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The 2018 Racing Queensland Winter Carnival officially kicks off tonight (Friday) at the Redcliffe Paceway. Over the next eight weeks, the Sunshine State will play host to 14 Group features, 4 of which carry Group One status and includes the jewel in the crown, the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship at Albion Park on July 21. That event is the final leg of the 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season. But the rookie pacers take centre stage tonight with the running of the Gr.1 $100,450 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series Final over the 1780m. First staged back in 2009, the $30,000 final was won by Abbey Tiara, the concept has grown at a rapid rate ever since. The Redcliffe Harness Racing Club has increased prizemoney from the inaugural amount of $30,000 to $50,000 then $60,000 and then to $80,000 before reaching the current amount of $100,000. Club Patron Chris Garrard and former President Kerry Ebert have been the driving force in reaching its current level. Last year, the final carried Gr.1 status with the $100,000 prizemoney amount for the first time and Gold Reactor, trained by Kylie Rasmussen and Darren Weeks, stormed to victory with Chris Petroff taking the winning drive. Heats were staged Wednesday week ago and the winners were Just Won More, Regulus and Ark Me. Earlier this week, pre-post favourite Minted Montana was scratched owing to injury. The race looks loaded with winning chances and betting markets reflect that with Regulus the current elect at $3.50 with UBET. But the Rickie Alchin prepared pacer must overcome gate 11, the outside of the second-line. Under the conditions, fillies gain preferential treatment with the barrier draw and several are rated solid chances. And the prices the finalists brought at last year’s sale make for interesting reading, ranging from a mere $1250 to $28,000. Mucho Guapa - $28,000 – by Rock N Roll Heaven Signorina Jujon - $10,000 – by Mr Feelgood Ginatiano - $3000 – by Alta Christiano Ark Me - $9000 – by Mr Feelgood Just Won More - $2000 – by Pet Rock Cupcakesnwhipcream - $1250 – by South Park Hanover Riverboat Myrtle - $3000 – by Cammibest My Ultimate Sport - $3000 – by Sportswriter Rocknroll Classic - $10,000 – by A Rocknroll Dance Regulus - $18,000 – by Christian Cullen The other highlight tonight is the Comfort Inn & Suites Northgate Redcliffe Derby which features brilliant performer Colt Thirty One. Prepared by Grant Dixon, the Victoria Derby winner is ideally drawn in gate two and is quoted at $1.05 with UBET. The Mach Three colt is having his first start at the track.    

Racing Queensland has launched the 2018 UBET Queensland Winter Harness Racing Carnival at Albion Park, with the first Group 1 of the season to be run at Redcliffe on Friday night. The 2018 UBET Queensland Winter Harness Racing Carnival features four Group 1 classics, across 10 weeks, at Redcliffe and Albion Park, with more than $1.1 million in feature prize money on offer. Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell said he looked forward to enjoying his first carnival in the role, and thanked UBET for their generous support of the carnival by way of the new UBET Grand Slam bonuses. “This year’s carnival has a great air of expectation, with some of the best horses both Queensland and Australia has to offer eyeing-off feature success in the Sunshine State,” Mr Parnell said. “UBET’s major sponsorship of the 2018 Winter Racing Carnival has allowed Racing Queensland to offer up to $120,000 in bonuses set across a series of races, which are aimed at keeping some of the best horses here for an extended period during the carnival.” The launch, held at the Albion Park Harness Racing Club on Thursday, also offered a sneak-peek at a new promotion that will give punters the chance to win a lap around Albion Park or Redcliffe, with the help of an experienced driver and harness horse, over eight feature nights of the Carnival. Channel 7 Creek To Coast presenter Roger Vickery, RadioTAB presenter Peter Psaltis and The Courier-Mail’s chief sportswriter Robert ‘Crash’ Craddock, were the first to give the new thrilling experience a test-run. Mr Psaltis said: “It’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever done. It’s great that people have the opportunity to do it during the carnival.” Attendees also heard from the CEO of Albion Park Harness Racing Club, Damian Raedler, and President of the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club, Bernie Ring, about their upcoming feature events and promotions set to attract more punters trackside this winter. Racing Queensland’s campaign  to attract interest from punters across the country also began this week, with new program ‘The Driver’s Seat’ premiering on popular social media channel ‘Puntersland’. Hosted by harness racing media expert Jason Bonnington, the show will give punters an inside look at each of the feature meetings during the carnival, with form analysis from RQ and UBET harness expert Darren Clayton. For your chance to put yourself in the driver’s seat this Winter Carnival, enter the competition at www.racingqueensland.com.au. About the $120,000 UBET Grand Slam Bonuses UBET’s generous sponsorship of the 2018 Queensland Winter Harness Racing Carnival has allowed Racing Queensland to offer up to $120,000 in bonuses, including: $50,000 UBET Grand Slam Bonus  - Offered to the connections of any horses that can win both the Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint (July 14) and the UBET Blacks A Fake (July 21). $15,000 UBET Slam Bonus – Available to the connections of any horse that can place in both the Blacks A Fake and Sunshine Sprint, or, win one and place in the other. $20,000 Trainers’ Slam Bonus – Available to any trainer who wins two or more of the following feature races: Queensland Derby UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Oaks Queensland Trotters Cup For more information please contact Racing Queensland Corporate Affair Coordinator Alex Nolan on 0412 156 517 or email anolan@racingqueensland.com.au.

