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Racing Queensland has released the field for Saturday’s $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake, with the barrier draw to be conducted in Brisbane tonight (Monday). Some of the headline acts include My Field Marshal, Cruz Bromac, Carlas Pixel, Ultimate Art and 2016 Blacks A Fake winner Ohoka Punter. Hughie Green is listed as the Emergency Runner. Winter Carnival major sponsors UBET, along with Racing Queensland and Puntersland, will stream the draw live via Facebook. Horse Alleluia Atomic Red Bodhi Tree Carlas Pixel Celestial Arden NZ Cruz Bromac NZ Glenferrie Hood NZ Hughie Green NZ (Emergency) Let It Ride NZ My Field Marshal NZ Ohoka Punter Tact Tate NZ Ultimate Art   Racing Queensland  

The middle night of the 2018 Brisbane winter carnival belonged to the interstate visitors. On the opening night last weekend, the local stables of Grant Dixon stood tall and claimed the bulk of the features but tonight (Saturday), the riches headed over the state border. And even across the Tasman Sea. The Gr.2 $75,540 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks was taken out by New Zealand filly Sociable who finished strongly defeating Major Occasion and Miss Hooligan in the 2138m feature. Prepared by Rangiora horseman Andrew Stuart, the Buy Kiwi Made filly was expertly handled by champion reinsman Luke McCarthy after sitting three backs on the pegs throughout. Working clear at the top of the straight, the filly charged to the line to beat the game Major Occasion. The victory provided McCarthy with back to back triumphs in the Oaks after scoring last year with Shartin. New Zealand bred fillies have won the past seven editions of the Oaks classic. In the Gr.2 $50,540 Garrards Sunshine Sprint, speedy Bathurst trained pacer Tact Tate surged to victory along the passing lane to beat Celestial Arden and Ohoka Punter in a time of 1:53.0. Trained and driven by Amanda Turnbull, the McArdle gelding led from the outside post before taking cover on Ohoka Punter by the end of the opening split. While heavy favourite Soho Tribeca got caught in bad traffic, Tact Tate was ready to pounce and shot through along the inside for a deserving victory. Soho Tribeca finished 10th while My Field Marshal finished at the rear of the field after racing three-wide throughout. Tact Tate has provided his connections a chance of picking up a $50,000 cash bonus if successful in next week’s UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship. The Gr.2 $30,540 Seelite Windows & Doors Queensland Trotters Cup went to Victorian performer Our Dreamlover who finished best to win the 2647m standing start feature. Trained and driven by Mattie Craven, the Love You gelding worked home from a long way back to defeat Gee Up Neddy and Our Overanova in a time of 2:02.2. Starting at massive odds, Our Dreamlover scored his first victory in over twelve months. The Gr.3 $30,540 Egmont Park Stud South East Derby went the way of the Victorian trained Duplicated who led throughout and sprinted well clear of local star Colt Thirty One and The Bus to claim an easy victory in the 2138m feature. Unbeaten in five starts for Dean Braun, Duplicated stamped himself as the horse to beat in next week’s Queensland Derby. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding rated a stunning 1:54.6 while covering his final half in 54.6 seconds. Trainer Dean Braun snared himself a feature race double after scoring in the Listed $25,540 Egmont Park Stud Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes with Carlas Pixel scoring in emphatic style defeating Come Cullect and Elle Yeah in a time of 1:53.5 for the 1660m feature. Having her first local start, the Ladyship Mile scored easily despite racing over the concluding stages. Connections will now focus on next week’s UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship. Next Saturday night, the final night of the Albion Park winter carnival, features will include the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship, the Gr.1 $100,540 QBRED Triad Finals for 2yo pacers, the Gr.2 $75,540 Queensland Derby, the Gr.3 $30,540 4yo Championship and the Gr.3 $20,630 Trotters Marathon.   Racing Queensland

