Day At The Track

McCarthy back in town

03:32 PM 18 May 2016 NZST
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Bling it on - Ashlea Brennan Photography
Bling It On
Ashlea Brennan Photography

Team McCarthy is looking forward to returning to Harness Racing in Brisbane.

The adopted Queenslanders spent the best of a decade dominating the sport in the sunshine state before returning to their home state of New South Wales a few years ago.

Now based at Cobbitty, Luke and Belinda McCarthy continue to lead the way with their big team of classy pacers and trotters.

With the 2016 Brisbane winter carnival looming, the McCarthy clan plan on bringing a quality team of pacers north to be part of the UBET Picket Fence challenge.

Headlining the team is millionaire pacer Bling It On while emerging star All Eyes On Us is also tipped to make the trip.

And the stable could start arriving as early as next week.

“We’ve got Admiral Bronski and he’s eligible for the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Triad 4yo Final next weekend and as long as he performs well this Saturday, he’ll be starting in Brisbane next week. We like the Picket Fence concept, we had a Racing Queensland representative approach us last week at Menangle and it sounds exciting and it should have people talking which is what the sport needs.” Luke McCarthy said.

In a ground-breaking initiative, the UBET Picket Fence offers trainers and owners the chance to win a whopping $111,000 in bonuses for any horse that can win three races in a row during the eligible Queensland Winter Racing Carnival races between June 18 and July 16.

To be eligible, a horse’s first two ‘Picket Fence’ victories must be obtained while racing in Queensland, leading up to the UBET Picket Fence finale night.

The final ‘picket’ must be obtained by winning one of the four UBET Picket Fence finales on Blacks A Fake race night at Albion Park on Saturday, July 16.

Bling It On starts this Saturday night in the Gr.2 $75,575 University Meat 4&5yo Championship at TABCORP Park, Melton following his luckless return last week in Sydney when 8th behind Popfromthebeach.

“He starts in Melbourne this week and then returns to Sydney for the Len Smith Mile before we head to Brisbane for the winter carnival. We’ve got plenty of options for him so it’s exciting and he’s come back in top order and his record in Brisbane is just super.

“All Eyes On Us is likely to trial next week and we see Brisbane as a good fit for him, we think he’s a really good horse and this is a perfect opportunity to dip his toe in the top level of racing. He’s fast and he’s strong and we’ll allow him to compete in one or two of the better races up there.

“We’ll probably have around 4 to 6 horses in Brisbane during June and July at this point; we’ve got some horses that can run through their grades up there before returning to Sydney for the metropolitan racing.”

UBET Picket Fence races will be held for 2YO, 3YO and Open Class pacers at Albion Park Harness Racing Club and Redcliffe Paceway, with the following bonuses offered:

·         $50,000 for the Blacks A Fake Picket Fence winner

·         $20,000 for the Queensland Derby Picket Fence winner

·         $20,500 for the QBRED Triad 2yo C&G Final Picket Fence winner

·         $20,500 for the QBRED Triad 2yo Fillies Final Picket Fence winner

The carnival spans from May 28 to July 30.

Chris Barsby

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