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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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