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« 2020-Nov-22, 09:45 PM Reply #350 »
                                                                                                        “TROT TACTICS” 20/11/2020..
This week’s bombshell. After last week’s ‘trot tactics” opinion that Natalie Rasmussen would be at the top of the harness tree for a long time to come, the lady has exercised a woman’s privilege, and announced that she, and partner, Mark Purdon, are taking a year off from the spotlight. The following, hot off the websites, says most of it. (commence italics).  All Stars Racing, the all-conquering harness racing stable of champion trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, will cease training from December 31. The pair remain together as a couple but has decided to take a year away from training horses and if and when they choose to return it will be on a much smaller scale than the huge operation they run at Rolleston on the outskirts of Christchurch. Their state of the art property will remain open but be run by current stable foreman Hayden Cullen and his wife Amanda, with Purdon and Rasmussen happy to help out around the times of the major carnivals if needed. But the days of the All Stars machine which has dominated harness racing on both sides of the Tasman and is clearly one of the best in the world, are over.
“It is time for a break,” Purdon told the New Zealand Herald newspaper. “Between us Nat and I have been training or working with horses almost 70 years combined,” says Purdon who is 56. Rasmussen is 43.“We want to have a break, freshen up and take time to enjoy life next year. “And during that break we will take time to consider what our future looks like.” Purdon says he will retain his race driving licence so he can still drive at major race meetings but Rasmussen is still considering whether she will. “Hayden is a good young trainer and we have made a commitment to him that at least initially we will drive the horses at major carnivals if needed.
“We have told him we are happy to come help out leading in to these carnivals but the stables are going to be his with his wife Amanda’s and the business will be theirs, definitely not ours. “All Stars Racing will be closed down from December 31 and if we even come back to training full time I would say it would be a on a lot smaller scale. “But that is something we will think about during our year off.” (close italics). “Curiouser and curiouser” as the cat in Alice in Wonderland is reputed to have said!!
  At last. Definitive evidence  that should lead to the abolition of the whip in racing!
  (commence italics).. Two papers published in journal Animals lend support to a ban on whipping in horse racing. They respectively show that horses feel as much pain as humans would when whipped, and that the whip does not enhance race safety.
Do horses feel pain when whipped? Racing industry officials have long held that they don’t. Yet in two studies released around Melbourne Cup week, Professor Paul McGreevy from the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science and his colleagues have found that not only have horses evolved to feel as much pain when whipped as a human would, but that there is no compelling reason to whip these animals at all. The culmination of nearly a decade of research, these findings have the potential to fundamentally change the racing industry, locally and worldwide.Published across two papers in open access journal Animals, Professor McGreevy says he would not be surprised if the findings prompt the “PHASING OUT OF WHIPPING IN RACING IN AUSTRALIA WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS”..
Whipping hurts horses  Professor McGreevy and colleagues examined whether horses are likely to feel as much pain as humans would when whipped. Using microscopic samples of skin from 10 deceased humans and 20 euthanised horses, they looked for differences between the species’ skin structure and nerve supply. The results revealed “no significant difference” between humans and horses in the concentration of nerve endings in the outer layers of skin, nor any difference in thickness of this skin layer. “This was not surprising, as horses, like humans, need robust yet sensitive skin to respond to touch, say, from flying insects or other horses,” said Professor McGreevy. “From this, we can deduce that horses are likely to feel as much pain as humans would when being whipped.” “Repeated strikes of the whip in horses that are fatigued as they end a race are likely to be distressing and cause suffering. A horse’s loss of agency as it undergoes this kind of repeated treatment is thought to lead to learned helplessness.”
In another paper, Professor McGreevy and colleagues, including Professor Phil McManus from the School of Geosciences, used data from the UK racing industry to compare 67 races with whips to 59 without, controlled for variables including number of horses, racetrack surface characteristics on the day, and race distance.  “In the UK, unlike in Australia, the racing authorities hold whip-free races for apprentice jockeys,” Professor McGreevy explained. “This seems at odds with the racing industry’s claim that whips are necessary for steering, and therefore, jockey safety.  “Nevertheless, our analysis of racing stewards’ reports from the two types of races revealed no statistical safety difference between races with and without whips.”  He and his co-authors also found that race times and metrics of racing integrity – compliance with rules – did not differ between the kinds of races. “This invalidates industry assumptions to the contrary,” Professor McGreevy said.  “THE FINDINGS OF THIS STUDY CLEARLY SHOW THAT THE USE OF WHIPS IN HORSE RACING, IS UNNECESSARY, UNJUTIFIABLE, AND UNREASONABLE”
  Nothing new on the driver’s side of the leader board this week, with Pete and Narissa Mcmullen scoring four winning drives apiece, while the trainers section produced a wonderful result with Trent Lethaby, Darrell Graham, Ron Sallis,and Alistair Barnes, all finding Victory Lane on two occasions over the week. Most pleasing, Gabi Get Along at Redcliffe 15/11 for Andrew and David Millard.. First up after three years spell. Fabulous!! Ipswich factor 21/54..
