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Group 2 Sunshine Sprint winner Tact Tate has drawn barrier six for Saturday’s $200,000 Group 1 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship at Albion Park. The barriers were drawn at a function hosted by the Albion Park Harness Racing Club tonight in Brisbane, which can be viewed at the UBET, Racing Queensland or Puntersland Facebook pages. UBET installed Atomic Red as the $3.20 favourite after drawing barrier 4, with Tact Tate ($4.80) and Let It Ride ($7.50) holding down the second and third lines of betting. In what is the flagship race meeting of the 2018 UBET Queensland Winter Harness Racing Carnival, Albion Park will host three Group 1 races among six black-type events on Saturday night. The meeting also acts as a final chance for participants to share in $120,000 in UBET Grand Slam bonuses, with the connections of Tact Tate in line to earn $50,000 if the gelding can complete the Sunshine Sprint/Blacks A Fake double. Racing Queensland Harness Manager David Brick said the bonuses had helped attract some of Australia’s best horses and participants, leading to heightened interest from punters nationwide. “Punters have responded to the quality racing on offer, with Racing Queensland recording wagering growth of close to 20% for the carnival to date,” Mr Brick said. “With enhanced promotions via social and traditional media platforms in the lead-up to this weekend’s $500,000 race night, Racing Queensland will aim for that trend to continue.” Horse Barrier UBET Odds Alleluia 1 $26 Atomic Red 4 $3.20 Bodhi Tree 2 $101 Carlas Pixel 13 $8 Celestial Arden NZ 7 $34 Cruz Bromac NZ 10 $8 Glenferrie Hood NZ 5 $71 Hughie Green NZ (Emergency) 8 $51 Let It Ride NZ 3 $7.50 My Field Marshal NZ 11 $8 Ohoka Punter NZ 12 $12 Tact Tate NZ 6 $4.80 Ultimate Art 9 $12 2018 UBET Blacks A Fake Night – Albion Park – Saturday 21 July 2018   $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake (Group 1)   $100,000 QBRED Triad 2YO Fillies (Group 1)   $100,000 QBRED Triad 2YO Colts + Geldings (Group 1)   $75,000 Queensland Derby (Group 2)   $30,000 Four-year-old Championship (Group 2)   $20,000 Trotters Marathon (Group 3)   $20,000 Drivers Invitation Race   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   Racing Queensland

Well, for Tony and Karen Turpin, that dream is set to become a reality this weekend when their two children Chantal and Jake step onto the big stage in their respective codes. Chantal is chasing a victory with her richly talented pacer Mattgregor in the Listed $25,540 Egmont Park Stud Mr Feelgood Open at Albion Park on Saturday night, the opening night of the 2018 Racing Queensland winter carnival. The following day, Jake will make his NRL debut at hooker when he steps out for the Brisbane Broncos against the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Stadium. The 21-year-old is in his maiden season with the Broncos after spending the early part of his career with the Melbourne Storm learning under the watchful eye of champion rake Cameron Smith. “It’s going to be big weekend, exciting and stressful all rolled into one I guess. Bear (Mattgregor) is the stable favourite and the kids have done a great job with him since we bought him unraced from New Zealand a few years ago while Jake has been working towards this moment for a very long time, we’re so excited for him because he’s sacrificed a heck of a lot.” Tony Turpin said proudly. Mattgregor possesses all the skills and speed to be a future topliner and this campaign has been geared to see him springboard to the next level which see him compete regularly against the best pacers in the country. He has shown glimpses of brilliance throughout his career to date including some terrific efforts in features at TABCORP Park, Menangle and Melton. The hulking five-year-old was unplaced last week when resuming from a freshen-up in the Wondais Mate when finishing seventh behind Glenferrie Hood in 1:52.2. If successful, he will be exempt from ballot for the main event during the winter carnival, the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship on July 21. Mattgregor will start from gate nine, two off the second-line in the 2138m mobile start feature and takes on the likes of millionaire pacer Ohoka Punter, Frankie Rocks, Our Triple Play, Anychance and Hughie Green among others. “He will be better this week but he probably needs to be against this opposition, there looks like there will be solid pressure in this race and that will suit him. “We know he’s got the ability to go with the good ones but we just need some luck, if he gets it he’ll be right there with them.” While a strong support crowd will be trackside on Saturday night, an even bigger support crew will heading to Robina on Sunday afternoon for the rugby league. Following some strong form in the Intrust Super Cup competition for the Redcliffe Dolphins, young Jake has been granted a huge opportunity while Queensland State of Origin representative players sit out. “I suppose it’s been a long time coming but opportunities at this level can’t be taken for granted, he’s worked his butt off and we’re super proud for him and this moment. “He’s had some setbacks with injuries along the way but that’s all part of the journey and I’m sure he’ll relish the moment. We’ll have a number of family members and friends at the game cheering him on. “Hopefully, we’ll be there cheering on another winner, imagine if the big horse can get the job done on Saturday. Wouldn’t that be something?” Mattgregor is raced by Jake and Karen Turpin along with Denis Golinski.   Chris Barsby

