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« 2016-Dec-26, 06:10 PM Reply #150 »
“TROT TACTICS”  24/12/2016..

    Not the Christmas Message we of the older Queensland trotting demographic were looking for last week was the news that “The Man in Black” , Ron Edgerton, passed on some eight days back in Gold Coast Hospital. “Edjo”, was very much the son of his father, Sir Jack Edgerton, the Labour Party stalwart who went beyond the ALP pale by accepting a Knighthood for his contribution to a better Queensland. When this writer came to the Sunshine State in the late 70’s, his first memories of RE were a stocky figure calling the races at Rocklea, and then descending between events to operate his mainstay business, the Queensland Standardbred Agencies truck. In this converted float was pretty much every item of harness, shoes, supplements etc, that the discerning participant could desire, especially those who had forgotten to pack the gear bag correctly. A feature of the Edgerton race call were those very brief pauses when the Lord of the Public address would  have a drag  on a cigarette mid sentence. How he did it, was and is, a mystery to this day. The racing commitments satisfied, “Edjo” would depart on his weekly stable run  where he dispensed all the current news and scandal (mostly the latter) along with the sale of consumables. He was a totally committed  trotting man who at various times, was, Secretary Manager  of the Gold Coast Club when it operated at Stevens Trotway under the Presidency of Russ Hinze, and later President himself, with the brilliant Peter Crawford as Secretary. No wonder it was a successful Club. RE called the trots at the Exhibition for more than 3 decades, which probably means that he called to bigger “on course” crowds than 90% of today’s commentators could begin to imagine! Those who knew Ron Edgerton well, will remember a happy and friendly man with an eye for the ladies, a sharp wit, and a keen sense of humour. They will be the poorer for his passing!

  A meeting of 30 plus Botra members and interested persons was held last Monday night at Albion Park to establish a position for Queensland harness participants  in response to harness Racing Australia’s decision to ban the whip as we know it from the sport of harness racing. Suffice to say it was a lively meeting, and the following response from Racing Queensland should be seen as timely and positive in every sense. This is a “mega issue”, and requires participants to consider, among other things, the viability of harness in Queensland now ,and in the future!!

Racing Queensland and BOTRA invite all interested persons to attend a meeting at Albion Park on January 16/2017 at 6.30pm to discuss the Harness Racing Australia (HRA) announcement in December 2016 of a whip ban in all races and training, effective 1 September 2017.
Topics for discussion in relation to the whip rules include, but will not be limited to:
•   Facts related to the ban in racing and training
•   Ensuring harness racing aligns with community expectation and building a 21st century fan base
•   Feedback and consultation regarding the announcement
•   Discussion items from the BOTRA Industry meeting held in December
•   Addressing safety and the development and use of a “Safety Crop” (for use in racing and training)
HRA Chief Executive Andrew Kelly and Racing Queensland CEO Dr Eliot Forbes will be in attendance with other RQ staff and available to discuss matters pertaining to this important matter.
Formal submissions are encouraged in advance of the meeting as topics for further discussion.  These can be furnished by email to Racing Queensland prior to January 10 at harnesshandicapping@racingqueensland.com.au
Attendees are asked to advise Racing Queensland in advance of their intention to attend the meeting thus enabling us to suitably cater, in terms of seating, for the number of attendees.  To advise of your attendance please use the email address above.

 


  Gary Whitaker has forged himself a regular position on the driver’s side of the leader board  with five wins for the week, hotly pursued by Nathan Dawson on four. Leading trainer was Darrell Graham, ensuring a supply of “Christmas Ducks” by  leading in three winners for the period. Most pleasing effort has to be the win of Red Castle Warrior at Redcliffe Thursday for Kevin Annetts.. Good to see..

  TO ALL THE READERS..A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THE BEST OF YEARS TO COME IN 2017 !!

 
   Resultsville  Albion Park 16/12.. Wattlebank Flyer (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Armbro Teehee Gary Whitaker for Graeme Gavin0.. Bella rippin (Pete for Jamie Donovan).. Albion Park 17/12.. Epaulette (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Lamorak (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Neveah (Nathan Dawson for Lacey Hinze)..   Marburg 17/12.. Monkseaton (Gary whitaker for Jay Edmunds).. Emargee (Ricky Gordon).. Domestic Art (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Davis)..Coralie Joy (Nathan Dawson for Mark Rees).. Watuseeiswatuget (Justin Pascoe)..  Albion Park 20/12.. Major Command (Shane Graham for Rachel Scott)..Stonebridge Royal (Danielle McMullen for Christina Cini).. Another Broadway( Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 21/12.. My Ajaye (Hayden Barnes for Josh Moore).. Hotshot Anvil (Gary Whitaker for Graeme Gavin).. Red Luck (Brittany Graham).. Captainturbulence (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Teo Enteo (Gary Whitaker for Rachel Scott).. Rib And Roll (Dan Russell).. Mister Hart (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham)..  Redcliffe 22/12.. High Cloud Lass (Denis Smith).. Countourluckystars (Clint Sneddon for Ricky Gordon).. Heavens Hint (Nathan Dawson for Stewie Dickson)..  Moveinoutatown (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Red Castle Warrior  (Kevin Annetts).. CountDown (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin)..




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« 2017-Jan-01, 10:32 PM Reply #151 »
                                                                            “TROT TACTICS” 31/12/2016..

  So that was the year that was. Tomorrow, 2016 will be the past and 2017 will be what trotting folk, both readers and participants, hope to be the highway to a bright new future. There were a number of new comets which appeared in the trotting heavens in the past year, and as is with all comets, were said to be the omens of good or bad depending on who was doing the interpretation. Brightest of all at this point is “ QRIC’s or Barnett’s Comet”, which, while still low on the horizon, is gathering momentum, fuelled by an ever hardening attitude to licencees that display a cavalier regard to the rules of racing. “Comet Forbes”, to be viewed somwhat north of “Barnett’s” is travelling at a slightly slower pace, occupied as it is with providing a viable foundation for the rebuild of trotting /harness racing. We should check the night sky at the Winter solstice, when, we should hope,  both heavenly bodies will be high in the firmament and going head to head.

Get the black book out for next Saturday and pencil in Marburg trots. It’s all happening with the Fast work Horse Supplies “Pick the Card’ competition jackpotting to a massive $800. Another financial inducement to head to the show grounds is the  lucky gate prize $100  free bet with the bookie, plus Con Mann the “funny money” bag swinger, helping you to build a bank for the auction after the last race. Best burgers, desserts and other assorted food , hot and cold drinks, meat tray raffles and the best bar prices in town make Marburg trots the best value day out you can get. Adults $5,  Members, Pensioners and Students $3 and Race books $3.

  In the happy land to which a number of our previous administrations consigned the hobbyist, that of “get big or get out”, on rare occasions we get to see one of our battlers shake off the shackles and produce a magic effort. This week’s crowd pleaser was the win of Glenburn Red  for owner/ trainer/driver Nikki Chalk at Albion Park on Tuesday. The gelded son of Live Or Die and the Fake Left mare Mama Jules  has been a high maintenance animal since coming into NC’s stable in January 2015, having continual tendon and hoof  issues which require constant attention and frequent short spells away from the race track. Tuesday’s win was number seven for N. Chalk with a further four third placings. Earnings now stand at $22,455. No fortune, but a modest tribute to a trainer driver who is willing to do the very hard yards associated with this pacer. Added to this, Glenburn Red, his gear, sulky and driver are turned out to race in a fashion which does the harness sport proud!!!

  A strong focal point on the leader board this week with the end of the rainbow and the pot of gold firmly fixed in the Fernvale stable yard of Darrell Graham.  DWG was top trainer with three winners for the week while daughter Brittany and stable foreman Adam Sanderson shared driving honours at four apiece. Good to see was Ray Cross producing place getters in the first three events at Redcliffe on Thursday. The “old master” is on his way back.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 23/12 Bella Rippin (Kelli Dawson for Jamie Donovan).. East Emperor (Isobel Ross for Barty Cockburn).. Western Jewels (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey).. Albion Park 24/12.. Epaulette (Adam Sanderson For Ian Gurney).. Vader (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Clarkey (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Major command (Gary Whitaker for Rachel Scott).. The Endeavour (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Teo Enteo (Gary Whitaker for Rachel Scott).. Tenacious One (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Albion Park 27/12.. Corey ODonohue (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Thats How We Roll (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Swift Approval (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. My Master Craftsman (Brittany Graham for Adam Sanderson).. Glenburn Red (Nikki Chalk).. Redcliffe 28/12.. Rory Mach (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Hot Shot Anvil (Matt Elkins for Graeme Gavin).. Red Luck (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Living Grand (Gary Whitaker for Steven Furey).. Redcliffe 29/12.. Sir Lefty (Gary Litzow).. Watyouseeiswatuget (Justin Pascoe).. One Last Roll (Amy Rees for Mark Rees).. Levi Jade (Dnielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Mister attitude (Ricky Gordon).. Im Johnny Jet (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Julia Mac (Narissa McMullen)..


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« 2017-Jan-09, 08:56 AM Reply #152 »
                                                                                   “TROT TACTICS”  07/01/2017..

  Don’t miss Marburg trots today. The Fastwork Horse Supplies “pick the card” jackpot stands at $800. Win this, and you can go Christmas shopping all over again. The lucky gate prize is a $100 free bet with bookie, Stephen Anthony, and there are meat tray raffles, and the “funny money” bookie, Con Mann, betting ridiculous odds so you can build a bank for the fancy goods auction after the last race. The best burgers, other hot foods, desserts, hot and cold drinks’ and a wide range of beverage, all at rock bottom prices. A top family day out that won’t break the bank, capped by close up exciting country trotting on the 700metre Marburg circuit. Adults $5, Members, pensioners and students $3, and the all important Race book $3. Don’t miss it, it’s the best value this side of the range!!

