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« 2021-Dec-24, 08:22 PM Reply #375 »
                                                                                        “BORDER TROTS” 17/12/2021.

 As you read this, we are just a few days from Christmas.  “BORDER TROTS”,”THE FASSIFERN GUARDIAN”, “MORETON BORDER NEWS”, “THE IPSWICH TRIBUNE”,and the “MARBURG PACING ASSOCIATION”, take this opportunity to wish our harness readers the absolute best of the Festive Season. May the coming New Year be stable and prosperous. Best Wishes!!   Denis Smith.

The following is from the keyboard of Darren Clayton, and takes you to share an historic milestone in the career of Queensland’s leading driver, Pete McMullen. (commence italics)..
In what has been a season for the ages, Pete McMullen cracked 300 driving wins on Friday afternoon at The Creek. Ironically for the man dubbed Leader Peter, number 300 came when chasing the leader down via the passing lane, Williewa Lightning showing great acceleration to grab victory. After starting Friday’s meeting on 298 wins, the margin to 300 was quickly reduced to one when leading all the way for the easiest of wins aboard the talented Awaywego. Placed in two of his next three drives for the day, there was just one race left and it seemed as if the milestone may have to wait until another day. However, McMullen had Williewa Lightning stalking the leader Sweet Lombo soon after the field was released from the 2138-metre starting point. As the field swung into the home straight, McMullen angled to the passing lane and under his urgings, and the horse responded to scoot through and claim the victory. The McMullen/Dwyer combination have aided each other throughout the season, with each complementing the other in the quest for new individual milestones. Williewa Lightning’s victory was the 73rd success this term where McMullen has driven one of Dwyer’s runners, with the pair boasting feature race success throughout the year with Shes Miss Devine and Unknown Son.
The second half of the season has been the strongest for McMullen, receiving the bell at the half-way point of the term on 133 wins and reaching 300 with 21 days of the current season remaining. After not taking a drive in the first seven meetings of the year, the start of the season was an indication of how 2021 would progress, winning at his first attempt for the year. That win came on January 12 when Leader Peter did his thing, leading throughout for a comfortable victory aboard Boomchuckalucka, with the next 299 winners coming one day short of 11 months.
Becoming the first Queensland driver to land 300 wins in a season, McMullen joined some elite names in Australian Harness racing history and becomes just the fourth to reach that many winners in one season. Kerryn Manning was the first, breaking through for a 300-win season when steering home 371 winners in 2002/03 and backing that up with over 300 in each of the next two seasons. Daryl Douglas was the next to reach the feat in 2006/07, going on to land over 300 in four successive seasons. Chris Alford landed his first 300 in 2011/12 and since then has had another two seasons in excess of the magical number, and a further two seasons in excess of 400 winners. If Pete can build on his mammoth season next year the way his three predecessors were able to in following seasons, will we be looking at a new benchmark in season 2022? (close italics).
  With the racing season to end on New Year’s Eve, Marburg is looking towards 2022, as a year of consolidation. The venue will change its face to a degree with new infrastructure appearing, all aimed at spectator and participant comfort. All these things will be like a new pair of shoes, they will require a period of “breaking in” before the club and patrons can get the best use from them. Importantly the Show Society will get considerable benefit from use of these facilities at their major events. Look for a “best result” about mid year. In order to progress forward, the MPA is still firmly focussed on raising on-course attendances to a point where we are consistently viable. To assist us, we need input from Joe and Jo-anne Average. Please tell us what you think can be improved about our overall presentation of harness racing, and what we should do to keep you coming back. Our rebuilt, user friendly Website and Face Book pages will be up and running by March. Please help us to help you. Make a day at the country trots as an attractive proposition, as it was thirty years ago. The MPA aims to present an exciting spectacle at an “up close and personal” venue, where the 700 metre track presents racing against a horse friendly back drop of green grass and trees. Reality suggests that the horse be presented in a rural setting. Marburg supplies that!!

  Back to the totem pole where Pete McMullen churned out seven winners to support his Champion status. Matthew Neilson on five and Matt Elkins on four, working steadily upwards in pursuit. At the trainer’s end of the stick. No surprises with Chantal Turpin showing the way with four winners from Ricky Gordon showing a spark with a Redcliffe double. Most pleasing drive, Bangkok Bravado (Matt Crone for Shane Fraser) and Ben Crosby producing Tee Ravelling fit as a fiddle to score at Redcliffe with Nathan Dawson in the bike. Ipswich Factor 27/53..

