"TROT TACTICS" 02/08/2017..
Let's hope it's the promised sunny day with the warm conditions. What better day for a trip to the Marburg trots. Catch the action close up on the 700 metre show ground circuit. Country trotting at its best, with the "pick the card" jackpot standing at $1150 and lucky gate prize of $100 free bet with our bookie to cater for those who like a punt. For the fun lovers who still like a flutter, there is a multi prize raffle, The "Funny Money" bookie and associated auction after the last. Team this up with the best food and beverage prices ever and you have an exciting and budget conscious family day out. Adults $5, Pensioners and Students $3, Race Books $3. Don't miss it!!
Publicity and recognition in harness racing are strange things. Some avoid it, some court it, and others, no matter what they do, never seem to get it. Sometimes, onlookers wonder why this third category exists and ponder the reasons for such a situation. Meanwhile, a number of highly competent trainers soldier on, their week in, week out efforts, raising not so much as a ripple. Steven Cini, born in 1966 and learning his trade from his late father, the charismatic Lou Cini, was first licenced in the 1984/85 season. If just numbers were all that told the story his start was impressive, having only three runners in his first two years, all of which were successful. Time has rolled on since then. Steven's team has slowly and steadily increased in numbers. No acknowledged stars, but a succession fit pacers carried the black jacket, white sleeves and red maltese cross to regular cheques. The lifetime stats some 32 years on, are now impressive. Starters 11,498, winners 1337, seconds 1371, and thirds 1329, with the bank balance at $2,830,273 and the all important "return per starter" sitting at $246.15. The graph is upward and steep these days, with the season now drawing to a close, showing figures of 377 runners, and income of $336,916, Every time a Steve Cini horse goes round, from a statistical perspective, $893.67 jumps in.
"All the world loves a winner" True enough, but this writer stopped reading a high profile Trots publication years ago, on the grounds that anyone reading it as their source of information, could be excused for assuming that, Australia wide, there were probably no more than twenty people training and driving light harness horses. At that time, this country boasted something in the order of 8,000 licencees. Who the vast majority were, and what they achieved,we were never told! Steve Cini falls in that category. He kicks goals every week, but the selectors don't want to know.
Fans of the traditional, diagonal gaited trotter, might want to find a Sky Channel screen from 11.30am tomorrow. It is the annual celebration of the trotter, "Redwood Day" at Maryborough in Victoria.There will even be a special events train, carrying 200 fans to the track. This additional crowd boost will only further ensure the success of the 32nd staging of the carnival, which started in 1985, featuring the Group 1 Seelite Windows & Doors $50,000 Redwood Classic for 2yo's at 2.44pm on this Sunday of Sundays, followed by the $75,000 Group 1 Seelite Windows & Doors Victoria Trotters Derby at 3.54pm. Neither Feature carries a fortune in prize money by today's standards, but the prestige conveyed by a win in either event is "a pearl without price." Calvert based Ray Cross will have last start Ballarat winner, Honey Please engaged in Race 2, and we wish him the best.
Consistency is the key word on the board this week, again, the lower Brisbane Valley to the fore, with Darrell Graham (Fernvale) notching six winners for the week, including a Saturday night treble. Just a stones throw away at Glamorganvale, Nathan Dawson rang up five winning drives to edge out his cousin, Narissa McMullen on four. All three stars posted trebles. Most pleasing was Adam Richardson steering Franco Totem to an easy win on Wednesday night at Redcliffe.
Resultsville .. Albion Park 28/07.. Illdoitwhenimready (Chantal Turpin).. None Bettor (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Tuesdays Fella (Nathan Dawson for Trevor Lambourn).. Vande Velde (Nathan Dawson for Jason Mackrill).. Wattlebank Flyer (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 29/07.. Montana Falcon (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Culley Backy (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Broadway Playboy (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 01/08.. Northern Muscle (Denis Smith).. Fakerocknroll (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Corey ODonohue (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Magnussen (Lachie Manzelmann for Darrell Graham).. Oceans Predator (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Redcliffe 02/08.. Gidup Spanish Red (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Ima Top Tycoon (Nathan Dawson for Ryan Veivers).. My Ultimate Falcon (Lachie Manzelmann for Darrell Graham).. Franco Totem (Adam Richardson for Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 03/08.. Turbo Tufftalk (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Diamantina Devil (Narissa McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Coast Warning (Narissa McMullen).. The Endeavour (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Ruato Bay (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis)..