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Glamorganvale trainer, John McMullen, admits his four children have now achieved something he hasn’t. “All four of my kids have now driven Weedons Express to win. I did drive him to win a trial late last year, but I guess that doesn't count does it?” the Lockyer horseman joked. “I’m very proud of them and what the horse has achieved,” he added. Twenty two-year-old Danielle drove Weedons Express inch perfect at Albion Park on Saturday to win the eighth event – the $8,390 Changeover At Burwood Stud  C4+ Pace, by a neck. The 8-year-old brown gelding was a $25.90 outsider. Peter (27) tasted success first behind Weedons Express when steering the brown gelding to victory at Albion Park on April 7, 2017, and then Taleah (17) got him home at Redcliffe on July 19 that same year. Narissa (24) then chimed in with a nice triumph at Redcliffe on October 17 last year. For the record Peter and Taleah have won three times each behind Weedons Express. Trainer, McMullen had a good night at 'The Park’ winning two races. The other came via Narissa, who won the fourth event with six-year-old Quick Approval  gelding, With Authority. He was the $3.60 second favourite. Narissa also landed two winners on Saturday. She also drove the Ron Wells trained outsider, Smiling Armada to score in race six. Sister-in-law, Chantal Turpin, who is marred to Peter, trained and drove Watch Pulp Fiction to win race seven. Weedons Express has now won 14 of his 149 starts and placed in 14 others and netted just over $90,000 In purses. He is owned by Mike and Karen Sparkes, who also co-owned the 2018 VRC Derby winner, Extra Brut. Weedons Express was named after a small rural town just South of Christchurch. The son of Elsu and My Barbie Doll ( By In The Pocket) was bred by Kiwi horseman, Lou Driver. He was exported from New Zealand on October 2, 2015, after winning three of his 41 starts. “I couldn’t believe he paid more than $25 to win. He’s been going really well and the race was a B grade one for his class," McMullen, who works a team of 25 said. “He’s been going 54 in most of his races and I thought that might be enough to win this race. Sure enough he went 55 this time and still won. Unbelievable money. “I’m also rapt for the owners who backed him." Also very proud of her family's achievements last night was wife and Mum, Jennette. “I’m delighted for them all. I’m also very proud of Des Dewar, who owns With Authority. He’s 81 and only got into ownership a couple of years ago," she said. “He idolises our girls and he loves going to Redcliffe because it’s not so far for him to travel. He is a wonderful person. Des was bestowed a Volunteer-of-the-Year award on Australia Day for 40-plus years of voluntary service. “We all get such a thrill winning for our owners, especially a truly brilliant man like Des." Meanwhile, the feature pace last night was won by the Donny Smith trained and Nathan Dawson driven Slice Of Heaven. His 15th career win ($90,861), has now virtually sealed Slice Of Heaven a trip to Tabcorp Park Menangle for a supporting race on Miracle Mile night in early March. “I’ll give him a trial first, but I’d better wait to see if we make the field. He should but I’m taking nothing for granted,” the Redcliffe horseman said. The night also featured four winning drivers from Team Teal participants, with Narissa McMullen (2), Danni-elle McMullen (1) and Chantal Turpin (1) collectively raising $800 for the important cause.  Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Cancer researchers would have been delighted after watching the state’s best female drivers display their prowess at Albion Park on Saturday.  Female reinswomen won half the card (five races) and in doing so raised $200 per win for the annual ‘Team Teal’ campaign which runs throughout February and early March. It’s the third year in a row the female drivers in Queensland have donned the teal strides. And it was the women who dominated early on Saturday evening nailing a $794.60 quaddie in races two, three, four and five. Chantal Turpin trained and drove Argyle Beach to win the second event; and then 33 minutes later Narissa McMullen steered the Peter Greig trained Parisian Rockstar to a 1.1 metre victory. Trista Dixon drove the Grant Dixon trained Aqua Miss to win race four; and then at 8.08pm Kylie Rasmussen trained and drove Lilac Flash to win race five – the feature open class pacing event. The first three home all paid $5 to win, while the latter returned $6.50. It was a good night for Dixon. She also won the eighth event behind the Grant Dixon trained $13 shot, Southern Alps. Asked to comment on ‘Team Teal’, Kylie Rasmussen said should would do everything she could to raise money for cancer sufferers. “We are all affected in some way or another. I’ve had no relations or close friends die from ovarian cancer, but my Aunt did have breast cancer. It’s so sad and I personally am so pleased to be doing this," she said. “It was a nice feeling when the horse won, and then knowing $200 would be going to such a worthy cause. It’s a great idea." Patrick Estate trainer, Chantal Turpin, also said she was proud to be wearing the teal colours. “It’s a good cause because it affects a lot of women, and I’m only too pleased to help out. It’s also great motivation to do even better,” Turpin said. Turpin’s only win last night came in the second event behind the five-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare, Argyle Beach. The Somerset horsewoman was so happy with that 4.1 metre victory she will now take her to New South Wales this week alongside her 16-time winner ($136,666), Mattgregor. "She's earned her trip to go south and have a go at the Ladyship Mile (March 2). Mattgregor will race in the Newcastle Mile on Friday night. More will come down later, including Watch Pulp Fiction," Turpin said. Turpin was rapt with Argyle Beach saying “she’s really flying at the moment,” but she will be retired from racing in May. “She’s been a great little horse and won real well this time. She will be let down in May so she can prepare for the next breeding season when she will be served by Betting Line,” Turpin said. Argyle Beach and Turpin sat second last early before joining the three-wide train down the back the last time. They then loomed up at the 300m and ran away to an easy victory over Sir Julian and claimer, Stacey Weidemann. The mare paced the 1660m mobile in 1:56.7 (mile rate 1:53.2). Her sectionals were 26.2, 29.9, 28.5 and 28.9. It was the Ross Patrick owned mare's 14th win in 40 starts. She has also placed 14 times and banked $81,404. "That was her quickest mile rate yet and she did it pretty easy. I'm going to miss who when she retires," said Turpin who works a team of 36. Meanwhile Racing Queensland, Albion Park and the Redcliffe Harness Racing Clubs will continue donate the $200 to the Women's Cancer Foundation every time a female driver salutes the judge. The reinswomen are wearing teal coloured pants, while leading drivers Kylie Rasmussen and Narissa McMullen are donning specially-made ‘Team Teal Silks’ as ‘Queensland’s Ambassadors’. The Queensland Teal Campaign ends on March 9 when the Albion Park HRC hosts the 2019 Australian Female Drivers Championship. It will feature the best female drivers from across the country. The Team Teal concept was created by Duncan McPherson OAM, who lost his wife Lyn to ovarian cancer in 2010. Racing Queensland has raised more than $60,000 since 2017. The Women’s Cancer Foundation target is $250,000. Extensive results and race videos from last night’s meeting can be viewed here.   Duane Ranger  for Racing Queensland