Racing Queensland has a new Chief Executive Officer – experienced media, wagering and sports executive Brendan Parnell. Announcing the appointment on Friday, April 20, Racing Queensland chair, Steve Wilson said Mr Parnell was well qualified to lead Racing Queensland into a new era of prosperity and growth. “We engaged the best executive recruitment specialists to find candidates for this important role and Brendan Parnell stood out as offering a diverse set of skills and capabilities that we feel will benefit racing across all three codes. We welcome him to the role. Officially the new CEO will start on May 14 and we will be liaising with him between now and his official start date,” Mr Wilson said. Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said he looked forward to working with Mr Parnell and the team at Racing Queensland to grow and prosper racing throughout the State. “Under the Palaszczuk Government, Racing Queensland has become more financially resilient and the organisation now has a stronger commercial focus. This has resulted in the allocation of $15 million in extra prizemoney and RQ is forging ahead with major investments in new racing infrastructure,” the Minister said. Mr Parnell has substantial experience in racing and wagering and was most recently the Chief Operating Officer, Wagering, of Tatts Group, which operated UBET prior to Tatts Group’s merger with Tabcorp in December 2017. He also held senior roles at Tabcorp and Sky Channel and has undertaken a Senior Executive Program at Stanford University.  Mr Parnell said he was honoured to be selected to head-up racing in Queensland. “Racing in Queensland is a massive sport and business which impacts almost every town and community across the sunshine state. How we connect and enhance racing is critical for its more than 41,000 participants. I'm excited by that challenge and the many opportunities in coming years," he said. Mr Wilson said the new CEO will have a number of focus-points for his first three months in the role including the Queensland Winter and Summer Racing Carnivals, growing revenue and increasing returns to participants after the previously announced $15 million annual boost to prize money. “The incoming CEO will also be acutely aware of the importance of Racing Queensland’s delivery of our infrastructure projects across the state including the return to racing of our premier thoroughbred venue Eagle Farm,” he said. Mr Wilson also nominated infrastructure projects in country and regional areas, the Ipswich Turf Club and the Gold Coast Turf Club as being key priorities. The search is also continuing for land for possible new or replacement sites for greyhound and harness racing to the south and west of Brisbane. Mr Parnell will relocate from Sydney to Brisbane for the new role. Mr Wilson thanked Racing Queensland’s General Manager of Racing Simon Stout for acting in the CEO role until Mr Parnell arrives. UBET $595,000 sponsorship NORTH and central Queensland are major beneficiaries of a new $595,000 UBET sponsorship deal across all three codes of racing for this year’s Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. Racing Queensland and UBET announced the deal at the Channel 7 Brisbane Racing Carnival Launch which began with three listed races at the Brisbane Racing Club (Doomben) on Saturday, April 21. The significant sponsorship deal showcases Tabcorp’s commitment to enhance its sponsorship and promotion of Queensland racing, following its merger with Tatts Group in late 2017. The bonus money across the three codes includes: $350,000 UBET ‘Northern Crowns Series’ for North Queensland Thoroughbreds $125,000 UBET ‘Origin Greyhound Series’ for Albion Park in July $120,000 UBET ‘Grand Slam’ for the Sunshine Sprint and Blacks A Fake in July Racing Queensland acting CEO Simon Stout said the generous sponsorship from UBET and Tabcorp will ensure horses aimed at the North Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will race for up to $2.29 million across seven feature race days beginning at Rockhampton on July 6 and ending at Cairns on September 8.   Bonuses of $150,000 (Stayers) and $100,000 (Sprinters) will be offered to any horse, which can win three of the five nominated UBET Northern Crown races across feature meetings at Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and the FNQ Amateurs. The bonuses will be split between the winning owner (80 percent) and trainer (20 percent). The bonus will rise to $200,000 for stayers, and $150,000 for sprinters if any of the three wins includes races on Far North Queensland Amateurs day at Cairns on September 8, 2018. Tabcorp’s Adam Rytenskild, Managing Director – Wagering and Media said the new bonuses came at an important time for both RQ and Tabcorp with the major Queensland carnivals looming and the racing spotlight on the Sunshine State. “UBET sponsors the headline event in each code - the Stradbroke, the Blacks A Fake and the Gold Cup. These new sponsorships provide additional incentives for connections to chase lucrative prize money in Queensland and will enhance interest from punters. “Through our partnership with Racing Queensland, Tabcorp will continue to support the industry through funding commitments, sponsorships and wagering initiatives, which help secure a sustainable future for the thousands employed in racing,” he said. Details for the $350,000 UBET Northern Crowns, UBET Origin Greyhounds and UBET Grand Slam are available at www.racingqueensland.com.au. By Phillip Bate Reprinted with permission of The North Queensland Register

Last week’s withdrawal of the Yatala Harness Racing proposal could lead to legal action between harness industry heavyweights and Racing Queensland on the future of Albion Park. The Yatala proposal included the gift of land at Yatala by harness benefactor Kevin Seymour and his wife Kay, estimated to be worth $3 million, and a business proposal with forecast non-core business revenue of $8 million a year. However, Yatala Harness Racing Club president Greg Mitchell wrote to participants last week informing them the proposal had been withdrawn. “There has been no appetite from the RQ chairman Steve Wilson or the board to engage and make the project work,” Mitchell said. “With the latest paltry prizemoney distribution of $400,000 to harness racing and the complete lack of vigour from this board, does it really want harness racing to survive?” Seymour said the site had full approvals from Gold Coast City Council for a harness racing facility, but RQ failed to take up the offer. “It is disappointing, however life goes on and I’m hopeful Racing Queensland will fund another site with a similar cost base and the ability to earn significant revenue from non-harness racing operations,” he said. It had been proposed Yatala would replace the former Gold Coast harness facility, which was closed, with no compensation to this point, to build the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village. The Albion Park venue has been the home of harness racing in Brisbane for decades. At the same time, Seymour and the Albion Park Harness Racing Club are threatening legal action over the promised $15 million grandstand redevelopment at the facility. The standoff got ugly last year when RQ proposed redeveloping Albion Park and moving harness racing to another facility. Seymour countered with a proposal of his own to develop Albion Park, but with harness to remain at the venue. Wilson accepted the Albion Park issue needed to be resolved before harness’ future could be determined. “It’s not our desire (to end up in court). I have always said we will honour all our legal obligations. Sometimes that means if you have to discover what those obligations are in court, so be it,” Wilson said. “The value of that entire site is an asset of all three codes of racing. There’s no dispute over who owns it. It’s owned by Racing Queensland and Racing Queensland’s charter is to achieve the best outcome for all three codes. “We’ve never said we would sell Albion Park. Our research shows it’s not the best place for the long-term future of either greyhounds or harness.” Racing Queensland has promised two greyhound tracks, but Wilson said the project was delayed because “it’s taken longer than we thought to get the right land, but we’re still fully committed to it”. The Albion Park development dispute continues to drag on. Nathan Exelby, The Courier-Mail Reprinted with permission of The Courier Mail

As the former Parklands harness track plays host to athletes for the Commonwealth Games in its new guise this week, the plans for a replacement track at Yatala have been shelved. The proposal for a track and commercial centre in the growing heart of south-east Queensland have been withdrawn by the Yatala club, which has been frustrated in a two–year process. “The club has now been advised by RQ [Racing Queensland] the only way that Yatala would proceed is if the industry agree to the Albion Park disposal and that RQ own the Yatala facility when built,” club president Greg Mitchell said in an open letter to the industry. “That is right, RQ want the club to gift it the land so it can own the asset. In fairness the club can see none of these conditions attached to other racing infrastructure projects. This is totally unacceptable to the club as this was a development to future proof the harness industry in Queensland.” The Yatala club had been gifted the land, valued at $3 million, for the track and commercial zone by harness racing benefactor Kevin Seymour, but in two years no progress had been made on building a track. Since the Gold Coast track was closed Queensland has been left with only two TAB harness tracks in recent years: Albion Park and Redcliffe. “The club has invested a huge amount of time and money in this project in an endeavour to make it a reality, it has met all criteria along the way and has a significant non-core revenue stream of up to $8 million per annum attached to the submission that is in stark contrast to other racing infrastructure funding submissions,” Mitchell said in his letter. “There has been no appetite from the RQ chairman Steve Wilson or the board to engage and make the project work and you would have to start to ask yourself with the latest paltry prizemoney distribution of $400K to harness racing and the complete lack of vigour from this board, does it really want harness racing to survive?” By Chris Roots Reprinted with permission of The Sydney Morning Herald

