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« 2019-Nov-17, 02:31 PM Reply #300 »
"TROT TACTICS"  16/11/2019..

  The Marburg Pacing Association's fundraiser, which was a raffle for a service to the trotting stallion, My High Expectations, was drawn last Monday at Albion Park, by David Brick, Racing Queensland's Manager Harness. The lucky winner was Glass house Mountains  trainer Terry Hancock, and he will be putting the well bred and well performed mare, Mexican Invasion,to the horse. My High Expectations, a Clive Palmer import, raced his entire career in Australasia winning one race from 10 starts in NZ, and a further 33 in NSW and Vic, for massive earnings of $482,000. The MPA thanks Troy Williams (lessee) and Darren Reay  of Medowie Lodge Stud for their generosity ,and all those who bought tickets.

  After the dust has settled following the highs of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, megabuck turnover, megabuck prize money, fashions of the glitterati, and international racing celebrities, we have the lows of whips and the treatment of horses at an export abattoir facility north of Brisbane. We are no longer in the "Age Of The Horse". Our four legged mates, who are in the main, "purpose bred" for sporting or racing pursuits, are born,live and perform in a society who love a bet. This is borne out by the incredible amount of money bet across the Melbourne Cup Carnival, proving that the potential to restore both codes of equine racing lies in the lounge room. The sooner that Racing Supremos understand that the whip must Go, and that abattoirs must learn that the un-rehomable ( they do exist, as any responsible horseman can attest) must be treated with total consideration and kindness in the process, the sooner that Gallops and Harness will rebuild the public support they once had. The simple truth is that we ignore public opinion at our peril. What was acceptable in the "Age Of the Horse" will not wash today, and it is Racing which has to change,not the potential punters!!

 Watch this space next week when North Queensland LNP Senator, Susan McDonald, backs the return of harness to Townsville!!

   
  The following is an update on the track resurfacing projects at Redcliffe and Albion Park over the last few weeks.  Racing will resume at Albion Park on Thursday afternoon ahead of the up-coming TAB Queensland Summer Harness Racing Carnival. Over the past fortnight, Racing Queensland, in conjunction with the Albion Park Harness Racing Club, has conducted minor works to the home turn, along with a track resurface to ensure the venue is in pristine condition ahead of the up-coming black-type races. At the same time, APHRC used the outage to install a new Colorbond fence in the section where the works were being conducted.
During this time, the newly renovated Redcliffe Paceway accommodated the majority of re-scheduled Albion Park meetings, with the track record falling not once but twice.
On Saturday night, the Donny Smith trained and Nathan Dawson driven, Always In Command, rated a 1:54.3 mile rate, bettering the previous 1:54.4 mark set by the Jack Butler trained Sams The Master (Brendan Barnes) seven days earlier.
“Redcliffe has done a wonderful job shouldering the scheduling load whilst repairs have occurred at Albion Park,” RQ Chief Operating Officer Adam Wallish said.
“It’s a credit to the Redcliffe staff to have the new track performing so strongly. “We’re looking forward to racing returning to Albion Park on Thursday ahead of the up-coming Summer Carnival.”Earlier this year, RQ announced the $50,000 DJA Trotting Championship would be elevated to Group 1 status as part of this year’s Summer Carnival.
In total, Albion Park will host three black-type races next month commencing on Saturday, December 7 with the Group 3 Be Good Johnny Sprint.
Heats for the DJA Trotting Championship will commence on the same evening and will continue ahead of the Final on Saturday, December 21 which will be run in conjunction with the $50,000 Group 2 Queensland Cup.The 2019 TAB Queensland Summer Harness Racing Carnival will feature five meetings throughout December at Albion Park and Redcliffe.


  Taleah McMullen has her turn at the top of the driver's board this week, steering four winners beating Adam Sanderson. Top trainer was John McMullen, three to Adam Sanderson on two. Most pleasing, Wecanonlyhope. Chalk one up for Lacey Hinze. Ipswich factor 19/44.

  Resultsville. Marburg 08/11.. Rancho Man (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Havana Moon (Codi Rauchenberger for Richard Hutchinson).. Feelingforarainbow (Adam Richardson for Dave Russell).. Wecanonlyhope (Matt Elkins for Lacey Hinze).. Our Little Girl (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Rowdys Ace (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Redcliffe 09/11.. Ketut (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Senora Rapido (Adam Sanderson for Craig Cross).. FiokiTaleah McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Our Oneranova (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Redcliffe 12/11.. Daveys Gift (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone).. Dapper (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Graham).. Redcliffe 13/11.. Lurah (Adam Sanderson)..Albion Park 14/11..Millwood Tilly (Chantal Turpin).. Our Delight (Chantal Turpin).. Ashlee Nitro (Pete McMullen for Stewie Dickson).. Our Memphis Mac (Adam Richardson for Jason Carkeet).. Rory Mach (Adam Sanderson)..



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« 2019-Nov-24, 03:06 PM Reply #301 »
TROT TACTICS" 23/11/2019..

  Again we mourn. This time it is to mark the passing of former long serving Albion Park Committeeman, Darryl Brennan. A man with his heart and his love of the light harness sport fixed firmly in the right place,DB was known for his efforts to promote "amateur" driving, as a pathway to bring new and enthusiastic blood into the base of the harness pyramid. For a period of time he organised two and sometimes three amateur events to be run between races on a Saturday night, with the drivers racing for saddlery and supplement vouchers. A thorough gentleman, dapper of dress with an optimistic outlook on life, Darryl Brennan enjoyed no support whatsoever from his fellow committeemen, the bulk of whom saw the term "amateur" as an obscenity. We will never know if Darryl Brennan was on the right track as his initiatives were derailed. But he must be remembered as a giver not a taker, and remembered with a great sense of loss, not only of the man,but of his values!

   
  Right from the heart of  the Greater Ipswich footprint is the good news story that Gun reinsman, Matt Elkins, will represent Queensland at the 2019 Australasian Young Drivers Championship in New Zealand from December 7 to December 13. The Calvert-based 23-year-old was selected because of his personal best 110 wins last season. He was the State’s top junior reinsman in 2018-2019 and will now compete against nine of Australasia’s best juniors. They a Matt Elkins (QLD), Cameron Hart (NSW), Zac Phillips (VIC), Conor Crook (TAS), Brodie Webster (SA), Corey Peterson (WA), Sarah O’Reilly (NZ) Benjamin Butcher (North Island, NZ), John Morrison (South Island, NZ), and defending champion, Sheree Tomlinson (NZ).
Elkins said he was rapt to be flying the maroon colours across the Tasman. “It’s an honour. I’m very proud to be representing Queensland. I will certainly be giving it my best shot and won’t be going there to run second,” Elkins said. He said he would like to emulate the feat of his partner, Narissa McMullen, who won the Australasian Junior Driving Title in 2017 in Brisbane. “And being selected to represent Queensland in harness racing is extra special. It is a very nice reward and caps off a lot of hard work,” he added.
Elkins said he was looking forward to his first visit to New Zealand, especially getting the chance to drive on three left-handed tracks and the unique right-handed (clockwise) Alexandra Park 1,000m circuit in Auckland, on the final night. The races will be run at Addington Raceway (Saturday December 7); Methven (December 8); Manawatu (December 10 and 12); and Alexandra Park (Friday December 13). Trot tactics is delighted to see Matt Elkins get an opportunity on one of those potentially life changing spring boards. We wish him luck in his draw for horses. He will drive them well,but a consistent lack of horsepower can destroy his chances. Finger's crossed!!!.
Let's hope that the hot and unpleasant weather takes a day off on Monday. The Marburg Pacing Association has a solid program set down for decision in the afternoon time slot. The UTAB van will be on course, the barbecue and the bar will be in operation. Exciting racing on the 700 metre circuit where you can see all the back straight action with the naked eye. Adults $5 ,Members and Pensioners $3 and the all important race book $3. Gates open 11.00am, first race .... 

  Word has it that a legal decision this week has opened the path for Racing Queensland to sell Albion Park. What ever is realised on any sale, and it should be the absolute top of the market, harness should not start partying just yet. The make up of the Racing Queensland Board is such that the silks and sulkies set will possibly get some crumbs. The first alarm bells were heard when it was revealed that harness would not be included in the Yamanto project for the dogs. A site in a high growth area with exceptional highway access and a large horse population is not on, it seems. If I was a betting man, my money would be on a controversial site at Yatala. Should that prove to be the case, the sale of one and the purchase of the other,could provide the ingredients of a best seller!

 Back to the ongoing saga of Townsville. Last week I promised you the full contents of a letter from LNP Senator for Queensland,Susan McDonald, to Stirling Hinchcliffe Minister for Racing..  This week, due to intervening events and space constraints, I bring you the book ends of the communique. (open italics) Dear Stirling. I write in support of the re-establishment of harness racing in Townsville, and I am asking that you extend all and any assistance to those trying to facilitate it. ---- I would add that the North Queensland Harness Racing Club Inc has 500 members, so what's really needed now, is some encouragement from the governing body and the Minister to complement the hard work being done by hopeful participants... Senator Susan McDonald--29/10/2019..(close italics)..

  A shift on the driver's side of the leader board, with high scoring Taleah McMullen scoring on six occasions, eclipsing brother Pete on half that number. Just to keep it in the family, John McMullen was leading trainer with three winners to his credit. Most pleasing was a welcome dead heat. Jacob wallace with Royal Lincoln at headquarters, and Bruce (long time between drinks) Wyborn preparing Tascott Lady to score at Recliffe on Wednesday night.

  Resultsville  Redcliffe 15/11.. Mach Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Beejays Delight, (Taleah McMulle for John McMullen).. Albion Park 16/11.. Royal Lincoln (Jacob Wallace).. Captain Cosmonaut (Trent Dawson).. Dollarbill (Adam Richardson for Kaye Crone).. Our Hi Jinx (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Ima Top Tycoon (Taleah McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Gee Up Neddy (Hayden Barnes).. Redcliffe 17/11. Notorious (Taleah McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Iam The Joker (Taleah McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Ale Ale Kai (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Molly Montana (Ricky Gordon for Lacey Hinze).. Albion Park 18/11.. My Mastercraftsman (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Sir Julian (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Redcliffe 20/11.. Tascott Lady (Narissa McMullen for Bruce Wyborn).. Whata Stride (Pete McMullen for John McMullen).. Rosehill Magic (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith).. redcliffe 21/11 Voodoo Fella (Adam Richardson for Dave Russell)..Iam The Joker (Taleah McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Speechcraft (Matt Elkns for Greg Elkins).. Kaanapali (Talrah McMullen for John McMullen).. Takitimu Express (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins)..


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« 2019-Dec-01, 02:12 PM Reply #302 »
"TROT TACTICS" 30/11/2019..

  In recent times we have been concentrating  on happenings outside the Ipswich footprint, and while doing so we have missed reporting a number of im portant local sucesses . A recent Albion Park victory went the way of Dollarbill one of the on fire Kay Crone team. The race had added significance as it was the final of a Marburg to Albion Park Series. These  particular events are designed to give "joe average " hobbyist a chance to race a horse on Saturday night for far better prize money than that available at "the Burg". Dollarbill, a wagga NSW product is not exactly a novice, having stats to this week of 133 starts for 17 wins, 10 seconds and 11 thirds for $86,465. With Adam Richardson in the cart, the gelding was able to defeat Taylor Hood and Tap The Keg, the margins being 7.5 m x 8.0m in a rate of 1-57.1. The Crone- Richardson combination continued on their winning way with Grinydontcha at Redcliffe on Wednesday night. 

   Booval hobby horseman, Bruce Wyborn, trained his first Redcliffe winner, and first since the 2012-13 season at ‘The Triangle’ last Wednesday (November 20). “I was tickled pink and was jumping up and down on the same spot all the way down the straight. To say I was excited was a huge understatement,” the 51-year-old Ipswich City Council employee said. It was his Modern Art mare, Tascott Lady, which gave Wyborn his moment of glory. He owns the 7-year-old bay, and bred her with Sherilea Litzow, and Colin McCoombes, who both live in Queensland.

Narissa McMullen did the driving and got Wyborn’s pride and joy home by a head.“I just want to thank Narissa for her wonderful drive. In fact I want to show my gratitude to the whole McMullen family, especially Taleah, who has done a lot of the driving for me. She’s my regular go-to-driver, but I have used them all.“The McMullans have all helped me become a better horseman. John and Jeannette have been wonderful. I have done quite a bit of work with my horses at John’s stable. He has been a brilliant mentor to me. I have learnt so much,” Wyborn said.

  Queensland’s only representative in the 2019 Inter Dominion Championship at Alexandra Park, the Kevin Seymour owned and Grant Dixon trained Colt Thirty One, has settled in well to his South Auckland surroundings. he is under the general supervision of John Green,a very capable trainer, well known in Queensland from his stay of several years about the time of the millenium. Green had this to say about the Queensland hope.  “He looks really happy. He’s in a paddock of his own because he’s a stallion, and I’m looking at him as we speak. He’s standing as still as a statue looking out at other horses at Tony Herlihy’s neighbouring property.“He’s hardly moved from his spot. He looks an absolute picture. He seems to be thriving here. Australia’s other good chance in the Series – Bling It On, is also staying with us in a paddock not too far away.”

   In another initiative, bound to be the focal point for the current crop of young drivers, Harness Racing Australia, in partnership with Aldebaran Park and leading Swedish media company, Travronden have today announced a once-in-a-lifetime driver exchange program for the leading Australian and leading Swedish young drivers.
The three year agreement will see the leading Australian driver in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship (AYDC) invited to drive in the famed Swedish Guldklockan (Gold Watch) series, held at Sovalla, Stockholm in December each year.
Conversely, the winner of the Gold Watch will be invited to compete in the AYDC the following year, being the first time a non-Australasian driver will compete in the series since its inception in 1993.

  From the race track to the race track of the future. One would have thought,that Racing Queensland, in their wisdom and considering their much publicised  modest financial position, would at least have considered adding a 1000 metre harness track to the proposed venue at Yamanto. As yet no such proposal has emerged from the halls of power, both racing administrative, and political. After all two venues for almost the price of one makes economic sense at least. Add excellent highway access, a housing boom and a very large harness horse population in the Ipswich footprint, and Racing Queensland would be well on the way to a winner. If they want to be!!! 

  A bit of pushing and shoving on both sdies of the leader board this week. Pete McMullen top driver with seven wins, Narissa McMullen and Hayde Barnes fighting out the placings on four and three. Chantal turpin leading trainer with five winners, hotly pursued by Kay Crone on three. Most pleasing, Eulo Flyer for Dale Belford. Ipswich factor 25/47..

