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Three exciting feature races were seen last Saturday night as part of the 2018 Winter Carnival Opening Night at Albion Park. Queensland’s leading trainer Grant Dixon took out all three of the main events. For a recap of the night visit http://aphrc.com.au/index.php/all-stories/93-winter-carnival-opening-night-owned-by-dixon This Saturday night promises to be an action packed night with four group races and in Oaks night traditional a female driver’s invitation pace, sponsored by Pryde’s Easifeed, as well as the listed Egmont Park Stud Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes. Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint stars as race 6 on the program where the open class pacers go head to head in what can be labelled as the fastest race of the carnival. Visiting pacers Soho Tribeca, My Field Marshal and Tact Tate take on the Queensland talent ahead of next week’s Grand Circuit Event the UBET Blacks A Fake. Next up the trotters take on their biggest race of the carnival the Seelite Windows & Doors Queensland Trotters Cup. To conclude the feature races for the night, the Egmont Park Stud South East Derby showcases a number of brilliant three year olds such as Colt Thirty One, Duplicated, The Bus among others. Colt Thirty One enters the race as favourite after an outstanding victory in last week’s Premier’s Cup. For the meetings full form analysis and selections refer to Racing Queensland harness racing specialist Darren Clayton’s deliberations on the meeting: http://www.harness.org.au/punting/punters-corner/form-analysis/?keyNum=220763 The race meeting has a number of exquisite betting propositions courtesy of wagering service provider UBET. Headlining these offers is a $25K First 4 jackpot Pool on race 1 scheduled for 5:13pm EST. Additionally, a $2.5K Quadrella jackpot is listed for races 2 to 5 with the first leg due at 5:38pm EST which is complimented by $2K jackpot Trifectas on races 3 to 8. For further information contact the Club on 07 3262 2577 or info@aphrc.com.au

Can more history be created at Albion Park this weekend? Fresh from the success of the four McMullen siblings all driving winners at Albion Park on Tuesday afternoon, another chapter can be created tomorrow (Saturday) night. The Gr.2 $75,540 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks is one of the co-features on a sensational card of racing and the three-year-old fillies are chasing the major riches on offer. But for Isobel Ross, the talented young driver has a chance at etching her name into the record books. Ross will partner Red Charmer, a winner of last week’s Gr.3 South East Oaks, the traditional lead-up event to this week’s feature, and join Shane Graham as the youngest driver to land the Queensland Oaks. Back in 2002, Graham steered a magnificent race when successful with Sparkling Melody, prepared by his father Wayne, to beat some of the best fillies in the southern hemisphere. He was 20 years of age when triumphant. If Ross is successful, she will join Graham as a winner at the age of 20; her 21st birthday comes up later this year (October). But there’s a twist with Ross. The natural lightweight is a quadruplet, sister to Victoria and Stephanie and brother Sam. None of her siblings took up race driving but are all capable on horseback. The Ross family is synonymous in harness racing circles with the family conducting the Clerk of the Course services at all TAB tracks in south-east Queensland. Don Ross snr occupies the role with his son Donny and grandson Donald plus the assistance of Dexter McLean each and every week. Donald is the older brother of Isobel, Victoria, Stephanie and Sam but is currently on annual vacation and sunning himself somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea. All five kids are the children of Donny and Lisa Ross. A scan of the record books indicates that no quadruplet has won a Queensland Oaks, let alone a feature harness event in this part of the world. Red Charmer, with Ross driving last week sprung an upset when victorious in the South East Oaks downing stablemate Aqua Miss and race favourite Sociable. Can they do it again? Tomorrow night, Ross and Red Charmer will line up in gate seven, the outside of the front-line, and will again be at big odds as a result but the youngster is confident her filly can feature again. “The draw is far from ideal but she’s got quality and class and just needs some luck going her way, she’s super fit and ready to go again.” Ross said. Red Charmer is prepared by the state’s leading horseman Grant Dixon and Ross has been part of the “Black & White’ army for just over 12 months now working alongside the husband and wife team of Grant and Trista. The Mr Feelgood filly has won 9 of her 23 starts to date and Ross has a near perfect record with the filly. From two drives to date, Ross has claimed the South East Oaks while finishing a narrow second behind Aqua Miss in the Gr.2 $50,540 QBRED Triad Final back on May 12. “She’s a real sweetie to drive and work with; I’ve had some luck from the two drives to date and hopefully its third time lucky this weekend. It wasn’t a shock to me last week because she was luckless in the Breeders Challenge Final at Menangle in her previous start. “This is a harder field with the likes of Goodtime Heaven, Chevrons Reward, Art Series and Major Occasion all starting but my filly will compete hard again. Goodtime Heaven is the filly that won the Breeders Challenge in Sydney so she’s the class runner. “I think all of Grant’s fillies will race very well, Fame Assured has a good front-line draw while Aqua Miss is nicely placed off the second-line. Hopefully, one of us can take the prize.” Gambling giant UBET has installed Goodtime Heaven as the favourite at $3.20 despite drawing gate 13, the outside of the second-line. The Courtney Slater trained filly is having first start in the Sunshine State. Red Charmer is quoted at $21. The trio of Dixon trained fillies is raced by their breeders, Kevin and Kay Seymour. Surprisingly, Dixon has never prepared a Queensland Oaks winner. First staged back in 1972, the list of winners is loaded with talent with names including Jan’s Chance, Amber Lobell, Ashton Lass, Girl Called Destiny, Handibank, Happy Haldon, In A Whisper, Kates First, Tailamade Lombo, Tupelo Rose, Ima Spicey Lombo, Nike Franco and Shartin among others. As it stands, last year’s winner Shartin has now established herself as the best pacing mare in the world with a string of feature victories in North America and Canada this season. Unfortunately, a training mishap has forced the scratching of talented Bathurst filly Callmequeenbee. Miss Hooligan has now gained a start.   Chris Barsby