It’s a bit different to the call of “go west young woman which took Lauren Jones to Perth and considerable success several years ago, but “head south for the next rung on the ladder” has caught the fancy of  the Patrick Estate based  “Turpin McMullen” training and driving team who have headed to the ultimate training facility at Menangle Park, south west of Sydney where they will campaign a handy team of pacers and trotters for the next few months.
  Pete and Chantal have prepared some 52 winners so far this season, which puts them squarely in second spot on the Queensland trainers list behind the black and white army of Grant Dixon. The couple are not going down just on hopes, their team is headed up by a pair of ex-kiwis including Watch Pulp Fiction, which pulverised a moderate field when having his second start at Albion Park last Saturday night, Just a few weeks off the plane, the 5yo son of Art Major  is headed for support races at the upcoming Miracle Mile Carnival  with longer term plans to take on the best  in the Victoria and Hunter Cups. Pretender to the “Turpin McMullen” throne is the 4yo Mattgregor. Big on just about everything that makes a top class horse, the gelded son of Rob Roy Mattgregor has won seven of his eleven starts to date. The home stable will be under the eye of Hayden Barnes for the duration of the southern campaign.

        Another local to be in the news is up and coming driver, Matt Elkins, who drove his hundredth career winner last week. M.E. who is used to centuries achieved with the leather and willow when occupied with his other love, cricket, is No 1 driver for the family stable, based at Calvert. The “ton” came up when he piloted Tenacious One  for Donny Smith at Albion Park. Elkins has career stats of 1287 drives for 102 wins,290 placings, and a bankroll of $501,942, with current season performance right on track at 210 drives for 19 wins, 54 places and earnings of $104,747. The Elkins stable is ticking along strongly with ‘dad” Greg’s figures standing at 2357 trips round for 167 wins, 455 places and $456,739. Younger brother Justin, who is more occupied with the cricket at this point, has had just 18 appearances for 3 places and $2,373. However, with solid family backing,his turn will come as surely as day follows night. At this point, Matt Elikns is well up the Qld concession driver’s pole, occupying 7th position in the Premiership stakes, Two other young folk cracked the ton this past week with Isobel Ross, currently rated No 6 concession driver, and Ryan Veivers, currently rated No 7 trainer (open).

 
 
 
  Again the leader board focuses on the lower Brisbane Valley with Narissa McMullen (Glamorganvale) top driver with three wins for the week and Darrell Graham (Fernvale) leading trainer, posting identical figures. Most pleasing effort, Calvert based trainer,Warren Hinze , producing two winners for the week, including Lexy Lexus which backs up at Marburg today.

      Resultsville  Albion Park 30/12/2016.. Tenacious One (Chris Petroff for Donny Smith.. Albion Park 31/ 12/2016.. Liberalitus (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Watch Pulp Fiction (Chantal Turpin)..  Albion Park 03/01/ Chevals Racer (Barty Cockburn for Mal Charlton).. Doolittle Doofy (Shane Graham for Ricky Hart.. Exceptional Mach (Kelli Dawson for Chantal Turpin).. Bella Rippin (Kelli Dawson for Jamie Donovan).. The Haarlem Hammer (Narissa Mcmullen).. Im The Golden Child (Mathew Neilson for Barty Cockburn).. Redcliffe 04/01.. Red Luck (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Fiery Blue Chip (Danielle McMullen).. Reservation Road (Narissa McMullen).. Under The Kilt (Nathan Dawson for Warren Hinze).. Redcliffe 05/01.. Cruisin Along (Narissa Mcmullen for Darren Hooper).. Lexy Lexus (Nathan Dawson for Warren Hinze).. Its All torque (Amy Rees for Ricky Hart).. Im Johnny Jet (Darrell Graham)..



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« 2017-Jan-16, 08:33 AM Reply #153 »
                                                                          “TROT TACTICS”  14/01/2017..

  Don’t miss this morning’s Extraordinary General Meeting, which will be held after the jump outs at Marburg. Time will be approx. 9.00—9.30am. Hopefully, a lengthy period of stability will follow the installation of a new executive, which, we hope will be able to provide the core services which made the Marburg Pacing Association a valuable contributor to the light harness sport in Queensland. Jump outs today will commence no later than 7.30am with nominations taken from 7.00am. Phone noms to 0408 352 478..

  The Marburg Pacing Association’s race meeting last Saturday was lost to inclement weather. A decision to abandon the meeting was taken early, due to the waterlogged condition of the inside of the track and a less than encouraging  short term forecast of further showers. As is usual with the weather Gods, they are somewhat erratic and no further rain fell. Patches of sun and a strong wind changed the situation somewhat by mid-day, but the decision had been taken. All is not lost, as the meeting has been shifted to Saturday January 28th which will present a different program than that set down for last Saturday. As an added incentive, ALL TRAINERS THAT NOMINATE for the 28th and subsequent meetings will be in the draw for a $100 feed voucher from BJ’s Special Grain Blends. Put it in your black book, Saturday 28th of January 2017..
 Star New Zealand pacer Hughie Green is set to become a Queenslander. In a blast from the past, former ex-pat Kiwi John Green, who has had several extended stays, training in his own right, in the Sunshine State over the years, has decided to send the monster sized star to the stables of John Cremin. The Art Major - Alta Serena five-year-old will arrive in Melbourne next Wednesday and link with Cremin who has headed south to campaign his feature race winning trotter Melpark Royal Son during the Victorian summer carnival. In his most recent start, Hughie Green finished at the rear of the field behind wonder mare Dream About Me in the Gr.1 $245,000 Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park on New Year's Eve.Hughie Green has won 11 from 27 career starts to date while banking more than $189,000 in stakes. He has raced and beat some of the best pacers in New Zealand with his biggest triumph coming via the Summer Cup at Alexandra Park in December, 2015.On that occasion, he beat the likes of Have Faith In Me, Ohoka Punter, Besotted, Tiger Tara and No Doctor Needed among others.
 The Queensland open class ranks appear thin currently given the recent retirement of free legged star Avonnova therefore paving the way for Hughie Green to recapture form and confidence. Hughie Green is raced by John Green and his family and was previously prepared by Brian 'Bunty' Hughes. John Green is no stranger to top class racing, having owned and trained “ Beefy T”, a serious New Zealand Cup contender. Talent comes in all sizes in the harness ranks, “Beefy T” was a nuggety pony, as compact as Hughie Green is massive. As the sage once said, “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog”.
    Apparently, “trot tactics” has come of age, and has attracted negative comment on face book. The matter in contention was the use of the phrase “pretender to the throne” at the stable of Turpin McMullen. In answer to the critique, we refer to the Collins English Dictionary, definition (2), of the noun “pretender”.. “a person who mounts a claim to a throne or title”.. or.. “ a pretender to the throne is someone who claims the right to that position, and whose claim is disputed by others”.. Mattgregor”, the pretender in question, strengthened his claims with a 3.2 metre victory  at Menangle last Tuesday in an impressive 1-51.6..
    A new name on the drivers side of the leader board this week with Matt Elkins sharing the spotlight alongside Danielle McMullen on four wins apiece. Darrell Graham top trainer leading in a trio of the best for the same period. Most pleasing was the effort of trainer Kevin Annetts, owner Emmilee Annetts, and driver Justin Pascoe with Justcallme Kay Jay. at Redcliffe Thursday.. Three battlers combining for a great day out !!
  Resultsville  Albion Park.. 06/01..  Rubys Bad Boy (Darrell Graham).. Secret Smile (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Mister Hart (Darrell Graham).. Phantom Rockstar (Matt Elkins for Kevin joiner).. Crowning Glory (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins)..  Albion Park 07/01.. Lamorak (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Starzzz Of Icon (Trent Dawson for Melissa Gillies).. Ideal Scott (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. My Mach Scooter (Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen).. Albion Park 10/01.. Santorini Sunset (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Mad Gambler (Brittany Graham for Debbie Rodney).. Karloo Kix (Barty Cockburn for Megan Cockburn).. The Harlem Hammer (Narissa McMullen).. Constantly Sideways (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Phantom Rockstar (Matt Elkins for Kevin Joiner).. Menangle 10/01. Matgregor (Pete for Chantal Turpin)... Redcliffe 11/01.. Moonshine Studleigh (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Living Grand (Danielle McMullen for Steve Furey).. Fiery Bluechip (D. McMullen).. Lynchman (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Redcliffe 12/01.. Katmandonny (Barty Cockburn for Tayla Gillespie).. Justcallme Kay Jay..( Justin Pascoe for Kevin Annetts)....  Baltic Blue Eyes (Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen).. Holly Furlong (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Bankok Bravado (Gary Whitaker for Shane Fraser).. Angus Bromac (Darell Graham for Brett Cargill)..


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« 2017-Jan-23, 07:19 AM Reply #154 »
                                                                                TROT TACTICS 21/01/2017..

  It appears that Harness Racing Australia’s decision to  ban the use of whips in racing and training from September 2017 has certainly  stirred up a hornets nest here in Queensland. Interviews with the Presidents of State trainer/driver’s bodies revealed several common denominators – frustration over a lack of consultation, the need to maintain whip usage, participant safety, and a demand for the rule to be retracted. “We have had no consultation over this at all, which is very disappointing, “ Queenslands Dan Costello Said. “I thought some of our members may have been contacted, instead, nothing.” “We are happy with the current whip rules, and certainly never thought of doing away with the whip all together. “ All the states need to be united on this to overturn the decision”.
 
 There you have it, the troops are angry. Perhaps the best part of the current furore, is that it might trigger some constructive thought and debate at participant level. There is a solution to be had out of all this, since the actual object of the decision is to minimise the use of the whip in whatever form it is retained to a limited number of “taps” late in the race and the whip to double as an aid to driver safety in situations where a quick whack will refocus  the intentions of a horse back to its intended task, the same to be verifiable via the patrol film for benefit of the Stewards panel. Should that happy position be achieved, then we have made a lot of potential punters look at the harness sport in a  more favourable light. Realising that we have a desperate need to expand our punter base by a factor of twenty as a minimum requirement, should send both sides back to the negotiating table in search of a viable and peaceful result. If we want our sport to have a future, we certainly won’t provide for it by chasing our customers away through obnoxious practices!