  Resultsville.Albion Park 22/11.. Flying wingard (Narissa McMullen).. Blacks a Dance (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Cracka Stride (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Dollarbill (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone).. Studleigh Stride (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Albion Park 23/11.. Arthur lowe (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Tin Roof Raider (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..Ima Top Tycoon (Taleah McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Cobalt Blues (Brittany Graham for Stephanie Graham).. Maybe To The Max (Hayden Barnes for Ron Sallis).. Marburg 25/11.. Rock The House (Reece Mcguire for Tayla Gillespie).. Flying Wingard (Codi Rauchenberger for Narissa McMullen).. Cheyenne Autumn (Adam richardson for Kay Crone).. Elzboy (Narissa McMullen for Steve Towns).. Call Me Yours (Justin Elkins for Tess Neaves).. Riverleigh Jeff (Justin Elkins for Tess Neaves).. Albion Park 26/11.. Majestic Simon (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Miss Ruby Sunshine (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..Millwood Tilly (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Dapper (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Graham).. Redcliffe 27/11.. Grinydontcha (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone).. Monorail (Pete McMullen for lisa Bahr).. Redcliffe 28/11.. Whata Reactor (Ricky Gordon for Warren Hinze).. Torque To My Girl (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Graham).. Eulo Flyer (Narissa McMullen for Dale Belford)..



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« 2019-Dec-08, 09:35 PM Reply #303 »
TROT TACTICS"  07/12/2019..

   
 A side issue, yet central  to the longevity of the light harness sport in Australasia, and coming  from the current Inter-dominion Series, was the award made to kiwi icon, Charlie Hunter.The long-time servant of harness racing was presented with an award for distinguished service by the Inter Dominion Event Committee and Hunter said the honour was a pleasant surprise. “I had been asked to accept the role as the Inter Dominion ambassador and at the function the other night one thing led to another,” he said. “It was a nice surprise. You don’t do the things you do in your life looking for acclaim and awards, but it is very nice when you are recognised, particularly from an Australasian viewpoint. “I have enjoyed everything I have done in harness racing, whether it be administration, training, or driving.”

    The latest from RQ on local efforts to bring harness back to North Queensland. "Hi Troy. I refer to your latest email. I again acknowledge your interest and passion to re-establish harness racing in Townsville. However, as I have detailed in previous correspondence, the Townsville Showgrounds and Turf club proposals are not financially viable . They are also not practical or commercially sustainable. I do not propose to reply to your latest lot of queries below. RQ restates its interest in reviewing the situation in the next three to five years". Adam Wallish . Manager RQ. ... I am sure that the good harness folk of Townsville would be less than impressed with the above dismissal of their project.

  Perhaps for us still engaged in the "sport for some and industry for others" here in the South East, Mr Wallish might enlighten us as to his immediate plans  to reverse the six million dollar loss incurred by harness in Queensland last financial year (RQ figures), as, if we have no investment funds for Townsville, then we cannot support the current haemorrhage here. As yet, there has been put forward not one initiative that is likely to improve turnover. Like the elephant in the room, no one is to mention it, just wait and hope that it will go away. Sadly, it won't until it sees a punter friendly betting product. Currently we are as far from that requisite as the Earth is from the Moon!
 

  RWWA Stewards Policy – The Use of Joggers Introduction A jogger is defined as a specialised trailer either towed behind, or attached to the rear of a motorised vehicle which is used for the purpose of exercising horses. Joggers may be used to exercise both Standardbred and Thoroughbred horses under the directions of this policy.  Horses must not be tied directly to any enclosed motorised vehicle, or led by hand directly from an enclosed motorised vehicle, at any time.  Inappropriate or unsafe use of joggers can potentially result in both animal welfare and human occupational health and safety issues and as such any risks should be mitigated by a policy to guide the safe use of joggers. Read the rest of this on the harness website in "industry news". The message is well intentioned, just over-regulated, and I am sure it will migrate from WA before we know it.

  With the exception of one result, the jam was wide spread on the drivers board this week, Adam Sanderson was the name in lights, scoring on five occasions from Pete McMullen on three with Narissa McMullen  and Hayden Barnes on two apiece. Chantal Turpin led in two winners which put her in the trainer's top spot. Most pleasing, Charas Accent for Mitchell Dawson  with Chloe Butler in the sulky. Ipswich factor 22/45..

 

  Resultsville  Albion park 29/11.. Twitter Bromac (Adam Richardson for Jay Edmunds).. Todays Hero (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin) .. Whitehaven Lass (Adam Sanderson for grant Dixon).. Runfortheroses (Adam Richardson for Richard Hutchinson).. Sea Hawke (Adam Sanderon for Grant Dixon).. Albion Park 30/11.. Late Night Date (Adam Sanderson for Rob Gorman).. Empire Boy (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. Mach alert (Kelli Dawson for Ian Gurney).. Redcliffe 01/12.. Ale Ale Kai (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Wee jimmy (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Grizzly Montana (Hayden Barnes for Brett Cargill).. Albion Park 03/12.. Majestic Whiz (Angus Garrard for Kay Crone).. Tiz A Sizzler (Adam Sanderson for Stephanie Graham).. Much Bettor (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Laughing Emoji (Pete McMullen for Chantal turpin).. Redcliffe 04/12.. Charas Accent (Chloe butler for Mitchell Dawson).. My Precious Yankee (Pete McMullen for Lisa Bahr).. Redcliffe 05/12.. Imprtuoso (Nathan Dawson for Ken Belford).. Thank Heaven For Girls (Nathan Dawson for Dale Belford).. Weedons Express (Chloe Butler for John McMullen).. Purple Shades (Reece McGuire for Tayla Gillespie).. Colombian Gold (Hayden Barnes for Gary Gerrard)..


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« 2019-Dec-15, 06:36 PM Reply #304 »
  "TROT TACTICS"  14/12/2019.. 

  The Christmas celebration is just a few days away And, for a warm up, Marburg is racing  tomorrow week, Sunday, December 22nd. Slip out to "the Burg"  for a great day's racing, with all the green and red festive trimmings. Obviously we can't do snow, but we will have plentiful supplies of economically priced cold beverage , Christmas burgers and other various eats plus desserts, a great lead in to Wednesday's Feast. TAB Van on course, 'funny money" bookie, "pick the last seven", now worth $1900 (share) Santa, mini-trotters, and a free supervised water slide for the kids, plus a Christmas raffle. Highlight  it on your Calendar as the last Marburg meeting for 2019. Adults $5, Members and Pensioners $3 and the all important race book $3.See next Saturday's QT for gate times etc.

  A lot of people believe in the expression or description of "dumb animals" when applied to bulk numbers of four legged creatures. Spend a long time with horses,and you find that the above does not always apply. An illustration of this occurred after Race 2, the Walloon Bakery Maiden Pace at Marburg last Sunday.  The winner was Bronski Baby, raced by Norm Annetts, trained by Trent Hodges and driven by Noel Parrish. Just a neat little gelding,modestly endowed with ability, but, after the post race interview, BB went back down to the stable area as if he had just won the Inter-dominion. His head was high, his ears pricked and a spring in his step. Centre stage at last. He knew he had won, and was as proud as a peacock about the whole business.  Sentimental rubbish - don't think so! It's 'horses for courses" and Bronski Baby is likely to score again at Marburg in the near future.

   
  What was once the absolute pinnacle of Australasian  harness racing will be decided in Auckland NZ tonight.(begin italics) Kiwi brothers Mark and Barry Purdon are poised to dominate Saturday night’s Inter Dominion Pacers Grand Final at Alexandra Park, Auckland with several runners making the Grand Final in Australasia’s biggest harness event. This also applies to the Trotters Grand Final with the Mark and Natalie Rasmussen trained Winterfell drawing beautifully in gate two. Throughout the series, Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s All Stars Barn have provided winners each night with red hot favourite Ultimate Sniper going through undefeated, Cruz Bromac winning a heat after being placed in the other two, while Chase Auckland finished second on all three occasions. The Fixer and Ashley Locaz also raced well enough to make the cut. Barry’s A G’s White Socks was the surprise of the series, winning two heats and Mach Shard was consistent all the way through. With seven of the twelve starters, it will be a huge shock should any other stable receive the accolade of preparing the winner. Looking at the Trotters Final which goes before the Pacers, it appears that the Purdon/Rasmussen team will prevail with short priced favourite Winterfell due to his perfect gate two draw.(close italics)

  Sadly, the replacement of the traditional standing start  with realistic handicaps went by the board years ago, and what really was Australasia's supreme test of the standardbred at both gaits, became yet another victim of the mobile barrier. However, some of the kudos remains, and we should give the NZ expert opinion of the main chances in both Grand Finals.....
The  Trotters.. SELECTIONS : (2) WINTERFELL, (10) Habibi Inta, (9) Temporale, (4) Majestic Man.
The Pacers..  SELECTIONS : (5) ULTIMATE SNIPER, (9) Cruz Bromac, (9) Chase Auckland, (7) A G’s White Socks.

  Hi flyers on the leader board this week, With Pete McMullen  top scoring driver with seven wins, Narissa McMullen close up on six, and Kelli Dawson right in there, getting the nod on four occasions. Trainers, John McMullen and Ron Sallis tied the trainer's result with four winners apiece.  Chantal Turpin just handy, leading in three of the best. Most pleasing ..TeamTurpin McMullen  getting the first Summer Carnival feature with Mattgregor. Ipswich Factor 27/50..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 06/12.. Living Grand (Danielle McMullen for Steve Furey).. Feelingforamiracle (Kelli Dawson for Geoff Dawson).. Comply Or die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Cheese And Kisses (Kelli Dawson for Shane Fraser).. Albion Park 07/12.. My Master Craftsman (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Bee Gees Bandit (Narissa McMullen for Greg Elkins).. Mattgregor (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Empire Bay (Pete McMullen for Wayne graham).. Gee Up Neddy (Hayden Barnes).. Ballerina couru (Narissa McMullen for Craig McKinnis).. Marburg 08/12.. Bronski Baby (Noel Parrish for Trent Hodges).. Village Cruiser (Narissa McMullen for Errol O'Shea).. If You Believe (BrendaSELECTIONS : (5) ULTIMATE SNIPER, (9) Cruz Bromac, (9) Chase Auckland, (7) A G’s White Socks.n Barnes for Brian McCall).. Bee Jays Delight (Kelli Dawson for John McMullen).. Raging Inferno (Narissa McMullen).. Speedcraft (Hayden Barnes for Greg Elkins).. Topnotch Mach (Justin Elkins for Ron Sallis).. Albion Park 10/12.. Will The Wizard (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 11/12.. Our Little Girl (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Miss Keesha (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Maywyn A Jug Or Two (Kelli Dawson).. Montana Chief (Adam Sanderson ).. Redcliffe 12/12.. Studleigh Will (Pete McMullen for John McMullen).. With Authority (Pete McMullen for John McMullen).. Lets Dig It (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Just Rokin (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Ranfurly Rulz (Angus Garrard for Ron Sallis.)



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« 2019-Dec-22, 08:38 PM Reply #305 »
"TROT TACTICS"  21/12/2019..

  There is no more valuable contribution that a man or woman can make to a community than to render volountary service  to a sporting association or a charity group with in that community. People with that determination to "give something back" often do so for years. Cricket started at Marburg Showground in 1946, and the subject of this tribute, Gary Rohl, would have been 13 years old at that point. As GR was 86 when he left us last week, the great bulk of his life revolved around the Marburg Cricket Team and the Show Society. When this writer became involved in the birth of the Marburg Pacing Association (1982) and the weekly trials which took Ipswich harness racing out of the dark ages, he was always aware of this panel van and the kindly grey haired gentleman who owned it.  The van and the man were fixtures, the man did everything, and the van carried the tools and the spare parts.. It is possible that they would have attracted more attention had they ever been missing, but they were as reliable as the sun. What price can we put on the value of more than 50 years of service.  It's just possible that Gary felt very much at home on the Showground, as the land had once been owned by the Rohl family. The first of the "Gary Rohl Memorial" races will be run tomorrow. They must become an annual fixture, as "the man and the van", must never be forgotten. As a society, we are fond of consigning memories to the bin. Not this time!!

  From the sad to the joyful. Ironbark based trainer Karen Schulz, had a dream run into the Festive season, when her team of two pacers both rang up No 1 this week. Beau Chisholm set the gravy train rolling on Tuesday, with a determined charge down the sprint lane at Albion Park. The son of Elsu NZ provided his traditional strong finish with Reece McGuire in the sulky. Just a bit short of 24 hours later, Soldier of Fortune led up and ran away at Redcliffe with Chloe Butler having the steer. Karen looks after her horses a treat and they showed their appreciation with great efforts. If Christmas dinner at Ironbark  this year  matches up to the equine contribution, it won't be ham and turkey, but pheasant and truffles!

   
 More good news, this time from the Tayla Gillespie barn. (start italics) It’s taken promising part-time Queensland trainer, Tayla Gillespie, just three years and 11 months to go from one to 50 career training wins.The talented Prenzlau (near Marburg) horsewoman notched up a half century of training successes at Redcliffe Paceway shortly after 5pm last Thursday night (December 5), when the Reece Maguire-driven, Purple Shades, got up by a neck. (close italics). It's a sign of the times in harness racing these days, everything happens in a hurry. Some young people in the game today, will retire with unbelievable figures against their names compared to the"Golden Age " of trotting which was probably 1950 to 1975..

  Matt Elkins was far from disgraced with his fifth placing on 64 points in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship conducted recently in NZ. Winner was kiwi reinswoman, Sarah O'Reilly who accumulated 101 points through the series with Cameron Hart from NSW second on 89 points. Hart gained an extra bonus with a trip to Sweden in December 2020 to drive in the Gold Watch classic.

  It's all on tomorrow at Marburg, with trials before the first race at 1:26pm, and the last at 5:15 pm..  Rock bottom prices on beverage and country cooking, UTAB Van on course, "pick the card" $1900 (share) supervised water slide and "funny money". Adults $5, Members and Pensioners $3, Race books $3..Gates open 11:00am. Come for lunch.

  Lower figures on the leader board this week, with Pete McMullen on four wins, nosing out Adam Sanderson with three. On the trainer's ladder, Chantal Turpin  bested Karen Schulz, three to two. Most pleasing, Dartesian trained by Trent Hodges and reined by Trent Moffat..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 13/12.. Corey William ( Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Jerosh (Justin Elkins for Mal Charlton).. Albion Park 14/12.. Run Boy Run (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Montana Chief (Adam Sanderson ).. Just Deal It (Kelli Dawson for Ian Gurney).. Northern Muscle (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith).. Majestic Simon (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..  Albion Park 17/12.. Notorious (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers.) Beau Chisholm (Reece Maguire for Karen Schulz).. Redcliffe18/12.. Soldier Of fortune (Chloe butler for Karen schulz).. Todays hero (Taleah McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Maywyn No Regrets (Kelli Dawson).. Naughty In Heaven (Pete McMullen for Tony Turpin).. Dartesian (Trent Moffat for Trent Hodges).. Redcliff 19/12.. Hadley (Adam Sanderson for Mark Lichtwark).. Bettor Because (Adam Sanderson for Alan Grimsey).
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« 2019-Dec-29, 05:57 PM Reply #306 »
"TROT TACTICS".. 28/12/2019..

