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« 2019-May-26, 12:10 PM Reply #275 »
"TROT TACTICS" 25/05/2019..

After a moderately successful meeting at "the Burg" on Thursday, the MPA gears up again for Sunday June 2nd. The traditional "family day ' will be order with kid's activities, mini-trotters, "funny money", raffle, all combined with the high powered country racing, the best hot food, and the cheapest  beverage at any sporting event. It's all value oriented with Adults $5, Pensioners, Members and students $3. The all important  "pick the last seven winners"entry form and the $500 funny money voucher are in the all important race book, a steal at $3.Come and join us on the day. you won't be disappointed.

A letter from Townsville light harness devotee Troy Clive to a sitting member, as  the people determined to return the sport to North Queensland dig in for the long haul.  In a democratic society such as ours, political parties are permitted to conduct a form of auction of attractive policies,in order to woo voters in the run up to an election. The voters are faced with the task of of sorting the wheat from the chaff.. They have only one tool with which to exercise their right of choice. it is called "the ballot box", and it is a powerful weapon indeed, as illustrated by events of last weekend.
Aaron, Member for Thuringowa.
I tried to call you tonight to give you an opportunity of trying to fix this before I issue the enclosed Ministerial letter ( exclusive to QT last week) to the media in conjunction with the Federal Member and Member for Hinchinbrook.
  As demonstrated on the enclosed just weeks prior to the Federal Election your Minister turned his back once again on the North. Even when put forward a viable return for the North Racing for less but wait for it. In the words of the appointed RQ Government appointed staff it is not viable for the participants even if the participants agree on this.
The National result is not just about Adani it is about State Labour not listening. I have written 20 letters to the Premier with no response to date. Had discussions with Ben from the Ministers Department and again now it has got too hard. In the words of Brendan Parnell the Ministers appointed CEO Albion Park in Brisbane is loosing around $65K per meeting on a Saturday night  not to mention the other QLD clubs yet Townsville will not be given the go ahead by the number supplied in the last proposal to give a return to the industry of $2k per meeting based on Brendan’s numbers and the decreased prizemoney. This shows NQ wiling to work for the better of the industry not just their own interests.
If you are serious on repairing the damage to the area in all of your electorates start listening to all sides. We were there backing Phil because we cannot support a party that does not support us, We have over 500 members and remember most of them have relations we talk to so damage can be completed at a state level if you choose to ignore us.I am happy to meet again and discuss, or do you just see us as a non-political issue as stated by one of your members!!

Timing is a crucial element in most enterprises. In my inbox, in the very same 24 hour period,  comes the news that Racing Queensland has commissioned an Economic and Social Impact Study to measure the size and scope of the Queensland Racing Industry. They have engaged strategic planning consultants IER to undertake this project.
This study will provide Racing Queensland with an evidence based assessment of the importance of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing in Queensland.
In order to complete the most accurate study possible, we are asking Clubs to complete a survey focussing on their local racing industry and community. We ask that you please complete the survey by Friday, May 31, 2019.

The above could perhaps be construed as an attempt by a thoroughly alarmed Control Body/Government to prove or disprove the relevance of animal racing with wagering in the community/economy, given the present political climate!!
 


On the leader board this week four drivers, Adam Richardson, Narissa Mcmullen , Hayden Barnes and Pete McMullen, were tied on three wins apiece, when along came Adam Sanderson, and pipped his opposition right on the post with that important fourth win. Chantal Turpin was top trainer with a solid three starters getting the money. Several very pleasing efforts this week, with Justin Elkins  driving  a Saturday night double, and partnering long shot Under The Kilt for a delighted Warren Hinze. Marburg was good for Danny Gatt-Bouquet scoring with the Mitchell Dawson trained Zed Code. Ipswich factor 29/43..

  Resultsville. Redcliffe 17/05.. Lurah ( Jonah Hutchinson for Darrell Graham).. Shadow Hunter ( Adam Richardson for Steve Coombs).. Elzboy (Brendan Barnes for Steve Towns).. Raging Inferno (Narissa McMullen).. Our Delight (Taleah McMullen forChantal Turpin).. Albion Park 18/05.. Opononis Bliss (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Lincoln Road (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Corey William (Justin Elkins for Peter Greig).. Northview Hustler (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Tulhurst Ace (Taleah McMullen for Chris Monte).. Under The Kilt (Justin Elkins for Warren Hinze).. Maybe To The Max (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Jossie James (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Albion Park 21/05.. Garland Greene (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Much bettor (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Sugarkane (Matt Elkins for Vic frost)Bangkok Bravado Kelli Dawson for Shane Fraser).. Monivae Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Just Deal It (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Redcliffe 22/05.. Ima Top Tycoon (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Torque With Esteem (Chantal Turpin).. Village Cruiser (Adam Richardson For Errol O'Shea).. Marburg 23/05.. Cavalryman (Jacob Wallace for Clint Petroff).. Domestic Art (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Davis).. Major Slip Up (Pete McMullen for Bill Crosby).. Montana Chief (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Zed Express (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Mitchell Dawson).. Caesars Astrum (Adam Richardson for Richard Hutchinson).. Alpha Styx (Jonah Hutchinson for Mal Charlton)..


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« 2019-Jun-03, 08:06 AM Reply #276 »
"TROT TACTICS" 01/06/2019..

The following comes from the pen of Duane Ranger - Racing Queensland Media, and shows that athletic ability and sharp reflexes, are, as the saying goes "all in the genes". Tough Brisbane Bronco's hooker ,Jake Turpin, needs to look no further than his sister,Chantal Turpin, for a role model.. Chantal Turpin's work ethic and drive to get to the top in Queensland harness, has inspired her sibling to emulate her feats in harness on the football field, a place not so far divorced from the race track as you might think..Having made the State Under 15 team while a student at St Edmunds College in 2011, the humble country boy, has escalated into one of the toughest hookers in the NRL. Jake, having grown up around the horses, is a big fan of harness racing and shares ownership in several high class Saturday night performers. Currently he is trying to sell the "own a piece of a pacer" concept to some of his Bronco's team mates. Given that Jake's gene pool contains business acumen as well as athletic ability, the enterprise is likely to bear fruit. "Nothing succeeds like success", and, "the harder I work, the luckier I get", could well be the family mottoes!!

   
“Some of them now look for the Turpin and McMullen name when the trots are on. I’d actually like a few of us to get a ‘Broncos horse’, perhaps a Kiwi import.
“I Know ‘Birdy’ (Jack Bird) could be keen and I’ll try and get some of the others along to the track when and if I can. I know quite a few of them seem interested anyway.”
Schedule and time allowing Turpin said he would more than likely be attending Queensland’s Winter Carnival at Albion Park in July.
“I’d like to be there, especially if my horses are running at the time – and I think they will be. I think Watch Pulp Fiction is being targeted for the Carnival and Mattgregor is just on the way back, perhaps trialling this week,” he said.

  The upgrade to the Marburg facility continues, with work to commence this week on a new child-proof fence around the race day stabling, or "birdcage ' as it used to be known. This is in line with  Racing Queensland and QRIC policies to provide a safe working environment for those involved in the race day product. The MPA is working towards an overall improvement to the onsite facilities. Sadly, we can't wave a magic wand. It all takes time and money, two precious commodities at this time.

  One thing is certain, the Ipswich harness leader board is is a land of ups and downs. On the trainers ladder, regulars all but disappeared as rising star, Alistair Barnes's trio for the week, was good enough get top billing. On the driving side Narissa McMullen's five wins nudged out Hayden Barnes who chased home a healthy four. Most pleasing was Chang for Matt Wright at Redcliffe Wednesday. Clint Sneddon had the steer.  Dave Russell and Adam Richardson combined to land a double on Thursday night.  Ipswich factor 20/53.   

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 24/05.. Lincolns Girl (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes)..Gina Mach (Trent Dawson).. Major Currency (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Varasi (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes)... Albion Park 25/05..Jossie jones (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Big bruce (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Kariya Mully (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Redcliffe 26/05.. Famous Shoes (Narissa McMullen for Dale Belford).. La Belle Cheval (Narissa McMullen for Pat Croghan).. The Casual Goose (Hayden barnes for Michael Nutley).. Albion Park 28/05.. The Money Ball (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. The Shady One (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Captain Cosmonaut (Trent Dawson).. Cardles From Heaven (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Northview Hustler (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Redcliffe 29/05.. Torque With Esteem (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Chang (Clint Sneddon for Matt Wright).. Rdecliffe 30/05..Ritchie Bee (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Voodoo Fella (Adam Richardson for Dave Russell).. Feeling For A Rainbow (Adam Rchardson for Dave Russell)


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« 2019-Jun-09, 01:29 PM Reply #277 »
"TROT TACTICS"  08/06/2019..

  Things continue to go forward in positive fashion at Marburg Showground, where work commenced this week on replacing the fence surrounding the stabling area. The child proof enclosure (on race days) will not only add to  the all important factor of child safety, but will bring race day security into line with QRIC requirements. Further more, it is an attractive and valuable asset for the Show Ground. This is one of many short and long term projects on the MPA radar, designed to showcase quality harness racing in the best of "people friendly" locations. A place which grows our on-course attendance by offering good reasons for the fans to keep coming back.

  The outlook is very optimistic on the race day front as well with the OK given for a massive upgrade in the Public address system. Gone for good will be the squawks crackles and fluctuating volumes which have plagued the Marburg meetings in the past. On course broadcasting will be stepping into the 21st Century. On the track itself, look for new features for 3yo's, as feed giant, Barastoc, moves to expand it's sponsorship of country harness through the "BARASTOC-MARBURG OAKS" for the fillies and the "BARASTOC-MARBURG DERBY" for the colts and geldings. Nearly all owners and trainers dream about owning and or training a Classic winner. Barastoc and the MPA intend to turn those dreams into reality for lucky participants on an annual basis. We could be creating a new "Redwood" here. The money, modest by major classic standards, the feed always so welcome,the trophies in the typical classic tradition--- the prestige---MASSIVE!!! Sunday, August 4th is the target date.

   
 Haigslea based reinsman, Adam Richardson, stole the limelight at Albion Park on Saturday night.
The 30-year-old equalled a personal milestone, when nailing three winners at the meeting. The previous day he also won twice at ‘The Creek’.
“It was a good night. I’ve driven three winners a couple of times before, but never four. I’ve been driving for 10 years now and still love it immensely. You can never get enough winners,” Richardson said.
Richardson’s hat trick came via the Cristina Monte trained Tulhurst Ace in race one; the Graham White trained Oyster Stride in the third event; and the Denis Smith trained Northern Muscle in race eight.
On Friday he won behind the Denis Smith trained Norahs Fling and the Bianca Hopper trained Wattlebank Flyer in races three and nine.
“I especially enjoyed the win behind the trotter (Northern Muscle). Denis had him spot on and he felt a treat. He was travelling really well throughout,” Richardson said of the 15-race winner.
But it was the impressive Monte trained Tulhurst Ace, that set the tone for the evening.
Starting from the widest second row draw, Tulhurst Ace, patiently sat back before Richardson made his move at the 600m.
“He kept on giving right to the line. The race played into our hands and the quick 28 first quarter set us up for the win. He was still going quite strongly right to the end.
“The horse has found his grade now and hopefully will keep improving as he goes through the classes. He’s a very nice horse, Richardson said.
Richardson, who is a Wagga Wagga native, works a team of four. When he left school he worked for the late Ken Jerrick in his hometown before setting out on a driving career in 2009.
"I used to work a bigger team, but cut back to concentrate on my freelance driving. Nights like Saturday make it worth while.
"You can't beat that winning feeling," he stressed.
 "Adam R" has turned the corner in the last 12 months, that line in the sand where a driver goes from chasing drives, to having a choice, as trainers are now chasing you. Happy Days!
 
 The recent track surface upgrade has now settled down, and has resulted in the track record now being to the credit of Alpha Styx. The super quick effort  was just the tonic mentor Mal Charlton needed a couple of months after undergoing surgery on his back.The 55-year-old Pimpama horseman trained Alpha Styx to a 1:57.9 mile rate victory at Marburg on Thursday May 23. It was 0.3 of a second quicker than Playnserious's previous 1850m mobile record, which that gelding set on November 12, 2017.

  The latest update in the on-going Ben Currie saga waspublished by QRIC this week." Toowoomba thoroughbred Trainer Ben Currie has been found guilty of five prohibited substance charges.The analyst’s findings were confirmed by Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) stewards yesterday at a Brisbane inquiry.Mr Currie as the trainer is guilty of bringing five thoroughbred horses to race with prohibited substances in their systems."

  Gender equity was the call on the sulky-sitting side of the leader board this week, with Narissa McMullen and Adam Richardson going hard to the line on six wins apiece. Darrell Graham was out on his own as leading trainer, the stable producing four winners.Most pleasing Cavalryman for Clint Petroff, Reece Maguire in the bike.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 31/05.. Norahs Fling (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith).. Star of Montana (Darrell Graham).. Lincolns Girl (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Tearaway Diamond (Narissa McMullen for Greg Elkins).. Wattlebank Flyer (Adam Richardson for Bianca Hooper).. Albion Park 01/06.. Tulhurst Ace (Adam Richardson for Chris Monte).. Oyster Stride (Adam Richardson for Graham White).. Feelinforamiracle (Kelli Dawson for Geoff Dawson).. Innocent Crocker (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Northern Muscle (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith)..Marburg 02/06.. Cobalt Blues (Darrell Graham).. Maywyn No Regrets (Kelli Dawson).. Call Me Yours (Justin Elkins for Tess Neaves).. Just Tommy (Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 04/06.. Northview Hustler (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Mummys Boy (Chris Geary for Jay Edmunds).. Garland Greene (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Havana Moon (Narissa McMullen for Richard Hutchinson)..Sweet As (Paul Diebert for Darrell Graham).. Tom Me Gun (Narissa McMullen)..  Redcliffe 05/06.. Coast Warning (Narissa McMullen for Simon Jay).. Feelinforarainbow (Adam Richardson for Dave Russell).. Albion Park.. 06/06.. Ares (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Cavalryman (Reece Maguire for Clint Petroff).. Taxi Meter (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith)..




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« 2019-Jun-16, 06:03 PM Reply #278 »
         "TROT TACTICS"  15/06/2019..

    Harness folk have long memories and there are plenty around today who would remember the closing years of the track at Ipswich showgrounds. They would also remember a trainer/driver who learnt his craft under the strict eye of the "Queen of Rocklea", Molly Bryant. There could be no better school, and our man  was seen to advantage with Chipani,  Kinta Lad and the well travelled and consistently successful Phosphor Bronze towards the end of his career. The family duly moved to a property at Amberley flat with a big barn which still stands some forty years on. From this barn came the breadwinner, Battle Brigade and his half brother First Storm, the sisters Southern Splash and Splash Again' and,arguably, one of the biggest horses ever to negotiate the tight Ipswich track, the 18 hand monster, Moobie Zae. In this era, when show racing was a very significant part of the Queensland scene,  our man teamed with the Nita Zahnow trained Hammersley to take the "Top horse and Driver" at the EKKA. His career tapered down after a bad fall at Ipswich resulted in severe facial injuries, as our man put family first. His colours were purple with gold Maltese cross and gold striped sleeves, and his name was Lionel Atkinson. Lionel would have been 77 years of age next month, but, sadly, he passed recently after a short battle with lung cancer. A lot of us who saw Lionel in action in the sulky remember him as a decent bloke, one of those who held up the base of the pyramid in those times. .He raced for the love of the sport, pure and simple. He was one of an army, which is now only a platoon. Sorely missed.