New Zealand filly Sociable is chasing back to back feature race victories. Fresh from her success last start in the Redcliffe Oaks on June 8, the Andrew Stuart trained three-year-old is the favourite to win Saturday night’s Gr.3 $30,540 Egmont Park Stud South East Oaks at Albion Park. The fillies feature is the final lead-up to next week’s classic, the Gr.2 $75,540 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks. Sociable will start from gate two this weekend and Stuart is confident of another forward showing but is mindful she will be at her absolute peak the following week. “We’ve had a month between runs and I haven’t given her a trial but the draw is a major plus, so far so good with draws in Brisbane and it makes a big difference. After Redcliffe, she got a little sick but has bounced back well in the past fortnight and her work this week has been solid.” Stuart said. While punters could walk with caution given the break between runs and a slight setback, it hasn’t dinted their confidence given the good draw. Sociable is listed as the punters elect at $2.10 with UBET. Ace reinsman Luke McCarthy replaces regular pilot John Caldow owing to the rich Vicbred Finals in Melbourne this weekend and Stuart believes his filly is the horse to beat. “When John advised he was staying in Melbourne this weekend, I jumped at the opportunity to engage Luke and I’m confident she can repeat what she did at Redcliffe. Being on the fresh side doesn’t concern me because she’s a naturally athletic filly who takes good care of herself. “The barrier is a massive win because she looks the leader and she’s capable of running a good final half so that it makes it tough for her rivals, the Grant Dixon trained fillies loom as the biggest threat, they’re all classy types with great records. “Whatever my filly does this weekend, I know there is more improvement to come for next week and this run will top her off nicely. Our plan all along was to win an Oaks feature and gain some black type, so far so good but the job is not complete yet.” Last season, the New Zealand trained Partyon proved successful in the South East Provincial Oaks. Since 2010, New Zealand bred fillies have won this feature. And the last six Queensland Oaks winners have been New Zealand bred fillies. Chris Barsby