  Life as we know it is a cycle of birth life and death. As the world turns, so do we live out our allotted time.. For some it is a struggle, for others the road is paved with good fortune. All we are certain of, is that life is short. Do as much with it as you can, for there is no re-cycling. Why so grim. Simply that last week Harness racing lost two trainer/drivers who had been prominent in North Queensland. Townsville to be precise, the place which Racing Queensland has told us recently, and repeatedly, has no place in the sport's foreseeable future. Kerry Smith, who moved to the "great south east" some years back, enjoyed  considerable success with the likes of Annika Magic which last greeted the Judge on July 13th this rounding off a career which saw her go round on 154 occasions for 25 wins 26 seconds and 24 thirds banking a hefty $197,191 on the way. Projectile a winner of $70,602, was successful at his last start at Redcliffe in August of this year. Wandary Splash, Elliott Bromac and Billy Badlands were others that spring to mind.It is no easy thing to up stakes and move to a different area, but 76 year old Kerry Smith, who will be going home to his final resting place in Townsville, made the transition in fine style. Ill health cut Kerry Smith down, while he still had much to offer. The impression he left will be a lasting one.

  Older participants and fans will remember Ron Krogh from the early days of the stallion based Triad Series with its rounds of $5,000  heats run as far up as Townsville. When hobby trainers in the south would take their juveniles  on an annual leave trek north, hoping to meet easier opposition,they would often find "crocodiles" on the race tracks at Rocky and Townsville. Often Ron Krogh was in the sulky. RK's trademark was the turn out. The Krogh pacers went out to do battle with high degree of polish, fit and ready for the fray. He is best remembered here for the chestnut, Bold Matthew, 67 starts for 18wins and 12 placings earning $28,608 and a mile rate of 1-59.9, and Another Saint, a son of Able Bye Bye. Both men were ornaments to the game. They live on in the memories of their peers.

  Christmas has come and gone for another year. The Festive Season brings with it hope, particularly at the bottom of the harness pyramid. "Trot Tactics" hopes that all those battlers who went through 2019 on very few winners, and, perhaps none, see a turn around in their on track fortunes. With drought and fire causing drops in feed production and  the resultant market forces pushing fodder prices, and Joe Average owners and trainer's expenses, through the roof, the need to defray costs has never been more pressing. It has become incumbent on Racing Queensland to address the situation in positive fashion. It appears that we have a very small horse pool. It is doubtful that it will grow through the purchase of new stock if the bottom of the pyramid cannot be given the opportunity to win races which carry "viable" prizemoney.  What is needed is a total remake of programming so that apples compete against apples every time they go round, and provides evidence that if they become oranges they have won their way there. As to the Mangoes at the top of the tree, who have won their money in many cases while competing against apples during a number of life cycles, they must race only other mangoes, and ideally on a once weekly basis. If you think that is harsh, try breeding and rearing a pacer of moderate ability and racing it as a 3yo under the current system. Then you will know what hardship is! Let us hope that 2020 brings a fairer deal for the recreational punter and the hobbyist participants.

  The leader board on the driver's side takes us back to the 1700's in English gallops. One outstanding performance drew the quote, "Eclipse first and the rest nowhere". Our comparison was Pete McMullen six, Taleah McMullen and Adam Sanderson two apiece. In the training department, Chantal Turpin led in four of the best nosing out Ron Sallis , in the winner's circle on three occasions. Ipswich factoe 19/35..

  Resultsville.  Albion Park 20/12.. Mr Gunsen (Trent Moffat for Kay Crone).. Major Currency (Nathan Dawson for Ron Sallis).. Colonel Joy (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Albion Park 21/12.. Tin Roof Raider (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Big Bang Leonard (Adam Sanderson for Stephanie Graham).. Wee Man Trouble (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Marburg 22/12  Franco Neveah (Ben Battle for Kay Crone).. Bambole Nere (Matt Elkins for David Rodger Jnr).. Radar Hill (Ricky Gordon).. Studleigh Will (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Guts (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Ruato Bay (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis)..Albion Park 24/12.. Als Law (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Wheres The Spirit (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Blacksadance (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Eulo Flyer (Taleah McMullen for Dale belford).. Miss Ruby Sunshine (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Major Currency (Nathan Dawson for Ron Sallis).. Big Bang Leonard (Brittany Graham for Stephanie Graham)..



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« 2020-Jan-05, 07:49 PM Reply #307 »
"TROT TACTICS" 04/01/2020..

I do not know how many obituaries I have written in the past year, but, it is a significant number. A change of decade has done nothing to stem the tide as two more from our aging demographic have gone this week. It is said that death is a great leveller, as we take nothing out of this life, and we are measured by our earthly achievements. So, we must measure the efforts of William Forbes Dixon (Bill Dixon) who left us on 29th December in his 77th year. Born in Charters Towers in 1943 to parents who raced horses of both the harness and galloping breed, WD gained a harness licence at the age of 16, cutting his teeth on the show circuit and the "Towers" and Townsville tracks. 1974 saw the now married Dixon move to Townsville with wife Raylene and sons Bryce and Grant. He took just 5 years to reach the heights, driving 9 winners in one day, 4 at the "Towers" and 5 at Townsville, a record which still stands. In the same season he was Australia's leading driver, greeting the judge on 154 occasions. In 1982, the Dixon team moved to Brisbane, and twelve months later were well established on 18 acres at Alberton. At the same time ,WD took up a passionate interest in the BOTRA organisation, which is focussed on the advancement of harness racing in Queensland. He soon rose to President and held that position on a great number of occasions over a long period. Bill had other skills than just training and driving. This writer was Vice-President of BOTRA and on many occasions debated issues with our Bill. Sadly, I never won an argument with the man,he was the coldest,most single minded negotiator I ever met, totally unshakeable.  It was said of him, that he used BOTRA for his own purpose. Not so! There was always benefit for harness as a whole in the initiatives he took forward. He had a simple formula when looking at the economics of the sport, as he realised that if there was not a healthy number of participants to provide horses for ongoing competition then the sport would soon decay. As he said," The top 10% of horses will get enough money without us worrying about them. The bottom 10% we can forget as they have very little ability and are not our responsibility. It is the 80% in the middle is where we should focus our efforts,as, if we give them reasonable earning opportunity, their owners will most likely replace them with new stock as they age, or expand their numbers.

Billy Dixon was a star in his own right, and yet it cannot be said that he had champion horses, big teams were his forte. He claimed Jeremy Lee, winner of the 1994 NSW Derby as his big moment in racing. His stats as a driver (1982 --1999) were 2148 drives for 166 wins, 418 seconds 201 thirds and 217 fourths earning $389,651. As a trainer, with Grant the main driver we see the much bigger picture. (1982--2011), Starters  20,532--wins 2,833-- seconds 5,389 --  thirds 2797 -- fourths 2592, with the bankroll a massive $13,335,095.. Brian Stainkey, another ex-Charters Towers boy, and recognised as a top trainer/driver in his own right when resident here, put it all in perspective when he said to this writer, "Bill, was ever a numbers man". Grant is now busily putting the exclamation marks to Bill Dixon's life statement. Bill's achievements are his lasting monument..

  On a smaller scale, but equally important to Queensland harness, is the passing of Peter Thomas from the Greenbank and Jimboomba area.. His demise leaves yet another hole in a very leaky dyke. Computer records show us that PT was active at least from 1982/83 until 2013/14, at the same time building a sound reputation as a practitioner of chiropractic and a harness farrier renowned for the speed and accuracy of his work. PT had only a handful of drives, but his training stats were impressive to say the least. From 2952 starters, came 246 wins,574 seconds, 285 thirds and 289 fourths, banking $545,743 along the way. If you take that one step further, you will see that horses trained by Peter Thomas were in the best end of the prize money on nearly 50% of their starts. A remarkable achievement. Possibly his best perfomer was Classic Romeo, earning$79,827 in a 136 start career, while others that stood out were Coloured Star and Souix City Sue. Sadly, Peter Thomas fell victim to alzheimer's disease, and had been in care for some time. Sons Gary and Murray, maintain a strong interest in the game.  Those of us who knew Peter Thomas in his "hey day" just thought he was a very likeable bloke who turned a horse out well, A little research into the figures and facts that really count, shows us a man of numerous horse-related skills, which he applied with considerable success. Pretty big, actually!

  As Racing Queensland has assured us that harness racing will shortly get a "world class" facility to replace Albion Park it is incumbent on trotting folk in the greater Ipswich footprint to do their utmost to ensure that "here" is the site of choice. To that end, this writer is looking for someone with sufficient computer skills to convert a list of post codes into a pie chart. Should that exercise be a success, perhaps an attempt to superimpose the "pie chart" over a map of South East Qld, would not be out of the question. As in all such presentations, an accurate picture would be worth a thousand words.
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  A rash of "3s" on both sides of the leader board this week.  First time on the podium for Stephanie Graham, who trained three winners this week. A dead heat for the driving honours with Hayden Barnes andAdam Sanderson  on three ins apiece. Most pleasing, No Transactions returns Joedy Whitaker to victory lane at Kilcoy, Steven Doherty with the steer. Ipswich Factor 18/48..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 27/12.. Tic Tact (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Graham). Our Little Girl (Taleah Mcmullen for John McMullen).. Montana Lad (Paul Diebert for Stephanie Graham).. Colombian Gold (Adam richardson for Gary Gerrard).. Albion Park 28/12.. Ruato Bay (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis).. Tulhurst Santanna (Adam Richardson for Chris Monte).. Kilcoy 30/12.. Dream To Share (Adam Sanderson).. Guptas Cullen (Hayden Barnes).. No Transactions (Steven Doherty for Joedy Whitaker).. Ashlee Nitro (Hayden Barnes for Stewie Dickson).. Onyajans (Adam Sanderson for john durston).. Huntaway (Paul Diebert for Alex Johnstone).. Albion Park 31/12.. Big Bang Leonard (Adam Sanderson for Stephanie Graham).. The Space Invader (Taleah McMullen for Steve Cini).. Try A Sizzler (Adam Sanderson for Stephanie Graham).. Betterthanspraying (Narissa McMullen).. Redcliffe 01/01.. Andrew Jay (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers)..  Redcliffe 02/01.. Maywyn No Regrets (Kelli Dawson).


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« 2020-Jan-12, 07:11 PM Reply #308 »
  "TROT TACTICS" 11/01/2020..

   
07 January 2020
 
 
Down but far from out!  Taken from the Australian Harness racing website.. (commence italics) Al Barnes was rushed to hospital with a heart attack in the small hours of Saturday morning. However, that didn’t stop the durable Tallegalla horseman from watching his two sons drive more than a third of the Albion Park card later that night. Still in pain and not knowing whether he would undergo surgery or not, Barnes still managed to cast an eye on his sons, Hayden and Brendan, as they nailed three of the eight races at ‘The Creek’. In fact, the 47-year-old top Queensland trainer managed to congratulate his sons via Racing Queensland’s post-race videos, not long after they won. “I’m proud of you,” he said. That was before he was heavily sedated on morphine later that Saturday night. “I had severe chest pains at 3am this morning (Saturday). Apparently, I have fluid surrounding my heart that is inflamed. I will have more tests tomorrow (Sunday) that will confirm what actions they take, surgery, or just drainage.(close italics).
  Al Barnes, like many of us today, is lucky to be viewing a full recovery with confidence in the surgical techniques and procedures available in this era. Just 60 years ago, an episode such as last Saturday would likely have concluded with AB condemned to to an invalid existence. Thanks to medical science, he will no doubt emerge from care with a bright new future ahead, uninhibited by physical defects..

  Anyone wishing to catch the action at Marburg trots will not be spoilt for choice in the coming months. Your one and only date between now and April, will be Australia Day, Monday 27th of January. Various factors have contributed to this drought of entertainment, including a February slot for a major track re-topping project, which should provide a great and consistent racing surface for several seasons. In the month of March, at this point, there are just no suitable time slots on Sky Channel's  Sunday roster.. Whatever, the MPA plans a a great "family" day of racing on the public holiday. For the kids, supervised Water Slide, and a supervised Rock Climbing Wall, are the main attractions.  There is likely to be a "watermelon throwing" contest for for the strong men and women in the crowd. That, of course depends on the availability of bulk melons, as they don't recycle too well. Full details will be released in next weeks QT and keep the radio on  River 949 in the run up to the big weekend. The first 100 payers through the gate, will be just a bit extra pleased.

  Triple dead heat on the trainer's side of the leader board this week. Stephanie Graham, Chantal Turpin and Greg Elkins, all up there ,leading in two winners apiece. Narissa McMullen took the driving laurels, nosing out Hayden Barnes three to two. Most pleasing,  Double Or Nothing Hayden Barnes. Best tonic for trainer, Alistair Barnes, on the mend after a "heart scare".. Ipswich Factor 19/44..

  Resultsville  Albion Park 03/01..  Rock The House (Ben Battle for Tayla Gillespie).. Colombian Gold (Hayden Barnes for Gary Gerrard).. Live Atom (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Albion Park 04/01.. Our Memphis Mac (Chris Geary for Jason Carkeet).. Dapper (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Graham).. Tin Roof Raider (Lachie Manzelmann for Chantal Turpin).. Quietly Spoken (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Big Bang Leonard (Adam Sanderson for Stephanie Graham).. Albion Park 07/01.. Betterthanspraying (Narissa McMullen).. RocknRoll classic (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Nifty Studleigh (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Macy Jayde (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Redcliffe 08/01.. Just Rokin (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. A Rainbow Diamond (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..Albion Park 09/01.. Il Maximus (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Double Or Nothing (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Speechcraft (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Caesars Astrum (Narissa McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Big Bang Leonard (Brittany Graham for Stephanie Graham)..



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« 2020-Jan-19, 07:39 PM Reply #309 »
  "TROT TACTICS" 18/01/2020..

   
  As promised, the full list of attractions on offer at the Marburg Trots  on Australia Day, Monday January 27th. Gates open at 11am First 100 paying patrons receive $5 UBET betting voucher. Free Kids Rock Climbing Wall. Free Water Slide. (all rides supervised) Free Face painting. Funny money. "pick the last 6 ". Mini-Trots. 8 Race full TAB harness racing program. On track UBET van. Raffles to raise money for local rural fire brigade. Team Teal - ovarian cancer support and lady drivers race promotions. Watermelon throwing contest. Adults $5 entry, pensioners $3, kids free. Race books $3. Country style canteen and old fashioned bar prices. Just the best family day at the races, and all at budget conscious prices.--Don't miss it!!

