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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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« 2018-Dec-30, 07:10 PM Reply #253 »
      "TROT TACTICS"  29/12/2018..

  That was the Year that was 2018.. Out Marburg way we saw a number of of interesting events. At Easter, the MPA was subject of a TAB/RQ experiment when the Easter Sunday Fun Day meeting went into the pubs, clubs and lounge rooms of Australia via SKY 2. At the same time we drew a masssive 1,200 people on course, whose punting requirements were covered by a portable TOTE van and two bookmakers. Several more successful "trial" meetings convinced  Racing Queensland that Marburg had something to offer, and the MPA was elevated to Tier 2 status, which, in simple terms, means  a Club hosting in excess of 12 TAB meetings per year. It also means, in simple terms, a Club whose financial picture changes dramatically for the better. If the MPA  does get the mooted 26 meetings per year there will be considerable cash available to do the things that all clubs in that position should do. Provision of better facilities for participants and public alike, better maintenance of equipment, much higher promotion budget,and part paid positions to relieve some of the stress on long time volounteers who have kept the Club afloat for many years, expecting no reward, and getting nothing but the satisfaction of a job well done. Readers must understand however ,that this extra cash does not come without strings. Along with Tier 2 status, RQ Club Compliance requirements include a monthly financial report that covers the smallest item of income and expenditure so no one be concerned about the destination of the monies. RQ will give it and MPA will spend it, in the best interests of Ipswich area harness.
 
  In the matter of sponsorship,the MPA has had a marvelous year. All our regular sponsors are still with us and we have picked up two others in Oakwood Capital, and feed giant, Barastoc, both of whom have come on board at Easter. We sincerely thank them all, as sponsorship,again, provides cash or goods which can underpin a Club's operation in many ways while generating goodwill within our racing community. Never to be underestimated is the support that Marburg receives week in week out from the Queensland Times and it's editorial team. No one could put a price on it!!

  2018 was a year of surprises, most of them pleasant. We must hope that 2019 is a year of consolidation, when we make permanent and improve, the ground we have gained. May we all wake up on next Wednesday morning, with an optimistic view of our immediate future in harness!

   
  Thing were different then.. A snapshot from the "Golden Age " of trotting when we did not have "wall to wall" racing by all three codes on a 24/7 basis. When we did not have instant communications , and something that happened half an hour ago was not old news.  What we did have in harness was a massive following, a fan base that thronged to the tracks to watch trotting under lights, enthralled by the sparkle of chrome spokes and rims, and the glitter of polished brass fittings on highly polished leather harness. A nght at the trots was the equivalent of Christmas lights traveling at high speed on wheels and legs, and nobody boasted stats of a thousand winners in less than a decade.
The following West Australian trainer/driver was an established Superstar from that golden era, when a win meant a great deal more than a bank transfer of prize money. Born on 5th January 1919, (died 1988), Bernie Cushing, in a career shortened by some six years of service with the AIF during the Second World War, was to put together one of the best records as a trainer and driver seen in this State.He drove some 524 winners (341 in Perth) and trained 570 winners (348 in Perth) including three WA Pacing Cup winners in Robert Sheen, Defiance and Daintys Daughter.This writer saw Bernie Cushing in action at Harold Park in the 1960's. He was the real deal, make no mistake!
  There, possibly, lies part of reason for our present somewhat depressed state. None of the decision makers in our sport today, have much of an idea where we came from, or, if they do, they don't care. If they knew, and if they did care.they might do what smart people lost in the woods do, re-trace their steps and avoid going round in circles.

   Just like Santa is based at the North Pole, so the epicentre of Ipswich harness responds to the gravitational pull of the lower Brisbane Valley. The leader board's top driver was once again  Pete McMullen with a massive 400 rating from 8 wins which include two trebles. Hayden Barnes and Matt Elkins managed half that total to rate a respectable 200 apiece. High point trainers were Chantal Turpin and Ron Sallis, each leading in three winners. Most pleasing was Monterey Jack for Willowbank based Colin Knox. "jack" got the Christmas ducks with Matt Elkins in the sulky.

  Resultsville ..Albion park 22/12.. NuiToc Tien (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Kotare York (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Change Of Mind (Pete McMullen for Shane Sanderson).. Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne graham).. Corey william (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Slice Of Heaven (Reece Maguire for Donny Smith).. Maybe To The Max (Hayden Barnes for Ron Sallis).. M arburg 23/12.. Getinanhangon (Adam Richardson for Tim Gillespie).. If You Believe (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Stoned Again (Clint Petroff).. Ima Top Tycoon (Taleah McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Circle Line ( Matt Elkins for Ron Wells).. Albion Park 24/12.. Jossie James (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Ghent (Pete McMullen for Lisa Bahr).. Johnnycake (Adam richardson for Steve Coombs).. Someexcusesomewhere (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Morroch Boy (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Crowning Glory (Narissa McMullen for greg Elkins).. Redcliffe 26/12.. Rowdys Ace (Kelli Dawson for John McMullen).. Bangkok Bravado (Kelli Dawson for Shane Fraser).. Famous Shoes (Pete McMullen for Dale Belford).. Redcliffe 27/12..  Im Free Falling (Taleah McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Sheza Galvinator (Hayden Barnes for Mark McNee).. Whately (Dale chalk for Darren Ebert).. Monterey Jack (Matt Elkins for Colin Knox).. Lifes Black (Hayden Barnes for Mark McNee).. Gotothemoon (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Springfield Spirit (Taleah McMullen for Ron Sallis)..



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« 2019-Jan-06, 07:21 PM Reply #254 »
"TROT TACTICS"  05/01/2019..

  The race dates are out, and the merry folk of Marburg have no less than 16 meetings for the 2019/2020 racing year at this point, most of which will be TAB fixtures. As the racing season and the racing year do not correlate, we head into 2019 with Greg Elkins leading the trainer's Premiership with 5 wins and 6 placings on the board. GC's elder son, Matt, is right up there as leading driver, and currently ahead in the horse stakes, is Clint Petroff's talented trotter, Stoned Again. The first meeting for the year will the Australia Day holiday on Monday, January 28. The MPA Committee have several projects on the boil and foremost at this point is provision of permanent "TOTE" facilities. It is, as they say, "all happening". Much depends on the crowd support we get from the local areas, and the Committee needs input from our fan base to ensure that we are supplying a promotable and viable product. If we work with our supporters we will all go forward together.

  With the following press release, an 80 year, cleverly orchestrated program to re-direct the destiny of trotting in Australia, has come to fruition. Finally and at long last, the men of influence in harness, have totally Americanised  what was once a brilliant, spectacular sport , available for participation to a very broad sector of the Australian population. They deserve our congratulations for a complete obliteration of a sport which throve on realistic handicapping  through standing starts, middle distance and staying races. They have worked diligently to chase hobbyists from the game, never once realising  that the methodology employed, mobile conditioned racing, was doing an equally brilliant job in removing the recreational punter, whose  regular contribution to "turnover" is now so sorely missed that they dare not introduce the subject, for fear of attracting adverse comment. The boring, stultifying, and intellectually insulting, imported " one mile" vision from American tracks, which appears on Sky Channel in the morning slots, is about to become the prime time norm in this country. Something to look forward to!!!