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

Betamerica, a filly with a royal pedigree, opened her account yesterday (Tuesday). Stepping out for the second time in her fledgling career at Albion Park, the American Ideal – Splendid Bet filly scooted the sprint lane and scored a narrow yet decisive victory in the Cammibest @ Burwood Stud 2yo Pace. Betamerica defeated Zaras All Good and Saint Kilda Beach. The Shannon Price and Scott Miller prepared filly rated 1:58.7 rain affected track. Splits of 27, 32.7, 29.5 and 29.7 seconds. Chris Petroff took the winning drive. “It’s a great result for many reasons, the fact she is a proven winner and rating the time she did only adds to her future value. This family just keeps producing all the big name horses and it’s exciting to have this filly,” Miller said. “We have no plans this season with her, maybe a few more runs before having eight weeks off and then coming as a three-year-old. Hopefully her attitude will change during that time; she’s very set in her ways.” He added. Purchased last year at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale in Auckland for a whopping price of $137,500 from Woodlands Stud draft and Charles Roberts, Team Raboki was determined to get their filly despite some spirited bidding from several parties. The brown filly hails from the hottest family in the stud book, the Scuse Me lineage. Betamerica is the second foal from the Bettors Delight mare and is closely related to the likes of Adore Me, Christen Me, Dream About Me, Hands Christian, Maxim, Have Faith In Me, Imagine Me and Abide With Me among many others. Her older full brother Chief Joseph is in work with leading Christchurch trainer Cran Dalgety but is currently unraced. Chris Barsby

Quality open class performers Glenferrie Hood and Hughie Green are warming up nicely for the upcoming winter carnival features. The two pacers locked horns in an Albion Park trial yesterday (Tuesday) over the sprint distance of 1660m and did what was required for their respective connections. Glenferrie Hood, handled by Pete McMullen led throughout and scored by 1.5m defeating Hughie Green who raced without cover in the five horse workout. The time was 1:59.4 for the 1660m. Splits were covered in 29.9, 32.7, 28.9 and 28.3 seconds. The Wayne Graham trained Glenferrie Hood has not raced since he finished second behind Frankie Rocks in a time of 1:52.2 on March 3. Hughie Green was resuming after going amiss last season and has not raced since finishing at the rear of the field in the Listed $25,540 Wondais Mate at Albion Park on June 24. With a raft of open class features throughout the Brisbane winter carnival, connections will have plenty to consider. The main event is the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship at Albion Park on July 21. Chris Barsby

Sydney filly Miss Hooligan stamped herself as a Redcliffe Oaks contender following her impressive Queensland debut yesterday (Tuesday) at Albion Park. Prepared by Menangle based Rickie Alchin, the Bettors Delight filly started in the Lunchbox Lodge Spelling Farm Pace and took control of the 2138m event early and never gave her rivals a chance. Miss Hooligan raced clear coming off the back straight and scored a commanding victory defeating Vintage Dream and Paternity Suit in a time of 1:58.4. The final half was covered in 57.4 seconds. The $20,450 Redcliffe Oaks is scheduled for Friday week (June 8) and that will be the filly’s next start. “That’s the plan, we’ll look at all of the Oaks features coming up throughout the carnival and we’ll start with Redcliffe next week. It was good effort and she felt strong all the way so hopefully there’s a little more improvement still to come.” Alchin said. Miss Hooligan is raced by John Hurley. Currently based at Redcliffe, Alchin is hoping to pick-up this week’s feature, the Gr.1 $100,450 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series No.10 Final with Regulus. But the regally bred rookie drew shockingly, the outside of the second line (gate 11) in the 1780m feature. In the heats last week, Regulus scored by the biggest margin (46.5m) and rated the quickest time of the three heats staged (2:00.4). “I was thrilled with him last week in the heat but I knew he would be better, his effort in the Breeders Classic was on me and this series has been the main focus. He raced really well and proved he has the class to win it. “But the draw is not ideal but I think he’s good enough to overcome it. I would have much preferred to have drawn to be in front of Minted Montana though.” Regulus, a gelding by Christian Cullen has won two of his six starts to date for his owner/breeder Alf La Spina. The Donny Smith trained Minted Montana has drawn gate five. Chris Barsby