Harness racing: The Marburg trots will hit a major milestone on the weekend at their annual Easter Sunday meet. The 2018 event will mark the first time the club has hosted a TAB race meeting in conjunction with Racing Queensland, UBet and Sky Channel. Marburg Pacing Association president Scott Neaves said there was plenty of excitement heading into the weekend. "It's a real opportunity for us to showcase what we have to offer in terms of country racing and to demonstrate to Racing Queensland the value of country racing,” Neaves said. "At the moment we race about once a month; hopefully by doing a good job we can encourage some additional funding (to have more regular meets).” Neaves said the action on the track was guaranteed to be fierce, with $25,000 on the line in the final of the Oakwood Capital Goldstrike Series. "One of the biggest things about Marburg is it's a track where you can be really close to the action,” he said. "It's an opportunity to get close to the horses, enough to essentially feel the ground move. "We always get a good crowd of local friendly people. It's just a very friendly country racing environment.” Gates open at 11am on Sunday, races kick off at midday and the day will also include Fashions on the Field, kids' entertainment, a special appearance from the Easter Bunny and plenty more. by Lachlan Mcivor Reprinted with permission of The Gatton Star

The Chair of Racing Queensland, Steve Wilson AM has announced the resignation of the CEO Dr Eliot Forbes. Dr Forbes will provide ongoing support and advice to assist with the transition to a new CEO. Dr Forbes said he had enjoyed working with the current and former Ministers for Racing, the RQ Board and all of the passionate and committed Queensland racing industry participants across the state. “I would like to thank all of the team at Racing Queensland for their tremendous efforts in helping drive and enhance benefits for the racing participants of Queensland.” Mr Wilson thanked Dr Forbes for his dedicated service and acknowledged his role in the substantial progress made at Racing Queensland during the past two years. “Dr Forbes led a significant turnaround for racing in this state which provides a base for further growth. He goes with our very best wishes for the future,” he said. RQ achieved a $20 million turnaround in 2016/17 and worked with the State Government to promote the importance of non-TAB thoroughbred racing resulting in a $70 million, four-year commitment to the sector as a Community Service Obligation. “Further we negotiated improved arrangements with Tabcorp as a consequence of their merger with Tatts,” Mr Wilson said. “One of our key strategic objectives is to increase returns to participants and the improved financials allowed us to increase prize-money by $15 million per annum. That money is now making a difference to all stakeholders.” Mr Wilson said support to clubs had increased as had infrastructure spending with the development of a comprehensive long-term infrastructure plan for $120 million over the next 5 years. A national recruitment process is underway to find the best person to lead Racing Queensland forward from its much-improved base. “We have exciting times ahead. Our reinvigorated winter and summer carnival structure has resulted in increased wagering and we want to focus on how to ensure this growth and support continues. It is pleasing that our new Racing Minister has demonstrated his interest and commitment to racing and we look forward to working closely with him.” The current General Manager of Racing Simon Stout is appointed as the interim CEO. “I have accepted the Chairman’s offer to perform in this important position. There is a lot to look forward to and a great foundation has been laid resulting in increased industry sentiment as we approach the respective Winter Carnivals,” Mr Stout said. Racing Queensland

The good fortune continues for the harness racing Queenslanders in Victoria. Fresh from their success in the Victoria Derby with Colt Thirty One two weeks ago, rookie pacer Scheu Creek proved too classy for his rivals in the $20,000 Swift Signs Premiere Stakes at Tabcorp Park Melton last night (Friday). The Premiere Stakes is the first feature for juvenile pacers held in the Garden State. Prepared by master horseman Peter Manning, aka King of the Kids, the Caribbean Blaster gelding led throughout in the 1720m feature easily defeating race favourite Major Exclusive and Soho Thunderstruck in a time of 1:56.8. He recorded sectionals of 29.3, 31.3, 28.9 and 27.8 seconds. Kerryn Manning, the world’s most successful horsewoman of all time, took the winning drive for her father. Scheu Creek is raced by his breeders, Dr Pat and Rhonda Aldons and their partnership with Manning spans close to 20 years. “It’s a very satisfying moment to win a race, let alone a feature event so naturally we’re all pretty excited because we didn’t expect it. We bred this guy and his mother was very slow, she didn’t even make it to the trials but she’s proving to be a handy little broodmare so there’s hope for all those other breeders out there.” Dr Aldons said. Scheu Creek is a half-brother to Miss Rivkah (2 wins – Art Official). It was third time lucky in the Premiere Stakes after finishing third last year with Night Ninja while Miss Rivkah was unplaced two seasons ago. The Brisbane based couple has spent close to 40 years in the racing game spanning both codes, thoroughbred and harness, and still gets great satisfaction every time they win a race wherever that may be. Their team of horses is spread across New Zealand and Australia and with several trainers. Over the years they enjoyed great success through the likes of former Australian Derby winner City Rogue and star New Zealand filly Hot Shoe Shuffle while Town Royal, OK Chevalier, OK Jaque, Christian Miracle, Afro Samurai and BG Royal also proved to be great money spinners. Thoroughbred winners include the likes of Row Boat, Driving Creek, Ring True, Napper Tandy, Take A Shot, Some Joy and Pat Kash among others. In recent years, the couple have scaled back their New Zealand breeding operation and moved many of their mares to Burwood Stud on the Darling Downs of Queensland. “We made a decision to bring many of our mares a little closer to home, Noel and Christine (Denning) do a wonderful job catering for the mares and foals each and every year. We’re still breeding up to a dozen horses each season and we send the pacers to Peter while many of my gallopers stay here in Queensland. “All our foals are born and bred in Queensland but we try to focus mainly on Vicbred stallions nowadays, we’ve got several mares that trace back to the famed Black Watch line and hopefully we’re starting to get the results that we set out to achieve. “We’ve got some nice youngsters on the ground by good sires and the bulk of the mares are in foal again, we’ve used the likes of Captaintreacherous, Western Terror, Well Said, Shadow Play, Pet Rock, Heston Blue Chip and Alta Christiano so fingers crossed. “I like the Vicbred futurity scheme and I think Peter is a wonderful trainer of young stock. Our plan is to race them in Victoria before relocating them back to Brisbane for my son Ben to train.” The Aldons family still race horses in New Zealand with Cambridge horseman Mike Berger while gallopers are in work with Cox Plate winning trainer Moira Murdoch. And the Australian based gallopers are in work with Grafton horseman John Shelton and the Sunshine Coast based John Johnston. As a leading thoracic physician at The Prince Charles Hospital, he finds a perfect balance with his busy work life and his horses. “As a whole, the entire family enjoys the horses so I never miss a trick because I’m reliably updated at all times on their progress. “The big aim is to breed a top liner, we’ve been lucky along the journey but to breed and race a quality horse with the family would be something very special. Who knows, we might be on the way.” The Aldons family currently has three two-years-old’s in work with Manning. Hoofnote; Scheu Creek is the first winner for Caribbean Blaster Hoofnote; Scheu Creek (pronounced ‘Shoe’) is a stream located between South Johnstone and Wangan QLD, named after Heinrich Gottfried Scheu, the first settler in the Innisfail (far north Queensland) area, in 1880. Racing Queensland

