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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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