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« 2015-Feb-08, 10:43 PM Reply #50 »
"TROT TACTICS"..07/02/2015...
 
  Time marches on and yet another veteran trainer/driver leaves our steadily shrinking ranks. This time, it is Rod Hehir, just a week from his 82nd birthday. The likeable Victorian, with his dry humour and endless stories from a life in trotting, came to Queensland in 2003, from the Bacchus marsh and Colac area where he mixed owning a butcher shop and shoeing horses to keep the wolf from the door. He and wife Frances settled in the Coominya area. RH proved to be an asset in his adopted home, as he was always ready to discuss a gaiting problem with a trotter. Down the years he provided many practical tips to local trainer/ educators Gavin Wright and Clint Sneddon. His best horse in Qld was the giant chestnut , Tilly Trotter. The gelded son of Keystone Gondola won 14 races and $50.932 in a short career. At one point he strung together 4 successive victories at Albion Park career with Clint Sneddon in the sulky.
 
  In recent times the Rod Hehir team had swelled to three trotters, Pucker Up princess, No Mystery and Helava Grand Strike and it was while preparing to shoe one of these hopefuls that he was taken from us. It is fair then to say that he died doing what he wanted to do and that he would not have been disappointed with the result. In his life no doubt there were many happy moments but there were also disappointments. In 2005, he was selected to represent Australia at the World Amateur Driving Championships in Austria.. Rod's moment had come, but it was not to be as he was 72 years old and was not permitted to drive in Austria. Thus, was the trip of a lifetime missed. Rod Hehir will be remembered as a friendly and sociable bloke, with his love of the light harness game his common link to many in the Ipswich -- Marburg area. His long time mate, the late Mick Lacey, beat him to Heaven by a few months. It takes little imagination to see the pair of them arguing over a cup of tea, the same in death as in life. Rod Hehir is gone, but as neighbour and friend Gavin Wright put it, "if we are on the subject of motor cars or shoeing, it is more like closing the reference section of the local library". Rod's funeral is set down for 10.00am Tuesday at Laidley Crematorium..
 
  A further boost to the breeding of pacers and trotters in Queensland came when it was announced this week, that the 2yo  Q-bred bonus would increase to $12,000 for fillies and $10,000 for colts on 1st September 2015... First effects will be felt at the Australian Pacing Gold sales here at Albion Park on Sunday February 15th, and the Redcliffe Club's sale in late March. Hopefully, the bigger bucks will encourage the smaller breeder back into the breeding barn..
 
  It's that time of year again with Saturday night February 14th, the night for you to curl up with Sky Racing One and watch the Inter-Dominion Heats across Australasia in a two hour time slot. The first two home in each heat will go round in the $750,ooo Grand Final on the first Sunday in March. Super Sunday at Menangle with seven Group One Races and three Group 2 events delivers you the cream of the crop in one place and one time slot. It is the stuff of dreams.
 
  Marburg unofficial trials are THIS MORNING.. Nominations taken from 7.15am. Education from 8.00am.
 
  The leader board again focussed on the lower Brisbane Valley, with John McMullen bagging three winners to take the trainer's laurels, while Narissa McMullen drove six winners to lead Adam Sanderson on four.
 
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 30/01..The Duke Downunder (Gary Whitaker? Mal Charlton).. Withalotofluck (Narissa McMullen for Steven Cini).. Blessed Is The Boy (Dannielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Zedaguy (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 31/01.. Beaver (Melissa Gillies).. Livinthehighlife (Gary Whitaker for Donny Smith).. Lucky Voodoo (Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen).. Only One Slim (Narissa for John McMullen).. Galilee Narissa for (Steven Cini).. Fifth And Broadway (Darrell Graham).. Red Rocker (Ricky Gordon).. Albion Park 03/02.. Have A Bacardi (Pete for Lisa Bahr).. Long Road To Fame (Adam Sanderson).. Franco Bulgari (Narissa McMullen).. Needa Margarita (Narissa for John McMullen).. Redcliffe 04/02.. Wandary Splash (Gary Whitaker for Kerry Smith).. Nolonga Your Choice (Trevor Lambourn).. Promises Galore (Barty Cockburn).. Call Me yours (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Our Beauty Queen (Adam Sanderson for Shaun Gillespie).. Back Page News (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost)..  Redcliffe 05/02..Queen Of Falcons (Gary Litzow for Wendy Smart).. Lombo happy hour (Adam Sanderson for Jenny Anderson).. Her Ex And I (Hayden Barnes for Al Barnes).. Adriatic Coast (Brittany for Darrell Graham).. Modern gold (Btittany for Jenny Anderson)..Claire Jasper (Narissa for Rob Gorman).. Its You Not Me (Noel Parrish)..
 

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« 2015-Feb-15, 08:16 PM Reply #51 »
            "TROT TACTICS"..14/02/2015..
 
  Well, what are the plans for today. Consider heading out to Marburg to catch the country trots at the Showgrounds. Five race program with all the thrills and excitement on the spectacular 700metre Marburg track.. Trials segment commences at 11.00am and the races at 1.00pm. Bookmaker betting on the local trots  and major gallops meetings with Sky Channel screens for markets and updates plus race vision. Best bar prices in town with top class burgers pies fish etc  plus succulent desserts. Check it out. Adults $5, pensioners and students $3, children under 16 free. Don't miss it.
 
 With Australasia's most prestigious race, The Inter-dominion Grand Final, just a fortnight away, you should be close up and friendly with your nearest Sky Channel screen tonight. All four heats will take place tonight across four venues Melton (VIC) 7.30pm, Menangle(NSW) 7.45pm. Albion Park (Qld) 8.00pm, Menangle 8.15pm and Gloucester Park (WA) 8.30pm. From these heats, the Grand Final field will be assembled to be the centrepiece on "Super Sunday", March 1st at Menangle Park where 7 Group one races and 3 Group two events will be decided. In our local heat all eyes will be on the Ian Gurney owned and trained Avonnova, which has drawn the coveted No 1 barrier for the 2138 metre journey. The un-hoppled pacer Avonnova has amassed earnings of $582,569 in his 120 start career and, with $214,292 gained this season from wins in the Newcastle Mile, Gold Coast Cup, Kevin Robinson Cup and the Les Chant Cup, it is apparent that the gelded son of Art Major has, as is the popular term, "taken the next step". Driver Shane Graham and Ian Gurney will no doubt have already settled the question of whether to lead or hand up to something strong.
 
  In living proof that there is no sentiment in business or racing, Brisbane's leading trainer/driver Grant Dixon, has elected to leave the driving of Majestic Mach, drawn at two on the second line in the "Inter" Heat in the capable hands of Barty Cockburn. GD has elected to head south to partner Franco Revel, Alleluia, Only The Brave and Major Moment on the 1400 metre Menangle circuit. Dixon will no doubt have some very sound reasons for this trip. Punters should double check the form.
 
  It is 12 months to the week since former Lockyer Waters lass, Lauren Jones, upped stumps and headed to the land of black swans, iron ore and strong harness racing. What a year it has been! Leaving  Queensland with a total of 18 winners to join the dominant Garry Hall stable, LJ now boasts a lifetime figure of 55 winners, 24 of which have come in this season alone. Currently, Jones has been in victory lane at Gloucester Park on 14 occasions, including 9 metro races. Top of the tree was the win of Northfield Punter which took out the Lord Mayors Cup on January 30th this year. Importantly, she is the first woman to drive the winner of this event. It all stacks up with Lauren Jones's current standing. She has the best strike rate of the WA junior drivers, leading her nearest rival by a clear six wins, she featured in a treble at Gloucester Park on November 17th  for three different trainers, and she is 9th on the all comers table behind the likes of Gary Hall Jnr, Chris Lewis, Colin Brown and Morgan Woodley. She has an invitation to represent WA in a Ladies Feature race at Globe Derby  today week. The above tells us a story of an opportunity grasped and capitalised upon. Lauren Jones is the title of an on-going success story. From a Queensland point of view, she is the one that got away!
 
  This weeks leader board produced a three way dead heat in training ranks with Darrell Graham, Chantal Turpin and Ali Khouiss  all on three winners. In the sulky, Pete McMullen showed the way home on five occasions from Adam Sanderson and Hayden Barnes on three apiece.
 
  Resultsville. Albion Park 06/02.. Blytheburn (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Withalotofluck (Narissa  McMullen for Steven Cini).. Newmerella Fella (Trent Dawson for Max Towns).. Rummiking (Brittany for Darrell Graham)... Albion Park 07/02..Ida Tiger (Pete for Ali Khouiss).. Hugh Hefner (Adam Sanderson for Richard Hooper).. Alta Antonio (Nathan Dawson for Greg Elkins).. Rubys Bad Boy (Darrell Graham).. Curtis Maguire (Adam Sanderson for Richard Hooper).. Lucky Voodoo (Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen).. Albion Park 10/02.. Chesapeaka Boy Barty Cockburn for Mick Grant).. Bettor Get Better (Pete for Ali Khouiss).. Lachs Ambition (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Woonoona Beau (Pete for Ali Khouiss).. Missing Letters (Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 11/02..Chaldea (Hayden Barnes for Ron Sallis).. In The Frame Lombo (Narissa for John McMullen).. Nurse Feelgood (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).. Stormy Warrior (Amy Rees).. Angus G (Pete for Daren Garrard)..  Redcliffe 12/02..Hot Tamale (Ken Belford).. Pashana (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Judah Ben hur (Ken Belford).. Seven Forty Seven (Matt Elkins for Gail Geeson).. Jack Frost (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost)..
 

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« 2015-Feb-22, 09:03 PM Reply #52 »
"TROT TACTICS"..21/02/2015..
 
  Sadly, yet another trotting man has gone to his rest. Last Tuesday saw the funeral service of Jim Madden who was in his 91st year. In business, Madden was the owner of Ipswich Earth Movers. It was a job at the Runnymede Lodge property of Bernie Wilson that kindled JM's interest in the light harness sport. Having experienced conversion it was not long before Jim purchased his first pacer, Bandolero. With a win under his belt, what does an enthusiastic new owner with a yard full of earth moving equipment at his disposal do next. Thus, in 1977, on the Marburg - Rosewood Road, Paragon Park was established. This was Madden's showplace with a very well designed and constructed 600 metre track which provided all the attributes of a standard half mile oval. Ex Sydneysider Gerry Yates was the first private trainer at "Complex Madden" and had good success with Little Bret. After several years, Gordon Francis and his wife Jenny took over, winning a Christmas Cup with Little Bret  which Gordon described as by far the best of the Madden horses that he handled, and numerous other races with Golden Paragon and Paragon Bret.
 
  Trainers come and trainers go and, after time Craig McKinnis had the reins at Paragon Park, producing  great results with Paragon Pete $53,486, and the mare with the big finish, Paragon Pearl, $73,926, when such sums had several times the purchasing power of today's dollar. Jim and Betty Madden moved into a new home at the farm in 1984 staying there for some 13 years before Peter and Karen Doherty, Jim and Betty's daughter, purchased the property. Paragon Park remains as a lasting reminder of Jim Madden's interest in trotting, now in the ownership of Gordon and Jenny Francis who returned to purchase the property they loved in 2011. Jim Madden is gone. He will be remembered as a man who spoke his mind without fear or favour, and, as the above tells us, he left his mark.
 
  Yet again, we have a change of Government, with Labour returned to rule the house from which they were so clearly ejected just three years ago. Where does that leave Racing in Queensland. We have a new Minister, The Member for Rockhampton, Mr Bill Byrne. Sadly, Mr Byrne has inherited a nightmare with the on-going inquiries surrounding the misuse of cobalt chloride  in both the gallops and harness codes, and now the "Four Corners" revelations of wide spread "live kills" as part of the education of greyhounds in three states including Queensland. A number of options are available to the Minister at this point, not the least of which is the abolition of the Queensland All Codes Racing Industry Board, with re-instatement of three separate Code Specific Boards, charged with putting their own houses in order. At this point the Racing Ministry should assume responsibility for Integrity services and Treasury should have the purse strings. Racing is dependent on the punters dollar. While ever we have issues of animal cruelty and integrity we will continue to turn away many of the people who provide our turnover, and never gain the interest and support of millions more who we might attract with a proven cleaner image. We were told recently that "animals, racing, betting and people" is a recipe for criminal activity. That does not excuse such activity. Until such time as penalties for actions which damage the image and earning power of racing become horrendous, and as such, a viable deterrent, Racing is only going one way.. backwards!!!
 
  In Queensland at this minute, the ball is now in a new court. " The ball no question makes of ayes or noes, but right or left as strikes the player goes."  Racing can be made clean and attractive. All it needs is political will !!
 
  Plenty of names sharing the leader board this week, with trainer Al Barnes leading in three winners from  Rachel Scott, and Ali Khouiss  on two apiece, and Pete McMullen, currently on tour in NSW as reserve driver for the World Drivers Championship heading the sulky sitters on three wins from Brittany Graham, Gary Whitaker and Trevor Lambourn all on two.
 
  Resultsville.Albion Park 13/02..Bettor Get Better (Nathan Dawson for Ali Khouiss).. Zedaguy (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Woodlea Beau (Pete for Ali Khouiss).. Tinted Jasa (Pete for Jamie Donovan).. Darlyn Sea (Gary Litzow for Wendy Smart).. Albion Park 14/02.. Rangataua Ray (Ray Law for Rob Gorman).. Franco Bulgari (Narissa McMullen).. Marburg 14/02.. Stormy Tara (Al Barnes) .. Tammalise (Dale Chalk for Justin Pascoe) Albion Park 17/02.. Marchesa (Gary Whitaker for Don Hancock).. Swarovski (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Nolonga Your Choice (Chris Petroff for Rachel Scott)..  Redcliffe 18/02.. Nurse Feelgood (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).. Ohoka Mach (Trevor Lambourn for Rachel Scott).. Stormy Tara (Al Barnes).. Kalvin (Trevor Lambourn).. Sexy Joyce (Kay Crone for Gavin Crone).. Arts Peregrine (Brittany Graham for Trent Knack).. Chaldea (Hayden Barnes for Ron Sallis).. Redcliffe 19/02.. Diamante Maravu (Brittany Graham for Steve Benham).. Los Amante (Brendan Barnes for Al Barnes).. My Arthur Bee (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham)..
 

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« 2015-Mar-02, 09:05 AM Reply #53 »
This week we lost yet another valuable spoke in the wheel of Queensland trotting with the passing of Paul Bolack after a long battle with serious illness. The former principal of Bolack Publications was a low profile superstar in sponsorship, putting his money and services into Clubs and races with the focus squarely on the battling end of game. PB was a battler himself, starting his printing operation in the disused Rocklea Café, and, after losing much of his machinery in a flood, moved upstairs into the trackside restaurant seating area when the track ceased operations. Paul was ever a sticker for Rocklea trots, spending his Saturday afternoons with Neil Moriarty, Pat Kynoch, Trevor Buckingham,  Lou Cini, Terry Smyth and others having a beer and a bet, always having something on horses driven by Lola Weidemann when they drew the front line. His a long story of voluntary service as a club administrator with an involvement going back to a stint as Treasurer for Gold Coast going back to the "Stevens Trotway" era.
 