  Who said there was nothing new under the sun.  History was made in our local world of harness when Minden based trainer/driver, Tim Gillespie, and his Q bred filly,"SHEGOTSASS" took out the first 2yo trotters handicap ever run in Queensland. While there have been a number of traditional trotters which raced against pacers in the Sunshine State since day dot, including the thirty year hiatus of the 1930's and 40's when "Show" racing was the only form of light harness contest available north of the NSW border, recognition of the diagonal gait as a distinct form of harness racing, occurred only as recently as 1998. A number of representations to previous RQ harness control bodies, to run low prize money non-betting races for 2yos at TAB meetings were rejected out of hand. There obviously has been a dramatic change in mind set at RQ, and the square trotting folk will no doubt be delighted. The current program, which culminates in a two heat, $30,000 Final series, is just the plan of attack,likely to trigger an influx of Victorian juveniles ,which, although trotting soundly, just lack that smidgin of extra speed to be consistent earners at home. If this writer is any judge this first 2yo series will ensure that we are programming 3yo races in their own right in the 2019/20 season to come.

  For the breeding buffs, or someone looking at a dabble in that direction, SHEGOTSASS  is by the Vicbred Downunder Muscles from a daughter of Majestic Son, and can be said to have "IT" on both sides of her pedigree. As a spectacle ,the three horse race did our image no harm. apart from a short gallop on the part of third place getter, First Offence, the runners trotted well, and will just go ahead on the back of this experience.

   
  The following is an excerpt from last Monday's Courier Mail. It is taken from a piece by top sports Journo, Peter Gleeson, and possibly mirrors  the prevailing mind set of many current and recently  departed participants. It is not what the administration is telling us, as we are continually told that turnover is way up and that good times are just around the corner, when the expected punting bonanza resulting from the switch to a "ratings" programming system, modeled on the gallops, kicks in. What is fact, is that harness is trying to peddle a product which has little or no appeal to the recreational punter. Get over that hurdle and we might make it to the next one!!

"The code that is wallowing in mediocrity is harness racing and it’s no coincidence that its poor performance came off the back of the closure of Parklands in 2013 to make way for the Commonwealth Games. Since the closure of Parklands, there has been a vacuum in harness racing leadership in the Sunshine State. This lack of vision has manifested itself into a tired, cumbersome industry that has consistently had to fight off integrity and welfare scrutiny. Too many rorts, as an industry insider says. The lack of foresight and planning has resulted in harness turnover plummeting, prizemoney declining and a breeding industry in free fall. The closure of Parklands is a scandal. Parklands was the brainchild of former Bjelke-Petersen Racing Minister Russ Hinze, a dual harness and greyhound facility that was regarded as the best of its type."

  As we batten down to face the Winter Carnival assault, it's well tried faces on the leader board this week. Top driver, Pete McMullen, with a solid six wins, and wife Chantal Turpin heading up the trainers, producing four of the best. Most pleasing, Mitchell Dawson and Banny Gatt- Bouquet combining to land Unassuming Champ on two occasions in the seven day period.. Ipswich factor 24/46.

  Resultsville  Redcliffe 07/06.. Unassuming Champ (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Mitchell Dawson).. Escalera (Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 08/06.. Clarry (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini).. Getoutnwalk (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Tom Me Gun (Narissa McMullen).. Karinya Mully (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Maybe To The Max (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Slippery Jade (Pete McMullen for Bill Crosby).. Albion Park 11/06.. Shegotsass (Tim Gillespie).. Northern Muscle (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith).. Greg The Great (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Devouged (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Ima Birubi Boy (Adam Richardson for Chris Monte).. Cardles From Heaven).. Recliffe 12/06. Unassuming Champ (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Mitchell Dawson).. My Secret Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Signor Jujon (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Mach Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Just joshin (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith).. Trojan banner (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Redcliffe 13/06.. Impetuoso (Nathan Dawson for Ken Belford).. Torque With Esteem (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Heavens Hurricane (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Invite Only (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham)..



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« 2019-Jun-23, 06:19 PM Reply #279 »
"TROT TACTICS"  22/06/2019..

  "Invasion " is a common enough word in our language and appears in our history , regularly through the ages.  It is certainly common and regular in Queensland Harness, occurring as it does, at the same time each year.  I refer to the massive influx of interstate and New Zealand participants who descend like the Mongol Horde on Brisbane for the Winter Carnival, intent, not only on pillaging the rich purses which are on offer at the carnival, but every other stray bit of prize money that they can vacuum up on the way. For only a very few locals is there any hope of a place at the banquet table,or any chance of the major dollars being spent in the Sunshine State. For the rest it is a 'black hole" of some eight weeks duration, and may result in further erosion of our owner and trainer base. It defies all economic sense. In a fragile market place, begging for "protection", we are practising "free trade"!! The theories of Adam Smith (Wealth of Nations 1700 ), may have been suitable 300 years ago --- not now.


            Hark back to last weeks spot on comments  by Peter Gleeson, on the actual health of harness racing in Queensland. In tandem with PG's less than encouraging summary,it was mentioned that a new handicapping system, based on the thoroughbred model and guaranteed to shower the sport with a bonanza in turnover was about to be adopted. Participants in Qld  were aware that this was the case but had adopted a "wait and see" policy at the the travelling roadshow presentation by Harness Racing Australia. Some 60 participants present at the meeting ,sent HRA delegates, and our own administrators, away with clear instruction that we would adopt a hybrid system, until such time as the promised "city of pure gold", could be clearly identified. Apparently the carrier pigeons got lost and the monster is at our gates!!

   For the protection of the punters whose investments are the true providers of any cash which might under pin the sport, the following should be read closely, then followed by an in depth visit to the Australian Harness Racing  website to peruse the "industry news" segment.

      (italics) "From July 1 the Ratings Based Handicapping commences nationwide at which point each state begin programming races in accordance with the Ratings template and all references to the former class based Handicapping system will be removed!!! Each horses Rating will fluctuate based on horse performance and the value of the race it contests."

    The general rules of the Ratings Based Handicapping a • No points are allocated to a horse that fails to finish, declared a non-runner or is disqualified from a race after the all clear is signaled. • Minimum rating is 30 points • Maximum rating is 120 points • A 2YO commences racing with a Rating of 40 • A 2YO with a Rating under 50 upon turning 3 will reset to 50 for the start of the 3YO season. • A 2YO with a Rating over 50 upon turning 3 shall have half the number of points that its Rating exceeds 50 with half points rounded up to a whole number. Example horse with 2YO Rating of 59 would commence racing as a 3YO with a Rating of 55. 
• A 3YO or older commences racing with a rating of 50.  • A trotter entered for a pacing race receives a 20 point rating concession. (in QLD only) • Concessions : o Mares Concession (5 Ratings points) o Driver Concessions: ▪ 5 Rating Points (0-100 career wins) ▪ 3 Rating Points (101-250 career wins) ▪ Claim single Band class in selected races (QLD only) o Terms of Drivers Concession from July 1 include: ▪ All wins count as a win regardless of whether a concession was claimed ▪ Concession outdriven after 250 lifetime wins ▪ Concession terms – 6 years from date of attaining B-Grade Drivers License (QLD only) ▪ Metropolitan claim outdriven after 50 wins at a Metropolitan meeting. ▪ No yearly concession limits.
Programming
We are currently developing programs with races based on Rating, some with conditions to support the Rating and other races that will be programmed with no reference to Rating that just have a condition.
We are committed to providing a similar pathway to work through the grades as the class system previously provided and ensure opportunities outside of the Ratings exist for horses that may need to find a race that they can be more competitive in. (close italics)..

  No actual change on the leader board this week with Pete McMullen on top again with six big ones but very nearly dive bombed by Adam Sanderson scoring on five occasions. Chantal Turpin still leads the trainers, bringing home three winners for the week. Darrell Graham and Ron Sallis on two.Most pleasing. Fui Fui at Redcliffe for Pete and Jodie Jones, Nathan Dawson in the bike. A long wait, but worth it! Shegotsass  (Tim Gillespie ) Franked last weeks effort and improved her mile rate by a staggering 10 seconds. Yahoo!.. Ipswich factor 23/52..

  Resultsville Albion Park 14/06.. Will The wizard (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Caesars Astrum (Adam Richardson for Richard Hutchinson).. Casino Tommy (Pete McMullen for Jack Butler).. Greg The Great (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Flying Wingard (Matt Elkins for Narissa McMullen).. Albion Park 15/06..  Clarkey ( Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney ).. Riverleigh William (Hayden Barnes for Charlie Chiang)..My Ultimate Hell (Brendan Barnes for Wayne Davis).. Redcliffe 16/06.. Fui Fui (Nathan Dawson for Peter Jones)..  Albion Park 18/06.. Shegotsass (Tim Gillespie).. Northern Muscle (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith).. Torque One Two Three (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Thats How We Roll (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Redcliffe 19/06.. Springfield Spirit (Taleah McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Bill Haley (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Our Delight (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. My Precious Yankee (Pete McMullen for Lisa Bahr).. Cobalt Blues (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 20/06.. High On Montana (Ricky Gordon for Lacey Hinze).. Lovelaine (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Cobbler Lane (Adam Richardson for Warren Hinze).. Elms Creek (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis)..




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« 2019-Jun-30, 05:55 PM Reply #280 »
"TROT TACTICS" 29/06/2019..

  Much has been written of recent years about the  beneficial effects of an animal presence in a human healing process. Such benefit is to be seen at the present time at Marburg. One of our long term Canteen volunteers, dessert specialist Sharlene Russell, has been battling various illnesses for a number of years now, and,although   showing signs of a full recovery, the process has been a slow one.All of a sudden, the magic catalyst has appeared in the shape of a pacing gelding, Feelingforarainbow, a son of Mr Feelgood from the Fake Left mare, Timid Lady. Timid Lady was bred by Solid Earth, and was purchased by high profile. Rockhampton based owner, trainer, breeder, Tony Burgoyne, for whom she won 35 races and amassed $90,000. Burgoyne bred three foals from the mare, including From The North $25,731 and Final Champion $178,620 (raced by Ipswich "juvenile" specialist, Bill Crosby). Crosby also purchased Timid lady in the deal and bred Nothings Final,($59,647) Unassuming Champ ($36,674)and Feelingforarainbow, $13,345. Now owned by Sharlene herself, Timid Lady has produced Voodoo Fella, a winner of one race from his six starts to date. But, it is the "rainbow" that has turned the trick. With stats of 23 runs for 4 wins and 4 placings and his bank of $13,345, "rainbow" has put a big grin on Sharlene Russell's face and a spring back in her step. The old mare traces back to Verity, one of the foundation mares of successful Australian harness breeding. Should Sharlene manage to breed a filly from her, with ordinary luck she could start a strong pacing family of her own. Now that would be something!!

  The Marburg Pacing Association will hold an open meeting on this coming Monday night. It will be held in the Show Society dining hall and will commence at 7.00pm. The MPA wishes to hear from not only it's members, but from any interested people who would like to suggest ways and means, wherebye the Club might be better able to package its product for the potential and actual trot fans in the Great Southeast. President Scott Neaves, rightly believes that his Committee are not mind readers, and that we might benefit by asking our client base what it is that they would like to buy from us, rather than than trying to sell them something that they may not want. All are welcome. Our next race meeting is on Monday July 22nd  and is closely followed by a family race day on Sunday ,August 4th, when the MPA will venture for the first time into the world of "Country Classic" races. We need your input!!

  The ongoing saga of embattled gallops trainer, Ben Currie, appears to be coming to a close. Currently disqualified from training for 7.5 years, Currie  has been found guilty of using electrical devices, treating runners on race day, using unregistered medications, and possessing unregistered products plus two runners testing positive to cocaine.

  Low figures both sides of the leader board this week. Danielle Mcmullen lead the drivers home on three wins, and Darrell Graham and Ron Sallis managed a pair each in the training department. Most pleasing Jacob Wallace with Royal Lincoln. Ipswich Factor 21/49..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 21/06.. Chantrey (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Star Of Montana ( Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Royal Lincoln (Jacob Wallace).. Clarry (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini).. Redcliffe 22/06.. Ima Top Tycoon (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Empire Boy (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Clarkey (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Albion Park 25/06.. Shegotsass (Tim Gillespie).. Remember Me Now (Hayden Barnes for Wayne graham).. Recipe For Dreaming (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Major Currency (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. redcliffe 26/06.. No Confession (Reece Maguire for Tayla Gillespie).. Montana Chief (Darrell Graham).. Feelingforarainbow (Adam Richardson for Dave Russell).. Jiggle And Jive (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith).. Princess Katerina (Kay Crone).. Redcliffe 27/06.. Ranfurly Rulz (Matt Elkins for Ron Sallis).. Rancho Man (taleah McMullen for john McMullen).. Im toot (Nathan Dawson for Dale Belford).. Our Bondi Beach ( Justin Elkins for Greg Franklin).. Shadow Hunter ( Adam Richardson for Steve Coombs)..



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« 2019-Jul-07, 07:13 PM Reply #281 »
  "TROT TACTICS"  06/07/2019..

  In our harness racing game, the emphasis is focused on drivers, often to the detriment of the true hero, the horse, and generally little or no credit is afforded to the trainer and other folk who might appear in the four-legged star's resume throughout his or her career. Occasionally the mould is broken, as happened last Sunday when the gelding, Life's Black, owned by P Galvin and S Mauger, trained by Mark McNee, and driven by Hayden Barnes, stopped the clock at a blistering 1-55.9, to become the outright track record holder at Redcliffe. So much for the superficial factors involved and publicised. Mark McNee felt that more was needed to be said about the journey from paddock to training barn in this case. Immediately, a name appeared, one so familiar among the older demographic of  trainers in the south East, that it is difficult to imagine how the man has manged to maintain such a low profile. It is, of course, Doug Massam, acknowledged expert in the art of educating the young trotting horse.

