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« 2017-Dec-24, 07:36 PM Reply #200 »
"TROT TACTICS" 23/12/2017..

  It would not be Christmas without a "message". As we come to the end of the Calendar year, most participants would be considering the effect that the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has had on harness in recent months. With a number of leading lights arrested for "race fixing" and allied activities in recent months, there is division in the ranks. Not all are grateful for a process which is aimed at cleaning up a sport, which, to all those who support QRIC, appeared headed for anarchy and closure. The "nay sayers" as usual, called for more prizemoney, and complained bitterly at the cost of QRIC, claiming that the funds involved would be better spent being funnelled into the pockets of the handful of trainers who had been getting the lions share for the past two decades. The recent election saw the Opposition promise to emasculate QRIC should they be returned to power. Enough said! Anyone with the recollections of night trotting years ago will agree with this writer as to the superiority of the racing spectacle. If QRIC can provide us with a squeaky clean product, and our administrators with a punter friendly racing format, then we will have the Christmas present of our dreams. Harness participants will have the opportunity to rebuild harness to a stage where punters will happily bet on it, come to watch it in the flesh, and a reasonable number will develop an interest in owning, training and driving. There is the message. In the vision of reasonable people there should be nothing in harness for the "too hard basket". Just deal with it and move on!
 
Glamorganvale based trainer/driver, Narissa McMullen  has added another trophy to the cabinet, taking out the Australian Young Driver's Championship, conducted at Recliffe and Albion Park last week. McMullen finished the series on 96 points, seven clear of Dylan Ferguson(NZ) on 89. Chris Geary (NSW) would finish with 75 in third position, while Jason Lee (VIC) ended on 72 points.
McMullen’s series got off to a flier on the opening night, when she won the opening two heats at Redcliffe to take the early series lead.Ferguson and Sheree Tomlinson claimed the next two heats for the Kiwis, before Victoria’s Jason Lee and New South Wales’ Chris Geary took maximum points on the second night.McMullen made it another double on the final night, leading all the way on Parisian Rockstar at Albion on Saturday, with Lee and Jayden Brewin (SA) collecting wins ahead of the final.The win meant McMullen had followed the footsteps of her renowned father John McMullen, who won the 1986 Inter Dominion Young Drivers Series. He beat a star-studded field which featured the likes of Mark Purdon and Anthony Butt, whose daughter Kimberly Butt represented New Zealand in the 2017 event.“(Dad) always talks about it,” McMullen laughed.“It was good to be able to say ‘now I’ve got a win too’. The family was really excited.”

  The Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner has announced the appointment of a new Director of Licensing and Stewarding. “I’m pleased to announce that Ms Ali Wade has been appointed to the position following an open merit recruitment and selection process that attracted international interest,” Commissioner Ross Barnett said. “Ms Wade has acted in the role in a relieving capacity for much of the past year after transitioning to the Commission as Manager of Licensing and Registration. “Prior to that, she worked at Racing Queensland in several senior management roles including Senior Manager of Stewarding and Integrity Operations after joining that organisation in 2006". The Director of Licensing and Stewarding is tasked with overseeing the work of 35 stewards across Queensland and the licensing and registration teams. “Ms Wade comes to the role at a time of significant change in the racing industry, including greater community expectations for the welfare of animals and the integrity of the three codes of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing,” Commissioner Barnett said. “I would like to thank the chief steward for Racing Victoria Mr Terry Bailey and the former chief steward for Racing NSW Mr Ray Murrihy for participating on the selection panel". Ms Wade says she’s looking forward to continuing in the role and to ensuring Queensland’s racing industry maintains the highest standards for integrity and animal welfare. “This is a great honour and I’d like to give special mention to the support I have received from the chief stipendiary steward for thoroughbreds Mr Allan Reardon,” Ms Wade said. “We will also soon begin the process of finding the right people to fill key vacancies including the positions of chief stipendiary steward for both the harness and greyhound codes.”

  A share out on the trainer's side of the leader board this week with Greg Elkins, Chantal Turpin, Ron Sallis, Bill Crosby and Jason Carkeet all up there with two winners apiece. On the driver's side , Narissa McMullen nosed out dead heaters Pete McMullen, Matt Elkins and Gary Whitaker scoring five to four. NM has to be most pleasing as well. You don't win a National Championship every week.
 
 Resultsville.. Albion Park 15/12.. Always My Mate (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Maretti (Chris McGeary for Phil Mitchell).. Firebby (Danielle McMullen for Chris Monte).. Seven rippin Aces (Kelli Dawson for Jamie Donovan).. Govinni (Hayden Barnes for Al Barnes).. Albion Park 16/12.. Parisian Rockstar (Narissa McMullen for Peter Greig).. Mojo Major (Narissa McMullen for Kerryann Turner).. Platinum Art (Matt Elkins for Kay Crone).. Village Witch (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Marburg 16/12.. Living Free (Justin Pascoe for Phil Keats).. Cheyenne Warrior (Matt Elkins for Richard Hutchinson).. Riverleigh Jeff (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves).. Elzboy (Adam Richardson for Steve Towns).. Its All Go (Matt Elkins)  Lots More Grins (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Davis).. How We Roll (GaryWhitaker for Bill Crosby).. Albion Park 19/12.. Likes To Rock (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).. Gloveman Gilly (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Sicilian Slumber (Danielle McMullen for Lachie Manzelmaan).. Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Yankee Strutter (Trent Dawson for Max Towns).. Redcliffe 20/12.. My Mojo (Danielle McMullen for Jason Carkeet).. Vader (Dan Russell).. Cotton Cold Candy (Pete McMullen for Jason Carkeet).. Georgia Grace (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey).. Heavens Hurricane (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 21/12.. Tascott Lady (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. How We Roll (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Cryptic Chance (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Monkseaton (Chris Petroff for Jay Edmunds).. Mista Natural (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Punters Delight (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis)..



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« 2017-Dec-31, 11:41 AM Reply #201 »
"TROT TACTICS"  30/12/2017..

  There is little doubt, that if anything, be it an animal, or any other entity endowed with reactive powers, appears to be asleep, he, she or it, will exercise those powers if poked. It seems that the good works performed by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission over the last six months have stirred the possum in several areas of the media. From the high profile website, "punters.com.au" to the pen of Courier Mail sports guru, Robert Craddock, comes the same question in the past two weeks. " how many more scandals can harness racing afford, and will these prolific disclosures not cause the government to close down the sport". It seems to this writer that QRIC is proceeding in an orderly fashion, following the letter of the law, with the intention of avoiding loop holes. They are hardly fuelling "scandals", merely identifying the wrong doers and punishing them accordingly. It makes a change from previous long term practice  of maintaining a veneer of decency as defined by philosopher/playwright, George Bernard Shaw. "Decency" said Shaw, "is only indecency's conspiracy of silence"!! Had the current Government wanted to close down harness, or any other code in Queensland, it would have done so in the previous term. Instead, QRIC was created to provide the machinery and powers to rebuild public confidence in racing. It is doing just that!

  What have Ipswich harness folk to look forward to in the year to come. At Marburg, the Marburg Pacing Association has forged ties with the Skills Alliance Group, which has seen significant upgrades and maintenance to infrastructure and equipment on the Show Ground site. This seems destined to continue on into 2018 on the basis of Marburg supplying equipment and consumables, while Skills Alliance provides labour and "know how". The MPA is getting a lot of "bang for it's buck", and race day patrons are getting the benefit of a well presented facility. Also under discussion with Racing Queensland, is the possibility of an increase in race dates for the 700 metre circuit. Given that the "Marburg To Albion Park" heats and final series has been a big winner so far in providing bulk nominations and great racing, things are looking good. There you have it. Cause for guarded optimism. "Trot Tactics" takes the opportunity  to wish all the readers of this column, and Ipswich harness participants, all the best that the New Year can bring. May the hundred Queensland harness licencees that did not renew their ticket at the end of last season, have second thoughts, and, seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, throw the dice again.  Racing is a combination of horses and people. Having never seen a horse buy a person, it seems feasible that an increase in participant numbers will mean a corresponding increase in horse numbers. Such an event would be the proof of the pudding!
 
  The last leader board for 2017, sees Darrel Graham on top in both disciplines. Fernvale's "First Citizen" trained six winners for the week, and was first past the post on track for five of these occasions. Most pleasing, however, was Gary Whitaker's four winning drives, all coming on Thursday at Redcliffe. New Year or not,short of diverting the Brisbane River, nothing seems likely break the stranglehold that the lower Brisbane Valley has on the Ipswich harness dollar.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park  22/12.. Lisa Lincoln (Trent Dawson for Melissa Gillies).. Meant To Be Me (Darrell Graham for Shannon Price).. Parisian Rockstar (Narissa McMullen for Peter Greig).. Bohdi Tree (Narissa McMullen for Peter Greig).. Cheap Tint (Trent Dawson for Tahn Camillieri).. Albion Park 23/12.. Polished Rocks (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini).. Change Of Mind (Pete McMullen for Shane Sanderson).. Kotare York (Al Barnes).. Secret Smile (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Arrokeefe (Narissa McMullen).. Wynberg Terror (Pete McMullen for Tahn Camillieri).. Gotta Glow (Darrell Graham).. Shadow Pass Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Releven Dream (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Redcliffe 27.12.. Vader (Danielle McMullen for Dan Russell).. Cheers Kathy (Darrell Graham).. Monkseaton (Chris Petroff for Jay Edmunds).. Mister Hart (Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 28/12.. Heres My Number (Gary Whitaker for Mark Lichtwark).. Longshanks (Adam Richardson for Donny Smith).. Just Call Me Goose (Hayden Barnes for Michael Nutley).. Concentration (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves).. Our Buscemi (Gary Whitaker for Bianca Hooper).. Sache Girl (Gary Whitaker for Travis Mackay).. Drive The Dream (Darrell Graham)..



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« 2018-Jan-07, 02:01 PM Reply #202 »
      "TROT TACTICS".. 06/01/2018..
  The following is a press release from Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, stating that, " Stewards have suspended the harness driving and training licences of Grant Dixon after he left an inquiry into his driving tactics during a race at Redcliffe.The inquiry was opened following Mr Dixon’s driving of the horse “Baron Jujon” in Race 10 at Redcliffe on Thursday the 21st of December last year but was adjourned shortly after. The inquiry was reconvened at Albion Park today, with stewards advising Mr Dixon that it was their intention to issue a charge against him under Australian Harness Racing Rule 149 (2) for an unacceptable drive during a race.  Mr Dixon left the inquiry despite being advised to remain and removed seven horses that had been entered for today’s meeting at Albion Park. Stewards scratched the horses from their respective races and have advised Mr Dixon that his licences to participate in the Harness code have been suspended until he attends a reconvened inquiry. In the meantime, Mr Dixon is allowed to attend to the horses in his care to provide feed, water and light exercise.

   The above matter was settled at a reconvened inquiry on Thursday 04/01. Mr Dixon‘s licence to drive in races was suspended for a period of eight weeks to commence immediately and expire midnight 1 March 2018. Stewards ordered that this penalty be served cumulatively to Mr Dixon’s previous penalty under this same rule, which is currently the subject of an appeal.  Furthermore, in considering Mr Dixon’s conduct in leaving the Stewards inquiry without approval on Tuesday 2 January 2018 a further charge was issued under AHRR 243. This charge was proven, and Mr Dixon was fined an amount of $4,000, $2,000 of which has been held in abeyance, provided Mr Dixon does not contravene AHRR 243 in the next 12 months. Mister Dixons licence to train has been restored.   
 
The above is an example of a Stewards Panel standing its ground in the face of unacceptable behaviour on the part of a licencee. As you might expect there is a fair degree of polarisation among licencees and perhaps owners at this time, with a number of people claiming that Mr Dixon is hard done by. Perhaps participants might consider the following proposition. Currently, harness is undergoing a cleansing process. When we take up or renew a licence. we accept that we compete under the relevant Rules of Racing. If we had all obeyed those rules for the last two decades and they had been applied equally across the board, is it not fair to suggest that harness in Queensland would be in better shape than it is today?

  People it seems need a villain to blame when things go wrong. It is never "our fault". It saddens me to hear the denigration of the late Russ Hinze, who is now, in some quarters, blamed for the bagful of horrors we are taking with us into 2018. Hinze was, without a doubt  the greatest Racing Minister for harness of the modern age.. His provision of infrastructure, with four major tracks from Gold Coast to Townsville, all to be paid for by the Race Course Development Fund,  gave Queensland Harness a "golden age" which those who came afterwards managed to destroy. We have short memories!.

  Prior to Russ Hinze, Treasury ran racing . Under the careful and caring hand of Dr Lew Edwards, Race clubs had considerable opportunity to improve their position and that of racing generally through an incentive scheme. Base prizemoney levels were set at five year intervals. Should a club, by its efforts in raising crowd numbers or sponsorship, manage to distribute 10% more than the base figure in any season the next year's base became  110% of the original figure, and so on. A nice rolling carrot which ensured that Club Committees had a positive mind set , so different to today's "begging bowl" mentality.

  Sadly the Government of Queensland no longer owns the Tote. When we, as a cohesive unit of licencees, owners, and administrators, finally admit to ourselves that a privatised Tote's first allegiance is to its shareholders, we will understand the need for a MASSIVE  increase in turnover, to fund our prize money requirements. Obviously we must present in the punting marketplace with a readily saleable product. If we understand the necessary components of that product, and put them in place, in time we will win a much better market share and begin to prosper.

  Marburg Pacing Association's monthly meeting will be held after the unofficial trials on Saturday 06/01, at approximately 9.30am.