The following is taken from the Australian Harness Racing website and is yet another article from the the voice of Brisbane trotting, Chris Barsby. “A deadheat in racing is not uncommon, but when it’s a father/son combination that can’t be split, that’s a little out of the ordinary. At Albion Park yesterday (Friday), Greg and Matt Elkins hit the line together when Crowning Glory and Surface To Air fought out the finish in the Mercedes Benz Toowong Pace Judge Jason Suli couldn’t separate the pair and a dead heat result was posted. It’s the first time a deadheat has been called between father and son at Albion Park And given the huge family involvement within the industry, it comes as a major surprise to most. There have been plenty of quinella results and even trifecta results between family members, for instance, the McCarthy family have provided plenty of one-two-three results and that’s the same for the McMullen family too but never before have they deadheated for first at Albion Park, the state’s premier track. In the run, Crowning Glory (Matt) led initially before handing over to the hard running Surface To Air (Greg) who maintained a solid tempo throughout. In the straight, Surface To Air kicked strongly while Crowning Glory went to the sprint lane
Both pacers are former South Australians, both bred by Peter and Lesley Medhurst. The Medhursts have been prolific breeders and enjoyed great success over many decades including the likes of Purple Royale, King Grin, Forty Seven Flash, Mister Seelster, Paris To Berlin, Devil Fish, Indigo Rose, Catch A Bouquet, Thorninmyside, Petes Elect, Flaming Hero and Floral Edge among many others. The association between both families’ spans over 20 years after Elkins purchased Merodach. And only last season, the enjoyed great success through the richly talented mare Purple Royale who was crowned the Albion Park Mare of the Year. Purple Royale has won 24 of her 60 career starts to date while 7 of those victories have come via Albion Park. The Royal Mattjesty mare was a runner-up in the 2016 Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes behind Barynya, now based in North America. The next target for the Elkins family is to land a triple deadheat result with Justin, Matt’s younger brother.”   

The “dead heat “ syndrome has already spread to the leader board, where trainer, Greg Elkins, fresh from the family feat at Albion Park on 13/01, can now claim a tie with Darrell Graham in the training sector. Adam Sanderson was stand out in the driving ranks with three wins for the week. Most pleasing were the wins of Sir Lefty (Gary Litzow) and Cotton Cold Candy (Jason Carkeet with Leonard Cain as pilot).

Marburg can now claim a new executive committee after the Extraordinary General meeting conducted last Saturday with Warren Cummins in the Chair for election of officers.. President is Scott Neaves, Treasurer, Joedy Whitaker, Secretary Benny Crosby  and Vice Presidents Karen Schulz and Denis Smith. Stability at the Show Gound should be the watch word.
  First task is to make a success of the re scheduled race meeting set down for Saturday 28th of this month. With a “pick the card” jackpot of $800, a $100 bet with the bookie as a lucky gate prize, $500 funny money to build a bank for the auction after the last plus triple meat tray raffle you can go home a big winner. Add all that to top burgers and desserts coupled with the best bar prices in town and six exciting races, you’ve got the great day out and won’t bust the bank doing it. Admission Adults $5, Pensioners, Members and Students $3 and race books $3. Trials from 11.00am and races commence 12.30pm.
Resultsville  Albion Park  13/01.. DH Crowning Glory (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins) and Surface To Air (Greg Elkins).. He can Talk (Leonard Cain for Ken Belford).. Smiling Armada (Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen).. Horace foxley (Adam Sanderson for Tahn Camillieri).. Glenferrie Boss (Gary Whitaker for Trevor Lambourn).. Albion Park 14/01..Sparkling Cullect (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. The Space Invader Narissa McMullen for Steven Cini).. Albion Park 17/01.. El Swavo (Clint Sneddon for Frank Bennet).. Private Bronski (Barty Cockburn for Tahn Camillieri).. Lancelot Bromac (Hayden Barnes for Stewie Dickson)..Redcliffe 18/01.. Anikka Magic (Matt Elkins forKerry Smith).. Living grand (Hayden Barnes for Steven furey).. Sir Lefty (Gary Litzow).. Redcliffe 19/01.. Wavedancer (Clint Sneddon for Josh Moore).. Supaliner (Darrell Graham).. Montana Falcon (Darrell Graham).. Cotton Cold Candy (Leonard Cain for Jason Carkeet)..



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« 2017-Jan-29, 09:39 PM Reply #155 »
TROT TACTICS”.. 28/01/2017..

  What to do today. Simple answer, head for Marburg and check out the trials and races. A nice six race card is programmed to commence at 12.30pm. “Pick the card” competition is worth $800 today and if there is more than one winner will be divided. $100 bet with bookie Stephen Anthony  is the lucky gate prize and Con Mann the ‘funny money” bookie is there to cater for those who like to have a bet but not risk the cash. Monster meat tray raffle, top burgers, very low bar prices and heaps more make it a great day out. Adults $5, Members and Pensioners $3 ,Race Books $3. Gates open 10.00am, trials start at 11.00am. Come and enjoy the day with us..

  “Where have all the horses gone”. So the words echo the sad folk song of the 60’s. I cannot think of any period  since the lights were switched on at Albion Park in 1968, when nomination deadlines were so irrelevant as they are today. It was always considered something of an accepted practice for 2 and 3yo horses to go for a short spell at the end of the racing season and for the first month of the new term, the absence of the youngsters ( if they had been racing in significant numbers) did cause some shortfall in the available “racing pool”. A lot of water has flowed under the Queensland bridge since then, with the closure of eleven (11)  of  fourteen (14) tracks and the concentration of the sport  into the Brisbane/Ipswich area. Just two TAB tracks, Albion Park and Redcliffe remain, hosting five meetings a week between them, while our own non-TAB venue, Marburg , is allotted just 12 meetings per year. Since the advent of the Millenium, when the movers and shakers of the sport advocated a “created” shift from a hobbyist based sport to an “elite sport/industry”, we have seen almost every aspect of harness racing suffer dramatic change, culminating in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 racing seasons where, in practical terms, 10% of the participants got 90% of the prize money, and 90% of participants got to fight over the remaining 10%.

  We are now beginning to reap the whirlwind! It would be difficult to identify a particular reason for the shortfall in the horse pool, as “extension and re-extension of deadlines” is the norm. There is, however, a change of attitude in the 90% who get so little of the money. They are now loath to turn up just to be cannon fodder for the major operators.  Administrators, for whatever reason, appear to disregard the basic fact that owners and trainers race horses to win races. Racing horses is a risky and costly business, and to expect the 90% to keep turning up to place their moderate horses in events which are designed around the needs of the ever-hungrier 10%, is optimism at its highest! THE PROGRAMMING MUST CHANGE TO INCLUDE THE NEEDS OF THE AVERAGE HORSE AND HIS CONNECTIONS. THE PROGRAM MUST ALSO CHANGE TO CATER FOR THE NEEDS OF THE AVERAGE AND POTENTIAL PUNTER .We don’t have a lot of time to do this folks. The man who said, some years back, “If you’re growing the sport, you don’t close tracks, you open tracks”, was, as usual, right on the button!

  The Elkins family team certainly started something with this dead heat caper. This weeks leader board has tied results on both sides with Darrell Graham and Al Barnes training two winners apiece and drivers Nathan Dawson and Barty Cockburn each hoisting the flag on four occasions. Most pleasing result was Thursday’s Redcliffe meeting where all six races had Ipswich input, either trained, driven or both.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 20/01.. Back Page News (Matt Elkins for Vic Frost).. Monkseaton (Rob Gorman for Jay Edmunds).. Calcavado(Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park 21/01.. Major Kiwi (Barty Cockburn for Mick butler).. Monumental (Al Barnes).. Northern Line (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Albion Park .. 24/01.. Sams A Champ (Barty Cockburn for Mick Butler).. Calcavado (Hayden Barnes for Ron Sallis).. Zaras Delight (Barty Cockburn for Mick Butler).. Broadway Playboy (Darrell Graham)..Redcliffe 25/01.. Win Or Die (Nathan Dawson for Gary Vernon).. Ima Sea Storm (Nathan Dawson for Graeme White).. Make A Point (Nathan Dawson for Merv Hieronymus).. Slippery Jade (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Redcliffe 26/01.. How We roll (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Rockstar Rikki (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith)Supaliner (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Havetogetawaymore (Darrell Graham for Al Barnes).. Martinson (Barty Cockburn for Mark rees).. Shadow Son (Hayden Barnes for James Lewin)..


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« 2017-Feb-05, 10:23 PM Reply #156 »
                                                                                 “TROT TACTICS”04/02/2017..

  Black book next Saturday February 11th for yet another exciting day at the Marburg trots. Last Saturday was close to “very exciting” for trot fan Gail Mahoney who picked the first five winners, and was the last punter standing coming to the final event. With a well fancied runner as her choice, Gail saw $800 slip away due to interference just after the start. That’s racing I guess, and next Saturday it will be $850. It’s a great day out. Gates open 10am, trials run at approximately 11am and the race meeting proper commences at 12.30pm. Raffle, “funny money” bookie, Terry Picone catering for the cash punters plus $100 bet for lucky gate entry (local trots and main gallops meetings with Sky Channel screens). Super cheap food and beverage. Adults $5, members, pensioners and students $3, all important race books $3.

  Meanwhile Marburg’s enthusiastic new committee have put together a comprehensive submission for consideration by Racing Queensland’s Infrastructure Grants team. Focussed on crowd comfort, a better deal for trainers and drivers plus integrity staff, health and safety issues, a children’s playground for the families and a track upgrade, the submission aims Marburg fairly and squarely into the future.
There is no doubt we live in exciting times, with a mass exodus of high profile trainers and drivers escaping the somewhat stagnant local scene for the bright lights of Menangle this Saturday night. Trainers have always travelled horses in pursuit of rich purses and the kudos which comes with a victory in a traditional feature event, but the numbers involved on this occasion are impressive to say the least. We pick up on what the voice of Brisbane harness, Chris Barsby, had to say about it all on the Harness Racing Australia website.
“Heading south today (Wednesday) are trainers Grant Dixon, Ian Gurney, Shawn Grimsey plus Shannon Price and Scott Miller.Already based in Sydney are Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen, Cristina Monte and Charlie Cini while Shane Sanderson and Darren McCall both call Sydney home nowadays. Leading reinsman Shane Graham heads to Sydney on Saturday for a full book of drives. With the Miracle Mile carnival in full-swing, a number of Queenslanders are eyeing off the riches on offer and aiming their trusted performers at upcoming features. Last week, quality four-year-old Mattgregor qualified for the Gr.1 $200,000 Chariots of Fire on February 11 after coming from last to be beaten narrowly behind Dashofluck in a time of 1:50 in the Paleface Adios Stakes. In the opening race at Menangle on Saturday night, half the field is made-up of Queensland trained performers including Epaulette, Max Richter, Leos Best, Watch Pulp Fiction, Bells Beach House and Sparkling Cullect.”
“Trainer Ian Gurney has four runners starting this weekend including Epaulette, Sparkling Cullect, Smooth Showgirl and Clarkey. Gurney is hoping to qualify Smooth Showgirl for the Gr.1 $200,000 Ladyship Mile on February 25.Shannon Price and Scott Miller are also aiming their pair of quality mares Bettor Promise and Bettorthanspecial for the mares feature later this month while Three Of The Best is being prepared for the NSW Derby.Both mares start in the same event this weekend, the Orangeville Meat Co Ladyship Pace.The state’s leading trainer Grant Dixon has a trio of representatives this weekend including Max Richter, Leos Best and talented trotter Our Overanova. Progressive three-year-old filly Eleniark is being set for the NSW Oaks. Trainer Shawn Grimsey is also aiming for the NSW Oaks with his filly Western Jewels who starts in the Harness Breeders NSW Pink Diamond. The Turpin/McMullen partnership has seven horses competing while the Monte/Cini duo has four horses starting. Meanwhile, trainer Ryan Veivers has decided to tough it out at home instead, sending his handy performer Vader to Sydney.”
You might be excused for thinking these expeditions are a duel-edged sword. Get some of the cash and bouquets, while sussing out the advantages and pitfalls of re-location. Money is a most powerful  magnet, and continuity of supply more powerful still.

