First things first on the local scene, with Marburg trials TOMORROW morning . Just shake out the cobwebs from the Ipswich Cup gallops meeting today and slip out to Marburg Showgrounds. The object of the exercise is to black book a possible winner for the following Saturday, June 20th when Ipswich Councillors, The Ipswich Hospital Foundation, and Marburg Pacing Association combine to host a Charity Race Day in support of the IHF. There will be non stop action with an exciting race program following trials which will commence at 11.00am, and exhibitions by SAQ, showing just what an ex-pacer can do when his or her racing days are over. Other attractions will be the mini-trotters and IHF's "healthy community " fitness and lifestyle teams will be there to show you how to put a spring in your step. There will be dual seater sulky rides for some lucky patrons, where you get to experience a bit of the thrill of harness at speed.
There will be the traditional "Barry Burgers" plus an assortment of other hot foods, delicious desserts ,hot and cold drinks plus the best bar prices imaginable. There will be a bookie on course fielding on the local trots and major gallops meetings with Sky Channel screens to keep the punters up to date. Admission is a gold coin, and good raffles with the proceeds going to the IHF. Mark it on the Calendar for next week. Make a bigger and better day of it by heading for the "Poets Breakfast" at Marburg Community Centre. Breakfast is at 8.00am. Listen to the Poets, be uplifted by their contribution to culture and soul, then head on up the road to the Showgrounds for the trots. Not so diverse as you might imagine, as there is poetry in the gait of a free moving harness horse at speed.
Back to tomorrows trials. Nominations at 7.15am, education session goes at 8.00am and trials follow. Brekky burgers and hot and cold drinks. Bring your note book.
We don't often have a "best of the week" award, but battling hobby trainer, James Lewin, produced a rare treat when he trained Highview Sign (Ryan Veivers) and Extreme Makeover (Michael Johnson)to run 1-2 in the last race at Albion Park on Tuesday. JL turns his horses out in excellent style and the victory was comprehensive with 3.1 metres separating the stable mates and a whopping 18 metres to the third place getter. It was a great and well deserved effort by man and horses!!"..
What's in a name? Let me introduce Jacob Wallace, a 21 year old kiwi lad, born and raised in the Auckland area. Young Jacob had his first introduction to trotting as a youngster, attending meetings at Alexandra Park with his father. Things took a step further, when, as a 13 year old, he began to spend large slabs of his school holidays down at the Cambridge stables of Robbie Hughes helping out with a team of 10 to 15 moderate horses. Hughes proved to be a good teacher and Wallace an adept pupil for four years later JW joined up with leading trainer and star driver, Tony (The Iceman) Herlihy, working with a stable of 30 to 50 pacers and trotters at Papakura. New Zealand is not the land of milk and honey for aspiring young drivers, there are no concession claims, fields are large and the established drivers get the lions share of the race day assignments. Four years and forty plus drives yielded just one winner, Red Sky Night at Alexandra Park. In contrast, having teamed up with Camp Graham at Fernvale not quite four weeks back, JW has already landed two winners, Hachem at Redcliffe and Adriatic Coast at Albion Park.
Now, in a few short words, Jacob Wallace as he presents himself. The best horse he has seen.. Adore Me, winner of the New Zealand Cup and 1-47.4 at Menangle. Best horse he has driven in work.. Ohoka Punter, dual Derby winner, NZ and Australia, a star of the Tony Herlihy line up. His ambition is to do the best that he can in the trotting game. He is enjoying the surroundings at Camp Graham and hopes to be there for some time. He will be trying to repay the faith that Darrell Graham has shown in him. All in all, a very decent young bloke, articulate, polite and very well presented. He has already shown some talent as a reinsman ,he is keen for outside drives and can be contacted on 0406-114-945.. If Jacob Wallace does as well out of his association with Darrell Graham as has his fellow kiwi Adam Sanderson, he will have reason to be pleased with himself.
It's that time of the year again, when the stars race under the stars at the Albion Park Winter Carnival. Contrary to pervious carnivals which had an extended time frame, with feature races doled out one by one over as much as eight weeks, the major winter events are compressed into a fortnight's action packed feast of harness. All good feasts commence with an entrée and in this case it is a two part delicacy with the the Group One Garrards Sunshine Sprint run over 1660 metres for $100,000, and the $100,000 Nursery Flying Stakes for 2 and 3yos run over 2138 metres are the features on opening night, July 4th. Proceedings ramp up a bit on night two, Saturday July 1, with the Queensland Oaks for the 3yo fillies at $100,000, The 4/5yo Championship at $50,000, The Gold Coast Derby worth $40,000, and the Ladyship Stakes for mares, $30,000. All in all $220,000 for the night. It only gets better with the third and final night, Saturday July 18th, putting out a mammoth $525,000, split as follows. Derby $150,000, Blacks A Fake Pacing Championship $125,000, 2yo Colts and Geldings Triad Final $100,000, 2yo Fillies Triad Final $100,000, and 4yo Championship at $50,000. No doubt the old adage "money makes the mare go" will see that top quality fields will be the order of the nights. There is one thing about big money racing. It brings the top horses from near and far, and it gives the participants with starters in support races on the night, a chance to see that the "rainbows" we are all chasing do exist. A close up look at a superstar gives the battler the courage to go on.
The leader board this week serves up a dead heat in the driving department with Gary Whitaker and Pete McMullen tied on four winners apiece. Darrell Graham out on his own with four training wins.
Resultsville.. Albion Park 05/06.. Not Another De Jay (Brad Cowen for Ron Sallis).. Tiani Alice (Barty Cockburn for D. Shaw).. Albion Park 06/06.. Wandary Splash (Gary Whitaker for Kerry Smith).. Nureyev (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Courageous Kiwi (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Ona Happy Note (Narissa McMullen).. Rubys Bad Boy (Darrell Graham).. Its Three By Two (Clint Sneddon for Frank Bennett).. Albion Park 09/06.. Justabitnoisy (Gary Whitaker for Doug Lee).. Red Luck (Darrell Graham).. Chevals Diamond (Adam Richardson for Jason Carkeet).. Adriatic Coast (Jacob Wallace for Darrell Graham)..Highview Sign (Ryan Veivers for James Lewin).. Redcliffe 10/06.. Seven Forty Seven (Matt Elkins for Gail Geeson).. Riverleigh William (Gary Whitaker for Darren Hooper).. Tooperate (Trent Moffat for Ricky Gordon).. Sista To Mafuta (Darrell Graham).. Zac Mac (Gary Whitaker for Darren Hooper).. Darlyn Sea (Gary Litzow for Wendy Smart).. Recliffe 11/06.. Ivan The Third (Barty Cockburn).. The Endeavour (Amy Rees for Doug Lee).. Boltmaro (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Our Mick Ison (Pete for Stewie Dickson)..