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« 2017-Jun-18, 03:40 PM Reply #175 »
“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)..

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« 2017-Jun-25, 08:13 PM Reply #176 »
     "TROT TACTICS" 24/06/2017..

  The first round of infrastructure grants for country race clubs has been decided with Racing Queensland distributing just short of $700,000. Marburg was the happy recipient of a sum designated for maintenance of the track surface, which, barring bizarre weather episodes, should keep us up and running fast for some time to come.  Given that people like to plan their leisure activities well ahead, we need to remind you that our next race meeting will be  held on Saturday July 8th. Come and join us, we promise exciting racing and a value packed day out. The Fast Work Horse Supplies "pick the card" jackpot has hit the $1,100 mark, and surely someone must get skilful and lucky soon. Don't forget, there is only one jackpot and it must be split if there are multiple winners. However, where do you get the chance at a free $100 bet with the bookie for a lucky gate draw. The "Funny Money" bookie will be back in action due to patron pressure and we give you the betting ammunition for free. Win a heap and turn it into fancy goods at the auction after the last race..

  For those participants looking to update their harness, tomorrow, Sunday 25/06 is the day, Marburg show grounds is the place, and start time is 9.00am. Darren Ebert will auction a large quantity of pre-owned harness. Canteen and Bar will be in full swing. Bring your money with you!!

  New face, Amajorjo, could be a winter carnival "smokey". The lightly raced but richly talented pacer has joined the stables of Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen recently and is ready to race following some quiet trials.His latest public workout came on Tuesday at Albion Park when he finished 7th behind the likes of Frankie Rocks, Hughie Green and Smooth Showgirl among others in a time of 1:56.0, with McMullen not asking too much. Amorjojo has been absent from the racetrack since appearing at Globe Derby in April last year. The son of Art Major and Jolaura (Echelon)has won 16 races,7 seconds and 5 thirds from 52 starts while banking more than $116,000 in stakes. Watch this space!

In an effort to broaden the base of the driver's pyramid in Victoria,the Association of Victorian Country Harness Racing Clubs, Harness Racing Training Centre Bendigo and Harness Racing Victoria have run 23 concession drivers’ series races this season.The series, restricted to drivers who are yet to win 25 races, culminates at Bendigo on Tuesday night with a 10-horse C1 class event, and appears to  have done a good job in providing opportunity for those not attached to large successful stables.There have been 195 horses contest the series and Tuesday night will see one lucky trainer who has been involved in the races drawn randomly for a $2000 cash prize. From a turnover point of view these races have produced the following encouraging statistics:  41% of favourites have won at an average price of $1.97.  50% of winners have come from barriers 4, 5 or 6.  27% of winners have led. It seems that  Harness Racing Victoria,  in the course of its' efforts to provide encouragement for interested people to enter the sport at a realistic and achievable level, have demonstrated  that such a policy is acceptable to the average punter. Such a growth oriented policy would sit well in Queensland, if WE are, in fact, focussed on expansion rather than contraction in the Sunshine State!!

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 16/06.. Charms On A Roll (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Raesawinner (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park 17/06.. Montcalm (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Flaming Hero (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Croft Bay (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Bull Market (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Our Dainty Lady (Darrell Graham) .. Albion Park 20/06.. Subtle Advice (Nathan Dawson for Don Hancock).. Timmo time (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey).. Ferdinand (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Corey ODonohue (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Bettabe Perfect (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 21/06.. Fiery Bluechip (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Stayintowntonight (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Tarin Kowt (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Kalinda (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Cheers Kathy (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 22/06.. Chocolate Handful (Dan Russell for Gavin Crone).. My Wingman (Nathan Dawson for Ricky Gordon).. Ashleys Angel (Gary Whitaker for Darren Hooper).. Xtraordinary Lombo (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Ruato Bay (Scott Rains for Ron Sallis)..

  Some leader board this week. A complete rout of the opposition by team Turpin-McMullen. Chantal Turpin served up seven winners, and Pete McMullen had the pleasure of driving them. A re-run of the English Gallops in the late 1700s... Eclipse first, and the rest nowhere!! Most pleasing effort, Chocolate Handful at Redcliffe on Thursday, with Daniel Russell helping Gavin Crone to demonstrate that patience is a virtue.

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« 2017-Jul-02, 08:03 PM Reply #177 »
  "TROT TACTICS" 01/07/2017..

High profile New Zealand trainer/driver, Mark Jones', Winter Carnival aspirations suffered a blow  when high class mare, Rocker Band, went to join millionaire pacer Bling It On as a patient at Gatton University .  (Chris Barsby continues). "After arriving last week and joining her stablemates Delightful Memphis and Kowhai Monarch, the Mark Jones trained mare was struck down by acute case of travel sickness and was rushed to Gatton for further treatment.

"She was very crook when she arrived and Scott Miller, (host trainer) was rather concerned. After his vet checked her over, he recommended we send her to Gatton. Since being there she has stabilised but we may have found another issue with an abscess in her back region and it may require an operation." Mark Jones said. Rocker Band was being considered for a number of features in the coming weeks, open class events plus the $20,000 Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes on July 8.The Rocknroll Hanover mare, a daughter of New Zealand Cup winner,  Mainland Banner, finished a luckless third in the Gr.3 $31,800 Frith Stakes at TABCORP Park, Menangle on June 17.The proven Group One winner is raced by Gold Coast businessman Greg Brodie, of Courage Under Fire fame and has enjoyed little luck on Australian soil this campaign "It's disappointing but her health is the most important thing because she is so valuable as a broodmare, she's a great racemare while her pedigree is as good as anything in this part of the world."I was looking at a number of features with her in Brisbane but the focus is getting her back to full health."I can't thank Scott enough for the effort he went to last week, he went above and beyond and basically saved her. I'm forever thankful to him for that." Jones continued.

  Don't forget that Marburg races next Saturday, July 8th. Pick the card comp has jackpotted to $1100, Monster raffle, $100 gate entry betting voucher and a valuable piece of locally crafted jewelry will head the Funny Money auction after the last race. Best Burgers, lowest bar prices and a new winter gourmet delight on the hot menu makes it a day not to miss. Adults $5, Pensioners and Students $3 and Racebooks $3. Just be there!

  Equality of the sexes was hammered home last Saturday night with three female drivers taking out half of the ten race program. Doubles to Madi Dux and Trista Dixon with Isobel Ross scoring in the opening event. What was an exclusively male world half a century ago has become the land of opportunity for the girls. We have come a long way from suffragette Emily Davison throwing herself to her death under the King's horse Anmer in the English Derby of 1913 in the quest for women's votes.

