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DEXTER Dunn’s glorious winning drive on Let It Ride in last night’s $200,000 Group 1 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park almost didn’t happen. In fact, just 20 hours before the race, Dunn was back home in NZ and almost convinced a stomach bug would ground him, as it had done the night before at Addington. “When I went to bed about 7pm (Friday) I thought I was no chance to be on the flight to Brisbane,” Dunn said. “I sort of tossed and turned between 1-3am then at 3am I had a glass of water and said to myself if I kept it down, I’d head to the airport.” The water stayed down, Dunn scrambled together his gear and lobbed at Christchurch airport at 4.30am. The rest is now Grand Circuit history. Dunn, driving a horse who wasn’t even going to contest the Blacks A Fake just six days earlier, reminded everyone why is a former World Champion and one of the very best in the game. The spot everyone wanted to be in the race was leading then taking a sit on tough and classy four-year-old Atomic Red. Dunn’s early smarts and aggression landed him in that prized spot. “I knew I had to do a bit early and then when I got the front, Atomic Red was the right horse to sit on,” he said. “I was bolting all the way then when I said go, he just put a gap in them. He felt awesome out there tonight.” The win took Dunn’s unbeaten record on Let It Ride to five races, but the first four way back at the start of the now rising five-year-old’s career. “When I drove him he was a bundle of raw talent. He galloped out at his first start and still won. The potential was there, but he’s a different horse now. Tim (Butt) has done a fantastic job with him.” Dunn’s genius in the sulky was matched only by Butt’s quick-thinking and bold decision late last Sunday to switch from chasing the 4YO feature to the main event with Let It Ride. “When we knew Tiger Tara wasn’t coming up and Soho Tribeca went amiss, we thought it was worth giving Let It Ride his chance. You don’t get many $200,000 Grand Circuit races without many of the real stars of the sport in it. “I don’t like rushing my horses into things, but this looked a good option. “I must say I was surprised how easily he did it. He made light of work of it, but Dexter’s drive was a fantastic.” The win was Butt’s 52nd at Grand Circuit level – across pacing and trotting – and extended his commanding lead on the all-time winners’ list over Mark Purdon (32) and Gary Hall Sr (26). Butt hopes to add more later this year with Let it Ride, but his Miracle Mile winner My Field Marshal, who ran way below his best again last night, won’t be racing again for quite some time. “Let It Ride will be set for the Inter Dominion. He’s earned it now. He’s not an NZ Cup horse … not yet, anyway,” he said. “He can have a month out now then I’ll target the Inter Dominion in Melbourne. “Something obviously isn’t right with My Field Marshal. We went right over him after last week and couldn’t find anything, but he’s not right. “I’ll get him checked over again, but he’ll go out for a big spell. He’s not an NZ Cup or Inter Dominion horse, so he won’t race again this year.” It’s a changing phase for Australia’s open-class ranks with so many big names retired, moving to the US or sidelined with injury, which makes the Blacks A Fake result so important. Let It Ride led home a quinella for four-year-olds with the ultra- tough and promising Atomic Red finishing a brave second. Just for good measure, Let It Ride’s 1min54.8sec mile rate also broke Our Hi Jinx’s 1min55.0sec track record for 2680m. It was also much quicker than the late Yulestar went (1min56.2sec) winning the 2001 Albion Park Inter Dominion over 2647m.   Adam Hamilton