IT sounds strange to be a tad disappointed when you run second in a Group 1 race, but that’s how Tim Butt felt after My Field Marshal’s Len Smith run last start. But he’s promising fans will see the best of his Miracle Mile-winning star in Saturday night’s $50,000 Group 2 Sunshine Sprint (1660m) at Albion Park. “I thought he should’ve won or at least got a lot closer to Cruz Bromac in the Len Smith given the run he had, even though they did really fly home that last 200m,” Butt said. “Ants (driver Anthony Butt) said he felt a bit flat, that he didn’t his usual zip. He tried hard, but couldn’t ping when he needed him to.” Butt said although My Field Marshal seemed well going into the Len Smith, he may still have been slightly impacted by a “bug” he contracted a couple weeks before the feature. “We thought he was right, but he just have been a fraction off his best,” he said. So Butt made the decision to take My Field Marshal and emerging stablemate Let It Ride to Queensland as early as possible, just a couple of days after the Len Smith. “We’ve been here a week-and-a-half and I’m glad we have. The warmer weather has seen both of them thrive, especially My Field Marshal, who loves it,” he said. “With My Field Marshal’s history of breathing issues, he’s better in the warmer weather. “I just can’t fault him up here. Everything says he’s going into this race better than the Len Smith and very, very close to his absolute top.” So does that mean he can upset Soho Tribeca, the $1.65 Aussie TAB favourite? “I don’t think there’s anything between them, especially with them both drawn the back row,” Butt said. “Maybe Soho Tribeca’s draw is a bit better because he’s two-out and could trail through well, but we’re right next to him. “Luck in the run and how the race is run will play a huge part in the result, but I can only have my horse as well as possible going into it and I’m confident I have.” My Field Marshal holds a 2-0 record against Soho Tribeca. The first clash was the Miracle Mile back on February 24 when Soho Tribeca sat outside the leader and produced one of the runs the season for a close third in that record-breaking 1min46.9sec mile. My Field Marshal came off a cold sit to win the race. Then, in the Len Smith last time, My Field Marshal ran second, but Soho Tribeca galloped at the start and was tailed-out. Soho Tribeca’s trainer-driver Mick Stanley said his stable had also thrived in Queensland. “He’s right where I want him and I think I’ve got the better of the barriers over My Field Marshal this week,” he said. “I should settle in front of him, then I’m launching early … going looking for the lead or at least to control the race from outside the leader. I’ve got a horse tough enough to do that.” Adam Hamilton

