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« 2014-Sep-07, 07:23 PM Reply #25 »
                         "TROT TACTICS". 06/09/2014..
 
  Tomorrow is Father's Day. What better way to spend the occasion than shouting the old, or not so old chap, to a day at Allman Park, Warwick. First you get the nice drive in the countryside of the southern Downs, and then, a taste of trotting on the turf with the six race program presented by the Darling Downs Harness Racing Club. It is 47 years since pacers raced at Warwick other than "show races". It is also claimed that this the absolute first time that horses and sulkies have graced the grass at the Warwick gallops track. The DDHRC have attracted good fields including a trot, and club President, race caller Anthony Collins and his Committee are set to provide a great family day of racing, food and drink and diversions for the kids. All they need is you. In the short time that "grass racing" has been on show to the trot fans of southern Queensland, it has proved capable of drawing very good crowds. Be part of the upsurge!!
 
  The department of corrections tells us that the Marburg race meeting set down for September 13 has been shifted back a week to September 20th. Also, the "Harriott Memorial" meeting will now be run on November 8th. Both should be entered in the black book. Also, in the "non race" meeting department there will be two important meetings held this Monday night, Botra (Albion Park,7.00pm) and Marburg Pacing Association at the Marburg Community Hall. (7.30pm)
 
  There will be no unofficial trials at Marburg for the next three Sundays, September 7th, 14th and of course the 21stby reason of the Non-TAB meeting of the day previous. The MPA rationale behind the decision is lack of trainer numbers utilising the trials which has been the end result of the Queensland Harness Racing Board's publicly stated policy of "no provision for hobbyists". (The following is an excerpt from an email by this writer to RQ and QHRB on Sunday August 31.) This total failure to provide reasonable and accessible racing and earning opportunity for the less wealthy  sector of the sport has so depressed these valuable people who have been the backbone of the sport since Queensland returned to registered racing in the 1950s that the unofficial trials at Marburg this morning attracted only six (6) horses. It is the first time in the history of Marburg that the number of volunteers present exceeded that of the horses. Let me remind you that the MPA' s main aim was, for over 30 years, to provide a steady supply of educated and race fit horses, and drivers, into the Queensland racing pool.
 
  Further to the above, when unofficial trials recommence ,hopefully on September 28th, this writer would appeal to all trainers to do your utmost to support the unofficial trials, as the MPA will be doing its utmost to support  you and the harness horse racing pool in Queensland.
 
   Now, some personal stats from the racing season just finished. Among the drivers, Pete McMullen was the busiest, facing the starter on 1075 occasions for 174 wins and 315 placings earning $854,634 for connections. Narissa McMullen was almost as busy, with her 1065 drives  producing 139 wins, 222 places and $565,540.  Darrel Graham was next, with 554 trips for 81 wins and 122 places picking up $534,752.. Kelli Dawson went round 443 times and hauled in $253,341 from 42 wins and 95 minors. Among the trainers, John McMullen provided 900 starters for 73 winners and 176 placegetters and $302,264. Darrel graham sent round 687 to produce 122 winners and 145 places for $649,357. Close up was Chantal Turpin with 621 runners for 104 plus 181 and a hefty $545,749.. Some effort for Chantal to break the magic century of winners so early in her training career. More impressive local stats posted by impressive local folk next week.
 
  Change of season did not change much on the leader board. Chantal Turpin up and running with three winners and Narissa McMullen heading the drivers also on three wins.
 
  Resultsville Albion Park 29/08.. Franco Bulgari (Narissa McMullen).. Albion Park 30/08.. Ideal Tact (Ray Law).. My Jellignite (Hayden Barnes).. Constantly Sideways (Dale Chalk for Bill Crosby).. Albion Park 01/09.. Hachem (Adam Sanderson for Brittany Graham).. Albion Park  02/09.. My Ultimate Hell (Narissa McMullen for Wayne Davis).. Andiamo El Ferrari (Narissa for John McMullen).. Redcliffe 03/09.. Reddy Fire (Chantal Turpin).. My Crazy Ex (Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 04/09..Helava Grand View (Nathan Dawson for Trent Knack).. Sneaky Catch (Trent Dawson)..
 

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« 2014-Sep-15, 09:18 AM Reply #26 »
        "TROT TACTICS"..13/09/2014..
 
  Drivers sported black armbands at Albion Park on Tuesday to mark the passing that morning of former top line trainer, John Kann. Kann had battled illness for a lengthy period and was only 69 when he died. Based at Deception Bay for a great part of his career, JK was never far from the top of the training tree, producing a total of 1377 winners and 1793 place getters. No slouch as a driver, getting home first on 317 occasions, Kann none the less preferred to engage other drivers for most races. The decade of the 90's and the early years of the new millennium, saw driver of choice, Peter Greig, in Kann's familiar blue jacket and yellow sash, prominent in the Juvenile Classic events aboard the likes of All Eyes On Me taking out the 3 and 4yo Triad finals in 2000/1 finishing with $349,926 in the bank. Earlier, Ima Dream, winner of 16 from 29 outings had collared the 2 and 4yo Triad Finals in 1992/94 for earnings of $129,718. JK also produced Left A Dream winner of 15 from 49 including a 2yo Breeders Classic amassing $153,448 for connections. His last winner was Dofornow  on 13/07/09 and his last Metro success was with Allentown on 11/10/08..
 
  John Kann was an unassuming but very friendly man, who liked nothing more than a yarn with his mates on race night. He was the ultimate realist, never over rating his horses. He was however, a very talented and hardworking trainer, one of the last of the old school of practical horsemen. The measure of his ability to "sort the wheat from the chaff" can be found in a comment from Peter Greig, that, at one time, JK "had 24 in work and there were wins left in every one of them". The racing game is one of chance, and a stubborn respiratory virus which plagued the Kann stable for more than 12 months put JK out of business. The stress of the horse wastage ruined him both physically and mentally, leading to his decline and early demise. John Kann was an asset to Queensland trotting, and will be very sadly missed. He was a bit special.
 
  As promised, further stats for local up and comers from the racing season just gone. Brittany Graham, drove in 256 races for 40 wins and 67 places bringing in $138,497.. In the training department, BG had 97 starters for 12 wins and 29 places for $69,524.. Dani-elle McMullen drove on 299 occasions finishing with figures of 29 and 70 for $132,292. Calvert based family team of Greg and Matt Elkins put together figures as follows, Greg, training, turned out 331 runners for 48 wins, 70 places and $167,425. In a limited stint in the sulky he had 59 trips for 2 and 9 earning $12,535. Son Matt was a different story with a score of 16 and 44 from 200 appearances for $57,150. Moving from Calvert to lower Mt Walker we encounter Trevor Lambourn  presenting 313 at the races for 34 and 57 with dollars of $132,269. In the cart, TL's figures were 152 for 21 and 34, picking up $76,357.To round out this weeks report we have Ray Law, who produced 135 runners for 30 and 36 snagging $186,710. Driving results were 99 trips for 18 and 18 netting $113,982. (Shows he knew the right ones to be on). More next week.
 
  Due to a Show Society event there will be no unofficial trials tomorrow, but they will recommence on  Sunday28/09. Do not despair, a week today, September 20th, The Marburg Club will host a race meeting. The program will include official trials and a five race non-TAB card. Bookies will be in attendance and will field on the local events and major gallops meetings. Gallops punters will be kept up to date via Sky Channel screens. The mini trotters will be in action so you can see one of the key points of entry  into the harness sport for the kids, while the kids in the carts have a great time. All the usual Marburg amenities, country cooking, hot and cold drinks, succulent desserts, and an extensive bar list at rock bottom prices. There is no better place to see country trotting than Marburg. Exciting races and the track side fans are up close and involved in the action. If you saw trotting at the Ekka last month, and were impressed, then Marburg is the place to be next Saturday afternoon. Bring your friends.
 
  Since the closure of Glenn McDermott's  "Harness Talk", the Marburg area has lacked an outlet for the many and varied consumables required for your average pacer and trotter. Peter and Bev Steele have stepped into the gap with "Fastwork Horse Supplies". Situated in Queen Street Marburg, adjacent to the showgrounds, Peter and Bev already have a good range of products,and invite owners and trainers to check out the deals on offer.
 
   The leader board. Like the sky in a drought, nothing changes much here. Brother and sister, Narissa and Pete McMullen, shared driving honours at three apiece, while Chantal Turpin trained four for a trip up Victory Lane.
 
  Resultsville..Albion Park 05/09..nil.. Albion Park 06/09.. Franco bulgari (Narissa McMullen).. Albion Park 08/09.. Whatajetstar (NarissaDale (Shane Graham for Ken Belford).. Judah Ben Hur (Brendan Barnes for Ken Belford).. Shareapassion (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 09/09.. Uncle Lile (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Therecomesatime (Narissa for Ron Sallis).. Redcliffe 10/09.. nil.. Redcliffe 11/09.. Jilliby Mac (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Prince Assassin (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn).. Washington Lass (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Bee Jays Abundance (Steve Burke)..
 

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« 2014-Sep-22, 06:15 AM Reply #27 »
"TROT TACTICS"..20/09/2014..
 
   With spring well on the way, Marburg trots is the place to be today. The trials portion of the program will kick off at 11.00am and the five race card at approximately 12.30pm. The mini trotters will add to the spectacle as the six to sixteen year olds do battle in preparation for a later career on the race track. Great country burgers, fish and chips, delightful desserts, hot and cold drinks and the best bar prices in town, all make for a super afternoon for the family. For the punters, we have bookies that come there to bet, plus Sky Channel screens to follow major gallops meetings. Admission adults $5, pensioners $3 and kids under 16 go free. All up, it's a great day out!!
 
  Any one who is thinking of applying for a trainer or driver's licence in the harness sport, or is currently in the system, should ring Neale Scott on 0412 412 987 as soon as possible. The licence course requires compulsory attendance on four ( 4) Sundays for practical instruction and assessment. For the purpose of the current course, these days will fall between 28/09/2014 and 26/10/2014 inclusive.. That is a span of five (5) Sundays, four (4) of which will be utilised. Don't miss out, as the total course takes six months to complete.
 
  The last time that trainer/driver, Murray Sullivan, was big news in Queensland, was when he and his staff were winched off the roof of the accommodation at Clive Palmer's Lowood training complex during the flood which devastated Grantham. In the aftermath, which included a stint at Menangle for Palmer, and no doubt thinking that fending off water borne brown snakes was not part of the job description, Murray went back to the south west of NSW to regroup. A little time passes and Murray has re-invented himself with a vengeance. Two weeks into the new season and MS has driven 8 winners from 14 drives which sees him sitting pretty in second place on the state drivers premiership. With good mate Jason Gaffney, the MS and JG road show are training a team of 15 pacers while holding down full time jobs in small goods and concreting. Racing being what it is, the enterprise could go anywhere from here but, on current form, up is the likely direction.
 
  See, it is true. Racing and Wagering WA have officially announced their commitment to the Inter-dominion Series 2015/17.. RWWA will put a total of $8.1 million into the 2015 carnival with $1.3 million for the Grand Final and $500,000 for the heats. And yes, it's three rounds of heats and the Final. Four night's of "edge of seat" racing. Excitement will be mounting right now, and long term plans being laid. Yahoo!!
 
  Don't forget. Unofficial trials will be held at Marburg next Sunday morning. Nominations on track at 7.15 am. Early warning for the Annual General Meeting. Will be held at Marburg showground on Sunday October 19th after the trials. Intending office bearers should indicate 14 days prior to the meeting. Nomination forms available from race day office.
 
  In a week where we could manage only eleven winners, the leader board was only marginally affected. Chantal Turpin tied Trevor Lambourn with 3 winners each as trainers, and Pete McMullen ran a dead heat in the driving department with Chris  Petroff. Both landing two victories.
 
  Resultsville.. Albion park 12/09.. nil... Albion Park 13/09..nil.. Albion Park 15/09.Rule The Rock (Lola Weidemann for Alan Godwin).. Players (Narissa for John McMullen).. Prince assassin (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn).. Albion Park 16/09.. Just A Fling (Denis Smith).. Boltmaro (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Threo (Brendan Barnes for Trevor Lambourn)..Redcliffe 17/09  Abercrombie Zombie (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Montana Falcon (Brittany Graham for Darrel Graham).. My Crazy Ex (Chantal Turpin).. Macs Choice (Amy Rees for Mark Rees).. Redcliffe 18/09.. Ohoka Mach (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn)..
 

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« 2014-Sep-28, 09:09 PM Reply #28 »
"TROT TACTICS"..27/09/2014..
 
  Tough efforts and several very tight finishes were the order of the day at Marburg last Saturday. The first event set the tone for the day,when the Glenn Walsh trained and driven Bonjour La Belle did it the hard way outside the leader, Cockys Fancy (Lola Weidemann). The lead changed twice in the last three hundred metres, but Bonjour La Belle kept grinding away to get the nod by a short half head right on the post. Hashtagyolo ran a solid third, 3 metres back, with a mile rate of 2-03.5.
 
Race two went to the consistent Tiki Topaz (Glenn Dawson) which started at $3.50, defeating the almost all the way leader and heavily backed favourite, Sevaerg (Dale Chalk) by 1.5 metres, with Fake Romeo (Ken Burwell) some 3.3 metres away. Time was good with a mile rate of 2-0.4..
 