 One for the good news basket was the announcement that Racing Queensland (RQ) will enhance returns to racing industry participants in 2017/18 by increasing prize money. RQ CEO Dr Eliot Forbes said commercial decisions made by the new RQ Board have led to better than forecast financial results allowing for the budget increase next year.RQ has a strategic goal over the next three years to boost prize money in a sustainable manner and to continue to invest in significant infrastructure projects across all three codes, while working with clubs to improve attendance and commercial returns.From a harness racing perspective, with a $505,000 slice of the pie, Redcliffe’s Wednesday and Thursday programs will be increased with the eight race programs to consist of five races at $4,450 and three races at $3,450.
Additionally an extra 2YO QBRED Breeders Series has been added which will culminate with two $25,000 finals, one for colts and geldings and one for fillies and the QBRED  win bonus scheme will be enhanced with 4YO’s now eligible for a $2,500 bonus for their first 4YO win (this is in addition to the existing $7,500 on offer for eligible horses first 2YO win and 3YO win). With the July program already published, there will be some additional money for that month, with the schedule above, kicking in from August 1st.

  From an overall training and driving perspective, some weeks are a feast and some weeks a famine across the greater Ipswich footprint. It looked like the latter last week with local trainers and drivers having input to one or both disciplines for no less than 25 winners spread across 6 meetings. The leader board, while containing no unfamiliar names, produced a change with Nathan Dawson logging six wins in the sulky with Pete McMullen close up on five. Chantal Turpin made sure that the Patrick Estate stable maintained its current form, leading in five winners for the week. Most pleasing were Steve Bunz with Change The Nation, and Rob Gorman for Trevor Lambourn  scoring with Just Leave..

  ResultvilleAlbion Park 23/06..One Last Roll (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Heavens Hint (Nathan Dawson for Stewie Dickson).. Wicked Time (Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen).. Shareapassion (Pete McMullenfor Chantal Turpin).. Bull Market (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park  24/06.. Annika Magic (Matt Elkins for Kerry Smith).. Rory Mach (Darrell Graham).. Miss Irish Rose (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney)..  Mattgregor (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 26/06.. Magnussen (Lachie Manzelmann for Brittany Graham).. Ima Sea Storm (Nathan Dawson for Graeme White).. Change the Nation (Nathan Dawson for Steve Bunz).. My Change Of Heart (Nathan Dawson for Ricky Gordon).. Just Leave (Rob Gorman for Trevor Lambourn).. Albion Park 27/06.. Northern Muscle (Denis Smith).. Bettabe Perfect Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. How We Roll (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. I'm Born To Rule (Gary Whitaker for Kenny Rattray).. Redcliffe 28/06.. Kalinda (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. My Wingman (Nathan Dawson for Ricky Gordon).. Corey William (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. Redcliffe 29/06.. Slippery Jade (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Doolittle Dandy (Leonard Cain for Ricky Hart).. Bob Gage (Gary Whitaker for Ron Sallis).. I'm Johnny Jet (Darrell Graham)..

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« 2017-Jul-09, 09:23 PM Reply #178 »
"TROT TACTICS" 08/07/2017..

  We have told you all about today's Marburg trot meeting in the last two issues. Now it is your turn to rock up and share in the fun and excitement. $1,100 is the "pick the card" jackpot The "funny money "man is back in action, with a big ticket item for the auction after the last race. Trials at 11.00am and the first race on the card kicks off at 12.15pm..

  Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate came out on the side of Greyhounds and Harness last week when he called for a dual code facility, "PARKLANDS 2", to be built in the northern area of the Coast. He is, of course, smack on the money, and to clone what was by a long way the best complex in Australia, and the only "trust" in Queensland to run consistently in profit, is to take a giant leap in the forward direction for the minor codes in Queensland.  Tate has written to Racing Queensland on the matter. The rest of us are waiting for a positive response, and will be horrified and disgusted if it is not forthcoming.

This week we have yet another proposal designed to cure the ills which beset harness racing, not only in Queensland, but, seemingly, Australia wide. A call was made for submissions from interested, and in some cases, concerned parties. Every proposal and comment received was debated as a part of a National Handicapping Meeting in Melbourne last month and was evaluated  against commonly agreed programming philosophies and measurements to provide:
 •        Competitive Racing;
•        Attractive wagering propositions;
•        Racing opportunities for – all ages, classes, abilities and gaits;
•        Full, balanced fields;
•        Prizemoney returns/spread for as many owners as possible; and
•        Encourage racetrack longevity.
 Following robust debate, HRA was tasked with the design and testing of a prizemoney based Points Ratings system, in conjunction to considering and analysing the continued development of RWWA’s proposed Win Only Conditioned System on a National Scale.Subsequently, HRA have developed a Ratings Based Handicapping System (RBHS) which assigns points to a horses lifetime performances according to prizemoney bands and its finishing position.
Having read the foregoing statement, this writer recommends that you examine the full document on the Australian Harness Racing site, under "Industry News". Please don't hesitate to contact "TROT TACTICS" with your views at <>..

  Vicki Leonard works on a thoroughbred stud in NSW. She has been studying part time. In the course of the study program, a discussion was held on the subject of the students full time jobs. The following questions arose.  ‘What do you do with the slow horses?’‘How long do you think until thoroughbred horse racing is banned like greyhound racing?’‘ How many horses die racing each year?’Their questions stemmed from genuine perplexity about why I would work in such a “controversial, antiquated industry”.My classmates, comprised of a well-educated, gender and culturally diverse mix of under-35’s, simply had little to no knowledge of horse racing. When pressed on their reasons why, it was because they had limited interaction with the sport; it rarely hit their radar.
Vicki's first stop was iSentia, a media monitoring company who have detailed access to traditional and social media content. iSentia completed an analysis to determine the attitude of young Australians toward horse racing, during the 2016 Spring Carnival when maximum attention was on the sport.
 iSentia found that Australia’s horse racing industry is in perception crisis and its future is under threat. We’re losing our audience. Our supporter base is getting older every year, and the number of Australians who percieve racing negatively is increasing. Young Australians – up to 35 years old – either have no opinion about the sport, or if they do, it’s more likely to be negative than positive. A lot of their concerns relate to animal welfare.
 Despite being the biggest Facebook users, 18 to 34 year olds were the least engaged least on horse racing topics.
 47.5% of horse racing social media content during the period was unfavourable in tone, while 28.7% was favourable and 23.8% neutral. In total there were 248,000 mentions of horse racing in association with animal cruelty.
 Users aged 18–24 had the highest proportion of interactions on negative posts about animal cruelty.

  Savage competition for top spots on the leader board this week with Narissa McMullen logging five wins on the driver's sheet to nose out Nathan Dawson and Gary Whitaker on four apiece. Lower numbers but hard fought among the trainers with Chantal Turpin, Greg Elkins and John McMullen finishing  tied at two winners each. Most pleasing was Taleah McMullen landing Stonebridge Royal a winner for Ryan Veivers.

