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« 2018-Jun-10, 11:36 AM Reply #225 »
"TROT TACTICS" 09/06/2018..

  Racing Queensland's new CEO, Brendan Parnell, has sent his first message to harness racing's participants, via the dedicated monthly magazine, "PACE". Mr Parnell has, in his own words, "been out meeting the many stakeholders and industry participants who make this sport great, and that's exactly what I should be doing at this stage.Listening during coming weeks and months will assist me to guide the organisation and provide a platform for further improvements and growth" 
  "I understand the harness code has it's own set of challenges and opportunities at the moment. There are some positive signs with some increase in wagering support, but we could certainly do with increased participation, and venues play their part."
 
  The matter of increased participation is a vexing question. While the harness sport is driven with a formula based on the premise of "get big or get out" there is unlikely to  be any great incentive for independent folk (non harness family members) to enter the sport.  However, the need for additional participants is a crying one, and RQ must address it in a practical and affordable manner.

  The second prime factor is a combination which benefits both  turnover, and enhances integrity. Simply put, our racing product is far from punter friendly, and in no way provides a reliable form line, as conditions (class, barrier draw, eligibility etc) are written and  re-written ,supposedly to provide earning capacity for each and every horse. We have forgotten, or have decided to disregard the fact, that it is the punter who provides the prize money through tote turnover in the main. In order to engage, and hold the attention of the recreational punter, harness needs a racing format which is easily understood, allowing punters to make informed choices , based on a reliable form line. Integrity is enhanced through the same reliable form line, which allows stewards to read a race more accurately, and thus police wrong doing,backed up by a series of performances by horse and or driver which provide a template for accurate comparison.

  Yes, harness needs new people. Yes, harness needs more money. We won't cure either ill by going down the road we are currently on. Racing Queensland has the power to reverse the trend. Best they do it. Quickly!

 By all means, the funds gathered from the proposed point of consumption tax on punters should be directed to Racing. But, only on the proviso that it does not pander to the "begging bowl mentality", which has pervaded clubs and administrations for the last two decades at least. "capital works" and local community benefit only!

 Early warning. Marburg races Saturday June 23rd. Country Trots at its best..

  Not a good result on the leader board at all with the loss of Thursday's Albion Park meeting due to rain damage. Nathan Dawson retained his driving crown with four winners leading Matt Elkins and Pete McMullen on two victories apiece. No local trainer led in more than one winner, so Mellissa Gillies, Chantal Turpin, Trevor Lambourn and Gary Whitaker posted a quadruple dead heat. Ipswich factor 12/35..

  Resultsville . Redcliffe  01/06.. Slice Of Heaven (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Courageous Leo (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Lisa Lincoln (Kelli Dawson for Melissa Gillies).. Albion Park 02/06.. Somepartysomewhere (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. Bohdi Tree (Taleah McMullen for Peter Greig).. Nui Toc Tien (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn).. Bettabe Perfect (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Evelyn Jay (Pete McMullen for Mark Dux).. Albion Park 05/06.. Special Reserve (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. None Bettor (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Redcliffe 06/06.. Scott Tom (Nathan Dawson for Mick Benham).. No Transactions (Gary Whitaker)..


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« 2018-Jun-17, 03:13 PM Reply #226 »
      "TROT TACTICS"  16/06/2018..

   Don't forget.. Marburg next Saturday Country racing at its best. Pick six is $1750 and gate prize $100 betting voucher. Adults $5, Pensioners and Members $3. Best priced food and beverage anywhere!!
 Here in the southern hemisphere, where harness racing has perhaps a written history dating back 140 years, we have created a breed of pacers and trotters based on stallions imported from America, and, initially these horses covered colonial bred mares as the slow process of improving a breed took place. Time passed, commercial interests took advantage of the Australian "cultural cringe", using imported stallions to the almost total exclusion of local horses which had shown great ability  on the race track, and certainly considerably more versatility than most American imports. It was attitudes such as this which saw the willful destruction of the peerless Globe Derby male line in the 1940s and 50s..
  Queensland breeders of the traditional Square trotter are now offered a unique opportunity to breed to bloodlines which have only on rare occasions been diluted by American blood. These are the French Trotters, whose great abilities in the areas of gait, speed and staying ability are renowned in Europe. Broadly speaking, they are superior to, and a total out-cross, to American blood. This difference is jealously preserved by the following statement.
  "Created on October 21, 1864, the Société d’Encouragement à l’élevage du Cheval Français (SECF) (Association for the encouragement of French horse breeding) is the Parent Association for Trotting Racing. Abiding by the Law of 1901 as a non-profit association, its mission is to work towards the recognition and development of trotting racing in France as well as to protect the characteristics of the French Trotter breed."
  It seems that an opportunity has arisen on the horizon of the square trotter in the Sunshine State. Here is the first part of a press release which could herald a giant leap forward for the diagonal gait.
  "Racing Queensland and breeders Haras des Trotteurs have combined to provide an exciting opportunity to harness participants aimed at stimulating the breeding of trotters in Queensland.
 The partnership will give participants the chance to own and breed with one of 14 well-bred broodmares FREE of charge. Interested parties are encouraged to register at the Racing Queensland website, with the 14 lucky winners to be announced at Albion Park on Saturday 7 July.The offer, open to breeders, trainers, owners and trotting enthusiasts, includes the opportunity to win ownership of a mare, with a free service to one of Haras des Trotteurs’ stallions for the first year.
 
The stallions include;-          Used To Me-          Dream Catcher and;-          En Solitaire
Each mare offered must remain in Queensland for at least the initial breeding season to ensure offspring are QBRED eligible, with a minimum expectation that the foal’s first race start be in Queensland. The new owner must also fund transport costs to Queensland for both the mare and semen.This exciting new opportunity was the brainchild of prominent trotting owner Jeroen Nieuwenburg and owner of Haras des Trotteurs and Yabby Dam Farms, Pat Driscoll."<http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/Harness-Industry/Promotion-Harness-Breeding-in-Queensland> More next week.
 

  The smart money was on this appointment some weeks back, and for once it was right. An international recruitment drive has identified the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission’s (QRIC) new Chief Stipendiary Thoroughbred Steward. Peter Chadwick, has been called back to Australia from the Singapore Turf Club to take up the role after it was thrown open to the world of racing earlier this year. After 18 years working as a Steward at the Singapore Turf Club, more than 13 of those as Chief Steward, Mr Chadwick has a mix of International and Australian thoroughbred adjudicating experience. His 28-year career highlights include commencing as a Cadet Steward in Western Australia, later moving into stewarding roles in New South Wales, Tasmania, the ACT and back to WA as Senior Stipendiary Steward before venturing overseas to hone his skills. Commissioner Ross Barnett said Mr Chadwick was a welcome appointment to the Commission. Given that QRIC does not exclude cross-code players from its stewards team, it's just possible that Mr Chadwick might make an appearance or two at the trots, once he has settled into his new role.

 Just when we thought it was becoming more democratic on the leaderboard, normality has reasserted itself. Nathan Dawson, top driver with nine scalps for the week while Darrell Graham drove six winners and trained seven. Most pleasing was Neveah for Lacey Hinze, with Matt Elkins in the sulky. Ipswich factor 28/51..

Resultsville.. Redcliffe 08/06.. Slice Of Heaven (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Constantlysideways (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby).. Jeter (Darrell Graham for Brett Cargill).. Albion Park 09/06.. Living Again (Trent Dawson for Craig Cross).. Somepartysomewhere (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. Oyster Stride (Gary Whitaker for Kay Crone).. Rocking (Darrell Graham).. Scorched (Adam Sanderson for Doug Lee).. Albion Park 11/06.. Torque Writer (Matt Elkins for Ricky Hart).. Downtown Lucca (Adam Richardson for Doug Lee).. Machitelli (Darrell Graham).. Zalta (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Neveah (Matt Elkins for Lacey Hinze).. Pittsworth Man (Nathan Dawson for Daren Garrard).. Celtic Cruza (Leonard Cain for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park 12/06.. Needle (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Our Millwood Maisie (Nathan Dawson for Daren Garrard).. Shadow Pass (Darrell Graham).. Village Cruiser (Adam Richardson for Errol O'Shea).. Bumper (Nathan Dawson for Daren Garrard).. Kotare York (Hayden Barnes for Al Barnes).. Redcliffe 13/06.. The Frame (Darrell Graham).. Vande Velde (Nathan Dawson for Jason Mackrill).. High On Montana (Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 14/06.. Sheza galvinator (Nathan Dawson for Mark McNee).. Deadly Rocker (Adam Richardson for Tala Gillespie).. Comigal (Gary Whitaker for Brett Cargill).. Tell The Linesman (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham)..


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« 2018-Jun-24, 07:02 PM Reply #227 »
"TROT TACTICS"  23/06/2018..

  It may be cold this morning, but, the chill may herald a fine and sunny day. The plan is to grab an extra jacket and head for Marburg, where where a card of eight races and three qualifying trials awaits the avid fans. Trial action kicks off at 10.20am, the first race is scheduled for 11.30am, and the last goes at 3.00pm. All neatly packaged in the warmest part of the day. All the features of Marburg country trotting, with a lucky gate prize of a $100 betting voucher,  buy a $3 race book to pick the last six winners, now at a hefty $1750 on a share basis if multiple winners, big raffle and the ever popular "funny money" bookmaker where we give you $500 "monopoly money" to start you off. Best burgers and beverage, all at rock bottom prices. Adults $5, Members and Pensioners $3. Get up close to the noise and action of Marburg Harness. It's great racing!!!


  As promised last week, the rest of what might called  "THE BREED YOURSELF A TOP CLASS TROTTER ON A BUDGET"   story..  A story which is about as good as it gets in  Queensland harness.!! Each mare offered must remain in Queensland for at least the initial breeding season to ensure offspring are QBRED eligible, with a minimum expectation that the foal’s first race start be in Queensland. The new owner must also fund transport costs to Queensland for both the mare and semen. This exciting new opportunity was the brainchild of prominent trotting owner Jeroen Nieuwenburg and owner of Haras des Trotteurs and Yabby Dam Farms, Pat Driscoll. Racing Queensland Harness Development Strategy Manager David Brick said the generous offer would be a major stimulant to the local ranks. “Many thanks must go to Pat for this generous offer to help stimulate breeding in Queensland, and to Jeroen Nieuwenburg, who has been pivotal in helping to get it off the ground,” Mr Brick said. Mr Driscoll said he was a passionate supporter of the trotting gait. “Hopefully this initiative will kick start the breeding of trotters in Queensland and lead to the introduction of two-year-old trotting races in the state,” Mr Driscoll said. Mr Brick said the trotting gait had experienced a resurgence in recent years, driven largely by international wagering returns, and Australian breeders being able to access the best international breeding lines.

  A number of initiatives will be introduced in the coming season to grow racing opportunities for trotters, including enhancements to this year’s Winter Carnival program through the $20k Haras des Trotteurs Marathon and $15k Haras des Trotteurs Mobile joining the $30k Seelite Windows and Doors Queensland Trotters Cup..“There will also be the new QBRED Trotters Features in 2018/19, and the introduction of a juvenile trotters series similar to the Foundation series established in New South Wales,” Mr Brick said. Interested parties are encouraged to visit the Racing Queensland website to find out mo http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/Harness-Industry/Promotion-Harness-Breeding-inQueensland. Complete the online application form by July 2 to go in to the ballot, which will be drawn publicly at Albion Park on Saturday 7 July.  Given the far reaching, low cost benefits of this of this scheme, it should be well over-subscribed. Ring Alex Nolan at Racing Queensland <0412 156 517> and make sure that you are in the ballot box!!

  It's been a cold and miserable week for most of us, but the juggernauts of Ipswich harness rolled steadily on their devastating path to the top. Top driver, Nathan Dawson, ringing up seven victories in the sulky, and the ever consistent Darrell Graham leading four winners back to the home barn. Ipswich factor 29/50..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 15/06.. Special Reserve (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Thunder Mac (Darrell Graham).. Darkershadeofpale (Trent Dawson for Craig Cross).. Franco Tariq (Dean Cernovskis for Darrell Graham).. Ole Sun (Hayden Barnes for Mal Charlton).. Subtle Delight (N Dawson for donny Hancock).. None Bettor (matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Kilcoy 16/06.. Mach torque (Pete Mcmullen for Chantal Turpin).. Shadow Pass (Darrell graham).. My Ultimate Fella (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham)..  Albion Park A Good Chance (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Miss Kenny (Adam Richardson)..  Tamworth 17/06.. Heez Perfect (Gary Litzow).. Albion Park 19//06.. My Ultimate major (Nathan Dawson for Jarrod Alchin).. Ivanov (Gary Whitaker for Brad connelly).. Master Dip (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. Slice Of heaven (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Mo Jarney (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. Redcliffe 21/06.. My Mastercraftsman ( A Sanderson).. Courageous Leo (Nathan Dawson).. Feeling For A Miracle (Trent Dawson for Geoff Dawson).. Janies Got A Gun (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Glenferrie Baby (Kelli Dawson for Geoff Dawson)..



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« 2018-Jul-01, 12:05 PM Reply #228 »
"TROT TACTICS"  30/06/2018..