  Resultsville. Albion Park 10/12.. Awaywego (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Mongolian Conqueror(taleah McMullen for Danielle Veivers).. Williewa Lightning # 300 (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Albion Park 11/12.. It Aint The Money (Matt Elkins for Narissa McMullen).. Speech Is Silver (Matthew Neilson for Darren Weeks).. Shadys Delight (Trent Moffat).. Doug (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Redcliffe 12/12.. Purple Shades (Matt Elkins for Tayla Gillespie).. Risky Buziness (Matthew Neilson for Ricky Gordon).. Teachers Pet (Peter Greig).. Always At Night (Matthew Neilson for Ricky Gordon).. Springfield Spirit (Lachie Manzelmann for David Rodger).. Albion Park 14/12.. Butcherfeelgood (Matt Elkins for Dan Russel).. Delightful Lou (Matthew Neilson for Darren Weeks).. Hawthornden Hunk (Matthew Neilson for Steve Cini).. Redcliffe15/12.. Fairies Delight (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Maffioso Girl (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Caribbean Rocket (Trent Moffat for Des Pollock).. Hammertime Harley (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Tee Ravelling (Nathan dawson for Ben Crosby).. Alta revelry (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 16/12.. Melton Boomer (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).. Turn Turn Flyer (Pete McMullen for Dale Belford).. Vermont (Hayden Barnes for Michael Nutley).. Allstar Sea (Ben Battle).. Molliesmaryelle (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Bankok Bravado (Matt Crone for Shane Fraser)..

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« 2022-Jan-17, 07:12 AM Reply #376 »
Again we borrow the talents of Darren Clayton, as he tells of the battles of a hobbyist who is a regular at Marburg. (Commence italics)... THE MILESTONE
Trent Hodges was able to break through for his first driving win this season when steering a pacer he trains, Writeaboutchelsea to victory at Marburg on Sunday. With 14 placings and 44 unplaced returns for the season, it was starting to look likely that an elusive victory would pass by for season 2021. However, a front-running drive aboard the nine-year-old mare was able to break the drought, with Writeaboutchelsea able to secure victory by just under five metres. Capitalising on barrier one, Hodges was able to secure an easy opening half and then slowly increase the tempo to claim victory over Our Eduardo Denario with Lord Denzel grabbing third in the closing stages.
The win was the 13th victory for the season for Hodges as a trainer with Noel Parrish and Trent Moffat doing most of the driving for the stable. Manoflisa has been in the winner’s enclosure on seven occasions this season for Hodges with the two wins for Writeaboutchelsea placing her second in the stable pecking order. Hodges had three runners in at Marburg on Sunday, Manoflisa unable to match the deeds of his stablemate when finishing at the rear of the field. Artistic Humma was the third of his trio and while the mare was given little hope by punters as a $126 chance, a good drive by Noel Parrish saw the five-year-old grab second placing behind Littledee. At his current strike-rate, Hodges looks set to secure his 50th training success next season, the latest victory taking his career tally to 40 wins. (close italics).
As Kermit The Frog sang, “It Ain’t Easy Being Green”. The same could be said for the hobbyists of harness racing in Queensland. Trent Hodges is resilience personified as he pushes the  family team around week after week. A love of the sport now counts for nothing in the eyes of Racing Queensland, and the hobbyists are merely cannon fodder, useful only to make up fields. It’s time that our senior administrators made good the promises of a serious school based program to get people into the sport, and ensure that we have a training school for people who do not have the “family push” to guarantee their successful future. What we need for Christmas here is scheme that covers people from 15 to 50, and ensures that they arrive in, and stay, on a level playing field in harness, regardless of their ancestry. We need an outcross in people, and we needed it twenty years ago!!
 The first of the January 1st----December 31st, racing seasons is now behind the Marburg Club, and below are the year’s achievers.  124 trainers presented horses to race at the showground, and 61 drivers went round. Below are the top ten drivers and trainers and the “HORSE OF THE YEAR”. It was a top training effort for Logan Village based Ben Aldons, as NIGHT NINJA  narrowly defeated his stablemate, SCHEU CREEK  for the consistency laurels.
TOP TEN DRIVERS.            STARTS.      WINS.   
L T (Leonard) Cain---             73                16.
P J (Pete) McMullen---           61                15.
M J (Matt) Elkins---                 58                14.
P J (Peter) Greig---                55                   9.
A R (Angus) Garrard---          44                 12.
T J (Taleah) McMullen---       46                   7.
M P (Mathew) Neilson---        34                   9.
N J (Narissa) McMullen---      35                   6.
L J (Lola) Weidemann--         47                   3.
L S (Lachie) Manzelmann.     52                  4.