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

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

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

Was history created at Albion Park on Tuesday? During the eight race program, the four McMullen siblings took away half the program with Pete, Narissa, Dannielle and Taleah all tasting glory. The ‘awesome foursome’ are the children of John and Jennette McMullen. Both sides of the family are steeped in harness racing history and the McMullen name is synonymous and a constant at all race meetings staged in south-east Queensland. But today is the first time that all four siblings have landed a winner at the same meeting. It started with the eldest of the siblings, Pete taking the Changeover @ Burwood Stud Pace with Our Delight who scooted the sprint lane to run down Miss Mia in a time of 2:01. Our Delight is trained by Pete’s wife, Chantal Turpin. It was the maiden victory for the Bettors Delight filly that is raced by her breeder, Tony Turpin – Pete’s father-in-law. Up next, Dannielle guided Ima Top Tycoon to victory in the Seymour Group Pace when defeating Ned Pepper and Might And Main in a time of 1:55.8. Ima Top Tycoon is prepared by Ryan Veivers, partner of Dannielle. Narissa then stepped up and took the Lunchbox Lodge Spelling Farm Pace when leading all the way with former New Zealand pacer Tom Me Gun in a stunning time of 1:55.5 for the 2138m distance. It was his first local start and the Courage Under Fire gelding is raced and trained by Narissa. In the final event of the day, Taleah shot through along the sprint lane with Waste Of Time to take the UBET Pace in a time of 1:58.5 defeating Famous Shoes and Modernday Falcon. Waste Of Time is prepared by big sister Dannielle, the veteran gelding scoring his first win since May last year. And just for good measure, cousin Nathan Dawson also scored at the program when Tell The Linesman took the Gotta Go Cullect @ Egmont Park Stud Pace. Dawson currently leads the Queensland Drivers Premiership with 156 winners. Scanning the record books, this feat has never been achieved before on a Queensland racetrack and when digging a little deeper, it may be a first across the nation.   Back in 1989 at Yarra Valley, three sisters in Rosemarie Weidenbach, Gaita Pullicino and Rita Burnett all steered winners at the meeting. The Turnbull clan holds a record where they finished in the top five placings in an event at Bathurst back in 1988. The record of the first 5 place getters in a race driven by members of the same family belongs to the Turnbull’s after Cindy Rixon (nee Turnbull) beat home her father Tony and brothers Steve, Craig and Greg in the Family Hotel Pace. So, it may well be history that was created at the famed Breakfast Creek oval. And it’s not the first time history has been created in the Sunshine State after the father/son combination of Greg and Matt Elkins scored a deadheat victory last year. Chris Barsby

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former Queensland Derby winner Catcha Lefty has run his final race in Australia. His future now rests in North America after a deal was struck this week between Cristina Monte and her husband Charlie Cini and respected Perth based agent Frank Ranaldi. The popular couple sold former solid performer Firebby earlier this year and the speedy Courage Under Fire mare has raced with great distinction in both North America and Canada. Catcha Lefty, a winner of the 2016 Queensland Derby raced with great purpose in Sydney at TABCORP Park, Menangle earlier this year before returning to Brisbane. He took a personal best time of 1:52.0 when successful at Menangle on April 21. At his most recent start on May 11, Catcha Lefty was unplaced at Albion Park. Overall, the Village Jasper - Lefty gelding won 22 of his 53 starts while banking in excess of $250,000. The Monte/Cini partnership is now focused on prepping rookie pacer Left A Terror for the Gr.1 $100,540 QBRED Triad for 2yo Colts and Geldings at Albion Park on July 21. Left A Terror, a Western Terror gelding is closely related to Catcha Lefty.   Chris Barsby

Queensland holds fond memories for star reinsman Luke McCarthy. The New South Wales born horseman gained his brief in the Sunshine State back in the 1998/99 season and he hasn’t looked back since. His first drive resulted in success, steering Castle Belles to victory at Redcliffe on March 5, 1999. When his parents John and Narelle decided to sell their Bathurst property and try their luck in Brisbane, many wouldn’t have predicted what was to follow. Between 2001 and 2010, the McCarthy family reshaped and revolutionised the art form of training and driving elite standardbred performers. Big name pacers included Trois Frere, Be Good Johnny, Slipnslide, Cobbity Classic, Fleur De Lil, Washakie, For A Reason and Mr Feelgood among many others during their dominant decade long reign. And Luke was a pivotal part of the family success. As a driver he was without peer and claimed most, if not all, feature events on the calendar while also securing the Albion Park Drivers Premiership (2006/07). When he relocated back to Sydney in 2010, the success continued and so have the raids back to Brisbane. And most times, he’s not leaving empty handed. This Saturday night, McCarthy jets back to Albion Park to take a strong book of drives before flying back the following day in readiness for the ‘Super Sunday’ meeting at TABCORP Park, Menangle where he has many key drives. “It’s a great opportunity with Menangle racing this Sunday to head north and partner with Craig’s (Cross - trainer) team. He’s got about 12 or 13 horses up there and many have good chances this weekend including Miss Graceland.” McCarthy said. The former Victoria Oaks winner (2017) joins the Cross barn from the leading stables of Victorian based trainer Emma Stewart and connections are looking at the mares feature during the winter carnival, fittingly, the Listed $25,540 Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes on July 14. The Rocknroll Hanover mare has not raced since finishing fifth at Cranbourne on April 19 but will start a clear favourite in her local debut. Miss Graceland will start from gate seven in the Gotta Go Cullect @ Egmont Park Stud Pace Over the 1660m sprint distance. “She’s obviously very classy with a record like she has but she’s only knew to the stable and hasn’t been to the trials. The draw doesn’t look good on paper but class will carry her a long way. “The Fleur De Lil looks a suitable target and this should have her going in the right direction for that in two weeks, I’m looking forward to driving and she looks my best hope of the night. “The plan is to be here driving on each of the three big nights of the carnival, this week was a bonus given the Sunday time slot for Menangle. I’ve got a lot of special memories from previous winter carnivals and this is still one of my favourite tracks.” Other key drives on Saturday’s program include Effronte (Race 1), Hashtag (Race 2) and Admiral Bronski (Race 3). In the main event, the Listed $25,540 Oakwood Capital Wondais Mate, leading trainer Grant Dixon has booked him to partner talented pacer Frankie Rocks. McCarthy has driven 55 Gr.1 winners during his career plus the 2009 World Trotting Derby with champion performer Muscle Hill at DuQuoin, Illinois. Only Gavin Lang (91) and Chris Alford (81) have driven more Gr.1 winners. Chris Barsby