Race three went once more to camp Dawson with Jaylets Fury (Nathan Dawson) having 1.9 metres to spare from Rule The Rock (Lola Weidemann) another to face the breeze throughout, with Night Raider (S. Weidemann) a further 2.9 metres away in third,the mile rate 2-06.5. The black booker from this was Rule The Rock trained by Alan Godwin..
 
Race four. The toughest run of the day came from Magic Dawn driven by Narissa McMullen and trained by her father John. The 7yo daughter of "Dawn Of a New Day" pressured second placegetter, the ultra consistent Colada Rose (Ken Parker) from barrier to box, drawing away down the running to score by 7.5 metres in a rate of 2-03.4. Queens Crossing (Denis Smith), which trailed Colada rose throughout, faded to be beaten 22.2 metres with a similar margin to Misty Maria (Nicole Hanrahan) in fourth spot.
 
Race five was a stand start and King Grin (Narissa McMullen for Greg Elkins) took advantage of a favourable 20 metre handicap to take out the 2200metre event.Second home was Mister Armageddon, (Lola for Julie Weidemann) , with Sookie Go Goes (Nathan Dawson For Michael Benham) a solid third. The rate was 2-05.1 and margins 3.6 and 5.5 metres.King Grin's win was the product of a trainer who reads the conditions of a race. King Grin had won more races than the combined total of his opposition, and the $1.60 on offer was probably luxury odds.
 
A note of explanation here. With the "finish lynx" finish camera system, all margins are from the winner to the individual horse.
 
Wanora based trainer/ driver, Ray Law will head south to Menangle early next month, with his stable stars, Ideal Tact and Chal Fire. Following the example of Ken Rattray, who has made several successful forays to NSW's premier track with Destreos and Funny Boy, Law will be taking two iron hard and in form pacers to do battle on the 1400metre circuit. Both possess gate speed and a fair bit of determination in a tight finish. So, Ray Law heads off with a good chance rather than a combination of whim and hope!!
 
The leader board shows little change with Chantal Turpin  training four winners and Pete McMullen ddriving three..
 
Resultsville.. Albion Park 19/09. Just A Fling (Denis Smith).. Sista To Mafuta (Shane graham to Darrel Graham).. Boom Boom Hall (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 20/09.. Ideal Tact (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Marburg 20/09..See review above.. Albion Park 22/09.. Rollon Chilli (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham).. Jayronray (Amy Rees for Mark Rees).. Bubsarolling (Narissa McMullen for Glenn Dawson).. Albion Park 23?09.. Sea Spray Notch (Lola Weidemann for James Harriott).. Redcliffe 24/09.. Washington Lass (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Emperor Montana (Brttany Graham for Darrel Graham).. Redcliffe 25/09.. Checkhimout (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Blessed Is The Boy (Narrissa for John McMullen).. My Crazy Ex (Chantal Turpin).. Master Of The Art (Justin Storie for Trevor Lambourn)..
 

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« 2014-Oct-06, 07:06 AM Reply #29 »
                                                                   "TROT TACTICS"..04/10/2014..
 
  Just dropping bye for a week to attend the wedding of Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen, was former Lockyer Waters lass, Lauren Jones. L J made a good decision when she opted to apply for a job with leading trainer, Garry Hall Snr's Perth based operation. First impressions are the strongest it seems, and Jones's no nonsense work ethic convinced "Senior" that here was someone worth encouraging with a view to the not too distant future. Drives were quick to come ,and now the last eight months have yielded more than 20 wins. Vapour, a gelded son of Jeremes Jet and the Christian Cullen mare, Enjoy ,has provided four of these wins and others have included Our Arlington and Jaccka Felix. It won't be long before the lightweight reinswoman is back in the land of the black swans, handling the expensive stock which finds its way from New Zealand to the Hall stable. We won't see Lauren Jones back in Brisbane in a hurry. She is on a good thing and has every intention of sticking to it.
 
  A further addition to the last season stats is Amy Rees who hails from Peak Crossing. A.R. went round on 199 occasions for 13 wins, 40 places and $56,074 in prizemoney. Amy, with an eye on a good job and a secure future, will commence a psychology degree course at Griffith University's Mt Gravatt campus in the new academic year. She will continue to devote plenty of time to trotting, hoping to outdrive her concession claim before it expires, and also train some winners in her own name. Well known for following trainer's instructions Amy picks the best horse she has driven to date to be Deano Robyn which featured in the recent "state Of Origin" series for young drivers.  With 2013/14 now behind us, Amy is on the board early in the new season with wins on Macs Choice and Jayronray. If she maintains that strike rate this could be a 25 win effort coming up. We hope so.
 
  What is commonplace for our superstars in trotting today is a rare treat for the hobbyist. Jenny Halliday, who has battled severe illness for longer than you can remember, had a little bit of joy last Monday when she trained both Melton Bonover and Mister Attitude to win at Albion Park. Nathan Dawson had both drives and was suitably impressed with the result. In what was a good week, ND scored another double at the Redcliffe Thursday meeting with Blessed Is The Boy trained by John McMullen and Cruisin Luxury, trained by himself. Both Jenny and Nathan will be thinking it doesn't get a whole lot better.
 
   Pete McMullen, a young man who is always in a hurry, seems certain to set a new speed record in the near future when he will become the youngest and fastest driver to reach a total of 1,000 winners lifetime. Currently sitting on 968 victories, and with 18months in hand,Pete needs just 32 more to wrest the title from Amanda Turnbull of NSW. The world turns and circumstances change.  Half a century back,when this writer was a regular attendee at Harold Park, most of the recognised star drivers of the day  had amassed lifetime figures which were not within a bulls roar of the magic thousand. Nor, for that matter, would the bulk of them ever given such an achievement any great consideration as a career goal. As I said, the world turns and values change!
 
  On the Marburg front, we race next Saturday in conjunction with the Black Snake Creek Festival. Unofficial trials will be held today with the education segment to go at 8.00am approximately. The Annual General meeting of the Marburg Pacing Association will be held after the trials on Sunday October 19th. If you wish to be on the Marburg Committee, you should contact Greg Cumberland for a nomination form. ( cumberl@bigpond.com.au ).
 
  The leader board is marginally different this week, with up and coming driver, Nathan Dawson posting four wins, while his boss, John McMullen was top trainer, scoring on three occasions.
 
  Resultsville..Albion Park 26/09.. Montana Falcon (Brittany Graham for Darrel Graham).. Alta Antonio (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Albion Park 27/09.. Supabet (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. LeBron (Pete for Brian McCall)..  Albion Park 29/09 Coralie Joy (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham).. Melton Bonover Nathan Dawson for Jenny Halliday).. Mister Attitude (Nathan Dawson for Jenny Halliday).. Albion Park 30/09.. Artzone (Trent Dawson for Geoff Dawson).. My Man Dan (Chantal Turpin).. Andriamo El Ferrari (Narissa for John McMullen).. Redcliffe 01/10.. nil... Redcliffe 02/10.. Blessed Is The Boy (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. Lady Royal Sue (Narissa for John McMullen).. Cruisin Luxury (Nathan Dawson)..
 

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« 2014-Oct-12, 07:19 PM Reply #30 »
"TROT TACTICS"11/10/2014..
 
  This could be your lucky day. There's a dual opportunity at Marburg with the annual community based "Black Snake Creek Festival" in the centre of town, with its craft, produce and food stalls, plus bands and local service groups. Kick off at the Festival in the morning and enjoy the local hospitality, and, after the street parade at 11.00am you can cruise up the road (a five minute walk) to the Showground and enjoy a couple of hours of "close up and exciting" country trotting at the Marburg Pacing Association's non-TAB race meeting. The first race goes at about 12.30pm and the mini-trotters are there as well, so the kids will be happy with that. After the racing, just head back to the Festival and kick back with the bands. See, as I said, it's the full day package.
 
  For the lovers of the trotter, the Darrel Alexander Memorial Series is in full swing, with second round of heats run last night. The $30,000 Final will take place next Saturday night October 18. We will bring you a preview of the prestige event and, hopefully, a reasonably accurate prediction as to the result.
 
  The spring Carnival commences tonight, with the Be Good Johnny Sprint  for $30,000 the major attraction. Another race on the program, The Seymour Rising Stars Championship C0 Final has risen by $9,000 to $25,000. Not bad money for a career penalty event. Control Body Chairman, Greg Mitchell stated recently at a Botra meeting that, "anyone can buy a horse for these races and others run on a Saturday under the "Q" assessment". This writer is not sure that "anyone" can buy horses of this calibre as they generally go on the expensive side. What is certain is that the money is there. How Joe Average gets a bit of it is the uncertain part.
 
  On the same card as the DJA Final, is the Gold Coast Cup for $75,000 and a further "Seymour" Final this time for C1 pacers again bearing a career penalty. Heats for these races are run on the Tuesday prior. It's a neat system. Get the right horse which can race twice a week while retaining its form and you are on the road to riches. On October 25, there is a further "Seymour" Final , this time for C2/C3 pacers. The main event on the program is the Garrards Queensland Pacing Championship of $200,000. To wind the Spring Carnival up with a bang, most of the "Q" races  on the night have been raised from $12,000 to $14,999, just $1.00 short of the designated "metro penalty" threshold. Why all this information?.  Well maybe, just maybe, there are some millionaires reading today's article, who might like to invest in a pacer or trotter. For a racing investment proposition with the horse "anyone can buy", the current Saturday night "worst case scenario" would have to include a lot of bad luck if it failed to return a modest profit. With average luck a good return seems highly likely.
 
  Marburg trials regular, and tough as teak trotting man, Noel Parrish was rewarded for his patience at Kilcoy when the aptly named Its You Not Me ( by It Is I from  Utwo) was successful on on the grass last Sunday. Parrish has a small team of ordinary horses, but no one can doubt the effort that goes into making them perform to their best. It's a family affair with Emilee Annetts listed as the winning owner. It turned out to be a slightly better than average day at the office with another member of the team, Hez To Blame, picking up second money in an earlier event. Lets hope that the upward trend continues.
 
  The leader board showed a slight variation this week, with Pete McMullen and Trevor Lambourn equal scoring in the driving department at two wins apiece. Chantal Turpin stood alone as a trainer with a total of three winners.
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 03/10.. Justanothermaori (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 04/10.. Supabet (Gary whitaker for Chantal Turpin).. Kyvalley Racer (Kay Crone  for Gavin Crone).. Kilcoy 05/10.. Los bravos (Adam Sanderson for Darrel graham).. Its You Not Me (Noel Parrish).. Better Than Money (Darrel Graham)..  Albion Park 07/10.. Prince Assassin (Trevor Lambourn).. Im Young Tommy (Kelli Dawson for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 08/10.. No Number (Pete for Jason Carkeet).. Redcliffe 09/10.. Hashtagyolo (Nathan Dawson for Glenn Dawson).. Prince Assassin (Trevor Lambourn).. Mister Seelster (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins)..
 
 Selections for Albion Park tonight..R 1: Quinella 1-5: Ima Sea Storm (P. Diebert) and Certainly James(S.Graham).. R 2: Quinella 2-3: Designer Style (M.Neilson) and Master Grinner (P. Greig).. R 3: Quinella 1-6: Truly Blissful (C. Petroff) and Regal Stride (S. Graham).. R 4: E/w 6: Our Hi Jinx (L. McCarthy).. R 5:Quinella 2-5: Ima Gucci Girl (B. Cowen) and Superliner (D. Graham).. R 6: Box trifecta 1-2-3. Le Bron (P. McMullen) --Majestic Major (G. Dixon)-Destreos (M.Neilson).. R 7 G : Quinella 1-8: Hugh Hefner (L. McCarthy)-- Place your bet (B. Cowen).. R 8: Box trifecta 2-3-6. Five Star Trump ( G. Crone)--Just A Bit Coco (D. Lee)-- Melpark Macca (G. Whitaker).. R 9: Quinella 2-4: Wilusi Blues (B. Cockburn) and Rakarebel (M. Neilson).. R 10: Box trifecta 1-3-8: Crazy Mach (G. Dixon)-- Washington Lass (P. McMullen)-- Highview Ember (C. Turpin)..
 
  Marburg picks today.. R 1: 2-5-3 .. R 2: 1-8-5.. R 3: 1-8-5.. R 4:  1-3-7.. R 5: 2-3-4...
 
  Thanks folks.  Regards Denis.

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« 2014-Oct-20, 07:01 AM Reply #31 »
"TROT TACTICS"..18/10/2014..
 
  Best news of the week came late on Thursday when Mt Walker based Kenny Parker steered his home bred mare Colada Rose to a three metre victory at Redcliffe. It was the six year old daughter of Left By Colada and Mischevious Molly's  first win in a career which had spanned 60 starts. It was an "all Ipswich" finish with second going to Madame Camelot ( Dan Russell for Steve Towns) and Queens Crossing (Denis Smith). What is important is that Ken Parker would have to be the oldest active trot driver in Queensland, at a sprightly 81 years of age. It was a great sight to see, with the light weight veteran charging straight to the front from 6 alley, and setting a pace which was just a little too hot for his rivals. It just goes to show what love of a sport coupled with a steely determination to "bat on" when luck is not going your way, can achieve. KP has taken his 6yo mare along steadily, and, being a believer in hard work and plain feed, "Rosie" has steadily improved in stamina to the point where, in recent weeks, she has been more in the money than out of it. Thursday's win was no surprise.
 
