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« 2020-May-11, 04:30 PM Reply #325 »
"TROT TACTICS"  10/05/2020..
The following  is a take out from john Lingard's website "Lets Go Horse Racing"–, and is a report by News Ltd reporter, Leo Schlink, concerning the latest initiative to be proposed by the Harness and Greyhound control bodies of Victoria. That is, the running of harness and dog racing on Saturday mornings.
( LGHR)  "Here’s hoping Albion Park follows the lead of the Victorians because let’s face it – they can’t attract a crowd at night and have to throw the gates open with free entry – so it couldn’t be worse in the morning."
  ( begin italics)  LEO SCHLINK reports for NEWS LTD that Saturday mornings will become the domain of harness and greyhound racing with early meetings scheduled from May In a joint initiative, Harness Racing Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria will host Saturday morning meetings as part of a three-week trial from May 9-23. HRV chief executive Dayle Brown and GRV CEO Alan Clayton said: “Saturday morning racing presents an important strategic opportunity for our racing codes. “The additional race meetings will provide extra earning potential for our hardworking participants and enable our products to reach new audiences during a period when people are hungry for sporting entertainment.” Brown and Clayton said “each of these meetings will be thoroughly reviewed from a wagering, broadcast and brand perspective”. “This will help guide our future strategy regarding Saturday morning racing. We are also pleased to be working so collaboratively on this project.” Melton will host the three Saturday morning trots meetings, while the greyhound meetings will be shared between Ballarat (May 9 and 16) and Shepparton (May 23).close italics)
(LGHR) "Sadly, the dogs are being bundled in with the ‘red hots’ when they are far more popular with punters in Queensland. For too long harness has ridden on the back of the gallops in the afternoon and twilight time slots. If it can’t stand on its own two legs in Queensland then like any business that fails it should not be funded to the degree it currently is."----- There you have it. The next "silver bullet", designed to save us from oblivion. Rather than go chasing punters in an area which is likely to be a "ghost town", just for once think about the product. Surely, after more than two decades of decline some administrator in a position of power will bite the bullet and give the punters a racing format which provides a form line!!!
  Yet another happy story from the Australian Harness Racing website this week.(begin italics) "A $10,000 bonus will go on the line at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday night as the inaugural Trot Rods series reaches a thrilling finale. With the state’s top-five drivers behind the reins, the final eight heats will be staged under rapid-fire conditions on Sky Racing with just 20 minutes between each 947-meter race and a raft of broadcast enhancements. Sky Racing will showcase the Trot Rods card across the nation on Sky Racing 2 (Foxtel channel 527) at no extra charge to Foxtel customers who already have access to Sky Racing 1 (526).Sky’s broadcast coverage will include initiatives such as driver cam, new racing angles and caller-to-driver audio. Over the past eight weeks, Redcliffe has hosted a Trot Rods heat each Wednesday, with the aptly named Dashing Hannah setting the fastest time thus far at 65.63.
 
If that mark cannot be lowered, the Clint Petroff-trained mare will walk away with the $10,000 bonus for the fastest lap throughout 16 heats.“The inaugural Trot Rods series has well and truly exceeded our expectations,” Racing Queensland COO Adam Wallish said.“It was designed to attract new audiences – the broadcast enhancements have played a key role in enhancing the coverage – but it has clearly captured the public’s imagination.“Throughout March and April, the Trot Rods heats have generated a 10% uplift in turnover in comparison to the other races on the Redcliffe card.“Innovations such as driver cam have performed strongly across social media and have created widespread debate.”On Sunday night, Queensland’s top-five leading drivers –Brendan Barnes, Pete McMullen, Narissa McMullen, Adam Sanderson and Paul Diebert – will exclusively contest the eight heats.Sky’s showcase coverage will be headed up by Britany Graham, while the voice of Queensland harness racing, Chris Barsby will join the team calling the action and interviewing drivers pre-race." (close italics).

  The most mysterious happening in Queensland, is the lack of race meetings for the MPA. Our next venture into the hard world of Queensland harness Racing will be June 29th. With the Marburg Club boasting an impressive track record in effort to provide entertaining and spectacular racing, as well as total commitment to drawing a crowd based on budget priced family entertainment,it is a far from pleasing situation. While the MPA recognises that RQ is trying to run a business, the control body must realise that it needs all the spokes in its wheel all of the time.

  No great change on the leader board with Pete McMullen  doubling the score of his nearest rival, who just happened to be his sister Narissa , the result was eight wins to four. Again Chantal Turpin was leading trainer, four winners for the week.Most pleasing, super presenter, Nikki Chalk, with Mac Sweeney at Redcliffe, husband Dale in the sulky.Others to shine were,Alex Tee , trained by Jason Carkeet with Chris Geary on the steer, and The Hummer, sent out by Peter Donohoe ,sulky sitting by John Cremin. Ipswich factor 31/51..

  Resultsville.  Albion Park 01/05. Is Somethingburning (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. The Money Ball (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Celta Cruza (Pete McMullen for Donny Smith).. Albion Park 02/05.. Feel The Reign (Pete McMullen for Chantal).. Feeling For A Miracle (Kelli Dawson for Geoff Dawson)..Pacific Coin (Lachie Manzelmann for Lola Weidemann).. Glenferrie Hood  (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).. The Casual Goose (Hayden Barnes for Tony Nutley)..Midnight Man (Taleah McMullen for Narissa McMullen).. Marburg 04/05.. Whata Stride (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Jewel Of Peak (narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Nifty Studleigh (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Cannan (Lachie Manzelmann for Murray Thomas).. Swaffham Water (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen).. Ideal Tiger (Lachie Manzelmann for Doug Manger).. Albion Park 05/05.. Havana Magic (trent Moffat for Kay Crone).. The Hummer (john Cremin for Peter Donohoe).. Manila Playboy (Kelli Dawson for Shawn Fraser).. Miss Ruby Sunshine (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Arthur Lowe (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis).. Redcliffe 06/05.. Montana Chief (Brittany Graham for Stephanie Graham).. Havana monn (Narissa McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Mac Sweeny (Dale Chalk for Nikki Chalk).. Alex Tee (Chris Geary for Jason Carkeet).. Peggy Stardust (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Redcliffe 08/05..Lanoch Boy (Matt elkins for Mitchell Dawson).. Guy looks Good (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Eulo Flyer (Pete McMullen for Dale Belford).. Only In Rome (Trent Dawson).. The Warp Reactor (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. RocknRoll Classic (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).