  The first leader board for 2018, with regular, Darrell Graham, quick to get off the mark ,bringing in three winners for the week. Drivers more evenly balanced with Nathan Dawson and Gary Whitaker finishing together on four wins apiece. Most pleasing, Majordoit for Tim Gillespie at Redcliffe on Wednesday with Dale Chalk in the sulky. Ipswich factor 28/42..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 29/12/17.. Lavros Segil (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Katniss (Nathan Dawson for Gary Gerrard).. Circle Line (Matt Elkins for Ron Wells).. The Next Star (Brittany Graham).. Albion Park 30/12/17.. Sicilian Slumber (Amy Rees for Lachie Manzelmann).. Village Witch (Narissa Dawson for Steve Cini).. Call Me Yours (Steve Doherty for Tess Neaves).. Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Releven Dream (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Albion Park 02/01/2018,, Taimate Success (Nathan Dawson for Graham Dwyer).. Surface To Air (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Jango Fett (Darrell Graham).. Long Road To Fame (Brittany Graham for Adam Sanderson).. Redcliffe 03/01.. Somepartysomewhere (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. Ruato Bay (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. Comeoutandplay (Gary Whitaker for Damien Shaw).. Johnny Cake (Adam Richardson for Steve Coombs).. Longshank (Adam Richardson for Donny Smith).. Majordoit (Dale Chalk for Tim Gillespie).. Nicky Mattgregor (Dan Russell).. Redcliffe 04/01.. Our Major Day (Nathan Dawson forRichard March).. Heres My Number (Gary Whitaker for Mark Lichtwark).. Thunder Mac (Darrell Graham).. Bobbies Girl (Chris Petroff for Jay Edminds).. Kearney Lane(Pete McMullen for Trent Jackson).. Our Buscemi (Gary Whitaker for Bianca Hooper).. Mister Hart (Darrell Graham)..



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« 2018-Jan-14, 02:50 PM Reply #203 »
TROT TACTICS"  13/01/2018..
 In what can only be seen as a sound career move, teenage horseman Lachie Manzelmann is heading interstate.The 18-year-old Queenslander has taken up the opportunity to join the leading Sydney stables of Shane and Lauren Tritton at Menangle.Manzelmann, the son of leading thoroughbred trainer John who is based in central Queensland, has enjoyed stints with leading stables of Turpin / McMullen and Ron Sallis while more recently working under the eye of Darrel Graham.The talented reinsman will join his new team later this month.“I just thought it was a great opportunity to expand my knowledge and see things from a different perspective, I’m really looking forward to it because I know I will grow in areas as a trainer and a driver.” Manzelmann said.The mini-trotting graduate landed 23 winners last season while he has 16 winners to date for the current term.He returned to race driving lastTuesday after serving a four week suspension.Two weeks ago, Manzelmann prepared his maiden metropolitan winner when Sicilian Slumber proved too good for his rivals.Amy Rees took the winning drive.“That was a great feeling but I’m thinking a winner at Menangle will be even better, I’m looking forward to driving on the big track.“Shane and Lauren have a number of quality performers in their care and I’ll be happy with any opportunities that come my way while the driving colony is high quality and there’s a lot to learn.“Queensland will always be home but this opportunity came at the right time, I’m keen to learn as much as possible.” When interviewed some 12 months ago, young Lachie was of the opinion that, in terms of employment,  he would see how far each stint would take him. He has stuck to that creed, and is steadily reaping the rewards that ambition married to common sense are likely to provide. Plans are for Sicilian Slumber to remain in Queensland under the care of Kelsey Schulz, which is a plus for KS also!

In a landmark, and perhaps controversial decision, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission has ordered the retrospective reinstatement of sacked harness racing chief steward David Farquharson.In a 28-page judgment handed down in Brisbane on Monday, the QIRC's President Adrian Bloomfield ordered Farquharson be reinstated as of his sacking date of February 24, 2017.
It was further ordered that Farquharson be paid any money lost through the sacking and that his contract of employment be deemed to be continuous. In his judgment Bloomfield said there was a precedent case which showed some employment could withstand friction and doubts and that trust and confidence were concepts of degree. The precedent referred to, involved Mr Kevin Adams, a Steward whose career has been notable for controversy.Since his sacking, Farquharson has been employed as a Steward in Tasmania. Time alone will tell.

  New Racing Minister, Stirling Hinchcliffe announced a $12 million boost to prize money across the three codes last Thursday. The split up is, Gallops $8.6million, Dogs, who are justly rewarded for being the only code in profit, $3 million, and $400,000 for harness, which is undergoing a cleansing process. You can interpret this distribution decision in a number of ways, but the first and obvious conclusion is  that no board which has three members from the major code and one each rom the so-called minor codes would act in any other way. If we referred back to the much maligned Bob Bentley, and his principle of "corporate reality", harness would still be likely get $400,000.

  "industry" stalwart, Bill Dixon and numbers cruncher, Ian Wallis presented a paper on the imbalances and injustices of harness finance to Racing  Queensland's harness manager, David Brick on December 13th 2017. This paper is a comprehensive work outlining the lack of incentive for any one to consider investing in the sport/industry of harness in Queensland. It will be presented at the Marburg pacing associations monthly meeting this morning after the trials.All welcome. One statistic of interest is who gets the money. A condensed version of the 2015/16 season result shows that 40% (96 trainers ) took home 94% of the $13.7 million distribution leaving just $800,000 for the remaining 60% (156 trainers). Make of it what you will.

  Once again the flashing  lights on the leader board scream Brisbane Valley with Darrell Graham topping the trainers with three winners for the week. Just across the hill, Gary Whitaker nosed out Narissa McMullen and Nathan Dawson as leading driver four to a pair of threes. Most pleasing, another double for Tayla Gillespie at Redcliffe with Adam Richardson in the sulky. Ipswich Factor 24/40..


Resultsville.. Albion Park 05/01.. Needle (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Exceptional Mach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Moonlight Eyre (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Circle Line (Matt Elkins for Ron Wells).. Albion Park .. 06/01.. Overlap (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Constantlysideways (Gary Whitalker for Bill Crosby).. Sache Girl (Gary Whitaker for Travis Mackay).. Our Dainty Lady (Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 09/01.. The Caringbah Kid (Trent Dawson).. Rockonbye (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. The Space Invader (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Somepartysomewhere (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. One Wise Man (Lachie Manzelmann for Mick Butler).. Redcliffe 10/01.. No confession (adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie).. Cheers Kathy (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Shadow Pass (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Hot Rod Heaven (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie).. Arts Peregrine (Isobel Ross for Trent Knack).. Certainly Waitnsee (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Redcliffe 11/01.. Getoutnwalk (Nathan Dawson for Ryan Veivers).. Maythehorsebwithu (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Arbit Major (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. The Formula One (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith).. I'm Rolling Stoned (Matt Elkins for Richard Hutchinson)..



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« 2018-Jan-21, 12:03 PM Reply #204 »
"TROT TACTICS"  20/01/2018..

 
Top Brisbane 3yo, Colt thirty One, a star member of "team Dixon" has arrived safely in the Garden State in preparation for his heat of the Victoria Derby at Bray Raceway, Ballarat this Saturday night.
Unbeaten in three starts this campaign, the Grant Dixon prepared youngster is no stranger to Victoria after competing successfully during the Australasian Breeders Crown series last season.Colt Thirty One was placed in the Gr.1 feature behind King Of Swing and Poster Boy back in August.Now, he returns in search of a blue riband classic.“He arrived early hours today (Tuesday) and handled the flight really well and settled in immediately, it’s pleasing knowing that he’s comfortable with the change in routine and surroundings.” Dixon said.
With the enormous number of  big money "feature" races available to the best of the young pacers in recent years, Derbys have lost bit of their lustre. Not so this one! "Kudos" is still worth something and the Victoria Derby still has enormous clout. Generally, it brings the best of the best together from all parts of the southern hemisphere, and 2018 is no exception.The host state boasts enormous depth headlined by the likes of the unbeaten Lumineer while ably assisted by the likes Poster Boy, Konan, Higherthananeagle, Code Bailey, The Brooklyn Brawler, Yankee Roller, Tam Major, That’s Perfect, Little Peanut and Maraetai.New Zealand representation comes via the All Stars stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen with the highly regarded pair of The Devils Own and Spankem.
  In this money mad age in which we live, where almost every performance must be defined in dollar terms and irrelevant mile rates, it will be nice to think of an impressive trophy and embroidered rug, going into a lucky owners display cabinet to bring back wonderful memories for years to come. To own, train or drive a Victoria Derby winner is a rare treat indeed! For the record, if the numbers are your bag, Colt Thirty One is a son of Mach Three and Charm Personified, has faced the starter on 14 occasions for stats of 10-1-1 and a bank of $130,789.. His best winning mile rate is 1-53.9..

  A distant early warning. It will be three weeks today when Marburg resumes for 2018. Should be at least seven races, and all the  Marburg features that make it a top day out will be laid on as usual. Put it on the fun calendar.

 
 Another thrill item is the end result of a focus on high money features. With a substantial percentage of the yearlings listed for sale at The Allwood Stud 2018 SA Yearling Sale are progeny of five of the leading sires worldwide, no wonder the excitement is building for this event. The running of  South Australia’s first ever Group One race series for 2YO’s The Allwood
These five sires represented in this sale have combined progeny earnings well over 550 million dollars..Art Major 170 million dollars.. Mach Three  158 million dollars.. Western Terror 95 million dollars.. Somebeachsomewhere  93 million dollars..  American Ideal 85 million dollars..

  With all those potential dollars up for grabs if you are lucky, spare a thought for Fernvale based trainer, Melissa Gillies. MG puts the polish on recent kiwi import, Lisa Lincoln which has started on three occasions since "crossing the ditch". A first up winner, Lisa Lincoln was an impressive second  at next appearance to Colt Thirty One after galloping at a crucial part of the race. At outing number three, the talented filly was run down by in the shadows of the post by yet another  3yo filly, Fame Assured, which hails from the same barn as Colt Thirty One. So near, and yet so far. l The luck must change!!

  Nothing changes on the leader board  it seems. Top trainer was Darrell Graham to the forefront with new stock and three winners for the week, while Pete McMullen got there first in the sulky on five occasions. Most pleasing, Elzboy for Steve Towns at Redcliffe with Nathan Dawson in the cart. Ipswich factor 24/43..

 
Resultsville  Albion Park 12/01.. Sweet As Candy (Pete McMullen for Vic Frost).. Govinni (Hayden Barnes for Al Barnes).. Speedie McCardle (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini).. Albbion Park 13/01.. Gangster Boy (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Croft Bay (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Supaliner ( Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Bobbies Girl (Chris Petroff for Jay Edmunds).. Gloveman Gilly (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Riverleigh Jeff (Steven Doherty for Tess Neaves).. Elmaur Joy (Gary whitaker for Kevin Moffat).. Albion Park 16/01.. Quietly Spoken (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Only One Promise (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Bettor Together (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Shareapassion (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 17/01.. Fiery Blue Chip (Danielle McMullen).. Mister Hart (Madi dux for Darrell Graham).. Elzboy (Nathan Dawson for Steve Towns)... Lara Bay (Kelli Dawson for Geoff Dawson)..  Redcliffe 18/01.. Hot Rod Heaven (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie).. Courageous Leo (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Oscars Glory (Pete McMullen for John McMullen).. The Black Flash (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Time Traveller (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Swaffham Water (Pete McMullen for John McMullen)..



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« 2018-Jan-28, 01:35 PM Reply #205 »
   "TROT TACTICS"..27/01/2018..

 
  Enter the "iron" horse.They don't make them any more durable than harness racing’s modern day pacing wonder, Destreos. The 14-year-old gelding has endeared himself to fans around the country owing to his relentless appetite for competition and never say die attitude. A veteran of an amazing 445 starts, the Ken Rattray and Sally Stingel prepared pacer and much loved family member is set to enter another exclusive list.His next victory will register his century of triumphs, thereby joining the household name of Paleface Adios (108 wins) and Central Queensland 1980’s star Cane Smoke with 120 on the board as the only pacers in the Southern Hemisphere to win more than 100 races.He has raced during an era of absolute superstars which includes Blacks A Fake, Im Themightyquinn, Smoken Up, Mr Feelgood, Be Good Johnny, Washakie, Flashing Red and Slipnslide among many others. Destreos is living proof of the old adage, "there's no place like home", and, as he  holds the record for most wins (73), with 100 placings for gravy, from 321 starts at Albion Park, the metropolitan venue for harness racing in the Sunshine State, he is certainly King of The Hill there.
Destreos has raced at Albion Park, Gold Coast, Redcliffe, Menangle, Bathurst, Dubbo and Newcastle plus Alexandra Park and Cambridge in New Zealand.
A number of drivers have partnered “Dex” including Kelli Dawson, Scott Kunde, Darrel Graham, Bruce Birch, Ray Law, Ricky Thurlow, Mathew Neilson, Shane Graham, Luke McCarthy, Hayden Barnes, Simon Jones, Gareth Rattray, Ricky Duggan and Rattray himself. Dawson is a clear leader with victories.The lightweight driver has posted 57 victories behind the marvel, 54 of those coming at Albion Park. "Dexter" as he is known at Camp Rattray, has amassed some $807,683 over his long career. It has been all hard slog, with his  biggest victory coming at Albion Park via the 2012 Gr.3 $30,000 Be Good Johnny Sprint.
Now based in the aptly named Flowery Gully in Tasmania, Destreos picked up win no.99 at Launceston on January 12 and shoots for the century this weekend, again at Launceston, where he starts in the Carlton Draught Open Pace over 2200m with Kelli Dawson booked to drive and will start from gate 6 in the field of six.Since being based in Tasmania, the Astreos gelding has raced at Launceston, Hobart and Carrick. “It’s going to be an exciting day,” Trainer Rattray said about the possible momentous occasion. “To win 100 races with the same horse, that’s some type of effort because it takes a heck of lot of durability, determination and desire among other things to reach that mark".
  Destreos, in a lot of ways, takes us back 100 years to the stallion Single G, who was known as "The Horse That Time Forgot". On the Grand Circuit, at the age of 16 years, Single G was racing and beating the grandsons of pacers he had beaten in his 3yo season. A son of Single G , Bill B, stood in New Zealand in the early 1940's siring, among numerous winners, Single Direct, Inter Dominion Champion at Adelaide in 1949.
   Yet another distant early warning. It is just 63 days to the Easter Sunday Fun Day race meeting. Marburg is about to enter the realm of hosting a major sponsored event, based loosely on the original Rocklea "Pot Of Gold" series and run under standing start conditions for C0 to C5 pacers with fronts for the heats assigned according to numbers of nominations in each class. 10 metre handicaps per class with no mares or driver concessions allowed,and random barrier draw within class. Standing starts will be the major focus at Marburg unofficial trials, with the club making every effort to ensure that all intending runners are competent at the tapes prior to the heats, which will, if possible, comprise the entire program on Saturday 24/03/2018. It would do punters the world of good to attend the Saturday morning trials to see just how safe their prospects are under race conditions. Trials commence at 8.00am.
  Next week we bring you a happy story.  This will cover the third "Re-invention of Steven Alexander Clements", a man who has first hand experience in the ups and downs of harness racing as an owner/breeder. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. They don't get any tougher, nor any more optimistic than S.A. Clements. To import a stallion, have it die after two seasons, leaving stats which tell you that 52 of his progeny have faced the starter to date for 47 individual winners, shows considerable moral fibre to saddle up for the third round!!
  Wednesday night saw the sudden passing of Bob McCardle, principal of Bromac Lodge, one of New Zealand's top harness breeding operations. Originally a Taswegian, BM made his mark in NZ, firstly at Nevele R Stud. Described by another breeder as "a very nice bloke, who was able to make a handsome living from the harness horse trade alone", Bob McCardle was regarded as without peer in breeding and marketing of the standarbred!!