  Trotting folk in Queensland are now in "countdown" mode, as we head for next Saturday night and the opening of the Winter Carnival. The curtain rises on  several weeks of high class feature racing, commencing with the "Haras des Trotteurs"  Free For All for the stars of the diagonal gait.Other features on the night include the "MR FEELGOOD OPEN" for $25,000, the $30,000 "EGMONT PARK SOUTH EAST OAKS" for the 3yo fillies and the former Gold Coast Harness Racing Club's signature race, "THE PREMIER'S CUP", which, strangely, has been translated from the traditional 2600m standing start C2/C5 Heat and Final  Handicap event, to a C2/5 mobile over 2138m. The Albion Park club has succeeded where  Lloyd Williams' call from a good few years back, suggesting that the Melbourne Cup be run at 2000m at weight for age, failed!!

  The following  press release from QRIC, relating to the thoroughbred code, is self explanatory. It does however beg a question. "Two Rockhampton stable hands have been stood down today, (23/06) after testing positive to prohibited substances. Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Stewards carried out no notice testing at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park this morning. The stable hands have tested positive to cannabis, methamphetamine and amphetamine and both have been stood down until the outcome of secondary testing. QRIC Acting Commissioner Mark Ainsworth said all racing participants must present to work free of prohibited substances in their system. “For the continued safety of all industry participants QRIC carries out no notice testing to ensure the rules of racing are not breached,” he said. The question, of course, is whether the average Australian galloper has become so highly strung, that work riders  have to be "out of their tree" to get on the things. If that is the case, then a far wider investigation into aspects of thoroughbred training might be considered, as both horses and riders appear to be equally dangerous. "Lo and behold", no sooner have we digested the above than QRIC informs us further that a female jockey at Rockhampton has provided a urine sample last Sunday under "no notice " rules which has been identified as "non-human". The jockey concerned has been stood down pending further investigation.

  It seems that harness in Queensland seems beset by self- generating problems, the latest of which is the likelihood of a shortage of concession drivers in the not too distant future. We already suffer from a marked lack of interest from potential owners and trainers in entry to the sport at the hobbyist level with the bulk of successful participants coming from established harness families. The concession driver system, well intentioned as it may have been, seems to have failed its stated objectives, other than to ensure that any "family connected" young driver with some talent will drive at least 200 winners in a fairly short space of time. Drive numbers and inter-stable net-working will ensure that. For those, "out of the loop", the path is stony indeed.

  If we are to gauge the health of the sport by the performance of it's sulky sitting stars, then we can take great comfort from the rocket propelled rise of Nathan Dawson this season. The Glamoganvale Flash hit 152 winners for the season this Thursday gone, posting an all-time high on the Leaderboard of 11 for the week. In a sport where we are worshippers of the mile rate why not add the "win rate" expressed as a projection of 52 weeks, thus giving the Flash a W/r of 522.. Super impressive. Meanwhile the youngest driving member of Beryl Dawsons' descendants, Taleah McMullen  who lives only a fence away from cousin Nathan chased home two successes this week. In only her second season, Taleah has been round on 304 occasions for 23 wins and 62 places banking $117,286 in the process.Leading trainers this week were John McMullen and Chantal turpin, tied on three apiece. Ipswich factor 32/54..

 Resultsville.. Albion Park 22/06.. Ruhtrebo (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Mo Jarney (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. Midnight Bender ( Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. In A Great Place (Adam Richardson).. Bettor Be Lucky (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Darker Shade Of Pale (Nathan Dawson for Craig Cross).. Marburg 23/06.. High On Montana (Darrell Graham).. Ole Sun (Hayden Barnes for Mal Charlton).. Domestic Art (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Davis).. Camivista (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Regal Rock (Darrell Graham).. Falcon Vista (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Albion Park 23/06.. Parisian Rockstar (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. The Muse (Adam Richardson for Christina Monte).. Hot Rod Heaven (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie).. Albion Park 26/06.. Presley Be Good (Nathan Dawson for Shawn Grimsey).. Slice Of Heaven (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Cold Ideal (Adam Richardson for Christina Monte).. Argyle Beach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 27/06.. My secret Torque (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Extraordinary Lombo (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Katniss (Nathan Dawson for Gary Gerrard).. Daenerys Stormborn (Adam Sanderson).. Oh Stanley (Nathan Dawson for Peter Neilson).. Redcliffe 28/06.. Beef City Blaze (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. The Next Star (Darrell Graham for Stephanie Graham).. If You Believe (Petw McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Bob Gage (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. Heavens Hint (Pete McMullen for Stewie Dickson).. Chikka Mattgregor (Nathan Dawson for Dale Belford).. Mini Miracle (Kelli Dawson).. Vanto Hanover (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith)..




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« 2018-Jul-08, 11:54 AM Reply #229 »
"TROT TACTICS..14/06/2018.."

  Don't miss it.First night of the Winter Carnival tonight. Rock up to Albion Park, or get in front of a Sky Channel screen. This the top of the Queensland harness tree!!
   Put this one on the fridge. Marburg Harness race day, tomorrow week, Sunday 15. The "pick six" jackpot now sits at a healthy $1800, and three punters have proved that it is vulnerable by being alive into the final leg at the last meeting.Further betting ammunition is available through the lucky gate draw $100 betting voucher. All the traditional Marburg features of top tucker, best priced beverage, ice cream van, and, above all, "close -up to the action" country harness on the 700 metre Marburg circuit, where you can see the runners crystal clear as they go down the back straight. The SAQ re-homers will be in action in centre field during the meeting. A monster raffle tops out the day. Check next Saturday's QT for updates and tips.

  There is a tendency in our sport to show great deference to the principle of "natural justice" when dealing with participants deemed to be offenders against the rules of harness racing, who have appealed their penalty. In this area, QRIC, the body which was formed by the government to clean up the three codes of racing has been continually hamstrung by QCAT the second step in the appeal process.  The following comments were made by Judge Alf  Goran QC as far back as 1983.  Goran QC was chairing an appeal against a charge issued for an unsatisfactory drive, similar to three charges recently, in which the QRIC case fell at the second hurdle. Judge Goran's underlying objection, was that for practical purposes, the same Stewards were acting as arresting officers, judge and jury. The learned Judge,who was a well known owner of pacers, said.
"In this case their evidence was tendered, and amounts to, expert evidence which went unchallenged. The problem is that, while they may be experts, they are also the decision makers against whom the appeal is brought. In this case their written report was supported by the chief steward when he viewed the transcript of the race. In my opinion, this approach is somewhat unsatisfactory. It would be more appropriate to call as a witness an independent expert who is not associated with the decision making process. In saying that I make no criticism of the stewards or the chief steward. It would, however, be of more assistance to the tribunal if an expert who is not a steward was called to give expert evidence." QRIC do not have such a person at this time!

The following two definitions apply to processes of law which have existed from time to time in English and Australian history. They are included for the purpose of general information only! There should be healthy debate on the benefits of natural justice when applied to recidivists!

A KANGAROO COURT is a court that ignores recognized standards of law or justice, and often carries little or no official standing in the territory within which it resides. The term may also apply to a court held by a legitimate judicial authority who intentionally disregards the court's legal or ethical obligations.
The Star Chamber  was an English court of law which sat at the royal Palace of Westminster, from the late 15th century to the mid-17th century (c. 1641), and was composed of Privy Councillors and common-law judges, to supplement the judicial activities of the common-law and equity courts in civil and criminal matters.  The Star Chamber was originally established to ensure the fair enforcement of laws against socially and politically prominent people so powerful that ordinary courts would probably hesitate to convict them of their crimes."   However, it became synonymous with social and political oppression through the arbitrary use and abuse of the power it wielded.

  Nathan Dawson still riding high on the leader board with a win rate of  364 from 7 trips down victory lane for the week, while Darrell Graham whacked away in the training department to top score with 3 winners. Most pleasing. Pete McMullen and Chantal Turpin saving the Ipswich footprint from a wipe out last Saturday night. Bull Market carried the banner. Ipswich factor a skinny 20/47.
 

   Resultsville.. Albion Park 29/06.. Luvumum (Nathan Dawson for Shawn Grimsey).. My Mastercraftsman (Adam Sanderson).. The Harlem Hammer (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Tell The Linesmen (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 30/06.. Bull Market (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 03/07.. Betting Baron (Pete McMullen for Josh Moore).. Lifes Black (Nathan Dawson for Mark McNee).. Got the Goods (Trent Dawson).. Sweet As Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Beau Cisholm (Paul Diebert for Karen Schulz)..Redcliffe 04/07.. Katniss (Nathan Dawson for Gary Gerrard).. The Frame( Darrell Graham).. Deadly Rocker (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie).. Hot Dogma (Matt Elkins for Ross Fletcher).. Northern Muscle (Denis Smith).. Redcliffe 05/07.. Connie Mattgregor (Paul Diebert for Kenny Belford).. Vintage Dream (Nathan Dawson for Daren Garrard).. Glenferrie Baby (Kelli Dawson for Geoff Dawson).. Ohoka Squire (Adam Richardson)..



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« 2018-Jul-16, 08:39 AM Reply #230 »
"TROT TACTICS"  14/07/2018..

  What better way to spend a winter Sunday than out at Marburg, at the trots. Join us tomorrow for the best of country trotting  on the clear vision 700 metre circuit, with an addition to the cold weather menu. Strong bookmaker on local races, Sky screens to keep an eye on the major gallops meetings, "funny money" bookie for those who like the fun aspect of a flutter but can't afford to risk the cash. Punt OUR $500 scrip into a fortune to bid on goods at the auction after the last. Gate prize of $100 betting voucher for the over 18s and "pick the last six winners" now at $1800 share. Buy a $3 race book and get your entry in the box. Best beverage prices at a sporting event. Ice cream van on site.Gates open 11.00am, first race 12.30pm.Adults $5, Pensioners, Members and Students $3..

As the following press release details, trainers and/or drivers are no longer required to give advance notice  of intention to  to a-drive a horse  in a manner which may differ from the usual racing pattern adopted for that particular horse. "Racing Queensland (RQ) in consultation with the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has moved to repeal the harness driving tactics rule AHRR 44. QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said the change which falls into line with other Australian jurisdictions means Harness racing participants are no longer required to notify a change of driving tactics to stewards prior to a race but at the same time the requirement to notify stewards of multiple runners has been strengthened. “This change which comes into effect tomorrow 10 July, is the repeal of AHRR 44(1), (2),(3),(4) and (5), but trainers with more than one runner in a race must continue to notify Stewards of their intended driving tactics for each runner no later than 60 minutes prior to the advertised starting time,” Mr Barnett said. “Failing to comply and if drivers adopt tactics detrimental to a horses performance it may lead to penalties that include suspension under rule AHRR 149.”

  Having read the above, it seems a reasonable change, in that a driver should not be required to divulge such changes ,lest such information becomes beneficial to his or her opposition. Any or all of the following comment is based on the premise that each and every runner is "trying for its life" every time it goes round. The question of HOW to police this rule change rears its head when we race under the "mobile conditioned" format. Any inquiry into running and handling requires a reliable form line, in order to provide a template of the horse's recent performances against which, the Stewards panel can compare the run which is under consideration. Any rule change to the policing of the current format is to a great extent a wasted exercise, as the format, by its very nature, cannot be policed. Recreational punters receive no protection whatsoever under the current arrangements, and nor will they, until such time as it becomes evident that QRIC has employed the services of an EXPERT form analyst to find reliable form lines in the existing minefield. Consider this statement from a Chief Steward circa 2000 to a driver who had ignored an opening at the 800 metre mark and was under intense scrutiny for so doing. At the conclusion of the inquiry the Steward instructed the driver that, in future he would, "drive the race as it presents itself". Several other drivers which had driven the horse involved prior, and were well aware that it could sprint 200 metres and no more, rightly found this instruction bizarre, to say the least!!

  Sport thrives on heroes, and the current rising star  is most definitely the K and K Seymour owned, Grant Dixon trained and driven Colt Thirty One. Current stats of 21 starts for 17 wins and 3 placings with a bank of $334,765, teamed up with a large serve of speed and stamina tell you the son of Mach three and Charm Personified is headed right to the top. Another possible hero could be the Minister For Racing, Stirling Hinchcliffe, who would be an automatic selection if he was to channel the income from the POC tax on wagering to race track infrastructure and community benefit projects in a ratio of 75/25%!!

  This week saw Pete McMullen regaining traction,on the drivers board, finishing second to high -flyer Nathan Dawson, five wins to seven. A wide and skinny spread of winners for the trainers, Darrell Graham on top with a bare two, first across the line. Dawsons win rate 364.. Most pleasing. Kelli Dawson's driving treble at the Redcliffe Sunday meeting. Ipswich factor 24/52..

  Resultsville  Albion Park 06/07.. Betamerica (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).. Stirling William (Nathan Dawson for Shawn Grimsey).. Albion Park 07/07.. Cold Ideal (Gary Whitaker for Christina Monte).. Montana Falcon (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. redcliffe 08/07.. Im Free Falling (Ron Sallis).. Countdown (Nathan Dawson for Troy Williams).. Under The Kilt (Gary Whitaker for Warren Hinze).. Bella Rippin (Kelli Dawson for Jamie Donovan).. Always At Night (Kelli Dawson for Kate Jenner).. Seven Rippin Aces (Kelli Dawson for Jamie Donovan).. Meant To Be Me (Nathan Dawson for Gary Gerrard).. Albion Park 10/07.. Our Delight (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Tell The Linesmen (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Ima Top Tycoon (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Tom Me Gun (Narissa McMullen).. Waste Of Time (Taleah McMullen for Danielle McMullen).. Redcliffe 11/07..Vader (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell).. Beef City Blaze (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. No Transactions (Gary Whitaker).. Redcliffe 12/07.. Emargee (Paul Diebert for Ricky Gordon).. Precious Cullen (Nathan Dawson for Graham White).. Oh Stanley (Nathan Dawson for Peter Neilson).. Big In America (Pete McMullen for Stewie Dickson).. Calcavado (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis)



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« 2018-Jul-22, 08:30 PM Reply #231 »
"TROT TACTICS" 21/04/2018.