   
  How it was in April 1995. Excerpts from "Harness Racing", which was the name of this column a quarter of a century ago.We appeared to be in a down cycle  at that point, and persons interested in reversing the negative trend were attempting to "right the wrongs"!
( commence italics)  HARNESS RACING PROMOTION HEADS TOWARD 2000..
  A group of Brisbane trotting enthusiasts, headed by Redcliffe Club members, Chris Garrard and Pat Ritter,have sought incorporation under the Associations Incorporation act with the purpose of raising the profile of harness racing in the Sunshine State. The group will be known as “Harness Racing Queensland Towards 2000”, and will undertake specific projects in consultation with the QHRB general manager.. Two initiatives already in the embryo stage, are the provision of playground facilities at Albion Park and assistance with the organisation of the annual awards night.
  To assist these projects, HR 2000 is organising a hefty raffle. In its infancy, the raffle already boasts prizes  in the order of a double horse float, two nicely bred yearlings, overseas travel, colour TV, video and sound equipment. The tickets should just about sell themselves!
  While HR 2000 are putting the icing on the cake, the 200 plus members of the breeders, Owners and Reinspersons Association are grinding away at the heart of the business, which is prize money. With what should be correctly titled “The Wallis /Taudevin Report”, giving its ordered and dispassionate review of the costs incurred by Queensland trotting owners as compared to what is available in prize money, is currently on the Racing Minister’s desk.
  While racing is obviously a high risk enterprise, it is the wholesale intervention of governments, via the TAB, which has cast the mantle of “industry” over what was once a very healthy sport. It therefore behoves government to address the frightening imbalance which exists when $42 million is outlaid against a prospective income, limited by legislation to $6.7 million. The “Wallis/Taudevin Report” is a powerful document which commands respect on its factual economic content. It can, if correctly implemented, be the key to the revitalisation of Queensland trotting! (close italics)
  None of the options put up 25 years ago was adopted,and the results of that inaction and others are plain to see today. The 2018/19 financial report shows a $6M shortfall,a massive drop in trainer and horse numbers over the time, and at least 90% of the prize money going to just 38 trainers, while the remaining 130 fight over the scraps. A reversal of thinking at the top end of Racing Queensland, is needed to redirect a great deal more of the prize money into the base of the pyramid before more of the 130 call it a day, with the inevitable result! Evidence of the current state of decay was highlighted last Saturday night at Albion Park, when there was found to be insufficient emergency  generator capacity to properly light the venue after an external loss of supply. The resultant loss of a large part of the meeting is inexcusable!
  Jump outs Marburg next Saturday 25/01.. Noms 7.00 am..Start 8.00 am. 0408 352 478..

   A pair of dead heats  balanced the leader board this week. Narissa McMullen and Hayden Barnes out drove the opposition, recording three wins apiece, while trainers
Kay Crone and John McMullen presented their stock in winning  mode on two occasions each.. Most pleasing, Whataboyz, yet another tonic for trainer Alistair Barnes, on his road to a full recovery. Ipswich Factor 19/40..
  Resultsville.. Redcliffe 10/01.. Schooby (Angus Garrard for Kay Crone).. Whata Reactor (Matt Elkins for Warren Hinze).. Whata Stride (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Albion Park 11/01.. Living Grand (Hayden Barnes for Steven Furey).. Ballerina Couru (Lachie Manzelmann for Craig McKinnis).. Albion Park 14/01.. Whataboyz (Kylie Rasmussen for Alistair Barnes).. Rosehill Magic (Denis Smith).. Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. The Doorman (Narissa McMullen for Steven Cini).. Redcliffe 15/01.. Janies Got A Gun (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Guptas Cullen (Hayden Barnes).. Andrew Jay (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Favourite Highlight (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Tic Tact (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Graham).. Schooby (Adam Richardson for Kay Crone).. Redcliffe 16/01.. Rock The House (Reece Maguire for Tayla Gillespie).. Ale Ale Kai (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees)Miss Mia (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Guts (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen)..




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« 2020-Jan-26, 12:39 PM Reply #310 »
"TROT TACTICS" 25/01/2020..

  For what ever reason, the first race on Monday at Marburg has been pushed back to a 2:20pm time slot.  however, the MPA has promised the fans a "family fun day", and a fun day they shall have. By bringing forward the Mini-trotter program and engaging the services of well known local "bush poet', Denley Stenzel , with his store of country slanted work, and his ability to connect thoughts and words, we will fill the gap. Add the watermelon throwing contest, the kids occupied with the supervised water slide and rock climbing wall and the time will fly. Don't forget ,the first 100 payers through the gate receive a $5 betting voucher .TAB Van is on course, Team Teal is there, giving you the opportunity to support Ovarian Cancer Research,and the rest is vintage Marburg. Raffles for local SES and RFS, best of country burgers and cold beverage, ice cream and coffee vans on course. "Pick the card" is $1800 this week and Adults are $5 ,Pensioners and Members $3 and the all important Race Book $3.Gates open midday. Send the kids back to school on a high.

  End of an era, the retirement of David Pahlke.  First elected to Moreton Shire Council (Division 2) in 1991 by a small margin, DP set high goals for himself in  29 years of community service.  Facing the electorate on 8 occasions, each time returned with ever increasing numbers his final win was Ipswich (Division 10) in 2018,demonstrating his popularity. For all that period, David Pahlke produced a phenomenal effort in hours spent in direct contact with his constituents. It could be best described as "just plain looking after" his electorate and Ipswich generally. He was making the greater footprint, and Division 10 in particular, a better place to live. David Pahlke was for progress, while preserving tradition and character. His retirement leaves a huge gap in the fabric of a flourishing semi-rural area!
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     (commence italics)  Premiership-winning harness trainers, the husband and wife team of Shane and Lauren Tritton, have issued a dire warning to Australian harness officials as they prepare to relocate their business to America. The Group I winning duo - known as Team Tritton - announced on Tuesday they will be relocating from their base in Menangle, NSW, to start a new operation in America. But the premiership-winning team are leaving with a warning for Australian harness racing officials concerning the future of the code in Australia. "We hope that those in control of harness racing can see they need to do more to make this great sport of harness racing bigger and better, as what it has become in the past decade has lost its viability to support the participants who rely on it," they said. "We would love to be staying in Australia for the rest of our careers but the reality is the viability of a trainer and driver in harness racing in Australia is too volatile. "We have tried to stress this to those in charge without any reaction or concern for the issues that every trainer or driver in the country face every week. "Please take notice those in charge need to do better for everyone in this industry who rely on it to survive. "This is a sport and should be fun - surviving isn't fun."(close italics).

  It is to be hoped that the above statement, while offering no remedy for the ills which beset Australian harness generally, comes from a source high enough up the totem pole to be heeded by our decision makers, both visible and invisible. The only inaccuracy in the piece is the reference to "the last decade". The rot set in many years before that.! The Tritton's target is correct. It is officialdom that is to blame, as it is the Captain's responsibility to see that the ship stays afloat, and that the crew does its job.

  The MPA is looking for a framed photo of a galloping race finish featuring  "THE WONDER FROM DOWN UNDER" -- Black Caviar..Some older Members think it may have been raffled by the MPA as a fund raiser about 2012., but no records were kept. So if it is hanging on someone's wall we would like to know. Ring this writer on 0408 352 478...

  Apologies for misinformation last week. MPA jump outs are Saturday, February 01.. 7;00am noms  education 8.00am. 0408 352 478..

  Peace on the leader board this week as Pete McMullen resumes the throne on the driving side, getting home first on six occasions. As is often the case, one of his sisters,Taleah, bobbed up three times for second place.Top trainer was newcomer, Stephanie Graham, leading in three winners.Worst news possible!  Battling trainer Colin Knox losing promising pacer Roll With Nike to suspected internal haemhorrage while racing at Albion Park..Ipswich Factor 22/42..

  Resultsville Albion Park 17/01.. Feel The Thunder (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Flying Wingard (Taleah McMullen for.Narissa McMullen).. Tiz A sizzler (Adam Sanderson for Stephanie Graham).. Albion Park 18/01.. Takitimu Express (Matt Elkins for gGreg Elkins).. Corey William (Pete MCMullen for Peter Greig).. Urban Girl (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Als Law (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Innocent Crocker (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 21/01.. The Cruise Missile (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Divas Delight (Trent Dawson).. Bib Bang Leonard (Lachie manzelmann for Stephanie Graham).. Redcliffe 22/01.Corey William (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Fortes In Fide (Alannah Pitt for Mark Rees).. Dynamic Deejay (Chloe Butler for Mitchell Dawson).. Maywyn A Jug Ortwo (Kelli Dawson).. Targaryen Hanover (Paul Diebert for Stephanie Graham).. Whata Stride (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. RedcliffeAmaya Becomes (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Miss giuletta Lachie Manzelmann for Bianca Hooper)...Molly Montana (Ricky Gordon for Lacey Hinze).. Artistic Saint (Trent Lethaby for Adam Sanderson).. Just Rokin (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).


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« 2020-Feb-02, 09:59 PM Reply #311 »
"TROT TACTICS"  01/02/2020..

  Sometimes when things look a bit grim, you can get a good result which puts you in the positive again. With that in mind, the Marburg Pacing Association  wants to say a big THANK YOU to the many adults with young kids who turned up to our Australia Day meeting last Monday. With what amounts to a small fortune outlayed by the Club on advertising, and supervised activities to make the day a "goer", the news that the actual racing was put back almost an hour and a half, was anything but welcome.  However, a bit of re-jigging of the run sheet, the total co-operation of the Mini-trotter folks, plus great weather, and the MPA's Family race day was up and away. The racing was top class country on a consistently fast track, and the kids were either all over the Rock Wall or cooling off on the waterslide for the whole meeting. There was a massive, well supported  raffle for the Rural fire service and the Ovarian Cancer Charity, "Team Teal" had their first all all girl driver's  race for the season . Team Teal will be front and centre at race meetings for the next five weeks. Look for the girls in the teal driving pants. The MPA may finish the day at a slight loss due to the time frame, but the massive support from the crowd for the racing, the activities, the water melon throwing, the food,and the beverage, indicated that about a million dollars was generated in good will, A very valuable commodity these days. Sadly, Marburg has no more race dates until early April. Hopefully, the friends we made on Monday will not forget us, and will be back to check us out, when next we race!!

   
   The following is a press release from Racing Queensland and announces yet another big bucks addition to the coming Winter Carnival. What this latest extravaganza is expected to achieve is beyond me. In a cash strapped operation such as Queensland Harness, the object, one would think, is to stabilise the budget,not throw a party!  ( begin italics)A new dawn beckons for harness racing in Queensland with the launch of the $250,000 Rising Sun. Earlier today, Racing Queensland unveiled the Group 1 feature, which is set to become the richest harness race in the Southern Hemisphere for three and four-year-old pacers. As part of the unique event, which will be staged at Albion Park on Saturday, July 18, two wildcards will be offered to Australasia’s best three-year-olds. As an added incentive, any three-year-old that contests the Rising Sun will benefit from a preferential draw, and should they triumph in the race, will receive a $100,000 bonus to secure the most lucrative pay day ever offered in the Sunshine State. “The Rising Sun is more than just a new race,” Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said. “It’s a Group 1 blockbuster designed to entice Australasia’s best age-restricted horses to our shores and to create an event that becomes iconic to Queensland. “We unashamedly want all roads leading to Brisbane throughout June and July.”Prior to last year’s Queensland Carnival, the Queensland Derby, Queensland Oaks, Queensland Trotters Cup and the Sunshine Sprint were all elevated to Group 1 status.The inclusion of the Rising Sun swells the Carnival’s tally to nine in 2020, with further enhancements to be announced in the near future. In the lead-up to the Rising Sun, RQ will be engaging with experts and punters alike to pick their fantasy fields, with Group 1 winner Governor Jujon among Queensland’s leading hopes. Boom New Zealand gelding Self Assured, who announced himself upon winning last year’s Queensland Derby, would be a serious contender from across the ditch, while Lochinvar Art, Balraj, Hurricane Harley and Max Delight form part of the southern raiders who could create history. “There’s almost 250,000 reasons for Australasia’s best three-year-olds to try and win the inaugural Rising Sun,” RQ CEO Brendan Parnell said.  “The positioning of the Queensland Carnival late in the season provides the perfect launching pad for our ‘Rising Suns’ to launch themselves into open class racing. “We have seen that with Self Assured and Colt Thirty One over the past two years and we look forward to the next superstar doing likewise in the coming months.
“Most of all, we look forward to the Rising Sun becoming a real talking point between now and July 18."(close italics)

   
 The state of play at Marburg, where we are having great difficulty in attracting full fields, is as follows.. The Club has initiated talks with RQ Harness aimed at raising the driving fee to the standard $57, ( this is a no-brainer, as the level of risk is the same across all tracks)and pay the standard float rebate of $50 per horse. (begin italics) For 27/1 only, while RQ does figures, considers its position, and further negotiates with us, the compromise is this: They'll pay 6th to last $50 float rebate. They'll pay the $25 driving fee, but not out of the current prizemoney (so it's not to be deducted from any prizemoney/rebate).Prizemoney will be:  1320; 399; 219; 152; 110 then 6th to last $50. Drivers will be paid $25, but it will be paid direct from RQ, not deducted from prizemoney. 
 
This is not a massive jump, but it means no one goes home empty handed - which is a step in the right direction. I The Club will continue to liaise with RQ to attempt to reach our goal of full rebates and full driving fees at all meetings. (close italics.

   
  In just 12 hours, the link < Gavin Lang fundraiser set up online > by the Caduceus Club has raised over $30,000 for the champion Victorian horseman’s family. Lang is fighting a rare type of lymphoma and requires intense and expensive treatment which is only available from the USA. A number of drivers have committed their driving fees from Hunter Cup night to the cause, while Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today announced 100 per cent of proceeds from the sale of TAB Summer of Glory merchandise at Melton will go to the fundraising effort. The "ICEMAN " as he is known for his casual driving style and late charges, is fighting a battle for his life. As is usual in harness circles, when the going gets tough in the health department the money flows.  If you wish to be a soldier in the Gavin Lang army contact the above.

  Gender equity on a week about basis is the story on the leader board for drivers this time round with Narissa Mcmullen getting the nod on seven occasions. Closest up , Matt Elkins, rang the bell four times. .Even results for trainers with Ron Sallis, Mark Rees and John McMullen all up there on two winners apiece. Most pleasing, Corindhap Creek for Peter McKay (Taleah McMullen), and Writeaboutchelsea (Trent Hodges) both good efforts at Marburg. Ipswich Factor 28/49..

  Resultsville  Albion Park 24/01.. Makin Good (Narissa mcMullen for Steve Cini).. Whata Reactor (Matt Elkins forWarren Hinze).. Golightly (Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen).. Captain Cosmonaut) Trent Dawson).. Albion Park 25/01.. Secret Agent Tycoon (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Weedons Express (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Much Bettor (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Bangkok Bravado (Kelli Dawson for Shane Fraser).. Ale Ale Kai (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Sonny Orlando (Narissa McMullen for Julie Mason).. Quietly Spoken (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini)..Marburg 27/01.. Perfect Feeling (Matt Elkins for Dan Russel).. Corindhap Creek (Taleah McMullen for Peter McKay).. Writeaboutchelsea (Trent Hodges).. Targaryen Hanover (Paul Diebert for Stephanie Graham).. Wheres Tascott (Taleah McMullen for Steve Towns).. Camroller (Trent Lethaby for Alex Johnstone).. Albion Park 28/01.. RocknRoll Classic (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. A Rainbow Delight (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Ketut (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Arthur Lowe (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis).. Redclffe 29/01.. Fire And Ice (Justin Elkins for Vic Frost).. I Am The Joker (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Ale Ale Kai (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Maywyn A Jug Ortwo (Kelli Dawson).. Beach Goddess (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Redcliffe 30/01.. Country Run (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Lethal Star (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen)..


