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« 2019-May-26, 12:10 PM Reply #275 »
"TROT TACTICS" 25/05/2019..

After a moderately successful meeting at "the Burg" on Thursday, the MPA gears up again for Sunday June 2nd. The traditional "family day ' will be order with kid's activities, mini-trotters, "funny money", raffle, all combined with the high powered country racing, the best hot food, and the cheapest  beverage at any sporting event. It's all value oriented with Adults $5, Pensioners, Members and students $3. The all important  "pick the last seven winners"entry form and the $500 funny money voucher are in the all important race book, a steal at $3.Come and join us on the day. you won't be disappointed.

A letter from Townsville light harness devotee Troy Clive to a sitting member, as  the people determined to return the sport to North Queensland dig in for the long haul.  In a democratic society such as ours, political parties are permitted to conduct a form of auction of attractive policies,in order to woo voters in the run up to an election. The voters are faced with the task of of sorting the wheat from the chaff.. They have only one tool with which to exercise their right of choice. it is called "the ballot box", and it is a powerful weapon indeed, as illustrated by events of last weekend.
Aaron, Member for Thuringowa.
I tried to call you tonight to give you an opportunity of trying to fix this before I issue the enclosed Ministerial letter ( exclusive to QT last week) to the media in conjunction with the Federal Member and Member for Hinchinbrook.
  As demonstrated on the enclosed just weeks prior to the Federal Election your Minister turned his back once again on the North. Even when put forward a viable return for the North Racing for less but wait for it. In the words of the appointed RQ Government appointed staff it is not viable for the participants even if the participants agree on this.
The National result is not just about Adani it is about State Labour not listening. I have written 20 letters to the Premier with no response to date. Had discussions with Ben from the Ministers Department and again now it has got too hard. In the words of Brendan Parnell the Ministers appointed CEO Albion Park in Brisbane is loosing around $65K per meeting on a Saturday night  not to mention the other QLD clubs yet Townsville will not be given the go ahead by the number supplied in the last proposal to give a return to the industry of $2k per meeting based on Brendan’s numbers and the decreased prizemoney. This shows NQ wiling to work for the better of the industry not just their own interests.
If you are serious on repairing the damage to the area in all of your electorates start listening to all sides. We were there backing Phil because we cannot support a party that does not support us, We have over 500 members and remember most of them have relations we talk to so damage can be completed at a state level if you choose to ignore us.I am happy to meet again and discuss, or do you just see us as a non-political issue as stated by one of your members!!

Timing is a crucial element in most enterprises. In my inbox, in the very same 24 hour period,  comes the news that Racing Queensland has commissioned an Economic and Social Impact Study to measure the size and scope of the Queensland Racing Industry. They have engaged strategic planning consultants IER to undertake this project.
This study will provide Racing Queensland with an evidence based assessment of the importance of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing in Queensland.
In order to complete the most accurate study possible, we are asking Clubs to complete a survey focussing on their local racing industry and community. We ask that you please complete the survey by Friday, May 31, 2019.

The above could perhaps be construed as an attempt by a thoroughly alarmed Control Body/Government to prove or disprove the relevance of animal racing with wagering in the community/economy, given the present political climate!!
 


On the leader board this week four drivers, Adam Richardson, Narissa Mcmullen , Hayden Barnes and Pete McMullen, were tied on three wins apiece, when along came Adam Sanderson, and pipped his opposition right on the post with that important fourth win. Chantal Turpin was top trainer with a solid three starters getting the money. Several very pleasing efforts this week, with Justin Elkins  driving  a Saturday night double, and partnering long shot Under The Kilt for a delighted Warren Hinze. Marburg was good for Danny Gatt-Bouquet scoring with the Mitchell Dawson trained Zed Code. Ipswich factor 29/43..