  PB 's main love was Rocklea and he was unstinting when weighing in with labour and financial sponsorship when "The Rock"  was in trouble. He was shattered when closure eventually came. At the time of his death, he had served a decade on the committee of the Beaudesert Turf Club, the last two years as Vice President. He was also a Patron of the Marburg Pacing Association, an organisation that will miss him dearly. Paul was ever a friend to the MPA and its members. Paul Bolack  is gone, and soon enough we will miss his genuine contribution to light harness at the battlers level. The battler loves his horses, Paul Bolack loved trotting. Of that we are certain!
 
  In one for the department designated "curiouser and curiouser" , leviathan owner and breeder,  Kevin Seymour, who formally renounced his interest in Queensland harness racing administration some months back, has been re-elected to the committee of Albion Park Harness Racing Club. At the time, Mr Seymour described his action in broad terms, as "retiring to enjoy the fruits of his labours, sharing the pleasures of watching his horses perform on the race track and making further use of his luxurious boat". It is a free country and anyone can change their mind, but it might be considered dangerous by deep thinkers to get this particular event in any way confused with "the second coming".
 
  Tomorrow is the day. Tabcorp Park Menangle's Super Sunday of Group Racing is upon us. $1,854,000.00 spread over ten events will be up for grabs with the  2015 Inter-dominion Grand Final the centrepiece at $750,000. Star studded supports are the Oak, Ladyship Mile, Derby and Chariots Of Fire, all at $200k.     The big one, over the 3009 metre journey, will be a trial of strength. It is hard to go past last years winner, Beautide who seems to have struck top form at the right time with leanings to the Queensland  "wild card" entry, Avonnova and Terror To Love, who, with three New Zealand Cups in his CV will have no trouble with the journey. Ipswich interest will centre on Narissa McMullen who will be trying to emulate her win in last year's  Lexus International Lady Drivers Invitation. There you have it. Up close and friendly with your sky Channel screen is the place to be from 12.30pm. Enjoy the day.
 
  A wider spread on the trainer's side of the leader board with four regular stars, Chantal Turpin, Darrell Graham, Shane Sanderson and Barty Cockburn all across the line together at two winners apiece. the driving department saw Hayden Barnes rack up doubles at Albion Park and Redcliffe day meetings, his total of four wins keeping him clear of Kelli Dawson, Barty Cockburn and Adam Sanderson , tied at two all.
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 21/02..  Red Vee Hanover Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen).. Judyfree (Barty Cockburn for Mick Grant).. Drunken Desire (Danielle McMullen for Vicki Rasmussen).. Albion Park 23/02.. Sambalada (Ricky Gordon).. Gallymont Sport (Kelli Dawson for Geoff Dawson).. Prince Benji (Barty Cockburn).. Albion Park 24/02.. Swarovski (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Expressionist (Hayden Barnes for Shane Sanderson).. High Valour (Hayden Barnes for Brad Connelly).. Redcliffe 25/02.. Enthral (Adam Sanderson for Shane Sanderson).. One for Seven (Amy rees for Dave Millard).. Munroe (Brendan Barnes for Barty Cockburn).. Coey O'Donohue (Brad Cowen for Ron Sallis).. Half Moon Bromac (Gary Whitaker for Lacey Hinze).. Redcliffe 26/02..My Arthur Bee (T. Ford for Darrell Graham).. Checkhimout (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Crackerofarainbow (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Lord Jones (Darrell Graham)..
 

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« 2015-Mar-09, 07:34 AM Reply #54 »
             "TROT TACTICS.. 07/03/2015..
 
  First things first. Marburg races next Sunday 15th of March..  The usual exciting program of "close to the action" racing on the 700 metre track, Bookies that have a go, the best bar prices and tastiest country burgers around, all served with a smile. Add a comprehensive trial program commencing at 11.00am and you have the Marburg package. Circle it on the calendar as the place to be on the day.
 
  Animal welfare, particularly that concerning racing animals has been placed squarely in the spotlight by the current scandal surrounding the practice of live animal "blooding " of greyhounds. This particular practice had its genesis in in the original sport of "live hare coursing", where two dogs chased a hare around the confines of a specially constructed paddock which had several escape holes in the otherwise solid fence. A panel of judges awarded points to the dogs for the skills they displayed in their attempts to capture the hare.. Generally 64 dogs commenced the event and it required 6 rounds to decide the eventual winner. The public perception of cruelty led to the demise of the sport, which underwent a metamorphosis and reappeared as "mechanical hare coursing" which is the sport we know today. The blooding is considered by many trainers to be essential to sharpen the chasing instincts of the race dog.
 
  Essential or not, it is gross cruelty inflicted by human beings on innocent animals which are rendered defenceless prior to being mauled to death by the greyhound. As such, it is covered in the rules of Greyhound racing, and should rightfully carry extreme penalties for the offence with no avenue of appeal. So far so good! Control bodies have acted, people have received life disqualification. What is also of real concern is that the "in depth" inquiry which will hopefully remove this disgusting practice and provide an artificial stimulus for the dogs, will be funded in Queensland from the Greyhound Control Board's budget. What this means is that, since we still operate on the premise of "innocent until proven guilty", a large number of owners and trainers who are not involved in these barbaric events will suffer a significant reduction in prizemoney through no fault of their own. It begs the question as to Racing Queensland's view of itself as de-facto owner of the racing stock. Think about it!!.
 
  Super Sunday, with its basket of Group One goodies has come and gone leaving lasting impressions of just what makes a top class horse. Beautide produced a champions performance in the Inter-Dominion  Grand Final, sitting parked for the great part of the 3009 metre journey then putting an ever widening gap in the opposition in the final stages. Life earnings stand at $1,987,212 for this son of Bettors Delight. Natalie Rasmussen had the drive on recent New Zealand Cup winner Adore Me which destroyed the hopes of other runners in the Ladyship Mile running out an easy 18.3 metre winner in a sensational 1-47.7 for the 1609 metres. Top efforts are rewarded with top money, and Adore Me now boasts a bank balance of $1,623,429. Natalie Rasmussen, formerly of Rosewood landed three winners on the big day including a victory over Glamorganvale  lass, Narissa McMullen in the $50,000  Lexus Ladies Invitation.
 
  Back to the subject of animal welfare. The furore surrounding the greyhounds appears to have pushed the cobalt issue on to the back burner. While we  understand that major issues must be prioritised, the cobalt saga has been dragging on for quite a while. On one hand, cobalt chloride in large doses, can be seen as a performance enhancing drug, and as such  is now a prohibited substance. Its repeated and regular misuse can lead to cardiac myopathy in the horse. This can be a life threatening condition, and the practice which may lead to its presence can only be condemned. The need for trotting/ harness racing to present a wholesome image has never been more important than now.
 
  The history of animal racing is littered with practices which were perfectly acceptable to the population in their era, and are anathema at this point in time. The re-invention process is a one way street. With the forward passage of time, the shinier we must become!! The ultimate no-brainer and immediate requirement in the horse codes is that the whip has to go.
 
  Marburg trials this morning. Nominations 7.15am, education 8.00am. Best and cheapest burgers as usual.. Meeting after last trial..
 
  The leader board even this week with Pete McMullen, Gary Whitaker and Adam Sanderson all driving three winners for the week and Ron Sallis and John McMullen level at two wins apiece in the training department.
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 27/02.. Sambalada (Gary Whitaker for Ricky Gordon).. Beneato (Kelli Dawson for S. Fraser).. Jilliby Ling (Hayden Barnes for John McMullen).. Caval Ridge (Darrell Graham)... Albion Park 28/02.. Compton Street (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Major Command (Shane Graham for Rachel Scott).. Its Three By Two (Clint Sneddon for Frank Bennett).. Miss Rockabella (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost)..  Albion Park 03/03.. Timmo Time (Adam Sanderson for Michelle Wingrave).. Best Bits (Kay Crone for Gavin Crone).. Franco Nepia (Barty Cockburn).. Redcliffe 04/03..Luke Hobbs (Brittany Graham).. Efwon Eleven (Adam Sanderson for Barb Barry).. Huia Hanover (Gary Whitaker for Steve Benham).. Platinum Art (Pete for Ron Sallis).. Our Beauty Queen (Adam Sanderson for Michelle Wingrave).. Redcliffe 05/03.. Atouchagray (Barty Cockburn for Graham White).. That's Fire Power (Hayden Barnes for John McMullen).. Judah Ben Hur (Ken Belford).. Grouse Party House (Pete for Ron Sallis)..
 
 

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« 2015-Mar-16, 05:50 PM Reply #55 »
"TROT TACTICS"..14/03/2015..
 
  Again the dark shadow of death falls across the Queensland trotting community with the passing of Ross Weidemann  on the family property  at Clifton this week. The 78 year old  died while baling hay, one of his favourite tasks on the farm. RW had always been a trotting man but his race day involvement was reduced by the appearance of daughters Julie and Lola on the scene. "The girls" as they were soon known had inherited not only their father's love of the light harness sport, but his incredible work ethic, which saw them up at the top of the game year in and year out, not only by training and driving ability but by the dint of sheer hard slog. Ross stayed back on the farm, tending his herd of Santa Gertrudis cattle, and producing grain and hay for the horses. There were many strings to the Weidemann bow with a ten year stint as road builders in the Balonne Shire and  seasonal cotton cartage from paddock to gin. RW owned a number of horses, and among the better ones were Directors Special, Johnny O'Flat  and Gidginbung Pete. His last interest was the mare Mach Sweet which is slated to go round tomorrow in the Final of a race at Narrabri in north west NSW. He was also excited by the prospects of Long Term Fella which is shaping to be best in "the girls" team for some time. Ross and Marion Weidemann were married for 56 years. His passing breaks a physical bond, but he lives on in the dynasty which he headed. Ross Weidemann will be remembered as a quiet but friendly man whose word was his bond. His life of hard work and achievement entitles him to a AAA rating. Gone, but not forgotten.
 
  Marburg races TOMORROW. A strong five race card on the "up close to the action" 700 metre Showgrounds track. $5 gets adults in, pensioners and students $3 with kids under 16 on the free list. Strong betting on the local product and major gallops with Sky Channel info screens in the betting area. Best bar prices anywhere with top burgers  from Barry's barbecue, fish and chips, pies, hot dogs etc plus hot and cold drinks. A great day out with a supporting trial program kicking off at 11.00am. Pick a future winner. First race goes at 12.45pm. An added bonus will be the presence of the newly elected Member for Ipswich West, Jim Madden. The new Member is keen to be a recognisable figure in his electorate, and an afternoon at the races  is as good a way as any to meet the local trotting folk. See you there.!!
 
  The late and famous Sydney race caller, Ken Howard, was prone to remark that, "The sport of kings is a chancy business". This was never more clearly illustrated than last week. Fresh from a world record breaking performance under the 3200 metres standing start conditions of The New Zealand Cup last November, Adore Me trained by the Purdon / Rasmussen partnership with Natalie Rasmussen in the sulky, sent the Lord Of The Mile Rates into paroxysms of delight with her 18 metre demolition of the Ladyship Mile field at Menangle on Super Sunday. The time and mile rate was a staggering 1-47.7 which made Adore Me the fastest pacer outside North America. As is the modern fashion, if there is a race worth big money programmed, the big money horses will be there. So, it was back to NZ for last Friday's Auckland Cup.  There, another incredible performance to be beaten a nose by a rejuvenated Christen Me. A slight stutter in the mare's gait at the 450 metre mark, resulting in damage to the sesamoid bone in a front fetlock and the rest of the mare's career went to the breeding barn. The bank balance was a very impressive $1,677,032 on retirement. Any additions to this must come via the sale ring, if the mare proves to be a consistent producer able to pass her ability on to her foals. From Super Star racehorse to broodmare in one stride. A "chancy business" indeed.
 
 
In recent times, Victorian based owner/breeder, Harvey Kaplan has been impressed with the upgrade to prizemoney and the QBRED breeding scheme in the sunshine state and now has horses consistently heading north.
“Queensland is on the up and their prizemoney structure is strong while their recent upgrade of the breeding schemes is very appealing. I’m happy to place my horses where they can best earn and I had no hesitation in sending horses to Brisbane, I’ll have at least five to six racing up there in the next couple of weeks.” Kaplan said. It was said by administrators some 15 years ago that "we must turn harness racing in Queensland into an elite sport". It seems that we have arrived at that point. It must be said here that these raiders and some local owners are doing nothing wrong, they are merely exploiting a system in a more efficient manner than those with budgetary constraints. What the administrators are missing is the natural consequence of throwing ten sharks into a tuna farm cage. The sharks eat tuna until there are no tuna left. They then eat each other!!
 
  The leader board focussed on family involvement this week with Chantal Turpin training six winners and husband Pete McMullen chasing home seven in the sulky. No more needs to be said!!
 
  Resultsville..  Albion Park 06.03.. Well To do Lombo (Hayden Barnes for Paul McGregor).. Caval Ridge (Darrell Graham).. Miss Catalina (Gary Whitaker for Ricky Gordon).. Blue Eyed Suzie (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Ode To Success (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Hu Keas (Clint Sneddon for Frank bennett).. Albion Park 07?03.. Threo (Clint Petroff for Rachel Scott).. Franco Nepia (Barty Cockburn).. Platinum Art (Pete for Ron Sallis).. Compton Street (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Bronze Ecstasy (Pete for Amy Rees)..  Albion Park 10/03.. That's Fire Power (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Franco Nepia (Barty Cockburn)... Redcliffe 11/03.. Luke Hobbs (Brittany Graham).. Diamante Maravu (Lynn Paton for Steve Benham)..  Lynchman (Hayden Barnes for John McMullen).. Blue eyed Suzie (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Shardons Reactor (Narissa McMullen for Neale Scott).. Hez To Blame (Noel Parrish).. Tammalise (Justin Pascoe).. Redcliffe 12/03..Whoseme Father (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Boltmaro (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Night Affair (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Withalotofluck (Narissa for Steve Cini)..
 

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« 2015-Mar-23, 09:18 AM Reply #56 »
"TROT TACTICS".. 21/03/2015..
 
  Last Sunday's Marburg meeting was run under clear skies with the accent on speed. Three of the winners returned mile rates of better than 2.02, including March With Ors which ran a a blistering 2.00.4 rate for the 1850 metres of the Ideal Guy Track To Hack 3yo Pace. Trainer/driver, Dayl March had  a 43 metre margin from second placed Elzboy at the post. March trained a double on the day, with In Default (Isobel Ross) getting home by 1.6 metres in the discretionary handicap over 2200 metres. The rate, a smart 2.03.9 from the standing start.
 
  In form Calvert based Greg Elkins produced yet another South Australian pacer for a first up win in the Sunshine State. White Eyed Girl showed gate speed from the four alley to lead throughout in even quarters, dashing away over the concluding stages to score by 14.6 metres in a rate of 2.01.6.. A mare worth following.
 
 Tonight's Albion Park program presents two features, the first of which is the  $50,000 Silks Restaurant Final for C2/C5 pacers. Heats run last Saturday have produced a quality race over 2138 metres from the mobile, with probably five of the eleven runners having a real chance.
 