A big flash on the leader board this week with Nathan Dawson’s efforts both here and in Tamworth  resulting in eight winning drives, trainers were tied again with ever-present Darrell Graham and Steve Bunz leading in three apiece. Most pleasing, Soldier Of fortune for Karen Schulz at Marburg.

 


Resultsville .. Albion Park 27/01. Maretti (Rob Gorman for Phil Mitchell).. El Cartel (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. FieryBlue Chip (Hayden Barnes for Danielle McMullen).. Kash (Barty Cockburn for Mick Butler).. Our Mega Dream (Trent Dawson).. Albion Park 28/01.. Broadway Playboy (Darrell Graham).. Sicilian Slumber (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Marburg 28/01.. Elzboy (Gary Whitaker for Steve Towns).. Soldier Of Fortune (Karne Schulz).. Its all go (Matt Elkins).. Im Jack Black (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves).. Rocky Floyd (Nathan Dawson for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park 31/01.. Bankok Bravado (Gary Whitaker for S.I. Fraser).. Floyd Mayweather (Hayden Barnes for Megan Cockburn).. Cheers Kathy (Darrell Graham).. Georgia Grace (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey).. Redcliffe 01/02.. All Over Hanover (Hayden Barnes for Max Towns).. Levi Jade (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Reservation Road (Narissa McMullen).. Colada Rainbow (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. Rockstar Rikki (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith).. Redcliffe 02/02.. All Madness (Justin Pascoe).. Martinson (Nathan Dawson for Mark Rees).. My Mojo (Adam Sanderson for Jason Carkeet).. He Can Talk (Leonard Cain for Ken Belford).. Supaliner (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Change The Nation (Nathan Dawson for Steve Bunz)..Tamworth Golden Guitar week.. Real social (Nathan Dawson for Steve Bunz).. Remember them Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. Ideal Romance (Nathan Dawson for Steve Bunz).. Many Delights (Dan Russell).. Certainly Will Be (Anthony Varga for Peter McKay).



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« 2017-Feb-12, 08:22 PM Reply #157 »
TROT TACTICS”.. 11/02/2017..

  I read once that “death, a necessary end, must come”. True I suppose but it is no more welcome for that. A week today we lost a well liked participant in Merv Knack, succumbing to a five year struggle with the blood disorder MDS. MK was one of three brothers, all bought up at Grandchester in the school of long hours and hard work by their father Dave, a farmer who also ran a harvesting and baling business catering for the numerous smaller holdings in the Lockyer Valley. Merv left agriculture for the mines and assisted his younger brother Allan in the training of pacers, the best of which at this time might have been Grandchester Boy. Years down the track, with son Trent keen to give the light harness game a go, the father and son duo raced a small team with a high point being a “book ends’ double at Albion Park with Pound For Pound and Night Director. For once the long wait between the first race and the last was worth it. Pound For Pound also won the Dulux Cup at Rocklea, and held a track record there for a number of years. Mervs enduring favourite among the home team was the lightly raced mare, Hellava Part, a winner of 8 from 24 starts. At the time of his passing he had a soft spot for Arts Peregrine, a son of Ultimate Falcon currently showing stats of 44 runs for 3 wins and 12 placings with the bank steadily climbing towards $20,000. MK’s nephew, high profile driver Nathan Dawson, will wear the Merv and Trent Knack colours of green and white quarters with black sleeves on any drive he takes at Marburg today. Merv Knack was a spare, tall and very erect figure, with a dry wit to suit. Deep down, I always felt he was a likeable “leg puller”. It won’t be just his family that misses him!

The following is taken from an opinion piece written by Terry Browne, the Chairman of  Tamworth Harness Racing Club, a venue about to have mega-bucks spent on it in an attempt to re- grow the sport in the New England area of NSW, once a hot spot in harness, and a breeding ground of champions from the late 1920’s to the 70’s. This short paragraph leaps off the page, challenging administrators to prove it wrong!

We must come to the public. they will not come to us. People ,myself included, have repeatedly spoken about the need to educate the public about harness racing. But in the modern world, you can’t educate people in something they regard as old-fashioned and irrelevant. It is us that must change because the market will not.!!

  Just as you thought it was going to be a normal Saturday, your world has gone into tilt mode. Due to the Racing Integrity Commission’s  animal welfare code, a forecast of high temperatures (39C) in the Marburg area has caused Harness stewards to move today’s trials and races to an earlier time slot. Starting times are now first trial 9.45am, and first race to commence at 10.45am. Other than that, all the usual amenities of a Marburg race day will be in place. Best burgers, best bar prices around, ‘pick the card’ worth $850 this week,(Gail Mahoney went very close last meeting with 5 winners) gate entry prize is $100 free bet with our real money bookie while Con Mann will call the odds on the funny money stand. Monster meat tray raffle with the funny money auction after the last race which goes at 1.15pm. Gates open 9.00am.. Adults $5, Pensioners, Members and Students $3 and the all important race book $3. It might be a bit of a rush, but come and join us for exciting country trotting.

  Again the leader board stands in the lower Brisbane Valley. With training results wide spread, you guessed it, Darrell Graham led in two winners for the week, and that was enough to bag the local segment, meanwhile, his stable foreman, Adam
Sanderson was trop driver saluting on five occasions. Most pleasing, and yet another dead-heat was  Living lucky (Matt Elkins combining with Ashleigh Neilson) splitting the major money with Pure Madness (Justin Pascoe).. Also, right up there Long Dirt Road, big confidence booster for Russell Kajewski, Matt Elkins in the cart.

  Resultsville Albion Park 03/02.. Yankee Strutter (Trevor Lambourn).. Reign Of Fear (Matt Elkins for Ricky Thurlow).. Albion Park 04/02.. Withalotofluck (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Northern Line (Hayden Barnes for Ryan Veivers).. Calcavado (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. Slipaslygrin (Trent Dawson for Max Towns).. Illawong Dreamtime (Brittany Graham for Doug Lee).. Ohoka Colorada (Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen).. Broadway Playboy (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 07/02.. Mini Cam (Trevour Lambourn for Rachel Scott).. Withalotofluck (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Georgia Grace (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey).. Redcliffe 08/02.. Annika Magic (Matt Elkins for Kerry Smith).. Long Road to Fame (Adam Sanderson).. Armazem (Danielle McMullen).. D/H  Living Lucky (Nathan Dawson for Ashleigh Neilson) and Pure Madness (Justin Pascoe).. Redcliffe 09/02.. Supaliner (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. My Mojo (Hayden Barnes for Jason Carkeet).. Doolittle Dandy (Leonard Cain for Ricky Hart).. Long Dirt Road (Matt Elkins for Russell Kajewski) ..



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« 2017-Feb-19, 07:33 AM Reply #158 »
“TROT TACTICS” 18/02/2017..

  When the going gets tough, the tough get going. How true of last Saturday’s trot meeting at Marburg when temperatures reached the forecast 39c late in the afternoon. Happily, when Chief Steward (Harness) Norm Torpey, made an early call after acceptance time on Wednesday to bring the starting time for the trials  and races forward by an hour and three quarters to beat the heat, the Marburg committee were able get the information out there to intending patrons and participants with horses engaged at the meeting. While far from a huge financial success, the meeting most certainly did not run at a loss, and the Marburg Committee takes this opportunity to thank all those who turned up in a confusing time frame and were baked alive for their troubles. Most importantly $9,000.00 found its way out into the local harness community to keep the wolf from some of the doors. This writer sometimes wonders whether the powers that be fully appreciate the value of the Marburg meeting. Most certainly, it brings no direct income back to Racing Queensland as it has no TAB involvement. What Marburg does do, however, is keep people in the sport, and provides an economical, and perhaps more encouraging entry point, for new owners and trainers into harness racing. It is hard to win a race at any of the three Queensland venues, but thankfully, the perception is that the 705m show ground circuit is the soft option. The standout bet of the week is that every dollar of the $9,000.00 will be spent on feed and  essential equine services so the owners and trainers can defray SOME of the costs.

  Seriously, the two best investments Racing Queensland could make, would be to raise the number of Marburg meetings to 26 per year with 8 races per card, and program strictly for moderate horses based on class only (with no conditions) both at Marburg Saturday and at Redcliffe on Wednesday night (hobbyist time slot). Just think, Marburg could be distributing $312,208.00 annually at the base of the harness pyramid. Given that our Harness pie is sized at $14.2 million this racing year, the distribution at “the Burg” would be less than 2.0% of the total budget, and at that figure is a totally justifiable investment in preserving, and perhaps growing, participant numbers.

They used to say that horses on the eastern seaboard of Australia could go up but not down, implying that horses could win their way from Melbourne to Cairns, but could not reverse the procedure. Such was not the case last Saturday night as regular Albion Park horses provided the first four in race 3 at Menangle, the premier NSW venue. Broadway Playboy (Adam Sanderson) led throughout and at the post had 3.4m to spare from Bettor Promise(Jack Trainor for Shannon Price), with Torque Lively (Pete for Chantal Turpin) third  and Sparkling Cullect (Shane Graham for Ian Gurney) fourth. The world turns and things change with it.