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« 2020-Feb-09, 09:46 PM Reply #312 »
"TROT TACTICS"..08/02/2020.

  Having had a pleasing result from the Australia Day family race meeting, the Marburg trots have been pushed into recess, due it seems to a total lack of suitable Sky Channel slots in February and March. It was intended to do a track resurface in February, but the infrastructure team will be occupied with a project at Deagon until the end of March. The MPA does, however, have a tentative commitment  to a four day slot commencing immediately after the Easter Sunday feature race meeting, so trainers must expect a track closure for that April time frame.In one respect, the lack of racing will be a blessing, as it will give the MPA a chance to complete the TAB betting facility, (donga), a project so encumbered by Australian Building Code regulations, as to frighten any sporting body proposing a similar structure.The MPA takes this opportunity to thank TAB for their generosity in supplying mobile betting vans for the extended period, which will total 10 months if finished by April.

  Further to last week's press release re the new feature race, "The Rising Sun", announced by Racing Minister,Stirling Hinchcliffe to be run at the Winter Carnival for 3 and 4yo pacers for basic stakes of $250,000, with a bonus of $100,000 should it be won by a 3yo. Such an announcement attracted much negative comment among participants  at the base of the harness pyramid, as might be expected.  Having spoken to RQ Harness management on the benefits or lack of same accompanying this particular sunrise, I was quite reasonably reminded of other highly beneficial cash injections at all levels of competition, through the the greatly enhanced Q-bred scheme, currently in operation throughout the season. These Q-bred bonuses in their various forms will no doubt run into a sum in excess of the funds required for "The Rising Sun",which balances the argument nicely. A plus for RQ!!

  Meanwhile, the determined trot folk of Townsville, are bringing fresh pressure to the various sitting MPs of whatever party. As election time rolls nearer, it seems that he or she who demonstrates support prior to the crucial day, will be the one who gets the numbers at the ballot box. That is the main tenet of the Democratic process. You get to support the people who will rally to your cause. In this case the cause has strong elements of community benefit, even more desirable!!

  Sadly, several other problem areas remain. In the matters of Marburg prize money, drivers fees and float rebates, these items  no doubt require a substantial increase in TAB turnover to cover the funding of same. In order to attract viable turnover, Marburg must provide, as a basic requirement, minimum 8 races, (9 would be better), with 9 runners per race. With driver's fees set at $25 ( Redcliffe and Albion Park $57), and no float rebate, ($50 per runner at the other two tracks), one can understand why trainers and drivers are reluctant to race at "the burg".  There are various policies which might take the prize money to an attractive level for owners, but we have insufficient space to explain these in detail, and they deserve to be explained.

  An interesting comparison between training and driving on the leader board this week.  Eight trainers led in one winner each, which is probably a good economic result across the Greater Ipswich Footprint, while two drivers, Narissa McMullen and Adam Sanderson greeted the Judge  on four occasions each,which is a good week at the office for them. Most pleasing , Its You Not Me, Trent Hodges with Noel Parrish in the sulky. more encouragement for the battlers. Ipswich Factor 21/45..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 31/01.. Whata Challenge (Narissa McMullen for Steve Coombs).. Monorail (Narissa McMullen for Lisa Bahr).. Albion Park 01/02.. Just Deal It (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Im Major Harry (Narissa McMullen for Chris Monte).. Comigal (Hayden Barnes for Brett Cargill).. Watch Pulp Fiction (Chantal Turpin).. Artistic Saint (Adam Sanderson).. Call Me Yours (Justin Elkins for Tess Neaves).. Albion Park 04/02.. Mummys Boy (Chris Geary for Jay Edmunds).. Macey Jayde (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Thats How We Roll (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Platinum Roulette (Angus Garrard for Alex Johnstone).. Redcliffe 05/02.. Guptas Cullen (Brendan Barnes for Hayden Barnes).. Thats Bettor (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Redcliffe 06/02.. Georgezilla (Nikki Chalk for Bill Crosby).. Its You Not Me (Noel Parrish for Trent Hodges).. Ashlee Nitro (Pete McMullen for Stewie Dickson).. Modern Thought (Lachie Manzelmann for Errol Cain).. Pacific Coin (Lachie Manzelmann for Lola weidemann).. Lettucefirestar (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Ryan Veivers).. Headwin (PeteMcMullen for Allan Godwin).



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« 2020-Feb-16, 09:12 PM Reply #313 »
"TROT TACTICS" 15/02/2020..

  Thanks to the tidy mind of the MPA's first President, Brendan Sheehy, we have a copy of the initial approach to the Marburg Show society as sent to the then Secretary, Mrs Dance.  Snippets from this proposal included mention of the very successful trialing operation being conducted at the Cleveland Showground on Sunday mornings and Thursday nights and the tangible benefits flowing on to both the harness participants and the Redlands Show Society. The Marburg proposal followed on the same lines,as the needs of owners and trainers  are universal and identical in any harness jurisdiction world wide. This initial approach was made in January 1980 and so the MPA is coming up to it's 40th anniversary. The Show Society up-graded it's track from the standard 400 metre "show racing circle" to a 530 metre oval , which was hailed at the time as the "best show track in Queensland" and the MPA was up and away. In practical terms, what this joint venture achieved, was to drag harness in the greater Ipswich footprint out of the dark ages. Before 12 months elapsed, local trainers, who previously had only gone to to Albion Park ,Redcliffe and Gold Coast to look over the fence, were starting horses at these venues and winning on a regular basis. Provision of regular and frequent trialing opportunity, by trainers for trainers and often tailor made to individual horse needs, had done the trick.. More to follow..

 
  Long time Queensland identitiy,Damian Raedler, has announced his retirement from harness racing administration. Raedler bows out after a “second time around” as the chief executive of the Albion Park Harness Racing Club. “I’ve had a good innings of nearly 40 years in the business. You know when it’s time,” Raedler said. A flair for race broadcasting saw Raedler offside the legendary John Tapp in the late seventies and early eighties in Sydney at radio station 2GB. He took a quantum leap in 1983 moving his young family to Queensland  to begin what would become  a distinguished career in harness racing administration. Initially the Albion Park HRC marketing manager, he assumed the general manager role not long afterwards and held the position for the next two decades. “I arrived at a great time as it was the opening of the new 1000 metre track and grandstand. Albion Park was dubbed the “speed pacing capital of Australia”, “ he reflected. “These were terrific times. Big crowds and exciting racing,” he added. Raedler is immensely proud of his role in the running of the 1986, 1993 and 2001 Inter Dominions at Albion Park. “I might be biased but some of the best Inter Dominion carnivals were in Queensland,” he said. He returned to New South Wales in 2004 when he secured the appointment  as  chief executive of the commercial arm of Harness Racing New South Wales. This was to be a short stint and soon after he returned to Queensland and his expertise was snapped up by the various controlling bodies of the sport over the next decade. “To be able to return to Albion Park for my final working role was not lost on me,” he said.
Current Albion Park HRC chairman David Fowler paid Raedler the highest compliment on the announcement of his retirement. “His word was his bond. His knowledge of the complex was second to none. Not only was he a great administrator but a great friend, “ Fowler said.His expertise was acknowledged in 2008 when he was awarded the Harness Racing Australia “Distinguished National Service Award” for his contribution to the harness racing industry. The Albion Park HRC will now embark on a course to secure a new Chief Executive to replace Raedler. “They will be hard shoes to fill,” Fowler pointed out.

  Harness Racing Australia has announced several modifications to the current "ratings" system.These changes are now subject to formal adoption by the HRA members and implementation by Racing Information ServicesEnterprise Pty Ltd (RISE) into the "Harvey" (computer program) system, and lastly, adoption into the Australian handicapping Rules. Effective dates will follow. Are you confused?  Since less than five percent of trainers have been able to make any sense of the original format, other than the painful discovery that it is better to put a one win 3yo  in the paddock, (unless it is a serious "Classic" horse), until next season. Any other course of action will result in the "likely improver" having its competitive spirit destroyed by endless encounters with hardened veterans who have had years of experience, and are perhaps in their third or fourth reincarnation in the lower grades. Some system!!

    Familiar names on the leader board this week. Matt Elkins was top driver landing three wins with Narissa McMullen, Adam Sanderson and Pete McMullen, hot on his heels with two wins apiece. Triple dead heat for training honours, ,Tim Gillespie ,Chantal Turpin and Greg Elkins, all on two for the week. Definitely the most pleasing, Kid Calvert for Jurgen Stroschon at Redcliffe on Thursday with Matt Elkins in the sulky; Ipswich factor 19/40..

  Resultsville  Albion Park 07/02.. Feel like Dancin (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Bronski Macarena (Narissa McMullen for Brett Cargill).. Major Currency (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. B Mac C (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Als Law (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Albion Park 08/02.. Jumping Jolt (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Cardles From Heaven (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Random Task (Justin Elkins for Donny Smith).. Zahven Banner (Trent Dawson for Jack Butler).. Pacific Coin (Lachie Manzelmann for Lola Weidemann).. Albion Park 11/02.. Bib Bang Leonard (Angus Garrard for Stephanie Graham).. High On Montana (Lachie Manzelmann for Lacey Hinze).. Millwood Tilly (Chantal Turpin).. Redclifffe 12/02.. Sir bulski (Tim Gillespie).. Redcliffe 13/02.. Timeless Appeal (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Kid Calvert (Matt Elkins for Jurgen Stroschon).. Dollar Bill (Angus Garrard for Kay Crone).. Eye See Double (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Majordoit (Angus Garrard for Tim Gillespie)..



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« 2020-Feb-23, 03:00 PM Reply #314 »
"TROT TACTICS".. 22/02/2020..

   
  'When you're hot you're hot" is the only way one could describe the success level of the Glamorganvale based "Team McMullen " in recent weeks.  25 year old Narissa McMullen and her younger sister, Taleah drove half the card (four winners) at Albion Park on Saturday night – and in doing so they raised $800 for ‘Team Teal’ and ovarian cancer..  The elder sibling was literally on fire and so was trainer, Stephen Cini. She said her combination with the Alberton horseman had blossomed in recent seasons. “I’m just happy to be supporting such a good cause and raising some much needed awareness for ovarian cancer. “It’s also great to win races for Steve as he has been my number one supporter from the beginning of my driving career. I owe him for a lot of my success,” McMullen said. The night's effort reflected a great season so far with the human element boasting individual stats of John (trainer only) of 408 starters for 35 winners and 73 placings for earnings of $215,298. Driving scores were Narissa 465 drives, netting 65 wins and 125 placings for $461,038, while Taleah has been round on 366 occasions for 45 wins and 80 placings banking $278,659. Things happen in a hurry, as the flying sisters added another three wins to the pot at Redcliffe on Thursday, making the preceding figures inaccurate, but in a nice way!.

   An excerpt from the Courier Mail's report on the interim financials for  Racing Queensland contained the following news. (italics).. It's been a solid first  half year result on the back of Eagle Farm’s return and being more commercial in non-TAB conversions and our carnival innovations,” RQ chief executive Brendan Parnell said. There has been a 14 per cent increase in the number of TAB races run in the state, most notably in the harness code (up 22.6 per cent). While the raw figures look strong, there is a potential black hole looming for RQ with the performance of the Queensland arm of wagering partner Tabcorp. UBET turnover fell by $101 million in the first half of the year, continuing a downward trend. The merger with Tabcorp is yet to realise the benefits for the Queensland TAB that were initially forecast. To this point, there has been a safety net in place, where Tabcorp has paid a “top-up fee” making up for any shortfall of an agreed amount with RQ when the merger with UBET was done. Last year’s top-up was $15.6 million, meaning at the current rate RQ could have a potential $25 million shortfall to make up next year, as the top-up agreement expires in December. Tabcorp is due to release its half-yearly report this week, which is expected to show a softening of wagering figures across the board. Close italics). Examination of the relevant media release which quotes Greyhound turnover up by 4.4% and an increase in TAB races of 9% as opposed to Harness turnover up by 0.1% and TAB races increased by 22.6%, does not appear to compute. Perhaps a more detailed revue of the accounting procedures might reassure the doubting Thomas's.

 
   It is the cyclone season, and the weather in North Queensland is unsettled as per the norm.  As it is an election year there is also a chance of disturbance in the political climate. What started as a mild whirlywind, fueled by reasonable requests, is about to become "Hurricane Harness", as the soldiers of North Queensland trotting move to remind the current government that it is elected to serve ALL the people of Qld, and, while we are still a democracy, sitting members should be firmly focused on the ballot box.
 (commence italics)To Thuringowa Electorate office. "Hi Aaron. As requested twice previously we wish to arrange a meeting to discuss the enclosed correspondence received from Adam Wallish. The purpose of this is to gain and understanding that the Minister supports the comments enclosed in the below from his Racing Queensland Representative and is the view of the current Government. I understand our members have made contact also with Coralee and Scott’s offices (other sitting Labour members) to arrange the same. Thus far all members have not received feedback, this is concerning as I can only assume Labour does not want to meet with us and has no substantial or factual information to bring to the table. Further information has now surfaced that supports our cause and I wish to bring this to your attention. However if I do not gain feedback I can only assume that Scott, Coralee, Yourself and the Labour Party are not interested and do not see this as a beneficial project for the region. One item that concerns me is that on one hand Racing Queensland and the Government in their meeting with us focus on profitable accountability for this industry. However on Thursday last week announces another $250000 race for the winter carnival that will place added pressure on the industry with no gain what so ever for the industry. Given also the added stakes with no extra meeting to derive income from added in this and future calendar year doesn’t really match the blueprint being placed before us at our meetings. On top of this the added show circuit with no income you have to wonder is the Government and RQ serious?(close italics)..

  Musical chairs on the leader board this week, reflecting the Team McMullen white wash. Leading trainer John McMullen with rour winners and no one else in sight, Taleah McMullen best driver  on five wins, Narissa McMullen right up close on four. Most pleasing ,Babole Nere for Danielle Fitzgerald with Paul Diebert in the sulky. Ipswich Factor 20/40..

  Resultsville .. The Prayer of the two fingered typist -- "Lord give them shorter names!!"..Albion Park14/02.. Beaudacious  (Dani-elle McMullen for John McMullen).. Sir Semper Fidelis (Paul Matis).. Huntaway (Kylie Rasmussen for Alex Johnstone).. B Mac C  (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Hard To Hear (Trent Dawson).. Albion Park 15/02.. Urban Girl (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Blade (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. With Authority (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Dream To Share (Adam Sanderson).. Quietly Spoken (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Albion Park  18/02.. Monorail (Pete McMullen for Lisa Bahr)..  Redcliffe 19/02.. Guts (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Guptas Cullen (Hayden Barnes).. Eulo Flyer (taleah McMullen for Dale Belford).. Redcliffe 20/02.. Wheres Seggy (Taleah McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Tulhurst Kate (Adam Richardson for Dave Russell)..Bambole Nere (Paul Diebert for Danielle Fitzgerald).. Starzzz On High (Taleah McMullen for Merv Hieronymous).. Targaryen Hanover (Paul Diebert for Stephanie Graham).. Beach Goddess (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis)..




