"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)..