  Resultsville. Redcliffe 17/05.. Lurah ( Jonah Hutchinson for Darrell Graham).. Shadow Hunter ( Adam Richardson for Steve Coombs).. Elzboy (Brendan Barnes for Steve Towns).. Raging Inferno (Narissa McMullen).. Our Delight (Taleah McMullen forChantal Turpin).. Albion Park 18/05.. Opononis Bliss (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Lincoln Road (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Corey William (Justin Elkins for Peter Greig).. Northview Hustler (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Tulhurst Ace (Taleah McMullen for Chris Monte).. Under The Kilt (Justin Elkins for Warren Hinze).. Maybe To The Max (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Jossie James (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Albion Park 21/05.. Garland Greene (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Much bettor (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Sugarkane (Matt Elkins for Vic frost)Bangkok Bravado Kelli Dawson for Shane Fraser).. Monivae Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Just Deal It (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Redcliffe 22/05.. Ima Top Tycoon (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Torque With Esteem (Chantal Turpin).. Village Cruiser (Adam Richardson For Errol O'Shea).. Marburg 23/05.. Cavalryman (Jacob Wallace for Clint Petroff).. Domestic Art (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Davis).. Major Slip Up (Pete McMullen for Bill Crosby).. Montana Chief (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).. Zed Express (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Mitchell Dawson).. Caesars Astrum (Adam Richardson for Richard Hutchinson).. Alpha Styx (Jonah Hutchinson for Mal Charlton)..


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« 2019-Jun-03, 08:06 AM Reply #276 »
"TROT TACTICS" 01/06/2019..

The following comes from the pen of Duane Ranger - Racing Queensland Media, and shows that athletic ability and sharp reflexes, are, as the saying goes "all in the genes". Tough Brisbane Bronco's hooker ,Jake Turpin, needs to look no further than his sister,Chantal Turpin, for a role model.. Chantal Turpin's work ethic and drive to get to the top in Queensland harness, has inspired her sibling to emulate her feats in harness on the football field, a place not so far divorced from the race track as you might think..Having made the State Under 15 team while a student at St Edmunds College in 2011, the humble country boy, has escalated into one of the toughest hookers in the NRL. Jake, having grown up around the horses, is a big fan of harness racing and shares ownership in several high class Saturday night performers. Currently he is trying to sell the "own a piece of a pacer" concept to some of his Bronco's team mates. Given that Jake's gene pool contains business acumen as well as athletic ability, the enterprise is likely to bear fruit. "Nothing succeeds like success", and, "the harder I work, the luckier I get", could well be the family mottoes!!

   
“Some of them now look for the Turpin and McMullen name when the trots are on. I’d actually like a few of us to get a ‘Broncos horse’, perhaps a Kiwi import.
“I Know ‘Birdy’ (Jack Bird) could be keen and I’ll try and get some of the others along to the track when and if I can. I know quite a few of them seem interested anyway.”
Schedule and time allowing Turpin said he would more than likely be attending Queensland’s Winter Carnival at Albion Park in July.
“I’d like to be there, especially if my horses are running at the time – and I think they will be. I think Watch Pulp Fiction is being targeted for the Carnival and Mattgregor is just on the way back, perhaps trialling this week,” he said.

  The upgrade to the Marburg facility continues, with work to commence this week on a new child-proof fence around the race day stabling, or "birdcage ' as it used to be known. This is in line with  Racing Queensland and QRIC policies to provide a safe working environment for those involved in the race day product. The MPA is working towards an overall improvement to the onsite facilities. Sadly, we can't wave a magic wand. It all takes time and money, two precious commodities at this time.

  One thing is certain, the Ipswich harness leader board is is a land of ups and downs. On the trainers ladder, regulars all but disappeared as rising star, Alistair Barnes's trio for the week, was good enough get top billing. On the driving side Narissa McMullen's five wins nudged out Hayden Barnes who chased home a healthy four. Most pleasing was Chang for Matt Wright at Redcliffe Wednesday. Clint Sneddon had the steer.  Dave Russell and Adam Richardson combined to land a double on Thursday night.  Ipswich factor 20/53.   