   
  The Miracle Mile, Sydney’s signature pacing event, will carry record prizemoney of $1 million next March, making it the richest harness race in the southern hemisphere.Club Menangle chairman Ray Sharman confirmed the $250,000 boost in stakes was fully funded and sustainable.Sydney now boasts the world’s richest turf race with the $14 million The Everest, the world’s richest greyhound race with the Million Dollar Chase, and the southern hemisphere’s richest harness race with the $1 million Miracle Mile.Sharman said the significant lift in prizemoney for the Miracle Mile (up from $750,000), which is run at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 2, will “ensure that connections of all our Grand Circuit horses will endeavour to secure their place in this great race, further raising the profile of harness racing both in NSW and nationally.’’Trainers of horses such as thedefending Miracle Mile champion My Field Marshal (Tim Butt) and recent Inter Dominion Grand Final winner Tiger Tara (Kevin Pizzuto), which are both trained in NSW, will be enticed to concentrate on the Miracle Mile next March — now double in value of any other Grand Circuit race in Australia.My Field Marshal, who resumed at Menangle on Wednesday with an easy win, paced the fastest mile ever seen in Australasia when winning last year’s Miracle Mile clocking 1:46.9s.

  Again a dead heat on the drivers side of the leader board this week with 200 raters, Narissa McMullen and Matt Elkins  getting home first on four occasions each. Ron Sallis stood alone as top trainer, leading in four winners for the term. Most pleasing, Ominous Flyer for Dale Chalk breaking a frustrating run of close up placings in recent runs. Ipswich Factor 25/37..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 28/12. Divas Delight (Trent Dawson).. Lincoln Road (Brendan Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Golden Year (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Tuesdays Fella (Kelli Dawson for Trevor Lambourn).. Gotta Good Reason (Trent Dawson for Craig Cross).. Montana Chief (Darrell Graham).. Call Me Yours (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves).. Monrail (Brendan Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Albion Park 29/12.. Parisian Rockstar (Adam Richardson for Peter Greig).. Courageous Leo (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Weedons Express (Pete McMullen for John McMullen).. Officianado (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Quietly Spoken (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Midnight Bender (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Redcliffe 02/01.. Drive The Dream (Darrell Graham).. Im Free Falling (Taleah McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Lifeinheaven (Adam Richardson for Doug Lee).. Lifes Black (Hayden Barnes for Mark McNee).. Sheza Galvinator (Hayden Barnes for Mark McNee).. Kiwi Soldier (Dan Russell for Dave Russell).. Redcliffe 03/01.. Gotothemoon (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Ominous Flyer (Dale Chalk).. Elms Creek (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Golden Year (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Its All Go (Matt Elkins)..



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« 2019-Jan-13, 12:01 PM Reply #255 »
"TROT TACTICS" 12/01/2019..

  There are many ways that an aspiring ,or established harness horse owner can come by racing stock with which to pursue his dream. The dream, of course, is high level race track success, with the accompanying raft of dollars, which he or she can use to finance subsequent tilts at glory. We all have the dreams, and very few of us, once bitten with the harness bug, can control,or abandon the tilting, unless we abandon hope at the same time. We now return to the options, and their relative chances of achieving "the dream". Firstly, you can buy an advertised horse, through the internet "Trading Ring"or "National Trotguide". Not for the "aspiring " owner, as the animal concerned is on the market because its current connections have no belief that it will ever achieve race track glory. May suit the established owner, as he or she may be looking for something to race in a particular area, or class bracket, where, should the horse improve a bit, it will be a bonus. Second option is the claiming race, where all the runners are for sale at a published price, and offer a quick entry into harness racing. Claim it tonight and it races for you next week.  Consult an expert trainer who has regular runners in the "claimers", otherwise forget it!

  Now we get down to the real deals, never losing sight of the ultimate goal, race track glory and megabucks. You could breed a champion. Not every owner wants to be a breeder, satisfying as it may be if it all works out. It is possible to buy really well bred mares that have won a race or two from limited starts and have a full or half-sister that has been a star juvenile. You then breed the mare to the top stallion of the day, (they get less dodos than their mates and will assist the sale  should the owner fall out of love with the whole enterprise)setting in motion a three year cycle which is also a test of staying power in the bill paying department. It may, however, be the highway to the city of pure gold. It may also be the bullock track to the dump, but, the owner,and his trainer, are at least working with stock, the potential of which is completely unknown.

  Now is the time of the year when our dream chasers get to exercise their democratic right to purchase a yearling at the two annual sales held here in Brisbane.The event under discussion today is the Queensland divison of the Australian Pacing Gold Sale. The  heavily promoted APG auction is backed by international betting giant Ladbrokes and will see an offering of 46  juveniles go under the hammer at Albion Park Paceway on Sunday January 27, commencing at 12.00 noon. Yearlings bought here are eligible for a $100,000 race to be run in the 2019/20 season. This sale is considered the top end of the market, and is generally reflected in higher prices. This year's lineup is notable for the absence of a draft from Kevin and Kay Seymour's "Solid Earth" operation. Plus factors for the newcomer. If the youngster makes the grade as a two year old inner, it has only been a twelve months wait for a first return on the investment. In a normal progression, the horse will improve as it matures, so the dollars should keep coming. Just remember, a horse auction is a lottery, where the tickets have four legs. There are, on this occasion, just 46 tickets, and the only sure prize is the sales related race. Maybe your choice is the $100,000 race winner in the making. For the newcomer, take a top trainer to the sale,and follow his or her advice.Do not exceed your budget. The untried juvenile is always the best option if you want the best result!.

  Just 16 days to the Monday TAB meeting. Watch this space.

     Bullseye again in the lower Brisbane Valley. Local driving stars, Nathan Dawson and Pete McMullen went head to head all week, finishing on six wins apiece, and rating 300 in the process. Chantal Turpin, out on her own in the trainer's section producing six winners from the Patrick Estate barn. Most pleasing, Cupcakesnwhippedcream for Brian McCall at Albion Park. Brother Darren was up from Sydney to take the drive. Ipswich factor 29/44.

  Resultsville Albion Park 04/01..Cupcakenwhipcream (Darren McCall for Brian McCall).. If You Believe (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Some Dash (Darrell Graham for Daren Garrard).. Paravani (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Morroch Bay (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Stevie Dee (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Lincoln Road (Brendan Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Albion Park 05/01.. Somexcusesomewhere (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Slice Of Heaven (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Argyle Beach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Ivanov (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Albion Park 08/01.. Grinvil (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. CC Jones (Nathan Dawson for Steve Cini).. Stevie Dee ( Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Maretti (Danielle McMullen for Christina Monte).. Tom Me Gun (Narissa McMullen).. Redcliffe 09/01.. Life In Heaven (Adam Richardson for Doug Lee).. Hot Rod Heaven (Nathan Dawson for Tayla Gillespie).. Swaffham Water (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Getoutnwalk (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Getinanhangon (Gary Whitaker for Tim Gillespie).. Torque With Esteem (Reece Maguire for Chantal Turpin).. Gigantic Jasper (Nathan Dawson for Mark McNee).. Miss Invasion (Narissa McMullen for Don Hancock).. Redcliffe 10/01.. Future Fun (Hayden Barnes).. Rainbow Atomic (Nathan Dawson for Gary Vernon).. Jumpin Jolt (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Jax Navaro (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Preciuos Cullen (Nathan Dawson for Graham White)..




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« 2019-Jan-20, 10:04 PM Reply #256 »
"TROT TACTICS".. 19/01/2019..