 Resultsville. . Redcliffe 13/11.. Arma Augustus (Taleah McMullen for Trent Lethaby).. Albion Park 14/11..king Of the Stars (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. True confessions (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. BD Khaosan (Shane Graham for Darrell Graham).. Gee Up Neddy (Hayden Barnes).. Redcliffe 15/11.. Nikitoras 9Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Huinter Red (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Burmach (Jonah Hutchinson for Ron Sallis).. Playing Arkabella (Steve Doherty for Mal Charlton).. Abercrombie Tab (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell).. Gabi Get Along (Andrew Millard for David Millard).. Albion Park 17/11 Bondi Shake (Hayden Barnes for Al Barnes).. Atomic Bombshell (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Our ridgey Didge (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Courageous Saint (Angus Garrard for Darrell Graham).. Larry Lincoln (Hayden Barnes for Al Barnes).. Colby (Narissa McMullen).. Redcliffe 18/11.. Mach Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Pin Code (Matt Elkins for Damo Shaw).. Superbon (Paul Diebert for Phil Mitchell).. Redcliffe 19/11.. Arma Augustus (Taleah McMullen for Trent Lethaby)..


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« 2020-Nov-29, 07:38 PM Reply #351 »
TROT TACTICS” 28/11/2020..
The traditional or “square gaited “ trotter has his place in the spotlight tonight as the Summer Carnival gets underway at Albion Park . Sharing billing with the “Be Good Johnny Sprint” the trotters go round in the “Darrell Alexander Memorial Championship” below is what Chris Barsby and Darren Clayton had to say about the DJA.
Team Graham Chasing Trotting Glory
25 November 2020 | Chris Barsby
The A-Team: Brittany and Darrel Graham
No trotter has ever recorded back to back victories in the Darrell Alexander Memorial Trotting Championship Final. Star performer Our Overanova is a dual winner but recorded his victories years apart, the Grant Dixon prepared gelding scored in 2014 before claiming the feature again in 2017. Amazingly, the veteran lines up again this weekend, his fifth final after contesting the past seven series. On Saturday night, he starts as the back marker off a 30m handicap in the 2647m feature. Trainer Dixon has won the event five times since it was first staged back in 2008 at the famed Parklands complex. It was moved to its current home of Albion Park in 2013 following the unfortunate closure of the Gold Coast. The Gr.2 $30,770 event has drawn together an excellent and capacity sized field, 14 runners will be vying for the prize on offer. Defending champion Wee Man Trouble looms as a superb chance of rewriting history, his slashing efforts in both rounds of heats haven’t gone unnoticed and will carry plenty of support. Last year, the former New Zealand gelding was prepared by Grant Dixon and handled by Adam Sanderson when starting off the front-line in the Gr.1 feature but owing the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s event has dropped back to Gr.2 level. Wee Man Trouble is now prepared by owner Shannon Price with Sanderson sticking solid, the five-year-old must overcome a 10m handicap if he is to become the first back to back winner.
But former Victorian BD Khaosan also carries an army of supporters. Purchased by SKY Racing personality Brittany Graham specifically for this series, the gelding has shaped up nicely in both heats to date. A first-up victory over 2647m was followed by an excellent second (behind Gee Up Neddy) last week over the shorter 2138m trip. The talented trotter is prepared by Brittany’s father, Darrel. “When he first arrived, we had a few issues with him and he was behind the eight ball, but he came out and won his opening heat and then went another good race last week,” Graham said. “The draw on paper doesn’t look good but it’s a really open race and luck in running is going to be crucial. You can’t go into this race with a single plan, we’ve got a great driver and he’s adaptable and so is the horse so I’m really looking forward to it.” He added. The Graham family enjoyed success earlier this year during the winter carnival when another former Victorian trotter Il Pirata scored in the Gr.3 $25,770 Queensland Trotters Cup at Albion Park. And driver Shane Graham (no relation) is a previous winner of the DJA Final when combining with King Of Strathfield back in 2012. TAB fixed odds markets have Wee Man Trouble as favourite at $4.60 ahead of Majestic Simon ($6) and BD Khaosan ($7). The 2020 Darrell Alexander Memorial Trotting Championship is Race 4 on the 10-race card and is scheduled to start at 7.17pm local time.  Albion Park action gets underway at 5.42pm local time.