TRAINER                      STARTS        1STS       2NDS     3RDS      POINTS STAKES
P J (Peter) Greig             104        20              16           11           103         $48,792
L J (Lola) Weidemann     79           4              9              13           43           $21,905
J N (John) McMullen       53           3              13           5              40           $17,775
R J (Ricky) Gordon            48           6              6              9              39           $16,530
G C (Greg) Elkins               23           8              5              1              35           $17,148
B H (Ben) Aldons              28           8              2              7              35           $16,978
R J (Ryan) Veivers            27           7              3              3              30           $18,256
G F (Graham) Dwyer       19           4              3              5              23           $9,508.
  On the leader board as the season draws to a close , Pete McMullen first home with nine wins, just ahead of Nathan Dawson who scored seven times with Matthew Neilson gaining enogh momentum to get to the post first on five occasions. As is pretty much the go, Chantal Turpin took home four first placegetters for the week with Steve Towns and Ricky Gordon managing two apiece. Most pleasing, Circle Line for James Lewin. Matt Elkins in the sulky. Ipswich Factor 32/57..
  Resultsville.. Albion Park 17/12.. Marianna Bromac (Matthew Neilson for Wayne Waltisbuhl).. Spike Bromac (chloe Butler for Ryan Veivers).. Digby Dee (Mtthew Neilson for Jason Carkeet).. Little Arrows (Pete McMullen for Ross Fletcher).. Mister Decorum (Hayden Barnes for Dale Belford).. Majestic Mannequin).. Albion Park 18/12.. Captains Pick (Matthew Neilson for Grant Dixon).. Doug (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Marburg 19/12.. Little Dee (Matthew Neilson for Steve Towns).. Writeaboutchelsea (Trent Hodges).. Jang Pel (Ricky Gordon).. Butcherfeelgood (Matt Elkins for DanRussell).. Circle Line (Matt Elkins for James Lewin)..Risky Buziness (Matthew Neilson for Ricky Gordon).. Sir Bulski (Tim Gillespie).. Albion Park 21/12..O B Legal (Peter Greig).. Glenledi Boy (Nathan Dawson for Melissa Gillies).. Hemsworth (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 22/12.. Regal Nightshade (Nathan Dawson for Mark Dux).. Fire and Ice (Justin Elkins for Vic Frost).. Big Wheels (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Roses Are Sweet (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Im Plain Jane (Pete McMullen for Jamie Donovan).. Wedding Night (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).. Doug (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Go Away (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Redcliffe 23/12.. Studleigh Rowsey (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen0.. Little Dee (Shane Graham for Steve Towns).. Little Arrows (Nathan Dawson for Ross Fletcher).. Ill Be Watching (Nathan Dawson for Stewie Dickson).. Lorimer Lady (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig).. Little Change (Nathan Dawson for Graham Dwyer)..Regards Folks.. Upwards and


