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« 2018-Dec-02, 09:57 AM Reply #250 »
"TROT TACTICS"  01/12/2018.

    Glamorganvale based Taleah McMullen, took out the Garrards--Marburg Young Driver's Series last Sunday. The Series, run over two meetings and four rounds, is designed to showcase emerging driving talent in the Greater Ipswich footprint. Such events require considerable talent, firstly, genuine ability to consistently drive good races throughout the series, and secondly, to be able to establish a viable working arrangement with the horse in the short time allotted for the preliminary.
Taleah is a member of the Beryl Dawson harness dynasty, and, in a short time as a licencee has amassed stats of 456 drives, resulting in 31 wins, 96 placings, and a bankroll of $172,293. In this instance, however, we should look at Taleah as an individual. In a Driving Championship, there are only three factors, Driver, Horse and Opposition. Family connections become irrelevant. It was a great effort!!

  In a rare day at the "Burg" there was only one "odds-on" favourite, Montana Chief, winner of the first race. On the same program there were four training and or driving doubles achieved. Depending on one's position in the pecking order, a race day double can be a big or insignificant milestone in a harness career. Tony Jenkins, who has trained for more years than he might want to remember, led in a career first with Cutmearinhalf and Eulo Flyer. Jack Colley-Presnell drove Eulo Flyer and Springfield Spirit, Kay Crone trained Daveys Gift and Dollarbill, and the David and Andrew Millard combo took out the last two races with Diamonds From Heaven, and Our Diamond Edition. A day to remember.

  Marburg races next on Sunday December 9th with Sky Channel coverage, and TAB Van on course. All the traditional country harness attractions, with a full run-down next Saturday.

   
    The following message from Breeders Owners Trainers and Reinspersons, puts us in the picture regarding the destination of the  $2 million mentioned below.  Far be it for Botra to consult with the majority of the sports's participants on this matter. In the last 20 years, any negotiators  working close to the throne, have treated their peers like mushrooms, and the sport has paid the price. "Transparency", in the context of Queensland Harness, appears to have a different meaning to that published in the Oxford Concise English dictionary!.

  "Dear Industry Participants,
Following on from the Racing Queensland (RQ) decision of yesterday to allocate $2 million to Harness Racing from the Pont Of Consumption Tax, the contemplated industrial action is now on hold as further talks with RQ are proceeding regarding prize money allocations from this funding, therefore it is business as usual for now and a further update will be issued in the coming days."
Dan Costello
BOTRA

   
Racing Queensland has revealed how prize money increases for harness racing will be distributed to industry, following the announcement of a $2 million stakes increase on Tuesday.Highlights of the prize money increase are listed below:
QBRED Enhancements
A new look QBRED scheme where horses will be ‘QBRED For Life’ has been introduced. The offer includes enduring returns for all eligible QBRED horses of any age during their racing career.  $10,000 First win bonus in Queensland at any age upon winning a race with a stake value higher than $4,500.  $7,500 Second win bonus in Queensland in any subsequent racing season following the First Win bonus being won, providing a race stake value higher than $4,500.  Further enhancement to the QBRED Cash component of the scheme

  The new scheme will commence from 1 September 2019. However, for the 2018/19 season the 2YO bonus will increase to $10,000 effective immediately. Further details on the mechanics of the new scheme including sustaining fees will be discussed with industry prior to implementation.(Now there's a change of tactics)
Trainers’ Percentages – Effective 1 December 2018
The trainers stakes percentage will increase by 2.5% (from 5% to 7.5%) to help support the important role trainers play in the industry. Importantly this increase will be on top of existing stakes levels to ensure owners are not negatively impacted.   This will also bring Queensland in line with other states.
Trotters’ Bonus – Effective 1 December 2018
A $2,000 first-win bonus will be paid to the owners of any trotter upon its first win in Queensland, subject to the horse being trained by a Queensland trainer. This initiative complements RQ’s strategy to grow the active racing population of trotters in the state which in 17/18 resulted in a growth in trotting races of 14%.
General Prizemoney Increases – Effective 1 December 2018.  $1,000 increase for all ‘Band Penalty’ races.  ‘Restricted Penalty’ races at Redcliffe increased to a minimum $3,500.  Career Penalty’ Races at Redcliffe and Albion Park lifted to a minimum $5,000.

  Now the piece that all the participants who provide the base for the Queensland Harness Pyramid have been waiting to hear..  "In addition to these initiatives RQ will continue to convert non-TAB product to TAB where possible and work with stakeholders to expand racing opportunities for hobbyist participants."  Yes, you heard it right.NOTHING for the hobbyists!! It could perhaps be thought that a thick hide and no conscience were the primary requirements for a seat on both sides of the negotiating table!!
Roll out of these initiatives (with the exception of the QBRED enhancements) will commence from Saturday night’s Albion Park Race meeting (1 December 2018) which features the Group 3 Be Good Johnny Sprint.

