"TROT TACTICS".. 08/10/2016..
Don't forget that Marburg races to day. The weather should be excellent and a six race program is set down for decision. The pick the first five winners competition is at a healthy $650, the lucky gate prize for patrons 18 and over is the $100 free bet with bookmaker Terry Picone, "Con Mann" the funny money bookie will be operating and a three prize meat tray raffle will be the go. between race entertainment is a "gearing up' race where four teams of three show their speed and skill to harness a horse, dress a driver and complete a lap of the track. First home gets $100. Racing Queensland will have ten Korean students on site to get a taste of something different from the world of light harness. Adults 45, pensioners and Students $3 and the race book with it's info and coupons is a steal at $3. Come and join us for a great day of country trotting, and remember next time there will be a new perimeter fence, thanks to a Gaming Fund grant.
The erosion at the base of the harness pyramid is beginning is becoming more visible. Last Saturday night at the premier meeting, Albion Park, some 99 horses went round. All in all some 27 trainers were represented. Sadly, 6 trainers provided 60 of the runners, while 21 trainers presented the other 39 starters. No doubt there are statisticians employed at Racing Queensland. These people should be reporting this dangerous imbalance at the top of the pyramid and our leaders should be taking immediate steps to broaden the base, by offering realistic racing and earning opportunity to the hobbyist faction of harness. We are often exhorted to pull together to promote the sport, but, since we have been told on more than one occasion that "there is no more for hobbyists", it is unrealistic (to put it very mildly indeed) to expect much pull from a section of participants who are not being fed!!
It's always handy, when waiting on a mare to foal, with all your hopes and dreams wrapped up in a parcel with four legs, to not indulge in too many flights of fantasy. Other folk are in the same boat and have similar aspirations to yourself. Thanks to Ace broadcaster and tipster, Chris Barsby, you can read why all the breeders in Queensland would like to be Murray Cole this week. Thirty years ago, the following exerpt would have portrayed a slightly different scenario, nice, but not strikingly significant, let's not get carried away. Fast forward to the present to find that we are entering the era of predictable outcomes, the Classic winners and the big race Feature winners come from mares with high grade track performance in their resume. No longer do top horses come regularly from "left field' as they did in the past. If this filly is as good as it is bred to be, it will be no accident.
"Former star racemare Forever Gold is now a proud mum after safely delivering her first foal this week, a filly by star sire and Alabar based Rock N Roll Heaven.
The foaling took place at the famed Egmont Park Stud on the Darling Downs of Toowoomba.
“It’s very exciting and according to early reports, both mare and foal are doing very well. Studmaster Peter Bell said the filly is a lovely type with plenty of size about her which sounds positive, I’m looking forward to seeing both mare and foal.” Co-owner and breeder Murray Cole said.
Forever Gold was retired on the eve of the Queensland Pacing Championship last year owing to an injury to her nearside fetlock.
The mare affectionately known as ‘Tammy’ was prepared throughout her glittering career by Kylie Rasmussen and Darren Weeks.
Forever Gold retires with 42 victories from 92 starts while amassing more than $700,000 in stakes.
Some of her biggest victories include the Queensland Oaks, Inter Dominion heat, Governors Cup, Robin Dundee Stakes, Make Mine Cullen, 4/5yo Championship, Qld Ladyship Stakes (x 4) and the 2yo & 3yo QBRED Breeders Classic and Triads Finals.
Feature race placings include Nursery Pace Final, Gold Coast Oaks, Ladyship Mile, Teeny Teeny, Ranji Bill, Angelique Club Cup, Northern Breeders Stakes, Queen of Hearts, Redcliffe Gold Cup, Lord Mayors Cup, Christmas Cup, Sunshine Sprint and Blacks A Fake.
Connections are now looking at Captaintreacherous 2, 1:49.2; 3, 1:47.1 ($3,148,657), both the richest and fastest son of champion sire Somebeachsomewhere, as the next consort for their Gr.1 winning mare.
Captaintreacherous may have been a $250,000 yearling purchase, but the price turned out to be a bargain as he earned $3.14 million winning 23 races during his sensational race career."
Resultsville.. Albion Park 30/09.. Threo (Trevor Lambourn for Rachel Scott).. Judah Ben Hur (Nathan Dawson for Ken Belford).. Ima Morven Lad (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Bells Beach House (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Mister XJ (Trent Dawson).. A Good Chance (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Albion Park 01/10.. Broadway Playboy (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Purple Royale (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Remember Them (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. Goodtime Stride (Rob Gorman).. Albion Park 04/10.. Illdoitwhenimready (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Django Mach (Narissa McMullen).. Mattgregor (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Lancelot Bromac (Hayden Barnes for Stewie Dickson).. Redcliffe 05/10.. Beatle Man (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Lynchman (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Sir Rory (Danielle McMullen for Graeme Gavin).. Lisas Lawyer (Adam Richardson for Chantal Turpin).. Cagney (Shane Graham for Ken Belford).. Redcliffe 06/10.. Flashing Good Time (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen0.. Supaliner (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Its All Go (Matt Elkins).. Blissful Infidelity (Matt Elkins for Mal Charlton).. Bob Gage (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis)..
Again a change on the drivers side of the leaderboard with Danielle McMullen and MattElkins responsible for four winning drives apiece. Meanwhile, ever-reliable Chantal Turpin churned out another four winners to hold the lead in the trainer's section. Most pleasing efforts were Danielle McMullen's treble at Albion Park on Friday 30/09, and Matt Elkins, well and truly up there with the larger frogs posting four big ones for the week.