  Ken Parker was of course, as pleased as punch with the win, recalling that his last trip down Victory lane was in 2008 at Rocklea. The whole event should be cause for thought amongst our modern day administrators, who are hell bent on promoting only the young or current superstars to the detriment of trainers and drivers of mature years. Those who guide our sport should be reminded that the horse does the running in this game, and, as with Colada Rose and Kenny Parker, reasonable equine ability coupled with good hands and years of  experience in the sulky  ensuring that the horse is driven to suit its racing traits, is the recipe for success. Thursday was not only a personal success for Kenny Parker, it was a victory for the hobby trainers and drivers of Queensland. They should take heart from this and just keep going that extra mile. As to KP's age, he will be around on track for a good while yet, he is only as old as the horse he feels!!
 
  Racing at Marburg last Saturday was of the usual high standard, with Race 1 going to Los Amante (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham), which showed gate speed to lead from the 3 alley going on to score from Penny Moreau (Gary Whitaker) and Lombo Rendesvous (Justin Storie).Margins were 18.4 mtres x SHHD in a rate of 2-02.5..  Race 2, a stand start event, with Ohoka Utah (Lola for Julie Weidemann) stepping smartly to lead throughout and hold off Chevals Diamond (Jason Carkeet) and Diamante Maravu (Gary Whitaker). Margins were 1.8 metres x HFNK, the rate 2-03.2.   Race 3, veteran pacer, Mr Moseby (Gary Whitaker for Mick Benham) led from barrier to box, defeating Hez To Blame (Noel Parrish) and Colada Rainbow (Mitchell Dawson). Margins, 3.1 metres x 6.8 in a rayte of 2-04.5.. Race 4, Cammys Star (Lola Weideman) came from behind the leader and kept going to down Two Left Steps (Gary Whitaker), and the honest Colada Rose (Ken Parker). Margins were 1.4 metres x 9.1m, mile rate...   Race 5,Nod Dor (Dayl March) "got the nod" in the last of the day, sustaining a long sprint from 1 out 3 back at the bell, heading off Spirit Of Aurora (Nathan Dawson) and Its All Aces (Trevor Lambourn). 1.1 metres x HD were the margins in a rate of 2.04.1..  Oddly, for a Marburg meeting, only the first winner was locally trained. The remainder came ,two from Clifton, one from Warwick and the other from Toorbul near Bribie island. There is food for thought if that trend continues.
 
  If you are a hobby breeder, and thinking of breeding a pacer this season, you should be looking at Enrique NZ ( Presidential Ball x Hint x Holmes Hanover), a horse that gets you in with a definite chance at just $500 with a live foal guarantee. Multiple winners by this horse include Enrique Of Malacca (1-55.1), Teenteeitsdynamite (1-58.0), Jinky Johnson NZ (1.59) and Ronnoco NZ four wins to date. Contact Colin Knox at Braycrest Park Thagoona. 07 5464 5380 or email cknox@bigpond.net.au..
 
  An update on the most publicised recycling exercise involving a standardbred ever attempted, that of Ideal Guy (Andy) from race track to dressage arena. Progress for the attractively marked chestnut has been remarkable with "Andy" headed to Equitana in Melbourne next month, where he will give a one hour display of his talents in one of equitations most technical disciplines. Given the reputation of the people involved with the ex-pacer, this show will be something out of the box!
 
 Don't for get that the Annual General Meeting of the Marburg Pacing Association takes place tomorrow after the unofficial trials. Come along and see where the MPA is at and where it is headed. Trials nominations are taken at 7.15am and education goes at approx. 8.00am. Best "brekky burgers", tea, coffee and cold drinks, all at rock bottom prices.
 
  The leader board says that Darrel Graham was top trainer with four winners for the week while Trevor Lambourn, carrying on his recent run of success and Adam Sanderson, shared driving honours at two apiece.
 
  Resutsville.. Albion Park 10/10.. Newmerella Fella (Brett for Max Towns).. Albion Park 11/10.. Montana Falcon (Brittany for Darrel Graham).. Franco Bulgari (Narissa McMullen).. Highview Ember (Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 14/10.. Just A Fling (Denis Smith).. Major Command (Trevor Lambourn).. Therecomesatime (Luke McCarthy for Ron Sallis).. Threo (Trevor Lambourn).. Redcliffe 15/10.. Art In Paris (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham).. Exotique (Trent for Geoff Dawson).. Redcliffe 16/10.. Colada Rose (Kenny Parker).. The Reverend Black (Darrel Graham)..
 

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« 2014-Oct-27, 08:13 PM Reply #32 »
"TROT TACTICS"..25/10/2014..
 
  John Davis.. Last Monday saw the passing of John Davis as a result of severe illness. Davis, who was a quiet and reserved man, a house painter by trade, worked a medium sized team of pacers with his wife Pam and son Wayne at Hattonvale. The JD stable was always in the firing line, with a number of their well performed Saturday night stock sourced from the Paul Fitzpatrick stables in Sydney.
 
  In recent years, the line up included Davey J, Dougs Place and Hez Hellbound, the last winning the entires and geldings division of the 4YO  Triad Championship in 2010..JD did not drive in later years, with Tim Gillespie, Pete McMullen and Gary Whitaker sporting the blue and light blue halves on the racetrack. An early life and serious venture in the hack and pony show ring, paved the way to establish the Davis trademark. A Davis horse went to the races with a coat like satin and wearing immaculate harness. In this age where for most the hose is the main grooming tool JDs horses went on the track, fit, well, and ready to run for their lives. He did not start many horses at the Sunday morning trials, preferring to turn up with Pam and watch the action while enjoying the "yack session" under the canteen awning. Age, illness and death are realities of life. Friends are taken from us and we can do nothing but mourn our loss. John Davis is gone. We must remember him as he was. An ornament to the light harness sport in Queensland, and a top bloke.
 
 
 
  Never losing sight of that magical 1,000 winners target, Pete McMullen showed his talent extended beyond the speedy accumulation of winners in Queensland, by taking out the inaugural Sky Racing Australian Drivers Championship held at Globe Derby Park on October 18. Six races were set aside for the Championship, and McMullen topped the scores with four more points than WA's Gary Hall jnr. Tasmanian rep, Gareth Rattray took third place on a count back from Chris Alford Vic and David Harding SA, all three finishing on 52 points. When a group of top flight drivers such as the twelve that contested this event come together, the luck of the draw in barriers and horseflesh has much influence on the result. Run a re-mix of horses, barriers and drivers, and the final standings could well be the reverse of the actual result. The main talent required is to sort out the horse's attitude and characteristics in the preliminary and go from there. That talent is, in itself, a gift that the bulk of drivers do not have.
 
  The Marburg Pacing Association's Annual General meeting saw only minimal changes in the Executive and Committee ranks. Steve Towns was returned as President supported by Peter Steele and Denis Smith, Greg Cumberland is Secretary and Chris McGuire retains the Treasurer's post. Committee is Trevor Perrin, Graydon McCoombes, Maxine Ellison, Karen Schulz, Ann-Marie Harriott and Debbie Summerhayes. The MPA acknowledges the mighty  contribution made by retiring members, Barry Hoare and Wayne Chalk. We probably hope that, like good racehorses, both have only gone to the paddock for a short spell. The Marburg aim for the next year is the usual story. Do as much as we can to provide a volume of race fit horses and drivers into the light harness pool and improve and expand our racing segment.
 
  On the broader front, Racing Queensland's experiment with shifting the race day "official" trials to the "after the last" time slot has been deemed a failure and will revert to their between races format on November 1st. Increased cost to race clubs and inconvenience to trainers were the factors which torpedoed the initiative.
 
  The "no more than 28 field selection points"  criteria which has somewhat blighted lower grade races at the Redcliffe Thursday meetings, will disappear at the same time.
 
  The leader board took a strong swing to Team Graham at Fernvale this week with DWG himself training a massive seven (7) winners for the week and stable foreman Adam Sanderson posting four (4) wins as a driver. Daughter Brittany and DWG himself managed two wins apiece in the sulky. Across the district 18 winners in total. A change for the better.
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 17/10.. Coralie Joy (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham).. Paris to Berlin (Matt for Greg Elkins).. Donegal Under Fire (Hayden Barnes)..  Albion Park 18/10.. Rummiking (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham).. Uncle Lile (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 21/10.. Bronze Ecstasy (Amy Rees for Mark Rees).. The Revend Black (Darrel Graham).. Ida Tiger (Hayden Barnes for Ali Khouiss).. Montana Falcon (Brittany Graham for Darrel Graham).. Major Sam (Darrel Graham).. Redcliffe 22/10.. Vain Spirit (Narissa for John McMullen).. Riverboat Diamond (Amy for Mark Rees).. Shootforthestarzzz (Brittany Graham for Shaun Gillespie).. Redcliffe 23/10..Colada Rainbow (Nathan Dawson for Allan Treadwell).. Rubys Bad Boy (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham).. The Artison (Amy Rees for Glenn Bridges).. My Arthur Bee (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham) .. Well To Do Lombo (Narissa McMullen).
 

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TROT TACTICS..01/11/2014..
 
  This week we feature  an article on Peak Crossing driver Amy Rees. Rees is growing popular with local trainers for her willingness to take on board their suggestions as to how their horse may be best driven. Add that engaging trait to a nice pair of hands and a cool head and you have the successful package that is Amy R. The following is lifted from the Queensland Racing (Harness) website and is reproduced with the permission of top race caller, Chris Barsby.
 
Last week, Rees steered home four winners starting at Albion Park on Tuesday with Bronze Ecstasy, Riverboat Diamond at Redcliffe on Wednesday, The Artison on Thursday at Redcliffe and then Village Villain at Albion Park on Friday afternoon.
It was clearly her best week in the bike.
And she wants the momentum to keep building.
“It was a fantastic week; I was able to get some luck at those meetings and drive some horses that are racing in good form, it was great to make the most of the opportunities.” Rees said.
Currently in a gap year before entering Griffith University, Rees assists her father Mark who prepares a team of eight at their Peak Crossing property, west of Brisbane.
Both Bronze Ecstasy and Riverboat Diamond came from their training partnership.
The arrival of Bronze Ecstasy earlier this year came about when generous harness racing benefactor Kevin Seymour offered several young people to buy their own horse to get them started.
Rees, 17, took up the option and with the help of respected agent Stuart Valentine, purchased the Bettors Delight gelding who has now three races under the care of the Rees family.
“Bronze Ecstasy has been a neat little horse since coming over from New Zealand, I was aggressive with him last week and held the lead and he ran out a convincing winner so I’m hoping that’s a good confidence builder for him.
“He’ll just keep going through his grades, he’s been a great horse to learn with and he’s clearly one of my favourites. Riverboat Diamond has come up really well this preparation and we were confident about her chances from the inside draw and the way she went at Albion Park the start prior, she likes to roll along and she went really well again.
“The Artison has been putting in some good efforts of late and we managed to get some luck, he actually finished his race off really well. Village Villain is also a cool horse although he can get a little keen at times, my instructions were to hold the front and he just kept going which was great.”
The victory aboard Village Villain proved to be her fastest with a 1;55.0 clocking.
Rees, now in her third season as a driver landed her first winner at the Gold Coast aboard the speedy pacer Longwoods on February 8 last year.
In total, Rees has driven a total of 28 winners with 73 minor placing’s from 344 drives.
Rees has enjoyed good success with Teenteeitsdynamite combining to win 6 races.
Next month, Rees will travel to Christchurch for Cup week with a group of Queensland Young Guns to take in more experience.
 
We were slightly out with our "info" that qualifying trials would revert to the "between races" format on November 1st. The actual date will be Thursday 6th of November and the venue will be Redcliffe. A full list of trial conditions will be available on the Racing Queensland website next week.
 
  While we are on the subject of dates, put a circle round Saturday, November 8th. This is one of the Marburg Feature race days and incorporates the "The Graham Harriott Memorial Trot".  Graham was a well liked, and high achieving President of the Marburg Pacing Association for a number of years. He combined administration with an impressive strike rate as a trainer of traditional trotters and his more recent "good ones"  included Poetic Device, Miss Adelaide and the ever reliable Cosmic Thunder. It's a six race program with trials commencing at 11.00am and the first races at 1.00pm. We have bookies, Sky Channel screens for the gallops, best "Barry Burgers". and other delicacies, with the best bar prices this side of the black stump, hot and cold drinks, an ice cream van and a super face painter for the kids. Traditional "tug o war" with three separate contests returns to the Marburg scene.
 
 Unofficial trials are on the Marburg slate for tomorrow morning. Nominations from 7.15 am and the education session goes at approximately 8.00am. Breakfast burgers, hot and cold drinks. Horse numbers are rising. Help us to stay on the up and up..
 