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« 2020-May-17, 01:11 PM Reply #326 »
  "TROT TACTICS" 16/05/2020..

  The "TROT RODZ" Series, a succession of weekly one lap dashes,(race 6 on 8 Wednesday nights at Redcliffe, and an 8 dash program last Sunday) has been run and won by With The Band trained by Donny Smith. High profile driver Paul Diebert had the steer. The daughter of Changeover recorded an extrapolated "mile rate" of 1-50.2 over the 947 metres jorney... Whatever your views on the whole concept, it is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. A number of smaller and/or hobbyist trainers were able win dashes. Phil Keats (Prenzlau) with Living Free, Ricky Gordon (Haigslea) Risky Buziness with Narissa McMullen in the cart, Clint Petroff ( Patrick Estate  ) and Lachie Manzelmann ( Wanora) managed a win apiece with the aptly named Dashing Hannah which changed stables at some point in the series. Other smaller trainers, outside the footprint,  were Alan Sanders with Downtown Lucca, Charlie Chiang, Patchwork Jet and Barboo, Mark McNee,Lifes Black, and Rob Gorman, Artful Jinks. That the battlers were able to snag 50% of the heats, is pleasing indeed... Next week..Who is "Quality Cam"?

  Where do we go when the Covid 19 pandemic ceases to be a disruptive factor in Queensland harness racing's daily life. Will we return to what participants viewed as "normal", or will we be left with significant alterations to the status quo. The first factor is, that we have managed to survive so far without on-course patronage, (if our current performance figures equate to "survival"). As you read this, it is very likely that there are people in the harness halls of power, who are considering the option of NO people on course ever again. It has been mooted in the past,commencing with the genesis of Sky Channel, that " we don't need a crowd at the track,every one will get pay TV ". They didn't,as it turned out, but the seed was sown. From a similar line of thought , came the the statement that, "we don't need ordinary people on course, we have the professional punters".  They went as well, possibly from one of two causes. (a) The consistent refusal of the control body to supply a punter friendly racing product,or (b) A refusal of clubs to supply "cashback" incentives to the "pros", this being illegal, combined with the relentless march of technology, making a home-based operation not only feasible, but easily attainable!!

  Given the above hypothesis, it might be reassuring to the base of the pyramid for RQ to issue a statement to the effect ,that, when the dust settles, not only will trots fans be welcome back at the track, but clubs will be positively encouraged to see that this is the case! Clubs must also ensure that a reasonable entry fee be charged ($5) and food and beverage charges be kept at budget prices.  We have been drifting away from the exiting, spectacular, FAMILY entertainment that harness racing was in Queensland . We must accept that the "Elite Sport" experiment has been a dismal failure  for all but those who were already getting the cream,and retrace our steps. The sooner the on-track participants understand that there is a crying need for everybody to put something back into the game  other than turning up and taking out, the sooner the sport will regain a healthy image. The blueprint for our future is most definitely in our past!

  No changes to the premier spots on the leader board this week. Pete McMullen still the leading driver on six wins for the week with sister Narissa again clocking up four of the best. On the training side, Chantal Turpin still hanging in there with four winners, hotly pursued by Dave Russell and Stephanie Graham on three apiece. Most pleasing ,again, all the way wih Danny Gatt-Bouquet and Lettucefirestar. Another to shine, Darren Ebert, thanks to Chump Chop and Whately..Ipswich factor 31/54..

  Resultsville Albion Park 08/05.. Laughing Emoji (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Talent To Spare (Trent Dawson).. Aurora Narissa McMullen for Terry Hancock).. Albion Park 09/05.. Dream To Share (Brittany Graham for Stephanie Graham).. Lettucefirestar (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Ryan Veivers).. Feelingforarainbow (Matt Elkins for Dave Russell).. Havana Moon (Narissa McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Ultimate Ad (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Chump Chop (Chris Geary for Darren Ebert).. Garland Greene (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Redcliffe 10/05.. Risky Buziness (Narissa McMullen for Ricky Gordon).. Living Free (Pete McMullen for Phil Keats).. Patchwork Jet (Pete McMullen for Charlie Chiang).. Dont Call Me (Adam Sanderson for Greg Elkins).. Dashing Hannah (Adam Sanderson for Lachie Manzelmann)..  Albion Park 12/05.. Just A Little Bit (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Big Wheels (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Tiz A Sizzler (Brittany Graham for Stephanie Graham).. Fearless Faith (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Left A hurrikane (Lachie Manzelmann for Chris Monte).. Arthur Lowe (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis).. Redcliffe 13/05.. Sword And Shield (Brittany Graham for Stephany Graham).. Whately (Taleah McMullen for Darren Ebert).. Torque Is Trending (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Graham).. Perfect Feeling (Matt Elkins for Dave Russell).. Redcliffe 14/05..Gretels Girl (Lachie Manzelmann for Chantal Turpin).. Voodoo Fella (Matt Elkins for Dave Russell).. Ritchie Bee (Chloe Butler for Mitchell Dawson).. Hes Novak (Hayden Barnes for Lola Weidemann)..



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« 2020-May-24, 06:28 PM Reply #327 »
"TROT TACTICS" 23/05/2020..

    Absolute top line race drivers in the harness business are more or less "born, rather than made".  Like all champions, they have a number of extra skills, which  are not available to the average reinsperson . The ability to establish a workable relationship between driver and horse in the brief few minutes (preliminary and pre-race circle), prior to  racing is often all it needs to turn a loser into a winner. One such gifted young driver is Zac Chappenden, who left school to work in the Deception Bay area stable of his parents, battlers, Melissa Kendall and Phil Chappenden. That was his first milestone, having, as he said wanted to "do this, since I was a baby".First licenced in the 2018/19 season, ZC  broke through for that all important first win, at his 42nd appearance behind  Aroona, a pacer trained by his mother. 18/19 and 81 starts,netted 2wins, and 20 placings for earnings of $24,402.. In only his second term in the sulky, Zac's lifetime stats as of last Thursday stand at  350 drives for 26 wins, 36 seconds and 43 thirds, and the bank balance has grown to $168,229. ZC's second milestone was achieved in the recent Queensland Young Drivers Championship, when he  blitzed his opposition by a massive 20 points. The best horse ZC has driven  came his way on the last night of the series, in the shape of Sam Is Perfection, a rising talent in the Jack Butler stable."Sammy" not only clinched the Series, but provided Zac with his first Saturday night win.There you have Zac Chappenden, forcing his way up the ladder of harness success from the base of the harness pyramid.. No leg-ups for this bloke, whose ambition is to be "the best driver I can". Horses run for him, and his discussion of things which have happened in a race display a maturity far beyond his years. Zac Chappenden is on the go, and he is going far!!