The big boppers are in town! Grand Circuit stars My Field Marshal and Soho Tribeca have settled into their new Brisbane surroundings in preparation for the open class features at Albion Park over the next fortnight. The Gr.2 $50,540 Garrards Sunshine Sprint takes place this Saturday night at Albion Park followed by the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship the following week. The Blacks A Fake, is the jewel in the crown on the Queensland harness racing calendar, it also doubles as the final leg of the 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season. And Soho Tribeca has a chance to be crowned Grand Circuit champion if successful. But the focus this week is the Sunshine Sprint, the signature speed test in the Sunshine State. “We’re here and we’re ready to go, we’re looking forward to the challenge that is in front of us.” Trainer/driver Michael Stanley said. Soho Tribeca took no competitive part in his most recent start when finishing a distant last in the Gr.1 $100,000 Len Smith Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle on July 1. It was established he got his head under the arm of the starting gate which caused an unexpected gate break. The striking American Ideal entire is yet to race at Albion Park. But bookmakers are taking no chances and have listed him as the horse to beat in both Queensland features with their fixed odds markets. “It was just one of those freak things that happened last start, fortunately, he’s taken no harm from the incident and he remains in great shape. “Obviously both races will be difficult because the opposition will be strong, Tim (Butt – Trainer) has a great record in big races and deserves plenty of respect and I won’t be selling him short in either event. “The sprint race this weekend will be hard and fast and then the challenge the following week will be equally tough because Kevin (Pizzuto – trainer) has both Cruz Bromac and Tiger Tara heading up. But the mission is to win both races and I believe he can achieve it.” Tim Butt, now based in Sydney, arrived last week with both My Field Marshal and Let It Ride and is happy with the way both horses are coming along. Let It Ride is a last start winner of the Gr.1 NSW Breeders Challenge 4yo Final in 1:49.4 – the fastest time of the day on the Len Smith Mile program. But he won’t start in the Sunshine Sprint. “The trip north is all about the experience, he will start in a support event while My Field Marshal starts in the Sunshine Sprint,” Butt explained. “The main target for Let It Ride is the 4yo Championship the following week, while he’s good enough to start in both open features I don’t think he needs that right now, he’ll get his chance in time to come. “My Field Marshal will start in both open races just like he did last year, he had a setback before the Len Smith Mile but he’s loving it here in Brisbane. He’s ready to show his best.” The Gr.3 $30,540 Ted & Edna Badcock Memorial 4yo Championship takes place on July 21, the same night as the Blacks A Fake.   Chris Barsby

Brilliant mare Carlas Pixel is the latest addition to the Brisbane winter carnival. The Gr.1 Ladyship Mile winner is heading north following her brave effort in Saturday night’s Vicbred Super Series Final when third behind Tell Me Tales and Flying Moth at TABCORP Park, Melton. Tell Me Tales rated a stunning 1:55.0 for the 2240m feature event and it was her 11th straight victory. But Carlas Pixel lost no admirers with her gutsy effort. And connections are now focused on the Sunshine State features. “There’s a month of nothing here in Victoria before we reload for the Breeders Crown in late August, so the Brisbane campaign looks a good option.” Trainer Dean Braun said. Carlas Pixel emerged as one of the finest mares in the country following her breathtaking come from behind victory in the Gr.1 $200,000 Ladyship Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle back in February. The Courage Under Fire mare rated a blistering 1:49.5. The first target is the Listed $25,540 Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes this Saturday night before connections decide what option they take the following week. “We’re definitely starting in the mares feature this weekend and then we’ll reassess the situation depending on performance. We can either start in the Blacks A Fake or the 4yo Championship; she’ll be competitive in both features. “There will be some good mares starting this weekend and my mare is travelling but I think she has the class edge while the following week won’t be confirmed until after this weekend. Her speed will carry her long way in the Blacks A Fake and the 4yo feature. “It’s been a good season for her and I thought she was super on the weekend, the winner was unbelievable so the form should stack up pretty well. I think we’ve got some good options in Brisbane and if we can grab a feature that only adds to her value as a broodmare.” Another possible option could be the Listed $25,540 4 & 5yo Chris Garrard’s Patrons Purse at Redcliffe on July 27. Possessing a Blue Blood pedigree, Carlas Pixel ranks as a half-sister to Soho Tribeca (21 wins - $1.1 million), Perfect Mach (14 wins - $125k), Birdy Mach (24 wins - $222k) and Soho Nolita (3 wins - $169k). Carlas Pixel is raced by Mark Denyer and Shannon Nixon.   Chris Barsby

