"TROT TACTICS" 18/03/2017..
No matter what the nature of any sport or enterprise, there are always a number of "barometers" by which by which the health, financial or otherwise, of the subject can be measured. In the area of horse racing, in our case harness, where changing policies over the decades have seen emphasis shift somewhat from the mature horse to the 2yo and 3yo, there is now great interest in yearling sales. Of these, none generates more interest than those of Australian Pacing Gold, presented at Capitol Cities around Australia. Times have changed, and owning a juvenile pacer from an owners perspective is now a costly business, and like most investors of significant sums, owners are looking for a quick return. Breeders are in the same boat. Service fees, mare maintenance costs, foal rearing and yearling preparation all add up, and the breeder hopes his product will return a healthy profit.
Last Sunday the Brisbane edition of APG was indeed a mixed bag with 32 0f the 70 listed lots being passed in. A quick check of the APG website on Thursday indicates that all these are still listed under the banner of "make an offer" . In the actual sales (includes "buy backs" if any), 8 lots made good money ranging from $30-65,000, there were 7 in the $20-29,500 bracket and 6 went from $10-19,500. It is fair to say that this group of 21 yearlings showed varying levels of profit. The next 7 lots made from $5-9,500 and line ball would be the optimistic view here. The remaining 8 lots made from $2-4,500 and would by any standards, be a crashing disappointment to their breeders. On the bright side, the top lot, by Art Major from Toute Le Monde, was sold on behalf of Burwood Stud and Greg Mitchell to sales regulars, Marc Hanover and Gordon Banks,making a tasty $65,000 in the process.. Lot 549, by Bettors Delight from Rani Major, which featured in last week's column, lived up to its wraps and pulled in a cool $50,000, going to Transport Consortium Pty Ltd.
Last Sunday's "barometer" indicates that harness in Queensland is still in line for rough weather in the seasons to come. It is just another of the warning signs which have appeared on the Queensland Harness Highway in the last two decades. A highway which will soon be a back road to nowhere if ALL OF US don't try harder to turn the sport around in a meaningful fashion!!
It's just four weeks from this Sunday, to the Easter Sunday Fun Day trot meeting. Marburg's biggest meeting of the year will be a doozy, with on and off track entertainment to compliment the seven race card all afternoon. All the traditional sponsors are on board, Ipswich City Council, Bendigo Rosewood Community Bank, The Wallace Family, The Mitchell family, Chrissie and John Turner, who will be there, but in light hearted disguise this year, and The Sundowner Hotel Haigslea. Also, Marburg's longest serving sponsors, our dedicated regular volunteers, without whom there would be no Marburg Pacing Association. This year, the Sunday Fun Day race card will feature the first two rounds of the Ipswich Marburg Young Driver's Championship. Rounds three and four will be held thirteen days later on Saturday, April 29th when the overall winner will be decided by points earned in the four races. Division 10 councillor, David Pahlke, will be the man decorating the young drivers with polo shirts, caps and medallions. Put Easter Sunday on your calendar now. Come and join the MPA for the best afternoon of family harness racing you could imagine, and all at very modest prices. Naturally, the Easter Bunny will be there with a very large basket of eggs for the kids. Week by week, we will keep you up to the mark on what to expect on Easter Sunday Fun Day!
We will need a bit more room on the leader board if Nathan Dawson keeps his current form .Five winning drives for the week, with recognised star, Pete McMullen, holding down second spot on four. Meanwhile, Darrell Graham sits on the trainer's throne, having led in a solid four winners over the seven day period. Most pleasing sight, eighty metres of Zanow's best track topping, sitting at Marburg show ground, ready to be spread. No more rained out meetings!!
Resultsville Albion Park 10/03.. Ashleys Angel (Gary Whitaker forDarren Hooper).. Gangster Boy (Narissa McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Albion Park 11/03.. Remember Them (Danielle McMullen for Greg Franklin).. Another Broadway (Darrell Graham).. Another Swinger (Pete McMullen for Vicki Rasmussen).. Ima Little Tycoon (Simon Burrows).. Karloo Kix (Barty Cockburn for Megan Cockburn).. .Marburg 11/03.. Don't Be jealous (Ricky Gordon for Lacey Hinze).. Riverleigh Jeff (Gary Whitaker for tess Neaves).. Rory Mach (Gary Whitaker for Darrell Graham).. Red Luck (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Inciter (Greg Elkins).. High cloud Lass (Denis Smith).. Inverell 12/03.. Zaras Delight (Nathan Dawson for Mick butler).. Albion Park 14/03.. I'll Do It When I'm Ready (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Abitgoingonhere ( Barty Cockburn for Mick Butler).. Purple Royale (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Cougar Oreily (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Threo (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 15/03.. Raesawinner (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis).. Annas Best (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Swift Approval (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..Millenium Star (Nathan Dawson for Phil Mitchell).. Redcliffe 17/03/2017.. I'm Angus Mattgregor (Nathan Dawson for Steve Bunz).. Montana Brave (Darrell Graham for Craig Smith).. How We Roll (Trent Moffat for Bill Crosby).. I'm Johnny Jet (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Make A Point (Nathan Dawson for Merv Hieronymus).. My Change Of Heart (Ricky Gordon)..