  The leader board, headed up by Ron Sallis (Fernvale/ Wanora) in the trainer's section with a total of three wins for the week, while regular, Narissa McMullen was top driver, scoring on four occasions.
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 24/10.. G.I.Lavros (Adam Sanderson for Shaun Gillespie).. Los Amante (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Luke By Knight (Lauren Panella for Ali Khouiss).. Nimrod (Pete for Ron Sallis).. Andiamo El Ferrari (Narissa for John McMullen)..  Albion Park 25/10.. Nil.. Albion Park 28/10.. Los Amante (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham).. Therecomsatime (Narissa for Ron Sallis).. Gloveman Gilly (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Redcliffe 29/10.. Fiscal Cliff (Narissa for Ron Sallis).. Redcliffe 30/10 .. My Lucky Life (Lola Weidemann for Russell Kajewski).. Well To Do Lombo (Narissa McMullen).. Our Third Time Lucky (Dan Russell).. Just A Little Jery (Nathan Dawson for Glenn Dawson).. Helava Grand View (Nathan for Trent Knack)..
 

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« 2014-Nov-10, 07:17 AM Reply #34 »
Marburg Showground is the place to be today, for the running of the Graham Harriott Memorial Trot. Centrepiece of a solid six race program, the Harriott Memorial commemorates GH's contribution to the Marburg Pacing Association and his successful passion for the traditional trotter. Trials commence at approximately 11.00am and the first race is scheduled for 12.35pm. Super "Barry Burgers", other delicacies, hot and cold drinks an ice cream van, a magic face painter for the kids and the best bar prices ever, combined with a strong betting facility. Its all there with "tug o war" contests between exciting racing on the close up Marburg circuit. Don't miss it. Adults $5.00, pensioners $3.00, kids under 16 years go free.
 
  Australia's greatest horse race, the Melbourne Cup ,run last Tuesday, has created a storm of controversy and conflicting opinion due to the unfortunate deaths of two of the runners. These were Admire Rakti which had won the Caufield Cup in recent weeks and Araldo, which was euthanased after a post race accident. Admire Rakti, which raced up on the speed for a good part of the race, gave ground in the latter stages, and, on returning to his race day stall collapsed and died. A post mortem examination indicated that Admire Rakti had suffered from fibrillation of the heart which led to total cardiac failure. Araldo was also euthanased when attempts to pin and plate a leg shattered when the horse took fright when returning to the unsaddling area after the race, were deemed to be unsuccessful.
 
  Animal rights organisations have been putting the spotlight on the horse codes in racing for a number of years now with a particular emphasis on "jumps" events. The majority of these groups support a total ban on racing, and it is difficult to not sympathise with some of the factors which have led to this stance, whether these are based on emotion or hard fact. The following extract from "Fairfax Media" is a statistical exercise which appears to support the line of hard fact. It is for the individual to decide whether the exercise is the "whole iceberg" or is it only a part of the berg, and whether they are comfortable with the picture it paints.
 
   CHRIS ROOTS reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that the facts simply do not support their campaigns.
"There are six animal rights groups, and with the exception of the RSPCA, all have adopted a position to close down racing. It is impossible to persuade them of another point of view regardless of the facts of the matter," he said.
"They are politically and ideologically opposed to racing because they believe horses should not be used for an economic benefit."
The ARB ( Australian Racing Board) released raw figures about raceday fatalities stating that 125 horses died in races or barrier trials in the 2013-14 season in 19,511 races where there were 189,259 starters, which means the ratio of deaths to runner is 0.0066 per cent. There are 36,675 racehorses in Australia.
 
  The RSPCA, which has been working for many years to reform some aspects of racing , said, in part. "Sadly, injury and death are the price some horses pay for our entertainment in a sport that puts intense pressure on animals to perform to the limits of their endurance."RSPCA chief executive Heather Neil focused on the use of the whip and called for it to be abolished by 2015.
 
  It is close to 80 years since the decision of the brewing industry in Sydney NSW to go to motor transport for the cartage of beer in 1935, there bye removing from daily life the last of the heavy horse drawn transports. It was, in effect the end of the "age of the horse", and that end saw the beginning of the conversion of the horse from a beast of burden to the pleasure and sporting animal we are familiar with today. The RSPCA has got it right. What ever way you look at it, the whip is an instrument for causing pain. We should not let ourselves be guilty of adding gratuitous pain to an athletic endeavour on the part of horses which are already at some risk of serious, and, on occasion, life threatening injury due to the very nature of racing itself.
 
  Both sides of the leader board are reserved for the Lord Mayor of Fernvale, Darrell Graham. In the training department, just the nine wins for the week, an incredible five of which came at Redcliffe on Thursday, and as a driver, DWG racked up five victories, with Pete McMullen at his shoulder posting four. Brittany Graham handled three of the remaining four Graham stable winners, and Hayden Barnes one.
 
  Resultsville..Albion Park 31/10..Lodr Jones (Darrell Graham).. Tiki Topaz (Nathan for Glenn Dawson).. My Precious Fling (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Exceptional Mach (Pete for Chantal Turpin)..Major Command (Trevor Lambourn).. Rummiking (Brittany for Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 01/11..Ronald George (Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 04/11..Melton Bonover (Nathan Dawson for Jenny Halliday).. Redcliffe 05/11.. Prince Benji (Peter Greig for Tess Neaves).. Fiscal Cliff (Pete for Ron Sallis).. Just Julia (Darrell Graham).. Miss Catalina (Gary Whitaker for Ricky Gordon).. Jaylets Fury (Glenn Dawson).. Pandoras Diamond (Glenn Dawson).. Redcliffe 06/11.. Her Ex And I (Darrell Graham).. The Reverend Black (Brittany for Darrell Graham).. My Arthur Bee (Darrell Graham).. Better Than Money (Brittany for Darrell Graham).. Supaliner (Hayden Barnes for Darrell Graham)..
 

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« 2014-Nov-17, 09:19 AM Reply #35 »
"TROT TACTICS"  15/11/2014..
 
  The Graham Harriott Memorial Trot was the feature race at last Saturday's Marburg meeting. It was the third running of the event which has yet to be won by a locally born trainer. The race has New Zealand stamped on it in letters large, with the first running taken out by Mister Malakye NZ, owned, trained and driven by ex-pat kiwi, Graeme Harris. Former Canterbury farmers, (now residing at Jimboomba) Frank and Karen Bennett have snagged the next two, firstly with Its Three By Two NZ, driven by Lauren jones, now enjoying considerable success in Perth, and this year by the veteran Sun Lad NZ, with another ex-pat, Grant Archer in the sulky. Frank Bennett has yet to drive the winner, but no doubt this is high on his list of "things to do". The result was perhaps bittersweet for the Harriott family, as son James had his first runner in the event. This was the 30 metre backmarker, Sea Spray Notch (Lola Weidemann) which went down by only a head. So near and yet so far in the racing game. The extended Harriot family dressed in green and white for the day in support of the stable colours. Ann-Marie Harriott finally found out what the big attraction is in the harness horse with a trip in the dual seater sulky.
 
  The recent retirement by Kevin Seymour from the Chair of Albion Park Harness Racing Club, and his subsequent replacement by high profile race broadcaster and media personality, David Fowler, has created a casual vacancy on the major Club's Committee. This has now been filled by Linda Graham, wife of leading Fernvale based trainer/driver, Darrell Graham. It was comments over a period to sitting committeemen on the need for a woman's perspective on club issues, which prompted a serious approach by Damian Courtney and encouragement from David Fowler. Thus history was made, as LG is the first lady to sit at the Albion Park  table. Her creed and motivation is simple.
 
  "If we all sit back, having an opinion and failing to voice it, nothing will happen!" This was perhaps the major trigger behind Linda's move, that and having two children already heavily involved in the sport and a concerned parent's desire to preserve and grow a future for those children. She will not bring a "docile" or "performing seal" mentality to her task. She is happy to have the opportunity to create positives where possible and the strength to oppose initiatives which appear less than good for the Club or the sport. Linda Graham is a highly organised person with a passion to collate and store information. In her recent past is a lengthy stint in the decision making processes for a leading retailer of sports fashion for young women. Her's is a very commendable resume for the job at hand.
 
  When you start out in the light harness game as a trainer and driver, there is only one thing on your mind. That all important first winner. For some it comes almost automatically, and success arrives in the first couple of starts. For others it can be a long and apparently unrewarding slog. One who climbed out of the second bracket at Marburg last Saturday, was Hattonvale based  Lorraine Laggan. LL owned and trained Rubys Falcon (Lacey Hinze) to take out the first race on Harriott Memorial Day, defeating Two Left Steps (Gary Whitaker) and Wecanonlyhope (Warren Hinze) in the process. Laggan had spent the last three or four years in her quest for a winner, but it was only last September that she was able to lease Ruby's Falcon from Noel Dumke. Things could only get better, and Lorraine's nine starts with the pacer have yielded one win, two seconds and one third. LL is not one to hog the limelight, giving thanks and praise to Lacey Hinze for a good job in the sulky on raceday, Jeff Kalnowski  for massage treatment to the mare's muscle problems, Matt Learoyd for consistently excellent shoeing and Gavin Wright and Clint Sneddon for patience and advice while she was learning the basics of training. Lorraine Laggan credits her father, Les Bruckner, for introducing her to the sport. Les bred and raced horses such as Ultimate Flash, and provided Lorraine's first horse, Rosies Revenge which ran a third and fourth from a handful of starts. There you have it. The colours are green and yellow vertical stripes. We should see more of them in the winners circle from here on.
 
  Pacing's best known deity, The Lord Of The Mile Rate, was rejoicing last Saturday night. Firstly, Avonnova (Shane Graham for Ian Gurney),  was able to set a new track record of 1-52.2 in winning the Newcastle Mile. The win carried an automatic invitation to the Miracle Mile to be celebrated on the supreme altar of speed, TABCORP Park Menangle on November 29th. The festivities were less than an hour old when Avonnova's mark was eclipsed at Albion Park. Forever Gold (Kylie Rasmussen for Darren Weeks) led and won in the fast class event over 1660 metres, returning a mile rate of 1-51.7, with quarter sections of 27.2..29.3..27.4.. and 28.1.This stands as a track record for mares, the record for all comers is 1-50.4, to the credit of Imthemightyquinn. Forever Gold has stats of 72starts for 39 wins, 8 seconds and 10 thirds with $610,110 and is far from a spent force either in speed or earning capacity. When will The Lord of Mile Rates be satisfied. Never if history is any guide. Even now he lusts for a benchmark of excellence set at 1-50.0..
 
  Again, Darrell Graham heads the trainer's side of the leader board with four winners and Pete McMullen stars in the drivers department scoring four wins on locally trained horses.
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 07/11..our Maple Tart Narissa for John McMullen).. Exceptional Mach (Pete for Chantal turpin).. Major Sam (Darrell Graham).. Judah Ben Hur (Trent Moffat for Ken Belford)..  Albion Park 08/11.. Jilliby Ling (Narissa for John McMullen).. Marburg 08/11.. Rubys Falcon (Lacey Hinze for Lorraine Laggan).. Chicken On A Chain (Nathan Dawson for Glenn Dawson).. Adriatic Coast (Hayden Barnes for Darrell Graham).. Albion Park  11/11 .. Only One Slim (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. My Ajaye (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 12/11 .. Call Me Yours (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Highview Oban (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 13/11.. Big Reds Girl (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Penny Moreau (Gary Whitaker for Ricky Gordon).. Armbros Lad (Pete for Steve Coombs).. Checkhimout (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. King Grin (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. My Mate Billy (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins)..
 

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  Pacing's best known deity, The Lord Of The Mile Rate, was rejoicing last Saturday night. Firstly, Avonnova (Shane Graham for Ian Gurney),  was able to set a new track record of 1-52.2 in winning the Newcastle Mile. The win carried an automatic invitation to the Miracle Mile to be celebrated on the supreme altar of speed, TABCORP Park Menangle on November 29th. The festivities were less than an hour old when Avonnova's mark was eclipsed at Albion Park. Forever Gold (Kylie Rasmussen for Darren Weeks) led and won in the fast class event over 1660 metres, returning a mile rate of 1-51.7, with quarter sections of 27.2..29.3..27.4.. and 28.1.This stands as a track record for mares, the record for all comers is 1-50.4, to the credit of Imthemightyquinn. Forever Gold has stats of 72starts for 39 wins, 8 seconds and 10 thirds with $610,110 and is far from a spent force either in speed or earning capacity. When will The Lord of Mile Rates be satisfied. Never if history is any guide. Even now he lusts for a benchmark of excellence set at 1-50.0..
 
  


Apparently some new sulkies have hit the scence. Darren Binskin, on the radio last week, said Smoken Ups record @ Menagle won't last much longer :chin:

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« 2014-Nov-24, 07:40 PM Reply #37 »
'TROT TACTICS"..19/11/2014..
 
  Young man of the moment in Ipswich trotting circles is Glamorganvale (it's Ipswich, would he live anywhere else?) based Nathan Dawson. With the current season only 10 weeks old, ND has already has 20 trips down Victory Lane on the scoreboard with only 9 more needed to equal his total for last term. At 19 years of age, Nathan has lifetime stats of 628 drives for 53 wins and 129 placings. He is currently averaging near to 18 drives per week which indicates a willingness for trainers to utilise his talents.. None of this came without sacrifice, as ND has shed some 40 kilos in weight to fit the modern profile of the "lean, mean and hungry" driver. He deserves his success and, his results have caused a re-think for the  column. Previously, we reported only wins gained by local drivers on locally trained horses (Goodna to Gatton). Now winning drives by the locals on all horses will be counted and what would have been near misses on the Leader Board  might become spotlight results.
 