The opening night of the 2018 Brisbane winter carnival at Albion Park has been dominated by the leading local stable of Grant Dixon. The Tamborine horseman landed three features including the Gr.3 $30,540 Badcock Group of Companies Premiers Cup with Colt Thirty One, the Gr.3 $30,540 Egmont Park Stud South East Oaks with Red Charmer and the Listed $25,540 Egmont Park Stud – Mr Feelgood Open with Alleluia. Dixon, the country’s leading trainer, took the winning drive himself behind Colt Thirty One while his wife Trista partnered Alleluia with young Isobel Ross landing her biggest success to date with a polished display behind Red Charmer. While the trio of winners was impressive in their own right, the effort of Colt Thirty One was clearly the standout performance of the night. The Victoria Derby winner torched his rivals with a brilliant come from behind triumph which clearly stamped him as the horse to beat for the Queensland Derby feature on July 21. Colt Thirty One scored running away from the South Australian trained Ideal World and Subtle Delight in a time of 1:55.2 for the 2138m event. The Mach Three colt remains unbeaten in his home state with 15 victories – 14 have come via Albion Park. Race favourite Thatswhatisaid finished 6th after leading. Next week, Colt Thirty One will start in the Gr.3 $30,540 South East Derby. In the Oaks feature, Dixon almost landed the trifecta with Red Charmer defeating stablemate Aqua Miss and race favourite Sociable. Fame Assured finished a close-up fourth. Fresh back from Sydney and a Breeders Challenge campaign, Ross brought Red Charmer with a perfectly timed finish down the outside to land the 2138m feature in a time of 1:57.6. Next week, the Gr.2 $75,540 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks will be staged and Dixon will have all three of his fillies starting again. Like Colt Thirty One, Red Charmer is raced by her breeders, Kevin and Kay Seymour. Grand performer Alleluia stamped his ticket for the upcoming open class features following his come from behind victory in the Mr Feelgood, the Art Major gelding stormed to victory defeating Bodhi Tree and Hughie Green. Alleluia rated 1:55.5 for the 2138m feature. The winner of the Mr Feelgood is exempt from ballot for the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship on July 21. Next week, Alleluia will start in the Gr.2 $50,540 Sunshine Sprint. Another highlight was the winning effort of the richly talented Tough Monarch in the $14,999 Haras Des Trotteurs FFA rating 1:58.6 for the 2138m mobile start event. Trained and driven by Rickie Alchin, Tough Monarch looked ultra-impressive in his Albion Park debut and will back-up in next week’s Gr.2 $30,630 Queensland Trotters Cup, a standing start feature. Star reinsman Luke McCarthy was the leading driver for the night after landing a winning treble behind Lockton Luck, Hashtag and Effronte. Next week, features include the AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks, Garrards Sunshine Sprint, Egmont Park Stud South East Derby, Seelite Windows & Doors Queensland Trotters Cup, Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes and a Female Drivers Invitation.   RQ Web News