  Resultsville. Albion Park 30/06.. Tygar (Nathan Dawson for Joe Taafe)..None Bettor (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Lansbury (Clint Sneddon for Frank Bennett).. Its Bettor Me (Narissa McMullen for Steven Cini).. Sicilian Slumber (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Wicked Time (Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen).. Crowning Glory (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Albion Park 01/07.. Drive The Dream (Darrell Graham).. The Shady One (Trevor Lambourn).. Albion Park 04/07.. Northern Muscle (Denis Smith).. Franco Salisbury (Narissa McMullen for Christina Monte).. Feel the Reign (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe o5/07.. Royal Taz (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Stayintowntonight (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Karloo Mac (Pete McMullen for Josh Moore).. Cryptic Chance (Justin Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Celtic Cruza (Gary whitaker for Donny Smith).. Redcliffe 06/07.. Likes To Rock (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).. Comekissmequick (Matt Elkins for Kevin Joiner).. Sophies Pride (Nathan Dawson for Errol O'Shea).. Stonebridge Regal (Taleah McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Jimmy Nga (Gary Whitaker for Lacey Hinze).. Black Belt (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. We Can Only Hope (Nathan Dawson for Warren Hinze).. Flashing Good Time (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen)..

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« 2017-Jul-16, 08:01 PM Reply #179 »
"TROT TACTICS".. 15/07/2017.

 The following is taken from an RQ Media post on the Australian harness website. Marburg is coming of age!  It seems the Elkins family of Calvert, have found another smart horse, with Jax Navaro running a blistering time to take Race 4 and set a new course record at Marburg on Saturday afternoon.The five-year-old gelding by American Ideal out of Thorninmyside held off Win Or Die and Hannahs freedom to score over the 1850m in 1min 58.4sec.
The previous record belonged to another Elkins stable star in the recently retired mare Purple Royale.Matt Elkins said: “We have sorted him out now, and he is a real nice horse.”Jax Navaro next steps out on Thursday (July 13) in Race 7 at Redcliffe. Matt retains the ride for his father Greg, and the pair will start from gate two.
Another noted winner was the four-year-old stallion Newmerella Sharkie for Max and Brett Towns.Plagued by injury as a young horse, the lightly raced stallion has stepped out twice at Marburg for a win and a second.Out of the Perfect Art mare Dream Affect, the well put together Newmerella Sharkie is a half-brother to Towns’ handy pacer, Newmerella Fella. It was an exercise in patience for "Team Towns" which looks set to pay off handsomely in the years to come.

Saturday proved a picture-perfect day for patrons and competitors at Marburg, following Friday’s rain which threatened to hamper the meeting.
“The MPA committee would like to thank track curator Ron Knack, who worked tirelessly on Friday and Saturday morning to ensure that the meeting could proceed,” a Marburg Pacing Association spokesperson said. "Knackie" is one of those gifted blokes who can turn his hand to anything and make a success of it, and the MPA is lucky to have him. The Pick the Card competition has jackpotted again, with $1150 up for grabs at the August 5 meeting.

  When you come to our race meeting on August 5th check out the fresh paint and repairs on some of the structures. The MPA was lucky enough to secure a crew of people seriously looking to expand their skills on their way back into the work force. These young men and women were under the banner of "Skills Alliance" which is contracted to the government funded enterprise "Skilling Queenslanders For Work". Thanks to the instruction and supervision supplied by licenced builder, Jared Wolff, the team completed a number of renovation jobs to a high standard. The MPA takes this opportunity to thank all the team for their efforts and also MPA committee member, Gradan McCoombes whose painting experience ensured that what went on, will stay on!

  It will be like the English classic TV show, "The last night of the Proms", when the curtain rises tonight at Albion Park. Six feature events will round out the Winter Carnival of 2017 with a total of $517,740 up for grabs. Jewel in the Queensland harness crown is "The Blacks A Fake" carrying a hefty $200,540. This race first saw the light of day in 1969, when it was the "Queensland Ten Thousand" , a standing start handicap over 2530 metres, and was won by Billy Adios (Kevin Newman (NSW). It suffered the first of numerous name changes in 1975 when it became the "Clive Uhr Championship" and Queensland pacing's adopted son, Paleface Adios, got the big end of $40,000. The last identity shuffle came in 2015 when tradition was broken, with the major portion of the prize staying here at home thanks to Our Hi Jinx trained by Ian Gurney at Chambers Flat.The Queensland Pacing Championship" then disappeared, after which the BAF assumed its current title.

  A modest leader board this week with Nathan Dawson  out in front in the sulky, saluting on four occasions, while Ron Sallis and Darrell Graham tied the trainers department on two winners apiece. Most pleased owner was Colin Knox, whose patience with Enriques Me Dad (Lola Weidemann for Jay Edmunds) was rewarded at Redcliffe on Thursday

  Resultsville Albion Park 07/07..Raesawinner (Nathan Dawson for Ron Sallis).. Magnussen (Lachie Manzelmann for Brittany Graham).. Western Jewels (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey).. Albion Park 08/07.. Polished Rocks (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini).. Zac Mac (Danielle McMullen for Darren Hooper).. Gidup Spanish Red (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Mr Mayfly (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly)..  Marburg 07/08.. Highcloud Lass (Denis Smith).. Buddy Babcock (Dale Chalk for Nikki Chalk).. Razen Trouble (Adam Richardson for Darrell Graham).. Jax Navarro (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Mister Elegant (Clint Sneddon for Scott Williams).. Newmerella Sharkie (Brett Towns for Max Towns).. Albion Park 11/07.. Bettor Be Lucky (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Lancelot Bromac (Nathan Dawson for Stewie Dickson),.. Only In Rome (Trent Dawson).. Corey Odonohue (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Redcliffe 12/07.. Chattanooga Choo Choo (Lachie Manzelmann for Darrell Graham).. Smiling Armada (Rob Gorman for Trevor Lambourn).. the Black Flash (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Redcliffe 13/07.. The Restauranteur (Adam Richardson).. Enriques Me Dad (Lola Weidemann for Colin Knox).. Jax Navarro (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins)..

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« 2017-Jul-23, 09:34 PM Reply #180 »
                         "TROT TACTICS" 22/07/2017..

  The lines of battle are being drawn up between the Albion Park Harness Racing Club and racing control body, Racing Queensland. Like most wars, it is a dispute over territory, that territory being the Albion Park harness and dog racing complex. Like all such disputes, there will be artillery in the form of barristers and solicitors, the ammunition will be words both, verbal and written, and there will be several referees. The time frame at this point is anybody's guess. The ultimate cost, like all wars, will be staggering. The end bearers of that cost will be the harness racing participants in general, and the hobbyists in particular. To a degree, the greyhounds will also experience negatives from a financial aspect.

  Albion Park, has fired the first shot with a full page advertisement in last Saturday's Courier Mail and the Brisbane City Council has made that shot more effective by rejecting RQ's current development application which does not include a racing facility. From the Sunday Mail 16/07.  In rejecting the application on Friday 14/07, BCC planning Chairman, Julian Simmonds said "the entire Queensland racing fraternity needs to speak as one voice on the future of Albion Park".  The only way that racing participants will come up with a majority decision will be if the practice of full disclosure applies. At this point, "Joe Average" harness participant, does not know who owns Albion Park, much less the actual benefits which might accrue from this current power struggle. We wait for the Minister and the Premier to supply this particular information.

