Day At The Track

Dogged determination at best

09:34 AM 09 Sep 2017 NZST
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Lauren Jones returned from Western Australia to drive a double for the family stable

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going”. That particular quote could be applied to any of the harness racing participants who could truly be classified as "hobbyists”.

A harness hobbyist could well be defined as "a person who indulges in the sport, not in the expectation of fame or riches in any great measure, but for a deep seated love of the pacer or trotter and the manner in which man, woman, horse and harness combine to race for the win”.

Shane Parrish is 51 years of age, lives at Plainland, and works locally at Ghercke's Grain and Transport.

He has held a licence to train and drive since the 1991/92 season, and from then until now has started 450 runners, for 26 wins and 70 placings, close enough to a cheque for every 4.5 runners.

Shane, like many of us, has a resume which shows long gaps between trips to the winner's circle.

His view is that it's "all part of the game, you have to hang in there until things go right.”

He left out the bit about the dogged determination he would have had to call on, given that when Cruisin Carl got the bikkies at Albion Park last Saturday night, it was 16 years and seven months since Speed Gypsy (winner of 11 races all up) rang up number one at headquarters.

Shane's most recent winner had been Shorty Noonan in the 2011/12 season and, in the last term, he started 25 runners for five placings.

Shane Parrish is very happy with the start Cruisin Carl has given him to the 2017/18 season. He hopes the run of luck lasts.

He took the opportunity to praise driver Lachie Manzelmann, describing him as a good driver, possessed of a level head, and very loyal.

It is a measure of Shane Parrish that he has hung in there and lined up to compete in an era when the needs of the hobbyist trainer have been, at best, ignored, and at worst, actively militated against.

Welcome home Lauren

IT was "old home week” at Redcliffe on Thursday when Lauren Jones returned from Western Australia to drive a double for the family stable.

Owned by mum Jodie and trained by dad Peter, Real Knuckey, a gelded son of Real Desire and Rubys For Me bolted in by a massive 24 metres while Fui Fui ( 8yo gelding, John Street North and Trouble Chaton) had only a half head advantage.

Peter Jones, while elated by the double, was equally stoked by the fact that the two pacers are the entire Jones stable.

Regardless of margin, winners are grinners, and $1,778 jumped in each case.

Understandably the "family Jones” were celebrating on Thursday night, so you will get the full story of Lauren's flying visit next week.

Ipswich connection impresses

TO give you an idea of the impact on Queensland harness racing which is generated in the greater Ipswich footprint, this last week, including Marburg, no less than six meetings were run, comprising a total of 49 individual races.

In our results section we publish the winners, which were trained in the footprint and those driven by drivers residing in the district.

Of the 49 races contested from Friday, September 1 to Thursday, September 7, no less than 31 had the Ipswich connection.

This is a fairly regular 60% result and makes the following excerpt from this months PACE magazine not only alarming, but insulting.

"Infrastructure Issue”.

BOTRA will maintain its advisory role in relation to the development of a harness racing precinct in the southern corridor, and a "training facility in the western corridor”, as well as its continued support for the Albion Park club's alternate proposal for the retention of Albion Park as harness racing's metropolitan venue.

In all, BOTRA is after a better infrastructure deal for harness racing where no funds of any substance have been committed in the last 35 years.

Handy tips

Selections for Albion Park tonight.

R1: Box trifecta 1-2-8: The Shady One (T. Lambourn)- Philanderer (M. Neilson)- Bettabeperfect (H. Barnes).

R2: E/w 1: Shareapassion (H. Barnes).

R3: Quinella 6-8: Clarkey (B. Graham) and Overlap (H. Barnes).

R4: Quinella 2-5: Diesel Shannon (H. Barnes) and Lenny The Legend (C. Owen).

R5: Quinella 1-8: The Endeavour (N. McMullen) and Karloo Ten Seventy (C. Owen).

R6: Quinella 1-4: Cruisin Carl (L. Manzelmann) and Pompidou (G. Dixon).

R7: E/w 2: Projectile (M. Elkins).

R8: Box trifecta 4-6-7: Joys A Babe (T. Dixon)-Major Cam (M. Neilson); Bettor- thanspecial (A. Sanderson).

R9: E/w 1: Zaras Delight (T. Moffat).

R10: Box trifecta in four 4-5-7-8: Monorail (R. Jenkins)-Senitas Success (A. Sanderson)-Releven Dream (M. Neilson)-Ouroveranova (G. Dixon).

Honour board

An easy win on the training side of the leader board this week with Chantal Turpin out in front on seven with John McMullen and Darrell Graham tied in second at four apiece. Sulky sitting was also a dead-heat with Narissa McMullen and Adam Sanderson on four each. Most pleasing this week were Team Jones with the family double at Redcliffe Thursday, Uncle Paul for David Rodger with Adam Richardson in the bike, I'm Isabella for Russell Kajewski and Leonard Cain, and Buddy Babcock with Nikki Chalk swamping the field at Marburg.

Albion Park, September 1: Mike Titan (Chantal Turpin); Slippery Jade (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby); Charms On A Roll (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); The Endeavour (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen); Feel The Courage (Chantal Turpin).

Albion Park, September 2: Watch Pulp Fiction (Chantal Turpin); Bettorthanspecial (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price); Clarkey (Brittany Graham for Ian Gurney); Diesel Shannon (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Cheers Kathy (Darrell Graham); Cruisin Carl (Lachie Manzelmann for Shane Parrish); Broadway Playboy (Adam Sanderson for Brittany Graham); Senitas Success (Adam Sanderson for Wayne Graham).

Marburg, September 2: Norahs Fling (Gary Whitaker for Denis Smith); Buddy Babcock (Nikki Chalk); Boadieas Fury (Adam Richardson for Darrell Graham); Sir Semper Fidelis (Paul Matis).

Albion Park, September 5: Trevs No Angel (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Shareapassion (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Murano (Narissa McMullen).

Redcliffe, September 6: Long Road To Fame (Adam Sanderson); Weedons Express (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen); Annas Best (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen); Uncle Paul (Adam Richardson for David Rodger); Sir Semper Fidelis (Paul Matis); Andiamo El Ferrari (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).

Redcliffe, September 7: I'm Isabella (Leonard Cain for Russell Kajewski); Master Montana (Darrell Graham); Real Knucky (Lauren Jones for Peter Jones); Fui Fui (Lauren Jones for Peter Jones); Razen Trouble (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).

by TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith

Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times

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