Wagering service provider UBET has a number of attractive exotic betting offerings for the harness racing meeting at Albion Park on Saturday night headlined by a $50K guaranteed trifecta inclusive of a $10K jackpot on race 1 scheduled for 5:42pm EST. Additionally, a $5K Quadrella jackpot is listed for races 2 to 5 with the first leg due at 6:13pm EST which is complimented by $2K jackpot Trifectas on races 3 to 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 via this link here: The night boasts an attractive 10 race card including the Summer Carnival feature race the AQWA Constructions 2017 Christmas Cup, set to get underway at 8.40pm EST. Staged over 2680 metres the AQWA Constructions Christmas Cup brings together a top field of open class pacers headed by two-time Christmas Cup winner Avonnova, as well as Ultimate Art, Our Hi Jinx and Major Cam. In Christmas Cup night tradition Santa will arrive with gifts for the kids after race four. For further information contact the Club on 07 3262 2577 or Visit the Club website at  

In a first for Australian harness racing, Racing Queensland (RQ) and the Albion Park Harness Racing Club have assembled a star cast of Women to take the reins for an entire meeting to kick-start the 2017 Queensland Summer Harness Racing Carnival.   The Seymour Group Lady Drivers Invitation Series, scheduled for November 18, will see 12 of the best female drivers across the country battle it out across nine races in Brisbane.   Queensland’s leading female drivers Narissa McMullen, Kelli Dawson, Lola Weidemann, Chantal Turpin, Brittany Graham, Dani-elle McMullen, Trista Dixon, will join Amanda Turnbull (NSW), Danielle Hill (SA), Kate Gath (VIC) and the world’s most successful horsewoman, Kerryn Manning.   Manning this year broke the world record for winners ridden or driven by a woman (3705), overtaking American jockey Julie Krone in August.   Manning has won almost every major race on offer in Australia and New Zealand, amassing more than $25 million in stakes throughout her illustrious career.   “This is an historic occasion for harness racing in Queensland, and to secure the services of Kerryn Manning will help ensure the event is watched across the country,” Racing Queensland CEO Dr Eliot Forbes said.   “The night will be a key component of the 2017 Queensland Summer Harness Racing Carnival, which this year offers more than $200,000 in feature race prize money across five metropolitan race nights.”   The 12 women set to line up on the night have won a combined stakes in-excess of $70 million, and won races such as the New Zealand Cup, Hunter Cup, Be Good Johnny Sprint, G1 Seymour Nursery and more.   The points score winner at the end of the series will win an all-expenses paid holiday for two to Hamilton Island, thanks to the generosity of sponsors, the Seymour Group.   “The Albion Park Harness Racing Club is delighted to partner with its sponsor the Seymour Group and Racing Queensland to bring this historic series to fruition,” APHRC Chairman David Fowler said.   The announcement comes after Racing Queensland selected female driver Narissa McMullen to represent the state in this year’s 2017 Australasian Young Drivers Championship, which will also be staged in Brisbane (December 12-16).   Dr Forbes said harness racing was a leader in providing equal opportunities for both men and women on the same playing field.   “Female drivers are at the forefront of this sport, and four of the top-10 metropolitan drivers in the 2016/17 Queensland Harness Racing Season were female,” Dr Forbes said.   “The harness code prides itself on providing equal opportunities for men and women on the track, and this meeting will showcase the best female talent Australia has to offer.”   It signals the first of seven action-packed Summer Carnival nights, which will also feature the Garrard’s Australasian Young Drivers Championship, the $60,000 Egmont Park Stud Queensland Cup, the $40,000 Egmont Park Stud Darrell Alexander Memorial Trot and the $30,000 Group 3 AQWA Constructions Be Good Johnny Sprint.   The carnival provides the perfect opportunity for Queensland-based horses to prove themselves against tough competitors from New South Wales and Victoria, with the Summer Carnival often proving popular with southern trainers and drivers. Racing Queensland