  Big hitting drivers to the fore this week, with Nathan Dawson nosing out Pete McMullen seven winners to six. A triple dead heat on the trainers board with Chantal Turpin, Ron Sallis and Darrell Graham landing three big ones apiece. Most pleasing, Pale Bear Boo for Mitchell Dawson with brother Nathan in the cart. Ipswich factor 29/40..

 
  Resultsville  Albion Park 19/01.. Gina Mach (Trent Dawson).. Zalta (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Fire An Ice (Matt Elkins for Vic Frost).. The Harlem Hammer (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Gotta Glow (Adam Sanderson for Darrell graham).. Exceptional Mach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Firebby (Danielle McMullen for Christina Monte).. Albion Park 20/01.. Cheval Zeppenology (Hayden Barnes for Jason Carkeet).. Betterbeperfect (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Yankee Strutter  (Matt Elkins for Max Towns).. Montana Falcon (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Cotton Cold Candy (Pete McMullen for Jason Carkeet).. Our Dainty Lady (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 23/01.. Raesawinner (Nathan Dawson for Tess Neaves).. Crowning Glory (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Rate Highly (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini).. Firebby (Danielle McMullen for Christina Monte).. Charms On A Roll (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..Redcliffe 24/01.. Oscars Glory (Pete McMullen for john McMullen).. Vintage Dream (Nathan Dawson for Daren Garrard).. Pale Bear Boo (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Calcavado (Gary Whitaker for Ron Sallis).. Miss Positivity (Pete McMullen for Josh Moore).. Redcliffe 25/01.. Corageous Leo (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Ruato Bay (Matt Elkins for Ron Sallis).. The Black Flash (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Tarin Kowt (Nathan Dawson for Ron Sallis).. What A Flight (Nathan Dawson for Gary Gerrard)..



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« 2018-Feb-04, 07:32 PM Reply #206 »
    "TROT TACTICS".. 03/02/2018..

 
  When you wish to predict the weather, a barometer  can be a handy tool. If you want to predict the future of harness racing then the review of a yearling sale can, from time to time, be equally useful. With a strong clearance rate coupled with spirited bidding, last Sunday's Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold Sale has been referred to as a positive sign to Queensland racing.Some 41 lots passed through the ring for a clearance of 70.73 per cent – up from 58.33 per cent last year.Colts were the most popular among bidders, with a rise in sales average and clearance, which was 80 per cent compared to 66.67 per cent in 2017.The clearance among the fillies was 60 per cent, an increase from 51.28 last year.“We are really pleased with the attendance at the sale, including interstate bidders, and the good vibe throughout the day,” APG’s General Manager David Boydell said.“It’s a great result given the integrity issues Queensland have faced and hopefully the confidence of buyers is an indication the tide is turning in Queensland and people are beginning to see a brighter future.”As predicted, Lot 30 topped the sale, being sold for $60,000.From Group One winning mare English Elegance, the colt is by outstanding stallion Mach Three.Successful in the New Zealand Great Northern Oaks, English Elegance has matched her racing feats in the breeding barn, producing seven winners from eight starters.
  Lot 3 – a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance and Rich Heritage - was the highest priced filly, bringing a bid of $26,000.Rich Heritage has a perfect record from four starters, including Remember Ruby, which was successful at Albion Park recently and Heritage Beach, which has won two of its last three starts.Other notable sales include Lot 12, which is the first Australian yearling by He’s Watching to enter the ring. The colt, from The Oval Office, fetched $32,000. At this point we should remember that a barometer is an instrument which can be calibrated and its accuracy guaranteed, while a yearling pacer or trotter is flesh and blood and capable of independent thought. As the late ,great, race caller, Ken Howard often said, " The sport of Kings is a chancy business". Harness appears to be the sport of the " nouveau riche", but the same cautions apply!!
  Last Sunday's scheduled attempt by iron horse Destreos, to notch up his hundredth win, went out the window with the following information...DESTREOS NZ – SAMPLE IRREGULARITY ..
Office of Racing Integrity (ORI) have received advice from the Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria that Cobalt above the prescribed threshold has been detected in a urine sample taken from DESTREOS NZ prior to it competing in race 3, at the Carrick Park Pacing Club meeting conducted on 31 December 2017.The “B” sample has been sent to Racing Science Centre in Queensland for confirmation.In accordance with ORI’s Harness protocol, upon receipt of the first certificate advising of an irregularity, pursuant to Rule 183A, the Stewards have ordered that DESTREOS NZ shall not compete or be nominated to race until the inquiry is concluded. This is effective immediately.Trainer Mr Ken Rattray has been advised of the decision, and ORI will continue its investigations into this sample irregularity and the inquiry will be conducted in due course. Watch this space, to see if the perceived infraction of the rules stems from the cumulative effect of Cobalt rich supplements administered too close to the cut-off time, or an action more sinister. A great reputation swings on this one!!

  Marburg commences the 2018 racing year next Saturday. Should be a seven race program including a trotters handicap. The "pick six" jackpot sits at $1400 with the usual $100 bet "bookies lucky gate prize".. All the good things which make a great day of country trotting, and all at rock bottom prices. Up-close exciting action on the 700 metre track. Gates open 10am, Adults $5 Members and Pensioners $3, kids under 16 free plus the all important race book $3. Come and join us.

QRIC not just focussed on trots.
A Brisbane track-work rider is facing disciplinary action for attempting to cheat a drug test. 
 The 27-year-old woman was selected for a no-notice drug test by officers from the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission’s Integrity Regulation Unit (IRU) during track-work at Eagle Farm Racecourse this morning. During the sample collection process, the woman was detected by an IRU officer trying to cheat the test by substituting a clean urine sample which she had secreted.  The woman was then directed to provide a sample which returned a presumptive result for cocaine.  She has been suspended from all duties relating to thoroughbred horse racing and is due to face a Stewards’ Inquiry on a date to be fixed. A Queensland Racing Integrity Commission spokesman says IRU officers will continue to carry out state-wide random testing as part of an ongoing strategy to ensure all riders and horse handlers are free of prohibited substances.

   Last week's promised "happy story" has been held over as S A Clements was tied up shifting horses last weekend. No matter, the tale of the Phoenix will be all the better for the waiting.

  Team Turpin-McMullen dominated this week with Chantal Turpin top trainer with three winners, while partner, Pete McMullen was top driver, getting to the post first on six occasions. Most pleasing were Mitchell Dawson training a double at Redcliffe on Thursday with brother Nathan in the sulky, while ND saluted twice more at the same meeting.  Young"claim" driver, Jacob Wallace, also scored on the Darrell Graham trained Master Montana..


  Resltsville Albion Park 26/01.. Charms On a Roll (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Gotta Glow (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Our Mels Dream (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park 27/01.. Maretti (Danielle McMullen for Phil Mitchell).. Wynberg Terror (Pete McMullen for Than Camilleri).. Long road To Fame (Adam Sanderson).. Bobbies Girl (Chris Petroff for Jay Edmunds).. Feel The Courage (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. My Ultimate Hell (Pete McMullen for Wayne Davis).. Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham)..Our Hi Jinx (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Senitas Success (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Albion Park 30/01,, Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Skylarhain (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Redcliffe 31/01.. Punters Delight (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Torque feels Good (Pete McMullen).. Redcliffe 01/02.. Heart Of Change (Nathan Dawson for D. Garrard).. Its All Go (Matt Elkins).. What A Flight (Nathan Dawson) for (Gary Gerrard) .. Xtraordinary Lombo (Nathan Dawson) .... Pale Bear Boo (Nathan Dawson) for (Mitchell Dawson).. Master Montana (Nathan Dawson)..



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« 2018-Feb-11, 01:06 PM Reply #207 »
"TROT TACTICS"  10/02/2018..

 The devil we now know, less confronting than the devil about whom we had significant doubts!
A world first study has confirmed vaccination against the deadly Hendra virus does not affect the racing performance of thoroughbred horses. “The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) funded the ground-breaking study so industry regulators and participants can base their decisions on accurate information and science rather than rumour and speculation,” Commissioner Ross Barnett said. The extensive study examined the Timeform rating of 1,154 thoroughbreds over 12,066 race starts and assessed their performance one and three months before and after vaccination, with no difference in form detected. Timeform rating is an established measure of a horse’s performance in a race that takes into account how the race was run and where the horse finished.  The QRIC’s chief vet Dr Martin Lenz says many factors can potentially affect the performance of racehorses, so it was important for the study to be large enough to distil out any impact that vaccination might have.
   
Racing Queensland estimates thoroughbred/standardbred horse racing makes a $959-million contribution to the Queensland economy and sustains more than seven-and-a-half thousand jobs. “Vaccination protects participants and animal welfare in an industry that is a sizeable contributor to the Queensland economy,” Commissioner Barnett said.“The Commission will continue to encourage vaccination through programs like the first vaccination free offer for the 300 Standardbred foals expected this breeding season,”.
 
  Don't miss Marburg today, Seven race meeting, "pick the card" now jackpotted to $1,400, $100 dollar gate bet, best value food, beverage plus monster raffles. Gates open 10.00 am. Adults $5, Members and Pensioners $3, and Race Books $3.  An introduction to the Standardbred rehoming program with Cheryl and Mark showing you the basics to get you up and enjoying your own ex-trotter or pacer..A super value family day out! To help you pick winners we have included a full tips and comment segment. Ben Crosby will point you in the right direction. 
 
 

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 02/02.. Exceptional Mach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Govinni (Grant Dixon for Al Barnes).. Queen Zenobia (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 03/02/2018.. Beaver (Trent Dawson for Melissa Gillies).. Dead Heat :  Our Mels Dream (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis) and Gotta Glow (adam sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Kotare York (Pete McMullen for Al Barnes).. Karloo Mac (Pete McMullen for Tahn Camilleri).. Dead Heat : Wynberg Terror (Trent Dawson for Than Camilleri) and Broadway Playboy (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Releven Dream (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Albion Park 06/02.. Fire And Ice (Matt Elkins for Vic Frost).. Rubys Bad Boy (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Maybetothemax (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis)..Bronze ecstasy (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Clintal Do (Adam Sanderson for Richard March).. Ima Grumpy Possum (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini)
.. Our Major Day (Nathan Dawson for Richard March).... Redcliffe 07/02.. Mister Hart (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Oscars Glory (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Mr Meddle (Hayden Barnes).. Diabolo Star (Matt Elkins for Richard Hutchinson).. Getoutandwalk (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Midloin Blues (Ricky Gordon).. Justabitlikemum (Gary Whitaker for Doug Lee).. Redcliffe 08/02.. Feeling For A Miracle (Kelli Dawson for Jeff Dawson).. Pale Bear Boo (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Time Traveller (Jacob Wallace for Darell Graham).. Spirito Nero (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Xtraordinary Lombo (Trent Moffat for Mitchell Dawson)..Master Montana..(Jacob Wallace for Darrell Graham)..

  The leader board tells us that Darrell Graham is once again the leading trainer, leading in no less than seven winners in the past week.  On the driver's side,Pete McMullen managed to nose out Adam Sanderson to triumph six to five .  Most pleasing, Mitchell Dawson maintaining last week's form, training two winners at Redcliffe Wednesday night, and Jacob Wallace scoring twice in the sulky  at Redcliffe Thursday for Darrell Graham. Ipswich factor 32/42.

  Do not fret. The third re-invention of Steven Alexander Clements is coming. I have great hopes of running him to earth this week, so watch this space.



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« 2018-Feb-18, 05:38 PM Reply #208 »
Unless my arithmetic is faulty, we have just 42 sleeps before Marburg Trots reaches a major milestone in its three decades plus as a contributor to harness Racing in Queensland.Not quite as life changing as turning on the lights at Albion Park in 1968, or the opening of the 1,000 metre track there in 1983, but the merry folk of the Marburg Pacing Association will host a TAB race meeting on Easter Sunday, in conjunction with Racing Queensland, UBet and Sky Channel.

  Commencing in the early 1980's, the MPA grew out of a need for better trialling facilities in the Ipswich footprint. At that time, by and large, Ipswich participants had a very short horizon, limiting their efforts to Rocklea on a Saturday in the main, and with the loss of Ipswich show ground track, the locals needed to step up to stay in the game.