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« 2020-Mar-01, 10:55 PM Reply #315 »
TROT TACTICS" 29/02/2020..

  An important meeting for harness folk of all descriptions, will be held at Marburg Show hall next Monday night at 7.00pm.. Jim Madden, Member for Ipswich West, has arranged for Brendan Parnell (CEO of RQ) and Adam Wallish (  General Manager), to be in attendance. Subjects being:  NEW VENUE--- IF ANY-- WHERE?, and the IMMEDIATE AND GENERAL FUTURE of Marburg Pacing Association. BE THERE ,AND BRING YOUR QUESTIONS. WE NEED SOME ANSWERS IN ORDER TO PLAN OUR FUTURES IN HARNESS. CURRENTLY, THERE IS A LEVEL OF DISSATISFACTION THAT YOU COULD WALK ON, IN ALL BAR THE TOP 20% OF THE PYRAMID, AND VERY FEW CONCRETE FACTS, SO IT SEEMS,TO SUPPORT ANY OPTIMISM IN THE REMAINING 80%.  BE THERE. EVERYONE HAS STAKE IN THIS, AND SHOULD BE HEARD!!!

  Meanwhile, on the new development front, RQ has announced that it has engaged business maintenance and repair wizards, KPMG, to compile a list, assess, and no doubt value, all assets of Tier1 and Tier 2 TAB Clubs. This is not as simple as it sounds as many of the assets listed by the smaller Clubs were purchased from Club funds which were not derived from RQ and were owned by Clubs, many years before the inception of RQ. The current list at Marburg, updated just two weeks ago, and lodged at the request of RQ, covered track and venue maintenance equipment, and a new sound system. An honest appraisal came to $93,000, but, in a lengthy list, it will be difficult for KPMG to identify more than six items that relate to RQ funding.

  Meanwhile, racing at Marburg is at a standstill until early April when the Gold Strike Series, (heats and Final)  will take place, with the big Final set for the traditional "Easter Sunday Fun Day" meeting. The MPA was fairly happy with the loss of February meetings as as a major track re-surface had been scheduled and if conducted early to mid-month would have allowed for the new material to compact and provide a long lasting and consistent race track. The up-grade has now been put back to after Easter, as, apparently, Sky Channel can provide no dates in March,nor can RQ infrastructure. We are now busy losing the on-course impetus gained on Australia Day, and can only hope that the new faces who came on that day, do not forget us!!

  Big change on the trainers side of the leader board this week with Trent Hodges earning his place in the sun by being the only local trainer to find the winners circle on two occasions. In the sulky sitting department, Narissa McMullen retained her form as leading driver with three wins. Hot in pursuit were Kelli Dawson, Lachie Manzelmann and Matt Elkins all on two wins apiece. Most pleasing, Trent Hodges, and Bruce Whyborn (trainers)and driver Danny Gatt -Bouquet. Ipswich Factor 20/50.


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« 2020-Mar-08, 09:49 PM Reply #316 »
"TROT TACTICS"  07/03/2020..

   
  The following two stories are sourced from the Australian Harness Racing website.. (begin italics)... The Miracle Mile,  Australia's speed pacing championship final, will be run this Saturday 7 March. Queensland might not have a horse in the big one, but the Sunshine State will have four starters in the Mini Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Queensland representatives are Kalee Shackleford driving Bella Donna in the Midgets division; while in the Shetland Division there are Briana Davis driving Jumping Jack, Ezekiel Fitness driving Flash Thunderstorm and Layne Dywer driving Dan-Elles Dash.  Layne in fact qualified two horses for the 10-strong Mini Mile, but can’t drive two horses at once, so he gifted his other drive to friend and fellow Queensland Junior Harness Racing Association competitor, Ezekiel. There were 200 ponies from three States (NSW & Victoria) who travelled to Tamworth at Easter to qualify for the Mini Miracle Mile. There were eight races for each pony over two days, and just 10 horses from each division got invites into the Miracle Mile.  The Miracle Mile evening kicks off at 5.00pm Saturday 7 March. Congratulations to all four Queensland entrants.( close italics)

  This is a strange one, as it is a revamp of a racing format which has failed  at every attempt to introduce it in this country.. (begin italics).. Commencing in March the inaugural Trot Rods Series will be introduced at the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club. The Trot Rods is a series of races to be held over 947 metres, which is one lap of the track from the 1780m starting point, set over a period of 9 weeks (refer schedule below) with at least one race per week set aside for the Trot Rods each Wednesday night. Following feedback from participants from past short course or one lap races that it can be difficult for horses back in the field to get into the race, the maximum field size will be set at 5 plus an emergency. (Emergency to receive $100 if not drawn in another race on the same night) All races during the series will be Penalty Exempt and the barrier draw shall be performed on a preferential basis using the horse’s average mile rates at their last 10 starts. (close italics).  One wonders if the decision makers gave any thought to the difficulty that many pacers have at Redcliffe when negotiating the first turn after the 1780 metre start. Especially in an event which carries a hefty bonus for the fastest lap run during the series. In all seriousness, is our product, which we are told is going gangbusters in the revenue department, in need of a circus as described in the above..

  The "MEET RACING QUEENSLAND" event conducted at Marburg last Monday night, attracted a crowd of fifty participants. The bulk of the major players from the Greater Ipswich footprint were present, no doubt hoping to hear something good in the line of major venues in the immediate future, and an across the board improvement in all facets of race meetings to be conducted at Marburg. Sadly, no such news was forthcoming, as the representatives of RQ very firmly explained that no such venues were planned for the Ipswich area in the foreseeable future. Nor, in fact, was there any joy for the MPA, which had hoped to gain support for additional meetings in the Sunday  SKY 2 time slots, in order to give hope to the hobbyists who need racing opportunity when they can actually get to the races (outside of work commitments). Also, there would need to be further research done on the vexing question of a full driver's fee and float rebate to apply to Marburg meetings. The same ambassadors re-assured us that they were strongly focused on growing "grass roots racing". From the information given out, it would be difficult to believe. However, they said it, and we must believe it. However, we don't have to like it, and the battle goes on!!

  Only room for McMullens  up there on the leader board this week. On the trainer's side with Chantal Turpin-McMullen and John McMullen finishing the week, tied on three winners apiece. Over in the driving department Narissa McMullen resumed top spot, victorious on six occasions while younger sister, Taleah McMullen, chased home three. Most pleasing, Dave Russell's double at Redcliffe on Wednesday night. Nathan Dawson had the reins. Ipswich factor 27/42. If our friends at RQ took any notice of the weekly factor, they would see that the Ipswich influence is to the fore in more than 50% of all tote races almost every week of the racing season!

  Resultsville .. Albion Park 28/02.. Mind Of My Own (Trent Dawson).. Weedons Express (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Red Terror (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. B Mac C (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen)Majestic Simon (Chantal Turpin).. Rosehill Magic (Denis Smith).. The Reaper (Narissa McMullen for Terry Hancock).. Albion Park 29/02.. Cardles From Heaven (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Hard To Hear (Trent Dawson).. Major Currency (Narissa Dawson for Ron Sallis).. Mach Alert (Kelli Dawson for Ian Gurney).. Quietly Spoken (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Slippery Jade (Nikki Chalk for Bill Crosby).. Albion Park 03/03.. Garland Greene (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. My Ultimate Hell (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Davis).. Twitter Bromac (Chris Geary for Jay Edmunds).. Eternal Promise (Adam Sanderson for G Dixon).. Redcliffe 04/03.. Andrew Jay (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Feeling For A Rainbow (Nathan Dawson for Dave Russell).. Timeless Appeal (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Studleigh Will (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Tulhurst Kate (Nathan Dawson for Dave Russell).. Amaya Becomes (Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 05/03.. Nesters Hill (Taleah McMullen for Peter McKay).. Schooby (Angus Garrard for Kay Crone).. Eulo Flyer (Pete McMullen for Dale Belford).. Guptas Cullen (Hayden Barnes)..



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« 2020-Mar-16, 12:21 PM Reply #317 »
TROT TACTICS" 14/03/2020..

  Going outside the confines of the Ipswich footprint for a brief report on the progress of rookie driver Angus Garrard, whose steady rise to prominence in the list of Queensland sulky sitters, has begun to attract a deal of attention. The lad has been driving at the races for approximately 12 months now, and boasts career stats of 481 starts for 54 wins, 55 seconds and 57 thirds which has produced prize money to the tune of $301,373. AG, who is a student at St Pauls (Bald Hills) will finish his studies at the end of this year, and no doubt be introduced to a busy life in pesticides, retail saddlery and yet more harness racing. Angus Garrard cannot remember a life without horses. He rates Bohdi tree as the best performed horse he has driven, and, currently,nominates a horse called Gold And Black as having the most potential.He has only one ambition, "To be the best I can be"!!! It is a good ambition for a fourth generation harness man. It will take him far..

  Harness in Queensland is fueled by rumours. The latest concerns the possible site for the venue which will replace Albion Park.The word has it, that it is Wacol or Yatala. Your guess is as good as mine, but at least the "inside of Doomben" was not mentioned. That would be the pits!!

  The unwarranted attack on Albion Park Chairman, David Fowler, in "Lets Go horse Racing", for his alleged mismanagement of the day to day and future finances of the principal Club, is fairly typical of the "self, or assisted" destruction of Harness Racing in this State. Fowler, who followed  Mr Kevin Seymour AM into the Chair at Albion Park was handed the poisoned chalice, and make no mistake.. No Hinze Stand, no Silks Restaurant, and a broadcast facility which would be a laughing stock at Broken Hill in western NSW, which track at least boasts an elegant, modernist structure of three shipping containers.. For at least a decade, Albion Park broadcast product has emanated from a ramshackle pile of temporary scaffolding,  for caller Chris Barsby, Judges, and camera operators which occupy the nightmare at race meetings.

 Further, D. Fowler has been in the Chair through a period in which harness racing has been saddled with successive "punter unfriendly" racing formats. First came "Mobile Conditioned" which we adopted nationally on the principle that it would would enhance and extend the earning capacity of our racing pool horse population.  Sadly the writing of "conditions" on races, which became an art form, married to a system of allotting barrier draws ( a base of a minimum 16 methods with the freedom to combine any number of these to arrive at the final determination), became a stew in which any form line was soon submerged.

  When the penny finally dropped, the people driving the truck at Harness Racing Australia implemented  a version of the "Ratings", said to be be based on, and similar to the Thoroughbred system. As it was numbers, HRA engaged a professional mathematician to create a "matrix", which would provide order in the system. The gentleman concerned, we were told, was responsible for the "matrix" upon which the Coles Supermarket home delivery service is based, and this system when it was applied to harness racing on a national basis, would cure all our ills. Nice try, but when you  interface a computer program with the mass of constantly varying variables which is a harness racehorse, you are on a hiding to nothing.

  David Fowler, try as he might, cannot cure the ills of Albion Park. He is to be commended for bringing the debacle over the complex out into the open. He is hampered by policies which should not exist. When we decide to bite the bullet, and give our major source of income, the punter, an attractive package to work with, then, the ship is likely to become bouyant again.  It does, however, require an overhaul in other areas to guarantee a measure of success.

 A spread on the leader board this week with brother and sister ,Pete, and Narissa McMullen ,the top drivers with four wins apiece. Matt Elkins was close up on three. A trffic jam in the training ranks as well, with Ron Sallis and John McMullen sharing the laurels,each leading in three of the best, hotly followed on two by Dale Belford, Jason Carkeet, Dave Russell and Chantal Turpin.

 Resultsville Albion Park 06/03.. Rich Virgin (Matt Elkins for Ron Sallis.. B Mac C (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Crown Mojo (Adam Sanderson for Jason Carkeet).. Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Illawong Champers (Matt Elkins for Dave Russell).. Albion Park 07/03.. Major Currency (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. With The Band (Kelli Dawson for Donny Smith).. Majestic Simon (Chantal Turpin).. Just Rokin (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Feeling For A Rainbow (Matt Elkins for Dave Russell).. Albion Park 10/03.. My China Doll (Kylie Rasmussen for Dale Belfoed).. Montana Nights (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Eternal Promise (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Redcliffe 11/03.. Just Rokin (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Our Delight (Pete McMullrn for Chantal Turpin).. Studleigh Will (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Redcliffe 12/03.. Feeling The Thrill (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).. Thank Heaven for Girls (Pete MCMullen for Dale Belford).. Headwin (Nathan Dawson for Allan Godwin) ..

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« 2020-Mar-22, 11:02 PM Reply #318 »
"TROT TACTICS"  21/03/2020..

  Corona virus and the resultant pandemonium is a perfect demonstration of a world unprepared for surprises. However, there are lessons to be learned. From this great upheaval, racing in Queensland has reacted well. The great bulk of scheduled meetings are taking place, accompanied by sensible precautions. No unnecessary people are allowed on course, no spectators and only the absolute  minimum of people required to to get the dogs and horses to the track, get them round, and get them home.

  This viral emergency will not last forever, and, as it fortunately does not affect the animal component of our racing equation, racing in our state should bounce back to normal very quickly, once free movement of the population is a reality. If we can keep going with a minimal loss of income, and the racing pool not shrink too much, then our existing on-course patrons might bring a few of their friends to the re-opening of the venues. This might just create a bump in attendances that Clubs might exploit into the future.Economics history is a recital of busts followed by booms. We might get lucky!

  Meanwhile, on the Marburg front,we have decided that Easter Sunday is likely to be a "closed gate" meeting. Those locals and regulars,will have to wait until later in the year for the Big Feature race day. Those major sponsored events will still be run. At this time, however, the Club will program "bread and butter" events, designed to distribute subsistence  prize money in an attempt to provide support at the grass roots level of the sport/industry.

  While the overall view is grim, several local trainers are at least maintaining "business as usual figures ". John McMullen is flying, Ron Sallis and Chantal Turpin are ticking over nicely, Trent Dawson posts good figures, and the find of the season ,Trent Hodges, scored this week also. "It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good"!