  This leader board pops up another dead heat. A triple this time in the driving department with Brittany Graham, Gary Whitaker and Nathan Dawson all up there on three winners apiece. Meanwhile, Mr Ever Consistent Darrell Graham trained two winners while the rest of the successful locals bagged one each.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park  10/02..Satayintown Tonight (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. My Mastercraftsman (Brittany Graham for Adam Sanderson).. Dabeers Zargon (Gary Whitaker for Donny Smith).. Bet Im Special (Barty Cockburn for Shannon Price)..  Jazzy Artist (Danielle Mcmullen for Ryan Veivers).. Albion Park 11/02.. Montana Falcon (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Liberalitus (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Countdown (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. The Endeavour (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Marburg 11/02.. Major Branleur (Gary Whitaker for B. Hanrahan).. Red Rocker (Trevor Lambourn).. My Ultimate Hell (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Davis).. Xtraordinary Lombo (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Riverleigh Jeff (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves).. Albion Park ..14/02..  I Found The Beach (Gary Whitaker for Chris Petroff).. Destreos (Kelli Dawson for Kenny Rattray).. Rock With Sam (Barty Cockburn for Mick Butler).. Karloo Mac (Hayden Barnes for Josh Moore).. Redcliffe 15/02.. Win Or Die (Nathan Dawson for Gary Vernon).. Projectile (Matt Elkins for Kerry Smith).. Caesar Court (Brittany Graham for Ben Aldons).. Redcliffe 16/02.. Ideal Holmboy (Nathan Dawson for Stewie Dickson).. The Next Star (Darrell Graham for Brittany Graham)..


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« 2017-Feb-26, 10:17 PM Reply #159 »
                                                                                “TROT TACTICS”.. 25/02/2017.

  I suppose, that, if you are given the opportunity to disburse a sum of $53 million in varying amounts to Queensland Race Clubs, for the purpose of capital investment in long term infrastructure, you must either be very confident of your abilities in this area, or you seek advice. The decision makers at Racing Queensland, mindful of the need to “get it right”,  have played the “advice card” and engaged the services of DELOITTE BRISBANE in a consultative and advisory capacity. The following Impressive statement is taken from the Deloitte Brisbane website and indicates a reassuring level of self confidence in the company’s ability to meet RQ’s requirements.

“With a well-connected and professional team of more than 480 people and over 50 partners, we are leading providers of assurance, advisory, taxation and consulting services. Ours is a high performance culture that thrives on the strength and success of its people. It's a culture that sets us apart from the rest. Represented by the Deloitte Seven Signals, we take pride in the 'way we do business,' and it shows.”

Feedback from a “tele-conference” last Monday between members of the Marburg Pacing Association Executive and the Deloitte team appears to support a belief that the “wizards” want ALL the facts,  before formulating any opinions or offering any advice. We seem to be in good hands.

  Local interest is transferred to Menangle tonight, when the up and coming Mattgregor from the McMullen-Turpin team goes round against older horses in the $100,000 Bohemia Crystal Free For All. Among the field are last years Miracle Mile winner, Have Faith In Me, Tiger Tara, Major Crocker and Tac Tate. With 8 wins from 14 outings and a very loose assessment of C5-M0, Mattgregor has shown exceptional ability from the start of his career, and connections feel that he will acquit himself well in top company. After tonight, the gelded son of Rob Roy Mattgregor will head home to Patrick Estate for a break before being set for the Winter Carnival at Albion Park.

  After a career in harness racing covering 64 of his 79 years, Bernie Wilson has put Runnymede Lodge on the market.  Wilson, who in his younger days in Sydney put the polish on NSW Oaks winner and later  good producing broodmare, Negro Dancer, cites the depressed state of harness racing in Queensland at the present time. The veteran further believes that there is little light evident at the end of the current tunnel. Runnymede Lodge is on 50 acres with an irrigation licence on Warrill Creek and has accommodation for a minimum of 40 horses plus a huge list of harness and associated horse equipment. Ring Bernie on 5464 3349 for a yarn about better days.

  I know times are tough, but not for all of us. Having spent considerable time in the belief that Thursday at Redcliffe, with its current prize money set at just short of $3,000, was a meeting set aside for the moderate horse and the hobbyist trainer (if he or she could get time off work to get there), I was amazed to see an Albion Park Saturday night field  go round this Thursday in a lowly R4 and better event, with the winner, Forever Texas stopping the clock at 1-57.4. All up, the seven runners have career earnings of $942,697.00 at an average of $134,671.00. Only one runner had earnings less than $100,000.00. It is debacles such as this which lead to the exodus of the battlers. When will enough be enough for the top 10%?

A new face on the trainer’s side of the leader board this week with Purga based Steve Bunz taking the honours with three winners which included a Sunday outing to Tamworth NSW. King of the drivers was Nathan Dawson who landed four for the term, three of which were for S.Bunz.. Most pleasing was five drivers on two winners apiece. It’s called spreading the wealth.

  Resultsville.  Albion Park 17/02.. Real Social (Nathan Dawson for Steve Bunz).. Sicilian Slumber (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 18/02.. Zac Mac (Danielle McMullen for Darren Hooper).. Reservation Road (Narissa McMullen).. Sweet As Candy (Matt Elkins for Vic Frost).. Tamworth NSW 19/02.. Change the Nation (Nathan Dawson for Steve Bunz).. Emargee (Ricky Gordon).. Albion Park 21/02.. Rock With Sam (Barty Cockburn for Mick  Butler).. Abitgoingonhere (Barty Cockburn for Mick Butler).. Real Social (Nathan Dawson for Steve Bunz).. Redcliffe22/02.. Projectile (Matt Elkins for Kerry Smith).. Ima Sea Storm (Nathan Dawson for Graham White).. Royal Taz (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Trentleigh (Hayden Barnes for D.R. Pollock).. Recliffe 23/02.. Our Champion (Gary Whitaker for Mal Charlton)..  Soi Cowboy (Gary Whitaker for Ken Belford)..



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« 2017-Mar-05, 09:37 PM Reply #160 »
“TROT TACTICS”..04/03/2017..

  The question of the week. “Who thanks Dean Jones”? Every one, participants and fans, who attend Saturday morning jump outs, official trials and race meetings at Marburg knows the voice of Dean jones. Crisp and accurate commentary plus an extensive knowledge of horses, trainers and drivers, particularly the local flock, are his trademarks. This year sees the lightweight 37 year old reach the quarter century of calling at the show ground. Are you doing your maths on this one. Yes, you are right, DJ commenced calling at the tender age of twelve. Raised in a family with strong racing ties, having a grandfather who raced gallopers with success, a father who loved the Rocklea scene and brother Brad who was a bookie at the same venue, Dean showed an interest in the calling business as early as eight or nine, pushing coloured cards of motor cars along the lounge room floor and describing their progress to the family.

Pre-teens the lad would accompany Dad and Brad to the “Rock” where he would stand under the broadcast box of the talented Rod Hill and call the race as well. It was not long before Hill took DJ under his wing and tutored him in the calling of trials etc. Just six months had passed when Jones was “head hunted” by Trevor Perrin and the late Ernie Anforth for duties at Marburg, and he is there to this day. Off track, Jones has had a permanent position on the studio team at Radio TAB spanning the last decade. On the strength of impressions left when he did a two week stint of work experience at the station while at school, DJ was an easy choice. In addition to Marburg, Dean Jones is a regular race caller at the dogs including Ipswich. His short term ambitions include a larger slice of the trots calling duties. In his own words, “Dogs are great, but trots are the core passion”! Some ownership of pacers has occurred along the way, with Magico, Wrong Way Go Back and the injury plagued Costa all doing their bit, while Dean currently races Victory in partnership with his sister, and has a promising 2yo bred by Artistic Fella from the honest mare Still To Come. Why wouldn’t we be thankful to have Dean Jones, he is not only the voice of Marburg, but the spirit as well!!

  Now and then a locally trained horse catches the eye with improving performances. One of these is the Steve Bunz trained Real Social NZ. Oddly enough the gelded son of D M Dillinger and Socialiser is based at Purga rather than the ever fruitful lower Brisbane Valley. Breeding a horse like Real Social is a task best left to kiwis, as Socialiser is the first 100% producer in the family, and, as these were produced in 2009 and 2011 respectively, and both were gelded it looks like the end of the road for that limb of the family tree. Real Social’s female line however, boasts four super stallions beginning in 1978 with the Flying Song mare Enna Gee, dam of the best earner in the family, Panyan (1978)who collected $176,731 in his 89 start career. (This would equate to “mega bucks” today). Successive mums have been by Bachelor Hanover, Lordship and Holmes Hanover, with Socialiser herself being by DM Dillinger, all of whom have added very positive genes to the pool. So there we have him. Real Social, 47 starts for 10 wins (last three on end) and 12 placings with a best mile rate of 1-59.3 and a bank of $47,986. Usually driven By Nathan Dawson, RS is on the rainbow with every chance of climbing fairly high.

    I have another link for you. This is a short explanation why new owner (2011), Jeff Gural was able to turn the “white elephant” of “The Meadowlands” USA, from a guaranteed loss to a solid profit in a fairly short space of time. <Bill Finley: It’s the product, stupid>. Check it out.

  The leader board is blessed with dead heats again. Triples this time and on both sides with Nathan Dawson, Brittany Graham and Narissa McMullen sharing the driving honours on three wins apiece.. Individual  trainers could not manage more than two winners for the week, with Ron Sallis , John McMullen and Darrell Graham level pegging in the top spot. Most pleasing is the fact that the leader board tells us that the money was well spread.

  Resultsville..Albion Park 24/02.. Cheers Kathy (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. The Next Star (Brittany Graham).. Jazzy Artist (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Princess Jessica (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Mad Gambler (Brittany Graham for Debbie Rodney).. Comply Or Die (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park 25/02.. Starzzz Of Icon (Tent Dawson for Melissa Gillies).. Teo Enteo (Gary Whitaker for Trevor Lambourn).. Albion Park 28/02.. nil.. Redcliffe 01/03.. Win Or Die (Nathan Dawson for Gary Vernon).. Washingtons Flier (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis).. Judah Ben Hur (Leonard Cain for Ken Belford).. Redcliffe 02/03.. Miraclesdoappen (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Rowdys Ace ( Narissa McMullen).. Flashing Good Time (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Colada Rainbow (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Im Johnny Jet (Darrell Graham)..


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                                                                                “TROT TACTICS” 11/03/2017..