 There has been considerable "duckpond" action in the last few days. Water appears calm but the webbed feet are going hard underneath. The following is a serious and heartfelt call for action in the form of pressure on government and the Minister for Racing.
 
   "What About a Petition online we could forward to everyone , Farriers , Lucerne growers , Feed suppliers , ETC , ETC, ETC , because there would be thousands of voters , if we grouped everyone from every stable and asked to vote these people out!! "
 
  The above was written by a heavily committed owner breeder who has put his cheque book where his heart is  in the purchase of well bred mares and joined them with first class stallions both here and in NZ. He finds himself with numerous yearlings and 2 and 3yo's in a less than buoyant market where it is difficult to see a future for the light harness game. The request for a petition caused some upheaval within the ranks of participants with a large number keen to sign up and a slightly lesser ,but more influential group trying earnestly to explain why we should be patient, and wait for yet another announcement later this month. It is difficult to recommend patience to people who have been waiting some seven years for a replacement grandstand at the Premier track, Albion Park, having lost the best track in Australia, Gold Coast Parklands, to satisfy a need for temporary accommodation for the Commonwealth Games, scheduled for 2018, and God knows how long for urgently needed repairs at our No 2 venue, Redcliffe.
 
  One of our more practical thinkers, businessman, and owner/trainer, Greg Kopp,  found an easier way to access the ears of power by suggesting that participants might petition the Minister to appoint Wayne Dosetto to the Harness Board. Mr Dosetto is part owner of a medium sized accounting firm and is a passionate participant in harness particularly the trotters. He is Secretary/Treasurer of the Queensland Square Trotters Association and the Gold Coast Harness Racing Club.
 
This in itself creates a problem as bearing office on an industry body committee precludes Mr Dossetto from a Board position. There is however, compelling argument for the old principle of "THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB", compelling enough in this case to waive the rule as a matter of necessity!   
 
Mr Kopp, having read a number of submissions by Wayne Dossetto, and been impressed by their quality, wrote as follows--
 
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The only way he can influence what happens is from a board position. Nothing outside is being listened to or considered.
 
The best petition that could be got going is a petition to have Wayne Dosetto appointed to the board immediately. This would allow him to have his voice heard. If he finds that nobody listens when he gets there and he cant do anything from that position to advance harness racing, he can always resign and make his reasons for doing so public.
 
Any petitions or action from groups within harness racing are ignored and are probably a waste of time. It is up to our board to consult with the industry groups and put their concerns to RQ. Our current board are unlikely to be able to do this effectively if they can be convinced to do it at all."
 
  It would be fair and reasonable at this time to remind The Minister, Mr Steve Dickson, that the Queensland Harness Board has been running a man short for a lengthy period since former Chair, Brad Steele, resigned. It would also be fair and reasonable to suggest to the Minister that he appoint Mister Dossetto immediately. That is, of course, If the Minister wants a Board member that has gained the trust of participants by his willingness to take on the workload in other "industry" bodies and work towards fair and reasonable outcomes.
 
  The fact of the matter is that "Joe Average" trotting man is sick and tired of being treated as a third class citizen ( public statement by a Board Member at a Sunday Botra "industry" meeting. "there is no provision for hobbyists") by his own Control Body and demands the protection of the Minister. Protection to which he or she is fully entitled.
 
  The leader board shows no change in the trainer's section, with Darrell Graham up there with four winners, in the driver's department, Adam Sanderson, a member of "Team Graham" got the nod with three wins from Brittany Graham and Trent Moffat on two apiece.
 
 
  Resultsville..Albion Park 14/11..Wilusi Blues (Brad Cowen for Ron Sallis).. Whatta Escape (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen). Dudinkas Beau (Gary Whitaker for Graham White)..  Albion Park 15/11.. Supaliner Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Our Mega Dream (Trent Dawson).. Better Than Money (Brittany for Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 18/11.. Alta Sinatra (Ray Pullen).. Destreos (Kelli Dawson for Ken Rattray).. Judah Ben Hur (Trent Moffat for Ken Belford).. Redcliffe 19/11.. abandoned  due to flooding.. Redcliffe 20/11.. Brass Monkey (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham).. Dieberdolly (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham). . Sookie Go Goes (Brittany Graham for Mick Benham)..Its You Not Me (Noel Parrish).. Olgoldnblack (Trent Moffat for Peter Jones)..
 

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« 2014-Nov-30, 08:49 PM Reply #38 »
"TROT TACTICS".. 29/11/2014..
 
  The bell which signals the passing of a life tolls again this week. This time for Jenny Halliday of Rosewood whose service was held at Laidley on Thursday. Jenny was a recognisable figure at all tracks from the time she first appeared in the list of winning trainers at Rocklea on June 17 2006, scoring with Westburn Pegasus, driven by Jenny Learoyd. Given that her racetrack efforts spanned only seven seasons, her total training statistics of 552 starters for 28 wins and 81 placings are more than a bit respectable. JH was a fan of standing starts and her best performer, Scenic Rim, which managed 11 wins for "team Halliday", was a very reliable conveyance from behind the tapes. Other winners to sport the "maroon with silver Pegasus" colours were Mitsume (I), Helen Irwin (4), Fleetwood Karlee (5), Mister Attitude (2) and her final win was with Melton Bonover ( Nathan Dawson)at Redcliffe this Melbourne Cup day past taking his total to 4 victories for the camp. Jenny Halliday was in her 63rd year when she succumbed to serious illness which had made her last months pretty much unbearable. She will be remembered as a lady who spoke her mind without fear or favour. In a time when the numbers of hobby trainers  are steadily decreasing, Jenny Halliday is one less soldier in the ranks. One less trainer, forever searching for that better horse to take her forward. We mourn her passing!
 
   Queensland’s winter and spring harness racing carnival prize money has been boosted as part of a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s feature prize money allocations, announced by Racing Queensland today. ( Wednesday 26/11)
 
The Gold Coast Cup, Sunshine Sprint, Queensland Oaks and the QBred 2yo and 3yo Triad Finals have been elevated to Group 1 status with stakes of $100,000 each from next year. The Queensland Derby  will now carry $150,000 and the Blacks A Fake comes in at $125,000.
In other boosts, the DJA Memorial has been elevated to Group 1 status; while the Be Good Johnny Sprint, 4yo Championship and 4 & 5yo Pacing Championship will carry Group 2 status and stakes of $50,000. The Paleface Adios 2yo has been elevated to Group 3 with $30,000 stakes.
The Redcliffe Cup, which has been elevated to Group 2 status, has been boosted with stakes of $50,000, the Gold Coast Derby has jumped to $40,000 and the Redcliffe Derby and Oaks to $30,000 each.
Meanwhile the Nursery Pace 3yo race will be run in 2015 as scheduled, while the 2yo Nursery Pace will now be run as a non-sustaining open Group 1 2yo and 3yo race during the Winter Carnival called the Seymour Nursery Fly.
 
  There is no doubt that the increases in "feature race" money will be well received in other parts, and may provide an influx of high profile runners from interstate and New Zealand. Such events are promotable we are told. This news then, should provide the necessary spur for Cabinet to sign off  on the current business plan for the dual code funded (harness and greyhounds) Grandstand at Albion Park. It is seven years since the Hinze stand bit the dust. Seven years in which neither of the so-called "minor" codes, has had any area fit to accommodate patrons, regular or casual, who might be seeking a quality night out. Racing Queensland Chairman, Mr Kevin Dixon, in an informative address to the Queensland All Codes Racing Industry Board (QACRIB) on Tuesday, stated that several business plans had been formulated for this project during his tenure, but failure to agree by concerned parties had seen every such plan end up in the bin. At this point, Mr Dixon  said, the current plan appeared to be a goer.. KD provided further joy when he said that the Government would announce the name of the new Harness Board Member, filling the gap left by Board Chair, Mr Brad Steele who resigned some months back.
 
  Patience is always a virtue, but never more than in the light harness game. Hattonvale based trainer/driver, Noel Parrish, is a shining example of this, having spent season after season, month after month, putting in countless hours trying to coax an ounce of improvement from modest stock. In December 2013, "team Parrish" acquired a 6yo gelding named Its You Not Me. The son of USA import, It Is I and the mare Utwo, was to race in the ownership of Emmilee Annetts, and, up till now, seemed just another unexciting prospect, the like of which are becoming harder to place in the shrinking pond of "reality harness".
 
Suddenly, in the space of a week or so, there is real light at the end of the tunnel. NP and Its You Not Me have racked up successive victories at Redcliffe. The manner in which this was achieved indicates that, after all this time, Noel Parrish has one with a big motor. Its You Not Me comes from a strong immediate family, with the dam, Utwo having produced ten foals for seven winners and total bank of $274,657, two of which earned $110,421 and $91,443 respectively. NP's personal stats are, as a trainer, 556 starters for 17 wins and 51 placings while, in the sulky, 2,287 trips for 96 wins and 284 places. With the wind in his sails, Noel Parrish will go heaps better from here on. You better believe it!!
 
  The leader board lights up for once more Darrell Graham as a trainer with four wins and Narissa McMullen as driver on five.
 
  Resultsville. Albion Park 21/11.. Bullimore (Trent Moffat for Alan Godwin).. Its Three By Two (Clint Sneddon for Frank Bennett)..Cheval Zeppenology (Adam Sanderson for Jason Carkeet).. Bronze Ecstasy Amy Rees for Mark Rees).. All About Art (Narissa for Steven Cini).. 22/11.. Rubys Bad Boy (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Buzz Courage (Narissa for Steven Cini).. Albion Park 25/11.. Bailys Fernco (Narissa for John McMullen).. Alta Antonio (Matt for Greg Elkins).. Armazen (Danielle McMullen).. Major Lefty (Narissa for Chris Monte).. Redcliffe 26/11.. Green Mans Valley (Gary Whitaker for T. Mackay).. Art In Paris (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Nostalgic Beach (Narissa for Steven Cini).. Just Grange (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Lucky Cold Lucy (Pete for Jason Carkeet).. Redcliffe 27/11.. Josephine Shannon (Gary Whitaker for Ricky Gordon) .. Stout (Amy Rees for Doug Lee).. Its You Not Me (Noel Parrish).. My Arthur Bee (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham)..  Dutch Cream (Steve Burke)..
 

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« 2014-Dec-08, 03:27 PM Reply #39 »
TROT TACTICS....06/12/2014...
 
  For the fans of the straight out trotter, there will be an Ipswich flavour about two of the favoured runners in The Bill Collins Trotters Mile, to be run at Cranbourne tonight. It is over three years since Clive Palmer reduced his harness involvement at Lowood's Patrick Estate, in favour of Federal Politics. When CP took the big step, he leased the better horses to Avenel (Vic) based trainer/driver, David Aiken. Among the soon to be Victorians were the trotters ,My High Expectations and Cold Sister.
 
  Tonight sees both horses well in the market for the "Collins" feature. The pair have put together impressive CVs since joining the Aiken stable, with My High Expectations now boasting stats of 89 starts for 32 wins and 28 placings, picking up $463,972 in prizemoney on the way. Cold sister has started 85 times for 16 wins and 36 placings for earnings of $225,708. While the draw favours My High Expectations (1), over Cold Sister (7), David Aiken believes that both his runners will have to pull out something special to beat Keystone Del (Blake Fitzpatrick for Nicole Molander), whose record at the mile journey is awesome indeed ..
 
  Thursday afternoon at Redcliffe turned out to be a top day for Walloon based owner/trainer/driver, Karen Schulz, who rang up number one in the opening race on the program with her now C1 pacer, Major Verde. It was KS's eleventh race drive after gaining her "B" licence late last season. The gelded son of Art Major and Coverde is raced on lease by Schulz from Steve Clements's Brisbane Pastoral Company and boasts millionaires  Il Vicolo and Gotta Go Cullen close up in his dam line. Major Verde had been placed for Schulz on two occasions prior to Thursday and had thrown in several other eye catching runs from difficult draws. As a confidence builder, the win had much to recommend it, with KS putting Major Verde in the mix at the right time to score a narrow but convincing victory. One thing is certain. If Karen Schulz lives to be a hundred, she will be able to recall Thursday's win in living colour from start to finish. It is the stuff of dreams!!
 
  When this column covered Lorraine Laggan's first winner (Rubys Falcon) as a trainer several weeks back, it was suggested that the victory might be the catalyst for further success. Sure enough, just three runs later, which included a Wednesday night third placing, Rubys Falcon, with regular driver, Lacey Hinze in the sulky, was good enough to take out Race 2 on the Redcliffe program. As with Race 1 the margin was narrow, but, in a sport where the narrowest margin is a nose, a head is heaps. Lorraine Laggan, like Karen Schulz, will be feeling a great deal better about her involvement in trotting at the moment.
 
  It seems that, once again, there is a push to abolish standing starts. This proposed policy rears its head from time to time, usually on an annual basis. Alarmingly, if respected Victorian trot writer, Len Baker, is correct, Harness Racing Australia is very much in support of the move. In this writer's 50 years hands on experience in the sport, I cannot believe that this total folly was not put to bed decades ago. Standing starts provide two basic requirements which the mobile barrier does not. Firstly, a reliable method of handicapping..10 metres behind = one class of assessment. Or alternatively, to remain on the front mark, the horse in question must compete in the next highest class. Further to this, barrier positions are far less crucial than in mobile racing. Both of these functions assist in the creation of a stable and reliable form line. Essential if we are to grow turnover!
 