  The other feature is the $20,000 Jim McNeil Memorial Handicap run over 2647 metres from the stand. Trotting races have been conducted in Queensland since 1998, and it is directly due to the efforts of the late Jim McNeil, that the traditional diagonal gaited horse got an opportunity in the State. An Association had been formed but was making little progress until J. McM became involved. Suddenly we had an organisation with over a hundred members as Jim enrolled his entire work force at Wheels And Rims Engineering, which was already a well known sponsor of pacers races here and in New Zealand.
 
  McNeil's next move, was to head to NZ with leading trainer, Graeme Bowyer to purchase stock. First criteria was that the animals be of reasonably equal ability and not too expensive. Twelve horses were purchased and booked on the next boat. At this point, someone mentioned to JM that a rough crossing of the Tasman could delay the kick off of trot races by some time if half the horses had to go to the paddock to recuperate. Out came the cheque book again, and the four legged pioneers received an upgrade to air travel.
 
  By and large, it probably took $100,000 of McNeil money to get us up and running. There was a contingency plan to sell the horses on but it is doubtful if many changed hands as other than gifts. Bitter Truth, trained by Darrell Graham and racing for QHRB Chairman, John Crowley, was the best of the first consignment, winning four races, and Jim McNeil's massive contribution was the foundation stone  on which Queensland trotting was built!!
 
  "Veteran Calvert based trainer/driver Ray Cross is at home nursing a crop of bruises after a heavy fall  in the first race at Recliffe  on Thursday. RC is philosophical about the incident, describing it as a part of racing. He is also very thankful that his injuries were not a great deal worse. Being as tough as an old ironbark post, Ray will soon be back on the track."
 
 
  Racing a greyhound in Queensland hit another submerged rock, as a further 23 trainers were stood down on Wednesday for an indefinite period, giving integrity staff the time to gain an understanding of any involvement that they may have had in live kills conducted at a training track west of Brisbane. The short term outcome of these inquiries no doubt means a loss of punter confidence in greyhound racing , and a subsequent reduction in turnover. Which, for anyone with an eye to the future of any code of racing in Queensland, is bad news indeed.
 
  A fresh name in trainers atop the leader board today with Calvert based Greg Elkins right up there with four winners. Same old same old in driving, with Pete McMullen up front on four heading Nathan Dawson on three.
 
  Resultsville. Albion Park 13/03.. Caval Ridge (Darrell Graham).. Tinted Jasa (Pete for Jamie Donovan).. Cullens Jewel (Mark Dux for Phil Mitchell)..  Albion Park 14/03.. Galilee (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Forty Seven Flash (Nathan Dawson for Ron Sallis).. Marburg 15/03.. Monkseaton (Gary Whitaker for Jay Edmunds).. White Eyed Girl (Greg Elkins).. Extreme Makeover (Nathan Dawson for James Lewin).. Albion Park 17/03.. Zoras Delight (Barty Cocburn for Mick butler).. Courageous Kiwi (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Casino Chimes (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. My Ajaye (Hayden Barnes for Josh Moore).. Redcliffe 18/03.. Aristeus (Hayden Barnes for Josh Moore).. Melton Maxbye (Danielle McMullen).. Forty Seven Flash (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. The Love Bandit (Adam Sanderson for Richard Hooper).. Designer Style (Adam Sanderson for Michelle Wingrave).. Redcliffe 19/03.. R Eleven Seven (Pete for Daren Garrard).. Morethanmeetstheye (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Opals delight (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Corey ODonohue (Pete for Ron Sallis).
 

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« 2015-Mar-30, 08:15 AM Reply #57 »
    "TROT TACTICS".. 28/03/2015..
 
  The thing to do today, is to start making plans for tomorrow week, April 5th. It's Easter Sunday and Marburg Pacing Association is hosting their "EASTER SUNDAY FUNDAY". A monster seven race card, with a program of trials to kick the day off, rides for the kids, ice cream van, coffee van, top class burgers, bookies that come there to have a bet, Sky Channel screens, absolutely the best bar prices in town. Easter bunnies for the kids, mini-trotters and infield exhibitions by re-homed standardbreds courtesy of SAQ. It's Marburg's day that has it all. Don't miss it. Adults $5, Pensioners $3 and kids under 16 go free.
 
  Patience is a virtue, said to be seldom observed in men. The latest exception to the rule is trainer Neville Doyle who has put four years of  hard slog into a mare called My Delightful Lady which got the bikkies in the mobile trot on Tuesday at her tenth start. The daughter of Roll On Big Red and Northern Glow is bred to be a pacer through and through, and has two American free-legged champion in Albatross and Steady Star close up in her dam line. It just goes to show that a gene can remain dormant for generations because all the trot in My Delightful Lady's pedigree was back in the 1930's and 40's. It was high grade trot at the time and included sires such as Guy Abbey, Spencer and Scotland's Comet, plus great producing mares in The Old Maid and Spinster. It was only when Neville tried to introduce galloping into MDL' fitness regime that the trot surfaced. The patience comes in with the mares history of niggling injuries which have sidelined her on many occasions, and even now it is believed that her regular sessions of chiropractic is the factor that keeps her on the track. Nev Doyle came into the harness game about 1990 under the influence of Ipswich trainer Billy (Mick) Pascoe. Better horses he has trained include My Lady Khan, New Found Glory and Come On Bromac. Never one to blow his own trumpet, ND gives much credit for the improved situation to Glenn Dawson who has handled the shoeing, and rising star driver, Nathan Dawson, who Doyle describes as having "clicked" with the mare. There are no grandiose plans for My Delightful Lady at this time, just keep chipping away in the win department. She has turned the corner, let's hope it leads onto the highway to fortune.
 
  Three year old trotter, My Precious Fling has been sent south to the stable of Blake Fitzpatrick by owners, Karen and Tony Turpin to contest the 3yo Foundation Series. Educated and prepared  at Patrick Estate by Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen and boasting one start here for one win, the gelded son of Fling It made it two from two in a 2300 metre mobile trot at Menangle last Tuesday with Jim Douglass in the sulky. The well performed Compton Street has accompanied My Precious Fling  to commence a metropolitan career. Compton Street has reached open class  at Albion Park under the "Q" system and now reverts to M0 assessment in NSW. Having racked up 16 wins and 28 placings from 70 starts to date with $135,605 in the bank, the Bettors Delight pacer could well break the $200,000 barrier before the seasons end.
 
  Tomorrow, all roads lead to Redcliffe Paceway where the first of 82 yearlings will go under auctioneer Darren Ebert's hammer at 12 noon. It's the 8th annual "Garrards Redcliffe" Yearling Sale. The sale is renowned for turning up better than useful horses at modest prices. Top stallions such as Bettors Delight, Somebeachsomwhere, Rocknroll Heaven, Cammibest, Badlands Hanover and McArdle are featured with many of the yearlings from top producing dams. Best of all is the 2yo race series which is run at Redcliffe in June 2016 with an $80,000 final. It's just the place to make a realistic investment in Queensland harness racing. Head on out!!
 
  This week,driver Adam Sanderson finally tops the leader board with a massive 7 wins heading up Pete and Narissa McMullen on four apiece. John McMullen featured in the trainers division, leading four into the winners circle.
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 20/03.. Don Boston (Barty Cockburn for Mick Grant).. Western Union (Narissa for John McMullen).. Major command (Paul Diebert for Rachel Scott).. Lifesa Ranger (Hayden Barnes for Shane Sanderson).. Albion Park 23/03.. Artzone (Trent for Geoff Dawson).. Luksam (Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen).. Lifesofine (Chris Petroff for Rachel Scott).. Rubys Bad Boy (Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 24/03.. My Delightful Lady (Nathan Dawson for Neville Doyle).. Constantly Sideways (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Destreos (Kelli Dawson for Ken Rattray).. Cheval Zeppenology (Adam Sanderson for Jason Carkeet).. Badjellys Courage (Ricky Gordon).. Redcliffe 25/03.. That's Fire Power (Narissa for John McMullen).. Couldn't Resist (Pete for Daren Garrard).. Designer Style (Adam Sanderson for Michelle Wingrave).. Newyork Teddy (Adam Sanderson for Craig Smith).. Montana Terminator (Darrell Graham).. Indy Operative (Adam Sanderson for Shaun Gillespie).. Redcliffe 26/03.. Russian Revolution (Narissa for Steve Cini).. Village Villain (Amy Rees for Eric Charlwood)..  Major Flight (Narissa for John McMullen).. My Lucky Life (Doug Lee for Russell Kajewski).. Boltmaro (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. In The Frame Lombo (Pete for John McMullen).. McKay (Adam Sanderson for Richard Hooper).. Invincible Ring (Pete for Daren Garrard)..
 

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« 2015-Apr-06, 07:03 AM Reply #58 »
"TROT TACTICS" 04/04/2015..
 
  All roads lead to Marburg tomorrow afternoon.  Come and enjoy and afternoon of country trots at the Marburg Showgrounds. A top card of seven races on the 700 metre circuit where you experience the thrills of  harness racing close up. The program kicks off at 12.30pm with the "Sundowner Saloon Shootout"  and concludes at 3.50pm with the running of the "Wally and Jean Mitchell Memorial". In between there are carnival rides for the kids and an on-going demonstration by SAQ  showing what you can do with the standard-bred horse when its racing career is over. Some lucky folk will get the harness feeling first hand with a ride in the "dual seater sulky". Not race speed, but close enough.  Regular bookies are in attendance, fielding on the local trots and  main gallops meetings. Sky Channel screens in the betting area keep the gallops punters up to date. Marburg country burgers at their best  with fish and chips, pies etc plus a variety of desserts, hot and cold drinks, and just the best bar prices in town on a variety of beers, wines and spirits.  An ice cream van and  espresso coffee on wheels are all there for your enjoyment, with slushies and snow cones in the rides area.. The "continuous call team" of Dean Jones, Bernie Ring  and former Marburg trial regular, Anthony Collins,( now carving a career for himself as a race caller on the Northern Rivers gallops circuit) will all be there. The boys will keep you right on the ball with what is happening during the afternoon. There will be a monster raffle, but what you do with the monster if you win it I don't know. The supporting prizes ,however, are quite attractive . Sadly there will be no Mini-trotters as the micro horses and their trainer drivers are away in NSW at a Championship event.
 
  There you have it. A top value family afternoon's entertainment, all at bargain prices. Adults are $5, pensioners $3 and kids under 16 accompanied by an adult go free. Last, but not least. The  Big Easter Bunny will be there with the chocolate  bunnies for the kids.
 
 
Last weeks ABC program "Catalyst" took an emotion free look at the use of the whip in horse racing. It was the perfect example of the "less is often more" principle as an exercise in getting the message across. We no longer live in "the age of the horse". The day that motor transport superseded the working horse was the day that perceptions began to change. The horse became a pleasure animal, and in cases, an elite athlete. Racing in both codes ignored this change and claimed that "we must protect the interests of the punters", in the firm belief that shielding those horses involved in a close finish from a severe flogging would precipitate a riot amongst the supporters of the animals concerned. Racing administrators should have woken up to the fact that they were on the wrong tram at least 20 years ago when on course patronage went on the slippery dip and tote turnover began to fall. When our young children are being taught to read , the letter P is generally illustrated by a pony, eg "Peter the pony". Most of these children grow to young adults in a horse free environment and carry their early perceptions all the way to their first, and very often their last encounter with racing. There they see their little mate from the grassy paddock, going for his life to win and being rewarded with the father of a hiding for doing as much as he can. If that's not cruelty, then the administrators should tell us what is. There would be at least 15 million people in this country who would not bet on horse racing because of the cruelty aspect alone. It's racing which has to change, or it will not survive much longer. . Former high profile jockey, Danny Brereton had the final word." Whip or no whip, if there are 8 or 9 races, there will be 8 or 9 winners".
 
  A strange leader board, with no local trainer preparing more than one winner for the short week (early deadline).. Drivers spread it around also with Pete and Narissa McMullen plus Hayden Barnes locked together at two wins apiece.
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 27/03.. Lucky Cold Lucy (Pete for Jason Carkeet).. Mafuta Vautin (Darrell Graham).. Cullens Jewel (Mark dux for Phil Mitchell).. Girl With Fire (Amy Rees for Peter Greig).. Benazir Bhutto (Hayden Barnes for Chantal turpin)..  Redcliffe 28/ 03.. Franco Bulgari (Barty Cockburn) .. Desteos (Kelli Dawson for Ken Rattray).. Opals Delight (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park 31/03.. Justabitnoisy (Gary Whitaker for Doug Lee).. Bettor Draw (Narissa McMullen).. Our Mega Dream (Trent Dawson).. Redcliffe 01/04.. Culdnt Resist (Pete for Daren Garrard).. Judah Ben Hur (Ken Belford).. Noelhamric (Matt for Greg Elkins).. Renayben (Lynn Paton for Steve Benham).. Crackerofarainbow (Hayden Barnes for Gary Gerrard)..
 

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« 2015-Apr-08, 08:10 AM Reply #59 »
                                                                                              "MARBURG REPORT" SUNDAY 05/04/2015..
 
   How things can change. With 34 mils of rain in Marburg overnight, the big Sunday Fun Day trot meeting looked like being a first class flopperoo.  However, after a first class session of track profiling by former Marburg President and Albion Park track curator, Ronnie Knack on Saturday afternoon, the overnight downpour went harmlessly to the drainage channels. Current President Steve Towns  took the decision to carry on with the meeting at 7.30am Sunday, and success was in the lap of the Gods. Towns certainly was right as sunshine and a strong wind shifted most of the surface water and the meeting drew a sizeable crowd sending the canteen, bar and bookies into overdrive. The standard bred re-homers of SAQ  kept the crowd focussed with between race exhibitions on the infield while the racing, conducted on a surface which required the water cart after Race 3, was fast indeed. None of these things happen without human input, and this writer congratulates the volunteers of the Marburg Pacing Association who put so much time and effort into an event like Sunday and were rewarded with a first class day of racing and entertainment. The MPA also takes this opportunity to thank our sponsors who put their financial support in to make the day possible.
 
  Marburg's next race meeting will be held on  Saturday May 2nd. Put it in the black book. It will be another great afternoon of Country trotting.
 
  Results..
 
                   Race 1:     (1).. Camivista (Tommy McGuire).. Came with a huge dive to grab leader in last stride.
                                     (2)..  Isla  (Nathan Dawson).. Led everywhere bar the post..
                                     (3)..   Sweeties Orphan (Phil Keats)..Death seat throughout. Tough run.
 
                     Margins.. Head x 10 metres. M/R 2-00.7..
 
                    Race 2:     (1).. On The Neck (Kay Crone).. One out, two back at the bell.Too good.
                                      (2)..  Many delights (Barty Cockburn).. Led most of the way.
                                      (3).. Beneato..(Trent Dawson). Raced roughly early, behind leader at bell.
 
                       Margins.. 7.4 metres x 9.1metres.  M/R 2-00.6..
 
                      Race 3:    (1).. Five Star Trump (Glenn Dawson).. Led throughout. Too strong.
                                       (2).. Family Decision (Noel Parrish).. Outside leader fro get go. Honest effort.
                                       (3).. Idle Suntime (Ricky Gordon).. Up three wide at bell. Broke. Warning issued.
 
                        Margins.. 13 metres x 21 metres. M/R 2-09.0..
 
