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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 info@aphrc.com.au Visit the Club website at www.aphrc.com.au  

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 http://www.harness.org.au/punters-corner-details.cfm?keyNum=148666 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 www.aphrc.com.au or simply drop an email info@aphrc.com.au 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 http://www.harness.org.au/punters-corner-details.cfm?keyNum=139640 The first of 9 races is scheduled to start at 5.13pm. Contact the club on (07) 3262 2577 or via the website at www.aphrc.com.au or simply drop an email info@aphrc.com.au 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 http://www.harness.org.au/punters-corner-details.cfm?keyNum=136888 The first of 10 races is scheduled to start at 5.15pm. Contact the club on (07) 3262 2577 or via the website at www.aphrc.com.au or simply drop an email info@aphrc.com.au Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 29 October 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 29 October 2016

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