  Over the years we have heard much of the level playing field and our efforts to find it. It might be enlightening to examine a starting system in which the maximum effective handicap which can be applied is 4 metres (the accepted length of the horse and sulky on the front line).Sadly, we do not race many "one class" mobile events. We tend to use a fairly wide spread of classes ,eg..C2/5. If those same horses raced under standing start handicap conditions the marks would be C2 front, C3 10metres, C4 20 metres and C5 30 metres. Under mobile conditions the C5 horse is getting a 26 metre advantage. What the mobile does is give considerable advantage to the better horse, rather than make him earn his dollars fair and square. To give that advantage, however, has been pretty much the aim of administrators for a while now, with disastrous results. To concentrate the prizemoney is to strangle the growth of the sport!!
 
  One family only on the leader board this week. Darrell Graham is again top trainer with four wins and daughter Brittany the leading driver, again with four.
 
  Resultsville Albion Park 28/11..Attacovita (Brittany graham for Debbie Rodney).. Baileys Fernco (Narissa for John McMullen).. Albion Park 29/11.. Supaliner (Brittany for Darrel Graham).. Dabeers Zargon (Gary Whitaker for Donny Smith).. Royearl Quest (Gavin Crone for Graydon McCoombes).. Washington Lass (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 02/12.. Johnny Springfield (Gary Whitaker for T. McKay).. Melton Maxbye (Dani-elle McMullen).. Franco Bulgari (Narissa McMullen).. Cheval Zeppenology (Adam Sanderson for Jason Carkeet).. Redcliffe 03/12.. Los Amante (Brittany for Darrell Graham).. Art In Paris (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Opals Delight (Pete for Ron Sallis).. Howdoyouknow (Nathan Dawson for Gary Hancock).. Westgate Flamingo (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham)..  Redcliffe 04/12  Major Verde (Karen Schulz).. Rubys Falcon (Lacey Hinze for Lorraine Laggan).. Our Last Banner (Darrell Graham for Stewart Dickson).. Hachem (Brittany for Adam Sanderson)..
 

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« 2014-Dec-14, 09:39 PM Reply #40 »
"TROT TACTICS: 13/12/2014...
 
   Earlier this week, the Racing Ministry announced the appointment of Mr Brian Burke to the Queensland harness Racing Board. Mr Burke fills the vacancy created by the resignation of former Board Chairman, Mr Brad Steele, some months back. BB brings some 40 years of sports journalism to the QHRB think tank including 15 years on the Canberra based " The Australian". Brian Burke is originally a Melbourne (Vic) boy where he wrote racing and trotting  for the "Melbourne Sun".. He resided in Ascot Vale near to the Melbourne Showgrounds, home of light harness and first of the Eastern seaboard tracks to introduce night trotting in 1947.  He was a regular at the Showgrounds meetings and forged a firm friendship with leading trainer/ driver Les Turner who raced the likes of top 3yo trotter, Adios Bear and the pacer Never Say Die.
 
  A shift to edit the sports section of the Townsville Daily Bulletin saw Burke writing racing at Cluden and trotting at the showgrounds where he soon became friendly with local stars Bill Dixon and Brian Stainkey. Both trainer/drivers were as different as chalk and cheese in their approach to extracting a dollar from the sport, but, not long after, they ventured to Brisbane and both were successful. Dixon, ever a numbers man, founded the operation which has grown to be known as the "black and white army" now presided over by Bill's son Grant and which basically "owns" the Queensland training Premiership. Brian Stainkey, whose armoury consisted of a small number of pacers which were trained to the minute, placed to perfection and driven accordingly, has left the scene. The demise of bookmakers meant that trotting no longer held the joy for Stainkey that the successful execution of a plunge had bought this talented man.
 
   At the time that Dixon and Stainkey  left for Brisbane, Townsville on a Saturday night was a TAB meeting, and Brian Burke was busy introducing the Friday form guide lift out to the Daily Bulletin. Time passes and Brian Burke is appointed as Sports Editor to the Courier Mail, a position he occupied for seven years. His last three years were spent as Executive Sports Editor of both the Courier and the Sunday Mail. Burke brings his immense experience in print media and gauging of public opinion to a sport which is in drought conditions as far as these two crucial areas are concerned. At this early point, Brian Burke simply hopes to improve the game on a number of fronts. His intention is to talk to participants at all levels and form his own opinions. We wish him every success!!
 
  The now firmly established Garrards Trialling Sale for 2yo pacing and trotting stock has been conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle. In this particular format the youngsters on offer are required to dash home for 800 metres against the clock so that prospective purchasers are able to assess quality of gait, tractability and the all important factor of speed. It seems that there was plenty of all three factors available as 19 of the 51 candidates catalogued made $20,000 or better in the auction which immediately follows the last horse to trial.
 
  The top priced group, ($40,000 and above) included Sportswriter x Perfecshon $85,000.. Tin Tin In America x Swish $71,000.. Bettors Delight x Inevitable $70.000.. Courage Under Fire x Speedy Falcon $56,000.. Mach Three x Zoe Maguire $48,000.. Bettors Delight x Mauresmo $40,000.. American Ideal x Love Is In The Air $40,000.. Of great interest was one of the three trotters up for grabs. Aldebaran Yankee x My Lady Posh made no less than $61,000.. The concept of the trialling sale is good. Yes, it attracts a premium for the "what you see is what you get" factor, but, an owner of mine once remarked that, "no matter what you pay for an untried yearling, until you get it back from the horse breaker, you have no real idea of it's worth." "Which," as he said, "may be nothing". The trialling sale is here to stay. In a way, it harks back to the old American practice of leading sales stock from a pony in order to demonstrate a natural inclination to one gait or the other.
 
  It's family week on the leader board with Chantal Turpin up there as top trainer, producing five winners and husband Pete McMullen leading driver getting the bikkies on no less than six occasions.
 
  Resultsville..Albion Park 05/06.. Exceptional Mach (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Our Shards cOf Ice (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. Donegal Under Fire (Hayden Barnes).. Supabet (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Alnbion Park 06/12.. Montana Falcon (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Armazem (Dani-Elle McMullen).. Billy Badlands (Gary Whitaker for Kerry Smith).. Hawthornden (Hayden Barnes for Mick Grant).. Justanothermaori (Pete for J.J. Moore).. Albion Park 09/12.. Duke Of The Moment (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Makinamove (Amy Rees for Doug Lyon).. Slipaslygrin (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. My Man Dan (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Riverboat Diamond (Amy Rees for Mark Rees).. Redcliffe 10/12.. BG Three (Pete for Dayl March).. Streamline Boy (Gary Whitaker for T.I. Mackay).. Rafferty Delights (Narissa McMullen for Grant Dixon).. Redcliffe 11/12.. Miss Catalina (Gary Whitaker for Ricky Gordon).. Four Starz Cam (Nathan Dawson for Alex Khouiss).. Checkhimout (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Fake Romeo (Amy Rees for Ken Burwell)..
 

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« 2014-Dec-16, 07:47 PM Reply #41 »

Apparently some new sulkies have hit the scence. Darren Binskin, on the radio last week, said Smoken Ups record @ Menagle won't last much longer :chin:

Are they the one's from Ballarat on saturday?

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« 2014-Dec-16, 08:10 PM Reply #42 »
I'm not sure mate but I suspect so

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« 2014-Dec-22, 07:45 AM Reply #43 »
"TROT TACTICS"..20/12/14..
 
It looks like a case of "Christmas Come Early" for Glamorganvale based lass, Dani-Elle McMullen, when she experienced her biggest moment in harness racing recently, taking out the Seymour Rising star Championship  with NZ import, Armazem. Not only does Dani-Elle train and drive Armazem, she races the daughter of Art Major and I Izz Sassy in partnership with Kevin and Kay Seymour as part of the Seymour encouragement program for young people in the sport. Kevin Seymour made a grant of $15,000 to each of 10 young trainers to purchase a horse in the hope that the animals would provide a springboard to a viable future in the game and, in Dani-Elle McMullen's case, having not found a suitable pacer, the $15,000 found its way back to its source in exchange for a share in Armazem. In five Australian starts, the 5yo has won twice and been placed on two further occasions, banking $20,000 in the process.
 
  Tonight, the mare has another tilt at the Seymour Final, and is handily drawn on the second line. The bank may jump to $35,000. The Seymours have shown further faith in Dani-Elle McMullen, whose day job is as an assistant in marketing and promotion at Albion Park Harness, by adding the four win son of Mach Three ,All Cash,  to her team which now numbers three including the George Michael bred Melton Maxbye which also found the winers circle last week.
 
  It was harness racing in melt down at Ballarat last Saturday night when Stewards inspected sulkies intended for use at the meeting and found that a number of a particular brand of imported sulky were outside specification. The sulkies, which are sold as the "UFO Alien" were, on measurement, found to exceed maximum allowable width by 50mm. The regulation width for race sulkies in Australia is minimum 1.200mm to a maximum of 1300mm. The Chief Steward  had no choice but to refuse permission for the offending sulkies to be used and this resulted in a number of trainers taking the "borrow a replacement" option. Several others decided to scratch in protest, which resulted in the $100,000 Ballarat Cup being run with a field of four rather than the programmed 10 runners. Other races on the night were affected to a lesser degree.
 
  What the eventual outcome will be is anybody's guess. It is generally accepted that the closer the sulky is hitched to the horse, the faster the combination. The reasoning being that the drag is reduced by having the driver seated in the disturbed airflow from the horse (which cannot be reduced as it is first to penetrate the atmosphere) rather than further back, where the driver might be perceived as an airbrake. However, the closer you hitch, the wider the sulky must be to accommodate any body shifts while racing which might bring hooves in contact with wheels, causing problems for driver and horse. This is, no doubt, the reasoning behind the offending UFO Alien sulkies. However, we must have a degree of uniformity, and rules to enforce that uniformity. The following is the official position after Chief Stewards across Australia were consulted.
 
 
"It was determined that in the interests of all industry participants, the 'UFO Alien' sulky approval be temporarily suspended, effective immediately - prohibiting the ordering, sale and delivery of such sulkies without the express written permission of HRA.
It is important to note that this decision does not restrict the use of existing 'UFO Alien' sulkies which meet the HRA Sulky Standard measurements requirements.  These can continue to be used in the usual manner."
 
  A perusal of the current specifications for sulkies finds that no "minimum length" exists, but the "maximum" is set at 3100mm with the exception of longer sulkies, specifically constructed for a particular horse, and used on that horse only by permission of the stewards. In the food for thought department, it is current practice for a small number of our rising drivers to bring their own personal sulkies to the races for use on the horses that they drive should the trainer be amenable. It seems that this fashion had its genesis in the United States, and is based on driver comfort issues. None of the above escapes the inevitable truth that, as one of my bosses said many years ago, "It's what you put in the shafts that does the damage in this business""!!
 
  Back on the home front, Nathan Dawson, who featured in this column several weeks back, kicked another career goal last Saturday night when successful with Emperor Montana in Race One on the program. Dawson used the one alley and "the Emperor's" gate speed to hold the lead before handing up to Beau Dandy (Paul Morris). Off Beau Dandy's back before straightening, Emperor responded to Dawson's vigorous driving to win the frantic charge to the post by a half head from Gooday Stride (Shane Graham) in a rate of 1-54.3.“It was a great feeling and a huge buzz to win my first metropolitan race and hopefully the first of many, I thought I had a good chance and it worked out well. I have to thank Darrel Graham  and his owner Dean Shannon. for giving me the opportunity.” Dawson said. With 30 winners this season, including a treble at Redcliffe on Thursday, the only way for Nathan Dawson is up!!
 
  The leader board lights up with Nathan Dawson's super week in the sulky, notching up a total of six winners. Darrell Graham was again top trainer, tasting victory on four occasions.
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 12/12.. Bullimore (Trent Moffat for Alan Godwin).. Pandoras Diamond (Nathan Dawson for Glenn Dawson)... Albion Park 13/12.. Emperor Montana (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Slipaslygrin (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Compton Street (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Skippy Saddler (Ray Law for Bob Shaw).. Major Sam (Darrell Graham).. Johnny Springfield (Gary Whitaker for T. MacKay).. Albion Park 16/12.. Andiamo El Ferrari (Dani-Elle McMullen for John McMullen).. Slipaslygrin (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Makinamove Amy Rees for Doug Lyon).. True Desire (Brendan Barnes for Barty Cockburn).. Redcliffe 17/12 Fifth And Broadway (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham)..  Iron Flight (Ryan Veivers for James Lewin).. Kariya Hando (Nathan Dawson for Glenn Dawson).. Redcliffe 18/12.. Sportys Special (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Pacific Paradise (Nathan Dawson for Shaun Gillespie).. Signowar (Nathan Dawson for Trent Knack).. Jilliby Hanover (Trevor Lambourn).. Cruisin Luxury (Nathan Dawson).. My Arthur Bee (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham)..
 
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                       "TROT TACTICS".. 27/12/2014..
 