  Perhaps a dozen committed trainers  Ipswich met in Bevan Dance's poolside shed,and the MPA was formed. Success was, to say the least, spectacular, and within six months of regular Sunday morning trials, it was noticeable that  the names of Ipswich footprint trainers and drivers were appearing in the race fields at Gold Coast (Stephens Trotway), Redcliffe and a few at Albion Park on Wednesday and Saturday night. Furthermore, they were winning!! We were up and running.

  Years ago in Sydney, stewards were often said to "have a set on someone". The following report of the exercise of "due process"  is proof positve that such is is not the case today.  "Harness Driver gets a stay after unlawful advantage charge." The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) wish to advise that harness racing driver Trista Dixon has been successful in her application to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) for a stay on proceedings. Ms Dixon was found guilty of giving another driver an unlawful advantage in Race 8 at Albion Park on 16 December 2017 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.  Stewards allege that Ms Dixon directed her horse Foursharesmorebeers inwards in a conscious effort to assist its stablemate, Our Overanova, driven by Grant Dixon.  Overanova was the eventual winner. At a QCAT hearing on Monday, February 12 2018 the QRIC opposed the stay, however the stay on proceedings was granted to Ms Dixon permitting her to continue to drive in harness races until an outcome in the matter is determined.

  Smaller numbers on the leader board this week, with training honours going to Chantal Turpin and Ron Sallis, leading in two winners apiece while brother and sister, Pete and Danielle McMullen were top drivers, each bringing home the bacon on four occasions. Three in the most pleasing department, with Hoofnit traned by Shane Parrish at Marburg with Brett Towns in the bike, Judah Ben Hur for Dale and Ken Belford, and Our Bodacious trained and reined by Danny Gatt-Bouquet. Ipswich factor 26/41..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 09/02..Three Of The Best (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Dapper Bessie (Danielle Mcmullen for Ryan Veivers).. Bull Market (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Ima Top Tycoon (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Lisa Lincoln (Kelli Dawson for Melissa Gillies).. Our Mels Dream (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. Exceptional Mach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 10/02.. Master Montana (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Speedie McCardle (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini) .. Young American (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Weedons Express (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Clintal Do (Adam Sanderson for Richard March).. Gangster Boy (Matt Elkins for Ryan Veivers).. Marburg 10/02.. Jimmy Nga (Ricky Gordon for Lacey Hinze).. Newmerella Sharkie (Brett Towns for Max Towns).. Hoofnit (Brett Towns for Shane Parrish).. Playnserious (Gary Litzow for Peter McKay).. Sugar Briches (Nathan Dawson for Steve Towns).. Our Bodacious (Danny Gatt-Bouquet).. Albion Park 13/02.. Maretti (Danielle McMullen for Phil Mitchell).. Kyms Boy (Matt Elkins For Greg Elkins).. Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Comigal (Gary Whitaker for Brett Cargill).. Kotare York (Pete McMullen for Al Barnes)..  Redcliffe 14/02..Judah Ben Hur (Ken Belford for Dale Belford).. Heres My Number (Gary Whitaker for Mark Lichtwark).. Couldnt Be Told (Nathan Dawson for Daren Garrard).. Miss Positivity (Pete McMullen for Josh Moore).


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« 2018-Feb-25, 04:18 PM Reply #209 »
"TROT TACTICS" 24/02/2018..

 
  Last week we told you of the MPA's early success in giving opportunity to Ipswich footprint trainers to hone their skills. A high level of cooperation between the trot folk and the Marburg Show Society, at that time led by the late Percy Truloff,  saw great growth in horse numbers, and mounting enthusiasm among participants. Fifty to sixty pacers  trialling  on a Sunday morning, with every assistance from the volunteer track crew, was about par for the course. The track at the time was the original  show track, resurfaced with fresh decomposed granite and about 530 metres in circumference. A horse census conducted in the mid 80s showed some 545 horses actually in training between Goodna and Gatton. This horse figure reflected the beneficial effects of the then stallion based Q-Bred  scheme  which saw five commercial studs in operation, and a foal  number in excess of 1530 in 85/86.

Racing Queensland’s commercial strategy to convert non-TAB to TAB race meetings where possible has resulted in two TAB meetings being allocated to the Marburg Pacing Association for the first time in the club’s history.
Marburg’s Easter Sunday meeting (1 April 2018) will be a TAB meeting broadcast live on Sky Racing, with the Labour Day Public Holiday meeting (7 May 2018) also allocated TAB status.It comes after the hard-working MPA committee secured a major sponsor to bankroll an exciting new event, based on the original "Pot Of Gold" series from Rocklea, and culminating in a $25,000 final. Oakwood Capital – a commercial finance brokerage company – has partnered with the club to help with a goal of assisting the sport at the grassroots level.   Director Craig Whiteoak said: “Oakwood Capital is thrilled to partner the Marburg Pacing Association to present the inaugural running of the standing start series, which represents a significant boost to harness racing in Queensland at a grass roots club”.

  The following is a press release from QRIC, outlining yet another goal kicked by the greyhound code. "The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has welcomed the results of a recent operation targeting the use of performance enhancing stimulants by some greyhound racing participants."“We conducted last month’s operation at the Albion Park Raceway in response to the detected use of amphetamine-type stimulants by a small number of greyhound code participants,” Commissioner Ross Barnett said. “But pleasingly we’re able to report that all swabs, including post-race swabs, were free of any banned substances following testing by the Racing Science Centre.”  Last month’s operation resulted in samples being taken from 80 greyhounds while more than 20 vehicles were searched. Good to see!

  Spare a thought tonight for Team Dixon at Menangle tonight. The Tamborine Village based operation has top chance runners in the NSW 3yo Classics with Fame Assured, 7 wins from 9 starts and $54,168 coming off a picket fence of 5 wins in the Oaks, and Victorian Derby Victor, Colt Thirty One, with $259,789 in the bank off stats of 12 wins from 17 runs, and looking for the NSW Blue Riband as well.
 
  A new name on the leader board in the trainer's department, with Prenzlau based Tayla Gillespie pushing regular Chantal Turpin to a tie, both ladies leading in three winners apiece. Old rivals Nathan Dawson and Pete McMullen fought it out for driving honours, with the mantle going to ND six to five.  Most pleasing efforts were Warren Hinze and Steven Bunz finishing with two apiece for the term. Ipswich factor 26/42..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 16/02.. Needle (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Trevs No Angel (Pete McMullen for Chantal turpin).. Monkseaton (Chris Petroff for Jay Edmunds).. Gotta Glow (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. War dan Appollo (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Albion Park 17/02.. Royal Counsel (Darrell Graham).. Firebby (Danielle McMullen for Christina Cini).. Gloveman Gilly (Nathan Dawson for Greg Elkins).. Village Witch (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Im Rolling Stoned (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Redcliffe 18/02.. Kyms Boy (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Bob Gage (Matt Elkins for Ron Sallis).. Long Dirt Road ( Paul Diebert for Steven Bunz).. Under The Kilt (Ricky Gordon for Warren Hinze).. Cause A Big Scene (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie).. We Can Only Hope (Matt Elkins for Warren Hinze).. Albion Park 20/02.. Courageous Leo (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Rory Mach (Darrell Graham).. The Harlem Hammer (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Redcliffe 21/02.. Xtraordinary lombo (Trent Moffat for Mitchell Dawson).. Summer Money (Justin Elkins for Tayla Gillespie).. Kearney Lane (Pete McMullen for Trent Jackson).. Santastic Princess (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie).. Longshanks (Adam Richardson for Donny Smith).. Feel The Reign (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 22/02.. Never Haveiever (Nathan Dawson for Ryan Veivers).. Millie Bromac (Nathan Dawson for Steven Bunz).. Midnight Bender (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Glenferrie Baby (Kelli Dawson for Geoff Dawson)..


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« 2018-Mar-04, 06:35 PM Reply #210 »
  "TROT TACTICS" 03/03/2018..

  We move on in the Marburg saga to the mid 90s, and the trialling operation is attracting favourable attention from the Queensland Harness Racing Board. There has been a change in the Marburg Show Society,  with record breaking President, Percy Truloff, relinquishing the chair after 14 years, and Norm Reinke, our current liason officer, is headed for a decade at the helm. Mid 1995 sees a grant of $400,000 to the MPA to upgrade to a 700 metre all weather track,  with a machinery shed, and a number of sweeteners for the Show Society. Ron Knack is the MPA President  and project manager and is ably assisted by  Secretary,Karen Manger. With the new track we run official trials in tandem with the jump outs. Horses can qualify for inclusion to the racing pool, bars can be lifted and intending drivers can  have trial efforts ticked off on their way to a country licence. The pot is boiling at Marburg.

   Just 21 sleeps to the heats of the "Whiteoak Capital"  Goldstrike Series. March 24th. Put it on the calendar in bold colours. This is an event not to be missed!!

   Good news on the animal welfare front in the Ipswich footprint. Harness has been to the forefront in re-homing race horses in Queensland for almost two decades, and the following just adds more clout to the profile of SAQ.
 
SCOTT BUCHOLZ MP now SAQ'S Patron and No1 ticket holder for 2018.
 
Buchholz is the Federal Member for Wright and his electorate encompasses a large proportion of SAQ’s catchment area - including the Lockyer Valley and Gatton, where the SAQ State Harness and Hacking Championships are held in August each year.Mr Buchholz said “I am honoured to be named as SAQ’s Patron and number one ticket holder during its 20 Year Anniversary and I have long admired the wonderful work that the SAQ has done over many years, particularly through the SAQ Adoption and Rehoming Program”.
“To have rehomed 1,000 Standardbreds from the track since 2002, is a testament to each and every SAQ Executive, member and volunteer over the last 16 years. When you consider that it means that, on average, over 60 Standardbreds each and every year have found loving new homes, a new lease on life or their niche in other disciplines aside from racing - they should all feel immensely proud.”“I’m very much looking forward to assisting the SAQ throughout 2018 - to help to spread the word on SAQ’s fantastic programs and achievements” said Mr Buchholz. See what you can do if you really try!!
  The vegemite was spread a bit thinner than usual on the leader board this week. A four way split on the trainer's side saw Ron Sallis, Tess Neaves, Chantal Turpin and Al Barnes all lead in two winners, while, on the driver's list, Pete McMullen scraped home on four wins from Matt Elkins, Gary Whitaker and Danielle McMullen, all tied on three wins apiece. Most pleasing, were Liz Au Betty for Ray Cross, Headwin for Allan Godwin, and Tim Gillespie's winning drive on the trotter Steves Star. Ipswich factor 26/44..
  Resultsville..Albion Park 24/02.. Our mels Dream (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. Geronimo Beau (Trent Dawson).. Exceptional Mach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Riverleigh Jeff (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves).. Gangster Boy (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Jacks At The Beach (Matt Elkins for Mal Charlton).. Albion Park 26/02.. ComplyOr Die (Danielle McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Maretti (Danielle McMullen for Phil Mitchell).. Monumental (Hayden Barnes for Al Barnes).. Ykikafil (Nathan Dawson for Richard March).. Needle (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Slippery Jade (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Albion Park 27/02.. Govinni(Hayden Barnes for Al Barnes).. Redcliffe 28/02.. Mach torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Ballator Thor (Taleah McMullen for Danny Gatt-Bouquet).. Just Say Go (Chris Petroff for Jay Edmunds).. Always A Jewel (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey)..Redcliffe 01/03. Liz Au betty (Matt Elkins for Ray Cross).. Headwin (Trent Moffat for Allan Godwin).. Miss Rob Roy (Matt Elkins for Warren Hinze).. Kearney Lane (Pete McMullen for Trent Jackson).. Chageover Me (Nathan Dawson for Daren Garrard).. Annas Best (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Stella Grey (T Moffat for Tess Neaves)..


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« 2018-Mar-11, 01:38 PM Reply #211 »
"TROT TACTICS" 10/03/2018..

Remember that old hit song "I Did It My Way".  Consider the driving performance of  Glamorganvale based 21 year old, Nathan Dawson, who has been on the upward trajectory for the past three seasons. After a fairly ordinary first two years, ND took stock of the situation, and, relying only on his own ability, let his driving do the talking, and talk it did! His lifetime stats from 3852 starts have produced 396 wins, 394 seconds and 410 thirds for a staggering $1,779,952. There have been no superstars hitched to the Dawson sulky to date, just a sprinkling of "handy" metro and country horses, the rest have been very much "bread and butter" conveyances. ND has three great factors which underpin his success. He can jump up on a horse for the first time and form a working relationship in the few laps of a race day warm up. Secondly, he does his form accurately and drives to his horses ability. Thirdly, a very level head. Nathan Dawson has been busy "doing it his way" this week. This includes a very successful trip to Inverell NSW last Sunday, with four drives for four wins, and a week's total of 10, which supports his current season statistics of 538 drives for 82 wins, 70 seconds and 63 thirds.

  Another early warning, this time for Labour Day, Monday 07/05. Centrepiece will be the inaugural running of "The Trevor Perrin Memorial". Details are yet to be finalised, but you can be sure that it will be a big day as we celebrate the input and sponsorship gathering skills of the late TP over many years of service with the MPA.

   We have now, just 14 days to the heats of  the "Whiteoak Capital"-- Goldstrike Series. The major event will be raced in a format similar to the Rocklea "Pot Of Gold", an event which put the 530metre Rocklea Showground  on the national stage. Heats will be drawn on Class with all runners starting from the front line. Come the Final, qualifiers will take their correct marks with 10 metre increments to a back mark of 50m, which will make for a very exciting race. Things are well in hand at the Marburg venue with track surface maintenance completed yesterday. The next weeks will see the Skills Alliance Group busy with the mowing etc, and the new video tower, which will provide the overhead shot down the home straight and will be erected by  former trainer/driver,Glenn Wilkins. There is nothing so pleasing as a country venue with fresh mown grass, green trees, good food and happy patrons.. Marburg intends to supply all four as a backdrop to a great day's harness racing, shared outside, thanks to our first Sky Channel/TAB meeting.