  There are probably only two chances for a participant of modest means to acquire a top class horse.  Buy a lower priced yearling and hope like hell that it fires, or breed one by a well bred and performed, but unpopular stallion. In 2011 Toogooloowah  based breeder , George Michael bid a lowly $200 for a 13 year old Canadian import called Quality Cam, a son of champion pacer, Camluck. Basically unwanted back home, and with no slick promotion machine to boom his prospects down under, QC was headed for obscurity or worse, til George put up his hand. In the  ensuing 9 years till now it seemed that he had done the disappearing trick again. There are only 31 foalings recorded in that time. In the last few months the only five to have raced, and likely the only five that have been tried, have all won, including Melton Lucky which won at Redcliffe today, Thursday, just in time to make this column. Included in this list is a 3yo trotting filly, Quality Sunset, which has won 2 from 7 (including Melton) and a massive 2nd after breaking badly at Ballarat. This filly appears at this time to be a realistic Oaks prospect. George has a large number of horses at Toogooloowah, some by Bonomax (unbroken)and is open to realistic offers for most of them.From the breeding aspect, Quality Cam has become an out-cross by the passage of time.  The last line of his pedigree is loaded with the best of the 50's and early 60's USA male lines,an era when strength was as important as sheer speed. I believe that to go to a stallion with that type of background is called "breeding back into the herd", and can be very successful. Quality Cam will stand for $1,100, GST included and free return if no foal. Just might help some battlers to stay in the game..

    Changes on the leader board this week.On the drivers totem pole, Taleah McMullen was on the high point with four wins, just one ahead of older sister Narissa McMullen . Top trainer went four ways with Chantal Turpin, Darren Ebert, Ricky Gordon and Trent Dawson, all leading in a pair of winners. Most pleasing, Elizabethan Era for Allan Godwin, Trent Moffat in the sulky, Taleah McMullen's treble at Redcliffe on Sunday, and Trent Hodges and Noel Parrish, landingthe Last Starfire at Redcliffe Thursday.

  Resultsville Albion Park 15/05.. Shegotsass (T Gillespie).. Albion Park 16/05.. Sole Ambition (Lachie Manzelmann for Donny Smith).. The Money Ball (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Bridget Blue Chip (Lachie Manzelmann for Chantal Turpin).. Chinook Winds (Trent Moffat for Ricky gordon).. Garland Greene (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Mister diamond (Trent Moffat for John Cockburn).. Redcliffe 17/05.. Chump Chop (Chris Geary forDarren Ebert).. Spring Campaign (Trent Moffat for Ricky Gordon).. Red Terror (Paul Diebert for Mark Rees).. Gleneagle Warrior (Taleah McMullen for Vicki Rasmussen).. Whately (Taleah McMullen for Darren Ebert).. Hurrikane Special (Taleah McMullen for Steve Benham).. Albion Park 19/05.. Tiz A Sizzler (Brittany Graham for Stephanie Graham).. Is Somethingburning (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Tulhurst Ace (Narissa McMullen for Chris Monte).. Ketut (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).. Corey William (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Elizabethan Era (Trent Moffat for Allan Godwin).. Redcliffe 20/05.. Torque Is My Girl (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Graham).. Perfect Feeling (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell).. Love Your Work (Trent Dawson).. Redcliffe 21/05.. The Last Starfire (Noel Parrish for Trent Hodges).. Melton Lucky (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Chromozone (Trent Moffat for Ricky Gordon).. Big In America (Hayden Barnes for Stewie Dixon).. Showem Simon (Trent Dawson)..



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« 2020-May-31, 05:54 PM Reply #328 »
Trot Tactics
There was positive news for the Queensland harness racing industry at the start of the week with confirmation the Changeover South East Oaks and Garrards South East Derby would be elevated this year.
While Racing Queensland had previously announced the TAB Queensland Constellations would not proceed due to COVID-19, the Classics will be upgraded to $50,000 apiece in 2020 and run at Group 2 level.
The Oaks will headline the Albion Park meeting on Saturday, July 11 before the Derby does likewise on Saturday, July 18.
“We’d expect the upgrades to the Oaks and Derby to be warmly welcomed by participants and punters alike,” Racing Queensland COO Adam Wallish said.
“In the absence of a traditional winter carnival, the opportunity to provide select feature racing, including the Oaks and Derby, will ensure Queensland remains in the national spotlight throughout June and July.”
Having recently taken over the reins at Albion Park, newly-appointed Executive Manager Scott Steele said the announcement was the result of working in partnership with their sponsors and RQ to deliver enhanced outcomes for industry participants.
“The club is grateful for the support of Garrards and RQ for turning the upgrades into reality,” Steele said.
“The club is excited to be working on plans with Racing Queensland for patrons to return to the racetrack in the future.”
Dual Group 1 winner confirmed for the Oaks
RQ’s decision to elevate both the Oaks and the Derby has convinced one of New Zealand’s top trainers to try his hand at claiming the spoils.
The Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon-trained Dr Susan will contest the Oaks, and depending on how she fares against her own sex, the Bettor’s Delight filly could line-up against the best three-year-old colts and geldings a week later in the Derby.
“We have met the inter-state nomination deadline, and it makes sense for her to compete for good money in warm conditions which should suit her,” Dalgety said.
“She will be the only horse that we campaign up there this time, but the way Racing Queensland is progressing, we will come back again if we like it.”
Dr Susan, who made her race-day debut with a third at Alexandra Park in Auckland on January 18 last year, raced six times in New Zealand for four placings, before being exported to Australia on January 1 of this year.
“She’s a quality pacer, who should go okay around the Albion Park circuit,” Dalgety said.
“The 2,138m mobile should suit her, we might as well have a go since she’s over there.
“It’s time to spread our wings and try and bounce back from COVID-19; thankfully we have still been able to train our team on our property, but we have all gone a bit stir crazy all the same.
“We are slowly getting back into the rhythm now that harness racing is slowly making its comeback here, I couldn’t think of a better and warmer place to race in July.”
The addition of Dr Susan will add a lot of depth to the South East Oaks.
The talented brown filly has won eight of her 23 starts and placed in 13 others for $246,883.
Her two biggest victories to date have both come in Australia.
On January 25 this year, Dr Susan and Butt downed Stylish Memphis and Mark Purdon to win the Group 1 $85,000 Victoria Oaks Final at Tabcorp Park Melton.
Then on March 28 she was too smart in the Group 1 $150,000 Golden Bracelet Final at Bathurst. 
The filly has also won a Group 2 event – the Raith Memorial at Tabcorp Menangle on January 11 - and placed in a Group 3 (Golden Easter Egg), also at Tabcorp Park Menangle at her last start on April 18.
David and Goliath strike QBRED glory
It was a tale of David and Goliath at Albion Park for the QBRED Triad Finals.
For 45 years David Millard has toiled long and hard in search of an elusive Listed winner.
The 71-year-old Warwick horseman achieved that lifetime goal when the Mr Feelgood gelding he bred, owns and trains – Little Bolt – won the Listed $25,000 QBRED Triad Final for four-year-old entires and geldings.
“I’m still a bit speechless; I’ve had horses place in QBRED races a long time ago, but this is the icing on the cake,” Millard said.
“Shirley (wife) and I’ve waited such a long time for this, Andrew drove the horse an absolute treat.”
The night itself, however, would belong to record-breaking trainer, Grant Dixon.
The brilliant Mount Tamborine horseman won half of the QBRED races on offer, as well as the 2YO Colts and Geldings Consolation with the Paul Diebert-driven and the Solid Earth-owned and bred Captain's Pick.
The winning Dixon quartet started in race two – the Listed QBRED Triad 4YO Mares final, where Dixon trained the quinella for the $25,000 event, but wasn’t in the bike for either.
Adam Sanderson sat in the one-one with Eternal Promise before getting out and pouncing down the back straight.
The daughter of Bettor’s Delight and As Promised had 5.2 metres to spare over stablemate, Goddess Jujon.
Three races later Dixon, and Fond Memories got the better his wife and stablemate, True Stepper in the Group 2 $50k QBRED Triad 3YO Fillies Final.
The daughter of Mach Three and Forever After sat in the one-one before pouncing late.
Fond Memories, who paid $3.20, is also owned and bred by Kevin and Kay Seymour and was her fourth win in 14 starts – all this season.
Dixon’s highlight of the evening came in the most prestigious race – the Group 2 $50k QBRED Triad 3YO Colts & Geldings Final, when the talented Governor Jujon cruised to an easy 3.9 metre victory.
Governor Jujon’s stakes earnings now sit close to $250,000, and it was yet another statement by this extremely gifted three-year-old pacer.
He stopped the clock in 2:34.5 (a mile rate of 1:56.3) with sectionals of 31, 29.2, 28.3, and 28.1.