  DM and wife Beverly, first encountered the pacers "hands on" at Cropper Creek norther NSW where Doug had gone to drive grain trucks for a living. Their first winner was a horse called Coffee Boy which won at Inverell at its second or third start, beating the Paul Matis trained and driven Future Design. The Massams were at Armidale for the opening of the track there and Doug was saddened to see his idol, Paleface Adios beaten in a match race by Roma Hanover, a mare that later  broke the Australian mile record at Redcliffe.(1-57.4). DM proved to be no slouch in the sulky himself, winning heat and final of the first Premier's Cup with Flintlock,  which, at that time was run on the old Stephens Trotway at Southport, having won the 4yo championship with the same horse at the same track several weeks prior. His best horse from the racing side was twenty five times winner Running Frost which won on both the right hand 800 metre  and the left hand 1.0000 metre (current) versions of Albion Park. Some 38 years ago, "team Massam" purchased a 200acre ex-dairy farm at Forest Hill near Gatton . New owners came from the local farming community, and, in due course, there was modest call for breaking and educating,which steadily became the mainstay of the business. At the peak the usual throughput of fully educated youngsters ran in excess of 50 a year. Clients included Kevin Thomas, Stan Fife, Bobby Gills,Darrell Graham, and the Graeme Bowyer side of the Kevin Seymour "juvenile" machine, which included Joy To Behold, Pleasing Package and Catwalk Beauty etc.

  Team Massam does not process 50 yearlings a year now, perhaps half that. On the principle that people should be gainfully employed, wearing out rather than rusting away, there is a massive steel fencing project in progress on the farm. More spelling paddocks and yards in a material that lasts, The young horses will come and go, and the Massams will see that they leave with a lot more knowledge and respect than when they came. Doug and Bev, are unsung heroes of harness, doing their bit so that the more marketable commodities can do theirs.

  In the world of the harness hobbyist,the lows usually exceed the highs,which may be the prime cause of shrinkage in this endangered species. When the scales tip the other way, there is cause for much rejoicing, not only by the recipients of the good fortune, but those around them, who think it might be their turn next. It seems that the end of the rainbow has parked at the stable of Warren Hinze. Warren, and his co-owner, Barry Whitaker, have purchased a lightly raced 4yo from Bathurst NSW based Bernie Hewitt. Cobbler Lane, which boasts stats of 20 starts for three wins, one second and three thirds, is by Lincoln Royal from Shoe Lane, a daughter of Armbro Operative. His four outings here have produced two wins, a second and  third. The outlook must be positive, young, fit, and obviously in an environment which suits the horse down to the ground. This could be gold plated!!

  Keep focused on the Barastoc Country Derby and Oaks meeting, set down for Sunday August the 4th. With a heavy focus on the kids, the MPA wants to provide a budget alternative to the EKKA in the "animal experience" for families. Petting Zoo/Animal Farm, Obstacle Course, Pat A Pony and Face Painting ,all free.Come along. You can afford this one.

  As the black hole of visiting money pluckers widens and deepens, the figures evaporate from the leader board. Matt Elkins out on his own as a driver with five wins, and Darrell Graham slogging away to score on three occasions. Most pleasing, Clint Sneddon driving Bourbon On The Rocks for Karen Bennett.

  Resultsville  Albion Park  28/06.. Another Statement. (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Run Boy Run (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 29/06.. Unassuming Champ (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson)..  Ketut (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Star Of Montana (Darrell Graham).. Redcliffe 30/06.. Lifes Black (Hayden Barnes for Mark McNee).. Kiss Cam (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Cobbler Lane (Adam Richardson for Warren Hinze).. Bill Haley (Darrell Graham).. Dont Call Me (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Nevasano (Narissa McMullen for Julie Mason)  .. Redcliffe 02/07.. Burning Ambition (Matt Elkins for Mitchell Dawson).. Vanto Hanover (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith)... Lets Dig It (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Oscars Glory (Pete McMullen for john McMullen).. The Casual Goose (ayden Barnes for Michael Nutley).. Bourbon On The Rocks (Clint Sneddon for Karen Bennet).. Redcliffe 04/07.. Nikalong Henry (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Taxi Meter (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Wee Jimmy (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees)..



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« 2019-Jul-14, 05:32 PM Reply #282 »
   "TROT TACTICS"  13/07/2019..

  There is an air of optimism on the Queensland harness horizon if Racing Queensland CEO, Brendan Parnell is on the money with his editorial piece in the July issue of pace Magazine. Headed "Raft of initiatives to benefit harness racing" the article goes on to list a number of cash injections, totalling $1million directly as prize money and  incremental increases in drivers fees, rising in small steps ,and reaching $62 per drive in 2021. As the average age of our top ten drivers is 29 years, this is said to demonstrate the depth of opportunities within the code. The mission statement issued is as follows. "We want to ensure that these drivers (the top ten, we assume), and those that follow them, including the mini-trotting participants, can continue to forge a career in harness racing".

  If you wanted to know where the $1 million for the extra prize money came from,in 2018, the Government weighed in with at least half of a $2 million increase in funding for the code with RQ as its partner. We are told on a daily basis of the huge increases in harness turnover, and the greater goldmine said to exist in the new "panacea for all ills", the National Ratings System of handicapping and programming. Strange that the exta cash should have been required when the picture is so rosy. Mind you, even though the term "grass roots" got yet another run, there was not one dollar for a budget exercise to re-ignite the sport at Townsville, a venue which had a TAB meeting every Saturday night, when this writer shifted to Queensland 40 years ago. The world of harness is a funny place. 40 years ago the Sunshine State was hobbyist trainers paradise, where nearly every horse could be placed in a race with a realistic chance of defraying costs. We have progressed to the stage now of a shrunken horse pool liberally salted with old, but still quite able horses, which are racing many grades below their real ability, on the misguided premise that somehow they are entitled to pension benefits.

  There is one positive however, the Springboard Series for 2yo Trotters. It has not attracted a flood of moderate juveniles from Victoria as might have been expected, but with 12 months to digest the results of this first "toe in the water" exercise, the four which are dividing the spoils at the moment, will likely be 24 this time next year. But, already one dampener has reared its head. A new definition of a QBred trotting stallion includes "a horse registered in QLD to supply frozen semen in Australia". Those horses should figure prominently in the budgets of "grass roots" breeders.

  A  comment from a "grass roots" breeder /particpant. I can only support his comments totally... "Whoever invented this system has never raced a horse.  Our maiden now has to race winners of 16 races.  We have gone from our RO class to at least the equivalent of an R2-R3 without having run a place. On the Qld racing published list of ratings we are rated above a horse that has earned $75,000. Firstly they destroyed all incentive to breeding (having gone from 8 foals per season to nil for the past 5 years) they are now destroying any thoughts of racing.After a life time of interest in harness racing I am now very disillusioned.Can you see any positives in a system that discourages horses from commencing their racing life.  Any thoughts to help rekindle my interest." 
Regards, Greg.

    Another positive. Any chance to work with the SAQ re-homing group should be grabbed ,and held very tight... "Dear Ms Kunde, Thank you for allowing us to view Marburg showgrounds recently. After looking at the area available and after discussion with our management committee and members, we would like to propose the establishment of SAQ home grounds at Marburg Showgrounds. As SAQ Inc has not had home grounds since its formation in 1998 and have relied on the availability of established grounds in a number of different locations, we are excited at the prospect of finally having grounds we can use on a regular basis for our musters, clinics and other events. We understand other groups, including Marburg Pacing Association, utilise the showgrounds and will ensure our activities do not cause any discord with other organisations and we hope to work amicably with Marburg Show Society and Marburg Pacing Association in promoting the grounds".

  The black hole effect has taken its grip with a low Ipswich Factor of 18/48. Adam Richardson top driver with four wins, and ever there, Darrell Graham, leading in three of the best to be top trainer. Most pleasing were Cobbler Lane,  franking his form for Warren Hinze and Adam Richardson, and Malibu Dreams,at Redcliffe for Peter Donohoe and Darrell Graham combining.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park. 05/07,, Cobbler Lane (Adam Richardson for Warren Hinze).. Recipe For Dreaming (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Rory Mach (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Proficient (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Albion Park 06/07.. Chantrey (Taleah McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Beaver (Trent Dawson for Melissa Gillies).. Trojan Banner (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Albion Park 09/07.. Shegotsass (Tim Gillespie).. Daveys Gift (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone).. Redcliffe 10/07.. Living Grand (Hayden Barnes for Steve Furey).. Perfect Jesse (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Rory Mach (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).. Moonlight Jack (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Bundjalong Beauty (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone).. Redcliffe 11/07.. Malibu Dreams (Darrell Graham for Peter Donohoe).. Studleigh Stride (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Sweet As (Paul Diebert for Darrell Graham).. Burning Ambition ( Adam Richardson for Mitchell Dawson)..


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« 2019-Jul-21, 04:31 PM Reply #283 »
"TROT TACTICS" 20/07/2019..

    The Barastoc-- Marburg 3year old country classic day is beginning to take shape. Feed giant "Barastoc", through its Queensland Rep, John Daley has decided to put some "classic" action into the Marburg program for Sunday August 4th by putting on a Derby for the colts and geldings and an Oaks for the fillies. These and other age related events, are steeped in horse racing tradition. Originating in the English thoroughbred scene in the late 1700s and named after Lord Derby who introduced the concept, the "Derby" was used as a yardstick of racing excellence, and to identify first class breeding stock for the next generation of race track stars. The test was a hard one,with the colts required to gallop a mile and a half (2413 metres)  under a weight of 9 stone (57.2 kg). The English course is Epsom and the track itself includes left and right handed running, a downhill section into the home straight, which is then uphill all the way to the post.  The theory  of breed improvement appears to be well based, with many English Derby winners retiring almost immediately, and going on to be leading sires. The fillies get only one concession, a weight reduction of 3.2kg.

  In this day and age, in harness there is a shift in importance to racing excellence and money, hence the regular inclusion of geldings in the classic fields..It is noticeable, however, that in the US of A, from where we import the bulk of our stallion stock, winners of 3yo features such as the"Little Brown Jug" are sent smartly to the breeding barn and the rule of "putting the best to the best and hoping for the best" appears to mirror the English experience. The "country classics" planned by Barastoc and Marburg are focussed on the aspect of prestige. They will carry no fortune, a healthy $7,500 per race is the budget, but, in all other aspects the two events are Derby and Oaks with appropriate trophies and a massive injection of Barastoc product on the day. Hopefully they will become an annual event, and, like their namesakes, become with the passage of time!!

  As to the day itself, it is aimed at the family. With the EKKA just days away, and young families struggling with the mortgage and whatever, Marburg stands out as a low cost alternative. For the kids we have the animal farm/petting zoo, and the 23 metre long Nuclear Obstacle Course, which is supervised from 11.00am to 5.00pm add a face painter, mini-trotter races and "pat a pony" and the parents have some breathing space. Six divisions of Fashions On The Field, Ladies and Gents, Colts and Fillies, and of course the very young group. Local fashion houses and hair salons provide the judges. More next week on this, as we run up to the big day.

  More shifting on the leader board this week with Hayden Barnes and Adam Richardson bobbing to the surface on four wins apiece while Mitchell Dawson posted a PB as top trainer, the only Ipswich multiple training result in a very skinny week. Most pleasing, The Last Dragon for Greg and Janet Cumberland. Mitchell Dawson trained, Adam Richardson drove. Ipswich factor 23/53..

 

  Resultsville..Albion Park 12/07.. Just Seduce Me (Narissa McMullen).. Slippery Jade (Pete McMullen for Bill Crosby).. Albion Park 13/07.. Annika Magic (Taleah McMullen for Kerry Smith).. Saloon Passage (Adam Richardson for Chris Monte).. Redcliffe 14/07.. Coast Warning (Hayden Barnes for Simon Jay).. Indys Approval (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Give Me Fifty (Adam Richardson for Dave Russell).. Malibu Dream (Darrell Graham for Peter Donohoe).. Call Me Trish (Hayden Barnes for Michael Nutley).. Lifes Black (Hayden Barnes for Mark McNee).. Albion Park  17/07.. Brighton Prince (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Mafuta Vautin (Darrell Graham).. Secret Agent Tycoon (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Withalotofluck (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Redcliffe 18/07.. Lets Dig It (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Moonlight Jack (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Sheesfeelinprecious (Grant Dixon for Jason Carkeet).. The Last Dragon (Adam Richardson for Mitchell Dawson).. Specialandiknowit (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Redcliffe 19/07.. Montana Express (hayden Barnes for Brett Cargill).. Famous Shoes (Taleah McMullen for Dale Belford).. Zac Mac (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone)..


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« 2019-Jul-28, 01:38 PM Reply #284 »
"TROT TACTICS"..  27/07/2019..

 Keep your eyes peeled for posters and flyers around with the story for Barastoc Classic day on Sunday August 4th. They are up on Facebook as well, as the Marburg folk go all out for the last feature meeting of the 2018/19 racing season.  "Trot Tactics" takes this opportunity to thank the Queensland Times and its editorial staff for their endless support of harnesss racing in the Great South East. Without "The QT" we would have no voice. With it, Marburg continues to go forward!! Don't forget, all the "kids" amusements are free and supervised.

  Sometimes we have to shift our focus from the Ipswich footprint and head elsewhere  for a good story. The following is from the Australian Harness Racing website and  concerns a job well and religiously done which reaped a dream reward, and a partnership with a former Ipswich based reinsman, whose departure appears to have wrecked the "Ipswich factor" in our "resultsville" reporting.
 
(italics) Redcliffe horsewoman, Aileen Smith, achieved a lifetime dream at 7.20pm at Albion Park on Saturday. Then after getting back home relatively early, she rugged up her horses, had some chicken wings, a cup of tea, and then she retired to bed.“I was up by 4.30 the next morning to tend to my horses. The world doesn’t stop when you win a Group One. It was an absolutely amazing feeling and a dream come true, but life goes on,” the ever humble Smith said.“Saturday was a great night, but Sunday was no different,” she added.Up until Saturday night Smith had never even lined up a starter in a Group One event.Jiggle And Jive not only won the $100,000 Egmont Park Stud Triad for the 2yo pacing fillies, but she also did it comfortably by 3.9m in 1:54.9 – and on Racing Queensland’s biggest night of the season.After getting to the front Nathan Dawson set the daughter of Bettor’s Delight alive mid-race and after two final quarters of 28.5, they simply had to much sprint for their 10 opponents.
It was also the most memorable race of Nathan Dawson’s career. The 23-year-old also nailed his first Group One event.“It doesn’t get any better than this. This is why we all race every week, hoping we can all get a Group 1 one day. I’m rapt. This is a moment I will never forget. I just want to thank everyone who made it possible, especially Aileen.“She had the horse in perfect condition tonight. She has made my dream come true,” the 23-year-old Tamborine reinsman said.( close italics)

  You may have been wondering where Nathan Dawson's strike rate had gone to. ND has moved to Tamborine to pursue not only a change of scenery, but matters of the heart. Don't worry, he is whacking out bulk winners, but he is a geographical casualty, due to our policy of reporting only winners where at least one half of the training/ driving combination resides in the greater Ipswich footprint. Gone, but not forgotten, as he is still good for a steady four or five winners a week.