The Turnbull clan is headed back to the Sunshine State. And the Brisbane winter carnival riches beckon. The famous Bathurst family made annual pilgrimages during the 1970’s and 80’s spearheaded by the legendary A.D (Tony) and knocked up winning races on a consistent level at all tracks in the south-east corner plus Tweed Heads. While the trips north haven’t been so frequent in recent times, the Turnbull name is still a constant. The three night carnival at Albion Park officially starts this Saturday night and continues over the next fortnight and the Turnbull’s will play a role on the final two nights. Both Steve and daughter Amanda are eyeing feature targets. “I’m bringing Tact Tate and dad (Steve) is bringing up Atomic Red, Conviction and Art Series at this stage.” Amanda said. Tact Tate, a dual Group One winner finished a close-up sixth behind Cruz Bromac in last week’s Len Smith Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle in a time of 1:50.1. The Albion Park track and style of racing could prove beneficial for the speedy performer and the Gr.2 $50,540 Garrards Sunshine Sprint followed by the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship are within reach given luck. Both Atomic Red and Conviction come out of the same race at their most recent start, in last Sunday’s Gr.1 $100,000 Breeders Challenge 4yo Final. Conviction finished as the runner-up behind Let It Ride while Atomic Red finished a courageous fifth after engaging in a frantic early speed battle. The winning mile rate was 1:49.4. Both four-year-olds boast very strong overall records. The Gr.2 $75,540 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks next weekend is the target for Art Series, a regally bred filly. Back in March, Art Series won the Gr.2 Bathurst Gold Bracelet Final defeating smart Victorian filly Soho Burning Love. So, the very familiar blue and red livery returns to Brisbane and looks set to play a strong hand. Chris Barsby 

Tim Butt is very serious about his Queensland Winter Carnival raid. So serious in fact, he’s already arrived in Brisbane with stable stars My Field Marshal and Let It Ride. And it seems a lack of suitable racing options will mean the pair will lock horns in the Group 2 Sunshine Sprint on Saturday week at Albion Park. “I arrived today (Wednesday) with My Field Marshal and Let It Ride,” Butt said. “Let It Ride’s target is a 4YO race on July 21, but I want him to run on the 14th as well. Looking through the options, it seems it will have to be in the Sunshine Sprint.” Let It Ride scored his most significant and dominant win when, suited by the frantic pace set by the leaders, he blew away the field in the Group 1 Breeders Challenge final at Menangle last Sunday. For more than a year Butt has touting Let It Ride as his next stable star. My Field Marshal will challenge for favouritism in the Sunshine Sprint after his second to Cruz Bromac in the Group 1 Len Smith Mile last Sunday. Cruz Bromac’s trainer Kevin Pizzuto said the pacer would bypass the Sunshine Sprint and head north for just the Blacks A Fake. The other major player will be Soho Tribeca, who took no part in the Len Smith after contacting the starting gate, galloping and losing all chance. Queensland officials are still clinging to the hope comeback star Hectorjayjay will defend his Blacks A Fake title, but it seems highly unlikely. Hectorjayjay returned from almost a year out with a Kilmore win last Saturday and should win again at Melton this Saturday night, Adam Hamilton

Saturday's Group 3 Badcock Group of Companies Premier's Cup headlines a stellar night of racing at Albion Park, as the UBET Queensland Winter Harness Racing continues to gather momentum.  Racing Queensland Harness Manager David Brick said all 10-races on the program, which gets under way at 5.03pm, looked enticing to punters. "The Badcock Group Premier's Cup, Egmont Park South East Oaks and Haras des Trotteurs Free For All, look to be particularly strong races, with some very good local and interstate horses set to go around," he said.  "This should provide plenty of value for punters looking to back one of their favourite horses throughout the meeting."   The Premier's Cup will feature interstate visitors Ideal World, Thatswhatisaid, Duplicated and Tygar. Queensland's star three-year-old, Colt Thirty One, looks set to test himself in Open company, alongside the in-form Redcliffe-trained Slice Of Heaven.  Redcliffe Oaks winner Sociable steps out in the South East Oaks from barrier 2, with Mark Jones' kiwi visitor Tres Vite set to trail her up from barrier 9.  The Haras des Trotteurs Free For All (Mobile Start) will have implications for the Queensland Trotters Cup at Albion Park on July 14.  Brad Connelly's smart mare Needle will start from barrier 2, with Rickie Alchin-trained visitor Tough Monarch to start from barrier 6.    Racing Queensland