      (Darren Clayton)..   “ Queensland’s signature event for square gaiters - the Darrell Alexander Memorial - will be run this coming Saturday night; with the 14 finalists decided after six heats. There were five winners of the six heats - Our Overanova, BD Khaosan, Musculus and Majestic Simon, with Gee Up Neddy the only finalist to claim victory in both heats he contested. However, if Neddy is to claim victory in the Group 2 Final, he will need to overcome history. The 2020 edition will be the 14th running of the DJA and in the previous 13 renewals, no trotter has been able to win both heat rounds and the Final. But this year has been a year like no other in so many ways, so will this be the year that a trotter can sweep the series? Gee Up Neddy has certainly found form at the right time to make it a reality, and from the 10-metre handicap combined with his great manners, has the chance to re-write history.”
Marburg track on fire, as noted by Andrew Whitehead, harness handicapper, Racing Queensland.
First and foremost for context the overall 1850m track record is to the credit of JEWEL OF PEAK – 1.56.8 set in October last year. The low hanging fruit record is of course the 2yo we haven’t had many such races there but STRAYTOTHEPOOLROOM now holds that at 2.02.9 Then there is the 3yo track record which given it was set in the 15th month of the racing season certainly gives VOODOO FELLA an age advantage over his predecessors but its in his name now at 1.58.4 The one that has grabbed my attention however is Jonah’s Hutchinson’s 20 start maiden setting the new 4yo mares mark at 1.57.8... Gina showed good gate speed and high crusing speed running the 3rd quarter in 28.3 she only trundled home in 29.8 but given the runner up was 73 metres astern wasn’t asked to give a lot up the straight. She must have met some real nice types in her first 20 starts down in NSW, Jonah has obviously transformed her.
  26 November 2020
Just watch this space next week, as it seems likely that our SA cousins are about to find a new lease of life.  Fifty years ago, with the opening of Globe Derby Park, South Australia , which had a strong breeding industry, based on Globe Derby and Raider bloodlines in their broodmare band, appeared set for a boom cycle. For whatever reason, this did not eventuate and we have watched half a century of mediocre performance. The newly appointed Chair of HARNESS RACING SA, George Fiacchi, is a low profile doer, not a star struck dreamer, and if he gets the support he deserves, we will see a different and attractive product, taking the light harness sport forward into a bright future!.
This evening the Board of Harness Racing South Australia will release its annual report including the financial statements for 2019/20. It’s been a strong performance by the team with the major focus on growth. A profit of $76k will be announced and growth in key areas. Following is a summary: -
Chairman of HRSA George Fiacchi commented: “Congratulations to the harness racing industry, we have shown great resilience to get through a very challenging year. There are many green shoots appearing and the Board is very focused on future growth. We are constantly looking at ways to reward participants for their loyalty to SA harness racing and will have another major announcement shortly. Stay safe and on behalf of the board thank you for your support.”
  Again the drivers totem pole swaying in the breeze with Pete McMullen at the top on seven wins for the week, sister Taleah with a tenuous grip, three rungs down at four wins and climbing hard.. Most of the training success came from outside the footprint, but Melissa Gillies and Chantal Turpin put in game efforts to lead in a pair of winners each for the week. Most pleasing, Nesters Hill, trained at Marburg by Peter Mackay with Taleah McMullen in the sulky, and Melissa’s duo. Ipswich Factor 25/54..
Resultsville.. Albion Park 20/11.. Jasson (Steve Doherty for Mal Charlton).. Onlys Best (Pete McMullen for Murray Thomas).. Matau Jess (Pete McMullen for Steve Borg).. Captain Cosmonaut (Trent Dawson).. Albion Park 21/11.. Major Mucha (Danielle McMullen for Travis Mackay).. Lisa Lincoln (Paul Diebert for Melissa Gillies).. Itz My Generation (Angus Garrard for Darrell Graham).. Majestic Simon (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Blacks A Dance (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Gee Up Neddy (Hayden Barnes).. Marburg 22/11.. Clares Fool (Ben Battle for Peter Jones).. Gosling In Flight (Taleah McMullen).. Voodoo Fella (Jordan Topping for Dave Russell).. Ima Beach Babe (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Adreniline Rush (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Lorimer Lady (pete McMullen for Peter Greig).. Albion Park 24/11.. Ignite (Paul Diebert for Denis Smith).. Woodlands Rose (Paul Diebert for Melissa Gillies).. Elms Creek (Taleah McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Redcliffe 25/11.. Highview Freddie (Danielle Veivers for Ryan Veivers).. Maywyns Jewel (Kelli Dawson).. Redcliffe 26/11.. Arma Augustus (Taleah McMullen for Trent Lathaby).. Nesters Hill (Taleah McMullen for Peter Mackay).. Ali Downunder (Ben Battle for Mal Charlton).. Speeechcraft (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins)..

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