  The Winter Carnival is over for another year, and soon the endangered hobbyists will will come cautiously out of the undergrowth. The predators will be gone for another 10 months. At least this time it was not a total wipeout, with Team Seymour and Dixon snagging the Blacks A Fake  and the Sunshine Sprint, while the 2yo Fillies Triad went to Aileen Smith, the new "Queen Of Knight Street" The rest of us can spend the intervening period re-grouping, while searching for that elusive "good one"

  Leader board figures resuming normality again with Adam Richardson at the top of his game posting six sucesses for the week while Darrell Graham filled in his time preparing four winners. Most pleasing... Epirus Boy.. Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Mitchell Dawson, A Better Chance .. Nikki Chalk with the steer for Bill Crosby...Feelin For A Rainbow.. Sharlene Russell's chance at a Classic, and, Nathan Dawson's first Group One, aboard Jiggle And Jive  for Aileen Smith. Ipswich Factor 31/52..

   Resultsville. .. Albion Park 19/07. Mafuta Vautin (Grant dixon for Darrell Graham).. Getoutnwalk.. (Adam Richardson for Ryan Veivers).. Soldier Of Fortune (Taleah McMullen for Karen Schulz).. Albion Park 20/07.. Tom Me Gun (Chris Geary for Narissa McMullen).. Jossie James (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Bill Haley (Mark Purdon for Darrell Graham).. Secret Jack (Adam Richardson for Chris Monte)..  Marburg 22/07.. My Precious Yankee (Pete McMullen for Lisa Bahr).. All Madness (Pete McMullen for Clint Patroff).. Feelinforarainbow (Adam Richardson for Dave Russell).. Zenmach (Paul Matis).. Aqua Cruiser (Michael Tenardi).. Albion Park 23/07.. Garland Greene (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Comigal (Hayden Barnes for Brett Cargill).. Secret Agent Tycoon (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers)..Dataldo (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith)..Just A Dale (Adam Richardson for Graham White).. She Got Sass (Tim Gillespie)..Redcliffe 24/07.. Vasari (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes.)  Epirus Boy (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Mitchell Dawson).. Mach Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Meant To Be Me (Hayden Barnes for Ryan Veivers).. Alot Of Cost (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Rory Mach (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Go Ahead Make My Day (Hayden Barnes for Brett Cargill).. Albion Park 25/07.. Maywyns Jewel (Kelli Dawson).. Caesars Astrum (Adam Richardson for Richard Hutchinson).. A Better Chance (Nikki Chalk for Bill Crosby).. Bundjalong Beauty (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone).. Lurah (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. With Authority (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen)..



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« 2019-Aug-05, 08:40 AM Reply #285 »
"TROT TACTICS"
Thought provoking piece, The Verdict by Nathan Exelby in last week's Sunday Mail, and focussed on the Point Of Consumption Tax wrangle,poses more questions than it answers. To gain lasting support for a further tax on racing,it is clear that there must be some benefit for three of the four parties involved, Racing Queensland, Tabcorp and the State Government. The fourth party, the punters, will receive only a reduced dividend, and have no say in the matter at all. Strangely, no one in the halls of power, has, or is likely to suggest, that all concerned make a genuine effort to improve turnover by producing a quality , punter friendly wagering product,based on the principle of a reliable and easily understood form line. Perhaps the resultant increase in turnover might render the POC unnecessary. It might also allow the harness code to stand on its own two feet

A serious bunch on the driver's side of the leader board this week. Adam Richardson remained on top with a solid four winners, but, there were four others in hot pursuit, Adam Sanderson, Pete McMullen, Matt Elkins, and Hayden Barnes, all there on thee wins apiece. Three folk shared the training honours with two winners apiece, Darrell Graham, Chantal Turpin, and Alistair Barnes. Most pleasing was Manoflisa at Redcliffe ,Lola Weidemann and Kevin Annets combining to get the bikkies.

Resultsville  Redcliffe 26/07.. Studleirh Stride (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Proficient (Justin Elkins for Trvor Lambourn).. Bill Haley (kylie Rasmussen for Darrell Graham).. Montana Express (Hayden Barnes for Brett Cargill).. Albion Park 27/07.. Mafuta Vautin (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Wee Jimmy (Nathan Dawson for Mark Rees).. Mach Alert (Kelli Dawson for Ian Gurney).. A Good Chance (Justin Elkins for Donny Smith).. Redcliffe 28/07.. Caesars Astrum (Adam Richardson for Richard Hutchinson).. Scott Tom (Adam Richardson for Mick Benham).. Alot Of Cost (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Malibu Dream (Narissa McMullen for Peter Donohoe).. Albion Park 30/07.. justabitlikemum (Pete McMullen for Doug Lee).. Lavros Texas (chris Geary for Jay Edmunds).. Left A Hurrikane (Adam Richardson for Chris Monte).. Miss Blue Glory (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Cardles From Heaven (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Cobbler Lane (Adam Richardson for Warren Hinze).Redcliffe 31/07.. Mach Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Lets Dig It (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Cam you Feel It (Matt Elkins for Damo Shaw).. Monumental (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Princess Katerina (Kay Crone).. Ginatiano (Adam Sanderson for Rod Hinze).. Redcliffe 01/08.. Feeling Classy (Matt Elkins for Vic Frost).. Lord Digby (Kylie Rasmussen for Jason Carkeet).. Manoflisa (Lola Weidemann for Kevin Annetts).. Impetuoso (Narissa McMullen for Ken Belford)..



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« 2019-Aug-11, 01:17 PM Reply #286 »
TROT TACTICS"...10/08/2019..

  Barastoc Classic Day, has come and gone, leaving the Marburg Club in a good frame of mind. Perfect weather, a crowd described as "middling to good", (there is no such thing as a crowd which is too big at a harness event) and excellent racing were the order of the day. The numerous kids present had a great time with the giant obstacle course, while the gentler ones found the petting zoo more the go. There is nothing like a docile chook or a bunny to cuddle up to when fatigue starts to set in. The Derby stayed local, going to Haigslea base owner trainer and breeder, Bill Crosby's Major Slip Up. By Art Major from Slippery Left, the 3y0 gelding was having his 17th start for stats of 3 wins, 3 seconds and one third. Prizemoney now totals $11,935. Top driver, Pete McMullen, had the steer, and drove a heady race in front to hold off Rancho Man, trained by his father,John and driven by his youngest sister Taleah.

The Oaks  went to Sports Story, owned by Alan Self and trained and driven by Graham Dwyer from North Maclean. The daughter of Sportswriter and Plain Georgie, now boasts stats of 13 for 4-2-3 and a bank of $31,131. Plain Georgie was no slug, having earned $52,308 in a 60 start career and leaving only 4 live foals which have earned $236,746 between them from 37 wins. Feed Giant Barastoc have indicated their interest in creating an annual event based on these two classic races. It's all systems GO!!

  The crowd was the big deal on the day. They ate, they drank and they had a bet. Most of the ingredients of a successful race meeting.  With mini-trot races, and   the spectacular turnouts from the Fashions In The Field, judged by Elly-Rae Fashions ,Sandy's Fascinators from Rosewood  and Bre of B's Salon and Barbershop at Willowbank, it was the complete package. Roll on next year!

  See, the national control body, Harness Racing Australia, has some flexibility in its policies.  Harness Racing SA (HRSA) advises it has successfully advocated for changes to the ratings points matrix for horses competing in races of $3,000 or less.In seeking the changes, agreed to by Harness Racing Australia, HRSA sought to better provide for the industry in South Australia and in particular the penalties accrued for races in the lower stakes range.The changes to the ratings points matrix a 1. The race stake threshold where horses accrue two (2) points for winning has increased from $2,500 to $3,000.  2. The one (1) point penalty for finishing second has been removed for all races of $3,000 or less. 3.  Unplaced runners from sixth to last in race stakes of $0 - $3,000 will receive a one (1) rating point reduction.These changes will take effect by 1st September 2019.  HRSA believes the changes made better recognize the individuality of the industry in South Australia and they provide connections of horses with greater flexibility when placing their horses. 
Racing Queensland's harness administrators should be consulting participants here, on the irksome anomalies inherent in the new system. Having come to agreement on a suitable solution to these matters, the proposed changes should be put before HRA with every expectation of their adoption in Queensland.

  Once again the strength of family connection in harness was demonstrated this week via the leader board. On the drivers side,top reinsman, Pete McMullen, sat firmly on the totem pole with seven victories. Just two rungs down with five wins was his sister Narissa. Shift over to the trainers section and Pete's partner, Chantal Turpin has lead five winners back to the home barn, with Ron Sallis landing three, just to let CT know that nobody is safe on the leader board. Most pleasing, Bill Crosby's Derby, first 'classic" run in this district.. Ipswich Factor 24/51..

  Reultsville.. Albion Park 02/08.. Indefensible (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone).. Tearaway Diamond (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. One Hell Of A Ride (Pete McMullen for Jarrod Alchin) Tommy Under Fire (Taleah McMullen).. Albion Park 03/08.. Argyle Beach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Marburg 04/08.. Norahs Fling (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith).. Crowning Glory (Narissa McMullen for Greg Elkins).. Raging Inferno (Narissa McMullen).. Major Slip Up (Pete McMullen for Bill Crosby).. Torque Feels Good (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Im Toot (Narissa McMullen for Dale Belford).. Lochinver (Paul Diebert for Darrell Graham)..Albion Park 06/08.. Maybetothemax (Hayden Barnes for Ron Sallis).. Musculous (Adam Sanderson for Brad Connelly).. Hollie (Matt Elkins for Gail Geeson).. Kwasii (Trent Dawson).. Lincolns Girl (Hayden Barnes for Alistai Barnes).. Redcliffe 07/08.. Topnotch Mach (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Feel The Reign (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Monumental (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Rowdys Ace (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen)..Redcliffe 08/08.. Chasin Dreamz (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Bella blondie (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Torque Feels Good (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)



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« 2019-Aug-18, 07:28 PM Reply #287 »
"TROT TACTICS" 17/08/2019..

  Several years ago we wrote that the breeding sector in Australian harness racing was steadily moving into the area of "predictable outcomes". That means, that the practice of putting mares with juvenile Feature or Classic wins on the board, and which have NOT outstayed their welcome on the race track, to the latest  and greatest stallion import, (the horse or his semen,it matters little which it is) from the US of A, is more likely to result in a high class 2yo than the  somewhat casually selected matings in days of yore. No doubt it is praiseworthy  from the point of breed improvement, but it mirrors the general policy in business which was adopted some thirty years back, that of "get big or get out". That mind set, has had horrendous side effects on this country, concentrating the wealth and destroying  many cornerstones of Australian  society. Money, and a lot of it, is now the prime requirement to enter harness racing. There are now no easy ways into the the silks and sulky set, and no nursery slopes racing programmed to allow those horses that blossom late to learn their craft as tradesmen rather than be produced as child prodigies. By all means breed, put the best mare you have to the best stallion available in your budget, and then hope for the best. What else can you do!

  Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has programmed a track maintenance seminar to be held at Tabcorp Park, Melton on Tuesday 15 October 2019 in conjunction with trials scheduled for that afternoon. The seminar is planned to run from 9.00am to 4.30pm and will include a breakfast barbeque for the first hour along with tea/coffee and a light lunch. The format of the day will include track specific, veterinary and farrier presentations and discussions along with increased focus on practical demonstrations pertaining to the use of track machinery and methods to achieve an optimum track surface.

More progress from Marburg with the much awaited UTAB building headed onto it's foundation today. Fit out is anticipated to commence early next week and the frog green livery will soon be a lasting part of the Showground scene. Since being granted TAB Club status, the MPA Committee and members have been fully focussed  on the promotion of harness as an exciting spectacle, a family friendly venue, and the provision of a modern wagering facility. In a joint effort with UTAB and Racing Queensland, the concept is becoming a reality!

  Tight on the driving side of the leader board this week, withPete McMullen getting the biscuits on six wins, nosing out Matt Elkins, whose five victories included four from the Redcliffe Sunday meeting with Taleah Mcmullen right up there on four. In hot pursuit were Justin Elkins and Adam Richardson recording three apiece.. As usual, smaller figures on the training side, laurels going to Chantal Turpin, leading in three big ones for the week. Most pleasing. Ballerina Couru for Craig McKinnis, with Pete McMullen in the sulky. The prodigal returns!

  Resultsville  Albion Park 09/08.. Tommy under Fire (Taleah McMullen).. the roof Prowler (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Billboard Bonnie (Narissa McMullen for David Thorn).. Jewel Of Peak (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Albion Park 10/08.. Tulhurst Ace (Taleah McMullen for Chris Monte).. Secret Jack (Adam Richardson for Chris Monte).. Argyle Beach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Ballerina Couru (Pete McMullen for Craig McKinnis).. Vasari (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Empire Bay (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Redcliffe 11/08.. Our Uncle Alan (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Indys Approved (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Valiant Gem (Matt Elkins for Ron Sallis).. Bourbon On The Rocks (Clint Sneddon for Karin Bennett).. My Ultimate Star (Matt Elkins for Jarrod Alchin).. Albion Park 13/08.. Northern Muscle (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith).. The Hummer (John Cremin for Peter DonohoeCardles From Heaven (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Redcliffe 14/08.. Kiss Camm (Justin Elkins for Donny Smith).. Grizzly Montana (Darrell Graham for Brett Cargill).. Deadly Rocker (Ben Battle for Tayla Gillespie).. Dollar bill (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone). Call Me yours (Justin Elkins for Tess Neaves).. Monorail (Pete McMullen for Lisa Bahr).. Boppin The Blues (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Redcliffe 15/08..Our doug (Adam Sanderson for Mark Lichtwark).. Rowdys Ace (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Happy Feelings (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Our uncle Alan (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Elms creek (Taleah McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Random Task (Justin Elkins for Donny Smith)..



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« 2019-Aug-25, 04:28 PM Reply #288 »
Trot tactics.. 24/08/2019..

   
It's all joy this week, as Marburg hobby trainer Peter McKay reaped the reward for a sound tactical decision taken a short time back. Peter, like so many other battlers likes to breed a horse, and, being the owner of the mare, Saunders Jewel, a former Marburg Horse of the Year, sent her to the versatile megabuck winner  Mr Feelgood to try his luck. The result was a colt, now 2yo which races as Corindhap Creek. Like many other horses, the youngster while good gaited and well mannered, was not greatly interested in working on his own. With time running out to get that hefty first Q-bred bonus, Peter sent the youngster to Glamorganvale based John McMullen where he could benefit from "company" every day. That was the required spark to get the juvenile focused, and his true ability came to the top. Everything jelled at Redcliffe in the 2yo Maiden on Wednesday night. With Taleah McMullen in the sulky, Corindhap Creek found the front early and then handed up to the favourite, Black Jack Bart. Turning for home it was down the sprint lane and the rest is history, with CC getting the verdict by a head in a rate of 2-01.5. The pacer now boasts stats of 3 outings for 1 win and no seconds or thirds. In the bank we have $3,055 plus a Q-Bred Bonus of $10,000.

  The icing on the cake came with a nice punt at $126 (yes, you read it right), based on a track workout, easily beating experienced pacer Guts which ran second at its next start. The fill in details are, where did his name come from. Peter McKay was brought up in a Victorian country town called Corindhap. Had he devoted as much time to his schooling as he did to following the form and betting on a nice bush galloper of the same name, he claims he would be much better off today. Wednesday night was the result of clear thinking to find the solution to a problem, and it paid off in spades. The hobbyists dream became reality!!. The star of the show, CC, is going on holiday for a month, and will be back as a 3yo. The $126 won't be back, but Corindhap Creek will be, and he will be winning races..lots of them..