THIS Queensland Winter Carnival just got a whole lot more interesting. And the biggest and most exciting twist could be yet to come. Cruz Bromac’s upset Group 1 Len Smith win at Menangle yesterday threw his name into the Queensland mix, but did little to answer the question as to who Australia’s best pacer is right now. That’s largely because top seed and $1.40 Len Smith favourite Soho Tribeca broke at the start and effectively took no part in the race. It appeared Soho Tribeca, who was dipping his head in the score-up, got his head under the arm of the mobile briefly and caused himself to gallop. He was subsequent found to have pulled-up with a minor issue and stood down for seven days and pending a vet test. Many argued the mobile gate was going too slow for a major race and potentially contributed to Soho Tribeca’s issue. Whatever the exact reasons, punters copped it big time and Soho Tribeca took no part. Miracle Mile winner My Field Marshal began well from the pole, but was no match for the early brilliance of a new-look Cruz Bromac – having just his second run for Kevin Pizzuto – and grabbed the trail on the leader throughout. My Field Marshal saw plenty of room at the right time in the home straight, but was unable to make any real impact on Cruz Bromac, who zipped home in 26.5sec at the end of a 1min50.1sec mile and won by 4.6m. “The win certainly didn’t surprise me,” Pizzuto said. “I tipped him on (Sydney) radio and told everyone we’d backed him fixed odds. “I got really keen on his chances after we worked him around the half mile track at Bankstown early in the week and he flew. I knew he was ready and I told Danny (Zavitsanos) he was spot-on.” Pizzuto and Zavitsanos run deep and sharing a Group 1 win was special. “I was gutted when Danny sold Majordan and he came out and went so well for me. I thought he might have a sold a Group 1 winner and still think he might have,” Pizzuto said. “So it was great when the chance to buy Cruz Bromac came along and Danny took 75 per cent of him with me to train, I thought ‘ok, let’s get this guy to win a Group 1 for us both’.” It was only a few weeks back at Cambridge when Zavitsanos and his wife, Joanne, won their first Group 1 race with the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained Enhance Your Calm. Pizzuto said the next 24-48 hours would decide whether Cruz Bromac headed to Queensland for Saturday week’s Group 2 Sunshine Sprint and/or the Group 1 Blacks A Fake a week later. “He’s not the soundest horse, that’s well known, so we just need to see how he comes through this win,” Pizzuto said. Majordan, who parked outside the leader and weakened late for seventh, is headed for a spell. While Pizzuto’s other open-class star Tiger Tara is about to start fast work with a view to a racetrack return in late August. But back to Queensland and while Cruz Bromac’s plans will be known very soon, fans will have to wait until next week for the verdict with defending Blacks A Fake champion Hectorjayjay. Despite his sparkling comeback win at Kilmore last Friday, where he paced a 54.8sec last half outside the leader, new trainer-driver Gavin Lang still only seems lukewarm on heading north. “He’s racing again next weekend and Gavin will make his final decision then,” part-owner Mick Harvey said. Adam Hamilton

With the winter carnival features just around the corner, everything is in readiness. That’s the case for established trotting star Our Overanova who solidified his claims following his near track record breaking victory at Albion Park last night (Saturday). Starting from a 50m handicap, the Grant Dixon trained and driven multiple feature race winner proved too classy defeating Justabitnoisy and Master Hugh in the Haras Des Trotteurs Handicap. The Monarchy gelding rated 2:00.9 – originally the time was posted at 2:00.1. Our Overanova holds the Albion Park 2647m standing start track record at 2:00.3. “Either way, it was a great effort and I’m very happy with his current form, he’s a great horse and always performs at a very high level every time he steps onto a track. He’s right where I want him going into the carnival features in the coming weeks.” Dixon said. The Albion Park winter carnival takes place on July 7, 14 and 21. And Racing Queensland has reshaped the program which now features several trotting features including the $14,999 Haras Des Trotteurs FFA (July 7), the Gr.2 $30,630 Seelite Windows & Doors Queensland Trotters Cup (July 14) and the Gr.3 $20,630 Haras Des Trotteurs Trotters Marathon (July 21). The distance range begins at 2138m (mobile start) before going to 2647m and then 3157m, the last two features under stand start conditions. Our Overanova is going to be a threat in each of the features while that sets up a potential clash with the rising local star, former New Zealand mare Needle. “We’re definitely aiming at all of the features and I’m confident he will prove very competitive in each and every race he contests. Obviously the handicap events will prove a little difficult because he’s likely to be giving away a big start as per usual. “He was really sharp and felt strong through the line while the time backs it up; he’s in really good shape at the moment. “I’m not sure what may be coming up from down south but I’m sure the talent will be there. Given how the carnival is structured, it will grab the attention of a few southerners while Needle looks really promising and richly talented.” Our Overanova is raced by GSM Racing, Greg and Sharon Mitchell and the couple have enjoyed tremendous success this season. In particular, their success with the trotters has been obvious with the likes of Our Overanova, Mister Gunsen, Foursharesmorebeers, Southern Alps and Astral Ruler.   Chris Barsby  