  It’s on again folks. If you like exciting action, and the chance to have a bet with a real live bookmaker, Marburg Show Ground for today’s trot meeting is the place to be. Gates open at 10.00am, the trial program commences at 11.00am and the mobile rolls for the first race  at 12.30pm. Be early, buy a $3 race book, and fill out the “pick the card” coupon for a chance at today’s jackpot, standing at an impressive $900. All the usual amenities of best bar prices, top burgers and other tasty gear plus the “funny money” bookie where you bet up your 500 at crazy odds to build a bank for the auction after the last. Adults $5, Members and Students $3, and the lucky gate prize is a $100 free bet with bookie Stephen Anthony. A three prize raffle of meat or fruit trays livens up the afternoon and local harness horse re-homing group SAQ will stage a barrel race between races 4 and 5.. Don’t miss it.

If you ever consider racing a pacer or trotter, you must first acquire the animal. There are several methods of doing this, and, the most popular, and safest method is to buy or lease a tried horse which is currently racing. If you are still hooked on the sport ,thanks to some encouraging results from the first horse, the next venture should be to purchase a yearling. A fair bit more risk (it may turn out no good for a variety of reasons) but also far greater potential to be a top performer. The Australian Pacing Gold sale will offer 70 lots at Albion Park tomorrow from 11.00am, and the following lot, 549, has the family connections to be in the silk department. 

By Bettors Delight from the outstanding mare, Rani Major, the gelding comes from a family studded with feature winners. Successful at 13 of her 50 starts, with 25 placings also to her credit, Rani Major was triumphant at Group One level as a two-year-old and Group Two at three.By Art Major from Rhapsody In Red, Rani Major is a sibling to six winners from seven starters.The clan also includes Cherry Cheer, Goldrush Girl, Good Lookin Girl, Colorado Code, Girl From Ipanema, Forever After and Guitarzan.

It seems that, “across the ditch” in New Zealand, harness racing is in decline, and has been for a number of years. This has been blamed on the present “Class System”, which is said, among other ills, to be responsible for the bottle neck in the C0/C1 grades. Does this sound familiar? On March 13 the Kiwis will introduce a new “Points System”, designed by a balance sub- committee of owners, trainers and racing administrators (no punters). The key objectives which have spawned the “new” look are, extend the racing life of horses particularly in the C0/C1 grades. Trim concessions to a more balanced and appropriate level. Encourage increased participation in the wake of declining horse numbers. Create fuller and more balanced fields leading to better turnover with less hot favourites. Provide greater fluidity within the system, with more movement up and down to maintain horses’ competitiveness.( drop back rule?) Create additional tiers of racing, better catering to the whole horse population. Help keep horses racing in New Zealand. Create increased “like with like” racing.

  The only conclusion that can be drawn from this, is that the ever-competitive Kiwis, not happy with domination in Rugby, are hell bent on introducing a racing format even more hopeless than that which has almost destroyed harness racing in this country. Talk about lemmings. The only racing formats which work are those designed on the “KISS” principle. KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID!!

  Nothing too dramatic on the leader board this week but up and comers, Brittany Graham and Matt Elkins were top drivers with three wins apiece while multiples in the training ranks were as scarce as hens teeth, leaving Darrell Graham out there on just two victories. Most pleasing was the assistance rendered to Karen Schulz by the Gorman brothers, Rob and Anthony, when KS suffered a vehicle failure in heavy traffic on the inner city by-pass last Tuesday. Much appreciated fellas!

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 03/03.. Our Pepperjack (Nathan Dawson for Graeme White).. Riverleigh William (Matt Elkins for Darren hooper).. Dabeers Zargon (Gary Whitaker for Donny Smith).. Albion Park 04/03.. Supaliner (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. The Black Assassin (Brittany Graham for Grant Dixon).. Jazzy Artist (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Albion Park 07/03.. Mighty Montana (Darrell Graham).. My Mastercraftsman (Brittany Graham for Adam Sanderson).. Purple Royale (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Redcliffe 08/03.. The Hairy Huntsman (Nathan Dawson for Dayl March).. Rowdys Ace (Narissa McMullen).. Zed Code (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).. He Can Talk (Leonard Cain for Ken Belford).. Good Gracious Me (Trent Dawson).. Redciffe 09/03.. Montana Brave (Darrell Graham for Craig Smith).. Sugar Sugar (Matt Elkins for Vic frost).. Little Lizzie Jove (Clint Sneddon for Mitchell Dawson).. Raesawinner (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Its Torque Power (Pete McMullen for Ricky Hart).. Gotta Go Artelect (Barty Cockburn for Megan Cockburn)..



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« 2017-Mar-19, 09:18 PM Reply #162 »
"TROT TACTICS" 18/03/2017..

  No matter what the nature of any sport or enterprise, there are always a number of "barometers" by which by which the health, financial or otherwise, of the subject can be measured. In the area of horse racing, in our case harness, where changing policies over the decades have seen emphasis shift somewhat from the mature horse to the 2yo and 3yo, there is now great interest in yearling sales. Of these, none generates more interest than those of Australian Pacing Gold, presented at Capitol Cities around Australia. Times have changed, and owning a juvenile pacer from an owners perspective is now a costly business, and like most investors of significant sums, owners are looking for a quick return. Breeders are in the same boat. Service fees, mare maintenance costs, foal rearing and yearling preparation all add up, and the breeder hopes his product will return a healthy profit.

  Last Sunday the Brisbane edition of APG was indeed a mixed bag with 32 0f the 70 listed lots being passed in. A quick check of the APG website on Thursday indicates that all these are still listed under the banner of "make an offer" . In the actual sales (includes "buy backs" if any), 8 lots made good money ranging from $30-65,000, there were 7 in the $20-29,500 bracket and 6 went from $10-19,500. It is fair to say that this group of 21 yearlings showed varying levels of profit. The next 7 lots made from $5-9,500 and line ball would be the optimistic view here. The remaining 8 lots made from $2-4,500 and would by any standards, be a crashing disappointment to their breeders. On the bright side, the top lot, by Art Major from Toute Le Monde, was sold on behalf of Burwood Stud and Greg Mitchell to sales regulars, Marc Hanover and Gordon Banks,making a tasty $65,000 in the process.. Lot 549, by Bettors Delight from Rani Major, which featured in last week's column, lived up to its wraps and pulled in a cool $50,000, going to Transport Consortium Pty Ltd.

  Last Sunday's "barometer" indicates that harness in Queensland is still in line for rough weather in the seasons to come.  It is just another of the warning signs which have appeared on the Queensland Harness Highway in the last two decades. A highway which will soon be a back road to nowhere if  ALL OF US  don't try harder to turn the sport around in a meaningful fashion!!

  It's just four weeks from this Sunday, to the Easter Sunday Fun Day trot meeting. Marburg's biggest meeting of the year will be a doozy, with on and off track entertainment to compliment the seven race card all afternoon. All the traditional sponsors are on board, Ipswich City Council,  Bendigo Rosewood Community Bank, The Wallace Family, The Mitchell family, Chrissie and John Turner, who will be there, but in light hearted disguise this year, and The Sundowner Hotel Haigslea. Also, Marburg's  longest serving sponsors, our dedicated regular volunteers, without whom there would be no Marburg Pacing Association. This year, the Sunday Fun Day race card will feature the first two rounds of the Ipswich Marburg Young Driver's Championship. Rounds  three and four will be held thirteen days later on Saturday, April 29th when the overall winner will be decided by points earned in the four races. Division 10 councillor, David Pahlke, will be the man decorating the young drivers with polo shirts, caps and medallions. Put Easter Sunday on your calendar now. Come and join the MPA for the best afternoon of family harness racing you could imagine, and all at very modest prices. Naturally, the Easter Bunny will be there with a very large basket of eggs for the kids. Week by week, we will keep you up to the mark on what to expect on Easter Sunday Fun Day!   

  We will need a bit more room on the leader board if Nathan Dawson keeps his current form .Five winning drives for the week, with recognised star, Pete McMullen, holding down second spot on four. Meanwhile, Darrell Graham sits on the trainer's throne, having led in a solid four winners over the seven day period. Most pleasing sight, eighty metres of Zanow's best track topping, sitting at Marburg show ground, ready to be spread. No more rained out meetings!!

  Resultsville Albion Park 10/03.. Ashleys Angel (Gary Whitaker forDarren Hooper).. Gangster Boy (Narissa McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Albion Park 11/03.. Remember Them (Danielle McMullen for Greg Franklin).. Another Broadway (Darrell Graham).. Another Swinger (Pete McMullen for Vicki Rasmussen).. Ima Little Tycoon (Simon Burrows).. Karloo Kix (Barty Cockburn for Megan Cockburn).. .Marburg 11/03.. Don't Be jealous (Ricky Gordon for Lacey Hinze).. Riverleigh Jeff (Gary Whitaker for tess Neaves).. Rory Mach (Gary Whitaker for Darrell Graham).. Red Luck (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Inciter (Greg Elkins).. High cloud Lass (Denis Smith).. Inverell 12/03.. Zaras Delight (Nathan Dawson for Mick butler).. Albion Park 14/03.. I'll Do It When I'm Ready (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Abitgoingonhere ( Barty Cockburn for Mick Butler).. Purple Royale (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Cougar Oreily (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Threo (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..  Redcliffe 15/03.. Raesawinner (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis).. Annas Best (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Swift Approval (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..Millenium Star (Nathan Dawson for Phil Mitchell).. Redcliffe 17/03/2017.. I'm Angus Mattgregor (Nathan Dawson for Steve Bunz).. Montana Brave (Darrell Graham for Craig Smith).. How We Roll (Trent Moffat for Bill Crosby).. I'm Johnny Jet (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Make A Point (Nathan Dawson for Merv Hieronymus).. My Change Of Heart (Ricky Gordon)..


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« 2017-Mar-27, 08:20 AM Reply #163 »
Clarendon trainer Tess Neaves lined up her stable to complete her very first trifecta in Race 2 at Albion Park Harness Racing Club last Friday, all three horses also being owned by Neaves. The impressive feat was achieved in Race 2, The UBET Pace (C1/C2 - 1660m) when Curtis Maguire set the precedent, crossing the line victorious with driver Gary Whitaker aboard.
 