  Looking back on last week's segment on predictable outcomes in the breeding barn, the above story might just encourage a few more back yard breeders to take the punt on "endless fun and earnings to a modest service fee". It's not quite "$100 to a struck match", but Qld harness needs a number of things at the moment, most importantly people. Of these needed people, punters and owners stand out. Even more special are owner-breeders, there being nothing more satisfying than watching one of your four legged family racing away with the prize, and being able to exclaim, "I bred that"!! Just make sure you go Q-Bred.

  Cosolidation on the leader board this week with Adam Sanderson as top driver with five big ones , closely attended by Pete McMullen and Adam Richardson on four apiece. A triple dead heat for trainers, with Chantal Turpin , John McMullen and Adam Richardson scoring on two occasions apiece. Most pleasing would be FUI FUI for Peter Jones at Redcliffe Wednesday..

  Resultsville Albion Park 16/08.. Star Of Montana (Adam Sanderson).. Top Flight Cruize (Michael Tenardi).. Majestic Kiwi (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Lord Digby (Pete McMullen for Jason Carkeet).. Daveys Gift (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone).. Albion Park 17/08.. Vasari (Alistair Barnes).. My ultimate Star (Matt Elkins for Jarrod Alchin).. Bee Gees Bandit (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Empire Bay (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Albion Park  19/08.. Cobbler Lane (Adam Richardson for Warren Hinze ).. Crowning Glory (Narissa McMullen for Greg Elkins).. The Doorman (Narissa McMullen for Steve cini)  Studleigh Will (Paul Diebert for John McMullen).. Trent from Punchy (Adam Sanderson for Brittany Graham).. Getoutnwalk (Adam Richardson for Ryan Veivers).. Lurah (Adam Sanderson for Brittany Graham)..).. Albion Park 20/08.. Guy Looks Good (Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 21/08.. Fui Fui (Taleah McMullen for Peter Jones).. Onyajans (Adam Sanderson for John Durston).. Corindhap Creek (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. The Reaper (Narissa McMullen for Terry Hancock)..  Redcliffe 22/08.. Gunnareaign (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Non Passare (Doug Lee for Ken Belford).. Projectile (Adam Richardson for Kerry Smith).. Art Sunset (Adam Sanderson for martin Hanrahan).. Car Load (Pete McMullen for Jarrod Alchin)..



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« 2019-Sep-01, 04:32 PM Reply #289 »
"TROT TACTICS" 31/08/2019..

  Last Tuesday saw the final race  in a combined series which saw the debut of 2 year old trotters on the Queensland stage. This "never before" event commenced in late July and comprised some eight races under the banner of "Springboard", and Qbred .. A total of five juveniles went round, often in a field of three runners, and they were as follows. Shegotsass (Tim Gillespie.. Minden) boasting stats of 7 starts for 6 wins and one second, banking $15,947 in the process. No Love About It (Lisa Bahr), went round in the lot for 8-1-6-1 and $10,553. Indefensible (Kay Crone.. Marburg/Minden) stats 3-1-1-1,earning $10,531. Mistakes Were Made (Mal Charlton)  stats 2-10-1 and $6,632 and finally, First Offence (Lisa Bahr) stats 8-0-1-5 for $4,804.There you have it. A total of $39,467 distributed (plus a number of Qbred first bonuses) which bought publicity and goodwill for the 2yo trotter in Queensland which is priceless. There is no doubt in this writer's mind that this investment is the seed capital that will see the juveniles as a big factor  in the long term future of the diagonal gait outside of Victoria. There will be many more than five contesting the same program next season.

 The five pioneers will be 3yo tomorrow, and already there is a fly in the future ointment. On last Tuesday's program, a two year old trotter named Makin Good trialed at headquarters in a mixed stand over 2138 metres. The youngster trotted flawlessly throughout at his third public appearance, having trialed the previous week followed by a trip to the Marburg jump outs last Sunday, finishing 4th beaten 22.4 metres in a personal mile rate of 2-04.5. Bred by Doug Lyon and now part owned by trainer Bob Foster the gelded son of Mr Feelgood is the real deal. Make no mistake!!

   
1.   People power is a strange thing. When a group of rational and reasonable people band together to achieve an end it is amazing their tenacity in the face of opposition. Very recently,  David Brick,  Racing Queensland's Manager Harness, accompanied by RQ Board Members, Margaret Reynolds and Jane Seawright met with North Queensland Harness Racing Club reps and local politicians. The next round in the battle to restore harness racing to Townsville has begun.  The next three items  state the RQ position. 1. Townsville has no suitable track, RQ preferred is 800 meters or larger. 2. No Coverage on SKY 1 only a commitment of coverage on SKY 2. 3. RQ estimates a loss of around $1.3 million annually. NQHRC rep,Troy Clive, responded to this with information based on Brendan Parnell’s figures that if the participants raced for stakes of $2500 per race the club would return a small profit to RQ even with coverage only on Sky 2. David replied the cost of investing on Horses for the participant would not be viable.( one key factor overlooked here is that no owner, is, or can be, guaranteed "viabiliy", financial risk is inherent in any racing venture) Steve Harris added to this that all members of the Club had agreed to this point as a starting figure to gain a start for the Sport back in NQ. Troy Clive further added to this that the new national handicapping system would work in this thresholds favour as a horse would need to win 3 races before going up a grade. Troy Clive also added the animal welfare topic of giving the horses in the Southeast a chance to be rehomed in the North.David also told the group RQ had no funding for infostructure. Troy Clive request guidelines on what was required as the Club was happy to try and lobby for grants to assist with this. My info is that the rest of the meeting was stimulating, to say the least.The paragraph below puts the NQHRC position very clearly, and the ball very firmly in the RQ court!

         Troy Clive informed David Brick moving forward he wanted David Brick to go back to Brendan Parnell and Adam Wallish and supply feedback on a direction forward for the Club to explore for a viable reintroduction of the sport in the region as the passionate Club Members were not going away and wanted workable suggestions from RQ in the future and will continue to lobby Local, State and Federal Government to assist in making this happen.

  Currently suspended Lord Mayor of Fernvale, Darrell Graham, is always willing to give young bloke a chance to climb the ladder of Qld harness. Witness the rise to solidarity of Adam Sanderson. Among the workers at Stable Graham is yet another Kiwi, Jacob Wallace. The 25 year old Auckland -born lad not only works for DG but trains several horses in his own right. One of these, Royal Lincoln, was successful last Saturday night, putting up the tough performance which recent efforts had suggested would be there if things fell into place. JW has driven some 40 winners in a short career and was permanently hooked when driving his father, Mark's pacer, Jacks Cuzzy to victory on the grass at Thames, a town on the Coramandel Coast. His first winner was Red Sky Night at Auckland.Jacob came this way in search of more opportunity and is prepared to work steadily towards that goal. the best horse he has ever seen is Self Assured, and the best he has sat behind is Ohoka Punter. (in trackwork). Jacob Wallace has the endless patience of his Maori forbears, a level head, and his feet firmly planted on the ground. He will go far if he gets the chance.

  Hardly room for the crowd on the driver's side of the leader board this week with Narissa McMullen, Justin Elkins and Adam Sanderson all with five winners each across the seven days. Adam Sanderson was out on his own as a trainer, leading in five of the best in the same time frame. Most pleasing, Not a win, but a second at Redcliffe Wednesday. Myrtle Beach for John Ballin, a long hard road, about to become a highway! Ipswich factor. 33/51.
 

  Resultsville  Albion Park 23/08.. Greg The Great (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Major Slip Up (Pete McMullen for Bill Crosby)..Star Of Montana (Adam Sanderson).. Majestic Kiwi (Justin Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Albion Park 24/08.. One Hell Of A Ride (Pete McMullen for jarrod Alchin).. Royal Lincoln (Jacob Wallace).. Northview Hustler (Brendan Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Ivanov (Adam Sanderson for Brad Connelly).. No Confession (Ben Battle for Tayla Gillespie).. Redcliffe 25/08.. Always In Command (Justin Elkins for Donny Smith).. Dont Call Me (Justin Elkins for Donny Smith).. Non Passare (Taleah McMullen for Ken Belford).. Eulo flyer (Taleah McMullen for Dale Belford).. Stevie Dee (Paul Diebert for Adam Sanderson).. Art Sunset (Adam Sanderson for Martin Hanrahan).. Albion Park 27/08.. No Love About It (Hayden Barnes for Lisa Bahr).. Miss Invasion (Narissa McMullen for Don Hancock).. Targaryen Hanover (Adam Sanderson).. The Doorman (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Platinum Roulette (Adam Sanderson).. Bells Beach House (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 28/08.. Sache Girl (Danielle McMullen for Travis Mackay).. Datsgood (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Swaffham Water (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Our Ridgy Didge (Matt Elkins for Ron Sallis).. The Reaper (Narissa McMullen for Terry Hancock).. Redcliffe 29/08.. Beejays Delight (Kelli Dawson for John McMullen).. Raging Inferno (Narissa McMullen).. Caesars Astrum (Narissa McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Three Mugs In (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. Call Me Yours (Justin Elkins for Tess Neaves).. Platinum Roulette (Angus Garrard for Adam Sanderson).. Always In Command (Justin Elkins for Donny Smith
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« 2019-Sep-09, 07:10 AM Reply #290 »
"TROT TACTICS" 07/09/2019..

  Short of something to do this Monday afternoon?. Just rock on out to Marburg and take the Spring air, along with a healthy serve of country trotting. Full UTAB facilities, best burgers, and other Marburg traditionals, plus super cheap beverage in the land of the four dollar stubbie. Eight race program with "pick the last seven winners" coupon in the race book worth $1400 (share basis). Exciting harness on the 700 metre Marburg circuit, where you can pick out your fancy  going down the back straight and get up close and personal in the charge for home. First race 12:52pm, the lucky last at 5.07:pm. Race books $3..

  It's more good news for the future of the trotter in Queensland. After last week's report of the success of the 2yo series, more from the RQ website. (begin italics)  Racing Queensland and Haras de Trotteurs’ initiative to breed more trotters in the Sunshine State bore fruit at Egmont Park Stud last Friday (August 30).The first of 14 broodmares offered - 6-year-old Muscles Yankee mare Yankee Duchess, gave birth to a Used To Me filly at 4.20pm (pictured). She was due on September 15.
Used To Me is a French stallion, who won almost $650,000 in stakes. He and the unraced Yankee Duchess were part of the breeding concept initiated last year by Racing Queensland and international breeders, Haras de Trotteurs.Racing Queensland’s Harness Development Strategy Manager, David Brick said the partnership gave participants the chance to win and take ownership of one of 14 well-bred broodmares.“The offer was open to breeders, trainers, owners and trotting enthusiasts, and includes the ownership of a mare, with a free service to one of Haras des Trotteurs’ stallions for the first year.“The winners could have gone to any stallion but they were offered a free service to Used To Me, Dreamcatcher, and En Solitaire,” Brick said.
Brick also paid a tribute to Haras de Trotteurs and Yabby Dam Farms principal, Pat Driscoll, and prominent trotting owner Jeroen Nieuwenburg for initiating the concept.“Many thanks must go to Pat for this generous offer to help stimulate breeding in Queensland, and to Jeroen, who has been pivotal in helping to get it off the ground,” Brick said. Nieuwenburg said he initially made contact with Driscoll.“The participants are extremely grateful, and it has provided the baseline for the confidence to go forward. The number of trotting foals are booming, and I can't wait to see improved aged-racing coming here for trotters. Good luck to all the trotting breeders. Show us your photos,” Nieuwenburg said.Driscoll too, said he was a passionate supporter of the trotting gait and was delighted that the initiative had kick-started the breeding of trotters in Queensland and the introduction of two-year-old trotting races in the state.Driscoll said the offer was open to breeders, trainers, owners and trotting enthusiasts, who wanted to includes the ownership of a mare, with a free service to one of Haras des Trotteurs’ stallions for the first year.Driscoll said the concept was a ‘no brainer’. “I personally love trotters and wanted to provide a more solid base for them here in Queensland. They are a much more majestic animal than pacers.“Trotting is international whereas pacing seems to only be run in Australasia and North America. There is huge potential to be had here in Queensland,” Driscoll said.(end italics) See, it's all good!!
  It was a McMullen "white out" on the leader board this week. with brother and sister Narissa and Pete McMullen dead heating for top driver, each scoring on five occasions .Narissa franked the performance by leading in three winners from her personal team to be top trainer..  Most pleasing, Studleigh Will , trained by John McMullen, handled by Danny Gatt-Bouquet. Ipswich factor 23/39..



  Resultsville Albion Park 30/08/.. Star Of Montana (Adam Sanderson).. Divas Delight (Trent Dawson).. Live Atom (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Just Seduce Me (Narissa McMullen).. Ale Ale Kai (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Albion Park 31/08.. Tom Me Gun (Narissa McMullen).. Tommy Under Fire (Danielle McMullen for Taleah McMullen).. Mach Alert (Kelli Dawson for Ian Gurney).. Empire Bay (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Ballerina Couru (Pete McMullen for Craig McKinnis).. Albion Park 02/09.. Monumental (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Flying Wingard (Codi Rauchenberger for Narissa McMullen).. Just One Good One (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Springfield Spirit (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park03/09.. Bourbonontherocks (Clint Sneddon for Karen Bennett).. The Doorman (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Gina Mach (Trent Dawson).. Albion Park 05/09..Ashlee Nitro (Pete McMullen for Stewie Dickson).. Bundjalong Beauty (Hayden Barnes for Kay Crone).. Wanjiru (Dan Russell for Dave russell).. Studleigh Will (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for John McMullen).. Stevie Dee (Adam Sanderson).. Change Of Mind (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..



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« 2019-Sep-15, 01:26 PM Reply #291 »
TROT TACTICS" 14/09/2019..

  Just eight days to the next Marburg meeting, Sunday, September 22nd. Hopefully our patrons, the hardy handful who seem unaffected by adverse conditions , and braved the icy blast for an eight race program on last Monday will be back again. Details next week.. In typical style, they bet well, they ate exceptionally well  in the hope of keeping warm, and the Club was pleased with the overall result.

   

    Two weeks ago  we highlighted the abilities of "people power"  when it comes to the scenario of irresistable force versus the immovable object. Thefollowing  was the state of play at the close of the meeting highlighted two weeks back  (italics)Troy Clive thanked Margaret Reynolds for bring new RQ Board Member Jane Seawright to the meeting to introduce her to the NQHRC Committee and meeting with the club at their request and appreciated her positive plan of a Racing Hub in the area in coming years.Troy Clive informed David Brick moving forward he wanted David Brick to go back to Brendan Parnell and Adam Wallish and supply feedback on a direction forward for the Club to explore for a viable reintroduction of the sport in the region as the passionate Club Members were not going away and wanted workable suggestions from RQ in the future and will continue to lobby Local, State and Federal Government to assist in making this happen.(close italics).