  This week, we record the passing of a man that most of you may not know, but he was very closely aligned to the Donohoe family who made a very successful transition to Queensland many years ago from the Blue mountains area of Katoomba and Leura west of Sydney. Stan Bond was born on June 10, 1936, surrounded by harness folk to whom bush fires and snow were part of a year's events.In a sport where, it seems, we are unable to find much recorded history prior to the 1980s and computerisation, I am indebted to Peter Collier at Club Menangle, who has amassed an incredible archive on the lives and achievements  of people who made harness great in the "Golden Years". Stan Bond would have been in his mid 30s , and had already tasted high success with Kerryfield, winner of the Harold Park Spring Cup of 1961 when he surfaced at Castle Hill, stabling with the peerless trainer driver, Bert Alley. Bond cut a pretty wide path with NZ pacer Single Tax, with whom he won 18 races.  Later he returned to the mountain regions from where he trained and or drove  for  local greats, Keith Chick and Eric Thurtell, appearing behind the likes of Yonkers, Norm Bartel, Miss Hondo,and Burgundy Belle. At the same time he was  putting the polish on high profile horses, Cheribon, Appollo Eleven, his all time favourite, Richana, and the enigmatic Raider Globe. Stan bonds last winner as a trainer was Roskilde at Richmond in 1986, a season in which he started 20 horses for the one win. His daughter Vicki took over and at 22 years of age in 1989 was the most successful lady trainer at Harold Park. Horses in the Vicki Bond team included Might Makus, Rompin Remus and Curraweena Johnny. Stan Bond was a quiet sort of bloke, quick to praise, and slow to criticise. Patience personified fits him well, as he would put the long yards into a horse if he thought the reward would come. He was a superb conditioner of a horse, an ice cold driver, and able to pass his knowledge on to others. One two legged success story was the star trainer driver, Denis Wilson, who received much of his early grounding with SB. Stan Bond is gone, and those of us who knew him are left to think well of his memory. He was, above all, a gentleman, and a horseman representative of his era.

  With Christmas and New Year fading into the background for another 11 months, Marburg returns to racing on Monday week, 28/01. With the accent on Summer and the kids, there will be a supervised water slide plus the ever popular mini-trotters. The "pick the last six winners" competition has jackpotted to $2150 (share) and, on the balance of probabilities must go off soon. The tote van will be there, the "funny money" bookie for those folks who want the thrill of a flutter without risking hard cash, and a monster raffle.Ice cream  and coffee vans, best of country burgers,salad rolls, great desserts, and the cheapest cold beverage at any sporting event, make Marburg a family and budget friendly day out at the country trots. Adults $5, Pensioners, Members  and Students $3 and the all important race book $3. Gates open 11.00am. Dont miss it!!

  Calvert based Matt Elkins lit up the leader board this week, leaving his rivals in the dust while rating 350 from seven big wins. It was a case of "Elkins first, and the rest nowhere" . Chantal Turpin again topped the trainer's list, leading in four winners for the week. Most pleasing, Our Buscemi for Kay Crone and  Dynamic Deejay for Mitchell Dawson. Matt Elkins in the sulky for both. Ipswich factor 26/44.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 11/01.. Happy Feelings (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Lincoln Road (Brendan Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Classy Guy (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Shadow Hunter (Adam Richardson for Steve Coombs).. Paravani (PeteMcMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Norahs Fling (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith).. Albion Park 12/01.. Argyle Beach (Chantal Turpin).. Ketut (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Spike bromac (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Franco Tariq (Adam Sanderson for Donny Smith).. My Mojo (Kelli Dawson for Jason Carkeet).. Lavros Texas (Nathan Dawson for Jay Edmunds).. Albion Park 15/01.. Mach Alert (Kelli Dawson for Ian Gurney) Lincoln Road (Brendan Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Torque Feels Good (Chantal Turpin).. Ketut (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Redcliffe 16/01.. Our Buscemi (Matt Elkins for Kay Crone).. Scott Tom (Matt Elkins for Mick Benham).. Fortes In Fide (Danielle McMullen for Doug Lee).. Miss Invasion (Narissa McMullen for Don Hancock).. Enarmoured (Matt Elkins for Ross Fletcher).. Redcliffe 17/01.. Dynamic Deejay (Matt Elkins for Mitchell Dawson).. Taxi Meter (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Wheres The Spirit (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Elms Creek (Taleah McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Circle Line (Reece Maguire for Ron Wells)..



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« 2019-Jan-27, 05:59 PM Reply #257 »
"TROT TACTICS" 21/01/2019.

  So, you're not going away for the long weekend. No doubt, by Monday,  you may be looking for something to do. The answer is to grab the family and head on out to  the big family race day at Marburg Showground. Gates open at 11.00 am,with the first race at 1.23pm. TAB van on course in tandem with our regular bookmaker, Stephen Anthony. The "funny money" bookie, a monster raffle, "pick the last six winners" now worth $2150 (share), mini-trotters, face painting and a supervised water slid to keep the kids cool,  round out the peripheral entertainment. On the track, eight exciting trot races, up close and real on the 700 metre circuit where you see all the action. Hot and cold country tucker plus the best  priced beverage at any sporting event. Adults $5, Members, Pensioners and Students $3 and race books $3. Don't miss it. It's a great day out!!

  Out of the blue comes the announcement that Equine Queensland, a body which to some degree has certain powers similar to a control body in the animal racing codes, is commencing a 10 year project to provide "world standard"  competition facilities here in Queensland. Welcome news no doubt, but surprising indeed to the members of the Rosewood Equestrian Group who are five years of hard work down the road towards exactly the same goal. A "coup" if you like, conducted with the utmost secrecy. An event like this, adds support to the view, that, in matters politic, Queensland is "beautiful today, and astonishing the next"!!

   In a sport which is struggling to attract human interest, it is pleasing to announce that 24 year old Ben Battle has made the move to Queensland with the avowed intention of carving a professional career in harness. With his fiance Tamara, BB has leased a well appointed training complex at Toorbul near Bribie Island. A very presentable package in the training and driving department, Battle got his grounding in the stables of  the extremely competitive Bernie Hewitt at Bathurst. A fairly successful stint in the hard world of NSW trotting while based at Goulburn convinced "Team Battle" that Queensland was the place to "give it a go". Since one thing we need here in the Sunshine State is new faces in the training and driving ranks, "trot tactics" wishes the young couple every success in their new venture ,and we hope to see them at Marburg in the near future

  Dead heat again on the driving side of the leaderboard with cousins Pete McMullen and Nathan Dawson rating 200 from four wins apiece. Darrell Graham slid back into his familiar spot at the top of the training totem pole, courtesy of three winners for the week. Most pleasing were Reece Maguire's two winners in the sulky, and Majordoit winning at Tamworth for Tim Gillespie with Pete McMullen in the cart. Ipswich factor 27/47..

  Resultsville.  Albion Park 18/01. Stirling William (Nathan Dawson for Shawn Grimsey).. Presley Be good (Natan Dawson for Shawn Grimsey).. Flash under Fire (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Parisian Rockstar (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Albion Park 19/01.. Cold Ideal (Gary Whitaker for Chris Monte).. Ted West (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Mach Alert (Kelli Dawson for Ian Gurney).. Lisa Lincoln (Trent Dawson for Melissa Gillies).. Maretti (Danielle McMullen for Chris Monte).. Tamworth 20/01.. Tell The Linesman (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Majordoit (Pete McMullen for Tim Gillespie).. Albion Park  22/01.. Just Deal It (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Justabitlikemum (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Left A Terror (Gary Whitaker for Chris Monte).. Clintal Do (Nathan Dawson for Richard March).. Bells Beach House (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Corey William (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Redcliffe 23/01.. Drive The Dream (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Our Buscemi (Matt Elkins for Kay Crone).. Forte In Fides (Danielle McMullen for Doug Lee).. Reddy Fire (Paul Matis).. Ace Montana (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Torque With Esteem) (Reece Maguire for Chantal Turpin).. Miss Invasion (Narissa McMullen fpr Don hancock).. Redcliffe 24/01.. Ruhtrebo (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Havana Moon (Reece Maguire for Richard Hutchinson).. Projectile (Matt Elkins for Kerry Smith)..