THE door is wide open for Chicago Bull. Right now he’s top seed for the tag as Australasia’s best pacer, but the rest of this year will tell the story. More immediately, November’s NZ Cup will be the defining race of his career. Trainer Gary Hall Sr has repeatedly dismiss doubters saying he won’t make the trip to Addington and Chicago Bull is doing his part to ensure it. The pint-sized gelding made it two easy wins from as many starts this campaign when he toyed with a good free-for-all field at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Somewhat surprisingly, but sensibly, main rival Bettors Fire opted to surrender the lead to Chicago Bull in the early stages of the long 2536m race and it developed into a sprint home. Chicago Bull ambled through a 60.1sec middle half, then dashed home in 54.9 and 27.0sec to win by 4.7m without being extended by Gary Hall Jr in a 1min56.8sec mile rate. “It’s all about the NZ Cup now. If the timing and flights work, he’ll probably go to the Victoria Cup then across to NZ nice and early,” Hall Sr said. “For now, we will just pick off a few free-for-alls here then given him a freshen-up and go again.” Trainer Michael “Mouse” Brennan opted to dodge Chicago Bull with his evergreen The Bucket List and was rewarded with a win off a daunting 50m backmark in the Botra Cup. ___________________________________________________________________________ FORMER Kiwi mare Our Golden Goddess looks ready to stake her claim for the crown as Australia’s best mare. It’s tight at the top with the likes of Ameretto, Tell Me Tales and Carlas Pixel, but Our Golden Goddess was awesome winning first-up from a spell at Melton last night. Sure she led, but it was against open-class free-for-allers and she ran blistering times to win by 8.6m in a 1min54.3sec mile rate for 2240m. ___________________________________________________________________________ MILLIONARE trotter Keystone Del didn’t win his comeback race, but he did the next best thing. Sidelined for almost a year, the rising 11-year-old produced a monster run for second to stablemate Kyvalley Blur after having the hardest run in the race. It thrilled trainer Brent Lilley, who has nursed Keystone Del back to form and fitness. Lilley’s pair pulled away from hot favourite Tornado Valley, who looked flat and might be ready for a spell after a busy and blazing start to his Aussie career. ___________________________________________________________________________ FORMER Kiwi pacer Master Moonlite caused one of the biggest upsets of the Queensland Winter Carnival when he snatched a last-stride win in the Group 2 Queensland Derby last night. The race supposed to be a walk in the park for another former Kiwi, Duplicated, with local pin-up pacer Colt Thirty One the only possible danger. Duplicated, who thrashed virtually the same field in the South East Derby the week before, led as expected from gate one and cruised through a first 800m as Colt Thirty One parked outside him. The race changed suddenly in the middle stages when local driver Dannielle McMullen launched three-wide and tried unsuccessfully to get the “death” seat off Colt Thirty One. As a result, the heat win into the race and a revved-up Duplicated started pulling ferociously in front for driver Luke McCarthy. It was clear down the back straight he’d run himself ragged and Colt Thirty One powered to the front while Master Moonlite set out after him. Master Moonlite, trained and driven by Victorian Matty Craven, lunged right on the wire to win by a half-head over the very gallant Colt Thirty One with another 9m away to the filly Fame Assured in third spot. Duplicated wilted four fifth, while another very recent Kiwi import Pembrooks Passion ran a sound fourth at his first run for new trainer KerryAnn Turner. Master Moonlite has been an astute purchase by Craven, having won three of his seven starts for the barn. His Derby win did underline the amazing strength of Emma Stewart’s three-year-old crop given Master Moonlite finished a well-held sixth in the recent Vicbred final at Melton where Stewart had the first four home, headed by Poster Boy. ___________________________________________________________________________ NRL star Jarrod Croker added some celebrity power to Blacks A Fake night and didn’t go home empty handed. Croker, captain of the Canberra Raiders, has shares in a few pacers, including the consistent and talented Our Triple Play, who won last night’s $30540 Group 3 4YO Championship for trainer-driver Brad Hewitt. It was a brilliant drive from Hewitt to find the lead then kick away on the home bend while main danger and eventual runner-up Conviction was bailed-away in traffic. ___________________________________________________________________________ EVERY now and again Queensland produces a young pacer capable of matching Australia’s best. Last year’s Winter Carnival unearthed Colt Thirty One, who has already gone on to win the Victoria Derby. This year it could be Smart As Camm Be, who lifted off the canvas for trainer-driver Kylie Rasmussen