  Round two.Compelling argument  based on commonsense!  (italics) Been a productive week up here. We had a meeting with Senator Susan McDonald on Tuesday and indicated the code would be keen to investigate a move jointly with the Greyhounds to Smiles Stadium (formerly the Willows)of which she is drafting a letter to the Mayor of Townsville Jenny Hill for consideration.
  Travelled to the greyhounds on Tuesday night and lo and behold the Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe was there. We mentioned the indicated move to him and his advisor of which they replied it made sense. The Greyhounds are on a hiding to nothing with their current lease agreement with the Townsville Showgrounds and even I agree with RQ that this cannot be sustained.  As stated to him how can the Greyhounds formulate a fan base to attend meeting at these facilities.
 
Remembering that this is through Building Better Regions and with Federal funding at no cost to RQ for the facility wouldn’t it make sense for Steve Wilson and Brendan Parnell to support this???( close italics.) The current status. At this point, no response from Adam Wallish or David Brick , on the proposition  that a partnership between Harness and Greyhounds, could well secure tenure at Smiles Stadium at no cost to RQ.  We learn nothing from past events ,so it seems.  How would RQ feel today if it's predecessor QHRB had had had the foresight to agree to a suggestion from Ipswich HRC that the Club purchase the much talked about 60 acre site at Yamanto for $200,000  with Swifts football club as partners, and spend the $300,000 set down for Marburg  on a training facility. The negative response to that suggestion, is said to be a $6.8 million "black eye" today. Makes one think!!
  In the good story department, we at Marburg Showgrounds are about to gain new neighbours. . The best friends a Queensland standardbred ever had, SAQ, are shifting their premises to a site on the Gary Rohl Oval. This however is the silver lined cloud in reverse, as the following communique from Horse placement officer, Mellissa Bell indicates that the massive, volunteer fueled operation, may have to limit their activities due to a lack of financial support from Control and Integrity Bodies. This story, like Townsville will run for some weeks. We will get it out there, as it is a just cause, and must be heard!!

I would like to take the time to let you know our circumstances and frustrations in regards to the Rehoming of Retired Standardbreds exiting the Racing Industry. Our Association, the Standardbred Association Qld (SAQ) are wanting to get Racing Industry stakeholders together to discuss rehoming options for the future of this industry (RQ, QRIC, BOTRA and SAQ). At present, SAQ is the only Association in Qld with a Rehoming Program for Retired Standardbreds, and quite possibly, the largest Rehoming Program for Retired Standardbreds nationally. Our Rehoming Program has been operating since 2002, when it became evident that there was a shortfall for opportunities for Standardbreds retiring from Racing, with a large majority of them finding themselves in slaughter yards. Over the past 17 years, our rehoming program has steadily grown, from rehoming a few horses per year initially, to today, where we are averaging around 15 horses per month (over 150 per year), having transitioned and rehomed over 1150 Standardbreds to suitable pleasure homes since the program's inception. As you can well understand, the current number of horses needing assistance from our program to
 
I have been actively involved in volunteering my time to rehome Standardbreds through the SAQ Adoption Program for the past 12 years. When I first started back in 2007, it only took a few hours of my time per week, now I am dedicating more hours per week than my full time, paid job! It is no longer manageable, and I am burning out fast! Sadly, I will be standing down from the volunteering positions of Horse Placement Officer and Horse Welfare Officer come the start of our new financial year on 1st October if we cannot come up with a better solution to this problem. I know no one is irreplaceable, but I highly doubt the Association would be able to find someone else who is prepared to dedicate more than 40 hours per week as a volunteer which is needed to fulfil this very demanding role.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 06/09.. Star Of Montana (Adam Sanderson).. Rory Mach (Adam Sanderson)..Ale Ale Kai (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Ima Birubi Boy (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 07/09..Havana Moon (Narissa McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Elms Creek (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Empire Bay (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Marburg 09/09.. Illawong Champers (Matt Elkins for Dave Russel).. Light Horse (Paul Matis).. Perfect Feeling (Matt Elkins for Dave Russell).. Takitimu Express (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Ranfurly Rulz (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park 10/09.. Northern Muscle (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith).. Miss Blue Glory (Brendan Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. The Hummer (John Cremin for Peter Donohoe).. Halley Guinivere (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Albion Park 12/09.. Just One Good One (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Ginatiano (Adam Sanderson for Rod Hinze).. Feelingforarainbow (Adam Richardson for Dave Russell) .. Gotta Moment (Adam Richardson for Graham Dwyer).. Sir Julian (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer.

   No surprise on the leader board, as Pete McMullen  cantered home to victory with six wins over Matt Elkins, Narissa McMullen and Adam Sanderson. Dave Russell and Graham Dwyer shared training honours at three apiece.Most pleasing, Dave Russells trio. Ipswich factor 21/40..




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« 2019-Sep-22, 02:19 PM Reply #292 »
"TROT TACTICS" 21/09/2019..

    Take advantage of the fine weather and head for Marburg trots  tomorrow. Just a seven race program, reflecting the annual new season slump in horse numbers. "Pick the card" operating on the last six races, "funny money" bookmaker, mini-trotters, kids colouring in competition, coffee and ice cream vans on site, raffles. Best burgers, top desserts and just the most economical bar prices in the Great South East. Exciting racing on the 700 metre Marburg circuit, country harness at its best. Full TAB facilities with the mobile van that lets you bet anywhere in the world. Adults $5, Members and Pensioners $3 Race books $3. First race 1.39pm, lucky last, 5.14pm.

  Marburg Pacing Association, AGM  Monday night at Show grounds Hall 7.00pm.. All members and interested folk welcome. General Meeting to follow.

   The following is a further excerpt from the SAQ communiques, and is possibly the catalyst which triggered the current state of.disappointment and disgust expressed by the SAQ volunteers. (begin italics) We were recently given the opportunity to tour the Greyhound Adoption Facilities (GAP) in Churchable, and whilst there learnt that this wonderful program is fully funded by QRIC, to the tune of almost $1 million Annually. The program has amazing facilities, 120 Kennels outside, two large sheds of indoor kennels, a modern, well equipped Veterinary Surgery (Vet there Tuesdays and Thursdays), Rehabilitation shed, numerous purpose built dog training/agility yards, Quarantine area, Office Space, Onsite/Live in Manager (House included), security monitored gated entry, 2 brand new vehicles/vans to transport dogs (fully caged inside), currently 47 dogs there at various stages of rehoming, fully staffed by Full time Live In Manager and 5 other fulltime staff weekdays, 3 fulltime staff on weekends, part time vet, as well as regular physical visits/support from QRIC Staff. We were told that QRIC initiated full funding to this project due to the live baiting scandal.(close italics) While the foregoing project is to be admired and commended by all those involved in the three codes of animal racing in Queensland, it is also a "kick in the teeth" for a dedicated band of volunteers who have done their utmost to give harness a better name through their long and determined efforts to  find retired Standardbreds a new life and home. There are several  high level meetings this week involving Racing Queensland, QRIC and the Racing Ministry. (no SAQ presence). We await the outcome. Any reasonable person would expect SAQ to receive financial and facility parity with the Greyhounds. Anything less is totally unacceptable!!

   
 The following advert is for a new CEO at Harness Racing Victoria.. (begin italics).
Your focus will be to find new and innovative ways to grow and enhance the profile of harness racing. You will lead, inspire and build capability that delivers a positive workplace culture whilst proactively engaging industry stakeholders to execute strategy.“As a charismatic leader with strong communication skills, you will inspire, unite and motivate people through your collaborative, respectful and energetic style. Equally, you will engage with a diverse range of stakeholders, including government.  “To be successful, you will ideally have experience in a sporting or wagering business and a strong understanding of issues impacting the racing industry. You will have strong financial and commercial acumen together with proven experience in innovation, governance practices and a commitment to integrity.” (close italics)..This is some job description,but, actually, all the job needs is someone with high intelligence, a thick skin and a penchant for history. Why history? Because the future incumbent of this exalted position will have to search back at least 40 years to find a "punter friendly" racing product and revive it, before he has any earthly hope of succeeding in the "recreational" wagering marketplace. By success I mean putting harness back in the black after four decades of  hopeless racing programs which suited only professional trainers and professional punters, to the total detriment of the recreational punter and the hobbyist trainer/driver who were once the base of a very solid pyramid.!!..

Narissa McMullen first and the rest nowhere, as NM racked up seven wins for the week on the driver's side of the leader board. Ron Sallis was top trainer leading in three four legged success stories  across the five meetings. Most pleasing, Ballater Thor, well prepared by Danny Gatt- Bouquet with Taleah Mcmullen in the cart .Ipswich factor 22/42..

  Resultsville..Albion Park 13/09.. Als Law (Narissa McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Kay Norah Shannon (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Victree Mikayla (Paul Diebert for Melissa gillies).. Getarattleon (Taleah McMullen forSteve Cini).. Beef City Blaze (Justin Elkins for Peter Greig)..Albion Park 14/09.. Fioki (Justin Elkins for Ryan Veivers).. Watch Pulp fFction (Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 16/09.. Thank Heaven For Girls (Narissa McMullen for Dale Belford).. Miss Keesha (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Dolly Mach Lombo (Paul diebert (Jay Edmunds).. My Secret Torque (Reece Maguire for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 17/09.. Bourbon On The Rocks (Clint Sneddon for Karen Bennett).. Our Ridgy Didge (Matt Elkins for Ron Sallis).. The Money Ball (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. The Doorman (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Albion Park 18/09.. Montana Lad (Adam Sanderson).. Halfmoon Beach (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Ballater Thor (Taleah McMullen for Danny Gatt-Bouquet).. Cobalt Blues (Adam Sanderson).. Top Notch Mach (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. High On Montana (Ricky Gordon for Lacey Hinze).. Arts Peregrine (Nathan Dawson for Trent Knack)..



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« 2019-Sep-29, 02:56 PM Reply #293 »
"TROT TACTICS" 28/09/2019..

  Time to mark the Calendar on the fridge door as October rushes in on us.  Marburg's biggest month with three meetings. First up is the Queen's Birthday, Monday October 7th, exciting racing with extra trimmings. This day, the Queen will be ably supported by high profile sponsors, Garrards Horse and Hound, sellers of all things equine and canine . Garrards were the lucky winners of our "50 Club" draw and race-naming rights for the day are all theirs. For the kids,all supervised, there will be an obstacle course, a jumping castle, and a colouring-in competition. On the track, the mini-trotters will do battle. For the adults the UTAB van offers betting opportunity on all events here and overseas, raffles, "funny money" Bookmaker, "pick the card" up to a healthy $1550 (share if multiple winners) all served up alongside the best country burgers , best homemade desserts, and the cheapest beverage at any sporting event. Coffee Van and Ice Cream Truck on course. Don't miss it, it's a top day out. Start time in QT October 5th.

  Sadly, we mark the passing last week of Lizette Donohoe, wife of trainer/driver Peter Donohoe . Lizette succumbed to complications arising from a long battle with cancer. I hardly knew the lady, but, over many years, I was acutely aware of her presence and stature in Queensland harness racing due to her efforts as a breeder of top class juvenile pacers, which were prepared by Peter. In no chronological order,I will list the major players. The horses will speak for Lizette far better than I could, they will be loud and clear!  Drop Dead Gorgeous 151 starts for 39 wins 24 seconds and 14 thirds, best time 155.8,banking $345,836.  He Gets It 172-14-15-24- 1-56.8- $79,598.. October original 82-19-14-12-1-56.3- $153,968... Surfing Safari 33-23-5-0- 1-57.6-$327,955.. The Red October  48-22-8-6- 1-57.8..$175,639... Watch and Learn 79-14-8-9 .. 1-54.9..$61,404.. As a breeder,  Lizette Donohoe found a strong female line and stuck to it. Her taproot mare was the ENZedder, Millie C,a daughter of Wildmoor, and dates back to the late 1800's in NZ. Millie C never let the side down,and  the partnership struck between Lizette and the long deceased mare  is still bearing fruit today with The Hummer looking to be a cut above the ordinary scoring two wins and a third from three starts at this early stage.

  From the sad to the joyful as Rosewood based Warren Hinze  struck a magic high, when stable reps, Under The Kilt (Matt Elkins) and Cobbler Lane (Adam Richardson) ran the quinella in race 3 at Albion park last Saturday night. WH said that in thirty plus years as a trainer, he could not be sure that he had previously quinellaed any event, much less at Headquarters. Still it was not his biggest thrill in harness racing, that being when daughter Lacey followed Dad into the game. Warren Hinze has found a few few handy ones down the years, surprising, after paying $5,000 for Juaachen Star which managed only one win at Rocklea in  tortoise time. However, the bug bit just the same. and it wasn't too long before Azzurra Miss hit the scene ,racing on over 200 occasions for 20 wins and umpteen placings.Things have been more productive in recent times with the likes of Wecanonlyhope, Under The Kilt and Cobbler Lane appearing in the Gold with Brown Braces. Warren Hinze rates Cobbler Lane (5 wins and 6 placings since joining the team in April) as the most able horse he has trained, Azzurra Miss as the most honest, and his current ambition to keep picking up races anywhere from Marburg up. It is the Warren Hinzes that will eventually rebuild the pyramid that was Queensland Harness Racing. Four decades back the most democratic jurisdiction in Australia!!

  Roller coaster on the leader board this week with Hayden Barnes top driver scoring on five occasions, nosing out Adam Richardson and Pete McMullen on four apiece. Adam Sanderson was clearly star trainer leading in four winners. Most pleasing, Dave Russell's double at Marburg, Michael Tenardi's quinella at Marburg, and If you believe at Marburg for Brian McCall and Brendan Barnes. Ipswich Factor 25/46..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 20/09.. Dapper (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Graham).. Feelingforarainbow (Adam Richardson for Dave Russell).. Captain Cosmonaut (Trent Dawson).. Dreams To Share (Paul Diebert for Adam Sanderson).. Albion Park 21/09.. Under The Kilt (Matt Elkins for Warren Hinze).. Mattgregor (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin) Marburg 22/09.. Lombo Skyhawk (Hayden Barnes for Mitchell Dawson).. Give Me Fifty (Adam Richardson for Dave Russell).. If You Believe (Brendan Barnes for Brian McCall).. Moonlight Butcher (Adam Richardson for Dave Russell).. Domestic Art (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Davis).. Top Flight Cruize (Michael Tenardi).. Albion Park 23/09.. Montana Lad (Paul Diebert for Adam Sanderson).. Zed Express (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Mitchell Dawson).. Torque With Esteem (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 24/09.. Greg The Great (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Fioki (Taleah McMullen forRyan Veivers).. Dapper (Hayden Barnes forWayne Graham).. Majestic Kiwi (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Cardles From Heaven (Adam Richardson for Ian Gurney)..Albion Park 26/09.. Billy Lincoln (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Trent From Punchy (Brittany Graham for Adam Sanderson).. Platinum Roulette (Brittany Graham for Adam Sanderson).. Corey William (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Call Me Yours (Justin Elkins for Tess Neaves)..