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« 2019-Feb-03, 07:04 PM Reply #258 »
"TROT TACTICS"  02/02/2019..

   Before any of the news this week, take pause to think of Allan Halliday, who was cremated at Laidley last Wednesday. Al was for a number of years the track curator at Marburg showground. He was also a successful hobbyist trainer,and, in his time at Marburg, campaigned the geldings Scenic Rim which started on 222 occasions for 16 wins, and 42 placings, banking $30,922  in the process. SR was followed by Melton Bonover who faced the starter 230 times earning $44,456 from 13 wins and 38 placings. Al will be remembered as a quiet man who loved and was proud of his horses. He is another gone from the base of the pyramid, and his presence will be missed.

   The Monday public holiday meeting was hot in more ways than one. A solid crowd, in spite of the high temperatures, with many new faces turning up to take an interest in all facets of the Marburg  race day. Like all good race crowds, they ate, they drank and they had a punt. So there you have it. The racing was top class, and the financials at the end of the day were pleasing to the Club to say the least. The two big winners on the day were Jay Edmunds, who finally cracked the Peter and Bev Steele Fast Work Horse Supplies jackpot, taking home $2150 for his expertise in form analysis. Even bigger was the free, supervised water slide, which kept the kids happy all afternoon and freed up the parents to take part in the core activities. A day to remember. We race again on Sunday, March 3rd. Mark the calendar!

  As is usual at this time of year, there was the exodus of Ipswich country music and trotting fans in the direction of Tamworth, where a Golden Guitar awaits the champion warbler, and a fat cheque awaits the connections of the winner of the similarly named pacing race at the Carnival. This time the cheque came back to Ipswich, courtesy of Im Norma Jean, a 5yo bay mare , bred and raced by Jeff and Leanne Wallace of Raceview. They say it takes a good horse to win the "Golden Guitar" Final, and Im Norma Jean,trained by Peter Greig and driven by Pete McMullen, boasting stats of 64 starts for 14 wins and 19 placings with $151,183 in the bank, is just that. Jeff and Leeanne Wallace are long time totally committed owners, so all the positive elements for success were in place, and thats how it panned out.

  Up Townsville way, there has been a slowly rising tide of support for a return of harness racing to the northern metropolis, which was deprived of the sport some 12 years back. The decision was based on one or other of two rationales, economic necessity, or administrative whim, take your pick. Whatever, the end result was three losers, firstly the northern region which had already copped a kicking with the loss of The Willows thanks to Minister Bob Gibbs, secondly the northern region with the closure of the Townsville Showground operation, and thirdly, harness racing in Queensland generally,as Townsville was the second last stop in a "harness cleansing" exercise which reduced track numbers from 14, when this writer came to Queensland in 1978,( into what could have truthfully been described as "trotman's paradise"), to a miserable two tracks in The Great South East.

  Suddenly, under the careful leadership of Troy Clive and others who still bear the scars of the previous battles, the tide has turned into a tsnunami with support from local politicians on both sides. Troy has his ducks lined up very correctly, citing believable economic factor figures as a direct benefit in the area, and modest costs required to perform restorative work to the showgrounds track. The following is a combination of a letter of support and a press release from the Member for Hinchinbrook, Nick Dametto. Watch this space as this is a project with far reaching benefits for Queensland Harness.

  Dear Troy,  REINTRODCTION OF HARNESS RACING IN NORTH QUEENSLAND Thank you for taking the time to update me and forward through your document outlining your strategy to reintroduce harness racing in North Queensland. As I understand it is now 11 years since harness racing was closed in Townsville and 9 years in Mackay. The racing fraternity in Queensland contributes significantly to the States economy through job creation and investment and I strongly agree with you that the time is right for the reintroduction of Harness racing in the North. As such I would be more than happy to support any proposal to reintroduce Harness racing back into North Queensland. To this end I will be writing to the Minister for Racing Stirling Hinchcliffe about the Governments preelection commitment of $70million to Queensland Country racing and asking if any consideration has been given to supporting the reintroduction of Harness racing in North Queensland.

  Mr Dametto said he was sceptical of Racing Queensland’s claims that harness racing would not be commercially viable and called on Mr Hinchcliffe to “stand up and ensure all forms of racing have a solid future in regional Queensland”. “Racing Queensland has not supplied any real details supporting how they have come to the conclusion that harness racing is not financially viable in the North,” Mr Dametto said. “When the club requested those figures from Racing Queensland, they were refused under the excuse the figures were confidential. That doesn’t seem transparent to me. “I think the Minister needs to back harness racing in North Queensland for the good of the industry and Townsville’s three Labor MPs need to apply some pressure and make it happen.” Mr Clive branded Racing Queensland “out of touch” and called on the government to provide leadership on the matter. “They need to look at the bigger picture. We have provided a paper demonstrating increased GST revenue, increased income for Racing Queensland and opportunities for employment and other social and economic benefits for the region,” he said. “The Racing Queensland model is not working and they are not looking at harness racing and greyhounds in the same light as the gallops.” —ENDS

  The leader board showing heat stress with Pete McMullen  top driver 7 wins for a rate of 350, nosing out Nathan Dawson, 6 for a rate of 300. Ever consistent Ron Sallis  leading the trainers side with 4 big ones for the week. Most pleasing, Writeaboutchelsea for Noel Parrish with Hayden Barnes in the sulky and Taleah McMullen chasing 4 past the post in first place..

Resultsville   Tamworth 24/01.. Invite Only (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Im Norma Jean (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Rainbow Styling (Taleah McMullen for Tayla Gillespie).. Purple Shades (Taleah McMullen for Tayla Gillespie).. Albion Park 25/01.. Our Delight (Pete McMcMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Lisa Lincoln (Trent Dawson for Melissa Gillies).. Im Free Falling (Taleah McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Divas Delight (Trent Dawson).. Albion Park 26/01.. Ima grumpy Possum (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Parisian Rockstar (Narissa McMullen for Peter Greig).. Mr Meddle (Hayden Barnes).. Maretti (Danielle McMullen for Christina Monte).. Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne graham).. Slice Of Heaven (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. We're Living the dream (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Marburg 28/01.. Stoned Again (Clint Petroff).. Newmerella Molly (Brett Towns for Max Towns).. Flashing Good Time (Taleah McMullen for john McMullen).. Reddy Fire (Ben Woodsford for Paul Matis).. Annas Best (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. My Secret Torque (Chantal Turpin).. riverleigh Jeff (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves).. Albion Park 29/01.. Northern Muscle (Denis Smith).. Lavros Texas (Nathan Dawson for Jay Edmunds).. Gangster Boy (danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Corey William (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Comply or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Secret Jack (Gary Whitaker for Christina Monte).. Redcliffe 30/01.. Jax Navarro (Kylie Rasmussen for Greg Elkins).. Bob Gage (Nathan Dawson for Ron Sallis).. Writeaboutchelsea (Hayden Barnes for Noel Parrish).. Redcliffe 31/01.. Sheza Galvinator (Nathan Dawson for Mark McNee).. Flashing Good time (Narissa mcmullen for John McMullen).. My Ultimate Joe (Nathan dawson for Donny Smith).. The Next Star (Pete McMullen for Lacey Hinze).. Just Rokin (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. Chirpy Chuckles (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Chloes Cloud (Darrell Graham)..