Tomorrow is the day lady drivers all around Australia and New Zealand will hang up their traditional white driving pants and replace them with Teal pants for a very worthy cause. For the next six weeks (between February 1 and March 10) these ladies will form “Team Teal”, an awareness and fundraising campaign that connects the harness racing industry with Women’s Cancer Foundation. Each time a female driver wins a race they secure funds for ovarian and gynaecological cancer research conducted by the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG). While the campaign initiated in Victoria in 2014, it has since grown to an international status with hundreds of reinswomen wearing teal driving pants last year, securing a total of 315 winners and close to $200,000 in donations. This year they strive for more with the fundraising goal set at $250,000. As in tradition the campaign ends with the Australian Female Drivers Championship, this year being staged at Albion Park on March 9. Narissa McMullen and Kylie Rasmussen will represent Queensland in the multi-race series and therefore have been selected as Queensland’s Teal Ambassadors who will also wear Teal driving silks throughout the campaign. McMullen has been the most successful Queensland female driver while driving in her teal pants for the past two campaigns, in which she has accumulated a total of 19 winners. “It’s great that we are back driving in the teal pants again this year, getting a winner is always great but to raise money for such a worthy cause while doing so is even better,” McMullen said. The harsh reality is that this year, more than 1400 women in Australia alone will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Over 900 of these same women will die from the disease. The Women’s Cancer Foundation strives to change these statistics, however we need your help to raise much needed funding to support their research projects and raise awareness. Donation buckets and Teal merchandise will be available at Albion Park as well as many other harness clubs. You can also donate directly at https://donate.everydayhero.com/d/XS0leTYXVguOJ1_hqCb5_w/amount   Albion Park