She might not have reached champion status on the track just yet, but Long Legs Lou has become a champion for those doing it tough off it. The filly is part owned by ‘The Footy Show’ star Erin Molan and harness racing benefactors Kevin and Kay Seymour, with all prize money collected by the three-year-old filly donated to Bowel Cancer Australia. In 10 starts, the filly has raised more than $5500 for the charity. Long Legs Lou is named after Molan’s sister, Sarah Sutton, who faced her own battle with bowel cancer. The filly will line up for start number 11 in the Garrards Here On Track 3YO Pace from gate three at Albion Park on Friday (1.17pm) with trainer Grant Dixon in the sulky. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In a career spanning 36 years, more than 3200 starters and 411 winners, there was one thing trainer Ron Sallis hadn’t been able to do … until Tuesday. New stable acquisition Maybetothemax was Sallis’ first starter in a trotting race, and his first winner. Formerly prepared by the Graham Lyon stable in Victoria, the Yankee Paco gelding then joined the powerful McCarthy yard in Sydney, which used to race his mother (Maybe Hall) in Queensland. And the McCarthy polish continued to shine in the seven-year-old’s first Queensland start, when Maybetothemax shot to the lead in the back straight and was never headed, holding off Quietly Spoken by 5.8m. It continued an impressive run over the past week for Sallis, who also prepared Saturday’s King of the Claimers winner, Our Mels Dream NZ at Albion Park.  +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Richard March continued his stunning comeback to training at Albion Park on Tuesday, picking up a winning double and the biggest race win of his career. His first winner on Tuesday came when 2017 QBRED Triad winner Clintal Do ($8.70) saluted in the Lunchbox Lodge Spelling Farm Pace (C3 to C4). In winning, Clintal Do became the latest Queensland pacer to benefit from the QBRED Cash Scheme, introduced in line with annualized prize money increases of $900,000 for the harness code. The Vic Frost-trained Fire And Ice also collected a QBRED Cash Bonus after taking the Hurrikane Kingcole @ Egmont Park Stud Pace in Race 1. March’s double was complete when Our Major Day ($13.60) held off favourites, Somewhereovarainbow and Red Charmer to claim the Kevin and Kay Seymour Pot of Gold C0 Final – his biggest race success to-date. The double follows March’s winning treble at the Warwick meeting on December 9, when he saluted with Clintal Do, Ultimate Ad and Our Major Day. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Shannon Price-trained mare Bettorthanspecial has been scratched from Friday night’s Group 3 Cordina Family Sibella Stakes at Tabcorp Park, Menangle. The twice Group 1-placed mare was in search of her first win after claiming the Forever Gold Mares at Albion Park in December. The now seven-year-old mare has collected more than $340,000 in prize money across 27 career wins for Price’s Raboki Pty Ltd.  By Alex Nolan Racing Queensland

With a strong clearance rate coupled with spirited bidding, today’s Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold Sale has been referred to as a positive sign to Queensland harness racing. Following some late withdrawals, 41 lots passed through the ring for a clearance of 70.73 per cent – up from 58.33 per cent last year. Colts were the most popular among bidders, with a rise in sales average and clearance, which was 80 per cent compared to 66.67 per cent in 2017. The clearance among the fillies was 60 per cent, an increase from 51.28 last year. “We are really pleased with the attendance at the sale, including interstate bidders, and the good vibe throughout the day,” APG’s General Manager David Boydell said. “It’s a great result given the integrity issues Queensland have faced and hopefully the confidence of buyers is an indication the tide is turning in Queensland and people are beginning to see a brighter future.” As predicted, Lot 30 topped the sale, being sold for $60,000. From Group One winning mare English Elegance, the colt is by outstanding stallion Mach Three. Successful in the New Zealand Great Northern Oaks, English Elegance has matched her racing feats in the breeding barn, producing seven winners from eight starters. Her progeny include Elegant Christian and Major Moment, which have both captured Group Two events. Lot 3 – a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance and Rich Heritage - was the highest priced filly, bring a bid of $26,000. Rich Heritage has a perfect record from four starters, including Remember Ruby, which was successful at Albion Park recently and Heritage Beach, which has won two of its last three starts. Other notable sales include Lot 12, which is the first Australian yearling by He’s Watching to enter the ring. The colt, from The Oval Office, fetched $32,000. APG’s photographer Ashlea Brennan put her camera down long enough to purchase Lot 40, which is a son of A Rocknroll Dance. Brisbane Results Lot Sire Dam Sex Status Buyer Sales Price Reserve 1 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Our Guggenheim NZ Colt Sold Grant Dixon $14,000   2 Cammibest USA Perfect Sunset Filly Sold Lawrence Feehely $4,000   3 A Rocknroll Dance USA Rich Heritage Filly Sold Dennis Picker $26,000   4 Auckland Reactor NZ Shechoseus Filly Passed In     $13,000 5 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Spirit Of Fun Colt Sold Anthony Turpin $6,000   6 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Shesgotemgood Colt Passed In     $30,000 7 Art Major USA Tatachilla Gelding Passed In     $50,000 8 Mr Feelgood USA Strip Sir Colt Sold Michael Charles Sparkes $11,000   9 Art Major USA Talorem Colt Sold Shane Grice $28,000   10 Rock N Roll Heaven USA Talented Tess Colt Sold John Mammino $20,000   11 A Rocknroll Dance USA Tout Le Monde NZ Colt Sold James Rattray $30,000   12 Hes Watching USA The Oval Office NZ Colt Sold Kriden Investments Pty Ltd $32,000   13 Betterthancheddar USA Voodoo Tempo Filly Sold Bernie Hewitt $8,500   14 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Truly Famous Filly Sold John Mammino $11,000   15 A Rocknroll Dance USA Venetian Art NZ Filly Passed In   $14,000 $15,000 16 Mr Feelgood USA Venus Lindenny NZ Colt Sold Adam Sanderson $4,000   17 Heston Blue Chip USA Walking On Air Colt Sold Veivers Purchases Pty Ltd $18,000   18 Mr Feelgood USA Catwalk Beauty Filly Withdrawn       19 Betterthancheddar USA Ark Danielle Colt Sold Lawrence Feehely $4,000   20 Mr Feelgood USA Chance The Walk Filly Sold William Crosby $15,000   21 Mach Three CA Arks Crystal Colt Sold GM Racing Syndicate $30,000   22 Mr Feelgood USA Channelling Gold Colt Passed In     $20,000 23 Mach Three CA Bronski Gorgeous Filly Withdrawn       24 Rock N Roll Heaven USA Art Start Colt Sold Rodney Dale $27,000   25 Rock N Roll Heaven USA Forever Gold Filly Passed In     $50,000 26 Art Major USA Dont Break My Ark Colt Sold Michael Rafter $25,000   27 Mr Feelgood USA Girl In A Million Colt Passed In     $15,000 28 Big Jim USA Empty Promises Filly Passed In     $40,000 29 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Grace With Pace Colt Withdrawn       30 Mach Three CA English Elegance NZ Colt Sold R Reid $60,000   31 Roll With Joe USA Exclusif Colt Sold James Rattray $32,000   32 Art Major USA Find Fake Cash NZ Colt Passed In     $30,000 33 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Joyous Times Filly Sold Julian Norrish $9,000   34 Pet Rock USA Keep No Secrets Filly Sold Rob Essex $6,000   35 Mr Feelgood USA Layback Cullen Colt Passed In     $10,000 36 Betterthancheddar USA Gina Gina Filly Passed In     $10,000 37 Mr Feelgood USA Magic In Motion Colt Withdrawn       38 Roll With Joe USA Kotare Cameo NZ Colt Sold Ray Davis $20,000   39 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Misty Forever Colt Sold APG As Agent $12,000   40 A Rocknroll Dance USA Lucy Kate Shannon Colt Sold Mike Brennan $4,000   41 Art Major USA Luna Royce NZ Filly Passed In     $20,000 42 Mr Feelgood USA Moonlight Spirit NZ Filly Sold New Beginning Syndicate $10,000   43 Mr Feelgood USA Megseyrun Colt Sold Robert Cox $7,000   44 Mr Feelgood USA My Kind Of Girl Filly Passed In     $10,000 45 Hurrikane Kingcole USA My Names Molly Colt Sold Adam Rotstein $10,000                                           2018 Sales Average $17,190           2018 Clearance Rate 70.73%           2018 Gross Turnover $498,500                           2018 Colts Average $19,700           2018 Colts Clearance Rate 80.00%                           2018 Fillies Average $11,611           2018 Fillies Clearance Rate 60.00%                           2017 Sales Average $17,390           2017 Clearance Rate 58.33%           2017 Gross Turnover $730,400                           2017 Colts Average $19,359           2017 Colts Clearance Rate 66.67%                           2017 Fillies Average $15,225           2017 Fillies Clearance Rate 51.28%     APG Media