  On a different, but apparently equally  taboo subject, that of whips, another gathering was held last week in NSW under the auspices of HRNSW.  The following is taken from an interview with John Dumesny, CEO of that august body, who believes that the road forward is tightening the way the whip is used, rather than an overall ban.
"We have to be aware of the public and community standards about the whip and its use," Dumesny said. "The whip itself is not cruel, it is the way it is used that can be seen to be cruel.
"The drivers see it as a safety and integrity issue for the sport, and it is important to wagering and punters' confidence. We need to modify the rules to move with community expectations, but at the same time maintain safety and integrity concerns.
A whip convention last week, with drivers, trainers and administrators from every state attending, worked  towards a set of rules acceptable to all.
Dumesny said consistency was the most important factor in whip rules, so they could be applied across every meeting in Australia."We have told HRA that the whip will be continued ... in NSW, but we don't want to get to the stage where there are different rules in different states."
"What we are looking towards is what is called a wrist-only method of using the whip," Dumesny said. "We held the convention last week, where there was a consensus that we need to work on the whip rules.
"It was a very good discussion from everyone involved from around the country. In the afternoon session the drivers got in a gig and showed their whip action as it is now, and how they would see it under changes to the rules.
"We feel we have the support of the other states and continue to work with them, and there will be another meeting this week to get the right outcomes.
"The main thing we want to work towards is something that is easily understandable and ENFORCED by stewards." The sad part of all this, is that for all the positive vibes coming from this move by NSW, none of the more vociferous supporters of cruelty free racing in the Sunshine State, would have been aware of this particular convention, much less be invited to contribute to the discussion. Racing administrators, and a number of key participants in Qld need to be reminded of the old axiom that "decency",is only indecency's conspiracy of silence!!

  The late Tony Price was often the source of accurate comment. At a Botra meeting some years back, the "Big Fella" stated that Queensland was the easiest State for a horse to win $100,000. A quick check of stats for Darrell Graham's cash cow, Montana Falcon, indicate that lifetime earnings from 163 starts, stand at $209,995. The super impressive factor here is that MF is still assessed at M0. Talk about well managed!!

A nice spread on the leader board this week with Tess Neaves, Chantal Turpin, and Trevor Lambourn  leading in two winners apiece while Nathan Dawson and Gary Whitaker shared driving honours posting thee winners each. Most pleasing was Tess Neaves' double at Albion Park Thursday.
Resultsville.. Albion Park 14/07.. Threo (Chantal Turpin).. Heavens Hint (Nathan Dawson for Stewie Dickson).. Lighting Colony (Gary Whitaker for Donny Smith).. Nolonga Your Choice (Trevor Lambourn).. Ashton K (Gary Whitaker for Trevor Lambourn).. Village Cruiser (Adam Richardson for Dave Russell).. Albion Park 15/07.. nil... Albion Park 18/07.. Tygar (Adam Sanderson for Joe Taafe).. Destreos (Kelli Dawson for Kenny Rattray).. I'm The Golden Child (Dean Cernovskis for Megan Cockburn).. Montana Falcon (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham)..Redcliffe 19/07.. Weedons Express (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Cheers Kathy (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Slippery Jade (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Mach Torque (Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 20/07.. Princess Jessica (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Hammerhoff (Nathan Dawson for Narissa McMullen).. Riverleigh Jeff (Steve Doherty for Tess Neaves).. Call Me Yours (Steve Doherty for Tess Neaves).. Gallymont Sport (Trent Dawson).. Surface To Air (Greg Elkins)..

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« 2017-Jul-30, 10:07 PM Reply #181 »
"TROT TACTICS" 29/07/2017..

  For the forward planners, Marburg races next Saturday, August 5th. I know it's not an easy task, requiring not only judgement but a fair slab of luck, but the "Pick the Card" jackpot now stands as a nice bet at $1150 to $3, with the entry form in the race book. if you got really lucky, you could snag the gate prize of $100 to bet with the bookie. Raffles, Funny Money Bookie, its all there with burgers and beers at budget prices. Top country trotting on a sunny winter afternoon. Gates open 10.00am. $5 adults, students, pensioners and race books $3.. 

  At last, the burning question has been answered. In a comprehensive interview with race caller David Fowler, the CEO of Racing Queensland, Dr. Eliot Forbes, has revealed that RQ is indeed the owner of the Albion Park complex. That one key factor may enable participants to better understand the thought processes on which major decisions are taken in formulating RQ's much publicised "20 year" infrastructure plan. Any decisions made on the future of Albion Park will obviously be aimed at putting the complex on an enduring "cash cow" footing. The demographic suitability exercise for population growth, both people and racing animals, conducted earlier this year by Deloitte Services, strongly recommended the southern and WESTERN (greater Ipswich footprint) growth corridors, as sites for a greyhound and trotting track in each area.

  Dr Forbes made it crystal clear that any income derived from an RQ development of Albion Park would be spent over all RQ's infrastructure needs, stressing that the end result, while a step in the right direction, would not deliver a vast fortune, but be a reliable anchor for the codes. Dr Forbes then stated that overall, the last financial year 2016/17 had provided a positive result on turnover figures (Queensland product) Gallops were up by 12.8%, and Dogs, which we understand were already in profit, were better by 8.4%. Sadly, harness performed poorly, with Qld product down by 4.5% on the 15/16 term.

  Obviously, we in harness are not doing it right. Our leaders have to examine all the wagering focussed initiatives applied to harness in the last 20 years to determine where we went wrong. From the infrastructure project viewpoint, we could do a lot worse than double up on Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate's proposition. Build one complex in each corridor to the specification of the original Parklands(tracks both sides of a walk through grandstand) but to include a one turn dog track as well. Further, it should be required that the tenant clubs agree to conduct a MAJORITY OF DUAL CODE MEETINGS!!

  Veteran trainer, Calvert based Ray Cross, has demonstrated yet again that patience and perseverance can bring rewards. Cross and his wife Janelle, have been campaigning three trotters in the Deep South for some weeks now. They were rewarded at Ballarat last Wednesday night, when Honey Please registered a nice win in the 2yo Trot at the juicy odds of $36.90 (UBET). Anthony Butt had the reins, and drove a cool, ground saving race, with the filly running on strongly to score narrowly but well. It was vintage Ray Cross, who has never lost faith in his current crop of young trotters. Someone Singing  capped off a good night by snagging 4th money in the next race.

  It's that lower Brisbane Valley effect again on the leader board with Darrell Graham (Fernvale) producing four winners in the trainer's column, and Nathan Dawson (Glamorganvale) posting four victories in the sulky. Most pleasing this week was under rated trainer/driver Gary Litzow,  getting Playnserious home at Redcliffe last Wednesday night.