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« 2020-Jun-07, 05:35 PM Reply #329 »
TROT TACTICS" 06/06/2020.

There is an old English song, titled "The Merry, Merry, Month of May", and for a number of participants, it has proven to be just that. Major Marburg sponsor,( IH Capital Goldstrike Series), Club treasurer, and super keen owner, Craig Whiteoak, has had a great month both on and off the track. His horses were the "on" part, and Craig provided the "off" due to the Covid 19 restrictions. In this day and age, he could be "photo-shopped" into any win photos for the wall, and to bolster any bragging rights. With only winning performances counted, the Whiteoak warriors provided the following. Is Something Burning (2), Mister Diamond (2), and Bettorthandiamonds (1). The dollars amounted to a healthy $21,118.  Trainers involved were Chantal Turpin (3) and John Cockburn (2)..
 
Others to do well in the merry month were.. Chantal Turpin, based at Patrick Estate who served up the following impressive result75 starters, 14 wins, 6 seconds, 11 thirds. Biggest wins being the Breeders Classic 2YO Colts & Geldings Final (Big Wheels), QBRED Triad Consolation 3YO Fillies (A Rainbow Diamond). The stable is currently closing in on 100 season wins. The progress board shows to date, 632 starters, 96 winners, 77 seconds, 81 thirds, for $739,107. Pete McMullen, husband and main driver had 18 wins and 34 placings in May.
 
  Major owners, Solid Earth P/L , were right up there as well, with a result of 13 winners & 24 placings. Biggest wins Tennyson Bromac on May 16 defeating Colt Thirty One in the Flashing Red Handicap and Fond Memories in the $50K QBRED Triad Final for 3YO Fillies. On QBRED night Solid Earth featured with 4 other placings including Talent To Spare, Reds Good To Go and True Stepper who all finished 2nd and Cherrys The Best ran third as favourite in the 4YO Mares Triad Final. On the commercial breeding front, the versatile Solid Earth operation produced 22 winners for May.

  Up for participant consultation is a proposal to change the "Racing Year", which currently runs from September 1st to August 31st in the following year, to commence from January 1st and run to December 31st in the same year. This will mean that the current "Racing Year" will comprise 16 months. The relevant link is <https://bit.ly13728KOo>. Check this out, as it means that we are shifting to Northern hemisphere time and this will mean the disappearance of "shuttle" stallions which many breeders, large and small, utilise at this time. In addition, it will see foals born in the hottest part of the year.

This writer saw the "hatchet job" that was done in the mid 1960's, on what had become a very satisfactory colonial breed, by commercial interests who flooded the country with cheap "claimers", which may well have been well bred on paper, but were less than impressive on the track, and whose only stud credentials were the possession of testicles!! These were benefited by the cultural cringe inherited from the gallops, that our local horse product was inferior, and the "magic Imp" behind a horse's name a necessity.. Far from it. All things American are not necessarily good, and we should be standing behind our own product by breeding back into the herd of the fifties and early sixties to rebuild temperament and strength. Retaining our racing year reinforces our independence!

  Well, there are four harness trainers on good terms with themselves after the first race at Albion Park last Tuesday, with the 2yo trotters having their first start for the season. Aside from the financial inducement, there is that burning desire to see their charges, win or lose, get round without breaking gait. It was "jackpot" this time with all runners beginning safely and no mistakes in running. The eventual winner, Okanaga (Grant Dixon) ran a very respectable mile rate of 2-07.8 for the 1628 metre journey. Ignite,(PaulDiebert),was beaten a neck for second, and Dead Set muscle, (Nathan Dawson) a further four metres away in third place. Defensive Guy (Gavin Crone) was a bit further away in fourth, but has less trials under his belt, and will improve heaps as the series progresses. Seriously, it was a great start to the 2yo program for 2020, and field sizes should grow in the coming weeks as more juveniles qualify to race. Also, we might see some Victorian youngsters make the trip north. The more the merrier, as a strong juvenile horse pool points to a bright future.