                       Race 4:     (1).. Sign To Inverell (Adam Sanderson).. Too good for these.
                                         (2).. Riverboat Diamond (Amy Rees). Slow out. First horse up three wide at bell.
                                         (3).. Highview Oban (Darrell Graham).. Held up early.
 
                        Margins.. 16metres x 17 metres... M/R 2-00.5..
 
                         Race 5: (1).. Newmerella Fella (Trent Dawson).. Led early. Trailed leader at bell sprinted quick.
                                       (2).. Lady Blackjack (Paul Morris).. Led most of the way.
                                       (3).. Munroe (Darren Keast).. Fourth fence at bell. Clear too late.
 
                          Margins.. 6.4 metres x 10 metres..  M/R 2-02.3..
 
                         Race 6:  (1).. Extreme Makeover ((Michael Johnson).. Led throughout. Raced away for well deserved win.
                                        (2).. Fiscal Cliff (Gary Litzow).. Held up early.
                                        (3).. Tiki Topaz (Nathan Dawson).. One out two back at bell, best at finish.
 
                          Margins.. 29 metres x 4 metres.. M/R 2-01.7..
 
                          Race 7: (1).. Tooperate (Ricky Gordon).. Worked to death seat. Raced up to recent form for narrow win.
                                        (2).. Wecanonlyhope (Nathan dawson)..Sixth at bell. charged home three wide late.
                                        (3).. Hez To Blame (Noel Parrish).. Restrained at start. Sound effort.
 
                           Margins.. Short half head x 5.3 metres..  M/R 2-02.3..
 
 
 

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« 2015-Apr-13, 06:41 PM Reply #60 »
                                                                                "TROT TACTICS"..11/04/2015..
 
  Lowood based trainer, Jason Carkeet, was well pleased on Tuesday with the performance of  of 2yo colt, My Mojo. The Cold Mountain bred son of Camelot Hall and Cold Misty Emily failed to attract a bid at last years Brisbane Australian Pacing Gold sale. being sold later for a modest $2,000 to Carkeets uncle, Brian Mathews. Tuesday was the colt's second outing having made an impressive debut the previous week, going down by only a nose to Catcha Lefty in a rate of 1-57.7. "Mojo" almost made it a pair of seconds when he led clearly for home but decided to go bush at the stable gate. Driver, Pete McMullen was able to straighten the wayward juvenile and keep enough of the lead to scramble home by yet another nose with a rate of 1-58.9.
 
  The immediate future could be to head south for the Semi-final of the APG on April 18 which might lead on to the Final on April 26. The alternative, and perhaps more attractive proposition, is to remain in Brisbane to contest the $80,000 APG "Sale" race for horses offered at the 2014 sale. The next few days on the training track will influence Jason Carkeet's decision on My Mojo's direction.
 
  If you were wondering why Ray Cross has not been sighted in the sulky since taking a tumble at Redcliffe some weeks back, there is a simple answer. In today's world of medical science, routine scans are taken as a precaution on any one who has experienced sudden deceleration from 60kph to zero in about one metre. One such scan turned up a minor injury sustained many years ago. In keeping with the "leave nothing to chance" policy of today, Ray Cross will under go minor surgery to have the matter corrected, and should be cleared and back in the sulky on race day in four to five weeks. It won't want to be much longer as the veteran reinsman lives for only one thing, and that is to drive his horses in races as often as possible!!
 
  We have by no means dealt with our current "cobalt problem" when another two substances have joined the prohibited list for the same offence. This time it is not a simple metallic salt but two gases which have been found to have a more than beneficial effect on red cell production. The two villains are (1)Argon, an inert gas mostly used as a shielding agent in arc welding, and, (2) Xenon, a gas that exists in normal air in very small concentrations and is expensive to recover in usable quantities. It has some available history of being used in athletic competition. The current Racing Queensland stance is as follows.
 
Methods of analysis for the detection of xenon & argon in blood and urine samples have been developed by an anti-doping laboratory and Racing Queensland is committed to ensure that the practice of xenon and argon administration does not pose a threat to the integrity of thoroughbred & harness racing.
Racing Queensland places participants on notice that samples found to contain these substances by Official Racing Laboratories shall be reported to Racing Queensland Stewards. in accordance with AR178D(2).
 
  There you have it, an attempt to nip a problem in the bud, before it becomes a problem.
 
  As the icing on the cake for Ron Knack's track preparation efforts at Marburg on Sunday, the genius of the grader was rewarded with no less than four track records in the course of the afternoons racing. Camivista (Tom McGuire) 4yo male for 1850 metres MS rated 2-00.7.. On The Neck (Kay Crone) 3yo filly for 1850 metres MS rated 2-00.6.. Five Star Trump (Glenn Dawson)  4yo male trotter for 2200 metres SS rated 2-09.0..  Sign To Inverell (Adam Sanderson) open male for 2200 metres SS rated 2-00.5..
 
  In a very rare occurrence, high profile driver, Lola Weidemann was tipped out at Redcliffe on Wednesday night. Unfortunately it was not one of those harmless tumbles and Lola is in Royal Brisbane hospital nursing four broken ribs and a damaged hip. She will be out of action for sometime and leaves a big gap in the driving ranks as it was common for her to "go round" up to 30 times in a weeks racing. Anyone who knows Lola will appreciate that she is desperately unhappy at being cooped up by four walls. Let's hope the anger helps the healing process and that she is back at the races sooner rather than later.
 
  Some leader board with Pete McMullen top driver on a massive 9 wins for the week from Hayden Barnes with 4 wins. Chantal Turpin way out on her own in the training department scoring no less than 7 times. Most welcome win of the week.. FAKE ROMEO FOR BRAD AND KEN BURWELL--REDCLIFFE THURSDAY..
 
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 02/04.. Boltmaro (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Dream Chapel (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Checkhimout ( Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Cruisin Luxury (Nathan Dawson)..   Albion Park 04/04.. Caribbean Rose (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Living Lord (Narissa McMullen).. Courageous Kiwi (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Marburg 05/04.. Cammivista (Tom McGuire for Chris McGuire).. On The Neck (Kay Crone for Gavin Crone).. Five Star Trump (Glenn Dawson for Gavin Crone).. Sign To Inverell (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham)..  Newmerella Fella (Trent Dawson for Max Towns).. Extreme Makeover (Michael Johnson for James Lewin)..  Tooperate (Ricky Gordon).. Albion Park 07/04.. Zaras Delight (Barty Cockburn for Jack Butler).. My Mojo (Pete for Jason Carkeet).. Ode To Success (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Uncle John (Barty Cockburn for Jack Butler).. Paint The Hammer (Hayden Barnes for Chantal turpin).. Destreos (Kelli Dawson for Ken Rattray).. Redcliffe 08/04.. Corey ODonohue (Pete for Ron Sallis).. Aristotleonassis (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Gold Hallmark (Pete for Doug Lee).. Remember Ruby (Hayden Barnes for Grant Dixon).. Crusader Hanover (Pete for Chantal Turpin). Latin For Lovable (Hayden Barnes for Gary Gerrard)... Redcliffe 09/04.. Sign To Inverell (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Jessica Dale (Ken Belford).. Pandoras Diamond (Glenn Dawson).. Constantlysideways (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Judah Ben Hur (Justin Storie for Ken Belford).. Platinum Art (Pete for Ron Sallis).. Just Ponder (Narissa McMullen for Catriona Martin).. Fake Romeo (Brad Burwell for Ken Burwell)..                                               

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« 2015-Apr-20, 08:41 AM Reply #61 »
TROT TACTICS..18/04/2015..
 
   Miss Glamorganvale 2015, Narissa McMullen, has achieved another  high point, winning a half share in the Leigh Plunkett Foundation Scholarship after a panel of nine decided that a dead heat was the correct result for the efforts of NM and New South Wales candidate, Robbie Morris. The Plunkett Foundation was formed by Harness Racing Australia and all other State control bodies, to provide support for participants in harness racing if they become ill or unable to work, as well as providing the Scholarship (In this case two serves of $10,000 apiece) for career development in the junior ranks.
 
 Narissa McMullen was honoured to receive the award and is still deciding which country to travel to. "At this stage, I am tossing up between the US and New Zealand. Ideally, I would like to stay with a leading trainer and learn some techniques to help my future endeavours."
 
  Nathan Purdon, a son of NZ's super trainer, Mark Purdon, has joined the stable of Ian Gurney. Having landed 8 winners from 60 drives, Nathan is looking to extend his experience as a driver. His first outings in the sulky were three trial drives for jack butler, one of which, Sammys A Kriden scored a runaway victory in 1-59.6 for 2138 metres with a last half in 56.4. Nathan joins former Wagga (NSW) lad, Paul Diebert, striving to get drives in a large pool of concession or junior reins persons.
 
  The above pool contains the likes of Hayden Barnes, currently 4th on the concession drivers table 46 wins and 53 placings from 253 drives. Barnes will partner in-form pacer, Bettor Draw tonight. Equal track record holder at 2138 metres, with a mile rate of 1-54.0, the seven year old gelding has managed 9 placings form 10 starts for trainer/ driver Narissa McMullen. Best overall effort has been a rate of 1-51.9 at Menangle NSW three starts back. Barnes is currently employed at the Turpin McMullen  "winner factory" at Patrick Estate Lowood.
 
  Thursday at Redcliffe saw the beginning of the end of an era. Go Gretel(Grant Dixon) is the last foal of the Queensland based super sire, Fake Left. Fittingly bred  an owned by Kevin and Kay Seymour's  Solid Earth Pty Ltd form the top line mare, Girl In A Million, Go Gretel got home by 14.4 metres in a rate of 2-02.4. On that performance, GG will be around for a while and should see more of the winners circle.  The Kevin and Kay Seymour Goldrush Series for lower grade pacers has returned to the Friday meetings at Albion Park With restricted class prize money($3,000) in the heats and a $12,000 country penalty Final, the series is seen as a means of providing higher money for those pacers that cannot hack the pressure of the Seymour Rising Stars Championship. As has been the case for several seasons now, there appears to be little real benefit to the hobbyist/ battler in this initiative.
 
  Following a successful Easter Sunday Fun Day, Marburg next races on Saturday May 2nd. Feature of the meeting will be the first two rounds of the "Marburg Junior Drivers Invitation". Due to the placement of meetings on the Marburg calendar the final rounds will be on Saturday June 20th which is "Ipswich City Councillors Charity Day". The ten Councillors will be sponsoring the meeting and donating to Ipswich Hospital Foundation which the Marburg Pacing Association is proud to welcome as co-hosts on the big day. Put the two meetings in the blackbook..
 
  The McMullen family dominated the leader board this week. Chantal Turpin was leading trainer on three wins while brother and sister Pete and Narissa McMullen ended the week locked together on five winning drives apiece.
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 10/04.. Five Star Trump (Kay Crone for Gavin Crone).. Feel The Courage (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Millwood Chloe (Narissa for John McMullen).. Don Boston (Adam Sanderson for Mick Grant).. Albion Park 11/04.. Lisesofine (Cpetroff for Rachel Scott).. Timeseel (Danielle McMullen for Vicki Rasmussen).. Corey Odonohue (Narissa for Ron Sallis).. Courageous Kiwi (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Goldstar Invasion Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen).. Albion Park 14/04.. Captain Turbulence (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Horace Foxley (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. Village Villain (Amy Rees for Eric Charlwood).. Lady White Water (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Paint The Hammer (Pete for Chantal Turpin)...  Redcliffe 15/04..Left In Command (Lynn Paton for Steve Benham)..  Noel Hamric (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins)..  Strike Power (Danielle McMullen for Dave Millard).. Crackerofarainbow (Hayden Barnes for Gary Greard).. Elz Boy (Gary  Whitaker for Steve Towns).. Redcliffe 16/04.. Imthe Golden Girl (Brad Cowen for Meagan Armour).. Onajoyride (Narissa for John McMullen).. R Eleven Seven (Pete for  Daren Garrard).. LeBron (Pete for Brian McCall  ).. Dream Chapel (Narissa for Ron Sallis)..All About Art (Narissa for Steven Cini ).. Billy Badlands (Gary Whitaker  for Kerry Smith)..
 

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« 2015-Apr-26, 07:40 PM Reply #62 »
TROT TACTICS..25/04/2015..
 
  If we remember the 2014-15 racing year, it will probably be for the number of Queensland trotting folk who have passed away. This weeks sad message records the passing of Marburg resident, Gordon Francis. GF was born in Mildura, Victoria in February 1944 and travelled to the Sunshine State with Joe Stone  in the summer of 1967. After a turn at the Show racing, Francis took a job with ex-South Australian, Keith Addison, at "Addo's" Deception Bay stables. The pair hit it off immediately  and have been firm family friends since 1968. A casual relationship with all round horsewoman, Jenny Erskine while still in Mildura, became serious when they were re-acquainted here in Queensland, and Jenny and Gordon were married in 1971. Their family was two boys, Shane and Todd. All this time, Gordon was pushing the pink jacket with green stars round with ordinary horses, but having to be on the ball and shrewd in the art of placing a horse where it could earn  was honing his training and driving skills. It was when GF took a position as trainer for Ipswich earthmover Jim Madden at Paragon Park, that things started to happen. The lanky Victorian and the plain speaking Madden hit it off from the start and GF and Jenny were in residence for six years. Little Bret was the only real top liner campaigned from Paragon Park but there were a fair number of pacers which won 15 or so races, including Wee Jock, Trustful Sam, Paragon Bret and the full brothers Our Houseman and Jacky Noboots. All did their bit to keep the pot boiling both in prize money and well executed betting ventures. All stories of a life have bookends and the book ends of Gordon Francis's  "hands on" involvement in trotting commenced with a winner both trained and driven, Ercil Gold at Ouyen (Vic) on June 16, 1967, and he bowed out from the sulky in 1999, his last winner being Run Dirt Cheap at Rocklea on March 20 of that year. After purchasing a property adjacent to Bundamba track Mr and Mrs Francis dabbled in training gallopers. Not too long after they left for a caravan trip round Australia which turned out to be a three week rush to Port Hedland in WA. There were gallopers to be trained there and a lucrative cleaning contract to be obtained. It was the best time of their lives.  2008 saw the couple back in Ipswich where they purchased the training complex which they had loved so much, Paragon Park. The last few years have been spent restoring the property to show place condition. Gordon will be buried from Paragon Park, after a rationalist service conducted by Angus Lane, the voice of a thousand shows. He will be buried in Tallegalla Cemetry, high on the hill overlooking his home.. It is half a lifetime from trotting at Ipswich Showgrounds to now, but this writer remembers clearly that Gordon Francis and his horses were a force to be reckoned with, and his dry humour a source of mirth for many and mild embarrassment for a few. Death, it has been said, is a necessary end, and must come, but sometimes you wonder why. Check the Queensland Times for funeral details.
 
 Make plans for a day at the Marburg Trots next Saturday week, May 2nd. A normal five race card, coupled with a program of trials and education sessions makes for an exciting race day. Bookies betting on the local trots and major gallops meetings with Sky Channel coverage. Super cheap bar prices and  the best of country burgers, pies, fish and chips to warm up an autumn day. Hot and cold drinks desserts etc make for a great lunch.
 