Some of the world’s best young harness racing drivers have arrived in Queensland ahead of the 2018 Garrard’s Australasian Young Driver’s Championship to be staged in Brisbane between Thursday and Saturday. Racing Queensland Harness Strategy and Development Manager David Brick said if last year’s series was anything to go by, the 2018 edition would provide plenty of thrills.  “The drivers from across Australia and New Zealand are not only recognised as the best young talents in harness racing, but as some of the most well-known names in the sport,” he said. “The 10 drivers have amassed a combined 2359 winners and more than $15 million in stakes, despite all being aged under-25.” The series returns to Queensland for a second-straight year where defending champion and Queenslander Narissa McMullen will join cousin and leading Queensland driver Nathan Dawson to try and keep the trophy in the Sunshine State. The points-based series will be determined over nine heats (four at Redcliffe on Thursday, two at Redcliffe on Friday and the final three heats at Albion Park on Saturday) with the leading point-scorer earning themselves glory for their state or country and, a new Rio Mark 2 sulky thanks to major sponsors Garrard’s – long-time supporters of harness racing in Queensland. Mr Brick said the young drivers had again agreed to throw their support behind a charity through the donation of their driver’s fees and raising funds throughout the series. “This year the young drivers will be racing in support of Youngcare,” he said. “The drivers will visit a Youngcare facility to meet some of the residents during their stay in Brisbane and have set a fundraising goal of at least $4000 to help provide appropriate housing for young people with high care needs.” The drivers will be welcomed to Queensland at an opening function at the famous Breakfast Creek Hotel – just steps away from the Albion Park club – on Thursday morning. To follow the series head to www.racingqueensland.com.au or follow Racing Queensland on Facebook and Twitter (@racing_qld) or the event Twitter handle @AustralasianYDC               Driver State Drives Wins Places Stakes ($) Narissa McMullen QLD 6139 669 1345 $3,658,885 Deni Roberts   WA 1221 83 243 $697,257 Chris Geary   NSW 3711 501 914 $4,369,376 Nathan Dawson QLD 4688 549 1045 $2,549,854 Jack laugher   TAS 901 74 185 $555,994 Darby McGuigan VIC 1298 135 333 $929,157 Jayden Brewin   SA 1246 154 314 $664,869 Benjamin Butcher NZ (Nth Island) 1374 103 260 $988,218 Sheree Tomlinson NZ (Sth Island) 976 75 145 $840,111 Alicia Harrison   NZ (Nth Island) 128 16 22 $142,387   Racing Queensland

For the second year in a row Queensland will host the Garrard’s Australasian Young Drivers Championship and defending champion Narissa McMullen looks to make it back to back wins. The series, beginning tomorrow (22nd November), showcases 10 of the best junior drivers, one from each state of Australia, one from each New Zealand Island, an overall New Zealand representative, as well as the defending champion. Last year racing enthusiasts saw a nail-biting finish on the concluding night at Albion Park where McMullen went into the final round just 2 points ahead of her nearest rival, New Zealand’s Dylan Ferguson. While McMullen led throughout the race, Ferguson swooped right on the post. A photo finish declared McMullen the 2017 winner and she was presented with a Rio Meter Race Sulky curtesy of Garrard’s. Alongside McMullen, Nathan Dawson represents Queensland in this year’s series. Other drivers are Chris Geary (NSW), Darby McGuigan (VIC), Jayden Brewin (SA), Deni Roberts (WA), Jack Laugher (TAS), Sheree Tomlinson (NZ South Island), Ben Butcher (NZ North Islander) and Alicia Harrison (NZ). The series kicks off tomorrow (Thursday 22nd) at Redcliffe with heats 1-4, followed by heats 5-6 at Redcliffe on Friday night before the series concludes at Albion Park on Saturday night with the final 3 heats. While the series will be very competitive on the track, the drivers will enjoy a number of social outings and activities including visiting the 2018 AYDC Charity partner Youngcare. For the meeting fields and form guide visit http://www.harness.org.au/racing/fields/   Albion Park Harness Racing  

Aaron Bain is spreading the love. And the early signs are positive. During the recent Albion Park winter carnival, the talented and enthusiastic horseman made the long trek by road from Gawler to Brisbane with stable star Ideal World chasing the riches on offer. While a feature race triumph proved elusive, Ideal World raced with distinction during a number of events including his placing in the Premiers Cup behind star local product, Colt Thirty One. But the trip north proved invaluable for a number of reasons. Based at Glamorganvale (west of Brisbane) with Narissa McMullen, Bain enjoyed his time in the Sunshine State and the way the system works which prompted some serious thinking on his way home. “I like the Queensland assessment system and decided to explore it further and found its another way for owners to gain maximum reward with their horses. So, after careful consideration, I’ve sent two horses up to Narissa.” Bain said. The two horses sent to the care of McMullen were Prince Of Zanzibar and Just Seduce Me. And the latter scored an impressive first-up victory at Albion Park last Friday. The Ohoka Arizona mare overcame a second-line draw to defeat Mammals Magic and Motu Real Style in a time of 1:56.2 to claim the Mr Feelgood @Egmont Park Stud Pace. “We’re thrilled because she’s always been a better front-running type so to score from the back row is an added bonus. Narissa said she was happy with her going into the event and her recent trial was good but until you go out and do it, that’s another matter. “Taking a good time is an added bonus and only adds to her value long term, she’s a lovely big roomy mare with a nice pedigree so it’s a great start to the venture. I felt she reached her mark here in Adelaide but still had plenty left hence the move to Queensland. “I think she can win a few more, hopefully some of those Saturday night mares events are within range. Prince Of Zanzibar is better than what he’s showing presently and I’m sure Narissa can get him sorted in time. “I’ll be sending up another one soon, Hilltop Rose is being considered for a Queensland mission.” Bain also has a number of racehorses based in Melbourne with Alex Ashwood and Kate Hargreaves and they’re also enjoying good success spearheaded by Cresco Park. The talented horseman has prepared four winners for the new season in Adelaide. And stable star Ideal World is set to resume very shortly. The plan of putting the racing team in the best environment is certainly working and looks like paying good dividends.   Chris Barsby