Strong interest is expected for this Sunday’s APG Sales event following Racing Queensland’s announcement of a 7.5% annualised increase to the harness racing code. Included in the increase is an additional $400,000 annually for harness racing, which comes on top of the $505,000 increase introduced just over six months ago. The primary focus of the stakes increase is to assist the code’s commercial performance, including additional races to help improve overall profitability and grow participation opportunities, particularly at the grass roots level. Following a recent industry stakeholder forum Racing Queensland will also introduce QBRED cash, a bonus scheme to further support the breeding and racing of QBRED eligible horses.  The QBRED cash initiative from February 1, will offer $1000 bonuses to the winners of selected races if they are QBRED eligible. The selected races will initially include classes from C0 and T0 and above with plans to extend to restricted class events during 2018/19. Nine races each week will offer the bonus. To be eligible, the horse must be paid-up as a QBRED foal and at least one QBRED age sustaining payment must have been made. These bonuses will be in addition to the lucrative opportunities already available to QBRED registered horses, including the 2yo ($7.5k), 3yo ($7.5k) and 4yo ($2.5k) first win bonuses and the Triad race series for QBRED’s which include $100k finals for 2yo. The QBRED Cash initiative will initially be implemented from 1 February – 30 June 2018, with a review in May to determine its effectiveness. Other highlights of the stakes increase include initiatives aimed at driving sustainability of the code through supporting grass-roots participation and Queensland breeders. These include: The conduct of additional restricted and career class races Conversion of Non-TAB races to TAB events where possible during 2018/19 The introduction of a new trotters feature as part of the 2018 Winter Carnival The introduction of a QBRED feature for 2yo trotters In a further boost to this year’s APG Sales Queensland will play host to the 2018/19 APG 2yo finals set to be worth $350,000, meaning Queensland two year olds will have ‘home ground’ advantage for the series. The APG sales season starts on 27 January 2018 at Eagle Farm. Horses purchased at the sale will also be eligible for the $100k APG Brisbane Sale Graduate series. The Racing Queensland initiatives come as recent wagering figures from the Summer Carnival period point to solid interest in harness racing. The 2017 Summer Carnival saw feature racing highlighted by the Group 2 Queensland Cup supported for the first time by events such as the Australasian Young Drivers Championships and the inaugural Lady Drivers Invitational. The result saw wagering growth in November and December up over 10% and average race turnover up over 16% during the summer carnival period, when compared to 2016.  Racing Queensland will continue to improve its offering for harness punters in the coming months with Darren Clayton’s meeting form analysis to be enhanced through the addition of speed maps for all races and drivers to follow, best bets and suggested quaddies for all meetings. Brisbane Sale Lot Sire Dam Sex 1 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Our Guggenheim NZ Colt 2 Cammibest USA Perfect Sunset Filly 3 A Rocknroll Dance USA Rich Heritage Filly 4 Auckland Reactor NZ Shechoseus Filly 5 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Spirit Of Fun Colt 6 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Shesgotemgood Colt 7 Art Major USA Tatachilla Gelding 8 Mr Feelgood USA Strip Sir Colt 9 Art Major USA Talorem Colt 10 Rock N Roll Heaven USA Talented Tess Colt 11 A Rocknroll Dance USA Tout Le Monde NZ Colt 12 Hes Watching USA The Oval Office NZ Colt 13 Betterthancheddar USA Voodoo Tempo Filly 14 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Truly Famous Filly 15 A Rocknroll Dance USA Venetian Art NZ Filly 16 Mr Feelgood USA Venus Lindenny NZ Colt 17 Heston Blue Chip USA Walking On Air Colt 18 Mr Feelgood USA Catwalk Beauty Filly 19 Betterthancheddar USA Ark Danielle Colt 20 Mr Feelgood USA Chance The Walk Filly 21 Mach Three CA Arks Crystal Colt 22 Mr Feelgood USA Channelling Gold Colt 23 Mach Three CA Bronski Gorgeous Filly 24 Rock N Roll Heaven USA Art Start Colt 25 Rock N Roll Heaven USA Forever Gold Filly 26 Art Major USA Dont Break My Ark Colt 27 Mr Feelgood USA Girl In A Million Colt 28 Big Jim USA Empty Promises Filly 29 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Grace With Pace Colt 30 Mach Three CA English Elegance NZ Colt 31 Roll With Joe USA Exclusif Colt 32 Art Major USA Find Fake Cash NZ Colt 33 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Joyous Times Filly 34 Pet Rock USA Keep No Secrets Filly 35 Mr Feelgood USA Layback Cullen Colt 36 Betterthancheddar USA Gina Gina Filly 37 Mr Feelgood USA Magic In Motion Colt 38 Roll With Joe USA Kotare Cameo NZ Colt 39 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Misty Forever Colt 40 A Rocknroll Dance USA Lucy Kate Shannon Colt 41 Art Major USA Luna Royce NZ Filly 42 Mr Feelgood USA Moonlight Spirit NZ Filly 43 Mr Feelgood USA Megseyrun Colt 44 Mr Feelgood USA My Kind Of Girl Filly 45 Hurrikane Kingcole USA My Names Molly Colt   Racing Queensland

