age or a production record of failed pregnancies and as this initiative has been made to the IHRA. As the ultimate goal of the Invest In Ourselves initiative is to produce better quality pacers in Ireland, IHRA members will get preference to the stallion services available.
There is a Nomination Fee of €250 due on or by January 15, 2021.  In the event more mares are nominated than there are breedings available, Nomination Fees from mares who do not secure a breeding in the lottery will be returned.  Breedings will be awarded on January 20, 2021.  If a mare is successful in securing a breeding, a Booking Fee of €250 will be due and payable within 10 calendar days.  The Nomination and/or Booking Fees are non-refundable once a mare has secured a booking.  At least seven (7) days prior to the first insemination, the Stud fee of €2,500 is due and payable.  In the event a mare fails to have a live foal, the mare will be offered another service in 2022 to the stallion.  If for any reason that stallion is unavailable, the mare owner shall be given the option of a booking to another stallion, or be refunded the €2,500 Stud Fee.

All mares being booked to these stallions will need to be inseminated on-site at the IHRA’s approved Equine Reproduction partner site located at Ballinasisla Stud, Bonmahon, Co Waterford.  

Nomination Forms will be available for download here and should be returned to the IHRA office by 15th January 2020  :