for a narrow but fantastic win in the $100,540 Group 1 Qbred Trial final. Luke McCarthy did every possible to get Victorian raider For All We Know home, but failed by a neck after a glorious drive. McCarthy did win the Group 1 2YO colts and geldings equivalent earlier in the night when First String camped on leader and hot favourite Regulus and ran him down in the last 200m. ___________________________________________________________________________ IT was a week of milestones in Victoria with Chris Alford’s record-breaking 389th win of the season the headline act. But another bright star of the sport, Kate Gath, reached her 1300th career win when she snared a double – both trained by husband Andy Gath – at Bendigo on Friday night. Gath’s first Bendigo win came on promising former Kiwi three-year-old trotter Scallywag Sam and then added another aboard Chief Running Cloud. Scallywag Sam now boasts five wins from just six Aussie runs. ___________________________________________________________________________ WHAT a shame buzz Victorian youngster Lochinvar Art isn’t paid-up for the Breeders Crown. Many think he’s up with the best juveniles in Australia and it’s hard to argue after the way he demolished his rivals in last night’s Group 2 Tatlow Stakes (2240m) at Melton. Trained by Laura Crossland and driven by David Moran, Lochinvar Art had to dragged back from an inside back row draw, but circled the field and won by 20m in a 1min55.7sec mile rate. ___________________________________________________________________________ A COUPLE of months ago Shane Tritton popped an advertisement on this website spruiking the opportunities for Kiwi owners to send horses to him to race at Menangle. Just one of the many people to contact him was Dougal Steel, who sent his young mare My Major Pocket across. “He took a chance and has already been rewarded,” Tritton said. “Her Menangle win last night was her third from just seven starts for us. She’s run two seconds and a third as well.” My Major Pocket came from a seemingly hopeless position in a slowly run race to overpower one-time glamour mare Rocker Band and win in a 1min54.9sec mile at Menangle. The other Menangle win of note came from two-time Inter Dominion contestant Major Crocker, who resumed from a spell with a sharp win in the opening race for new trainer Michael Doltoff. Major Crocker, a winner of 29 races and over $680,000, will be a welcome addition to NSW’s open-class ranks.   Adam Hamilton

The 2018 Albion Park winter carnival came to dramatic finale last night (Saturday). With great fields of racing, solid prizemoney and cash bonuses up for grabs, rival connections were keen to get amongst the action. And it paved the way for a sensational night of harness racing. The Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship was the main event, the final leg of the 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season, a classy field of competitors were chasing the riches on offer. Champion trainer Tim Butt claimed the event with rising star Let It Ride who scored easily defeating Atomic Red and Alleluia in the 2680m feature. Aided by a gun drive by star reinsman Dexter Dunn, Let It Ride gained a perfect trail before unleashing a powerful finishing burst to score by a widening margin. The winning mile rate of 1:54.8 established a new track record, slicing .2 seconds of the previous mark of 1:55.0 held by Our Hi Jinx. In the Gr.1 $100,540 QBRED Triad 2yo Finals, First String ran down favourite Regulus in the colts and geldings feature rating 1:56.4. Prepared by Craig Cross, the Roll With Joe colt was handled perfectly by Luke McCarthy. Smart As Camm Be defeated southern raider For All We Know to claim the fillies feature in a thrilling home stretch battle. Trained and driven by Kylie Rasmussen, the Cammibest filly has firmly established herself as the best juvenile in the state with a pair of feature race victories. Victorian horseman Mattie Craven landed the Gr.2 $75,540 AQWA Constructions Queensland Derby when former New Zealand pacer Master Moonlite nailed local star Colt Thirty One right on the line while filly Fame Assured finished a creditable third in the blue riband classic. Raced by a large team of owners, Master Moonlite rated 1:57.3 for the 2680m event. In winning the event, Craven landed himself a $20,000 trainer’s cash bonus after scoring a victory in the Gr.2 Queensland