Rookie pacer Minted Montana stamped himself as a genuine winter carnival contender following his dominant harness racing debut victory at Albion Park today (Tuesday). The Mr Feelgood – Montana Secrets gelding sat without cover in the Cammibest @ Burwood Stud 2yo Pace before racing clear from Ginger Micky and Give Me A Go in a brilliant time of 1:56.0. Sectionals were covered in 27.5, 29.9, 28.5 and 30.3 seconds. It’s the fastest time of the season to date by a juvenile pacer in Queensland. Minted Montana showcased his talent when successful in his qualifying trial at Redcliffe on May 2 when scoring impressively rating 2:00.8 for the 1780m public trial. Raced by his breeder Dean Shannon, Minted Montana was a buy back from last year’s Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sale at a cost of $2500. Montana Secrets, a daughter of super sire Christian Cullen went winless in two career starts at the Gold Coast back in 2012 before being retired to stud. Her first foal is the filly Our Dasher (by Lanercost), an eight start maiden to date. Minted Montana is the second foal from Montana Secrets while the mare has another colt on the ground, also by Lanercost. Montana Secrets is closely related to the likes of My Field Marshal, Foreal, Regal Dash, Askmenow and Delightful Dash among others. Prepared by Donny Smith and handled by Darrel Graham, the big striding gelding will have his next start at Redcliffe in a heat of the Yearling Sale Series next Wednesday (May 23). The Gr.1 $100,450 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series Final is scheduled for Friday, June 1. Another likely target is the Gr.1 $100,450 QBRED Triad Final for 2yo Colts and Geldings is programmed for July 21, the final night of the Albion Park carnival. Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | 

The management committee of the Nanango Agricultural, Pastoral and Mining Society Inc would like to take this opportunity to welcome our members, patrons, community and all members of the public to our 109th annual show including harness racing, to be held on Saturday April 28, 2018. We are looking forward to bringing you an entertainment-filled day catering for all ages. Our show society is very excited to announce there will be no pavilion entry fees again this year, thanks to the generous sponsorship of IGA Nanango. Whilst we strive to maintain our agricultural heritage, we continually work to ensure the event is relevant for today's show goers. As well as our traditional features, including woodchop, rodeo, livestock events, pavilion displays, fireworks, trade displays, junior judges competitions, live music and entertainment, food stalls, bar and barbecues, Miss Showgirl and Rural Ambassador, some of our other attractions for 2018 are mini trots, Luke's Snake Kingdom, Noah's Racing Pigs, harness racing, hot shoeing and farriering, and so much more. As usual, without the dedication and commitment from our volunteers, members and sponsors, the show would not be the success that it is. The society would like to thanks our major sponsors, the Queensland Government Department of Infrastructure and Planning, Heritage Community Branch Nanango, IGA Nanango and South Burnett Regional Council, as well as our other sponsors, for their generous support towards our show. With the amount of work that goes into running a show, one of the most appreciated things is people coming to enjoy it. We look forward to seeing you here on April 28. by Nanango Show Society Committee

Wagering service provider UBET has a number of attractive exotic betting propositions for the harness racing meeting at Albion Park on Saturday night spearheaded by a $50K guaranteed Trifecta inclusive of a $10K jackpot on race 1 scheduled for 5:40pm EST. Additionally, a $5K Quadrella jackpot is listed for races 2 to 5 with the first leg due at 6:07pm EST which is complimented by $2K jackpot Trifectas on races 3, 4 and 5. For the most up to date form analysis and selections refer to Racing Queensland harness racing specialist Darren Clayton’s deliberations on the meeting: The opening event of an action packed eight event card gets under way at 5:40pm EST. For further information contact the Club on 07 3262 2577 or info@aphrc.com.au Visit the Club website at www.aphrc.com.au

