Christmas is coming, and Marburg is getting ready. As is the usual, the emphasis will be on the family, with Santa making a mid meeting appearance with bulk lollies for the kids, and supervised entertainment so that Mum and Dad can have a bit of fun as well. Just four days before Christmas on Sunday ,December 20th, an afternoon at Marburg, being part of the atmosphere of Country Harness at its best is as good a lead in to the “Big Day” as you can get. Watch this space!
A great start to the Summer CarnivaI, with a highlight for the Lowood based team of Turpin/McMullen, who were responsible for the only Ipswich footprint successes on opening night. The husband and wife team took out major features at both gaits, with the trotter Majestic Simon and the pacer Dance In The Sun. It’s now all systems Go for the second night of the 2020 summer carnival and with all roads heading to Albion Park, the host club have a huge 10-race program assigned with seven features included. And if the reaction from the opening night last week is anything to go by, it promises to be bigger and better this Saturday night. “Last weekend was a great result for all involved, it was great to see so many people (new & old faces) take in a night of fine racing action coupled with a new facilities including the Creek Bar. A great way to measure a crowd is by how long they hang around for and in the end, we had to turn the lights out which is very pleasing.” CEO Scott Steele said. The metropolitan club in conjunction with major sponsor Garrards gave away $20,000 cash last week to lucky punters and it was naturally well received. Winners included Dianne McRoberts, Dale Hogan, Steph Freeman and Bernadette Alexander who all pocketed $5000 each. While no cash giveaways are planned this weekend, the entertainment will be equally strong with the second round of Jockeys & Drivers Challenge an obvious highlight.
NSW: There is no going back for Cain
01 December 2020 | HRNSW MEDIA
Young driver Leonard Cain continues to make his mark on the Sydney harness racing scene. Photo by Club Menangle
FEW reinsmen could expect to make such a huge impression when they are forced to drive ‘second stringers’.
Yet former Queensland reinsman Leonard Cain is now widely regarded as one of the most talented young horsemen matching it with the best in the business. While he came south to work for trainer Noel Daley, Cain was quickly snapped up by the Craig Cross/Luke McCarthy stable when Daley decided to return to the US. Since then Cain has continued to land more than his share of winners as the back-up reinsman behind McCarthy. He was at his best again on Saturday night, scoring a fabulous 2.5m win with former Victorian pacer Buster Brady at Menangle, rating 1:50.9 for the mile to beat Dance For Glory (Josh Gallagher) and $2.10 favourite Zahven Banner (McCarthy). “I drove him [Buster Brady] in a trial a few weeks ago and was really happy with the way he went and we really felt he was knocking on the door and close to a win,” said Cain. “He’s certainly got the ability and he showed that the other night. “To be honest I’ve really enjoyed driving for Craig’s stable as they have so many nice horses and even driving the second stringers behind Luke gets you some really good drives.
Cain is getting excited about a return trip to his native Queensland for their feature racing in coming weeks. “We’re sending about a dozen horses up there with travelling foreman Matt Coffee and I’ll head up there in the middle of this week to give him a hand,” he said. “I’ll be there driving for a few Saturday nights. “Luke will come up to drive King Of Swing in their big race, The Blacks A Fake and a few others but it will be fun to be home for a visit. “I have no plans to return there permanently, though, things are going too well for me in Sydney and I’m enjoying it down here.” Cain heads for Menangle today (Tuesday) with just one drive, despite his great form.
In a somewhat surprising move, Racing Queensland has decided to try yet another session of “Driver’s Colours”. Of six months duration this time, and limited to just six drivers, Pete McMullen, Narissa McMullen, Brendan Barnes, Angus Garrard, Matt Elkins and Kylie Rasmussen. From the same page, came news that the new look “Harness Advisory Panel”, convened again last month, and continues to make an important contribution for the code. Among the discussion items were “training and education”, with the aim of developing training programs for new entrants. In a sport/industry which claims to be shopping for new entrants, there is little inducement for any one but a multi-millionaire, whose only interest is to make yet more money,to get into it, and who, naturally enough, would not give a damn what colours were worn.. Harness is an arm of Racing Queensland, as are the Gallops. You don’t see the Thoroughbreds going down to the wire in “Jockey’s Colours”, and their turnover far exceeds ours. Also, their are three main groups of people in either code of horse racing, why does harness go out of its way to insult trainers and owners by denying them the right to have their colours carried by what are paid employees, given that all codes of racing involve a measure of “ego tripping”. As to the “advisory panel”, it would be great step forward, if this mysterious group reported their agendas, deliberations and decisions in full to the participants. Who knows, we might applaud their wisdom and decisions, on the other hand, we might justly condemn them, as is our democratic right!
The double sided totem pole is swaying with the combined weight of Turpin/McMullen success this week. Pete McMullen ,leading driver on seven wins, and his good wife, Chantal Turpin, top trainer, leading in four nice winners for seven days work. Most pleasing was shared by Paul Matis , training and driving Sir Semper Fidelis in a welcome change of luck. Colin Knox up there in the winners circle with super honest Monterey Jack (Paul Diebert), and two winning drives for Clint Sneddon, behind the Karen Bennett trained Malabar Spur. Ipswich Factor 22/58.
Resultsville .. Albion Park 27/11.. Malabar Spur (Clint Sneddon for Karen Bennett).. Our Uncle Jim (trent Dawson).. Tearaway Diamond (Greg Elkins)..saucy Dreams (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Notorious (Danielle Veivers for Ryan Veivers).. Albion Park 28/11.. Majestic Simon (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Dance In the Sun (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Kilcoy 29/11.. Montana Chief (Angus Garrard for Darrell Graham).. Maggie (Brittany Graham for Darrel Graham).. Albion Park 30/11.. Sir Semper Fidelis (Paul Matis).. Targaryen (Kelli Dawson).. Adreniline Rush (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Albion Park 01/12.. Malabar Spur (Clint Sneddon for Karen Bennett).. Almighty Max (Trent Dawson for Steve Furey).. Our Ridgy Didge (narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Nikitaras (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Redcliffe 02/12.. Bet Im Special (Taleah McMullen for Brett Cargill).. Hurrikane Special (Taleah McMullen for Steve Benham).. Redcliffe 03/12.. Dartesian (Trent Moffat for Trent Hodges).. Downtown Lucca (Pete McMullen for Allan Sanders).. Guy Looks Good (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Monterey Jack (Paul Diebert for Colin Knox)..