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 24/05.. Lincolns Girl (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes)..Gina Mach (Trent Dawson).. Major Currency (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Varasi (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes)... Albion Park 25/05..Jossie jones (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).. Big bruce (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).. Kariya Mully (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Redcliffe 26/05.. Famous Shoes (Narissa McMullen for Dale Belford).. La Belle Cheval (Narissa McMullen for Pat Croghan).. The Casual Goose (Hayden barnes for Michael Nutley).. Albion Park 28/05.. The Money Ball (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. The Shady One (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn).. Captain Cosmonaut (Trent Dawson).. Cardles From Heaven (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney).. Northview Hustler (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Redcliffe 29/05.. Torque With Esteem (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Chang (Clint Sneddon for Matt Wright).. Rdecliffe 30/05..Ritchie Bee (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).. Voodoo Fella (Adam Richardson for Dave Russell).. Feeling For A Rainbow (Adam Rchardson for Dave Russell)


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« 2019-Jun-09, 01:29 PM Reply #277 »
"TROT TACTICS"  08/06/2019..

  Things continue to go forward in positive fashion at Marburg Showground, where work commenced this week on replacing the fence surrounding the stabling area. The child proof enclosure (on race days) will not only add to  the all important factor of child safety, but will bring race day security into line with QRIC requirements. Further more, it is an attractive and valuable asset for the Show Ground. This is one of many short and long term projects on the MPA radar, designed to showcase quality harness racing in the best of "people friendly" locations. A place which grows our on-course attendance by offering good reasons for the fans to keep coming back.

  The outlook is very optimistic on the race day front as well with the OK given for a massive upgrade in the Public address system. Gone for good will be the squawks crackles and fluctuating volumes which have plagued the Marburg meetings in the past. On course broadcasting will be stepping into the 21st Century. On the track itself, look for new features for 3yo's, as feed giant, Barastoc, moves to expand it's sponsorship of country harness through the "BARASTOC-MARBURG OAKS" for the fillies and the "BARASTOC-MARBURG DERBY" for the colts and geldings. Nearly all owners and trainers dream about owning and or training a Classic winner. Barastoc and the MPA intend to turn those dreams into reality for lucky participants on an annual basis. We could be creating a new "Redwood" here. The money, modest by major classic standards, the feed always so welcome,the trophies in the typical classic tradition--- the prestige---MASSIVE!!! Sunday, August 4th is the target date.

   
 Haigslea based reinsman, Adam Richardson, stole the limelight at Albion Park on Saturday night.
The 30-year-old equalled a personal milestone, when nailing three winners at the meeting. The previous day he also won twice at ‘The Creek’.
“It was a good night. I’ve driven three winners a couple of times before, but never four. I’ve been driving for 10 years now and still love it immensely. You can never get enough winners,” Richardson said.
Richardson’s hat trick came via the Cristina Monte trained Tulhurst Ace in race one; the Graham White trained Oyster Stride in the third event; and the Denis Smith trained Northern Muscle in race eight.
On Friday he won behind the Denis Smith trained Norahs Fling and the Bianca Hopper trained Wattlebank Flyer in races three and nine.
“I especially enjoyed the win behind the trotter (Northern Muscle). Denis had him spot on and he felt a treat. He was travelling really well throughout,” Richardson said of the 15-race winner.
But it was the impressive Monte trained Tulhurst Ace, that set the tone for the evening.
Starting from the widest second row draw, Tulhurst Ace, patiently sat back before Richardson made his move at the 600m.
“He kept on giving right to the line. The race played into our hands and the quick 28 first quarter set us up for the win. He was still going quite strongly right to the end.
“The horse has found his grade now and hopefully will keep improving as he goes through the classes. He’s a very nice horse, Richardson said.
Richardson, who is a Wagga Wagga native, works a team of four. When he left school he worked for the late Ken Jerrick in his hometown before setting out on a driving career in 2009.
"I used to work a bigger team, but cut back to concentrate on my freelance driving. Nights like Saturday make it worth while.
"You can't beat that winning feeling," he stressed.
 "Adam R" has turned the corner in the last 12 months, that line in the sand where a driver goes from chasing drives, to having a choice, as trainers are now chasing you. Happy Days!
 