  Unofficial trials will be tomorrow morning with nominations from 7.15am. Education goes at 8.00am and the trials follow. Breakfast burgers, tea, coffee and cold drinks are on the menu. Rock up and find a winner for next weeks race meeting. Could be a lucrative proposition.
 
  In response to an urgent need, (we always need new people)Racing Queensland’s Training Department wishes to advise that we will be running a harness short course to enable participants to upgrade to trials and trainer’s licenses.
Stable hands are also welcome to attend.
The course will remain at a cost of $350 payable before the course starts.
 
Proposed Sunday Session dates a
 
3rd May 2015, 8.45am to 4.30pm at Deagon Training Rooms
10th May 2015, 8.45am to 4.30pm at Deagon Training Rooms
14th June 2015, 8.45am to 4.30pm at Deagon Training Rooms
21st June 2015, 8.45am to 4.30pm at Deagon Training Rooms
 
(dates may be reassessed subject to numbers and availability)
 
In the coming days you will be sent the enrolment form, usi form and payment options to book your spot.
 
In the meantime if you have any questions please contact Lisa Maher at lmaher@racingqueensland.com.au or call 07 3869 9739 / 0401 756 508...
 
  Reality check on the leader board this week with Darrell Graham bolting away from his training rivals on seven wins. Adam Sanderson was top driver with four wins, Darrell Graham and Pete McMullen close up on three apiece.
 
  Resultsville..Albion Park 17/04.. Sista To Mafuta (Darrell Graham).. Stingray (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Paris To Berlin (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Albion Park 18/04..Empty Envelope (Adam Sanderson for Richard Hooper).. Chattanoogachoochoo (Darrell Graham).. Donegal Under Fire (Hayden Barnes).. Bronze Ecstasy (Amy Rees).. Bettor Draw (Narissa McMullen)... Albion Park 21/04.. Thumbs Up Jerry (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Rummiking (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Couldn't Resist (Pete for Daren Garrard).. Valencay (Narissa for Steve Cini).. Feel The Courage (Pete for Chantal Turpin)..
 

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« 2015-May-03, 09:14 PM Reply #63 »
"TROT TACTICS"  03/05/2015..
 
  It is said that tragic happenings come in threes. We must hope that this is not the case,as, for the second week in succession we are touched by the loss of a well known and very well liked trainer and family man in Mick Donovan. Mick was born at Bowral NSW on the 15th 0f February 1952. He was high grade hockey player in his youth and mixed his sport with a strong interest in trotting through friendship with top trainers Norm Lang and Frank Day and Frank's sons Neil and Denis. At 18, MD was up and away to Queensland, where he found work with Ron McCall  who was training for the "Chicken Kings", Jack and Bob Ingham in the famous Knight Street adjacent to Redcliffe track. Dougie Lee, now permanently relocated to the land of warm winters, was also on the roster  at "Camp Ingham".
 
  It wasn't long before Mick was training and driving on his own account, and won races with the handy mare, Opera Lady. Bred in the purple, by Smokey Hanover from a granddaughter of Lawn Derby in Boxleigh Lady, Opera Lady kept the pot boiling until Arrundi 2.02 and $68,988 appeared on the scene in the late 70's early 80's.Mick married Leanne and in due course the Donovans  became a family with Katie now 33 and Jamie in his 27th year. Lord Albion and Proud Son were others from that period. 1987 proved a good year for team Donovan as two of his better performers saw the light of day that year. Mick's all time favourite , Stylish Romeo, which won a Heat and Semi-final of the  Bundaberg 2yo Sires Stakes and was beaten a lizards lip in the Final while amassing $80,944 from his  85 start career. Up there in the "I Like" Stakes was Hunter Rainbow  whose less than perfect legs capped his earning potential at $60,196.  Remember that prize money has nearly trebled from then to now. We are discussing serious earners here.
 
  In 1990, MD began a four year stint as private trainer for John and Annette Geiger at Camp Hill near Samford. Among the better ones of that time was Suzie Globe 2.00.9. At the same time Geiger began to put together an ambitious plan to bring stallions to Australia and New Zealand. Just as things were getting on the move in the stallion department, JG's untimely death threw the whole enterprise into total confusion. The end result of this was Mick and Leanne opening a fast food outlet in Samford, which they operated until 2007. With a yen to return to the horses, Mick and Leanne took an offer on the business at that point and went for the better life.
 
  As a trainer from 1981/82 onwards, Mick Donovan  started 3,790 horses for 226 winners and 734 placegetters. His last success as a trainer was Tinted Jasa on October 7th 2014. The bank balance was $687,014. In the sulky MD went round on 3,368 occasions greeting the judge 204 times with 657 places.. He drove his last winner on 20th of August 2013, his partner, Cloncullen. Mick took a position with Annette Geiger in 2007 when she reopened the Camp hill property as a spelling farm. He remained until ill health forced his retirement some months back. In conversation with Annette Geiger, I described Mick Donovan as "a good bloke" and a good worker.. She replied that, "he was all that, but most importantly, he was a true gentleman". We will all miss Mick but we will never forget him. He was, "a good bloke". I cannot remember anyone who had a bad word to say about him. The presence of Jamie Donovan in trotting will keep Mick fresh in our minds.
 
There will be a commemorative gathering for Mick at Redcliffe Paceway this coming Monday at 1.00pm.
 
  Aspiring harness licencees  please note. The starting date for the four day short course has been put back to Sunday May 10th. Commences 8.45am and runs to 4.30pm. Please direct all enquiries to Lisa Maher. lmaher@racingqueensland.com.au   .. 07 3869 9739..   0401 756 508..
 
 
  If you were going to Marburg trots today, don't make the effort. Instead, focus on tomorrow, Sunday May 3rd. The Marburg Club has shifted to the Sunday slot to avoid a clash with major gallops meetings at Ipswich and Toowoomba.  The trials program starts at 11.00am and the first race goes at 1.00pm. see the Marburg "Young Drivers Invitation Series " get under way. Top food, best bar prices,  SAQ displaying the skills inherent in re-homed pacers and trotters  on the infield all afternoon and Sky Channel screens for the punters who wish to extend their interest beyond the local trots. Adults $5, pensioners $3, children under 16 free if accompanied by an adult. We hope to see you there.
 
  Fairly normal on the leader board. Darrell Graham  top trainer with six winners, and , to add insult to injury, DWG has dead heated with his stable foreman, Adam Sanderson, for the drivers jersey at four apiece.
 
  Results ville.. Albion Park 24/04.. Lifesofine (Chris Petroff for Rachel Scott).. Highview Oban (Darrell Graham).. Five Card Draw (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Lord Jones (Darrell Graham).. Stingray (Michael Johnson for Ray Law).. Albion Park 25/04.. Hugh Hefner (A Sanderson for Richard Hooper).. Lancelot Bromac (Hayden Barnes for Stewart Dickson).. Artzone (Kelli Dawson for Geoff Dawson).. Timeseel (Danielle McMullen for Vicki Rasmussen).. Goldstar Invasion (Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen) .. Redcliffe 28/04.. Paint The Hammer (Justin Storie for Chantal Turpin).. Mafuta Vautin (Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 29/04.. Karinya Hando (Nathan for Glenn Dawson).. Noel Hamric (Matt for Greg Elkins).. My Crazy Ex (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Seven Thirty Seven (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).. Bubsarolling (Nathan for Glenn Dawson).. Jin Hanover (Brittany Graham for J. Reggazoli).. Redcliffe 30/04.. Whoseme Father (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Victree Vendetta (Adam Sanderson for Mick Grant).. Sista To Mafuta (Brittany for Darrell Graham).. Share A Passion (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Slipaslygrin (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Stout (Amy Rees for Doug Lee)..
 

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« 2015-May-10, 08:19 PM Reply #64 »
"TROT TACTICS"..09/05/2015..
 
 The following is reproduced by the courtesy of leading race broadcaster Chris Barsby..  Former Lockyer Waters lass, Lauren Jones, is continuing her good form in Perth.A valued member of the all-conquering Gary Hall stables at Serpentine, Jones is carving a solid career for herself after making the move from Brisbane last year.The junior reinsperson has made the most of her opportunities for the Hall stable while attracting interest from several other stables,and has now driven close to 60 winners since being based in Perth.
 
“I love it over here and I’m thrilled with the opportunities that I’ve been given from Gary and many other trainers. It’s been a steep learning curve but the experience has been unbelievable.” Jones said.The natural lightweight has driven 34 winners from 260 drives to date this season and the bulk of those victories have been recorded at the spiritual home of harness racing in Perth at Gloucester Park.In fact, Jones currently ranks 9th in the metropolitan premiership with 22 winners and banking more than $315,000 in stakes.Gary Hall Jnr is a runaway leader in the premiership race with 83 winners to date.
In the concession driver’s premiership, Jones is sitting 4th behind Dylan Egerton-Green, Michael Young and Thomas Buchanan.
Egerton-Green leads that table with 45 winners to date. Interestingly, switching the focal point on the concession drivers to Gloucester Park only, we find that L. J. is 9 winners to the good of Edgerton-Green at the premier venue. .
 
“My goal at the start of the season was to drive a winner per week and things are going better than that currently. Gary is a great boss while Jnr and Clinton are always offering good advice, there’s still plenty of room for improvement.“I’ve been lucky enough to land two metro doubles this season plus driving in a Group One event, running third with Classic American in the McInerney Classic behind Waylade and Bettor Offer. They’ve all been very special moments.”
 
On Monday, Jones took an armchair drive behind talented pacer Ideal Justice who scored a runaway victory at Pinjarra in near track record time.
The pair combined to win in a time of 1-53.9 while winning by close to 30m. Jones is listed for six drives at Gloucester Park this Friday night.
 
  Last Sunday's meeting at Marburg saw the first round of the Ipswich City Council-Marburg Young Drivers Championship. Two heats were run, the first going to the Warren Hinze trained We Can Only Hope with top junior Hayden Barnes in the sulky. Heat 2 went to the James Lewin entry, Highview Sign, taken to the front by Stacy Weidemann and holding off The Badlands (Brittany Graham) in a hard fought battle to the post. The final 2 heats will be run at the Ipswich City Councillors/Ipswich Hospital Foundation Charity Day meeting to be held on Saturday, June 20th.
 
   The above "Barsby" item is timely as, Lauren Jones won the inaugural Marburg Young Drivers Championship run in 2013. L J. won 3 of the 4 heats in the Series, getting home on Extreme Makeover (Richy Williams), Palazzo Las Vegas (Darrell Graham) and Saunders Jewel (Peter McKay). The series win no doubt had some bearing on Lauren Jones' appointment to the team at Gary Hall Snr's stables. "The rest", as they say "is history"!!
 
  That is the "good luck" piece for the week. The next, and not so good, concerns the misfortunes that have befallen Trevor and Anne Perrin. Neither have enjoyed anything like good health in recent years, Anne having a long battle with recurring leg problems due to diabetes, and Trevor, whose eyesight has deteriorated to the point where he is classed as "legally blind".  Both are strong supporters of the Marburg cause, with Trevor handling sponsorship and organising Race Books etc, and Anne as his carer and chauffer. In the space of a month, tough has turned to tragic, with Anne losing a leg to the knee, and Trevor, after  stressfull weeks of trying to cope with the endless paperwork related to pensioners who experience a significant change in circumstances, suffered a heart attack on Monday night. T P. awaits the decision of the cardiac surgeons as to what procedures can be performed to alleviate the problem. Both are currently in Ipswich General Hospital  with Anne taking visitors and Trevor pretty much confined to the phone. Give them a bell or a visit, as both have a long battle ahead. Anne ..0424 996 817..  Trevor..0404 049 411..
 
  From time to time, the Queensland Harness Racing Board publishes a dress code for licence holders. In typical Sunshine State fashion, the directive is seldom, if ever, policed, is ignored in the main, and scruffy is the order of the day. Imagine this writer's surprise on entering the driver's room at Redcliffe on Thursday to encounter a young driver busily engaged in polishing his driving boots and skull cap in readiness for the day's engagements. Having regained a modicum of composure, I realised that this was Paul Diebert, a recent transplant from Wagga in NSW. I asked the obvious question, "Is this the done thing in the Riverina?", and the smiling but serious reply was to the effect, "Maybe, but my father insists that we should turn ourselves out in immaculate fashion, horses, gear and drivers. Also, I think I may drive a winner today (and he did, Dudinkas Beau) so a bit of extra style goes into the manouvers". If Paul Diebert can't make it in Qld trotting then there is something very wrong with the game. He CAN drive incidentally, he's the third generation of a successful product, and for any trainer who prides himself on his turnout, P. Diebert is only going to compliment the image.
 
  There is no unfamiliar names on the leader board this week. Drivers, Pete McMullen up front on five wins from Hayden Barnes with three, while training honours went to Shane Sanderson on three winners from a triple dead heat of Chantal Turpin, Greg Elkins and Barty Cockburn on two apiece.
 
  Resultsville.. Redcliffe 01/05..Casino Chimes (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. White Eyed Girl (Greg Elkins)... Redcliffe 02/05.. Floyd Mayweather (Daniele McMullen for Barty Cockburn).. Judyfree (Pete for Mick Grant) .. Skippy Sadler (Danielle McMullen for Bob Shaw).. Lifesa Ranger (Hayden Barnes for Shane Sanderson).. Marburg 03/05.. White Eyed Girl (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Wecanonlyhope (Hayden Barnes for Warren Hinze).. Highview Sign (Stacey weidemann for James Lewin).. Chicken On A Chain (Glenn Dawson).. Redcliffe 05/05.. Diamond Fantasy (Pete for Shane Sanderson).. Murano (Narissa McMullen)..  Redcliffe 06/05.. Long Road To Fame (Adam Sanderson).. Jewel Of The Pacific (Amy Rees for Jenny Anderson).. Reddy Fire (Pete for Shane Sanderson).. Daydreamz (Pete for Mark Dux).. Redcliffe 07/05.. Elliott Bromac (Gary Whitaker for Kerry Smith).. Rockstar Rikki (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Young Desiree (Narissa McMullen for Darren Weeks).. The Badlands (Brittany Graham for Darren weeks).. Prince Benji (Barty Cockburn).. Lachs Ambition (Pete for Chantal Turpin)..
 

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« 2015-May-18, 09:14 AM Reply #65 »
"TROT TACTICS"..16/05/2015..
 
  What is called a "clean sweep"!! We have to head south of the border briefly to record a clean sweep for owner Pat Driscoll who races his exclusively trotting stock under the banner of Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd. PD is also the owner of "Haras Des Trotteur", a breeding enterprise supplying frozen semen from high profile French Stallions. Menangle last Tuesday was the scene of the whitewash, with Driscoll horses winning all three trot races on the card.
 
  The "2yo Flying Mile" went to Hudson Bay, a colt by American star, Angus Hall from the up and coming broodmare, Showmethemaori, whose first foal is Vincennes, second in the Great Southern Star recently and winner of $174,010 to date.Hudson Bay was trained and driven by Blake Fitzpatrick, who also supplied the placegetters, Seven Secrets (Jim Douglass) and another Yabby Dam product in Yankee Magic (Gavin Fitzpatrick) by Muscles Yankee from Pepperell Magic.
 