  Fairly normal on the leader board this week. Top driver was Pete McMullen on five wins, hotly pursued by Taleah Mcmullen on four. Trainers, a dead heat, John McMullen and Chantal Turpin leading in three apiece, with Trent Dawson and Dan Russell right up there. A pair each. Most pleasing, Warner for David Rodger Jnr, with Zac Chappenden in the sulky. Ipswich factor 26/59..

  Resultsville. Albion Park 29/05.. Bettorthandiamonds (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Spring Campaign (Trent Moffat for Ricky Gordon).. The Hummer (John Cremin for Peter Donohoe).. Laughing Emoji (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Albion Park 30/05.. Lettuce Firestar (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Ryan Veivers).. Big Bang Leonard (Brittany Graham for Stephanie Graham)..  Redcliffe 31/05.. Crowning Glory (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Guts (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Warner (Zac Chappenden for David Rodger Jnr).. Total Delerium (Taleah McMullen for Steve Benham).. Albion Park 02/06.. Greg The Great (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Miss Blue Glory (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Timeless Appeal (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Maywyns Best (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Lerft A Hurrikane (Narissa McMullen for Chris Monte).. Redcliffe 03/06.. Under The Kilt (Nathan Dawson for Warren Hinze).. Only In Rome (Trent Dawson).. Deadly Rocker (Ben Battle for Tayla Gillespie).. Moonlight Butcher (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell).. Getaloadathisgirl (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell).. Redcliffe 04/06.. Looks just Right (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Manoflisa (Trent Moffat for Trent Hodges).. Jewel Of Peak (Narissa Mcmullen for Mark Rees).. Toanui Spirit (Trent Dawson)..Targaryen Hanover (Brittany Graham for Stephanie Graham).. Kaanapali (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen)..




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« 2020-Jun-14, 05:53 PM Reply #330 »
TROT TACTICS" 16/06/2020..

   
Albion Park Harness Racing Club has commenced a new chapter with Scott Steele recently replacing Damian Raedler as its Executive Manager.
 Having enjoyed stints at the Redcliffe Leagues Clubs, as well as clubs in Cairns, Mackay and Arana Hills, Steele has been based at the Brisbane Racing Club since 2012 before crossing codes. The Winton-native has harness racing in his blood, however, and will join his brother, Brad, who has recently been elected to the Board at Albion Park. Since taking the reins last month, Steele has been acclimatising to his new role and has some ambitious plans afoot.
 
While the 2020 Inter Dominion Championships were officially cancelled earlier this week, Steele is hoping Queensland can return to the hosting rotation, be it at Albion Park or a replacement venue.“Obviously staying in Albion is the preferred option, but we are ready and well prepared for anything that Racing Queensland throws at us,” Steele said.“The Inter Dominions and projects on-course are a bit more pressing here, we want to have the best horses here and we want more innovation.“We want more people on-course and good horses, and new ideas will achieve that.” It is only a short time, but the "Steele influence" is already being felt. Winning owners are being sent printable copies of the big event at headquarters, and are offered a race replay via a USB stick. It's a nice, and greatly appreciated touch, with a hint of even better things to come. Below is Scott Steele's racing background and mission statement in a nutshell. It is a clear intention to "GET IT RIGHT"!!!

"We were raised around horses, and even though I’ve owned a few horses over the years and worked at the Brisbane Racing Club for eight years before coming here, I’ve always bled harness racing. I’ve gone full circle now, and you could say I’m home again, it’s a dream and absolute honour to be the Executive Manager at Queensland’s metropolitan harness racing track."!

  Racing Queensland has announced the re-introduction of Claiming races from July following relaxation of some of the conditions that were imposed due to Covid-19. The Claiming races will be programmed at Albion Park each Tuesday for the $7,000 to $10,000 Claimers and each Friday for the $4,000 to $7,000 Claimers with barrier draws based on claiming price. Payment can only be made by bank transfer to RQ bank account. Claim forms must be submitted to RQ ONLY. RQ will then forward full details of payment once received and forms pertaining to the Claim to all Harness Stewards. Horses can only be collected on behalf of the claimant by a trainer or stable hand already attending that meeting (has a horse in at the race meeting or working for a trainer at that race meeting). In a ballot situation Stewards to complete the ballot – a representative of the claimant does not need to be in attendance for the ballot unless Stewards otherwise approve. For horses to be eligible to race in a Claiming race an Authority to Nominate in Claiming Races form must be completed and forwarded to the Licencing and Registration Department at the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) for processing. For queries please contact the Racing Queensland Harness Racing Office on (07) 3869 9774.
 
There you have it. Viewed as a separate entity, claiming races can supply an intelligible form line. If enough of such races are programmed, and are supported by enough trainers, then punters may be enticed to invest on harness events. If they are merely a diversion from the hopeless swamp of the "ratings system", which, we were told at the HRA sponsored "sell the new deal' session at Eagle Farm, would allow horses to drop back in "class even more quickly than the 'mobile conditioned" format. ( 10 runs-- no wins-- drop back a class), it will not help the recreational punter much. It is surprising how quickly a horse can appear to lose form under this rating system and how suddenly it can regain winning form, and most impressively at that!

EARLY WARNING. JUMP-OUTS WILL RECOMMENCE AT MARBURG. 9.00am  SUNDAY JULY 12th, and all Sundays other than race days.  Participants please note, the future of these jump-outs depends on your patronage . Marburg cannot supply a quality service without horse numbers. Educate and condition your horses in a minimum stress environment!

  It's a big change on both sides of the leader board this week with Matt Elkins landing five big ones in the sulky, hotly pursued by Lachie Manzelmann  on four. New blood on the trainer board as well, with Dan Russell leading in three of the best. Most pleasing, Newmerella Sharkie for veteran Max Towns, Trent Dawson had the drive. Ipswich factor 31/57..