  Resultsville Redcliffe 21/07.. Sicilian Slumber (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Chantal Turpin).. Bet I'm Special (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Bettor Than Special (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. One Last Roll (Cassy Owen for Mark Rees).. Albion Park 22/07.. Bettabe Perfect (Chantal Turpin).. Corey ODonohue (Trent Dawson for Ron Sallis).. Gympie 22/07.. Buddy Babcock (Nikki Chalk).. My Ultimate Fella (Darrell Graham).. Mafuta Vautin (Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 25/07.. Torque feels Good (Chantal Turpin).. Ivanov (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. I'm Johnny Jet (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Red Luck (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 26/07.. The Black flash (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Playnserious (Gary Lizow).. Kaanapali (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Redcliffe 27/07.. Ashi Jet Sun (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Real Social (Gary Whitaker for Steve Bunz).. Grande Uomo (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. Elzboy (Nathan Dawson for Steve Towns).. Annas Best (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. Red Rocker (Scott Rains for Ricky Gordon)..

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« 2017-Aug-06, 10:25 PM Reply #182 »
"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)..

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« 2017-Aug-13, 06:02 PM Reply #183 »
"TROT TACTICS".. 12/08/2017..

  On the odd occasion we will hear of a winner described as "an omen bet", followed by "we should have been on that".. One such opportunity may have gone begging in the last race on day one of the Redwood Carnival, yesterday week at Maryborough in Victoria. Maybe no planets were aligned at the time, but here is the list of related factors. The race name OLYMPUS FEEDS AUSTRALASIA TROT. The runner in question, FATouche (my capitals), dam of FATouche was UR WHATU EAT. A $14.60 winner went begging because us mugs did not do our form in sufficient depth. Drat it!!

  It is now quite a long time since arrests were made in South East Queensland harness, related to alleged "race fixing" practices. As is normal, the unusual event was followed by a flood of rumour, innuendo, and perhaps invention. At this point, with little information released by QRIC, the whole episode appears bogged down in the legal process, as certain statutory requirements must be met to ensure, among other things, that the principles of "natural justice" are satisfied. It seems that both harness racing and QRIC would benefit by a modification of the Rules Of Harness Racing (Qld) to include time limits for matters to be dealt with. The presumption of innocence, and the granting of continuing "stays of proceedings ", do nothing for the trainer or driver who applies their skills in strict accordance with the rules. He or she is compelled to compete against participants who may or may not have an advantage of one type or another. Those honest people deserve at least the same level of protection, as is afforded under the "presumption of innocence" to those whom the Integrity suspects may not be so!
  If you would like a balanced view of the above proceedings you could read  ace race caller David Fowler's blog  at <>.. Fowler's points are well made.

  Australian representative, Shane Graham, is headed across the international date line to Canada, will be going round in the  first leg of the 2017 World Driving Championship, set for Sunday, August 13 at Century Downs in Balzac, Alberta. All legs of the WDC will be televised live on Sky Racing, starting tomorrow morning Australian time.
Eleven of the top harness racing drivers from around the globe will compete in the first of five legs.  Drivers will earn points based on their finishing position and the top point-earner will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money.The defending champion, New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn, represents the International Trotting Association. The World Driving Championship will also consist of the following top-ranked international competitors: Shane Graham of Australia; Gerhard Mayr of Austria; Ric Depuydt of Belgium; James MacDonald of Canada; Mika Forss of Finland; Noel Baldacchino of Malta; Mark Purdon of New Zealand; Eirik Hoitomt of Norway; Bjorn Goop of Sweden; and Marcus Miller of the United States.The Century Downs leg consists of five races, with the WDC races slated for Races 4-8. Each race will feature 11-horse fields.

  Nathan Dawson reigned supreme as driver on the leader board with seven wins, including trebles at Albion Park Tuesday and Recliffe Thursday. Training laurels were spread thin with Darrell Graham and John McMullen dead heating on just two winners apiece. Most pleasing was Adam Richardson, re-inventing himself after a stint back home in Wagga NSW with three winning drives.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 04/08..With Authority (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Alpha Styx (Adam Sanderson for Colin Frisby).. Blazing VC (Rob Gorman for Ray Jenkins).. Franco Totem (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Charms On A Roll (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Parl 05/08.. Royal Jacquard (Nathan Dawson for Greg Elkins).. Marburg 05/08.. Ole Sun (Nathan Dawson for Mal Charlton).. Zenmach (Paul Matis).. Machbino (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves).. It's All Go (Nathan Dawson for Matt Elkins).. Domestic Art Hayden Barnes for Wayne Davis).. Albion Park 08/08.. Lavros Segil (Narissa McMullen for Brad Connelly).. Glenferrie Baby (Trent Dawson).. Culley Backy (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham)..  Redcliffe 09/08.. Royal Taz (Narissa McMullen  for John McMullen).. Tarin Kowt (Nathan Dawson for Ron Sallis).. The Restauranteur (Adam Richardson).. The Harlem Hammer (Gary Whitaker for Doug Lee).. Living Grand (Hayden Barnes for Steven Furey).. Digby Diva (Mathew Neilson for Jason Carkeet).. Redcliffe 10/08.. Vanto Hanover (Nathan Dawson for Aileen smith).. Fon Ideal (Adam Richardson for Donny Smith).. Handy bonus (Nathan Dawson for Terry Hancock).. Merrylands Miss (Rob Gorman for Neil Coy).. No Confession (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie).. Smiling Armada (Anthony Gorman for Trevour Lambourn).. Ketut (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. The Shady One (Rob Gorman for Trevor Lambourn)..

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« 2017-Aug-20, 02:22 PM Reply #184 »
TROT TACTICS"  19/08/2017..

  A distant early warning. Marburg races two Saturdays hence, September 2nd. The pick the card jackpot hits $1200. Mark the calendar, with details next week.

 Thanks to the wonderful benefits of modern technology, afficianados of the light harness sport have been able to follow the progress of the World professional Driving Championship, currently being held in Canada. Australian rep, Queenslander Shane Graham finished the first round of heats in fourth place, but, as is the case in these competitions, the draw for horse power is all important, and, if your luck is not right up there, you won't be getting too many points. In round three the negative trend continued until the last of four heats. Sky Racing's Greg Hayes, "our man in Canada", brings us up to speed.
"Aussie Shane Graham saluted in his final drive at Georgian Downs on Tuesday night.
Queensland reinsman Shane Graham has breathed life back into his World Driving Championship campaign in the final heat on night three at Georgian Downs.  The Canadian track will be one Graham remembers for the rest of his life as Hetties Honey, a 7-year old mare scored narrowly on the 1000 metres circuit in Ontario and shot the Aussie back into fourth spot overall.
The Georgian Downs meeting was meant to be a successful one for Graham.  With a strong book of drives and several good draws it looked to be his chance to open up his winning account.  However it turned into a nightmare early as he finished 6th, 8th, 10th and 6th in the first four heats of the night.
In heat five Hetties Honey was down in grade and connections told Graham he could be aggressive in the early stages if he wanted to be".
“They basically left it up to me but said if I wanted to use her up early she would still fight on pretty strongly at the end,” Graham said.
“I tried to cross early but was caught outside Marcus (Miller driving Waikiki Hanover) but when Mika (Forss) charged to the chair I got some pretty good cover.  I got going before the bend and got to the leader on the turn and then held on up the straight.  The mare was pretty tired but she fought on well.”
Graham admitted it had been a tough night up until his victory.
 The overall standings after 14 of the 22 heats.. 1st James MacDonald CANADA 144 points.. 2nd Mika Forss FINLAND 130 points.. 3rd Marcus Miller USA 123.5 points.. 4th SHANE GRAHAM AUSTRALIA 97 points.. 5th Dexter Dunn NEW ZEALAND 93 points.. 6th Noel Baldacchino MALTA 90 points.. 7th Eirik Hoitomt NORWAY 89.5 points.. 8th Bjorn Goop SWEDEN 86 points.. 9th Gerhard Mayr AUSTRIA 83 points.. 10th Mark Purdon NEW ZEALAND 69 points.. 11th Rik Depuydt BELGIUM 68 points...