Queensland racing has been given a boost with the announcement of new prizemoney levels. Off the back of the Labor Government’s pledge to fund country racing in the state, backdated to the start of this financial year, Racing Queensland is in a position to make changes to the existing prizemoney schedule. Prize money for metropolitan races in Queensland will rise by $10,000 to $70,000 in most Saturday-class races under a new scheme announced by the state government. It is part of a $12 million a year injection of prize money across the three codes with thoroughbred racing to get $8.6 million, greyhounds $3 million and harness racing $400,000. The prize money upgrades, which will start on February 1, mean seven races currently worth $60,000 at Saturday metropolitan meetings will be worth $70,000. There will be two $40,000 restricted class races on each day. Racing Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe said the additional prize money was a massive win for Queensland racing industry participants across all three codes. “Racing Queensland’s extended prize money package is exactly what the racing industry has been crying out for,” Hinchcliffe said. “It means an extra $12 million will be pumped directly into the industry each year across the thoroughbred, greyhound and harness racing codes.” Provincial races at the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Ipswich would also receive increases. “Regional provincial clubs will have standard stakes boosted by $2,000 per race and northern feature carnivals will be increased by a total of $527,000 to be spread across carnivals from Rockhampton to Cairns,” Hinchcliffe said. “Overall the additional money represents a 16.6 per cent increase to metropolitan premier stake races while regional TAB races will see a 16 to 20 per cent increase from their current stakes.” Nathan Exelby Reprinted with permission of The Courier Mail  

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has appointed Stirling Hinchliffe as the Minister for Racing plus Minister for Local Government and Minister for Multicultural Affairs in the new Labor ministry. Mr Hinchliffe succeeds former Racing Minister Grace Grace who has been appointed Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations. Mr Hinchliffe’s Sandgate electorate takes in Racing Queensland’s headquarters at Deagon racecourse and adjoins the Redcliffe electorate – home of the Redcliffe Paceway for harness racing. Racing Queensland CEO, Dr Eliot Forbes, said he looked forward to a positive working relationship with the new Minister. “I want to thank the former Minister, Grace Grace, for her strong support of all codes of racing in Queensland. I worked closely with Minister Grace on the development of both a strategic and infrastructure plan and I look forward to outlining the vision for Racing Queensland to the new Minister,” he said. Dr Forbes said Racing Queensland had been invited to brief the incoming Minister on a range of current and emerging issues from the remediation of Eagle Farm to the impact of the possible Tabcorp combination with Tatts Group. “The racing industry generates $1.2 billion in economic activity, sustains more than 9500 full time equivalent jobs and employs or engages around 42,000 individuals in Queensland. More than 47 percent of the economic value is realised in regional parts of the state,” Dr Forbes said. Born in Dalby, Mr Hinchliffe was elected to the seat of Stafford in the 2006 Queensland state election, which he represented until being defeated in the 2012 Queensland state election. Mr Hinchliffe previously served as a cabinet minister in the Bligh Ministry. Mr Hinchliffe returned to parliament in 2015 as the member for Sandgate. He was sworn in as Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier in the Palaszczuk Ministry and was also nominated as Leader of the House - an appointment confirmed when the Legislative Assembly of Queensland met for the first time following the election. In December 2015, he was elevated to Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games. In February 2017, he resigned as the Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games following an ongoing series of railway passenger services being cancelled due to there being an insufficient number of train drivers. By Phillip Bate Reprinted with permission of Queensland Country Life

Today is when all eligible citizens of Queensland get the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to elect a government. If harness racing is an important part of your life, think hard before you cast your vote. At this point in time, racing in both horse codes is in need of a shake out. A return to the separate codes of administration model would be a step in the right direction, while a strong message that the "begging bowl" mentality, which has blighted harness racing at the club level for the last 25 years, is no longer on the table. It should be evident to administrators, at control body and club committee level, that we must build on course attendance. One thousand patrons through the gate at $5 gives a club $500 per race to bolster distributed prize money and $1000 to spend advertising next week's meeting, in the hope that six months down the road the fan base is 1250 people. Harness has two options. Build a better product, or go out backwards. It is crunch time. Marburg AGM THE Marburg Pacing Association has a double serve of responsibility today. The Annual General Meeting will take place after the unofficial trials, at approximately 10am. Driver suspended THE Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has suspended the license of Mathew Neilson, arguably Brisbane's most talented harness driver, following his arrest for match (race) fixing. The Commission is empowered to immediately suspend any license where a harness code participant is charged with a serious criminal offence. "The Commission has taken this action because it has a duty to ensure the integrity of the racing industry," Commissioner Ross Barnett said. Neilson, 35, is also a harness trainer and his training license has also been suspended. Neilson has 28-days to submit a written request for a show cause hearing to outline why he should be allowed to keep his licenses. If that does not occur, his licenses will continue to be suspended until further notice or until the licenses are cancelled. Neilson's lifetime stats are: Drives - 14,140, wins 2,048, placings 3,696 and the horses driven have earned $9,786,834. If Neilson is found guilty, the control body will no doubt follow the precedent set in Barty Cockburn's case, drawing a line under a stellar career. Special valley AS has been said many times before, there is something special about the lower Brisbane Valley and harness racing. On Saturday night, the end of the rainbow was firmly fixed in Fernvale. Despite early setbacks, rising star Brittany Graham remained patient and produced her winning hand in the final leg to take the inaugural Lady Drivers Invitational at Albion Park on Saturday. The 24-year-old upstaged 11 of the most talented women in Australian racing to clinch the title in the sixth and final heat. Forced to sit on the sidelines in the opening event due to a scratching, Graham kept herself within striking distance of the lead by snaring crucial points on placegetters, the unfancied Corporal Luna ($36.60), Constantly Sideways and Living Grand ($28.70) in the second, fourth and fifth legs. Graham held an ace up her sleeve in the series finale, where she was engaged to drive the Mark Dux-trained Covert Beauty ($1.40 favourite). Despite early pressure, Graham forced her way to the front and never surrendered it, taking the race, the title, and a trip to Hamilton Island thanks to series sponsors, The Seymour Group. The rainbow didn't fade, with Brittainy driving a double later in the program for dad, Darrell. It was some night for the women. Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1: Quinella 3-10: Remember Ruby (G Dixon) and War Dan Appollo (L Manzelmann). R2: Box trifecta 2-3-12: Chapter One (G Dixon)-Lancelot Bromac (D McMullen)-Royal Counsel (A Richardson). R3: Quinella 1-5: Lombo Ranmiles (L Manzelmann) and Chal fire(K Dawson). R4: Box trifecta 2-5-10: Psychedelic (J Cremin)- Statement Made (C Petroff)- Lucifers Legend (P Diebert). R5: E/W 1: Jack Hammer (M Elkins ). R6: Box trifecta 3-4-8: Glenferrie Hood (S Graham)- Avonnova (Mark Dux)-Major Cam (G Whitaker). R7: Box trifecta 1-8-9: Smooth Showgirl (S Graham)-Bettabe Perfect (P McMullen)-Leos Best (G Dixon). R8: E/w 1: Rubys Bad Boy (L Manzelmann). R9: Quinella 1-2: Jakes A Joy (G Dixon) and Top Flight Cruize (M Tenardi). R10: E/w 1: Baltic Blue Eyes (A Gorman). Honour board Never mind about the lower Brisbane Valley, the Graham family are using the leader board for a house sign this week. Father Darrell, leading trainer, posted five wins and daughter Brittany was top driver, first home on four occasions. Most pleasing was Maretti for Phil Mitchell, with Rob Gorman in the sulky. Ipswich factor 24/49. Albion Park, November 17: Leoryan (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen); Maretti (Rob Gorman for Phil Mitchell). Albion Park, November 18: The Charging Moa (Narissa McMullen for Shane Graham); Cheval Zeppenology (Danielle McMullen for Jason Carkeet); Covert Beauty (Brittany Graham for Mark Dux); Montana Falcon (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); Rocky Carrington (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham). Marburg, November 18: Shadow Pass (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); Skylahain (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins); Circle Line (Matt Elkins for Ron Wells). Albion Park, November 21: Royal Counsel (Adam Richardson for Darrell Graham); Jackaroo Bromac (Pete McMullen for Shane Graham); Jack Hammer (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn); Subtle Delight (Nathan Dawson for Terry Hancock). Redcliffe, November 22: Luvu Grazaella (Nathan Dawson for MervHieronymus); My Mojo (Danielle McMullen for Jason Carkeet); Rocky Carrington (Lachie Manzelmann for Darrell Graham); Santastic Princess (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie). Redcliffe, November 23: Daenerys Stormborn (Shane Graham for Adam Sanderson); Latin Beats (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith); Long Road To Fame (Shane Graham for Adam Sanderson); Weedons Express (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen); Come Out and Play (Gary Whitaker for Damian Shaw); The Harlem Hammer (GaryWhitaker for Doug Lee). by TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times

