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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)..