  Sadly, for those people who expected a definitive rule on whip use to be in place by September 1st, time has beaten Harness Racing Australia in its endeavour to find common ground on which all  State administrations and sport/industry bodies can reach agreement. The current rule will apply in the Sunshine State and will be stringently policed until further decisions are taken.

 There seems to be a trend in modern society, possibly related to our fascination with Information Technology, to take any process and complicate it to the "nth" degree. The following is a classic and no doubt well intentioned example!
Leading harness form analyst Darren Clayton has applauded Racing Queensland’s recent initiative to provide individual horse sectional times on its website.Clayton, who writes form previews for Queensland meetings on said the data would be a major boost for punters, and could help lift betting turnover. Punters and participants alike will be the major beneficiaries of enhanced sectional data – including individual 400m and 800m splits - at Queensland (Redcliffe and Albion Park) TAB meetings. Form students will also see how wide their runner was at key moments, and how many metres that runner gained during the final 800m with easy-to-read graphics. Clayton said the data would provide punters like him with the statistical back up to make better-informed decisions. “It’s a fantastic tool to use when assessing form,” he said. “By being able to actually see the figures, it gives you a better idea of how lucky or unlucky a horse may have been in a particular run. It gives you statistical back up as to what you thought you saw yourself. “When you see a horse really rattle home, you’re able to look at the sectional times and you might see they’re not that flattering. If the times were strong and it’s made good ground, you know it’s probably racing well and needs a bit of luck.”
  From the point of view of the people we should be courting as customers, the recreational punters, when they see a horse rattle home this week, they should be confident that the horse in question will, at its next and subsequent appearances, be racing in the same class against horses of similar ability. When this is the case, the recreational punter will not have too many factors to take into account when deciding to bet or not. We must not continue to treat every customer as if they were "professionals" with three, four or five hours to spend "doing the form" on every meeting. If we continue on these "scientific" lines, the turnover graph will steepen its downward curve!

  The leader board stays firmly focussed on the lower Brisbane Valley, with the end of the rainbow in Darrell Graham's yard at Fernvale. Darrell led the trainers with five winners and Adam Sanderson dominated the driving ranks, chasing home seven successful steeds. Most pleasing, Rob Gorman's driving double for Trevor Lambourn at Albion Park last Tuesday.

Resultsville .. Albion Park 11/04.. Franco Totem (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Alpha Styx (Adam Sanderson for Colin Frisby).. Broadway Playboy (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Cotton Cold Candy (Steven Doherty for Jason Carkeet).. Mr Mayfly (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Albion Park 12/08.. Mafuta Vautin (Darrell Graham).. I'm Johnny Jet (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Ultimate Art (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Fiery Blue Chip (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Private Bronski (Pete McMullen for Tahn Camillieri).. Albion Park 15/08.. My Ultimate Fella (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Geronimo Beau (Trent Dawson).. Justatic (Pete McMullen for Jason Mackrill).. The Shady One (Rob Gorman for Trevor Lambourn).. Smiling Armada (Rob Gorman for Trevor Lambourn).. Redcliffe 16/08.. Zenmach (Paul Matis).. Long Road To Fame (Adam Sanderson).. Always A Jewel (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey).. Redcliffe 17/08.. Fon Ideal (Adam Richardson for Donny Smith).. Coast Warning (Narissa McMullen).. Ashi Jet Sun (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).. Soi Cowboy (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Riverleigh William (Hayden Barnes for Josh Moore)..

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« 2017-Sep-03, 06:09 PM Reply #185 »
"TROT TACTICS" 02/09/2017..

  Spring is well and truly upon us, so a day in the near country side is a good way to celebrate. Head for the Marburg Showground and enjoy an action packed afternoon of close up trotting on the 700 metre circuit. The best of Burgers, the cheapest Bar prices, a "pick the card" share jackpot now sitting at $1200, a lucky gate prize of $100 free bet with strong bookmaker, Stephen Anthony, and a monster, multi-prize raffle are all part of the show. The "funny money" bookie will be operating. Cash your winnings at the fancy goods auction after the last race. Gates open at 11.00am, followed by trials with the first race at 1.00pm. Adults $5, Members and Pensioners $3 with the all important Race Book $3. It's a value plus outing. Don't miss it.

BRISBANE greyhounds boss Luke Gatehouse is positive about the direction of greyhound racing in Queensland amid speculation surrounding the future of the sport at Albion Park. Greyhound racing currently takes place inside the harness track at Albion Park, a site which has been home to racing for 120 years. Gatehouse re-inforced the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club support of Racing Queensland’s proposal and says the Club has no fears for the future of the sport in the area.
“If the other tracks don’t happen then the Albion Park development won’t happen – I am highly confident of that,” Gatehouse told Australian Racing Greyhound.  “We have made it very clear to Racing Queensland that the new facility needs to be built prior to any moving out of Albion Park on our behalf. “We run 210 race meetings a year – we have got to have somewhere to go before we leave.”

Gatehouse refuted claims made by Albion Park Harness Racing Club spokesperson Kevin Seymour in the Courier Mail where he claimed the Club was the rightful owner of the track – not Racing Queensland. Gatehouse says the Harness Club never had ownership of the land and have no control over what is built on the site. “Albion Park is owned by Racing Queensland – so any proposed development of Albion Park needs to be approved by the owner of the property. “The Harness Club have never owned the site – it was originally owned by the Brisbane Amateur Turf Club, then the government owned the land and it was administered by the Albion Park Trust.
“When it was given by the government to the industry the titles were with the Queensland Greyhound Racing Authority and the Queensland Harness Racing Board.
“The Albion Park Harness Club and the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club have never owned the site – we are just an occupant of that site. “For anyone to suggest the Albion Park Harness Club owned the site prior to the amalgamation is fundamentally incorrect.”