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« 2019-Feb-10, 06:28 PM Reply #259 »
TROT TACTICS"  09/02/2019..

   
Racing Queensland has announced a new $20,000 feature for two-year-old pacers to be held at Albion Park on Saturday 9 March 2019.The ‘Changeover @ Burwood Stud’ 2YO Classic has been added to replace the Paleface Adios Wayne Wilson 2YO, which has been moved to coincide with the 2019 TAB Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.The winning trainer will also receive a new Rio Cobra Sulky with thanks to long-time supporters of the standardbred code, Garrard’s.The race will also be complemented by a $12,800 2YO feature on the Saturday prior, providing good opportunities for early season two-year-old horses before they head onto other features later in the season. Add no less than six "Group One" 2yo features to be run across the season, and the focus is changing from the "old and tired" to the 'fresh and exciting" in Queensland Harness.

  The mood of things in flood plagued  and harness bereft Townsville is less than happy with the Great Southeast.  The following are excerpts from recent letters on the restoration of harness to the Townsville Bulletin..... "Racing Queensland is anti-North Queensland, and the government is doing nothing to help us.The only comment I saw in your article was that of Hinchinbrook MP ,Nick Dametto, but, it is good to see we have someone out there supporting us. This project would help to generate jobs and revenue for the local community.  I hope it goes ahead. I am sick of everything being about Brisbane and the southeast.. They already have two gallops tracks with lights, and they want to spend millions now on the Gold coast and Doomben to add another two. Start looking outside the southeast!". A Munro.. Kirwan....

" I am writing in support of the recent article to re-introduce harness racing to North Queensland. I grew up watching the harness racing locally and always remember a fun night out with friends and family.I grew fascinated with the by the mini-trotters. I eventually became involved through family and friends, and did that until I was old enough to get a stablehand licence. I worked with the Darryl Gross stable until I was old enough to become a trainer/driver, at which time Townsville was shut down, even though they had $50k in the bank. This all stemmmed from a southeast Queensland-centric ideology that exists even today. We have written support from local and state members  and we would like them to be putting more pressure on Racing Queensland. We have submitted a proposal that was denied without sufficient reasoning. We have shown that a profit can be made, and that the sport can prosper in Queensland's second largest city. We just want a fair go and a chance to prove, that, if you follow the lead of Victoria, and expand the sport, it has a positive impact throughout the entire operation.The state of Queensland, by any standard, is bigger, and more important than Brisbane!".. Ian Hanson . Heatley.

  The above letters indicate a determination and enthusiasm by the grass roots sector to return harness to North Queensland, a project which, at this point, has not been smiled upon by Racing Queensland. Given that the harness folk are looking at this point, at a return to the Townsville Showground venue, it strikes this writer that a "dual code meeting"arrangement with the greyhounds  in the Tuesday night time slot, might be a kite worth flying. The dual code concept provides non-stop on-course racing action with races run at 15 minute gaps. It is first class entertainment, likely to attract viable crowds. Think about it.

   "When you're hot, you're hot!" would just about cover Narissa McMullen's efforts in the sulky this week with the Glamorganvale based trainer/driver being first home on six occasions this week, rating an impressive 300 on the way. Even sweeter was the win of Tom Me Gun, as NM is also the owner and trainer. It was a typical bottom of the Brisbane Valley wipeout  on the leader board with Narissa nosing out cousin Nathan Dawson who rated 250 from his five victories, while Darrell Graham(Fernvale) topped Chantal Turpin (lowood), four winners to three.Among the other pleasing efforts was yet another win to Beau Cishlom, owned and trained at Ironbark by Karen Schulz. BC has proven a great buy, having earned $29,632 from 26 starts for the stable. Another happy lady would be Lacey Hinze, scoring with The Next Star at Redcliffe on Wednesday, with Matt Elkins in the sulky.

  Resultsville  Albion Park 01/02..Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Crowning Glory (Narissa McMullen for Greg Elkins).. Goaheadmakemyday (Gary Whitaker for Brett Cargill).. Albion Park 02/02.. Sweet As (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Argyle Beach (Chantal Turpin).. Parisian Rockstar (Narissa McMullen for Peter Greig).. Our Bondi Beach (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin)..  Concentration (Justin Elkins for Tess Neaves).. Albion Park 05/02.. Justabitlikemum (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Happy Feelings (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Beau Cishlom (Reece Maguire for Karen Schulz).. Lifes Black (Nathan Dawson for Mark McNee).. Tom Me Gun (Narissa McMullen).. The Next Star (Matt Elkins for Lacey Hinze).. Royal Lincon (Jacob Wallace).. Redcliffe 06/02.. Tell The Linesman (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Veloce Bella (Gary whitaker for Ken Belford).. Feel The Reign (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Sonny Orlando (Narissa McMullen for Julie Mason).. The Muse (Pete McMullen for Adam Richardson).. Molly Montana (Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 07/02.. Ace Montana (Darrell Graham).. Bob Gage (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Celtic Cruza (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith
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« 2019-Feb-17, 07:33 PM Reply #260 »
  "TROT TACTICS".. 16/02/2019..

  Much as many participants bemoan the cost of  QRIC to the three codes of animal racing, the Commission has a benevolent side as the following two press releases indicate. The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) is reaching out to provide support for racing participants hit by north Queensland flooding. Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the flood had severely affected many industry participants and their animals. “The Commission is reaching out to people who may be finding it difficult to care for their racing animals at this time,” he said. The potential issues are the safety of animals affected by the flood, owners and trainers gaining access their animals, treating injured animals and caring for their basic needs including food, clean water and housing. “Mr Barnett said Commission staff had become aware that some displaced or isolated racing industry participants were concerned for the welfare of their animals who, in a variety of circumstances, had been affected by the flood event. The hotline for flood related problems is 0447 657 233 and operates between 6.00am and 6.00pm.

    The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) will hold its next Greyhound Adoption Day at the Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club on 2 March. The GAP has adopted 179 greyhounds to loving families so far this year and is hoping to increase those figures on adoption day. Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said Adoption Day events were a great opportunity for members of the public to gain an understanding of what it means to own a greyhound as a pet. Any folks looking for an all round family dog, should consider a greyhound. Short haired, good natured and attractive. My late brother had one years ago in South Australia. Tammy may have been slow on the race track, but she was very quick to win your heart in the domestic situation.