  The moving finger writes, and this week it writes that driver Nathan Dawson dominated his sulky-sitting rivals, posting six wins for a rate of 300. On the hardworking trainer's side of the board Ron Sallis and Darrell Graham could not be separated, finishing the week on three winners apiece.Most pleasing. Tony Jenkins training double at the home venue. Ipswich factor 23/42.

  Resultsville.. Redcliffe 23/11.. Springfield Spirit (Sheree Tomlinson  for Ron Sallis).. Oozinville (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. Rainbow Styling (Nathan Dawson for Tayla Gillespie)..  Albion Park 24/11.. The Space Invader (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Gangster Boy (Taleah McMullen for Ryan Veivers)..  Dance for Glory (Nathan Dawson for KerryAnn Turner).. Opononis Bliss (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..  Marburg 25/11.. Montana Chief (Darrell Graham).. Cutmearinhalf  (John Cremin for Tony Jenkins).. Springfield Spirit (Jack Colley -Presnell for Ron Sallis).. Daveys Gift (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone).. Eulo Flyer (Jack Colley-Presnell for Tony Jenkins).. Dollarbill (Taleah McMullen for For Kay Crone).. Albion Park 27/11.. Montana Chief (Darrell Graham).. Havana Moon (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Lethal Star (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. The Boys GNP (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Illawong Dreamtime (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Redcliffe 28/11.. Mo Jarney (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. Tell The Future (Kelli Dawson for Ross Fletcher).. Concentration (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves).. Fortes In Fide (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Wee Jimmy (Jack Rees for Mark Rees).


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« 2018-Dec-10, 05:46 PM Reply #251 »
"TROT TACTICS". 08/12/2018..
 
It's a long way, and a long time for the school girl from the Seven Mile at Rosewood to be at Melton in Victoria for the Inter-dominion Grand Final of 2018. It's not a fairy tale, but yet another high point in the stellar career of Natalie Rasmussen, undisputed Queen of the "inters", thanks to her training and driving exploits with the mighty Blacks A Fake, winner of no less than four Grand Finals and $4,575,438 in a career spanning 102 starts.

Here at Melton, Rasmussen is co-trainer and driver of Spankem and Cruz Bromac The new Zealand based 'All Stars Stable" pair are $4 co-favourites for the "big one"after two nights of TAB Inter Dominion, repeating their eye-catching first-up efforts at Tabcorp Park with a pair of impressive performances on a brilliant night’s racing at Ballarat. Having just saluted in the last of the night’s ID18 heats with Cruz Bromac Rasmussen told Sky Racing’s Jason Bonnington, that choosing her drive on December 15’s Inter Dominion finals night at Tabcorp Park Melton was an “out of the hat” decision.“They’re both beautiful horses,” Rasmussen said. “They both have strength and they are both tough.”Cruz Bromac was ultra-impressive in overcoming his back row draw to round up leader Audi Hare and hold off fast finishing Galactic Star to salute in 1:53.5.“That was a lovely run for him,” Rasmussen said. “He hit the line good. Last week was a good confidence builder and tonight even better. I just went to the line nice and kind with him.”

    Low but interesting numbers on the leader board this week. Narissa McMullen headed up the drivers with four wins and a 200 rating to take the top spot, just one win in advance of regular Nathan Dawson, who rated 150 for his three victories. Trainers Ron Sallis and Darrell Graham led in two winners apiece to share the honours. Most pleasing were Saturday night winner Beau Cishlom for Karen Schulz  and Headwin for partner,Alan Godwin on Thursday. Once again, geography was the key with all six successful folk based in the lower Brisbane Valley.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 30/11.. Needle (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Classy Guy (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Any Old Way (Charlie Cini for Jay Edmunds).. Veloce Bella (Nathan Dawson for Ken Belford).. Jaynies Got A Gun (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 01/12.. Beau Cishlom (D McMullen).. Remember Them (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. The Space Invader (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini)..Drive The Dream (Reece MaGuire for Darrell Graham)..Albion Park 04/12.. Majestic Kiwi (Narissa McMullen for Darren Hancock).. The Boys GNP (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis)..Parisian Rockstar (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. Albion Park 06/12.. Headwin (Trent Moffat for Alan Godwin).. Just Tommy (Darrell Graham).. Ultimate Risk (Adam Richardson).. Ted West (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).



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« 2018-Dec-16, 06:53 PM Reply #252 »
"TROT TACTICS"  15/12/2018..