  Race two was won by Arboe , (Todd McCarthy for Anton Golino), a New Zealand purchase for Pat Driscoll by the French sire Love You from the Sundon mare, Lough Neagh, rating 2-00.8 from the standing start. The third event, The 3yo Trotters Foundation Final was taken out by Fiery Mountain Girl (Blake Fitzpatrick)raced by Yabby Dam Farms and a product of the mating of Sundon and Mountain Woman. It is said that if you dig deep enough you will find gold. There is little in the close up family of Fiery Mountain Girl, but go to her third dam, Rocky Mountain Girl, who from only three foals, produced Mountain Gold $390,592 when that sum was indeed a fortune.
 
  Still on the subject of trotters, it was a happy surprise to see23 trotters lining up to contest the two heats of the Kevin and Kay Seymour Gold Rush, T0/T3 run last night at Albion Park. It just goes to underline the truth of the old saying, "money makes the mare go", with restricted penalty (In practical terms, no penalty) heats of $3,000 and a country penalty Final of $12,000, bringing the square gaiters out of the woodwork. Let's hope they stay in Brisbane on a permanent basis, and, sooner rather than later, they get equal prize money status with the pacers on all programs.
 
  Incidentally, QHRB Chief Handicapper, Brett Rail has indicated his intention to program $1,000 non-penalty races for 2yo trotters designed to give racing experience to juveniles bred here or purchased from other areas with a view to providing 3yo trotters races in the coming season. These races should appear on the web in Mid June.
 
  A Sunday Mail item has reported that the Minister For Racing, Bill Byrne, may be considering removing QACRIB, the over- arching, and ultimate controlling body for the three codes of animal racing in Queensland and allowing each of the three codes to function independently as was the case prior to the "Racing Queensland" structure which was put in place when Bob Bentley was appointed as "el supremo" of racing here. The Minister may do many notable and good things during his tenure, but none that would be more beneficial than to remove QACRIB. By its very composition, with three gallops representatives, and one each from the so-called minor codes, human nature is bound to prevail in any decision making process. This means that there is little chance of there being harmony around the Board table. The ultimate danger is not that QACRIB will fail, but that QACRIB will fail racing. This writer believes that there would be many realistic thinkers in all three codes, who could visualise an end to animal racing as we know it in Queensland, and that end in the not to distant future. Let QACRIB go and put racing's purse strings back in the hands of Treasury, where it was in the Lew Edwards era, would be a good start to any re-building process.
 
  Marburg trials this morning. Nominations taken from 7.15am, education at 8.00 am,  cheap breakfast burgers and hot and cold drinks. The monthly meeting will be held after the last trial this morning.
 
  The leader board held no surprises in the trainer's section with Chantal Turpin home clean on four winners for the week. Drivers went to Gary Whitaker with three victories. Hot on his heels were Hayden Barnes, Pete McMullen, Kelli Dawson, Darrell Graham and Narissa McMullen all on two apiece.
 
  Resultsville... Albion Park 08/05.. Boom Boom Hall (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin)..  Lady White Water (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Five Card Draw (Darrell Graham).. Eternal glory (Nathan Purdon for Ricky Gordon).. Our Private Jet (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Galaxy Hunter (Steven Doherty for Francis Weston)..  Albion Park  09/05.. Wandary Splash (Gary Whitaker for Kerry Smith).. Nureyev (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Ultimate Trump (Kelli Dawson for Shane Sanderson).. Albion Park 12/05.. Write About That (Trent Dawson).. Broadway Playboy (Darrell Graham).. Swarovski (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Major Post Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin)..  Redcliffe 13/05.. Navarda Ace (Narissa for John McMullen).. Penny Moreau (Ricky Gordon).. Jilly Son (Narissa for Kraig Kuhlar).. Many Delights ( Gary Whitaker for Barty Cockburn).. Redcliffe 14/05..Just Mishiba (Amy Rees for Doug Lee).. Makinamove (Barty Cockburn for Doug Lyon)..
 

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« 2015-May-24, 10:24 PM Reply #66 »
      "TROT TACTICS" 23/05/2015..
 
  Fancy a trip to the country tomorrow to support a good cause. Even if you are a "died in the wool" trot fiend, one gallops meeting will do you no harm. There is a bonus with this venture across the racing code boundary to the annual Hibernian Charity Meeting at Beaudesert. Get there a bit before 10.20am and catch the first of three pacing races on the grass. The harness segment, which precedes the seven race gallops card will enjoy the same TAB and Sky Channel cover as the  thoroughbreds. "Beauey" is a great place to enjoy a day's racing. Go, and be part of a happy crowd.
 
  For those who like a bit more lead time than 24 hours, the Darling downs Harness Racing Club have announced plans for a second grass meeting at Allman Park in Warwick. It is black book material with the meeting set down for September 6th, the first week of the new season. Club President, Anthony Collins is expecting nominations to top the 70 mark with horses drawn from as far afield as Caboolture, Gold Coast and the New England District of NSW.  As with Beaudesert tomorrow full TAB status and Sky Channel coverage will be the order of the day. write it on the calendar right now.
 
  We know it is a dangerous exercise to compare statistics /  financial results of an enterprise on a historical basis (one era to another) as circumstances and  economic conditions may change over the time frame. The following is a summary of  operations in the first nine years of night trotting at Harold Park Sydney, covering the period ,1949--1958.. No of meetings held  437.. Total crowd.. 6,151,017.. Prize money distributed, in pounds.. 1,858,245.. Average prize money per meeting 4,250 pounds.. On-course TOTE  holds, in pounds.. 17,960,000 .. Average attendance per meeting.. 17,385..  The mind boggles at the possible holds of bookmakers as never less than 100 and as many as 130  "stood up" at these meetings. To give you a yardstick for further comparison, a modest three bedroom brick dwelling  in a working / lower middle class suburb of Sydney at the time cost no more than 1,500 pounds, so, the New South Wales Trotting Club distributed just short of the cost of three modest brick houses each and every week. The equivalent race meeting in Queensland at the moment, is Saturday night at Albion Park. Tonight the Albion Park Harness Racing Club will distribute $106,000. It is very doubtful indeed that you could purchase anything like the afore mentioned dwelling for $250,000, but three times the Albion Park figure ($318,000) would do the trick.
 
  So you see the dilemma. In real terms, currently the owners ,trainers and drivers of Queensland are racing for about one eight of the stakes available in Sydney in the fifties. Further to this alarming situation the average crowd at the moment is about the Sydney figure less 17,000. The underlying message is twofold. Firstly, feature race prize money helps to paint a somewhat false picture of prosperity, while widely distributed "bread and butter" sustains the sport. Secondly, administrators must realise that mobile conditioned racing, while attractive to larger stables and owners in a financial position to operate within the  format, is totally unfriendly to punters. Since punters are the people who should be providing about eight times more turnover than is currently the case, surely we should be addressing the unattractive aspects of mobile conditioned racing. Racing is our "core business", let's try to make it viable!!
 
    A bit of good news for anyone thinking of breeding a trotter this coming season.  Marburg Pacing association has 10 services to the trotter "Brylin Boyz" for sale at the bargain price of $1,000, thanks to the generosity of QHRB Chairman Greg Mitchell and  Noel and Christine Denning of Burwood stud. "Brylin Boyz" has the runs on the board, and being a son of the highly successful sire "Balanced Image" is a bargain at this figure.
 
  The leader board this week, as was an inevitable occurrence, was carved up in one household. It went to Turpin McMullen Racing at Patrick Estate. Top of the trainers, was Chantal Turpin with five winners, and star driver was Pete McMullen, who got home in the sulky on no less than seven occasions.
 
  Resultsville. Albion Park 15/05.. Share A Passion (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Always Will (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Brigadier Bronski Barty Cockburn for Mick grant).. Thumbs Up Jerry (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Our Private Jet (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 16/05.. Courageous Kiwi (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Broadway Playboy (Darrell Graham).. Red Vee Hanover (Danielle McMullen for Vicki Rasmussen).. Albion Park 19/05.. Hot Tamale (Ken Belford).. Swarovski (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Destreos (Kelli Dawson for Ken Rattray).. Murano (Narissa McMullen).. Redcliffe 20/05.. Zedaguy (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Covert Beauty (Pete for Mark Dux).. Redcliffe 21/ 05.. Supaliner (Darrell Graham).. Invincible Ring (Pete for Daren Garrard)..
 

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« 2015-Jun-01, 07:47 AM Reply #67 »
TROT TACTICS..30/05/2015..
 
  Older folk who were regulars at the Ipswich Showgrounds trot meetings in the mid to late 70,s will remember the names, Dorlex, Reggies Brother and Springtone. These were all pacers raced and trained by Brian Smith, who lived in Frederick Street Silkstone, and stabled his horses in  Briggs Road Raceview. Often, his dark blue colours would be worn by Col McDougall in their race day assignments. Brian, who was a long time employee of Hancock's Plywood mill at North Ippie, divided his leisure time between two hobbies, his love of the light harness sport, and singing in local pubs and clubs. In later years he was a regular spectator at Rocklea and seldom missed a meeting at Marburg. He was a friendly, but, at the same time, a quiet and private man, an enviable combination of gentleman and good bloke. Sadly, Brian left us this week after a long battle with cancer. He was 72 years of age at the time of his passing, but to this writer he did not seem old, he just seemed to be Brian Smith to me, and he will be long missed by those who knew him 
 
 
  It was "girls night out" at Redcliffe last Wednesday, and after the four heats  of the Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series Seven were contested , the fillies had pushed the colts to one side following a clean sweep by Charlyse (2-00.9), Covert Beauty (2-01.6), Shezabonnygem (2-03.1) and Aussie Vista (2-01.1). The crucial point here is that the barrier draw for the $80,000 Final is "preferential on sex", meaning that the fillies get to draw for the first six spots  and the four colts / geldings  may have to fight over the dregs.. They start six across the front from the mobile at Redcliffe, but don't get the idea that this means fillies will be drawn one to six. No doubt the "seeding" procedure will apply where the six most consistent winner producing barriers will be the numbers in the hat for the fillies. Harness racing, which never misses an opportunity to complicate matters, has no less than 16 basic procedures for assigning barrier positions and any number of combinations of the basics.

 The fourth and final heat went to locally trained filly Aussie Vista which led throughout after starting from the ace draw in a time of 2;01.1. Prepared at Gatton by Shane Sanderson, the Tintin In America – Terranora Vista Filly provided star young reinsman Pete McMullen with a double for the night. In an embarrassment of riches, Pete McMullen may have to decide whether he will drive Aussie Vista for Shane Sanderson or Covert Beauty for Mark Dux.

The final field is; (not in barrier draw order) Charlyse, Earl Jujon, Timmo Time, Covert Beauty, Bella Rippin, Shezabonnygem, Riverleigh Dolly, Aussie Vista, Mucho Macho Man and Leos Best.
The barrier draw will be conducted next Tuesday (June 2).
A total of 30 two-year-olds contested the heats which is almost a third of the yearling sale staged last year by Darren Ebert & Co. Auctioneers which left club officials more than a bit pleased.
 
Team Graham at Fernvale is in the news this week on two fronts. Firstly, talented young gun Brittany Graham capped a tremendous season with a one point triumph in Saturday night’s BOTRA Queensland Young Driver’s Championship.
In a thrilling finish, Graham edged out Hayden Barnes 51 points to 50 in the last race of the Championship at Albion Park on Saturday night.
Both Graham and Barnes were locked on 49 points in the final race and both went into the decider driving long shots. BG, who is off to the USA  with Trent Moffat on a months study tour in the near future was more than a bit chuffed with the result.FINAL STANDINGS BOTRA QLD YOUNG DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP
1 - 51 pts - Brittany Graham
2 - 50 pts - Hayden Barnes
3 - 43 pts - Justin Storie
4 - 40 pts - Ryan Vievers; Trent Moffat
6 - 39 pts - Amy Rees
7 - 36 pts - Narissa McMullen; Paul Diebert
9 - 34 pts - Dannielle McMullen
10 - 22 pts - Nathan Dawson.
 
  Former New Zealand reinsman Adam Sanderson has been thrust into the ‘hot’ seat this weekend. His boss, leading trainer, Darrel Graham, has stepped aside and entrusted Sanderson with a key book of drives including Mafuta Vautin in the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Triad 4yo Entires and Geldings Final plus Chattanoogachoochoo in the $20,000 Seymour Rising Stars Championship Final.
This is nothing new for the stable; Sanderson got the call-up to partner giant Filly Montana Marie in the 2013 Gr.2 $75,000 Seymour Nursery Pace Final and duly saluted that night.The 26yo is cool under pressure.“I’ve got some good opportunities this weekend and I’m looking forward to the challenge, Mafuta Vautin has an excellent draw while Chattanoogachoochoo has a shocking draw so it’s a mixed bag in that respect.” Sanderson said. Adam Sanderson is one of Queensland trotting's success stories. Coming from the "shaky isles" with what could only be described as a modest resume, AS found the warm climate  beneficial in all respects, and, as a "thinker" rather than a "charger" has commenced a steady and impressive rise through the ranks of Queensland drivers. It's not likely to stop!
 
  Another ex-kiwi who set up shop here about the same time Adam Sanderson is Rob Gorman. Yet another cool and calm personality, Gorman showed his liking for the grass track racing, taking out two of the three events at Beaudesert last Sunday with Clipper and Cee Uin LA.  It might pay to follow RG at future grass meetings, as he seems at home under those conditions. Brittany Graham got Barney Maguire home for trainer Richard Hutchinson in the remaining race.
 
  No change on the leader board with Chantal Turpin again top trainer, this time on four wins, and Pete McMullen notching up a casual six for the week.
 
  Resultsville... Albion Park 22/05..Drawing ?away (Shane Graham for Ron Sallis).. Choice Falcon (Hayden Barnes for Brad Connelly).. Modern Chic (Barty Cockburn for Mick Grant).. Armazem (Amy Rees for Danielle McMullen).. Riverboat Prince (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Triple Bouquet (Pete for Kylie Aldons).. . Albion Park 23/05..Lucky Voodoo (Hayden Barnes for Vicki Rasmussen).. Murano (Narissa McMullen).. Forty Seven Flash (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Mind The Wire (Brittany Graham for Vicki Rasmussen).. Bettor Draw (Narissa McMullen).. That's Fire Power (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Beaudesert 24/05.. Barney Maguire (Brittany Graham for Richard Hutchinson)... Albion Park 26/05.. Zedaguy (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Skippy Saddler (Danielle McMullen for Bob Shaw).. Chattanoogachoochoo (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham).. Redcliffe 27/05.. Jazz party Enigma (Amy Rees for David millard).. Oozing Potential (Gary whitaker for Darren hooper).. Covert Beauty (Pete for Mark Dux).. Aussie Vista (Pete for Shane Sanderson).. Redcliffe 28/05.. Boom Boom Hall (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Hachem (J.C. Wallace for Darrell Graham).. Lachs Ambition (Pete for Chantal Turpin)..
 

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« 2015-Jun-09, 08:20 AM Reply #68 »
TROT TACTICS..06/06/2015..
 