Was history created at Albion Park on Tuesday? During the eight race program, the four McMullen siblings took away half the program with Pete, Narissa, Dannielle and Taleah all tasting glory. The ‘awesome foursome’ are the children of John and Jennette McMullen. Both sides of the family are steeped in harness racing history and the McMullen name is synonymous and a constant at all race meetings staged in south-east Queensland. But today is the first time that all four siblings have landed a winner at the same meeting. It started with the eldest of the siblings, Pete taking the Changeover @ Burwood Stud Pace with Our Delight who scooted the sprint lane to run down Miss Mia in a time of 2:01. Our Delight is trained by Pete’s wife, Chantal Turpin. It was the maiden victory for the Bettors Delight filly that is raced by her breeder, Tony Turpin – Pete’s father-in-law. Up next, Dannielle guided Ima Top Tycoon to victory in the Seymour Group Pace when defeating Ned Pepper and Might And Main in a time of 1:55.8. Ima Top Tycoon is prepared by Ryan Veivers, partner of Dannielle. Narissa then stepped up and took the Lunchbox Lodge Spelling Farm Pace when leading all the way with former New Zealand pacer Tom Me Gun in a stunning time of 1:55.5 for the 2138m distance. It was his first local start and the Courage Under Fire gelding is raced and trained by Narissa. In the final event of the day, Taleah shot through along the sprint lane with Waste Of Time to take the UBET Pace in a time of 1:58.5 defeating Famous Shoes and Modernday Falcon. Waste Of Time is prepared by big sister Dannielle, the veteran gelding scoring his first win since May last year. And just for good measure, cousin Nathan Dawson also scored at the program when Tell The Linesman took the Gotta Go Cullect @ Egmont Park Stud Pace. Dawson currently leads the Queensland Drivers Premiership with 156 winners. Scanning the record books, this feat has never been achieved before on a Queensland racetrack and when digging a little deeper, it may be a first across the nation.   Back in 1989 at Yarra Valley, three sisters in Rosemarie Weidenbach, Gaita Pullicino and Rita Burnett all steered winners at the meeting. The Turnbull clan holds a record where they finished in the top five placings in an event at Bathurst back in 1988. The record of the first 5 place getters in a race driven by members of the same family belongs to the Turnbull’s after Cindy Rixon (nee Turnbull) beat home her father Tony and brothers Steve, Craig and Greg in the Family Hotel Pace. So, it may well be history that was created at the famed Breakfast Creek oval. And it’s not the first time history has been created in the Sunshine State after the father/son combination of Greg and Matt Elkins scored a deadheat victory last year. Chris Barsby

Harness racing driver Narissa McMullen proved there’s no place like home after dominating the opening night of the Australasian Young Drivers Championship at Redcliffe on Wednesday. McMullen won aboard the Tayla Gillespie-trained No Confession, before backing it up to win with Shane Sanderson’s Stuunder NZ and claim the opening two heats of the series.   The 23-year-old has been one of the bayside track’s leading drivers in the past 12 months, scoring 57 wins from 417 drives. McMullen is representing Queensland for the second time since 2014, and is now in the box seat to claim the series. She sits two points clear of the three New Zealand representatives, Dylan Ferguson, Kimberly Butt and Sheree Tomlinson. “It was a really great feeling to win the first two,” she said.   “I’d just like to thank the trainers for putting horses in the race. Both of my first two drivers were nice horses so that made it easy. “It’s probably easier driving horses you know. But, your job as a driver is to get on horses you’ve never driven before … you work it out pretty quickly.” Heats three and four belonged to the land of the long white cloud, as Ferguson (North Island) and Tomlinson (NZ) put themselves into AYDC contention. Ferguson saluted in Heat 3 with the Ron Sallis-trained Punters Delight, before Tomlinson teamed with Matt Elkins to win aboard Its All Go. Ferguson said it was nice to get the first runs on the board. “We’ve just got to hope me and the girls can get another couple,” he said. “(Punters Delight) has been going great guns since Ron has had him and my job was the easiest one.” Tomlinson said her win was a “great way to finish the night” and it put her within striking distance of the lead.  