 Resultsville.. Albion Park 05/06.. Maywyns Courage (Kelli Dawson).. Laughing Emoji (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Will The Wizard (Chantal Turpin).. Bourbonontherocks (Clint Sneddon for Karen Bennet).. Aurora (Narissa McMullen for Terry Hancock).. Albion Park 06/06.. Subtle Delight (Justi Elkins for Don Hancock).. Maywyns Best (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Aultimate Ad (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Spring Campaign (Trent Moffat for Ricky Gordon)..  Blue Moon Rising (Brittany Graham for Stephanie Graham).. Northern Muscle (Paul Diebert for Denis Smith)..  Redcliffe 08/06.. Vanto Hanover (Lachie Manzelmann for Aileen Smith).. Gwendalion (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell).. Country Run (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Getaloadathisgirl (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell).. Manoflisa (Trent Moffat for Trent Hodges).. Albion Park 09/06.. Aurora (Narissa McMullen for Terry Hancock).. Superbon (Danielle McMullen for Phil Mitchell).. Heartbreak (Pete McMullen for Bill Crosby)..  Live Atom (Matt Elkins for Greg elkins).. The Hummer (John Cremin for Peter Donohoe).. Newmerella Sharkie (Trent Dawson for Max Towns).. Redcliffe 10/06.. My Secret Beach (Lachie Manzelmann for Lola Wiedemann).. Showem Simon (trent Dawson).. Hes Luvable (Lachie manzelmann for Lola Weidemann).. Whata Stride (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Forbidden Feelings (Narissa McMullen)..Redcliffe 11/06.. Perfect Feeling (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell).. Looks Just right (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Ima Regal Jet (Lachie Manzelmann for lola Weidemann).. Camroller (Trent Lethaby for Stephanie Graham)..

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« 2020-Jun-22, 08:30 AM Reply #331 »
TROT TACTICS" 20/06/2020..

  As year follows year, so the numbers of harness owners, trainers and drivers who competed at Ipswich show ground every Saturday, until its metamorphosis into a greyhound facility in 1981,continues to dwindle. Last Wednesday, Dave Rodger went to his rest after a long battle with illness. Born in 1942, Dave , like so many other sons of Ipswich, served an apprenticeship at the Railway workshops, his chosen trade being that of a Fitter/Welder. He played A grade Rugby League for the Railway's side in the Ipswich competition, and later for the Carlton team during a stint at Mackay. He was also one of that mad breed, a rodeo man, making numerous appearances at the Exhibition. DR's first contact with horse racing came from the thoroughbred side, riding regular trackwork for trainer Merv Johnson.
  Dave Rodger came into harness almost by accident, while running his own welding business at One Mile, in the course of an afterwork thirst quencher at the nearby pub, he met the owner of an up and coming pacer, Peerless Prince, and bought into the gelding, on the "off chance", as you do. With the gelding then being stabled at Fred Phelps' what was a casual purchase proved to be a marriage made in heaven, with the new trainer's colours of "Yellow, Purple Sash and Black Sleeves" finding the winner's circle on some thirty occasions including six at Albion Park. The Dave Rodger show was up and running.  A move to the back of the RAAF Base at Three mile, saw a steady flow of horses from the Melbourne identities, G D Wilson, and Mick Meehan, including Meadow Valley and Melbas Dream. The stallion Great Chase stood briefly at three Mile, and a mating with Melbas Dream produced Melbas Girl, another thirty plus success story. Jacks A Fake and Knuckle Down were other prolific winners.
  Dave Rodger surrendered his trainer's licence some fifteen years back, handing the reins to son David, a good trainer, and specialist horse breaker and educator in his own right. A decade ago, father and son moved to Tarampa to set up a showplace training establishment. Dave was also a bird and poultry fancier, with colourful game fowls, parrots and peacocks to provide a moving rainbow as a background to the horse activities at Three Mile. Ipswich Showground was a haunt of harness characters. David Rodger was one of these, and will be sorely missed, as he will be missed at Marburg, where, ill or not, he was there to keep tabs on his love affair with harness!! Watch the QT for funeral arrangements.

 What is happening in the battle to restore harness in Townsville.. THIS, is happening! Question on notice by Nick Dametto MP..
  DONT SELL OUR STATE ASSETS..
  Today I submitted this question on notice to the Premier, asking for her to come clean on potential asset sales. I look forward to her written response. " when what is known as 1300 Smiles Stadium was opened in October 1985 by Racing minister , Russ Hinze, he stated that this was the people of Townsville's stadium, also revealing, that no money was owing on it. The land was donated by the Kern Corporation, to the people of Queensland. Now rumours are circling that the Govenment is trying to sell this public asset... "Will the Premier ensure this Queensland asset is not sold, and work with the people of Townsville to repurpose this stadium so that multiple users can enjoy this asset.
  Nick Dametto MP.

Back to the lower Brisbane Valley again. Leading trainers were Chantal Turpin and Ron Sallis, each responsible for four winning performances. Narissa McMullen took driving honours, just the bare six wins for the week. Most pleasing, were Elzboy for Steve Towns with Chloe butler in the sulky, and Myrtle beach , courtesy of the full package supplied by John Ballin. Ipswich Factor 27/55..

  Resultsville Albion Park 12/06.. Montana Chief (Trent Lethaby for Stephanie Graham).. Living Grand (Danielle McMullen for Steven Furey).. Elzboy (Chloe butler for Steve Towns).. Awesome Ollie (Narissa McMullen).. Myrtle beach (John Ballin).. Albion Park 13/06.. The Money Ball (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Jumping Jolt (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. My Mate Pog (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Ultimate Ad (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Vievers).. Wink And Its Over (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis).. Our Delight (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Garland Greene  (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Redcliffe 14/06.. Elms Creek (Taleah McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Valoroso Hanover (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis).. Gwendalion (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell).. Man From Bravos (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Malibu Dream (John Cremin for Peter Donhoe).. Albion Park 16/06.. Is Something Burning (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Garland Greene (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Dattitude (Justin Elkins for Donny Smith).. Will The Wizard (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 17/06.. Maywyn Jewel (Kelli Dawson   ).. Gidup Darcy (Shane Graham for Jay Edmunds).. Albion Park  18/06.. Indefensible (Trent Moffat for Kay Crone).. Joey Lincoln (Brendan Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Chanceless Century (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Notorious (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers)..