   For the lovers of the traditional or "square" trotter, the latest message from Racing Queensland's Manager-Harness, David Brick, is good news indeed. Slowly ,but surely, we are moving toward parity with the pacers. Prejudice, especially the unreasoning kind, is difficult to eradicate. RQ and David Brick are doing their bit, our job, as participants, is to capitalise on these gains and expand our interest in the natural gait..."On the back of significant national growth of the trotting gait over the past 10 years, which has seen a 27% increase in trotters races run and stakes increases of over 60%, Racing Queensland has recently implemented a strategy to further stimulate the breeding and racing of trotters, particularly in Qld.  The Strategy, which commenced approximately 18 months ago, has seen encouraging results to date with a 14% increase in the number of trotters races run and 18% increase in stakes paid in the 17/18 season, compared to the prior year.
 The Strategy includes a number of actions which RQ has or will be introducing to support the trotting gait in the Sunshine State. The following is an overview of these actions;
 $2,000 First Win Bonus
•   A $2,000 bonus will be paid to the connections of any trotter upon its first win in Qld providing the trotter is trained by a Qld licensee.Commenced 1 December 2018.
QBRED
•   RQ recently introduced QBRED for life, a significant enhancement to the state-bred scheme.  A key plank of QBRED for life is removing the age restrictions on the first ($10,000) and second ($7,500) win bonuses in Qld.  While this decision was made for the benefit of all QBRED’s (Pacers and Trotters), this change was particularly compelling for trotters who often mature later in life.  Commences 1 September 2019.
•   Additionally, RQ will be adding a 2YO QBRED feature event in 2019, followed by a 3YO QBRED feature in 2020. 2YO Race scheduled for 16 August 2019."

     
  New arrival,Ben Battle, registered his first Sunshine State winner, guiding home the 'ever consistent' six year old pacer  Whiskey Blaze to a 'heart stopping' half head victory at Albion Park on Tuesday afternoon.Since arriving in Brisbane, Ben has partnered the gelded son of Kenneth J to three second placing's in succession at Albion Park, plus a hard hitting fourth,  prior to saluting the judge with a meritorious victory, albeit by the barest of margins.Two races later and Ben was back in the action again, aboard Whostolemypigeon, but this time it was a different scenario, going under by a half head, after sitting 'parked' throughout the entire trip. The former Lord Mayor of Goulburn NSW, is up and running!

  No surprises on the leader board this week with Narissa McMullen still right up there on five wins for a rate of 250, but this time Nathan Dawson has matched Narissa with five big ones in his own right. John McMullen was leading trainer, leading in four winners. Most pleasing must be up-and-coming driver Jacob Wallace getting home twice. Ipswich factor, 26/45..

  Resultsville. Albion Park 08/02.. Hard to Hear )Trent Dawson).. Johnnycake (Hayden Barnes for Steve Coombs).. Regal Rock (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 09/02.. Bundaburra (Gary Whitaker for Christina Monte).. Slic Of Heaven (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. With Authority (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Jumping Jolt (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Smiling Armada (Narissa McMullen for Ron Wells).. Watch Pulp Fiction (Chantal Turpin).. Weedons Express (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Albion Park 12/02.. Xaviers Hurricane (Nathan Dawson for Shawn Grimsey) .. Left A Terror (Gary Whitaker for Chris Monte)  Miss Blue Glory (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Missinmemate  (Jacob Wallace for Darrel Graham).. Simple Bromac (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini.. Redcliffe 13/02.. Jacks Gambit (Gary whitaker for Paul Morris).. Kearney Lane (Pete McMullen for Ross Jackson).. Unassuming Champ (Nathan Dawson For Mitchell Dawson).. Sir Semper Fidelis (Paul Matis).. Maywyn A Jug Ortwo (Kelli Dawson).. My Precious Yankee (Hayden Barnes for Lisa Bahr)..  Redcliffe 14/02.. Royal Taz (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Kylie Bromac (Nathan Dawson for Daren Garrard).. Datsgood (Gary Whitaker for Donny Smith).. Rory Mach (Jacob Wallace for Darrell Graham).. Annas Best (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen)..



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« 2019-Feb-24, 02:10 PM Reply #261 »
  "TROT TACTICS" 23/02/2019..

  Just eight days to the next Marburg TAB harness meeting on Sunday, March 3rd.History was made last meeting when the Fast Work Horse Supplies jackpot worth $2150 went off. Winner was Willowbank based trainer and  talented form analyst Jay Edmunds who took a multiple entry in the "pick six" contest. The jackpot commences again this Saturday with an opening pot of $1,000, and the coupon is in the race book. Hopefully, we will be coming off the back of good rain and a drop to more comfortable temperatures.All the usual Marburg features ,exciting racing, top country tucker and the cheapest beverage at any sporting event. $5 for adults, $3 for pensioners and members, children under 16 are free.See next Saturday's QT for more details.

  Latest update on the project to revive harness racing at Townsville, includes a phone hookup with the office of the Minister last Thursday, which was, as has been the case recently, less than encouraging. "After discussions with the Ministers Advisor today at 10am on the 21st February 2019 between Shane Farmer, Steve Harris and Troy Clive for the NQHRC, it was decided as a matter of action to draft a letter appealing to Racing Queensland to assist the representative of the NQHRC to understand how the venture purposed to RQ for a reintroduction of Harness Racing in Townsville at the Showgrounds has been declined and detail around the findings of the correspondence supplied.Other developments in recent times are that of running dual code meetings with the Greyhounds on a Tuesday Night to assist both Clubs in reducing costs we have a letter from the Greyhounds supporting this. Could the possibility of the set-up costs be forthcoming from the Country Racing development and infrastructure fund rather than the current industry funds as I believe to date none of these funds has been attributed to Harness Racing."
  The following document indicates the position of the Townsville Greyhound Racing Club. "19th February 2019.. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.  The Townsville Greyhound Racing Club wish to offer their support for the re-introduction of harness racing into Townsville.,,  WE ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH THE HARNESS CLUB IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE!!.. Yours Sincerely, Mr GARY HEATH ..President. This is blanket support from the only code of animal racing in Queensland which is in profit. At this point, the ball is fairly and squarely back in the court of Racing Queensland and the Racing Minister.!!


  It was pot of gold at the end of the rainbow this week, with the end firmly in place at Team Turpin McMullen' Lowood stables. Pete McMullen was leading driver, scoring on six occasions, rating 300 while partner, Chantal Turpin, lead in five winners from the family barn. Most pleasing was Jumping Jolt for Team Elkins with youngest member Justin in the sulky.Ipswitch Factor 28/46..

  Resultsville Albion Park 15/02..Wheres The Spirit (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Miss Invasion (Narissa McMullen for Terry Hancock).. Heavens Hurricane (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Gina Mach (Trent Dawson).. Jumping Jolt (Justin Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Hard To Hear (Trent Dawson).. Exceptional Mach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 16/02.. Clintal Do (Nathan Dawson for Richard March).. Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Oceans Predator (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Beaver (Trent Dawson for Melissa Gillies).. Shadie Sadie (Adam Sanderson for Brad Connelly).. Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham)..Lincoln Road (Brendan Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Albion Park 19/02.. Slice Of Heaven (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Paravani (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Tom Me Gun (Narissa McMullen).. Matt Belford (Reece Maguire for Murray Thomas).. Innocent Crocker (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redciffe 20/02: Major Doit (Tim Gillespie).. Takitimu Express (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins)..  Subtle Advice (Nathan Dawson for Terry Hancock).. Santastic Princess (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie)  Goaheadmakemyday (Gary Whiaker for Brett Cargill).. Redcliffe 21/02.. Maywyn Tough (Kelli Dawson).. Donny Jones (Reece Maguire for Ron Wells)  Dont Be Jealous  (Matt Elkins for Lacey Hinze).. The Muse (Adam Richardson)..



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« 2019-Mar-03, 10:27 PM Reply #262 »
"TROT TACTICS"  02/03/2019..


The Courier Mail's Sunday racing column, penned by Nathan Exelby, has reported that Queensland Civil Administrative Tribunal member, Robert Olding, in the course of a discussion to determine the Principal Racing Authority in Queensland, asked, "what is Racing Queensland".  As reported, both RQ and QRIC act in the capacity of PRA, depending on the nature of the matter under decision, be it a purely racing matter, or one of integrity. The above seems to provide cause for alarm, as it is perhaps not the first time that a QCAT member has been unfamiliar with even the most basic administrative structure of the codes of animal racing.