IT was great news for the Ipswich Turf Club securing a $13 million grant to enable vital reconstruction to the racing surface and provide upgrades to the infrastructure. Completion of the proposed projects should put the ITC on the highway to self sufficiency for the foreseeable future. The Gold Coast Turf Club is also said to be in the pipeline for major funding, with a view to a similar happy conclusion. Meanwhile, in the world of harness, a battle rages between rival interests as to the future of Albion Park. On one side, we have self made property and share tycoon Mr Kevin Seymour considered a "demi-god" by some harness participants, and something rather different by others, taking up the cudgels on the part of Albion Park Harness Racing Club. He is treasurer. In the other corner is Racing Queensland, currently holding a healthy $63 million of infrastructure funding to be applied to the immediate needs of harness and greyhounds. Both contestants, we are told, are seeking the same end result as the two gallops clubs mentioned above. Unfortunately, the battle can not be decided in one encounter as it is somewhat complex in nature. At this point in time, we must not consider the greyhounds. They have considerable and genuine claims to a large slab of the $63 million as they are the only racing code in profit and expanding steadily. Their presence in the Albion Park debate would only muddy the waters. It seems there will be some form of development on the site. Seymour proposes that the development consist of a world class racing facility supported by a housing development and a "Racino" (gaming machines, bars and a return of Silks restaurant, which vanished when WATPAC demolished the main grandstand at the venue seven years ago). Racing Queensland favours a commercial, residential and retail development aimed at maximising non-racing revenue. The first matter to be decided however is who owns Albion Park. Seymour claims that "harness racing has the moral high ground because it owned the venue until the merger of the three codes in 2010". It is time that the Minister and the Premier became involved in this. They should call for all the documents relating to transfers of the title of Albion Park over the past 30 years, and make a determination of ownership based solely on that documentation. A time frame of one week should be sufficient for that process. Starting from any other point guarantees failure of the enterprise and a waste of valuable dollars. Marburg place to be TODAY'S Marburg trot meeting offers a great afternoon's racing to escape the hustle bustle of daily life. The action starts about 11am with trials, where racegoers can grab a burger and coffee or a beer and kick back to enjoy harness racing on the up-close and visual 700 metre Marburg Showground circuit. Racing begins at noon with seven races to be run. A lucky gate prize of a $100 bet is on offer on the local trots, with multiple prize raffles and a Fast Work Horse Supplies "pick the card'' competition with $1050 for someone clever enough, or lucky enough to pick the card. Entry is $5, with pensioners and students in for $3. The magic race book for $3 contains the pick the card entry. Everyone is welcome. Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1: E/w 1: Our Millwood Maizie (M. Neilson). R2: Quinella 1-2: A Good Chance (C. Petroff) and My Master Craftsman) A. Sanderson). R3: Quinella 1-3: Deano Robyn (G. Dixon) and Gallymont Sport (T. Dawson). R4: Quinella 1- 2: Remember Ruby (G. Dixon) and War Dan Appollo (T. Moffat). R5: E/w 2: Border Cross (S. Graham). R6: E/w 3: Rory Mach (D. Graham). R7: E/w 4: Waste Of Time (D. McMullen). R8: Quinella 4-12: Fire One (G. Dixon) and The Charging Moa (S. Graham). R9: E/w 3: Cheers Kathy (D. Graham). R10: Box trifecta in four 1-4-8-10: Dr Hook (T. Gillespie)-Four Shares More Beers (G. Dixon)-Melpark Royal Son (J. Cremin)-Our Dainty Lady (D. Graham). Marburg selections for today: Race 1 - 2-8-1. Race 2: 7-2-3. Race 3: 1-3-4. Race 4: 1-2-3. Race 5: 1-6-3. Race 6: 1-2-3. Race 7: 3-4-5. Honour board Narissa McMullen scored on four occasions in the sulky this week. Chantal Turpin led in a trio of winners for the barn at Patrick Estate. Redcliffe, June 2: The Shady One (Trevor Lambourn); Hokonui Ben (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn); Sicilian Slumber Narissa McMullen for Chantal Turpin). Albion Park, June 3: Lancelot Bromac (Danielle McMullen for Stewie Dickson); Timmo Time (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey); Our Leonardo (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law); Supaliner (Darrell Graham); Village Switch (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini); Our Dainty Lady (Darrell Graham). Albion Park, June 6: El Swavo (Clint Sneddon for Frank Bennett); Well Disguised (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini); Bull Market (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin). Redcliffe, June 7: Stayintowntonight (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby); Havetogetawaymore (Al Barnes); Precious M (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis). Redcliffe, June 8: Riene Des Gitans (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Flashing Good Time (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen); Phantom Rockstar (Gary Whitaker for Kevin Joiner). TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times.