  A minor shuffle on the leader board this week, with Pete McMullen equal leading driver again. Different sister this time with Taleah McMullen occupying the centrespot.Matt Elkins up close again with three wins tying with Adam Sanderson.  Training again stayed in related camps, with John McMullen nosing out daughter-in-law Chantal Turpin four to three. Most pleasing, Crossed Legs for Nicole Hanrahan, Zac Chappenden in the cart. Ipswich Factor 21/41..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 13/03.. Monorail (Narissa McMullen for Lisa bahr).. Feelingforarainbow (Matt Elkins for Dave Russell).. Writeaboutchelsea (Trent Moffat for Trent Hodges).. Corageous Leo (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis).. The Doorman (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Major Lucky (Pete McMullen for Rob Gorman).. Studleigh Strike (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Albion Park 14/03.. Bettor To Be Lucky (Adam Sanderson for Kerry Morris).. Rich Virgin (Matt Elkins for Ron Sallis).. Innocent Crocker (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Smooth Showgirl (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Torque With Esteem (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 17/03.. Talent To Spare (Trent Dawson).. Much Bettor (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. B Mac C (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Redcliffe 18/03.. Swaffham Water (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Wecanonlyhope (Matt Elkins for Lacey Hinze).. Feel The Thrill (Taleah McMullen for john McMullen).. Redcliffe 19/03.. Crossed Legs (Zac Chappenden for Nicole Hanrahan).. Just One Good One (Ricky Gordon for Lacey Hinze).. Laughing Emoji (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..



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« 2020-Mar-29, 05:41 PM Reply #319 »
"TROT TACTICS" 28/03/2020..

  The advent of COVID 19, or "CORONA VIRUS" can be likened to the appearance of two of the four horsemen of the Biblical event, from the Book Of Revelations. This, of course, is the Apocalyse, and is one of the predicted events designed to encourage us to keep on the straight and narrow in our lives. This writer was struck by the sequence  of the happenings, and the time frame, which has led to our present plight. We entered into the sequence on the back of a long term and widespread drought, which could be reasonably labelled Famine. The drought provided enormous amounts of dry fuel and a lack of water to fight the devastating bush fires which followed, and which, from a fire fighters view, could only be classified as War. As the flames died down,and floods took their place in Australia, so the two final riders, Pestilence and Death made their entry onto the battlefield at an accelerated pace,thanks to  historical development in rapid transport. No special reason for the above, except to remark that it draws attention to yet another conflict between man and nature, and, at its worst, man is trying to prevent himself from committing suicide..

  On the lighter, and more encouraging side, when our leaders should be concerned at the number of people who are NOT entering the sport/industry of harness racing in Queensland, we should consider and congratulate some of the people who have stayed in long term. Nicole Hanrahan is one such "stayer". She has held a licence to train pacers in Queensland for 30 of her 45 years, following stints at the mini-trotters and pony club.  As a trainer, NH has started horses on 584 occasions which have produced 26 winners, 36 seconds and 48 thirds, banking $65,809 in the process. Nicole rates Treacles as the best horse to have carried her colours of pink and black checks, pink sleeves and black armbands to victory. One thing is certain, any horse to leave the Spring Creek stables of "team Hanrahan" will be turned out ready to do harness racing proud. One of our big draw cards used to be the brilliant spectacle that harness presented ,especially at night. SHOW and SHINE was the order of the day. Nicole Hanrahan has preserved those traditions. Currently the team stands at three, the promising Crossed Legs, Major Grandeur and feeling Flirty.  Like so many others, all Nicole Hanrahan needs to propel her up the ladder of success, is the one thing she cannot supply herself. That factor is "LUCK" pure and simple. Some people have a lot of it, others very little. What Nicole Hanrahan has is a dogged determination to succeed. We can only hope that it happens because it is well deserved!!!

  On the Marburg horizon, is the likelihood that the two meetings associated with Easter, Thursday 02/ April, and Easter Sunday will be run under "lock down" conditions. Skeleton crew and no owners or public!! Watch the QT for changes to this, but that is the state of play at the moment.

  Still  the top of the Driver's board remains part McMullen territory, with Narissa sharing space with Hayden Barnes both greeting the judge on five occasions, Adam Sanderson in hot pursuit, landing four of the best. On the training side, Ron Sallis supreme, four winners, with Chantal Turpin, Ricky Gordon and Kelli Dawson, all going well on two apiece. Most pleasing, aside from Crossed Legs for Nicole Hanrahan, would be Ricky Gordon's meeting to meeting double with Chromzone.. Ipswich factor 32/49..

  Resultsville  Albion Park 20/03.. Major Currency (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Cool Scooter (Trent Dawson for Kelli Dawson).. Lord Digby (Chris Geary for Jason Carkeet).. Grizzly Montana (Hayden Barnes for Brett Cargill).. Bull Market (Pete McMullen for Chantal turpin).. Norahs Fling (Chloe Butler for Denis Smith).. Albion Park 21/03.. Rich Virgin (Matt Elkins for Ron Sallis).. Bettor To Be Tricky (Adam Sanderson for Kerry Morris).. Majordoit (Tim Gillespie).. Hes Novak (Hayden Barnes for Lola Weidemann).. Lancelot Bromac (Danielle McMulllen for Stewie Dickson).. Redcliffe 22/03.. Sweet Jasmine (Nikki Chalk for Bill Crosby).. Lifes Black (Hayden Barnes for Mark McNee).. Montana Express (Hayden Barnes for Brett Cargill).. Maywyn Jewel (Kelli Dawson).. Chromozone (Ricky Gordon.. Maffioso Girl (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Albion Park 24/03.. Maybe To The Max (Hayden Barnes for Ron Sallis).. The Doorman (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Bridget Blue Chip (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Bettor To Be Tricky (Adam Sanderson for Kerry Morris).. Redcliffe 25/03.. Midnight Man (Narissa McMullen).. Burmach (Matt Elkins for Ron Sallis).. Eternal Promise (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Cautivar (Narissa McMullen).. Downtown Lucca (Lola Weidemann for allan Sanders).. Crossed Legs (Zac Chappenden for Nicole Hanrahan).. Abbey Diadema (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Redcliffe 26/03.. Chromozone (Ricky Gordon).. Swaffham Water (Pete McMullen for John McMullen).. Whata Challenge (Narissa McMullen for Steve Coombs).. Dollar Bill (Zac Chappenden for Kay Crone)..



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« 2020-Apr-05, 07:29 PM Reply #320 »
"TROT TACTICS" 04/04/2020..

  Under the dark cloud of Covid 19, life begins, and life ends. There was no ray of light to pierce the gloom on Tuesday night, when the life of W. D. (Des) WEEKS, came to a close in his 81st year. It was the final chapter in a story which diverted from harness racing ,perhaps a decade back, and slipped into the land of shades that is dementia. It is often stated that the Marburg trialing operation lifted Ipswich trainers from obscurity to centre stage. That is basically true, but there was a very small group who didn't need any lifting, and Des Weeks fell into that category. WD raced everywhere, and he won everywhere. He trained ordinary horses and better horses and placed each in their correct category, conditioned to the minute. He had no peer as a driver in Queensland, or anywhere else for that matter!!

  Des Weeks was a realist who could bring a writer into focus mode very quickly.  When I interviewed him on the Monday following his win partnering the John Stariha owned and trained Scientific to victory in a Heat of the Inter-dominion Championship at Albion Park, he destroyed my illusion that this had been his great moment in trotting. "Any Heat or Final at the EKKA is a bigger deal than that", said WD. "Just imagine, 25,00 people  nearly close enough to touch, screaming for any or all of the six runners", he said. "The atmosphere is electric." A small selection of his better horses included Shuttle Drive, 55 starts for 15 wins, 9 seconds and 6 thirds, banking $88,739  along the way... Callaghan Kid, 201-28-26-39 for $58,378.. Spin Point,132-15-20-8, totaling  $78,463.. and McWilski, 143-17-32-19.. and $57,717..All up, WD's career stats from the 80/81 season to 2009/10 as a trainer, are, total runners 3889 for 573 wins, 1129 seconds,592 thirds and 537 fourths earning $905,266.. Driving ,80/81 to 2007/08.. Went round on 3,592 occasions, for numbers of 555-1037-554-483, and $873,096..  None of the above was an accident,it was achieved by skill, and bolstered by hard work. He had around him a hardcore support team,who thought nothing of leaving Briggs Road at 3.00am to be back in Ipswich to start work at 7.00am, having worked four horses at Albion Park. Des's name will survive in Queensland through the deeds of his son,Darren, himself a first class trainer and driver. "WD" is gone,but his memory stays clear in the minds of the older brigade, people who knew a champion when they saw one!!

     In a decision to be applauded, Racing Queensland has decided that the 2020 TAB Queensland Constellations will not proceed this year due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. In short, the Winter Carnival as we know it, is "kaput" for 2020. With strict bio-security measures currently in place, RQ advised last week that it would be abandoning its up-coming carnivals across its three codes including harness racing.
Presently, the following Sales and QBRED features remain as programmed. They a QBRED Feature Night – May 23. $50k 3YO Triad Colts & Geldings plus Consolation; $25k 4YO Triad Entires; $25k 4YO Triad Mares; $25k 2YO Breeders Classic Colts & Geldings plus Consolation; and $25k 2YO Breeders Classic Fillies plus Consolation.Further down the track Sales related races and other regular Qbred  Finals., Triads etc will be run, amounting to $370,000 and including Trotter's Springboard  and Triad Series.
In the following months, RQ will still provide selected features for local participants. Full details will be published shortly which will include opportunities across age groups and gaits including: FFA;  3YO Colts & Geldings;  3YO Fillies;  Mares; and Trotters.  Not a bad way to ensure that  significant money is distributed, of which the bulk will stay and be spent in the Queensland harness economy.  These current circumstances present a golden opportunity to put some hope the way of the smaller trainers and owners, and perhaps entice a few of those who have departed the sport/industry in recent years, back to the fold. Initiatives might include : minimum prize money of $4,000, at all tracks, 26 meetings per year at Marburg, and payment of full driving fee and float rebate at that venue. It might be time to apply the old principle of "money makes the mare go", for as well as the pandemic, feed has never been the price that it is today, supplements ,harness, other consumables, and any purchased services, are in the same boat.  Economic history seems to indicate that a steep upswing of the market pendulum is followed by a shorter back swing. Bread and butter prize money must reflect and address the situation in positive fashion at all levels of participation.
  Looking for property to train harness. Only the bottom of the Brisbane Valley will get you to the top of the leader board.. Pete McMullen (Patrick Estate) top driver with six wins, besting Narissa McMullen (Fernvale) five wins. On the training side a tie between Ron Sallis  (Wanora) and Chantal Turpin (Patrick Estate) both with four winners. Go figure! Most pleasing, Wecanonlyhope, and Just One Good One, two for the week for Lacey Hinze. Ipswich factor 23/41..
Reultsville Albin Park 27/03.. Feel The Reign (Pete McMullen for Chantal McMullen)..Courageous Leo (Matt Elkins for Ron Sallis). One Muscle Hill (Hayden Barnes for Brett Cargill).. Greg The Great (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Albion Park 28/03.. Major Currency (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Mayce Jade (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. MaywynsBest (Justin Elkins for Graham Dwyer).. Timeless Appeal (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..Sheza Bonny Sheila (Adam Sanderson for Barb Barry).. Albion Park 31/03.. Havana Magic (Nathan Dawson for K Crone).. Just One Good One (Nathan Dawson for Lacey Hinze).. Miss Ruby Sunshine..  (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin.. Thats How We Roll (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Redcliffe 01/04.. Aslee Nitro (Pete McMullen for Stewie Dickson).. Targaryen Hanover (Brittany Graham for Stephanie Graham).. Top Flight Cruize (Michael Tenardi).. Our Delight (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Newmerella Molly (Brett Towns for Max Towns).. Lethal Star (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen)..


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« 2020-Apr-12, 07:43 PM Reply #321 »
"TROT TACTICS"  11/04/2020..


  Sky Channel "Front of House" lady, Brittany Graham, has come home  and is in win mode already. (The following is lifted from the Harness Racing Australia website and is by Duane Ranger).. (begin italics).. The 24-year-old broadcaster, who grew up around horses, has now driven two winners and a third from four starts since relocating back to Fernvale from Sydney last week. Graham has now driven more than 240 career winners, with more than $1.2 million in prize money earned. “I made the decision to head home on the Tuesday, and within 24 hours I was back where I wanted to be,” Graham said.  “I’m still working for Sky Racing, but the aim is to carry on helping out my sister (Stephanie) and drive a little more.” It was through her sister that Graham got the drive behind the Alex Johnstone trained Camroller (9) in the last race at Albion Park on Saturday. It was Graham’s only steer of the night and she got the outsider home at $24 odds. Graham sat in the one-one position with the Johnstone trainee, before giving the Million Dollar Cam gelding his head, pacing away to win by 1.7m with a 1:57.8 mile rate over 2,138 metres.
“He’s the type that needs things to go his way, but when we landed the one-one he was travelling strongly, and I tried to hold him in that position for as long as I could because I knew there were a couple of speed horses behind us who were also waiting to make their move,” Graham said. “Michael Boots bred and owns Camroller, and I hear he’s now for sale so I’m sure he will make someone else a very nice racehorse.” It was the seven-year-old’s 12th win in 78 starts, as well as 17 placings for $69,867 in earnings. Two days earlier, Graham also drove the Stephanie Graham trained Targaryen Hanover to a half-neck victory in the fourth race at Marburg. The former Botra Queensland Young Drivers Champion said she was now determined to drive even more career winners. “I really love driving. You can’t beat that winning feeling, but I also enjoy broadcasting a lot and will always be grateful to Kevin and Kay Seymour, who sent me to Sky Racing Academy Course in 2016,” Graham said. In 2016, the Business Management/Marketing graduate was offered some casual work with Sky Racing and covered the New Zealand Cup in Christchurch that year.“My career developed from there and I never changed my licence over when I relocated south - I’m still very much a proud Queenslander.”
“Dad (Darrel) taught me a lot about harness racing, I got the bug real early,” Graham said.(close italics) See, harness is very addictive,but can be very rewarding at times..

  Distant early warning on the projected track re-surface at Marburg. Start day, at this point, is set down for Tuesday, May 5th. (day after Labour Day) To make this happen the track will be closed from 8.00am to 5.00pm each day. Two sulky widths on the outside will be available for work until the main racing surface is completed and then,hopefully, no more than two days will see the job finished. The MPA apologises in advance for any inconvenience this may cause to trainers, but the end result will be a top class racing and training strip which should provide approx 3 years service before another upgrade is necessary.

  Leader board still focused on the lower Brisbane Valley. Pete McMullen  big win on the driver's side scoring seven times.  Chantal Turpin and John McMullen winningest trainers on three apiece. Most pleasing The last Dragon, trained by Mitchell Dawson . Chloe Butler had the steer.

  Resultsville.. Redcliffe 03/04.. Eternal Promise (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Jumping Jolt (Justin Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Havana Moon (Narissa McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Bettor Watch Him (Pete McMullen for Murray Thomas).. Thank Heaven for Girls (Pete McMullen for Dale Belford).. Chanceless Century (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. The Last Dragon (Chloe Butler for Michell Dawson).. Albion Park 04/04.. Clarkey (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Just Rokin (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Feelingforarainbow (Nathan Dawson for Dave Russell).. Feelingforamiracle (Kelli Dawson for Geoff Dawson).. Greg The Great (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Camroller (Brittany Graham for Alex Johnstone).. Albion Park 07/04.. Aye Aye Captain (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Graham).. Havana Magic (Nathan Dawson for Kay Crone).. Miss Ruby Sunshine (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Blade (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Redcliffe 08/04.. Studleigh Will (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Amaya Becomes (Pete McMullen for Chantal McMullen).. Lethal Star (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Chromozone (Trent Moffat for Ricky Gordon).. Corindhap Creek (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen)..