Harness racing driver Narissa McMullen is ready to hit the road. The talented young Queenslander will head south and tackle the iconic Golden Guitar series at Tamworth which starts this Sunday before heading further south. McMullen, 21, will make a permanent move to Sydney and set up base at Menangle and prepare a small team of her own on track headed up by in-form pacer Murano and open class performer Bettor Draw. “I’m prepared to make a change in my life and I see Sydney as a good opportunity so I’m ready to give it go and the timing is right for me. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for some time and now I’m ready to give it my best shot, I’m excited by the challenge and it will be hard but it’s now or never.” McMullen said. The third generation horseperson has been a constant fixture on the Brisbane scene since being granted her licence at age 16 and has built up an impressive list of accomplishments ever since. McMullen has enjoyed success previously at Menangle which includes a victory aboard Essbee Doubleyou in the Gr.2 $50,000 Lexus International Lady Drivers Invitational back in 2014 while gaining valuable experience driving at tracks like Melton in Victoria plus in New Zealand at Alexandra Park and Ashburton. Over the past three seasons, McMullen has notched strong numbers and finished in the Top Ten State Drivers Premiership with totals of 96, 134 and 100 and as a result, was the leading female driver in the sunshine state during that period. In the 2013/14 season, McMullen claimed the Queensland Concession Driver of the Year title after finishing 27 wins clear of her nearest rival. “I’ve had a heap of fun over the past couple of seasons and been lucky enough to travel and compete at a number of tracks and meet new people and make new friends but I’m looking for a new challenge and Sydney looks right for this new venture in my life. “Obviously I’m taking a few horses with me like Murano, Bettor Draw, Ona Happy Note and an unnamed two-year-old by Rocknroll Heaven but I’m hoping to do a fair bit of catch driving too. It’s never easy trying to get established in a foreign driver’s colony but I’ll give it my best shot, I really enjoy the racing style at Menangle. “I’ve signed up for a few boxes at the new Menangle training centre but they’re not quite ready so I’ll be based across the road for the time being, I think the new training facility will be excellent.” But the immediate focus is clearly this Sunday when ‘stablestar’ Murano lines up in the 5th heat of the Golden Guitar series taking on the likes of Another Broadway and Kyalla Luke among others. Murano, a winner of his past 7 starts, must overcome a second-line draw after landing gate 8 in the 1980m event. “He’s in super form and this series has been on the radar for some time, I thought he was really good winning at Albion Park last weekend and he’s trained on well since. I don’t think the track will prove any problem because he’s handled Redcliffe in the past. “I’m not starting Bettor Draw at Tamworth but he’s making the trip and we’ll go straight to Menangle with him because he’s had three trials at Albion Park and he paced in 1:52.6 on Tuesday afternoon. He came back really fat so he’s needed some serious hit-outs to strip the weight off him. McMullen has also been engaged to drive Bettabe Perfect and Im El Magic in other Golden Guitar heats. The $25,500 final is scheduled for next Friday. by Chris Barsby

In-form Queensland pacer Murano is providing harness racing trainer Narissa McMullen with plenty of fun. And options. After purchasing the well-travelled pacer from South Australian clients earlier this year, Murano has firmly established himself as one of the more progressive pacers in the sunshine state. The Bettor's Delight – Laugh Out Loud gelding has won 8 of his 15 starts since joining the stables of McMullen including his past five starts. And McMullen is now eyeing off an interstate trip with her rising star. “The Golden Guitar series in Tamworth is my main focus with him right now and that series starts in a couple of weeks so everything is aiming at that target. He’s going really well at the moment and I think this series is a good option for him.” McMullen said. The Pryde’s Easifeeds Golden Guitar series starts on January 17 with the $25,500 final is scheduled five days later. Queensland trained pacers have enjoyed good success in this event in recent years including the victories of Goldplay in 2014 and Tiger Island in 2012. The winning form of Murano under the careful guidance of McMullen is further testament to her ability as a trainer. While her driving skills are well documented, her ability to transform and rebuild winning form in tried racehorses is quite sensational. A fine example of this was another well-travelled pacer in Bettor Draw who managed to win 6 races from 20 starts under the watchful eye of McMullen. The hard running style of Murano looks ideal for the Tamworth feature and his smart gate speed will prove invaluable on the tight turning track. His past four wins, all at Albion Park, have come in a stunning style and in blistering time including a ‘PB’ effort of 1:53.0 two starts ago. “He’s thrives on hard work; he was quite fat when he landed at my stables and I just poured the work into him and he’s obviously enjoying this new level of fitness plus mum (Jennette) spoils him rotten. “The heat/final format will really suit him because the more racing the better he performs; he likes the back-up style of racing because it doesn’t allow him to get fat between starts. Obviously a lot of horses from all over the place chase this series but I think he’ll perform well. “I thought he was really good last start (Friday) and that came off the back of his 1:53 victory so I’m very happy with his form. I’m still sorting what to do with him before the series starts now, he’s a C2 now and I want to keep my advantage for this series so that gives him a good draw.” The third generation horseperson is the daughter of John and Jennette McMullen and younger sister of star horseman Pete. by Chris Barsby