 A quote from the same article, attributed to RQ CEO, Brendan Parnell is as follows, "The system needs to be fixed. It is not working and leads to reputational damage for racing. We look forward to the government fast-tracking solutions". This writer believes that QRIC is totally hampered by the system , as it is working with a set of "rules", which for all practical purposes, are not applied as rules, but as laws!.

 There are a number of areas, that fall into the QRIC basket and are all part of the overall picture. However, for any "fixing" to take place, these areas must be identified, segregated and prioritised, then dealt with piecemeal. If we  are to apply "corporate reality" and admit that we depend on the punter's dollar (turnover) for our future and our growth, then we should first attack the problems on the race track. (our product, which we must sell in the wagering marketplace).. Since the advent of crystal clear video patrol vision for the actual racing component, there has been no need for any doubt or failure of memory concerning any incident or chain of events. Where it is clearly visible that an offence against the rules by driver (s) or horse(s) has taken place then a set and severe penalty should be applied with no appeal available. We start with the race track, as this is the point where "protection of the punter" must be seen to be a reality!! Rules must be simplified and  dramatically reduced in number. Race track rules in Austria (Europe) are contained on 1.5 sheets of A4 paper. We should be aiming for the same.

Gary Whitaker was rewarded for effort  in the sulky this week gone. GW greeted the judge on no less than five occasions for a rating of 250, while, on the trainer's side of the leader board, yet another "hard yards" man, Ron Sallis was top trainer with four winners. Most pleasing was  Under The Kilt for owner, Doug Manger and trainer Warren Hinze with Leonard Cain driving. Ipswich Factor 27/48..

  Resultsville  Albion Park 22/02.. Left A Terror (Gary Whitaker for Chris Monte.. Only In Rome (Trent Dawson).. Tuesdays Fella Kelli Dawson for Trevor Lambourn).. Brian Who (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Comply Or Die Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park 23/02. Secret Jack (Gary Whitaker for Chris Monte).. Im The Golden Child (Chantal Turpin).. Monivae (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Matt Belford (Reece Maguire for Murray Thomas).. Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Jossie James (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Needle (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).. Albion Park 26/02.. Tom Me Gun (Narissa McMullen).. Redcliffe 27/02..Novena Rose (Adam Sanderson).. Ohoka Cooper (Jack Colley-Presnell for Brian McCall).. Mach Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Molly Montana (Darrell Graham).. Dont Be Jealous (Matt Elkins for Lacey Hinze).. My Ultimate Major (Darrell Graham).. Under The Kilt (Leonard Cain for Warren Hinze).. Golden Year (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Redcliffe 28/02.. Montana Malone (Darrell Graham).. Minion Girl (Dan Russell for Dave Russell).. Sache Girl (Gary Whitaker for Travis Mackay).. Springfield Spirit (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Veloce Bella (Gary Whitaker for Ken Belford).. Unassuming Champ (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson)..



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« 2019-Mar-10, 07:02 PM Reply #263 »
"TROT TACTICS" 09/03/2019..

    It doesn't seem like  the best part of a year since the Winter Carnival of 2018, but Racing Queensland is already spreading the good news. The Oaks and Derby 3yo classics have regained Group One status with their prize money rising to $100,000 for each of the features. The elevation will take the Group One content of the Carnival  to a total of six events, with a star studded supporting program on each night of the series. Racing Queensland Harness Manager, David Brick, said that he looked forward to further announcements regarding the makeup of the carnival over the coming weeks and months.

  There has been a change in the prizemoney structure at Marburg with an overall rise from $2,000 to $2,300. 1st $1320  2nd $399  3rd $219  4th $152.. 5th $110  6th to last $25. As the $2,00 threshold is now broken  winners will take an (R) penalty..  While the above may seem an insignificant increase, any rise in money is a good rise and will help owners and trainers of the moderate type of horse to defray costs. The Marburg Pacing Association was formed to  assist the battlers of the Ipswich footprint to be competitive at the top tracks in South East Queensland and this was achieved .  Owners and trainers, who once believed that Rocklea was the limit of the known universe in trotting, found themselves competitive  at Redcliffe and Albion Park. All this, due to the introduction of weekly  "trainer and horse friendly" trialling facilities at the Marburg Show Ground, run by a dedicated band of volounteers. We now have the task of seeing that the much eroded numbers of hobbyist trainers erodes no further, as Marburg hopefully progresses to bigger and better things under the UTAB flag. The MPA could do with a few more of those old style volounteers. People who would like to see and be part of a re-build of harness in Queensland. No structure can be built from the top, and the sport of harness racing is no different. The MPA wants to give harness in Queensland a solid and expanding base!

  Meanwhile,the supreme being that influences our breeding activities,the "Lord of the Mile Rates" has been throwing parties on a weekly basis. The old goat is celebrating the quantum drop in race times across the board in harness across Australia. World records at Menangle for 2400 metre events, while the benchmark of excellence which stood at 1-55.0 is under serious attack.Perhaps we should move the benchmark down in increments of one second from here on in as 1-50 is beginning to loom large on the display of the stop watch!

  The battle to re-open harness racing at Townsville goes on. From the Townsville Bulletin: "The club will meet with representatives of Racing Queensland on March 13th after lobbying Government and opposition MPs. there had also been discussions with the Townsville showground as a possible venue, and with Townsville Greyhound Club, with a view to conducting dual code meetings. Having the two clubs working together would decrease costs for both.  The Minister for Racing, Stirling Hinchcliffe, has requested a face to face forum with RQ and the club. It is hoped at the end of this, both sides can collate their findings and come to the correct outcome for harness and the people of North Queensland, Mr Troy Clive said". He also said that "the venture would create about 100 jobs while generating $200,000 in GST revenue for the State."

  It was happy families on the leader board yet again this week. Star driver, Pete McMullen greeted the judge on no fewer than nine occasions this week, rating 450, while his better half, Chantal Turpin, lead three winners back to the home barn. Most pleasing was battling hobbyist Rachel Belier preparing One Last Roll to get the bikkies at Recliffe Thursday. Ipswich factor 29/51.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 01/03.. Magoogan (Justin Elkins for Ryan Veivers).. Brian Who (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Heavens Hurricane (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Maretti (Narissa McMullen for Chris Monte).. Albion Park 02/03.. Bells Beach House (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Franco Tariq (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Scorched (Adam Sanderson for Doug Lee).. Mach Alert (Kelli Dawson for Ian Gurney).. Mister Mddle (Hayden Barnes).. Marburg 03/03.. Oscars Glory (Kelli Dawson for John McMullen).. Lots More Grins (Pete McMullen for Wayne Davis).. Sir Semper Fidelis (Paul Matis)..  Newmerella Molly (Brett Towns for Max Towns)..  Misterriodejaniero (Adam Richardson for Tayla gillespie).. My Secret Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 05/03.. Escalero (Darrell Graham).. Jacks At The Beach (Trent Dawson for Mal Charlton).. Im Free Falling (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. LancelotBromac (Pete McMullen for Stewie Dickson).. Corey William (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Recliffe 06/03.. Hot Dogma (Matt Elkins for Ross Fletcher).. Feel The Reign (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Goodtime Stride (Nathan Dawson for Rob Gorman).. Getoutnwalk (Hayden Barnes for Ryan Veivers).. Bettor Than Torque (Hayden Barnes for Ricky Hart).. Redcliffe  07/03.. One Last Roll (Pete McMullen for Rachel Belier).. My Wingman (Paul Diebert for Ricky Gordon).. Ruato Bay (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Rory Mach (Darrell Graham).. Sache Girl (Adam Richardson for Travis Mackay)..