  For the fridge door or the calendar, is the TAB meeting, set down for Marburg on Sunday August 5th. The TAB van will be there and the Marburg folk will present a super "family" race day with a big focus on the kids. Details next week.

  Some days the sun does shine. Last Sunday the long standing team of Kevin Annetts and Noel Parrish combined to land Its You Not Me a welcome winner at the Marburg  meeting. A look a the team's stats will tell you the level of involvement down the years. The following figures are training with driving in brackets. Kevin..  starts 1381 wins 43 (45)  seconds 199- thirds 98- fourths 104 and earnings of $44,735.. Noel.. training.. starts 808-(2686)  wins 24 (103).. seconds 83 (324).. thirds 33 (135).. fourths 50 ( 189) earnings of $222,656.. There you have it, a combined total of 64 years involvement, and a day to day cash outlay well over $1 million jut because they love the sport. The Parrish and Annetts team stands at 7 pacers. They bat on, with every intention of hanging in there to the bitter end, in the hope of fluking a good one. They deserve not only the top horse, but the Order Of Australia for effort and perseverance!!

 
  One thing about the light harness sport, is the competitive time span available to any participant who can rock up fit and well season after season. This is amply illustrated by a few thoughts from a long time hobbyist "across the ditch" who gets an enormous high from his "hands on" participation in harness racing. Last week, the 75-year-old Waikato NZ doctor, Luk Chin, who spends his Friday night's driving racehorses for fun,  was thrilled to have his trotting darling Tereskova racing in her very own race.
Alexandra Park officials had named the fourth on the card that night, the Tereskova 100+ Starts At AP And Still Going Strong Trot, which as well as being a mouthful is one hell of an accomplishment.Tereskova has actually started 116 times at northern headquarters during her 134-start career, winning nine races and earning just over $1000 per start.Those tactics will be employed without any encouragement from a whip though, with Chin having given up carrying the persuader with Tereskova long ago. The jovial doctor said,“She knows what to do and gets out there and runs and I would only carry a whip with my horses about 10 per cent of the time.“Mainly when they are learning and they try and pull up. But once they know what to do I drive them all without a whip.”
 Chin had two other winning chances on the night, not bad for a man who breeds, owns and trains all his own horses as a hobby before heading off to work as an aneatheatist at Waikato Hospital. So how much longer will the 75-year-old want to keep getting up at 5am to work his team of mainly female trotters when it probably costs him more money than it makes him?“I love it. I’ve never won a group one before so being the first 80-year-old to drive a group one winner sounds like a good goal”.
 That is the difference in attitudes between jurisdictions. In New Zealand Dr Chin is encouraged to enjoy his sport and is recognised in a positive manner for his dedication. If he was in Queensland he would be like the rest of the hobbyists, being steadily forced out by the latest in a series of administrations over the last two decades, determined to eradicate us. If they achieve their goal it will be their greatest success, for they will have also ensured the speedy demise of the professionals as well. No pyramid can stand without a strong and broad base, and no wagering operation without the recreational punter!!!
  Nathan Dawson continued his run at the top of the drivers scale this week, with a healthy five wins, rating 260. Pressure came from Adam Sanderson and Pete McMullen close up on four apiece. Again, the Genius of Fernvale, Darrell Graham was top trainer, leading in four winners, a rate of 208.. 
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 13/07.. My Master Craftsman (Adam Sanderson).. Albion Park 14/07.. Psychedelic (Kelli Dawson for John Cremin)..  Marburg 15/07.. Regal Rock (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Machitelli (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham)..  Its You Not Me (Noel Parrish for Kevin Annetts).. Ruffalo (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Chirpy Chuckles (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Its All Go (Matt Elkins).. Cotton Cold Candy (Pete mcMullen for Jason Carkeet).. Albion Park 17/07.. Escalera (Darrell Graham).. Chantrey (Isobel Ross for Grant Dixon).. Reds Jet Star (Isobel Ross for Grant Dixon).. Theresachance (Nathan Dawson for Graham White).. Albion Park 18/07.. Riverleigh William (Pete McMullen for Josh Moore).. The Ides Of March (Nathan Dawson for Jarrod Alchin).. Victree Mikayla (Kelli Dawson for Melissa Gillies).. Novena Rose (Adam Sanderson).. Ghent (Pete McMullen for Lisa Bahr).. Spud ( Chris Petroff for Jay Edminds).. Our Champion (Nikki Chalk for Tess Neaves).. Miss Mia (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. Redcliffe 19/07.. Precious Cullen (Nathan Dawson for Graham White).. Vanto Hanover (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith).. Jax Navarro (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins)


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« 2018-Jul-29, 12:40 PM Reply #232 »
      "TROT TACTICS"  28/07/2018..

  In a Winter Carnival, notable for an even greater haemorrhage of prize dollars across the state borders than usual, Nathan Dawson was the only Qld driver to shine on the last night. The Glamorganvale based reinsman featured in the sulky behind all three of the Great South East's winners. There are three main harness horse populations in the footprint and they each supplied a winning training performance. Remember Them is trained by Greg Franklin at Redcliffe, Presley Be Good by Shawn Grimsey from the Gold Coast region and, best of all, the heavily backed Spud, prepared by Jay Edmunds at Willowbank, annexed the the trotters feature on the night, The Marathon Handicap. With just over a month to go to the season's end, "Nathan Dawson" seems very likely to be the name on the State Premiership Trophy for drivers. If so, it will be the result of a serious commitment to the game, and will be well deserved!!
  An update on stats Dawson reveal that lifetime to last Thursday ( seven seasons) he had "been round" as they say, on 4379 occasions for 488 wins and prize money earnings of $2,269,686. In the current term, with five weeks to go,Nathan D has appeared on 1,065 occasions for 174 wins including a colossal 33 in the month of March alone, with a progressive bank balance at round figures of $875,000 and growing.

  As we go to deadline, Australia's representative, John Cremin, is lining up in the Green and Gold at the World Amateur driving Championships in Belgium. Cremin who is a farrier by occupation, is a regular success story at Albion Park, attested to by the fact that he is the second most successful driver in the series with 1155 victories lifetime. Like all such events, John Cremin's success or lack of it will be largely dictated by the quality of the horses he draws in the competition.However, he has fared well in the barrier draw, coming up with 1-2-2-3 in the four heats to be decided. Fingers crossed.

  Don't miss the Marburg TAB/ Sky Channel meeting Sunday August 5th. Huge emphasis on the family with Mini trotters, petting zoo, and face painting for the kids. Be early, as the first 100 payers will get a $5 dollar betting voucher. The jackpot hits $1850 and the "funny money"bookie, the real money bookie, and the TAB van will all be in operation. Marburg presents the best "value for money" day of country harness racing anywhere in Australia. It's always better on course. Go for it!!

   In the matter of race day treatment and Currie Racing,  the line is now clearly drawn in the sand. QRIC Chief Ross Barnett said.. “All testing is now complete and none of the samples taken for testing contained any prohibited substances,” he said. “Officers of the Commission took a number of blood and urine samples from seven horses and seized a number of items for testing from the Currie Racing stables on 7 April 2018 and in the aftermath, several Currie Racing employees have been charged and penalised for race day treatment breaches. “I want to make it clear that treating a horse on race day with any medication, prohibited or not without the permission of the Stewards is a breach of the Australian Rules of Racing.”

   Like the compass that always points north, so the leader board returns to it's normal influence, the bottom end of the Brisbane Valley. Pete McMullen, rating 208,  narrowly in front in the driving ranks, four wins to Nathan Dawson and Darrell Graham on three apiece. Chantal Turpin, back to top trainer, leading four into victory lane for the week. Ipswich factor 20/45.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 20/07.. The Caringbah Kid (Trent Dawson).. Sicilian Slumber (Jack Rees for Mark Rees).. RocknRoll Classic (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Albion Park 21/07.. Remember Them (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. Spud (Nathan Dawson for Jay Edmunds).. Presley Be Good (Nathan Dawson for Shawn Grimsey).. Albion Park 24/07.. Laughing Emoji (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Southern Alps (Darrell Graham for Grant Dixon).. Bull Market (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 25/07.. Top Flight Cruize (Michael Tenardi).. Fifth Edition (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).. Heres My Number (Gary Whitaker for Mark Lichtwark).. Ruffalo (Darrell Graham).. Ghent (Pete McMullen for Lisa Bahr).. Unassuming Champ (Adam Richardson for Mitchell Dawson).. Albion Park 26/07.. Escalera (Darrell Graham).. Mach Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Merrymach (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Chang (Hayden Barnes for Errol Cain).. Sonny Orlando (Narissa McMullen for Julie Mason)..



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« 2018-Aug-05, 05:56 PM Reply #233 »
"TROT TACTICS" 04/08/2018..

  Sunday's Marburg Family race day is almost upon us. With the focus on positives there is a top class 8 race TABprogram of country trotting commencing at 12.51pm. For the kids we have the animal farm/petting zoo, face painting, kids tug of war, and every body's favourite, the mini-trotters with "meet a pony"opportunities.For the punters ,be early, as the first 100 payers get a $5 betting voucher. The TAB van will be on course, the "pick the last six winners" will be worth $1850 (share) and the "funny money" bookie will  and a big raffle will be running for the people who like a low cost flutter at the price of a race book.The best of country burgers  cakes and low cost beverage, to top off the day. Adults $5, Members, Pensioners and Race Books all $3. Gates open 11.00am.. For the stay-at homes, the vision is on Sky 2..

 
 One of the more heartening features of the recent Winter Carnival has been the regular harness coverage in the Courier Mail. There has been much positive reporting of increased turnover in the weeks leading into, during, and after the big event, with photos and editorial comment. This writer conducted two experiments over four week periods in the late 80's and early to mid 90's looking for a link between TAB turnover and newspaper coverage of the three codes of animal racing. By taking the total area of print and photos expressed as 100%,and comparing the turnover at the time I found on each trial that the turnover tracked very closely the percentage of square centimetres devoted to each code. If the experiment proved nothing else, it proved the power of print media, and we should not overlook this today. Australia is said to present as an aging demographic.While they are still with us,and able to have a bet, it might be prudent to remember that they perhaps, do not handle i-phones too well. However, they read newspapers OK!!

  Aussie representative at the World Amateur Trot driving Championships, well known Brisbane farrier, John Cremin,would be home now, no doubt dealing with jetlag. The prestigious event was conducted in Belgium, and John did us proud, finishing second in a series involving 12 drivers. Three drivers tied the point score on 24 apiece, and the final result was decided on a count back. Ist Argentina. Leonardo Augusti.. 2nd Australia. John Cremin..  3rd Netherlands. Samantha Stolker.. John's personal tally was one win ,two thirds and a sixth, the winner being the aptly named Cricket Ball. JC described the whole deal as a "fantastic experience that I would recommend to any driver who is offered the opportunity  to take part. Very well organised, in a beautiful country." From the driver's perspective, the extra wide sulkies took a bit of getting used to and the tracks lacked sophisticated maintenance, there was, however, no interference in the races. We at home here congratulate John Cremin on a super performance. To represent your country in any discipline is the top of the tree!!. 

  First day back from a ten day suspension ,and Nathan Dawson joined other Ipswich star drivers, Darrell Graham and Pete McMullen at the top of the leader board. All rating 208 in a triple dead heat at four wins apiece. Darrell Graham also annexed training honours, three more notches on the belt. Most pleasing would be Reddy Fire for Paul Matis, ending a lengthy drought.

  Resultsville.. Redcliffe 27/07.. Ruhtrebo (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Long Road To Fame (Brittany Graham for Adam Sanderson).. My Secret Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 28/07.. None Bettor (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Grinvil (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Spud (Chris Petroff for Jay Edmunds).. Diabolo Star (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson)..  Albion Park 31/07.. The Money Ball (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini).. Springbank Eden (Darrell Graham.. Montana Falcon (Darrell Graham).. None Bettor (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Redclffe 01/08.. Royal Rock (Darrell Graham).. Ole Sun (Hayden Barnes for Mal Charlton).. Reddy Fire (Paul Matis).. Ali Downunder (Hayden Barnes for Donny Smith).. Redcliffe 02/08..  Its You Not Me (Nathan Dawson for Kevin Annetts).. Slice Of Heaven (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. The Next Star (Adam Sanderson for Stephanie Graham).. Heres My Number (Darrell Graham for Mark Lichtwark).. Buddy Babcock (Nikki Chalk).. Jamies Got A Gun (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Artful Maid (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. Courageous Leo (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Vanto Hanover (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith)..


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« 2018-Aug-12, 10:06 AM Reply #234 »
"TROT TACTICS" 11/04/2018..

  The dust has cleared from last Sunday's TAB trot meeting, and preliminary financials appear to indicate a reasonable profit. Good support came from the family and punting sectors, and the 500 payers through the gate performed the five essential duties of trot fans. They ate, some drank, they had a bet or two, bought raffle tickets, and above all, enjoyed themselves!!The MPA committee and volunteers deserve a pat on the back for a great effort. It would be difficult to estimate the input required to stage a trot meeting, suffice to say that it is a lot. Hence the MPA's current membership drive. Social Members are $10 per annum and carry a 40% discount on gate entry. Maybe that first step could be a springboard to a volunteer position. Harness in the Ipswich footprint needs more people as the prime requirement to keep it going forward. Intending members should email Karen Schulz <karenpeter11@bigpond.com>.. Give it a go!!