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« 2022-Jan-28, 09:53 PM Reply #377 »
                                                                                                    “BORDER TROTS” 21/01/2022.
Bree Evans and Hayden Barnes in the spotlight.( The following from the keyboard of Jordan Gerrans)
Bree Evans might just have the perfect role model and teacher as an aspiring driver in the harness racing industry. Evans has recently taken her first steps towards becoming a professional driver, in the sulky for two trials, as she builds towards taking her first engagements on race day later this year. For the last year, Evans has worked with the strong Turpin and McMullen team at their Patrick Estate stable, being mentored by recent record breaking driver Pete McMullen.
Evans is two trials down in her path towards becoming a full fledged driver, needing to complete 25 trials all up: 20 from the mobile and five from a standing start. She will aim to work slowly through them this year, not wanting to rush the process. First starting out the industry as a 15-year-old, Evans has spent time working for the Grant Dixon and Graham Dwyer stables in recent years before ending up with the McMullen and Turpin team. I have not come from a racing family so I have not been brought up in the racing industry,” Evans said. I just slowly started learning but since I have been out at Pete and Chantal’s, I have become more confident. They have chucked me on babies and trotters, I have had more of a go there.”(close italics)
  As promised last week, a bit more on the cessation of commercial breeding at Kevin and Kay Seymour’s “Egmont Park” on the Darling Downs. While there is not enough space in this column to chronicle 1% of the Seymour’s breeding and racing achievements in Queensland in the last 30 years it is of great interest to note one major benefit that “Solid Earth”’s operation has bestowed on the harness breeding spectrum in the Southern Hemisphere. When the eventual dispersal sale comes up, check the bottom line of the page of each lot, for the words “Family of.. RED DIAMOND N3”. RED DIAMOND was the taproot mare of the family that produced TACTILE (5 Derbies) TACTICIAN (Inter-dominion Grand Final) TACTUS (sire of TACTAIR -once rated the best horse in Queensland). Once the Globe Derby line was obliterated to create a market for low grade USA imports, the RED DIAMOND family rapidly fell into decay, and was sitting at N13 when the Seymours entered the scene. In what has been pretty much a solo effort, Solid Earth has bred enough Feature Race and $100,000 winners from the line, to  raise RED DIAMOND  ten rungs on a very significant breeding yardstick. An incredible performance!!. Egmont Park’s main focus will now be the production of WAGYU beef. Like all Seymour ventures, it will be in the top end of the market.
As we move into the third decade of the 21st Century, we are seeing an evolutionary process taking shape in Queensland Harness. With the certain closure of Albion Park in the not too distant future, to make way for 2032 Olympic games projects, there is evidence of a policy shift in he halls of power. Redcliffe Harness Racing Club, once very firmly placed on the second shelf from the top, is now moving strongly ahead in the distribution of “big money” (by Queensland standards) Feature races. It is the normal process of succession. When the “King” (Albion Park) closes its gates, Redcliffe will occupy the throne. No one can say that the Peninsula Club has not earned this right. It has given sterling service to the light harness sport. It does, however, cause anxiety in the minds of the 110 plus trainers, large and small who reside in the Marburg footprint. What is their real future? It is time for Racing Queensland to cough, loudly and clearly, ensuring a positive future for those participants who have invested their “all” on the perfectly reasonable assumption, that they were here for “the long haul” – but not the long haul to Redcliffe. RQ must not forget that all those participants  are providing the racing product that fuels wagering, which in turn, provides prizemoney. That old “wheel” again. One damaged spoke and the wheel soon collapses. 
The Redcliffe Cup will enjoy a stakes’ raise to $100,000 in 2022.
 Having traditionally been run at Group 2 level, the TAB Queensland Constellations feature will double in prize money in 2022, providing a scintillating start to the Winter Carnival.
 “It’s exciting to see the Redcliffe Cup double its stakes,” RQ CEO Brendan Parnell said.
“This will make it one of the richest Group 1 stand start event for pacers in Australasia behind the New Zealand Cup, so we expect it will add an extra dimension to the Constellations.”
 To complement the prize money increase – and to provide horses with opportunities and experience from behind the tapes - a stand start season will be introduced, commencing in late April and culminating with the Group 1 feature at the end of June.
 In addition to the Redcliffe Cup, the stand start season will also include the $30,000 Group 3 Flashing Red, as well as a $20,000 Saturday night feature. RHRC President Bernie Ring said the Cup meeting would become a true highlight of the Constellations. “With the Group 1 2YO Yearling Sale Final already on the card, along with the Redcliffe Derby and Oaks, we’re thrilled to see the Redcliffe Cup run as a Group 1 in 2022,” Mr Ring said.(   
Only five meetings in this week’s  spectrum, with Nathan Dawson leading the drivers charge. First home on nine occasions, Matt Elkins next closest , registering five wins. The training honours were very wide spread Chantal Turpin leading in two winners, while Trent Dawson managed both training and driving tasks for another pair. Most pleasing was Tee Raveling scoring at Redcliffe , prepared by Ben Crosby, with Nathan Dawson in the bike. Ipswich Factor 27/47..
  Resultsville Albion Park 14/01.. Jaggers Swagger (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Im Loki (Matt Elkins for Narissa McMullen).. Strong Response (Nathan Dawson for Ben Battle).. All Star Sea (Ben Battle).. Redcliffe 15/01.. The Ideal Dancer (Nathan Dawson for Steve Cini).. Katacha Man (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Bella Ball Terror (Trent Dawson).. Raani (Nathan Dawson for Ron Sallis).. Hemsworth (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Call Me Trish (Hayden Barnes for Michael Nutley).. Tulhurst Ace (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith).. Doug (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Albion Park 18/01.. Magical Maya (Trent Dawson).. Woodlands Wonder (Steven Doherty for Mal Charlton)..Rebline (Nathan Dawson for Chris Monte).. Three In Heaven (Justin Elkins for Charlie Cini)..Redcliffe 19/01.. Voodoo Fella (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell).. Regal Nightshade (Nathan Dawson for Mark Dux).. Abercrombie Tab (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell)..Private Jujon (Nathan Dawson for Ross Jackson).. Datsinahurri (Nathan Dawson for DonnySmith).. Tee Raveling (Nathan Dawson for Ben Crosby).. Redcliffe 20/01.. My Ultimate Clippa (Matthew Neilson for Ricky Gordon).. Rocknroll Da Gama (Hayden Barnes for Lola Weidemann).. Faireachdainn (Trent Moffat for Mitchell Dawson).. Mach Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Docta Feelgood (Matt Elkins for Vic Frost)..