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« 2019-Mar-17, 10:17 PM Reply #264 »
TROT TACTICS"  16/03/2019..

    Not one of ours,but a champion trainer/driver in his home State of Tasmania, Henry Pullen left us last week for that big racetrack in the sky. Born on the 26/09/1931, HP was 87 when he passed. He had been in poor health for sometime. This writer remembers being a regular reader of Trotguide in the late 60s through the 70s  when the Tasmanian report seemed always mention the doings of H Pullen. Pullen, a successful trainer and driver was awarded Tasmanian Harness Racing’s highest honour when he was named the 2010 Edgar Tatlow Medalist. His long and distinguished career began riding saddled pacers as a twelve year old, but due to intervention by authority on the matter of his age,and the subsequent sidelining, he did not break through for that all important first winner, riding Black Mischief until fifteen. He drove the champion pacer, Golden Alley to victory on no less than 44 occasions, including the AG Hunter Cup of 1969, the Tasmanian Pacing Championship of 1967, and the Easter Cups of 1967 and 68, both off 72 yards behind. Other Tasmanian championships were 1969 with Paleface Tiki and 1969 Fair Clue.He won the states drivers title on two occasions in 1971 (tied with Terry Peck) and 1978. His everlasting love of horses,shaped his entire life.
Henry's son, Ray, well known to Brisbane trot folk for his two training stints in Queensland, picked Tenth Rose as possibly his father's best horse, beating Sydney star, Stormy Bruce, in a feature race at Melbourne showground in the "golden age" of trotting. Henry Pullen was well known as the complete package as a trainer driver. His runners were trained to the minute, and presented to race along with man, harness and sulky, in immaculate turnout. His stable routine was no different, no corners were cut, a place for everything, and everything in its place, with no dust allowed. He was a modest man, a great teacher, and also proud, with every reason to be.His achievements were many. A massive funeral was testament to his standing among his Tasmanian peers!

   
  Having won the Australasian Young Drivers Championship in 2017 and now the Australian Female Drivers Championship, Narissa McMullen, has another burning ambition. “I want to drive a Group One winner now. That’s my next goal. In the meantime I just want to keep driving winners and become a better driver,” the Fernvale resident said.The talented 24-year-old reinswoman, who is rapidly closing on the magical milestone of one thousand winners lifetime, finished top of the 12-strong table with 79 points at Saturday's Australian Female Drivers Championship at Albion Park.Her points came via wins behind Annika Magic and Subtle Delight in heats two and five; and she also finished second and fourth behind Shards Halo (Heat 1) and Cool Scoter (Heat 3). KerryAnn Turner (NSW) was runner-up with 75 points, while Victorian harness racing legend Kerryn Manning, and McMullen’s cousin Kelli Dawson, finished tied for third with 54 points apiece. McMullen said it was always good to get one over family members, especially brother Peter.“He’s my only brother and the only one older than me. I’m probably more competitive with him and my sisters than I am my cousins," she said.“It was great to see Kelli do so well. Nathan (Dawson) is also a cousin so there’s a few of us out there. I’ve only just started to take it all in. I’m so happy,” McMullen said the morning after her nailing her first Australian title."

 
  The battle to re-open harness at Townsville may not be gathering momentum, but it is certainly gathering intensity. A delegation from the  northern region met with Racing Queensland reps on Wednesday. It was a less than cordial encounter. The following is an excerpt from an email from to Ministerial staffer, Ben Marzyck. "Also Ben when the meeting opened it was around the Financial viability of our Club, This then changed to our horse base and licensees not being sufficient and then again shifted to horse and participant numbers in the southeast needing to grow prior to our venture being looked at. Ben which one of these are the problem? It appears to me the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. Also the 5 year plan put forward is poor to put it nicely, we all know a solution needs to be found for Albion Park and needs to be the right one, We also know you need further tracks and any plan put forward should have on course stabling but where is the plan to make these things happen.Also talking to show racing I believed we were only looking at ways to increase wagering how is show racing at the Southern Shows going to do this no mention in this vision about growing the industry outside the southeast." There will be much more from this important meeting next week. It is now incumbent on our administrators to produce a result, bearing in mind that a sport with a future is not static, it is expanding!!

More than 70 percent of the dams represented in this year’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co on Sunday, March 31, are race winners. Of the 76 lots catalogues, 54 are out of race-winning dams with 41 taking a record of 2:00 or better.
Yearlings are out of the Group/Listed winning racemares such as the Seymour Nursery and QBred 2YO Triad winner Catwalk Beauty ($156,566), Too Smart For You ($149,684, QLD 4YO Breeders Classic), the Paleface Adios Classic winner Bangkok Dancer, Cullen’s Jewel (QLD 3YO Breeders Classic and Redcliffe 3YO Sales Classic), Designer Style (Redcliffe 2YO Sales Classic) and the Redcliffe Oaks winner Montana Tess.
Other well performed mares include the dual Queensland Rising Stars Championship winner Ideal Tact ($98,454), Young Desiree ($89,451), Blissfull Kisses ($72,358), Perfection On Ice (1:55.9), Dance Like A Dream (1:55.9), Suki Suki (1:55.3), Riverboat Royce, the Seymour Nursery heat winners Emma Montana and Three Jewels and the Queensland Oaks placegetter Kiana Frances.Almost 50 percent of the dams represented in the catalogue are winner-producing mares.

  It was "cousins week"on the drivers side of the leader board this week, with Narissa McMullen and Nathan Dawson splitting the honours at four wins and ratings of 200, while Darrell Graham  resumed control on the trainers list leading in three winners, all of which he drove. Most pleasing was the icing on Narissa Mcmullen's cake on Championship night, rounding out the evening by rating Quietly Spoken to a track record 1-55.9 win in the mobile trot. Ipswich factor 25/40..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 08/03.. Lifes Black (Nathan Dawson for Mark McNee).. Feel Like Dancin (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Speedie McArdle (Matt Elkins for Steve Cini).. Beau Cishlom (Reece Maguire for Karen Schulz).. Albion Park 09/03.. Annika Magic (Narissa McMullen for Kerry Smith).. Jumping Jolt Ellen Rixon for Greg Elkins).. Misterriodejaniero (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie).. Subtle Delight (Narissa McMullen for Don Hancock).. Hedges Avenue (Kelli Dawson for Ian Mabbott).. Quietly Spoken (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).... Albion Park 12/03.. Escalera (Darrell Graham).. Justabitlikemum (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Grinvil (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Just Deal It (Kelli Dawson for Ian Gurney).. Slice Of Heaven (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Redcliffe 13/03.. Feel The Reign (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Radar Hill (Paul Diebert for Ricky Gordon).. Mini Miracle (Hayden Barnes for Kelli Dawson).. Getoutnwalk (Adam richardson for Ryan Veivers).. Go Ahead Make My Day (Gary Whitaker for Brett Cargill).. Redcliffe 14/03.. Flashing Good Time (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen).. Lurah (Darrell Graham).. Bob Gage (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Platinum Roulette (Darrell Graham).. Oscars Glory (Pete McMullen for John McMullen)..





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