The following press release on Wednesday August 30 from Racing Queensland just about says it all.
  In an effort to meet the needs of the modern racing fan and engage the next generation of punter, Racing Queensland (RQ) and the Albion Park Harness Racing Club (APHRC) will trial a new 1119m – one lap – race at Tuesday meetings from September.The exciting new format will be known as the Triple-One-Nine Torpedo presented by Kevin and Kay Seymour, with eight speedy types to tear around the track in little more than one minute.

RQ General Manager of Racing Simon Stout said the races, featuring a minor rule tweak, would add an additional element of excitement to sprints.“A maximum of eight horses will start in each race,” he said.“Seven horses will begin from the front row, with one horse effectively floating in the back row. That horse will be able to follow any runner it likes from the beginning.”The races aim to offer more variety to distance ranges in the harness code, which currently races over 1660m, 2138m, 2647m, 2680m and 3157m at Albion Park. The races will be trialled over a three-month period, beginning on Tuesday, 5 September 2017.

  This is the third resurrection of this particular racing format. It failed spectacularly on the first two occasions. One wonders what will get it over the line this time. Perhaps it answers the question of the disappearance of the second trotters race on the Tuesday program. Given that the great driver of  spectator interest in trotting/harness racing is its visual impact, it seems foolish to limit the duration of the spectacle to the point where it resembles a greyhound event on wheels!!

  Team McMullen/Turpin with a clean sweep of the leader board this week. Pete McMullen drove eight winners while Chantal Turpin trained five.  A further eight winners came from Gary Whitaker and Trent Dawson who each found the line on four occasions. Most pleasing was Justin Pascoe, with Pure Madness breaking through at Albion Park on Sunday 27/08..

  Resultsville  Redcliffe 25.08.. Fon Ideal (Adam Richardson for Donny Smith).. My Mojo (Pete McMullen for Jason Carkeet).. Albion Park 26/08.. Franco Totem (Darrell Graham).. Real Social (Gary Whitaker for Steve Bunz).. I'm The Golden Child (Pete McMullen for Megan Cockburn).. Sicilian Slumber (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Overlap (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Justabitnoisy (Pete McMullen for Doug Lee).. Albion Park 27/08.. Pure Madness (Justin Pascoe).. The Caringbah Kid (Trent Dawson).. Gold Chester (Darrell Graham).. My Ultimate Hell (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Davis).. Ilikemillie (Trent Dawson for Melissa Gillies).. Surface To Air (Greg Elkins).. Albion Park 29/08.. Justabit Like Mum (Gary Whitaker for Doug Lee).. Got The Goods (Trent Dawson).. Feelingforamiracle (Trent Dawson for Geoff Dawson).. Real Social (Gary Whitaker for Steve Bunz).. Munroe (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..  Redcliffe 30/08.. Ashleys Angel (Gary whitaker for Bianca Hooper).. Circle Line (Anthony Gorman for Ron Wells).. Ima Top Tycoon (Taleah McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Mahalo (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Milly Bromac (Trent Moffat for Steve Bunz).. Redcliffe 31/08..My Secret Torque (Shane Graham for Chantal Turpin).. Blessed Is The Boy (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. My Mojo (Hayden Barnes for Jason Carkeet).. Riverboat Prince (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..

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« 2017-Sep-10, 03:24 PM Reply #186 »
"TROT TACTICS"  09/09/2017..

  "When the going gets tough, the tough get going".. That particular quote could be applied to any of the harness participants who could truly be classified as "hobbyists".  A harness hobbyist could well be defined as "a person who indulges in the sport, not in the expectation of fame or riches in any great measure, but for a deep seated love of the pacer or trotter and the manner in which man, woman, horse and harness combine to race for the win".
  Shane Parrish is 51 years of age, lives at Plainland, and works locally at Ghercke's Grain and Transport. He has held a licence to train and drive since the 1991/92 season, and from then till now has started 450 runners, for 26 wins and 70 placings, close enough to a cheque for every 4.5 runners. Shane, like many of us, has a resume which shows long gaps between trips to the winner's circle. His view is that it's "all part of the game, you have to hang in there until things go right." He left out the bit about the dogged determination he would have had to call on, given that when Cruisin Carl got the bikkies at Albion Park last Saturday night, it was 16 years and 7 months since Speed Gypsy (winner of 11 races all up)  rang up number one at headquarters. Shane's most recent winner had been Shorty Noonan in the 2011/12 season and, in the last term, he started 25 runners for 5 placings.
  Shane Parrish is very very happy with the start Cruisin Carl has given him to the 2017/18 season, and he hopes the run of luck lasts. He took the opportunity to praise driver Lachie Manzelmann, describing him as a good driver, possessed of a level head, and very loyal. It is a measure of Shane Parrish that he has hung in there and lined up to compete in an era when the needs of the hobbyist trainer have been, at best, ignored, and at worst, actively militated against!!

  It was "old home week" at Redcliffe on Thursday when Lauren Jones returned from Western Australia to drive a double for the family stable. Owned by mum Jodie and trained by dad Peter, Real Knuckey, a gelded son of Real Desire and Rubys For Me bolted in by a massive 24metres while Fui Fui  ( 8yo gelding,John Street North and Trouble Chaton) had only a half head advantage. Peter Jones, while elated by the double, was equally stoked by the fact that the two pacers are the entire Jones stable. Regardless of margin, winners are grinners, and $1,778 jumped in in each case. Understandably the "family Jones" were celebrating on Thursday night, so you will get the full story of Lauren's flying visit next week.

  To give you an idea of the impact on Queensland harness racing which is generated in the greater Ipswich footprint, this last week, including Marburg, no less than six meetings were run, comprising a total of 49 individual races. In our results section we publish the winners which were trained in the footprint and those driven by drivers residing in the district. Of the 49 races contested from Friday 01/09 to Thursday 07/09, no less than 31 had the Ipswich connection. This is a fairly regular 60% result, and makes the following excerpt from this months PACE magazine not only alarming, but insulting!!

   "INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUE".. BOTRA will maintain its advisory role in relation to the development of a harness racing precinct in the southern corridor, and a "TRAINING FACILITY IN THE WESTERN CORRIDOR", as well as its continued support for the Albion Park club's alternate proposal for the retention of Albion Park as harness racing's metropolitan venue. In all, BOTRA  is after a better infrastructure deal for harness racing where no funds of any substance have been committed in the last 35 years..

  An easy win on the training side of the leader board this week with Chantal Turpin out in front on seven with John McMullen and Darrell Graham tied in second at four apiece. Sulky sitting was also a dead heat with Narissa McMullen and Adam Sanderson on four each. Most pleasing this week were Team Jones with the family double at Redcliffe Thursday,  Uncle Paul for David Rodger with  Adam Richardson in the bike, I'm Isabella for Russell Kajewski and Leonard Cain, and Buddy Babcock with Nikki Chalk swamping the field at Marburg.