It was great way to register a milestone. Clarendon harness racing trainer Tess Neaves prepared her 50th winner last Saturday night when Call Me Yours ran down The Muse and Weedons Express in the Pryde’s Easifeed Pace at Albion Park. It was the final metropolitan meeting of the 2017 calendar year. Call Me Yours landed a perfect trail behind race favourite The Muse and proved superior in a driving finish, the winning margin was a head. Neaves engaged Steven Doherty for the drive while regular reinsman Gary Whitaker took the drive on stablemate Riverleigh Jeff who finished fourth. “I’ll take it, its great training winners and extra special on a Saturday night. It was great to have the family with me and we all celebrated together which was great.” Neaves said. The mother of two works her team of ten pacers with the assistance of Nikki Chalk while her husband Scott gets involved on the weekends, after completing his work as a barrister. And their children Charlee and Callan cheered louder than anyone else last night. Neaves has grown up surrounded by horses and enjoys working her team which are all pacers and mostly cast-offs from others stables or secured via the claiming races. Her maiden winner came via the claimers when eleven-year-old gelding Prince Benji proved successful at Redcliffe on November 5, 2014. “I really enjoy working the horses from the claimers, they’re older and the bulk of them are really kind natured. They’ve been around the block and understand routines pretty well and they’re adaptable, Prince Benji was a horse I loved so much. “The other reason I enjoy the older types is because my two young kids enjoy getting outside and they like the horses and their company. Plus, having all the noise of quad bikes, games and whatever else they can get their hands onto doesn’t seem to bother the horses. “The young horses are on the way because we have bred a mare and we have a resultant foal so that will be an interesting chapter in my training but something I’m looking forward to.” The best performer for Neaves during her training career to date has been Riverleigh Jeff, a Cammibest gelding who has won 11 races including three at Albion Park. Neaves purchased Riverleigh Jeff as a four start maiden. Chris Barsby

Young harness racing driver Lachie Manzelmann won’t forget 2017. The 18-year-old has flashed his skills in the sulky which has netted him a number of victories but last Saturday night at Albion Park he achieved another milestone. Manzelmann prepared his maiden metropolitan winner when Sicilian Slumber shot the passing lane to snatch victory from Gangster Boy and Croft Bay to win the Hurrikane Kingcole @ Egmont Park Pace. Sicilian Slumber was handled by Amy Rees with Manzelmann currently serving a driving suspension. Only two weeks earlier, Sicilian Slumber provided Manzelmann with his maiden winner as a trainer when successful at the Albion Park midweek meeting. “It’s a great feeling, I had my doubts with him running a strong 2138m but Amy gave him a really good trip and he came through strongly at the finish. I think he actually goes best when the girls drive him and his form backs that up.” Manzelmann said. During the year, Manzelmann switched from the Chantal Turpin/Pete McMullen stable and linked with Darrel Graham while taking on his trainers licence. He claimed Sicilian Slumber at a price of $7000 from a race at Albion Park on November 28; it’s proving to be a wise investment. Manzelmann had prior knowledge of the eight-year-old gelding during his time with the Turpin/McMullen stable and thought he was the right horse to start his training career. “I was able to drive him in track work plus I had a couple of drives behind him on race day, I knew a fair bit about him and thought he was the horse for me. “His best asset is his gate speed and that should be beneficial going forward, I can probably drop him back in grade with a claim again before looking at putting him back in the claiming grade. “He’s definitely paid for himself, he hasn’t missed a cheque since I got him and he has a bit left in him too, I’m hoping he can pick up a few more yet.” Sicilian Slumber is the star of the two horse Manzelmann team with Magnussen currently spelling. Manzelmann landed 23 winners last season while he has 16 winners to date for the current term and he’s keen to expand on that. “I definitely want to keep building on my totals, I was happy with last season but I’m keen to do better this season. “I’m getting good support from owners and trainers and want to keep repaying the faith their showing in me. And more Saturday night winners would be great too.” Manzelmann returns to race driving on Tuesday week (January 9). Chris Barsby

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