 
  The following could be called "The two faces of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission" In the life of QRIC, perhaps 2/3 years there has been much smoke but very little fire. As someone who has spent the last twenty years trying to promote harness in Queensland, by supporting any cleansing process where bye the sport might be rid of the diseases it so obviously possesses,it was disheartening to read the following excerpt from the website "Let's Go Horse Racing"... The item, considered, and read in its entirety, points to a glaring need for a re-write and ruthless simplification of the Rules Of Harness Racing. Get rid of the loopholes and "gobbledegook" with which they are riddled, and give the QRIC tools with which it can work effectively!!   
  From LGHR.. "DURING the Queensland Government Estimates Committee hearing on racing held recently, John Paul Langbroek from the LNP Opposition asked several questions of Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, who was assisted by other officials.  One question asked of Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner, Ross Barnett, was how many charges had been made by QRIC and how many prosecutions have been successful. In his reply the Commissioner explained that QRIC had processed over 1600 charges across three codes and while the Racing Crime Squad does not answer to him 45 persons had been charged with 89 offences by the squad.  Unfortunately, Commissioner Barnett neglected to inform Mr Langbroek  how many of those prosecutions had been successful and unfortunately for us who are paying for this process Mr Langbroek didn't press for a reply to his question on the number of successful prosecutions.
The answer is ONE.
While there have been several QRIC Media Releases on prosecutions for alleged match-fixing in harness racing there are only three of those harness racing prosecutions which have been reported as finalized and only Barton Cockburn resulted in a conviction for which he was fined $5,000. QRIC also disqualified him for life."

 The caring face of QRIC is embodied in the following events taking place at the EKKA “The Ekka gives us a chance to invite Queenslanders to learn about this amazing Greyhound Adoption Program and to meet the dogs who really are the star of the show,” he said. “When you meet the dogs at the Ekka the team can tell provide their profile, if it raced, its racing name, its age and the best family situation it is suited to. “While the GAP is primarily about adopting greyhounds that have retired from or are unsuitable for racing, the team is also calling for foster carers who can take dogs for a short time to familiarise them with family life.
The QRIC EWP supports life after racing for Queensland’s equine racing animals. Commissioner Ross Barnett said racehorses were elite athletes who received optimum care throughout their career and the Commission was committed to ensuring that they were afforded the appropriate care and attention both during and after their racing career. “It is events such as those held on Thoroughbred Day at the Ekka where we show our support through sponsorship to provide opportunities for these magnificent animals to take on a new career after racing,” he said.

  As I said, things have settled on the the leader board post Carnival. Nathan Dawson remains top driver with nine wins and a rate of 450, with Pete McMullen circling like a white pointer posting seven wins and rating 350. Darrell Graham still top of the training ranks on five winners ahead of Chantal Turpin who presented three in winning form for the week. Most pleasing Living Free for Phil Keats at Marburg. Ipswich factor 34/52..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 03/08.. Stirling William (Nathan Dawson for Shawn Grimsey).. Happy Feelings (PeteMcMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Thuner Mac (Darrell Graham).. Ghent (Gary Whitaker for Lisa Bahr).. Albion Park 04/08.. Somepartysomewhere (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. Code Bailey (Danielle McMullen for Ross Pike).. Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Sweet As (Adam sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Ole Sun (Hayden Barnes for Mal Charlton).. Marburg 05/08.. Stoned Again (Clint Petroff).. High On Montana (Nathan Dawson for Lacey Hinze).. Living Free (Phil Keats).. Inciter (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Franco Tariq (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Bettor Watch Him (Adam Richardson for Murray Thomas).. Novena Rose (Adam Sanderson).. Soldier Of Fortune (Danielle McMullen for Karen Schulz).. Albion Park 07/08.. A Lot Of Cost (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Grinvil (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Laughing Emoji (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Sweet As (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 08/08.. Hot Dogma (Matt Elkins for Ross Fletcher).. The Ides Of March (Nathan Dawson for Jarrod Alchin).. Sonny Orlando (Hayden Barnes for Julie Mason).. Mini Miracle (Kelli Dawson).. Latin Beats (Nathan Dawson forAileen Smith).. Feel The Reign (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Ole Sun (Hayden Barnes for Mal Charlton).. Recliffe 09/08.. High On Montana (Nathan Dawson for Lacey Hinze).. Wavedancer (Pete McMullen for Josh Moore).. Falcon Vista (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. Thunder Mac (Darrell Graham).. Mahalo (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Precious Cullen (Nathan Dawson for Graham White)..



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« 2018-Aug-19, 02:16 PM Reply #235 »
     "TROT TACTICS" 18/08/2018..

  The hopes of Joe Average harness and greyhound participants  rose considerably on Thursday morning,  when the Gold Coast Bulletin broke the news that construction of a $25 million dual code complex with M1 access, at Mudgeeribah in the centre of the near Gold Coast hinterland, is under serious consideration. What can be gleaned from the plan view displayed, is that the highly  functional format  of the defunct Parklands complex has been retained with added extras. The dogs would have two tracks as mooted, a central grandstand  and the harness track to the other side. The land area is some 54 hectares and offers great scope.Hopefully, more detail will be available shortly. Things are now looking a whole heap better!

  Major Marburg sponsor, Craig Whiteoak, hit a high spot last Tuesday, when his latest pacing acquisition won on debut at Albion Park .. Some Excusesomewhere, a four win ex-kiwi from the stable of Mark Jones, and now trained and reined by the firm of Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen at Patrick estate, was impressive in recording a mile rate of 1-54.7. C Whiteoak,who described the victory as "a massive thrill", can look forward to many more trips to the winner's circle with the rising 5yo. The owner has a history in Queensland harness having cut his teeth looking over the fence at Rocklea as a 13 year old in 1985. He bought his first pacer in 1998 but a lot of "four legged water" went under the bridge before the first winner surfaced in 2004 at Albion Park, in the shape of So Dare Me (Alastair Barnes).. C W's best horse to date has been Riverleigh Rocket, a 2600 metre type prepared by Redcliffe based Darren Hooper. This may change.

  Craig Whiteoak is a crusader for racing format change, having a strong preference for more distance events, and a desire to see many more standing starts. He finds the eternal round of 1660m and 2100m races very boring indeed!!

  One thing that every harness trainer wants is Saturday night winners. Ironbark based Karen Schulz, who puts a lot of thought into her training regime, got her wish last Saturday night when Beau Cishlom (correct spelling) got the biscuits in tradesman like style in a rate of 1-55.8. One race later, the Schulz team mainstay, Soldier Of Fortune went down by a neck robbing K Schulz of a double. Danielle McMullen had the reins in both cases. Soldier Of Fortune gets a chance to go one better in the last race tonight, again from the coveted inside barrier.
 
  The recent elevation of the Marburg Pacing Association to the status of a "Tier 2" race club in the Racing Queensland scheme of things, is some recognition for 38 years of continuous service to harness in the Sunshine State. The "Tier 2" description, ( clubs hosting between 9 and 20 meetings per season), brings with it a heavier burden of  compliance requirements. Marburg is addressing these requirements  within the deadlines as set. From this exercise four core goals have emerged. The MPA now has, a Determination to increase on-track attendance, a Determination to introduce new people into the participant ranks as owners, trainers and drivers (preferably as a combination of all three interests), a Determination to rebuild the image of harness racing, and a Determination to revitalise the trials service.

 { What we could once achieve with a squad of volunteers , will now require a platoon.  So,  intending members should contact Karen Schulz  <karenpeter11@bigpond.com> or Denis smith <austrot_1943@hotmail.com> . A ten dollar annual fee gets you a 40% discount at the gate on race day!}

  The leader board stable again with Nathan Dawson rating 350 from 7 wins, just shading Pete McMullen with 300 from 6. Darrell Graham still top trainer with a solid 4 winners for the term. most pleasing, Ken and Dale Belford, a winner apiece. Ipswich factor  23/44..

 

 

  Resultsville Albion Park 10/08.. Ima Morven Lad (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Tell The Linesmen (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Tact Allie (Jacob Wallace for Darrell Graham).. Machitelli (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Daneirys Stormborn (Adam Sanderson).. Albion Park 11/08.. Beau Cishlom (Danielle McMullen for Karen Schulz).. Glenferrie Baby (Kelli Dawson for Geoff Dawson).. Darkershadesofpale (Trent Dawson for Craig Cross).. Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Slice Of Heaven (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Escalera (Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 14/08.. Valiant Gem (Adam Richardson for Donny Smith).. Some Excuse Somewhere (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 15/08.. Hot Dogma (Matt Elkins for Ross Fletcher).. Its Megs (Nathan Dawson for Daren Garrard).. Bells Beach House (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin) .. Just Joshin (Pete McMullen for Josh Moore).. Mollys Secret (Nathan Dawson for Shawn Grimsey).. Redcliffe 16/08.. Non Passare (Pete McMullen for Ken Belford).. Unassuming Champ (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Famous Shoes (Pete McMullen for Dale Belford).. Precious Cullen (Nathan Dawson for Graham White) .. Hammerhoff (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).



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« 2018-Aug-26, 12:17 PM Reply #236 »
"TROT TACTICS"  25/08/2018..

  Sad news this week with the passing  of hobby trainers Graham Pascoe, and Tom O'Shea. Next week, we will look at their lives in harness, and remember the good times.

Three Brisbane harness racing participants have been charged with fraud after allegedly misusing banking services for tax avoidance purposes over several years.
The charges are the result of an ongoing Queensland Racing Crime Squad investigation named Operation Oscar Swallowtail and are additional charges against two men and one woman previously charged with race fixing.
It is alleged the 35-year-old man, 40-year-old woman and 66-year-old man used a bank account in one of their names for the purpose of tax avoidance.
Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the ongoing investigation into alleged wrong doing in the harness racing industry was still continuing and these latest charges are as a result of that.
The two men and woman from Brisbane have been issued with notices to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 24.
  {Looking back some 87 years, the FBI in America, unable to substantiate  "bootlegging" and murder charges against organised crime boss, Al "Scarface" Capone, was able to convict the gangster on tax evasion charges. Capone was released with terminal illness in 1942 and died of cardiac arrest in 1948.}

  With the current season drawing to its close, Glamorganvale's "First Harness Citizen" , Nathan Dawson, has passed yet another milestone in his short, but spectacular career. The lean and hungry reinsman racked up the magic 200 winners for the racing year at Redcliffe on Wednesday night. The victory was all the sweeter as it was a family affair, with Unassuming Champ" trained to the minute by brother Mitchell Dawson. The pair combined later in the night to score with Zalta to push the total to 201. Dawson's stats for the season at close of proceedings on the night were, starts 1,180, wins 201 and placings 322.  Money earned from N D's drives added up to $990,182. With two more winners at Albion Park on Thursday and six more race meetings until curtain time, it is very likely that Nathan Dawson's efforts will crack the million for owners this term. It is the stuff of dreams, based on real talent. Talent verified by the fact that five members of his family were first at the winning post at Albion Park on Pacing Gold night 11th August. Pete McMullen, Danielle McMullen, Kelli Dawson and Trent Dawson were there to accompany Nathan on his winning way..

   'Tis said that when the harness bug bites, it bites hard indeed. Consider the Brisbane EKKA  two years back, when long time friends of Graham and Martine Dwyer came to the show and chanced to watch the harness. Amanda Evans, Clayton Hedges with daughters Bree and Cody, went back stage to meet the four legged stars, and came away determined to get involved. The first purchase was an unbroken pony which has taken the girls through the mini-trotter ranks, followed by shares in the successful pacer I Found A Beach with the Dwyers and Lola Weidemann. The team is now in phase three, having purchased the ex-Victorian trotter, Redriverdebba, a very promising second on debut at Redcliffe on Wednesday night. There you have it. Happy owners, with Bree working for Grant Dixon and soon to drive at trials while Cody has another four years to go with the minis.

  While the Queensland harness exchequer was taking a pounding from inter-state raiders, veteran trainer, Ray Cross journeyed south and took up temporary residence in Charlton Vic within easy reach of five tracks. The result of the ventue was 36 starters for 3 wins, 1 second and  3 thirds, for a bankroll of $20,688. Top earners, Calvert Hot Shot and Honey Please came home, while Ima Calvert Rose and Someone's Singing , stayed in the capable hands of Darryl Crone. Good one!!!

  All "same same", just more of it, on the leader board this week. Nathan Dawson ( 9 wins rating 450) leading Pete McMullen on 8 wins and a rate of 400. Darrell Graham taking the training laurels, leading in 6 winners. Most pleasing, Spring Campaign  for Jacob Wallace. Ipswich Factor 36/48..
 