   We have to thank "Pace" magazine feature writer Duane Ranger, for this insight into the hopes, aspirations, and successes of a man who was once  representative of the base of a very strong harness pyramid. A pyramid supported by that now threatened species, "the owner-trainer-driver".. (begin italics)  John Ballin reckons he won’t be on the hunt for a new driver of veteran trotter Myrtle Beach any time soon. It’s not that the Rosewood horseman chops and changes, or gets grumpy with who steers his Armbro Invasion mare. Ballin owns, trains, drives, and bred the nine-year-old, who notched up her second career win in 44 starts at Albion Park last Friday. Ballin sat patiently in the trail throughout the $6,590 Trotters Discretionary Handicap, and then sprinted late along the passing lane to get the decision right on the line. “I thought I finished third because the others were rushing at us, it was a pleasant surprise,” Ballin said. “She’s the only horse I’ve got in work and she’s done pretty well considering she never started racing until she was seven,” said Ballin. The 59-year-old said he had been a hobby trainer for more than 40 years and was delighted that Myrtle Beach had now won her second race. She also nailed a $13,000 QBRED bonus for winning race seven at Redcliffe on October 29. “She likes Redcliffe but has really taken to Albion Park lately,” Ballin said. “She placed here the start before, and it’s just so encouraging to see her do well after the severe drought we experienced.” “Her mother was a nice pacer, she won four races and placed 23 times. “Love Shack was actually dual-gaited and won two races trotting and two pacing, but this girl is strictly a trotter.”
JB, who has been breeding his own stock for many years, rates Cottonwood Valley (12 wins and 14 placings) as his best performer so far. His next project, and possibly his last homebred, is a yearling gelding by Grin fromeartoear from Cottomwood Valley. “I’m not saying Myrtle Beach is as good as Cottonwood Valley, but she’s still got a bit of time to prove herself further. “She’s rising 10 now and I’ll keep racing her until she tells me she’s had enough, but I can see no reason why she can’t keep going next season.(close italics)
 Perseverance and patience are cornerstones of the John Ballin philosophy. He is a living example of one of two major needs in Queensland harness. Both needs have two legs. They are owner-trainer-drivers, and recreational punters.!!


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« 2020-Jun-29, 06:56 PM Reply #332 »
"TROT TACTICS" 27/06/2020.

    In the final analysis of life's race, "time" will be the eventual winner. Last week saw the passing of Doug Coy at the ripe age of 95. Born in 1925, DC lived his entire life on the family farm, "Hillside" near Warwick on the Southern Downs, which in later years became Junabee Stud, one of a tiny handful of commercial studs in Queensland up till the early 1980s. Doug's first horse was the 1940 purchase, Bluebell destined for general farm duties. At the end of World War 2, DC bought Clumber Maid possibly from Downs star, Cliffie Mewes. Bred to trot, the Maid went the other way, and improved out of sight when hoppled. At this time, there was very little "registered" racing in Queensland. This shortfall was remedied by the most amazing calendar of show racing ever seen in this country. As well as great racing opportunity, the accompanying prize money was high indeed. Consequently Doug, and his brother Fred, went big on the shows on the southern and western downs. racing led to breeding, and Sandy Scott, a son of successful import, Sandydale, from the U Scott mare Daisy Scott was purchased from New Zealand.  Sandy Scott paid his way on the race and show tracks, and when sent to stud, sired an even century of winners. So impressed was Doug Coy with the U Scott factor that he purchased the 1963 colt from the Wrack mare, Wrackeen. The colt raced as Stormy Water and later went south to win a feature at Harold Park. At stud, Stormy Water produced 131 winners. When this writer came to Queensland in 1978 the afore mentioned stallions were standing at Junabee Stud in company with the Champion, Lucky Creed. Doug Coy was the patriarch of a wide harness family. Sons Jeff and Neale are still involved, and grandsons, Andrew and Bradley Millard, plus  Dale March are super-committed to the light harness sport. In later years, Doug Coy was a devoted volounteer for the Darling Downs Harness Racing Club. The love of the game which characterised the life of Doug Coy , lives on, both on two legs and four. He will never be forgotten for his efforts to improve harness in Queensland. Like the other pioneers of breeding here, Doug Coy put a lot more into the game than he ever got out!!

 
Queensland harness racing participants are set to be boosted next month with the state’s base driving fee set to rise to $60 per drive.
Since 2017, Racing Queensland has lifted the base driving fee from $45 for all races worth $3000 or more, an initiative that was included in a plan to support and sustain industry participation A further increase will be delivered in 2021 as part of the third and final year of an agreement with the Breeders Owners Trainers and Reins-persons Association of Queensland. The increased driving fee will now be applicable at Albion Park, Redcliffe and Marburg, with drivers previously receiving $25 per drive at the latter. While COVID-19 recently forced the abandonment of the TAB Queensland Constellations, a number of feature races will still proceed this year including the Group 1 Garrards Yearling Sale Graduate 2YO Final and Redcliffe Gold Cup this Saturday.

  The meteoric rise of Angus Garrard through the driving ranks in Queensland hit yet another high,last Saturday night, when the 17 year old celebrated his first night as a Metropolitan licenced driver with a treble. AG was understandably overjoyed with the effort, but his feet are firmly planted on the ground. He was, as quoted in this column some weeks back, just being "the best he could be". One wonders what yardstick we could apply to measure AG's ability as a driver, given the number of times he has greeted the Judge since Saturday night. On disclosed form, Angus Garrard will be the yardstick!!..... Another 17 year old next week.

  No surprises  on the drver's list this week ,with in form Narissa McMullen heading off brother Pete,five wins to four. Trainers tighter with Geoff Dawson and Dan Russell tied on two winners apiece. Most pleasing, Aqua Cruiser (Michael Tenardi) . Turned out immaculate and went accordingly. Ipswich Factor 22/58..

  Resultsville.. Redcliffe 19/06.. Wheres Tascott (Nathan Dawson for Steve Towns).. Loyola Trios (Narissa McMullen for Pat Croghan).. Gwendalion (Nathan Dawson for Dan Russell).. Manila Playboy (Kelli Dawson for Shane Fraser).. Perfect Feeling (Nathan Dawson for Dan Russell).. Albion Park 20/06..The Cruise Missile (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Redcliffe 21/06.. Jewel Of peak (Paul Diebert for Mark Rees).. Threo (Trent Moffat for Ricky Gordon).. Pittsworth Man (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Western Showgirl (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Albion Park 23/06.. Aurora (Narissa McMullen for Terry Hancock).. Imperial Poet (Pete McMullen for Jarrod Alchin).. The Reaper (Narissa McMullen for Terry Hancock).. Feelingforamiracle (Kelli Dawson for Geoff Dawson).. Maywyns Best (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Redcliffe 24/06.. Mach Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Aqua Cruiser (Michael Tenardi).. Sister Feelgood (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Redcliffe 25/06.. Maywyn Troubador (Kelli Dawson for Geoff Dawson).. Sombeachsomegift (Adam Sanderson forAlistair Barnes).. Tinka Terror (Brittany Graham for Stephanie Graham).. Eulo Flyer (Taleah McMullen for Dale Belford)..