  When you are on a roll, events appear to follow a logical progression to success. The latest step in the saga of young Superstar, Pete McMullen, began on October 18th when he and Mathew Neilson ventured to Globe Derby Park in Adelaide to contest the inaugural Australian Drivers Championship. The end result was a McMullen / Queensland victory with Pete coming in some 4 points ahead of West Australian Gary Hall Jnr and Gareth Rattray taking third spot for Tasmania. As is often the case with such events, Mathew Neilson drew very ordinary stock, and scored accordingly.
 
  A study of PM's lifetime stats then revealed that he was very much on target to become the youngest driver to reach a life total of 1,000 winners, having twelve months in hand to eclipse Amanda Turnbull who was 24 and 4 moths of age when she reached the milestone. Currently, having scored four times at Tuesday's meeting with Bad Boy Mara, Lachs Ambition, Ezi Days and Highview Ember, Pete sits on 998, just two from the magical target. His book of four drives tonight contains Exceptional Mach, Supabet, Night Affair and Duke Of The Moment. It may happen tonight, but if not, the pinnacle should surely be reached by New Years Eve. Last Tuesday was really "McMullen Day" as Pete's sister, Narissa, drove a double at the meeting, giving the siblings six of the ten races contested.
 
 Last week, McMullen was named as the travelling reserve driver for the World Driver’s Championship to cover any scenario in which a driver in the Series is unable to take their place in any Heat.The WDC will take place in New South Wales from February 21 to March 1 next year. Chris Alford (Vic) is the Australian representative, but given the success of the Australian Driving Championship, organisers of the event, South Australia, are keen to see the winner as the automatic selection for the WDC in future. 

  Further to the Ballarat Cup night sulky meltdown, where several trainers with drew key runners when it was discovered that they were to race in oversize, and therefore non-compliant gigs, Queensland Stewards have issued the following notice regarding sulky inspections.
•         Every sulky inspected and approved for use will be photographed and allocated a compliance approval number. 
•         A compliance tag bearing this number will then be affixed to the sulky.
•         Sulkies measuring wider than 1300mm are NOT approved for use.
•         Stewards will not approve any sulkies which are identified as posing a risk to workplace health and safety.  Such flaws will include cracks/fractures in shafts or wheels, extended axle length, etc.
•         Inspections will take place at race meetings only and extra Stewards will be assigned for this purpose.
 
  There is a great deal more good than bad in the above from a safety point of view, as trainers may be incurring a cost in repair bills or replacement, but gaining confidence that any driver that they put up is riding in a safe vehicle.
 
  The local trainers certainly provided the "Christmas ducks" this week gone, with no less than 16 winners coming from the district. It is a good sign for the near future, and, if you didn't get it for Christmas, 2015 may just be your year. We take this opportunity to wish all participants in the greater Ipswich footprint, the best of success in the year to come and a wider spread of the prizemoney.
 
  The leader board has only room for the efforts of the "Turpin / McMullen" team with Chantal Turpin training four winners for the week and Pete managing to find the line on seven occasions.
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 19/12// Long Road To Fame (Adam Sanderson).. Chevals Diamond (Pete for Jason Carkeet).. Albion Park 20/12.. Compton Street (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Skippy Saddler (Ray Law for Bob Shaw).. Ida Tiger (Pete for Ali Khouiss).. Shootforthestarzzz (Brittany Graham for Shaun Gillespie).. Donegal Under Fire (Hayden Barnes).. Albion Park 23/12.. Bad Boy Mara (Pete for Ali Khouiss).. Lachs Ambition (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Ezi Days (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Franco Bulgari (Narissa McMullen).. Gallilee (Narissa for Steve Cini).. Redcliffe 24/12..Majour Command (Trevor Lambourn).. Expressionist (Kylie Rasmussen for N.K. Sanderson).. Adriatic Coast (Darrell Graham).. Shootforthestarzzz (Brittany Graham for Shaun Gillespie).. Chantilly Grace (Brittany Graham for Shaun Gillespie)..
 

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« 2015-Jan-04, 08:22 PM Reply #45 »
                                                      "TROT TACTICS"..03/01/2015..
 
  Yet again, death is with us. This time he has taken that master trainer and lovable larrikin, George Williams. His funeral was held at Redcliffe cemetery on Wednesday. Born in late 1929 in NSW, George started to call Queensland his home over 40 years ago when he would bring horses from the south ,and based himself originally with the Litzow family in Ipswich, and then Rosewood showgrounds. From there, he , and the orange jacket with the black sash, would make the long journey north along the show circuit and the race meetings as far as Cairns. Horses which kept the pot boiling in those years included the former well performed Sydneysiders, Chastise and Social Knight. The latter won the Townsville Cup among 44 winning performances.
 
  Sadly for our older readers, computer records go back only to 1982/83, but George's personal stats in recent times give you a glimpse of his ability as firstly, a trainer. He had good success with the "Melton" breed from George Michaels stud at Toogooloowah. All up from 82/83,until his last winner, Melton Striker at Redcliffe on 27th of August 2009 GW produced 1251 starters for 190 winners and 325 place getters, earning in total $300,628. As a driver, the figures were, at 13th of June 1992, when Seek The Truth got the bikkies at Rockhampton, 957 drives for 146 wins and 255 placings with $161,000 in the bank. Among the team over this time were Glen Warrie (9 wins), Bay Spirit (6)Melton Bonny Lad (5) and, George's pick for the best he ever had, Melton Mully whose bad legs limited his career to a carefully spaced 27 starts for 11 wins including a metropolitan Free For All. There you have George Williams. Good driver, even better trainer, a man well liked in the sport, a man with a swag full of stories of a long, long time in the light harness game. A man with a smile on his face. A man we are going to miss for a long time to come.
 
  After last Saturday night's abandoned meeting slowed proceedings, Pete McMullen's assault on the magical milestone of 1,000 winners lifetime was back up and running last Tuesday with seven drives on the ten race card. PM was on the board early in Race2 with Cullens Jewel for Gatton area trainer, Phil Mitchell. Then the agonising wait for six more races, before Ezi Days, fittingly trained by his wife, Chantal Turpin, dragged Pete over the line to a place in trotting history. The margin, a spine tingling  "head".
 
Pete McMullen 23 years of age, is the youngest reinsperson to reach the mark, and is up there with a select group of drivers who all passed the thousand well before their 30th birthday. Amanda Turnbull 24 (2014), Luke McCarthy 25 (2007)..Kerryn Manning 25 (2002), Garry Hall Jnr (2009), Greg Sugars 26 (2011), Chris Alford 27 (1995). It is an outstanding effort and indicates what a combination of natural talent, application and determination can achieve. No doubt if current trends continue, Pete McMullen's record will be eclipsed, but, perhaps not for some time to come. This season, Pete's current stats are 342 drives for 46 wins-- 45 seconds-- 35 thirds with $274,720 in the bank. Win 2,000, here we come!!
 
  Meanwhile, Brittany Graham showed that she will be a contender for the "Millenium Club" in the future with a treble at Redcliffe on Wednesday night. A top effort!!
 
  The rumour mill is in motion again, and is suggesting that the Albion Park Grandstand project has been approved and will soon be officially announced. The "mill" indicated Christmas, but it was wide of the mark. It further suggested that the site would be that of the original Hinze Stand. This seems feasible, as one sure thing is that the project is to be funded by both Harness and Greyhound Codes equally, and obviously, must provide an excellent view of the dog track. Should the "mill" be correct, the presence of three massive buildings, constructed for the Quest group, adjacent to, and somewhat closer to the river than the site in question, might cause some people to ponder the rationale for the demolition of the Hinze Stand in the first place.
 
  In a week with only two race meetings locals trained 11 winners, an outstanding result. The leader board stayed a family affair  with Darrell Graham on top of the trainers with three winners while Brittany Graham took driving honours with a haul of four.
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 30/12..Swarovski (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Cullens Jewel (Pete for Phil Mitchell).. Highview Oban (Brittany for Darrell Graham).. Ezi days (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Buzz Courage (Dani-Elle McMullen for Steven Cini).. Redcliffe 31/12..Bad Jellys Courage (Pete for N.K.Sanderson).. Prince Benji (Brittany for Tess Neaves).. Eternal Glory (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Adriatic Coast (Brittany for Darrell Graham).. Fifth And Broadway (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Sookie Go Goes (Brittany for Mick Benham).. On The Neck (Kay Crone for Gavin Crone).. Aviators Dream (Nathan Dawson for Daniel Anforth)..
 

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« 2015-Jan-12, 08:31 AM Reply #46 »
"TROT TACTICS"..10/01/2015...
 
 
  Just three weeks to the State election. It's a far cry from the days of this writer's youth in NSW, when racing was controlled by the "Principal Club" system. The major metropolitan club in each code was responsible for the functions of today's Control Boards. The only real contact that Racing had with Government was to seek the approval of the Chief Secretary for proposed race dates. Now, in an era where Cabinet and the Racing Minister appoint both the Code Specific boards and our ultimate rulers, QACRIB, and hold the purse strings as well, each and every participant must decide where his brightest future lies and vote accordingly. No doubt both major parties will have a policy on racing. We need to hear it now, not the day before the election. If trotting/ harness racing is to grow in Queensland we need believable and achievable goals, within a three year time frame. A number of times in the current term we have been told we were to have great and positive changes to all important infrastructure. The only certainty on that front is that we no longer have what was the best track in Australia, Gold Coast Parklands, gone forever to provide accommodation space for the Commonwealth Games. Don't waste your vote, just think carefully before you cast it.
 
  It seems that the greater Ipswich footprint has an attraction of its own to harness trainers. In recent weeks, two stables have shifted camp from the Logan and lower Gold Coast areas. Larger of the two camps is that of rising star, Bart Cockburn. The third generation trot trainer upped stumps a month ago and shifted his 20 horse team from Logan Village to Limestone Ridges Road in Peak Crossing, where he has purchased the property of veteran owner-breeder- trainer, Doug Lyon. Barty is going to put a bit of pressure on the local leader board, with current season training stats of 226 starters for 49 wins and 67 places with $325,000 in the bank. In the sulky, the figures are 183 drives for 33 wins and 51 places netting $225,400. Lifetime is ultra impressive, with total runners trained, 1,468 returning 266 wins and 385 placings for $1,329,000, and 3085 drives for 543 wins and 884 minors, bring in $2.8 million. The one downside to BC's move is his lack of "feng shui". Surely, coming here he would have chosen a property in the lower Brisbane Valley near Fernvale, where the rest of our super successful teams reside. Time will tell.
 
  Our other newcomer is Warren Hinze who has shifted from Mudgereebah to Rosewood. Hinze is the other side of the trotting coin, a committed hobbyist with five horses in work at near bye Calvert. His best in recent times was the bonny mare Azurra Miss, winner of 22 races. W.H. trained We Can Only Hope (Nathan Dawson) to win on Thursday at Redcliffe in a nice opening to the new life ahead. In the scheme of things both men make an equal contribution to the light harness sport in this area. Trotting needs people, first and foremost, and Warren Hinze and Bart Cockburn are soldiers for the cause, better here than somewhere else.
 
  We live in modern times. Today's technology allowed vision of the last four races (all trots) from Melton (Vic) last Saturday night to be beamed to France, stronghold of the European trotter. The French timeslot was favourable and the French tote, PMU, reported that the equivalent of AUD $1,084,414 was held on the events. Winning ambassadors for down under were, Enjoy An Ale (D. Wilson), Keystone Del (B. Fitzpatrick), Glenferrie Typhoon (J. Quinlan) and Kyvalley Pink (C. Svanosio).. The more we have to do with French trotting the greater benefit to the diagonal gait in this country.
 
  More names on the leader board this week with trainers, John McMullen, Chantal Turpin and Darrell Graham dead heating on two winners apiece while brother and sister Narissa and Pete McMullen won four each in the sulky.
 
  Resultsville..Albion Park 02/01..Queen Of Hearts (Pete for Catriona Martin).. Only One Slim (Narissa for John McMullen).. Albion Park 03/01.. Brigadier Bronski (Adam Sanderson for Mick Grant).. Beaver (Mellissa Gillies).. Andiamo El Ferrari (Narissa for John McMullen)..Therecomesatime (Narissa for Ron Sallis).. Sea Spray Notch (Gary Whitaker for James Harriott).. Posh Indulgence (Barty Cockburn).. Albion Park 06/01.. Have A Bacardi (Pete for Lisa Bahr).. Swarovski (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Mafuta Vautin (Darrell Graham).. Armazem (Dani-Elle McMullen).. Major Lefty (Narissa for Christina Monte).. Major Command (Trevor Lambourn).. Redcliffe 07/01.. Blue Eyrd Suzie (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Gallilee (Nathan Dawson for Steven Cini).. Highview Ember (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Fifth And Broadway (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Jaylets Fury (Nathan for Glenn Dawson).. Redcliffe 08/01.. We Can Only Hope (Nathan Dawson for Warren Hinze).. El Mega (Justin Storie for Brian McCall).. Sweet Irish Rose (Gary Whitaker for Kevin Moffat)..
 

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« 2015-Jan-18, 08:57 PM Reply #47 »
  "TROT TACTICS"  17/01/2015..
 