 
Call Me Yours with Darrel Graham finished second and Machbino, driven by Matt Elkins completed the trifecta closing out the impressive feat. Appreciating a recent drop back in class Curtis Maguire was able to find the lead however was headed 450 metres from home and had to fight hard to regain the lead round the home bend and the seven-year old gelding broke clear in the final stages for a gutsy win. After the brilliant victory, trainer Tess Neaves announced Curtis Maguire’s retirement from the harness racing scene. “I’ve won three races with Curtis now, he’s been so much fun. “He’s a real sweetheart and he’s not much for the work, he doesn’t like to over-exert himself. “They actually passed him on the final bend in the race, then I saw him take a moment and gather himself and think ‘No, I can do this’”, said a laughing Neaves. The Neaves-trained Curtis Maguire last tasted victory in December’s Kilcoy’s Tattersalls Club Christmas Cup.
 Neaves, who usually has no more than a dozen horses in work not only celebrated the trifecta result but her first win at Albion Park since June last year and her seventh winner of the season. “I’m sitting here with a glass of wine now,” said Neaves after the meeting. “I’ve had a couple of quinellas on smaller tracks, so this one is definitely exciting.” “I didn’t have any expectations going into the race, I though Curtis would go well, so I was really happy for the result.” When asked about Curtis’ future, Neaves was clear in her plan for the seven-year-old bay gelding. “We’ll ride him and re-educate him, and then we’ll find somebody to love him. “But they’ll have to be the right person.”!!
 
  Where did Tess neaves come from? Her first interest in harness was kindled as a child at home where her father, Terry Smyth always trained a pacer or two. Tess was educated at Windaroo High School in the Beenleigh area and worked afternoons in the Bill and Grant Dixon stables at nearby Eagleby. A gap year before reading journalism at the University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba) was spent in the Fernvale stables of Darrell Graham.. More traditional employment was had in Swifty Car Rentals plus a stint with Angie Burke on the Gold Coast. TN married trainer driver Scott Neaves in 2005 and they tried several ventures including the “on-course” harness van “Queensland Standardbred Agencies” which became a casualty of the Equine Influenza epidemic. Meanwhile, Scott was studying law under the tutelage of the late Mr Justice Ian Wiley, and is now a practising barrister. .2012 saw Tess take out a trainer’s licence for the first time with the less than sound, but very determined Prince Benji featuring as the stables first winner.
 
  Five years on, Tess Neaves has taken 455 horses to the races, returning 33 winners, 36 seconds and 49 thirds banking $130,727 along the way with an impressive strike rate in the winners to cheques department. Her future plans are to build the team a bit by the addition of several horses that possess Saturday night potential, and maintain or improve the strike rate. Her favourite horse. Prince Benji, For his dogged determination to overcome his problems in his own way.
 
  Ipswich City Council will have a two pronged interest in the April racing at Marburg. The Mayor and all Divisional Councillors have thrown their support behind both the Easter Sunday Fun Day on April 16th, and the second round of of the Ipswich Young Drivers Championship, to be conducted on April 29th. Both meetings will benefit greatly from the ICC sponsorship and it will help the Marburg Pacing Association to host two great family days of harness racing. Another local horse body will also benefit on the Sunday. Come along and help the MPA to make it two events to remember. Other regular sponsors, Rosewood / Bendigo Community Bank, The Mitchell Family, the Wallace Family, Chrissie and John Turner and The Sundowner Saloon Haigslea, have also been very strong in their support. The MPA thanks them all.
 
  A somewhat different leader board this week with Chantal Turpin and John McMullen sharing training honours on two winners apiece, while Gary Whitaker shone out in the driving department on four wins. Most pleasing efforts, Ray Cross for training a winner and a second at Redcliffe’s Thursday meeting courtesy of Calvert Hot Shot and Over Committed. Even more pleasing, Guy From The West for Glen Bridges on the same program. Glen beavers away quietly in the background and to see him win a race is just great!! Both trainers had the services of Scott Rains in the sulky.
 
  Resultsville Albion Park 17/03..Reine Des Gitans (Chantal Turpin).. Curtis Maguire (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves).. My Mastercraftsman (Adam Sanderson).. Albion Park 18/03.. Zac Man (Danielle McMullen for Darren Hooper).. Rory Mach (Darrell Graham).. Mr Mayfly (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Albion Park 21/03.. El Swavo (Clint Sneddon for Frank Bennett).. Neverhaviever (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Levi Jade (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. Zaras Delight (Barty Cockburn for Mick Butler).. Constantly Sideways (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby)..  Redcliffe 22/03.. Elliot Bromac (Matt Elkins for Kerry Smith).. Lisas Lawyer (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Wavedancer (Clint Sneddon for Josh Moore).. Justatic (Pete McMullen for Jason Mackrill).. Julia Mac (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. Redcliffe 23/03.. Safari Rose (Gary Whitaker for Ken Belford).. Calvert Hot Shot (scott Rains for Ray Cross).. Guy From The West (Scott Rains for Glen Bridges).. Im Rolling Stoned (Narissa McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Bubbaloobah (Dan Russell for Dave Russell)..

 

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                                                                                                                       “TROT TACTICS” 01/04/2017..

  This week, and in subsequent weeks, we shall delve into the past for a few short history lessons. When comparing horses from one era to another, (said to be impossible but perhaps not) if we use earning capacity as a yardstick we might have a bit of an idea as to the relative merits of pacers and trotters from the past. Drawing from a race book for the program at Northall Park, Hobart Tasmania, set down for Saturday October 15th 1921 we find total stakes per race, ranging from 70 pounds (50—15—5) to 130 pounds (100—20—10). As you see, they paid back to 3rd place only. Wages at that time for workers in industry in that year, averaged 3 pounds 7 shillings per week and a broad median for houses of 5 to 7 rooms of brick or weatherboard construction was 6-800 pounds. That tells you that a pacer of slightly above average ability, racing over four seasons, feeding himself, and managing to win 12 of the high end races, (28 weeks of the average industrial wage per race ) would buy most of a brick house, and all of a neat weatherboard cottage. The industry worker would get the same money over that period, but would likely be feeding a wife and family and paying rent as well, so, looking at that, buying or leasing a pacer looked like a pretty good deal in 1921. On the downside, 6 races were run on the Saturday in question, the smallest field had 14 runners, the largest 35. Winning was not easy!

  We are still in Tasmania, still at Northall Park,  but it is now March 24th 1938 and the light harness stars are under lights for the first time in the Apple Isle. The program has everything but money. With wages now for domestic hospital staff running at 4 pounds 14 shillings for a 40 hour week the opening race is for a mere 20 pounds and, in a portent of today, is for Tasmanian bred Maidens. Eleven pacers are scheduled to go round at 7.40pm. Race two is of 35pounds and horse 6 is Van Derby, a future star and soon to be highly successful at stud. Race 3 was the Night Trotting Cup of 70 pounds,(top money for the night) on 36 yards behind is Armagh, later to be the dam of another top racehorse and stallion in Raiarmagh. On 60 yards is the mighty Logan Derby unbeaten in the initial Inter-dominion series run two years before in Perth WA. In race 4, best of these from 36 yards was Gentle, a bay mare whose 10 offspring all proved to be winners. Race 5 saw Van Derby have his second start for the evening, a not uncommon practice in those times.  The night was rounded out  by the Shoe Mart Handicap with 12 runners fighting over a purse of 45 pounds.. The burning question is, where did the stake money go? Established stars raced for peanuts, but importantly, the lights were on!! Harness is a spectacular sport, and best presented under lights. Modern day administrators often chose to ignore that important, yet undeniable fact, to the detriment of “the spinning wheels and the flying heels.”

  As we swim back to the present ,we have to look for positives in the wake of Cyclone Debbie. If the unseasonal spell of warm weather continues,(with no more rain) Marburg Show ground will present for Easter Sunday as the ideal backdrop for horse racing and the associated equine entertainment scheduled for between races. It may be an old fashioned view, but this writer is never comfortable with a race track in a quasi-industrial setting. Perceptions from childhood fix the horse or pony firmly in a grassy paddock. Against a sea of green we can show our four-legged athletes at their best. Just 15 days to the Marburg Pacing Association’s  big meeting. Black book it, stick it on the fridge, just be there on the day for the best in country harness!!

  The MPA takes this chance to thank the Marburg Primary School for donating a surplus “smart board” to the association. This is a great educational tool, and we will get good use from it. Also many thanks to Brenda Berry for pointing the MPA in the right direction on this one.

  Closer competition in the leader board driver’s division this week with Pete McMullen home on five winners, nosing out Barty Cockburn with four and closeup Gary Whitaker and Narissa McMullen on three apiece. Chantal Turpin was out on her own with three wins for the term Most pleasing ,Gary Whitaker combining with Peter Jones to land Fui Fui home at Redcliffe on Wednesday night.

  Resultsville Albion Park 24/03.. Riene Des Gitans (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Gangster Boy (Narissa McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Stayin Town Tonight (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Im Norma Jean (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Albion Park 25/03.. Overlap (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Major Score (Barty Cockburn for Mick Butler).. Abitgoingonhere (Barty Cockburn for Mick Butler).. Comigal (Pete McMullen for Brett Cargill).. Mr Mayfly (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Albion Park (28/03).. Gotta Go Artelect (Barty Cockburn for Megan Cockburn).. Ina Great Place (Barty Cockburn for Megan Cockburn).. Redcliffe 29/03.. Our Pepperjack (Matt Elkins for Graeme White) .. Rowdys Ace (Narissa McMullen).. Fui Fui (Gary Whitaker for Peter Jones).. Bubbaloobah (Dan Russell for Dave Russell).. Camivista (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Swift Approval (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. No Redcliffe on 30/03. Cyclone Debbie strikes again.



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  Would you believe it! Tomorrow, 120 yearlings are scheduled to go under the hammer at Redcliffe Paceway, in what is the 10th presentation of the Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sale. The Redcliffe Sale, with its associated 2yo race to be run in June the following year, commenced with high hopes, and found instant support amongst the battlers and hobbyists. Known in the game as the sale with something for everyone, Redcliffe throws up a number of better than average horses in every offering and has built and maintains a reputation of value for money. Next year’s Sale Race will be worth $100,000 with $64,600 going to the winner. This writer has always supported the theory that the numbering of taproot mares, for example, "Pride Of Lincoln—NZ family No1", gets you a long way when picking potential winning juveniles. There is another school of thought, which holds that one should only go back two mares  in a yearling’s pedigree. If there are no winner’s  on those first two lines then it is headed for extinction, and you will do yourself a favour in avoiding the animal in question. The rest is conformation plus optimism. Whatever, it will be a good sale, and when Ebert and Co, Auctioneers, call for bids on Lot 1 at 11.00am , they will be in the business of selling WINNERS!!!
 