Champion young Queensland harness racing driver Narissa McMullen returns from a six week North American sojourn to drive at the Redcliffe Paceway on Melbourne Cup day. A co-winner of last season’s  RQ/Mercedes Benz Toowong Young Achiever Award, McMullen last drove in Brisbane on 19 September but she has kept her skills tuned while overseas, driving  just last week at Canada’s Flamboro Downs track. McMullen, who turned 21 while she was overseas, has a four drives for her return and she said she can’t wait to get back into the swing of things. “I missed the driving while I was away, it was an awesome trip and I got see some good races but I really missed driving all the time,” McMullen said. McMullen travelled North America and got to see the Breeders Crown, the Little Brown Jug and the Red Mile races on her journey. “The Jug was the highlight, such a great atmosphere, it’s a big party and everyone just has a great time at a great raceday,” she said. Late last month Narissa caught up with her sister Danielle and Hayden Barnes who had been staying with Natasha Day in Canada. “It was good to all get together and to also experience what Hayden and Danielle did, driving at Flamboro was really good and it was very nice of Tash to give me a drive in a race on one of her horses while I was there." McMullen said its now back to the real world. “I was up at five this morning and I have all of my seven horses in work, I spent too much money while I was overseas so I need to get some winners,” she said. Murano, her stable home at Redcliffe tomorrow could be her first deposit back into her bank account. The Redcliffe Club has a five race program with the first race timed to go at 12.20pm and McMullen has three drives for Tamborine trainer Richard Hutchinson in addition to driving her own horse Murano. Five-year-old Bettors Delight gelding Murano will be well fancied in the fourth race, the Might And Power Pace. The pacer has raced six times this season for two wins and two minor placings including a win and second placing this month at Albion Park with Narissa’s brother Pete at the reins. The Hutchinson stable horses will be at much more generous odds. Diabolo Star (Race 2) is resuming from a long spell. Life Sign gelding Diabolo Star, a seven-year-old, hasn’t raced since March 2013. He is a winner of three races with the last win at Marburg in 2012. Hutchinson’s six-year-old Bettors Delight gelding Cheyanne Warrior (Race 3) is also chasing its first win in more than two years. Cheyanne Warrior has raced eight times this season for two minor placings including a third placing at Redcliffe this month. Veteran In The Pocket gelding Barney Maguire will start in the last race on the program for the McMullen/Hutchinson combination. The 11yo's form has been poor at his last four starts but he has drawn the pole position and in September he did notch a win over this distance at Redcliffe after following the speed and using the sprint lane. by David Aldred Racing Queensland Fields for Redcliffe, Tuesday 03 November 2015 Form guide for Redcliffe, Tuesday 03 November 2015

Champion harness racing driver Pete McMullen scored a treble of wins at Albion Park yesterday but his performance was overshadowed by his younger sister Narissa McMullen reaching the 100 win milestone for a second consecutive season. Pete steered a race to race trotting double on Thumbs Up Jerry and Ode to Success then won the Rising Stars Championship Heat on Floyd Mayweather while Narissa saved the best for last and took family bragging rights, taking out the meeting closer on her father John’s horse Blessed Is The Boy. Making a one act affair of the Virginia Pace Mile (1660m), Blissful Hall five-year-old gelding Blessed Is The Boy scored by 7.4 metres from Chevals Diamond and Smiling High. It was the 10th career win for Blessed Is The Boy and career best mile in 1.58.4. Narissa was at her brilliant best and displayed the top form that she has shown also season with a tremendous strike rate over the last 12 months. Her strike is particularly impressive when the win and place form are considered together. Narissa has had 867 drives winning 100 races, placing 209 times and finishing fourth 96 times which means that she was a top four finisher 47% of the time and has a UDRS of 0.2231, her best in five seasons of race driving. 20-year-old Narissa's total stakes winnings so far for 2014/15 are $650,562. Last season Narissa drove 139 winners from 1064 drives and failed by just four wins to reach the ton in 2012/13. Narissa joins Shane Graham (249 wins), Grant Dixon (213 wins), Pete McMullen (170 wins) and Gary Whittaker (106 wins) as the only Queenslanders to reach the century of driving victories this season. She is also the State’s number one female driver, ranks fifth on the overall state premiership, fourth on the state’s metropolitan premiership and first on the state concession driver’s premiership. In another high point for the year, Narissa also won a half share in the Leigh Plunkett Foundation Scholarship. She dead-heated for the award with NSW’s Robbie Morris. For her share of the prize Narissa received a $10,000 travel study voucher. Narissa is also a contender for Queensland’s 2015 Centenary Classic Mercedes Benz Young Achiever Award winning a monthly nomination in October last year. David Aldred