 
  Over the last twelve months, there has been a lot of low profile activity  centred around a possible multi-faceted  horse complex in the Rosewood area. Letters have been exchanged and meetings held, as piece by piece the jigsaw puzzle began to take on a shape. What is now the "ROSEWOOD EQUESTRIAN GROUP" is a reality, with an AGM held last Tuesday. Maxine Ellison of Horses and People Magazine is President, Melissa Bell is Secretary, Debbie Summerhayes Treasurer, and the Committee consists of Lindsay  Kuhrt, ROSEWOOD PONY CLUB, Jenny Holloway "AFTER", David Fullarton "RODEO" and Denis Smith MARBURG PACING ASSOCIATION.
 
   What is required now is expressions of interest from every pleasure horse discipline in the South East. Why so long in getting round to a call for input and support? Simply this, in any project which will require financial assistance from sources outside the clubs and associations involved, there are many "I"s to be dotted and "t"s to be crossed in the early stages. The "REG" now requires a business case and a feasibility study. The information needed to assemble these documents can only come from the member clubs and associations. As you see above, the Committee is a scant four people. This project will not come to fruit without representation from  all other horse disciplines. What "REG" is looking for as an end result, is a complex which will not be a symphony in stainless steel and glass, but a practical and user friendly group of venues which will be in use 363 days of the year for either events or training. What we must prove, every step of the way, is the value of the pleasure horse to the Queensland economy, in dollar terms from the on going cost of his upkeep, and in community benefit derived from the entertainment he and his owners provide. Ring Maxine Ellison. 07 5467 9796.
 
  Narissa McMullen is in the news twice this week, firstly with plans for her new acquisition, Needa Margarita. Purchased along with partners, Norm Mcloy and Kerry McLean from the leading stable of Cran Dalgety, the 3yo filly (Bettors Delight x Holloway) has put up two excellent trials since coming from NZ. Narissa and Magarita are headed for TABCORP Park Menangle to contest the time honoured Jack Raith Memorial. Other near future targets could include the Oaks Classics in several States and the Seymour Rising Stars races here at Albion Park.
 
  Wearing a different hat, Narissa has turned model to be the female face of Queensland harness in RQ's tri-code promotion of women in racing. The photo shoot shows considerable promise.
 
 
 We live in modern times. Today's technology allowed vision of the last four races (all trots) from Melton (Vic) last Saturday week to be beamed to France, stronghold of the European trotter. The French timeslot was favourable and the French tote, PMU, reported that the equivalent of AUD $1,084,414 was held on the events. Winning ambassadors for down under were, Enjoy An Ale (D. Wilson), Keystone Del (B. Fitzpatrick), Glenferrie Typhoon (J. Quinlan) and Kyvalley Pink (C. Svanosio)..
 
  It seems that our trotters have made a favourable impression on the French punters, who backed up for the last four races at Ballarat last Saturday night and dug a little deeper, investing $AUD 1,144,730..72. Winners were Death Defying (Nathan Jack), Frances Annie (M.L. Wight), Amarula (John Caldow) and Caledonian Breeze (P. Warnock).The more we have to do with French trotting the greater benefit to the diagonal gait in this country.
 
  Given this encouraging result from France it might be of benefit to Queensland to foster the trotter and earn some export dollars at the same time. Give the trotters more opportunity and the extra prizemoney will soon be converted into more trotters for the racing pool. Soon the much talked about "Monte" would be a reality.
   
For those who enjoyed trotting at the country Shows each year, and have spent the the last 15 years in denial following its demise, they will be pleased with this news from Racing Queensland. "Following the success of the Ekka Trots last year, there has been renewed interest in trotting returning to regional shows."
"RQ has approved three days of trotting at this years (2015) Toowoomba Show 19 – 21 March. RQ has also received applications from Sunshine Coast, Redcliffe, Caboolture, Laidley and Nanango Shows."
 
  New faces on the leader board this week, with recent addition to the training ranks, Naomi Sanderson tying training achievements with regular, Darrell Graham on three wins apiece while Hayden Barnes had the driving side to himself, blowing the opposition away with four trips down Victory Lane.
 
  Resultsville..Albion Park 09/01.. Best Bits (Kay Crone for Gavin Crone).. Blythburn (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Lifesa Ranger (Hayden Barnes for Naomi Sanderson).. Albion Park 10/01.. My Man Dan (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Mafuta Vautin (Darrell Graham).. Our Mega Dream (Trent Dawson).. Bettor Draw (Narissa McMullen). Overlap (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Just Jula (Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 13/01..Highview Sign (Ryan Veivers for James Lewin).. Major Montana (Darrell Graham).. Hall Or Nothing (Dan Russell).. Lifesa Ranger (Hayden Barnes for Naomi Sanderson).. Redcliffe 14/01..Thrills Galore (Amy Rees for Grant Dixon).. Jack Frost (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).. Diddley Bow (Amy Rees).. Man with Attitude (Gary Whitaker for Trent Hodges).. Redcliffe 15/01.. Ouramazingglory (Brittany Graham for Richard Hooper).. Reddy Fire (Hayden Barnes for Naomi Sanderson)..
 

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« 2015-Jan-26, 09:28 AM Reply #48 »
"TROT TACTICS"..24/01/2015..
 
  A recent lack of support for the unofficial trials, run at Marburg on the Sunday mornings on the weekends when there is no race meeting on the Saturday, has caused the Marburg Pacing association to consider its position. Currently the unofficial trials are not viable due to a combination of costs and a downturn in horse numbers utilising the service. Marburg had its genesis in the early 80's, growing out of a crying need for a regular and reliable trialling venue which would cater to all comers who wished to condition and educate both racing and young stock. At a later stage, the Queensland Harness Racing Board of the day, recognising the value of the Marburg operation as a provider of fit and tractable stock for the racing pool, saw fit to extend and widen the existing track to its current dimensions of 700 metres circumference and 15 metres width as well as providing some new buildings and relocating others. Some $400,000 was ploughed into the project with a successful result.
 
  Time passed, and the light harness sport in Queensland experienced a down turn, with track closures the order of the day, including the "hobbyist's heaven", Rocklea. Less stock was bred locally and adoption of a National Handicapping System aimed at extending the earning capacity of existing horses did little to encourage small breeders to produce foals for their own use or to offer for sale in a market short on buyers (at least until old "Roger" had fully exhausted his hopes of earning a buck) with little incentive to invest in fresh stock. Inevitably, Marburg shrank with the pressure from this situation.
 
 At this point, Harness Racing Queensland, with the assistance of RQ, have in place a number of initiatives  such as the re-vamped Q-bred Scheme, the "Q" assessment for Saturday night and various promotions designed to get the sport viable again. If these work as they are intended, horse numbers will increase, and, given the logistic problems created by the current "between races" trialling format, a dedicated conditioning and educating service such as provided by Marburg on Sunday mornings, available to hobbyist and professional alike will be an essential requirement.
 
   Realistically, the MPA should be seeking some assistance  from Racing Queensland. The money required to maintain weekly unofficial trials is a very small sum indeed, given that it provides an essential service. One would imagine, that when horse numbers increase, so any subsidy would reduce.  Tomorrow, the Marburg Pacing Association would like as many owners and trainers as possible to turn up and support the trials and their retention. Nominations 7.15am, education 8.00am trials after education. Cheap tasty burgers, tea, coffee and soft drinks.
 
  Most newsworthy runs of the last week from locally trained horses, were in heats of the Golden Guitar Championship at Tamworth las Sunday. Paint The Hammer  2.03.0 (Trevor Lambourn) and the skilfully placed winner of last year's feature, Gold Play 1.59.0 (Bart Cockburn), went round in last night's Final. We will bring you the report of their efforts next week. Meanwhile, don't forget Needa Margarita and Franco Bulgari  representing "Team McMullen--Glamoganvale" at Menangle tonight.
 
  The leader board again featuring newcomer, Naomi Sanderson splitting the honours with regular Chantal Turpin at three wins apiece. Pete McMullen back up front on five winners from Gary Whitaker on four with Narissa McMullen and Hayden Barnes tied on three.
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 16/01.. Johnny Springfield (Gary Whitaker for Travis McKay).. Newmerella Fella Brett for Max Towns).. Zedaguy (Pete for Chantal Turpin)..Bettor Draw (Narissa McMullen).. Albion Park 17/01..Timeseel (Hayden Barnes for Vicki Rasmussen).. Stout (Amy Rees for Doug Lee).. My Jellignite (Narissa for Naomi Sanderson).. Duke Of The Moment (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 20/01..Chesapeaka Boy (Barty Cockburn for Mick Grant).. Withalotofluck (Narissa for Steve Cini).. Morethanmeetstheye (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. My Ajaye (Hayden Barnes for Josh Moore).. Lifesaranger (Hayden Barnes for Naomi Sanderson).. Redcliffe 21/01..Prince Benji (Brittany Graham for Tess Neaves).. Missing Letters (Darrell Graham).. Hot Air Rising (Nathan Dawson for Gary Hancock).. Falcon vista (Nathan Dawson for Chris McGuire).. Sir Camelot (Pete for Naomi Sanderson).. Redcliffe 22/01..Platinum Art (Pete for Ron Sallis).. Josephine Shannon (Gary Whitaker for Warren hinze).. Superliner (Brittany for Darrell Graham).. Sportys Special (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Nurse Feelgood (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).. Seven Forty Seven (Matt Elkins for Vic Frost)..
 

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                    "TROT TACTICS".. 31/01/2015..
 
  Two young trainer drivers copped a massive boost last week when it was announced that Brittany Graham and Trent Moffat  were the inaugural recipients of the Kevin and Kay Seymour " Young Achievers Award". The award evolved from the Young Guns scheme, where bye the Seymours provided funds for ten lucky aspirants to purchase a horse each and test their ability to turn a profit. Courses in media and business practice were also provided to give the youngsters a leg up for a viable career in the harness game. The ten young trainer/drivers took part in interstate driving challenges, and their overall performance back here in Queensland was monitored and a monthly winner announced. The lucky duo receive a fully funded one month working holiday to North America where they will work in a leading stable and be given some race driving opportunities.
 
  Trent Moffat  who said he had never thought he would be going on a trip like this, is employed by the massive Grant Dixon operation at Tamborine. He is currently running race stats for this season of 350 drives, which have returned 40 wins and 53 places for a prize money figure of $227,307. Brittany Graham works for her father, Fernvale based leading trainer, Darrell Graham, and her stats so far this season are 241 drives for 35 wins and 53 places. In the bank is $163,272. Brittany is underpinning her declared ambition to be a professional trainer/driver with a course in Business at university. It is the trip of a lifetime, with endless learning opportunities, particularly on the training front. There is little doubt, (if information gleaned from interviews with ex-pat aussies and kiwis who have made it big in the U.S. is to be taken at face value) that conditioning techniques plus pre and post race care of the equine athletes is somewhat different to local practices. A month at the coal face should leave both Brittany and Trent with a swag of useful information which may alter their approach to harness racing on a permanent basis.
 
  It is very certain that a family holiday some years back  to the same place, with a heavy accent on harness racing and introductions to leading trainers and drivers, left a lasting impression on Pete McMullen. It may well have been the catalyst that led in part to his recent shattering of the 1,000 wins barrier.
 
  Unofficial trials will be at Marburg on Sunday morning. Nominations are taken at 7.15am, the education segment will go at 8.00am followed by the trials. Tasty low cost breakfast burgers, hot and cold drinks. The trials will shift to Saturday morning in the same time frame for the next three months from February 7th. (today week).. The MPA needs the support of all local trainers to keep this essential service viable. We ask all trainers to make an effort to support the trials. Should the expected increase in horse numbers through revamped breeding incentives and new owner focussed promotions occur, it would be a sad situation if regular dedicated fitness and education facilities were not readily available. Keep Marburg on the go, YOU might be the next trainer or owner to need the service which the MPA provides!!
 
 
  The leader board looks just a bit different this week with five trainers providing ten of a mammoth haul of 23 winners either locally trained or locally driven. Chantal Turpin, Ali Khouiss, Ray Law, Darrell Graham and Kerry Smith all tied on two wins apiece. The driving result is more clear cut with Gary Whitaker clocking up first on no less than five occasions in front of Pete McMullen with three.
 
  Resultsville..Albion Park 23/01..Tooperate (Ricky Gordon).. My Ajaye (Hayden Barnes for Josh Moore). Bad Boy Mara (Pete for Ali Khouiss).. Blue Eyed Suzie (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Bettor Bet Better (Paul Diebert for Ali Khouiss).. My Ultimate Hell (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Davis).. Albion Park 24/01.. Artzone (Trent for Geoff Dawson).. Ina Great Place (Barty Cockburn)..  Albion Park 27/01.. Chesapeaka Boy (Barty Cockburn for Mick Grant).. Swarovski (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Lord Jones (Darrell Graham).. Blytheburn (Pete for Chantal Turpin) .. Redcliffe 28/01..McKay (Adam Sanderson for Richard Hooper).. Elliott Bromac (Gary Whitaker for Kerry Smith).. Wandary Splash (Gary Whitaker for Kerry Smith) .. Call Me Yours Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Nolonga Your Choice (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn).. Icefire (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).. Redcliffe 29/01.. Hachem (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Bee Jays Abundance (Neale Scott for Steve Burke).. Dabeers Zargon (Gary Whitaker for Donny Smith).. Dudinkas Beau (Gary Whitaker for Graham White).. Sookie Go Goes (Brittany Graham for Mick Benham)..


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