  Resultsville Albion Park 01/09.. Mike Titan (Chantal Turpin).. Slippery Jade (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Charms On A Roll (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. The Endeavour (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Feel The Courage (Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 02/09.. Watch Pulp Fiction (Chantal Turpin).. Bettorthanspecial (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Clarkey (Brittany Graham for Ian Gurney).. Diesel Shannon (Pete for Chantal Turpin).. Cheers Kathy (Darrell Graham).. Cruisin Carl (Lachie Manzelmann for Shane Parrish).. Broadway Playboy (Adam Sanderson for Brittany Graham).. Senitas Success (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Marburg 02/09.. Norahs Fling (Gary Whitaker for Denis Smith).. Buddy Babcock (Nikki Chalk).. Boadieas Fury (Adam Richardson for Darrell Graham).. Sir Semper Fidelis (Paul Matis).. Albion Park 05/09.. Trevs No Angel (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Shareapassion (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Murano (Narissa McMullen)... Redcliffe 06/09.. Long Road To Fame (Adam Sanderson).. Weedons Express (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Annas Best (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Uncle Paul (Adam Richardson for David Rodger).. Sir Semper Fidelis (Paul Matis).. Andiamo El Ferrari (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Redcliffe 07/09.. I'm Isabella (Leonard Cain for Russell Kajewski).. Master Montana (Darrell Graham).. Real Knucky (Lauren Jones for Peter Jones).. Fui Fui (Lauren Jones for Peter Jones).. Razen Trouble (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham)..

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  "TROT TACTICS" 16/09/2017..

  Switching on the lights at Albion Park on the seventh of September 1968 propelled Queensland trotting into the big time. Like all opening meetings some one has to drive the first winner. On this occasion the honour fell to Sammy Zammit who guided the nuggety chestnut, Curly Adios, to an 8 yard victory over Harleray (Kanga Smith). Sammy, a native of Gozo, an island 8 miles from Malta, came with his father Tony to this country  in 1949 as an assisted migrant aged 14, to live with his uncle ,George Zammit, at Eastern Creek. George was a horse and cattle dealer who raced trotters with a number of trainers . With no English, but a will to work, Sammy was soon employed at Penfolds winery. Six months later the lad found work at home as Tony and George had bought a slaughter yard. Sammy's progression to harness was automatic and by 1954, he had unearthed his first good one in Frisco Sky. When this writer first saw S. Zammit in action he was a regular at Harold Park, racing Broken Change and Appy Apps. When working horses at Castle Hill Showground we would see the Zammit delivery truck go past with the two pacers painted on the sides in the white with purple sleeves and maltese cross. They were proud of their involvement in the light harness sport.

  1964 saw the Zammits in Brisbane, based at Redcliffe, and into harness full time. With them came a team of four pacers, Garrison Gold, Jocks Wonder, Rocky Armagh and Chamcoon. One success led to another and ,as the game grew, so did team Zammit to the point where SZ and his offsider, the soon to be famous Jimmy O'Sullivan, were working 25 horses. At this time New Zealand breeding entrepreneur Noel Simpson entered on the scene and provided that all important Curly Adios. Meanwhile  John McMullen senior placed a number of horses in the camp. 1973 saw another shift, this time to /deception /bay and another training complex was constructed, but the sons were not as passionate about trotting, preferring to train and race greyhounds. Sammy Zammit retired from the sulky in 1979, and, seeing change as inevitable, subdivided his property and constructed a greyhound trial track which he later donated to the local Council. It is named Zammit Oval. A unit on the Gold Coast was the logical next step. Where is this story headed. Sammy Zammit 82, passed away last week and his funeral was held yesterday. He was a shining example of the typical post war Mediterranean migrant, who integrated, worked hard and deservedly made good. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him!!

Yesterday's one qualifying trial at Albion Park was set down to be run from the "angled mobile barrier". This interesting innovation provides for the arms of the barrier to be slanted across the line of travel of the starting vehicle. The usual format is that the outer extremity of the arm is in advance of the inner, with the intention of compensating for the additional distance covered by outside runners on their journey towards the rail or "one out" running lines. The vehicle concerned has been parked in the back straight shed for perhaps 18 years, consigned there because a number of drivers expressed fears that a potential hazard could result from too many horses contesting the lead coming into the first turn. It is hard to imagine that the same potential does not exist today. However, we are told that the dinosaur is, at this point, aimed at the 1119m Torpedo Stakes races. So there you have it, the resurrection of two very doubtful concepts. Maybe this time two wrongs will make a right.

With the end of the 2016/17 racing season just two weeks behind us, a look at some vital statistics is appropriate. This week we will check out the seven drivers who saluted on more than 100 occasions over the term. (1) Shane Graham: Starts 1055- wins 185- 2nds 158- 3rds 132- 4ths 129 and prize money earned $1,200,903..  (2) Grant Dixon: 997- 172- 138- 126- 111- bank $1,157,581.. (3) Mathew Neilson: 853- 140- 136- 99- 82- bank $804,887.. (4) Pete McMullen: 817- 129- 96- 92- 89- bank $742,842.. (5) Nathan Dawson: 1038- 120- 113- 118- 111- bank $523,620.. (6) Gary Whitaker: 1,129- 107- 114- 106- 120- bank $584,662.. (7) Narissa McMullen: 1025- 105- 125- 126- 113- bank $625,806.. As you will see, four of the Centurions came from the greater Ipswich footprint, and, more particularly, from the lower Brisbane Valley.
Given that 34 races were run this week past and 22 winners, (65%) had an Ipswich connection, either trained and/or driven, it reinforces the view expressed last week that to consider a "training facility" in the western growth corridor, rather than a Parklands type  dual code racing complex, falls far short of verifiable requirements and reasonable expectations!!

  The leader board shows us Brittany Graham out front in the sulky, chasing home 4 winners for the week while Trevor Lambourn and Darrell Graham tied for training honours at three wins apiece. Most pleasing, Newmerrella Sharkie at Albion Park Tuesday. Patience pays off.

  Resultsville  Albion Park.. 08/09.. Jack Hammer (Trevor Lambourn).. Gangster Boy (Taleah McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Oliver Winkle (Lachie Manzelmann for Errol Cain).. Hereiam (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Croft Bay (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 09/09.. Montana Falcon (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Major Montana (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 12/09.. Newmerella Sharkie (Brett Towns for Max Towns).. Living Grand (Hayden Barnes for Steven Fury).. Fire And Ice (Matt Elkins for Vic Frost).. The Shady One (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn).. With Authority (Pete McMullen for John McMullen).. Summertime Lizzie (Adam Sanderson for Shane Graham).. Smiling Armada (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn).. Redcliffe 13/09.. My Ultimate Fella (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Blissfulinfidelity (Matt Elkins for Mal Charlton).. My Secret Torque (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 14/09.. Rocky Carrington (Darrell Graham).. Duffy Bromac (Graeme Harris for Francis Weston).. Pure Madness (Justin Pascoe).. Go Ahead Makemyday (Brittany Graham for Brett Cargill).. Buddy Babcock (Nikki Chalk)..