Trotters Cup a week earlier. The Gr.3 $30,540 Ted and Edna Badcock Memorial 4yo Championship was taken out by race favourite Our Triple Play who led throughout defeating Conviction and Our Uncle Sam in a time of 1:54.5 for the 2138m. Prepared by Brad Hewitt, the Shadow Play gelding gave his astute young mentor his second victory in the event after scoring with Sweet Molly Oshea two years ago. Local trotter Spud proved too classy taking the Gr.3 $20,630 Haras De Trotteurs Marathon when running down Gee Up Neddy and Our Dreamlover. Spud rated 2:04.7 for the 3157m event. Trained by John Edmunds and handled by Nathan Dawson, the Tennotrump gelding recorded his 13th career victory. The APHRC would like to extend their heartiest congratulations to all of the winners during the three week carnival and thank all of the interstate trainers who made their way to the Sunshine State to be part of another successful carnival.   Racing Queensland    

The biggest night of the Albion park harness racing calendar is finally here and the competition looks as fierce as ever. Tomorrow night we will honour the famed pacer Blacks A Fake, who earnt over $4.5mil with 72 wins under his belt. Trained & driven by Natalie Rasmussen, he won the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 Inter Dominion Championships - making him the only four-time winner of Australasia's premier harness race. Other achievements include wins in the Queensland Winter Cup (3 times), Victoria Cup, Hunter Cup and three Australian Horse of the Year titles. The $200,000 grand circuit event, the "UBET Blacks A Fake" starts as race 8 on the program at 8.40pm. Race favourite, Atomic Red lines up against last week’s Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint winner, Tact Tate as well as the likes of Let It Ride, My Field Marshall, Cruz Bromac and Glenferrie Hood. Additional group races on the program include the G1 QBred Triad Finals for the two year olds, G2 AQWA Constructions Queensland Derby, G3 Ted & Edna Badcock Memorial 4YO Championship and G3 Haras Des Trotteurs Marathon. The program also highlights Australasia’s most talented drivers in the Garrard’s Horse & Hound Drivers Invitation Pace with New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn joining Queensland drivers Nathan Dawson, Grant Dixon, Pete McMullen, Gary Whitaker and Kelli Dawson alongside interstate competitors Luke McCarthy, Chris Geary, Amanda Turnbull, Anthony Butt, Matthew Craven and Rob Morris. 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=221470 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 5:08pm EST. This is complimented by a $5K First 4 jackpot pool on race 8, the UBET Blacks A Fake. Additionally, a $2.5K Quadrella jackpot is listed for races 2 to 5 with the first leg due at 5:42pm EST which is complimented by $2K jackpot Trifectas on races 3 to 6. The first race of an action packed 10 event card begins at 5.08pm EST. For further information contact the Club on 07 3262 2577 or info@aphrc.com.au Racing Queensland

A win on the punt and a quick scroll through social media started a chain reaction that would lead Steve Salter, part-owner of dual Group 1 winner Tact Tate, from Victoria to Brisbane this weekend.  A masterful drive by Amanda Turnbull helped Tact Tate complete a long-awaited comeback to the winners’ stall in last week's Group 2 Sunshine Sprint, following a near 15-month stint on the sidelines through injury.   Salter bought into the gelding in August 2015 after Nathan Jack posted a notice via ‘Twitter’ that he and Turnbull were looking to syndicate a horse they’d bought from New Zealand. “I had a lucky win on the punt one day and then I saw that Nathan put it up on Twitter. I had always wanted to have one with Nathan and Amanda and I know Amanda likes the McArdles, so when I saw McArdle in the breeding I thought ‘Why not?’,” he said. “What I also bought into was a great bunch of owners. I have made lifelong friends and Nathan and Amanda have been terrific … I can’t speak highly enough of them.”  Tact Tate's Group 1 wins include the 2016 Nestle 4YO Bonanza and the 2017 Bohemia Crystal. But following the Bathurst Mayors cup in March 2017, scans showed the gelding had suffered a bone chip. He would race just once between then and June this year. Salter praised Nathan and Amanda for nursing Tact Tate back to full health.  “Hence the excitement after we won,” Salter said. “I had a few of my mates asking me ‘Why are you so excited, the Grand Final (Blacks A Fake) is next weekend’. “But it was the knowledge that we could have lost him that made the win all the more special.” Salter said he had now made lifelong friends in the ownership group, and hopes to be celebrating just as hard this weekend.  "I don't see any reaason why he couldn't (win). Hopefully he doesn't have to spend too much energy early. I'm worried about a couple inside us but if he shows the speed he did last week he can be up there. It's a Group 1 race and you've got to be in it to win it!"  Tact Tate can also earn his connections an extra $50,000 in UBET Grand Slam Bonuses, if he is able to win on Saturday night. A minor placing would also give them $15,000. Ohoka Punter and Celestial Arden can also earn their connections an extra $15,000 should either place or win.  By Alex Nolan Racing Queensland

The final leg of the 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit takes place this weekend. And the destination is Brisbane. The Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship will conclude the eight leg series and global superstar Lazarus will be crowned Grand Circuit champion following a shocking injury to Soho Tribeca last weekend. Heading into the final leg, Lazarus held a 99 point lead over Soho Tribeca but victory for the latter would’ve secured a thrilling victory but, unfortunately, a leg fracture sustained in the Sunshine Sprint has wiped out any chance of securing the title. So, with Lazarus guaranteed the title of Grand Circuit champion for the second straight year, the door has been left open for others to improve their position on the leaderboard or even perhaps, get on the leaderboard for the first time this season. The Sunshine State feature named after the greatest champion of all-time is staged over the 2680m and features some very richly talented pacers including last week’s feature race winner Tact Tate. The Amanda Turnbull trained and driven gelding scorched around the Breakfast Creek oval in a time of 1:53.0 taking the sprint feature and now looks to complete the Brisbane feature race double. In recent times, Hectorjayjay (2017) and Im Themightyquinn (2014) have completed the Queensland double and Tact Tate has a terrific chance of joining that exclusive club. Possessing blinding gate speed, Tact Tate will start from gate 6 and looks a great chance of finding the pegs early again. A major threat for Tact Tate could come from within with Atomic Red, prepared by Amanda’s father Steve; the ultra-talented four-year-old produced an eye-catching effort last week behind Tact Tate when fifth after starting from a nasty second-line draw. The rise in distance will suit Atomic Red and the ideal front-line draw (4) is another major plus. With the Turnbull name synonymous in harness racing, the father/daughter combination have filled a top two finish on many occasion but are yet to achieve the feat in a Grand Circuit event. Can they etch their names into the record books this weekend? Champion trainer Tim Butt is no stranger to Grand Circuit glory and is represented by a pair of outstanding chances with My Field Marshal and Let It Ride. My Field Marshal (1:46.9), the fastest pacer in Australasia, is looking to bounce back following a flop performance last week in the Sunshine Sprint when finishing at the rear of the field after racing three-wide throughout. A runner-up in this event last year, My Field Marshal will start from gate 11 with Anthony Butt taking the drive. Let It Ride, a proven Gr.1 winner, will start from gate 3 with Dexter Dunn booked to drive. A winner of his past five starts, Let It Ride makes his debut at the Grand Circuit level but looks ready following his victory at the track last week. Victorian trainer Dean Braun is chasing his maiden Grand Circuit victory with classy mare Carlas Pixel, the Gr.1 Ladyship Mile winner must overcome gate 13 – the outside of the second-line. The regally bred mare will again have the services of star reinsman Luke McCarthy. Cruz Bromac, a winner of the Gr.1 Len Smith Mile two starts ago makes his Albion Park debut and faces a second-line draw after landing gate 10. The Kevin Pizzuto trained gelding disappointed last start at Menangle when finishing 7th. Perennial Albion Park performer Ultimate Art returns to Brisbane and tackles the staying