On the subject of the election, no one taking a fair and balanced view of the two horse racing codes in Queensland could say they are comfortable with their future prospects. This includes the bulk of participants, be they punters, owners, trainers or harness racing drivers. Both major parties are trying to buy votes in the country areas with promised injections of funds around the $70 million over four years. Intending voters, and that should be all of us, should think hard about what is on offer. Election promises are easily made, and just as easily broken. What we should be hearing is a commitment to splitting the three codes, if only to ensure that each code's achievements or shortcomings are easily identifiable, and a return to stricter government control. We do not want racing ministers claiming that they have appointed people to run racing and that dissidents should take their complaints back to those people. More Marburg fun HOT on the heels of a successful Summerfest/ Harriott Memorial meeting last Sunday, the merry folk of Marburg have another serve of harness for you today. Seven races are scheduled today and those attending have the chance of taking home the "pick the card” jackpot where $3 can win you $1300. It includes the gate prize of a $100 free bet with bookie Stephen Anthony, plus the "funny money” deal where you bet with no money then use your bogus dollars in the auction after the last race. Marburg race days offer the best burgers, cheap beverages, a great raffle and all for the admission price of $5 adults; members and pensioners $3; with kids under 16 free. Gates open at 10.30am with trials commencing at 11am. Race one starts at noon. Worrying incident THE following press release is about as sad as it gets. Where is racing in Queensland headed when QRIC stewards of whatever code cannot go about their duty without risking assault. There are many in the horse codes who resent the high cost of QRIC, incurred in its bid to provide a clean product in all facets of racing from paddock to track. They will be even more upset when we have to provide police protection to stewards when they enter a licencee's premises. The statement on November 14 read: "Two Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards are recovering after they were allegedly assaulted during a stable inspection at Toowoomba this morning. "The stewards, from the Commission's Integrity Regulation Unit, were conducting an inspection at a Toowoomba property when they were approached by an industry participant. "It is alleged the man, who is known to the stewards, sprayed an unknown liquid into the eyes of both of them. "It's further alleged that he then stole the keys from a Queensland Racing Integrity Commission vehicle and drove off in his own vehicle. "Both stewards were transported by Queensland Ambulance for medical treatment. "Detectives from the Queensland Racing Crime Squad are investigating the incident with the assistance of Toowoomba police. "A 73-year-old Pittsworth man is wanted for questioning”. Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the stewards were acting within their lawful responsibilities when they were subjected to an unprovoked attack. "It's very fortunate that neither of the officers has suffered any long-term damage as a result of what occurred yesterday but having engine degreaser sprayed directly into their face and eyes was a very concerning incident,” Commissioner Barnett said. "I should stress that this is very unusual within the racing industry and most participants treat stewards with respect. "We of course will not condone any assault on any of our staff and when anything like this happens we will ensure that the people responsible are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.'' Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1: Box trifecta 1-4-8: Polished Rocks (L. Weidemann)-Our Hi Jinx (K. Gath)-Lancelot Bromac (Amanda Turnbull). R2: Box trifecta 2-3-9: The Charging Moa (Narissa McMullen)-Wynberg Terror (Kelli Dawson)-Zaras Delight (Kate Gath). R3: Box trifecta 1-4-12: Master Montana (C Turpin)-Jakes A Joy (L Weidemann)-Jango Fett (A Turnbull). R4: Quinella 5-10: Constantly Sideways (B Graham) and I'm Johnny Jet (L Weidemann). R5: Quinella 1-8: Anychance (D Hill) and Gas Monkey (K Manning). R6: E/w 5: The Next Star (K Gath). R7: E/w 7: Overlap (C Turpin). R8: Box 1-5-8-10: Ivanov (K Gath)-Lysenko (L Weide- mann)-Spud (C Turpin)- Melpark Royal Son (D. Hill). R9: Quinella 1-6: Win Or Die ( K Dawson) and Only In Rome (A Turnbull). Marburg picks today: R1 - 6-2-3-4. R2: 3-6-7-2. R3: 3-2-1-4. R4: 1-2-3-4. R5: 1-3-7-5. R6: 4-7-3-2. R7: 1-5-4-7. Honour board NOTHING remarkable on the leader board this week. Darrell Graham was top trainer with five winners. He shared driving honours with Pete McMullen and Nathan Dawson at three apiece. Albion Park, November 10: Geronimo Beau (Trent Dawson); Horace Foxley (Narissa McMullen for Tahn Cammilieri); Timmo Time (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey). Albion Park, November 11: Moonlight Eyre (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen); Rubys Bad Boy (Darrell Graham); Charms On A Roll (Pete for Chantal Turpin). Marburg, November 12: Grizzly Montana (Darrell Graham); Shadow Pass (Darrell Graham); Inciter (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins); Bubbaloobah (Dan Russell); Soldier Of Fortune (Lachie Manzelmann for Karen Schulz); Daenerys Stormborn (Adam Sanderson); Proficient (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn); Riverleigh Jeff (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves); Playnserious (Gary Litzow). Albion Park, November 14: Spud (Chris Petroff for Jay Edmunds); The Caringbah Kid (Trent Dawson); Trevs No Angel (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin). Redcliffe, November 15: Black Belt (Madi Dux for Ron Sallis); Flashing Good Time (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen); Rubys Bad Boy (Lachie Manzelmann for Darrell Graham); One Last Roll (Taleah McMullen for Narissa McMullen); Somepartysomewhere (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin). Redcliffe, November 16: Beef City Blaze (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig); Heavens Hint (Nathan Dawson for Stewie Dickson); Tarin Kowt (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis); The Next Star (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham). by TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times  