Harness racing benefactor and property tycoon Kevin Seymour has unveiled plans to develop Brisbane’s Albion Park racetrack into a “world-class facility”. The proposed development would not require any monetary input from Racing Queensland. Albion Park Harness Racing Club would bear the costs of the work which would include high-end housing development, a new stand, a first-class gaming facility, community hub and football field in the centre of the track. The move is the latest in the battle between RQ and the harness industry over the prized property, with both parties at odds over who is the legal owner of the land. Mr Seymour is convinced the club is the rightful owner of the venue and the deal is contingent on RQ agreeing to this. He believes harness racing has the moral high ground because it owned the venue until the merger of the three codes in 2010. His proposal comes only weeks after the club claimed it was blindsided by RQ over their plans to demolish the racetrack and build a commercial, residential and retail hub on the site worth an estimated $100 million. RQ chief executive Dr Eliot Forbes last month said RQ’s plan to redevelop the site was needed to provide another revenue stream for the cash-strapped body. “The ongoing sustainability and growth of racing in Queensland depends on the generation of non-racing revenue and the full realisation of commercial opportunities,” he said. Mr Seymour disagreed, saying his proposed development would “launch harness racing into the next century”. He said there would be numerous revenue streams from the housing development and gaming machines, along with the return of the famous Silks restaurant and bar turnover. “If you build facilities that are as good, if not better than other things in the area, people will come to it,” he said. “Any money raised at the facility would be put back into harness racing, making it stronger. “The big thing is the Harness Racing Club is not asking for any money. It’s a no brainier for harness racing in Queensland.” Breeders, Owners, Trainers & ­Reinspersons Association president Dan Costello described such a development as equivalent to that of Eagle Farm recently for thoroughbreds. “It’s great for the industry and it’s clear this sort of development will secure a future for harness racing,” he said. The plan is on an American model where race clubs with poker machines are able to pay twice the prize money for racing than those without them. Proposed also in the development is the construction of a new RQ headquarters, allowing them to move out of the dated Deagon facility. Mr Seymour insists his development plan will pass all local government and planning requirements. The track was first constructed in 1893 before it was bought out by underworld figure John Wren in 1910. Trenton Akers, The Courier-Mail Reprinted with permission of The Courier Mail