  The leader board went from wide spread wealth to monopoly in the space of seven days . Darrell Graham returned to the trainer's throne with eight winners for the week, (he went to Inverell and bagged a double) while Nathan Dawson hit double figures in the bike. Most pleasing efforts were Tim Gillespie's race to race double of Getinanhangon plus Majordoit at Redcliffe on Thursday, Calvert Hotshot for Ray Cross and Matt Elkins at headquarters on Sunday, and Blue Eyed Creation driven by Justin Elkins at Redcliffe for dad, Greg Elkins.

   Resultsville  Albion Park 02/03.. Somewhereoverarainbow (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Maybetothemax (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. The Harlem Hammer (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Only One Promise (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Momkseaton (Chris Petroff for Jay Edmunds).. With Authority (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. Rory Mach (Jacob Wallace for Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 03/03.. Constantly Sideways (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Royal Counsel (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Feel The Courage (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Needle (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Georgia Grace (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey).. Albion Park 04/03.. My Ajaye (Hayden Barnes for Josh Moore).. Cotton Cold Candy (Chris Petroff for Jason Carkeet).. Black Belt (Adam Richardson for David Rodger Jnr).. My Lady Linda (Adam Richardson for Lee Storie).. Moonlight Butcher (Dan Russell).. Calvert Hotshot (Matt Elkins for Ray Cross).. Time Traveller (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Norahs Fling (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith)..  Inverell 04/03.. Invite Only (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Courageous Leo (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Our Major Day (Nathan Dawson for Richard March).. Clintal Do (Nathan Dawson for Richard March).. Albion Park 06/03.. Lyka Version (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Maybetothemax (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. Supaliner (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. A Good Chance (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Redcliffe 07/03.. Pale Bear Boo (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Couldn't Be Told (Nathan Dawson for Daren Garrard).. Western Jewels (Nathan Dawson for Shawn Grimsey.. Colada Rose Gary Whitaker for Max Olive).. The Frame (Darrell Graham).. Bronski Mckenzie (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Redcliffe 08/03.. Private Jujon (Pete McMullen for Ross Jackson).. Getinanhangon (Tim Gillespie).. Majordoit (Tim Gillespie).. Cryptic Chance (Chris Petroff forGreg Elkins).. Blue Eyed Creation (Justin Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Mister Hart (Stacey Weidemann for Darrell Graham)..



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« 2018-Mar-18, 07:22 PM Reply #212 »
"TROT TACTICS".. 17/03/2018..

  A sad week with two friends of Marburg passing from this life.
  Firstly, the well known Rosewood feed merchant and community figure, Alan Price who was only in his mid sixties when he succumbed to a serious blood condition. His working life began with the National bank, followed by a stint driving taxis in Brisbane. Business beckoned and AP opened Price Produce in Rosewood where he quickly established a sound reputation for quality feed and good service. He worked from day one with news agent Erys Heit, for fourteen years in the establishment of  the Rosewood Bendigo/Adelaide Community Bank and for the eight years leading up to his death ,was Chairman of that institution.He was also a committeeman and sponsor of the Marburg Pacing Association. His hobby was the restoration of old tractors, his favourite being an orange Farmall with a 1950's Fordson running a close second. There was a "petrol head" close to the surface in Alan Price, his personal transport was GT Falcon with a "PRICEY" number plate. A great worker for the community, AP will be long remembered.

  Not quite a year after the death of Marburg stalwart, Trevor Perrin, his wife Ann has followed him from this life. Ann Perrin had suffered serious health issues, including the loss of a leg, for a number of years, prior to her sudden passing after a family reunion last  Sunday. In her youth, Ann Brown as she was, was a talented goal keeper for Dinmore Bushrats and Coal Stars ladies soccer teams. Marriage to Trevor meant instant involvement in the light harness game. Both were great workers for the MPA. When Trevor's eyesight began to fail, Ann took out a training licence in the 2000/2001 season. In her time at the races, she started horses on no less than 600 occasions for 42 winners and stakes of $70,000. Best of the team were Life Of Franco, With Caution, Megabucks and stable star, Mr Packer, winner of 12 races. Ann Perrin was a lady of forthright opinions, but a good friend to the harness folk of Marburg. She will be sorely missed.

  A large number of official trials will be held at Marburg this morning, as last minute hopefuls attempt to qualify under standing start conditions for next Saturday's program of heats, heading into the $25,000  "Oakwood Capital --Gold Strike" series, to be run on Easter Sunday Fun Day. It will be Marburg's first venture into the world of Sky Channel and TAB coverage. Good as that is, harness is always better on course!! Start your "on-track" experience at the trials this morning, you just might spot the winner of the big one!

 
Changes in Australian harness racing which moderated whip use did not harm winning times, researchers have found.The University of Sydney study team, which analysed the winning times of 133,338 harness races, identified a long-term trend over nine years of increased frequency of both fast and medium winning times in mile races, despite whip use being more tightly regulated part-way through this period.In fact, after tighter whip rules were introduced, the odds of a good time (under 1 minute 55 seconds) actually increased.Read more at https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2018/03/09/tighter-whip-controls-harness-racing-study/#icjFuHBClfqGSXM7.99

  Garrards and Redcliffe Harness Racing Club have thrown down the gauntlet to Australian Pacing Gold with their 2018 Yearling Sale, to be held on Sunday 25th March. All yearlings sold at this years sales will be eligible for  2 year old group one prizemoney of $100,000 plus breeders bonus $5,000 – 90 lots to go under hammer commencing 12 noon at Redcliffe Harness Racing ClubRio Mark 2 Racing gig to trainer of winner – Free Service to Changeover. 3 year old prizemoney now $35,000 plus free service to Changeover. Redcliffe is the best hope for the battler to snag a good one.
  While the leader board last week featured big numbers, this time three winners was all it took to light it up. Adam Richardson  and Gary Whitaker dead heated  in the driving department while Ron Sallis landed his trio as a trainer. Most pleasing, " Richo" and Ron Sallis, both up there for the first time, and Taleah McMullen, steadily gaining traction in the sulky.
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 09/03.. Long Road To Fame (Nathan Dawson for Adam Sanderson).. Tarin Kowt (Madi Dux for Ron Sallis).. In A Great Place (Adam Richardson).. Albion Park 10/03..Fire And Ice (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).. Iowna Turbo (Brittany Graham for Mick butler).. Maretti (Danielle McMullen for Phil Mitchell).. Constantly Sideways (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Armidale 11/03.. Clintal Do (Natan Dawson for Richard March).. Albion Park 13/03.. That's Bettor (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Chal Fire (Kelli Dawson ).. Somepartysomewhere (Danielle McMullen for greg Franklin).. Statement Made (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Redcliffe 14/03.. Illawong Dreamtime (Taleah McMullen for Doug Lee).. Bob Gage (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. RocknRoll Amber (Gary Whitaker for Donny Smith).. Gina Mach (Trent Dawson).. Bettor Watch Him (Adam Richardson for Murray Thomas).. Redcliffe 15/03..Janies Got A Gun (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. The Frame (Darrell Graham).. Bronze Ecstasy (Jack Rees for Mark Rees).. Handsome Major (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie)..


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« 2018-Mar-25, 09:20 PM Reply #213 »
       "TROT TACTICS"  24/03/2018..

  Here we are today, with Marburg  harness just eight days from TAB status. This afternoon ,the MPA  will host a seven race card, of which five events will be heats of  a new feature, "THE WHITEOAK CAPITAL GOLDSTRIKE SERIES". In what might be described as a "back to the future" move, major sponsor, Craig Whiteoak, has based his series on boyhood memories of the extremely popular "Pot Of Gold" which took the battler's paradise, Rocklea, to national prominence in the late 1980s. As such, it is fitting that the series be run under standing start conditions, which will add an extra dimension to the skills required from horse and driver. The field for the Final, which will be run on Easter Sunday  with full Sky Channel and TAB coverage for an amazing $25,000, will comprise the winner and second from each of the heats, and will be a handicap with a maximum back mark of 50 metres. The Consolation, for horses which failed to make the big one, will carry a prize of $5,200, and both majors will carry a cash bonus for the winners, should they be Q-Bred eligible. With seven other $2,000 sponsored races on the program the possible total up for grabs is $46,000.

   There is a hidden factor in the above series which may prove pivotal to the future of harness in Queensland. It lies in the standing start. The mobile barrier, which has been in common use in this country for more than 40 years, has destroyed the handicap factor in harness racing. If this series goes well and stimulates the interest of the recreational punter, it could provide a catalyst for a return to viability in a sport which has struggled for years under a burden of "odds on" favourites and resultant low turnover figures.

  As to the side pleasures on the family fun day, there will be the usual Marburg Country Burgers, and the return of the German sausages. The Easter Bunny will appear with eggs for the kids, there will be a jumping castle, there will a coffee van, Rosewood Lions will be doing the chips and we have a new smoothie van as well. Beverage will be, as usual, at rock bottom prices, two bookies will do battle with the tote for the punter's dollar and the funny money man will handle those who want to have a bet but can't afford to lose. Adults $5, Members and Pensioners $3, Race books $3 with the all important "pick the last six" form inside. It's $1500 today if you can do it. One bookie today and the gate prize is a $100 free bet. The monster raffle is a carry over from today to Easter Sunday with very good prizes.

 
New blood on the leader board this week, with Hayden Barnes dominating the driving ranks, posting a mammoth eight trips to Victory Lane for the week. Par for the course on the training side, with Darrell Graham landing three of the best with relative newcomers to the racing pool. Most pleasing would be Someone Singing for Ray Cross in the trot on Thursday. Just missed the big end of the purse but a top effort all the same. Ipswich factor 24/38..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 16/03.. Stoned Again (Hayden Barnes for Clint Petroff)-- Rarin To Go (Hayden Barnes for Josh Moore).. Circle Line (Matt Elkins for Ron Wells).. My Ajaye (Hayden Barnes for Josh Moore).. Albion Park 17/03.. Bettabe Perfect (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Karloo Mac (Gary Whitaker for Brett Cargill).. Modern Era (Lachie Manzelmann for Darrell Graham).. Georgia Grace (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey).. Quietly Spoken (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Albion Park 20/03.. Quietly Spoken (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Somepartysomewhere (Danielle McMullen for Greg Franklin).. Statement Made (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Kotare York (Hayden Barnes for Al Barnes).. Bettor Be lucky (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Redcliffe 21/03.. Western Jewels (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey).. Lynchman (Danielle McMullen for john McMullen).. Rory To Go (Hayden Barnes for Josh Moore).. The Frame (Darrell Graham).. Sonny Orlando (Narissa McMullen for Julie Mason).. Albion Park 22/03.. Day Tourer (Matt Elkins for Alex Cain).. Private Jujon (Hayden Barnes for Ross Jackson).. Notmuchuptop (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Thunder Mac (Darrell Graham).. Its All Torque (Hayden Barnes for Ricky Hart)..


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Sorry this is so late. Serious Email issues..  TROT TACTICS"  31/03/2018..

Just one more sleep to "T" DAY. This is crunch time for the Marburg Pacing Association, as the merry and hardworking folk of 55 Queen Street, plus major sponsor Craig Whiteoak and supporting businesses, put their hopes and dreams out across Australia via Sky Racing 2 on Sunday afternoon. The MPA is going TAB for the first time in its 36 year existence and the tension is high. No one can doubt the quality of the Marburg racing product  on our ordinary program, but tomorrow's schedule is a blockbuster. The following companies have sponsored seven events, raising the money by $500  and providing a trophy and embroidered rug for each. Calibre Earthmoving & Environmental, Stanley Road Construction, Trafquip Pty Ltd, Civforce Traffic Management, TCP Bulk Haulage, IH Capital and Leckie Insurance Brokers.. All crowns have jewels, and the jewels in Sunday's crown are the mammoth $25,000 Whiteoak Capital Goldstrike Final, and  Racing Queensland's $5,000 Goldstrike Consolation. Both Final, Consolation, and trotters event, will be run under standing start conditions as Major sponsor, Craig Whiteoak, has modelled his series on the super-successful "Pot Of Gold", run at Rocklea in the 1980s/90s.

  It is doubtful if the ten or so trainers who gathered in Bevan Dance's poolside shed all those years ago would have imagined Marburg as a TAB venue in their wildest dreams. Time changes things, but, hopefully, tomorrow's meeting will draw a large crowd, as it is a family race day and  traditionally a star event in the greater Ipswich footprint. The MPA is geared up for a large crowd with a jumping castle for the kids, who will also be able to get "up close and personal' with the Easter Bunny and score a dividend of eggs to remember her by. There will be Tug-o-war (Marburg versus the Rest) , craft stalls and photo opportunities with Peter the Plastic Pacer for young and old alike. Just remember, there is nothing like the excitement of watching  trotting/harness racing live on course. The sound, the speed, the vision, are all the video experience, enhanced by  a factor of 10. Even the dust is a plus. There you have it. Gates open 11.00am. Best of country burgers, German sausages with sauerkraut hot chips sandwiches etc. Cold inexpensive beverage, coffee van, smoothie van, two bookies and the on-course U-BET van. Two $100 lucky gate bets for the over 18s, lucky race book draws and the "pick six" operating on the last six races now worth a mammoth $1550. Adults $5, Members and Pensioners $3 and the all important race book $3. Don't forget the monster raffle. It wouldn't be Marburg without it!