  Resultsville  Albion Park 17/08.. Pats Delight (Nathan Dawson for Jay Edmunds).. Giatiano (Adam Sanderson for Rod Hinze).. Regal Rock (Darrell Graham).. Epirus Boy (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Always My Mate (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Have To Get Away More (Alistair Barnes).. The Ides Of March (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Cheap Tint (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park  18/08.. Slice Of Heaven (Nathan Dawson For Donny Smith).. None Bettor (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Grinvil (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Chal Fire (Kelli Dawson).. Springbank Eden (Darrell Graham).. Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Novena Rose (Adam Sanderson).. Kilcoy 18/08.. Franco Totem (Darrell Graham).. My Mastercraftsman (Adam Sanderson).. Coast Warning (Adam Sanderson for Simon Jay)..  Albion Park 21/08.. Candyfloss (Pete McMulen for Vic Frost).. Rum And Schotz (Nathan Dawson for john McMullen).. Geronimo Beau (Trent Dawson).. Tuesdays Fella (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn).. Argyle Beach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Spring Campaign (Jacob Wallace).. Threo (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe.. 22/08.. The Next Star (Stephanie Graham for Darrell Graham).. Unassuming Champ (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Caesars Astrum (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Arbit Major (Natnan Dawson for Brad Connelly).. Bukthesystem (Pete Mcmullen for Dudley Warburton).. Fortes and Fide (Adam richardson for Doug Lee).. Day Tourer (Matt Elkins for Alix Cain).. Albion Park 23/08.. Regalia (Adam Sanderson for Aileen Smith)..Malone (Darrell Graham).. Zalta (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Monivae (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Shadow Pass (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith)..


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« 2018-Sep-04, 06:04 PM Reply #237 »
                                                                  "TROT TACTICS" 01/09/2018..

  The week before last saw the passing of Graham Pascoe, one of three brothers who all had a strong connection with the light harness game for large parts of their lives. Graham had and active interest as both a trainer and a driver , driving his first winner, Cascover at Ipswich showgrounds in 1978, when he  was just 25 years old. We pick up the story a bit further on, as accurate records now only date back to the 1981/82 season. GP, like other members of his family was a great supporter of the standing start format, delighting in the racing at Rocklea,and the local show circuits.Classic Wilkes was a promising young horse for Graham before being sold to Rick Wright who raced the horse with plenty of success for the Stuart Hunter stable before changing hands several times in his later career. Classic Wilkes was bred and raced by the Hollingsworth family in his early career. However, like most hobbyists of his era, it was, in the main, a weekend sport hence, his lifetime stats do not display the massive numbers we see today. As a trainer, Graham Pascoe presented 210 runners for 18 wins and 46 placings with earnings of $24,793. In the sulky, he appeared on 349 occasions for 33 wins and 60 placings with a bankroll of $42,058, having his final drives in the 2004/5 term.He did, however, have the pleasure of sitting behind two very nice horses in that time. Able Souvenir, honest as the sun, with stats of 100 runs for 13 wins and 21 placings, picking up $19,237 in the process with a best time of 1-59.7.The other bright light was the talented, but very unsound, Chief Glo, who managed only 22 starts in a two year career, winning on 7 occasions with 5 placings and $8610. To put things in perspective, the dollars quoted here, which may seem insignificant at this time, had probably 8 times the purchasing power of today's money. Far from shabby!!

  All three Pascoe brothers have been drawn to speed. Graham and Les mixed speedway and pacers while Vic was a top athlete who raced pacers with success, yet found, and still finds, the enthusiasm to develop the young athletes of Ipswich. A friendly, family man,Graham Pascoe was taken from us far too young at 65. He lives on in the deeds of his son Matt, a high profile driver in the world of Speedway's "Super Sedan" class.

  He was not a resident of the Ipswich footprint, but Tom O'Shea, with his younger brother, Errol, first encountered trotting when visiting the late "Butch" Zahnow and his family in the Boonah area many years ago. The boys were bitten hard by the bug, and Tom soon went "hands on" with master conditioner ,Col Dudley, who was training a team of pacers for trend setting owner driver, John McMullen Senior, and was soon attending the Sunday trials at Redland Bay. Horses like Tutta Flex and Dan's Gift figured early in the piece, and success on the original right handed circuit at Albion Park came through Noble Heart, a dour stayer, and the quaintly named Tough, who could only produce his brilliant finish if given a cold sit for the bulk of the journey.

  In the computer records era, TO's best performers were the Rocklea regular, Likely Chance, which stared on 163 occasions for stats of 12 wins, 32 placings and a prize total of $10,044. Next up came Rob's Regret, with 89 outings returning 9 wins and 18 minors for a stake of $10,100, and a good record at Redcliffe and Stevens' Trotway at Southport.. Tom O'Shea was more a trainer than a driver returning 7 wins and 34 places from 228 trips in the sulky while presenting his charges to do battle on 480 occasions, leading in 33 winners and 84 placegetters for a total of $50,873. A likeable man, Tom was with us for 80 years, he will be sorely missed by the older brigade.

  As predicted, Nathan Dawson went through the $1million barrier early this week and will have finalised his account for 2017/18 yesterday afternoon. We will give you the end result next week at the same time blending other family achievers into the mix..

  Keep tomorrow week 09/09 aside. It will be a non-TAB  Sunday meeting at Marburg but all the bells and whistles will be in place for harness fans. Jackpot is now $1900. ( Shared if multiple winners)

  Heaps of winners across the week with local drivers sharing the spoils. Man of the moment, Nathan Dawson hit the target on 8 occasions(rating 400), but of the trainers, only Mr Durable, Darrell Graham, was able to produce two victories.Most pleasing was the combo of Matt Elkins, Warren Hinze and Wecanonlyhope... Ipswich factor 31/39..

  Resultsville  Redcliffe 24/08.. Ima Morven Lad (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. The Ides Of March (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Life In Heaven (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Albion Park 25/08.. Deeceasar (Kelli Dawson for Scott Hewitt).. Glenferrie Baby (Kelli Dawson for Geoff Dawson).. Secret Jack (Adam Richardson for Christina Monte).. Spud (Chris Petroff for Jay Edmunds).. Big Bruce (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Alleluia (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Ares (Hayden Barnes for Mark Rees).. Albion Park 28/08.. Rancho Man (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. Maybe to The Max (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis)..Beef City Starzzz (Pete mcMullen for Peter Greig).. Wattlebank Flyer (Gary Whitaker for Bianca Hooper).. Regal Rock (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Secret Jack (Nathan Dawson for Chris Monte).. Tuesdays Fella (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn).. Redcliffe 29/08.. Ima Sea Storm (Nathan Dawson for Graham White).. The Next Star (Darrell Graham for Stephanie Graham).. Hammerhoff (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. Dapper Bessie (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Bettorthantorque (Adam Richardson for Chantal Turpin).. Miraclesdoappen (Nathan Dawson for Mark McNee).. Wecanonlyhope (Matt Elkins for Warren Hinze).. Arch Empress (Nathan Dawson for Gary Gerrard).. Redcliffe 30/08..   Zed Express (Clint Sneddon for Mitchell Dawson).. Werelivingthedream (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Glasscutterspirit (Gary Whitaker for Kevin Moffat).. Malone (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Miss Kenny (Adam Richardson).. Shadow Hunter (Adam Richardson for Steve Coombs)..


 


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« 2018-Sep-09, 10:03 PM Reply #238 »
"TROT TACTICS"..08/09/2018..

  Wondering what to do tomorrow? Take the positive action and head off to Marburg for an afternoon of Country trotting. Seven races, $100 lucky gate bet, pick the last six winners to share or take all of $1900, and the Funny Money is in action for those who want a flutter but can't afford to lose. Line that up with low,low, prices for top food and beverage plus Mini-trotters, "pat a pony", SAQ in centre field and a top raffle, and you have the complete package. Adults $5, Members and Pensioners $3, Race books $3, and the gates are open at 11am with the first race at 12.30pm. Trials before.

  Yet another of the old brigade left us last Monday, Arnie Zahnow. Taken in his 80th year. Arnie was raised on his father Butch's dairy farm at Warrill view. Trotting was, in the first half of the last century, the passion of many Fassifern family farmers, and young Arnie and his brothers Ron and Colin grew up surrounded by his fathers pacers and accompanied Butch to  all the shows in the Fassifern and Lockyer Valleys. it was at these that shows that they campaigned Lord Louis and Poinsettia. Once the three boys were riding and driving they registered colours, Arnie's being red jacket, green sleeves and white cap which he retained for his entire harness career. Arnie had his first ride at Boonah Show (where else) in 1952. It was Kedron, owned and trained by legend Archie Sugden. Most of Arnie's harness career was in the era before the computer records kept today, which date from 1981/82. But family recollections borrowed from the magical books written by Raymond Lowndes, indicate that when Boonah had registered racing in 1959 AZ's team included Warrill King, Warrills Choice, Belmonts Choice, Rons Pick and Talmois Choice. Arnie and his wife Nita, herself a talented driver, did the the show circuit as far as Cairns in the early 60's on a number of occasions. Show trotting folk were like the trade caravans of Asia, they followed the same traditional path, year in and year out. In recorded history, Arnie did not drive, but he started 144 horses for 12 wins, 34 placings and $10,729.. These included Applejack Creek, Brella Fella, Hanover Pace which might be rated the best of this period, with his seven wins comprising three at Rocklea and four at Gold Coast. The best from the pre-record era was certainly Hammersley which hailed from the Goulburn area of NSW. Hammersley's tally over a two year stint for Arnie Zahnow was was a very healthy 25 wins and 25 placings. As the old timers leave the stage, so the history of Queensland trotting goes with it. Sad!

  What is a dynasty? In rough terms it could be described as a "family tree" but, invariably, it concerns success,wealth, political power,or a ruling caste, and generally resembles a pyramid in our imagination, with the current star at its apex. We have a rising dynasty in the Ipswich harness footprint, which is based on the descendants of the late John Dawson and the current Matriarch, Beryl Dawson. For the sake of space, we are bypassing Beryl's sons Geoff and Glenn, both  very successful in their own right.  The shining light at this time is Nathan Dawson, Queensland's premier driver for the season past. Two milestones were passed in this term, with a double century of wins which eventually totalled 214, and prizemoney earned from 1226 drives was a staggering $1,044,555.

  At this point, nine of Beryl Dawson's ten grandchildren, have found their way into the sulky on race day over a span of 17 years. They are Danielle McMullen, Melissa Gillies,Kelli Dawson, Narissa McMullen, Taleah McMullen, Trent Dawson, Pete McMullen, Mitchell Dawson, and Nathan Dawson. The nine have "been round" on a total of 33,161 occasions and have saluted the judge some 4061 times. The prize money earned for owners from these "herculean" labours, was, as trainers, a respectable $1,723,558, but as drivers the earnings are a massive $20,941,044. As the NZ star of the 70's, Charlie Hunter said, "They only remember drivers in this business". No wonder! However, we must remember that Nathan is the Emperor this time, and we must congratulate him on a job well done!!

  Pete McMullen bounced back to the top of the leader board this week, posting a rate of 300 with six victories to kick off the new season. Better half, Chantal Turpin took training honours, leading in four of the best. Most pleasing, Spring Campaign, trained and reined  by Jacob Wallace at Albion Park on Tuesday. Ipswich factor 24/44.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 31/08.. Wheres Tascott (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen)..  Pats Delight (Nathan Dawson for Jay Edmunds)..Thank Heaven For Girls (Pete McMullen for Dale Belford).. Argyle Beach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Laughing Emoji (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Stirling William (Nathan Dawson for Shawn Grimsey).. Heavens Hurricane Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 01/09.. Secret Jack (Adam Richardson for Christina Monte).. Officianado (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Lockton Luck (Pete McMullen for Jack Butler).. Bring On Lefty (Adam Richardson for Christina Monte) .. Albion Park 04/09.. Spring Campaign (Jacob Wallace).. Ole Sun (Hayden Barnes for Mal Charlton).. Betting Baron (Pete McMullen for Josh Moore).. Bring On Lefty (Adam Richardson for Christina Monte).. Our Chittybangbang (Trent Dawson for Chris Frisby).. Redcliffe 05/09.. Sammys Luck (Adam Richardson).. The Next Star (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Feel The Reign (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Bettor Watch Him (Adam Richardson for Murray Thomas).. Circle Line (Matt Elkins for Ron Wells).. Pats Delight (Pete McMullen for Jay Edmunds).. Redcliffe 06/09.. Heres My Number (Adam Sanderson for Mark Lichtwark).. Ketut (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith)..




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« 2018-Sep-16, 02:18 PM Reply #239 »
"TROT TACTICS"  15/09/2018..

He's back. As promised, so many moons back, phase one of the third re-invention of Steven Alexander Clements, a man with a consuming passion for the light harness sport. When the milking camels replaced the broodmares, juveniles, and racing stock on the 1,000 acres of Glengarry stud at Harrisville, and following the demise of his more than useful stallion, Rob Roy Mattgregor,  many of us thought it was curtains for SAC. Never one for the pessimistic attitude, Clements is now back in the stallion business, with three sires aimed at the battler's end of the market. Two are proven performers, All American Ingot and Major In Art, and they stand at Goulburn valley Equine Hospital, Congupna Vic, partnered by the unraced Bull Mattgregor NZ. The older horses carry a unique "benefit" should your mare produce a filly foal, and the new boy is starting his career at $550, and hoping to emulate his sire. There are additional benefits for Marburg members, so ring Steve on 0408 700 111 for all the info,or see this writer for a brochure.

 
October is about to become "entertainment month" in the MPA lineup.Our next TAB meeting will be the Monday of the Queen's Birthday weekend. Just check out the attractions for that day, designed to take you back to the time when "on course at the trots" was the place to be, and be seen!
  1st October - Support Drought Affected Farmers Family Raceday. Free Animal farm. Pick the Card - $1950. Mini-trots.Pat-a-pony. Raffles. Market stalls. Billy tea and damper from the camp oven. Free Face painting. UBET van on track. Bookmaker. And the athletic highlight of the day, the MPA Farmer's obstacle challenge.
Farmers' obstacle challenge. The Club will also host two Memorial races , The "DES AND VAL WALLACE " Memorial and  the "JEAN AND WALLY MITCHELL" Memorial. Both families have a long and strong connection  with Marburg, Rocklea and the world of the battler in harness racing! The day signals the start of the Barastoc Feeds -- October Trainer's Premiership. Be in it to win it!!!