  It seems that, for once, good is about to come out of bad. Perhaps the most far reaching and effective result to come out of  the "McSporran Inquiry" into  live "blooding" of greyhounds in Queensland, is the recommendation that the Queensland All Codes Racing Industries Board and its satellite Boards for each of the three codes of animal racing in the State, be abolished. Premier, Anna Palaszcuk,  endorsing the recommendation by acting upon it and dismissing all Board members while putting Racing Queensland CEO Darren Condon on the sidelines so he can prepare a "show cause" document to justify his continued employment, has indicated the great importance  of a healthy racing industry. The following is the current state of play.
 
  "The new board should consist of seven members, all of whom are to be appointed by the Governor in Council.
 
Four of the members are to be entirely independent of the racing industry during the period of board membership and to have had no relevant connection to the racing industry (ownership of horses or greyhounds or membership of a race club or organisation) for a period of at least two years prior to appointment.
 
The four members should collectively possess qualifications and experience in the field of accounting, law, business, commercial and marketing development. The Chair and Deputy Chair should be appointed from these four members.

The remaining three members should have relevant experience in the industry and be drawn, one each, from each of the codes of racing."
 
  (In reference to the above. "independent". The current interpretation makes no reference to "syndicate" membership, and  many participants, while welcoming the changes, have reservations that the anonymity of such "membership" may  give rise to errors in these key appointments.)
 
  In the swag of horrors coming to light this week, is the claim That Queensland Racing is headed for an $11 million loss this year, which has the potential to escalate to $21 million in the following year. KPMG restructurer, Ian Hall, has been appointed get RQ back on the track.
 
  Premier Palaszcuk said that her Government had appointed  former Supreme Court judge,  Justice John Muir to the Chairman's position in the new re-vamped RQ, and that the financial position of what was QACRIB , had been referred to the Auditor General's Department.
 
   The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission will be an arm of Government and report directly to the Minister for Racing. The areas of control set down  for this body should be listed, as it is thought at some levels that " handicapping" may be included here. This, apparently, is a worry for some participants. One could not imagine why this is the case.
 
  There you have it. A clean slate and a great opportunity to move forward. Perhaps we in harness can convince the uncluttered minds of the "Big Four" to look at the race track product and render it attractive as a sporting spectacle and a reliable betting medium, rather than  the practice of "thinking outside the square" (usually 20 years after someone else thought of it and has already flogged it to death).
 
  Major owner/ breeder, Tony Price, forecast this weeks implosion at a Botra meeting some  8 to 10 years ago. "Control boards," he said, "are not commercial entities in the true sense. They are given a sum of money, and they are charged with spending it wisely. They are failing to do this." It is fair to say that this weeks earthquake is very much a saga of mismanagement and failure to interpret sagging betting figures as indicators of  doom. Price was spot on.
 
  Just keep looking at that Calendar as the days wind on to Saturday June 20th.. Ipswich City Councillors Charity race day will be a great day of country trotting at Marburg. Come along, enjoy the racing and displays by re-homed trotters and join in fitness demonstrations by Ipswich Hospital Foundation . Just a gold coin donation will get you in.
 
  Trials this morning. First education session goes at 8.00am. Get the blood flowing with a hot tea or coffee and a bacon and egg roll. Black book a future winner.
 
  A minor adjustment to the leader board saw Gary Whitaker as top driver with three wins, and Darrell Graham posting the same number as a trainer..
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 29/06..  My Delightful Lady (Nathan Dawson for Neville Doyle).. Tooperate (Ricky Gordon).. Special Thoughts (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 30/05.. Donegal Under Fire (Hayden Barnes).. Mafuta Vautin (Adam Sanderson For Darrell Graham).. Im The Golden Child (Barty Cockburn for Megan Armour).. Albion Park 02/06.. Nureyev (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Jack Starzzz (Barty Cockburn for Graham Gavin).. Mafuta Vautin (Darrell Graham).. Lombo Ranmiles (Gary Whitaker for Mark Dux).. Redcliffe 03/06.. Munroe (Isobel Ross for Barty Cockburn).. Buddy Babcock (Rob Gorman for Jay Edmunds)..  Gold Coast at Redcliffe 04/06.. Fiscal Cliff (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Secret Smile (Gary Whitaker for A.L. Smith).. Franco Novak (Pete for Dayl March).. Lachs Ambition (Justin Storie For Chantal Turpin).. Getinbehind (Gary Whitaker for Travis McKay)..
 

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« 2015-Jun-15, 05:59 AM Reply #69 »
"TROT TACTICS"..13/06/2015..
 
  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)..
 

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« 2015-Jun-22, 07:11 AM Reply #70 »
TROT TACTICS..20/06/2015..
 
Its' not "D-day", but it most certainly is "IHF" day.  Today, the divisional representatives of the Ipswich City Council are diving into their pockets  to support the Ipswich Hospital foundation in a fundraiser. The vehicle for this fun and excitement packed  day is the Marburg Harness meeting commencing with trials at 11.00am and moving to the actual race program at 12.45pm.  Five action packed pacing events are set down for decision including the two final rounds of the Mitavite/ Marburg Young Drivers Invitation Series. Other features are the Ipswich Councillors Charity Day Stakes, Support Ipswich Hospital Foundation Stakes, Ipswich Smart City Handicap, and the Mitavite Stakes. Other features will be displays by SAQ, a group of talented horse people who re-home pacers and trotters  when their racing careers are over. Some lucky folk will win rides in the dual seater sulky (mini-trotters?). Ipswich Hospital Foundation's fitness team will be providing demonstrations of exercise routines throughout the afternoon. The food is good, cheap, and plentiful, and coupled with the cheapest bar prices ever you have the makings of a great day out.. The bookie is there to look after the punters, fielding on the local trots and major gallops meetings, with Sky Channel screens to keep us up to date.
 
  Make a day of it. Call in at the Marburg Poet's Breakfast in the centre of Marburg village for openers, then head on up the road for the trots. If we can't give you a great afternoon then no one can!!
 
  A special meeting of the harness sport's  participant group, Botra, last Monday night, heard an address from outgoing Harness Board Chairman Greg Mitchell. GM accepted the wholesale dismissal of Queensland's racing control bodies in the wake of the greyhound cruelty scandal as a reasonable action under the circumstances, but pointed out that such occurrences are liable to follow any change of Government. Greg Mitchell, Warwick Stansfield and Brian Burke all put forward the view, that in their short tenure they were well on the way to turning the fortunes of Queensland harness racing from negative to positive, and, in fact harness now held a 14.5% share of the wagering dollar. They further claimed that the projected short fall of $11 million on this year's across the board operations, which is projected to grow to  $21 million in the following 12 months, is incorrect and is a result of any one of a number of  methods used to interpret a balance sheet. This leads us to an important point for the Racing Minister, Mr Bill Byrne,  the head of the Independent Board, Mr Justice Muir and the KPMG restructurer, Mr Ian Hall to consider. The outgoing board did not produce any documents to support their claims. For a lengthy period of time control bodies have listed transparency as a prime factor in their dealings with participants.  It is to be hoped that the new broom approach will provide this. This writer believes that there should be no information concerning racing matters that is not fit for the public domain. If that is not the case, then racing should hand the matter on to the relevant authority.
 
  As we go to the final two rounds of the Mitavite/Marburg  Young Drivers Championship, a check of the competitors standings in the point score may be  an  aid in the search for a winner. Currently the order is:     
Stacey Weidemann – 16
Hayden Barnes – 15
Brittany Graham – 11
Isobel Ross – 9
Amy Rees – 5
Matt Elkins – 5
Michael Johnson – 4
Nathan Dawson - 0..
 
  With a four race series  spanning two race meetings  more than a month apart it was inevitable that some fallout would occur. Justin Storie, who was sitting equal third with Brittany Graham on 11 points, incurred the wrath of the Stewards Panel and is now under suspension. Local rising star, Nathan Dawson, was kind enough to fill the gap left by Storie even though his chances are much diminished by starting today's rounds with zero points.  However, when drivers and horses are teamed up by pulling names from a hat, the eventual result can be surprising to say the least.
 
  Apart from the actual leaders, the Board is a bit boring this week. Pete McMullen took driving honours with just 9 wins for the seven days and his wife Chantal Turpin supported the effort with 5 of their equine participants getting home first.
 
  Resultsville..  Gold Coast at Albion Park 12/06.. Lombo Ranmiles (Gary Whitaker for Mark Dux).. Bronze Ecstasy (Amy Rees).. Sicilian Slumber (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Smidj Boy (Pete for Wayne Keyes).. Albion Park 13/06.. Courageous Kiwi (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Expressionist (Narissa McMullen for Shane sanderson).. Five Card Draw (Darrell Graham).. Major Sam (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Si Capisco (Darrell Graham for Greg Eeles)..   Albion Park 16/06.. Cagney (Ken Belford).. My Delightful Lady (Nathan Dawson for Neville Doyle).. Expressionist (Shane Sanderson).. Overlap Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Swarovski (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Whata Punt (Pete for John McMullen).. Lancelot Bromac (Pete for Stewie Dickson).. Redcliffe 17/06.. Jaylets Fury (Nathan Dawson for Gary Hancock).. Leighs Delight (Jacob Wallace for Darrell Graham).. My Mate billy (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Gold Coast at Redcliffe.. Won Delight (Shane Graham for Ken Belford).. Drawing Away (Pete for Ron Sallis).. Lachs Ambition (Pete for Chantal Turpin)..  Major Command (Chris Petroff for Rachel Scott).. Dream Chapel (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Not Another De Jay (Brad Cowen for Ron Sallis).. Champagne Dreams (Danielle McMullen for Ian Gurney).. Mightycoldmary (Adam Richardson for Jason Carkeet)..
 

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                       "TROT TACTICS".27/06/2015..                     
   Clifton based Stacey Weidemann has captured her first harness title, that of 2015 Mitavite Feeds Marburg Young Drivers Champion. The following is taken from the Queensland Harness website and was written by David Aldred..
 
  "Victory aboard the aptly named Highview Sign last month set Clifton driver Stacey Weidemann on her way to a heartfelt win in the two meeting Mitavite Marburg Ipswich West Young Drivers Invitation Championship decided on Saturday and it was likely that she had her biggest supporter smiling from above.
Saturday’s Championship win meant a lot to Stacey, so much so that she paid a special tribute to her pop soon after the race. In March this year the Weidemann family lost harness racing stalwart, Ross Weidemann.
 “My biggest supporter didn’t get to witness me take the honours, but I sure hope he has a smile on his dial up there,” Stacey said. “Poppy was my biggest fan, he always was behind me telling me to have a go, I do miss that.” .
The up and coming young driver who celebrates her 24th birthday early next month also congratulated the Marburg Pacing Association for the event and thanked the sponsors, Mitavite and the Ipswich City Council.
Stacey, the niece of harness racing sisters Julie and Lola Weidemann, didn’t get a winner at Marburg on Saturday but her drives were competitive enough for the concession driver to take out the 2015 title. The two meeting race series was raced on 3 May and 20 June.
“The horses I drove during the Championship raced well and I was appreciative that the trainers were encouraging, they were really good with no pressure, that helps,” Stacey said.
On day one Stacey drove a winner, Highview Sign and a third placed Fiscal Cliff and went into the final day of competition just ahead of Hayden Barnes who also got a good start in the series with a winner Wecanonlyhope and a fourth placed Eternal Glory. Really, Stacey only needed to place better than Hayden in the two races to stay on top of the leaderboard."
 
 
 2015 MITAVITE MARBURG IPSWICH WEST YOUNG DRIVERS INVITATION FINAL POINT SCORE
DRIVER   HT1   HT2   HT3   HT4   TOTAL
STACEY WEIDEMANN   6   10   4   4   24
AMY REES   1   4   10   6   21
HAYDEN BARNES   10   5   1   5   21
MATT ELKINS   2   3   5   10   20
MICHAEL JOHNSON   3   1   7   7   18
ISOBEL ROSS   7   2   3   3   15
BRITTANY GRAHAM   4   7   2   1   14
JUSTIN STORIE   5   6   0   0   11
NATHAN DAWSON   0   0   6   2   8
 
 
 
Another top local effort is the training  performance of Chantal Turpin. Preparing her team at Lowood's Patrick Estate, Turpin is taking on training in the same fashion as she attacked race driving ,where, in her first three seasons, she was leading driver of square trotters. This season, with a tad over two months left to go, CT has led in 107 winners from a stable which numbers about 30 horses. Given that " team Turpin" is less than half the size of  Grant Dixon's mammoth operation at Tamborine, the results compare more than favourably with Dixon's 220 victories  and the 126 from the Vicki Rasmussen establishment at Logan village. Life time figures provided by Queensland Racing show  that CT is in the first stages of what will be an outstanding career.
Chantal Turpin has had 107 winners this season (299 lifetime)
Grant Dixon 220 this season & 1015 overall
Vicki Rasmussen 126 this season & 870 overall.
 
  Meanwhile, the mills of progress and restructuring grind on at Racing Queensland. We must hope, that like the "mills of justice, they grind most exceedingly fine". On the surface, it is business as usual, but, if Harness is to re-invent itself, and go forward in a manner designed to see its finances in "the black" for the foreseeable future, there must be a great deal of change. We often use the term product, when racing operations are discussed. We are now at the point where we must realise that, in simple terms, harness / trotting operates like a shop. We have two items for sale, a sporting spectacle and a betting medium. If we are to survive, we must sell quality product, all day every day. We are no longer in the comfort zone  of "un-earned" funds. The hard nosed restructurers of KPMG are talking "corporate reality". In other words, what we turn over in punter dollars will be expressed as a percentage of the the net income from  the Racing Queensland operation, and we will be paid a like percentage from the RQ distribution pie. Perhaps, in the near future, our new administrators will understand the necessity to provide the present and potential trot punters of Queensland with an improved race format which provides  a simply understood betting medium and reliable form lines. That's the thought for this week!
 
  Change on the leader board. Gary Whitaker shoots to the top as an 8 win driver. Doubles Tuesday and Thursday with a big treble Wednesday night. Amy Rees and Hayden Barnes dead heated for second on three apiece. The trainers produced an identical result with Chantal Turpin and Barty Cockburn  head and head at three winners each. Best training effort of the week, Ominous Flyer for Dale and Wayne Chalk. The breaking of a four year drought with a forecast of good rains to follow. Shows what you can achieve if you just stick in there.
 
  Resultsville Gold Coast at Albion Park... 19/06.. Fon Design (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Shareapassion (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Franco Nepia (Barty Cockburn).. Albion Park 20/06.. Mind the wire (Hayden Barnes for Vicki Rasmussen)..
Sweet As Candy (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).. Ominous Flyer (Dale Chalk)..   20/06 Marburg.. Leo Striker (Amy Rees for Mark Rees).. Stylish Boulevard (Amy Rees for Barty Cockburn).. Isabella Maree (Matt Elkins for Julie Weidemann).. Goldplay (Barty Cockburn).. Feelgood Factor (Matt Elkins for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park 23/06.. Justabitnoisy (Gary Whitaker for Doug Lee).. Feel The Need (Gary Whitaker for Travis McKay).. Paint The Hammer (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Riverboat Prince (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin)..  Redcliffe 24/06.. Red Castle Warrior (Noel Parrish).. Oozing Potential (Gary Whitaker for Darren Hooper).. Jack Frost (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).. Sweet As Candy (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).. Gold Coast at Redcliffe 25/06.. Victree Vendetta (Gary Whitaker for Steve Furey).. Icefire (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).. Forever Texas (Hayden Barnes for Jack Butler).. Stout (Amy Rees for Doug Lee)..
 