   Harness Racing in Australia has often been described as a family sport with offspring following their parents into the game. Many such involvements are in their third and sometimes fourth generation. Here in the Ipswich footprint, we have yet another such dynasty on the rise. Based at Calvert, the Elkins family is well and truly on the rise . Father Greg, turning 61 next month has had 40 years "hands on", all of it here in Queensland after moving from Victoria. His stats are impressive having driven  175  winners and 468 placings while training no less than 340 with 834 placings. There are two sons in the pipeline, with Matt, who is fully employed in the home stable, having greeted the judge on 250 occasions while placing a further 650 times. The youngest member is Justin, and is getting on the board with 10 wins and 29 placings from a small number of drives. The horse numbers rarely exceed the current tally of 15 of which ten are actively racing at this time, a very high percentage indeed. Greg Elkins is not particularly happy with the state of harness in Queensland at present, declaring that races are programmed with too many conditions, especially barrier draws based on "dollars earned in last 3  or 6 starts. This he says, guarantees that an honest horse , racing consistently, is assured of an unfavourable draw in many races. On this principle he does not nominate on many occasions, preferring to stay home rather than go round with no realistic chance of earning. Held together on the home front by Lynn, "Team Elkins" is far enough up the ladder to weather most storms. Expect them to be around for a long time to come!

    Tonight,at Melton Victoria, all the big questions asked in the last fortnight will be answered. In the Trotters Inter-Dominion Grand Final, the No 1 barrier falling to Speeding Spur, tends to equalise the anticipated head to head contest with $1.60 favourite Tornado Valley, which will start from gate 6. The same factor improves the chances of Save Our Pennys, Big Jack Hammer, and Kyvalley Blur. By the same token, there are no mugs in this field. A mistake by any of the top five, can change the whole outcome! In the pacers Grand final, it is hard to go past the Purdon /Rasmussen pair, Spankem and Cruz Bromac. They have dominated in the series, and barrier draws appear to be of little consequence, both having the ability to make their own luck.The most likely upset may come from the No 1 horse, Galactic Star.
  The usual but peculiar discrimination that exists between the lateral and diagonal gaits exists here. On a night when HRV is distributing $915,000, the pacers Grand Final is of $500,00 and the Trotters, who, after all, founded the sport and the breed, do battle for $150,000. Strange but true!

  Christmas is just 10 days away, but you can have a sneak preview of Santa Claus at Marburg tomorrow week, Sunday, December 23. The gentleman in the red suit is likely  to make his entry and departure on the back of the mobile barrier, but the goodwill, and, importantly, the lollies, are sure to be in the festive tradition. The happy folk of the MPA will be serving up a strong card of country harness racing, there will be a $100 free bet voucher for some lucky racegoer, drawn after Race 1, the pick  The Last Six Winners Jackpot is up to $2100, and your $500 'funny money" is in the racebook. There are 20 prizes in the Leukaemia Foundation raffle, and the ever popular petting zoo for the kids. Just the cheapest beverage and tasty food available at any sporting venue, Mini trotters and Pat A Pony, always a hit with kids and adults alike  make Marburg Trots a very affordable family entertainment. Adults $5, Members and Pensioners $3, Race books $3. Come and get close up to the speed and excitement on the 700 metre circuit. We'd love to see you there. Gates open 11.00am.

  Narissa McMullen lights up the driver's side of the leader board this week, her rate of 300 coming from six wins. Closest were Matt Elkins and Nathan Dawson, each rating 200 from four wins apiece. Top trainer for the first time was Greg Elkins with a blistering four winners at Marburg, nosing out Ron Sallis, ever consistent on three. Most pleasing were the emergence of Newmerella Mollie as a serious talent for "Team Towns" and the six winners at Marburg, all hailing from Calvert, for Warren Hinze, Ray Cross and Greg Elkins. Maybe, the Fernvale/ Brisbane Valley hoodoo is broken!

  Resultsville.. AP 07/12.. Werelivingthedream (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. Vettel (Trent Dawson).. Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Taxi Meter (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Wattlebank Flyer (Gary Whitaker for Bianca Hooper)..  AP  08/12.. Battleborn (Nathan Dawson for Trevor Lambourn).. Franco Totem (Jacob Wallace for Darrell Graham).. Sports Bounty (Matt Elkins forDarren Elder).. Marburg  09/12.. Inciter (Greg Elkins).. Newmerella Mollie (Brett Towns for Max Towns).. Honey Please (Matt Elkins for Ray Cross).. Under The Kilt (Leonard Cain for Warren Hinze).. Takitimu Express (Greg Elkins).. Crowning Glory (Narissa McMullen for Greg Elkins).. Jumping Jolt (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. AP 11/12.. Left A Terror (Adam Richardson for Chris Monte)..  Caesars Astrum (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Tom Me Gun (Narissa McMullen).. Redcliffe 12/12.. Chirpy Chuckles (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Tuesdays Fella (Kelli Dawson for Trevor Lambourn).. Colombian Gold (Gary Whitaker for Gary Gerrard).. Annas Best (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Idle Hands Nathan Dawson for Troy Williams).. Cowgirl Chick (Dannielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers)..Scott Tom (Narissa McMullen for Mick Benham).. Redcliffe 13/12.. Our Doug  (Gary Whitaker for Mark Lichtwark).. Montana Chief (Darrell Graham).. Franco Tariq (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Springfield Spirit (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).



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