  As you will have "twigged" from earlier content, the harness breeding season is upon us! That time of year when when the hopes and dreams of the smaller breeder have their genesis. If, in this part of the world, there are no Superstars of of the stallion roster available, at least we have the choice of a good number of sires which are worth a second, and perhaps a third look when choosing a consort for the honest old mare in the back paddock. Burwood Stud at Pittsworth have a lineup of three proven horses,including Cammibest, Lanercost, and Changeover. The Denning family have a rock solid reputation in all aspects of harness husbandry,putting the polish on the product  all the way from conception to the sale ring. They report that service and semen bookings are a bit slow at this point. This attributed this to the drought, and the somewhat depressed state of the industry in Queensland. Two things are certain. They won't spit the dummy, and the quality will be maintained!!

  The Marburg premierships  for the 2017/18 racing season have been released. "DRIVER OF THE YEAR" went right down to the wire, with Matt Elkins, Adam Richardson and Nathan Dawson tied on 45 points. Matt Elkins got the nod on a count back, having the highest number of wins. "HORSE OF THE YEAR" went to the Keats family of Prenzlau thanks to the consistent efforts of Living Free. No surprises in the "TRAINER OF THE YEAR" department, with the accolades going to Darrell Graham, Lord Mayor of Fernvale. Congratulations to all!

  This week's leader board has the widest spread for some time, with six trainers, Kelli Dawson, Ron Sallis, Darrell Graham, Chantal Turpin, Jay Edmunds, and Adam Richardson, all tied on two winners apiece, while the drivers were in descending order, Nathan Dawson six, (rate 300) Pete McMullen,five (300), Danielle McMullen four (200) and Matt Elkins three (150).. A great result with an Ipswich factor of 30/48.
 

  Resultsville ..Albion Park 07/09.. Hard To Hear (Trent Dawson).. Franco Totem (Darrell Graham).. Miss Kenny (Adam Richardson).. Marburg 09/09.. Liava (Adam Richardson).. Soldier Of Fortune (Danielle McMullen for Karen Schulz).. High On Montana (Ricky Gordon for Lacey Hinze).. Stellagrey (Nikki Chalk for Tess Neaves).. Strange Conduct (Matt Elkins for Warren Hinze).. Albion Park 10/09.. Spike Bromac (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini).. Grinvil (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Chirpy Chuckles (Kylie Rasmussen for Ron Sallis).. Zalta (Matt Elkins for Mitchell Dawson).. Lockton Luck (Pete McMullen for Jack Butler).. Maybetothemax) (Hayden Barnes for Ron Sallis).. Bobbies Girl (Ian McMahon for Jay Edmunds).. Albion Park 11/09.. Argyle Beach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Pats Delight (Nathan Dawson for Jay Edmunds).. Speedie Mccardle (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini).. Maywyn No Regrets (Kelli Dawson).. Subtle Delight (Nathan Dawson for Terry Hancock).. Maywyns Courage (Kelli Dawson).. Redcliffe 12/09.. Comigal (Pete McMullen for Brett Cargill).. Theresachance (Nathan Dawson for Graham White).. Goodtime Stride (Nathan Dawson for Anthony Gorman).. Caesars Astrum (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Feel The Reign (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Dont Be Jealous (Matt Elkins for Lacey Hinze).. Redcliffe13/09.. Im Toot (Nathan Dawson for Dale Belford).. Arts Peregrine (Nathan Dawson for Trent Knack).. Hot Dogma (Matt Elkins for Ross Fletcher).. Stevie Dee (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham)..



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« 2018-Sep-23, 12:44 PM Reply #240 »
"TROT TACTICS"  22/09/2018..

  Sometimes you just wish that the "grim reaper" would take an extended holiday. This week we must record the passing  of Noel Hay, taken by illness in his 85th year. Noel first saw the light of day at Kingaroy on May 16th, 1934, and was reared on the home farm at Goodya ,where he developed a love for the horses which was to last all his life. Early days saw the lightly framed lad try his hand at the thoroughbreds in Brisbane, but the usual bugbear of wasting saw an end to that.  He did however touch base with the pacers, riding at the EKKA for his Grandfather, George Woodall. The love affair was re-kindled when Noel bought what is now the home farm, in 1973, at Kumbia in the shadow of the Bunya mountains. Sometime in the first twelve months a pacer was was purchased from Doug Coy. It was Sandy Smith, a son of Sandy Scott NZ and the mare, Teen Scott. It was the start of a dual pronged enterprise, not only the training and the sharing of the driving with his son Colin, but the breeding. In the many years from 1973 to his last starters in the 2016/17 season, all but a handful were home-breds, reared and developed on the acres at Kumbia. Was he successful?  He certainly was! From 2247 starters came 172 winners and 468 place getters, earning in all $457,761. Noel was of the opinion that Iguana, a son of the talented but injury dogged Goanna was the best horse that he trained. Standing up alongside Iguana are Bunya Blaze, 80 starts for 13 wins and21 placings, picking up $63,809 in the process, and Stormin Normin, 202 trips for 19 wins and 46 placings and $59,702. Both were by the flying machine, Wondai's Mate. No one close the sport could forget Noel Hay, and his float with the mural of of the Bunyas  for all to see. He was simply one of natures gentlemen. One of the nicest men you could ever hope to meet!!

  Next Saturday we will cover the life of John McMullen Snr, also known as "Hollywood John", one of the greatest names in the night trotting era in Queensland. News of John's passing was too late for dead line requirements. There is no fun in death, only sorrow, but the event is often accompanied by great stories, as this will be!

  Some times an omission can lead to a positive result. So it happened when this writer inadvertently failed to note, that ,along with six other trainers, Lacey Hinze had managed two winners in the previous week.. This meant that the prize money  spread for the period was even wider than usual, and thus, even more cause for joy in the Ipswich footprint.. In the course of mending this particular fence, we were able to find that 31 year old Lacey is steaming along happily in an independent yet co-operative training arrangement with partner Ricky Gordon at Haigslea. They help each other a great deal while respecting each other's contribution as individuals. At the same time, Lacey is receiving solid support from satisfied owner, Doug Manger, who is providing horses which can do the job. LH enjoys the style of racing at the Marburg venue, and particularly the input of race caller, Dean Jones, who realises that horses have trainers, and never fails to give them the wraps that they deserve. Lacey Hinze  commenced training in the 2011/12 season, and success did not come easy. Now with career stats of 489 starters for 21 winners, 80 placings and a bank of $103,092, the lady is looking at  at a new season just three weeks old and is already "up there" with 2 winners from 3 runners. This might be the start of something big!

  Queens Birthday Monday October 1st. Take advantage of the public holiday to get out to Marburg, enjoy the racing and the off-track entertainment while helping to support  drought stricken farmers through the CWA appeal. Details next Saturday.

  The Queensland Racing Crime Squad (QRCS) have today charged a 36-year-old Hatton Vale suspended harness racing participant with one count of perjury. The man has been given notice to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 26 to face the charge. It is alleged the Hatton Vale man provided false testimony in relation to his involvement in race fixing at a coercive hearing conducted by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission in December 2016. QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said this was the first time a racing participant had been charged with perjury as a result of the coercive hearing process.

  Another swing of the pendulum as Darrell Graham returned to the position of leading trainer with three winners for the week. Nathan Dawson in full flight, posting seven winners in the sulky for the same period, rating 350. Most pleasing, Bronze Ecstasy for Jack Rees.

 
Resultsville.. Albion Park 14/09.. Bronze Ecstasy (Jack Rees for Mark Rees).. Its Megs (Nathan Dawson for Daren Garrard).. Franco Totem (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 15/09.. Bells Beach House (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. The Ides Of March (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Tact Ollie (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Motu Real Style (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Withalotofluck (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini).. Releven Dream (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Albion Park 18/09.. The Money Ball Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini)..Redcliffe 19/09.. Goodtime Stride (Nathan Dawson for Anthony Gorman).. Wave Dancer (Hayden Barnes for Josh Moore).. Contrary Courage (Nathan Dawson for Merv Hieronymus).. Lynnsanity (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 20/09.. Kay Jays Terror (Pete McMullen for Murray Thomas).. Im Rolling Stoned (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Ykikafil (Nathan Dawson for Richard March).. Im Toot (Nathan Dawson for Dale Belford).. Precious Cullen (Nathan Dawson for Graham White).. Hot Dogma (Matt Elkins for Ross Fletcher)..


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« 2018-Sep-30, 07:46 PM Reply #241 »
"TROT TACTICS" 29/09/2018..

We are yet again reminded of our own mortality, as two more, former masters of the light harness craft have left us, bound for "that big race track in the sky"! Two totally different men, from opposite ends of the training spectrum. Both were owners, one a full blown and flamboyant professional, the other, for the time he lived at Ebenezer, the most successful hobbyist I have ever known. They shared only one similarity, and that physical, both were tall. In personality, poles apart. One a born salesman, friendly and gregarious, the other, silent, solitary, slow to trust others. One, the salesman, a good learner, combining and applying the horse skills absorbed in this and another country,to put a product on the track with his own unique signature. He could delegate tasks, and was a good teacher, attested to by the very successful dynasty that he founded. The other, of high intelligence, "pushing the envelope", from the day that he graduated from horse breaker to trainer, taking nothing for granted, applying his own techniques if he found the traditional methods to be wanting.

  Both men came from humble beginnings. The professional born, raised and working in the Ipswich area, related to the O'Sheas of Rosewood, went to western Queensland working for time on renowned Hormet Bank station. He returned to Ipswich and was introduced to trotting by a veteran of the show circuit in Aub Kennoway. It was the start of a lifelong love affair. The hobbyist, a boy refugee from war torn Europe to New Zealand where he became a farm hand in the dairy industry, later taking on the breaking and education of harness horses and progressing to training and driving. Both were in their early 80's at the time of passing.Who were they?

  "Hollywood" John McMullen had a huge impact on on Brisbane harness. He was an active exporter of horses to the United States, taking stock to the major tracks and racing them successfully there before selling on at a good price. Here in the sunshine State he campaigned such good ones as Viking Reign, Alba Wings (Qld Derby), Toliver Bye Bye, the list goes on. Perhaps his most significant performer here was The Aircraft, dominant from the "ten across the front" mobile start format on the new 1000 metre Albion Park track in the mid 80's. Often rated unbeatable, his supporters pounded the bookmakers unmercifully causing many to abandon the trots as a venue. A memorable quote from John McMullen, which perhaps indicated his personal view on punting, was, "First prize to the pay-up fee is the best odds on any racecourse". As the accepted pay-up fee at that time was 1/2% of first money the odds were 199 to 1 !! His personal stats as a trainer tell it all. Starters 4952..winners 734 placings 1261 for earnings of $2,386,973. No slouch as a driver either, his efforts producing 509 wins and 789 placings, the bank $1,551,892.. 

  Albert Willem "Slim" Dykmann was a well known identity in NZ prior to coming to Queensland,through the deeds of his star trotter, Scotch Tar. A gelded son of pacing sire, Tarport Coulter, Scotch Tar raced for 8 seasons , starting on 87 occasions for 29 wins and 10 placings, maintaining a high profile among the square gaiters, and banking $140,920 AUD in the process.Slim settled at Ebenezer south of Ipswich and commenced to weave his magic there, first rising to notice through the deeds of Natty Jack, a winner of 20 races on the "old" Southport track.  It was, however his skill with mares that bought him fortune here. Top of the tree was the 'iron legged"Happy Haldon starting on 196 occasions for 62 wins 52 placings ,sitting death seat and grinding her opposition into the ground, while earning $290,000. Diamond Hunter, with 11 wins under two minute rate from her total of 17, and $71,000, an Australian high point at the time. Then came Hike Along. A massive 32 runs as a 2yo in a total of 60 starts which netted $68,000 from 15 wins and 19 placings. At stud, 11 foals,7 winners , 4 of which earned in excess of $100,000. Slim Dykmann. No dynasty, just the sharp and lasting memory of a man who knew what he was doing, and did it incredibly well!!

  Check the font page for Monday's TAB meeting at Marburg. It's all there!! Meanwhile, in a disrupted week, Adam Sanderson joined Nathan Dawson at the top of the leader board for drivers, posting four wins apiece with rates of 200. Darrell Graham kicked back to top the trainers stat, leading in three of the best. Most pleasing, Jacob Wallace, trained one, drove two, and has his foot firmly on the ladder.

  Resultsville  Albion Park 21/09.. Flash Under Fire (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. Franco Totem (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Raesawinner (Nikki Chalk for Tess Neaves).. Got The Goods (Trent Dawson).. Just Seduce Me (Narissa McMullen).. Miss Kenny (Adam Richardson).. Albion Park22/09.. Vettel (Trent Dawson).. Bet Im Special (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Goodtime Stride (Nathan Dawson for Anthony Gorman).. Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Hot Rod Heaven (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie).. Mr Meddle (Hayden Barnes).. The Next Star (Brittany Graham).. Redcliffe 23/09..Hot Dogma (Matt Elkins for Ross Fletcher).. Stevie Dee (Jacob Wallace for Darrell Graham).. Jeter (Gary Whitaker for Brett Cargill).. Albion Park 26/09.. Ivanov (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Spring Campaign (Jacob Wallace).. Much Bettor (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. My Mastercraftsman (Adam Sanderson).. Maywyn courage (Kelli Dawson)..My Ultimate Fella (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Albion Park.. 27/09.. Lots More Grins (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Davis).. He Gets It (Nathan Dawson for Rod Hinze).. Stevie Dee (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham)..




