“TROT TACTICS” 17/06/2017..
The Queensland Winter Carnival of Harness racing is up and running, with the four major Redcliffe features, conducted on June 2nd and June 9th. On the first night, the Garrards, $100,000 Yearling Sale Final, which went to Gold Reactor,was prepared by juvenile specialist, Kylie Rasmussen, with Chris Petroff in the sulky. The support event was The Redcliffe Derby, which fell to Paternity Suit, trained and driven by Grant Dixon. The second night saw the running of the Redcliffe Gold Cup, won by Kept under Wraps (Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen) supported by The Redcliffe Oaks which went the way of Eleniark, giving Grant Dixon a clean sweep of the peninsula 3yo Classics. The Albion Park segment of the Carnival kicks off on July 1, with four "black type events including the Premiers Cup at $30,000, ramping up to the $50,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint and the $75,000 Queensland Oaks on july 8th. The carnival comes to a climax the following Saturday, July 15th with two divisions of the 2yo triad Finals at $100,000 apiece, and The Blacks A Fake set at $200,000. all up there will have been $746,929 up for grabs.
Meanwhile, on today's home front, we have Kilcoy on the grass. Proving ever more popular with the upper Brisbane Valley crowd, the dual code (three trots and seven gallops) meeting looks set to provide a great day's racing. The only "downer" in the deal is the policy of trots on first, followed by the thoroughbreds. Obviously, an alternating mix is the "beau ideal", but somewhere some in the fog of logistical reasoning is the answer which escapes most of us.
In an exercise which will please harness history buffs,the Harness Racing South Australia Board are delighted to announce that the Trots are returning to the Wayville Showgrounds on Friday 27 Otober 2017. This will be the first race meeting at Wayville meeting since 1973.Home to the South Australian harness racing from 1925 to 1973, the Wayville Track was described as racing in a coliseum. Especially during the 1950s and 60s, crowds flocked to the track in the halcyon days of the sport with names such as Webster, Holberton, Messenger and Shinn being household names.
Wayville was also the scene of some of harness racing greatest ever moments including the 1963 Inter Dominion won by New Zealand champion Cardigan Bay before a record crowd of 45,000 people. Cardigan Bay was the first harness horse in the world to win $1 million in prize money. With Wayville’s proximity to the city and excellent public transport options, the HRSA Board is expecting a massive crowd in attendance with a great night of racing and entertainment with a back to the 70s retro theme.
On the controversial matter of the future of whips, Harness Racing Australia chairman Geoff Want said progress had been made but safety issues meant the move away from whips would not be complete by September 1st. Instead there will be changes to strengthen whip rules to help with the transition."This is likely to mean that only an extremely limited wrist action will be allowed in racing. That would make the use of the whip in Australian harness racing among the most controlled in the world, and we will impose some of the heaviest penalties for misuse." If such teeth were written into the rule, and were indeed applied across the board, it would go a long way towards building public confidence in the harness approach to animal cruelty issues.
Last week, the topic of external revenue streams for harness via the development of the Albion Park, and just who would have the say as to what shape that project should take, was "big news". If external income IS the way to go then surely the battle for ownership must still be raging, as the need for income from some direction has not, and will not go away. However all the fire seems to have been extinguished. This is sad, as any discussion, whether based on "the moral high ground", or any other foundation is more helpful than silence to the hobbyists who will be left behind with the ruins of harness, while the high rollers relocate.
Don't forget Ebert's Horse and Gear Sale at Marburg Showground next Sunday June 25th at 9.00am.. Race horses and broodmares are wanted, so don't miss the chance. Details from Darren Ebert .. 0410 668 176..
The leader board is doing it tough this week with Trevor Lambourn top trainer landing two winners while Kelli Dawson stood front and centre with three winning efforts in the sulky. Most pleasing, was Calvert Hot Shot at Redcliffe Thursday, showing that Ray Cross is clawing his way back to prominence after setbacks. Scott Rains was in the bike.
Resultsville.. Redcliffe 09/06.. Bella Rippin (Kelli Dawson for Jamie Donovan).. Kept Under Wraps (Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen).. Seven Rippin Aces (Kelli Dawson for Jamie Donovan).. Albion Park 10/06.. Feel The Courage (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. I'm Born To Rule (Gary Whitaker for Kenny Rattray).. Marburg 10/06.. Action Girl (Trent Dawson).. Jack Hammer (Trevor Lambourn).. The Endeavour (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. My Wingman (Nathan Dawson for Ricky Gordon).. Albion Park 13/06.. With Authority (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Smiling Armada (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn).. Destreos (Kelli Dawson for Kenny Rattray)..Redcliffe 14/06.. Its All Go (Matt Elkins).. Calvert Hot Shot (Scott Rains for Ray Cross)..