Queensland's racing landscape is set for its biggest shake-up in decades as the sport’s governing body plans to close the gates to greyhounds and trotters at historic Albion Park and turn the site into a showpiece development. The project still faces significant hurdles but Racing Queensland has approached the Brisbane City Council and begun exploring plans for the prime Albion venue, which has hosted races for more than 120 years. RQ chief executive officer Eliot Forbes said the potential development was needed to generate significant non-racing revenue to prop up the struggling sport. “The options include possible commercial, residential and retail developments all geared to deliver a commercial return to RQ thereby protecting the balance sheet for racing into the future,” he said. “The ongoing sustainability and growth of racing in Queensland depends on the generation of non-racing revenue and the full realisation of commercial opportunities.” To realise the maximum financial gain from the site, the club has applied to the council for any development application to be considered under a superseded planning scheme. “If Council agrees to allow an application under the old scheme and RQ lodges an application, significant community and stakeholder consultation will be undertaken to help inform the range of uses, design and development outcomes on the site,” Mr Forbes said. The State Government would also need to approve any application and yesterday Racing Minister Grace Grace said no decisions about possible future uses of the site had been made. “RQ has a fiduciary duty to protect the asset value of Albion Park and I’m confident they’re meeting this obligation,” she said. “In line with this fiduciary duty and following recent changes to the local area plan, RQ has lodged a request for development application over this site under the superseded scheme. “The sole purpose of this application is to protect the asset and maintain RQ’s balance sheet. An artist’s impression of a proposed redevelopment of the Albion Park site, which might include residential and retail space. “RQ has met with Albion Park Harness Racing Club representatives to inform them of their actions.” The Sunday Mail understands the club is strongly opposed to moving harness racing from the site however representatives failed yesterday to respond to a request for comment. The fate of racing at Albion Park was sealed recently when the results of an independent study into the infrastructure needs of the two codes in southeast Queensland highlighted widespread dissatisfaction with the site. The greyhound industry was nearly unanimous in its condemnation of Albion Park and the need to find new stand-alone venues for the sport with contemporary, single-turn tracks. Harness industry participants in the study were not as united in the need to leave Albion Park and are still negotiating with RQ about their infrastructure needs. But the move from Albion Park took a step forward yesterday when RQ launched an expression of interest process to identify suitable sites in Brisbane’s southern and western corridors for new greyhound and harness racing venues. It is understood the Gold Coast and Ipswich are the preferred locations for greyhound tracks. The massive overhaul of facilities is part of RQ’s broader infrastructure program, which is being funded from the $63 million Racing Infrastructure Fund. A further $61 million is expected to be injected into the fund before 2023 from a gambling agreement. By Michael Wray, The Courier-Mail Reprinted with permission of The Courier-Mail

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will play host to a strong eight race program this Saturday night. And again punters have the chance to win big with gambling giant UBET offering a massive $200,000 guaranteed trifecta pool on the opening race. Yes, a guaranteed $200,000 trifecta pool! The Supporting QLD Racing? UBET Pace over 2138m kicks off the program and features a strong line-up with several in-form runners engaged including several open class performers. Quality pacers include Teo Enteo, Majestic Major and Caesars Folly who take on up and coming types like Murano, The Space Invader, Broadway Playboy and Joys A Babe among others. Last week, both Teo Enteo and Caesars Folly caught the eye with slashing efforts behind Mach Alert in fast time but both will require some luck after both drew awkwardly. Teo Enteo starts from gate seven, the outside of the front-line while Caesars Folly starts from gate eleven, the outside of the second-line. Majestic Major is resuming since November 12 when beaten as an odds-on elect behind Caesars Folly in a time of 1:53.1. The Grant Dixon trained pacer will start from gate ten. Last start winner The Space Invader is chasing back to back victories following his career best performance last week when successful in a brilliant time of 1:51.6. Trainer Stephen Cini has his team racing in good form and is also represented by Polished Rocks. Polished Rocks starts from gate two while The Space Invader will start from gate four. A guaranteed Quadrella of $20,000 is also programmed; the quaddie will be staged on races 2, 3, 4 & 5. Again, the quaddie legs look open with several even races assembled meaning punters will get great value. Last week, the UBET quaddie dividend paid in excess of $2000. Check out Racing Queensland form analyst Darren Clayton’s thoughts on the program The APHRC would like to wish all Queensland trained performers competing in Sydney at Menangle on Saturday night the very best of luck. The first of 8 races is scheduled to start at 5.15pm. Contact the club on (07) 3262 2577 or via the website at or simply drop an email Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 21 January 2017 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 21 January 2017