  A bullseye on Patrick Estate with team Turpin-McMullen lighting up both sides of the leader board. Pete McMullen was, of course, top driver with a solid four victories while better half Chantal Turpin lead in three winners in the training department. The two most pleasing efforts were posted  at Redcliffe on Wednesday night. Nicky Mattgregor for Dan Russell, and Someones Singing  for Ray Cross with Adam Richardson in the bike. Someones Singing  put this writer in mind of Scottish Larry, a trotter that Ray Cross campaigned at Harold Park ( Sydney) in the late 60s. First out and first home!
  We take this opportunity to wish all our readers a Happy Easter


  Resultsville.. Redcliffe 23/03.. Pale Bear Boo (Danielle McMullen for Mitchell Dawson).. Veloce Bella (Gary Whitaker for Mal Charlton).. Bangkok Bravado (Gary Whitaker for Shane Fraser).. Albion Park 24/03.. Amajorjo (Pete McMullen for Tony Turpin).. Polished Rocks (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Come Cullect (Adam Richardson for Kerry Anne Turner).. Chal Fire(Kelli Dawson).. Bobbies Girl (Chris Petroff for Jay Edmunds).. Broadway Playboy (Darrell Graham).. Yankee Strutter (Trent Dawson for Max Towns).. Marburg 24/03.. Time Traveller (Darrell Graham).. Argyle Beach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Grinvil (Matt Elkins for Richard Hutchinson).. Always My Mate (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Majordoit (Tim Gillespie).. Albion Park 27/03.. Scorched (Adam Sanderson for Doug Lee).. The Formula One (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith).. Mattgregor (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 28/03.. couldn't Be Told  (Nathan Dawson for Daren Garrard)..Nicky Mattgregor (Dan Russell).. Archiecano (Pete McMullen for Normie Copeland).. Jazzy Artist (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Someones Singing (Adam Richardson for Ray Cross)..

 FOOTNOTE I've been told it was a great success big crowd lots of children and Tim Gillespie won the big race on Majordoit......the consolation went to Leo The Lion Nikki Chalk ...mostly the races were on SKY2 with UBET showing the races live on their race vision channel. Results in the link below.So Well Done to all concerned.

http://www.harness.org.au/racing/fields/race-fields/?mc=UG010418

Phil Purser has taken the time to download the UBET holds which are listed hereunder... a big thanks to Phil for his tireless efforts in supporting worthy causes.   :king:  

MARBURG UBET HOLDS 1/4/18
Below are the Ubet holds across the various pools for their first ever TAB meeting held on 1/4/18. I took these undermentioned figures directly off the Ubet website on the night of the meeting.

Note Races 1 and 2 had Sky Channel 1 coverage whilst the other 7 races were on Sky Channel 2.
RACE   WIN   PLACE   Quin   Exacta   Any 2   Trifecta   F4   TOTAL
1   1338   529   371   258   85   1791   408   4788
2   2251   761   565   324   153   3588   653   8295
3   1207   515   117   66   36   988   191   3120
4   950   495   205   84   24   803   107   2668
5   1554   584   424   198   76   1389   133   4358
6   3662   1099   1102   407   246   3712   372   10600
7   3638   1144   971   381   219   7350*   295   13998
8   1964   434   497   125   0   5931*   207   9158
9   1611   455   373   209   0   6037*   214   8899
                     TOTAL:   65884



* A jackpot component of $1000 is included in these 3 trifecta pool holds.

OTHER HOLDS ON THE DAY WERE AS FOLLOWS:

Extra Double        170
Daily Double        274
Treble                405
Quadrella        4153* (*included a $500 jackpot component)
TOTAL                9002

GRAND TOTAL OF ALL ABOVE POOLS IS $65,884 + $9,002 = $74,886

GRAND TOTAL EXCLUDING JACKPOT COMPONENTS TOTALLING $3,500 = $71,386

POINTS OF INTEREST:
1 – The 4 biggest holds on the day were in the last 4 races – in race order the biggest holds were on R7, R6, R8 and R9.

2 – Races 1 and 2 were on Sky Channel 1. As soon as the vision went to Sky Channel 2, the holds for Races 3, 4 and 5 dropped dramatically in comparison to say Race 2.

3 – Punters bet up as soon as there was a small jackpot like the $1000 Trifecta jackpot on Races 7, 8, 9.

4 – The Quadrella pool finished up over 10 times greater than the Treble pool after a small jackpot of just $500 was added to the Quadrella pool.

5 – Kevin Seymour has publicly stated that the hold of a meeting shown on Sky Channel 1 “will be double that of a meeting shown on Sky Channel 2”, so with that being a proven fact, it’s taken as read that the overall net hold, of $71,386 ($74,886 minus the $3,500 jackpot component) would have been considerably higher had the 9 races all been shown on Sky 1, as opposed to the first 2 races being on Sky 1 and the last 7 on Sky 2.

6 – By far the biggest holds on the day were on the Trifecta pools. In fact, excluding the 3 x $1,000 Trifecta jackpots, the total Trifecta pools across the 9 races amounted to $28,589 ($31,589 minus $3,000) which represents an incredible 40.05% of the total hold across all pools on the day. ($28,589 divided by $71,386.)

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Phil Purser


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« 2018-Apr-08, 05:55 PM Reply #215 »
"TROT TACTICS" 07/04/2018..

  The Easter Sunday  race meeting was covered in the QT last Tuesday, but for those who only grab the Saturday edition, suffice to say that Marburg's first TAB/Sky Channel event was a blockbuster.  The 1200 strong crowd that rolled in early and stayed to watch the Tug-o-War after the last were proof positive that harness racing, properly promoted, can attract and hold a live audience. The trick, is to provide on the day, the spectacle, and the amenities that were advertised prior to. The merry folk of the Marburg Pacing Association, with the help of local bodies such as the Show Society, the Marburg Residents Association, Rosewood Bendigo Community Bank, and  Ipswich City Councillors, notably Division 10, managed to provide a great card of harness racing, presented in the atmosphere that prevailed when harness had a higher profile than it enjoys today. In its own way, the MPA, has bought trotting back to the Community, and by hard work, set a benchmark for acceptance!!

  In contrast to the above, which is a basketful of goodies, we have the news that that the Yatala Harness Racing Club had withdrawn its proposal for the Kevin Seymour owned site. The proposal included a gift from Kevin and Kay Seymour of land for the  racing complex valued at $3million, while it was envisaged that development of the remainder of Seymour land surrounding the YHRC block would, in due course, return non-core business of $8million a year. Sadly, Harness and Greyhounds  are in need of complexes built on the template of the Gold Coast Parklands venue, which was callously destroyed to provide a site for a Commonwealth Games village. As Gold Coast was recognised as the best harness track in Australia, it was a bizarre decision in the first place, and the passage of time has only emphasised its loss.

  Meanwhile, that "land of many claimants", Albion Park, is in the news again, as Kevin Seymour, The Albion Park Harness Racing Club and Racing Queensland square off to do battle in the law courts for vacant possession. One thing is certain, should the matter go to court, some of us will be unhappy with the result. Yet again, the folly of combining three separate codes of animal racing under the one administration is evident.

  Four trainer/drivers  shared top spot on the leader board this week.  In the sulky, Adam Richardson and Gary Whitaker, scored on no less than five occasions, while Darrell Graham and Ron Sallis each led in three winners. Most pleasing efforts were of course the big money  Oakwood Capital Final, going to Tim Gillespie  and Nikki Chalk combining with Tess Neaves to land the Oakwood Capital Consolation. Equally pleasing was Kay Crone producing Oyster Stride to score twice in the week with Gary Whitaker in the cart. Ipswich factor was a healthy 35/52. 

  Resultsville.. Redcliffe 29/03.. Maestro Mac (Nathan Dawson for Ryan Veivers).. Vanto Hanover (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith).. Oyster Stride ( Gary Whitaker for Kay Crone).. Midnight Bender (Kelli Dawson for John McMullen).. Ruato Bay (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park 31/03.. Ima grumpy Possum (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Oceans Predator (Nathan Dawson for Greg Elkins).. Statement Made (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Mafuta Vautin (Darrell Graham).. Marburg 01/04.. Sugar Brichers (Adam Richardson for Steve Towns).. Notmuchuptop (Gary whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Go Ahead Make My Day (Gary Whitaker for Brett Cargill).. Leo The Lion (Nikki Chalk for Tess Neaves).. Majordoit (Tim Gillespie).. Blue Eyed Creation (Justin Elkins).. Domestic Art (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Davis).. Albion Park 03/04.. Needle (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Ruhtrebo (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. That's Bettor (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Jossie Jones (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Another Broadway for Darrell Graham)..  Redcliffe 04/04.. The Frame (Darrell Graham).. Calcavado (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis)..Time Traveller (Darrell Graham).. Major Tralee (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie)..


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    "TROT TACTICS"  14/04/2018..

  Here we go again with the MPA hosting another six race program at Marburg Showground this afternoon. Fresh from the outstanding support shown to the club by the big crowd and our generous sponsors on the day, Marburg is looking to the future in a mood of optimism. Gates will be open today at 10.30am with trials followed by racing which commences at 12.30pm. You need to see the first as the "pick six" jackpot will operate on the whole program and is worth $1600 (shared prize) if your crystal ball is on the mark. The lucky gate prize is the $100 betting voucher for the over 18s. All the usual features which underpin the MPA operation. Country burgers, modest prices for food and beverage, plus the excitement  of close up  harness racing action. The MPA will be backing up on Labour Day, Monday May 7th with TAB/ SKY CHANNEL coverage and added attractions.

  On the integrity front, QRIC is advertising no less than four positions for race day stipendiary stewards. As was mooted some years ago, the QRIC policy is to spread the knowledge  with race day operatives to be skilled in control of all three codes. To this end there is a requirement for a cadet, a casual position and a permanent steward. The fourth position is, however, more specific, and calls for a senior stipendiary steward to work in harness. It will be interesting to hear what the ever active rumour mill that is the life and soul of Queensland trotting throws up about this one.

  On the bright side Marburg mobile start field size and format have had a change for the better. Nine runners (up from eight), in two lines of five and four,will comprise a full field from the starting gate. This means that there is potential for any thing up to nine more horses to get racing opportunity on the day. Also the "seeded" barrier draw will disappear, and "out of the draw" horses will run from the second line.

  Highlights flashing on the driver's side of the leader board this week with Glamorganvale star, Nathan Dawson posting a massive nine wins for the week. By the nature of our scoring procedure, the trainers are somewhat disadvantaged. However, the consistent Fernvale barn of Darrell Graham  had horses in victory lane on three occasions. Most pleasing result was two winners, Jack DoubleYou and Proficient for owners Margaret and Rachel Scott.

  Resultsville.. AlbionPark 06/04.. Somepartysomewhere (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. Subtle Advice (Nathan Dawson for Terry Hancock).. Surface To Air (Justin Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Slippery Jade (Gary Whitaker for Bill Hancock).. Supaliner (Robert Morris for Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 07/04.. Bettabe Perfect (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. With Authority ( Narissa John).. Another Broadway (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Call Me Yours ( Darrell Graham for Tess Neaves).. Handsome Major (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie).. Albion Park 10/04.. Proficient (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn).. Bettor Be Lucky (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Only One Promise (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price)..  Redcliffe 11/04.. Julia Mac (Nathan Dawson for Kay Crone).. Miraclesdoappen (Nathan Dawson for Mark McNee).. Western Jewels (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey).. Never Haveiever (Nathan Dawson for Ryan Veivers).. Jack Double You (Dan Russell).. Ivanov (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Redcliffe 12/04.. Barboo (Nathan Dawson for Steve Bunz).. Writeaboutchelsea (Narrissa McMullen).. Truet (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Oyster Stride (Gary Whitaker for Kay Crone).. Pale Bear Boo (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Its All Go (Matt Elkins)..



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« 2018-Apr-22, 03:18 PM Reply #217 »
"TROT TACTICS"  21/04/2018..

 Focus shifts to the diagonal gait as Australia bursts back on to harness racing’s European stage, with Victorian trotting mare, Maori Time receiving an invite to Sweden's greatest race.The much-anticipated invitation was received midweek, and will see Maori Time leave Australia’s shores on May 9 to contest the May 27 Elitloppet at Stockholm’s famed Solvalla race track.Harness Racing Australia CEO Andrew Kelly said the invitation was a great result for connections and afficianados of the Victorian trotter.Owner and breeder Fred Crews and trainer Brent Lilley have both long awaited the invitation, which was pursued soon after Maori Time produced an Australian record smashing 1:51.5 mile rate when saluting at Menangle on February 24th.

 The eight year old daughter of Pegasus Spur and the Sundon mare, Sundonna,has faced the starter on 66 occasions for 24 wins, 19 placings and $421,301 in the bank, posting an impressive best rate of 1-51.5. Owner/breeder Fred Crews certainly got the best end of Sundonna with two other of her progeny, Happy Maori and Maori Law each winning 12 races and earning $89,365 and $86,669 respectively.

  Some 19 years back, another Victorian, Knight Pistol, went to Scandanavia in the care of rising superstar, Kerryn Gath. The gelded and entirely pacing bred son of The Contender and the Lopez Hanover mare Pacealong annexed the Harley Davidson Classic in the course of his travels.and retired with 66 wins from 181 starts in Australasia, having accumulated $612,203 in the process.

  Both Maori Time and Knight Pistol were blessed with blistering speed, and it could be held that the pacing gene in both their bloodlines is responsible for this. There is no doubt that there has been a quantum leap in the speed of the average trotter in the last decade, but where does it really come from.

  In our own backyard,the Annual General meeting of the Queensland Square Trotters Association will be held in the Marburg Community Hall on this Monday night at 7.00pm. All those with an interest in the traditional trotter are invited to come along and bring your suggestions for improving the Queensland profile with you.

  The long running "match fixing" charges, which have hung over Warwick based former trainer, Dayl March, for some twelve months, were today  thrown out by the Brisbane Magistrate's Court..March, who was arrested by police in the first instance, had his training and driving licences suspended. When those licences expired , Dayl March applied for a stablehand's licence.This was also refused, placing the trainer in limbo. We will follow the proceedings to their eventual conclusion.
 
Commencing on May 23 and running through until July 27, the Queensland winter carnival offers plenty.The finale of the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit, the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship is the biggest event on the calendar with the best horses from around Australasia vying for the honour of being crowned the Grand Circuit champion for the 2017/18 season.