  Just 8 days to the Easter Sunday Fun Day race meeting at Marburg. Gates open at 10.30am with a top seven race program set down for decision, including the Ipswich City Council Gold Cup and the first two rounds of the Ipswich City Division 10 Young Drivers Championship. Best burgers, cheapest bar prices, two bookies, $950 dollar pick the card comp and the lucky gate prize is a $100 bet with either of the bookies. On-track and infield happenings with barrel racing, tug-o-war and a gearing-up race for teams of three (two strappers and one driver per horse ) to show you just how quick this can be done. For the raffle conscious we have a monster in every sense of the word with 20 prizes. Add Fashions On The Field to this and you have a top day. Come and join us for spectacular racing and family fun. Kids, the Easter Bunny will be there!! Adults $5, Pensioners, Members and Students $3, with the all important Race Book for just $3..
 
  The rumour mill creaked into life mid-week, to roll out an interesting scenario, based on hints from the Liberal National Party to the effect that Albion Park would soon be sold. Given that Racing Queensland has a war chest of $53 million to spend on selected infrastructure projects over the next three years, the sale of The Creek  might go quite away in underpinning the provision of funds for capital investment. We are told in the course of our lives that not only GOD, but also GOVERNMENT, moves in mysterious ways. This last mystery, however, just about takes the cake. At the re-birth of the new ALP responsive  All Codes control body, participants of all codes were told that animal racing in Queensland under the previous LNP had produced a shortfall of $20million, by the simple process of living beyond our means. Consequently, the new Government announced a scheme to recover the debt by the simple expedient of reducing distribution to each code over a three year period. Harness, which had been assigned $7million, had its funding cut from $16.5 million to $14.2 million for that term, which equates to $6.9million. Close enough, and a sound procedure. With horse racing of both codes in Queensland in struggle street,(Nathan Exelby--Courier Mail-- March 31st)to continue on with a policy of " hang the expense, give the cat another canary", is the last thing we need as it will bring  more debt. What we DO need is top level administrators who are seriously prepared to address the matter of basic turnover, which must be increased by a factor of 5 in harness in the next two to three years to provide a viable income. This can only happen through SIMPLE programming and an Integrity arm that sees that all is CORRECT on the race track and stays that way. Yes, it is slightly more complicated than the foregoing simplification, but the formula for rehabilitation would not cover more than half a page of A4 paper. The most important ingredient is the NECESSARY WILL to make this happen, on the part of those who are in a position TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!
 
  Question of the week. If the LNP rumour is correct, to whom would Albion Park be sold, and for how much? Is there a modern day John Wren in our midst wishing to emulate JW in the ownership of race courses in the Great South East. Wren at one stage owned Albion Park, Doomben, Kedron, Deagon and Bundamba. (source "The Real John Wren" --author Hugh Buggy) Never mind, we will find out, should the sale take place. Most importantly, the "the Creek" should make its price in an open market!!
 
  A mixed leader board this week with a dead heat for trainers, Chantal Turpin and Ron Sallis  at two wins apiece, while Gary Whitaker  dominated driving ranks, scoring on four occasions. Most pleasing efforts were Redcliffe winners, No Confession ( Dale Chalk for Tayla Gillespie), Someones Singing ( Scott rains forRay Cross) and Eulo Flyer (Lachie Manzelmann for Tony Jenkins).
 
  Resultsville Redcliffe 31/03.. Annika Magic (Matt Elkins for Kerry Smith).. Corey Odonohue (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Miss Art Ranger (Gary Whitaker for Brian McCall).. Ole Sun (Gary Whitaker for Mal Charlton)..  Albion Park 01/04.. Lamorak (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Withalotofluck (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Lysenko (Adam Sanderson for Brad Connelly).. Albion Park 04/04.. Opononis Bliss (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. I'm Born to Rule (Gary Whitaker for Ken rattray).. Redcliffe 05/04.. Raesawinner (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis).. Fiery Blue Chip (Danielle McMullen).. No confession (Dale Chalk for Tayla Gillespie).. Buk The System (Gary Whitaker for Dudley Warburton).. Village Treasure (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Redcliffe 06/04.. Someones Singing (Scott Rains for Ray Cross).. Eulo Flyer (Lachie Manzelmann for Tony Jenkins)..

 



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« 2017-Apr-16, 08:02 PM Reply #166 »
TROT TACTICS  15/04/2017..

 
WITH an influx of new horses into his stable Queensland horseman Shane Sanderson is happy to call Sydney home for a little longer.
Formerly based in Gatton in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley, Sanderson has centred his training operation at the Menangle Park Training Centre for the past 14 months and has returned good results.The 38-year-old mentor this season has already surpassed the amount of winners he had trained in the previous three seasons, respectively.

And the horse that has most recently added to Sanderson’s wins this season was Queensland trotter Our Overanova that won at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Currently, the former Gatton based trainer has passed the 400 winners mark life time. Given that SS is travelling well in a hard school, and Queensland harness is facing a rocky road ahead with QRIC determined to remove team driving / race fixing from the local scene, we probably won't see Shane Sanderson any time soon.

   Under the direction of QRIC boss, high profile policeman Ross Barnett, integrity staff have considerably more investigations under way than those which resulted in a number of arrests last week. Watch this space is the motto as the long overdue clean up of Queensland harness continues. When the dust settles, the way for a re-build of punter confidence will be open, and both punters and participants will return to growth mode.

  There were many positives to be gained from the Redcliffe Yearling Sale last Sunday. A full report will be available next week, but, disregarding the top priced lots, (64) making $24k, (72) $36k, (80) $28k, (100) $24k, and (117) $50k, several of which were buy-backs, there was solid interest in the middle money bracket. As has been said, "the sale with something for every body" and not many yearlings were passed in. 

  The leader board showed a narrow distribution of the dollars this week with Chantal Turpin and Darrell Graham equal in the training department on just two winners apiece while drivers Narissa and Pete McMullen were first home on three occasions. Geographically it was hopeless with all the better success inside an 8 kilometre radius of Fernvale!!
 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park  07/04..  Lots More Grins (Pete McMullen for Wayne Davis).. Weedons Express (Pete McMullen for John McMullen).. Sams A Champ (Amy Rees for Mick Butler).. Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park 08/04.. Illawong Dreamtime (Brittany Graham for Doug Lee).. Another Broadway (Darrell Graham).. Supaliner (Darrell Graham).. I'm Norma Jean (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Riverleigh William (Narissa McMullen for Darren Hooper).. Shareapassion (Kelli Dawson for Chantal Turpin).. Illdoitwhenimready (Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 12/04.. Royal Taz (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Pandoras Diamond (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Handy Bonus (Nathan Dawson for Terry Hancock).. AP 11/04.. Miraclesdoappen (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Tuesdays Fella (Rob Gorman for Trevor Lambourn)..



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« 2017-Apr-23, 08:44 PM Reply #167 »
“TROT TACTICS”  22/04/2017..
 
  Hot on the heels of last Sunday’s Easter race day, the Marburg Pacing Association is now focussing on the second and final round of the Ipswich City Council Young Drivers Series, plus the return of harness racing to the Marburg Show. Its’s just seven days to the  Young Drivers finale ( Saturday April 29th) and major sponsors, ICC, will be back to see who takes the crown. Will it be the tyro, Kelsey Schulz, who turned up last Sunday to race for the first time and went home highly delighted with the win of  Redcliffe trained pacer, Cruisin Along in heat two, or Lachie Manzelmann,  chasing The Endeavour to the post for trainer John McMullen. Who knows, as the draw for suitable horses is a lottery indeed. However, the two go into the second round brim full of confidence.
 
After a break of many years, Harness will return to the Marburg Show program on Saturday, May 13th, in an actioned packed two hour timeslot from 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Hopefully there will be six events, so the on-track spectacle will be non-stop. It is a long time since former Rosewood girl, Kylie Rasmussen drove the entire eleven winners on the Marburg program, going on to a successful career as a trainer/driver. All three Rasmussen girls have posted stellar performances as trainers, with Vicki, a fixture in the Brisbane top five for some years, and Natalie who shot to prominence through the performances of four time Inter-Dominion winner, Blacks A Fake , and maintains that stature as a training and driving partner in the New Zealand based Purdon/Rasmussen “All Stars” stable. Maybe, there is a local driver who can scoop the pool on May 13th. Whatever, it is yet another opportunity for participants to prove that “show trotting” should never have been pushed aside!!
 
  In the wake of the sensational race fixing allegations of the last two weeks there has been something of a lull in proceedings. High sources, however claim that this is the tip of the iceberg. More is to come! If so  then harness racing in Queensland will most certainly be the eventual winner. No doubt there may be a further drop in turnover while the broom is sweeping clean, but, in due course, when punters can bet in the certain knowledge that all runners are trying to win, and the same punters are calculating the chances from a reliable and consistent form line, confidence and turnover will rise, and continue to rise. It’s called growth, and is one of the key factors that  first class integrity provides!!
 
  A bit short on win numbers on the leader board this week due to no meeting on Good Friday. Top driver was consistent Gary Whitaker, first past the post on three occasions while two winners was enough to secure a third of the top slot with trainers Chantal Turpin, John McMullen and Trevor Lambourn all up there together. Most pleasing for Saturday readers, Kelsey Schulz at Marburg. Perhaps the start of big career!!
 
  Resultsville  Albion Park 15/04.. Overlap (David Morris for Chantal Turpin).. Lancelot Bromac (Danielle McMullen for Stewie Dickson).. Teo Enteo (Gary Whitaker for Trevor Lambourn).. Our Dainty Lady (Darrell Graham).. Marburg 16/04.. High Cloud Lass (Rob Gorman for Denis Smith).. Don't Be Jealous (Ricky Gordon for Lacey Hinze).. The Endeavour (Lachie Manzelmann for John McMullen).. Nolonga Your Choice (Gary Whitaker for Rachel Scott).. Cruisin Along (Kelsey Schulz for Darren Hooper).. The Shady One Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Albion Park 18/04.. Dabeers Zargon (Gary Whitaker for Donny Smith).. Redcliffe 19/04.. Extraordinary Lombo (Rob Gorman for Mitchell Dawson).. Blessed Is The Boy (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen)... Redcliffe 20/04.. One Last Roll (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees ).. Montcalm (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Bob Gage (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis)..

 


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