 The recent track surface upgrade has now settled down, and has resulted in the track record now being to the credit of Alpha Styx. The super quick effort  was just the tonic mentor Mal Charlton needed a couple of months after undergoing surgery on his back.The 55-year-old Pimpama horseman trained Alpha Styx to a 1:57.9 mile rate victory at Marburg on Thursday May 23. It was 0.3 of a second quicker than Playnserious's previous 1850m mobile record, which that gelding set on November 12, 2017.

  The latest update in the on-going Ben Currie saga waspublished by QRIC this week." Toowoomba thoroughbred Trainer Ben Currie has been found guilty of five prohibited substance charges.The analyst’s findings were confirmed by Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) stewards yesterday at a Brisbane inquiry.Mr Currie as the trainer is guilty of bringing five thoroughbred horses to race with prohibited substances in their systems."

  Gender equity was the call on the sulky-sitting side of the leader board this week, with Narissa McMullen and Adam Richardson going hard to the line on six wins apiece. Darrell Graham was out on his own as leading trainer, the stable producing four winners.Most pleasing Cavalryman for Clint Petroff, Reece Maguire in the bike.

  Resultsville.. Albion Park 31/05.. Norahs Fling (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith).. Star of Montana (Darrell Graham).. Lincolns Girl (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Tearaway Diamond (Narissa McMullen for Greg Elkins).. Wattlebank Flyer (Adam Richardson for Bianca Hooper).. Albion Park 01/06.. Tulhurst Ace (Adam Richardson for Chris Monte).. Oyster Stride (Adam Richardson for Graham White).. Feelinforamiracle (Kelli Dawson for Geoff Dawson).. Innocent Crocker (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Northern Muscle (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith)..Marburg 02/06.. Cobalt Blues (Darrell Graham).. Maywyn No Regrets (Kelli Dawson).. Call Me Yours (Justin Elkins for Tess Neaves).. Just Tommy (Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 04/06.. Northview Hustler (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Mummys Boy (Chris Geary for Jay Edmunds).. Garland Greene (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini).. Havana Moon (Narissa McMullen for Richard Hutchinson)..Sweet As (Paul Diebert for Darrell Graham).. Tom Me Gun (Narissa McMullen)..  Redcliffe 05/06.. Coast Warning (Narissa McMullen for Simon Jay).. Feelinforarainbow (Adam Richardson for Dave Russell).. Albion Park.. 06/06.. Ares (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Cavalryman (Reece Maguire for Clint Petroff).. Taxi Meter (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith)..




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« 2019-Jun-16, 06:03 PM Reply #278 »
         "TROT TACTICS"  15/06/2019..

    Harness folk have long memories and there are plenty around today who would remember the closing years of the track at Ipswich showgrounds. They would also remember a trainer/driver who learnt his craft under the strict eye of the "Queen of Rocklea", Molly Bryant. There could be no better school, and our man  was seen to advantage with Chipani,  Kinta Lad and the well travelled and consistently successful Phosphor Bronze towards the end of his career. The family duly moved to a property at Amberley flat with a big barn which still stands some forty years on. From this barn came the breadwinner, Battle Brigade and his half brother First Storm, the sisters Southern Splash and Splash Again' and,arguably, one of the biggest horses ever to negotiate the tight Ipswich track, the 18 hand monster, Moobie Zae. In this era, when show racing was a very significant part of the Queensland scene,  our man teamed with the Nita Zahnow trained Hammersley to take the "Top horse and Driver" at the EKKA. His career tapered down after a bad fall at Ipswich resulted in severe facial injuries, as our man put family first. His colours were purple with gold Maltese cross and gold striped sleeves, and his name was Lionel Atkinson. Lionel would have been 77 years of age next month, but, sadly, he passed recently after a short battle with lung cancer. A lot of us who saw Lionel in action in the sulky remember him as a decent bloke, one of those who held up the base of the pyramid in those times. .He raced for the love of the sport, pure and simple. He was one of an army, which is now only a platoon. Sorely missed.