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« 2019-Oct-06, 05:31 PM Reply #294 »
"TROT TACTICS" 05/10/2019..

  As we charge into October with three major race meetings in front of the Marburg Pacing Association, harness racing in the Ipswich footprint can only continue to present the sport as a family friendly, exciting entertainment, with a dual focus.  Not only does the MPA try its hardest to present an attractive betting product, we try to do so at bargain basement cost. In today's world of escalating costs, the MPA's primary aim is to send our on-course patrons of any age, home with the sense that they have enjoyed a great afternoon's racing and support features, and it has not cost the earth. Come out on Monday and take part. Great racing on the 700 metre circuit plus mini-trotters, UTAB van on course ,bet on any event, Sky channel screens, Funny Money bookie, "Pick the last six winners" now worth $1550 ,share if multiple winners and raffles. For the kids, all supervised,  Obstacle Course, Jumping Castle and colouring in competition.In the eats department we have the best of country burgers, homemade desserts,cold drinks,Lion's Chips, Ice Cream and Coffee vans on course. All this plus the cheapest and widest range of "beverage" at any sporting event, the "home of the $4 stubbie". Gates open 11.00am, first race 12.48pm... Adults $5, Members and Pensioners $3 kids free, Race books with two entry forms $3. Don't miss it!!!

  Awards night for 2018/19 has come and gone with the Ipswich footprint being well represented. Long time administrator Warren Cummins got the ultimate accolade, when he was the sole inductee to the Queensland Harness Racing Hall Of Fame. This appointment was earned over a massive 60 years of service to harness, and in fact all horse breeds as a frequent Judge at horse shows , including Auckland NZ in the last few weeks and a long stint as Ringmaster at the EKKA. Add that to a a couple of terms on the Queensland Harness Racing Board and you have the package. In the hands on divisions, Marburg's Leading Driver was Pete McMullen ,Leading Trainer, Darrell Graham, and Horse Of The Year, the Clint Petroff trained Stoned Again. The States leading concession driver was Matt Elkins with 81 winning drives. Matt fared well on the night winning the male half of the Kevin and Kay Seymour American study trip which he shared with Taleah McMullen). In December,Elkins will also represent Queensland at the Australasian Young Drivers Championship in New Zealand. Three locals were recognised as Centurions having driven more than 100 winners in the season past. Pete McMullen (185), Narissa McMullen (137) and Adam Richardson (114). Pete McMullen will be joining Grant Dickson in Hobart for The Australasian Drivers Championship on November 9th.

  One result of an email strongly supporting the latest press release from the rightfully disappointed SAQ re-homing group was an in-depth hearing at Racing Queensland. The reply to the sender, however, was short and at least polite.  (italics) Please contact Animal Welfare at QRIC with this inquiry. (end italics). Makes you wonder who at RQ is a direct descendant of Pontius Pilate! The sender should, at least have been told if the content was soiled or just too hot to handle. In either case, they washed their hands of it! 

   
(italics)  Sadly North Queensland harness racing industry stalwart Jack Rix passed away last Friday.Jack had his last starter Bistro Star in Townsville in 2005, the same horse was his last winner in June 2005. Jack trained many winners in his career including multiple winners Nells Son, Condorman, Smokey Gaze, Duarango Kid, Oh Lord, Torpid Boy, Commander Byrd, Freedom, Wipe Out, Attaviros and Captain Sunshine just to name a few. Attaviros was a great old campaigner who won 22 races in North Queensland and Captain Sunshine was a grand horse who beat a crack field in the 1991 Greens Pacing Cup Final in Rockhampton.  Wipe Out was a horse with which Jack traveled down to South East Queensland, winning four races at Albion Park in late 1990.(end italics) Perhaps top of the tree was Percy Lyric , three times North Queensland "Horse Of The Year", and successful on 35 occasions. Yet another high profile trainer driver of a happier era, gone to that big trotting track in the sky. Crushed, not only by age and infirmity, but by the bitter disappointment of a rationalisation process that has torn the heart out of regional trotting in Queensland and left only further shrinkage and massive debt in its wake!!

  Not much in the way of surprises on the driver's side of the leader board with Narissa McMullen skating home on four wins, just ahead of Pete McMullen and Adam Richardson on three apiece. Change in the training department however, with Alistair Barnes besting Ricky Gordon ,three to four. Change in bases however with the end of the training rainbow firmly in the Haigslea/Marburg zone. Most pleasing was Modern Day Falcon, prepared in the back blocks of Laidley by tri-code wining trainer and Veterinarian Charlie Welch. Trent Moffat had the steer.

  Resultsville Albion park 27/09.. Wecanonlyhope (Ricky Gordon for Lacey Hinze).. Sir Tiger (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Tommy Under Fire (Taleah McMullen).. Getarattleon (Taleah McMullen for Steve Cini).. Albion Park  28/09.. Colonel Joy (Narissa McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Northern Hustler (Adam Richardson for Alistair Barnes).. Dolly Mach Lombo (Nathan Dawson for Jay Edmunds).. Ballerina Couru (Pete McMullen for Craig McKinnis).. Albion Park 30/09..Little Dee (Adam Richardson for Steve Towns)..Swaffham Water (Kelli Dawson for John McMullen).. Risky Buziness (Ricky Gordon).. Modern Day Falcon(Trent Moffat for Charlie Welch).. Caesars Astrum (Narissa McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Montana Chief (Brittany Graham for Adam Sanderson).. Albion Park 01/10.. Full Of Herself (Adam Richardson).. Monorail (Pete McMullen for Lisa Bahr).. The Cruise Missile (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. The Money Ball (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini)..Secret Agent Tycoon (Danielle McMullen  for Ryan Veivers)..Clarry (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini).. AlbionPark03/10.. Billy Lincoln (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Montana nights (Brendan Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Just One Good One (Chantal turpin)..Risky Buziness (Ricky gordon).. Montana Chief (Trent Lethaby for Adam Sanderson).. My Secret Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..




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« 2019-Oct-14, 09:17 AM Reply #295 »
TROT TACTICS 12/10/2019..

  Before the story is cold, here are the highlights from the winners circle at the the Queen's Birthday race meeting last Monday.Race 1: SOMEWHEREINHEAVEN (Ricky Gordon). Race 2: LIGHT HORSE  (Paul Matis).Race 3: MOONLIGHT BUTCHER    (Dan Russell for Dave Russell).Race 4: MANOFLISA (Trent Hodges) Race 5: REDDY FIRE (Paul Matis).Race 6: FLYING WINGARD (Codi Rauchenberger for Narissa McMullen). Race 7: AQUA CRUISER (Michael Tenardi). With peculiarly hot weather for October, the MPA team played to a smallish house of diehard  fans and family groups out for a bit of fun and excitement. No matter, from a racing point of view it was a good success, as the on-track action delivered in spades, and showed a strong bias to that shrinking group, the hobbyist trainer drivers, who took five of the seven events. There were three in the "most happy" category. Paul Matis, his first double since the right handed days at Albion Park, (pre 1983). Trent Hodges, first winner for three or four years as a trainer (yay), and Michael Tenardi who got extra icing on his cake, with an unexpected cash bonus from the Club, when Aqua Cruiser won the last event. All in all, a great day's racing.

  The unseasonal hot spell not only impacted on crowd figures, but highlighted a few gremlins in our power supply. Our wagering partners, UTAB, will be on site early next Sunday to monitor stability of current levels into the mobile van. Investigation may lead to the provision of a backup generator, as neither the Club nor UTAB  wants any interruptions to the smooth running of the operation. We are there to provide quality harness racing which includes not only the on-track action, but a reliable betting service,and quality catering both hot and cold.

Sunday's highlight, is the running of the first two rounds of the Garrards-Marburg Young Drivers Championship. The Young Drivers lucky enough to get a drive in the four round contest are, Chloe Butler, Zac Chappenden, Angus Garrard, Taleah McMullen, Justin Elkins, Jonah Hutchinson, Trent Lethaby, Hayden Barnes and Matt Elkins. The Series will be decided at the Oktoberfest/ Harriott Memorial meeting just two weeks hence, Sunday, October 27th.

  In the apology department, "Trot Tactics" omitted to include Matt Elkins in the list of local Centurions on Awards night recently. Matt had driven 110 winners for the season, not the 81 credited to him by this writer. Sorry Son!!

  A feature of the meeting will be the fund raising raffle in support of Rosewood identity, Chrissie Turner. Chrissie is doing a combined "walk and bicycle ride" through Cambodia,in aid of Catholic Mission projects there. First prize in the monster raffle is a $250 voucher donated by Elly-Rae fashions of Rosewood, plus numerous other prizes.

  Another new face at the top of the leader board, with Codi Rauchenberger landing four big ones to nose out Adam Sanderson on three.  Sanderson also figured on the trainers list .This time in a five way go with Kay Crone, Narissa McMullen, Paul Matis and Ken Belford, all with two winners for the week.Most pleasing.. The wide spread of the winners. Ipswich Factor 26/41..

  Resultsville Albion Park 04/10.. Gee Up Neddy (Codi Rauchenberger for Hayden Barnes).. Non Passare (Nathan Dawson for Ken Belford).. Gina Mach (Trent Dawson).. Victree Mikayla (Paul Diebert for Melissa Gillies).. Beef City Blaze (Justin Elkins for Peter Greig).. Albion Park 05/10.. Dream To Share (Adam Sanderson).. Clarry (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Happy Feeling (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Macey Jade (Nathan Dawson for Steve Cini).. Our Buscemi (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone).. Marburg 07/10.. Somewhereinheaven (Ricky Gordon).. Light Horse (Paul Matis).. Monnlight Butcher (Dan Russell for Dave Russell)..Manoflisa (Trent Hodges).. Reddy Fire (Paul Matis).. Flying Wingard (Codi Rauchenberger for Narissa McMullen).. Aqua Cruiser (Michael Tenardi).. Albion Park 08/10.. The Cruise Missile (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Rory Mach (Adam Sanderson).. Im No Outlaw (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Newmerella Sharkie (Trent Dawson for Max Towns).. Albion Park 10/10.. Alsjeansmaxsstar (Hayden barnes for Kay Crone).. Non Passare (Nathan Dawson for Ken Belford).. Grizzly Montana (Codi Rauchenberger for Brett Cargill).. Flying Wingard (Codi Rauchenberger for Narissa McMullen).. Elms Creek (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis)..



 



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« 2019-Oct-20, 01:20 PM Reply #296 »
"TROT TACTICS" 19/10/2019..

  Just eight days to one of Marburg's signature meetings, the "Oktoberfest-- Graham Harriott Memorial" block buster. Super racing, with the Harriott trot and the last two rounds of the Garrards-Marburg Young Drivers Championship. Mini-trotters, Fashions on the Field, sponsored by Elly-Rae Fashions of Rosewood and B's Barbershop and Hair Salon of Willowbank. Monster fund raiser raffle for Chrissie Turner's "Ride and Stride" in aid of mission work still needed to combat the after math of the Vietnam war. Supervised rides for the kids, funny money bookmaker, "pick the card", now worth $1650, UTAB van on course, the food and beverage, just the best fed sporting event at bargain prices, plus the the return of the Kranskys for that festive beer hall touch. Adults $5 ,Members and Pensioners $3 ,and Race books $3.  See next week's QT for race times and fields.

  The Marburg Pacing Association made one of its best investments to date when track curator, John Ballin, attended last Tuesday's  track maintenance seminar, hosted by Harness Racing Victoria at Tabcorp Park, Melton. Track curators came from as far away as Perth and New Zealand for an event unique in Australian Harness history.  Expert speakers covered matters such as selection and application of suitable material for the racing surface, and correct use of the four main tools to prepare the track on a day to day basis. These are the water truck, the conditioner (with its companion, the mesh screen) and the grader. Much valuable information was handed on plus a very understandable, and well illustrated booklet covering the procedures. The booklet pressed home the three main aims in preparation of a harness race track. As the exercise is based on welfare of the horse, the three targets were "Cushion, Cushion and Cushion". Harness Racing Victoria is to be congratulated on this great initiative, putting the equine part of the harness equation before the obscene fascination with "time" which has characterised and blighted harness racing from day dot!! We at the MPA are thankful that John Ballin took the time and interest to attend. Marburg, our patrons, and especially our four legged mates, will benefit greatly from this.

  It seems that people power at Townsville is gathering momentum, and allies. Cluden Gallops have come forward with a proposition that NQHRC  race on the 1400m+ sand track at the racecourse. This is the ultimate low cost enterprise, in amenable surroundings on a roomy track, where there won't be too many hard luck stories. In a city where RQ has a permanent staff of stewards, including former Brisbane trots steward, Darryl Griffith, there seems to be no realistic impediment to racing in the North. What's good for Gympie is even better for Townsville!!

  Some time back we reported that Nathan Dawson had shifted to Tamborine to expand his horizons in the fields of romance, fame and fortune. Recently, he has been to the US of A accompanied by his cousin Danielle McMullen and their respective partners. The cousins were taking the four week Seymour "Working/Study Scholarships" that they won for excellent race track performances over a 12 month period. Nathan and company were attached to the  Chris Ryder barn (some 20/25 horses) which is based at the "Winners International Training Centre" ND was able to drive some track work, and did short stints with high profile trainers, Jimmy Takter  trainer of Moni Maker, a superstar trotting mare of some years back, Julie miller, and Ron Burke. Our man thought that the public were better catered for in the States with many tracks having better viewing areas and usually a casino attached.  On the training front, 2yo's were kept very fresh for their race track engagements, and all horses received a lot of veterinary support with all medicines administered by qualified practitioners. Part of this constant support is the battle against "wobbles", which is rarely seen here but is part of the overall picture in the US. Nathan was somewhat surprised by the reliance of trainers on two lugging poles per horse to keep them straight. Would he go back ..Yes as it was very interesting. In passing, Nathan Dawson drove five winners last week. That would have helped the Ipswich Factor quite a bit.

  Top trainer this week was Greg Elkins  leading in three of the best,close up Kay Crone and Chantal Turpin on two apiece. Driving honours were split with Adam Richardson and Pete McMullen each posting three wins. Most pleasing  was Fui Fui for Peter Jones at Redcliffe Wednesday, Ben Battle in the sulky.. Ipswich Factor 23/43..

  Resultsville  Albion Park 11/10. Wheres Tascott (Narissa McMullen for Steve Towns)..  Albion Park 12/10.. Major Currency (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Gee Up Neddy (Hayden Barnes).. Marburg 13/10.. Rosehill Magic (Denis Smith).. Impetuoso (Brendan Barnes for Ken Belford).. Jewel Of Peak (Codi Rauchenberger for Mark Rees).. Moonlight Butcher (Dan Russell for Dave Russell).. Ritchie Bee (Angus Garrard for Mitch Dawson).. Wanjiru (Dan Russell for Dave Russell).. Aqua Cruiser (Michael Tenardi).. Albion Park 15/10.. Princess Katerina (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone).. Dream To Share (Adam Sanderson).. Live Atom (Justin Elkins for Greg Elkins)..  Redcliffe 16/10..  Monumental (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Todays Hero (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Social Media (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Fui Fui (Ben Battle for Peter Jones).. Full Of her Self (Adam Richardson).. Redcliffe 17/10.. Our Doug (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Dollarbill (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone).. Jumping Jolt (Justin Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Bee Gees Bandit (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins)..