Sadly, the best laid plans of mice, men and harness racing club committees go astray from time to time. Heavy rain at Marburg Showground last Saturday indicated that the wisest course for the Marburg Pacing Association was to postpone the Octoberfest/ Harriott Memorial, which was scheduled for the next day. Happily, a suitable date was found on Sunday, November 12. The plans are all back in place for then. Fresh nominations will be required but preference will be given to horses which were drawn in the original fields. More joy is that the scheduled meeting for November will follow the next meeting on Saturday, November 18. An added sweetener will be again a "heats at Marburg-Final at Albion Park” event, which gives extra earning opportunity to the Marburg faithful. Rocklea's true value IN the history department, we often hear people talk in glowing terms of "Rocklea” and bemoaning its loss to the sport. What was so special about the Rocklea circuit you might ask. Firstly, it was run in a hobbyist timeslot (Saturday afternoon). It was a standing start only track, which allowed for correct and visible handicapping. Due to its small dimensions, it required drivers to hone and apply their skills at all times and trainers to present with truly "tractable” horses. The "Rock” was a great spectacle for the betting public. It was also a venue which gave good earning opportunity to the hobbyist type horse. I have in front of me as I type, a copy of the 1990/91 Annual Report of the Metropolitan Harness Racing Club (Rocklea). In that seasonal financial year - September 1, 1990 to August 31, 1991 - the club distributed $611,170.00 in prize money. Much credit for the success story must go to the then Secretary John Houlson, who was able through his business expertise and promotions, turn the club around from the pre-85 loss situation, to a club prepared for and able to handle hard times, and a club which was profitable. Don't ask what happened to John. Suffice to say, that there is a school of thought that his blatant display of business acumen was too much for some of his peers and other highly placed folk. Qld duo's Tassie mission QUEENSLANDERS Shane Graham and Mathew Neilson are on a mission to return the Australian title to its 'rightful place'. Graham and Neilson will head to Tasmania today to contest the Australian Drivers' Championship in Hobart tonight. This will mark the fourth edition of the series, with reinsmen from the Sunshine State winning two of three crowns. Peter McMullen secured the inaugural running at Globe Derby in 2014, with Grant Dixon emulating the feat in Launceston the following season. "Mathew and I will be out to bring the title back where it belongs,” Graham said. "It'll come down to a lot of luck, but hopefully that will be on our side so we can return the title to his rightful place.” Graham, who recently represented Australia in the World Drivers' Champion- ship in Canada, has contested the ADC twice, with a third in 2015 his best result. He finished midfield in Adelaide last year. "I don't seem to enjoy much luck in these kinds of series so hopefully it'll be a bit better this time,” Graham said. "A lot of it comes down to luck, getting the right draws and the right horses.” Neilson will make his second appearance in the Championship, ironically as a replacement for a suspend- ed Dixon on both occasions. Neilson's previous attempt saw him finish towards the bottom of the table as McMullen earned the glory. "I've never been to Tassie and I'm looking forward to getting there,” Neilson said. "Not a lot went my way in South Australia two years ago, so hopefully it will be different this time. "It will be great competing against some of the best drivers from around the country.'' Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1: Box trifecta 1-3-10: Flaming Hero (M Elkins)- The Shady One (C Petroff)- Polished Rocks (N McMullen). R2: Box trifecta 2-6-11: Chapter One-Top Trio-Bohdi Tree (P Greig). R3: Box trifecta 1-2-8: Reds Jet Star (G Dixon)- Withalotofluck (I Ross)- Deano robyn (T Dixon). R4: Quinella 1-12: Magoogan (T Dixon) and Glenferrie Boss (G. Whitaker). R5: Quinella 1-2: Wattlebank Flyer (P McMullen) and Corporal Luna (G Dixon). R6: Box trifecta 1-3-8-10: Lancelot Bromac (H Barnes)-Rave Moonraker (A Sanderson)-Karloo Ten Seventy (C Owen)-Make A statement (T Dixon). R7: E/w 4: Levi Jade (N McMullen). R8: Box trifecta 1-8-10: Elmaur Joy (T Moffat)- Shardons Sheralee (P Diebert)-Firebby (C Cini). R9: Box trifecta 2-4-5-8: Giacomo (T Dixon)-Melpark Royal Son (J Cremin)- Rostevarren (C Petroff)-Our Overannova (G Dixon). Honour board The leader board this week was dominated by Team Turpin/McMullen Chantal Turpin training five winners and Pete McMullen successful in the sulky on seven occasions. Happy results were Soldier Of Fortune's 27 metre demolition job for Karen Schulz. Kelsey Schulz's improving third with Lisa's Lawyer and Lachie Manzelmann's first driving treble. Ipswich influence: 21 from 40 races run this week. Albion Park, October 20: Ernie Barasso (Pete McMullen for Nick Pugliese); Wheres The Spirit (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Raesawinner (Nikki Chalk for Tess Neaves). Albion Park, October 21: Wee Jimmy (Hayden Barnes for Mark Rees); Kash (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Levi Jade (Pete McMullen for John McMullen); Threo (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin); Bull Market (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin). Albion Park, October 24: Ashi Jetsun (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law); With Authority (Pete McMullen for John McMullen); Amajorjo (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin). Redcliffe, October 25: Top Flight Cruize (Michael Tenardi); Real Knuckey (Hayden Barnes for Peter Jones); Hot Rod Heaven (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie); No Confession (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie). Redcliffe, October 26: Magnussen (Lachie Manzelmann for Adam Richardson); Horace Foxley (Narissa McMullen for Tahn Camilleri); Soldier Of Fortune (Lachie Manzelmann for Karen Schulz); Sir Semper Fidelis (Lachie manzelmann for Paul Matis); Mohegan Sun (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis); Havetogetawaymore (Al Barnes). by TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith

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