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« 2020-Apr-19, 07:10 PM Reply #322 »
Hi folks. Please disregard paragraph relating to  track upgrade. A new arrangement appears likely, where only a similar amount of crusher dust to that applied on the last occasion will be used and the track should only be closed for three days. As the last resurface was a complete success, and is still viable after 15 months, this approach, and RQ's assurance that it will repeat the process annually, should be satisfactory to all participants.  D Smith MPA..




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   It is sad to write a tribute on the passing of of someone of whom you knew, but did not know in person. How do you bring their character to the page? In the case of Tony Bermingham, a hobby breeder and owner well known in the South East of Queensland, we at least can let the best horse he bred speak for him. This was, of course, Penny The Pussycat, a filly foaled in 1990 from the mating of Butler BG, and Precious Val, a daughter of Thor Hanover, (champion sire).. Trained and reined by top drawer mentor, Alan Donohoe, throughout her 32 start career, PPC was successful on 17 occasions, with a further 8 placings adding to her total earnings of $85,571. The dollars were accompanied by a best mile rate of 1-57.6..  It was in the breeding barn that Tony Bermingham's  good judgement seasoned with that necessary pinch of luck showed through. PPC produced 12 living foals of racing age and of these, 8 were winners. Sylvester The Cat by Rectory $22,731.. Road Cat by Road Machine $2,900. Tom And Jerry by Catch A Flight $7,843. Gwenda Baker by Village Jasper $78,420.  Just Watch Me by Jet Laag $66,101.. Emm Harvey by Jennas Beach Boy $45,007.. Marty Monkhauser by Village jasper $389,779.. Gallifrey Penney by Sutter Hanover $16,240.. All up, $550,651 jumped in.

  Life is usually a series of ups and downs which can be sometimes smoothed by looking ahead and planning for a sound future. When Tony Bermingham bred Penny The Pussycat he was using a female line which descended to Peter The Great through Adios, Hal Dale, Billy Direct, Good Time and Volomite. Gold plated and rock solid, this foundation  aimed Tony Bermingham and his flying filly at success, and hit it fair in the bullseye!!

Racing Queensland has announced it will now allow conditional horse movement for inter-state standardbreds for the purposes of racing. Standardbred horses which meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria are permitted to enter Queensland for racing purposes and contest the following features. They a Horses eligible for 2020 QBRED 2YO TRIAD series (Pacing and Trotting). Horses eligible for 2020 QBRED 3YO TRIAD series (Pacing and Trotting). Horses eligible for 2020 QBRED 4YO TRIAD series. Horses eligible for the 2020 Redcliffe Yearling Sale 2YO series. Horses eligible for the 2020 Redcliffe Yearling Sale 3YO series. Horses eligible for the 2020 APG Brisbane Sale 2YO Series. Horses eligible for the 2YO Trotters Springboard Series. Horses eligible for the 3YO Trotters Springboard Series. Horses currently racing inter-state and in a licenced Queensland trainers name as at April 1, 2020 will be also permitted to return to Queensland to race.

  While there are various disinfecting procedures outlined in requirements relating to the above, strangely, there is no onus placed on either Racing Queensland or QRIC  to provide a "stable fogging procedure" at any of our venues, nor is there any indication from either body,that they consider that action to be necessary. In the light of recent informed opinion from scientific bodies, that the Covid19 virus can live for up to 72 hours on hard surfaces (e g. enamel paint), it might be appropriate to commence a "fogging" regime before and after race meetings on the principle that," 25.4 grams of prevention is worth a tonne of cure"

  After a meeting with RQ track manager, Warren Williams at Marburg on Wednesday, a date for partial track closure to restore the surface has been set to commence on Tuesday 5th of May. Track will be closed at 8.00am daily and re-open at 5.00pm . A 5 metre strip on the outside of the track will be available at the times indicated, otherwise all horses must be off the track. The MPA request that all trainers use commonsense,observe the line of the witches hats, and act safely at all times. There will be no track closure on Sundays but all the preceding requests are to be observed. It is expected that the project will take some two weeks.

  Still no geographic progress on the leader board. Chantal Turpin boss trainer leading in three winners for the week. Narissa McMullen  five winning drives, Pete McMullen four, and Matt Elkins three. It's Fernvale, Lowood or nowhere. Most pleasing, Clint Sneddon's driving double at Marburg. Happy trainers, Karen Bennett and Doug Manger. Ipswich factor 30/49..

  Resultsville... Albion Park 11/04.. Tulhurst Ace (Narissa mcMullen for Chris Monte).. Urban Girl (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Maywyn Courage (Kelli Dawson).. Eternal Promise (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Midnight Man (Narissa McMullen).. Laughing Emoji (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Lavros Texas (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Marburg 12/04.. Bourbon On The Rocks (Clint Sneddon for Karen Bennet).. Ideal Tiger (Clint Sneddon for Doug Manger).. Sir Bulski (Tim Gillespie).. Jewel Of Peak (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Ghost gum (Lachie Manzelmann for Lola Weidemann).. Redcliffe 13/04.. Burmach (Matt Elkins for Ron Sallis).. Hot Rod Heaven (Ben battle for Tayla Gillespie).. Despondent (Kelli Dawson For Shane Fraser).. The Last Dragon (Chloe Butler for Mitchell Dawson).. Albion Park 14/04.. Uncle Shank (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Havana Magic (Nathan Dawson for Kay Crone).. Feeling For A Rainbow (Matt Elkins for Dave Russell).. Redcliffe 15/04.. Tell The Future (Matt Elkins for Ross Fletcher).. Bronski Macarena (Pete McMullen for Brett Cargill).. Prince Joy (Ben Battle for Tayla Gillespie).. Richie Bee (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson)..  Dashing Hannah (Lachie Manzelmann for Clint Petroff)

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« 2020-Apr-26, 01:21 PM Reply #323 »
"TROT TACTICS" 25/04/2020..

   First things first, and first today is a correction to information  published in last Saturday's "TROT TACTICS" in relation to track closure at Marburg.  Further discussions  between Racing Queensland and the MPA  has produced a more amenable arrangement as follows. "Please disregard paragraph relating to  track upgrade. A new arrangement appears likely, where only a similar amount of crusher dust to that applied on the last occasion will be used and the track should only be closed for three days.( weather permitting) As the last resurface was a complete success, and is still viable after 15 months, this approach, and RQ's assurance that it will repeat the process annually, should be satisfactory to all participants".   This writer apologises for any concerns  that the previous announcement may have caused. D Smith MPA..

  Given that Racing Queensland  appears to be making a strong effort to find and provide positives in the current viral driven climate, via Sunday racing at Redcliffe etc, it might be helpful if Harness and Greyhounds could get some much needed coverage in the Courier Mail. Working on the proven principle that turnover closely tracks  media coverage, a few centimetres of column space accompanied by an image (always worth a thousand words regardless of era) might work miracles for the minor codes.  Given regular exposure in this format, and in the major paper , Harness might emerge from the crisis in better shape than it went in.

  Taking a line from Hector Jay Jay's easy trial victory on Tuesday, when he rounded up Governor Jujon in 1-54.9, It looks like  the fast class races at the truncated "Winter/ Q-Bred Carnival", will have a focal point horse.  No doubt Hector has a few issues, but Jack Butler is a skilled trainer, and will be on top of that side of things. A local to show up from the same trial was The Hummer, prepared at Marburg by Hattonvale based Peter Donohoe.  The Hummer was not knocked about, and was a 15 metre third . With miles of natural improvement to come, The Hummer is seen as a likely standout at the coming Carnival.

   The following is an excerpt from a letter by Coralie O'Rourke to Stirling Hinchcliffe (Minister For Racing). Subject- Restoration of Harness Racing in Townsville.. (begin italics) I have listened and perused many documents and correspondence not only in relation to their submission but also in relation to their concerns surrounding the decision to not support the industry. From this I can appreciate their belief in relation to the feeling of not receiving fair representation in the North or the consideration of a regional racing package similar to the that announced by the Queensland government in 2017 which recognises the social and economic benefits of country racing for regional communities. I acknowledge the passion and intense desire to promote and re-establish the industry by the members of NQ Harness Racing. They have contributed extensively to their proposal and would appreciate the opportunity to provide information and advice which would allow the Minister for Racing some oversight in relation to the decisions being made by Racing Queensland. Therefore, I seek an urgent meeting to discuss in full all the issues that have been discussed directly with me. I look forward to your response. Kind Regards, Hon. Coralee O’Rourke MP Member for Mundingburra..( close italics)..

  Again, the driver's side of the leader board dominated by the McMullen family, with Taleah and Pete McMullen rounding out the week on three winners apiece.Chantal Turpin was top trainer, also scoring on three occasions, with John McMullen , Ricky Gordon and Dan Russell close up each with two... Most pleasing this week were Danny Gatt-Bouquet, in the winners circle  at Albion Park Saturday with Lettuce Firestar for Ryan Veivers, Ricky Gordon with two including Jilliby Gizmo at Albion Park ,Allan Godwin and Karen Schulz, Headwin and Soldier of Fortune, with Colin Knox's Monterey Jack returning on a winning note at Redcliffe Thursday.. Ipswich Factor 27/52..
 

  Resultsville Redcliffe 17/04.. Dattitude (Justin Elkins for Donny Smith).. Soldier Of Fortune (Danielle McMullen for Karen Schulz).. Cheeseandkisses (Kelli Dawson for Shane Fraser).. Lavros Texas (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Illawong Champers (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell).. Albion Park 18/04.. Any Chance (Darren Weeks).. Subtle Delight (Justin Elkins for Don Hancock).. Midnight Man (Narissa McMullen).. Lettuce Firestar (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Ryan Veivers).. Jilliby Gizmo (Trent Moffat for Ricky Gordon).. Redcliffe 19/04.. Chump Chop (Chris Geary for Darren Ebert).. Lifes Black (Hayden Barnes for Mark McNee).. Headwin (Lachie Manzelmann for Allan Godwin).. Just One Good One (Lachie Manzelmann for Lacey Hinze).. Risky Bizness (Matt Elkins for Ricky Gordon).. Albion Park 21/04.. Cracka Stride (Nathan Dawson for Dan Russell).. Blacksadance (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Somexcusesomewhere (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 23/04..Monterey Jack (Chris Geary for Colin Knox).. Toanui Spirit (Trent Dawson).. Lethal Star (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. A Rainbow Diamond (Pete McMullrn for Chantal Turpin).. So Kool Master (Hayden Barnes for Mark Rees)..



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« 2020-May-03, 06:25 PM Reply #324 »
"TROT TACTICS" 02/05/2020..

  Track renovation postponed to a date to be fixed.. Track use as normal!!!

  "LOOK UPON MY WORKS YE MIGHTY, AND BE AMAZED"  These were the words of Ozymandios,"King of Kings" in the time of the Phaorohs in Egypt.. We might feel the same when we consider the passing of Victorian Champion reinsman, Gavin Lang. When Lang lost his final race, a match against lymphatic cancer, he was but 61 years of age. In a sport where one of the more likable features is the longevity of participation available for both two and four legged contestants, it can truly be said that G L was taken before his time. Due to a difficulty accessing records prior to the age of computerisation,( 1982), Harness Racing Victoria  were able to furnish the following which may be just a little short. As a driver, Gavin Lang greeted the Judge on 6030 occasions, amassing a total of $48 million in prize money for owners. He was known to fans, punters and race callers, as "the ice man" for his cold, calculating, unhurried style of race driving. Never one to expect a horse to go "both ends",G Lang would let them settle, try to work to a winning position at the last quarter,and bring his charge home strong with very little, if any recourse at all, to the whip. G L may have caused a few heart palpitations among the punters, but was adored by trainers who got their horse back after the race with something left to build on for "next week". There were many good horses on the road travelled by Gavin Lang , among them Innocent Eyes, Somethingaboutmaori, Game Bid, Persistency and True Roman. The list goes on, and on. Suffice to say, that, in the hard school of Victorian  metro and feature racing, Gavin Lang, was a Prince in a star-studded school of reinsmen. His passing leaves a pinnacle, to which all aspiring drivers should seek to achieve. Gone, but never forgotten!!

  MPA treasurer and major sponsor, Craig Whiteoak, (Oakwood Capital Goldstrike Series), appears to have struck a few nuggets in his own team of pacers. In a five day span 21-25th April,owner Whiteoak got the bikkies three times with two horses. With both pacers coming from the high profile stable of Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen, Somexcusesomewhere, opened the bowling on Tuesday the 21st at Albion Park, and backed up to score at the Park the following Saturday. Betterthandiamonds added to the haul on the same night. Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, and proving the old adage that "the more you give away, the more you get back.

  Be in the lounge room, or next to the radio on Monday afternoon, when the MPA hosts a good eight race program. Still under lock down conditions, no patrons or non-essential folks on course, but the vision and audio still goes out. Not the best atmosphere, but far better than no racing at all. If we hang in there, and keep our heads when restrictions are lifted, then the virus will be overcome.

  Again the lower Brisbane Valley dominates both sides of the leader board. Patrick Estate husband and wife team Pete McMullen (driver) and Chantal Turpin (trainer), were on the top of their respective totem poles each with five winners for the week .. Most pleasing, Ideal Tiger, steered by Clint Sneddon for Doug Manger. Don't ask where C Sneddon or D Manger is based. Ipswich factor 28/52..

  Resultsville Abion Park 24/04..Kotiro (Lachie Manzelmann for Chris Monte)).. Ideal Tiger (Clint Sneddon for Doug Manger).. Betterthandiamonds (PeteMcMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Cautivar (Narissa McMullen).. just Call Me Molly (Adam Sanderson for Mark Dux).. Albion Park 25/04.. Somexcusesomewhere (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Special Reserve (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Majestic Simon (Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe, 26/04.. Fioki (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Live Atom (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Dont Call Me (Justin Elkins for Greg Elkins).. The Casual Goose (Hayden Barnes for Tony Nutley).. Miss Giuletta (Lachie Manzelmann for Bianca Hooper).. Perfect Feeling (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell).. Albion Park 28/04.. Wee Man Trouble (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Feel The Thunder (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Blacks A Dance (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Arthur Lowe (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis).. Redcliffe 29/04.. Mach Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin)..  Toanui Spirit (Trent Dawson).. Western Showgirl (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. My china Doll (Kylie Rasmussen for Dale Belford).. Redcliffe 30/04.. Chump Chop (Chris Geary for Darren Ebert).. Mind Of My Own (Trent Dawson).. Chromozone (Trent Moffat for Ricky Gordon).. Jewel Of Peak (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Artistic Saint (Brittany Graham for Stephanie Graham).. Comigal (Hayden Barnes for Brett Cargill)..



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