"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)..