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)..