Day At The Track

Marburg hits next jackpot

12:39 PM 14 Apr 2018 NZST
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Denis Smith

Here we go again with the Marburg Pacing Association hosting another six race harness racing program at Marburg Showground this afternoon.

Fresh from the outstanding support shown to the club by the big crowd and generous sponsors on Easter Sunday, Marburg is looking to the future in a mood of optimism.

Gates will be open at 10.30am today with trials followed by racing at 12.30pm.

You need to see the first as the "pick six” jackpot will operate on the whole program and is worth $1600 (shared prize) if your crystal ball is on the mark.

The lucky gate prize is the $100 betting voucher for the over 18s.

The race day will include all the usual features which underpin the MPA operation.

That includes great food and drink plus the excitement of close up harness racing action.

The MPA will be backing up on Labour Day, Monday May 7, with TAB/ Sky Channel coverage and added attractions.

Better format

ON the bright side, Marburg's mobile start field size and format have changed for the better.

Nine runners (up from eight), in two lines of five and four, will comprise a full field from the starting gate.

This means that there is potential for anything up to nine more horses to get racing opportunity on the day.

The "seeded” barrier draw will also disappear, and "out of the draw” horses will run from the second line.

Key positions

ON the integrity front, QRIC is advertising four positions for race day stipendiary stewards.

As was mooted some years ago, the QRIC policy is to spread the knowledge with race day operatives to be skilled in control of all three codes.

To this end there is a requirement for a cadet, a casual position and a permanent steward.

The fourth position is, however, more specific, and calls for a senior stipendiary steward to work in harness.

It will be interesting to hear what the ever active rumour mill that is the life and soul of Queensland trotting throws up about this one.

Handy tips

SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight.

R1: Box trifecta 2-3-5: Ima Grumpy Possum (N McMullen)-Outlaw Fella (G Dixon)-Constantly Sideways (G Whitaker).

R2: Quinella 1-8: Black Belt (A Richardson) and Somepartysomewhere (N Dawson).

R3: E/w 3: Our Hi Jinx (A Sanderson).

R4: Quinella 1-2: Sweet As (D Graham) and Get In The Groove G Dixon).

R5: E/w 1: Feel The Faith (T Dixon).

R6: E/w 4: Artikulate Miss (G Dixon).

R7: Box trifecta 1-2-8: Sams A Champ (T Moffat)-Riverleigh Rocket (M Dux)-Ruato Bay (C Petroff).

R8: Quinella 1-2: Sky Larhain (M Elkins) and Fire One (G Dixon).

R9: E/w 2: Jessica Amber (G Dixon).

R10: Quinella 2-3: Miss Moneybags (G Dixon) and Maywyn No Regrets (L Weidemann).

Honour board

Highlights were flashing on the driver's side of the leader board with Glamorganvale star Nathan Dawson posting a massive nine wins for the week. By the nature of our scoring procedure, the trainers are somewhat disadvantaged. However, the consistent Fernvale barn of Darrell Graham had horses in victory lane on three occasions. Most pleasing result was two winners, Jack DoubleYou and Proficient for owners Margaret and Rachel Scott.

Albion Park, April 6: Somepartysomewhere (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin); Subtle Advice (Nathan Dawson for Terry Hancock); Surface To Air (Justin Elkins for Greg Elkins); Slippery Jade (Gary Whitaker for Bill Hancock); Supaliner (Robert Morris for Darrell Graham).

Albion Park, April 7: Bettabe Perfect (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin); With Authority ( Narissa John); Another Broadway (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham); Call Me Yours ( Darrell Graham for Tess Neaves); Handsome Major (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie).

Albion Park, April 10: Proficient (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn); Bettor Be Lucky (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price); Only One Promise (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).

Redcliffe, April 11: Julia Mac (Nathan Dawson for Kay Crone); Miraclesdoappen (Nathan Dawson for Mark McNee); Western Jewels (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey); Never Haveiever (Nathan Dawson for Ryan Veivers); Jack Double You (Dan Russell); Ivanov (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly).

Redcliffe, April 12: Barboo (Nathan Dawson for Steve Bunz); Writeaboutchelsea (Narrissa McMullen); Truet (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham); Oyster Stride (Gary Whitaker for Kay Crone); Pale Bear Boo (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson); Its All Go (Matt Elkins).

by TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith

Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times

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