Talented three-year-old filly My Harmony Blue has earned herself a trip away. And she’s headed north to be part of the Brisbane winter carnival at Albion Park which will officially be staged on July 7, 14 & 21. The former New Zealand pacer made it three straight victories with a stylish all the way triumph in the Ray Martin Memorial at Stawell yesterday (Wednesday). Prepared by skilled horseman Mattie Craven, connections have confirmed plans to tackle both the Gr.3 $30,540 South East Oaks (July 7) followed by the Gr.2 $75,540 Queensland Oaks the following week. “Her recent form surge warrants a trip away where she will take some classy rivals but the prize money is hard to ignore. When fillies are in form like she is, you must make the most of your opportunities and we think she will acquit herself well.” Craven said. The Betterthancheddar filly has performed consistently since arriving on Australian soil with three victories and five minor placings from 12 starts to date. Four starts ago, My Harmony Blue ran the richly talented Nostra Villa to a close second at TABCORP Park, Melton in slick time. Her hat-trick of victories has come via Ballarat, Maryborough and Stawell. “We purchased this filly with Oaks classics in mind; she probably wasn’t at her best for the Victoria Oaks earlier this season but still performed well in her qualifying heat when fifth behind the freakish Shez All Rock. “Over time she has got stronger and her confidence has definitely grown as a result of her recent success, the Queensland campaign comes at a good time to give her another chance of winning a quality event. “Obviously the local fillies look fairly strong plus the Redcliffe Oaks winner Sociable also looks pretty smart but I think my filly will prove competitive. Here’s hoping for some luck with draws.” Craven is no stranger to Brisbane after campaigning here two years ago with the likes of Kimani, Im Wrongly Accused and Roy George. The Ecklin South based horseman is also planning on bringing north several others from his stable north including smart three-year-old Master Moonlite and the talented trotter Our Dreamlover. Master Moonlite would tackle the Gr.2 $75,540 Queensland Derby on July 21 as long as he gets through the current Vicbred series in good order while the revamped trotting features make appeal for Our Dreamlover. “We haven’t made a firm decision with Master Moonlite just yet, we will in the next couple of days though. We’ll reassess after the weekend after he cone tested his semi-final at Melton. “The trotting features make strong appeal and I’m keen to bring north Our Dreamlover, I think he’ll be ok in those races.” Our Dreamlover resumes at Kilmore this Saturday night in the Robert Knight Memorial Trot and will start from gate six in the 2180m mobile event. The Love You gelding has won 14 of his 46 starts to date. Chris Barsby

Richly talented performer Our Uncle Sam landed a blow for the locals on the verge of the 2018 Albion Park winter carnival. The Chris and Anthony Frisby prepared four-year-old scored a decisive victory in the Listed $25,540 Oakwood Capital Lucky Creed Pace defeating Anychance and Bodhi Tree. Our Uncle Sam rated 1:57.2 for the 2680m feature. The Albion Park winter carnival officially starts on July 7 before continuing on July 14 and 21. Now unbeaten in both Queensland starts this campaign following his unplaced effort in the Gr.1 $200,000 Chariots of Fire at TABCORP Park, Menangle – the classy performer has booked himself a spot in the upcoming features. His targets will include the Gr.2 $50,540 Garrards Sunshine Sprint on July 14 followed by the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship the following week. The Blacks A Fake will be staged at 2680m, the same distance as last night’s feature. “He went great and we’re very happy with the way he’s going, he ran a personal best time when resuming and this victory is another step up again. It’s only going to get harder in the coming weeks but we’re very happy with our position right now.” Winning trainer Chris Frisby said. Next week, the Listed $25,540 Wondais Mate over the 1660m takes place before the carnival officially gets underway. On July 7, the Listed $25,540 Mr Feelgood is scheduled and the winner of that event is guaranteed a start in the Blacks A Fake. Another highlight from last night was the winning return of the richly talented Hughie Green, the giant gelding scored a dominant victory in the Pryde’s Easifeed Pace over 2138m rating 1:57.2. Prepared by John Cremin, Hughie Green was resuming from a year long layoff following injury which derailed his winter carnival campaign last season. The timing of his winning return is ideal with the Gr.2 Sunshine Sprint (July 14) and Gr.1 Blacks A Fake (July 21) just around the corner. Chris Barsby

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