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will play host to a strong ten race program this Saturday night. And the opening race has attracted an even field of 11 pacers with several in-form runners set to contest the UBET for the Thrill of It Pace over the 2138m. Gambling giant UBET is offering a guaranteed $75,000 First 4 on the opening race, an event that should provide plenty of value. In-form pacer Fioki is chasing another victory following his excellent effort last week when a game runner-up behind Stormfortheboys in a mile rate of 1:53.1. Prepared by leading trainer Grant Dixon and driven by his wife Trista, Fioki will start from gate three, therefore providing plenty of options for early position. The stable is also represented by classy mare Joys A Babe (4) and Monarkmac (11). Following a Great Barrier Reef getaway this week, the Dixon stable will be keen to strike early on Saturday night. Top reinsman Shane Graham is booked to drive recent Albion Park winner Iamboogie who has drawn ideally with the inside gate. Triple Queensland Horse of the Year Avonnova starts in race 6, the SKY Racing Pace for the open class performers and will run from gate seven, the outside of the front-line in the 2138m event. Many of the local open class performers are gearing up for the summer carnival features, running from November 26 through to December 17. And star trotter Our Overanova will appreciate the mobile conditions this week when he lines up in the final race, the Garrards Here on Track Trot over the 1660m. Our Overanova finished third behind Mr Mayfly last week after starting off a 60m handicap. The recently crowned Queensland Trotter of the Year is being readied for the Gr.2 $40,000 Darrell Alexander Memorial Championship next month. A guaranteed Quadrella pool of $20,000 is also programmed; the quaddie will be staged on races 2, 3, 4 & 5. Again, the quaddie legs look open with several even races assembled meaning punters will get great value. UBET also have a $10,000 guaranteed trifecta pool slated for race three. Check out Racing Queensland form analyst Darren Clayton’s thoughts on the program The first of 9 races is scheduled to start at 5.13pm. Contact the club on (07) 3262 2577 or via the website at or simply drop an email Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 19 November 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 19 November 2016

Once again, the Albion Park Harness Racing Club will play host to a strong ten race program this Saturday night. And again punters have the chance to win big with gambling giant UBET offering a huge $100,000 guaranteed trifecta pool on the opening race. A jackpot component of $25,000 is also programmed for the opening race. And the timing couldn’t be better with Melbourne Cup day just around the corner, here’s a perfect opportunity to line your pockets a bit deeper in readiness for the great race. The UBET the New TAB Pace will be staged over the sprint distance of 1660m and features several in-form pacers while a handful of classy types return from brief let-ups. The start is crucial and under the mobile conditions, the ideally drawn Mind The Wire will command plenty of respect from the stables of leading trainer Vicki Rasmussen after performing well in recent starts. Star reinsman Shane Graham had the choice of a number of runners but his given punters an early with his preference with Mind The Wire and the favourable draw. An interesting player in the opener is the richly talented Caesars Folly who resumes since June 4 this year when a close-up 5th behind star performers Ohoka Punter and Avonnova. Prepared in partnership by Shannon Price and Scott Miller, the 27 times Albion Park winner has drawn directly behind Mind The Wire. Others to consider include Buy Chevron Direct, Munroe, The Pacman, Birdy Mach, Jackaroo Bromac and Broadway Playboy among others. Later in the program, the Price/Miller combination also produces quality mares Bettor Promise and Bettorthanspecial in the Seymour Group Mares Pace over the distance of 1660m. Both mares haven’t started since May 28 when Bettorthanspecial downed Mathilda Diventa and Bettor Promise in the Gr.2 QBRED Triad Final but both have trialed stylishly in preparation for the return. A guaranteed $20,000 Quadrella pool is also slated; the quaddie will be staged on races 2, 3, 4 & 5. Most legs of the quaddie appear open and loaded with chances which could easily provide value for punters. Last week, the UBET quaddie dividend paid a whopping $16,330.20. UBET are also offering a guaranteed $10,000 trifecta pool on the third race. Check out Racing Queensland form analyst Darren Clayton’s thoughts on the program The first of 10 races is scheduled to start at 5.15pm. Contact the club on (07) 3262 2577 or via the website at or simply drop an email Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 29 October 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 29 October 2016

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