Racing Queensland Stewards today resumed their inquiry into the driving tactics adopted by Narissa McMullen (Louboutin Nz) in Race 2 the Seymour Rising Stars Championship Final at Albion Park on Saturday 6 June. This inquiry was adjourned to allow stewards to review previous performances of Louboutin Nz and to make further investigations regarding wagering information. After consideration, Miss McMullen was charged pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 149(2) which states: A person shall not drive in a manner which in the opinion of the stewards is unacceptable. The particulars of the charge being the driving tactics adopted by Miss McMullen whereby she continued to pressure Louboutin Nz in an endeavour to obtain the lead from the 2138 metre starting point until passing the 1660 metres, when it was evident that Lumos (W Komorowski) had obtained the leading position and was holding that position comfortably were unacceptable. Miss N McMullen was found guilty of the rule and her licence to drive in races was suspended for a period of 4 weeks. In assessing the matter of penalty, Stewards took into account Miss McMullen’s good record in relation to this type of offence. Stewards directed that this term of suspension be served cumulatively with a 3 week suspension imposed on Saturday 13 June 2015. Miss N McMullen was advised of her rights to appeal. Panel: D Farquharson, L Wilson, C McLune - Racing Queensland

Miss Glamorganvale 2015, Narissa McMullen, has achieved another high point, winning a half share in the harness racing Leigh Plunkett Foundation Scholarship. A panel of nine decided that a deadheat was the correct result for the efforts of McMullen and NSW candidate Robbie Morris. The Plunkett Foundation was formed by Harness Racing Australia and all other state control bodies, to provide support for participants in harness racing if they become ill or unable to work. The scholarship (in this case two serves of $10,000 apiece) also assists with career development in the junior ranks. McMullen was honoured to receive the award and is still deciding which country to travel to. "At this stage, I am tossing up between the US and New Zealand,'' she said. "Ideally, I would like to stay with a leading trainer and learn some techniques to help my future endeavours.'' Experience search NATHAN Purdon, a son of New Zealand's super trainer Mark Purdon has joined the stable of Ian Gurney. Having landed eight winners from 60 drives, Purdon is looking to extend his experience as a driver. His first outings in the sulky were three trial drives for Jack Butler, one of which Sammys A Kriden scored a runaway victory in 1-59.6 for 2138 metres with a last half in 56.4. Purdon joins former Wagga lad Paul Diebert striving to get drives in a large pool of concession or junior reins persons. The above pool contains the likes of Hayden Barnes, currently fourth on the concession drivers' table with 46 wins and 53 placings from 253 drives. Barnes will partner in-form pacer Bettor Draw tonight. Equal track record holder at 2138 metres, with a mile rate of 1-54.0, the seven year old gelding has managed nine placings from 10 starts for trainer/driver Narissa McMullen. Best overall effort has been a rate of 1-51.9 at Menangle NSW three starts back. Barnes is currently employed at the Turpin McMullen "winner factory'' at Patrick Estate Lowood. End of an era THURSDAY at Redcliffe saw the beginning of the end of an era. Go Gretel (Grant Dixon) is the last foal of the Queensland based super sire Fake Left. Fittingly bred an owned by Kevin and Kay Seymour's Solid Earth Pty Ltd form the top line mare, Girl In A Million, Go Gretel got home by 14.4 metres in a rate of 2-02.4. On that performance, Go Gretel will be around for a while and should see more of the winners' circle. The Kevin and Kay Seymour Goldrush Series for lower grade pacers has returned to the Friday meetings at Albion Park. With restricted class prize money ($3000) in the heats and a $12,000 country penalty final, the series is seen as a means of providing higher money for those pacers that cannot hack the pressure of the Seymour Rising Stars Championship. As has been the case for several seasons now, there appears to be little real benefit to the hobbyist/ battler in this initiative. Marburg meetings AFTER a successful Easter Sunday Fun Day, Marburg next races on Saturday, May 2. The feature of the meeting will be the first two rounds of the Marburg Junior Drivers Invitation. Due to the placement of meetings on the Marburg calendar the final rounds will be on Saturday, June 20, which is Ipswich City Councillors Charity Day. The 10 councillors will be sponsoring the meeting and donating to Ipswich Hospital Foundation, which the Marburg Pacing Association is proud to welcome as co-hosts on the big day. Put the two meetings in the black book. Honour board THE McMullen family dominated the leader board this week. Chantal Turpin was leading trainer on three wins while brother and sister Pete and Narissa McMullen ended the week locked together on five winning drives apiece. Albion Park, April 10: Five Star Trump (Kay Crone for Gavin Crone); Feel The Courage (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Millwood Chloe (Narissa for John McMullen); Don Boston (Adam Sanderson for Mick Grant). Albion Park, April 11: Lisesofine (C Petroff for Rachel Scott); Timeseel (Danielle McMullen for Vicki Rasmussen); Corey Odonohue (Narissa for Ron Sallis); Courageous Kiwi (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Goldstar Invasion Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen). Albion Park, April 14: Captain Turbulence (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers); Horace Foxley (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig); Village Villain (Amy Rees for Eric Charlwood); Lady White Water (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby); Paint The Hammer (Pete for Chantal Turpin). Redcliffe, April 15: Left In Command (Lynn Paton for Steve Benham); Noel Hamric (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins); Strike Power (Danielle McMullen for Dave Millard); Crackerofarainbow (Hayden Barnes for Gary Greard); Elz Boy (Gary Whitaker for Steve Towns). Redcliffe, April 16: Imthe Golden Girl (Brad Cowen for Meagan Armour); Onajoyride (Narissa for John McMullen); R Eleven Seven (Pete for Daren Garrard); LeBron (Pete for Brian McCall); Dream Chapel (Narissa for Ron Sallis); All About Art (Narissa for Steven Cini); Billy Badlands (Gary Whitaker for Kerry Smith). By QT trotting columnist Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of www.qt.com.au