Over $1 million in prizemoney is up for grabs.A total of four Gr.1 events will be staged while 14 Group races are scheduled catering for both pacers and trotters.Its 10 unmissable weeks of high quality harness racing action spread across two venues – Albion Park and Redcliffe. < But wait, there is more.

 To celebrate the final Grand Circuit race of the season, RQ and UBET are offering owners and trainers 100,000 more reasons to race their best in Queensland this winter.$50,000 Bonus – If a horse can win both the Sunshine Sprint and Blacks A Fake (Split $40,000 to owner and $10,000 to trainer)$15,000 Bonus – If a horse is placed in both the Sunshine Sprint and Blacks A Fake (or wins one and is placed in the other) (Split $12,000 to owner and $3000 to trainer)  The Trainers Grand Slam Bonus$20,000 Trainer bonus if a trainer wins two or more of the following;Queensland Derby..Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship..Queensland Oaks..Queensland Trotters Cup..>

  Trainers, don't forget that the MPA will host a two hour segment at the Marburg Show on Saturday May 12th. These will be exhibition races with all starters receiving appearance money. Winners and place getters to receive vouchers . Watch this space.

  The driver's side of the leader board remains volatile with Narissa McMullen topping for the first time this week with six wins. More widely spread on the trainer's list, headed by Chantal Turpin preparing three winners. Most pleasing, Playnserious (Gary Litzow,  Headwin for Allan Godwin , and Buddy Babcock  (Nikki Chalk). Ipswich factor 35/49.
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 13/04.. Exceptional Mach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Ina Great Place (Adam Richardson).. Clintal Do (Nathan Dawson for Richard March).. Our Major Day (Narthan Dawson for Richard March).. Got The Goods (Trent Dawson).. Albion Park 14/04.. Jackeroo bromac (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn).. Village Witch (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Playnserious (Gary Litzow).. Rockonbye (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Comigal (Gary Whitaker for Brett Cargill).. Marburg 14/04.. Scott Tom (Nathan Dawson for Mick Benham).. Headwin (pete Mcmullen for Allan Godwin).. Lucky Ned Pepper (Adam Richardson).. Argyle Beach (Pete McMullen for Chantal turpin).. Rowdys Ace (Narissa McMullen).. Albion Park 17/04.. Amillion Promises (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. My Ajaye (Hayden Barnes for Josh moore).. Bet Im Special ( Danielle McMullen for Shannon Price)..Subtle Delight (Gary Whitaker for don Hancock).. Tuesdays Fella (Nathan Dawson for Trevor Lambourn).. Just Say Go (Trevor Lambourn for Jay Edmunds).. Fifth Edition (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Govinni (Darrell Graham for Al Barnes).. Recliffe  18/04.. Surface To Air (Justin Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Its All Go (Justin Elkins for Matt Elkins).. The Frame (Darrell Graham).. Always A Jewel (narissa McMullen for Shawn Grimsey).. Armbros Lad (Danielle McMullen for Steve Coombs.. Redcliffe 19/04..  Day Tourer (Matt Elkins for Alex Cain).. Milly bromac (Narissa McMullen for Steve Bunz).. Proby One (Pete McMullen for chantal Turpin).. Bob Gage (Narissa McMullen for ron Sallis).. Swaffham Water (Kelli Dawson for John McMullen).. Buddy Babcock (Nikki Chalk).. Oyster Stride (Matt Elkins for Kay Crone)..



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« 2018-Apr-29, 01:01 PM Reply #218 »
  "TROT TACTICS"..28/04/2018..

 The Marburg Pacing Association is once again gearing up for a big day of racing, this time it will be Labour Day, Monday May 7th. Feature races on the program will be the Ann and Trevor Perrin Memorial events,  supported  by the annual "Chrissie and John Turner-- Friends of Marburg Pace." There will be broad spectrum sponsorship through the meeting from Bushranger Power Equipment and feed giant "Barastoc".. We are looking at a nine race card with TAB status and full SKY CHANNEL COVERAGE. The mini -trotters will be there, doing their bit on two fronts. Providing exciting racing at a different level, while some of  the kids who are going to be the future of harness in Queensland will be busy gathering the skills which are foundation for a lifetime. Catch the racing in the flesh for all the "close enough to touch" excitement,and a chance to take out all or a share in the "pick six" which stands at $1650.

   As reported last week, there was court action  in the case of Warwick based trainer Dayl March. March had been suspended while charges of suspected malpractice were being prepared. The following statement from QRIC was released early this week and we are now up to date on the matter.
  The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has reinstated the licences of two harness racing participants previously charged with race fixing. QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said Dayl March and Leonard Cain were serving licence suspensions following race fixing charges. “Now these cases have been determined by the courts both men have applied to QRIC and will have their racing licences reinstated,” he said. “Mr Cain’s suspension has been lifted effective immediately and he is able to resume under his licence which remains current. “The licence of Mr March expired through the suspension period and he will be issued a renewal application directly. The suspension has been lifted however no current licence is in place at this stage. “QRIC stewards have yet to examine the circumstances of each case to determine whether any further action should be taken.”

  For the  Marburg showgoers who think that agricultural shows deserve trots, there will be a two hour slot on Show Day, Saturday May 12th. At this point,the window is 2.00pm to 4.00 pm. But, it wouldn't be a show if it went exactly to time as we all know. Just as an example of the pulling power of Show Trots, America's most prestigious race for 3yo pacers is "The Little Brown Jug" and is part of the program at the Ohio State Fair (Delaware) . The classic is run in heats, and the winner often competes three times in the one afternoon. Crowds exceeding 50,000 are the go. The EKKA in it's hey day was good for 20,000 screaming fans for any trot Final.

  It was business back to normal  on the leader board this week , with the Darrell Graham stable providing five winners for the term, and DWG himself, sharing driving honours with Pete McMullen at three victories apiece.  Most pleasing, Jacob Wallace scoring for Drew Turton aboard Rafferty Delights.

   

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 20/04.. Somewhereoverarainbow (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Comply Or Die (Narissa MacMullen for Ron Sallis).. Slipaslygrin (Brett towns for Max Towns).. Albion Park 21/04.. The shady One (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Proficient Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Argyle Beach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Springbank Eden (Darrell Graham).. Kilcoy 21/04.. Ruffalo (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Kalinda (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Riverleigh Jeff (Steven Doherty for Tess Neaves)// Albion Park 24/04.. Lavros Texas (Trevor Lambourn for Jay Edmunds).. Have To Get Away More (Hayden Barnes for Al Barnes)..Montana Falcon (Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 25/04.. Celtic Cruza (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. Joey Tee (Pete Mcmullen for Adam Richardson).. Rocknroll Classic (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Its Megs (Nathan Dawson for Daren Garrard) .. Redcliffe 26/04.. Artful Maid (Darrell Graham for Peter Greig).. Shakeitup (Gary Whitaker for Brian McCall).. Invite Only (Darrell Graham).. Rafferty Delights (Jacob Wallace for Drew Turton).. My Mastercraftsman (Brittany Graham for Adam Sanderson)..




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« 2018-May-07, 05:37 PM Reply #219 »
"TROT TACTICS".. 05/05/2018..

  If you took the laid-back approach to the long weekend, deciding to stay home and chill out, you might be suffering from a bit of "cabin fever" come Monday. The cure is to gather up the kids and head for the Marburg  harness "Family Fun Day" at the Show grounds. The MPA and sponsors  have put together an excellent nine race program.The trimmings include..• On Track Bookmakers • Meeting covered by TAB & Sky Channel (Sky 2) • Free Kids Face Painting • Kids Tug-of-War • Mini-Trotters • Canteen on Track • Raffle • Funny Money Betting with Auction after the Races • First 100 paying patrons through the gate receive a $5 betting voucher to use with on track bookies • Kids zone includes activities & colouring competition with great prizes Genuine old school drink prices at The Battler's Bar, and the best of country burgers. Coffee Van and Icecream Van just to add a bit more flavour to a great afternoon's racing.

  Show racing will again be a feature of the Marburg Agricultural Show next weekend.  The MPA will provide a two hour segment on the Saturday between 2.00 and 4.00pm. Saddlery and supplement giant, Garrards Horse and Hound are providing  gift vouchers for the winners of the exhibitions.  Marburg Show Society  appear to bent on bringing "agriculture" back into the concept of the  annual show. With the steady shrinkage of arable and grazing land due to "urban sprawl" the Marburg Show veterans are to be commended for their efforts in preserving, and growing, awareness of the connection between dairy cattle and milk, and of ploughed paddocks and grain production. No doubt they will have a greater problem with the monster of packaging, but they will have achieved  heaps if kids and parents go away from the Show firm in the knowledge that the food on the table did not have its genesis in a cardboard carton, but in the interaction of the farmer with animals and nature..

  Whether it's your team winning or not, most genuine lovers of a particular discipline will applaud a top effort. So, stepping outside the Ipswich footprint, we head to Tamborine to cheer on Queensland's leading harness trainer, Grant Dixon. The month of April netted 28 winners for Team Dixon. I don't think anyone will be knocking him off the perch any time soon.

  No massive numbers on the leader board this week, and no surprises. Pete McMullen was leading driver, salutimg on five occasions while his better half, Chantal Turpin led in three winners for the term. Most pleasing, Underthekilt for Warren Hinze with Nathan Dawson in the sulky. Ipswich factor 21/41..

  Resultsville  Albion Park 27/04.. Lavros Segil (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Always A Jewel (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey).. Cheap Tint (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 28/04.. Somepartysomwhere (Danielle McMullen for Greg Franklin).. Miss Kenny (Pete McMullen for Adam Richardson).. Timeless Appeal (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Newmerella Sharkie (Isobel Ross for Max Towns).. Monvae (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park 01/04.. Needle (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. A Good Chance (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Get Out An walk (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Redcliffe 02/05.. Grinvil (Matt Elkins for Richard Hutchinson).. Grinydontcha (Matt Elkins for Drew Turton).. Ole Sun (Hayden Barnes for Mal Charlton).. Redcliffe 03/05.. Rufalo (Nikki Chalk for Darrell Graham).. Underthekilt (Nathan Dawson for Warren Hinze).. Not Always (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. Betting Baron (Pete McMullen for Josh Moore).. Janies Got A Gun (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Falcon Vista (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. He Gets It Matt Elkins for Rod Hinze).
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« 2018-May-13, 09:24 PM Reply #220 »
      "TROT TACTICS"  12/05/2018..

   Trots will be a highlight of today's Marburg Show, with the MPA, in conjunction with Garrards Horse and Hound and the Show Society, turning on six exhibitions from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. These events will be boosted by three mini trotters events, which are great entertainment for adults and kids alike. Furthermore, they present another opportunity for the young drivers to gain race experience in front of a crowd.  Come early and catch this. Show trots are on the way back at Marburg!!

  Last Monday's Labour Day Family race meeting,  proved to be a success, with a solid crowd in attendance, full fields and exciting racing. It seems that by going the extra yard to ensure that your patrons are well looked after, with children's entertainment, good, beverage and an eye to reasonable prices, there are rewards in country racing. The MPA is determined to be a solid spoke in the wheel of Queensland trotting.

   Recent history can be a funny thing. It is said that it is a useful tool, allowing us to learn from our mistakes, while we still have enough time to turn a loss into a profit. Tonight at Albion Park, we have the Q-Bred segment  of the Winter Carnival, where the pick of our 2-3and 4yo colts geldings, fillies and mares do battle for what are, in anyone's estimation, quite modest stakes.  This writer was present at the first  harness yearling sale, which was held at Albion Park in early 1979, and less than fifty juveniles went under the hammer. Out of this humble sale grew two splendid initiatives. One was the Stallion based  Q-Bred, where the male progenitor had to be physically resident in Queensland, and the resultant  Triad Series which featured Heats of $5,000 raced as far north as Townsville culminating in Semi-finals and Finals here in Brisbane for significant dollars and much kudos. In the 1985/86  breeding season there were 1530 foals on the ground and five commercially viable studs in operation in the State. The end result of not knowing a good thing when you see it, is demonstrated tonight!!

   Training horses seems to be much like riding a bike. Once you have mastered the balance bit, you don't forget. Redland Bay identity, John Stariha, the first Queenslander to train an Inter-dominion Heat winner on home soil, (Scientific, driven by Ipswich star, Des Weeks) has been keeping a low profile for a number of years now. In recent months he has dabbled with a maiden trotting mare, Commissioned, which shows ability but needs more time. Last Monday, John appeared at Marburg  with yet another homebred mare. Overcommitted, a 9yo, was resuming from a 12 month spell. Presented in first class condition, the mare led early and was still there at the finish, winning narrowly but well. As I said, you don't forget.                                                                                                         

  A significant "Ipswich factor" of 37/53 was the highlight of this week's leader board with busy drivers to the fore. Top of the tree was Nathan Dawson, hitting a big six, while Chantal Turpin was top trainer, duplicating last week's figure of three winners. Most pleasing was Famous Shoes for Mt Walker based Dale Belford with Leonard Cain in the sulky.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 04/05.. Headwin (Chris Petroff for Allan Godwin).. Circle Line (Matt Elkins for Ron Wells).. Heavens Hurrikane (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Majordoit (Tim Gillespie).. Mach Sam (Taleah McMullen for Jack Butler).. Parisian Rockstar (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. Statement Made (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Albion Park 05/05.. Bettor Be Lucky (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Remember Them (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin)... Royal Counsel ( Jacob Wallace for Darrell Graham).. Clintal Do (Nathan Dawson for Richard March).. Bettor Than Special (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. The Harlem Hammer (Danielle McMullen for Doug Lee)..  Maretti (Danielle McMullen for Phil Mitchell).. Marburg 07/05.. Skylahrain (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Ole Sun (Hayden Barnes for Mal Charlton).. My Secret Toque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Liz Au Betty (Paul Diebert for Ray Cross).. Jack Hammer (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn).. Fiery Blue Chip (Danielle McMullen).. Elzboy (Paul Diebert for Steve Towns).. Katniss (Nathan Dawson for Gary Gerrard).. Albion Park 08/05.. Spud (Chris Petroff for Jay Edmunds).. Cotton Cold Candy (Pete McMullen for Jason Carkeet).. Bundaburra (Nathan Dawson for Christina Monte).. Rory Mach (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. The Harlem Hammer (Danielle McMullen for Doug Lee).. Redcliffe 09/05.. Mr meddle (Hayden Barnes).. Sonny Orlando (Narissa McMullen for Julia Mason).. Johnnycake (Adam Richardson for Steve Coombs).. Mach Sam (Taleah Mcmullen for Jack butler).. Art Secret (Adam Richardson for Mitchell Dawson)..  Redcliffe 10/05.. Famous Shoes (Leonard Cain forDale Belford).. Doolittle Doofy (Matt Elkins for Ricky Hart).. Parklane Lass (Adam Richardson for Lee Storie).. Janies Got A Gun (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Soldier Of Fortune (Paul Diebert for Karen Schulz)..