  Who said there was nothing new under the sun.  History was made in our local world of harness when Minden based trainer/driver, Tim Gillespie, and his Q bred filly,"SHEGOTSASS" took out the first 2yo trotters handicap ever run in Queensland. While there have been a number of traditional trotters which raced against pacers in the Sunshine State since day dot, including the thirty year hiatus of the 1930's and 40's when "Show" racing was the only form of light harness contest available north of the NSW border, recognition of the diagonal gait as a distinct form of harness racing, occurred only as recently as 1998. A number of representations to previous RQ harness control bodies, to run low prize money non-betting races for 2yos at TAB meetings were rejected out of hand. There obviously has been a dramatic change in mind set at RQ, and the square trotting folk will no doubt be delighted. The current program, which culminates in a two heat, $30,000 Final series, is just the plan of attack,likely to trigger an influx of Victorian juveniles ,which, although trotting soundly, just lack that smidgin of extra speed to be consistent earners at home. If this writer is any judge this first 2yo series will ensure that we are programming 3yo races in their own right in the 2019/20 season to come.

  For the breeding buffs, or someone looking at a dabble in that direction, SHEGOTSASS  is by the Vicbred Downunder Muscles from a daughter of Majestic Son, and can be said to have "IT" on both sides of her pedigree. As a spectacle ,the three horse race did our image no harm. apart from a short gallop on the part of third place getter, First Offence, the runners trotted well, and will just go ahead on the back of this experience.

   
  The following is an excerpt from last Monday's Courier Mail. It is taken from a piece by top sports Journo, Peter Gleeson, and possibly mirrors  the prevailing mind set of many current and recently  departed participants. It is not what the administration is telling us, as we are continually told that turnover is way up and that good times are just around the corner, when the expected punting bonanza resulting from the switch to a "ratings" programming system, modeled on the gallops, kicks in. What is fact, is that harness is trying to peddle a product which has little or no appeal to the recreational punter. Get over that hurdle and we might make it to the next one!!

"The code that is wallowing in mediocrity is harness racing and it’s no coincidence that its poor performance came off the back of the closure of Parklands in 2013 to make way for the Commonwealth Games. Since the closure of Parklands, there has been a vacuum in harness racing leadership in the Sunshine State. This lack of vision has manifested itself into a tired, cumbersome industry that has consistently had to fight off integrity and welfare scrutiny. Too many rorts, as an industry insider says. The lack of foresight and planning has resulted in harness turnover plummeting, prizemoney declining and a breeding industry in free fall. The closure of Parklands is a scandal. Parklands was the brainchild of former Bjelke-Petersen Racing Minister Russ Hinze, a dual harness and greyhound facility that was regarded as the best of its type."

  As we batten down to face the Winter Carnival assault, it's well tried faces on the leader board this week. Top driver, Pete McMullen, with a solid six wins, and wife Chantal Turpin heading up the trainers, producing four of the best. Most pleasing, Mitchell Dawson and Banny Gatt- Bouquet combining to land Unassuming Champ on two occasions in the seven day period.. Ipswich factor 24/46.

  Resultsville  Redcliffe 07/06.. Unassuming Champ (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Mitchell Dawson).. Escalera (Darrell Graham).. Albion Park 08/06.. Clarry (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini).. Getoutnwalk (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).. Tom Me Gun (Narissa McMullen).. Karinya Mully (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees).. Maybe To The Max (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).. Slippery Jade (Pete McMullen for Bill Crosby).. Albion Park 11/06.. Shegotsass (Tim Gillespie).. Northern Muscle (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith).. Greg The Great (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer).. Devouged (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee).. Ima Birubi Boy (Adam Richardson for Chris Monte).. Cardles From Heaven).. Recliffe 12/06. Unassuming Champ (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Mitchell Dawson).. My Secret Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Signor Jujon (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon).. Mach Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Just joshin (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith).. Trojan banner (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes).. Redcliffe 13/06.. Impetuoso (Nathan Dawson for Ken Belford).. Torque With Esteem (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Heavens Hurricane (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).. Invite Only (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham)..




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