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« 2019-Oct-27, 10:46 PM Reply #297 »
"TROT TACTICS" 26/10/2019..

  Tomorrows activities should include a large slice of the Marburg Oktoberfest/Graham Harriott Memorial race meeting. Further features are the  final two rounds of the Garrards--Marburg Young Driver's Championship and the Whiteoak Capital Marburg Marathon, the 2900 metres of which, will sort the sheep from the goats and no mistake. Mini-trot races between events, culminating in "pat-a-pony" and the trophy for the most successful  mini driver of the year. Off track we have, TAB Van, "funny money" and 'pick the card ($1700 share), with Fashions On The Field, hosted by local businesses , Elly-Rae Fashions of Rosewood, and B's Hair Salon and Barbershop at Willowbank. The monster raffle goes to "Ride And Stride" a fund raiser undertaken by Rosewood identity, Chrissie Turner to assist missionary work in Cambodia.Craft beer, 'kranskies", and the usual top country burgers etc, allied to the best beverage, at absolutely the best prices,plus a supervised rock climbing wall, face painting and water slide for the kids add up to a super family day out that wont break the week's budget. Adults $5, Members and Pensioners $3, Race books $3. Gates open 11.00am. First Race 12:39pm.Just be there!!

   
 The following proves conclusively that our four legged mates, the horses, still have the strong support and enduring gratitude,of a great number of the owners who race them for pleasure. It is a compilation of possible strategies,put together by several people, who could best be described as dual code owners, and, above all, friends and allies of the average racehorse. They have thought long and hard about this submission, and it is a privilege to present part of it here. (begin italics)  Firstly for us, as owners, and passionate animal welfare supporters, the 7:30 report episode, left us in an initial state of shock and disbelief of how low certain elements of the Human race could go to, with acts of cruelty that one could only describe as Criminal.

Secondly, it was a defining moment in time that made us realize we could no longer take comfort in our small world of racing, surrounded and protected by fellow owners, syndicators  and trainers, whose compassion and care for horses, equaled that of ours.The only positive is that with the release of this program and the following justifiable public outcry, the terrible suffering these innocent horses would have endured shall not be in vain.(close italics).

Several of the key initiatives put forward, are as follows. (begin italics)  A State or National Racing Body reserve of $800  to be imposed for every single horse across either code that is placed in any sales ( Live or Online), be it weanling, yearling, 2 year old ready to race,  tried race horse, Brood mare. In the Instance that sale includes a foal at foot, that reserve then increases to $1600 allowing for the foal as an individual horse.  If in the instance a horse cannot meet that reserve, then the respective breeder/owner who has placed the horse for sale should be made aware and given options to surrender the horse to an Industry recognized re-homing organization. This requires discussion with Horse Sales and Auction Groups to gain full support and best ways to implement same. A National and All State Registration/ Data Base implemented with the Support of all State Governments, so as each and every retired horse can be traced through any transfers of ownership or residence, through-out Australia for the entirety of its natural life. If a horse is retired from racing, a transfer of full ownership needs to apply and any new owner is then recorded as custodian of that horse on above noted data base. This needs to be maintained by Governments as dog registrations are currently maintained by respective councils. Perhaps even more vigorously. (close italics).

  Some will say that the above is a costly exercise. Strangely, a lot of those folk, would also be prepared to spend even greater sums of money on "extras" for a horse in training, if they believed it would result in improved performance. Racing a horse in the third millenium is costly, but syndication will lighten the individual load. It will also lighten the load in retirement. The "good feeling" which comes from the knowledge that your mate is being looked after, is not divided. It is multiplied by the number of syndicate members!!!

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 18/10.. Dolly Mach Lombo (Nathan Dawson for Jay Edmunds).. Mark Of Integrity (Adam Richardson for Ian Gurney).. My Wingman (Ricky Gordon).. Kwasii (Trent Dawson).. Torque Fels Good (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Raging Inferno (Narissa McMullen)Wattlebank Flyer (Taleah McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Albion Park 19/10.. Majestic Kiwi (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Clarry (Taleah McMullen for Steve Cini).. Tin Roof Raider (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Wee Jimmy (Nathan Dawson for Mark Rees).. Albion Park 22/10.. Wheres The Spirit (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Als Law (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Whata reactor (Matt Elkins for Warren Hinze).. Good Boy Oliver (Clint Sneddon for Matt Wright).. Redcliffe 23/10.. Rowdys Ace (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Riverleigh Jeff (Justin Elkins for Tess Neaves).. Give Me Fifty (Adam Richardson for Dan Russell).. Moonlight Butcher (Adam Richardson for Dan Russell).. Myrtle Beach (John Ballin).. Redcliffe 24/10.. Grinydontcha (Zac Chappenden for Kay Crone).. Montana Nights (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Cobalt Blues (Jacob Wallace for Stephanie Graham).. Miss Keedha (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Chinook Winds (Ricky Gordon).. Unassuming Champ (Chloe Butler for Mitchell Dawson)..



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« 2019-Nov-03, 11:01 PM Reply #298 »
"TROT TACTICS"02/11/2019..

 A blast from the recent past, tomorrow at Marburg Harness. Due to prior commitments UTAB cannot supply a mobile Tote Van for tomorrow's meeting so Ipswich based bookmaker, Stephen Anthony, will be fielding on the local pacing events only. Trot Tactics takes this opportunity to thank Stephen for pulling us out of a deep hole, as a race meeting with no betting facilities is no race meeting at all. All the rest of the deal will be the same. The sky channel screens will all be working, and all those patrons with mobile phones, and betting accounts, will hardly notice the difference.Betting anywhere in Australia, while the burgers and beer, served in the Marburg low cost mode, make the local events even more enjoyable.  There you have it, "funny Money ' bookie, 'pick the last six" now$1750 (share), raffle. mini-trots, face painting, colouring in for the kids, and seven exciting races. It's a great day out. Adults $5, Members and Pensioners $3, and the all important Race book $3. Gates open 11:00am  Trials segment. then first race 1.15pm. Don't miss it!!

  Meanwhile, there is much excitement over last Saturday's QT feature on the social and economic benefits, which flow into the Ipswich footprint from the activity of tri-code animal racing in the area. Currently, the Ipswich Turf Club is closing for five months to allow for a seamless finish to the $25 million upgrade in progress. Any facility becomes dated or tired with use, and the Bundamba project will provide the race-goer with a high level of comfort in modern surroundings. All these projects, are in effect "two edged swords", as it should now be incumbent on the ITC to attract sufficient on-course patronage to justify the outlay.. This is the problem with current racing administrations. Bulk money appears as if by magic but there is no requirement for the receiver to lift their performance to justify expenditure. The same applies to the proposed greyhound complex at Yamanto. "World Class" by all means, but rapid achievement of "self sufficiency" has to be a prime consideration. Figures published in the QT estimate that  Greyhounds injected $19.2M into the greater Ipswich economy , while Harness provided $18.1M, with the Gallopers taking the overall figure to $76M. Given that Racing Queensland appears desirous for participants to know that Greys made $8M  profit in the 2018/19 year, and Harness recorded a loss of $6M for the same period, it is no surprise that Harness is not on Santa's list at the moment. If examined under the microscope, all three codes of racing can be likened to shops in a marketplace. Each has a product which they hope to sell at a profit. If they cannot achieve this, then they must change or modify the product until such time as it is attractive to the buyers. Until harness learns to accept this one basic truth, it will continue to go backwards.

   I have before me the current state of play at Townsville, in the matter of a dedicated group of harness folk who wish to restore the sport/industry to North Queensland.There is insufficient space to address the matter, Suffice to say that our brothers and sisters at Townsville have been very badly let down by our current Minister for Racing, Stirling Hinchcliffe. The Minister claims to have no input, or control over the day to day policy or decision making of Racing Queensland. This is difficult to understand, as he appoints, or appears to appoint, the board of Racing Queensland. This lack of ability to direct the governing body, surely renders the Minister's position both redundant and irrelevant.More next week!!

  It was total domination from Castle McMullen last week. Lord of the Manor, John, was top trainer with four winners for the week. Out on the race track battle field, taleah McMullen topped the board with four wins ,nosing out sister Narissa on three.,  Most pleasing,was the Young Drivers Championship going to Angus Garrard. The series has always been won by a driver with a future. This bloke is right in the tradition!!.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 25/10.. Laughing Emoji (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Billy Lincoln (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes)..Caesars Astrum (Narissa McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Cracka Stride (Pete McMullen for Ryan veivers).. Albion Park 26/10.. Dream To Share (Adam Sanderson).. Marburg 27/10.. Ares (Angus Garrard for Mark Rees).. Dollar Bill (Angus Garrard for Kay Crone).. Rory Mach (Adam Sanderson).. Redcliffe 28/10.. Regal Assassin (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Maybe to The Max (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis)..  Redcliffe 30/10.. Annas Best (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Kaanapali (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Torque Is My Girl (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Graham).. Our Little Girl (Taleah McMullen for john McMullen).. Maywyn No Regrets (Kelli Dawson).. A Lot Of Cost (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Princess Katerina (Kylie Rasmussen for Kay Crone).. Redcliffe 31/10.. Soul Writer (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen)..



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« 2019-Nov-10, 07:24 PM Reply #299 »
"TROT TACTICS" 08/11/2019..

  Marburg lost one of its strongest, and perhaps most "one eyed"  supporters, when Dawn McPhee was taken suddenly late last week. The widow of former Association President, Campbell McPhee, Dawn was a prominent member of what might have been described as the Marburg Women's Guild, a tight knit group of ladies who would take up a table in the canteen area and spend the entire race meeting in a earnest group discussion..  Dawn, however, was easily lured away for such tasks as raffle ticket selling, at which she was very effective. What do we say. Friendly, loved a yak, loved a drink, and was just beginning to realise that life does not need to end when you lose a partner. Dawn McPhee, with Joy and Daniel in support, and her granddaughters Hannah and Emily well on their way through the mini-trotter experience, was part of the Marburg canvas. Her passing leaves a hole, and we will miss her terribly.

  One that slipped under the radar last week was the passing of Jack Kelly, a long serving Steward with the Queensland Harness Racing Board. Prior to moving to the Sunshine State, JK was a well known small team trainer in Sydney where he supplemented his harness income with regular shifts as a taxi driver.. "Flash Jack" as he was known in the game was renowned for the polish he put upon himself and his horses.He was an every Friday night starter where the two stable mainstays, Perfect Sky and Brilliant Sky, wold have their weekly hit out with the driver arrayed in the red and black diamonds. The two geldings were regular place getters, which in the mid sixties meant a solid income stream indeed. The horses he trained up here were not in that class, with Oscar Adios being perhaps the best of them. The lack of a regular Saturday night horse led to a stewards job. The ambience was the same, just the other side of the stipendiary table. Jack, was, I believe 93 years of age when he died, emulating his father Goran Kelly who was well in his nineties when he passed. Jack Kelly was well liked in both his roles. A class act on the race track, and a firm but understanding steward, having been both sides of the fence. A lover of horses and of yarning about them.

   
  Remember our dual code owners from a few weeks back. These two people are looking at the equine codes with fresh eyes and are well able to distinguish the forest from the trees. This week they have the National Ratings for harness under the microscope, and have uncovered several glaring anomalies, which make the system less than workable. In the first instance, they examine the "band assessment"..(begin italics)  Seriously these Band or whatever races need to be stopped, especially when they impose RBD’s , and yet looking at the ratings of the horses , there is a vast disadvantage, proportioned by the ratings of runners.Yet because it’s a Band 5, that makes it fair and square for all participants…That’s incredibly wrong by any measure of a Fair and just handicapping system. [In thoroughbred racing , to which we are also aligned, obviously the Handicap rating in most races will dictate what weight the horse shall carry.]

That component does not exist in Harness Racing. So, unless all runners are equally rated, the only Fair and equitable solution left, is to handicap those said runners by mobile draw.( end italics) This leads to bizarre practices such as the "seeded" barrier draw, where "random" goes out the window and the handicapper applies his skills by marrying the barriers in order of statistical advantage to the runners of lesser ability in order to create an even field. Worse still, is the practice of writing several "conditions" into  the parameters of the barrier draw process, which generally results in a total disaster from a recreational punting perspective, or a $1.10 standout!
   (begin italics)  Now you tell us one good reason why we shouldn’t take our horses and our investments South of the Border, when you factor that in most events we are handicapped by Competition and/  or draw, racing in Queensland with our Standardbreds.

I am certain there would be many other owners like us that have either vacated already or are thinking the same, given the current System in place.
And as for addressing the long term or Born into participants, if that’s the resistance to change, I would be asking them, “Do you want a sustainable and prosperous future encouraging growth through new ownership, or are you happy to remain stagnant, and watch from the sidelines as other racing industries grow from strength to strength around you?” .(end italics).
 
Two things come from the above. If ,in the gallops, rating dictates the weight, then, by application of a "Local Rule" here in Queensland, a set numerical value can be used to define class.. Using the stand start for the trotter as our example and 5 rating points as our 10 metre differential, we could program as follows. T0 front 40 points T1  45 points 10m  T2  50 points 20m T3 55points 30m T4 60 points 40m.. Next grade  T5 front 65 points T6  70 points 10m  T7 75 points 20m  T8  80 points 30m  T9 85 points 40m.. and so on. Mobiles same numerical value, but no more than two classes per race, random barrier draw within class.

  Adam Sanderson hangs in at the top of the leader board for drivers with four wins. In hot pursuit Pete McMullen scoring on three occasions. Chantal Turpin ,best training effort out this way with three victories to her credit. Most pleasing, Mark Rees training a race to race double at Redcliffe on the first day of the month. Ipswich factor.21/42..

  Resultsville Redcliffe  01/11. Kay Nora Shannon (Codi Rauchenberger for Mark Rees).. Ale Ale Kai (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Rory Mach (Adam Sanderson).. Celtic Cruza (Justin Elkins for Donny Smith)..  Recliffe 02/11.. Dream To Share (Adam Sanderson).. Cupcakesanwhippedcream (Chris Geary for Brian McCall)..  Miracle Rising (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Marburg 03/11.. Reddy Fire (Paul Matis).. Headwin (Trent Moffat for Allan Godwin).. Guts (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Stevie Dee (Adam Sanderson for Alex Johnstone).. Dollar Bill (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone).. Redcliffe 06/11.. Riverleigh Jeff (justin Elkins for Tess Neaves).. Social Media (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Mach Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 07/11.. My Secret Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Maywyn A Jug Ortwo (Kelli Dawson).. Rory Mach (Adam Sanderson)..



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