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« 2018-May-20, 04:09 PM Reply #221 »
  "TROT TACTICS"  19/05/2018.. 

  Marburg show for 2018 has come and gone, and, for the second year ,the Marburg Pacing Association,Garrards Horse and Hound and the Royal George Hotel Rosewood have provided a two hour window of harness racing to add to the Saturday entertainment. Show trotting was for many years the only form of harness racing in Queensland. Registered racing had lapsed in the early 1930s, due to a lack of public support, stemming it seems from a lack of faith in proprietary racing, with racing venues at that time largely owned and controlled by Melbourne based entrepreneur and sportsman, John Wren. Wren at one stage was a part owner of the Courier Mail newspaper, and sole owner of Doomben, Albion Park, Deagon, Bundamba and Kedron race courses. With no "registered racing", the harness folk turned to the district shows with a vengeance and Show Societies provided very good money indeed as they competed for the pacers which were a major draw card on the program. The return of registered racing in the early 50's (1955 at Ipswich), did nothing to dampen the popularity of show racing. The demise of this institution was attributed to a "clerical error" in the late 1990's, when shows were not included in an insurance policy renewal. An expensive "error", as $96,000 per year was lost in the Ipswich footprint alone. We were  ably supported in our efforts to spread the harness word by the Queensland Mini-trotting and Sporting Association Inc, who provided four pony trots on the day.  Exhibition winners were Riverleigh Bart (Trent Hodges) Macs Choice (Ricky Gordon), We Can Only hope (Warren Hinze), Emargee (Ricky Gordon), Leo The Lion (Nikki Chalk), and Calvert Hotshot (Darryl Reinke).. The MPA will be back next year, hopefully with a much bigger segment!!

  Harness can be testing business, with no guarantee of winners or earners coming regularly no matter how hard the trainer works.There can be long droughts, and these are more distressing if the horse team is small, one, maybe two horses for the hobbyist. Ironbark based Karen Schulz is one such hobbyist who has done the hard yards in recent times, when stable star, Soldier Of Fortune, lost form and became  hard to drive.However, droughts break and this time the big change coincided with the purchase of an additional horse for Team Schulz. We don't know if "Soldier" felt threatened but no sooner had the new arrival Beau Cishlom(correct spelling) appeared than Soldier Of Fortune found winning form  at Redcliffe. Not to be denied, Beau Cishlom was first at the winning post a day later, giving Karen her first Albion Park winner in four years of training.Needless to say, it's all smiles at Team Schulz where the kids pitch in with stable chores. See, it can happen!! 

  While Chantal Turpin  produced a consistent three winners to take trainer's honours for the week, there was a three way tussle on the driver's board, with Danielle McMullen emerging victorious from four wins, edging out Gary whitaker and Pete Mcmullen on three apiece. Most pleasing, Team Schulz as it gives encouragement to hang in there through the flat spots. Ipswich factor 19/47..

. Resultsville  Albion Park  11/05.. Somepartysomewhere (Danielle McMullen for Greg Franklin).. Hard To Hear (Trent Dawson).. Beau Cislom (Paul Diebert for Karen Schulz)..  . Albion Park 12/05.. Opononis Bliss (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 15/05.. Needle (GaryWhitaker for Brad Connelly).. Minted Montana (Darrell Graham for Donny Smith).. Jazzy Artist (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Heavens Hint (Pete McMullen for Stewie Dickson).. Proficient (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Geronimo Beau (Trent Dawson).. Redcliffe 16/05.. Life In Heaven (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Nikki Mattgregor (Matt Elkins fi=or Dan russell).. Come Out And Play (Gary Whitaker for Damian Shaw).. Grizzly Montana (Gary Whitaker for Brett Cargill).. Albion Park  17/05.. Justabit Like Mum  (Danielle McMullen for Doug Lee).. Somewherovarainbow (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Grinvil (Narissa McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Argyle Beach (Danielle McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. RockNroll Music (Pete McMullen for Brian McCall)..


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« 2018-May-20, 04:24 PM Reply #222 »


.............. the best tactics for the trots are the same as for midweek metropolitan racing in Melbourne.............have nothing to do with either.

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« 2018-May-27, 02:19 PM Reply #223 »
"TROT TACTICS"  26/05/2018..

  Today, the race will be definitely to the swift, with the first race at Marburg trots set go at 11.30am,.  So its on with the running shoes and out to the Show grounds. All the usual amenities, good country burgers and other hot stuff, best priced beverage at any sporting event, "pick the card" operating on the last six races, and now worth a massive $1700 boosted by the $100 dollar free bet gate prize for the over 18s. The "Funny Money" bookie will be in operation , while Stephen Anthony handles the real cash betting requirements.

  The BOTRA Queensland Young Drivers Championship concluded last Saturday night, with victory going to 22 year old Glamorganvale based Danielle McMullen. DM held off a late charge by Leonard Cain with elder sister Narissa McMullen holding down third place. The first point in selecting a yearling with "classic" aspirations, is a close examination of its breeding. We should probably apply the same principle when selecting a driver. Danielle McMullen currently boasts personal stats as follows : starts 2091..wins 237..seconds 259 and thirds 233 for a bankroll of $1,418,122. She has three siblings, all sulky sitters. In ascending order, Taleah, who has been driving for what seems like five minutes, starts 267..wins 20.. seconds 30..thirds 29.. earnings $102,059. Narissa  starts 5848  wins 658.. seconds 648..thirds 640 and dollars $3,544,769. At the top of the pile, "Mr Megabucks" Pete McMullen, starts 10,659.. wins 1,582,, seconds 1,395..thirds 1,273  the money, a staggering $8,016,807.. With solid bloodlines and good teachers, winning comes as no surprise at "Camp McMullen".

  The focus of Queensland Racing Integrity Commission shifted to the gallops, when Toowoomba licensed trainer Mark Currie was found guilty of 16 charges relating to race day treatment, and despite a not guilty plea, he was disqualified for two years at a reconvened Stewards Inquiry in Brisbane on Monday 21/05. QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said stewards today concluded an Inquiry into the activities of Mr Currie on 24 March and 7 April 2018 at the Hursley Rd Toowoomba stables of licensed trainer Ben Currie. “Mark Currie appeared today at the QRIC Brisbane headquarters to answer to 12 charges under AR 178E relating to the administration of a medication to a horse on race day without the permission of the stewards and four charges under AR 175 (a) relating to improper practice,” he said. “Stewards found Mr Currie guilty of administering medication to Gully Command, Publishing Power, Hang, and Giveus A Cuddle on 24 March, the same day they raced at Doomben and causing With A Promise to be administered a medication that same day. “Mr Currie was also found guilty of causing Giveus A Cuddle, Gully Command, Publishing Power, Ruettiger, With A Promise and Boomwa to be administered with a medication on 7 April, the same day they were engaged to run at Toowoomba. “ There is a moral to this story... "IT'S JUST NOT WORTH IT"!!

  Very skinny result from the Ipswich footprint this week with the local factor 18/44. Darrell Graham was top trainer with two winners , and also figured in a four way battle for top driver with Adam Richardson, Nathan Dawson and Pete McMullen,each managing two trips to Victory Lane. Most pleasing, Major Tralee for Tayla Gillespie, Adam Richardson with the reins.

  Resultsville.. Redcliffe 18/05.. Hard To Hear (Brittany Graham for Trent Dawson).. How We Roll (Gary Whitaker for Billy Crosby).. Ark Patrol  (Danielle McMullen for Grant Dixon).. Monorail (Clint Sneddon for Karen Bennett).. Albion Park 19/05.. Croft Bay (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Royal Counsel (Darrel Graham).. Battle Born (Chris petroff for Trevor Lambourn).. Yankee Strutter (Kelli Dawson for Max Towns).. Riverleigh Jeff (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves).. Albion Park 22/05.. Somewhereoverarainbow (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Magicinracing (Adam Richardson).. Redcliffe 23/05.. Mach Sam (Taleah McMullen for Mick butler).. Major Tralee (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie).. Invite Only (Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 24/05.. Oh Stanley (Nathan Dawson for Peter Neilson).. Slice Of heaven (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Kaanapali (Pete McMullen for John McMullen).. Mr Meddle (Hayden Barnes)..




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« 2018-Jun-03, 01:29 PM Reply #224 »
  "TROT TACTICS".. 02/05/2018..

 
Lightning fast Victorian trotting mare, Maori Time's future program is now set in Plan B. Owner Fred Crews has confirmed Maori Time has run her last race in Australia and will do the rest of her racing in Europe before retiring to the breeding barn.  Maori Time competed in Sunday’s controversial first elimination of the Swedish Elitloppet and finished sixth after galloping at the start.“We always had the option of leaving her with Stig Johansson for a period of time after the weekend but after her performance on Sunday (in the Elitloppet) it makes sense to leave her here for good,” Crews said.“Stig is confident she can compete in some of the best races in Europe and I’d love to see her have another crack at Solvalla in twelve months that’s for sure.” Plan A had been to win the major feature and bring the bonny mare home. However, after the galloping mishap, MT ran her last 1400 metres in a time equivalent to a mile rate of 1-50.9. Repeats of that performance in Europe would see a lot of Kroner and Euros added to the bank balance and put a gold plated value on any future foals. Makes sense!

  The average lifespan of a performance horse, would be roughly 25 years,but, with racing animals,for various reasons, there are not too many these days racing past 10 years of age.  Geldings may find that the handicapper has caught up with them, and mares may be retired early, as their perceived value as a broodmare churning out foals with race winning potential, might appeal to futuristic thinkers.  What do we do with  those versatile and kindly pacers and trotters which remain. The MPA has had a long and fruitful association with the SAQ since its inception, and congratulates Racing Queensland  for giving material support to SAQ as outlined in the following press release. This writer has re-homed a number of harness horses through SAQ ,and strongly recommends the service that they provide!!
 The Standardbred Association Queensland Inc (SAQ) is pleased to announce that it has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with Racing Queensland - joining Hygain as the two major sponsors for SAQ’s 2018 Track to Hack Series.SAQ’s Track to Hack Series is run at nine (9) Agricultural Shows in south-east Queensland, to promote standardbreds as Pleasure Horses upon their retirement from their traditional role of Harness Racing. The Final will be held at SAQ’s State Harness and Hacking Championships in Gatton in August.SAQ President, Owanna Francisca, said this sponsorship agreement would provide funding certainty for SAQ’s signature event for the next three years.Celebrating its 20 Year Anniversary in 2018, SAQ established its Rehoming and Adoption program in 2002 and rehomes between 80 and 120 standardbreds each year - with the rehoming of its 1,000th standardbred in February.
Harness Development Strategy Manager, David Brick, said Racing Queensland has a strong commitment to animal welfare and life after racing for its retired athletes.“Racing Queensland is proud to support volunteer organisations like SAQ - who not only run a number of events each year to showcase these wonderful horses - but more importantly, play a significant role in rehoming standardbreds after their racing career” said Mr Brick.This year’s Track to Hack Series qualifying events have been held at Warwick, Kilcoy, Marburg and Ipswich Shows - with the remainder to be held at Caboolture, Lowood, Sunshine Coast, Kalbar and Redcliffe.

   A strange week indeed, with Darrell Graham not sighted on either side of the Leader Board. Small numbers in the training division with Bill Crosby and Chantal Turpin leading in  a solid three winners apiece. Big numbers on the other side with Nathan Dawson scoring on eight occasions, Gary Whitaker six, and rising star Matt Elkins grabbing five, while reaching a milestone 200 winners lifetime in the process. Most pleasing, Thursday's Albion Park meeting with seven of the eight winners either trained or driven by Ipswich folk.

  Resultsville  Albion Park 25/05.. Ruhtrebo (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Where's The Spirit (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Stirling William (Nathan Dawson for Shawn Grimsey).. Bumper (Nathan Dawson for Daren Garrard).. Albion Park 26/05.. With Authority (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen). Lexus On The Beach (Nathan Dawson).. Oyster Stride ( G Whitaker for Kay Crone).. Magicinracing ( Adam Richardson).. Constantlysideways (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Majore Score (Nathan Dawson for Jack Butler).. Heez Perfect (Gary Litzow).. Needle (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly)..  Marburg 26/05.. Norahs Fling (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith).. Alleys Fella (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Hot Rod Heaven (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie).. Notmuchuptop (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Travelnfast (Nathan Dawson for Gary Vernon).. Sand Safari (Adam Richardson for Tayla gillespie).. Zalta (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Albion Park 29/05.. Lansbury Clint Sneddon for Karen Bennett).. Argyle Beach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Punters Delight (Leonard Cain for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park 31/05/2018.. Notmuchuptop (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. My Secret Torque (Danielle McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. How We Roll (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Buddy Babcock (Leonard Cain for Nikki Chalk).. Jazzy Artist (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Soldier Of Fortune (Isobel Ross for Karen Schulz).. None Bettor (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. 



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