feature following some strong efforts of late at Menangle. Under the care of Queensland born but Sydney based Shane Sanderson while regular trainer Michael Formosa holidays in Malta, Ultimate Art will start from gate 9. Ultimate Art finished third in this race back in 2016 behind Ohoka Punter and Hectorjayjay. Young Cameron Hart takes the drive. Another Sydney trained runner is Celestial Arden for Kerryann Turner and Robbie Morris, the talented gelding has drawn poorly in gate 7 – the outside of the front-line. Celestial Arden was a runner-up last week behind Tact Tate in the Sunshine Sprint. Leading trainer Grant Dixon is duly represented by Alleluia (gate 1) and 2016 winner Ohoka Punter (gate 12). Both pacers are racing in excellent form. Proven Albion Park feature race winner Glenferrie Hood starts in his second Blacks A Fake (9th in 2016) and will start from gate 5. Pete McMullen takes the drive for trainer Wayne Graham. Bodhi Tree tackles his biggest challenge to date the injury prone pacer continues to defy the odds and boasts outstanding recent form. Prepared by Peter Greig and Patrice Madden, the Blissfull Hall gelding will start from gate 2. Giant former New Zealand gelding Hughie Green is listed as the emergency (gate 8). In total, the 13 runners have won 265 races while amassing more than $5.48 million in stakes. The UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship is scheduled as race 8 and listed to start at 8.40pm local time.   Chris Barsby

2015 world champion driver Dexter Dunn has this morning confirmed he will drive at Saturday’s $500,000 UBET Blacks A Fake meeting at Albion Park. Dunn, who has driven more than 2000 winners in his decorated career, will guide either My Field Marshal or Let It Ride in the Group 1 UBET Blacks A Fake for trainer Tim Butt. He has also been invited to take part in the $20,000 Driver’s Invitation Race. Dunn won the 2015 World Driving Championship in record-breaking fashion. He scored an unprecedented 200 points across 20 heats, more than 50 points ahead of his nearest rival. Dunn is no stranger to the Albion Park circuit, with his most recent visit coming in 2017 when he guided My Field Marshal to finish second behind Hectorjayjay in the G2 Sunshine Sprint.  His recent successes at 'The Creek' include a 2016 Queensland Oaks with Nek Time.    Racing Queensland

Pint-sized pocket rocket Tact Tate is in the box seat. The dual Group One winner landed a knockout punch when he rattled along the Albion Park sprint lane last Saturday night to secure the Gr.2 $50,540 Garrards Sunshine Sprint defeating Celestial Arden and Ohoka Punter in 1:53.0. This weekend, he will take his place in the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship and look to complete the big Sunshine State double. And recent history is on his side. Twelve months ago, millionaire pacer Hectorjayjay landed both features while champion pacer Im Themightyquinn also did the double back in 2014. Im Themightyquinn set a track record of 1:50.4 when successful in the Sunshine Sprint, the record still stands. “The Albion Park Harness Racing Club has a proud and rich history; the names on the rolls of honor are a clear indication of the champion qualities required to succeed at this high level. The fact that Tact Tate has the chance to complete the double only adds to the excitement of the night.” APHRC Chairman David Fowler said. The feature this week will be staged over the staying distance of 2680m and Tact Tate boasts strong credentials at the distance range. Prepared by Amanda Turnbull, the McArdle gelding scored a great victory in the Gr.1 $100,000 Bohemia Crystal FFA at TABCORP Park, Menangle over the distance of 2400m while he also scored a victory in the Gr.2 $50,000 Treuer Memorial at Bankstown over the distance of 2540m last year. If successful, connections will pocket an extra $50,000 while a $15,000 bonus will be paid out if he is placed second or third courtesy of Racing Queensland and UBET. Following the barrier draw, Tact Tate will start from gate six and looks the likely early leader again after crossing from the outside gate last week. Gambling giant UBET has installed Tact Tate as a $4.80 chance. The Steve Turnbull trained Atomic Red is listed as the punters elect at $3.20.   Chris Barsby

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

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