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« 2018-Oct-07, 01:06 PM Reply #242 »
              "TROT TACTICS"  06/10/2018..

  The dust has settled on the Marburg "Queens Birthday " meeting last Monday. All in all a satisfactory result for both the MPA and the Country Women's Association "Farmers Appeal". All the Key Performance Indicators were met, with 400+ payers through the gate, nine exciting races were run, and plenty of kids were present, entertained by the mini-trotters,animal farm, "pat a pony", (always a good one with adults as well, surprising how many people have never been up close and friendly with a little horse). Given that a good, mixed crowd of young and not -so-young folk were present with quite a few new faces, the MPA is now starting to see that their ambitious plan to restore harness racing/trotting to a position of prominence is gaining a bit of traction. There is a long way to go before South East Queensland, and the Ipswich footprint in particular, is the harness paradise for hobbyist and professional alike that it was in the late 1970's. What ever, the "Marburg Mob" intend to get fans back on course, and, with the help of major sponsors Oakwood Capital, Garrards, and feed giant Barastoc, we can do it!!

  There are still two meetings scheduled for the month of October, and with Barastoc putting up a pallet of top quality feed (960Kg) plus a rug and trophy for the month's leading trainer, nominations should be strong. Saturday 13/10 will be a Non-TAB program with the first two rounds of the Garrards-Marburg Young Drivers Series and a lead in race to the Oakwood Capital Marburg Marathon. If all goes well, we will be able to add a new dimension to the between race entertainment. Several groups of foot runners, anxious to add "on track--middle distance" events to their normal  diet of half marathon to 200 kilometre events will be checking out the venue with a view to promoting the "Marburg Mile". Back on the harness side, Club President Scott Neaves, and his trainer wife Tess are probably in a happy position in the Barastoc standings having had two winners last Monday.

  MPA goes TAB again on Sunday October 21st. Highlights are the $10,000 Marathon,(2900m S/S) the traditional Graham Harriott  Memorial for the trotters, and three boutique breweries celebrating Oktoberfest.  Surrounded by German sausages, boutique beer and all the kids fun, it will be 'bigger than Ben Hur"

   We are not too far out from the Inter-Dominion Pacing Championship for 2018. Harness Racing's signature event will be run in Victoria, commencing the first round on December 1st. With heats being conducted in different areas, it will be a great, and lasting promotional exercise, taking the stars of harness to the people across the state. The Grand Final will be run at Tabcorp Park at Melton on December 15. A healthy 104 pacers have been nominated, with 5 of these trained in Queensland. The potential Sunshine State runners have impressive credentials but it is a long road to December 1st and 104 will have to be whittled down to something under 40 by kick-off time.  Alleluia (Grant Dixon) 135 starts for 33 wins and 49 placings, has come good lately and currently boasts earnings of $516,349..  Ohoka Punter (Grant Dixon)-- 83 runs for 25 wins and 35 minors for a massive $1,065,404.. Frankie Rocks (Grant Dixon) -- 64-21-12 and $205,499 in the kitty. We go local now, Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen from Patrick Estate looking to take rising stars,  Mattgregor and Watch Pulp Fiction to the big one with the view perhaps, if not this year, then certainly next, when they will have had the "inter" experience under their belts, and be the better for it. Mattgregor  has taken only 31 runs to be 14 times a winner with 10 placings, earning $116,016 in the process. Watch Pulp Fiction, with stats of 64--18-12 has collected $173,468. Both have the ability to go on to bigger things.

  In a quiet week, with one meeting lost to track repairs and Saturday night at "the Park" a washout, Adam Sanderson took driving laurels , posting three wins for a rate of 150.Hot on his heels were Gary Whitaker, Danielle McMullen and Pete McMullen all rating 100 with two wins apiece. Darrell Graham was top trainer with three winners,just ahead of Dale Belford, Tess Neaves and Chantal Turpin all leading in a pair for the four meetings. Most pleasing, Paul Matis breaking the drought with Light Horse at Marburg. Ipswich factor 15/33..

  Resultsville..Albion Park 28/09.. Opononis Bliss (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Ima Morven Lad (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Ann MattgregorNathan Dawson for Dale Belford).. Somexcusesomewhere (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 29/09..  meeting abandoned..  Marburg 01/10.. Northern Muscle (Denis Smith).. Light Horse (Paul Matis).. Riverleigh Jeff (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves).. For Tony Darrell Graham).. Concentration (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves).. Im Toot (Stacey Weidemann for Dale Belford).. Albion Park 02/10.. Much Bettor (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Thats How We Roll (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Albion Park 04/10.. For Tony (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Big In America (Danielle McMullen for Stewie Dickson).. Lynnsanity (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham)..



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« 2018-Oct-14, 07:51 PM Reply #243 »
"TROT TACTICS"  13/10/2018..

 
  It seems that the advent of a 15% POC tax in Queensland wagering has been all the catalyst required to produce a massive reaction against the State Government. At this point key participant bodies in the gallops are threatening strike action unless their demands for more prize money are met. They point to the massive amounts up for grabs in new novelties such as the Everest, and the plethora of Group One events, both of recent and traditional origin. The preceding  interstate “golden eggs” incidentally, are to be part funded by POC taxes of 8 and 10%, depending which State we are looking at.
 
  At this point, we should make up our minds as to how “animal racing” should be defined once and for all. Is it a sport, or is it an industry/business.  A precedent for your consideration was the answer given to this writer by Mr Justice Alf Goran QC, when I appeared before him at the Queensland hearing of the first “working party on whips in harness racing” (many years ago). I asked the good Judge the “sport or industry” question as a side issue based on the perceived promotional value of each term. I was told in no uncertain words that, ”Of course it must be an industry. What else would you call it when you go to the Government for a handout”! If nothing else, it was proof positive that the “begging bowl mentality “ was alive and well all those years ago. Which is right where we are today.

  It is now time for the two horse codes to take a good hard look at themselves, accept (1) that prize money has to come from somewhere other than the Government coffers, (2)accept that the disasters in infrastructure ,(tracks that just won’t cut it),  are entirely man made and not “acts of God” as they would like us to believe, and (3) accept that "BOTH CODES MUST PRESENT A RACING FORMAT WHICH IS FRIENDLY TO THE RECREATIONAL PUNTER'S DOLLAR,AND AN ENTERTAINMENT/SPECTACLE WHICH ATTRACTS ON-COURSE ATTENDANCE IN VIABLE NUMBERS!!!" 

The whole "more prize money"exercise has drawn support from a star studded line-up of Brisbane racing and sporting journalists, none of whom has had the temerity to mention such a heretical course of action as put forward in the preceding paragraphs. I can't speak for the gallops lobby,but, it is time for harness in the Sunshine State to get off its collective backside and start trying to promote the sport in a positive and profitable manner. Being ever mindful that the punter's dollar is where the money is, not in the worship of some "cargo cult" of never ending, un-earnt handouts!!

  Marburg races today. Non-TAB, but an important leg in the  October trio of meetings. The first two rounds of the Garrard-Marburg Young Drivers Series, more opportunities for trainers to earn points in the mammoth Barastoc Feeds trainers premiership plus lead-ins to the $10,000  Oakwood Capital- Marburg Marathon and the Graham Harriott Memorial. As always, the reliable "value for money" Marburg package.

  Only 34 races contested this week due to track problems. Greg Elkins had his place in the sun leading in thee winners to be top trainer, besting John McMullen on two. Pete McMullen was top driver,scoring on three occasions (150) , hotly pursued by Adam Richardson, Adam Sanderson and Gary Whitaker, all on two apiece (100). Most pleasing, Reece Maguire, up there with Rory Mach for Darrell Graham. Ipswich factor 17/34..

  Resultsville  Albion Park 05/10.. Shady Sadie (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Madam Jujon (Adam Sanderson for Grant dixon).. Big Bruce (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Levi Jade (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Exceptional Mach (Pete McMullen).. Cardles From heaven (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Albion Park 06/10.. Withalotofluck (Hayden Barnes for Steve Cini).. Albion Park 09/10..Corey William (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Lovely Moth (Adam Richardson).. Maywyns Courage (Kelli Dawson).. Redcliffe 10/10..Franks Fortune (Adam Richardson for Lee Storie).. Rory Mach (Reece Maguire for Darrell Graham).. Takitimu Express (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Blue Eyed Creation (Justin Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Redcliffe 11/10.. Kaanapali (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Big In America (Pete McMullen for Stewie Dickson).. Blazing VC (Gary Whitaker for Bianca Hooper)..



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« 2018-Oct-21, 12:59 PM Reply #244 »
"TROT TACTICS"  20/10/2018..

  We wanted the rain desperately in the Ipswich footprint, as did most of Australia. Hay became scarce, and  as a result, costly, as did most grain based products. Weeks turned into months with no relief. Then, with little warning, other than hailstorms that we did not want, came rain. Where we had cursed the dust, we now cursed the mud. Race meetings were abandoned, and participants comfort zones severely dented. The only lesson learned from it all was that we are hard to please.

  If , however, you are seeking pleasure, then Marburg tomorrow is the place to find it. Gates open at 11.00am on a nine race program set against a theme of "Oktoberfest" with craft beers, german sausage, kids amusements the $10,000 "Whiteoak Capital--Marburg Marathon Handicap" and the time honoured Graham Harriott Memorial Trot. Young drivers from the Ipswich area will feature in two divisions of the Garrards -- Marburg Young Drivers Championship, and the pick the last six  carries $3,000 (share) for any one skillful enough to pick the last six winners. Mini-trotters, "pat a pony", funny money bookie. UBET van, traditional bookie, and the raffle, headed up by a piece of "WINX" memorabilia, autographed race colours in a presentation frame. the will be, as they say, "Bigger than Ben Hur". $5 gets adults in and $3 covers pensioners, social members and the all important race book. Don't miss it!

  If you have ever wondered why there are so many older folk among the sulky sitting set, read the following from the Australian harness website.
Victorian harness racing has paid tribute to a long-time trainer, driver, gentleman and Inter Dominion champion in Eric Rothacker.
The beloved trots participant passed at age 89 on October 13, leaving behind a devoted family and a considerable imprint on the harness racing landscape.Mr Rothacker continued to train until 2015-16 and drive until 2009-10 after an extensive career of participation, most recently with 1996 Bendigo Trotters Cup winner Larry Do, 1990 Horsham Pacing Cup winner Eck’s Shadow and Fiery Gent (2002).His last training win was with Watch My Sox at St Arnaud on July 2, 2015, when he was aged 86, while it was at age 76 that he piloted his last win (Hanging Loose at Bendigo in November 2005).He was a prominent member of Victorian harness racing royalty, being the son of Vic Rothacker, nephew of Bill Rothacker and cousin of Gordon Rothacker.
He formed a terrific and successful bond with Gentleman John in the 1950s, a gelding which he owned, trained and drove after the yearling was gifted to him by his father.Gentleman John would win the 1955 A. G. Hunter Cup, three Vic Globe Derby Championships, three Melbourne Showgrounds Free For Alls and the Horsham Easter Cup.But it’s his victory in the 1956 Inter Dominion at Sydney’s Harold Park for Eric Rothacker that would provide a career highlight, with the 26-year-old being at the time the youngest driver to taste Inter success.Gentleman John beat local pacer Mineral Spring by a head with New Zealand’s Caduceus a gallant third in front of a crowd of 34,020. It was Gentleman John’s 24th win and took his earnings to £19,000. (the equivalent of 10 brick houses today, I kid you not.) Stop wondering at this point. The truth of the matter is that the horse does the running and the driver does the steering. End of question!

  In a somewhat desolate week, when the Ipswich factor was a lowly 12/42, Pete McMullen was top driver with three wins rating 150, ahead of Adam Richardson and Darrell Graham, two apiece for rates of 100. Darrell Graham was high point trainer leading in two winners for the term. Most pleasing was Real Knuckey for Peter Jones with Keith Durston in the bike.

  Resultsville  Redcliffe 12/10.. Daenerys Storm Born (Adam Sanderson).. Matt Belford (Adam Richardson for Murray Thomas).. Just Rokin (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Hard To Hear (Trent Dawson).. Tom Me Gun (Narissa McMullen).. Ima Morven Lad (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Redcliffe 13/10.. Concentration (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves).. 16/10.. Sweet As (Darrell Graham).. Franco Totem (Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 17/10.. Real Knucky (Keith Durston for Peter Jones).. Weedons Express (Danielle McMullen  for John McMullen).. Miraclesdoappen (Nathan Dawson for Mark McNee).. Redcliffe 18/0..  Werelivinthedream (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Franks Fortune (Adam Richardson for Lee Storie).. Just Rokin (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig)..



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« 2018-Oct-28, 12:11 PM Reply #245 »
"TROT TACTICS"..27/10/2018..