 
   Pete Mcmullen, full throttle in pursuit of the State driver's Premiership.(bgin italics) In fact, the 28-year-old Patrick Estate reinsman said it would be the highlight of his career if he achieved that feat for the first time come August 31. He said it would mean more to him than winning his only Group 1 victory behind My Valerie in the 2015 DJA Memorial Trotting Championship at Albion Park "I’ve tried for so long and come so close, but never quite got over the line,” McMullen said. “Because of the wait, a Queensland premiership title would undoubtedly be the highlight of my career - it would be very special.” This week McMullen became the first Queensland driver this season to go past $1 million in earnings, making it the fifth time in six years he had achieved that milestone. But as of today, the father-of-two was trailing Premiership pace-maker, Nathan Dawson by one victory – 145 to 144.(close italics)




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« 2020-Jul-05, 08:32 PM Reply #333 »
"TROT TACTICS" 04/07/2020..

   
Kelli Dawson reaches for the stars in the Redcliffe 2yo Feature and grabs one!! The following from the pen of Duane Ranger. (begin italics) If someone had forked out another $4,000 for Manila Playboy at last year’s Redcliffe Yearling Sales, then the biggest night of Shane Fraser and Kelli Dawson’s racing careers would never have happened. The long time training and driving duo nailed their first Group 1 victories at Redcliffe Paceway on Saturday night when the gifted Pet Rock gelding toughed it out to win the $100,000 Redcliffe Yearling Sales 12th 2YO Series Final. “I’m 30 now and been driving for half my life (15 seasons) and I’ve finally achieved my dream, I think it will take a day or two before I realise what I’ve done though,” Dawson said. “A lot of drivers don’t achieve this so I consider myself very fortunate, I just want to thank Shane and his family for putting me on this very nice horse again. “I’ve won a Group 3 race behind Destreos in the Be Good Johnny Sprint (2012) before, but nothing beats this - I will never forget tonight.” Dawson said she had spoken to Fraser before and after the 1,780m mobile and they both knew that Manila Playboy had to be put into the race from his awkward barrier draw of seven. “We had to make our own luck, he’s only had four starts now and hasn’t had a decent draw yet (7,6,11, 8) so I had to put him close to the pace or we might have got left behind,” Dawson said. Kelli went and sat parked with Manila Playboy at the 1100 metre mark and he stuck on tenaciously to win by 1.7m from Shes Miss Divine. He stopped the clock in 2:09.7 (mile rate 1:57.3) with sectionals of 29.8, 30.2, 29.2, and 29.1. Manila Playboy has now won three of his four starts, with a bank balance of $73,045.(close italics)There you have it. That was KD's reason for chasing a stay of proceedings on another racing incident. Judgement was right on the button, Manila Playboy was driven to his strengths, and Group One success was the result. Does it get any better. Don't think so!!!
 
 This trainer/driver, will be hot in Queensland! (begin Italics) Goulburn horseman Brad Hewitt is just another eyeing off the warm Queensland winter carnival. The outstanding horseman is keen to head north and take part in the much revised Albion Park features which officially kicks off next week. The metropolitan club will conduct three quality meetings on July 11, 18 and 25 with a raft of features spread across the three nights. And following the news from Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday who outlined the reopening of the state border on July 10, Hewitt is now planning and confirming his team. It’s likely it will be a team of 8 to 10. “I’m keen to get up there but I’ve been waiting on news regarding the border and when it will reopen, now that we’ve got a date, it will be all systems go and I’m looking forward to the challenge.” Hewitt said. A likely contender for the Queensland campaign is stable newcomer Nostra Villa, a former Australian Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year when prepared by Emma Stewart in Victoria.(close italics) Queenslanders beware, the raiders are at our gates!

 The Townsville harness saga proceeds, and appears to be gaining support. There is much input via letters to the Townsville Bulletin. People in the North are beginning to see the wisdom of a "dual code" harness and greyhound facility at Smiles Stadium, formerly "The Willows". Proposals put forward by harness spokesman ,Troy Clive, are receiving serious consideration. A Townsville harness facility is a popular concept here in the South East, and a dual code enterprise is just commercial common sense.

  The late, great race caller, Ken Howard, always said that "The sport of Kings (horse racing) is a chancy business". Australian author, and harness writer, Frank Hardy, described it as "a lottery where the tickets have four legs". So it must have seemed for Deception based trainer, Melissa Kendall, struggling along on the rare winner. Things did change however, and some of the lottery tickets responded to Melissa and her partner Phil Chappenden's training regimes. Add their son, Zac's natural driving skills to the mix, and we are now looking at a family stable of twelve horses which has produced three $10,000 Q-bred bonuses in the last eight months. It is one very happy story of determination to succeed, and a great example of the principle that "things can change, and change for the better"!!

  After a momentary downturn, Pete McMullen took drivers honours with seven wins for the week, besting sister Taleah McMullen , just two behind notching five victories. On the trainer's side of the board four stables were locked together when the umpire called time. with John McMullen, Ron Sallis, Dan Russell and Alistair Barnes, each leading in two winners. Many pleasing performances,  Kelli's big one, Taleah's treble at Marburg, Lachie in the Redcliffe Cup, Dartesian for Trent Hodges, and Jurgen Stroschon getting ever closer to a win with Kid Calvert. Ipswich Factor 29/54..

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 26/06.. Tommy Under fire (Taleah McMullen).. Warner (Zac Chappenden for David Rodger Jnr).. Redcliffe 27/06.. Ima Top Tycoon (Taleah McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Weeks End (Pete McMullen for Jarrod Alchin).. Havana Moon (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson).. Manila Playboy( Kelli Dawson for Shane Fraser).. Burmach (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Sole Ambition (Lachie Manzelmann for Donny Smith).. Justa Little Bit (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Marburg 29/06.. Utella (Lachie Manzelmann for John Stariha).. Western Showgirl (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Forbidden Feelings (Matt Elkins for Narissa McMullen).. Rancho Man (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Rowdys Ace (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Karloo Mac (Taleah McMullen for Brett Cargill).. Albion Park 30/06.. Chantrey (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Redcliffe 01/07.. Aqua Cruiser (Michael Tenardi).. I'll Be Watching (Pete McMullen for Stewie Dickson).. Tinka Terror (Brittany Graham for Stephanie Graham).. Black Jewel (Trent Moffat for John Cockburn).. Dartesian (Trent Hodges).. Redciffe 02/07.. Champagne Reactor (Pete McMullen for Stewie Dickson).. Perfect Feeling (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell).. Somebeachsomegift (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Joey Lincoln (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Big in America (Pete McMullen for Stewie Dickson).. Bustin Feelz Good (Taleah McMullen for Merv Hieronymus).. Burmach (Ben Battle for Ron Sallis).. Tulhurst Kate (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell).


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