Queensland continued on their winning way last night. A team of six from the sunshine state took on Team Victoria in a harness racing junior drivers challenge at TABCORP Park Melton in a two race series. The Queensland team was made up of Hayden Barnes, Brittany Graham, Dannielle & Narissa McMullen, Trent Moffat and Amy Rees. Team Victoria comprised of Josh Aiken, Alex Ashwood, Haydon Gray, Mark Pitt, Jason Lee and Zac Phillips. It was a clean sweep for the Queensland team. Heat one went the way of Dannielle McMullen who took the winning drive aboard the Peter Thompson trained Our El Fuego in a time of 1;57.8 in the 2240m event. Placing’s were filled by fellow Queenslanders Narissa McMullen (Our Summer Wind), Trent Moffat (Mister Rufus) and Hayden Barnes (Brite Spark Lombo). Our El Fuego was the rank outsider and returned a dividend of $61.50. Heat two went the way of Hayden Barnes (Jambiani) who defeated Trent Moffat (Bushi) and Brittany Graham (Clarenden Daydream) in a time of 2;00.9 for the 2240m journey. Following a countback, the individual winner of the series was Hayden Barnes who beat Trent Moffat. “It was a great result for Queensland with a clean sweep and the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves as they showcased their talents on foreign soil. It was great to see them catch up with friends while making new contacts; hopefully this helps them going forward,” Queensland Team Captain Kevin Seymour said. “I would like to thank Harness Racing Victoria and all of the trainers who supported the series, it’s about gaining experience and making them better and this is a great opportunity to do this.” Seymour added. In three series to date, Queensland has a perfect record after inflicting defeats over New South Wales, New Zealand and now Victoria. The winning form of Hayden Barnes continues with victories at Alexandra Park, Auckland late last year with Millie Sampson and then again last night at Melton with Jambiani. Seymour is now eyeing off a series against South Australian in the coming months. by Chris Barsby

Australian harness racing’s Leigh Plunkett Foundation Scholarship has been split between to winners. New South Wales horseman Robbie Morris and Queensland’s Narissa McMullen will share the $20,000 grant, with the LPF’s Vaughn Lynch full of praise for the recipients. “Ellen Tormey was the inaugural winner of the Leigh Plunkett Foundation Scholarship and as such spent six weeks travelling internationally, learning a great deal about the industry, which will enable her to further her career here in Australia,” Lynch said. “This year after the panel of nine voted, there was a tie between Robbie and Narissa, so it was decided a joint scholarship will be awarded. “Both will get the opportunity to travel internationally to learn more about the industry.” Lynch praised the Foundation’s supporters and explained without them the scholarship would still be a pipedream. “A lot of money is raised through a stallion auction and most of the studs support us,” Lynch explained. “We would also like to thank a few of the state’s controlling bodies, like HRNSW, that support the foundation and the concept. “It was also great that on behalf of the foundation we could give Alex Tout from Success Stud, the Breeding Encouragement Award. “Alex will be able to travel overseas to further his knowledge and career.” HRNSW Media

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