 
THE QUEENSLAND RACING INDUSTRY PARTICIPANTS’ ASSOCIATION has declared strike action inevitable in view of the lack of a positive response from the Government over Point of Consumption Tax distribution. 
The group issued a statement which reads:
AFTER years of neglect by various Governments and with the current negotiations reaching a standstill with no sign of a positive resolution, the move to industrial action by the racing participants of Queensland is unfortunately now unavoidable.
All participants in Queensland will stand-down on Saturday, October 27th (Cox Plate Day) for meetings scheduled at Doomben, Gold Coast, Toowoomba & Townsville, and then again on Tuesday 6th of November (Melbourne Cup Day) across all TAB meetings. At this stage we will keep our commitment to allow the non-TAB meetings on both these days to proceed.
This action has the full support of the four industry bodies comprising trainers, jockeys, breeders and owners and comes after a deadline yesterday for the Government failed to deliver the requested commitment to return 100% of the racing component of the Point of Consumption tax to racing.
Despite claims that 100% of this new tax will be returned to racing, the clear fact is none of this will be returned to thoroughbred racing this year. Prizemoney is our wages. Ten years ago our people were receiving 75% of what NSW racing delivered in prizemoney and now Queensland sits at 45%, and as all the other states embrace this new betting tax this gap will only widen further.
The significant financial investment from this new ‘betting tax’ given by the other States into their racing industries, is in stark contrast to what is shown in Queensland and whilst this industrial action is certainly not the industry participants preferred response, the Government’s lack of understanding of the importance of the current situation in Queensland, leaves us with no alternative.

  It's a funny world we live in,. The above statement tells us what  the thoroughbred  industry/ sport participants think of the current Government. There don't appear to be too many statements coming from the three galloping appointees on the "over arching " five person panel which carries the title of Racing Queensland. Surely these three gentlemen are sidestepping the issue by their neutrality. The other two codes are also conspicuous by their absence from the fray. The greyhounds have no need to comment, as their position is underpinned by the fact that they are a profitable operation, and it would be a brave Government indeed that pointed a finger at the "dogs".Harness falls into a similar category to the gallops, we are a code which has deep rooted problems. What is our  real position?. There is a position, but, as has been the case for some decades now, only a handful of privileged people are aware of what it is, and , at this point, the bulk of participants who stick in the game  to see it go forward in a fair and honest fashion with hope of a resurrection, are told absolutely NOTHING. Not good enough!! We want an intelligible  and believable statement  from OUR appointed leaders which includes a clear direction forward based on lifting turnover, and no mention of "begging bowls" or washed out tracks, and we want it now!!

  A good place to start, would be to re-instate the funding system which existed in 1980. A base line for prize money, relevant to the needs of each club, was struck ,to run for a period of five years. If a club by what ever means, increased turnover, sponsorship, increased income from peripheral sources etc, was able to pay out a minimum of 110% of the base figure in any racing year, then the base line was raised to that 110% for the succeeding years to he end of the five year period. Should a 110% increase be achieved in the following year, then the compounding principle was applied. So, the onus to succeed was placed squarely on the clubs. This is how the real world of harness should operate, with reward for effort.!!

  A fairly predictable leader board this week with Pete McMullen top driver scoring on five occasions (rate 250). Darrell Graham returned to the top of the trainer's list presenting three runners able to get the bikkies. Most pleasing  was Real Knuckey for Peter Jones. Ipswich factor 29/48..

  Resultsville.. Redcliffe 19/10.. Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Redcliffe 20/10.. The Ides Of March (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Hot Dogma (Matt Elkins for Ross Fletcher).. Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham)..Wattlebank Flyer (Gary Whitaker for Bianca Hooper)..  Marburg 21/10.. Impetuoso (Trent Dawson for John Cockburn).. Manoflisa (Jack Rees for Kevin Annetts).. Oscars Glory (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Northern Muscle (Denis Smith).. Red Luck (Taleah McMullen for Darrell Graham).. If You Believe (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Reddy Fire (Leonard Cain for Paul Matis).. Gangster Boy (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Redcliffe 23/10: None Bettor (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Daenerys Stormborn (Adam Sanderson).. Royal Lincoln (Adam Sanderson for Jacob Wallace).. Just Rokin (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Our Major Day ( Nathan Dawson for Dayl March)..Redciffe 24/10.. Mister Hart (Reece MaGuire for Darrell Graham).. Motu Real Style (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Blazing VC (Gary Whitaker for Bianca Hooper).. Wave Dancer (Hayden Barnes for Josh Moore).. Feelingforarainbow ( Adam Richardson for Dave Russell).. Redcliffe 25/10  Gotothemoon (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Photozen (Darrell Graham for Barb Barry).. The Boys GNP (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Real Knucky (Keith Durston for Peter Jones).. Werelivinthedream (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Stevie Dee (Darrell Graham..



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« 2018-Nov-04, 02:06 PM Reply #246 »
"TROT TACTICS"..03/11/2018..

    As summer approaches, things are hotting up at Marburg. Next weekend, the MPA will host not one, but two TAB meetings. Friday, November 9th, what would normally have been a meeting scheduled for the problem plagued Albion Park, and already having been shifted once to Redcliffe, will now be run at "the Burg" in order to lessen strain on the track staff on the peninsula, and dramatically shorten the travel time for participants living in this area. The meeting will be run on a skeleton basis, with horses going round, vision and broadcast going out. However, while we do not have any commitment as to provision of on-course Tote Van facilities, our committed and generous bookmaker, Stephen Anthony , will be to cater for punters. The canteen will supply basic burgers and German sausage, coffee, tea, and cold drinks, combined with cold drinks. Please take the time to join us in our first foray onto Sky 1. No entry fee.

  Just another two days to Sunday 11/11, when it will be the "all the bells and whistles" of a Marburg Sunday TAB meeting. Yes, it will cost you $3 to $5 to get in, yes there will be the cheapest beverage at a sporting event, yes the "pick six" jackpot will be on,funny money bookie ,monster raffle, Members lucky draw etc. Mini-trotters, pat a pony, plus finalisation of the Garrards- Marburg Young Driver's Series and the Barastoc Race Horse Feeds trainers "short" Premiership. Go to the Armistice Day Centenary celebration then head to Marburg for the exciting afternoon of close up action on the 700 metre show ground circuit. Gates open 11.00am.

  To a degree, the dust has settled on the Point of Consumption Tax controversy.  Galloping militants have come away from the confrontation with a handsome cash gift from the Government as a result of strike action on Cox Plate day. Oddly, or sadly, which ever you see it, there has been no published statement from thoroughbred participant  groups as to any future efforts on their part to increase wagering turnover on Queensland product. The gravy train is alive and well it seems!
  However,our co-providers of racing/wagering product have not forgotten harness.  From a respected contributor to a very popular Brisbane silks and saddles website comes the following: "The gallops also awaits the response of the trots and dogs which are likely to now be looking for a Government hand-out as well. Most of us won’t have a problem with the greyhounds receiving their fair share or more – they pull their way. BUT THE "RED HOTS" ARE NOTHING MORE THAN A SIDESHOW THESE DAYS, AND DESERVE NO MORE THAN THEY ARE ALREADY RECEIVING, WHICH MANY BELIEVE IS TOO MUCH!"

 With the harness position firmly thrust upon us, one can only wonder at the Government's lack of acumen in failing to come out of the dispute with a "quid pro quo'" for this massive donation to what might be described as a collection of ingrates.
 Costs were a key thrust of the thoroughbred argument, and it may be of interest to compare a few figures from each of the horse codes. Not by any means an in depth study, but an honest comparison just the same.
  Training costs for harness range between $30 and $45 per day plus extras. These can include shoeing, routine vet (worming, vitamins etc), transport (cost should recognise $50 float rebate). This writer asked the question at Albion Park about 12 months ago. All trainers asked had no formal labour arrangements ,using mates, partners and other family unpaid help. Monthly bills ranged from $900 to $1200, and all trainers felt that they were subsidising owner's bills to a lesser or greater degree in order to keep the owners in the game. All cited low levels of prize money as a prime cause of the depressed condition. While you may often find my view point a trifle confusing, I also believe that prize money is too low. On the other hand, I fervently believe that the onus is on harness to create more turnover.

   From a ring around this week , by a long term harness fanatic and former owner who has a friend wealthy enough to own a galloper  in Queensland and a share in another, trained NSW provincial area.   The costs of owning a racehorse are staggering my friend’s  trainer charges$88 per day while in work includes on course stabling which 10 years ago was $350 a month there’s also track fees about $135 a month race day strapper$120-$140 floating to Gold or Sunshine Coast $160 ,race day plating $150 plus vet & chiro, vitamins and noms runs out at about $5K a month while in work then there’s pre training $66 a day shoeing,  spelling costs  $25 a day plus any treatments so a month out of work comes to over $1K. He also has a share in one down NSW the trainer costs there are $95 a day and he’s not in Sydney would be a little cheaper in the country Gosford, Kembla I expect.


 Sweeping changes to the leader board this week with Calvert based Matt Elkins rating 200 to take the crown with 4 wins from Adam Richardson close up on 3. Ron Sallis ousted long time high pointer, Darrell Graham,  with a score of 3 winners for the week. Most pleasing, Warren Hinze with Strange Conduct..Ipswich factor 20/44.


  Resultsville Redcliffe 26/10.. Northern Muscle (Denis Smith).. Monivae (Matt Elkins for Ron Sallis).. French Globe (Gary Whitaker for Donny Smith).. Ohoka Squire (Adam Richardson).. Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Redcliffe.27/10..  Always My Mate (Adam Richardson for Chantal Turpin).. Franco Totem (Darrell Graham)..  Gangster Boy (Taleah McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Redcliffe 30/10.. Classy Guy (Nathan Dawson for Ryan Veivers).. Strange Conduct (Matt Elkins for Warren Hinze).. Argyle Beach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 31/10.. Lynnsanity (Darrell Graham).. Splash Of Gold (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Vande Velde (Matt Elkins for Jason Mckrill).. Colombian Gold (Gary Whitaker for Gary Gerrard).. Kylie Bromac (Nathan Dawson for Daren Garrard).. Clasy Toff (Adam Richardson for Errol O'Shea).. Northen Muscle (Denis Smith).. Redcliffe 01/11.. The Boys GNP (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Subtle Advice (Matt Elkins for Terry Hancock)..



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« 2018-Nov-11, 11:30 AM Reply #247 »
"TROT TACTICS".10/11/2018..

  It's all on tomorrow at "the burg'  with a quality 8 race program set down for decision, the first to go at 1.04pm and the lucky last at 4.57. Gates open at 11.00am and all the Marburg features are available. Pick the last 6 winners and share in $2,000, get your $500 "funny money" from the $3 race book, and you're on the way to building a bank for the auction after the last race. Budget priced ,quality food and beverage, strong bookmaker, mini-trot races monster raffle,and spectacular "close to the action" harness racing on the 700 metre circuit. Horses were a great part of the "war to end all wars". There is no better way to celebrate the centenary of Armistice Day than with our equine friends.. The venue is in first class order, thanks to the Skills Alliance team, and it's just $5 for adults, $3 for members and pensioners and kids under 16 go free. Join us

  The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has partnered with Harness Racing participants to deliver free microchipping to all Standardbred foals and the opportunity to have them vaccinated against the Hendra virus. To assist Queensland Harness racing participants to meet a new Harness Racing Australia rule mandating microchipping for all Standardbred foals from the 2017 crop and onwards; the Commission provided the service free of charge for all 270 foals born last season. In addition, as a trial the Commission offered a free first injection of the Hendra vaccine for each of the foals. QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett has announced that the QRIC initiative would continue this year, but if a majority of racing participants receiving the service this year did not take up the Hendra vaccination offer, the program, including free microchipping would not continue next year. “The first year of this initiative has seen a positive animal welfare outcome for the Harness racing code,” he said. “Last year’s trial program led to 81 foals or 30 per cent of the 2017 foal crop receiving their first Hendra vaccine, and this was a huge increase from the number of foals previously vaccinated against the disease. “Providing the veterinary resources and the first injection of the Hendra vaccine course free to the Harness racing industry has ensured the future welfare of these foals. “The Commission will provide microchipping free of charge and the first vaccination against Hendra with the expectation that owners will complete the full course of Hendra vaccinations,” Mr Barnett said. Earlier this year, a ground-breaking QRIC funded study confirmed vaccination against the deadly Hendra virus does not affect the racing performance of thoroughbred horses and this Standardbred program has also seen no reports of adverse effects in vaccinated foals. The above is all good news.

  Checking out the leader board this week reveals that Gary Whitaker has topped the list, rating 150 for his three wins. Close on his heels were, Nathan Dawson, Narissa McMullen Pete McMullen and Adam Richardson all on two wins. Clear winner on the trainers side was Chantal Turpin, tasting success here at Redcliffe, and a Saturday night double at Menangle. Most pleasing was Adam Richardson who had the steer on Turpins's southern victories. This is Adam R's third stint in Queensland from memory, and like ex-kiwi Adam Sanderson, the tree of success is now bearing a bumper crop of fruit.

  Resultsville Redcliffe 02/11. Got The Goods (Trent Dawson).. Novena Rose (Adam Sanderson).. Redcliffe 03/11.. Sweet As (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Somerosessomewhere (Gary Whitaker for Chris Monte).. Vettel (Trent Dawson).. Amajojo (Narissa McMullen for Tony Turpin).. Just Seduce Me (Narissa McMullen).. Blazing VC (Gary Whitaker for Bianca Hooper).. Menangle 03/11.. Watch Pulp fiction (Adam Richardson for Chantal Turpin).. Bull Market (Adam Richardson for Chantal Turpin).Redcliffe 06/11 Illawong Dreamtime (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Redcliffe 07/11.. Another Broadway (Darrell Graham).. Living Grand (hayden Barnes for Steve Furey).. Jax Navarro (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Our Pepperjack (Nathan Dawson for Graham White).. Happy Feelings (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Todays Hero (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..




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