 

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« 2015-Jul-06, 08:36 AM Reply #72 »
"TROT TACTICS".. 04/07/2015..
 
  The 4th of July is upon us. Not only is it American Independence Day, it is, more importantly for Brisbane trot fans, the start of the big money end of the Winter Carnival at Albion Park. Two major features on a race card with $310,999 up for grabs, are the $100,000 Group 1 events, the Nursery Flying Stakes and the Garrards Sunshine Sprint. Tough fields, with the "Sprint" catering for the established stars. Avonnova (Shane Graham), drawn at (1) gets his best chance to win a major but others with strong claims include Smolda, with former Roswood girl, Natalie Rasmussen (now based in New Zealand) as trainer/driver. Majestic Major (Grant Dixon) (7) will supply speed from the outside barrier. Iron horse, Destreos (Kelli Dawson) (8), now making the field due to the scratching of Our Hi Jinx and is drawn to be on Avonnova's back from the outset. Racing is full of surprises and it would be ironic if the scratching of Avonnova's stablemate led to his defeat up the sprint lane in the last few bounds. One thing is certain, they will "run some"!!
 
  The "Nursery Flying Stakes" is new race on the Queensland calendar, and brings together a star studded group of 3yo pacers. A field of 12 over the 1660 metre trip, with perhaps the best being Hug The Wind (Natalie Rasmussen) from the outside of the front. Other strong hopes are Burnaholeinmypocket (Kate Gath) (4), Young American (Todd McCarthy) (6) and (8), the recent Triad winner, A Good Chance ( Chris Petroff) getting the drag along the fence. There is no doubting the form of these runners. There are 60 last runs for the 12 runners listed here at 5 per starter. No less than 26 wins appear. All up, the field has earned in total, $1,186,351. Just think what the total might be if all these were to remain sound, and met in the Sunshine Sprint of 2018.. Always an interesting stat, in the eternal battle of Aussie horseflesh versus Kiwi, this time it is weighted  NZ = 8 ... Australia = 4. It's all in the volcanic soil they say.
 
  Another week has passed in the restructuring process at what was Racing Queensland. KPMG workers are coming to grips with the many and varied problems associated with producing a budget which will ensure continuity of all three racing codes in Queensland while addressing  the publicised $11 million shortfall which was one of the prime movers in the Governments decision to dismantle QACRIB and its subsidiary "code specific" Boards. If you think that paragraph tells you nothing, well, you are probably correct. The restructuring process is a bit like the pregnant elephant. It takes a long time, nothing appears to be happening, but when it pops  out it is pretty big. In the forecast department, there may be little or no negative movement in overall prize money levels, but they may be somewhat re-jigged. Nobody should bail out yet!!
 
  Who wouldn't be a young concession driver. Yet another interstate series will be held on July 8/9. This will be the Central Victoria Young Drivers Challenge, and will be run at Shepparton, Maryborough and Ballarat. Queensland's rep this time will be Peak Crossing based Amy Rees whose stats this season are 263 drives for 35 wins and 46 placings. Opposing drivers are Josh Aiken (Vic), Aaron Bain (SA), Josh Duggan (Vic), Dylan Edgerton-Green (WA), Dylan Ford (Tas), Haydon Gray (Vic), Jason Lee (Vic), Todd McCarthy (NSW), and Zac Phillips (Vic)..Luck in two areas, horseflesh and barriers are the prerequisites for a forward showing in this type of competition.
 
  Queensland's current leading reinsman, Shane Graham, joined an elite group of reinspersons at Thursday afternoon's Gold Coast at Redcliffe meeting, when he passed the 200 wins in a season mark for the first time.. For the past decade he has regularly topped the century ,but this is something else. The two hundred came up from 997 drives which means a win strike rate of 20%. One of the drawbacks of trotting/harness racing in this country is the great preponderance of odds-on favourites which win,. Just when you think you should be following a particular driver, you realise that every fifth bet you will have a winner. At $1.50 return for every $5 you invest, your bank will not last too long. That is one of the inherent drawbacks of "mobile conditioned" racing. There are others!
 
  A very lacklustre leaderboard this week with Pete McMullen top driver with three wins over Gary Whitaker and Barty Cockburn on two apiece. Worse still for trainers with only two winners coming from the district causing a dead heat between Hayden Barnes and Barty Cockburn.
 
  Resultsville. Gold Coast at Albion Park 26/06.. Always Will (Pete for Steven Cini).. Artsu (Pete for Shane Tritton).. Donegal Under Fire (Hayden Barnes).. Albion Park 27/06.. Karloo Kix (Shane Graham for Barty Cockburn).. Mister Mara (Gary Whitaker for Travis McKay).. Albion Park 30/06.. Mosquito Spur (Pete for Lisa Bahr).. Bettor Promise (Barty Cockburn for Shannon Price).. Timeseel (Danielle McMullen for Vicki Rasmussen).. Redcliffe 01/07.. Back Page News (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).. Gold Coast at Redcliffe 02/07.. Beef City Safari (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. Modern Chic (Barty Cockburn for Mick Grant)..
 

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« 2015-Jul-13, 06:33 PM Reply #73 »
"TROT TACTICS".. 11/07/2015..
 
  Marburg is the venue of choice today. A five race  card of country trots is just the thing for a July afternoon. all the usual Marburg features, with trials segment commencing at 11.00am and  the races at 12.30pm. Bookmaker in attendance, fielding on the local trots plus the gallops, with Sky Channel screens to keep the punters up to date on the major gallops meetings as well. The best bar prices teamed up with the best of burgers and other hot food plus hot and cold drinks and desserts. Catch the close up action of country trotting on the 700metre Marburg circuit.
 
  Avonnova cracks the big one. It was no surprise when the unhoppled  Queensland Horse Of The Year, Avonnova (Shane Graham) took out the Garrards Sunshine Sprint on the opening night of the Winter Carnival. The "tough as teak" pacer took advantage of the coveted No 1 barrier position to turn on a savage front running display, powering out and powering home to hold off NZ superstar, Smolda, (Natalie Rasmussen) and Queensland mare, Forever Gold (Darren Weeks), which trailed the leader for the last 1400 metres. Driver Shane Graham, with part owner and trainer Ian Gurney, were full of praise for the gelded son of Art Major and Mini Slick. Gurney claimed  Avonnova for $20,000 (it turned out to be peanuts) from a race at Goulburn some 18 months back. The gelding resumed recently from a spell, which had been his only respite from a 22 month stint on the racetrack, and Ian Gurney believes that the rest did wonders, not only for his physical well-being, but for his mental state as well. He claimed that the gelding was far more relaxed than previously, was carrying slightly more condition, and racing very tractably. On the score of "available horsepower", a smidgin more was there on race night, with Shane Graham saying that, although he had to dig deep on Saturday, Avonnova "gave" all the way to the post.
 
  For the stats buffs, the winner's mile rate was 1-51.3, the margins 2.4 metres x 4.1metres and the Avonnova bank balance stands at $672,682.. This season alone, 13 starts have netted $304,405.. Making the partnership of I. Gurney and P. Montgomery, not only happy, but very profitable. Good as it is, and with every chance of a major slab of the $125,000 to be carved up in the "Blacks A Fake" next Saturday night, IG faces a long term dilemma. There are two  lucrative  and prestigious plums for the picking in November. Firstly, the New Zealand Cup run in its traditional slot, the second Tuesday in November and the Perth Inter-dominion Championship which has reverted to its most successful format of three heats and a Grand Final to be run from November 27 to December 13. Given the level of stress for the horses involved in competing at both venues, most trainers are opting for one or the other of the events. See, a surfeit of riches is not always the ideal situation.
 
 Meanwhile, there is the matter of restructuring, to be considered, and possibly Feature race money may be involved. Of the $200,000 distributed  last Saturday night in the Nursery Flying Pace and the Sunshine Sprint, $117,000 went out of the state. The NFP 3yo event was the major bleeder with $77,000 headed south of the border, and $20,000 off to New Zealand with just $3,000 left for local consumption.. A further $20,000 went across the Tasman from the Sprint. It is like a country in famine trying to export food! It will be an interesting exercise to track the destination of the dollars when the whole of the $945,000 feature money has been distributed. Sadly, we need every dollar to stay here in Queensland at the moment, and be wider spread.
 
  Fresh from Vic-Bred  Group 1 success, Shelbourne (Vic) based Larry Eastman is making a two pronged attack on the Queensland purse with stars, Menin Gate and Morton Plains. Both pacers had pulled up well after the Vic-Bred Finals, and, as Eastman said, " the money is too good to miss."  Both will be on show tonight, with the well drawn Menin Gate contesting the Gold Coast Derby of $40,000 and Morton Plains going round in the$100,000 Queensland Oaks.
 
    "Peak Crossing lass, Amy Rees, has kicked a goal for Queensland taking out the five race Central Victoria Young Drivers Series run over two days this week. Three tracks were involved, and AR led the Series from barrier to box, winning the first race on The Stags Roar  and third with Destiny Warrior at Shepparton and followed up with sixth on Coast Warning and a second on Grins Rendition at Maryborough, rounding out the event, placing second with Franco Joaquin at Ballarat on Thursday night. Amy Rees has kept Queensland's unbeaten record this season intact. Two events have been run in Victoria, one in New South Wales and one here at home. It's a super effort and one for Amy to keep in her memory forever."
 
  A quiet leader board this week with Chantal Turpin up front in the trainers with just two winners while Adam Sanderson and Pete McMullen landed three apiece in the sulky.
 
  Resultsville.. Gold Coast at Albion Park 03/07.. Stayintowntonight (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Nureyev (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 04/07..Hugh Hefner (Amy Rees for Richard Hooper).. Forever Texas (Hayden Barnes for Jack Butler).. Donegal Under Fire (Hayden Barnes)..  Albion Park 07/07..Couldnt Resist (Pete for Daren Garrard).. Redcliffe 08/07..Tooperate (Ricky Gordon).. Dabeers Zargon (Gary Whitaker for Donny Smith).. Smooth Pink (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. Cullens Jewel (Lola Weidemann for Phil Mitchell).. Candyliscious (Adam Sanderson for Michelle Grimsey)..  Redcliffe 09/07.. Major Montana (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Timmo Time (Adam Sanderson for Michelle Grimsey).. Checkhimout (Pete for Chantal Turpin)..
 

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« 2015-Jul-20, 08:29 AM Reply #74 »
"TROT TACTICS".. 18/07/2015..
 
    What ever you think of the current cold spell, last Saturday was pretty sunny for trainer/driver Barty Cockburn. Based for the last six months at Peak Crossing, BC has been dipping his toe in the water at Marburg trials and races in recent times. It all came together last week when his only three starters, Annas Best, Lightning Escape and Katesaroyal took out events two, three and four at the races. Barty is a devout supporter of the MPA policy of providing trialling and racing opportunity for the ordinary horse and the aspiring driver who does not have hard core family support. Cockburn cited his own formative experiences gained at Marburg and Rocklea, and said that the driving skills gained at those venues plus the hands on experience with pacers that were four cylinder models rather than vee eights had stood him in good stead.  Currently, BC is still settling into the "Peak" property with its track and swimming facility and the added benefits of a magnificent view. This "running in" period has cut the flow of winners a bit, with a target of 60 by seasons end looking achievable if all goes well.
 
  Barty Cockburn is a young man keen to make his mark in trotting. One thing is certain, he is adamant that it is necessary for Marburg to go forward, and he wants to be a part of that process. He realises the need for young people to join the Marburg Pacing Association and bring back the energy that was evident 10 years ago. His view of the light harness sport at this point in time is crystal clear. "Administrators have turned the game into a business. No one has any fun anymore. It's just a job! We need  venues which provide ordinary racing for ordinary horses raced by ordinary people."   
 
  While the Marburg meeting last Saturday was certainly dominated by "team Cockburn" the bookends of the day went to a couple of dedicated battlers.  Xtraordinary Lombo, trained and driven by Russell Kajewski, produced an impressive performance to loop the field with a lap and a half go in the first race, then wear down the free running leader, Jetts Afella about three strides from the post. The margin was half a neck, but the gelded son of Lombo Pocket Watch did it well. RK trains at Blackbutt and is very familiar with the hardship faced when you can only work your horses on their own and are forced to travel long distances to race them.
 
  The lucky last went to the Warren Hinze trained Wecanonlyhope, with Nathan Dawson in the sulky. The daughter of Life Sign and the prolific winner, Azzura Miss (212 starts for 20 wins,15 seconds and 26 thirds) was bred by the Hinze family, and has been a steady improver in in her 72 starts to date, for stats  of 72-3-10-8. Ever the realist, Warren Hinze has no flash plans for the mare, but will try his best to place where she will be competitive. Hinze was also fulsome in his praise for the pilot, saying that "Nathan Dawson drove her a treat."
 
  There you have it. Two battlers who do the hard yards every day with moderate horses and think that they are lucky when they win a Marburg race. This writer thinks that harness racing/trotting in Queensland is a damn sight luckier to have people of that calibre giving their full effort to the sport for minute monetary return and less thanks. Without the Russell Kajewskis and the Warren Hinzes, we have no sport at all !!
 
  The final night of the Winter Carnival is upon us and the big guns are being primed to go for the big money. Major features tonight are the two Triad finals for 2yo Colts and Geldings  and 2yo Fillies at $100,000 apiece, the Queensland Derby $150,000, The Blacks A Fake worth $125,000 and the 4/5yo Championship of $50,000. Last Saturday nights Group Races carried $220,000 in total and $150,650 went South or flew across the Tasman. It's great to have features on the program, but sometimes we need to cure our ills by taking steps to keep the money at home.
 
  A lot of threes on the leader board with Barty Cockburn top trainer on three winners and the driving laurels split four ways among Nathan Dawson, Gary Whitaker, Adam Sanderson, and of course Barty Cockburn, three apiece.
 
  Resultsville.. Gold coast at Albion Park 10/07.. Gold Play (Grant Dixon for Meagan Armour).. Gallymont Sport (Trent Dawson for Geoff Dawson).. Goldstar Invasion (Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen)... Albion Park 11/07.. Nureyev (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Corey ODonohue (Natalie Rasmussen for Ron Sallis).. Marburg 11/07.. Xtraordinary Lombo (Russell Kajewski).. Annas Best (Barty Cockburn).. Lightning Escape (Barty Cockburn).. Katesaroyal (Barty Cockburn).. Wecanonlyhope (Nathan Dawson for Warren Hinze).. Albion Park 14/07.. Look Now Bill (Gary Whitaker for Joedy Whitaker).. Zac Mac (Gary Whitaker for Darren Hooper).. Hurricane Bromac (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 15/07.. Ronald George (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Its All Torque (Amy Rees for Ricky Hart).. Gold Coast at Redcliffe 16/07..   Remember Them (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. Dabeers Zargon (Gary Whitaker for Donny Smith).. Beef City Safari (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin)..
 


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